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Vol. 100 No. 19 Friday, February 13, 2009 504 Plus tax


Lanes to close
at intersection
The City of Okeechobee has
announced that traffic lanes at
the main intersection -U.S.
441 and S.R. 70-will be closed
Sunday, Feb. 15. The lanes will
be closed from 9 a.m. until ap-
proximately 1 p.m. due to work
being done by the Florida De-
partment of Transportation.

Summer Activity
Guide open to
Churches, civic organiza-
tions, schools, clubs, parks
and other activities are invited
to submit the details to their
summer programs for this year
by completing an application
with a description of the activ-
ity. The goal of the guide is to
keep our children safe, super-
vised and active during the
summer months. The guide is
a 24 page booklet highlighting
summer activities for children
in Okeechobee. The guide is
free for listing your program
thanks to donors who cover the
printing expenses. Interested
groups can obtain and com-
plete the form by March 31
and return it to Sharon Vinson,
facilitator Shared Services Net-
work of Okeechobee County,
Treasurer, Okeechobee Edu-
cational Foundation, Inc., Kid
Care/Healthy Kids Contact for
Okeechobee County, 700 S.W.
Second Avenue, Okeechobee,
863-462-5000 ext. 257.

Library program
presents Historic
Joanna Lombard, Florida
author and Landscape Architect
and Professor at the University
of Miami School of Architec-
ture, will discuss some of the
27 historic Florida landscapes
from her book, "The Historic
Landscapes of Florida." The
landscapes from her book have
been described by Virginia Al-
lain as "vivid mosaics of our
cultural heritage; they remind
us of where we have been
and help to create of sense of
place." Ms. Lombard is cur-
rently studying the effects of the
design of neighborhoods on
the wellbeing of children and
the elderly. Join Ms. Lombard
at the Okeechobee Library on
Friday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. The
program is provided by the
Florida Humanities Council
and is free and open to the pub-
lic. The Okeechobee Friends of
the Library will provide light re-

Drought Index

Current: 666
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

13.17 feet
Last Year: 9.99 feet

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Commissioners honor Wherrell

SR 70 four-laning
discussed; Jaycee
Park water shut off

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Before conducting any coun-
ty business at their meeting on
Thursday, Feb. 12, Okeechobee
County Commissioners took
time to remember one of their
own. They conducted a memo
rial for the late Marvin Wherrell
who passed away Dec. 23. 2008

after two years in office.
Major Noel Stephen of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office escorted Mr. Wherrell's
mother, Kathleen Wherrell, and
Sheriff Paul May escorted Com-
missioner Wherrell's widow,
Sandra Wherrell, into the audito
rium where three rows of family
members were seated.
"I know I speak for a lot of
people when I say we will miss
Marvin," stated Commission
Chairman Clif Betts. "We lost a
great man when we lost Mar-

Chairman Betts stated that he
had known Mr. Wherrell most of
his life and that Mr. Wherrell had
taught him to water ski.
The chairman presented
Mrs. Wherrell with a plaque
commemorating her late hus-
band's service to the county, Mr.
Wherrell's last agenda book, his
name plate, and a cap that read
"Touched by the Master."
Mrs. Wherrell said that where
ever they went in their travels
her husband was always proud
to tell people he was from

Teacher of the Year: Vicki Goggans

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Vicki Goggans (front) from Okeechobee High School was named the District Teacher
of the Year for 2008-09. Candidates for the district teacher of the year were (second
row-left to right) Brande Cobb, Elisabeth Fox, Amelia Lozano, Jenni Melear, Joe Paige,
(back row-left to right)Sherry Conrad, Jeremy Goff, Lauren Myers, (not pictured) Brent
Stuart and Amy Hyde.

OHS teacher honored

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County
School District Teacher of the
Year for 2008-09 is Vicki Gog-
gans from Okeechobee High
School at the board meeting on
Tuesday, Feb. 10.
Vicki Goggans is a "home
grown" teacher who attended
school locally. Mrs. Goggans
received her associates degree
from Indian River Community
College and her bachelors de
gree in mathematics education
from the University of Central
She has been with the
Okeechobee County School
system for 15 years. She is cur-
rently teaching 10th through
12th graders geometry, liberal
arts math and algebra 1B. She
has been at the high school
for two years and previously
worked at Osceola Middle
School, Yearling Middle School
and began her career at OHS.
Mrs. Goggans strives to show
her students that she has re-

Turning to other business,
the board heard an update from
Frank Chupka of the Florida
Department of Transportation
(DOT) on the four landing of S.
R. 70 east of the city to the St. Lu-
cie County line.
The board expressed concern
that the bicycle path had been
cut from the project as a cost
saving measure. Deputy county
administrator Jim Threewits ex
pressed concern that if there was
a decision to add a bicycle path
later, the right of way would cost

Mr. Chupka had referred to
the bicycle path as being used
for recreational use. Mr. Three-
wits said that was the first time
he had heard of the bicycle path
being used for recreational use.
It was his understanding that it
was to be a multiuse trail that
has been moved to the south
side of the highway for use by
Spot in the Sun residents.
Commissioner Margaret Hel-
ton, whose district includes this
section of S.R. 70, said there was
See BOCC Page 2

