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Vol. 100 No. 1 Friday, January 2, 2009 504 Plus tax


Briefs


Boy Scouts selling
discount cards
The Boy Scout Troop 964 are
selling Scout Honor Discount
cards. For only $20 you can get
savings of up to 50% from over
200,000 locations across the
United States.
Some locations here in
Okeechobee that offer the dis-
counts are: Big Lake Eye Care,
The UPS Store, Beltone, Roto
Rooter Plumbers, and more.
For more information or to
purchase one of these discount
cards call Alison Hudson at
863-634-8628.

Chamber announces
Pageant dates
Okeechobee Chamber of
Commerce have announced
the dates for the Annual Speck-
led Perch event and Beauty
Pageant. The pageant will be
held Jan. 17 at the K.O.A. Con
vention Center.
Applications are available
at the Chamber of Commerce.
Deadline for entry is Jan. 5.
Applicants must be residents
of Okeechobee. A $75 non re-
fundable fee will be required
with each applicant.
New divisions for this year's
pageant are:
Tiny Mr. & Tiny Miss Speck-
led Perch Ages 2-3
Little Mr. & Little Miss Speck-
led Perch Ages 4-6
Speckled Perch Prince -
Ages 6-8
Jr. Miss Speckled Perch
Ages 9-12
Teen Miss Speckled Perch -
Ages 13-15
Miss Speckled Perch Ages
16-19.

Drought Index

Current: 624
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

14.1 feet
Last Year: 10.28 feet
SS ored By:

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


Index


Classifieds. ......... ......... 10
Business News.................... ..... 8
Community Events.................... 6
Crossword........................... .... 10
Obituaries 6
Opinion ....... ............... ..... 4
Speak Out 4
Sports 11
Sudoku 10
Weather......... ......... .. . .. 2
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Drug

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
The 4th District Court of Ap-
peals (DCA) has overturned
the 2005 drug conviction of an
Okeechobee man and ordered
that his probation be reinstated.
The appeals court ruled Dec.
19 that Jeremy Lee Smith's "...
free will was negated by the co-
ercive conduct ..." of a deputy
with the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO).
Despite that ruling, Smith is
still in the Okeechobee County


conviction overturned


Jail where he
is waiting trial
on a charge
of first degree
murder. Jail
records indi-
cate Smith, 29,
is being held
without bond. Jeremy Lee
Smith' s Smith
2005 drug ar-
rest came about after the car in
which he was a passenger was
stopped by OCSO Deputy Don-
ald Ellis due to a non-functioning
headlight. In his arrest report,


Deputy Ellis stated that he asked
the driver of the 1993 Pontiac,
Charles Booker, to get out of the
car. He also asked Smith and
some other passengers to get
out of the vehicle.
While performing a pat down
search on Booker, Deputy Ellis
stated in his report that he found
two pipes, which are the type
normally used to smoke crack
cocaine, on the vehicle's driver.
Deputy Ellis also had his K-9
Ruby perform a free air sniff of
the vehicle but Ruby did not alert
to the vehicle.


OHCF: Art show & calendar project


Submitted photo/OHCF
Leona Albritton, 97, was recognized as the Okeechobee Health Care Facility Senior Art-
ist and the Most Prolific Artist as she completed 25 paintings during '08. The calendars
are available for purchase with the OHCF receptionist for $20, with all monies returned
to the art program.


Submitted photo/OHCF
Submitted photo/OHCF Catherine Neswick, 80, with her paint-
Sandy Gage, 86, shown with her paintings at ing, which was selected as the Cal-
the Okeechobee Health Care Facility Resident endar Cover Painting for the annual
Art Show, displaying the painting selected for Okeechobee Health Care Facility Resident
December in the annual Resident Art Calen- Art Calendar, an honor Miss Catherine
dar. has won numerous years.



Teen anglers are at it again


By Teresa Mataushek
Okeechobee News
The Big O' Teen Anglers Inc.,
held their November tourna-
ment on Nov. 22, 2008 at Lock
7 and a rather good day.
In the 11-14 division Ryan
Edwards placed first with a total
fish weight of 2.09 lbs. He also
took the Big Fish award with
a fish weighing in at 2.09 lbs.;
Ryan Folsom came in second
place with a total fish weight of
1.76 lbs. There was not a third
place awarded in this division.
In the 15-18 division Mike
Cornell took first place with a
total weight of 6.48 lbs.; Luke
Joles trailed him in second
place with 5.41 lbs.; Third place
went to Chris Eaton with 3.93
Ibs. The big fish award went
to Mike Cornell with a big fish
weight of 3.93 lbs.
As always, the Big O' Teen
Anglers Inc., would like to give
a big thanks to their boat cap-
tains for coming out and help-


Outdoors
Share your news and photos
for this column by e-mail to
okeenews@newszap.com
ing the anglers. Those captains
this tournament were: Kenny
Farmer, Ernie Johnson, Dave
Straight, Hooker Browning, Le-
roy Bauer, and Mike Zubncky.
Freedom Outreach minis-
tries held their December tour


ney on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2008
and had a great turn out.
If by some chance you were
not able to participate in the last
tournament, don't fret, there
will be another tournament
held on Jan. 25, at the Sports-
man Canal (Hwy 78 ramp.)
Entry fee is $70 per boat, $10
big fish pot and $5 towards the
Classic. (70 percent payback.)
For more information or to
get a registration form, call 863-
532-1718 or 863-634-3790. For
a list of rules please log on to
www.newszap.com and look
on the Okeechobee Public Is-
sues Forum.
Don't forget, Oakview Bap-
tist Church sponsors their
Christian Team Trails fishing
tournaments on the first Sat-
urday of every month. This
month's tournament will
be held on Saturday, Jan. 3.

See Anglers Page 11


By this time, OCSO Deputy
Raul Marrero had arrived on
scene as back up.
According to DCA records,
Smith and the other passengers
were standing in a line next to
each other while Booker was be-
ing searched. DCA records state
that Deputy Marrero told Smith
and the other passengers that
"you know you all are about to
be searched, do you have any-
thing on you?"
At this point, Smith gave the
deputy a pill bottle containing
methadone, alprazolam and


oxycodone.
Because Deputy Marrero had
to leave, Smith was arrested by
Deputy Ellis.
Smith was then taken to the
Okeechobee County Jail where
he was found to be in posses-
sion of several pieces of crack co-
caine, as well as a small amount
of powder cocaine. At that point
he was charged with possession
of methadone, possession of al
prazolam, possession of perco-
cet (oxycodone) and possession
See Drug Page 9


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The City of Okeechobee
and Okeechobee County gov
ernments both face the same
major problem in 2009 using
declining revenues to maintain
an acceptable level of service
while avoiding layoffs. Reve-
nues for the city and the county
are down because sales and
property taxes are down.
However, during the building
boom two or three years ago,
neither the city nor the county
rapidly expanded governmen-
tal services or dramatically in-


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
This is a recently poured
section of concrete side-
walk on S.W. Fifth Avenue.
creased spending as some ad-
joining local governments did.
See Revenue Page 9


Plans set



for Health,



Safety Expo


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County
Health Department, Shared
Services Network of Okeecho
bee, Okeechobee County Fire
Rescue and the Children's
Services Council are coming
together once again will other
local agencies and vendors for
the second annual Okeecho-


bee Family Health and Safety
Expo.
The Health and Safety Expo
will be held at the Okeechobee
Agri-Civic Center, 4200 S.R. 70
E., on Saturday, Jan. 17, from 9
a.m. until 2 p.m.
The Okeechobee County
Board of County Commission-
See Expo Page 9


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Party animals
These alpacas, who appeared in the Okeechobee Christ-
mas Parade, are now ready to celebrate the New Year and
attend tailgate parties. One of them is wearing a head-
dress reading "Happy New Year," while the other two
are wearing Florida Gator jerseys in anticipation of the
national championship game. The alpacas are owned by
Lorraine Loperido and Chuck Domm from Lorida.


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2 Okeechobee News, Friday, January 2, 2009


Theatre seeks children and African-American performers


The Okeechobee Community
Theatre will hold auditions next
week for its spring performance,
with a special need for children
and African-Americans to fill the
available acting roles.
The organization continues
the celebration of its 30th birthday
season with a production of the
stage adaptation of Harper Lee's
classic novel, "To Kill a Mocking-
bird," scheduled for March.
Audition sessions for adults
will be on Monday and Tuesday
evenings, Jan. 5 and 6 at 7 p.m., at
the theatre on S.W Second Ave.
at Seventh Street, in the block
behind Golden Corral restaurant.
Child try-outs will be on Thurs
day, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. in the same
location. No previous acting ex-
perience is necessary.
"To Kill a Mockingbird" is con-


sidered one of the greatest books
of the twentieth century, winning
the Pulitzer Prize for Literature
for its author. The movie took the
Academy Award for Best Picture
in 1961, and won Best Actor hon-
ors for Gregory Peck in the lead-
ing role of Atticus Finch.
The story looks at the injus-
tices of racial prejudice through
the eyes of a young southern girl
during the depression years of the
1930s. It contains healthy doses
of action, comedy, and mystery,
addressing its serious subject
without ever becoming heavy
handed.
The show requires a larger
than usual number of men in
both speaking and non-speaking
roles, along with the need for chil-
dren and African-Americans.
Available roles for children call


Submitted photo
Breakfast group meets
On December 11, 2008 the Breakfast Group Showcased
Egretta Wells' beautiful home along with many others. Re-
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Yates-Glover, Exit Realty; Lori Mixon, Tucker Group; Mar-
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ferred Properties; Elbert Batton, Exit Realty; Pat Goolsby,
Goolsby Realty; Gail Brown, Pristine Properties; Sheryl
Byrd, Preferred Properties; Kathy Lancaster, Pristine Prop-
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ferred Properties; Eric Anderson (taking picture) Goolsby
Realty.


for young people who either are,
or appear to be of elementary
school age. Auditioners must be
outgoing, and capable of memo-
rizing and confidently performing
lines for a live audience. There is
also a need for a girl in her mid to
late teens or early to mid 20s who
can appear to be about 19.
African-American roles are for
performers in their late teens to
70s. They include both speaking
and non-speaking parts. Among
the major characters to be cast are
Tom Robinson, a strong but gen-


tie man who appears to be 25-35
years of age. Reverend Sykes can
be described as a dignified and
caring minister of anywhere from
40-70 years of age. Calpurnia, a
housekeeper in the home of a
widowed father with two young
children is attractive, intelligent,
efficient and firm but loving. She
should be 25-50 years of age.
In addition, African American
non-speaking parts are available
for three to five women who brief-
ly sing a hymn or spiritual, and for
a number of men who will appear


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in the courtroom scene to watch
the trial of Tom Robinson.
The audition process is simple
and non-threatening, accord-
ing to OCT Coordinator/Director,
Ron Hayes. Auditioners will read
a short passage to demonstrate
their suitability for the roles to be
filled.
"To Kill a Mockingbird" is
the second in a season of three
productions for the all volunteer
community theatre group's 30th
season of producing live Broad-
way-style shows for local audi-


join our program on these days only.

Call to schedule your FREE consultation!


ences. Performances are sched
uled for March 6, 7, 13, and 14
at 8 p.m. each evening. Reserved
seat tickets are $12 each, and will
be on sale at the Okeechobee
County Chamber of Commerce
after Feb. 9.
Anyone wishing more infor-
mation on the auditions, or any
other phase of the Okeechobee
Community Theatre's programs,
may call Ron or Jaque Hayes at
863-763-1307.


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Prizes!


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Service Club Briefs


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 p.m. "Taco
Day" 11 a.m to 6 p.m.
Tacos $1.50
Music with Jim Elders 2-6
Thursday Open 11 a.m. 8 p.m. Social
Bingo 6 p.m.
SAL Steak Dinner third Sunday each
month $12 donation.
Legion and Auxiliary meet the second
and fourth Tuesdays at 7 p.m.
The fourth Tuesday meeting includes a
carry in dinner at 6 p.m.
SAL Meet the third Tuesday at 7 p.m.
* Friday night dinners resume on Nov. 7
* Christmas Basket Drawing to be held -
tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. New Years
Eve Party tickets on sale now! $20 per
couple, $10 per single 'buy now to avoid
the rush' Members Guest only.

