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Annual parade: Speckled Perch Festival
Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
The Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce Speckled Perch Court for 2009 rode in the
parade on Saturday, Feb. 7. The court was as follows: 2009 Miss Speckled Perch Erin
Moore; 1st runner up, Kayla Stokes; 2nd runner up, Kathleen Turner; Teen Miss Morgan
Crawford; 1st runner up, Caitlin East; 2nd runner up Crystal Garcia; Jr. Miss Shelby
Kirton; 1st runner up, Jenna Rodriguez; 2nd runner up, Katelyn Roberts; Miss Conge-
niality Raybon Durrance; Princess Sierra Weaver; 1st runner up, Emma Wilkerson; 2nd
runner up, Kimmy Shaw; Little Miss, Taylor Bennett; 1st runner up, Audrey Jenkins; 2nd
runner up, K'Lynn Tijerina; Tiny Miss Hailey Quesinberry, 1st runner up, Sage Allen;
2nd runner up, Sierra Sullivan; and Little Mr. Jayton Howard.
Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Audrey Jenkins displayed her many trophies in the Speckled Perch Parade. Ms. Jen-
kins is the reigning 2008-09 Sweet Pea Sweetheart Queen and Overall champion.
Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
The 2008-09 Miss Seminole Jaryaca Bak- The 2008-09 Jr. Miss Seminole Amber Craig
erthe rode in the 41st annual Speckled rode in the 41st annual Speckled Perch Pa-
Perch Parade on Saturday, Feb. 7. rade on Saturday, Feb. 7.
By Pete Gawda
Despite letters sent to State
Farm Insurance customers stat-
ing a possible discontinuance
of property insurance, you will
still have a "good neighbor" in
"It's not a done deal yet,"
stated Gretchen Robertson,
local State Farm agent. "Our
agency isn't going anywhere."
She and fellow insurance
agent David Hester are hoping
the legislature will come up
with some sort of compromise
that will allow them to continue
issuing property insurance.
State Farm Florida has pe
titioned the Florida Office of
Insurance Regulation (OIC) to
discontinue coverage for hom-
eowners, renters, condomin-
ium unit-owners, boats and
other real property.
At any rate, the parent com-
pany, State Farm Mutual, will
continue to issue automobile,
life and health insurance and
other financial products and
services in Florida.
"It's a long process," Mrs.
The plan has been submit-
ted to OIC. That organization
has 90 days to act. Then, if the
plan is approved, customers
will have to be given at least
six months and policies cannot
be terminated during hurricane
season. However, if the plan is
approved, State Farm plans to
take up to two and a half years
to implement the plan.
"Customers don't need to
panic," Mrs. Robertson said.
She said high risk areas, such
as the east and west coasts of
Florida, would be discontinued
first if the plan were approved.
Statewide, 1.2 million policy
holders would be affected by a
discontinuance. It is hard to tell
how many people in Okeecho-
bee County would be affected.
While statewide figures are
available in many cases, for
See Insurance Page 11
to name top
By Chauna Aguilar
The Okeechobee County
School Board will announce its
top teacher as well as the new
Okeechobee High School foot-
ball coach at their meeting on
Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 6 p.m.
The meeting will be held in
the Okeechobee County School
Board office, 700 S.W. Second
In addition to those an-
nouncements, the board will
also consider several bids for
construction and custodial ser-
The board will consider the
Seminole Elementary class-
room building construction bid
submitted by Boran Craig Bar-
ber Engle Construction in the
amount of $2,152,929.
The low-based bids for cus-
todial services for the district of-
fices and for the multipurpose
building which houses the
food service office, transporta-
tion department and mainte-
nance department both went
to All and All Cleaning, Inc. for
$783.08 for the district offices
See OCSB -Page 1I
checks for profit
By Chauna Aguilar
Next time you write a check,
make sure you have a gel pen!
This fact was definitely appar-
ent to Kiwanis members as
they were shown first hand
how easy it is for a criminal to
take a check and "wash" it to
allow them to make it out to
anyone they want and steal a
Captain Vance Akins, from
the State Law Enforcement
Agency for the Florida Depart-
ment of Financial Services -
Fraud Division, and Detective
William Hill explained to the
very large crowd at the Kiwanis
weekly luncheon about some
of the cases they have worked
and how to keep yourself safer
from these criminals.
Each table was able to write
out a fake check in a regular ink
pen and then place it in a con-
tainer with a acetone solution.
The solution literally makes
the ink wash out of the check
before your eyes. The solution
does not harm the check.
However, an easy way to
avoid having your checks sto-
len and altered is to write them
with a gel pen. The checks
written with the gel pens did
not change when placed in the
solution. In fact, the criminals
use a gel pen to trace your sig-
nature so that they can alter the
check and make it out to them-
The Division of Insurance
Fraud investigates crimes as
sociated with insurance claim
fraud, insurance premium
fraud, workers' compensation
claim fraud, workers' compen-
sation premium avoidance and
diversions, insurer insolvency
fraud, unauthorized insurance
entity fraud and insurance
They also investigate other
forms of fraud including health
care and identity theft.
Mortgage fraud has been
increasing due to the economy
according to Capt. Akins. Bro-
kers solicit assessors and cause
prices to inflate and lie to mort-
gage companies as well. There
are also a growing number of
straw buyers, which means
that they have good credit to
buy a home but no money to
See Checks Page 11
Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
This check was written with a regular ink pen and placed in
an acetone solution which began dissolving the ink instantly.
This allows criminals to alter the check and go cash it, stealing
money from the owner of the check.
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Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. Calm wind becoming
east northeast between 5 and 10 mph.
Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 50. East northeast
wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 76. Calm wind becoming east
between 5 and 10 mph.
Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 52. East wind
around 5 mph.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. East southeast wind
between 5 and 10 mph.
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 60. East south-
east wind around 5 mph.
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Submitted photo/Bobbi Poole
American Legion Pageant Winners
The annual American Legion Pageant was held Thursday, Feb. 5, at the
American Legion. The winners are Elizabeth Ann Turner first place (center),
Heather Thomas second place (left), and Morgan Crawford third place
Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
The Okeechobee High School JROTC
Color Guard began the 41st annual
Speckled Perch Parade on Saturday,
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High School Rodeo
The Okeechobee High School Rodeo Association rode
atop a swamp buggy in the 41st annual Speckled Perch
Parade. The festivities in the park will be ongoing until 4
p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8.
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Flagler Park until 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8.
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On Friday, Feb. 6, Central
Elementary School cele-
brated its 50th anniversa-
ry. Martha DelPrete, third
grade teacher, got into the
spirit of the celebration by
wearing a poodle skirt.
Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
These fourth graders at Central Elementary School wore
saddle oxfords, bobby socks and poodle skirts to help the
school celebrate its 50th anniversary on Friday, Feb. 6.
They are, left to right, Alicia Rodriguez, Kylee Johns, Mela-
nie Watson and Bernice Garcia. They are posing in front of
a 1955 Chevrolet Belair, one of several cars of that era that
were on display at the school. Students also participated
in a hula hoop contest and viewed relics from the 50s such
as a typewriter, record player and Lincoln Logs.
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Task force funding
By Eric Kopp
Attorneys general across the
United States are joining together
and pleading with the U.S. Con-
gress to restore federal funding
for a crime and drug enforcement
The 50 attorneys general are
specifically addressing the fund-
ing of the Edward Byrne Memorial
Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne/
JAG). They are asking congress to
restore funds for the program and
maintain adequate funding levels
in fiscal years 2009 and 2010.
In a Feb. 4, letter to Congress,
the attorneys general point out
that in fiscal year 2007 Byrne/
JAG funding was cut 67 percent
- from $520 million to $170 mil-
Locally, because of the Byrne/
JAG the Okeechobee Narcotics
Task Force was formed over 15
years ago to help fight the escala-
tion in drug use and drug-related
crimes. At that time, the grant
funded the entire task force.
However, all of that has
changed now and the majority of
funding for the multijurisdictional
unit comes from the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
and not the federal government.
"Every year it (grant funding)
keeps going down," said OCSO
Major Noel Stephen.
Last year, the sheriff's office
received Byrne/JAG funds total-
ling $29,536. Just three years ago,
some $80,000 was received to
fund the task force.
The bulk of the funding for the
eight-member task force, which
also includes a detective from the
Okeechobee City Police Depart-
ment, now comes from the sher-
iff's office and amounts to more
"The sheriff's office has about
absorbed all of the costs for the
task force," said Maj. Stephen.
He added that those monies
also help pay for the OCPD detec-
tive's slot on the task force.
Maj. Stephen said
the task force not o
salaries, but operatic
needs these funds
ever," said Gerald Bai
sioner of the Florida
of Law Enforcem
"Byrne/JAG dollars p
cies with important
technologies to kee
At the local level, t
does more than solely
"They help in any
inal investigations w
plained Maj. Stepher
According to a ta
tective, that unit madi
in 2006; 195 arrests i
214 arrests in 2008. A
rests are narcotic rela
Man charged with hitting t
By Eric Kopp
A Daytona Beach man has
been arrested and charged with
hitting a local teenager in the face
with his fist then stealing the ve-
hicle being driven by the teen.
Jason Andrew Maupin, 31,
Tomoka Farms Road, was ar-
rested Feb. 5, on a felony charge
of grand theft auto. He was also
charged with the misdemeanor of
child abuse without great bodily
Following his arrest by Officer
Ryan Holroyd, of the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD),
Maupin was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under a
bond of $3,500.
According to Officer Holroyd's
arrest report Maupin was a pas-
senger in a vehicle being driven by
when the teen
him to another
the vehicle in Jason
the parking lot Maupin
of a downtown
business around 7:30 p.m. on
Thursday, Maupin and the teen
reportedly began to argue. The ar-
gument escalated and culminated
with the 5-foot-7-inch, 200-pound
Okeechobee's Most Wanted
ing six people
are active war-
rants for each
of them. The
criteria for mak-
ing Okeecho- Angie Borjas
bee's Most AKA
Wanted top five Stevenson
is based on the
severity of the crime in conjunc-
tion with the age of the warrant.
