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KEECHOBEE


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Vol. 99 No. 290 Friday, December 12, 2008 500 Plus tax


Briefs


Quit Smoking Now
classes offered
The Okeechobee County
Health Department (OCHD)
offers a Tobacco Prevention
and Education Program for the
community. The purpose of the
program is to reduce adult and
youth tobacco use, and provide
tobacco resources to residents,
businesses and community or-
ganizations in the county For
information, call 863-462-5781.
Diabetes Support
Group at Hospital
Raulerson Hospital offers
a monthly Diabetes Support
Group which meets on the sec-
ond Thursday of each month in
the hospital cafeteria at 2 p.m. If
you have any questions please
call the program coordinator,
Wanda Haas R.N, B.A., C.D.E.,
C.P.T., at 863-763-5093.
Cancer Society seeks
volunteers
The American Cancer Soci-
ety is recruiting volunteers who
are interested in making a differ-
ence in the fight against cancer.
Volunteers with the American
Cancer Society's Florida Divi-
sion participate in programs
that support research funding,
educate the community, deliver
services to patients and advo-
cate for policies that help defeat
cancer. To get involved, call the
American Cancer Society at
800-ACS-2345.
Healthy Start group
seeks donations
The Healthy Start Coalition
is accepting donations of baby
sites, such as uriture, shoes,
clothing, maternity clothes,
strollers and other items for
infants and toddlers. Procee ds
from the sale of don aed items
will be used to bene it infants
and pregnant women in the com-
munity. For information, call
863-462-5877.
Blood donors are
needed
Florida's Blood Centers is
looking for blood donors in
Okanciobee. The Bi Re Bus
mo ile unit will be at the Wal-
Mart parking lot, 2101 S Par-
rott A he., on he ast Saturday of
each month from 1 a.. until 2
..ourc Folormation ca 561-
845-2323, ext. 1203 or 772-215-
360 All blood types are ee-
ed. There is no uper ae limit,
most medicatis d con-
itions are acceptable. Diabetes
and blood pressure donations
can. also be accepted. A picture
ID is need r a donors.

Drought Index

Current: 609
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

14.15 feet
Last Year: 10.23 feet

kS0onored By:

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


Index


C lassifieds............................ 9-10
Financial Cents .................. 8
Community Events.................. 5
Crossword.............................. 10
Obituaries 5
Opinion 4
Speak Out .....-......- .. .... .. 4
Sports 11-12
Sudoku 10
Weather 2

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Student suspended for acne pill


School board School Board Tuesday voted to
overturn the expulsion, going
reverses expulsion; against the Superintendent's
student frgotr pill recommendation and their own
g p Student Code of Conduct which
was in bookbag was just recently revised.
The Osceola Middle School
By Chauna Aguilar student was suspended for nine
Okeechobee News days and expelled after a pre
scription drug was found in a
A middle school student who book bag in a locker. According
forgot a prescription antibiotic the student's father, a neighbor-
pill was in a bookbag will not be ing locker was identified during
expelled after all. a K-9 drug check where a paper
The Okeechobee County bag was targeted. Nothing was


found in the paper bag so, as
procedure dictates, the lockers
surrounding the targeted area
were also checked. The book
bag was emptied and a antibiot
ic pill that is prescribed for acne
was found.
The student was called to the
office, reminded that no prescrip
tion drugs should be at school
outside the clinic, and then sent
back to class. A while later, the
student was called back to the
office and told that after re-read-
ing the policy, the consequence


Stroll in the Park: 'Snow Hot' in Okeechobee


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
(Top) Seminole Elementary School submitted their Holiday Card to the Okeechobee
High School Band Holiday Stroll in the Park where it won both Best Non-religious
theme and Best in Show. (Below left) Awesome Self-Storage's holiday card won the
Best Religious Theme. (Below right) Boys at the Eckerd Intensive Halfway House made
this holiday card of the Grinch stealing Christmas where it won the Best School or Civic
Organization holiday card.


for this offense was expulsion
for the remainder of the school
year.
The first time offender pro-
gram was offered as an alterna
tive for expulsion but this option
was declined by the parent. The
parent proceeded with an expul-
sion hearing and the expulsion
was upheld at the hearing. The
parent chose to go before the
board to plead with them to not
expel his child.
In his plea to the board, the
father explained that while there


has to be consequences for ev-
erything, the looping of all ol
these offenses together are nol
equal. He pointed out that even
the administrator read the code
wrong and had to re-administer
the punishment after realizing
that expulsion was required by
code.
He stated that this is a child
who achieves excellence for the
school and the community and
that the Student Code of Con-
See Student Page 2


Angler wants



to help Big '0'


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
The fishing on Lake
Okeechobee is tough and it's
getting tougher. But a fishing
tackle manufacturer in Pom-
pano Beach wants to help, as
does a business owner in Bir-
mingham, Ala.
Some 14 to 15 years ago
Mark Whitlock wanted to do
something to help the bass
fishery in his home state of Ala-
bama, as well as the perception
that bass tournaments were
having a negative impact on


Fingerling Bass
the largemouth population. So
Mr. Whitlock, who owns Mark's
Outdoors in Birmingham, sent
a check to the Alabama Conser-
vation Department and Natural
Resources (ACDNR).
"But, it got lost in the general
fund," he said in a phone inter-

See Angler Page 2


City code board


reduces the fines


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
When they met on Tues-
day evening, Dec. 9, the City
of Okeechobee Code Enforce-
ment Board imposed fines
in two cases that were not in
compliance and reduced the
fine in a third case.
Code enforcement officer
Fred Sterling stated that the
estate of Mary J. Gill on S.
W. Ninth St. has not been in
compliance since August be-
cause of a disabled vehicle.
A fine of $25 a day was im-
posed for every day of non-
compliance beginning five
days from notification.
On Nov. 6, at the request
of Waste Management, city
code enforcement officials


inspected and photographed
the N.W. Park St. property ol
Kulsoom and Shabana Ab-
dulla because of the amount
of trash piled up on the prop-
erty. While some of the trash
has been removed since thai
time, Mr. Sterling stated thai
there was still a large amount
of trash on the property. Fire
chief Herb Smith told the
board that the tenants of the
building were living in un-
healthy conditions in a build-
ing that was not up to code.
Because of the severity of the
violation, the owners will be
fined $50 a day for every day
of noncompliance beginning
Jan. 15.
Property on S. Parrott Ave.
See City Page 2


Annual Christmas


parade is Saturday


Okeechobee's annual light
ed Christmas parade will be
Saturday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. in
downtown Okeechobee. The
parade route starts at the U-
Save supermarket, goes north
on Parrott Avenue (U.S. 441)
to State Road 70 and then west
on State Road 70 to the end of
Flagler Park.
At press time Thursday, the
Chamber had about 75 parade
entries including floats, march-
ing units, a military vehicle,
swamp buggies, 4-H units, Cub
Scouts, cheerleaders, school
pep and drill teams, the high
school band, beauty queens,
and of course, Santa Claus.
Parade rules require that
all parade entries have holiday
lights and decorations. After the
parade, Santa will be in Flagler


Park to visit with local children.
On Saturday starting at9 a.m.
the Chamber of Commerce will
sponsor a Christmas festival in
Flagler Park. Approximately 50
arts and crafts vendors will be
there, along with a variety of
food vendors. The festival will
continue until about 8 p.m.
Other holiday activities and
celebrations are also planned
in the Okeechobee Commu-
nity. The Okeechobee Yatch-
ette Club and Butches Redneck
Yacht Club will hold their an-
nual Christmas boat parade on
Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. The public is
welcome. Decorate your boats
and meet on Taylor Creek at
State Road 70 by Burger King
between 5 and 5:30 p.m. The
parade begins at 6 p.m.


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Newshound, the Okeechobee News mascot, will be accompanied in the Christmas parade by
alpacas dressed as reindeer. The alpacas belong to Lorraine Loperfido and Chuck Domm,
from Lorida.


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2 Okeechobee News, Friday, December 12, 2008


Student
Continued From Page 1
duct consequence of expulsion
does not fit this crime, which was
a simple mistake of leaving a pill
in a book bag after a sleep over at
a friend's house. No one even re-
alized that the pill was in the book
bag, he said. He said it apparently
had been in the bag for weeks
and would probably still be there
if that bag had not been targeted
by the K-9 officer.
An associate from Water's
Edge Dermatology, which pre-
scribed the medication, spoke on
the student's behalf that this spe-
cific pill would not get a student
high. The few side effects that
are possible after taking this drug


Angler
Continued From Page 1

new.
Since that didn't work, he took
thingss into his own hands.
Mr. Whitlock organized a bass
tournamentt to be held on Lay
Lake, located 30 miles south of
3irmingham. But, it was no ordi-
nary cast-for cash event.
As the anglers unloaded their
Doats, each boat was given a bag
3f 300-400 young bass. Then,
when the anglers reached the
area they planned to fish, the 3- to
5-inch bass were released before
a cast was ever made.
Today that tournament has
,rown to the point that in this
lear's May 10 event there were
300 boats, with two anglers per
Doat. The field was made up of
rids and their parents, weekend
anglers and touring professionals.
"The Alabama Conservation
Department told us we couldn't
Atock Lay Lake because it threw
Dff their survey numbers," said Mr.
Whitlock. "But when we asked
hem if we were overstocking the
ake, they said no."
Mr. Whitlock, who is licensed
.o release the fish, said he buys his
;tock from hatcheries in Arkan
;as, Texas and South Florida. He
;aid all of the fish are certified and
nost are Florida strain bass.
"Every dime we make (on the
zne-day tournament) goes to buy
ish," he said.
After this year's event, the tour-
iament is responsible for release
ng 2 million bass into Lay Lake.
After hearing about the suc
zess of Mr. Whitlock's program,
Val Osinski wants to do the same
.hing on Lake Okeechobee.
"The idea is to have some
Here between 100 and 200 boats
and every one of them release
3ass back into the lake," said
Ir. Osinski, who owns Gambler
Lures in Pompano Beach and is
also an avid bass fisherman. "If
we had done this four or five years
ago, maybe we wouldn't be in the
situation we're in now. If we can
Jo this yearly, it will have a posi
.ive impact."
But, it's not quite that easy.
First, there are both federal and
;tate laws that prohibit individu
als from releasing bass fingerlings
nto state waters. Second, state bi
Dlogists doubt it will do any good
it this particular point in time.
"The whole thing is, if you
lon't have the food base built up
t won't matter anyway. You might
is well put them (the young bass)
n the parking lot," said Don Fox, a
fisheries biologist with the Florida
7ish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC). "It's (the
ake condition) not very promis-
ng. They (the fish population)
iave got to have food."
Mr. Fox, who heads up FWC's
fisheries office in Okeechobee,
was on the big lake Thursday,
Dec. 4, taking samples of fish pop-
jlations. While the bass numbers
are bad, specks are even worse,
ie said.



City
Continued From Page 1

belonging to Okeechobee-Fl
Properties LLC had accrued a
fine of $9,225. A fine of $50 a
day because of overgrowth be-
gan accruing on April 18, 2007.
The fine continued until Oct. 19,
2007 when the property came
into compliance. Bryan West,
of Okeechobee-FL Properties,
stated he learned of the fine
when a recent title search of
the property by his attorney re-
vealed a lien had been placed
on the property. After consider-
able discussion the board re-
duced the fine to $1,025.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
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at pgawda@newszap.com.

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are photosensitivity (sensitivity to
sunlight) and becoming nause-
ated.
Many teachers and community
members came out to support the
student. Teachers pointed out that
while they understand the intent
of the policy, there are problems
in the code that they themselves
had been blind to because it was
never brought to their attention.
This student is actively in-
volved in FFA and began a project
for Thanksgiving to donate food
baskets to needy families. Due to
this incident the delivery of this
project was not seen by the stu-
dent.
Ray Worley spoke on behalf
of the student as did local com-
munity member Gary Ritter who
detailed the incident as not a mis
take but simply an accident. He
"We've hit bottom," he said,
while pulling trawl nets that were
yielding more gar and catfish
than either species of sport fish.
"It hasn't gotten any worse, but
we've not gotten better in the last
two years."
To illustrate his point, Mr. Fox
said in 900 minutes of pulling their
nets they had only caught 67 bass.
As for crappie, in 380 minutes they
caught 53.
Because of hurricanes and oth-
er events, there has been a major
loss of habitat which, in turn, has
led to a massive decline in the for-
age base.
"We're just now starting to see
chizzywinks again," he said.
However, on the bright side,
Mr. Fox said he is beginning to see
a lot of young shad which is a ma-
jor food source for bass and crap-
pie on Lake Okeechobee.
When asked about the stocking
program started by Mr. Whitlock,
the biologist said he wouldn't be


explained that the student didn't
put the pill in the bag intention-
ally to take it to school. There was
absolutely no malice in the inten-
tions of the student.
The many who spoke on be
half of the student understood
that there have to be rules and
regulations set in place as policy
to protect all of the students but
that limitations and discretion
must also be worked into policy
as well in order to not detrimen-
tally change a child's life for a
simple mistake that happens to
fall into a category of stronger of-
fenses.
From a legal standpoint, the
student should have had a valid
care plan at the school and the
prescription, if needed at school,
should have been signed into the
clinic.
in favor of it on Lake Okeecho-
bee. Mr. Fox said it's doubtful that
enough fish could be produced to
help a body of water the size of
Lake Okeechobee.
Plus, the stock has to have the
proper genetics.
"We're really strict about ge-
netics," he said.
In Florida, that little eight-letter
word plays a huge part in the state
stocking program.
Rick Stout, the director of the
Florida Bass Conservation Center
in Webster, said when the state
stocks a body of water only fish
that are genetically compatible
with the area are used.
"The Florida bass is a unique
species. We must make sure bass
we stock are pure Floridas and are
the appropriate strain," said Mr.
Stout, who heads up the state's
largest freshwater fish production
hatchery. "Bass from the Kissim-
mee River system are genetically
distinct from other bass in the


