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Vol. 100 No. 8 Sunday, January 18, 2009 750 Plus tax


Raulerson Hospital
presents "Ladies
Health Day"
On Jan. 20, from noon
until 1 p.m., a "Ladies Health
Day" luncheon will take place
at Indian River State College in
the Raulerson Hospital Audito-
rium. The Raulerson Hospital
Auditorium is located in the
new Williamson Conference
and Education Center at 2229
N.W. Ninth Avenue at IRSC. The
guest Raulerson Hospital staff
physicians will be James Brad-
field M.D., Board Certified Gy-
necologist, Albert Bravo M.D.,
Board Certified Gastroenter-
ologist and Internal Medicine,
and Philip Moyer M.D., board
Certified General/Vascular Sur-
geon and Diplomate American
Board of General Surgery. Res-
ervations are required. Please
R.S.VP. to Bill Casian at 863-
8242702. Only 100 seats are
available for this event.

Inauguration Day
event planned
The Okeechobee Executive
Committee of the Democrat
Party invites everyone to attend
a free Inauguration luncheon.
There will be a large screen
television to watch the ceremo-
nies of the historic swearing
in of Barack Obama. The lun
cheon will be Tuesday, Jan. 20
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the
Okeechobee Masonic Lodge,
107 N.W Fifth Avenue.

Public workshop on
A public workshop for the
Parks and Recreation Master
Plan and Needs Assessment
will be held Tuesday, Jan. 20,
at the Okeechobee Civic Cen-
ter on Highway 98 at 7 p.m. All
public input would be appreci

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Lake Levels

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By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
The Florida Department of
Law Enforcement (FDLE) has
started a Web site that could
prove to be one of the most im-
portant sites a parent could ever
visit -- even if used for nothing
more than peace of mind.
Parents, or anyone for that
matter, can go to www.fdle.state. to register and receive notifi-
cation via e-mail that a registered
sexual offender has moved into
their neighborhood.
"Citizens can be alerted when

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The sounds of falling bowl
ing pins and video arcades will
stay in Okeechobee.
Newowners have purchased
Stardust Lanes, Okeechobee's
only bowling center, and they
have high hopes for the future.
New is a relative term as one of
the owners has long ties to the
community and has a familiar
name in the bowling business
in Okeechobee.
"We did it for the people
because we want them to have
something," owner Glenda
Petz said.
She and her husband, Rob-
ert Petz, took over the bowling
center on Jan. 9.
Petz and his family have
been involved with the bowl-
ing center since January, 1988.
His family sold the property in
June, 2002. The facility has had
two owners since then.
Petz still lived in Okeecho-

bee and bowled here each
week. He noted he never lost
the love he felt for the bowling
"I told Bobby we need to
really work hard on this. We
don't want league bowlers to
have to drive out of town to
bowl," Glenda added.
Bobby expects to bring back
some of the more popular pro-
grams he had in place when his
family operated the facility. That
includes a large arcade with
redemption games for kids, a
program for kids, a full bar on
the concourse and a snack bar.
Kids can earn tickets with
these arcade games and re-
deem them for prizes like toys,
novelties, candy and other
things that interest kids.
The Youth American Bowl-
ing Alliance will be brought
back as well. They will create
leagues for children. The cou-
ple expects this will encourage
some young kids to bowl.

s track sex offenders

an offender moves into their
community, near their child's
school or any area where they
have a concern," said Trena Red-
dick, an FDLE public information
officer in Tampa. "It's a great
way to monitor who is moving
into the community."
The notification service,
which was launched about eight
months ago, is free and open to
anyone. All you have to do is go
to the FDLE web site and follow
the prompts to register. There is
no limit on how many e-mail ad
dresses you can enter.
A subscriber will receive an

alert whenever a registered of-
fender moves within a 5-mile
radius of a specified address.
This means a subscriber could
enter the address of their home,
their children's school or a play-
ground frequented by children.
The alert will include the of-
fender's name, date of birth, ad
dress and photo.
Although not currently opera
tional, the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO) is work
ing on their web site which will
also provide a link to the FDLE
Michele Bell, of the OCSO

sex offender unit, said as of
Wednesday, Jan. 14, there were
90 registered sexual offenders in
Okeechobee County. Mrs. Bell
said 82 of them are listed as of-
fenders, while eight are listed as
According to the FDLE web
site, there are several criteria that
must be met for a person to be
designated as a sexual predator,
which includes: a conviction for
a qualifying and capital, life or
first-degree felony sex offense
committed on or after Oct. 1,
1993; a conviction for any felony
violation or attempt thereof for

a qualifying offense committed
after Oct. 1, 1993, in addition to
a prior conviction for any felony
violation or attempt thereof for a
qualifying offense; and, a written
court finding designating the in-
dividual as a sexual predator.
Also, also as of July 1, 2004,
if anyone is civilly committed
under the Florida Jimmy Ryce
Sexually Violent Predator Act
they must register as a sexual
predator whether they meet the
aforementioned criteria or not.
On Sept. 11, 1995, Jimmy
See Offenders Page 2

Don't let

crimes go


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Area investigators are asking
citizens for one simple favor --
call them if you are a victim of
a crime.
"We have a lack of report-
ing among the citizens," said
Detective Sergeant Brad Stark
of the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO). "A lot
of crimes, especially among the
migrant community, are not be-
ing reported."
He pointed out that many
times area citizens are victims
of robberies, burglaries and
crimes against person but, for

whatever reason, they choose
not to tell law enforcement.
And, Sgt. Stark continued, if an
area is being targeted by crimi-
nals, law enforcement doesn't
know there's a problem there if
no one files a report.
Many times, added the con-
cerned detective, members of
the migrant community won't
report crimes against them be-
cause if they are here illegally
they feel they could jeopardize
their chance at becoming a U.S.
citizen here.
"Still," he continued, "they
See Crimes Page 2

Community to

honor Dr. King

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
"Injustice anywhere is a
threat to justice everywhere."
- Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter
from Birmingham Jail, 1963.
Residents of Okeechobee
will be using various means
today and tomorrow to honor
the legacy and memory of cler-
gyman, civil rights leader and
Nobel Peace Prize recipient
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr.
King, who was killed April 4,
1968, would have been 80 on

Jan. 15. In 1983 the Monday fol-
lowing his birthday was made
a national holiday. This year the
holiday falls on Jan. 19. Howev
er, the celebration began early
in Okeechobee with a banquet
last night.
The celebration will contin-
ue this evening. First Mission-
ary Baptist Church, 906 N.W
9th Ave., is hosting a memorial
program at 6 p.m. honoring Dr.
King with the theme "Break
ing Barriers." The program will
See Dr. King Page 2

Glenda said she and her
husband love bowling and love
the community. She noted they
wanted to do something for
the people, "We can't let these
people down," she said.
Glenda said she expects it
will take a lot of work to get the
bowling center back to its glory
days. She noted the reaction
she has received has been very
positive so far.
"For most people this is the
best thing in the world that
could happen. They know we
are doing it for them so they are
going out of their way to help
us," she noted.
The 24 lanes are in good
shape and were very well main-
tained. There was no disruption
in service. The entire staff of 10
employees was retained by the
new owners.
"They all are very happy,
and seem to be really on board
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Teachers nominated

for annual award

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County
Teacher of the Year selection
process has begun and the fol-
lowing is the second of four
articles with additional details
of a couple of the Teachers of
the Year from each school in
district. Each issue will show
case additional candidates for
the District Teacher of the Year
Jeremy Goff was chosen as

Central Elementary School's
Teacher of the Year. Mr. Goff
graduated from Indiana State
University with his bachelors
degree in Elementary Educa-
tion with a minor in reading.
He has been with the
Okeechobee County School
system for seven years and has
held his current position as
a fourth grade teacher for six
Mr. Goff has a unique class-
room where he co-teaches,
which means that half of his

student have been identified as
"Teaching in this environ
ment has allowed me the op-
portunity to attend various
workshops on how to help
students who have learning
disabilities and emotional dis-
abilities," explained Mr. Goff.
His principal has asked them
to go and help other teaching
pairs and offer them advice and
tips on how to be successful in
See Award Page 2

Jeremy Goff Amy Hyde

Stardust Lanes: Now a 'family fun' center

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Robert and Glenda Petz are the new owners of Stardust Lanes.

Bowling alley has 'new' owners


2 Okeechobee News, Sunday, January 18, 2009

Continued From Page 1
this type of program.
Mr. Goff is also the technol-
ogy coordinator at his school and
provides most of the computer
training for the faculty. He also
works in professional develop-
ment by being involved in the
teacher mentoring program. To
help his students and others with
in the school he tutors students
in reading or math for the FCAT
Mr. Goff utilizes programs
such as SuccessMaker with his
daily reading lessons. This pro-

Continued From Page 1

Ryce was abducted after getting
off his school bus in the Redlands,
an area south of Miami. After a
three-month search by multiple
state and federal agencies, the
boy's backpack was found in a
trailer occupied by Juan Carlos
Chavez led authorities to the
boy's dismembered body.
Florida legislators passed the
Jimmy Ryce Act on May 1, 1998.
The act directed the head of the
Department of Children and Fam-
ilies to create a multidisciplinary
team that will determine whether
an inmate is a sexually violent

Continued From Page 1
have an equal right to due pro
cess of the law."
Another OCSO detective, Ted
Van Deman, said often times
members of the migrant commu
nity will carry a lot of cash on their
person because they can't use a
bank since they are unable to ob-
tain any type of identification.
"And, they are (then) targets
due to their lack of reporting," he
This is not just a problem
in Okeechobee, it's a problem
throughout the state. Sgt. Stark
said he has talked with other
agencies that are having the same
problems with the migrant com-
To illustrate their point, both
Sgt. Stark and Detective Van De-

Continued From Page 1
with this," she noted. "Were hav
ing a staff meeting to boost their
Glenda said this will no longer
be a bowling alley it will be a fam-
ily fun center. "There is a huge
difference," she said. "You have
music and drinks for the adults,
and games for the kids. There is
something for everybody. We did
this for families, to create some
thing that an entire family can do

