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Vol. 99 No. 285 Sunday, November 30, 2008 754 Plus tax

Tis the season: Holiday events planned

Christmas tree

honors troops

Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken



The First Coast Invitational
Grand Prix Show Jumping
event continues Sunday,
Nov. 30, at the Okeechobee
Agri-Civic Center. Produced
by World Wide Horse Show
Services, the First Coast
Invitational will feature a
$30,000 Level 7 Grand Prix
as well as jumping events
for children and adults. The
event is free to spectators.
Those who wish to watch
the outdoor event may wish
to bring a chair or blanket.
City Council meets
Okeechobee City Council
meets at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec.
2 at City Hall. The City Code En-
forcement Board will meet on
Tuesday. Dec. 9 at 7 p.m.

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

Drought Index

Current: 610
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

14.28 feet
Last Year: 10.30 feet

SSponred By:

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


Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken
Dorothy Herring, 89, made one of the trees on sale at Hospice of Okeechobee's Festi-
val of Trees. There are 76 trees of all sizes, colors and themes on display. Also up for
bids is a 55-inch big screen television.

Tree lighting kicks off

Christmas celebrations

By Katrina Elsken
Okeechobee News
It's beginning to look a lot of
Christmas around Okeechobee
County. Decorations are seen at
City Hall and in the parks. Clubs
and churches have scheduled
holiday events. And at Hospice
of Okeechobee, 76 Christmas
trees feature a wide variety of
decorations and themes.
The community will kick-
off the holiday celebration on
Tuesday, Dec. 2 with the City
of Okeechobee's Annual Tree
Lighting Ceremony, begin-
ning at 5:30 p.m., in the City
Hall Park. Choral groups from
area schools will perform be-
fore the tree lighting. It's ru-
mored that Santa will stop in to
visit with children.
Okeechobee Main Street
is sponsoring their Third An-
nual Christmas Window
Decorating Contest. Businesses
must have their windows dec-
orated 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).

On Dec. 4, Okeechobee
County will start a new tradi-
tion with a Christmas in the
Country celebration from 6
until 9 p.m. at the Okeechobee
Agri-Civic Center. County Ad
ministration, Lyndon Bonner
will deliver the welcome intro-
duction and County Commis-
sioner and Chairman, Cliff Betts,
will introduce the Okeechobee
County Board of County Com-
missioners. A Christmas tree
lighting ceremony will take
place at 6:30 p.m. Music will be
provided by Keith Stripling. The
celebration will include food,
pony rides, bounce houses and
a hay ride for a good ole' fash-
ioned "Country Christmas!"
With the community's
Christmas trees decorated,
it's time to decorate homes
and businesses. Hospice of
Okeechobee's annual Festival
of Trees offers 76 decorated
Christmas trees for sale in a si-
lent auction. The festival is open
Monday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to
4 p.m.; Tuesday, Dec. 7, from
9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday,
Dec. 3, Thursday, Dec. 4, and
Friday, Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to 4
p.m.; and, Saturday, Dec. 6 and

Sunday, Dec. 7 from noon to 4
p.m. Bidders place written bids
on the trees, and are encourage
to come back and bid again on
their favorites. Bidding closes at
4 p.m. on Dec. 7.
The Festival of Trees is in
the blue volunteer building
next door to the Hospice of
Okeechobee Hamrick House,
411 S.E. Fourth St.
The Festival of Trees features
trees decorated and donated by
clubs, businesses and individu-
als, ranging from "tabletop"
size to 8 feet tall. Some trees
have themes suitable to the do-
nors. The Waste Management
tree is made of recycled materi
als. The 4-H Udder Bunch tree
has dairy cow ornaments; the
4-H Bits and Spurs Club tree
has horse ornaments.
Dorothy Herring, 89, made
ornaments by hand for her
tree, which, she explained, was
inspired by nature. This is her
sixth year of participating in the
Festival of Trees. She said she
already has an idea for next
year's tree, but she isn't telling.
"I don't want anyone else to
steal my idea," she explained.
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The annual Stroll in the Park in Flagler Park is open for everyone to enjoy. The hand-
made 'cards' issue season's greetings and depict various winter and holiday scenes.

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
The City of Okeechobee has
put up a very special Christmas
tree in City Hall to honor lo-
cal service members who are
currently actively serving their
The special tree has been
placed in the hallway at City
Hall and is called A Christmas
Tribute to the Troops. Along
with the small American flags
and ornaments the city is ask-
ing area citizens with family
members or friends in the mili-
tary to bring in a photo. That
photo will then be placed on
an ornament and hung on the
"The ornaments look like
a snow flake," explained City
Clerk Lane Gamiotea. "The
photos will be placed in the
center of the snow flake then
hung on the tree with a yellow
She said the name, rank and
military branch will also be dis-
All that's needed is a small
photo of a family member or
friend who is in active or re-
serve military service.
"We've left lots of room and
we can always take the other
decorations off if we have to,"
Mrs. Gamiotea added.
The tree will be illuminated
Tuesday night, Dec. 2, during
the city's annual tree lighting

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School
has increased their graduation
rate 6.70 percent, more than
any of the surrounding coun-
These recent announce-
ments of Florida's graduation
rates makes it obvious that the
Okeechobee County School
District is meeting its vision of
"Achieving Excellence."
Florida's graduation rate
measures the percentage of stu-
dents who graduate within four
years of their first enrollment in
ninth grade. Graduation rates
in Okeechobee County show
a remarkable increase over last
The graduation rate increase
of 6.7 percent, is over twice the
increase experienced by the
Indian River County only had
a .6 percent increase; Martin, .8
percent; St. Lucie, 2.5 percent;
Palm Beach, 3.8 percent; and
Highlands -1.70 percent.
The state only increased 2.9

Mrs. Gamiotea said the tree
was placed in the hallway Tues-
day, Nov. 25, and will stay there
until after Christmas.
For more information stop
by the City Clerk's Office in City
Hall, located at 55 S.E. Third
Ave., or call them at 863-763-

Okeechobee News/Eric Kopp
The City of Okeechobee
is asking area residents to
help decorate this special
Christmas tree located in
City Hall. If you have a fam-
ily member or friend cur-
rently serving in a branch
of the U.S. military the city
would like that person's
picture so that it can be
placed on the special tree.

When further dis-aggregat-
ing the data, the African Ameri-
can graduation rate increased
19.1 percent last year when the
state rate improved a mere 3.9
Equally as impressive, the
Hispanic graduation rate in-
creased 15.7 percent. The aver-
age state increase for Hispanics
was 3.1 percent.
Assistant Superintendent
Ken Kenworthy gives credit to
the entire community for their
success. "Our statistics have
improved because teachers
are preparing engaging lessons
to keep school interesting, the
parents are encouraging their
kids to stay in school, the com-
munity supports the many ac-
tivities in the schools, and most
importantly, the students recog-
nize the value of education and
are working diligently to get
their diploma."
Post your opinions in the Public Is-
sues Forum at
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at

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Transition center helps aging foster care teens

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Children's Home So-
ciety of Florida, is working to
provide some alternatives to
the many children who are ag-
ing out of the foster care system
every year by constructing a
Youth Transition Center in Vero
Beach to serve Okeechobee,
Indian River, Martin and St. Lu-
cie counties.
Children's Home Society of
Florida is the oldest and largest
statewide private not-for-profit
provider of services to children
in Florida and the seventh larg-

est in the nation. The Treasure
Coast Division serves Martin,
St. Lucie, Indian River and
Okeechobee counties.
The Children's Home Soci-
ety was established in 1991. The
Treasure Coast Division served
more than 9,000 children and
families last year through a full
spectrum of prevention and
intervention services. CHS cur-
rently manages the cases of
nearly one-third of all children
in Florida's foster care system.
While the Children's Home
Society continues to strive to
See Teens Page 2

Submitted photo/Children's Home Society
This is an artist rendering of the Children's Home Society Youth Transition Center that will
be complete by fall 2009 to house and be a central resource to teens who have "aged out" of
the foster care system.


