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KEECHOBEE


NEWS


Vol. 100 No. 16 Friday, February 6, 2009 500 Plus tax


Briefs


Calendar Photo
Contest open
Calling all shutterbugs! The
South Florida Water Manage
ment District's Okeechobee
Service Center is seeking Lake
Okeechobee, Lake Istokpoga
and Lower Kissimmee River
Basin area digital photographs
for the 2010 Lake Okeecho-
bee Area calendar. Winning
images will be published as
the featured monthly photos.
Entry forms and contest rules
are available on our website at:
www.sfwmd.gov/okee -- select
"Info & Education." This con-
test is open to amateur photog-
raphers only; individuals may
submit up to three digital pho-
tos until July 31, 2009. Please
call 863-462-5260 with any
questions.

AARP offers income
tax filing help
The AARP Tax-Aide pro-
gram was created to help low-
and middle-income taxpayers
prepare and file their income
tax returns with the IRS, free of
charge. Every year, from Feb-
ruary through April 15, trained
and certified volunteers help
prepare federal tax returns. Tax-
Aide volunteers will be avail-
able in Okeechobee County at
the American Legion Hall, 501
S.E. Second Steet, on Mondays
and Tuesdays, from 9 a.m. to
12:30 p.m., Feb. 9 through April
15. For more information about
the AARP Tax-Aide program
online, go to www.aarp.org.

Early Learning
Coalition meets
Early Learning Coalition of
Indian River, Martin & Okeecho-
bee Counties, Inc. Okeecho-
bee County Provider/Advisory
Council will meet Wednesday,
Feb, 11, 2009 at noon at the
American Red Cross, 323 North
Parrott Avenue. The Bylaws/
Personnel Committee will meet
at 2 p.m.

Drought Index

Current: 652
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

13.28 feet
Last Year: 10.05 feet

nsored By:

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


Index


Classifieds ................ 10-11
Community Events .......... 6
Crossword......................... .. 11
Obituaries 6
Opinion 4
Service Club Briefs. .......... 11
Speak Out 4
Sports 12-13
Sudoku 10
Weather 2
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New radio system badly needed


Old emergency radio
system leaves deputies
in 'dead zones'

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Emergency personnel in
Okeechobee County literally can
be "on their own" when answer-
ing calls due to the 30-year-old
countywide radio system cur-
rently in place.
And while county officials
debate on what type of new sys-
tem they will choose, deputies


from the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO) often
find themselves in "dead spots"
where they have no radio com-
munication.
"I don'twant to delay because
we're dealing with lives," said
OCSO Major Noel Stephen. "We
have rural areas being populated
and our antiquated system is not
geared to pick up those areas.
There are more areas than I re-
ally feel comfortable with, and it
causes me great concern."
The current debate being
carried on by members of the
Okeechobee County Board of


County Commissioners has been
boiled down to a choice of two
new radio systems Florida's
Statewide Law Enforcement Ra-
dio System (SLERS) or Motorola.
While cost is a sticking point
in this debate, so is the decision
on which system best fits the
needs for Okeechobee County.
Both systems will cost in the area
of over $6 million, but a federal
grant will pick up the tab for 75
percent of the SLERS system. It
has yet to be determined just
how much of the Motorola cost
- if any will be paid for by
the federal grant.


Freeze: Temperatures drop


Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken
The temperature dropped throughout Okeechobee County Wednesday night. A sprin-
kler left on at this Okeechobee residence left the fence and trees covered in ice.

Winter strikes for the 3rd time


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
For the third time since
Jan. 1 winter struck central
Florida. Many people are no
doubt hoping that winter will
abide by the old saying "Three
strikes and you're out."
The lowest Wednesday over-
night temperature recorded at
the Okeechobee County Air-
port was 30 degrees. However,
(as George Carlin once said)
nobody lives at the airport. In
other parts of the county where
people do live, lower tempera-
tures were recorded overnight
Wednesday.
It got down to 28 degrees
at Spot in the Sun east of the
city on S.R. 70. An employee at
the South Florida Water Man-
agement District Service Cen-
ter on S.R. 70 across from the
Okeechobee County Agri-Civic
Center reported 25 degrees. The


official NOAA weather station
at the Sheriff's Office Marine
Unit at Okee-Tantie reported a
low of 26.2 degrees.
The lowest temperature
recorded at Williamson Cattle
Company on U.S. 441 N. was
26 degrees. However, Sonny
Williamson said the tempera-
ture only remained that low
for about one hour -not long
enough to cause serious dam-
age to his citrus grove. He said
he only received a very low
level of damage. If the tempera-
ture remains below freezing for
an extended period of time, it
can cause serious damage to
citrus trees.
Mr. Williamson said it was
too windy Wednesday night
to run his irrigation system
-- a common practice on cold
nights since the water tempera
ture is slightly higher than the
air temperature.


On Thursday afternoon the
Okeechobee County Exten-
sion Service had not received
any reports of extensive dam-
age to crops. Horticulturist Dan
Culbert stated that most of the
damage had already been done
by the previous cold spells.
Around town, many people
wrapped up their plants in
large cloths to keep them form
freezing.
Around the state citrus crop
damage was not as bad as it
could have been.
"We feel like we dodged
the proverbial bullet," said Mi-
chael W. Sparks, executive VP/
CEO of Florida Citrus Mutual,
the state's largest citrus grower
organization. "There will prob-
ably be spot damage here an
there but in terms of large scale
problems, we came through
okay."
See Winter Page 8


'We don't know yet how
much (of the Motorola cost)
will be picked up by the grant -
probably no more than $4.5 mil-
lion," said Maj. Stephen. "Both
options are viable for Okeecho-
bee County. If there is no funding
for Motorola, then SLERS will be
the best thing for us to do."
He went on to say the initial
cost of the Motorola system is
about a million dollars less than
the SLERS system.
But whatever the county de-
cides, it must be done soon. One
of the grant requirements is that
the funding must be spent by


Aug. 31, 2010. It is also required
that the system be up and run-
ning by that date. Maj. Stephen
said it could take up to six
months to install and implement
either system.
As for fitting the needs for
Okeechobee County, either sys
tem is infinitely better than the
long-strings-and-empty-tin-cans
system currently used.
One of the biggest points of
discussion between the two sys-
tems is lease vs. outright owner-
ship. To get on the Motorola sys-
See Radio Page 5


Festival



starts on



Saturday


Speckled Perch
Festival: parade,
fun and food

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee Chamber
of Commerce 41st annual
Speckled Perch Festival will
start tomorrow, Saturday,
Feb. 7, and Sunday, Feb. 8, in
Flagler Park from 9 a.m. until 4
p.m. each day.
The Speckled Perch Parade
begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday.


There will be three parks
full of arts and crafts booths of
many different types including:
homemade wood carving; jew-
elry; yard decor; a large leather
display; homemade jams, jel-
lies; "The Pickle Lady"; and
also handmade knives. There
are also many non-profit or-
ganizations attending the fes-
tival who have a multitude ot
information to share with you
about their cause.
As always, each park will
have live music. Park 2 will get
See Festival Page 8


City meeting



sets record



for brevity


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Elected officials are often
noted for their wordiness.
However, the Okeechobee City
Council set a new record for


brevity at their Tuesday, Feb. 3
meeting. The council meeting
lasted nine minutes and five
seconds from gavel to gavel.
Mayor Jim Kirk said the old
See Meeting Page 8


Pryor signs with


Florida State


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Lonnie Pryor always wanted
to be a Seminole and now his
dream is coming true.
Pryor selected Florida
State on national signing day
Wednesday and celebrated at
a large party at Beef O'Brady's
Restaurant that was attended by
his family, friends, supporters,
and former teammates.
"I'm feeling good. It feels
good to be around people who
love you and support you," he
said.
Pryor had always consid-
ered FSU as his top choice. He
did the obligatory visits to other


schools, including Louisiana
State University in the past year,
but always knew he'd be play-
ing for Bobby Bowden and the
Seminoles.
"I have always dreamed
about it, going there and play-
ing football. It was a dream that
came true for me," he noted.
Pryor ended an exceptional
year with a selection last week
to the Class 4A All State Foot-
ball team. Brahman offensive
lineman Tony Kibler was also
named to the first team all state.
Pryor was also named all state
as a junior.
Most people who have
See Pryor Page 2


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Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Lonnie Pryor (center) celebrates his achievement with high school administrators Toni Wi-
ersma (left) and Debby Gillis.


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Pryor
Continued From Page 1
known Lonnie over the years are
not surprised that he has been
this successful early in life.
Former Brahmans Defensive
Coordinator Tyrone Smith said
Pryor is the best player he has
ever coached. That includes col-
lege players at West Virginia State.
He said Pryor was an excellent
student on the field who caught
on to everything, and then taught
other players.
"He could of played anywhere
on that football field. Now he's
ready to start at FSU as a running
back. Don't be surprised to see
him play significantly this year."
Former Brahmans Head Coach
Chris Branham was not able to at-
tend the signing ceremony due to
a death in his family. He has long
sung the praises of Pryor and
what he has meant to Okeecho-
bee football.
OHS Principal Toni Wiersma
said Pryor has always been a lead-
er and she predicted great things
for him, "We are just so proud
of Lonnie. We are proud of his
character and everything that he
represents," she said. "We know
he will go far and do well. This is
a great day for Okeechobee High


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Lonnie Pryor and his dad Charles Pryor were the guests of honor Wednesday night.


School but more importantly for
Lonnie."
Pryor's father Charles was also
in attendance for the signing cere-
mony. He attended all of Lonnie's
football games and was a huge
supporter of his son's goals.


Pryor's cousin Shameka Pryor
said she was overjoyed that Lon-
nie was going to play at FSU. "It's
a lovely day today," she said. "I
feel so good that Lonnie is mak-
ing it."
Another cousin, Tamara Pryor
said she also shared Lonnie's ex-
citement for playing at FSU, "I'm
very proud of Lonnie," she said.
"I'm so happy for him. I just love
him."
Pryor will report to FSU on
June 19th and will begin condi-
tioning and workouts with the
football team soon afterward.


He said he expects to play as a
freshman and should be able to
compete for a starting job in the
backfield.
Pryorwas ranked byrivals.com
as the 15th best running back in
the nation. He was rated the 28th
best prospect in Florida. He ran
for 5,091 yards in his career and
scored 48 touchdowns. He ran for
2,295 yards and 20 touchdowns
during his senior season.
Okeechobee had back-to-back
playoff appearances while Pryor
was on the team.


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ing east between 10 and 15 mph.
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east wind around 5 mph.
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Traffic death numbers down for 2008


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Preliminary figures indicate
that the number of traffic fatalities
last year in Florida was the low-
est they've been in the last eight
years.
Preliminary data released by
the Department of Highway Safety
and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) on
Jan. 26 indicates that 2,986 peo-
ple lost their lives in traffic crashes
in Florida in 2008. That number is
down 7 percent from 2007 when
3,221 people died.
According to the Florida High-
way Patrol (FHP) there were nine
traffic fatalities in Okeechobee
County in 2008. That number was


also down from 2007, when there
were 14 people killed locally.
Figures from the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation (FDOT)
indicate that there has been one
traffic fatality in Okeechobee
County as of Monday, Feb. 2. By
that same date in 2008, two peo-
ple had lost their lives in vehicle
crashes locally.
DHSMV officials, however,
stress that the 2008 totals are still
preliminary findings. The final
count will not be released until
later this year when the depart-
ment publishes its annual Traffic
Crash Statistics Report.
It is anticipated that the num-
ber of traffic deaths in Florida will
go up.


FHP Lieutenant Tim Frith said
his agency focused on some
programs that, he feels, helped
to keep those numbers down.
Lt. Frith said Wednesday, Feb. 4,
their programs aimed at aggres-
sive drivers and teen drivers have
been very successful.
Funds through an FDOT grant
has paid big dividends in the FHP
aggressive drivers program.
"Our (Dodge) Chargers we
applied for last year have made
a significant difference," said Lt.
Frith.
He went on to add that the
FHP awareness program that fo-
cuses on inexperienced teen driv-
ers and occupant protection gives
teens a good idea how easy it is to


'Resting' man facing drug charges


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
When Deputy Mark Shireman
saw a pickup truck stopped on
a roadway with the engine run-
ning, he became curious. He
became more curious when he
approached the F-350 pickup
and saw a man slumped over in
the seat.
When the deputy woke Justin
Blake Chavers by shaking him,
he noticed a trail of dried blood
from the man's nose and an
abrasion over his left eye. There
was also a strong odor of alco-
hol, stated the deputy's report.
When Chavers, 19, S.R. 70
W, could not perform different
actions in a field sobriety test


he was arrested on a charge of
driving under the influence. He
was later arrested on felony drug
charges when
he was taken to
the Okeechobee
County Jail.
According to
Deputy Shire-
man, of the
Okeechobee
County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), Justin Blake
while Chav- Chavers
ers was being
searched by a corrections officer
at the jail he was found to be in
possession of two different types
of pills.
Chavers was then charged


with possession of a controlled
substance methadone and
possession of a controlled sub-
stance xanax. His bond was set
at $13,000.
Deputy Shireman stated in his
report that Chavers bloodied his
nose and scraped his forehead
earlier by falling out of his Ford
pickup truck.
Chavers had stopped on the
roadway because he wanted
to rest prior to his going home,
stated the deputy's report.


be thrown from a vehicle.
Lt. Frith said this program has
been at many area schools includ-
ing Okeechobee High School,
South Fork High School, Fort
Pierce Westwood and in Palm
Beach County schools.
Another contributing factor to
the lower death total, added the
FHP trooper, was less traffic on
state highways.
"There's no doubt higher gas
prices kept driving down," he
said. "It was quite obvious traffic


was down last year."
The DHSMV said the last time
yearly traffic fatality totals were
under 3,000 was in 2000 when
there were 2,999 deaths. The de-
partment was also quick to point
out, however, that while the num-
bers are similar for 2000 and 2008,
Florida's population has grown
by more than 2.8 million -- an in-
crease of nearly 18 percent.
The DOT report indicates that
as of Feb. 2 there have been: two
traffic fatalities in Glades County;


two traffic fatalities in DeSoto
County; one traffic fatality in Hen-
dry County; four traffic fatalities
in Martin County; and, two traffic
fatalities in St. Lucie County.
That same report also indicates
that more motorists lost their lives
in Dade County in 2008 than in
any other county in the state.
There were 271 fatalities there,
which was followed by Broward
County in second place with 227
traffic deaths.


Man accused of fleeing crash site


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A Port St. Lucie man was ap-
prehended about three hours af-
ter he had fled from a car crash
site on S.R. 710, stated a deputy's
report.
Eric Justin Foley, 49, S.W.
Crumpacker St., was arrested
shortly after 4 a.m. Wednesday,
Feb. 4, on a felony charge of leav-
ing the scene of a crash involving
injury. He was also arrested on a
misdemeanor charge of resisting
a law enforcement officer with-
out violence.
Foley was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under a
bond of $3,000.
An arrest report by Deputy
Corporal Randy Thomas, of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice (OCSO), states that the acci-
dent occurred around 1:13 a.m.
on S.R. 710 near Everglades Blvd.
The report states that a black Mer-
cedes crashed into the back of
a two-door Chevrolet driven by


Tasha Haas Pandey.
Ms. Pandey was not injured,
added the report.
Cpl. Thomas' report states that
Ms. Pandeywaswestbound on the
two-lane high-
way at a speed
of about 60 mph
when her 2003
silver Chevrolet
was struck in
the back end by
the black 2003
Mercedes. The
deputy estimat-
ed the speed of Eric Justin
the Mercedes, Foley
which was also
westbound, to be over 100 mph.
When Cpl. Thomas arrived at
the crash site he saw a woman on
the passenger's side floorboard
of the Mercedes with her lower
extremities wedged down. The
woman, identified as Joy Alisa
Blacksberg, freed herself from the
car and was taken to Raulerson
Hospital with a dislocated shoul-


der, stated the deputy's report.
Four men at the scene report-
edly told Cpl. Thomas they saw a
white male wearing a blue sweat-
shirt run from the scene.
When asked, Ms. Blacksberg
said her neighbor, Eric Foley, was
driving the Mercedes at the time
of the crash.
Cpl. Thomas and other depu-
ties searched for Foley but were
unable to find him until about 4
a.m. when the OCSO corporal
saw a man walking west on S.R.
710 and wearing a blue sweat-
shirt. The man's pants were dirty
and ripped, and he was covered
in dead grass and spider webs,
stated the report.
When first asked, the man
identified himself as John Henry
and said Ms. Blacksberg was driv-
ing the Mercedes at the time of
the accident. However, after ad-
ditional questioning the man told
the deputy that his name was Eric
Foley and that he was driving the
car, stated Cpl. Thomas.