Dr. King
Continued From Page 1

feature several speakers offering
reflections about Dr. King as well
as songs by the choirs of First
Missionary Baptist Church and
New. St. Stephen A.M.E. Church
and performances by the Chobee
Steelers and POP Steppers and a
candle ceremony.

gram is computer based and asks
the students questions based on
what they read. His philosophy of
teaching is complex, according to
Mr. Goff, he believes that parents
will be the most important teach
er in a child's life. He also goes on
to explain that he believes that all
children need to be shown love,
but also need to be shown disci
pline and boundaries.
"All children are capable of
learning, just not at the same level
or rate. Some children can grasp
concepts very easily, while others
struggle and take longer to under-
stand," stated Mr. Goff.
Mr. Goff serves on many com-
mittees at CES to continue to try to
make it the best that it can be. He

The act also keeps sexual
predators in custody even after
their sentences are completed, if
they are found to still be a danger
to the community.
While sitting on Florida's death
row, Chavez appealed his convic
tion but on March 8, 2007, a judge
denied him a new trial or a new
sentencing hearing.
The Jimmy Ryce act differs
from the Jessica Lunsford Act in
that the latter requires tighter re-
strictions on sex offenders, such
as wearing electronic tracking
devices, and increased prison
terms for some convicted sex of-
Jessica Lunsford was 9 years
old when she was abducted from

man alluded to the recent arrests
of two local juveniles for their al
leged connections in some home
and car burglaries.
Tyler Randall Watford, 17, and
Josue Ayala, 16, were both arrest
ed by Sgt. Stark this week.
Watford was arrested Monday,
Jan. 12, on charges of grand theft
(two counts), burglary of an oc
cupied dwelling and burglary of
a conveyance. Ayala was arrested
the following day on charges of
grand theft and burglary of an oc
cupied dwelling.
Both teens were booked into
the Okeechobee County Jail, then
taken to the Department of Juve
nile Justice Detention Center in
Fort Pierce.
The two OCSO detectives
said after that story ran in the
Okeechobee News they have
received several phone calls from
people who had not reported that

The snack bar will have basic
foods like hamburgers, French
fries, and soft drinks.
The bowling center will have
an adult game room in a couple
of months.
Some smaller changes will be
made. Hours will change to ac-
commodate winter visitors and
families. They will have special
birthday packages, moonlight
bowling on Saturday nights, and
glow bowling on Friday that in
cludes bowling, juke box music
and strobe light shows.
"They took away some pop-

Tomorrow, the official holiday,
the celebration will begin with a 9
a.m. march from Douglas Brown
Community Center, 726 N.W. 16th
Ave., to Flagler Park. In the past
this march has included many
young people carrying posters
honoring Dr. King. The march will
be followed by a parade through
the downtown area beginning at
10. Participants will then go to
Douglas Brown Community Cen
ter for speakers, praise dancing,

goes above and beyond to help
any of his teaching peers with
any of their questions or needs
and makes himself available for
his student's parents by attending
PT.O. meetings and other events
at CES.
The Teacher of the Year can-
didate for Everglades Elementary
School is Amy Hyde. Ms. Hyde
graduated from Mary Baldwin
College in Virginia with her bach-
elors degree in sociology with
minors in Asian studies and po
litical science. She also went on
to receive her masters in public
administration from the Virginia
Commonwealth University.
She has worked at EES for
four years, two as a fourth grade

her Homossassa home, raped
and then murdered by John Cou-
ey. Couey, then 47, was already a
convicted sexual offender when
he was sentenced to death on
Aug. 24, 2007. He also received
three consecutive life sentences.
Information on sexual preda-
tors or offenders convicted of
certain crimes after Oct. 1, 1993,
is available to the public on the
FDLE web site http://offender.
Locally, information on regis-
tered sexual offenders is available
to the public by contacting either
Michele Bell or Connie Curry at
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office, 863-763-3117.

they, too, had been victims.
"Right now, we're not going to
add any additional charges," said
Detective Van Deman. "But, these
people (new victims) will be add-
ed to the restitution list."
If you are the victim of a crime,
and live in the county, simply con-
tact the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office at 863-763-5521 and a
deputy will respond and take the
initial report. From there, the re-
port will go to that department's
Criminal Investigations Division.
If you live inside the city lim-
its, call the Okeechobee City Po-
lice Department at 863-763-5512
and the same process will be fol
"We urge all individuals to
report crimes so they can be in-
vestigated," said Sgt. Stark. "We
need the information, no matter
how insignificant it seems to the

ular things in the past. Some
people were very disappointed
when that happened. I think this
will make a lot of parents happy
because there is something for all
ages. You must have something
for every generation to enjoy,"
she said.
"We're really excited to make
it work and to make it successful.
You can only do that by having
happy customers," she noted.
The new owners will also ren-
ovate where needed and make
other improvements to the build

stepping, skits, food and music.
The event is sponsored by the
Okeechobee County Improve
ment Association and is open to
everyone. For more information
contact President George Rober-
son, 863-610-0973, Vice President
Bertha Boswell, 863-763-4823 or
Secretary Rita Doss-Jones at 772-
380-3518 or 863-467-0597.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached


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teacher and two as her current
position teaching kindergarten.
Ms. Hyde believes that "learn
ing begins in the heart, not the
head. If a student is to be mod-
eled into a scholar, his/her spirit
must be reached. Through his/her
heart, we can reach the mind."
She also continues that teach-
ers instill in students the enjoy-
ment that comes from learning
which she demonstrates daily in
her primarily kinesthetic teach-
ing approach which allows her
students to feel the satisfaction
of learning new material through
the use of engaging material in all
subject areas.
Ms. Hyde chose to take a dif-
ferent approach to community
involvement which has greatly
affected her view of students in
her classroom. She volunteered

500 hours with the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office by work-
ing hands on with the office staff
and officers on patrol. Every
evening after school, Ms. Hyde
would volunteer until 10 p.m. at
the OCSO.
During some of the ride-a-
longs with officers on patrol she
was witness to some intense mo-
ments. Her experiences though
volunteering led her to have more
compassion in the classroom.
"We do not always know the
world our students come from. At
such young ages, they are some
times unkempt, uncared for and
neglected. These children need
our understanding, as well as our
knowledge," explained Ms. Hyde.
She strives to adopt old knowledge
and blend it with new methods to
continue to foster the growth and

adaptation of her students and
Okeechobee as a whole.
In addition she also has volun-
teered her time to tutor students
in her own time whenever need-
ed throughout her years at EES.
The Teacher of the Year will
be announced at the Tuesday,
Feb. 10, board meeting at the
Okeechobee School Board room
at 6 p.m.
In the coming issues the
Okeechobee News will show-
case each candidate for the
Okeechobee District Teacher of
the Year prior to the announce
ment of the District winner on
Tuesday, Feb. 10.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at



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PSL man charged in vehicle burglaries

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A Port St. Lucie man is facing
multiple felony charges in con-
nection with a series of vehicle
burglaries in both the city and
county on Thursday, Jan. 15.
Orlando Donovan Fonten-
ette, 42, Sandria Drive, has been
booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail under a total bond of
In the city, Fontenette has
been charged with four counts
of burglary of a conveyance, four
counts of grand theft and one
count of criminal mischief, a mis-
demeanor. In the county, he has
been charged with the felonies
of burglary of a conveyance and
dealing in stolen property. He
was also charged with the misde-
meanors of petit theft and crimi-
nal mischief.
"He's a career criminal," said
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO) Detective Bryan
Lowe of Fontenette.
According to OCSO Detective
Ted Van Deman, when Fontenette
was arrested Thursday afternoon
by OCSO Deputy Paul Jackson he
was found to be in possession
of "a window breaking device."
Also, in the front seat beside him,
was a purse that was reportedly
identified by a victim as hers, add-
ed the detective.
Detective Van Deman said
Fontenette, who is originally

from Louisiana,
does not have a
Florida driver's
license. He was
identified by a
Florida identifi-
cation card he
was carrying.
Detective Orlando D.
Lowe said at the Fontenette
time of his ar-
rest, Fontenette also had approxi-
mately $1,500 in cash on his per-
son. He apparently used an ATM
card that was in another victim's
purse, said the detective.
"The victim had their PIN
number attached to the back of
the ATM card," Detective Lowe
Fontenette was arrested by
Deputy Jackson shortly after leav-
ing the Beall's Outlet Store on U.S.
441 S. While he was being de-
tained, a victim was summoned
to the scene and identified her
yellow purse in the front seat of
the silver Volvo being driven by
Fontenette, stated Deputy Jack-
son's arrest report.
The deputy's report also stated
that there were two empty purses
in the backseat.
In an arrest report by Officer
Chad Troutman of the Okeecho-
bee City Police Department
(OCPD) Fontenette reportedly
took a Toshiba laptop computer
from an unlocked car parked be-
hind a business on S.W Second

Officer Troutman stated in his
report that the computer was also
found in the front seat of Fonten-
ette's four-door Volvo.
OCPD Officer Justin Bernst,
who charged Fontenette in a sec-
ond vehicle burglary, said another
woman's vehicle was burglarized
while it was parked at her place
of employment on S.W 16th St.
The driver's side window was
broken out and a purse valued at
$400 was taken, as well as the vic-
tim's driver's license, Social Secu-
rity card, a debit card and a credit
card, stated his report.
Fontenette was also charged in
two alleged vehicle burglaries by
OCPD Officer Belen Reyna. In one
of those cases the Port St. Lucie
man is charged with taking a $250
purse that contained $275 in cash
from an unlocked car, stated the
officer's arrest report. The victim
also reported that two credit cards
and two checkbooks were also in
her purse, added the report.
In yet another case, Officer
Reyna states in his report that the
driver's side window of the vic-
tim's vehicle had been broken out
and a $400 purse was taken. The
purse contained Social Security
cards, medical cards and a coach
purse containing $80 in cash,
the report continued. Also in the
purse was $1,330 in cash that was
the victim's house and car pay-
ment, stated Officer Reyna.