OHS increases

graduation rates

2 Okeechobee News, Sunday, November 30, 2008

Continued From Page 1
Hospice of Okeechobee also
has Christmas Country Store.
Toys, decorations and unique
items for Christmas are on sale.
For more information, please call
Cathy at 863-467-2321.
The Festival of Trees is a stop
on the Holiday Tour of Homes.
The tour is a fundraiser for United
Way of Okeechobee.
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 $15 and the
bus tour tickets are $25. The tour
features some of Okeechobee's
loveliest homes decorated for the
holidays. For more information,
please call Bill Casian at 863-824-
Okeechobee children are
looking forward to special visits
from Santa Claus. Children can
visit with Santa and some of his
helpers before the big day. Santa
will be at City Hall on Dec. 2, fol-
lowing the Lighting Ceremony;

Continued From Page 1

help children who are still in the
foster care system, they are con-
stantly aware of the increased
need of those children who are
"aging out" of the system. When
teens reach the day of their 18th
birthday, they "age out" of foster
care and lose most of their state
assistance. Basically, it is like
saying, "Happy Birthday! You're
The Youth Transition Center
(YTC) is Children's Home Soci-
ety's solution to give youth who
age out of foster care a place to
live, educational and employ-
ment opportunities and a founda-
tion for success to make a healthy
transition into adulthood.
The YTC will house up to 20
residential youth, as well as have
another 20 non-residential youth
be participants in the program.
Up to 40, may live there during the
year as some come for temporary
stays and shelter when needed.
The new building will consist
of six single dwellings and three
multiple dwelling units, for young
adults with children and families.
On the Treasure Coast alone,
approximately 55 young adults
will age out of foster care this
The purpose of the YTC is to
give youth a chance to make a
positive, healthy transition into
adulthood. An on-site case man-
ager will live at the center full time
to help with everyday needs of the
young adults.
The youth will be provided
with educational and employ-
ment opportunities, as well as
nutritious meals, and access to
health and medical facilities. They
will be provided with safe hous-
ing with which to build a stable
The YTC is not a free hand-
out to these youth, but rather a
helping hand. Participants in the
program must be working or be
enrolled in school full time, main-
taining at least a 2.0 grade point
average in order to receive finan-
cial assistance.
To make the YTC possible,
the Children's Home Society has
launched a $5 million capital
campaign and have already held
the ground breaking ceremony
on Sunday, Nov. 16, with comple-
tion scheduled for fall 2009.
Youth that have been in the
foster care system face many
challenges that are not prevalent
in other children's lives. Accord-
ing to the Child Welfare League
of America, 30,000 children "age
out" of foster care each year.
Statistics show that these youth
struggle to make it on their own.
Of those 30,000 youth, 25 per-
cent become homeless within
one year of leaving foster care; 56
percent are unemployed; 17 per-
cent of females are victims of vio-
lent acts such as rape or robbery;
and 60 percent become parents
within 3 years.
The YTC will strive to provide
housing assistance, education
and job training, employability
skills, life skills training, profes-
sional counseling and mentoring
to try to reduce these statistics in
those that are able to reach out
The Children's Home Society
is looking for an individual in
Okeechobee to be a member of
their board to represent Okeecho-
bee County. In addition, they al-
ways accept donations such as
monetary funds, cars, household
items, furniture, and computers.
They also need individuals who
wish to donate their time to be a
mentor or life coach to a former
foster teen.
The YTC will be an extension
of the services currently offered
by Children's Home Society. Cur-
rently, CHS provides day-to-day
case management and hands-on
help with challenges of daily liv-

December 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 15, and
16 from 6 to 8 p.m.
The Okeechobee Kiwanis
Club will sponsor Santa in Flagler
Park 4 on Dec. 6, 13, 19, 20, 22
and 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. The City
Firefighters will host Santa on the
fire truck visits on: Dec. 18 in the
N.W & N.E. sections of the city;
Dec. 19 in the SE section of the
city; and Dec. 20 in the SW sec-
tion of the city.
Love that fresh Christmas
tree smell? Find your own tree
to decorate at one of the Christ-
mas tree sales under way. The
Okeechobee Shine Club and the
Okeechobee Lions Club have
trees for sale in Flagler Park. The
Shrine Club raises money for the
Shrine Hospitals for crippled and
burned children. The Lions Club
raises money to help the blind
and the visually impaired.
This year with the economy
struggling, Santa may need a
little more help than usual. Sev-
eral toy drives are under way
to make sure every child has a
happy holiday. Big Lake Missions
Outreach is sponsoring their 14th
Annual Toy Drive for the needy
children in the Okeechobee com-
munity. Families will be screened
for needs, and gifts are to be put
under the tree for Christmas day.

ing to youth ages 18 to 23 who
age out of the foster care system
who are not eligible for state as-
sistance. They also operate a resi-
dential program, Baines Hall, for
foster girls ages 12 to 18, that is
located on the same property.
In 2005, the Council on Ac-
creditation for children and fami
lies awarded CHS of Florida a
four-year certificate marking 30
years of continued accreditation,

They are in need of new gifts,
ages baby to teen. Donations can
be toys, gifts suitable for teens or
gift cards. Monetary donations
are also accepted so Mission
volunteers can purchase gifts for
the needy. Donations of canned
goods are always needed as
well. For more information, call
863-763-5725 or 863-697-6433.
Pick-up and receipts are available
upon request.
My Aunt's House anticipates
an overwhelming number of re-
quests for help this year, Suggest-
ed items include: puzzles, books,
balls, board games, watches,
dolls, cars, and socks. Items can
be brought to the Okeechobee
County School Board office. The
Community Collaborative
Council collects items for the
gift drive which My Aunt's House
distributes to local families. For
more information contact Sharon
Vinson 863-462-5000 ext 257.
VFW #9528 will sponsor a
Toys for Tots Motorcycle Run
on Dec. 7. Bikes will leave the
VFW Post 4423 (34th Street off
441 North.) at 12:30 p.m. on Sun-
day, Dec. 7 and will arrive at the
VFW 9528 in Buckhead Ridge by
1 p.m. The entry fee is one new
unopened toy. A hog roast with
swamp cabbage will be held at

the longest of any child welfare
agency in Florida. CHS is licensed
by The Florida Department of
Children and Families. CHS is a
501 (c)3 non-profit organization.
For more information on how
you can help visit www.Youth- or call
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at

Okeechobee Forecast
loday: A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible
after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. Windy, with a south
southwest wind between 10 and 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25
mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Tonight: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy,
with a low around 56. West southwest wind between 5 and 10 mph.
Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Extended Forecast
Monday: A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high
near 73. West wind between 5 and 10 mph
Monday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a
low around 46. West wind around 5 mph.
Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 66. North northwest wind between 5
and 10 mph.
Tuesday Night: Clear, with a low around 43. North northwest wind
around 5 mph.

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2 p.m., there will be music and a
good time for a $5 donation. For
more information call 863-467-
The Okeechobee Loyal Order
of Moose, Legionnaires are sell-
ing Koeze Nuts to raise money
for food baskets for the less for-
tunate. Order forms and catalogs
may be picked up at The Stitchin'
Post, 620 S. Parrott Ave. To order,
see Paul Diamond at the Lodge,
159 NW 36th Street, or call 863-
763-4954. or 863-467-1484.
The Third Annual Holiday
Craft Bazaar and luncheon
at Buckhead Ridge Christian
Church, 1167 Linda Road (BHR)
will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6,
from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. For more
information call the Church at
To really get into the holiday
spirit, mark your calendar for the
annual Christmas parade. The
Okeechobee Chamber of Com-
merce Lighted Christmas Pa-
rade will be Dec. 13, with line
up at 5:30 p.m. A craft show will
be in Flagler Parks 2 and 3. The
Chamber is taking applications
for parade entries. All parade
entries must have holiday lights
and decorations. For more infor-
mation, contact the Chamber at

Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken
The OHS High School Rodeo Team
tree sports purple and gold school
colors with a cowboy hat on top.


Florida Lottery Here are
the numbers selected Thursday
AM in the Florida Lottery: Cash 3:
8-0-3; Play 4: 1-1-1-4; Lotto: 4-19-
29-32-44-49; Fantasy 5: 13-21-22-
24-30. Numbers selected Thursday
PM in the Florida Lottery: Cash 3:
6-7-3; Play 4: 7-4-4-4.

While in Flagler Park, check
out the giant greeting cards in
the Holiday Stroll in the Park,
sponsored by the Okeechobee
High School Band Boosters.
The Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave., will
have their annual Christmas
Cookie Sale on Saturday, Dec.
13, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the

Church Fellowship Hall.
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
will host their annual Christmas
Around the World celebration
on Dec. 21, from 5 to 7 p.m.,
featuring Scottish bagpipers, Irsh
step dancers, Filipino performers,
a Mexican serenade plus a live na
tivity pageant.


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Engwillers' anniversary
Richard and Janet Engwiller will celebrate their 25th Anniversary on Dec. 3, 2008 (right). They were married on Dec. 3,
1983 (left) by Judge Robert Lance Andrews in Pompano Beach, Fla.

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Happy Anniversary!
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Horizons' 50th Anniversary Celebration. Vern was master
of ceremonies for the special event.

