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Vol. 99 No. 284 Friday, November 28, 2008 500 Plus tax


Briefs


AARP Driver Safety
Class offered
Tuesday, Dec. 9 and
Wednesday, 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 ob-
tain 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.

Red Cross plans
Health and Safety
classes
The Okeechobee Branch of
the American Red Cross will
hold the following the follow-
ing Health & Safety classes in
December:
Monday, Dec. 8, Infant/
Child CPR at 6 p.m.; Wednes-
day, 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 in
formation call 863-763-2488.


Drought Index

Current: 607
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

14.33 feet
Last Year: 10.30 feet

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Beware 'badge-related'


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
When contacted, many peo-
ple give freely when they think
they are helping police or fire-
fighters but they shouldn't in
most instances it's just another
scam.
In fact, this is called "badge-
related" fund-raising fraud.
The public services offices
of the police department, sher-
iff's office or fire department do
not call and solicit money, even
though they sometimes depend
on public donations for some of


their worthwhile endeavors.
It should be noted that there
are companies soliciting funds
for public service agencies that
are legal but just barely. Even
though they are collecting for
these agencies only a small frac-
tion of the amount collected ac-
tually goes to the police depart
ment, sheriff's office, Florida
Highway Patrol or fire depart-
ment.
One way to find out if the so-
licitor is legitimate is to call the
agency for whom they are col-
lecting money.


"They can contact the people
for whom the funds are suppos
edly raised call them directly
- and ask if they (the solici-
tors) are legitimate," said Sandi
Copes, of the Florida attorney
general's office.
Ms. Copes also pointed out
that the attorney general's office
in September presented a check
for $22,856.12 to Miami-Dade
County Fire/Rescue that repre-
sented money scammed from
residents of Miami-Dade County.
The attorney general's of-
fice obtained a court judgement


against Vince Corelli for falsely
collecting charitable donations
for the Dade County firefighters.
The judgement called for Corelli,
of Miami, to return the money he
collected to real firefighters.
Corelli, stated a press release
from the attorney general's of-
fice, was collecting the money
but keeping it for himself.
That money will be used by
Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue
for community outreach and
public education programs, the
release added.
If you are contacted about


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A recent rally to raise aware-
ness about gangs raised over
$12,000 that will be used for lo-
cal scholarships and other anti-
gang endeavors.
The Gang Free Florida Rod
Run and Motorcycle Rally was
held at Okee-Tantie Nov. 8 and
9 and raised a total of $12,650
after expenses, said Detec
tive Sergeant Brad Stark of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO). Sgt. Stark heads
up his department's gang unit.
Besides providing scholar-
ships for four graduating stu-
dents in Okeechobee County,
Sgt. Stark said the money will
also help with the local gang
graffiti eradication program
and for advanced gang training


within the Florida Gang Investi-
gators Association (FGIA).
The two-day event, billed
as the Rally on the River, was
aimed at raising awareness
and money to help combat the
recruiting of youngsters into
gangs.
Sgt. Stark said over 1,500
motorcyclists took part in the
event, that included a poker
run, live music, burn-out pit,
motorcycle and car show, do
nut eating contest and special
games and events for kids.
"It's a great location out
there. Itwas beautiful," said OC-
SO's Michele Bell, who helped
Sgt. Stark organize the second
annual event. "I think people
liked it out there more."
Last year's event was held at
the Okeechobee County Agri-


Civic Center.
To help with their fundrais-
ing efforts, rally organizers
moved the event to Okee-Tantie
where they were given free use
of the field. Last year they paid
Okeechobee County $2,600 to
use the Agri-Civic Center.
"Based on the generosity
of Susie Hughes (Okee-Tantie
manager) we didn't have to pay
for anything," said Sgt. Stark.
Mrs. Bell said Ms. Hughes
"was a pleasure to work with."
Sgt. Stark also said that with-
out the generosity of contribu-
tors, as well as other sponsors
of the event, the ability to carry
out their mission would be se-
verely hampered.
"A very special thanks goes
See Rally Page 9


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee couple was
awarded a $1 million judge-
ment by a local jury after the
wife was permanently injured
in a 2004 automobile accident.
The jury on Nov. 20, award-
ed Shirley Ann Wildes $829,000
in damages and her husband,
Donald Wildes, $171,000.
Mrs. Wildes was perma-


seam

giving money to a public service
agency, following are some tips
from the attorney general's of-
fice on what you should do.
Call your local police or fire
department and ask if they are
aware of the fundraising cam
paign and if they will benefit
from the funds raised.
Ask the solicitor for writ-
ten information including the
non-profit's name, address and
telephone number on how
the money will be used and what
the group's mission is.
See Scam Page 9


Third fire on



same street



ruled arson


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The first two fires they still
aren't sure about but the third
fire is arson.
State Fire Marshalls were
investigating an arson fire on
S.E. 26th Street this week.
There have been three fires on
the same street in the past ten
days.
The latest fire Monday night
around 6:30 p.m. broke out at
4036 S.E. 26th Street. The fire
resulted in $150,000 in property
damage and minor injuries to a
county firemen. The unnamed
firemen suffered a bruised


knee.
The fire report from Lt. Rob
ert Mears said firemen could
see a glow in the air as they
responded to the blaze. They
put out the fire with assistance
from the City Fire Department.
The building was unoccu-
pied. The registered owner is
John Holliday, Mears report
said.
The heat from the blaze was
so intense that an adjacent trail-
er at 4000 S.E. 26th Street was
damaged; $2,500 was the esti-
mate of damage to the trailer's
melted siding.
See Fire Page 9


nently injured when her vehicle
was struck by a vehicle driven
by Robert Carl Frazer, stated an
accident report by Officer Mat-
thew Hurst of the Okeechobee
City Police Department. Mr.
Frazer was issued a citation for
failure to obey a traffic light.
Gerald Lefebvre, the attorney
for the Wildes, said Mrs. Wildes
now has a frozen shoulder, two
See Damages Page 9


Index


Classifieds.............................. 8-9
Community Events................... 5
Crossword 9
Holiday Happenings ................. 5
Opinion 4
Outdoors Column..................... 6
Speak Out 4
Sports 11
Weather 9

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New Horizons, Red Cross


provide needed services


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Chief Executive Officer of
New Horizons of the Treasure
Coast John Romano briefed
the Community Collaborative
Council on the many services
they provide the Okeechobee
community Tuesday, which in-
clude crisis stabilization, a mo-
bile crisis unit, immediate help
for children, and a wide variety
of other services.
New Horizons has a 30-bed
crisis stabilization unit on Mid-


way Road in Fort Pierce. They
also have an office in Okeecho-
bee.
Mr. Romano said they are a
very busy organization. They
normally have 28 to 32 patients
per day at the crisis unit. They
also have a detox unit for drugs
and alcohol that averages 18
patients per day.
New Horizons also has an
around the clock screening
unit. A 20-bed children's crisis
unit is now under construction.
The unit is needed because if
there is a crisis with a minor


they must send them to West
Palm Beach or Melbourne.
The state sent New Hori-
zons some seed money for
their capital campaign. Ground
was broken on the project, to
be built on Midway Road, ear
lier this month.
Mr. Romano said Okeecho-
bee services include a child
and adult therapist, a substance
abuse counselor, a child psychi-
atrist, and a nurse practitioner.
The hours of these specialists
See Services Page 9


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Community Collaborative Council members show off the donat-
ed items from their Christmas gift drive for My Aunt's House.


Gang Free: Rally on the River


Okeechobee News/Eric Kopp
Car enthusiasts ogled the hot rods on display at the Saturday, Nov. 8, Gang Free Florida
Rod Run and Motorcycle Rally held at Okee-Tantie. The event, billed as the Rally on the
River, helps to raise awareness and money to help combat the recruiting of youngsters
into gangs.


Rally raises over $12,000


Couple awarded


$1 million


in damages





2 Okeechobee News, Friday, November 28, 2008


Planning board meeting turns down housing project


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Twelve units per acre was a
little more than neighbors want-
ed. After 40 minutes of debate,
Planning Board members agreed
and turned down an application
from one of the counties newest
industries.
Royal Professional Builders
went before the Okeechobee
County Planning Board Tuesday
night in search of a special excep
tion to allow a multi-family hous-
ing project.
The property at 3494 N.W 18th
Street, was rezoned to residential
general in recent months. The
current zoning would allow up to
26 units on the five acres. The ap-
plication requested up to 62 units
on this property.
Planning Board member
Bill Royce said the applicant re
quested that the item be tabled
for the past two months so they
could provide additional informa-
tion. Royce noted he met with
the applicant but did not receive
any new information. He recom-
mended that the application be
denied. In his report, Mr. Royce
said a density greater than five
units may be reasonable, but that
staff also believes that 12 units to
the acre may be extreme.
"It's been tabled twice, that
is more than enough, its time to
take action," Royce noted.
The project would be located
near the new Royal Concrete
plant off U.S. 98. The housing
would primarily meet the needs
of existing workers.
Representative of Royal Con
create Burton Smith told the board
he felt any differences with staff
could be worked out. He said
proper buffering and a six-foot
high masonry wall on the west
property line would be included.
He also said they would provide
additional setbacks from nearby

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nal Revenue Service is reminding
taxpayers with undeliverable eco-
nomic stimulus checks that they
have until Nov. 28, to update their
address to get the payment this
year.
More than 29,000 economic
stimulus checks sent to Floridians
were returned by the U.S. Postal
Service due to mailing address er
rors. These checks totaled almost
$17 million with an average un-
deliverable stimulus payment of
$564.
"We want to get this money to
the people it belongs to as quickly
as possible," said Mike Dobzinski,
IRS spokesperson. "All we need is
an updated address. As soon as
we receive a correct address, we
can reissue the check."
Nationally, the IRS has been
looking for more than 279,000
taxpayers who are missing eco-
nomic stimulus checks totaling
about $163 million.
"It is crucial that taxpayers
with an undeliverable stimulus
payment update their addresses
with the IRS by Nov. 28," said Mr.
Dobzinski. "By law, economic
stimulus checks must be sent out
by Dec. 31, of this year."
Mr. Dobzinski said there are
two self-service tools available to
people who did not receive their
check. "Where's MyStimulus Pay-
ment?" is the quickest and easiest
way for a taxpayer to check the
status of a stimulus check and re-
ceive instructions on how to up-
date their address. Just go to the
IRS web site at www.irs.gov.
Taxpayers without access to
the Internet who think they may
be missing their economic stimu
lus payment check can call the
IRS Economic Stimulus Payment
Hotline at 1-866-234-2942. It is an
automated service available 24
hours a day, 7 days a week.
Taxpayers who have moved
can ensure the IRS has their cor-
rect address by filing Form 8822,
Change of address, with the IRS.
The form is available at IRS.gov or
by calling 1-800-829-3676.




