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KEECHOBEE


EWS


Vol. 99 No. 295 Wednesday, December 24, 2008 500 Plus tax


Briefs


Chamber will
be closed
The Okeechobee Chamber
of Commerce will be closed
on the following dates: Dec.
24 Christmas 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 in-
formation call the Chamber at
863-763-6464.

Red Cross class
dates slated
The Okeechobee Branch of
the American Red Cross will be
holding the following the fol-
lowing Health & Safety classes
in January: Tuesday, Jan. 6 First
Aid Basics at 6 p.m., Wednes-
day, Jan. 14 Infant/Child CPR/
AED at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 20
-Adult CPR/AED at 6 p.m. All
classes are held at their Branch
office located at 323 N. Parrott
Ave. To register, or for more in-
formation call 863-763-2488.

Glades County
officials sworn in
The County Commissioners
and newly Re-Elected County
Officials of Glades County will
hold their Installation Ceremo
ny on Tuesday night, January 6,
2009 at the Doyle Conner Cen-
ter at 7:00 P.M. County Com-
missioners Butch Jones; Dis-
trict 1, Paul Beck; District 3, and
Bob Giesler; District 5, along
with Sheriff Stuart Whiddon,
Clerk of Courts Joe Flint, Prop-
erty Appraiser Larry Luckey,
Tax Collector Gall Jones, and
Supervisor of Elections Holly
Whiddon will be sworn into
office. Everyone is cordially in-
vited to attend.

Drought Index
Current: 602
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

14.07 feet
Last Year: 10.25 feet
S Sgonsored By:

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


33 seek to


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The School Board released a
list of coaches who have applied
to become the next Okeechobee
High School Football Coach on
Monday.
On the list are Rex Erwin, the
long time defensive line coach
for the Brahmans, former Brah-
man Junior Varsity head football


coach and former President of
the Okeechobee Citizens Recre-
ation Association Bob Hardman,
and Okeechobee Pop Warner
Football President and former
Brahman player James Shock
ley.
The other candidates in alpha-
betical order are Danny Adams,
Clyde Alderman, Early Babb,
Jeremy Beckman, Gene Boley,


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Too often all the public
knows about law enforcement
officers is that they take people
from their families and put
them in jail. Seldom are they
seen as people just like ev-
eryone else.
But deputies at the Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO) have started an under-
taking that is aimed at not only
helping those less fortunate,
but showing that they, too, are
human.
The OCSO Cops for Kid's
Christmas program will see
to it that six local families will
have a Christmas this year, and
that the young children in those
families will have new clothes
and toys.
"We just wanted to give
back to the community," said
OCSO Lieutenant Lester Yeates.


lead Brahmans


Eddie Carnley, Jason Chappell,
Perry Coggin, Robert Crowley,
Chris Davis, Matt Dixon, Chris
Dorminey, Craig Everhardt, Brian
Ferguson, Charles Halfey, Alan
Hall, Frank Hall, Chip Harris,
Kit Hill, Paul Home, John Kelly,
John Launius, Cliff Lohrey, An-
drew McEvoy, Klay Smith, Ryan
Sulkowski, Michel Timpson, Gar-
ron Warwick, Robb Wilgoren


and Inverson "lvey" Williams.
A seven-member committee
has been created to review the
applications and conduct inter-
views which are scheduled to
begin on January.
All of the local candidates will
be interviewed.
The committee will make a
recommendation to High School
Principal Toni Wiersma who will


make a selection, most likely by
the end of January.
Assistant Superintendent Ken
Kenworthy said that the district
was pleased with the quality of
applicants they received for the
position.
Some of the applicants have
former or current head coaching
experience.


Okeechobee News/Eric Kopp
Lieutenant Lester Yeates (left) of the Okeechobee Coun-
ty Sheriff's Office, along with Shirley Gorham (center)
and Nancy Turner (right), prepared Christmas gifts to be
given to local children in six needy families. Personnel
at the sheriff's office collected cash donations from road
patrol, detectives and administrative personnel in order
to buy clothes, toys and a Christmas dinner for the fami-
lies in the department's inaugural Cops for Kid's Christ-
mas. Ms. Gorham and Ms. Turner, both members of the
Citizen Observation Patrol, had spent two days wrapping
gifts.


"We wanted to show the chil
dren that we're just people."


Deputy injured
during search

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A missing boater was
found safe early Monday by an
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO) Search and Res-
cue unit about 3 miles south of
Lock 7.
While the ordeal ended well
for Jason Correll, an OCSO
deputy required medical atten-
tion after he wrecked his patrol


car while searching for Mr. Cor
rell.
An OCSO report states Mr.
Correll, clothed only in a T-shirt
and shorts, and his pet bulldog
fought off the cool and breezy
night by covering themselves
with a tarp. The report states
Mr. Correll's 1992 Marathon
boat was found anchored at the
site where he was recovered.
When he was found, the air
temperature was 58 degrees
and the wind was out of the
north at 8 to 12 mph, according
to official records at a weather
See Boater Page 2


Unemployment


levels show


little change


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Unemploymentlevels stayed
virtually the same in November
according to the latest report
from the Florida Agency for
Workforce Innovation, Labor
Market Statistics Center, Local
Area Unemployment Statistics
Program.
Okeechobee had 10 percent
unemployment in Novem-


ber, the same rate as October.
There were 1,832 people out of
work in November and 1,849 in
October.
Glades County had 7.6 per-
cent unemployment in Novem-
ber. That was down from eight
percent in October. Twenty
more people had jobs in Glades
County in November.
See Levels Page 2


See Deputies Page 2


Index


Church News ........................ 7
Classifieds. ....... .......... 14-15
Community Events .............. 6
Crossword.......................... 15
Obituaries 6
Opinion 4
Speak Out ...... ............. 4
Sports 16
Sudoku 15
Weather 2
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Real Life Children's Ranch

provides a family Christmas


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
"With chaos" is how house
mother Mary Young says she will
celebrate Christmas with her six
foster girls ranging in age from
9 to 17 at Real Life Children's
Ranch.
Real Life Children's Ranch
exists to provide a Christian resi-
dential group home that cares for
boys and girls who are physically,
sexually or emotionally abused,
homeless, neglected or mildly
disturbed. The home strives to
provide a consistent, well-struc-


tured environment characterized
by a healthy balance of discipline,
recreation, education, outdoor
and indoor chores, spiritual guid-
ance and character development.
The goal of the ranch is to give
children the best care possible
in a secure family atmosphere,
and to guide them into personal
Christian experiences and happy,
productive futures.
Mrs. Young and her husband,
Bob, are one of four sets of house
parents who care for 24 foster
children. Each home has six fos
ter children and does things as
a family. The children live as a


family unit, attend local schools
and raise livestock as 4-H and
FFA projects. Some of them are
on the Bits and Spurs 4-H Club's
mounted drill team. Mrs. Young is
in charge of he drama program.
The Youngs and the other fos-
ter parents try to provide a home
atmosphere for children who may
never have had a secure home
environment. Sadly, one of the
children said what she liked best
about Christmas at Real Life Chil-
dren's Ranch is that it is "safe."
For many of the children, this
See Ranch Page 2


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Mary Young stands beside the Christmas Tree in her
home at Real Life Children's Ranch where her six foster
children will celebrate Christmas. On the wall behind her
are pictures of some of the children she and her husband
Bob have cared for during their almost 16 years at Real
Life Children's Ranch.


Boater is



found safe


Cops for Kids: Spreading holiday cheer


Okeechobee News/Eric Kopp
Personnel at the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office were all smiles as they wrapped
and prepared toys to be given to children in six local families so that they can have
a Christmas this year. Left to right are Major Noel Stephen, Sergeant Mark Roberts,
Lieutenant Lester Yeates, Road Patrol Administrative Assistant Lisa Baisley and Sheriff
Paul May.


Deputies make Christmas


possible for local families


Qtadss





2 Okeechobee News, Wednesday, December 24, 2008


Boater
Continued From Page 1

station located at Okee-Tantie.
The man had gone through
the Taylor Creek locks Sunday
afternoon, but when he didn't re
turn home, a concerned neighbor
contacted the sheriff's office.
At 4:30 a.m. the Glades, Hen-
dry, Palm Beach and Martin
County sheriff's offices were
contacted and told that a miss-
ing boater may have drifted into
their areas. The Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis
sion (FWC) was also notified and
planned to search the area from
the Indian Prairie Canal to the Kis-
simmee River.
Aircraft from the Palm Beach


Deputies
Continued From Page 1

Lt. Yeates said he and OCSO
Sergeant Mark Roberts began tak-
ing up donations from road patrol
deputies, detectives and other
OCSO personnel in November.
"The minimum donation was
$10, but one family gave $200,"
explained Lt. Yeates.
That money was then used to
buy clothes and toys for the six
families, as well as a Christmas
dinner of turkey with all the trim-
mings. Each family also received
a $20 Walmart gift card.
Lt. Yeates said each child will
receive a jacket, a pair of jeans
and a toy. The family unit will re-
ceive the dinner and gift card.
"We've contracted with a lo-
cal caterer to cook and deliver the
food and we'll deliver the toys on
the evening of Christmas Eve," he
added. "All the families will have
to do is warm up the food."
These recipients of kindness
include a family who is having
great financial difficulty because
of a young child undergoing can-
cer treatments. In another case,
the family has fallen on hard
times and is now living in a tent.
In yet another case, a local fam-
ily is struggling because the chil-


Levels
Continued From Page 1

The unemployment rates this
year are much higher than the
2007 levels. There was 5.8 percent
unemployment in Okeechobee in
November, 2007 with 1,013 out


Lotteries

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Okeechobee

Forecast
Wednesday: Partly sunny,
with a high near 77. Southeast
wind between 5 and 15 mph.
Wednesday Night: Areas of
fog after 2am. Otherwise, mostly
cloudy, with a low around 64.
Southeast wind around 5 mph.

Extended Forecast
Thursday: A 30 percent
chance of rain. Mostly cloudy,
with a high near 81. Southeast
wind between 5 and 10 mph.
Thursday Night: A 20 per
cent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy,
with a low around 63. East south-
east wind around 5 mph.
Friday: Partly sunny, with a
high near 82. East southeast wind
between 5 and 10 mph.


County Sheriff's Office flew over
the lake from J & S Fish Camp to
Clewiston, and personnel from
the Glades County Sheriff's Office
searched from Clewiston to the
Indian Prairie Canal.
Mr. Correll, 33, was found by
the OCSO Search and Rescue
Unit around 7:45 a.m. He told the
rescue unit that he had run out
of gas, and even though he had
a marine radio, he was unsure of
how to operate it.
The man and his dog were re-
turned home and did not require
medical attention, stated the
OCSO report.
Since the OCSO does not tow
disabled boats unless they are
hindering navigable waterways,
Mr. Correll was instructed to make
arrangements to recover his boat
as quickly as possible.

dren's father has been called back
to military service and is currently
in Iraq.
One family was chosen be-
cause they help others in need,
despite their struggles to make
ends meet. This family helps
other neighborhood families with
food, transportation or whatever
their needs may be even though
they have needs of their own.
Although each family is differ-
ent, they are the same strug-
gling every day to live the Ameri-
can dream.
Lt. Yeates said the idea for the
new OCSO endeavor was the
brainchild of Sgt. Roberts.
"He came up with the idea,
then we began throwing ideas
around," said the lieutenant.
Both Lt. Yeates and Sgt. Roberts
are assigned to the OCSO School
Resource Officer program.
Lt. Yeates said the schools gave
them a large number of names.
That large pool of names was
then narrowed down to the six
families chosen. Various criteria
was used to make the selection
with one being that they couldn't
have an extensive or current crim-
inal background.
"We then got ideas from the
schools on sizes and toys the
kids would want," explained Lt.
Yeates.
Then, with the money col-

of work. Glades County had 4.8
percent unemployment last year
with 223 on the jobless line.
Okeechobee was tied for fifth
highest among Florida Counties
in November. The highest rate
was in Hendry County at 11.9
percent. Glades County was tied
with two other counties for 29th
in the state. The lowest rate in the


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OCSO Deputy Steven McKinley
was also back on his feet Monday
after having seven staples put in
his forehead to close a laceration
after he crashed his patrol unit
into two palm trees around 3:15
a.m. Monday.
The 28-year-old deputy was
driving to the Lock 7 boat ramp
while shining a spotlight toward
the lake in hopes of finding Mr.
Correll when the crash occurred,
said OCSO Detective Ted Van De-
man.
An OCSO accident report indi-
cates that Deputy McKinley was
west bound when he came up
on a curve in the road that is lined
by palm trees. The report said
instead of making the curve he
drove straight and struck a palm
tree with the rear quarter panel
on the driver's side of his Ford

elected, the deputies began to pur-
chase clothes and such toys as
Hanna Montana dolls, bicycles,
remote controlled toys, a skate
board and a Razor scooter. He
said they also purchased six MP3
players.
"One family has seven chil-
dren, with the oldest being 17.
We gave the oldest child an MP3
player," said Lt. Yeates.
The Cops for Kid's Christmas,
however, wouldn't have been
possible without the backing of
Sheriff Paul May.
"The sheriff allowed us to do
it, supported it and believed in
this," said Lt. Yeates.
Because their initial endeavor
has been so popular with every-
one at the sheriff's office, the lieu-
tenant said he would like to con
tinue the program next year.
"We don't want to get too big
because it's a large chore, but we
would like to expand some in the
future," he said. "We just want to
give back to the community and
help out."
And helping is what this un-
dertaking is all about.
"Christmas is more than just
toys," said Lt. Yeates.
Indeed it is.
It's about having more than a
bulletproof vest behind that star
on their chests.

state was in Liberty and Alachua
County who had 4.9 percent un-
employment.
Martin County had 5.5 percent,
Palm Beach had 7.6 percent, St.
Lucie 10.4 percent, Highlands
nine percent, and Osceola had
8.2 percent unemployment dur-
ing November.


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Crown Victoria, then struck a sec
ond palm tree head-on.
"There is no indication of brak-
ing prior to the crash," states the
report.
On impact, the in-car comput-
er jarred from its stand and struck
Deputy McKinley in the forehead.
According to the report, when
fellow deputies arrived at the
crash site Deputy McKinley was
disoriented and bleeding from
the forehead. He reportedly told
his fellow deputies that he didn't
know what happened.
"He was looking for someone
and woke up," stated the report.
Captain Bud Slay, who heads
up the OCSO road patrol, estimat-
ed the value of the deputy's patrol
unit at $10,000. He added that
he was waiting to hear if the car
would be declared a total loss.


Ranch
Continued From Page 1


Okeechobee News/Eric Kopp
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office Deputy Steven McKinley
was injured when he crashed his patrol unit into two palm
trees near Lock 7 while looking for a missing boater early
Monday, Dec. 22. Upon impact the in-car computer was dis-
lodged and struck the deputy in the forehead. The deputy
was taken to Raulerson Hospital where seven staples were
used to close the laceration. It was not known as of news-
paper deadline if the OCSO patrol unit would be declared
totaled.


will soon be adopted.
Christmas Day is a family
celebration in each of the four
foster homes. This year a donor


is the first real Christmas they have has provided all the food for the


even known and they will receive
their first Christmas presents.
The celebration starts Christ-
mas Eve when the children get
to open one gift. They will meet
with the children of the other
foster families to celebrate and
hear the reading of the Christmas
story. This year theywill celebrate
the fact that four of the children


Christmas dinner for each of the
four families.
"Our kids are blessed." Mrs.
Young said, referring to the fact
that the community is very sup-
portive. Mark Mayers, executive
director of Real Life Children's
Ranch, agreed. He said churches
and other groups all show con-
cern for the children.


"We don't put a lot under the
tree until Christmas morning,"
Mrs. Young said. She has huge
stockings for her foster children
that are too large to hang up.
As a testimony to the impact
that Christmas has on the foster
children, some adults who spent
time at Real Life Children's Ranch
in their younger days come back
for Christmas.
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Report: mom feeds baby


as husband runs red light


DUI enforcement crackdown


planned for holiday season


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A man was arrested Satur-
day, Dec. 20, on a misdemeanor
charge of reckless driving after
he ran a stop light and stop sign
while his wife was breastfeeding
a baby
Ismael Castaneda Heriza,
21, S.E. 13th Ave., was also ar-
rested on a misdemeanor charge
of no valid driver's license. He
was booked into the Okeecho-
bee County Jail under a bond of
$1,000.
The North Carolina license
tag on Heriza's vehicle was also
seized.
An Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO) arrest report
by Deputy J. Hickman states that
when he saw a 1990 maroon
Honda automobile make no at-
tempt to stop at the red light on


S.R. 70 W at
N.W. Fifth Ave.
he tried to stop
the car.
The car, re-
portedly driven
by Heriza, then
stopped at the
red light at the
intersection of Ismael C.
S.R. 70 W and Heriza
U.S. 441 N., at
which point the deputy turned
off his emergency lights. Heriza
then turned left onto U.S. 441
N. and the deputy activated his
emergency lights and siren, the
report continued.
Heriza, stated the deputy's
report, looked into his rear view
mirror several times but would
not stop. Instead, Heriza con-
tinued north on U.S. 441 until
turning right onto N.E. Fourth St.


The driver also ran a stop sign at
the intersection of N.E. Fourth
St. and N.E. Fourth Ave., stated
Deputy Hickman.
At this point the deputy saw
a baby seat in the back seat
of the car and a woman in the
front seat, so he decided to dis-
continue his attempt to stop the
Honda.
But, in the 500 block of N.E.
Fourth St., Heriza stopped, got
out of his car and was placed in
handcuffs.
Deputy Hickman said Heriza's
wife had "... an infant child in her
lap (and had been) breastfeeding
the baby while the vehicle was in
motion."
The report indicates that Her-
iza was also issued a traffic cita-
tion for not having the baby in a
child restraint.


Local man hit with beer bottle


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A Georgia man has been ar-
rested for allegedly hitting a man
in the face with a beer bottle
while at a local nightspot.
Michael Wayne McMullen, 22,
Chattahoochee Avenue, Blakely,
Ga., was arrested early Saturday,
Dec. 20, on a charge of aggravat-
ed battery. He was booked into
the Okeechobee County Jail un-
der a bond of $50,000.
Deputy Donald Ellis of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice (OCSO) stated in his arrest re-


port that the 32-McM
year-old victim
went to Rauler-n
son Hospital to
receive medical
treatment for an
injury to his up-
per lip.
The deputy's Michael W.
report states McMullen
that the incident
apparently started in the men's
bathroom at restaurant/bar on
U.S. 441 S. shortly after midnight
on Saturday. The report goes on
to say that the victim was get-
ting ready to leave the bathroom


when he was allegedly struck in
the face with a beer bottle.
Another man walked into the
bathroom and McMullen report-
edly pulled a knife and told the
man and the victim to stay back.
Deputy Ellis went on to state
in his report that another witness
heard the noise in the bathroom
and when he entered the bath-
room he saw McMullen on top of
the victim.
The deputy's report went on to
state that the beer bottle was bro-
ken into tiny pieces, which were
lying on the bathroom floor.


Pregnant woman charged with battery


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A mother-to-be was arrested
after she allegedly struck another
woman about the head and face
during an argument.
Gloria Ann Boswell, 20, N.W
Third St., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Dec. 9 on a charge of fel-
ony battery and a misdemeanor
charge of resisting a law enforce-
ment officer without violence.
Due to her pregnancy she was
released from the Okeechobee
County Jail on her own recogni-
zance.
Boswell was seen arguing
with the victim in front of a home


on N.W 12th St. and then strik-
ing the female victim about the
head and face, stated an arrest
report by Officer Jack Boon of the
Okeechobee City Police Depart-
ment (OCPD).
Officer Boon's report states
that as he tried to intervene a
crowd of 15 to 20 people began
to close in on him and the group
was becoming angry. He then had
to push another woman out of
the way in order to grab Boswell,
who resisted his attempts to ar-
rest her, continued his report.
The OCPD officer went on to
state in his report that he was
forced to draw his taser to keep
the crowd at bay until other of-


ficers arrived to
help.
Although
Boswell and
the victim were
checked by
medical person-
nel from emer-
gency services,
neither were Gloria Ann
taken to Rauler- Boswell
son Hospital for
treatment.
Boswell was booked into the
county jail and then released.
The officer's report also stated
that Boswell's attack apparently
stemmed from an earlier confron-
tation between the two women.


