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KEECHOBEE


EWS


Vol. 99 No. 283 Thursday, November 27, 2008 504 Plus tax


Briefs


Prevent holiday
thefts
The Okeechobee City Police
Department offers these safety
tips for the holiday season:
1. Lockyour doors, windows
and cars. If you and I know
we have Christmas gifts in our
homes, so do the thieves.
2. Hide items in the trunk of
your car.
3. Do not leave Christmas
tree lights on after you go to
bed, or when you go to work.
4. All of your valuables are
up for grabs and are easy to
pawn. All thieves have to do
is sign a piece of paper saying
the items they are pawning are
theirs.
5. Record all serial num-
bers.
6. Keep areas around your
house illuminated with bright
lights.

Newspaper publication
changes this week
For this week only, the
Okeechobee News is publish-
ing on Thursday, Friday and
Sunday instead of Wednesday,
Friday and Sunday. This is a
one-time change. The newspa-
per will be back on its regular
Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
schedule next week. We hope
you enjoy reading the Okeecho
bee News on Thanksgiving Day
and the "day after Thanksgiv-
ing" special ads in this edition.

What does the
election mean?
What does the presiden-
tial election mean to you? If
you would like to share your
thoughts or opinions about the
presidential election, letters to
the editor may be emailed to
okeenews@newszap.com or
sent Okeechobee News, P.O.
Box 2349, Okeechobee, Fla.
34974. Comments may also be
made online on the public is-
sues forums at www.newszap.
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Drought Index

Current: 604
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

14.33 feet
Last Year: 10.30 feet

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Source: South Florida Water
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given in feet above sea level


Tax seam operated from prison


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man who
has pleaded guilty to his part in a
prison tax refund scam has been
sentenced in federal court.
Albion Crowellwas sentenced
Thursday, Nov. 20, by Judge
James S. Moody to six months
home detention and five years
supervised release. He was also
ordered to pay $38,000 in restitu
tion to the federal government.
Crowell, 34, along with Con
stance Shoots and her daugh-
ter Bridgett Williams, were all


employees at the Okeechobee
Correctional Institution (OCI).
Shoots was the librarian and
Williams was employed by Ara-
Mark, a contractor at OCI.
All three have entered guilty
pleas in federal court for their
part in the scam.
Williams, 37, was sentenced
Oct. 10, to six months in prison
to be followed by three years su
pervised release. She must also
make restitution to the govern
ment totalling $23,845.
Due to severe health reasons
Shoots, 56, did not receive a pris
on sentence for her part. Instead,


she was sentenced to five years
probation, six months home de-
tention and must repay the gov-
ernment $34,335.77.
Crowell, Shoots and Williams
were arrested for their part in the
tax refund scam in which the So-
cial Security numbers of inmates
in state prisons were used to file
false income tax returns.
According to Norm Mead
ows, public information officer
with the Internal Revenue Ser
vice -Criminal Investigations
office in Tampa, the OCI con
spiracy bilked $902,487.87 from
the IRS. He described the scam


as "extremely large."
"These prison refund scams
have been around a long time,"
said Mr. Meadows. "In the state
of Florida there are a lot of prison
refund scams. I expect there are
people there who teach each
other -they have a lot of time on
their hands."
Mr. Meadows said the "inside
man" in the OCI scam was Dan
iel Patrick Goodheart, 38. Good
heart was a psychologist special
ist at the prison from September
2001 until May 2003. While at the
Okeechobee prison he accessed
the state's Department of Correc


tions (DOC) intranet database
and obtained the names and So-
cial Security numbers of inmates
in other state prisons.
Goodheart then gave those
names and Social Security num-
bers to OCI inmates, who then
used that information to file false
and fraudulent federal income
tax forms.
The inmates then used Good-
heart and other OCI employees
to smuggle the bogus tax returns
out of the prison and send them
to the IRS.
See Scam Page 7


Since Tropical Storm
Faye lifted us out of a record
drought, Lake Okeechobee
has remained within the lev-
els prescribed by the new lake
regulation schedule. John Ze
diak of the U. S. Army Corps of
Engineers said we were lucky
there were no more storms and
rainfall has been below normal
lately.
On Nov. 21, the lake level
was 14.41. That is much bet-
ter than the same date last year
when the lake was at 10.33. At
that time the lake was recover-
ing from a record low of 8.82
feet set on July 2 of 2007.
When Tropical Storm Faye
hit in August, the lake rose two
feet in one week, the fastest
rate of increase ever recorded.
While relief from the drought


concerns about the health of
the lake's ecosystem and about
the stability of the dike around
the lake.
On Sept. 4, water managers
began low level pulse releases
to the estuaries. The amount
and duration of a pulse release
are determined by such things
as health and safety, flood con-
trol and the conditions of the
estuaries. They are designed to
mimic natural rainfall. The in-
tent was not to lower the lake
to a certain level but to main-
tain the lake between the 12.5
and 15.5 foot levels mandated
by the new regulation sched-
ule. The problem is that water
flows into the lake faster than it
can be released. Water manag-
er were trying to keep up with
the inflow.


11.26 feet. The water contin-
ued to rise until Sept. 9, when
it remained at 15.1 for the sec-
ond day in a row. Then, as the
pulse releases caught up with
inflow, it began to fall and has
remained under 15 feet.
On Oct. 12, conditions war-
ranted a low level continuous
release. This type release is
a feature of the new regula-
tion schedule. While the same
criteria are used as for pulse
releases, continuous releases
are based primarily on the base
flow to the estuaries.
Mr. Zediak said that low
level continuous releases are "a
more friendly way" of releasing
water over a long period time.
Mr. Zediak predicted we will
See Lake Page 7


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee will begin
a search for a new football
coach.
Chris Branham decided
to give up the job after seven
seasons on the coaching staff.
He was able to bring the Brah-
mans to the post season for the
past two years.
Okeechobee (8-3) in 2008,
finished (7-4) in 2007, and (3-7)
in 2006 under Branham's guid-
ance.
"I turned in my letter this
morning," the coach said
Monday. "I wanted to give the
school system as much time as
possible to get a replacement."
"I appreciated the oppor-
tunity very much. It was awe-
some to come back to my Alma


Mater and do this, but after four
years I have nothing left. I have
given as much as I can to this
program," he said.
Coach Branham was one of
the top QBs in Okeechobee his-
tory. He went on to play college
ball at West Virginia State. He
was a starter there. He broke
his neck during a game, which
ended his playing career.
Branham returned to
Okeechobee and was an assis-
tant under Tod Dresser, before
he was named head football
coach.
Branham said he will not
leave the school system and will
continue as Dean of Okeecho-
bee High School for at least the
remainder of the school year.
"I'm not leaving the school
See Coach Page 7


Portion control


key for diabetics


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Aren't the holidays great?
Getting together with the family
and enjoying all that great food.
'Tis the season and a the time
for a heavenly feast -- unless
you're a diabetic.
Diabetics know that to eat
with everyone else can be
dangerous and a threat to their
health. But, what do you do?
An area diabetes special-
ist says eating on the holidays
doesn't have to be so stressful
if you just follow a couple of
simple rules.


"Portion control is the most
important thing," said Dr. Paul
A. Graham, M.D., FACE, a Vero
Beach endocrinologist who
specializes in diabetes. "When
you sit down at Thanksgiving
dinner, I think the main thing
is pretty much eat what's there,
but control the portions."
Dr. Graham, of Diabetes and
Endocrine Associates, said the
next thing to remember is to
cut down on the sweet sauces
and gravies. Instead of putting
these on a plate with the other
See Control Page 7


Index


Adopt a Pet................................ 5
Church Column....... ........... ... 8
Classifieds.......................... 16-18
Community Events.................... 6
Crossword........................... 18
Obituaries 6
Opinion 4
Speak Out 4
Sports 14
Weather 5

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Farm/City Day: Learning


where food comes from


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The 15th Annual Farm City
Week luncheon, co-sponsored
by Kiwanis and the Ag Council
was held on Thursday, Nov. 20,
at the KOA to honor the Ameri-
can farmers and ranchers who
literally feed the world by pro-
ducing a bounty of agricultural
products.
Local 4-H groups gathered
at the event where they were
treated to a lunch cooked by
David Hazellief and Rick Ams-
den.
The agricultural celebration


is co-sponsored by the Florida
Ag Council and the Kiwanis
Club of Okeechobee. Kiwanis
President Jim Vensel and chair-
man of the event Clayton Wil-
liams were the spokesmen of
the event. Clayton Williams has
chaired the Farm City luncheon
for 12 years. NextyearJeff Sum-
ner will Chair the committee.
Guest speaker Alto "Bud"
Adams from Adams Ranch,
spoke of agriculture in the
state of Florida and all of the
years that his family has been
involved.
Mr. Adams explained that


it is important to know where
your food comes from and that
we, as a nation, aren't depen-
dant on foreign lands to decide
what we are going to eat. His
family has been involved in ag
riculture for four generations
and he currently has two sons
and four grandchildren work-
ing full-time on his ranch in Fort
Pierce.
Agriculture affects the com-
munity and the economy by al-
lowing finds to be released into
the economy by the buy and
sell of goods which influxes
See Page 7


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Jacob Larson, President of the Okeechobee Area Agri-Council
presented an award to Donald Richard Sellars, Sr. for his con-
tributions to agriculture during Farm City Week Luncheon on
Thursday, Nov. 20.


OHS football


coach resigns


Lake Okeechobee: Water level steady


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
After a drought-ridden summer ending in floods from a tropical storm, fall has seen
a stabilization of the Lake Okeechobee area water supply with the big lake staying
around 14 feet.


Lake level is in good shape,


say district water managers
By Pete Gawda was welcome, such a rapid in When Tropical Storm Fay
Okeechobee News crease in the lake level brought hit on Aug. 19, the lake was at


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Wedding


Anderson-

Condit
Cindy L. Anderson and Ste-
phen M. Condit, Sr. were joined in
marriage on Nov. 8, 2008.
The bride is the daughter of
Evelyn Stine of Red Lion, Penn.
and the late Albert Stine.
The groom is the son of Ger-
trude Condit of Portsmith, N.H.
The wedding was held at
Ft. Pierce Inlet State Park in Ft.
Pierce.
Ronald Muggerborg officiated
the ceremony.
The bride was given away by
Robert Condit (groom's brother).
The beach/pavilion was deco-
rated with Sea Shells, candles and
bows.
The bride wore and ivory
gown from Australia, with a tiera
in her hair. She carried a bouquet


of white roses.
The maid of honor was Diane
Beiler of Ft. Pierce.
The best man was Stephen M.
Condit, Jr. of Ocala.


Following the ceremony, a re-
ception was held at Ft. Pierce In
let State Park.
The couple is at home in
Okeechobee.


Anniversary


Steve and

Diane King
Steve and Diane King celebrat-
ed their 25th wedding anniversary
on Nov. 19.
They were married on Nov. 19,
1983 by the late Pastor Wendell
Correll in Titusville.
Their children are Calvin King
and Evan King.
They will celebrate their anni-
versary by deer hunting in Geor-
gia together.

Engagement

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Mr. and Mrs. Ray Bartoe are
proud to announce the engage-
ment of their daughter, Heather
Rene Bartoe, to Mark Allen Shire-
man.
The prospective groom is the
son of Art and Candace Shireman
of Okeechobee.
The wedding is planned for
March.
The bride to be is a 2006 grad
uate of Okeechobee High School.
She attends Indian River State Col-
lege and is studying nursing. She
is employed as a Certified Nurs-
ing Assistant at the Okeechobee
Health Care Facility.
The groom is a 1986 graduate
of Glades Day School. He gradu-
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Keep it hot or keep it cold -


When in doubt, throw it out!


By Brenda Barnes
Please remember food safety
when preparing your holiday
meal. You still need to remember
food safety when you thaw, pre-
pare, and cook your holiday bird.
You don't want to serve up a help
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Salmonella is a common bacteria
which causes infection in the in
testinal tract. Humans become
infected most frequently through
contaminated food sources, such
as poultry, meat and eggs. Typi


call, people with salmonella in-
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and abdominal cramps within 12
to 72 hours.
Give yourself plenty of time to
leave your turkey in the refrigera-
tor until it's fully thawed. Do not
leave your turkey in the sink over-
night! Temperatures between 40
and 1400 Fahrenheit is consid-
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but if you are preparing the "tra-
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Teen killed in hunting accident on lake


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A 15-year-old Broward County
teen was accidentally shot and
killed by his brother while duck
hunting on Lake Okeechobee last
weekend.
Seth D. Edge, 15, of West Park,
died of a single gunshot wound
to the head shortly before 7 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 22, while hunting


at the south end of Moonshine
Bay with his father, Gerald Edge,
and his 13-year-old brother.
According to Gabriella Ferraro,
a public information officer with
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC),
the three were duck hunting in a
Bass Tracker bass boat when the
13-year-old went to put his shot-
gun down.
She said the gun fell, dis-


charged and shot Seth in the
head.
He was pronounced dead at
the scene.
Mr. Edge returned to the boat
ramp at the Harney Pond Canal
where he was met by Glades
County EMS and FWC personnel.
Ms. Ferraro said children 15
and younger may hunt in Florida
without a hunting license if they
are supervised by an adult. Chil-


dren under 16 may hunt with a
gun lawfully, but must be under
adult supervision at all times.
She added that Seth had com-
pleted a hunters safety course, but
his younger brother had not.
"We encourage all hunt-
ers, especially children, to take
the course," said FWC regional
hunter safety administrator Lynne
Hawk. "The course is free and
satisfies the hunter education re-


quirement of all other states and
Canadian provinces that require
hunter safety certification."
FWC regularly schedules hunt-
ing safety course in all Florida
counties. Everyone born on or


after June 1, 1975, must pass an
approved hunter safety course to
be eligible to purchase a Florida
hunting license.
Ms. Ferraro said no charges
have been filed.


Three boys charged with burglary


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Three juveniles were arrested
over the weekend in connection
with the alleged break-in at a
King's Bay home.
Patrick Tyler Courtney, 14, S.E.
44th St., Tyler Davis, 15, S.E. 50th
Ave. and Trent Davis, 11, S.E.
50th Ave., were all booked into
the Okeechobee County Jail on
charges of burglary of a dwell-
ing. Following that procedure
they were released into the cus-
tody of their parents.
An arrest report by Deputy Ar-
lene Durbin of the Okeechobee


County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
states the three boys entered a
home on S.E. 57th Drive around
2:19 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23. The
report said an eyewitness state-
ment indicated that two of the
boys actually went into the home
while a third was outside the
home's garage door.
Deputy Durbin stated in her
report that as she pulled up
to the home she saw a young
male run from the garage area.
She said the boy ran behind the
house and into some woods. By
the time she went behind the
home then into the woods the
deputy said she lost sight of the


third suspect.
A short time later OCSO Dep-
uty Steve McKinley and OCSO
Deputy Corporal Paul Ferrell
arrived. As Deputy McKinley
opened the back door of the
home he saw two male juveniles
-- Courtney and Tyler Davis. At
that point they were handcuffed
and searched.
Deputy Durbin's report said
the teens told the deputies that
the son of the homeowner gave
them permission to go into the
home's garage and use the gym
equipment. However, the home-
owner's son does not live at that
residence, added the report.


The homeowner contacted
his son by phone and was told
by his son that he gave no one
permission to go into the home,
continued the report.
Although the deputies
searched the area they were un-
able to locate Trent Davis.
Some time later Trent Davis
returned home and his mother
contacted the OCSO. Deputy
McKinley, along with Deputy Jus-
tin Akins, went to the boy's home
and placed him under arrest.
Deputy Durbin's report states
that the eyewitness saw Courtney
and Tyler Davis enter the home
through the garage door.


Former inmate faces drug charge


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man recently
released from prison following
his conviction for selling cocaine
was arrested over the weekend
on a felony drug charge.
Tobias 'Keion' Wittaker, 27,
N.E. 15th St., was arrested Sun-
day, Nov. 23, on charges of pos-
session of cocaine and tamper-
ing with physical evidence. He
was booked into the Okeecho-
bee County Jail under a bond of
$10,000.
Records indicate that he has
since posted bond.
Wittaker was arrested at 8:40
a.m. Sunday when Deputy Justin
Akins of the Okeechobee County


Sheriff's Office (OCSO) reported-
ly saw the man drop, then try to
conceal, a small baggie contain-
ing a suspicious substance.
The deputy's report states that
while talking to Wittaker about
a theft complaint Deputy Akins
saw a pink cigar container in the
man's pocket. The deputy said in
his report that such containers are
frequently used to carry cocaine.
While the deputy watched
Wittaker walk away he saw the
man pull the container from his
pocket, then saw a small bag-
gie fall from the container to the
ground next to Wittaker's left
foot. Wittaker then tried to con-
ceal the baggie with his foot, con-
tinued the report.
Once Wittaker was placed


under arrest
Deputy Akins,
along with
OCSO Deputy
Steve McKinley,
retrieved the
baggie. A field
test on the sub- Tobias 'Keon'
stance indicateditaker
a positive result
for the presence of cocaine, add-
ed the OCSO arrest report.
A background check on the
Okeechobee County Clerk of
Circuit Court web site shows
that Wittaker was arrested on a
cocaine possession charge on
March 22, 2006. He was also
charged with the misdemeanor of
possession of marijuana under 20
grams. He was arrested again on


June 13, 2006, on charges of pos-
session of cocaine with intent to
sell or deliver and the sale or de-
livery of a controlled substance.
Those sentences were to run
concurrently.
He was sentenced to serve
eight months and 11 days in the
Okeechobee County Jail on the
misdemeanor pot charge, which
was to run concurrently with the
other charges.
On Nov. 27, 2006, he was sen-
tenced to two years in prison.
Information from the Florida De-
partment of Corrections (DOC)
shows that Wittaker was released
from the West Palm Beach Work
Release Center on Feb. 29, 2008.


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Speak Out/Public Forum
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ics. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating
GLADES COUNTY: I would just like to know how intelligent are
the Glades County Officials and the state of Florida for letting them
put a dump right next to Lake Okeechobee? It is going to pollute the
water and this is unbelievable. It does not take a rocket scientist to
figure it out people. Unbelievable, totally unbelievable.
CHEESECAKES: I am calling in regards to the newspaper printed
on Nov. 19 regarding the story of Jordan Canevari who is baking and
selling cheesecakes to fund a trip to China. I would like to know how
to get in touch with Jordan so that I can purchase some of his cheese-
cakes. Would you please put his phone number or a way of contact-
ing him. Editor's note: You may contact his mother at 863-610-0045.
However, he is not taking any more orders until after Thanksgiving.
WATER RESTRICTIONS: I am wondering why the Okeechobee
News never prints the water restrictions like they used to. You know
we out here in Okeechobee County do not even know what day to
water and what hours we're supposed to water. I would like to know
someway to get this information. I cannot get it from the South West
Florida Water Management and I cannot find it in the newspaper and
I read the Okeechobee News every time it comes out. Editor's note:
The following water restrictions went into effect on Sept. 26, 2008.
Residents and businesses with odd-numbered street addresses may
water lawns and landscapes on Wednesdays and Saturdays from
midnight to 10 a.m. and/or from 4 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. Residents
and businesses with even-numbered street addresses, no street ad-
dress or irrigate both even and odd address within the same zones
including multi-family units and homeowners associations, may wa-
ter lawns and landscapes on Thursdays and Sundays from midnight
to 10 a.m. and/or from 4 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. For the most efficient
use of water, residents should avoid irrigating during both time pe-
riods on the same day. Additional days and times are available for
new plantings. New landscaping can be watered without regard
to restrictions on the first day it is installed. Landscaping that has
been in place from 2 days to 30 days can be watered on Mondays,
Tuesday, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and/or Sundays dur-
ing the hours allowed for regular landscape irrigation. Landscaping
that has been in place from 31 days to 60 days can be watered on
Monday, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays during the hours
allowed for regular landscape irrigation. Additional watering days
can only be used to benefit new landscaping. An entire irrigation
system zone may only be watered if it contains at least 50 percent
new landscaping.
THANKS: I would like to thank the Treasure Island Rescue Squad.
Brought my son there with breathing troubles, they came out and
talked to us and were very nice and took him to the hospital.
T.V.: Think about it. We pay a certain amount to watch T.V wheth-
er it be on cable or dish or whatever. Not only do you pay the televi-
sion company to watch it, but you're also paying to watch the ads.
They make thousands and thousands of dollars second to put the ads
on. Think about how many ads you're watching a day.
OUA: OUA has done it again, the east side of Okeechobee is under
a boil water notice. The last time it happened it lasted for six days.
To buy bottled water is very expensive and to boil water is very time
consuming. Also I wonder, how safe is it to bathe in the water? To
restore the water to a state of where it's safe to use they will flush the
lines with Chlorine, we can expect our laundry to be bleached, eyes,
hair and skin to be irritated. I wonder what other health effects it has.
I think the price we pay for OUA should entitle us to safe water. This
should not happen on a regular basis.
PROBLEMS: Everyone concentrates on the problems we're hav-
ing in this country lately: illegal immigration, hurricane recovery, alli-
gators attacking people in Florida. Not me. I concentrate on solutions
for the problems. It's a win-win situation. Dig a moat the length of the
Mexican border. Send the dirt to New Orleans to raise the level of the
levies. Put the Florida alligators in the moat along the Mexican border.
Any other problems you would like for me to solve today?
COWS: Is it just me, or does anyone else find it amazing that dur-
ing the mad cow epidemic our government could track a single cow,
born in Canada almost three years ago, right to the stall where she
slept in the state of Washington? And, they tracked her calves to their
stalls. But they are unable to locate 11 million illegal aliens wandering
around our country. Maybe we should give each of them a cow.
CONSTITUTION: They keep talking about drafting a Constitution
for Ira. Why don't we just give them ours? It was written by a lot of
really smart guys, it has worked for over 200 years, and we're not us-
ing it anymore.
JEFFERSON: Some very interesting quotations of Thomas Jeffer-
son who has seemingly foretold the future ... OUR future. Jefferson
said, "When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Eu-
rope, we shall become as corrupt as Europe." He also said, "The de-
mocracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are
willing to work and give to those who would not." And he said, "It is
incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A prin-
ciple which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world."
SHOW JUMPING: The Show Jumping event at the Agri-Civic
Center was great. Those horses are so beautiful and it is something
to see if you have never had a chance to watch a show jumping com-
petition in person. And it's free for spectators. I was surprised more
people were not out there, and especially surprised that so few of our
elected officials attended to welcome this event to our community. If
you missed the first weekend, you can still attend. They will be back
on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for more jumping competition. If you
want to watch at the outdoor arena, bring a chair -- just like you do
to parades, festivals, concerts and other outdoor events. When I was
watching on Saturday, they had the younger riders in the indoor arena
and the more experienced riders with the larger horses in the outdoor
arena.
BRIDE'S FIRST THANKSGIVING: One year at Thanksgiving, we
went to my sister's house for the traditional feast. Knowing how gull-
ible my sister is, my mom decided to play a trick. She told my sister
that she needed something from the store. When my sister left, my
mom took the turkey out of the oven, removed the stuffing, stuffed a
Cornish hen, and inserted it into the turkey, and re-stuffed the turkey.
She then placed the bird(s) back in the oven. When it was time for
dinner, my sister pulled the turkey out of the oven and proceeded
to remove the stuffing. When her serving spoon hit something, she
reached in and pulled out the little bird. With a look of total shock on
her face, my mother exclaimed, "Patricia, you've cooked a pregnant
bird!" At the reality of this horrifying news, my sister started to cry. It
took the family two hours to convince her that turkeys lay eggs! Yep,
you guessed right. My sister is a natural blonde!
BIRTH CERTIFICATE: Is it legal to be a United States President if
you are not born in the U.S.? Has it been officially proven that Obama
was born in the U.S.?. Just curious. Does anyone know for sure?
TURN SIGNALS: Apparently people don't know how to use their
turn signals. People turning or changing lanes should use their signals
so the persons behind them know what you are doing. I thought it
was against the law to change lanes and not use your turn signal. It
happens all the time.
SECURITY: I know that these aren't the best of times to be putting
money out for devices to keep what you already have, But, we were
having things stolen on a regular basis until we installed security cam-
eras all over the place. I put them up myself so there was no expense
for installation. Each camera was about $40 and we bought a camera
switcher device, $50, so that the monitor can be set to show them all
at once, or one at a time. The best deterrent after this was to let the
neighbors know about it, and after they informed their loved ones
about it, we have not lost anything. A picture of the criminals in court
is a good deterrent and I guess they know that.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING: Happy Thanksgiving to all the readers
of the Okeechobee News. Despite the tough economic times, we
have a lot to be thankful for. We survived another hurricane season
and it's time to count our blessings.


