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Vol. 100 No. 11 Sunday, January 25, 2009 750 Plus tax


Eight Seconds
withdraws request
The package sale of alcohol-
ic beverages will not be taking
place at Eight Seconds in the
near future.
Debra Sales and Karl Hales,
owners of the popular night-
spot on N.E. Fourth Trail were
on the agenda for Tuesday
night's planning board meeting
to request a special exception
to allow for the package sale of
alcoholic beverages in a heavy
commercial zoning district.
They have withdrawn their ap-
The only other item on the
agenda involves Salina Hold-
ings, Inc, property owner and
Tab Merchant, applicant. They
are requesting a special ex-
ception to allow a service sta-
tion and the package sale of
alcoholic beverages in a com-
mercial zoning district. The
property in question is at the
intersection of U. S. 441 S.E.
and C.R. 15 A. Staff has recom-
mended approval.

American Legion
Pageant announced
The annual "Miss American
Legion Post 64" beauty pag-
eant will be held on Thursday,
Feb. 5, at 8 p.m. at the Ameri-
can Legion Hall. Young ladies
must be in the 9th-12th grades
and attend either Okeechobee
High School or the Freshman
Campus, as well as having
never been married and have
no children. There is NO entry
fee and the winner will receive
a beautiful crown, custom ban
ner, a bouquet of flowers a
trophy and $50 cash. First and
Second Runner-ups will also
receive trophies, flowers and
cash prizes. "Miss American
Legion 2009" will be furnished
with a convertible for all pa-
rades so she may proudly rep-
resent American Legion Post
64. Applications may be picked
up at the American Legion Hall.
For more information please
call Myra Partridge 634-4193 or
Shelly Sickels 863-467-0790.

Drought Index

Current: 665
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

13.49 feet
Last Year: 10.11 feet

S on ored By:

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

Leaders seek state funding

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Representatives of various lo-
cal government entities met with
the Okeechobee County Legis-
lative Delegation on Wednes-
day afternoon, Jan. 21 to make
pitches for their causes.
The event took place in the
Okeechobee County Health
Department Auditorium after
a luncheon across the street at
the new Williamson Confer-
ence and Education Center on
the campus of Indian River State
College (IRSC). The Okeechobee

Legislative Delegation consists of
State Senator Ken Pruitt, who
served as chairman of the meet
ing, State Representative Mike
Horner and State Representative
Kevin Rader. Bill Ford represent-
ed State Senator J. D. Alexander
who was not present.
"We know that we are all in a
horrible budget year," Commis-
sion Chairman Clif Betts told the
delegation. "Do the best you can
for us, we'll support you."
Okeechobee County Admin
istrator Lyndon Bonner made a
pitch for improvements on State

Road 70 east of Okeechobee. He
noted that the road is used as a
hurricane evacuation route.
Another priority listed by Mr.
Bonner was the extension of
State Road 710 from its present
ending at S.R. 70 to continue on
to connect with U.S. 441 N. north
of the city. He said that would re-
lieve congestion at the intersec
tion of U.S. Highway 441 and S.R.
70 in downtown Okeechobee.
City of Okeechobee Council-
man Dowling Watford requested
funds for canal cleanup and
stormwater projects. He said the

Employee of the Year: Nancy Yates

Okeechobee Ne
School Related Employees of the Year for the 2008-09 school year (ba
Vicki Stuart, Debra Fraser, Jim Fusco, Isaura Henry, Jimmy Kemp, R
(front-left to right) Roberta Wagoner, Diane Saunders, Theresa Lawr
Raulerson were honored a the Okeechobee County School Board m
achievement and dedication to the district and its students.

School employees hon

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County
District School Related Employ-
ee of the Year for the 2008-09
school year is Nancy Yates from
Yearling Elementary School.
This announcement was
made at the Okeechobee
County School Board meeting
where the School Related Em-
ployees of the Year gathered to
be honored by the board.
The District School Related
Employee of the Year was cho-
sen by a committee including
Assistant Superintendent Mary
Hurley, School Board member
David Williams, and OMS Prin-
cipal Theda Bass.
Of all of the district sites,
there were 12 individuals cho-
sen by their colleagues to rep-
resent their school or work site
as School-Related Employee
of the Year. There were three
custodians, two bookkeepers,
three secretaries, one school

cafeteria manager, one migrant
advocate, and one prekinder-
garten leader aide. Together
they represent 125 years of ser-
vice to the school district and
community of Okeechobee.
Nancy Yates is the District
winner and the School Relat
ed Employee of the Year from
Yearling Middle School. Mrs.
Yates has been employed by the
district for 15 years. In those 15
years, she has been a part-time
bookkeeper in the Food Service
Department, a school site data
processor, a school secretary,
an MIS secretary, and a data
processor for Vision Quest.
For the past four years, Mrs.
Yates has been the school sec-
retary at YMS. Her duties at
YMS include processing leave
forms, entering payroll infor
mation, and assisting students,
teachers, staff members, and
parents with anything and
See Employees Page 5

Nancy Yate
at Yearling
was name
School Rel
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city supports the Okeechobee
Utility Authority's (OUA) issues
as well as S.R. 70 improvements
and signal improvements on U.S.
441 and S.R. 70.
John Hayford, executive di-
rector of OUA, requested fund-
ing for expansion of the waste-
water treatment plant and for an
east side sewer main that would
allow taking Treasure Island off
septic tanks.
"Thank you for being friends
of public education," Okeecho
bee County Superintendent of
Schools Dr. Patricia Cooper told

the panel. She presented them
each with a parents' guide and
her card which has her legisla-
tive issues printed on the back.
"We all know that adequate
funding for public education
is critical," the superintendent
Most of her presentation dealt
with opposition to any further
reduction in education fund-
ing. She said that state funds for
Okeechobee schools had been
cut for the first time in many
See Funding Page 2



for honor

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County
Teacher of the Year selection
process has began.
For North Elementary
School, Brande Cobb was
awarded as the Teacher of
the Year. Mrs. Cobb graduated
from the American College in
London, England where she
received her bachelors degree
cum laude in business adminis-
tration. She then continued her
education at Florida Atlantic

University where she received
her masters in elementary edu-
cation, summa cum laude.
She has been with the
Okeechobee County School
system for two years and previ-
ous teaching experience total-
ing eight and a half years where
she taught in Boynton Beach at
Rolling Green Elementary.
Mrs. Cobb currently teaches
fourth grade at NES. Her phi-
losophy of teaching is "that all
students can learn if they are in-
See Teachers Page 2

Man convicted

of child abuse

Farmer could face
life sentence

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man is fac-
ing life in prison following his
conviction Thursday, Jan. 22,
of physically abusing a young
Vance Farmer, 36, was found
guilty by a jury made up of six
men of aggravated child abuse.
His sentencing has been set for
March 9 at 1:30 p.m.

State Attor
ney Ashley
Albright said .
the state will
be seeking
the maximum
sentence pos-
sible which is Vance
life in prison. Farmer
Mr. Albright
said Friday, Jan. 23, that it is his
belief that Farmer is a "violent
career criminal."
Farmer was arrested in Febru
See Abuse Page 2


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Public input taken on

parks & recreation

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee County has
gone full speed ahead with a
master plan that will help the
county plan for their future
parks and recreation needs.
"What we say here will
probably drive what the com-
munity does in the next 30
years. It is important," Parks
Director Darrell Enfinger told
the crowd of about 25 people
at the Okeechobee Civic Center
Tuesday Night.

Gladding Jackson has served
as the county consultant for the
master plan. David Barth rep
resented the firm at the public
hearing and gave the crowd an
update on the progress that is
being made.
During December a needs
assessment was done via tele-
phone. Okeechobee residents
were surveyed about what fa-
cilities they use and what they
would like to see developed in
the county. They were asked 15
questions that included what
new facilities they'd like built,

whether they'd be willing to
pay user fees or higher taxes
to pay for them, and what they
thought of how the County
maintains their recreational fa-
Mr. Barth said his firm was
selected over a year ago to cre-
ate this master plan. At that
time there was a lot of develop-
ment pressures on Okeecho
bee. He noted this is one of the
last communities in Florida that
can control their future growth.
See Parks Page 8


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David Barth listens to comments during a public hearing
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2 Okeechobee News, Sunday, January 25, 2009

Continued From Page 1

structed at their level. It's the teach-
ing tools, instructional strategies,
and management techniques that
we use to drive our instruction that
make this philosophy possible."
Mrs. Cobb utilizes the Kaplan
Learning Services to drive her in-
struction because this test shows
areas of both weakness as well as
gains. She is a strong believer in
small groups, centers and hans-on
activities in all subject areas which
help students learn and retain in-
According to NES Principal,
Pat McCoy, When you visit Mrs.
Cobb's room, you notice right
away the relaxed and comfortable
atmosphere...The classroom at-
mosphere is a direct reflection of
the classroom teacher's attitude."
According to Joseph Stanley,
her fourth grade chair, "Mrs. Cobb
teaches students independence

Continued From Page 1

years. She requested that the
legislature eliminate unfunded
mandates, restore funds for edu-
cation programs above the level
of basic education programs and
continue to give local school dis-
tricts flexibility in spending funds.
Dr. Cooper also asked the panel
to consider new or additional rev
enue sources to fund education.
"Public education is an invest-
ment in our economy," she told
the lawmakers. "We ask that you
invest in public education and the
"Even though I'm wearing a
tie, I'm not asking for money,"
Okeechobee County Sheriff Paul
May said. He asked the delegation