Local man charged with assault, battery


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man was
booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail after he reportedly hit
both a man and his wife in the
face with his hand.
Tony Jackson, 19, N.E. 16th
Ave., was arrested Saturday, Dec.
20, on a felony charge of aggra-
vated assault. He was also ar-
rested on a misdemeanor battery
charge.
Jackson's bond has been set at
$6,000.
The incident took place at a
motel on U.S. 441 S. after Jackson
knocked on a room door around
9:15 p.m. When the male victim
opened the door Jackson tried
to gain entry, stated an arrest re-
port by Deputy Justin Akins of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-

Arrest Report

The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-
der the influence (DUI) charges by
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
(DOC).
Matthew Presley, 25, S.W
98th Place, Miami, was arrested
Dec. 19 by Deputy William Maerki
on a charge of aggravated battery.
His bond was set at $20,000.
Alexander Gonzalez Gonza-
lez, 35, N.W 30th St., Okeecho-
bee, was arrested Dec. 19 by the
Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force
on an Okeechobee County war-
rant charging him with posses-
sion of cocaine with intent to sell.
His bond was set at $5,000.
Archie Lee Smith, 61, N.E.
13th Ave., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Dec. 19 by the Okeecho-
bee Narcotics Task Force on an
Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with sale of cocaine
(two counts) and possession of
cocaine with intent to sell. His
bond was set at $65,000.
Jennifer Marie Eastman, 30,
Chobee St., Buckhead Ridge, was
arrested Dec. 20 by Deputy Mark
Shireman on a charge of driving


fice (OCSO).
Apparently
the two men
knew each other
from the day be-
fore when Jack-
son asked for,
and received, a
cigarette and a
beer from the Tony
victim. Jackson
Then, on Sat-
urday, Jackson returned to the
room and as he tried to gain entry
the male victim grabbed the door
and tied to pull it closed. But, be-
fore the door was closed Jackson
reportedly hit the male victim in
the forehead, stated the report.
The male victim's wife then
went to the door and was report-
edly hit in the mouth by Jackson,
Deputy Akins stated.


under the influence. Her bond
was set at $500.
Kelvin Lynn Yarbrough, 39,
U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was
arrested Dec. 20 by Deputy Cor-
poral Paul Ferrell on a charge of
driving while license suspended/
revoked habitual offender. His
bond was set at $5,000.
Bobby Mitchell Kemp, 23,
N.E. 39th Blvd., Okeechobee, was
arrested Dec. 20 by Sergeant Tom
Tamer on a charge of driving un-
der the influence. His bond was
set at $500. Kemp was later ar-
rested by DOC's Joseph Cracchio-
la on a charge of violation of pro-
bation robbery. He is being held
without bond on that charge.
Justin Wilson Honeycut,
19, N.W. 26th Ave., Okeechobee,
was arrested Dec. 22 by Deputy
Paul Jackson on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him
with burglary to a conveyance.
His bond was set at $2,500.
Brent James Havens, 26, S.E.
12th Ave., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Dec. 22 by Deputy Brian
Cross on a warrant charging
him with fleeing or attempting to
elude a law enforcement officer.
His bond was set at $5,000.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who is
later found innocent or has had


When the deputy arrived to
speak with the victim Jackson
was not around. Deputy Akins re-
portedly told the victim to call the
OCSO if Jackson returned.
A short time later Jackson re-
turned and the victim alerted the
sheriff's office.
Deputy Rusty Hartsfield was
first on the scene and reportedly
found Jackson leaning against
a car and holding a 3-foot long
wooden post with a nail protrud-
ing from the end.
When Deputy Akins asked
Jackson what he was going to do
with the post, the man reportedly
replied that he was waiting for the
male victim to come out of the
motel and then he was going to
hit him "... in the head with the
nail."


the charges against them dropped
is welcome to inform this news-
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Drunk driving:
Over the limit.
Under arrest

The holiday season between
Thanksgiving and New Year's
is one of the deadliest and most
dangerous times on America's
roadways due to an increase in
drunk driving. Since 1981, every
President of the United States
has proclaimed December as Na-
tional Drunk and Drugged Driv-
ing (3D) Prevention Month. In an
effort to get impaired drivers off
of the roads, the Florida Highway
Patrol is joining with hundreds of
other state and local law enforce-
ment and highway safety officials
across the nation from Dec. 13-31,
to launch an aggressive national
campaign Drunk driving. Over
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According to the National High-
way Traffic Safety Administration,
in December 2007, 992 people
were killed in crashes nationwide
that involved a drunk driver with
a blood alcohol concentration of
.08 or higher, which is above the


legal limit in every state.
"The holiday period is typi-
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Colonel John Czernis, director of
the Florida Highway Patrol. "We
want to make it a safe time for ev-
eryone. No amount of good cheer
will be able to save you from the
consequences of drunk driving. If
we catch you, we will arrest you.
No exceptions. No excuses."
In 2007, 12,998 fatalities oc-
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higher compared with 13,491 in
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Ex-boyfriend charged in attack


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee resident has
been booked into the Okeecho-
bee County Jail, accused of hit-
ting another man in the back with
a machete.
Carmelo Alcantara, 25, was
arrested Friday, Dec. 19, and
charged with aggravated battery.
His bond was set at $25,000.
The 21 -year-old victim received
a gash to the upper right portion
of his back, stated an arrest report
by Deputy Yamil Astacio of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice (OCSO).
According to the arrest report,
the incident occurred around 8
p.m. when Alcantara went to the
home of his former boyfriend in
regard to some money owed to
the victim's sister by Alcantara.
Alcantara then reportedly in-
vited his former boyfriend back
to his home in order to give him
some money to give to his sister.
The two men then went to Alcan-
tara's bedroom where a struggle
between them apparently start-
ed.
The victim freed himself from
his alleged attacker's grip and
when he did Alcantara allegedly
retrieved a machete from under
his bed, continued the report. The
victim ran from the house with Al-
cantara chasing him with the ma-
chete, stated Deputy Astacio.

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Apparent-
ly, during the
chase, the vic-
tim was hit in
the back with
the machete.
After the alleged
attack Alcantara
ran eastbound
on S.W Second
Way, added the
report.


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Alcantara


Alcantara was later found by
a detective with the Okeechobee
Narcotics Task Force.
Deputy Astacio's report goes
on to state that the machete has
not been found, but he was able
to photograph the victim's inju-
ries.
The OCSO report does not
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4 OPINION Okeechobee News, Wednesday, December 24, 2008


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Thanks for participating!
BIG THREE BAILOUT: While Washington lolly-gags around and
drag their feet granting a loan that's been requested, White House in-
cluded, has anybody thought if, (God forbid) we have another world
war like WW II, who will convert their factories to building our war
machines? I'm sure the foreign car makers will pack up their factories
and go home as they don't help much in our conflicts anyway. So,
all you people who keep thinking that Detroit makes sub standard
vehicles, just think about maybe your sons, daughters, or loved ones
going off to war in a Toyota Tank or Lexus troop carrier or a Nissan
6x6 truck. We lose the big three we are not only out of jobs but will
have to import everything and who will be left to buy any of these
goods but our dear politicians who will be the only ones with a pay
check. This could stop also as no one will be left but them to pay
taxes. Think domino effect.
DOGS: We really have a problem in Okeechobee with dogs run-
ning loose. I have a fenced yard and I have had stray dogs dig under
my fence to get in and attack my pets. Things are just out of control.
The animal control office needs to step up patrols and catch these
dogs that are just running loose all over the place, especially in the
residential neighborhoods where there are small kids at risk. School
will be out for the holiday break and kids will be riding bikes and
skateboards and walking to friends' houses. I sure don't want to see
any kids attacked by dogs.
FISH: What is going on with Lake Okeechobee. It seems there
aren't any fish. Is anyone catching fish?
OBAMA: I'm so pleased Obama was named Man of the Year. The
fact that he ran for and was elected President of the United States says
it all. He is destined for great things, this president of ours.
CHRISTMAS: I don't understand how people can say they "aren't
religious" but they celebrate Christmas. Christmas is a religious holi-
day. The name is a combination of "Christ" and "Mass." It is a cel-
ebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour. That is the
meaning of Christmas.
HONEYMOON: Well, it sure looks like Obama has charmed the
media. If you listen to the TV people, he can do no wrong. Of course,
they elected him so I guess they got what they want. And I hope they
are right about him, I really do. But what happened to the watch
dogs of the government? It seems they would rather be the president-
elect's lapdogs.
WATER: I completely agree with the complaints about the city
water. Why can't they clean it up so that it looks and tastes better.
Actually, water should not smell or taste at all, that is the problem.
When water has a strong smell and a distinctive flavor, something is
wrong.
RIDES: Can anyone recommend places to take horses to go trail
riding in the area? I see a lot of people have horses. I am planning
to get a couple horses after the first of the year. Seeing all the horses
around the county, I assume there must be places to go riding. Can
you ride around Lake Okeechobee? Are there some public access
places to ride near the river?
TOYS: I am so pleased to see how many toys have been donated
to the Christmas toy drives in town. I know people here are hurting
financially, but it is obvious they still find it in their hearts to help oth-
ers.
RESTAURANTS: I have heard rumors that two of the local restau-
rants that closed will be reopening under new management. I hope
that is true because we need more places to eat in Okeechobee. And
if they do reopen, I hope folks will give them a try. Don't listen to what
someone else says, see for yourself. I know one place that never re-
ally got off the ground because rumors were spread. Don't listen to
rumors. When a new place opens, check it out for yourself and form
your own opinion.
FOOTBALL: I believe they should try to do something about the
new district that our high school football team is in (15-4A). Having to
travel to Gardens, Lake Worth, and West Palm Beach is not fair. You
shouldn't have to travel and hour & 30 minutes to play district games.
District 14-4A has Sebastian, Central, Martin County, and South Fork.
All of those games take less than an hour to get to (except Sebastian)
and that should be the district that Okeechobee is in.
BACK ROADS: This time of year, a lot of us try to avoid the traffic
by using the side streets and back roads. Be warned, the people who
live in the residential areas these side streets run through are sick and
tired of speeders. If you are going to use the side streets, obey the
speed limit. Most of these roads are 30 or 35 mph. And I want to com-
pliment the sheriff's office for sending the deputies to patrol these
areas and stop the speeders. These are not highways. They are streets
in residential areas. Show some respect to the people who live there
and obey the speed limits.
ADOPTION: I am curious about something. A few years ago,
there was a big fuss about white people adopting black children.
There were many in the black community who said this was terrible,
that they should not let white people adopt black children and that
it was bad for black children to be raised by white parents. Well our
new president was raised by his white grandparents and he turned
out just fine. So does that mean they will back off and let people
adopt children without worrying about the race of the parents or the
child? Isn't the most important thing that children be raised by people
who want them and love them?
SHEEP: Given the last eight years, foreign countries might be able
to breathe easier knowing the American people can elect a better
president with different policies and different views than the current
administration, given the trouble they have caused. A gullible sheep
to me would be someone who is still believing that Obama was not
born here, despite the evidence which proves he was. Or someone
who would believe that he was Muslim or a terrorist just because of
his middle name. Or perhaps someone who believes he is the An-
tichrist because so many people like him. Creating excuses to hate
Obama and following them blindly even with the mounting evidence
that proves them wrong would be something a sheep does. Liking
Obama just because he's black, or just because the majority of peo-
ple do would also be a sheep. But having a reasonable explanation
for liking or disliking him is not. Just because someone likes Obama
does not mean they are a sheep. Just because someone hates Obama
does not mean they are a sheep.
BRIDGES: O.K. every year we have this problem. People, when
you are driving over a bridge, do not stop to enjoy the view! The folks
in the cars behind you would like to get where they are going. If you
want to stop and rubberneck, then pull off the road. Slowing down
to a crawl or stopping on a bridge is very dangerous as you interrupt
the flow of traffic. The driver needs to watch the road and keep go-
ing. Maybe you can take turns and let someone else drive so you can
sightsee.
SCHOOL BOARD: No matter how hard we try to make rules
black and white there are always going to be shades of grey that need
to be dealt with without burdening our school board with them. I still
believe, given the facts, the case of the student who forgot she had an
acne pill in her backpack should have never gone any farther than the
principal and certainly should never have got past the superintendent.
There comes a point where common sense has to take over. Two
school board members were prepared to dismiss a student for the
remainder of the year because of their inability to understand how to
apply this rule within the intent of the rule using reason and common
sense, that's a problem. That's a problem regardless of the standing
of the student.
OBAMA: They make such a fuss about Obama being the first black
man elected as president. Well he is just as much white as he is black.
In fact, he was raised by his white grandparents. He didn't know his
father because his parents split up when he was very young and his
father lived in another country. I guess that makes him everybody's
president.


Letters to the Editor


Where is the
Transparency?
As a nation, we are witnessing
the Federal Reserve giving $800
billion to solve the nation's eco-
nomic crisis. Actually, the com-
mitment is over $7 trillion. But for
a moment we will ignore the big
United States picture and just fo-
cus on Florida.
The South Florida Water Man-
agement District is deciding to
purchase land from U.S. Sugar for
$1.34 billion to protect the Ever-
glades. This purchase comes at a
time when Florida is saddled with
a $5.8 billion budget shortfall.
Where is the transparency?
Back in 2007, this same organi-
zation purchased 12,000 acres for
$51,813,488 from Mabry Carlton
Ranch, Inc. in Sarasota County.
Wow!
To the ill-informed this $52 mil-
lion purchase has little meaning.
The seller, Mabry Carlton
Ranch, Inc. have sold the ranch
and must re-locate other prop-
erty.
Not so fast!
"Purchasing the remaining ti-
tle to the 4,746-acre property will
add significant acreage to Myakka
core conservation area. The ad-
ditional 7,630-acre conservation
easement will provide a buffer
of compatible agricultural lands.
Under the terms of the 7,630-acre
conservation easement, the prop-
erty owner may only construct a
maximum of seven residences
and a log cabin on the property.
Cattle operations, limited agricul-
tural operations and hunting will
be allowed. The owner has also
agreed to follow District guide-
lines to preserve the property's
water resources and natural sys-
tems." [emphasis added]
So they sell the ranch and get
continued use of the property. It
would be interesting to see if or
who pays property taxes on this
property, if anyone.


Under terms of the sale, South-
western Florida Water Manage-
ment and Sarasota County gov-
ernment will maintain a portion
of this property at an estimated
cost of over $70,000 per year.
Just like the games being
played in Washington.
So who owns Mabry Carlton
Ranch, Inc? The Senator Pro-
Tempore Lisa Carlton, her mother
Barbara Carlton, and her sister
Sarasota County Judge Kimberly
Carlton-Bonner.
So, when the Everglades prop-
erty is purchased from U.S. Sugar,
who gains and who loses?
At a time when many Florida
families are having a difficult eco-
nomic time!
Signed electronically
Sincerely,
Thomas Horrigan

Jesus is the reason for
the season
We are quickly approaching
the time of year when we who
call ourselves Christians or be-
lievers will celebrate the birth of
Jesus Christ. It has become un-
popular and politically incorrect
to mention Him in holiday greet-
ings or anywhere else publicly. It
seems that other religions may be
offended at this name. It is O.K.
to talk of Budda, Mohammed or
any other deity, but don't use the
name of Jesus or there may be
protest.
Change is coming to this
country and it may appear to be
for the better temporarily, but the
calm won't last. One thing we
had better not let change is that
we acknowledge Jesus Christ as
the one and only true Savior of
the world. Dust off your bible and
read again where He is the King
of Kings and Lord of Lords! Isaiah
tells us that the government shall
be upon His shoulders, not the
other way around!
Humanism is taking over the


Submitted photo/Okeechobee Animal Control

Adopt a Pet
This is 'Claude' an Inquisitive, 3 month old, male, domes-
tic medium hair. He loves to play with his toys, receive lots
of affection and be brushed. His adoption fee is $95 which
includes his neuter, a feline leukemia/aids test, a rabies
vaccine, FVRCP and FELV vaccine and a County license.
All adoptions require a home visit and any other pets to be
currently vaccinated against rabies. For more information
contact Animal Control at 863-357 3225. Last week's lab is
still available for adoption.




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world and they say that Jesus is
only "a God," not the true God.
They categorize him right along
with other so called deities. But
the graves of Budda and Moham-
med are still holding their re-
mains while the tomb of our Lord
is empty! I just can't force myself
to worship a dead God.
The first time Jesus came, He
was born in the humble surround-


ings of a stable. The next time He
returns to earth He is coming as
the King of all Kings. It won't mat-
ter then what the politicians or
atheists say or do. Every knee will
bow and every tongue confess
that Jesus Christ is supreme!
Happy birthday Jesus, I still
call you "Lord!"
Rosemary Duvall


Community Calendar

Wednesday, Dec. 24
Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Spanish
groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian Church,
3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator. Another
group meets in the Okeechobee County Health Department, 1798
N.W. Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as the group
facilitator. There is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m. with Shirlean
Graham as the facilitator. For information, call 863-763-2893.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, FL 34972, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) AA. Grapevine
Group Open Discussion at 6:30 p.m.; NA. Nowhere Left To Go Group
8 p.m. *The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with
any 12 step fellowships.
AA. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
701 S.W Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
NA. meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee,
101 Fifth Ave. For information call 863-634-4780.
Bingo at the Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge. Food will be served at
5 p.m. and bingo starts at 6 p.m. Public is welcome.

Thursday, Dec. 25
Okeechobee Stitchin' meets every Thursday from 10 a.m.
until 2 p.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 North
Parrott Ave. Bring your sewing project and join in on the fun.
All types of sewing is welcome, such as quilting, applique,
embroidery, crocheting, knitting, serging. Bring your sewing
machines if you like to sew. For more information call Belinda
Boyle at 863-357-0166 or Corry Geissinger at 863-467-2231.
Tantie Quilters meet every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
at the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call
Margaret at 863-467-8020, or Marie at 863-357-0868.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W. Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, FL 34972, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Sickest Of The
Sick Group Basic Text at 8 p.m.; *The Just for Today Club of Okeecho-
bee is not affiliated with any 12 step fellowships.
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 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
Robert Massey at 863-763-6510.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m.
at the American Legion Post 64 501 SE Second St. All Kiwanis and the
public are welcome. For information, contact Frank Irby at 863-357-
1639.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30
p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. Please join
us or ask questions. Call Phyllis at 863-467-8636, or Hazel at 863-763-
4920, for information.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the
fellowship hall at 412 N.W Sixth St. For information, call 863-763-
5996.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W
Third Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at
863-357-6257.
Grieving parents support group is a nondenominational group
of parents who meet every Thursday from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at the Red
Cross building classroom, Court Plaza, 323 N. Parrott Ave. To help sup-
port and comfort one another after the loss of a child through shared
experience. For information call Georgene at 863-763-2957 or Melanie
and Tony at 863-763-4149.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for women
who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive
relationships. The support groups meet at 6 p.m. For information, call
863-763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at 863-763-2893
or 863-763-0202.
Grief Support Group for parents who have lost a child will meet
at 7 p.m. The group will meet at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church,
312 N. Parrott Ave. For information, call Stephanie at 863-763-2893
days, or 863-467-2480 evenings. If you know of someone that might
need this group, please pass the word.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second
language classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee
and the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group every
Thursday at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family member is
welcome. The group is facilitated by social workers and provides an
opportunity for caregivers to give one another support, information
and ideas. The meetings are held at Hospice, 411 S.E. Fourth St. For
information, call 863-467-2321.
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.
Narcotics Anonymous meets Thursday night for a Basic Step
Meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth
Ave. For information, call 863-634-4780.
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meets at Believers Fellowship, 300
S.W. Sixth Ave. at 7 p.m. For information call Monika at 863-801-3244.
Classic car show at Beef O'Brady's, 608 S. Parrott Ave., from 6:30
until 8 p.m.
Depending on Christ Depression Support Group meets at 6
p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month out on Martin
County Grade. For information and directions please contact Laura
Lee at 772-597-0463.
Family History Center meets from 1 until 5 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St. Anyone interested in
finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census,
IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index
and military information available. For information, call The Family
History Center at 863-763-6510 or Richard Smith at 863-261-5706 for
special appointments.


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Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is
invited. All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight
and becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to come and see
what we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at 800-
932-8677.
AA. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St. It will be an open meeting.
AA. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W Third St. It will be an open speaker meeting.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their
dance every Friday, from 7 until 10 p.m. at the Sebring Lions Club on
Sebring Parkway, one mile east of U.S. 27 in Sebring. Tickets are $5
for members and $6 for guests. For information, call 863-471-0559 or
863-385-6671.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to weekly meeting. Overeaters
Anonymous (OA) meets at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312
N. Parrott Avenue on Fridays, 6 until 7 p.m. (Use 4th Street entrance.)
Overeaters Annonymous is not a diet club. There are no dues, fees
or weigh-ins. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop
eating compulsively. For more information call Loretta at 863-763-
7165 or 863-697-0206.