Am-Vets #2001
* Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold a regular
informational meeting on the first Saturday
of the month at the Buckhead Ridge
VFW Post #9528, 2002 U.S. 78 W., at 10
a.m. Applications for new members are
available. Call Helen James at 863-824-
7644 or Lou Eder at 863-357-0467.
* Am-Vets Ladies Auxiliary meetings
are the first Saturday of the month at 10
am Contact the Post at 467-2882 for
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
p.m.
* First and third Sunday: breakfast
cooked to order from 9 until 11 a.m. for
$5 donation.

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

Order of the Eastern
Star Chapter #128
The Order of the Eastern Star has many
fun activities planned on the first and third
Tuesday of each month. For upcoming
activities, contact Mary Ann Holt at 863-
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.T.M.
fund raiser bake sale. Please bring baked
goods for this sale.
* Monday: WOTM Chapter meeting the
first and third Mondays of every month
7:30 p.m.


* Wednesday: Bingo and food, food
served at 5 p.m. and bingo starts at 6
p.m.
* Wednesday: Dec. 31 from 7 p.m. until
? New Years Party with party favors, hours
dovers and breakfast at 1 a.m. Music
by Burs and County Line Band. Seating
limited so get your tickets early. $20 each
or $30 per couple.
* Tuesday: Dec. 16, Moose Membership
meeting at 8 p.m. with enrollment of new
prospective members.
* Thursday: dinner will be served from
5 until 7 p.m. Call the Lodge for the menu.
* Thursday: Music for dancing at 7:30
p.m. Call to see who is playing.
* Thursday: 5-Card Bingo at 6 p.m. food
available at 5 p.m.
- Thursday: Dec. 25 from noon until 6
p.m. Christmas dinner of ham and turkey
with all the trimmings. Bring the family and
enjoy a good meal.
* Friday: dinner served from 5 until 7:30
p.m. Music for dancing at 7:30 p.m. Call to
see who is playing.
* Saturday: dinner starting at 6 p.m.
* Saturday. Prime Rib Dinner served
from 6 until 8 p.m. the first Saturday of the
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 156 N.W. 36th St. in Okeechobee.
Please call the Lodge at 863-763-4954 for
further information, sudden changes and
menus. Guests are invited to enjoy the
activities and consider membership.
* Open mic karaoke Thursday 7-10
p.m. and Sunday 4-8 p.m.
*Horseshoes Sunday and Thursday at
2 p.m.
Every Monday pool tournament at 7 p.m.
(food served)
* Legion BINGO Thursday at 1 p.m.
(food served served)
* LOOM BINGO Friday at 6:30 p.m.
(food served)


Teen charged with burglary, theft


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A 16-year-old juvenile has
been released into his mother's
custody following his felony ar-
rest Saturday, Dec. 27.
Dillon Garcia, N.W. Sixth St.,
was arrested on a felony charge
of burglary as well as a misde-
meanor charge of theft. After be-
ing booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail he was released on
his own recognizance and into
his mother's custody.
Garcia was arrested after he
allegedly broke into a 1998 GMC
sport utility vehicle parked at a
residence on S.E. 27th St.
An Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO) arrest report
states that the teenager is charged


with taking $5
in change and
a key ring that
held three keys.
Included on that
key ring was an
ignition key to
the SUV, contin-
ued the report. Dillon
The OCSO re- Garcia
port states that a
deputy was sent to S.E. 27th St.
in reference to a suspicious per-
son wearing dark clothing. The
deputy saw a juvenile, later iden-
tified as Garcia, wearing a black
sweatshirt with a hood, black
pants and black shoes.
While the deputy asked the
teen if he had any narcotics or
weapons, Garcia emptied his


pockets without being asked.
In his pocket was a key ring that
held three keys. But, because
there was no reason to hold the
teenager the deputy let him go.
Shortly thereafter the deputy
was approached by a man who
lives in the area. The man re-
portedly told the deputy that his
dog began barking and when he
went outside he saw someone in
the door of his SUV. That person
then ran from the scene.
The deputy and the alleged
victim then found Garcia.
According to the report when
the teen produced the keys, the
man identified them as belong-
ing to him.
The $5 was not recovered,
added the arrest report.


Teen arrested on drug, gun charges


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A 17-year-old Okeechobee
teen was arrested on a felony
drug charge following his report-
ed involvement in a traffic crash
on S. Parrott Ave.
Ethan Lynn Gopher, N. Tucker
Ridge Road, was arrested Friday,
Dec. 26, on felony charges of pos-
session of a controlled substance,
resisting a law enforcement offi-
cer with violence and persons en-
gaged in a criminal offense having
weapons. He was also charged
with the misdemeanor of leaving
the scene of a traffic crash with
property damage.
After he was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail, Gopher
was taken to the Department of
Juvenile Justice Detention Cen-
ter in Fort Pierce by Officer Chad
Troutman of the Okeechobee City
Police Department (OCPD). Of-


ficer Troutman
was also the ar-
resting officer.
An arrest re-
port by Officer
Troutman states
that Gopher was
involved in a hit-
and-run traffic
crash in the 1700 Ethan Lynn
block of S. Par- Gopher
rott Ave. around
noon on Dec. 26. The report states
he struck a second vehicle in the
back with the Ford F-250 pickup
truck he was driving.
Then, following the crash, he
reportedly left the scene. He was
later found in the Wal-mart park-
ing lot.
As Officer Troutman and OCPD
Sergeant Russell Cale attempted
to arrest the teenager, he report-
edly fought them, and was even-
tually subdued after being struck
with a taser.


Once Gopher was handcuffed,
the truck he was driving was
searched. During that search the
officers found a fully-loaded 9mm
assault pistol on the floor of the
truck and within easy reach of the
driver, stated Officer Troutman's
report. The magazine of the gun
was loaded with 15 rounds, but
there were no rounds found in
the chamber, the officer added.
The report goes on to state that
a box containing 16 more 9mm
rounds was found lying next to
the gun.
During a search of Gopher's
person, Officer Troutman said a
small container was found in the
teen's pocket. Inside that con-
tainer were eight yellow pills that
were later identified as a generic
brand of xanax, continued the
OCPD report.
Officer Troutman went on to
state that the search failed to turn
up a prescription for the pills.


* Saturday night diner and dance each
week.
* Officers meetings first and third
Tuesday at 7 p m.
* Women's meeting second and fourth
Tuesday at 7 p.m.
* Men's meetings, second and fourth
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
* Moose Legion meetings third
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

VFW Post #4423
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
p.m.
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.
* Jan. 4: Members and friends are
welcome to come sing, dance or just listen
to the music by 'The Saxman" from 5 until
9 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.
* Wednesday: 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


Woman held

on charge

of burglary

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
A 23-year old Okeechobee
woman was held in the Highlands
County Jail last week after being
arrested on a charge of burglary.
The investigation involved the
Highlands County Sheriff's Office
and the Okeechobee City Police
Department.
Tiffany Sweeting was charged
with burglary to an unoccupied
dwelling and grand theft for the
July 21 incident at a home on S.R.
70W.
The victim stated that close to
$7,500 in items were taken from
the home sometime between July
1 and July 21, state reports.
The items alleged to have
been stolen include jewelry, cam-
eras and an Xbox 360 video game
console.
Lawmen said Sweeting had
pawned many of the reported
stolen items at pawnshops in
Okeechobee, as well as items
that were not previously known
to have been stolen.
Sweeting apparently had been
at the victim's residence while
some contractors made some
home improvements to the prop-
erty. Authorities said Sweeting re-
turned to the residence at a later
date and stole the items.
When the victim identified the
stolen items at a local pawn shop
she also noticed other familiar
items in the store, state arrest re-
cords. She was able to positively
identify those items as having
been stolen as well, investigators
said.
Sweeting was arrested in Mar-
tin County in November and was
booked into the Highlands Coun-
ty Jail on Dec. 23.


from 5:30 until 7 p.m. for an $11 donation.
Pork Loin dinner available for $7. Dancing
immediately following dinner
* Sunday: 5:15 p.m. bar bingo. Food
will be served for a donation.
* Membership meetings are held on
the second and fourth Saturdays of each
month at 10 a m
* House Committee meetings are held
on the second Saturday of the month at 9
a.m. For information contact Robert Hare,
Post Commander at 863-467-2882. Call for
Menu.
All games and special events are shown
on seven televisions, two of which are big
screen. The game room has a regulation
size pool table.

VFW Post #10539
* Post hours are 10 a.m. Monday through
Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday. Closing
times are discretionary and dependent
on the number of patrons but usually not
before 8 p.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m.
on weekends.
* Happy hours. 10 to 11 a.m. and 3 to 6
p.m. Monday through Thursday. Noon to 2
p.m. on Saturdays.
* Monday: Card Bingo at 6 p.m.
* Tuesday: Ladies Auxiliary all-you-can-
eat spaghetti dinner $5 donation beginning
at 5:30 p.m.
* Wednesday: Bar Bingo at 12:45 p.m.
Lunch by Ladies Auxiliary. Kitchen open
from 5 until 8 p.m. Evening music.
* Thursday: Music, kitchen open from 5
until 8 p.m.
- Friday Music, kitchen open from 5 until
8 p.m.
- Saturday: Noon, dollar hotdogs, $1.50
Polish Sausage, both with Chili and all the
fixings. Card bingo at 5 p.m. Music and
dancing at 7 p.m. $50 gas card giveaway.
* Scheduled meetings: VFW First
Sunday at noon, Ladies Auxiliary second
Monday at 7 p.m., Men's Auxiliary second
Wednesday at 7 p.m.
* Do you have a family member serving
overseas? We send packages of urgently
needed supplies to them. We accept
donations for this worth cause. Contact
Cheryl Beniot at 863-697-2930.
For further information call 863-763-
2308.


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Florida Highway Patrol
said no citations will be issued
against an Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO) deputy
who wrecked his cruiser at Lock
7 on Dec. 22.
FHP Trooper WD Scheetz's
crash report said OCSO Deputy
Steven McKinley, 28, was active-
ly searching and scanning the
waterway to his east prior to the
traffic crash occurring.
Deputy McKinley had been
dispatched to help find a miss-
ing boater on Lake Okeechobee.
He was entering a curve in the
road that leads to the boat ramp
when he failed to negotiate the


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:
* Tuesday: Noon until 9 p m: Spaghetti
dinner donations only, music from 6 until
9 p.m.; happy hour 3-6 p.m.
* Thursday: Noon until 9 p.m.: Fried
Shrimp dinner or clams $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 a.m. until 10 p.m.,
Sunday from 1 to 10 p.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.
Editor's note: To add listings or
make changes to the service club news,
please email okeenews@newszap.
corn.


curve, left the road, entered the
grass shoulder and struck sever-
al palm trees, the report added.
The deputy suffered a lacera-
tion when the laptop computer
in the car was knocked loose
and struck him in the head,
said OCSO Road Patrol Captain
Bud Slay. He was treated and
released at Raulerson Hospital
after seven staples were used to
close the wound.
The crash report said Deputy
McKinley was properly buckled
in, and was not under the influ-
ence of drugs or alcohol at the
time of the crash.
An estimated $18,000 in
property damage was done in
the crash.


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Fired teacher charged with phone harassment


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee woman was
released on $15,000 bond Mon-
day after she was charged with
making several harassing phone
calls to a Fort Pierce woman.
Tiffany Shepherd, 30, of N.W
24th Drive, earned national fame
earlier this year when she was
fired from her teaching job at Port
St. Lucie High School.
She claimed in national and lo-
cal interviews that she was fired


because she had a part time job
serving drinks on Smokin' Em
Charters, which offers trips with
bikini-clad and topless women.
The St. Lucie County School
Board said Shepherd was fired
because she had more than 30
unexcused absences during the
2007-08 school year.
The arrest report from Officer
Salvador Garcia of the Fort Pierce
Police Department said Shepherd
made five phone calls and four
text messages to the cell phone of
a 22-year-old Fort Pierce woman


on Nov. 30.
Police listened to the phone
messages and learned Shepherd
had challenged the victim to a
fight on two occasions, the report
stated.
The victim reported she is cur-
rently living with Shepherd's for-


mer boyfriend.
Shepherd reportedly had a re-
straining order against the man
and in one of the voice mail mes-
sages she allegedly threatened to
claim that the victim called her,
which is a violation of the restrain-
ing order.