Continued From Page 1
ary of 2008 after he threw a toddler,
who was 3 years old at the time, into
the steering wheel of a car and then
struck the child.
Detective Rosemary Farless, of
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice (OCSO), said the youngster suf-
fered a broken collarbone, injuries to
his right ear and bruising to his back
and torso.
The detective said the incident
occurred during the early morning


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and self-reliance, producing stu-
dents who are self sufficient think
ers and problem solvers."
She also continues to better
herself by constantly coming up
with new ways for teachers to
share ideas within her team and at-
tending workshops and seminars
throughout the year. By this contin-
ued learning she is able to remain
upbeat and active in her learning
style so that her teaching styles do
not become stale and her students
continue to thrive and succeed.
The Teacher of the Year can
didate for Seminole Elementary
School is Donald Joe Paige. Mr.
Paige graduated from Indian River
Community College with his as-
sociates degree and continued at
Florida Atlantic University where
he received his bachelors in ele-
mentary education. He has worked
with the Okeechobee County
School district for 29 years in vari-
ous positions. He began teaching
fourth grade at the Okeechobee
Elementary School in 1979.
He has been in his current posi-
tion teaching fifth grade at SEM for
for their support for House Bill 85
which would make constitutional
officers the head of their depart-
ments. If passed, it would mean
that the sheriff, the property ap-
praiser, the tax collector and the
supervisor of elections would
each have the final word in dis
putes with unions representing
their employees.
Instead of requesting funds,
Dr. Mary Locke, of Indian River
State College, gave an update on
the progress her school has made
in the last year. She said that his-
torically when the economy is
bad, people go back to college.
She spoke of the new Williamson
Conference and Education Cen-
ter which was built with private
funds solicited in Okeechobee
County plus matching state funds.
Dr. Locke said the new facility al-
lowed the college to teach cours-
es never before offered there. She
hours on Jan. 31, 2008.
"A report was called into the
abuse registry," explained the detec-
According to the OCSO detective,
Farmer was alone with the child for
an undetermined amount of time.
The next day, the boy's mother
saw the injuries and took her son
to Raulerson Hospital. He was then
sent to a local pediatrician.
The youngster told OCSO Deputy
Mark Margerum that the 5-foot-10
inch, 175-pound, Farmer had thrown
him into the car and had hit him, said
Detective Farless. The OCSO road
patrol division was notified of the
boy's injuries on Feb. 1 and Deputy

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two years.
Mr. Paige's philosophy of teach
ing is the same as his philosophy
on life, "one needs to set goals,
work hard and strive to accom
plish them. I didn't develop these
ideas over night or by myself, they
were taught to me by my parents."
He applies these characteristics
daily in his personal life as well as
his classroom.
He strives to provide a class-
room environment that promotes
learning and holds students to
high expectations. Due to his
many years of experience in the
classroom he enjoys sharing vari-
ous educational insights to other
teachers as a mentor.
Asa fourth generation Okeecho-
bee resident, the great-grandson
of Peter and Louisiana Raulerson,
the "Bend," now Okeechobee City,
has always been a vital part of his
life. He grew up in the cattle in-
dustry until he saw a greater need
in the community to educate the
children with not only a valuable
education, but also knowledge re-
garding Okeechobee history.
said that 90 percent of Okeecho-
bee County students who go to
college attend IRSC. Dr. Locke
reminded the legislators that col-
leges are catalysts for economic
Elizabeth Maxwell of the
Okeechobee County Economic
Council said her organization
endorsed the requests made that
afternoon by the city, the county
and OUA. She reminded the del-
egation that Okeechobee County
has been designated a rural area
of critical economic concern.
"Okeechobee is literally a
crossroad of the state," Mrs.
Maxwell said. "All roads lead to
She urged improvements for
the intersection of the U.S. 441
and S.R. 70 intersection stating
that it was a safety issue and ham-
pered the growth of the area.
"We've got to accelerate the
Margerum took the initial report. De
tective Farless was assigned the case
on Feb. 4.
Following her investigation, De-
tective Farless applied for, and re
ceived, a warrant calling for Farmer's
The boy, who is not Farmer's
child, was taken out of his mother's
care by the Department of Children
and Families. According to Mr. Al-
bright, the child has been placed
with his biological father.
Farmer has been held in the
Okeechobee County Jail without
bond since his warrant arrest on Feb.
5 by OCSO Deputy Chris Hans.

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Mr. Paige is no stranger to alter-
native teaching styles where in his
early years, he would take students
on fishing and camping trips "en-
abling them to embrace the true
wonders of Okeechobee's fauna
and flora along with the counties
limitless wonders." In more recent
years he has continued to bring
in artifacts and regalia immersing
the students in the vast natural
wonders and history that surround
them everyday.
He begins every lesson plan
with this question in mind, "How
can I enhance my instruction to as-
sist my students' learning?" Each
lesson is then designed to address
a gradual release of responsibility
which will ultimately build inde-
pendent readers and thinkers.
According to his former princi-
pal Sam Smith, now the provost
of Indian River State College, "Mr.
Paige has always had a way of pos-
itively influencing students who
did not bond well with adults."
Mr. Paige truly believes in the "I
do, we do, and you do" approach
to teaching. According to his co-
S.R. 70 and U.S. 441 projects,"
Senator Pruitt said. He added
that that intersection is the only
intersection in the five counties
he represents that causes such a
The Senator closed the meet-
ing with words of encourage-
ment. He said the state budget



worker he is a father figure, friend,
mentor, nurturer and most of all, a
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 showcase

still has some money for local
projects plus any federal money
that might be available. He re-
minded the group that money is
sometimes reverted back to the
state because it is not used. He
said that IRSC received funds that
were originally earmarked for
another college that did not use

each candidate for the Okeecho-
bee District Teacher of the Year
prior to the announcement of the
District winner on Tuesday, Feb.
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Brother's advice helps

woman avoid scam

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
With the economy taking a
nose dive and unemployment
skyrocketing, many people are
doing whatever they can to pay
their bills. And, because of this,
an Alabama woman with ties to
Okeechobee very nearly fell vic-
tim to a mystery shopper scam.
"I hope nobody gets caught
(by the scam)," said Patricia Doty
of Daleville, Ala. "I know times
are hard and everyone is looking
for ways to make a dollar. But,
they didn't get me for anything
because I kind of figured out it
was bad."
When Ms. Doty, 56, began to
get a bad feeling about the poten-
tial second job she contacted her
brother -- Ray Worley of Okeecho-
bee. Mr. Worley then contacted
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO).
Ms. Doty owns a mobile home
park in Daleville.
"Ray was a big help to me.
His advice means a lot to me,"
said Ms. Doty in a telephone in-
Her involvement began in-
nocently enough when she con-
tacted an e-mail address about
becoming a mystery shopper in
early December of 2008.
She was then contacted by
an Elizabeth Slack of Shoppers
Guide, Int. In essence, Ms. Doty
was told in the e-mail that mys-
tery shoppers were needed to
evaluate the services of a Western
Union store and a McDonald's in
Daleville is located about 22
miles northwest of Dothan, Ala.,
and is home to the Fort Rucker
military base.
On Jan. 6, 2009, Ms. Doty was
told via e-mail from Elizabeth
Slack that she would receive a
check for $2,850 from her com-
pany's parent company, Catalina
Components. The woman was
then instructed to deposit the
money and keep $100 for herself.
Next, she was to go to the West-
ern Union store on Old Highway
134 in Daleville and send the re-

mining $2,750 to Michael Lam-
bert in London, England.
Once the transaction was
complete, she was to fill out an
evaluation/survey form detailing:
the name of the Western Union
attendant; the attendant's intelli-
gence; the amount of time it took
to complete the transaction; and,
the Western Union charges on
the funds transferred.
"I thought the mystery shopper
was legitimate because I know
they do this," said Ms. Doty.
OCSO Detective Ted Van De-
man said in this particular scam
the dollar amount is kept small
and the scammers always want
the victim to send money via
Western Union or moneygram to
avoid U.S. postal inspectors. He
said they also have the funds sent
to another country because it's
highly unlikely that a law enforce-
ment agency would send some-
one to England to investigate a
$2,850 scam.
"I then got a check in the mail
from the components place,
through a bank, and it looked like
a legitimate check," explained
Ms. Doty.
Instead of depositing the
check, she contacted her brother
who told her not to cash it and to
contact Catalina Components in
Chandler, Ariz. So, heeding her
brother's advice, she called the
company and spoke to Richard
Bird, the company's vice presi-
"I was told it was their check,
but the account had been closed,"
recalled Ms. Doty.
A check with the City of Chan-
dler indicates that Catalina Com-
ponents is a licensed retail busi-
ness. According to the company's
web site they distribute gaskets,
O-rings, hydraulic seals and cus-
tom molded products.
In a telephone interview
Wednesday, Jan. 21, Mr. Bird
said he has no idea how many
of his company's checks "are out
there" or how the con artists got
the company's information.
"We've seen a few of them,"
he said of the checks. "They look

Okeechobee's Most Wanted

Estavan Angie Borjas
Villegas- A.K.A.
Urbina Stevenson

The following five people are
among Okeechobee's Most Want-
ed persons. There are active war-
rants for each of them. The criteria
for making Okeechobee's Most
Wanted top five is based on the se-
verity of the crime in conjunction
with the age of the warrant.
If you have any information
on the whereabouts of any of
Okeechobee's Most Wanted you
can call the Treasure Coast Crime

