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KEECHOBEE


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Vol. 99 No. 296 Friday, December 26, 2008 500 Plus tax


Briefs


Red Cross class
dates slated
The Okeechobee Branch of
the American Red Cross will be
holding the following Health &
Safety classes in January: Tues-
day, Jan. 6 First Aid Basics at 6
p.m.; Wednesday, Jan. 14 In-
fant/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 lo-
cated at 323 N. Parrott Ave. To
register, or for more informa-
tion call 863-763-2488.

Main Street Mixer
planned
Okeechobee Main Street
will kick off the New Year with
their first monthly mixer of the
new year hosted by Raulerson
Hospital on Tuesday, Jan. 13,
2009. The January mixer will
be held at the Raulerson Com-
pany Care Office in the blue top
building just north of the hos-
pital at 1930 Hwy. 441 North.
Main Street Mixers are a night
of networking, refreshments,
door prizes and a chance for
you to win the Mega 50/50 at
the end of the year. So invite a
friend and join us.

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: 605
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


Fair will


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The 2009 Okeechobee Coun
ty Fair appears to be bigger and
better than ever. The dates will
be Friday, March 13 through Sun-
day, March 22.
New in 2009 will be a lego
building contest which will
be open to everyone. The age
groups are: four to six, seven to
nine, 10 to 12 and 13 plus. Ap-
plicants will be judged on origi-
nality, creativity and precision.
The project must be built so that


it can withstand being handled
by the judges without collaps-
ing. The first place winner will
receive $15 while second and
third place winners will receive
$10 and $5 respectively.
Each day will feature a dif-
ferent theme. Friday, March 13
will be "Support Our Troops
Night" with free admission 5 to
10 p.m. The highlight of that day
will be the Second Annual Miss
Okeechobee County Fair Beau-
ty Pageant at 7 p.m. Saturday,
March 14, will be Seminole Heri-
tage Day with a Seminole Heri-


bigger,


tage Show between noon and 2
p.m. Sunday, March 15 will be
Family Day with a Hispanic Band
Jamboree and a low rider car
show. Monday, March 16 will be
Bargain Night and will feature the
popular Okeechobee Idol Con-
test from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday,
March 17, will be Bike Night with
a Bike Show at 7 p.m. Student
Dollar Night will be Wednesday,
March 18. Students will get it for
$1 with a student ID. Food Drive
Night will be Thursday, March
19. Admission that night will be
three cans of food plus $2. Friday,


Stained glass: Windows tell a story


March 20 will be TGIF Ni
a Bluegrass Festival from
p.m. Blue Grass Celebrati
will be Saturday, March 2
ily Day at the Races will
final day, Sunday, March
has become customary,
will end with a demolition
at 4 p.m.
Every day there will
races.
What's a fair without li
judging? The youth li
show and sale will be go
Tuesday through Saturday
In addition to the lego


better

h with ing contest, prizes will be award-
6 to 10 ed for food, photography, fine
on Day art, vegetables, leather working
1. Fam- and horticulture.
be the
be the And of course there will be
the fair the always popular midway
Derby rides. According to Linda Syfrett
of the fair association, the recent-
be pig ly extended agreement with the
county will enable the fair to get
iestock better midway contracts.
iestock Post your opinions in the Public
ing on Issues Forum at www.newszap.
com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be
build- reached at pgawda@newszap.com.


Commissioner


Marvin Wherrell


will be missed


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee County Com-
missioner and long time busi-
nessman Marvin Wherrell, 64,
died Tuesday evening, Dec. 22
at Raulerson Hospital.
Mr. Wherrell was well
known in the community be-
cause of his church, business
and political connections. He
was known as a hard work-
ing commissioner who did his
homework and voted his con-
victions.
For many years, Mr. Wherrell
operated Wherrell's Auto Parts
and Wherrell's Machine Shop.
He was a long time member of
First Baptist Church, serving as
a deacon, chairman of the dea-


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
The First United Methodist Church stained glass window "Ascending Christ" pictures
Christ ascending to heaven with outstretched nail scarred hands and radiating light.
It is the largest and most colorful of the church's stained glass windows. The other 12
windows represent the 12 apostles.

Memorials were donated by local residents


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
In all the hustle and bustle
of the Christmas season, may-
be we should pause within the
quiet of the sanctuary of the
First United Methodist Church
to consider the true meaning of
Christmas.
The great cathedrals built
during the Middle Ages in Eu-
rope have what is called the
"Poor Man's Bible." Because
many people of that era could
not read, the Gospel story was
told in stained glass. Here in
Okeechobee, even though


almost everyone can read,
countless Christians have been
blessed by the Gospel as seen in
the 13 stained glass windows of
First United Methodist Church.
Illuminating the 1924 sanc-
tuary are 12 windows contain
ing symbols representing the 12
apostles and one large window
depicting the ascending Christ.
The windows were given by
various church members in
memory of loved ones during
the period from 1991 through
1996. All of them except the
window representing James
contain a cross in some form.


The first window installed
was in honor of Peter. It is locat-
ed in the center of the east wall,
commanding a prominent po-
sition as is fitting for the leader
of the apostles. In was installed
in 1991 in loving memory of Mr.
and Mr. J. R. Minehan, Sr. by
Sarah Hamrick. The window
contains the star of Bethlehem
and a fish which has a double
meaning. It represents Peter's
trade as fisherman. He was
also made a fisher of men by
Jesus. (Luke 5:10) The window
See Memorials Page 2


cons, church
treasurer and
member of
the steward-
ship commit-
tee.
Among his
community
involvements, Marvin
he served on Wherrell
a committee
to help preserve the old jail.
"Marvin (Wherrell) was a
big asset to the community,"
said Commission Chairman
Clif Betts. "It's going to a great
loss for Okeechobee."
He commented on the ef-
forts Mr. Wherrell would go to
become informed on an issue.
See Wherrell Page 3


Wildfire claims


4 hunting cabins


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Four hunting cabins, a John
Deere seeder, six tires and a pal-
let of fertilizer were destroyed
in a fire that hit a hunting camp
near the County line northeast
of Fort Drum on Monday, ac-
cording to Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office reports.
A report from Deputy How-
ard Pickering said a prescribed
fire was set last Wednesday,
Dec. 17, and apparently re-
kindled sometime in the past
week. Officials were unsure


how long the fire burned.
Paramedic Jay Curtis of
Okeechobee County Fire Res-
cue said a cleaning lady showed
up on Monday and found the
cabins burned to the ground.
The fire had also spread to un-
derneath the main guest house
at the facility.
The report said 100 acres
were burning around a house,
barn and four hunting cabins
when the first crews arrived just
after noon on Dec. 22. The cab
ins had burned to the ground.
See Fire Page 3


Index


Classifieds.............................. 10
Community Events ....... ..... 6
Counseling Corner.................... 4
Crossword 4
Obituaries 6
Opinion 4
Speak Out. ...... ......... ..... 4
Sports 9
Sudoku 7
Weather 2
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Local youth wins national art contest


Families at Real Life Chil-
dren's Ranch have something
new to celebrate this holiday
season, especially 15-year-
old Nicholas, who lives at the
Ranch. Nicholas' entry into the
2008 national holiday card de-
sign contest hosted by Waste
Management was chosen as
the company's winner! As part
of the design-contest, Waste
Management awards $1,000
to the affiliated organization
of the artist, in this case Real
Life Children's Ranch. Mark
Mayers, Executive Director
of Real Life Children's Ranch
made the decision to place the
award money in a trust fund for
Nicholas, payable to him on his
eighteenth birthday.
Each year, Waste Manage-


ment conducts a holiday card-
design contest for non-profit
organizations and schools
across the nation. Not only
will Nicholas' winning card de-
sign be seen by customers and
community member around
the entire United States, but
recipients will also be able to
learn about the ministry and
mission of Real Life Children's
Ranch by reading a description
on the back of each card.
Real Life Children's Ranch is
a faith-based family style group
home which has been caring
for abused, abandoned and
neglected children for over 50
years. Just how many people
will see Nicholas' artwork? In
2007, Waste Management offic-
es across the country ordered


over 4,000 of that year's design-
winning card.
Nicholas' artwork featuring
a Waste Management truck be-
ing led by reindeer on a snowy
day was among 70 entries from
six differentWaste Management
market areas. Nicholas first
heard about the contest earlier
this summer when Waste Man-
agement's local community
relations representative invited
local non profits and the school
system to submit entries.
Upon hearing that he had
won the contest, Nicholas
smiled from ear to ear and stat-
ed, "I am so excited about win-
ning this prestigious art-design
contest and I am thankful to
Waste Management for giving
me this opportunity."


Submitted photo/WM
Nicholas (center) won the Waste Management Christmas
Card design contest winning $1,000. The prize was pre-
sented to him with (left) Mark Mayers, Director of Real
Life Children's Ranch, Jenny Pung Waste Management
Community Outreach, Nicholas, winning artist, and house
parents Denny and Margo Davis.


