Vol. 99 No. 294 Sunday, December 21, 2008 750 Plus tax
Choir, under the direction of
Sandy Perrywill present its 10th
annual Christmas Concert con-
sisting of Handel's Hallelujah
chorus," and other seasonal fa-
vorites, on Sunday, Dec. 20 at
3 p.m. at First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St.
Sixty-five singers from 18 local
churches will particiapte.
The annual celebration of
Christmas Around the World
will be celebrated on Sunday,
Dec. 21 at Sacred Heart Catho
lic Church grounds from 5 un-
til 7 p.m. There will be a Live
nativity pageant, booths and
Santa Claus gifts for children
and performances by the fol-
lowing groups: Scottish Bagpip-
ers, Irish Step Dancers, Filipino
performers, and Mexican Sere
nade. Admission and parking is
free. For more information call
Drive under way
Affordable Art & Framing
is sponsoring a Food Drive for
The Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church Emergency Food Pan-
try. Bring food or monetary
donations to Affordable Art and
Framing at 110 S.W 14th St.
(next to Old RI Gators) through
Buckhead Ridge hosts
Buckhead Ridge will host
community parades on Dec. 21,
starting at 12:30 p.m., hosted by
and starting at Moose Lodge in
BHR. There will be an evening
lighted boat parade starting at
4:30 p.m. hosted by Buckhead
Ridge Yatch (that's how we
spell it) Club and the BHRVFW,
starting at the Buckhead Ridge
Marina. All boats are welcome.
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Pogey's Family Restaurant
1759 S. Parrott Ave.
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given in feet above sea level
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Folk Art: Quilters show off handiwork
Okeechobee Christian Academy sponsored a quilt show Dec. 6, 2008 at Grace Brethren
Church. Local quilters provided quilts and wall hangings that were displayed through-
out the church. Proceeds from the admission were donated to Okeechobee Christian
Academy. Connie Upright won the Viewer's Choice Award for her applique quilt "Mama
the Needle Worker." Persons viewing the quilt show were ask to vote on their favorite
quilt resulting in this selection.
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee County Com-
missioners Thursday spent con-
siderable time at their Thurs-
day, Dec. 18 meeting discussing
capital projects. They discussed
jail expansion, flood control
projects and securing govern-
ment funding for projects.
Joseph Mrak of RQAW had
presented a feasibility study for
jail expansion to the commis-
sioners in March. He was asked
to scale down the project. On
Thursday he presented his re-
vised report to the commission.
His statistical analysis predicted
that the jail population would
increase 191 percent in 20
The updated master plan
presented by Mr. Mrak contains
a reduction of the total project
cost of about $2.67 million. It
contains a new 212 bed pod, a
new kitchen, expansion of the
sheriff's office administrative
space and renovation of the ex-
isting kitchen, dining room, in-
mate program spaces, laundry,
intake, medical and storage.
The project is broken down
into three phases and incorpo-
rates new concepts to make it
more cost efficient and more ef-
ficient to staff. The total cost of
phase 1 is $15,586,566. Phase
2 is $2,804,395 and Phase 3 is
estimated to cost $429,000. The
total project cost was estimated
to be $18,819,961.
Mr. Mrak predicted that the
project would take well over
two years from start to finish.
He said that first funds would
have to be appropriated for pre-
construction design costs. The
total amount of pre-construc-
tion cost has been estimated at
It was suggested that bonds
be used to pay for the renova-
The commission took no ac
tion and directed staff to look at
financing options and the pos-
sibility of the county receiving
economic stimulus funds for
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closes dike trail
Sharon Sweet was awarded First Place in the Okeechobee Christian Academy Quilt
Show for her "Flowers in the Cabin" entry. This super queen size quilt has over 3000
Emily Lowrance was the winner of the Third Place ribbon for her "Flower Garden in
Baskets" quilt. This quilt exhibited excellent hand quilting and a challenging arrange-
ment of a traditional pattern.
Planning Board recommends
requested zoning changes
By Pete Gawda
When they met on Thursday
evening, Dec. 18, the City of
Okeechobee Planning Board/
Board of Adjustments and Ap-
peals recommended two zon-
ing changes, changed land use
in another case and granted a
The board changed the land
use from multifamily to com
mercial on the N.E. 11th Street
property owned by Muham-
mad Nooruddin. The board
also recommended that the
city council change the zoning
from residential multifamily to
commercial public office for
the same property. The owner
requested these changes in
order to build a medical office
building on the property.
AttorneyColin Cameron sub-
mitted a zoning change request
on behalf of the Association of
Retarded Citizens (ARC). The
N.W. Second Avenue property
occupied by the ARC is zoned
commercial public office even
though no commercial offices
have been located on the site
and the applicant would like
to change the zoning to pub-
lic facility to be consistent with
the current use of the property.
The board recommended that
the city council approve the re-
In addition the board ap-
proved a special exception to
allow for a drive through on
the S. Parrott Avenue property
formerly occupied by Captain
Ds to allow for drive-through
banking. City planner Bill Bris-
son said the proposed use
would be compatible with the
surrounding area and the re-
quest met required standards.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.
com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be
CLEWISTON -- Eastern sec-
tions of the Lake Okeechobee
Scenic Trail are temporarily
closed until further notice while
construction continues on the
Herbert Hoover Dike.
The U.S. ArmyCorps of Engi-
neers has closed the trail in two
locations: A 9 mile stretch from
Port Mayaca to Canal Point and
a 9.8 mile stretch from Pahokee
to Belle Glade, while three con-
struction crews install cutoff
wall within the dike to prevent
"Safeguarding the public is
our highest priority that's the
number one reason we're reha-
bilitating the dike," said Ingrid
Bon, project manager for the
Herbert Hoover Dike. "While
this construction is ongoing,
we also want to ensure the saf-
est conditions possible at these
three work sites -- not only for
the public but for the workers
Three Corps contractors
began preparations for install-
ing the cut-off wall in October
along the southeast shore of
Lake Okeechobee, between
Port Mayaca and Belle Glade.
The Corps considers this 22-
mile stretch, called Reach 1, the
most vulnerable section of the
Ms. Bon said the Corps is
leaving the central portion of
the trail in Reach 1 open, from
Pahokee to Canal Point. Since
there will not be work in that
section of the dike for a while
yet, foot traffic and bicyclists
can use the trail there. But there
are no dike access points north
of Canal Point to Sand Cut. Rec-
reationists who want to traverse
the whole trail distance with
minimal obstruction can take
Highway 715, which parallels
the dike trail for 22 miles from
Port Mayaca to Belle Glade.
Thousands of visitors each
year enjoy the trail for walking,
hiking, roller blading, bicycle
and horseback riding. More
than half of the 110-mile trail
is paved and the remainder
consists of two-track, gravel
roadway on top of the Herbert
Hoover Dike. Corps contractors
installing the cutoff wall will re-
turn the dike, including sections
of the trail that are not paved, to
its pre-construction condition.
For more information, con-
tact the South Florida Opera-
tions office at 863-983-8101 or
go to ww.saj.usace.army.mil.
For dike information,
Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken
Santa in the Park
Santa Claus and helpers have been visiting Okeecho-
bee lately to find out what good girls and boys want for
Christmas. Alycia Schriber was among those who made
sure Santa knew her Christmas wish list. The Okeecho-
bee Kiwanis Club will sponsor Santa in Flagler Park 4 on
Dec. 22 and 23 from 6 to 8 p.m.
2 Okeechobee News, Sunday, December 21, 2008
Raulerson staff offers support
In an effort to help those less fortunate in our community, staff and volunteers at Rauler-
son Hospital held a sock and undergarment drive. Each employee was asked to bring new
socks and/or new undergarments to the annual employee Holiday Luncheon hosted by
Administration and Department Directors. A gigantic stocking was filled along with three
boxes. The hospital auxiliary elected to forego their annual gift exchange and do the same
at the luncheon held in their honor on Dec. 15. The auxiliary also filled a gigantic stock-
ing with new socks and undergarments. All socks and undergarments were presented to
Bruce Swinford, Associate Director of Big Lake Missions Outreach. The mission feeds
35-55 folks daily and in 2007, the mission serviced over 15,000 people. The mission is run
by volunteers-no one receives any pay. All donations and gifts are distributed to folks in
Kayla Jo Cherry and David
Owen Mohney were joined in
marriage on Oct. 18, 2008.
The bride is the daughter of
Bruce Cherry and Karon Etherton
The groom is the son of David
Mohney of Okeechobee and Ma-
ria Rodriguez of Palm Beach.
The wedding ceremony
was held at Freedom Ranch in
Okeechobee. John Glenn offici-
ated at the ceremony.
The bride was given away by
her father and mother.
The ring bearer was Ragyn
Mohney of Okeechobee (son of
the bride and groom.)
The groom is employed with
Leland Dyals Land Surveying.
The bride is employed with
Sunday: Patchy fog before
8 a.m. Otherwise, mostly sunny,
with a high near 80. Calm wind
becoming southwest around 5
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy,
with a low around 53. North
northwest wind around 5 mph.
Monday: Partly sunny, with
a high near 70. North wind be
tween 5 and 10 mph.
Monday Night: Mostlycloudy,
with a low around 54. Northeast
wind around 5 mph.
Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a
high near 74. East wind between
5 and 10 mph.
Tuesday Night: Mostly
cloudy, with a low around 59.
East wind around 5 mph.
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Bobby and Kari Steiert of
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nounce the birth of their son, Pey
ton Reed Steiert.
He was born on Oct. 23, 2008 at
Martin Memorial in Port St. Lucie.
He weighed 6 pounds 14 ounces
and was 19 1/2 inches long at birth.
Peyton was welcomed home by
his big sister Jacie and big brother
Maternal grandparents are Julie
and Roy Reno of Okeechobee.
Paternal grandparents are Nancy
and Lenny Steiert of Okeechobee.
Great grandparents are Rosie
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Sharon Vinson (left) delivered gifts to the Garcia Family on
behalf of the Heartland Consortium to Leticia Garcia (right)
the mother of the family whose husband Jose Garcia was
diagnosed with cancer. The Garcia's have two daughters
and one son who will enjoy the many presents donated by
the Consortium members.
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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 20th Sunday, December 21t
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, Reid & Erin
Ellinger, Michael Hutchison, Kevin Kinnaird,
Lonnie Kirsch, Loy Mershimer, 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
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Okeechobee News, Sunday, December 21, 2008 3
Area man accused
of fraud charges
By Eric Kopp
INDIANTOWN The owner
of a rebuilt transmission business
in Indiantown was arrested this
week on grand theft and credit
card fraud charges.
Edward J. Lukas, 50, Pinto St.,
was arrested Monday, Dec. 15, by
investigators from the Florida Ag-
riculture and Consumer Services
(FACS) Office of Agricultural Law
Enforcement following a two-
Lukas was charged with four
counts of grand theft and three
counts of credit card fraud. He
was booked into the Martin Coun-
ty Jail under a bond of $525,000.
However, with that arrest he has
violated his probation from a
1999 conviction and will not be
released, said a spokesman for
FACS Commissioner Charles H.
Bronson's office in Tallahassee.
Terrence McElroy said Lukas
was selling rebuilt transmissions
off his internet site -- www.trans-
powerfactory.com.-- then not
sending the part to customers
who had already paid him.