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residential areas.
"This project would accom-
modate some of the employees.
They can walk to their place of
employment. We feel it's been
done right," he added.
The apartment complex would
consist of two-story concrete
units, each with two bedrooms
and one and a half to two full
bathrooms. The preliminary plan
also includes a recreation area.
Planning Board member Mac
Worley asked questions about
who would rent the units. He
said the project needs more open
space, "If you're creating housing


for all these single men, and they
sit out here and play dominoes,
it seems to be inadequate green
space," he said. "If you have fami
lies with young children, I would
hate to see them playing in the
parking lot."
Mr. Smith said the project
wouldn't be limited to Royal
Concrete employees. He said
they would be willing to provide
playground equipment for the
children.
Board member Joey Hoover
said he had concerns about park-
ing spaces and drainage reten-
tion. He said the plans call for a


lot of pavement. Mr. Hoover also
said the density proposed was too
high for this neighborhood.
Residents in the neighborhood
were opposed to this project.
They said families with children
would not have enough room.
Many complained that the resi-
due from the concrete plant has
impacted their health and their
homes.
Lisa White claimed the con-
crete dust leaves the property on a
daily basis. She reported that two
of her neighbors have had trouble
with their air conditioners. Other
concerns from residents were


traffic and neighborhood safety.
Some residents said the access
off N.W 18th Terrace would also
create hazards for school kids
waiting for the school bus.
Resident David Sheedy said
the new plant has created drain-
age problems on his property.
He noted that for 38 years he had
good drainage on his property.
"If they don't care about their
neighbors, I don't care about
them. I don't want to live next
door to 62 people, do you? If that's
the kind of neighbors we got, we
don't need any more," he said.
Mr. Sheedy urged the County


to make the company fix the
problems they've created before
they approve any new projects.
In other actions the board
tabled until January a special
exception which would allow 8
Seconds to have package sales of
alcoholic beverages at 3751 N.E.
Fourth Trail. The new store would
be open during the week from
Wednesday through Saturday
from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The board
opted to table the matter so they
can hear from Sheriff Paul May at
their January meeting.


Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken

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Okeechobee News, Friday, November 28, 2008 3


Loud music leads to man's arrest


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A loud music complaint ended
Sunday morning with a man be-
ing booked into the county jail af-
ter he allegedly told a local deputy
that he, too, was a law enforce-
ment officer.
Dharamdas Dharampaul, 46,
N.W 20th St., Coral Springs, was
charged with the felony of im-
personating an officer. He was
also charged with resisting a law


enforcement
officer with-
out violence, a
misdemeanor.
Dharam-
paul was
booked into
the Okeecho-
bee CountyJail
under a bond Dharamdas
of $5,500. Dharampaul
Deputy Steve McKinley of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice (OCSO) stated in his arrest


report that he went to a residence
on N.W. 102nd St. around 10:14
a.m. on Nov. 23, due to a loud
music complaint. He said in his
report that this was the second
time he had gone to the home
because of a similar complaint.
The OCSO deputy met with
Dharampaul, who reportedly told
Deputy McKinley that he under-
stood because he was a Broward
County Sheriff's Office road patrol
deputy -- even though he could
not produce a badge or ID card.


After a check by OCSO dis-
patch, Deputy McKinley was told
that Dharampaul "is not and has
not ever been a law enforcement
officer," stated the OCSO report.
According to the OCSO re-
port the man was charged with
resisting because even though
Deputy McKinley had handcuffed
the man's left hand, Dharampaul
would not allow his right hand to
be cuffed.
Dharampaul was eventually
handcuffed and taken to jail.


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Convicted drug dealer jailed after traffic stop


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A local man released from
state prison in May of this year is
back behind bars following his
arrest on felony drug charges.
Corey N. Hardy, 27, N.W 12th
St., was ar-
rested Nov.
23 on felony
charges of
possession of
cocaine and
possession of
a controlled
substance.
He was also Corey N.
charged with Hardy
the misde-
meanor of resisting a law en-
forcement officer without vio-
lence.
Hardy was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under a
bond of $11,000.
According to Department of


Corrections (DOC) records Hardy
was released from the Fort Pierce
Work Release Center on May 13,
2008. He was sentenced to two
years in prison following his Nov.
6, 2006, conviction for the sale of
cocaine and possession of a con-
trolled substance.
An arrest report by Sergeant
Tom Tamer of the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD)
states that during a traffic stop
early Sunday, Nov. 23, Hardy was
in the back seat of a car being
driven by a woman. Sgt. Tamer
stated there was another woman
in the front passenger seat.
After stopping the car for do-
ing 37 mph in a 25 mph zone, the
officer's report states that Hardy
opened the rear door of the car
and got out despite being told
to stay in the car. Sgt. Tamer said
the man appeared to be very
nervous.
Sgt. Tarer stated that he told


the man to get back into the car
several times but the man ig-
nored the commands and sud-
denly took off running. Backup
OCPD officers P.C. Eddings and
Kelley Muller began chasing after
him on foot.
The sergeant then joined in
the pursuit and Hardy was soon
found hiding behind a garbage
can at a residence on N.W Third
Ave., added the report.
Once Hardy was placed un-
der arrest, Sgt. Tamer said the
area where the man was hiding
was searched. During that search
the officers reportedly found
two small baggies that each
contained a white powder. The
powder from each bag was field
tested and indicated a positive re-
sult for the presence of cocaine,
stated the OCPD report.
Sgt. Tamer said one bag
weighed .774 grams, while the
other weighed 1.146 grams.


Another small plastic contain-
er was found inside a cigarette
box. Inside that container was a
hard, yellowish substance that,
when field tested, indicated a
positive result for the presence of
cocaine, the report said. The sus-
pected crack cocaine weighed
.0146 grams.
While being searched at the
county jail, Sgt. Tamer's report
went on to state that some yel-
lowish-colored pills were found
in Hardy's pants pocket by a cor-
rections officer. Those pills were
later identified as alprazolam, a
schedule 4 controlled substance,
added the report.
DOC records indicate that
Hardy was first sent to prison in
April 2001, after being convicted
of selling a substance instead of
drugs and the sale of cocaine.
He was sent to prison on April
25, 2001, and was released Jan.
1,2002.


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Local man charged


in vehicle theft


10 year old charged


with misdemeanor


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man was ar-
rested after it was learned that the
vehicle he was driving had been
reported stolen out of Greena-
cres.
Glen Brian Adams, 34, N.E.
207th St., was arrested Tuesday
on a felony charge of grand theft
auto. He was also charged with
the misdemeanors of driving
while license expired more than
four months and driving while
license suspended with knowl-
edge.
Adams was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under a
bond of $11,000.
An arrest report by Deputy
Paul Jackson of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
states that an off-duty OCSO dep-
uty called to report a suspicious
vehicle parked in his yard. By
the time Deputy Jackson arrived

Arrest Report
The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-
derthe influence (DUI) charges by
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
(DOC).
Jose Jimenez-Rodriguez, 37,
N.W Seventh St., Okeechobee,
was arrested Nov. 22 by Deputy
Corporal Chris Hans on a felony
charge of driving while license
suspended habitual offender.
His bond was set at $1,500.
Esteban Moreno-Esteban,
51, S.W Ninth St., Okeechobee,
was arrested Nov. 22 by Deputy
Brian Cross on a felony charge
of dealing in stolen property. He
was also charged with the misde-
meanor of farm theft. His bond
was set at $5,500.
Richard Heath Chandler, 38,
N.W 180th Road, Okeechobee,
was arrested Nov. 23 by FWC Of-
ficer Jason Godwin on a charge of
armed trespass. His bond was set
at $2,500.
Mark David Large, 53, N.W
24th St., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Nov. 23 by Deputy How-
ard Pickering on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him
with driving under the influence.
He is being held without bond.
Luis Juarez, 31, N.W. 35th
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested
Nov. 25 by DOC's Joseph Cracchi-
ola on charges of violation of pro-
bation aggravated assault with a
deadly weapon and violation of
probation attempted burglary of
a dwelling. He is being held with-
out bond.
Robert Cohran, 37, Albany
Road, Fort Myers, was arrested
Nov. 25 by Deputy Lieutenant
Keith Murrish on Okeechobee
County warrants charging him
with amended violation of pro-


on the scene,
the truck was
gone. Howev-
er, the off-duty
deputy had
recorded the
tag number as
well as the ve-
hicle identifica-Glen Brian
tion number. Adams
Deputy
Jackson responded to the scene
and had OCSO dispatch run a
check on the 1996 Ford pickup
truck. As a result of that check,
the deputy learned that the truck
had been reported stolen out of
Greenacres on Sunday, Nov. 23.
Deputy Jackson later stopped
the truck in the 2900 block of S.W
24th Ave. The vehicle was being
operated by Adams, states the
deputy's arrest report.
The deputy's report states that
the steering column had been
broken, apparently for the pur-
pose of starting the vehicle.


bation battery and amended
violation of probation worthless
check over $150. He is being held
without bond.


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A 10-year-old Okeechobee
girl has been arrested after she
reportedly punched, slapped and
kicked her mother.
An arrest report by Deputy
Raul Marrero of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
said he arrested the girl Tues-
day, Nov. 25, on a misdemeanor
charge of battery.
Following the child's arrest,
she was taken to the Department
of Juvenile Justice Detention Cen-
ter in Fort Pierce.
Deputy Marrero stated in his


report that the child began kick-
ing her mother after having an ar-
gument with her. That escalated
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edly hit her mother in the stom-
ach and chest and tried to hit her
in the face.
The child also threw a shoe
at her 28-year-old mother and hit
her, continued the report.
The girl then reportedly
slapped her mother and began
kicking her again until a third par-
ty intervened.
Deputy Marrero's report adds
that the youngster continued to
batter her mother until his arrival.