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2 Okeechobee News, Friday, December 26, 2008


Memorials
Continued From Page 1


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Perhaps the most interest-
ing of First United Methodist
Church's 13 stained glass
windows is the one repre-
senting Judas who betrayed
Jesus. It contains a bag of
silver that Judas was given to
betray Jesus was well as the
hangman's noose by which
he took his life. However, it
also depicts the forgiveness
of God in the hand in the up-
per right.
also contains another symbol con-
nected with Peter keys. In Mat-
thew 16:19 Peter is given the keys
of the kingdom by Jesus. In the
lower right of the picture are three
fish, signifying the Trinity.
Also in 1991 a stained glass
window representing James was
installed to Peter's right. That lo-
cation is appropriate since in the
Bible James is often identified
along with Peter and John as be-
ing in the inner circle of apostles.
Donors include Ruth Marsh in lov-
ing memory of Emerson and Nelta
Marsh, Regina Hamrick, in loving
memory of Eugenia Bowden, Bill
and Merle Hendry in loving mem-
ory of Bill and Hope Hendry and
Jim and Gladys Sullivan, Mrs. R. M.
Faglie and family in loving memory
of Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Raifsnider,
and Bennett and Betty Yeilding and
family in loving memory of Leon
and Nelle Yielding. Since James
was thought to be a traveller to
spread the Gospel, the window
contains a traveller's hat with the
letter J, a walking stick and a travel-
ler's pouch. It also has a knife rep-
resenting James' martydom.
To Peter's left, the window sym-
bolizing James' brother, John, was
also installed in 1991. The window
contains the eagle, often used to
represent John. The eagle has keen
eyesight and can stare directly into
the sun. This is appropriate since
John's keen spiritual eyesight gave
him the glimpse of the glories of
Heaven he recorded in the Book of
Revelation. This window contains
the sword and serpent. These rep-
resent man's sin and the power of
the sword the spirit over sin. A ser-
pent wrapped around the sword is
symbolic of the healing brass ser-
pent found in Numbers 21:4-9.
To James' right is the window
depicting Andrew. It was donated
in 1991 by Larnell Watford and
Margaret Rucks in loving memory
of Sport and Granny Rucks. In the
upper left of the window are the
greek letters alpha and omega, the
first and last letters of the Greek al-
phabet. Jesus said: "I am the Alpha
and Omega, the Beginning and the
End, the First and the Last." (Rev-
elation 22:13) Andrew was also a
fisherman who was transformed
into a fisher of men. The window
contains an inverted anchor, repre-
senting Jesus as our anchor.
The window representing
Thomas, also installed in 1991,
completes the eastern wall. This
window was given by Tommy T.
and Betty J. Rucks in loving memo-
ry of Hobert W and Viola J. Rucks.
Thomas is thought to have been a
carpenter and a mason. Therefore
the window contains a hammer
and square in the upper left. It also
contains two spears and two ar-
rows representing the supposed
method by which Thomas was
martyred. "Doubting Thomas" is
the one who said he would not be-
lieve in the risen Christ unless he
could see the hole in Jesus' hand
and in his side. (John 19:25) This
window contains Jesus' right hand
with a nail hole.
The climax of the windows,
and indeed of the Gospel message,
is found in the large "Ascending
Christ" dominating the south wall
of the sanctuary. Christ is depicted
with outstretched nail scarred
hands ascending to heaven. The
window contains a great amount
of light and color representing Je-
sus as the Light of the World. (John
8:12). The lower left portion of this
window contain the altar, wood,
knife and ram representing Abra-
ham's sacrifice. (Genesis 22:1-19)
This sacrifice was symbolic of the
sacrifice Jesus would make many
years later on the cross. In the
lower right are symbols associated
with Jesus- a lamb, (John 1:29) the
lilly of the valley (Song of Solomon
2:1) and a cross. This window was
given by C.E. and Lois Newcomer
and was installed in April of 1992.
The window representing Phil-
ip, to Jesus' left was given by the
family of Emmet and Glen Rucks
to the glory of God in 1992. Among
other things the window contains
a pilgrim staff representing the
travels of Philip. The window also
contains fish and bread represent-
ing the feeding of the 500 in which
Philip had a part. (John 6:5-11)
The lower left of the window con-


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
This is the First United Meth-
odist Church stained glass
window representing Thom-
as. In the upper left is a ham-
mer and carpenter's square
since Thomas was thought
to be a carpenter. The two
spears and an arrow in the
upper right depict the means
by which Thomas was mar-
tyred. The church at lower
left represents a church in
India. Thomas is credited for
spreading the Gospel to In-
dia. Because Thomas said he
would not believe on the res-
urrected Jesus until he could
see the nail scared hands,
the lower left section of the
window contains the hand of
Jesus with a nail print.
tains flames representing the fire of
the Holy Spirit. The staff and cross
in the lower right refer to Philip's
missionary journey in Upper Asia
and Phrygia.
To Philip's left the Fulford fami-
lies gave the window representing
Matthew in 1992 in loving memory
of Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Fulford, Ran-
dall Fulford, Murray Fulford, Sr. and
Murray Fulford, Jr. The window
contains three coin bags represent-
ing Matthew's occupation as a tax
collector. (Matthew 9:9) The lower
right of this window contains a
dolphin symbolizing righteous-


ness. There are many stories of
dolphins saving people by pushing
them back to shore. This window
also contains a fig tree. When Je-
sus called Philip to be an apostle,
he referred to seeing Philip under a
fig tree. (John 1:48-50)
The window honoring Batho
lomew was donated in 1993 by
Susan Rucks in loving memory of
J. P. Deloney, the Olan Peters Fam-
ily in loving memory of Eileen Pe-
ters, Cleo Avery in honor of Larry
Krewson, the Fidelis Class in honor
of Rev. VJ. and Corinne Ragsdale
and in loving memory of William
and Edith Boehomer. This window
also contains fig tree, symbolizing
fruitfulness and fidelity. This win-
dow also contains wedding rings.
Bartholomew is thought to be
another name for Nathaniel who
is associated with the wedding at
Cana where Jesus performed his
first miracle. (John 2:1-10)
The window representing
James the Less was given in 1993
by the Matilda Stewart Class, Ruth,
Crozier, Wesleyan and Esther Cir-
cles in loving memory of Matilda
Stewart and family and friends in
loving memory of Ernest and
Blanche Hunt. This window con-
tains a right hand holding a spar-
row. This represents God's tender
mercy as birds are symbolic of hu-
man souls.


The window honoring Thadd-
aeus was given in 1994 by friends
in honor of Larry Krewson. It
contains a sailboat symbolizing
Thaddaeus' travels by sea to Syria.
Among the other symbols are a
hammer and nails and a carpen-
ter's square tools used to build
church buildings.
The last two windows were
installed in 1996. The window
representing Simon was given
by Edward and Gladys Borgos in
loving memory of Edward and
Elizabeth Jewell, Emmanuel Bor-
gos, Lena Livingston and William
Hope, family and friends in loving
memory of Betty O'Bannon and
the Peters and Brough families in
loving memory of Olan W Peters.
It contains a battle axe and oar
referring to Simon's travels and
martyrdom. The scroll represents
the five books of Moses which
constitute the most sacred law of
the Jews.
Perhaps the most interesting
widow symbolizes Judas, the
apostle who betrayed Jesus. (Mat-
thew 26:14-15) It was given by
members and friends to the glory
of God. It contains a hangman's
rope and dark clouds symbolizing
Judas' self destruction. (Matthew
27:3-5) On the positive side it con-
tains a left hand and rays of light.


Okeechobee Forecast
Today: Partly sunny, with a high near 82. Calm wind becoming
east southeast between 10 and 15 mph. Winds could gust as high as
20 mph
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 61. East wind around
5 mph.

Extended Forecast
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. East southeast wind
between 5 and 10 mph.
Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 61. East south-
east wind around 5 mph.


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Okeechobee News, Friday, December 26, 2008 3


Wherrell
Continued From Page 1
"Our thoughts and prayers go
out to the family," said County
Administrator Lyndon Bonner. "I
think he was very dedicated to
the county and he will be sorely
missed."
"Foremost, he was a Chris-
tian man," stated Commissioner
Noel Chandler. "He cared a lot
for Okeechobee. He was a good
businessman and family man."
"Okeechobee has lost a really
good man and a fine Christian,"


Please join Florida Fish & all ages.
Wildlife Commission (FWC) at A
Fisheating Creek WMA at the be leadi
Field Office located on Banana tours by
Grove Road, just off C.R. 78 north ning at
of Moore Haven, Jan. 10, from 10 850-922
a.m.-2 p.m. Ri
They are celebrating a new with bio
trail opening at Fort Center with ter trail
lots of fun, hands-on activities Le
and dynamic speakers sharing the tracks v
story of Fisheating Creek through FWC
time. There is no admission fee Kr
and plenty of entertainment for FWC's


said local contractor Mack Whor-
ley.
"A tragic loss" is how business
owner Keith Walpole expressed
his feelings. He said his heart goes
out to he family.
Mr. Wherrell, a Democrat, was
elected to the county commission
in 2006 in a race that included
four other candidates, incumbent
Democrat John Abney, Republi-
cans Ted Kelchner and Dr. Randal
Rims and independent candidate
George Roberson.
Mr. Wherrell said that giv-
ing back to the community was
his reason for running for office.


He said his family had lived in
Okeechobee for over 60 years
and he pledged to protect the
Okeechobee way of life.
It is expected that the governor
will appoint someone to fill out
the remaining two years on Mr.
Wherrell's term.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m.
until noon, Saturday, Dec. 27 at
First Baptist Church, 401 S.W
Fourth St. The funeral will be at
noon at First Baptist Church with
Rev. Randy Huckabee officiating.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached
at pgawda@newszap.com.


will share 'Incredible Edibles' tions:


udubon volunteers will common plants good enough to
ng early morning birding eat
Reservation only begin- Tom Matthews, FWC invites
8 a.m. Call Liz Sparks at you to meet 'critters of the creek'


-6160 to sign up.
de an interpretive hayride
logists to the new Ft. Cen-

arn how to read animal
ith David Austin, retired

istin Wood, Director of
Chinsegut Nature Center,


up close and personal
Kayak and canoe trips of-
fered (depending on water lev-
els)
Learn birding and wildlife
viewing basics
Local conservation groups
will have exhibits.
Speakers will do presenta-


Fire
Continued From Page 1
A mobile water tank, the
seeder, a mobile fuel tank and
seed were on fire. Tires were also
burning on equipment. More
flames were near the back of the
main home. Fire crews protected
the main structure and cleared
some debris from near the home
like pine needles that could have
fed the flames.
Crews from the Division of For-
estry joined Okeechobee County
Fire Rescue Monday and used


Traffic stop leads to felony drug arrest


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man was ar-
rested Tuesday on a felony drug
charge following a traffic stop
during which 3 grams of suspect-
ed crack cocaine was allegedly
found in his possession.
Phillip Etoy Martin, 51, N.W.
30th Terrace, was arrested by
detectives from the Okeechobee
Narcotics Task Force and charged
with possession of cocaine. He
was booked into the Okeecho-
bee County Jail under a bond of


$10,000.
Martin was stopped in the 200
block of U.S.
441 S. by Deputy
John Ashby of
the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO)
for erratic driv-
ing, stated an
arrest report by
a task force de- Phillip Etoy
tective. Martin
Prior to
searching the vehicle OCSO K-9
Rex performed a free air sniff


around the outside of the black
Chevrolet Tahoe being driven
by Martin, the report continued.
The K-9 reportedly alerted to the
driver's side door area and open
window area.
The report goes on to state
that when the detective looked in-
side the vehicle a suspicious sub-
stance was found in the driver's
seat. When field tested, the sub-
stance indicated a positive result
for the presence of cocaine.
According to the detective's
report, a similar substance was
found inside an empty cigarette


pack as well as under the cello-
phane wrapper on the outside of
the same cigarette pack.
These substances were also
field tested and all indicated a
positive result for the presence of
cocaine.
The Tahoe did not belong to
Martin and was turned over to the
registered owner once the towing
fee was paid.
Martin was also issued traffic
citations for stop bar violation,
improper lane change and pos-
session of cocaine.


