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Vol. 100 No. 13 Friday, January 30, 2009 500 Plus tax


Honor Rolls inside!
Okeechobee County honor
rolls are in this edition. For
complete honor roll listings
and awards online, see our website.
The honor rolls are on the
Okeechobee Community page,
under "Post Your News" or go
to: http://www.newszapfo-

Buoys mark
'no wake' zones
Area law enforcement per-
sonnel will be on the water
this weekend to enforce the no
wake zones marked by buoys
in the Lock 7 area and in Tay-
lor Creek. Personnel from the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC)
and the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO) will be
increasing their enforcement
of these zones Friday through
Sunday, Jan. 30 through Feb. 1.

Car wash to benefit
fire victims
A car wash will be held to
help the victims of a house
fire The Young family lost their
home and all their belongings
in the Jan. 22, fire. A free car
wash will be held in the Tractor
Supply parking lot (North end
of Publix Plaza), on Saturday,
Jan. 30. Donations will be ac-
cepted to benefit the family. For
information on the car wash,
please contact Tristen Lara at

Little league signups
this weekend
The Okeechobee Little
League Program is holding
signups at the Okeechobee
Wal-mart on Saturday, Jan. 31,
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Boys
and girls up to the age of 15 can
participate in the program. For
more information on the pro-
gram please call James Shock-
ley at 863-634-3482.

Drought Index

Current: 677
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

13.48 feet
Last Year: 10.08 feet

S Sgonsored By:

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

Freezing temperatures predicted

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
After below freezing weather
last week, latest weather reports
show that the Okeechobee area
could be in for more winter
weather over the coming week
end. The National Weather Ser-
vice is predicting a low tonight
of around 34 degrees with wind
chills near 27. Saturday night
should be a little warmer with a
predicted low of around 36.
According to Pat Miller of the
Okeechobee County Extension
Service, home gardeners should
cover plants with fabric -not

plastic -- all the way to the ground
and maybe put a light bulb un-
der the covering. However, there
is some good news, as a result
of last week's cold weather.
Mr. Miller said that if the plants
weren't damaged last week, they
probably won't be damaged this
weekend, and if they were dam-
aged by last week's cold spell,
they will not be hurt any worse
this weekend.
Last week's cold snap could
have been a lot worse for
Okeechobee County crops. How
cold was it? The Okeechobee
County Airport recorded lows

of 32 degrees on Jan. 22, 29 de-
grees on Jan. 23 and 36 degrees
on Jan 24. Outlying areas of the
county experienced lower tem-
The hardest hit crop, accord-
ing to the extension service was
the potato crop in the northern
part of the county which sus-
tained about a 25 percent loss.
Some of the nurseries reported
damage to the more sensitive
palms and it could be several
months before they are market-
Many homeowners reported
damage to their tomato plants.

Local dairyman Red Larson
reported last week's cold snap
had little effect on his dairy
herds. He added that for a day
or two the cold wind caused
milk production to drop slightly
because the cows did not eat
much. Mr. Larson took precau-
tions to make sure his genera-
tors were in good order in case
of power failure and water pipes
were protected to keep them
from freezing. He said the baby
calves came through the cold
snap very well.
Sonny Williamson, of Wil-
liamson Cattle Company, stated

there was some damage to his
citrus groves, but it was not ex-
tensive. He did not yet know the
percentage of damage but there
was slush in the top of the trees
that will reduce the amount of
juice produced. There was not a
lot of damage to the limbs. Mr.
Williamson said they were at the
edge of extensive damage at 28
degrees. When the temperature
drops to 26 degrees for extend-
ed periods, he said the fruit will
freeze and long term damage
will be caused to the limbs.
See Cold Page 2

James found

guilty; faces life

Man charged with
attempted murder,
found guilty of
aggravated battery

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee County jury
found a local drug dealer guilty
Jan. 29, of
shooting and
robbing his
30,was found
guilty of ag-
gravated bat- Nathan
tery, robbery James
with a firearm
and possession of a firearm by

a convicted felon. Jones was
originally arrested and charged
with attempted first-degree
murder for shooting William
Curry on Aug. 1, 2007.
However, instead of at-
tempted first-degree murder,
the six-member jury Thursday
went with the lesser included
crime of aggravated battery.
Regardless, said Assistant
State Attorney Don Richardson,
because he was found guilty
on the robbery charge he will
be looking at a mandatory life
sentence. He went on to say he
felt the jury, made up of four
women and two men, came
back with the correct verdict.
"I don't think there's any
doubt Nathan James robbed
him (Curry), but I don't think
he meant to kill him," said Mr.
See Guilty Page 2


this weekend

Simulated Battle of
Okeechobee to be
fought at 2 p.m.

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The 2009 re-enactment of
the Battle of Okeechobee be-
gins this weekend Saturday,
Jan. 31, and Sunday, Feb. 1,
and is set to be bigger and bet-
ter than ever.
The event surrounds the
re-enactment of the battle that

marked the turning point of the
Second Seminole War which
originally took place on Christ-
mas Day, 1835.
The re enactment is held
on the state-owned property,
across the road from the Trea-
sure Island Fire Station on S.E.
38th Avenue, will be open from
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day of
the event. The actual re-enact-
ment will take place at 2 p.m.
on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sun-
See Battle Page 2

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The 53rd Annual American
Legion Free Fair began Thurs-
day, Jan. 29 and runs until Sun-
day, Feb. 8, at the American
Legion Fairgrounds behind the
City Fire Department and City
This Okeechobee tradition is
jammed packed with a midway
for all ages including games
and fair food. In the American
Legion Hall, there are also a
multitude of arts and crafts and
contests to enter. All contests
have no entry charge.
The Miss American Legion
Pageant will be on Thursday,
Feb. 5, with interviews of the
contestants taking place prior

to the pageant at 7:30 and the
pageant beginning at 8 p.m.
To enter the pageant one must
be in high school (9th-12th
grades), single and have no
children. Entry deadline for the
pageant is Tuesday, Feb. 3.
The schedule for the fair is
as follows:
Friday, Jan. 30: 5 p.m. Friday
night armband special $20.
Saturday, Jan. 31: noon-mid-
way opens for "Family Day"
$15 armband to ride all rides
until 6 p.m.; 5 p.m. exhibit hall
opens; 7 p.m. Kids dessert con-
test (middle school thru high
school) entry deadline is 6:30
Sunday, Feb. 1: 1 p.m. mid-
way opens with Special Super-
bowl Sunday Armband $18; 6

p.m. Big Super Bowl Party in
American Legion Lounge for
members and guests.
Monday, Feb. 2: 5 p.m. mid-
way opens for American Legion
Appreciation Dayarmband $18;
7 p.m. jams and jellies judging
(no entries accepted after 6:30
Tuesday, Feb. 3: 5 p.m.
midway opens for American
Legion Appreciation Day arm
band $18; 7 p.m. pickles and
relishes judging (no entries ac-
cepted after 6:30 p.m.).
Wednesday, Feb. 4: 10 a.m.
Post 64 and J and J host the
Okeechobee Rehabilitation Fa-
cility for free rides until 11:30
a.m.; 4 p.m. midway opens for
See Fair Page 2


Classifieds.......................... 10-11
Community Events. ....... . .... 6
Crossword............................... 11
Honor Rolls ........................ 5, 7-8
Obituaries 6
Opinion 4
Speak Out. ...... ........-. ... 4
Sports 11-12
Sudoku 11
Weather 2

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Donation to help fund Hospice care

A Lakeport couple recently
donated a used 1999 Airboat
to Hospice of Okeechobee. Mr.
and Mrs. Jimmy Jones stated
that they wanted to help an or-
ganization with a worthy cause.
They selected Hospice to be the
recipient of their generosity be
cause of the special care they
offer to those with life-limiting
illnesses in Okeechobee.
Hospice CEO Lisa Black-
man said "the donation is very
important to us. Our ability to
offer the special services at The
Hamrick Home (our 12 bed
hospice residence) is directly
linked to the generosity of
Okeechobee. Without the help
of the community we simply
would not be able to do what
we are doing".

Hospice Volunteer Coordi
nator Cathy Schmiedel is or-
ganizing a raffle of the airboat
and it's trailer to raise funds
for hospice care. "Hospice vol-
unteers will be displaying the
boat at various local businesses
and selling raffle tickets over
the next two months" she ex-
The boat will be on display
Wednesday to Friday each
week at the following busi-
nesses: Mikes Gun Shop, Jan
30 from 10 a.m. to noon, Eli's
Western Wear Feb 11 to Feb
13 from 10a.m. to noon daily,
The Fishing Headquarters Feb
18 to Feb 20, from 2 to 4 p.m.
daily, and Tractor Supply Store
March 4-6, from 10 a.m. to
noon daily. It will also be on

display at Butch's Fish Camp
most Saturdays in February
from 1 to 3 p.m. You can also
see the airboat at the Speckled
Perch Festival on Saturday, Feb
7, through Sunday, Feb 8 and
at The County Fair on Friday,
March 13, through Sunday,
March 22.
Tickets can be obtained at
Hospice of Okeechobee, in ad-
dition the dates and times listed
above. There will only be 2,000
tickets. "So you have a great
chance of winning the airboat
if you buy one!" Ms Schmiedel
said. For more information on
the airboat and trailer raffle
contact Ms Schmiedel at: 863

Submitted photo
Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Jones of Lakeport have donated an airboat
to be used in a fundraising drawing for Hospice.

Carnival time: American Legion Fair

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
The American Legion Free Fair is back in town! Come join in on the fun including a
midway full of rides for all ages; booths with arts and crafts; and all of the fair food that
you can handle. The fair will be in town until Sunday, Feb. 8.

Festivities include pageant,

booths, contests and midway


2 Okeechobee News, Friday, January 30, 2009

Continued From Page 1
"Kid's Day" $15 for rides from 4
p.m. until 10 p.m.; 8 p.m. Talent
Contest all ages, entry deadline 6
p.m. with no exceptions.
Thursday, Feb. 5: 5 p.m. mid-
way opens for "Okeechobee
Day" $18 armbands 5 p.m. until
closing; 8 p.m. Miss American Le-
gion Pageant.
Friday, Feb. 6: 5 p.m. Friday
night armband special $20; 7
p.m. commercial booth win-
ners announced; 8 p.m. baking
contest judging (cakes, pies, etc.

entry deadline
Okeechobee to
adult entries

7:30 p.m.) Mrs.
be chosen from
throughout the

Saturday, Feb. 7: noon midway
opens for "Family Day" $15 for
rides until 6 p.m.; Saturday night
armband special $20 6 p.m. to
closing; 7 p.m. chili contest judg-
ing, entry deadline 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 8:1 p.m. midway
opens armband $18 for all rides
until closing.
There are no entry fees for any
contest at the American Legion
Free Fair. Winners of the various
contests receive $50.
The American Legion needs

Submitted photo/Riverside Bank

Health and Safety Expo
Tabitha Trent, Sherri Enfinger, Carly Enfinger and Kristy
Crawford were in attendance on behalf of Riverside
Bank at the Okeechobee Health and Safety Expo on Jan.
17. The Riverside team handed out orange juice to the
visitors and valuable information on Riverside Bank, it's
people and services.

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lots of arts and crafts to display
for the community to enjoy. Food
will be available during the fair in
the American Legion kitchen for
breakfast, lunch and dinner or
you can indulge yourself in tra-
ditional fair foods such as cotton
candy and candied apples.
Each day of the fair will be a

Continued From Page 1
While Mr. Williamson said his
cattle were not affected by last
week's low temperatures, but the
frost took its toll on his pastures.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached

Continued From Page 1
Richardson shortly after the ver-
dict was handed down at 2:28
The state prosecutor said
James has previously been con-
victed of armed robbery in Geor-
gia, and has been convicted in
Florida for selling cocaine within
1,000 feet of a church.
"He's a career criminal," of-
fered Mr. Richardson.
Going into the first day of the
two-day trial, Mr. Richardson was
concerned about the testimony of
Curry -- especially since the victim
just revealed to him Monday, Jan.
26, the real reason for the shoot-
During his profanity-laden rant
on the witness stand, Curry told
the jury that he was a drug dealer
and that Jones worked for him.
Curry, 33, said he would "front"
Jones cocaine and he would then
cook it into crack. Or, said Curry,
he would give his long-time friend
money to buy cocaine.
Everything was working well
early on and both men were mak-
ing money, Curry told the court-
But on Aug. 1, 2007, their busi-
ness relationship soured.
"I stopped because he just
wasn't profitable any more," Cur
ry told the jury.
So, he told James that he
wouldn't be using him to sell
drugs any more.
"He was hot and he was go
ing to bring the heat back to me,"
said Curry. "He (James) was my
right-hand man until he started
doing extracurricular things."

free circus and motorcycle show.
For information more infor-
mation about the fair contact the
American Legion Post 64, 863-
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at

Continued From Page 1
Jack Williamson will once
again portray Col. Zachary Taylor.
There will be a demonstration
of making lye soap, an authentic
cracker cow camp, a blacksmith
and a cannon demonstration.
Come out and enjoy the fun
and learn some Okeechobee and
Florida history.

After Curry reportedly told
James he was through, an argu-
ment ensued as the two men
stood in front of a store on N.E.
13th Ave. near Wright's Plaza.
Then, after a period of time,
James left.
When James returned around
6:34 a.m. he had a gun in his
hand. He pointed the weapon
at Curry and ordered the 6-foot-
5-inch, 240-pound, Curry and to
give him his money.
"I said 'Man, don't shoot me!
It's not that serious!'" testified
"At that point, were you afraid
for your life?" asked Mr. Richard-
"Hell, yeah, man!" replied Cur
ry. "I said 'Nate, don't shoot me
man -- don't shoot me!'
"Then, I saw the flash -- it was
like slow motion. When it (the
bullet) hit me, I didn't feel any-
thing. Then, I lifted up my shirt
and saw I was bleeding," testified
He then ran and called 9-1-1
on his cell phone.
The bullet entered Curry's up-
per left abdomen and exited the
right side. It did no serious inter-
nal damage.
It was also brought out in
open court that Curry had been
arrested for selling cocaine, but
turned informant and worked off
his probation sentence by helping
law enforcement.
Defense attorney John Cook
questioned Curry's testimony and
pointed out inconsistencies in his
recorded statements to OCSO De-
tective Edwin Dana.
"But, I guess the jury believed
him," said Mr. Richardson.
James' sentencing will be held
March 9 at 1:30 p.m.

Okeechobee Forecast

Friday: Mostly cloudy with showers likely before 1 p.m. Tempera-
tures will reach near 62 early then fall to around 54 for the rest of the
day. Winds will be out of the northwest between 5 and 10 mph with
the rain chance at 70 percent.
Friday night: Partly cloudy with a low around 34. Wind chills near
27 can be expected. Winds will be out of the north northwest between
5 and 10 mph.
Extended Forecast
Saturday: Sunny with a high near 63. Winds will be out of the
northwest between 5 and 10 mph.
Saturday night: Mostly clear with a low around 36 and winds
from the north around 5 mph.


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Okeechobee man accused of illegal dumping of benzonite

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
A 19-year-old Okeechobee
man was held on $5,000 bond at
the Martin County Jail Wednesday
after his arrest on charges of com-

A 28-year old Indiantown man
was treated at Raulerson Hospi-
tal last Thursday after he was re-
portedly attacked by a 30 pound
bobcat on a ranch in western
Martin County, the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation said.
Romeo Gomez was treated
and released for cuts and scratch-
es that he suffered in the attack.
Okeechobee County Animal
Control reported that two men

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A 28-year-old Okeechobee
woman was killed in a single
vehicle accident on U.S. 98 N.
Tuesday, Jan. 27, afternoon.
Cristina Grace Jimmerson
died after the 1984 Jeep she was
driving left the roadway, hit an
electrical pole and rolled over
multiple times. She was ejected
from the vehicle in the accident.
The Jeep CJ-7 came to rest on

Arrest report
The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-
der the influence (DUI) charges by

Glades arrests
The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-
der the influence (DUI) charges
by the Glades County Sheriff's Of-
fice (OCSO), the Florida Highway
Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion (FWC) or the Department of
Corrections (DOC).
Johnny Cash Tucker, 19,
Okeechobee, was arrested Jan.
15, on charges of possession of
alcohol by a person under 21,
possession of a controlled sub-
stance, possession of cocaine,
possession of marijuana under
20 grams and possession of drug
paraphernalia. His bond was set
at $18,500.
Carlos Marin, 42, Miami, was
arrested Jan. 23, on a warrant
charging him with the manufac-
ture of marijuana and traffick-
ing in marijuana in excess of 25
pounds or 300 plants. His bond
was set at $1,000,000.
SOscar Ford, 26, Moore Ha-
ven, was arrested Jan. 23 on a
warrant charging him with pos-
session of a firearm by a convict-
ed felon, possession of marijuana
over 20 grams, possession of drug
paraphernalia (two counts) and
child neglect (three counts). He is
being held without bond.
Adriane Romo, 23, Moore
Haven, was arrested Jan. 24, on
charges of aggravated assault and
resisting a law enforcement of-
ficer without violence. Her bond
was set at $10,000.
This column lists arrests, not
convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone who is listed here
and who is later found not guilty,
or has the charges against them
dropped, is welcome to inform
the newspaper. We will confirm
the information, and print it.

mercial dumping.
Arrest reports from the Florida
Department of Environmental
Protection, Florida Parks Service,
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conser-
vation Commission and the Mar-
tin County Sheriff's Office said

when they spotted the bobcat
moving along the fence line.
When the bobcat came closer,
the victim moved his arms to
shoo it away. The bobcat then
jumped on the man and began
attacking him
The other worker, who was
not identified, reportedly grabbed
a hammer and killed the cat.
Florida Fish and Wildlife
Spokesperson Gabriella Ferraro
said officials will test to see if the

top of Ms. Jimmerson, stated an
accident report by Florida High-
way Patrol Trooper R.G. Leathe-
The report states Ms. Jim-
merson was northbound on
U.S. 98 around 3:45 p.m. when
she veered left and crossed the
southbound lane.
The accident occurred about
5 miles north of S.R. 70, accord-
ing to the report. The cause of
the accident is under investiga-

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
David Edward King, 40, N.W.
Eighth Ave., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Jan. 23 by Deputy G. Pop-
ovich on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with the
felony of failure to appear driv-
ing while license suspended/
revoked habitual offender. He
was also charged with the misde-
meanor of failure to appear pos-
session of drug paraphernalia. He
is being held without bond.

Jason W Resendiz, of SW 6th
Street, was spotted dumping a
load of fluid from a vacume trailer
in a vacant lot across from Mari-
ner Sands, North of Seabranch
Road in Stuart.
The arrest report from Florida

mans are uncommon.
"If a bobcat does attack a hu-
man, in most cases, the cat is
sick with distemper or rabies,"
she noted.
Residents can take precau-
tions to limit the impacts of en-
counters with wildlife. The FWC
advises residents not to let wild
animals become comfortable
in residential surroundings as
sometimes happens when peo-
ple leave any type of food outside

Fish and Wildlife Officer William
Lawshe said he approached the
suspect, he quickly packed up
his hose from his truck and left
the scene. He followed and con-
ducted a traffic stop to see if the
defendant had authorization to

their homes so animals can't get
inside attics, eaves or garages.
The bobcat is found through-
out North American and Florida.
Its usual habitat is deep woods,
swamps and hammock land.
They prey on rabbits, rats and
birds for the most part. Most
bobcats are active at night and at
sunrise and sleep during the heat
of the day.

Freeze leaves dry brush, increases threat of wildfire

Recent strong cold fronts
passed through the region last
week producing frost that has
killed a lot of tender vegetation.
The dry air behind the fronts dried
out a lot of debris thus adding to
the already dangerous wildfire
hazards. With little rainfall since
October, the wildfire danger has
been increasing steadily. The The
Keetch-Byram drought index
(KBDI) for Okeechobee County is
673 points; Highlands County has
reached over 700 points, currently
the highest in the state of Florida.
In Glades County the KBDI is 678.
"In recent years the KBDI has
peaked in January, but the fol-
lowing months produced enough

rainfall to moderate conditions,
there is some concern that may
not occur this fire season" said
Melissa Yunas, Wildfire Mitigaiton
Specialist with the Florida Divi-
sion of Forestry.
"The primary reason for the
increased KBDI this year is a sig-
nificant lack of rainfall," said Me-
lissa Yunas. "South Florida for the
months of November, December
and January are running a large
rainfall deficit.
The Sebring Florida Automat-
ed Weather Network (FAWN)
indicates that Highlands County
has received 3.37 inches of rain
since October 2008. This lack of
rain along with the recent cold

weather has left our wildland ar-
eas extremely dry and prone to
Combine frost-damaged vege-
tation with a seasonal dry period,
and then flick a cigarette or elec-
trical spark, and the flames can
be off and running in no time.
It's time to take a careful look at
your landscaping and the areas
around your Florida Yard and
get prepared for the possibility of
wildfires knocking at your door.
Residents living in or near areas
close to brush or wooded areas
should make their homes as safe
as possible from the threat of
wildfires by following FIREWISE

Structures should be surround-
ed by a buffer zone extending at
least 30 feet. This area should be
free of highly flammable vegeta-
tion and well maintained.
Leaves, pine needles and twigs
should be removed from roofs
and gutters. Flammable materials
including wood, vehicles and pro-
pane tanks, should not be stored
next to the house.
Anyone needing additional in-
formation may contact the local
Division of Forestry at 772-260-
0053 (St. Lucie, Indian River, Mar-
tin, Okeechobee Counties) 863-
655-6407 (Highlands and Glades
Counties). Or visit the Web site at

Consumers warned about latest 'Phishing' seam

TALLAHASSEE -- Florida Ag-
riculture and Consumer Services
Commissioner Charles H. Bron-
son is warning the public not to
fall for the latest "phishing" scam
that is fraudulently using the
name of a well-known Internet

service provider.
Consumers are receiving
emails from what claims to be
the "AOL Safety and Security
Team" requesting them to verify
their billing/account information
and indicating failure to do so

will result in their accounts being
closed. The Department's con-
sumer fraud investigators verified
with America Online (AOL) the
emails are fraudulent and that
AOL does not contact customers
and ask for personal information
via email.
The emails are designed to
get personal information from
people in order to steal their
identity. Phishing scams are fairly
common and this is just another
variation of other scams. Howev-
er, Mr. Bronson is concerned that
because AOL is so well known,
consumers may think the email
is actually from the company and
provide their personal informa-
Commissioner Bronson is re-
minding consumers that if they
get an email or popup message
that asks for personal or financial
information, do not reply, and do
not click on the link as doing so
likely will connect the person to
a fake website. Legitimate com-

Isaias Morales Enrique, 35,
Autumn Hollow, Cordova, Tenn.,
was arrested Jan. 23 by Deputy
Javier Gonzalez on a felony charge
of possession of a controlled sub-
stance (cocaine). He was also
charged with the misdemeanor of
no valid driver's license. His bond
was set at $1,750.
Jennifer Jones, 35, N.W 24th
St., Okeechobee, was arrested
Jan. 25 by Deputy Raul Marrero
on a Department of Corrections
warrant charging her with viola-
tion of probation felony battery.
She is being held without bond.
Alsemo Rivas Agosto, 32,
N.W First St., Okeechobee, was
arrested Jan. 25 by Deputy Brian
Cross on a charge of resisting ar-

panies do not ask for personal
information through email. Con-
sumers who are concerned about
their account should contact the
business directly by phone or by
typing in the correct web address
in their browser.
"The bottom line is people
should never provide personal
and financial information online,
over the phone or through the
mail unless they have initiated the
contact and are certain they are
dealing with a legitimate organi-
zation," Mr. Bronson said. "Re-
sponding to unsolicited emails
will very likely end badly for the
Commissioner Bronson said
identity theft is a multibillion-dol-
lar racket and criminals will con-
tinue devising new ways and new
technologies to separate people
from their hard-earned money.
To report suspicious activity or
file a complaint, contact the De-
partment's Consumer Hotline at
1-800-HELPFLA (1-800-435-7352.

rest with violence. His bond was
set at $2,500.
Dennis Challancin, 51, S.E.
Sea Oat Lane, Stuart, was arrested
Jan. 16 by Deputy Sergeant Robert
Staton on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with viola-
tion of probation driving under
the influence. His bond was set at

This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who
is later found innocent or has
had the charges against them
dropped is welcome to inform
this newspaper. The information
will be confirmed and printed.

dump on the property.
Resendiz said he worked for
Eastern Pipeline Construction
and that he was dumping benzo-
nite from a drilling operation he
had worked at. He said his boss,
Chad Nichols, 32, of Port St. Lu-
cie, told him to dump the liquid
Nichols reportedly told of-
ficers that he had dumped three
or four loads at the site located

off US 1. He stated he was a fore-
man for Eastern Pipeline and that
he instructed Resendiz to dump
the materials. Nichols said they
didn't have permission to dump
the waste on the property. He
said he did it because it was clos-
er and it would save the company
time and money.
Nichols was also charged with
commercial dumping and was re-
leased on $5,000 bond.