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RACISM: It doesn't bother me so much when I run into racism
when dealing with an older person because I think well, that is just
how they were raised. They grew up in a time when white people
and black people didn't even drink from the same water fountain. So
when a person who is in their 80s or 90s makes a remark that sounds
a little racist, I let it slide. But it really upsets me when I hear young
people in their 20s or even 30s making racist remarks. They are young
people to know better. And I am talking about people of all races --
there is racism to be found in any ethnic group. So what will it take to
change how people think?
NO KILL SHELTER: I am very pleased to hear that someone is
starting a no-kill animal shelter in Okeechobee. We have needed that
for a long time. But to really solve the problem of all the stray dogs
and cats, we need two other things. First, we need a low-cost spay
and neutering program. Then we need better enforcement against
the dumping of unwanted animals. We need some laws on the books
so that they could levy extremely heavy fines on anyone caught dump-
ing an animal in this county, and we need those fines publicized. That
might keep the people from the coast from coming here to dump
their unwanted pets.
CONGRESS: Members of Congress will be receiving a $4,700 pay
increase this year, even though more than two million of their con-
stituents have lost their jobs. Congress has set up a structure where
they automatically receive a cost-of-living adjustment or pay raise ev-
ery year unless they act to stop it. Lawmakers would be wise to put a
freeze on their salary until the unemployment rate drops.
FAIR: I have a suggestion for the county fair. If they want local
people to go, they should offer a special pass for local residents where
you can pay once and go as many days as you want to. The vendors
would be happier if there were more people there, but if you have to
pay to get in every day in addition to paying to go on the rides, people
are probably only going to go one time. If you let local people have a
pass to go as many days as they want to without having to pay every
time to get through the gate, people might go more than once.
FIRES: This is in regard to the story about the controlled burn re-
igniting and burning four cabins. I don't think they should allow any
controlled burns this time of year because we get so little rain in this
season. They don't need to be burning brush this time of year. It is too
dry and it is too easy for a fire to get away from you.
PETS: I see in the paper where there are animals that need homes.
But then the adoption fee is more than $100. I would be happy to take
in an animal and take care of it and feed it. But $100 is more than I
can afford. Why can't they reduce that adoption fee so more of these
animals could find new homes? It seems they would rather just put
them to sleep than to let poor people give them a home.
DEBT: Do you realize this nation is already trillions of dollars in
debt. Do you have any conception how much a trillion dollars is?
We can't just keep spending more than we have. That is how the
country and how so many people got into such a bad jam. It's time
to start tightening the belt and doing without, rather than spending
more than you have.
GARDENS: I was glad to see in the newspaper that the Extension
Office has classes and help to teach people how to garden and grown
their own food. I think it is going to come to that soon. People will
need to grow their own food just as they did in the Great Depression.
If you have an acre or more, you can put in a pretty nice garden and
harvest your own vegetables and fruits. It can help stretch the food
dollars.
PROPERTY TAXES: I hope the people who voted for the change
in the homestead exemption are happy. Due to the loss of property
taxes, the county is having a hard time even funding basic services.
So I hope you have your own fire extinguishers in case your house
catches fire. And I hope you have a gun to protect yourself. And you
better use that money you saved on property taxes to buy more ho-
meowners' insurance because you probably will need it as should
anything happen, the county won't have the resources to help you.
GRANDPARENTS: I know a lot of grandparents are now raising
their grandchidlren between their deadbeat kids refuse to grow up
and be real parents. And sometimes you wonder how the grandkids
will turn out. But grandparents should take heart because they can
do a good job raising their grandchildren. President-elect Obama was
raised by his grandparents and look how well he turned out.
REAL ESTATE: I think the blame for the Real Estate boom and
bust has to be placed in part on the bankers and the realtors who
talked people into taking out loans they could not afford to repay in
order to buy these big houses. They have people convinced they need
these big houses. But you can get by on a lot less. You do not need a
bedroom for each child. It does not hurt two or three kids to share a
room. While it is nice to have several bathrooms, you really only need
one to survive. All these extras are not necessities. If people would
live within their means, this country would be in much better shape
and people would not be losing their homes.
HOLIDAYS: Now that the holidays are over, I hope the community
does not forget the needy. Sure they got some Christmas presents and
maybe they had a nice dinner, but they aren't just needy on Christ-
mas. Every week the local food pantries run low on supplies because
there are so many needy families in our area. If you can spare a can
of food or some spare change, please do what you can to help. There
are hungry people in our own community.
COURTHOUSE: The county commission is struggling with the
budget. They even considered taking back the 3 percent raise they
had promised the employees. Even with the 3 percent raise, many
county employees will be making less in 2009 than they did in 2008
because instead of giving raises for the 2007-2008 budget year, these
employees were given bonuses. Then they did not give the bonuses
this year. So the employees still wind up with a smaller paycheck
even though they allegedly received what the county called a raise.
What I don't understand is how the county can justify spending all
this money to fix up the old courthouse, when they say they are so
short of money.
DOGS: If you own a dog, it is your responsibility to keep it on your
property. If it gets off your property, you are in the wrong. I am so sick
and tired of people just opening the door and letting their dogs run
around the neighborhood. It is against the law to do that. We need
better enforcement of the leash laws and we need dog catchers to just
pick up all dogs that are running around loose. Kids cannot even walk
to the bus stop without having to deal with dogs bothering them.
LAKE OKEECHOBEE: I am really concerned about the health
of Lake Okeechobee. Several fishermen I know say there are just
not many fish out there anymore. Between the drought and then the
quick rise in water from the floods, the lake did not have a chance
to really recover. The water came up too fast. If the fisheries do not
recover, what will happen to local tourism?
TRAINS: I hope the city can find a way to fix up the train station
and get more trains stopping in Okeechobee. Americans should go
back to riding the trains. It is much more efficient than each person
driving their own car. And we need to save money any way we can
in this economy.
WATER: How quickly we forget. I am surprised and ashamed to
see Okeechobee residents wasting water again. Last week I saw a
sprinkler watering the sidewalk and street. I often see sprinklers going
in the heat of the day. Last year this time we were desperate for water.
How can people have already forgotten that? We need to conserve
water year round. Just because there is enough water in the lake right
now does not mean it will be there next month. The only way we will
survive is to conserve water year round.
COUNTY EXPENSES: The county commission says they can't af-
ford to give the employees decent pay but they always seem to have
money to throw down the black hole that is the money pit known as
the Agri-Civic Center. I just don't understand it. How can they justify
spending more and more money out there. They keep saying it will
eventually bring in monev. But I lust don't see how.


Letters to the Editor


Parade help
appreciated
South Side Riderz car and bi-
cycle club would like to extend
special thanks and appreciation
to some very special people who
helped make our float in the
Christmas parade a wonderful
sight. We would like to thank Dave
and Nila McCormick and the hos-
pice of Okeechobee volunteers
for the donation of the Christmas
lights. We would also like to thank


ARS sport, especially Debbie Dun-
nahoe and Bill Conner for towing
our float. Lastly we want to thank
Candice Burke of the Chamber of
Commerce for making our op-
portunity to present ourselves to
the community possible. We had
an outstanding time preparing for
the Christmas parade with the ex-
citement of the season. This was
our third presentation of our club.
We first presented ourselves at
the gang-free rally where we met
Detective Stark (thanks go to you
also for taking the time to meet


Guest Commentary


Green Stimulus
By Kathleen Rogers
A massive stimulus package of
nearly $600 billion holds promise
for the economy, and could mean
more federal spending on infra-
structure and energy efficiency
projects. An estimated $400 bil-
lion in that bill will repair lots of
bridges and roads, but what will
they all lead to? Nothing -- unless
we first start building bridges and
roads between our economic,
climate, and education concerns,
and start appreciating the way
they're all connected.
New policy and stimulus
needs to take into account that
we're not just trying to save our
economy with roads, bridges,
and buildings: We're trying to
save ourselves.
Few other national topics are
as timely as a discussion of how
to build a new green economy
nationwide. During his campaign
Obama promised to create 5 mil-
lion green jobs. It is this way of
thinking that should shape our
country's future.
One way we can stimulate the
economy while going green is to
create new, personal carbon sav-
ings accounts. These would be
tax-free, interest-bearing green
energy savings accounts that
could be leveraged to help weath-
erize or green-up one's home or
sold to companies that need car-
bon credits. It would encourage


energy efficiency while allowing
a personal stake in emissions re-
ductions.
At a time when we are poised
to make our greatest infrastruc-
ture investment since the Great
Depression, we need to make
sure we do it right. Congress
seems focused on shovel-ready
jobs to its own detriment. We
need to ensure this bailout is
green, that the bridges and roads
lead us to the future -- instead of
another dead-end.
Putting together a new green
energy program for the U.S. and
other countries will require thou-
sands of green jobs in solar, wind,
and other renewable sources of
energy.
One plan is based on the fact
that investing in energy efficient
buildings would go a long way to
create jobs and help the economy.
The so-called Architecture 2030
plan recommends an investment
of $171.72 billion over two years
combining a housing mortgage
buy-down and an accelerated-
depreciation program for com-
mercial buildings with energy
efficiency. This plan could create
over 3 million jobs in the building
sector and over 4 million indirect
jobs plus an additional 350,000
jobs from consumer spending.
The retrofitting and construc-
tion of green schools -- the largest
construction sector in the United
States -- will do the same. Be-
tween 2006 and 2008, we spent


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with us as a new club). We then
took part in the Majestics car club
Toys-for-Tots car show in Kissim-
mee in early December.
We would like to present our-
selves to the community, not as
"just another car club" but as the
gang & drug free, family-oriented
club that we are. Our members
are of all ages from 20-50 years of
age. We are a "family" with self-
respect for each other along with
our cars, trucks, and bicycles. We
believe that people can have a
great time together showing the



$80 billion on school construc-
tion. If we build those buildings
green, they cost less than 2 per-
cent more to construct; however,
they pay for themselves in a few
years. Consequently, municipali-
ties with major school systems
are increasingly looking at "green
building" and renovation as they
work to update school facilities
and save the district money in util-
ity bills. A green school can save a
school enough money to hire two
additional teachers -- all while
preventing 585,000 lbs of CO2
from hitting the atmosphere.
Which, at the end of the day,
helps solve a bigger problem:
The economy is in a crisis, but
the impacts of climate change are
far greater in the long run. Fortu-
nately though, there's no need to
sacrifice one for the other.
Green jobs are in danger of
disappearing from the stimulus
package, to be replaced with
shovel-ready jobs, such as Pres-
ident-elect Obama's recently
announced plans to create thou-
sands of jobs by "weatherizing"
houses. While weatherizing
houses is important, it is a short-
term project for employment. It is
not the same as creating lasting
high-tech work or building infra-
structure. Green jobs, however,
are solid, necessary jobs which


vehicles and bicycles without
drugs, destruction, nor trouble.
We are proud to be a part ol
this community and wish the
community to be proud of us. II
we can be of any service to any or-
ganization or fundraisers, please
feel free to contact us at: 863-261-
3430 or 863-447-5294. We can
also be e-mailed at: southsiderid-
erzccbc@yahoo.com
Sincerely,
Jeremiah & Lana Johnson
Founders


have a long-term future. What we
need now is a firm commitment
to include in the stimulus pack-
age funds for "green" infrastruc-
ture and jobs -- the real way to
revitalize the economy and look
toward the future.
House Majority Leader Nancy
Pelosi has touted other projects
like investments in new energy
technologies and energy-efficient
buildings. We need to hold her
and the rest of the Congressional
leadership to those promises, de-
manding that they take bold mea-
sures to resolve the economic
crisis holistically -- by taking into
account the challenges of the
climate crisis, the health of our
children, and the needs of our
workforce, which is waiting for
green American jobs that can't be
exported.
Our government must begin
the shift towards a global econo-
my driven by massive job creation
from the growth of green technol-
ogy, construction, transportation,
and renewable energy. While the
road to a green economy might
be long, we need to use this op-
portunity to build it.
Rogers is the president of
Earth Day Network.