Nurse arrested on drug charge

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A registered nurse has been
arrested and charged with taking
morphine from Raulerson Hos-
pital, where she worked.
Lisa Lynn Husted, 40, S.E.
18th Court, Okeechobee, was
arrested Monday, Jan. 12, on a
charge of possession/delivery of
a controlled substance mor-
phine. She was booked into the

released on her
own recogni-
zance after her
first appear-
ance hearing.
An arrest
report by the Lisa Lynn
Okeechobee Husted
Narcotics Task
Force states that Husted took the

drug under the names of patients
for whom she was providing
care, and sometimes under the
names of patients who were not
under her care.
The report goes on to indicate
that she would sometimes go to
the hospital on her days off "... to
access the dispensing machines ..."
Task force detectives had ini-
tially assigned Husted a $5,000
bond per state guidelines.

Produce vendor accused of attempted bribery

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A produce vendor has been ar-
rested for allegedly offering a code
enforcement officer a bribe to al-
low him to keep selling alongside
the road.
David Duane Tyson Jr., 26,
N.W. Fourth Ave., was arrested
Thursday, Jan. 15, on a felony
charge of bribery of a public of-
ficial. He was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under a
bond of $5,000.

Records indicate that he has
posted bond.
Tyson was
arrested by
Deputy Thomas

Office (OCSO),
for allegedly of-
fering to give
the code en- David Duane
forcement $100 Tyson
so that he could
keep his business open.

In Deputy Kitchen's arrest re-
port he states that Okeechobee
County Code Enforcement Officer
Timothy M. English told him on
Jan. 10 that he had written Tyson
a code citation for selling produce
without a license. The fine, con-
tinued the report, was $100.
Mr. English told the deputy that
Tyson offered to give him $100 to
let him keep his business open.
The report goes on to state that
Mr. English said he had given Ty-
son verbal warnings in the past.

Okeechobee's Most Wanted

Following Fontenette's arrest,
the victim was contacted and
identified the empty purse as the
one stolen from her vehicle, the
report stated.
Detective Van Deman said
there were eight reported vehicle
burglaries in the county Thurs-

day and that Fontenette is only
charged with one of them.
"There's no reason to believe
he's connected to those burglar-
ies at this time," said Detective
Van Deman. "We have no way to
link him to those burglaries. But,
we're still following leads."


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Fontenette had apparently
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purses and cash, said Detective
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driver's license, Fontenette also
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Speak Out/Public Forum
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local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new
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Thanks for participating!
Okeechobee police department
SMASH AND GRAB: There were a sum of smash and grab car
burglaries today in Okeechobee. Thanks to the City of Okeechobee
Police Department, the culprits are already spending the night in the
May's Inn. Way to go City Police!
LOCK YOUR CAR: That is the perfect example of why we should
not be so complacent! I leave things in my car all the time that I have
no business leaving there because we are in good ole Okeechobee.
Just yesterday I left my laptop in my front seat while I ran into Publix.
Boy do I feel dumb today! And very lucky!
VEHICLE BURGLARY & THEFT: I would like to thank the
Okeechobee County Police Department and Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Department for their due diligence in the apprehension of
the person responsible for burglarizing and stealing from my vehicle
and several others. If it had not been for the teamwork of these offi-
cers I might never have recovered my laptop and several other people
would not have received their belongings back. Please learn from our
experience and DO NOT leave valuables in your vehicle at any time.
Our present economy along with other things going on in today's so-
ciety brings out the worst in people. Don't fall victim to this. Be smart.
Be safe. Protect your valuables.
BURGLARIES: The police have been telling us this for months.
Lock your car every time. Don't even leave it unlocked when it is
parked in front of your house. And don't leave any valuables in the
car. If you have a camera, computer or packages and have to make
another stop, lock everything in the trunk. Don't leave it in view of
someone looking into the car windows. They can smash a car win-
dow pretty quickly, then you are out both the item taken and the cost
of replacing the car window.
Who do you think will fill Mr. wherrell's spot?
QUALIFICATIONS: What qualities do you think a commissioner
should have to be able to do the job? Education: It's about time we
had some commissioners with a college degree. It may not be abso-
lutely necessary, but an education does often make a difference. Abil-
ity to communicate: Both to express themselves and to comprehend
what others are saying; Understanding of local government: Know
how the system works, and how our county government relates to
the city and to other government agencies, and how to get things ac-
complished; Common Sense: The wisdom and ability to understand
the needs of the local citizens and to coordinate those needs with the
needs of the county as a whole, with a vision to the future.
APPLICANTS: It's in the Wednesday paper that Steve Porter de
cided to withdraw his name from consideration. That is a shame. He
was probably the most qualified candidate on the list. I do understand
some people filed after Friday so they weren't on the list that was
in the newspaper on Sunday. The governor's office stated they will
continue to accept applications until the governor makes a decision
to appoint someone.
EDUCATION: Education is most definitely a good attribute to have
when applying for this position. It is about time we get at least ONE
commissioner with a college degree!
COLLEGE: I know some people who are college educated and
are dumb as a box of rocks. And I know people that are not so edu-
cated and know more than the educated ones. Being college educat
ed doesn't impress me at all. I want someone who is going to do the
right thing at the right time, and someone who won't rush to make a
decision concerning my county.
Banning cell phones while driving
CELL PHONES: I completely agree with those who said it should
be against the law to talk on a cell phone while driving. Five years ago,
I was in a bad accident, in which it turned out the person who hit me
was talking on the phone and just not paying attention. After several
surgeries I am back on my feet, but my life is forever changed. When
you are driving, 100 percent of your attention should be on driving.
HEADPHONES: From what I understand, in some places it is il-
legal to use headphones while driving. I am for banning anything that
covers your ears, even if it is just one ear. You have to be able to hear
what is going on around you. I think the only acceptable form of
phone use would be a speaker phone built in to the car or some other
way. I have a friend in California who uses one and its clear as day,
and if he is on his phone outside the car and then gets in the car and
turns the car on, the phone automatically switches without disrupt-
ing the call, which is pretty cool.
RADIO: The radio would be as dangerous if you were having a
two way conversation with it ... some people do. When your mind
needs to focus on other things while driving you tune the radio out.
You do not have to think while listening to the radio like you do in a
conversation. So there is little distraction from the radio playing.
DISTRACTION: If you think there is little distraction from a radio
playing, then you haven't heard this guy that drives around town in
that black truck. He has a set of speakers that will literally jar your guts
if you are standing outside when he passes. Talk about shaken-baby
syndrome. I would think his brains/guts are jelled from all the sonic
blasts. Those should be illegal!
STATE LAW: There is a state law restricting the volume of automo-
bile stereos. Any music audible 25 feet away or more is too loud, and
the driver can be fined $68.50. The pounding bass noise decreases
driver's ability to hear pedestrians and other vehicles near them.

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Community Calendar

Sunday, Jan. 18
AA. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Say
iour, 200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972 (Behind Napa Auto Parts) A.A. weekend
noon meeting Open Discussion meeting. *The Just for Today Club of
Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12 step fellowships.

Monday, Jan. 19
A.A meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meet
Okeechobee Senior Singers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Okeecho-
bee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited to join the group. For information or to schedule an
appearance, contact Patsy Black at 863-467-7068.
The Okeechobee Historical Society meets at noon at 1850 U.S.
98 N. Join us with a covered dish for lunch, followed by a business
meeting. The dues are $10 per person, per year, and are due in Sep
tember. For information, call Betty Williamson at 863-763-3850.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road, in
Buckhead Ridge on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Karen Graves,
Chapter leader would like to extend a warm welcome to any interest
ed persons to come by and see what they are about. For information
call 863-763-6952.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee meets at 101 N.W Fifth
Street (Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Sickest Of The Sick, Open Dis
cussion, 7 p.m. The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affili-
ated with any 12 step fellowships.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Artful Appliquers meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda
Road, Okeechobee on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Turn left at
the Moose lodge and go around the curve just past the church. Bring a
lunch and join us for a fun day of applique. Everyone is welcome. For
more information please contact Karen Graves at 863-763-6952.
Tuesday, Jan. 20
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open
to the public. For information, contact Maureen Budjinski at 863-484-
New Beginning's meeting of Narcotics Anonymous will be
held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. at Believers Fellowship
Church, 300 S.W Fifth Ave. It will be an open discussion meeting. For
more information call Monika Allen at 863-801-3244.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972 (Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Nowhere Left
To Go Group (Open Discussion) at noon, NA. Sickest Of The Sick
Group (Open Discussion) *The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is
not affiliated with any 12 step fellowships.
Al-Ateen meeting will be held at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W Third St., at 8 p.m. For more information, please call Amy at 863-
763-8531 or Dan 561 662-2799.
Al-Anon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200
N.W Third St., at 8 p.m.
AA. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
The Lighthouse Refuge Support Group is for women who are
hurting, homeless or been abused. They meet on the first and third
Tuesday of every month from noon until 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church,
401 S.W Fourth St., and on the second and fourth Tuesday of every
month from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Red Cross, 323 N. Parrott Ave.
For more information call Donna Dean at 863-801-9201 or 863-357-
Family History Center meets from 1 until 5 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St. Anyone interested in
finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census,
IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index
and military information available. For information, call The Family
History Center at 863-763-6510 or Richard Smith at 863-261-5706 for
special appointments.
The Camera Club meets every other Tuesday from 5:30 until 6:30
p.m. Learn types and uses of film; speeds and technology; and, how
to see your world and capture it on film. Class is basic through exten-
sive. Registration is $20, and each class is $10. Call Bobbi at 863-467-
2614 for information. Some of the proceeds will go towards Big Lake
Mission's Outreach.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 7:30 8 a.m.
at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For
information, June Scheer at 863-634-8276
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is in-
vited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For informa-
tion, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at 863-763-4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m.
in the Fellowship Hall, 1735 S.W 24th Ave. This is a men's only meet
ing. For information, call Earl at 863-763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden Cor-
ral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in becoming a
member is welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner at 863-
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
at the Hospice building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Brenda Nicholson at
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that
enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For information,
contact Dr. Edward Douglas at 863-763-4320.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to weekly meeting. Overeaters
Anonymous (OA) meets at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church,
312 N. Parrott Avenue on Tuesdays, 6 until 7 p.m. (Use 4th Street
entrance.) Overeaters Annonymous is not a diet club. There are no
dues, fees or weigh-ins. The only requirement for membership is a
desire to stop eating compulsively. For more information call Loretta
at 863-763-7165 or 863-697-0206.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meet-
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., will be
hosting God's Time -- a morning of free organized Christian activities
that includes play, instruction and interaction for parents and their pre-
school children. The event will be held each Tuesday from 9:30 a.m.
until noon. Child care will be provided for infants during the class. For
information, call 863-763-4021.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W. Third Terr., holds meetings for
persons with alcohol and drug related problems at 6 p.m. For informa-
tion call 863-357-3053.