"It was a credit card business,"
said Mr. McElroy. "He was ripping
State investigators were able to
find six victims across the country
who claimed to
have paid Lukas
for rebuilt trans-
them. Lukas al-
to issue refunds
called to com-
plain and phone Edward J.
calls, voice Lukas
mails and e-mails to the business
Mr. McElroy said his depart-
ment is trying to ascertain just
how much money he conned
The investigation was triggered
by complaints to the department's
toll-free hotline. That number is
Records from the Florida De-
partment of Corrections indicate
that Lukas was convicted in 1999
on a charge of theft of state funds
$20,000 to $100,000. As a result
of that conviction, Lukas was put
on probation for a period of 15
The web site being operated by
Lukas has since been shut down.
By Eric Kopp
A broken tail light led to a lo-
cal man's arrest on a felony drug
charge and his being booked into
the Okeechobee County Jail.
Shane William Anderson, 25,
N.E. 16th St., was arrested Dec.
17 on a charge of possession of
a controlled substance without a
prescription. His bond was set at
Anderson, who was operating a
pickup truck, was stopped by Dep-
uty Matthew Hurst of the Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
in the 800 block of N.E. 60th Ave.
The deputy stated in his arrest re-
port that the Ford pickup did not
have a tag light and the lens to the
right rear tail light
stated in his re-
port that as he
spoke with An-
derson, the man
nervous and was
shaking so he
asked for permis- Shane W.
sion to search the Anderson
truck. During that
search the deputy reportedly found
two 30 mg oxycodone tablets be-
hind the ashtray.
Anderson did not have a pre-
scription for the painkillers, the
deputy's report added.
Man arrested on cocaine charge
By Eric Kopp
An Okeechobee man was ar-
rested on a felony drug charge
Monday while he was supposedly
working on his car.
Michael J. Corsetti, 51, S.E. 94th
Trail, was arrested Dec. 15 on a
charge of possession of cocaine.
He was booked into the Okeecho-
bee County Jail under a bond of
An arrest report by Deputy Mat-
thew Hurst of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
states that he saw a green Honda
automobile parked in the road on
N.E. Third St. around 2:39 a.m.
Corsetti was in
the driver's seat,
added the report.
the man what
he was doing,
edly told him he Michael J
was working on Corsettl
However, according to the re-
port Deputy Hurst saw a clear glass
container in the console that had a
small amount of a white residue.
The deputy then performed a field
test on that residue that indicated a
positive result for the presence of
Woman accused of
By Eric Kopp
An Okeechobee woman was
arrested and booked into the
county jail Wednesday, accused of
cutting a man with a large kitchen
knife during an argument.
Shaina Michelle Brown, 33,
U.S. 441 S.E., was arrested Dec.
17 and charged with the felony
of aggravated assault. She was
also arrested on a misdemeanor
charge of domestic battery.
Brown was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under a
bond of $6,000.
An arrest report by Deputy
Donald Ellis of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
states that he responded to the
couple's home around 2:03 a.m.
due to their arguing.
When he entered the home
he spoke with Brown, who told
him everything was okay and that
her boyfriend had left. Deputy
Ellis stated in his report that he
checked the exposed areas of her
person -- face, neck, upper chest,
arms and legs -- and did not see
As he left the home he saw a
man leaning against a vehicle. The
deputy stated that the man's neck
and upper chest was scratched,
He had a small cut to the lower
portion of his left arm and his left
hand was bleed-
the report the
to argue and
edly grabbed the
knife and held it
. in a stabbing Shaina M.
position." She Brown
threatened to kill the 42-year-old
victim, stated Deputy Ellis.
The man, who reportedly told
the deputy that he feared for his
life, then grabbed the knife which
then cut the webbing between
his thumb and index finger. Pain
caused the victim to let go of the
knife, added the deputy's report.
At that point, the man went out-
side and waited for law enforce-
The report does not indicate if
the victim received medical atten-
tion for the injury to his hand.
B Eric Kopp
A 22-year-old Okeechobee
woman was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail late last
week after being arrested on felo-
ny drug charges.
Jessica S. Romani, S.W. Sec-
ond Way, was
arrested Dec. 12
on the felonies
of cocaine and
the county jail.
She was also
arrested on a
misdemeanor Jessica S.
charge of pos- Romanl
session of drug
paraphernalia (two counts).
She was booked into the coun-
ty jail under a bond of $13,500.
Romani's arrest last Friday by
a detective from the Okeechobee
Narcotics Task Force stemmed
from an ongoing investigation
from a November traffic stop, stat-
ed an arrest report.
When searched at the jail by
a female corrections officer, Ro-
mani was found to be hiding a
glass tube -- similar to those used
to smoke crack cocaine -- and a
plastic wrapper that contained a
suspicious substance, the report
The detective conducted a field
test on the substance and the test
indicated a positive result for the
presence of cocaine. According to
the report, the suspected cocaine
weighed .2 grams.
She was also charged with hav-
ing unpackaged Brillo wire on her
person that is normally used in the
process of smoking crack cocaine,
the report continued.
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Okeechobee's Most Wanted
ing five people
are active war-
rants for each of
them. The crite-
ria for making
top five is based
on the severity
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-
tion of remaining anonymous. You
can also receive a reward if the in-
formation results in an arrest.
Rigoberto Gama Chavez,
Angle Borjas aka Steven-
son, 29; DOB: 03/08/1979, Poss.
of Methamphetamines, Poss. of
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-
The Staff Of The Okeechobee News
Wishes Everyone Happy Holidays!
Man accused of brazen daylight burglary
By Eric Kopp
A Miami man was arrested
on several felony charges after
he was accused of breaking into
a home on Eagle Bay Drive and
took an estimated $1,200 in jew-
Perez, 45, N.W
16, as he report-
edly hid behind
across the street
from the home Alejandro
he had allegedly Perez
erez was charged with the felo-
nies of burglary, grand theft and
possession of burglary tools. He
was also charged with the mis-
demeanor of loitering and prowl-
He was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under a
bond of $46,000.
Detective Rick Durfee of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO) said Perez appar-
ently gained entry into the home
by prying open a window at the
back of the house.
Not long after he had entered
the home, the young couple who
live there returned home to eat
lunch. The detective said as they
entered through a back door, Per-
ez left via the front door.
Shortly after sitting down to
eat lunch they discovered their
bedroom had been ransacked
and some jewelry was missing,
the detective continued. The de-
tective said Perez also broke into
a locked closet.
After OCSO deputies had re-
sponded to the home a neighbor
told them that they had seen a
man throw a bag to the ground.
The bag, containing a hammer,
was found a short time later.
Detective Durfee said a pair
of gloves, apparently dropped by
Perez, were also found.
Perez was later found hiding
behind some houses across the
street and was arrested by OCSO
Deputy Sergeant Gill without fur-
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TRAINING BURN: In the Okeechobee paper it shows the fire de-
partment conducting a training burn on a building down by the lake.
Well, it's a very good thing that the fire department has this training
and it's necessary and I'm glad they had it, but it's a shame that this
old, old building that has survived all of these hurricanes and such got
burnt to the ground. It is a piece of Okeechobee's history that is now
gone forever. It's a shame it could not have been moved somewhere.
It's a shame we're letting all of this history of Okeechobee disappear
instead of preserving the heritage. Editor's note: Unfortunately, due to
damage from storms and time, the building was so deteriorated that
it could not be repaired, so the property owner decided to donate it
to the fire department for the training exercise.
POST OFFICE: I was reading the article on the post office in the
Okeechobee News and I would just like to ask a single question. I
have a 7th court address and I would like to know how I can get the
post office to stop delivering my mail to a 7th street address. The post
office does not seem to want to address it even though I have made
numerous complaints. I would really just like to get my mail delivered
to my home.
BASKETBALL: I was at a basketball game at Yearling Middle
School and I noticed that those kids from Osceola have a lot of talent
on that team. I also noticed Osceola doesn't have the uniforms like
the other schools have that they play. There is absolutely no interest
in these kids' sports department. Sports is an important part because
kids should have physical exercise and these kids deserve more sup-
QUESTION: This is a follow-up question on the arrest reports you
put in the paper. You said you don't put any misdemeanors in the
paper as far as an arrest, I beg to differ with you, you have a lot of
misdemeanors in there. It is an arrest report, it is not a conviction of
the person, every person in there is innocent until proven guilty in a
court of law. You have printed a lot of misdemeanor arrests in your
arrest column. Editor's note: The report, as stated in the introduction,
lists DUI arrests and felony arrests. Florida Statutes determine if a
crime is a felony or a misdemeanor. Felony crimes are the offenses
deemed to be more serious under the law. All of those persons in the
arrest report are only charged, not convicted. This is clearly stated
with the report. As stated at the top of the report each time it runs, it
includes DUI and felony arrests. On rare occasions when a person is
charged with both a felony and a misdemeanor in a related case, we
list the felony arrest and add a sentence that he was also charged
with a misdemeanor charge. However, we never include a person in
the arrest report unless he or she is charged with a felony or a DUI.
This has been our policy for more than 25 years.
GAS PRICES: I would like for someone to please check out why
gas prices are going back up. I have been watching the news and
nothing is showing up there and watching other counties and nothing
is going up there. I mean they've done killed us enough, we're higher
than the counties around us because of the taxes on our fuel. What's
up? It went up 10 cents in like three days. This is ridiculous, it goes up
and down. There is no way that it keeps jumping like that.
MAN OF THE YEAR: So, our president-elect has been named
Time magazine's Man of the Year. My question is WHY? He hasn't
done anything yet. He isn't the president yet. Maybe in the future he
will deserve this title, but not now. I can think of dozens of more de-
serving people for this. Our president-elect hasn't paid his dues YET!
SCHOOL BOARD: The Code of Conduct has been developed and
is in place to protect students. The section about prescription drugs
is clear--any student who brings prescription drugs on campus for
which they do not have a care plan will be recommended for expul-
sion at the middle and high school level. This part of the code is nec-
essary to keep students from bringing drugs on campus and selling
them or sharing them. Taking drugs that are not prescribed for you
can cause harm and possibly be fatal. The administrator's job is to fol-
low the Code of Conduct which was recently approved by ALL of the
school board members. The administrator's job is not to determine
the intent of the child who brought the prescription drug on campus.
I applaud the two school board members who voted to uphold the
ruling. Unfortunately, the members who voted against the expulsion
have opened up the flood gates. I think my children are less safe at
school because of this school board decision.
COMMON SENSE: I think the school board needs to hire princi-
pals with some common sense and then give them the authority to
use a little discretion when dealing with the students. A student who
forgets there was an acne pill in a book bag is not on the same level
with a student who brings prescription painkillers to school or sell.
The only side effect the acne pill could have had was to give someone
an upset stomach. Antibiotics are not even on the list of controlled
substances that require you to show an ID when you buy them. The
kid should have been given a warning and maybe had to write an
essay. Keeping that child out of school nine days was going too far
and expulsion is just ridiculous. I am glad that three members of our
school board do have some common sense.
RACISM: I have lived in several states, and I think there is some-
times more bigotry and racism in some of the northern states than
there is in the south. Racism is not just about how white people and
black people treat each other. There is also racism towards Hispan-
ics, Asians, people from the Middle East, etc. As long as we stay away
from attacking individuals, I think it is healthy to discuss racism just as
it is healthy to discuss other issues our society faces. You can't solve a
problem if you don't ever talk about it.
PARADE: I thought the Christmas parade was just outstanding
this year. What a great turnout both of those in the parade and the
spectators. I think we had more people than ever lined up to watch
the parade. And everyone was in such a great mood. It was the best
parade I have seen in a long time.
