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Vol. 99 No. 291 Sunday, December 14, 2008 75 Plus tax


FHREDI meeting
planned Dec. 15
A public meeting of the
Board of Directors for Florida's
Heartland Rural Economic De-
velopment 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 Cen-
ter, 4509 George Blvd. Sebring,
Conference Room 2. For more
information, please contact Jim
Otterman at 863-385-4900.

Masonic Lodge plans
Sunday 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
morning. Cost is a $5 donation.

Chamber to host
course on concealed
weapons Dec. 18
The Okeechobee Chamber
of Commerce will hold a con-
cealed weapons course on Dec.
18 at 7 p.m. For more informa-
tion call the Chamber at 863-
763-6464. Space is limited

Extension Service
hosts Wildlife
Garden Workshop
In Florida birds and butter
flies abound year round. Your
yard deserves its share of these
beauties. Come to this Garden
Workshop and learn what plants
are attractive 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
landscape. Be sure to bring the
measurements of the space you
have available for wildlife. Leave
with a detailed plan for your gar-
den 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, Okeecho-
bee. Space is limited. Call 863-
763-6469 to sign up.

Drought Index

Current: 567
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

14.18 feet
Last Year: 10.16 feet

Honored By:

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

Annual Christmas Parade: A festival of lights

Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken
Santa Claus stopped to meet with some tiny shepherds and wise men as community
members gathered for Okeechobee's annual Lighted Christmas Parade on Saturday
evening in downtown Okeechobee. The parade lasted about an hour. For parade video
go to, click on Okeechobee, then on Local Issues Forum.

Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken
These adorable angels were among the many chil- Pete Gawda, of the Okeechobee
dren in the Lighted Christmas parade on Saturday. News and his adorable dog 'uJu"
There were about 80 entries. walked the parade and were quite
a hit.

Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken
Sponge Bob watched over the Boy Scouts from Buckhead Ridge with their Toyland
Express train in the Annual Christmas Parade, Saturday evening.

Reward offered

in arson fires

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Four Treasure Island fires
are no longer considered just
suspicious. They are arsons.
Four fires in the vicinity of SE
25th and SE 26th Streets in the
past month have officially been
ruled arson and a reward of up
to $2,500 has been offered to
find the culprits.
Detective Juan Bailey of the
Florida State Fire Marshall's Of-
fice said the Sheriffs Office is
now on board in the investiga-
tion and they are confident that
an arrest will be made.
"We passed out flyers
throughout the neighborhood.
The Sheriff's office has also
come on board to assist," he
said. "Tips have been coming
in and they are being followed
up. There's a concerted effort
between the state fire marshal
and sheriff's office to stop these
incidents. We are very con-
cerned. We are glad that the
fires have stopped for now."
Empty trailers in Treasure Is-
land have been the target of the
arsonist or arsonists. Although
the actual property damage
done has not been determined,
Fire Marshall's estimate well
over $300,000 in damage has
been done.
Detective Bailey said it
is now up to the Okeecho-
bee community to bring the
culprit(s) to justice, "It's going
to take the community. We're
hoping they come through and

join us in the investigation," he
said. "It's their community and
somebody out there has heard
something or knows some
thing. We'd like them to come
forward, even anonymously
and just point us in the right
The Florida Advisory Com-
mittee on Arson Prevention has
offered the monetary reward
for information that leads to
the capture of the person or
persons responsible. They lend
their resources to solve arson
crimes across the state.
No one has been injured in
the fires so far. At first firemen
thought some power surges
might have played a role in the
fires. That possibility has been
ruled out.
"We have confirmed that
four fires in the same general
vicinity SE 25th and SE 26th
Street are arsons," said De-
tective Bailey. "They have the
same modus operandi. All of
them are similar in how they
were started. We are linking
all four fires, and all are being
worked as arsons."
Anyone with information
on the fires may call the Flori-
da Fire Marshall's office arson
tip in at 1-877-NO-ARSON,
which is 1-877-662-7766 or the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office at 863-763-3117.

31 apply for OHS

coaching position

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The head football coaching
position at Okeechobee High
School is getting a lot of interest
from prospective coaches.
Assistant Superintendent of
Schools Ken Kenworthy said
each day they are getting more
applicants for the position. As
of Tuesday there were 26 can-
didates, and Thursday, there
were 31 candidates. The appli-
cants include college coaches,
teachers from the Treasure
Coast area that have coached
before, local candidates, retired
coaches and even coaches with
college experience.
A committee has been
formed to review the applica-
tions. The goal is to have a
recommendation for Okeecho-
bee High School Principal
Toni Wiersma by mid January.
Members of the committee in-
clude School Board member
David Williams, Administrators
Sean Downing, Brian Greseth,

and Mike Radebaugh, former
Coach Cary McKee, and Randy
"We want to get the best
coach possible, and there is no
deadline for accepting applica-
tions," Kenworthy noted.
Kenworthy said the goal is
to have a coach hired and on
campus by the end of January.
Former Coach Chris Bra
nham will serve in the position
until the end of the month. He
will coach Saturday night in the
North South All Star Classic in
Sebring. Five Brahmans will
play in the 5 p.m. game at Fire-
men's Field. They include Gar-
rett Madrigal, Nate Pollard, Alan
Najera, Sam Dixon and Kareem
Lonnie Pryor is expected to
play in the North South Florida
All Star Game on Tuesday, Dec.
23, in Sebring. Kickoff is sched-
uled for 7 p.m.


Classifieds.......................... 12-13
Community Events.................... 6
Crossword....................... 13
Obituaries.... .......... ... 6
Opinion 4
Speak Out 4
Sports 13-14
Sudoku 13
Weather 1
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Post office expects busy holidays

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Postmaster Mark Pinson
said his employees are ready,
willing and able to handle any-
thing the holiday season sends
to them this year.
Monday, Dec. 15, will be the
busiest mailing day of the year.
Mr. Pinson said despite the
sluggish economy, things are
still busy at the Okeechobee
post office.
"It's busy as always. Plan
for Monday the 15th. If you can
mail earlier, I would try to do

Mr. Pinson said consumers
should take advantage of all
the services that are available
on line. Basically anything you
do during a trip to the post of-
fice can be done at their inter-
net website,
Those services include paying
for postage, printing labels, and
even scheduling a pickup.
"You won't have to stand in
line at the post office," he said.
Pinson said that is a very
convenient way for people to
mail their Christmas cards and
packages during December.
Postal officials urge consum-

ers to use express mail and two
day mail service when they get
closer to the holiday.
Mr. Pinson said he can't pre-
dict how busy it will be but he
knows his staff is capable of
handling any Christmas rush.
"We still have a long way to go.
I can't gauge (how busy) it'll be
right now. We'll know when
we get closer to the holiday,"
he added.
Mr. Pinson said the con-
tact mobile unit at Mid Florida
Hardware won't be open for
this holiday season but will
help out next year.

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Okeechobee Post Office workers, (I-r) Ricky Pye, Mela-
nie Jasa, Melissa Potasky, postmaster Mark Pinson, and
Mike Haddan are ready for the Christmas rush.


2 Okeechobee News, Sunday, December 14, 2008

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy

SPost Office really delivers
(above) Chong Edwards loads up her truck for a holiday
mail delivery.
(above left) Mike Shemo (right), John Divito and Betty Rucks
are three of the front clerks that assist the public each day
at the Okeechobee Post Office.
(left) Charles Hawk, Rene' Ginane, and Rosemary Holliday
prepare mail for delivery.

I Okeechobee Forecast

Okeechobee News/Charles Murph

Ready to deliver packages
Post office staff packing the trucks for delivery.

Today: Partly sunny, with a high near 76. East southeast wind be-
tween 5 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. East wind between
5 and 10 mph.

Extended Forecast
Monday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a
high near 79. East southeast wind between 5 and 15 mph, with gusts
as high as 20 mph.
Monday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. East wind
around 5 mph.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. East wind around 5
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 56. East wind
around 5 mph.

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy

Busy holiday
Postmaster Mark Pinson and supervisor Dee Dee Morris
expect a busy season at the post office this year.

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4-H Wild Bunch helped at Arnold's Nov. 8 open house
fundraiser. From left to right are: Colt Smith, Doni Shef-
filed, Kari Muldoon and Kati Muldoon.

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Special magistrate to hear code violations

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Special magistrate Lois Nich-
ols will be considering imposing
fines in four code violation cases
during hearings scheduled for
Tuesday afternoon. In another
seven cases, if the property own-
ers are found to be in noncompli-
ance, they could be given 30 days
or more to come into compliance
before a fine is imposed.
Ethel Jackson could be fined
up to $250 for every day of non-
compliance if she has not re-

If you go ...
What: Okeechobee County
Code Enforcement Special
Magistrate hearing
When: 2 p.m. Tuesday,
Dec. 16
Where: Okeechobee
County Health Department
Auditorium, 1798 N.W Ninth
moved the condemned structure
from her N.E. 14th Avenue prop-

If the derelict mobile home he be could be fined.

has not been removed from the
N.E. 12th Lane property of Timo-
thy Crews and Angela Cross, they
could be facing a fine.
At last month's hearing, Ever-
ett Lawson was awaiting a permit
for the metal building on his N.E.
22nd Avenue lot. If it has been not
permitted and inspected he could
be fined.
Last month Kenneth Goyens
was also directed to get the re-
quired permits and inspections
for his N.E. 1 th Street property or

According to code enforce-
ment officer Beth Albert, Willis
and Tina Smith have overgrowth
and weeds on their S.E. 40th Av-

dell Cowart needs to repair the
derelict building, dock and power
pole on his U.S. 441 S.E. prop-
Geraldine Smith received a

According to Mrs. Albert, Tony
and Carmen Seals have illegal
outdoor storage of goods on their
U.S. 441 N property.
Officer Saucedo cited Jesus

enue property. Notice of Violation for having a and Maria Cabrera for storing a
Clark and Viola Buford were condemned building on her N.W camper, a trailer, a storage unit
cited for not having skirting 22nd Avenue lot. and building materials on a va-
around their S.E. 38th Avenue Leiburn and Edith Durham cant lot on S.W. 77th Terrace.
mobile home. were cited because of the ex- Postyour opinions n the Public
Issues Forum at
Code enforcement officer treme overgrowth of their N.E. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached
Blanca Saucedo stated that Wen- 80th Avenue property,

Man charged in theft of toiletries

Royal housing complex on hold

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
It seems the dismal economic
situation has put a hold on an-
other planned housing complex
in Okeechobee.
Wally Sanger, owner of Royal
Professional Builders, said that
the economy was causing him to
put plans on hold for a proposed
multifamily complex consisting
of two story, two bedroom solid
concrete units in clusters of four,

six and eight unit buildings. It was
to be built on N.W 18th Street
just north of the plant where Mr.
Sanger manufactures concrete
houses and would provide hous-
ing for the workers at the plant.
Mr. Sanger was successful
in having the zoning on the five
acre site changed from residential
mixed to residential general. This
zoning allows for 24 units on the
property. However, Mr. Sanger's
plans called for 62 units. His re-
quest for a special exception to

allow for increased density was
denied by the planning board on
Nov. 25
Therefore, Mr. Sanger said he
would wait until the economy im-
proves before pursuing his plans.
He said his plans for a housing
development in the city have also
been put on hold. Mr. Sanger said
that even if he built a housing
complex, under the present eco-
nomic conditions, prospective
buyers might not be able to get a

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A local man was booked into
the county jail after he allegedly
stole toiletry items from a store in
downtown Okeechobee.
Leroy Johnson, 47, N.E. 14th
Ave., was arrested on a felony
charge of battery, as well as mis-
demeanor charges of retail theft
and resisting a merchant while
recovering property. His bond has
been set at $3,500.
Johnson was arrested Dec.
6 by officer Ryan Holroyd of the
Okeechobee City Police Depart-
ment (OCPD) after he report-
edly stole bath soap, toothpaste,

mouthwash, toothbrushes and a
facial groomer
from the Family
Dollar Store, 816
N.E. Park St.
The officer's
arrest report
states that the
store's assistant
manager no-
ticed that John-
son was hiding Leroy
something be- Johnson
hind his back.
By this time, states the report, the
employee and Johnson were past
the cash registers and about three
feet from the store's front door.
A second store employee ap-

proached and asked the man
what he had behind his back,
continued Officer Holroyd's re-
port. At this time the man pushed
her away and bolted out the door.
Johnson then got on a bicycle
and fled the scene with the man-
ager following him.
Officer P.C. Eddings then
found Johnson in the 200 block
of S.E. 11th Ave. and was told by
the manager that Johnson had
hidden the stolen items under a
tree at the back of the Post Office,
continued the report.
Officer Holroyd's report stated
that all of the items were recov-
ered and that Johnson had no
way to pay for them.

Resting man charged

with home burglary

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
When police officers entered
a N.W Fifth St. home Wednes-
day they found Darrell Roger
Simmons lying peacefully on a
bed. However, he wasn't sup-
posed to be there.
Simmons, 48, was arrested
Dec. 10 and charged with bur-
glary of an unoccupied dwelling
and violation of a domestic vio-
lence injunction. He was booked
into the Okeechobee County Jail
under a bond of $4,000.
An arrest report by Officer
Justin Bernst of the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD)
states that, according to the in-
junction, Simmons was not to
be within 500 feet of the home.
The report goes on to state
that Simmons had recently
been evicted from the home,
and that all the door locks had

been changed.
The man re-
portedly told
Officer Bernst
and Officer
Ryan Holroyd
that he had a
key, but "no key
was found that
would open the
doors to the res- Darrell R.
idence," added Simmons
the OCPD re-
Officer Bernst then indicated
in his report that the windows of
the house could not be secured
with locks and that Simmons
had apparently gained entry
through a window.
Simmons, the report added,
was aware of the injunction be-
cause records at the Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's Office in-
dicated he had been served in
open court.