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Special magistrate

could impose fines

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Enoch Clark was cited for hav-
ing condemned structures and a
mobile home on a N.E. 14th Av-
enue lot.
Ruth Lightsey was cited for
violations on two different prop-
erties. According to code enforce-
ment officer Blanca Saucedo, Ms.
Lightsey has a derelict and aban-
doned housing unit on her S.E.
25th Street property. Ms. Lightsey
was also cited for having a dere-
lict and abandoned mobile home
and shed on her S.E. 38th Avenue
Code enforcement officer Beth
Albert cited Lallman and Moham-
dai Singh for junk on their N.W
160th Street lot.
According to Mrs. Saucedo,
John and Lori Williams have

If you go ...
What: Okeechobee County
Code Enforcement Special
Magistrate hearings
When: 2 p.m., Tuesday, Jan.
Where; Okeechobee County
Health Department Auditori-
um, 1798 N.W Ninth Ave.
Okeechobee County Code En-
forcement Special Magistrate
Lois Nichols could be imposing
fines on four of the ten cases
she will be hearing Tuesday af-

overgrowth, unlicensed vehicles
and an improper pool barrier on
their N.W 38th Avenue property.
Charels Whitehurst was cited
for having an unlicensed vehicle,
a boat and overgrowth on his S.E.
36th Avenue property.

If Clark and Viola Bufford have
not obtained the necessary per-
mit and placed a skirting on their
S.E. 38th Avenue mobile home,
they could be fined up to $250 a
day for every day of noncompli-
Last month Wendell Cowart
was ordered was ordered to re-
move a derelict building and deck
and repair an electric meter on
his U.S. 441 S.E. property. If that
has not been done, he could be
fined up to $250 a day.
On Dec. 16 Special Magistrate
Nichols instructed Geraldine
Smith to remove the derelict
structure from her N.W. 22nd Av-
enue lot by Jan. 15 or face a pos-
sible fine.
Jesus and Maria Cabrera could
be fined if their S.W 77th Terrace
property is not in compliance.

Submitted photo/OMS

Students of the week
Osceola Middle School recently selected the Students of the week for Jan. 12-16. In the
front row from left to right: Savannah Mann, Prissy McDonald, Maddison Hanner
In the back row from left to right: Devin Rucks, Haley Starnes, Jenna Wolff, Heather
Not pictured due to absence are: Alexis Calvillo and Alyssa Coleman. Congratulations to
OMS terrific students!

Submitted photo/Humane Society Pet Rescue FL, Inc.

Pets of the Week
Peewee and Susie, both 13 weeks old need a good home. Susie is very curious and Peewee is
a real sweetie and likes to be pampered. Both have had their first booster
shot & worming. Adoption fee $75 each. We do not have a facility, please call for an appointment
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Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
United Way helps Planned Parenthood
The Okeechobee County United Way board members Jennifer Lafferty (left) and Cheryl
Sutton (right) presented Roslin Brown (center) with a check for Planned Parenthood to as-
sist in their work in Okeechobee County with the youth in preventing pregnancy and sexu-
ally transmitted diseases.



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Community Events

Obituaries should be submit-
ted to the Okeechobee News by
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photos and links to online guest
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Frances Aletha Walker
Barnett, 84
BURKE, VA Frances Aletha
Walker Barnett, died in a nursing
home on Monday, Jan. 5, 2009, of
pneumonia com-
plicated by Alz-
heimer's. She was
She was the
widow of Hope
Morris Barnett, a
railroad man, of
Brooksville, and
the daugh-
ter of John Hardy Walker,
former Okeechobee County tax as-
sessor and cattleman, and Thelma
Holmes Walker, both of pioneering
Florida families.
She was a longtime member of the
First Church of Christ, Scientist, Bos-
ton, Mass., and a onetime Reader of
the Christian Science Society in
She is survived by her daughter,
Caroline Janos, and her husband,
Leslie Janos, and their son and his
two children, all living near Vancou-
ver, British Columbia, Canada; her
daughter, Sandra Barnett, and her
husband, Gale "Tex" Vathing, of
Vienna, Va.; her brother, Jerry Walk-
er, onetime Okeechobee City Coun-
cilman, and his wife, Juanita, of
Okeechobee, and their family living
in Florida, Texas and South Dakota;
by the Florida and North Carolina
families of her deceased brother,
John Hansen Walker, and her de-
ceased sister, Deretha Youmans; and
by Irene Sadie Sanders Stein, of
Okeechobee, her first cousin, who
was raised by Thelma and Hardy
Walker and who was like a sister to
their children.
Aletha's body was cremated in
Chantilly, Va., on Friday, Jan. 9,
2009, and will be transported in a
blue cloisonne urn back to Florida
later this year, where she will join
her husband, Hope Morris, to rest in
peace in the Basinger Cemetery, Ba-
singer, Fla.

Rev. Earl Lookabill, 57
LEXINGTON, N.C. Rev. Earl Ma-
son Lookabill, 57, of East Old High-
way 64, passed away Thursday, Jan.
15, 2009, in his home after two years
of declining health.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Mon-
day, Jan. 19, 2009, at Davidson Fu-
neral Home Chapel by the Rev.
Frankie Matthews, Rev. Michael
Bowers and Rev. Cary McKee. Burial
will follow in Cedar Grove Baptist
Church Cemetery.
Rev. Lookabill was born Feb. 14,
1951, in Davidson County, to Early
Jacob Lookabill Jr. and Naomi Mea-
chum Lookabill. He was a graduate
of Piedmont Bible College, served in
the U.S. Air Force, and was a retired
minister. He attended Sheets Memo-
rial Baptist Church. Rev. Lookabill
was preceded in death by his father.
Surviving are his wife, Mary Austin
Lookabill of the home; sons, Mat-
thew Lookabill and wife Trisha, of
Lexington, and Austin Lookabill and
wife Rachel, of Okeechobee, Fla.;
daughters, Mary-Royce Lookabill
and Theresa Jean "TJ" Lookabill,
both of Boynton Beach, Fla.; four
grandchildren, Mason Lookabill, De-
metri Smith, Jacob Lookabill, and
Xavier Edwards; a brother, Charles
Lookabill of Lexington; and a sister,
Terry Barnette and husband, Byron,
of Lexington.
The family will receive friends from
6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral
home and other times at the home.
Memorials may be made to Hos-
pice of Davidson County, P.O. Box
1941, Lexington, NC 27293, or Help-
ing Hands Ministry c/o Rich Fork
Baptist Church, 3993 Old Highway
29, Thomasville, NC 27360.
Online condolences may be made

Small business
center open
The Small Business Develop-
ment Center (SBDC) is now open
once again thanks to the Florida
Gulf Coast University picking up
and carrying the baton of the
SBDC program until it is to be
handed off to Indian River State
College later this year. IRSC will
then be the home for Okeecho-
bee's Small Business counseling.
An FAQ seminar will be held at
the Okeechobee County Public Li-
brary on Thursday, Jan. 22, from
2 p.m. until 4 p.m. All who are
interested should call or email to
reserve a spot. Seating is not the
issue, but in order for the session
to not be cancelled, we need to
know that people are coming to
the seminar. For information, call
863-517-0097 or through email at

SAL steak dinner to
be held
The Sons of the American Le-
gion will sponsor their monthly
ribeye steak dinner on Sunday,
Jan. 18 from 3 until 6 p.m. at the
American Legion Post 64, 501 S.E.
Second Street. Dinner includes
steak, baked potato, salad, roll
and dessert, as well as iced tea,
coffee and live entertainment.
King Memorial planned
A Memorial Program for Martin
Luther King will be held at 6 p.m.
on Sunday, Jan. 18 at Missionary
Baptist Church, 906 N.W. Ninth
Avenue. The public is invited.

Fountain of Life has
guest speaker
Dr. Ben Alpert, age representa-
tive of Chosen People Ministries,
will be speaking at Fountain of
Life Church, 1302 S.W. 32nd St.,
on Sunday, Jan. 18, during the
11 a.m. worship service. The
meeting is open to the public and
Fountain of Life Church would
like to invite the Christian and
Jewish community to attend. For
more information please call 863-

Business women's
meeting set
The Women of Tomorrow
Chapter of American Business
Women will meet at noon on
Jan. 22, at Beef o'Brady's. Join
us for lunch and a program. Bring
a friend! Be part of the plans for
a great 2009. For questions, call
President Karin Ammons at Cas-
sell's and McCall 863-763-3131.

Small business 'start
up' seminar set
Small Business Development
Center of Florida Gulf Coast Uni-
versity will present, "Frequently
asked questions of start-
ing a business" on Thursday,
Jan. 22, from 2 until 4 p.m. at
the Okeechobee County Library.
There is no cost to attend the
class but reservations are recom-
mended. The seminar will answer
common questions and focus on
helping new and hopeful business
owners to take the next step.
Call Sean Moore to reserve
your seat at: 863-517-0097 or
email him at spmoore@fgcu.

Book club to meet
Friends of the Okeechobee
Library Book Club will meet on
Thursday, Jan. 22, at 6 p.m. at
the library. The book for discus-
sion is "Her Doctor Prescribes
Dancing at Daybreak." The au-
thor, Connie Titus will join the
group in discussing her book.
This event is free and open to the
public. For more information call
Jan Fehrman at 863-357-9980.