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Wedding news
Mr. and Mrs. Tony and Jody Carter were joined in marriage
on Oct. 28, 2008. The wedding was held at Maggie Valley,

Riverside Bank provides gift card tips

Making our home
towns better by
providing financial
we care about the people in the

home towns we serve," said John
Williams, Riverside Bank Region-
al President, "we are providing
the following tips for consum-
ers to make better choices when
purchasing gift cards this holiday
*Only buy gift cards from rep-
utable sources. Stay away from

Submitted photo/South Elementary
School Related
Employee honored
In a school wide assembly at South Elementary, the School
Related Employee of the Year was announced. Isaura Hen-
ry, who works as a Migrant Advocate at South Elementary
and New Endeavor was selected as the 2008-2009 School
Related Employee of the Year by the staff. Mrs. Henry has
worked in the Migrant program since 2000. Mrs. Geeting,
principal of South Elementary, presented a bouquet of
flowers to Mrs. Henry during the assembly. Congratula-
tions, Mrs. Henry!

online auction sites which may
have counterfeit or fraudulently-
obtained cards.
*Some gift cards don't have
fees, but others do. Check the
packaging for information on
fees or look for a toll-free number
or web site with full information.
Some fees may be paid in cash,
but others deduct fees from the
*Check for an expiration date.
Some gift cards expire. If your
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local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new
topics or comment on existing topics. You can also e-mail
comments to or call 863-467-2033,
but online comments get posted faster and not all phone calls
can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
PARADE: I see the Chamber of Commerce is advertising their
Christmas parade again and this year they are really emphasizing that
all entries must have decorations and holiday lights. It is a recurring
problem that people just want to put an undecorated vehicle in the
parade. That might be O.K. For a daytime parade. But for a night time
Christmas parade you need holiday lights and decorations. If the car
clubs don't want to put decorations on the vehicles, just wait for the
Speckled Perch Parade.
REFLECTIONS: I am calling about something in your section
'Reflections from the Pulpit.' People, people, read this with an open
heart. It came out on Nov. 23, it is so true and we have to get back to
this in order to save ourselves. Read it with an open heart I beg you,
because we're lost.
RAMP FEE: I just got back into town and I heard that there is a $5
ramp fee at the boat ramp at Scott Driver in Okee-Tantie park. I don't
have any information on that and was wondering, where are we sup-
posed to pay that? I have tried to call the county offices, but I couldn't
get an answer. So how does that work? Editor's note: Apparently, you
were given some misinformation. There is no fee to use the county
boat ramp. There is a usage fee for tournaments to use the electricity,
tanks and air-conditioned facility at Scott Driver.
CULTURE: Okeechobee was quite the place to be last weekend
with a world class horse jumping show at the Agri-Civic Center and a
wonderful concert featuring musicians who have worked with some
of the best orchestras in the country. Anyone who says there is noth-
ing to do in this town is not looking. The Community Theatre group
put on a wonderful play just a few weeks ago and not long before that
the high school drama class presented a very professional production
of a classic play. Okeechobee is not just about rodeos, fishing and
driving big trucks. There is a wide variety of entertainment available if
you just read the paper.
LOCAL NEWS: I really like the paper much better than you are
concentrating on the local news only. And the paper is full of local
news and photos every issue, so it doesn't look like there is any short-
age of things to write about. Now that you are all local again, I just
wish you would bring back Okee Effie. Her column was hilarious.
Editor's note: We miss "Effie" too. But she is no longer with us. Twila
Valentine, who wrote the "Okee Effie" column, died several years
SCHOOLS: Why does it seem like the same schools in Okeecho-
bee are over achieving year after year and conversely others are under
achieving year after year? Could it be the way they're being adminis-
FCAT: The FCAT has messed up the whole school system as we
once knew it. The only thing the schools (The higher ups) worry about
is the low 25 percent of each grade. If they can somehow raise their
scores, they will get their share of the moola. It's all about money, at
the smart kids' expense. Why take kids who are straight A students
and put them in a class with kids who haven't a clue? This brings
teachers teaching down to these students so they can "get it" while
the smart ones are bored to tears cause the challenge isn't there! What
needs to be done is have some kind of enrichment program started.
Then you can have all the kids who make great grades and actually
care about where they end up in life. Challenge each other and excel,
maybe even skip a grade. Keep the ones whose parents send them to
school to be a glorified babysitter and who could care less about their
future separate from the ones who do. On another note, if there were
a good private school here, I would gladly sacrifice to get my kids out
of the public school system here in a heartbeat.
SHOP AT HOME: With the economy in such sad shape, it would
be a big help to the local businesses if folks would try to shop in town
for their Christmas gifts this year. When you consider the gas it takes
to drive to the coast, it's often less expensive to buy locally.
ARSON: In regard to the reports of arson suspected in the Trea-
sure Island fires, people need to be on the lookout. Three fires in the
same area is really frightening. We are very lucky that so far, no one
has been injured.
FUNDRAISERS: I completely agree with the callers who are sick
and tired of having to deal with so many fundraisers for the schools.
We pay school taxes. Our kids should not have to keep selling all this
junk to make more money for the schools. I have two kids and al-
ready this school year, they have brought home six different fundrais-
ers between them. Our friends and family are feeling the pinch from
the economy. We do not have money to throw away on this junk, but
the kids are made to feel bad if they don't sell whatever the school or
team has been given to sell. And on top of that, the kids in my neigh-
borhood and the children of the people I work with are hitting me up
to buy junk for their schools as well.
HORSES: I believe Sunday is the last day for the horse jumping
show at the Agri-Civic Center. If you haven't already gone to see this,
it is worth a trip. The horses are so much larger than the ones we are
used to seeing around here and they are just beautiful.
CEMETERY: Is anyone else having problems with items being sto-
len from the graves at Evergreen Cemetery? How low can you be to
steal from a grave? It is just such an insult and so hurtful. When you
to visit a loved one's grave and see that the things you put there to
make it look nice are gone, it just makes the loss of that loved one that
much harder. Shame on anyone who would steal from a grave.
INDIA: I am concerned that the terrorist attacks in India are just
the start of trouble all over the world. And a big part of the mess
is due to the unscrupulous banking officials and real estate people
who wrecked the economy in order to make a quick profit for them-
PLANNING BOARD: I am glad the planning board turned down
the concrete plant's proposal to put so many dwellings on 5 acres.
Cramming that many people in a small area is just not a good idea.
It would not be fair to the neighbors, who bought there and built
homes in a residential area.
WATER: In regard to needing water restrictions year round, did
you know that 25 percent fo the water used in south Florida is for
watering lawns. If people just stopped watering lawns, that would
free up a fourth of the water supply. Plant native grass and plants and
you don't need to ever water the lawn. Just let nature take care of it.
I have not watered my lawn at all in 20 years and it is still growing.
Sure there were times that it got brown for a while, but that is normal.
Having an adequate water supply for people and animals to drink is
more important than having a picture-perfect lawn.
SUGAR: The U.S. Sugar stockholders should get to decide which
plan to accept. I don't like the secret meetings between the U.S. Sugar
board of directors and the South Florida Water Management District.
The stockholders should be allowed to vote on it. The offer from the
Lawrence Group sounds like it might be better for the employees and
stockholders. Maybe it's not the best deal for the top managers, but
the stockholders should get to vote.
RECYCLING: I agree that we need more curbside recycling in
Okeechobee. If we had curbside recycling in Lazy 7, I would use it
and I think my neighbors would too. They talk about it a little during
the elections, but we have been waiting to be added to curbside recy-
cling for years and nothing ever happens.
CHURCH: This holiday season, if you are feeling alone, consider
attending one of Okeechobee's many churches. There are so many,
you are sure to find one that fits you. Remember, church is a hospital
for sinners, not a museum for saints. If you have done wrong in your
life, church is exactly where you should be. You don't have to be a
true believer. Even if you only go for the music, the company, the
change of scenery or the coffee and fellowship after the services, you
are welcome. While you are there, you might just hear something
that makes sense to you.