Due to the current policy, the
administration and the Superin-
tendent were required to recom-
mend suspending the student.
The board however had the op-
tion of overturning that recom-
mendation and allowing the stu
dent to return to school.
The board eventually voted 3
to 2 in favor of overturning the
recommendation of the Super-
intendent to expel and allow the
student to return to school. The
student had already served nine
days suspension prior to the
meeting.
Vice-Chair board member
India Riedel emotionally spoke
about the task of the board to
make policies and procedures to
protect the children while they
are educated. She expressed the
need to revisit the code again
state."
With that in mind, only pure
Florida bass of the Kissimmee
River strain can be used to stock
Lake Okeechobee.
"We manage all that here (at
the center) so that we don't in-
troduce northern genes into Lake
Okeechobee," he added.
Putting bass with the wrong
genetics into Lake Okeechobee
would do more harm than good,
Mr. Stout continued.
He also said that Florida laws
are probably "a little stricter" than
those in Alabama.
Mr. Stout went on to say that
stocking Lake Okeechobee at this
point in time would do little, if any,
good.
"Normally, to put them in ex-


even though it was just revised by
a committee.
Board member Joe Arnold ex-
pressed his confusion regarding
how they classify types of drugs.
He said he did not believe that ex
pulsion is fair and equitable pun
ishment for this particular offense.
David Williams joined both India
Riedel and Joe Arnold in voting
against the Superintendent's rec-
ommendation of expulsion.
Board members Gay Carlton
and Chair Kelly Owens both vot
ed with the Superintendent and
their current policy but agreed
that the policy did need to be
revisited by the board. It was ex-
pressed by both that the board
cannot change policy each time
there is a tough issue in regards
to it or there is no point in having
a policy.
isting populations, fingerlings
don't do that well," he explained.
"Where you have existing preda-
tors, fingerlings won't doverywell.
Also, if the lake is in trouble and
spawning fish aren't doing well,
then fingerlings won't either."
Still, Mr. Osinski wants to do
something to return the Big 'O' to
its ranking as one of the top bass
fishing lakes in the United States.
Since he can't have a tournament
similar to that of Mr. Whitlock's,
the bait manufacturer has come
up with another idea.
Mr. Osinski will be talking with
FWC officials about staging a non
profit bass tournament where all
the money taken in will go to the
Florida Bass Conservation Center,
who can then raise the proper


Chairwoman Owens recom-
mended that the "board step up
and go through the code ourselves
line by line so that we can say we
looked at this as a board and can
stand behind our policy."
A public workshop will be
scheduled where they will be
sure to also have administrators
present in order to get their input
as they have to implement the
policy on a daily basis.
The date and time of the work-
shop will be announced at a later
time.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at cagailar@newszap.com.
strain of Florida bass for release
into Lake Okeechobee if needed.
According to Mr. Whitlock,
who offered to travel to Florida
to speak with FWC officials, this
would likely be the best way tc
go.
And even though Florida law
prohibits the release of stocks intc
state waters by an individual, the
collective chests of those anglers
taking part in this type of tour-
nament would swell with pride
knowing they have given back tc
the sport, and fishery, they love.
"In every tournament, we now
have 1,000 new conservationists,"
said Mr. Whitlock of his Lay Lake
Open event.


Okeechobee Forecast
Today: Partly sunny, with a high near 67. Northwest wind between
5 and 15 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 43. Northwest wind
around 5 mph.

Extended Forecast
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 68. North northwest wind be-
tween 5 and 10 mph.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 55. East north
east wind between 5 and 10 mph.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. East wind between 5
and 10 mph.

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Okeechobee News, Friday, December 12, 2008 3


Hit-and-run victim identified


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
The identity of a homeless
man killed by a hit-and-run
driver has been released by the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice (OCSO).
Alberto Lopez, 43, was killed
around 1:08 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 7,
while walking along N.W 10th
Terrace near North Elementary
School.
According to OCSO Detective


Ted Van Deman the man was hit
by someone driving a 1983-86
F-Series Ford pickup truck. The
color of the truck has not been
released.
"We have collected evidence
and a vehicle, and now have a
suspect," Detective Van Deman
said Thursday, Dec. 11.
The detective said he and traf-
fic investigator John Ashby are
still searching for members of
the victim's family.
Deputy Ashby said Mr. Lo-


pez was apparently walking in a
southerly direction in the north-
bound lane when he was hit.
The truck, he added, was north-
bound. After impact, the man's
body became lodged under the
truck and he was dragged 50 to
90 feet.
Seeing the pedestrian would
have been difficult since the road-
way is dark, added the deputy.
"He was wearing blue jeans
and a light tan shirt," said Deputy
Ashby.


Mr. Lopez had no identifica-
tion on his person but was identi-
fied by his fingerprints, explained
Detective Van Deman.
Mr. Lopez was pronounced
dead at the scene.
If anyone has any information
about this incident, or is a fam-
ily member of Mr. Lopez, they
are asked to contact either Dep-
uty John Ashby or Detective Ted
Van Deman at the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office, 863-763-
3117.


Couple charged in theft of car stereo


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A local man and woman were
arrested after they allegedly took
a car stereo/CD player from a lo-
cal store.
James Henry Schock, 23, N.W
Seventh Ave., and Jennifer Na-
cole Collins, 24, N.E. Range Road,
Lake City, were both arrested in
the Walmart parking lot Wednes-
day, Dec. 10, by Officer Jack Boon
of the Okeechobee City Police De-
partment (OCPD).
Collins was charged with grand
theft and resisting a merchant. Her
bond was set at $1,000. Schock
was also charged with grand theft
and resisting a merchant. His
bond was set at $9,000.
Officer Boon's arrest report


states that when he entered the
Walmart parking lot around 3:46
p.m. Wednesday he met up with
Adam Peterson, an asset protec-
tion official with the store, who
had Schock and Collins in cus-
tody.
While searching Collins' purse,
Officer Boon stated he found the
stereo/CD player, valued at $624,
and that it was still wrapped in
plastic. He stated that the only
other things in the woman's
purse were a tri-fold wallet and a
car key on a key ring.
The OCPD officer then viewed
a surveillance video that showed
Schock removing the anti-theft
device from the stereo/CD player
and placing the item in Collins'
purse, stated his report. The re-


port went on to say that Mr. Pe- '


terson watched the alleged theft
unfold then followed Shock and
Collins as they left the store with-
out paying for the item.
According to the report, the
anti-theft device was found on a
shelf, behind some bedding lin-
ens. The device was still active,
added Officer Boon's report.


Yf


James Henry Jennifer
Schock Nader Collins


Meth lab busted;


three charged


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A traffic stop Tuesday led to
the arrest of three people and
the curtailment of a suspected
methamphetamine lab.
Jack Edward Morgan, 46,
N.W Fourth St., Shannon Keith
Rosemann, 27, N.W 176th Ave.,
and Kathryn Suzette Mosley, 38,
Curran St., Lake Wales were all
charged with the felonies of pos-
session of methamphetamine,
manufacture of methamphet-
amine and possession of listed
chemicals. They each were also
arrested on a misdemeanor
charge of possession of drug
paraphernalia.
They were booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under
a bond of $315,000 each.
Finding the meth lab came
about after a detective with the
Okeechobee Narcotics Task
Force stopped a black Chevrolet
pickup truck for doing 40 mph
in a 25 mph zone in the 1200
block of N.W. Ninth St.
According to an arrest af-
fidavit, when the detective acti-
vated his emergency lights the
truck pulled into the parking lot
of a local business. As the truck
pulled into the lot, the detective
stated in the report that a small
white object was thrown from
the truck.
The report states that Morgan
was driving the vehicle.
After backup arrived, the de-
tective retrieved the object that
was reportedly thrown from the
truck. In the object was a clear
plastic bag that contained a sus-
picious substance. When that
substance was field tested it in-
dicated a positive result for the
presence of methamphetamine,
continued the report.


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Morgan Keith
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The sus-
pected meth
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grams, the re-
port indicated.
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trained a simi-
lar substance. When that sub-
stance was field tested it, too,
reportedly indicated a positive
result for the presence of meth.
The report stated that this bag
weighed 2.8 grams.
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Speak Out
Speak Out has moved online, where it is quicker and
easier to share your ideas and converse with others. Go to
www.newszap.com, click on the community name and your
local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new
topics or comment on existing topics.
What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating
BACK PACKS: I think the schools need to either quit making the
kids take so many books home for homework or else let them use the
wheeled backpacks. My fifth grader's backpack must have weighed
30 pounds the other day. I picked it up and could not believe how
heavy it was. Last year he had a backpack with wheels but this year
they said those are not allowed. Kids should not be carrying packs
that weigh more than 25 percent of their body weight.
BAILOUT: Once upon a time a man appeared in a village and
announced to the villagers that he would buy monkeys for $10 each.
The villagers, seeing that there were many monkeys around, went out
to the forest and started catching them. The man bought thousands
at $10 and, as supply started to diminish, the villagers stopped their
effort. He next announced that he would now buy monkeys at $20
each. This renew the efforts of the villagers and they started catching
monkeys again. Soon the supply diminished even further and people
started going back to their farms. The offer increased to $25 each and
the supply of monkeys became so scarce it was an effort to even find
a monkey, let alone catch it! The man now announced that he would
buy monkeys at $50 each! However, since he had to go to the city on
some business, his assistant would buy on his behalf. In the absence
of the man, the assistant told the villagers: "Look at all these monkeys
in the big cage that the man has already collected. I will sell them to
you at $35 and when the man returns from the city, you can sell them
to him for $50 each." The villagers rounded up all their savings and
bought all the monkeys for 700 billion dollars. They never saw the
man or his assistant again, only lots and lots of monkeys! Now you
have a better understanding of how the Wall Street Bailout Plan will
work.
BONUS: I cannot believe the head of Merrill Lynch had the gall to
ask for a $10 million bonus when his company lost millions of other
people's money. Instead, he needs to work for free until he makes
back all of the money to repay the investors.
AFRICAN-AMERICAN: The term African American carries im-
portant political overtones. Earlier terms used to identify Americans
of African ancestry were conferred upon the group by Americans of
European ancestry and were included in the wording of various laws
and legal decisions which became tools of white supremacy and op-
pression. There developed among blacks in America a growing desire
for a term of their own choosing. With the political consciousness
that emerged from the political and social ferment of the late 1960s
and early 1970s, the term Negro fell into disfavor among many blacks.
It had taken on a a moderate, accommodationist, even Uncle Tom,
connotation. In this period, a growing number of blacks in the United
States, particularly African-American youth, celebrated their black-
ness and their historical and cultural ties with the African continent.
The Black Power movement defiantly embraced Black as a group
identifier. It was a term social leaders themselves had repudiated only
two decades earlier and a term often associated in English with things
negative and undesirable, but they proclaimed, "Black is beautiful."
In this same period, a smaller number of people favored Afro-Amer-
ican. In the 1980s the term African American was advanced on the
model of, for example, German American. Jesse Jackson popularized
the term, and it was quickly adopted by major media. Many blacks in
America expressed a preference for the term, as it was formed in the
same way as names for others of the many ethnic groups.
NAMES: I thought America was supposed to be the melting pot. It
certainly worked out that way for Mr. Obama, whose mother is white
and his father is black. Why do we need to use ethnic titles? Why
label people as Chinese-Americans, Mexican-American or African-
American. Why can't we all just call ourselves Americans? Mr. Obama
is just as much white as he is black. So why do we need to call him
anything else except Mr. President?
OBAMA: I did not vote for Barack Obama, but I am very pleased
with his cabinet choices so far. I am pleasantly surprised. I suspect
many of the liberals are also surprised, and not exactly pleasantly. If
Mr. Obama keeps this up, I may be ready to vote for him in four years.
I really hope that he turns out to be one of the best presidents this
country has ever had, because we are in a lot of trouble and we need
a great leader.
ALCOHOL: Alcohol is one of the most addictive, and destructive
drugs. Yet, because it can be taxed it is legal. No jobs screen for the
use of alcohol even though the effects can last days. Making it OK
for a school bus driver to show up the next day hung over or even
still drunk. Thousands of innocent people are killed every year from
drunk driving or alcohol induced violence. Many more are effected
by the addiction of a loved one. Sure, not every one who drinks is a
drunk, but very few can say they have never driven after a few too
many, or not done something they would have not normally done if
not under the influence. I was in the Navy, and know I have. But have
grown up since.
OBAMA: I can only hear this one more time before I start scream-
ing. I don't like Barack Obama, but questioning his citizenship is ridic-
ulous. It doesn't matter where he was born. Doesn't matter if he was
born in Russia, Afghanistan, Hawaii, Florida or wherever. It doesn't
matter. His mother was an American citizen therefore he is eligible to
be president. It doesn't matter where he was born.
TREE HUGGERS: This is to all of those environmental people out
there and the tree-huggers who want to save the trees. Why aren't
they out there protesting about all of the Christmas trees they are cut-
ting down and wasting the trees? Its just a waste of trees and once
you cut them down they'll never be back again. So why aren't they
protesting over cutting down the trees? They protest everything else
they do.
CONSTITUTION: All I have to say is "taxation without representa-
tion." That is written in our Constitution. Think about it.
CURIOUS: I was wondering, if someone puts you under an un-
usual amount of stress? Could you sue or take them to court?
BIBLE: I am calling concerning the person who called into the
Speak Out concerning the bible. You know it doesn't really matter
what that person believes or any of that, because the bible is true and
its going to happen whether they say yes or no to it. But for them to
say God talks of hate in the bible. I certainly would like to know where
they found that. Because I've never read that. God is love, therefore he
would not teach hate. This person really needs to go talk to a coun-
selor concerning this, because they are so wrong and they are going
to pay for it. The bible never lies. The bible is the only book that has
withstood the world. So think about that and pray. Pray to the God
of love.
MEMORIALS: I see in the news that they are already naming
schools after President-elect Obama. I think it is extremely inappro-
priate to name something after a person who is still alive. Memorial
buildings, highways or whatever should be done after a person is no
longer among the living. It's just inappropriate to build memorials to
someone who is still alive. When the person is still alive, you don't
need a memorial to remember him.
ARREST: I recently just saw and Okeechobee man in the Port St.
Lucie arrests for indecent exposure in a convenience store. When
I read the article from the News Tribune then it was on the nightly
news on TV I was just wondering, because he was already arrested
for a previous offense in Okeechobee County, why wasn't that put in
the paper? Was it because he had a prominent name in Okeechobee?
I would just like to know, why wasn't it put in the Okeechobee arrest
report? I would just like to know why that wasn't put in the paper. It
might have prevented this thing from happening over there. And you
don't know who is next with this guy. Editor's note: The Okeechobee
News includes all felony and DUI arrests in Okeechobee County in
the arrest report. Under the Florida Statutes, indecent exposure is a
misdemeanor.