Beckham is

new OHS

football coach

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
After 33 applications, nu-
merous interviews, and two
months of searching, Okeecho-
bee schools decided on a Day-
ton, Ohio man to be their next
football coach.
Jeremy Beckham will be
in Okeechobee today for a re-
ception at Okeechobee High
School at 5:30 p.m. at the high
school cafeteria. He'll also host
a town meeting Saturday after
noon at 5 p.m. at Okeechobee
High School to meet players,
parents and the community.
"My wife and I are very ex-
cited about this opportunity,"
Beckham said in a phone in-
terview this week, "Were both

chomping at the bit about
starting our new lives as Brah-
Beckham said his job won't
just be on campus, but also off
campus, as he sees his position
as one that helps not only the
high school, but also the com-
OHS principal Toni Wiersma
called the hire a very difficult
decision. She praised the com-
mittee members that tirelessly
reviewed resumes and con-
ducted interviews. In the end,
she noted she liked Beckham's
experience, his track record of
success, and his ability to get
players into college. Beckham
helped get 70 players into ma
See Coach Page 2

OUA takes

steps to buy

sewage plant

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Vicki Goggans (right) from Okeechobee High School was
named the District Teacher of the Year for 2008-09. Super-
intendent Dr. Patricia Cooper (left) presented her with a
candy bouquet as she congratulated her on her accom-
spect for them as a person and that one of the best ways to get
that her respect is not based on them there is to develop rela-
how much math they know. tionships with her students by

Her primary goal is or course to
help her students gain success
in mathematics. She has found

getting to know them and let-
See Teacher Page 8

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Once again Okeechobee
Utility Authority (OUA) is deal-
ing with one of the many on-
going problems caused by the
sewage treatment system that
serves Kings Bay. It seems that
the utility is between a rock and
a hard place.
At their monthly meeting on
Tuesday morning, Feb. 10, the
OUA Board of Directors spent
a considerable amount of time
dealing with this thorny issue.

Last month the board dis-
covered the problem. The lease
the utility had with Community
Utilities II, owner of the plant,
expired Dec. 31. according to
the owner. The company noti
fled OUA that it had no inten
tion of renewing the lease but
was open to discuss selling the
plant to OUA.
According to OUA Executive
Director John Hayford, the orig
final agreement with the owner
included buying the customer
See OUA Page 2

Blue Heron returns to the wild

Legally protected
bird suffered
BB gun injury

A Great Blue Heron rescued
from a Treasure Island canal was
released back into its natural habi-
tat by Florida Wildlife Rescue Ser-
vice on Tuesday, Feb. 3. Concerned
Treasure Island residents contacted
the organization on Jan. 8, after ob-
serving that the bird had spent the
entire day in a canal behind S.E.
33rd Terrace.
Radiographs performed on the
bird at a Palm Beach County wild-
life hospital indicated that the heron
had been illegally shot with a BB
gun, leaving the bird with a leg frac-
ture to its left femur and a pellet
lodged in its rump. The heron spent
almost four weeks in rehabilitative

care before returning to Okeecho-
bee to be released at Zachary Taylor
Camping Resort on Taylor Creek.
The Great Blue Heron is one of
over 800 species of native wild birds
that are protected by the Migratory
Bird Treaty Act, an agreement be-
tween the United States and Cana-
da, Mexico, Russia, Japan and Great
Among other prohibitions, the
MBTA makes it illegal to take or at-
tempt to take protected birds unless
permitted by certain regulations
(such as lawful permitted hunting
of certain species including turkey,
doves, or ducks.)
Despite these laws however,
many protected species including
songbirds, hawks, owls, vultures,
and even Bald Eagles are still vic-
tims of illegal gunshot.

distance in the enforcement of fish
and wildlife laws, the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion has established a Wildlife Alert
hotline where citizens can report
violations of wildlife management
and protection laws, including the
illegal shooting of protected spe
Anyone who witnesses the ille
gal shooting of protected birds can
report the violation to the FWC by
calling 1-888-404-FWCC (3922).
Anyone who finds a sick, injured,
or orphaned wild bird or animal can
contact Florida Wildlife Rescue Ser-
vice at 863-634-1755.
Florida Wildlife Rescue Service is
a non-profit organization providing
free rescue services for wildlife in
Okeechobee and the surrounding

Submitted photo/Glenna Bolton
Michael Daugherty of Okeechobee holds the reha-
bilitated heron moments before the bird's release
back into the wild.

In an effort to gain public as- area.

2 Okeechobee News, Friday, February 13, 2009

Continued From Page 1

already a lot of bicycle traffic on
the road.
The section of S.R. 70 in St. Lu-
cie County that is being widened
has a bicycle path. County Ad-
ministrator Lyndon Bonner said
he observed that bicycle path is
already in use.
Commissioners also expressed
concern that changes needed to
be made at the intersections with
40th and 48th Avenues.
Mr. Bonner was directed to
send a letter to DOT addressing
those concerns as well as the
commission's desire to see S.R.
710 extended to intersect with
U.S. 441 N.
Capital projects manager Don-
nie Oden addressed the board
concerning the courthouse reno-
vation and the old jail demolition.
The board approved terrazzo
tile as the finish floor type for
the courthouse and approved a
change order in the amount of
$82,016 for removal of the old
concrete floor. Upon Mr. Oden's
recommendation the board