Submitted photo

Party like a diva!
A good time was had by all of the Foxy Divas of Okeecho-
bee at their annual Christmas party held at the Brahma
Bull on Dec. 10.



Community Calendar

Friday, Jan. 2
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 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.
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.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, (Behind NapaAuto Parts) NA. Sickest Of The Sick Open
Discussion/Speaker at 8 p.m. The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee
is not affiliated with any 12 step fellowships.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church 200 N.W Second St. This is an open meeting.
A.A. meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W Third St. This is an open speaker meeting.
The Highlands Social Dance Club will begin its 27th season
on Sept. 7, hosting ballroom dancing every Friday at the Sebring Lions
Club on Sebring Parkway, one mile east of U.S. 27. For information call
863-471-0559 or 863-385-6621.
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.


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A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Parrott
Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
Okeechobee Chapter DA.R. meets the first Saturday of every
month October-May at Oakview Baptist Church 677 S.W 32nd Street
at 10 a.m. For information call Kenna Noonan at 863-634-5669.
The Gathering Church will hold its monthly healing service on
the first Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. until noon. Anyone
desiring to receive personal prayer for healing is welcome to attend.
The Gathering is located at 1735 S.W 24th Ave. For information call
Theresa Brown at 863-357-3318.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) A.A. weekend noon Open
Discussion meeting; NA. Sickest Of The Sick Group 7 p.m.; NA. No-
where Left To Go Group Open Discussion meeting 8 p.m. The Just for
Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12 step fellow-
ships.

Sunday, Jan. 4
A.A. meeting 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, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) A.A. weekend noon meeting
Open Discussion. The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affili-
ated with any 12 step fellowships.





Okeechobee News, Friday, January 2, 2009 5




Take a break from the holiday scene


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Ifyou are looking for some enter-
tainment in and around Okeecho-
bee for the coming months look
no further. If your organization or
business has some entertaining
events coming up please forward
them along to caguilar@newszap.
com.
The holidays are upon us and
there are lots of options for this
time of the year for all of your en-
tertainment needs. Take the time
to enjoy the season and emanate
the Christmas spirit throughout
Okeechobee.
If you like gospel Bluegrass mu-
sic that is fun for the whole family,
come to the Okeechobee Shrine
Club, S.R. 78 West, on Saturday,
Jan. 10, at 7 p.m. where Tomor-
row's News will perform. The cost
for the concert is $10 per person,
children 12 and under are free.
For additional information contact
Keith or Darlene Bass at 863-634-
5815 or 863-763-1443.
To find out more about Tomor-
row's News visit: www.myspace.
com/tomorrowsnews07.
Swing your partner dosado. If
you already enjoy square danc-
ing or want to learn, beginning
Tuesday, Jan. 6, at 6 p.m. will be
square dancing lessons from ba-
sic to mainstream and even round
dancing if interested at the Semi-
nole Cove Clubhouse, 1799 S.W.
35th Circle. Gib Mattson from Vero


Beach is the caller. For more infor-
mation call Richard or Marilyn Zody
at 863-357-0122.
lan Nairnsey, Okeechobee'sown
authority on musicals, will present
four programs in January at the li-
brary at 7 p.m. in the Okeechobee
County Library Meeting Room. lan
will talk about the composers and
their musicals and play musical se-
lections. These programs are free
and open to the public. The dates
for the programs are: Friday, Jan.
6-George and Ira Gershwin in Hol-
lywood; Friday, Jan. 13-Cole Porter
in Hollywood; Friday, Jan. 20-Rod-
gers and Hart in Hollywood; Friday,
Jan. 27-Irving Berlin in Hollywood.
For more information call Jan Day
(Fehrman) at 863-357-9980.

BHR VFD Winterfest
2009
Winterfest 2009 will be held on
Jan. 31. There will be catfish, cot-
ton candy, popcorn, crafts, music
and more. For more information,
call 863-532-9015 or John at 863-
467-8220.
Anyone interested in renting a
booth for Winterfest 2009, please
call John at 863-467-8220 or 863-
532-9015.
Any time of the season and be-
yond, if you like to dance, Pier II
Resort is your choice for Thursdays
or Saturday nights for their premier
ladies nights. Live D.J. and ladies
drink free until midnight. Come


Your Weekly
Entertainment
Guide
Share your news and photos
for this column by email to
ca uilar( .newszaD.com
dance and have fun in at Pier II
Resort 2200 U.S. 441 SE, 863-763-
8003.
Do you want to see your events
posted in the weekly entertain-
ment column? Forward any pub-
licly open events including enter-
tainment such as: dancing, bands,
comedians, theatre, specialevents,
special community events, con-
tests, etc to caguilar@newszap.
com.Please forward all informa-
tion about each event including:
description of the event; location
(address); date; time; cost; age ap-
propriateness; and any other infor-
mation that fits the specific event.
For additional information contact
Chauna Aguilar at 863-763-3134
ext. 4242. Your Weekly Entertain-
ment Guide-Share your news and
photos for this column by email to
caguilar@newszap.com.


Submitted photo/Darlene Bass
Tomorrow's News, a bluegrass group that is sure to be fun for the whole family, will be per-
forming at the Okeechobee Shrine Club, S.R. 78 West, on Saturday, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m.



Concert set for Highlands Hammock


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar

Rehab Center helped
The Okeechobee County United Way presented Okeechobee Rehabilitation Center with a
check to assist them in their work in Okeechobee County. Nancy Zeigler (right) accepted
the check along with her team of (left to right) Mary Autrey, Brenda Byrd, Jeannie Bramlett
from United Way board members Kevin Folsom and Cathleen Blair.


By Dorothy L. Harris,
Park Services Specialist

Music in the Park will be held
again at Highlands Hammock on
Saturday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. Rog-
er and Penny Decker will play a
wide variety of country and clas-
sic rock music. This husband and
wife team has been married for
25 years and performing together
for 24 of those years.
Roger sings lead vocals and
plays guitar, while Penny plays
bass guitar and keyboards. "I
started playing with him so I
could see him more as he was
always performing," shared Pen-
ny. "He was gone so much that I
figured if I can't beat him, I'd join
him." Penny had played piano
at age eight and loved it, so she
had some musical background.
However, she began playing bass
guitar with Roger's band, mostly
teaching herself with his help.
Husband Roger has always
had a passion for music and be-
gan playing acoustic guitar at age
four. This couple loves to be to-
gether and to perform together.
"We receive lots of compli-
ments on our togetherness after
our performances," adds Penny.
"We play a really large variety of
favorites, from Travis Tritt to Wil-
lie Nelson, and from Jimmy Buf-
fet to The Eagles, basically all the
country and classic rock favorites
from our generation."
The Decker's have played for
many events at Highlands Ham-
mock in the past, including the
park's CCC Festival which is held
on the first Saturday of November
every year. It's been a few years
since they have played here, but
you may have seen them at nu-
merous arts and crafts festivals
in downtown Sebring and Avon
Park, weddings, parties, chamber
events or at race parties. "We play
all over Florida," says Penny. "We
have played at New Year's Eve


Submitted photo
Roger and Penny Decker will entertain country and classic
rock lovers at Highlands Hammock State Park this month.


parties, local restaurants, Tangle-
wood, Buttonwood Bay and the
12 Hours Race Gala. We have
played at most of the RV camp-
grounds and retirement commu-
nities in the county."
Most recently you may have
seen or heard them at a fund-
raiser at the Caddyshack Bar &
Grill or the tri-chamber mixer
at the race track. While they are
originally from Michigan, the
Decker's moved to Florida in
1988 to be closer to their family.
"It was the best move we ever
made," enthused Penny who ad-
mits to an aversion for snow. "We
were childhood sweethearts that
parted at graduation and then
found each other again ten years
later. We've been together ever


since, playing music and making
people happy. We enjoy our time
together."
Why not plan some time for
you and your sweetie to enjoy
a lovely outdoor concert under
the stars? The fireboxes will be
crackling and the music will waft
through the dark night air as you
snuggle up to these popular fa-
vorites. Concert admission is just
$5 per person and just in case you
can't find a babysitter, accompa-
nied kids age 12 and under are ad-
mitted free of charge. Coolers and
picnic baskets are welcome and
the Hammock Inn will be open
too. Park admission is waived af-
ter 6 p.m. See you soon out here
in the real Florida.


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar

United Way helps food bank
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Sutton (center-left) presented Donna Coggins (center-right) and Debbi McCarthy (right)
with a check to assist them in their work in Okeechobee County.


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Annual Festival of Trees winners announced


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Despite the economic hard-
ships the 10th annual Festival of
Trees received 84 entries this year
which raised enough money to
provide at least 40 days of patient
care in the Hamrick Home.
Southwind Band filled the air
with Christmas songs during the
Tour of Homes on Dec. 7.
The Festival of Trees relies
on the donations of decorated
trees, wreaths, centerpieces or


other Christmas items. Individu-
als, businesses, small groups or
organizations submitted items to
the festival. They also had several
high ticket items that were auc-
tioned that helped raise funds.
The festival raises money for
the Hospice of Okeechobee by
allowing the public to come view
the items donated and hold a si-
lent auction where viewers can
bid on items that they wish to
have in their own homes. Trees
were from two feet to six feet.
Decorations were very diverse


Community Events


Scrapbooking 'Crop'
to be held
The "Croppin' Crew" scrap-
bookers will hold an all-day
crop on Saturday, Jan. 3, from
10 a.m. until 5 p.m. This month
the crop will take place at
Peace Lutheran Church, 750
N.W. 23rd Lane. Ann Daniels
will be holding a class on how
to make a 'tin box scrapbook'
at 1 p.m. (Bring glue, cereal
box cardboard, 1 and 1/2 yard
of 3/8" ribbon and small flower
or trim for top of tin.) All levels
of scrapbookers are welcome.
Please bring a covered dish if
you wish to participate in our
pot luck luncheon. For more in-
formation call Joan at 863-467-
0290 or Corry at 863-467-2231.

Red Cross class
dates slated
The Okeechobee Branch of
the American Red Cross will be
holding the following the follow-
ing Health & Safety classes in
January: Tuesday, Jan. 6 First
Aid Basics at 6 p.m. Wednesday,
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 information call 863-
763-2488.

Glades County
officials sworn in
The County Commissioners
and newly Re-Elected County Of-
ficials of Glades County will hold
their Installation Ceremony on
Tuesday night, Jan. 6 at the Doyle


Conner Center at 7:00 P.M. Coun-
ty Commissioners Butch Jones;
District 1, Paul Beck; District 3,
and Bob Giesler; District 5, along
with Sheriff Stuart Whiddon,
Clerk of Courts Joe Flint, Property
Appraiser Larry Luckey, Tax Col-
lector Gail Jones, and Supervisor
of Elections Holly Whiddon will
be sworn into office. Everyone is
cordially invited to attend.

Hollywood Musicals at
the Library
lan Nairnsey, Okeechobee's
own authority on musicals, will
present four programs in Janu-
ary at the library at 7 p.m. in
the Okeechobee County Library
Meeting Room. Ian will talk about
the composers and their musicals
and play musical selections. These
programs are free and open to the
public. The dates for the programs
are: Fri., Jan. 6-George and Ira
Gershwin in Hollywood; Friday,
Jan. 13-Cole Porter in Hollywood;
Friday, Jan. 20-Rodgers and Hart
in Hollywood; Friday, Jan. 27-
Irving Berlin in Hollywood. For
more information call Jan Day
(Fehrman) at 863-357-9980.

Softball plans
tryouts for season
The Okeechobee High School
softball program will hold try-outs
for 9th thru 12th graders on Jan. 8
and 9 from 3 until 6 p.m. at the
OHS softball field. Any interested
athletes must have a physical to
participate in the try-out. Physi-
cal forms can be picked up from
the main office at OHS. If you are
playing another sport at OHS and
would like to try out or have any


including items from the tradi-
tional ornaments, butterflies and
even all of your favorite country
animals.
The entries were judged by
Candace Burke, Delores May
and Ellen Winkler who all had
an extremely hard time trying to
choose from the so many lovely
and creatively decorated trees.
Creativity is the key to this
event which had seven categories
that were judged: Best Tree; Most
Original; Most Elegant; Best Chil-
dren's Tree; Most Traditional; Best


questions pertaining to try-outs
please contact Coach Kim Har-
graves at 863-634-6322 as soon as
possible.