Ken Meyers Swallowtail
kites of Fisheating Creek
Nancy Dale Cow Hunters
of Wild Florida
Archeologists the early in-
habitants of the creek
Traditional country cooking'
vendor will join us.
Event will be cancelled in case
of rain.
Call Liz Sparks at 850-922-6160
to make birding tour reservations,
or ask for more information.


Aerial treatment to begin on floating vegetation


Beginning Monday, Jan. 5, the
South Florida Water Management
District (SFWMD) in cooperation
with the U.S. Army Corps of En-
gineers (USACE) and the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) will begin
aerial treatments of water lettuce
and water hyacinths, two invasive
exotic plants, on roughly 1,000
acres of Lake Okeechobee.
Although there has been a


consistent presence of six to 12
boats spraying for water lettuce
and water hyacinth on the Lake
in recent weeks, the rapid rise in
water levels after Tropical Storm
Fay over-stimulated the germina-
tion and proliferation process
of the aquatic plants. They have
spread over a vast area, primar-
ily along the lakeward edge of
the marsh and in some interior
marshes. These dense patches of


vegetation can prevent growth of
other desirable native vegetation,
as well as inhibiting boat traffic.
The interagency teams plan to
aerially treat 1,000 acres in places
where solid bands of the exotic
plants exist. At present, the areas
to be treated extend from mid-
Observation Shoal northward
along the outside marsh, with
some treatments extending along
the north and eastern shores of


the lake as well.
This aerial treatment is consid-
ered the safest and most efficient
way to gain control of the rap-
idly growing non-native floating
vegetation on Lake Okeechobee.
This measure, along with the
continued treatment by boat and
airboat of an additional 500 acres,
will limit the expansion of these
exotic, invasive weeds.


two plows and two brush trucks
to surround the fire. They also set
back burns to kill the fuel for the
flames. All together seven units
and eight firemen and volunteers
were on the scene for approxi-
mately six hours Monday.
Firefighters used 5,000 gallons
of water to put out the flames.
The camps at 1050 NE 366
Trail were each valued at $10,000
each. The estimate of property


damage was placed at $52,500.
There were no injuries reported.
The camps are owned by State
Representatives Keith Wedgworth
of Wellington and Gillie Russell of
Lake Placid.
The fire report said the Gillie
Russell cattle company had con-
ducted a controlled burn about
200 yards north of the house
on Dec. 17. Somehow over the
weekend, the fire reignited.


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Law Enforcement Calls


Law Enforcement Calls
The Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office received the following
calls from Friday, Dec. 19, through
Tuesday, Dec. 23:
Dec. 19
vandalism in the 5100 block
of S.E. 42nd Trace
assault in the 4300 block of
S.E. 21st Court
burglary in the 3100 block of
S.E. 18th Terrace
Dec. 20
fraud in the 7600 block of
N.W 80th Court


assault in the 3500 block of
U.S. 441 S.E.
theft in the 11000 block of
U.S. 441 S.E.
Dec. 21
larceny in the 2700 block of
N.W 53rd Terrace
vandalism in the 1700 block
of S.E. 23rd Terrace
assault in the 6400 block of
N.W 147th Terrace
larceny in the 1800 block of
S.R. 70 W
assault in the 1700 block of
U.S. 441 N.


Dec. 22
vandalism in the 5900 block
of S.R. 710
burglary in the 500 block of
S.E. 37th Terrace
theft in the 17000 block of
N.W 176th Ave.
burglary on S.E. 32nd Lane
vandalism in the 3200 block
of S.R. 441 N.
Dec. 23
burglary in the 700 block of
N.E. 13th Ave.
theft in the 200 block of N.W
Park St.


fraud in the 2800 block of
U.S. 441 N.
larceny in the 2700 block of
N.E. 11th Court
child abuse on U.S. 441 N.
two stolen boats in the 3200
block of S.E. 28th St.
Editor's Note: Only calls deal-
ing with either a felony or a po-
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column.


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Medicare Advantage plan (HMO/
PPO) and/or a Medicare Prescrip-
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those who will be looking to take
advantage of you or your health
care accounts. This could be an
agent selling insurance plans in
a fraudulent manner or a doctor
charging for a service that was
not rendered.
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Provide meals or subsidize
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Contact potential enrollees
unsolicited;
Promote plans or collect
enrollment forms at educational
events;
Promote non-health care re-
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Promote plans or collect en-
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and suppliers. Protect yourself
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Keeping a journal of your
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Thanks for participating!
OPEC: (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) Today I
needed to run some errands and as I passed the service station where
I normally gas up, I couldn't help but notice that gasoline prices had
already jumped twelve cents since OPEC said there were reducing
their production. They apparently aren't getting rich enough, fast
enough. I hope our Government takes notice of this. The next time
one of these Countries needs our assistance tell them NO. If these
countries are supposed to be our friends, we don't need friends like
them especially when we are trying to pull out of a recession. If we
supply them with any goods, cut them off.
RACISM: The plain simple truth is racism itself has been abused
for far too long by minorities, ignorant people and politicians. It has
become an overly used scapegoat. It has gotten so ridiculous in this
country that no one could question or compliment Obama without
being labeled a racist. Apparently you can only be racist if you're
white, the Obama and Wright situation is clear evidence of that, even
the media is scared to call it for what it is, they simply say "Obamas
lack of judgement" as if he is some seven year old kid who doesn't
know better. Racism is for ignorant people plain and simple. This
country has been bullied into walking on egg shells and catering to
others like a bunch of spoiled kids who didn't get their way. If some-
one chooses to not like others because of the color of their skin, that
is their opinion and God-given freedom, if they choose to not like
someone because of the way they wear their hair again that is their
freedom and opinion. The abuse on racism and the recent Presiden-
tial election only prove further more that this country needs to grow
up, and fast!
SPORTS: Okeechobee should be a 2A school if you just count the
kids who go out for sports. It's a shame that they may never have a
chance to compete for a title in the classification they are in.
CAYLEE: It is difficult to believe that someone could be so callous
as to kill your own child, unfortunately it happens every day. Casey
Anthony was pushed into keeping a child that she did not want. Her
parents should be at fault for allowing a child to be born to a parent
that did not want a child without giving her the option of adopting
this child out. Thank God I had parents who cared about my deci-
sions in life. Had I not wanted my children, my parents would have
made every opportunity available to me so that this child could have
been loved. When I was in my mid-twenties, I became pregnant with
a child while I was already a single mother. My choices at the time
were adoption or abortion. I chose adoption and now have met that
young man who is now in his twenties. Such a sad ending for Caylee
Anthony. There were other choices.
COMMON SENSE: I was driving to work and I was late and I
drove real fast. I got a ticket. I explained that I was late and it was not
my intention to speed and I have a safe driver discount and have never
been in an accident. I still got the ticket. I went to court and explained
to the judge and I still had to pay the ticket. The rule is the rule. If an
honors kid or a kid in trouble has a prescription pill from his doctor,
he gets the same punishment. Possession is possession. It is not the
school's job to figure intent. Using so-called "common sense" would
allow discrimination and I am scared of the setting most of you seem
to advocate. Also, these students are not expelled. They are offered a
short stay in an alternative setting where they have smaller class sizes
and not miss any school in 3045 days they are back in the regular
school. If they complete the program without getting in trouble, the
record is expunged. No harm, no foul. Way to go, Ms. Carlton and Ms.
Owens. I think the other board members were cowardly for bending
on their own code of conduct.
HOME SALES: Realtors are desperate to sell, sellers are anxious
to move and buyers are relentlessly searching for deals. The three
players involved in the "Buyers Parade of Homes" now taking place
in this volatile housing market. Realtors and their prospective buy-
ers are taking advantage of the feast while needlessly consuming the
seller's time and emotions. Sellers in the state of Florida pay an aver-
age of 3 percent of the selling price to the selling agent. This amounts
to thousands of dollars for them to simply screen the buyer, show
the home, fill in the blanks on the purchase agreement, turn the
deal over to a title company and attend the closing. The element of
this procedure that is being grossly overlooked by the agents and is
desperately needed in the currently over stocked housing market is
the pre-screening of the buyer. With access to Home Details, Pho-
tos, Virtual Tours, Google Maps, Google Earth, Tax Rolls and Property
Appraiser Records literally at their fingertips via the internet, agents
along with their buyers should be able to determine whether or not
a home fits the buyer's needs and desires prior to viewing the home.
Another requirement of the screening is whether a buyer is finan-
cially positioned and ready to purchase. The lack of screening creates
the "Buyers Parade of Homes" currently being experienced by sell-
ers. Potential and wishful buyers are spending entire days traveling
from one home to the next, determined to find the perfect home for
the perfect price. Meanwhile sellers excitedly prepare time and time
again, awaiting the perfect purchase agreement. And time and time
again, due to a lack of thoughtful preparation by the buyers and their
agents, they continue to anticipate the sale. With respect to the sell-
ers, agents should be narrowing the buyer's potentials by implement-
ing the tools and guidelines available to them.
FOOD PANTRY: At Christmas time it is great how people help
others. The toy drives and the food drives are wonderful. But come
January 1, there will still be lots of hungry people. Please continue to
support the food pantries year round. There is so much need in our
community, people help feed the hungry if you can. Jesus said that
when you feed the poor, you feed Him. "Whatever you do unto these
least ones, that you do unto me." Many churches in Okeechobee
have food pantries year round. Please help them if you can.
UNIONS: When the unions were started many long years ago they
were desperately needed, mainly because of unsafe working condi-
tions and the long hours. But they just kept increasing their demands
until the only way the automakers could escape those demands was
to close up and move elsewhere. We know how greedy the big corpo-
rations and execs are, but the problem is: how do you get more out of
them. What the unions were doing could not work forever and have
them stay here in the United States. Have you not heard how well the
non-union autoworkers in the southern states are doing? I'm sure
they would not trade their $40 an hour for being unemployed. Have
you heard that GM is paying big bucks for Viagra for their current and
retired workers? The amount was disclosed, but I am not going to
look up the article. Ford and Chrysler will not disclose the amounts.
How do you feel about paying for somebody's Viagra when you buy
a new car? I am more concerned about the health of the American
economy and those unions have done a lot to destroy it.
TRADE: Unions were good when they first started but as fltr has
stated they have gotten so outrageous that they are actually hurting
fair trade. If every industry went union it would be an awful affair
we would be in because of the demands of the unions. It is no lon-
ger about safe work places it is about almost everything but safety. I
don't remember if I read it here or someone told me but there was a
worker that was either hurt or laid off and chose to work from a work
bank. Jobs came open he could do but he did not have to take them,
he just sat at home and has for years drawing 75 percent of his salary
and if you are making $35 dollars or more an hour you can still live
well on 75 percent of your salary and he said he intended to never
work again.
DRUGS: My son and another child that were playing basketball
in the gym were searched for drugs. When asked why they had no
apparent reason other than they looked suspicious, so now one in-
cident with a student and they start harassing others, if they do their
jobs with the drug dogs and walk the halls and lockers once a period
then these issues would not happen, Look out parents they are now
out for every child, especially if it is white and another ethnic color
together.
TOURISTS: Well I have lived in Florida all of my life and I can
say that I am smart enough to see that we need the people from up
North. And while sometimes I get frustrated with the ones who are
rude, most of the people from up north are very nice and helpful. Just
like people from here. And besides my grandpa is from Delaware and
my mom is from Pennsylvania so I not Yankees in my family.