If you have any information
on the whereabouts of any of
Okeechobee's Most Wanted you
can call the Treasure Coast Crime
Stoppers at 1 (800) 273-TIPS
(8477). If you call Treasure Coast
Crimes Stoppers, you have the op-
tion of remaining anonymous. You
can also receive a reward if the in-
formation results in an arrest.
Anglie Borjas aka Steven-
son, 29; DOB: 03/08/1979, Poss.
of Methamphetamines, Poss. of
Wilbert Perez-Borja, 25,
H/M, Poss Cannabis more than 20
Grams; possession with intent to
Maupin hitting the t
closed fist, stated the
Officer Holroyd s
was struck in the for
Funding for any arrests we made out-of-town
nly includes when we were helping another
)n costs and agency," the detective added.
Florida Attorney General Bill
enforcement McCollum said a cut in Byrne/
more than JAG funding would have a very
ley, commis- adverse impact on state law en-
ent (FDLE). "With the economic down-
rovide agen- turn and a potentially correlated
t tools and increase in crime, these federal
p our com- cuts could not come at a worse
time," said Mr. McCollum. "Sig-
he task force nificant cuts in the federal funding
ly work drug of our law enforcement initiatives
will only further disrupt our state
and all crim- and local efforts."
e have," ex- However, regardless of what
i. "But, their happens at the national level the
ty is narcot- OCSO will continue to absorb the
cost of the task force and keep it
sk force de- in operation.
e: 180 arrests "It's going to have to," said
n 2007; and, Maj. Stephen. "All of our crime is
lI of these ar- directly connected to narcotics."
ited, said the As for what's going to happen
with the Byrne/JAG funding for
lon't include next year's OCSO budget, Maj.
Stephen said he and Sheriff Paul
;oen May will continue to plead with
'i -l the government to keep the fund-
een with his "It's a shot in the dark," he
report. said, in regard to the amount the
aid the teen OCSO will receive from the grant.
head and in "We don't know what to project
for this year."
Following the altercation,
Maupin got into the vehicle and
Maupin was arrested around
8:37 p.m. at a home on N.W 44th
Since the arrest was made in
the county, Officer Holroyd said
he was aided by deputies Joseph
Gracie, Mark Shireman and Car-
rie Arnold from the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office.
Antonie Faust Serrano
Jason Hormuth, 28, DOB:
02/27/1980, VOP Dealing in sto-
Antonie Faust, 22, Burglary
w/assault. Bond: $100,000
Emilio Serrano, 46, Sale of
cocaine, Poss cocaine with intent
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Law Enforcement Calls
The Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office received the following
calls from Friday, Jan. 30, through
Thursday, Feb. 5:
burglary in the 6600 block of
N.E. 10th Lane
burglary in the 16000 block
of N.W 222nd St.
theft in the 2700 block of
N.W. Second St.
burglary in the 1800 block of
S.W. 28th Ave.
assault in the 3900 block of
U.S. 98 N.
assault in the 700 block of
N.E. 14th Ave.
gang activity in the 1000
block of N.E. 62nd Ave.
vandalism in the 6600 block
of Center St.
theft of money in the 1700
block of N.W Fifth St.
stolen 4-wheeler in the 1700
block of N.W 364th Road
burglary in the 7800 block of
N.W 86th Court
assault in the 8100 block of
S.E. 57th Drive
burglary in the 4400 block of
U.S. 441 N.
assault in the 1700 block of
U.S. 441 N.
stolen ATV in the 4400 block
of U.S. 441 N.
burglary in the 3500 block of
N.W 10th Ave.
gang activity in Playland
assault in the 1700 block of
U.S. 441 N.
assault in the 2800 block of
U.S. 441 N.
stolen dump truck on N.W
36th St. at N.W 10th Ave.
larceny in the 2500 block of
S.E. 30th St.
larceny in the 3600 block of
S.E. 34th Ave.
assault in the 3400 block of
N.W 20th Ave.
lewd and lascivious acts on
S.E. 44th Ave.
fraud in the 6800 block of
N.E. 30th St.
burglary in the 3500 block of
N.E. Eighth Ave.
larceny in the 13000 block of
N.E. 14th Ave.
larceny in the 7800 block of
N.W. 86th St.
assault in the 1500 block of
N.E. 15th St.
vandalism in the 3400 block
of U.S. 441 S.E.
Editor's Note: Only calls deal-
ing with either a felony or a po-
tential felony are entered into this
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Okeechobee's lost revenue
DISCRETION: From my understanding, there are not any black
and white set rules on who qualifies for ag classification. I think that
is a big part of the problem. It is very subjective. They have a paper
you have to fill out, but you don't have to meet ALL of the criteria on
the list, just some and they aren't real clear and which rules you
have to meet to qualify.
FAIR: I printed and looked over the ag exemption application. It
seems to me that there are a lot grey areas. I did not see anything
about acreage. It looks like the property appraiser can approve or
disapprove any property he deems is or is not "good faith commercial
agricultural use of the land". I also would like to know why the ques-
tion about the owner having his property rezoned for nonagricultural
use is on the application. Does it mean that you lose you exception
if you change zoning classification. As far as acreage, there is a 1.88
acre property on 441 SE along the rim canal about a mile south of
Route 78 intersection that only pays taxes on $394. We need to have
the public pressure on the appraisers to standardize and equalize the
procedure. We need more of the commercial land back on the tax
rolls or the rest of us will be paying for those chosen few.
PROPERTY: Rescind some of the abatements on large plat prop-
erty, then watch how the revenue increases.
ATVS: More deputies are needed at Viking. This past weekend I
counted between Friday and Monday, 32 4-wheelers throughout the
days, along with drunk kids at 1 a.m. yelling and screaming as they
drive by. What's going to be a shame is when someone dies and their
family finds a real attorney that knows the law, we will be paying for
the mistakes of this county again, like the pink elephant on 70 aka the
BUDGET: Well, I know the Sheriff's Office has had its share of
budget cuts thanks to our fearless leader Charlie Crist. Do not think
the county is not struggling. If I were you I would keep calling in com-
plaints. They will get someone out there. I promise you that.
DIDN'T BUY A HOME THERE: I feel for those in Viking with
problems with the 4 wheelers. Just this past Saturday when we were
heading over to Fort Pierce we saw all these pick ups with trailers
LOADED with 4 wheelers turning off 441 to head out there, and then
a bunch more heading west on Orange Ave., towards 441. Hubby
said, "Aren't you real happy we DID NOT buy out there and build?"
It just really frosts my flakes how people have NO RESPECT for other
people's property and their right to quiet use and enjoyment. That's
one of the true reasons we left Port St. Lousy and headed to Ft. Drum.
At least here the most noise I hear is the screeching owls at night and
early morning going in for the kill or the occasional bombs bursting
in air from the range.
CHARGE THEM: Here's an idea for the homeowners association
out there. If you can't stop them -charge them. Set up roadblocks at
all the entrances to Viking on the weekends and charge anyone who
doesn't live there $20 or $30 per four wheeler to enter. You could use
the money to improve the roads or hire some private security. If you
make the "use fee" high enough, maybe they will turn around and
never come back!
PARENTS: People of the USA: Quit looking for a free handout from
your school system or your government! If you want field trips, stand
up parents and give your kid $5 to go on these field trips and charter
your own bus. You have to pay to play as the saying goes!
HANDOUTS: Free handouts aren't free, somebody's tax money
pays for it.
HB 541 sterilization of dogs and cats
AFFORDABLE SPAYING: It would be more prudent to provide af-
fordable spaying/neutering, say $25 an animal. If more people could
afford the procedure, I believe more would have it done.
ENFORCE EXISTING LAWS: No new laws! Solving the problem
with old laws. Use a dog catcher to round up these stray dogs and any
dog that is not on a leash need to be taken to the dog pound and put
down. PERIOD. That will solve this problem with the over population
and the running of animals at large. Quit whining people!
PETS: You have to have a dog catcher that WANTS to catch
STRAYS, and by that I mean the hairless, starving, roaming around
having babies before they can dry up from the last litter. Killing them
is harsh but some of the lives that are being made and lived are worse
than putting them down. If the HSUS or PETA or whomever wants to
focus on a spay/neuter then the puppy mills should be the absolute
first to go. We have hunting dogs with a long lineage but are not
registered or in any kind of field trials and I can assure you it will be a
COLD day in hell before any of our dogs are spayed or neutered just
because someone feels that penalizing the responsible owners for
the few that refuse to take responsibility. We rarely have puppies and
if so they are gone promised to homes before they ever take their
first breath. If you can't afford to or won't feed them, do not get them
or let them reproduce. It is that simple.
LAW: My understanding is that the proposed law is that all dogs
and cats must be spayed unless they are registered with the county or
city as breeding animals, and there will be a fee for that registration.
As long as the fee is reasonable, I think that might be a good plan.
And when giving the breeding permit, the county should also inspect
the area where the animals are kept to prevent allowing any puppy
Obama fights deportation
IN THE NEWS: In the news this week, President Obama's aunt
is in the country illegally and is fighting deportation. Zeituni Onyango
- Obama's father's half-sister, -was ordered to leave the country in
2004 by an immigration judge, who rejected her request for asylum.
A native of Kenya, Onyango is staying with relatives in Cleveland af-
ter leaving her public housing apartment in Boston, where she lived
for five years. Her lawyer told the Associated Press on Friday she is
exploring legal options and may file a motion to reopen Onyango's
case. I'd say the president will be criticized if he doesn't help her and
he will be criticized if he does!
LAWS: She was ordered to be deported in 2004 and she is still
here? And after five years of disobeying an order to leave, her attor-
ney wants to reopen her case. This country has just gone plain nuts.
There are no immigration laws.
PRESIDENT: Let the authorities handle it. It isn't his place to get
involved. He already said back in November that the law should be
followed in regards to this case. He doesn't need to do anything to
make that happen.
IMMIGRATION: What's good for the goose ... Something needs
to be done about these immigration laws STAT!
Fun this weekend
FESTIVAL: Yup, it's that time of the year again. Time for the Speck-
led Perch Festival. They say the weather is going to be nice. Stop by
our booth to meet our volunteers and see some of our pets available
for adoption from the Humane Society Pet Rescue FI.. Inc.