Okeechobee News, Wednesday, December 24, 2008 5


Okeechobee County Health Department Report


By Mitchell Smeykal
Okeechobee County Health
Departments Preparedness and
Response Coordinator.

Facts about the flu
The flu is a contagious respira-
tory illness caused by influenza
viruses. It can cause mild to se-
vere illness, and at times can lead
to death. The best way to prevent
the flu is by getting a flu vaccina-
tion each year. Every year in the
United States, on average, 5 per-


cent to 20 per-
cent of the pop-
ulation gets the
flu; more than a
200,000 people
are hospitalized
from flu com-
plications; and
about 36,000 Mitchell
people die from Smeykal
flu.
Some people, such as older
people, young children, and peo-
ple with certain health conditions
(such as asthma, diabetes, or


heart disease), are at high risk for
serious flu complications.
Symptoms of flu include: fe-
ver (usually high), headache, ex-
treme tiredness, dry cough, sore
throat, runny or stuffy nose, mus-
cle aches, stomach symptoms,
such as nausea, vomiting, and
diarrhea.
How does the Flu spread? Flu
viruses spread mainly from per-
son to person through coughing
or sneezing of people with in-
fluenza. Sometimes people may
become infected by touching


something with flu viruses on it
and then touching their mouth
or nose. Most healthy adults may
be able to infect others beginning
one day before symptoms de-
velop and up to five days after be-
coming sick. That means that you
may be able to pass on the flu to
someone else before you know
you are sick, as well as while you
are sick.
The single best way to prevent
the flu is to get a flu vaccination
each year. The "flu shot" is an
inactivated vaccine, (containing


killed virus), that is given with
a small needle. The flu shot is
approved for use in people six
months or older. This includes
healthy people and people with
chronic medical conditions. YOU
CANNOT GET THE FLU FROM
THE FLU SHOT!!
About two weeks after vac-
cination, antibodies develop that


protect against influenza virus
infection. Flu vaccines will not
protect against flu-like illnesses
caused by non-influenza viruses,
like the common cold.
Flu shots are still available,
contact the Health Department
for more information at 863- 462-
5819.


Submitted photo
New Horizons
Seacoast National Bank provided gifts for the New Hori-
zon's Client Christmas Party, held on Friday, Dec. 19. Pic-
tured are Rita Jones/New Horizons and Teresa Chandler.


Teen Dance
Teresa Chandler organized a teen dance at the Civic Center Dec. 20. Children from ages 12-15 enjoyed dancing, games,
pizza, soda and chips from 6 until 10 p.m. Approximately 50 children participated raising over $300 for the March of
Dimes. The dance was sponsored by Seacoast National Bank and Raulerson Hospital. Thank you to Ding-a-Ling Dell
and Dominos Pizza for their donations! Also, a big THANK YOU to the many volunteer/chaperones who helped make the
dance possible! The March of Dimes will hold their 2009 walk on March 7 at Flagler Park. For more information, please
call 863-697-6819.


Department Main Street Clii
"f lgl|lf r'Io i"iR n A great big welcome to our


announces

holiday

reading list
TALLAHASSEE-Education
Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith
encourages Florida families to
share the gift of reading during
the holidays by visiting the 2008
Just Read, Florida! Recommend-
ed Holiday Reading List. The list
includes a wide variety of interest-
ing books, each with a holiday
theme that will spark the interest,
imagination and love of reading
for people of all ages.
The gift of literacy is a wonder-
ful way to keep children engaged
in learning while they are away
from school. Research suggests
that students who continue to
read while on holiday breaks
and vacations maintain their aca-
demic progress made during the
school year.
To access the 2008 Department
of Education's Recommended
Holiday Reading List, visit http://
www.justreadfamilies.org/. The
Web site also offers parents the
tools they need to nurture a
reading-friendly environment at
home. Resources available online
include links to county and mu-
nicipal public libraries and tips
for parents on reading with their
children.
The Department of Educa-
tion makes reading a priority in
Florida's public schools and the
community groups and volunteer
organizations that support them.
For more information about the
Department of Education's Just
Read Florida Office, please visit
http://www.justreadflorida.com/.


newest members:
Total Car Care & Pressure
Washing: Tracy Fay.
Okeechobee Main Street
membership renewal invoices
have been sent out.
The 14 Karat Gold Store is
now one of five jewelry stores in
Florida to carry Guy Harvey Jew-
elry. In addition to their other fine
quality items they have a new line
of men's jewelry made of Titani-
um, Silver and Tungsten
The Okeechobee County Fair
has a 10 day pass on sale for the
2009 County Fair for only $30! The
2009 Okeechobee County Fair
will be held March 13 through
the 22. Passes can be purchased
at Okeechobee Main Street 111
N.E. Second Avenue, call 863-357-
6246 or at Syble's Flowers and
Gifts 119 S. Parrott Avenue, call
863-763-2225. This year's fair will
include the Second annual Miss
Okeechobee County Fair Beauty
Pageant open to girls age 15 19,
the Seminole Heritage Show, the
Okeechobee Cattleman's Spring
Rodeo, Okeechobee Idol, Bike
Show, Livestock Show, Pig Races,
Blue Grass Music, A Demolition
Derby and lots of food and rides
on the midway.
Communities in Schools Dis-
count Cards are back! Get yours
today and save at Beef O'Brady's
, Jersey Mikes, Tires Plus Total Car
Care, Dominos Pizza, Marble Slab,
Flower Petals and more! Call 863-
462-5863 to get yours today.
The American Red Cross is as-
sisting a family of five who lost
their home and all their belong-
ings in a fire last week. The fam-
ily is in desperate need of cloth-
ing. Girl size 14 -16, girl size 18
to 24 months, boy size 4-5 (this
child wears leg braces and needs
shorts), Woman size 3X and Man
Size 3X, pants 42 to 44. If you can
help with any donations to this


board
family please call 863-447-6656.
Okeechobee Main Street's
first mixer of 2009 will be held
on Tuesday, Jan. 13. The January
mixer will be hosted by Rauler-
son Hospital and will be held at
their Company Care Office 1930
Hwy 441 north in the blue top
building just north of the hospital.
There will be refreshments, door
prizes and a new beginning for
the Mega 50/50 raffle that will be
drawn in December 2009. This is
a great networking opportunity
for all.
Raulerson Hospitalwill present
a "Ladies Health Day" luncheon
on Jan. 20 from noon to 1 p.m. at
Indian River State College in the
Raulerson Hospital Auditorium.
Guest speakers will be Raulerson
Hospital staff physicians James
Bradfield M.D. Board Certified
Gynecologist, Albert Bravo M.D.,
Board Certified Gastroenterologist
and Internal Medicine and Philip
Moyer M.D., Board Certified Gen-
eral/Vascular Surgeon and Diplo-
mate American Board of General
Surgery. This seminar will cover
many of the new gynecology and
health care services that are now
being offered for women of all
ages and the new "State of the
Art" surgical procedures that are
opening up regularly at the hos-
pital. Reservations are required.
Call Bill Casian at 863-824-2702 to
register or for more information.
The Okeechobee CountyBoard
of Realtors will have their Annual
Fun Shoot on Saturday, Jan. 24 at
Quail Creek Plantation. Monies
raised goes towards scholarships
for local students. For more in-
formation and to register call Jim
Fowler at 863-634-4497.
The Okeechobee Community
Theatre will hold open auditions
for acting roles in its upcoming
production of "To Kill a Mocking-
bird" in January. There are both


speaking and non-speaking parts
for white and African-American
performers, with no previous act-
ing experience necessary. There
are also parts for three children of
elementary to middle school age.
Auditions for adults will be on
Monday and Tuesday evenings,
Jan. 5 and 6 at 7 p.m. Children's
Auditions will be on Wednesday,
Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. Auditions will be
held at the theatre on S.W. Sec-
ond Avenue, one block behind
the Golden Corral Restaurant. For
more information call 863-763-
1307.


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Charles D. Myers, 89
OKEECHOBEE Charles D.
Myers, of Okeechobee, died Friday,
Dec. 19, 2008, in Lawnwood Region-
al Medical Center. He was 89.
Born Oct. 20, 1919, in Odon, Ind.,
he had been a resident of Okeecho-
bee since 1988, and was of the
Methodist Faith.
He is preceded in death by his wife
Violet; son, Larry Arney; brothers,
Shirley, Oliver, Paul; sisters, Susie
and Ora.
He survived by sons, Charles R.
Myers (Carolyn), of Spencer, Ind.,
Ronald R. Myers (Linda) of Loogoo-
tee, Ind.; daughters, Linda F McCal-
lian (Dennis) of Glendale, Ariz., Mary
F Jones (Bobby) of Okeechobee;
grandsons, Doug, Greg, Ronnie and
Billy Joe; granddaughter, Angela,
Stephanie, Lori, Dana, Rhonda, Se-
crina, Marlina; five great-grandchil-
dren; sister, Marjorie Truelove of
Odon, Ind., and his beloved dog, An-
gel.
The family received friends on
Tuesday, December 23, 2008, from
noon until service time of 2 p.m. in
the Buxton Funeral Home Chapel.
All arrangements are under the di-
rection and care of the Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Crematory, 110 NE
5th St., Okeechobee.

Wayne Arthur Grebe, 74
OKEECHOBEE Wayne Arthur
Grebe, of Okeechobee, died Friday,
Dec. 19, 2008, in Lawnwood Medical
Center. He was 74.
Born Sept. 28, 1934, in Plymouth,
Ind., he had been a resident of
Okeechobee since 1989, and was a
member of the Fountain of Life
Church.
He enjoyed music, recording, com-
posing and playing the organ in
church.
He is preceded in death by a
daughter, Michelle Belcher.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia
Grebe of Okeechobee; son, Robert
Grebe of Jensen Beach; daughter,
Suzanne Harris of Hinesville, Ga.;
brothers, Leslie (Jeanette) Grebe of
Knoxville, Tenn,, Carl (Jolene)
Grebe of Bremen, Ind., Larry (Mary)
Grebe of Bremen, Ind.; five grand-
children; and one great-grandchild.
There will be no services of visita-
tion.
All arrangements are under the di-
rection and care of the Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Crematory, 110 NE
5th St., Okeechobee.

Michael Andrew
Barnes, 65
OKEECHOBEE Michael Andrew
Barnes, of Okeechobee, died Tues-
day, Dec. 23, 2008, in the Hamrick
Home. He was 65.
Born Aug. 26, 1943, in Hacken-
sack, N.J., he had been a resident of
Okeechobee since 1972 and served
in the United States Air Force.
In addition he was a partner of BM
TV service of Okeechobee for 18
years and served with the Okeecho-
bee County Sheriffs Office Auxiliary,
member of the Peace Lutheran
Church and a member of the
Moose.
He is survived by his wife, Jackie
of Okeechobee; sons, Stewart
Barnes of Utah, Ken Murphy (Alice)
of Okeechobee, Gary Armstrong
(Jessie) of Okeechobee; daughter,
Lorraine Ramsey of Okeechobee;
grandsons, Michael Barnes of Utah,
Kenny Murphy of Okeechobee;
granddaughters, China and Gypsy
Barnes of Utah, Rachel Durrance
(James) of Sebring, Beth Cantrell
(Alan) of Okeechobee, Courtney
Murphy of Okeechobee, Tabitha
Armstrong of Okeechobee; great-
grandchildren, Dylan, Gwen, Mor-
gan, Garrett, Owen all of Okeecho-
bee.
There will be no services or visita-
tion.
All arrangements are under the di-
rection and care of the Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Crematory, 110
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Judith H. Mendolera, 71
OKEECHOBEE Judith H. Men-
dolera, of Okeechobee, died Satur-
day, Dec. 20, 2008, in the Hamrick
Home. She was
71.
Born July 30,
1937, in Mab-
scott, WVa., she
had been a resi-
dent of Okeecho-
bee since 1981.
She was retired
from the East
Coast Migrant Pro-
gram and worked as a caregiver for
children. In addition, she was a
member of the VFW Ladies Auxil-
iary, the Eagles and enjoyed yard
sales, bingo, crafts, and camping,
She is preceded in death by her
brothers, William Humphrey, Robert
Humphrey, Patrick Humphrey; sis-
ter, Ann Houchins; and stepson, Vin-
cent J. Mendolera.
She is survived by her husband of
32 years, James V Mendolera; sons,
Roger L. Williams of N.C., Keith A.
Williams of Hubert, N.C., James A.
Williams (Tina) of Pax, WVa.; step-
children, Rosilind Asselta of Vine-
land, N.J., Robert J. Mendolera
(Vonda) of Hopewell, N.J.; brother,
David M. Humphrey (Kathy) of Mag-
nolia, N.J.; sisters, Donna McClain of
Cleveland, Ohio, Harriett Sooy (De-
nise) of Hopewell, N.J.; 10 grand-
children; eight great-grandchildren;
brother and sister-in-law, Lou and
Edna Mendolera of Salem, N.J.; sis-
ters-in-law, Angie Busnaro of Chica-
go, Ill., and Rose Reed of Millville,
NJ.
There will be no public visitation
or services.
All arrangements are under the di-
rection ad care of the Buxton Funer-
al Home and Crematory, 10 NE 5th
St., Okeechobee, FL 34972.
Irene E. Campbell, 94
OKEECHOBEE Irene E. Camp-
bell, died Dec. 22, 2008, in her
home. She was 94.
She was born Jan. 12, 1914, in Oak
Hill, W. Va. to Frank and Ruby Tred-
way. She was a homemaker having
come to Okeechobee from Ashtabu-
la, Ohio in 1998. She attended the
Treasure Island Baptist Church.
Mrs. Campbell was preceded in
death by her husband, Lawrence
Campbell.
She is survived by her daughters,
Sharon Bennett (Bobby) of Okee-
chobee and Judith Whited of Hock-
ley, Texas; two sons, Larry Campbell
of Akron, Ohio and Donald Camp-
bell of Jefferson, Ohio; eight grand-
children; five great grandchildren;
and sister, Virginia Smith of Con-
neaut, Ohio.
Visitation will be 4 p.m. Friday, un-
til service time at 6 p.m. at Bass
Okeechobee Chapel with Peter
Gawda officiating. Burial will be in
Greenlawn Memory Gardens in
North Kingsville, Ohio.
Instead of flowers, memorials may
be made to Big Lake Hospice, 1201
SE Indian St., Stuart, FL, 34997.
Friends may sign the guestbook at
www.bassokeechobeefh.com.
All arrangements are entrusted to
the loving care of Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home and Crematory, 205
NE 2nd St., Okeechobee, FL, 34972.

Anita Elaine Meyer, 71
OKEECHOBEE Anita Elaine
Meyer, of Okeechobee, died Satur-
day, Dec. 20, 2008, in Raulerson
Hospital. She was 71.
Born June 2, 1937, in Greenbush,
Wis., she had been a resident of Du-
buque, Iowa, since 1957 and a Win-
ter resident of Okeechobee.
She was a member of the Holy
Ghost Church and the Women of
the Moose. She enjoyed volunteer
work and reading.
She is survived by her husband of
51 years, Jerome; sons, Jerome Jr.,
William, Keith; daughter, Jolene
Young ( Emmet) all of Dubuque, Io-
wa; four grandchildren, two great-
grandchildren; two brothers; and
one sister.
Funeral services will be conducted
by Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main
Street, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001.
All local arrangements under the
direction and care of the Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Crematory, 110 NE
5th St., Okeechobee.


Community Events

Food Drive under way Addiction


Affordable Art & Framing is
sponsoring a Food Drive for The
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church
Emergency Food Pantry. Bring
food or monetary donations to
Affordable Art and Framing at 110
S.W. 14th St. (next to Old RJ Ga-
tors) through Jan. 1.

Baby gift items sold
benefit Healthy Start
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
items.

Welcome House offers
programs
Welcome House is now ac-
cepting applications. Membership
is free, if you are at least 18 years
of age and have an emotional or
psychiatric diagnosis, or if you are
under a doctor's care or simply
taking medication for emotional
problems, they welcome you
to drop in and join the circle of
friends. Welcome House offers
scheduled activities at least three
times a week such as: arts and
crafts, support groups, outings,
and presentations. They are open
7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. For more information, call
Hilda or James at 863-467-1026.

Christian Mental
health support group
Do you suffer with depression
anxiety or other mental illness)
The Christian Mental Health Sup-
port rop meets on the second
and fourth Thursday of the month
at 6 p.m. on Martin county Grade.
Call 772-597-0463 for more infor-
mation. Family members are wel-
come.

Quit Smoking Now
classes offered
The Okeechobee County
Health Department (OCHD) of-
fers a Tobacco Prevention and
Education Program for the com-
munity. The purpose of the pro-
gram is to reduce adult and youth
tobacco use, and provide tobacco
resources to residents, businesses
and community organizations in
the county. For information, call
863-462-5781.

Diabetes Support
Group at Hospital
Raulerson Hospital offers a
monthly Diabetes Support Group
which meets on the second
Thursday of each month in the
hospital cafeteria at 2 p.m. If you
have any questions please call
the program coordinator, Wanda
Haas, R.N., B.A., C.D.E., C.PT., at
863-763-5093.

Red Cross offers HIV/
AIDS course
The American Red Cross-
Okeechobee Branch offers a ba-
sic HIV/AIDs instruction course
that complies with Florida em-
ployment requirements for indi-
viduals working in various voca-
tions. This is a self-study course
that includes text work and the
successful completion of a mul-
tiple choice written test. The cost
of the course is $15. Call the local
Red Cross office at 863-763-2488
for information.


consultation offered
Problems with drug or alco-
hol addiction in someone you
know, but don't know where to
turn? The Drug Rehab Resource
service can give you the help you
need. Contact the Drug Rehab Re-
source at 866-649-1594 for a free
confidential consultation. Or, go
to the web site at www.drugreha-
bresource.net.
Cancer support
group to meet
Okeechobee County Cancer
Support Group meets on the first
Thursday of each month. All can-
cer patients, survivors and sup-
porters are welcomed to attend,
support and encourage each oth-
er. They meet the first Thursday of
each month at 5:30 p.m. at First
Baptist Church, 401 S.W. Fourth
St. Please contact Susie Pickering
at 863-467-5831 or First Baptist
Church at 863-763-2171 for more
information.
Cancer Society seeks
volunteers
The American Cancer Society
is recruiting volunteers who are
interested in making a difference
in the fight against cancer. Volun-
teers with the American Cancer
Society's Florida Division par-
ticipate in programs that support
research funding, educate the
community, deliver services to
patients and advocate for policies
that help defeat cancer. To get in-
volved, call the American Cancer
Society at 800-ACS-2345.
Narcotics group to
meet Tuesdays
Narcotics Anonymous will
begin meeting every Tuesday at
noon. Meetings will be held at
the Just for Today Club, 101 N.W
Fifth St. For information, call 863-
634-4780.
Healthy Start group
seeks donations
The Healthy Start Coalition
is accepting donations of baby
items such as furniture, shoes,
clothing, maternity clothes, stroll-
ers and other items for infants
and toddlers. Proceeds from the
sale of donated items will be used
to benefit infants and pregnant
women in the community. For in-
formation, call 863-462-5877.

Depression support
meets
Depending on Christ is a sup-
port group for men and women
suffering from depression. They
meet every Thursday. For infor-
mation, call 772-597-0463.
Blood donors are
needed
Florida's Blood Centers is look-
ing for blood donors in Okeecho-
bee. The Bi Red Bus mobile unit
will be at the Wal-Mart parking
lot, 2101 S. Parrott Ave., on the
last Saturday of each month from
10 a.m. until 2 p.m. For informa-
tion, call 561-845-2323, ext. 1203
or 772-215-8360. All blood types
are needed. There is no upper age
limit, and most medications and
conditions are acceptable. Diabe-
tes and blood pressure donations
can also be accepted. A picture ID
is needed for all donors.
Pregnancy financial
assistance available
Are you pregnant? Have you
been turned down for Medicaid?
Healthy Start may be able to help.
For information, contact Becky
Smith at 863-462-5877.
Narconon offers
help via hotline and
website
It's heartbreaking to watch
someone addicted to drugs or alco-
hol lose their children, jobs, home,
health and self respect to their
addiction. Do something about
it now! Narconon Arrowhead has
Certified Chemical Dependency
Counselors available to help. In
your local area, call Narconon at
1-800-468-6933 or log on to www.
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r With Christmas being on Thursday,
December 25t, customers whose garbage is
picked up on Thursday, will be picked up on
iday, December 26h. Friday pick-up will move to
Saturday, December 27'


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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-
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ment to examine your boat and
get it certified with a sticker.