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A Michigan woman was
booked into the county jail Thurs-
day, Dec. 11, after she reportedly
physically attacked a pregnant
woman outside an Okeechobee
Laura Rosa Serrano, 18, Whin-
nery Drive, Traverse City, Mich.,
was charged with one count of
aggravated battery on a pregnant
woman. She was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under a
bond of $2,500.
Serrano apparently attacked
the 19-year-old pregnant woman
and tried to kick her in the stom-
ach, stated an arrest report by Offi-
cer Jack Boon of the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD).
According to the report, the
victim closed the business around
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10,
and walked outside where a
friend was waiting to take her
home. As the victim was walking

Okeechobee's Most Wanted

The follow-
ing five people
are among
Most Wanted
persons. There
are active war-
rants for each of
them. The crite-
ria for making -
Most Wanted Rigoberto
top five is based Gama
on the severity Chavez
of the crime in
conjunction with the age of the
If you have any information
on the whereabouts of any of
Okeechobee's Most Wanted you
can call the Treasure Coast Crime
Stoppers at 1 (800) 273-TIPS
(8477). If you call Treasure Coast
Crimes Stoppers, you have the op-

Arrest Report
The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-
der the influence (DUI) charges by
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
James Bates, 61, Okeecho-
bee, was arrested Dec. 6 by
Deputy Justin Akins on a charge
of driving under the influence. He
was released on his own recogni-
David Suarez, 28, N.E. 10th
St., Okeechobee, was arrested
Dec. 8 by Deputy Sarah Green on
an Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with fleeing or elud-
ing a law enforcement officer. His
bond was set at $5,000.
John Charles Mathieu, 41,
N.W 38th Ave., Okeechobee,
was arrested Dec. 8 by Trooper


Angle Wilbert
Borjas, aka Perez-Borja

tion of remaining anonymous. You
can also receive a reward if the in-
formation results in an arrest.
Rigoberto Gama Chavez,
31, Arson.
Estavan Villegas-Urbina,
21, Robbery.
Ange Borjas aka Steven-

Thomas B. White on a felony
charge of possession of a con-
trolled substance and a misde-
meanor charge of driving while
license suspended/revoked. His
bond was set at $5,000. He was
later arrested by Deputy Lieuten-
ant Keith Murrish on a warrant
charging him with failure to ap-
pear for arraignment driving
while license suspended/revoked
with knowledge. His bond on that
charge was set at $2,500.
Gabriel Mancera Hernandez,
34, S.W. Second Way, Okeecho-
bee, was arrested Dec. 9 by
Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on
a Department of Corrections war-
rant charging him with violation
of probation possession of co-
caine. He is being held without
Jessaka Leighanne Cotton,
19, S.W 17th St., Okeechobee,
was arrested Dec. 9 by Officer L.
Parzygnat on a charge of grand
theft. She was released on her
own recognizance.


son, 29; DOB: 03/08/1979, Poss.
of Methamphetamines, Poss. of
Drug Paraphernalia.
Wilbert Perez-Borja, 25,
H/M, Poss Cannabis more than 20
Grams; possession with intent to
Jason Hormuth, 28, DOB:
02/27/1980, VOP Dealing in sto-
len property.

Gary Lee Ford, 36, was ar-
rested Dec. 9 by Deputy Harold
Hancock on Okeechobee County
warrants charging him with vio-
lation of probation obtaining
property for worthless checks
over $149 (two counts), viola-
tion of probation grand theft,
violation of probation uttering
a forged instrument and violation
of probation forgery. He is being
held without bond.
Thomas Koos, 30, N.E. Sec-
ond St., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Dec. 11 by Deputy Stephen
McKinley on a charge of driving
while license suspended/revoked
- habitual offender. His bond was
set at $1,000.
This column lists arrests and not
convictions, unless otherwise stated.
Anyone listed here who is later found
innocent or has had the charges
against them dropped is welcome to
inform this newspaper. The informa-
tion will be confirmed and printed.

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into the park-
ing lot she was
approached by
stated the re-
port, was upset
over an unspec-
ified event on
the internet site
MySpace. Laura Rosa
The victim Serrano
told the Michi-
gan woman that she was preg-
nant and did not want to fight,
but Serrano reportedly ignored
her and attacked the victim.
Officer Boon went on to state
that the attack continued until an
unidentified man and the woman
who was waiting for the victim
intervened. While the man was
restraining the victim, Serrano
continued her onslaught by trying
to kick the victim in the stomach,
the report continued.
The unidentified man was able
to quell the situation and both
parties then got into their respect
tive vehicles and left the store's
parking lot.

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HOLIDAYS: As the holidays approach and times are tough, please
give what you can to our local charities. Some of them do a very good
job of taking care of those in need. Also if you can, remember our lo-
cal Animal Shelter, some of those pets are there because their owners
could no longer afford to care for them and I know for a fact they can
use some items. Give them a call if you can help. Everyone have a
Merry Christmas and a Happy and safe New Year.
DUI: We are in the holiday season and a lot of people will be go
ing to parties. Anyone who gives a party where anything intoxicating
is served -- be it alcohol or anything else -- should care enough about
their guests to make sure that no one drives away intoxicated. Set up
a designated driver system or take the keys and break out the sleep
ing bags. Just don't let them leave your house intoxicated and behind
the wheel of a car. We have already lost too many people to DUI ac-
cidents this year. Keep your friends and relatives safe by keeping the
drunk drivers off the road. It's no crime to celebrate a little too much
-- but it is a crime to get behind the steering wheel of a car if you have
been drinking.
COUNTY ORDINANCE: Please run the County Ordinance for the
people in Quail Acres that open their doors or dog pens and just let
their dogs run loose. Your dogs are a nuisance and sooner or later one
of your neighbors will call animal control or worse, they will be killed
by a car. You are being irresponsible, inconsiderate and lazy. Walk
your dogs on a leash around your own yard for exercise and to do
their business. Sec. 10-6. Animals at large or running at large. It shall
be unlawful for the owner of any animal to allow or permit such ani
mal to be at large or running at large. Any person, who shall release,
either willfully or through a failure to exercise due care or control,
or take such animals out of such building of secure enclosure and
thereby allow such to run at large, shall be deemed to be in violation
of this chapter. Sections 10-7, 10-8 and 10-136 shall apply to animals
that have been found to be at large. (Ord. No. 93-6, 2.04, 5-5-93)
MEMORIALS: I completely agree that it is inappropriate to name
something in honor of a person who is still living. It just shows a lack
of propriety. Wait until they are dead to start building memorials in
their name. We don't need to a memorial to remind us of someone
who is on the news every night already.
CONTROL: In my neighborhood a family has had a daughter
return home with two very young children following a failed mar-
riage. A grandchild happily and contentedly plays outdoors under the
supervision of her grandfather and an aunt all day. Then the grand-
mother returns home from work and starts spouting orders and the
child turns into a crying, screaming maniac. Is that abuse?
DIESEL: I drive a truck that takes diesel fuel. And here is some
thing I do not understand. Why do people who need gas block the
diesel pumps, where there are half a dozen gasoline-only pumps un-
used and available? At most service stations, there is only one diesel
pump and usually it has both diesel and gasoline. All the other pumps
have gasoline only. People who need gasoline can use any pump, so
why do they block the diesel pump? It would be nice if they would
use the other pumps if they are available and leave the diesel pump
open for those who need the diesel fuel.
TAXES: I see in the news, that the county is going to have to cut
services because of a shortage of tax revenue. How do we allow land
owners to have these huge commercial and residential projects ap
proved by the state and county and still get exemptions? These par-
cels would bring millions to the tax roles. I cannot believe that you
can have a project like these on your land and still be classified ag
riculture. They put several million back on the tax roles with the six
parcels that were denied exemption because of abuses to the exemp-
tion rules. We need to get the developers to pay their fair share. The
small land owners certainly pay theirs.
NAMES: I looked this up on the Miss Manners rules of etiquette.
She said there are no rules regarding qualifications of a person's
greatness or character needed to name something in their honor --
but you are supposed to wait until they are dead. Memorials should
not be done while the person is still alive. There are many other ways
to honor a living person.
GUNS: I saw on the news that people are buying up guns be
cause they think when Obama and the Democrats are sworn in, they
will push through gun control legislation. Does anyone know if this is
happening locally? Or do people here already have all the guns they
OPEN MINDED: I think it's okay to be open-minded, but one
needs to be careful not open the mind so much that one's common
sense falls out.
OKEECHOBEE: You might be from Okeechobee if you do your
Christmas shopping at Tractor Supply.
FISH: How is the fishing in Lake Okeechobee? Do any local fisher-
men have anything to report?
PET OF THE WEEK: I am so glad that the Okeechobee News has
been printing the Pet of the Week. Its about time Okeechobee does
something about helping out our helpless animals.
DRINKING: People are going to drink no matter what, which has
been proven in the past. The mindset of "its all fun and games un-
til someone gets hurt" is far too often the case. I think as a society
we should encourage more responsible drinking and have harsher
punishments on those who do break drinking laws, especially with
underage drinking.
DOGS LOOSE: I live in what is considered a pretty nice neighbor-
hood and there are several very expensive homes on my street. These
people can easily afford to fence their yards. Yet they let their dogs
run wild around the neighborhood. One even has a fenced yard but
doesn't bother to close the gate most of the time and so the dogs just
run around as they please, tearing up garbage bags and bothering
other people's property. What does it take to get people to follow the
law? The law states you must keep your animals on your own prop-
erty. If you take your dog off your property, it has to be on a leash.
HOSPICE TREES: I want to thank everyone who participated in
the Hospice Festival of Trees, including those who made the trees and
those who purchased them during the auction. It is a lovely event
each year and really shows the holiday spirit and the real meaning of
the holiday.
FOOD BANKS: To those who are in the holiday spirit, don't forget
the food banks. It is nice to donate toys for the children, but don't
forget that many people are going hungry. The local food banks are
having trouble coming up with enough food just to make sure that
everyone gets something to eat. A few cans of food can make a big
CORRUPTION: Well we always heard that Chicago politicians are
corrupt, but the Governor of Illinois has gotten into the record books
this time by trying to sell an appointment to the senate to the highest
bidder. I wonder what our new president-elect thinks of the gover-
nor of his state? People made jokes about the governor of Alaska. At
least she isn't trying to sell a Senate seat like the governor of Obama's
home state. The question now is, what will they do about filling the
senate seat left open by Obama's election to the presidency? They
can't follow the regular rules and let the governor appoint someone.
Will they impeach the governor, let the lieutenant governor move up
and then let him appoint a senator? And if they do, will anyone trust
that person?

Reflections from the Pulpit

Rev. Larry R. Kilgore
Okeechobee Church of God,
On Christmas Day in 1837, a
force of U.S. soldiers and Semi
noles fought a decisive battle just
outside the boundaries of pres-
ent day Okeechobee. This battle
marked the high water mark of
what was known as the Second
Seminole War. A few years later,

the U.S. government abandoned
hostilities with the approximately
200 Seminoles remaining in the
Everglades. This gave the Semi-
noles the distinction of being the
only Native American tribe to
never sign a peace treaty with the
U.S. government and the right to
the name "Unconquered."
In later years, Okeechobee
County became the first county

to give Seminoles the privilege of
attending the public schools and
soon the first Seminole to gradu-
ate from Florida's public schools
graduated from right here in
Okeechobee County.
Recently a portion of the wide-
ly traveled Fifth Avenue was re-
named Osceola Avenue in honor
of the Seminole tribe who have
always been a part of the heritage
of Okeechobee County. One of
the things I personally am proud
est of is that Seminole blood runs
through my veins, also.
Now what does all of this mean
as we approach the Christmas
season once again? It means that
just as the Christmas Day battle
helped to hasten the end of hos-

utilities between the U.S. govern
ment and the Seminoles, so also
Christmas Day means the end
of hostilities between God and
man. As the angels approached
the shepherds in the Judean hills,
they announced, "Peace on Earth,
good will toward men." It means
that God is not mad at you. He
isn't disappointed in you, He
wants hostilities to be at an and.
And He wants you in His family.
The purpose of Christmas was so
that God could send His son to
pay the penalty for our sins and
that we could at last have peace
with God. "Peace on Earth, good
will toward men, Peace on Earth
good will toward men." Thank
God for His wonderful gift.