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pling of some of the discussions currently taking place.
Thanks for participating!
RESTAURANTS: Restauranteurs need to understand that just be-
cause you can run or open a business or cook a good pork sandwich,
it doesn't make you a good restaurant owner or a person who can
run a restaurant and people correctly. You have to understand hospi-
tality, food preparation, accounting, just to name a few primary skill
sets. I sure hope for the best for any new business in our small town,
just focus on what's important: Your customers.
NEW IN TOWN: The way to own a restaurant in Okeechobee is to
change the name and menu every 6 months. People in Okeechobee
are suckers for the new restaurant. I let the new wear off before I go
get the word of mouth from others. I never even made it into Locals
before it closed.
SERVICE: If any new restaurant wants to survive, they need excel-
lent, courteous and FAST service. As soon as customers are seated,
someone should be right there to take the drink orders, and if the cus-
tomers already know what they want, to take the food order as well.
KEEP IT CLEAN: One thing that is critical for a restaurant is to
keep it clean. Tables must be cleaned off before you seat the next
customers. And the seats and floor should be cleaned too if someone
made a mess. If I am seated at a dirty table, or in a dirty chair, I will
leave and never come back.
ON YOUR TOES: There are too many restaurant choices out there
for any one restaurant to think that they can just slide by on a special
dish or new atmosphere. Newness wears off and people are watch-
ful of where and how they spend ANY "flex" dollars these days.
FUNDING: Democrats may have eliminated provisions on birth
control and sod for the National Mall in the "job stimulus" part of
the Stimulus bill (after President Obama took Speaker Pelosi to the
woodshed), but buried on page 147 of the bill are monies for pre-
vention of sexually transmitted diseases!The House Democrats' bill
includes $335 million for sexually transmitted disease education and
prevention programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Preven-
tion How is THAT supposed to "stimulate" the economy?
VETO: I think we need to give the president line-item veto power.
Then let him slice all the "pork" out of every budget that comes across
his desk. That would shake up the 'beltway' crowd.
SPECIAL INTEREST: Slice the pork? Can you say 4.5 billion to
English voted in nashville
LEARN ENGLISH: Welcome to America, now speak English!
WHO DOES IT HURT: Does it really bother you that other lan-
guages are spoken by other people? I know I've personally never been
refused service, or made to wait longer because I spoke English. Just
because you have no inclination to leave your country doesn't mean
others can't.
WHEN IN ROME: I have no inclinanation to leave my country to
live, work and raise my family in another country where I refuse to
learn the language.
DRIVERS: I personally think that anyone who applies for a Driv-
er's License should be required to pass a basic English test. If a driver
can't speak English, how will he or she understand when a cop is try-
ing to explain about a detour or what the officer is asking for if there
is a road block? I have lived in another country and in order to obtain
a driver's license, I had to take the test in the language of that country.
If you could not understand and speak the language, they would not
give you a license.
MAKE IT OFFICIAL: I definitely agree that English should be the
language of the US of A. It is very frustrating to try to talk to some
who has no clue what you are saying or the point you are trying to
get across. I used to drive a school bus and trying to talk to a parent
about a child was almost impossible. You had to depend on the child
to translate and you never knew what the child was saying and if
they were getting the right information to the parent. Sometimes the
information was very important and many times I found the parent
never understood as the child has only learned English recently. Not
only should they have to speak English to get a drivers license but if
they have children in the school systems.
Okeechobee's lost revenue
TICKETS: On my way to work today I saw two different people
run red lights. One on 98 & 1 on N.W. Fifth. Everyday I see speeders,
light runners, no turn signals, etc. Can you just imagine the revenue
that could be generated if only 1/2 of these people were ticketed. Why
aren't there more cars out in the mornings & afternoon when the traf-
fic is the heaviest? Like I said -- lost revenue.
MACHINES: I know the sheriff's office is stretched to the limit due
to budget cuts. And I wonder how cost effective it would be to hire
more traffic officers. However, some places have automatic machines
that record anything passing above the speed limits and take the pic-
ture of the license plate. Then they just send the owner of the vehicle
a speeding ticket. If it's your car, you are responsible for the speeding
ticket. Maybe they could try something like that. They would make a
fortune on State Road 70 in the afternoon. And if they ticketed all the
speeders on State Road 710, they could probably pay for raises for the
whole department.
Use your headlights
FOG: Thursday morning's heavy fog saw many drivers on Hwy
441 heading to work with no headlights on! I can't believe that any-
one would risk not being seen in fog so dense that even the fence
line along the roadside was not clearly visible. Set aside the dangers
of driving without headlights in the fog, the fine for driving without
headlights is more than $100!

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Pet of the Week
This is "Mega" a mega sweet 3-4 month old female curr
puppy, who is very eager to please. Great for a family that
has the time to spend on training. Her adoption fee is $105
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Comptech partners Eric Hall and Jay Aviles with Ms. Caro-
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ther King day computer raffle. Ms. Butler will receive a
Everex computer pre-installed with Windows Vista on Feb.
1, 2009 and free setup by Comptech, Okeechobee's local
computer service. Shirley Mare was the runner up and re-
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Honoring Sen. Pruitt
Okeechobee County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Pa-
tricia Cooper, second from right, presents State Sena-
tor Ken Pruitt, far right, with a plaque from the Heartland
Educational Consortium recognizing his contribution to
small school districts. The presentation was made at the
Wednesday, Jan. 21, Legislative Delegation Luncheon
held at the Indian River State College Okeechobee cam-
pus. Looking on are school board members, left to right,
Joe Arnold, India Riedel and Kelly Owens. The Heartland
Educational Consortium is made up of educators from
DeSoto, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Glades and Okeecho-
bee counties.

Letters to the Editor

Support appreciated
We the members and the
community of the Okeechobee
Community Improvement As-
sociation (O.C.I.A.) would like
to take this time to thank every-
one that participated, donated,
contributed and/or supported
us during the Martin Luther
King Jr. Day celebration from
Jan. 17-19.
There were many support-
ers from the community. We
cannot begin to name them all,
but we want to thank you all
very much and look forward to
working together in the years

to come.
O.C.I.A. is always looking for
members and or participants.
We meet the first Monday
of every month at the Douglas
Brown Center, located behind
W&W Lumber.
Have any questions about
O.C.I.A.? Please contact the fol-
lowing: George Roberson, 863-
610-0973 President; Bertha
Boswell, 863-763-4823 Vice
President; Rita Doss-Jones,
863-467-0594 Secretary.
Thank you,
Rita Doss-Jones, Secretary,

Community Calendar

Friday, Jan. 30
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. The public is
invited. All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight
and becoming part of a caring group are welcome to come and see
what we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at 800-
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee meets at 101 N.W. Fifth Street,
(Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Sickest Of The Sic, speaker, open dis-
cussion, 8 p.m. The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affili-
ated with any 12 step fellowships.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church 200 N.W. Second St. This is an open meeting.
A.A. meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W Third St. This is an open speaker meeting.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to weekly meeting. Overeaters
Anonymous (OA) meets at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312
N. Parrott Avenue on Fridays, 6 until 7 p.m. (Use 4th Street entrance.)
Overeaters Annonymous is not a diet club. There are no dues, fees or
weigh-ins. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop
eating compulsively. For more information call Loretta at 863-763-
7165 or 863-697-0206.
Saturday, Jan. 31
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee meets at 101 N.W. Fifth
Street(Behind Napa Auto Parts), AA. weekend noon, open discus-
sion; NA. Sickest Of The Sick Group, 7 p.m.;
NA. Nowhere Left To Go Group, Open Discussion, 8 p.m. The Just
for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12 step fel-
AA. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Parrott
Ave. It will be a closed discussion.

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Okeechobee Freshman Campus Honor Roll

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Osceola Middle School Honor Roll

Fifth Grade
Gold Honor Roll 4.0 GPA -
Madysun Causier, Emily Crews,
Ryan Daniel, Sofia Medrano, Kelsey
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Silver Honor Roll 3.5 GPA Cait-
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Bridget Jimenez, Trisha Lara,
Marjon, Madison Mayerm Dylan
McClanahan, Jarred Morgan, Minh
thu, Chase Quesinberry, Charles
Yager, Fredy Rodriguez
Braeden Rucks.
Bronze Honor Roll 3.0 GPA -
Jennifer Aranjo, Rafael Arellano,
Wyatt Bessenbacher, Ashley Bo-
land, Fred Bradley, Jessica Bylsma,
Byron Byrd, Alyssa Coleman, Jon
Crisino, Andrew Davis, Justin
Denisuk, Kearstin Dorrance, Char-
lie Fonseca, Regino Garcia, Erica
Goggans, Ashlee Hagan, Disan Her-
nandez, Amber Hood, Elizabeth
Johnson, Briana Jones, Shelbie
Longberry, Dustin Lowe, Jonah-
Rheen Macaldo, Sabino Martinez,
Tyler Maxey, Cheyenne McNitt,
Jakayla Moore, Alexis Muller, Kyle
Mullins, Michael Muros, Aaliyah
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Shorter, Colton Smith, Tiara Tay-

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Subject Awards
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Silver Honor Roll 3.5 GPA
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Christian White, Samantha Wine,
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liam Zapata.
Bronze Honor Roll 3.0
GPA Logan Arnold, Alejandro Ar-
riaga, Brittany Baker, Scott Barlow,
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Crystal Castaneda, Emily Clay, Con-
nor Clements, Emily Coffey, Miguel
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Leah Furse, Jorge Garcia, Brian
Garza, Christian Grammer, Dee
Dee Hamilton, Carlos Hernandez,
Daniel Hernandez, Francisco Her-
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Hernandez, Maribel Hernandez,
Tristan Hernandez-Walls, Kristi-
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Jimenez, Iris Juarez, Daylis Leyva,
Berenice Licea, Graciela Martinez,
Jessica Maya, Andrea McKinney,
Joshua McMillan, Michael Nicoll,
Kaylea Nunez, Sierra Parker, Elisa-
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Clifford Rhodes, Juana Rodriguez,
Colt Root, Devin Rucks, Sean Rus-

sell, Kain Sarros, Andrea Sauro,
Jacob Smith, Haley Starnes, Colton
Stokes, Levi Summerford, Parket
Thomas, David Torres, Joe Turbush,
Saraya Vanderhoff, Sam Wells.

Seventh Grade
Gold Honor Roll 4.0. GPA
- Brandon Alvarez, Trevor Berry,
Caleb Bockoras, Tuff Durrance,
Jaymee Johnson, Jake Menendez,
Zane Moreland, Mary Ngo, Kayla
Orr, Alexandria Pethybridge, McK-
enzie Richey, Paige Roller, Colton
Rusinko, Danyelle Sheffield, Betha-
ny Stuart, Chelsea Wharin.
Silver 3.5 GPA Jose Arriaga,
Mary Baker, David Blount, Hanna
Bostwick, Tiffany Bowers, Katie
Brummett, Alexis Calvillo, Ale-
jandro Campos, David Cardona,
Naomi Cook, Samantha Devore,
Tristan DuBois, Estevan Elias,
Ja'Tauras Epps, Dezirae Fonseca,
Riley Green, Megan Hall, Sierra
Harrigan, Dalton Harris, Lauren Ha-
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Cornesha Jarvis, Ben Levins, Billie
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Okeechobee High School Honor Roll

Gold Honor Roll 4.0 GPA
Sophomores Victoria Bostic,
Kelsey Burnham, Teresa Casas, Dy-
lan Ellis, Melissa Floyd, Kyle, Mari-
ela Gamez, Tommy Gipson, Jomar
Hernandez, Luke Joles, Celena
Letcher, Kyle Lunt, Ashleigh, Jo-
seph Menendez, Brittany Nichols,
Katherine Ragamat, Carma Rowl-
ett, Jaisa Sinclair, Elizabeth Turner,
Amber Wiggins.
Juniors Fallon Curren, Chris-
topher Fowler, JJanne Gonzalez,
Justin Hoover, Sarah Maixner, Val-
erie McKee, Janna Mullins, Ricardo
Nieto, Maria Ruis, Roxanne Shef-
field, Katarina Suarez, Graciela Va-
rela, Amanda Walls.
Senior Nathan Candler, Jayme
Casanova, Joshua Christian, Clay-
ton Colt, Billie Jo Freeman, Kristal
Hazellief, Stephanie Horvath, Kris-
tine Joy Ibay, Esperanza Montoya,
Melissa Ritter, Jillian Shripka, Dawn
Skeen, Mathew Stevens, Patricia
Sulver, Robin Talbert, Ashley Welch,
Grace Williams.

Silver Honor Roll -
3.5-3.99 GPA
Sophomores Jose Aguilar,
Yesenia Aguirre, Maria Baltazar,
Joseph Barletto, Millard Beardon,
Grabiela Borja, Tony Bowers, Sarah
Brewer, Esdeyna Burgueno-Rome-
ro, Rosendo Cabrera, Ruselie Cal-
villo, Aracely Castaneda, Brittany
Cooley, Michael Cornell, Leanna
Cotton, Shenorro Edwards, Marshall
Eng, Colby Frank, Brittany Freeman,
Edith Garcia, Nancy Garcia, Freder-
ick George, Pablo Gomez, Sheila
Granados, Kristen Hall, James Hat-
field, Shemaiah Henderson, Ana
Maria Hernandez, Hector Hernan-
dez, Shawn Horvath, Ruth Howell,
Yanet Huerta, Jennifer Jaenz, Mayra
Jaimez, Trent Johnson, Kaitlin Lee,
Gilberto Limon, Juan Lugo, Melissa
Lujan, Evan Mattson, Hilda Me-
drano, Mishal Mehta, Kristi Messier,
Emily Metz, Joseph Patrick, Tiffany
Patterson, Sarah Payne, Isabella
Penido, Emily Pickering, Joshua
Radford, Andrew Selvey, James
Sharpe, Tabitha Smith, Tadarrell,
Michael Sutton, Nicholas Sweet,
Ismael Valdez, Arnado Vega, Bryan
Walpole, Wayne Watson, Mark
Weir, Madeline Welsh, Nathan Will-
barger, Courtney Wilson, Calandra
Juniors Ana Aguilar, Matthew
Arellano, Paige Arnold, Ana Baza
Urbina, Ashley Berry, Yolani Bor-
roto, Frances Bosworth, Vanessa

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Bowman, Dianna Bradley, Richard
Buckner, Reina Caballero, Shelby
Carden, Nichole Chapa, Megan
Clements, Jessica Coffey, Joanna
Collier, Keontia Collins, Jonathan
Crawford, Jake Davenport, Kelly
Delahanty, Taylor English, Shanice
Fowler, Amanda Franklin, Naraly
Garcia, Caitlyn Gaucin, Tonia Gray,
James Haddan, Lindsey Hart, Da-
mon Heater, Griselda Hernandez,
Maria Hernandez, Kasey Hill, Dil-
lon Hobson, Dylan Hughes, Jillian
Jaynes, Lionel Jones, Charlene
Kinser, Adrian Leon, Guadalupe
Martinez, Joshua McCall, Femando
Mendoza, Myranda Miles, Alisha
Murphy, Kenneth Murphy, Greg-
ory Myers, Taylor Parker, Austin
Pluskot, Kayla Raulerson, Kristi
Reed, Micaela Resendiz, Nicholas
Richey, Gabriela Rodriguez, Xi-
mena Sanchez, Carmen Schaefer,
Mathhew Skipper, Sierra Stewart,
Kayla Stokes, Steven Suarez, Kayla
Treadway, Siara Trofibio, Kathleen
Turner, Alayda Velasquez, Austin
Willard, Bradley Williams.
Seniors Rosalba Ascencio,
Luke Bailey, Randi Barnes, Court-
ney Beamer, Kari Berger, Timothy
Brazil, Joy Burnham, Brittany Car-
rier, Remington Carson, Gonzalo
Castro Hernandez, Jessica Chris-
tian, Cassandra Colgan, Emily Cor-
tez, Septemberlyn Davis, Imelda
DelaCruz-Sanchez, Ciara Delagall,
Sara Douglas, Ashley Edge, Ruby
Estrada, Rachel Fairchild, Michael
Fessl, Michelle Flores, Rebecca
Foster, Victor Gandarilla, Melinda
Garcia, Marializbeth, Krischell Har-
ris, Stephanie Haymond, Nicole
Hedrick, Rachel Hennon, Elizabeth
Hernandez Miriam Hernandez, Olga
Hernandez, Christopher Hutchings,
Whitney Jacobs, Kristin Johnson,
Jessica Joles, Allison Kuipers, Sarah
Lay, Lance Lozano, Jose Maldona-
do, Andrea Mavroides, Jessica Med-
ina, Adriana Navarro, Alex Nielson,
Maria Del Olvera, Vicky Patel, Em-
ily Peppers, Seth Peterson, Taylor
Pritchard, Shaina Ragamat, Brian
Ranftle, Korinne Rayman, Maria Ro-
driguez, Jonathan Schrock, Megan
Schrock, Laura Serrano-Velazquez,
Dustin Stokes, Justin Stokes, Kate-
lyn, Katelynn Sulzer, Shane Taggart,
Ruby Thomas, Chasity Thornton,

Heather Tinsley, Zachary Viens.
Bronze 3.0-3.49 GPA
Sophomores Patricia Aguilar,
Eric Aguirre, Carleigh Alderman,
Ashleigh Allen, CinthiaAlmanza, Lu-
cina Anselmo, Jacob Anuez, Ansel-
mo Aponte, Abel Armenta, Estefany
Arzate, Savannah Asmussen, Chelsi
Baggett, Caleb Ball, Noelia Baltazar,
Jaiden Barnhardt, Hayley Belding,
Emily Berggren, Kayla Born, Jac-
quita Boswell, Ashtyn Brown, Dan-
ielle, La'Shanti Brown, David Butts,
Jocelyn Cardenas, Irving Carias-
Bernal, Alejandra Castilleja, Abel
Chavez, Ronda Cline, Brittany Cobb,
William Corona, Cindy Cortez,
LeeAnn Davis, Arturo Dominguez,
Mauro Dominguez, Taylor Douglas,
Rabon Durrance, Andrea Eddings,
William Ellis, Gabriel Esquivel, Ben-
jamin Estey, Amber Fessl, Delmas
Fridley, Areli Garcia, Cristina Garcia,
Gustavo, Javier Garcia-Gomez, Jes-
sica Gomez, Rubi Gonzalez, Horace
Gordon, Victoria Graham, Timothy
Gray, Amanda Harrison, Kara Har-
was, Maria Hernandez, Sarah Her-
ring, Nickey Ingram, Victoria Jack-
son, Cashara Jarvis, Ryan Jenkins,
Brandon Kelly, Samuel Kenworth,
Taylor Kinman, Calvin Lawrence,
Alexus Lepere, Morganne Lucas,
Larry Lutjen, Codi Mars, Emma
Marshall, Jaime Martinez, Lisandra
Martinez, Nancy Mataushek, Justin
McDeavitt, Tiffany McGee, Erick
McQueen, Anastaysiya Medvedeva,
Kaitlyn Miles, Wesley Mims, Alex-
andria Ming, Graciela Mireles, Adri-
ana Mitchell, Isaias Mojica, Jesus
Nunez, Pablo Nunez, Tomas Olve-
ra, Hayley Orr, Karlexian Pacheco,
Charles Padgett, Kayedee Parrish,
Alexus Peaden, Kalyn Perez, Cres-
cencio Piedra, Gustaqvo Piedra-
Valle, Marshall Platt, Alyssa Power,
Jodi Raulerson, Macin Raulerson,
Vanessa Reyes, Angelica Rodriguez,
Ruben Romero, Garrett Rucks, Kay-
la Runyon, Maria Santibanez, Brit-
tany Scott, Deforest Shanks, Wil-
liam Shapiro, Brian Smith, Dalton
Snow, Lauren Strickland, Meaghan
Thomas, Jayce Turgeon, Jose Val-
eriano, Kaysie Vick, William Wal-
lace, Michael Watson, Stephanie
Weeks, Crashai Williams, LaVonda
Williams, Alexis Winans, Victoria
Juniors Ulysses Aguirre,
Yesica Albarran, Mariana Almazan,
Monica Anuez, Regina Ball, Libby
Barker, Abraham Barrera-Guzman,
Cody Bigelow, Cheryl Bloom, Jose
Bucio, Laura Campos, Norbert
Canete, Rubid Casas, Hilda Cas-

Silver Honors 3.5-3.9 GPA
HeatherAbner, KristianAcheson,
Kayla Agnew, Lacy Altman, Marisa
Angle, Brenda Baltazar, Kelsey
Brewster, Brittany Bush, Cavel
Campbell, Wendoly Castaneda, Aar-
on Cayton, Kiesha Cleckley, Bradley
Coleman, Carlos Contreras, Macy
Cox, Marissa Damico, Taylor Davis,
Richard Donegan, Michelle Dorta,
Joshua Eustace, Mark Falkenberg,
Timothy Farrell, Erica Frederick,
Taylor Fulford, Kaitlyn Furphy, Crys-
tal Garcia, Elizabeth Hans, Stanley
Harden, Devon Hartwell, Seth He-
drick, Elizabeth Hemandez, Wes-

Alexis McDonald, Ashley McDuffie,
Kimberly Mullin, Ashley Murray,
Patricia Navarro, Kyle Nichols, Tad
Norman, Taylor Poiter, Paola Prado,
Erica Ruiz, Selina Sanchez, Marki-
ta Skeen, Daniel Skinner, James
Stafford, Anali Torres, Jordan Watts,
Gavin Wilinski, Emily Worth.
Bronze 3.0 GPA Joshua Ab-
bate, Heidy Almanza, Steven Alvar-
ez, Jesus Arteaga, Terry Boatwright,
Alma Bucio, Randi Campbell,
Drake Clay, Kendall Collier, Zachery
Cordes, Austin Courson, Christian
Crews, Harlie Elliott, Angel Fish,
Luis Fonseca, Delfino Garcia, Nel-
son Gonzalez, William Holliday,
Denise Holmes, Nichole Kicklighter,
Joey Lepere, Casey Lewis, Michael
Mayer, Stephanie Mendez, Teagan
Mullins, Samantha Murphy, Rosen-
do Navarro, Katelyn Oden, Hayley
Palmisano, Kyle Pope, Ashlee Rath-
bun, Branden Redditt, Tara Rock,
Patricia Sanchez, Thaddricka Sand-
ers, Donald Sheldon, Aubrey Smith,
Matthew Smith, Stormy Stokes,
Nicholas Suarez, Chase Sutton,
Fredy Valdez, Stephen Varnadore,
Jessica Vasquez, Brandon Vickers,
Sierra Washburn.