DuPuis Management CCC holds

center host Starry
Celebrate the 2009 Interna-
tional Year of Astronomy as you
explore the night sky at DuPuis
Friday, Jan. 23. Telescopes will
be set up for observations. Pre-
pare for a tour of the Milky Way
galaxy. This is a free event and
begins at 6 p.m. and will be held
at DuPuis Management Area Visi-
tors Center, 23500 S.W Kanner
Hwy., Canal Point. Rain date: Jan.
24. Please contact Kim Kanter
at 1-800-432-2045 ext. 3339 or for more

Smoked chicken din- 2009

ner to be held
A smoke chicken dinner, spon-
sored by United Methodist Men,
200 N.W. Second St. (behind Wal-
greens), will be held on Friday,
Jan. 23 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
(take out only, delivery available
for 10 or more dinners), from 4
until 7 p.m. (dine-in or take out.)
The menu includes 1/4 chicken,
cole slaw, baked beans, roll and
dessert for $6 donation. Tickets
are available at the church office
or you may fax orders to 863-
763-2481 by 10:30 a.m. Thursday
include contact name, phone
number and address to deliver

Safe Boating Class
Flotilla 5-7 U.S. Coast Guard
Auxiliary would like to invite all
boaters to attend a one day Safe
Boating Class. It is required by the
State of Florida, anyone 21 years
and under who operates a vessel
powered by 10 hp or more must
pass an approved Safe Boating
Course. The course will be held
on Jan. 24, at the Flotilla Build-
ing at Okee-Tantie from 9 a.m.
until 5 p.m. Seating is limited so
advanced registration is required.
Coffee and lunch will be provid-
ed. For information and registra-
tion call 863-763-0165 or 863-610-

Church has
special guests
Sunday, Jan. 25, New Testa-
ment Baptist Church will have
The Walker family. They are a
family with 7 children and each
child sings and plays a musical
instrument. They will be singing
special music during the morn-
ing service at 10:30 a.m. For more
information please call 863-763-

VFW hosts ham dinner
The VFW post 9528 in Buck-
head Ridge will host their annual
ham dinner on Sunday, Jan. 25,
from noon until 4 p.m. The menu
consist of VFW special baked
ham, green beans, coleslaw,
yams, dessert raisin sauce. The
post will honor policeman, fire-
man, and E.M.T. who are special
this year. The post will be accept-
ing applications from eligible vet-
erans for the VFW. Entertainment
will be provided, hourly drawings
will be held for steak dinners.
Members and guests welcome.
Donation is $7.

Orchid Club Meets
The next Okeechobee Orchid
Club Meeting is Monday, Jan. 26
at 7 p.m. at the Cooperative Ex-
tension Office at 458 Highway 98
N. 863-763-6469. Lynne Lappin
and Myla Levine of Green Barn
Orchid Supplies will demonstrate
and show many of their items at
the next orchid meeting. It's a
chance to purchase those hard to
find supplies. Join us for an infor-
mative evening and networking.

monthly meeting
The Community Collaborative
Council of Okeechobee County
Shared Services Network will
conduct their monthly meeting
on Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 10 a.m. in
the Board Room of the Okeecho-
bee School Board Office. Guest
speakers will be Jim Vensel-
Okeechobee Substance Abuse
Coalition, Jennifer Agganis-CARD
and Becky Smith and Mike Davis-
On Track. The public is invited.
For more information please call
Sharon Vinson at 863-462-5000,
Ext. 257.

BHR VFD Winterfest

Winterfest 2009 will be held
on Jan. 31. There will be catfish,
cotton candy, popcorn, crafts,
music and more. For more infor-
mation, call 863-532-9015 or John
at 863-467-8220.
Anyone interested in renting a
booth for Winterfest 2009, please
call John at 863-467-8220 or 863-

Benefit yard sale
Habitat for Humanity Yard Sale
at Tractor Supply Parking Lot on
Jan. 24, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Computer company
to hold drawing
Comptech, your local comput-
er service and repair partner will
host a Computer show case and
Everex Computer Drawing on
Jan. 19, Martin Luther King Day.


The Computer show case and
raffle will be held at the Douglas
Park Community Center. Compt-
ech will provide free computer
repair advice for both PC and Mac
users. For more information call
Comptech at 772-418-0096.

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Online Guestbook
All Obituaries now include Online Guestbooks
where family and friends can share reflections,
remembrances and ncndnlences.

Charlie Crist



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Congress in October 1986, and the Flroida Hazardous Materials Emergency Response and
Community Right-To-Know Act was passed by the Florida Legislature in 1988; and

WHEREAS, the Federal Accidential Release Prevention Program became effective in July 1999,
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SSigned: Charlie Crist

WHEREAS, Governor Charlie Crist has declared January 18-24, 2009 as "Florida Hazardous
Materials Awareness Week";

The Central Florida Regional Planning Council, the Emergency Management Director of
Okeechobee County and representatives from the Local Emergency Planning Committee do here-
by offer our full support of the Governor's Proclamation establishing Hazardous Materials
Awareness Week. Furthermore, we wish to advise everyone that the focus for this year is safe dis-
posal of items containing mercury.

We encourage each citizen to take an active role in continuing to develop a culture of prepared-
ness when it comes to the proper use, storage and disposal of hazardous materials in and around
their homes. If you have any question you should contact the Emergency Management Division or
Solid Waste Department to learn more about proper procedures for handling and disposal of haz-
ardous materials in your community.

The Emergency Management professionals in Okeechobee County wholly support the prepared-
ness efforts of our regional and state partners and encourage each and every citizen to lean more
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Its test time at Central Elementary School

Third Grade
This week in Miss Luchetta's
and Mrs. Atwell's class at Central
Elementary School, we are read
ing "What Do Illustrators Do?" In
math, we have a test on Tuesday
and Thursday, then we will be
learning about lines and angles.
Don't forget to practice your mul-
tiplication tables. In science, we
have a test on rocks and miner-
als on Wednesday. In social stud-
ies, we are reading the "Time For
Kids" magazine. In writing, we
are learning how to write steps
in a process. Congratulations to
the students of the week and the
month. Remember FCAT is in 7
weeks, be reading and doing your
homework daily.
Ms. DelPrete's class is working
hard to prepare for the FCAT test.
We are reviewing reading and
math skills. We learned about
making inferences while reading
"The Jones Family Express" this
week. We also reviewed charac-
ter, setting, and plot. In Math, we
are working on collecting data
and making bar graphs. In Sci-
ence, we are studying the Water
Cycle. Congratulations to Robert
Padgett who has earned over
200 steps in 100 Book Challenge.
That's over 50 hours of reading!
Parents please have your child
read every night and ask ques-
tions about the story. Congratula-
tions to our Student of the Week
Ariana Vasquez. Happy New Year
to everyone!
Third graders in Ms. Enfinger's
room are learning what illustra
tors do. they have just completed
their third unit in reading and
are preparing with some extra
FCAT practice. Ms. Enfinger's
class earned enough Accelerated
Reading points to go to Golden
Corral on a field trip. They are
learning about land forms in sci-
ence and graphs in math. They
are very grateful to Mrs. Flower's
for the generous gifts she brought
through out the Christmas holi-
Students are hoping she re-
turns soon with information
about her job. Thank you Mrs.
Flower's! Students of the Week
are Kennethia McBride, Steven
Rusinko, and John Lense. Don't
forget to read!
Fourth Grade
Mr. Goff's class has been
working hard on learning our
multiplication facts and hope-
fully by the end of the year every
child will have them mastered. It
is very important to have them
memorized to make all the mul-
tiple step problems go quicker. In
social studies we learned about
different spanish explorers who
came to Florida and settled it. In
writing we have begun working
on narrative writings. We are us-
ing dialogue, figurative language
and great adjectives to spice up
our writings. We are trying to be
as descriptive as we possible can.
In math we are working on chap
ter 11, which deals with double
digit multiplication. In reading we
are continuing to work out of our
textbook. We are reading a good
story called Kid Reporters, a Time
for Kids selection. We are also
working hard so we can meet our
Accelerated Reader goal so we
could go to Golden Corral at the
end of the quarter. We had most
of our class earn this privilege last
quarter and we want even more
to earn it for this quarter. We are
also busy recording our 100 book
challenge steps so we can get a
foot on the wall in the cafeteria.
In science we are working on
chapter 6 which is on simple ma
Media Center News
Wow, what better way to start
the new year, than with new
books! Students at Central are en-
joying checking out the Rainbow
Magic series, Crazy School series,
Skippyjon Jones and many many
RE. News
Students in PE are learning the
skills of basketball. Students are
learning to dribble, different types
of passing and proper shooting
Kindergarten News
The kindergarteners at Central
Elementary came back from a
long winter break ready and ea-
ger to learn again.
The students ended the first
week back with a snocone party.
The snocone party was for all of
the students who were able to tie
their shoes by themselves. The
students have worked hard on this
skill and enjoyed their reward.
The award ceremony for the
second nine weeks of school was
held on Monday, Jan. 12. It was
great to see so many kindergar-
teners receiving awards for good
effort and citizenship. It was also
great to see all the medals re-
ceived for 100 Book Challenge.
We would like to say thank you
to all of the parents who have
been reading with their child ev-
ery night.
The kindergarten classes will
be talking about Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. all this week. Students
will engage in activities about fu
ture dreams and how to be more
peaceful at home and school.
Mrs. Vaughn's class started
the new year by discussing New
Year's Resolutions and writing an

