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Vol. 99 No. 287 Friday, December 5, 2008 504 Plus tax


Briefs
Project SMILE helps
with dental services
Indian River State College
and area dentists are working
together to offer a free dental
service. This is a one day event
offering one basic dental ser-
vice of either an extraction or a
filling for people suffering from
discomfort who cannot afford
treatment. Project Christmas
Smile," will take place Satur-
day, Dec. 6, at various offices
along the Treasure Coast, from
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Treatment slots
are limited. At Indian River State
College, 3209 Virginia Avenue
in Fort Pierce, Dr. Sean Rankin,
Dr. Alexander Van Ovost, Dr.
Takashi Koyama and Dr. Josh
ua Colkmire, and Dr. Solomon
Israel will participate. For more
information, call 772-462-4722.
Other Treasure Coast Dental
Society members participating
include an office in Fort Pierce
(772-464-4822), an office in
Port St. Lucie (772-335-3300)
and one in Jensen Beach (772-
334-4004.)

OHS Goes International
Okeechobee High Schools
students who will be traveling
to Rome with OHS in 2009 in-
vite everyone to help by com-
ing to their bake sale and multi-
family yard sale on Saturday,
Dec. 6, starting at 7:30 a.m. in
the parking lot at Tractor Sup-
ply, 3371 U.S. Highway 441 S.

Annual Tour of
Homes planned
The Annual Holiday Tour of
Homes, sponsored by Rauler-
son 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 hospi-
tal 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
DRIVING TO US," are only $25.
The event benefits the United
Way of Okeechobee. For more
information, call Bill Casian at
863-824-2702.

Drought Index

Current: 590
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

14.23 feet
Last Year: 10.23 feet

SSponsored By:
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Pogey's Family Restaurant
1759 S. Parrott Ave.
763-7222
Source: South Florida Water
Management District. Depth
given in feet above sea level


Suspected grow house raided


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Another suspected marijuana
grow house was put out of busi-
ness Tuesday when a mobile
home on N.W 144th trail was
raided and 103 alleged pot plants
were seized.
In addition to the seizure
Jorge Enrique Diaz-Lemus, 41,
S.W 112th Ave., Miami, was ar-
rested at the scene and charged
with the felonies of trafficking in
marijuana, cultivation of mari-
juana and possession of marijua-
na with intent to sell/distribute.


He was also
arrested on a
misdemeanor
charge of pos-
session of drug
paraphernalia.
He has been
booked into
the Okeecho- Jorge E
bee County Jail Diaz-Lemus
under a bond
of $465,000.
The suspected marijuana
plants have an estimated value
of $236,550, said Detective Ted
Van Deman of the Okeechobee


County Sheriff's Office (OCSO).
"I have said that we will con-
tinue to locate and eradicate
these grow houses from our
county," said Sheriff Paul May.
"We are looking into many more
houses and will be removing
them soon."
The raid on the double wide
mobile home at 8750 N.W 144th
Trail was carried out by detectives
from the Okeechobee Narcotics
Task Force, OCSO deputies and
officers from the Okeechobee
City Police Department.
See Raid Page 7


Paragon award: Lydia Jean Williams honored

City adds

Paragon


recognition

award

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The City of Okeechobee in-
troduced it's new award to rec-
ognize an outstanding citizen
or a community group, whose
actions for the betterment of
the City are deemed distinct or
extraordinary.
The new award is "The
Paragon Award." A 'paragon' is
a model of perfection or excel-
lence. This year, the award is
Honoring the recipients' inno-
vation as she has brought many
new things to the city.
Throughout her 21 years of
employment with the city, her
employee performance evalu-
ation has almost always had a
notation that she goes above
and beyond her job duties to
help others. Lydia Jean Wil-
liams also has always gone
above and beyond throughout
her life on a daily basis.
Throughout her term as a
City Council member there
have been many notes from
citizens denoting outstanding
service from her after hours
in assisting them with their
needs.
Mrs.Williams also gave a pre-
sentation in Tallahassee which
offered a tremendous insight
into the history of Okeechobee
to begin the Okeechobee Main
Street Program.
Among some of her other
accomplishments was the ini-
tiation of the Annual Tree Light-
ing Ceremony and City Santa in
the park which culminated on
its 10th year this year on her
final day in office as the first fe-
male ever to be elected to the
City Council.


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Mayor James Kirk presents Lydia Jean Williams with the
first Paragon Award.


City Clerk Lane Gamiotea
gave the following speech
which denoted exactly why
Mrs. Williams was the perfect
person to receive this first Para-
gon Award.
"When I began working at
the City, there was one key per-
son missing. Immediately from
my first day here, it was obvi-
ous she had been out, and was
dearly missed. I wasveryyoung,
and quite scared. But slowly
began getting more and more
comfortable. However, I still
remember, 20 years later, how
the absence of this one person
impacted every department. At
least once a week it would be
said, 'thank goodness she'll be
back and we will know how
to take care of that.' Now, this
made a very big impression on
me. I thought to myself, what
exactly were her job duties that
would cause such an impact?
Later on I realized how she
helped people had nothing to
do with her job description and
everything to do with how you
show people you care by going
that extra step.
Of course, you all realize
I am referring to Lydia Jean.
She was on maternity leave
with Jena. When she returned,


things were somehow differ-
ent, and I can't quite describe
it. I immediately liked her. She
just has one of those personali-
ties that draws you to her. She
became my confidante, and
something that I have never
revealed to her, she became a
mentor for me. I watched her
for years, as she worked with
other employees and the public
as they came in, and I learned
through her peerless example.
She showed me how to put the
public at ease, and even if you
can't help them or don't know
the answer, they don't have to
know that.
Through the years, we've
seen a lot of changes at the City.
Most of them for the good. And
there have been times when
we didn't see eye to eye.
But the great thing about
Lydia Jean is that you can agree
to disagree, and still remain
friends.
Then we began working on
the idea of an annual award to
present to individuals. It actu-
ally began a few years ago. It
was one of those projects that
you pick up and put down. The
timing just never seemed right.
See Paragon Page 7


Submitted photo/Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
Local law enforcement officers raided a suspected mari-
juana grow house Tuesday, Dec. 2.


City approves



two rezonings


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County
City Council approved two
commercial rezonings unani
mously after much discussion
from the council.
The council voted unani-
mously to approve the rezon-
ing of a 1.74 acre parcel located
west of Taylor Creek between
Northeast Second and Third
Streets from Residential Multi-
Family and Holding (H) to
Heavy Commercial (CHV) after
previously changing the recom-
mendation to Light Commer-
cial (CLT).
Councilwoman Lydia Jean
Williams made the motion to
amend the ordinance back to
the CHV zoning after some dis-
cussion by the council and be
ing addressed by the applicant
and planning board member


Terry Burroughs.
The Nunez' are planning to
build a commercial complex.
Plans call for a billiards parlor
and a restaurant with outdoor
dining on the creek. City Plan
ner, Bill Brisson expressed con-
cern about the noise impact on
the residential area across Tay-
lor Creek from the proposed
development as well as the
traffic impact to the residential
areas to the west. He recom-
mended rezoning to light com-
mercial, which would require
an additional special exception
for these uses. This would al-
low for stipulations to control
noise and traffic.
Mr. Burroughs, who voted
to recommend rezoning this
property to CHV spoke to the
board about what happened
at the previous planning board
meeting. According to Mr. Bur-
See Rezonings Page 7


By Lance Griffin
Dothan Eagle
Dothan, Ala.
Special to the
Okeechobee News
ABBEVILLE, Ala. Five
years ago, newlyweds Marvin
Junior Gillis and Tish Ann Glen-
non Gillis were looking for a
home in Henry County, Ala.
and thinking about starting a
family.
That's what Okeechobee-


native Tish told her mother two
days before the couple was
found shot to death, victims of
an apparent argument about
ownership of a camper.
Michael David Harrison
pleaded guilty to capital mur-
der on Tuesday, just before tes-
timony was set to begin in his
trial in Abbeville. Circuit Judge
Lawson Little accepted the plea
and sentenced Harrison to life
in prison without parole.
See Verdict Page 7


Index


Classifieds.......................... 10-11
Entertainment...... ............... 8
Community Events................... 6
C rossw ord ............................... 11
Obituaries 6
O pinion..... ..... .......... ....... 4
Speak Out ..... ............... 4
Sports 12-14
Sudoku 11
Weather 2
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Local artist publishes first 'Cow-ender'


Sales of calendar
to benefit Hopsice

Local artist, Egretta Wells
has been busy creating a spe-
cial calendar, which she calls a
Cow-ender. It is based on 12 hu-
morous paintings of cows, one
for each month of the year.
She said the idea came to
her in September while visiting
her daughter in Northern Ire-
land. When she returned home,
she began to paint her ideas in
acrylic paint on canvas.
The 2009 "Cow ender" is for
sale at Co-Op Antique store for
$14.95, and each Cow-ender is
signed by the artist.


A part of the sales will go to
benefit Hospice of Okeecho-
bee, in remembrance and hon
or of her mother, the late Lillian
Manning. C
She attributes much of her
love of painting to her mother
and father who encouraged her
from a very young age to paint
and study art.
The 12 original paintings
may be viewed at Co-Op An-
tiques, at 100 S.W 11th ave. and
Park Street, and will be sold in
a silent auction with half of the
proceeds going to Hospice of
Okeechobee. The auction will -
continue until one week before Okeechobee News/K. Eleken
Christmas. Egretta Wells


Submitted art
Santa's Heifers wish all a "Moooy" Christmas. "Co-
wender" calendars feature original art work.


Murder victim's


family finds some


closure in verdict


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Rotary helps local educational foundation


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee Rotarians
heard from board members of the
Okeechobee Educational Foun
dation, Inc. (OEF) Sharon Vinson
and Mary Hurley at their meeting
on Tuesday, Dec. 2, where they
also donated $1,000 to the OEF
towards their mini-grant funds.
Back in 1996, the OEF award-
ed $4,500 in scholarships to
Okeechobee High School seniors.
Last year the OEF was able to
award $264,000 in scholarships to
local seniors through 266 schol-
arships from over 100 different
donors to 122 graduates. These
scholarships are in addition to
other scholarships that the stu-
dents could receive such as Bright
Futures, Take Stock, and Grow
our Own Scholarships.
Due to an agreement with In
dian River State College, in 2006
and 2007, the OEF was able to
receive matching funds from the
Florida State Legislature in the


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amount of $192,000.
The foundation is a conduit
through which donors can con-
tribute money for scholarships
and grants to teachers. Donors set
their own requirements for schol-
arships. For instance, recipients
may be children of employees of
a corporate donor, students at a
specific college or majoring in a
specific field.
Since its founding in 1981,
the foundation has presented
over $1.5 million in scholarships
to Okeechobee High School se-
niors.
Monies donated to the OEF go
directly to local students, both se-
niors and now returning students
and some four-year degree pro-
gram students due to the newly
offered Bachelor's Degrees at
IRSC.
Due to the surplus of funds
with the matching funds that were
given in the past, the board voted
to give IRSC Provost Sam Smith a
lump sum of money to utilize for
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in order to try not to turn any stu-
dent away from furthering their
education at IRSC.
Through the OEF, one can set
up their own scholarship from
their company, organization or
family and set stipulations on
qualifications for their own schol-
arship. Scholarships are presented
at the OHS Scholarship Night and
distributed through the OEF and
Sharon Vinson who keeps track
of the students and their progress
at maintaining the qualifications if
the scholarship is renewable.
The majority of the funds are
denoted to books, tuition and
lab fees by donors but can be al-
lowed for use of whatever guide-
lines that the donor sets forth.
Some scholarships are available
for student's to use for housing,
a new laptop for college or other
living expenses.
Sixty-nine percent of the schol-
arship funds given through the
OEF last year went to students
attending IRSC; six students went
to University of Central Florida;
two went to Tallahassee Commu-
nity College; two to University of
South Florida; and the rest to vari-
ous colleges all over the nation.
The OEF also utilizes United
Way Funds that are typically ap-
proximately $2,000 a year which
are deducted from school board
personnel payroll and go directly
to scholarships.
The foundation also gives out
mini-grants to teachers and also
co-sponsors mini-grants given to
elementary math teachers by Ki-
wanis in memory of Marge and
Dick Blair; vocabulary teachers
with matching funds from the
Consortium; and a Florida History


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Rotarians Mike Costopoulos (left) and Tabitha Trent (right) presented the Okeechobee Edu-
cational Foundation's Sharon Vinson and Mary Hurley (center-left to right) with a check for
$1,000 to go towards mini-grants given to local teachers to use in their classrooms.


mini-grant from the Okeechobee
Battlefield Friends.
Internal School Suspension
(ISS) programs are also funded
through the foundation in order
to allow for students at the middle
school level who have made mi
nor infractions to be able to serve
ISS and still be able to complete
their work in an isolated room
with a paraprofessional monitor.
According to Mrs. Hurley, this pro-
gram has been deemed a success
many times for students who just
made a typical "middle school
mistake."
The current board of directors
for the OEF is: president, Linda Sy-
frett; vice president, Mary Hurley;
secretary, Ken Kenworthy; trea-
surer, Sharon Vinson; and par-
liamentarian, Debbie Clements.


Weather Forecast


Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. Winds will be calm
becoming east southeast around 5 mph.
Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 50 and calm
winds.
Extended Forecast
Saturday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 79. Winds will be calm
becoming southwest between 5 and 10 mph with a 20 percent chance
of showers after noon.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 52 and winds
from the southwest around 5 mph becoming northwest.

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Other board members include:
Russ Brown; Tom Conely; Dr. Pa-
tricia Cooper; Mike Costopoulos;
Beth Lehman; Danny Mullins;
Kelly Owens; Gretchen Robert
son; Jeff Sabin; Jenny Pung; Ben
Sims; Tabitha Trent; and Celeste
Watford.