Eighth Grade
Gold Honor Roll 4.0 GPA
- Frank Adamom, Claresha Blair,
Jordan Bolan, Anissa Demizier,
Berneth Digao, Cain Elliott, Joshua
Engler, Kailey Hoover, Jessica Hum-
phrey, Jesus Jaimes, Austin McDan-

tillo, Sarah Chittenden, Jessie Co-
field, John Conner, Maci Culligan,
Deanna Davis, Kayla Davis, Robin
Dietrich, Christopher Entwistle,
Cheyenne Fallman, Lisa Foley, Tif-
fany Foley, Daiana Fonseca, Na-
tividad Garcia, Miguel Garduno,
Tara Hallin, Austin Harvey, Miesha
Henderson, Jackeline Henderson,
Jonathan Hemandez, Ricardo Her-
rera, John Hodges, Samuel Hon-
eycutt, Chelsie Houston, Troy
Howard, Jonathan Hudoff, Jessica
Julian, Brooke Karpew, Christopher
Kicklighter, Janezzka Koger, Mon-
ica Koger, Casey Lawrence, Emily
Maze, Myranda McAllister, Kyle Mc-
Gee, Chelsea McNabb, Erin Moore,
Megan Mullin, Sarah Murrow, Kyle
Neal, Anna Nunez, Maria Olvera,
Ryan Osceola, Reid Otersen, Carlos
Pacheco, Matthew Payne, Cam-
eron Pearson, Walter Piscatelli,
Jeshua Power, Lionardo Resendiz,
Samantha Rexroad, Tamara Rix,
Kristin Roberts, Hannah Rooks,
Brian Rose, Quirino Rubio, Ste-
phen Schoonmaker, Cesar Serrano,
Christina Shank, Devon Smith, Ruth
Solorzano, Michelle Spears, Garth
Striebel, Adam Tewksbury, Cam-
eron Tewksbury, Lisa Thiboult, Ria
Thomas, Luis Torres, Fabiola Val-
eriano, Natasha Vest, Katie Walker,
Tesa Warthen, Craig Webb, Chris-
topher Wegmann, Jennifer Wendt,
Capria Wright, Markeisha Youmans,
Crystal Young, Daylon Youngblood.
Seniors Rene Almond, Ally-

ley Holden, Ralph Jacobs, Karen
Jaenz, Darrica Johnson, John Abra-
ham Kamykowski, Cheyanne Kauf-
man, Angel Lee, Emilie Lege, Reyna
Lopez, Ashley Marshall, Brittany
Martin, Sean McCrory, Taylor Mills,
Celina Norman, Ashley Ochsen-
bine, Gilberto Orozco, Ashley Pitt,
Shelby Pollock, Patricia Porter, Shy-
anne Prescott, Allison Prewitt, Aba-
gail Queen, Raychel Rabon, Kelsey
Rodriquez, Oscar Ruiz, Rigoberto
Ruiz-Hernandez, Brittany Runyon,
Araceli Sanchez, Matthew Saucier,
Travis Schooley, Maranda Serrano,
Andrea Stark, Bryan Stokes, John

iels, Tyler Milrot, Emily Murrow,
Destiny Nunez, Maribel Santamaria,
Kylie Shirley, Alexis Smith, Brooke
Snyder, Caitlyn Stripling, Jessica
Suit, Alexis Torres, Vanessa Watt
Silver Honor Roll 3.5 GPA
- Jessey Bailey, Brennon Brooks,
Angelina Bucio, Allison Chapman,
Danielle Crane, Sage Douglas, Adel
Elhindi, Diana Gaona, Jose Angel
Garcia, Jose Montoya Garcia, Bon-
nie Hanner, Carson Harris, Darby
Jones, Dillon Jones, Jenna Kissam,
Thania Liberato, Fernando Lopez,
Dalton Murray, Charity Patrick, Ash-
ley Ploof, Damon Prescott, Hunter
Pritchard, Paige Rivero, Aubrey
Robertson, Diego Rodriguez, Mari-
lu Rodriguez, Jenna Roth, Johnny
Sanchez, Amber Savage, Kathy
Simmons, Laura Nicole St. Pierre,
James Steiert, Norman Stokes,
Kathryn Vanbeek, Cynthia Villegas,
D.J. Washington.
Bronze Honor Roll 3.0.

Stratton, Kyle Taylor, Juan Tinajero,
Carissa Tyson, Desiri Villarreal, Jes-
sica Wackier, Synthia Watford, Ash-
ley Watson, Chad Whidden, Noah
Wilcox, Jared Wilson, Trent Wil-
son, Ana Zuniga.

Gold Honors 4.0 GPA
Tyler Finney, Lauren Fusco, Jud-
son Harris, Kayla Harrison, Ashley
Hassan, Vicki Hawthorne, Heather
Hotmire, Erika Klingler, Beatriz Mar-
quez, Stanly Ngo, Emily Raulerson,
Marie Renfranz, Jason Rucks, Ha-
leigh Tomlinson.

GPA Jesse Bodden, Tamara Bow-
ers, Arismel, Thomas Close, Amber
Cunningham, Magdalena Esquivel,
Alejandro Gaitan, Maria Garcia,
Ryan Hagan, Deziree Hemandez,
Eddie Hemandez, Klarissa Hutch-
ings, Edward Kissam, Bryan Levins,
Heather Lowry, Andrew Marsden,
Gerardo Martinez, Evangelina Na-
varro, Tyler Nelson, Keven Ngo,
Chelsey Perry, Katlyn Pickleman,
Jessica Prado, John Radebaugh, Ce-
sar Sanchez, Brando Smith, Chey-
enne Thibodeau, Dalton Thomas,
Patsy Thomas, Allyson Trimble,
Nick Valcaniant, Desiree Vanderg-
rift, Eric Voss, Mercedes White, Eli-
jahwon Williams, Haley Yates.

Note to parents

Students on
honor rolls
Facultyand staff at of Okeecho-
bee County Schools are pleased
to announce the names of stu-
dents on the honor roll for the
second nine weeks of the 2008-
09 school year. For complete

son Billie, Travis Blowers, Juan
Botello, Dorothy Burkhardt, Ruben
Bustos, Jerrel Carpenter, Raziel
Castillo, Robert Ciceroni, Meghan
Conroy, Cindy Cruz, Philip DeJean,
Christiana Duffield, Brittany Elliott,
Michelle Fischer, Jesus Flores, Kayla
Frankum, Colton Garcia, Whitney
Godwin, Brittany Haggard, M'Lynn
Hair, Rebekka Hair, Amanda Hall,
Barbara Hauser, Tyler Hayes, Lili-
ana Herrera, Caitlan Higgins, Che-
rie Huddleston, Krista Ibay, Joshua
Jackson, Savannah Joiner, Cher-
ish Jones, Christina Kemp, Ashley
Lawrence, Sergio Lujan, Jennifer
Maddox, Abigail Martinez, Jose

honor roll listings and
awards online, see our web-
site. The honor rolls are
on the Okeechobee Com-
munity page, under "Post
Your News" at http://www.

Medellin, Jasmine Mendoza, Krys-
tal Misner, Andrew Mullins, Cecilia
Munoz, Rachel Muros, Cassandra
Murray, Richard Nieto, Craig Nor-
ris, William Oshsenbine, Tiffany
Parow, Blanca Pinon, Nate Pollard,
Alejandro Ponce, Araceli Rebollar,
Clinton Reutebuch, Laquan Ridley,
David Rocky, Rosio Rojas, Celestino
Sanchez, Leland Schoonmaker,
Teal Sheffield, Heather Thomas, Ja-
mie Tindall, Ivan Torres, Laura Tor-
res, Luis Torres, Christopher Tullio,
Giancarlo Tunas, Joseph Voss, Me-
gan Whipple Corey White, David
Williams, Lisa Yates, Daysi Zavala.

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Community Events

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda

Coker honored
Frank Coker, left, grounds maintenance
supervisor with facilities maintenance, has
been a county employee for five years. At
the Thursday, Jan. 22, Okeechobee County
Commission meeting, chairman Clif Bet-
ts, right, presented Mr. Coker with a cer-
tificate. Mr. Coker began employment with
Okeechobee as a program specialist for
parks and recreation in 2003. He has an
extensive background in coaching softball
through Okeechobee Citizens Recreation
Association. He was promoted to grounds
maintenance supervisor in March of 2008.

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda

Employee recognized
JoAnn Smith, left, registration clerk at
Okee-Tantie Campground and Marina, has
been a county employee for five years.
At the Thursday, Jan. 22, meeting of the
Okeechobee County Commission, she was
recognized for her years of service. Com-
mission chairman Clif Betts, right, present-
ed her with a certificate. Mrs. Smith came
to Okeechobee from Milan, Mich. She was
employed with Federal Mogul Corporation
for 16 years before moving to Okeecho-

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda

Employee recognition
Library specialist Jean Caldwell, left, was
recognized by the Okeechobee County
Commission at their Thursday, Jan. 22,
meeting for five years' service to the coun-
ty. Commission chairman Clif Betts, right,
presented a certificate to Ms. Caldwell. Ms.
Caldwell came from Palm Beach County to
Okeechobee in 1999. After commuting for
several years, she became employed at the
Okeechobee County Library.

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda

Ten years' service
Okeechobee County Commission Chair-
man Clif Betts, right, presented Karyne
Brass, left, administrative secretary with
parks and recreation, a certificate for her
10 years' service to the county. The recog-
nition took place at the Thursday, Jan. 22,
commission meeting. Ms. Brass came to
Okeechobee in 1998 after co-owning South
Florida Engine Works. Ms. Brass brought
to the county an extensive background in-
cluding real estate, banking, accounting,
research and office management.


Cristina Grace
Jimmerson, 28
OKEECHOBEE Cristina Grace
Jimmerson, 28, is survived by hus-
band Bret Jimmerson, and daughter
Emma Grace; in-laws, Brenda and
Jaoquin Garcia, Edward and Jake
Jimmerson, Sherri Lemmermen,
Kara and Kason Lemmermen;
spritually adopted family, Sandy and
Ira Douglas, David and Carolyn
Douglas, Matthew Douglas and Katie
Douglas, Cassie, Kes and Levi Doug-
las; immediate family, her parents
Celeste and Victor Myers, and broth-
ers, Micheal Bonardi, Victor and Jo-
seph Myers, uncles, James Jr., Gary
and Daniel Callari and cousins Talia,
Julian, Rebekah, Rachel, Roman and
Micah Callari.
She was preceded in death by her
grandparents, James Callari Sr.,
Grace LaGreca; and uncle, Mark Cal-
In lieu of flowers, send donations
for Emma Grace to Brenda Garcia,
13015 SE 46 Street, Okeechobee, FL
The family will receive friends on
Friday, Jan. 30, in the Buxton Funer-
al Home Chapel from 4 to 6 p.m. A
memorial service will be 2 p.m. Sat-
urday, Jan. 31 at The Gathering,

Henry Wilson
Underwood, 84
Underwood, of Okeechobee, died
Jan. 27, 2009, at
the Hamrick
Home. He was
Born Feb. 7,
1924, in Central
City, Ky., to Wil-
liam and May Un-
derwood, he
retired from McDonald Douglas Air-
craft in St. Charles, Mo.
He was of the Baptist faith and en-
joyed bowling and fishing. Mr. Un-
derwood proudly served our country
in the U.S. Marines during World
War II.
He was predeceased by his mother
and father, William and May Under-
wood; and his sister, Mable Majors.
He is survived by his wife, Bobbie
Jean Underwood; stepdaughters,
Donna S. Kahn (Randy) and Linda L.
Salser (Ed) all of Okeechobee; step-
son, Floyd G. Landreth (Jan) of High-
hill, Mo.; son, Wayne D. Underwood
of Florida; seven grandchildren; eight
great-grandchildren; and several oth-
er relatives.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. until ser-
vice time at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30,
at Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may
be made to the Alzheimer's Associa-
tion or to the Hamrick Home, P.O.
Box 1548, Okeechobee FL 34973.
Guestbook may be signed at

Christine P Johnston
Johnston, of Okeechobee, Jan. 29,
2009, in Okeecho-
bee. She was 88.
Born Dec. 20,
1920, in Fort Val-
ley, Ga., she came
to Okeechobee in
1941. She was a
member of the
First Baptist
She was married to Roscoe L.
Markham and from 1941 to 1969
they owned Markham Canning
Company of Okeechobee. She was
married to Dr. Steve Johnston from
1969 until 1977.
She is survived by her daughter,
Lee Anita (Jay) Huffman; sons, Ros-
coe Lowry (Kim) Markham and W
George Markham, all of Okeecho-
bee; 12 grandchildren; and 33 great-
Visitation will be 2 p.m. until ser-
vice time at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, at
Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home
with Bill Sherman officiating. En-
tombment will follow at Evergreen
Memorials may be made to Hos-
pice of Okeechobee, PO. Box 1548,
Okeechobee, FL 34973.
Friends may sign the guestbook at

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Julie Ann Ming, 43
OKEECHOBEE Julie Ann Ming,
of Okeechobee died Jan. 28, 2009, at
Raulerson Hospital. She was 43.
Born Feb. 5, 1965, in San Antonio,
Texas, to Adolph
Okeechobee in
1984. She was a
homemaker of
the Christian
vived by her parents, Adolph and
Delia San Miguel of N.C.; two daugh-
ters, Angel Borkowski (Ricky) and
Jenny Draughon; stepsons, John
and Rodney Draughon, all of Okee-
chobee and Tommy Draughon of
Ocala; three sisters, Delia San Miguel
of North Carolina, Michelle Torres of
Okeechobee and Pricilla Pinon of
North Carolina; and four brothers,
Paul San Miguel of North Carolina,
Adam San Miguel of North Carolina,
Eddie San Miguel of Lake Placid, and
Woody San Miguel of Texas.
Memorial services will be 11 a.m.
Saturday, Jan. 31, at Bass Okeecho-
bee Funeral Home.
Friends may sign the guestbook at
Obituaries should be submit-
ted to the Okeechobee News by
Customers may also request
photos and links to online guest
books. A link to the obituaries is
available at

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Courthouse photos
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.

Workforce Solutions
Center to open
Come join in the festivities of
the Grand Re-Opening and Rib-
bon Cutting Ceremony of the
Workforce Solutions Center, for-
merly the One Stop Career Cen-
ter, located at 209 S.E. Park Street
on Thursday, Feb. 5, at 9 a.m.
Mayor James Kirk will cut the
ribbon to help celebrate the new
name and new direction of our
hometown Center.

Flag football teams
Parks and Recreation an-
nounces the formation of an Adult
Flag Football League. Registration
begins on Feb. 2, with games
scheduled to open the week of
Feb. 23. Games will be played on
week nights between 7-9 p.m. at
the Sports Complex. For more in-
formation, please call Parks and
Recreation at 863-763-6950.

Change a child's life
this year
The time of year has come
to plan for the future. What do
you want to accomplish in 2009?
Make a resolution to change the
life of an abused child forever.
The Guardian ad Litem Program
needs volunteers to help lead
children out of the dark and
sometimes frightening realities of
the court and foster care system,
and into safe, permanent homes.
The Guardian ad Litem program
will be training volunteers from
Okeechobee, Indian River, Saint
Lucie, and Martin Counties on
Feb. 3, 5, 10 & 12, 9 a.m. until
4 p.m. in the Guardian ad Litem
Program Office, 584 N.W. Univer-
sity Blvd., Suite 600, Port Saint Lu-
cie, FL 34986. Call 772-785-5804
for more information.

Free prostate cancer
The Okeechobee Cancer Cen-
ter and Tristan Pangilinan, M.D.,
Board Certified Urologist will
sponsor a free prostate cancer
screening on Tuesday, Feb. 3,
from 4 until 6 p.m. at 301 N.E.
19th Drive, Okeechobee. Call
now to schedule an appointment,

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 start-
ing at 6 p.m. The menu consists
of chicken or ribs, baked potato,
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.

Author to speak on
'Wacky' history
Native Floridian, Author and
veteran reporter for the Palm
Beach Post News will present,
"Florida's Wacky History and
Why You Should Care." The pro-
gram will help to answer ques-
tions on some the state's pecu-
liarities on Friday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m.
at the Okeechobee County Public
Library. The program is provided
by the Florida Humanities Council
and is free and open to the pub-
lic. Okeechobee Friends of the
Library will provide light refresh-
ments after the program. Come
and join us for this entertaining
and enlightening program

crop planned
The "Croppin' Crew" will
sponsor an all-day scrapbooking
crop on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 10
a.m. until 4 p.m. at the First Meth-
odist Church, 200 N.W Second
St. All levels of scrapbookers are
welcome. Please bring a covered
dish if you care to particpiate
in our pot luck luncheon. Card-
making goes hand-in-hand with
scrapbooking and Debbie Payne
has some awesome card-making/
stamping ideas; she will be giving
a hands-on demonstration at 1
p.m. Call for items needed for the
class. For more information call
Joan at 863-467-0290 or Corry at


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Church to hold
benefit yard sale
Lakeport Christian Church on
Highway 78 in Lakeport will hold
a huge yard sale on Friday, Feb.
6, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. and
on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 8 a.m.
until noon. For more information,
please call Barbara at 863-946-

BHR VFD Winterfest
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Yearling Middle School Honor Roll

Principal's Honor Roll
(4.0 GPA)
Jacqueline Barrera-Guzman,
Hunter Boshell, Rabon Carrier,
Kelsie Chartier, Caleb Crews, Tyler
Fairtrace, Charleigh Heater, Carley
McCoin, Courtney Murphy, Hannah
Raulerson, Julie Sharpe, Leticia
Soriano-Rios, Lexi Ward, Cameron
Teacher's Honor Roll:
Julia Aguirre, Isabella Alonso,
Israel Ascencio, Alyssia Boldin,
Hunter Bosworth, Jessica Burkhal
ter, Joseph Cabrera, Kevin Cole-
man, Caitlin Covert, Adrian Fisher,
McKenzie Fountain, Savannah Fra-
dy, Odalis Garcia, Hailey Greeson,
Trenton Hickman, Sarah Hurst,
Lucero jaimes, Alejandro Jaimez,
Joshua Keese, Shawn McLaury, Air-
ianna Nunez, Daniel Nunez, Shayla
Pendrey, Rachel Peterson, Rodney
Phelps, Samantha Plummer, Travis
Register, Daniel Rodriguez, Brady
Rogers, Matteo Rosales, Timothy
Shablom, McKayla Snow, Mercedes
Testone, Layton Thomas, Keyuanna
Tindall, Hugo Torres, Taylor Trent,
Jessica Turgeon, Macy Watt, Rone-
sia Wingfield, Pedro Zapata, Jorge
Merit Honors
Angel Alvarez, Nanci Avila,
Julissa Baltazar, Austin Blevins, Ati
cus Bohannon, Kyle Bryner, Juan
Bucio, Julia Calzada, Elio Campos,
Ashton Clark, Rebeka Ford, Mone-
sha Futch, Elishia Garcia, Ricardo
Garza, Matthew Geary, Concepcion
Gomez, Lewis Gopher, Austin Guth,
Alexis Hair, Marion Hayden, Mer-
edith Hilliard, Angelena Jernigan,
Anthony Johns, Mason Joyner, Ni-

cole Kelly, George Martinez, Laura
Mataushek, Matthew McClanahan,
Myron McGhee, Victoria Mills, Katie
Muldoon, Fermin Olvera, Diana Os-
orio, Celia Palacious, Jaycee Palo-
mino, Lexus
Parker, Keri
Peressa, Al-
len Perry,
Johnny Ra
mos, Jacqueline Raya, Saul Rios,
Carlos Rivera, Sarah Rodgers,
Maria Ruiz, Mauricio Ruiz, Chris-
topher Samuel, JT Smith, Kayla
Smith, Toddrick Spates, Matthew
Starr, Josie Stratton, Jessica Tapia,
Expavious Taylor, Tristen Thomas,
David Tinsley, Cristian Torres, Ray
Valentin, Catalina Vargas, Demetria
Vasquez, Mirizzi Villalobos, Katie
Waldron, Austin Walker, Cassidy
Watford, Andrew Wege, Devion
Wigfall, Sha'Dajia Williams.
Seventh Grade
Principal's Honors
Brandon Ball, Irfan Chaudhary,
Natali Henry, Khrysta Herndon,
Ana Huerta, Nicholas Kielbasa, Ca-
rissa Licata, Brandon McKee, Ryan
Register, Rachel Roehm, Hannah
Sadler, Ivetee Vega, Destinee Villar-
real, Jessica Wisener.
Teacher's Honor Roll
Joana Albarran, Tekelsha An-
drews, Ashton Armstrong, Brit-
tany Avant, Oscar Ayala, Brent
Baughman, Ariana Bustos, Pedro
Cervantes, Haley Choinard, Kyla
Conrad, Dakota Cooper, Kutter
Crawford, Makayla Davis, Alec
Deese, Jose Duran, Alec Em-

Everglades Elementary Honor Roll

Third Grade
B Honor Roll Samuel Clarke,
Brittany Slattery, Kimberly Streath,
Annabella Ulysse, Wyatt Todd,
Ricky Lopez, Jared Joyner, Jose
Mata-Gonzalez, Marissa Delacruz,
Janavise Futch, Nate Nicoll, Kyllie
Ramirez, Haylie Underhill, Ashley
A-B Honor Roll India Coons,
Stephen Edenfield, Kassie Weldon,
Bailey Hansen, Zachary Brazil, Si-
erra Knapik, Aubrey Wojciesak,
Jessica Arnold, Taylor Boatwright,
Brooke Brazil, Jennifer Chavez, Tan-
ner Conrad, Alexas Dillon, Hannah
Hortman, Emily Rhodes, Matthew
Lynch, Marc Alicea, Rosalio Elias,
Jr., Noah LaGrange, Sonia Delgado,
Rebecca Starnes, Johnson Tran.
A Honor Roll Jyrdan Christie
Fourth Grade
B Honor Roll Kasey Durand,
Owen Hicks, Marcelo Rodriguez,
Tyler Lynch, Jose Garcia, Briley Sell,
Analleli Hernandez, Richard Spiess,
Alexis Kelley, Daniel Ruiz, Joel
Contreras, Laura Jimenez, Yanessa
Leiva, Maria Benitez-Torres, Domi-
nic Campbell, Erin Grace, Eve King,
Jazzmin Mestre.