Hospice holds
yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will
host a Huge 3 day 1st of the year
yard sale at the Blue Volunteer
Building, next to The Hamrick
Home (411 S.E. 4th Street) on
Thursday, Jan. 8 from 8 a.m. until
2 p.m. Friday Jan. 9, 8 a.m. until
2 p.m. and Saturday Jan. 10 8
a.m. until noon. Many new items
available all monies raised will
go towards patient care here in
Okeechobee, including services
provided at The Hamrick Home.
For information, call Cathy at 863-
467-2321.

DAR to meet
The National Society, Daugh-
ters of the American Revolution
has changed it's regular meeting
place from the Oakview Baptist
Church to the Okeechobee Coun-
ty Public Library. We will nor-
mally be meeting on the first Sat-
urday of each month September
through May but for the month of
January ONLY we will be meeting
on Jan. 10, the second Saturday at
the library.

Memorial service
to be held
A memorial service to cel-
ebrate the life of Murray C. Yates,
who passed away on Friday, Aug.
29, 2008 at the age of 77, will be
held on Saturday, Jan. 10 at the
Okeechobee Moose Lodge, 159


Theme; and Most Festive (non
tree) Christmas Item.
Best Tree: first place, Victorian
Christmas by Woman's Alpha;
second place, Old Fashioned Tree
by Gayle Butts.
Most Original: first place, Tru-
ly "Green" Christmas by Waste
Management; second place, Sail
Away by Okeechobee Yatchette
Club; third place, OHS Rodeo
Team Tree.
Most Elegant: first place, Metal-
lic Masterpiece by Xi Nu Omega;
second place, Butterfly Tree by


N.W 36th St. It will begin at 2
p.m. Murray was a member of the
Loyal Order of the Moose from
1965 until his death. He was a Le-
gionnaire, Past Governor and Fel-
low within the lodge. Family and
friends are invited to attend.

Early Learning
Coalition meeting
dates set
Early Learning Coalition of
Indian River, Martin & Okeecho-
bee Counties, Inc. Okeechobee
County Provider/Advisory Council
Meeting Wednesday, Jan. 14, at
noon. Location: American Red
Cross, 323 North Parrott Avenue,
Okeechobee. Early Learning
Coalition of Indian River, Martin
& Okeechobee Counties, Inc. -
Bylaws/Personnel Committee
Meeting, Wednesday, Jan. 14, at
2 p.m. Location: American Red
Cross, 323 North Parrott Avenue,
Okeechobee.

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 Hos-
pital on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009.
The January mixer will be held at
the Raulerson Company Care Of-
fice in the blue top building just
north of the hospital at 1930 Hwy.
441 North. Main Street Mixers are
a night of networking, refresh-
ments, 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.


Arnold's Wildlife thanks community


Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilita-
tion Center Inc. hosted close to
300 adults and children at its Nov.
8 open house fundraiser. "We
were amazed at the turnout, es-
pecially considering the current
state of the economy," said Sue
Arnold, owner and curator of the
center. "We want to thank every-
one for their support."
Visitors came from as near as
Okeechobee, St, Lucie, Indian
River, Highlands, Palm Beach,
Martin and other counties and
as far away as Holland. Jacqueline
Petiet of Hoorn, Holland, flew in
from Amsterdam with her daugh-
ter, Jennifer Jorna, and mother,
Margreet Petiet. They rented an
RV and camped out at the wild-
life center, spending the weekend
with Arnold and the critters.
Kowe, a five-month-old, 35-
pound female panther, was the
star of the show. Volunteer Roger
Newson gave panther education
presentations to packed audienc-
es throughout the day.
Guests were treated to tours
of the half-acre butterfly garden,
now in full bloom and full of but-
terflies; the animal compounds
and nature trail; plus they enjoyed
free hot dogs, snacks and bever-
ages.
"We truly appreciate the sup-
port from the community," Arnold
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Rhonda Peterman; third place,
Pretty in Pink by Carol Elnicki.
Best Children's Tree: first place,
Magic Kingdom by Seacoast Na-
tional Bank; second place, Crit-
ter's Christmas by Barnyard Bud-
dies 4-H; third place, The Bear
Tree by Timothy Schnieder.
Most Traditional: first place,
Christmas Flare by Jeanine
Jankowski; second place, Christ-
mas in the Country by Indian
River State College; third place,
A Jingle Jangle Christmas by First
United Methodist Youth Group.
Best Theme: first place, A Very
Victorian Christmas by Palm Vil-
lage Ranch; second place, Moot-
astic Christmas by 4-H Udder
Bunch; third place, Bits and Spurs
and Horses.
Most Festive Non-tree Christ-
mas item: first place, Log Cabin
Christmas by First Baptist Quil-
ters; second place Country Christ-
mas by Caitlin Knight.
Thank you to all of those who


submitted items to help sup-
port the efforts of the Hospice
of Okeechobee and the Hamrick
Home and also for your continu-
ous support over the years.
In addition a special thanks
goes out to Raulerson Hospital for
inclusion in the Tour of Homes
and the C.O.P. for traffic control
during that time as well.
Hospice of Okeechobee is a
non-profit organization whose
mission is to care for the termi-
nally-ill. Services are provided
without regard to ability to pay.
The Festival of Trees helps raise
funds to provide patient care in
Okeechobee, including services
at the Hamrick Home. For more
information or to donate to the
festival call 863-467-2321.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at cagullar@newszap.com.


Obituaries


Frank W.
Whitmyer Jr., 84
OKEECHOBEE Frank W. Whit-
myer Jr., of Elkhart, Ind. and Okee-
chobee, died Dec. 29, 2008, in
Okeechobee. He was 84.
He was born April 28, 1924, in Elk-
hart, Ind., to the late Frank E. and
Mildred (Curtis) Whitmyer Sr.
Mr. Whitmyer was a design engi-
neer for Speedgrip Chuck Inc., until
his retirement.
He married Joyce Ireland on Oct.
19, 1946, in Elkhart, Ind.
Mr. Whitmyer was a 1941 graduate
of Elkhart High School, a World War
II veteran of the Army where he re-
ceived a Bronze Star and a Purple
Heat, a member of the Okeechobee
VFW, Elkhart DAV and Bristol DAV,
and an avid bowler for many years.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce;
daughters, Linda (James) King of
Parkland, Pamela (Steven of Bristol)
Westlake of New York; sons, Frank
E. (J. Michael Johnson) Whitmyer III
of South Bend, Ind., Bill (Deb) Whit-
myer of Brighton, Mich.; seven
grandchildren; seven great-grand-
children; and sister, Marjorie Swope
of Elkhart, Ind.
He was preceded in death by a
granddaughter, Cathy Haltom; and a
sister, Winifred Rauguth.
Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday in
the Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Fu-
neral Home, Elkhart, Ind. The Rev.
Jack McGlasson will officiate. Visita-
tion will be held Friday from 4 to 7
p.m. in the funeral home. Entomb-
ment in the Chapel of Faith Mausole-
um in Rice Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to
www.hartzlegutermuthinman.com.


Cheryl Rae
McCormiack, 62
OKEECHOBEE Cheryl Rae
McCormack, of Okeechobee, died
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008, in Rau-
lerson Hospital. She was 62.
Born June 10, 1946, in New Alba-
ny, Ind., she had been a resident of
Okeechobee since 1987. She en-
joyed bowling, fishing, and camp-
ing.
She is survived by her husband,
David A. McCormack; sons, Scott
Bellus (Coreen) of Hobe Sound,
Doug Thomas (Maribel) of Okee-
chobee, David E McCormack (Ka-
thy) of Okeechobee; daughters, Jodi
White-Duncan (Ray) of River Ranch,
Cora McCormack, of Kissimmee,
Mary McCormack of Okeechobee;
mother, Frances Grinnel of Okee-
chobee; brother, Steve Buechler of
Panama City;15 grandchildren; and
four great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends on
Sunday from noon until service time
of 1 p.m. in the Buxton Funeral
Home Chapel.
All arrangements are under the di-
rection and care of the Buxton Fu-
neral Home ad Crematory, 110 NE
5th St., Okeechobee.


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Okeechobee News, Friday, January 2, 2009 7



Drug use down overall among Florida teens


TALLAHASSEE-Lt. Gover-
nor Jeff Kottkamp recently an-
nounced significant reductions
in cigarette smoking and binge
drinking among Florida's middle
school and high school students
since 2000, as reported by the
2008 Florida Youth Substance
Abuse Survey. In contrast to
the significant reductions being
made each year, the 2008 survey
confirms the continuing trend of
prescription drug abuse and high-
lights the need for future preven-
tion efforts. The Florida Office of
Drug Control, state agencies, law
enforcement, substance abuse
prevention coalitions, schools and
community stakeholders have
partnered to reduce substance
abuse across the state.


"Children are Florida's most
vulnerable residents, and pro-
tecting them from the dangers of
substance abuse is tremendously
important," said Lt. Governor
Kottkamp. "Drug abuse threatens
the health and safety of our chil-
dren and their families. The sur-
vey is vital to understanding how
to prevent drug use."
According to the survey, which
has been administered every year
since 2000, drug use among
Florida's middle and high school
students is down in 10 of 11 ar-
eas consistently measured over
the history of the survey. From
2007 to 2008, among middle and
high school students, past 30-day
use of alcohol and binge drinking
declined significantly. Long-term


Okeechobee Health

Department Report


New Year, New Health
Changes for Smokers
Angela Kelly, MPH
OCHD Tobacco Prevention
Specialist
Every year about this time,
people begin thinking about the
New Year and the changes it will
bring. Some people make New
Year's resolutions to lose weight,
get a better job, or to make other
positive changes in their lives. Mil-
lions of Americans will also make
a serious health
resolution to
quit smoking.
The United
States Surgeon
General has
said, "Smoking
cessation repre-
sents the single
most important
step that smok- Angela Kelly
ers can take to
improve the length and quality of
their lives." Also in its reports, the
U.S. Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention stated that tobac-
co is the leading cause of death
in the United States; killing more
than 400,000 Americans annually,
and that another 8,000 Americans
suffer from a smoking-caused dis-
ease, disability, or other serious
health problems such as cancer
of the lung, larynx, oral cavity, and
others. Smoking is also a contribu-
tor in the development of cancers
of the bladder, pancreas, uterus,
cervix, and kidney. It also causes
most cases of chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease also known
as COPD, which includes emphy-


sema and chronic bronchitis. To
reduce your risks of being faced
with these health problems, com-
mitting to changing your smoking
habit is very important.
Nobody says that making the
change to quit smoking will be
easy, but you don't have to do it
alone. In fact, trying to quit cold
turkey without a support network
may only set you up for failure.
Believing and making a commit-
ment to quit smoking will help
you, even if it takes a thousand
attempts. Just consider the posi-
tive results of making the health
change to quit smoking for good,
and how it will improve your life-
style. For example, stress reduc-
tion, more money and energy,
improvement in circulation, bet-
ter breathing, decreased risks for
heart disease and stroke, better
smelling breath and better tasting
foods are all benefits of quitting
smoking.
The Okeechobee County
Health Department Tobacco Pre-
vention and Education program is
here to help you with the process
to quit smoking and improve your
health. Quit Smoking Now Class-
es are available free of charge,
and can provide you with the
skills and knowledge to help you
quit smoking. Smokers may also
call the Florida Quit Line 1-877-
822-6669 and receive counseling
sessions in English and Spanish,
self help materials, and free nico-
tine replacement while supplies
last. For more information about
the Tobacco Prevention Program
please contact the Health Depart-
ment at 863-462-5781.