The

Counseling

Corner


Don't give in to
holiday depression
By the American
Counseling Association
While the holiday season is
usually one of joy, happiness and
celebration, for many people the
emotion of the season is often
depression. Fortunately, it doesn't
have to be that way. Many of the
things that leave us feeling de-
pressed are things we can con-
trol.
For example, the constant
stream of media and advertis-
ing holiday images contributes
to depression for many people.
Comparing our own lives to these
unrealistic images of holiday per-
fection, it's easy to feel left out,
inadequate, or as if we aren't get-
ting all that's due us.
While there's no avoiding the
holiday media/advertising blitz,
it's easy to accept that what we're
being shown isn't reality, but rath-
er the make-believe that comes
with actors, make-up artists and
high dollar productions. We don't
have to compete with that.
Eating healthier and getting
enough rest is another way to
fight holiday blues. Holiday foods
usually mean too many rich, high-
calorie party temptations, treats
loaded with sugar, and opportu-
nities to drink too much. Toss in
a busy holiday schedule and it's
easy to feel tired, unhealthy, over-
weight and generally depressed.
So should you just avoid all
those holiday foods? Actually, no,
since that can leave you feeling
deprived and more likely to finally
over-indulge. Instead, use com-
mon sense and moderation. Limit
alcohol consumption and enjoy
your favorite holiday foods, but
in reasonable-sized portions and
without going back for seconds.
And don't forget exercise. It's
often ignored in busy holiday
schedules, yet studies show that
even small or moderate amounts
of exercise can lift your spirits. It's
also a great way to burn those ex-
tra calories of the season.
Lastly, don't let depression
rule your life. Holiday socializ-
ing is a great way to combat the
blues. Make the effort to go and
meet people at a party, or just
call up a friend to go for coffee
and talk about interesting things.
Spending time with others and re-
focusing your thinking on positive
things you enjoy is your goal.
Eating right, exercising, taking
a realistic view of the holiday mad-
ness and having an active social
life all take effort, but they're all
essential to helping you enjoy the
holiday season. Even small efforts
in these areas can help you feel
better physically and mentally.
But if you find nothing seems
to help fight that holiday depres-
sion, talk to a counseling profes-
sional. They're trained to help
you work through and cope with
these feelings.
"The Counseling Corner" is
provided as a public service
by the American Counseling
Association, the nation's
largest organization of
counseling professionals.
Learn more about the
counseling profession at
the ACA web site, www.
counseling.org.


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and could no longer take care of them. They are house kept felines! Both are 7 years old.
Tuffy is a tan and white Persian mix and weighs 17 Ibs. Raven is a black domestic short
hair and weighs 20 lbs. They are both males, neutered, de clawed and dog friendly. Their
vaccinations are also current. Adoption Fee is $75 each. For more information on adopting
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Letters to the Community Calendar


Editor


Christmas Lights
Every year, as is our family tra-
dition, I pick up the grandkids and
we ride through the community
and view all the Christmas deco-
rations. This year when inquir-
ing at Okeechobee News I was
told there was only one home
submitted for viewing. Not to be
deterred we decided to adventure
out on our own seeking beautiful
lights. So last night, Anna and
Noah Warren and our newest
member to the family 23 month
old Ethan Pope, and I loaded up
and set out.
We were delighted to find that
even though our country is going
through an economic recession,
there were people who were
sharing their holiday cheer. We
saw nativities of every sort, San-
tas and snow men of every size,
singing mailboxes and caroling
lighted trees. One of our greatest
delights was to find the home in
R-bar estates where the residents
have decorated their home for
many Christmas seasons. One of
our best memories of this home
was when Anna was younger and
being invited in as we viewed the
outside, to see the inside also.
It was just as beautiful inside.
The owner told us that they start-
ed the day after Thanksgiving to
get all the decorations up. This
year we walked hand in hand
with Ethan as he oohed at the
beautiful display. We ended our
evening of lights and Christmas
music at the Okeechobee park
downtown. Decorated so beauti-
ful for Christmas. This is a great
addition to our city.
We would like to thank all the
people who work so hard putting
up the lights and displays every
year that brings so much joy to
many. After all Christmas is not
about what you have or what you
can give, it is about who came
and who you are with. Thanks so
much and may your season be
as blessed as you have blessed
ours.
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At Your Service On Page 2


Friday, Dec. 26
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.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W Second St. It will be an open meeting.
A.A. 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.
Saturday, Dec. 27
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, FL 34972 (Behind NapaAuto Parts) A.A. weekend noon
Open Discussion; NA. Sickest Of The Sick Group Step Study 7 p.m.;
NA. Nowhere Left To Go Group Open Discussion 8 p.m. *The Just
for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12 step fel-
lowships.
Ballroom dancing in Okeechobee A group class in ballroom
dancing is being offered in Okeechobee at Church of Our Saviour Par-
rish Hall, 200 N.W. Third Street on Saturday afternoons at 4 p.m. The
cost for the hour lesson is $10. Private instructions are also available.
Come and enjoy the fun with or without a partner. For more informa-
tion call 772-794-9040.

Sunday, Dec. 28
A.A. meets from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, FL 34972
(Behind Napa Auto Parts), A.A. weekend noon meeting OD-
Open Discussion; SS-Step Study; BT-Basic Text; SP-Speaker *The
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12 step
fellowships.N.A. Sickest Of The Sick (OD) 7 p.m. OD-Open Discus-
sion; SS-Step Study; BT-Basic Text; SP-Speaker *The Just for Today
Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12 step fellowships.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open
meeting.
Foster Parent Orientation will be hosted by the Hibiscus
Children's Center on the last Monday of every month from 6 until 7
p.m. The orientation is for those interested in fostering or adopting in
Okeechobee County. This meeting requires no RSVP and is a question/
answer forum. It will be at the IRCC Okeechobee Campus, 2229 N.W.
Ninth Ave. For information, call the Foster Care Program at 1-800-403-
9311.


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Okeechobee News, Friday, December 26, 2008 5


Foster honored by Rotary Club


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee Rotar-
ians honored their student of the
month for December, Rebecca
Foster at their luncheon on Tues-
day, Dec. 16. Ms. Foster is the
daughter of Kevin and Debra Fos-
ter of Okeechobee.
Ms. Foster is a senior at
Okeechobee High School who
has reflected the Rotarian motto
of "Service Above Self" through
the volunteer hours of her time
to the 4-H H20 Camp as a teen
counselor and assisting in her
mother's, gifted classroom. She
has over 191 hours of community
service.
The lifestyle of a Rotarian is
deep in her family history as her
grandfather and great grandfather
were very involved in their local
Rotary Clubs as President and be-
gan many civic events within their
clubs.
Ms. Foster has received a 29
on her ACT which qualifies her
for the 100 percent Florida Bright
Futures scholarship and currently
has a GPA of 3.565. She is cur-
rently ranked 23rd in her class of
316 students.
She is a member of the
Okeechobee High School Drama
Club and has held roles rang-
ing from Monkey #12 to Annie
Golden and Jo March. She is also
a member of the OHS BETA club
and National Honor's Society.
She participates in class activities
such as building the Homecom-
ing float, decorating for the dance
and helping set up the 2008 Grad-
uation Ceremony.
Ms. Foster has aspirations to
become a Psychologist in either
the crisis or criminal field and has
applied for admission at the Uni-
versity of Florida.
Mr. Eddie Matchett nominated
Ms. Foster for this honor stating
that she is a very hardworking
student who brings a thoughtful
perspective to the classroom. She
approaches her studies with a se-
riousness that shows that she is
committed to excellence.
The Rotary Student of the
Month program is a project where
the Okeechobee Rotary Club hon-
ors one OHS senior each month