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Speak Out/Public forum
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local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new
topics or comment on existing top-
ics. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating
TEN COMMANDMENTS: The real reason that we can't have the
Ten Commandments posted in a courthouse is this: You cannot post
'Thou Shalt Not Steal,' 'Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery,' and 'Thou
Shall Not Lie' in a building full of lawyers, judges and politicians. It
creates a hostile work environment.
COACH: Who do you think will be the new OHS football coach?
Do you think they will give it to a local or do you think they will give it
to a outsider? I just hope that whoever gets it that they have the pas-
sion for football and the nohow to do the job. Even though we will be
losing some great talented seniors there is still a group of very talented
kids that will be on that team next year. I really hope that they give it
to someone who has been around these kids that knows their full po-
tential. I know that Ken and the school board will do their best to find
the right person for the job. They just need the right person to apply
for the job. I have seen a new era of sports here in Okeechobee with
the youth leagues to the high school level. First time state champions
to district champions and district runner ups in baseball and girls soft-
ball. Of course I'm sure it would be football in the lower leagues if we
could get anyone to play us in All stars. Then we have the high school
football team in the mix for two years in a row and beating Clewiston
two years in a row in our house then in theirs. I personally am very
proud in our youth and coaches for taking it to the next level. My hats
off to all of you great job and I will be looking forward to seeing more
from you in the future I know you will not disappoint.
HUNTING ACCIDENT: The story about the boy accidentally
shooting his brother while hunting is just heart-breaking, My prayers
are with that family. I can only imagine how horrible it was for that
13-year-old boy to see his own gun go off and kill his brother, And
the poor father having to take the boat with his son's body back to
the dock to call for help. That whole family is going to need a lot of
prayers and support. I know they are not from Okeechobee and they
don't know us, but we can still pray for them.
THANKFUL: On Mike Huckabee's show last night, speaking of
things we had to be thankful for, he mentioned traveling to some 3rd
world country. There he met up with folks who didn't have to worry
about paying the electric bill, because they had no electricity, they
didn't have to worry about paying a water bill because they walked
for miles to fill up a jug with water and carry it back home on their
shoulders, and they didn't worry about the price of gas because they
would never own an automobile in their life. I thank God for people
like Huckabee and wish he could be our president.
SHOES: Have you ever noticed a shoe in the road? It's usually
near the center of the road. I always wondered just how those shoes
get in the road. Does someone have their foot stuck out the window?
Or maybe they put their shoes in the back of the truck and one fell
out? Or are the shoes placed there on purpose, and if so, what does
that mean?
SKUNK APE: Does anyone know if the Skunk Ape will be in the
Christmas parade? I think he should be in every Okeechobee parade.
He is sort of becoming our mascot.
HORSES: The show jumping at the Agri-Civic Center was just
beautiful. If you didn't get out there to see it last weekend, stop by this
weekend. They will be jumping Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Those
horses are really something special to see. And there is no charge.
It's free to spectators. Just bring a chair if you don't like to sit on the
grass.
TERM LIMITS: Should local elected positions like county com-
mission and city council have term limits like the president and the
governor? Should they be limited to two consecutive terms? I would
like to see some discussion on this because I think that might be a
good idea. Maybe it would be good to have different ones at least
every eight years.
ADOPTION: A judge in Miami has ruled that a Florida law that
forbids gay couples from adopting children is unconstitutional and
so they must allow gay couples to adopt as long as they follow all of
the guidelines required of straight couples or single parents. I wonder
what affect that will have on the adoption rate.
CHANGE: If voting could really change things ,it would be illegal.
HOLIDAYS: There are a lot of local families who are going to be
hurting this holiday season. I know most of the churches are already
collected food for gift baskets and food pantries. Even if you have al-
ready given, try to find it in your heart to give a little more. When you
give to a food pantry or a toy drive, you might just save Christmas for
a needy family. My family has talked about it and we are going to cut
back what we buy for each other at home so that we can do a little
more to help those who are rally hurting. Isn't that really what the
Christmas spirit is about, to take care of those who need our help?
HUMANE SOCIETY: The Humane Society Pet Rescue is still get-
ting it up off the ground, slowly but surely we are getting there for the
good of the animals. We have placed many messages on the forums
asking for volunteers, etc. We do not have our facility yet, we are
using a volunteer foster home plan of many willing citizens here in
Okeechobee. They go to the foster home after the animals are tem-
perament checked, and vet checked, then can be re homed after spay
or neutering, and if they are socialized enough. You will be hearing
a whole lot more about us after the holidays. If you know of anyone
willing to loan us a building office or warehouse to hold meetings
and volunteer training sessions please let me know. For more infor-
mation, contact Humane Society Pet Rescue FL, Inc, P.O. Box 233,
Okeechobee, FL 34973-0233.
SUBSTANCE ABUSE: I am fully convinced that Okeechobee is ex-
tremely fortunate to have Sheriff Paul May and his narcotics task force
team. Nothing pleases me more than when I read our Okeechobee
News, that they have arrested these drug dealers. Whether we want
to admit it or not substance abuse is at epidemic levels and has
substantial, adverse effects on the user and their families. It affects
us all, whether is it in our immediate families or those of our friends
and neighbors. The larger percentage of crimes committed, whether
it be thefts, assaults, murders, and auto accidents can be traced back
to substance abuse. We all, as a community need to get involved by
reporting any suspicious activities to the Sheriff's Department im-
mediately. By staying mute on this severe problem, only encourages
our youth in our community to experiment and form an addiction.
Acknowledge a youth, or for that matter anyone, of any age, when
they do anything positive or any acts of kindness or considerations of
others. So one does not resort to finding acceptance with those that
will destroy their lives and live of others.
JUST A MAN: Just keep in mind that Obama is just a man, not the
messiah. If this country gets back on track, he will not have been the
one to solely do it, it will have been the dream team, which is nearly
identical to the Clinton team. Again, he is not a saviour, just a man,
and it is very scary when people talk about him like he is. He may be
an answered prayer, that remains to be seen, he has a lot to prove. I
think Donald Trump put it best last night when he said (something
to this effect) that Obama has no choice but to be a great president
because if he fails this country will be lost for a long time.
COMMISSIONER: Now that Commissioner Helton is on the
Library Board, maybe she'll be able to see that we get some cold
water at the Library. It runs all the time, but doesn't even get cool
anymore.
CONCERT: I am calling in regards to the 'Beginnings and Beyond'
concert at the Episcopal church this past Sunday evening. What a
wonderful musical experience for our community. I just think the
whole program was just a wonderful performance from all of the
performers. It was so well done. Thank you Church of our Savior for
bringing a little bit of culture to Okeechobee.


Letters to the Editor


Are we forgetting to
give thanks to God?
The importance of giving
thanks to God has been estab-
lished since colonial times. Peo-
ple of different cultures and faith
still sit together to bless their food
for the accomplishment and be-
ing able to be alive.
Sharing food and prayers is
very traditional among Ameri-
cans. From the welcoming to the
neighborhood, to a job place, or
meeting with new friends, people
always find opportunities to eat
and pray together.
All faiths are accepted and
any Christian denomination is
welcome to pray. This holiday
everything is settled to celebrate
Christmas: the music in the radio,
Wal-Mart displays, the newspa-
per. We have forgotten to cel-
ebrate Thanksgiving. We must
be grateful to God for health, job,
friendship, family, reaching our
goals, for the food things that we
have, and for the problems or any
difficulties or illness we have had
overcome. Thank God for the
good things and the strengths to
overcome and succeed.
Ana Vazquez

Baby boomers have
last shot at retirement
I am a registered representa-
tive and life insurance agent here
in Okeechobee and recently I
have had calls from clients and
friends asking my opinion of the
stock market.
The first thing to address when
investing or reviewing your invest-
ment, is the question of when do
you plan on needing the money?
If you are of retirement age or plan
on retiring in the next five years
then put your money somewhere
safe like an annuity or a CD and
relax because this article does not
apply to you.


I am not saying the market
will be higher in the next month
or even next year. What I am
saying is that history has shown
that these types of declines have
rewarded investors who took the
risk and invested their money in
good strong US companies. If
you are currently investing in the
market then you may want to in-
crease your annual contributions.
According to the US Department
of Labor, the average boomer has
less than $50,000 in their retire-
ment accounts. This may be the
last time to buy in the market at a
discount before your retirement.
Investors who have a long
time horizon have been reward-
ed more by purchasing stocks
than any other investments. This
is a real risk that all of us have
experienced who have owned
stocks/mutual funds that have
dropped more than 35% in the
last year. Historically, we have
been rewarded over the long
term by having higher average
returns than any other investment
vehicle. These returns are impor-
tant so that you can maintain the
lifestyle you choose through your
retirement years.
I know people are scared. We
have not experienced market
swings like this in such a short pe-
riod of time in 70+ years. Finan-
cial institutions that we have all
grown to trust and love are falling
or being gobbled up by others. It
is easy to say, when we see our
accounts dropping daily, I need to
stop the bleeding and get my in-
vestments somewhere safe. How-
ever, history says this is the worst
thing you can do. Often times it
leads us to sell low and then buy
back high at a later date. This is
the reverse of sound investing
which is of course to buy low and
sell high.
Warren Buffett says one sim-
ple rule dictates when he decides
to buy stocks: "Be fearful when
others are greedy, be greedy


Community Calendar

Friday
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.
A.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.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W Third St. It will be an open speaker meeting.
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.

Saturday
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W. Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, FL 34972 (Behind Napa Auto Parts) A.A. weekend noon
Open Discussion; NA. Sickest Of The Sick Group Step Study 7 p.m.;
NA. Nowhere Left To Go Group Open Discussion 8 p.m. *The Just
for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12 step fel-
lowships.
A group class in ballroom dancing is being offered in Okeecho-
bee at Church of Our Saviour Parrish Hall, 200 N.W. Third Street on
Saturday afternoons at 4 p.m. The cost for the hour lesson is $10. Pri-
vate instructions are also available. Come and enjoy the fun with or
without a partner. For more information call 772-794-9040.



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Community Events


Ministerial
Association holds 5th
Sunday Service
The Ministerial Association of
Okeechobee will hold a fifth Sun-
day service on Sunday, Nov. 30 at
6:30 p.m. at the Osceola Middle
School gym. It will be hosted by
More 2 Life Ministries. Come join
them for praise and worship.
Speakers will be Rev. Cary Mc
Kee, Senior Pastor, and Rev. Loy
Mershimer, Pastor, Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, and more.
For more information call Rev.
Dr. Paul E. Jackson Sr. at 863-824-
0887.


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. till 2
p.m. (drive thru only) and Satur
day, 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
nation call 863-763-3072.


Manufactured housing Bowl for a cure


installation course
Dec. 4, from 8 a.m. until noon
a Course for Manufactured Hous-
ing Installation will be held at the
Okeechobee County Civic Center.
The event will be sponsored by
the Okeechobee County Building
Department. There is no charge
for this course. John O. Priester,
Jr. is the instructor from the De-
partment of Highway Safety and
Motor Vehicles. To R.S.VP. or for
more information call Faye Huff-
man at 863-763-5548 ext. 3001.


You can help the concerned
citizens of Okeechobee by bowl-
ing for a cure for cancer at Bowl
A-Thon on Saturday, Dec. 6, at
Stardust Lanes from 7 until 10
p.m. Entry fee is $15 per person
or $60 per team (4-persons), in-
cludes 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.


Annual Tour of Homes Habitat for Humanity


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.

Feast of Our Lady of
Guadalupe celebrated
The feast of our Lady of Gua-
dalupe will be held on Friday,
Dec. 12 at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 901 S.W. Okeechobee.
Outdoor procession will take
place in the parking lot before
the 8 p.m. Mass. There will be
a special celebration beginning
at 9 p.m. on the grounds of the
church. We will have ethnic food
and everyone is welcome. Admis-
sion and parking is free. For more
information call 863-763-3727.


Holiday Happenings


Holiday Cookie Sale
planned
The Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church will have their annual
Christmas Cookie Sale on Satur-
day, 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 in the blue vol
unteer building next to the Ham
rick Home, 411 S.E. Fourth Street
in Okeechobee. 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, next
door to the Hamrick home, 411
S.E. Fourth Street. Toys, decora-
tions and unique items for Christ-
mas will be for sale. Come see
and enjoy the holiday splendor.
For more information, please call
Cathy at 863-467-2321.

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 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.


Third Annual craft


Christmas parade


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.

Annual craft bazaar
and luncheon planned
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.

Local authors visit
library program
On Friday, Dec. 12, at the
Okeechobee Library, mystery
author, Deborah Sharp, and
children's author, Jan Day, will
discuss how and why they write
books set in rural Florida. Ms.
Sharp, a former USA reporter, set
her mystery in a little town north
of the lake, just like Okeechobee.
Book signing and reception to fol-
low. For more information please
call the library at: 863-763-3536.



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.

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.

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Is your club, organization or
church planning a holiday event
or fundraiser? Email your news
to okeenews@newszap.com for
this list of community holiday
events.


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 (6246).


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.

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.