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you can donate to the Okeecho-
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call Mrs. Vinson at 863-462-5000
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Florida CattleWomen Inc. to host sporting clay shoot


Outdoors

By Teresa Mataushek
Okeechobee News
Think you're a good shot?
Well here is your chance to prove
it. The Florida CattleWomen, Inc.
will hold a sporting clays fun
shoot, on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009
at Quail Creek Plantation. The
event will begin at 8:30 a.m.
The name of the game is "Can
you out shoot a CattleWoman?"
So head on down and show your
skills. The sporting clays shoot
will be 100 targets, there will also
be Five Stand Ladies and Youth
contests consisting of 25 targets.
The event will be sponsored
by Mosaic. Awards are sponsored
by Farm Credit Associations of
Florida.
Awards that will be given out
include: Sporting Clay Division:
Trophies top two teams, top two
individuals, second to last indi-
vidual, and top ladies and youth.
Winner of "Can you out shoot
a CattleWoman" will receive a
special gift. In the Five Stand Divi-
sion, there will be trophies to top
youth and top ladies.
Sponsorships and registration
are as follows: (Ammo is not in-
cluded in these sponsorships)
Magnum: $500, includes
two station signs, one team-4
shooters, and lunch.
Buck Shot Team: $350, in-
cludes 4 shooters, lunch, and sta-


tion sponsor.
Bird Shot Station Sponsor:
$100, includes a sign at a station.
Slug Single Shooter: $75, in-
cludes 100 targets, and lunch.
Five Stand Youth (under 16)
and Ladies Contests: 10 a.m. start,
$25, includes 25 targets only.
Golf cart reservations are avail-
able for $10 and a steak lunch is
available for $15.
Not only will you get to show
what kind of shot you really are,
but you will also have the chance
to win some pretty cool stuff.
They will be selling tickets for a
chance to win a brand new Be-
retta AL391 Urika 2 11 12 gauge
Semi-Automatic shotgun.
The shotgun has a synthetic
stock, 28-inch barrel, five optima
chokes and a factory hard case.
Tickets are $10 each. The draw-
ing will be held on Saturday, Jan.
10 at the Florida Cattlewomen's
Sporting Clay Fun Shoot.
You do not need to be present
to win, but remember, its always
more fun to be there. The auc
tion is sponsored by Joe Marlin
Hillard and Helena Chemical Co.
Gun transfer donated by Mikes
Okeechobee Guns, Inc. Along
with the tickets for the gun, tick-
ets will also be on sale for door
prizes at the event for $1 each as
well as a 50/50 Green Bird draw-
ing tickets for $5 each.
So head on down to Quail
Creek Plantation on Jan. 10 for
some fun and a chance to out
shoot a cattlewoman.
For more information on the
event or tickets for the shotgun
please contact Melissa S. Montes
De Oca at 863-634-7712; Wendy
Pettewayat 863 781 3986 or Quail
Creek Plantation at 863-763-2529.
For registration forms go on-line
to http://www.floridacattlemen.
org/cattlewomen.htm.
All proceeds will benefit the
Florida CattleWomen Inc. pro-
grams and scholarship fund.

Fishing tournament


Don't forget Oakview Baptist
Church hosts The Christian Team
Trails Fishing Tournament on the
first Saturday of each month at
Okee-Tantie. The cost is $75 per
boat. Tournaments begin at safe
day light. You can register before
the tournament at the Church of-
fice or the day of the tournament
at Okee-Tantie. For more infor-
mation please call 863-763-1699.

FWC suggests life
jackets for great
holiday gifts
Are you wondering what gift
to get your loved one this holi-


day season? The Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion (FWC) has an idea. If that
person is a boater, a life jacket
would make a great gift espe-
cially a newer and more comfort-
able version that the recipient
would be more likely to wear
while boating.
Unfortunately, theFWC investi-
gates dozens of boating accidents
every year. So far this year, there
have been 49 boating fatalities,
35 of which resulted in drown-
ing. For this reason, the FWC pro-
motes wearing life jackets all the
time while on the water.
"The best present you could
give is one that could save a life,"


said Capt. Richard Moore, FWC's
boating law administrator. "And
you would be giving a present to
yourself if that life jacket saves his
or her life."
Improved life jacket technol-
ogy has resulted in smaller, more
comfortable models, which
would be a welcome replace-
ment to the old, bulky models
of times past. One compact style
straps around the waist like a
belt pack. Another style fits like
suspenders over the shoulders.
Some of these life jackets inflate
automatically when the wearer
falls into the water. Prices of the
new, comfortable, inflatable life
jackets start at around $60.


"Most of uswouldn't be caught
in a vehicle without buckling up,"
said Moore. "Boaters can achieve
that same level of safety by buck-
ling on their inflatable life jacket
when they get on a boat. It's just
too simple not to, and the peace
of mind is remarkable."
To learn more about inflatable
life jackets and the benefits of
wearing one while boating, visit
www.wearitflorida.com/.
If you would like to she any
information with the Okeechobee
News about an outdoors event
please email Teresa Mataushek at
tmataushek@newszap.com or call
863-763-3134. Information can also
be mailed to OkeeNews@newszap.
corn or faxed to 863-763-5901. Refer
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Federal aid in sport fish restoration


By Bob Wattendorf
The Federal Aid in Sportfish
Restoration (SFR) program is one
federal program that really lives
up to its name. For more than half
a century, it has been one of the
best "user-pays, user-benefits"
initiatives anywhere. The Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) has received
more than $11 million each year
from these matching funds to
sustain and enhance public fish-
ing opportunities that return a
$7.5 billion economic benefit to
the state each year and provide
46 million days of recreational en-
joyment.
In 1950, Congressmen Dingell
and Johnson created the original
program in response to a request
from the fishing industry and an-
gling public. Under this program,
fishing tackle is assessed an excise
fee at the manufacturers' level,
and resulting funds are allocated
to state game and fish agencies.
The original Dingell-Johnson Act
was expanded in 1984, through
the Wallop-Breaux Amendment,
to include import duties on sport
fishing equipment, pleasure boats
and yachts, as well as tax revenue


from motorboat fuel sales. The
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
determines how much of these
taxes are returned to each state,
based on its size and the number
of paid fishing license holders.
Since Florida, unlike many other
states, does not charge saltwater
fishing license fees to resident
shoreline anglers, nor require any
youth under 16, or resident adult
over 65 to purchase a freshwater
or saltwater license, we recover a
somewhat smaller proportion of
the funds than some other states
do.
SFR generated $13.3 million
for Florida in 2008, of which 15
percent ($2 million) provided for
both fresh and saltwater boating
access, including building and
maintaining boat ramps, cour-
tesy docks and trailer parking.
Of the remaining $11.3 million,
freshwater fisheries conservation
received $5.3 million (based on
the estimated number of resident
freshwater anglers versus salt-
water anglers), and saltwater at-
tained $6 million.
Florida freshwater fisheries'
SFR funding is used primarily to
support the many programs that


ensure Florida remains the Fish-
ing Capital of the World. This
includes evaluating key fisher
ies to determine the appropriate
regulations, fish stocking, habi-
tat enhancement, aquatic plant
management and infrastructure
needs (e.g., boat ramps, fishing
piers, fish attractors). The funds
also support applied research,
hatchery operations, outreach
activities for youth, and commu-
nications programs to keep the
angling public informed.
The fishing tackle and boat
ing industries pay these taxes up
front and then pass the cost on to
anglers and boaters. Each recre-
ationist pays a minor share. How-
ever, the accumulated impact is
one of the strongest forces help
ing ensure there will be fishing
and boating access in the future,
that aquatic habitats are pro-
tected and restored, and that our
waters contain healthy and abun-
dant sport fishes to sustain quality
recreational fishing. In turn, sport
fishing not only provides millions
of hours of healthy, relaxing en-
joyment for anglers and boaters,
it also provides a tremendous
economic benefit to local com-


munities and businesses. The
angling public and fishing indus-
try together serve as watchdogs
to ensure that the user who pays
into the system directly benefits.
"Put, Grow and Take" is an ex-
pression fisheries biologists use
to describe stocking a small fish
into a healthy environment, let-
ting it grow and allowing it to be
caught by an angler as a much-
bigger fish. Sportfish Restoration
works the same way with a little
money going into the system,
being returned and expanded to
give the angler more than his or
her money's worth.
For additional information
go to MyFWC.com/Fishing/, and
click on the Sport Fish Restoration
link. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service's WSFRprograms.FWS.
gov Web site provides additional
information.
Instant licenses are available
at: MyFWC.com/License or by
calling 888-FISH-FLORIDA (347
4356). Report violators by call-
ing *FWC or #FWC on your cell
phone, or 888-404-3922. Visit
MyFWC.conmFishing/Updates for
more Fish Busters' columns.


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The Florida Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commission
(FWC) announces its 18th annual
Manatee Decal Art Contest and
invites middle and high school art
students to submit their manatee
artwork.
Students should coordinate
with their school's art teacher to
submit their artwork, since each
school may submit no more than
five entries. Contest details are
available online at MyFWC.com/
manatee/.
Decals are available at any
Florida county tax collector of-
fice to individuals who donate $5
or more to the Save the Manatee
Trust Fund. Money from the sale
of these decals supports mana-
tee-protection efforts such as re-
habilitation, rescue, research, en-

Arrest Report
The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-
der the influence (DUI) charges by
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
(DOC).
Chase Everett Zureich, 23,
S.E. 96th, Ave., Okeechobee,
was arrested Nov. 26 by Deputy
Lieutenant Keith Murrish on an
Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with grand theft,
giving false information to a
pawnbroker and dealing in sto-
len property. His bond was set at
$25,000.
Tahra Lynette Willis, 38,
N.W 11th St., Okeechobee, was
arrested Nov. 27 by Deputy Ar-
lene Durbin on an Okeechobee


forcement and public education.
In June 2008, 15,000 decals, with
artwork provided by Palm Beach
County juniorAustyn Bynon, were
distributed statewide to county
tax collector offices for sale until
June 2009. Vehicle owners can
support manatees by including
their donation when they register
their vehicle or vessel.
Manatee Decal Art Contest
Requirements:
All entries must be the sole
original work of the artist.
Student artists must attend
a Florida public, private or home
school for middle or high school.
Students must submit their
artwork through their school or
art teacher.
Art teachers should submit
no more than five entries per



County warrant charging her with
felony petit theft. Her bond was
set at $2,500.
Theresa Lourainne Garcia,
57, Recreational Drive, Venus,
was arrested Nov. 29 by Officer
L. Parzygnat on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging her with
worthless checks (six counts).
Her bond was set at $4,500.
Wallace Clayton Stewart, 31,
N.W. 102nd St., Okeechobee, was
arrested Nov. 29 by Officer Chad
Troutman on felony charges of
possession of cocaine, fleeing
and eluding a law enforcement
officer and tampering with evi-
dence. He was also charged with
the misdemeanors of possession
of marijuana under 20 grams,
and resisting a law enforcement
officer without violence. His bond
was set at $8,500.
Zaben Omar Nafal, 38, S.E.
23rd St., Okeechobee, was arrest-


school.
The designs should be in full
color in a medium of the artist's
choice and may be realistic or ab-
stract as long as the image depicts
a recognizable manatee.
The artwork image and page
size should be no larger than 8.5"
x 11" with the image centered.
(Note: Do not add any text or cap-
tions to the artwork).
Mount artwork on art board
with a protective paper or plastic
covering. (No frames, glass cover
ings or dry mounting).
Design entries will be accepted
only if postmarked on or before
Jan.31, 2009.
On Feb. 13, 2009, FWC staff
will judge all qualified entries sub-
mitted by the postmark due date.
The winning design will be used



ed Nov. 30 by Officer R. Holroyd
on a felony charge of aggravated
assault with a deadly weapon. He
was also charged with the misde-
meanor of battery. His bond was
set at $2,000.
Jennifer Kristine Conner, 24,
N.W Fourth Ave., Okeechobee,
was arrested Dec. 3 by Deputy
Corporal Aric Majere on a De-
partment of Corrections warrant
charging her with violation of pro-
bation fraudulent use of a credit
card. She is being held without
bond.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who is
later found innocent or has had
the charges against them dropped
is welcome to inform this news-
paper. The information will be
confirmed and printed.


to create a final decal for distnbu-
tion to county tax collector offices
around the state.
To see previous manatee de-
cals, please visit MyFWC.com/
Manatee. For more information,
please contact Bonnie Abellera
at bonnie.abellera@MyFWC.com
or 850-617-6052.