Arrest Report
The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-
der the influence (DUI) charges by
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
Rhonda Lavonne Dean, 33,
N.W 46th Ave., Okeechobee, was
arrested Jan. 20 by Deputy Brian
Cross on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging her with the fel-
onies of grand theft and worthless
check over $150. She was also ar-
rested on a misdemeanor charge
of worthless check under $150
(four counts). She was released
on her own recognizance.
Laurie Jeanne Elgin, 39, N.E.
62nd Ave., Okeechobee, was
arrested Jan. 21 by Deputy Ser-
geant J. Royal on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging her with
second degree grand theft and ut-
tering forged bills (three counts).
Her bond was set at $20,000.
Gregory Scott Straight, 24,
S.W 21st St., Okeechobee, was
arrested Jan. 22 by Deputy Donald
Ellis on a charge of driving under

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tion of remaining anonymous. You
can also receive a reward if the in-
formation results in an arrest.
Estavan Villegas-Urbina,
21, Robbery.
Angie Borjas aka Steven-
son, 29; DOB: 03/08/1979, Poss.
of Methamphetamines, Poss. of
Drug Paraphernalia.
Wilbert Perez-Borja, 25,

the influence. He was released on
his own recognizance.
Casey Byron Sammons, 19,
U.S. 98 N., Okeechobee was ar-
rested Jan. 22 by Deputy Chris
Hans on a warrant charging him
with aggravated battery with a
deadly weapon. His bond was set
at $20,000.
Oscar Ford, 26, N.E. Third
St., Okeechobee, was arrested
Jan. 22 by Deputy Justin Akins on
a Glades County warrant charging
him with the felonies of posses-
sion of a firearm by a convicted
felon, child neglect and posses-
sion of marijuana over 20 grams.
He was also charged with the

legit at first glance, but they may
have the wrong zip code or ad-
dress. I've been contacted by at
least 70 people in the last couple
of weeks."
Mr. Bird feels that someone
the company may have paid by
check has now made copies of
that check and are circulating it
as part of the scam.
"We pay a lot of people for
services," he said. "Our fraud de-
partment has taken care of it and
our damage is pretty minimal."
He also had no idea why the
con artists chose his company.
"To tell you the truth, it was
probably just the luck of the
draw," Mr. Bird surmised.
He went on to say that the
company's bank has asked them
to not say much about the situa-
tion because it is an ongoing in-
Mrs. Doty said her new-found
vocation as a mystery shopper
came to a quick end after she e-
mailed Elizabeth Slack and asked
for more information. She told
the scammer that she had provid-
ed them with her name, phone
number and address and would
like them to do the same.
"I said I need to know who to
contact and that I might want to
check you out to see if you're le-
gitimate," said Ms. Doty. "But, they
didn't answer my questions."
Instead, she was sent the same
e-mail she had already received.
What she did receive, howev-
er, was a bouquet of flowers from
Mr. Bird and a hearty thanks for
bringing this to their attention.
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4 men arrested on pot charges

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Four Okeechobee men, in-
cluding a father and son, have
been arrested on felony and
misdemeanor drug possession
Charged were: Thomas
Clark Simon, 49, S.E. 66th Drive;
Thomas James Simon, 21, S.E.
66th Drive; Donovan J. Carey,
26, S.E. 68th Drive; and Steven
Wayne Lawrence, 20, U.S. 441
Both Thomas Clark Simon
and his son, Thomas James Si-
mon, were charged with the fel-
ony of possession of marijuana
over 20 grams. They both were
also charged with the misde-
meanor of possession of drug
The elder Simon was booked
into the Okeechobee County Jail
in lieu of $1,000 bond, while his
son was released on his own re-
cognizance. An arrest report by
an Okeechobee Narcotics Task
Force detective indicated that
Thomas James Simon was re-
leased due to health issues.
Carey was arrested on a mis-
demeanor charge of possession
of marijuana under 20 grams.
His bond was set at $500. Law-
rence was also charged with

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possession of marijuana under
20 grams, but his bond was set
at $100.
The arrest report indicates
that task force detectives, with
the help of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office Special
Response Team (SRT), executed
a search warrant on the Simon's
home on Jan. 9. SRT personnel
entered the home first and se-
cured the four men, who were
subsequently arrested.
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states that when they entered
the home "... a strong odor of
burnt marijuana was present,
along with marijuana smoke."
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drug paraphernalia. He is being
held without bond.
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How will history view the presidents?
PRESIDENTS: I wonder how history will view former President
Bush and President Obama. Consider the presidency of Herbert
Hoover. The factors that caused the Great Depression were well un
der way before Hoover was elected. But it was Hoover who got the
blame during the Depression. He was widely ridiculed in the press.
There were public demonstrations against him. They called slums
"Hooverville." When he tried to run for re-election, he was constant-
ly harassed and ridiculed. Hoover was hated and blamed during his
time in office, but he didn't cause the Depression. However, history
is kinder to Hoover. He is remembered for the public works projects
that bear his name -- the Hoover Dike out west and the Hoover Dam
around Lake Okeechobee. The president who followed Hoover of
course was the great Franklin Delano Roosevelt -- the only president
to be elected four times. Will Obama measure up to FDR and be a
truly great president? Only time will tell. But for all our sakes, I hope
OBAMA: After watching the news for the last couple of days and
being raised southern, I don't think he is going to do a bad job. I
believe that he has already frozen salaries in the White House and is
trying to give the lower to middle class a better tax break than Bush
did. Maybe it will all be for the good of all of us -AMERICANS.
SAVINGS: Obama "froze" salaries at the level they were being al-
ready paid. Therefore savings = ZERO.
ECONOMY: I don't think Bush should be blamed for the econo-
my. Clinton is the one who was in office when they deregulated the
financial services industry and that is what led to all of the problems
with the loans being given to people who had no way to pay them
back. However, I do blame Bush for getting us into the war in Iraq.
Maybe his advisors talked him into it, but he was the man in charge. If
he was too easily swayed by others, then shame on him.
BUSH: I think George Bush will be viewed as one of the least ef-
fective presidents. Other people pretty much ran things from what I
could tell. He took some bad advice and got us into a very expensive
war. I don't think the problems with the economy are his fault -- the
seeds of that crisis began before he was elected. I hope Obama fol-
lows in FDR's footsteps and turns this country around.

Should elected officials take drug tests?
TEST EVERYONE: Why not just test everybody? Maybe when they
apply for driver's licenses or some other more regular opportunity. 1
don't like dealing with drunks or potheads in any position, whether
it be in the government or any other place. The drunks and potheads
themselves do not think they are impaired. Here is a somewhat minor
example. When a couple applies to rent your property, they manage
to stay clean for a day or so, they give you a reference to call who is
also a pothead, who says very nice things about them. You go ahead
and rent to them, then surprise, marijauna smoke is noticed from the
other unit and another surprise, good reference person moves in with
them. These people are bad news for society no matter who foots
the bill. Due to the high cost of the marijuana it is difficult for them to
come up with the rent money.
PRIVACY: There are certain "protections" allowed to us via the
Constitution. Having said that, when your job is to protect and serve,
or to make laws which apply to the general public, the taxpayer
should have the right to know that his (or her) money is being spent
on the right person.
ALCOHOL: think they should be tested. A Wal-Mart employee
gets tested, but the guys with their finger on the Nukes don't? But it is
a shame they do not test for alcohol. Drunks can get a job anywhere.
No testing. I would rather have someone who smoked pot the night
before than someone who got drunk driving my kids school bus the
next morning. No hangover from pot.
DO IT: I say test them. It's proven that our elected officials are not
beyond reproach.
Okeechobee police department
PARKING: What is the problem with the people from out of state
thinking that they can park anywhere they please? You can check any
parking lot on any given day, especially Walmart or Winn Dixie and
they will not be parked in the handicapped spaces or in any other
space. Guess where they do park? In the striped zones next to the
handicapped spaces. Now, I don't know where these people get off
at, but, I do know there is stiff fine for parking in those spaces. Those
spaces are for wheelchairs and walkers. Just because you carry a
handicapped sticker and there are no places to park, does not mean
that you are privileged. You are breaking the law. You need to park in
a space designated for parking. And what the about the idiot riding
his golf cart on the sidewalk? That is for people who walk. They do
not allow skate boards or bicyclists to ride on the side walk. What
gives them the right to drive their golf carts on the sidewalk and then
expect you to step off the side walk so they can squeeze by you? I am
disabled. I park where it is legal. If you can walk to your car to drive to
the store then you can darn sure walk from your car in the parking lot
to the store. Every time I see you parked there, I will take your license
plate number, I will call the police department and I will block you in
to keep you from leaving until the police arrive.

$150,000 pet cloning
IN THE NEWS: A couple devastated at the pending loss of their
beloved dog has decided to clone him with the help of a South Kore
an company. Sybil and Collins Hooper say Fisher, their faithful canine
companion of the past dozen years, has incurable cancer. "This first
step costs $1,000 and that's enough to get the samples taken, frozen
and stored," Collins Hooper said. "They're stored for $120 a year until
we're ready to go through the cloning process, which is rather expen-
sive. It's $150,000." I think if I had $150,000 just lying around to clone
a dog I'd help some families in this country as opposed to giving that
money to South Korean pharmaceutical companies.

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Community Calendar

Sunday, Jan. 25
A.A. meets from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
AA. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W. Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, FL 34972
(Behind Napa Auto Parts), AA. weekend noon meeting OD-
Open Discussion; SS-Step Study; BT-Basic Text; SP-Speaker *The
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12 step
fellowships.NA. Sickest Of The Sick (OD) 7 p.m. OD-Open Discus-
sion; SS-Step Study; BT-Basic Text; SP-Speaker *The Just for Today
Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12 step fellowships.
AA. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open
Foster Parent Orientation will be hosted by the Hibiscus
Children's Center on the last Monday of every month from 6 until 7
p.m. The orientation is for those interested in fostering or adopting in
Okeechobee County. This meeting requires no RSVP and is a question/
answer forum. It will be at the IRCC Okeechobee Campus, 2229 N.W
Ninth Ave. For information, call the Foster Care Program at 1-800-403-
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at the
Just for Today Club, 101 Fifth Ave. For information call 863-634-4780.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at9:30 a.m. atthe Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited. For information or to schedule an appearance for
your organization or group, contact Marge Skinner at 863-532-0449.