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS

Florida Department of Transportation

Tentative Five Year Work Program
The Florida Department of Transportation and Florida's Turnpike Enterprise announce public hear-
ings to which all interested persons are invited. Specific notice is provided to the Lee County,
Sarasota/Manatee, Charlotte County-Punta Gorda and Collier Metropolitan Planning Organizations,
Polk Transportation Planning Organization, Central Florida Metropolitan Planning Organization
Alliance, West Central Florida Metropolitan Planning Organizations Chairs Coordinating
Committee, Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority and the county commission chair-
persons of Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Lee, Manatee,
Okeechobee, Polk and Sarasota Counties


Date. Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Time 9 30 a m or soon thereafter
Place: Central Flonda Regional Planning Council Meeting
Bob Crawford Agricultural Center
605 E Main Street
Bartow, Flonda


Date. Friday, December 19, 2008
Time 9 00 a m or soon thereafter
Place: Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization Meetng
Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council Office
1926 Victoria Avenue
Fort Myers, Florida


PURPOSE: The public hearings will consist of presentations by the department on the FDOT
Tentative Five Year Work Program for fiscal years 2009/10 2013/14, followed by a public testimo-
ny period. The public is invited to review the work program. Department staff will be available for
informal discussion and assistance. A court reporter will be available to accept comments for entry
into the public record.

The hearings will be conducted pursuant to Section 339.135(4)(c), Florida Statutes, as amended,
and are being developed in accordance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes. Any
person or beneficiary who believes they have been discriminated against because of race, color,
religion, sex, age, national origin, disability or family status may file a written complaint to the FDOT
District One Title VI Coordinator or the FDOT Equal Opportunity Office as shown below:


DISTRICT ONE
Gina Gilbreath
District Title VI Coordinator
Florida Department of Transportation
PO. Box 1249
Bartow, FL 33831


CENTRAL OFFICE
Charlotte Thomas
State Title VI Coordinator
Florida Department of Transportation
605 Suwannee Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0450


Persons with disabilities who may require special accommodations at the public hearings in accordance
with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 or persons who require translation services (free of charge)
should contact Cindy Clemmons-Adente, Florida Department of Transportation, P.O. Box 1249, Bartow,
FL 33831, (863) 519-2362, or by e-mail to cindy.clemmons-adente@dot.state.fl.us. A copy of the hearing
agenda may be obtained from Ms. Clemmons-Adente.

Written comments will be accepted by the department at the public hearings or if received by
January 20, 2009. Comments should be mailed to:
Stanley M. Cann, PE.
District Secretary
Florida Department of Transportation
P.O. Office Box 1249
Bartow, FL 33831

For information about additional public meetings in your area, please contact:


Cindy Clemmons-Adente
Florida Department of Transportation
District One Headquarters
801 N. Broadway
P.O. Box 1249
Bartow, FL 33831
(863) 519-2362


Debbie Tower
Florida Department of Transportation
Southwest Area Office
2295 Victoria Avenue, Suite 292
P.O. Box 1030
Fort Myers, FL 33901
(239) 461-4300


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Start eating healthier by hunting locally


By Teresa Mataushek
Okeechobee News
With the economy deflated,
waistlines continuously inflat-
ing and the holidays quickly ap-
proaching, people are looking for
ways to save money, eat better
and simplify their lives.
With all of the food safety
scares that have been happening
as of late, with meat, spinach, to-
matoes, etc., now is the best time
to pay attention to where our
food comes from and try eating
locally harvested foods.
According to James Earl Ken-
namer, Ph.D., senior vice presi-
dent of conservation programs
for the National Wild Turkey
Federation (NWTF), there is no
better way to support the local
economy and to get a jump on
your New Year's resolution to eat
better and know the food you eat
is fresh, than by hunting locally
and eating your catch.
"Hunters have hunted local
game and provided savory, fresh
turkey, venison, elk, and fish for
their families for hundreds of
years," Kennamer said.
Mr. Kennamer has given nine
reasons on why to hunt locally
and eat your catch.
SWild game is all-natural.
For example, wild turkeys feast
on acorns, grasses, fruits and a
variety of other plants instead
of growth hormones or supple-
ments, which are fed to many
farm-raised turkeys.
Hunting and eating local
food promotes regional unique-
ness. You can buy frozen foods
anywhere, but locally harvested
wild game such as a turkey, deer,
elk or fish will have a flavor all its
own.
Heading outdoors to hunt
and fish is great family time. En-
joying the outdoors as a family
provides opportunities to mentor
youth, carry on the outdoor tradi-
tion and create memories to last
a lifetime.
Wild game is healthier. Be-
cause wild game scavenges in the
wild for its own food, it gets more
exercise than animals raised for
commercial sale and is lower
in fat. For example, wild turkey
meat has roughly 2 percent more
protein, a half percent less fat
and slightly less cholesterol than


Outdoors
farm-raised turkey meat due to its
lower fat content.
Hunting stimulates your lo-
cal economy. Every dollar you
spend while hunting and fishing
in your area helps support not
only hunt-specific jobs like meat
processors and hunting guides,
but also area businesses such as
gas stations, restaurants and gro-
cery stores.
SHunting supports wildlife
conservation efforts. License fees


purchased by hunters and anglers
fund conservation programs that
help state agencies continue im-
proving conditions for all wildlife
and access to the outdoors.
Hunting locally saves mon-
ey. You don't have to travel far to
enjoy a day outdoors and harvest
your own wild game.
Wild game is more flavorful.
Eating just-caught fish or fresh
venison after proper processing
will let you enjoy its natural flavor
at the peak of freshness minus
any artificial flavorings or preser-
vatives.
Heading outdoors is good
exercise. You can burn 285 calo-
ries per hour by heading afield to
hunt, or 175 calories per hour by
casting a line and you can hunt
or fish near home.
So get out there this holiday
season, hunt, eat healthier, and
have some fun!
Then send photos of your
catch to okeenews@newszap.
com and look for it in the Out-
doors Column on Fridays.


FWC reopens
Everglades wildlife
management
Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) Ex-
ecutive Director Ken Haddad has
issued an executive order reopen-
ing the Everglades and Francis S.
Taylor, Holey Land and Roten-
berger wildlife management ar-
eas to duck hunters and froggers.
Taking other game continues to
be prohibited, as set forth in an
executive order signed in August.
The order, which takes effect
Friday, Nov. 14, at 1 a.m., also


prohibits vehicles, airboats and
other public access, except by
special permit. Conservation Area
2A, from the L-35B levee north to
the east-west airboat trail remains
open.
The order is necessary be-
cause of high water levels that
have jeopardized wildlife, par-
ticularly deer.
People participating in the
statewide migratory bird hunt
or frogging may operate vessels
to take part in hunts, and must
maintain a minimum distance of
100 yards from any tree island or
surrounding levees to minimize
disturbance to wildlife.


This order does not apply to
persons operating boats (other
than airboats) within the estab-
lished canal systems and within
1 mile of adjacent marshes in the
wildlife management areas.
In addition, the general gun-
vehicle season and the second
general gun-walk season are can-
celled.
To report a violation of this
order, any wildlife law violations
or a boating emergency, call the
toll-free Wildlife Alert number:
1-888-404-3922.
Emal all of your outdoor news to
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New Horizons Celebrates 50th Anniversary


Friends and family of New
Horizons gathered at the Pelican
Yacht Club on Oct. 25, to cel-
ebrate the organization's 50th
Anniversary. "It was a golden eve-
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Daum, Director of Development.
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and Creating our Future" and we
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Florida Department of Children
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in Indian River, Martin, Okeecho-
bee and St. Lucie Counties. He
was honored for devoting more
than 40 years of his career as a
champion of the mental health
community.
Throughout the evening, Dr.
Vinson and other guests were
treated to a video presentation
featuring a collection of news
headlines and photos from New
Horizons historical archives.
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denoted with an astersk *.
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never knowingly accept any
advertisement that is illegal or
considered fraudulent. in all
cases of questionable value,
such as promises of guaran-
teed income from work-at-
home programs or other offers
to send money in advance for
a product or service -we
advise you to check with the
Attorney General's Consumer
Fraud Line at 1 800 220 5424,
and/or The Better Business
Bureau, 800-464-6331 for pre-
vious complaints.
Auctions 105
Car Pool 110
Shae a ride 115
Card of Thanks 120
In Memoriam 125
Found 130
Lost 135
Give Away 140
Garage/Yard Sale 145
Personals 150
Special Notices 155
900 Numbers 160


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Terms Cash or Check
10% BP











CAT Black, w/white belly,
Big Green Eyes, & white feet
Found in vicinity of Seminole
Cove. (217)4546907



DACHSHUND Red, Male.
Missing since Friday from
Pioneer Estates off of 15A
Call (863)763-0380 Reward



BEHIND THE MEAT SHOPPE-
916 NW 4th St. Sat & Sun
11/29 & 30 from 8-4, Alumi-
num, tools, kids motor cy-
cles Too much to list



OKEECHOBEE- Frl & Sat. Nov
281h &29th, 8am-lpm, Oak
Lake Estates, go left follow
signs house #2065
Something for Everyone
THREE FAMILY YARD SALE
BY SKIPS BBQ- 214 SE 6th
St- Sat Only 11-29- 8 am- 7
NO EARLY BIRDS, Art,
books, clothing & much
more



Tall Guy- Secure, Profes, To
meet Attractive Gal or Couples
for Dining, Traveling, etc. Call
(863)946-3123


S1o ment



Em oyment -
Ful-TCime 205
Employment -
Medical 210
Employment -
Part-Time 215
Employment
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230




CHRISTIAN PRE-SCHOOL
Looking for
Certified VPK Lead Teacher
w/current state training & CDA
Send resume to:
chnstianps@embarqmail.com
Full Charge Bookkeeper-
Construction Environment- 5
Years Experience Minimum.
Accounting Degree Preferred
QuickBooks Premier and Ex-
cel experience required.
Wage commensurate with
experience EOE Fax Resume
to (863) 467-0610
Secretary/Receptionist, Gen-
eral office responsibilities
Ref req Call for more info
(863)467-0161


Financial

I I

Business
Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315






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


Services




Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered425
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



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


Merchandise



Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazine535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linas & 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
Stero Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
To & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740





GOLF CLUBS (100) Misc,
Many brands. Ping, etc.
Many good. $600 for all, will
sep (863)946-3123



ORBITREK ELIPTICAL- Asking
$300 OBO and a Red Ab ex-
cersizer $15
(863)697-1247


CHRISTMAS TREE 9 FT, Pre-
lit, clear lights, excellent con-
dition, $100 (863)634-8124
Okeechobee


CRAFTSMAN- 41 inch two
piece tool box on rollers, has
14 drawers $500 OBO
(863)634-2280
Snap On Tool Boxes and re-
tired mechanics tools-Best
Offer (772)205-0121


LOOKING FOR BBQ GRADE
FIRE WOOD-Oak, please call
(863)634-3747


Agriculture

F I I I

Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Prducts 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





Lawn Mower, Dixie Chopper
72" deck VTC 300 hrs
General motor 30hp $6,500
(863) 840-0505
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The classified ads


IHoses-R'enI93


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
OKEE., Huge, Clean, 2br, 2ba
2br, iba, New kitch, carpet
& paint Call 772-215-0098
OKEECHOBEE 2br, ba, 4 mi
East of Mosquito Creek,
$850/mo, 1st, & last, Annu-
al lease. (863)610-1511



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
KINGS BAY, 2br/lba, w/gar-
age, all appl., w&d, $550
mo. 1st, last & $300 sec.
(863)763-2414
TAYLOR CREEK CONDO
Avail Immediatelyi Fully
furnished New carpet Pool,
Tennis & Boat dock. 1BA 1 BR
$650 +electric. 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
A LARGE 2BR House Water-
front, w/boat dock, great
neighborhood, no pets,
$750 mo. (863)467-1308
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
BUCKHEAD RIDGE- WATER-
FRONT-Seasonal or yearly,
house, apt, or trailer Fully
Fursmoke free, no pets.
(863)763-6086
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/1ba, 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,
Lawn maint,
$1295. mo.
863-801-9163


Gar, 25 ac,
included.
+ Sec


Rent to Own 4/2
$1000 mo. new, ready now.
863-599-0156 or
561-248-3888


Real [state



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos/
Townhouses Sale1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land -Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wantedl 065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080




Lease with Option to Buy: 3/2
w/Master Suite, new large
kitchen, tie throughout. De-
tached 2 car garage, plus
double carport Next to 15
acre fishing lake, A little slice
of heaven! $1,000 per mo.;
1st, last, sec. dep. Apply
$5800 to purchase of
$115,000 after one year
Basswood (863)697-9830
STEEL AT $79,900 3/2 ON
HALF ACRE, LIKE NEW,
WOOD FLOORS, NEW AP-
PLINCES, (863)467-4422
OR CELL 863) 801-1739



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


LOT in Moore Haven will
trade for an RV of equal val-
ue of approx. $8,000 -
$10,000. (239)825-1143.