Reflections from the Pulpit
By Rev. Tommasso
Pastor, Cornerstone Baptist
Standing on the promises of
God should be simple and yet we
choose to go about life our way.
What if God always keeps His
promises? What would your life
look like? Would you have peace?
Would you have joy? Would God
not give the things the Word
promises? God who is mighty to
save, has promised to save, is that
promise a promise you hold on
to? God keeps His promises.
"But when the time of the
promise drew nigh, which God
had sworn to Abraham, the peo
pie grew and multiplied in Egypt"
Look at the "but" in this verse
it hinges on what happened be
fore. God had just provided for His
people Israel. A promise is unfold-
ing, because it says the promise
drew nigh, came near, has come
to fulfillment. What promise? The
promise God gave to Abraham.
The people grew and multiplied
"Thy seed shall be a stranger
in a land that is not theirs, and
shall serve them; and they shall
afflict them four hundred years"
The Jewish people came in as
strangers in a strange land that
was not their land, and will serve
them as slaves for four hundred
years and be afflicted.
"Till another king arose, which
knew not Joseph. The same dealt
subtilly with our kindred, and evil
entreated our fathers, so that they
cast out their young children, to
the end they might not live. (Acts
The new king did not know Jo-
seph and was exploiting the kin-
dred. He treated the fathers with
evil, they commanded midwives
to kill any males.
At the end of this four hundred
years of punishment promised by
God, another promise was being
fulfilled. At this time Moses was
born, before going any further
notice that he speaks of Moses in
great detail. Why?
"For we have heard him say,
that this Jesus of Nazareth shall
destroy this place, and shall
change the customs which Moses
delivered us." (Acts 7:14)
They accused Stephen of say-
ing Jesus would destroy the cus-
toms which Moses gave them.
Stephen was affirming that this
new Jewish sect that will be called
Christianity is still firmly rooted in
the Old Testament Scriptures and
so he speaks of Moses with de-
tail, to show God keeps all of his
Are you relying on his prom
ises? He will never leave you nor
forsake you, He will give you
words to say when you speak to
people, He will answer all your
prayers according to His will. He
will give you the fruit of the Spirit.
He will complete you. If you do
not know Christ the only promise
that will help you is the promise
of salvation. Take hold of Jesus
and He will save you, because He
is hope of eternal life, which God,
that cannot lie, promised before
the world began.
God is about to develop the
testimony of Moses because of His
promise to save Israel. When he
was cast out because of the Egyp-
tians, who wanted all the males
dead to stop the spread of the
Jewish people, Pharaoh's daugh-
ter adopted him as her own. He
was saved by the God who called
him. Why would God allow the
savior of the Jews at this critical
time in history to be brought up
in the house of the enemy?
"And Moses was learned in
all the wisdom of the Egyptians,
and was mighty in words and in
deeds." (Acts 7:22)
God was developing his tes
timony. Moses was mighty in
words and in deeds. But doesn't
Moses tell God that he is not a
"And Moses said unto the
LORD, O my Lord, I am not elo-
quent, neither heretofore, nor
since thou hast spoken unto thy
servant: but I am slow of speech,
and of a slow tongue." (Exodus
Moses told God he is not elo-
quent, He is slow of speech and
slow of tongue. What was Moses
trying to do? He was trying to talk
God out of sending him. God took
away every excuse asking, who
gave you your tongue? God con-
trols all things even our tongues,
but he appointed Aaron to be the
mouth piece. How cool is it that
God could let Moses use all the
wisdom of Egypt and yet not be
Before God appointed him to
this calling he had to further de
velop his testimony. Moses knew
He was Jewish. At forty he visited
his people, upon arriving he tried
to protect one of them from an
Egyptian, and killed the Egyptian.
Moses knew that his purpose was
to deliver his people and so when
he showed up and tried to resolve
a conflict with some Jewish men,
one got upset and rejected his
help. The man who was against
his neighbor pushed asked "who
are you to judge us?" Moses was
rejected. His rejection pushed
Moses into the wilderness where
he eventually met God.
If you are in Christ and there
are trials in your life, they are there
to teach you, grow you, or correct
you. They are there to build your
testimony. Don't flea from rejec-
tion, but stand firm in His truth.
Your testimony is important, be-
cause that is what draws people
to Jesus. Tell them what you were
like before Christ and how you
were lost in your sin, what God
did to save you, how your life has
changed because of Jesus, and
how God continues to grow you.
If God is not developing your tes-
timony and growing, you might
want to check yourself and where
you stand with God. If you do not
know Christ, God may also be
developing your testimony. You
maybe be living a life that is pretty
bad and should you trust Christ,
your life changed by the Gospel
will be your testimony.
God sends you to do His calling
when His promise is confirmed.
"I have seen, I have seen the
affliction of my people which is
in Egypt, and I have heard their
groaning, and am come down to
deliver them. And now come, I
will send thee into Egypt."
God has seen the suffering of
His people and has heard their
crying out and has come to de-
liver them, and He tells Moses
He will send him to save His
people. God has seen the suffer-
ing of those who are in sin and
has heard them crying out and
has made a way of salvation and
has sent Jesus to save them and
yet now He sends you and I to go
out and help His people receive
salvation. Jesus has the authority
and He gives us the authority and
responsibility to go and preach
the gospel to all nations baptizing
them in the name of the Father,
Son and the Holy Spirit.
If you know Jesus you have a
responsibility to share your faith,
if you want training ask and ye
shall receive. If you had the cure
for cancer what would you do
with it? You have the cure for sin
and His name is Jesus, shout it
from the rooftops, because God
is the keeper of promises.
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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.
AA. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) AA. weekend noon meeting
open discussion. The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affili-
ated with any 12 step fellowships.
Monday, Feb. 9
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Sickest Of The Sick open
discussion 7 p.m. The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affili-
ated with any 12 step fellowships.
AA. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meeting.
VFW#10539 Ladies Auxiliary lunch and bingo will start at noon
at the Post, 3912 U.S. 441 S.E. Auxiliary members and their guests are
invited. Please R.S.VP. to 863-763-2308.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. atthe Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited. For information or to schedule an appearance for
your organization or group, contact Marge Skinner at 863-532-0449.
The Genealogical Society of Okeechobee will meet at 1:30
p.m. at the Okeechobee County Public Library, 206 S.W 16th St. The
meeting is open to anyone interested in tracing his or her ancestry.
The annual membership is $10 per person, and $12 for a family. For
information, call Eve at 863-467-2674; or, visit their web site at http://
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road,
Okeechobee on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Karen Graves,
Chapter leader would like to extend a warm welcome to any interested
persons to come by and see what they are about. For information call
Flottilla 57 -U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary meets at 7 p.m. at the Coast
Guard Auxiliary Station located at the entrance to Okeetantie on Road
78 on the second Monday of each month. Everyone is welcome to
come as a guest and inquire about membership. Watch the paper we
are planning a one day boat safety program in January 2009. Do get
your safe boating certification. Call to enroll for course or to inquire
about membership 863-763-0165.
Tuesday, Feb. 10
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Nowhere Left To Go
Group open discussion at noon. NA. Sickest Of The Sick Group open
discussion. The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated
with any 12 step fellowships.
The Lighthouse Refuge Support Group is for women who are
hurting, homeless or have been abused. They meet on the first and
third Tuesday of every month from noon until 2 p.m. at First Baptist
Church, 401 S.W Fourth St., and on the second and fourth Tuesday of
every month from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Red Cross, 323 N. Parrott
Ave. For more information call Donna Dean at 863-801-9201 or 863-
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition meets the second
Tuesday of the month, at 11:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, lunch is provided. For information contact Jim Vensel at 863-
New Beginning's meeting of Narcotics Anonymous will be
held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. at Believers Fellowship
Church, 300 S.W Fifth Ave. It will be an open discussion meeting. For
more information call Monika Allen at 863-801-3244.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open to
the public. For information, Call Maureen Budjinski at 863-484-0110.
New AA. Meeting in Basinger: There is now an A.A. meeting in
Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Brethren
Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
Christian Home Educators of Okeechobee will meet at the
Grace Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 701 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone
currently home schooling or interested in home schooling is welcome.
For information, call Lydia Hall 863-357-6729 or Betty Perera 863-467-
Al-Ateen meeting will be held at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W Third St., at 8 p.m. For more information, please call Amy at 863
763-8531 or Dan 561-662-2799.
Al-Anon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200
N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m.
AA. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
at the Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St., in Okeechobee. Everyone
is welcome. For information, contact Brenda Nicholson at 863-467-
Family History Center meets from 1 until 5 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in
finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census,
IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index
and military information available. For information, call The Family
History Center at 863-763-6510 or Richard Smith at 863-261-5706 for
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public
is invited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For
information, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at 863-763-4320.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 7:30 8 a.m.
at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For
information, June Scheer at 863-634-8276
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30
p.m. in the fellowship hall at 1735 S.W 24th Ave. This is a men's only
meeting. For information, call Earl at 863-763-0139.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that
enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For information,
contact Dr. Edward Douglas at 863-763-4320.
AA. meeting will be held from noon until 1 p.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition meets every second
Tuesday, at 11:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church. For
information contact Jim Vensel at 863-697-1792.
The Lighthouse Refuge support group meets at Believers
Fellowship Church, 300 S.W Sixth Ave. from noon until 2 p.m. then
from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. Women who need emotional support or
someone just to care are welcome. For information call the hot line
863-801 9201 or 863-697-9718.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to aweeklymeeting. Overeaters
Anonymous (OA) meets at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church,
312 N. Parrott Avenue on Tuesdays, 6 until 7 p.m. (Use 4th Street
entrance.) Overeaters Annonymous is not a diet club. There are no
dues, fees or weigh-ins. The only requirement for membership is a
desire to stop eating compulsively. For more information call Loretta
at 863-763-7165 or 863-697-0206.
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St., will
be hosting God's Time --a morning of free organized Christian
activities that includes play, instruction and interaction for parents
and their pre-school children. The event will be held each Tuesday
from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Child care will be provided for infants
during the class. For information, call 863-763-4021.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W. Third Terr., holds meetings
for persons with alcohol and drug related problems at 6 p.m. For
information call 863-357-3053.
Okeechobee News, Sunday, February 8, 2009 5
Out of Work? Is starting your own business a solution?