Monday, Jan. 26
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter 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 Chapter leader Karen Graves at
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972 (Behind Napa Auto Parts),NA. Sickest Of The
Sick (OD) 7 p.m.Open Discussion; SS-Step Study; BT-Basic Text; *The
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12 step
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.
VFW #10539 Ladies Auxiliary lunch and bingo will start at noon
at the Post, 3912 U.S. 441 S.E. Auxiliary members and their guests are
invited. Please R.S.V.P. to 863-763-2308.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited. For information or to schedule an appearance for
your organization or group, contact Marge Skinner at 863-532-0449.

Tuesday, Jan. 27
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W. Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, FL 34972 (Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Nowhere
Left To Go Group Open Discussion at noon; NA. Sickest Of The Sick
Group Open Discussion. *The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is
not affiliated with any 12 step fellowships.
The Lighthouse Refuge Support Group is for women who are
hurting, homeless or been abused. They meet on the first and third
Tuesday of every month from noon until 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church,
401 S.W Fourth St., and on the second and fourth Tuesday of every
month from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Red Cross, 323 N. Parrott Ave.
For more information call Donna Dean at 863-801-9201 or 863-357-
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open
to the public. For information, contact Maureen Budjinski at 863-484
New AA. Meeting in Basinger: There is now an A.A. meeting in
Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Brethren
Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
Al-Ateen meeting will be held at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W Third St., at 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.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
at the Hospice Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at 863-
Family History Center meets from 1 until 5 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St. Anyone interested in
finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census,
IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index
and military information available. For information, call The Family
History Center at 863-763-6510 or Richard Smith at 863-261-5706 for
special appointments.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 7:30 8 a.m.
at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For
information, June Scheer at 863-634-8276
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public
is invited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For
information, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at 863-763-4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30
p.m. in the fellowship hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only
meeting. For information, call Earl at 863-763-0139.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that
enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For information,
contact Dr. Edward Douglas at 863-763-4320.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to weekly meeting. Overeaters
Anonymous (OA) meets at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church,
312 N. Parrott Avenue on Tuesdays, 6 until 7 p.m. (Use 4th Street
entrance.) Overeaters Annonymous is not a diet club. There are no
dues, fees or weigh-ins. The only requirement for membership is a
desire to stop eating compulsively. For more information call Loretta
at 863-763-7165 or 863-697-0206.
AA. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., will
be hosting God's Time -- a morning of free organized Christian
activities that includes play, instruction and interaction for parents
and their pre-school children. The event will be held each Tuesday
from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Child care will be provided for infants
during the class. For information, call 863-763-4021.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W. Third Terr., holds meetings
for persons with alcohol and drug related problems at 6 p.m. For
information call 863-357-3053.

Wednesday, Jan. 28
Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Spanish
groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian Church,
3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator. Another
group meets in the Okeechobee County Health Department, 1798
N.W. Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as the group
facilitator. There is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m. with Shirlean
Graham as the facilitator. For information, call 863-763-2893.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W. Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, FL 34972, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) A.A. Grapevine
Group Open Discussion at 6:30 p.m.; NA. Nowhere Left To Go Group
8 p.m. *The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with
any 12 step fellowships.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
701 S.W Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
NA. meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee,
101 Fifth Ave. For information call 863-634-4780.
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everything that ensures that the
school runs smoothly.
Mrs. Yates believes the most
important thing she does each
day is greet parents, students, and
visitors as they enter the office at
YMS to set a positive tone for their
school day or visit. She considers
herself a role model in that she
is a team player and addresses
whatever comes up. Her col-
leagues agree by stating that she
is "thoughtful, considerate, kind,
and trustworthy." One person re-
marked, "I have never seen her
visibly upset or out of control."
In a middle school setting, that is
Mrs. Yates shared with the
committee, that she was the
youngest of seven children raised
by a single mother. After mar
trying and having a family at a
young age, she worked to earn a
GED so that she could enter the
workforce. She believes that one
can achieve what they want to
The other School Related Em-
ployees of the Year for each site
are as follows:
Ramona Ortega is the School
Related Employee of the Year for
New Endeavor High School. Mrs.
Ortega has worked for the past
15 years in the Prekindergarten
program. Although the program
title and location has changed
over the past years, she has been
diligent in promoting the mission
of the PreK program: to provide
a strong foundation for the four
year olds and prepare them to
enter kindergarten. Mrs. Ortega
stated that "the most important
task that she does each day is to
give support both academically
and emotionally to her students."
The activities that she does with
her students are designed to en-
sure that students leave each day
having learned something impor-
tant and liking school so much
that they can't wait to return the
next day.
Diane Saunders is the School-
Related Employee of the Year for
the Okeechobee Freshman Cam-
pus. Mrs. Saunders has worked
for 15 years in the food service
department and has been the
cafeteria manager at the OFC for
nine years. She has been the only
cafeteria manager that the Fresh
man Campus has had. Her duties
include planning, preparation,
and serving of food; maintenance
of accurate records; and ensuring
that all state, local, and federal
guidelines are followed.
While of course her most im-
portant thing that she does each
day is make sure that students
are fed, however she truly cares
about the whole child. She finds
time to speak to students as they
come to the cafeteria asking them
about their grades, homework,
and even checking why they
might have missed school.
Debra Fraser is the School
Related Employee of the Year
from North Elementary. She will
have her one-year anniversary of
employment as a bookkeeper at
NES on Feb. 4, 2009. The duties
of a bookkeeper at an elementary
school include keeping accurate
records of all transactions involv-
ing the internal accounts of the
school; ordering and receiving
materials, supplies, and equip-
ment through the county system;
and assisting in the smooth daily
operation of the school office.
She felt especially honored to be
chosen by her peers at NES since
she has only been there such a
short amount of time.

Mrs. Fraser sees the most im-
portant thing she does each day is
showing up each day and treating
everyone she meets during the
day with kindness and courtesy.
She feels that she is a role model
by acting in a responsible manner
in fulfilling all of the duties of her
Vickie Stuart is the School Re-
lated-Employee of the Year from
Okeechobee High School. Mrs.
Stuart has been employed by the
School Board as the bookkeeper
at OHS for three years. Her duties
include handling over 130 differ-
ent accounts in the internal funds,
making deposits, reconciling ac
counts, working as a ticket-taker
or parking lot attendant at home
football and baseball games, and
providing back-up in the front of-
fice. She simply describes her job
as being a multi-tasker.
The administrators at OHS
have described her as profes
sional, conscientious, patient,
and even-keeled. These are truly
qualities that you would want in a
person who is handling so many
different accounts and making
sure that all steps are taken and
documentation is maintained to
satisfy an auditor.
Isaura Henry is the School-
Related Employee of the Year
from South Elementary. She is a
Migrant Advocate who primar-
ily serves SES and also provides
services to migrant students at
NEHS. Mrs. Henry has worked for
the district for eight years and all
of those years have been spent
working as a Migrant Advocate.
Her duties include identifying and
registering families eligible for
migrant services and acting as a
liaison between the family and
the school. She ensures that par-
ents are made aware of academic
concerns, attendance issues,
discipline problems, and parent
conferences. Mrs. Henry does not
stop there -as her administrator
noted "Mrs. Henry goes beyond
the school system to search out
community programs that will
meet the needs of the family."
Mrs. Henry is a true role model
for the migrant population. She
came to the United States unable
to speak English. She worked
to learn the language and real-
ized that getting an education
was a primary goal of hers. She
never lost sight of that goal and
she married and raised a family.
She earned a Bachelors' Degree
in 2007 and intends to continue
in pursuit of a Master's Degree
in a field which will enable her
to better help other people suc-
ceed. Within Mrs. Henry's rec-
ommendation was a beautiful,
heartfelt letter from the sister of a
student from SES who was diag
nosed with leukemia this school
year. The letter detailed how Mrs.
Henry made appointments, trans-
ported the child and parent to the
appointments, assisted in com-
pleting any required paperwork,
and arranged transportation for
future visits for treatments. This
young lady referred to Mrs. Henry
as "our Guardian Angel."
Jimmy Kemp is the School-Re-
lated Employee of the Year from
Seminole Elementary School. He
is currently the Head Custodian at
SEM and has been in that position
for six years. He began his career
with the school district 14 years
ago as a bus driver. His current
duties as head custodian include
maintaining building and ground
security, performing minor main
tenance jobs at the school site,
assisting in training of fellow
custodial personnel, loading and
unloading shipments, and what-
ever it takes to keep the place
He has a keen eye for safety is