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discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating
FIRES: I hope these children realize that their sin will catch up
with them, and they will be caught. I hope all of our homeless people
know enough not to be caught sleeping in one of the vacant homes
in Treasure Island or someone may catch a murder charge.
ARSON: It takes a real interesting person to burn down a house
during a recession. There has been a large increase in aimlessly wan-
dering youth in Treasure Island and since they're so prompt we're all
ready at 6:30. Personally speaking, these fires are getting closer and
closer every time.
CRIME: From what I read in the paper, it seems that people are
getting desperate already. There seem to be so many arrests for bur-
glaries and thefts. This is when we need more deputies on patrol, but
with the reduction in the property taxes, that isn't going to happen. I
think we need to form more neighborhood watch groups and watch
out for each other.
BURGLARY: The story about the 79-year-old woman who found
a couple burglarizing her home and tried to stop them herself had a
happy ending. But she took a terrible chance getting in front of their
car. She is very lucky she was able to jump out the way before they
ran her down. Jewelry is not worth losing your life or having a serious
injury. I hope everyone who read that story will have a talk with fam-
ily members about what to do if they come home and find a break-
in. Blocking the burglar's vehicle with your car might be alright, as
long as you stay in the car and don't confront them. Calling 9-1-1
immediately is the most important thing. And don't confront them.
They might be armed and willing to hurt or kill you for $1,000 or even
less.
SAFETY: Talk with you friends, neighbors, and relatives about be-
ing safe and securing your stuff. Times are horribly hard for many
right now. Some will make the poor choice of robbing or stealing
over doing without. Desperation is a horrible thing. I can remember
very lean Christmases where my kids got very little. So, let's help
the good ones. If they cannot get to it, maybe they will change their
minds. Lock all doors and windows. Secure purchases in your trunks
and out of sight. When gifts are opened tear the boxes apart before
throwing them away in black bags where no one can read about or
see those big photos of your new computer or game.
OKEECHOBEE: It is nice here in Okeechobee where people help
each other without asking. I left Pt. St. Lucie not because I didn't like
it there. It was because I lived there for 11 years and I lived in a good
neighborhood and not one of my neighbors would even say 'hi' even
if you said it to them. I never understood that. When an older woman
lost her roof during a hurricane, my husband and his boss from work
went and rebuilt it for her with just the cost of materials and no labor
costs. Something that I see here in Okeechobee. My husband wants
to move back, however, for me, I am staying here. I don't have family
here in Florida and I have a lot of friends that I call family. All the stuff
that happened in Port St. Lucie, yes there was a lot which was near
the Gatlin area. I never heard of it near my house -- does not mean it
wasn't there -- however, if I felt unsafe, I wouldn't have stayed. There
seemed to be a lot of pot houses at one point all over Pt. St. Lucie that
were shut down. I think even some on the Prima Vista area. No mat-
ter where we go, there will be crime. If we all stick together and just
keep our eyes open and notice anything wrong we won't have that
much crime here.
POWER PLANT: Yea citizens of Florida for NOT allowing new
coal burning or NUKE fired plants in our state. We are way behind
the eightball on both wind and solar energy plants in this country.
In Germany -- which gets not nearly as much sun -- they have used
solar power for much longer than us and much wiser than us. Over
there the government pays farmers a royality to erect solar panels on
farmers' fields, which in no way interferes with the farmers' crops or
cattle. It's a win, win situation. I just recently saw in Spain they even
have them erected in cemeteries without disrupting any of the inhab-
itants! I think the local chamber of commerece and other business-
men should be looking at ways we could incorporate these fields of
businesses into Okeechobee.
SOLAR: If they have solved the issues about potential damage dur-
ing hurricanes, I think wind and solar power plants would be great
in Florida. No pollution. No foreign oil. No drilling. Just use the wind
and the sunshine we already have for free. In the long run, this could
reduce the cost of electricity and because sunshine is something we
have a lot of nearly the whole year, Florida should be the first state to
go solar. The investment in new technology is well worth it.
POWER PLANT: On the news on Monday night they said the new
solar plant in Indiantown would cover 500 acres and supply 11,000
homes. Now, Okeechobee has about 12,000 homes according to the
last figures I saw. So, a slightly larger plant could take care of the
whole county. And 500 acres is not that much when you think about
it in relation to the wide open spaces we have here. I think our county
commissioners should be asking FPL about siting a solar power plant
here in Okeechobee.
OHS: The faculty and staff at Okeechobee High School all work
so hard to do what's in the best interest of all the students. I'd like to
congratulate Vicki Goggans who was named the OHS Teacher of the
Year and Vickie Stuart who was named the School Related Employee
of the Year.
TREASURE ISLAND: With four vacant homes burned in just a
couple weeks in Treasure Island, the people in that neighborhood
need to be watchful. If a vacant home burns near yours, your home
might be at risk as well. In one of the fires, the home next door was
damaged by the heat. Keep an eye on the other houses in your area
and if you see something suspicious, report it. We need to help the
deputies catch the arsonist.
OBAMA BIRTHPLACE: This is a response to the speakout "born
in the USA". Maybe you are the one who should do some research.
Obama has provided NO proof of where he was born. The so-called
certificate Obama is now providing has only been allowed to be veri-
fied by "snopes.com", "factcheck.com" and "stop the smears.com"
all of which Obama is heavily tied to. However, the certificate Obama
is providing is real, but so are the other thousands and thousands of
foreign born people who Hawaii gave certificates to. After that Obama
spent $500,000 to have Hawaii and Kenya "seal" all records related to
him. Hawaii is also the only place that will issue birth certificates to
foreign born residents, so its a little coincidental that is where Obama
is claiming he was born. 10 Days before the Electoral College meets
on Dec. 15, 4 Justices of the Supreme Court will gather on Dec. 5.
They will look at the numerous lawsuits before Federal court all over
the nation to force Obama to reveal his vault copy. This is not a right
wing conspiracy as the media would have you believe. Hawaii giving
a foreign born person a birth certificate DOES NOT qualify them as a
citizen who can run for presidency.
SAVING CHRISTMAS: Too many of the holiday ads and pro-
grams talk about "saving Christmas" as if it is in peril if people don't
have money for gifts. Only "The Grinch who stole Christmas" gets it
right. Christmas is not about the presents and decorations. The only
thing we need to save is our own hearts and souls. On Christmas
we celebrate something wonderful that happened more than 2,000
years ago. Christmas can't be lost or threatened. It doesn't need to be
saved. But sometimes, we do.
SOLAR POWER PLANT: I'm not a radical tree-hugger but I sure
do love 'em. If we don't start attempting to preserve and/or cut back
on resources our world can't keep replenishing at the rate we are
using at. I'm glad to see a solar power plant. But 500 acres of panels?
Wouldn't it be more prudent for the same 11,000 homes to install
their own panels and just get completely off the grid.


Letters to the Editor


Healthy Start
appreciates support

State budget cuts have affected
many programs. One such pro-
gram is the Healthy Start Coali-
tion. Healthy Start offers support
and education for women who
are pregnant and their babies.
Services include parenting educa-
tion, childbirth education, car seat
education, tobacco education, in-
fant care, breastfeeding education
and support, emergency trans-
portation and psychosocial/grief
counseling. Healthy Start services
are free for any woman regardless
of income. Healthy Start is not a
cash assistance program but is a
system of care for mothers and
babies. Healthy Start has endured
a cut in state funds this year and
is preparing for yet another within
the next few months. In response,
the Coalition has produced a se-
ries of fundraisers with hopes of
raising both awareness and dona-
tions. The Coalition would like to
thank those who have supported
our efforts and who have given
their talents and resources in or-
der to make these fundraising ef-
forts a blessed success.
The Church of Our Savior
hosted a benefit concert called
"Beginnings and Beyond" on Sun-
day, November 23rd, 2008. Those
who attended this cultural event
were asked to bring a pack of dia-
pers for admission. The Coalition
collected 68 packs of diapers and
$191.00 in cash donations. For
this we are truly grateful and wish
to extend a sincere thank you the
church and to all who attended.
We wish to extend our deepest
gratitude to church musical direc-
tor Kevin Kinnaird and to the mu-


sicians who participated. Thank
you for bringing your talents to
our community in order to ben-
efit the Healthy Start Coalition.
The Coalition's annual bake
sale was also a success. Over
350 pastries and 20 quiches were
sold. The Coalition would like to
thank Rob Keating for the use of
his facilities at Pizza Heaven. Not
only did this make baking easier
but it also provided a convenient
location for picking up orders.
More pastries will be available in
the park on December 13th dur-
ing the Christmas parade. This
fundraiser will have generated
approximately $430.
Healthy Start held its annual
yard sale on Wednesday, Novem-
ber 26th at the Okeechobee Coun-
ty Health Department auditorium.
This facility is now the chamber
for the Okeechobee County Com-
mission. The Coalition would like
to thank the county commission-
ers for allowing Healthy Start to
use the facility for the yard sale.
Approximately $400 was gener-
ated from this yard sale.
The Coalition also accepts
orders for diaper cakes. These
curious gift items are made from
diapers and resemble a cake.
They are decorated with various
baby items and are for sale in
the administrative office located
at 575 SW 28th Street in the New
Endeavor School. Diaper cakes
are made by order and are usu-
ally ready within a few days. Each
cake is unique and prices do vary.
They make a wonderful shower
gift and anyone interested may
call the office at 462-5877.
Proceeds from these fundrais-
ers are considered "unrestricted"
dollars which are used at the Co-
alition's discretion. Unlike plan-


ning and direct service dollars,
unrestricted dollars allow the Co-
alition to be creative in times of
need or crisis. Emergency trans-
portation is an example of such
an occasion. Also, these funds
are necessary for occasions such
as our Educational Baby Shower,
which speaks for itself. Moth-
ers are treated to a baby shower
while receiving an education on
immunizations, poison safety,
dental care, Sudden Infant Death
Syndrome, Shaken Baby Syn-
drome, car seat installation and
much more.
Impending cuts in state funds
are a dire concern. Direct ser-
vices to Healthy Start clients are
in jeopardy. It is the Coalition's
intention to inform our commu-
nity of the services Healthy Start
provides to women during preg-
nancy. A healthy society begins
with healthy births. Every tax dol-
lar spent on improving birth out-
comes saves another $6 treating
those born with complications.
Healthy Start strives to support
families during this vulnerable
time while babies are developing.
Healthy Start continues to sup-
port families after birth which is a
time that is equally as vulnerable
to indefinite risk. Families and
their new infants need support.
It is our greatest hope that our
community support Healthy Start
during its time of need as well.
Please advocate for programs
that prevent complications at the
point of initiation. Healthy Start is
such a program, improving birth
outcomes and lowering infant
mortality through education and
support.
Most Sincerely,
The Healthy Start Coalition


Thanks to Children's
Medical Services

A "Big Public Thanks" to Chil-
dren's Medical Services Network
of Ft. Pierce
I raised a nine year old child
with quadriplegic spastic cerebral
palsy and has been wheelchair
bound his entire life.
My strongest support and most
positive hope has always come
from my Children's Medical Ser-
vices (CMS) network team and
much thanks to my care coordi-
nator, clinical nurse & physiatrist.
The team effort at CMS has
been miraculous in my child's life.
As I look back over the years, this
child has come so far due to dili-
gent effort on their behalf, always
moving forward and never under
estimating the power of positive
thinking and research with these
types of children.
This child has been in the pub-
lic school system and in continu-
ous sessions for the last nine years
of physical, occupational, speech
and now Hippo Therapies thanks
to their knowledge and concerns
with being adamant. Every ob-
stacle this child encountered was
professionally and medically de-
termined and resolved by the net-
work system at CMS for the the
best outcome.
CMS provided this child with
necessary equipment for best
quality of life such as wheel-
chairs, leg braces for standing
and strengthen his bones with
assistive walkers. But now this
child is walking due to receiving
new technology equipment called
a TAOS walker.
CMS never gave up hope. I am
writing this publicly to show my
deepest appreciated recognition
for their services provided and
thanking CMS in Ft. Pierce office
for all they have done for this child
from the bottom of our hearts.
With sincerest gratitude,
The Peterson Family


What works best to change kids' behavior?


The Counseling
Corner

From the American
Counseling Association
No parent enjoys constantly
warning or threatening his or her
child, yet many kids do seem pro-
grammed to drive Mom and Dad
crazy, at least some of the time.
So how can parents encourage
good behaviors without shouting
themselves hoarse?
Our usual reaction to a mis-
behaving child is often toward
the side of anger, focusing on the
negative and warning, ordering or
threatening the child to behave.
Sometimes we issue warnings
and threats before the child has
misbehaved. A young child may
be told, "If you don't behave at
Grandpa's birthday party today,
you'll be sorry," while an older
child might be threatened, "Forget
to turn in one more homework
assignment and you're grounded


for a week!"
Studies find such warnings,
threats and punishments are
generally not very effective in
modifying behavior. Yes, a loudly
yelled order may halt the imme-
diate misbehaving, but it seldom
makes a long-lasting difference in
how your child acts.
Researchers find rewards
are more effective in terms of
achieving desired behaviors. This
shouldn't be surprising. As adults,
we don't like being lectured,
threatened or punished, but often
work harder and look forward to
opportunities to do well, be rec-
ognized and reap a reward for
our efforts. We all perform better
when we feel good about our-
selves.
Our children respond the
same way. For young children
rewards that immediately follow
the desired behavior are most
effective simply because delayed
gratification is too abstract for a
young child's mind. Older chil-


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dren, however, are able to look
forward to something promised.
Rewards can take a variety of
forms. While it can be something
tangible, like a new book or CD,
effective rewards can also cost
nothing. Catch your child in the
act of doing something positive
and compliment him or her. Or
pay more attention to that school
work and offer praise when real
effort is being shown. Sincere
compliments and praise really
work, and so do rewards like
spending extra time with your
child for a special activity, or just
granting extra play or TV time for
doing well.
Rewards shouldn't be bribes,
but rather a means to encourage


positive behaviors so that they
become long-term behaviors. To
help that happen, don't reward
constantly, since that just makes
the rewarding less meaningful.
And remember to reward positive
efforts, not just final outcomes.
Trying hard counts as much as
succeeding.
Use rewards correctly and
you'll find that they can be much
more effective, and pleasant, than
constant shouting, threatening
and punishments.
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Community Calendar
Friday, Dec. 5
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is
invited. All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight
and becoming part of a caring group are welcome to come and see
what we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at 800-
932-8677.
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.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, (Behind NapaAuto Parts) NA. Sickest Of The Sick Open
Discussion/Speaker at 8 p.m. The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee
is not affiliated with any 12 step fellowships.
AA. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church 200 N.W. Second St. This is an open meeting.
AA. meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W Third St. This is an open speaker meeting.
The Highlands Social Dance Club will begin its 27th season
on Sept. 7, hosting ballroom dancing every Friday at the Sebring Lions
Club on Sebring Parkway, one mile east of U.S. 27. For information call
863-471-0559 or 863-385-6621.
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, Dec. 6
AA. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Parrott
Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
Okeechobee Chapter DA.R. meets the first Saturday of every
month October-May at Oakview Baptist Church 677 S.W 32nd Street
at 10 a.m. For information call Kenna Noonan at 863-634-5669.
The Gathering Church will hold its monthly healing service on
the first Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. until noon. Anyone
desiring to receive personal prayer for healing is welcome to attend.
The Gathering is located at 1735 S.W 24th Ave. For information call
Theresa Brown at 863-357-3318.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) A.A. weekend noon Open
Discussion meeting; NA. Sickest Of The Sick Group 7 p.m.; NA. No-
where Left To Go Group Open Discussion meeting 8 p.m. The Just for
Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12 step fellow-
ships.





Okeechobee News, Friday, December 5, 2008 5


Service Club News in Brief


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 a.m. 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.