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Letters to the Editor


Give the gift of life
What does everyone have, yet
everyone need? You can give it,
and get it. No one can recreate
it and there is no substitute for it,
but you can use someone elses.
And if you don't have it, or get
it, you'll die?
You guessed it, the correct an-
swer is blood.
What better time than the
holidays to kick off our Season of
Giving? Florida's Blood Centers
(FBC) is proud to partner with
the Florida Association of Food
Banks and Publix for this annual
campaign. Though many of us
are tightening the purse strings,
we might just be more likely to
roll up our sleeves and give not
money, but our blood.
Perhaps it doesn't come as
much of a surprise that through-
out our community, people are in
need financially and medically. As
Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike
Thomas reported recently, more
and more Central Floridians are
turning to food banks to feed
themselves and their families be-
cause of economic hardship. This
is a troubling truth made more
poignant during the holidays, but
there is something that we can all
do that won't cost anything but a
few minutes.
The demand for blood is espe-
cially acute. Medical emergencies
cannot be scheduled, and our
community's blood supply must
be constantly replenished. At any
given moment, there's only 72
hours worth of blood available. If
a terrible accident or natural disas-
ter strikes, the supply can dimin-
ish in hours. Even more daunting
is the fact that only about five per-
cent of those eligible to donate
blood actually do so.
As the holidays approach, the
need for blood and food reaches
a peak simply because more
people are out and about "bump-
ing into each other." You may ask
yourself: what can I do as an indi-
vidual to help meet my commu-
nity's need for these essentials?
We have an answer. Make a
donation that takes nothing but
time, gives life, as well as a free
mini physical that now includes
screening for diabetes. When
you donate blood with FBC from
now through Dec. 31, not only
will your blood be used to treat
patients in need at local hospitals,
you will also receive a gift card
worth $10 that you can use at any
Publix supermarket.
Alternatively, you may choose
to direct FBC to donate the gift
card to your local food bank to
distribute to those in need. That
way, your donated blood, along
with the re-distributed Publix su-
permarket card, will stay right in
the community where you do-


nate and live. Either way, you'll
give and receive. Even if it's just
getting a good feeling, it will last
far longer than the current cam-
paign.
To donate, simply visit any
FBC branch office or the Big Red
Bus. To locate a branch near you,
call 888.9.DONATE or visit www.
floridasbloodcenters.org.
Remember, like food, there is
no substitute for human blood.
Anne K. Chinoda
President and CEO of Flor-
ida's Blood Centers

Fabulous Fifties
Reunion (1950-1959)
Excitement was in the air as
the first of the 1950's alumni en-
tered the room, decorated with
a Patriotic Theme; after all they
had been the "fabulous fifties."
Some wanted to see the list of
those attending, there were some
disappointments when someone
dear to them during high school
days were not on the list. All
sorts of thoughts went through
their minds, were they sick, had
they died or were they just not
interested in the reunion? One of
the main reasons given was the
economy, all of the 1950s were
now Senior Citizens and money
was short.
Approximately 90 attended
and enjoyed reminiscing about
the "good old days."
Emory Walker, Class of 1954
was the Master of Ceremonies.
Betty Chandler Williamson,
class of 1951, President of the
Okeechobee Historical Society,
welcomed everyone.
Doc Anderson, a veteran, led
the group in the Pledge of Alle-
giance to our flag.
Anna Jane Evans O'Steen,
Class of 1948, led the singing of
"God Bless America."
An invocation was given by
Charles Breland, Class of 1953.
The Okeechobee Historical
Executive Board and the Board
of Directors worked hard to make
this a worthwhile get together.
We hope that everyone present
enjoyed their day.
We appreciate the attendance
as we use our profits from these
fundraisers for historical lessons
of our county. We have sponsored
three murals, depicting "Old
Okeechobee." We also award
two $500 scholarships per year,
one to a male senior and another
to a female graduating senior. We
talk to groups about our history.
The museum is open each Thurs-
day (except for holidays) from 9
a.m. until 2 p.m. Come visit with
us.
Betty Chandler William-
son, Class of 1951
President, Okeechobee
Historical Society


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In memory of Valerie
White-Wells
In June of this year, the
Okeechobee County School
Board and the community lost
a beacon of light in the sudden
passing of Mrs. Valerie White-
Wells. She dedicated her life to
education and gave guidance to
those students who had seeming-
ly lost their way. I had the privilege
of working side by side with this
awe inspiring woman for the past
seven years. I can't begin to tell
you how many lives she touched
during her lifetime, but she made
an effort to be a positive influence
on all those around her. Her stu-
dents always knew she cared and
she went above and beyond for
those in the greatest need. She
was an active member of her
church, the First Missionary Bap-
tist Church Deans Court, the Sec-
retary for the Intermediate and
Junior Women's Kissimmee Val-
ley Association and served on the
board of Hospice in Okeechobee.
She encountered many hardships


along the way and used them for
strength to achie ve her goals. We
would like to honor her memory
by establishing a scholarship
fund to continue helping those
students enlightened by her. If
you would like to join us in our
endeavor, you can make a contri-
bution to the scholarship fund to
be awarded to a former student
touched by her loving hands. It
will be presented by two of her
children on scholarship night,
John Williams, of Atlanta, Ga.
and Sharonda Irvin, of Daytona
Beach. Checks should be made
out to the Okeechobee Educa-
tional Foundation, Inc. Please
send all donations to Cathie Car-
penter at Osceola Middle School,
825 SW 28th Street, Okeechobee,
Florida 34974. By working togeth-
er, we can keep Mrs. White-Wells'
dreams alive.
Cathie Carpenter
Okeechobee


Community Calendar
Thursday, Nov. 27
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, FL 34972, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Sickest Of The
Sick Group Basic Text at 8 p.m.; *The Just for Today Club of Okeecho-
bee is not affiliated with any 12 step fellowships.
AA.A Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the
fellowship hall at 412 N.W Sixth St. For information, call 863-763-
5996.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W
Third Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at
863-357-6257.
Grieving parents support group is a nondenominational group
of parents who meet every Thursday from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at the Red
Cross building classroom, Court Plaza, 323 N. Parrott Ave. To help sup-
port and comfort one another after the loss of a child through shared
experience. For information call Georgene at 863-763-2957 or Melanie
and Tony at 863-763-4149.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for women
who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive
relationships. The support groups meet at 6 p.m. For information, call
863-763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at 863-763-2893
or 863-763-0202.
Grief Support Group for parents who have lost a child will meet
at 7 p.m. The group will meet at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church,
312 N. Parrott Ave. For information, call Stephanie at 863-763-2893
days, or 863-467-2480 evenings. If you know of someone that might
need this group, please pass the word.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee
and the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group every
Thursday at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family member is
welcome. The group is facilitated by social workers and provides an
opportunity for caregivers to give one another support, information
and ideas. The meetings are held at Hospice, 411 S.E. Fourth St. For
information, call 863-467-2321.
AA. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Narcotics Anonymous meets Thursday night for a Basic Step
Meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth
Ave. For information, call 863-634-4780.
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meets at Believers Fellowship, 300
S.W. Six" Ave. at 7 p.m. For information call Monika at 863-801-3244.
Depending on Christ Depression Support Group meets at 6
p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month out on Martin
County Grade. For information and directions please contact Laura
Lee at 772-597-0463.

Friday, Nov. 28
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. The public is
invited. All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight
and becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to come and see
what we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at 800-
932-8677.
AA.A meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W Second St. It will be an open meeting.
AA.A meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W Third St. It will be an open speaker meeting.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their
dance every Friday, from 7 until 10 p.m. at the Sebring Lions Club on
Sebring Parkway, one mile east of U.S. 27 in Sebring. Tickets are $5
for members and $6 for guests. For information, call 863-471-0559 or
863-385-6671.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to weekly meeting. Overeaters
Anonymous (OA) meets at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312
N. Parrott Avenue on Fridays, 6 until 7 p.m. (Use 4th Street entrance.)
Overeaters Annonymous is not a diet club. There are no dues, fees
or weigh-ins. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop
eating compulsively. For more information call Loretta at 863-763-
7165 or 863-697-0206.
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Okeechobee News, Wednesday, November 26, 2008 5


Family recipes tied to memories


When I was in the extension
office recently, I asked Debbie
Clements if I could set up an ap-
pointment to speak with her. Miss
Debbie (as all of us in 4-H refer
to her) being gracious as always,
agreed to speak with me. Being
involved in 4-H for 44 years Miss
Debbie has seen a lot of change.
Her mother was a 4-H group
leader when she was a child and
she remembers peaking around
the corner and listening in when
she was too young to attend. This
exposure, lead her to 4-H oppor-
tunities that she took advantage
of including travel, learning expe-
riences, fun, and eventually a job
that she loves.
"I get to do a lot of the same
things I did as a kid and get paid
for doing it, what joy." Miss Deb-
bie proclaimed.
When she was younger, Miss
Debbie taught teen parenting
part time at IRSC, and math at a
middle school. In 1995 while she
was teaching she was involved
in 4-H, the old extension officer
at the time brought her a job ap-
plication. Then the agent kept in
touch until she not only turned in
the application but also accepted
the position. Her actual job title
is extension agent for family con-
sumer science and 4-H advisor.
Miss Debbie has a Masters degree
in Agriculture and Extension Edu-
cation, a Bachelors degree in Fi-
nance and is University of Florida
faculty.
"Cooking always brings back
wonderful memories and is fun,"
stated Miss Debbie.
"I grew up baking and cook-
ing with both my mother and
grandmother. They would send


or cooled. This is a great breakfast
for any special occasion.
If you would like to share your


me items in the mail when I was
in college. I'm not sure where this
recipe came from but they prob-
ably invented it.'
Banana Bread
(Makes 16 servings with ap-
proximately 212 calories.)
Utensils needed: Measuring
spoons, measuring cups, sifter, 2
bowls, spatula or spoon, mixer,
9x13" pan.
Ingredients:
2 cup Crisco
1 cup sugar
1 egg beaten
1 cup + 1 banana mashed,
very ripe bananas
2 cups all purpose flour
/2 tsp. Salt
I tsp. Baking soda
3 tbsp. Buttermilk
brown sugar
chopped pecans
Preheat oven 350 degrees, pre-
pare pan by greasing and flouring
the pan.
Cream together Crisco and
sugar. Add egg. Add bananas. Sift
together flour, salt, and baking
soda. Add alternately with but-
termilk, ending with dry ingredi-
ents. Pour into pan. Sprinkle top
with brown sugar and pecans.
Bake for 30-35 minutes until top is
browned and cooked throughout.
Cut into squares and serve warm


opinion, and your favorite recipe
please contact me at kitchen
talk@yahoo.com.


Submitted photo/Animal Control

Adopt a Pet
This is 'Boots' a gorgeous fluffy, floppy, domestic long
hair with quite unique markings. She is one of a litter of,
equally adorable, three, which are all looking for a warm
lap to curl up on. Her adoption fee is $95 which includes
her spay, a feline leukemia/aids test, a rabies vaccine,
FVRCP and FELV vaccine and a County license. All adop-
tions require a home visit and any other pets to be cur-
rently vaccinated against rabies. For more information
contact Animal Control at 863-357 3225.


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Bilingual reading
For National Young Readers' Week, North Elementary
teacher, Mrs. Rosa Ruiz read the book Corduroy, in Span-
ish, to Mrs. Murray's second grade class. Her daughter,
Rossa, read it in English. Mrs. Ruiz's younger daughter
and the class enjoyed the story in both languages.


Okeechobee Weather


Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 74. North northwest wind
around 5 mph.
Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 43. Northeast
wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Extended Forecast
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. Calm wind becoming
south southeast between 5 and 10 mph.
Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 55. East southeast
wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest.


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Community Events


Red Cross plans
Health and Safety
classes
The Okeechobee Branch of
the American Red Cross will be
holding the following the follow-
ing Health & Safety classes in De-
cember: Monday, Dec. 8, Infant/
Child CPR at 6 p.m. Wednesday,
Dec. 10, Adult CPR/AED at 6
p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, First Aid
Basics at 6 p.m. All classes are
held at their Branch office located
at 323 N. Parrott Ave. To register,
or for more information call 863-
763-2488.


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Agnes Julia Smith, 95
OKEECHOBEE Agnes Julia
Smith, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008,
in Raulerson Hospital. She was 95.
Born Feb. 7, 1913 in Elm Grove
Township, Ill., she and her husband
moved to Hallandale, Fla. in 1955
until they retired to Okeechobee in
1980. In addition she was a member
of the Eastern Star.
She is preceded in death by her
husband, Paul; and a daughter, Dar-
lene Pngodich.
She is survived by her granddaugh-
ter, Julie Hiers (Terry), of Loxahatch
ee; great-grandchildren, Paul and
Lana; brother, Richard Lohnes, of
Ill.; sisters, Shirley Shelton, of Okee-
chobee, Wilma Jean Weigand, of Ft.
Pierce, Eunice McCario of Ill., and
Margie Vogelsang, of Illinois; and
numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from
9 a.m. until service time of 10 a.m.
Friday, Nov. 28 in the Buxton Funer-
al Home Chapel. Burial will follow
in Hollywood Memorial Gardens.
All arrangements are under the di-
rection and care of the Buxton Fu
neral Home and Crematory, 110
N.E. 5th St., Okeechobee.
Grace Hume, 90
OKEECHOBEE Grace Hume,
died Friday, Nov. 21, 2008, in the
Okeechobee Health Care Facility.
She was 90.
Born Dec. 16, 1917 in Laurens,
N.Y, she had been a resident of
Okeechobee for the past 24 years
and was a member of the VFW Aux-
iliary and the Ladies of the Moose.
She is preceded in death by her
husband, Howard.
She is survived by her sisters, Vio-
let Baker, of Okeechobee, Evelyn
Nesbitt, of Reynolds, Ga., and Mae
Handy, of Oneonta, N.Y. In addition,
she is survived by a host of nieces
and nephews.
There will be no visitation of ser
vices.
All arrangements are under the di-
rection and care of the Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Crematory, 110
N.E. 5th St., Okeechobee.












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OCA holds annual
spaghetti dinner
Okeechobee Christian Acad-
emy will hold its 13th Annual
Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser on
Friday, Dec. 5 from 11 a.m. until
2 p.m. (drive thru only) and Sat-
urday, Dec. 6, from 11 a.m. until 7
p.m. (eat in, drive thru, bake sale)
Dinner includes spaghetti, green
beans and roll, (tea or coffee dine
in only) for a $5 donation. A silent
auction will be held on Saturday
from 3 until 6 p.m. and their first
Chapel Quilt Show will be held
from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. For infor-
mation call 863-763-3072.



Josephine Eudora
Abner, 80
OKEECHOBEE Josephine Eudo-
ra Abner, died Tuesday, Sept. 23,
2008, in her residence. She was 80.
Born Oct. 27, 1927 in Greenville,
Ohio, she had been a resident of
Okeechobee since 1981 and was a
member of the Moose VFW Eagles.
She is survived by her sons, Ronnie
Abner (Sandra), of Fairborne, Ohio,
and Danny Abner, of Ohio; four
grandchildren and five great-grand
children; nephew, Jerry James; and
niece, Donna Price, both of Brook-
ville, Ohio. In addition she is sur-
vived by her companion, Robert
Boyle, of Okeechobee.
A Memorial Service will be at 11
a.m. Sunday in the Moose Lodge.
All arrangements are under the di-
rection and care of the Buxton Fu
neral Home and Crematory, 110
N.E. 5th St., Okeechobee.
Marjorie Mae Cooke, 64
WILDWOOD Marjorie Mae
Cooke, died Monday, Nov 24, 2008.
She was 64.
She was born June 1, 1944 in Brat-
tleboro, Vt. She was a LPN at Lees-
burg Regional Medical Center.
She is survived by her daughters,
Melissa Casson, of Wildwood, and
April Cooke, of Morriston; her grand-
children, Laney Casson of Wild-
wood, and Garrett Cooke, of
Morriston; her brother, Stewart Aith-
er of Exerter, N.H.; and her sisters,
Elaine Robinson, of Jamaica, Vt.,
Carol Hodge, of Londonderry, Vt.,
and Cheryl DesChamps, of Okeecho
bee.
A gathering of friends will be 1 to 2
p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008 at Bey-
ers Funeral Home Chapel. Memorial
services will be 2 p.m., with Dr. Alan
Holden officiating.
Arrangements are entrusted to
Beyers Funeral Home & Crematory,
Leesburg.
John Harris Boswell
Sr., 62
OKEECHOBEE John Harris Bos-
well Sr., died Friday, Nov. 21, 2008,
in Raulerson Hospital. He was 62.
Born April 8,
1946 in Okeecho-
bee, he had been
a lifetime resident
and was a mem
ber of the Jeho-
vah Witness
Church. He en-
joyed computers.
He is pre
ceded in death by a broth-
er, David; and sisters, Lucie and
Veramae.
He is survived by his wife, Debra
Boswell; son, John H. Boswell Jr.;
daughter, Yolanda Deanna Boswell,
all of Okeechobee; brothers, Willie
Frank Boswell, of Trenton, N.J., Wi
ley Boswell (Bertha Mae), James
Boswell (Lottie Mae), and Simon
Bryant Boswell (Ruby), all of Okee-
chobee, Harry Paul Boswell, of
Trenton, N.J., Ronnie Boswell, and
Robert Boswell, of Okeechobee; sis-
ters, Gladys, of Wilmington, N.J.,
Doretha Hamilton, of Ft. Pierce, and
Cassie Mumm, of Trenton, N.J. In
addition he is survived by a host of
nieces, nephews and loving friends.
The family will be receiving friends
from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 28,
and services will be 11 a.m. Saturday
in the Buxton Funeral Home Chapel.
All arrangements are under the di-
rection and care of the Buxton Fu-
neral Home, 110 N.E. 5th St.,
Okeechobee.