Cop: Man deposited forged checks


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A local detective has arrested a
man and charged him with bilk-
ing a local bank out of more than
$800 by opening a checking ac-
count with a check supposedly
signed by his dead grandfather.
Kevin Kress, 33, S.E. 21st
Court, was arrested Monday, Feb.
2 on charges of uttering a forged
instrument (two counts), criminal
use of personal identification in-
formation of a deceased individ-
ual (two counts) and grand theft.
Although he has been booked
into the Okeechobee County,
bond for Kress had not been set


as of newspaper deadline.
An arrest report by Detective
William Maerki, of the Okeecho-
bee County
Sheriff's Of-
fice (OCSO),
states that Kress
opened both a
checking and
savings account
at a local bank
on Thursday,
Jan. 29. He
opened the ac- Kevin Kress
counts with a
$946 check bearing the names of
John or Gladys Kress. The instru-
ment was drawn on the Laurens
State Bank in Laurens, Iowa, the


report stated.
The detective said John and
Gladys Kress are both dead and
are the grandparents of Kevin
Kress.
When Kevin Kress opened
the account he was given $446
in cash, $450 was deposited into
a checking account and $50 was
placed into a savings account, ac-
cording to the report. He was also
issued some temporary checks.
Detective Maerki went on to
state that on Sunday, Jan. 25, Kev-
in Kress wrote a check for $22.26
to a local business. Then on Mon-
day, Jan. 26, the Iowa native went
through his bank's drive through
facility and cashed another tem-


porary check for $390, the detec-
tive added.
The OCSO detective went on
to allege that Kevin Kress took a
check from his mother that was
drawn on an annuity account and
deposited it into his checking ac-
count. The amount of this check
was not indicated on the detec-
tive's report.
According to the detective's
report, Kevin Kress reportedly
opened accounts at three local
banks with forged checks. All of
the checks were signed with his
grandfather's name, added De-
tective Maerki.


Father committed to finding daughter's killer


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Jan. 11, was the third anniver-
sary of the day that Dori Ann My-
ers disappeared.
The St. Lucie County resident's
home in Lakewood Park was
burned to the ground that morn-
ing. Her vehicle was stolen, and
was found hours later at a public
boat ramp in Lakeport.
Rewards are $6,000 in connec-
tion with the crime.
"I'm as much in the dark today
as I was at the beginning," her
dad, Dale Curry said this week,
"Investigators promise me they
won't ever turn this into a cold
case and that they will keep work-
ing on it until it is solved."


The family offered $5,000 for
the arrest and conviction of a sus-
pect or suspects. Treasure Coast
Crime Stoppers has offered a
$1,000 reward.
Curry said people in Okeecho-
bee could have information that
might lead to an arrest in this
case, "Anything is possible." It
happened so late at night that the
chances of seeing anyone aren't
very good, but you never know,"
he added.
Curry said lawmen canvassed
Okeechobee and Glades Counties
for leads. At one point there was
a report that Myers had been on
the Brighton Indian Reservation.
None of the leads ever led to any-
thing more concrete.


Curry said he thinks the people
that abducted his daughter had to
know the Lakeport area pretty
well because the boat ramp,
where the car was found, is not
well known.
"For them to drive straight to
there, you have to know that area
pretty good. It had to be someone
local. Things point strong in that
direction, unless they just blindly
stumbled upon it," he said.
Curry and his daughter Don-
najean Kapp have worked hard to
keep attention on the case. Kapp
maintains a website that is devot-
ed to her sister and the search for
her killer or killers. The web page
is http://dammad.vpweb.com
St. Lucie County investigators


continue to actively investigate
the case. They have released the
composite photos of two men
that reportedly were seen with
Myers on the night of her disap-
pearance at a night club in Fort
Pierce. Authorities described one
suspect as a white male with a
baseball cap. The second suspect
was described as either Hispanic
or American Indian, with a dark
complexion.
St. Lucie County Sheriff's De-
tective Ron Wentz is the lead in-
vestigator in the case. He can be
reached at 772-461-7300.
Treasure Coast Crime Stop-
pers takes confidential tips on the
case. The hotline number is 800-
273-6477.


Okeechobee to host 'memory field'


Flags draw attention
to deaths from child
abuse

In 2007, 167 children in the
state of Florida including many
local children died as a direct
result of child abuse and neglect.
Further, more than 6,000 children
fell victim to abuse. CASTLE, the
leading organization on the Trea-
sure Coast and in Okeechobee
dedicated to the prevention of
child abuse and neglect, and Sea-
coast National Bank have joined
forces to present the "Memory
Field."
Each week from Feb. 13
though March 13, a traveling field
of 167 white flags, each represent-
ing a child who died as the result
of abuse, will be planted at loca-
tions in Okeechobee, Stuart, Port
St. Lucie and Vero Beach.
The Child Abuse Awareness
Campaign will begin in Okeecho-
bee's Flagler Park, Feb. 13-20.




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"The visual impact of the
Memory Field is so deeply mov-
ing, it leaves you speechless,"
said Susan Bergstrom, senior vice
president and marketing director
for Seacoast National Bank and
board member of CASTLE. "It is
our hope that Seacoast's sponsor-
ship of the Memory Field will help
raise awareness of the services
that CASTLE provides to families
in these communities, and we in-
vite everyone to visit the field in
their community -- it's something
you simply won't forget."
Flag sponsorships are avail-
able for $100 each, and blue rib-
bons symbolizing support for the
prevention of child abuse may


be purchased for $10. Both are
available for purchase at all Sea-
coast National Bank branches
in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River
and Okeechobee counties with
proceeds benefiting CASTLE. All
sponsorships are also available at
each CASTLE location. For further
information, call CASTLE at 772-
465-6011.
CASTLE is a United Way part-
ner organization and is supported
by the area Children's services
councils as well as UFF. CASTLE
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Bailed out executives -- salaries restricted
OBAMA: President Obama has announced strict limits on pay to
executives of bailed-out financial firms Wednesday, slamming Wall
Street top dogs as "shameful" for accepting billions in bonuses last
year. Do you like the idea?
LOWER: I think Obama's announcement that they be capped
at $500,000 is too much money. They should not be paid more of
our taxpayer money than we pay the president. He doesn't make
$500,000.
NO BONUS: I completely agree with the idea to cap bank execu-
tives pay at $400,000 for any banks that accept bailout money, until
the bank repays the taxpayers money to the government. Why should
they make more than the president of the United States? Why reward
those who caused the financial crisis by making bad loans and gam-
bling with their investors' money. It is criminal that some used the
first round of bailout money to give themselves bonuses. Shame on
them indeed!
CONGRESS: I believe that Congress should "pave they way" by
paying back the pay increase they just allowed themselves to get, and
perhaps taking a pay cut of their own.
TAXPAYERS: Congressmen and women are beholden to the vot-
ers. We can pressure them to freeze their pay. The same cannot be
said for the executives. They are beholden to no one for this bailout
money. Thus, a cap would be fair.
OVERPAID: If the overpaid Executives could show that all em-
ployees received equitable bonuses/salaries during the same time,
maybe then I would not look so dis favorable upon them but that's
not the case. Plain and simple, they were greedy and contributed to
the failing businesses why should they continue to receive exuberant
salaries and bonuses at tax payer expense? Although they are in the
private sector, if they receive bail-out money ... cap them!

Congressional salaries -- time for a freeze?
SALARIES: The nation's financial picture has been grim for
months, but don't worry about lawmakers on Capitol Hill. They just
got a $4,700 raise. The 2009 annual salary for rank-and-file senators
and representatives is $174,000, up from last year's $169,300. The leg-
islative pay hike comes as major U.S. employers shed jobs by the tens
of thousands. Many worker salaries have been frozen or cut. Their
benefits often have been slashed. Families are pinching pennies and
watching retirement accounts evaporate. Shortly after taking office,
President Barack Obama froze the salaries of top White House staff,
citing the country's financial hardships. Those in Congress, mean-
while, are getting bigger paychecks as they debate an $819 billion
effort to jump-start the economy, extend unemployment benefits and
increase food stamps.
HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE: I completely agree that Congres-
sional pay should be frozen until the economy turns around. Congress
helped cause this problem by deregulating the banking industry. The
company I work for froze salaries a year ago. We have to make due
with no raises while expenses continue to rise. So should the Con-
gressmen. Maybe if they knew how it felt, they would be inspired to
do something about it.
CUT THEIR PAY: Freezing salaries doesn't go far enough, they
need to cut them rather than freeze them. The crooks don't need any
more than $100,000 year anyway.

Obama's promise of ethics reform
TAX CHEATS: I am troubled by the consideration of several tax
cheats and lobbyists for posts in the new administration. Obama's
choices are becoming a distraction from the major issues and only
undermine his claims from the campaign trail. I see Daschle (tax
cheat #2) has withdrawn himself from consideration. I hope Obama
handles this a little better for the sake of the more important matters.
CHECK THEM OUT: And another one has removed herself from
the lineup Ms. Nancy Killefer (nominated to be the government's first
chief performance officer) said she didn't want her bungling of pay-
roll taxes on her household help to be a distraction.
TAXES: Too bad all these people who performed the duties of
household help did not know enough to work for their clients as inde-
pendent contractors and pay the taxes themselves. When household-
ers bring someone in to do the domestic duties, few of them have the
time for messing around with it. When I was cleaning houses, I paid
all my own taxes and other expenses and my householders were re-
lieved that they didn't have to worry about it. I always had more work
than I could do.
APPOINTMENTS: What I don't understand is why they don't
have these candidates for appointment to high office investigated
thoroughly before they even mention the possibility of an appoint-
ment. Couldn't the FBI do a background check before they mention
any names to the media? It's embarrassing how many of these nomi-
nees wind up being tax cheaters or hiring illegal aliens.

Okeechobee's lost revenue
SPEEDERS: On my way to work today I saw two different people
run red lights, one on 98 & 1 on NW Fifth. Every day I see speeders,
light runners, no turn signals, etc. Can you just imagine the revenue
that could be generated if only half of these people were ticketed.
Why aren't there more cars out in the mornings and afternoon when
the traffic is the heaviest?
TICKETS: 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 picture
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.

Frustrated with government
NO SUPPORT: I am so frustrated with our government right now.
I am a single mother of one special needs child. I work two jobs and
go to school full time to support my child and my child's father only
makes a child support payment when he feels like he is getting ready
to go to jail. Even with my two jobs I don't make enough to pay all the
bills, provide food for my child and pay full price for my child's medi-
cations every month. Trying to take my ex-husband back to court has
been a nightmare because since I make too much (17,500/year!) to
recieve any type of assistance. The Child Support Enforcement won't
help me and I have to pay all the court fees to file a claim which I
can't afford. I tried to get my child on Healthy Kids but they say I have
to pay them $130 a month for a premium when I'm already paying
$130 a month for my child's medications. So, if I pay them for the
premium then I will still have to pay $15 more for the deductible, so
where is the relief? Here I am doing what I thought I was supposed to
do, work hard, continue my education and support my child the best
I can, but when I need help getting the child support owed to me, I hit
a wall. When I try to get my child health insurance that I can afford,
I hit a wall. With the struggle that I have gone through trying to get
some help I have found that there is no justice for the single working
mothers in America.


Guest Commentary


Pay cut for
Legislators proposed
By Mike Horner
Florida House of Representatives
79th District
As a new member of the Flor-
ida House of Representatives, I
received a crash course in budget
cutting during our recent special
session. The Florida Legislature
had to make difficult decisions
and reduce State programs to
balance the budget. I believe
we were wise to cut budgeted
expenditures instead of listening
to some who called for higher
taxes.
Unfortunately, the special
session was only the prelude to
even greater expense reductions
that we must consider this spring
during the Regular Session. I will
continue to advocate for further
cuts, encourage greater efficiency
in our state government, and fight
against any efforts to increase tax-
es on Floridians.
In these difficult times I be-
lieve the Legislature should lead
by example. Therefore, the first
bill I have filed is a permanent 5
percent cut to legislative pay. This
cut will have a minor effect on
our budget but I think it sends an
important message. If I believed it
would pass, I would recommend
an even greater cut. However, a
5 percent reduction might just be
approved.
Although the average Floridian
in my district earns $30,042 annu-
ally, some will argue that legisla-
tors are underpaid we make
$30,366 per year. Some say that
our modest pay scale prevents


those who are not wealthy from
running for the office. But even
if one believes legislators are un-
derpaid, surely you must agree
that teachers, Florida Highway
Patrol troopers and corrections
officers are even more deserving
of greater pay than lawmakers.
Furthermore, I maintain that
Florida has a citizen legislature
for a reason. We legislators are
expected to hold real jobs outside
of elected office and perform our
duties as a public service. This
keeps us better connected to
those we serve. In addition to the
pay cut, I am co-sponsoring legis-
lation that would end the practice
of "double dipping" through the
State's DROP, Florida Deferred
Retirement Option Program.
We must end the questionable
practice of elected officials and
high paid bureaucrats abusing
the DROP by raking in two pay-
checks and receiving exorbitant
compensation.
This recession is difficult on all
Floridians and the state budget
will have to shrink by necessity.
I believe we have an obligation
to find a silver lining in this cloud
and take steps to make govern-
ment more efficient and respon-
sible that would not ordinarily
be considered. The bills I will be
sponsoring and supporting this
session will be those that save
money, create efficiencies, im-
prove our economy and restore
the public trust.
If you have suggestions on
how your State Government can
be more accountable and frugal
please email me at mike.horner@
myfloridahouse.gov.


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Looking Back
This photo from Okeechobee's past shows the Kissimmee
River using its many branches south of State Road 70 in
Okeechobee County after the 1947 hurricane. The photo
illustrates the need at the time for flood control.




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Dixon Hendry Campus in Okeechobee. The fund was
established to assist Okeechobee students who are ma-
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Community Calendar

Friday, Feb. 6
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 weigh'
and becoming part of a caring group are welcome to come and see
what we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at 800
932-8677.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to theii
dance every Friday, from 7 until 10 p.m. at the Sebring Lions Club or
Sebring Parkway, one mile east of U.S. 27 in Sebring. Tickets are $5 foi
members and $6 for guests. For information, call 863-471-0559.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street
Okeechobee, (Behind NapaAuto Parts) NA. Sickest Of The Sick Oper
Discussion/Speaker at 8 p.m. The Just for Today Club of Okeechobe(
is not affiliated with any 12 step fellowships.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodis
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, 20(
N.W Third St. This is an open speaker meeting.
The Highlands Social Dance Club will begin its 27th seasor
on Sept. 7, hosting ballroom dancing every Friday at the Sebring Lion!
Club on Sebring Parkway, one mile east of U.S. 27. For information cal
863-471-0559 or 863-385-6621.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to a 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, fee;
or weigh-ins. The only requirement for membership is a desire to store
eating compulsively. For more information call Loretta at 863-763
7165 or 863-697-0206.