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.
* TheMasonic Lodge holdstheirmeetings
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. Music for dancing at 7:30 p.m. Call to
see who is playing.
* Saturday: dinner starting at 6 p.m.
* Saturday: Prime Rib Dinner served
from 6 until 8 p.m. the first Saturday of the
month.

Moose Family
Center #1753
The Moose Family Center #1753 is
located at 156N.W. 36th St. in Okeechobee.
Please call the Lodge at 863-763-4954 for
further information, sudden changes and
menus. Guests are invited to enjoy the
activities and consider membership.
* 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.


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Fire Department
Jeff Baugh, JR Wooten, and Lalo Rodriguez of the
Okeechobee Fire Department were presented a turkey for
the department by Masonic Lodge No. 237 Member Jim
Green on Thanksgiving Morning.



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TALLAHASSEE -- Florida's
Public Service Commission (PSC)
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ment rates for Florida Power &
Light Company (FPL). A decision
on FPL's fuel adjustment had been
deferred from a previous hearing
so that the utility could file an ad-
justed 2009 fuel charge projection
with the Commission.
Based on the adjusted fuel
charges, the total monthly electric
bill for residential customers us-
ing 1,000 kwh will decrease from
the current charge of $111.12 to
$109.55 due to reduced fuel costs.
The charges will go into effect be-
ginning with the January 2009
billing cycle. FPL had originally
asked the PSC for an increase of
about $8 a month for 2009 cus-
tomer bills.
The fuel adjustment charges
were determined after the Com-
mission considered the utility's
2009 projected costs for fuel and
purchased power as well as
truedd up" costs for 2007 and
2008 fuel purchases.
Investor-owned utilities are
allowed to recover only the pru-
dently incurred costs of procuring
fuel and purchased power neces-
sary to meet customer demand
and are not allowed to make a
profit on fuel purchases. The fuel
charge appears on customer bills
as a separate line item charge.
The PSC is committed to mak-
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receive their electric, natural gas,
telephone, water, and wastewa-
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and reliable manner. The PSC ex-
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* LOOM BINGO Friday at 6:30 p.m.
(food served)
* Saturday night diner and dance each
week.
* 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.
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Harbor, Hawaii In 1941, launching American
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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: Dinner by LadiesAuxiliary,
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 pm
on weekends.
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City Police
The Okeechobee Masonic Lodge No. 237 prepared their
annual whole turkey sale for pickup on Thanksgiving morn-
ing hot out of the cooker. In addition to those sold, do-
nated turkeys were also provided for on-duty personnel of
the Sheriff's Office, City Police, Fire, and Fire and Rescue
departments. A similar activity is planned for Christmas
day. You can contact any lodge member or Hugh Alger at
863-467-1491 for additional details. Sergeant Tom Tamer
of the Okeechobee City Police Department was presented
with a turkey for the department by Lodge Member Hugh
Alger.


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The Okeechobee Masonic Lodge No. 237 prepared their
annual whole turkey sale for pickup on Thanksgiving
morning. Doug Werk and Scott Bush of the Okeechobee
Fire Rescue were presented a turkey by Lodge Member
Steve Cates.


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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
8pm
* 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
overseas? We send packages of urgently
needed supplies to them. We accept
donations for this worth cause. Contact
Cheryl Beniot at 863-697-2930.
For further information call 863-763-
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.
Friday. Noon until 9 p.m.: Catfish
dinner $6 donation; happy hour 3-6 p.m.

Cypress Hut
Eagles #4509
* The Cypress Hut Fraternal Order of
Eagles post #4509 located at 4701 U.S.
441 S.E. is now open to members Monday-
Saturday from 10 a.m. until 10 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.
* 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
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Holiday Happenings

Christmas Food Drive Big Lake Missions


under way
Affordable Art & Framing is
sponsoring a Food Drive for The
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church
Emergency Food Pantry. Bring
food or monetary donations to
Affordable Art and Framing at 110
S.W 14th St. (next to Old RJ Ga-
tors) from Dec. 1, through Jan.
1. No purchase necessary but all
customers bringing food will re-
ceive 40 percent off of selected
art and gifts and 20 percent off of
custom framing.

Rim Ditch Christmas
Poker and Toy run
On Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. un
til 5 p.m. a Rim Ditch Christmas
Poker and Toy run will be held.
The poker run is 50/50 with half
of the proceeds going to Big Lake
Outreach to help feed those in
the community who need it. The
other half will be paid to first, sec-
ond and third best hand. All toys
will be given to the Okeechobee
Chamber of Commerce's "San-
ta Angel Network" to be given
to children in our community
who might otherwise receive no
Christmas gifts. You may sign up
at any of the sponsors listed: J&S
Fish Camp 772-597-4455; Pier
II 863-763-8003; Happy Hour
Tavern and Grill 863 467 6420;
Butch's Backyard 863 763 8262;
Office Bar and Grill 863-467
8232; Good Spirits -863-763-2734;
South Eagles Club 863-467-1154;
Iron Eagle 863-467-1360.

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


Obituaries


John McAlinden, 73
OKEECHOBEE John McAlin-
den, of Okeechobee, died Dec. 2,
2008, in his home. He was 73.
Born Jan. 12, 1935, in New York he
proudly served our country in the
U.S. Air Force. He married Nancy Le-
Mayin 1958.
He is preceded in death by his
brother, Bob McAlinden.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy
McAlinden; children, Donna (David)
Bond of Los Banos, Calif., Denise
(Brian) King of Riverside, Calif.,
Dean McAlinden of Redlands, Calif.,
Doreen (Vance) Van Hooser of His-
peria, Calif., Kathy (Brian) Adair of
San Bernandino, Calif., Mary Ann
Hopkins of Strawberry Plains, Tenn.,
Bernard McAlinden of East Haddam,
Conn. and Leo McAlinden of Varina,
Va.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. today un-
til service time at 11 a.m. at Sacred
Heart Catholic Church with Father
Sean officiating. Reception will fol
low at Eagles Club on 441 North.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may
be made to Big Lake Hospice, 1201
Indian St., Stuart.
Friends may sign the guest book at
www.bassokeechobeefuneral-
home.com
All arrangements are entrusted to
the care of Bass Okeechobee Funer
al Home and Crematory. 205 N.E.
2nd Street, Okeechobee.

William Jacob
Roberts, 62
OKEECHOBEE William Jacob
Roberts, 62, of Okeechobee died Fri-
day, Nov. 28, 2008, in Raulerson
Hospital.
Born March 22, 1946, in Lacey, Ky,
he had been a resident of Okeecho-
bee since 1997.
He is survived by his wife, D. Gayle
Roberts of Okeechobee; sons, Rich-
ard Roberts (Dawn), Jay Roberts
(Barbara) all of Crestwood, Ky.;
stepsons, Troy White (Jeanette) of
Smithville, Ky., Gary Hill (Deanna) of
Louisville, Ky.; daughters, Crystal
Nethery (Dale) of Simpsonville, Ky,
Delores Kimberlin of Okeechobee;
brothers, Thomas Roberts (Linda) of
Carrolton, Ky, Henry (Butch) Harri-
son (Cindy) of Indiana, Richard Har-
rison (Cindy) of Louisville, Ky.;
sister, Sherril Dunning (Thomas) of
Princeton, Ky.; step-sister, Ronnie
Beth Harrison, Ky.; and mother and
step-dad, Zelma Harrison (Henry).
In addition he is survived by 12
grandchildren and three great-grand-
children.
There will be no visitation or ser-
vices.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contri
butions may bemade to Hospice of
Okeechobee.
All arrangements are under the di-
rection and care of the Buxton Fu
neral Home and Crematory, 110 NE
5th St., Okeechobee.

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


holds Annual toy drive Festival of Trees


Big Lake Missions Outreach is
sponsoring their 14th annual toy
drive for the Needy Children in
OUR community. Families will be
screened for needs and gifts are
to be put under the tree for Christ-
mas day. They are in need of new
gifts, ages baby to teen. Dona
tions can be toys, gifts suitable
for teens, gift cards or checks are
welcome made out to the Mission
to purchase what is needed. Also,
foods is always needed. For more
information, call 863-763-5725
or 863-697-6433. Pick-up and re-
ceipts are available upon request.

BHR host community
parades
Buckhead Ridge will host com
munity parades on Dec. 21, start
ing at 12:30 p.m., hosted by and
starting at Moose Lodge in BHR.
There will be an evening lighted
boat parade starting at 4:30 p.m.
hosted by Buckhead Ridge Yatch
(that's how we spell it) Club and
the BHR VFW, starting at the
Buckhead Ridge Marina. All boats
are welcome.
Methodist Church
has holiday services
The First United Method-
ist Church has planned holiday
services. On Dec. 14, the Chan-
cel Choir Cantata will present
"Touched by a Child Touched
by a King" at 8 and 11 a.m. On
Dec. 14, Children's Musical, "Si
lent Night-The Birth of a Carol"
will be presented at 5 p.m., with
a spaghetti dinner at 6 p.m., and
a youth drama, "The Jingle Bell
Mystery," at 7 p.m. On Dec. 24,
the church will have Christmas
Eve Candle Light Services at 5
p.m. and Contemporary Service
at 7 p.m. For information, call the
church office at 863-763-4021 or
visit the website at www.fumco
kee.com.

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 PG. Fund Chairman,
863-467-1484 to order.


Hospice of Okeechobee are
set to host this year's Annual Fes-
tival of Trees. The event will 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 open for
holidays

The Christmas Country Store
is open each day at 9 a.m. at
Hospice of Okeechobee's Blue
Volunteer Building for holiday
shopping. Toys, decorations and
unique items for Christmas 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. Five to
eight foot Douglas Fir and Scotch
Pine are now available in Flagler
Park. 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.

City Hall Park
to hosts Santa
Santa will be at City Hall from
Dec. 3, and continue through
Dec. 4, 9, 10, 11, 15, and 16 from
6 to 8 p.m. Stop by for a picture
with Santa!

Third Annual craft


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.

Santa in the Park
Kiwanis will sponsor Santa
in Flagler Park 4 on Dec 13, 17,
18, 19, 20, 22 and 23 from 6 to 8
p.m.


Community Events


OHS presents
Frumpled Fairy Tales
The Okeechobee High School
Drama Club will present "Frum-
pled Fairy Tales' on Dec. 5 at 7
p.m. and Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. in the
Okeechobee High School Audito-
rium. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3
for students.

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 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.


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 Fire Dept. to host
Pancake breakfast
The Buckhead Ridge Fire De-
partment. will be hosting a pan-
cake breakfast. All you can eat
pancakes on Dec. 6, from 8 un-
til 11 a.m. for a $4 donation. 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 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), includes


boat parade planned
The Okeechobee Yatchette
Club and Butches Redneck Yatch
Club will hold their annual Christ-
mas boat parade on Dec. 14 at
6 p.m. The public is welcome.
Decorate your boats and meet on
Taylor Creek at Hwy 70 by Burger
King between 5 and 5:30 p.m.
The parade begins at 6 p.m. and
goes down Taylor Creek to the
rim canal and left to the VFW or
Butches Fish Camp. There will be
a $25 prize for the best decorated
boat. For information call Jeff
Jones at 863-634-2321 or Arnie
Whepley at 863-634-4777.

Christmas parade
planned
Chamber of Commerce Light-
ed Christmas Parade will be Dec.
13, with line up at 5:30 p.m. A
craft show will be in Flagler Parks
2 and 3. For more information,
contact the Chamber at 863-763-
6464.

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 S.W section of the city.

BHR host community
parades
Buckhead Ridge will host
community parades on Dec. 21,
starting at 12:30 p.m. Hosted by
and starting at Moose BHR and
an evening lighted boat parade
4:30 p.m. Hosted by Buckhead
Ridge Yatch (that's how we spell
it) Club and VFW BHR starting at
the Buckhead Ridge Marina. All
Boats Welcome! Happy Holidays
From Buckhead Ridge!


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.


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 Society.

Goods Spirits
holds benefit
Good spirits Lounge, 245 Hwy
441 S.E. will hold a benefit on Sat-
urday, Dec. 6, from 1 until 6 p.m.
Their will be a 50/50 drawing, a
$5 shotgun raffle, $20 raffle for a
86 Honda Goldwing, Food $5 do-
nation, and live music from local
bands; including Gator, Wayne
and Tammy, Timmy Bast Band
and others.
Donations and Public wel-
come! Local musician, Wayne
Purvis and family, (wife, and two
kids ages 8 & 15 recently lost ev-
erything they had in two house
fires, (house located behind Gold-
en Corral, next to Okee School
Board).
They had no insurance to help
cover their losses. For more infor-
mation please call Steve Levitz at
863-697-2516 or Dakota at 856-
297-7405.


Hospice hosts annual Annual Christmas


Toys For Tots
Distribution Party
Toys for Tots will hold their dis-
tribution party on Saturday, Dec.
20, from noon until 4 p.m. at A
Child's World South 4664 U.S. 441
SE. Children must be present and
proof of Okeechobee Residency is
required. This will be a fun event
for the children as Santa will be
there and Otis Spunkmeyer cook
ies will be on site baking fresh
cookies for the children.
Malissa Morgan is looking for
volunteers to assist the children
through the line at the distribu-
tion as parents are not permitted
to help children in "pick" out the
toys. The Sheriff's department
will be on hand to handle traffic
etc. For more information call
Malissa Morgan at 863-634-5852.
Toys for Tots Drop Off locations
are: Enterprise of Okeechobee;
Trends; Riverside Bank; WOKC;
Walmart; UPS Store; Yearling Mid
die School; Central Elementary
School; Berger Insurance; Pogeys
Restaurant; Okeechobee Sheriff's
Department; Okeechobee Police
Department; Okeechobee Correc-
tional Institute and Okeechobee
Probation and Parole. For more
information call 863-634-5852.


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Christmas window
contest open
Okeechobee Main Street has
announced their Third Annual
Christmas Window Decorat-
ing Contest. Judging will be on
Dec. 13. The winner will receive
a plaque. For information please
contact Okeechobee Main Street
863-357-MAIN (6246).