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Annual Tour of
Homes to be held
The Annual Holiday Tour of
Homes, sponsored by Raulerson
Hospital, will take place on Dec.
5 and 6 from 6 until 9 p.m. A bus
tour is available on Friday evening
Dec. 5. Tickets are now on sale at
the hospital and Suzie's Hallmark
Gift Shop in the Publix Plaza. The
self tour tickets are only $15 and
the bus tickets for those who
would like to "LEAVE THE DRIV-
ING TO US," are only $25. The
event benefits the United Way of
Okeechobee. For more informa-
tion, please call Bill Casian at 863-
824-2702

3rd Annual craft
bazaar and luncheon
to be held
The Third Annual craft bazaar
and luncheon at Buckhead Ridge
Christian Church, 1167 Linda
Road (BHR) will be held on Sat-
urday, Dec. 6, from 8 a.m. until
2 p.m. For more information call
the Church at 863-357-6500.

BHR VFW host
Pancake breakfast
The Buckhead Ridge VFW will
be hosting a pancake breakfast.
All you can eat pancakes on Dec.
6, from 8 until 11 a.m. for a $4 do
nation. For information call 863-
532-9015 or 863-467-8220.


Bowl for a cure
You can help the concerned
citizens of Okeechobee by bowl-
ing for a cure for cancer at at
Bowl-A-Thon on Saturday, Dec.
6, at Stardust Lanes from 7 until
10 p.m. Entry fee is $15 per per-
son or $60 per team (4-persons),
includes shoes and three games
of bowling. Lane sponsorships
are available for $100. For more
information contact Frank Riddle
at 863-447-1174. All proceeds will
benefit the American Cancer So-
ciety.

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
days to obtain your certificate.
Contact your insurance company
to see if you qualify for a discount.
Most 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.


Attention Okeechobee
Habitat for Humanity Class of 89


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.


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


U.S. Coast Guard Sour Orange Fest has
Auxiliary to do vessel new date


exams
Okeechobee-The Lake is back
and so are we. Flotilla 57 U.S.
Coast Guard Auxiliary we are
ready to do vessel exams. They
are free and we will come to you,
we make house calls. Call 863
763-9570 to make and appoint
ment to examine your boat and
get it certified with a sticker.

YMS collecting printer
cartridges
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.

Historical Society
collects info for book
Mrs. Betty Williamson, from
the Historical Society is in the
process of writing a book about
Okeechobee Women. She is look-
ing for all of the Speckled Perch
Queens from 1968 to recent.
Please call the Chamber of Com-
merce at 863-763-6464 or Betty
Williamson at 863-763-3850 if you
are able to help. The Queens will
be listed in the book.


Holiday Happenings


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holiday news
Is your club, organization or
church planning a holiday event
or fundraiser? Email your news
to okeenews@newszap.com.
Spread the word about your or-
ganization's event -- post your
community event online. To find
the community calendar, go to
www.newszap.com and click on
"Okeechobee."

Holiday Cookie
Sale planned
The Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church will have their annual
Christmas Cookie Sale on Sat-
urday, Dec. 13, from 8 a.m. until
1 p.m. in the Church Fellowship
Hall. The church is located at 312
N. Parrot Avenue.

Hospice hosts annual
Festival of Trees
Hospice of Okeechobee are
set to host this year's Annual
Festival of Trees. The event will
open on Friday, Nov. 28 and run
through Sunday, Dec. 7. You may
view this Christmas wonderland
weekdays from 9 a.m. until 4
p.m. The event is free to attend.
For more information, call Cathy
at 863-467-2321.

Christmas Country
Store set to open
The Christmas Country Store
will open on Friday, Nov. 28 at 9
a.m. at Hospice of Okeechobee's
Blue Volunteer Building. Toys,
decorations and unique items for
Christmas will be for sale. Come
see and enjoy the holiday splen-
dor. For more information, please
call Cathy at 863-467-2321.

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


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.

Moose Lodge selling
Koeze Nuts
The Okeechobee Loyal Order
of Moose, Legionnaires are 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.G. 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.

City Hall Park
to hosts Santa
Santa will be at City Hall on
Dec. 2, following the Lighting
Ceremony; December 3, 4, 9, 10,
11, 15, and 16 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Stop by for a picture with Santa!

Santa on fire truck
The City Firefighters will host
Santa on the fire truck visits on:
Dec. 18 in the N.W & N.E. sec-
tions of the city; Dec. 19 in the SE
section of the city; and Dec, 20 in
the SW section of the city.


ankie Brady, Jr.

appy Birthday
.24, 1957 Dec. 21, 2005
Happy birthday,
my baby brother


S Are you gently sleeping
Here inside my dreams?
And doesn't faith believe
All power can't be seen?
Fly me up to where you are
beyond the distant stars.
I believe that angels breathe,
that love will live on and never leave.
If I could have just one wish come true,
It would be to spend one more day with you.
To see you laugh, to see you smile, to see you dance.
To do the things we used to do.
Happy birthday, Baby Brother
I love you more than anyone could ever know.
Watch over us, my angel
Until we have our birthdays together in heaven.
I love you, my angel& you're in my heart Always
Your sis, Cindy


Third Annual craft
bazaar and luncheon
to be held
The Third Annual craft bazaar
and luncheon at Buckhead Ridge
Christian Church, 1167 Linda
Road (BHR) will be held on Sat
urday, Dec. 6, from 8 a.m. until
2 p.m. For more information call
the Church at 863-357-6500.

Christmas window
contest open.
Okeechobee Main Street has
announced their Third Annual
Christmas Window Decorating
Contest. Businesses will need to
have windows decorated before
the City's Tree Lighting ceremony
on Dec. 2. Judging will be on
Dec. 13. The winner will receive
a plaque. For information please
contact Okeechobee Main Street
863-357-MAIN.

Christmas parade
planned
Chamber of Commerce Light-
ed Christmas Parade will be Dec.
13, with line up at 5:30 p.m. A
craft show will be in Flagler Parks
2 and 3. For more information,
contact the Chamber at 763-
6464.


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.

Low cost spay/neuter
available
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@
bellsouth.net. Okeechobee veteri
narians are invited to participate.
in this low cost spay/neuter pro-
gram.

Historical limited
edition ornaments on
sale
The Okeechobee Retired
Educators will be selling their
third limited edition ornament
for Christmas 2008. Ornaments
are 24k gold on brass, includes a
numbered certificate with historic
cal information. Ornaments are
$15. Proceeds fund their scholar-
ship. The 2008 ornament is the
Old County Courthouse. They
will also have 2007 and 2006 or-
naments available in a limited
quantity for those who wish to get
those. To purchase an ornament
call Gay Carlton at 863-763-5755,
Kay McCool at 863-763-2829, Pau-
lette Whipple at 863-467-2487,
Marion Davis at 863-763-3991 or
Regina Hamrick at 863-763-8865.



Christmas gift drive
My Aunt's House anticipates
an overwhelming number of re-
quests this year for assistance,
please help if you can. Suggested
items: puzzles, books, balls, board
games, watches, dolls, cars, and
socks. Items can be brought to
the Okeechobee County School
Board office. The Community
Collaborative Council collects
items for the gift drive which My
Aunt's House distributes to local
families. For more information
contact Sharon Vinson 863-462
5000 ext 257.

VFW 9528 holds Toy's
For Tots Bike Run
Bikes will leave the VFW Post
4423 (34th Street off 441 North.)
at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7
and will arrive at the VFW 9528 in
Buckhead Ridge by 1 p.m. Entry
fee is one new unopened toy. This
event will benefit Toy's For Tots. A
hog roast with swamp cabbage
will be held at 2 p.m., there will
be music and a good time for a $5
donation. For more information
call 863-467-2882.




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FWC proposes changes to anchoring and mooring statutes


The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC)
is seeking common-ground solu-
tions and is proposing legislation
to modify and/or clean up statutes
related to vessel management,
anchoring, mooring and local
government authority.
The FWC's Boating and Wa-
terways Section will present its
recommendations Dec. 3, at
the Commission meeting in Key
West.
Problems began to arise when


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foods, put a small portion on the
side. While it's best to avoid these
altogether if you can't, at lease
minimize your intake.
"There are ways to make des-
erts and pies without sugars,"
he said. "Gravy has the most fat.


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system. It is not that I don't want
to coach anymore, I just don't
want to coach at Okeechobee
High School anymore," he add-
ed.
Branham will help coach in
the North South All Star Game in
Sebring on Dec. 13.
Assistant Superintendent Ken
Kenworthy said a search would
begin soon for a replacement.
He noted the district was very
disappointed in Branham's deci-
sion, "I'm disappointed that he is


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money into the local economy.
Agriculture including meat,
milk, fruit and vegetables all
contribute to our local economy
in Okeechobee, especially beef,
milk and citrus. It is absolutely
necessary to have a balance of
agriculture to provide for a com-
munity, according to Mr. Adams.
The Adams Ranch is progres-
sive in many ways but still main-
tains the age-old practice of riding
horses to take care of their cattle.
On their ranch they chose to pre-
serve the hammocks while still
adding some improved pasture in
order to maintain the balance of
the land. There are many types of
wildlife that live in the hammocks
that are typically bulldozed and
replaced with other ag such as
citrus trees.
Mr. Adams displayed his life-
long hobby of photography and
showed all in attendance the
diversity that exists on his ranch
including alligators, deer, many
types of birds and other animals
as well.
He has been active in progres-
sive crossing during the breeding
process and utilizing DNA testing


public access sites for boaters di-
minished due to development of
waterfront properties and priva-
tization of boating facilities. As a
result, boaters began to anchor or
moor their vessels for long peri-
ods, or even permanently, on the
water and often behind water-
front properties. At times, vessels
became derelict, created naviga-
tional hazards, caused property
damage, damaged sea grass and
corals and caused pollution.
Under pressure from hom-

If you can skip the gravy that is
ideal."
He also warned that diabetics
should be careful of corn bread.
While a small slice may be all
right, it's best to avoid it altogeth-
er.
"Ham is OK," said Dr. Graham.
"It's not a big deal in terms of
sugar. However, some are honey-
cured. Then, you definitely need
to cut your portions."

stepping down after such an awe-
some season. We support him in
his future endeavors," he said.
The search will begin in the
near future. Kenworthy promised
the district would get input from
boosters, alumni, and parents
while they conduct a search for a
replacement.
"We want to find somebody
who will do a good job, who
works great with kids. We'll also
have to look at teaching creden-
tials. We will do right by the kids,"
Kenworthy added.
Kenworthy did not rule out the
possibility of hiring from within
the school system. He noted it
will be the district's job to shake

to ensure the specific tenderness,
marbling and feed efficiency of
his cattle and the cattle of the fu-
ture.
In addition Jacob Larson, the
president of the Okeechobee
Area Agri-Council presented Don-
ald Richard Sellars, Sr. with an
award for all of his accomplish-
ments in agriculture throughout
his lifetime.
National Farm City Week
strives to increase understanding,
cooperation and relationships be-
tween rural and urban residents.
All Americans are encouraged to
thank someone who helps make
it possible for you and your fam-
ily to enjoy the bounty of our food
supply.
Special thanks for donations
from: Farm Credit of South Florida,
ACA; Okeechobee County Farm
Bureau; Berger Insurance Ser-
vices; Orchid Island Juice Com-
pany; Okeechobee Cattleman's
Association; Syble's Flowers and
Gifts; Okeechobee Office Supply;
Pogey's Family Restaurant; and
Greg Thogersen-Morgan Stanley.
The event was sponsored by:
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee;
Okeechobee Area Agri-Council,
Inc.; Farm Credit of South Florida,
ACA; Emory Walker Company;
Everglades Farm Equipment; Riv-


eowners and others, local gov-
ernments passed ordinances that
preempted state laws.
"There are definitely two sides
to this," Maj. Paul Ouellette, from
FWC's Boating and Waterways
Section said. "Boaters believe
boating is the last bastion of
freedom, but waterfront prop-
erty owners do not want to deal
with a boat's pollution, noise and
other problems especially when
boats are practically anchored in
their back yards."

Following the big meal, instead
of plopping down on the couch
to watch football games, get out
and get some exercise.
"Go for a walk for about a half
hour. I tell my patients to do a
family walk," suggested the doc-
tor. "The exercise is really helpful.
If you overeat you can at least get
out and walk, swim or take a bike
ride -- it can neutralize what you
take in."

the bushes because there are a lot
of talented people out there will-
ing to do the job.
"We'll advertise all over and
post it in the district and hopefully
get the best person," he added.
Brahmans named to the game
were Garrett Madrigal, Kareem
Jones, Nate Pollard, Sam Dixon
and Alan Najera. Lonnie Pryor
was named an alternate to the
game. He could play if he is not
named to play in the North South
Florida game. Pryor will also play
in the Outback Steak House All
Star game next month in Palm
Beach County.

erside National Bank; Diamond R
Fertilizer; Lakeland Animal Nutri-
tion/Larry Williams; National City
Bank; and Quail Creek Planta-
tion.
Post your opinions In the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at cagullar@newszap.com.


Okeechobee News/Chauna Agullar
Alto "Bud" Adams, from Ad-
ams Ranch spoke to those in
attendance at the Farm City
Week Luncheon on Thursday,
Nov. 20, about his experience
in agriculture.


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Clayton Williams has chaired the Farm City Week Luncheon committee for 12 years. He will
turn over the ranks to Jeff Sumner for next year's event.


The situation became espe-
cially confusing for boaters as
they traveled from county to
county and encountered local ju-
risdictions with inconsistent regu-
lations. However, based on pub-
lic input, the FWC is proposing
slightly more authority to regulate
anchoring and clarify local gov-
ernment authority.
"We've had 13 public meet-
ings," Ouellette said. "Boaters
generally felt laws should be
overseen by the FWC to ensure

While the diabetic must be
selective about the food they eat,
Dr. Graham said the main staple
of Thanksgiving -- the turkey -- is
one food about which there are
few worries.
"Turkey is great. Take the skin
off and have white turkey meat
and you're fine," he suggested.
If you like greens, cook them
with turkey legs for seasoning in-
stead of ham hocks.
As for having a drink before
the meal or at a party, Dr. Graham
said no more than two drinks of
hard liquor are OK as long as the


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Goodheart has been found
guilty and was sentenced to five
years in federal prison.
"He had an extensive drug
problem," said Mr. Meadows.
Paperwork from a U.S. District
Court in Tampa states that be-
tween February 2002 and May 30,
2003, Crowell cashed 11 false re-
fund checks at the One Stop Shop
in Port St. Lucie. These checks
totaled $35,417.86. In addition,
Crowell cashed Western Union
money orders from various co-
conspirators that totaled $2,900.
That paperwork states that the
checks were mailed to various lo-
cations in the state including St.
Petersburg, Orlando, Okeecho-
bee and West Palm Beach.
Shoots, indicated the paper-
work, received fraudulent checks
totaling $34,335.77 and deposited
them in two local banks.
Williams, continued the fed-
eral information, received checks
totaling $23,845. Some of this
money was deposited in two lo-
cal banks, as well as a bank in
St. Petersburg and a bank in Val-
dosta, Ga.
Mr. Meadows said the banks
may have a civil recourse against
Crowell, Shoots and Williams.
Also sentenced was Frankie
Jackson, an OCI correctional of-
ficer, and John Harvey Palmer, an
inmate at the local prison. Jack-
son was sentenced to 30 months
in prison, while Palmer received a
prison sentence of 51 months.
Another OCI inmate in this
time frame, William Michael Ko-
ster, was also indicted and found
guilty of getting the personal in-
formation on other inmates and
then giving that information to
Rolando Rafael Valencia and their
mother, Noris Mercedes Keller.
Koster and Valencia were both
arrested in the Dominican Repub-
lic on June 1, 2006, and subse-



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see more continuous releases in
the future. He said they reduce
the likelihood of higher discharg-
es which damage the salinity of
the estuaries. Also in dry time
continuous low level releases
could help maintain the balance
of salinity and fresh water. Under
the new schedule, continuous
discharges would stop when the
lake reaches 12.5 feet.
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uniformity and consistency. But
local governments wanted more
authority to address problems
that were unique to their own
communities and fell outside the
scope of what the state can en-
force."
In addition to giving local gov-
ernments more authority, the rec-
ommendations also would delete
obsolete and confusing language
in current boating statutes.
"One of Florida's greatest out-
door activities is boating," Ouel-

diabetic is eating something along
with their drink.
"Alcohol will actually lower
blood sugar so have a light snack,"
he continued. "But, if you want to
lose weight, beer is a no-no. Hard
liquor has the least calories. With
hard liquor it's the mixers that
have the calories."
Finally, Dr. Graham said the di-
abetic must be very diligent about
testing their blood-sugar levels.
"It's a good idea to test more
often," he said. "If you normally
check once or twice a day it
would be a good idea to double

quently entered guilty pleas. Ko-
ster was sentenced to 46 months
in prison, while Valencia received
a sentence of 30 months and
Keller was sent to prison for four
months.
According to IRS information
the names and Social Security
numbers were used to file false
tax returns for inmates at prisons
across the state, including: OCI,
Gulf CI, Everglades CI, Santa Rosa
CI, Wakulla CI, Homestead CI,
Lowell CI, the South Florida Re-


lette said. "As the population of
Florida boaters increases, we
will continue to have to revise
our statutes and provide and im-
prove boating access. Freedom to
navigate must be weighed against
growth management so boating
isn't just for the elite."
To learn more about what the
future of boating may be, visit My-
FWC.com/Wildlife2060. To learn
more about anchoring and moor-
ing, and other boating issues, visit
MyFWC.comnboating/.

that, and check it more often if
anything is questionable."
Even though the diabetic has
to be careful about what they eat,
Dr. Graham indicated it doesn't
have to ruin your holiday if you
remember that portion control is
vitally important.
"Just cut everything in half,"
he said. "Have a little bit of every-
thing -- it's a special day."
For more information or
recipes, Dr. Graham suggested
visiting the American Diabetes
Association's web site at www.
diabetes.org.

ception Center in Doral and the
Regional Medical Center in Lake
Butler.
IRS paperwork indicates that
at least 20 people have been ar-
rested and sentenced in either the
OCI scheme or similar cons car-
ried out across the state.
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Two assisted living facilities planned for Okeechobee


By Betty Bockoras
Special to the Okeechobee News
Okeechobee's future includes
two assisted living facilities. The
first one, to be completed in the
fall of 2009, will be located directly
behind the Visiting Nursing Office
on 208 S.E. Park St. The second
one, its completion date undeter-


mined, will be on the property be-
hind the Okeechobee Heath Care
Facility on 441 North.
The Visiting Nursing Associa-
tion is already taking applications
for their facility, which will have
31 spacious apartments with sin-
gle and double occupancy. Each
apartment will have a private


bath, kitchenette and an emer-
gency call system. Residents can
enjoy three nutritional meals a
day, served restaurant style in the
dining room. There will be a full
service salon and spa, a library,
several TV/movie lounges, an ac-
tivities room and a chapel.
The other assisted living facil-


ity has been in the making for sev-
eral years. Faye Haverlock, CEO of
the Okeechobee Health Care Fa-
cility stated recently, "We've been
updating this project and are still
moving forward with plans to
build."
Mrs. Haverlock declined to
say when the new facility will be


completed, because past projec-
tions were made and had to be
changed twice. A couple of years
ago, ground was broken and
33,000 cubic yards of fill brought
in. Then along came a hurricane
and washed it out, and they had
to bring more in. Also, there is a
problem with the drainage ditch-


es nearby, and this needs to be re-
solved before building plans can
resume.
With Okeechobee's growing
senior population, the two assist-
ed living facilities will definitely be
an asset to our community.


'Beginnings and Beyond'


concert a great success


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Giving at its best
Even though our economy is bad, the children's Sunday school classes at Fountain of Life
Church were able to collect enough toys and money to fill over 50 shoeboxes for Operation
Christmas Child this year. The children worked very hard learning about Operation Christ-
mas Child, collecting change, and then filling shoeboxes with toys. They even wrote out
Christmas cards to let the other children know "the reason for the season" and that Jesus
loves them. Operation Christmas Child is a Franklin Graham ministry that sends shoeboxes
filled with toys and the message of Jesus' love to children in desolate parts of the world.