Your local Extension office
recently began a column for lo
cal gardeners, and we depend
on folks sending us questions.
This week we received very few
questions -- maybe it's because
people are too busy working in
their Florida Yard, putting up the
decorations, shopping to keep
the economy going or otherwise
getting ready for the holidays.
So, today's column is a little
shorter than usual. Please send

deep as the deepest root. Ex-
cess soil from the hole should
be used to build a water ring
around the plant, mulch it well,
but not against the stem, and
water it in well.
Here's a link to my col-
umn on roses printed last May:

Shady Gardener

us some questions so we can Ihave a small vegetable gar
continue to keep Okeechobee den at my home. Half of the gar-
in the Green. den is thriving and the other half
sprouted and grew to about 3
Rose Transplanting inches tall then stopped. I think
My mother does yard work it is due to not getting enough
for a living and one of her cli sun, because the same veg
ents recently gave her some tables that are in the sun more
rose bushes. She dug them up, during the day are doing won
but does not know where she derful. Are there any vegetables
should put them in her yard. or herbs that do well in shady
Her yard gets rather wet and areas? -Beth
there are a lot of large Oak trees Beth -thank your for your
which provides shade pretty question. Take a look at my re-
much 247. Where would be the sponse to Laura above, even
best place to put them? Is there though you are growing differ
a certain time of day that is best ent kinds of plants. Vegetable
to plant them? ~ Laura Gardens also need 6 or more
Thanks for your question, hours of sunlight to do well.
Laura. Rose bushes need at least There are very few edible plants
6 hours of direct sunlight to do that I can think of that can grow
well. They do like moist soil, but well in shady areas.
will not tolerate wet feet. Expe- I asked Angela Sachson here
rienced rosarianss" also choose in our office what her experienc-
bushes that have been grafted es are with shady gardens. She
on to rootstocks that stand up to suggests that you may have bet-
our moist soils an to nematodes ter luck with leafy kinds of veg-
hopefully tables, such
your bush- UNIVERSITY OF as lettuce,
es are on spinach, kale
Fortuniana FL O |jand possibly
rootstock. broccoli. If
The soil pH IFAS EXTENSION you consult
should be our Florida
slightly acid Vegetable
to make life easier on you and Gardening Guide, it will give
the plant. Another consideration you how many days to harvest
is good air movement it keeps for common garden plants. In
the leaves dry and discourages shady areas, you will need to
black spot diseases and the vari add more days on to those fig
ous sucking insects that roses ures. Be careful not to overwa-
seem to attract. ter, and keep a careful look out
"Under an oak tree" does not for diseases and insects that may
sound like a good spot due to find these stressed plants well
the shade. If your Florida Yard suited for their dinner than for
does not have a spot like the your salad bowl. Good Luck!
one I've describe, the rosebush Send us your favorite garden
might be planted back into a question by fax 863-763-5901,
good sized container where it or
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Remember Christmas is com- Extension office will pick out three
ing, and it's better to give than questions that would be of greatest
receive! interest to local residents and pub-
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at this time of year, the time of name and phone or email address
day when transplanting is best in case we need more information.
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Community Calendar

Sunday, Dec. 14
AA. 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) AA. weekend
noon meeting Open Discussion meeting. *The Just for Today Club of
Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12 step fellowships.
Monday, Dec. 15
A.A meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meet-
Okeechobee Senior Singers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Okeecho-
bee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited to join the group. For information or to schedule an
appearance, contact Patsy Black at 863 467 7068.
The Okeechobee Historical Society meets at noon at 1850 U.S.
98 N. Join us with a covered dish for lunch, followed by a business
meeting. The dues are $10 per person, per year, and are due in Sep-
tember. For information, call Betty Williamson at 863-763-3850.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road, in
Buckhead Ridge on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Karen Graves,
Chapter leader would like to extend a warm welcome to any interest-
ed persons to come by and see what they are about. For information
call 863-763-6952.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee meets at 101 N.W. Fifth
Street (Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Sickest Of The Sick, Open Dis-
cussion, 7 p.m. The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affili
ated with any 12 step fellowships.
AA. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Artful Appliquers meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda
Road, Okeechobee on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Turn left at
the Moose lodge and go around the curve just past the church. Bring a
lunch and join us for a fun day of applique. Everyone is welcome. For
more information please contact Karen Graves at 863-763-6952.

Tuesday, Dec. 16
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open
to the public. For information, contact Maureen Budjinski at 863-484-
New Beginning's meeting of Narcotics Anonymous will be
held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. at Believers Fellowship
Church, 300 S.W Fifth Ave. It will be an open discussion meeting. For
more information call Monika Allen at 863-801-3244.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972 (Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Nowhere Left
To Go Group (Open Discussion) at noon, NA. Sickest Of The Sick
Group (Open Discussion) *The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is
not affiliated with any 12 step fellowships.
Al-Ateen meeting will be held at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W Third St., at 7 p.m. For more information, please call Amy at 863-
763-8531 or Dan 561-662-2799.
Al-Anon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200
N.W Third St., at 8 p.m.
AA. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
The Lighthouse Refuge Support Group is for women who are
hurting, homeless or been abused. They meet on the first and third
Tuesday of every month from noon until 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church,
401 S.W. Fourth St., and on the second and fourth Tuesday of every
month from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Red Cross, 323 N. Parrott Ave.
For more information call Donna Dean at 863-801-9201 or 863-357-
Family History Center meets from 1 until 5 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in
finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census,
IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index
and military information available. For information, call The Family
History Center at 863-763-6510 or Richard Smith at 863-261-5706 for
special appointments.
The Camera Club meets every other Tuesday from 5:30 until 6:30
p.m. Learn types and uses of film; speeds and technology; and, how
to see your world and capture it on film. Class is basic through exten-
sive. Registration is $20, and each class is $10. Call Bobbi at 863-467
2614 for information. Some of the proceeds will go towards Big Lake
Mission's Outreach.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 7:30 8 a.m.
at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For
information, June Scheer at 863-634-8276
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is in
vited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For inform
tion, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at 863-763-4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m.
in the Fellowship Hall, 1735 S.W 24th Ave. This is a men's only meet-
ing. For information, call Earl at 863-763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden Cor-
ral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in becoming a
member is welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner at 863
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
at the Hospice building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Brenda Nicholson at
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that
enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For information,
contact Dr. Edward Douglas at 863-763-4320.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to aweeklymeeting. Overeaters
Anonymous (OA) meets at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church,
312 N. Parrott Avenue on Tuesdays, 6 until 7 p.m. (Use 4th Street
entrance.) Overeaters Annonymous is not a diet club. There are no
dues, fees or weigh-ins. The only requirement for membership is a
desire to stop eating compulsively. For more information call Loretta
at 863-763-7165 or 863-697-0206.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meet-
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St., will be
hosting God's Time -- a morning of free organized Christian activities
that includes play, instruction and interaction for parents and their pre-
school children. The event will be held each Tuesday from 9:30 a.m.
until noon. Child care will be provided for infants during the class. For
information, call 863-763-4021.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W Third Terr., holds meetings for
persons with alcohol and drug related problems at 6 p.m. For informa-
tion call 863-357-3053.

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Kiwanis members learn history of WOKC

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Kiwanis members heard from
Robbie Castellanos, co-owner of
WOKC at their weekly luncheon
where they learned about his
journey in radio prior to acquiring
WOKC in Okeechobee.
WOKC is a part of the Glades
Media Radio Group which is co-
owned by Mr. Castellanos and
Jim Johnson. The group has ten
radio stations, six FM stations
and four AM stations that are
heard in Clewiston, West Palm
Beach, Immokalee, Marathon and
Okeechobee. They have been in
business for 28 years.
Mr. Castellanos held his first
job in radio in the 1970s where
he was basically a one-man show
and did everything including the
morning show, chief salesman
and even stayed at night to fix
equipment. Through all of these

trials he learned a lot about radio,
both what to do and what not to
In the late '70s he joined with
Jim Johnson and decided to pur-
chase a station in Clewiston that
was basically going under at the
time and hadn't had a good month
financially in a year. They pur-
chased the station in December,
1979, when it was making only
$1,910 a month. By Dec. 1, 1980
the station was making $13,000 a
In the mid-'80s they began
looking for more stations outside
of Clewiston to expand their busi-
ness and they ventured into Span-
ish radio. Admittedly, Mr. Castel-
lanos really misjudged what could
happen in Mexican radio and their
business exploded, but six months
into their business the Cuban gov-
ernment broadcasted their station
at 50,000 watts to drown out their

station. They attempted to get
around this problem but eventual-
ly just moved on to other stations
and frequencies once they were
either purchased or approved.
They eventually had stations, both
AM and FM in Immokalee, a sta-
tion in West Palm and Marathon.
In order to expand their listen-
ing audience in Clewiston they
changed frequencies and their sta-
tion was first heard in Okeecho-
bee County due to the expansion.
This was also around the same
time that Okeechobee had lost
their local radio station and in or-
der to expand into the Okeecho-
bee market, Glades Media Group
purchased WOKC.
Billy Dean has also became a
well known name in Okeechobee
who came from Ft. Myers and
has been at WOKC for the last
six years. Steve Daniel also spoke
to Kiwanis members about his

Car dealers help OHS

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
If it weren't for Steve Milrot
and Dowling Watford, Okeecho-
bee High School couldn't do this.
Those are the words of OHS
Driver Education Teacher Kenny
Buckner who praised the two lo-
cal car dealers for their donation
of vehicles for his students.
Some 300 students take the
driver's education course at OHS
each semester. This semester Ed-
die Accardi Dodge donated three
vehicles and the Okeechobee Mo-
tor Company donated two vehi-
cles for the program. All of these

vehicles are brand new.
The students learn everything
the Department of Motor Vehicles
wants them to know to apply
for driver's permits and licenses.
They learn how to do U-turns,
angle parking, three point turns,
parallel parking, and backing up,
everything they will be graded on
in their drivers test.
Students in fact can take their
drivers test while at school, which
is convenient for them and their
Buckner said it also is less
costly for students. He noted
some high schools hold driver
education courses in the sum-

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mer and can charge up to $200
per student. The course offered at
OHS is free.
During the school year, the stu-
dents take 10-11 weeks, and get
about 10-15 hours of driving in.
In Florida you must be 15
years old to get a drivers permit.
You must hold that at least one
year before you take your test for
a driver's license. The course also
includes a four hour course on
the dangers of alcohol and drugs
and driving.
"They are doing the State of
Florida a favor. We have better
prepared drivers on the road.
Each year they donate new ve-
hicles to us. If Steve and Dowling
didn't do this, the students would
be in trouble," he noted.
The students don't have to
leave the school because the test
course is identical to what the
state requires. All students have to
do to get their license after taking
this course, is go to the driver's of-
fice, show their documentation,
and pay the fee.

contributions to the local station.
Mr. Daniel is a professional bass
fisherman who spends 40 weeks
on tour all over the U.S. He par-
ticipates in the Nibbles and Bites
show with Billy Dean remotely
from wherever he is during the
In addition to the FM broad-
cast, on Monday, Aug. 18, WOKC
changed their format to True
Country in order to serve their
loyal long-time audience as well
as attract new listeners. Their
new format includes '90s and '80s
Country as a major part of their
programming with songs up to
today's country. There are also
'throw-ins' from the '60s and '70s
country music as well.
For more information please
visit their web-site at www.wokc.

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Kiwanis president Jim Vensel (left) invited WOKC co-owner
Robbie Castellanos (center-left), Steve Daniel ((center-right)
and Billy Dean (right) who spoke about WOKC and Glades
Media Group and how they became what they are today.

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Volunteers sought

for Relay for Life

Cancer Society seeks
volunteers for teams

The American Cancer So-
ciety is looking for volunteers
and teams for the Relay for Life
of Okeechobee. Organizers are
looking for volunteers who want
to make a difference in the fight
against cancer.
Relay for Life is a fun-filled,
overnight event that mobilizes
communities throughout the
country to celebrate survivors
(anyone who has ever been di-
agnosed with cancer), remember
loved ones and raise money for
the fight against cancer.
"Relay for Life is an aware-
ness raiser about the progress
against cancer as much as it is a
fundraiser," said Shannon Martin,
Community Representative for
the American Cancer Society. "In-
dividuals who are willing to give
their time and energy to this excit-
ing event, as a volunteer or partic-
ipant, have made a commitment
to fight back against this disease
and let the community know that
you can beat cancer."
Teams of eight to 15 members
gather with tents and sleeping
bags to participate in the largest
fundraising walk in the nation. Re-
lay for Life brings together friends,
families, businesses, hospitals,
schools, churches... people from
all walks of life. Teams seek spon-
sorship prior to the Relay, all with
the goal of eliminating cancer.
Volunteers are needed to or-
ganize and recruit teams, seek
community support, coordinate
logistics, find refreshments and
prizes, plan entertainment, and
lend their support in any way.
If you would like to volunteer
on the Relay for Life committee,
or serve as a team captain, con-
tact Shannon Martin at 863-467-

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The Okeechobee Board of County Commissioners will hold a Public Hearing on December 18, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. or as soon thereafter as
possible, at the Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida, for the purpose of adopt-
ing budget amendments to the Fiscal Year 2008-09 Budget for Okeechobee County to appropriate encumbrances from the prior fiscal year
and adjust projected cash balances for same.


General Fund (001)
Transportation Trust (101)
Residential Solid Waste (107)
Enhanced 9-1-1 System (109)
Court Facility (112)
Unincorporated Ser. Fund(117)
Fire/Rescue Fund (118)
HRS Bldg.Maintenance(122)

FY 2008-09


5,111,294 680,453


Hurricane Housing Recovery Fund (125) 389,009

Disaster CDBG Fund(127)
Special Grants Fund(132)


2,733,749 945,732


Solid Waste Management Fund (133) 4,181,930

Capital Improvements (303)
Okee Tantie Enterprise Fund (401)


10,586,650 1,810,669
931,672 6,350





0 5,791,747 44,52
0 3,055,045 915,56
0 649,038 148,69

0 108,315
0 2,832,418
0 5,066,931
0 968,078


0 335,807 118,17
0 1,330,228
0 3,679,481
0 3,430,200
0 4,207,529 3,208,08
0 12,397,319 323,22

938,022 217,826

ed Operating
es Expenditures
'9 11,703,862
!4 5,747,223
i2 2,139,483
97 500,340
86 100,029
3 2,787,505
93 4,991,638
8 879,959
'6 217,631
0 1,330,228
0 3,679,481
0 3,430,200
15 999,444

Total FY 2008-09



12,074,095 12,397,319



Agri-Civic Center (403) 491,871 1,631 0 493,502 9,246 484,255 493,502 493,502
Amended Funds Total 52,287,137 4,919,062 0 57,206,199 5,420,629 51,785,570 57,206,199 57,206,199




6 Okeechobee News, Sunday, December 14,2008

Holiday Events

Santa letters welcome Holiday ham sale

Children of all ages are invited
to mail their letters to Santa at all
Seacoast National Bank locations
in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin,
Palm Beach, and Okeechobee
counties through Dec. 20. For
those who wish to join in the mer-
riment, letters can be dropped off
at festively flocked mailboxes lo-
cated in the lobby at each branch
where kids can personally mail
their letters- no postage required!
Regardless of the heavy workload
in Santa's workshop this time
of year, each letter will receive a
message from Santa sent via U.S.
Post. To locate a branch location
nearest you, visit www.seacoast-

Christmas Around the World
The annual celebration of
Christmas Around the World
will be celebrated on Sunday,
Dec. 21 at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church grounds from 5 until 7
p.m. There will be a Live nativity
pageant, booths and Santa Claus
gifts for children and performanc-
es by the following groups: Scot-
tish Bagpipers, Irish Step Dancers,
Filipino performers, and Mexican
Serenade. Admission and parking
is free. For more information call

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.