Letters to the Editor

Support appreciated
On Oct. 12, my husband
passed away from a massive
heart attack. This has been such
a devastating time for me and
our boys. Our lives will never be
the same. Since that day I have
been amazed by the generosity
of people in this community and
I want to personally say Thank
You from the bottom of my heart
to everyone that has helped me
and the boys out. Words could

never describe how I truly appre-
ciate everything that each and ev-
eryone of you have done for our
family. Jimbo and I have lived in
this town most of our lives and I
am so proud to be a part of this
wonderful giving community.
I would like to give a special
thank you to certain people that
have worked very hard organiz-
ing the softball tournament and
the benefit at the Brahma Bull.
These people include: Jeneane

Reflections from the Pulpit

God descends in
humility and
frightening silence

By Loy Mershimer
Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church, Pastor
How does Jesus enter our con-
fused world? Those who know
Him have discovered a necessity
of silence to the entrance of God.
It is a lesson of transformation, re-
peated in every heart that learns
His ways. Kierkegaard puts it this
In silence the Incarnate Word
tumbled out of heaven into our
world. It is in silence that the Eter-
nal Word is born in our hearts.
We keep Advent best in silence
- in great humility before the
Word. In bowing now before the
Word who once bowed so low,
we find, miraculously, that we are
born again for our world.
J.B. Phillips links this silence
with "fright," since there is some-
thing in humans that flees the
silence where God is encoun-
tered. He also links it with a kind
of "devastating humility," such
humility that destroys our pride
and old ways of life: barriers to
His presence. Thus is the Advent
of God!
By far the most significant
event in the whole course of hu-
man history will be celebrated,
with or without understanding,
at the end of this season, Advent.
What we are in fact celebrating is
the awe-inspiring humility of God,
and no amount of familiarity with
the trappings of Christmas should
ever blind us to it. God's inter-
vening into human history came
about with an almost frightening
quietness and self-effacement,
and as millions will testify, He will
come once again with the same
silence and the same devastating
humility into any heart ready to
receive Him.
Would you like to receive the
descended Word this Advent? Be-

gin to seek Him in His terms of
humility and silence things we
naturally flee.
Our world compulsively tries
to manage Him, reducing Him to
platitudes of comfort, security and
family surely nothing related to
inner silence and "devastating hu-
mility!" But this is an idol. It is not
the living Word.
Phillips terms the Incarnation
a "towering miracle" that pre-
scients the manner of His return
- in hearts now and also at the
culmination of history:
Behind all our fun and games
at Christmastime, we should not
try to escape a sense of awe, al-
most a sense of fright, at what
God has done. We must never
allow anything to blind us to the
true significance of what hap-
pened at Bethlehem so long ago.
Nothing can alter the fact that we
live on a visited planet.
We shall be celebrating no
beautiful myth, no lovely piece of
traditional folklore, but a solemn
fact. God has been here once his-
torically, but, as millions will tes-
tify, He will come again with the
same silence and the same dev-
astating humility into any human
heart ready to receive Him.
Do we often think of the com-
ing of Christ in terms of "fright"
and awe? Perhaps we should.
The original "shock and awe"
campaign was the descent of the
Word into our world. It shook
Hell to its core, and will shake the
hell in us... in devastating humil-
ity and frightening silence.
Advent is a call to walk away
from the security of human idola-
try and clamor of human wisdom
into the "towering miracle" of the
silent Word whose actions still
echo in those who receive Him
for who He is.
He will come to you, mysteri-
ously and mystically, this Advent.
Indeed, He is already at the
Will you open and be changed?
Will you accept His humility and

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and Ricky Rhuda, Jill Rogers, Mis-
syJones, Bridgett Hunter, Ginnifer
and Jamie Mullis, Jay and Tomi
Zeller, Orrin Wilkerson, Beverly
Godwin, Kandi Lynn, Danielle
Shockley and Debra Carter. You
all have been my backbone
through all of this.
I would like to thank anyone
that has made donations to Jim-
bo's memorial fund. I would like
to thank everyone who made do-
nations for the concession stand,
everyone that donated the items
that were raffled off and every-
one that donated their time at the
softball tournament and benefit.
Thank you to Kathy and Karrissa
that donated the Brahma Bull

to hold the benefit. I would also
like to thank Dean and Theresa
Prescott, Corey Kirton, Spencer
Kirton, Frank Decarlo, John and
Debbie Sales, Billy Allen, Todd
Pearce, Okeeechobee Outfitters,
Visiting Nursing Association, Ba-
con Bunch and Swine Time.
Thank you again to each and
everyone of you. Your kindness
overwhelms me. If it weren't for
you all I would not be able to
keep up the bills while I finished
my Registered Nursing School
which was a dream for me and
Thank you,
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Community Calendar

Sunday, Nov. 30
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
AA. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972, (Behind Napa Auto Parts)
A.A. weekend noon meeting, Open Discussion; The Just for Today
Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12-step fellowships.
N.A. Sickest Of The Sick, Open Discussion, 7 p.m.
AA. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meeting.

Monday, Dec. 1
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Sickest Of The Sick Open
Discussion at 7 p.m. The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not af-
filiated with any 12-step fellowships.
AA. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Okeechobee Model Airplane Club will meet at the Peace
Lutheran Church, 750 N.W 23rd Lane at 7 p.m. For information,
contact Robert Rosada at 863-467-5440.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. attheOkeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited. For information or to schedule an appearance for
your organization or group, contact Marge Skinner at 863-532-0449.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road,
Okeechobee on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Turn left at the
Moose lodge and go around the curve just past the church. Bring a
lunch and join us for a fun day of applique. Everyone is welcome. For
more information please contact Karen Graves at 863-763-6952.

Tuesday, Dec. 2
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open
to the public. For information, contact Maureen Budjinski at 863-484-
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Nowhere Left To Go
Group Open Discussion at noon. NA. Sickest Of The Sick Group Open
Discussion. The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated
with any 12 step fellowships.
New AA. Meeting in Basinger: There is now an A.A. meeting in
Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Brethren
Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
New Beginning's meeting of Narcotics Anonymous will be
held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. at Believers Fellowship
Church, 300 S.W Fifth Ave. It will be an open discussion meeting. For
more information call Monika Allen at 863-801-3244.
Al-Ateen meeting will be held at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W Third St., at 7 p.m. For more information, please call Amy at 863-
763-8531 or Dan 561-662-2799.
Al-Anon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W Third St., at 8 p.m.
AA. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Family History Center meets from 1 until 5 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in
finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census,
IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index
and military information available. For information, call The Family
History Center at 863-763-6510 or Richard Smith at 863-261-5706 for
special appointments.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public
is invited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For
information, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at 863-763-4320.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 7:30 8 a.m.
at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For
information, June Scheer at 863-634-8276
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30
p.m. in the fellowship hall, 1735 S.W 24th Ave. This is a men's only
meeting. For information, call Earl at 863-763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden
Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in becoming
a member is welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner at 863-
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. The public is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
at the Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St. Everyone is welcome. For
information, contact Brenda Nicholson at 863-467-2321.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that
enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For information,
contact Dr. Edward Douglas at 863-763-4320.
AA. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meeting.
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., will
be hosting God's Time -- a morning of free organized Christian
activities that includes play, instruction and interaction for parents
and their pre-school children. The event will be held each Tuesday
from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Child care will be provided for infants
during the class. For information, call 863-763-4021.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W. Third Terr., holds meetings
for persons with alcohol and drug related problems at 6 p.m. For
information call 863-357-3053.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to weekly meeting, Overeaters
Anonymous (OA) meets at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church,
312 N. Parrott Avenue on Tuesdays, 6 until 7 p.m. (Use 4th Street
entrance.) Overeaters Annonymous is not a diet club. There are
no dues, fees or weigh-ins. The only requirement for membership is a
desire to stop eating compulsively. For more information call Loretta
at 863-763-7165 or 863-697-0206.
The Lighthouse Refuge Support Group is for women who are
hurting, homeless or been abused. They meet on the first and third
Tuesday of every month from noon until 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church,
401 S.W. Fourth St., and on the second and fourth Tuesday of every
month from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Red Cross, 323 N. Parrott Ave.
For more information call Donna Dean at 863-801-9201 or 863-357-

Okeechobee News, Sunday, November 30, 2008 5

State reaches settlement over scheme

General Bill McCollum an-
nounced a judgment has been
entered in the lawsuit against a
series of companies accused of

defrauding thousands of consum-
ers who sought assistance for
debt management. The judgment
permanently bars Florida-based
defendants Laura L. Hess and her

Okeechobee's Most Wanted

rwI -
Angie Borjas Wilbert
aka. Perez-Borja
The following five people are
among Okeechobee's Most Want-
ed persons. There are active war-
rants for each of them. The criteria
for making Okeechobee's Most
Wanted top five is based on the se-
verity of the crime in conjunction
with the age of the warrant.
If you have any information
on the whereabouts of any of
Okeechobee's Most Wanted you
can call the Treasure Coast Crime
Stoppers at 1 (800) 273-TIPS
(8477). If you call Treasure Coast
Crimes Stoppers, you have the op-
tion of remaining anonymous. You
can also receive a reward if the in-
formation results in an arrest.
Alieta Aleen, 31, aka Brian
White, Manford Clifford White;
Black male; No known address;
Wanted for failure to appear on
bail robbery with other weap-




local jobs
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one is counted.
Hundreds of thousands of
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31, Arson.
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21, Robbery.
Angle Bor-
jas aka Steven-
son, 29; DOB:
Poss. of Meth-
Poss. of Drug