Find local services using your computer


By Diane Timmons
Okeechobee News
With this column we try hard
to help you use your computer for
more and more good things. To-
day we are going to discuss how
to find local services. Google, the
search engine, has a service that
I find very useful. Last week my
family wanted to know if a cer-
tain medical specialist was avail-
able here in Okeechobee. My re-
sponse was to look it up on local
Google. The Internet address is
local.google.com.
In your browser, type local.
google.com into the address line
at the top of your screen. The first
time you go to this web site, you
will see a map of the United States.
From here you can do one of two
things. You can either click on the
state from which you need infor-
mation or you can put key words
into the search line at the top of
the page. Type what you are look-
ing for into the search box. Yes,
it does understand Okeechobee.
I typed in "Okeechobee grocery"
and got more than 20 results in
the listing, with addresses and
phone numbers. If you click the
top line of a listing, which is the
name of the business, a popup on
the map gives you more informa-
tion and options. You may be able
to click a link to that businesses
web site. Then, the map to the
right of the screen is of Okeecho-


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bee with indicators showing the
location of each business.
I love the controls built into the
map. There is a bar to the left of
the map screen with hash marks
that lets you to adjust the view
of the map. Click up toward the
plus sign and the map gets larger.
Or, click down toward the minus
sign and the map pulls out for a
larger view of the city. If you want
to move the map up or down or
side to side, just rest your mouse
pointer on the map itself. The cur-
sor turns into a hand. By click and
dragging, you can move the map
around to see what you are look-
ing for. If you click on one of the


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letters on the map, it gives you a
balloon type image with informa-
tion for that business.
So where does Google get the
listings for the results? They use
local phone books, yellow pages
and other directories. In addition,
any business can sign up free to
enhance its listing. Google Local
encourages a business to create
its own free listing and you don't
need a web site of your own to do
it. Using this web address, www.
google.com/local/add, follow the
directions and make sure your
information is accurate. After all,
the Internet is the new phone
book.
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By Katrina Elsken
Okeechobee News
"Beginnings and Beyond"
a musical event hosted Church
of Our Saviour Episcopal Church
drew standing room only crowds
Sunday for a concert tracing the
history of Western music.
The program benefited Healthy
Start. Concert patrons brought
packages of disposable diapers as
donations.
Nichole Wood was the nar-
rator for the program. Church
of Our Saviour Music Director
J. Kevin Kinnaird organized the
program and wrote the narrative
portion.
Musicians who performed in-
cluded Mr. Kinnaird (voice and
piano); Dr. Edward J. Petuch
(recorder and organ); Dr. Ken
Keaton (guitar); John Olsen (vio-
lin); Shelvah Barber (violin); Val-
eriya Polunina (piano); and, Erica
Pope (voice).
The Choral Ensemble was
made up of members of the
Okeechobee Commmunity Choir
including (soprano) Erin Ellinger,
Lonnie Kirch, Sydney Thacker;
(alto) Arleen Fanter, Mary Hurley,
JoAnn Kane; (tenor) Reid Ellinger,
Michael Hutichison, Anton Silva;
(bass) Dave Fanter, John Koepke,
and Mike Zierden.
The Annual Community
Christmas Cantata, "One Incred-
ible Moment," will be presented
by the Okeechobee Community


Places of

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Choir at the First United Method-
ist Church on Friday, Dec. 19, at 7
p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m.;
and, Sunday, Dec. 21 at3 p.m. the
Community Choir is made up of
65 voices from numerous com-
munities of faith in and around
Okeechobee.
Do you feel tired, confused, are
you sick, do you have problems
in your marriage, with your chil-
dren, or maybe in your finances?
The Cell Group of Okeecho-
bee and Cell Pastors' Freddy &
Norma Cisneros invites everyone
to a Night of Answers, Miracles
and Healing. The Special Nights
will be at the Freshman Campus


Building (behind Golden Coral)
610 S.W Second Ave., Okeecho-
bee starting at 7:30 p.m. every
Wednesday night. For informa-
tion please call 863-228-6324 or
863-228-0725.
St. Theresa of the Child Jesus,
on State Road 78 at Chobee Loop
in Buckhead Ridge, announces a
change in Sunday services. French
Mass will be at 8:30 a.m., English
Mass at 10 a.m., and Spanish
Mass at 12:30 a.m. Sunday School
classes are after English Mass and
before Spanish Mass. Saturday
vigil Masses in English are at 4
p.m. Wednesday Mass in English
is at 8:30 a.m. For more informa-
tion, call the church office at 863-
946-0696.
The feast of our Lady of
Guadalupe e will be held on Fri-
day, Dec. 12, at Sacred Heart Cath-
olic Church, 901 S.W Okeecho-
bee. An outdoor procession will
take place in the parking lot be-
fore the 8 p.m. Mass. There will
be a special celebration begin-
ning at 9 p.m. on the grounds of
the church. The celebration will
feature ethnic food. Everyone is
welcome. For more information
call 863-763-3727.
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for this column to okeenews@
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Airport interim director named


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Long time county employee
Kathy Scott now wears two hats.
In addition to being director of
the Tourist Development Council,
she is now interim director of the
Okeechobee County Airport and
Industrial Park.
"I am very self-motivated and
willing to help whenever needed,"
she said. "I feel very grateful that
administration felt my experience
and dedication to Okeechobee
County were key factors in giving
me the opportunity to be involved
in the Okeechobee County Air-
port and Industrial park. We will
work hard to continue to keep
the operation of the airport run-
ning smoothly and pursue ideas
for improvement as they come
along."
Mrs. Scott is dividing her time
equally between the two posi-
tions. She said she feels that she


can tie the two jobs together and
that the airport is a good way to
advertise for tourism in the coun-
ty. She said that some people fly
into the airport and rent a car to
attend activities in the county.
Even if people only fly in to the
airport to refuel and eat lunch,
they can pick up brochures and
come back for future events.
In the past many of the air-
port improvement projects came
from matching fund grants from
the FAA or Florida Department of
Transportation. She anticipates
that any grant applications during
her tenure will be a cooperative
effort between AVCON, the air-
port's consulting firm, and dep-
uty county administrator Robbie
Chartier.
Capital improvements man-
ger Donnie Oden is assisting with
capital improvement projects at
the airport.
"I'm filling in and learning and
helping out all I can while I am


here," Mrs. Scott said. promotion of economic growth
She invites everyone to come for Okeechobee County."


out to the airport and see the
number of visitors there each
day.
"It is an unending port for the


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Kathy Scott, director of the Tourist Development Council, was
recently named interim director of the Okeechobee County
Airport and Industrial Park.


Annual Gingerbread


Contest announced


The Culinary Institute of the
Treasure Coast at Indian River
State College announces the
Second Annual Gingerbread
Contest to be held on Dec. 6, at
the Richardson Center located
on the Mueller Campus in Vero
Beach. The display will be open
to the public Monday, Dec. 8,
through Monday Dec. 15. Every
entrant will receive a certificate
of participation. In addition,
gold, silver and bronze awards
will be given in four categories.
The categories are: high school
student, college student, profes-
sional, and amateur. The houses
are judged on a point system,
so there will be more than one
award for each category.
The Richardson Center will
be open to the public to view
the gingerbread house display
and for silent bidding on each
structure. Proceeds from the
silent auction go to the Indian
River State College Foundation
for student scholarships in the
Restaurant Management/Culi-
nary Arts Program.


Timeline is as follows: Fri-
day, Dec. 5. 8:30 a.m. 4 p.m.
- Structures to be delivered,
5:30 p.m. 8 p.m. Judging of
the entries; Saturday, Dec. 6, 2
p.m. Award ceremony in the
Richardson Center; Monday, De-
cember 8 through Monday, Dec.
15, Silent Auction to benefit the
IRSC Foundation.
Student groups, family mem-
bers, and friends are invited to
view this wonderful exhibit.
The silent bidding and gin-
gerbread house display will end
at 4 p.m. Winning bidders will
be contacted by telephone in
order to make arrangements for
pick up of their house.
The Richardson Center is lo-
cated at 6155 College Lane, Vero
Beach, FL 32966, hours are: 9
a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through
Friday and by appointment. For
more information or an entry
form, please contact Chef/In-
structor Bill Solomon at: 772-
226-2528 or via e-mail at wsolo-
mon@irsc.edu.


Submitted photo/Teresa Chandler
Read to a child day
Teresa Chandler participated in the county wide literacy
day at Central Elementary School. Ms. Chandler read a
Thanksgiving story titled "A day in the life of a Pilgrim boy,"
to Mrs. Snyder's third grade class. Volunteers county-wide
read to children today at all of the elementary schools in
Okeechobee. The literacy program runs in the schools
once a year. The organization hopes to expand the "read
to a child" to several times a year In the near future at all
the schools. For more information, please contact Peggy
Friend at 863-462-5077.


Submitted photo/IRSC
Nursing Scholarship
On behalf of the Gulfstream Lodge of the Sons of Norway,
Jay Wise presented Indian River State College Nursing stu-
dent Bobie Jo Gainer of Okeechobee with a scholarship.
Ms. Gainer has attended classes at the IRSC Dixon Hendry
Campus and will be starting the R.N. Program at IRSC in
the Spring. Dr. Susan Wise, IRSC Nursing Faculty mem-
ber, and Melissa DePriest of the IRSC Foundation looked
on. The Sons of Norway support scholarships each year
through the IRSC Foundation to assist Nursing students.


Hospital holds its


Annual Food Drive


The Annual Raulerson Hos-
pital Food Drive took place this
November with over 5,500 lbs.
of food distributed, through the
hospital warehouse, to numerous
needy organizations. Food prod-
ucts were donated by Raulerson
Hospital staff, Seminole Elemen-
tary, North Elementary, Central


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Okeechobee High School. Each
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of food and was happy with the
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OHS Meat Judging Team rate high at competitions


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Austin Harvey was awarded a certificate of excellence for his
gold rating as part of the Okeechobee High School FFA team
for Meat Judging at the National FFA Convention where his
team earned twelfth place out of 42 teams.



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The Okeechobee Brahman
FFA chapter attended the National
FFA Convention from Oct. 18-26.
During their week, they were in-
volved in many activities includ-
ing award sessions, concerts,
career show, Agriscience fair and
contests.
On Oct. 18, Jennifer Dryden,
Austin Harvey, James Sharpe,
and Valerie McKee, along with
their coach Brian Dryden, left
Okeechobee to go to the National
FFA Convention in Indianapolis,
Ind. for the National Meat Judg-
ing Contest. Along the way they
stopped at the University of Flor-
ida where they practiced meat
judging inside the meat labora-
tory at the campus. From there
they drove to Athens, Ga. for
the night and woke up the next
morning to practice meat judging
again at the University of Georgia.
After finishing in Athens, Ga. they
continued to Atlanta, Ga. to prac-
tice at Buckhead Beef for the rest
of the day. Their last stop before
Indiana was at the University of
Kentucky in Lexington, Ky. From


there they went to Indianapolis,
Ind. for the national Meat judging
Competition.
The Meat Judging team com-
peted in the National Meat Evalu-
ation and Technology Career De-
velopment Event. The Individuals
can receive a Bronze, Silver, or
Gold rating. Three of our four
individuals received a Gold Rat-
ing and one received a silver rat-
ing. Receiving gold was Valerie
McKee, James Sharpe, and Aus-
tin Harvey. Receiving silver was
Jennifer Dryden. Valerie McKee
was also recognized as 13th out
of 154 individuals. For this honor
she received a $500 scholarship.
The team is also rated as Bronze,
Silver, or Gold. This year our team
received a gold rating and placed
12th out of 42 teams in the nation.
Also competing at the National
level was Kelsey Burnham and
Ashley Hassan. They each com-
peted in the National Agriscience
Fair. Each of these individuals
received a silver rating for their
projects. Nathan Candler won the
State Diversified Livestock pro-


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
The Okeechobee High School FFA (left to right) Jennifer
Dryden, Valerie McKee, James Sharpe, Kelsey Burnham, Ash-
ley Hassan, Nathan Candler, and Mr. Dryden went to the Na-
tional FFA Convention where the Meat Judging team of Dryden,
McKee, Sharpe, and Austin Harvey (not pictured) placed 12th
In the nation out of 42 teams; Burnham and Hassan received
silver rating at the Agri-Science Fair; and Candler received a
silver rating in Diversified Livestock Production Proficiency.


ficiency in June. His application
was sent on to compete in the na-
tion. He received a silver rating for
his application. Nathan Attended
National convention as a chapter


representative. Also representing
our chapter was Malcom Rush.
Each of these two members will
be seeking State Officer positions
this year.


Summer seminars for teachers announced


NEW YORK, NY The Gilder
Lehrman Institute of American
History today announced that
it will sponsor 40 one-week
teacher enrichment seminars
across the U.S. and England for
educators at every level. Partici-
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Banks have ample supply of funds to loan


By Jon Geitner
Senior Vice President
Seacoast National Bank
This is the second in a series of
six installments dealing with the
borrowing issues faced by many
consumers in today's world.
In my previous article I alluded
to the ample supply of money to
fund loans, but the greater focus
banks are applying to the five ba-
sic underwriting considerations;
Character, Collateral, Capacity,
Capital, and Conditions. If an ap-
plicant's qualifications do not
meet typical bank standards, in
each category, a prudent lender
should have a strong offsetting
circumstance in one of the re-
maining criteria in order to justify
an approval. This, along with my
next four commentaries, will try
to explain how your bank defines
each of the "5 Cs of Credit".
I thought I would start with
Character. Although defined simi-
larly as found in any dictionary,
banks tend to look at Character in
the context of a customer's gen-
eral stability and reliability. Does
the applicant have a sincere will-
ingness and desire to repay the
debt because it is the right thing


to do.
Another
aspect of
Character
is stabil-
ity. Does
the appli-
cant have
a history
of moving


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sort of individual who demon-
strates a steady commitment to
their employer, limiting the risk
of an interruption of income. A
good rule of thumb is at least two
years on the job with the current
employer. The bank may rely on
a credit report to verify your em-
ployment, or it may, with your
permission, go so far as to contact
your employer to verify what was
listed on the application. Overall,
your ability to repay the loan from
the salary you earn (Capacity) is
critical.
Character can also be defined
by the individual's mobility. By
this I mean their tendency to re-
main in a single location for an
extended period of time. Does
our borrower show a history of
changing addresses frequently
(more than once every two years)


or are they
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whether the applicant owns their
home or rents. Historically, home
owners have deeper "roots" and
the result translates into longer
residency at a single location.
Willingness to repay, employ-
ment stability, and mobility are
all tracked by the various credit
reporting agencies. The three pri-
mary ones are Equifax, Experian,
and TransUnion. For a fee, these
organizations report information,
to the bank, disclosing the pay-
ing habits and backgrounds of the
applicant. In addition, informa-
tion such as social security num-
bers, dates of birth, who has re-
cently inquired into their file, and
other personal information are
maintained within their records.
Finally, the most commonly rec-
ognized feature, your credit score,
is also revealed.


Knowing the Character of our
borrower is extremely important.
That is one of the reasons why it
is so important for your banker to
be an active part of their commu-
nity. Knowing the individuals they


serve, the economic health of the
local employers, and the general
"pulse" of the fiscal strength of
the area economy is critical.
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The Main Street Clip Board


Okeechobee Main Street is
having our Third Annual Holiday
Window Decorating Contest. To
enter your business, email or call
with your business name, ad-
dress, contact person and phone
number. Windows must be com-
pleted by Dec. 2, judging will be
on Dec. 13. The winner will re-
ceive a plaque to display in their
business until next year.
The end of the year Main Street
Mixer will be held on Thursday,
Dec. 11, from 5-7 p.m. Hosts are
Costopolous and Helton, CPA lo-
cated at 195 S.W 28 St. They will
also have our Mega 50-50 draw-
ing during this mixer. To date
the Mega 50-50 has totaled over
$1,100 which means the winner
will get half! Mark your calendars
invite a friend and join us for net-
working, refreshments and door
prizes. Plus you can get your tick-
ets for the Mega 50-50 drawing.
Rafael Pacheco of Creations In
Fotografia has a new Web site at
www.creationsinfotografia.net.
Rafael also has Communities In
Schools discount cards available.
You can call him at 863-801-9597.
Communities in Schools Dis-
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Jersey Mikes, Tires Plus Total Car
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Flower Petals and more. Call 863-
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make great stocking stuffers.
The Board of County Com-
missioners in conjunction with
Okeechobee Main Street will
present Christmas in the Country
on Thursday, Dec. 4, from 6 9
p.m. at the Okeechobee County
Agri-Civic Center. Lighting of the
Christmas Tree will be at 6:30


p.m. followed by activities such
as pony rides, bounces houses,
hay rides and food. Christmas
Music will be provided by David
Padgett.
Exciting News!
The 2009 Battle of Okeecho-
bee Re-Enactment will take place
at the Okeechobee Battlefield
Historic State Park on Jan. 31 and
Feb. 1, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.


Mark your calendars and please
join the Okeechobee Battlefield
Friends, Inc. for the commemo-
ration of the largest and fierc-
est battle in the Seminole wars
fought on Christmas Day 1837.
Please visit okeechobeebattle-
field.com for further information
and updates.
Raulerson Hospital will again
sponsor the Annual Holiday Tour
of Homes on Dec. 5 and 6 from
6-9 p.m.


The Shared Services Net-
work/Community Collaborative
Council has partnered with My
Aunts House (a 501c3 organiza-
tion) again this year to help local
needy and foster families with
Christmas. Their goal is to serve
many children once and reduce
the number of families that get
served from multiple organiza-
tions. If you would like to help
with this effort please call Sharon
Vinson, Shared Services Network


Submitted photo/Marilyn Buxton

Thanksgiving baskets
Beta Sigma Phi, Theta Omicron Chapter, presented Thanksgiving dinner baskets to Paul
Buxton, founder and current board member of Hospice of Okeechobee, for hospice fami-
lies. Sorority sisters are left to right: Maureen Thomas, Paulette Whipple, Barbara Gode-
john, Marilyn Buxton, Loralne Moore, and Bobbi Wilkins.


of Okeechobee County at 863-
763-5000 ext. 257 or Judy Watts of
My Aunts House at 863-634-2306.
Flower Petals invites you to
their OPEN HOUSE on Tuesday,
Dec. 16, from 5-7 p.m. See their
new Christmas products, pickup
free Christmas recipes and enter
to win a free Christmas center-
piece, delivered to your home.
Flower Petals is located at 202


N.E. Second St. behind CVS Phar-
macy.
Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Broth-
ers will be in concert on Tues-
day, Dec. 16, at the McAlpin Fine
Arts Center at Indian River State
College. The McAlpin Fine Arts
Center is located at 3209Virginia
Avenue in Ft. Pierce. For more
information call the IRSC Box Of-
fice at 1-800-220-9915.


Contest Winner
Congratulations go to Mikey Bobrowski of Okeechobee for
solving the First Bank and Trust of Indlantown's Spooky
Word Search, qualifying him to win a $50 United States
Savings Bond. Stephanie Yingling, customer service as-
sociate, drew his winning puzzle entry from a stack of
about 200 entries on Nov. 1. Mikey celebrated his seventh
birthday by attending the Fourth Annual Halloween Cel-
ebration on Oct. 31 at the Agri-Civic Center in Okeecho-
bee. First Bank and Trust of Indiantown was proud to join
the Okeechobee Main Street, City of Okeechobee and
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Extension Service: How Does Your Garden Grow?


Ihave lost all the leaves on my
rose bushes, yet they still flower.
There are some new buds with
leaves. The plants are on Florida
rootstock. They mean a lot to me
because they are a memorial to
my parents Jim
Leaves produce food (sugars)
that are stored in the stems and
roots and provide energy for the
plant to produce flowers and
more leaves. If the plant is with-
out leaves, the size and number
of flowers will be reduced.
Because there are leaf buds
visible, expect new growth to
occur. Review your fertilization
and watering practices to ensure
that the basic raw materials for
healthy plant growth are present.
If you saw any leaf spots or other
pests that encouraged leaf drop,
please bring a sample to the Ex-
tension office for identification.
Rose bushes go through flush-
es of new growth and flowering,
and are usually trimmed back
after each flush of flowers to en-


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courage more new growth. A
recent office visitor asked how to
trim back their rose bushes after
a flush of flowering. For rejuvena-
tion pruning, cut back the stem 12
to 18 inches to a point just above
an outward facing bud. (Note
that each rose leaf is a five-bladed
compound leaf.
If cold or freezing weather is
possible, delay pruning as it en-
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be killed by temperatures under
40 degrees F
And I'm glad to hear you are
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tuniana rootstock will have a hard
time surviving the nematodes and
soil diseases found in natural Flor-
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On the east side of my house
I would like to plant flowering
shrubs that can be kept trimmed
to about five feet in height. The
house does receive some shade
from a Live Oak Tree. My sister-
in-Law likes Allamanda any
comments on this shrub? Mr.
Little
Finding a flowering shrub that
grows well in a shady spot is a
challenge, but Allamanda may be
a suitable choice for this location.
There are some varieties of Alla-
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like shape, while others are vining
and may need to be trellised for
support. In the shade, it will not
produce as many yellow flowers
as it would in brighter light. Bush
Clock Vine (Thunbergia erecta) is
another choice that will give fast
growth with purple flowers all
year round.
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By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Migrant students in fourth
through 12th grades will benefit
from an artist presentation and
public speaker at the Okeecho-
bee High School on Tuesday,
Dec. 9, during the school day. Par-
ents of migrant students will also
be allowed to benefit from this
resource funded through Title I
funds that evening from 6 p.m.
until 8 p.m.
Simon Silva, born in Mexicali,
Mexico, moved to Holtville, Calif.
when he was only one year old.
He followed in his family's foot-
steps throughout his childhood
by working in the fields from the
age of eight. Today the legal age
to work in the fields is 12.
A typical working day for Mr.
Silva was to wake up at 5 a.m. and
be in the fields by 6 a.m. where he
would work until 4 or 5 p.m. in
the afternoon with 15-20 minutes
break for lunch.
He was born the sixth of 11
children. His family was spon-
sored by a California farmer who
helped the family to become citi-
zens.
When he first began school in
the United States, it was an oasis
for him where he could get the
love and attention that every child
craves. From the very beginning
of school, teachers noticed his ar-
tistic ability and encouraged him
to draw.
"I used art as a means of es-
cape from my home life and as a
way to be recognized in a positive
manner at school. Art was very


special for me because it nurtured
my self-esteem. It was basically
all I had," stated Mr. Silva.
This is one aspect of migrant
life that Mr. Silva wishes to touch
on with families in Okeechobee.
Many families are forced to follow
the harvest and often children are
not able to start school on time.
Children are also expected to
work in the fields with their par-
ents on weekends and holidays
and summer breaks to help sup-
port their family.
Mr. Silva said he felt shame for
himself and longed to be able to
join sports teams like other chil-
dren, have new clothes and start
school on the very first day like
the others.
Hearing other children talk of
vacations to Disneyland over the
summer or staying in a hotel with
a pool was demoralizing to him
and hurt his self esteem even fur-
ther.
When Mr. Silva discovered
literature, specifically Chicano
literature, it changed his life. It
opened up a whole new world
for him.
"I had tried to run away from
these experiences I was car-
rying shame about them," stated
Mr, Silva. "Literature saved me."
Mr. Silva decided that he had
to attend college but telling his
father his decision nearly got him
kicked out of his home.
He eventually had to leave
home for the summer harvest so
that he could earn money to at-
tend college. He began his educa-
tion at nearby Imperial Valley Col-
lege and majored in art.