trends documented from 2000 to
2008 include:
Cigarette smoking is cut in
half: The past 30-day use of ciga-
rettes among middle and high
schoolers is at 9 percent, down
from 18 percent in 2000.
Binge drinking declines by
4 percentage points since 2000:
Binge drinking, defined as hav-
ing five or more drinks in a row
sometime during the previous
two weeks, currently stands at 15
percent, down from 19 percent in
2000.
Use of any illegal drug other
than marijuana continues to de-
cline: The percent of students
who report using any illegal drug
other than marijuana has de-
clined by 24 percent since 2000
and now stands at a historically
low 6.6 percent.
Early initiation continues
to decline: Research confirms
that if our youth make it to adult-
hood without experimenting with
drugs, they are far less likely to
start using later in life. The 2008
survey documents an important
decline in the percentage of high
school students who first used al-


cohol (by 8.6 percentage points),
tobacco (by 19.5 percentage
points), and marijuana (by 6.7
percentage points) before the age
of 14.
New question on over-
the-counter drugs: For the first
time, middle schoolers were
asked about their use of over-the-
counter drugs such as cold and
cough medications in order to
get high. The lifetime prevalence
rate of over-the-counter drug
abuse (4.9 percent) is higher than
the rate for any illegal drug except
marijuana.
Prescription drugs emerging
as a dangerous source of abuse:
4.5 percent of high school seniors
report abusing prescription pain
relievers in the past 30 days, and
3.8 percent report abusing pre-
scription depressants more than
any other illegal drug (excluding
marijuana). Results from the 2002
survey (the first time this question
was asked) were nearly identical,
indicating a continuing trend in
prescription drug abuse.
"The 2008 report suggests
major progress in reducing un-
derage drinking," said Office of


Drug Control Director Bill Janes.
"Prevalence rates for the vast ma-
jority of drugs monitored by the
FYSAS have been significantly
reduced over the past eight years.
This is a testament to the tremen-
dous progress the state has made
toward enhancing the preven-
tion infrastructure in the areas of
assessment, strategic planning,
and implementation of evidence-
based programs and policies. Our
communities are making a real
difference."
"While drug use is down over-
all, parents need to be acutely
alert to the dangers posed by le-
gally accessible substance like
inhalants, alcohol, prescription
drugs, and over-the-counter med-
ications. Parents need to do their
part to keep young people safe by
restricting the availability of these
substances within their homes
and by closely monitoring their
children's activities," Janes said.
Florida's Drug Control Strat-
egy acknowledges that there is
no one-size-fits-all approach to
ensuring that children, families,
and communities are healthy and
safe. Florida's diverse communi-


ties must prioritize their needs
and select the most effective strat-
egies that will be used to tackle
their unique profile of substance
abuse problems. The continued
support of community anti-drug
coalitions is vital to prevention ef-
forts throughout the state. In ad-
dition, the dramatic progress the
state has made in reducing youth
alcohol, tobacco, and other drug
use is a result of the ongoing ex-
pansion of our community-based
efforts and the support of state
agencies.
Florida's youth survey mea-
sures youth substance use an-
nually across the state, and in
alternate years, in each county.
The 2008 edition included 91,471
valid returns from sixth through
12th graders in 66 of Florida's 67
counties. (Sarasota County is not
included among the counties sur-
veyed because it chose to admin-
ister an internal survey that is not
comparable to the Florida Youth
Substance Abuse Survey.) The full
report is available online at www.
dcf.state.fl.us/mentalhealth/publi-
cations/fysas/.


Check out health clubs before joining


TALLAHASSEE Florida Ag-
riculture and Consumer Services
Commissioner Charles H. Bron-
son is urging consumers to take
time to check on the background
of a health club or gym prior to
signing up or buying a member-
ship as a gift. Many people want-
ing to start the New Year on a
healthy note join gyms, but with-
out some investigation they may
only lose money.
The Florida Department of Ag-
riculture and Consumer Services
regulates health clubs under the
Health Studio Act, which provides
some protections for consum-
ers in the event the club closes,
moves, or the member cannot
use the facilities for medical rea-
sons. Health clubs are required to
register with the department, and
many are also required to post a
bond for member refunds in case
the club goes out of business.
"Getting in shape is a great
way to kick off 2009," Commis-
sioner Bronson said. "There are
rules and regulations that health
clubs need to follow, and con-
sumers need to know what they
are so they can be sure they are
getting their money's worth.


Memberships can be a sizeable
investment so it's worth the time
to find out about a facility before
signing a legal contract. Consum-
ers need to understand they can-
not just change their minds weeks
or months after joining and stop
paying dues."
Currently, there are 2,266
health clubs registered in Florida.
During the past year, 369 clubs
went out of business.
The law provides consumers
with the right to cancel a contract
within three days of signing it, ex-
clusive of holidays and weekends,
but it must be done in writing. Af-
ter three days, it is a binding legal
obligation. If a person becomes
physically unable to use a sub-
stantial portion of the services
for which they contracted, they
can put a hold on the member-
ship until the disability ends. If the
health studio goes out of business
or moves more than five driving
miles away from the original lo-
cation it must provide, within 30
days, a facility of equal quality lo-
cated within the five miles or the
contract is void.
Commissioner Bronson also
recommends consumers follow


these tips:
Call the department's help-
line at 1-800-HELPFLA (1-800-435-
7352) or 1-800-FLAYUDA (1-800-
352-9832) to make sure that the
health studio is registered and to
check its complaint history.
Find out if the studio has
posted a bond with the depart-
ment, as most clubs that collect
fees in advance are required to
do so.
Find out about the club's
cancellation policy in the event
a member moves or becomes
physically unable to use the facil-
ity.


hours you intend to use it to de-
termine whether the equipment
you want will be available at that
time.
Make sure exactly what the
membership fee covers. In some
cases, amenities such as racquet-
ball and basketball courts, child
care, towels, etc., cost extra.
Commissioner Bronson says
that, like any legal document, it's
important to read contracts thor-
oughly and make sure that all
promises are made in writing. Ask
questions to make sure the terms
of the membership contract are
understood and can be followed.


SVisit the club during the


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in and around the Okeechobee
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help prevent a stroke. The com-
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heartbeat, which is a major risk
factor for stroke.
Life Line Screening, the na-
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ventative health screenings, will
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cated at 906 N.W Ninth Ave. in
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ing cause of death in the United
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people who suffer a stroke have
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Local families to gain hope for financial peace


Financial Peace University
(FPU), the 13-week program
taught by Dave Ramsey, has
helped more than 650,000 fami-
lies positively change their finan-
cial future. This life-changing
program teaches families and
individuals how to handle their
money through common-sense
principles and small group ac-
countability. FPU is available for
churches, companies, military
bases, financial literacy programs,
Spanish speaking organizations
and community groups. FPU
classes will be held in Okeecho-
bee at:


Peace Lutheran Church lo-
cated at 750 Northwest 23rd Lane
in Okeechobee. The classes will
begin Monday, Jan. 12, 2009 at
6 p.m. Contact Drew Achong at
863-763-5042 or PLCYouth@
comcast.net for more informa-
tion or to register.
As they work on a Total Mon-
ey Makeover, the average family
pays off $5,300 in debt and saves
$2,700 in the first 91 days after
beginning FPU and is completely
out of debt, except for the mort-
gage, in 18 to 24 months. "We've
actually relieved ourselves of over
$50,000 worth of debt in two


years just from using these princi-
ples," said Russ Lee, former FPU
participant.
Dave Ramsey began teaching
FPU classes in 1994 every night
around Nashville, Tenn. In 1997,
FPU was made available on video
across the country with thou-
sands of classes around the na-
tion today.
The program is made up of
13 life-changing lessons taught
by Dave in a fun and entertain-
ing way. "I like to put the cookies
on the shelf where everyone can
reach them," says Mr. Ramsey. Af-
ter each lesson the group meets


to help each other plan budgets,
discuss successes and tempta-
tions, and support each other in
their journey to beat debt and
build wealth. Topics covered in-
clude:
Saving for emergencies
Budgeting
Relationship and money is-
sues
Buying big bargains
Getting out of debt
Understanding investments
Understanding insurance
Retirement and college plan-
ning
Buyer beware


Real estate mortgages
Careers and extra jobs
Each class participant needs
a kit. Special rates are routinely
available online at www.daver-
amsey.com or by calling 888-227-
3223. Included in the cost of the
kit is a lifetime family membership
to FPU, allowing the participant
to return to any class at anytime
for a refresher course. The kit also
includes an FPU workbook, an
FPU envelope system, 13 audio
lessons, bonus CD, budgeting
forms, debit card holders, and
Ramsey's best-selling book Fi-
nancial Peace.


"FPU classes are changing lives
across the country every day,"
says Louis Falzetti, executive vice
president of Financial Peace Uni-
versity "There is something for
everyone in this program whether
you are barely making ends meet,
just trying to plan for retirement,
or seeking to build wealth. No
matter what your financial situa-
tion, you will find FPU to be the
best motivational tool available
across the nation to help you at-
tain financial peace."
Visit www.daveramsey.com to
locate the nearest class.


Mainstreet Clipboard


Welcome new members:
Best Western Lake Okeechobee,
Owners: Jay and Nina Patel, Man-
ager: Cindy Murphy. 3975 Hwy
441 South, phone: 863-357-7100.
David Lee Padgitt of Buckhead
Ridge Insurance, LLC, 1070 6th
Street, 863-763-3883.
Your membership next
year could be free Okeecho-
bee Main Street will kick off the
New Year with a Membership
Drive Contest. Those who wish to
participate will be given Okeecho-
bee Main Street brochure applica-
tions. You will stamp your busi-
ness name on the brochure and
give it to patrons who come into
your business. When they are re-
turned to the Main Street office by
the patron for membership the
patron will be given a ticket for a
chance to win a monthly drawing
for a prize equivalent to $50, they
will also be given a membership
decal that has the Main Street
logo and the words "MEMBER -
I SHOP OKEECHOBEE on it. The
Business Member or Member that
brings in the most new members
will receive the following year's
membership free; the free mem-
bership prize will be equivalent to
the current year's membership.
If you would like to participate
in our 2009 membership drive
please call me so I can get the
brochures to you.
One of our members has com-
mercial office space for rent:
1,145 Square feet for $1500 a
month which includes utilities.
Call Kathy Godwin for details at
863-634-7728.


Quality A/C located at 5351
SW 16th Avenue has large 18 X
24 office space for rent. Rental in-
cludes utilities and taxes at $125
per week. Go by to see it or call
863-634-3258 for more informa-
tion.
It's a new year...make it
a new you! Physicians Weight
Loss Centers is having a New
Years Blowout! January 2 and 3
with huge savings! Receive free
B-12 shots and 40 percent off
your program fees when you join
during these two days only. Go by
414 S. Parrott Avenue, Suite B for
a free consultation. Financing is
also available, call 863-357-9967.
The Okeechobee Service Cen-
ter of the American Red Cross
will be holding a First Aid Ba-
sics Class on Tuesday, Jan.
6, Infant/ Child CPR/AED on
Wednesday, Jan. 14 and Adult
CPR/AED on Tuesday, Jan. 20.
All classes will begin at 6 p.m. at
the Service Center, 323 North Par-
rott Avenue. Call 863-763-2488 to
register or for more information.
The Governing Board of the
South Florida Water Manage-
ment District will hold a pub-
lic hearing on proposed year
round landscape irrigation
conservation measures on
Thursday Jan. 15, 9 am. at the
District Office on Gun Club Road
in West Palm Beach. For more
information call 1-800-250-4200,
ext. 3019
Have a great week, I hope the
New Year brings you loads of hap-
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By Jon Geitner
Senior Vice President
Seacoast National Bank
Of the "5 Cs of Credit" (Char-
acter, Collateral, Capacity, Capital,
and Condition), the most impor-
tant of these is Capacity. Capacity
is a direct reference to the ability
of the borrower to repay the debt.
In other words, is there sufficient
income (debt service) to allow for
not only the repayment of the loan
but to also service the customer's
other monthly obligations.
An individual's income is ana-
lyzed on a monthly basis. For
most people, the income they
receive is paid, at a bare mini-
mum, once per month. This then
allows people to meet fixed ob-
ligations, such as mortgages and
car payments which also occur
monthly. It is important because if
a borrower doesn't have enough
money to make their payment
the fact that they may want to
doesn't matter. Without sufficient
income, no loan can be properly
repaid.
Qualified income can come
from many sources. Social Se-
curity, salary, interest, dividends,
pensions, rental income, child
support, alimony, and even lot-
tery winnings, if recurring, can be
considered as income. The big-
gest challenge is usually proving
the income claimed. Tax returns,
payroll stubs, W-2s, and bank
statements are common forms of
documentation that lenders will
ask borrowers to produce in or-
der to prove the income claimed


on an application.
Once annual income is veri-
fied it will be broken down into
monthly increments. For the pur-
pose of borrower qualification
"gross monthly income" or GMI
is used, not net. It can be consid-
ered either jointly or individually,
depending upon how the applica-
tion is filed. Then, fixed monthly
payments, usually in the form of
other loan obligations, are calcu-
lated. Variable amounts, such as


electric and phone bills, are not
included.
Capacity is the one area of
lending money that is based en-
tirely upon proven formulas.
These formulas are commonly
referred to as "debt to income" or
DTI. This is simply a ratio of the
monthly payments to the monthly
income. For illustration, let's say
your current fixed monthly pay-
ments total $300 and your gross
monthly income is $1000. Your
DTI ratio would be $300/$1000
or 30%. This ratio would be ac-
ceptable to most lenders. Now
let's say the loan you were apply-
ing for would increase your fixed
monthly payments by $150 from
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$300 to $450. Applying the same
formula, your new DTI would
be $450/$1000 or 45%. By most
standards your DTI would be too
high and your request would be
denied.
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terms you need to consider how
much money you have left, after
your fixed expenses are paid, to
live on. The prudent lender will
generally cap their DTI at 40%, al-
though exceptions can be made
if you have significant income,
leaving you substantially more
money, after fixed expenses, to
take care of your other living ex-
penditures.