acronym poem. We have been
working with numbers 1-100 by
counting by 2's, 5's and 10's. We
learned which numbers are odd
and which are even. We have also
been working with the three letter
blends spr,
spl and scr.
We practice
our high
words ev-
ery day in
class. Keep
on those
words on
the 100 Book Challenge skills
cards at home. At the last awards
program we had several students
receive medals for reaching their
100 Book Challenge goals. Keep
reading! We learned about Martin
Luther King Jr.'s work to make
our world a better place. We can
all keep his dream alive. Congrat-
ulations to David Adams and Aus-
tin Alien fro being our Students
of the Week. We had some De-
cember birthdays: Austin Allen,
Brian Garcia, Yatzel Martinez, and
Thomas Olsen.
Mrs. Bostwick's class at Cen-
tral Elementary School has been
learning that motion is the way
things move and how we can
change the ways things move
through the use of different forces.
In reading, we have been learn
ing how there are many types of
families and how we enjoy differ-
ent activities and spending time
with the members of our families.
Students have also been learn-
ing about contractions and writ-
ing personal narratives. We have
been comparing and ordering
numbers in math and will now
start exploring number patterns.
Students of the Week these past
few weeks were Katie Brydebell,
Karen Godinez and Chase Arnold.
Congratulations, kiddos! Every-
one had a fun Christmas break
and came back rested, refreshed,
and ready to learn!
First grade
Happy New Year from the Su-
per Kid classroom, Mr. Klaffer's
First Grade! The kids came back
with many different stories about
Santa Claus's arrival on Christmas
Eve. It seems that overall Santa
ate and drank ANYTHING left
out for him! A few students won-
dered how he could eat all that
food in every home around the
world?!! My only answer was BOY
he must go to Weight Watchers
meetings for the rest of the year to
get real skinny to prepare for that
one night. The awards were given
out for the second nine weeks on
Monday. The Citizenship Award
went to Tristan Courson, Viviana
Jaimes, Xavier Peterson, Lillian
Smith, & Braden Hewitt. The Effort
award went to Thayli Valdez, Lis-
set Carrillo, Alex Valdes, & Geor-
gia Harris. The 100 Book Chal-
lenge Awards will see Juan Leon
with 500+ steps, Tristan Courson
with 400+ steps, Christian Cam-
pos with 300+ steps, David Can-
talini & Noel Smith with 200 +
steps, & Viviana Jaimes, Thayli
Valdez, Anashia Rochelle, Xavier
Peterson, Rebekah Raulerson, Lil
lian Smith, Lisset Carrillo, Georgia
Harris, & Mason Burke with 100+
steps!!! Thanks to all the parents
that helped their Super Kid reach
each step milestone!
The Super Kids are preparing
for a trip to Australia and New
Zealand this next week. The Kids
were treated to a video shot by
Mr. Klaffer while he was there.
All of the different sights and ani-
mals from these beautiful coun-
tries were soon forgotten when
they got to see Mr. Klaffer bungee
jump 350 feet off a bridge over
water! One of the first questions
asked by a student was, "Mr. Klaf-
fer, are you crazy or something?"
First graders are so perceptive,
Of course I am crazy, choosing
to jump off a bridge 350 feet in
the air supported only by a cord
to your feet is just about as sane
as saying you enjoy teaching sev-
enteen 6-8 year olds every day by
The Kids are off and running
in the New Year finishing up Book
Three in the new Treasures Read-
ing series! The Kids are also work-
ing very,
Miss Shineldecker's kids are
getting crazy about reading. This
week we finished up our Unit 3
review, so for everyone working
so hard we are having "Reading
Camp" on Friday, Jan. 16. Every
one is bringing in sleeping bags,
pillows, slippers, and their very
favorite stuffed animal. We are
going to be little reading rabbits
that morning.
We're even going to have a
very special snack ... smores!
They are very excited!
In math we've been working
on counting by 2's, 5's, and 10's.
They are getting really quick at
counting and soon they'll be old
pros at it. Next, we'll be learning
addition and subtraction facts to
In science we just tested on
habitats. They've learned new
information on the ocean, forest,
and desert habitat. At the end of
the chapter they illustrated a pic
ture of their favorite habitat with

the correct plants and animals
that belong to that habitat. They
did a GREAT JOB!
Have you heard of the story of
the three little pigs? Well, we've
been working on a different ver-
sion of the story told by Mr. Wolf
himself. Students are learning that
a story has a beginning, middle,
and end to it. They are re-writing
the story by memory. They'll be
wonderful pieces to display at
Writing Display day on Wednes
day, January 28th.
We are all looking forward to
the 100th day of school. Students
will be bringing in 100 pieces
of something to share with the
class. We'll also be having special
snacks to celebrate.
Students of the week were:
Mark Bigford, Juan Sanchez-An-
ton, and Pablo Martinez. The stu-
dent of the month for December
was Yaire Ayala-Rodriguez.
First Grade BA.S.E. News
Mrs. Lori Howard and Mrs.
Maria Garcia welcome everyone
back to school! We started our
week off flying with the birds.
In English, we read Owl Moon
by Jane Yolen. This story helped
us learn to listen for ways to say
things with descriptive words. Our
favorite line in the story was when
she described the snow as "white
as the milk in my cereal bowl".
We used Jane Yolen's story as in-
spiration for us to write about our
snowman. One of our students',
Jillian, wrote that her snowman's
head was as big "as" the clock on
the wall. Another student, Diego,
wrote that his snowman was as
white as a White Mountain gla-
cier. Isn't it great to be back in
We've been able to learn about
our new president through our
Scholastic Newspapers in English
and Spanish. Did you know Ba-
rack Obama was a teacher and a
lawyer? The newspapers help us
learn about Social Studies and the
world around us. Then, we used
the information from the newspa-
pers to write the new president a
letter. You can see them on writ-
ing display day on Jan. 28.
We have some great readers!
On Monday, we held our 9 weeks
awards. Everyone in Mrs. How-
ard's and Mrs. Garcia's classes
earned their 2nd nine weeks, 100
book challenge medals. Everyone
achieved the 200th step award.
Some of our student's read even
more. Ashley reached her 300th
step and Sol reached over 400
steps. Did you know that every
100 steps translate to 25 hours of
reading? What an awesome class
of readers! We want to thank the
parents for continuing to read ev-
ery night at home and writing it
down in the agenda book! Keep
up the great job!
Congratulations to Cason Coo-
per, Halle McDuffie, Diego Reyna,
and Jayme Scurry for being cho
sen as students of the week.
We wish a Happy Birthday to
Diana Morales and Jorge Rome-
Second Grade
Mrs. Greseth's class is back
from Christmas break and work-
ing hard! In Math we have been
learning all about money and
counting coins. The students are
having fun learning this important
life skill. They have learned all
about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
and his amazing and inspirational
accomplishments. We have talk

ed about how lucky we are to live
in a country where he lived and
changed laws. We are also look
ing forward to starting our new
reading book. Way to go Dylan
Hodges and Jenna McClanahan
for earning 200 steps in 100 Book
Challenge. Way to go!
Miss Miller's second grade
class have been exploring the
wonders of sound. We have also
been working hard in math learn-
ing about the properties of some
geometric shapes. In social stud-
ies we have been busy talking
about and reading different kinds
of maps.
Congratulations to the follow-
ing Students of the Week: Jayda
Howell and Jasmine Lamb.
Congratulations to the follow
ing students who have reached
100 steps: Mariah Raulerson, An-
drew Simmons, Chyenne Grimes,
Raeshel Bell, Paislea Plant, Jayda
Howell, Armando Gracia, Jas-
mine Lamb, and Jesus Gomez!
Continue to read for 15 minutes
and get those steps!

Second Grade BASE
Mrs. Johns' and Sra. Rodri-
guez's 2nd Grade B.A.S.E. classes
are having a "COOL" time learn-
ing about Arctic and Antarctic ani-
mals. Did you know that all pen-
guins live south of the equator?
We would like to invite all
moms, dads, and grandparents to
see our penguin writing displays
on Jan. 28.
Congratulations to Kaitlyn Mc-
Kay who has finally moved ahead
in A.R.! We are so proud of you!
Everyone needs to keep reading
for A.R. and making sure that they
write steps in their 100 Book Chal-
lenge folder.
We would like to send out a
great big welcome to Miss Ash-
ley Ronkko! We are glad to have
you as part of our team! Ashley is
our new student teacher and will
be with us for the next couple of
months! Yeah!
The students in Mrs. White
side's class have been learning
about the life and work of Martin
Luther King Jr. The students even
wrote their own "I have a Dream"
writing about what they would
liked changed in the world. Alani
Garcia wrote that she wants ev-
eryone to be friends. Gatlin Gebo
wrote that he wants the world to
have no more wars. The class en-
joyed learning about the impact
Martin Luther King Jr. had on our
Congratulations to Anali Car-
mona, Chase Townsend, and
Gatlin Gebo for being the recent
Students of the Week in room 16.
Keep up that great behavior!
Welcome back! As a start to
the new year Mrs. Jones' class
revealed their New Years Resolu-
tions. If we all commit to trying
our best to reach the goals we
set, the rest of the year should
be great! Congratulations to my
whole class for reaching their 100
Book Challenge goal. A special
Congratulations to these students
for reaching 200 steps: Dakota,
Julianna, & Daniel. We are busy
learning about sound in Science.
We are also working on re-plant-
ing our garden due to weather
and other conditions. In Math
we are trying to make "Cents"
out of our unit on money. We are
not ready to be bankers yet, but
it's coming! In Social studies not
only are we discovering the Arctic

but also a special group of birds
that live there. You got it -the pen-
guins. We are enjoying learning
how they survive and also how

they care for their young. We
have also studied about Martin
Luther King and are anxious see
The Presidential Inauguration.


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Honor students
Okeechobee Christian Academy announces their honor students for the second nine weeks grading period. In the front
row: Ari Lorusso, Savannah Dyals, Kylie Hebel, Jessica Lashley, Brandon Entry, Logan Johnson, Taylor Giles, Simon
Coroza. In second row: Cameron Huntley, Sabastian Dyals, Caroline Micco-Sweat, Celeste Garcia, Madison Hancock,
Jared Marin, Danyelle Boromel Top Row: Joshua Hller, Sam Christian, Ly Pham, Rev. Joshua Strunk, Stevie Brantley,
Kaylee Davis, Pierce Brown.