Letters to the Editor


He came to teach
"He didn't come to be taught,
he came to teach us." That was
the inscription on our son's me-
moriam last month. Just 17 years
old, but what a teacher he was
and because of how he lived his
life, those of us who knew him
felt enriched and privileged to
have known him. We heard those
words over and over again from
family, friends and even strangers
- people who came up to my hus-
band and I- people we didn't even
know, but they knew our son and
wanted us to know the impact he
had on their lives. To all of you we
say "Thank You." Thank you for
sharing precious sweet memories
and stories with us so that we too
can cherish and remember him.
He left us too early, but having the
memories does help. His memo-
ry will never be forgotten as long
as we continue to be kind to one
another.
Our son, Blake Peirick, a junior
at OHS died peacefully, yet unex-
pectantly in his sleep on Nov. 1,
2008 at our home. Although the
loss and pain are still very raw
in our hearts, we'd like to thank
the community for the love they
showered our family with during
those days and weeks immedi-
ately following. Both of us have
rather large extended families
from out of state and countless
neighbors and friends warmly
opened their homes to them. Spe-
cial thanks to Bill Brewner, Judy
Hill, Pat and Susie Miller and Todd
and Rachel Jones. Thank you to
friends and family who simply sat
with us during those first few days
including his Aunt Wendi Miller,
Karl and Lisa Holtkamp, Bo and
Margaret Bowers and their daugh-
ter Brooke, and Mark and Cindy
Brandel who also loaned us their


fifth wheel to set up in our drive-
way for more lodging.
Thank you to my sister, Mi-
chelle Pritchard who was a rock
for us during this time and instru-
mental in getting Blake's Celebra-
tion of Life service set up. To her
daughter, Taylor and her friend
Kaylee Davis who worked so
hard at scanning photos of Blake
for the service. To the hundreds of
people who donated toys and are
still donating toys to the Blaker
Toy Caper for local needy chil-
dren during this Christmas Sea-
son thank you! To Mr. Ingram's
ESE classroom staff and the other
outsource teachers who taught
Blake this year thank you for
your compassion.
To Blake's fellow students and
to the aides who assisted him in
Mr Ingram's class thank you for
your love and tears on the Mon-
day following his passing. You
loved on us when we came to the
High School and you shared with
us so many stories that we didn't
know. To Sarah Mericle and the
many others who are working on
getting this year's OHS yearbook
dedicated in memory to Blake-
your efforts are appreciated. To
the Crime Watch students who
presented us with a new shirt in
memory of Blake, thank you for
including him as your Sergeant at
Arms. Thank you to the other OHS
students and former teachers of
Blake's going all the way back to
Ace Pre-K who spoke at the ser-
vice and shared their stories with
us. Thank you to Kelly and Austin
for being special friends to Blake.
Thank you to Pastor Huckabee
for allowing the service to be held
at the ROC; to Joann White and
various Bible Study groups for
the special pre-service dinner; to
Shawna May for coordinating the


food for the service and to various
Lakeport friends, and Chappy's
Country Store for providing food
both before and after the service.
Thank you to our many neigh-
bors, friends, co-workers and
Pritchards and Associates for pro-
viding our family with food and
supplies and continuing the Toy
collection efforts. Special thanks
to Renee Juarez, Bruce Jeffers,
George and Dorothy Sweat, and
Heather and Kirby Dobbs for the
technical, sound equipment and
video taping done at the service.
Blake used to play Upward Bas-
ketball at the ROC and although
he may be best known for walk-
ing off the court during a game
and sitting down in the bleachers
discouraged from having the ball
stolen from him. He carried many
fond memories of the people who
graced those floors and always
encouraged him. People say he
made them a better person and
always looked at the bright side
and tried to encourage them, well
he learned that from the commu-
nity to which he belonged and
to all of you who played a part
in his life. We thank you for the
love you showed him. We miss
him and we know he left the
world a better place as his time
here -- although short -- impacted
many as he was our teacher. An-
other sister of mine who is also a
teacher may have said it best, "as
a student Blake, you passed this
test with flying colors, now your
reward is Heaven." Amen.
With much gratitude to our
community,
Craig and Jeanette Miller

Thanks to cadets
On Saturday, Dec. 6, Okeecho-
bee Lodge No. 237, Free and Ac-
cepted Masons hosted the District


30 meeting for the Grand Master
of Masons in Florida, Most Wor-
shipful Joe A. Fleites. It was a
grand evening with Masons and
their wives from every area of the
State of Florida as well as out of
state guests.
We were honored to have as-
sisting us that evening the cadets
of the Okeechobee High School
ROTC, under the leadership of
Sergeant Valerie Gibson. These
students assisted in tasks includ-
ing setting the tables, serving the
food and cleaning up and I must
tell you that they did it with enthu-
siasm and professionalism. The
parents of each of these young
men and women I am sure are
bursting with pride at the accom-
plishments they have achieved in
the spite of the adversities they
have recently faced.
The Honor Guard did an out-
standing presentation and post-
ing of the American Flag and I
know that each person in that
room was equally impressed and
full of pride as these young cadets
performed their Patriotic duty.
I would like to thank these
Okeechobee High School stu-
dents, their leader and their Prin-
cipal, Mrs. Toni Wiersma, for the
outstanding manner in which
they performed their duties and
let the community of Okeecho-
bee know what a wonderful im-
pression they made on the many
guests present for this function.
Sincerely,
Clifton T. "Kip" Gardner
District Deputy Grand Mas-
ter
Grand Lodge of Florida,
Free and Accepted Masons
Past Master, Okeechobee
Lodge, No. 237, F&AM


'Blaker Toy Caper' honors special young man


The community of Okeecho-
bee is like no other. This is a place
to raise our children in safety and
togetherness. It is for this reason
that the "Santa's Angel Network"
was formed. One night Candace
Burke and Matthew Buxton were
discussing the amount of bless-
ings that have been bestowed on
them and their children. The dis-
cussion soon changed direction
and led to the children not so for-
tunate and the needs that those
children will have this Christmas.
Both Matt and Candy were
raised here in Okeechobee and
very proud of were they come
from, so they wanted to help the
children of Okeechobee. At first
it was not known where the toys
were going to come from, after all
it was just an idea. It was not un-
til the death of a very special boy,
Blake Peirick, that the idea be-
came a reality. At a memorial ser-
vice for Blake, toys were collected
in his memory. The "Blaker Toy
Caper" was the name placed on
this special event. Blake's parents,
Craig and Jeanette Miller, then
donated the hundreds of toys to
Santa's Angel Network for distri-
bution. Along with the Blaker Toy
Caper, The Rim Ditch Toy Poker
Run and Operation Home Front
"Dollar Tree" have joined the net-
work with toy contributions. The
need is great this holiday season.
New unwrapped toys may be
dropped off at the Okeechobee
Chamber of Commerce or the
Buxton Funeral Home. All toys
will go to benefit the local chil-


Submitted photo/Chamber of Commerce
Craig and Jeanette Miller (left and center-left), who recently lost their son Blake, donated hun-
dreds of toys to Santa's Angel Network for distribution. Along with the Blaker Toy Caper, The
Rim Ditch Toy Poker Run and Operation Home Front "Dollar Tree" have joined the Network
with toy contributions. Unwrapped toys may be dropped off at the Okeechobee Chamber of
Commerce represented by Candace Burke (center-right) or the Buxton Funeral Home repre-
sented by Matt Buxton (right). All toys will go to benefit the local children of Okeechobee.


dren of Okeechobee. It is nice to
think that all of this started with
an idea and a very special boy
that became an angel.


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Community Calendar

Friday, Dec. 12
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. Anyone interested in a sensible approach to losing weight and
becoming a part of a caring group is welcome to come and see what
we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at 800-932-
8677.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Sickest Of The Sick 8
p.m. The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with any
12 step fellowships.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This is an open meeting.
A.A. meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. This is an open speaker meeting.
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. 13
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972 (Behind NapaAuto Parts) A.A. weekend noon
Open Discussion; NA. Sickest Of The Sick Group Step Study meeting
7 p.m.; NA. Nowhere Left To Go Group (OD) 8 p.m. *The Just for
Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12 step fellow-
ships.
AA. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Parrott
Ave. It will be a closed discussion.

Sunday, Dec. 14
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Sav-
iour, 200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
AA. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972 (Behind Napa Auto Parts) A.A. weekend
noon meeting Open Discussion meeting. *The Just for Today Club of
Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12 step fellowships.





Okeechobee News, Friday, December 12, 2008 5


Community Events


Rodeo Team runs
concession stand
The Florida High School Ro
deo Team Okeechobee Chapter
will have a concession stand at
the Horse and Tack Auction on
Dec. 13, beginning at 11 a.m. The
location is 4793 Hwy. 441 South.
Barbecue pork sandwiches, ham-
burgers and hot dogs will be sold.
Proceeds will benefit the rodeo
team.

FHREDI meeting
planned
A public meeting of the Board
of Directors for Florida's Heart-
land Rural Economic Develop
ment Initiative, Inc. and Florida's
Freshwater Frontier, Inc. will be
held on Monday, Dec. 15 at 9:30
a.m. at the Bert J. Harris Agri-Civic
Center, 4509 George Blvd. Sebring,
Florida, Conference Room 2. For
more information, please contact
Jim Otterman at 863-385-4900.

Masonic Lodge holds
breakfast
The Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W.
Fifth, will hold an all you can eat
breakfast on Sunday, Dec. 14, 28
and Jan. 11. The breakfast will be
from 8 until 11 a.m. each morn-
ing. Cost is a $5 donation.

Extension Service
hosts Wildlife Garden
Workshop
In Florida birds and butterflies
abound year round. Your yard de
serves its share of these beauties.
Come to this Garden Workshop
and learn what plants are attrac-
tive to the species you want to
attract and what garden features
are needed for wildlife.
During the workshop you can
design your space and create a list
of plants and features you want
to complement your own land-
scape. Be sure to bring the mea
surements of the space you have
available for wildlife. Leave with
a detailed plan for your garden
and a Florida Friendly Plant. The
workshop will be held on Dec.
15, from 1-2:30 p.m., or 5:30-7
p.m. at the Okeechobee County
Extension Service, 458 Highway
98 North, Okeechobee. Space is
limited and pre-registration is re-
quired. Call 863-763-6469 to sign
up.

Chamber holds
concealed weapons
course
The Okeechobee Chamber of
Commerce will hold a concealed
weapons course on Dec. 18 at 7
p.m. For more information call
the Chamber at 863-763-6464.
Space is limited

Machine Embroidery
Group meets
If you have an embroidery ma-
chine, plan to buy one or are just
interested in the concept, please
join us at our next meeting. It will
be held on Saturday, Dec. 13,
from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. in
the Red Cross classroom, 323 N.
Parrott Avenue. Bring a covered
dish if you wish to participate in
our Christmas luncheon.

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


Chamber will
be closed
The Okeechobee Chamber of
Commerce will be closed on the
following dates: Dec. 24 Christ-
mas Eve; Dec. 25 Christmas Day;
Dec. 26; Jan. 1, 2009 New Years
Day; Jan. 2, 2009. Also, there will
neither be a Coffee Klatch nor
General Membership luncheon
for the month of December. For
information call the Chamber at
863-763-6464.

Christmas turkeys
available
Fully cooked whole roasted
turkeys, 18-20 lbs. for $30 each
will be available at the Masonic
Lodge from 9 a.m. until noon on
Dec. 25. You must order and pay
for the turkeys by Dec. 20, pick
up will be on Dec. 25. (Limited to
the first 75 pre-paid orders.) Place
orders at Porter's Cleaners, 1700
S. Parrott Ave., cash, check, VISA
and MasterCard accepted. Pick up
orders at Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge, 107 N.W Fifth Ave.

BHR VFD
Winterfest 2009
Winterfest 2009 will be held
on Jan. 31. There will be catfish,
cotton candy, popcorn, crafts,
music and more. For more infor-
mation, call 863-532-9015 or John
at 863-467-8220.
Anyone interested in renting a
booth for Winterfest 2009, please
call John at 863-467-8220 or 863-
532-9015.

Seacoast invites
children
to mail letters to
Santa
Children of all ages are invited
to mail their letters to Santa at all
Seacoast National Bank locations
in Indian River, St. Lucie, Mar-
tin, Palm Beach, and Okeecho-
bee counties through Dec. 20.
For those who wish to join in
the merriment, letters can be
dropped off at festively flocked
mailboxes located in the lobby
at each branch where kids can
personally mail their letters no
postage required!
Regardless of the heavy work-
load in Santa's workshop this
time of year, each letter will re-
ceive a message from Santa sent
via U.S. Post. To locate a branch
location nearest you, visit www.
seacoastnational.com.

Benefit Teen Dance
Party planned
Come to the next "Teen Dance
Party!" The party begins at the
Okeechobee Civic Center on
Highway 98 on Saturday, Dec.
20, from 6 until 10 p.m. The cost
for entry is $7 with all proceeds
to benefit the March of Dimes -
March for babies. The entry fee
includes hot dog, chips and soda.
For more information, please call
Teresa Chandler at 863-697-6819.

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


Cheer and dance
try outs to open
Okeechobee X Plosion All Star
Cheerleading and Dance Will Be
holding Open Tryouts on Satur-
day, Dec. 20. Starting at noon-3
p.m. This is for the SENIOR team
only! You must be over 12 for this
particular tryout. Girls must wear
black shorts, black shirts, white
shoes and a black ribbon in their
hair. Please contact Coach Victo-
ria for further information 863
441-3826, xplosionallstarcheer@
yahoo.com, www.xplosionall
stars.weebly.com. If you are
under 12 and would like more
information regarding cheerlead
ing, tumbling or dance please feel
free to call! The tryout will be held
at the explosion gym on 441 S.E.
behind the new carwash!