A-B Honor Roll Cassandra
Adams, Mariah Casanova, Alex
Lackey, Kailey McCain, Cady McGe-
hee, Haven Walters.
A Honor Roll Kaylie Yingling,
Sadie Martin, Gil Gio DeLos Reyes
Fifth Grade
B Honor Roll Trisha Digao,
Jacob Dufrensne, Jacob McGehee,
Ithzel Hernandez, Joshua Lopez,
Kaley Lowry, Tiffany Marshall, De-
siree Torres, Ismael Santamaria, Ma
rissa Faison. Cotton Etchison, Peyton
Daniel Al-
varez, Mo
riah Gruber,
Alexis Light-
Honor Roll
- Valerie Al-
varez, Josie
Brewster, Dylan Ferneau, Angel Gar-
cia, Brandon Koebernik, Mercedes
Washington, Clarissa Aguilera, Cas-
sandra Alvarez, Esteban Fonseca,
Lane Selph, Lony Castaneda, Dylan
Kinder, Ross Laskey, Ares Hernan-
A Honor Roll Jasmine Moyett,
Josie Todd, Karina Campos, Kristen
Dryden, Reece Lamb.

North Elementary Honor Roll

Third Grade
Honor Roll: Nicholas Amiet, Di
ana Castaneda, Jackson Castro, Kira
Crane, Brandon Cole, Austin Cross,
Peyton Furse, Mason Gurrola, Kylei
Harvey, Sey'moura Humphries,
Jackson, Ri-
ley Kirk
sey, Bakari n
Micco, Dy-fl.
lan Morris, jz
Jorge Perez,
Alden Ra
mos, Miguel -
Raya, Ruben
Rodriguez, Kain Sawka, Ana So-
lis, Britney Stutts, Natilee Tewks-
bury, Taylor Vick, Austin Waldron,
Meghan Woodhouse, Denice Yates.
Merit Roll: Zaid Calzada, Alvaro
Garcia, Montana Hair, Miguel Here-

dia, Lacarvis Kelly, Ariana Robshaw,
Tyra Smith, Chloe Tomlinson, Jes
sica Trent, Gianna Venters.

Fourth Grade
Honor Roll: Zachary


Merit Roll: Taylor Amadon, Shy-
tria Ash, Alarra Boswell, Matthew
Covert, Kylee Field, Andee Garcia,
Savannah Goggans, Gabe Greseth,
Mason Heater, Anthony Metcalf.
Fifth Grade
Honor Roll: Elijah Finney,
Krystle Harris, Jacie Harvey, Lo-
gan Laskey, Jordan Lawlis, Billy
Bob Wehde.
Merit Roll: Brooke Boswell,
Jordan Hair, Ashley Juback, Tan-
gie Mcgowen, Josey Pearce, Cody
Prescott, Karrie Tyndal.

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Tori Hauck, Adilene Hernandez,
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man, Erin Hudson, Frank Huff,
Veronica Ingram, Caitlin Knight,
German Lopez, Lorraine Lutjen,
James Marcum, Maribel Martinez,
Roman Mattson, Tristan Mavroides,
Mitchell McCoin, Julianne Meives,
Tabitha Nagelschmidt, Alejandro
Nunez, Joaquin Olivares, Jessi Os-
ceola, Luis Perdomo, Marsheka
Pryor, Karla Ramirez, Eidrit Pente
ria, Kyle Revels, Lucas Richey, Raela
Ridley, Raina Robinson, Rhiannon
Robshaw, Chelsey Sadler, Jaisalyn
Santiago, Saiti Sawka, Shayna Shel-
ton, Natasha Sullivan, Cory Vickers,
Karyna Villapando, Kayla Waldrop,
Cody Walker, Taylor Williams.
Merit Honors
Marcus Aguirre, Fredi Albarran,
Felipe Arroya, Kiylier Baker, Her-
nan Baltazar, Odon Benitez, David
Herggren, Linda Betancourt, Au-
tumn Blevins, Danny Bohannan,
Rosa Borja, Selena Bowman, Tay-
lor Boyett, Jamie Bruner, Margaret
Buccino, William Bunker, Jennie
Busbin, Cervando Cardozo, Luis
Castillo, Angela Chacon, Sulema
Chavez, Ashli Clemons, Kaitlyn
Coleman, Tiffany Cox, Briana
Cross, Adam Davis, Kirsten Doney,
Cody Dunn, Rubi Estrada, Dallas
Fehringer, Rafe Fisher, Marshall
Fralix, Robert Garza, Jose Gomez,
Salvador Gonzalez, Brian Guer-
rero, Collin Henderson, Breana
Hull, Lea Hunter, Felton Johnson,
Kelly Mauldin, Jaide Micco, Adrian
Minondo, Brandon Molden, Julio
Olvera, Sarah Piroli, Miguel Reyes,
Monica Reyes, Selena Rodriguez,
Ashton Rodgers, Samuel Rodgers,
Cristina Rojas, Karina Romero, Dal
las San Miguel, Antwonette Scott,
Stephanie Sellers, John Shelton,

Randy Shore, Julian Silvas, Nancy
Sixto, Khalil Smith, Tyler Smith,
Tyler Snyder, Sarah Stanford, Jesse
Stebbins, Summer Stripling, Mike-
shia Tillman, Daniel Trejo, Kaylee
Tumoszwicz, Cesar Ventura, Nancy
Villanueva, Anna West, Cayuna
Williams, Acealyn Youngblood, Ev-
erett Youngblood.
Eighth Grade
Principals' Honor Roll
Jennifer Arellano, Tyler Chartier,
Sarah Davis, Macy Gamiotea, Al-
exander Guido, Matthew Hapner,
Kyla Hargraves, Monica Hernandez,
Brendon Jonassaint, Audry Metcalf,
Jacqueline O'Connor, Jarred Rad
ford, Samantha Rivero, Jami San
chez, Korey Walters, Krista Ward
Teacher's Honor Roll
Belkys Bravo, Michael Carter,
David Coleman, Brandi Crenshaw,
Andrew Deese, Nicholas Flood,
Jacob Greseth, Katlyn Haymond,
Dalton Hodges, Brandon Hudson,
Vanesa Huerta, Casey Hurst, Jose
Loredo, Cody Marsh, Clayton Mc
Clure, Brooke McCrary, Cody Nel
son, Marisol Olvera, Marcos Pinon,
Krista Pope, Hayleigh Price, Leonel
Ruiz, Maria Ruiz, Ismael Santuchi,
Ana Lilia Serrano, Janet Smith,
Zachary Stanley, Garrett Thomas,
Maci Thomas, Brianna Tinajerina,
Savannah Treadway, Katie Ward, Si-
darius Whitaker, Damien Womble
Merit Honors
Brittany Agnew, Jaryaca Baker,
Ana Deysi Bautista, Tabeet Benitez,
Ciara Bond, Christopher Boney,
Linden Buccino, Maria Bucio, Ha-
ley Burkhalter, Richardo Calzada,
Cristhian Carrasco, Yajayra Castillo,
Julio Cesar Chavez, Derrick Cler-
mont, Lea Cole, Rachel Covington,
Brianne Crane, Joseph Daugherty,
Sandra Deane, Jacob Domer, Britta-
ny Dye, Ami Edwards, Alex Estrem-
era, Michael Frank, Justin Gainer,

Note to parents

Students on honor rolls
Faculty and staff at of Okeechobee County Schools are pleased to an
nounce the names of students on the honor roll for the second nine weeks
of the 2008-09 school year. For complete honor roll listings and
awards online, see our website. The honor
rolls are on the Okeechobee Community page, under "Post Your
News" at

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South Elementary Honor Roll

Seminole Elementary Honor Roll

Fourth Grade Golden Eagle
Award (A honor roll)
Nathan Center, Daniel Hot-
mire, Riylie Norton, Tasneem
Fourth Grade Silver Eagle
Award (A/B honor roll)
Nikki Nichols, Mitch Mulhol-
land, Hannah Fralix, Brianna In-
gram, Kelsi Kula, Austin Spano,
Meagan Clay, Nolan Carpenter,
Kaitlynn Jarrell.
Fourth Grade Bronze
Award (B honor roll)
Bias Aguilar, Taylor Hammack,
Luis Leon, Cody Louthan, Mar-
shall Rucks, Baron Stuart, Haley
Smith, Mason Faulk, Savannah
Dubberly, Michaela Myers, Zach-
ary Stripling, Daniel Willet, Janice
Rivero, Clay Rogers, Savannah
Third Grade Golden Eagle

Jennifer Center, Kaitlyn Land,
Rebecca McNitt, Ariel Nichols,
Julia Dupree, Chandler Pearce,
Cristian Rios, Jared Phares, Sarah
McNitt, Hunter Smith.
Third Grade Silver Eagle
Merydian Causier, Rachel Hel-
finstine, Savannah Hendrix, Elias
Sowell, Rainne Kasik, Anthony
Harper, Brianna Jewell, Jesus
Gomez, Taylor Henry, Valentin
Perez, Bailie Shurley, Olivia Bur-
nette, Garrett Causey.

Third Grade Bronze Eagle
Jonathan Buck, Koby Chap-
man, Karlyn Daniel, Verenise Lo-
pez, Jose Martinez, Jarrett Mills,
John Michael Collier, Julissa Her-
nandez, Maya Kneidel, Donnie
Watson, Mason Adams, Lauren
Coffey, Darrius Houze, Alexis
Alicea, Johanna Betancourt-Mar-
tinez, Jarrett Faulkner, Joanna
Rhymes, Michelle LaRowe, Cody

Teacher's Honor Roll
Mrs. McCranie Jessica Di-
pace, Mithcell Gaucin
Mrs. Reed Kevin Karpinski
Mrs. Johnson Brook
O'Hagan, Eduardo Plascencia
Merit Honor Roll
Mrs. Padgett Chantel
Mrs. McCranie Saul Es-
trada, Carlos Garcia, Clayton
Harris, Janelle Markham, Alyssa
Matheny, Anayeli Montoya, Cierra
Schoonmaker, Josiah Smith
Mrs. Johnson Denise Gar-
cia, Amy Holden, Kelly Koehler

Jones, Colton Goggans, Hunter Fourth Grade

Mehrer, Zachary Mullin, Macken-
zie Johnson, Kamakshi Dhillon,
Kristina Jarrell, Logan Etherton,
Sarah Nichols.

New Endeavor High School Honor Roll
Students at New Endeavor Javier Flores, Deborah Kelley
High School earning a place on 3.75 GPA
the honor roll list for the second Christen Bennett, Daniel Gon-
nine weeks of the 2008-09 school zalez, Ashley Smith, StevenRusso
year include:
3.0 GPA Teresa Luviano Aguilar, Dustin 4.0 GPA
Nicole Futch, Makayla Root Margerum Alexis Cornell, Logan Burton
3.25 GPA 3.5 GPA English
Miguel Garcia, Altis Crowell, Nick Thomas, Lauren Stewart, Hannah DeJean, Steven Russo

Note to parents
Students on honor rolls
Faculty and staff at of Okeechobee County Schools are pleased to announce the names of students
on the honor roll for the second nine weeks of the 2008-09 school year. For complete honor roll
listings and awards online, see our website. The honor rolls
are on the Okeechobee Community page, under "Post Your News" at http://www.

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Principal's Honor Roll
Mrs. Ochoa Margarita Mar-
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Mrs. Paige Kelli Chapman,
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Mrs. Larcomb Lisette Me-
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Mrs. Paige Ashley Carter,
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Mrs. Larcomb Darian Kes-
sler, Hayli Fehringer
Mrs. Ochoa Jeremy But-
zin, Jonisha Dieudonne, Missa
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Garcia, George Gomez, Isaias
Gonzalez, Jesus Plascencia, Mark
Mrs. Paige Jasmine Futch,
Ryanne Lewis, Francisco Mandu-
jano, Alicia Santos, Arthur Wood-

Central Elementary Honor Roll

Third Grade:
Red (B honor roll)
Cowden Dylan Walker
DelPrete Robert Padgett,
Cole Melton, Ariana Vasquez.
Enfinger Alyssa Purviss, Ste-
ven Rusinko,
Robert Big-
ford, Lauren
Sierra Bryde-
bell, Daniel
Megan Har-
graves, Shaun Hood, Luis Ter-
razas, Sally Tijerina.
Luchetta Adam Godwin,
Maria Martinez
Norman Kaleigh Sparkman,
Dalton Arnold, Medina Vorpay-
Snyder Malcolm Chambers,
Sarah Gabor, Emily Garrard, Ray-
mond McMillan.
Silver (A/B honor roll)
Enfinger John Lense.
Lopez Carol Flores, Hailey
Spearow, Emma Van Camp
Norman Jemuel Garin, Shay

Snyder Zachary Baggett.
Fourth Grade:
Red (B honor roll)
Fulleda Kailee Alvarado, Be-
renice Garcia, Kylee Johns, Mack-
enzie Mackin.
Goff Edwin Garcia, Brittani
Lowry, Jose Orozco, Marisol So-
lis, Natalee Trimble.
Jones Alix Blankenship,
Alysa Osterman, Kacey Rigano,
Nicholas Wiggns.
Maurer Dalton Borheimer,
Sierra Casian, Brandon Leal, Sare-

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Pritchard Kimberly Allen,
Sherry Altman, Christopher Arm-
strong, Seairra Moore.
Silver (A/B honor roll)
Fulleda Lynnette Casiano.
Goff Miranda McClanahan.
Jones Ryan Chesser, Raylee
Coleman, Alex Lopez, Michael
Shablom, Hunter Sills, Mason
Pritchard Adoniel Martinez.
Gold (A honor roll)
Maurer Jennifer Ehrlich,
Candace McGlamory.
Pritchard Carrie Wharin.

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Teachers receive mini-grants a
By Chauna Aguilar mini-grants for local students and Mike Schilp from Okeechobee tary, Ken Kenworthy; Treasurer,
Okeechobee News teachers due to the lack of state High School; Deborah Raulerson Sharon Vinson; Parliamentarian,
In the current economy with matching funds for this year. from Okeechobee High School; Debbie Clements; Directors, Russ Sp
budget cuts coming in all areas Kiwanis has been sponsoring Amanda Baker from Osceola Brown, Tom Conely, Dr. Patricia Cal
et cuts are hit hard by hal a mini-grant since 2004,in honor Middle; Jenny Ward from Year- Cooper Mike Costopoulos, Beth
teachers are hit hard by hav- of the late Marge and Dick Blair. ling Middle; and Deanna Kielbasa
ing to buy more teaching and This grant is geared towards Yearling and Osceola Middle. Lehman, Danny Mullins, Kelly
classroom supplies themselves elementary math. Three local The foundation serves the do- Owens, Gretchen Robertson, Jeff
Together with the Okeechobee classrooms received these grants nors by insuring that their funds Sabin, Ben Sims, Tabitha Trent
Educational Foundation, Kiwanis, which totaled $1,500: Mrs. How- are hLd eted tnwards items and Celeste Watford.

Kotary and me Consortium or
Florida Educational Foundation
they were able to give 15 teachers
some help through mini-grants to
better their classrooms.
These funds were given
through mini-grants which the
teachers apply for in specific
areas according to the specific
grant. Teachers are required to
present a project and budget with
their grant to show where they
will spend the funds and how
what is purchased will be used in
the classroom.
Each teacher is also instructed
to contact the foundation when
their class is doing a project or
presenting a program funded by
their grant so that the donors can
see the results of their donations.
The teachers are also instructed
to take pictures that can be used
by the foundation as well.
It is very important this year for
the community to get involved in
raising funds for scholarships and

ard and Mrs. Weigand from Cen-
tral Elementary; Patti Padgett from
Seminole Elementary and Brooke
Brown from South Elementary.
An addition to the mini-grants
this year was the Rotarian mini
grant also geared towards math.
Three Rotarian mini-grants were
awarded to three teachers to-
taling $1,000: Linda Davis from
Everglades Elementary; Colleen
O'Bannon from Seminole El-
ementary; and Heather Johnson
from Seminole Elementary.
The Okeechobee Battlefield
Friends, Inc. also added a new
mini-grant this year geared at
history. Michelle Pritchard from
Central Elementary received this
The Okeechobee Educational
Foundation gave out seven De-
velopming 21st Century Vocabu-
lary mini-grants totaling $7,000:
Deanne Wilcox from North El-
ementary; Elisabeth Fox from
Okeechobee Freshman Campus;

within their target goal. They also
do all of the distribution to the
schools of the grant funds.
For scholarships, the foun-
dation conducts all monitoring
aspects including making sure
students maintain grade point av-
erages and/or other requirements
that the donor specifies when
awarding a scholarship.
The Okeechobee Educational
Foundation board is as follows:
President, Linda Syfrett; Vice
President, Mary Hurley; Secre-

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Employment -
Full-Time 205
Employment -
Medical 210
Employment -
Part-Time 215
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230

Must have:
Attention to detail
Excellent organizational,
verbal and written skills
Strong customer serv-
ice and communication
skills are needed in
order to handle cus-
tomer orders, provide
information and resolve
issues. Computer expe-
rence required.
Fax resume to
or e-mail

Needed for all phases. DFWR
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person @ 2232 NW 32nd Dr.


Lincare, leading national res-
piratory company seeks
Heatthcare Specialist Re-
sponsibilities: Disease Man-
agement Program, clinical
evaluations, equipment set-
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setting. RN, RRT, CRT li-
censed as applicable. Great
personality with strong work
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paths. Drug Free Workplace,
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offered. Fax resume to
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communication, cash-
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Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315

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Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435

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Cool Sealing, Painting,
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Painting, Repairs, Carpentry
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Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Lins & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Tois & Games 730
V Rs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

COUCH, newly reapolstered,
sage green with a light blue
stripe $900 (863)763-8956

gal. NEW IN BOX GE 12
$320. (863)634-6189

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

Pro, Office, Games, Educa-
tional Tony $129.

wood/iron table W/4 chairs.
anytime $150.
(863) 634-4945
Black cloth.Good condition-
call before 9 pm leave mes-
sage $400. (863)763-8562
SOFA SLEEPER Queen size.
excellent condition very
clean $150/or best offer

- Used 6 times. Can fold to
store. $458.00 New. $250.
New exercise bike with back
support, programs, checks
your pulse paid 300. $125.
Need a few more bucks
to purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used items in
the classifeids.

tered. Ready to go! Accept-
ing deposits. 2 Males, 1
Female. (863)634-5796
PIT BULL PUPS Now taking
deposits, Camelot blood-
lines, Big heads, wide
chests, $700 dep, $2000 per
pup 863)694-6250 or
PUPPIES for sale, $50, call
for information

SLATE POOL Table Large ta-
ble (98" X 54") Leisure Bay,
Blue fell top, great condition.
Oversized ball and claw legs.
Balls & Cues included. Con-
tact Tues-Sun anytime
$650/or best offer
8 63)467-9 125
Buying a car? Look in
the classified. Selling
a car? Look in the

BOTTELS call Tom
(813)310-5100 Cell


Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Flowers 865

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

2br/2ba, W&D, $850 mo. +
$500. sec. (863)634-5780
FOR RENT- 2 bed 1.5 bath
Apartment $800 mth. Must
See! (863)763-7552 or
(863) 64-7722
OKEE., Huge, Clean, 2br, 2ba
$725 mo. & 2br, 1ba $600
mo. New kitch. New carpet
&paint. Call 772-215-0098
OKEECHOBEE 1br efficiency,
cable & elec not included,
$100/wk, (863)467-4253
Month Rent for 1st Month
w/$500 Sec. 2/1.5 carpet,
tile, fridge- Iblk N. of Wal-
Mart. (863)763-8878
Very clean! $600/mo. In-
cludes utilities. No pets. Call

Are you looking for a Rental?
We have over 501
Century 21 Horizon
BEAUTIFUL 3 Bdrm., 2 Ba.,
New floors. Basswood Es-
tates. $900. mo. + dep. &
ref's. Call (786)417-2135
CITY OF OKEE., 3br, 2ba,
Clean. Great neighborhood.
1201 SE 8th Dr, $950. mo.
+ Sec. dep. (863)634-1554
2BA on wooded lot. Hot Tub.
Must see to appreciate. 1st
& last. Call 863-885-1347
$700 mo. 1st last & $500
Sec. Call (863)357-6700 be-
tween 9am-5pm.
2Ba, $1100 me. + 1st, last,
sec. & refs. Call Barry for
more info. 772-216-1461
OKEE 2/1 CBS by 15B
furnished, carpeting, new a/c,
enclosed porch, with W/D.
Shed, $875/mo inclds water
(786) 201-0306
OKEE: 3/1 on V2 ac. Renovat-
ed, laundry, C/Aheat, screen
porch, carport. $925 mo, 1st
mo. & dep. Call 305-458-8659
OKEECHOBEE 4br, 2ba,
great neighborhood, tile
throughout, $1195/mo, 1st
& sec move in
(561 248-3888 or
(863 599-0156
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 1ba, Lg
yard, inside city limits, $800.
mo. + Util., 1st & Last mo.
sec. dep. (863)990-3294
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
arage. C/Air Lazy 7 area.
st, last & sec.