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

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


with
an-
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All Obituaries now include Online Guestbooks
where family and friends can share reflections,


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We honor our friend,

Gary Isaacs


Many people walk in and out
of our lives but only good
friends leave footprints in
W our hearts. Gary was one of
those friends.
Gary was not only a dedicated
sponsor to our junior golf
program, but more importantly
a wonderful friend who brought
joy to our lives.

Our deepest condolences to Gary's family.
We will deeply miss him and will always honor him.

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Local churches plan special holiday services


Places of

Worship
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Okeechobee News
Peace Lutheran Church,
750 N.W 23rd Lane, will have a
Christmas Eve Candle Light Ser-
vice at 7:30 where the choir will
present special music. The church
is collecting Christmas presents of
clothing and toys for the residents
of Martha's House.
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Church, 312 N. Parrot Ave., will
have a Christmas Eve Candle
light and Carols Service at 7 p.m.
First United Methodist
Church, 200. N.W Second St.,
will have a contemporary Christ-
mas Eve Candle Light Service at
5 p.m. and a traditional Service
at 7 p.m. For information call the
church office at 863-763-4021 or
visit the church website at www.
fumcokee.com.
On Christmas Eve First
Baptist Church, 401 S.W. Fourth
St., will hold a come and go fam-
ily Communion Service from 5:30
to 7 p.m.
A devotional weight-loss pro-
gram will begin new classes on
Tuesday, Jan. 13 from 9 to 11
a.m. at His House Fellowship
Church of the Nazarene, 425
S.W 28th St. Registration for this


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program will be Jan. 6 9. These
classes will continue through
April. Additional information may
be obtained by calling 467-6330.
St. Theresa of the Child Je-
sus Catholic Church in Buck-
head Ridge will have Christmas
Eve Mass in English on Dec. 24
at 4 p.m. On Christmas Day, Mass
will be held in French at 8:30
a.m.; in English at 10 a.m.: and in
Spanish at 12 noon. The church is
located on State Road 78 West at
Chobee Loop.
Brian Free and Assurance
will be in concert Saturday, Jan.
3 at 6 p.m. at Treasure Island
Baptist Church, 4209 U.S. 441
S.E. A love offering will be re-
ceived. For more information call
863-763-7113 or 863-763-0550.
Buckhead Ridge Baptist
Church, 8 Cypress St. N.E., will


us the difference between trust and faith.


have a New Year's Eve Service
at 7 p.m. with a fellowship to fol-
low. On Sunday, Jan. 4 at 8:30
a.m. the church will begin Early
Morning Worship Service. Sunday
school is at 9:45 with the Morning
Worship Service at 11 a.m. Dis-
cipleship training is at 6 p.m. on
Sunday with Evening Worship to
follow at 7 p.m.
The Children's Theatre Troupe
hosted by the First United Meth-
odist Church presented "Silent
Night: The Birth of a Carol" by
Hal Hobson, Sunday evening,
Dec. 14. The packed house was
treated to a delightful enactment
of the true story of the origins of
the carol, complete with "church
mice" that came out of the wood-
work to sing. The group will sang
for the residents at the Okeecho-
bee Rehabilitation Center on Sun-


day, Dec. 21. There are plans for a
spring 2009 production as well.
The Okeechobee News
welcomes news from area
churches for this column. Email


okeenews@newszap.com or
call Pete Gawda at 863 763-3134,
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wonderful and warm Random Acts of Caring provided by
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Enfinger, Relationship Manager; Tabitha Trent, Office Man-
ager; Chase Trent, Tabitha's son; Brian Cooper, HUGS; Es-
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Letters to Santa


The following letters to Santa
Claus were written by North El
ementary School Second Grad-
ers. They are reprinted just as the
children wrote them.
Dear Santa,
der Sanu Iwnus Good thisyer-
San I did bemetomymom andmy
dad andmySistr I whutautidodes
fourchins and Iwhotatossie fonanda
andatosscnd IPOd andaBod.
Signed Anita P.
Dear Santa,
I want anew bigbike. I want a wii
for chirms to. I want somed.s game
for chirms to. I want some cand in
my stocing and toys in my stocing. I
hppe I want a lot of toys.
Signed Ashlyn L.
Dear Santa,
This is Pheobe I want a Phone for
christmas, the next thing is a iPod.
and then I want a digitalcamera and
the last thing isa ripstick.
Signed Pheode Farris

Mr. Smith's class
Dear Santa,
I want a MP3Player, a PSP, a Play
station. sum xBoxGams, sum play
staion3Gams, and a forwillr.
Signed Chris
Dear Santa,
can you pleas give me a bike
for chrismas Because I listst to the
teacher and at home to. lam nice
to my friends and my mom and dad.
pleas I really really want bike
Signed Liliana
Dear Santa,
I hope that you have a present for
me. I no that you are nice because
the way you say oh oh oh! Can you
please bring me a neckles for Chris-
mas I want stuff on my neckles like
hearts, flowers, and my name.
Signed Serina
Dear Santa,
This year for Christmas I want a
wii most of all with some games.
But I still want some other presents
to. This year for the Christmas I want
a zero gravity miegroe. Another
thing I want is some back up cons.
Another thing I want for Christmas
is a dirtbike with string wheel. The
last thing I want is youdance.
Signed Bracen Harvey
Dear Santa,
Hi! My name is Corey Coleman
and I'm eight years old. Hello San-
ta, do you know what I want. Do I
want for Christmas? I want a ipod,
MP3 player, Wii, any games, a CD
of Dierks Bentley, a George Strait
CD, PSP, PS2, PS3, a Nintendo DS,
DS games, pixos, trampoline, and


Oakleys
Signed Love, Corey Coleman
Dear Santa,
Can you bring me presents Santa
like two presents Santa and i want
all the kids in my class to get pres-
ents for Christmas and I want a bike
and shoes for Christmas.
Signed April
Dear Santa,
Can you please bring me a spe-
cial thing for Chrismas. I will tell you
what I want for Chrismas. I want a
puppy that is yellow and brown and
with it's food and is will be nice if
you please brind it for me.
Signed Love, Evelyn
Dear Santa,
First i want a fourwillir. Then i
want a dirt bike, Next i want White
Wheeles. Last I want a shotgon. FI-
nally i want ah AK-47, and a tomps-
ing so i can go hunting with my
dad.
Signed DaineP
Dear Santa,
I really want a Webkinz deer that
looks like Bambi and I want a wii. I
hope I'm on the good list. By the way
I hope no polar bears destroy the
presents. I really belive in you Santa.
I hope you don't get hurt when you
go down shimnees because they are
hot. I was wondurind is Mrs. Claus
doing fine. I hope I get what I want
if it's not to difficult. Bye, bye, and
bye.
Signed Sarah
Dear Santa,
For Chirstmas I want a telaphon.
I don't have one. But my sister does
have one. Santa I really need that
thing for Christmas. And you know
what. I want this thing because I do
not have one. And I do not have one.
Please bring this thing to me. I really
need that telaphon.I promust to be
good in class.
Signed Love, Angela
Dear Santa,
I want a bike fos chrixmas And
I want a wretling sled cage match.
And I want a clothes.And I want to
get a four wheeler for christmas.And
I want beller grades on teste.And I
want a computes for chnstmas.And
I want apuppy for christmas. I also
want to go to georgia.
Signed Enrique
Dear Santa,
for christmas I would like to get
a Red mustang with a mocgintrow
and a yellow truck for my Broter and
a truck with a trader that goes with
is for me.
Signed Bradley
Dear Santa,
I want a ababby Dall and some


Barbs. Can you bring me a dog, cat,
Burd, puppys? Can you Bring Pink
pants, and New Shows, and sum
New Clows, can you Bring Me sum
fake jures, and Hana Montena Lip
Stek, and sum make up.

Mrs. Garcia's Class
Dear Santa,
Hi how are you my name is
Maci!I really won't a hampster so
I can play with it and I will name
it skiper.l also won't a coffe maker
and a cup cake maker so I acan ejoy
some coffe will I am eating my cup
cake and if you give me it next year I
can make some cup cakes and coffe
will you put prestens under the
tree.This one is going to be hard on
the elfs I won't a phone so I can call
my mom my dad and borther.l also
won't some under wear so I will be
cuniftbl will I am sleeping.
Signed Maci Weseman
Dear Santa,
Can I have a book that I can write
on santa. I whan a toy like a Lip Glos.
I whant a cupecack.
Signed Carolina
Dear Santa,
How are you doing I want a rele
pony and a little loveuble's and a car.
I want a pony so I can rind the pony.
I won't little loveubles so i can make
a bear. I won't a racing can so I car
racs.
Signed Carla
Dear Santa,
Can I have a zero gravity because
I need it ofr my collection. A book
to I Love to read it is so fun to read.l
also want a Nintendo DS that is col
ored black with a game that is called
mario kart.So I can race people.
Signed David Resendis
Dear Santa,
How are you Santai'm so happy
I want a bratz the one that has the
hole body and a book about santa
and a map.I want all of these things
becaues it's going to be fun I will
love you forever. Love Brendaesia,
Signed Brendaesia Byrd
Dear Santa,
how are you. I want a chawuwu,
cause my dad sold cutter my cute
dog. a little tutle cause along time I
lost my petturtle, and a breb caus I
need eggs
Signed Colton Taylor
Dear Santa,
Ha santa can you come to my
home because I wot to see you
Santa.
Signed Gabriel Nunez
Dear Santa,
How are you doing I want a little


motosico so I can play with my mo
tosico to Race cars. Then I want a
toy of you so I can play christmas
with my toy of santa. last Thing I
want is a little hat of santa so I can
put it on.
Signed Jorge Ollvares
Dear Santa,
How ae you buing. I wunt a foory
be cus that go fast. and wun of those
ladiy kely hecoptrs becus they are
cool. and a basketball. bo you thank
I cood hava ran dere.
Signed Jacob Rediker
Dear Santa,
how are you Doing i would like
a Hannah Montana Doll and Roller
Biabes i also want a princess Baby
Doll.
Signed Alexis Chittend
Dear Santa,
Howare you doing would you
giveme three things for chirstmas I
want aJeep and a phone and a Bratz
toy thanks santa
I live buy the Rodla 160 and it has
a Blue derango
Signed Derra Byrd
Dear Santa,
hall are you santa I well wont
my fiene to be to get. bcas my fieme
wus not to getriesyer
Signed Trevor Teele
Dear Santa,
how are you doing. I woold like
a little hot wismodericle and a toy
Bebegun anddalatop.
Signed Bailey Layman
Dear Santa,
How are you santa I whant for
chrismes musand that you can make
casls. and a toy that is a dog Bisket
that is in credible and a real puppy.
Love Santa
Signed Marieht Barriera

Mrs. Taylor's Class
Dear Santa,
What I want for Christmisms is a
cupcake maker and this thing a nales
that comes with gliter and a mashin
that goes with it too. Will you breng
sum thing to my mom Santa she
wants sum julre for Christmis. thank
you Santa for the presins.
Signed Christina Vega
Dear Santa,
I wold whant an iPod Pleas. And
a D.S.
Signed Johnathan Brady
Pearce
Dear Santa,
Can I have a ipod and a New
bike. And can I have that pink ipod
thing, with headfonus and I whant
a real pone not a houes pone a real
pone and I would like a cherleing


outtent. And I would like hat's and
clos to gowith it. And then I can't
thak of ining stuff. So you get me
want ever you mont to give me.
Signed Alexandrea
Dear Santa,
"I wood like to have a iponde the
color wood be blake." "and iwood
like a des and a whit one." The End.
Signed Shalee Underhill
Dear Santa,
I want an ipod and a intedow DS
and mp3 player and I want a Heyyre
potter Book and a trofe pockemon
cards. some more candy.
Signed Adrian Mattew Guer-
rero
Dear Santa,
can You get me a PSP and a sk-
cateboad. An neae pades andarm
pades and an halmets.
Signed Juan Rebollo
Dear Santa,
I want jangle in my pokit. So
Plese Bring it i really want it for chis
mas Plese Bring it in Bined very
good my mom siy that a lot! So can
you Bring it Plese i really want it now.
For chismas Plese.
Signed Alejandra
Dear Santa,


I wood like psp, skateboard,
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Letters to Santa Claus


The following letters to Santa
Claus were written by Central
Elementary School Second Grad-
ers. The letters are reprinted just
as the children wrote them.
Dear Santa,
I have a few questions to ask
you. How big is your sack and
how are your elves and reindeers
doing. Do you have a hot race car
machine.
Love,
Zach
Dear Santa,
I will give you a cup of hot co-
coa and three cookies. Make sure
you give me a pink nintendo DS


with a nintendo DS. Hello Kitty
game and give my brother a nin-
tendo DS.
Love,
Trina
Dear Santa,
How is your reindeer and your
elves and how is your life and
how can you get in my house and
how does elves make toys and
how do you know if we are bad
or good.
Love,
Ricky
Dear Santa,
How are your reindeer doing?
Reindeer, elves, Mrs. Claus in the


Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken

Must be Santa ...
Okeechobee area children had a chance to visit with
Santa Claus during the Okeechobee Kiwanis Club's an-
nual Santa in the Park event. Little Olivia was among the
youngsters who climbed on Santa's lap for a serious con-
versation about the latest toys.


North pole. I love you Santa.
Love,
Sean

Mrs. Janelle Johns
and
Mrs. Luz Rodriguez
Dear Santa,
I help a lot at school. I want for
Christmas a saphone. Is Christ-
mas your favorite day? Do you
like coke? Do elfes make toys?
What dus elfs make? I don't have
a chimany? I hope you like the
cookies.
Love
Sumer
Dear Santa,
I have been nice to my sisters
when they aske me to help clean
up and I say yes I will help you.
Can I pies have this toy for Christ-
mas. A nintendo DS. I been good.
I left cookies our for you Santa.
Love,
Katelyn
Dear Santa,
Please can I have some pres-
ents for Crismas? If I can get a
doll, power tv because for my dad
don't have one. I hope you injoy
the cookies and carrods.
Love,
Annibelle
Dear Santa,
I should get a real horse be-
cause I helped put up the deco-
rations for Christmas this year. I
hope you enjoy the cookies.
Love,
Judele
Dear Santa,
I deserve a lot of presents be-
cuase I help around the house.
I help decorate the Christmas
treee. For example, say my sister
Faith put one candycane. Then I
do all the toys and the rest of the
candy canes.
Love,
Brittany
Dear Santa,
I have been very good because
I make straight As in class and I'm
trying very hard in my classroom.
I'm good at reading and math


some times. I want for Christmas
is money, Ipod, make up, those
glittery things you put in your
hair.
Love,
Dear Santa,
This year, I have been really
trying my best in school. I want
a trybot. I think I deserb that for
Christmas.
Love,
Antonio
Dear Santa,
This year, I have been good.
I've gotten all As on my report
card. I help my mom with chores.
For example, I feed my horses
and my cats. So that's why I think
I should get presents for Christ-
mas. I want a Wii, a guitar hero, a
nintendo DS, and my mom to let
me keep my puppy. That's what I
want for Christmas. Can I please
have it?
Love,
Kaitlyn
Dear Santa,
I am trying hard this year. I
whant a ramp for my skateboard.
I whaant a Playstation 3 with
the game. I whant a game for
my xbox360. I whant new shoes
there called Jordans. I think I
should have shoes.
Love,
Carlos
Dear Santa,
I have bin listening to my mom
and dad. I have been good. I want
a mp3 for Christmas. My mom
told me I can get it so I don't get
bored and I have bin also want
a PSP and a Christmas dog to.
Those are some things I want for
Christmas.
Love,
Odalys
Dear Santa,
I have been good these year.
I ben Lesen to my two teacher.
Mrs. Rogreges and Mrs. Johns,
and lesen to my mom and dad.
It's good to lesen to my teachers.
For Christmas I want a Garbiela
Dol, and a Hannah Montana dol,
and a braselet and a friend for me.
That's not all. That is what I want
for Christmas.


Love,
Blanca Rosa
Dear Santa,
I have been very good I have
been keeping up myAR points up
this week. My mom said if I get
my room clend up my mom will
buy me gifts for Christmas. What
I whant for Christmas is the note-
bood that opens by your on vose.
Love,
Deborah
Dear Santa,
This year, I have been good and
getting As and Bs. I have ben listsi-
nin to my mom and dad. I want a
Wii this year. I want a game with
it. Another thing I want is a pupie.
Those are the things I want.
Love,
Natalie
Dear Santa,
I have bin good this year.
Will you please get me a Wii for
Christmas? But Christmas isn't
about presents. It's about God.
My cookies are guest for you.
Love,
Cristian
Dear Santa,
This year I have been good. I
am trying good to pass 2nd grad.
I wish for a Wii and I want a big tv
and then I want a big pool some-
thing I want more toys. That's
why I like Santa.
Love,
Miguel
Dear Santa,
I have been good this year. I get
As on my report card, be nice to
people and go good on my math.
I think I need a gator so I could
learn how to learn the leson. For


example, I think I should get it
because I have tried to get a great
grade.
That's for Christmas.
Love,
Qwanaza
Dear Santa,
Please can I have some pres-
ents because I did something
right. I let my brother keep a toy
and I let him play with my toys
and I gave him a fruit roll up. I
give him a soda and I shar with
him my toys that I buy.
Love,
Jesus
Dear Santa,
I deserve all this stuff because
I been payin attention at school.
This is what I whant for Christ-
mas a Ipod, a high school musi-
cal game on playstation, a toy Ga-
briela doll, High School Musical 3,
Iphone. Thank you.
Love,
Jessica
Dear Santa,
I should have a good gift be-
cause I help my dad. I want a Wii
for Christmas and some acshin
fight and some games for the
xbox. Do you love the cocis?
Love,
David
Dear Santa,
I ben helping my mom with
my brother. I whant a lot of toys
for Christmass. Like a Hannah
Montana doll. I hop you like
cookies.
Love,
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Children write about Christmas wishes


The following letters to Santa
were written by South Elemen-
tary School second graders. The
letters are reprinted just as the
students wrote them.
Dear parents,
I wantanintendods,bagfullofm
oney,playstion,xbox,andawii
ldeservethesepresentsbecau-
siamagoodboy
Yourfriend, Jesus


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Dear santa,
I want a sooter, a bike, a doll,
and a lot of hills, a dress, with a
hat and i want a lot of dresses.
and santa i might bake cookies
or not cause we might not have
dough.cause we might not bake
cookies and santa i love some
cookies, and get me some please
and santa, i want a lot of money
like 20 10 100 1 and 5 and i want
a friend.
Love jayla Newton,


A
as


Submitted Art/Everglades Elementary School
Me and Santa Claus
Caleb, an Everglades Elementary School Second Grader,
drew this picture to send to Santa Claus.


Dear. sant
I want a psp. I want a play-
statian. I want hieleels. I want a
fourweeler. I want shoes. I want a
dog. I want money.
Your friend jalen.
Dear santa
Haw are you doing and rodof
doing to..l want a fishingpole that
you can tack into the oshan. Can I
have some newe shoes and some
closeto cani have a remote con-
trol car. Can I have a labtopto.
Can I have a xbox game and a
flat screen tv. And a pool tabol. A
remote control boat that flots in
the water. Ds and mareo game to
go weth it.a bisicol.
To santa from JACOB.
Dear santa claus,
I what a wii.
I what a x box 360.
I what a gameshark.
I what 5,000,000 dollars.
I what a ds remember.
jacob
DEAR SANTA CLAUS,
I AM A GOOD GIRL MY NAME
IS ILEN GARCIA. AND I WANT A
BRATZ JOURNAL AND I
WANT A LITTLE PET SHOP
WITH A FRIEND AND I WANT A
DOLL AND IS A DOG AND I LOVE
SANTA CLAUS.
YOUR FRIEND,
ILEN GARCIA
Dear santa,
Im very excited for Christmas
this year .iv been a very good girl
this year.l hope you have a good
chritmasthis year.this year I would


really really like a ds with games.i
alwease wanted 1 knoww there
icsesneseve.so im getting one 4
christmas.my mom would love
4 the house 2 be clean.but you
don't have 2 grant that wish.i do
anofe of that I mean we do anof
of that.i hope you have a good
Christmas. merry chrstmas.
Your friend haley
Dear Santa,
I hope you are doing well .how
is rodph.I hope He is okey to
I would like for Christmas is
a nerf gun a bike a watch and
shades
How is mrs. Claus I hope she
is doing well to and how do the
Elves make all the toys in the
world? That fast ? and how did
rodph nose get so bright how is
rodph mom I HOPE SHE IS doing
well .is rodph flying good.and I
hope I am on the good list.
Yours truly EVAN neal
Dear Santa
I am very exited for Chismas.
I have been a very good student
this year.l want a ripstick, Because
I didn't get one for my birthday
and I was saopstoe.
Ethan Cashwell
Dear Santa Claus,
I have always wanted to see
you.
I am excited for Christmas
I want a phone for Christmas.
How many elfs do you have?
Were do elfs come from?
Do elfs have babys?
I have my Christmas tree.