Trade Newer 3/2/2 Down-
town Stuart 1 mi to beaches
for house, barn & 2+ acres
near Okee. (772)463-6630







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
Dew Drop Inn-Adult park-
DWMH- 3/2 12x26 screen
room, 20x26 carport, cent
A/C/Heat, ncl appl, unfur-
nished. $900 mo.ncludes
water/sewer, basic cable,
1stlast & dep References
Req. (863)697-2065
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


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Seminole Tribe of Florida-Brighton
Heavy Equipment Mechanic

Repair and maintain
equipment such '
as graders, back- r .1
hoes, and loading a
shovels used in
construction, logging, and other industrial
work. Rebuilding engines, fixing electrical
problems, and repair of hydraulic pumps.
Experience required.

Send resumes to:
kabienaime(@semtribe.com
or fax: 954-967-3477


-VIDEOGRAPHER-EDI-

TOR-

Seminole Tribe of Florida

Brighton

Proper set-up, installation,
operation and maintenance of
cameras and audio equipment.
Camera maintenance and trouble-
shooting. Labeling video tapes
and video log. Basic editing on
non-linear editing system. Maintain
video library. HS graduate or GED
equivalent. One (1) year exp. in
video production desirable.
English communication skills
both orally and in writing. Able
to lift up to 251bs. Valid FL Driver's
License required. Ability to work
a flexible work schedule.

Send resumes to:
kabienaime6(semtribe.com


MONTHLY $599
Waterfront, Clean & Quiet,
Okeechobee's Nicest
1 Bedroom & 2 Bedroom
furnished & unfurnished
772)215-0010
KB'S FISH CAMP
RV'S WITH SUN ROOMS-
(863)697-2065
TREASURE ISLAND 2/2, Ig,
furn SW, screened porch, stor-
age, pnvate lot. $750/mo +
1st, last & sec.(863)610-2126
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helps you understand
the world around you.
No wonder newspaper
readers are more suc-
cessful people!



ADULT PARK in Okeechobee
8'x24' w/10'x20' attached
family rm. 8'x8'6"Shed w/
W&D $4000 863-381-7835
BANK REPO'S
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
561-721-2230
FLEETWOOD 1983 13x50,
2BR, 2 BA. 2 porches & a
work shop Leaving the area
1st home in Riverbend on
the right. Asking $26,000
(863)467-2997
FLEETWOOD 1999 16x70,
3BR, 2BA Great condition
$13,000 or best offer.
(772)233-9863
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
Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise
your yard sale in the
classified and make
your clean up a breeze'


Recreation



Boats 3005
Campers/RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscllaneous3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035




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
Grab a bargain from your
neighbor's garage, atic,
basement or closet in
today's classifeds.


Automobiles




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




CHRYSLER SEBRING-2003, 4
cylinder, auto, cold a/c, fully
loaded, runs great $3500
OBO (863) 697-9938
Ford Crown Victoria-1998 8
Cylinder, Very good condi-
tion, Beige. $4000
(863)763-3660
KIA RIO- 02- Needs motor,
84k, automatic, good condi-
tion $1500 OBO
(863)447-5061/Pt. St. Lucie


[INblc Notice 5005


Pbic Noic 500


CITY COUNCIL MEETING NONCE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that he City Councl of the City of Okeechobee will meet
in Regular Session on Tuesday, Decemler 2, 2008, 700 p m at City Hall, 55 SE
3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Flonda The public is invited and encouraged to
attend A copy of the agenda wil be available on our webslte at wavcitooke-
chLob corn or contact Ci Administration at 1863 763 3372 x 212
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVSED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at this
meebng, such interested person will need a record of the proceedings, and for
such purpose may need to ensure a verbabm record of the proceedings is made
which record includes he testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be
based City Clerk media are used for the sole purpose of back up for the Clerk s
Office
In accordance with the Americans wth Disabiiies Act (ADA) and Honda Statute
286 26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Lane Gamotea, no later than two (2) working
days prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x 214, if you are hearing or voice
impaired, call TOD 1800955 8770 (voice) or 1 800 955 8771 (iY)
by James E Krk, Mayor
Lane Gamiolea CMC, y CClerk
302261 ON 1/28/08


Public Notices




Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

IN TE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
Case No. 2008-CP-075
IN RE: ESTATE OF
DAVID A. KANADY
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of David
A Kanady deceased whose date of
death was February 21, 2008, is pend-
ing in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee
County, Forida, Probate Division the
address of which is Okeehobee
County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd
Street, Okeechobee, Flonda 34972
The 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 noNae is required to be
served must fie their caims with 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 te decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedents estate must
file their claims with this court WITHIN
3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE
TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SEC-
TION 733702 OF THE FLORIDA PRO-
BATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS
SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED
TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER
THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED
Personal Representative
Yve.e M Kanady
2107 WoodviewDnve
Wilmington IL 60481
Attorney for Personal Representative
ANTHONY YOUNG, PA
Atorne for Yvette M Kanady
Flonda ar No 109685
1138 Sout Parrot Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34974
Telephone 863) 824-6776
Fax (863) 824-778
301555 ON 11/21 28/08
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO 47-2008-CA-000506
SUNTRUST BANK,
Plaintiff
JAMES WILSON
AK/A JAMES CHARLES WILSON, et al,
Defendants
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO JAMES WILSON
A/K/AJAMES CHARLES WILSON
Last Known Address 2136 Northeast
54th Way, Okeechobee, FL 34972
Also Attempted at 4441 Southwest New
Court, Port Saint Lucie, FL 34953
Current Residence Unknown
NANCY WILSON
Last Known Address 2136 Northeast
54th Way, Okeechobee, FL 34972
Also Attempted at 4441 Southwest New
Court, Port Sant Lucie, FL 34953
Current Residence Unlmown
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for
Foreclosure of Mortgage on the following
described property
LOT 114, R-BAR ESTATES, UNIT 5,
ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF
RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 7, PAGES
4 AND 5, PUBLIC RECORDS OF
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA
has been filed against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your writ
ten defenses, if any, to it, on Marshall
C Watson, PA, Attorney for Plaintiff,
whose address is 1800 NW 49th
STREET, SUITE 120, FT LAUDER-
DALE, FL 33309 within thirty (30)
days after he first publication of this
Notice in the Okeechobee News and
file the oginal with the Clek of this
Court either before service on Plain
tiffs aorney or immediately thereafter,
otherwise a default will be entered
against you for the relief demanded in
the complaint
In accordance with the Americans with
Disabilites Act of 1990 (ADA) disabled
person who, because of their
disabilities need special accmmoda-
tons to participate in this proceeding
should contact the Cle Office not lat-
er than seven (7) days pnor to the pro-
ceedin Court Administration at
772-807-4370, 1-800-955-8771
heanng impaired) or 1-800-955-8770
voice impaled)
WITNESS my hand and the seal of this
Court this17thdayof Nov 2008
Sharon Robertson
As Cler of the Court
By /S/ LINDA F YOUNG
As Deputy Clerk
301638 ON 1121,28/08
Find it faster. Sell it sooner
in the classified


INTHE CIRCUIT COURTOF
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO.: 47-2008-CA-000440
WELLS FARGO BANK, NA
Plantff
vs
ANNA FEHRINGER A/VA ANNA M
FEHRINGER, et al,
Delendant(s)
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO ANNA FEHRINGER AN/A
ANNA M. FEHRINGER
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS
17117 NW 274TH STREET
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
CURRENT ADDRESS UNKNOWN
ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES
CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND
AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDI-
VIDUAL DEFENDANTS) WHO ARE NOT
KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE,
WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES
MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUS-
ES, HEIRS, DEVISEES OR OTHER CLAI-
MANTS
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS UNKNOWN
CURRENT ADDRESS UNKNOWN
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to
foreclose a mortgage on the following
property in OKEECHOBEE County,
hFonda
THE EAST F THE ST OF TH WEST 'A OF THE
NORTH 'A OF TRACT 27, SECTION
23, TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RANGE 33
EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORI-
DA, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT
THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK
4, PAGES 3A-D, INCLUSIVE OF THE
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY PUBLIC
RECORDS TOGETHER WITH A MO-
BILE HOME LOCATED THEREON AS A
FIXTURE AND APPURTENANCE
THERETO
has been filed against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your wnt
ten defenses within 30 days after the
first publication, any, on onda De-
fault Law Grou, PL Plaintifs aor
ney, whose address is 9119 Corporate
Lake Drive, Suite 300 Tampa, Florida
33634, and file the onginal with this
Court either before service on Plain-
t's attorney or immediately thereafter,
otherwise a defaut will be entered
against you for the relief demanded in
the Complaint or pention
This notice shall be published once each
week for two consecutive weeks in the
Okeechobee News
WITNESS my hand and the seal of this
Court on this 18th day of Nov, 2008
Sharon Robertson
Clek of the Court
By /S/ LINDA F YOUNG
As Deputy Clerk
301461 ON 11/21,28/08

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN ANO FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO 2008-CA-475
JUDGE F SHIELDS McMANUS
SEACOAST NATIONAL BANK,
Plant if
vs
SAMUEL K HAZELLIEF and XIAO
GIONG HAZIELLIEF, husband and wife,
Defendants
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO XIAO IONG HAZELLIEF, whose
place of residence Is unknown and
whose last known residence address
was 921 Northwest th Street, Okee-
chobee, Florida 34972 and all parties
claiming interest by, through, under
or agan XIAO OIONG HAELLIEF,
and ll parties having or claiming to
have any right, title or interest in the
property herein described
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that a Cm-
laint to Forecose a Mortgage on the
following descnbed real property, to-
wit
LOT 11 AND THE EAST 1/2 OF LOT
12, BLOCK 99, OKEECHOBEE, AC-
CORDING TO PLAT RECORDED IN
PLAT BOOK 5, PAGE 5, OF THE PUB-
LIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
has been filed against you, and you are
required to serve a copy of your writ
ten defenses, if any, to JOHN D CAS-
SELS, JR, Attorney for Plaintiff, whose
address is Post Office Box 968, 400
Northwest 2nd Street, Okeechobee,
Flonda 34973, on or before the 24th
day of December. 2008 and file the
original with Me Clerk of this Court ei-
ther before service on Plaintiff's Attor-
ney or immediately thereafter,
otherwise a Default will be entered
against you for the relief demanded in
the Complaint This Notice shall be
published once each week for two (2)
consecutive weeks in the "Okeechobee
News"
DATED this 17th day of November,
2008
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of the Circuit Court
BY Linda F Young
DEPUTY CLERK
301670 ON 11/21,28/08