Continued From Page 1

jor universities during his 12 years
as an assistant coach.
"We talked to a lot of his for-
mer employers and they only had
the highest amount of praise for
him. We got tremendous reviews
about this man," she said.
Beckham plans to use a spread
offense that uses the no huddle
strategy. He also expects to bring
a hard hitting, aggressive defense
to the field. He noted this formula
worked well in Ohio and should
work in Florida.
"Good football translates in
any state. We'll bring solid foot-
ball, good fundamentals and an
exciting style of play. I think our
style of play, a spread offense,
will fit Florida better from a talent
standpoint," he said.
Beckham also said he will also
work hard for the kids to do well
in school, and to reach the next
level, academically.
"The one thing that we'll be
able to do and one of the things
I'll highlight is change your family
tree. If you follow and do exactly
what we need you to do, if you
follow our plan, our step by step
plan to win, we'll change your
family tree because we will put
you in position to get you into col
lege," he stated.
Beckham also wants to link
the current team to the past. He
will create a website for the pro-
gram which is www.okeecho- Beckham said
he wants to have players realize
there is a fine tradition that they
should be proud of.
"The program is in good shape.
The senior class and Coach Bra-
nham got them into the playoffs.
My goal immediately is not only
to make the playoffs and be there
and be happy about it, but we're
trying to get to the second and
third round. That's where we will
be coaching at," he said.
Beckham coined a phrase
from Florida Coach Owen Meyer
when he said, "Only take a job if
you're sure you can win there."
He noted he talked to a lot of col-
lege coaches he knows in South
Florida about Okeechobee and is
confident the talent and the pro-
gram are in place to make the
program a consistent winner.
Beckham said he will bring
two coaches with him, a strength

Continued From Page 1

base, piping and valves. While
the utility agreed to operate and
maintain the package plant, there
were no provisions for lease pay-
Last month the owner offered
to lease the plant to OUA for six
more months while details of the
purchase were worked out. The
board discussed simply giving the
plant back to the owner. Howev-
er, it was noted that OUA would
probably be forced by the state
to continue operating the plant.
Board attorney Tom Conley was
instructed to negotiate with the
According to the Florida De-
partment of State Division of Cor-
porations the registered agent of
Community Utilities II is former
state representative Frank Attkis-
Mr. Conley recommended that
the utility pay $10,000 a month
lease for six months while the
property is appraised. If the sale
closes within six months, any rent
paid would be applied toward the
purchase price. If the sale does
not close in six months, OUA
would forfeit all rent paid.
"The only thing good about
this is that the rent will be applied
toward the purchase price," stat-
ed Mr. Conley.
Originally the owner wanted
$30,000 for the first six months
and $50,000 for the last three
months of a six month lease ex-
tension. A Jan. 12, letter from the

agreed to remove all existing inte
rior corridor walls because in the
process of removing the floors, the
contractor learned that there was
no foundation under the floors.
Mr. Oden notified the board that
asbestos has been found in two
spots and that it will be removed.
Turning to the old jail, commis-
sioners approved a proposal from
L.E.B. Demolition and Consulting
Contractors, Inc. of Jensen Beach
for $18,969 to demolish the build-
ing and remove all debris from
the property. Mr. Oden said that
jail inmates will be used to clean
up the brick that will be saved to
be used in the facade of an expan-
sion of the current jail. He said old
one of the old cell blocks will be
removed and preserved for future
It has been said that there is
no such thing as a free lunch.
Now, thanks to action taken by
the commissioners, there is no
such thing as free water. There
is a water faucet on the outside
of the closed bathroom build
ing at Jaycees Park. For some
time people have getting water
there in large containers while
the county has been paying the
bill. Commissioners decided to

coach, Billy Brockhouse who has
40 years of coaching experience,
including time with Florida State,
and New Mexico.
Also in the package with Beck-
ham is a defensive coordinator,
Edmund Jones, who has 20 years
of experience coaching with the
arena football league, college
ranks, and the NFL Rams. He will
also interview the remaining as-
sistant coaches and give them an
opportunity to earn positions on
his staff.
Beckham said his coaches
will have to get involved with the
players and their families. "It's not
just a job on the field and in the
hall way. We'll reach out and take
a personal approach with these
players. Our players are going to
be part of our family. Were going
to keep an open line of commu-
nication and emphasize that from
the get go. If you want to be part
of something special, I'm sure
those players who are thinking
about playing, that is something
that will excite them."
Beckham also addressed con
cerns over his prior position at
Trotwood High School in Dayton,
Ohio. The Dayton Daily News
reported that Beckham was ter-
minated in July, 2008 after a re-
cruiting scandal. The newspaper
reported that the Trotwood-Mad-

. Full Parts Department

remove the faucet and cut off the
water. Since the county may need
water at that location some time
in the future, commissioners are
going to weigh the cost of paying
the monthly base rate and keep-
ing the meter against having the
meter removed and later paying
the applicable fees to have a me-
ter reinstalled some time in the
In other action the board:
proclaimed the week of Feb.
15-21, to be National Engineer's
Week in Okeechobee County;
approved a change order in
the amount of $44,475.61 to Shel-
tra and Son Construction to use
the remainder of hurricane Com-
munity Development Block Grant
(CDBG) money on the Douglas
Park stormwater project;
granted a request from the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice to use the Okeechobee Coun-
tyAgri-Civic Center for Drug Abuse
Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.)
Graduation on May 20;
set a date of March 24, for a
public hearing to consider adop-
tion of an ordinance to amend
animal control regulations;
appointed Lowery Markham
and Mike O'Connor to the tourist

ison team was placed on proba
tion for two years. Head Coach
Maurice Douglass was suspended
for three weeks, and two players
were declared ineligible.
The school system reported
that Beckham was dismissed for
violation of bylaw 4-9-3, recruiting,
by contacting other high school
student athletes for the purpose
of influencing them to transfer to
Trotwood-Madison, according to
the Dayton Daily News.
The Dayton paper also report-
ed that Beckham was let go from
Springfield South High School
amidst recruiting allegations. He
coached there between 2002 and
Beckham said things are han-
dled differently in Ohio. He has
denied the allegations. "There's
nothing more than empty allega-
tions. I applied for an educational
sabbatical. I had no intention of
returning to Trotwood this past
season. I felt I had done enough
coaching. I needed my teaching
credentials to be a head football
coach. That's why I left Trotwood.
Folks in the paper, they want to
say things that sell papers. The
fact of the matter was, we played
exciting football, we got out kids
recruited by colleges, and we did
everything we could to get them
out of the neighborhoods and