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


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Continued From Page 1
Detective Van Deman said 52
adult-sized plants were seized, as
well as 51 juvenile plants. He said
the adult plants were 5-feet tall or
more and were ready for harvest.
The juvenile plants, he added,
were between 8 and 12 inches in
height.
"All of the adult plants were
budding and were near ready for
harvest," he said.
The plants were found in four
rooms, which includes rooms in
the mobile home as well in a pole
barn and outside shed. Detective
Van Deman said adult plants were
found inside the mobile home,


Rezonings
Continued From Page 1
roughs the property owners on
River Bend, which is across the
creek from this potential develop-
ment, were okay with the plans
that the property owner had
brought forth. They also brought
to his attention that on the other
side of River Bend there is already
CHV zoning from a previous
Large Scale Map Amendment.
Mr. Burroughs explained that
by allowing it on one side of the
creek and not on the other is not
fair to the applicant. The appli-
cant should be able to have the
freedom of utilizing their property
to its use.
Council member Lydia Jean
Williams explained that they have


Verdict
Continued From Page 1
Virgie Glennon, Tish Gillis'
mother, said the verdict and sen-
tence would provide some clo-
sure.
"It still hurts, but I will be able
to rest better now," she said. "If
he can't get out and hurt anybody
else, then I don't care what they
do to him."
But Marvin Gillis Sr., said he
believes Harrison should be ex-
ecuted for the murder of his son.
"He just decided he wanted
to kill for no reason. I think if it
had gone to trial, he would have
gotten the death sentence," Gillis
said.
Harrison originally pleaded
not guilty by reason of mental
disease or defect, claiming to suf-
fer from psychosis. Harrison had
previously said voices in his head
instructed him to kill the couple.
Prosecutors were prepared to put
forth evidence that Harrison was
aware of what happened because
he tried to conceal his guilt after
the murders. Also, a law enforce-
ment officer said that during the
investigation of an unrelated case,
Harrison told him he "killed for
pleasure."
Harrison's cousin, Harley Bot-
toms, said Harrison indicated he
wanted to plead guilty to end the
process and get away from the
Henry County Jail.
"Everybody knows time in the
county jail is hard time," Bottoms
said. "He had spent five years
there, didn't get to go out or any-
thing. In state prison, at least you
get to see the sky every once in a
while."
Bottoms also said he would
have liked to have seen Harri-
son's defense team explore more
leads.
"(Michael) killed those two
people. There's no defending
that. But Michael had no sense of
impending danger. He knew, but
at the same time there was no fear
in him. I wish he had the money
to hire his own lawyers."
Harrison's plea was what is
known as "blind," meaning no
deal had been struck and there is
no guarantee of leniency from the
judge. However, Aaron Gartlan,
defense attorney for Harrison,
said entering a blind plea was the
best chance at saving his client's
life.
"This case was live or die,"
Gartlan said, adding he did not
intend to dispute the facts of the
case, only that Harrison was not
responsible for his actions. "I
think that considering our mitiga-
tion case, that the judge did the
right thing."
Little could have sentenced
Harrison to death. With the plea,
Harrison waives his right to ap-
peal.
District Attorney Doug Valeska
said he was disappointed by the
sentence.
"I'm only one part of the sys-
tem, and the Constitution gives
him the right to plead guilty,"
Valeska said. "I'm a prosecutor
and I believe my record on the
death penalty speaks for itself."
There was no jury recommen-
dation concerning the sentence.


in a room in the barn and in the
shed.
The rooms, he continued,
were converted to plant nurseries
with special grow lights, cooling
systems and a reflective material
on the walls and ceiling to aid
plant growth.
"The juvenile plants were in


samples and destroyed the rest,"
he explained. "We took samples
from each room and photo-
graphed everything else."
Pots in which the plants were
being grown were also destroyed,
Detective Van Deman said.
Law enforcement personnel
also found evidence on the prop-


a room in the back of the pole erty that a marijuana crop had al-


barn," he added.


ready b


He said that room was he add
equipped with its own irrigation "WE
system, air conditioning and spe- of the
cial lighting. dumpe
The detective said samples of plants,'
the equipment were taken from tective.
each room where plants were Tho
found, the sta
"We no longer can afford plants.
to seize everything, so we took A cl


a planning board there for a rea-
son and they recommended the
change to CHV After making the
motion to amend the ordinance
back to CHV, the council dis-
cussed the changes at length. The
motion was seconded by Coun-
cilman Lowry Markham and ul-
timately passed unanimously by
the council even though there
were some concerns expressed
by board members such as Coun-
cilman Dowling Watford for the
residents to the West of the devel-
opment.
The board also extended an
ordinance for a street closing
within this development property
that provides an easement to the
city prior to construction on the
property as a procedural issue.
In other business the council
also approved a rezoning of .162
acers on S.W. Second Avenue


Paragon
Continued From Page 1
Then I got an email from Lydia a
few weeks ago letting me know
that this would be her last meet-
ing. It all just seemed so clear that
now was the time, and there was
no better person who deserved
to be the first recipient of this
award.
It always amazes me how
things fall into place, when the
time is right, and that is exactly
how this all came about. To find
an award that is actually entitled,
Paragon, which means a model
of excellence or perfection, fit ex-
actly as the type of model Lydia
Jean has been for both employees
and citizens. Each one of these
awards is individually made, and
is a hand blown work of art. No
two will ever be exactly the same.
Just as no two recipients will ever
be the same in their manner of
which they have given of them-
selves. Then with the words that
came inscribed on it, 'Honoring
your Innovation.' She has been
a true innovator for the city by


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e found evidence in back
property where he had
d unusable parts of the
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County Property Appraiser's web
site indicates that the 1987 mobile
home and the 10 acres of prop-
erty are owned by Jose G. Cruz
and Luis Jesus Perez. Their mail-
ing address is listed as 8480 S.W
34th Terrace in Miami.
The mobile home and prop-
erty have an appraised value of
$131,035, according to the ap-
praiser's web site.
"We are looking into seizing
the property," said Detective Van
Deman. "That will be based on
how much is still owed and such.
That decision will be made at a


se unusable parts include later date."
dks and root systems of According to OCSO arrest in-
formation, Diaz-Lemus is unem-
heck on the Okeechobee played.


owned by Gianinna Mitchell. The
original request was for a change
from residential single family to
CHV in order to accommodate an
accounting office. After the coun-
cil expressed reservations with
the possible impacts of CHV and
the applicant agreed to request
light commercial when it was
pointed out that an accounting
office could be opened in a light
commercial zoning area.
In unrelated business the
board also heard a presentation
from Sean Moore from Florida
Gulf Coast University's Small
Business Development Center
which has taken over the SBDC
from Florida Atlantic University.
Indian River State College is going
to pick up the SBDC program in
October 2009, after working with
Florida Gulf Coast University.
The SBDC helps local business

starting so many new things that
made the city a better place to
work and live.
So thank you Lydia Jean, for
your dedication to this city, and
for being my friend and mentor
all these years."
Councilman Dowling Watford
also spoke on behalf of Mrs. Wil-
liams and of her contributions to
the city and how she "wanted to
help the people." He went on to
explain that with all the council
members that he has served with
over the years, I don't think the
people in the City of Okeechobee
realize the service and caring that
she has provided for them.
Councilman Watford ex-
pressed that her caring of the
citizens has made him realize the
reason that the council has al-
ways been here, "as some of the
old-timers sometimes forget."
Mrs. Williams knew that when
she began to think about running
for office she knew that she had
to be there for the people and the
needs of Okeechobee. Through
being a council member she got
to do many things that she would
have never been able to do on a
local level and state level.


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owners to go into business for
themselves. Both business own-
ers and business developers re-
ceive one-on-one counseling for
free through problems they are
having with their business such
as marketing plans and business
plans.
The SBDC offers seminars such
as a ten-week course called REAL
Rual Entrepreneurship through
Active Learning.
During this seminar partici-
pants receive information from
the instructor and then are given
an activity where they are in-
volved in a hands on activity
which allows them to retain the
knowledge they are given more
effectively.
The SBDC is a federally funded
organization and is free of charge
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services.

During her term she was in-
volved in an auto accident and
she has had health issues as a re-
sult of the accident. Since the ac-
cident she has been unable to put
her whole self into her position as
she had always done in the past
and she chose not to run for re-
election.
She is also going to become
a grandmother very soon as her
daughter is expecting a little boy.
Her advice to the city is to con-
tinue to take care of the people
and they will take care of you.
In the future the Paragon
Award will be given to a local
citizen based on election from
the community to a citizen board
which will be formed to select a
person or organization for this
special honor.
For more information contact
the city at: 863-763-3372.


Submitted photo/Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
A grow house was found in a mobile home on N.W. 144th
Trail.


Councilman Watford ex-
pressed concerns about the local
economy and ways that the coun-
cil and other local entities can help
to spurt the economy. He directed
city staff to look at all scheduled
projects and try to move up any
schedules that would allow for
work to be started on bidded
items that are already in the bud-
get. He also encouraged staff to
try to buy locally anything that
they feasibly can.
In other business the council
approved:
the appointment of Osiel
Torres from alternate member
to regular member of the Plan-


ning Board/Board of Adjustments
and Appeals with a term begin-
ning Jan. 6, 2009 though April 30,
2009;
the purchase of 22 vehicles
from Key Government Finance,
formerly Popular Leasing; and
street closings for the
Okeechobee Chamber of Com-
merce for the Christmas parade
and festival on Dec. 13, closing
Southwest Second, Third and
Fourth Avenues between North
and South Park Streets.
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Submitted art

'Cow-ender' girls
The "Cowender" features Southern Belles as the May art.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the "Cowen-
dars" will benefit Hospice of Okeechobee. The original
paintings used in the calendar are being auctioned off as
well. (See story page one.)


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Take a break from the holiday scene


Submitted photo/Teresa Chandler
Pay it forward
Seacoast National Bank employees, Elleen Casian and
Teresa Chandler along with a private donation, provided
Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving day to the Purvis
family who recently lost their home in a fire. The dinner
consisted of turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy,
dinner rolls, and all the fixings! The family was very appre-
ciative! For more information on how you can help, please
contact the American Red Cross at 863-763-2488.


FWC suggests gift


of wildlife auto tags


A different idea for gift-giving
this holiday season can help
save Florida's unique and var-
ied fish and wildlife, and it can
be used year-round. The Florida
Department of Highway Safety
and Motor Vehicles offers gift
certificates for any specialty tag
in Florida.
The Florida Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commission
(FWC) has five different special-
ty license plates. The purchase
of any of these plates helps
in the efforts to preserve and
conserve Florida's wildlife and
natural habitats. Specialty plates
currently available through the
FWC are the Conserve Wildlife
plate with the black bear logo
($15), Go Fishing plate with the
largemouth bass logo ($25),
Protect the Panther plate ($25),
Helping Sea Turtles Survive
plate ($23) and Save the Mana-


tee plate ($20). An additional
$4.50 will be added at the time
of purchase for administrative
and certificate costs.
The FWC's specialty tag gift
certificates may be purchased
at any authorized motor vehicle
office, such as a state motor ve-
hicle office, local tax collector's
office or a licensed tag agent. A
credit will be issued in the name
of the gift recipient. When recip-
ients renew their license plates
and pay the regular registration
fee, they can use the gift certifi-
cate to buy the specialty tag.
Since most tags are renewed
on the birth date of the regis-
tered vehicle owner, these gift
certificates make great birthday
presents also.
To learn more about the
FWC's specialty plates, visit
www.WildlifeFlorida.org, or call
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By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
If you are looking for some
entertainment in and around
Okeechobee for the coming
months look no further. If your
organization or business has
some entertaining events coming
up please forward them along to
caguilar@newszap.com.
With the Holidays creeping up
on us very fast you may want to
take a break from all that Christ-
mas shopping and just get out
on the town during this holiday
season.
The American Legion Post 64,
will hold a "Straight Bingo Night,"
on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 6:30 p.m.
There will be 20 games straight,
five specials, larger jack pots,
bring singles, pull tabs. Food and
snacks will be available. For infor-
mation call the Legion at 863-763-
5309.
The Third Annual craft bazaar
and luncheon at Buckhead Ridge
Christian Church, 1167 Linda
Road (BHR) will be held on Sat-


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Share your news and photos
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urday, Dec. 6, from 8 a.m. until
2 p.m. For more information call
the Church at 863-357-6500.
If bowling 'strikes' your fancy,
you can help the concerned citi-
zens of Okeechobee by bowling
for a cure for cancer at Bowl-
A-Thon on Saturday, Dec. 6, at
Stardust Lanes from 7 until 10


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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.
Good spirits Lounge, 245 Hwy
441 S.E. will hold a benefit on Sat-
urday, Dec. 6, from 1 until 6 p.m.
Their will be a 50/50 drawing, a
$5 shotgun raffle, $20 drawing
for a 86 Honda Goldwing, Food
$5 donation, and live music from
local bands; including Gator,
Wayne and Tammy, Timmy Bast
Band and others. Donations and
Public welcome! Local musician,
Wayne Purvis and family, (wife,
and two kids ages 8 & 15 recently
lost everything they had in two
house fires, (house located be-
hind Golden Corral, next to Okee
School Board). They had no in-
surance to help cover their losses.
For more information please call
Steve Levitz at 863-697-2516 or
Dakota at 856-297-7405.