Pentecostals to host
Christmas program
The Pentecostals of Okeecho-
bee will host "Celebrating Jesus"
on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m.
Please come join us to celebrate
at 405 S.W. 10th Ave. For more
information, please call 863-467-
1611 or 863-634-4554.

Okeechobee Main Street is again
having their Holiday Honey Baked
Ham Sale. Order your holiday ham
or turkey with all the fixins includ-
ing a wide variety of desserts now.
Orders must be placed by Dec. 19
for pickup on Monday, Dec. 22.
To order or to have a complete list
of items emailed or faxed to you
call Main Street at 863-357-6246 or
Syble's Flowers & Gifts at 863-763-

Mission collecting for
Christmas toy drive
Big Lake Missions Outreach is
sponsoring their 14th Annual toy
drive for the Needy Children in
the community. Families will be
screened for needs and gifts are to
be put under the tree for Christmas
day. New gifts are needed for ages
baby to teen. Donations can be toys,
gifts suitable for teens, gift cards, or
checks are welcome. Please make
checks out to the mission to pur-
chase what is needed. Also foods
are always acceptable and needed.
For more information call 863-763-
5725 or 863-697-6433. Pick-up and
receipts are available upon request.

Christmas Food Drive
Affordable Art & Framing is
sponsoring a Food Drive for The
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church
Emergency Food Pantry. Bring food
or monetary donations to Affordable
Art and Framing at 110 S.W. 14th St.
(next to Old RJ Gators) from Dec. 1,
through Jan. 1. No purchase neces-
sary but all customers bringing food
will receive 40 percent off of select-
ed art and gifts and 20 percent off of
custom framing.

Buckhead Ridge hosts
community parades
Buckhead Ridge will host com-
munity parades on Dec. 21, starting
at 12:30 p.m., hosted by and start-
ing at Moose Lodge in BHR. There
will be an evening lighted boat pa-
rade starting at 4:30 p.m. hosted by
Buckhead Ridge Yatch (that's how
we spell it) Club and the BHR VFW,
starting at the Buckhead Ridge Ma-
rina. All boats are welcome.

Methodist Church has BHR host community

holiday services
The First United Method-
ist Church has planned holiday
services. On Dec. 14, the Chan-
cel Choir Cantata will present
"Touched by a Child Touched
by a King" at 8 and 11 a.m. On
Dec. 14, Children's Musical, Si-
lent Night-The Birth of a Carol"
will be presented at 5 p.m., with
a spaghetti dinner at 6 p.m., and
a youth drama, "The Jingle Bell
Mystery," at 7 p.m. On Dec. 24,
the church will have Christmas
Eve Candle Light Services at 5
p.m. and Contemporary Service
at 7 p.m. For information, call the
church office at 863-763-4021 or
visit website at www.fumcokee.
com .

Christmas Country
Store open
The Christmas Country Store
is open each day at 9 a.m. at
Hospice of Okeechobee's Blue
Volunteer Building for holiday
shopping. Toys, decorations and
unique items for Christmas will
be for sale. Come see and enjoy
the holiday splendor. For more
information, please call Cathy at

City Hall Park
to host Santa
Santa will be at City Hall Dec.
15, and 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. Stop
by for a picture with Santa!

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

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

Community Events

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.

Cheer and dance
tryouts 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 thier
hair. Please contact Coach Victoria
for further information 863-441-
3826, xplosionallstarcheer@ya-, www.xplosionallstars. If you are under 12
and would like more information
regarding cheerleading, tumbling
or dance please feel free to call!
The tryout will be held at the X-
plosion gym on 441 S.E. behind
the new carwash!

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

BHR VFD Winterfest
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-

Chamber announces
Speckled Perch dates
Okeechobee Chamber of
Commerce have announced the
dates for the Annual Speckled
Perch event and Beauty Pageant.
The pageant will be held Jan. 17,

2009 at the K.O.A. Convention
Applications are available
at the Chamber of Commerce.
Deadline for entry is Jan. 5, 2009
Applicants must be residents
of Okeechobee. A $75 non re-
fundable fee will be required with
each applicant.
New divisions for this year's
pageant are:
Tiny Mr. & Tiny Miss Speckled
Perch Ages 2-3
Little Mr. & Little Miss Speckled
Perch Ages 4-6
Speckled Perch Prince Ages
Jr. Miss Speckled Perch Ages
Teen Miss Speckled Perch -
Ages 13-15
Miss Speckled Perch Ages 16-

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Courthouse rehabilitation begins
Employees of DooleyMack Constructors of Sarasota
remove sidewalk tiles from the rear of the Okeechobee
County Courthouse. The contractor is in the initial phases
of the $3.8 million rehabilitation of the courthouse which
is expected to take about a year.

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

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

Toys For Tots
Distribution Party
Toys for Tots will hold their dis-
tribution party on Saturday, Dec.
20, from noon until 4 p.m. at A
Child's World South 4664 U.S. 441
SE. Children must be present and
proof of Okeechobee Residency is
required. This will be a fun event
for the children as Santa will be
there and Otis Spunkmeyer cook-
ies will be on site baking fresh
cookies for the children. Malissa
Morgan is looking for volunteers
to assist the children through the
line at the distribution as parents
are not permitted to help children
"pick" out the toys. The Sheriff's
department will be on hand to
handle traffic etc. For more in-
formation call Malissa Morgan at
863-634-5852. Toys for Tots Drop
Off locations are: Enterprise of
Okeechobee; Trends; Riverside


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

Alice Amrett Spivey
Robas "Amy", 86
OKEECHOBEE Alice Amrett Spi-
vey Robas "Amy", died Wednesday,
Dec. 10, 2008, in her home. She was
She was born in Lumberton, N.C.
on Dec. 17, 1921. She was a perma-
nent resident of Florida since 1977.
She was a member of the First Unit-
ed Methodist Church in Ft. Lauder-
She was preceded in death by her
husband of 55 years, Joseph F Ro-
bas Sr.; her sister, Helen Elizabeth
Dew, of Ft. Lauderdale; and her par-
ents, Raymond and Sallie Spivey, of
Lumberton, N.C.
She is survived by her sons, Joseph
F Robas Jr. and wife Paula, of Okee-
chobee, and Richard Spivey Robas
and his wife Sue, of Rogersville,
Tenn. She was blessed with four
grandchildren, Joseph F. Robas Ill,
of Asheville, N.C., Michelle Lynn Ro-
bas, of Tate, Ga., Michelle Leah
Schor, of Pompano Beach, Fla., and
Richard Spivey Robas Jr., of Welling-
ton, Fla.; five great-grandchildren,
Dayton Callahan, Deanna Callahan,
Luca Bella Schor, Odin Schor, and
Richard Spivey Robas IlI; her sisters,
Betty Tedder, Lula Snow, Lillian
Blake and Joan Teague; and two
brothers, Raymond Spivey Jr. and
Bill Spivey.
A celebration of her life was held
at Jennings Funeral Home in Ft. Lau-
derdale, Fla. on Dec. 13, 2008.
Memorial contributions can be
made to the National Parkinson's

Bank; WOKC; Walmart; UPS
Store; Yearling Middle School;
Central Elementary School; Berg-
er Insurance; Pogeys Restaurant;
Okeechobee Sheriff's Depart-
ment; Okeechobee Police Depart-
ment; Okeechobee Correctional
Institute and Okeechobee Proba-
tion and Parole. For more infor-
mation call 863-634-5852.

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

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Is your club, organization or
church planning a holiday event
or fundraiser? Email your news
to for
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Sworn in
On Nov. 18, Okeecho-
bee High School Class of
1998 graduate and former
Okeechobee News reporter
Christina Locke (left) was
sworn in to the State Bar of
Georgia by Judge Christo-
pher S. Brasher (right) of
the Fulton County Superor
Court, Atlanta Judicial Cir-
cult. Ms. Locke recently re-
ceived her law degree and
master's degree in journal-
ism from the University of
Florida and works as a civil
litigation attorney in Atlan-
ta. She credits her time as a
reporter for inspiring her to
go to law school. "Working
at the Okeechobee News
gave me the opportunity to
experience firsthand how
the law works in many dif-
ferent areas -- from criminal
trials to zoning meetings.
Seeing attorneys in action
and spending lots of time
at the courthouse helped
me make the decision to
pursue a new career," Ms.
Locke said.

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Okeechobee News, Sunday, December 14, 2008 7

Everglades students conduct experiments

Kindergarten: At Everglades
Elementary School, Mrs. Moore's
class is busy. In science and math
we did an activity with a snow-
man candy dispenser. We made
our hypotheses to see which face
would come up the most on our
snowmen. We made a video of
this activity and viewed it later.
Students and parents, have a
happy holiday and don't forget to
practice letters and sounds and
words over the holidays!
Miss Snyder's class is having
fun in math using tally marks to
add groups of numbers to 10.
They are making 10 frames and
counting to 30. The boys and
girls are building their vocabulary
words and using them in sen-
First Grade: Mrs. Hollin's
class is very busy preparing for the
Holiday Season. In science we are
discovering our five senses and
how they help us learn about our
world. Christmas is a special sea-
son when all of our senses come
alive. We will begin our unit with
the sense of sight as we decorate
our class tree. The students will
isten to the sounds of Christmas
and conduct a taste test. The stu-
dents will choose between salty,
bitter, sour, and sweet. The stu-
dents will bake something special
n the oven to explore the sense
of smell. To finish up the unit we
will read The Gingerbread Man
and make gingerbread houses.
Second Grade: Ms. Hunt's
class has had so much fun read-
ng about the "Sarabiskota" kids
and where "Gator Mikey has
been going in our school wide
read aloud, Are You Smarter Than
A Flying 'Gator? We love the trivia
questions, watch out "Jeopardy,"
here we come!
Mrs. Brady's class is enjoying
many Christmas stories. We are
also learning about fossils, dino-
saurs, and rocks in science! We
are working hard to stay focused
even though we are super excited
about the Winter break. We know
who is watching!
Mrs. Kirby's class is working

oh so hard
on writ-
ing. We
have been
out sto-
ries about
and the
Season. It
is making
us more excited about our holi-
day break.
Mrs. Campbell's class is learn-
ing about holidays around the
world. We are making pinatas. It
will be fun to celebrate and break
Mr. Wright's class has writ-
ten letters to Santa for our local
newspaper. We are preparing for
the end of the first semester by
studying hard for assessments.
We have read about dinosaurs,
learned about money, studied
other culture's holidays and are
working with forces that push
and pull.
Ms. Kosinski's has just finished
their first PSA on protecting our
natural resources. The students
wrote their scripts and created
their own scenes. We have also
been getting into the holiday
spirit and writing Christmas nar-
ratives using "pixie" and student
lap tops. Finally, the students are
beginning their Christmas Around
the World unit. We have our pass-
ports ready, our suitcases packed
and we're excited to fly on!
Ms. Gumz's class had fun this
week pretending to shop in our
classroom store to learn about
money. Next week we will be
ready to help our parents' shop!
In reading and science we are
learning about fossils and things
that are different now compared
to a long time ago. We are also
learning to respect our heroes.
Who is the hero in your life that
you respect the most?
Third Grade: Mrs. Forde's
class is currently working on time
in math and inferences in read-
ing. The students recently wrote a

Christmas haiku and were excited
to have their work out on display.
We would like to congratulate
Kyle Evans, Jennifer Fairtrace,
and Austin Guerrero as Students
Of The Week for the month of De-
cember. We wish everyone a very
Merry Christmas and a Happy
New Year!
Mrs. LaPenna would like to
congratulate Elton Pelt our stu-
dent of the week. Our class con-
tinues to learn our times tables.
We wish everyone a safe and
happy Holiday Season!
Mrs. Watford would like to
congratulate Daysha Vaughn our
student of the week. Our class is
working very hard everyday to
improve their reading skills. Be
sure over the Holidays to keep
READING every day!
Fourth Grade: Mrs. Davis
and Mrs. Robertson's classes have
been working to complete their
"Native Florida" trading cards.
After the fourth grade field trip to
the Archbold Biological Research
Station in Lake Placid, students
researched a native Florida spe-
cies. Then on the EETT laptops
designed a set of trading cards
that will be put into binders in
their classrooms and the Media
Mrs. Davis' class took tech-
nology to the next level when
they wrapped up their unit on
geometry with a "Geometric Pat-
tern Scavenger Hunt" across the
Everglades' campus. They took
pictures with digital cameras
of different geometric shapes
and patterns. After loading their
pictures onto the laptops, they
worked in pairs to create a pow-
er-point presentation with their
pictures., labeling their finds. Oth-
er classes were invited to enjoy a
walk-around where the students
shared their knowledge of "Geo-
metric Patters at EES!"
Art Club: Mrs Robertson and
the art club has created a beau-
tiful Holiday Greeting on a giant
card, it is a special greetings from
the "Everglades." The card is in
the front lawn of the school for

everyone's enjoyment! A great
big thank you to the art club and
to Mrs. Robertson!
Music: The students and Mrs.
Wilson are looking forward to
our Christmas musical; "The X-
Mas Files". There will be three
performances, December 16 and
17 at 9 a.m. and Dec. 17, at 7 p.m.
Everyone is welcome to come
and enjoy the show!
Student Council: The stu-
dent Council enjoyed an ice
cream social at their December
meeting. We would like to thank
Mrs. Stinnett, our school wide
Character Counts director for the
great presentation and treats that
she gave each of the students.
On December 13th the Student
Council and Everglades' Pep 'N
Drill participated in the Okeecho-
bee Christmas Parade featuring
our school mascot, "Gary Gator."
Our PTO sponsored the school
float. This year's theme was


"Christmas In The Everglades."
We would like to send a big thank
you to everyone who helped with
this great event.
Miss Shofner would like to
thank all of the classes and stu-
dents who read Are You Smarter
Than A Flying 'Gator? and partici-

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Students of the Week
Everglades Elementary School students achieving excellence in the classroom for the
week of Dec. 8. Kindergarten students named are: Francisco Lopez-Diaz, Pedro Estrada,
Samuel Brito-Sanchez, Caleb Reynolds, Kevin Valdez, Angel Jimenez. First grade students
on the list are: Kevionna Boswell, Samantha Arteaga, Gloria Seca, Yuri Hernandez.
Second grade students are: Kaylyn Clarke, Monica Luna, Beau Rexroad, Nayeli Urbina,
Maria Moran, Raquel Alvarez. Third graders achieving excellence are: Erick Garcia, Nicko-
las Montero, Emily Rhodes, Victoria Vaughn, Daysha Vaughn, Aleene Romero, Kyle Evans.
Fourth graders making the list are: Daniel Ruiz, Dalila Escamllla, Sara Delgado, Antonio
Espinoza and fifth grade students making the grade are: Desiree Torres, Hannah Collier,
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8 Okeechobee News, Sunday, December 14, 2008

Fate of U.S.