development council board;
Awarded a contract of
$31,158.47 to Roumelis Planning
& Development Services for grant
administration and project de-
livery services for the Hurricane
Wilma Disaster Supplemental
CDBG Grant;
issued a request for proposal
for development of an emergency
medical services assessment;
approved a family medical
leave policy revision concerning
family members of military per-
sonnel to comply with state law;
awarded the engineering
firm of Craig A. Smith the contract
for engineering services on the
(Natural Resource Conservation
Service (NRCS) grant project;
approved a domestic vio-
lence leave policy to comply with
state law; and
granted final plat approval
for Silver Palms RV Village Phase
1, which consists of 167 lots of
the 512 in the total project which
is located across S.W 32nd
Street from Oakview Park Baptist
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onto college campuses."
Beckham said other coaches
got upset when players left their
school but that was the parents'
decision, not his.
"Parents were moving be-
cause they felt like there were bet-
ter opportunities," he said. "It just
wasn't a business for us. We treat
this as a family. We do the things
that families consider to be im-
portant. It's important to a parent
that you're involved directly with
your child's future. It's important
to know it's your goal to get their
kids educated. That's what I will
bring to the table. When it came
down to it, there were just empty
Okeechobee officials said
they talked to numerous people
involved with these incidents
and with school officials in Ohio
and said they weren't concerned
about the issue.

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law firm representing the owner
threatened litigation to settle the
In addition to paying rent for six
months, the agreement between
OUA and the plant owner calls for
the owner's appraiser to be paid
a fee not to exceed $20,000 to ap
praise the property while an ap-
praiser of OUA's choosing would
serve as consultant.
"I don't see us resolving this
in four months" board member
Frank Irby stated. He noted that
the six month period started Jan.
I and we are now in the month of

Mr. Hayford said the owner
would not extend the six month
agreement. He also said the own-
er would not name a price but
wanted to go through with the
appraisal process.
The Okeechobee County
Property Appraiser has the 10
acre property valued at $327,162.
It is located north of Kings Bay
surrounded by pasture without a
good access to it.
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Okeechobee News, Friday, February 13, 2009 3

Four people charged with assault, battery

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Four people were arrested
Wednesday following a fight be-
tween several Hispanic males in
which a machete and a board
were reportedly used as weap-
Arrested were: Fortunato Her-
nandez, 27; Marcos Hernandez,
14; Francisco Hernandez, 16;
and Oscar Ramirez, 16. All are
Okeechobee residents.
Fortunate Hernandez was
charged with aggravated assault
with a deadly weapon without
intent to kill. He was booked into
the Okeechobee CountyJail under
a bond of $2,500. Marcos Hernan-
dez was charged with aggravated
battery with a deadly weapon
without intent to kill. Francisco
Hernandez was charged with ag-
gravated battery, while Ramirez
was arrested on a felony charge
of aggravated assault without in-
tent to kill and a misdemeanor

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Fortunato Marcos
Hernandez Hernandez
charge of battery.
After being booked into the
county jail, the three teens were
taken to the Department of Juve-
nile Justice Detention Center in
Fort Pierce.
In an arrest report by Deputy
Joseph Hall, of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO),
the Feb. 11 fight was over gang
graffiti painted on the home of
Fortunato Hernandez.
The report states a 16-year-old
victim stated that he, his brother
and a friend were walking in the
500 block of N.E. 64th Ave. when

Francisco Oscar
Hernandez Ramlrez
a blue car pulled up. The teen said
a man, later identified as Ramirez,
got out of the car, retrieved a ma-
chete from the car's trunk and
approached the teen's 12-year-
old brother and accused him of
painting the home with graffiti,
continued the report.
The teen and his 16-year-
old friend then tried to help the
younger boy.
Deputy Hall's report states that
two Hispanic males then got back
into the car and went to a home
on N.E. llth Way. As the three
teens continued walking and

neared that home, they saw four
Hispanic males standing under a
tree. The deputy's report goes on
to state that Marcos Hernandez
now had a machete in his hand,
while Ramirez was armed with a
piece of 2x4 and Francisco Her-
nandez had a piece of rope.
According to victim state-
ments, Fortunato Hernandez was
allegedly armed with a pocket-
knife but Deputy Hall's report
states that no pocketknife was
ever found.
As the three victim reached
the home, a fight broke out and
one of the victims was struck in
the back with the flat side of the
machete by Marcos Hernandez,
stated the report. The attacker
then reportedly handed the ma-
chete to Francisco Hernandez
and turned back to the victim and
hit him in the mouth with his fist,
the report added.
Deputy Hall stated the victim
did have a red mark on his back
was well as blood around a cut to

his lip.
During the fight Francisco Her-
nandez allegedly hit one of the
victims in the side with the piece
of wood.
According to the deputy's re-
port, Fortunato Hernandez is the

older brother and guardian of
Marcos Hernandez and Francisco
Hernandez. Ramirez, continued
the report, also lives with them.
Although deputies searched
the area, Deputy Hall stated they
found no machete.

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By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A 17-year-old Okeechobee
teen has been arrested for his al-
leged connection with a Feb. 2,
gang tagging incident in Playland
Andrew Mark Richards, N.W.
46th Ave., was arrested Sunday,
Feb. 8, on a charge of felony
criminal mischief. He was also ar-
rested on a misdemeanor charge
of possession of marijuana under
20 grams.