If you like to dance, Pier II Re-
sort is your choice for Thursdays
or Saturday nights for their pre-
mier ladies nights. Live D.J. and
ladies drink free until midnight.
Come dance and have fun at Pier
II Resort 2200 U.S. 441 SE, 863-
8003.
Do you want to see your
events posted in the weekly en-
tertainment column? Forward
any publicly open events includ-
ing entertainment such as: danc-
ing, bands, comedians, theatre,
special events, special com-
munity events, contests, etc to
caguilar@newszap.com.Please
forward all information about
each event including: description
of the event; location (address);
date; time; cost; age appropriate-
ness; and any other information
that fits the specific event. For
additional information contact
Chauna Aguilar at 863-763-3134
ext. 4242. Your Weekly Entertain-
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A great big Welcome to our
newest members: Dr. Chris Ma-
vroides, at 1713 Hwy 441 North,
Suite A, phone 863-763-5666; and
Physicians Weight Loss Cen-
ters, 414 South Parrott Avenue,
Suite B, phone 863-357-9967
Deadline Extended!
Okeechobee Main Street
is having our Fourth Annual
Holiday Window Decorating
Contest. To enter your business,
email or call Main Street with your
business name, address, contact
person and phone number. Win-
dows must be completed by Dec.
8, judging will be on Dec. 13. The
winner gets to display the win-
ners plaque with their business
name engraved on it until next
year's contest.
The end of the year Main
Street Mixer will be held on
Thursday, Dec. 11, from 5 -7 p.m.
Our hosts are Costopolous and
Helton, CPA located at 195 SW
28th Street. A Mega 50-50 draw-
ing will be done during this mix-
er. To date the Mega 50-50 has to-
taled over $1,100 and the winner
will get half!
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Discount Cards are back! Get
yours today and save at Beef O'
Brady's, Jersey Mikes, Tires Plus
Total Car Care, Dominos Pizza,


Marble Slab, Flower Petals and
MORE! Call 863-462-5863 to get
yours today. They make great
stocking stuffers.
Okeechobee Main Street
membership renewal invoices
have been sent out. Please get
your renewals sent in as soon as
possible. If you have not received
a renewal invoice please call or
email me.
East Coast Signs & Shirts
is offering all Main Street mem-
bers a 15 percent discount on
any banners, signage or t-shirts
needed for the Christmas Parade
on Dec. 13. Call Scott today at
634-1323.
Flower Petals invites you to
their Open House on Tuesday,
Dec. 16, from 5 -7 p.m. See their
new Christmas products, pickup
free Christmas recipes and enter
to win a free Christmas center-
piece, delivered to your home.
Flower Petals is located at 202
N.E. Second Street behind CVS
Pharmacy.
The Shared Services Net-
work/Community Collaborative
Council has partnered with My
Aunts House (a 501c3 organiza-
tion) again this year to help local
needy and foster families with
Christmas. Their goal is to serve
many children once and reduce
the number of families that get


served from multiple organiza-
tions. If you would like to help
with this effort please call Sharon
Vinson, Shared Services Network
of Okeechobee County at 863-
763-5000 ext. 257 or Judy Watts
of My Aunts House at 863-634-
2306.
Can you outshoot a cat-
tiewoman? Find out Jan. 10:
Sporting Clay Fun Shoot 100
Targets Five Stand Ladies and
Youth Contest 25 Targets. This
event will be held at Quail Creek
Plantation and will begin at 8:30
a.m. There will be awards and
a raffle for a brand new Beretta
AL391 Urika 211 12 Gauge Semi
Automatic Shotgun(need not be
present to win). For registration
or raffle tickets call Melissa Mon-
tes DeOca at 634-7712 or Wendy
Petteway at 781-3986.
The 2009 Battle of
Okeechobee Re-Enactment
will take place at the Okeechobee
Battlefield Historic State Park on
Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, from 10 a.m.
unyil 4 p.m. Mark your calendars
and please join the Okeechobee
Battlefield Friends, Inc. for the
commemoration of the largest
and fiercest battle in the Semi-
nole wars fought on Christmas
Day 1837. Please visit okeecho-
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DACHSHUND Red, Male.
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1882 Linda Road. Tools, HH
items, some clothes Some-
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7235 NE 4th st 8 AM- 3 PM,
Antiq u es Camp-
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come,
HUGE multi-family yard sale,
Dec 6, 8am to 1 pm 306 SW
15th St.
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1/4 m. SE of Kings Bay
Furniture, Household Items,
Small Tools, Audio & Misc



SALE
Sat. 12/6 & Sun. 12/7,
8am 3pm
6568 NE 4th Street
Four Seasons
Something For Everyone!
YARD SALE-1906 SW 5th
Ave, SAT ONLY 8 am- Noon,
Infant & Todler clothing &
Items and more.


E o ment



Em loyment -
Full-Time 205
Employment -
Medical 210
Employment -
Part-Time 215
Employment
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230




DRIVER- Class A CDL Driver
needed for local deliveries.
Apply in person at Walpole
Feed & Supply, 2595 NW 8th
St 763-6905
Full Charge Accountant-
Construction Environment- 5
Years Experience Minimum.
Accounting Degree Preferred
QuickBooks Premier and Ex-
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Wage commensurate with
experience EOE Fax Resume
to (863) 467-0610



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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 Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435




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extra bucks when you
sell your used items in
the classifeids.


Merchandise



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, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Lins & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Pets/Supplies/
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
To1s & Games 730
V Rs 735
Wanted to Buy 740





GOLF CLUBS (100) Misc
Many brands Ping, etc
Many good. $600 for all, will
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CHRISTMAS TREE 9 FT, Pre-
lit, clear lights, excellent con-
dtion, $100 (863)634-8124
Okeechobee
KINETICO WATER SYSTEM -
Two years old New $3500
Wil sell for $1500 OBO
(863)763-7792
SILVER FOX GO CART- Fun
Machine, Robin= 5 air
cooled 4 cyl, engine ATV
style suspension w/coil over-
shocks, duel seat w/re-
tractable safety belt, duel
wheel torque conv drive disc
brakes, brush bars much
more $1400 (863)763-6888


PURE BREAD BOXER PUP-
PIES- 2-White Males, 2-
Fawn 1F, 1-M. Health Cert
$350. (863)634-1109


CRAFTSMAN- 41 inch two
piece tool box on rollers, has
14 drawers. $500 080
(863)634-2280


Agriculture



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




FEED & WATER HORSES
in exchange for parking &
living in own RV. Jan.-April,
2009. (772)828-0460
HORSE & TACK AUCTION-
Dec 13, 11AM Sharp @
4793 Hwy 441 S
Okee(863)634-7659


Rentals



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



BEAUTIFUL SAMANTHA'S
GARDEN APTS In Town,
2br/2ba, W&D, $850 mo. +
$500. sec. (863)634-5780
OKEECHOBEE, 2br, 1ba, Near
town $825 mo inclds wa-
ter Annual Lease Call Kelly
863-697-1339
SPECIAL-MOVE-IN, 1/2
Month Rent for 1st Month
w/$500 Sec 2/1 5 carpet,
tile, fridge- 1blk N of Wal-
Mart. (863)763-8878



DUPLEX in BHR, 800 Sq Ft-
1/1 Extr bk rm $495/mo.lncl
lawn maint.(954)290-0861
KING'S BAY, 2/1, Pool, Ten-
nis, new tile firs, etc $750
mo + sec Water & Cable
included. 863-697-6428
OAK LAKE VILLAS #17- 2/2,
Irg bdrms, W & D incld,
$825/mo, 1st, last & $500
sec. (863)467-5965


AFFORDABLE NEW &
RENOVATED HOUSES. 3/2/2
& 3/1/1, Bring Pets, Lg
yards, 1st month free
(561)723-2226
BASSINGER-3/2 CBS, New
Flooring, clean home on
acreage $900 mo. 1st last
$500 Sec (863)467-5965
CBS- 2200 SW 3rd Ave 3BR,
1BA, Near Wal-Mart, Nice
yard. $825. mo, $2000
moves in (863)634-0512
CBS 3BR, 15 BA, 1600 SW
3rd Ave Near library Fenced
yard. $900 mo. $2000 to
move in. (863)634-0512
HOUSE 3BR/2BA sits on
125 acres, located in Prai-
rie/Viking, outside pets wel-
come (561)718-1212
IN OKEECHOBEE CITY: 4 Br/
2Ba, $1100 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. & refs. Call Barry for
more info. 772-216-1461
OKEE. 2br/lba, unfurnished
duplex. $550/mo + $550
dep 3624 SE 35th Ave
(239)707-5155
OKEE: 3/1 on /2 ac. Renovat-
ed, laundry, C/NAheat, screen
porch, carport $975 mo, 1st
mo &dep Call 305-458-8659
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OKEECHOBEE New, 3br,
2ba, 2 acres in Edwards Sub
Div, $1200/mo Call Charles
(863)634-0584
OKEECHOBEE: 3br, 2ba, 1708
SW 2nd Ave New paint, tile
& carpet. Call 863-763-2416
or 863-447-0925
Rent to Own 4/2
$1000 mo. new, ready now.
863-599-0156 or
561-248-3888
Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise
your yard sale in the
classified and make
your clean up a breeze!



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Pubic Notice


SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
PUBLIC NOTICE OF APPLICATION
Notice is hereby given that pursuant to Chapter 373, Flonda Statues, fhe following
applicabon(s) for permit have been received for prolect(s) in Okeechobee County
Tampa Farm Service Inc PO Box 966, Indiantown, FL 34956, has submitted Appl-
cation 81003-24 for a Water Use Permit to irrigate 418 acres of agricultural lands
with livestock The water will be withdrawn from the Fondan Aquifer and the project
is located in Sections 7,8,17, Township 36 South Range 36 East
Barbara Callado (cody Sod Farm) PO Box 227367, Miami, FL 33222, has submitted
Appication 081022-14 for renewal of Water Use Permit 47-00042-W to irngate 410
acres of agnculural hands The water will be withdrawn from Taylor Creek and the
project is located in Secons 23, 26, Township 37 South, Range 35 East
Phyllis and Lee Holley (Holley Mud Hole) 9045 NE 48th St, Okeechobee, FL 34974,
has submitted Appication 81010-6 for madificaon of Environmental Resource
Permit 47-00715-P for 317 74 acres of recreational lands The water will be dis-
charged to Mosquito Creek and the project is located in Section 33. Township 36
South, Range 36 East
Interested persons may comment upon the application or submit a wntten request
for a copy of the staff report containing proposed agency acon regarding the appl-
cation by writing to the South Flonda Water Management Distnct, Att Environmen-
tal Resource Regulation, PO Box 24680, West Palm Beach, FL 33416 4680, but
such comments or requests must be received by 5 00 PM within 21 days from the
date of publication
No further public notice wll be provided regarding this application A copy of the
staff report must be requested in order to remain advised of turter proceedings
ADppcation status and associated documents can also be obtained by accessing the
Distncts website wwwstwmd gov) using the AppicatioePermit Search on the
ePermitling page Substantally affected persons are entitled to request an adminis-
rative heanng regarding the proposed agency action by submitting a witten request
therefore after reviewing the staff report
302533 ON 12/5/18


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Key West Il Furnished cottagee Dade County Pine Hardwood
Floors adorable wrap around porth on TOI
C(te 2/1 fully furnished, screen porch overooks huge Cypress
trees Private & quiet right on Taylor Creek
Gorgeous setting on Taylor (reek, 2bd/2ba, fully furnished, washer
dryer. Huge fenced in backyard-Concrete boat ramp.
Beautiful sunsets with this 2/1 on wide nm canal, ile floors -
washer/dryer, huge storage shed, big fenced yard. Tropical setting.

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FULLY FURNISHED with dock,
2/2, BHR, seasonal or ong
term $700/mo $500 dep
Call 863-824-0981
MOBILE HOME 2 beds, huge
porch, close to shopping,
$500/mo + util.
(863)763-7262
WATERFRONT: 2BR, 1V BA
Treasure Island Fenced yd
$765 mo (772) 359-6584
mardelvar@comcast.net.


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 lnspectionl060
Real Estate Wantedl 065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Wateriront Property 1080




VOLUSIA CTY- 82 Acres,
great location, walk to intra-
coastal, zoned C2 & R3,
$4M Carola Rathke Keller
Williams Realty
561-346-5952



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


Mobile Homes



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





Lot for Rent- 75X 110 mobile
home lot, 4415 SE 23rd Ct,
Okeechobee $181 90 month
(863)763-4892 or
(863)763-5419 Anytime


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-
cal. M-F (863)467-2982
Dew Drop Inn-Adut park-
DWMH- 3/2 12x26 screen
room, 20x26 carport, cent
A/C/Heat, incl apple, unfur-
nished. $900 mo.ncludes
water/sewer, basic cable,
1st,last & dep. References
Req (863)697-2065
OKEE.: New 2br/2ba on private
lot, on TCk $650/mo 1st &
sec Avail Now No pets Call
(561)767-6111
OKEECHOBEE 1BR, 1BA Sin-
gle w/Florda Rm. No pets.
$575 mo. & $500 sec. dep.
Call 863-763-0648
OKEECHOBEE-2Bd/1.5 ba,
Central Heat & Air, Screen
room, $700 mo Will lease
with option @ $59,000
(863)634-3451
OUSLEY ESTATES, 3BR2BA
on 1 acre. $900 mo. 1st &
Sec (772)519-0417
RV'S WITH SUN ROOMS-
(863)697-2065
THREE BED/2BA- On 1 acre,
nice and quiet, pets ok $800
mo. (863)467-8318
Grab a bargain from your
neighbor's garage, atic,
basement or closet in
today's classified.

How do you find a job
in today's competitive
market? In the
employment section
of the classified



BANK REPO'S
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
561-721-2230
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,
When doing those chores is
doing you in, it's time to
look for a helper in the
classified.