FRAUD: With the economy in such sad shape, I guess it is no won-
der there are so many scams with people trying to get your personal
information so they can steal your identity and all your money. Every-
one should know that they should never give out any personal infor-
mation over the phone unless you initiated the phone call yourself. If
someone calls you on the phone, they could be lying about who they
are. Never believe someone just because they call you on the phone.
And don't just ask for their phone number. They could have a dozen
numbers and change them every other day. Look the number up in
information and call back.
WINTER RESIDENTS: We're here in the south minding our own
business, enjoying our way of life. And we are regularly invaded by
folks from the north. And we welcome them to come enjoy the sun-
shine with us. So why do we get this hostility? If we are so offensive to
them, they don't have to come and live among us. And in fact, most
of the winter visitors I know are very nice and really do enjoy it here.
There are just a few who are rude and ill mannered and the give the
rest a bad name. So have a glass of sweet tea, take a seat on the front
porch and enjoy the sunshine. Try it. You might like it.
AMERICAN CARS: Buy American? The Ford Crown Victoria
is manufactured in St Thomas, Ontario, Canada. The Ford Fusion,
Mercury Milan, and Lincoln MKZ are made in Hermosillo, Sonora,
AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY: I can sum up the big three's prob-
lems with two words, UNIONS and GREED. The president of the
United Auto Workers union appeared on television this past weekend
and stated that the wages of the UAW workers were comparable to
the other U.S. auto workers. Dollar wise this may be true. What he
conveniently left out was the cost of the other benefits the UAW em-
ployees receive. I think it was stated on one of these TV programs,
that UAW employees received an hourly package of $74.00 per hour
which includes their wages and benefits. If this is anywhere near the
truth no wonder they're in trouble and rightfully so. The other U.S.
auto workers seem to be making a nice profit.
Letter to the Editor
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Submitted photoN/ictoria Osteen
Okeechobee X-Plosion all star cheerleading and dance girls filled more than 50 boxes with
great things including stationary, t-shirts, and other items for shipment to local soldiers serv-
ing overseas. Their efforts will bring a smile and thoughts of home to the service men and
women for the holiday season! Thanks girls!
Reflections from the Pulpit
The Principle of the
Rev. Cary McKee
Pastor, More 2 Life Ministries
Goliath must have really been
something to see. He stood over
nine feet tall and just the scaled
armor coat that he wore weighed
over 125 pounds. The shaft of
his spear was as big around as a
grown man's arm and the point
of it weighed nearly 15 pounds.
He was by far the biggest, mean-
est, toughest dude in the valley.
Championship wrestlers are big,
steroids have made them bigger,
but this guy was huge. His helmet
looked like a five gallon bucket,
and the sword he wielded in one
hand was more than an average
man could effectively swing with
two. The sound of his bark must
have been just as intimidating as
what his bite promised to be. In I
Samuel 17:11 we read that the en-
tire Israelite Army, including their
leader Saul, was dismayed and
terrified. Goliath's voice was the
first thing they heard every morn-
ing and the last thing they would
hear each night. I am sure he
dominated their dreams as well,
as he appeared to be the unstop-
pable, all powerful giant.
To many of us, this economy is
Goliath in every sense of the word.
Many of you have no work, no
money and bills to pay that loom
larger each and every day. Some
of you might not be there yet, but
the threat of losing your job, your
car, your house, your self respect,
is always on your mind. The cur-
rent economy is your giant. You
know what he sounds like, smells
like, looks like, and feels like. He
is on your mind when you get
up in the morning, when you lay
down at night and he dominates
your dreams. He is consuming
you one bite at a time and it feels
as though there is no escape.
You feel outmanned, outgunned,
outmatched, and overwhelmed.
Like the Israelites you can think of
nothing else but him.
So what should we do? We
should do as David did. David's
focus was not on the giant, but
on the true slayer of giants. Da-
vid reminded everyone that God
had already delivered him from
the paw of the lion and the bear,
and surely He would deliver him
again! David put his faith in the
Lord Almighty, the Commander
of the Armies of Israel. Armies
being plural because David rec-
ognized that (like the servant of
Elisha) that there were more with
him than there were against him.
He chose to see things through
the eyes of the King, and he be-
haved as if the battle were already
won. That is what we should do
as we face this economy.
What does that mean? It
means keeping our hands open.
The tendency when things begin
to get tight is for us to close our
hands, clinch our fists and hang
on with a death grip to everything
that we think is security. The prin-
ciple of the open hand calls for
our hands to be just that .. open.
As God blesses us and He surely
has and will, we are to keep our
hands open, allowing Him to do
as He wills with that blessing. The
open hand allows it to go out as
fast as it comes in, leaving room
for God to bless you again. It al-
lows you to be a conduit for His
blessings to flow through. God's
economy explodes through the
principle of the open hand. It
was, after all, the example that Je-
sus set. (II Corinthians 8:9)
As Paul was writing to the
church at Corinth in II Corinthians
8, he reminded them of the deeds
of the Church of Macedonia. Now
you have to understand the Cor-
inthians were like Madison Av-
enue, and the Macedonians, like
a poor, rural dirt road. Yet, Paul
says of the Macedonians in II Cor-
inthians 8:2 4, "Out of the most
severe trial, their overflowing joy
and their extreme poverty welled
up in rich generosity. For I testify
that they gave as much as they
were able, and even beyond their
ability. Entirely on their own, they
urgently pleaded with us for the
privilege of sharing in this service
to the saints."
When was the last time you
urgently pleaded for the privilege
of giving? I know, me nether ...
But I have seen the principle of
the open hand at work, and I
have watched God continue to fill
the hand that stays open to Him.
I have also seen the Lord stop fill-
ing hands that close up tight and
hang on to what He has already
given. As you face the giant of the
upcoming economy, remember
to focus on the giant slayer and
not on the giant. Be a conduit of
His grace. Don't let the giant of
this world bully you. Practice the
principle of the open hand this
year, and like David, you will be
running into the battle, already
assured of victory.
Have a joy filled Christmas sea-
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Sunday, Dec. 21
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) A.A. weekend
noon meeting Open Discussion meeting. *The Just for Today Club of
Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12 step fellowships.
Monday, Dec. 22
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 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
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.
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 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. 23
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.
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-
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 AA. Meeting in Basinger: There is now an A.A. meeting in
Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Brethren
Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
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.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
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 Enid Boutrin at 863-
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
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 invited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For
information, 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
meeting. For information, call Earl at 863-763-0139.
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.
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 weekly meeting. Overeaters
Anonymous (OA) meets at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church,
312 N. Parrott Avenue on Tuesdays, 6 until 7 p.m. (Use 4th Street
entrance.) Overeaters Annonymous is not a diet club. There are no
dues, fees or weigh-ins. The only requirement for membership is a
desire to stop eating compulsively. For more information call Loretta
at 863-763-7165 or 863-697-0206.
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 meeting.
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., will
be hosting God's Time -- a morning of free organized Christian
activities that includes play, instruction and interaction for parents
and their pre-school children. The event will be held each Tuesday
from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Child care will be provided for infants
during the class. For information, call 863-763-4021.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W. Third Terr., holds meetings
for persons with alcohol and drug related problems at 6 p.m. For
information call 863-357-3053.
Explosion of thanks
A big thanks goes to The
Okeechobee X-Plosion all-star
cheer leading and Dance Athletes
that took their Saturday to fill
boxes for the local soldiers that
are serving overseas. The athletes
spent two weeks collecting every-
thing from stationary to designing
there own personalized t-shirts
to, crosswords and pictures. The
girls filled over 54 boxes packed
to the very top! The local VFW
then picked them up and shipped
them off. Congratulations girls on
surpassing your goal of 30 box-
es, you did an amazing job! The
Xplosion athletes participating in
this amazing event ranged in ages
of 3-18. If you have a community
service you need some help with
please contact Coach Victoria
at 863-441-3826, or by email at:
bly.com, Xplosion athletes par-
ticipate in one community service
act a month and we would love to
have some more ideas!
Okeechobee News, Sunday, December 21, 2008 5
Children hope for presents from Santa
Seminole Elementary School
second graders wrote the follow
ing letters to Santa Claus. The
letters are reprinted just as the
children wrote them. For more
letters, see the Wednesday edi-
tion of the Okeechobee News.
I would like a eyepod phone,
easybake, game boy, far wheller
and that's all.
I want to have a gutor. Santa
I want a big slid and I want my
stoking full and I want sumting
I want a rock band2 for Christ-
mas and a DS and a Wii with a
game that has a lot of parts. How
is the North Pole? And this Christ-
mas will be fun.
I want Pokemon cars. I want
cars. I want books, I want school
books. I want to be good. I want
games. I want a snake. I want a
dog. I want a cat. I want a DS.
I want a full well, a night vi-
sion too, and get one of those
pumper scoter and som cool hee
les and cologne and a hole buch
of Playstayshins and Pokemon
Layne I believe in you.
I want night vision and co-
I want Pokemon cards and a
laptop and a little petshope, fish-
ing kit, baby set, i-pode, work-
shop, starter cow.
I want a DS for Christmas so
my cousins dun't lev my owt. I git
a DS I won't git levt owt then we
will be happe.
I want an ipod for Christmas,
I want a laptop for Christmas. I
want a DS for Christmas. How are
you Santa Claus? How is rof the
red nos redr?
How is Miss Santa Claus?
How is the elf's work on thys?
I want a Rip Stitch Black and
Rock Band 2 and KSwiss shoes
and puching bag and I will give
you cookies and give you some
I want a Power Ranger so I can
play my brother. Ho! Ho! Ho! Ho!
I always wanted a rolling scoot
er. How are you and your elves,
reindeer roodoff? I want lots of
toys for Christmas. Tell your wife,
I said hi. You are so nice. I wish
you came to my house. Maybe on
Christmas I might leave cookies
and milk for you. If mom makes
cookies and leave milk on the
table. I've been such a good girl. I
always help my mom and dad.
I want a PSP and if you get me
a prst I will leave you some cook-
ies and a glas of mil and I will tell
my mom to warap you a gift for
Christmas. I want a gun and a
Pokemon book and a Pokemon
battle and a rollbot.
I want for Christmas is make
up and DS and I want is a best
I have been good. I am right
ing the letr to you for what I want
for Christmas. How are you. I go-
ing with your rindier? I will leave
I want an MP3 player. I also
want a xbox and a work book. I
also have been good. I will give
you some cookies.
I want a cudr for Christmas. I
ben good and funny. I will levo
cookie and milk on the tabol.
P.S. If you don't make it it is
I would like a nintendo ds,
personal trainer cooking game
for the ds and guitar hero Ill, rock
band, rock band II, Ipod, mp3
player and a guitar.
P.S. I will leave you milk and
I have been a good girl. Here
is a list of things that I want for
Christmas and I will leave some
cookies and milk. Ok now I will
tell you what I want. A nentendo
DS, a neckles, a Hannah Montana
stepping thing, another ipod,
a rock band 2, a Bratz singing
and gautair game, some billes,
a phone, a Wii, a Hannah Mon
tana singing thing, a Cheetah
girls game, a american idol thing,
a computer, a laptop, a money
bank, a high school musical
game, some bracelets, a baby
alive. Have a happy Christmas.
How are you and Mrs. Claus?
I hope your reindeer good. How
are your elves? I hope you bring
my dogs something nice.