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Okeechobee High School student Rebecca Foster (center) was honored as the December
Okeechobee Rotary Club Student of the Month by Rotarian President Maureen Budjinski
(left) at their weekly luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 16, where she was accompanied by Mr. Bill
Black, (right) from the school career center.


who presents character centered
on the Rotary International motto
"service above self."
This award is not based on ac-
ademic performance alone, but
rather a student's commitment to
their community.
As a Rotary Student of the
Month, one of the students will
be chosen to receive one of the
Rotarian college scholarships that
they present at the end of the aca-
demic year.
The Rotary Student of the
Month is chosen by staff at OHS
for their outstanding achieve-
ments especially regarding "Ser-
vice Above Self."
Rotary International is aworld-
wide organization of business and
professional leaders that provide
humanitarian service encourage
high ethical standards in all voca-
tions and help build goodwill and
peace in the world.
For more information on join-
ing the local Okeechobee Rotary
Club, contact Maureen Budjinski
at 863-484-0110.
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Auxiliary members are unpaid
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down version of the police acade-
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their duties as well as help with
local events such as parades, the
American Legion Fair, Halloween
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6 Okeechobee News, Friday, December 26, 2008


Service Club News


Health News in Brief


The American
Legion Post 64
501 S E. Second Street, Okeechobee
Office 863-763-2950 Lounge 863-763-
5309
We can accommodate meetings,
weddings and parties of any size
The public is always welcome unless it's
a members only event.
Our kitchen is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
and 1 to 8 p m. on Sunday.
Sunday: Open 1 to 8 p m Regular
Bingo from 6:30 p.m.
Monday- Open 11-8 p.m. -Social Bingo
1 PM
Tuesday Open 11-8 p m
Wednesday: Open 11-8 pm "Taco
Day" 11 am to 6 p.m.
Tacos $1 50
Music with Jim Elders 2-6
Thursday Open 11 a.m. 8 p.m. Social
Bingo 6 p m
SAL Steak Dinner third Sunday each
month $12 donation
Legion and Auxiliary meet the second
and fourth Tuesdays at 7 p.m.
The fourth Tuesday meeting includes a
carry in dinner at 6 p.m.
SAL Meet the third Tuesday at 7 p m
* Friday night dinners resume on Nov 7
* Christmas Basket Drawing to be held
tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 New Years
Eve Party tickets on sale now' $20 per
couple, $10 per single "buy now to avoid
the rush" Members Guest only.

Am-Vets #2001
* Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold a regular
informational meeting on the first Saturday
of the month at the Buckhead Ridge
VFW Post #9528, 2002 US 78 W, at 10

Obituaries

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


Blanche L.
Brasington, 89
ST. CLOUD Blanche L. Brasing-
ton, passed away Monday, Dec. 22,
2008, in her residence in St. Cloud
due to complications ofAlzheimer's.
Born May 31, 1919, in Bibb
County, Ga., to the late Lonnie and
Roxie Long. She came to St. Cloud
from Ocala in 1996 and was a long-
time resident of Lake Wales.
She was a house parent for the
Alice D. McPhearson Residential Fa
cility and of the Baptist faith. She en
joyed flower and vegetable
gardening, fishing, camping and
cooking.
Blanche was preceded in death by
her first husband, Olan Rucks in
1962; and granddaughter, Melissa
Rucks Sellers in 2006.
Survivors include her husband, Joe
C. Brasington; daughters, Pat Brown
(Richard) of Lake Hamilton, Sherrie
Hearn of Lake Wales, Dale Barker of
Haines City and Martha Young
(Dave) of St. Cloud; sons, William
Rucks (Ann) of Tifton, Ga., and Tony
Brasington (Jami) of Ocala; 15
grandchildren, 22 great-grandchil-
dren and 14 great-great-grandchil
dren.
Visitation will be held from 9 a.m.
until service time at 10 a.m., today,
Dec. 26, 2008, at the Marion Nelson
Funeral Home in Lake Wales with
Rev. Jim Waycaster officiating. Buri-
al will follow at the Hollywood Me-
morial Gardens in Hollywood.
In lieu of flowers, donations may
be made to Vitas Hospice, 5151
Adanson Street, Suite 200, Orlando,
FL 32804 or Alzhelmer's Association
- Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, 9365
U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite B, Pi
nellas Park, FL 33782.
Condolences may be sent to the
family and the services can be
viewed at www.marionnelsonfune
ralhome.com.

Marvin W
Wherrell Jr., 64
OKEECHOBEE Marvin W
Wherrell Jr., of Okeechobee passed
away Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008. He
was 64.
He was born c
Jan. 13, 1944, in
Arcadia to Marvin
and Kathleen
Wherrell. He was
the former owner
of Wherrell Auto
Parts and was a
member of the First Baptist Church
of Okeechobee.
Mr. Wherrell was preceded in
death by his father, Marvin W
Wherrell Sr.
He is survived by is wife, Sandra
Wherrell; mother, Kathleen Wher-
rell; son, Chad Wherrell (Landy);
daughter, Dixie Ball (Billy); and two
grandchildren, Brittney and Brandon
Ball; sister, Gwen Chandler (Mon-
rad) all of Okeechobee; brother,
Ronnie Wherrell (Sissy) of Texas.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. Saturday,
until service time at noon at First
Baptist Church of Okeechobee with
Pastor Randy Huckabee officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may
be made to the First Baptist Building
Fund, 401 SW 4th St., Okeechobee
FL 34974 or Hospice of Okeecho-
bee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee FL
34973.
Fnends 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.


am Applications for new members are
available Call Helen James at 863-824
7644 or Lou Eder at 863-357-0467.
* Am-Vets Ladies Auxiliary meetings
are the first Saturday of the month at 10
am Contact the Post at 467-2882 for
information.

Eagles Aeries #4137
Eagles Aeries #4137 is located at 9983
U.S. 441 N For information on events, call
863-763-2552
* Every Tuesday bingo at 1 p m Food
will be available for a donation
* Wednesday bar bingo starting at 4
p m Food will be available.
* Every Thursday washer toss at 1 p m
* First and third Thursday Auxiliary at 6
p.m., Aeries at 7 p.m.
* Friday. steak night (16-oz.) starting at
5 p.m. for a $12 donation. Music will be by
Jimmy Harper.
* Saturday and Sundays: music at 7
pm
* First and third Sunday breakfast
cooked to order from 9 until 11 am for
$5 donation

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

Order of the Eastern
Star Chapter #128
The Order of the Eastern Star has many



James Carlos 'J.C.'
Gillis, 56
OKEECHOBEE James Carlos
"J.C." Gillis, of Okeechobee, died
Monday, Dec. 22, 2008, in Raulerson
Hospital. He was 56.
Born May 15, 1952, in Ft. Pierce, he
had been a lifetime resident of
Okeechobee and was of the Baptist
Faith.
He is preceded in death by his fa-
ther, Neal Gillis; brother, Ronald E.
Gillis; and sister, Evelyn Hicks.
He is survived by his parents, Bob-
by and Ella Mae Moon of Sneads;
children, James Gillis Jr. of Okee-
chobee, Marie Saylor of Okeecho-
bee, Neal Gillis of Chiefland, Carla
Gillis of Apopka; brothers, Marvin
Gillis of Edison, Ga., Mickey Gillis of
Abbeville, Ala., Gary Gillis of
Sneads; sisters, Anne Tindell of Na
ples, Debbie Weeks of Sneads; and
four grandchildren.
Arrangements will be held at a lat-
er date.
All arrangements are under the di
reaction and care of the Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Crematory, 110 NE
5th St., Okeechobee.

Lottie Johns Baxley, 78
BRIGHTON Lottie Johns Baxley,
of Brighton, died Sunday, Dec. 21,
2008, in her residence. She was 78.
Born Aug. 23, 1930, in St. Lucie
County, she hand been a lifetime
resident of Okeechobee (Brighton)
and was a member of the 1st Indian
Baptist Church of Brighton.
She is preceded in death by her
son, Ricky Ray Baxley.
She is survived by her sons, L.D.
Baxley Jr. (Oneva) of Brighton, Elton
Carl Baxley of Hollywood, Scotty Lee
Baxley (Sonya) of Okeechobee;
daughter, Vickey Lynn Huff (John)
of Brighton; seven grandchildren;
and six great-grandchildren. In addi-
tion, she is survived by a host of
Aunts, Uncles, and cousins.
Services were held on Dec.
24, 2008, from 9 a.m. un-
til service time of 10 a.m. at the 1st
Indian Baptist Church of Brighton.
Burial followed in Ortona Ceme
tery.
All arrangements are under the di-
rection and care of the Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Crematory, 110 NE
5th St., Okeechobee.


fun activities planned on the first and third
Tuesday of each month For upcoming
activities, contact Mary Ann Holt at 863-
634-8087

B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U S. 78 W. in
Buckhead Ridge The Lodge's phone
number is 863-763-2250
* Sunday. breakfast buffet from 9 until
11 a.m. With many items to choose from
* Sunday Dec. 14 from noon until 4
p.m. there will be a children Christmas
party for children up to age 16 years old
of Buckhead Ridge Moose members and
guest. Please sign-up your children so we
will not miss anyone sign-up by Dec 10.,
Dec 21 at 9 a m. there will be a W.O TM
fund raiser bake sale. Please bring baked
goods for this sale
* Monday: WOTM Chapter meeting the
first and third Mondays of every month
7 30 p m
* Wednesday. Bingo and food, food
served at 5 p m and bingo starts at 6
pm
* Wednesday Dec 31 from 7 pm until
? New Years Party with party favors, hours
dovers and breakfast at 1 a.m. Music
by Burs and County Line Band Seating
limited so get your tickets early $20 each
or $30 per couple.
* Tuesday Dec 16, Moose Membership
meeting at 8 p.m with enrollment of new
prospective members.
* Thursday dinner will be served from
5 until 7 p m Call the Lodge for the menu.
* Thursday' Music for dancing at 7'30
p m Call to see who is playing
* Thursday: 5-Card Bingo at 6 p.m. food
available at 5 p m
- Thursday Dec 25 from noon until 6
p.m. Christmas dinner of ham and turkey
with all the trimmings. Bring the family and
enjoy a good meal.
SFridays' dinner served from 5 until 7-30
p m Music for dancing at 730 p m. Call to
see who is playing.
* Saturday' dinner starting at 6 p m
* Saturday Prime Rib Dinner served
from 6 until 8 p.m. the first Saturday of the
month
* Saturday: Dec 13 Large benefit for
Jean Murphy starting at noon Music all
day, food will be roast pork or chicken
quarter, baked beans and slaw for $6
donation Activities including a cake walk,
wheel raffle, silent auction, straw drawing
and 50/50. Auction starts at 3.30 p.m.