Chicano Literature opened his
eyes to the fact that his experienc-
es were nothing to be ashamed
of and that he could be proud
of what he had come from and
present that in his artwork so that
others could also be proud of the
hard working lifestyle, that it was
important and meant something.
By presenting his artwork and
his story, Mr. Silva hopes to make
other migrant families realize that
they are important enough for
him to paint and also important
enough to write about.
Mr. Silva wrote his first book,
Small-Town Browny, a collection
of autobiographical short stories
of his childhood in 1998.
He chose to write a book be-
cause he found himself talking
about his background in order
to explain his art. The more he
talked about his past, the more
he realized how interesting the
stories were.
"Through my paintings and
writings, I'm able to make a pow-
erful situation out of what I had
been ashamed of," he says. "The
same can be said for ethnicity. It
carries a lot of baggage, which
can either tear you down or lift
you up."
He continued that a lot of
people he went to school with
were pigeonholed into thinking
that migrant workers were throw-
aways.
"If you've been told all your life
that you are inferior and can't do
it, you won't," Mr. Silva stated. "I
was fortunate in that I had my art-
work to keep me going."
Despite his deprivations as a


child, Mr. Silva appreciates what
his parents were able to give him.
"Everything I do now is 100 times
easier than when I worked out in
the fields," he says. "My parents
taught me how to work really
hard, and I respect them for that.
This is something a lot of people
don't have."
Mr. Silva strives to let others
realize that literature is important
as there are so many visual and


textual references in the every-
day world. Literature as well as
art gives people a way to express
themselves and to share that ex-
pression. This is the mantra that
Mr. Silva strives to communicate
to the migrant families through
his art, speaking and writing.
Mr. Silva ultimately received
his Associate of the Arts degree
from Imperial Valley College and
his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the
Arts Center College of Design in


Pasadena, Calif.
All migrant families are wel-
come to attend the presentation
by Mr. Silva at OHS on Tuesday,
Dec. 9, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Children are welcome to attend
with their families.
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14 Okeechobee News, Wednesday, November 26,2008


OHS Boy's soccer wallops Westwood Panthers


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Fort PierceWestwood High
School Boys Soccer Team scored
the first goal of the match and ap-
peared to have things going their
way Monday when they visited
Okeechobee. The Panthers then
gave up seven consecutive goals
to Okeechobee High School, as
the Brahmans unveiled a quicker,
more athletic team, and pounded
Westwood, 8-2.


OHS girl's


Alan Najera had four goals. Ed-
die Guerrero and Reynel Denova
each had two goals. Marcos Fon-
seca had two assists while Raziel
Castillo and Adrian Leon each
had an assist.
Brahmans Coach Lonnie Sears
was pleased with the first half but
not with the second half. He said
elite teams would have put that


game away by mercy
said he wants the kids
tense from start to finish.


rule. He
to be in-
"The tal-


ent is there to be a great team. We
just didn't show it in the second
half," he said.
Najera said his teammates will
listen to the advice. He noted it
was nice to return to the field after
playing football this fall. He joked
it was a different feeling kicking a
soccer ball after kicking a football
for months.
"I actually think we have more
talent, younger players and faster
players this year. That can be re-


ally dangerous for other teams,"
he noted.
Sears said his team looked great
in the first half as they poured it
on with aggressive, athletic plays,
"We started possessing the ball.
The defense hunkered down and
didn't get dumb with the ball. It
was exactly what we're supposed
to do," he said.
The boys play at Clewiston on
Dec. 1.


soccer team defeats Westwood


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Ashtyn Brown scored nearly
73 minutes into the match to pro-
vide the only goal in the Okeecho-
bee High School girls soccer team
first home win of the season, 1-0,
Monday night over Fort Pierce
Westwood.
Brown controlled an excellent
throw in by Stephanie Horvath
and hit the net from about 12
yards away to improve Okeecho-
bee to (2-4) on the year.
Coach Jorje Botello said he
was very pleased with the ef-
fort as his team is not only soc-
cer players but athletes. He also
brought up three junior varsity
players to create competition for
the older girls.
"If there's a freshman who will


beat a senior, I will take that. It's
nothing personal, it's a business.
We're trying to build a solid foun-
dation. Those girls definitely chal-
lenged the older veterans to keep
them going," said the coach.
Okeechobee controlled the
action from the beginning and
had several good opportunities
to score. Rachel Fairchild barely
missed a 20 yard shot midway
through the second half. Another
shot by Brown hit the goal post.
Brown had five shots on net.
"This was a pretty solid game.
The girls did their jobs," Botello
noted.
Megan Clements had five saves
in net for Okeechobee.
Okeechobee lost Friday to
Drevfoos School of the Arts, 2-0.


UKeecnooee Newsiv;nanes Murpny
Okeechobee High School's Ashtyn Brown (left) and Westwood's
Abigail Castaneda battle near the Panther goal Monday.


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Eddie Guerrero pushes the ball up during Okeechobee's big
win Monday over Westwood.


OHS Lady Brahmans

remain unbeaten


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Essence Williams had 16
points, and Monica Koger added
13 points as the Okeechobee
High School Lady Brahmans bas-
ketball team opened their home
schedule with a hard fought, 47-
46 win over Avon Park Monday
night.
Okeechobee rallied from 11
points down in the first half to de-
feat a solid Red Devils squad.
"It was an awesome game,"
Brahmans Coach Tony Sherlock
said, "The girls showed a lot of
heart and came back from way
down. They didn't give up."
The girl's trailed 22-17 at the
half. Avon Park had a fine shoot-
ing team. Beonca Godfrey and
Jamie Hawthorne each had 13
points. The Red Devils also hit
their share of outside jumpers.
Okeechobee responded with
a tenacious defense that forced
a lot of turnovers. They had their
share of easy buckets off of Red
Devil turnovers.


Sherlock said the girls are
working hard together but still
have a lot of work to do, "This
was a true test. Avon Park came
in here thinking they would win.
Our motto is, believe, and the
girls believe."
The game wasn't decided until
the final five seconds. Jewel Buck,
who had several big rebounds,
took a charge on defense to pre-
vent Avon Park from attempting a
game winning shot. Buck said she
will do anything for her team.
"I felt there's only five seconds
left, we have to play as a team.
That's what we've been working
on all year," she noted. "This is
our court. We had to show them
who's boss."
Buck had four points in the
game. Dorothy Burkhardt had six
points. Calandra Youmans had
four points. Markeisha Youmans
had two points for Okeechobee
(3-0).
The Lady Brahmans travel to
Glades Central on December 1.


Chain


Okeechobee News/Charles
Murphy
Alix Moise #32 and
Okeechobee's Corey
White (right) battle for po-
sition underneath the bas-
ket.


O.G. & C.C.
Golf Results

PI.G.S. League
O.G. & C.C. PIGS League Nov.
17: First place Billy Crum. Sec-
ond place George Earl Goudy.
Last place Kenny Curran.
Closest to the pin: Kenny Cur-
ran, Kenny Wilder, Billy Crum,
George Earl Goudy.
Okeechobee Ladies Asso-
ciation Mystery 9 Nov. 18: First
place Diane Smet. Second place
Fran Dierig. Third place Wan-
netta Johnson.
Gold Tee League O.G. & C.C.
Nov. 19: First place George
Earl Goudy. Second place (Tie):
George Guydosh and Chet Hern-
don.
O.G. & C.C. PIGS League Nov.
19: First place Russ Adams. Sec-
ond place Billy Crum. Last place
George Earl Goudy.
Closest to the pin: 2-Billy
Crum, 8-Kenny Curran, 11-Russ
Adams, 17-Kenny Curran.
O.G. & C.C. Ladies Association
Scramble Nov. 20: First place Car-
ol Seiser, Saba Curren, Wannetta
Johnson. Second place Paula
Fisher, Eileen Hammond, Diane
Smet. Third place Fran Dierig,
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Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435




DEE'S MINOR REPAIR
License # 5698
& Pressure Washing
License #1126
FREE ESTIMATES
(863)467-2917
or (863)261-6425

? NEED HELP ?
CALL GEORGE CARTER
Painting, Repairs, Carpentry
Power Washing
FREE CONSULTATION
(863)763-4775





FREE
HEARING TEST
SET for Senior
Citizens

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Helping tHc wi'rld hear .l.r


3268 US HWv 441 S




JACK'S TOP SOIL
Fill Dirt/Shell Rock
& Bob Cat work.
Call 863-467-4734


Merchandise

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Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magaines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glasswar, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linns & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Pets/Supplies/
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740




AC/HEAT UNIT land a half
ton from mobile home
$250 (239)671-2015
AIR COND/HEATER Lennox 5
ton, mobile home pkg, 10
KW heat, 60K BTU, 13.0
Seer, $2900 (863)634-5759


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


IMMEDIATE OPENING

UTILITY SERVICE MECHANIC for the Okeechobee
Utility Authority Maintenance or Construction work.
Applicant must be able to perform light to heavy
physical labor, must be able to work in harmony with
other employees and be courteous to the general public
Applicant must possess a valid FL Operator's Drivers'
License (only those with a clean driving record for the
last three years need apply), have high school diploma
or equivalent, and have neat, legible handwriting and
average mathematical skills. Apply to the Okeechobee
Utility Authority Office, 100 S W. 5th Avenue,
Okeechobee, FL 34974 Applications will be accepted
until position is filled AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY
EMPLOYER (M/F/V/D) DRUG-FREE WORK PLACE


ATTN: DECORATORS/DE-
SIGNERS-EUROPIEN WAX
PINE AND PAINTED PEICES-
AMOIRES, Kitchen cub-
bords, Benches, dressers
and more (863)467-4650
EARADESANT CARNIVAL
GLASS LOT Too many piec-
es to lst $250. OBO
(863)430-6987


BUILT IN dishwasher GE
Stainless steel. Used only
2 yrs, works great. $250.
(239)297-0114
DOUBLE STACKED- Wash-
er/Dryer $400 OBO
(863)801-5850
FREEZER 16cu ft upright
$75. (863)517-1663
IMPERIAL HEAVY Duty Freez-
er(upright) $100/neg
863 )675- 7897
863)517-0301
MINI FRIDGE Kenmore, 4.6
cu. ft. Like new. $80 or best
offer (863)261-4862
REFRIGERATOR side by
side, almond, $50
(863)697-9883
SIDE BY side refrigera-
tor/freezer GE 25 cu ft.
Stainless steel. Used 2
years, works great. $600.
(239)297-0114
STAINLESS STEEL STOVE
TOP like new $100
(239)292-7509
STOVE GE White electric
stove very good condition
$150 (863)517-0244
WASHER & DRYER Ken-
more, $80 for both or will
sell separate (863)983-7211
WASHER & DRYER Whid-
pool, stackable, works great,
$300 or best offer.
(239)657-2711
WASHER, DRYER, 21CF
FREEZER good working
cond. $300 takes all
(863)634-7222


BICYCLE RACK Fits on the
trunk of a car, like new $30
(863)946-3822


BOOKS (50)
books. $8. or
(863)763-1059


Romance
will trade.


ALUM AWNING 49 5" W x
265" D, asking $10
(863)763-1997
CHAIN LINK Fencing At least
40 to 50 feet of it $35
(863)675-8937
"EVERY BUILDING ON SALE"'
Manufacturer Direct at
"ROCK BOTTOM PRICES"
32x60x18 $11,995.
35x60x16 $14,285
40x80x16 $20,995
48x100x18 $27,495.
60x120x18 $44,900. MANY
OTHERS' Pioneer Steel
(800)668-5422

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GRACO 3 in 1 bed, white
metal, like new, $110. Call
(863)763-7609 Okeechobee
WHITE CRIB with Girl's Pottery
Barn Bedding Pink/white
floral bedding.Good condi-
tion $250 (863)610-1750


COWBOY BOOTS Tony La-
ma, size 7% men's or 9%/
women's, $60/neg. Call
863-612-5757


GIRLS PAGEANT DRESSES -
white, sz. 10 slim & fuschla,
sz 10 slim w/shoes, $325
will sell sep (863)675-4049
LADIES PANTS & SHIRTS -
size 3X, with tickets, name
brands, $30 or will sell sep-
arate (239)292-7509
TEEN TOPS girls, small,
some new, must see, All for
$25 (863)763-0625


DALE EARNHARDT bags of
charcoal, 2 with #3 on
them, $25. Call
239-851-5675
Highwaymen Painting- 16x20
no frame $250. Firm


467-0139 or
Okeechobee


801-4699.


PORCELAIN DOLL Shiriey
Temple, $125.
(863)675-4049



BLACK DELL Pentium 4 XP
like new, complete sys
$199 (863)517-2782
DELL DESKTOP P4-dvd
burner, XP Pro, New '19
LCD, $299 (239)247-4839
(863)674-0212
DELL XP Xmas Special
4000+ games and school
progs Tony $75
(863)517-2782
LAPTOP Fast 2 4 ghz XP Pro,
Office, wireless, $299
2 39) 247 -4 839
863)674-0212


ADJUSTABLE BED with mas-
sage, king size or (2) twins
$500/or best offer
(863)634-5225
BED Twin w/Fame, Mattress
& Box Spring Like new $75
or best offer (863)261-4862
BRAND NEW SOFA AND
LOVESEAT SUEDE VERY
COMFORTABLE $1500/or
best offer. (863)801-3368
COMPUTER CABINET See at
www dtimmons com/cabinet
$175/firm. (863)697-9484
DINETTE TABLE light oak,
w/4 bamboo chairs, $80
(863)357-5705
DINING ROOM WOOD HUTCH
- Upper half has glass doors
w/light. Nice condition. $200
(863)697-1995
FURNITURE COUCH AND
LOVE SEATLIKE NEW W/S
SEPERATELY $250/or best
offer (863)261-5363
FURNITURE DOUBLE RE-
CLINIG LOVE SEAT,LIKE
NEW $150/or best offer.
(863)261-5363
Futon Mattress- blue plaid,
clean, good condition
$35 neg (863)763-7609
KING SIZE matress and box
spring excellent condition.
$100 (863)447-9762
KITCHEN ISLAND Butcher
Block Top, Solid Legs, 2
small drawers & 2 lower
shelves $60 (863)675-2145
LIVINGROOM SET Brown
Sectional excellent condition
includes table $300
(863)517-0244
LOVESEAT & SLEEPER SOFA
floral, $250
(863)357-6997
MATTRESS & BOX SPRINGS,
Queen size, Pillow Top Im-
maculate condition $350
Firm. (863)634-4697
QUEEN BOX spring & frame -
near new box spring & frame
u pick up $40/or best of-
fer. (863)674-0564
SEALEY FUTON- asking $150
(863)484-0377 Okeechobee


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






ROCKER / RECLINER Sage
Green Micro Suede 1 year
old. $250 (863)763-0583
SIDE CHAIR, wing Pictures
at www.dtimmons.com/chair
$100/firm (863)697-9484
SOFA Queen Sleeper, Micro
Suede Sage Green 1 year
old. $250 (863)763-0583
TABLES 2 End & 1 Coffee,
Glass Top w/fillery wrought
iron work Very decorative
$40 will sep (863)675-2145
TABLES matching set, 2 end,
1 coffee & 1 sofa, glass, ex-
cellent cond. $100/neg.
(772)971-9047
TWIN BED Headboard,
Frame, Box spring & Mat-
tress. Complete wall linens.
$140 (863)467-9048
TWIN MATRESS Magnetic,
Kenkopad For arthritis Like
new. Paid $400, Asking
$100 (772)971-9474
TWIN MATTRESS w/box
spring & frame good condi-
tion $40 (863)532-9634
WATERBED Queen size w/in-
dividual water tubes. Very
good condition. Asking $125
(863)610-6195



GOLF CLUBS (100) Misc.,
Many brands. Ping, etc.
Many good. $600 for all, will
sep (863)946-3123
GOLF CLUBS Complete
matched set, metal woods,
irons, putter, bag, balls, $95
(863)946-3123


AMMO MAGAZINES (4 clips)
for Glock 30 45AC Leath-
er holster included. $50
(863)674-0613
MARLIN 22 MAG new in box,
$200 (502)931-8101
PISTOL 357 Mag, $400
(502)931-8101
SPORTERIZED MAUSER Bolt
action 7MM good condition
$200 (772)461-8822



AB LOUNGE $20.
(863)230-0735
Life Styler Cardio Fit- Total
body motion & low impact
exerciser, $45 Call
863-763-4057
ORBITREK ELIPTICAL- Asking
$300 OBO and a Red Ab ex-
cersizer $15
(863)697-1247
SCHWINN EXCERSIZE BIKE-
Upnght No.126
purchased new Feb 08, Sell for
$200 (904)364-7561



Hoover Upright Vacuum
Cleaner $25. (863)357-0224
HOT TUB 4 Person Hot Tub,
new motor and pump, oc-
tagonal $995
(863)612-0200
SET OF lamps 4 lamps, ex-
cellent condition $50/neg.
(772)971-2414
TURBO VACCUM food saver,
with 2 cases of bags, brand
new, $150. Call
863-851-5675



PATIO TABLE large, design
glass top, with 2 chairs, $35.
(863)763-1997


WATER SYSTEM
(863)612-6575


- $400


BASS FISHING Soft Plastics -
Large quantity, name brands.
$300 (863)634-1479
CROSSBOW Horton, 1751b.,
new case & cranking device,
new arrows, $550 or best
offer (863)824-7644
SCHWINN SOLOFLEX -
Weight Lifting Machine
Great Cond $250/firm.
(863)697-1191



SURROUND SOUND SYS
Techwood, 1500 watts, 4-15
speakers incld $1000 OBO
(863)634-2790


PICNIC TABLE foldable with
bench, seats 4, $25
(863)357-0758


ELECTRIC WHEEL Chair for
large person excellent con-
dition $350/or best offer
(863)634-5225
WOODEN RAMP for wheel-
chair, press treated lumber,
20' long, deck 3/4" plywood
$25 (863)275-1910


HighwaymenPainting-16x
20 Canvas no frame, $250
Firm 467-0139 or 801-4699
Okeechobee
AIRLINES ARE HIRING Train
for high paying Aviation
Maintenance Career FAA ap-
proved program. Financial
aid if qualified Job place-
ment assistance CALL Avia-
tion Institute of Maintenance
(888)349-5387.
ATTEND COLLEGE ONLINE
from Home. *Medical,
*Business, *Paralegal,
*Computers, *Criminal Jus-
tice Job placement assis-
tance Computer available
Financial Aid if qualified. Call
(866)858-2121, www.Cen-
turaOnline com
BRAND NEW SPRINT- Treo
755P Smartphone, all acces-
sories ncl $200 OBO call for
more info (863)801-1379
CHRISTMAS TREE 9 FT Pre-
it, clear lights, excellent con-
dition, $100 (863)634-8124
Okeechobee
COOLER Rubbermaid Endu-
rance, 50/60 quarts, $20
(863)763-2958
ENGINE HOIST cherry picker,
Carolina 4000, 2 ton, shop-
hand, 3 ton ram, $165.
(863)697-9704
Like New Craftsman Portable
Generator 5600 Watt 8600
Surge 10 HP OHV $375
(863)610-1811 Okeechobee
MIRROR Large decorative
mirror $15 (863)230-0735
NOW AVAILABLE! 2008 POST
OFFICE JOBS $18-$20/HR
NO EXPERIENCE, PAID
TRAINING, FED BENEFITS,
VACATIONS. CALL
(800)910-9941 TODAYI REF
#FL08
PLASTIC CULVERT 30 di-
ameter x 20ft long, you
haul, $450 cash
(863)634-2303 (Okee area)
WINE RACK holds 27 bottles -
41 3/4 high, 2 ft wide 1 ft
deep, light color wood.
$100/neg. (863)447-0689



FENDER GUITAR AMP 100
watts, 2- 12" speakers, like
new, $250 (863)763-8667
PA SPEAKERS 1 Pair, JBL,
15" & horn, $375 for pair
(863)763-8667
YAMAHA INTERMEDIATE
Tenor Sax B flat Orig pd
$2,800. Just serviced/tuned.
$1400. (863)697-2186


FEMALE BORDER COL-
LIE,HEALER MIX, House
broke.kid & pet friendly,unal-
tered $100 (863)381-9353
FISH TANK 55 gal. rocks,
ships and 2 filters $200/or
bestoffer (863)801-4274