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Paraphernalia. --
Wilbert Per- Alieta Aleen
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H/M, Poss Cannabis more than 20
Grams; possession with intent to

affiliated companies from engag-
ing in debt settlement and/or debt
management-related services.
"Instead of the assistance they
were promised, thousands of
cash-strapped consumers found
themselves even deeper in debt,"
said Attorney General McCollum.
"By shutting down these opera-
tions, we're sending a strong mes-
sage that the Attorney General's
Office will not tolerate scam art-
ists who prey on the vulnerable."
The Attorney General's Eco-
nomic Crimes Division filed a
lawsuit against Hess and her
companies, Laura Hess & Asso-
ciates; P.A.; Hess Kennedy Char-
tered LLC; and the Consumer
Law Center LLC in February, ac-
cusing them of signing thousands
of credit card debtors up for debt
management services and claim-
ing her law firm would provide
legal services to cancel debts for
pennies on the dollar. Consumers
were falsely told they did not have
to pay creditors, which led to law-
suits and other actions against nu-
merous debtors.
As a result of that lawsuit,
Laura Hess and the Hess Ken-
nedy companies are currently in
receivership under Receiver Dan-
iel J. Stermer and last month, at
the Receiver's request, a Broward
County judge ordered Hess's
companies be liquidated and set-
tlments he reached to heln nro-

Neighborhood Watch
They're watching you...
Taylor Creek Condominiums, 3124 U.S. 414 S.E., is the
latest addition to the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
Neighborhood Watch Program. A group of residents was
required to attend three monthly meetings in order to get
their group certified as an active neighborhood watch pro-
gram. In that group were: Anne Atkins, Myrna Steele, Shir-
ley Varner, Martha Hawkins, Sharon Manos, Bill Steele,
Vivian Douglas, Gloria Maloney, Fred Hawkins and Barry
Woonton. Anyone wanting to participate in the watch pro-
gram can contact OCSO Deputy Corporal Keith Stripling
at 863-763-6064, or stop by the Crime Prevention Office at
1661 N.W. 24th Blvd. in the Okeechobee County industrial

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vide restitution to affected con-
sumers. Shortly after that ruling,
Capital One announced a $1.8
million settlement forgiving the
credit card debt of approximately
18,000 consumers nationwide, in-
cluding nearly 1,900 Florida resi-
dents, who contracted with the
Hess Kennedy companies for the
fraudulent services.
Pursuant to a separate settle-
ment approved by the Court be-
tween HSBC Bank Nevada, N.A.
and the Receiver, HSBC will for-
give the credit card debt of nearly
6,000 additional consumers who
fell victim to Hess and her com-
The consent judgment an-
nounced last week also requires
the defendant companies to re-
imburse the Attorney General's
Office for fees and costs related to
the investigation and litigation, as
well as future expenses incurred
from other lawsuits arising from
the defendants' operations. The
payment amount will be deter-
mined by the Court in connection
with the claims process instituted
by the Receiver and could total
$400,000. Hess's license to prac-
tice law was also suspended by
the Florida Supreme Court this
summer and is pending revoca-
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6 Okeechobee News, Sunday, November 30, 2008

Community Events

Ministerial group has
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-

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

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

Feast of Our Lady of

Manufa t d h Guadalupe celebrated

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

Low cost spay/neuter
Low cost spay/neuter vouch-
ers for dogs and cats. Participating
veterinarians in Vero Beach. For
information, call United Humani-
tarians Port St. Lucie volunteer:
772-335-3786. Email: Petscryl@ Okeechobee veteri-
narians are invited to participate.
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Limited edition
ornaments on sale
The Okeechobee Retired
Educators will be selling their
third limited edition ornament
for Christmas 2008. Ornaments
are 24k gold on brass, includes a
numbered certificate with histori-
cal information. Ornaments are
$15. Proceeds fund their scholar-
ship. The 2008 ornament is the
Old County Courthouse. They
will also have 2007 and 2006 or-
naments available in a limited
quantity for those who wish to get
those. To purchase an ornament
call Gay Carlton at 863-763-5755,
Kay McCool at 863-763-2829, Pau-
lette Whipple at 863-467-2487,
Marion Davis at 863-763-3991 or
Regina Hamrick at 863-763-8865.

State Veterans
nursing homes
Are you a veteran in need of a
nursing home or assisted living fa-
cility? The Florida Department of
Veterans Affairs can help you. The
Department operates five veterans
nursing homes and one assisted
living facility throughout the state,
with a new nursing home being
built near St. Augustine. The basic
admission criteria for all of the fa-
cilities is an honorable discharge,
Florida residency for one year pri-
or to admission and certification
of need of assisted living facility or
skilled nursing care. The VA Nurs-
ing homes are located in Daytona
Beach, Land O' Lakes, Pembroke
Pines, Springfield (Panhandle)
and Port Charlotte with the VA As-
sisted Living Facility being located
in Lake City. For further informa-
tion on VA nursing homes contact
the County Veteran's Service Of-
ficer, Betsy Grinslade at 863-763-

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

Ladies Auxiliary
Spaghetti Night
The VFW Post 10539 Ladies
Auxiliary will hold a Tuesday
night spaghetti night. All you can
eat spaghetti, garlic bread and
salad for a $5 donation. The din-
ner starts at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is
welcome. For more information
call 863-763-2308.

Join the Red Hatters
For ladies looking for fun and
meeting some new lady friends,
the Red Hat Group is looking for
ladies to join who want to do
things. For information call 863-
763-5836 or 863-357-1944.

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

Rescue available for
local wildlife
Florida Wildlife Rescue Ser-
vice Inc. is a non profit orga-
nization providing free rescue,
pick up, and transport of sick,
injured and orphaned wildlife in
the Okeechobee area. We are
licensed by the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion to provide these services. If
you find a wild bird or animal in
need of assistance please contact
us at 863-634-1755.


Donate cars to Boys
and Girls Clubs
Now that the price of scrap
metal has sharply risen, the Boys
and Girls Car Campaign will ac-
cept most any car with no restric-
tions. Cars will be picked up any-
where in Florida, usually within a
week, and are sold at auction. To
donate, call 800-246-0493. Funds
obtained by the sales go directly
to help the Florida clubs.

Advocacy group
seeking members
The Florida Local Advocacy
Council in this area has openings
for membership. The members
of the volunteer council protect
and advocate for a better quality
of life for Floridians with unique
needs. Volunteers are appointed
by the governor for a four-year
term. Local meetings are held on
the second Tuesday of the month
in Fort Pierce. Call Penina Popper
at 800-342-0825 for information;
or, visit

Parent education
classes offered
The Okeechobee County
Healthy Start Coalition will be of-
fering parenting education classes
for infants to age 3. All pregnant
women and parents are encour-
aged to attend. Each participant
will receive a gift. This adults-only
parenting class consists of six,
one-hour classes. You must attend
all six classes to get a certificate
of completion. We now have day
and evening classes available. No
child care will be available. Call
863-462-5877 for registration.

Career Center helps
in job search
The One Stop Career Center,
209 S.W Park St., has services
available at no charge to help
people in their search for the right
employee or job. For more, visit
their web site at;
or, call 863-462-5350.

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used cell phones to return for
money. Martha's House can also
have them 9-1-1 activated for par-
ticipants. If you have any used cell
phones to donate call 863-763-
2893, or drop them off at their
administrative office at 103 N.W
Fifth St.