Do reindeer talk?
love,
Emily Beaty

DEAR SANTA CLAUS,
I LOVE YOU AND YOU LOVE
ME AND I BELIEVE AN YOU AND
I WANT A ERINGS AND I WANT


RING I DESERVE BECAUSE I AM
GOOD BECAUSE I LISTEN TO MY
TEACHER MRS. JENNINGS AND I
LISTEN TO MY MOM.
YOUR FRIEND/
ELANA


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Children write letters to Santa


The following letters to Santa
were written by Seminole Ele
mentary School second graders.
They are reprinted just as the stu
dents wrote them.
Dear Santa,
I hope the reindeer are not sik. I
hope I get a box of sogers for Christ-
mas. How is Mrs. Santa Claus do-
ing. Gods birthday on the 25!
Yours truly,
Jose
Dear Santa,
How are you doing up there
Santa Claus? Mrs. Claus, are you
cold up there? Can you get me
something like a game boy and
a PSP for Christmas? Do you got
a twinbrother? Is he evil? Are you
good?
Love,
Allen
Dear Santa Claus,
How are your deer Santa and I
hope you are coming safely andtight
the rope tight to the deers and I love
you Santa. I hope you give me pres-
ents and I wish you a merry Christ-
mas and I want a Wii and lots mor
presents.
Love,
Marselino
Dear Santa,
I hope you will bring presents
to boys and girls. I now I wunt for
Christmas. I wunt a kitty for Christ
mas. My mom dusint had a Christ
mas tree for Christmas. We live in
a trailer and have no chimney for
you.
Merry Christmas Santa Claus.
Love,
Leslie
Dear Santa Claus,
I wish you a merry Christmas!
I hope when its night the lights do
not go off in your house. I am trying
to be good. Would you, could you
bring me a kitten for Christmas? I
wish you good luck Santa! I can't
wate until Christmas is here.
I am so happy.
Sincerely,
Ashton
Dear Santa Claus,
How is your reindeer, elves and
work shop? Can you bring me a
nice doll? Merry Christmas! We love
you so much. I will miss you.
Love,
Danessa
Dear Santa Claus,
Santa Claus, How are the pres-
ents doing and how are your rein-
deer doing too? I hope you come
safely and I like your reindeer. I was
so sick on Tuesday, Santa Claus. I
wish I get a game boy for Christmas
and my sister wants one too. I love
you.
Yours truly,
Jonathan
Dear Santa,
I love you. I want to know how
is your reindeer doing? Is it true that
you have a reindeer named Rudoff
the red nosed reindeer? Are you ok
up there? I can't wait for Christmas.
I hope you are ok. Thank you.
Love,
Esperanza
Dear Santa,
I want a 4 wheeler for Christmas
and a soccer ball and a toy car.
Love,
Saul
Dear Santa Claus,
Do you have a special twin and
if I want somting for Christmas can
you give me a dirtbike and a bike?
Love,
Ridge
Dear Santa Claus,
How are your raindeers? If you
bring a toy I will be happy. My dad
says my behavior is good. I worked
hard to get a gift from you.
Love,
Pedro
Dear Santa Claus,


this year good? I want a new Play-
station game. Thank you Santa
Claus. You have a lots of presents
to deliver.
Yours truly,
Taylor
Dear Santa Claus,
How are you doing? How are
your reindeers? I am so excited that
you are coming to our town. I hope
you get hear safely. Will you bring
me moon sand?
Love,
Caitlin
Dear Santa Claus,
I have been bad a little and a
little good too. How is Rudolph the
Riandeer doing in the north pole? Is
it cold? It is not cold and not hot it
is perfect. I want a DS and a playsta-
tion and a remote control car and a
ipod with all the stuff that goes on
it.
Love,
Fabian
Dear Santa Claus,
You are the best preson I met
you when I was little. I would want
like the little pet shop! I ben a good
girl. I also want a pink DS for Christ
mas and the Morioc Brother game.
How is rudoff?
Love,
Maggie
Dear Santa Claus,
I have been a good girl this year.
I hope I get lucky. The incredible
wonder pup oh! and please thank
Rodolgh the red nose reindeer for
giving me the letter but Santa have
a good Christmas. I'll see you on
the 25th. I love you Santa. You're
the best.
Your friend,
Kalysta
Dear Santa Claus,
How is Mrs. Claus and the rein-
deers? I like Rudolph the red nose
reindeers. I want to see the see the
North Pole and the elves even the
workshop too for Christmas. I want
that dog my sister wanted. Have a
happy merry Christmas Santa Claus
and the elves even Mrss. Claus.
Love,
Ashley

Dear Santa,
Thank you for writing the Ru
dolph letter to me and how did you
know my teachers name in the first
grade. And I would like a computer
a play station and two nintendo dss.
Is Misses Claus doing alright or how
about Rudolph are they? Oh and
how about the elvs? Do you have
any daughter or sons. And you are
the best.
Love,
David
Dear Santa,
How is Mrs Claws doing. I
know it is snowing. Candle would
be good for Christmas. My dad hase
seen you before. This is what I want
for Christmas. I want a bike, cup
cake maker and a phone. My mom
wants someising. She wants make
up an perfume. When I come up
there. I want to see you.
Love,
Lasaja
Dear Santa Claus,
You are a good person because
your holiday is the best because
you give us presents and this is why
I like your holiday. What I want is a
Wii and I want a Xbox 360. 1 want
a DS game, the name is Krsby, the
game and I want a Ipod. I want a
chapter book and rocking fishing
rode and that is why I like holidays.
Your friend,
Austin
Dear Santa Claus,
Your are the person I know. I
want you to bring my family pres-
ents and put them under my Christ-
mas tree. I live in Basswood Street.
About the presents my brother


Hare are you doing this year. Is wants a game boy and me sister


HOLIDAY


gold rings and neckles. My little sis
ter wants a little laptop. My sweet
mom wants a gold watch. My sweet
dad wants a birthday present. Finally,
my turn to say what I want an iPod
for me. My Christmas tree will be
full. Before I finish my letter I want
to ask you one question. How is
your wife doing?
Your friend,
Jackie
Dear Santa Claus,
How are the reindeer and Missis
Claus doing. I hope yall are all do-
ing good and is stiky doing good.
Is Rudolph nose glowing still tell
him that I love him and the reindeer
too. They are all cute. For Christmas
I would like to have a barn with
horses and cows. Are you having
a jolly time. I hope you are. I can't
wate until Christmas.
Love,
Layle
Dear Santa,
How is the raindears and Mrs.
Clas. Is she doing good. Is it cold
up their? I want to see you. You and
Mrs. Clas is so nice to give everyone
prisons. For Crismis I want a u tin
doy, a little drtbick, a silfone, little
pitshop, exbox, bike, tv, rido, cam
puter, play stashon, pool, You are
the best.
Your frand,
Shamyra
Dear Santa Claus,
You are the best person in the
world. I want you to be the presi-
dent' I want you to bring presents
for my family. I want to tell you
what I want for Christmas. I want
a bike, a laptop and a song. I can't
wait for my birthday on Dec. 6th.
I want a iPod, mp3, clothes, pants
and shose. Is Miss Clau good? Is Ru-
doff well? I hope everybuddy is all
rite. You are the best. I love you. I
allwase behave. Is it cold up there? I
want you to tell me if all the people
are ok? Have a happy Christmas. I
hardly don't want to wast you mon-
ey.
Your friend,
Diana
Dear Santa Claus,
How are the raindear? Has Ru
dalph got what he whont? I hope
so. I have bean good to.
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Love,
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I would like aWii. You are the best,
Your friend,
Nate
Dear Santa Claus,
Santa your the best person I ever
met in my life. How is Rudolph San-
ta Claus? Is Rudolph happy with his
friends? Are you going to use Ru-
dolph this night? Santa may I have a
game called Mario Kart DS.
Love,
Thomas
Dear Santa,
You have been the best since I
was born. For Christmas I want a
ride that says Miami Hurricanes and
lowrider and peace and joy and a
rosery because on Christmas first
we pray for God because that the
day Jesses was born.
Love,
Nailen
Dear Santa,
You are the best and you have a
slay and I am going to buy a Christ-
mas tree and I hope I get a present
and I want a PSP.
Love,
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Dear Santa,
All I want is night vishon. You
are a good man and I love you.
Love,
Nathan
Dear Santa,
I am being good. I was wonder-
ing how you are doing with your
elves. I want a race car with a re-
mote control. I think you are a nice
person. Santa I like when you are a
nice person.
Love,
Jason
Dear Santa,
I would like earings with my
name. make up and two little dogs.
a baby cat and give my family a
givt.
Your friend,
Mariah
Dear Santa,
I whot a iPod and Jordins and a
dog and I wis I cud biy my family
a gift.
Your friend,
Amber
Dear Santa,
I waot a dog for Christmas. I
want a DS for Christmas.
Your friend,
Mark
Dear Santa,
My name is Kyle. What I want
for Christmas is a wei for Christ
mas. I like you Santa. Your the best.
You're red and white.
Your friend,
Kyle
Dear Santa,
For Christmas I whant a wii and
anxbox and a Hannah Montana
and a wii and Brats music hair
color and a Baby Alive and the little
tinny baby that my mom wants allat
and to give my family a present and
whishing a lot.
Your friend,
Casie
Dear Santa,
I would like for Christmas is a
laptop, iPod, phon, bick, mack up,
money, xbox, pspgame boy, new
clos, and Letendo PS.
Your friend,
Jacqueline
Dear Santa,
For Christmas I wish I could get
a PS2 and a iPod that has at lest 8
gigubits or more and a Nike ball.
Your friend,
Marcos
Dear Santa,
I want a dirt bike and a DS. I
want to be a hero football player
and always be the quarterback. I
wish that I didn't ever told on Jor
dan. I want a mustang and a motor-
cycle for Christmas.


Your friend,
Andrew
Dear Santa,
I went to wish and money to
bey my family a gift and a gift for
mi friend Andrew and Adrian too.
The end.
Your friend,
Jordan
Dear Santa,
I want a DS for Christmas and a
PS2 and I want a Wii and a exbox
360 and a tv and a gameboy and a
lot of games for all the games and
Sponge Bob game and muchroch
car and a big TV and all the stuff for
Christmas.
Your friend,
Adan Alex
Dear Santa,
I wut a gladoll and a doll too. I
am 8 years old. How is the raiders.
I hope that they are good. How are
the elfes. and I hope you are good
to. Have a good good Christmas
and a happe Christmas and I will
have a good Christmas to.
Your friend,
Cortney
Dear Santa,
For Christmas I will like a pare of
pants and sherts and the box of ba-
kugan and can I have a new book-
bag that is all black and I want a in-
tendo DS and a xbox 360 and I will
like a silver watch and I would like
to get something for my parents.
Your friend,
Manuel
Dear Santa,
I wont a dirot bike and a soccer
ball for Christmas to.
Your friend,
Scott
Dear Santa,
I want a Ipod and some make
up and a dire and sume joly to.


Thas all.
Your friend,
Elyxis
Dear Santa,
How are you doing to day? I
want a mongose bike and I want a
DS game. I like Christmas because
I get toys. I like those you gave to
me last year.
Your friend,
Lucas
Dear Santa,
All I want for Christmas is for
everybody to have what they want
even for people I hate and the peo
pie I love and what I want is a DS.
Everybody doesn't believe in you
but I do.
Your friend,
Ossie
Dear Santa,
I want 10 things frum you San-
ta. Santa and I want a linendo DS
and I want a iPod and a PSP and
a lot of candy moshin and a lot of
mor stuf.
Your friend,
Joanna
Dear Santa,
When it is Christmas, I would
like a four wheeler plus a Wii and
a skate board.
Your friend,
Adrian
Dear Santa,
I want a bike for Christmas.
And a hellmint for Christmas and a
baby doll. I want a gief for my fam-
ily. I love you Santa. I wnat a DS for
Christmas and a cat for Christmas.
Your friend,
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Children Write Letters to Santa


The following letters to Santa
Claus were written by North El-
ementary School second graders.
They are reprinted just as the
children wrote them.
Dear Santa,
How have I been good or bad?
I'll tell you what my sister wants
first. She wants two Dora dolls.
She also wants glitter lova. I also
want glitter lova. I want a wireless
laptop to. So when I want to play
a game on mommy's computer
I don't have to wait for mom to
stop computer shopping. Happy
Holidays, Santa!
Love,
Kennedee Brewer
Dear Santa,
First do you now if I am good
or bad? Next how is the elf do-
ing. Then thes is what I wont for
Christmas, Sonic Unleash. Last,
how are you doing?
Love,
Matthew Schachtele
Dear Santa,
Have I been good or bad? I
have been good. Please give me
prisists please. I want a robot that
can do everything.
Love
Jack Edwards
Dear Santa,
Have I ben good? I hope I have.
Because I want to get presents. I
try to be good as I can! The first
thing that I want is a Begle. The
next thing that I want is a Brown
ipod .Next I want a sparkly fone.
Another thing I want is a Wii.
Next I want a robot that wode do
all the things I did not want to do.
Next I want a flat screen TV I also
want a bike. Next I want a real di-
men nexlis. and I want it to snow
in Okechobee.
Happy Holidays!
Love,
Addy Sizemore
Dear Santa,
How are your reindeer doing
incloodin you? Reley I want a wii
and a ipod, heelys(sizel3), 3030
gun, laptop, and futball gear. I
also wont a mokinutrl spiy gear
and a flatskren tv. This is what I
wont for chrismis.
Love,
Will
Ms. Watford's Class
Dear Santa,
I went a truck and a Bling
Bling ipod and and a idog and a
foot ball and a tv and d.s. and a
wii and a game boy and a car and
a basks ball and a base ball.
Signed,
D.J.
Dear Santa,
I whant a skouter and a Bike
and a bollhous. and a BarBeiy,but
i whant to get a coco tran that
gouse around the crimes tree. I
whant a hows hor crisneas. a lag-
oe set tor cresMesa. and a for wel-
er for cresmesa and apool. and I
whud Like a BarBeiy houses. A
BaBy boll and clows for the BaBy-
doll. and a Slepeingslide and. a
tedd Bare. a fack selfon I Whant
a inp3 player lpodcat .d.s some
gemes for my play stashen2 some
games and some clowes and a.
now you know What I Whant for
cresmes
Signed,
Rylee
Dear Santa,
What I Whant for Chistmas is
a ipod, a intend DS, a Box field uf
Hotwels cars, a Woch, a Glob of
the werdga Wenef dog, a small
choc bord weth choya a rach-
car weth are motl, a telly fona, a
wagein weth my name on it, a
game boy, a x-box, a Book Bag
weth others color Blac.
Signed,
Gabriel Jr. Nunez


Dear Santa,
hy I am Mike you Live in the.
north pole. I Whant a guatr hero
woird tour and a I phone I whan-
to be your helper.
Signed,
Mike Haught
Dear Santa,
Can you give me a hannah
montana Shros for camistame.
and a ds.
Signed Bailey
Dear Santa,
For chrismis I want a Dswith
the new pokemon ranger game.l
want a Big bog like the Big one
I haveat home butl want a girl. I
want a tiny real puppy.l want a
trampulin. I want a basketball. I
want a new tiny cat.
Signed Dylan
Dear Santa,
Can you give me a toy car.
An pleas Dont come to late
an I which I was in the nofht pol
Whih you and your little. Frends
the Albs.
Signed Jesus
Dear Santa,
I want a fake grill, or a fake
iern, and a big...coshon! I want
lots of toys for christmas. Like toy
cashregeter and a grate big ota-
maticle car for mre and Abby. ow
and did you see when I went to
dolor tree. that mask, and I want
a magic trik I want evey kind and
a shiny wagon from home depot
a tetey bare a pigy bank I want a
gameboy and a ipod tuch. a new
toy that you made a big hug an
mp3 player a gold fish nitond DS
a tuch phon a new patten eraser
play stason2 and 3 and a regler.
Signed Alondra
Dear Santa,
I whant more cd's for my kar-
eoking machine. Hannah Mon-
tanah costume, free tickets to a
hannah montanah concert for
danille, baily ullisa, Rylee, Alnda,
miarah and Shelby. A new agenda
finder, new teddy bear a celectoin
of dolls. P.S. I Whant the best cris-
tmas ever thank you.
Signed Lyn'd
I whant mints for my pone. I
whant Hannah Montana shos and
I whant to have a grat cremas. I
whant new cran. I whant mar-
cors and I whant a sopis. I whant
a lpod. I whant a plastsen3 and
6tr herw
Signed From Danielle
Dear Santa,
I want alpad.
I want a forwler.
I want a.Ifone.
I want axbox36.
I wanta game boy.
Signed David
Dear Santa,
I wunt a latop for chresmes.
Because i nefr got a latop.Be-
cuse my mom cant get one. Be-
cause i don't have on mune.
on wan can get one.
Signed Ullisa
Dear Santa,
how good have your elvs ben.
Santa be carful because I have a
dog. I whant a whip.
Signed Breid
Mrs. Murrays Class
Dear Santa,
I wantaHannah Montana bike
for Christmas.To exercise in the
morning.And a new necklace so I
can werit in the prite. New berog-
ame to so cane with my broth.
PS: I some cookies for you in the
nigth.
Signed Aline


Dear Santa, Dear Santa,
I want a psp for christmas. Please Santa bring me a DS,
Xbox 360 and a playstoin3. a Netendo DS,hot wheels trik trak
flat screen tv anew maim shoe and a thekaybl for my Playstay-
and a Will andnew shoe and new shienl, and a 5 px cammara game
bed. cude x box 360.
Signed Sebastian Signed Raymundo
Dear Santa, Dear Santa,
I wont some toys! I want a ipod for christmas Be-
No real dirt bike and a Nerf cause I need it. I have benn asking
long shot and 50$ a real car!!!!! for it and being for it. And I want
call duty of 4 and xdox360 a phone for christmas because I
Signed Austin like phones and they are cuteand
Dear Santa, fancy. And I want a Bratz Doll for
I really want an Mp4 player christmas because they are cute
I want lots of perfumes. Some Sand good. riesa
smells really good.I want some Dear Santa,
w some &, .Dear Santa,
really good makeup.A gorgeous Please Santa bring me a DS
bike. Daddy yankie cD. Hannah because I don't have a DS and I
MontAnA shoes. mow you know need a DS.
what I want for chirismas. Signed Hermila Sanchez
Signed Rossa Morales Dear Santa,
Ruiz I want three thing's please can
Dear Santa, i get a bike from walmart and a
please bring me a DS, a PSP, air conditioner from anywhere
and mp 3 palyer. from a place any place and some-
Signed Vanessa Trejo thing eles from walmart bracleles
Dear Santa, from walmart that's all I want
I want for christmis. A nintindo okay Santa cause that's all I want
DS? I want a barby Doll. I want a from Walmart that's all want from
car for christmas. I want a prest- walmart.
est for my mom. I want a pestent Signed Priscilla Gomez
for me. Dear Santa,
Signed Destiny I want a i pod for christms and
Dear Santa, a gitar for christms, and adog.
I want a xbox 360. Signed Wyatt
I want a toy car. Dear Santa,
I want a battle ship. What I want for Chirstmas is a
I want cards. Mp3 player, and aipod, and a cov-
I want a magnets box. er and a fack dog and stuff and
I want a Hot wheels cars. melse and coloring books to and
I want a pool. Littlelist pet shop to and that's all.
I want a game boy. Signed Alley Nunez
I want a computer. Dear Santa,
I want a speed Borg. I want a starwars jet for chris-
I want meg blox. mas and so i could play with my
I want a airplane. brothers.
I want a airplane. Signed Adam White
Signed Alexander Sorano-Rios Mrs. Tracy Phillips' Class
Dear Santa, Dear Santa,
Do you want to hear what I What I've really wanted for
want a football game to go with Christmas is a webkinz magical
my play station. And a dog be- retreiver trading card set.l also
cause i like dogs.Now i want a want freaky body illusion. And
bike. And a xbox360. And a psp smore. the pony(From fur-real
because I like games. I want a friends.)And I want My Sims King-
comper to. I want a game boy. dom.And a lil kinz panda.And
Now you know what i want for also a webkinz seahorse too.And
crimes. I want my family to have the best
Signed Larry KeyShawn Christmas ever.
Boswell Signed Christine G.