S$30,000! Sma, RUN-DOWN CABIN ForSale on405tY
to15-B Call 863-634-7766 or 863-634-7490
* Pine Ridge Park Vacant Lot 8'xxi0o for Hme or MH, Asking
$15,000, MAKE OFFER 863-434-7490 or 863-34-7756
Lake-Access aterront Lot behind Sun Trust @ 309 SE 8th
ST Make Reasonable offer 863-634-7490 or 863-634-7756
*FORRENT! 21 with enclosedgarage, CAH, NiceYard, Great
Neighborhood, 1009 SW th ST, $850 Month (ind yard
mant) Fist & Secunty WI negtiaol 863-763-5109

3/2, only $850 + $500 sec.
1 sm. pet considered, pay
own electric. (863)697-0214
Rent or Rent w/Option to Buy
5 acres in Okeechobee 3 Br
1Ba, Ig living rm, kit. & dining
rm, 1 car garage w/fenced
pond. Zoned Ag. $900. mo. +
last & sec. dep. Call Kamal
(561)792-9431 6am-11pm

Race week at Daytona, Con-
do, sips 6, 2br, on the beach
& pool. $800 for the week
Rent or Buy. (302)335-0416
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Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property- Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property1030
Property- Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

PARK MODEL, '94 12x40 &
12x20 Florida room, in Buck-
head Ridge Resort, $18,500.

two story on 2.89 acres,
$275000. Also have a 2.85
acres lot $59,900. Okeecho-
bee 36th st N. 2/1/1 CBS
$65,000 Canal Point ridge
facing lake 3/1 on half acre
$70,000. And 3/2 $85,000
Realto r/ Owner

BHR Fum Modular home 3/2
w/FI Room, IncI 3 HD TV's.
Just updated plumbing,
elect, new sod & spnnk sys,
fenced, boat ramp, dock,
cone drive, car port, shed.
$138.500 OBO
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Mobile Homes

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

Rent: 2/1 apartment. Unit
newly remodeled. Located
12 miles north of Okeecho-
bee on Equestrian Ranch.
Monthly water, trash & lawn
maintenance included. No
Pets! $495 Move in spe-
cial. M-F (863)467-2982
HWY 441 SE 1/1 Includes
electric and direct tv $750
mo. + Securty
2/1, 2 Car garage, $500 MO
+ dep. Dep negotiable.
OKEE 2/2, Very nice w/lot!
9317 SE 57th Dr., $55K or
$700/mth. 772-597-2098 or
dbl wide, waterfront, lake ac-
cess, lyr old, $800/mo
WATERFRONT. 2br/1ba, com-
pletely furnished, non smk.
env., no pets $750 mo.+lst
& sec. 772-285-5856
Okee 3br, 2ba, Lake access,
No pets. $800 mo. 1st & sec.
dep. (561)927-8211


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Mobile Home Angels
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OKEE 2/2, Very nice w/lot!
9317 SE 57th Dr., $55K or
$700/mth. 772-597-2098 or
2BA w/Covered Car Port &
Shed. On rented lot $15,000


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

1987 Excellent condition,
V8 Ford Inboard, low
hours,Top, depthfinder, ra-
dio,Trailer. Fresh water run
$11500. (863)824-0801

MALLARD 2002, 26 ft, travel
trailer, sleeps 3, good cond,
very clean $3900 or best of-
fer (518)469-0990

KAWASKI Red 2001 Mean
Streak 1500, great shape,
runs perfect $5500


o0woder newspaper
eadrs are more popular


Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070

EZ GO Used, Good condition,
charger, $900 or best offer.
How do you find a job
in today's competitive
market? In the
employment section
of the classified

2004 White extended cab
truck145,000 runs good,
a/c, auto. Tinted windows,
V-8, air bags, anti-lock
brakes $6500/or best offer

OLDSMOBILE 1993, 7 pas-
senger, cold ac, heat new
tires, Good shape $1550

Houses -Sale 10251

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Public N Ic 5

NOTICE, The City of Okeechobee Plannng Board wll meet as the Loca Planning
Agency on Thursday, February 18, 2009 at 6 00 p m. or as soon thereafter as
possible, to consider any proposed amendments submitted by City Staff or citi-
zens, to the adopted ty Comprehensive Plan, which may include amendments
to the adopted Land Development Regulations {LDRs) Al amendments are for-
warded, with a recommendation, to the City Council for final consideraton The
meeting will be held at City Hall, 55 Southeast 3rd Avenue, in the Council Cham-
bers, Room 200, Okeechobee, Fonda
A copy of the agenda may be obtained from the Ciy web site www.csuofokechke-
behe l or contact the Genera Serpvces Deparment, bclementdacitvol okeech -
bee cor. (863) 763-3372x218
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the Planning Board with respect to any matter considered at
his meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings
is made which record includeshe testimony and evidence upon which the ap-
eal is to be based General Services media are used for the sole purpose of
back-up for the department
In accordance with the Amercans with Disabiliies Act (ADA) and Florida Statute
286,26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to partcipate in
his proceeding should contact Betty Clement no later than two (2) working days
pnor to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x 218, if you are heanng or vice im-
paired, call TDD 1-800-955-8770 (voice) or 1-800-955-8771 (TTY)

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Councl and City Planning Board will meet in
Workshop Session Topics of discussion include, but are not limited to the pro-
posed Sign Ordinance (No 994) a prospaecve Histocn Preservation ordinance, a
Commercial Corridor Designation, and review the methodology of the 2010
Evaluation and Apprasal Report re toe Cmphensive Plan
The workshop wil be held on Thursday, February 19, 2009,
the Planning Board Meeting at 6:00 p.m at City Hall, 55 I I
Okeechobee Flionda The public is ineted and encouraged to atend
A copy of the agenda may be obtained from the City web site www cyiofrokeecho-
beecl or contact the General Services Department, bI ement-acivofokech-
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decision made by the Planning
is meeting, or heanng will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings
is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the ap-
peal is to be based General Services media are used for the sole purpose of
back-up for the department
n accordance with the Americans with Disabilies Act (ADA) and Florida Statute

BY BnranWh tehall ZoningAdminisratior
309047 ON 1/30/09

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee will
meet in Regular Session on Tuesday, February 3, 2009, 600 p m at City Hall, 55
SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Flonda The public is invited and encouraged to
attend A copy of the agenda we agn available on our website at www Gscleo e-n
Ghobee tRN or contact City Administraion at (863) 763-3372 x 212
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at this
meeting, such interested person will need a record of the proceedings, and for such
purpose may need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which
record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based
City Clerk media are used tor the sole purpose of back-up or the Clerk's Office
In accordance with the Amercans with Disabilites Ac (ADA) and Florida Statute
286 26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodabon to participate in
I i I I i Iter than two (2) working days
I Iu are heanng or vice impaired,
by James E, Krk, Mayor
Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City Clerk
309028 ON 1/30/09

Public Notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

CASE NO 2009-CP-10
The administration of th le estate of GARY
KENT ISAACS, deceased, whose date
of death was December 16, 2008, is
pending in the Circui Court for Okee-
chohee County, ionda, Probate DivE
sion, the address of which is 312 N W
3rd Street, Okeechobee Flonda
34972 The names and address of the
personal representative and the per-
sonal representative's attorney are set
forth below
Al creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedents estate on whom a
copy of this notice is required to be
served must file their claims with this
Al creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate must file
their clams wi this court WITHIN 3
The date of first publication of this notice
is January 30th, 2009
Personal Representatve
2266 Caledonian Street
Clermont, FL 34711
Attorney for Personal Representative
200 NE 4 Avenue
Okecoee FL 34972
18631763 8600
Fla at No 270441
309209 ON 1/30,2/6/09

CASE NO,: 2007-CA-156
Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated De-
cember 2 2008,and entered in Case No
2007 CA 156 of the Circuit Court of the
19th Judicial Circuit, in and for Oeecho-
bee Couny, Florida, wherein D & C IN-
the Paintff and JANETTE A DERBY, is
the defendant I will sell to he highest bid-
der for cash at Jury Assembly Room,
2nd Floor Okeechobee County Judicial
Center 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee
Flonda 34972, on the 18th day of Febru
ary, 2009 at 11 0 AM, the following
descnbed property as set forth in sad Fi-
nal Judgment, lying and being situate in
Okeechobee Courty, Florida, t-wit
Commencing and beginning at the
Northeast comer of sad section 9,
thence South 01 21' 43 West, along
te East line of the said Secion 9, a
distance to 1563 30 feet to the nter-
secton with the centerlne of an exist-
Ing dirt grade, conbnue along the said
centedine, the following courses and
distances, thence north 770 31' 34
West, a distance of 108510 feet,
thence North 690 35 41 West, a ds-
tance of 1106 63 feet, thence depart-
ng the sad centeline, North 00 00
00 West, a distance of 898 93 feet to
the intersecon of the North line of the
said Section 9, thence North 880 49
34 East, a distance of 213428 feet
to the Point of Beginning Less the
North 25 feet to the East 200 feet of
Secton 9, Township 34 South Range
34 East, Okeechobee County, Flonda
N W 72nd Avenue (Vacant Lot
Okeechobee Flooda 34974
In accordance with the Amnencans with
isabilites Act, persons requrng a spe-
cial accommodation to participate in this
should contact
S I* I h 1-800-955-8771 (TDD)
or 1 800 955 -770 (V), via Florida relay
Service, not later tan seven (7) days
pnor to the proceeding
DATED this 23rd day of January, 2009
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By /S/ Sandra L Creech
Deputy Clerk
Attorney for Plantff
200 N 4th Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34972
8G 763 ,8600
OR960 ON 1/30 2/6/09

Public Notice500

I Pubic NoIc

NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Planning
Board/Board of Adjustment and Appeals on Thursday, February 19, 2009 at
6 00 p.m or as soon thereafter as possible The meeting will be hdd at City Hall,
55 SE 3rd Avenue, in the Council Chambers, Room 200, Okeechobee, Flonda
To consider Special Excepion Petiton No 09-001-SE, submitted by property owner
Jerry Suarez, to allow a commercial indoor recreation facility within a CLT Distrct
(Ref Code Book Section 90-253(6))
Property is located at 701 NE 3rd Street Legal descnption Parcel One Lots 7 to
12, inclusive of Block 116, Okeechobee, according to the plat thereof recorded in
Plat Book 1, Page 10, Public Records of Okeechobee Couny, Florida and said

r r. i one of the parcels of land as recorded in
, , Records of Okeechobee County Fonda
I follows Commencing at the Southeast
corner of Lot 1 of Block 116, Okeechobee according to te plat thereof recorded
in Plat Book 5, Page 5 Public Records of Okeechobee County, Flonda Thence
run South and running along the Western boundary of Parcel 4 according to the
Plat No 1 of Taylor Creek Watershed as recorded in Pat Book 3, Page 29, Public
Records of Okeechobee County, Florida to the centerlne of the 15 foot alleyway
in said Block 116, to the Southeast corner of Let 12 of sad Block 116 and also
bang the Northwest corner of Parcel 3 of sad Plat No 1 of Taylor Creek Wa-

leyway ,
A copy tof i
bee corn or contact the General Seroces Departent, belement cil ofokeeco-
bee Gm. (863) 763-3372 x 218 Pease be advised that Board Adjustment
and Appeals will serve as the decision making body (quasi-iudicia), on behalf of
the City, to approve or deny Special Excepn Petitions
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the Planning Board with respect to any mater considered at
this meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings
Is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the ap-
peal is to be based General Services media are used for the sole purpose of
back-u for the department
In accordance with the Amencans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florida Statute

BY Bnan Whtehall, Zoning Administrato
Petition No 09-001-SE
309051 ON 1/30,2/13/09

CASE NO: 2007-CA-335
Order Grantig the Moton to Reset
Foreclosure Sale dated January 15,
2009 entered in Cil Case No
47-2008-CA-112 of the Circit Court
of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for
OKEECHOBEE County, Okeechobee,
Florida, I wil sel to the highest and
best bidder for cash at the Jury As-
sembly Room, 2nd Floor of the OKEE-
CHOBEE Judicial Center 312 NW 3rd
Steet, Okeechobee, Florida, at 11 00
am on the 18th day of February, 2009
the following descnbed property as set
forth in said Summary Final Judgment,
Any person claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of the date of he
is pendens must ile a clam within 60
days after the saoe
Dated this 23rd day of January 2009
In accordance with the Americans With
Disabilies Act, persons needing a spe-
cial accommodation to participate in this
proceeding should contact Court Admi-
istraion no later than seven days pnor to
the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club
Drive, Port St Lucle, FL 34986 or call
1-772-807-4370 within two working
days of your recent of this Sum-
mons/Notce to Appear If you are hear-
ing impaired call 1-800-955-8771 if you
are voice impaired call 1-800-955-8770
via Fonda Reay Service
PLANTATION, FL 33324-3920
(954) 233-8000
309164 ON 1302/6/09

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CASENO.. 2008613-CA
BRENDA DEIGNAN, a single woman and
TO BRENDA DEIGNA, whose place of
residence Is unknown and whese last
known residence address was 19555
Northwest 304th Street Okeechobee,
Florida 34974 and all patties claim-
ig Interesl by, Ihrug h, under or
against BRENDA DEIGNAN, and all
patties having or claiming to have
any right, ile f tts inres the prop-
erly herein described
plant to Foreclose a Mortgage on the
allowing described real property, to-
GMHGA4250431B25A AND
NUMBERS 92017760 AND 92018051
has been filed against you, and you are
required to serve a copy of your wnt
ten defenses, if any, to JOHN D CAS-
SELS, JR, Attorney for Plaintf, whose
address is Post Ofice Box 968, 400
Northwest 2nd Steet, Okeechbee,
londa 34973, on or before the 1st
da of March, 2009 and ile the ongi
na with the Clerk of this Court either
before service on Plantff's Attorney or
immediately thereafter otherwise a
Default will be entered against you for
the relief demanded in the Complaint
This Notice shall be published once
each week for two (2) consecuve
weeks in the Okeechobee News'
DATED this 2th day of January, 2009
Clerk of the Circut Court
BY Adene Nealis
309317 ON 1/30,2/6/09

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Forest Hill upsets Okeechobee

CASE NO., 47-2008-CA.00219
a Motion and Order Resetting Foreclo-
sure Sale Date dated the 15th day of
January, 2009, and entered in Case No
47-2008-CA-000219, of the Circut Court
ot the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for
Okeehobee County, Flnda, wherein U S
BNC3 is the Plaintif and MICHAEL NYE;
SUBJECT PROPERTY are defendants I
wr sell to the highest and best bidder for
at the Okeechobee County Courthouse, in
OKEECHOBEE, Foida, at 11 00 am on
the 181t day of February, 2009, the fol-
Lowing descbed property as set forth in
said ina Judgment, to wit
In accordance with the Americans with
Disablibtes Act of 1990 (ADA) disabled
person who, because of their
disabilities need special accommoda-
on to participate in this proceeding
should contact not later than seven (7)
days prior to the proceeding Court Ad-
minstation at 772-807-4370,
,, ==or
Dated this 22nd day of January, 2009
Clek of The Crcut Court
Deputy Clerk
Law Office of Marshall C Watson
1800 NW 49th Street Suite 120
Fort Lauderdale, Forida 33309
Telephone (954) 453-0365
acslmle (954 771-6052
309146 ON 1/30, 2/ 09

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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
District 14-4A has been
anything but predictable this
year for the Okeechobee High
School Brahmans.
The up and down sea
son continued Tuesday night
when the boys basketball
team fell at home to Forest
Hill, 73-68, a team that has
won just two district games
in 12 tries.
Okeechobee was without
two starters, Corey White and
Ricky Nieto, but still came
up against an inspired team
that shot very well from three
point distance.
Okeechobee (10-11), has
just one district game left at
Glades Central and are in

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Terrence Allen tries a jumper in the first half of Tues-
day's game.

danger of having a losing dis-
trict record (5-7), if they lose
Okeechobee got off to a
good start Tuesday as they
scored the first nine points
of the game. David Jeune
had seven of the team's first
11 points as they build a 15-5
lead late in the first quarter.
Forest Hill didn't give up
and they used some long
distance bombs to narrow
the gap. The Falcons actually
went on an 8-0 run to cut the
deficit to 15-13 early in the
second quarter.
Another three gave them
the lead at 19-17, and they
never trailed again in the
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Matt Skipper drives to the hoop during the second quarter of Tuesday's game.

the half. Forest Hill did build a
seven point lead but Jeune's
three point play cut the lead
to four, 35-31 at the break.
June appeared to be a
marked man on this night.
The Falcons played very phys-
ical defense against him. Two
of their players were given
technical fouls for their rough
treatment of the Brahman
Okeechobee tied the game
at 39 on a three pointer byTer-
rence Allen midway through
the third quarter but also lost
Jeune to his fourth foul with
six minutes left in the third.
Forest Hill went on a big run
with Jeune on the bench and
took a 53-42 late in the third.
Okeechobee went on a run
when Jeune returned to the
lineup. His slam dunk early
in the fourth pulled Okeecho-
bee to within three points,
56-53. That was as close as
Okeechobee would get.
Okeechobee didn't give
up and kept the lead less than
10 points for the remainder
of the game. The Brahmans
did commit a couple of costly
turnovers in the final two
minutes. They also missed
the front end of a 1-1 with 29
seconds left. Even a technical
foul on Forest Hill in the final
minute, couldn't get the Brah-
mans back in it.
The Brahmans JV used
a great defensive effort, and
contributions from their en-
tire bench to defeat the Fal-
cons, 62-47. The Brahmans
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OHS Boys Soccer Team wins tournament opener

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee High School
Boys Soccer Team prolonged
their season for at least one more
match when they dominated the
Lincoln Park Greyhounds, 5-0, in
the first round of the District 14-
4A tournament at Jensen Beach
Monday night.
Okeechobee (9-5-4) moved on
to meet Forest Hill, who defeated
Okeechobee during the regular
season, and ended their season
in 2008.
"The kids want to play them
very badly," Brahmans Coach
Lonnie Sears said, "They didn't
like what happened last year, (a
6-0 loss in the tournament). They
are ready to play."
The Okeechobee squad was
also ready to play Monday night.
They played outstanding defense,
and finally got something going
on the offensive end.
Ivan Torres had two goals to
lead the offense. Oscar Garcia,
Raziel Castillo, and Christian Ter-
obio also had goals for Okeecho-
bee. Pablo Caballero had three

High school

rodeo at



By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee high school
rodeo team will be in action Satur-
day and Sunday with the first ever
Florida High School Rodeo Asso-
ciation rodeo at the Okeechobee
Agri-Civic Center.
Over 200 competitors from
across Florida and south Georgia
could compete in the two day
event which will have events like
bull riding, saddle bronc riding,
bareback riding, barrel racing,
team roping, goat tying, break-
away roping, pole bending, and a
cutting event.
Adams Ranch in St. Lucie
County will host the cutting event
on Friday evening. The rodeo gets
started on Saturday at 9:30 a.m.
Admission is free.
High School Rodeo Coach
Melissa McKay said she is really
excited to have the event at the
Ag center, "It's a great facility. The
Okeechobee Cattlemen's Associa-
tion has been a huge supporter of
us and they pushed for this event.
It is a great place with convenient
services at the RV hookups and
Cowboys Restaurant has also
donated $20 dinners to the win-
ners of the rodeo events. They
also donated pulled pork for the
concession stand which will be
operated by the high school ro-
deo team.
Okeechobee has the only team
in the state that is recognized by
its school board as a varsity sport.
Each team member can receive
high school letters for competing
on the squad.
McKay said she expects as
many as 203 competitors this
weekend. Usually at least 175
compete in the various events.
Some competitors battle in sev
eral events. Each rodeo is inde-
pendent of the other. Competi-
tors can win events on Saturday
and Sunday. There also is an all
around champion crowned.
"A lot of people will come to
town. We think it will be good for
the community and its business-
es," she noted.
The rodeo team held an-
other event in December at the
Okeechobee Cattlemen's Arena.
McKay said the event was a posi-
tive impact on the local econo-
McKay said her team has been
very active in the community this
year as well. They developed a
hospice tree for the festival of
trees that was the second highest
fund raiser. They also participated
in the parades and other commu-
nity events to promote the squad.
The members of the OHS ro-
deo team are JR Gomez, Jacoby
Johns, James Greeson, Jay Zeller,
Breanne Lee, Andrew Holmes,
Shelby Carden, Gabrille Carden,
Garrett Rucks, Carlie Lanier, Me-
gan McNabb, Chelsea McNabb,
Amanda Sheffield, Johanna Trim-
ble, Justin Wolff, Maci Culligan,
Joseph Summerford, Jacob An-
uez, Josh Johns, Cheyanne Fall
man, Lexi Peaden, Raybon Dur-
rance, Nat Stratton, Kyle Folsom,
and William Bearden.

saves in the Brahman net.
"I don't know what happened.
A lot of our regular guys were
pumped up. We made some
mental mistakes over the week-
end and some guys had to sit the

bench in the first half. The oth
ers were mad about it and that
pumped them up," Sears noted.
A number of players played in
a recreation league soccer match
on Sunday a day before there

high school match. That was
against team rules, and Sears said
the players should have known
It didn't seem to matter against
Lincoln Park as Okeechobee

played one of their better matches
of the season. Sears said he thinks
his team will have a chance to up-
set the top seeded Falcons, and
return the favor as the Falcons
eliminated the top seeded Brah

mans last year.
"We have a chance. If we keep
the score down, and put a couple
in the net, our defense is defi-
nitely good enough to shut them
down," Sears noted.

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County Fair-'Red, White and Moo'

The third annual Okeechobee
County Fair is slated to begin on
March 13, 2009 and continue
through March 22, 2009. The Fair
Board has put together an excit
ing array of entertainment for all
It all begins on Friday, March
13, with the grand opening at 5
p.m. That evening, the second
annual Okeechobee County Fair
Beauty Pageant will begin at 7
p.m. Miss Okeechobee County
Fair, runner-ups, Miss Photogenic
and Miss Congeniality will all win
a host of prizes. The winner will
win a scholarship or have the op-
portunity to compete in the Miss
Florida USA Pageant.
Saturday, March 14, is an
action-packed day that begins at
noon with the Bob Teany Classic
Car Show. The Seminole Indians

will present Heritage Day starting
at 1 p.m. This will be a special
occasion for everyone to be en-
tertained as they share many of
their customs including alligator
wrestling, food, dancing, cloth-
ing, and more.
The Fair will also host the
Okeechobee Cattlemen's Asso-
ciation Spring Rodeo on Satur-
day and Sunday, March 15 and
16, beginning at 2 p.m. This
family-oriented rodeo includes
a complete line up of mutton
bustin' and calf scramble for
kids. Special guest acts along
with exciting professional cow-
boys and cowgirls competing in
saddle bronc, bareback, calf rop-
ing, steer wrestling, barrel racing,
wild horse races and the ever fa-
vorite bull riding will all be at the
rodeo as well. The popular band,

Okeechobee County Census Data

Okeechobee County Florida

Population, 2006 estimate 40,406 18,089,888
Population change 2000-2006 12.5 percent 13.2 percent
Population, 2000 35,910 15,982,378

Persons under age 5, 2006 7.4 percent 6.2 percent
Persons under age 18, 2006 24.4 percent 22.2 percent
Persons 64 and older, 2006 16 percent 16.8 percent
Female persons, 2006 46.2 percent 50.9 percent

White persons (non Hispanic) 67.7 percent 61.3 percent
Hispanic persons 22.1 percent 20.2 percent
Black persons 8 percent 15.8 percent
Native Americans 1 percent 0.4 percent
Asian Americans 1.1 percent 2.2 percent
Hawaiian, Pacific Islanders 0.1 percent 0.1 percent
Reporting 2 or more races 1.0 percent 1.3 percent
Foreign born persons, 2000 11.5 percent 16.7 percent

High School graduates age 25+ 65.1 percent 79.9 percent
Bachelor's degree, age 25+ 8.9 percent 22.3 percent
Persons with a disability 8,639 3,274,566
Average travel time to work, 27.7 minutes26.2 minutes

Housing Units, 2006 16,385 8,533,419
Homeownership rate, 2000 74.8 percent 70.1 percent

Median Household income, 2004 $31,332 $40,900
Persons below poverty level 2004 13.7 percent 11.9 percent

Thunder Road will perform in
the Entertainment Tent Saturday
night at 8 p.m.
In addition to the Rodeo, Sun-
day will feature Hispanic Bands
and a Low Rider Car & Bike
On Monday and Wednesday,
and Thursday evenings, the ever
popular Okeechobee Idol and
Karaoke will begin at 7 p.m.
Tuesday night will be Bike
Night with a band and show.
There will be special entry for pa-
trons with a motorcycle helmet.
New this year on Friday, March
20, beginning at 6 p.m. and Sat-
urday at 1 p.m., the Fair will pres-
ent a Blue Grass Festival featuring
four outstanding bands.
Sunday, March 22, is desig-
nated as the last blast or final
day. The Fair will conclude with
another exciting Demolition Der
by sponsored by Accardi-Milrot
Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep. This
year will have improved bleacher
seating and more cars smashing
and crashing!