Richards was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail then
released into the custody of his
An Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO) arrest report
states that deputies Donnie Hol-
mes and Sarah Green were in the
Playland Park area Sunday when
they saw Richards walking in the
1600 block of N.W 46th Terrace
with another teenager.
The report indicates that Rich-
ards was a suspect in the Feb. 2,

incident, and that the teen is a
member of a local gang. It was
also determined by the deputies
that the 16-year-old male teen
with Richards is a member of the
same gang.
According to the report, the
deputies spoke with Richards and
he agreed to accompany Deputy
Green to the sheriff's office. After
the teen got into Deputy Green's
patrol unit, Deputy Holmes found
a brown cigarette on the ground
where Richards had been stand-

The cigarette and its green
leafy contents were field tested
and indicated a positive result for
the presence of marijuana, the re-
port stated. The suspected mari-
juana weighed approximately 1
gram, said Deputy Holmes.
Gangs 'tag' areas by painting
their gang insignias on structures
or roadways to designate their

Man, teen charged in home burglary

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A man and teenager were ar-
rested in connection with a home
break-in after the intruders report-
edly hid under a bed when the
homeowner returned then fled
out the back door when the op-
portunity arose.
Arrested Tuesday, Feb. 10,
were James David Gruber, 18,
Okeechobee, and Johnathon
Randall Jenkins, 15, N.W Ninth
Ave. Gruber was charged with
burglary of an occupied dwelling
and grand theft. He was booked
into the Okeechobee County Jail
under a bond of $7,500.
Jenkins was charged with bur-
glary of a dwelling, grand theft,
possession of burglary tools and
possession of marijuana under 20
grams. He was booked into the

James David

Johnathon R.

county jail then taken to the De-
partment of Juvenile Justice De-
tention Center in Fort Pierce.
According to an arrest report
by Officer Kelley Muller, of the
Okeechobee City Police Depart-
ment (OCPD), when the hom-
eowner returned to his house
around 9:52 a.m. Tuesday he
noticed a window slightly open.
When he looked in he saw a
young black male with short
'dreds' and wearing a black T-shirt

and black shorts.
Officer Muller's report states
the burglars had heard someone
so they hid under a bed, then
sometime later they ran from the
house with the homeowner in
pursuit. The officer goes on to
state that while one suspect was
running he dropped a white plas-
tic bag that contained two com-
pact discs, a charger, a box of jew-
elry and a flathead screwdriver.
The contents were estimated to
be valued at $1,200, stated the of-
ficer's report.
The officer stated that Deputy
Donald Ellis, of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO),
arrived at the scene to help and
later found Jenkins hiding in some
Officer Muller went on to state
that a sweater allegedly belong-
ing to Jenkins was found near a

fence. Inside the sweater the of-
ficer found an MP-3 player and
a cell phone, stated the officer.
These items were identified by
the victim as belonging to a family
member, added Officer Muller.
When Jenkins was searched
he was found to be in possession
of some cash and a plastic bag-
gie that contained a green leafy
substance. When field tested that
substance indicated a positive
result for the presence of mari-
juana. The suspected marijuana
weighed .81 grams, the arrest re-
port stated.
The officer's report states that
20 gold rings, seven gold bracelets,
three gold necklaces and another
MP-3 player were still missing.
Gruber was arrested shortly af-
ter 1 p.m. that same day, although
the report does not indicate where
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By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Donation containers have been
set up at retail outlets around
Okeechobee to help a local fam-
ily with funeral expenses for their
3-year-old son.
The toddler, Savion Jones, died
Sunday, Feb. 8, when a Ford F-350
pickup truck accidently ran over
him in the parking lot of the Town

Center Apartments, 1799 S. Parrott
Ave., where the family lives.
Savion was riding his bicycle in
the parking lot when he ran into
the side of the dually pickup and
was pulled under the rear wheels.
A member of the family said the
child's father was in the parking
lot with Savion and was yelling at
the driver of the truck to try and
stop him from pulling out of the
parking space.

Okeechobee Arrest Report

The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving under
the influence (DUI) charges by
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
Julie Coon, 47, N.E. 101st
Ave., Bronson, was arrested Feb.
10 by Deputy Arlene Durbin on
an Okeechobee County warrant
charging her with violation of pro-
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violation of probation possession
of marijuana under 20 grams and
violation of probation possession
of alprazolam. Her bond was set
at $5,000.
Melissa Smith, 24, N.W
Fourth St., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Feb. 10 by Deputy Sergeant
J. Royal on Okeechobee Coun-

The driver Andres Soliz Jr.,
29, of Clewiston had backed
into a parking space and the ac-
cident occurred as he was pull-
ing out of the space around 11:45
a.m. Sunday.
A special account has also
been established at Buxton Funer-
al Home and Crematory to help
the family with burial expenses.
Donations can either be left in
containers around Okeechobee,

ty warrants charging her with
amended violation of probation -
grand theft, amended violation of
probation petit theft, amended
violation of probation possession
of drug paraphernalia and amend-
ed violation of probation posses-
sion of a controlled substance. She
is being held without bond.

or at the funeral home.
For information on how to
contribute, contact the funeral
home at 863-763-1994.
Services for Savion will be held
at the Buxton Funeral Home, 110
N.E. Fifth St., on Saturday, Feb.
14. The family will receive friends
starting at noon, with the service
beginning at 1 p.m. Interment will
be at Evergreen Cemetery.