Saturday, Feb. 7
AA. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Parrot
Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
Okeechobee Chapter DA.R. meets the first Saturday of ever3
month October-May at Oakview Baptist Church 677 S.W 32nd Stree
at 10 a.m. For information call Kenna Noonan at 863-634-5669.
The Gathering Church will hold its monthly healing service or
the first Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. until noon. Anyone
desiring to receive personal prayer for healing is welcome to attend
The Gathering is located at 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. For information cal
Theresa Brown at 863-357-3318.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W. Fifth Street
Okeechobee, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) AA. weekend noon Oper
Discussion meeting; NA. Sickest Of The Sick Group 7 p.m.; NA. No
where Left To Go Group Open Discussion meeting 8 p.m. The Just foi
Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12 step fellow
ships.

Sunday, Feb. 8
AA. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour
200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Churcl
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W. Fifth Street
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tem the county will have to buy
in the area of 500 radios both
handheld and in-car. With SLERS,
the county would lease the same
number of radios at a cost of $9
per radio, per month.
With the SLERS system,
Okeechobee County would also
have to purchase a parcel of land
and build a tower in the south-
west section of the county which
would then give them two towers.
On the plus side, once that tower
is in place it will be maintained by
the state for as long as the county
is on the state system.


If the county elects to go with
the Motorola system, the current
tower in the north section of the
county will suffice once some up-
grades are made.
Speaking of upgrades, with
the SLERS system all upgrades
are automatic and at no charge
to the county. That is not the case
with the Motorola system where
the county will have to pay for any
and all upgrades.
A big plus for the Motorola
system is that radios on this sys
tem are the P-25 models which
are the top of the line. Radios on
the SLERS system do not have all
the capabilities of the P-25 mod-
els. However, the state is working
toward making its system P-25
compatible.


Another plus for the SLERS
system is that a deputy in
Okeechobee County can talk to
any other county or state agency
in Florida simply by switching
to that agency's frequency. The
Motorola system cannot do this
as simply as the state's system.
But no matter which system is
chosen, Okeechobee will still be
able to communicate with other
agencies.
Another plus for the SLERS
system is that under the proposed
contract with the state of Florida,
M/A-Com, a unit of Tyco Electron-
ics, will provide maintenance and
repairs to all new units. M/A-Com
is also contractually obligated to
respond to any outages in two
hours and have the unit restored


in six hours. With the Motorola
system, there is no charge while
the handhelds and mobile radios
are under the three-year warranty.
Once that warranty has expired,
these repair costs will be borne
by the county. For the rest of the
Motorola equipment, the compa-
ny will issue a one-year warranty
beginning when the system is ac-
cepted by the buyer.
It should also be mentioned
that no matter which system is
chosen, the cost will be shared by
the Okeechobee County School
District, the Okeechobee Utility
Authority and the Okeechobee
City Police Department if they all
join onto the county's system.
Each of these agencies will have
the same radios as the sheriff's of-


fice and will be on that system
Because there are different ad
vantages to each system please
see the companion stories that
present both the good and bad


of each system, as well as com-
ments from other agencies that
are either already on a system or
will soon be.


Motorola system attractive to county


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Since 2006, Major Noel Ste-
phen, of the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO), has been
trying to get a new radio system
for his department. And it ap-
pears those efforts will soon be
rewarded.
Okeechobee County is in
the process of choosing a new
countywide radio system. Their
choices are Florida's Statewide
Law Enforcement Radio System
(SLERS) or the Motorola system.
Unlike the SLERS system, the
county would have to purchase
the Motorola system at a 10-year
cost of around $6 million. The
county would also be financially
responsible for all updates and
upgrades, tower maintenance,
and out-of-warranty maintenance
costs for their radios and con-
soles.
But, on the plus side, the coun-
ty would not have to buy land and
build a new tower. Maj. Stephen
said the current tower would be
utilized after some upgrades were
made.
"Motorola is a known manu
facturer and we would have our
own self-contained system that
would be owned by Okeechobee
County," he explained.
He went on to say that there is
also the possibility that the county
could receive some help via a
federal grant. However, it's not
known yet if the Motorola system
qualifies for that funding.
What makes the Motorola sys-
tem so attractive is that the county
would be getting P-25 model ra-


dios that have the capability of
sending data from the dispatch
center to deputies on the street.
According to Maj. Stephen, this
means if a deputy has someone
stopped then an OCSO dispatcher
can electronically send the depu-
ty a photo of the person whose
name he just called in. The system
would also have the capabilities
of sending photos of homes from
the Okeechobee County Property
Appraiser's web site.
And, the P-25 system cannot
be picked up by scanners.
Also, it would give the OCSO
interoperability with Martin, St.
Lucie, Osceola and Highlands
county a regional concept,
said Maj. Stephen.
And, with this interoperability
those other counties would share
in the cost of the system, the ma-
jor added.
Maj. Stephen did add, howev-
er, that the Motorola system may
not be an option.
"We currently have fund
ing from the state for the SLERS
system, and they are looking at
evaluating the Motorola system
and what funding is available
with that," he said. "If the funding
is not there, then Motorola is not
an option."
Maj. Stephen said his depart-
ment often calls the Martin and
St. Lucie County sheriff's offices
for specialized units such as the
bomb squad, biohazards people
and helicopters.
For Lake County, the Motorola
system was a better fit for their
needs than the SLERS system.
"Motorola gave us a solution
that met our requirements," said


Greg Holcomb, director of com-
munications for Lake County.
Mr. Holcomb said his county
will go live on the Motorola sys-
tem in June or July.
Lake County purchased their
system for $32 million, said Mr.
Holcomb. That includes towers
and shelters. They bought over
3,000 radios (mobiles and hand-
held) and will have nine public
safety answering points that are
touch screen consoles.
All of their radios will be P-25
models.
He said they will utilize 18 tow-
ers, and their system will cover a
1,200-square-mile area and serve
18 different agencies.
"We purchased the system
outright and did a $10 million low
end loan," he said in a telephone
interview. "We spent a good part
of a year doing planning, discuss-
ing and putting things out. Even
after we selected a vendor we
spent a good deal of time figuring
out what we needed to do.
"The county could not have
used the existing SLERS system
and provide public safety for Lake
County due to towers and such.
SLERS won't give the fire cover-
age we need at least not in
Lake County," he added.
Another drawback to the
SLERS system, he said, was its use
by many different agencies.
"SLERS is used by multiple
agencies, so you could have an
instance where a state incident
is actually tying up a frequency
when a county agency needs it,"
he explained.
As for warranty, Mr. Holcomb
said his county will have "basi-


cally just an install contract." He
said the radios will have a three-
year warranty. The rest of the
equipment will be warranted for
one year beginning at the time of
acceptance.
"We'll do a lot of repairs in-
house," he said.
He said the county will likely
extend its subscriber warranty,
and the infrastructure will be on
a yearly contract.
As for upgrades, Lake County
has entered into a software agree
ment and will get the most cur-
rent upgrades once a year. The
county will, however, have to pay
for any hardware upgrades.
"An agency needs to look at
who they communicate with on
a daily basis and are required to
contact on a daily basis for pub-
lic safety communications," said
Mr. Holcomb. "You really have to
look at giving the right tools to the
right individuals to do their job."
For the already stated reasons
and more, the Motorola system
will fill that bill for Okeechobee
County, indicated Maj. Stephen.
"I think Okeechobee will ben-
efit from either system, but if we
can get the funding for Motorola
it will serve us better in the long
run," said Maj. Stephen. "It will
give us direct operability with
neighbors on all sides with whom
we routinely request resources
and move data and other technol-
ogy. With the regional concept,
maintenance will be shared by
five counties."
And with the regional concept,
Maj. Stephen said there will be in-
house technicians to take care of
the system.


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By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
"All in all it's the best system
for our community, our needs
and operation," said Major Rich-
ard Jones of the Glades County
Sheriff's Office of the statewide
radio system in use there.
Okeechobee County is cur-
rently in the process of putting in
a new countywide radio system
and have narrowed their choices
to two Florida's Statewide
Law Enforcement Radio System
(SLERS) or a Motorola system.
Currently on a 30-year-old, rag-
tag VHF system, the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
is desperately in need of a new
system and with SLERS they will
have a new system that is likely
to be more financially feasible for
the county.
The statewide system will cost
the county just over $6 million,
but a federal grant will pick up
approximately 75 percent of that
cost. The county would also have
to buy land and erect a 300-foot
free-standing tower in the south
west section of the county.
According to Okeechobee
County Deputy County Admin
istrators it is anticipated that
the three-legged tower will cost
somewhere between $400,000
and $700,000. The grant will also
pay about 75 percent of that cost.
However, once the tower is in
place it will be maintained by the
state at no cost to the county.
According to OCSO's Major
Noel Stephen, space on these
towers can also be rented to oth-
er entities which can help with
some of the cost.
If the tower is blown over in a
hurricane, the state is contractu-
ally required to be on site within


two hours of the storm passing
and they must have Okeechobee
County back in operation within
six hours.
"M/ACom (a unit of Tyco
Electronics) is a vendor across
the state that does all their work,"
explained Maj. Jones. "If repairs
are being made you're not getting
a bill, but you still may be able
to communicate by using other
sites. The state stuff is monitored
24 hours a day, seven days week
by a network operations center in
Orlando. If I go down, sometimes
they know it before I do."
The GCSO major went on to
say that with the SLERS system no
in-house technician is needed.
"All you need is a manager -an
overseer," he said.
The county would also be ob-
ligated to pay a lease fee of $9 per
radio, per month. This means that
for deputies, the county would
pay a total monthly fee of $18 per
radio $9 for a handheld radio
and $9 for the car radio.
It is also anticipated that the
Okeechobee City Police Depart-
ment (OCPD), Okeechobee
County School District and the
Okeechobee Utility Author-
ity (OUA) will join Okeechobee
County on the new system and
would share in the cost.
According to OCPD's Major
Bob Peterson, the city would
need two base stations, 35 mo-
bile radios which includes pa-
trol units as well as the City Fire
Department and the City Street
Department and 27 handheld
units.
OUA would need approxi-
mately 50 radios and a base sta-
tion.
Maj. Jones said they are leasing
over 100 radios from the state.


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"We cover 757 square miles
in Glades County, have five tower
sites and we haven't hit a million
dollar investment since day one,"
said Maj. Jones of the SLERS sys
tem.
Glades County has been on
the state system for four years.
Another big plus for the state
system is that all upgrades and
updates are free, as well as main-
tenance.
"The upgrades are given to us
because we're paying monthly air
time to use the system," said Maj.
Jones.
It is anticipated that the sys-
tem usage fee over a 10-year pe-
riod will cost Okeechobee County
$756,000.
But there is no cost for: service
dispatch, network monitoring
and security infrastructure board
repair, software service or factory
technology support.
Maj. Jones said when they
signed their contact the state
guaranteed that the SLERS sys
tem would be in existence for 20
years.
The SLERS system, an 800
megahertz (MHz) system, would
also allow OCSO deputies to talk
to any state agency or any other
law enforcement agency in the
state of Florida by simply switch-
ing to that agency's frequency.
This is unlike other systems which
only allow the user to talk as far
as their tower will reach.
If an agency is not on the
state's system, OCSO personnel
will still be able to speak to them
by making use of additional radio
patches, said Maj. Stephen.
Which also brings about a
potential problem. Since the sys
tem is used by every state agency
and many county agencies, there


is the potential of verbal traffic,
or chatter, on a channel which
could make it difficult or impos-
sible for other agencies to utilize
that channel.
"This is called cueing," said
Maj. Jones. "We're in an area
where we don't have a lot of state
users on our system. But say you
have five talk groups on a tower
site, every time someone cues up
their radio they have to use a talk
site so they are tying up two chan-
nels on a particular site. But we've
never had an issue with that.
"The state is making improve-
ments to the system so we're not
getting the cuing effect of the ty-
ing up of all those stations," he
added.
Maj. Jones said his department
currently uses tower sites in Belle
Glade, Moore Haven, LaBelle,
Highlands County and Okeecho-
bee County. If Okeechobee Coun-
ty puts a tower in the southwest
section of the county that will give
the GCSO nearly 100 percent cov-
erage.
"But, we do have issues daily,"
he said. "Someone may be in
a bad area and may get garbled
communication. But, that would
happen on any system that
doesn't have eight new towers in
an area.
Finally, the SLERS system is
encrypted. This means that ra
dio traffic cannot be picked up
by someone sitting in their living
room and listening to a scanner.
"That's one of the rules," said
Maj. Jones.
Glades County is currently op
rating on six channels but can
go up to eight. Maj. Jones said the
sheriff's office utilizes four chan
nels, while fire and EMS operates
on the other two.


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6 Okeechobee News, Friday, February 6, 2009


Community Events


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 peculiar-
ities 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.

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
1472.

Social Dance Club
meets
The Highlands Social Dance
Club hosts ballroom dancing on
Friday, Feb. 6, from 7-9:30 p.m. at
the Sebring Lions Club on Sebring
Parkway. Music will be provided
by the Big Band Sound of The
Golden Era. Free ballroom dance
instruction from Walt & Sue is
available at 6:30 p.m. Dance the
night away to waltzes, cha-chas,
foxtrots, rumbas, jitterbug and
other ballroom favorites. All Club
dances are open to the public.
Appropriate dress required. Ad-
mission is $5 for members and $7
for non-members. For more infor-
mation call 863-471-0559.

Scrapbooking 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
863-467-2231.

Children's Services
Council meeting
The Children's Services Coun-
cil will meet on Thursday, Feb.
12, at 5 p.m. in Room 303 of
the Okeechobee County School
Board Office, 700 S.W Second
Ave.


Yard sale to benefit
OHS Latin Club
The OHS Latin Club will be
hosting a yard sale and bake sale
to raise funds for the students
who are traveling to Rome, Italy in
April 2009. The sale will be locat-
ed in the parking lot of the Tractor
Supply Co. store on S. 441 in the
Publix Shopping Center starting a
7 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7.
Please come out and help sup-
port the students in their efforts.

Masonic Lodge
holds breakfast
The Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W
Fifth, will hold an All You Can Eat
breakfast on Sunday, Feb. 8, from
8 until 11 a.m. Tickets are $5 each.
Menu includes: eggs, bacon, sau-
sage, grits, pancakes, biscuits and
gravy, juice and coffee. The public
is welcome.

Church of Our Savior
sponsors trip to
Germany
Church of Our Savior is spon-
soring a trip to Obererammergau,
Germany in July of 2010. Every
ten years this exquisite little town
presents the Passion play com
memorating the last few hours
of Jesus's life to celebrate their
town's being spared the plague.
Monday, Feb. 9, at 6 p.m. a repre-
sentative from Collette Tours will
present the itinerary with films,
brochures and additional infor-
mation. The meeting will be held
in the office located in the brown
building west of the church at 200
N.W Third Street. For more infor
nation call 863-357-1713.

Landscaping with
Native Plants
In Florida we are lucky to have
many native plant species which
are very ornamental. Including
low-care native plants in your
landscape is a way to reduce
maintenance as well as beautify.
Native plants are also attractive to
Florida birds and butterflies. Dur
ing this workshop you can design
your space and create a list of na-
tive plants you want to comple-
ment your own landscape. Leave
with a detailed plan for your gar-
den and a Florida Friendly native
plant.
The workshop will take place
on Feb. 10, from 1-2:30 p.m., or
5:30-7 p.m.
Okeechobee County Exten-
sion Service
458 Highway 98 North,
Okeechobee
Space is limited and pre-regis-
tration is required. Call 863-763-
6469 to sign up.


Healthy Start
Coalition BOD to meet
The Board of Directors (BOD)
of the Okeechobee Healthy Start
Coalition will meet on Wednes-
day, Feb. 11 at 11:30 a.m. in their
office, 575 S.W 28th Street within
the New Endeavors School Build-
ing. This meeting is open to the
public. For more information call
Executive Director, Kay Begin at
863-462-5877.