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The fate of 180,000 acres cur
rently belonging to U.S. Sugar
could be decided on Tuesday,
Dec. 16. Or, maybe not.
South Florida Water Manage-
ment District (SFWMD) has pro-
posed purchasing the property
and using it to filter the water en-
tering the Everglades. The pro-
posal currently on the table of
fers 180,000 acres to SFWMD for
$1.34 billion. This offer is scaled
back from the original offer an-
nounced last summer. That offer
of 182,500 acres included a sugar

refinery, a citrus processing plant
and other buildings and equip-
ment. The original suggested
price tag for the larger purchase
was $1.75 billion.
Under the terms of the propos-
al, U.S. Sugar can lease the land
back for a seven year period. The
rental fee would be $50 an acre
per year for the first six years, the
seventh year would be free. How-
ever, during those seven years,
SFMWD has the right to reclaim
various amounts of land at vari
ous specific times.
At the Monday, Dec. 15, meet-
ing of the SFWMD Board of Gov
ernors in West Palm Beach, pub-

Florida Farm Bureau Presi
dent John L. Hoblick issued the
following statement on Friday,
Dec. 12.
At its meeting on Dec. 10, the
board of directors of the Florida
Farm Bureau Federation (FFBF),
the state's largest general inter-
est agricultural organization,
declared its opposition to the
acquisition of U.S. Sugar Corp.
lands by the South Florida Wa-
ter Management District. The
Federation firmly supports the
rights of private property owners
to acquire, use and sell property
but opposes the unnecessary
acquisition of more land by gov-
The Federation is also con-
cerned that the proposed pur
chase would drain funding and

focus away from implement
tion of the Comprehensive Ev-
erglades Restoration Plan and
other initiatives in which much
time and funding have been
invested. The purchase of U.S.
Sugar's land would likely cause
thousands of acres of productive
agricultural land to be removed
from local tax rolls, leaving local
communities struggling to make
up for the loss of ad valorem tax
revenues and endangering their
future. Further, the plan for the
SFWMD to purchase U.S. Sug
ar's land, then to lease it back to
the company over a seven year
period at a bargain rate would
create unfair competitive advan
tages over other South Florida
agricultural producers.

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December 8 and 9, 2008




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Prices not much better this week.
Real good black 500# steers
only bringing around .70-.75.
Slaughter cows about $1 lower -
it takes a good cow to bring $.45.
Its pretty depressing but we still
have a lot to be thankful for.
Market will be closed on Christ-
mas week and on New Year's
week. Last sale of '08-Dec. 16.
First sale of '09-Jan. 5.
Slaughter cows and bulls sale on
Tuesday, Dec. 30. Nelson Echev-
erria of Miami, topped the calf
market with a high of $2.10.
Pedro Salazar of Loxahatchee
had the high cow with 48.00.
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lic discussion of the purchase will
be held along with the reception
of final environmental and engi-
neering reports on the property.
The following day the board of
governors is scheduled to vote on
acceptance of the purchase.
Even though U.S. Sugar ap-
proved the terms on Dec. 8, ap
proval by SFWMD may not indi-
cate the land will come into state
A letter dated Dec. 10, from
Robert H. Buker, Jr., President and
C.E.O. of U.S. Sugar, to employ-
ees and stockholders explains the
company's position.
"This transaction does not
constitute a sale of the entire
company, and your stock owner
ship and our operations would
continue after the closing of the
transaction," he stated.
The letter further states that
while the company believes the
transaction offered is the best that
is currently available "your board
of directors and management in-
sisted on preserving the right to

sale still uncertain

seek a better offer for the share-
If SFWMD approves the agree-
ment on Dec. 16, U.S. Sugar will
begin a 60-day process of looking
for a better deal. U.S. Sugar is a
Delaware corporation and this
is in accordance with Delaware
The Lawrence Group, a Nash-
ville based company which is one
of the country's largest owners of
farmland, made a widely publi-
cized "nonbinding expression of
interest" and offered to pay $300
a share for U.S. Sugar stock.
"The Lawrence Group's ex-
pression of interest in not a for
mal or definitive offer," Mr. Buker
wrote. He noted that the $300
per share price is subject to a lot
of conditions and added that the
company has contacted the Law-
rence Group to clarify the offer.
He went on to say that a number
of other potential purchasers have
been identified.
Along with their offer, the Law-
rence Group sent a $27 million

check which, according to Mr.
Buker, was to be deposited only if
U.S. Sugar abandoned the trans-
action with SFWMD. Mr. Buker
said the check was returned and
that no one would be required to
pay in order to participate in the
While environmental groups
such as the Audubon Society of
Florida applaud the proposed
purchase of the U.S. Sugar land
by SFWMD, the Florida Farm Bu-
reau has weighed in against it.
On Dec. 10, Florida Farm Bureau
President John L. Hoblick issued a
statement that his board of direc-
tors had declared their opposition
to the purchase. The organization
opposes what it calls unnecessary
acquisition of more land by gov-
ernment and is concerned that
the proposed purchase would
draw attention and funding away
from implementation of the Com-
prehensive Everglades Restora-
tion plan. The organization also
expressed concern about the loss
of ad valorem tax money to local

USDA considers referendum

on pork
The U.S. Department of
riculture's (USDA) Agriculti
Marketing Service (AMS)
nounced that it will conduct
Request for Referendum am(
eligible producers and import
of hogs, pigs, and pork prodt
to determine if they want a re
endum on the Pork Promoti
Research, and Consumer In
nation Order, commonly kno
as the Pork Checkoff Progn
Participation is voluntary,
only individuals who desire a
erendum on the Pork Checl
Program should participate.
USDA will only conduct a
erendum on the order if at It
15 percent of the total number
eligible pork producers and
porters request the referenda
The total number of produce
and importers eligible to par
pate in the Request for Refer
dum is approximately 69,4
therefore, at least 10,417 eligi
producers and importers rr
request the referendum. If ne(
sary, the referendum will be c
ducted within one year after
results of the Request for Re
endum are announced. If res
of the Request for Referend
indicate that a referendum is
supported, a referendum we
not be conducted.
The Request for Referend
will be held Dec. 8, 2008 throi
Jan. 2, 2009. Producers and
porters who were engaged
pork production or in the iml
station of hogs, pigs, pork, or p
products between Jan. 1, 2
and Dec. 31, 2007, and were
years of age on or before Dec


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heckoff program
2007, are eligible to participate. must be postmarked no later than
For producers, the Request for midnight on Jan. 2, 2009, and re-
Referendum will be conducted at
the USDA County Farm Service ceivedbyJan. 9, 2009.
Agency (FSA) offices where their
administrative farm records are Sugll t
maintained. For producers not
participating in FSA programs, the G O LF C
opportunity to participate will be G
provided at the County FSA office BELLE GL
where the person owns or rents
land. Eligible producers may ob- WEE1KEXDS WE
tain form LS-54-1: Pork Promo- U $35 (7-12)
tion, Research, and Consumer l i, -
Information Request for Referen- ) ( L-c
dum from those offices either in ( 61-99
person, by mail, or by facsimile.
Forms may also be obtained at: 'W619 W Cat
ketingPrograms. W
In order to vote, Form LS 54-1 A

and supporting documentation,
where applicable, such as a sales
receipt, veterinary bill, feed bill,
copies of grower contracts, can-
celled check or proof of payment
must be returned in person, by
mail, or by facsimile to the ap-
propriate county FSA office by
the close of business Jan. 2, 2009.
Form LS-54-1 and supporting
documentation returned by mail

at 12 p.m.

at 11 a.m.

governments when thousands of
acres of privately owned lands are
taken off the tax rolls. They also
stated that the provision to lease
the land back to U.S. Sugar at a
bargain rate would create un-
fair competitive advantages over
other south Florida agricultural
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.
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Kindergarten students prepare for Christmas

Kindergarten News
The Central Elementary School
Kindergarten classes are busy
preparing for their Christmas pro
gram that will be held on Dec. 18,
at the Freshman Campus. If you
want to get in the Christmas spirit
come and watch Kindergartens
perform at 7 p.m. We are becom-
ing wonder-
ful readers by
reading our 100
book Challenge
each night. We
will be going to
the movies for
good behavior
on Dec. 19.
We wish you
and your fam-
ily a Very Merry
Christmas and A
Happy NewYear
from all the Kindergarten Teach-
ers at CES.
Mrs. Vaughn's class has been
busy reading their 100 Book Chal-
lenge Books. Several students
will be receiving medals at the
next awards program. We have
been learning about shadows,
the sun and heat in science. In
Math we are counting to 100 by
2's, 5's and 10's. We are count
ing to 100 frontwards and back-
wards. We are practicing recog-
nizing numbers to 100. In reading
we have learned about present-
tense verbs, and past-tense verbs.
We had the opportunity to see
the OHS Drama Club perform
Frumpled Fairy Tales. They did
such a wonderful job! The first
graders were captivated during
the performance. We are all ex-
cited about Christmas and have
been busy working on Christmas
activities. Happy birthday to Yat-
zel Martinez, and Thomas Ol
sen. Congratulations to Matthew
Mangold and Jorden York for
being our Students of the Week.
I would like to wish everyone a
Merry Christmas and Happy and
Safe New Year. Keep reading!
First Grade
Mrs. Bostwick's class at Cen-
tral Elementary School has been
learning that the sun supplies
both heat and light to Earth and
that shadows are made when
light is blocked by an object. We
compared our shadows at various
times of the day and now know
that the sun does not move; the
Earth spins making it seem like
the sun moves across the sky
and causes night and day! Stu
dents of the Week these past few
weeks were Johnathan Corde
and Kymber Sauerwine. Novem
ber's student of the month was
Karen Godinez. Congratulations,
superstar students! In reading,
we have been discussing how
children from all over the world
are the same and different. Our
differences make us unique and
interesting to others. Students
especially enjoyed learning what
children from other countries do
with their baby teeth when they
lose them! They have also been
learning about present and past
tense verbs. We have been study-
ing place value and estimating in
math. Students are learning about

the tens and ones place and that
an estimate is a smart guess!
We wish everyone a very, merry
Christmas and happy New Year!

First Grade
Mr. Klaffer's Super Kids News
Well, the holidays are upon us
in the Super Kid classroom. I defi
nitely now know
that the person
that invented
all these holi-
days was not a
teacher. In fact, it
must have been
someone who
really disliked
-- teachers and
wanted to pun-
ish them with
students from
Halloween, pass them quickly to
a holiday that gives Thanksgiving
to just enough time off that the
kids forget everything, and then
rolls right into December with
enough holiday events and dis-
tractions to the kid's schoolwork
that they would make the best
party maker jealous with envy!
But, after all of that it warms my
heart and soul each morning to
see my Kids come in every morn-
ing and their eyes light up with
wonder and imagination on the
decorations I have created in our
Thanksgiving came quickly
and we gave thanks for toys,
video games, Spiderman, pump
kin pie, NFL football games, etc.,
possibly not quite what our fore-
fathers had envisioned from the
first get together with our Indian
The kids have been asking
non-stop every morning since
if this week is Christmas Day! I
suppose that calendar we work
on each morning with a big red
bow on X-mas Day is just not
sinking in! The room is a winter
wonderland and we invite every-
one to come see our room, our
homemade decorations by the
Kids, our new mascots "Marty
the Zebra," "Frosty the Snow-
man (I mean what else could
you possibly call a snowman af-
ter years of the same movie and
books?!)," and of course "Spotty
our Giraffe."
Now for the best quotes in
the classroom. Upon telling my
students I am graduating, one
student answered, "So, you only
got smarter today when you got
your certificate?" On watching
me bungy jump 350 feet in New
Zealand, "Mr. Klaffer, are you cra
zy or something?" It took my best
restraint not to say, "I did pick to
be a first grade teacher, didn't I?"
On seeing pictures of me with my
Lab puppy and dog from years
ago, "Mr. Klaffer, you sure looked
a lot younger then!" My mother,
a retired teacher has been help-
ing us during center time and the
kids are still struggling with the
connection of how my Mother
can be called Mrs. McBride and
I am Mr. Klaffer. I think most of
them think we are still pulling a
prank on them. The brutal hon
esty from first graders is always

hilarious, too. Another first grade
teacher relayed this story to me
the other day: A polite young
man from my class held the door
politely open for her and she said
to him, "Mr. Klaffer must be very
proud and happy to have some-
one so polite and good in his
class?" His response, "Yeah, well
at least when I am good, well I
guess not too much, well now
that I think about it not too much
at all!"
Facts that I have now learned
from the Super Kids: 1. There re-
ally is not a Santa Claus. 2. There
really is a Santa Claus. 3. There re-
ally is a Santa Claus, but he hangs
out at Macy's store. 4. Santa Claus
is really Uncle Fred. 5. Reindeer
make good eating! 6. Santa Claus
does not bring bad children coal
for Christmas anymore, because it
is too expensive! 7. Santa doesn't
really like cookies and milk any
more, but instead prefers a mo
cha latte from Starbucks. 8. Santa
must be a burglar in Florida, be-
cause most people do not have a
chimney. 9. Santa Claus isn't real
ly fat, it's just a pillow underneath
his suit. 10. Okeechobee is still a
Merry Christmas from the Su-
per Kids!
Miss Shineldecker's students
have been very busy bees in
class. We have been working
very hard on our long vowel
sound a. Students have learned
the silent e on the end of snake
makes the a say its name. We've
also been working with nouns
and verbs in grammar. We are
just finishing our letters to Santa,
so hopefully he'll get it in time for
Christmas. In math we are work-
ing on greater than and less than
which they love the idea of the
alligator always eats the greater
number. Science we just finished
up our Environment unit. They've
learned how humans can change
an environment. We are all excit-
ed to sing "I Want a Hippopota
mus for Christmas" at the school
sing-along on Dec. 19. They've
been practicing and really know
it by heart. Our class would like
to wish everyone a very Merry
Christmas and a Happy New
Year! Students of the week were:
Corbin Cavallaro, Brianna Perry,
Artemio Virto, and Kassidy Spark-
man. We want to wish Edmundo
Cruz a very Happy Birthday on
Dec. 18.