Waht I want from Christmas is
an Ipot, nintendo DS and a bone
for my dog.
How are you and Mrs. Claus? I
hope the reindeer are fine. I want
a spuer smashinthe chamber
mach and 2009 smakdowns raw.
How are you and Mrs. Claus?
Thank you for all the stuff you
gave us. I hope you will be here
this Christmas. How are the rein-
deer too. I can't wait for Christ-
How are you and Mis Claus
and your elf. And reindeer. I hope
you come to my home. My sister
wus a DS and I wus a DS game.
Can you please give me a four-
wheeler? Can you please give my
brother Mohammad a fourwheel
Can you give Rheem a DS toy?
How are you and Mrs. Claus? Are
you doing ok? Can you please
give my dad any kind of toy?
How are you Santa? I hope
the elves make lots of toys. Can
I please have a Wii game and a
trampoline and can I have a Ipod.
Does rudolph still have a red
Can I have 14 tattoos and a
Pokemon set. I want a skli shrt.
Three Pokemon that are Arknad,
Blastrord and Graleen and the
geme Super Moreo Brthers and a
new Pokemon game.
How are you and Mrs. Claus?
How are the elves doing. P.S.
Rudof still first? Can I police have
a forweler? Can my sister have a
fone police. Can my mom have her
How are you and Mrs. Claus?
And of course your reindeer ru-
dolph the red noes reindeer.
Could you please show me how
the elves look like. I hope the
reindeer are fine too. I will leave
you some cookies and milk. I will
like my pool. My little sister would
like a toy preety one. My big sister
would like a new volleyball net to
her self. My big brother would like
a soccer net to play soccer with
his friends. My dad would like a
screen TV A big one. My mom
would like a big Christmas tree.
I hope you bring me a mp3
player and a dirtbike and a toy
car and a trailer and a boat. My fa-
vorite toy to play with is cars and
other favorite toy is a boat and a
boat is fun to play with.
Santa you are nice.
How are you doing I hope you
are fine. You are my favorite prs
ing. I fenk you are a good man.
I love you a lot. I rilly hope you
are fine. How are you are ran
deer dowinn. I hope they are fine.
How is Miss claus doing. I hope
she is doing good to. I am doing
grat. I rilly hope you have a mary
crismis. I hope yo make it in time
around the earf in time. Some-
times I be good or bad.
How are you doing? Can I
please have a DS that is pink. My
little brother wants a DS too. He
told me he wanted his to be blak.
THe game I want is Exrsis horse
rids. The game my little brother
wants is Mario for his DS.
How are you and Mrs. Claus?
How are your reindeer and how
are your elves. I want a collar for
my bunny. and I want a bucket of
baseballs and I want a new base-
ball glove and a new baseball bat
and a new robot and a new clock
and a new radio for my bugi and
How are you and Miss Claus.
For Christmas I want a puppy and
a DS and if my mom palc we leaf
cookies and malk and my mom
wel like garofeas and my sitr wel
like gas, my brathr will like a cat,
Mike will like a tools. That well be
How are you and the elf and
Rudolp. I would like a toy and a
game for my nintendo DS and a
school supplies and a morio game
and a Jack and Annie book. My
sister will like iPod PSP game..
My dad will like money.
I want a dog and a cat and a
Army toy and one more a clone
war helmoit is Star Wars.
How are you and Mrs. Claus?
I hope your reindeer are staying
healthy and blease bring me a
barbie that does what I do. and
please make my presents be a
surprise. And please tell the elves
to make me a scarf. And please
don't make my three year old
friend Jayda cry because she is
scared of you. When she saw my
neighbors Santa Claus she cryed.
But I hope she's not going to cry
this time and my last present
please bring me a hamster.
How are you and Mrs. Claus?
I hope the reindeers and Rudoph
are fine too. My nephew Jose
wants a DVD player with a CD
of Alvin and the Chipmunks. My
other nephew wants a trampo-
line and my sister get her 20 fak-
enalis. My nephew wants a bike
too. I want a bike too. And get my
sisters them what they want. And
my brothers too. And thank you.
How do you do?
I hope you are not cold. I was
good in school today. I love you. I
enjoyed last Christmas. How are
the reindeer. I hope the reindeer
are not sick so you can give us
Dear Santa Claus,
How are you doing? I love your
gifts but do not worry if the other
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How are your reindeer? are
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the good kids? I want a globe so I
can see the world.
Dear Santa Claus,
I hope you are jolly happy for
Christmas. Don't push your rein
deer hard. Will you help my dad
be better. If you will help my dad
I will be so thankful I will try to be
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I hope you bring me a present
on Christmas Day. How are your
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on the sled? I can't wait for Christ
How are you doing. I hope you
are not too cold up there in the
North Pole. I have worked very
hard to be good this year. Could
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Baby gift items U.S. Coast Guard
benefit Healthy Start Auxiliary to do vessel
The Healthy Start Coalition has
various gift baskets of household
items for sale. Also, the Coali
tion has a variety of diaper cakes,
diaper wreaths and other curious
diaper items that make a wonder-
ful gift idea for a baby shower
or for someone special having a
baby. Items are decorated with
a variety of baby essentials such
as thermometers, socks, onesies,
medicine spoons and such. Some
items are prepared and ready for
sale, diaper sizes vary. Prices vary
from $10 to $40. The Coalition
will also take orders for future
occasions and will make an item
according to your specifications.
All proceeds are used to fund di-
rect services to Healthy Start cli-
ents. Services to our clients are
free and include parenting edu-
cation, childbirth education, car
seat education, psychosocial grief
counseling, infant care, emergen-
cy transportation, breast feeding
education/support and tobacco
education. Support the Coalition
by purchasing one of our gift
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
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
Anyone interested in renting a
booth for Winterfest 2009, please
call John at 863-467-8220 or 863-
tryouts for season
The Okeechobee High School
softball program will hold try-
outs for 9th thru 12th graders on
Jan. 8 and 9 from 3 until 6 p.m. at
the OHS softball field.
Any interested athletes must
have a physical to participate in
the try out. Physical forms can be
picked up from the main office at
OHS. If you are playing another
sport at OHS and would like to
try out or have any questions per
training to try-outs please contact
Coach Kim Hargraves at 863-634-
6322 as soon as possible.
to be held
The "Croppin' Crew" scrap-
bookers will hold an all-day
crop on Saturday, Jan. 3, from
10 a.m. until 5 p.m. This month
the crop will take place at
Peace Lutheran Church, 750
N.W. 23rd Lane. Ann Daniels
will be holding a class on how
to make a 'tin box scrapbook'
at 1 p.m. (Bring glue, cereal
box cardboard, 1 and 1/2 yard
of 3/8" ribbon and small flower
or trim for top of tin.) All levels
of scrapbookers are welcome.
Please bring a covered dish if
you wish to participate in our
pot luck luncheon. For more in-
formation call Joan at 863-467-
0290 or Corry at 863-467-2231.
Okeechobee-The Lake is back
and so are we. Flotilla 57 U.S.
Coast Guard Auxiliary we are
ready to do vessel exams. They
are free and we will come to you,
we make house calls. Call 863
763-9570 to make and appoint-
ment to examine your boat and
get it certified with a sticker.
helps in job search
The One Stop Career Center,
209 S.W Park St., has services
available at no charge to help
people in their search for the right
employee or job. For more, visit
their web site at www.tcjobs.org;
or, call 863-462-5350.
collecting cell phones
Martha's House is collecting
used cell phones to return for
money. Martha's House can also
have them 9-1-1 activated for par-
ticipants. If you have any used cell
phones to donate call 863-763-
2893, or drop them off at their
administrative office at 103 N.W.
My Aunt's House
My Aunt's House, Inc. a 501
(c) (3) organization is looking for
two to three volunteers to work in
our Closet any day, or days, Mon-
day through Friday during the
hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. We
are also looking for a volunteer to
become the director and a board
member of The Clothes Closet.
The volunteer should commu
nicate well with the public and
should be able to seek support
from city and county officials,
business executives and other or-
ganizations. Work days and hours
are flexible. Call 863-634-2306 for
Center offers service
The Family Outreach Center at
Sacred Heart offers a service to
youth and children by giving free
classes in martial arts. The classes
are currently taught four days a
week on Monday, Wednesday
and Friday, from 6 until 8 p.m.
and on Saturday from 5:30 until
Florida Wildlife Rescue Service
of Okeechobee is currently pro
viding rescue, pick up and trans
port of sick, injured, orphaned or
otherwise impaired wildlife.
Anyone who finds a wild ani-
mal in need of help is encouraged
to give us a call. A volunteer trans-
porter, licensed by the Florida Fish
& Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion, will be more than happy to
help you and the animal.
This is a free service to the
community and to wildlife.
For information, call 863-634-
1755 or 863-357-7955.
Eckerd Intensive Halfway
House a Moderate Risk Commit-
ment Program for 13-18 year old
male youth is seeking volunteers
who can "make a difference in
the life of a youth." We are seek
ing volunteers to read, be a guest
speaker, play music, tutor, edu-
cate youth on a trade, assist with
a project, instruct youth on build-
ing a project, or just hang out
with youth. Volunteer hours and
times can vary. Please contact
Tom Jones or Joshua Stoddard at
Yearling Middle School (YMS)
is collecting empty printer and
copy toner cartridges. They are
sent in for credits that go toward
school supplies to be used by all
students. To donate empty printer
or toner cartridges, they can be
dropped off at YMS, 925 N.W.
23rd Lane or at the Stitchin' Post,
620 S. Parrott Ave. Or call Miss
Webb at 863-462-5056 or Linda at
863-467-1484 for free pickup.
Fest has new date
Lakeport will have the Sour
Orange Festival on Saturday, Jan.
10, (new date for 2009). They are
looking for vendors, volunteers,
and patrons. If interested call
863-227-4323 or attend the next
Lakeport Community Associa-
tion meeting at the Community
Low cost spay/neuter vouch
ers for dogs and cats. Participating
veterinarians in Vero Beach. For
information, call United Humani-
tarians Port St. Lucie volunteer:
772-335-3786. Email: Petscryl@
bellsouth.net. Okeechobee veteri-
narians are invited to participate.
in this low cost spay/neuter pro-
Are you a veteran in need of a
nursing home or assisted living fa-
cility? The Florida Department of
Veterans Affairs can help you. The
Department operates five veterans
nursing homes and one assisted
living facility throughout the state,
with a new nursing home being
built near St. Augustine. The basic
admission criteria for all of the fa-
cilities is an honorable discharge,
Florida residency for one year pri-
or to admission and certification
of need of assisted living facility or
skilled nursing care. The VA Nurs-
ing homes are located in Daytona
Beach, Land O' Lakes, Pembroke
Pines, Springfield (Panhandle)
and Port Charlotte with the VA As-
sisted Living Facility being located
in Lake City. For further informa-
tion on VA nursing homes contact
the County Veteran's Service Of
ficer, Betsy Grinslade at 863-763-
Historical Society collects info
Mrs. Betty Williamson, from
the Historical Society is in the
process of writing a book about
Okeechobee Women. She is look-
ing for all of the Speckled Perch
Queens from 1968 to recent.
Please call the Chamber of Com-
merce at 863-763-6464 or Betty
Williamson at 863-763-3850 if you
are able to help. The Queens will
be listed in the book.