EES students learn about the weather

At Everglades Elementary
School, Mrs. Cassels's Kindergar-
ten class has been busy learning
about weather and the winter.
Our weather has been challeng-
ing this week. It has given us lots
of chances to use our "weather
words." Our awards were very
exciting seeing the students get
awards for their hard work! We
will celebrate the letter H with
"hat day. It's fun wearing hats to
school. Do you like to wear hats?
Congratulations to Ayden Wyatt
our students of the week!
Miss Snyder's class is going to
create its own neighborhood out
milk cartons and other objects.
The students are working on their
100 charts and counting by 5's
and 10's. The boys and girls are
making a count down space ship
from 10-1. Continue to work on
your letters and sounds and rec-
ognizing sight words of off of your
placemats. The boys and girls en-
joyed writing an interactive poem
on snowflakes. It was displayed at
our January PTO meeting.
Second Grade:
Mrs. Campbells class is learn-
ing about sound in science. We
will be anxious to use the mara-
cas that we are making and hear
the sound that they can make!
We've got rhythm!
Mrs. Kirby's class is studying
about Dr. Martin Luther King. We
are learning about freedoms and
individual rights each of us have
and how Dr. King helped secure
these for all people.
Ms. Hunt's class has been writ-
ing their own "I Have A Dream"
speech. We have bright hopes for
our futures and the futures of our
Mrs. Brady's class had a
wonderful Christmas. We have
already written our New Year's
Resolutions! We have also started
writing our class book about odd
animals like dog/eagle mix. We
are getting very creative!
Mr. Wright's class is working
book about "animals". We are
switching to the second book in
the reading series. The topic in
math is telling time, while science
see us studying the Earth and it's
formations. Our social studies unit
deals with the places that people
live and how their communities
work together.
Ms. Kosinski's class has been
learning a lot about the water cy-
cle in science. They have recreat-
ed the cycle using our laptops and
the pixie program. The students
created water cycle videos to re-
view what the steps of the water
cycle are. In math we have been
working with telling time. We can
now count by hours, half hours,
and the water hour. In reading
we have been reviewing our unit
3 test. During the review the stu-
dents have created alliteration
web sites about school using the
WebBlender program. The stu-
dents have learned to use the lap
tops while integrating the them
into their regular curriculum!
Ms. Gumz's class is busy learn-
ing how to write "super" sentenc-
es. Learning the parts of speech
and using all kinds of words can
make a story more interesting.
We are learning how to tell
time on a digital and an analog
clock....Time is ticking away as
we prepare for the third grade!
Remember to read, read, read!
Third Grade:
Mrs. Reno's class is finalizing
our knowledge of multiplication.
In reading, we just finished our
third unit such skills as, cause and
effect, chronological order, main
idea, details, and synonyms. As al-
ways, we look forward to building

our vocabulary each week. In so-
cial studies, we are learned about
some people in history who have
made a difference in our country.
People like Rosa Parks, Susan B.
Anthony, and Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr., helped make America
what it
is today.
Our writ-
ings have
been nar-
are sto-
ries. If
you have
stories at home that you have
written, we would love to hear
them. In science we are learn-
ing all about water:it's different
states, that it travels in a cycle, and
how clouds form. Did you know
that the water here on earth is the
same water that was here when
the dinosaurs roamed the earth?
It's true! Congratulations to our
latest students of the week: Nick-
olas Montero and Carter Kassella!
Mrs. Tilton's class is multiply-
ing by 3 digit numbers. In science
we are measuring data using
line plots, coordinate grids, and
tables. We use blocks to build
models and find the median. We
are learning the story elements of
a narrative for our January writing
assignment. Finally, in social stud-
ies, we are studying about ancient
communication. We learned to
write our names in Egyptian hi-
Mrs. Koff's class will be start-
ing division in math. In reading
we are starting our new story and
learning about comparing char-

acters and making inferences. In
social studies, we are learning
about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
and his major accomplishments
and contributions to society. In
science, we will be learning about
the causes and effects of pollution
and ways that we can control it.
Fourth Grade:
Mrs. Davis's fourth grade class
is entering the final days of prac-
tice before the big event, the "Su-
per Bowl of Writing" -FCAT Writes
is on Feb. 10 and 11.We have put
on our writing gear and await the
day knowing we will declare vic-
tory! The score will be "6"-0! You
just watch us write because FCAT
isn't scaring us!
Reading Leadership/Literacy
The reading Leadership Team
met on Jan. 5, to make plans for
future projects. We are currently
celebrating "Florida Literacy
Week" school wide. We have a
display of student literacy in the
cafeteria as well as a little litera-
ture competition each morning
on the announcements! Each
morning, Miss Shofner (Reading
Coach) reads an excerpt from a
famous children's book and the
students need to guess the title
of the book. We have done Be-
cause Of Winn Dixie, The Cat In
The Hat!, If You Gave A Mouse
A Cookie, and Charlotte's Web.
The students and teachers have
enjoyed the activity and look for-
ward to the challenge each morn-
ing! In December, we celebrated
a Florida author, Kevin Kremer,
the author of our read aloud, Are
You Smarter Than A Flying 'Gator?

Florida celebrates literacy and so
does Everglades!
We are looking forward to
highlighting the ever popular Dr.
Seuss in March and April! Please
be looking for student activities
to come home that are exploring
the famous writings of Dr. Seuss!
Everglades will be "On the loose
with Dr. Seuss!"
Thank you to all of the parents
who attended the PTO meeting
on Jan. 13. The topic was the
importance of being physically
and mentally prepared for the
up coming FCAT. Miss Shofner
presented a parent check list that
included the basics such as: get a
good night's sleep, have a good
breakfast, and to encourage your
child with a cheerful "Good Luck"
wish as they leave in the morning!
The PTO also thanked all of the
families who participated in the
December fund raiser and asked
for volunteers to help with a
Spring carnival!
Science Question:
What is a snowflake and what
is the difference between snow-
flakes and snow?
What are frozen rain drops
What is the water cycle? Draw
a picture and label the steps of the
water cycle.

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Auctions 105
Car Pool 110
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Card of Thanks 120
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Garage/Yard Sale 145
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Tan, Found mid December in
the vicinity of Hwy 70 West
and New Pine Ridge rd. call
to identify (941)371-0044

Tall Guy- Secure, Semi-Re-
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mediate opening for a GIS
(Geographic Information
Systems) Technician at their
Brighton Ranch Office.
Qualified applicants must
have at least 2 years experi-
ence using Windows, Micro-
soft Office and ESRI
computer platforms, includ-
ing ArcGIS. Knowledge of
legal descriptions and sur-
veying principles is pre-
ferred. This position will
assist the GIS Manager in
establishing and maintaining
databases for the GIS sys-
tem including creating, up-
dating and maintaining
information in GIS format,
researching and interpreting
information and identifying
material needed for GIS da-
Lykes Bros. Inc. offers com-
petitive wages and benefit
package including Medical,
Dental, Vision, Life AD&D
and LTD insurance, 401(K)
Savings Plan plus paid vaca-
tion and holidays.
Qualified applicants should
email their resume to:
fax to (863) 763-6159 or
apply in person at the
Brighton Ranch office
located at 106 SW CR
721, Okeechobee, FI.
Lykes Bros. Inc. is an Equal
Employment Opportunity
Employer/ Drug Free Work-
place, M/F/D/V.

Full Time-47 hr. work week
Relief Managers &
3rd Shift Managers
Starting Pay: $11.00/hr.
with Full Benefit Package
Monthly Bonus
Unlimited Growth Potential
All Shifts
Sales Associate
Starting Pay: $9.00/hr.
Advancement Opportunities
Scholarship Program
Weekly Pay Checks
Benefits Package
Management Applicants
Associate Applicants Call:

Assistant Director of
Nurses. 2 years LTC
supervisory experi-
ence. We are a 120
bed Non-Profit SNF,
& offer excellent
salary and recruit-
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include health and
dental insurance,
PTO, salary bonuses
and more. apply, in
confidence to:
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Glades Health
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230 S. Barfield Hwy
Pahokee, Fla 33476
(352) 376-8821
ext 208
Licensed CNA's
Apply in person at
406 NW 4th Street

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Full time with benefits
Organizational and computer
skills required
Apply in person at
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Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435

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Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
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Children's Items 555
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Sporting Goods 705
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Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

COUCH, newly reapolstered,
sage green with a light blue
stripe $900 (863)763-8956
working order. $100 Firm
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FOR YOU IN 2009!



ft, Rail new power cord,
new seat $1500 Call

are green & beige. Excellent
condition $350. Or best of-
fer. (863)357-3650

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

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GOLD'S GYM Pro Series
Weight Machine with Bench
-Weight machine has built in
squat bar comes with 300 Ib
weight set and olympic bar.
Excellent condition. Call
Christy. $900/neg.

& Females. Shots/Wormed.
Ready to go! $200. 561-
718-1212 or 863-763-3631
Males & Females. Large
cage and all access. included.
$600 (863)697-0845
YORKIE 2 -12 week old fe-
males with papers and shots
$800 Firm, Ready to go!

Style 350 Auto, 400 Turbo
Trans, Offset 12x24 Tractor
Tires $4500 (863)447-5456
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Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
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Public Notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500
File NO. 2008-CP.240
Ida L, HaFet,
The administration of the estate of Ida L
Harer, deceased, whose date of death
was November 15th, 2008, and whose
social security number is
165-28-1484, is pending In the Circuit
Court tor Okeechobee Counly, Florida,
Probate Division, the address of which
is 312 NW 3rd Steet, Okeechobee, FL
34972. The names and addresses of
the personal representative and the
personal re sntatoives attorney are
set forth belo w.
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate on whom a
copy of Mtis notice is required to be
served msl file Tieir claims with this
All other creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's estate must
file theif claims with this court WITHIN
The date of first publication of this notce
isJanuaryn11, 2009.
Gordon E. Morgan
Personal Representative
Crary, Buchanan, Bowdish, Bove, Beres,
Elder & Williamson, Chartered
Attorneys or Personal Representative
555 Colorado Avenue
Pose Office Drawer 24
Stualt, FL 34995
Telephone 772 287-2600
Florida Bar o. 190993
305936 ON 01/11,18/09


The Okeechobee Utiliy Authoridy
(OUA) will be receiving Applications
from Glades Couanty Residents hat
would be interested in serving a a
representative from Glades County to
the OUA Board Apllihcans must he
residents of Glades County and lie in
the area serviced by OUA, AppRlica-
bons may be obtained at the OUA Of.
tice located at 100 SW 5th Avenue,
Okeechobee, Fl. 34974 and will need
o be completed and ured back in at
the same address by February 4,
200. For more information call hMe
Okeechobee Utility Authorty Office of
Me Executive Direcor at
307823ON 1/16,18/09