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deer? Pick up some
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Okeechobee News, Friday, November 28, 2008 9


IN TE COUNTY COURT OF
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA
CASE NO 2008-CC-206
PATRICIA DURRANCE, as Manager
of TOWN AND COUNTRY MOBILE
HOME PARK,
Plainmtiff
vs
DONALD PETERS and
FREDERICK PETERS,
Defendants
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO DEFENDANTS, DONALD PETERS and
FREDERICK PETERS
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for
Eviction, Back Rent, and Damages
concerning e following property in
Okeechobee County, Flonda
Town and Country Mobile Home Park
Lot 5
4425 SW Highway 441 South
Okeechobee, Flonda 34974
has been filed against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, f any, to it on Jeffrey A
Fadley, PA, the plaintiff's attorney,
whose address is 8907 South West
2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, Flonda
34974 on or before 1224/2008, and
file he onginal wit the clerk of his
court ether before service on the
plaintiff's attorney or immediately
ereafter, oterwise a default will be
entered against you for the relief de-
manded in the complaint or pebtion
DATED on November 18, 2008
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
By /s/StasiaL Rhoden
DeputyClerk
301484 ON 11/21,28,12/05,12/08
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE NNIETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA
Case No 2007-CA-184
Division: Civil
EMMA BOOKER
Plaintf,
vs
CARLGALVINJR
ALTA FAYEBLAIR, et a,
Defendants
CLERK'S NOTICE OF SALE
UNDERFS CHAPTER 45
NOTICE IS GIVEN that, in accordance
with te Order Graning Plantiff's Mo
ion for Order to Sell Property dated
October 30, 2008, in the above-styled
cause, I will sell to the highest and
best bidder for cash at the Okeecho-
bee County Judicial Center, at 312
North West 3rd Street, Okeechobee,
Flonda 34974 on December 3 2008
@ 11 00 am, the following descnbed
property
Lot 5 and the West l of Lot 4 In
Block 6, GRANADA TERRACE, ac-
coding io the plat ihereof recorded
in Plat Book 2, Page 63, Public
Records of Okeechobee County,
Florida
Sile address: 1848 North East 3rd
Street, Okeechobee, Florida
Parcel Identification Number
1-14-37-35-0010-00060-0050
Any person claiming an interest in me
surplus from the sale, if any, other
tan the property owner as of the date
of the lis pendens must file a claim
within 60 days after the sale
Dated 11/18/2008
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
By Linda F Young
Deputy Clerk
CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
I hereby certify that a true and correct
copy of the foregoing was served on
Jeffrey A Fadley, Court House Box,
and John R Cook, attorney for the De-
fendant Court House Box, on this 1th
day of November, 2008
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
By Linda F Young,
Deputy Cleik
301470 ON 11/2128/08


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNT, FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO.: 0O-CA-78
DIVISION
WELLS FARGO BANK, NA,
Plaintiff
vs
GRANTIES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS,
CREDITORS, TRUSTEES, OR OTHER
CLAIMANTS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH
UNDER, OR AGAINST, SHEILA DIANE
UTTK/A SHILA UTT A/A SHEILA
A. HALL, DECEASED, et al,
Defendant(s)
Defend ant(s)
AMENDED NOTICE OF ACTION
TO THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES,
GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS,
CREDITORS, TRUSTEES, OR OTHER
CLAIMANTS CLAIMING BY,
THROUGH, UNDER, OR AGAINST,
SHEILA DIANE UTT A/K/A SHILA UTT
AK/A SHEILA UTT A/K/A SHEILA A.
HALL, DECEASED
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS UNKNOWN
CURRENT ADDRESS UNKNOWN
THE UNKNOWN PERSONAL REPRESENT.
TATIVE OF THE ESTATE OF SHEILA
DIANE UTT AW/A SHEILA 1UT A/K/A
SHEILA A HALL, DECEASED
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS UNKNOWN
CURRENTADDRESS UNKNOWN
ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES
CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER,
AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED
INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANTS) WHO
ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR
ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN
PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST
AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, OR
OTHER CLAIMANTS
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS UNKNOWN
CURRENT ADDRESS UNKNOWN
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to
foreclose a mortgage on the following
property in KEECHOBEE County,
Flonda
LOT 180, PALM VILLAGE RANCH, AC-
CORDING TO PLAT THEREOF RE-
CORDED IN PLAT BOOK 6, PAGE 34,
OF TEH PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEE-
CHOBEE COUNT. FLORIDA.
has been filed against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your wnt-
ten defenses within 30 days after the
first pubicaton, if any, on Flonda De-
fault Law Group, PL, Plainfff's attor-
ne whose address is 9119 CoGorate
e Onve, uite 300, Tampa, ionda
33634, and file the onginal with this
Court either before service on Plain
iffs attorney or immediately thereafter,
otherwise a default will be entered
against you for the relief demanded in
e Complaint or petition
This noce shall be published once each
week for two consecutive weeks in the
Okeechobee News
WITNESS my hand and the seal of this
Court on ths 18th day of Nov, 2008
Sharon Robertson
Clerk of the Court
By S/LINDA F YOUNG
As Deputy Clerk
i nri fin 1111i 9arna


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION
CASE NO 2007-CA-232
NATIONAL CITY BANK SUCCESSOR
BY MERGER TO HARBOR FEDERAL
SAVINGS BANK,
PLAINTIFF
VS
AMY T CODING, ET AL.,
DEFENDANTS)
NOTICE OF ACTION
CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE
TO: AMY T GOING; UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF AMY T GOING whose
residence is unknown heshe/they be
living, and if he/s hey be dead, the
unknown defendants who may be
spouses, heirs, desees, grantees,
assignees, enors, creditors, trustees,
and all parties claiming an interest by,
through, under or against the Defen
dants, who are not known to be dead
or alive and all parties having or
claiming to have any nght, te or in-
terest in the property descnbed in the
mortgage being foreclosed herein
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an ac-
ion to foreclose a mortgage on the fol
lowing property
LOT 3, BLUE HERON GOLF AND
COUNTRY CLUB, PHASE I, ACCORD-
ING O THE PLAT THEREOF RE-
CORDED IN PLAT BOOK PAGES 50
AND 51, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEE-
CHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.
has been filed against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your wnt-
ten defenses, if any, to it on DAVID J
STERN, ESO Plainffs attorney,
whose address is 801 S University
Dnve #500, Plantation, FL 33324 no
later that 30 days from the date of the
first publication of this notice of action
and ile the onginal with the clerk of
this court either before service on
Plaintiffs attorney or immediately
thereafter, otherwise a default will be
entered against you for the relief de-
manded in the complaint or petion
filed herein
WITNESS my hand and the sea ofthis
Court at OKEECHOBEE County, Flonda,
this18thdayofNov, 2008
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
BY /S/ Linda F Young
DEPUTY CLERK
LAW OFFICES OF DAVID J STERN
ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF
801 S UNIVERSITY DRIVE SUITE 500
PLANTATION, FL 33324
07-93260 (NCM)
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERI
CANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, persons
needing a special accommodation to
participate i this proceedig should con
tact COURT ADMINISTRATION no later
than seven days pnor to the proceeding
at 250 NW Country Club Dnrive, Port St
Luce, Florida 34986, 1-772-807-4370
within two working days of your receipt
of this NOTICE IF YOU ARE HEARING
IMPAIRED CALL 1-800-955-8771, IF
YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1-800B955-8770
301382 ON 11/21,28/08
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another man's treas-
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SAsk how much of your do-
nation will go to the program you
want to support, how much will
cover the charity's administrative
costs and, if a professional fund
raiser is used, how much is kept
by the professional fund raiser.
Be skeptical if someone
thanks you for a pledge you don't
remember making and be on the
alert for invoices claiming you've


made a pledge when you know
you haven't.
Beware of any solicitor who
offers to collect your donation im-
mediately by sending a courier to
your home or business.
Watch out for similar sound-
ing names which might lead you
to think you are dealing with a
long-standing, familiar organiza-
tion when, in fact, you're not.
Be wary if a fund-raiser sug-
gests you'll receive special treat-
ment for donating. No legitimate
fund-raiser would guarantee that
you won't be stopped for speed-


ing if you have a police organize
tion's decal in your car window.
Don't feel intimidated about
declining to contribute. A caller
who uses intimidation tactics is
most likely a scam artist.
Brochures providing more in-
formation on badge-related fund-
raising fraud are available from
the Federal Trade Commission,
600 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.,
Washington, D.C., 20580; by call-
ing 202-326-2222; or, on the FTC's
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If you have been contacted
about donating to a local public


service agency you can contact
that local department by calling
the: Okeechobee City Police De
apartment at 863-763-5521, the
Okeechobee City Fire Depart-
ment at 863-763-4423; Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's Office at 863-
763-3117; and, the Okeechobee
County Fire/Rescue Department
at 863-763-5544.
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Fie "We are cooperating with the at 4023 S.E. 26th Street suffered will dig a little deeper. We think it
Sheriff's Office and hope to beef $160,000 in property damage. The may be a little more than power

Continued From Page 1 up patrols in that area, knock on trailer is owned by Frank Mayo of surges," he said.
doors, meet people and get some Belle Glade. About two hours ear- Stafford urged the public to
Detective Anthony Stafford of information," he stated, lier a trailer at 3927 S.E. 26th Street come forward with any informa-
the State Fire Marshall's Office One possibility is placing a re suffered about $20,000 in dam tion they have about these fires.
said they still list the earlier two ward on information leading to ages. The property was owned by The information can be made to
fires as undetermined. He noted an arrest of the arsonist. David Conroy of Plantation. County Fire Rescue at 763-5544,
that they are taking a closer look Power surges were looked at Detective Stafford said all three the Sheriffs Office at 763-3117,
at the earlier fires because of this as a possibility in the earlier two fires could be tied together but he and the State Fire Marshall's Of-
latest blaze. fires. On Nov. 18, a trailer home wasn't ready to confirm that. "We fice at 561-640-6704.