The VFW Post 10539 Ladies
Auxiliary will hold a Tuesday
night spaghetti night. All you can
eat spaghetti, garlic bread and
salad for a $5 donation. The din
ner starts at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is
welcome. For more information
Join the Red Hatters
For ladies looking for fun and
meeting some new lady friends,
the Red Hat Group is looking for
ladies to join who want to do
things. For information call 863-
763-5836 or 863-357-1944.
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Rescue available for
Florida Wildlife Rescue Ser
vice Inc. is a non profit orga-
nization providing free rescue,
pick up, and transport of sick,
injured and orphaned wildlife in
the Okeechobee area. We are
licensed by the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion to provide these services. If
you find a wild bird or animal in
need of assistance please contact
us at 863-634-1755.
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 www.newszap.com.
Betty Joy Williamson, 74
OKEECHOBEE Betty Joy Wil-
liamson, of Okeechobee, died
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008, in Rauler-
son Hospital. She was 74.
Born March 23, 1934, in Fayette,
Ala., she had been a resident of
Okeechobee since 1970 and was a
member of the Church of Christ.
She is survived by her sons, Billy G.
Williamson (Glenda) of Gardendale,
Ala., Andy Murphy(Michelle) of
Okeechobee; brother, James M. Wil-
liamson of Pinson, Ala.; sister, Judy
Hubbert of Fayette, Ala. In addition
she is survived by grandchildren,
Chance Murphy of Okeechobee,
Daniel Williamson of Gardendale,
Ala., Cassie Murphy of Okeechobee,
Christy Murphy of Okeechobee, and
Sara Beth Williamson of Garden-
There will be no visitation or ser-
All arrangements are under direc-
tion and care of the Buxton Funeral
Home and Crematory, 110 NE 5th
Frank Kavanaugh III
CLEMENTSVILLE -Frank Kava-
naugh III, passed away Dec. 18,
2008. He was born in Plainfield, N.J.,
on Jan. 25, 1945, and lived in Watch
ung, N.J., until he attended the Uni-
versity of Miami in Coral Gables.
After graduation from U of M,
Frank remained in Coral Gables
where he and his first wife, Patricia,
raised their family and where he
owned and operated an import-ex-
port business, which supplied build-
ing materials throughout the
Caribbean Islands for many years.
After retirement in 2002, he en-
joyed his home and acreage in the
Clementsville area of Indiantown.
Frank's devoted family includes
one son, Michael Scott Kavanaugh,
and one daughter, Kelly Jean Delozi-
er; two grandchildren, Julian All-
strom Kavanaugh, with a sister
expected shortly; and Selene Lee De-
lozier; mother, Patricia M. Kava-
naugh of Hobe Sound; sister, Sandra
A Memorial Service will be held at
11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009, at
the Hobe Sound Community Presby-
terian Church, 11933 SE Juno Cres-
cent, Hobe Sound, FL 33455.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contri-
butions may be made to the Ameri-
can Lung Association, Southeast
Area, 2701 North Australian Ave.,
West Palm Beach, FL 33407.
Arrangements are under the direc-
tion of Forest Hills Young and Prill
Chapel in Stuart.
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week, and are sold at auction. To
donate, call 800-246-0493. Funds
obtained by the sales go directly
to help the Florida clubs.
The Florida Local Advocacy
Council in this area has openings
for membership. The members
of the volunteer council protect
and advocate for a better quality
of life for Floridians with unique
needs. Volunteers are appointed
by the governor for a four-year
term. Local meetings are held on
the second Tuesday of the month
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the project from the new presi-
Turning to flood control mat-
ters, the board approved a Natural
Resource and Soil Conservation
Service (NRSC) grant for emer-
gency drainage projects that were
a result of Tropical Storm Fay.
The projects include the airport
ditch, Taylor Creek, Otter Creek
and an Otter Creek tributary. To-
tal estimated construction cost is
$776,895. The projects are subject
to a 25 percent match. The coun-
By Tony Young
There's finally a chill and a cer-
tain festiveness in the air as most
of us try to take time off from
work to enjoy spending qual-
ity time with family and friends
and reflect on the passing year.
Children will be out of school on
winter break soon, and while the
holiday season's upon us, so are
several traditional hunting oppor-
The second phase of water-
fowl and coot season comes
in statewide Dec. 6 and runs
through Jan. 25. In addition to the
usual hunting license and permit
requirements, duck hunters also
must have a Florida waterfowl
permit ($3) and a federal duck
The daily bag limit on ducks
is six, but you need to know your
ducks before you pull the trig-
ger, because there are different
daily limits for each species. For
instance, within the six-bird limit
there can be only one black duck,
one mottled duck, one fulvous
whistling-duck and one pintail.
Only two of your six-bird limit
can be redheads and three may
be wood ducks. And you may
have no more than four scoters
and four mallards (of which only
two can be female) in your bag.
All other species of ducks can
be taken up to the six-bird limit,
except harlequin ducks, and can-
vasback season is closed.
This year, the daily bag limit on
scaup has changed, and you may
take only one through Jan. 5; then
you can take two from Jan. 6 until
waterfowl season ends Jan. 25.
The daily limit on coots is 15, and
there's a five-bird limit on mer-
gansers, only two of which may
ty's portion of matching funds
would be $141,411.25 while the
city's match portion would be
The board also heard from the
county's lobbyist, Dale Milita who
discussed the possibility of the
county getting funds for specific
"If you don't ask, it is an au-
tomatic no," he said. Mr. Milita
suggested commissioners come
to Tallahassee and talk directly to
the state lawmakers. He said that
federal economic stimulus mon-
ey will probably go to projects
where the preliminary work has
been done and bids are ready to
"Keep in mind they are look-
ing at jobs," he said as he sug-
gested the commissioners look
at projects that would create the
County administrator Lyndon
Bonner said the county has sev-
eral projects that are ready to go.
We'll getyou awish list," prom-
ised commissioner Clif Betts.
"You go above and beyond,"
commissioner Ray Domer said of
Mr. Milita's services.
In other action, the board:
amended the budget to ap-
propriate prior year encumbranc-
waived the fee for the use of
the Okeechobee County Agri-Civ-
ic Center for a high school rodeo
in January 2009;
waived the fee for use of the
Douglas Brown Community Cen-
ter for a Martin Luther King, Jr.
Ray Domer to serve on the Joint
Land Use Study for Avon Park Air
granted a three-month ex-
tension to Habitat for Humanity to
complete construction of a single
family residence in Playland Park;
approved change order one
in the amount of $46,284.90 to
lay hunting traditions
By Tony Young
S Florida Fish and Wildlire
When hunting waterfowl,
hunters may use only non-toxic
shotgun shells. In fact, it's illegal
for hunters even to possess lead
shot when waterfowl hunting.
Only iron (steel), bismuth-tin and
various tungsten-alloys are per-
For something different, try
woodcock hunting. Woodcock
season runs Dec. 20-Jan. 18.
Woodcocks are excellent game
birds because they hold well for
pointing bird dogs and provide a
challenging shot when flushed.
The daily bag limit is three. The
third phase of mourning and
white-winged dove season opens
Dec. 13 and runs through Jan.
11. The daily bag limit's been in-
creased this year to 15 birds.
From November on, shooting
hours for all migratory birds are
one-half hour before sunrise to
sunset. You must get a no-cost
Scanner survey finds nearly 99 % accuracy
Tallahassee When consum-
ers are holiday shopping this year,
chances are excellent that they
will be charged the correct price.
That's the conclusion reached
by Florida Agriculture and Con-
sumer Services Commissioner
Charles H. Bronson following
a pre-holiday scanner survey in
which 63 stores in 28 Florida cit-
ies were inspected for scanner
In all, only 43 errors were
detected at the checkout lines
among 3,302 items tested -- an
error rate of just over 1 percent.
Moreover, nearly half of the errors
were in the favor of customers.
"Our retailers do a good job
keeping up with prices, includ-
ing sale prices which frequently
change, and inputting accurate
information into their scanners to
reflect the actual price of the mer-
chandise that they're selling," Mr.
Only three of the 63 retailers
visited by Commissioner Bron-
son's inspectors last week failed
their inspection, which means
that they had an error rate of 2
percent or more. Call Consum-
er Services at 1-800-HELPFLA
(1-800-435-7352) if you think
you've been overcharged..
chased year-round with dogs, but
possessing firearms during the
closed season between March 2
and Nov. 30, is prohibited. On a
few wildlife management areas,
bobcats and otters may not be
taken, so please consult the spe-
cific area brochure before you
Whether upland bird hunting
with friends and family, shooting
ducks on the pond with your fa-
vorite lab or taking that big bob-
cat as he slips up behind an un-
suspecting fawn, December has
the hunting opportunities you're
Here's wishing you happy
holidays and a successful hunting
season. If you can, remember to
introduce someone new to our
great sport. As always, have fun,
hunt safely and ethically, and we'll
see you in the woods!
Tony Young is the media rela-
tions coordinator for the FWC's
Division of Hunting and Game
Management. You can reach him
with questions about hunting at
migratory bird permit where you
purchase your hunting license be-
fore you hunt any of these birds,
though. The only firearm you're
allowed to hunt migratory game
birds with is a shotgun, no larger
than 10-gauge. Shotguns must be
plugged to a three-shell capacity
(magazine and chamber com-
bined). Bows also are legal.
Retrievers and bird dogs can be
useful in hunting migratory game
birds. Artificial decoys, as well as
manual or mouth-operated bird
calls, also are legal and essential
gear for duck hunters.
You may hunt migratory game
birds over an agricultural field, as
long as the crop's been planted
by regular agricultural methods.
However, don't even think about
"sweetening" the field by scat-
tering agricultural products over
it or anywhere near it or you
could wind up in serious trouble.
It doesn't matter if you aren't the
one who scattered the bait. If you
knew or should've known that
such bait was present, you're ac-
countable under the law.
Some other things you can't
do while hunting migratory game
birds include using rifles, pistols,
crossbows, traps, snares, nets,
sinkboxes, swivel guns, punt
guns, battery guns, machine
guns, fish hooks, poisons, drugs,
explosive substances, live decoys,
recorded bird calls or sounds or
electrically amplified bird-call imi-
tations. Shooting from a moving
automobile or boat and herding
or driving birds with vehicles or
vessels also are against the law.
Bobcat and otter hunting season
is Dec. 1-March 1, and there's no
daily bag or season limit on either
Like foxes, bobcats may be
Close Construction, Inc. for ad-
ditional work performed as part
of Runway 5-23 rehabilitation at
the Okeechobee County Airport
which could possibly be reim-
bursed by the Federal Aviation
appointed Edward W. Ball,
Jr., Wendy S. Coker, Douglas
L. McCoy, Michael Radebaugh,
Gary Ritter, Marvin Roberts, Daryl
Roehm, Jill M. Rogers, Lawrence
W. Smith, II, Bryan Stokes, Osiel
Torres, Dowling Watford, Jr., Ron
Zobel, Darrell Donnelly and Al-
lison Murphy to the parks and
recreation master plan advisory
approved technical changes
to the county's investment policy
which would ensure compliance
with state statute but would not
change the overall premise of the
tabled, for further staff re-
search, approval of a county wide
radio system; and
approved hours and dates
for county employees for Christ-
mas and New Years Holidays.