By Sean Moore, business
Small Business Development
It seems every day for the last
6-8 months you have not been
able to open a newspaper or turn
on a TV, without hearing about
another company cutting thou-
sands of jobs. In small commu-
nities like Okeechobee I am sure
we can all name one person close
to us that has been let go from
their job for budget reasons. At
the Small Business Development
Center we get a lot of people who
are out of work and are thinking
since nobody will hire them, they
will just hire themselves.
Starting your own business is
not a bad idea, but there are cer-
tainly a lot of factors that have to
be addressed, here are the first
The biggest issue will always
be money. Money is the biggest
catch-22 in the business start up
process. You do not have a job al-
lowing you to make money, but
you can't start your own business
unless you have money to invest.
The question you really should
be asking yourself here is simple:
I have saved some money but I
need that money to live on. Is it
smart to take a big portion and
hope for business success? If you
can afford to take some of that
savings and use it to invest in your
business dream and still feel com-
New law firm boasts 35 years experience
By Pete Gawda
The Fort Pierce law firm of
Ohle and Ohle, made up of the
father and son team of Robert
and Michael Ohle, with over 35
years of trial experience, recently
opened an office in Okeechobee.
It is run by attorney Clyde Kill-
er who is no stranger to Okeecho-
bee. Mr. Killer once had a private
practice in Okeechobee and also
served as public defender and
prosecutor. He was the first full
time public defender in Okeecho-
Mr. Killer, who has worked
for some time in the firm's Fort
Pierce office, has enjoyed his re-
turn to Okeechobee.
"Old fashioned manners count
a lot here and I like that," he said.
"You can agree to disagree. You
don't have to get ugly."
Mr. Killer said that opposing at-
torneys can still be friends.
The law firm specializes in
criminal and family law. They of-
fer free consultation and accept
major credit cards. The Okeecho-
bee office of Ohle and Ohle is
located at 414 N.W Third St. The
hours are 9 to 5 Monday through
Friday and the telephone number
Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Attorney Clyde Killer and his secretary Juli Snow operate the
Okeechobee office of the law firm, Ohle and Ohle.
fortable in your ability to be able
to live for several more months
then you can go on to the next
The next big question you real-
ly should be asking yourself is why
are you going to open a business?
If the answer is: "Because no one
else will hire me" you should re-
ally reassess the situation. If the
answer is: "To make a lot of mon-
ey," reevaluate the situation and
your motivation. The best reason
for you to think about getting into
business for yourself is simple;
you enjoy what it is you intend to
do enough that you want to take
the risk every single day.
The process is long, but the
SBDC is here to help if you want
to take the next step. We have
two programs geared to answer
those first two questions and
many more. First on Feb. 12, from
5:30-7:30 p.m. we will host "Busi-
ness Idea or Real Opportunity"
and on Feb. 17, we will kick off
a 10 week in depth program that
meets once a week from 6-9 p.m.
and will walk you through the en-
tire process. Both programs will
be held at Indian River College
on Ninth Avenue in Okeechobee.
Please call us for further details. I
can be reached at 863-517-0097
or through email spmoore@fgcu.
Contract postal unit has grand opening
On Thursday morning, Feb. 5 the contract postal unit at Mid Florida hardware held a ribbon cutting as part of a grand
opening. Taking part In the ribbon cutting were, left to right, Scott Bowne, CFO of Mid Florida Hardware, Linda Rucks,
operator of the contract postal unit, Mark Pinson, Okeechobee Postmaster, and Dee Dee Morris, supervisor with the
Okeechobee Post Office. The contract postal unit, which opened Dec. 22, is located inside the Mid Florida Hardware
building at 3603 U. S. 441 S. The hours are: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and
Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The postal unit offers postage for domestic and International mailing, certified mall, Insurance
and much more.
for 'Invest in
unions have joined the consor-
tium of more than 7,900 credit
unions participating in the "Invest
in America" program. Through
the program, credit union mem-
bers are eligible to receive manu-
facturer discounts on vehicles
from General Motors and Chrysler
Corporation LLC. The two auto
manufacturers have announced
that the "Invest in America" credit
union loan partnership has been
expanded from the 12 pilot states
to all of the U.S. This gives 90
million credit union members
across the country access to GM's
"Credit Union Member Discount
Program" and Chrysler's "Credit
Union Member Cash" discounts
as well as access to affordable
financing on new vehicle pur-
Credit unions have always been
embedded in their communities.
"Invest in America" is an example
of how the cooperative nature of
credit unions benefits the local,
state, and national economies. By
participating in the program, Flor-
ida credit unions will be able to
help new and current members
save money when purchasing a
vehicle from GM or Chrysler, as
well as help boost business for lo-
cal auto dealerships.
"Participation in this program
is another one of the many ways
credit unions help members save
money and support their commu-
nity," said Guy M. Hood, Florida
Credit Union League President/
CEO. "Credit unions are already
well-known for their affordable
financing, so it makes sense for
Florida credit unions to partner
with GM and Chrysler."
The "Invest in America" pro-
grams, running from Dec. 2008
through June 30, 2009, offer GM
manufacturer-price discounts or
Chrysler rebates of $500 or $1,000
on eligible vehicles.
Traditionally, credit unions of-
fer lower loan rates. According to
Datatrac, a survey company that
tracks auto loan rates, the credit
union loan average is 5.4 percent
compared to 6.9 percent for the
average bank rate. The GM and
Chrysler programs within "Invest
in America" are uniquely differ-
ent. To learn more about the pro-
grams, visit www.lovemycreditu-
(The "Invest in America" pro-
gram was created by CUcorp, Ne
a marketing company based
in Livonia, Mich. and a wholly- Wha
owned subsidiary of the Michigan orgi
Credit Union League.) cele
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based statewide trade associa-
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and future needs of Florida's Rive
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to ensure an operating environ-
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It was formerly One Stop Career Center has been re-
anized and renamed Workforce Solutions. Helping to
brate the occasion on Thursday morning, Feb. 5 were,
to right, Clif Betts, chairman of the board of directors
Vorkforce Solutions, Gwenda Thompson, president
CEO, Michael Waninger, vice president and Mary Sny-
branch manager. Workforce Solutions serves Indian
=r, Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties train-
people for employment and working with employers to
the right employees.
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Man walks through Okeechobee for veterans
I By Charles M. Murphy Federation. They have partnered mile per hour head wind on U.S. He said he is proud his federa- our history soldiers walked from
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Austie Heacock makes his
way across Florida to raise
awareness and funds for the
care of veterans.
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
Church of Our Savior
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-
mation call 863-357-1713.
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
Austie Heacock admits he is
not a talented man so when he
had to decide how best to raise
funds for disabled veterans he
turned his eyes to the ground. He
figured he had a good set of legs
and could walk as well as any-
Heacock has walked across
the peninsula of Florida on three
occasions in the past four years.
This week he walked through
Okeechobee, Highlands, St. Lu-
cie, Hardee, and Manatee Coun-
Heacock is the regional direc-
tor for the National Wild Turkey
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
The workshop will take place
on Feb. 10, from 1-2:30 p.m., or
Okeechobee County Exten-
458 Highway 98 North,
Space is limited and pre-regis-
tration is required. Call 863-763-
6469 to sign up.
Church to present
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-
Submitted photo/Teresa Chandler
Health & Safety Fair
The Second Annual Health & Safety Fair was a huge suc-
cess for 2009! The event went off without a hitch thanks to
the many volunteers, businesses and organizers. Sharon
Vinson and Donny Arnold, event organizers, were pleased
with the turnout and comments of the attendees. Pres-
ent at the event were: Billy Dean (WOKC), Sharon Vinson
(Event Chair), Ken Keller (Volunteer), Jill Rogers (Volun-
teer), and Donny Arnold (Event Chair).
to provide outdoor opportunities
for disabled vets. That includes
hunting, fishing, bird watching,
trap shooting, and other enjoy-
Heacock walked through
Okeechobee on Tuesday. He
began the trek in Fort Pierce on
Monday. His route include state
road 68, U.S. 441, and U.S. 98. He
walked from the St. Lucie line to
Basinger on Tuesday. He averages
between 20 and 30 miles per day.
"This has been the toughest
walk yet," he told the Okeecho-
bee News, "I walked all day in
the rain Monday, Tuesday it was
windy, Wednesday I had a 30
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:
Target market identifications
Proper marketing selection
Expense and funding issues
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
Reservations for the seminar
are required. Please contact Sean
Moore at 863-517-0097 or email
outline and further descriptions
available along with online regis-
tration at http://cli.fgcu.edu/cob/
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
Area Agency on Aging
The Area Agency on Aging of
Palm Beach/Treasure Coast, Inc.
Special Board of Directors meet-
ing is scheduled to be held on
Thursday, Feb. 12, at The Area
Agency on Aging of Palm Beach/
Treasure Coast, Inc., 4400 N. Con-
gress Avenue, West Palm Beach,
FL 33407. The meeting is sched-
uled to begin at 8:30 a.m. and is
taking the place of the regularly
scheduled monthly Executive
Committee meeting. Contracts re-
quiring the expenditure of funds
are a regular agenda item of this
meeting. Please call Vivian Pfau,
Area Agency on Aging, at 561-
684-5885 for more information.
Tax Collector's office
set to be closed
The Tax Collector's office will
be closed for training on Presi-
dent's Day, Monday, Feb. 16.
Thursday it was freezing cold. It's
one thing after another."
Heacock hopes to raise
$15,000 this year for veterans.
He thanked Alison Murphy of
Okeechobee and Jake Williams
for his fundraising in Okeecho-
bee. "Anything you can do would
help with our cause. I have sev-
eral checks roll in from publicity.
I also send out mailers in Sebring.
My goal is $15,000 but in these
days and times I'll be lucky to get
$6,000 to $7,000 this year. Every
little bit helps."
Some federations do gun raf-
fles, others poker tournaments
and other things to raise funds.
Adopt a sweet pet this
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-
gency 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
net, phone 772-466-3441.
BHR WO.T.M. holds
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-
Boy Scouts selling
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
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 DJ. 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-
"Some people pledge a penny, fought a war. So walking across
and some pledge a dollar. It's a Florida really isn't nothing but a
150 mile walk and if they pledge a
dollar per mile that $150 bucks."