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

VFW Post #4423
The VFW North Post #4423 is located at
300 N.W. 34 St. The Post phone number is
863-763-0818.
Happy hour Monday through Thursday 4
until 6 p.m
Monday 50-cent hot dogs
Tuesday. Washer toss at 1 p.m.
Wednesday: Pizza and Grill 5 until 7
pm
Friday: Bingo at 1 p.m. Pizza and Grill 6
until 9 p.m Karaoke 7 until 11 p m.
Saturday Bar Bingo at 1 p m Karaoke
7 until 11 p.m.
Sunday: Dinner 2 until 4 p m
Post and Ladies Auxiliary meetings third
Sunday of every month at 11 a m
Men's Auxiliary Meeting 3 Monday of
every month 7 p.m.
* Membership for 2009 is overdue
Annual members are asked to please pay
their dues.
Big Screen TV and Pool Table

VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post 9528 is located at 29012
E State Road 78 in Buckhead Ridge For
information call 863-467-2882. Post opens
at 11 a m, Monday through Sunday


We are taking applications for men or
women who would like to join the VFW,
Ladies Auxiliary, the Men's Auxiliary,
AmVets or the Ladies AmVets Auxiliary.
*Wednesdays Dinner by LadiesAuxiliary,
Mens Auxiliary, or AmVet Ladies Auxiliary
at 5 30 p m Music will be available.
Thursday: Bar Bingo at 1 p m Lunch
will be available
Friday 16 ounce stead dinner with
baked potato, salad and rolls will be served
from 5 30 until 7 pm for an $11 donation
Pork Loin dinner available for $7. Dancing
immediately following dinner.
Sunday: 5.15 p.m. bar bingo. Food
will be served for a donation.
Membership meetings are held on
the second and fourth Saturdays of each
month at 10 a m
House Committee meetings are held
on the second Saturday of the month at 9
am For information contact Robert Hare,
Post Commander at 863-467-2882 Call for
Menu
All games and special events are shown
on seven televisions, two ot which are big
screen. The game room has a regulation
size pool table.

VFW Post #10539
Post hours are 10 a m Monday through
Saturday and 1 p.m on Sunday Closing
times are discretionary and dependent
on the number of patrons but usually not
before 8 p.m. on weekdays and 11 pm
on weekends
SHappy hours 10 to 11 am and 3 to 6
p m Monday through Thursday. Noon to 2
p m on Saturdays
Monday. Card Bingo at 6 p.m.
Tuesday. Ladies Auxiliary all-you-can-
eat spaghetti dinner$5 donation beginning
at 5.30 p.m.
Wednesday. Bar Bingo at 12.45 p.m.
Lunch by Ladies Auxiliary Kitchen open
from 5 until 8 p m Evening music
Thursday' Music, kitchen open from 5
until 8pm
SFriday Music, kitchen open from 5 until
8pm
Saturday: Noon, dollar hotdogs, $1 50
Polish Sausage, both with Chili and all the
fixings Card bingo at 5 pm Music and
dancing at 7 p m $50 gas card giveaway
Scheduled meetings VFW First
Sunday at noon, Ladies Auxiliary second
Monday at 7 p.m., Men's Auxiliary second
Wednesday at 7 p.m.
* Do you have a family member serving
overseas? We send packages of urgently
needed supplies to them. We accept
donations for this worth cause. Contact
Cheryl Benlot at 863-697 2930.
For further information call 863763
2308.

Shrine Club
The Okeechobee Shrine Club, S.R. 78
W., members will meet the first and third
Thursday of each month at 8 p.m. The club
is also available for weddings and parties
For information call the club at (863) 763
3378.
They are now open three days a week.
Weekly specials are:
STuesdays: Noon until 9 p m Spaghetti
dinner donations only, music from 6 until
9 p m, happy hour 3-6 p m
Thursday Noon until 9 pm: Fried
Shrimp dinner or clams $7 donation,
happy hour 3-6 p.m., shrimp skewers 2
for $3
Friday Noon until 9 p m: Catfish
dinner $7 donation, happy hour 3-6 p.m.
New Year party, tickets $30 each. Happy
Hour at 6 p.m. Steak or peppered chicken
dinner will be served at 7 p.m. There will
be a live country band for entertainment.
Make reservations early For reservations
call the club or Max Simpson at 863-763
8650.

Cypress Hut
Eagles #4509
The Cypress Hut Fraternal Order of
Eagles post #4509 located at 4701 U S
441 S.E. is now open to members Monday-
Saturday from 10 am until 10 p.m,
Sunday from 1 to 10p m Information can
be found by visiting www.foe4509 com, or
calling 863-467-1154
Food is served several evenings a
week.
Aerie meetings are at 7 p m on the first
and third Wednesday of each month at the
old Cypress Hut flea market restaurant
FOE Auxiliary meetings are at 7 p m
on the second and fourth Wednesday of
every month
* Friday night 16 oz rib eye steak dinner
with the trimmings beginning at 5.30 p.m.
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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 com-
munity, deliver services to patients
and advocate for policies that help
defeat cancer. To get involved, 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, strollers 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 com-
muni. or information, call 863-
462-5877.


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.

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Holiday donations cheer Martha's House residents


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The mothers and children who
live at the Martha's House Shelter
enjoyed a Christmas tree full of
presents, thanks to the generous
donations of the community.
Martha's House Christmas An-
gels stepped up once again this
year in providing the families at
Martha's House with the possibil-
ity of a Merry Christmas despite
the economy's faltering founda-
tion.
Every year Crystal Royal, the
shelter director conducts fundrais-
ing campaigns around Christmas
to ensure that the Martha's House
clientele have not only a safe holi-
day season but one where they
are able to have their families re-
ceive gifts for Christmas and bring
a sense of normalcy to their lives.
Martha's House also conducts
separate fundraising campaigns
throughout the year that help
with other areas of the program
that exist to help victims of do-
mestic violence.
Ms. Royal thanked the fol-
lowing individuals, families and
organizations: Peace Lutheran


Church, gift drive coordinator Fran
Baumgart; Big O RV Resort spon-
sored by the Red Hatters; Smokey
and Kay Sanders; Mr. and Mrs.
Ferguson; Bank of Indiantown-
Okeechobee branch; Dan and
Joyce Moore; Linda Rochford;
Malissa Morgan; Paul Trotter;
Crystal Malone; Walter Mackin;
Debbie Lawry-Beall's Outlet; and
Andrea Winters-Dollar General.
Ms. Royal expressed her grati-
tude, "thanking each and every
one of the Christmas Angels for
your generous gifts and support
to Martha's House throughout the
years." She continued, "May God
continue to bless each and every
one of you as you go through life
full of hope and love. If it was not
for such angels, the children and
women at Martha's House could
not experience the gift of giving.
"On behalf of Martha's House
staff we would like to say, We
love you!"
Martha's House is a non-profit
organization which serves vic-
tims of domestic violence, as well
as other women and children in
distress.
They serve victims statewide
through use of their 24-hour


hotline (863) 763-0202, emer-
gency safe shelter, counseling
and education, self-sufficiency as-
sistance, help in obtaining legal,
medical and financial aid, victim
advocacy, children's advocacy, in-
formation and referral, outreach
programs, community and law
enforcement training and the
Speakers Bureau.
Martha's House offers a week-
ly support group program called
Women in Need (WIN). It is de-
veloped specifically to meet the
needs of women dealing with,
or affected by, domestic violence
and abusive relationships. The
support group offers education,
networking and a safe and sup-
portive environment in which to
process issues.
The WIN program is provided
free of charge to all women age
16 and above.
Mental health counseling by
contracted licensed mental health
professionals is available to vic-
tims of domestic violence (past or
present), sexual violence and to
children who have witnessed do-
mestic violence. The counseling
is at little or no cost to the client.
Counselors are available at


Martha's House offices or on
school campuses. The goal is to
assist victims and their families to
recover from the trauma of abuse,
to prevent further occurrences
and to help young people avoid
the traps of abusive relationships.
Other programs offered
through Martha's House include
Teen Alternatives to Violence
(TATV), the Rape Prevention and
Education Program and the Rural
Initiative Latina Program.
If anyone wishes to contribute
to Martha's House, or to make
monthly pledges, contact their
administrative offices at (863)
763-2893.
For help in a domestic violence
situation, call the hotline at (863)
763-0202.
If individuals are looking for an
additional tax deduction before
the new tax year, please contact
the administration offices at (863)
763-2893.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at caguilar@newszap.com.


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Martha's House, Christmas Angels
Martha's House shelter director Crystal Royal (right) and Ar-
lene Luck (left) along with all the staff of Martha's House want
to extend a special thank you to all of the Christmas Angels
who gave of themselves to support the families would other-
wise go without a Christmas full of gifts for their children.