Dear Santa,
I Wold like a mokeintroll are-
plane, a video game for PS2, a
mokeintroll forwiller, a PS3 and
vidio games for PS3 and a toy
transformer.
Signed Brandon S.
Dear Santa,
i want a 4weeler go cart a pair
uv bots a beat with wees on the
botum a gatar a clarianet a very
stong magnet brown washout
hari die and a inint
Signed Clay S.
Dear Santa,
I want a wii andawii game
could wiisport. and I want a wii
game cauld poke'mon battle reve-
laution and a gameboyAnd a psp.
I want poke'mon card Diamend
of Pearle. playstatoin two.
Signed Jose R.
Dear Santa,
I wish I could have my footBall
and my Football Jersy even that
Hotrodcontrol car.
Signed Allen W.
Dear Santa,
1 I am so happythat you are
2 slobrading withthehol
3 wold and that you are cool
4 and youhave cool raindeerst-
hat fly. Im so
5 clad that you ring presents to
all of usin
6 Amarka and some toys to
like an xbox360 and
7 closandshos and those littl-
cards andabike and
8 a switer and awii and all the-
gams and a neckles
9 and a wache and all the jairy
and that i was reach.
and yumader you are cool
merry chesmis Ho Ho Ho.
Signed Carlos H.
Dear Santa,
I whanta phon a pet and a
spishl crismis.that is all I want for
crismis. santa
Signed Megan B.
Dear Santa,
I want a dirt,bike anda for wil-
er and agot cart and a bike and a
pelit Gun then a Shot Gun then I
want a Reming ten and a gof cart
and a BeBe gun and ms ungreit to
be are teacher and Phip2 to be our


teacher and awee and a exbox 360
anda Plashon 3 and a xbox and
turke and a DS and a Gam boy
adydns.
Love Justin
Signed Justin 0.
Dear Santa,
I wantatoys plesegivemeatoys
IbelieveinyoulloveSantatryto-
getmesomethingsomething
exitingthatlwalld wantsomuchl-
willPlayWithitevertime I,m
boredlwillplaywithit Signed An-
gel L.
Dear Santa,
What I want for crismis is a ro-
bot parot with a mewrote. I hope
it can fly up on my shoulder and
sit on it. I hope you have it. Love
Becky Coffey.
Signed Becky C.
Dear Santa,
For Christmas I would really
really really like a ben 0 watch
where he turns in to a alien in the
show it would be alsome to have
it and there is one more thing I re-
ally really really want for chistmas
is a interconitle championship.
Love, Brenden D.
Dear Santa,
I would like a cool bike for my
house.
I would like a new ajinda fold-
er and a poster formy room. Tha-
tas what want.
Love, Makayla W.
Dear Santa,
I wold like to have for ceris-
mas. is the Best cerismes ever.
And I wold like for cerismes is a
gutar and a beran new bike. And
i wish that can see you and your
dear's to and your elf's to and my
Best Hol Day is cerismas to.
Signed Logan P.
Dear Santa,
I hope you can get all the pres-
ents I asked for.And for chrismas
I want my tooth to come out. I
will allway remder to put milk
and cookies on the caner for you.
Ihope you can get me a bean bag
char for chrisams. I hope you
have a safe trip.
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(863)467-4994
DONATE YOUR VEHICLE RE-
CEIVE $1000 GROCERY
COUPON UNITED BREAST
CANCER FOUNDATION Free
Mammograms, Breast Can-
cer Info www.ubcf.info FREE
Towing, Tax Deductible,
Non-Runners Accepted,
(888)468-5964
FREE CUR dog Female 11/2
yr cur dog Needs lots of
room to run Good with kids
(863)634-4766
FREE TO GOOD HOME-Male-
Short hair mix, needs a yard
to run, about 10 months
old.(863)467-0222
MALE CHIWAWA- 6 months
old Free to good home
(863)484-2111
SHED 1977, metal, 810 sq
ft., to be removed from lot,
can be reassembled or sold
for scrap. (561)697-1821


Trainers Wanted 50 yr old
Distribution Company look-
ing for online trainers. Teach
over the internet, Flexible
hours, work from home
www.FutureFreedom.net,

Financial



Business
Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315





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Services



Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435




DEE'S MINOR REPAIR
& Pressure Washing
Cool Sealing, Painting,
Carpentry & Much Morel
No Job Too Big or Small
(863)467-2917
or (863)261-6425
License e56 & #1126



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Fill DirtShell Rock
& Bob Cat work.
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Merchandise



Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazine535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Lims & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Pets/Supplies/
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
To & Games 730
V Rs 735
Wanted to Buy 740




AIR COND/HEATER Lennox 5
ton, mobile home pkg, 10
KW heat, 60K BTU, 13.0
Seer, $2700 (863)634-5759
CONDENSER UNIT 2 1/2 ton -
2005 Trane 25 ton con-
denser I can install for $200
$850. (863)673-0920


ANTIQUE JOHN DEER LAWN
TRACTOR Excellent condi-
tion $1200 (863)467-1930
LARGE ANTIQUE Coffee Table
$250. One small antique end
table $50. (863)763-5501
SINGER SEWING machine -
Singer sewing machine with
cabinet/table good condi-
tion $100 (863)467-5299


DRYER, MAYTAG Electric,
good condition, $50
(772) 971-9474
FRIDGIDARE- Side by side re-
frigerator, ice/water in door,
white, 26 cubic ft, works
great $100 (863)763-7983
GAS DRYER EXCELLENT
CONDITION $75
(863)763-3631
KITCHEN-AID WASHER and
Dryer Almond color- good
condition; electnc; will sell
together or separate $175.
(863)763-1377
LARGE KENMORE refrigerator-
Black side by side, Indoor
ice/water dispenser $275.
(863)532-9789
MICROWAVE goldstar $12.
(863)467-4567
STOVE Ge white electric
stove very good condition
$125. (239)935-9601
WHIRLPOOL DOUBLE OVEN -
WORKS GOOD $50.
(863)697-6135






HORSE TROUGH Rubber-
maid 50 Gallon $40/firm
(863)675-1138 LaBelle


MOTORIZED BICYCLE 2 cy-
cle engine. Cost $900 ask-
ing$400 (863)467-4551


m~r~rg~l


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We Buy Scrap Gold,

Silver and Coins

Elliot's Pawn Shop
419 W S Park St (863) 763-5553


SCHWINN STINGRAY Boys
Schwinn Stingray 24" bicycle
in great condition $60.
(863)763-6640
THREE WHEELED bicycle -
$75. (863)467-4567



PLASTIC CULVERT 30 inch
by 20ft cash $450
(863)634-2303


GRACO 3 in 1 bed, white
metal, like new, $100. Call
(863)763-7609 Okeechobee
STORKCRAFT ASPEN BABY
CRIB -
3 in 1 crib with drawer & mat-
tress $100 (863)763-7983


SZ 12 Dress Light blue sleev-
less tea length custom maid
chiffon/satin material $75
(863)697-2705
WEDDING DRESS SZ 12-14 -
White with ice blue trim hand
embroidered w/sequins.
$600/neg. (863)697-2705


FOOTBALL CARDS -
3000+cards variety of years
great gift $75
(863)634-2131
HIGHWAYMEN PAINTING-
James Gibson 16x20 no
frame $250. Firm 467-0139
or801-4699 Okeechobee
THREE MCDONALDS Train
Sets, Still in boxes asking
$150 Also 20 Piece Teapot
collection $250
(863)763-5501



DELL LAPTOP INSPIRON
1521 1 YR OLD, SPRING
GREEN $450/or best offer
(863)634-0272
Find it faster. Sell it sooner
in the classified


WOOD LATHE 38 inch rail,
cut diameter 12" some tools
$75. (863)234-1344
(863)612-9233


CHAISE CHAIR & Christmas
houses chair seats 2 peo-
ple easy, good cond
$100.00 obo. 10 christmas
houses w/ alot of acc
$4000 obo $140/or best
offer (863)357-2816
(863)447-0965
COMPUTER ARMOIRE Wrap
around doors with lots of
storage. LaBelle $35.
(863)517-1663
DARK BLUE courderoy lazy
boy recliner 2 years old,Ex-
cellent shape $125
(863)675-1999
DINING ROOM table, 4 arm-
chairs & buffet Excellent
cond. must sell $250/or
best offer (863)677-1208
ENTERTAINMENT CENTER -
storage spacedraw-
ershelves LaBelle $30
(863)517-1663
LG BUNK bed/dresser/desk -
Exc. cond. Rarely Used. Pd
1200 $700/or best offer
(863)532-0257
MATTRESS & BOX SPRINGS -
BADCOCK Full size Good
condition $100 or best offer
(863)634-6087 Anytime.
OAK COMPUTER Armoire -
Cognac color stain...some
scratches...solid...has elec-
tric and phone hookup with
pull out desk $300/neg
(863)673-0496
PATIO BAR Formica,3 doors
& 2 shelves with 4 high back
swivel wicker stools. $225.
(863)763-6640
SOFA BED Berkline queen
newly re-upholstered
$200/or best offer
(863)467-0164


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






RECLINER CHAIR burgundy
good condition $25.
(863)467-9040
TRIPLE DRESSER White
French Provincial $75.
(863)675-2145
WHITE BROYHILL-BR Set,
King headboard,Dresser
w/mirror,Armiour $350 for
all (863)532-9789


BLUE FOX Fur size 8,cleaned
& conditioned, paid $1000
call after 6 $600/firm.
(863)763-0141



GOLF CLUBS 4 sets, 1 left
handed, metal woods, irons,
putter, bag, balls, $390 will
sell sep. (863)946-3123


7MM MAUSER Carbine Bolt
Action Military Sportenzed
Rifle, Ft Pierce $200
(772)461-8822
INTERARMS 270 Scope &
sling, exc. cond. $325. Call
863-467-4328
M1A RIFLE Springfield Ar-
mory M1A. Never fired pre-
ban $1600/neg
(863)673-3893
SHOT GUN Browning, A2000
12 gage mag., Automatic.
Like new Only shot 2x's
$340 (863)612-1211



AB LOUNGE Excellent condi-
tion, no dvd $60.
(863)675-1999
BOWFLEX ULTIMATE EX-
CELLENT CONDITION LO-
CATED IN OKEECHOBEE.
MANUALS INCLUDED.
$1000 (863)634-0099


WElDER PRO
bench/weight
weight set
(863)885-1172


OUTDOOR FURNITURE-
Portable sinks $295,Bench-
es, Amoires & Antique piec-
es. (863)467-4650




FREE
HEARING TEST
Set for Senior
Citizens

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BLUE ELECTRIC Recliner lift
chair $350. Great
shape.(863)697-0143


Feeling Anxious About The
Future? Buy and read Dianet-
ics by L Ron Hubbard
Price: $20.00. Order Now.
Free Shipping. www.Diane-
icsTampa org or Call
(813)872-0722


AIRLINES ARE HIRING Train
for high paying Aviation
Maintenance Career FAA ap-
proved program Financial
aid if qualified Housing
available. CALL Aviation In-
stitute of Maintenance
(888)349-5387
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from Home. *Medical,
*Business, *Paralegal,
*Computers, *Criminal Jus-
tice Job placement assis-
tance. Computer available.
Financial Aid if qualified. Call
(866)858-2121, wwwCen-
turaOnline corn
BRAND NEW- 2 sheets of
foam rubber in plastic
3x55x78 $50. Each
(863)763-8761
Like New Craftsman Portable
Generator 5600 Watt 8600
Surge 10 HP OHV $375.
(863)610-1811 Okeechobee
MASSAGER Brookstone, 5
spds of intensity Adaptor
for auto use Like new $40
(863)763-7609 Okee
OLD RECORDS 33's & 45's
collection in great shape.(tho
dusty'lcall after 6pm $50
(863)357-1236
OLD RECORDS- 33 1/3 RPM,
Bruebeck, Shearing, For
Freshman & Sinatra .10
cents each (863)357-4195
ONE CANE BACK CHAIR- One
ladder back chair $15, each,
Oil painting $35.
(863)467-4674
Scooter -Sunrunner TM4, 300
Ib wt limit, front chrome
bumper Like new, 3 yr old
$1,000 obo (863) 675-3851
SMALL DIRT MOTOR CYCLE -
GOOD CONDITION CALL
863-763-3631 LEAVE MES-
SAGE $200. (863)763-3631
STAINLESS STEEL prop -
Used QuickSilver, 23 pitch,
off of 135HP Merc $125/or
best offer (863)634-9339
TANK 100-250 gallon, it had
potato defoamer in it. It is
non hazardous. $100/or best
offer (863)634-9339
WYOTT SLANTED HOT ROD
ROLLER GRILL PD $1,522.
NEW ASKING
$600(863)763-4617



FENDER FB-54 5 string ban-
jo, purchased 7/07, sell
$250 (863)357-3848
MANDOLIN leather case,
acoustic/electric, made by
Washburn, new setup, $475
Call 863-467-0940
VINTAGE BANJO Hard leath-
er Gibson case, $375 Sell-
ng out Call 863-467-0940


BIRD CAGE 21x32x36h steel
blue w/rollng stand. Total H
w/stand 62" great cond
$100 (863)634-9861


w t BLUE/RED HEALER PUPPIES:
weight Males & Females avail. Shots
$350 & Wormed. Ready for Chnst-
mas'$250 561-718-1212


CHIHUAHUA MIX PUPS 14
weeks old, on dry food, 1
shots, heath papers from
Okeechobee Vet. $250/firm
(863)467-6475/447-1808
CHIHUAHUA PUPS AKC, 3-5
Ibs, first shots, dewormed,
health cert., $500
(863)381-9234
KITTENS Free kittens to good
home Calico/Females $0
(863)634-6143
LAB MIX PUPPIES black, big
blocky heads & feet, good
temperament, $30
(863)634-0822
MIXED BLACK Lab female
puppy Free to good home
$0. (863)263-1601
PITBULL Blue, Male, 3 yrs
old Great guard dog Not
good w/kids. $200 neg Good
home only 863-634-7892



JACUZZI like new, 7' square,
cover, heater & lights, $1500
(863)675-3424


SEW MACHINE Brothers,
asking $80 (863)983-6450


COMPOUND BOW BASS PRO
QUIVER,ARROWS.60
LBS.31"PULL.LIKE NEW.
$125 (863)763-4588
MOUNTED FLA WHITE TAIL
DEER HEAD w/ wooden
back, $85 (863)946-3123
PAINTBALL GUNS (2) lots of
accessories $175
863)697-3280 or
8630357-0500
SWAMP BUGGY-Palm Beach
Style 350 Auto, 400 Turbo
Trans, Offset 12x24 Tractor
Tires $4500 (863)447-5456



SURROUND SOUND SYS
Techwood, 1500 watts, 4-15
speakers incld. $800 OBO
(863)634-2790


LARGE 73' MITSUBISIH- Rear
Projection bought in 2005,
moved too large for living
room, excellent cond, great
picture & sound $800 cash
only call to see, great
Christmas gift
(863)801-4367
SANYO W/REMOTE 24" Ex-
cellent condition. Has
video/game inputs $100
(863)532-9634
SONY 27", with stand, sacri-
fice for $100.
(863)467-7139
SONY WEGA 32" High Def TV
It's 2yrs. old. Excellent con-
dition. $350.
(863)763-1884
ZENITH 7V 61" screen, good
condition. $800 or best offer
(863)634-2790






BAND SAW 14 inch band
saw, 4 speed and spare
blades (central machinery)
$300/neg. (863)675-1138
MILLER ECONOMIC WELDING
POWER SOURCE w/tank &
flow meter & foot control,
$1200 (863)697-9704
PLASMA CUTTER Snap-On,
Y555 hi-low, new lead, extra
tips, will cut up to 1/2 inch,
$1100 (863)697-9704
PRESSURE CLEANER pres-
sure cleaner with Honda en-
Sgie Like new condition
200. (863)467-5299


DVD RECORDER New Pana-
sonic Records, Erases &
Plays DVD's Ft. Pierce
$125 (772)461-8822
KICKER AUDIO 650sx
amp&remote, 12" L7, gnll,
farad cap used in fact. pack-
age $400 (863)634-2131


WANTED: FRANKLIN
A/B engines, parts, etc
Any condition
Call John at 772-781-4375

Agriculture



Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Prodcts810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Seeds/Plants/
Flowers 865



MARE- 10 years old, good
with kids. $600 OBO
(863)634-9384


NEW SILVER western show
saddle In time for Xmas.
Loaded with silver never
been on a horse, perfect for
local shows. 16" seat medi-
um tan leather Will make a
great 1st show saddle. Call
after 5.30 pm or leave mes-
sage before & I will return
your call $1000/neg.
(863)634-1111
SADDLE 15" Brown Circle Y
trail/pleasure. Almost new
w/pad & complete tack.
$850 (863)634-9861
WESTERN SADDLE 16" Like
new, have pics Contact
Sueann $400/neg
(863)763-2169



CHIPPER SHREDDER good
condition, extra drum and
blades $350/or best offer
(863)234-1344
Craftsman Lawn Tractor 42"
cut 165 HP Runs Great
$375 (863)610-1811 in
Okeechobee.
GOOSENECK 8 x 24 20ft flat-
bed 4ft dovetail,ramps,good
tires,elec brakes,Okee
$2800/neg. (863)697-2032
Moving Must Sell- Like New
Craftsman 5600 Watt, 10 HP
Generator $500 OBO
(863)763-5389
RIDING MOWER 14hp, runs
good, needs a little TLC, $75
(863)675-8937


CATTLE OILER $15
(863)675-0349


SADDLE 10" youth po-
ny/horse with both cinches.
Call eve/wkd $125.
(863)763-4598
SADDLE 10" youth saddle
will fit pony Great Christmas
present Eve/wkds $75
(863)763-4598


Rentals



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




OKEECHOBEE, 2br, l7a
Near town 750 mo An-
nual Lease
i 863-697-1339 or
L561-255-4377 |
SPECIAL-MOVE-IN, 1/2
Month Rent for 1st Month
w/$500 Sec 2/15 carpet,
tile, fridge- 1blk N of Wal-
Mart. (863)763-8878



KING'S BAY 2/1, Pool, Ten-
nis, new tile firs., etc. $750
mo + sec Water & Cable
included 863-697-6428
OKEEBESTDEAL
2 BR, 2BA, Liv & Din Rm,
UtiL Rm. w/hook ups &
storage cabinets. Patio.
Privacy fence. FREE trash &
Lawn maintenance No pets.
$690 mo + $500 dep
Call (417)848-3424


BASSWOOD 05' CBS, 3/2 on
37th Avenue, fenced yard, all
tile, $950/mo
(561)662-9644
BEAUTIFUL HOME on wooded
lot, Country Club Hills, 2 BR,
hot tub, $1400/month Call
863-885-1347
BUCKHEAD RIDGE 2 Story,
3BR, 2BA, Screen Porch,
Hot Tub. W&D, $850 mo.
Call for info. 863-634-5236
LAKE ACCESS 3/2, 1800 sq
ft, Formal LR, DR, $850/mo,
(863)634-5236





Okeechobee News, Wednesday, December 24, 2008 15


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* Key West 1/1 Furnished Cottage Dade County Pine Hardwood
Floors adorable wrap around porch on Taylor (reek
* Cute 2/1 fully furnished, screen porch overlooks huge Cypress
trees Private & quiet right on Taylor Creek
* Gorgeous setting on Taylor Creek, 2bd/Iba, fully furnished, washer
dryer. Huge fenced in backyard-Concrete boat ramp.
* Beautiful sunsets with this 2/2 on wide im canal, tile floors -
washer/dryer, huge storage shed, big fenced yard. Tropical setting.