Heacock doesn't want any
sympathy either. He noted he gets
a lot of time to think on the road,
"It's not that bad. At one time in
thing. It's a lot of fun, it's interest-
ing and it does a lot of good."
Walking for Vets donations
can be sent to Mr. Heacock at 100
South Huckleberry Lake Drive ,
Sebring, Fla., 33875.
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Yearling offers before & after school tutorial program
Yearling Middle School offers a
morning and an after school tuto-
rial program. The after school tu-
torial program operates two days
a week from 3:40 until 5 (Tuesday
and Thursday). Parents must pro-
Yearling Students of the Week
Students of the week selected at Yearling Middle School
for the week of Feb. 2 are: (top left to right) Chris Gonza-
lez, Jose Santlbanez, and Cody Walker. At the bottom from
left to right are: Alejandro Jaimez, Monica Reyes, Lavonta
Spivey, and Damien Womble and Mr. Tedders and Mrs.
vide their own transportation for
the after school tutorial. The tuto-
rial program began on Tuesday,
The morning tutorial operates
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thurs-
day from 7:10- 8:20. Transporta-
tion will be provided. The tutorial
also began on Sept. 9.
Please contact Dylan Tedders
at Yearling Middle School 863-
462-5056 for more information.
Yearling Middle School offers
an Information Hotline to assist
students and parents. As of right
now, parents and students will
be able to call the Information
Hotline at 863-462-5066 and lis-
ten to their work assignments for
the day or week. Please call our
school office if the Information
Hotline seems incorrect or if you
do not have a particular teacher's
We had our third PTO Meet-
ing of the year on Tuesday, Jan.
27, at 6 p.m. in the Library. We
discussed plans for the year and
explained to parents the current
grade promotion requirements.
We informed the PTO of current
discipline and testing data. Ideas
ing for Teacher
ployee of the
Okeechobee Schools has cho-
sen our Nancy Yates, YMS Prin-
cipal's Secretary, as the School
Related Employee of the Year. We
are all very proud of Nancy for
her commitment to excellence,
and the professionalism that she
exhibits on a daily basis.
We are all very proud of you,
Nancy. Go Yearlings! Yearling stu-
dents excel at the District Science
At the District Science Fair,
Yearling students did extremely
well. The winners include the fol-
Behavioral Science- First Place:
Sarah Davis, Brandon McKee
Botany- Third Place: Rhiannon
Robshaw, Lucas Ritchie, Jacque-
line O'Connor, Jose Duran, Jacob
Greseth, Nicholas Flood. Second
Place Khrysta Herndon, Haley
Burkhalter. First Place: Jessica
Wisner, Justin Osceola, Audrey
Metcalf, Christopher Boney.
Chemistry- Third Place: Nelida
Perez, Kyle Kelso, Nicholas Kiel-
basa, Angelina Ruiz, Jaisalyn San-
tiago, Ashton Armstrong, Tabatha
Henry. Second Place: Destinee
Villareal, Krista Ward, Kyla Har-
graves, Tyler Chartier. First Place:
Brendon Jonassaint, Krista Pope,
Rachel Roehm, Dalton Hodges
Consumer Science- Third
Place: Selena Bowman. Second
Place: Lorraine Lutjen. First Place:
Engineering- First Place: Dayla
Environmental- Third Place:
Avery Plemons, Chriatian
O'Connor. Second Place: Garrett
Thomas. First Place: Samantha
Mathematics- Second Place:
Medicine and Health
First Place: Monica Hernandez
Physics- Third Place: Stephen
Geary, Jessica Jaimes, Carissa
Licata, Maci Thomas, Korey Wal-
ters, Terry Williams. Second
Place: Jennifer Arellano, Kasan-
dra Baker, Michael Carter, Macy
Gamiotea, Savannah Treadway,
Brandon Ball. First Place: Julianne
Meives, Brent Baughman, Ryan
Zoology- Third Place: Ismael
Santuchi. First Place: Hannah Sa-
Best of Show Biological Sci-
ences- Chris Boney
Best of Show Physical Sci-
ences- Ryan Reister
Congratulations to all students
who won and/or participated in
the YMS and District Science Fair.
Those students placing first
and second will proceed to the
Heartland Science Fair on Jan.
28. Good luck to all Okeechobee
County students who are partici-
OHS beat state average in recent placement tests
Okeechobee High School areas. The pert
has set high expectations and 2007 was 70.9.
increased rigor in order to pre- High schoc
pare students for post-secondary enroll in Flori
education, a fact proven by the munity college
most recent release of Common
Placement Test Results for Florida
Public High School Graduates. Flori
Okeechobee High School stu-
dents outscored the state in math,
reading and writing.
When combining all three sub-
ject areas, OHS students scored 7 73.6 70.8
percent higher than the state aver- l
age. What is even more astound-
ing is the 25 percent increase in
the last two years. In 2005, 46
percent of OHS students earned a Math
passing score in all three subject
centage passing in must demonstrate certain basic
skills before beginning college-
1 graduates who level courses. The Florida Col-
da's public com- lege Entry-Level Placement Test
s and universities (CPT), the SAT and the ACT are
Ja College Entry-Level Placement
82.2 78.7 82.2
Read Wtin All Sub70.9
Reading writing All subjec
three assessments used to de-
termine students' appropriate
placement for college level work.
Students not receiving a pass-
ing score must take remedial
classes before beginning college
level work. Not having to enroll
in remedial classes not only saves
tuition and books, but it also de-
creases the time necessary to get
an advanced degree.
The current focus on im-
proving student achievement at
Okeechobee High School is pay-
ing off. The recent scores are yet
another testament that Okeecho-
bee County Schools are truly
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This week in Ms. Luchetta's
and Mrs. Atwell's class we are
preparing for FCAT. In reading,
we are reading "Here's My Dol-
lar." In math, are learning about
probability. In writing, we are
writing newspaper articles. In so-
cial studies, we are reading "Time
for Kids" magazine. In science,
we are continuing "Forces that
Shape the Land." Please remem-
ber to practice multiplication dai-
ly. Congratulations to the students
of the week.
Ms. DelPrete is proud of how
hard her class is working to pre-
pare for the FCAT test. Parents
please be sure your child is read-
ing every night. Also, help your
child correct those FCAT reading
and math practice pages sent
home. This week we enjoyed re-
searching history facts of 1959.
We had a great time dressing in
50s style clothing and celebrating
the 50th anniversary of Central
Elementary. Our reading story
this week was "Seven Spools of
Thread." It was a fable that taught
us how working as a team helps
us accomplish our goals. In Math,
we are learning about congru-
ence and symmetry of shapes.
Please encourage your child to
read and initial those 100 Book
Challenge folders so your child
can meet his/her goals. Congratu-
lations to our recent student of
the week Johnny Brooks!
Ms.Enfinger's class has been
learning about line segments
and angles, types of lines, plane
figures, triangles, and quadrilat-
erals. They are also working on
problem solving. Students are
also expanding their knowledge
on cause and effect, compare and
contrast and phonic skills, this
week in reading. We are learn-
ing about conserving energy in
science. Renewable, reusable,
and non-renewable resources are
main topic for this week. Students
of the week are Wilian Lopez, Da-
van Resendez, and Lauren Bost-
wick. Happy birthday to Robert
Bigford, Dustin Long, and Steven
Rusinko. Don't forget to read!
Happy 50th Birthday to Cen-
Ms. Cowden's researched
1953 and learned some new facts
in celebration on Central being
open for 50 years. Our class took
practice FCAT tests to see the
progress we are making. In math,
we have just talked about geome-
try and tessallations, and we even
colored our own tessellations.
We are finishing up Chapter 9 in
Science which is Conserving Re-
sources. The students have been
hard at work reviewing important
key points for FCAT in Reading
like Fact and Opinion, Main Idea
and Details, Plot Development,
and many other key points. Next
week, we will celebrate Valen-
tine's Day with a party on Friday.
Happy Valentine's Day! I want to
thank all the parents for their con-
tinued support. It takes the com-
bined effort to get our students
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In Mrs. Snyder's Third Grade
we are working hard preparing
for the FCAT test
coming up in ..
March. We are
to go back into
a passage we
have read and
find the answers
This is good practice and can
be done at home with any type
of reading passage. We are also
covering math concepts such as
parallel lines, perpendicular lines,
congruency, similar forms, and
many other math vocabulary we
will see on our test. Please con-
tinue to go over multiplication
facts at home. Come March, we
will be ready for our test. We are
also getting ready for and looking
forward to Central's 50th Birthday
Celebration. We are going to have
a Sock Hop, listen to guest speak-
ers, look at cars from that era, and
have Root-beer floats. YUM! Our
Students of the Week for Janu-
ary were: Emily Harrison, Sarah
Gabor, Jonathatn Bustos, and
Melissa Rosalino. Good job guys.
Our January birthdays were Ray-
mond McMillan and Dylan White.
Happy Birthday boys.
3rd Grade BASE
We are having learning about
the 50s, preparing for Central's
50th Anniversary. We are also get-
ting ready for the FCAT test and
the students are definitely pre-
pared. In Science, we are learning
about Conserving Resources. In
math, we are learning about geo-
metric figures. Congratulations
to the Students of the Week: Tay-
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Spearow, and Hunter Strickland.
Mrs. Jennifer Lopez
Students in RE. are learn-
ing about volleyball. Skills being
taught are the bump, set and un-
derhand serve. Students will be
playing Nukem a popular varia-
tion on the sport of volleyball.
Students in second, third and
fourth grade have been working
very hard in the Success Maker
program. They are trying to earn
Gold Success Maker points to
spend on prizes in the lab.
Congratulations to Ethyn
Johnson, Cole Melton and Victor
Gaona for earning enough points
to spend on prizes this week.
Students keep working because
there are still plenty of neat prizes
to be bought.
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Add the edge to your education
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Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Teachers Patti Padgett, Brooke Brown, Lori Howard and Brooke Weigand received the
Kiwanis-Marge and Dick Blair Memorial mini-grant from the Blair's daughters, Rikki Blair,
Marge Merrill, and Kiwanis members Frank Irby, Don Kelly, Jim Vensel, Dowling Watford,
Greg Thogerson, and Kelly Owens. Their principals Brian Greseth and Renee Geeting also
extended their support for their teacher's mini-grant award.