'Ideas and
Opportunities'
business seminar

Do you have a business idea or
business opportunity? Come to
the Florida Gulf Coast University
-Okeechobee Branch Small Busi
ness Development Center 'Ideas
and Opportunities' Seminar.
The seminar set to be held on
Thursday, Feb. 12, from 5:30 un-
til 7:30 p.m. at IRSC will deal with
considerations in new business
start ups including:
Pricing
Target market identifications
Proper marketing selection
Expense and funding issues
Market analysis
The seminar is free to attend
and is sponsored by the Small
Business Development Center
Networks at Florida Gulf Coast
University and Indian River State
College.
Reservations for the seminar
are required. Please contact Sean
Moore at 863-517-0097 or email
spmoore@fgcu.edu. Program
outline and further descriptions
available along with online regis-
tration at http://cli.fgcu.edu/cob/
sbdc.

Church to present
'Fireproof' movie
Cornerstone Baptist Church
will present, "Fireproof," a mar-
riage strengthening movie for
couples on Saturday, Feb. 14, at
6:30 p.m. Childcare will be pro-
vided. The church is located at
18387 441 North. Please call the
church office to reserve childcare
space. There is no charge for the
movie or childcare. For more in
formation, please call 863-763-
3338.

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


Obituaries


Adopt a pet this Valen- Valentine's Teen


tine's Day
The Animal Emergency and
Referral Center of Fort Pierce and
the Humane Society of St. Lucie
County are teaming up to help
pets find new homes. On Satur
day, Feb. 14, the Animal Emer
agency and Referral Center is offer
ing to pay for all adoption fees for
the first three qualified pet adop
tions. In addition to paying for the
adoptions (which include spaying
or neutering, micro chipping and
routine vaccinations), the Animal
Emergency and Referral Cen-
ter will also pay the premiums
on these three adoptions for pet
health and wellness care insur-
ance for a full year. The insurance
will assist pet owners with their
medical care expenses at most
Treasure Coast veterinary hospi-
tals during the adopter's first year
of ownership. If you already own
a dog, please bring it to meet the
dog you might be adopting to
make sure they get along. If you
rent your home, your landlord
will have to okay the adoption of
the animal. Make sure you have
his/her contact information. A
short interview will be conducted
after the steps mentioned above.
The shelter is located at 100 Sa-
vannah Road in Fort Pierce. Sat-
urday hours are from 10 a.m. to
4 p.m. Please contact us with any
questions or concerns. Our email
is drlyman@animalemergency.
net, phone 772-466-3441.

BHR W.O.T.M. holds
dinner/dance
The Buckhead Ridge Women
of the Moose will hold a Valentine
"dinner/dance" on Feb. 14. Menu
will be a choice of swiss steak or
Cornish hen with augratin pota-
toes, green beans, jello salad and
ice cream, dinner will be served
from 5 until 7 p.m. Entertainment
will be provided by Sue Conner
from 6 until 11 p.m. The dinner/
dance is open to members and
qualified guests. Dinner tickets
are available for a $9 donation at
the door and $8 in advance. For
more information call 863-467-
0064.

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


Dance Party
A Valentine's Day Teen Dance
Party will be held on Sunday, Feb.
15, at Pier II from 6-10 p.m. Ages
12-15 are welcome. The cost is
$7. A live D.J. will play the latest
hip-hop! Admission includes din-
ner. All proceeds will benefit the
Okeechobee Communities in
Schools. For more information,
call Teresa Chandler at 863-697-
6819.

Tax Collector's office
closed
The Tax Collector's office will
be closed for training on Presi-
dent's Day, Monday, Feb. 16.

FHREDI meeting date
set
A public meeting of the Board
of Directors for Florida's Heart-
land Rural Economic Develop
ment Initiative, Inc. (FHREDI)
and Florida's Freshwater Frontier
will be set for Monday, Feb. 16,
at 10 a.m. the the Bert J. Harris,
Jr. Agri-Civic Center, 4509 George
Boulevard, Sebring. Topics to be
discussed include FHREDI and
other related board issues. All
interested parties are invited to
attend. One or more county com-
missioners may be present at the
meeting. For more information,
please contact Jim Otterman at
863 385 4900.


Adoption orientation
session planned
Considering Adoption?
Please join the Children's
Home Society of Florida at our
monthly Adoption Orientation
session.
The Adoption Orientation ses-
sion will take place at 415 Avenue
A, Suite 100, Fort Pierce, from
5:30-6:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb.
26. Anyone interested in learn
ing more about adoption is in-
vited. This fun, casual and FREE
open house-style orientation will
provide an overview of adoption
and answer all questions related
to adoption and CHS' adoption
process. Please help us raise
adoption awareness in our com-
munity as we try to find additional
permanent, loving homes for chil
dren in foster care. To RSVP or for
more information, contact Chil-
dren's Home Society's Adoption
information line at 772-489-5601,
ext. 277.

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


Cowboys for Christ to Volunteers needed for


meet
Cowboys for Christ plan to
meet on Thursday, Feb. 17, at the
Basinger Civic Center. Everyone is
invited. Come join us for fellow-
ship and prayer, "It's not just for
Cowboys."
If you need additional informa-
tion, please call Doyle McDuffie at
863 763 2285.

Florida Building
Codes meeting set
Feb. 18, Okeechobee County
Planning and Development De-
partment will sponsor the 2007
Florida Building Codes Educa-
tional Meeting from 10 a.m. until
noon at the Okeechobee County
Civic Center, 1750 Hwy 98 North.
There is no charge for this meet-
ing. For more information call
863-763-5548.

Mainstreet Mixer to
be hosted
Okeechobee Main Street's
February Mixer will be hosted
by Pristine Properties located at
1120 South Parrott Avenue from
5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 19.
The public is invited to come join
us for networking, refreshments,
door prizes and a chance to win
our Mega 50/50 drawing. For
more information contact Main
Street's Executive Director Toni
Doyle at 863-357-6246.


child advocates
Volunteer Guardians ad Litem
give a voice to children who are
victims of child abuse and are in-
volved in court proceedings. The
Guardian ad Litem Program will
be offering free training for volun
teers and new classes will begin
in February and March. Training
involves thirty hours and will be
held at our Saint Lucie West of-
fice on various days. You can be
that voice for an abused child!
The Guardian ad Litem Program
needs Volunteers to represent
Abused Abandoned & Neglect-
ed Children in Saint Lucie, Martin,
Indian River and Okeechobee
Counties! They deserve a voice!
For dates and times of all training
please contact Pattra F. Dodd at
772-871-7225.

Welcome House offers
programs
Welcome House is now ac-
cepting applications. Membership
is free, if you are at least 18 years
of age and have an emotional or
psychiatric diagnosis, or if you are
under a doctor's care or simply
taking medication for emotional
problems, they welcome you
to drop in and join the circle of
friends. Welcome House offers
scheduled activities at least three
times a week such as: arts and
crafts, support groups, outings,
and presentations. They are open
7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. For more information, call
Hilda or James at 863-467-1026.


Obituaries should be submit
ted to the Okeechobee News by
e-mailing obits@newszap.com.
Customers may also request
photos and links to online guest
books. A link to the obituaries is
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Raymond K.
Chandler, 84
OKEECHOBEE Raymond K.
Chandler, of Okeechobee, died Sun-
day, Feb. 1, 2009, in Raulerson Hos
pital. He was 84.
He had been a resident of Okee-
chobee for 25 years and enjoyed
fishing and casinos. He served in the
U.S. Navy for four years during
World War II. He was a 63 year
member of Local Painters Union 841
of Akron, Ohio, A Master Mason of
Adoniram Lodge 517 and a member
of the Royal Arch Masonic Lodge
209 of Akron, Ohio.
Born on July 18, 1924, in Wads-
worth, Ohio to Raymond and Myrtle
Chandler, he was recently preceded
in death by his wife, Gloria and also
preceded in death by three brothers
and three sisters.
Mr. Chandler is survived by three
sons, John Chandler of Stuart, Jeff
Chandler of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
and Ronnie Chandler of Akron,
Ohio. Also surviving are four daugh
ters, Helen Beal of Sebring, Shirley
Chandler of Port St. Lucie, Bea Gene
(Sinan) and Pattie Chandler of Par-
kersburg, WVa.; and one sister, Jan-
et Pitman of Akron, Ohio. He is also
survived by several grandchildren
and great-grandchildren.
Although no services will be
scheduled, all arrangements are un
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OKEECHOBEE Ada Mae Schoo-
ley, of Okeechobee, died Feb. 2,
2009, at her home. She was 96.
Mrs. Schooley was born Sept. 1,
1912, in Buda, Il1., to Frank and
Anna Mellott.
She was a homemaker
of the Methodist faith.
Mrs. Schooley is survived by her
daughter, Phyllis Tullis of Okeecho-
bee; two sons, Richard Schooley
(Karen) of Somerset, Ky and Donald
Schooley (Anna Belle) of Beaver
falls, Pa.; and one sister, Gladys
Coble of Green Castle, Pa.
Services will be held in New Brigh-
ton, Pa., with Campbell's Funeral
Home directing.
Friends may sign the guestbook at
www.bassokeechobeefh.com.
All arrangements are entrusted to
the loving care of Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home and Crematory, 205
NE 2nd ST, Okeechobee, F 34972.


Thomas Carlton Garner
OKEECHOBEE Thomas Carlton
Garner, of Okeechobee, died Feb. 2,
2009, at his home. He was 79.
He was born Oct. 1, 1929, in Lynn
Haven, and came to Okeechobee
from Pahokee in 1960. He was a
heavy equipment operator of the
Protestant faith.
Mr. Garner was preceded in death
by his mother, Minnie Ola Johnson;
father, Ed Garner; and son, Thomas
Carlton Garner Jr.
He is survived by his wife, Betty
Garner; sister, Ovita Hamblen; and
daughters, Elaine Kennedy, Sandra
Bailey, and Melba Franklin.
Memorial services will be 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 10, at Bass Okeecho
bee Funeral Home with Pastor Don
Leon officiating.
Friends may sign the guestbook at
www.bassokeechobeefh.com.
All arrangements are entrusted to
the loving care of Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home and Crematory, 205
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Extension Service: How Does Your Garden Grow?


Frozen fronds,
Master Gardeners
& Butterflies:
Q: What should I do to my
plants that have been browned
by the cold weather?
A: I was going to answer this
one myself, but I found the per-
fect answer from Spencer Por-
teous, owner of the Everything
Outdoors Garden Shop in Vero
Beach. (He's got an E-newslet-
ter, and just began a gardening
forum, but that's another story.)
Here's his reply:
Look around town, can you
see it? Can you see that some of
our tropical plants have been bit
by the cold weather? I've seen
Ixora, crotons, Arboricola, purple
leafs and many more showing
the signs. All week long we've
had customers stopping by the
garden center looking for advice
concerning cold damaged plants.
Friends, listen up, here's what
you should do...NOTHING.
That's right, nothing. Be pa-
tient. Fight every urge that you
have to get out there and prune
off the dead stuff. If you prune
right away and we get another
cold snap, that just might do
them in. Instead, this is what we
recommend...
Don't prune your palms until
the fronds turn completely brown
(the palms will pull out their nu-
trients and push them towards
their new growth).
Wait at least 3-4 more weeks
to prune your shrubs (let's make
sure winter is over).
Wait until we have a nice
spring day of rain forecasted, do
your pruning and apply some or-
ganic fertilizer.
Look for new growth to
emerge on the stems of your
plants. Prune just above the last
new growth, closest to the tips.
Your established plants will
bounce back quickly. They al-
ready have a fully developed root
system and can support all of
the new growth that the above
ground part of the plant can
throw their way.
Q: I'm afraid I will soon be
losing my job, and think it's time
to "branch out" into another line
of work. I've always loved gar-
dening, but need to know more.
Where can I get a crash course
that will open the doors to gar-
dening careers?
A: Your situation is not un-
usual, and I feel bad that the sour
economy has given you lemons.
Time is now ripe to make lemon-
ade by signing up for training as a
Florida Master Gardener.
The Extension office is starting
a spring Master Gardener train-
ing class on Wednesday, Feb. 9.
It is meant to train volunteers to
work with our Extension office,
but if you can agree to give us
back some volunteer time while
you are looking for a new job, it
might be the right cup of tea for
the times. You will have to hurry,


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fice by Wednesday along with the
course fee. An interview will be
required before you are accepted
into the class.
For more details, look at the
on-line "Sprouting kit": http://
okeechobee.ifas.ufl.edu/Mas-
ter%20Gardeners/MG.Sprouting.
Kit.htm. If you don't have access
to a computer, stop by the Exten-
sion office and pick the "kit" and
to ask us any more questions.
Q: I heard something about
a butterfly garden that is going
to be planted her soon? Can I go
there and collect butterflies for
my garden too?
The garden you are speaking
of is not yet planted, but plans
are rushing to completion. The
Florida-friendly butterfly attract-
ing plants will be installed in
downtown Okeechobee's Park
#6 by Valentine's Day. But we are
not "planting" any butterflies, just
the plants that will attract them.
With our cold weather, it will take
some time for the plants to get es-
tablished. One they get blooming,
FYN Program Assistant Angela
Sachson assures me that flowers
and butterflies will be a beautiful
place to visit.
The purpose of the garden is to
beautify downtown Okeechobee.


It will also be a place to see some
principles of Florida Friendly
landscaping in action. I hope that
park visitors will enjoy the but-
terflies that will find this garden
enjoyable, inspirational and edu-
cational, but will not use it as a
source of collectables for person-
al purposes. Visitors that want to
re-create a similar Florida friendly
landscape in their own yard can
talk with us to learn how to do
this in their own Florida Yard.
Send us your garden ques-
tions by fax 863-763-5901, email
okeenews@newszap.com or
just drop it off at the Okeecho-
bee News office at (107 S.W
17th St. suite D, Okeechobee, FL
34974). The University of Florida-
Okeechobee County Extension
office will pick out three questions
that would be of greatest interest
to local residents and publish
brief answers in the Okeechobee
News. We need YOUR questions
by Monday at 5 p.m. Be sure to
include your name and phone or
email address in case we need
more information
More information is available
on the award-winning Okeecho-
bee web page, http://okeecho-
bee.ifas.ufl.edu. If you need
additional information on cold
injury recovery, Master Garden-
ing of butterfly gardens, please
email us at okeechobee@ifas.ufl.
edu or call us at 863-763-6469.
Local residents can stop by the
Extension office at 458 Hwy 98
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our Okeechobee County Master
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Festival
Continued From Page 1
the crowd involved with Karaoke.
Park 3 will showcase local coun-
try bands and Park 4 will show-
case gospel music.
The kids will also have plenty
to do with a petting zoo, face
painting and a huge rock wall to
climb. There could even be some
adults who would like to try their
hand at rock wall climbing.
Each year the Chamber of
Commerce hosts the festival fish
fry, but don't expect to find the
namesake 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
harvested and processed.
These days, the Chamber
serves up generous portions of

Meeting
Continued From Page 1
record was 17 minutes.
With little discussion the coun-
cil passed a resolution authoriz-
ing a lease purchase agreement
for city vehicles. The agreement
includes 17, 2009 Ford Crown Vic-
torias with full wheel covers and
left hand spotlights and five 2009
Dodge Chargers with V6 engines.
Most of the new vehicles will
go to the police department.
However, the city administrator
and the fire chief will also get new
cars. The Dodge Chargers will be
used for police road patrol in an
effort to get better gas mileage.
The Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office uses Chevrolets to improve
gas mileage. However, most of
their Chevrolets are used for ad-
ministrative duties.
The council also discussed an-

Winter
Continued From Page 1
Florida Agriculture and Con-
sumer Affairs Commissioner
Charles Bronson announced on


fish at the festival fish fry. The tra-
ditional fried fish dinners in the
park are $6 and with every dinner
purchase you get the chance to
win a beautiful historical print val-
ued at $45. Drawings will be held
every hour.
Festival-goers can also sample
other delicacies at food booths
sponsored by local clubs and
organizations, as well as at Semi-
nole Indian booths.
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.okeechobeecham-
berofcommerce.com/.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at caguilar@newszap.com.
nual evaluations for city admin-
istrator Brian Whitehall and city
attorney John Cook. Councilman
Mike O'Connor did not partici-
pate in either evaluation process.
He just took office last month and
said he did not feel he could fairly
evaluate either official.
Out of a perfect score of 5.0,
Mr. Whitehall received a 4.875.
The mayor said that of the four
evaluations submitted by council
members, two of them gave him
perfect scores. The mayor con-
gratulated Mr. Whitehall on his
extremely high score.
Mr. Whitehall said he appreci-
ated the vote of confidence and
that his door was always open to
discuss his performance or any
city issue.
Mr. Cook received a 3.47 which
is between satisfactory and good.
He asked the councilmen to con-
tact him at any time of they had
questions or problems.
Thursday that an executive order
relaxing restrictions on trucks
transporting vulnerable crops
had been extended until Feb. 25.
The emergency order signed by
the governor relaxes the weight,
height, length and width restric-
tions for commercial vehicles
transporting vulnerable crops.