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of cocaine.
Booker was charged with pos-
session of marijuana under 20
grams and possession of drug par-
aphernalia. Both of those charges
are misdemeanors.
At trial, Circuit Court Judge
Sherwood Bauer Jr. found that
Deputy Ellis had a valid reason for
stopping the car and for asking the
passengers to get out of the car.
The judge also ruled that Smith's


Expo
Continued From Page 1
ers is covering the cost of the Agri-
Civic Center for this event.
Last year, over 1,300 partici-
pants received information and
give-aways from 80 vendors and
many volunteers.
The expo is organized to be a
fun and educational day aimed
at educating the community on
health and safety issues. The
event will have booths aimed at
many different age groups from
the children to senior citizens.
During the event, each partici-
pant will also get a ticket for a free
hot dog, chips and a drink. Do-
nations of food, snacks, etc. are
also greatly appreciated. Please
contact Sharon Vinson if you can
contribute in any way.
Last year there were booths
of emergency equipment, such
as law enforcement vehicles, fire
trucks, ambulances, a helicopter
and brush trucks. The Depart-
ment of Forestry's Smokey Bear
was also in attendance promot-
ing fire safety.
The Blood Bank will also at-
tend the Expo this year.
While some grant funding is
expected there will be expendi-
tures for signs, liability insurance
and other expenses. The event is
set up so that vendors and patrons
have a completely free day. There
are no charges for attending the
event or setting up as a vendor.


handing the pill bottle to Deputy
Marrero did not constitute an un-
lawful search since Smith volun-
tarily gave the pills to the deputy.
However, Smith and his appeals
attorney argued that the "... pro-
duction of the pill bottle was not
voluntary because Deputy Marrero
told Smith that a search was im-
minent, and the cocaine found at
the jail was 'fruit of the poisonous
tree.'"
The appeals court agreed.
"In this case, the trial judge
should have granted Smith's mo-
tion to suppress because, in ex-
amining the totality of the circum-

Each booth is required to have
giveaways such as pens, pencils,
stickers, snacks and an item to be
given away via a drawing. In addi-
tion, each booth will display and/
or share health or safety informa-
tion.
Vendors/agencies must pro-
vide their own table, chairs and
other items necessary for the dis-
play. Electricity will not be avail-
able. Space is still available, both
under the covered roof and out-
side.
Donations for the event are
also being accepted. Anyone
wishing to donate money, or
other needed items, can contact
any of the individuals listed be-
low. Participation is not limited to
booth participation.
There will be scheduled en-
tertainment throughout the event
with a different performance ev-
ery 30 minutes. Last year's enter-
tainment included several com-
petition cheerleading groups and
dance groups. If you have any
ideas for participating in the en-
tertainment area please contact
organizers as soon as possible.
If you would like to participate,
vendor/agency registration forms
can be obtained by contacting:
Sharon Vinson at 863-462-5000,
ext. 257; Angela Kelly at 863-462-
5781; Barbara Godejohn at 863-
462-5800; or, Donny Arnold 863-
634-6464.
The following groups will
have a display at the Health and
Safety Expo: KidCare; AARP Driv-
er Safety Classes; Air-A-Medics;


stances, Smith's act of giving the
pill bottle to the police was not
voluntary," states DCA records.
The court ruled that when
Smith saw the other passengers
being searched it made his subse-
quent handing of the pill bottle to
the deputy "the product of an im-
minent pat down and not the result
of an independent act of free will."
The 4th DCA also ruled that
Smith was intimidated by the pres-
ence of the K-9.
Even though that conviction
was overturned, in June of 2008
an Okeechobee County grand jury
returned a true bill and indicted

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tion; American Red Cross; Area
Agency on Aging; Babies "R" Us;
Big Lake Hospice; Brennan Eye
Care; Children Burn Foundation
of Florida; Coalition for Indepen-
dent Living Options; Early Learn-
ing Coalition of Indian River, Mar-
tin and Okeechobee; Economic
Opportunities of IRC Inc. Head
Start; EcoQuest International;
Okeechobee Health Department
(various areas); Indian River State
College (various areas); Florida
Fire Marshals and Inspections
Association; Florida Poison Infor-
mation Center, Tampa General
Hospital; Girl Scouts of Southeast
Florida; Healthy Start; Helping
People Succeed-Healthy Families;
Herbalife; Hibiscus Children's
Center; Innovative Treatment
Services, Inc.; March of Dimes;
Martha's House, Inc.; OCSB Mi-


Smith on a charge of first-degree
murder. He was also charged with
possession of a controlled sub-
stance without a prescription.
Smith is accused of killing 14-
month-old Xavion Leach in 2006.
Xavion died Jan. 20, 2006, at
St. Mary's Hospital in West Palm
Beach after he was taken off life
support. He had been kept alive
for eight days.
According to Detective Bettye
Taylor of the Okeechobee City Po-
lice Department (OCPD) the tod-
dler's official cause of death was
blunt force trauma to the head.
She stated in her arrest report that

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Community Traffic Safety Team;
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gency Management; Okeechobee
Juvenile Offender Corrections;
Okeechobee Substance Abuse
Coalition; Okeechobee Vision
Care; Planned Parenthood; PND
Inc. Physical Therapy; Profession-
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Raulerson Hospital; Reach FM;
Riverside National Bank; Sandy
Pines; Seacoast National Bank;
South Florida Water Management
District; St. Lucie County Fire Dis-
trict; Students Working Against
Tobacco (SWAT); Suncoast Medi-
cal Equipment; Pentecostals of
Okeechobee; Treasure Coast
Crime Stoppers; Visiting Nurse
Association; and the Welcome
House Drop-in Center.


rile prinu
The Aeromed helicopter allowed patrons to get aboard to see
what it is like to fly in their helicopter during last year's Health
and Safety Expo which will be held at the Okeechobee Agri-
Civic Center on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009.


the toddler had a baseball-sized
bruise on his brain.
The toddler also suffered a frac-
tured skull and spinal cord bruising
at the base of his skull, she said.
During a Jan. 15, 2006, inter-
view Smith reportedly told Detec-
tive Taylor that he found the child
lying on the floor as if he had fallen
out of bed. Smith was alone with
the child for about 30 minutes
while Xavion's mother went to get
some food.
Smith, 6-feet-l and 220 pounds,
told the detective he first started
to do cardio pulmonary resuscita-
tion (CPR) but realized that Xavion


Revenue
Continued From Page 1
These conservation measures are
now working in favor of both gov-
ernmental entities.
Mayor Jim Kirk said one of his
goals for the new year was to at-
tract industry to the city's industri-
al park that would provide more
jobs.
On a positive note, the mayor
said the city has started a side-
walk project which he would like
to see extended to all the city's
streets as funds allow. He added
that in some cases, it would only
be possible to put a sidewalk on
one side of the street.
If funding is available the may-
or would like to see city hall reno-
vated and the installation of an
elevator to make it handicapped
accessible.
The mayor said keeping the
same level of service and retain-
ing all employees would be a
major challenge. He said the
city would need all the current
employees to maintain the same
level of service.
"It has certainly been an incred-
ible nine months," county admin-
istrator Lyndon Bonner said of his
first few months in office. He felt
like he had done a good job of ad-
dressing the priorities given him
by the Okeechobee County Board
of County Commissioners.
The county administrator said
the county will face a number of
challenges in the coming year.


wasn't breathing, stated the detec-
tive's report. He then shook the
baby and placed Xavion on the
bed and started "popping" his face
and shaking him in an effort to re-
vive the child, the report added.
Detective Taylor said Smith be-
gan shaking the baby but said "...
he saw that lost look in the child's
eyes, which he said he had seen
before ....
"The massive injuries we saw
did not look like the child fell out
of the bed," said OCPD Detective
Bill Saum.
A trial date on Smith's latest
charges has not been set.
The number one issue he
sees is the economy. He plans
to monitor the financial situation
closely and watch nickels and
dimes much more closely than in
the past.
Mr. Bonner praised the county
commissioners for looking to the
future while facing the problems
of today.
He, too, will be struggling to
provide what he calls "good ser-
vices" and retaining employees
with dwindling financial resourc-
es.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached
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Employees of the City of
Okeechobee and Okeecho-
bee Asphalt and Ready Mixed
Concrete spent the last day
of 2008 pouring a concrete
parking area for Central El-
ementary School. As funds
allow in 2009 the city plans
to continue the concrete
work by putting In more side-
walks.


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Beauty Supplies 525
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Carpets/Rugs 550
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kit, use of deck/boat house
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inc elec/cable $850 mo, st
& sec, suitable for retirees
(863)357-1566 rent month.
VIKING/PRAIRIE Efficiency.
Very clean) $600/mo. In-
cludes utilities No pets Call
561-329-8205



KINGS BAY- 2/2 All Applianc-
es $800 mo (836)634-9521
OAK LAKE VILLAS #17- 2/2,
Irg bdrms, W&D incld,
$800/mo, 1st, last & $500
sec (863)467-5965
TAYLOR CREEK CONDO
1BR/1BA, furnished or unfur-
nished, pool & tennis, boat
dock, very nice. $700/mo. +
sec deposit 561-324-4902 or
561-582-8693
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AFFORDABLE NEW &
RENOVATED HOUSES. 3/2/2
& 3/1/1, Bring Pets, Lg
yards, 1st month free
(561)723-2226
BASSWOOD 3br, 2ba, 2 car
garage, $950/mo will take
Section 8 (772)323-4758
BUCKHEAD RIDGE 3/2, 2 car
garage, W/D, Screened
porch w/Hot tub, Pets OK,
$1200/mo (863)634-5236
OKEE: 3/1 on M ac Renovat-
ed, laundry, C/Aheat, screen
porch, carport. $925 mo, 1st
mo & dep Call 305-458-8659
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage C/Air Lazy 7 area
1st, last & sec.
863-467-2541
OKEECHOBEE- 4br, 2ba, in
city limits, looking for re-
sponsible renters w/refs Re-
duced $1000/mo+ Dep only
needed (863)634-9139
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WATERFRONT: 2BR, 1V BA
Treasure Island. Fenced yd.
$765 mo (772) 359-6584
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Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property- Sale 1010
Condos/
Townhouses Sale1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080



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4BR/2BA, Near lake access
on Hwy 441,2 car garage &
storage, big lots w/space for
garden, all credit considered,
$149,900.
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Corner Lot. 2.2 acres, $95K
OBO Call Cell
772-530-2095
or 863-467-6399



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Hawk's Bluff Subdivision,
Best Bluff lot available lot
154 go to www.visit-
land com for more info
$102 500 (561)743-2093



WANT TO BUY Small house
with apartment or Duplex
Call (863)467-7996


Mobile Homes



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

Lot for Rent- 75X 110 mobile
home lot, 4415 SE 23rd Ct,
Okeechobee $181 90 month
(863)763-4892 or
(863)763-5419 Anytime
Earn some extra cash
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BEST VALUE IN TOWN! For
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newly remodeled. Located
12 minutes north of Okee-
chobee on Equestrian
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& lawn maintenance includ-
ed No Pets' $495 Move in
special M-F (863)467-2982
OKEE 2/2, Very nice w/loll
9317 SE 57th Dr., $55K or
$700/mth. 772-597-2098 or
561-234-6470.