Recreation



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




BIG 0 AIRBOAT 2004 13' Big
0 with polymer Dark
green/silver stripe 220 Con-
tinenta. Front seat driver
double backseat. Q scenes
sensenich carbon fiber prop
With trailer Ready to be dual
magged. Call for more info.
$7500/neg. (863)697-6293
(863)763-0380



HOLIDAY RAMBLER One
bedroom/bath travel trailer
Has gas/electric in good
working condition, call for
details. $1700
(863)447-6304
MOTORHOME-32 Ft. 1999
Coachman-Gas Generator,
Slideout, Good Cond. 21k
miles $30,000 Can be seen
at 2347 SE 32nd St TCI
(863)824-6799 or
561-662-6576

SANDPIPER 2002, 30 ft 51h
Wheel, 2 slide outsgreat
shape ready to go $5000
(863)447-5456
VANTAGE OAKS PARK- 1988
Franklin 5th Wheel 32' long
8x20 Florida room, carport
$6500 OBO (863)763-3813



SUZUKI BOULEVARD C50T
2006 Touring model,
80occ, w/windshield,
bags,footboards. Mint con-
dition w/less than 1,500
miles. Garaged. Inc. Re-
mainder of extended war-
ranty. $4500.
(863)467-5823



POLARIS 800 SPORTSMAN
'06 fully loaded, orig owner
papers incd, $6000
(305)773-4023 LaBelle


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


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REQUEST FOR BIDS IRB) 6000000227
ACCESS BRIDGE BANK REPAIRS -
S-127, S-121 AND S-131, GLADES COUNTY, FLORIDA
The South Florida Water Management listnct wil receive sealed bids through the
Procurement Office, B-1 Bldg, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, Flonda
33406, for the Access Bndge Bank Repars S-127, S-129 and S-131 project
Glades County Florida on Tuesday, January 6, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. local time at
which timely submitted bids will be opened and publicly read Project is for te re-
pair of eroded banks under access bndges leading to specified pump stations and
lock structures The banks are to be repaired utilizing aluminum sheet pile, ren-
forced concrete, back fll, sodding and rock riprap
An OPTIONAL pre-bid conference will be held on Thursday, December 11, 2008 at
900 am at te Okeechobee Field Station (11 Conference Room), 1000 NE 40th
Avenue, Okeechobee, FL For directions call (863) 462-5280 A site visit will im-
mediately follow
All bids must conform to the instructions in the Request for Bidders (RFB) Interest-
ed respondents may obtain a copy f lete oBmp e B by obtig a CD for 5 00
at the above address, by calling (561) 682-2715, or by calling the 24-hour BID
HOTLINE 800-472-5290 The public is invted to attend the bid opening informa-
tion on the status of this solicitation can be obtained at our web site -
www sfwid gov
302336 CGS 12/4 ON 12/5/08

CITY CODE ENFORCEMENT BOARD MEETING
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that te City of Okeechobee Code Enforcement Board
Meeting will be on Tuesday, December 9, 2008, at 7:00 p.m. City Hall, 55 SE 3rd
Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida The pubic is invited and encouraged to atend
For a copy of the agenda contact Sue chnstopher at the City Fire Department
763-4423
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by te Code Enforcement Board wth respect to any matter conid-
ered at this meeting, such interested person will need a record of the proceedings,
and for such purpose may need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is
made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which te appeal is
to be based Media is for the sole purpose of back-up for official records of the ire
Department
n accordance with the Amencans wih Disabilities Act (ADA) and Flonda Statute
286 26, persons wilh disabilities needing special accommodaton to participate in
this proceeding should contact Sue Chnsto her no later than two (2) working days
pnor to the proceeding at 863-763-4423, i you are hearing or voice impaired, call
To 1-8oo-955-8770 (voice) or1-800-955-8771 (r11
by Jamie Gamioteae Code Board Chairperson
Sue Chstophr, Board Secretary
302534 ON 12/5/08


Ford Crown Victona-1998 8
Cylinder, Very good condi-
tion, Beige $4000
(863)763-3660



JEEP LARADO- 4 Wheel
Drive,1998 Excellent cond
high miles, 4 dr, boat hitch
$2500 Firm (863)467-6469
Love the earth Recycle
your used items by
selling them in the
classified



CHEVY SILVERADO Z71 1500
1999 Ext Cab, 3 Door,
4x4. Exc. cond. Runs great.
155 K, Mostly Hwy mis.
Leather Tow pkg $6500 or
bestoffer (937)728-1344
FORD STEPSIDE 1996 1
Owner, /C. New Tires.
$2400 (863)467-8318
TOYOTA TACOMA-2004 V6
4x4 $14000 (863)610-1593


Public Nolices




Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500




IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CITIGROUP GLOBAL MARKETS REALTY
CORP. etc
Plaintiff
v CaseNo 208 CA 525
LEN SCOTT MITCHEM, et al,
Defendants
NOTICE OF SUITE- PROPERTY
TO Luen Scot Mitcham, Shonna Elaine
Milchem, Denns F Holerge and
Carolyn S.Holerger
Addresses Unknown
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an ac-
tion to foreclose a mortgage on the fo-
lowing property in Okeechobee
County, Flonda
Lots 1, 2 and 3, LESS e South 10
feet of Lots 1, 2 and 3, the East 5 feet
of Lots 4 and 5 LESS te Soutd 16
feet of Lot 5, all in Block 47, Winkera's
Woodland Park, according to the plat
thereof as recorded in Plat Book 2 at
Page 24 of the Public Records of
Okeechobee county, Florida TOGETH-
ER wit the South 35 feet of The East
170 feet of t e now abandoned Thir-
teenth Street lying between Block 46
and 47, according to the plat of Wink-
ler's Woodland Park as recorded in
Plat Book 2 at Page 24 of the Pubic
Records of Okeechobee County Flon-
da
has been filed against you and you are
required to erve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any to it, on Plaintiff's
attorney whose name and address is
J Andrew Baldwn, THE SOLIMON
LAW GROUP PA, 1881 West Kenne-
dy Boulevard, Tampa, Florionda 33606,
and file e original with the Clerk of
the above-styed Court, on or before
12/29/08, an answer must be filed or
you will be defaulted and a judgment
may be entered against you for the re-
lief demanded in the Complaint
WITNESS my hand and The seal of sad
Court on November 19, 2008
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
Clerk of the Circut Court
By /S LINDA F YOUNG
Deputy Clerk
303134 ON 12/5,12/08


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINE-
TEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND-
FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
Case No 200B-CA-489
SAMMY HANCOCK,
Plainliff,
CABERNET I LLC, a Florida Corpor-
tion, BETTY JO MARTIN, FIRST FI-
DELITY SAVINGS AND LOAN
ASSOCIATION a Florida Corora-
tion, BANK ONE NATIONAL ASS CIA-
TION, a Florida Corporation,
VARNETT BANK OF OKEECHOBEE,
n//a BANK OF AMERICA, METRO-
POLITAN MORTGAGE COMPANY, a
Florida Corporaion, PARRISH SEP-
TIC TANK, INC, and as to each of the
foregoing person, if alive or de-
ceased, their unknown heirs, devi-
sees, grantees, credlaors, and all
other parties claiming by, under or
against these Defendants.
letendants
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO BETTY JO MARTIN, FIRST FIDELITY
SAVINGS AND LOAN ASSOCIATION, a
Flonda Gorporaton, and BANK ONE
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, a Florda
Corporation
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an ac-
ton for quiet tite of the following de-
scnribed property
Parcel Identlication Number
1-20-37-35-0A000000120000
Begnniing at te NE Corner of te SE 1/4
of NE 1/4 of NE of Secton 20, Town-
ship 37 South, Range 35 East, Run
Souh a distance of 165 feet, Thence
run West a distance of 177 feet
Thence run North a distance of 165
feet, Thence run East a distance of
177 feet to the Point of Beginning
Less and except a snp of land 15 feet
wide on the East and South sides
thereof, which is reserved for road
purposes
has been ied against you and your are
required to serve a copy of your wnt-
ten defense, if any, to it on Sammy
Hancock, co 1138 South Parrot Ave-
nue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 and
ile the original withte Clerkf the
above styled Court wthn thirty (30)
days from the date of the first publnca-
tion otherwise a judgment may be en-
tered against you for the relief
demanded in the Complant
WITNESS my hand and te seal of said
Court on this day of
2008
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of Circuit Court
By /S/Linda F Young
Deputy Clerk
302618 ON 12/5,1219,26/2008
IN THE COUNTY COURT OF
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 200t-CC-206
PATRICIA DURRANCE, as Manager
of TOWN AND COUNTRY MOBILE
HOME PARK,
Plantil
vs.
DONALD PETERS and
FREDERICK PETERS,
Defendants
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO DEFENDANTS, DONALD PETERS and
FREDERICK PETERS:
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an acbon for
EvicBon, Back Rent, and Damages
concerning te following property in
Okeechobee County, Flonda
Town and Country Mobile Home Park
Let5
4425 SW Highway 441 South
Okeechobee Flonda 34974
has been filed against you and you ar
required to serve a copy of your wrt-
ten defenses, if any, to it on Jeffrey A
Fadley, PA, the plaintffs attorney,
whose address is 8907 Sout West
2nd Avenue, Okechobee, Forida
34974, on or before 12/24/2008, and
fle the onginal wit the clerk of this
court ether before service on the
platiff's attorney or immediately
thereafter otherwise a default will be
entered against you for the relief de-
manded n the complaint or petition
DATED on November 18 2008
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
By /s Staia L Rhoden
Deputy Clerk
301484 ON 11/21,28,12/05,12/08
It's never too late to find
the perfect gift. Look
for it in the classified.


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Okeechobee News, Friday, December 5, 2008 11


NOTICE
There will be a meetn of the Tounst
Development Councl TDC) of Okee-
chobee County on Tuesday, ecem-
be 16, 2W8 at 530 pm in the
Tounst Development Council Office lo-
caed at 500 N W 6h Sreet Okee-
chobee, Flonda
Any person decding to appeal any de-
cison made by the TDC wih respect
to any mater csidered at such
meeting will need a record of the pro-
ceedings, and that, for such purpose
he r she may need to ensure hat a
veibaim record of the proceedings is
made, which record includes the testi-
mony and evidence upon which the
apeal sto be based
Kahy S Tousm Co inator
Tounst Development Council
Okeechobee County
303225 ON 12/5/00

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NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY OF GRANT FUNDS
The Treasure Coast Health Council, Inc acting as Ryan White Part B Lead Agency
is making Ryan White Treatmnent Modrnizaion Act Part B and Housing Opportu-
niines for People with AIDS (HOPWA) grant funds avaate to assist agencies in
conldring or pa ng s or develop new HI/AIDS related programs and/or
services The purpose of this federal allocation of dollars is to improve the quality
and availabiliy of care for persons living wih HIVAIDS, The service delivery areas
for these services are Palm Beach County (Area 9), and Indian River, Martin, Okee-
chobee, and St Luce Countes Area 15) Separate responses ll be required for
Area 9 and Area 15
Request for Proposals will be accepted from 501c3 designated nonroi agencies
governmental agencies, and for profit agencies. However nonntroft agencies that
are qualed will be consideredfirst
Request or Proposals are being requested for he following services,
Palm Beach Count (Area ) an White
Treatment Medernation Act Part BGrant Funds
MedicalNon-Medical Case Management $576,787
Residendial Substance Abuse Treatmentr $72,000*
Should you have any aesbios regarding this Request for Propos, contact Kirn-
berly Bradley, Director of Health Programs at 561-844-4220 ext 24
Indian River Martin Okeechobhee and St Lucle Counties (Area 15
Rvan White Treatment Modernlzatlon Act Part B Grant Funds'
Medical/Non-Medcal Case Maagement $912,494*
Pharmaceucals $280,000.
HOPWA Onrant Funds
Case Management $126,907*
Should you have any questions regardng this Request for Proposal, contact Pa
Neal, Treasure Coast Contract Administrator at 561-844-4220 ext 26.
Dollar amounts are aproximate pending tie allocation of Grant Funds from rie
Florida Department of Heal.
Grat proposals will be available on the Treasure Coast Health Council websie at
www lth nior from December 10, through December 17, 2008 The
deadline for submitng a letter of intent s December 17, 2008
303185 ON 12/5,7/08


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Time running short for 2008 tax moves


FT. LAUDERDALE -- The In-
ternal Revenue Service reminded
taxpayers they have less than a
month left to make their final tax
related financial moves for the
2008 tax year.
Taxpayers can take the first
step towards tax planning by re-
viewing law changes and their
tax situation. Some planning now
may well save taxpayers time -
and perhaps even money later.
Several key points to mull over:
Charitable Contributions -
Make 2008 deductible charitable
contributions no later than Dec.
31. If the taxpayer's goal is a le-
gitimate tax deduction, give to
a qualified public charity; keep
a paper trail and non-cash con-
tributions should be in "good"
condition. Donations charged to
a credit card by Dec. 31, are de-
ductible for 2008 even though
the bill is paid in 2009. Taxpayers
must be itemizing deductions in
order to benefit.
Contribute to a Retirement
Account The maximum 2008


IRA contribution is $6,000. The
Retirement Savings Contribution
Credit or "Saver's Credit" of up to
$2,000 is also available to taxpay-
ers who contribute to a plan and
whose income is generally less
than $53,000. A Roth IRA conver-
sion from a traditional IRA may
also be a long-term tax saving
solution. Many can deduct a tradi-
tional IRA contribution as well.
Sell the Losers Consider a
portfolio adjustment. Up to $3,000
can be deducted in capital losses
each year.
*Tap IRA for Charity Tax-
payers at least 70.5 years old can
make a tax-free transfer of up to
$100,000 directly from an IRA to
a tax-exempt charity by Dec. 31,
2009 without paying any tax on
the distribution.
Save Receipts and Paper-
work -Accurate recordkeeping is
a must and also provides a good
reminder.
Consider new laws
The Economic Stimulus Act
has thus far provided 117 million


households with more than $95
billion in economic stimulus pay-
ments. Eligible taxpayers will have
a chance to claim the Recovery
Rebate Credit in 2009 if they did
not receive a stimulus payment
in 2008. Factors determining eligi-
bility include an income change,
childbirth or having not filed in
2008. Businesses also benefitted
through increased expensing and
depreciation deduction rules for
assets purchased and placed into
service in 2008.
The Housing and Economic
Recovery Act offers a first-time
homebuyer credit of up to $7,500
and an additional standard de-
duction for state and local real
property taxes for those who do
not itemize deductions.
The Emergency Economic
Stabilization Act includes several
"extender" provisions that bring
back many popular tax deduc-
tions and provides for 2008 Al-
ternative Minimum Tax, or AMT
relief to millions. Among the ex-
tenders:


Qualified tuition and fees -
extended through 12/31/09. Up to
$4,000 can be deducted.
State & local sales tax ex-
tended through 12/31/09. Taxpay-
ers can deduct either state income
tax or sales tax.
Teacher deduction extend-
ed through 12/31/09. Educators
can deduct up to $250 in out-of-
pocket expenses.
Energy credits extends
for eight years the credit for resi-
dential energy efficient property.
Taxpayers may be able to take a
credit of 30 percent of costs for
qualified solar electric property,
solar water heating property, and
fuel cell property. Also, dozens of
hybrid vehicle makes and models
still offer tax credits for original
buyers.
For more year-end information
and to access IRS forms and pub-
lications, go to the IRS Web site at
www.irs.gov.