sues and his quick response to fix
playground equipment, maintain
the grounds properly, and man
age the pest control according to
guidelines has reduced the num-
ber of potential teacher and stu-
dent reports of safety hazards.
Jim Fusco is the School-Relat
ed Employee of the Year from Ev-
erglades Elementary School. He
has been employed by the district
for 2 1/2 years and has been as
signed to EES as the Head Custo-
dian. His duties include cleaning,
scrubbing, sweeping, mopping,
mowing, weed-eating, painting,
furniture-assembling, repairing,
plumbing, planting, pruning,
snipping, moving, vacuuming,
packing, unpacking, lifting, order-
ing, and supervising the nighttime
He shared that the most im-
portant thing he does each day
is cooperate with all at EES to ac-
complish whatever needs to be
done. He also believes that hav-
ing a good attitude and sharing a
smile can go a long way to make
your job and your life better.
Roberta Wagoner is the
School-Related Employee of the
Year from Osceola Middle School.
She has been employed by the
district for 29 years and has been
in her current position of custo-
dian at OMS for three years. Mrs.
Wagoner began her career in the
district as a kindergarten aide and
over the years she has been a
drop-out prevention aide, an ESE
aide, an ESE guidance clerk, and
now a custodian.
Mrs. Wagoner stated that the
most important thing she does
each day is come to work with a
positive attitude. School adminis-
trators and her coworkers com-
mended her for looking for ways
to improve the school and for go-
ing out of her way to help anyone
who needs assistance. She has
learned a tremendous amount
in the past 29 years and cannot
believe how fast the years have
passed. She truly wants all in the
district to do their best to achieve
excellence whether you are a stu-
dent or an employee.
Jackie Skinner is the School-
Related Employee of the Year
from Central Elementary. She has
been employed by the district for
eight years and has spent those
years as the bookkeeper at CES.
Her bookkeeper duties include
entering purchase orders, order-
ing supplies, balancing accounts,
paying invoices, and doing any-
thing else her principal asks her
to do. Mrs. Skinner is described
by the faculty at CES as "caring,
dependable, understanding, help-
ful, and dedicated to her work at
the school."
She believes that the most im-
portant thing that she does each
day is smile and greet each per-
son she encounters positively.
Her colleagues reinforce that by
stating, "She is simply devoted to
any person or problem that walks
through the door." Mrs. Skin-
ner said that what she likes best
about her job is "the students."
She finds ways to interact with
them by selling tickets at events,
having them read to her, and be
ing friendly and helpful when they
come to the office.
Misty Raulerson is the School-
Related Employee of the Year
from the Transportation, Mainte
nance, and Food Service Depart-
ments. She has been employed
by the district for eight years and
has worked all eight years in the
Transportation department. She
began her career as a bus driver
and after a few short months she
was transferred to the position
of secretary for the department.
Her duties as secretary include
processing leave forms, recording

and submitting payroll informa-
tion, purchasing, entering student
data, managing the office, keep-
ing accurate records, and answer
ing the phone and calmly dealing
with frantic parents and school
administrators when a student is
not where adults think he should
She stated that the most im-
portant things she does is to be at
the transportation facility early in
the morning and ensure that ev-
erything is moving smoothly. Her
colleagues express that they don't
know how she accomplishes all
that she does. Mrs. Raulerson told
the committee members that she
loves the challenge of her job and
is constantly looking for new so-
lutions to problems.
Theresa Lawrence is the
School-Related Employee of the
Year for the Exceptional Education

Department. She is a secretary in
the Exceptional Student Educa-
tion department -a position that
she has held for six years. Her du
ties include processing payroll for
the ESE Department, typing pur-
chase orders, receiving and dis-
tributing supplies, typing reports
for the school psychologists, and
assisting with everyday projects
within the department.
She stated that the most im
portant thing she does is to coor-
dinate the response to a crisis at a
school. She fields the call from a
school site, locates a crisis coun-
selor, dispatches the counselor
to the school, and then notifies
the school which counselor is
coming and the estimated time
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response to the question assured
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Community Events

OCRA holds ball
OCRA will be holding registra-
tion for the 2009 Spring baseball
and softball season for all chil-
dren age 5-14. Registration will be
held at the Sports Complex from
9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on the follow-
ing dates: Jan. 24 and 31. Regis-
tration for baseball and softball
will be $75 and T-ball will be $60.
For further information please call

Car wash to benefit
blaze victims
A car wash will be held to
help the victims of a house fire
on Thursday, Jan. 22. The Young
family lost their home and all
their belongings in the fire. Please
come and join us in supporting
our neighbors with the free car
wash event at the Tractor Supply
parking lot (North end of Publix
Plaza), on Saturday, Jan. 30. Do-
nations will be accepted to ben-
efit the family. For information on
the car wash, please contact Tris-
ten Lara at 863-634-8292.

'Washington Youth
Tour' opportunity
Glades Electric Coopera-
tive will be sponsoring two high
school juniors to receive a one
week, all expenses paid to Wash-
ington, D.C. If you are interested
in applying, please contact your
high school guidance counselor
or your local Glades Electric Of-
fice. If you have any questions,
please contact Lisa Stark, Busi-
ness Development Coordinator at
1-800-226-4024 ext. 6233.

Little league signups
this weekend
The Okeechobee Little League
Program is holding signups at the
Okeechobee Wal-mart on Satur-
day and Sunday, Jan. 25-26, and
Saturday, Feb. 1, from 10 a.m. to
2 p.m.
Boys and girls up to the age of
15 can participate in the program.
Games are played in town. Cer-
tain age groups and teams will
play out of town games. Games
are held at the Willie Alderman
field in Douglas Park on week
nights and Saturday.
Okeechobee will also have
inter-league games with teams
from Indiantown this year.
For more information on the
program please call James Shock-
ley at 863-634-3482.

Red Cross class
times announced
The Okeechobee Service Cen-
ter of the American Red Cross will
be holding the following the fol-
lowing Health & Safety classes in
Wednesday, Feb. 4 Infant/
Child CPR/AED at 6 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 20 Adult CPR/
AED at 6 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 23 First Aid
Basics at 6 p.m. All classes are
held at their Service Center, lo-
cated at 323 N. Parrott Ave. To
register, or for more information
call 863-763-2488.

Shrine Club hosts
Sweetheart Dance
The Okeechobee Shrine Club,
on S.R. 78 W, will host a Sweet-
heart Dance on Saturday, Feb.
14. Happy hour will begin at 5
p.m. and dinner will be served
starting at 6 p.m. The menu con-
sists of chicken or ribs, baked po-
tato, baked beans, cole slaw, rolls
and coffee or tea. The dance, with
music by Jim Elder, will follow
dinner. Tickets are $15 each. For
information, contact the Shrine
Club at 863-763-3378 or Mac
Simpson at 863-484-04271.

Volunteers needed
for child advocates
Volunteer Guardians ad Litem
give a voice to children who are
victims of child abuse and are in-
volved in court proceedings. The
Guardian ad Litem Program will
be offering free training for volun-
teers and new classes will begin
in February and March. Training
involves thirty hours and will be
held at our Saint Lucie West of-
fice on various days. You can be
that voice for an abused child!
The Guardian ad Litem Program
needs Volunteers to represent
Abused Abandoned & Neglect-
ed Children in Saint Lucie, Martin,
Indian River and Okeechobee
Counties! They deserve a voice!
For dates and times of all training
please contact Pattra F. Dodd at

Old courthouse
photos sought
Donnie Oden, the county's
capital projects manager is seek-
ing old pictures of the courthouse
to aid in the restoration process.
He requests that the pictures be
sent to him at 500 N.W. Sixth
Street. Okeechobee, FL 34972
with the owner's address and
they will be returned.

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

Washington Youth
Tour opportunity
Glades Electric Coopera-
tive will be sponsoring two high
school juniors to receive a one
week, all expenses paid to Wash-
ington, D.C. If you are interested
in applying, please contact your
high school guidance counselor
or your local Glades Electric Of-
fice. If you have any questions,
please contact Lisa Stark, Busi-
ness Development Coordinator at
1-800-226-4024 ext. 6233.

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.

Area Agency on Aging
announces meeting
The Area Agency on Aging of
Palm Beach/Treasure Coast, Inc.
Board of Directors meeting is
scheduled to be held on Tuesday,
Jan. 27, at the Area Agency on
Aging, 4400 N. Congress Avenue,
West Palm Beach. The meeting is
scheduled to begin at 8:45 a.m.
Contracts requiring the expendi-
ture of funds are a regular agenda
item of this meeting. Please call
Vivian Pfau, Area Agency on Ag-
ing, at 561-684-5885 for more in-

CCC holds
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.

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

VFW hosts ham dinner Obituaries

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.

All you can eat
breakfast to be held
Okeechobee Chapter No.
128, Order of the Eastern Star
will sponsor an All-You-Can-Eat
Breakfast on Sunday, Jan. 25 at
the Okeechobee Masonic Lodge,
107 N.W. Fifth Avenue. Menu will
include Biscuits and Sausage Gra-
vy, Scrambled Eggs, Hashbrown
Casserole, Sausage & Bacon,
Grits, Florida Orange Juice and
Coffee. $7 per person. For infor-
mation, contact Mary Ann Holt at

Okeechobee Health Department

SHAC Student
Health Advisory

By Staci Sharpe, RN
Senior Community Health
Nursing Supervisor
Promoting health and aca-
demic success through collabo-
ration and partnership is the goal
of the Student Health Advisory
Committee (SHAC). This commit-
tee consists of a collective group
of volunteers that meet together
quarterly to make decisions con-
cerning the health and well being
of our school age children.
The SHAC is a state mandated
group that was established in
1992 to review the school health
services plan. This plan is updat-
ed yearly and given to the school
board for approval and changes
according to what the State of
Florida mandates on that particu-

lar year. All SHAC members range
from awide variety of community
partners. Some of the members
include school nurses, parents,
teachers, principals, Healthy Start
coordinators, doctors, Tobacco
school board
and health
The need
for this advi-
sory commit-
tee is greater
now more
than ever. Stu- Stacl Sharpe,
dents are fac- RN
ing new chal-
lenges and risks that affect their
health and the quality of their fu-
ture. The need for concerned par-
ents, community members, and
health and school representatives
to become involved is vital. It has
been proven that a child that has
parent or community involve-

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their education.
School health policies are re-
viewed and approved through
the SHAC meetings. These are the
same policies that the health aides
and school nurses use in their clin-
ics at each school. As you can see,
this plays an important role for
our children in our school system.
The decisions made by this group
are reviewed by the Okeecho-
bee County School Board and
the Okeechobee County Health
Department annually. This com-
mittee definitely has a team effort
approach. If you are interested
in attending a SHAC meeting or
have any questions please con-
tact chair person Terri Howard,
Sr. LPN at: 863-532-9520 or co-
chairperson Staci Sharpe, RN, Se-
nior Community Health Nursing
Supervisor 863-462-5785.