Lawmakers look for nursing home revenue solutions


TALLAHASSEE AARP Flor-
ida State Director Lori Parham
said Thursday that Florida law-
makers showed commendable
innovation in finding some new
nursing-home revenue and draw-
ing down additional federal fund-
ing for older Floridians' long-term
care in the special session that
ended Wednesday.
But lawmakers also missed
major opportunities to address
the long-term fiscal health of vital
public services, put the state on a
solid financial footing and speed
Florida's economic recovery, Par-
ham added.
"On behalf of 3 million Flo-
ridians age 50+, we commend
the Legislature on finding some


innovative solutions during this
special session," Parham said.
"Our elected leaders face a much
tougher test during the regular
session with a larger budget defi-
cit next fiscal year, with most of
the state's reserves diminished,
and with vital services at stake. We
pledge to work with Gov. Charlie
Crist and top lawmakers to find
the long-term solutions that Flor-
ida needs." In particular, Parham
commended lawmakers for ap-
proving a nursing-home "qual-
ity assessment fee," a funding
mechanism that will help Florida
nursing homes draw down ad-
ditional federal funding. The pro-
posal helps soften the blow of the
10.5-percent cut in nursing-home


Medicaid reimbursements.
"Since mid-summer 2008,
AARP and other organizations ac-
tive in the Florida's People, Flori-
da's Promise initiative have been
calling on legislators for bold
leadership and innovative solu-
tions," Parham said. "This action
showed a flash of innovation by
our elected leaders." For more in-
formation on the initiative, please
go to www.floridaspeople.org.
"AARP believes this shows
lawmakers can meet challenge of
today's historic state fiscal crisis, if
they seek out fresh ideas and bold
solutions," Parham said.
Yet lawmakers also missed op-
portunities to find new revenues
for the state of Florida during the


special session, Parham noted.
"Any pragmatic approach to re-
storing Florida's business climate
must involve not only attracting
new residents but keeping current
residents in the Sunshine State,"
Parham said. "It will be difficult,
if not impossible, to attract older
residents to Florida if our state
leaders fail to demonstrate the
capacity for bold leadership and
fresh thinking. A stale formula of
across-the-board budget cuts to
vital services for Florida's vulner-
able population, including elders,
cannot inspire confidence."
"Now is the time for boldness,"
Parham said. "Half-measures and
stale solutions aren't enough."


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The Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School honored their
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TALLAHASSEE Florida's
Governor and Cabinet adopted
a resolution recognizing the cre-
ation of the Florida Breakfast
Partnership, an organization
dedicated to educating consum-
ers about the importance of eat-
ing a healthy breakfast every day.
The partnership is an alliance of
the Florida Department of Citrus,
Florida Department of Agriculture
and Consumer Services, Dairy
Council of Florida, Florida Poultry
Federation and the Florida Pork
Improvement Group.
Research suggests that eating
breakfast on a regular basis pro-
vides nutritional benefits and may
help with weight control and cog-
nitive performance. The Florida


Breakfast Partnership will con-
duct marketing outreach efforts
to consumers, educators and
health professionals to increase
awareness of nutritious Florida
products that can be a part of a
healthy breakfast.
The newly launched web site:
http://www.FloridaBreakfast.com
provides educational resources
for parents and teachers, health
and nutrition research updates,
recipes, educational games for
children and links to partners'
web sites.
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City Council addresses possible budget problems


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
City Councilman Dowling Wat-
ford recently spoke to Rotarians
at their weekly luncheon about
the current happenings in the city
and what is on the agenda for the
new year.
Councilman Watford has been
on the council for 25 years and
boasted about the great mix of
council members and how "each
member has some expertise in
their own area that adds to the
decision making of the council."
Mayor Jim Kirk has now ex-
ceeded the longest term of May-
or, serving 18 years as Mayor. He
was also recently honored by the
city for 20 years of service on the
council.
According to Councilman Wat-
ford, the major issue in the city,
state and nationally is of course
the budget. Money in the current
economy and budget cuts in the
national and state level have con-
tinued to trickle down into the
local governments in continuous
phases.
New updates from the state
legislature which is currently
meeting to make possibly more
updates decreased the city budget
by approximately $185,000. The
city budget is $5.5 million total.


Due to the city's cuts in spend-
ing, that amount won't be detri-
mental to the city, but next year's
budget will be the challenge.
Councilman Watford ex-
plained that they currently have a
conservative council and a great
staff who have also been work-
ing very hard to decrease expen-
ditures through the Cost Savings
Reduction Plan. If they continue
to follow their current savings
plan, the city will have saved
$52,000 annually in electric and
fuel costs and with the deletion of
unneeded phone lines.
The city has also been active in
negotiations along side Okeecho-
bee Main Street with CSX and
Amtrak for saving the Train De-
pot. According to Councilman
Watford, CSX has been unwilling
to give the land to the city. They
are willing to give the building
but are placing tough stipulations
in the contract which make things
almost impossible. With OKMS,
they are trying to work out con-
ditions through negotiations with
CSX and must also get a guaran-
tee from Amtrak that a train stop
will remain in Okeechobee.
The city is working on an or-
dinance which was brought forth
due to the saving of the train de-
pot, is an ordinance for historic
preservation. This ordinance will


be on the planning board agenda
on Thursday, Feb. 19.
In addition, they also have an-
other ordinance that will lessen
parking requirements for busi-
nesses that are being converted
from older homes into different
uses.
The city has also been working
on perfecting their sign ordinance
for some time. He noted that all of
the yard sale signs that everyone
puts out all the time are actually
illegal without a city permit. They
are not allowed to be placed in the
public right of way. The council is
working to come up with rules for
signs as small as your typical yard
sign to billboards, which have ba-
sically been deemed unnecessary
for the city limits in current drafts
of the new ordinance.
On a personal note, Council-
man Watford explained to the
Rotarians that he has lived in
Okeechobee all his life and while
growing up he always had politi-
cal figures such as E. H. Hunt and
Mr. Domer. They were both coun-
cil members at the time back in
the 1960's.
Councilman Watford began
his political career back in his
ninth grade year when he ran as
treasurer for the student council
and won. He went on to be the
Senior Class President of his class


and Dr. Mims was the President of
Student Council his senior year.
When he decided to run for
City Council, it was basically be-
cause he was complaining about
some things that were going on.
He was told, "you need to run or
shut up."
So, he ran and was elected.
The following term, he was de-
feated in the election and then ran
again the following term and has
been on the council since.
Elected officials duties are
more involved that most people
think. Many of the decisions that
the council has to make deal with
things that the actual officials
don't necessarily know much
about. They have to depend on
the expert advice of their staff and
on the research that they do per-
sonally and form their opinion.
They also serve on local and
regional boards and councils such
as the Treasure Coast Council
of Local Governments, Treasure
Coast Regional League of Cities
and the Okeechobee Battlefield
Friends. Councilman Watford
was elected as treasurer of each
of these organizations. In addition
to all of this council members are
also expected to attend all grand
opening events, local meetings
of organizations, and any local
events or festivals.


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Rotarian John Ed Burdeshaw (left) invited City Councilman
Dowling Watford (right) to speak to Rotarians about what is
going on in the City for the new year.


For more information about
the City call 863-763-3372.
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Auctions 105
Car Pool 110
Share a ride 115
Card of Thanks 120
In Memoriam 125
Found 130
Lost 135
Give Away 140
Garage/Yard Sale 145
Personals 150
Special Notices 155
900 Numbers 160



SAMMY the cat was last seen
in the vic of Eagle Bay Dr,
Oak Lake Est area. Orange
tabby with a bushy tail. Call
(863)532-9079



HUGE YARD SALE 805 SW
15th st- Feb 6 & 7, Fri & Sat
9am 3pm, Clothes, home
accessories, patio furniture,
tools, hardware, locksets
and more...Look for the bal-
loons.
Lazy 7 Area off 70 W.(4 miles)
7439 SW 13th St.- Fi &
Sat 6 &7 11/1- 8am-3pm
Furniture, Small Appliances,
Clothes & More.
MULTI FAMILY 213 NE 8th
Ave, Fri & Sat 8am 4pm,
Fishing, Boating, Tools,
Household decorator items &
more.
OKEECHOBEE 02/07/2009,
8am, Ousley Estates S.W.
16th Ave., Community Yard
Sale--Lots of Stuff!!!
THREE FAMILY SALE Near
Everglades elementary ,
3308 SE 4th ST, Sat Only
Feb-7, 8 am 3pm, Many
misc items.
Shop from a gift catalog
that's updated regulaly:
the classified.


1E om ent



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




FULL TIME STYLIST position
now available at Stafford's
Hair Salon, Call for an ap-
pointment to interview
(863)763-3933
MAINTENANCE PERSON
F/T for Local RV Park.
Must have experience.
Call 863-467-5774


MODEL TYPES

Mad, Daily,


CASH


All shifts available

561-891-3946
Must be18 plus to apple

BOOKKEEPER Minimum 5
years experience.
863)763-5321 Call between
:00 pm and 9:00 pm.

HEALTHCARE
SPECIALIST

Lincare, leading national res-
piratory company seeks
ealthcare Specialist. Re-
sponsibilifes: Disease Man-
agement Program, clinical
evaluations, equipment set-
up & education. Be the doc-
tor's eyes in the home
setting. RN, RRT, CRT li-
censed as applicable. Great
personality with strong work
ethic needed. Competitive
salary, benefits & career
aths. Drug Free Workplace,
OE. Please fax resume to
Angel, 863-763-5191 or call




CLEANING PERSON
Needed Part Time for local
business. 10-20 hours per
week/$9.00 per hour. F
application to: (863)467-5804
DRIVER WANTED Desire
self-employed & insured with
current Flonda license and
clean driving history. Needed
apprx 3 days a wk/7 hrs a
day to drive gentleman
around area. Call
(863) 634-4596 & leave de-
taid message for Don to
obtain application.



SUPER GOOD Cleaning person
seeking work, trustworthy,
dependable, thorough, rea-
sonable (863)824-0545


Financial



Business
Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315





INVESTORS NEEDED 10 to
12% Return, Dan Lakes a
state general contractor and
realtor Need investors to se-
cure 1st mortgage on prop-
erties $40,000 to $80,000
Please Call (561)635-8478

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true, chances are that it is.
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doubts about any ad on
these pages, we advise that
before responding or send-
ing money ahead of time,
you checkwith the Better
Business Bureau at
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complaints.
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numbers may require an
extra charge, as well as
long distance toll costs. We
will do our best to alert our
reader of these charges in
the ads, but occasionally
we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.

Looking for a place to
hang your hat? Look
no further than the
classified.


Services




Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435




DEE'S MINOR REPAIR
& Pressure Washing
Cool Sealing, Painting,
Carpentry & Much More!
No Job Too Big or Small.
(863)467-2917
or (863)261-6425
License # 69SN#1126

? NEED HELP ?
CALL GEORGE CARTER
Painting, Repairs, Carpentry
Power Washing
FREE CONSULTATION
(863)763-4775


EEIIM
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, Lines & 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
Pets/Supplies/
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Tos & Games 730
SRes 735
Wanted to Buy 740








CLUB CAR Used, Good con-
dition, charger, $900 or best
offer (863)697-1350



YORKIE- 14 week old females
with papers and shots. $800
Firm. MINIATURE HORSES
(6) $500 each.
PEACOCKS, 10, $40 each
Call (863) 467-0218


Agriculture



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
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Seeds/Plants/
Flowers 865




PONY Carmelo/White mare 7
rs old rides good. Miniature
horses 1 filly, 1 stud, lyr old
buckskin & paint $1200 or
will separate (772)260-6852


Rentals



Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Commercial
Property 915
Condos/
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




FOR RENT- 2 bed 1.5 bath
Apartment $800 mth. Must
See! (863)763-7552 or
(863) 634-7722
HWY 441 SE 1/1 Icludes
electric and direct tv $650
mo. + Security
(561)723-6183

IOKEECHOBEE, 2br, 1ba
Near town. Si50 mo. An-
nual Lease Sec-8 ok.
561-255-4377
VIKING/PRAIRIE Efficiency.
Very clean! $600/mo. In-
cludes utilities. No pets. Call
561-329-8205
Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise
your yard sale in the
classified and make
your clean up a breeze!



APARTMENT in BHR, 800 Sq
Ft- 1/1 Extr bk rm $495/mo.
(954)290-0861


IN OKEECHOBEE CITY: 4 Br/
2Ba, $1100 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. & refs. Call Barry for
more info. 772-216-1461
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, lba, Lg
yard, inside city limits, $800.
mo. + Ui1., 1st & Last mo.
sec. dep. (863)990-3294
Rent to own or sell 3/1 CBS,
new roof, newly renovated
$99,900 (561)801-3002



PHYSICIAN OFFICE for lon
term lease call
l863)467-9500 for more in-
ormation.


ROOMMATE to share home in
Kings Bay $100 per wk.
Share water & elect.
(863)610-0517
It's never too late to find
the perfect gift. Look
for it in the classified.