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


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

State Veterans
nursing homes
Are you a veteran in need of a
nursing home or assisted living fa-
cility? The Florida Department of
Veterans Affairs can help you. The
Department operates five veterans
nursing homes and one assisted
living facility throughout the state,
with a new nursing home being
built near St. Augustine. The basic
admission criteria for all of the fa-
cilities is an honorable discharge,
Florida residency for one year pri-
or to admission and certification
of need of assisted living facility or
skilled nursing care. The VA Nurs-
ing homes are located in Daytona
Beach, Land O' Lakes, Pembroke
Pines, Springfield (Panhandle)
and Port Charlotte with the VA As-
sisted Living Facility being located
in Lake City. For further informa-
tion on VA nursing homes contact
the County Veteran's Service Of
ficer, Betsy Grinslade at 863-763-
8124.
Historical Society collects info
for book
Mrs. Betty Williamson, from
the Historical Society is in the
process of writing a book about
Okeechobee Women. She is look-
ing for all of the Speckled Perch
Queens from 1968 to recent.
Please call the Chamber of Com-
merce at 863-763-6464 or Betty
Williamson at 863-763-3850 if you
are able to help. The Queens will
be listed in the book.

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


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

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



Obituaries
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.

Deborah M. Bell, 54
OKEECHOBEE Deborah M.
Bell, died Monday, Dec. 8, 2008, at
Raulerson Hospi-
tal. He was born
Jan. 26, 1954, in
Chicago, Ill., to
Louis and Barba-
ra Muys she was
a homemaker of
the Lutheran faith
having come to
Okeechobee from Wellington in
2005. She was 54.
Mrs. Bell is survived by her hus
band of 34 years, John W. Bell;
daughter, Barbara L. Roy of Titus-
ville; two sons, Gregory G. Bell and
Anthony J. Bell both of Okeechobee;
two grandsons, Slade Roy of Titus
ville and Cohen Bell of Okeechobee;
mother, Barbara Muys of Batavia,
Ill.; two brothers, Thomas Muys of
Plainfield, Ill. and Jeffrey Muys of Ro
selle, Ill.; two sisters, Pamela Swisto-
witz of Burbank, III., and Joyce
Ladewig of Batavia, Ill.
Graveside services will be 11 a.m.
today at Evergreen Cemetery.
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 St., Okeechobee.
Rex Milton Bym 71
OKEECHOBEE -Rex Milton Byrn,
of Okeechobee, died Tuesday, Dec.
9, 2008, in Raulerson Hospital.
Born April 1, 1937 in Memphis,
Tenn., he had been a resident of
Okeechobee for the past 40 years.
He enjoyed golf and fishing.
He is survived by his wife, Lei Byrn
of Okeechobee; daughter, Regina
(Tom) Knabe of Okeechobee; son,
Ty Byrn (Rachel) of Okeechobee;
and three grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on
Saturday, at 2 p.m. in the Buxton Fu
neral Home Chapel, 110 NE 5th St.,
Okeechobee.
All arrangements are under the di-
rection and care of the Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Crematory.

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My Aunt's House, Inc. a 501
(c) (3) organization is looking for
two to three volunteers to work in
our Closet any day, or days, Mon
day through Friday during the
hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. We
are also looking for a volunteer to
become the director and a board
member of The Clothes Closet.
The volunteer should commu
nicate well with the public and
should be able to seek support
from city and county officials,
business executives and other or-
ganizations. Work days and hours
are flexible. Call 863-634-2306 for
information.


Group providing
animal rescue
Florida Wildlife Rescue Service
of Okeechobee is currently pro-
viding rescue, pick up and trans
port of sick, injured, orphaned or
otherwise impaired wildlife.
Anyone who finds a wild ani-
mal in need of help is encouraged
to give us a call. A volunteer trans-
porter, licensed by the Florida Fish
& Wildlife Conservation Commis
sion, will be more than happy to
help you and the animal.
This is a free service to the
community and to wildlife.
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Vision Quest educational program may change


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County
School Board met on Tuesday,
Dec. 9, where they tabled an is-
sue regarding the educational
services at Red Road Academy
after discussion between the
board, administration and Vision
Quest representatives.
According to the Superin-
tendent Patricia Cooper and the
Assistant Superintendent for In-
struction Ken Kenworthy they
had been working to try to bet-
ter the educational services at the
facility which are contracted with
the school district and Vision
Quest. According to Dr. Cooper
she believes it is in the best inter-
est of the students to terminate
the agreement with Vision Quest.
The contract allows for termina-
tion with 30 days notice to Vision
Quest.
Mr. Kenworthy explained that
the district has been deemed as
failing on quality assurance in-
spections by the state due to not
having enough insight on the
program to make it better. Ad-
ministration at the academy has
had a high turn over rate and this
has made communication with
the facility difficult as well.
The school board is respon-


sible for the educational services
at the facility and Vision Quest is
required by the Department of
Juvenile Justice (DJJ) to provide
classroom space for these servic-
es for their residents. Mr. Kenwor-
thy stated that he has contacted
Vision Quest three times this
month and has not received any
communication back.
This problem is not new as Dr.
Cooper explained that there have
been multiple attempts to correct
the educational services from Vi-
sion Quest and there have been
no results. This has been the case
for at least two years.
Dr. Cooper recommended
that the contract be terminated
and that a new contract with G4S
Youth Services, LLC be imple-
mented for the educational ser-
vices at the facility.
Vision Quest representatives
stated they felt that they were not
required to allow another entity
to come into their facility to pro-
vide the educational services. Mr.
Kenworthy has been working
with DJJ and has been assured
that their actions were appropri-
ate for this situation and allowed
by DJJ.
Ultimately it was agreed that
the board would table the issue
in order for a meeting to be held
with the district, Vision Quest


Submitted photo
Donation to Martha's House
Members of Butch's Redneck Yacht Club donated $3,000
to My Aunt's House "The Closet" to buy Chritmas presents
for 60 foster and disadvantaged children in Okeechobee.
This is the fourth year the club has raised money for kids
and their families through barbecues, fishing tournaments
and other fund raising events. The fundraising team in-
cludes Debbie, Merrilee, Ralph And Abby. For information
on club membership, please call 863-763-8262 or go to
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and G4S Youth Services in order
to come up with a transition plan
and also to discuss any other al-
ternate plans.
In other business the board ap-
proved the rescinding of a change
order for the classroom addition
at Osceola Middle school result-
ing in a deduction of $41,479.63
which decreases the total con-
tract amount to $2,885,379.22.
In other business Brian Barrett,
the energy manager, presented
an energy management program
covering the last 55 months. The
cost avoidance from 2004 to the
present has been $1,383,140.37
which equals a cost avoidance
of 17.71 percent. The district has
been working on this cost avoid-
ance through behavior changes
that result in reductions in equip-
ment runtimes and includes rou-
tine equipment maintenance, re-
pair and replacement.
According to Mr. Barrett, the
current year is on track to be one
of the best years to date which
seems to be a result from the cur-
rent economy and the employ-
ees making a conscious effort to
make sure they conserve energy
within their school site.


They also approved an addi-
tion to policy regarding homeless
students as required by Florida
Statute which details definitions,
rights and implementation of
education in regards to homeless
students.
The board also recognized


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee news
The Coquina Water Control
District Board of Supervisors
discussed several miscellaneous
items of business at their month-
ly meeting on Wednesday, Dec.
10.
The board discussed but took
no action concerning possible
pending litigation concerning
various Viking property owners
who feel they are exempt from
paying the Coquina assessment.
Board attorney Tony Young


students from the Okeechobee
High School Swim Team for their
accomplishments as regional
qualifiers and the OHS Volleyball
Team for winning the district run-
ner-up and regional quarter final
championships. They also rec-
ognized the OHS Girls and Boys


reported that he had received
legal descriptions of property
involved in a land swap with J
5 Ranch. The ranch is deeding
Coquina right of way for roads
along the edge of ranch prop-
erty.
The attorney was directed to
send registered letters to Viking
property owners who have put
fences and gates across Coquina
easements advising them to re-
move these encroachments.
Drainage problems were dis-
cussed.
The board is still working


Cross Country Team for state
completion, becoming the Trea-
sure Lake District and Regional
Champions.
Carolyn Hubbard, paraprofes-
sional at Everglades Elementary
School was honored for her 15
years of service.


with FEMA for possible reim-
bursement of expenses incurred
in connection with damage from
Tropical Storm Faye.
They also discussed the
mowing contract and directed
the attorney to review it for pos-
sible negotiation when it expires
next year. The consensus was
that no mowing would be nec-
essary until spring.
At the next meeting, Jan. 14,
2009 the board will be looking
at possible road repair projects
and assessing their ability to pay
for those projects.


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Celebration honors Our Lady of Guadalupe
By Pete Gawda Christmas." naird, Lonnie Kirsch, John Olsen, The Cell Group of all to join them in praise and
Okeechobee News Okeechobee Community Kenny Resmondo. Anton Silva, Okeechobee and Cell Pastors worship and listen to the word of
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An outdoor procession will take
place in the parking lot before
the 8 p.m. mass. There will be a
special celebration beginning at 9
p.m. on the grounds of the church.
There will be ethnic food and ev-
eryone is welcome. The annual
celebration of Christmas Around
the World will be celebrated on
Sunday, Dec. 21, from 5 to 7
p.m. There will be a live nativity
pageant, booths and Santa Claus,
gifts for children and performanc-
es by Scottish bagpipers, Irish step
dancers, Filipino performers and
Mexican Serenade. Admission
and parking are free. For more in-
formation call 863-763-3727.
The First United Method-
ist Church, 200 N.W. Second
St., has planned holiday services.
On Dec. 14, the Chancel Choir
will present "Touched by a Child
- Touched by a King" at 8 and 11
a.m. The same evening, a chil-
dren's musical "Silent 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


Places of

Worship
Dec. 24, the church will have a
Christmas Eve Candle Light Ser-
vice at 5 p.m. and a Contemporary
Service at 7 p.m. For information
call the church office at 863-763-
4021 or visit the website at www.
fumcokee.com
Oakview Baptist Church, 677
S.W. 32nd St., will be presenting
a Christmas Cantata "Festival
of Carols" on Sunday, Dec.
14, at 6 p.m. Oakview's senior
adults will be travelling to the
Broadway Palm Dinner Theater
in Fort Myers on Friday, Dec.
12, to see Irving Berlin's "White


Handele's "Hallelujah Chorus,"
and other seasonal favorites, Fri-
day and Saturday Dec. 19 & 20,
at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 21, at
3 p.m. at First United Method-
ist Church, 200 N.W Second St.
The beautiful blend of 65 voices
comprising this season's choir
represents singers from 18 local
churches: Buckhead Ridge Chris-
tian, Canal Point Baptist, Church
of Our Saviour, Dunklin Memorial,
First Baptist, First Baptist of Lake
Josephine, First United Methodist-
Okeechobee, First United Meth-
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His House Fellowship Church of
the Nazarene, KOA Community,
Northside Baptist, Okeechobee
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Sacred Heart Catholic, Seventh-
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Child Jesus Catholic and Westside
Christian. Many selections will
be accompanied on the glorious
1945 Reuter pipe organ. Soloists
include: Justin Allen, Mike Brooks,
Carolyn Burrell, Betty Clement,
Reid & Erin Ellinger, Mary Hurley,
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Glades County commissioners reorganize


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Russell Echols was named
Chairman of the Glades County
Board of County Commission-
ers at their annual reorganization
meeting Tuesday. Commissioner
Butch Jones was elected Vice
Chairman.
Commissioners also appoint-
ed Patricia Dobbins as Adminis-
trator of the Glades County Health
Department. She had 18 years of
experience as the executive over
nursing care for the department.
She noted she was very honored
to be selected as the director.
Commissioner Bob Giesler
said Glades County could not
have made a better choice. He
noted Dobbins has always been
there when the County has need-
ed her.
Ms. Dobbins said the develop-
ment of a new health department


building and improving medical
and health care for citizens will
be her major goals.
"The Health Department and
the County have a wonderful rela-
tionship. We've been trying to get
a building here and we will con-
tinue that effort," she said.
The commission also ap-
proved a resolution for the Flori-
da Department of Transportation
to do some paved shoulder work
on County Road 721 in Lakeport.
The proposed work cannot fit on
the existing county right of way.
The agreement with the state will
require the county to maintain
the improvements. The work will
include a paved shoulder along
the south side of County Road
721 throughout Lakeport.
The commission also dis-
cussed a $3,000 loan to the new
Glades County Tourism Develop-
ment Council. The money will be
used to develop a Glades County


Five Cs of Credit


By Jon Geitner, Senior
Vice President
Seacoast National Bank
In this continuing series of ar-
ticles on the availability of money
in today's economy, I will be dis-
cussing the second of the "5 Cs
of Credit", Collateral. Probably
one of the most familiar consid-
erations to the average consumer,
there are many variations a bank
must consider in evaluating the
appropriateness of the security
for your loan.
Collateral comes in many
forms. Typically, the collateral
has a direct connection with the
purpose of the loan such as when
you borrow money to buy either
a car or a boat. In both of these
examples, the collateral "depre-
ciates" or loses value over time.
As such, the bank will structure
the amount of the loan to try
and maintain a pace equal to the
value of the collateral by requiring
some equity in the form of a down
payment and keeping the term of
the loan reasonable. For new pur-
chases financial institutions will


ask for a copy of the purchase
order to calculate equity. For used
collateral your lender will refer to
widely accepted knowledgeable
sources of market value, such
as NADA, to determine current
worth. Contained in the research
is a suggested loan value which
the bank can then safely advance
in anticipation of not allowing the
loan balance to exceed the going
price of the collateral.
Some forms of collateral tend
to appreciate, or increase in val-
ue, such as real estate. Histori-
cally, this has generally been true,
which is what makes the current
economic downturn so challeng-
ing. We have seen losses in value
of as much as 35 percent in the
past two years. For the first time in
recent memory, both equity and
mortgage loans have balances
larger than the underlying proper-
ty is worth. This has been one of
the contributing factors to the sig-
nificant increase in the number of
home foreclosures. As a result tra-
ditional loan to value ratios (LTV -
the percentage of the value of the


tourism website. The County will
be repaid from bed tax revenues
that are expected to generate
about $36,000 per year. The Com-
mission tabled the matter until
January so the County Attorney
can check out the legal issues in-
volved with such a loan.
The commission also appoint-
ed Bonnie Driggers, operator of
the Lakeport Lodge, to the Tour-
ism Council. She replaced Bill
Redmon of the Glades Resort on
the new Council.
The Florida Department of
Revenue will host a seminar on
Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 5:30 p.m.
at the Moore Haven public library
to answer questions from tourist
tax collectors in the county. The
seminar will explain how to col-
lect and remit tourist development
tax due to the state. The new bed
tax goes into affect on Jan. 1.
The commission also autho-
rized the Sheriffs Office to re-


place channel markers on Lake
Okeechobee. FEMA gave the
County $37,500 to replace the
markers in fiscal year 2005-2006.
The low water on the lake pro-
hibited the markers from being
replaced. The Sheriff spent $3,000
of the money to purchase a light
for one of the channel markers.
The lowest bid for the markers
is $55,000. The County agreed to
take approximately $16,500 from
their boating safety fund to re-
place the markers.
Chief Deputy Duane Pottorff
said markers are scheduled to be
installed at Pearce Canal in Buck-
head Ridge and in Lakeport.
Commissioner Giesler said if
all the work can't be done right
now, the county could give out
part of the money now, and the
rest when it is needed.
"If they can't do it, they can't
do it, this is what they are quoting
us right now," Chief Pottorff said.