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Connie Louise
Cranford, 60
OKEECHOBEE Connie Louise
Cranford, of Okeechobee, died Sun-
day, Jan. 18, 2009, in Hospice of
Palm Beach County. She was 60.
Born March 24, 1948 in Arkansas,
Kan., she had been a resident of
Okeechobee for 11 years and was a
member of More to Life Church.
She is preceded in death by a son,
Nicholas Mears.
She is survived by her husband,
Bill Cranford of Okeechobee; sons,
Shane Mears of Okeechobee, Vince
Mears of Enid, Oklahoma; daughter,
Melissa Click of Arkansas, Kan.; step-
children, Brian Cranford of Andover,
Kan., Kristina Sanner (Joel) of Mis-
souri, Keith Cranford (Loni) of Mis-
souri; sister, Patricia of Wichita,
Kan.; and 14 grandchildren.
Services will be held at a later date
in Arkansas, Kan.
All arrangements are under the di-
rection and care of the Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Crematory, 110 NE
5th St., Okeechobee.
Mattie R. Smith, 70
FT. MYERS Mattie R. Smith, of
Ft. Myers, went home to be with the
Lord on Jan. 22, 2009. She was 70.
Mattie, originally from Wickliffe,
Ky., moved to Okeechobee, with her
family in 1982 and then to Ft. Myers
in 2002.
Mattie was loved by many as she
always had a smile and a kind word
for everyone. She leaves behind a
legacy of love, friendship, trust, hon-
or and a story of courage. She will
be missed by many.
Mattie is survived by daughter,
Tanya Slater and her husband Wyatt
Slater and grandchildren Dylan and
Morgan Slater of Fort Myers; and her
son, Herb Smith and his wife Kim
Smith and grandchildren Jeremy, J.J.
and Josiah of Okeechobee.
She is now at home with her lov-
ing husband. David "Gene" Smith;
mother, Mary Lane Forest and fa-
ther, Herbert Forest. She leaves this
world a better place than when she
came in 1938. May God grant the
rest of us the courage she had for
the journey.
Memorial Service to be held at
Dunklin Memorial Camp, on Thurs-
day, Jan. 29, 2009 at 7 p.m.

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CES students prepare for FCAT

Third Grade
In Ms. Luchetta's and Mrs.
Atwell's class we are preparing for
FCAT. It is only four weeks away.
Please be reading everyday! We
have a field trip on Wednesday
to the Freshman Campus to see
a play. In reading, we are read-
ing "Seven Spools of Thread." In
math, we are testing chapter 19
on Tuesday and learning about
congruent figures. We are mov-
ing quickly through the chapters
to learn everything before FCAT.
In science, we are learning about
"Forces that Shape the Land."
In social studies, we are reading
"Time For Kids." In writing, we
are continuing to write about the
"blob" we made. Don't forget to
practice your multiplication!
Ms. DelPrete's class finished
Unit 3 in the reading series and
enjoyed reading "Amber Brown
is Not a Crayon." The character,
Amber, is upset because her best
friend is moving away. After finish-
ing it, we took an AR test on it and
did very well. Congratulations to
the students who made their AR
goal last nine weeks. We had a
great time walking to Golden Cor-
ral. Parents please encourage your

child to read every night to meet
their AR goal and practice those
reading skills we are learning in
the classroom. In writing, we are
working on adding details to our
narrative writings. In Math, we are
starting Geometry and shapes. In
we are
about the
tance of
ing water
and other
Congratulations to our recent
students of the week Yesenia San-
tizo and Jacinto Lopez.
Third graders in Ms. Enfinger's
room have been very busy! They
are preparing for school assess-
ment tests. Students are learning
length in math, weather in sci-
ence, and compare and contrast
in reading. Students are focusing
on the United States, then our
state and city. Students are eager
to learn about the world around
them. Take them to the lake and
talk about our environment, they

will love it. Remember,learning
multiplication facts are as easy as
riding a bicycle. Practice several
times each day until the facts are
as easily said as their name. Stu-
dents are also trying to earn 100
steps in our 100 Book Challenge
program. They can earn one step
for every 15 minutes they read. So
please sign their folder in order
for them to receive credit for each
step. Don't forget to read!
Students of the week are Lau-
ren Bostwick, Robert Bigford and
Steven Rusinko.

Fourth Grade
Fourth graders at Central are
writing, writing, writing and writ-
ing some more. Skill lessons in
figurative language, and specific-
ity and other target skills are hap-
pening all around and the prac-
tice expositories and narratives
are improving and improving.
Parents, please watch for a spe-
cial homework assignment letter
that is coming home on Monday,
Jan. 26 and quickly do the task
assigned and remember, it is a
SECRET! Parents, if anyone has
any concerns with the upcoming
FCAT Writing Assessment, do not

hesitate to contact your child's
teacher. The fourth graders were
also able to attend a special field
trip due to the funding from the
Okeechobee Educational Foun-
dation and its Okeechobee Battle-
fields Friends, Inc. Grant and they
learned and experienced a most
incredible display of history at
the State Park and then students
were invited to visit the Battle of
Okeechobee Reenactment which
will be held on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1,
right here in Okeechobee.
In Mrs. Pritchard's class, Re-
niel Rodriguez and Tyler Holley
have been recent students of
the month. Students wrote es-
says on what they would do if
they were the President for one
day, watched and discussed vari-
ous cultural issues with the new
President, and had great discus-
sions about segregation with the
knowledge of Ruby Bridges. The
students are beginning a project
about the 50's and they are also
working hard on learning those
multiplication facts.

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Osceola Middle School students selected as this week's
students of the week are: Sandra Hernandez, Alexander
Hernandez, Bethany Stuart, Heaven Feltenberger, Bridg-
et Jlmenez, Cody Casperson, Katelynn Schaffer, James
Stafford, Trey Kissam.

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Kiwanis visitors
At a recent Kiwanis meeting, Kiwanis president Jim Vensel
(left) and Brad Stark (right) invited Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office Sex Offender Unit (center, left to right) Mi-
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current numbers of sex offenders in Okeechobee and how
they can find out more about those in their neighborhoods

School districts honored for reading programs

TALLAHASSEE -- As part of
Florida's ongoing Celebrate Lit-
eracy! week, 13 school districts
were recognized last night by
the Department of Education for
being in the top 25 percent of all
Reading First districts in the state.
These districts produced excep-
tional reading results in 2008,
increasing the percentage of stu-
dents reading at or above grade
level and successfully reducing
the percentage of students with
serious reading difficulties. The 13
school districts recognized were
Bradford, Charlotte, Collier, DeSo-
to, Dixie, Escambia, Holmes, Lee,
Marion, Okeechobee, Orange,
Palm Beach and Taylor.
"As we celebrate Florida's first
ever Literacy Week it's important
that we both acknowledge and

appreciate the efforts of all educa-
tors to instill a love of reading in
our children," said Commissioner
of Education, Dr. Eric J. Smith.
"These districts in particular have
gone above and beyond to make
literacy a priority for their students
and they should be commended
for such dedication."
Florida Reading First serves
570 schools within 45 districts.
Reading First schools are given a
variety of resources and training
through the federal Reading First
program to help them achieve
two goals: 1) increase the per-
centage of students reading at or
above grade level; and 2) reduce
the percentage of students with
serious reading difficulties. Read-
ing First grants assists Florida
school districts implement prov-

en methods of reading instruc-
tion to prevent reading difficulties
in grades K-3.
The recognition event oc-
curred last night during the De-
partment's What's Working in
Reading workshop. The What's
Working series is an innovative
program that provides a forum for
education policy makers (such as
district school superintendents;
community college, state college,
and state university system presi-
dents; legislators and legislative
staff; business stakeholders; State
Board of Education members;
and Department staff), to discuss
current education trends and new
methods for achieving greater ac-
ademic success in Florida's teach-
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"The districts recognized dur-

ing What's Working in Reading
are shining examples of what is
possible when you combine solid
reading instruction with dedicated
teachers," said Chancellor of Pub-
lic Schools Dr. Frances Haithcock.
"I'm truly proud of their efforts to
improve the reading abilities of
their students and I look forward
to honoring even more districts
next year."
For more information about
Florida's top Reading First Dis-
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struggling financially due to a job
loss or decreased income, the De-
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offers an assortment of programs
that can relieve the costs of health
care or provide care at no cost.
"With the downturn in the
economy, VA recognizes that
many veterans will feel the ef-
fects," said Secretary of Veterans
Affairs Dr. James B. Peake. "There-
fore, it is important that eligible
veterans learn of the many ways
VA has to help them afford the