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


Real Eslate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos/
Townhouses Sale1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080




PARK MODEL, '94 12x40 &
12x20 Floida room, in Buck-
head Ridge Resort, $18,500.
(863)763-7196


INDIAN HAMMOCK New 3/2
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
Realtor/Owner
(561)635-8478


5 Acres- 5 minutes north of
town off 441, cleared
$89,900.00 (561)801-3002



BHR Furn Modular home 3/2
w/F Room, Incl 3 HD TV's.
Just updated plumbing,
elect, new sod & sprink sys,
fenced, boat ramp, dock,
cone drive, car port, shed.
$138.500 OBO
(561)818-2348


Mobile Homes



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




BEST VALUE IN TOWN For
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
BHR Area RENT WITH OP-
TION TO BUY! Owner Fi-
nancing. 2BR/2BA, with lake
access, covered boat slip
w/lift, 18x45 screened in
porch, storage shed w/half
bath, clean, quiet, furnished,
great for retired person or
couple, $500 mo.
(859)661-4344
OKEECHOBEE 3br, 2ba, rent
or buy, 7-9 mi East of Okee,
$800/mo or best offer.
(863)655-2454
OKEECHOBEE 6mi east on
Hwy 70. 3br, 2ba, rent or
rent to own, $800/mo or
best offer (863)763-8725
OKEECHOBEE-2Bd/1.5 ba,
Central Heat & Air, Screen
room, $600 mo. Will lease
with option @ $55,000.
(863)634-3451
WATERFRONT. 2br/1ba, com-
pletely furnished, non smk.
env., no pets $750 mo.+lst
&sec. 772-285-5856



BANK REPO'S
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
561-721-2230
Park model 1/1 36' w/2 tip
outs, perm roof, 10x36fl frm,
parking canopy, fully fum, on
rented lot in Okeechobee RV
Park $11,500
(573)748-0134


Recreation



Boats 3005
Cam pers/RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicle/ATVs 3035


-
CAROLINA SKIFF 19 Ft., 90
hp., 24V trolling motor w/
auto pilot & remote, depth
finder, trailer Very good con-
dition. $6,995 Call
863-634-7021 Okeechobee
MERCURY 6 cyl, 175 hp
mere on 17.5' hydra sport
bass boat Trailer included.
$3200 (863)467-2267

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DUTCHMAN 2002, 5th
wheel, Sleeps 6, 35', Queen
bed, 2 bunk beds, 1.5 bath,
a/c/heat, 2 slide outs
$12000 or best offer
(863)467-0860


COBRA SPINNAKER 1994 -
Oak cabinets, qn.size sofa
sleeper; 37 ft.x 8 ft. Must
sell. $9000/or best offer.
(863)467-4596


HARLEY HERTIAGE SOFTAIL,
4400 miles. Loaded
w/chrome & extra's. Excel-
lent condition. $12,500 or
best offer. (863)763-5933
Okeechobee



SUZUKI 80 CC 4Wheeler -
Very good condition. $1100
(863)634-7021 Okeechobee


Automobiles



Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070




CHEVY CAVALIER 1996 Au-
tomatic, Air $1900
(812)989-3022
CHRYSLER TOWN & COUN-
TRY '05 39K mls. Loaded'
Garage kept. 1 Owner Im-
maculate condition. $12,500
(863)675-0215 LaBelle


Public Notices



Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500




IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
File No.: 2009-CP-09
Division Probate
IN RE ESTATE OF
RUBY NADINE HANCOCK
Deceased.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of
Ruby Nadhb Hacoc, deceased, whose
date of death was October 3, 2008, is
pending In he Circud Court for Okeecho-
bee County, Fbnda Probate Division, the
address of which is 312 NW Third Steet,
Okeechobee, Florida 34972 The names
and addresses of the personal repesen-
tahve and the personal representave's
attorney are set forh below
All creditors of te cedent and other
persons having clims or demands
against decedents estate on whom a
copy of tIs notice is required to be
served must file their claims with is
court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS
AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBI-
CATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS
AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A
COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM
All other creditors of te decedent and
other persons having clams or demands
against decedent's estate must file heir
class wih Mis court WITHIN 3
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WIRIIN THE
TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION
733702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE
CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERI-
ODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM
FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER
THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED
The date o first pblicabon of this no-
Dce is February 6th, 2009
Personal Re resentative
M coIl Hancock
2344 NW 46th Avenue
Okee e, Honda 34972
Attorne or Personal Represenaive,
Elizahh Maxwel
Aorneyfor Mitchell Hancock
RondaBarNo 720895
Maxwell & Mawell, PA
405 NW 3rd Seet
Okeechobee, FL 34972
Telephone 631763-1119
Fax 863) 763-1179
309962 N 2/6,13/09
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE
NINEEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND
FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORDA
CASE NO. 2M00-CP-103
IN RE ESTATE OF
GEORGE RILEY DOTEN
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
(Ancillry Summary AIinlsbaion)
TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS OR
DEMANDS AGAINST THE ABOVE
ETATE.
You are hereby nofied hat an Order of
Summary Adinistrahon has been
tered in the estate of GEORGE RILEY
OOTEN, deceased, ile Number 2009-
CPF-03, by the Clrci Court for Okee-
chobee County, Florda, Protate Diev-
son, he address of which is 312 NW
3rd Steet Okeechoee County, Okee-
chobee, Flonda 34972; hat the dece-
dent's dat of death was November
19,2006 that the total vaue of the es-
tate is $140,30500 and that the
names and addrses of hose to
whom d has been assigned by such
order are
Name Address
Diare Hageman 727 Racoon Hil nve
Kirland, OH 44094
ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE NOTI-
FlED THAT.
All creditors of the estate of the decedent
and persons having claims or de-
mands against the estate of the dece-
provsin for tll payment was made in
the crder of Summary Admiistraton
must file heir clams with has court
WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET
FORTH IN SECTION 733 702 OF THE
FLORIDA PROBATE CODE
ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT SO
FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED
NOTWItiSTANDING ANY OTHER APPLI-
CABLE TIME PERIOD, ANY CLAIM
FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AF-
TER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF
DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first publcahon of tas Notice
is February 6, 2009.


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bic Nie


PROJECT NO 1082900 00 REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
HVAC INSTRUMENTATION AND CONTROLS
OSCEOLA MIDDLE SCHOOL AND
ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
Proposals will be received by the rations Office of THE SCHOOL BOARD OF
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA, 938 NW 34th Street, Oeechohee, Flonda 34972
up to 10:00 a.m. March 25, 2009 forall matens and labor necessary for below
CAUTION BID PACKAGE SENT BY OVERNIGHT CARRIER QUITE
OFTEN DO NOT ARRNE ON TIMEi
Energy Managemencont ol Systems at:
Oscdal Middle Scoo and Adminisrative Offices
825 SW 28th Steet 700 SW 2nd Avenue
Okeechsbee, FL 34974 Okeechobee, FL 34974
Specficatlons are n fie n the office of
Dale Barre, Director of Operations
Okeechobee County School Board
938 NW 34th Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972
863-42-5083, e-203
and
Ingenuy Engineers, Inc
Darel R Haupt, Senor Project Manager
4798 New Broad Street, Sule 300
Odando, FL 32814
407-398-6007
Each bid shall be accompanied by the following:
SBase Bid
Acenoiwedgement of Addendums
SList of Sub-Bidders wh whom the contractor will sub-contract work in
connection wit this project
BR d a in t he amount of 5% of he maximum bid, payable to the School
Board of Okeechabee County, as evidence of good aot nd guaranteng that
the successful bdder will execute and umish to he School Board of
Okeechobee county a good and sufficient performance bond as required by
Ronda Statute Secton 1013 47 in the peal sum of 100% of the escalated
amount of the contact garanteeng te performance of said contract.
Failure to provide any of the documents outlines above w ai be
grounds for
reecton of he bd.
All bids shall be placed in an envelpe, sealed, and addressed to the School Board
of Okeechobee County, and the name of the project should be placed on the outside
of he envelope and words indicaing that the envelope contains a bid for said pro-
act
MANDATORY PRE-BID CONFERENCE: Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at 10 00 a m,
prevailin me at the office of Dale Barrent Director of Operatios, 938 NW 34th
Street, eechoee, FL 34972
Substantal completion of he project is yet to be determined. Punch list items and
site deanup shall be totally completed wiiMn 30 days thereafter Failure to do so will
result in liquidated damages in the amount of $500 00 per day for each day the date
of actual substatal complehon exceeds he scheduled date of substantal comple-
hon: and a further sum of $100 00 per calendar day in liquidated damages for each
day of the actual final complonwti exceeds the scheduled date of final complete
The successful bidder, i any, will be notified within 15 days after he tbd is accept-
ed The School Board of Okeechobee County reserves the nght to relet any and all
bids and to wave any informallies AI proposals shall remain in force for 30 days
after te date opening
THE SCHOOL BO RD O OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
By Pacia Cooper, Ed D, Supenntendent of Schools
309711 ON 2/6/09

OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS
PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING AND RELATED SERVICES
RFQ 200-04
Notce is hereby ven that Okeechobee County, Flonda, pursuant to Secton
287 055, Flonda Staues, hereby issues his request for Professional Engineenng
and related Professional Services.
Related miques and addaional formation shall be directed to Jim Threewits,
Deputy County Adinstrato, at (863) 763-4458
Proposals to prode Professional Services for the establishment of one or more
conuing service contracts covenng all aspects of Local Govement, including but
rot limited to planning, studies and engineenng within the scope of the pracbce of
professional enreenng, landscape architecture, or registered surveyng and map-
ping descred here shall include a letter of tansrmial requesting thi the firmbe
certled as qualified to provide the required professional services, orgarzatonal
profile and firm's quaificaions, resumes of individuals to perform he work, scope
of services proposed, public etty cnmes afidav, standard forms SF 330 and oth-
er perbnent data inf regdng the Firm
nerested fims shal ssubmt an onginal proposal and twelve (12) copies thereof in a
sealed enclosure beanng the name and address of the proposer and the words
PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING AND RELATED SERVICES by 300 pm. local time
on Tuesday, Februay 17, 2009 at the Okeechobee County Judicial Building, 312
NW 3rd Street, Room 206, Okeechobee, FL 34972 Prosals received after the
hie and dae soeafied will not be considered
Okeechobee County accepts no responsibility for any expense created to preparation
or delivery of proposals Okeechabee County reserves the night to reject any and all
proposals, select the irm(s) most qualified for each individual referenced project or
lor l referened projects, wave technical errors and inormalles, and to accept
e poposal(s), which, in its sole judgment, bestserves he public interest
Okeechobee County is an Equa Employment Opportunity Employer


Sharon Robertson Clerk
Board of County Commissoners
Okeechobee County, Flonda
310040 ON 2/6/09


Cli Bels, Jr., Chairman
Board of County Commissners
Okeechobee County, Flonda


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OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
RFP 2009-03
SURVEYING SERVICES
S W 8TH STREET DRAINAGE
Proposals shall include boundary and topographic surveys of the drainage ditch in
eechobee County between SW 24th Avenue (Eagle Bay Dnve), SW 8th Sreet
and SW 1 lth Street
Related inquies and detailed specifications are available from Jim Threews,
Deputy County Administrator at (863)763-4458
All proosers are to provide a pnce uote in a sealed envelope labeled "OKEECHO.
BE CUNTY SURVEYING SERVICES S W T STREET DRAINAGE" by 3 00
pm local one on February 17, 2009 at the Okeechobee County Courthouse, 312
NW 3rd Street, 2nd Floor Okeechobee, FL 34972 Pronsals received after the time
and date secifid will not be considered
Okeechobee County accepts no responsibility for any expense related to preparabon
or delivery of proposals, reserves the right to reject any or all proposals, to waive
technical errors and informalities, and to accept the proposal, which, in its judg-
ment, best serves the public interest
Okeechobee County is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer


Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida
310043 ON 2/6/09


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORDA
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO. 2009-CP-10
IN RE ESTATE OF
GARY KENT ISAACS,
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of GARY
KENT ISAACS, deceased, whose date
of death was December 16, 2008 is
pending in the Circuit Court for Okee
chabee County, Flonda, Probate Ovi-
son, the address of which is 312 NW
3rd Street, Okeechobee, Flonda
34972 The names and address of the
personal representative and the per-
soal representative sa torney are set
forth below
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate on whom a
copy of this nooce is required to be
served must file their claims wih this
court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE
OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF
SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE
ON THEM
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate must fie
their claims wilh this court WITHIN 3
MONTH AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE
ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL BE
FOREVER BARRED
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD
SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED
TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER
THE DED EENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED
The date of first publication of this notice
is January 30th, 2009
Personal Representative
PATRICK B ISAACS
2266 Caledonan Street
Clermont FL 34711
Atorne for Personal Representative
COLIN M CAMERON
200 N E 4h Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34972
(863) 763-8600
Fla Bar No 270441
309208 ON 1/30,2/6/09
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 2008-613-CA
JUDGE F SHIELDS McMANUS
SEACOAST NATIONAL BANK AS
SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO BIG LAKE
NATIONAL BANK,
Plaintiff,
vs
BRENDA DEIGNAN, a single woman and
THE CREDIT UNION OF PALM BEACH
COUNTY,
Defendants
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO BRENDA DEIGNAN, whose place of
residence is unknown and whose last
known residence address was 19565
Northwest 304th Street, Okeechobee,
Florida 34974 and all parties claim
ing interest by, through, under or
against BRENDA DEIGNAN, and all
parles having or claiming to have
any right, title or interest in the prop-
erty herein described:
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that a Com-
plant to Foreclose a Mortgage on the
following descnbed real property, to
wit
THE WEST 1/2 OF THE WEST 1/2 OF
THE SOUTH 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2
OF TRACT 31, LYING AND BEING IN
SECTION 9, TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH,
RANGE 33 EAST, ACCORDING TO
THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN
PLAT BOOK 4, PAGE 3 A-D, INCLU-
SIVE OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.
AND
THE EAST 1/2 OF THE WEST 1/2 OF
THE SOUTH 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2
OF TRACT 31, LYING AND BEING IN
THE SECTION 9, TOWNSHIP 34
SOUTH, RANGE 33 EAST ACCORD-
ING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RE-
CORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGES 3
A-D, INCLUSIVE, OF THE PUBLIC
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
TOGETHER WITH A 2005 GENA DOU-
BLEWIDE MOBILE HOME BEARING
IDENTIFICATION NUMBERS
GMHGA4250431825A AND
GMHGA4250431825B AND TITLE
NUMBERS 92017766 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, Atoey for Plainff, whose
address is Post Ofice Box 968, 400
Northwest 2rd Street Okeechobee
Flonda 34973, on or before the 1st
day of March, 2009 and file the origi-
nal wih the Clerk of this Court either
before service on Plaintiff's Attorney or
immediately thereafter, otherwise a
Default wll be entered against you for
the relief demanded in the Complaint
Ths Notice shall be published once
each week for two (2) consecutive
weeks in the Okeechobee News "
DATED this 28t day of January, 2009
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of the Circuit Court
BY Arlene Nealis
DEPUTY CLERK
309317 ON 1/30,2/6/0
PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT
Request for Feral Hog
Removal Contractor
Kssmmee P Preserve State Park
Informational meeting and site visit
2/11/09 at1000am
Location Park Office
33104 NW 192nd St
Okeechobee 34972
Phone 8634625360
309547 ON 2/4,6,8/09

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Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Flonda