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561-234-6470.


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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 limited l ability company,
Plaintiff
DRY LAKE DEVELOPMENTS, INC, a Flonda corporation, 3D DEVELOPMENT SER-
VICES, LLC, a Florida limited liability company, WINSOME JACKSON, M H FUNDING
& INVESTMNTS LLC, a Florida limited ability company, NEFF RENTAL, INC, a
Flonda corporation, SOARES DA COSTA CS, LLC, a Florida limited liability company,
and IRMA RODRIGUEZ,
Defendants
and
LJ CLARK CONSTRUCTION, INC a Florida corporaon,
hird Party Plaintiff
vs
HOPE P ANDERSON, GARY PLANE, and ALICIA N HAL (as to Lot 15), RUDOLPH
LLOYD DIXON (as to Lot 27), LEE ROUGH (as to Lot 56), ADEEL MUKHTAR, ARIF
WAJID, and JAWAD BAIG (as to Lot 60), SALVADOR Y BORTONE (as to Lot 61),
BRUCE GOLDSTEIN and PAMELA GOLDSTEIN (as to Lot 64), VYACHESLAV GINZ-
BUR, YEVGENCY GINZBURG, SIRANUSH KHACHATRYAN and PAUL BRETMAN (as
to Lot 65), RAM VENKATESH, LATHA VENKATESH, and NINA VENKATESH ras to
Lot 66), LUSIK APKARIA, AVEDIS APKARIAN, KARAPET PARONYAN, and SUREN
G TUMASYAN (as to Lot 67), RKS & SKS PROPERTIES, LLC (as to Lot 68), DAN
IEL SANOVEI (as to Lot 83), LUE CLEMENT and LUE MARGARET (as to Lot 84),
THE OKEECHOBEE GROUP LLC, a lorida limited liability company (as to Lot 86),
DIAMOND TOUCH, LLC, a Florida limited liability company (as to Lot 87),
Third-Party Defendants
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO Danel Sanovel
Dwaine Shaw, Registered Agent of Re Okeechobee Group, LLC
Jawad Baig
Paul Brenman aka Paul Breytman
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a construction lien under
Chapter 713 Flonda Statutes on the following described property in Okeechobee
Court, Flonda, to wit
All of Hudson Lake Ranches, an unrecorded plat, wit a steet address of 6960
Highway 98 N, Okeechobee County, Florida
has been Bled against you and you are required to serve a copy of your witten de-
tense, f any, to DEVIN R MAXWELL, Esuire, 405 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee,
Flonda 34972 and file the onginal with the Clerk of the above styled Court on or be
fore January 19, 2009 otherwise a judgment may be entered against you for the re-
lief demanded n the Complaint
WITNESS my handand te seal of said Court on tis 16th day of December 2008
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of Circuit Court
By Lnda F Young
DEPUTY CLERK


304637 ON 12/19,26/081/2,9/09




OKEECHOBEE Db Wide, on
canal, elec boat lift, Ig at-
tached Util Room, Ig Util
shed, golf car, furnished, Exc
cond, 1307 S Parrot, #40,
Riverbend Mob Home Pk,
(217)652-1238
ON CANAL 24x48, 3BR, 2BA
2 Screen rms, 3 sheds, car-
port River Bend Park Lot 37
$42,500 (863)467-4712

Recreation



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



OPEN BOW BOAT, 17 Ft. w/
Trailer $300 FIRM
(863)763-0812


MOTORHOME-32 Ft. 1999
Coachman-Gas Generator,
Slideout, Good Cond 21k
miles $28,000 OBO Can be
seen at 2347 SE 32nd St.
TCI (863)824-6799 or
561-662-6576



GSX-R 600 2003 Black/
Chrome frame, 21,100 miles
Clean Florida title, $3000
Call Matt at 954-513-9613


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



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


GMC JIMMY- 1990 Full size
4x4, lift kit, big tires, runs
great. $3000 OBO
(863)763-7598


Public Notices

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Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

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
Plainliff
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 DEFENDANTS), IF
REMARRIED AND IF DECEASED, THE
RESPECTIVE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVI-
SEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES,
CREDITORS, I IENORS, AND TRUS-
TEES, AND A L OTHER PERSONS
CLAIMING BY THROUGH, UNDER OR
AGAINST TH NAMED DEFEN-
DANTS(S COI NTRY VILLAGE PROP-
ERY OWNER' ASSOCIATION, ING,
WHETHER DIS OLVE OR PRESENT
LY EXISTING, GETHER WITH ANY
GRANTEES, AS GNEES, CREDITORS,
LIENORS, OR T USTEES OF SAID DE-
FENDANTS(S) ND ALL OTHER PER-
SONS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH,
UNDER, OR AG NST DEFENDANTS),
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-
FENDANT(S), IF REMARRIED, AND I
DECEASED, THE RESPECTED 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 1ie your
answer or wnten defenses, any, i
the above proceeding wit the Clerk of
this Court and to serve a copy thereof
upon te plainti's attorney Law Ofic-
es of Canel C Consuegr
Palm Drive Tampa, FL i
telephone (813)15-8660, facsimile
(813)915-0559, by January 26, 2009
the nature of this proceeding being a
suite for foreclosure of mortgage
against the following descbed 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
NK/A
2007 STEAMBOAT CIR
PORT LA BELLE, FL 33935
If you fal to ie your answer or wntten
defenses in the above proceeding, on
plaintf's attorney a default will be en-
tered against you for the relief de-
manded in the Complaint or Petition
DATED at HENDRY County this 15th day
of December, 2008
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By/s/D Hammond
Deputy Clerk
in accordance with the American wit
Disabilities Act of 1990, persons need-
ing a special accommodahon to par-
ticipate in this proceeding should
contact the ASA Coordinator no later
than seven f7) days pnor to the pro-
ceedings If hearing impaired, please
call (800) 955-9771 (TDD) or
(800)955-8770 (voice) via Florida Re-
lay Service
304702 ON 12/26/08 & 1/2/09
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CITY COUNCIL MEETING NOTICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN tat the City Council of the City of Okeechobee wi
meet in Regular Session n Tuesday, January 6, 2009, 6 00 p m at City Hall, 55 SE
3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Floida The public is invited and encouraged to at
tend A copy of the agenda will be available on our website at wwwtyotokeecho-
bee com, or contact City Administration at (863) 763-3372 x 212
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at this
meeting, 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
City Clerk media are used for the sole purpose of back up for the Clerks Office
In accordance with the Amencans with Disabilites Act (ADA) and Florida Statute
286 26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Lane Gamiotea, no later than two (2) working days
pnor to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x 214, if you are heanng or voice impaired,
call TD 1 800 955 8770 (voice) or 1 800 955 8771 (TY)
by James E Kirk, Mayor
Lane Gamotea, CMC, City Clerk
305672 ON 01/02/09


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Angler
Continued From Page 1
The tournament will begin at
first safe light at Okee-Tantie. Cost
is $75 per boat. Registration may
take place before the tournament
at the church office or the day of
the tournament. For more infor-
mation please call 863-763-1699.

New Gulf grouper,
amberjack and
triggerfish rules in
effect as of Jan. 1
The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission advis
es anglers that new rules to help
manage gag and red grouper,
greater amberjack and gray trig-
gerfish in Gulf of Mexico waters
went into effect on Jan. 1.
The recreational daily bag limit
for gag grouper is now two fish
per person within the five-grou-
per aggregate limit in all Gulf wa-
ters, and the recreational harvest
of gag grouper in all Gulf waters
is prohibited from Feb. 1 through
March 31.
The recreational daily bag limit
for red grouper in Gulf state wa
ters is now two fish per person
within the five-grouper aggregate
limit. However, the recreational
red grouper limit in Gulf federal
waters is still one fish per person
within the aggregate limit. Florida
state waters extend 9 nautical
miles offshore in the Gulf, and
federal waters extend beyond
state waters.
The Feb. 15-March 14, closure
to the recreational harvest of red
and black grouper in Gulf federal
waters is still in effect. This rec-
reational closed season does not
apply in Gulf state waters.
In addition, the recreational
minimum size limit for greater
amberjack is now 30 inches fork
length, and the commercial and
recreational minimum size limit


for gray triggerfish is now 14 inch
es fork length in all Gulf waters.
More information on Gulf
grouper, amberjack and trigger-
fish management is available
online at: MyFWC.com/marine/
grouper/index.htm and MyFWC.
com/marine/AmberjackTrigger-
fish.htm.
If you would like to share any
information with the Okeechobee
News about an outdoors event, or if
you have a suggestion on something
you have seen or would like to see in
the outdoors column, please email
Teresa Mataushek at tmataushek@
newszap.com, call 863-763-3134,
fax 863-763-5901 or log on to www.
newszap.com andplace it on the
public issues forum. We welcome
all news, comments and tidbits on
outdoor activities, nature inspired
hobbies and with hunting season
here, please send in pictures of
your prize kills and with all of the
fishermen back, send us a picture of
your prize fish. Please include your
name, phone number and specific
dates of the events. The Outdoors
Column runs every Friday, so please
be sure to have all information into
the office no later than 5p.m. on
Wednesday. Please refer all material
to Teresa Mataushek.


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Mike Cornell
Mike Cornell


Audubon Society


hosts bird counts


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Local birders and nature en
thusiasts have begun the 109th
annual Christmas Bird Count in
South Florida.
Local events include the annu
al count at STA5 near Clewiston
which takes place on Saturday,
Jan. 3.
A 15 mile area south of Clewis-
ton will be searched.
Margaret England, Director
of the Hendry/Glades Audubon
Society said there is interest to
expand Christmas bird counts at
OK Slough and the Seminole Res-
ervation next year.
A group of 51 birders went out
last Saturday, Dec. 27 and found
82 different species of birds. The
list included two new species, the
grasshopper sparrow and sedge
wren.
The group also saw 25 Fulvous
whistling ducks, over 50 Ameri-
can Wigeon, over 150 white
pelicans, over 50 black crowned
night heron's, over 50 roseate
spoonbill, and over 1,000 long
billed dowitcher.
Seldom seen, and uncommon


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species spotted in the bird count
last week included gadwall, Eur-
asian wigeon, a couple of dun
lin's, a king rail and a white tailed
kite.
The count Saturday will be
held at C&B Farms also known as
Chuck Obern's Organic Farm and
restored wetlands.
The results of the count are en-
tered into the annual state of the
birds report released by the Audu-
bon Society.
In September, a report from
Birdlife International revealed
sharp declines in populations of
many of the world's most famil-
iar birds. Twenty common birds
in the United States more than
halved in number over the last 40
years.
There are 176 different bird
species currently on Audubon's
Watch List in the continental U.S.
and Hawaii.
"Audubon compiles these
reports because we care about
birds and the quality of the envi-
ronment they share with us," said
Tom Bancroft, head of science
for the National Audubon Soci-
ety, "These birds are sending us a
clear message that their fate is de-
termined by human activity more
than anything else. As we've seen
with the Bald Eagle, when we
help them through conservation,
their chances improve. But when
we damage their habitat, convert
wetlands and forests, then they
are more likely to become rare or
extinct."
Bird counts also take place in
Martin County before Jan. 5.


Submitted photo

Hole in one!
Robert L. Cain, 79 of Mattoon, III., hit a hole-in-one on the
11th hole at the Okeechobee Golf and Country Club on
Dec. 17, 2008. The shot was 165 yards and he used a Hy-
brid #3. The shot was confirmed by golf pro Terry Lan-
man.











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