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CES students

Kindergarten News: On Fri-
day, Nov. 21, the Central Elemen
tary School Kindergarten students
were rewarded with a trip to Dairy
Queen for earning good behavior
points. They worked very hard
and were excited about walking
even though it was a little cold.
On Tuesday, Nov. 25, the staff
and students in Kindergarten en-
joyed their annual Kindergarten
Feast. In studying about the first
Thanksgiving, the Pilgrims and
Indians, and their lives in the New
World we learned we must work
together in order to accomplish
large tasks. So, each Kindergarten
class is responsible for providing
a portion of the meal such as fruit
salad, mashed potatoes and stuff-
ing, corn, pumpkin pie and one
class will be making butter!
We have also been learning
more about foods. We have stud-
ied about different types of food
and the food groups. We also
learned about transportation and
have compared both foods and
transportation in the past to what
we have today. The Pilgrims did
not eat at McDonald's!
We are now preparing for our
Christmas Program on Dec. 18 at
6:30 p.m. The children enjoy sing
ing and learning new songs. They
also enjoy learning the Spanish
songs and how other people cel-
ebrate Christmas.
Kindergarten Class: Mrs.
Vaughn's class enjoyed their trip
to the Dolly Hand Theatre in Belle
Glade. We watched the play of Pi-
nocchio. We compared the play
to the movie version of Pinoc
chio. We will be going to Dolly
Hand again on Dec. 4, to see
Frumpled Fairy Tales. In Math we
have been working on different
kinds of graphs- concrete graphs,
bar graphs, interpreting graphs
and tally marks. We practiced all
these skills with a tasty activity in-
volving M&Ms. Everyone enjoyed
this hands on, multisensory activ-
ity. Practice counting to 100 for-
wards, backwards, by 2's, 5's and
10's. We will start our timed tests
called Hot Pencils really soon so
we can keep our adding and sub-
tracting skills sharp. Thank you to
everyone who donated canned
food for our food drive. Keep
reading your 100 Book Challenge
Books at home. We have several
students over 100 steps. What
step is your child on? Congratu-
lations to the following Students
of the Week: Destiney Jones,
Brian Garcia, Orlan Hagins, and
Ta"Makia Jones.
1st Grade: Mrs. Bostwick's
class at Central Elementary School
has had a great time learning
about people and energy in sci-
ence! We created energy chains
about the sun, plants, people,
animals, and learned how we
need a variety of foods from the
food groups with our food pyra-
mids. We also took a look at the
different amounts of calories in
foods that we eat and how those
calories provide us with energy!
Students of the Week these past
few weeks were Chantavia Baul,
Amber Hull, Emanuel Ramirez,
Maria Santiago, and Tyler Arnold.
Congratulations to you all! In
reading, we have been discussing
friendships and what it means to
be a good friend. They have also
been learning about nouns and
verbs. We have been studying pic
ture graphs, concrete graphs, tally
tables, and bar graphs in math.
Students are learning how to in-
terpret the information displayed
on those graphs. These first grad-
ers are busy little workers! Enjoy
your break and have a wonderful

Thanksgiving holiday!
The past month's
Kid Student of the W
Rebekah Raul-
erson, Georgia
Harris, Lisset
Carrillo, and
Christian Cam-
pos! The Super
Kid classroom
celebrated Vet-
eran's Day on
the 11th by in-
viting all past
and present
veterans for
lunch at Central
to show our ap- /
preciation for
their incredible
bravery and service to
country free!
The class has bee
very hard on learning
regular nouns and c
them. One student pos
question to Mr. Klaffei
asked, "If the noun is
what makes it so spe
falls under the answer
of, "Because they tell
Each student did a
mounding and painting
tribal warrior's shield
to continue on our Afr
This tribe used to hui
become a man, so I ha
boys at the door with
ready to go hunt lions
3 inch shield and 6 ii
Unfortunately, all of th
ed to stay when I told
they would sleep on tl
have no video games
rooms, lights, and ha
cow's blood mixed wi
The Super Kids are
ing about verbs and
represent an action.
seem to think every
hear, "Action", that it n
should launch into a s
the movie Madagascar
The Kids are learnii
a letter and how to
envelope to be sent t
office. They seem ver
that they can't just pic
phone and call or s
on the internet and ta
friend! They believe I
ing by hand came fro
the Ancient Egyptians t
thought that the only
really had to get right
was the one to Santa!
The Kids wrote wha
thankful for before Th
Day and the top picks
ties, turkey, pumpkin
them, watching footb
etc. Somehow I think tl
the point!
We are still trying t
concept between a
country, state, and city
that I am finally convin
Kids that Okeechobee
tinent, so we are writ
President to appeal h
Okeechobee to the lis
other seven continents
First Grade BA.
"Welcome Fall" has
most recent theme of
have experienced man
that occur in the fall of
We had a wonderful
with the help of some p
grandparents. The "hel
set at stations to help th
experience "fall". We
and counted seeds i
scooped out four ci
mix, dressed and wal
steps of a scarecrow, b
apples and painted tree
so thankful to have

enjoy Fall a
grandma and grandpa, Max's
the Super mom, Vincent's dad, Mrs. Bau
ieek were tista and Mrs. Zapata to help us
all learn about
fall. Thanks for
your help!
We were ex-
cited in the last
few weeks to
learn about the
election pro
cess. In Spanish
we connected
I our vocabulary
-- through Social
Studies and
a learned the
difference be-
tween being
a King and a
keep our President. In the English class we
held our own presidential elec-
n working tions. Congratulations to Dela-
about ir- ney Jones, Cole Younger, Victoria
apitalizing Cline, and Max Abreu for being
sed a great elected to the office of class presi-
r when he dent. They will all represent our
n't regular two classes as "The Presidents".
cial?" That On Veteran's Day, our classes
r category enjoyed visits from several Veter-
us it is that ans'. Halle's grandfather shared
some of his experiences from
terrific job Vietnam. Nichole's dad, and Ash
g a Maasai ley's mom, were also honored
and spear veterans that ate lunch with us.
ican safari. Our student's pledged to "Always
nt lions to remember our Veterans!" Thank
ad a line of you for coming and sharing our
in minutes day with us!
with their We would like to give a shout
nch spear! out "Hurray!" for all the wonder-
hem decid- ful writings that we saw on writ
them that ing display day. Keep up the good
he ground, work!
STV bath- We want to recognize the ef-
d to drink forts of our Students of the Week.
th milk for Congratulations to:
Diana Morales, Richard Ayala,
now learn- Jayme Scurry, Ethan Vandermo-
how they len, Ashley Snyder, Jorge Romero,
The Kids Diego Reyna, Brook Watford, and
time they Molly Spearow.
neans they Happy Birthday to: Jennifer
cene from Salas, Victoria Cline, and Joseline
2! Flores.
ng to write Second grade: Mrs. Alicia
address an Greseth's class has been learning
o the post all about plants and plant parts in
y confused Science. They really enjoyed the
k up a cell experiment they did with pea
imply get nuts. In Reading, the students
lk to their have been reading about the
letter writ- importance of working together.
im at least The students have been doing a
ime. Many super job with adding and sub
letter they tracing with regrouping. Way to
each year go Daniela, Brenden, Dylan, and
LaTaveous for getting 100 steps in
ttheywere 100 Book Challenge! Way to go
anksgiving students!
were Skit- Miss Trisha Miller's second
pie, gifts to graders have been working hard
all games, on their two-digit addition and
heymissed subtraction with regrouping! We
have a special rhyme to help us
o learn the remember what to do when we
continent, subtract. We have also been hav-
y. I believe ing fun learning about plants and
ced by the what they need to grow during
is a con- science. We had fun with our
ting to the writing, pretending we're turkeys
im to add and persuading others not to eat
it of those us for Thanksgiving.
Congratulations to Andrew
S.E News: Simmons who has reached 100
been our steps! Keep reading every night
study. We for 15 minutes to get those steps!
ly activities Congratulations to the follow-
the year. ing Students of the Week: Chy-
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Students challenged to read

South Elementary
School News

After working all day and driv-
ing the kids to soccer practice,
football practice, cheerleading
practice, and then heading off to
church activities or other activi-
ties, we can feel overwhelmed by
the demands that homework puts
on us. Then there is this thing
called 100 Book Challenge, and
the teacher keeps stressing its im-
portance yet you don't have an-
other ounce of energy left. Well,
there is hope! Having your child
read every night for 15 minutes
is important but finding the time
is easier than you think. Here are
some practical ways to help your
1. The drive home or the drive
to practice can be a great time
for your child to read. Have them
read aloud to you in the car and
then log the time when you get
2. Dinner doesn't cook itself.
Have your child sit at the counter
and read to you while you cook
3. If you go out to eat have your
child read to you while waiting for
your meal to arrive.
4. Read with your child before
bedtime. It is a great way to un-
wind after the day and they will
enjoy the closeness.
It only takes 15 minutes, but
the gift of reading is one that will
last a life time.
Positive Behavior Support
Students earn bracelets by be-
ing nominated by teachers and
staff members for outstanding be-
havior, being a homework hero,
being an active participant with
few tardies or early check outs.
Students wear the bracelets daily
to be recognized for their SOAR
behavior and it also allows them
to get into special events held by
the school for P.B.S. This month
the event is movie and popcorn.
The students who have earned a
PBS bracelet for this nine week
period are: Alek Betscher, Alex
Miller, Alex Willoughby, Ailany
Garcia, Brianne Yates, Chase
Beal, Cristian Trejo, Elizabeth Lo-
pez, Haley Joles, Hayle Padgett,
Jacob Hardy, Jake Bessey, Jalyn
Lightsey, Justyn Scruggs, Kyle
Barrett, Piper Hans, Rosie Miller,
Skylynn DiRusso, Tristan Robin-
son, Zoyee Ramirez, Aiden Ada-
mo, Amber Bass, Ashley Bowers,
Aubrey Pearce, Britney Whipple,
Case Durrance, Consuelo Flores,
Dallas Miller, Damian Stephens,
Emily Land, Gauge Chandler, Iris
Celestino, Jasmine Calzada, Jay
Krall, Jenna Brown, Jennifer Her-
nandez, Jonathan Rivera, Joseph
Rivera, Josie Carter, Kailee Pasley,
Kaitlyn Williams, Kyle Padgett,
Liberty Kuschel, Lillian Henry,
Mark Arnall, Matthew Arnall, Me-
gan Jones, Meghann Hotmire,
Melanie Gonzalez, Minh Tam
Ngyun, Nicholas Hayford, Rebec-
ca Rhoden, Savannah Schmidt,
and Shelby Hannah. Those are
only the Kindergarten and First
Grade students who behave as
expected and work to their best
ability. The students in grades
2-4 will be listed in next week's
Student Council
The Student Council has been
elected for the 08-09 school year.
The students on the student
council include: Shahmir Ali,
Sarika Chauhan, Danielle Geary,
Sarah Heaton, Haley Land, Am-
ber Marquette, Daniel Parker,
Dylan Smith, Samiah Villalpando,
Rick Willet, Robert Wright, Mason
Adams, Garrett Causey, Merydian
Causier, John Michael Collier, Ju-
lia DuPree, BriannaJewell, Shelby