- Collateral


loan as it relates to the value of
the collateral) are decreasing. In
the past, a good LTV might have
been 80 percent of the appraised
value where today 70 percent is
being used.
Many lenders also consider
the nature of the collateral as it re-
lates to the loan. Is it a want or a
need? Wants tend to be classified
as boats, recreational vehicles,
airplanes, ATVs, and motorcycles.
These forms of collateral are usu-
ally structured with larger down
payments and somewhat limited
terms because they experience
both rapid depreciation and lim-
ited aftermarket appeal. Other
forms, such as a home or an au-
tomobile, receive more favorable


consideration and pricing be-
cause they are considered basic
necessities in today's world.
Keep in mind bank's consider
collateral very conservatively. It is
used for leverage only as a mat-
ter of last resort when a payment
is not made. No lender wishes to
take the customer's possession
away from them in order to liq-
uidate it and repay the debt. It is
both costly and adversely affects
all parties involved. When the
borrower has a stake in the game,
in the form of collateral, there is a
greater likelihood an earnest effort
will be made to make payments,
but the bank never wants to be
placed in a position of having to
look to the sale of that property to
satisfy the obligation.
Editor's note: This column
is open to submitted articles
from local financial institu-
tions. If you have a topic for
an article to share your "Fi-
nancial Cents," please sub-
mit by email to Okeenews@
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Shatto promoted to Team Leader


Kathleen Shatto has been pro-
moted to Commercial Lending
Team Leader for the Big Lake Re-
gion of Seacoast National Bank
which covers Okeechobee, Glades,
Hendry, Hardee, Highlands and
DeSoto Counties.
Ms. Shatto has been an employ-
ee of the Bank for over 11 years.
For the past six years Kathleen
has served as a Vice President and
Commercial Lender for the Institu-
tion. In her new position, Ms. Shat-
to will be responsible for growing
and maintaining the quality of the
commercial loan portfolio within
the Big Lake region markets. She
will continue to originate and ser-
vice all types of secured and unse-
cured loans personally or in con-
junction with other officers; will
have the responsibility to lead and
manage subordinate officers' lend-
ing activities and serve as financial


counselor for business leaders in
the community. She will work with
the Regional President in the for-
mation and execution of strategy
to increase loan production and
market share.
Her 14-year career in the bank-
ing industry is complimented by
her 23-year background in the
real estate appraisal profession.
In 1985, she earned the senior Ap-
praisal Institute designation SRA
and was also N.J. State Certified.
She holds an A.A. in Business Ad-
ministration from Monmouth Col-
lege, an A.S. in Financial Services
from IRSC, and all six diplomas
offered by the American Institute
of Banking Center for Financial
Training.
Ms. Shatto is an active member
of the Okeechobee community
through organizational member-
ships and volunteer services for


several local charities and orga-
nizations. As a board member of
Okeechobee Main Street, Kathleen
serves as Vice President of the or-
ganization. A strong supporter of
the March of Dimes, she as been
named as one of the community's
Top Individual Fundraisers for the
past five years by the March of
Dimes and is credited with orga-
nizing the Annual Bass Tourna-
ment fund raiser sponsored by
the Bank to benefit the charity. Ms.
Shatto is also an active member of
the local American Business Wom-
en's Association (ABWA) Wom-
en of Tomorrow Chapter here in
Okeechobee and is an Inner Circle
Member on the national level. She
was named the 2008-2009 Chapter
Woman of the Year and was re-
cently recognized as a 2008-2009
Nominee as one of the National Top
Ten Business Women for ABWA.


Kathleen is also a member of the
Okeechobee Business Women's
Referral Networking Group.


Texas Aquatic Harvesting provid-
ed the quote to the County.
Commissioner Paul Beck said
it appears this project should be
funded by a boating safety grant.
"They are going to nickel and
dime us to death."
Mr. Pottorff said the longer the
County waits the higher the quote
will go. He noted no agency really
wants to take responsibility for
these markers.
Emergency Management Di-
rector Angie Snow said she in-
tends to request more money
from FEMA for several projects.
She noted she can't make any
promises about the success of the
effort. She noted she had done
this in the past and received some
funds.
Porttorff said the markers are
designed to hold up against a Cat-
egory 3 storm.
Chairman Echols said the goal
of these markers are to help boat-
ers navigate the lake. He noted
the county will save money by
not having as many lost boaters
on the lake.
Commissioners also voted to
close county offices on Christmas
Eve at noon. Non-essential em-


ployees will be off on Christmas
Day and Friday, Dec. 26.
The commissioners will hold a
special meeting on Dec. 18, at 11
a.m. The annual Christmas Party
for Glades county employees is
Dec. 18, at noon at the Doyle Con-
ner building.
The county commission hopes
to award a bid for work on the
Pearce Canal in Buckhead Ridge
on Jan. 13. The Commission also
learned the South Florida Water
Management District is scheduled
to vote on the U.S. Sugar buyout
on Tuesday, Dec. 16.
Claudia McPherson, coordi-
nator of Toys for Tots in Glades
County is attempting to raise
money to purchase bicycles for
children. She noted that she has
received a good response from
businesses and individuals.
Commissioner Jones said Jan.
15, he will address the South
West Florida Regional Planning
council in Fort Myers and unveil a
report on the amount of acreage
in Glades County that is owned by
governmental agencies.


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Riverside customers
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FORT PIERCE Riverside
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dence and encourage liquidity in
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full FDIC insurance coverage of all
noninterest-bearing deposit trans-
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dollar amount. The full coverage
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funds in noninterest-bearing de-
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cases of questionable val-
ue, such as promises of
guaranteed income from
work-at-home programs if
it sounds too good to be
true, chances are that it is.
If you have questions or
doubts about any ad on
these pages, we advise that
before responding or send-
ing money ahead of time,
you check with the Better
Business Bureau at
772-878-2010 for previous
complaints.
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numbers may require an
extra charge, as well as
long distance toll costs. We
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reader of these charges in
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we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
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Services

IIa


Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435




DEE'S MINOR REPAIR
& Pressure Washing
Cool Sealing, Painting,
Carpentry & Much More!
No Job Too Big or Small.
(863)467-2917
or (863)261-6425
License #569 & #1126

? NEED HELP ?
CALL GEORGE CARTER
Painting, Repairs, Carpentry
Power Washing
FREE CONSULTATION
(863)763-4775
Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise
your yard sale in the
classified and make
your clean up a breeze!



JACK'S TOP SOIL
Fill Dirt/Shell Rock
& Bob Cat work.
Call 863-467-4734
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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, Unens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Pets/Supplies/
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740




LARGE KENMORE refrigerator-
Black side by side, Indoor
ice/water dispenser $275.
(863)697-6570
Shop here first!
The classified ads


WHITE BROYHILL-BR Set,
King headboard,Dresser
w/mirror,Armiour $350 for
all (863)697-6570



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


CHRISTMAS TREE 9 FT, Pre-
lit, clear lights, excellent con-
dition, $100, (863)634-8124
Okeechobee
KINETICO WATER SYSTEM -
Two years old New $3500
Will sell for $1500 080
(863)763-7792
SILVER FOX GO CART- Fun
Machine, Robin=6.5 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


BLACK & WHITE SHIH TZU
PUPPIE 9 wks. old w/shots &
health certificate. $450 Must
seel Call Melody @
(863)634-2110
MINI DACHSHUND PUPS -
Dark brown, 2 M & 1 F All
shots/wormed. Very healthy.
$250 (863)801-6144
PURE BREAD BOXER PUP-
PIES- 2-White Males, 2-
Fawn 1F 1-M Health Cert
$350. (863)634-1109
Need a few more bucks
to purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used items in
the classifeids.



SWAMP BUGGY-Palm Beach
Style 350 Auto, 400 Turbo
Trans, Offset 12x24 Tractor
Tires $4500 (863)447-5456


LARGE 73' MITSUBISIH- Rear
Projection bought in 2005,
moved too large for living
room, excellent cond, great
picture & sound $800 cash
only call to see, great
Christmas gift
(863)801-4367


CRAFTSMAN- 41 inch two
piece tool box on rollers, has
14 drawers. $500 OBO
(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








4793 Hy 441 South-Ranch
Horses, Kids Horse
Cutting Horses Good
GentleHorses. New&
Used tack
Concession Stand by:
Florida High School Rodeo
Team Okeechobee Chapter
For More Info Call:
Leslie
(863) 634-7659
Looking for a place to
hang your hat? Look
no further than the
classified


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

KEECHOBEE, 2br, 1a
Near town. mo.
inclds water Annual
Lease. Call Kelly
S863-697-1339
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 file firs., etc. $750
mo + sec Water & Cable
included 863-697-6428
OAK LAKE VILLAS #17- 2/2,
Irg bdrms, W&D incld,
$800/mo, 1st, last & $500
sec. (863)467-5965
OKEE BEST DEAL
2 BR, 2 BA, Liv. & Din. Rm.,
Util. Rm, w/hook ups &
storage cabinets. Patio.
Privacy fence. FREE trash &
Lawn maintenance. No pets.
$690 mo. + $500 dep.
Call (417)848-3424


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say, "I sold it in the
classified "


* Key West I/ Furnished Cottage Dade County Pine Hardwood
Floors adorable wrap around porch on TC
* Cute 2/1 fully furnished, screen porch overlooks huge Cypress
trees Pnvate & quiet night on Taylor Creek
* Gorgeous setting on Taylor (reek, 2bd/2ba fully furnishd, washer
dryer. Huge fenced in backyard-Concrete boat ramp.
* Beautiful sunsets with this 2/1 on wide nm canal, dile oors
washer/dryer, huge storage shed, big fenced yard. Tropical setting.


CBS- 2200 SW 3rd Ave. 3BR,
18A, Near Wal-Mart, Nice
yard. $825 mo, $2000
moves in (863)634-0512
DIXIE RANCH ACRES 3br,
2ba, W/D hookup,
$1000/mo, 1st, last & sec.
(561)723-6865
DOWN TOWN 3500 sq. ft.,
48R, 2BA, Huge Family Rm
Water-Sewer & Garbage
Pickup included $1000 mo
Call (863)634-7353
HOUSE 2BR/1BA, inside city-
limits, northwest section,
$600 mo., 1st & last, ncl.
yard & trash service
(863)467-2563
IN OKEECHOBEE CITY: 4 Br/
2Ba, $1100 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. & refs. Call Barry for
more info. 772-216-1461
OKEE: 3/1 on /2 ac. Renovat-
ed, laundry, C/A/heat, screen
porch, carport $975 mo, 1st
mo. & dep. Call 305-458-8659
OKEECHOBEE 509 NW 121h
St, 3br, 2ba, recently reno-
vated, $800/mo.
863 634-0429 or
863 697-1426
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



DOWN TOWN 1,000 up to
3,000 sq. ft. All ready built
out with offices/rooms
(863)634-7353 tor details
EXCELLENT LOCATION 441
S. Commercial Office/Retail
Space, 1154 sq. ft. Call
863-634-7728 for details.



FULLY FURNISHED with dock,
2/2, BHR, seasonal or long
term. $700/mo. $500 dep.
Call 863-824-0981
WATERFRONT: 2BR, V1 BA
Treasure Island Fenced yd
$765 mo (772) 359-6584
mardelvar@comcast.net.


Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos/
Townhouses Sale1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wantedl065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080




Bank Owned Land, Several
parcels ranging from .5 to
40 acres call for info
(561)346-5952 Carola
Rathke, Keller Williams RE
CROOKED CREEK
Corner Lot. 2.2 acres, $95K
OBO Call Cell
772-530-2095
or 863-467-6399


VOLUSIA CTY- 82 Acres,
great location, walk to mtra-
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-75 X 110 mobile
home lot, 4415 SE 23rd Ct,
Okeechobee $181.90 month
(863)763-4892 or
(863)763-5419 Anytime



Dew Drop Inn-Adult park-
DWMH- 3/2 12x26 screen
room, 20x26 carport, cent
A/C/Heat, mcl apple, unfur-
nished. $900 mo.includes
water/sewer, basic cable,
1stlast & dep References
Req, (863)697-2065
INDIANTOWN Cottage, 1BR,
1BA, $750 mo Includes
electnc& water 1, 2 & 3 BR
All include city water, some
electnc. $425-$550 mo.
1st, last, sec & ref's Call
(561)346-4692/346-4692
OKEE.: New 2br/2ba on private
lot, on T.Ck $650/mo 1st &
sec Avail Now No pets Call
(561)767-6111
OKEECHOBEE 1BR, 1BA Sin-
le w/Flonda Rm. No pets,
$575 mo. & $500 sec. dep.
Call 863-763-0648
RV'S WITH SUN ROOMS-
(863)697-2065
TAYLOR CREEK ISLES 2/2
on water, furnished, wa-
ter/electric/cable incl. No
pets Adults only. $900/mo.
Call 954-260-1933
TREASURE ISLAND 2/2, Ig,
turn SW, screened porch, stor-
age, private lot $695/mo
Seasonal Avail. 863-610-2126
One man's trash is
another man's treas-
ure. Turn your trash
to treasure with an ad
in the classifieds.