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8 Okeechobee News, Sunday, December 21, 2008
Make room for vertical vegetable gardening
By Angela Sachson
Florida Yards & Neighborhoods
You may be experiencing
sticker shock in the produce de-
partment these days. It costs a lot
to bring vegetables all the way
from Colorado (the origin of my
bag of carrots) and Peru (the
onions). If you have a couple of
tomato plants and think that's all
you have room for think again. It
is possible to ramp up your veg-
gie production without taking
over the entire yard. This article
is about container gardening, but
using containers in a major way.
Containers are great for control-
ling nematodes and weeds and
providing a controlled environ-
ment for your produce---and
many containers in a small space
will give you lots more great ed-
Just follow the example of
Mr. M. T. Alden, a local gardener
who grows 36 full-size plants in
a vertical wall just ten feet long,
three feet wide and about six
feet tall. Mr. Alden is a container-
gardening guru and a frequent
visitor to the Okeechobee Garden
Club. With thousands of plants in
hundreds of pots, just one of his
ten foot segments should grow
enough for a family. This wall of
vegetables is an attractive way to
mask unwanted views as well.
Here is his method. M.T. plac-
es three 8-foot landscape timbers
Hanging plants are one way to fit a vegetable garden into a
in a row five feet apart. He buries
the posts 18 inches in the ground
after putting a notch in the top.
The notch holds one-inch pipe
at the top of the structure. This is
the pipe that holds the 18 ten-inch
pots in each section. That's saying
18 pots are hanging, but since he
puts six pots on the ground, that
would make 24 pots per 8 feet
Pots are suspended, one un-
der the one above, for three lay-
ers. The pots are filled with a
lightweight artificial mixture of
manure, perlite and vermiculite.
Our garden guru uses composted
horse manure obtained from a
friend but you can also purchase
composted manure at most gar-
den centers. The other two ingre-
dients for this mix are easy to find
Mr. Alden grows just about
all popular garden crops in his
intensive container gardens. The
ten-inch pots can accommodate
one large tomato plant. The to-
matoes are not staked and they
have plenty of room to produce.
One pepper plant can produce
lots of fruit also. Other alterna-
tives in a container are three
strawberry plants, three of beans
and peas, several large onions or
many, many scallions that can fit
in these pots. At the lower levels,
three sweet corn stalks can grow
upright from one pot or several
potatoes can be harvested in this
small size container.
Native Fla. Landscaping
course starts January
Plants are considered native
to Florida if they were here at
the time of European contact in
the early sixteenth century, or in
the early 1500s. Florida has over
2,400 native species of plants,
with some found only in Florida.
They have survived through the
ages because they are adapted
to Florida soils, temperature, and
rainfall patterns. Each plant is
associated with specific natural
plant communities or ecosystems
that occur throughout Florida
such as the coastal strand, sand
scrub, sandhills, hammocks, flat-
woods and swamps.
Although the Association of
Florida Native Nurseries estimates
that only about 25 percent of our
native flora is in commercial pro-
duction, interest in native land-
scaping continues to increase as
evidenced by the recent influx of
native plant literature and books.
Still, data indicate that native plant
sales in Florida have remained
essentially constant over recent
years with estimated total sales of
$100.9 million in 2000.
Recently, a new course enti-
tled "Native Florida Landscaping"
was developed and added to the
University of Florida curriculum
to teach students how to incor-
porate natives into existing land-
With the "Right Plant, Right
Place" concept in mind, natives
can offer unique attributes that
Taylor Pearce of the Chobee Roundup 4-H Club won the
Grand Champion Steer honor at the Third Annual Char-
lotte County Prospect Show in Arcadia on Oct. 4. The 11
year old 4-Her exhibited her 740 pound Maine Anjou steer
"Pepe" to top honors among other steers from around the
state of Florida. The animals were exhibited as prospects
of young 4-Hers who will show them at various jackpots
shows throughout the state and ultimately show them at
their county fair. Taylor's steer will be shown and sold
at the South Florida Fair on Jan. 24, 2009, in West Palm
Beach. She received a $250 check and a championship
belt buckle to wear.
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In addition to saving space, this
gardening method gets fungus-
susceptible plants up where air
circulation is available reducing
the need for fungicides. Note that
this is also a good way to grow
cukes and melons too, although
you may need to support heavy
melons. Mr. Alden places them
near a fence to provide horizontal
supports for the vines.
There is an initial start-up cost
for this method-timbers, pipe,
pots and potting mix, but the cost
is pretty low. There are wholesale
suppliers for pots and timbers are
not expensive. It may be possible
to ask friends and neighbors or
see if growers may have lightly
used materials that they can give
you. Mr. Alden uses a drip irriga-
tion system but a watering can
would suffice for a small garden.
December 15 and 16, 2008
1500-2000 $54.00 $56.50
Prices didn't change much this
week so we ended the year
steady. Steady's not bad when
you look around and see all the
economic problems. People that
ask me if I think prices will pick
up any after the first of the year, I
tell them I don't think so. Plan to
see these lower prices for quite a
while. We still have much to be
grateful for and we wish you and
yours a Merry Christmas and a
Happy New Year!
Slaughter cow and bull sale on
Tuesday, Dec. 30. First sale of the
'09 will be Jan. 5, 2009.
Ricardo Esquirel, topped the calf
market with a high of $1.85.
Gary Raulerson of Felda, had the
high cow with 49.50.
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Okeechobee News, Sunday, December 21, 2008 9
Children write letters to Santa
Submitted photo/Central Elementary
The fourth grade classes at Central Elementary presented a music play entitled "Santa's
Stuck In the 50s." The elves found boxes of toys that were left over from the 1950s. They
found slinky toys, play-dough, silly putty, hula hoops, Cat in the Hat books and other toys
that were invented in the fifties. The attached photo shows Candace McGlamory as Roxie
Brockman interviewing Santa (Justin Vinson). A special thank you to the parents that do-
nated toys and games to be used as props in the play. All of the new toys that were used
in the play will be donated to the local "Toys for Tots" toy drive.
The following letters to Santa
were written by second grad-
ers from Central Elementary
School. They are reprinted just
as the children wrote them. For
more letters, see the Wednesday
Can you by me a computer for
Christmas? Also earrings and how
can you fly in the sky with rein-
deers? Is that hard to fly with rein-
deer? and my sister what a DS and
I want a laptop. and my mom what
now shoes and my brother what a
I was good at school today but
can you buy me a Ipod, xbox360,
PSP, a dirt bike, a Wii, fourwiler,
a phone to. Please and I will give
you your favorite cookie and milk. 1
hope your reindeer are fine so you
can diliver presents to nice kids. In
school and listen to their mom and
dads to but I hope you have a good
ride here and your reindeer. But I
want 1 more thing. I want a Itouch
and thank you.
How much reindeers do you
have? Can I have a nintendo DS and
a Ipod for my sister.
I want a playstations 3, Wii, and
a xbox360 plus a game cube with
a lot of games. Also $100 dollars or
I want a Ipod for Christmas and
a new phone and I want a puppy.
And a new room and one more
thing. I want my mom and dad to
have the best Christmas ever. Oh
and what kind of cookies wood you
like. Oh and I wnat a computer and
a hannah montana doll.
Can you get me a fourwheeler
for Christmas. I rilly want four-
wheeler. Can you please get me
one. Cam you get me a new bike a
fast one ples. I love you santa. Can
you get me a dirt bike.
Can you buy me a hannah mon-
tana doll. can you buy me a hannah
montana nightgown. Can you buy
me a bratz doll. What kind of cook-
ies do you like? Can you buy me a
bear? Can you come to my class-
room so I can see you? Can you buy
me a Ipod? Can you buy me a fits?
How do the reindeer fly? I want
pichu stuffed animal. I want a Wii
fit for Christmas. Ipod, and card
even board games and a guitar,
playstation 3 and rockband 2 and a
kite, bird feeder and a skirt, a mop,
dotes for emma and earrings, cal-
How much reindeer do you
have? What kind of cookies do
you like? I want a computer and
my brother wants one to. Any my
mommy wants a car. And can you
give a bratz doll to my sister and a
Powr Ragrs and ironman and
iron motr SPD Powragr and a hot-
wells. 100 hot tails 100 a gavdeg
and 100mutr tull a 100 1 ben 10 gae-
mdoy a xbox a playstation 3 a play-
station 2 and a teplen a hemit.
I will want Spy gear Santa. Santa
you are strong you are good. I want
a mp3 play a blue one or any color
and a laptop. Can I have a football?
I want $100. You are wise Santa!
I hopeyou have agoodvery good
Christmas. I want a toy Richoyewda
pichoy. and a gameboy and axbox
also a labtop and phone a sky blue
phone and a dark one too. A nin-
tendo DS a pet. Can you give me all
of that stuffs? A very very very very
good Christmas to all.
I want a playstashion2 and a
xbox360 and I want a madasika-
land a dirt bike and a wii and a
gamebody and $100 dollars and a
ds and I want a Ipod wheta labtop
and a varemachmane.
How are your reindeer? Have
any of the reindeer gave you prob-
lems at all and how are you? What
kind of cookies do you like?
I have been very very good. Can
you please get me a real bulldog
puppy. Your the best. You mean
much to me. Your elfs work very
hard for the stuff we ask for.
I have ben a good girl this year.
I would like to have a dress. taler
swift CD. A prinses doll and a swim
to me puppy. And last is for my
brother Dylan and he would like a
thing to build.
I wut you to plees bring my
brother a tratr and mee plastashin2
and a new baby brother.
I am good in class. Your the
best Santa in the world. I wnat for
Christmas a flying dear for me and
I ben good a litl bit good. I want
a puppy please for Crismis.
I wnat a mokecontrol Humer for
Christmas. I been good this year. I
also want a dirtbike for Christmas
this year. I will make you some
cookies to have on the way home
if you are hungry or you can save
them for your wife.
All I want for Christmas is for
you to come to everyone house.
That is what I want.
I have been smart this year. And
good so you can give me a present.
I want midnight club las vagis FeFa
2009 Smackdown Vr Raw 2009 My
brother wants Fefa 09.
I want a DS. I will like Hannah
Montana mack up. I will like didi. I
like a Wii. I will like a beindroos. I
will like a pony that has a cart. I will
like a bike. I love you Santa.
Please I want a laptop. I want
a kitten. I want you to bring my
brother a star wars. I want a new
Hannah Monta electric dirt bike. I
want a tex mesege thing.
I want three wrestling me and a
dretbike. I wood get Santa a pres-
ent for all of his hard work! I want
a remote control car. I wood give a
present to my big brother and a new
bike. I wood give my dad some
Santa, I want a new dolly and
Idog my sister want a new pony
and a sindrela fone and my broth-
ers wants an ipod.
I've been good very good and I
would like to have Wii and a giant
space ship that is a star wars and a
knew bike and a big hummer that
comes with a remote control and
bendroose and a real kitten and a
helicopter that comes with a con-
teral and a stereo and a Wii pack-
age and a have to the Wii Roam
Rabbets. An under ground pool.
I been very good. Can you get
me a english bulldog and a skate
board and a army dog and a wild
monkey and a rase car.
I wood like a DS. And I wood
like a Hana Montana doll. And I
wood like a didi. I wood like ben-
deroos. I like a kitten and a horse. I
wood like a bike. I wood like a Wii.
I want Mrs. Greseth as my mom
and a pool.
I have been very good this year
and one thing I really whant for
Christmas is a new overhead for
my very, very pretty teacher Mrs.
Greseth and I made cookies for
Hi, I would like a toy car 50 feet
high. I want a cell phone. I want a
PSR Whant a really cool teacher
next year and a game cube.