Back by popular demand, the
Pig Races and Petting Zoo will
be performing daily. A new daily
specialty will be DJ David, keep-
ing you informed with all the ex
citing happenings at the Fair.
Advanced tickets and special
passes are available at Syble's
Flowers & Gifts or online at
Hildebrand Rides will be
bringing their multi-million dol-
lar amusements to Okeechobee.
This year we will have more
spectacular rides for all to enjoy
and great kiddie rides. And last,
but not least we have a great va
riety of food vendors for your eat
ing enjoyment, everything from
steak tidbits to funnel cakes along
with your favorite beverages. So
grab the kids and come on out
to the Third Annual Okeechobee
County Fair.
For updates on the Okeecho-
bee County Fair online, go to

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Chamber 2009 Area Calendar of Events

Jan. 9-11 Anastasini Big Top
Circus Okeechobee, Ameri
can Legion Fair Grounds
Jan. 13 Brighton 157th An-
nual Barrel Mania Brighton
Jan. 17 Speckled Perch
Beauty Pageant -- Okeechobee
Jan. 17 -Okeechobee County
Health Expo -- Okeechobee
Jan. 23-24 Main Street Top-
of-the-Lake BBQ -- Okeechobee
Jan. 31 Buckhead Ridge Cat-
fish Festival -- Buckhead Ridge
-- 863-357-3339
Jan. 26-Feb. 1 American
Legion Fair -- Okeechobee --
Jan. 31-Feb. 1 Battle of
Okeechobee Re-Enactment --
Okeechobee, okeechobeebattle-
Jan. 31-Feb. 1 High School
Rodeo -- Okeechobee -- All Day
-Free Admission, Okeechobee
Agri-Civic Center -- 863-634-4163
or 863-634-1962

February -
Feb. 1 -Battle of Okeechobee
Re-Enactment Okeechobee,
Feb. 5-16 Florida State Fair

Feb. 7-8 Florida Bass Federa-
tion st Qualifier Fishing Tourna-
ment, Okeechobee -863-763
3959 or 800-871-4403
Feb. 7-8 Speckled Perch Fes-
tival & Parade -- Okeechobee
Chamber of Commerce 863-
763 6464
Feb. 16-18 --Arts & Crafts and
PRCA Rodeo Brighton, emi-
nole Tribes of Florida -863-467
Feb. 18-22 -- Seminole Cup
International Sporting Clays
Competition at Quail Creek Plan-
tation -- Okeechobee -- 863-763-
Feb. 21-22 Main Street Top-
of-the-Lake Art Fest Okeecho-
bee, Okeechobee Main Street
-- 863-357-MAIN

Mar. 6-7 Okeechobee Com-
munity Theatre Play Presenta-
Mar. 13-14 -Okeechobee ~
Mar. 13-22 Okeechobee
County Fair Okeechobee,
Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center --
Mar. 14-15 -- Spring Festival
Flagler Park -Okeechobee.

Chamber of Commerce 863
-763 6464

Mar. 14-15
Cattlemen's Spring
~ Okeechobee
Agri-Civic Center

PRCA Rodeo

Mar. 16-21 -Okeechobee
County Livestock Show & Sale --
Okeechobee Okeechobee Agri-
Civic Center -863-763-1666

Lake Okeechobee Survivor
Series -- Pahokee -- 561-261-

May. 25 -- Memorial Day
Celebration and Ceremony --
Okeechobee, Veteran's Memo
rial Park -- 863-763-2950

July 4 -- Jaycee's Fireworks--
Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center
-- 863-763-1666

Sept. 5-7 -Annual Labor Day
Week-End Festival -Okeecho
bee Chamber of Commerce --
Sept. 5-7 -- Annual Cattle-
men's Labor Day PRCA Rodeo
- Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center
- 863-763-1666
Sept. 7 -- Annual Cattlemen's
Labor Day Parade Okeechobee

Oct. 31 -- Annual Halloween
Festival -- Okeechobee Agri-Civic
Center, Okeechobee Main Street
-- 863-357-MAIN

Okeechobee Community
Theatre Play Presentation -
Okeechobee -- 863-763-1307

Dec. 12 -- Annual Christmas
Festival -- Okeechobee Chamber
of Commerce 863-763-6464
Dec. 12 -- Annual Lighted
Christmas Parade -- Okeechobee
Chamber of Commerce --

Speckled Perch festival-

parade, fun and food

Okeechobee County's annu-
al festival honors a fish popular
with local anglers.
The Speckled Perch Festi-
val, hosted by the Okeechobee
Chamber of Commerce, is held
each year on the second week-
end in February.
Festival activities start Satur-
day morning with arts and crafts
and food booths in Flagler Park.
The parade begins at 10 a.m. on
Saturday. Following the parade,
arts and crafts booths will be
open in Flagler Park with live
music throughout the day.
The Chamber of Commerce
hosts the festival fish fry, but
don't expect to find the name-
sake fish. Since speckled perch
are classified as a sport fish, it is
illegal to commercially harvest
them. Health regulations forbid
serving fish to the public that
has not been commercially har-
vested and processed.

These days, the Chamber
serves up generous portions of
fish at the festival fish fry. Festi-
val-goers can also sample other
delicacies at food booths spon-
sored by local clubs and organi-
zations, as well as at Seminole
Indian booths.
Throughout the day, enter-
tainment will be provided in
the park by local bands, singers,
dancers and gospel groups. Also
entertainment for the children is
provided each day.
On Sunday, festival fun con-
tinues for the whole family
with arts and crafts booths and
entertainment in Flagler Park
throughout the day.
For information on the Speck-
led Perch Festival, contact the
Okeechobee County Chamber
of Commerce at 863-763-6464.
The Chamber of Commerce is
online at http://www.okeecho-

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Commissioners have wide range of powers

The Okeechobee County
Board of County Commissioners
consists of five representatives,
each of whom represents and
must live in one of the districts
that make up the county.
They are the legislative and
governing body of the county
and, as such, have powers that
are to be used for the general
welfare of the citizens of the
The current board of county
commissioners includes: Clif
Betts, Jr., chairman District 3;
Noel Chandler, District 2 Ray
Domer, District 1 and Margaret
Helton, District 5.
The District 4 seat is vacant as
of press time due to the recent
death of Commissioner Marvin
Wherrell. The governor will ap-
point someone to fill out the re-
mainder of Mr. Wherrell's term,
which expires in November
Commissioner Chandler was
elected in November 2006 and
will be serving until November
2010. The terms of the other
three commissioners expire in
November 2012.
While their list of powers cov-
ers a wide range, those county
departments that are headed by
a constitutionally-elected officer
do not fall under the jurisdiction
of the board of county commis-
sioners, except in matters of the
annual budget for the operation

of those various departments.
The powers of the commis-
sioners include:
The board will provide for
the prosecution and defense of
legal cases in behalf of the coun-
ty and, in that respect, they have
the authority to retain counsel
and set its compensation.
The board is to provide
and maintain buildings to house
county departments and agen-
The board is to provide fire
protection for the citizens of the
The board is charged with
providing hospitals, ambulance
services and health and welfare
programs for county residents.
The board is charged with
the provision of recreational and
cultural facilities including: librar-
ies, parks, recreation areas, pre-
serves, playgrounds, museums
and historical commissions.
The board is charged with
the establishment, coordination
and enforcement of zoning and
such business regulations as is
necessary for the protection of
the citizens.
The board will adopt and
enforce building, housing and
related technical regulations and
codes as needed for the protec-
tion and safety of the public.
The board is responsible
for the establishment and ad-
ministration of programs for the
general welfare of the public.

The board is responsible
for the collection and disposal of
waste and sewage, provision for
an adequate water supply and
conservation of resources.
The board is responsible for
providing roads, bridges, tunnels
and related facilities for the ben-
efit of the citizens of the county.
The board will establish
and enforce regulations for the
sale of alcoholic beverages in
the unincorporated areas of the
The board is empowered
to levy taxes, impose special as-

sessments, borrow and expend
money, issue bonds, revenue
certificates and other obligations
of indebtedness.
The board can adopt ordi-
nances and resolutions which
is may find necessary for the
exercise of its powers. It is also
authorized to prescribe fines and
penalties for the violation of or-
The Okeechobee County
Board of County Commission-
ers is online at http://www.

County Administrator

oversees 23 departments

Okeechobee County Admin-
istrator Lyndon Bonner is re-
sponsible for the administration
of all matters under the jurisdic-
tion of the Okeechobee County
Board of
County Com-
These func-
tions are per-
formed in ac-
cordance with
federal laws,
state laws and
policies and Lyndon
procedures ap- Bonner
proved by the
county commission.
Administrative responsibili-
ties include budgeting, purchas-
ing, contract management and
personnel administration as well
as general oversight of the coun-
ty's 23 operating departments

and divisions that are staffed by
200 employees.
The county administrator is
assisted with these duties by
two deputy county commission-
ers Robbie Chartier and Jim
The county's current operate
ing areas include administration,
agri-civic center, airport and
industrial park, animal control,
building maintenance, capital
projects, cemeteryservices, code
compliance, emergency man-
agement, engineering, extension
services, fire-rescue, grounds
maintenance, housing, library,
Okee-Tantie Campground and
Marina, planning, recreation,
road maintenance, senior ser
vices, solid waste management,
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City of Okeechobee was created in 1915

The original charter incor-
porated the city as Okeechobee
City in 1915. It was adopted
as (Laws of Florida), Chapter
7208, Special Acts 1915. Chapter
7401 General Acts 1917 created
Okeechobee County and provid-
ed that Okeechobee City should
be the temporary county seat.
Chapter 8318 Special Acts
1919 created the City of Okeecho-
bee. It remained the County
seat. The corporate authority is
vested in an elected five member
City Council and an elected City
The City of Okeechobee's City
Council is made up of five rep-
resentatives who reside within
the city limits. They are elected
at-large, (not by districts), to four
year terms. Each even numbered
year on General Election Day in
November, the city's registered
voters may elect or reelect two
or three city council members to
represent them in their city gov-
Current members of the city
council are: James E. Kirk, Low-
ry Markham, Dowling R. Wat-

ford, Jr., Mike
O'Connor and
Clayton Wil-
Like the
county com-
the city council
membersserve James E.
part-time. Kirk
The city
currently op-
erates with a city administrator
which parallels the organiza-
tion of a business corporation.
That is, the voters (stockholders)
elect the members of the city
council (board of directors). The
day-to-day operation of city gov-
ernment is delegated to the city
administrator. He is responsible
to the city council for the daily
operations of the municipal gov-
ernment, except for the office of
the elected city clerk.
The city council is basically a
policy-making board. Their main
functions are to provide for the
safety and welfare of the citizens
in their care and to establish poli-
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resolutions, agreements, ease-
ments and annual budgets and
approving contracts.
The city council is governed
by the City Code of Ordinances,
Florida Statutes and the Florida
Government in the Sunshine
Law. Their authority is conveyed
through twice monthly, legally
convened city council meetings
open to their citizens.
The position of mayor is cur-
rently filled by James E. Kirk. He
presides over council meetings,
and calls special meetings and
workshops of the city council.
The mayor represents the city at
official functions and is signatory
to city documents.
As well as a list of items for

which the city council has re-
sponsibility, there are also cer-
tain items which the council is
not permitted to do since under
current rules, statutes and regula-
tions. They are county functions
such as: the city council does not
conduct court proceedings at the
municipal level; nor property ap-
praising functions; and it does
not collect advalorem taxes.
The city council meets the
first and third Tuesdays of each
month at 6p.m. in their cham-
bers in city hall, 55 Southeast
Third Ave. Offices are open from
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday
through Friday. The telephone
number for City Hall is 863-763-

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City administrator is an appointed position

Brian Whitehall is the city
administrator for the City of
Okeechobee. This is an appoint-
ed position of the City Council
that is also subject to the City
One of the key elements of
municipal reform has been to
establish a non-political execu-
tive office which is the center-
piece of municipal government.
In the City of Okeechobee, the
office is called that of the City
Mr. Whitehall is assisted in
his office by executive secretary

Robin Brock. The telephone
number for this office is 863-763-
3372, ext. 212.
It is the
duty of the city
to respond to
the multitude
of details that
arise in the dai-
ly operations
of the city, en- Brian
abling the City Whitehall
Council to per-
form freely its fundamentally in
tended purpose of setting broad

policy mandates for the opera-
tion of the city.
It is his duty to see that all
laws and acts of the City Coun
cil, subject to enforcement, are
faithfully executed. It is the city
administrator's responsibility to
prepare and submit the annual
budget, budget message and
capital outlay program and su-
pervise and administer all phas-
es of the budgetary process.
It is his responsibility to nego-
tiate leases, contracts and other
agreements including consultant
services for the city, subject to

the approval of the City Council.
He is to ascertain that all terms
and conditions of the same are
performed as required and no-
tify the City Council of any noted
The city administrator is to
keep the City Council fully ad-
vised as to the financial condi-
tions and future needs of the
city, and make such recommen-
dations concerning the affairs
and operations of the city as he
deems appropriate to the safety
and welfare of the city residents.

City clerk's responsibilities are many

Lane Gamiotea, the city clerk
for the City of Okeechobee, be-
gan serving in this capacity on
Jan.7, 2003. The term of office
of the elected city clerk is four
years, the same as that of City
Council members. Clerk Gami-
otea is assisted in her office by
Deputy Clerk Melisa Eddings and
office assistant Heather Roberts.
The telephone number to this

office is 863-
763-3372, ext.
Duties of the
out in both the
Florida statutes
and in the City
of Okeechobee
Charter and
Code of Ordi-


nance's. The city clerk is the sec-
retary to the City Council, (Mu-
nicipal Corporation), the city's
personnel administrator, city
records custodian and manage-
ment liaison officer for the city
to the state capital. All advertis-
ing of public interest for the city
is processed from the clerk's of
fice. The city's maps are updated
annually and maintained by the

clerk including changes in zon-
ing, closing of streets and alleys
and annexations as they oc-
cur through actions by the City
Council. The clerk is the keeper
of the city seal and is signatory
on all city documents and on
checks drawn against city funds.
The city clerk has been appoint
ed by the City Council as person
nel administrator.

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Okeechobee County Clerk of Courts

The Florida Constitution es
tablished the Clerk of Circuit
Court as an elected public trust-
ee, set in place at the county lev-
el as a system of checks and bal
ances that has proven to serve
the public well.
Including herself, Ms. Robert-
son employs 50 individuals -
two of whom
are part-time
This office
is charged with
the responsi-
bility of a wide
range of re-
cord keeping,
information Sharon
management Robertson
and financial
management services in the ju-
dicial and county government
The office of the Clerk of Cir-
cuit Court is held responsible for
county civil court, circuit civil
court, county criminal court, cir
cuit criminal court, juvenile court
and traffic court.

County civil court consists of
small claims with a value of up to
$5,000 and county court claims
with values between $5,000 and
$15,000. Circuit civil court hears
any suits with a value of more
than $15,000, as well as cases
involving actions of probate,
guardianship matters, divorces
and child support payments.
Circuit criminal court con-
sists of all cases of adult felonies,
while juvenile court is responsi-
ble for hearing all cases of under-
age defendants and those involv-
ing dependent children.
County criminal court hears
all matters involving misde-
meanor charges of adults, and
traffic court hears those cases
evolving from traffic offenses
and citations.
Ms. Robertson's office also
has the responsibility of keeping
all court minutes and records,
preparing judgments of commit
ment and sentence, maintaining
all official court record and pre-
paring final judgment in both
civil and criminal courts.

The office is also responsible
for the final disposition of re-
cords in divorce cases.
The clerk's office serves as the
official recording department for
the county. In addition to issuing
marriage licenses, this office also
performs weddings for the statu-
tory fee of $30.
Within the official records are
recorded deeds, mortgages and
all documentation pertaining to
real estate. The clerk's office is
the correct place to file a Decla-
ration of Domicile, and to have
tax deeds processed.
This office currently serves as
Okeechobee County's only des-
ignated acceptance facility for
The clerk's office also serves
to provide informational, finan-
cial and statistical data to the
State Legislature, Supreme Court,
Florida Department of Law En-
forcement, Auditor General, De
apartment of Children & Families
and other state agencies.
All duties of the clerk's office
are mandated by Florida statutes,

even down to fees to be charged
for each type service. Ms. Robert-
son also serves as the ex-officio
clerk to the Okeechobee County
Board of County Commission-
ers, acting as the accountant and
auditor for the board. As Clerk
to the Board, she maintains all
records pertaining to official
county activities. This includes
the minutes of the County Com-
mission Board meetings, copies
of ordinances, copies of resolu-
tions, and all other official coun-
ty documents.
As Accountant and Auditor to
the Board, the Clerk is charged
with keeping records and mak-
ing required reports of all mon-
ies received and disbursed by the
Board. She also serves as Clerk
to the Value Adjustment Board.
The Office of the Clerk of
Circuit Court is open Monday
through Friday from 8:30 a.m.
until 5 p.m., and is located in
the Okeechobee County Judicial
Center at 312 N.W Third St. The
telephone number is 863-763-

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Elections office has varied functions

The Okeechobee County Su-
pervisor of Elections, a consti-
tutional officer, must follow all
state and federal election laws.
Florida Statutes mandate the du-
ties and responsibilities of the
Supervisor of Elections.
In addition, the supervisor
must go beyond the Florida Stat
utes and U.S. code to:
rules as promulgated by the
Department of State in the Flori-
da Administrative Code;
legal opinions from the Di-
vision of Elections, Department
of State, Attorney General, and
U.S. Department of Justice; and,
case law as set forth by the
Circuit Court, District Court of
Appeals, Florida Supreme Court,
Federal District Court, and the
U.S. Supreme Court.
Gwen Chandler currently
serves as supervisor of elections
for Okeechobee County. In addi
tion to Mrs. Chandler, the office
has two full-time employees.
Temporary workers are em-
ployed during elections.
Other functions conducted by
this office include:
Record Management

Administration of voter reg-
istration lists;
List maintenance as man-
dated by state and federal laws;
Public Re-
cord law, with
restrictions on
storage and
retention, and Gwen
destruction; Chandler
Voter Educa-
Publications such as "Guide
to Elected Officials", and "Voter's
Year round school pro
General voter service and
Security Procedures
Manual written in compli-
ance with Rule IS-2.015;
Office subject to perfor-
mance audit by independent
Updating for changes in
procedures and forms;

Petition Verification and Certi-
fication Process
County, district, state and
federal candidates;
Constitutional amendments
and county issues;
Candidate Assistance
Research and preparation
of qualifying packs;
Briefings and assistance
with forms;
Pre-filing, qualifying and
certifying candidates;
Campaign Report Manage-
ment and Review
Pre-filed and qualified can
Political parties; and,
Political Committees and
Committees of Continuous Ex-
The Supervisor of Elections
is also responsible for election-
related activities, such as: ballot
layout, ballot planning and order-
ing, legal advertising, appointing
and training over 100 poll work-
ers, maintenance and upkeep of
voting equipment, working with
the canvassing board and tabu-

The NVRA (National Voter
Registration Act) effective Jan.
1, 1995, made voter registration
more accessible. The NVRA now
allows people to register by mail,
at drivers' license offices and at
public service offices. Addition-
ally, applications are available
locally at several different loca-
tions including banks, Indian
River State College, the public
library and on-line at www.vo- Voters can
also use application forms to
make party changes, make ad-
dress changes or request a new
voter registration card.
Mrs. Chandler urges voters to
keep their voter records current
by notifying the office of address
or name changes.
The Supervisor of Elections
office is open from 8 a.m. until
5 p.m. Monday through Friday
and is located at 307 N.W. Sec-
ond Street. The phone number
is 863-763-4014. For more elec-
tions or voter registration infor-
mation, visit the local and state
web sites at: www.voteokeecho- and http://election.dos.
No elections are currently
scheduled for 2009.

Okeechobee Voters
Total Registered Voters in Okeechobee County: 19,067
Democrats: 10,331
Republicans: 6,121
Other: 685 No Party Affiliation: 1,930
Okeechobee County 2008 Presidential Election results:
Barack Obama (DEM) 39.89 %
John McCain (REP) 58.89%
Ralph Nader (ECO) 0.42 % Other candidates 0.39 %
Write-in Votes 0.41 %

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01 Abundant Blessings Church 4550 Hwy 441 N
02 Basinger Comm. Center 20350 HWY 98 N
03 The Gathering 1735 SW 24th Avenue
04 Oakview Baptist Church 677 SW 32nd Street
05 VFW #10539 3912 Hwy 441 SE
06 Episcopal Church 200 NW 3rd Street
07 First Methodist Church 200 NW 2nd Street
08 Okee. Christian Church 3055 SE 18th Terrace
09 New Testament Baptist Church 535 NE 28th Ave (New Location)
10 Corer Stone Baptist 18387 HWY 441 N
11 Palm Village Ranch 1200 SW 44th Blvd
12 Civic Center 1750 HWY 98 N
13 Catholic Church Pavilion 701 SW 6TH Street
14 American Legion 501 SE 2nd Street
15 VFW# 10539 3912 HWY441 SE
16 Civic Center 1750 HWY 98 N
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Okeechobee County Property Appraiser

The Property Appraiser is
responsible for locating and ap-
praising al l property within his
jurisdiction. The appraisal figure,
called the "property assessment"
is the basis for many of the taxes
paid when you own property.
The county property appraiser
operates according to the laws
of Florida.
The Okeechobee County
property appraiser (OCPA)
keeps the records on 32,994
land parcels. These may con-
tain as many as 100 lots or 960
acres in a single parcel. A large
parcel can also include several
zoning districts such as agricul-
ture, residential or commercial
with several land classes such
as citrus, pastureland, nursery
and aquaculture, all within that
single parcel. OCPA maintains a

huge database of specialized in-
The OCPA is required to re-
view (visit and inspect) each in-
dividual parcel
of property ev-
ery three years,
record any ad
editions to or
deletions of
and record the
current physi-
cal condition of
said improve- Bill Sherman
ments (build-
ings) thereon. It is their response
ability to record all property sales,
analyze the sales, do a statistical
analysis of the sales and conduct
a ratio study to determine the
level of our assessments. They
then investigate the building ma-