Second Grade
Mrs. Greseth's second grad-
ers have been working hard in
Reading. They have been read
ing several nonfiction articles.
They all recently chose an animal
to do a research report on. Each
student did a super job of using
the index and table of contents in
library books to locate informa-
tion about the animal they chose.
They learned a lot about their
animal, and better yet, a lot about
how to research a topic. In Math
they have really been enjoying the
chapters about plane figures and
solid figures. In Science the stu-
dents learned all about magnets
and had a great time doing their
own investigations about what

The Okeechobee Community Choir
Under the Direction of Sandy Perry
Will Present Its 10th Annual 2008 Christmas Concert

One Incredible Moment

Handel's Hallelujah Chorus
and Other Seasonal Favorites

Presented at First United Methodist Church
200 N.W. 2nd Street
(NW of Walgreen's at the Intersection of US 441 and SR 70)

Friday, December 19" Saturday, December 20h' Sunday, December 21st
7p.m. 7p.m. 3p.m.

Prelude will feature the glorious 1945 Reuter Pipe Organ, restored in 2004. The beautiful
blend of sixty-seven voices comprising this season's choir represents singers from nineteen
local churches: BHR Christian, Church of Our Savior, Canal Point Baptist, Dunklin Memorial,
First Baptist, First Baptist Lake Josephine, First United Methodist Okeechobee, First United
Methodist Stuart, Freedom Ranch, His House of Fellowship Church of the Nazarene, KOA
Community, Northside Baptist, Okeechobee Presbyterian, Peace Lutheran, Sacred Heart,
Seventh-day Adventist, St. Theresa of the Child Jesus, The Gathering, & Westside Christian.

Soloists Include: Justin Allen,Mike Brooks,
Carolyn Burrell, Betty Clement, Erin & Reid
Ellinger, Michael Hutchison, Kevin Kinnaird,
Lonnie Kirsch, John Olsen, Kenny Resmondo,
Anton Silva, Sharon Suits, John & Chris Sufficool,
Steve Walker, Steve Wegman, Kathryn Wilkinson,
Victoria Williams, & Mike Zierden
Accompanist: Michael Hayes
Narrator: Nicolle Wood
Sound: Sheila Brown

Love Offering Will Be Taken
For More Information Call 863-634-7714

magnets attract. Congratulations
to Jenna McClanahan, she has
reached 200 steps in 100 Book
Challenge. Way to go Jenna!
Alicia Greseth
Second Grade
Miss Miller's second graders
have been having fun manipulat-
ing shapes in math. Do you know
how many triangles you need
to make a hexagon? If you cut a
trapezoid into two equal parts, do
you know what shapes you will
have? The students have enjoyed
writing their letters to Santa as
well. In science, the students had
fun discovering which items a
magnet is attracted to and which
poles will attract and which will
Congratulations to the follow-
ing Students of the Week: Icelia
Ibarra, Axel Galvan, and Jesus
Congratulations to the fol

lowing students for reaching 100
steps: Mariah Raulerson, Andrew,
Simmons, Chyenne Grimes, and
Paislea Plant. Remember to keep
reading every night for 15 min-
utes to earn those steps!)
Mrs. Entry's second grade
class is very excited about our
Christmas break! We have been
learning about plane shapes in
math and motion in science.
We also learned about the Bill of
Rights in social studies!
We have been busy practicing
the Grinch song for our school
sing a long.
Congratulations to Gage In
gram for earning 200 steps in 100
book challenge and Yasmin Jai-
mes for earning 100 steps! Keep
reading over the break! Congrat-
ulations also go to our students
of the week: Sean Birmingham,
Rece Smith, Jose Rodriguez, Ster
ling Arocho. Our students of the

month were Yasmin Jaimes and
Colby Burke! Keep up the good

Second Grade BASE
Sra. Rodriguez's and Mrs.
Johns' Second Grade B.A.S.E.
have been having fun learning
about sound. Students made their
own instruments such as guitars,
drums, maracas, and flutes.
All students would like to say
thank you to the drama class at
the high school who performed
"Frumpled Fairy Tales. It was ex
We are busy learning about
Christmas Around the World and
practicing the Grinch Song for the
Christmas Sing on the 19th.
Students don't forget to read
over the Christmas Break and
have mom or dad sign your fold-




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Happy Holidays from South Elementary School!

South Elementary students
would like to thank the Okeecho-
bee High School Drama de-
partment for inviting us to see
Frumpled Fairy Tales. It was mag-
nificent! The students enjoyed the
performance and what a great
opportunity for students to see
S--- the fun they could have in high
i We invite everyone to our car-
nival on December 18 from 5:00-
8:00p.m. It will be lots of fun for
all. All grade levels will sing holi-
day songs. There will be game
booths, food and a silent auction.
Tickets are 50 cents each at the
Submitted photo/South Elementary door. Most games cost 50 cents.
The students of the week for South Elementary are: Aliany Garcia, Jael Gomez, Xander Black- The staff really has fun decorating
wood, Yesenia Leon, Matthew Arnall, Mark Arnall, Eric Dorta, Dillon Hill, Janixza Lopez, Bry- their booths and interacting with
an Skelton, cutler Meigs, Jacob Myers, Logan Etherton, Rainne Kasik, Noah Torres, Cristian families as they stroll through our
Rios, Jennifer Center, Ballie Shurley, Savannah Dubberly, Nikki Nichols, Caltlin Sheffield, courtyard.
Cody Wheatley, and Zoyee Ramirez.

Teachers get creative to pay for development

Second grade is bustling with
Holiday cheer!
The Holidays are fast approach-
ing and second grade is not lack-
ing in Holiday spirit! Our students
have been busy creating projects
and writing letters to Santa. As we
read Holiday stories, we have dis-
cussed main idea and details and
written about why December is
special! The second grade team
has integrated many of the skills
we are learning into fun activities
with a holiday spin. It has been

exciting for students and teachers
alike. We look forward to more
holiday fun next week as we close
the second nine weeks! On behalf
of the second grade, we wish all a
Happy Holiday!
During the Christmas parade,
the South Elementary Student
Council rode on the South El-
ementary Float, accompanied by
Baldy, the Bald Eagle, our mascot.
The children always enjoy waving
to Baldy. The South Elementary
Pep N' Drill team walked behind
the float showing their school
spirit. Amelia Lozano, the Teacher
of the Year and Isaura Henry,the
School Related Employee of the
Year, rode in a convertible, wav-
ing to the crowds.

ORLANDO- -- With the econo-
my in turmoil and school budgets
tighter than a clam, many teach-
ers are facing the loss of tradition-
al funding for attending profes-
sional development workshops,
seminars and conferences. Al-
though most school districts are
slashing travel and teacher-edu-
cation budgets, some educators
are exploring alternative funding
sources to ensure they can keep
up with innovative teaching tools
and techniques.
"With schools facing cuts on
so many levels, some principals
are saying 'no' to teachers' re-
quests to attend conferences,"
said Michael Eason, executive
director of FETC, one of the larg-
est conferences in the nation
devoted entirely to educational
technology. FETC 2009 runs Jan-
uary 21-24, at the Orange County
Convention Center in Orlando.
The conference provides K-12
educators and administrators
an unparalleled opportunity to
explore different technologies
across the curriculum, while in-
creasing their familiarity with the
latest hardware, software and
successful strategies on student
technology use.
According to Mr. Eason, some
educators have expressed con-
cern about the impact of snug
school budgets on their own
education. "It's easy for teachers
to get discouraged and give up on
their own professional develop-
ment. They shouldn't."
According to Mr. Eason, there
are many alternative sources of
funding that are easy to tap into
at school, district, regional and
national levels. They include:
School staff development
funds, which individual schools
get from their district office and
are used specifically to pay for
teachers to attend conferences.
District staff development
funds, which is money earmarked
specifically for teachers and ad-
ministrators to attend conferenc-
es. These funds which do not
always find their way to schools -
are accessed through the district
staff development offices. "If your
principal says 'no,' check with
your district's staff development
officer," says Mr. Eason.
In many school districts, spe-
cific curriculum offices such as
math, science, social studies, etc.
- have funds that can be used for
attending conferences to improve
teaching in those specific content
areas. "For example, a school
district's math curriculum may
have new software with which
math teachers must quickly be-
come adept," said Mr. Eason. "It
would be in the best interest of
that district's Math Curriculum
Supervisor to send teachers to a
conference like FETC to receive
that training."
Teachers at Title I schools -
those with a high percentage
of economically-disadvantaged
students qualified to receive fed-
erally-funded free and reduced
lunches have money that is ear-
marked for or can be used for pro-
fessional development. Teachers
should check with their schools
and their district Title I offices for

availability, says Mr. Eason.
Special-education teachers
- those who teach students with
disabilities -maybe able to obtain
funding for professional develop-
ment from their school or district
Exceptional Student Education
(ESE) Office. "FETC has many
sessions and workshops specifi-
cally devoted to ESE training for
teachers, as well as an outstand-
ing Assistive Technology Lab that
demonstrates the latest tools for
teaching students with disabili-
ties," said Mr. Eason. In addition,
the state's 19 regional centers for
the Florida Diagnostic and Learn-
ing Resources System (FDLRS)
provide funding to schools and
districts for professional develop-
ment for ESE teachers.
Grants also are available to
pay for training and professional
development. "Every grant ob-
tained by schools and districts
has a training component," said
Mr. Eason. "The trick is to know
where to look and whom to ask."
For example, the federal No Child
Left Behind Act provides funding
for the state's Enhancing Educa-
tion Through Technology (E2T2)
program, with money flowing
from the state to the districts and
earmarked for technology train-
ing. Teachers should check with
their District Technology Supervi-
sors to tap into these funds if they
wish to attend FETC, says Mr. Ea-
Mr. Additional non-traditional
sources of funding for teacher
training could come from foun-
dations, local school booster
organizations, parent-teacher
organizations and other commu-
nity organizations and businesses
that support education. "There
are so many organizations that
want to ensure that our teachers

have the tools they need for effec-
tive teaching," said Eason. "You
just need to know where to look
and have the fortitude to ask."
Eason recommends that teach-
ers work the process backwards:
Look at the FETC program, find
the sessions and activities that
will help them do their jobs bet-
ter, then go to their school, their
district, their content-area super-
visors and outside support orga-
nizations and make a case to sup-
port their individual professional
"With a tough economy and
tight budgets, teachers need to
figure out how to do more with
less," said Eason. "Technology is
the key to ensuring that quality
education is accessible to every
student and FETC is an impor-
tant tool to make certain that
teachers understand and can ap-
ply the latest innovations in class-

room technology."
According to Mr. Eason, this
year's conference features more
than 200 concurrent sessions,
over 70 ticketed workshops and
an exhibit hall, which he calls
"a dedicated educators' market-
place" demonstrating software,
hardware and other teaching
tools from more than 500 of the
nation's top educational technol-
ogy companies. FETC's open-
ing session keynote speaker is
Philippe Cousteau, Chief Ocean
Correspondent for Animal Plan-
et, president of EarthEcho In-
ternational and grandson of the
legendary Captain Jacques-Yves
For more information on FETC
2009, including a detailed list of
sessions, exhibitors, ticketed
workshops and registration infor-
mation, visit:

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Yearly awards
Okeechobee Freshman Campus Teacher of the Year is
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Service Club News in Brief

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

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

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

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Lincoln Park made a statement
Thursday night for all to hear. This
is our district.
The Lady Greyhounds bas-
ketball team got 33 points from
eighth grade prodigy Brandy
Montgomery, and defeated the
Okeechobee High School Lady
Brahmans 71-48.
Coach Wendell Adams said he
was concerned about Okeecho-
bee due to the great start they
have had this year. He also was
missing two of his starters.
"We were able to pull out this
game without them. Right now
we're in the driver's seat in the
district. This was a big game for
us," he said.
Lincoln Park (8-1) rolled to
a 44-20 halftime lead behind an
aggressive defense that forced

* First and third Sunday: breakfast
cooked to order from 9 until 11 a.m. for
$5 donation.