Submitted photo/South Elementary
Students who have done their very best academically and demonstrated the stellar behavior
South students are known for received the Student of the Week award for the week ending
Nov. 14. Those students Included: John Firsh, Bryce Avant, Hunter Ellsworth, Jamaica Hen-
ry, Marulclo Grajalez, Juliet Navarro, Felicity Duetscher, Kalyn HIckman, Gustavo Martinez,
Maggie Congdon, Rebecca McNitt, Jose Martinez, Jordan Hickman, Louie Palau, Chancy
Thomas, and Robert Muniz.

Kirton, Kaitlyn Land, Hunter Meh-
rer, Justin Shepherd, Ashley Ar-
nold, Mason Faulk, Hannah Fralix,
Jordan Hickman, Kelsi Kula, Dy-
lan Sheffield, Austin Spano, and
Danny Willet. The officers were
elected by the student council
members. The President is Austin
Spano, Vice President is Julia Du-

Pree, Secretary is Sarah Heaton,
and Treasurer is Kelsi Kula. Thank
you, students, for working hard so
that South Elementary will con-
tinue to SOAR with the Eagles.
The Student Council spon-
sored the Food for Families drive
that was held during the last two
weeks of October. Classes com-

peted to bring in the most canned
or non-perishable food. The Kin-
dergarten class of Shera Shaw
won the contest with 109 items.
Way to go kindergarteners! They
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Be sure to conserve water during the holidays

What does water have to do
with the holidays? Water impacts
everything from food prepara-
tion to the clean-up process. For
example, a typical holiday tur-
key dinner for eight needs more
than 42,000 gallons of water in
food growth and preparation, ac-
cording to the United States De-
partment of Agriculture. That's
enough water to fill a 30 foot-by-
50 foot swimming pool.
Every day in South Florida,
each person uses about 175 gal-
lons of water. While over half of
that amount is used for outdoor
irrigation, indoor water use is

also significant. And, although
the fall weather is ideal for vaca-
tioners and family visiting from
"up north," Florida is a state of
weather extremes and this is our
"dry" season, when water de-
mands typically rise but replen-
ishing rainfall decreases. By 2025,
six million new residents are
projected to make Florida their
home, increasing the demand on
the water supply. Conservation is
the key to ensure South Florida
has a future supply of water for
both residents and the environ-

During the holiday season, the
amount of water used indoors
can escalate with the clean up
process before visitors ar-
rive and after the holidays' large
meals appliances and fixtures
such as dishwashers, clothes
washers, showers and toilets, are
being used more often. Howev-
er, there are ways to save water
while celebrating the holidays
this year.
According to the SFWMD, ev-
eryone can do their part in con-
serving water without having to
compromise convenience and

comfort during the holidays.
Here are five easy ways to
incorporate water conservation
tips into your holiday prepara-
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Defrost frozen foods in the
refrigerator the night before they
are needed instead of running hot
water over them the same day.
Rinse vegetables and fruits
in a sink or pan filled with water
instead of under running water.
As a double bonus, use this water
on houseplants.
Select the proper size pans
for cooking. Large pans require

more cooking water than may be
Scrape food scraps into the
garbage can or a composting bin,
rather than rinsing them into the
sink's garbage disposal.
SRun dishwasher only when
you have a full load of dishes.
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residents could save 10 gallons of

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

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

GOLF CLUBS (100) Misc.,
Many brands. Ping, etc.
Many good. $600 for all, will
sep. (863)946-3123
Your next job could be in
today's classified Did
you look for it?

$300 OBO and a Red Ab ex-
cersizer $15.

Two years old New $3500
Will sell for $1500 OBO

w/110/220 motor, very good
cond $250 (863)801-1272

FIRE WOOD-Oak, please call


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

Lawn Mower, Dixie Chopper
72" deck VTC 300 hrs.
Generac motor 30hp $6,500
(863) 840-0505


Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Property 915
Townhouses Rnt920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960

2br/2ba, W&D, $850 mo. +
$500. sec. (863)634-5780
OKEE., Huge, Clean, 2br, 2ba
2br, 1ba, New kitch, carpet
& paint. Call 772-215-0098
OKEECHOBEE, 2br, iba, Near
town. $825 mo. inclds wa-
ter. Annual Lease. Call Kelly

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.
Avail. Immediately! Fully
furnished. New carpet. Pool,
Tennis & Boat dock. 1A 1BR
$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 111 1920 vintage cot-
tage, hardwood floors, sits
directly on Taylor Creek.
Fully furnished.

A LARGE 2BR House Water-
front, wboat dock, great
neighborhood, no pets,
$750 mo. (863)467-1308
BASSWOOD 3br, 2ba, 2 car
garage, $950/mo
BEAUTIFUL 3 Bdrm., 2 Ba.,
New floors. Basswood Es-
tates. $900. mo. + dep. &
ref's. Call (786)417-2135
CBS- 2200 SW 3rd Ave. 3BR,
1BA, Near Wal-Mart, Nice
yard. $825. mo, $2000
moves in (863)634-0512
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.
OKEE. 2br/lba, unfurnished
duplex. $550/mo + $550
dep. 3624 SE 35th Ave.
OKEE: 3/1 on 1 ac. Renovat-
ed, laundry, C/iAheat, screen
porch, carport. $975 mo, 1st
mo. & dep. Call 305-458-
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage. C/Air. Lazy 7 area.
1st, last & sec.
R-BAR, 4br, 2ba, Gar., 2.5 ac.,
Lawn maint. included.
$1295. mo. + Sec
Rent to Own 4/2
$1000 mo. new, ready now.
863-599-0156 or

Treasure Island. Fenced yd.
$875 mo. (772)359-6584

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property- Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale1015
Farms Sale 1020
House Sale 1025
Hunting Property1030
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Property- Sale 1055
Property Inspectionl060
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Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

OKEE- 3/1, oversized lot, total-
ly remodeled CBS, Tile, Oak
cabinets, 21 x 24 enclosed
Fla room. Room to add Mas-
ter bath, 309 SW 10th Ave.
863-357-0391 $159,900,

4 bd/2ba CBS, tile
floors, architectural
shingles, dbl. garage,
$215s.00 11.danu.1
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LOT in Moore Haven will
trade for an RV of equal val-
ue of approx. $8,000 -
$10,000. (239)825-1143.

Mobile Homes

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

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 Pets!
$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, incl appl, unfur-
nished. $900 mo.ncludes
water/sewer, basic cable,
1st,last & dep. References
Req. (863)697-2065
Bluff. 2/2 M/H. 5 Acres.
$650 mo. + $650 sec. dep.
Waterfront, Clean & Quiet,
Okeechobee's Nicest.
1 Bedroom & 2 Bedroom
furnished & unfurnished
turn SW, screened porch,
age, private lot. $750/mo +
1st, last & sec.(863)610-2126

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community, she has educed that reading a newspaper is a great way to
investigate the world around her Whether she's sol ing crimes, exploring a
new city or uncovenng lsscinating stories from her hometown, reading always


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27th St.- 2/2 $750. ma. 1st,
last & sec. OPT to buy
(305 -651-4873 or
305 494-3738
26th St- 2/2 Annual or Sea-
sonal, Furnished $850. mo
1st last & sec.