Tax collector agent

of many state offices
The county office of the tax is based on the assessed value
collector was established in the of the property and the millage
1885 state constitution. It was rate, which is set by various tax-
thought that local taxes could ing authorities.
best be collect- As an agent of the Depart-
ed by a local l- ment of Highway Safety and Mo-
official, who tor Vehicles, the tax collector is-
would be more
sues state motor vehicle licenses
responsive to
the needs of and processes applications for
the communi- titles on automobiles, trucks,
ty that elected mobile homes and boats. The
him or her. tax collector also sells hunting
The tax col- and fishing licenses for the state,
lector serves a Celeste and occupational licenses for
four-year term Watford Okeechobee County.
and is elected In most counties, the tax col-
at the same time as the President lector is a fee office and the of-
of the United States. fice budget is approved by the
The tax collector is respon- Department of Revenue. The
sible for the collection of ad va- office operates on the fees im-
lorem taxes and other taxes set posed for services rendered and
at the local level, including those any excess monies are remitted
by special levying districts, state e bod of cony ommis
agencies and county commis- to the board of county commis-
sions. sioners at the end of September
The tax collector also acts as every year.
an agent of several state depart The current Okeechobee
ments -including the Depart- County tax collector is Celeste
ment of Revenue, the Depart- Watford. The tax collector's of
ment of Highway Safety and fice is located at 307 N.E. Fifth
Motor Vehicle and the Florida Ave., Suite B. Their phone num-
Wildlife and Fish Conservation ber is 863-763-3421. Their office
Commission. hours are 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.,
For the Department of Rev- Monday through Friday.
enue, the tax collector bills and For information, visit their
collects real and personal prop website at: www.okeechobee
erty taxes. The amount of the tax

trial cost, labor cost, etc., land
value based on the sales in order
to make the necessary adjust-
ments to the building cost index,
which, by and large, controls
the assessments of real property
with improvements.
This office maintains a Geo
graphic Information System
(GIS). This "system" is a base
map of the entire county show-
ing each parcel of land that is
geographically and geometri-
cally correct. The office provides
copies of aerial photographs, tax
maps and property cards to real
estate appraisers, title insurance
agencies, attorneys, surveyors
and the public.
The Property Appraiser re-
ceives applications for and
grants; homestead exemptions,
widow/widowers exemptions,
disability exemptions, senior
exemptions, religious and chari-
table exemptions as well as ap
plications for agricultural classi-
fication. Last year OCPA mailed
out 8,401 homestead exemption
renewals, mailed more than
3,700 tangible personal property
returns, received, processed and

mailed several thousand agri-
cultural classification renewals.
In addition, more than 36,000
T.RI.M. Notices each year go out
to inform property owners of
the new assessed value of their
property and the proposed taxes
for the current year.
Last year, OCPA processed
1,442 deeds (recorded grantor-
grantee, date and amount of sale
and legal description of prop-
erty sold). If the subject property
was split from another parcel,
maps are updated to reflect the
changes. Many times, OCPA
then does a physical inspection
of the new parcel to update our
record of the improvements. Of
the 1,442 deeds, 408 were on
vacant land and 1,034 were par-
cels with buildings that we refer
to as improvements. The office
encourages all property owners
to examine their TRIM notices
carefully when you receive them
in August. If you think your prop-
erty is assessed over or under the
market value, please come by
the office at 307 N.W. 5th Avenue
and they will be glad to discuss
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The Okeechobee County
School District was formed at
the same time as the county, in
The district is governed by a
five-member board, elected by
the citizens for four-year terms.
Current school board members
are Kelly Owens, Board Chair, In-
dia Riedel, Board Vice-Chair, Joe
Arnold, Gay Carlton, and David
Williams. The current Superin-
tendent of Schools is Dr. Patricia
The Okeechobee County
School System currently employs
40 administrators, 510.5 teach-
ers, 68 food service workers, 52
custodians, 116.5 paraprofes-
sional aides, 58 bus drivers, 45
secretaries/bookkeepers, 7 deaf
interpreters. With several smaller
groups of workers included, the
system employs a total of 963.50
The current budget includes
a little over $11,833,087 million
for capital projects, which in-
cludes spending on new build-
ings, repairs and renovations to

older buildings and purchases of
school buses.
The operating budget, cur-
rently $59,244,454 million, pays
for recurring expenses such as
salaries, supplies and learning
materials. The food service pro-
gram has a budget of $3,752,738
million, most of which comes
from federal funding and is self-
The current budget also in-
cludes $274,478 for debt service
and $6,252,965 million in federal
program funds. The total school
district budget for this school
year is $81,357,722 million.
The Okeechobee County
School District relies heavily on
state and federal funding. Only
21 percent of all budgeted funds
come from local property taxes.
The Okeechobee County
School district has one high
school, the freshman campus,
two middle schools, five ele-
mentary schools, one alternative
center and three juvenile justice
residential programs. The district
serves 6,964 students in pre-kin-

dergarten through 12th grade.
The district serves students from
Okeechobee and all surround-
ing counties.
The student population is
very diverse, including: 58 per-
cent Caucasian; 30 percent His
panic; 9 percent African Ameri-
can; 2 percent Native American;
and, 1 percent other.

A large migrant student influx
arrives in late fall each year and
stays until late spring.
Some federal funds are re-
ceived to assist in educating
these students.
The Okeechobee County
School system is online at: http://

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Okeechobee County Schools: Achieving Excellence!

By Dr. Patricia G.
Cooper, Superintendent
True to our vision of Achieving
Excellence, the School District
of Okeechobee County, Florida,
made some major strides during
the 2007-2008
school year.
cally, our dis-
trict continues
to close the
gap. Once
again, our dis-
trict grade of Dr. Patricia
"B" reflects the cooper
sincerity and
dedication of our administrators,
teachers, staff, parents and stu-
dents. Seven of our nine graded
schools received an "A" or "B;"
however, always striving to im-
prove, we continue reviewing
assessment and curriculum data
to determine where we need to
increase rigor or revise instruc-
Other information reveals to
us that we must move forward
toward the mandates of class size
reduction by adding classrooms.

During the 2007-2008 school
year, we moved closer toward
accommodating that legislation
by completing 14 classroom ad
edition at Osceola Middle School.
With state of the art technology,
large, spacious classrooms and
"school within-a school" imple
mentation for 2008-2009, our fifth
grade students who moved from
Central and South Elementary
schools, are self contained but
have equal opportunities with
their peers attending elementary
schools within our district. Art,
music, physical education and
technology are a few of the of
ferings being afforded these stu
dents this year. Also, these fifth
graders have their own dining
room within the new building,
and, what appeared to be the
biggest seller for the students -
their very own lockers!
Along with anticipated stu-
dent growth comes the contain
ued need for quality teachers.
Our partnerships with Indian
River State College and Florida
Atlantic University have allowed
a number of potential educators
who live and work here to take
advantage of college courses for

both associate and baccalaure-
ate degrees.
Ever-mindful of the need
for a strong, well-trained work
force, we have implemented the
Major Areas of Interest and ex-
panded our career and technical
programs. Both academic and
career-related curricula provide
dual enrollment programs that
allow our students to receive
both high school and dual enroll-

ment credit toward their ultimate
career goals. As educators, we in
the school system of Okeecho-
bee County, Florida, believe that
education is the key to the future
of our young people. We are
pleased and proud to serve this
community and would ask you
to partner with us in this most
important adventure and vision,
Okeechobee Schools Achieving

Lake Okeechobee

Okeechobee County is on the
northern tip of Lake Okeecho-
The massive lake is a 730
square mile, relatively shallow
lake with an average depth
of 9 feet (2.7 meters), Lake
Okeechobee is the second-
largest freshwater lake located
wholly within the continental
United States, second only to
Lake Michigan.
Lake Okeechobee's drainage
basin covers more than 4,600
square miles (11,913 km2).

Geological survey data indi-
cate that Lake Okeechobee was
formed about 6,000 years ago,
when ocean waters receded and
water was left standing in a shal-
low depression in what today is
known as the state of Florida.
The original lake probably was
saline, but over time the salt wa-
ter was replaced by freshwater
from rainfall. "Okeechobee"
means "big water" in the Semi-
nole (Miccosukee) language.
Source: South Florida Water
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IRSC: growing

The Indian River State College Alfrey, Cheryl Worl
(IRSC) Dixon Hendry Campus in Blair, Jack Silvas, Joe
Okeechobee sits on 45 acres lo- John Van Bershot wor
cated at 2229 N.W Ninth Ave., eachdaytolivetheir c
and offers a variety of programs sion statement: "With
and services to meet the higher touch thestaffat the O
educational needs of Okeecho Campus is committed
bee County. In fact, over 2600 conditions that lead
Okeechobee residents par- success." Services off
ticipate yearly in programs and Dixon Hendry Cam
events at the Dixon Hendry Cam- this commitment. Th
pus and its outreach sites. Support Center (ASC)
The well-manicured cam- GED preparation, A
pus consists of three buildings Education assistance,
that house state-of-the-art class- a Second Language
rooms fully-equipped with tech- testing services and
nology. Students attend classes tutoring. Josh Padge
that lead to the completion of entire Academic Sup
the Associate in Arts degree, enstae Academic Sup
preparing for university transfer, staff are committed
Associate in Science and Associ- students use the ASC
ate in Applied Science degrees sources for tutoring a
in preparation for high-tech ca- assistance.
reers, as well as technical cer- The Dixon Hendr
tificate programs that prepare serves as the hub for
students for the world of work. development and t
IRSC also offers nine Bachelor's Okeechobee County.
Degree programs in the fields ners with many local
of Education, Nursing, Organi- and government a!
national Management, Public provide customized I
Safety Administration and Health their employees. For
Care Management. formation about pro
Provost Sam Smith, with staff services at the Dixp
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Dixon Hendry Campus serves as a multi-purpose resource
to support educational, business and community develop-

Conference and
Education Center
The Williamson Conference
and Education Center is an excit-
ing addition to the Dixon Hendry
Campus and to the Okeechobee
community. The Center serves
as a multi-purpose resource to
support academic, economic,
community, cultural and busi
ness development. The new
15,000 sq. ft. facility is equipped
with the latest technology and

is the only facility of its type in
Okeechobee. It houses nursing,
biology and computer laborato-
ries and classrooms to expand
educational opportunities.
Businesses and members of
the community can use the stra-
tegic planning room, with break-
out rooms, a multi-media audito-
rium with covered veranda and
catering kitchen for conferences,
training and community events.
Contact Joe Arnold, Conference
Center Specialist, at 863824
6025 for event scheduling and
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Local sports programs abundant in county

By Charles Murphy
Okeechobee News
There are sports programs for
athletes of all ages and ability in
Okeechobee County.
The Okeechobee Citi-
zens Recreation Association
(O.C.R.A.) has football, softball,
baseball and cheerleading pro
grams available to the youth of
For age divisions and weight
requirements, please contact
O.C.R.A. at 863-634-1437.
Football is played in the fall of
the year. They have baseball and
softball programs in the spring
and fall.
The Okeechobee Pop Warner
football program, the Okeecho-

bee Lil' Brahmans has leagues
for Tiny Mites (5-7), Mighty
Mites, (7-9), Jr. Pee Wee (8-11),
Pee Wee (9-12), Jr. Midget (10-
12), and Midget (11 14).
There are weight require-
ments within each age group.
The league plays from August
through November. Pop War-
ner also has a cheerleading and
dance program that is open to
youth ages 5-14.
For additional information
and requirements, contact James
Shockley at 863-634-3482.
The Little League Baseball
team is open to kids ages 4-16.
They boys ages 5-12 play on in
town games while the boys ages
12-16 play both in town and
travel ball.

For additional information
please contact James Shockley
at 863-634-3482.
The Okeechobee County
Parks and Recreation Depart-
ment has a number of programs
for youth and adults. Their pro-
grams include youth soccer for
ages 5 16, youth basketball for
10 and under and up to 14 years
old, adult softball leagues, adult
flag football and a competitive
youth swim team. They also
have a number of sports leagues
for adults, male and female.
For additional information
contact the County Parks and
Recreation Department and Di-
rector Darrell Enfinger at 863-

The Chobee Bulls is a private,
non profit organization that is not
affiliated with any other private or
county-run program. They pro
vide a football and cheerleading
program for athletes ages 9-15.
The Bulls did not field a team in
2008 but are hopeful of rebuild-
ing the program this year.
The Brighton Warriors foot-
ball program includes children
from Moore Haven, Glades
County and the Brighton Semi
nole Indian Reservation. They
did not field a team in 2008. They
play in the fall of the year.

Okeechobee County Tourist Development Council

The Okeechobee County
Tourist Development Council
(TDC) is an advisory board of lo-
cal citizens and elected officials
that oversees and recommends
ways to promote Okeechobee

County as an attractive destina- ty. The three percent tax is levied

tion for tourists.
The TDC is funded by a bed
tax that is regulated by Florida
statutes that was approved by
the voters of Okeechobee Coun-

The members of the TDC

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Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center

By Pete Keogh, Director
The Okeechobee County
Agri-Civic Center is a 78,000
square foot under roof arena
with a 125' by 240' competition
clay/sand surface. It comfortably
seats 4,020 in the fixed bleacher
system and can accommodate
an additional 2,200 patrons in
portable seating on the ground
for stage performances. Sound
is provided through a $40,000
system with its own FM radio
band that can play to any loca
tion on the 150-acre fairground
site and within several miles of
our entrances.
The arena is accompanied
by a 36,000 square foot, 125
stall barn, enabling the venue
to host regional level equestrian
events. Both the arena and barn
are power turbine ventilated,
providing climate control for
both horses and performers.
The main arena sound system
is wired into the barn to apprise
event participants on the show
in progress. The barn rest rooms
provide showers for partici-
pants and there are wash areas

for livestock. A 50-site RV park
equipped with electrical hook
ups and potable Okeechobee
Utility Authority water is avail-
able for competitors, promoters
and spectators.
Expansion projects com-
pleted within the 2007/08 fiscal
year included construction of a
125' by 225' outdoor arena, an
additional 1,495 bleacher seats
in the covered arena, two trans-
port mobile seating systems that
accommodate 360 spectators at
either arena or anywhere on the
common grounds, one transport
mobile ticket booth, multiple site
electrical upgrades, an asphalt
pedestrian path that provides
Americans with Disabilities Act
accessibility from the main park-
ing lot to the midway and from
the midway to the fairground
rest rooms.
Major event programming
for the calendar year included
the Okeechobee County Fair,
Okeechobee County Jaycees 4th
of July Fireworks Show, National
Dayofthe CowboyFestival/Ranch
Rodeo, Okeechobee County Cat-

tlemen's Spring and Labor Day
Rodeos, Okeechobee County
Youth Livestock Show, Top of
the Lake Barbecue Affair (Jack
Daniels Qualifier), Okeechobee
Main Street Halloween Celebra
tion, Shared Services Health
and Safety Expo, Treasure Coast
Exotic Bird Show, Junior Cattle-
men's Beef Show, Okeecho
bee County 4H Summer Horse
Camp. Okeechobee High School
Graduation, Clinton Anderson's
"Horsemanship Downunder,"
Dennis Reis Ranch Production's
"No Dust Tour," First Coast In-
vitational Show Jumoine Event

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County Commission, two from
Okeechobee City Council, and
six members who are involved
in the tourist industry or have
shown an interest in the tour-
ist industry of Okeechobee. Not
less than three and no more
than four members of the TDC
shall be owners or operators

and the Okeechobee County/
Okeechobee Main Street "Christ-
mas in the Country."
The agri-civic center/fair
grounds is located three miles
east of downtown Okeechobee
at 4200 S.R. 70 East. The event
gate is one mile south of the
intersection of S.R. 70 and S.R.
710 on S.R. 710. For informa-
tion contact the Okeechobee
County Agri-Civic Center/Fair
grounds Administration Office
at 863-763-1666 or by e-mail at
of motels, hotels, recreational
vehicle parks or other tour
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in the County. Kathy Scott is
the tourism coordinator for
the TDC. The TDC office is lo-
cated at 500 NW 6th Street For
more information you can call
them at 863-763-3959 or toll
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Main Street helps to improve the community

Okeechobee Main Street,
Inc. is a non-profit organization
with roots dating back to the
1980s when the National Trust
for Historic Preservation formed
the Main Street program. The
Main Street program is designed
to improve all aspects of the
downtown or central business
district, producing both tangible
and intangible benefits. Improv
ing economic management,
strengthening public participa-
tion, and making downtown a
fun place to visit are as critical
to Main Street's future as recruit-
ing new businesses, rehabilitat-
ing buildings, and economic
development. Since Okeecho-
bee County is a rural commu-
nity, Okeechobee Main Street
branches out for the betterment
of the entire County.
The success of the Main Street
program is based on a compre-
hensive strategy of work, tailored
to local needs and opportunities,
in four broad areas, called the
Main Street Four Point Approach.
The areas are Design, Organiza-
tion, Promotion and Economic
Restructuring. Okeechobee Main
Street has the distinction of be-
ing an Accredited National Main
Street Program by The National
Trust for Historic Preservation
for the past three years.
Okeechobee Main Street is
very active in the community. Ef-
forts are underway to preserve
historic buildings, beautify the
medians, expand usable park ar
eas, and enhance the downtown
shopping district. Way Finding
Signs directing visitors to various
points of interest were erected in
2008 and Welcome to the City
of Okeechobee signage is in the
works to be erected at all four
points of the City Limits. The first
Welcome sign will be erected
soon on U.S. 441 South.
They are ready to begin their
(fourth) Mural Project depicting
the history of the Seminole In-
dian in Okeechobee. This past
year they completed their third
mural which features the history
of the telephone and phone ser-
vice in Okeechobee. The mural
portrays the first telephone oper-
ator and lineman. Special events
are planned to bring the com-
munity together. Everyone looks
forward to the annual Top of
the Lake BBQ Affair in January
that attracts cooks from all over
Florida and even as far away as

Georgia! Local hometown cooks
compete for the very coveted
"Home Boy" Award. Each year
the BBQ grows with more con-
testants, music and the very best
in southern cuisine!
The Top of the Lake Art Fest
located in beautiful Flagler Park,
is a fun filled weekend that fea-
tures a juried art show, a gal-
lery tent filled with local art, art
activities for the kids, food and
entertainment. The 2009 Top of
the Lake Art Fest will include a
weekend of music from various
accomplished musicians and
will end with a concert in the
Okeechobee Main Street won
the prestigious Honor Award
for "Outstanding Special Event"
from the Florida Main Street Pro-
gram for the National Day of the
American Cowboy Celebration
which is held the last Saturday
of July. Main Street partners with
the Okeechobee Cattlemen's As-
sociation for this nationally pro-
claimed event that begins with
a cattle drive from Hwy. 70 West
downtown and ends on Hwy.
70 East at the Agri-Civic center.
Following the cattle drive is a
full day of activities including a
ranch rodeo, storytellers, artists,
whip poppers, music, food and
vendors showing off and selling
western wares.
Each month one of the Main
Street business members hosts
a mixer that is open to the pub-
lic. Main Street mixers are a
great networking and socializ-
ing opportunity that enables the
membership to showcase the
products and services that are
available locally.
Okeechobee Main Street con
sists of a ten member board and
a full-time Executive Director.
Also assisting Main Street is a
group of liaisons from both gov-
ernment and private sectors. The
Okeechobee Main Street office
is located at 111 Northeast 2nd
Street (Cottage 111). For more
information, meeting dates, and
opportunities to get involved,
please call Toni Doyle, Execu-
tive Director, at 863-357-MAIN

Submitted photo/Raphael Pacheco
The Okeechobee Main Street Board of Directors are: (back
row-left to right) Volunteer Committee Director-Linda
Draughn Woloski, Treasurer- Terry Burroughs, Promotions
Director-Donna Huth, Economic Restructuring Director-
Mark Smith, President-Maureen Burroughs, Design Com-
mittee Director-Devin Maxwell, (middle right) Arts and
Culture Director Bridgette Waldau, (front row seated-left
to right) Main Street Executive Director-Toni Doyle, Vice
President-Kathleen Shatto and Secretary-Susan Barber.

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Average Temperature & Rainfall




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January 740 520 2.04 inches
February 750 520 2.05 inches
March 790 570 2.93 inches
April 830 610 2.35 inches
May 880 660 3.70 inches
June 900 710 6.98 inches
July 910 720 6.67 inches
August 910 730 6.80 inches
September 890 720 6.42 inches
October 840 670 2.95 inches
November 790 610 1.91 inches


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Planning department has many responsibilities

The Okeechobee County
Planning and Development
Department has a wide range
of responsibilities. This Board
combines the Code Compliance
Division and the Planning divi-
Duties for the code compli-
ance division include issuing
building permits, reviewing
building plans, inspecting con-
struction for compliance with
building codes and issuing cer
tificates of occupancy.
The code compliance divi-
sion also acts as staff to the
construction industry licensing
board. Among other duties, the
board hears complaints against
contractors and sponsors build-
ers to take tests that are required
to become a licensed contrac-
Code enforcement is also un
der the jurisdiction of the code
compliance division.
If code violators do not come
into compliance within a rea-
sonable period of time, they
may be issued a citation to ap-

pear before a judge or they may
be issued a notice of violation to
be heard before a special mag-
The planning division pro-
cesses applications for land
use changes and abandonment
of rights-of-way, reviews site
plans for new subdivisions and
commercial multi-family devel-
opments, provides flood zone
information, reviews applica
tions for occupational licenses,
assigns addresses and street
names, administers the county
land development regulations
and comprehensive plan, and
provides zoning and other land
use information to the public.
The planning division is staff to
the planning board/board of ad-
justments and appeals.
This is a seven-member board
appointed by the Okeechobee
County Board of County Com-
Their duties include approving
special exceptions, setting require-
ments for those special excep-
tions, granting variances from land

County Judge Jerald Bryant
Okeechobee Civil and Circuit Criminal cases
County Judge as directed by the Chief Judge.
Jerald Bry-
ant handles all His office is in the Okeecho-
Okeechobee bee County Judicial Complex.
County Court The phone number is 863-763-
Cases, Truancy
Court, and as- Judge 3193. Judge Bryant took office
sists with Circuit Bryant Jan. 2, 2006.

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Okeechobee County Fact Book

Friday, January 30, 2009

Sheriff has multiple responsibilities

The sheriff of Okeechobee
County has his duties and regu-
lations established through Flor-
ida statutes, just as do the other
constitutional officers.
At the present time, Paul C.
May is the sheriff and chief law
enforcement officer of Okeecho-
bee County. Sheriff May has over
35 years of law enforcement ex-
perience as a Florida Highway
Patrol trooper, with 25 of those
years in Okeechobee County.
While the list of responsibili-
ties is quite lengthy, generally the
duties of the office of the sheriff
1) As conservator of the
peace within his county directed
to suppress tumults, riots and
unlawful assemblies in his coun-
ty with force and a strong hand,
when necessary;
2) To raise the power of the
county and command any per
son to assist him;
3) To apprehend any person
disturbing the peace or violating
the law;
4) As the executive officer
of the various courts -includ
ing the Supreme Court, circuit
courts and county courts;
5) To execute all orders of the
board of county commissioners;
6) To perform such duties as
may be imposed by law.
Those "other duties" are de-
tailed on no less than four pages
of the Sheriff's Handbook.
Some of the other statutory
duties are: maintaining confident
tiality of juvenile records; attach-
ments and garnishments; post-
ing notices of general elections,
where necessary; providing sys-
tem for processing complaints;
executing process for collection
of estate taxes, intangible per-
sonal property taxes, motor and
fuel taxes, commercial vehicle
taxes, cigarette taxes, severance
taxes and sales and use taxes;
taking custody and delivering
persons for involuntary psycho-
logical exam; reporting abuse or
neglect of aged persons and chil-
dren; recording liquor seizures;
impounding stray livestock;
destroy injured or suffering
animals; summon members of
statewide grand jury; extradition

of witnesses; and, operating the
county jail.
These duties must be carried
out 24 hours a day, 365 days a
year in an area covering some
780 square miles, approximately
500,000 acres of land and water
and a population average year
round of over
Sheriff May .
staff of one un-
dersheriff, Noel
E. Stephen, one
of corrections,
three captains Paul C. May
and 12 lieuten-
There are 43 road patrol
deputies, six school resource of
ficers, one corporal assigned to
the Citizens on Patrol program,
16 full time detectives, one part-
time detective, six deputies as
signed to court security and four
deputies assigned to service of
civil process and 64 detention
All of the above officers must
be certified and are required to
meet state mandated minimum
training standards which pres-
ently are set at an initial 672
hours for law enforcement of
ficers, 530 hours for detention
deputies and 40 hours of retrain-
ing every four years thereafter --
all of which must be paid for out
of the sheriff's budget.
In addition, there are 61 non-
certified support personnel such
as dispatch, administrative, cleri-
cal, medical, maintenance, court
security, school crossings and
food services.
The sheriff is responsible for
preparing and administering a
$17.4 million budget, overseeing
the Sheriff's Auxiliary, Sheriff's
Search and Rescue unit, Sher-
iff's Posse, Citizens On Patrol
Program and the Naval Sea Ca
det Corps. The Sea Cadet pro-
gram is jointly sponsored by the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office, UDTSEAL Association,
UDT-SEAL Museum and the Na-
val Special Warfare Foundation.
The Naval Special Warfare
Trident program has been rec-
ognized nationally as the best

USNSCC Unit in the nation six
times, since the sheriff's office
has sponsored the program, and
was runner-up once.
The Trident Naval Sea Cadet
program was awarded the John
J. Bergen Trophy for the most
outstanding Naval Sea Cadet
program in the nation in 1995,
2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and
again in 2006.
This is the first time this has
been achieved since the incep-
tion of the trophy in 1964. In
2003, Florida Governor Jeb Bush
also recognized them for their
outstanding accomplishments.
The office of the sheriff goes
back hundreds of years in west-
ern civilization, because to him
is given the awesome responsi-
bility of guaranteeing the most
basic function of government
keeping the peace and maintain-
ing law and order.
As the chief law enforcement
officer of the county, he must see
to it that due process of law as
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son is deprived of life, liberty or
property. The sheriff, as the law
enforcement officer of the coun-
ty, is the guardian of the public
peace, safety and security.
As a father of two children
and grandfather of four, Sheriff
May is aware of the many prob-
lems facing our children today
and knows one of the most im-
portant responsibilities of law
enforcement is working with
schools, churches, civic organi-
zations and the business com-
munity to provide a community
in which young people can be
safe and grow to be future lead
Sheriff May is also committed
to involving senior citizens in the
Okeechobee community so they
may be better protected from
those that prey on disabled and
elderly citizens.
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number is 863-763-3117.