I want a x box and a dirt bike.
The color is black and blue. And
a ipod. And a four wheeler. And a
humer. And some guys and a little
I want from you a Nintendo DS,
a game boy one black one white. I
want lots of clothes like long sleeve
shirts and long and confy pants to
where. Please I want very very soft
and confy PJs. I want everything in
I want a idog, a ipod, a psp, Ds,
a bike to and Hannah montana and
I want it to snow.
I want a ipod and DS and baby
doll and a toy dog and a doll and a
scoder and a bike and a game and a
PSP and a Hannah Montana game.
I would like a PSP and a game
for my gameboy. And I whant a
iPod and a dog that has a code.
And I want a forwiller, jewelry and
a good life and good grades. A dog
that you wash with a tub and a dog
that has a keychain and make up.
I want make up for Christmas
and a Ipod for Crismas and I want
you to tell your elf thanks for the
make up and Ipod Happy Crismas
I wont speed racer the video
game and speed racer sky jump for
Christmas and a laptop.
I want a yoyo and I wnat a PSP I
want a MP3 player. I want a whoppi-
cushin. I want a ball. I want a Ipod.
I want a gift card. I want a dog. I
want a fish. I want a computer.
I want a PSP and I want my DS.
I want a Ipod for Christmas. I
wnat to talk to the reindeer and pet
and a Ds and a game boy. I want a
gift card and a female dog.
I have a few questions to ask you
Santa. In your sled, do you have a
hot cocoa machine. How small are
the elves. How far away do you live
from the North Pole. Do you live in
a mansion. Does Mrs. Claus cook
for the elves.
I want a DS and DS game called
Diamond Pearl and two dakes of
Pokemon cards. I want a PSP and
a bicycle. I want a Wii and a fake
WWE Champion and a computer
and Miami Hurricane hat.
How are your elves doing. I like
your elves and how is your brother
doing? Don't let your elves hurt your
machine. I want a DS and a Wii and
the game super smash brothers and
I would like a DS wiht the game
Sim City Creaor for my DS and a
skate bored and I want it to be black
with skulls on it and Dogz2 for my
DS please and a Razor Scooter.
I wish I mete one of your elves
and How are your reindeers. One
day I want to go to the north pole.
And you are machineing evrey day.
I wander how will it be if I was live
with snow and you.
So, how are you? How are your
reindeers? Are they been good? Are
the elves doing good work? Is Mrs.
Claus doing good? What is your fa-
vorite elf and reindeer. My favorite
reindeer is Comit. When is your
birthday and when was you born.
How are your reindeer and your
elves and how is Mrs. Claus and
how are your hard workers that
makes toys and How is your sled
Santa. Is it a old sled. How is your
workers that makes the toys and
other toys that are girl toys.
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STORKCRAFT ASPEN BABY
3 in 1 crib with drawer & mat-
tress $100 (863)763-7983
THREE MCDONALDS Train
Sets, Still in boxes. asking
$150. Also 20 Piece Teapot
Lamps $17, 100 Barstools
$39 up, 50 Desks $97 up,
3Pc Dropleaf Dinette $197,
50 Table and 4 Chairs $397
up, 200 Recliners $297 up,
50 2pc Sofa & Loveseat
sets $687 up, 50 TV Ent
Centers $167 up, 2 Pc
Queen Bed set $297 up, 50
4Pc Bedroom sets $387 up,
3Pc Livingroom tables
$97up, 100 headboards
WHITE BROYHILL-BR Set,
w/mirror,Armiour $350 for
BLUE Automatic lift chair
SILVER FOX GO CART- Fun
Machine, Robin=6.5 air
cooled 4 cyl, engine. ATV
style suspension w/coil over-
shocks, duel seat w/re-
tractable safety belt, duel
wheel torque conv drive disc
brakes, brush bars much
more $1400 (863)763-6888
BLUE/RED HEALER PUPPIES:
Males & Females avail. Shots
& Wormed. Ready for Christ-
mas! $250. 561-718-1212
CHIHUAHUA PUPS AKC, 3-5
Ibs, first shots, dewormed,
health cert., $500
CHIHUAHUA MIX PUPS 14
weeks old, on dry food, 1
shots, health papers from
Okeechobee Vet. $250/firm
PURE BREAD BOXER PUP-
PIES- 2-White Males, 2-
Fawn 1F, 1-M. Health Cert
SWAMP BUGGY-Palm Beach
Style 350 Auto, 400 Turbo
Trans, Offset 12x24 Tractor
Tires $4500 (863)447-5456
LARGE 73' MITSUBISIH- Rear
Projection bought in 2005,
moved too large for living
room, excellent cond, great
picture & sound $800 cash
only call to see, great
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Call John at 772-781-4375
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Business Places 910
Farm Property -
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Storage Space -
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Near town. $7 5 mo. An-
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Month Rent for 1st Month
w/$500 Sec. 2/1.5 carpet,
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KING'S BAY, 2/1, Pool, Ten-
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OKEE BEST DEAL
2 BR, 2 BA, Liv. & Din. Rm.,
Util. Rm. w/hook ups &
storage cabinets. Patio.
Privacy fence. FREE trash &
Lawn maintenance. No pets.
$690 mo. + $500 dep.
AFFORDABLE NEW &
RENOVATED HOUSES. 3/2/2
& 3/1/1, Bring Pets, Lg
yards, 1st month free
BASSWOOD 05' CBS, 3/2 on
37th Avenue, fenced yard, all
BEAUTIFUL HOME on wooded
lot, Country Club Hills, 2 BR,
hot tub, $1400/month. Call
BUCKHEAD RIDGE 2 Story,
3BR, 2BA, Screen Porch,
Hot Tub. W&D, $850 mo.
Call for info. 863-634-5236
HOME FOR RENT 3BR/2BA,
fenced in yard, c/a & heat,
$900 mo., 1st & last, ref's
HOUSE 3BR/2BA sits on
1.25 acres, located in Prai-
rie/Viking. Pets welcome!
IN OKEECHOBEE CITY: 4 Br/
2Ba, $1100 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. & refs. Call Barry for
more info. 772-216-1461
LAKE ACCESS 3/2, 1800 sq
ft, Formal LR, $850/mo,
OKEE: 3/1 on% ac. Renovat-
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porch, carport. $975 me, 1st
mo. & dep. Call 305-458-8659
OKEECHOBEE 3/1/den, close
to downtown. $1000/mo.
Call Charles (863) 634-0584
OKEECHOBEE New, 3br,
2ba, 2 acres in Edwards Sub
Div., $1200/mo. Call Charles
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage. C/Air. Lazy 7 area.
1st, last & sec.
EXCELLENT LOCATION 441
S. Commercial Office/Retail
Space, 1154 sq. ft. Call
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OFFICE SPACES FOR RENT:
* 320 sq. ft. for $500 mo.
with option to use 900 sq. ft.
Board room & kitchen.
* 144 sq. ft. for $300 mo.
with option to use 900 sq. ft.
Board room & kitchen.
Treasure Island 3817 SE
27th St. CBS 2/2, Cov Dock,
Remodeled, No smok-
ers/pets. $1000 mo. st/sec
WATERFRONT: 2BR, 1% BA
Treasure Island. Fenced yd.
$765 mo. (772) 359-6584
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Real Estate Wanted1065
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Brand New Construction -
4BR/2BA, Near lake access
on Hwy. 441, 2 car garage
& storage, big lots w/space
for garden, all credit
Call (520) 360-1893
SANDPIPER 2002, 30 ft 5th
Wheel, 2 slide outs,great
shape ready to go $5000
TTR-125, used very little,
great cond. Big Wheel,$1 800
OBO $350 in extras.
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
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CHEVY CAVALIER '03 LS
Sport 25K. 1 Owner. Sunrf.
All pwr. New tires. Exc.
cond. $6100 863-357-1988
TOYOTA CAMRY 2000 1
Owner, Excellent condition. 4
Door. Auto., A/C, PW, PL.
Garage kept. Gas saver!
$5495. (561)568-7767 or
JEEP LARADO- 4 Wheel
Drive,1998 Excellent cond.
high miles, 4 dr, boat hitch.
$2500 Firm (863)467-6469
EZ GO Used, Good condition,
charger, $900 or best offer.
F150-1998 New Motor, New
Tires, Runs Great $5000
GMC JIMMY- 1990 Full size
4x4, lift kit, big tires, runs
great. $3000 080
UTILITY TRAILER-16 FT -2
Axel, New Tires $900 0BO
Corner Lot. 2.2 acres, $95K
o08 Call Cell
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
INDIANTOWN Cottage, 1BR,
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
TAYLOR CREEK ISLES 2/2
on water, furnished, wa-
ter/electric/cable incl. No
pets. Adults only. $900/mo.
TREASURE ISLAND 3br, 2ba
dbl wide, waterfront, lake ac-
cess, lyr old, $900/mo
TREASURE ISLAND, 2br, 2ba
Lake access, quiet area. No
pets. $600/mo., 1st, last &
sec. dep. (561)743-4331
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$200/mo. Models available
for immediate occupancy or
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30 minutes from Ft Myers.
RIVERBEND ADULT PARK-
Very clean 2/2 on Ig beauti-
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part furn,many up-
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$26,500 (863)763-2634 or
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035
AIR BOAT-STOSSELL HULL,
Decked over, with trailer, as
is, no motor or prop $3000
COMBO 2000 35' Spinnaker &
Ford Diesel Lariat extra cab,
all in immaculate cond.
$34,500. Call 863-467-0871
PLEASUREWAY Lexor-TD, '02
- 19' Van Camper, 38k mi.,
exc. cond., 3-Way refrig.,
a/c, tv/vcr, generator, twin
beds, great for 2 people,
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Season Greetings from the Raulerson Hospital won the
Most Creative holiday card in the Okeechobee High
School Band Holiday Stroll in the Park with their Rocking
Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Quality A/C wishes Season's Greetings to all with their
holiday card for the Okeechobee High School Band Holi-
day Stroll in the Park where it won the Best Themed holi-
Local school children write letters to Santa Claus
The following letters to Santa
were written by South Elemen-
tary School second graders. The
letters are reprinted just as the
students wrote them. For more
letters, see the Wednesday edi-
tion of the Okeechobee News.
Dear Santa and Elves,
I am very excited for Christmas.
I have been a very good girl this
year. I really want a skatbord,ipod,
and a barby cruse I also want
some play horses because I saw
those on tv and I really want them
cause I need a lot more toys to
piay with. And I really hope your
elvs can make those wonderful
toys to play with. And I also want
a lab top because so I can take
it on a trip that I do evry year. I
have been being my mom but it
is to much money. And that way I
can share with my sister and we
will love that present. And I need
more pants. And some more
shrts. I really hope you and your
elvs have a wonderful crismas
eve this year and miss clus. How
old is she? And how old are you?
And my fravit reindeer is roud-
of and comit,prancer, and dancer.
How old is comit? And all your
reindeer? And when did you get
your reindeer santa? Did you like
your cookies last year santa and
milk? Crismas is the best parrt
of the year. And I believe in you
santa you are the best.
Dear santa and elves,
I am very excited for Christmas.
I have been a good girl this year.