The satisfaction of reaching
ambitious goals, giving back to the
community and studying abroad
are among the opportunities for
students in the Indian River State
College Honors Program. Infor-
mation about the Honors Program
will be presented at an Information
Session on Wednesday, March 11,
at 6 p.m. in the Kight Center for
Emerging Technologies, Room
V-110 on the IRSC Main Cam-
pus at 3209 Virginia Avenue in Fort
Pierce just off 35th Street.
The Honors Program is de-
signed for students committed to
high academic achievement, and
graduates are strong candidates
for transfer scholarships to elite
universities. IRSC Honors Program
graduates can automatically trans-
fer into the Honors Program at
Florida Atlantic University or the
University of Central Florida.
Providing students with op-
portunities for community service,
the civic engagement component
of the Honors Program involves
students in real-world experiences
related to their field of interest at
scientific facilities, museums, busi-
nesses and other organizations.
For more information, visit
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February 2 and 3, 2009
Breaking $48.50 $V
Cutter $46.00 $V
Canner $40.00 $4
Well the calf market did rebound
a little after falling off last week.
It really got cheaper last Wednes-
day! Calves were a couple
higher-cows and bulls were
too. Mark A. Pearce of Okeecho-
bee topped the calf market with
the high of $2.00. Steve Palmer,
Triple G Dairy, and P.W. Bishop
Dairy topped the cow market
with the high of $57.50.
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Support our fight for the prevention of child abuse
Call (863) 467-7771
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MEDICAL SOCIAL WORKER
| Provide MSW services & counseling ser-
vices re medical conditions. Coordinate
CDL DRIVERS handicapped issues for patients. Diagno-
NEEDED sis, crisis intervention, case planning, re-
fNE D errals to outside agencies. Bachelor's +
min. 2 yrs. work exp. in health care, men-
Private School One on One
Tractor Trailer Training @ IRCC.
No exp. req'd. Job Placement.
Earn $35,000 $50,000 +
When you want some- Shop from a gift catalog
thing sold, advertise in that's updated regularly:
the classified. the classified.
Raulerson Hospital located in Okeechobee, FL
has openings for the following positions:
Registered Nurse ICU/Med Surg/ER -
(FT, PT, PRN & Seasonal)
Send resume to:
RHTC HospitaljobsZ@hcahealthcare com
Must have legal authority to work in the U.S.
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
All shifts available
Must be 18 plus to apply
FULL TIME STYLIST position
now available at Stafford's
Hair Salon, Call for an ap-
pointment to interview
Lincare, leading nationalres-
piratory company seeks
Healthcare Specialist. Re-
sponsibilities: 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
paths. Drug Free Workplace,
EOE. Please fax resume to
Angel, 863-763-5191 or call
F/I for Local RV Park.
Must have experience.
Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
your yard sale in the
classified and make
your clean up a breeze!
Needed full time at Florida
Community Health Center in
Okeechobee. Must have cur-
rent FL License. Administra-
required with strong leadership
sklls. Bilingual Spanish/Eng-
lish preferred. Competitive
salary & excel. benefits. Fax
resume to (561)844-1013
Needed Part Time for local
business. 10-20 hours per
week/$9.00 per hour. Fax
application to: (863)467-5804
DRIVER WANTED Desire
self-employed & insured with
current Florida 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-
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seeking work, trustworthy,
dependable, thorough, rea-
Need a few more bucks
to purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used items in
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 $40,00 to $80,000
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Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered415
Services Offered 425
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Bibles and Videos
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Air Conditioners 505
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Books & Magazines535
Business Equipment 545
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Drape, Uiens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixtur 600
Health & Reducing
Household Items 630
Medical Items 650
Musical Instruments 660
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Toys & Games 730
Wanted to Buy 740
GARAGE! CLEAN OUT
STOP PAYING FOR
A SUPERIOR SHED
WILL MAKE IT EASY
FOR YOU IN 2009!
WE FINANCE AND
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Lamps $17, 100 Barstools
$39 up, 50 Desks $97 up,
3Pc Dropleaf Dinette $197,
50 Table and 4 Chairs $397
up, 200 Recliners $297 up,
50 2pc Sofa & Loveseat
sets $687 up, 50 TV Ent.
Centers $167 up, 2 Pc
Queen Bed set $297 up, 50
4Pc Bedroom sets $387 up,
3Pc Livingroom tables
$97up, 100 headboards
CLUB CAR Used, Good con-
dition, charger, $900 or best
Find it faster. Sell it sooner
in the classified
with papers and shots. $800
Firm. MINIATURE HORSES
(6) $500 each.
PEACOCKS, 10, $40 each
Call (863) 467-0218
Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Services Wanted 830
Lawn & Garden 850
HAY Fertilized. Argentina Ba-
hia 4x5 Round Bales. $30ea
or $25 for 4 or more. South
PONY Carmelo/White mare 7
yrs old rides good. Miniature
horses 1 filly, 1 stud, lyr old
buckskin & paint $1200 or
will separate (772)260-
Business Places 910
Farm Property -
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Basswood 2/1, tile through-
out, no pets, $650 mo, st &
last. (863) 763-7301 or
FOR RENT- 2 bed 1.5 bath
Apartment $800 mth. Must
See! (863)763-7552 or
KINGS BAY 2/2, $695 per
mo 1st & last, no pets
EECHOBEE 2br, lba
Near town. $lE me. An-
nual Lease Sec-8 ok.
Very clean! $600/mo. In-
cludes utilities. No pets. Call
APARTMENT in BHR, 800 Sq
Ft 1/1 Extr bk rm $495/mo.
COTTAGE ON WATER: Washer
& Dryer, $600 month or pay
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, iba, Lg
yard, inside city limits, $800.
mo. + Util., 1st & Last mo.
sec. dep. (863)990-3294
Rent to own or sell 3/1 CBS,
new roof, newly renovated
iEpecil Notie 015
1967 GMC Coach 4107 8V71 Detroit
New clutch, Florida Coach.
Must sell due to health. $26,000 O.B.O.
KOA Lot 355 Okeechobee, FL
LAND FOR LEASE -10 acres
Animal grazing. Great Oaks
Est., Lot #9. Highlands
When doing those chores is
doing you in, is time to
look for a helper in the
PHYSICIAN OFFICE for long
term lease call
(863)467-9500 for more in-
Grab a bargain from your
neighbor's garage, attc,
basement or closet in
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
Business Places -
Property Sale 1010
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Property- Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property- Sale 1055
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property -
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080
PARK MODEL, '94 12x40 &
12x20 Florida room, in Buck-
head Ridge Resort, $18,500.
CBS 2/2 w/Ig detached bldg,
fenced, on 2.4 acres
Sandy Hughes at Century 21
$65,000 Canal Point ridge
INDIAN HAMMOCK New 3/2
$27500. Also have a 2.85
facing lake 3/1 on half acre
$70,000. And 3/2 $85,000
WOODED 4.4 ACRES With a
private 3/2, w/d, jacuzzi & Ig
deck. $850/mo, 1st, last &
sec req'd. (863)467-6472
5 Acres- 5 minutes north of
town off 441, cleared
BHR Furn Modular home 3/2
w/FI Room, IncI 3 HO TV's.
Just updated plumbing,
elect, new sod & sprink sys,
fenced, boat ramp, dock,
conc drive, car port, shed.
One man's trash is
another man's treas-
ure. Turn your trash
to treasure with an ad
in the classified.
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Sport Vehicles/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
MERCURY 6 cyl, 175 hp
mere on 17.5' hydra sprt
bass boat Trailer included.
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
Buying a car? Look in
the classified. Selling
a car? Look in the
COBRA SPINNAKER 1994 -
Oak cabinets, qn.size sofa
sleeper; 37 f.x 8 ft. Must
sell. $9000/or best offer.
HARLEY HERTIAGE SOFTAIL,
4400 miles. Loaded
w/chrome & extra's. Excel-
lent condition. $12,500 or
best offer. (863)763-5933
SUZUKI 80 CC 4Wheeler -
Very good condition. $1100
How fast can your car
go? It can go even
aster when you sell it
in the classified.
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
CHEVY CAVALIER 1996 Au-
tomatic, Air $1900
CHRYSLER TOWN & COUN-
TRY '05 39K mis. Loaded!
Garage kept. 1 Owner. Im-
maculate condition. $12,500
DODGE CARAVAN 2000
Power windows, a/c Runs
Great $2500 FIRM
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 BUYI Owner Fi-
nancing. 2BR/2BA, with lake
access, covered boat slip
w/lit, 18x45 screened in
porch, storage shed w/hal
bath, clean, quiet, furnished,
great for retired person or
couple, $500 mo.
MOBILE HOME 100 R. Wa-
terfront, Close to shopping.
$400 me. + until. Call
(863)763-7262 for info.
MOBILE HOME -1BR1 BA, all
until, $650 me. 863-763-2098
MOBILE HOMES FOR RENT
1, 2 & 3 Bedrooms
Low Deposits &
OKEECHOBEE 3br, 2ba, rent
or buy, 7-9 mi East of Okee,
$800/mo or best offer.
OKEECHOBEE 6mi east on
Hwy 70. 3br, 2ba, rent or
rent to own, $800/mo or
best offer (863)763-8725
Central Heat & Air, Screen
room, $600 mo. Will lease
with option @ $55,000.
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
KRFR- Adult Park, Lot 90,
2/1.5, turn., FI. rm., carport,
$25,500 neg 763-8382
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Lot $550 Monthly
Need your mobile
home moved? We have
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Call for your Free Quotel
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ublic N icPUBLICANNOUNCEMENT
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P1I I I A A KNomRm Contractor
Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park
Informational meeting and site visit
2/11/09 at O00am
Public Notice 5005 Locaion: ParkOffice
State Public 33104 NW 192nd St.