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

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You are the most committed Father, Husband and Friend that I have ever
known. You brighten my mornings with a GOOD MORNING HONEY and
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Our futures were mapped for us even before we knew the roads we would travel,
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Gun Worries
BUY NOW: For those of you who were told, no worries about your
guns, read House Bill 45, Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record
of Sale Act of 2009. Read it and then if you want a new firearm, get it
GUN CONTROL: It's just another way for the government to in-
vade our privacy. It also will make it easier for them to collect all our
guns when they ban them altogether. The liberal communists in our
government can't take over until the people are disarmed. This is just
the first step in the overall plan.

Only in America
IMPORTS: Joe got up early, having set his alarm clock (MADE IN
JAPAN) for 6 a.m. While his coffee pot (MADE IN CHINA) was perk-
ing, he shaved with his electric razor (MADE IN HONG KONG). He
put on a dress shirt, (MADE IN SRI LANKA) designer jeans (MADE IN
SINGAPORE) and tennis shoes. (MADE IN KOREA) After cooking his
breakfast in his new electric skillet, (MADE IN INDIA) he sat down
with his calculator (MADE IN MEXICO) to see how much money he
could afford to spend today. After setting his watch (MADE IN TAI-
WAN), he left his home and got in his car (MADE IN GERMANY) and
drove to the gas station and filled it up with gas (FROM SAUDI ARA-
BIA) and went out to search for a good paying American job. At the
end of yet another discouraging and fruitless day he returned home
and was checking his email on his computer, (MADE IN MALAYSIA),
and wondered why he could not find a good paying job in America.
TRADE: Thank Wild Bill Clinton and NAFTA for that.
WORKERS: The answer is simple -- all of those things still are
made in America, or could be made in America once again, ex-
cept their prices are or would be so high that even a good-paying
job would not earn enough money to pay for them. So, you either
flip hamburgers and struggle to buy foreign items, or you work in an
American steel mill and struggle to buy American goods. The result
is the same. Since most Americans are not willing to work as hard as
Mexicans or Chinese or Malaysians, or do hard work for a little less
money, they choose to flip hamburgers, instead. Nobody took those
American products away, and none of those international companies
forced us to buy their goods. It was the free market choice of Ameri-
cans to buy foreign goods and force American companies to send
their jobs overseas. It is only Americans who want "good paying"
jobs but are not willing to pay the good prices for the products that
result. It seems to be only Americans who do not understand that the
good wages they expect raise the prices of the products they produce
above what they can afford.
UNION: Americans need to support American-made goods. Yes
you have to pay a little more. But it is worth it. Support businesses that
pay people a decent wage. People get too greedy. If you buy some-
thing from a country that keeps workers in virtual slavery, you are
supporting that system that keeps those people in that condition. If
all you care about is how much something costs and you don't care
what kind of working conditions there were in the factory where the
item was made, you are part of the problem.
WORKERS: A big part of the problem with American business
comes from the unions. They made so many demands that it was
too expensive to keep factories in America open. Look at the auto
industry. The unions were putting the American automakers out of
HONEST WORK: What's wrong with being a burger flipper? At
least some of us who had nice paying jobs and careers aren't afraid
to venture out and take a job that others would think is below them.
I'm a little miffed that people always have to bring foreign workers
into the equation with "Oh, they do jobs that Americans don't want to
do," I'd like to believe when handed lemons, make lemonade."

What about this summer?
SLOW SEASON: What is going to happen this summer with our
local economy? We always have slow summers but with all that's
happened with the national economy, what are we going to be facing
here? I know there are some new restaurants opening but when the
snowbirds go home their business will drop off and hurt the ones that
are already here.

Obama's townhall meetings
AVERAGE INCOME: If the average American makes under
$50,000 per year why doesn't the president of the United States order
everyone in Washington to do the same then put them on a 32 hour
work week (pay adjusted of course) like regular folks who are suffer-
ing through the mess they created. That way they can see what it is
like. I'll bet they will come up with a REAL stimulus package then."
OUT OF TOUCH: It's those with a "comfortable" life style with no
worries trying to fix it. They wouldn't know what to do if they were in
the same situation that most of America is right now.
POLITICS: The way elections are handled now, the only people
who have a chance are millionaires. And they don't have any con-
cept what the rest of us are dealing with. It's just like in the Great
Depression. Herbert Hoover was president and he was very wealthy.
He apparently could not understand what the average American was
going through, and could not understand why people hated him and
ridiculed him at the time.
MEETINGS: I think it is rather wasteful for the president to fly
around the country holding these meetings. Why doesn't he just tell
the Congress to cut all of the special interest pork out of the budget
so they can all get to work? He should be meeting with his fellow
Democrats and convince them to put personal interests aside and
quit treating the stimulus bill like Santa Claus.

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda

National Engineer's Week
At their meeting on Thursday, Feb. 12 Okeechobee County
Commissioners proclaimed the week of Feb. 15-21 to be
National Engineer's Week in Okeechobee County. Com-
mission chairman Clif Betts, right, presented a copy of
the proclamation to Paul Bangs, left, vice president of the
Treasure Coast Chapter of the Florida Engineering Soci-