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO 2007-CA-156
D & C INVESTMENTS OF OKEECHOBEE,
LLC
Plainiff
vs
JANETTEA DERBY
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a
Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated De-
cember 2, 2008.and entered in Case No
2007-CA-156 of the Circuit Court of the
19m Judicial Circu, in and for Okeecho-
bee County, Florida, wherein D & C IN
VESTMENTS OF OKEECHOBEE, LLC, is
the Plainliff and JANETTE A DERBY, is
the defendant i wl sell to e highest bid
der for cash at Jury Assemby Room,
2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judicia
Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee
Florida 34972, on the Bath day of Febru-
ary, 2009 at 1100 AM, te following
descnbed property as set forth in said Fi
nal Judgment, lying and being situate in
Okeechobee County, Florida to-wi
Commencing and beginning at the
Northeast comer of said section 9
thence South 010 21' 43" West, along
the East line of the sad Sechon 9, a
distance of 1563 30 eet to the nter-
section with the centerlne of an exist
ing dirt grade, conhnue along the said
cerntede, the following courses and
distances, thence north 770 31 34
West, a distance of 108510 feet,
thence North 69 35' 41" West, a ds
tance of 1106 63 feet thence depart
ing the sad centerne, North 00 00
00" West a distance of 98 93 feet to
the intersection of the North line of the
said SecGon 9, thence North 880 49'
34" East a distance of 2134 2t feet
to the Point of Beginning Less the
North 25 feet to the East 200 feet of
Section 9, Township 34 South, Range
34 East, Okeechobee County, Flonda
NW 72nd Avenue (Vacant Lot)
Okeechobee, Flonda 34974
In accordance with te Amencans with
Disabilities Act, persons requinng a spe
cial accommodaon to paticipate in this
proceeding should contact
(63)9466010, 18 009558771 (TD)
or 1-800-955-8770 (V), via Florida relay
Servce, not later than seven (7) days
pnor to te proceeding
DATED this 23rd day of January, 2009
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By /S/ Sandra L Creech
Deputy Clerk
COLIN M CAMERON, ESQ, PA
Attorney for Plantiff
200 NE 4th Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34972
(863)763-8600
09160 ON 1/30,2/6/09
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE19TH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO 47-200B-CA-.00021
U S BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS
TRUSTEE FOR THE STRUCTURED AS
SET INVESTMENT LOAN TRUST 2006-
BNC3
Plaintiff
vs
MICHAEL NYE VICKI VINSON NYE, DON-
NA H LEE, ROLLAND E AMMONS, JR
UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF DONNA H LEE,
UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF ROLLAND E
AMMONS, JOHN DOE, JANE DOE AS
UNKNOWN TENANTS) IN POSSESSION
OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY
Defendants
RE-NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to
a Moton and Order Reseting Foreclo-
sure Sale Date dated the 15th day of
January, 2009, and entered in Case No
47-2008-CA-000219, of the Circuit Court
of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for
Okeechobee County, lorda wherein U S
BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS
TRUSTEE FOR THE STRUCTURES AS
SET INVESTMENT LOAN TRUST 2006-
BNC3 is the Plaitin and MICHAEL NYE
VICKI VINSON NYE, DONNA H LEE,
ROLLAND E AMMONS, JR UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF DONNA H LEE UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF ROLLAND E AMMONS,
JOHN DOE, AJNE DOE AS UNKNOWN
TENANTS) IN POSSESSION OF THE
SUBJECT PROPERTY are defendants I
will sell to the highest and best bidder for
cash at the OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUOI-
CIAL CENTER, 312 NW 3RD STREET,
JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM, SECOND
FLOOR OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972
at the Okeechohee County Courthouse, in
OKEECHOBEE, Fonda, at 11 00 am on
the 18th day of February 2009, the fol-
Iowin described property as set forth in
said nal Judgment, to wit
THE NORTH 205 FEET OF THE WEST
132 FEET OF LOT 2 IN BLOCK 10,
OKEECHOBEE LITTLE FARMS, AC-
CORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF
RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 2, PAGE
100, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEE-
CHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, RE
SERVING HOWEVER, A STRIP OF
LAND 15 FEET WIDEON THE EAST
SIDE FOR ROAD RIGHT OF WAY
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST
IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF
ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY
OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS
PENDENS MUST FILE A CLIAM WITH
IN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE
In accordance with e Amencans with
Disabilities Act of 1990 (AA) disabled
person who, because of their
disablites need special accommoda-
ion to parcipate in this proceeding
should contact not later than seven (7)
days pnor to te proceeding Court Ad-
ministrabon at 772 08074370,
1-800-955-8771 (hearing impaired) or
1-00-955-770 (voice impaired)
Dated this 22nd day of January, 2009
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of Te Circuit Court
By /S/SANDRA L CREECH
Deputy Clerk
Law Office of Marshall C Watson
1800 NW 49th Street, Suite 120
Fort Lauderdale, Florda 33309
Telephone 954) 453-0365
Facsime 954) 771-6052
309146 ON 1/30,2/6/09


Public Ntic


I Pbl ic No ic


NOTICE OF AN OKEECHOBEE COUNTY PLANNING BOARD /
BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS AND APPEALS MEETING
NOTICE The Planning Board/Board of Adustments and Appeals will hold their next
regular meelng on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at 7 00 pm in the Commission
Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th
Avenue Okeechobee, Flonda In the event that all items scheduled before the Board
are not heard, the meeting shall be continued to Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at
7 00 pm in the Commission Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Health Department
Adiitonum,1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida
ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD AT
PUBLIC HEARINGS Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Board of Ad
lusslents and Appeals with respect to any mater considered at this meeting or
heanng will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and
that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be
based Planning and Development tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for offi-
cial records of the department
William 0 Royce, Planing Director
309914 ON 2/6/09


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO 2008-CA-329
HEIRS LLC,
Plaintff
V.
INSIDE DEVELOPMENT GROUP LLC,
metal
Defendants
NOTICE OF SALE
PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to
an Order of Final Judgment of Foreclo-
sure dated January 5, 2009, and en
tered in Case No 2008-GA-329 te
Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial
Circud in and for Okeechobee County,
Florida wherein HEIRS LLC, is Planff
and INSIDE DEVELOPMENT GROUP
LLC is Defendant, the Clerk of tre
Court of Okeechobee County Florda,
will sell to the highest and best bidder
for cash at the Okeechobee County Ju
dicial Center, 312 North WesI 3rd
Street 2nd Floor Jury Assembly
Room. Okeechohee. Florda at 1100
o'clock AM on the 18th day of Febru-
ary, 2009, the property descnbed as
follows
Parcel 1:
Lots 1 through 26, inclusive, Block 20 of
OKEECHOBEE, according to the Plat
thereof, as recorded in Plat Book 1,
page 10 and in Plat Book 5 page 5 o
he Public Records of Okeechobee
County Flonda and lots 7 through 10,
inclusive, and lot 11, less the west 28
feet thereof, together with he North
75 feet of the vacated alley (15 feet
wide) adjacent to said los, in Block
29, of OKEECHOBEE, according to he
Pla thereof as recorded in Plat Book 1,
Page 10 and Plat Book, Page 5 of Pub
ic Records of Okeechobee County,
Florida
Parcel 2
Lots 1 through 26, inclusive, Block 4,
Lots 1 through 6, inclusive, Block 11,
I through 26, inclusive, Block 12, lots
1 through 26, inclusie, Block 13, lots
1 2, 3 and 9, in Block 21, less tre
East 325 feet of said lot 9, los 10
through 26, inclusive, Block 21, and
lots 1 through 6, inclusive, block 22,
of OKEECHOBEE according to the Plat
thereof, as recorded in Pat Book 1,
page 10 and Plat Book 5, Page 5, of
Pubic Records of Okeechobee
County, Florda
Approximately 26 acres and adjoining
roadways
Address Vacant Land in OKEECHOBEE
Subdivision, PB 1, Pg 10 and PB5,
Pg 5
Any person claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, f any, other
than the property owner as of the date
of the s pendens, must file a claim
within 60 days after the sale
Any persons needing special accommo-
dations for disabilities should contact
the Court administrator at
1-702-807-4370 Those persons who
are hearing impaired may contact
1-800-955- 771 for accommoda-
Uons Those persons who are voice
impaired may contact
1-800-955-8770 for acconmmda-
ions
WITNESS my hand and Seal of the Court
on January 29, 2009
SHARON ROBERTSON
As Clerk of the Cour
By /s Sandra L Creech
Deputy Clerk
Paul J Lane, Esquire
2755 East Oakand Park Blvd
Sute 300
Fort Lauderdale FL 33306
954-566-0004
309925 ON 02/06,13/09


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION
CASE NO 2007-CA-335
U.S. BANK, N.A.
PLAINTIFF
VS
JANES M. DON AN; UNKNOWN
S HOUSE OF JAME M DONNA, IF
A Y; JILL M. DON AN AK JILL M -
N QUE BRYSON; U .KNOWN SPOU
0 JILL M DONN N AKA JILL DO
N H ALK JILL MO IOUE BRYSON.
A Y; ANY AND AL UNKNOWN PA
T S CLAIMING B THROUGH, U
D R, AND AGAINST THE HERE ,
N ,MED INDIVIDU L DEFENDANT(
W 0 ARE NOT KN WN TO BE DE
0. ALIVE, WHE HER SAID
KNOWN PARTIES NAY CLAIM AN
TEREST AS SPOUSES, HE
DEVISEES, GRANTEES OR OTH
CLAIMANTS; FLORIDA HOUSING
NANCE CORPORATION, JOHN 03
AND JANE DOE AS UNKNOWN T N-
ANTS IN POSSESSION.
DEFENDANTS)
RE-NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a
Order Grantng the Moion to Reset
Foreclosure Sale dated January 15,
2009 entered in Civil Case No
47-2008-CA-112 of the Circuit Court
of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for
OKEECHOBEE County, Okeechobee
Flonda, I will sell to the highest and
best bidder for cash at the Jury As
sembly Room 2nd Floor of the KEE-
CHOBEE Judicial Center 312 NW 3rd
Street, Okeechobee, Florida, at 11 00
am on the 18th day of February, 2009
the following described property as set
forth in said Summary Final Judgment,
to-wit
LOT 14 AND THE WEST 1/2 OF LOT
15, BLOCK 99, OKEECHOBEE, AC-
CORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF
RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 5, PAGE
5, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.
Any person claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of the date of the
is pendens, must file a claim within 60
days after the sale
Dated this 23rd day of January, 2009
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF EE CIRCUIT COURT
BY /s/SANDRAL CREECH
DEPUTY CLERK
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS
WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990
In accordance with the Americans With
Disabilities Act, persons needing a spe-
cial accommodahon to participate in this
proceeding should contact Court Adminm-
istration no later than seven days pnor to
the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club
Drve, Port St Lucie, FL 34986 or call
1 772 807 4370 wihin two working
days of your receipt of this Sum-
monsfNotce to Appear If you are bhear-
ing impaired call 1 800 955 8771 Ifyou
are voice impaired call 1-800-955-8770,
via Flonda Relay Service
DAVIDJ STERN, PA
900 SOUTH PINE ISLAND ROAD
SUITE 400
PLANTATION, FL 33324-3920
(954)233-8000
309164 ON 1/30,2/6/09
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"Okeechobee" and then on
"Post Your News." The cal
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The American

Legion Post 64
501 S.E Second Street,
Okeechobee
Office 863-763-2950 Lounge
863-763-5309
We can accommodate meetings,
weddings and parties of any size
The public is always welcome
unless it's a members only event.
Our kitchen is open 11 a.m.
to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday,
Thursday and Friday and 1 to 8
p m on Sunday
Sunday Open 1 to 8 pm -
Regular Bingo from 6 30 p m
Monday Open 11-8 p m Social
Bingo 1 PM
Tuesday Open 11- 8pm
Wednesday' Open 11-8 p -
"Taco Day" 11 am to 6 p.m.
Tacos $1.50
Music with Jim Elders 2-6
Thursday: Open 11 a.m. 8 p.m.
- Social Bingo 6 p m
SAL Steak Dinner third Sunday
each month $12 donation
Legion and Auxiliary meet the
second and fourth Tuesdays at 7
pm
The fourth Tuesday meeting
includes a carry in dinner at 6 p m
SAL Meet the third Tuesday at 7
p.m.

Am-Vets #2001
Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold a
regular informational meeting on
the first Saturday of the month at
the Buckhead Ridge VFW Post
#9528, 2002 U.S 78 W, at 10 a m
Applications for new members are
available Call Helen James at 863
824-7644 or Lou Eder at 863-357
0467.
Am-Vets Ladies Auxiliary
meetings are the first Saturday of
the month at 10 am Contact the
Post at 467-2882 for information

Eagles Aeries

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


Okeechobee

Masonic Lodge

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

Order of the

Eastern Star -

Chapter #128
The Order of the Eastern Star
has many fun activities planned on
the first and third Tuesday of each
month For upcoming activities,
contact Mary Ann Holt at 863-634
8087.

B.H.R. Moose

Lodge
The lodge is located on U S 78 W
in Buckhead Ridge. The Lodge's
phone number is 863-763-2250.
Sunday breakfast buffet from
9 until 11 a.m With many items to
choose from.
Monday WOTM Chapter
meeting the first and third Mondays
of every month 7.30 p.m.
Wednesday Bingo and food,
food served at 5 pm and bingo
starts at 6 p.m.
Thursday dinner will be
served from 5 until 7 p m Call the
Lodge for the menu
Thursday Music for dancing
at 7:30 pm Call to see who is
playing
Thursday 5-Card Bingo at 6
p.m. food available at 5 p.m.
Friday' dinner served from 5
until 7:30 pm Music for dancing
at 7:30 p.m. Call to see who is
playing
Saturday dinner starting at 6
p.m.
Saturday: Prime Rib Dinner
served from 6 until 8 p.m. the first
Saturday of the month.

Moose Family

Center #1753
The Moose Family Center #1753
is located at 156 N.W 36th St.
in Okeechobee. Please call the
Lodge at 863-763-4954 for further
information, sudden changes
and menus Guests are invited to
enjoy the activities and consider
membership
Open mic karaoke Thursday
7-10 p.m. and Sunday 4-8 p.m.
Horseshoes -Sunday and
Thursday at 2 p m
Every Monday pool tournament
at 7 p m (food served)
Legion BINGO Thursday at 1
p.m. (food served served)
LOOM BINGO Friday at 630
p m (food served)
Saturday night diner and dance
each week
Officers meetings first and third
Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Women's meeting second and
fourth Tuesday at 7 p m


Men's meetings, second and
fourth Wednesday at 7 30 p m
Moose Legion meetings third
Wednesday at 7.30 p.m.

VFW Post #4423
The VFW North Post #4423 is
located at 300 N.W. 34 St. The Post
phone number is 863-763-0818.
Happy hour Monday through
Thursday 4 until 6 p.m.
Monday. 50-cent hot dogs.
Tuesday. Washer toss at 1 p.m.
Wednesday. Pizza and Grill 5
until 7 p.m.
Friday. Bingo at 1 p.m. Pizza
and Grill 6 until 9 p.m. Karaoke 7
until 11 p.m.
Saturday. Bar Bingo at 1 p.m.
Karaoke 7 until 11 p.m.
Sunday. Dinner 2 until 4 p.m.
Post and Ladies Auxiliary
meetings third Sunday of every
month at 11 am
Men'sAuxllary Meeting 3 Monday
of every month 7 p m
Jan. 4' Members and friends
are welcome to come sing, dance
or just listen to the music by "The
Saxman" from 5 until 9 p m
Membership for 2009 is
overdue Annual members are
asked to please pay their dues
Big Screen TV and Pool Table

VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post 9528 is located
at 29012 E State Road 78 in
Buckhead Ridge. For information
call 863-467-2882 Post opens at
11 a m Monday through Sunday.
We are taking applications for
men or women who would like
to join the VFW, Ladies Auxiliary,
the Men's Auxiliary, AmVets or the
Ladies AmVets Auxiliary.
Wednesday Dinner by Ladies
Auxiliary, Mens Auxiliary, or AmVet
Ladies Auxiliary at 5'30 p m Music
will be available.
Thursday Bar Bingo at 1 p m
Lunch will be available.
Friday: 16 ounce stead dinner
with baked potato, salad and rolls
will be served from 5:30 until 7
p.m. for an$11 donation Pork Loin
dinner available for $7. Dancing
immediately following dinner.
Sunday: 5 15 pm bar bingo
Food will be served for a donation
Membership meetings are held
on the second andfourth Saturdays
of each month at 10 a m
House Committee meetings are
held on the second Saturday of the
month at 9 am For information
contact Robert Hare, Post
Commander at 863-467-2882. Call
for Menu.
All games and special events are
shown on seven televisions, two of
which are big screen The game
room has a regulation size pool
table.

VFW Post #10539
Post hours are 10 am Monday
through Saturday and 1 p m
on Sunday. Closing times are
discretionary and dependent on
the number of patrons but usually
not before 8 p.m. on weekdays and
11 p m on weekends
Happy hours. 10 to 11 a.m.
and 3 to 6 pm Monday through
Thursday Noon to 2 pm on
Saturday
Monday. Card Bingo at 6 p.m.
Tuesday Ladies Auxiliary all-


you can-eat spaghetti dinner $5
donation beginning at 5.30 p.m.
Wednesday Bar Bingo at 12 45
p m Lunch by Ladies Auxiliary.
Kitchen open from 5 until 8 p.m.
Evening music.
Thursday: Music, kitchen open
from 5 until 8 p.m.
Friday Music, kitchen open
from 5 until 8 p.m.
Saturday. Noon, dollar hotdogs,
$1 50 Polish Sausage, both with
Chill and all the fixings Card bingo
at 5 pm Music and dancing at 7
p.m. $50 gas card giveaway.
Scheduled meetings VFW First
Sunday at noon, Ladies Auxiliary
second Monday at 7 p m, Men's
Auxiliary second Wednesday at 7
p.m.
Do you have a family member
serving overseas7 We send
packages of urgently needed
supplies to them. We accept
donations for this worth cause.
Contact Cheryl Beniot at 863-697-
2930
For further information call 863-
763-2308.