LEAF BLOWER -
(863)763-6576


gas, $20


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CONSOLE Zenith, Color TV
works good $40 or best of-
fer (863)697-1995
ZENITH TV 61" screen, good
condition. $1000 or best of-
fer (863)634-2790


CASTIRON CONT. CRAFTS-
MAN TABLESAW 10",
w/110/220 motor, very good
cond $250 (863)801-1272
CASTIRON CONT. CRAFTS-
MAN TABLESAW 10",
w/110/220 motor, very good
cond $250 (863)801-1272
CONCRETE MIXER 3 1/2 CF -
New, Electric 110v, never
used, New cost 225 00
$100 (863)697-2133
CRAFTSMAN- 41 inch two
piece tool box on rollers, has
14 drawers. $500 OBO
(863)634-2280
CRAFTSMAN RADIAL ARM
SAW 10", & 10" TABLE
SAW, good cond. $170 or
sell sep (239)693-7544 Alva
GENERATOR Coleman, Die-
sel, 5 kw, 120/240 $3000
2 3 9 3 5 7 5 1 1 1
863)234-1230
GENERATOR Portable, Troy-
Bilt. B&S. 3550 watts. 5250
surge Used 1hr Pd $495,
Now $300 (863)675-6973
Snap On Tool Boxes and re-
tired mechanics tools-Best
Offer (772)205-0121
SNAP-ON TAP & Die Set -
Cost $600, Standard & Met-
ric, #4 1" $275
(863)697-2186
TABLE SAW 10 inch. Ryobil
Like new. Used very little.
$40 (863)675-6973


HUGE PLUSH BEARS (2) Eey-
ore & Elmo. New. $20 takes
all, will sep. (863)763-6131
SIT & SPIN Excellent condi-
tion $5(863)763-6131
X-BOX with one controller
and 22 games, $275 or best
offer (863)634-2790



VACUUMS (2) Bissell & Pana-
sonic $15 for both
(863)763-2958 p


ARTIFICIAL CHRISTMAS
TREE 75 Ft, Mountain
Pine w/stand $75
(863)610-1750
CHRISTMAS TREE VILLAGE -
Complete. Too many items
to list' $150 Call
(863)763-0141 after 5pm
CHRISTMAS TREES (2) Arti-
ficial. 62 Ft. Never opened.
Pre-lite. $40 or will sep.
(863)763-0141 after 5pm


Agriculture



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




APHA bay geld, brk, gentle,
152 hands, incls western tk
& 14' gooseneck stock rlr,
pkg $1600 (863)381-9353
WESTERN SADDLE 15" Ra-
Ide "flex" tree, tooled, suede
seat. $100/firm.
(772)263-1178
WESTERN TREELESS Saddle -
Child's 12"reg=11"treeless,
suede seat, great condition.
$100/firm. (772)263-1178


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We Buy Scrap Gold,

Silver and Coins

Elliot's Pawn Shop
419 W S Park St (863) 763-5553


BRAND NEW 200 gallon
spray tank, 55 Kavasaki,
electric wheel $2,800
863-840-0505
BUSH HOG MOWER 6', Rhi-
no $1800 (239)357-5111
or (863)234-1230
Craftsman Lawn Tractor 42"
cut 16.5 HP Runs Great
$375 (863)610-1811 in
Okeechobee
HAMMOCKS Beautiful, vane-
ty of colors, $60 Call
863-612-5757
HOMELITE GAS WEED EATER
asking $50
(863)763-6576
LEAF BLOWER Homelite,
gas, light weight, like brand
new $55. Call 863-467-1373
RIDING MOWER Commercial
Z-Turn, 50" cut.many new
parts, runs excellent, asking
$2500 neg (863)697-2032
STIHL ARTICULATING Hedge
Trimmer Attachment only,
fits Kombi motors. $150,
(863)634-1479
YARD MACHINE NEEDS
TLC/GOOD FOR PARTS
$100/or best offer.
(863)467-2207



BLUEBERRY BUSH 2-3 Ft.
Tall. $25 (863)675-3741


Rentals




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




BEAUTIFUL SAMANTHA'S
GARDEN APTS In Town,
2br/2ba, W&D, $850 mo. +
$500 sec (863)634-5780
OKEECHOBEE 2br, 1ba, 4 mi
East of Mosquito Creek,
$850/mo, 1st, & last. Annu-
al lease (863)610-1511
TAYLOR CREEK CONDOS
1br/1ba, Furnished.
Avail Dec 1st.
For Details 561-352-4243



DUPLEX in BHR, 800 Sq Ft-
1/1 Extra back room
$550/mo
Includes lawn maintenance
(954)290-0861
KING'S BAY, 2/1, Pool, Ten-
nis, new tile firs, etc $750
mo + sec Water & Cable
included. 863-697-6428
TAYLOR CREEK CONDO
Avail Immediatelyl Fully
furnished New carpet Pool,
Tennis & Boat dock. 1BA 1BR
$650 + electnc. Annual
lease 215-359-7779

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



3/2 Home,
w/detached garage, open floor
plan, $850/mo, first & sec
Call Brandi 863-634-3407
Okeechobee Real Estate
3BR/2BA Foreclosure!
$11,000! Only $199/Mo! 5%
down 15 years @ 8% apr.
Buy, 4/BR $259/Mol For list-
ings (800)366-9783 Ext
5798.
AFFORDABLE NEW &
RENOVATED HOUSES. 3/2/2
& 3/1/1, Bring Pets, Lg
yards, 1st month free
(561)723-2226
BASSWOOD 3br, 2ba, 2 car
garage, $950/mo
(772)323-4758
BEAUTIFUL 3 Bdrm., 2 Ba.,
New floors Basswood Es-
tates $900 mo + dep &
ref's. Call (786)417-2135
IN OKEECHOBEE CITY: 4 Br/
2Ba, $1100 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. & refs. Call Barry for
more info. 772-216-1461
KINGS BAY, 2/2/1 CBS home,
W&D, comm pool $900/mo
+ 1st, last & $900 sec
863-801-9163
OKEE. 2br/lba, unfurnished
duplex $550/mo + $550
dep. 3624 SE 35th Ave.
(239)707-5155
OKEE: 3/1 on /2 ac Renovat-
ed, laundry, C/A/heat, screen
porch, carport. $975 mo, 1st
mo. & dep. Call 305-458-8659


OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage C/Air Lazy 7 area
1st, last & sec
863-467-2541
R-BAR, 4br, 2ba, Gar, 2 5 ac,
Lawn maint. included.
$1295. mo. + Sec
863-801-9163
Rent to Own 4/2
$1000 mo. new, ready now.
863-599-0156 or
561-248-3888
SAVE YOUR GAS!!
WE HAVE OVER 50 RENTALS
AVAILABLE
Landlords, tenants Welcome
OPEN WEEKENDS
Century 21 Horizon
Properties
(863)634-5352


Real Estate




Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos/
Townhouses Sale1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property1030
Investment
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








4 bd/2ba CBS, tile
floors, architectural
shingles, dbl. garage,
appliances
21 5.00,pincludn' lo
Ready now
FIXED RATE
Financing Available




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WILL BUILD HACIENDA
MODEL 4BD/2BA
$154.500 .inludn i1


Call
863-357-3313

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CBC125170 CMC1249343 CFC05BO8
Okecflobei
www NealLongConstruction com
Lease with Option to Buy: 3/2
w/Master Suite, new large
kitchen, tile throughout De-
tached 2 car garage, plus
double carport. Next to 1.5
acre fishing lake, A little slice
of heavenly $1,000 per me,
1st, last, sec. dep. Apply
$5800 to purchase of
$115,000 after one year
Basswood (863)697-9830
OKEECHOBEE 3/1 CBS, new
roof, totally remodeled
in/out, $99,900 Call
(561)801-3002
STEEL AT $79,900 3/2 ON
HALF ACRE, LIKE NEW,
WOOD FLOORS, NEW AP-
PLINCES, (863)467-4422
OR CELL (863) 801-1739



Bank Owned Land, Several
parcels ranging from .5 to
40 acres call for infoI
561)346-5952 Carola
Rathke, Keller Williams RE
TWO PARCLES 32 Acres
each! Located at 23401 SW
Arrowroot St, Indiantown,
FL 34956 w/4" Well & Elec-
triciy Some Oaks & Cab-
bage Palms. Mostly cleared.
$384,000 per parcel, or best
offer (772)233-9863



5 Acres- 5 minutes north of
town off 441, cleared
$89,900 00 (561)801-3002



COUNTRY ACREAGE By
Owner 5 Acres, Beautiful
Mountaintop log cabin site
w/breathtaking views, gently
rolling property, surrounded
by woods, 30mins. from
Cookeville, $29,900. Owner
financing (931)445-3611
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bordering US FS paved dr,
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market!! Call Now
803)826-6033 (Brokers
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1+acre to 2acre homesites,
wood, views Starting at
$59,900. Tenn River & Nick-
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cabin shell on 2 private acres
near very wide trout stream
in the Galax area and New
River State Park, $139,500
Owner (866)789-8535


Mobile Homes




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




BEST VALUE IN TOWN! For
Rent 2/1 apartment and/or
3/2 home Both units newly
remodeled. Located 12 min-
utes north of Okeechobee on
Equestrian Ranch. Monthly
water, trash & lawn mainte-
nance included No Petsi
$495 / $650 Move in spe-
cial. M-F (863)467-2982
HORSES WELCOME! Platts
Bluff. 2/2 M/H. 5 Acres.
$650 mo. + $650 sec. dep.
(239)707-5155
HOTEL/MOTEL ALT. 2
Bdrm, 2 Ba, w/full kitchen,
W&D, $250 wk $300 sec
dep.(863)824-0981
HOUSE 3BR/2BA sits on
1 25 acres, located in Prai-
ne/Viking, outside pets wel-
come (561)718-1212
MONTHLY $599
Waterfront, Clean & Qulet,
Okeechobee's Nicest
1 Bedroom & 2 Bedroom
furnished & unfurnished
(772)215-0010
KIB'S FISH CAMP
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ADULT PARK in Okeechobee.
8'x24' w/10x20' attached
family rm 8'x8'6"Shed w/
W&D. $4000 863-381-7835
Bank Repo- must see 2400 sq
ft 4br/2ba mint condition.
32x80 for only $54,900 ncl
a/c, setup and skirting
(863) 675-4325
BANK REPO'S
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
561-721-2230
Dealer selling all inventory at
near factory cost 3 & 4 BR
mobile homes starting at
$43,900 includes setup &
A/C Call (863) 675-8888
DISTRESS SALE 4br/2ba fac-
tory repo Home is new, nev-
er lived in $52,900 incl
setup, a/c and skirting Cash
or finance (863)673-4325 or
(863) 675-8888
DISTRESS SALE, all models in
stock sold at dealer cost.
Going out of business,
everything must go Call
(863) 673-4325 for quotes
Financing available
FACTORY REPO large 3/2
Scotbil home $79,900 reg
pnce, being sold for $59,900
includes setup, a/c, skirting
Call (863) 675-4325 or
(863) 675-8888
FLEETWOOD 1983 13x50,
2BR, 2 BA 2 porches & a
work shop. Leaving the area.
1st home in Riverbend on
the eight Asking $26,000
(863)467-2997
FLEETWOOD 1999 16x70,
3BR, 2BA Great condition
$13,000 or best offer
(772)233-9863
FOR THE lowest prices in
south Florida on 3 and 4
bedroom mobile homes. All
reasonable offers accepted
Call (863) 675-8888
MANUFACTURED
HOME PARK
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.
MOBILE HOME 24x40, You
Move! $1,000 or best offer
(239)464-8633 LaBelle
Mobile Home dealer going out
of business. Has 3 models
left. Sold at factory cost.
(863)773-2007
NEW 3br/2ba 2009 double-
wide $42,900 includes set-
up, a/c and skirting Easy
financing, low monthly pay-
ments (863)675-8888
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garage? Advertise
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Recreation



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




AIR BOAT 13 5' Big 0, Fiber-
glass, 220 continental grand
pwr motor Composite Prop.
$4500 (863)946-0635
BASSBOAT 16' Select -
w/trailer 90hpMerc TrollMo-
tor Depthfinder Needs some
work $500. (863)634-6601
BAYLINER 16' outboard,
65hp Mercury, mtr needs a
foot, w/trlr, clear title, $500
or best offer (863)634-2930
LOWE PONTOON 24FT 1989 -
Malic Tilt Trailer, 50HP
MARINER, Needs work.
$2500. (863)697-2133
MAKO 1973 has 200G1
Johnson w/25hours $3500.
(561)449-1559
NICE FIBERGLASS- live
aboard boat, no engine,
$1500 (239)823-2587
Pontoon Boat- 20', 25hp Mer-
cury, trolling motor, power
inverter, lights, live well,
$3700 neg. or Trade
(863)610-0521
SHAMROCK 20 Ft, 1988,
V8, Cuddy Cabin. Top, Depth
Finder, Radio, Trailer Excel-
lent condition. Good lake
boat $11,500 or best offer
(863)824-0801
TRI HULL, 16', fiberglass &
trailer, 60hp Evinrude w/elec
wench, troll mtr & more
$1800, (863)763-7871
TRI HULL OCEAN BOAT -
Merc OB, 33hp engine, ask-
ing $800 or best offer
(863)801-1666



CABANA CAMPA '00 26ft,
sips 6, fold out ends, kitch &
bath, new lights, inspected,
$5000 neg (585)352-7015
CAMPER 12' pull-along, fully
contained. $2,150 Call
863-697-8731



FIFTH WHEEL TRAILER 14',
dual axle, new tires, wood
floors, mount, $700
(863)763-3707



CANOPY TOP for pontoon boat
white 91" wide $250/or
best offer. (954)520-3685
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HONDA GOLDWING, 1984 -
Aspencade, $2,000 Call
863-467-9250
KAWASAKI VULCAN LTD -
2002, 500 cc's $1800
(863)357-1739
MOTORCYCLE TRAILER to
pull behind a motorcycle
Homemade, diamond plated,
$1,500 (863)517-1508
Yamaha Scooter- 1989 Runs
Great, 1790 miles, New tires
& Seat $700 (863)357-0224
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DIRT BIKES YAMAHA PW8O,
Like new. Under 50 hrs. Gar-
age kept Great for beginner
$600 (863)634-4151
DIRT BIKES YAMAHA PW80,
Like new. Under 50 hrs. Gar-
age kept In time for Christ-
mas $600 (863)634-4151
GO CART runs good. $500
(863)675-4132
GO CARTS -1 Yerf Dog & 1
Briggs & Stratton $6 0 for
both, will sep.
(863)763-1713
KAWASAKI BAYOU 2001 -
Green, 2WD, runs good
$1000. (863)801-3459
(863)824-6181
POLARIS SCRAMBLER 2000 -
Blown engine, Great for parts
$200. (863)634-8007
POLARIS SCRAMBLER 2000 -
Starter in excellent working
condition $50.
(863)259-7472
STORM 250 R- Looks and
runs good, comes wth sec-
ond one for parts $650. OBO
(863)430-6987
SUZUKIE VINSON 500 2006,
Black. 500mls. Warn wench.
Lists for $4,585, Asking
$3,900 (772)204-2821



14' TRAVEL TRAILER -
WORKER/HUNTING/FISHING
COMPLETE WITH FRIDGE,
SINK, STOVE, BED, TABLE &
BENCHES. NEW FLOOR,
TIRES, 8' AWNING, NO
LEAKS, NOT FANCY BUT
EVERYTHING WORKS
$1800. (517)937-7615


Automobiles




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




BUICK SKYLARK, '91 4 cyl.,
cold air, new tires, muffler &
alternator, exc cond, $1350
or best offer (863)677-1742
CHRYSLER SEBRING-2003, 4
cylinder, auto, cold a/c, fully
loaded, runs great $3500
080 (863) 697-9938
DODGE INTREPID 2000 -
RUNS AND DRIVES GREAT,
REAL CLEAN CAR $2000
(863)673-4851
FORD MUSTANG Select -
must sell if you were previ-
ously interested please call
again great on gas auto-
matic $2500/neg.
( 8 6 3 ) 7 6 3 0 3 8 0
(863)697-9521
FORD CONTOUR '00 V6,
clean, cold AC, 72K, runs
smooth, garage kept, $3500
(863)673-3747
Ford Crown Victoria-1998 8
Cylinder, Very good condi-
tion, Beige $4000
(863)763-3660
FORD MUSTANG 1996 -
MUST SELL TO PAY FOR
MEDICAL EXPENSES GREAT
ON GAS, GREEN
$2500/neg (863)763-0380
(863)697-9521
KIA RIO- 02- Needs motor,
84k, automatic, good condi-
tion $1500 080
(863)447-5061/Pt St Lucie
LaBelle Hunting Jeep runs or
for parts. $600. For more In-
formation call
239-229-2974
OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS CIE-
RA, 1994 Runs good, cold
a/c, $850, Call
513-266-7134
PONTIAC 6000LE 1988 4DR
RECENT BRAKES,MUF-
FLER,NC COMPRESSOR
ALVA $666 (239)728-6273
SATURN 1995 4 CYLINDER,
RUNS AND DRIVES GOOD ,
GREAT ON GAS $1700.
(863)673-4851



CHEVY NOVA, '69 runs
great, $4500 or best offer
863-634-4933
WILLYS WAGON MAVERICK
'62 w/rebuilt 4 cyl engine,
$1500 (239)823-2587



CHEVROLET K2500 1999 -
great mud truck V8 365
tires holley carb $2250/or
best offer (863)801-1683



GOLF CART 2002 Club Car,
electric, w/charger, wind-
shield & top $1650
(863)675-1472



C60 CHEVROLET knuckle
boom and dump body, runs
good, new brakes $2,000
(863)763-1370.
FORD F600 '81 Cab & Chas-
sis only. $800 or best offer
Runs good (863)763-1370



2003 FORD sport track hard
bed cover $100/neg.
(863)675-7897
CAR DOLLY Reworked new
tires/rims New fenders New
lights New straps Painted
$650 (863)697-9704
ENGINES 85-86 Chev 305 &
350. $500 for both or will
sell separate (863)805-2877
FORD TRUCK Bed Red short-
bed, for 2000 Ford pickup,
$450. 561-758-4337 or
863-763-4149
FORKLIFT 1952 Clark forklift,
runs but needs hydraulics
$1500 (863)675-3741
JEEP WHEELS & TIRES set
of 4, LT235/75/R15, fairly
new, w/stock rims, $150.
(863)357-3400
JEEP WRANGLER '98 run-
ning gear, 4cyl, 5 spd, no
body, $1000 or best offer
(772)216-2493
REESE TRAILER hitch Reese
trailer hitch came off of
Toyota Tundra Good condi-
tion $75 (863)763-2692
RIMS 15 inch 5 lug fits Jeep
Wrangler $80.
(863)517-1663
Tire and wheels, 22 inch,
chrome, 100 spokes, 5 lug
universal. Asking $500
(863) 612-6435
TIRES 36 Swampers on 15"
rim, only used in mud, like
new, $700 239-462-1564
TIRES, 22 inch low profile
2 tires for $140
(863) 612-6435


TOYOTA TACOMA 1998 For
parts. No title. $1300 or best
offer (863)233-1975



CHEVY DUALLY 3500 1973
w/Flat Bed Needs little body
work Asking $2500 or better
offer (239)462-1564 PJ
DODGE 1500 '99 V6, short
bed, needs minor repairs,
$1500 or best offer
(863)233-1975
DODGE D100 1984 pickup -
6cyl, 4 spd, many new parts,
body & tires fair, runs good
$850 (863)763-3669
DODGE RAM PICKUP '98 -
ext. cab, cold a/c, cd, runs
good, $2500 or best offer
(239)657-2711
FORD F150 '89 4 wheel
drive. $1600 (863)675-4149
GMC, 1989 Long whl base,
$3,500 or will trade Call
772-324-1277 or
863-763-6764
TOOL BOX fiberglass, A-1
condition, asking $100
(863)675-1690



CHEVY BLAZER '96 4X4, V6,
2 dr, looks good $2500 Sell
or Trade (863)467-4650
CHEVY BLAZER, '99 4x4,
mint cond, 128k mi, tow
pkg, sunroof, $3500 or best
offer (732)407-2525
FORD BRONCO II 1992 -V6,
AC, black W/grey intenor.
Runs Great $1500/or best
offer (863)801-3174
TOYOTA 4 RUNNER, '95 exc.
cond., 146k mi., tow pkg.,
reliable, $1995
(732)407-2525



ENCLOSED TRAILER 2006
Haulmark, single axle, upper
vent & inside lights, $2500.
(863)634-2303
HAULMARK 2006 Enclosed
Trailer $2000/or best of-
fer (863)357-6140
(863)610-1089
TRAILER TIRES & RIMS (4)
Size 530-12 $40
(863)946-3822
UTILITY BED fits on back of
small pickup truck, $800.
Call 772-324-1277 or
863-763-6764
UTILITY TRAILER 7'x16',
$600 or best offer.
(863)612-6575
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ECONOLINE 250 1987 Lad-
der Racks Good work van
$1200 or trade pickup of =
amount. (863)467-2609
FORD E350 Econoline 14' box
truck (2000) $3500 obo
(863)673-1226 or675-8946
GMC HIGH TOP VAN 1986 -
17K mis. on new engine.
Must sell. $1300 best offer
(561)254-7458 Clewiston
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Public Notices

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Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500