I want rock band and wii with
games and every thing from wal-
mart. How is brought. How is your
evles good or bad. Can I have lab
top for Christmas. Because I love
them. You can go on lin to Disney
and I can www. Funschool .com
. please. One more thing can I go
with you to the north pole with
what I what for chrstmas a
lego starwars walking gunship. I
ben a good boy.
dear santa, I am excited for
Christmas. I have been a very
good boy/ this year. I what moster
truck and a xbox360. and a play
stashen 3 and a game cube. And
a moncontroll car and a waliki
talki. And a base ball bat. And a
year friend anselmo
Dear sant claus
can I have some things for
crismas I hope young can. I don't
want to be on the noty list so if
you give me some presents so I
want a toy pendbear and a toy
bird a toy mouse and a toy turtle
and real puppy for crismas and
makeup and a toy giraffe and a
toy cat I dresevnts. These things
beicus I bin a good child the hole
Dear Santa Claus and rein
Im excited about Christmas
eve are you? I what a razar for
Christmas.and a lot of wedkinds
and a Ds for Christmas are you a
I want a big box to play in. I
want some new shoes.l want a
Electric guitar. How do you get
into a house if it don't have a
chiminy.What do your reindeer
eat? How are you doing this year.
Commit is my favrit reindeer of
I want to get a toycar,a train
that is blue,and a new toy train
I deserve this because I like to
I always believe you every
Dear Sant clus
how is it at the wrok shop with
the elfs? How do you ger around
Hers four thing I wont is laptop
psp nitendow wii.cus it is fun on
the laptopand wii and Psp. Heres
one anther thing it is a ribesite.
From Bradly kirk
HO HO HO SANTA I want
PSPA X BOX 360
PLAY SAIN, 1,000S
PLASE BECAUSE I HEIP PEO-
AND MY TEACHER
MY NAME IS CAMBLL PLATT. I
AM SEVEN YEARS OLD.I LIKE TO
PLAY WITH MY DOGS.
I WOULD LIKE A FORWEL-
ERE AND A IPOD. I WOULD LIKE
A XBOX 360.
Dear Santa Caus,
Can I have D-Rex Becausa and
a new Hulk toy, and a new Poke-
man game,and new Pokemmon
cards and a new Dinotoy and a
green Dis and a Spongebob toy
and a toy truck and a Pet Hamter.
I Deserve this Because I am a
very good boy.
Your friend Chase
I am very exided for crimes
I been a very good boy this yery
and I hope iget resits this yere
cuse the thags on the list those are
the thags I wont the best but the
thang iwont the best is the pug
and that is the thang I wont the
yore fred chase
I want alotofstarwars and dio-
saurs and d-rex andtrunstrer wall
For christmasyourfrend chris
p.s I deserve because I am a good
i been a boy I wate a 100,000
and 4 will scooter and 3 will
scooter and bran now dert bick
give my mom a goid necklace.
I have been a good boy I
whnt a labtop cus I b e c u s my
unkl don't have a labtop so I wont
Dear Santa claus,
How do you make it around
the whole world in one night?
What are all the reindeers name?
This is one thing I would like for
Christmas is a Wii because you
get to move
and play at the same time.
How is it in the North Pole? What
is it like in the toy
shop with all the Elfs?
Yours truly,Dylan Smith
I wish I had a psp and a drume
sate and a folwelre and a pete dog
and a ds and a miker and a phoe.
Dear Santa Claus,
My name is diamond. I love
you Santa Claus. You are my favor-
ite person in the hold wide world.
I love you Santa Claus and I love
your Elf's too. I am so excited to
get presents. I love Christmas. I
wish it was already Christmas and
I love that you geve evrebody: I
am so excited!
Love, Diamond To: Santa
I what a comput and a starwar
And a bkengn
Brig my wii the ead
Dear Santa claus,
lye always wanted guithero for
I wanted to visit you but I ala-
ways fall asleep.
I.m making suger cookies for
you but for the reindeers I am
leaving one carrit out.
I also want a webkin they
are stuff annamals .you can feed
them and dress them.
How many elfs do you have .
are you cold when it snows,
I can,t wait till chistmas
I was good all year and I want
a ipod and a labtop.i want a lab-
top so I can go and get songs for
my ipod. I wont a ipod so I can
hear songs and I wont get bord. It
is fun when you get a present on
Dear Santa claus My name
is Wilnyha Jones and I I love chris-
mas I am excited for chrismas.
Thank you for giving me presents
like a dollhouse and a x box 3 60.
to santa claus from wilni-
I want tow Hannah montan
house s and some make up and
shoe s and stuft anmal s and a
gameboy and moon sand and br-
bie s and playshoe s and a cheer-
leading outfit and a pet hamstr
and a bell from your slay and I
want to ask you something how
si roudodf doing.
Dear,santa, and elfs,
I am having a great year. Are
you having a great year? Do you
have kids? How is your best elf?
Are you going to give me a Brats
doll? I whant ten of them. Can
you get me them? The resen why
I whant one is becaous thay will
not be saleing them after crismis.
Becaous the man that made brats
he was working for the Barbie
compney and they fond out that
he was saleing them and took
hem to cort. And I rely want one.
I have ben trying to clect them.
So please can you get me ten of
them? I rely like them a lot. And
if I don't get one I'll free out be-
caous I love them a lot so please
get me ten.
Your friend, Sydney
I want for chismas is d-rex
a mew toy three ds games one
game is spore creatures the other
one is petz dogs pack the last one
is drawn to life spong bob.
How are you
How are the reindeer
How is the workshop
How are the elfs
I love Christmas
Are you having fun
I now i am
Yours turey Shelbey War-
Dear santa claus,
I want 10 million dollars for
my family,a beautiful doll, a big
Enormous house ,and a jour-
nal. I deserve this stuff because I
A good nice girl
I wut bicycle, toys, shous,
closes,laobtop, swing, howes,
I am very excited for Christmas
I am a very good boy this year.i
want a lot of good present this
year.i like to play with my toys.i
hope you like the cookie that we
Your friend rick.
I have been a good girl this
year. Can I please have a Palimiino
pony,chiwwia puppy and I really
want my family to have the best
Christmas ever! I am very excited
for Christmas.thank you so much
for every thing.How are you do-
ing this year. I really love you.
Your friend Meghan faith
I belive that you can give lot's
of children a good chistmas. I
hope that you you come to our
house the Rodriguez family we
been good .1 want the best Christ-
mas ever.How are the reindeer
doing/I want lot's of present's.
Dear santa claus,
I want my old dog back I
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dolhin A toy unicorn. I want to
singing barbies two mittens a
Hannah Montana chapter book .
why because I am a good girl.
your friend manaa medrano
For Crisitmis I want DS and I
want it red. I and my mom wants
a new pare shoes I want them
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I want to ask you a
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you did you give me a laser I de-
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your son rocky
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army fo two and a ds and a game
for the ds.
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some things Iwant for Christmas.
Like some baderys for my mp3
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a lunch box and
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12 Okeechobee News, Sunday, December 21, 2008
OHS Girls' soccer falls at home
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Emily Raulerson, #18, battles
with Alexa Raynolds (left)
during Wednesday's match
By Charles M. Murphy
Chelsea Barkley scored the
only goal of the game with 30
minutes left in the game as Port
St. Lucie High School defeated
Okeechobee High School in soc-
cer, 1-0, Wednesday night.
Okeechobee couldn't get a lot
of shots on net against the quick
Jaguar defense. Emily Raulerson
had their best chance with 21
minutes left in the game but her
shot went wide.
Kailey Skinner saved four shots
for Port St. Lucie, (4-10). Megan
Clements had another strong
game in net for Okeechobee with
double digits in saves.
Jaguar Coach Joseph Scott III
said his team has four freshmen
and one sophomore in the start-
ing lineup. He said his team has
shown progress throughout the
year. "We played as a team for the
whole game. All year long we've
played either a good first half or
a good second half. Tonight we
played both halves as a team."
Port St. Lucie had over 10 shots
on goal but many of them missed
the net. Clements was there to
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Nicky Ingram of Okeechobee, #9 battles with Sara Brunsting
of Port St. Lucie during Wednesday's match.
Girl's hoops defeat Forest Hill
kick or swat away most of the
shots and kept Okeechobee in
Scott said his team has a bright
future. He noted they hustled hard
to prevent Okeechobee from get-
ting scoring opportunities.
"I had nothing to do with this
tonight. The girls played, and they
played very well," he added.
The JV Brahmans defeated
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Emily Jenning of Port St.
Lucie battles with Okeecho-
bee's Rachel Fairchild during
By Charles M. Murphy
The Okeechobee High School
Girls Basketball team celebrated
a state ranking with a 43-32 vic
tory over Forest Hill on Thursday
Okeechobee is ranked 10th in
the Class 4A poll. It is the first time
Okeechobee has been ranked in
many seasons. It's been so long,
no one could actually remember
the last time Okeechobee was
Coach Tony Sherlock said the steals on defense. Monica Koger
girls might have started to let
the accolades go to their heads
as they turned in a subpar effort
against the Lady Falcons, (2-9).
"We kind of played to their
level. We should have beaten
them handily," he said.
Okeechobee had three play-
ers in double figures as Doro-
thy Burkhardt, Jewel Buck and
Markeisha Youmans all had 10
points. Buck pulled down nine
rebounds and Youmans had six
chipped in with seven points.
Forest Hill was led by Sha-
novia Smith who had 11 points.
Valerie Day added nine points.
Okeechobee led 14-8 after the
first quarter and 26-16 at the half.
Forest Hill cut the lead to 31-29
after three quarters.
"The game was close for three
quarters but we pulled away in
the final quarter and didn't allow
them to score a field goal," Sher-
Okeechobee outscored the
Falcons 12-3 in the final eight
"Forest Hill is improved a little
bit, but we have to play better
than that," he said.
Okeechobee is off now for the
Christmas break. They will host
Moore Haven on January 5th.
The Okeechobee JV blasted
OHS Bowling Team finish impressive season
The Okeechobee High School
boys bowling team finished their
season with a 8-8 record. It was
an impressive season considering
there weren't any returning start-
ers from the 2007/2008 team.
What made the year more suc
cessful was this years' team was
competitive in every match and
won at least one game in all but
A few breaks here and there
and it easily could've been a 12-3
season. With everyone return-
ing next year the expectations
will be high. This year was truly
a group effort as you will see by
the awards that were given to the
The Brahman Award and
Coaches Award was given to
Mathew Payne. Mathew kept the
team motivated and never gave
up in any of his matches.
The MVP went to Chris Spruill.
Christ maintained the highest av-
erage on the team throughout the
Adrian Banda received the
Best AllAround Award. Adrian
had the highest series and the
Noe Arroyo and Ricardo Her-
rera received the Most Improved
Award. These two players worked
really hard throughout the year
and both fought their way into
the starting line-up by the end of
Now for the girls...
The Okeechobee Girls bowl-
ing team finished their season
with a 7-9 record. The girls team
was also in a rebuilding year with
only three returning players and
only one starter.
The year was a good year and
a learning year. We did not lose
any players this year so we look
forward to the coming year.
This year at the awards ban
quet Danielle Racine received the
Brahman Award, usually award-
ed to the team captain, Brittany
Herndon the MVP Award, she
usually kept us in the matches
with her great scores.
Reba Spiess had the Best All-
Around Award, and the two Most
Improved Awards went to Brit-
tany Haggard, a three year player
and Amanda Rathbun a rookie
player who came out this year
and started 90% of the games.
Rounding out the awards was
Brittany Herndon who picked up
the Coach's Award for winning
the player of the match the most
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