HOUSE 3BR/2BA sits on
1.25 acres, located in Pral-
le/Vlking. Pets welcome!
(561)718-1212
IN OKEECHOBEE CITY 4 Br/
2Ba, $1100 mo. + 1st, last,
sec & refs. Call Barry for
more info. 772-216-1461
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
(863)634-0584
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage C/Air Lazy 7 area
8st, last & sec
863-467-2541


Mobile Homes




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






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


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


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.
CALL 863-763-3101




WATERFRONT: 2BR, 1/2 BA
Treasure Island. Fenced yd.
$765 mo (772) 359-6584
mardelvar@comcast net


Real Estate




Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property- Sale 1010
Condos/
Townhouses Sale1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspectionl 060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080




Brand New Construction -
4BR/2BA, Near lake access
on Hwy 441, 2 car garage &
storage, big lots w/space for
garden, all credit considered,
$149,900.
Call (520) 360-1893



CROOKED CREEK
Comer Lot 2.2 acres, $95K
OBO Call Cell
772-530-2095
or 863-467-6399




4BR, 2 bath home with 3000
square feet. Great location in
Moultne, GA... Has lots of
upgrades... Superb neighbor-
hood' 269,900 Call Norris
Bishop Realty @
(229)890-1186.
MID TENN MTNS By Owner, 5
acres, perfect mountaintop
cabin-site w/woods Small
stream in back of property A
must see! $26,900. Owner
Financing (931)445-3611.
NC LAND LIQUIDATION!
Mountain and Coastal Es-
tates up to $80,000 OFF'
Prices from $29,900! Ashe-
ville and Boone area proper-
ties. (800)455-1981,
ext 103 www land-
steals com
TENNESSEE LAND RUSH'
1+acre to 2acre homesites,
wood, views. Starting at
$59,900 Tenn River & Nick-
a-Jack view tracts now
available! Retirement guide
rates this area #2 in U.S.
places to retire Low cost of
living, no impact fee
330)699-2741 or
866)550-5263, Ask About
Mini Vacation!


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
(561)346-4692/346-4692
OKEE New 2br/2ba on private
lot, on TCk $650/mo 1st &
sec. Avail Now. No pets Call
(561)767-6111
TREASURE ISLAND 3br, 2ba
dbl wide, waterfront, lake ac-
cess, lyr old, $800/mo
(954)610-5345
TREASURE ISLAND, 2br, 2ba
Lake access, quiet area No
pets $600/mo, 1st, last &
sec. dep. (561)743-4331




BANKREPO'S
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
561-721-2230
MANUFACTURED
HOME PARK
55+ La Belle, Florida
GATED, Clubhouse, Heated
Pool. Lease your 60 x 90 lot,
beautiful country living In-
cludes lot, lawn service, wa-
ter, sewer and trash pickup,
$200/mo. Models available
for immediate occupancy or
order your own on your lot
30 minutes from Ft Myers
M-F, 863-675-7555.
RIVERBEND ADULT PARK-
Very clean 2/2 on Ig beauti-
fully landscaped corner lot,
part furn,many up-
grades,Carport,Screen room,
Front porch,Utitly shed
$26,500 (863)763-2634 or
863-610-1296


Recreation




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




AIR BOAT-STOSSELL HULL,
Decked over, with trailer, as
is, no motor or prop $3000
OBO (863)763-7174
BULLET 22' BASSBOAT 1997
200hp rude fast hull
80+mph needs work
$3000. (561)261-0658
LOWE PONTOON 1994 -
Large pontoons, 70hp John-
son, runs perfect $3000/or
best offer (863)634-8007
OPEN BOW BOAT, 17 Ft w/
Trailer $300 FIRM
(863)763-0812



COLE CHEY 1997 POP-
UP12FT,REF,HEAT,AC,FRT
CGO BINSLEEPS 7 $2500.
(863)467-0164
COLEMAN POP-UP 1997 -
SLEEPS 7,AC,HEAT,REFRIG
$2500/or best offer
(863)467-0164



GEELY49CC GAS SCOOTER -
low miles, New $1200 ask-
ing $800 (863)467-4551
HONDA SHADOW SABRE
2001 Haines pipes, saddle
bags 11000 Miles
$5000/neg. (863)697-6054










MANCO 90 CC '04 runs
great, looks great, low hours,
600 neg (863)228-7118


Public Notice 5005


We are now able to do all phases
of mechanical work. Full time
mechanic on duty. Stop by and
give us a try!!!!

ST. LUCIE BATTERY & TIRE
198 US Hwy 98N Okeechobee (863) 357-2431 www.slbt.com


HONDA 126M, 1985 3 wheel-
er, mint cond. $600/neg. or
trade for canoe of same
cond. Call 239-961-3157
POLARIS 300 HAWKEYE
2006 Papers included
$3500/neg. (305)773-4023
La Belle
POLARIS SCRAMBLER 400
2000 Complete without
motor $250/or best offer
(863)634-8007
POLARIS SPORTSMAN 450
2007 Runs good $4500/or
best offer (239)464-4249
(863)675-3714
SANDRAIL 2005 1600 cc
VW,Red w Crome Engine,
lights, Labelle $3500/or best
offer (305)773-4023 Labelle
SUZUKI 500 VINSON '05 like
new, 696 miles, 4 WD,
winch, trailer, $4500 or best
offer (863)697-1771
YAHAMA DIRTBIKE-2006
TTR-125, used very little,
great cond Big Wheel,$1800
OBO $350 in extras
(863)763-5229



FLEETWOOD DW 2005 2/2
with florda room. Rent per
month is $750
(863)763-1884
HOLIDAY RAMBLER 72- 27ft,
$1000 239-657-2711 (Im-
mokalee)


Automobiles




Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070




ACURA VIGOR- 1994,Auto,
167k miles,power every-
thing, runs great' $2500
OBO (863)634-4557
CHEVY CAVAUER '03 LS
Sport 25K 1 Owner Sunrf
All pwr New tires Exc
cond. $6100 863-357-1988
FORD TAURAS XL 1997 4
doors, 70,000 original miles,
one owner, everything works
great mpg!!! $2300/or best
offer (863)447-0941
(863)447-0965
HONDA ACCORD 1990 -
Great on gas' Trust worthy
car 2 doors $1200/or best
offer (863)228-7102
Police Impounds for Sale' 95
Honda Civic $5001 96 VW
Jetta $6001 for listings call
(800)366-9813 Ext 9271
TOYOTA CAMRY 2000 1
Owner, Excellent condition 4
Door Auto., A/C, PW, PL.
Garage kept. Gas saver!
$5495 (561)568-7767 or
(561)253-4299
WARN WENCH + BUMPER
$800 OBO (863)634-4508




FORD F150- 2000, 5 spd ext
cab, runs great, $5000 Price
negotiable (863)634-1556



EZ GO Used, Good condition,
charger, $900 or best offer
(863)697-1350



BRUSH GUARD FOR FORD
F250 YEAR 2005 -
$150/neg. (863)763-6276
(863)801-5115
FORD 302 Block Bored 40
over 302 block and other
parts for it' $500
(863)673-0920
GEO PRIZM 1992 4 Door, 5
speed, Toyota Engine, Parts
only $350 Neg
(863)634-7195 Anytime


STEEL LADDER
RACK for long
Ford truck
(863)697-2724


OR PIPE
wheel base
$150.


WESTIN BLACK SIDE RAILS
FOR 4 DOOR FORD F250 -
$150/neg. (863)763-6276
(863)801-5115



CHEVROLET 2500 1989 -
Great work truck 2nd owner
119K or mi 4X4, cold a/c
$3000. (863)673-6819
F150-1998 New Motor, New
Tires, Runs Great $5000
OBO (863)763-7174
FORD F-250 1983 Diesel,
a/c, 4spd, runs great, in
Okeechobee $1200/or best
offer (863)697-3865
GMC JIMMY- 1990 Full size
4x4, lift kit, big tires, runs
great $3000 OBO
(863)763-7598
OTHER Select Fiberglass
tool box for full size pick up
A-1 condition $100
(863)675-1690


CHEVY BLAZER, '92 runs
good, looks good, $2,000 or
best offer (863)763-2724
CHEVY BLAZER '96 4X4, V6,
2 dr, looks good. $2500 Sell
or Trade (863)467-4650
FORD EXPEDITION XLT 2001
All power, Ice cold A/C,
Cloth interior Runs great.
$2900 (863)763-8027



UTILITY TRAILER single axle
ENCLOSED 6X12 vent,
lights, side, rear doors
$2500 (863)634-2303
UTILITY TRAILER-16 FT -2
Axel, New Tires $900 OBO
863-634-2979
Grab a bargain from your
neighbor's garage, attic,
basement or closet in
today's classified.



FORD E150 1984 V8 auto-
matic window van used as
work truck good condition
$1000. (239)935-9600


Public Nolices




Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500




IN THE CIRCUS COURT FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
Fie No 2008-CP-228
Judge McManus
IN RE ESTATE OF
BERNARD R ROBINSON
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of Ber-
nard R Robinson, deceased, whose
date of death was September 3, 2008,
is pending in the Circuit Court for
Okeechobee County, Ronrda, Probate
Division, the address of which is Clerk
of the Circui Court, Probate Division,
312 Northwest Third Street, Okeecho-
bee, FL 34972 The names and ad-
dresses of the personal representative
and the personal representative's attor-
ney are set fori below
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate on whom a
copy of this notice is required to be
served must file their claims with this
court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3
MONHTS AFTER THE TIME OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE
OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF
SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE
ONTHEM
All other creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or e-
mands against decedent's estate must
file their clams with this court WITHIN
3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE
ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL BE
FOREVER BARRED
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD
SET FORTH ABOVE ANY CLAIM FILED
IWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER
THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED
The date of first publcaton of this notice
is December 17 2008
Personal Representative
Maron E Bekanich
t93 Brooks Road
Bmghamton, NY 13905
Attorney for Personal Representave
Sean W Kelley, Esquire
FlordaBarNo 111899
Kelley & Corneal, PL
904 Anastasa Blvd
St Augusine, Flonda 3208
Telephone (904 819-9706
Fax (904 819-707
304230 N 12/17,24/08
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE
NINEEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT INAN
FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORDA
CASENO 200BCP252
IN RE ESTATE OF
EDNA L HERBERT
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
(Ancilay Summary Admanisstaton)
TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS OR
DEMANDS AGAINST THE ABOVE
ESTATE
You are hereby notified that an Order of
Summary Administration has been en-
tered in the estate of EDNA L HER-
BERT, deceased File Number by
the Circuit Court for Okeechobee
County, Florda Probate Division, the
address of which is 312 NW 3rd
Saeet, Okeechobee County, Okeecho-
bee Fonda 34972, that the decedent's
date of death was October 21, 2003,
that the total value of te estate is
$74,208 00 and that the names and
addresses of those to whom i has
been assigned by such order are
Name Address
Mark D Herbert 2793 South CR 625E
Plainfield, IN 46168
Chrs A Herbert 8407 North Mendan
Line Road
Banbndge, IN 46105
ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE NOTI
FED THAT
All creditors of the estate of the decedent
and persons having clams or de-
mands against the estate of the dece-
dent other tat those for whom
provision for full payment was made in
the Order of Summary Administration
must ile their clams with tis court
WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET
FORTH IN SECTION 733 702 OF THE
FLORIDA PROBATE CODE
ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT SO
FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED
NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER APPLI
CABLE TIME PERIOD, ANY CLAIM
FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AF-
TER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF
DEATH IS BARRED
The date of first publication of his Notice
is December 24, 2008
Person Giving Notice
Thomas G Herbert
7406 Nort CR 100 E
Baibndge IN 46102
Aforney For Person Giving Notice
Coln M Cameron, Esquire
Florida Bar No 270441
200 NE Fourth Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34974
(863) 763-8606
304979 ON 12/24,31/08
LEGAL NOTICE
Public Auction will be held at Johns Tow
ing Service storage lot located at 704
Northeast 2nd Avenue Okeechobee,
Flonda 34972 on JANUARY 9, 2009,
at 9 00 A M Pursuant to Florida Stat-
ute 713 78 for unpad towing and stor-
charges Year, make, model and
ViN are as follows
1991 Toota Corolla
VIN#JT2AE1A8M3461431
Terms of sale are cash, and no checks
will be accepted Seller reserves the
night of final bid ALL SALES ARE FI-
NAL' NO REFUNDS WILL BE, MADEi
Sad anutomobiles wll be sold in 'As Is"
condition with no guarantee's
304653 ON 12/24/08


Parts/Repairs 404


Public Notice 50I05


I Parts/Repairs 404


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASENO 47 2008 CA-000260
HSBC BANK USA, NATIONAL
ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE UNDER
HE POOLING AND SERVICING AGREE
MENT DATED AS OF AUGUST 1, 2006,
FREMONT HOME LOAN TRUST 2006-
Plaintiff
vs
JOSHUAANTONELI, elal
Defendants)
NOTICE OF SALE
Notice is hereby given that pursuant to a
Final Judgment of Foreclosure or Order
dated December 2, 2008, entered in
Civl Case Number 47-2008-
CA-000260, in the Circuit Court for
OKEECHOBEE Count, Flonda, wherein
HSB BANK USA, NATIONAL ASSO-
CIATION, AS TRUSTEE UNDER THE
POOLING AND SERVICING AGREE
MENT DATED AS OF AUGUST 1,
2006, FREMONT HOME LOAN TRUST
2006 B is the Plaintff, and JOSHUA
ANTONELLI, et al, are the Defendants,
I will sell the property situated in
OKEECHOBEE County, Florda, de
senbed as
Lot 8 of NORM LAKE COUNTRY ES
TATES UNIT according to the Plat
thereof as recorded n Plat Book 5,
Page 86, o the Pubic Records of
Okeechobee Count Florida
at pubic sale, to the highest and best
bidder, for cash, at Jury Assembly
Room, Second Floor Okeechobee
County Judicial Center 312 N W Thrd
Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972, at
1100 a m on the 14th day of Janu-
ary, 2009 Any person claiming an in
terest in the surplus from te sale, if
any other than the property owner as
of the date of the is pendens must file
a claim wiin 60 days after te sale
Dated December 4, 208
Sharon Robertson
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
By /s/SANDRAL CREECH
DEPUTY CLERK
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS
WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990 In aco
cordance with e Amencan With
Disabilibes Act persons in need of a
special accommodation to parcilpaie in
this proceeding should contact Court Ad-
minsration no later than seven days
pnor to the proceeding at 250 NW Counr
try Club Dnve Port St Lucie, Florida
34986 telephone 1-772-607-4370 wihin
two working days of your receipt of this
NOTICE IF YOU ARE HEARING IM-
PAIRED CALL 1-00-955-8771, IF YOU
ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1-800-955-8770
305104 ON 12/24,31/08
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNT,
FLORIDA
CaseNo 2008-DR-718
Division DOMESTIC RELATIONS
KrstDa Sivaa
Petitioner
and
layon A Silva
Respondent
NOTICE FACTION FOR
DISSOLUnONOFMARRIAGE
TO Clayton Alden Silva
328 Hemlock Avenue
Sebnng, FL 33870
YOU ARE NOTiFIED that an acoon has
been filed against you and that you are
required to serve a copy of your wnt-
ten defenses, if an to it on Knsona D
Silva, whose address is 7175 NE 1st
St, Okeechobee, FL 34974 on or be-
fore January 15 2009, and file the
ongial wil the clerk of this Court at
Okeechobee County Judicial Center,
Court Operaions 1st Floor 312 NW
3rd Street, Okeechobe, Flonda 34972
before service on Petioner or immedi-
ately thereafter 1 you fail to do so a
defat may be entered against you for
the relef demanded in the edition
Copies of all court documents in this
case, including orders, are available at
the Clerk of the rcuroi Court's office
You may review these documents
upon request
You must keep the Clerk of the Circut
Court's office notified of your current
address (You may file Noce of Cur
rent Address, lorida Supreme Court
Approved Family Law Form 12915)
Future papers in this lawsuit will be
maled to the address on record at the
clerk's office
WARNING Rule 12285, Flonda Family
Law Rules of Procedure, requires cer-
tain automatic disclosure of docu-
ments and informaon Failure to
comply can result in sanctions, includ-
ing dismissal or sinking of pleadings
DATED December 12 2008
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
By S/HEATHER THOMAS
Deputy Clerk
304532 ON 12/17,24,31/08,11/7/09
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF T 19TH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO 47-2008-CA-000591
BANK OF AMERICA, N A,
Plaintiff
vs
SHERI L HElL, elal,
Defendants
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO SHERIL HElL
Last Known Address
15155 NW 280t Street,
Okeechobee, FL 34972
Also Attempted at
1801 S Parrott Avenue, Apt 206E,
Okeechobee, FL 34974 and
3067 NW 92nd Avenue,
Coral Springs, FL 3305
Current Residence Unknown
JAYC HEIL, A/K/A JAY HEIL
Last Known Address
15155 NW 280th Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972
Also Attempted At
101S Parrott Avenue Apt 206E
Okeechobee, FL 34974
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an acoon for
Foreclosure of Mortgage on the following
descnbed property
THE WEST 1/2 OF THE WEST 1/2 OF
THE SOUTH 112 OF THE SOUTH 1/2
OF TRACT 13, SECTION 24, TOWN
SHIP 34 SOUTH, RANGE 33 EAST
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA,
ACCORDING TO THO E PLAT THEREOF
RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGES
3A-D, INCLUSIVE OF THE OKEECHO-
BEE COUNTY PUBLIC RECORDS
has been filed against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your wnt-
ten defenses, if any, to it, on Marshall
C Watson, PA, Attorney for Planff,
whose address is 1800 NW 491h
STREET SUITE 120, FT LAUDER-
DALE, FL 33309 within thirty (30)
days after the first publication of this
Nobce in te Okeechobee News and
file the ongial with the Clerk of this
Court either before service on Plain-
tiff's attorney or immediately thereafter,
otherwise a default will be entered
against you for te relief demanded in
the complaint
In accordance with the Americans with
Disabilies Act of 1990 (ADA) disabled
person who, because of their
disabilities need special accommda-
tions to participate in this proceeding
should contact the Clerk ce not lat-
er than seven (7) days prior to the pr-
ceeding Court Administraoon at
772-807-4370, 1-800-955-8771
(heanng impaired) or 1-800-955-8770
(voice impaired)
ITNESS my hand and the seal of this
CGourt this 19th day of Dec 2008
Sharon Robertson
As Clerk of the Court
By S/LINDA F YOUNG
As Deputy Clerk
305011 ON 12/24,31/08
LEGAL NOTICE
A public auction will be held at BMJ Tow-
ing, Inc Lot at 414 South Parrot Ave-
nue, Okeechohbee, Flonda 34974 on
Fnday the Sth day of January 2009
from 1000-11 00 AM Pursuant to
Florida statute 713 78 for unpaid tow
ng and storage Year Make, Model &
Vin's as follows
1999 Geen Fold Tauus
1FAFP52U3XA174559
1994 Red Saab 9000
YS3CN6EM1lR1006046
Terms of sale are cash and no checks
will be accepted The seller reserves
the night of final bid All sales are final
No refunds will be made Sad automo
bles will be sold in AS IS' with no
guarantees
304623 ON 12/24/08


3044740N 12/17,24/08


Sandra Creech
Deputy Clerk


LEGAL NOTCE
A public auction will be held at BMJ Tow-
ng, Inc Lot at 414 South Parrot Ave-
nue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 on
Friday the 16th day of January 2009
from 1 00-1100 AM Pursuant to
lorda statute 713 78 for unpaid tow-
ing and storage Year Make, Model &
Vin'sas follows
2001 Siver Chevy Cavalier
IGJC124017296463
Terms of sale are cash, and no checks
will be accepted The seller reserves
the ignht of final bid All sales are final
No refunds wll be made Said automo-
bles wll be sold in "AS IS with no
guarantees
305193 ON 12/24/08

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IN THE CIRCUIT OF HE 1m JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR
OKECBECOE COUNTY
Case # 200 CA 000527

U S Bank National Assoclaon, as Trus-
tee for the C-BASS Mortgage Loan As-
set-Backed Certcates, Series 2006-
CB5,
Plaintif,
-vs-
-55-
Lazaro Rivero and Maira Rivero, Hus-
band and Wife Unknown Parties in Pos
session #l, Unknown Parhes in
Possession #2, If living, and all Un-
known Parties claiming by, through, un-
der and against the above named
Defendants) who are not known to be
dead or alive, whether said Unknown
Partes may claim an Interest as Spouse,
Heirs, Devsees, Grantees, or Other Clai-
mants
Defendants)

NOTICE OFSALE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an
Order of Final Judgment of Foreclosure
dated December 2, 2008, entered n Civil
Case No 2008 CA 000527 of the Circuit
Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and
for Okeechobee County Florida, wherein
U S Bank National Associaton, as Trus-
tee for the C-BASS Mortgage Loan As-
set-Backed Certcates, Series 2006-
CB, Plaintff and Lazaro Rivero and Mai
ra Rivero, Husband and Wife are defen-
dan(s), I wll sell to the highest and best
bidder for cash, IN THE JURY ASSEM-
BLY ROOM, ON THE SECOND FLOOR,
OF THE OKEECHOBEE JUDICIAL CEN-
TER, 312 NW THIRD STREET, OKEE-
CHOBEE, FL 34972 at 1100 AM an
January 14, 2009, the following de-
scribed property as set forth in said Fina
Judgment, to-wit