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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
Case No. 2008-CP-077
IN RE: ESTATE OF
SWATSOMAS,
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of Swat
Somas, deceased, whose date oa
death was February 20, 2008, is spend
ing in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee
County, Florida, obate Division, the
address of which is Okeechobee
County Judicial Center 312 NW 3rd
Street, Okeechobee, Florda 34972
Rine names and addresses of the per
sonal representative and the personal
representative's attorney are set forth
below
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedents estate on whom a
copy of this notice is required to be
served must le their claims wit this
court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3
MONTHS AFTER THE TIMEOF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE
OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF
SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE
ON THEM
All other creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedents estate must
file their claims wit this court WITHIN
3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE
TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SEC-
TION 733702 OF THE FLORIDA PRO-
BATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS
SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED
TWO (21 YEARS OR MORE AFTER
THE ECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED
Personal Representative
Phatsanee Salai
Attorney for Personal Representative
Anthony Young PA
Attorney for Phatanee Sala
Fonda arNo 109685
1138 South Parrot Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34974
Telephone (863) 824-6776
Fax (B63) 824-6778
301245 ON 11/19,26E08
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
OF THE STATE OF FLORIA,
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
CIVIL DIVISION
NATIONAL CITY BANK, AS SUCCESSOR
BY MERGER TO HARBOR FEDERAL
SAVINGS BANK,
Plaitff
VS CASE NO 08 383 CA
STEVEN K ASTLES, THE UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF STEVEN K ASTLES. SIT
VEN K ASTLES, AS TRUSTEE OF THE
STEVEN K ASTLES REVOCABLE
TRUST DATED 10/16/06, IF LIVING,
INCLUDING ANY UNKNOWN SPOUSE
OF SAID DEFENDANTS) IF REMAR-
RID, AND IF DEEASED, THE RE
SPECTIVE UNKNOWN HEIRS,
DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES,
CREDITORS, LIENORS, AND TRUS
TEES, AND ALL OTHER PERSONS
CLAIMING BY THROUGH, UNDER OR
AGAINST THE NAMED DEFEN
DANTS),
Detendant(s)
NOTICE OF SALE
Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to a
Final Summary Judgment of Foreceo-
sure entered in the above-styled
cause, in te Circuit Court of Okeecho
bee County, Fonda, I will sell the prop-
ery state in Hendry County, Florida,
described as
Lois 20, 21, and 22, Block 22, CON-
NERS HIGHLANDS, acconmdl to the
Plal thereol, as recorded in Plat Book
1 Pae 1,Pg of the Public Records of
Okeechobee Couny, Florida
AIVA
XXXX NW21ST LANE
OKEECHOBEE, FL 3492
at pub sale, to e highest and best
bidder, for cash, in the Jury Assembly
Room of the Okeechobee County Judi
cial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street. 2nd
Floor, Suite 257, Okeechobee, FL
34972 at 1100 o'clock, AM, on
12/17/2008
DATED is 3rd day of Nv, 2008
Any person claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, other than the
property owner as of the date of the l
pendens, must file a claim within 60
days after the sale
Wdness, my hand and seal of is court
on the 3rd day of Nov, 2008
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
Clerk ot the Circu Court
By LindaF Young
Deputy Clerk
THIS INSTRUMENT PREPARED BY
Law Offices of Daniel C Consuegra
9204 King Palm Drive
Tampa FL 33619 1328
Attorneys for Plantiff
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS
WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990, In
accordance with the American wllh
Disabilities Act of 1990, persons need-
ing a special accommodaliDn to partici.
pate in his proceeding should contact
Couor Administration no later than sev-
en days prior to the proceeding at 250
NW Country Club Drive, Porl St Lucle,
Florida 34986, 1-772-807-4370 within
two working da of your rece at ohis
NOTICE, I Yfu ARE HEARING IM-
PAIRED CALL 1-800-955-9771; IF YOU
ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1-800-955-8770
299324 ON 11/19,26/2008
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Highlands County HOME Consortium
Notice of Public Hearinn
on theFY 2007-2008
Consolidated Annual Perormance Evaluatlon Report
The Highlands County HOME Consortium receives funding for DeSoto Glades
Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, and Okeechobee Counties from the US Department of
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the HOME Investment Partnerships
(HOME), Amecan Dream Downpayment Assistance (ADDI) HUD requires mat the
Highlands County Consortium prepare a Consolidated Annual Performance and
Evaluation Report (CAPER) on the accomplishments of each the programs goals
and objectives in te Consortium's 5-year Consodated Plan for Housing Notice is
hereby given that the Highlands County Consortium will conduct a pubic heanng on
the Consorium's activles undertaken during the FY 07/08 Cdlzen comments form
this heanng will be reported in the CAPER The heanng wll beheld as shown be-
low
Administration Bulding
201 E Oak St, Suite 202
Arcadia, FL 34266
December 10, 2008
900am
All residents are encouraged t attend For additional information and for persons re-
quiring special accommodations please contact the Highlands County Housing De-
partment at 863 402 6917, 501 S Commerce Ave, Sebring FL 33870 A Copy of
he CAPER may be viewed at the above listed SHIP offices in each county, and at
www hcbcc net
302253 ON 11/26/08


LEGAL NOTICE
Public Acton will be held at Johns Tow-
ing Sermce storage lot located at 704
Northeast 2nd Avenue Okeechobee,
Floda 34972 on DECEMBER 12,
2008, at 9 00 A M Pursuant to Fonda
Statute 713 78 for unpaid towing and
storage charges Year, make, model
and VIN are as follows
1993 Saturn S Series
VIN#1G8ZK5571 PZ272366
Terms of sale are cash, and no checks
will be accepted Seller reserves the
nght of final bid ALL SALES ARE Fl-
NAL NO REFUNDS WILL BE, MADE
Said automobiles Ill be sold in "As Isc
condition with no guarantee's
302219 ON 11/26/08

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LEGAL NOTICE
A public auction will be held at BMJ Tow-
ing Inc Lot at 414 South Parrott Ave
nue, Okeechobee, Flonda 34974 on
Frday the 12th day of December
20 from 1000 11 0 AM Pursuant
to Flonda statute 71378 for unpad
towing and storage Year, Make, Model
& Vns as follows
1999 White GMC Saari
1GDDM19W5XB522958
1994 Tan Toyota Camry
4T1SK12E9RU4467B1
1993 Blue Chevy Crsica
1G1LT53T1PYi89608
190 Gray Buick Electra
1G4CW54COL1604574
Terms of sale are cash, and no checks
will be accepted ie seller reserves
the night of nal bid All sales are hnal
No refunds sll be made Said automo-
biles will be sold in AS IS wit no
guarantees
302257 ON 11/26/09


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FIFTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR PALM BEACH COUNTY, FLORIDA
SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT,
a water management disnct organized and exisng
under the laws of the State of onda,
Plaintff,
THE STATE OF FLORIDA, AND THE TAXPAYERS, PROPERTY OWNERS AND CITI-
ZENS WITHIN THE JURISDICTION OF THE SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGE-
MENT DISTRICT, INCLUDING NONRESIDENTS OWNING PROPERTY OR SUBJECT
TO TAXATION THEREIN AND OTHERS CLAIMING ANY RIGHTS, TITLE OR INTER-
EST IN THE CERTIFICATES OF PARTICIPATION HEREIN DESCRIBED, OR TO BE
AFFECTED IN ANY WAY THEREBY,
Defendants
CASE NO 2008-CA-031975
AMENDED NOTICE AND ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE
TO: THE STATE OF FLORIDA, AND THE TAXPAYERS, PROPERTY OWNERS AND
CITIZENS WITHIN THE JURISDICTION OF THE SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MAN-
AGEMENT DISTRICT, INCLUDING NONRESIDENTS OWNING PROPERTY OR SUB-
JECT TO TAXATION THEREIN AND OTHERS CLAIMING ANY RIGHTS, TITLE OR
INTEREST IN THE CERTIFICATES OF PARTICIPATION HEREIN DESCRIBED, OR TO
BE AFFECTED IN ANY WAY THEREBY
Plaintiff, SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT (the "Disrct") hav-
ng tiled its Compaint or Validanon and Supplement to Complaint against the State
of Fionda, and the several property owners, taxpayers and clizens of Palm Beach
County, Broward County, Chanotte County, Collier County, Glades County, Hendry
county, Okeechobee Couny, Orange County, Osceola Couty, Polk County and St
Lucie County, including non-residents owning property or subject to taxation therein
and all others having or claiming any ngh, te or interest in property to be affected
in any way by the issuance of not more than 12,200,000,000 aggregate principal
amount of the Certificates of Participation, Senes Evidencing an Undivided
Proportonate Interest of the Registered Owners theraoin Basic Lease Payment to
be Made by the Governing Board of the South Flonda Water Management Leasing
orp, as Lessor (hereinfter COPs), and it appeanng in and fm said Complaint
and the Exhibits attached thereto and the Supplement to Complaint and Supplemen-
tal Resoluion attached thereto that the Disnct has adopted resolutions authozig
he issuance of the COPs for the purpose of providing funds for financing and re-
nancing certain capital projects, programs and works as approved by the District
from time to time and it also appeanng that all of the facts required by Chaper 75
of the Flonda Statutes to be stated by said Complaint, Supplement to Complaint and
Exhibis are contained therein, and that the Planif prays that this Court issue an or-
der as directed by said Chapter 75, and the Court being fully advised in the premis-
es
NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS ORDERED, that the State of Flonda, and the several
property owners, taxpayers and citizens of Palm Beach County, Brward County,
Charlote County, ler Coouny, Glades County, Hendry County, Highlands County,
Lee County, Martn County, Mam-Dade County, Monroe County, Okeechobee
County Orange County, Osceola County Polk County and St Lucie County includ-
ing non-residents owning property or subiec to taxaon therein and all others hav-
Ing or claiming any ngh, tle or interest in property to be affected in any way by the
issuance e COPs erein descbed, or to be affected tereby, appear before the
Honorable Judge Donald W Hafele on the 12th day of December, 2008, at 1030
am n the Palm Beach County Courthouse, 205 North Dixie highway, Room 11-B,
West Palm Beach, Fonda 33401, and show cause why the prayers of the Complaint
for Validahon and Supplement to Complaint should not be granted and the lega ty of
al proceedings in connection therewith and other matters set forth in sad Complaint
and Supplement to Complant should not be validated and confirmed as therein
prayed
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that pnor to the date set for the hearing n said Com-
plait for Valdation and Supplement to Complaint the Clerk of this Court shall cause
a copy of this Amended Notlce and Order to Show Cause to be published in a news-
paper of general circular in nPalm Beach County, Broward County, Chadtte
County, Collier County, Glades County, Hendry County Highlands County, Lee
County Martn Couny, Miami-Dade County, Monroe Couny, Okeechobee County,
Orange County, Osceola County, Polk County and St Lucie County, once each week
for wo 2 consecuve weeks the first publicaon to be not less than twenty (20)
days before te date set for said hearing
AND IT IS FURTHER ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that, by such publicaeon of this
Amended Order all the taxpayers, property owners, ciaens and others having or
claiming any right, tie or interest in property within Palm Beach County Broward
County, Charlotte County, Collier County, Glades County, Hendry County, Highlands
County, Lee County, Martin County, Miami-Dade County, Monroe County, Okeecho-
bee County Orange Con Osceola Conty, Polk County and St Lucie County, in-
cluding non-residents owning property or subject to taxation therein and all others
having or claiming any nht, title or interest in property to be affected by the issu-
ance of the COPs here n escnbed or to be affetd in any way thereby, be and they
are made partes defendant to is proceeding, and that this Court shall have jurs-
dicoon of tem to the same exent as if named as defendants in said Complaint and
Supplement to Complaint and personally served with process in this cause
DONE AND ORDERED at the Courthouse in West Palm Beach, Fonda, this 14th
day of November 2008
/s/
Donald W Hafele
Circuit Court Judge
300947 ON 11/19,26/08 & CN 11/20,27/08

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE BY
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
Noce is hereby given that the undersigned SHARON ROBERTSON, Clerk of te Cir-
cult Court of Okeechobee County, Fonda, wll on the 10th day of December
2008, at 11 00 AM, at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 Northwest
3rd Street, Jury Assembly Room, Second Hoor, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, in
the City of Okeechobee, offer for sale and sell at public outcry to the highest and
best bidder for cash, he following descnbed property situated in Okeechobee
County, Florida to-wi
THE EAST 1/2 OF THE WEST 1/2 OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF
TRACT 20, SECTION 2G, IN THE SOUTHERN COLONIZATION COMPANY PLAT OF
TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RANGE 33 EAST, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF
RECDRODE IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGES 3 THROUGH 3E INCLUSIVE, PUBLIC
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.
pursuant t tthe final decree of foreclosure entered in a case pending in said Court,
the style of which is
PRESERVE LAND CO, a Fonda CoMoraon,
Plantiff,
vs
ELLEN M BROWN, STAFFORD WHYNN and 421 FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC,
Defendants
and the docket number of which is 2008-CC-232
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY,
OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS
MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE
WITNESS my hand and the oicial seal of said Court, this 17th day of November
2008
SHARON ROBERTSON,
Clerk of the Circuit Court of
Okeechobee County, Flonda
BY s/Lnda Young
DEPUTY CLERK
Law Oflice of Cassels & McCall
John D Cassels, Jr, Esqure
Post Office Box 968
Okeechobee, Fonda 34973
301320 ON 11/19,26/08

NOTICE OF INTENT TO USE UNIFORM METHOD OF
COLLECTING NON-AD VALOREM ASSESSMENTS
Okeech- --' 'I I 'inty') hereby provides notice, pursuant to
Section iL. of its intent to use the uniform method of
collecting non ad valorem special assessments to be levied within the unincorporat
ed area of the County, or the cost of providing any or all of the efllowing services
drainage road improvements cludin but not limited to roadside ditches sales
and sidewalks street ihnomu canal cleaning and canal maintenance enhanced o0
substitute solid waste collection and disposal stermwater treatment and mosoulto
control, commencing for the fiscal year beginning on October 01,2009 The County
will consider the adoption of a resolution electing to use the uniform method of col
letting such assessments authorized by Secion 197 3632 Honrda Statutes, at a
ublic heang to be held on Thursday, December 4, 2008 at :00 a.m., at the
keechobee Couny Health Deparent Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Street Okeecho
bee, Florda Such resoluen will state the need for the levy and will contain a legal
descnpton of the boundanes of the real property subject to the levy Copies of the
proposed form of resolution, which contains the legal description of the real proper
ty subi et to the levy, are on file at the Office of the County Clerk of Okeechobee
County, Florda All interested persons are invited to attend
In the event any person decides to appeal any decision by the Board wit respect
to any matter relating to the consideration of the resolution at the above-rereenced
public hearing a record of the proceeding may be needed and in such an event,
such person may need to ensure that a vethatim record of the public heanng is
made which record includes the testimony and evidence on which the appeal is to
be based in accordance with the Amencans with Dsab ilty Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to participate in his proceeding should contact Court Ad
ministraton no later than seven days pnor to proceeding r al 1-772-807-4370 IF
YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1-800-955-8771, IF YOU ARE VOICE IM-
PAIRED CALL 1800 955 8770
Dated this 23rd day of October 2008
CLIF BETTS, JR, CHAIRMAN
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA
298681 ON 11/5,12,19,26/08

NOTICE OF INTENT TO USE UNIFORM METHOD OF
COLLECTING NON-AD VALOREM ASSESSMENTS
Okeechobee County, Fonda (the "County') hereby provides notice, pursuant to
Section 1973632(3)(a Floda Statutes, of its intent to use the uniform method of
collecting non-ad vaonrem special assessment to be levied throughout the County
for the cost of providing emergency medical services commencing for the fiscal
yea beginning on October 1, 2009 The County will consider the adophon of a
resolution elcting to use the uniform method of collecting such assessment author-
zed by Section 197 3632 flondal atoles at a public heang to be held on Thurs-
day, December 4, 200 at 9 00 a m, at the Okeechobee Couty Heath Department
Auditorium, 1728 NW 9 Street, Okeechobee, Florida Such resolubon ll state
the need for the levy and will contain a legal descnpton of the boundaries of te real
property subject to the levy Copies of the proposed form of resoluon, which con
tains te legal descnpion of the real property subject to te levy are on ile at the
Office of the County lerk of Okeechobee County, Flonda All interested persons are
invited to attend
In the event any person decides to appeal any decision by the Board wit respect
to any matter relating to the consideration of the resolution at the above referenced
public hearing, a record of the proceeding may be needed and in such an event,
such person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the public heanng is
made, which record includes the testimony and evidence on which the appeal is to
be based In accordance wit the Amenricans with Disability AVt, persons needing a
special accommodation to participate in ts proceeding should contact Court Ad
ministration no later than seven days pnor to proceeding or cal 1 772 807 4370 IF
YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1-800-955-8771, IF YOU ARE VOICE IM-
PAIRED CALL 1-800-955-8770
Dated this 23rd day of October 2008


SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA
298678 ON 1/5,12.19,26/08


CLIBETTS, JR, CHAIRMAN
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA


OKEECHOBEE UTILITY AUTHORITY
REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS
ENGINEERING SERVICES
TREASUREISLAND VACUUM SEWERSYSTEM
Pursuant to Flonda Statues 287 055, te Okeechobee Ulity Authoriy will be accept
ing statements of quaifications from Professional Consu ng Engineeng firms to
perform services relating to the planning design and construcon of a vacuum sew-
er project Deintons of specific services are included in te Scope of Services,
which may be obtained OUA Executve Director, 100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee,
Florida 34974-4221 or by calling 863-763-9460
Proposals will be accepted at the OUA Executive Director s office unl 5 OOPM on
December19,200S
301971 ON11/26/08


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18 Okeechobee News, Wednesday, November 26, 2008


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 2008-CA-526
NATIONAL CITY BANK
Plaintff
vs
CYNTHIA DAVIS ANKA CYNTHIA K. DA-
VIS, DANIEL DAVIS A//A DANIEL M
DAVIS; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF CYN-
THIA DAVIS AK/A CYNTHIA K DAVIS,
UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF DANIEL DA-
VIS A/KA DANIEL M DAVIS, UN-
KNOWN TENANT I, UNKNOWN
TENANT II, FIRST FRANKLIN FINAN-
CIAL CORPORATION, any unknown
heirs, devsee's, grantees, creditors,
and other unknown persons or un-
known spouses claiming by, through
and under any of the above named De-
fendants
Defendants
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO
DANIEL DAVIS AK/A
DANIEL M DAVIS
209 SW 9TH STREET
OKEECHOBEE, FL 343974
UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF DANIEL
DAVIS A/KA DANIEL M DAVIS
209 SW 9TH STREET
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS STATED
CURRENT RESIDENCE UNKNOWN
And any unknown heirs, devisee's, grant-
ees, creditors and other unknown per-
sons or unknown spouses claiming
by, through and under the above
named Defendant(s), deceased or
whose last know adesses are un-
known
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIRED that an ac-
ion to foreclose Mortgage covenng
the following real and personal proper-
ty described asfollows, to-wit
Lots 7 and 8, Block 5, SOUTH OKEE-
CHOBEE, according to fie Plat there-
of recorded In Plat Book 5, Page 7,
public Records of Okeechobee
County, Florida.
has been filed against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your wnt-
ten defenses, if an to it n Em
Amate Zebell, Butler & Hosch, RA,
3185 Soulh Conway Road, Suite E,
Onando, Flonda32812 and file the
oginal wit the Clerk of the above
styled Court on or before 30 days from
the first publicahon otherwise a Judg-
ment may be entered against you for
the relief demanded in the Complaint
WITNESS m hand and seal of said Court
on the 171 day of Novenber 20008
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS
WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In
Accordance with the Amencans With
Disalities Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to participate
in this proceeding should contact
Court Administration no later than sev-
en days proper to he proceeding at
250 NW Country Club Drive, Port SL
Lucie, Honda 34986,1,772.807,4370
within twoddng days of your re-
ceipt of thi NOTICE; IFYOU ARE-
HEARING IMPAIRED CALL
1800 955 8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE
IMPAIRED CALL 1 800 955 8770
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
By /s Linda F yo
Depruy nen
301754 ON 11/26.12/3/08
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in the classified.




IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 200-CP-219
JUDGE: F. SHIELDS McMANUS
IN RE' The Estate of
BARBARA H. EKENARGER,
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
(Testate, Summary Adminisration)
TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS OR
DEMANDS AGAINST THE ABOVE ES-
TATE:
You are hereby notfied that an Order of
Summary Admnrsraion is sougot to
be entered in the Estate of BARBARA
H. EKENBARGER, Deceased, Case
Number 2008-CP-219 by the Circuit
Court for Okeecotbee County, Flonda
Prbate Diision, the address of which
is 312 NW 3rd Steet, Sute 125,
Okeechobee, Florioda 34972; that the
decedent's date of death was July 15,
2008, that the total value of the estate
subject to prdate s $12,000 00, and
that te names and addresses of those
to whom it is sought to be assigned by
such order are
Cad E, Waranowslu
33 Cariage Lane, Hookset, NH 03106
ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE NOTI-
FlED THAT:
Al creditors of the estate of decedent
and persons having dams or de-
mands against the estate of the dece-
dent other than those listed for wh
provisn for full payment was made in
e Order of Summary Adminisradon
mst file their cams wth hs Court
WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET -
FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE
FLORIDA PROBATE CODE.
ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT SO
FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER AP-
PLICABLE TIME PERIOD, ANY CLAIM
FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AF
TER THE ECEDENT'S DATE OF
DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of the first ublicaon of this
Noceis November 19, 2008
CARL E WARANOWSKI
Petmoner
33 Cnage Lane
Hooksett, N 03106
Law Office of
CASSELS & McCALL
JOHN D. CASSELS, JR.
Attorney for Petiioner
PD Box 968
Okeechoee, Honda 34973
U863 763-1311
laBar No'0261521
300584 ON 11/19,26/08


Public Notice 500


Public Notice 500


NOTICE OF PROCUREMENT FOR PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS IRFO) CONSTRUCTION MANAGER
Pursuant to Secion 287 055, Honda Statutes, the State of Honda's Consulants
C orpetive N eotiations Act, and the State Requirements for Educabonal Facillies
(SREF), the DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE
will consider he contracting of a CONSTRUCTION MANAGER (CM) for providing
professional services for the following construcion proIect(s)
REMODEUNG OF BUILDINGS #3S AND #39
Located allhe IRSC Fort Pierce Main Campus
3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34081-5596
The Proect will consist of woldng with the project architect in the design phase,
including value engineenng, the development of a Guaranteed Maxmum Pnce
GMP), and construction services for two classroon/ab facilities of appromately
13,500 square feet
Business denies interested in prowng construction management services fr the
Indian River State College (IRSC Project are hereby notified that their "Statement o
Oualifcaions" submNitals must he received by the DEADUNE DATE of Wednesdav
December 3 2008 at 200 PM in the IRSC Facilles Plaming Office at 3209 Virgin-
a Avenue, Bilding "S", Room 233, Fort Pierce, Rnda 34981-5596 Please submd
only one (1) onmna and five (5oi Ces and realv indicate the roilert name oa
yoursubatd
nsructions for conpleton and submssion of the Consructon Management State-
ment of Qualificahos" may be obtained at the IRSC Facilities Planning Ofice, 3209
Virginia Avenue, Building "S", Room 233, Fort Pierce, Floida 34981-5596; olrp
felled by e-malming your request to ptrmySicsaed or by calling the Facilihes Plan
ning Office at 772-462-7360,
IRSC reserves the right to wave any informality in the selecon process and to re-
ectany orally "Statements of Qualifcations
300122 ON 11/12,19,26/08

Okeechobee County Parks and Recreation
Seeking Advsory Commitee fMembers for the
Paris and Receation Master Plan
NOTICE
Okeechobee County is embarking on a Parks and Recreaton Master Planing pro-
cess to'
1) Identify the needs and desires of County residents,
2) Creae a long term vision for the County that includes parks, civic centers, cul
tural and istoncal areas, consevation areas, streets and boulevards, and rails
and green ways; and
3) Develop a funding strategy to implementhe vision
We are forming a Parks and Recreation Master Plan Advsory Committee to help us
wit the Plan, and are seeking fifteen (15) residents, property owners, business
people and others who are interested in serving on he Committee The respon-
bilihes of an Advisory Committee member include
* Review of interim reports and memorandum prepared by our plaDing consul-
tants;
SAttendance at review meetings for 24 hours every 2-3 months (total of 3-4
meetings) to review and discuss the interim repots and to provide recommenda-
ins for staff, he consultants and the Commission;
SAsssting the County by keeping others informed regarding the progress of the
project
The Advisory Commitee should represent a cross-section of the County, so we are
seeking members to represent the following interest areas


Economic Development/Busness
* Agriclure
Schools/Churches
SYouth Sports
*Kds
SParents
* Environment


* Trails
County Culture and History
SInfrastructure
* City
* Tourism
* Adult Sports


If you are interested in serng on the Parks and Recreaoon Master Plan Advisory
Commntee, please contact Oeec d bee Couny Parks and Recreation a
(863) 763-6950 The standard Count Advisory Board applicaBon is also available
on-line at www.c.okeechrobeflls Click m Board/Commitee Application for New
Appointments two-thirds of the way down n the Home page Appicai s are due
at the Parks & Recreahon Department office at the Sports Complx, 640 NW 27t1
Lane by 5 pm. Monday December 8th so appointments can be made at the De-
comber 181 BOCC meeting Thank you for your Interest Wih your assistance, we
look forward to improving Okeechobee County's Parks and Recreation system
301960 ON 11/26,30/08

PUBUC NOTICE
The Okeechobee County Board of County Commssioners will hold its regular ses-
sion on TIursday, December 4, 2008 at 9,00 a.m, at the Heath Department Audi
tonum, 1728 NW9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Flonda
Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commis
soners wth respect to any matter considered at tis meetrg nwll need a record of
te proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she will need to ensure that a
verbatim recd of such proceedings is made, which record shall include h testi-
mony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based
In accordance with the Amencans with Disablilies Act (ADA) and Florida Salte
286 26, persons wih disabiliies needing special accommodation to participate i
hs proceeding should contact Lynn Sham or Betsy Sheffeld, no later than two (2)
working days priorto he oceedin at 863-763-2131, ext 2100 ou are hear-
ng or vce impaired, call DO 1-8 -222-3448 voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TY
Ci BetsJr, Chairman
Board of County Commsioners
Sharon Roberon, Clerk
Board of County Commisiones
301553 ON 11/26/08


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2W08-CA-380
A-1 FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC
Plarnff
vs
FORT DRUM HOLDING, LLC, a Flonda
limited liability company; STRATEGY
PLACE, LLC, a Honda limited liabiy
company, rt al,
Defendants
NflTCEiOFSLE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN prsuant to a
Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated
10/31/2008 entered in Cmil Case No
2008-CA-380 of the Crcut Court of
Mie 19th Judicial Circuit in and for
Okeechmee County, F nda, where
A-1 FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC, is
Plaini and, FORT DRUM HOLDING,
LLC, a Flonda limited liablity compa-
n, STRATEGY PLACE, LLC, a Flonda
mited liab company, HORWITZ
FAMILY LIMITED PARTNERSHIP BY
AND THROUGH ARTHUR HORWITZ,
AS GENERAL PARTNER, MICHAEL
HORWITZ; SUZANNE HORWITZ, are
Defendants.
I will sell to the highest bidder for cash,
at 312 North West 3rd Sreet Okee-
chobee, FL, in Okeechobee Cound,
Flonda at 1100 o'clock a.m, on Mie
241i day of Dec, 2008 the following
desmnbed property as set forth in said
Final Judgent, to wit
PARCEL 1
All that cerin lad situate in Okeecho.
ee County, Florida, as follows:
Fron the Sourwest corner of Section
3, Township 34 South, Range 35
East, run East alo the South boun-
diry a said Sction 3, a distance of
Northwestrly a an angle of 59 de-
ree50 minutes, measured Ir
t to Northws, a distance of
23.13 feet, to the point of begnning
of this description; thence continue
Northwesterly alon the Easterly
boundary o a 4 foot roadway, a ds-
tance of 12.45 feet to a point;
thence Noheasterly a right angles
to said 40 foot roadway, a distance
of 45 feet to a point on the Westerly
boundary of another 40 foot rid.
wayT thence Souieaslely at right
angles and along said West boun-
dary o said 40 foot roadway, a dis-
tnce of 1,003.54 feet to a point 20
feet North of the South boundary of
said Sectin 3; thence Westerly
along a line parallel to and 20 feet
North of said South bundarv of said
Section 3 a distance of 549.51 fet to
the point of beginning, containing
9.45 acres, more or less.
This property is vacant land.
Any person claiming an interest in the
surpus from te sale, any, other
than the property owner as of the date
of the is peens must file a claim
within 60 days after the sale
DATED this 3rd day of Nov, 2008
Sharon Robertson
Clerk of Circut Court
BY /SLinda F Youn
Deuty Cle
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS
WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990 In
accordance with he Ameicans With
Disabliihes Act, persons needing a
special accommodaton to parncipate
in this proceeding should contact
Court Administaton no later than sv-
en days pnor to thie proceeding at 250
NW Country Club Dnve, Port St Lude,
Flonda 34986, 1-772-807-4370 within
two worng days of your recpt of
his NOTICE IF YOU ARE HEWING
IMPAIRED CALL 1-800-955-8771; IF
YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1.800-955-8770
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Local fisherman



gives testimony



on turtle harvest


People from around Florida
with an interest in turtles came
together in Tampa Nov. 20 to pro-
vide data both anecdotal and
scientific to the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion (FWC) to help guide devel-
opment of a harvest management
strategy by June 2009.
"This is exactly how we like to
do things bring people together
and find solutions," said Nick Wi-
ley, assistant executive director of
the FWC, as the meeting began.
"We appreciate very much that so
many of you want to be engaged
in this process."
Bill Turner, FWC turtle scien-
tist, said there was one big ques-
tion to answer: "Should the FWC
allow the harvest of freshwater
turtles?"
At times the exchange was
spirited between turtle scientists
and conservationists who would
like to see an outright ban on har-
vesting freshwater turtles and the
commercial fishermen whose in-
come partly depends on a season-
al harvest of freshwater turtles.
"The fishermen are upset be-
cause it's their livelihood, and they
believe softshell turtles are plenti-
ful and can sustain a harvest," Mr.
Turner said. "Others want to end
the harvest because they believe
it could cause turtle populations
to decline."
William Shockley, a third-gen-
eration fisherman from Okeecho-
bee, takes his son out on week-
ends to catch turtles and earn
some money. He told the audi-
ence he can sell turtles for $1 to
$1.50 per pound.
"When they weigh between
3 and 5 pounds, we throw them
back," Mr. Shockley said. "It
doesn't do us any good to take
the next generation, so we throw
back the smaller ones."
Turtle scientist Peter Meylan
expressed his concern about the
levels of harvest and monitor-
ing, saying the harvest should be
banned.
"There isn't any money in the
state to do the research needed to
develop a minimum sustainable
number for harvest," Mr. Meylan
said. "So in absence of funds, the


best thing to do for turtles and the
ecosystem is not to allow them to
be harvested commercially."
Wiley said the FWC encourag-
es turtle scientists, fishermen and
other experts on freshwater turtle
harvest to share their insight as
the agency moves rapidly toward
developing a management strat-
egy.
"This information will be one
source as we develop the best
possible strategy for freshwater
turtles in Florida," Mr. Wiley said.
The FWC passed a rule in Sep-
tember that limits the harvest of
wild, Florida freshwater turtles
to five per day, per person. Each
fisherman with a commercial li-
cense is allowed to harvest an ad-
ditional 15 Florida softshell turtles
per day, for a total of 20. The FWC
will monitor and enforce the cur-
rent rule to ensure the turtles are
being adequately protected.
FWC's rule-making requires
specific steps to provide proper
public due process. The FWC will
continue to seek input over the
next few months. Staff will pres-
ent the proposed management
strategy at the Commission's April
meeting in Tallahassee. Commis-
sioners will vote on the final plan
and regulations at their June
meeting in Crystal River.
Fortunately, the FWC has some
time to work through this process,
because the best months (Sep-
tember and October) for harvest-
ing freshwater turtles have passed
in Florida. During cooler weather,
turtles move at a much slower
pace and eat less food, making
them difficult to harvest. In ad-
dition, May 1, begins the closed
season for harvest of the Florida
softshell turtle, which goes until
July 31.
With the input from the meet-
ing, FWC staff will begin organiz-
ing the material and drafting a
management plan.
"We're trying to understand
so we can develop a long-term,
meaningful management strategy
for the species," Mr. Turner said.
"We're moving very quickly, and
we will have a plan in place by
June."


TALLAHASSEE Governor Charlie Crist
announced that Florida's graduation rate
reached its highest point ever last year at
75.4 percent, according to results released to-
day by the Florida Department of Education
(DOE). This rate exceeds the previous year's
rate by three percentage points and represents
an overall improvement of 15.2 percentage
points since the 1998-99 school year. The re-
sults indicate that rising numbers of minority
graduates continue to play a significant role in
the improvement of Florida's overall gradua-
tion rate.
"I am so proud of our schools, teachers,
and students for this tremendous achieve-
ment," said Governor Charlie Crist. "By giving
our high school students a complete educa-
tion, we are giving them the foundation they
need for a successful future. Their success
will make Florida's workforce and economy
stronger."
"These results reinforce the tremendous
academic progress our students have made
over the last decade and prove that Florida is
home to some of the best teachers in the na-
tion," said Education Commissioner Dr. Eric
J. Smith. "It is vital that we continue to build
on our progress by elevating the expectation
for our children and preparing them with the
skills they need to succeed in today's global
economy."
Similar to last year, graduation rates for
African-American and Hispanic students
showed some of the largest growth this year,
increasing by 3.8 and 3.1 percentage points,
respectively. White students also showed size-
able growth, with a 2.6 point increase in their
rate compared to 2006-07.


The DOE bases its graduation rate on data
that follows every single student from ninth
grade to graduation, a method that more ac-
curately calculates the number of students
who graduate high school. Florida currently
stands alone nationally in its practice of com-
piling and following individual student records
to determine a true, four-year graduation rate.
In October, the United States Department of
Education announced that all states must
adopt a uniform graduation rate calculation
by the year 2010-11. Consequently, the DOE
is reviewing its graduation rate to determine
what changes are needed to meet the new
federal requirement.
Decreased dropout rate
As Florida's graduation rate continues to
rise, its dropout rate continues to decline. Ac-
cording to the results, Florida's annual high
school dropout rate dropped to its lowest
point ever this year at 2.6 percent. This rate is
a decrease of 0.7 percentage points compared
to last year's rate, and a decrease of 2.8 points
since 1998-99.
Increased minority achievement was the
leading force behind this decline. From 2006-
07 to 2007-08, the dropout rate decreased for
African-American, Hispanic, American Indian
and multiracial students, with African-Amer-
ican students showing the most significant
improvements in dropout reduction.
For more information about Florida's 2007-
08 graduation and dropout rates, visit http://
www.fldoe.org/news/pdf/grad_rate_data.pdf.


Submitted photo/Hospice of Okeechobee

Christmas Country store
Hospice of Okeechobee's Christmas Country Store opens this Friday, Nov. 28.
They have many toys and Christmas items that will make someone a great holiday
gift. They also have a raffle for a Dell Computer. Nila McCormick is here in the Toy
room. For more information call Cathy at: 863-467-2321.


State's high school graduation


rate continues to climb




Okeechobee News, Wednesday, November 26, 2008 19


Okeechobee defeats Southland

Christian at Tip Off Tournament


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
David Jeune had another dou-
ble double with 16 points, but it
was defense that led the Okeecho-
bee High School Boys Basketball
Team to a big win over Southland
Christian, 41-33, Saturday night.
The Flames were held to zero
points in the third quarter, a re
cord low for any Okeechobee
team.
Okeechobee wanted to pull
Southland Christian out of their
zone defense, but the Flames
wouldn't bite, and Okeechobee


took just one shot, a lay up in the
quarter.
"It's not about putting 80 or
100 points on the board, it's about
winning," Brahmans Coach Jon
Enrico said, "We wanted them to
play man to man because I don't
think they could keep up with
us."
The Brahmans had balanced
scoring once again. Matt Skipper
had six points. Austin Willard and
Ryan Osceola had five points. Du-
elle Gore had four points, Corey
White had three, and Terrance Al-
len had two points. Ryan Buhain
had 16 points and Arian Pena
added 14 points for Southland
Christian.


two good games. We played to-
gether and we played hard and
we got two Ws."
Skipper said he thinks the
team is playing much harder on
the defensive end this year. "I'm
having fun this year. We're play
ing good defense. We held that
team to zero points in the third
quarter. Defensive improvement
is our focus this year."
Okeechobee jumped to a 10-2
lead in the first three minutes
thanks to a bucket and an assist
by Jeune and a three pointer by
Corey White. They led 19-9 after
one, and led 30-21 at the half.
Southland Christian could only
get as close as five points in the
second half.


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Okeechobee Boys JV
Soccer win
Okeechobee-l vs. John Car-
roll Rams-0 JV boys won a hard
fought victory against a very phys-
ical John Carroll team. Serafin Es-
pinoza made the only goal of the
game from an incredible assist by
Hector Torres in the second half.
Okeechobee had 17 shots on goal
with many near misses. Chobee's
defense, lead by Ricardo Bustos,
Raul Piedra, Marlin Macedo, Cres-
cencio Piedra and Amado Vega,
dished up another shut out vic
tory. Jose Aguirre made the only
save for Okeechobee.


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1-inch pieces. Makes about 3 pounds.
Nutrition Information per serving:
150 calories, 60 calories from fat, 7g total
fat, 4g saturated fat, 10mg cholesterol,
30mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate, Og
fiber, 20g sugars, ig protein


Mini Pumpkin Pecan
Orange Soaked Cakes
Makes 12 cakes
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 package (18.25 ounces) spice
cake mix
1 can (15 ounces) Libby's 100%
Pure Pumpkin
1 cup vegetable oil
4 large eggs
Orange Syrup (recipe follows)


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2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup (11/2 sticks) butter
2/3 cup (5 fluid-ounce can) Nestle
Carnation Evaporated Milk
1/2 cup Libby's 100% Pure
Pumpkin
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
2 cups (12-ounce package) Nestle
Toll House Premier White Morsels
1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow
creme
1 cup chopped pecans
11/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
LINE 13 x 9-inch baking pan with foil.
COMBINE sugar, brown sugar,
evaporated milk, pumpkin, butter and
spice in medium, heavy-duty saucepan.
Bring to afull rolling boil over medium
heat, stirring constantly. Boil, stirring
constantly, for 10 to 12 minutes or until
candy thermometer reaches 234" to
2400F (soft-ball stage).
QUICKLY STIR in morsels,
marshmallow creme, nuts and vanilla
extract. Stir vigorously for 1 minute or
until morsels are melted. Immediately
pour into prepared pan. Let stand on
wire rack for 2 hours or until completely
cooled. Refrigerate tightly covered. To
cut, lift from pan; remove foil. Cut into


PREHEAT oven to 350F. Grease and
flour two 6-cake mini Bundt pans.
Sprinkle nuts over bottom.
COMBINE cake mix, pumpkin,
vegetable oil and eggs in large mixer
bowl. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds
or until blended. Beat for 4 minutes on
medium speed. Spoon about 1/2 cup
into each mold.
BAKE for 20 to 25 minutes or until
wooden pick inserted in cakes comes
out clean. Remove from oven. With
back of spoon, carefully pat down
dome of each cake to flatten. Let cool
in pans for 5 minutes. Invert cakes onto
cooling rack(s). Poke holes in cakes with
wooden pick. Spoon a tablespoon of
Orange Syrup over each cake. Allow
syrup to soak in. Cool completely before
serving or wrapping for gifts.
Orange Syrup: Place 1/4 cup butter,
1/2 cup granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons
water and 2 teaspoons grated orange
peel in small saucepan. Bring to a boil.
Remove from heat. Stir in 2 tablespoons
orange juice.
Nutrition Information per serving: 480
calories, 270 calories from fat, 31g total
fat, 7g saturated fat, 80mg cholesterol,
50mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate, 2g
fiber, 30g sugars, 5g protein, 90%
vitamin A, 10% calcium, 10% iron
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Annual Tree
Lighting Ceremony
Dec. 2, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
City Hall Park
Okeechobee County Schools Chorus
Groups will be participating. Santa
will be attending.

Okeechobee Main Street 3rd
Annual Christmas Window
Decorating Contest
Businesses will need to have windows
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Ceremony on December 2. Judging will be on
December 13. Winner will receive a plaque.
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December 6, 13, 19,
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City Hall Park Santa
December 2 following the
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December 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17,
and 18 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Stop by for a
picture with Santa!

Chamber of Commerce Lighted
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December 13, 5:30 p.m.
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and# 3.


Santa on the Fire Truck
December 18 NW and NE
Section of City
December 19-
SE Section of City
December 20 -
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Happy Holidays


We have enjoyed helping Okeechobee residents achieve
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be a member of this community!

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Time: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
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Gift-Giving Pumpkin
Cranberry Breads
Makes 4, 9 x 5-inch loaves
6 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon
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1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon
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1 tablespoon salt
6 cups granulated sugar
1 can (29 ounces) Libby's 100%
Pure Pumpkin
8 large eggs
2 cups vegetable oil
1 cup orange juice or water
2 cups sweetened dried, fresh or
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9 x 5-inch loaf pans.
COMBINE flour, pumpkin pie spice,
baking soda
and salt in extra large bowl. Combine
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large bowl with wire whisk; mix until
just blended. Add pumpkin mixture to
flour mixture; stir until just moistened.
Fold in cranberries. Spoon 4 cups of
batter into each prepared pan.
BAKE for 60 to 65 minutes or until
wooden pick inserted in centers comes
out clean. Cool in pan on wire racks for
10 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool
completely. Once completely cooled,
wrap loaves in plastic wrap.
Nutrition Information per slice: 260
calories,
90 calories from fat, 10g total fat, 1.5g
saturated fat, 35mg cholesterol, 260mg
sodium, 40g carbohydrate, Ig fiber, 26g
sugars, 3g protein, 45% vitamin A


1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup Libby's 100% Pure Pumpkin
1 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
Filling
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1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
6 tablespoons butter or margarine,
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1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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COMBINE flour, baking powder, baking
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calories, 150 calories from fat, 16g total
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