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.
ON CANAL 24x48, 3BR, 28A
2 Screen rms, 3 sheds, car-
port. River Bend Park. Lot 37
$42,500 (863)467-4712
Grab a bargain from your
neighbor's garage, attic,
basement or closet in
today's classified.


Land Sale 104


Recreation



Boats 3005
Campers/RVs 3010
JetSkiis 3015
Marine Accessories3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035



AIR BOAT-STOSSELL HULL,
Decked over, with trailer as
is, no motor or prop $3000
080 (863)763-7174
WELLCRAFT 2000 18 Ft,
180 Fisherman T-top. 90 hp
Johnson Ocean Pro Brand
new power pack Having ba-
by... must sell. $7900 or
best offer (863)227-0407


HOLIDAY RAMBLER One
bedroom/bath travel trailer.
Has gas/electnc. 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
1-662-6576

SANDPIPER 2002, 30 ft 5th
Wheel, 2 slide outs,great
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,
800cc, w/windshield,
ba9s,footboards. Mint con-
dition w/less than 1,500
miles. Garaged. Inc. Re-
mainder of extended war-
ranty $4500.
(863)467-5823



SCOOTERS 2008 NEW
150CC, 80mpg Goes
60mph. Great Christmas gift!
$1100 (954)260-1933
YAHAMA DIRTBIKE-2006
TTR-125, used very little,
great cond. Big Wheel,$1800
080 $350 in extras.
(863)763-5229


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



CHEVY CAVALIER '03 LS
Sport 25K. 1 Owner Sunrt
All pwr. New tires. Exc.
cond. $6100 863-357-1988
CHRYSLER SEBRING-2003, 4
cylinder, auto, cold alc, fully
loaded, runs great $3500
080 (863) 697-9938



JEEP LARADO- 4 Wheel
Drie,1998 Excellent cond.
high miles, 4 dr, boat hitch
$2500 Firm (863)467-6469


F150-1998 New Motor, New
Tires, Runs Great $5000
080 (863)763-7174
TOYOTA TACOMA-2004 V6
4x4 $14000 (863)610-1593


UTILITY TRAILER-16 FT -2
Axel, New Tires $900 080
863-634-2979


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Public Notices



Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500




IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
FileNo 2008-CP-160

Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of Car
Garin, Sr, deceased, whose date of
death was Apnl 20, 2007, is pending
in the Circn Court for Okeechobee
County, Flonda, Probate Division, the
address of which is 312 NE 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 34972 The
names and addresses of the personal
representative and the personal repre-
sentave s attoey are set forth be
low
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons hatig claims or demands
against decedent's estate on whom a
copy of this nomce is required to be
served must fie their claims wit this
court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3
MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE
OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF
SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE
ON THEM
All other creditors of the decedent and
other persons having clams or de-
mands against decedent's estate must
ile their claims wh this court WITHIN
3 MONTHS AFTER TH E OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE
TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SEC-
TION 733 1702 OF THE FLORIDA PRO-
BATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS
SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED
TwO 1(2 YEARS OR MORE AFTER
THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED
The date of first publication of this notice
is December 12h, 2008
Personal Represenative
can Gar a Jr
PO Box2264
Okeechobee, Flonda 34973
Arney for Personal Representave
Thomas E WeikSnar, Esquire
Attorney for Cal Garvm, Jr
Fonda Bar N 0897255
GARY WILLIAMS, FINNEY LEWIS,
WATSON & SPERANDO, PL
221 E OsceolaStreet
Stuart, FL 34994-2110
Telephone (772) 283-8260
Fax l772d 463-1205
303994 N 12/12,a 08
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CITIGROUP GLOBAL MARKETS REALTY
CORP., etc.,
Planthf
v Case No 2008 CA 525
IEN SCOTT MITCHEM, et al.,
Defendants
NOTICE OF SUITE PROPERTY
TO Leen Scott Mithem, Shonna Elaine
Milchem, Dennis E Holerge and
Carolyn S Holerger
Addresses iUnknown
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an ac
ion to foreclose a mortgage on the fo-
lowing property in Okeechobee
County, Flonda
Los 1 2 and 3, LESS the South 10
eet of Lots 1, 2 and 3, the East 5 feet
of Lots 4 and 5 LESS the South 10
feet of Lot 5 all in Block 47, Winker's
Woodland Park according to he plat
thereof as recorded in Plat Book 2 at
Page 24 of the Public Records of
i , lorda TOGETH
S, feet of the East
170 feel of the now abandoned Thir-
teenth Steet lying bealeen 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 Public
Records of Okeechobee County, Flori-
da
has been tiled against young, and you are
required to serve a copy of your wit-
ten defenses, any to it, on Plantfa's
attorney whose name and address is
J Andrew Baldwin THE SOLIMON
LAW GROUP PA, 1881 West Kenne
dy Boulevard, Tampa, Florida 33606,
and file the original with he Clerk of
the above-styled Court, on or before
12/29/08 an answer must be fled or
you will be defaulted and a judgment
may be entered agalns you for the re-
ief demanded in the Complaint
WITNESS my hand and the seal of said
Court on November 19, 2008
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By /S/LINDA F YOUNG
Deputy Clerk
303134 ON 12/5,12/08






10 Okeechobee News, Friday, December 12, 2008


I PublicNotic II50


Public Notice 500


AMENDED
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE BY
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
Notice is hereby given that Me undersigned, SHARON ROBERTSON, Clerk of the Cir-
cut Court of Okeechobee County, Fonda, wll on the 31st day of December,
2008 at 11 00 A M, at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 Northwest
3rd Street, Jury Assembly Room, Second Floor, Okeechobee, Flonda 34972, in
the City of Okeechobee, offer for sale and sell at public outcry to the highest and
best bidder for cash, the following described property situated in Okeechobee
County, Flonda, to-wit
THE EAST 1/2 OF THE WEST 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF
TRACT 2, SECTION 25, TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RANGE 33 EAST, OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA. ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT
BOOK 4, PAGE 3A- INCLUSIVE OF THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY PUBLIC
RECORDS, SUBJECT TO AN EASEMENT OF THE SOUTH 30 FEET THEREOF FOR
ROAD AND DRAINAGE PURPOSES.
TOGETHER WITH A 2000 DOUBLE WIDE MOBILE HOME, BEARING VEHICLE
IDENTIFICATION NUMBERS: 9P610235MAAND 9P610235MB
pursuant to the final decree of foreclosure entered in a case pending in said Court,
the style of which is
SEACOAST NATIONAL BANK,
Plaintif,
vs
DENNIS RIMES and KAREN RIMES, his wife,
Defendants
and the docket number of which is 2008-CA-387
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY,
OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS
MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE
WITNESS my hand and the official seal of said Court, this 8th day of December,
2008
SHARON ROBERTSON.
Clerk of he Circuit Court of
Okeechobee County, Herida
BY Sandra Greech
DEPUTY CLERK
Law Office of Cassels & McCall
John D Casses Jr, Esquire
Post Office Box 968
Okeechobee, Flonda 34973
303805 ON 12/12,19/08

AMENDED
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE BY
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
Notce is hereby given that the undersigned, SHARON ROBERTSON, Clerk of the Cir-
cuit Court of Okeechobee County, Flonda will on the 31st day of December
2008, at 11 00 A M, at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 Northwest
3rd Street, Jury Assembly Room, Second Floor, Okeechabee, Flonda 34972, in
the City of Okeechobee offer for sale and sell at public outcry to the highest and
best bidder for cash, the following described property situated in Okeechobee
County, Fonda, to-wit
THE EAST 1/2 OF LOT 10 AND ALL OF LOTS 11 AND 12 OF BLOCK 215, FIRST
ADDITION TO OKEECHOBEE. ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED
IN PLAT BOOK 5, PAGE 6. PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
TOGETHER WITH: BEGINNING AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF LOT 12, BLOCK
215, FIRST ADDITION TO OKEECHOBEE, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF
RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 5, PAGE 6, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA, AND RUN EAST A DISTANCE OF 35 FEET TO THE CENTER
OF CHEROKEE STREET, NOW CLOSED BY CITY ORDINANCE, THENCE RUN
SOUTH ALONG THE CENTER OF CHEROKEE STREET A DISTANCE OF 145 FEET.
MORE OR LESS, TO THE NORTH BOUNDARY OF 4TH STREET; THENCE RUN
WEST, ALONG THE NORTH BOUNDARY OF 4TH STREET, TO THE SOUTHEAST
CORNER OF SAID LOT 12; THENCE RUN NORTH ALONG THE EAST BOUNDARY
OF SAID LOT 12 TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING.
AND:
LOTS 1 AND 2, BLOCK 216, FIRST ADDITION TO OKEECHOBEE, ACCORDING TO
THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 5, PAGE 6, PUBLIC RECORDS
OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA.
pursuant to the final decree of foreclosure entered in a case pending in sad Court,
the style of which is
SEACOAST NATIONAL BANK, as successor by merger to BIG LAKE NATIONAL
BANK,
Plantif,
vs
ESTATE OF RUSSELL HOUSTON BARBER, O/ka R H BARBER, Deceased
Defendant
and the docket number of which is 2008-CA-348
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY
OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS
MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE
WITNESS my hand and the official seal of said Court this 8th day of December,
2008
SHARON ROBERTSON,
Clerk of he Circut Court of
Okeechobee County, Florida
BY Sandra Greech
DEPUTY CLERK
Law Office of Cassels & McCall
John Cassels Jr, Esquire
Post Office Box 968
Okeechobee, Flonda 34973
303801 ON 12/12,19/08

AMENDED
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE BY
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
Notce is hereby given that the undersigned, SHARON ROBERTSON, Clerk of the Cir
cut Court of Okeechobee County, Fonda, wll on the 31st day of December,
2008, at 11 00 A M at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center 312 Northwest
3rd Street, Jury Assembly Room, Second Floor Okeechobee, Flonda 34972, in
the City of Okeechobee, offer for sale and sell at public outcry to the highest and
best bidder for cash, the following described property situated in Okeechobee
County, Flnda, to wit
LOT 16, BLOCK 10, ORANGE BLOSSOM RANCHES, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT
THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 9, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.
pursuant to the final decree of foreclosure entered in a case pending in said Court,
the style of which is
SEACOAST NATIONAL BANK,
Plantif,
vs
CHRISTY N HARDEN
Defendant
and the docket number of which is 2008 CA 347
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE IF ANY
OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS
MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE
WITNESS my hand and the official seal of said Court, this 8th day of December
2008
SHARON ROBERTSON,
Clerk of e Circuit Court of
Okeechobee County, Forda
BY Sandra Greech
DEPUTY CLERK
Law Office of Cassels & McCall
John Cassels, Jr, Esquire
Post Office Box 968
Okeechobee, Flonda 34973
303806 ON 12/12,19/08

CUSTODIAL SERVICES at
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Freshman Camus Auditonumr
Mui-Prose Buldin
Okeechobee County School Board
Okeechobee, FL 34974
INVITATION FOR SEALED BIDS
Sealed bids will be received by Dale Barret, Director of Operations for THE OKEE-
CHOBEE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD, OKEECHOBEE FLORIDA at 10:00 AM, January
28, 2009 in the office of Dale Barrett at 938 NW 34th Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972
for
CUSTODIAL SERVICES at
District Office Freshman Campus Auditorium Mulll-Purpose Bldg.
700 SW 2nd Avenue 610 SW 2nd Avenue 3150 NW 10th Terrace
Okeechobee, FL 34974 Okeechobee, FL 34974 Okeechobee, FL 34974
Specificaltons may be picked up in the office of Dale Barret
Bid opening will be January 28,2009 at 10:00 AM.
Bidders shall submit pr qualification documents consistin of current occupational
license, liability and workers compensation insurance to the office of Dale Barren
pnor to the bid opening Service agreement will become effective March 2, 2009
303907 ON 12/12/08

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION
File No 2008-CP-175
N RE ESTATE OF
JAMES P PRICE, Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
(Summarv AnmlnslratiNn
TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS OR DEMANDS AGAINST THE ABOVE ESTATE
You are hereby nrofed that an Order of Summary Administation has been entered
in the estate of JAMES P PRCE, deceased File Number 2008 CP 175 by the
Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Flonda, Probate Division, the address of
which is 312 N W 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Flonda 34972, that the decedents
date of death was February 9, 2008, that the total value of the estate is
$18,000 00 and that the names and addresses of hose to whom it has been as-
signed by such order are
NAME ADDRESS
Alan Lindner 685 S E 25 Street
Okeechobee, FL 34974
Jeffrey Price 2325 NW Fork Road
Stuart, FL 34994
Jay Price 36 Island Park
New York, NY11558
Jerrold Price 31283KendaleRoad
Lewes, DE 19958
ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE NOTIFIED THAT
All creditors of the estate of te decedent and persons having claims or demands
against the estate of the decedent other than those for whom provision for full
payment was made in the Order of Summary Admislation must fle their claims
witth is Court WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733 702 OF
THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE
ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED
NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER APPLICABLE TIME PERIOD ANY CLAIM FILED
TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED
The date of first publication of this Notice is October 30th, 2008
Attorney for Personal Representatve
Janice B Richardson, Esq for the irm
Harvn, Harvn & Pinnock, LLP
00 East Ocean Bld ,Suite 210-BStuart, Flonda34994
772-286-3630 Telephone
772 286-6166 Facsimile
Florida Bar No 0036403
Personal Representative
Jerrold Pnce
31283 Kendale Road, Lewes, DE 19958
304055 ON 12/12,19/08