O Okeechobee 34972
Legal Notice 5500 Phone 863-462-5360
309547 ON 2/4,6,8/09
NOTICE OF INTENT TO CONSIDER THE ABANDONMENT
OF A PLATTED EASEMENT
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN hthate board of County Commissloners of Okeechobee
County, Florida wIll hold a public hearing on Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 9.00
a.m. in the Commission Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Heath Department Au-
tdtorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida The purpose of the hearing is
to receive public comments In consideraton of the abandonmentof a planed ease-
ment located in Taylor Creek Isles Secten 4-5 subdivision and that is further de-
scribed as follows
All thal portion of the 10' utlilyeasemenit along the easterly boundary of Lot 569,
Taylor Creek Isles Section 4-B, less and except tme southerly5'thereof, according
tohe plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 4, Page 8. public records f Okeechobee
A copy of this notice will be available for public inspection atthe Planning and De-
velopment Department,49NW 5thAvenue, Okeechobee, Florida eachweekday ex-
cept holidays between the hours of a00 a and 4-30 pm
Allinteresed parties and citizens shall havethe opportunity lo be heard al this public
hearing, Any person deciding to appeal any decision by te Board oI County Corn-
mlsslonerswth respect to any matter considered atths hearing wll need to ensure
that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and that he record includes the
testimonyand evidence upon which the appeal is based. County Clerk tapes are for
the sole purpose of backup tor official records of the Clerk.
Cli Belts, Jr, Chairman
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida
309174 ON 2/8/09
EXPIRED PERMITS WITH NO FINAL INSPECTION
2007 BUILDING CODES TAKE EFFECT MARCH 1, 2009. ANY
PERMIT WHICH HAS EXPIRED ON OR BEFORE FEBRUARY
28, 2009, WILL BE NULL AND VOID WHEN THE NEW CODES
TAKE EFFECT. TO CONTINUE TO PERFORM WORK A NEW
PERMIT APPLICATION MUST BE SUBMITTED. A WRITTEN RE-
QUEST TO EXTEND A PERMIT MAY BE SUBMITTED TO THE
BUILDING OFFICIAL TO BE HANDLED ON A CASE-BY-CASE
BASIS. SECTION 188.8.131.52 OF THE FLORIDA BUILDING CODE
AUTHORIZES THE BUILDING OFFICIAL TO REQUIRE ANY
WORK COMPLETED BE REMOVED FROM THE BUILDING SITE
IF A NEW PERMIT COVERING THE CONSTRUCTION IS NOT
OBTAINED WITHIN 180 DAYS OF THE DATE THE PERMIT BE-
CAME NULL & VOID.
308830 ON 2/1,8/09
IN TIlE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
CASE NO.: 2007-DP-066
IN THE INTEREST OF
Father of the minor child.
TO Father of S B, Marno Duran
Residence and Address Unknown
YO ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT A PE-
T'}N UNDER OATH HAS BEEN
IR-N AND FAMILIES IN THE ABOVE-
TY ED COURT FOR THE TERMINA-
i0 OF PARENTAL RIGHTS RELA-
IV TO SB, A FEMALE CHILD,
0 N ON THE 19th DAY OF OCTO-
E 2007. THE CHILD WAS BORN IN
H COUNTY OF OKEECHOBEE, IN
H STATE OF FLORIDA YOU ARE
0 HANDEDD TO BE AND APPEAR
E ORE A JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT
DORT, JUVENILE DIVISION IN THE
B VE-STYLED COURT LOCATED AT:
OKEECHOBEE JUDICIAL CENTER
312 N.W. 3RD STREET OKEECHOBEE,
AT 2:30 PM., ON THE 6TH DAY OF
Apr, 2009, IN COURTROOM D" FOR
HEARING AND TO SHOW CAUSE WHY
SAID PETITION SHOULD NOT BE
FAILURE TO PERSONALLY APPEAR AT
THIS ADVISORY HEARING CONSTI-
TUTES CONSENT TO THE TERMINA-
TION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS OF THIS
CHILD IF YOU FAIL TO APPEAR ON
THE DATE AND TIME SPECIFIED YOU
MAY LOSE ALL LEGAL RIGHTS AS A
PARENT TO THE CHILD NAMED IN
THE PETITION ATTACHED TO THIS
BE ADVISED THAT YOU HAVE THE
RIGHT TO AN ATTORNEY TO REPRE-
SENT YOU IN THIS MATTER IF YOU
CANNOT AFFORD AN ATTORNEY, ONE
MAY BE APPOINTED FOR YOU.
WITNESS MY HAND AS CLERK OF SAID
COURT AND THE SEAL THEREOF,
THIS 16TH DAY OF OCTOBER, 2008
CLERK OF COURT
By: Kimberly Sarros
306333 ON 1/25, 2/1,8,15/2009
TheWorklorce Development Board of the
Treasure Coast Region 20 and the
Treasure Coast Workforce Consortium
announces a meeting of the Executive
Committee to which all persons are mvd-
Date & Time:Friday, February 13, 2009 -
B.00 a m
Place: Workforce Development Board
of the Treasure Coast
584 NW Universty Blvd., Suite lO
Port St Lucee, Florida 34986
ePBEPSE:1To discuss matters concern-
ig Ihe Workorce Investment Act, Work-
force Employment Opportunities, the
Welolae Transiton Program, One-Stop
Career Cenlers and the Workforce Devel-
opment Board A copy ol the agenda
may be obtained by contacting:
Workforce Development Board
of the Treasure Coast
584 NW Univer-
sity Blvd., Suitel 1
Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986
Should any person wish to appeal any
decision made by the Board with respect
to any matter considered at the above
referenced meeting,they wil need to en-
sure a veratlim recording ot the pro-
ceedings Is made,which record Includes
the testimony and evidence upon which
the ap eal is based, in order to provide a
record or judicial review.
310130 ON 2/8/09
SCHOOL BOARD WORKSHOP
The Okeechobee County School Board
will meet in a workshop session at 6:00
p.m. on Tuesday, February 17, 2009, to
discuss and review pending legislation
and other issues related to the School
district budget. The workshop will be in
Room 303, 700 S W, 2d Avenue, Okee-
chobe, and the public Is invited to at-
Patricia Cooper, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
309268 ON 2/809
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various reasons, people in one county
are insured by a State Farm agent in an-
State Farm agents are urging their
customers to contact the governor to al-
low State Farm Florida to continue writ-
ing property insurance.
"Faced with steeply declining re-
sources to cover future claims and
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and $783.33 for the multipurpose build-
Scott's Quality Cleaning holds the
low-base bid for the Freshman Campus
Auditorium in the amount of $440.
In other business, the board will
consider approving the advertisement
of several different policy changes being
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actually repay the loan.
Other issues going on today include
cheating homeowner's insurance by
making false claims just to get items
replaced or get new items that the ho-
meowner never had.
There have also been cases where
had visible damage on the van.
They were not involved in the ac-
cident, but since there were so many
people in the vehicle, versus the one
person's testimony of the true accident
victim, the officers believed that they
were involved and they made false in-
surance claims including vehicle and
expenses, State Farm Florida has little
choice," stated Jim Thompson, presi-
dent of the organization.
This action was sparked in large part
by the recent OIC denial of a 47.1 per-
cent rate increase requested by State
Since 2000, State Farm Florida claims
to have paid out $1.21 in claims and
expenses for every $1 of premium re-
ceived totaling $1.4 billion more in
claims and expenses than was collected
spurred as a result of Senate Bill 1712,
Ethics in Education.
The first section for this bill falls
under Complaints Against Employees.
School boards are required to have a
policy in place for the reporting of com-
plaints against school board employees
that affect the health, safety or welfare
The second advertisement concerns
Professional Ethics with a policy which
addresses adherence to ethical stan-
dards by school personnel.
OHS boys soccer loses at regional
By Charles M. Murphy editions. Temperatures were in the low to ers once the game began," Brahmans Putting the ball in the net has been our
Okeechobee News mid 40s with a brisk wind which made Coach Lonnie Sears said, "It was a de problem. That's all there is to it. They
Matt Behrhorst scored the only it tough for the offenses on both sides, fensive struggle. The only goal came on weren't easy opportunities but they
goal of the game, midway through the Okeechobee ends their season at a beautiful shot from 35 to 40 yards out. weren't hard either. If you don't make
second half as Merritt Island ended (10-7-4). It was the first visit to the re- t was a great play." them, it costs you and it came back to
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a 1-0 victory on Thursday.
The match was played in brutal con-
gonac r ec o ee n ve1 years.
"The cold weather sure made it
miserable but it got better for the play-
Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Health occupation students from Okeechobee High School brought
some Christmas cheer to Northside Headstart student on Friday,
strong defensive game as the midfield-
ers and fullbacks did a good job protect-
ing the Brahman net. Goal keeper Pablo
Caballero had four saves, including a
brilliant one in the first half.
"Merritt Island is a really good team.
They were ranked second or third in
the state this year. It shows you where
we are at and what we can do," Sears
Okeechobee did have some of-
fensive opportunities in the match but
were unable to cash in on them. They
had two very good shots on goal in the
first half but didn't score.
"If we put those balls in the net, its an
entirely different game. We just missed.
Sears said he feels his program is on
the upswing and that good things will
happen in the future. The Brahmans
will lose a strong bunch of seniors this
year including two main stars and their
goal keeper. Alan Najera, Ivan Torres,
and Misael Alvarado, could all sign
scholarships to play college soccer.
"A lot of the guys who are leaving
were role players. They knew what to
do out there. We'll just plug people in
and see what we can do next year. We
have good players coming up the ranks
and good players already in the sys-
tem. The club soccer program will also
help," Sears said.
Farm Bill programs
GAINESVILLE State Conservation-
ist Carlos Suarez with USDA-Natural Re-
sources Conservation Service (NRCS)
announces Feb. 27, as the cutoff date
for two Farm Bill conservation pro-
grams. All applications for the Envi-
ronmental Quality Incentives Program
(EQIP) and the Wildlife Habitat Incen-
tives Program (WHIP) will be accepted
until close of business on Feb. 27. Land-
owners are encouraged to sign up early
to allow enough time to determine eli-
gibility and to thoroughly complete the
EQIP and WHIP offer financial and
technical assistance to install structural
and management practices on eligible
non-federal lands to address natural
resource concerns and wildlife habitat
restoration. Conservation treatment ac-
tivities for EQIP and WHIP are carried
out in accordance to a conservation
plan that is developed with the land-
owner or manager.