lam es and her husband would operate services, comfort, society and at- hit her near her left-front corner
Dam ages the front-end loader. She would tentions of his wife and now must panel with his right-front corner,"
Continued From Page 1 do the shoveling and leveling off take care of her. said Mr. Lefebvre.
Continued From Page 1 of dirt." Mr. Lefebvre said Mr. Prazer
of dirt." Mr. Lefebvre said Mr. Frazer Mr. Frazer was east bound on
herniated discs in her lumbar The couple's attorney said she was working for Continental Flor-
spine, a hip injury that now forces also took care of the company's ida Materials at the time of the ac- S.R. 70.
her to limp and a neck injury. Be bookkeeping duties. cident. The accident report indi
cause of those injuries she can no Now, due to her injuries, all According to the attorney, Mrs. cates that an estimated $8,000 in
longer complete the work duties she can do is take care of the Wildes had been to the post office damages was done to the 2004
that she could before the Aug. 11, company's books. and was waiting at the stop light Dodge automobile driven by Mrs.
2004, crash. Court files state that Mrs. to turn left onto S.R. 70 E. She Wildes. Mr. Frazer's 2003 Ford car
"She and her husband owned Wildes, 58, suffered bodily injury, was in the inside lane and there sus d an e d $ 0
Oscar's Septic Service and they pain, disability, disfigurement was a truck next to her. When the
would put in septic tanks and and the ability to earn a living, light turned green they both pro damages, added Officer Hurst's
drain fields," explained Mr. Lefeb- The jury also found in favor of ceeded to turn west on S.R. 70. report.
vre. "She would do the field work Mr. Wildes because he lost the "Mr. Frazer ran the light and Mr. Frazer was not injured.

llla r year's event, two area students graduating senior in Okeechobee Some of the money will
Were awarded scholarships. County. also go to the FGIA for training.
To qualify for the scholarships, As mentioned earlier, some of Founded in 1993, the FGIA's main
Continued From Page 1 local students must be a family the money will be donated to the goal is to effectively and positively
member of someone in the crimi- Community Gang Graffiti Eradica- impact and ultimately eliminate
out to all of our sponsors and to nal justice field or of a firefighter tion Program. This money will be impact and ultiately eliminate
those who donated," he said. and have a 3.0 grade point aver- used to purchase paint and sup- the effects of gang violence and
Andbecause of the lowercosts age. Students must also submit a plies needed to cover gang graffiti gang-related crime perpetuated
to stage the event, a total of four letter detailing why they are de- painted on county or commercial by gang members whose actions
local students will receive a $500 serving of the scholarship. property throughout Okeechobee adversely affect and constitute a
scholarship each. Following last The scholarship is open to any County. threat to the public.


Services

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vary. Romano said in emergen-
cies appointments can be made
quickly. Otherwise it can take a
few days to see one of these spe-
cialists.
"It's a lot worse on the coast in
terms of accessibility for appoint-
ments," Mr. Romano added.
New Horizons also has a coun
selor at Yearling Middle School.
She helps the students who are
at risk, or those that have a sub-
stance abuse problem. They are
interested in placing the counsel
or at New Endeavor High School
and Osceola Middle School in the
future.
Mr. Romano thanked the
Okeechobee Board of County
Commissioners for their funding
this year. Unlike other counties
and the state, there were no bud-
get cuts for New Horizons from
Okeechobee County this year.
Jessica Ports of the American
Red Cross spoke on her work
with youth and young adults in
Okeechobee County. There is a
new Red Cross Club at Okeecho-
bee High School.
Ms. Ports said their goal is to
one day have a Red Cross Club in


every school in Okeechobee.
The club includes training for
teens, service project, and even
involvement in disaster relief.
The Red Cross in Okeechobee
responds to all structure fires and
other fires. They assist families
and also firemen as they fight the
fire. Ports said teenagers can basi-
cally learn to do all of the assign-
ments adult volunteers conduct
in the Red Cross. That includes
hurricane preparedness, disaster
education, CPR, other health and
safety programs, and even baby
sitting classes.
"There are a lot of different
things they can learn about," Ms.
Ports said.
Ms. Ports also urged teenag-
ers in Okeechobee to take part
in a summer time camp the Red
Cross holds at Florida Atlantic
University in Jupiter. Teens spend
an entire week on the campus.
They learn about conflict resolu-
tion, self awareness, and other
programs. All of these programs
are taught by fellow students, and
not adults. The cost is $200. There
are scholarships for students who
can't afford to pay. No student is
turned away for lack of ability to
pay.
Shared Services Facilitator
Sharon Vinson said the Christmas
toy and gift drive for children has


gone very well this year. She not
ed $1,000 has been donated by
individuals and businesses so far.
They recently received a donation
of 400 books. The items donated
will be given to My Aunt's House
to give to over 200 children in
Okeechobee.
Vinson said the poor economy
means more children will be in
need this year. She can be con-
tacted at the Okeechobee School
Board offices at 863-462-5000.
Healthy Start Officials an
nounced two successful fundrais
ers. They raised $356 at a recent
bake sale and another $191 at a


concert hosted by a local church.
Residents also donated 68 packs
of diapers for Healthy Start cli-
ents.
Communities in Schools an
nounced theywould hold a career
expo for Okeechobee students at
the new Williamson Center at In-
dian River State College on Jan.
30. They will also hold a block
party for teens on Feb. 14, at the
Okeechobee skate board park.
The Okeechobee County Li-
brary announced it would host
two authors Jan Day and Debra
Sharp on Dec. 12, at 7 p.m.


Okeechobee Weather


Friday: Sunny, with a high near 77. Calm winds will becoming
south around 5 mph.
Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 52. Calm winds will
becoming south southwest around 5 mph.

Extended Forecast
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. South southwest
winds will be between 5 and 10 mph.
Saturday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59. South
southwest winds will be around 5 mph.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 79 and a chance for scat
tered showers. Southwest winds will be between 5 and 15 mph with
a 40 percent chance of rain.


Lotteries


Unemployment




levels reach




double digits


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The jobless rate increased
slightly to 10 percent in October
in Okeechobee County according
to the monthly report issued by
the Florida Agency for Workforce
Innovation, Labor Market Statis-
tics Center.
There were 1,854 people out of
work in Okeechobee last month.
That was only slightly higher than
the 1,850 people that collected
unemployment in September.
Still the job picture this year
is much worse that in October,
2007. There were 1,066 people
out of work last October which
was a rate of 6.2 percent.
Glades County saw a slightly
decline in their jobless rate as 20
fewer people were out of work
last month. There were 385 peo-
ple out of work in October, a rate


of 7.9 percent. The unemploy-
ment rate in September stood at
8.2 percent.
In 2007 there were 233 people
out of work in October, a rate of
5.1 percent.
Okeechobee had the fourth
highest unemployment rate
among Florida Counties. Only St.
Lucie, Hendry and Flagler Coun-
ties had higher unemployment
rates. Glades County was 19th
highest among the 67 counties in
the state.
The unemployment rate in
Florida jumped 1/10th of a per-
cent to seven percent last month.
The national average was 6.1 per
cent.
Around the area, Hendry Coun-
ty reported 13 percent unemploy-
ment. St. Lucie had 10.2 percent
out of work. Martin County had a
7.8 percent jobless rate.


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10 Okeechobee News, Friday, November 28, 2008


Service Club News


The American
Legion Post 64
501 S.E. Second Street, Okeechobee
Office 863-763-2950 Lounge 863-763-
5309
We can accommodate meetings,
weddings and parties of any size.
The public is always welcome unless it's
a members only event.
Our kitchen is open 11 am to 3 p.m
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
and 1 to 8 p.m. on Sunday.
Sunday: Open 1 to 8 p.m. Regular
Bingo from 6:30 p.m.
Monday. Open 11-8 p.m. Social Bingo
1 PM
Tuesday. Open 11-8 p.m.
Wednesday: Open 11-8 p.m. "Taco
Day" 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tacos $1.50
Music with Jim Elders 2-6
Thursday. Open 11 a.m. 8 p.m. Social
Bingo 6 p.m.
SAL Steak Dinner third Sunday each
month $12 donation.
Legion and Auxiliary meet the second
and fourth Tuesdays at 7 p.m.
The fourth Tuesday meeting includes a
carry in dinner at 6 p.m.
SAL Meet the third Tuesday at 7 p.m.
* Friday night dinners resume on Nov.
7.
* Christmas Basket Drawing to be held -
tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. New Years
Eve Party tickets on sale now! $20 per
couple, $10 per single "buy now to avoid
the rush" Members Guest only.

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

Eagles Aeries #4137
Eagles Aeries #4137 is located at 9983
U.S. 441 N. For information on events, call
863-763-2552.
* Every Tuesday bingo at 1 p.m. Food
will be available for a donation.
* Wednesday: bar bingo starting at 4
p.m. Food will be available.
* Every Thursday: washer toss at 1 p.m.
* First and third Thursday: Auxiliary at 6
p.m.; Aeries at 7 p.m.
* Friday: steak night (16-oz.) starting at
5 p.m. for a $12 donation. Music will be by
Jimmy Harper.
* Saturday and Sundays: music at 7
p.m.
* First and third Sunday: breakfast
cooked to order from 9 until 11 a.m. for
$5 donation.


Mysterywriter, Deborah Sharp,
and children's writer, Jan Day, will
present a program: Florida: The
Perfect Setting at the Okeechobee
Library on Friday, Dec. 12, at 7
p.m. Sharp, a former USA Today
reporter and local author, Day, will
discuss how and why they write
books set in rural Florida. Sharp's
new book, "Mama Does Time"
is set in a little town north of the
lake that's a lot like Okeechobee.
Book signing and reception to fol-
low.


City


Cuts is


open for


business

Cheri Stevens has been cutting
hair for over ten years in Okeecho-
bee at Rocky's, Barney's and A.
Barber's Barber Shop. Cheri and
her mother, Susan Williams, have
dreamt about opening a shop for
Cheri and now that dream has be-
come reality. City Cuts is located
at 105 S.W. Third Ave. in down-
town Okeechobee.
The shop's d6cor is white,
black and red and the walls are
decorated with old photographs
of Okeechobee from years past,
many of which can be found on
the popular website www.tom-
mymarkham.com. On the shop's
front window is a colorized pan-
oramic view of Okeechobee from
1926.
City Cuts will be open 8:30
a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday through
Friday, 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Sat-
urday, and closed Sunday and
Monday. The telephone number
for City Cuts is 863-467-0418 and
Cheri's cell phone number is 863-
610-0191.
Cheri wants to thank all of her
loyal customers for their business
and she hopes to see them soon
in her new shop.


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

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

B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S. 78 W. in
Buckhead Ridge. The Lodge's phone
number is 863-763-2250
* Sunday: breakfast will be served from
9 until 11 a m With many items to choose
from.
* Monday: WOTM Chapter meeting the
first and third Mondays of every month
7:30 p.m.
* Wednesday: Bingo and food, food
served at 5 p.m. and bingo starts at 6
p.m
* Thursday: dinner will be served from 5
until 7 p.m Call the Lodge for the menu.
* Thursday: Music for dancing at 7:30
p.m Call to see who is playing
* Thursday: 5-Card Bingo at 6 p.m. food
available at 5 p.m.
* Friday: dinner served from 5 until 7:30
p.m. Musicfor dancing at 7:30 p.m. Call to
see who is playing.
* Saturday. dinner starting at 6 p.m.
* Saturday' Prime Rib Dinner served
from 6 until 8 p.m. the first Saturday of the
month

Moose Family
Center #1753
The Moose Family Center #1753 is
located at 156 N.W 36th St. n Okeechobee.
Please call the Lodge at 863-763-4954 for
further information, sudden changes and
menus. Guests are invited to enjoy the
activities and consider membership.
* Open mic karaoke Thursday 7-10
p.m. and Sunday 4-8 p.m.
*Horseshoes Sunday and Thursday at
2p.m.
Every Monday pool tournament at 7 p.m.
(food served)
* Legion BINGO Thursday at 1 p.m.
(food served served)
* LOOM BINGO Friday at 6.30 p.m.
(food served)
* Saturday night diner and dance each
week.