Letters to the Editor

Good Samaritan
Imagine me a former Navy
man going out on the water in
my newly acquired pontoon
boat and not checking my gas
It was a beautiful afternoon,
so I, our friends Jim and An-
nadeen Rooney and my wife
decided to take a pleasure trip
up Taylor Creek to the Hwy 70
bridge. We were about three
fourth of the way back when
I felt a slight hesitation in the
motor -- then it quit. No way I
could be out of gas when I just
put about 3 gallons in the tank a
few days ago and had not gone
anywhere since. How far would
that take us? Well I was about to
find out.
I asked my friendJim to check
the gas and prime the tank. He
did and the motor started. But in
just a moment it quit again. He
said he didn't think there was
any more gas in the tank. How
right he was!
Thank God there were couple
of fellows fishing nearby, and
came to our rescue. They towed
us to a boat dock, supplied me
with gas, and I could be on my
way. But not before I tried to pay
him for his gas and also for the
help he, his son and daughter
provided to us. He would not
take it.
There are still a lot of won-
derful people in this world and
three of them, Lance Powers
and his family are just some of
them in Okeechobee.
We don't know where Lance
lives, but we appreciate his kind-
ness and want to publicly thank
him from the bottom of our
hearts. Thanks Lance and fam-

Bob and Elaine Ott

Stimulus package
Stimulus = noun = Some-
thing causing or regarded as
causing a response. An agent,

action, or condition that elicits
or accelerates a physiological or
physchological activity. Some-
thing that incites or rouses to ac-
tion; ie; a stimulus to the imagi-
nation. A goad.
So now that we have an in-
terpretation of the word "STIM-
ULUS" how many of you know
how to put it into action?
According to our govern-
ment, we need to allow the big
companies going through tough
times with the rest of us to get
a big pile of money so they can
stay in business. What's wrong
with this picture?
First: The blue collar workers
were the first to be leg go when
the big money company execs
couldn't afford their lifestyles, let
the little man go and put more
money in their own pockets.
Second: When they found
they couldn't run their business-
es without the little man, they let
their businesses run down. Poor
quality products, poor work-
manship, very poor ethics and
absolutely no compassion for
the family of the little man they
let go. So let's milk the public
with a plea of, "If you give us
money to run our business we
can hire back the little man."
What do you think they're
really going to do with all that
STIMULUS? Build more expen-
sive cars that no one can afford
except them? Build more big
seashore homes that will even-
tually wash into the ocean? How
does this help anyone except
As one of the little "men," (I
am a woman) I have had to learn
to do things more economically.
I was not laid off. My job ended
as it was always intended; God
called my friend home. While
I miss the income I took for
granted, I miss my friend more.
Anyway, I am not actively seek-
ing work. I am doing my own
stimulus. I am using my imagi-
nation by cutting back on things
I don't absolutely need. I have
always cooked, so I don't spend

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money on instant foods. I was
the laundry during the non-peak
hours and if it's nice out, hang it
out to dry. I wash dishes by hand
instead of using the dishwasher.
I have unplugged everything in
the house and only plug it back
in when I need to use it, this will
cut my electric bill greatly. (I do
not unplug the stove or refrig-
The struggling economy has
aroused me to action. I have al-
ways saved a little, now I save
a little more. I quit giving my
grown children handouts ev-
ery time they get in a bind. Let
them learn how to spend more
I shop the farmers' market
because it's cheaper than the
grocery store, no middle man to
pay. When things are on sale I
buy enough for us and enough
to share with local ministries. I
do not own a car, I gave it away
three years ago to someone who
needed it more than I did, so we
only have to pay insurance for
my husbands truck and fuel it
up once a week.
Now, here's a big secret, do
you remember when gas went
up over $3 a gallon? People all
but quit buying gas and found
alternative ways to get around!
happened? The gas prices

dropped like hot potatoes. The
same thing will happen when
you do not support the Big man
and his pocket book. Shop with
the little businessman, shop
wisely, walk around instead
of driving, your town is a great
place, see the sights, enjoy your
neighbors and help them when
you can, mow your own grass,
it's good exercise, ask my hus-
Almighty God gave us so
much starting with brains and
minds of our own, let's use
them. Go to church and fellow-
ship. I love our church! We nev-
er run out of things to do. When
I start feeling down, I think of all
the other people who have big-
ger problems than mine and I
pray for them, that always lifts
my spirits because they will get
a blessing from God because I
prayed for them and I will get a
blessing too. Ain't God great?
Everything will be alright if
we leave it in the hands of the
Lord. Don't try to fix what is be-
yond you. Work with what you
have and trust in God to see you
through, He will never fail you.
Peace, love and prayers to all
of you,
Cheryl Gawda

Community Calendar
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. The public is
invited. Anyone interested in a sensible approach to losing weight and
becoming a part of a caring group is welcome to come and see what
we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at 800-932-
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Sickest Of The Sick 8
p.m. The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with any
12 step fellowships.
AA. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W Second St. This is an open meeting.
AA. meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. This is an open speaker meeting.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to weekly meeting. Overeaters
Anonymous (OA) meets at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312
N. Parrott Avenue on Fridays, 6 until 7 p.m. (Use 4th Street entrance.)
Overeaters Annonymous is not a diet club. There are no dues, fees or
weigh-ins. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop
eating compulsively. For more information call Loretta at 863-763-
7165 or 863-697-0206.
Restoration ministries meets the second Friday of each month to
help with addictions, depression, etc., at 7 p.m. For more information
call Miss Kathy at 863-357-9083.