ADULT PARK in Okeechobee.
8'x24' w/10'x20' attached
family rm. 8'x8'6"Shed w/
W&D. $4000 863-381-7835
Mobile Home Angels
FLEETWOOD 1983 13x50,
2BR, 2 BA. 2 porches & a
work shop. Leaving the area.
1st home in Riverbend on
the right. Asking $26,000
FLEETWOOD 1999 16x70,
3BR, 2BA. Great condition.
$13,000 or best offer.
55+ La Belle, Florida
GATED, Clubhouse, Heated
Pool. Lease your 60 x 90 lot,
beautiful country living. In-
cludes lot, lawn service, wa-
ter, sewer and trash pickup,
$200/mo. Models available
for immediate occupancy or
order your own on your lot.
30 minutes from Ft Myers.
M-F, 863-675-7555.


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

BIG 0 AIRBOAT 2004 -13' Big
0 with polymer. Dark
green/silver stripe. 220 Con-
tinental. Front seat driver
double backseat. Q series
sensenich carbon fiber prop.
With trailer. Ready to be dual
magged. Call for more info.
$7500/neg. (863)697-6293

bedroom/bath travel trailer.
Has gas/electric, in good
working condition, call for
details. $1700


Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts Repairs 4045
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Vans 4070

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Okeechobee County Parks and Recreation
Seeking Advisory Committee Members for the
Parks and Recreation Master Plan
Okeechobee County is embarking on a Parks and Recreation Master Planning pro-
cess to
1) Identiy the needs and desires of County residents,
2) , ^ imctludes parks, cme centers, cl-
tura i selets and boulevards, and trails
and green ways, and
3) Develop a ending strategy to implement et vision
We are forming a Parks and Recreation Master Plan Advisory Committee to help us
with the Plan, and are seeking fifteen 15) redents, property owners, business
people and others who are interested in serving on the Committee The respon-
sbilites of an Advisory Committee member include
*Review of iterim reports and memorandum prepared by our planning consul-
*Attendance at revir ,
meetings) to review i i
ions for staff, the consultants and the Commission,
* Assisting the County by keeping others informed regarding the progress of the
The Advisory Committee should represent a cross-section of the County, so we are
seeking members to represent the following interest areas

SEconomic DevelopmentiBusiness
Youth Sports

* County Cuture and History
* Infrastructure
* City
* Tounsm
* Adult Sports

If you are interested in serving on the Parks and Recreation Master Plan Advisory
Committee please contact Okeechobee County Parks and Recreation at
(863) 7636950 The standard County Advisory Board application is also available
on-line at www co okeechobee i us Clck on Board/Commttee Application for New
Appointments two-thirds of the way down on the Home page Applications are due
at the Parks & Recreation Department office at the Sports Complex, 640 NW 27th
Lane by 5 pm Monday, December Bth so appointments can be made at the De-
cember 18th BOCC meeting ank you for your interest With your assistance we
look forward to improving Okeechobee County's Parks and Recreaton system
301960 ON 11/26,30/08

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302417 ON 11/30/08

17429 NW 242ND STREET
(863)763-4601 OR (863)634-3166
302157 ON 1130/00
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Okeechobee Utility Auoriy will meet
in regular session on Tuesday, De-
cember 9 2008 at 8 30 AM at the
Okeechbee Ulity Authority Offices,
100 SW 5th Avenue Okeechobee,
Pursuant to Section 286 0105, Flor-
da Statutes, d a person decides to ap-
peal any decision made by the
Authonty with respect to such meet-
ings, he or she will need a record of
proceedings and for such purpose
may need to ensure that a verbatim
record of the proceedings is made,
which record includes the testimony
and evidence upon which the appeal
is based Such person may provide a
court reporter stenographer, or tape
recorder for such verbatim record
John F Hayiord
Executive Drector
302351 ON 11/30/08

Submitted photo/YMS

Twilight Celebration
Students at Yearling Middle School were excited about "Twilight," written by Stephanie Myers. A
movie based on the book opened in theaters last week. Eighty- two students, all of whom have
read the book, gathered together to celebrate the opening of the movie nationwide. Students par-
ticipated in writing an alphabet poem summarizing "Twilight." They also read character quotes and
determined who said what. A drawing was held in which prizes such as roses, journals, posters, and
movie tickets donated by the Brahman Theater were given.



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Where the Red Fern Grows
Remember when you were young and wanted to escape the trials and tribulations of growing up and
you would lose yourself in a good book? Reading now, as it was then, is much more than just a form
of relaxation. It is a source of timeless entertainment that can be explored on a personal, more indi-
vidual desire. Pod 300 at Yearling Middle School is reading books that several generations before
them escaped to. Their current conquest is Wilson Rawls's "Where the Red Fern Grows," the story
of a young man growing up in the rural Ozark Mountains during the Depression era. His desire to
own two Redbone Hound pups gives many lessons to both the young and old alike in regards to the
reality of life. Here students pose with "Rosebud", a real Redbone Hound just like Ole Dan and Little
Ann. Rosebud comes from a long line of Redbone hounds owned by Stephen Johnson. Some other
books that several generations have enjoyed along with Mr. Rawls's Where the Red Fern Grows are:
Gibson's Old Yeller, Kilgard's Big Red. And A Nose for Trouble, and Jayne's The Fishhawk. The stu-
dents were exposed to Where the Red Fern Grows by Language Arts teacher, Angela Keating. Her
hope is that her students enjoy the classics just as much as the older generations have.

Submitted photo/YMS

Students of the Week
Students at Yearling Middle School are achieving excellence everyday. Students of the Week, Israel
Ascencio, Noe Valdez, Ricardo Calzado, Lorraine Lutjen, Adam Davis, Maria Ruiz, Cody Thompson,
and Dylan Hadley stand with Mr. Brewer, Mrs Markham and Mr. Tedders. Congratulations to our



Submitted photo/Bobbi Poole

Enjoying a night of bowling for the Seminoles is Christie of Fan-
tasy Lighting.

Fessl accepted at UNOH
Michael Fessl, son of Michael Fessl
and Paula Fessi of
Okeechobee, has
been accepted
to the University
of Northwestern
Ohio, (UNOH) in
Lima, Ohio to begin
classes in June 2009
where he will be
majoring in the Au- Mug
tomotive Technolo- Box
gy Program. Michael
attends Okeechobee High School.

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Dustin Stokes

signs with IRSC

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee senior Dustin
Stokes signed a letter of intent to
play college baseball for Indian
River State College last week.
Stokes, a 6'3" left hander, ap
pears to have a bright future as
he has some of the attributes col-
lege and pro coaches look for. He
is tall, strong, throws hard, and
works hard.
"It's a big decision for me, and
I think it's a good thing to be lo-
cal, near my family, and at a good
school," Stokes said. He noted
coaches promised him he would
play either as a pitcher or even as
a hitter.
Stokes has played all year long
to help improve his baseball skills.
He played in South West Florida
and earned some looks from
the Colorado Rockies and other
pro teams this summer. One day
Stokes said he would love to be a
professional ball player.
His father David said he feels
Dustin's dream of being a pro ball
player is a very possible dream,
"He keeps a straight head all the
time. He doesn't let things bother
him. He is the same person no
matter what," he said.
Dad said having his son close
will be great as he can go to most
of his games. He noted having
him sign early takes a lot of pres-
sure off so Dustin can relax and

play his senior year.
"It's exciting to see it but scary
at the same time, it's like letting
him go," David added.
Stokes also got looks from Pan-
ama City Community College and
Brevard Community College. He
decided to stay close to home.
"I wanted to be near family. I
don't know how my career will
go but I hope to get into a rotation
somewhere," he added.
Stokes is the first Brahman
since Codie Storey to sign a col-
lege scholarship. Brahmans
Coach Dylan Tedders said he ex-
pects a lot of signing over the
next couple of years.
"Dustin is excited. We knew
Indian River wanted him. He's
put in the work. He's a good left
handed pitcher and he will have a
good career over there."
Tedders praised Stokes for his
work ethic and his attitude. He
noted Stokes leads by example
and doesn't do a lot of talking. He
let his actions speak louder than
Tedders said Mike Minondo,
another senior, could also sign
this year. He added that several
members of the junior class could
sign college scholarships.
"We have a lot of hungry guys
here. I think this is just the first
in a long line of things to come,"
Tedders said.



Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Dustin Stokes on signing day for IRSC baseball team. From
the left are David Stokes, Dustin Stokes and Dylan Tedders.

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