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It is a little late in the year to
qualify for the "Classic" which
requires fishing at least 7 tourna-
ments, but it isn't too late to get in
on the fun.
Freedom Outreach Ministries
sponsors monthly fishing tour-
naments which are held on the
last Sunday of every month. This
month's tournament date is on
Dec. 28 at Taylor Creek. The tour-
nament will begin at safe light
and will end at 2p.m.
Entry fee is $70 per boat; $10
Big Fish pot; $5 towards classic;


No culling at the ramp.
1/4 lb. penalty per dead fish.
Short fish disqualification.
Operating aerator and live
well is mandatory.
Life jackets are mandatory
while gas engine is in operation.
Safe boating and fishing
practices must be observed at all
times.
Kill switch must be attached
to driver any time combustion
motor is running.
Any participant under 18
years of age must have signature
of parent/legal guardian on regis-
tration form.
No drugs, no alcohol.
1 lb. penalty per minute for
late weigh-in. After 15 minutes
late-disqualified.
All fish are to be lake re-
leased.
No radios or cell phones
except in case of break down or
emergency.
SOnly artificial lures with the
exception of pork rinds may be
used.
In case of tie, the two places
will be added together and win-
nings divided equally.
Exemption cards will be
handed out at registration.


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sions are final.
For registration forms, tourna-
ment rules, and more informa-
tion, please call 863-532-1718 or
863-634-3790.
We want your news! If you would
like to share any information
with the Okeechobee News about
an outdoors event please email
Teresa Mataushek at tmanaushek@


pictures ofyour prtze kills. Please
include your name, phone number
and specific dates of the events. The
Okeechobee News Outdoors column
will run every Friday so please be
sure to have all your Information
into the office no later than 5 p.m.
Wednesday. Information can also
be faxed to 863-763-5901. Refer all
material to Teresa Mataushek.


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Webster Rakosi of Morgantown, W. Va., caught this 5 lb. bass
on the Rim Canal while visiting family in Okeechobee on
Friday, Dec. 19. Do you have a prize catch from a recent fish-
ing trip? Want to show the community? Email it to tmataushek@
newszap.com or bring it into the Okeechobee News office and
look for it in the Outdoors Column. Call 863-763-3134 if you need
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8 Okeechobee News, Friday, December 26, 2008


Gilbert Chevrolet Collission Center honored for excellent service


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee Gilbert Chev-
rolet Collision Center was named
the 2008 AutocheX Premier
Achiever award for excellence in
customer service and satisfaction
at the seventh annual AutocheX


Premier Achiever Awards cer-
emony and reception in Novem-
ber.
The event was held in Las Ve-
gas in conjunction with the Inter-
national Autobody Congress and
Esposition (NACE).
The Premier Achiever award
t' I l


recognizes collision repair facili-
ties that consistently demonstrate
their commitment to customer
care as reflected by their supe-
rior customer satisfaction scores.
Based on the hundreds of thou-
sands of customer satisfaction
surveys AutocheX performed


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throughout 2008, Gilbert Chevro-
let has been recognized as one of
the top-performing collision re-
pair facilities in North America.
The Gilbert Chevrolet dealer-
ship is 75 years old. The Body
Shop Manager, George Pawliski
has been with Gilbert's for 14
years. Mr. Pawliski and his team
at Gilbert's strive for extreme cus-
tomer satisfaction and take pride
in every repair.
The Body Shop team includes:
customer care/receptionist, Jody
McGuire; painters, Roger Garrison
and Ivan Bustos; body techs, Ra-
fael Bustos, Sung Yoon, Thomas
White and Drew Spencer; detail/
prep, Bryan Pawliski; and detail,
Roy Padgett.
In order to receive this award,
the Class of 2008 Premier Achiev-
ers attained customer satisfaction
scores in the top five percent of
facilities that use the AutocheX
service throughout the U.S. and
Canada. They include collision
repair facilities of all sizes, from
small, family-run businesses to
large consolidators, and represent


32 states across the U.S. as well as
British Columbia, Canada.
AutocheX, a division of Mitch-
ell International, is a leading pro-
vider of customer satisfaction
measurement and performance
management solutions to the col-
lision repair industry. AutocheX
and the participating insurance
companies present the Premier
Achiever awards each year as a
way of honoring collision repair
facilities that have proven their
devotion to quality, service and
customer satisfaction.


"We are delighted to recognize
these exceptional facilities with
the Premier Achiever Award,"
said Jason Bertellotti, Vice Presi-
dent of Mitchell Repair Solutions.
"Clearly they go the extra mile for
their customers. Their high satis-
faction scores reflect their ongo-
ing commitment to customer
care and we want to congratulate
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and satisfaction.


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Santa Claus visited the Lakeport Community Center for the annual Community Christmas
Dinner on Monday, Dec. 22. Approximately 100 people turned out for the annual event.
The First Bank of Indiantown (Lakeport branch) collected gifts for the local children. Fam-
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Okeechobee News, Friday, December 26, 2008 9


Soccer players pushed to the limit


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Iron Man had nothing on
Okeechobee soccer players
Monday night.
The Okeechobee High
School Brahmans played back
to back 80-minute matches
against John Carroll and Sebring
in their Christmas tournament at
Okeechobee High School. The
Brahmans defeated John Carroll
5-0, and tied Sebring, 1-1.
Okeechobee had to switch to
a round robin tournament for-
mat last week when Lake Wales
backed out of the tournament.
Instead of one match on Monday
and Tuesday, Okeechobee was
pushed into two tough matches
in a four hour period.
Coach Lonnie Sears substitut-
ed liberally to keep his kids fresh
and some players said their train-
ing this year on the cross country
team came in handy.


Adrian Leon scored twice in
the opener to defeat the Rams,
(6-6-1). Leon ran cross country
this year and he said that con-
ditioning motivated him to play
better in soccer this year.
"This year has pretty much
gone really well for me. I count
on the team to do most of the
job. I feel we are on the right
track. Players are focusing more.
We're looking high, we never
look down," he said. Coach
Sears said Leon has been a pleas-
ant surprise this year. He said he
seems to always be in the right
place at the right time.
Leon said the mental part of
soccer is just as important as the
physical as he keeps his head up
at all times and follows the ball.
"I made it count tonight. I
wanted to score and I didn't
back down from the defenders,"
he added.
Okeechobee dominated play


Erick Garcia #22 jumps towards the


against the Rams as they con-
stantly put pressure on their de-
fense. On the other end of the
field, goal keeper Pablo Cabal-
lero was on vacation, as he saw
very little action in the first game.
The lop-sided score also allowed
the Brahmans to use their bench
and keep many of their starters
fresh for the night cap.
Richardo Herrera, Alan Na-
jera, and Jose Santibanez also
scored for Okeechobee, (7-3-2).
In the night cap Okeechobee
couldn't hold a 1-0 lead courtesy
of an excellent one on one move
by Najera. Sebring scored mid-
way through the second half to
tie the score when a shot beat
Caballero in the lower left corner
of the net.
Okeechobee dominated ac-
tion for the most part as they out-
shot the Blue Streak, 15-6. Najera
had two other shots that barely
missed the goal. One ricocheted


off the upper right corner of the
goal post. The second appeared
to hit the post under the net and
bounced several times before
going out of bounds.
Coach Lonnie Sears said his
team was unlucky, but still need
to take advantage of their scor-
ing opportunities. "We must
score to do anything in districts.
It's frustrating and it's been a
problem all year. I don't under-
stand it."
Sears said his team worked
the ball around and got some
good shots. He suggested the
team has a mental block that
stops them from scoring.
"It's not like we're shooting
35 yards from the net. Many of
these shots are wide open up
close, we've got to get those," he
noted.
Okeechobee resumes play on
January 7 when they host Vero
Beach.


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Employment
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Job Training 227
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Business
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Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315






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Child Care Offerd415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
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Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China. Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drape, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
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Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
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Pets/Supplies/
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Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
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Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
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LARGE ANTIQUE Coffee Table
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LARGE KENMORE refrigerator-
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BLUE ELECTRIC Recliner lift
chair $350. Great
shape (863)697-0143


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CHIHUAHUA PUPS AKC, 3-5
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health cert., $500
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room, excellent cond, great
picture & sound $800 cash
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Agriculture




Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
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Farm Supplies/
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Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Landscaping
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Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Seeds/Plants/
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Commercial
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO 2008-CA-193
MEECORP CAPITAL MARKETS, LLC
a New Jersey lmied liability company
Plaintiff
vs
DRY LAKE DEVELOPMENTS, INC, a Flonda corporation, 3 DEVELOPMENT SER-
VICES, LLc a Flonda limied ability company, WINSOME JACKSON, M H FUNDING
& INVESTMENTS LLC, a orda limited ability company, NEFF RENTAL, INC a
Flonda corporation, SOARES OA COSTA CS, LLC, a Flonda limited liabity company
and IRMA ROoRIGUEZ,
Defendants.
and
LJ CLARK CONSTRUCTION, INC a Florida corporaon,
Tfird Party Plaintiff
vs
HOPE P ANDERSON, GARY PLANGE, and ALICIA N HAL (as to Lot 15), RUDOLPH
LLOYD DIXON as to Lot 27), LEE ROUGH (as to Lot 56), AEEL MUKHTAR, ARIF
WAJID, and JAWAD BAIG (as to Lot 60 SALVADOR Y BORTONE (as to Lot 61),
BRUCE GOLDSTEIN and PAMELA GOLUSTEIN (as to Lot 64), YACHESLAV GINZ-
BUR, YEVGENCY GINZBURG, SIRANUSH KHACHATRYAN and PAUL BREYTMAN (as
to Lot 65), RAM VENKATESH, LATHA VENKATESH, and NINA VENKATESH as to
Lot 66), LUSIK APKARIA, AVEDIS APKARIAN, KARAPET PARONYAN, and SUREN
G TUMASYAN (as to Lot 67), RKS & SKS PROPERTIES, LLC (at to Lot 68), DAN
IEL SANOVEI as to Lot 83), LUE CLEMENT and LUE MARGARET (as to Lot 84),
THE OKEECHOBEE GROUP LLC, a Florida limited liability company (as to Lot 86),
DIAMOND TOUCH, LLC a Flonda limited liability company (as to Lot 87),
Third-Party Defendants
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO Daniel Sanovei
Dwaine Shaw, Registered Agent of Te Okeechobee Group, LLC
Jawad Baig
Paul Bretman aka Paul Breylman
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a construction ien under
Chapter 713 Florda Statutes on the following descnbed property in Okeechobee
County, Florida, to wit
A of Hudson Lake Ranches, an unrecorded plat, wit a street address of 6960
Highway 93 N, Okeechobee County, Flonda
has been iled against you and you are quired to serve a copy of your wenien de-
tense, if any, to DEVIN R MAXWELL Esqre, 405 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee,
Flonda 34972 and file the ognal with te Clerk of the above styled Court on or be
fore January 19, 2009 otoerwse a judgment may be entered against you for he re-
lef demanded in the Complaint
WITNESS my hand and the seal of said Court on his 16th day of December 2008
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of Circuit Court
By Linda F Young
DEPUTY CLERK
304637 ON 12/19,26/081/2,9/09