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Veterans whose previous in-
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"The bulk of this is about parks
but a part of it is community vi-
sioning and what kind of com-
munity you'd like to have here,"
he said.
Things have changed when it
comes to development in the past
year. The county is in the middle
of a housing slow down. Mr. Barth
said this situation could give the
community an opportunity.
"Now is a great time to plan.
Land prices are dropping and
there isn't development pres-
sure," he noted. "This was a bit of
a wake up call. You do have a lot
to lose if you don't control growth
and manage it for the future."
The plan also includes histori-
cal sites and conservation lands.
Mr. Barth noted there is not an
overall vision of what the county
will look like in 50 years.
"A parks and recreation master
plan does kind of give you a win-
dow where you can decide other
tough issues. You have a planning
process now that allows you to

talk about the future," he added.
The study asked how well is
the existing system meeting the
needs of county residents today.
Questions included: Are there
enough parks? Is there enough
parking? Are the facilities close to
where people live?
Mr. Barth said there aren't
many areas in the county where
you can walk to a community
park. He noted communities
around the nation have differ-
ent standards on the distance to
parks. Some cities say a half mile,
others say six blocks. In a rural
community, the distance usu-
ally increases between residences
and parks.
The study will also determine
how much money the county
wants to spend for recreational
The residents who attended
the public meeting were asked
to put the top three priorities for
recreation. Top concerns for the
residents in attendance were ath-
letic fields, youth teen center, and
football and soccer fields.
Some residents asked for im-
provements for the Okee-Tantie
Recreation Area. They asked for

Okeechobee Chamber Chatter

Chamber welcomes
new members
The Okeechobee Chamber
of Commerce would like to wel-
come our new Chamber mem-
bers. Steve Dittman, promoter for
the Original Bluegrass Produc-
tions, has been promoting "Blue-
grass" for over ten years now here
in Okeechobee and surrounding
areas. His next show will be Jan.
22-25, at YeeHaw Junction,
which consists of a Bluegrass Fes-
tival and Fiddle Championship.
Feb. 19-21, Mr. Dittman is pro-
moting a "Spring Fling" in Waldo,
Florida which will be featuring
Nothing Fancy, Bluegrass Broth-
ers, Moron Brothers & Carolina

Sonshine, other bands to be an-
nounced. Please go to: www. for more
information about the upcoming
Also please welcome Magi-
clean Inc. Edward Jones is the
owner and operator of the carpet
cleaning business. He has been
in business since 1991. He joined
the Chamber of Commerce with
many references backing up his
carpet cleaning skills. We are
pleased to welcome Edward
Jones and Magiclean as a Cham-
ber member.
The Knights of Columbus has
also joined the Chamber of Com-
merce. They are the largest lay
Catholic family service organiza-
tion. Through their charity and

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Kiwanis recently added another member, Lori Mixon (cen-
ter) to their civic organization's roster. President Jim Ven-
sel and Kiwanis Florida District Growth Chairman Eddie
Lee were on hand to celebrate the new member as well
as to encourage members to invite others to join Kiwanis.



Market Report
January 19 and 20, 2009






Calves 463 1479
Cows 101 203
Str 11 24
Hfrs 18
Bulls 49 63
Yrlngs 25 105
Mix 33
Total 700 1874
Med #1 Steers Hfrs
150-200 160-205 95-120
200-250 127-155 100-112
250-300 117-135 95-112
300-350 115-125 85-100
350-400 106-113 80-90
400-450 98-109 80-87
450-500 93-104 80-86
550-600 89-97 79-84
600-650 73-78
Med #2 Steers Hfrs
200-250 105-130 80-100
250-300 90-125 84-98
300-350 90-117 78-92
350-400 92-107 70-85
400-450 86-100 70-83
Small #1 Steers Hfrs
220-235 100-105
300-350 107-117 80-90
Prices continue to hang in there
- Cows and bulls were steady to
$1.00 higher. Most calves were
steady. A lot of small calves off
first year heifers came in this
week and sold real good, some
up to $2.00 a pound.
South Fla. Grassing, Hobe Sound
topped the calf market with a
high $2.15.
River Country Land and Cattle,
Hobe Sound topped the cow
market with a high of 58.00.
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improvements in laundry facili-
ties, restrooms, and electrical ser-
Another resident asked for
new restrooms at the OK Softball
Complex near Yearling Middle
School. Others asked for addi-
tional softball fields.
Gary Ritter said there are many
year round facilities in the county
that need improvements. He
said the Okee-Tantie Park is basi-
cally vacant during the summer
months. Mr. Ritter said he'd also
like to see better connections for
pedestrians and bicyclists for the
Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail.
Some residents said the county
needs to do a better job of main-
taining their facilities before they
build new ones.
One resident said she enjoys
roller blading and asked for the
county to provide a facility for
people who like this hobby. Other
interests included a recreation
center in the north end of the
county and more biking trails.
Mr. Enfinger said his depart-
ment gets a lot of demand for
picnic facilities. His staff said they
also need an indoor recreation fa-
cility. Teen town at one time was

the examples of their lives, they
stand in service to all as witnesses
to the Good News of the Gospel.
Most recently, through its $1.3 mil-
lion Heroes Fund, the Knights of
Columbus granted $3,000 to the
families of each of each of the fire
fighters, law enforcement officers
and emergency service personnel
who lost their lives in the terrorist
attack on the World Trade Center
in New York. The aid was given
immediately the first check was
hand-delivered just days after the
tragedy and regardless of faith or
membership in the Order.
Holley Mudhole has recently
opened and joined the Chamber.
The owner is Phyllis Holley and
they are located at 9045 N.E. 48th
Street. Everyone is welcomed at
each event, there is free camping
and RV parking. Holly Mud Hole
prices are very affordable for the
whole family. Children 12 yrs.
and under have their own riding
area and must be supervised by
an adult. For more information
and to see their event calendar for
2009 you may visit www.holley- or call the Cham-
ber of Commerce for more details.
We are pleased to have Holley
Mudhole as a Chamber member.
Sun Trust Bank has renewed their
Chamber membership. Mr. Ger-
ald Ferrara is the branch manager
of the bank in Okeechobee. Sun
Trust is located at 815 South Par-
rott Ave. For more information
about the bank, visit www.sun- Thank you Mr. Ferrara
and Sun Trust, we value you as a

the center point for indoor recre-
ation. It was closed a couple of
years ago.
The First Baptist Church Rec-
reation Outreach Center provides
for many of the needs for indoor
recreation. There also is an effort
to bring a YMCA to Okeechobee.
Mr. Barth said it appears the
county has enough parks. He said
it makes sense to improve the
parks the county has now.
Residents said they need more
practice fields for team sports.
Many suggested the county can
hold more state tournaments if
they had the fields which would
bring revenue into the county.
The advisory committee of 15
members appointed by the Coun-
ty Commission has begun their
work on the master plan. They
met Thursday night at the library
and will hold several public meet-
ings in the next few months. The
master plan should be completed
by June.


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Show and Linda Syfrett, president of the Okeechobee Coun-
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received $4000 in premium rebates from the State. The
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Everglades students study polar regions

At Everglades Elementary School
Mrs. Moore's class has been studying
Polar Regions in Social Studies. We
made polar bears and arctic pictures.
We made penguins and books for the
Antarctica. We talked about the three
stages of matter and the water cycle in
science. We are learning many letters,
sounds and words, and enjoyed our hat
day last week for the letter Hh. Parents,

please remember to read with your
child and to review letters, sounds, and
Miss Snyder's class has enjoyed
planning and building a neighborhood.
We are also integrating writing with our
vocabulary words. We wrote about the
five senses of a doughnut for the letter
Mrs. Claypool's class is learning
the letters Dd and Hh. We are work

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CASE NO-2007-DP-066
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TO: Father of S.B., Mario Duan
Residence and Address Unknown
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By Kimberly Sarro
306333 ON 1/25, 2/1,,15/2009

Submitted photo/Everglades Elementary
Congratulations! to our many outstanding students. These students
were recently selected as students of the week.
Kindergarten students include: Kayla Morgan, Ronald King, Ashton
Mowery, Kaylee Smith, Cindy Castanon, Hannah Hickox. First grad-
ers are: Lauren Walters and Erick Vallejo; second grade: Alexa Ed-
wards, Xavier Serrano, Kasandra Salmeron, Ricardo Morales, Walter
Webb; third graders are: Calab Throop, Sonia Delgado, Robert Fu-
tch, Kassie Weldon, Austin Guerrero; fourth graders include: Brittney
Mellette, Sadie Marfil, Jazmin Mestre, Summer Clarke and fifth grade
students are: Colton Etchison, Danny Usry, Alex Hernandez.


ing hard in math learning to count by
2's, 5's, and 10's. We even know what
numbers are even and odd! We had our
second awards program and WOW!we
have really worked hard to earn those
awards! Congratulations to Garrett who
earned his second medal for 100 Book
Mrs. Wright's class decorated dough-
nuts for the letter Dd. Four students
earned a red medal for 100 Book Chal-
lenge at the awards: Westyon Boone,
Kimberlee Marquis, Carlos Mora Ill, and
Kasey Maguire. Welcome to our new
student Searia Jones. We also enjoyed
watching the Inauguration of President
Mrs. Dodson's class is learning about
the letters Hh, Dd, and Rr. We are also
using our letter-sound knowledge ev
ery day to read words and write our
thoughts. In math we are counting by
2's, 5's, and 10's. We'll be celebrating
the 100th day of school on Wednesday,
Jan. 28! Congratulations to all of my stu-
dents for earning awards for the second
nine weeks!
Ms. Hyde's class is hard at work! We
are reviewing all of our letters and high
frequency words. This week in writing
making a class book using as many of
the high frequency words as we can!
We are excited about our 100 Day cel-
ebration next week!
Second Grade:
Mr. Wright's class is working on
calendars in math. In science, we are
learning about the Earth's surface. Our
social studies unit deals with "people
and their communities." The class is
now in the second reading book of the
second grade and our story is about ani-