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Friday. January 30. 2009

Okeechobee County Fact Book

The Okeechobee City Police Major
Department is a professional second-in-
and progressive law enforce- sponsible f
ment agency. day-to-day
Our primary objective is to The roa
present high-quality certified law as the
enforcement officers sworn to visible par
protect life and property, prevent the police
and suppress crime, preserve the apartment
public order as well as to appre- maintaining
hend violators of the law. We be- constant
lieve that cooperation and team- lice pres
work will enable us to combine in the
our diverse backgrounds, skills munity, an
and styles to achieve this goal. performing
The current organizational assortment
structure of the police depart- essential p
ment includes one police chief, functions
one major, one road patrol help make
lieutenant, four road patrol ser city a safer
geants, nine road patrol officers, This sec
four detectives, three part-time a road patr
officers, one school crossing vided into
guard, one police services coor- with each i
dinator, four dispatchers, one re- and two pa
cords clerk and several certified There is al
auxiliary police officers, ficer that v
Dennis Wayne Davis is cur- evening an
rently serving as the chief of there are
police. Having begun his career service call
with the department as a patrol The liel
man in 1986, Chief Denny Da- ate and m
vis has progressed through the of morale
ranks to become the City Police among th
Department's top-ranking law his comm
enforcement officer, in charge

Robert Peterson is
command and is re-
or the oversight of all
d patrol section serves
*t of
g a
d by
police Denny Davis
place for everyone.
tion is supervised by
ol lieutenant and is di-
four separate squads,
raving a road sergeant
itrol officers assigned.
so an extra patrol of-
vorks primarily in the
d at other times when
a high level of police
Is in the community.
tenant strives to cre-
aintain a high degree
and ethical standards
ie members under
land. The lieutenant
of this unit is Donald


5 Friday, January 30, 2009

policee Department
Hagan. The four sergeants as- into matters involving crime
signed to the patrol section are against persons and property.
Thomas Tamer, Dawn Wendt, The detectives in this division
Victoria Williams and Russell are William Saum, Bettye Taylor,
Cale. Our patrol officers are Phil John Zeigler and James Picker
lip Eddings, Belen Reyna, Jus- ing.
tin Bernst, Danny Green, Jack The administrative staff and
Boon, Kelly Muller, Chad Trout- support personnel hidden be-
man, Robert Morgan and Ryan hind the public eye is comprised
Holroyd. of our Police Services Coordina-
Also assigned to road patrol tor Terisa Garcia; Records Clerk
section on a part-time basis are Jeanna Lanier; Police/Fire Dis-
Lawrence Parzygnat, who also patchers Glenda Wilson, Pam
is fully certified law enforcement Wilkerson, Cesar Romero and
officer that cover shifts during Aurielo Almazan who are a vi-
emergency situations, special tal link between the officers and
details or when undermanned citizens of Okeechobee.
due to various circumstances. The Okeechobee City Police
The school crossing guard is Department is actively work-
responsible for the safety of our ing traffic enforcement and DUI
school age children at Central enforcement, as well as several
Elementary School. Currently other law enforcement services
serving in this capacity is Donna and continuing crime prevention
Grimes. programs relative to the safety
The department has several and well being of the citizens in
Certified Auxiliary Officers -- Ja- our community.
mie Gamiotea, William Casian, The Okeechobee City Police
Lou Gomez and Aurelio Alma- Department is located at 50 S.E.
zan who unselfishly volunteer Second Ave. For information,
their spare time to help provide call 863-763-5521; or, fax 863-
an extra layer of security for our 763-7804.
officers as well as the citizens in The City Police Department
our community. is online at http://www.cityofo-
The Criminal Investigations
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Okeechobee County Fact Book 2

Fire/Rescue Stations

here to protect county

Chief Nick Hopkins heads the
Okeechobee County Fire/Res-
cue Department. David McCain
is the assistant Chief.
The department includes 36
full time firefighter-EMTs and
fire-fighter-paramedics plus a
team of 35 volunteers.
The Okeechobee County Fire/
Rescue headquarters is located
at 501 N.W. Sixth St. Fire/Res
cue authorities can be reached
by calling 863-763-5544. For all
emergency situations, call 9-1-1.
There are four substations
under the county's control. They
are the Treasure Island station,
which is staffed with four full
time personnel, and is located at
3701 S.E. 38th Street, and can be
reached by calling 863-763-1659,
the Fort Drum station which is
manned by volunteers located
at 31500 U.S. 441 N., and can be
reachedbycalling 863 763-0046,
and the north county fire station
located at 1199 N.E. 168th Street.
This newest station is staffed by
two full-time personnel.

At the central station on N.W.
Sixth Street, there are five ambu-
lances, three fire engines, two
tankers and four trucks designed
to battle brush and grass fires.
At the Treasure Island sub
station there is one engine, two
ambulances, and one brush and
grass truck.
The substation at Fort Drum
houses one brush truck, an en-
gine and an ambulance.
The station on N.E. 168th
Street consists of one ambu-
lance, one engine and one brush
Firefighters also respond to
fires outside the city limits and
within the city when requested
by city fire officials.
County firefighters are also
empowered to enforce environ-
mental regulations as they per
tain to illegal burning.

Friday, January 30, 2009

OCFD firefighters

cross trained as EMTs

The Okeechobee City Fire
Department currently consists
of 12 paid and eight volunteer
firefighters, along with secre
tary Sue Christopher.
All paid, and some volunteer
fire-fighters, are cross trained
as Emergency Medical Techni-
cians, (EMTs).
The Department is led by
Fire Chief Herb Smith and as-
sisted by Battalion Chief Bill
Douglas, both veteran firefight-
ers. The City Fire Department
was formed in 1916 and its vol
unteers have been chartered
since 1915. Some of the depart-
ment's members have been
volunteers since they were in
high school at the age of 16,
many years ago. Until 1978,
the City Fire Department was
the sole fire protection agency
for all of Okeechobee County.
They now have a mutual aid
agreement with Okeechobee
County and assist County Fire
Rescue when they are needed
in calls outside the city limits.

The Department also has
four state certified special op-
erations personnel on staff.
They joined with the County to
create a technical rescue team
that can be sent anywhere in
the state during times of emer-
The non-emergency tele-
phone number for the fire de-
partment is 863-467-1586.
The City Fire Department
also has four certified fire in-
spectors, who are responsible
for the fire prevention program.
The City Fire Department is also
an active promoter of fire and
smoke detectors. The city's fire
hydrants are also inspected by
the fire department.
The apparatus the City Fire
Department maintains consists
of three class "A" pumpers, a
four wheel drive brush truck, a
parade vehicle, a 1949 Ameri
can LaFrance Fire Engine, and
a 100 foot ladder truck that was
recently refurbished.

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OUA operates water, wastewater systems

The Okeechobee Utility Au-
thority (OUA) is a government
entity that began full operation
of the water and wastewater sys
tems of Okeechobee on Sept. 29,
The independent OUA board
was appointed through an in-
terlocal agreement approved by
the City of Okeechobee and the
Okeechobee County Board of
County Commissioners.
Two regular board members
and one alternate are appointed
by the City of Okeechobee. Two
regular board members and one
alternate are appointed by the
Okeechobee County Board of
County Commissioners. The four
regular members select the fifth
regular board member and one
alternate from Buckhead Ridge,
Glades County.
Regular board members cur-
rently serving are: Chairman -
Steve Nelson (city), Vice-Chair
- Carl Leonard (county), Second

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and Harry Moldenhauer (Buck-
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The OUA board meets once a
month at the OUA main office at
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In addition to the main wa-
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the King's Bay Water System
and wastewater system and the
wastewater treatment plants at
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School and Lakeview sites in
Buckhead Ridge.
The OUA system, as of De-
cember 2008, had a total of
9,240 metered water accounts
and 4,353 sewer accounts.
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For emergencies after hours, call
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window open during normal
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Okeechobee County Fact Book

Okeechobee Area Churches

Abundant Blessings Assembly of God
4550 U.S. 441 N.
Phone 863-763-3736
Pastor Frank Adams
Sunday service times' 10'30 a.m.
Sunday School. 9:30 a.m.
Sunday Praise and Prayer 6 30 p.m.
Wednesday 7pm
Basinger Christian Brethren Church
C.R 700A N W. 176th Ave
Phone' 863-763-7798
Pastor. Reverend Monroe Arnold
Sunday servicetimes 11 a.m.
Bible Study: Sunday at 7 p m
Believers Fellowship
300 S W Sixth Ave, Okeechobee
Phone' 863763-6848
Sunday school. 10 a.m.
Sunday Service 11 am & 6:30 p m
Wednesday Bible study 7 p m
Bethel Assembly of God
1109 SE Seventh St
Phone' 863-467-0060
Pastor Jeff Pinkston
Sunday school 930 a.m.
Sunday service 1030 a.m.
Sunday small groups: from 6 until 7 p.m.
Wednesday prayer group. 6:30 p.m.
Friday Children's ministries 6 30 p.m.
Big Lake Church of Christ
1115 SW Third Ave
Phone 863-467-6758
Sunday service times' 9'30 a.m., 10'30
a.m. & 5 p.m.
Wednesday 6 p m

Brighton Baptist Church
24050 Highway 70 West, Okeechobee
Phone: 863-763-3063 (Home) 863-763-
6626 (Church office), Pastor Calvin Fryar
9 45 Sunday School, Worship 10:45 a m
Fifth Sunday services with dinner at noon
Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church
8 Cypress St Buckhead ndge
Pastor Richard Postell
Phone: 863-763-7532
Sunday School 9.45 a.m.
Sunday Church 11 a m also in the winter
an 8 30 service
Discipleship Training 6 p.m.
Sunday night 7 p m
Wednesday 7 p.m.
Buckhead Ridge Christian Church
3 Linda Road
Phone: 863-357-6500
Pastors. Assoc. Tim Welburn, Assoc. J.W.
Cotton, Assoc Joel Huddleston
Sunday service times: 10 30 a m
Sunday school 9 30 a m
Women's Bible study: Monday 10 am
Men's Bible study: Monday 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday Bible study 6 30 p.m.
Wednesday Youth group 6 30 p m
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Calvary Chapel
1963 N W 38th Ave, Okeechobee
Pastor: Fred Klesper
Sunday services: Sunday 10 am and
Thursday 7 p.m.
Children s Ministry services Sunday at 10 am

Church of God
301 N.E. Fourth Ave.
Phone 863-763-4127
Pastor Larry Kilgore
Sunday services 8 30 a m, 10 45 am &6 pm
Sunday School' 10 a.m.
Midweek Wednesday (family) night. 7 p.m.
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Church of God of Prophecy
102 N.W. 10th St., Okeechobee
Phone. 863-763-4059
Pastor Mike Bevis
Sunday Morning Sunday School -9 30 a m
Worship Service 10'30 a m
Sunday Evening worship -6 p.m.
Wednesday Evening -7 p.m.
Church of Jesus Christ,
of Latter Day Saints
310 S.W. Sixth St., Okeechobee
Phone 863-467-2425
Sunday services: 9 until 11 a m
Sacrament principles at 10 10 a m
Family history center: Tuesday and
Thursday from 10a.m. until 2 p.m.
Church of Our Saviour Episcopal
200 N.W Third St., Okeechobee
Phone. 863-763-4843
Very Rev. Dr. Edward A. Weiss OSB, APC
Sunday service times (English) 8 and
10 30 a.m.
Services in Spanish at 12'30 p m
Sunday school: 9'30 a m
Youth group: 5 p.m.
Wednesday 6 p.m.

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Cornerstone Baptist Church
18387 U.S. 441 N. Phone: 863-763-3338
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Pastor Tom Pasquarella
Sunday service times 11 a m & 6 p m
Sunday school 9:45 a m
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Everglades Church
3725 SE Eighth Street, 863-467-5479
(Everglades Elementary School)
Pastor. Doug Nickalson
Asst Pastor Enc Phillips
Sunday: Family Bible study. 9.15 a.m.
Worship service 10 30 am
Faith Farm Ministries
7595 N.E. 128th Ave., Okeechobee
Phone 863-763-4224
Pastor. Mike Guthrie
Service times Sunday 10 am
Wednesday: 7 p.m.
First Baptist Church
401 S.W Fourth St, Ph: 863-763-2171
Pastor Randy Huckabee
Sunday Services s15 am,. am &530 pm
Bible study: 9.45 a.m.
Wednesday: AWANAS 6 30 p m ROC,
310 S.W Fifth Ave
Wed Worship/Bible study 6 45 pm
First Baptist Church of Basinger
19836 U.S. 98 N., Phone. 863-763-0437
Sunday Service times 11 a m & 7 p m
Wednesday: 7 pm




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Friday, January 30, 2009

Okeechobee Area Churches, cont.

First Indian Baptist Church of Brighton
20060 Reservation Road, N E
Pastor Brother Wonder Johns
Phone' 863-467-1411
Sunday school. 9.45 a.m.
Sundayservices 11am &7pm
Sunday Junior services 11 30 a.m.
Sunday Discipleship at 6:30 p m
Wednesday. Discipleship at 7 p.m.
First United Methodist Church
200 NW Second St, Off' 863-763-4021
Senior Pastor Bruce Simpson
Associate Pastor/Youth Pastor Jim Dawson
Sunday Services. 8 a.m. Traditional
930am Contemporary, 11 am Traditional
Sunday School 9:45 a m
Wednesday' Youth Group' 6 p.m.
Tuesday: Mom's Morning Out 9:30 a.m.
Fountain of Life Church
1302 S W 32nd St., Okeechobee
Ph. 863-763-8945, Pastor Joe Bishop
Sundayschool 10am Sundayservices:
11am & 6 p m, Wed prayer 7 p.m
Ft. Drum Community Church
32415 U.S. 441 N., Okeechobee
Ph' 863-467-1733, Pastor Fred Hodges
Sunday services. 9.45 a.m., 11 a.m. & 6 p.m.
Wednesday Prayer 7 p.m.
Youth group Wednesday at 6 30 p m
Grace Brethren Church
701 S Parrott Ave Okeechobee
Phone' 863-763-3218 Church Office
Phone. 863-763-7800 Pastor Residence
Pastor Jim Waters
E-mail gracechurchokee@yahoo corn
Sunday service times 930 am Sunday
School, 10.45 a.m. Praise &Worship Service
Wednesday 6:30 p m Prayer Meeting
7 pm Bible Study
Haven of Rest Church
S W. Third Terrace in Cedar Plaza
Ph 863-357-3053, Pastor: Tom Velle
Sunday service times' 11 a.m. & 6 p m
Sunday school Sunday at 10 am
Bible study Thursday at 6 p m
Tuesday Drug rehab support group 6 p m
His House Fellowship, Church of Nazarene
425 SW 281h St Phone 863-763-3519
Pastor Lois Moranville
Sunday Service times. 10.30 a.m.
Wednesday Praise and Prayer 7 p m
Wednesday Children's Ministry 7 p.m.
Sunday Bible Study 930am (*starts March 1)
Hope Ministry A Church of God
1000 NE 14th Ave, Ph 863-357-1319
Pastor Kenneth Williams
Sunday School. 9.30 a.m., Worship. 11 a.m.
First Sunday of each month Communion
Service 10am
Wed Bible study 7 30 pm Youth 7 30 p m
Living Word of Faith of Okeechobee
1902 S. Parrott Ave., Ph. 863-763-6869
Pastor Lee Minton
Sunday service times. 11 a.m. & 7 p.m.
Tue Family Bible study 6 30 p m Wed 7 p m
More 2 Life Ministries
605 S.W. Park Street, Okeechobee
Phone 863-467-0796
Pastor Cary McKee
Saturday- Services at 6-30 p m
Sunday 8 30 and 10:30 a m
Adult prayer meeting: Wednesday 6-30
p m (Okeechobee Presbyterian)
All services meet at Osceola Middle School Gym
Youth group Wednesday 6 30 p m
(meets at Okeechobee Presbyterian)

New Testament Baptist Church
Jim Gilbert, Pastor
535 N E. 28th Ave Okeechobee
Phone: 863-763-6682 church
FAX: 863-763-6645
Sunday School -9:30 a m
Sunday Am Worship & Children Church 10 30
Sun. Night -6 p.m., Wed. Night Serv 7 p.m.
North Okeechobee Church of God
15949 N W 30th Terrace, Okeechobee
Pastor: Don Leon, Phone 863-467-1066
*Call for service times
Northside Baptist Church
51 NW 98 St, Okeechobee
Ph: 863-763-3584, Pastor Arlen Cook
Sunday service times: 11 am & 6 p.m.
Sunday school 10 a m
Wednesday' 6pm
Oakview Baptist Church
677 S.W. 32 Street, Phone: 863-763-1699
Pastor: Dr. John Garrison
Sunday Service Times
9 15 am -Sunday School for all ages
8 a.m. Traditional Service
10:30 a m -Blended Service
6 p.m. -Evening Worship Service
Wed Bible study and prayer service 6 p m
Okeechobee Christian Church
Dennis McCune, Interim Pastor
3055 S.E. 18th Terr; Ph' 863-467-7858
Sunday School 930 a m
Blended Service 10.30 a.m. (Sunday)
Sunday evening 6 p.m.
Wednesday bible study 7 p m
Okeechobee Church of Christ
1401 S. Parrott Ave Ph' 863-763-4477
Minister James Day
Sunday Bible study. 9.30 a.m.
Sunday service times: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m.
Wednesday Bible study 7 pm
Ladies Class -Ladies Healthy Living Support
Group, Thursday 7pm All welcome.
Okeechobee Missionary Baptist Church
4212 U.S. 441 N.
Phone: 863-763-7743
Pastor Lindell Selvey
Sunday service times 1045am &530pm
Wednesday 7pm,
Wednesday' Youth Group Discovery and
Bible Clubs at 7 p m
Sunday school. 9.45 a.m.
Ladies Auxiliary third Monday at 7 p m
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church USA
312 N. Parrott Ave. Phone. 863-824-0013
Pastor Loy Mershimer
Sunday service times: 10 30 a m
Sunday School' 9'15 a.m.
Adult Bible study Sunday 9 a.m.
Food pantry. Tuesday, Wednesday &
Thursday from 9 a m until noon
Peace Lutheran Church
750 N.W. 23rd Lane, Okeechobee
Pastor: John C. Hirst, Church off' 863
763-5042,Drew Achong, youth and family
minister, Sunday services: 9 15 am
Sunday school for all ages,
Traditional Service 8a m;
Contemporary Service 10:30 am
Tuesday 11 am quilters, 630pm Bible
study Wednesday 4 p.m. confirmation
classes, 5.15 p.m. youth group, 7 p.m.
choir practice
Pentecostals of Okeechobee
405 SW 10th Ave
Phone: 863-763-5300 or 863-467-1611
Pastor Raymond Warren
Services SundaySch 10am &630pm
Wednesday Bible study. 7 p.m.

Resurrection Life Church
1803 SW Third Avenue, 863-763-7770
Pastor(s) David and Deborah San Martin
Services. Sunday at 10 a.m.
Children's ministry also at 10 a.m.
Wednesday evening services at 7 p m
Youth Group -Wednesdays -call for time
Roca de Salvacion
Phone' 863-763 3338 leave message
Pastor Gerrardo Armendariz
Thursday prayer 7'30 p m (meets at Oakview
Baptist) Sunday worship 6 30 p m
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
901 S W. Sixth St
Phone. 863-763-3727
Service times' Saturday 430;
Sunday 8 & 10 30 a.m. (English),
and, 12.45 p.m. in Spanish.
St. Stephens AME Church
831 N.E 16th Ave., Okeechobee
Pastor. Pauline G. Livatt
Sunday Services 11 a.m.
Sunday School 9 30 a m
(Temporarily held at First Missionary
Baptist Church)
981 N.W Ninth Avenue, Okeechobee
St. Teresa of the Jesus Child Catholic Church
123 Chobee Loop, BHR
Phone' 863-467-8930
Pastor, Father Lorenzo
Service times. (English) Saturday 4
p m; (English) Sunday 10am (Spanish
- 12 00 noon )
Seasonal -(French) 8.30 a.m. Sunday
Wed' 8:30 a m First Friday: 8-30 a m

The Gathering, Non-Denominational
Pastors Mike & Theresa Brown
1735 S.W. 24th Avenue
Phone' 863-357-4418
Services Sunday: 10 30 am (Children's
Church & Nursery provided)
Wed 7 p.m. Wednesday Youth group

Treasure Island Baptist Church
4209 U.S. 441 S.E.
Phone 863-763-0550
Pastor Brad Spencer
Sunday services' 10-30 am & 6 p m
Sunday school 9:30 a m
Wed,, Children's Club meeting at 6.30 p.m.
Wed : Student ministry at 6 30 p.m.
Bible Study. Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
Victory Baptist Church
500 S.W Ninth St
Phone 863-763-0669
Pastor. Dr. Johnny Jarriel
Sunday service times 1045 a.m & 7
Sunday School: 10 am
Wednesday: Bible Study and Youth
Discovery Clubs at 7:30 p m

Westside Christian Church of Okeechobee
8082 S R 70 West
Phone. 863-467-2278
Minister Richard Barker
Associate Minister Willard Delaney
Sunday service times' 10 am
Sunday Bible School 9:15 am
Sunday: Junior Church Service. 10 a.m.
Wednesday: 6 pm





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