State-wide priorities for EQIP include
erosion control, water quality, water
quantity, animal/plant health and con-
fined livestock operations. Priorities
for WHIP include habitat restoration
on scrubby flatwoods, pine rocklands,
tropical hammocks, and native grass-
lands for bobwhite quail. Individual
county priorities may vary slightly due
to locally established objectives.
For additional details on these Farm
Bill programs and for specific eligibil-
ity requirements to participate, contact
your local USDA Service Center. For
Okeechobee, please call 863-763-3619.
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State Farm Florida's third quarter
financial report shows a loss of $198.6
million and a decline of $202 million in
surplus funds to date this year.
"We will carefully review State
Farm's intended plans to ensure that
they are in compliance with Florida
law, and we will explore all legal op-
tions as well," stated Florida Insurance
Commissioner Kevin McCarty "I will do
everything within my power to protect
Florida consumers from unnecessary
destabilization of the insurance market
Also as a result of Senate Bill 1712,
the board consider advertisement of a
policy regarding Violation of local, state
and/or federal laws. This policy details
reporting procedures for any violation
of laws by school board employees.
The last policy advertisement con-
cerns the Report of Misconduct which
will provide guidelines for mandatory
reporting and investigation of employee
misconduct that affects the health, safe-
ty or welfare of students.
In other business the board will:
that this might cause and to ensure that
Florida consumers are protected and
have access to insurance rates that are
not excessive or unfairly discrimina
Commissioner McCarty has issued
a subpoena to State Farm Florida re-
questing detailed information about the
company's Florida property insurance
Post your opinions in the Public Issues
Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter
Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@
recognize OHS band students and
District Sunshine State Scholars;
recognize Central Elementary All-
State Elementary chorus participant;
recognize retirement of Rita Rucks,
ESE teacher, and Barbara Jones, pre-
kindergarten paraprofessional at NEHS.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues
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Chauna Aguilar can be reached at cagul-
Fraud is prevalent in basically any
area of life and it is definitely hard to
realize lust how much something can
change and affect your life until it hap-
pens to you.
For additional information visit www.
fldfs.com; or, call 1-800-378-0445.
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individuals commit Property Injury Pro- was still at the scene of the accident and
tection (PIP) fraud where attorneys so- a large van full of people drove up that
licit people who have been involved in
accidents and help them to fraudulently
claim the maximum on the PIP insur-
There are even cases where some
one has been in an accident and there
would be little to no damage and the
two in the accident just decided to leave
the scene. In one instance, one vehicle
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Seniors lead the way on senior night
By Charles M. Murphy
It was appropriate that the
three seniors on the Brahmans
boy's basketball team this year
had excellent games on what
might have been their final home
Corey White hit three, six
point baskets, one short of the
school record, and David Je-
une had a double double as the
Brahmans seniors won their final
home game of the year, 67-31
over Moore Haven on Friday.
Senior Joey Voss added 10
points as did Terrence Alien.
"We came out here really fo-
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
A group shot of senior players
and their parents. From left
Rick Voss, Joey Voss, Sta-
cey Voss, Patty White, Corey
White, Rick White, David
Jeuen and Deriaus Jeune.
caused tonight and I hope that will
show up again at Districts. We
will be tough to beat," Brahmans
Coach Jon Enrico said, "I was re-
ally happy to see all my seniors
play well. It was a fun night for
Enrico was sad to see David
June play his final home game.
Jeune had 15 points and 17 re-
bounds. His excellent play will be
sorely missed next year.
Okeechobee was never threat-
ened by the small but quick Terri-
ers. Jumpers by Voss, White and
Allen gave Okeechobee a 12-2
lead early. Okeechobee led 26-6
after the first quarter.
Okeechobee got a great rejec-
tion by David Jeune on a Terrier
shot early in the second and led
38-10 at half time. A three point
play by Voss gave the Brahmans
a 53-23 lead in the third quarter.
Okeechobee led by 34 after three
White hit two, three pointers
in the final two minutes to ap-
proach the school record. His try
for the seventh three point bas-
ket hit the back of the rim and
bounced away with 30 seconds
White had one of his better
games of his career. He scored 20
points, most of them on the long
distance shots. "My shot was
good tonight. The intensity was
Okeechobee News/Charles Murhyles Murphy
Corey White and his parents Joey Voss (center) poses
Shis parents with his dad Rick and mom
Rick and PattyStacey.
there. We were really pumped
up and ready to play. I think the
whole team played excellent."
Voss, a role player for much of
the year known for his defense,
played his longest stint of the
year, about 26 minutes. He noted
he was likely to get a good sleep
"We all played hard and played
to the best of our ability tonight.
I'm pretty glad that we won our
senior night game," he noted.
The Brahmans will face off
with Suncoast in the first round
of their district tournament Tues-
day night at Glades Central High
School. The Brahmans have de-
feated the Chargers twice this
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
David Jeune and his father
The Brahman JV team had an
excellent campaign as they won
13 out of 18 decisions. Deforrest
Shanks, Alonzo Coleman and
Jonathan Hudoff were all called
up to varsity for the district tour-
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Baseball scrimmage highlights potential
By Charles M. Murphy JV pitcher and catcher and a varsity de-
Okeechobee News fense. The varsity batters hit against a var-
sity pitcher and catcher and a JV defense.
The Braan pure squad, the var- McCoin was erased after he tried to
sity, won the annual Purple White scrim- steal third on a nice throw by Will Jack-
mage, 11-2, over the junior varsity Friday s
night but it wasn't the score that really The varsity scored four times in the
mattered. bottom of the first. Drew Selvey was hit
Coaches kept their eye ball peeled on by a pitch, Mark Weir walked and Buck-
the improvement each returning player ner drove home a run with a single up the
has made and also grabbed their first look middle Farless drove home a run with an
at a new freshman class that has a lot of infield grounder and Minondo drove home
potential. two with a sharp single up the middle.
For some players they probably want Cameron Tewksbury pitched better in
the season to start tomorrow. Brce Buck- the second as he allowed only a single by
ner had two base hits, Adam Tewksbury Matt Dorriety
cleared the bases with a hit, and Mike Ryan Meigs made a mistake in the
Minondo had a timely two run single in second as he forgot how many outs there Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
the first inning. Dustin Stokes also looked were He was on second after a bunt sin- Cameron Tewksbury had a rough
terrific on the mound in his two innings gle and a stolen base Adam Tewksbury first inning in the Brahman inter-
of work. skied out to center field but Meigs was off squad scrimmage Friday.
For others, they were glad it was only at the crack of the bat and was jogging Kerwin ivens in a strong third inning for
a scrimmage. One of the team's top start- into the dugout when he was called out the varsity
ers Cameron Tewksbury had a rough first at second. The baseball program held their annu-
inning as he gave up four runs. Reliever Timmy Farrell pitched an impressive al 50 inning fund raiser on Saturday. The
Brandon Farless was also touched up in third for the JV as he retired three hitters, Brahmans host a pre season tournament
the late innings. including Joey Conroy by strikeout. next Thursday. Okeechobee will play Port
Mike McCoin opened the game with a Dustin Stokes retired Cameron Tewks- St Lucie on Thursday
double againstJV pitcher Austin Hamilton. bury on a weak pop up, Justin Morgan on
The game had JV batters hitting against a a sharp grounder to short, and struck out
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of Florida researchers are using
a new type of lighting to grow
Light-emitting diodes (LEDs)
are now common replacements
for incandescent bulbs in applica
tions ranging from coffeemakers
to holiday string lights. They stay
cool to the touch, don't burn out
as easily and use up to 90 percent
However, LEDs can also be
designed to emit very specific fre-
quencies of light, and researchers
are using those exacting frequen-
cies to promote plant growth.
"Everyone knows about
greenhouses or home growers
that use these special fluorescent
white lights or filtered light to help
plants grow," said Kevin Folta, a
horticulture researcher at the UF
Institute of Food and Agricultural
Sciences. "Light is the language
plants listen to when deciding
how to grow, and broad spectrum
light is a noisy combination of
different languages. We're learn
ing how to speak these various
ways to make the plant do what
we want it to do, when we want
them to do it."
in a paper published in a spe-
cial December issue of the jour-
nal HortScience, Folta and under-
graduate researcher Kayla Shea
Childers report on progress made
using combinations of LEDs to di-
rect plant growth.
All plants have a unique com-
bination of photoreceptors, pig-
ments used to specific frequen-
cies of light. These pigments
trigger different behaviors in the
plant, such as leaf growth, flow-
ering, rooting or even speeding
up and slowing down stem and
shoot growth. As a demonstra-
tion of the technology, they report
using specific light frequencies to
restrict flowering in the early life
of strawberry plants -- causing
the plants to divert their resourc-
es to growing more runners and
If such techniques were em-
ployed by growers, the result
could be stronger plants that
produce more fruit. Farmers may
even want to employ colored
mulches and reflective panels to
supplement the effect.
"We still have a lot to learn
before we can start using these
techniques on a large scale, but
it is certainly looking more and
more attractive of a possibility,"
Folta said. "Overall consumer
demand for LEDs is beginning to
make the technology really inex-
pensive, so it's not inconceivable
to picture acres of crops spurred
on by LEDs."
Similar studies are taking
place around the planet on crops
such as rice, peas, tomatoes and
maize. However, one of the most
prominent uses of the technology
could someday be off-planet.
Future astronauts could use
the same technology used to light
Christmas trees to grow their own
trees and plants in space.
"As we start to explore space
for longer periods of time, we're
not going to be able to just take
food with us, we'll have to grow
it," Folta said. "Humans can do
well with anything that lets us
see, but crops have evolved to
specifically need the kind of light
that they get on Earth, and not --
oh, say -Mars. We'll have to give
it to them to ensure that desirable
plant products are there when we
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In this file photo released from the University of Florida's
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, horticulture re-
searcher Kevin Folta observes strawberry plants grown un-
der various colors of light emitting diodes. LEDs, while gain-
ing popularity for use in household appliances and holiday
decorations, may prove valuable to farmers as specialized
light sources to promote plant growth.
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