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

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

B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S. 78 W. in
Buckhead Ridge. The Lodge's phone
number is 863-763-2250.
- Sunday: breakfast buffet from 9 until
11 a.m With many items to choose from.
* Sunday: Dec. 14, from noon until 4
p.m. there will be a children Christmas
party for children up to age 16 years old
of Buckhead Ridge Moose members and
guest Please sign-up your children so we
will not miss anyone sign-up by Dec. 10.;
Dec. 21, at 9 a.m. there will be a W.O.T.M.
fund raiser bake sale. Please bring baked
goods for this sale
* Monday: WOTM Chapter meeting the
first and third Mondays of every month
7:30 p.m.
- Wednesday: Bingo and food, food
served at 5 p m. and bingo starts at 6
* Wednesday: Dec. 31, from 7 p.m. until
? New Years Party with party favors, hours
dovers and breakfast at 1 a.m. Music
by Burs and County Line Band. Seating
limited so get your tickets early. $20 each
or $30 per couple.
- Tuesday: Dec. 16, Moose Membership
meeting at 8 p m with enrollment of new
prospective members.
* Thursday: dinner will be served from
5 until 7 p.m. Call the Lodge for the menu.
- Thursday: Music for dancing at 7.30
p m Call to see who is playing.
* Thursday: 5-Card Bingo at 6 p.m. food
available at 5 p.m.
* Thursday: Dec. 25, from noon until 6
p.m. Christmas dinner of ham and turkey
with all the trimmings. Bring the family and
enjoy a good meal.
* Friday: dinner served from 5 until 7:30

a lot of Okeechobee turnovers.
Okeechobee reduced the deficit
to 18 points on two occasions in
the second half but could not get
any closer.
Montgomery was the benefi-
ciary of many of those easy op-
portunities. She got plenty of sup-
port from Stephanie Ball who had
16 points and Dyana Pierre who
had 16 points.
"It was a pretty good game for
us," Montgomery said, "We had
steals and easybuckets. Okeecho-
bee was a good competitive team
and we had to keep working hard
so they wouldn't come back."
Montgomery's mother is the
former coach at Indian River
State College. She has gotten to
play high school ball early at Lin-
coln Park and she feels in the long
run it will improve her game. She
noted it is tough to play girls four

p.m. Music for dancing at 7:30 p.m. Call to
see who is playing.
* Saturday: dinner starting at 6 p.m.
* Saturday: Prime Rib Dinner served
from 6 until 8 p.m. the first Saturday of the
* Saturday: Dec. 13, Large benefit for
Jean Murphy starting at noon. Music all
day, food will be roast pork or chicken
quarter, baked beans and slaw for $6
donation. Activities including a cake walk,
wheel raffle, silent auction, straw drawing
and 50/50. Auction starts at 3.30 p.m.

Moose Family
Center #1753
The Moose Family Center #1753 is
located at 156 N.W 36th St in Okeechobee.
Please call the Lodge at 863-763-4954 for
further information, sudden changes and
menus. Guests are invited to enjoy the
activities and consider membership.
* Open mic karaoke Thursday 7-10
p.m. and Sunday 4-8 p m
-Horseshoes Sunday and Thursday at
2 p.m.
Every Monday pool tournament at 7 p.m.
(food served)
* Legion BINGO Thursday at 1 p.m.
(food served served)
* LOOM BINGO Friday at 6:30 p.m.
(food served)
* Saturday night diner and dance each
* Officers meetings first and third
Tuesday at 7 p.m.
* Women's meeting second and fourth
Tuesday at 7 p.m.
* Men's meetings, second and fourth
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
* Moose Legion meetings third
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

VFW Post #4423
* Music by the 'Saxman' at 5-9 p.m.
North VFW members and friends welcome
Sunday, Nov. 16.
The VFW North Post #4423 is located at
300 N.W. 34 St. The Post phone number is
Happy hour Monday through Thursday 4
until 6 p.m.
Monday: 50-cent hot dogs
Tuesday: Washer toss at 1 p.m.
Wednesday: Pizza and Grill 5 until 7
Friday: Bingo at I p.m. Pizza and Grill 6
until 9 p.m. Karaoke 7 until 11 p.m.
Saturday: Bar Bingo at 1 p.m. Karaoke
7 until 11 p.m.
Sunday: Dinner 2 until 4 p.m.
Post and Ladies Auxiliary meetings third
Sunday of every month at 11 a.m.
Men's Auxiliary Meeting 3 Monday of
every month 7 p.m.

and five years older than her.
"It's quite an experience. I
have an advantage over most
middle school players. Getting to
play now on varsity prepares me
better for high school ball."
Okeechobee (6-2) had 17
points from Dorothy Burkhardt
and 10 points from Jewel Buck
in a losing cause. Coach Anthony
Sherlock said he was proud of his
girls for their effort in the second
half of the game.
"The first half was a struggle

. Membership for 2009 is overdue.
Annual members are asked to please pay
their dues.
Sunday, Dec. 7 was the attack at Pearl
Harbor, Hawaii in 1941, launching American
Into World War I Support our veterans by
attending the '1941's BigBandBash' this
Sunday. The DJ, Datvd Lee, will play your
favorite requests fom 5 to 9 p.m. with some
music of the big band era between. Honor
those who have given their best for us all.
Members are welcome to bring friends.
Big Screen TV and Pool Table

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

VFW Post #10539
* Post hours are 10 a.m. Monday through
Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday. Closing
times are discretionary and dependent
on the number of patrons but usually not
before 8 p.m. on weekdays and 11 pm
on weekends.
* Happy hours: 10 to 11 a.m. and 3 to 6
p.m. Monday through Thursday. Noon to 2
p.m. on Saturdays.
* Monday: Card Bingo at 6 p.m.
* Tuesday: Ladies Auxiliary all-you-can-
eat spaghetti dinner $5 donation beginning
at 5'30 p.m.
* Wednesday: Bar Bingo at 12:45 p.m.
Lunch by Ladies Auxiliary. Kitchen open
from 5 until 8 p.m. Evening music.
* Thursday: Music, kitchen open from 5
until 8 p.m.

but the girls showed some heart
and some desire and won the
second half," he said. "They had
some players but we beat them in
the second half. It's not like they
put their subs in. We played with
The Junior Varsity Lady Brah-
mans fell by six points to Lincoln
Okeechobee will host West-
wood on Monday night with ju-
nior varsity at 5:30, and varsity at

- Friday: Music, kitchen open from 5 until
8 p.m.
* Saturday: Noon, dollar hotdogs, $1.50
Polish Sausage, both with Chili and all the
fixings. Card bingo at 5 p.m. Music and
dancing at 7 p m $50 gas card giveaway
* Scheduled meetings- VFW First
Sunday at noon, Ladies Auxiliary second
Monday at 7 p.m., Men's Auxiliary second
Wednesday at 7 p.m.
* Do you have a family member serving
overseas? We send packages of urgently
needed supplies to them. We accept
donations for this worth cause. Contact
Cheryl Beniot at 863-697-2930.
For further information call 863-763-

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

for $3.
* Friday' Noon until 9 p.m.: Catfish
dinner $6 donation, happy hour 3-6 p.m.

Cypress Hut
Eagles #4509
* The Cypress Hut Fraternal Order of
Eagles post #4509 located at 4701 U.S.
441 S.E. is now open to members Monday-
Saturday from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.,
Sunday from 1 to 10 p.m. Information can
be found by visiting, or
calling 863-467-1154.
* Food is served several evenings a
Aerie meetings are at 7 p.m. on the first
and third Wednesday of each month at the
old Cypress Hut flea market restaurant.
* FOE Auxiliary meetings are at 7 p.m.
on the second and fourth Wednesday of
every month
Friday night: 16 oz rib eye steak dinner
with the trimmings beginning at 5:30 p.m.
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Auctions 105
Car Pool 110
Share a ride 115
Card of Thanks 120
In Memoriam 125
Found 130
Lost 135
Give Away 140
Garage/Yard Sale 145
Personals 150
Special Notices 155
900 Numbers 160

CAT White w/black markings.
Found on 33rd St., Taylor
Creek Isles. (863)467-1469
neutered. Found in vic. of Vi-
king / The Prairie area. Call
to ID. (561)779-1066
Need a few more bucks
to purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used items in
the classifeids.

BULL Black Angus. White on
face. Approx. 1 yr. old. Lost
in the vic. of Quail Acres.
Kids pet. (863)763-0739
BULL Large, Black. Branded
w/BB on right hip. Lost cor-
ner of Hwy. 710 & Berman
Rd. (863)763-4668

OKEECHOBEE, Sun., Dec. 14th
8am-?, 912 NW 2nd St.
(2 blocks west of the Meat
Shoppe on NW 2nd St.)
Furniture, Clothes, Tools,
Toys, Electronics, H/H Items...

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This One
Dec. 13th & 14th, 8am-?,
5800 S.E. Hwy. 441 -
1/4 ml. SE of Kings Bay
Furniture, Household Items,
Small Tools, Audio & Misc.

own following needed in
new shop in Okeechobee
L for more info call Cheri @
467-0418 or 610-0191

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

DRIVER- Class A CDL Driver
needed for local deliveries.
Apply in person at Walpole
Feed & Supply, 2595 NW 8th
St. 763-6905

Nurse Manager
2 yrs supervisory exp.
needed and current FL LPN
license. Competitive salary
& Excl benefits. Fax re-
sume to (561) 924-3405
or apply at:
FL Community
Health Centers,
170 S. Barfield Hwy,
Ste 103, Pahokee, FL.


Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315

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never accept any advertise-
ment that is illegal or con-
sidered fraudulent. In all
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Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435

& Pressure Washing
Cool Sealing, Painting,
Carpentry & Much More!
No Job Too Big or Small.
or (863)261-6425
License# 598 & #1125

Private School One on One
Tractor Trailer Training @ IRCC.
No exp. req'd. Job Placement.
Earn $35,000 $50,000 +
benefits. 866-832-7243

* CNA's
Choose your own hours/shifts/locations.
Immediate work available.
Recruiters Available 24/7

888-783-1133 Ext. 5024

Painting, Repairs, Car-
Power Washing
863 763-4775

Fill Dirt/Shell Rock
& Bob Cat work.
Call 863-467-4734


Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magauines535
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, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

LARGE KENMORE refrigerator-
Black side by side, Indoor
ice/water dispenser. $275.

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

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

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garage7 Advertise
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BLUE Automatic lift chair
$350. Great

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

PUPPIE 9 wks. old w/shots &
health certificate. $450 Must
see! Call Melody @
weeks old, on dry food, 1
shots, health papers from
Okeechobee Vet. $250/firm
(863)467-6475 /447-1808
Ibs, first shots, dewormed,
health cert., $500
Dark brown, 2 M & 1 F All
shots/wormed. Very healthy.
$250 (863)801-6144
PIES- 2-White Males, 2-
Fawn 1F, 1-M. Health Cert
$350. (863)634-1109

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

Christian Books,

Bibles and Videos

Nature's Pantry
417 W S Park St (863) 467-1243

Projection bought in 2005,
moved too large for living
room, excellent cond, great
picture & sound $800 cash
only call to see, great
Christmas gift

3BR, 2BA, Screen Porch,
Hot Tub. W&D, $850 mo.
Call for info. 863-634-5236
2ba, W/D hookup,
$1000/mo, 1st, last & sec.

Professional Class A
office space
Great Location 441 S.
300-1200 sq ft.
Call for details 561-436-2020


* Key West I/I Furnished Cottage Dade County Pine Hardwood
Floors adorable wrap around porch on T(I
* Cute 2/1 fully furnished, screen porch overlooks huge Cypress
trees Private & quiet right on Taylor Creek
* Gorgeous setting on Taylor (reek, 2bd/2ba, fully furnished, washer
dryer. Huge fenced in backyard-Concrete boat ramp.
* Beautiful sunsets with this 2/I on wide im canal, ile floors -
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CRAFTSMAN- 41 inch two
piece tool box on rollers, has
14 drawers. $500 OBO


Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Property 915
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

Basswood 2/1, tile through-
out, no pets, $650 mo, 1st &
last. (863) 763-7301 or
(863)697-1623 Anytime

Near town. $825 mo.
inclds water. Annual
i Lease. Call Kellyn
Month Rent for 1st Month
w/$500 Sec. 2/1.5 carpet,
tile, fridge- 1blk N. of Wal-
Mart. (863)763-8878

DUPLEX in BHR, 800 Sq Ft-
1/1 Extr bk rm $495/mo.lncl
lawn maint.(954)290-0861
KING'S BAY, 2/1, Pool, Ten-
nis, new tile firs., etc. $750
mo. + sec. Water & Cable
included. 863-697-6428
Irg bdrms, W&D incld,
$800/mo, 1st, last & $500
sec. (863)467-5965
2 BR, 2 BA, Liv. & Din. Rm.,
Util. Rm. w/hook ups &
storage cabinets. Patio.
Privacy fence. FREE trash &
Lawn maintenance. No pets.
$690 me. + $500 dep.
Call (417)848-3424

DOWN TOWN 3500 sq. ft.,
4BR, 2BA, Huge Family Rm.
Water-Sewer & Garbage
Pickup included. $1000 mo.
Call (863)634-7353
HOUSE- 2BR/1BA, inside city-
limits, northwest section,
$600 me., 1st & last, incl.
Sard & trash service.
2Ba, $1100 me. + 1st, last,
sec. & refs. Call Barry for
more info. 772-216-1461
OKEE: 3/1 on % ac. Renovat-
ed, laundry, C/A/heat, screen
porch, carport. $975 mo, 1st
mo. & dep. Call 305-458-
St, 3br, 2ba, recently reno-
vated, $800/mo.
(863634-0429 or
863 697-1426
2ba, 2 acres in Edwards Sub
Div., $1200/mo. Call Charles
OKEECHOBEE: 3br, 2ba, 1708
SW 2nd Ave. New paint, tile
& carpet. Call 863-763-2416
or 863-447-0925
One man's trash is
another man's treas-
ure. Turn your trash
to treasure with an ad
in the classified.