Seminole Elementary students prepare for tests

Improving Comprehension:
Preparing for standardized
Reading comprehension is part of
most standardized tests. How can you
help your child improve his or her un
derstanding of what he or she reads?
Try "paired reading" with your child.
First, you and your child silently read
the same part of a story, article, or text-
book. Try two or three paragraphs to
Next, one partner listens while the
other reader summarizes aloud what
he or she has just read. Your child might
say, "I learned that it snows when it's
really cold." After summarizing, the lis-
tener provides corrections or additions
to what has been heard. Example: "We
also learned that it doesn't snow in all
areas of the world."
Then, each of you reads another two
or three paragraphs and changes roles.
Switch back and forth until the whole
story, article, or chapter is read.
This activity is a good study aid for
subjects like science or history-and it
builds listening skills.
Fourth Grade
In February most fourth, eighth, and
tenth grade students at Seminole El-
ementary School will participate in the
writing portion of the FCAT. Students
will be given 45 minutes to respond to a
prompt asking them to write to explain
or write to convince.
The student responses are scored by
trained readers using the holistic meth-
od to evaluate a piece of writing for its
overall quality. The readers consider four
elements: focus, organization, support,
and conventions. In this type of scoring,
readers make a judgment about the en-
tire response and do not focus on any
one aspect of the writing.
Focus refers to how clearly the pa-
per presents and maintains a clear main
idea, theme, or unifying point. Papers

representing the higher end of the point
scale demonstrate a consistent aware-
ness of the topic and do not contain ex-
traneous information.
tion refers to the
structure or plan
of development
(beginning, mid-
dle, and end)
and whether
the points are
logically related
to one another.
also refers to (1) the use of transitional
devices to relate the supporting ideas
to the main idea, theme, or identifying
point and (2) the evidence of a connec-
tion between sentences. Papers repre-
senting the higher end of the point scale
use transitions to signal the plan or text
structure and end with summary or
concluding statements.
Support refers to the quality of the
details used to explain, clarify, or define.
The quality of the support depends on
word choice, specificity, depth, and
thoroughness. Papers representing the
higher end of the point scale provide
examples and illustration in which the
relationship between the supporting
ideas and the topic is clear.
Conventions refers to the punctua-
tion, capitalization, spelling, and varia-
tion in sentence structure used in the
paper. The conventions are basic writ-
ing skills included in Florida's Sunshine
State Standards. Papers representing
the higher end of the point scale follow,
with few exceptions, the conventions of
punctuation, capitalization, and spelling
and use a variety of sentence structures
to present ideas.
Third Grade
Congratulations to our students of
the week from Mrs. Padgett's class,
Stephanie Sippert, Javier Hernandez,
Clarissa Gomez, and Ashlyn Griffith.
Representing Mrs. Coldiron's class we
have Sandy Leon, Luis Jaimes, Portia

Rowe, and Isidro Gomez. Kevin Karpin-
ski, Jesus Traperd, Chassidy Martinez,
and Janeli Gomez were selected from
Mrs. Reed's class. Representing Mrs.
Johnson's class were Ashley Cheneys,
Veerenice Cardoso, Nayeny Ruiz, and
Flor Guerrero. Mrs. McCranie's students
of the week were Gage Leach, Fransis-
co Delalto, Isaac Kinchen, and Cynthia
Rubio. Again, congratulations to our
fantastic third graders.
All third grade students are very busy
working hard to prepare for FCAT. Mrs.
Padgett's class and Mrs. McCranie's
math students have been working on
graphs of all kinds- bar, line, picture and
line plots. They can identify types of tri-
angles, determine range, median, and

mode. We are very busy fine tuning our
math skills.
Sandy Leon from Mrs. Coldiron's
class, Eric Cardenas from Mrs. Padgett's
class, and Pauline Meras from Mrs. Mc-
Cranie's class were selected for their
Character Counts representatives.
These students represented the pillar of
Students, remember to read every
night for 30 minutes. Statistics show the
most successful students are the ones
that spend time reading on a regular
basis. Monday, Jan. 26, is FCAT night.
Parents we encourage you to come at
7 p.m. to our cafeteria to discuss FCAT
and meet with your child's teacher for
specific questions.

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Submitted photo/Seminole Elementary

Seminole Spotlight
Tracy Downing, SEM Assistant Principal, stands with the SEM Safety
Patrol. These dedicated students work hard to ensure our students
are safe as they make their way to class. They are: West Cannon,
Isaias Gonzalez, Mariaelena Cabrera, Mark Russelburg, Daniela Es-
pinal, Jeremy Butzin, Margarita Martinez, Jesus Plascencia Jr., and
Sandra Trejo.

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Ms. Gumz's class is practicing words
with the r-controlled vowels, such as:
ar, or, er, ir, and ur. We have started our
new reading unit with the theme "Land,
sea, and sky." In science we are learn
ing about weather. Time and money
are the topics in
math. In writ
ing, we will be
working on ex-
pository about
"news" includ-
ing who, what,
when, where,
and how....We
want to know
all about what is happening around us!
Get a newspaper and read, read, read!
Mrs. Brady's class was excited to
watch the Inauguration of President
Obama. We will this historical event
forever! We are busy writing about new
unique animals to be published in our
class book! We have learned all about
weather in science and how to predict
weather patterns!
Ms. Hunt's class was excited to be a
part of history with President Obama's
Inauguration! We talked about presi
dental duties and expectations. We are
real happy that we are only 8 years old!
Mrs. Kirby's class is trying to stay
warm and enjoying the winter season!
We are looking forward to next week
when we begin our next science unit
on the Earth. we can't wait to make our
own volcanoes and watch them erupt!
Mrs. Campbell's class is working
hard to learn to count money. This is an
important life skill! We're finishing our
illustrations for our class book! is so ex
citing to be authors and illustrators!

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12 Okeechobee News, Sunday, January 25, 2009

Cross country banquet celebrates season

Sshe plans to improve in the next Denova, Matt Bauer, Alan Najera, hard in the off season we should pus. They are mentally tough.
two years. and Phillip Suarez. have a better performance next Everybody who ran this year was
The Brahman awards went to Members of the girl's team in- year," he said. something special," he added.

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Several seniors were honored for their contributions to the
cross country program. Left to right are Alan Najera, Heather
Tinsley, Laura Saucedo, Laura Serrano, Matt Bauer and Mis-
ael Alvarado.

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Eddie Guerrero and Isabella
Pinedo were named most valu-
able players of their respective
squads at the Okeechobee High
School Cross Country Banquet
Wednesday night.
Guerrero paced a talented
boy's squad to another berth in
the state championships. The
team finished ninth overall. Guer-
rero was ranked 13th overall in
the state. Even with that success
Guerrero said he could have had
a better season.
"I'm very proud to get the
award. I will train harder next
year. I think I had a bad season
this year and I still won runner of
the year. It is a great accomplish-
ment for me. I look forward to

next year," he stated.
Guerrero has one year of eli-
gibility left. He said he will keep
training and hopes to earn a col-
lege scholarship in cross country.
He also is one of the most talented
soccer players in this area.
Pinedo said she felt good to
win the most valuable player
award for the girl's team. Although
they didn't have the success of the
boy's team, they still made a lot of
strides this year. Pinedo was one
of the big reasons as she trained
all year. She ran up to 50 miles
per week during the summer and
visited the gym, three times per
week to train.
"I've always kind of liked to run.
When I get upset I sprint down
the road. It's a half mile. I didn't
know it was that long. When I
tried out for cross
country I said this
isn't so bad. I liked
the people and
it's kind of like a
family now," she
Pinedo is only
a sophomore and


neatl ier I lnsley adlU IVHISal Ilva-
rado. The most improved athlete
awards went to Natividad Garcia
and Matt Bauer.
Scholar athletes honored were
Randy Caballero, Misael Alva-
rado, Lionel Jones, Shaun Hor-
vath, Matt Bauer, Isabella Pinedo,
Heather Tinsley, Laura Serrano,
Graciela Varela, Maria Baltazar,
and Gabby Rodriquez.
The girls cross country team
won the skull award this year
which honored them for having
the highest grade point average of
any sports team on campus. The
boy's team had the second high-
est grade point average.
JV athletes who earned cer-
tificates of competition this year
were Juan Lugo, Laura Campos,
Anna Hernandez, Margarito Ca
ballero, and Gay Escobar.
Members of the boy's team
included Eddie Guerrero, Misael
Alvarado, Lionel Jones, Adrian
Leon, Shaun Horvath, Reynel

uKeecnoDee News/inanes murpny
Natividad Garcia won the
most improved runner award
for girls cross country.

Schilp said a lot of the runners
really improved as the season
went on. "I feel they are the most
gifted group of athletes on cam-

cluoded sabella Pineoo, neather
Tinsley, Laura Serrano, Laura
Saucedo, Natividad Garcia, Mandy
Harrison, Maria Baltazar, Gabby
Rodriquez, and Graciela Varela.
Seniors honored were Alan
Najera, Heather Tinsley, Laura
Serrano, Laura Saucedo, Matt
Bauer, Reynel Denova, and Misael
Alvarado. Each received a gold
medallion for their participation
on the squads.
Coach Mike Schilp said he was
really pleased with how the sea-
son went, "I was blessed to have
a real good team. We have a real
good returning cast. If we practice


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3cIIlp tllanedIU all IIle pdarenLs
for their support of the program.
He also thanked David Suarez for
his volunteer work for the team.

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Cross County Coach Mike Schilp is flanked
by MVP winners Eddie Guerrero and Isabel-
la Pinedo.

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy _
Misael Alvarado (right) claimed the Brah- Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
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