Bank collects items for local toy drive


First Bank and Trust of Indi-
antown is collecting new-un-
wrapped toys and household
goods for Martha's House, provid-
er of domestic violence services
in Okeechobee County.
According to Gloria Goulette
of Martha's House, the women in
shelter arrive with little more than
the clothes on their backs. The
toys and household supplies col-
lected now through Dec. 16, will
bring new hope and shared joy to
women and children in distress.
Donations may be dropped at
the First Bank and Trust of Indi-
antown located at 205 East North
Park Street. Please call 863-357-
6880, for more information.
Martha's House provides do-


mestic shelter, prevention servic-
es and community outreach for
women and children in distress.
Since July Martha's House has
provided emergency shelter ser-
vices for 32 women and their chil-
dren, plus an additional 52 wom-
en and families have been served
through outreach programs.
"Reports of domestic violence
typically rise during the holidays.
People are depressed and they
tend to drink more. Given the cur-
rent state of the economy and the
unemployment rate, we are antic-
ipating a dramatic rise this holiday
season," commented Goulette.


Submitted photo/Indiantown Bank
Irene Luck, Gloria Goulette, Crystal Royal, Stephanie Locke,
Shirlene Graham and Stephanie Yingling.



New rules to be set


for hunting quota


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Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar

Concert benefits Healthy

Start
During the Episcopal Church's 'Beginnings and Beyond'
benefit concert for Healthy Start, 68 packs of diapers and
$191 in cash donations were collected. Healthy Start's
(left to right) Becky Smith, Leona Pelham, Carmen Leon,
Kay Begin and Carol Staley look forward to utilizing these
resources within our community.





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Submitted photo

Orchid Club meets
Orchid Club President Harry Hoffner showed members
how to repot a Debdrobium orchid at their monthly meet-
ing. The next meeting on Monday, Dec. 22 will meet with
the Garden Club at 6:00 p.m. for a holiday potluck at the
Cooperative Extension Office, 458 Highway 98 N. For more
information, call 863-763-6469.


New boating restrictions

passed for local waterways


The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC)
directed staff on Wednesday to
proceed with developing a new
set of rules to improve the state's
regulation of hunting on wildlife
management areas.
Recommended rule changes
to the Wildlife Management Area
(WMA) Quota Hunt Permit Pro-
gram include making quota per-
mits nontransferable, adding new
"guest" permits and adding more
choices for the types of hunts.
After hearing input from mo-
bility-impaired representatives
and the public, the Commission
also directed staff to include mo-
bility-impaired hunts in the pro-
posed rule changes.
These new rules will be con-
sidered for final adoption at the
Commission's Feb. 4-5, meeting
in Destin, and if adopted, will
become effective for the 2009-10
hunting season.
It is believed that changes are
needed to the current quota per-


mit system that can have a posi-
tive effect on hunter recruitment
and retention and will more fairly
distribute public hunting oppor-
tunities. For more than a year, a
Quota Hunt Stakeholder Work-
ing Group, consisting of FWC
staff and members of the hunting
public, met to review the agen-
cy's quota permit system. Public
meetings also were held through-
out the state, and much input
was received on how to make the
quota permit system better.
Results of the working group's
findings and recommendations
can be viewed at consensus.fsu.
edu/FWC/quotahunt.html.
These rule proposals do not
include making any changes to
the FWC's Blackwater WMA dog
hunts.
A complete summary of the
proposed rule changes and pub-
lic comment opportunities can be
found at MyFWC.com/Contact/
Contact Rules intro.htm.


Submitted photo

Sheriff's Department
Lieutenant J. Ortega of the Okeechobee County Sheriffs
Department is presented with a hot turkey by Lodge Mem-
ber Jim Green. The turkey was donated by the Okeecho-
bee Masonic Lodge No. 237. Turkeys were also sold as
part of a fundraiser for the lodge.
You can contact any lodge member or Hugh Alger at 863-
467-1491 for additional details.


The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC)
approved boating restrictions for
Martin County and the Okeecho-
bee Waterway on Wednesday at
the Commission meeting in Key
West. These new rules are the
result of the Martin County Vessel
Traffic Study and input received
from residents and stakeholders
over the past two years. The re-
strictions will reduce vessel speed
limits over specified portions of
the Intracoastal and Okeecho-
bee waterways, in an effort to


keep them safe and enjoyable for
boaters. The rules take effect next
year.
The boating-restricted areas,
regulating speed and operation of
vessel traffic on the Intracoastal
Waterway in Martin County and
on the Okeechobee Waterway,
are small, confined areas. For the
complete listing of the rules and
the specific restricted areas, go
to: MyFWC.com/boating/water-
ways/index.htm.


Submitted photo/Janette Evans

Farm City Day
Many clubs and groups were represented at Farm City Day
on Thursday, Nov. 20. Those representing Osceola Middle
School FFA were: Jessica Humphries Vice President,
Allyson Trimble President, Curtis Evans Parlimentarian,
Jordan Faircloth Secretary, Tabitha Cannon Reporter,
Lexi Manson Sentinal and Dalton Thomas Jr. Advisor.
(not pictured) Jenna Wolffe Secretary.


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12 Okeechobee News, Friday, December 5, 2008


Boys soccer upset by Suncoast


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
If playing soccer at tempera-
tures of under 50 degrees isn't
upsetting enough, how about los-
ing in the final minutes of a hotly
contested match?
Suncoast got a late goal from
Jamal Joseph and upset Okeecho-
bee High School 2-1 at Brahman
stadium Tuesday night.
Okeechobee had scored in the
15th minute of the first half on a
goal by Eddie Guerrero and an as-
sist by Alan Madera. After that, the
Brahman offense went cold, just
like the temperatures.
Coach Lonnie Sears told his
group that they had plenty of op-
portunities to score, (nine shots),
and need to make them count.
Joseph scored late in the first
half to tie the score and then
scored the winner with four min-
utes left on a pretty feed by team-
mate Layton Williams, "I feel
great," he said. "I kept telling my-


self, I want to score, and I ended
up scoring two goals. Those were
the two most important goals I've
scored all year."
Suncoast (4-4), could manage
only five shots on goal. They bare-
ly could get the ball past midfield
in the second half, so the late goal
was a bit of a surprise. Okeecho-
bee (4-1-1) controlled the action
for the most part but couldn't get
the ball in the net.
Chargers Coach John Walker
said these two teams always play
tough but clean physical battles.
He noted Okeechobee has tre-
mendous sportsmanship and are
very tough and skilled.
"We really had to pull it togeth-
er tonight. It was cold. We had a
lot of players cramping on the
field. We pulled it together and
stayed together as a team. That
was the difference tonight."
Boy's soccer travels to Forest
Hill on Thursday.


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Lauren Irurzan had three goals
and Jandy Ward had two goals as
Suncoast defeated Okeechobee,
8-0, in girl's soccer Tuesday night
at Brahman stadium.
Suncoast scored in the open-
ing minute of the match and con-
tinued to pepper the Okeechobee
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keeper Megan Clements had 23
saves for Okeechobee, (2-5, 1-2).
Suncoast scored five times in
the first half and then ended the
match with eight minutes left due
to the eight goal mercy rule.
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number of tough matches recent-


ly and that they needed to play
more reserves to keep his team
fresh. "It was a good game. We
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lineup because we've had some
tough matches."
Robinson applauded Okeecho-
bee for their effort but noted that
his team had more skill and expe-
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exposed to a higher level of play.
That is how you get better."
Jandy Ward said Suncoast
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Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Ashtyn Brown (left) battles for possession during Tuesday's
match.


the district this year. She noted
playing soccer all year long helps
keep the team sharp.
"It definitely helps because we
play high school and travel. It's the
same fit all year long. We scored
a lot of goals quickly tonight and
that really helped," she said.
Okeechobee could not get
very many quality shots on net.


The Chargers kept the ball in the
Brahman end of the field for most
of the match.
Robinson said he liked the fact
that Okeechobee never gave up,
"It seems like they have a good
bunch of girls, and the sports
manship is there. They just need
to keep working to get better."


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Brahmans lose


battle to Jensen


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School
didn't shoot well and turned
the ball over a lot. They also
missed over 60 percent of their
free throws. That combination
doomed them to a basketball loss
against Jensen Beach.
The Falcons with stood a late
Brahman charge and defeated
Okeechobee 39-32 Tuesday in the
district opener at Jensen Beach .
Okeechobee (1-2) got 19
points from David Jeune, but little
else from his cast members.
"We didn't shoot the ball well.
We played good defense, but we
didn't take care of the ball and
committed 25 turnovers. She also
missed 10 of 16 free throws,"
Brahman Coach Jon Enrico said.
Matt Hogan led Jensen Beach
with 10 points. Jay Williams add-
ed nine points.
It was a close game through-
out the first half. Jensen led by
one point at the break. They
built a lead in the second half but
Okeechobee cut the deficit to four
points midway through the fourth
quarter. The Brahmans made
three defensive stops but made
crucial mistakes on offense, and
couldn't get a shot off.
"That's why we got beat. Jens-
en didn't beat us. We beat our-
selves again. That has been the
theme around here lately," Enrico
said.
Enrico isn't giving up. He not-
ed Ricky Nieto should return next
week. He suffered a broken femur
bone in his leg and hasn't played
yet this year. Enrico said Nieto will
be the primary ball handler for
the team when he returns.
Enrico also visits with Florida
High School Athletic Association
officials Friday to discuss the eli-
gibility of Troy Harper. He could
help the Brahmans inside if he is
cleared to play.
Okeechobee will host Lincoln


Park in another district game on
Friday.
The Brahman JV won big over
Lake Placid on Monday.


Submitted photo

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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Monica Koger and Essence
Williams combined for 32 points
as Okeechobee High Schols girls
basketball team improved to
(4-0) with a victory at Glades Cen-
tral Monday, 66-42.
Okeechobee jumped out to
an early lead, let the Lady Raid-
ers get back in it, and then used a
pressure defense to put the game
away.
It was a team effort again for
Okeechobee. Jewel Buck and
Miesha Henderson each had 10
rebounds. Dorothy Burkhardt had
10 points. Calandra Youmans had
eight points. Graciela Varela and
Buck each had six points.
Coach Anthony Sherlock had
began his high school career with
six consecutive wins, two at a pre-
season tournament. Still he noted
his team has a lot of work to do
in their half court offense. He'd
also would like to see the team
hit more of their free throws.
"Glades Central was very ag-
gressive and a scrappy team. We
had a huge rebounding night and
we played well with our pres-
sure defense," he said. L. Ford led
Glades Central with 18 points.
The Lady Brahmans travel to
John Carroll on Friday and will
host a matinee Saturday against
Island Coast at 3:30 p.m..
The JV girls also won their
game over Glades Central.




14 Okeechobee News, Friday, December 5, 2008


Parks and Rec crown youth soccer champ


cer 12 and under title last week the 12 and under title. The 10 and


Okeechobee News as they completed an undefeated
Club San Luis was awarded 12-0 season.
the Okeechobee County Parks This is the second year in a
and Recreation 2008 Youth Soc- row that Club San Luis has taken


under title will be decided Satur-
day. Three teams remain alive,
Okeechobee Soccer League,
David and Sons Lawn Care and


Mom's Kitchen. The three teams
have combined for 18 wins this
year, and seven ties.
Other teams in the league
this year included Surfin the Net
(3-6-0), Cooling Refrigeration Ser-
vices (2-6-1), and Buxton Funeral


Home (0-9).
The members of the 12 and
under champions include Carlos
Rivera, Brian Guerrero, Juan Lib-
erato, Oscar Pelayo, Anali Torres,
Ozmani Robles, Natalie Calzada,
Hugo Torres, Abel Jimenez, Jr.,


Elizabeth Solorzano, Jhovani Her-
nandez, David Torres and Devin
Jimenez. The team is coached by
Mary Rivera, Carlos Rivera and
Richard Nieto.


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Submitted photo/Teresa Chandler


First place
The O.C.R.A. season ends with a victory for the Midget Seminoles team taking first place
in their division. Football coaches Darrin Washington and Mike Radebaugh (Asst.) along
with cheerleading coaches Allison Chandler and Savannah Hunter (Asst.) are proud of
their teams efforts and accomplishments! Congratulations Seminoles!


Area couple receives


national boat racing


awards


Submitted photo
Jeff Reno placed ninth at the recent meeting of Powerboat
Superleague held in Cartersville, Ga.


Long-time participants
on the Superleague
Tour
An Okeechobee couple re-
ceived a Certificate of Achieve-
ment at the recent meeting of
Powerboat Superleague held in
Cartersville, Ga.
Carole Reno finished fourth
overall in the very competitive
Formula 3 class (90 mph) during
the 2008 season, racing against 20
drivers from 11 states and Cana-
da. She competed in races in High
Point, N.C., Marietta, Ohio, Auro-
ra, Ind., Kankakee, Ill. and Hamil-
ton, Ohio.
Her husband, Jeff Reno fin-
ished Ninth in the larger Formula
2 Class capable of speeds up to
115 mph racing against 26 driv-
ers from the United States and
Latvia.
Both the Renos are long time
participants on the Superleague
Tour having both started in the
Formula 3 Class in 1990. Both Jeff


and Carole have participated in
over 30 consecutive Superleague
races.
Powerboat Superleague is the
oldest privately-owned boat rac-
ing circuit, where tunnel boats
perform at top speed as drivers
pursue points and prize money.
From the opening race in High
Point, N.C. and concluding in
Hamilton, OH in 2008, the tour
celebrated its 22nd Anniversary
and 135 racing events.
National tour sponsors in 2008
included: Aeromotive, Bald Spot
Sports, Hooter's Restaurants And
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The proposed 2009 Race
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May 30-31, High Point, N.C.;
June 19-20, Peoria, Ill.;
July 11-12, Marietta, Ohio;
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