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Public Notices




Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINE-
TEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND-
FOR OKEECHOBEECOUNTY,
FLORIDA
Case No 2001-CA-4B9
SAMMY HANCOCK,
Plaintiff,
as
CABERNET I, LLC, a Florida Corpora-
lion, BETTY JO MARTIN, FIRST F-
DELITY SAVINGS AND LOAN
ASSOCIATION Fa orida Cor ra-
lion, BANK ONE NATIONAL ASSOCIA-
TION, a Florida Corporation,
VARNETT BANK OF OKEECHOBEE,
n/hia BANK OF AMERICA, METRO-
POLfAN MORTGAGE COMPANY, a
Florida Corporalion, PARRISH SEP-
TIC TANK, INC, and as to each of he
foregling person, it alive or de-
ceased, their unknown heirs, devi-
sees, grantees, creditors, and all
other parties claiming by, under or
a ainsi these Defendants
Defendants
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO BETTY JO MARTIN, FIRST FIDELITY
SAVINGS AND LOAN ASSOCIATION, a
Florida ororation, and BANK ONE
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION a Flonda
Corporation
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an ac-
tion for quietly e f the tfollovwing de
scribed property
Parcel dentication Number"
120-37135 OA000000120000
Beginning at the NE Corner of the SE 1/4
of NE 1/4 of NE of Secion 20, Town-
sp 37 South, Range 35 East Run
South a distance of 165 feet, Thence
run West a distance of 177 feet
Thence run North a distance of 165
feet, Thence run East a distance of
177 feet to the Point of Beginning
Less and except a stnp of land 15 feet
wide on the East and South sides
thereof, which is reserved for road
purposes
has been fied against you and your are
required to serve a copy of yourwrt-
ten defense, if any, to on Sammy
Hancock, c/o 1138 South Parrot Ave-
nue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 and


file the ongnal withne Clerk of the
above styled Court wi thn irty (30)
days from the date of the first publica-
tion, otherwise a judgment may be en
tered against you tor te relief
demanded in he Complaint
WITNESS my hand and the seal of said
Court onthis day of
2008
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of Circuit Court
By /S/Linda F Young
Deputy Clerk
30261 ON 12/5,12,19,26/2008

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA,
IN AND FOR HENRY COUNTY
CIVIL DIVISION
FIFTH THIRD MORTGAGE COMPANY
Plaintiff
VS CASE NO 08 1114 CA
RUBEN FLORES, UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF
RUBEN FLORES ALMA FLORES UN-
KNOWN SPOUSE OF ALMA FLORES,
IF LIVING, INCLUDING ANY UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF SAID DEFENDANTSS, IF
REMARRIED, AND IF DECEASED, THE
RESPECTIVE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVI
SEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES,
CREDITORS, LIENORS, AND TRUS
TEES, AND ALL OTHER PERSONS
CLAIMING BY THROUGH UNDER OR
AGAINST THE NAMED DEFEN
DANTS(), COUNTRY VILLAGE PROP-
ERTY OWNERS' ASSOCIATION, INC,
WHETHER DISSOLVED OR PRESENT
LY EXISTING, TOGETHER WITH ANY
GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS,
LIENORS, OR TRUSTEES OF SAID DE
FENDANTS(S AND ALL OTHER PER-
SONS CLAIMING BY THROUGH,
UNDER, OR AGAINST DEFENDANTSS,
UNKNOWN TENATN #1, UNKNOWN
TENANT #2,
Defendants)
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO RUBEN FLORES, UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF RUBEN FLORES, ALMA
FLORES, UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF
ALMA FLORES IF LIVING, INCLUDING
ANY UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF SAID DE-
FENDANTIS). IF REMARRIED, AND IF
DECEASED, THE RESPECTIVE UN-
KNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANT-
EES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS,
LIENORS, AND TRUSTEES, AND ALL
OTHER PERSONS CLAIMING BY
THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THE
NAMED DEFENDANTS)
Whose residence are/is unknown
YOU ARE HEREBY required to fle your
answer or written defenses, if any, in
the above proceeding with the Clerk of
this Court, and to serve a copy thereof
upon the plaintiff's attorney, Law Offic-
es of Daniel C Consuegra, 9204 King
Palm Drve, Tampa FL 33619-1328,
telephone (813)915-8660, facsimile
S813)915 0559, by January 26 2009
the nature of this proceeding being a
suite for foreclosure of mortgage
against the following described proper
ty to wit
LOT 5, BLOCK 5, PORT LABELLE HOLI
DAY PARK UNIT 1, ACCORDING TO
THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED
IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGES THROUGH
9, INCLUSIVE, OF THE PUBLIC
RECORDS OF HENRY COUNTY
FLORIDA
WK/A
2007 STEAMBOAT CIR
PORT LA BELLE, FL 33935
If you fal to fle your answer or wntten
defenses in the above proceeding, on
plaintiff's attorney a default will be en
tered against you for the relef de-
manded in the Complaint or Petition
DATED at HENDRY County ths 15th day
of December 2008
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By/s/D Hammond
Deputy Clerk
In accordance with the Amencan with
Dsabilites Act of 1990, persons need
ing a special accommodahon to par
ticiate in this proceeding should
contact the ASA Coordinator no later
than seven (7) days prior to the pro-
ceedings If healng impaired, please
call (800) 955 9771 (TDD or
o800955-8770 (voice) via Flonda Re-
la Service
304702 ON 12/26/08 & 1/2/09


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO 47-2001-CA-000546
DIVISION:
CHASE HOME FINANCE LLC SUCCES-
SOR BY MERGER TO CHASE MAN-
HATTAN MORTGAGE CORPORATION,
Plantif
vs
ILEANA RIVER, el a,
Defendant s)
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO
IL ANA RIVER
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS
75 5 SE HIGHWAY 441 US
OK ECHOBEE, FL 34974
CURR NT ADDRESS
UN KNOWN
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS
EF EN GARCIA
75.5 SE HIGHWAY 441 US
OK ECHOBEE, FL 34974
CURRY NT ADDRESS
UN NOWN
ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES
CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND
AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDI-
VIDUAL DEFENDANTS) WHO ARE NOT
KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE,
WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES
MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSE,
HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTH-
ER CLAIMANTS
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS
UNKNOWN
CURRENT ADDRESS
UNKNOWN
YOU ARE NOTIFIED hat an action for
foreclose a mortgage on the following
property in OKEECHOBEE County, Flori-
da
A PART OF LOT 2, BLOCK 5, FARM
PLANS OF THE CONSOLIDATEO LAND
COMPANY LAND COROERING LAKE
KEECHOBEE, ACCORDING TO THE
LAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT
LOCK 1, PAGE 5, OF THE PUBLIC
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
LORIDA AND A PART OF LOTS 5 AND
, BLOCK 5, GREAT LAKE SUBDIVI-
ION, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT
HEREOF ASRECORDEO IN PLAT BO K
PAGE 41, OF THE PUBLIC RECO D
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORID
L BEING MORE PARTICULARLY D
RIBED ASFOLLOWS BEGIN AT T
UTHEASTERLY MOST CORNER
ID LOT 2, BLOCK 5, FARM LANDS
NSOLIDATED LAND COMPANY B -
RING LAKE OKEECHOBEE, ALSO
G SOUTHEASTERLY MOST COR
LOT 6, BLOCK 5, GREAT LA
DIVISION, ALSO BEING A POINT
E NORHTERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY L E
US 441, BEAR NORTH 68 -
EES 38 MINUTES 44 SECOND S
WEST ALONG SAID NORTH Y
RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE A DISTANCE F
196.18 FEET; THENCE BEAR NORTH 14
DEGREES 29 MINUTES 22 SECOND S
EAST PARALLEL WITH THE CENT -
INE OF CANAL #4 ACCORDING
AID PLAT OF FARM LANDS OF CO I
OLIDATEO LAND COMPANY LA D
ORDERING LAKE OKEECHOBEE A D -
ANCE OF 496 0o FEET, THENCE BEAR
SOUTH 68 DEGREES 3B MINUTES 44
SECONDS EAST PARALLEL WITH THE
AID NORTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE
iF US 441 A DISTANCE OF 19575
EET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE
ENTERLINE OF SAID CANAL 14,
HENCE BEAR SOUTH 34 DEGREES 26
MINUTES 17 SECONDS WEST ALONG
HE EASTERN MOST LINE OF SAID LOT
, BLOCK 5 FARM LANDS OF CONSOLI-
ATEO LAND COMPANY LAND BOR-
ERING LAKE OKEECHOBEE A
INSTANCE OF 465 90 FEET TO THE IN-
ERSECTION WITH SAID NORTHERLY
IGHT-OF-WAY US 441 AND THE
POINT OF BEGINNING
has been filed against you and your are
required to serve a copy of your written
defenses wihn 30 days after the first
pubiication, if any, on Flonda Default Law
Group, L PLlaintiffs attorney whose
address is 9119 Corporate Lake rnve,
Suite 300, Tampa, Flonda 33634, and file
the onginal with this Court either before
service on Plainiff's attorney or immedi-
ately thereafter, otherwise a default will
be entered against you for the reiief de-
manded in the Complaint or pertion
This notice shall be published once each
week for two consecutive weeks in the
Okeechobee News ( Independent News-
'THNES my hand and the seal of this
Court on this 15th day of December,
2008
Sharon Robertson
Clerk ofthe Court
By Lindar Young
As Cepuy Clerk
3045690 ON 12/19,26/2008


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