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

2/2, BHR, seasonal or long
term. $700/mo. $500 dep.
Call 863-824-0981
Treasure Island. Fenced yd.
$765 me. (772) 359-6584
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Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property- Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property1030
Property- Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspectionl060
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
Corner Lot. 2.2 acres, $95K
OBO Call Cell
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VOLUSIA CTY- 82 Acres,
great location, walk to intra-
coastal, zoned C2 & R3,
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Williams Realty
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The classified ads

story house, 2100 sq. ft.,
upstairs, Ig. lot. Must sell,
$169,000. 863-763-760583

Mobile Homes

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

Lot for Rent- 75 X110 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, incl appl, unfur-
nished. $900 mo.includes
water/sewer, basic cable,
1st,last & dep. References
Req. (863)697-2065
1BA, $750 mo. Includes
electric & water. 1, 2 & 3 BR
- All include city water, some
electric. $425-$550 mo.
1st, last, sec. & ref's. Call
OKEE.: New 2br/2ba on private
lot, on T.Ck. $650/mo. 1st &
sec. Avail Now. No pets Call
gle w/Florida Rm. No pets.
$575 me. & $500 sec. dep.
Call 863-763-0648
on water, furnished, wa-
ter/electric/cable incl. No
pets. Adults only. $900/mo.
all 954-260-1933
turn SW, screened porch,
storage, private lot. $695/mo.
Seasonal Avail. 863-610-
Lake access, quiet area. No
pets. $600/mo., 1st, last &
sec. dep. (561)743-4331

Mobile Home Angels
ON CANAL 24x48, 3BR, 2BA
2 Screen rms, 3 sheds, car-
port. River Bend Park. Lot 37
$42,500 (863)467-4712

modular home... not trailer.
3BR, 2 BA + Den. Must sell!
Never lived in. French door.
Wood grain firs. throughout.
All appl., Side By Side
Fridge., Glass Top Stove.
Drywall interior. Concrete ex-
terior. On our land or yours.
$59,900 Call 561-721-5299
55+ La Belle, Florida
GATED, Clubhouse, Heated
Pool. Lease your 60 x 90 lot,
beautiful country living. In-
cludes lot, lawn service, wa-
ter, sewer and trash pickup,
$200/mo. Models available
for immediate occupancy or
order your own on your lot.
30 minutes from Ft Myers.
M-F, 863-675-7555.


Boats 3005
Campers/Rvs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035

Decked over, with trailer, as
is, no motor or prop $3000
OBO (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



o wonder newspaper
reades are more popular!

bedroom/bath travel trailer.
Has gas/electric, in good
working condition, call for
details. $1700
33 Ft., Solar tinted windows.
Super slide w/awning. 15btu
air. Elec. jack. TV VCR DVD
Surround. Many other ex-
tra's. Just add food & cloth-
ing. Like new! Garage kept.
$18,900 Call 863-946-9138
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

SANDPIPER 2002, 30 ft 5th
Wheel, 2 slide outs,great
shape ready to go $5000
Kitchen & Bathroom, 26'
w/Fold Out Ends. Asking
$4000 (863)467-0031

150CC, 80mpg. Goes
60mph. Great Christmas gift!
$1100 (954)260-1933
TTR-125, used very little,
greatcond. BigWheel,$1800
8O $350 in extras.


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

Sport 25K. 1 Owner. Sunrf.
All pwr. New tires. Exc.
cond. $6100 863-357-1988
cylinder, auto, cold a/c, fully
loaded, runs great $3500
OBO (863) 697-9938

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

F150-1998 New Motor, New
Tires, Runs Great $5000
OBO (863)763-7174
4x4 $14000 (863)610-1593
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Okeechobee News, Sunday, December 14, 2008 13

Public Notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

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Okeechobee County Code Enforcement
Special Magistrate
The Okeechobee County Specal Magistrate will hold a public meeting on Tuesday,
December 16, 2008 at2 0 ppm The public meelng will be held at the Okeechobee
County Health Department Auditonum, located at 1728 N W 9th Avenue, Dkeeche-
bee, Flonda For more information, contact Faye Huffman at the Planning and Devel-
opment Department, 499 NW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972,
(863)763-5548ext 3001
All interested partes shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public meeting
S , i 1 Code EnforcementSpecial Mag-
I I I i meeting will need to ensure that
a verbtim record of the proceedings is made and that the record includes the testi-
mony and evidence upon which the appeal wilt be based Code Enforcement lapes
are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the Department
Faye Huffman, Secretary to the
Code Enforcement Special Magistrate
303724 ON 12/12,14/08

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CASE NO. 200-CA-315
Last known address
1639 SW 16th St,
Okeechobee, FL 34974
f alive, and if dead all parties claiming
interest by, through, under or against
DONNA D CASSELS and all parles
having or claiming to have any right, ti-
te or interest in the property descnbed
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for
Foreclosure of Mortgage on the fellow
ing described property
15 0, THENCE RUN NO.TH 0 D -
321 00 FEET TO THE PO T OF B -
13 2" WEST A DISTANCE OF 185 0
GREES33'52 EAST 18500 FEET T
has been filed against you and you are
required to serve a copy atof your wnt-
ten defenses, 0 any, to it, on Nwabuto
Umunna, Attorney for Plantiff, whose
address s 2901 Sliding Road, Suite
300, Fort Lauderdale, Flonda 33312
within 30 days after the first pubica
hon of this notice or and file the oriOl-
nal with the Clerk of this Court either
before service on Plainff's attorney or
immediately thereafter, otherwise a de-
WITNESS my hand and the seal of this
Court this 3rd day of December,
As Clerk of the Court
By Arlene Nealis
As Deputy Clerk
A copy of this Nohce of Action, Com-
plaint and Uis Pendens were sent to
he defendants a address named
accordance with the Amencans with
Disabilities Act, persons needing a rea-
sonable accommodahon to participate
n this proceeding should contact
Court Adminsration no later tan sev-
en days prior to the proceeding at 250
NW County Club Drinve, Port St Lucie,
Flonda 34986, 1-772-807-4370 within
two worn days of your recpt of
IMPAIRED CALL 1-800-995-8771 IF
This is an attempt to col-
lect a debt. Any
information ob-
tained will be used for
that purpose
03308 ON 12/7.14/08

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
OHS Cross Country Team
The OHS Boys Cross Country Team (left to right) Misael Alvarado, Matt Bauer, Reynel Denova, Eddie Guerrero, Shawn Horvath, Lionel Jones
and Adrien Leon were honored at the school board meeting for their accomplishments this season becoming the Treasure Lake District and
Regional Champions coached by Mike Schilt (right).








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Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
OHS Volleyball Team
The Okeechobee High School Volleyball Team (left to right) Kari Berger, Rebekah Bryan, Brittney Freeman, Janezzka Koger, Monica Koger,
Paige McCrary, Marie Renfranz, Carissa Tyson, (not pictured) Megan Clements, LeAnna Cotton, Jordan Maynard, Tiffany McGee and Naomi
Stevens were honored at by the school board for becoming the district runner-ups and the regional quarter final champions for the 2008 sea-
son coached by Jacque Robinson (right).

Okeechobee High School boys fall at buzzer

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee High School Boys
Basketball Team suffered a heart break-
ing loss Thursday, 59-58, at Westwood
as Luther Robinson dropped in a circus
shot in the final seconds to bring the
Panthers from behind.
Brahman Coach Jon Enrico said he
was almost in disbelief when that bas-
ket fell through the hoop, "It was a last
second shot, and it was a layup that he
threw up, a lucky shot. We had three
guys on him," he said.
Enrico said Robinson was triple cov-
ered, he took a bad shot and it went
in. It was the definition of a desperate
"We played great defense in the last
11 seconds, forced them to take a bad
shot, that we had triple teamed," the
coach said. "It literally went up, hit the

back of the back board and dropped
straight into the hoop, it was a freak
Okeechobee played a good game
defensively and were missing their lead-
ing scorer David Jeune for much of the
game due to foul trouble. He picked up
three fouls in the first half and had to sit
for about half the game. Jeune still had
14 points in 16 minutes.
Austin Willard had 17 points to lead
Okeechobee and Corey White was also
in double figures.
"It was a well played game. We had
a lead of three points with 30 seconds
left. We made two bad choices, and
tried to score instead of holding the ball.
We gave them time to get down the

court and win," said Coach Enrico. "We
made bad choices, they'll learn from
that and get better, better to do it now
than later. We didn't get beat. We beat
Okeechobee had had a couple of
problems down the stretch in their
last three games. Against Lincoln Park,
Okeechobee couldn't score in the final
three minutes and lost by six. Against
Suncoast they missed some big free
throws but their defense preserved a
two point victory. In Fort Pierce they
made mental mistakes down the stretch,
shooting the ball when they needed to
hold the ball and run the clock, or get
fouled and take foul shots.
"I'm proud of the effort and the de-

fense. Everybody worked hard. Matt
Skipper had some big rebounds down
the stretch. Ryan Osceola played well.
We did what we were supposed to do
until the end," Enrico added.
June tried to score on the first pos-
session and drove the lane hard, got
open, but missed a short jumper. On
the next possession Troy Harper took
a shot from the corner and Westwood
Robinson had 21 points to lead
all scorers. Andre Robinson had nine
points. Westwood improved to 5-0 over
all and 3-0 in district play. Okeechobee
fell to 2-4 overall and 1-2 in district play.
The Brahmans next home game will
be Jan. 13, against Jensen Beach.

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14 Okeechobee News, Sunday, December 14, 2008

OHS boy's basketball holds off Suncoast
By Charles M. Murphy Okeechobee didn't score and Austin Willard built the lead low Suncoast a chance to tie or
Okeechobee News much down the stretch but they to 25-17 midway through the go ahead. That's when the de-

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.

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

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-

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.

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Corey White reacts to a ref-
erees call during Tuesday's

Girl's soccer team struggles at home

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Noemi Palacios, #33 tries to clear the ball as Centennial's
Lisa DeFranza defends Thursday.
By Charles M. Murphy goal in a big Centennial victory.
Okeechobee News The Lady Eagles defeated the
Somer Awe had a big game Lady Brahmans 8-0 by mercy
Thursday as she put four goals in rule. It was the Lady Brahmans'
second consecutive shutout loss.
the net and constantly pressured second consecutive shutout loss.
the Okeechobee High School Lisa DeFranza, Carly Giorda-
no, Kristen Schrader, and Kaitlyn

Snow also had goals for Centen-
nial (8-4-1). Okeechobee fell to
Okeechobee struggled to clear
the ball from their end of the field
all night. The quick, tall and tal-
ented Awe had her way with the
Brahman defense and even the
heroics of Brahman goal keeper
Megan Clements couldn't pre-
vent her from scoring.
For the second straight match,
Okeechobee came up against an
outstanding talent. Evelyn Brad-
field had a hat trick, three goals,
on Tuesday as Martin County de-
feated Okeechobee, 5-0.
Clements made several re-
markable saves in both matches.
Centennial scored four times
in the first half most of the time
on uncontested shots. In one in-
stance, Clements knocked a shot
away only to see a rebound shot
get past her.
Okeechobee had only shot on
goal against Centennial.
Okeechobee is back in action
on Tuesday when they visit Jens

en Beach. They will return home
next Wednesday to host Port St.

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Laura Saucedo #22 and the
Brahmans had their hands
full with Somer Awe (left) who
had four goals in Thursday's

Soccer season wraps up with co-champs

Mom's Kitchen
Surfin the Net.

Submitted photo
(green) Amer Elhindi making a move on

Submitted photo
David and Sons (yellow defenders) Colton Butts (left) & Ali-
cia Rodriguez (right) of the Okeechobee Soccer League (red)
- Lydia Calzada taking the ball up the field.

However cool and calm it was
in Okeechobee this past Saturday,
Dec. 6, parents and soccer fans
alike were feeling the heat over at
the practice fields. Wrapping up a
season may come easy for some,
but it was 50 minutes of hard
work for three 10 & Under soccer
teams. Going in to the day, David
& Sons Lawn Care (6-1-2) and
Mom's Kitchen (6-1-2) were tied
for second place. Only two points
ahead of the pack was Okeecho-
bee Soccer League (6-0-3), led
by coach Ignacio Calzada. The
championship title was anybody's
at this point.
In the first match between
Surfin' the Net and Mom's Kitch-
en, it remained 1-0, Mom's Kitch-
en, for most of the game. In the
10th minute of the second half,
Brandon Leal for Surfin' the Net
scored the tying goal. But it didn't
take long for Mom's Kitchen to
answer back. Amer Elhindi im-
mediately sank one in the back
of the net, then drove another ten
minutes later to seal a 3-1 win for
Mom's Kitchen. After exchanging
high fives with his team, coach
Tony Ruben Rodriguez knew the
battle was only half over.
Warming up on the sidelines
was the undefeated red team,
Okeechobee Soccer League.
With a team comprised of mostly
girls, they fought long and hard

throughout the 9-week season
to earn their keep. But it wasn't
enough this time to hold off the
yellow team, David & Sons. In
a low-scoring first half, David &
Sons was up 1-0. After a tying
goal was scored by Okeechobee
Soccer League's Isaac Garcia, the
game shifted. The yellow team
rained down magic and the flood-
gates were opened. David & Sons
sank seven goals one after anoth-
er for a crowd-pleasing 8-2 victo-
ry. Coach Bruce Chesser jokingly
claimed he put gun powder in the
water after being questioned by
parents about his team's sudden
spark of enthusiasm.
And so there were two co-
champions for the 10 & Under
Youth Soccer League with identi-
cal 7-1-2 records, Mom's Kitchen
and David & Sons Lawn Care.
Congratulations and a job well
done to all the teams, players and
parents who participated in the
2008 Okeechobee County Parks
& Recreation Soccer League.


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