CASE NO 2009-CP-000001
The administration of the estate of NOT-
LEY B SPENCER, deceased, whose
date of death was december 2, 200,
is pending in the Crcuit Court for
Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate
Diision, the address of which is 312
N W 3rd Street, Oheechobee, Florida
349572 The names and address of the
personal representative and the per-
sonal repesentate's attorneyare set
forth below.
ll credits of the decedent and other
persons haimg claims Or demands
against decedent's estate on whom a
copy of this notice is required to be
served must file their claims wih this
All creditors of Mhe decedent and other
persons having claims of demands
against decedent's estate must file
their claims wih this court WITHIN 3
The date of first publication of this notice
is January 11,2009
Personal Representative:
39733 Coronation Road
Canton, M1 48188
Atlorne for Personal Representative
200 N.E. 4th Avenue
Okeechoee, FL 34972
(863) 763-8600
Fa. Bar No. 270441
307238 ON 1/11,18/09
Schon District Advisory
Council Meeing
The Okeechobee County School District
Advisory Council will mee on Monday,
January 26, 2009, at 6:00 p.m., in the
School Board Meeting Room, 700 S W
2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, This meeting
is open to the public.
Patricia G. Cooper, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
305438 ON 1/18/09
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Okeechobee County Parks & Recreation
Notice of Parks & Recreation Master Plan
Advisory Board Meeting
Notice is hereby given that the Okeechobee County Parks & Recreation Advisory
Commta e will meet on Thursday, January 22nd, 2009, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in he
Meeting Room atthe Okeechobee County Library, located at 206 SW 16th Street in
Okeechohee, FL,
307697 ON 1/14,18/09

Okeechobee County Parks & Recreation
Notice of Public Workshop
flo the Parks & Recreation Master Plan
Nolice Is hereby given tha a public workshop to provide input regarding the Okee-
chobee County Parks & Recreation Master Plan will be held on Tuesday, January
20th, 2009 fom 7:00 30 p m at the Okeechobee County Civic Center, located at
1750 Highway 98N In Okeechobee, FL
THe Parks & Recreation Master Plan process is intended to'
) Identify th needs and desires of County residents,
2) Create a long tem vision for the County that includes parks, cc centers,
cuura and historical areas, conservation areas, streets and boulevards,
and trails and greenways, and
3) Develop a funding strategy to implement the vision.
All interested parties are encouraged to attend
307697 ON 1/14,18/09

Watershed protection plans would help rivers

South Florida Water Manage-
ment District (SFWMD) Govern-
ing Board has taken another step
toward protecting and improving
the health of the Caloosahatchee
and St. Lucie rivers and estuaries
by approving Watershed Protec-
tion Plans for both rivers. With
extensive input from the public,
the District completed the plans
in December in cooperation with
the Florida Department of Envi
ronmental Protection, the Florida
Department of Agriculture and
Consumer Services and Martin,
St. Lucie and Lee counties.
"This is a significant step in
the implementation of the North-
ern Everglades Protection Pro-
gram," said SFWMD Governing
Board Chairman Eric Buermann.
"With the contribution and sup-
port from members of the public,
state partners, conservationists
and elected officials, these plans
provide a comprehensive road-
map for achieving water storage
and water quality enhancements

for both estuaries and river water-
Highlights of the Caloosa-
hatchee River Watershed Protec-
tion Plan include:
Implementation of best
management practices on more
than 430,000 acres of agricultural
lands and more than 145,000
acres of urban lands.
Construction of approxi-
mately 36,000 acres of reservoirs
and 15,000 acres of Stormwater
Treatment Areas and Water Qual
ity Treatment Areas.
Potential reduction of total
phosphorous loads to the Caloo-
sahatchee Estuary by 166 metric
tons per year (39 percent) and to-
tal nitrogen by 1,840 metric tons
per year (38 percent).
Restoration of more than
2,000 acres of wetlands within the
Provision of approximately
400,000 acre-feet of water storage
within the watershed.
Highlights of the St. Lucie
River Watershed Protection Plan

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar

Martha's House gets help
Stephanie Locke (right) accepted a check for Martha's
House from the United Way's Jennifer Lafferty (left) and
Kevin Folsom (center) to help them continue their ser-
vices in Okeechobee County of providing assistance to
families in need of a safe haven from abuse as well as
other services.

Submitted photo

KOA contributes
Residents of the Okeechobee KOA contributed Christ-
mas gifts to Big Lake Missions Outreach. The committee
in charge are as follows: Lois Wierenga, Judy Donegan,
Bruce Swinford Associate Director of Big Lake Missions,
Bev Shelp, Jack Donegan, Skip Shelp, Wanda Kubitz, Shir-
ley Holcomb, Gall Schultz and Milton Shultz.

Implementation of best
management practices on more
than 297,000 acres of agricultural
lands and nearly 84,000 acres of
urban lands.
Construction of approxi-
mately 11,800 acres of reservoirs
and more than 8,500 acres of
Stormwater Treatment Areas.
Potential reduction of total
phosphorous loads to the St. Lu-
cie Estuary by 209 metric tons per
year (55 percent) and total nitro-
gen by 1,210 metric tons per year
(56 percent).
Restoration of 95,000 acres
of wetlands and natural areas
within the watershed.
Removal of more than 8
million cubic yards of silty muck
sediment from the St. Lucie Estu-
ary to improve water quality.
Provision of approximately
200,000 acre-feet of water storage
within the watershed.
The Caloosahatchee and
St. Lucie Watershed Protection
Plans are a part of the State's ef-
forts to improve and protect the
Northern Everglades ecosystem,
which stretches from the Kis-
simmee Chain of Lakes south to
Lake Okeechobee and includes
the coastal rivers and estuaries.
In 2007, the Florida Legislature
expanded the Lake Okeecho
bee Protection Act to strengthen
protection for the Northern Ev-
erglades, recognizing the im-
portance and connectivity of the
entire Everglades ecosystem.
Implementation of this program
will improve the quality, quantity,
timing and distribution of water
to the natural system, enhancing
land management to reduce nu-
trient runoff and by constructing
local and regional water quality

and water storage projects.
"The Watershed Protection
Plans will help us maintain the
diverse ecosystems found in the
Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie
estuaries," said Michael W Sole,
Secretary of the Florida Depart-
ment of Environmental Protec-
tion. "By enacting these plans,
we will be preserving the natural
beauty of these estuaries for gen-
erations of Floridians to come."
Following approval by the
SFWMD Governing Board, the
Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie
Watershed Protection Plans were
submitted to the Florida Legis-
lature for ratification. The plans
recommend a phased imple-
mentation approach with the first
phase to include projects initiated
or constructed between 2009 and
2012. The plans build upon exist-
ing and planned programs and
projects, and successfully consol-
idate previous restoration efforts
into a broader approach focused
on restoring the entire Northern
Everglades system.
Since 2000, the State has in-
vested more than $3.8 billion to
improve the quality and the nat-
ural flow of water in America's
Everglades. For more informa-
tion about the Northern Ever
glades and Estuaries Protection
Program, visit

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12 Okeechobee News, Sunday, January 18, 2009

Senior boys say goodbye to soccer field

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
It's not a certainty, but its likely
Wednesday night's tie will be the
last home game for eight Brah-
man seniors.
The senior night game against
St. Lucie West Centennial fea-
tured emotions, effort, and some
excellent aggressive defense. The
match ended in a 1-1 tie.
Shane Lynch scored for the
Eagles (9-8-2). Reynel Denova
scored off an assist from Ivan Tor-
res for Okeechobee (7-5-4).
It was the final regular season
home match for twin brothers
Raunel and Reynel Denova, goal
keeper Pablo Caballero, (four
saves), Jose Santibanez, Raziel
Garcia, Zach Sadler, Matt Bauer,
Misael Alvarado, Ivan Torres, and

Alan Najera.
All of them said it was a very
emotional game as the Brahmans
tried to continue a recent tradition
of victories on senior night.
Senior Misael Alvarado said in
his four years on the squad, the
seniors have never lost their final
home game. He said the team
had to play with heart. "The de-
fense tonight was astonishing and
amazing. I think we can pull it off
in districts. We can do it."
Alvarado was emotional af
terward as Coach Lonnie Sears
saluted all of the player's contri-
butions to the program, "I'm go-
ing to miss this place. It's where
I grew up. It's where I learned to
play soccer. I put my heart into
this team."
High scoring forward Alan
Najera switched to defense for

his final home game and was
instrumental and holding down
the Eagles offense. He excelled in
both football and soccer this year.
"Like Coach said, I thank God for
my ability, and I have taken ad-
vantage of it."
Torres, another of the four
year starters on the team, said he
wanted to thank God and the fans
for their support this year. He said
it was a hard fought game.
"I hope we can get a few victo-
ries in the post season. We can if
we keep our hearts in it."
Goal keeper Caballero had
some big moments for the squad
in this game. Okeechobee domi-
nated play in the second half and
had several chances to go ahead.
Caballero was solid on the other
end of the field as he easily han-
dled several shots on net.

"I had to step it up this year
because I didn't get much playing
time last year and we really didn't
know who to put at goalie this
year. We want to go all the way to
state. We are going to go as far as
we can as a team."
Coach Lonnie Sears saluted his
seniors. He said they have grown
into a group of solid young men
with character and an educa
tion. He said none of his players
quit, and were unselfish kids who
showed a lot of heart this year.
Okeechobee will play at Port
St. Lucie Friday. They will likely
match up with Fort Pierce West-
wood in the first round of their
district tournament during the
week of Jan. 26.

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Eddie Guerrero watches a ball go out of bounds in the last
minutes of Wednesdays tie with St. Lucie West.

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Twin brothers (from left)
Reynel Denova and Raunel
Denova, are joined by their
mother Alberta and their sis-
ter Amelia at senior night.

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Raziel Castillo was joined by
his father, Antonio Castillo at
senior night.


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Misael Alvarado is joined by
his mom, Anita Nunez at se-
nior night.

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Jose Santibanez is joined by
his parents Esmerelda and
Eladio Santibanez.

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Zachary Sadler is joined by
Assistant Coach Mark Eng-
lish at senior night.

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Alan Najera is flanked by his
parents Guillermo and Fidela
at senior night.

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Pablo Caballero is joined by
his parents Florencia and
Silvestre Caballero at senior

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Matt Bauer is joined by his
mom, Michelle Hand at se-
nior night.

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Ivan Torres is joined by his
parents Aurelio and Maria

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Rocky the great!
During a boxing match at the Anastasini Circus, the opponents decided to bring out the
real boxing champion of the ring. Rocky the Kangaroo came out and showed everyone
how it was done on Friday, Jan. 9, at the Anastasini Circus opening night.

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