Shrine Club
The Okeechobee Shrine Club,
S R 78 W, members will meet the
first and third Thursday of each
month at 7:30 p.m. The club is also
available for weddings and parties.
For information call the club at
(863) 763-3378, Mac Simpson at
863-763-8650 or Elma Yates at
863-697-2765
They are now open two days a
week
Specials are
Tuesday' 4 until 9 p.m.
Spaghetti dinner donations only,
music from 6 until 9 p.m., happy
hour 4 until 6 p m
Friday: TGIF 4 until 9 pm,
dinner for $750 donation; happy
hour 4 until 6 p.m.; music from 6
until 9 p.m.

Cypress Hut

Eagles #4509
The Cypress Hut Fraternal Order
of Eagles post #4509 located at
4701 U S 441 S E is now open to
members Monday Saturday from
10 a.m. until 10 p.m., Sundays
from 1 to 10 p m. Information can
be found by visiting www foe4509.
com, or calling 863-467-1154
Food is served several evenings
a week.
Aerie meetings are at 7 p m on
the first and third Wednesday of
each month at the old Cypress Hut
flea market restaurant
FOE Auxiliary meetings are at
7 p.m on the second and fourth
Wednesday of every month
Friday night 16 oz nb eye
steak dinner with the trimmings
beginning at 5.30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb 28 an auction will
be held for Gloria Heslin, (daughter
of Vincent Hesin ) Gloria's home
burned down with a total loss
and there was no insurance. The
auction will begin at 3 p m and
food will be served at 5 p m for
a $7 donation. Donations for the
auction are being accepted
Editor's note: To add list
ings or make changes to the
service club news, please email
okeenews@(newszap.com.


Local resident completes



basic military training


Okeechobee resident,
Army Pvt. Joseph G. Ellis has
graduated from basic infantry
training at Fort Benning, Co-
lumbus, Ga.
During the nine weeks of
training, the soldier received
training in drill and ceremo-
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first aid, and Army history,
core values and traditions.
Additional training included
development of basic combat
skills and battlefield opera-
tions and tactics, and experi-
encing use of various weap-
ons and weapons defenses
available to the infantry crew


man.
Pvt. Ellis is the son of Dave
and Glenetta Ellis of S.E. 40th
Ave., Okeechobee.
The private graduated in
2008 from the high school
program at Indian River Com-
munity College, Okeechobee.


VA to offer health care to


previously ineligible veterans


WASHINGTON The De-
partment of Veterans Affairs
(VA) has announced plans
to re-open enrollment in its
health care system by July
2009 to about 265,000 veter-
ans whose incomes exceed
current limits.
"We're pleased to be able
to offer what has been called
'the best care anywhere' to
many more new veterans,"
said Dr. James B. Peake,
Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
"We'll be able to provide
these newly enrolled veterans
with the kind of timely, high
quality health care veterans
who already use our system
are accustomed to."
The change affects veter-
ans whose incomes exceed
the current VA means test
and geographic means test


income thresholds by 10 per-
cent or less. Congress pro-
vided funds in VA's fiscal year
2009 budget to support the
new enrollment.
In 1996, Congress estab-
lished a priority-based enroll
ment system for VA and a
uniform package of medical
benefits for all enrollees. The
legislation opened enrollment
in VA's health care system
to all eligible veterans and
required that each year the
Secretary of Veterans Affairs
assess veterans' demand for
services and determine if the
necessary resources are avail
able to provide timely, quality
care to all enrollees.
Enrollment for the lowest
priority of the eight groups -
veterans who are not being
compensated for a military-


related disability and who
have incomes above a set
threshold was suspended
on Jan. 18, 2003, although
veterans in that priority group
who were already enrolled
for care were permitted to re
main enrolled.
VA originally suspended
enrollment for Priority 8 vet-
erans because it was unable
to provide all enrolled veter-
ans with timely access to its
health care due to a tremen-
dous growth in the number
of veterans then seeking en-
rollment. VA now plans to
reopen enrollment for a por
tion of these veterans without
compromising the Depart
ment's ability to provide high
quality health care services to
all enrolled veterans who are
eligible for care.





12 Okeechobee News, Friday, February 6, 2009


Girls fall short at districts


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee girls hoops got
off to a bad start and even a great
fourth quarter couldn't rescue
them in their first round game at
the District 14-4A tournament on
Tuesday night.
Forest Hill jumped to a 20 point
lead and then held off Okeecho-


bee, 39-34, to advance to the sec-
ond round of the tournament.
Okeechobee trailed 13-2 after
the first quarter and 24-10 at the
half. The Lady Falcons led 35-15
after three quarters.
"The girls forgot to show up,"
Coach Tony Sherlock said, "They
just weren't there. They all went
to sleep on the bus and didn't get
ready."


Okeechobee scored 18 straight
points to start the fourth quarter
but the comeback wasn't enough
to bring them to the winners cir-
cle. Sherlock said the girls missed
too many free throws and easy
shots to win the game.
"It was a good comeback and
a strong showing in the fourth
quarter. The girls had a great year
this year. They hadn't played to-


gether much but they started to
jell and I think things look good
for next year," he said.
Monica Koger led Okeechobee
with 12 points. Dorothy Burkhardt
scored seven points in her final
Brahman appearance. Markeisha
Youmans added five points. Ra-
chel Smith led Forest Hill, (8-13)
with 16 points. Okeechobee end
ed the season at (15-9).


Boy's baseball opens with scrimmage Friday


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Jack Nicholson's line from
"Batman" may be appropriate
for Okeechobee's boy's baseball
team this year:
"Wait 'til they get a load of
me."
Hopes are definitely high as
the talented and veteran Brah
mans hit the field this week for
the 2009 season.
The dugout will have a lot of
familiar faces and many of them
have been deemed can't miss
prospects at the high school level.
This is the year they can live up to
the hype.
Coach Dylan Tedders said the
kids are stronger, more experi-
enced, and more mature than
last year. He noted they seem to
have a hunger that wasn't there
before.
"I've preached to them that
they haven't done anything yet.
They haven't won one game.
They have no championships.
They can't count their chickens
before they hatch," he said."
Tedders said he is excited
about how the team is swinging
the bats in practice each day. He
noted he expects a strong defen-
sive team and a strong pitching
staff. He said his biggest concern
is hitting.
"So far batting practice has
been pretty fun to watch every day.
We'll see what happens when we
are tested, and go through tough
times. That is when we will see
how good we are," he added.
Pitching Coach Mark Ward has
three tough right handed pitchers,
and three tough left handed pitch-
ers, a plethora of talent. He noted
it's rare for a high school team to
have so many good arms.
"I see us playing a lot of good
baseball this year. I see a lot of in-
nings in our favor," he said.
Ward said his pitchers must


throw strikes to be successful. He
noted all have good stuff, plenty
good enough to succeed at this
level. He mentioned that many
of the players worked in the off
season. A group of Brahmans
played American Legion ball, and
their team won the Florida State
Championship.
"They have more opportunities
to get better and to make more
plays. That experience overall will
be good for them," he added.
Ward said he has several pitch-
ers that can be considered aces.
He said they need to work togeth-
er and push each other. "Hope-
fully they put it all together, they
play together, and they rely on
each other this year."
The purple and white game
will be held Friday night at 6 p.m.
The 50 inning fund raiser will be
held Saturday morning. Here is a
closer look at this year's squad.
Pitching
The pitching staff figures to be
the strength of the team. Most of
the team's best pitchers have re-
turned this year. All of them have
ability. Many of them played sum
mer ball to improve their skills.
The staff has two aces with Dustin
Stokes and Cameron Tewksbury.
Brice Buckner figures to be the
third starter. Mike Minondo and
Brandon Farless figure to lead the
bullpen, and also can start games.
Coaches expect a lot of complete
games from their studs this year.
Stokes had a 3.16 earned run
average last year. He struck out
46 batters in 44 innings pitched.
Cameron Tewksbury was 6-3
with a 1.72 earned run average.
He struck out 56 batters in 53 in
nings pitched. Minondo had 24
strikeouts in 21 innings pitched.
Brice Buckner had a 0.81 earned
run average and 27 strikeouts in
21 innings pitched in the final
month of the season to overcome
a slow start.


First base
Brice Buckner and Cameron
Tewksbury figure to share time
at first base. Both will also be key
pitchers. Buckner will be in the
lineup every day and could DH at
times or fill into the outfield. Both
are athletic and talented hitters at
the plate.
Second base
Aaron Suarez will move in as
the starter and Matt Dorriety is
working as a utility man. Suarez
is praised for his defensive skills.
He'll likely bat ninth in the lineup
and form a solid double play com-
bination with SS Drew Selvey.
Short stop- Probable college
player Drew Selvey returns for his
sophomore year. Drew has all the
tools with his glove, arm strength
and foot work. He should also im-
prove his offense this year.
Third base
Mark Weir will take over at
third. The sophomore improved
his arm strength and quickness
in the off season. Joey Voss will
back up Weir. Buckner is also a
possibility at times.
Catcher
Adam Tewksbury is expected
to carry the load. He was one of
the top hitters last year, .311. He
needs to improve his in game
catching skills and avoid passed
balls. Justin Morgan, a freshman,
and Brant Harden, a sophomore,
will battle for the backup role.
Left field
Brandon Farless and Mike Mi-
nondo are neck in neck to decide
who starts. They could form a
platoon since Minondo bats left
and Farless bats right. Minondo
has improved at the plate and is
also one of the team's starting
pitchers. Farless also is a pitcher.
Jake Davenport figures to see


some time at all three outfield po-
sitions.
Center field-Jonathan Craw-
ford will patrol center field. He
has good range and a great arm.
He will also see time on the pitch-
ers mound.

Right field
Dustin Stokes will play RF. He
has improved his power and has
already signed with Indian River
State College. He has a strong arm
and moves well for a big man.
Cameron Tewksbury could play
there when Stokes is pitching.
Bench
Kerwin Givens will provide
depth in the outfield and serve
as a pinch runner. Jimmy Had-
den has returned from shoulder
surgery and will be the team's
primary left handed pinch hitter.
Tyler Rhodes will serve as a right
handed pinch hitter.

District competition
District 14-4A has gotten better
over the years with the addition of
Jensen Beach. They figure to be
good again thanks to left handed
stud Josh Ziemba. CF Mike An-
thony has signed to play with
Florida Southern. Westwood has
all of their starters back which in
clude SS Jordan Robinson, one of
the best athletes in the area. LHP
David Carmona has a lot of ex-
perience on the mound. Lincoln
Park should be competitive again
with a strong pitching staff. Sun-
coast has eliminated Okeechobee
for three years in a row at districts.
They return SS Aaron Cohn and
LHP Jared Gish. Forest Hill and
Glades Central figure to be also-
rans in the district.


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recognition


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Corey White, Richard Done-
gan and Michael Watson earned
all Treasure Lake Conference rec-
ognition this winter for their con-
tributions this fall to the Okeecho
bee golf team.
White was named to the first
team, Donegan to the second
team, and Watson earned honor-
able mention.
Okeechobee (165), reached


the state regional tournament for
the first time in several years. They
will only lose White to graduation,
and should have a strong program
for the next several years.
"It was a pretty good season
for us and I see good things for
the Brahmans golf team this
year," Coach Mark Ward said.
Paige Arnold earned honor
able mention for the girl's golf
team.


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Okeechobee News, Friday, February 6, 2009 13



OHS boy's hoops handle Hardee Wildcats


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee High School
Boys Basketball Team survived a


hail of three point baskets by the
Hardee Wildcats to win, 75-65 in
boy's basketball action Tuesday
night at the Brahman gym.
David Jeune celebrated his


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David Jeune (right) could shoot over most of the smaller
Wildcat defenders during Tuesdays game.


nomination to play in the Mc-
Donald's High School All Ameri-
can Game, with 24 points and
14 rebounds, and Austin Willard
added 13 points to lead Okeecho-
bee to their 11th win of the year.
Antjuan Jones led Hardee with 27
points.
Brahmans Coach Jon En-
rico said his reserves did a good
job but his team seems to make
games closer than they need to
be. "We've had a hard time this
year closing teams out. No mat-
ter who they are, we seem to play
down to the level of competition,"
he said.
Hardee was a quick and ath-
letic team but they lacked height
inside. That allowed Okeechobee
to limit them to one shot at the
basket on most of their posses-
sions.
The Brahmans jumped to an
8-2 early lead and led 12-5 after a
dunk by Jeune. However, Hardee
hit three consecutive three points
to pull to within 16-14 early in the
second quarter.
Okeechobee got a three point-
er from Ricky Nieto and a three
point play by Matt Skipper to lead
26-19 midway through the sec-
ond quarter. The Brahmans held
a seven point lead at halftime,
33-26.
Austin Willard was a key in the
second quarter as he hit several
short jump shots. "I got the as-
sists from my teammates. It was
because of them that I got points.
They hit a lot of three pointers, we
just had to get out on them and
play better defense. They were a
quick team."
Hardee stayed in the game
in the third quarter as they cut


the lead to 42-41 on a jumper
by Jones. After that Okeechobee
took control and led 51-47 after
three quarters.
Hardee stayed as close as four
points midway through the fourth
quarter but a three point play by
Duelle Gore, and a lay up by Skip-
per gave Okeechobee a 63-53
lead. Okeechobee led by as many
as 15 points in the fourth quarter.
"Teams like that will have to hit
a lot of three pointers to beat us,"
Coach Enrico said, "We let them
have too many shots tonight.
Hopefully we'll get better. We
know we need to play 32 minutes
of good basketball to win in our
district tournament next week."
A big factor was Jeune, who
had 24 points despite not playing
at his best. "I wasn't that happy
tonight. We should have played
better defense. Things don't al
ways go your way."
June said his nomination to
the all American game was an
honor. He said he doesn't expect
to be selected because only two
players from Florida will likely
play in the game.
"That would be a big dream
coming true. I never thought I'd
be in that situation but I played
a lot over the summer and got
some recognition," he noted.
June played with Florida Elite
in several national tournaments
at the AAU level this summer. He
is considering several scholarship
offers to play college basketball.


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Terrence Allen looks for an open man inside during Tuesday's
game against Hardee.


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Austin Willard (left) played well in the first half when Okeecho-
bee needed a spark.


Volleyball team earns post season honors


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Jacque Robinson was named
Coach of the Year in the Trea-
sure Lake Conference and three
Okeechobee High School Brah-
mans Volleyball players were
named all conference in volley-
ball at the district meeting held
this week in Ft. Pierce.
Robinson, who resigned her
position at the end of the year,
was honored along with Monica
Koger, first team, Megan Clem-
ents, second team, and Rebekah
Bryan, honorable mention.


Monica
Koger


Rebekah
Bryan


"It says a lot about the girls that
were chosen. It was pretty excit
ing and a good day for Okeecho
bee volleyball," she said.
Robinson said she was very
surprised when other coaches


Megan Jacque
Clements Robinson
voted for her. Her Brahmans fin
ished second in their district this
year and went to the second
round of the regional playoffs.
"I was like really excited," she
said. "I was kind of shocked. I've


never won the coach of the year
award. I'm very happy. It was a
nice ending to a wonderful sea-
son with a great group of girls."
Robinson now lives in Ormand
Beach and is planning on getting
married in May. The former all
South Eastern Conference player
at the University of Florida said
it was a bitter sweet decision to
leave Okeechobee.
"If by some miracle I could
spend three months with my girls
in Okeechobee next year that
would be great. Right now I'm
excited about being someone's


wife and motherhood in the fu-
ture. I will always love my girls


and will do
she added.


anything for them,"


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petitor's offer must include stock #, MSRP, sale price and mileage if used vehicle Due to errors that may appear in competitor's offer, this offer is limited to Charlie's Dodge's actual cost Charle's Dodge rese
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