THE SOUTH ONE-HALF OF LOT 26,
AND THE NORTH 20 FEET OF LOT 27,
LAZY SEVEN RANCH ACRES, AC-
CORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF,
RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 5, PAGE
10, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA

ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST
IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF
ANY OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY
OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS
PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN
6O DAYS AFTER THE SALE
IF YOU ARE A PERSON WITH A DISBI-
LITY WHO NEEDS ANY ACCOMMPDA
TION IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN
THIS PROCEEDING, YOU ARE ENTITLED,
AT NO COST TO YOU, TO THE PROVI-
SION OF CERTAIN ASSISTANCE
PLEASE CONTACT COURT AMINIS-
TRATION NO LATER THAN SEVEN DAY
PRIOR TO THE PROCEEDING AT 250
NW COUNTRY CLUB DRIVE, PORT ST
LUCIE, FL 34986, IF YOU ARE HEARING
IMPAIRED CALL 1-800-955-8771, IF
YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1-800-955-8770
DATED at OKEECHOBEE, lorda, this
12ih day of December 2008

SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF THE CIRUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Florida

Sandra Creech
Deputy Clerk
304470 ON 12124,31/08


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DRAFT
STATE OF FLORIDA
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
NOTICE OF INTENT TO ISSUE PERMIT
The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) gies notice of ts intent
to issue a Lake Okeechobee Protecon Permit (LOPP) (File No 0287326-001) in
accordance wit Section 373 4595 Fonda Statutes (FS) to the South Fonda Water
Management District (Distnct) for nhe construction, operaon, and maintenance of
he Lakeside Ranch Stormwater Treatment Area (STA)-Phase I This permit aulhonz-
es the Lakeside Ranch STA-Phase I Project, which wll include the consttruion, op-
eration, and maintenance of three treatment cells north of the Preservation Area of
the Lakeside Ranch STA Water will be pumped from he L-63S/L-63 Canal into the
treatment cells, which flow generally in a south to southeasterly direction Gated
weir structures are provided at the inflow and outflow of each cell for flexible control
of the flow Treated water will then be conveyed via an existing dith under U S
Highway 98 and discharge into the L-47 Canal Improvements to the L-63S/L-64
Canal and replacement of structures within the Canal will also be part of this project
The auTorized construction, operation, and maintenance are descnbed in more de-
tai in the application and associated documents on file with the Department
The Lakeside Ranch STA-Phase I Project and its associated structures will be locat-
ed on a 2,700-acre parcel of land located in southeastern Okeechobee and western
Martin Counes between US Highway 441 and US Highway 98 east of Lake
Okeechobee The Lakeside Ranch STA-Phase I is located with Sectons 19, 20, 29,
30, 31, and 32, Township 38S, Range 37E, and Sections 4, 5, and 6, Township
39S, Range 37E The L-635st-64 Canal Improvements and the access rad to the
inflow pump station are located within Secions 13 and 24 Township 37S Range
36E
The application is available for public inspection dunng normal business hours, 00
am to 5 00 pm, Monday through Foday except egal holidays, at the Depart-
ment's Tallahassee Office, Restraton Planning and Permiting Section, 2600 Blair
Stone Road, Tallahassee, Flonda 32399, telephone no (850) 245-8346
The Department will issue the permit unless a tmely petion for an administrative
hearing is filed pursuant to Sectons 120 569 and 120 57 of the Florida Statutes
The procedures for petitoning for a heanng are set forth below Due to the large
size of this protect and the multude of agencies and interested parties associated
wnth This project, te mediation process descnbed in Chapter 120 F S will not be a
feasible method to resolve disputes associated wit the project Therefore, the op-
tonal medialon proceedings will not be available
A person whose substantial interests are affected by the Department's proposed
permitting decision may petion for an administrative heanng in accordance with
Sections 120 569 and 120 57 FS The petition must contain the imformaoon set
forth below and must be fled (received by the clerk) in te Office of General Counsel
of the Department at 3900 Commonweath Boulevard, Mail Stabon 35, Tallahassee,
Flonda 32399-3000
Petitions by the applicant or any of the parties listed below must be filed within
twenty-one (21) days of publication of the notce or within twenty-one (21) days of
receipt of the written notice whichever occurs first Under Secbon 120 60(3) of the
Flonda Statutes, however n er any person who has asked the Department for noTce of
agency acton may i e a petlon wthin 21 days of receipt of such notce, regardless
of the date of publication A petitioner must mail a copy of the petition to te appli-
cant at the address indicated above, at the bme of filing The failure of any person
to file a petion wihin the appropriate time period shall consotute a waiver of that
person's rght to request an administrative determinaon (hearing) under Sectons
120569 and 120 57, FS, or to intervene in this proceeding and participate as a
party to Any subsequent intervention wll be only at the dscreon of the presiding
officer upon the fiing of a motion in compliance with Rule 28-106205 of the Flonda
Administrative Code
A petition that disputes o e maternal facts on which the Department's action is based
must contain the following information
(a) The name and address of each agency affected and each agency's file or
identificaon number, if known,
Sb) The name address and telephone number of the pettoner, te name, ad-
dress, and telephone number of the petitoners rereesentative, if any which shall
be the address for service purposes during the course of the proceeding, and an
explanation of how he peitioner's substantial interests wll be affected by the
agency determenalon,
(c) A statement of when and how the petiioner received noce of the agency de-
cision,
(d) A statement of all disputed issues of maternal fact t there are none, the peb-
tion must so indicate,
e) A concise statement of the ultimate facts alleged, including the specific acts
tpe petioner contends warrant reversal or moadication of te agency s proposed
action,
( A statement of the specific rules or statutes the peationer contends require re-
versal or modificaton of the agency's proposed action, including an explanation
of how the alleged facts relate to the spectic rules or statutes, and
g) A statement of the relief sought by the petioner, stating precisely the action
he petioner wishes the agency to take with respect to the agency s proposed
action
A petition that does not dispute the material facts on which the Department's action
is based shall state that no such facts are in dispute and otherwise shall contain the
same information as setforth above, as rired by Rule 28-106301 FAC
Because the administrative heanng process is designed to formulate final agency
action, the fing of a petition means that the apartments final acon may be differ-
ent from the position taken by it in this notce Persons whose substantial interests
will be affected by any such final decision of the Department on the appllcaaon have
the right to potion to become a party to the proceeding, in accordance with the re-
quirements set sfor above
305105 ON 12/24/08


Ukeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
The J actors holiday card wishng a Happy Holday to all at home
and to all the troops abroad won the Most Patriotic holiday card
in the Okeechobee High School Band Holiday Stroll in the Park
All of the cards are on display in Flagler Park off State Road 70 in
downtown Okeechobee.


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Edward Jones' Sharon Ming submitted her holiday card of North
Pole Stock Cerificate which won the Most Unique holiday card in
the Okeechobee High School Band Holiday Stroll in the Park


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PUBLIC NOTICE
CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING
A CITY ORDINANCE
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of fie City of Okeechobee, Floda wil
on Tuesday January 6, 2009 at 6 00 p m or as soon thereafter possible at City
Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Okeechobee, FL conduct a PUBLIC HEARING on and theraer
to consider final reading of the following Ordinance into law NO 1038 AN ORDI-
NANCE OF TE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA AMENDING THE CITY OF OKEE
CHOBEE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN, ORDINANCE NO 35 AS AMENDED, BY
REVISING THE FUTURE LAND USE MAP ON A CERTAIN TRACT OF LAND MORE
PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED HEREIN FROM MULTI FAMILY TO COMMERCIAL,
PROVIDING FOR INCLUSION ORDINANCE AND REVISED FUTURE LAND USE
MAP IN THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN, PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE
Tre Ordinance is regarding Small Scale Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map
Amendment Applicaion No 08-007-SSA, submitted by Muhammad Nooruddin, on
behalf of property owners) A M S A Holdings, LLC The request is to change the
Future Land Use designation from MF to C for property located at 111 Northeast
11t Street, Lots 17 through 19 of Block l, Okeechobe, and is approximately
0 488 acre(s) Te proposed use is for a home health office
All members of the public are encouraged to attend and parbcipate in said heanng
The proposed Ordinance may be inspected in its enbrety by members of the public
in the Office of the City Clerk dunng regular business hours, Mon-Fn, Sam-4 30pm,
except for holidays
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the City Council wth respect to any matter considered at this
heanng such interested person will need a record of the proceedings and for such
purpose may need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which
record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based
ity Clerk media are for the sole purpose of backupfor official records ofthe Clerk
In accordance with the Americans with Disablity Act (ADA) and Flonda Statutes
286 26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Lane Gamtolea no later than two (2) working days
poor to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x215, if heanng or voice impaired, call
TDD 1-800-955-8770 (voice) or 1-800-955-8771 (TTY)
Lane Gamotea, CMC, CITY CLERK
305111 ON12/24/08

PUBUC NOTICE
CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING
A CIY ORDINANCE
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Flonda wil
on Tuesday, January 6, 2009 at 606 p m or as soon thereafter possible, at Cty
Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Okeechobee, FL conduct a PUBLIC HEARING on and thereafter
to consider final reading of the following Ordinance into law NO 1037 AN ORDI
NANCE OF THE CIY OF OEECHOBEE, FLORIDA EXTENDING THE OPERATION OF
ORDINANCE 1019 AS PREVIOUSLY ADOPTED, PROVIDING FOR EXTENSION OF
TIME IN WHICH DEVELOPER PROVIDE EASEMENT TO THE cm Of OKEECHO
BEE, PROVIDING FORAN EFFECTIVE DATE
All members of the pubic are encouraged to attend and parbipate in said heanng
The proposed Ordinance may be inspected in is enurety by members of the pubic
in t ffc the ce of e y Clerk dunng regular business hours, Mon-Fn, Sam-4 30pm,
except for holidays
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that i any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at this
heanng such interested person wil need a record of the proceedings and for such
purpose may need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which
record includes the testimony and evidence upon which e appeal is to be based
Ciy Clerk media are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the Clerk
In accordance with the Americans wh Disability ct (ADA) and Flonda Statutes
286 26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodabon to participate in
this proceeding should contact Lane GamEotea no later than two (2) working days
pnor to the proceeing at 863-763-3372 x215, i hearing or voice impaired, cal
TDD 1-800-955-8770 (voice) or 1-800-955-8771 (TTY)
Lane Gamlotea, CMC, CIT CLERK
305110 ON 12/2408

NEW PERMIT REQUIREMENTS
LAWN SPRINKLERS
RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL PROPERTY
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY

Effective January 1, 2009, permits will be required for residen-
tlal and commercial lawn sprinklers In Okeechobee County. In
accordance with the Okeechobee County Permit Fee Schedule
which was effective January 1, 2007, the fee will be $40 00 for
residential and $80.00 for commercial. Questions should be di-
rected to the Okeechobee County Building Department at
863-763-5548.
304976 ON 12/24,28/68


INTHE CIRCUIOF THE 19thJUDICIAL
CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA, IN ANDFOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
Case s 2008 CA 000481

The Bank of New York Trust Company,
NA as Successor to JPMorgan Chase
BankNA ,as Trstee,
Plaintiff,
-vs-
Donna H Lee and Wayne P Woodham II,
Melanie L Leighton, State of Florida, De-
partment of Revenue. Unknown Paries in
Possession #1, Unknown Parties in
Possession 2, If living, and all Un-
known Parties claiming by, through, un-
der and against the above named
Defendanl(s) who are not known to be
dead or alive whether said Unknown
Parties may claim an interest as Spouse,
Heirs, Devsees, Grantees, or Other Cla-
mants
Defendants)

NOTICEOFSALE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an
Order of Final Judgment of Foreclosure
dated December 2, 2008, entered in Civil
Case No 2008 CA 000481 of the Circuit
Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and
for Okeechobee County Florida, wherein
The Bank of New York Trust Company,
NA as Successor to JPMorgan Chase
Bank N A, as Trustee, Plaintiff and Don
na H Lee and Wayne P Woodham, I are
are defendantss, I will sell to the highest
and best bidder for cash, IN THE JURY
ASSEMBLY ROOM, ON THE SECOND
FLOOR, OF THE OKEECHOBEE JUDICIAL
CENTER, 312 NW THIRD STREET,
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 at 11 00 AM
on January 14, 2009, te following de-
scribed property as set forth in said Final
Judgment, to wit

LOT 4, BLOCK 64, BASSWOOD, INC
UNIT 6, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT
THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT
BOOK 3, PAGE 50, OF THE PULBIC
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA

ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST
IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF
ANY OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY
OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS
PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN
60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE
IF YOU ARE A PERSON WITH A DISBI-
LITY WHO NEEDS ANY ACCOMMPDA-
TION IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN
THIS PROCEEDING. YOU ARE ENTITLED,
AT NO COST TO YOU, TO THE PROVI-
SION OF CERTAIN ASSISTANCE
PLEASE CONTACT COURT ADMINIS-
TRATION NO LATER THAN SEVEN DAY
PRIOR TO THE PROCEEDING AT 250
NW COUNTRY CLUB DRIVE, PORT ST
LUCIE, FL 34986, IF YOU ARE HEARING
IMPAIRED CALL 1-800-9558771, IF
YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1-800-955-8770
DATED at OKEECHOBEE, Floda, this
1 ah day of December 2008

SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Flonda





16 Okeechobee News, Wednesday, December 24, 2008


Swim team honored for breaking school records


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Savannah Asmussen took
home the girls' MVP award at
the annual swim team banquet.















Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Nathan Candler took home
the boys' MVP award at the
swim team banquet.


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Seven regional qualifiers, one
sophomore swimmer already
with two school records, and two
girls that both broke school re
cords in the same event this year,
were honored when the Brah
man swim team held their annual
banquet Wednesday night at the
High School cafeteria.
It was an eventful first season
for Coach Nicole Johnson and as-
sistant coach Brian Turner. They
started out with a lot of early
mornings. The team held morn-
ing practices as early as 4:30 a.m.
They worked hard and tried to
change the culture of the pro-
gram.


"We wanted to become a
team that won and nobody no-
ticed," he said.
Coach Turner said great im-
provements were made this year
as all of the swimmers set person-
al best times in various events. He
noted the kids believed in what
the coaches were trying to do and
came a long way.
Turner said an example of
their improvement came in
swim meets against Sebring this
year. In the early part of the sea-
son Sebring blasted Okeecho-
bee. Later in the year in another
swim meet, Okeechobee battled
Sebring very well.
"At the beginning we were no-


uKeecnoDee News/unanes Murpny
Swim Coach Brian Turner talks about boys' Brahman award
winner Kenny Murphy (left).


where near a swim team. At the
end of the season, Sebring had to
say, we are in trouble," he said.
Coach Johnson said she also
got a lot of positive comments
from opposing coaches. She
noted she required a lot from the
swimmers and that their hard
work paid off.
All of the swimmers received
letters and certificates of achieve-
ment for their participation this
year.
Turner said they are in the ini-
tial stages of building a winning
program here and that it will take
some time. He said this year was
a good first step.
"We came a long way. We
started off not knowing a lot
about swimming in general. In
the end, our biggest accomplish-
ments were breaking the school
records."
Savannah Asmussen broke the
records in the 500 yard free style
and the 100 yard back stroke. For
that performance she was named
the girls' most valuable swim
mer.
"I'm honored to have won the
award. I worked real hard to do
what I can do," she noted.
Asmussen said her goal next
year is to qualify for state. She was
just one second short of qualify-
ing this year in her sophomore
season.
"I practiced real hard. It was
an honor to improve my times
this year," she added.
Nathan Candler was named
the boy's most valuable player.


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Coach Turner with girls' Brahman award winner Celena
Letcher.


He earned a trip to the regional
swim meet and actually qualified
for regional during the four years
of his high school career.
"It feels good. This is my senior
year and this is a great way to end
it. Everyone tried their hardest this
year and made as many practices
as they could. There were some
big improvements and the results
we had really showed the effort
we put in."
Alex Ming broke the school re-
cord in the 100 yard breast stroke
this year. The record didn't stand
up for long as teammate Celena
Letcher broke it later in the year.
Other awards went to Savan-
na Whitlock for most improved
swimmer for the girls and Ben


Kielbasa for most improved for
the boys. Letcher earned the girl's
Brahman award and Kenny Mur-
phy the boy's Brahman award.
Members of the team this
year included Lucas Hawthorne,
Chelsie Houston, Savannah As-
mussen, Randi Barnes, Victoria
Bostic, Sarah Hawthorne, Tessa
Delcampo, Robbi Erwin, Jessica
Wackier, Michelle Fischer, Na-
than Candler, Justin Juback, Teal
Sheffield, Damon Heater, Kenny
Murphy, Savanna Whitlock, Jaid-
en Barnhart, Celena Letcher and
Alex Ming.
Sheffield and Candler were
captains this year.


Boy's basketball win Holiday Kennel Classic game


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Victories overJohn Carroll High
School and Benjamin High School
gave Okeechobee High School


the championship of Southland
Christian's Holiday Basketball
tournament in West Palm Beach
this past weekend.
It was the first title, district or


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Runner of the Year
Eddie Guerrero (right) received the honor of the Treasure
Lake District Runner of the Year for 2008 Cross Country
Season. He was joined at the school board meeting to re-
ceive this honor by his coach Mike Schilt (left).


Submitted photo/Betty Bockoras

Keep Christ in Christmas
David Jr. and Lisa Bockoras of S.W. 16th St. are keeping Christ in
Christmas. This year David decided to make a cross out of some
scrap pieces of pvc pipe. Standing about 20 feet tall with a manger
scene at the base, the cross signifies the ultimate purpose that Jesus
was born, and that the Christmas story does not end on Dec. 25.


tournament, for Coach Jon En-
rico. He noted that was a good
feeling for his squad. "It was big
for the kids. Everybody stepped
up. We've been close to winning
before, but it is good for a pro-
gram to have a title. The kids' con-
fidence will get a boost."
Okeechobee (5-4) defeated
John Carroll 77-68 on Friday as
Corey White and David Jeune
paved the way with 19 points
apiece. Terrance Allen had 15
points and Matt Skipper added 10
points in the victory. Austin Wil-
lard and Troy Harper each had
six points and Joey Voss had four
points for Okeechobee.
Okeechobee won despite the
heroics of Luke Walters of John
Carroll. He scored 42 points to
lead the Golden Rams (1-6).
Okeechobee scored 31 points
in the final quarter to pull away.
They also shot well at the free
throw line, (17-22).
Okeechobee won the cham-
pionship Saturday afternoon in
a tight battle with Benjamin. The
game was close until the final five
seconds when Allen intercepted
an inbounds pass and drove the
length of the court for a buzzer
beating layup.
Benjamin won 20 games last
year and traditionally is one of the
better small schools in the state.
Enrico said they were a smart
team that was very strong funda-
mentally. Okeechobee got a scare
late in the game as Jeune was
struck in the mouth with an el-
bow. He had to get six stitches to
his mouth after the game. He also
sat for half of the final quarter.
"The kids got the lead back and
held it to finish the game. This was
a real team win," Enrico noted.
Coach Jon Enrico said his en-
tire team played very well in the
tournament. Jeune scored 23
points and added 14 rebounds in
the championship game. He was
named the tournament most valu-
able player. Corey White scored
12 points on Saturday and was


also named to the all tournament
team. Allen had 11 points and
Skipper seven points in the cham-
pionship game. The squad also
shot 11-15 from the charity stripe.
Okeechobee also got some
contributions from Ricky Ni-
eto who has battled a leg injury.
He is expected to be back at full
strength in January.


Fort Pierce, FL 34950
(772) 460-5501


Okeechobee will play this Lakeland Kathleen, North Broward


weekend at the Rock Holiday
Classic at Windemere Prep in
Orlando. Games begin on Satur-
day. Okeechobee will meet Lin
coin County High School out of
Kentucky in the first round. Other
teams in the tournament include


Prep, Gateway Kissimmee, Free
dom-Orlando, Wellston, Ohio, and
Riverdale Country School out of the
Bronx, New York. Games will be
played on Saturday, Dec. 27, Mon-
day, Dec. 29, and Tuesday, Dec. 30.


Okeechobee, FL 34972
(863) 357-4138


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