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINE-
TEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND-
FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
Case No. 2008-CA-489
SAMMY HANCOCK,
Plaintilf,
is
CABERNET I, LLC, a Florida Corpora-
tion, BETTY JO MARTIN, FIRST FI-
DELITY SAVINGS AND LOAN
ASSOCIATION a Flida ord Cpora-
tion, BANK ONE NATIONAL ASSOCIA-
TION, a Florida Corporation,
VARNETT BANK OF OKEECHOBEE,
n/ka BANK OF AMERICA, METRO-
POLITAN MORTGAGE COMPANY a
Florida Corporation, PARRISH SEP-
TIC TANK, INC., and as to each of the
foregoing person, if alive or de-
ceased, Iheir unknown heirs, devi-
sees, grantees, creditors, and all
other parties claiming by, under or
against these Defendants
Defendants
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO BETTYJOMARTIN FIRST FIDELITY
SAVINGS AND LOAN ASSOCIATION, a
Florida Corporation, and BANK ONE
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, a Florida
Corporation
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an ac-
on for quiet tide of the following de-
scnbed property
Parcel Identifcaion Number"
1-20-37-35-CA000000120000
Beginning at the NE Corner of the SE 1/4
of NE 1/4 of NE of Section 20 Town-
ship 37 South, Range 35 East, Run
South 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 sip of and 15 feet
wide on the East and South sides
thereof which is reserved for road
purposes
has been filed against you and your are
required to serve a copy of our wnt-
ten defense, f any, to it on Sanmy
Hancock, c/o 1138 South Parro Ave-
nue Okeechobee, Flonda 34974 and
ile the original with the Clerk ofthe
above styled Court within thirty (30)
days from the date of the first publica-
ion, otherwise aludgment may be en-
tered against you for the relief
demanded in the Complaint
WITNESS my hand and the seal of said
Court on this day of
,2008
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of Circ Court
By /S/Linda F Young
Deputy Clerk
302618 ON 12/5,12,19,26/2008
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA,
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
CIVIL DIVISION
NATIONAL CITY BANK, AS SUCCESSOR
BY MERGER TO HARBOR FEDERAL
SAVINGS BANK,
Plaintiff
VS CASE NO 08556CA
UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANT
EES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS, LIEN-
ORS TRUSTEES OF MARY J GILL
DECEASED, DEXEL W BROCK, HEIR,
DEXEL W BROCK, PERSONAL REP-
RESENTATIVE OF THE ESTATE OF
MARY J GILL, DAVID B GILL, HEIR,
KATHERINE SIMMONS, HEIR, MARY
CRUZ, HEIR MARTHA ALLEN HEIR,
UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF MARTHA AL
LEN, IF LIVING, INCLUDING ANY UN-
KNOWN SPOUSE OF SAID
DEFENDANTSS, IF REMARRIED, AND
IF DECEASED, THE RESPECTIVE UN-
KNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANT-
EES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS,
LIENORS, AND TRUSTEES, AND ALL
OTHER PERSONS CLAIMING BY
THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THE
NAMED DEFENDANTSS, UNKNOWN
TENANT#1, UNKNOWN TENANT #2,
Defendants)
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES,
GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES CREDITORS,
LIENORS, TRUSTEES OF MARY J
GILL, DECEASED, MARY CRUZ, HEIR,
IF LIVING, INCLUDING ANY UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF SAID DEFENDANTSS, IF
REMARRIED, AND IF DECEASE, THE
RESPECTIVE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVI-
SEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES,
CREDITORS, LIENORS, AND TRUS-
TEES, AND ALL OTHER PERSONS
CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR
AGAINST THE NAMED DEFEN-
DANT(S),
Whose residence areis unknown
TO DAVID B GILL, HEIR, KATHERINE
SIMMONS, HEIR, Whose residence is
1001 SW TH STREET
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974
YOU ARE HEREBY required to file your
answer or written defenses, if any, in
the above proceeding with the Clerk of
this Court, and to serve a copy thereof
upon the plainff's attorney, Law Offic
es of Daniel C Consuegra, 9204 King
Palm Dnve, Tampa, FL 33619-1328,
telephone 13) 915-8660, facsimile
(813) 915-0559, within 30 days of
date of first publication the nature of
this proceeding being a suit for fore
closure of mortgage against the fol-
lowing descnbed property, to wit
LOTS 1 & 2, BLOCK 20, SOUTHWEST
ADDITION TO OKEECHOBEE, AC-
CORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS
RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 2, PAGE 7,
OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEE-
CHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
AK/A
1001 SW 9TH STREET
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974
Syou fall to file your answer or wrtnen
defenses in the above proceeding, on
plaintiffs attorney, a default wll be en-
tered against you for the relief de
handed in the Complaint or Petiion
DATED at OKEECHOBEE County this 8th
day of December, 2008
SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK
303862 Clerk of the Circud Court
By Arlene Neals
Deputy Clerk
NOTICE
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS
WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990, In
accordance with the American with
Disabilites Act of 1990, persons need-
ng a special accommodation to parlici-
pate in this proceeding should contact
Court Administration no later than sev-
en day prior to the proceeding al 00
NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie,
Florida 34986, 1-772-807-4370 within
two working d of our receipt of thi
NOTICE; I YOU ARE HEADNE IM-
PAIRED CALL 1-800-955-9771; IF YOU
ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1-800-955-8770.
303862 ON 12/12,19/2008
IN THE COUNTY COURT OF
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO 200B-CC-205
PATRICIA DURRANCE, as Manager
f TOWN AND COUNTRY MOBILE
HOME PARK,
Plainff
vs
DONALD PETERS and
FREDERICK PETERS,
Defendants
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO DEFENDANTS, DONALD PETERS and
FREDERICK PETERS:
YOU ARE NOTIFIEO hat an action for
Eicion, Back Rent, and Damages
concerning the following property in
Okeechobee County, Florida
Town and Counry Mobile Home Park
Lot 5
4425 SW Highway 441 South
Okeechobee, Florida 34974
has been fled against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your wnit
ten defenses, I any, to it on Jeffrey A
Faley PA the plaintiff's attorney
whose address s 8907 South West
2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, Flonda
34974, on or before 12/24/2008, and
file the onginal with the clerk of this
court either before service on e
plaintiff's attorney or immediately
thereafter, otherwise a default will be
entered against you for the relief de-
manded in the complaint or petton
DATED on November 18, 2008
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
By /s/StasiaL Rhoden
Deputy Clerk
301484 ON 11/21,28,12/05.12/08

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA,
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
CIVIL DIVISION
TAYLOR, BEAN & WHITAKER MORT
GAGE CORP,
Plaintli
VS CASE NO 08 557 CA
DAVID W TRIPLETT, THE UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF DAVID W TRIPLETT
NARY E TRIPLETT, THE UNKNOWN
S HOUSE OF MARY E TRIPLET,
S OTT MICHAEL KOCHAKIAN, IF LV-
IhG, INCLUDING ANY UNKNOWN
S HOUSE OF SAID DEFENDANTSS, IF
R MARRIED, AND IF DECEASED, THE
R SPECTIVE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVI
S ES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES,
C EDITORS, LIENORS, AND TRUS-
T ES, AND ALL OTHER PERSONS
C AIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR
AGAINST THE NAMED DEFEN-
DANT(SI, CITIFINANCIAL EQUITY
SERVICES, INC, WHETHER DIS-
SOLVED OR PRESENTLY EXISTING,
TOGETHER WITH ANY GRANTEES,
ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS, LIENORS,
OR TRUSTEES OF SAID DEFEN-
DANTTIS AND ALL OTHER PERSONS
CLAIMING BY THROUGH, UNDER, OR
AGAINST DEFENDANTSS, UNKNOWN
TENANT #1, UNKNOWN TENANT #2,
Defendant(s)
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO DAVID W TRIPLET, THE UN-
KNOWN SPOUSE OF DAVID W TRIP
LETT, MARY E TRIPLETT THE
UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF MARY E
TRIPLEET, IF LIVING, INCLUDING ANY
UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF SAID DEFEN-
DANT(S), IF REMARRIED, AND IF DE-
CEASED, THE RESPECTIVE
UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES,
GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS,
LIENORS, AND TRUSTEES, AND ALL
OTHER PERSONS CLAIMING BY
THROUGH UNDER OR AGAINST THE
NAMED DEFENDANTSS,
Whose residence are/is unknown
YOU ARE HEREBY required to file your
answer or writen defenses, if any in
the above proceeding with the Clerk of
this Court, and to serve a copy thereof
upon the plaintffs attorney, Law Ofic-
es of Daniel C Consuegra, 9204 Kin
Palm Drive, Tampa, FL 3319-1328,
telephone (813) 915-8660, facsimile
(13) 9150559, within 30 days of
date of first publication, the nature of
this proceeding being a sui for fore-
closure of mortgage against the fol
lowing described property, to wit
LOT 28., FOUR SEASONS ESTATES,
'N UNRECORDED PLAT OF PART OF
SECTION 17 TOWNSHIP 27 SOUTH,
ANGE 3E EAST MORE PARTICU
EARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS
O'IMENCING AT THE 1/4 SECTION
0 NER OF THE WEST BOUNDARD
IN OF SECTION 17, TOWNSHIP 37
0 TH, RANGE 36 EAST, RUN
H NCE SOUTH 89 DEGREES 24'08"
A T ALONG THE 1/4 SECTION LINE
0 A DISTANCE OF 190530 FEET,
1.E OR LESS, TO A POINT ON THE
TA T RIGHT-OF-WAY OF FOUR SEA-
.0 S DRIVE THENCE RUN NORTH 0
E REES 04'22 EAST PARALLEL
W H THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF
SA SECTION 17 AND ALONG THE
EA ;T RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF FOUR
SEASONS DRIVE FOR A DISTANCE OF
1388 00 FEET THENCE RUN SOUTH
89 DEGREES 24'08 EAST FOR A DIS
TANCE OF 100 00 FEET THENCE RUN
SOUTH 0 DEGREES 04'22 EAST FOR
A DISTANCE OF 10000 FEET FOR A
POINT OF BEGINNING, THENCE CON-
TINUE SOUTH 0 DEGREES 04'22"
EAST A DISTANCE OF 1000 FEET
THENCE RUN SOUTH 89 DEGREES
24'0" EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF
10000 FEET THENCE RUN NORTH 0
DEGREES 04'22" WEST FOR A DIS-
TANCE OF 100 00 FEET THENCE RUN
NORTH 89 DEGREES 24'08 WEST
FOR A DISTANCE OF 100 00 FEET TO
THE POINT OF BEGINNING OF THE
PARCEL HEREIN DESCRIBED
THE ABOVE DESCRIBED PARCEL IS
ALSO KNOWN AS LOT 28B OF AN UN
RECORDED PLAT OF A PART OF SEC-
TION 17, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH,
RANGE 36 EAST LYING AND BEING
IN OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
To include a
1988 Mernrt Livestock Trailer,
VIN TW364C25814A and 46191070
1988 Memt Livestock Traler,
VIN TW364C25814B and 46197824
A/K/A
7065 NE 11TH LANE
OKEECHOBEE FL 34974
If you fail to file your answer or wnten
defenses in the above proceeding on
plaini s attorney, a default will be en
tered against you for the relief de-
manded in the Complaint or Petton
DATED at OKEECHOBEE County this 8th
day of December, 2008
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By /S/LINDA F YOUNG
Deputy Clerk
NOTICE
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS
WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In
accordance with the American with
Disabililies Act of 1990, persons need.
ing a special accommodation to particl-
pate in this proceeding should contact
Court Administration no later than sev
en days prior to the proceeding at 250
NW Country Club Drive, Part St. Lucle,
Florida 34986, 1.772-807.4370 within
two working days of your receipt of this
NOTICE; IF YOU ARE HEARING IM-
PAIRED CALL 1-800-955-9771, IF YOU
ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1-800-955-8770,
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NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF
PROPOSED SPECIAL EXCEPTION
NOTICE A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the Cdy of Okeechobee Planning
Board/Board of Adjustment and Appeals on Thursday, December 18, 2008 at
6 00 p m or as soon thereafter as possible The meeting will be held at City Hall,
55 SE 3rd Avenue, in the Council Chambers, Room 200, Okeechobee, Florda
To consider Special Exception Petition No 08-012-SE, submlted by Kendall S Phil-
lips, Engineer for MidFlonda Credit Union, on behalf of property ownerss, Broth-
ers Two Developers, Inc, to allow a Drive through service within a Heavy
Commercial Zoning Distnct (Ref Code Book Section 9-283(1i )
Property s located at 1100 South ParotAvenue Legal descnption Lots to 3 and
7 to 9 of Block 16, South Okeechobee, and is approximately 0 98 acres
A copy of the entire applications) and agenda are available in the General Servic-
es Office, Rm 101 at City Hall or by calling Bety Clement at (863) 763-3372 x
218 Please be advised that the Board of Adjustment and Apeals will serve as
the decision making body (quasi-udicial), on behalf of the ty, to approve or
deny Special Exception Pebtions
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the Board of Adjustments and Appeals wit respect to any mat-
ter considered at this meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a verbatim record of
the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon
which the appeal is to be based General Services media is for the sole purpose
of backup tr official records of the department
In accordance with the Amencans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florida Statute
286 26, persons with disabil ies needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Bety Clement, no later than two (2) working days
pnor to the proceeding at 863 763 3372 x 218, if you are heanng or voice im
paired, call TDD 1-800-955-8770 (voice) or 1-800-955-8771 (TTY)
BY Bnan Whehall, Zoning Administrator
Petition No 08 012 SE
302920 ON 12/3,12/08

NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF
PROPOSED ZONING RECLASSIFICATION
NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Planning
Board/Board of Adjustment and Appeals on Thursday, December 18, 2008 at
6 00 p or as soon hereafter as possible The meeting will beheld at City Hal,
55 Southeast 3rd Avenue, in the Council Chambers, Room 200, Okeechobee,
Flonda
To consider a request to change the zoning district from Resdenhal Multple Family
(RMF) to Commercial Professional Office (PO) for Petion No 08-011-R The
petition is being submitted by Muhammad Nooruddin on behalf of property own-
er(s) A M S A Holdings, LLC The property is located at 111 Northeast 11th
Street
Legal description Lots 17 to 19 of Block 18 Okeechabee, according to the plat
thereof recorded in Plat Book 1, Page 10 Public Records of Okeechobee County,
Flonda, and is approximately 0 488 acres,
A copy of the agenda may be obtained from the City websae www itofok
bee c or contact the General Services Deparllent, bctementyfciloiokeecho-
bee corn (863) 763-3372 x 218 A copy of the entire applications) are available
at the General Services Department The Planning Board will make recommenda-
tions to the City Council for consideration and final adoption tentatively scheduled
for Tuesday, January 20, 2009
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the Planning Board/Board of Adustments and Appeals wilh re-
spect to any matter considered at this meeting, or heanng will need to ensure a
verbatim record of the proceedings is made which record includes the testimony
and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based Media are used for the sole
purpose of back-up for the General Services Office
In accordance with the Amencans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florida Statute
286 26, persons with disabilies needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Bety Clement, no later than two (2) working days
pnor to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x 218, if you are hearing or voice im-
paired, call TDD 1-800-955-8770 (voice) or 1-800-955-8771 (TTY)
BY Bnan Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
Petition No 08-011-R
3029190N 12/3,12/08

NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF
PROPOSED ZONING RECLASSIFICATION
NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Planning
Board/Board of Adjustment and Appeals on Thursday, December 18, 2008 at
6 00 pm or as soon thereafter as possible The meeting will be held at City Hall,
55 Southeast 3rd Avenue, in the Council Chambers, Room 200, Okeechobee,
Flonda
To consider a request to change e zoning distct from Commercial Professional
Office (PO) to Public Faclties (PUB) for Pettion No 08-008-R The petition is
being submitted by Colin Cameron, Attorney for ARC/Okeechobee Rehablitation,
on behalf of property owners) Okeechobee County ihe property is located at
403 Northwest 2nd Avenue
Legal descnpon Lots 7 to 12 inclusive, and the South 47 feet of Lots 1 to 6, in-
clusive, plus alleyway lying within the block, of Block 107, Okeechobee, accord
ing to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 5 Public Records of
Okeechobee County, Flonda, and is approximately 1 425 acres,
A copy of the agenda may be obtained from the City websate wwwitofokeecho
bee corn or contact the General Services Department, bclementdcitiofokeecho-
bee om, (863) 763-3372 x 218 A copy of the entire applications) are available
at the General Services Department The Planning Board will make recommend
tions to the City Council for consideration and final adoption tentatively scheduled
for Tuesday, January 20, 2009
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the Planning Board/Board of Adjustments and Appeals with re-
spect to any mater considered at this meetg, or heanng will need to ensure a
verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony
and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based Media are used for the sole
purpose of back-up for the General Services Office
In accordance with the Amencans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florida Statute
286 26, persons with disab ihes needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Bety Clement, no later than two (2) working days
pnor to the proceeding at 863 7633372 x 218, if you are hearing or voice im
paired, call TDD 1-800-955-8770 (voice) or 1-800-955-8771 (TY)
BY Bnan Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
Petition No 08 008R
3029170N 12/3,12/08

NOTICE OF HEARING
Okeechobee Coun Code Enforcement
Special Magistrate
The Okeechobee County Special Magistrate will hold a public meeting on Tuesday
December 16, 2008 at 200 pm The public meeting wll be held at the Okeechobee
County Health Department Auditorium located at 1728 N W 9th Avenue, Okeecho-
bee, Florida For more information, contact Faye Huffman at the Planning and Devel
opment Department, 499 NW 51h Avenue, Okeechabee, Flonda 34972,
(863) 763-5548 ext 3001
All interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public meeting
Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Code Enforcement Special Mag-
istrate with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure that
a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and that the record includes the testi-
mony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based Code Enforcement tapes
are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the Department
Faye Huffman Secretary to he
Code Enforcement Special Magistrate
303724 ON 12/12,14/08


NOTICE OF CITY PLANNING BOARD MEETING
NOTICE The Ciy of Okeechobee Planning Board will meet as the Local Planning
Agency on Thursday, December 18, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as
possible, to consider any proposed amendments, submitted by City Staff or cilzens,
to the adopted City Comprehensive Plan, which may include amendments to he
adopted Land Development Reulations (LDR's) All amendments are forwarded
w a recommendation, to the City Council for final consideration Tie meeting will
be held at City Hail, f5 SouMeast3rd Avenue, in the Council Chambers, Room 200
Okeechabee, Ronda
A copy of the agenda may be obtained from the City web site www tyofokeecho
beecom or contact the General Services Department, beementdcitlofokeecho-
beecom. (863) 763-3372x 218
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the Planning Board wth respect to any matter considered at mhis
meeong or heanng will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is
made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is
to be based General Services media are used for Me sole purpose of bac-up for
the department
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florida Statute
286 26, persons wilM disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Betty Clement, no later than two (2) worIng days
prior to the proceeding at 863 763 3372 x 218, If you are hearing or voice impaired,
call TDD 1-800-955-8770 (voice) or 1-800-955-8771 (TTY)
BY Bnan Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
302911 ON 12/3,12/08

NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF
PROPOSED COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENTS
NOTICE A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Planning
Board/Board of Adjustment and Appeals en Thursday, December 18, 2008 at 6:00
Pm or as soon thereafter as possible Tie meebng will be held at City Hall, 55
Southeast 3rd Avenue, in the Councl Chambers, Room 200, Okeechobee, Flonda
To consider a request for a Comprehensive Plan Small Scale Future Land Use Map
Amendment Application No 08 007 SSA The application is submitted by Muham
mad Nooruddin, on behalf of property owners), A M S A Holdings, LLC The appl-
cation is to change the Future Land Use designation from Mult-Family (MF) to
Commercial C) for property located at 111 Northeast 11th Steet
Legal description Lots 7 through 19 of Block 18, Okeechobee, according to he
plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 5 Public Records of Okeechobee County
Florida
A copy of the agenda may be obtained from the City website owwwrceofokeecho
be.cm. or contact the General Services Department, blementiacnaotakeecho
bee cm (863) 7633372x 218 A copy of the entire application) are available a
the General Services Department The Planning Board will make recommendations
to the City Council for consideration and final adoption tentatively scheduled fo
Tuesday January 6, 2009
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the Planning Board with respect to any mater considered at this
meeting, or heanng will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is
made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is
to be based General Services media are used for the sole purpose of back-up fo
the department
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florida Statute
286 26, persons with disablites needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Betty Clement, no later than two (2) working days
prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x 218, if you are hearing or voice impaired
call TDD 1-800-955-8770(voice) or 1-800-955-8771 (TTY)
BY Bnan Whitehall, Zonin Administrator
Application No 08-007-SS A
302916ON 12/3,12/08

OKEECHOBEE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD POLICY
n accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act, Chapter 120, Flonda Stat-
utes, nice is hereby given that the Okeechobee County School Board will consider
adoption of the School Board policy listed below at their meeting on Tuesday, Janu-
ary 20, 2009, at 6 00 p m, in Room 303 of the School Board Administrative Ofice
at 700 S W Second Avenue, Okeechobee Copies of the proposed polcy amend
men are available in the School Board Office located at 700 SW nd Avenue
Room 307
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Christian Team Trail fishing tournament held


By Teresa Mataushek
Okeechobee News
The Christian Team Trail
monthly fishing tournament was
held at Okee-Tantie on Saturday,
Dec. 6 where they had quite a
turn out. There was a total of 34
boats entered in the tournament.
Bill Rose and Craig Smith were
this month's lucky winners, com-
ing in first place with a total fish
weight of 9.74 lbs. They were fol-
lowed close behind in second by
Leroy Bauer and Joe Wozar with


Submitted photo/Jim Fowler
Bill Rose was the 'Big Fish'
winner at the Christian Team
Trail fishing tournament held
on Saturday, Dec. 6 at Okee-
Tantie. His big fish weight
was 4.26 Ibs.


a total weight of 9.58 lbs.
Coming in third place with a
total weight of 7.87 lbs. was Frank
Boyer and Al Reed who were fol-
lowed by Bob Owens and Fred
George in fourth place with a total
weight of 7.56 lbs; Ken Barber and
John Barber in fifth place with a
total weight of 6.90 lbs. and trail-
ing in sixth place was the team
of Jim Wilson and Danny Norton
with a total weight of 6.17 lbs.
Big fish winners this month
were Bill Rose in first place with


a big fish weighing in at 4.26 lbs.
and second place for big fish
went to Robert Burns and Dennis
Burns with a weight of 3.98 lbs.
The endurance award went
to Dave Stout and Geary Adams
which gains them free entry into
next month's
tournament
which will be
held on Jan. 3,
2009.
The Chris-
tian Team Trails


Submitted photo/Jim Fowler
Bill Rose and Craig Smith came in first place
at the Christian Team Trails fishing tourna-
ment held on Saturday, Dec. 6 at Okee-Tantie.
They had a total fish weight of 9.74 Ibs.


holds a monthly tournament on
the first Saturday of each month
at Okee-Tantie. Cost is $75 per
boat. You can register at Oakview
Baptist Church office before the
tournament or at Okee-Tantie the
day of the tournament. All tourna-


ments begin at safe light.
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events, outdoors activities, nature
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pictures of your prize kills. Please
include your name, phone number
and specific dates of the events. The
Okeechobee News Outdoors column
will run every Friday so please be
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Barbara Baker and her Grandson Chad from
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Shellen on Lake Okeechobee on Nov. 15, for
Chad's 16th birthday in the hopes that Chad
would catch a big bass. All together they
caught 11 bass on Wild Shiners; however,
Barbara was the one to catch the big bass.
First she caught a 7 pound Bass and on the
next cast she caught this beautiful 8 pound
1 ounce Bass, it was a great day! Have you
recently caught a prize fish? Want to show the
community about it? Email it to tmataushek@
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Column' on Fridays or bring it in to the Okeecho-
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OHS boy's hoops hold off Suncoast


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
David Jeune had 20 points and
14 rebounds to lead the Okeecho-
bee High School Boys Basketball
Team to a victory Tuesday night
and impress a recruiter from Mer-
cer University.
June and Okeechobee need-
ed every point as they held off a
stubborn Suncoast squad, 57-55,
to win their first district game of
the year.
Coach Jon Enrico said he was
disappointed in the team's recent
efforts but said the team really
showed what they were made
of on Tuesday, "I was expecting
more from them than they were
ready to give. Defense is just heart
and hustle. Everybody has heart
and hustle." he said.
Okeechobee didn't score
much down the stretch but they
didn't have to. Corey White, 10
points, took an offensive charge,
and deflected a Suncoast shot in
the final minute to keep Okeecho-
bee in front.


Duelle Gore had some big
buckets down the stretch when
Okeechobee needed the points.
"We needed baskets and my
teammates made big passes to
me. I got open when we needed
me to," he said.
Okeechobee led 10-4 early
thanks to five early points from
White. Suncoast rallied to take
an 11-10 lead, but Okeechobee
responded with buckets from
June, Troy Harper and Ryan Os-
ceola as they built an 18-11 lead
after one quarter.
Two, three pointers by Jeune
and Austin Willard built the lead
to 25-17 midway through the
second quarter and a dunk by
June gave Okeechobee a 32-21
lead. Suncoast scored the final six
points of the half to trail only by
five, 32-17, at the break.
It was back and forth in the
second half. Okeechobee built a
six point lead, 38-32, after a nice
scoop by Willard, but Suncoast
rallied to take a 47-44 lead on a
three point basket. Harper's three


point field goal tied the score at
the end of three, 47-47.
Defense was the name of the
game in the fourth quarter. A
three by Jeune gave Okeechobee
a 54-49 lead with 5:45 left in the
game. However the Brahmans
couldn't close out the game.
The Brahmans missed four free
throws in the final minute to al-
low Suncoast a chance to tie or
go ahead. That's when the de
fense made a play.
"We had to pick it up on de-
fense," Gore said, "We acted like


that is the only reason were going
to win games."
Enrico said he was frustrated
by the missed free throws but that
he'll continue to work in practice
with the team. He noted the play-
ers must run, and do push ups
and other exercises, when they
miss free throws.
"Our motto is heart, hustle and
have fun. Hopefully we can turn
the corner now," he noted.
Okeechobee travels to Forest
Hill on Friday. The Junior Varsity
Brahmans lost 51-41 to Suncoast.


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Time and time again during
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get an easy opportunity at a bas-
ket. They executed more than
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ties and went on to defeat the
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The Warriors visit the Year-


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O.C.R.A. held the end of the year cheer celebration on Dec. 6. Coaches, Teresa Chandler-OCRA Cheer Coordinator,
Stephanie Michell, Courtney Coyer, Marci Weseman, Amy Smith-Asst. Cheer Coordinator, Sharon Cannon, Jennifer Laf-
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ciation. O.C.R.A is a volunteer organization to benefit our youth and our coaches play an important role. Thank you to all
who helped out!



Boys soccer wins at Martin County


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School's
boys soccer team got a badly
needed win Monday when they
defeated the always tough Martin
County Tigers 4-3 in Stuart.
Okeechobee had played two
disappointing district games last
week, losses to Suncoast and For-
est Hill, and needed the win to get
their team back on track.
Alan Najera had two goals
for Okeechobee, (5-2-1). Eddie
Guerrero had two assists. Marcos


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Fonseca and Javier Garcia also
had goals for Okeechobee. Goal
keeper Pablo Caballero had three
saves in net.
Sergio Solis had two goals
and Jean Mino one goal for Mar
tin County (3-7-1). Goal keeper
Eduardo Sandoval stopped eight
Brahman shots on net.
Coach Lonnie Sears said his
team did a better job in reducing
mental mistakes. He noted once
they get those things out of the
way, they should be unbeatable.
"It was exciting, but we are


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still making a lot of mistakes. The
positive thing is we rallied. We
scored two late goals to win the
game," he noted.
Okeechobee scored two goals
in the final 10 minutes of the
match. Sears noted Martin County
was very competitive. They have
played very close matches this
year. They only lost 2-1 to Wel-
lington, which is considered one
of the best teams in the area this
year.
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