Jan Day


. Officers meetings first and third
Tuesday at 7 p.m.
* Women's meeting second and fourth
Tuesday at 7 p.m.
* Men's meetings, second and fourth
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
* Moose Legion meetings third
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

VFW Post #4423
* Music by the 'Saxman' at 5-9 p.m.
North VFW members and friends welcome
Sunday, Nov. 16.
The VFW North Post #4423 is located at
300 N W. 34 St. The Post phone number is
863-763-0818.
Happy hour Monday through Thursday 4
until 6 p.m.
Monday: 50-cent hot dogs.
Tuesday: Washer toss at 1 p.m.
Wednesday: Pizza and Grill 5 until 7
p.m.
Friday: Bingo at 1 p.m. Pizza and Grill 6
until 9 p.m. Karaoke 7 until 11 p.m.
Saturday: Bar Bingo at 1 p.m. Karaoke
7 until 11 p.m.
Sunday: Dinner 2 until 4 p.m.
Post and Ladies Auxiliary meetings third
Sunday of every month at 11 a.m.
Men's Auxiliary Meeting 3 Monday of
every month 7 p.m.
* Membership for 2009 is overdue.
Annual members are asked to please pay
their dues.
Big Screen TV and Pool Table

VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post 9528 is located at 29012
E. State Road 78 in Buckhead Ridge. For
information call 863-467-2882. Post opens
at 11 a.m., Monday through Sunday.
We are taking applications for men or
women who would like to join the VFW,
Ladies Auxiliary, the Men's Auxiliary,
AmVets or the Ladies AmVets Auxiliary.
* Wednesday: DinnerbyLadiesAuxiliary,
Mens Auxiliary, or AmVet Ladies Auxiliary
at 5:30 p m Music will be available.
* Thursday: Bar Bingo at 1 p.m. Lunch
will be available.
* Friday: 16 ounce stead dinner with
baked potato, salad and rolls will be served
from 5.30 until 7 p.m. for an $11 donation.
Pork Loin dinner available for $7. Dancing
immediately following dinner.
* Sunday: 5:15 p.m. bar bingo. Food
will be served for a donation.
* Membership meetings are held on
the second and fourth Saturdays of each
month at 10 a.m.
* House Committee meetings are held
on the second Saturday of the month at 9
a.m. For information contact Robert Hare,
Post Commander at 863-467-2882. Call for
Menu.
All games and special events are shown
on seven televisions, two of which are big
screen. The game room has a regulation
size pool table.


VFW Post #10539
* Post hours are 10 a.m. Monday through
Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday. Closing
times are discretionary and dependent
on the number of patrons but usually not
before 8 p.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m.
on weekends.
* Happy hours. 10 to 11 a.m. and 3 to 6
p.m. Monday through Thursday. Noon to 2
p.m. on Saturdays.
* Monday: Card Bingo at 6 p.m.
* Tuesday: Ladies Auxiliary all-you-can-
eat spaghetti dinner $5 donation beginning
at 5'30 p.m.
* Wednesday: Bar Bingo at 12:45 p.m.
Lunch by Ladies Auxiliary. Kitchen open
from 5 until 8 p.m. Evening music.
* Thursday: Music, kitchen open from 5
until 8 p.m.
* Friday: Music, kitchen open from 5 until
8 p.m.
* Saturday: Noon, dollar hotdogs, $1.50
Polish Sausage, both with Chili and all the
fixings. Card bingo at 5 p.m. Music and
dancing at 7 p.m. $50 gas card giveaway.
* Scheduled meetings: VFW First
Sunday at noon, Ladies Auxiliary second
Monday at 7 p.m., Men's Auxiliary second
Wednesday at 7 p.m.
* Do you have a family member serving
overseas7 We send packages of urgently
needed supplies to them We accept
donations for this worth cause. Contact
Cheryl Beniot at 863-697-2930.
For further information call 863-763-
2308.

Shrine Club
* The Okeechobee Shrine Club, S.R. 78
W., members will meet the first and third
Thursday of each month at 8 p.m. The club
is also available for weddings and parties.
For information call the club at (863) 763-
3378.
* They are now open three days a week.
Weekly specials are:
* Tuesday: Noon until 9 p.m.: Spaghetti
dinner donations only, music from 6 until
9 p.m.; happy hour 3-6 p.m.
* Thursday: Noon until 9 p.m.: Fried
Shrimp dinner or clams $6 donation;
happy hour 3-6 p.m.; shrimp skewers 2
for $3.
SFridays: Noon until 9 p.m.: Catfish
dinner $6 donation; happy hour 3-6 p.m.

Cypress Hut
Eagles #4509
* The Cypress Hut Fraternal Order of
Eagles post #4509 located at 4701 U.S.
441 S.E. is now open to members Monday-
Saturday from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.,
Sunday from 1 to 10 p.m. Information can
be found by visiting www.foe4509.com, or
calling 863-467-1154.
* Food is served several evenings a
week.


Submitted photo/Teresa Chandler

Disney Tree donation
Seacoast National Bank donates a tree to the annual silent
auction of trees to benefit Hospice of Okeechobee. The
tree is decorated with a theme of "Disney" characters. For
more information, please call Hospice at 863-467-2321.


Deborah Sharp


* Aerie meetings are at 7 p.m. on the first
and third Wednesday of each month at the
old Cypress Hut flea market restaurant
- FOE Auxiliary meetings are at 7 p.m.
on the second and fourth Wednesday of
every month
- Friday night: 16 oz rib eye steak dinner
with the trimmings beginning at 5:30 p.m.


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Okeechobee News, Friday, November 28, 2008 11


Basketball falls to Clewiston


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Clewiston jumped to an early
lead and held on for a 55-44 victo-
ry Tuesday night in the Brahmans
regular season opener.
Jonathan Williams had 20
points on the night. He also hit
some big jumpers down the
stretch for the Tigers. He said
the team had a bad taste in their
mouth last year as they fell in their
district tournament. "We just
wanted to get off to a good start.
We wanted to start off strong and
stay strong."


David Jeune led Okeechobee
with 17 points. He left the game
several times due to minor inju-
ries. It was a tough, physical de-
fensive game.
Brahmans Coach Jon Enrico
said he felt his team wasn't fully
prepared to play the Tigers and
didn't match their intensity. "We
just didn't come out prepared to
play. It was embarrassing. I want
to apologize to the crowd. We
had a great atmosphere tonight. It
falls back on me. I take responsi-
bility for the loss."
Clewiston led 26-16 in the first


half but Okeechobee battled back
on a dunk by Jeune to trail 26-20
at the half.
Clewiston again built a 10
point lead in the third quarter but
Okeechobee cut it to six, 39-33 af-
ter three quarters.
Okeechobee got as close as
four points in the fourth quar-
ter when Jeune hit a lay up with
five minutes left. From there the
Brahmans went cold and Clewis-
ton went on a 14-7 run to end the
game.
"Our team never lost their
composure. We just kept on go-


ing and kept on going. Okeecho-
bee was very tough last year. They
are a big rival of ours. We just love
to beat them," Williams noted.
Enrico said he will get the guys
ready to play when they return to
the court Tuesday against Lake
Placid. "We just decided not to
run the offense or play the way
we can play tonight. That won't
happen again."
Friday's home game with
Glades Central was rescheduled
for January.


Adult softball league results


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Men's softball, women's soft-
ball and Co-ed softball leagues
continued last week at the OK
Softball complex.
In games on Monday, Nov.
17, the Lady Seminoles defeated
Okeechobee Mining 18-14. Wal-
pole defeated J-Wayco Ladies 20-
12. On Tuesday, Nov. 18, Big Lake
Title defeated Team Mutiny 21-5.
Seminole Heat defeated OCI 27-


14, and J-Wayco Boys defeated
J.O Bar Ranch 27-19.
Wednesday, Nov. 19,
Okeechobee Mining defeated
J-Wayco Ladies 19-9. The Lady
Seminoles defeated Chicks with
Sticks 22-2. Subway defeated
Beef O'Brady's, 24-4.
Thursday, Nov. 20, Team Mu-
tiny defeated Seminole Heat 15-
12. Big Lake Title defeated James
Shockley Electric 21-11. Syfrett
Feed defeated Don's Appliances
20-8. J-Wayco Boys defeated the


Tucker Group 28-13. J. Bugz and
Stephens Chiropractic defeated
the J.O Bar Ranch 42-29 in a slug
fest. Garcia and Garcia defeated
the Tucker Group, 26-25.
Friday, Nov. 21, the Seminole
Tribe defeated the Eagles 18-8.
Communities in Schools de-
feated Just One More 13-11. The
Seminole Tribe defeatedJust One
More 16-6. K&N Mobile Welding
defeated AKM Land Excavation
25-24. J&E Fencing defeated Ev-
erglades Elementary 29-2. Brigh-


ton Recreation defeated Mid
Florida Credit Union 26-7.
In men's softball, the J-Wayco
Boys led the E Division in the
second half of the season pen
nant race. Big Lake Title led the
Rec 1 division. Syfrett Feed and
Subway were tied in the Rec 2
division.
The Lady Seminoles led the
Women's softball division. Com-
munities in Schools and J&E
Fencing were tied in the Co-Ed
softball division.


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Quality Turf, the winner in the OCRA 12 and under baseball
league this fall. Coaches on the squad were Todd Pearce,
Jamie Thomas, and Neil Crawford. Players included (first


names only) Forest, Garrett,
cus, Damien, Tad and Cody.
By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee Citizens Rec-
reation Association wrapped up
another successful season this
week as they had two baseball
leagues, two softball leagues, a
flag football league, and three
youth football leagues.
Okeechobee Real Estate won
the nine and under baseball
league. Quality Turf won the 12
and under baseball league. Qual
ity Tees won the 10 and under
softball league. New York Life
won the 14 and under softball
league.
The New York Life team was
coached by Jerry Hernandez.
Players on the team included Er-
ena Billie, Khrysta Herndon, Cris-
tian Rojas, Taylor Trent, Summer
Douglas, Jessie Drawdy, Elizabeth
Johns, Brianna Tijerina, Brittany
Avant, Kirsten Doney, Samantha
Bobrowski, Tiffany Cox, Patsy
Thomas, Morgan Brown, and
Daylis Leyva.
This is the first time OCRA has
hosted Fall baseball leagues.
Florida Community Health
Center won the flag football di-
vision. Dale Smith Farms Gators
won the Mighty Mites football
division. Stinnett Painting Gators
won the Pee Wee football divi-
sion. The Golden Corral Warriors
won the Midget Football division.
Teams in the Mighty Mites divi-
sion this year were Lunkers Sports
Grille, Okeechobee Mining, Dale
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Flag Football
The Florida Community Health Center flag football team
hoisted their trophies after being crowned champions of
their OCRA division for 5-7 year olds. Team members are:
(front, left to right) Amonte Hart, Jordan Bobrowski, Rod-
erick Williams, Trey Popovich, Seth Hendrix, Brenden Du-
rfee, Cameron Tinajero and Shaun Penrod; (second row,
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Ethan Durfee, Justin Roberts and Jay Krall; (third row, left
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