Worship In Songatthe Living Word of Faith Church of Okeechobee,
1902 S. Parrott Ave., on the second Saturday of the month beginning
at 6 p.m. There is no charge to attend and all Christian singers and
musicians are welcome to take part. For information, contact the
church at 863-763-6869; Pastor Lee Minton at 863-763-3373; or, Sister
Yvonne Price at 863-467-6657.
Teen Talk from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Jesus Holy Ghost Crusade
Mission, 1401 N.E. Park St. Every teen is invited. Topics of education
include: AIDS; free HIV testing; STDs; personal issues; domestic
violence; abstinence; abuse of drugs; sex abuse; plus, educational
materials and prevention tools. Call 863-634-9340 or 863-357-6248, for
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) AA. weekend noon; NA.
Sickest Of The Sick Group 7 p.m.; NA. Nowhere Left To Go Group
open discussion 8 p.m. The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not
affiliated with any 12 step fellowships.
AA. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
The Society of Young Magicians will meet from 10 until 11 a.m.
at the First United Methodist Church in Avon Park. For information,
call Dick Laneau at 863-467-9540 or 727-345-4323.
Barnyard Buddies meets from 10 a.m. until noon at the County
4-H Extension office at 458 U.S. 98 N. Everyone who would like to
be part of the Barnyard Buddies is invited, or you can sign up at the
Okeechobee County 4-H Extension office Monday through Friday
from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. For information, call the extension office
at 863-763-6469.
The Living Word of Faith, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., gospel music sing
at 6 p.m. For information call 863-763-6869.
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.

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda

In Remembrance
At their meeting on Thursday, Feb. 12 Okeechobee Coun-
ty Commissioners paid tribute to Commissioner Marvin
Wherrell who passed away Dec. 23, 2008. Taking part in
the memorial were, left to right, Dixie Ball, Commissioner
Wherrell's daughter, Chad Wherrell, Commissioner Wher-
rell's son, Sandra Wherrell, Commissioner Wherrell's
widow, Clif Betts, commission chairman and commission-
ers Noel Chandler, Margaret Helton and Ray Domer. Com-
missioner Betts presented Mrs. Wherrell with a plaque
commemorating her late husband's service to the county,
his name plate, his last agenda book and a cap that read
"Touched by the Master" as well as flowers.

Okeechobee News, Friday, February 13, 2009 5

March of Dimes plans March for Babies

Okeechobee is gearing up for
the March of Dimes, March for
Babies, less than a month away,
on Saturday, March 7, but more
help is needed. The local March
of Dimes coordinator Laura Mc
Call and divisional director Pam
Crowley spoke to the Okeecho
bee Rotarians on Tuesday, Feb.
10, about how they too can help
fight premature births.
As many know, the March
of Dimes had its beginning as
the National Foundation for In
fantile Paralysis, established by
President Franklin D. Roosevelt to
fight polio. Comedian Eddie Can
tor coined the phrase "March of
Dimes" (playing on the popular
newsreel feature "The March of
Time"), appealing to radio listen-
ers all over the country to send
their dimes directly to the White
House. The campaign proved to
be hugely successful. The Na-
tional Foundation later officially
changed its name to the March of
With funding from the March
of Dimes, a polio vaccine was
developed. The March of Dimes
occupies a unique place in Amer-
ican history. Its efforts to provide
care for the victims of polio while
aggressively working to develop
vaccines against it, represents the
first large-scale, nationwide bio-
medical initiative, led by a chari-
table organization. It also helped
make the volunteer movement
an integral part of the fabric of
American life.

Rotarians had a very large part
in the eradication of polio and still
continue to conduct their Polio
Plus campaign to eradicate Polio
from the Earth.
Just as the March of Dimes
met and defeated the challenge
of polio, it then went on to fund
cutting-edge research and inno
vative programs to save babies
from birth defects, premature
birth and low birth weight. For
reasons largely unknown, more
than 460,000 babies are born pre
maturely in the U.S. every year,
many so small that their lives
hang in the balance. These pre
mature babies can suffer lifelong
consequences such as mental re
tardation, blindness, chronic lung
disease and cerebral palsy. While
most survive, some are so tiny
that doctors can't save them.
When you join March for
Babies 2009, you will be join-
ing compassionate people na-
tionwide who care about saving
babies. March for Babies partici-
pants are special people and can
participate as either individuals
or teams. To date, the follow-
ing teams have registered for
March for Babies 2009: Bank of
America; Beth Suggs Accounting;
Cassels and McCall; Eckerd In-
tensive Halfway House; Edward
Jones Investments; Everglades
Elementary; Fadley Law; Gilbert
Chevrolet; Healthy Start Coali-
tion; National City Bank; North El-
ementary; Okeechobee Schools
Transportation Bus Buddies;

Okeechobee Juvenile Offender
Correction Center; Okeechobee
High School BETA Club; Osceola
Middle School; Peach Lutheran
Church and School; Publix #118;
Riverside National Bank; Seacoast
National Bank; Seminole Elemen-
tary; Seminole Tribe of Florida;
South Elementary; Stepping
Stones Academy; The Chobee
Mommas; Wemmer Family Or-
thodontics; and Yearling Middle
Several levels of March for Ba-
bies sponsorship are available at

national, regional and local levels.
Benefits can be customized to
meet your company's marketing
needs and objectives, and all lev-
els deliver great visibility To date,
the event has the following spon
sors: Bank of America; Cassels
& McCall; Clif Betts; Jr.; Colin M.
Cameron Esquire; Okeechobee
Motor Co.; Publix #118; Seacoast
National Bank; Seminole Tribe of
Florida; Visiting Nurses Associa-
tion; and Wemmer Family Ortho-
It's not too late to register a

Submitted photo/March of Dimes
The March of Dimes began working to find a cure for polio
in 1939. In 1954, more than 1,830,000 children participated
in the Salk vaccine field trial organized and funded by the
March of Dimes. The local March for Babies will be held on
Saturday, March 7, in Flagler Park.

Emergency Food and Shelter Board meets

The local Emergency Food and
Shelter Board will meet on Feb.
17, at 5 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, room 21, 200
N.W Second Street.
Public or private voluntary
agencies interested in applying for
Emergency Food and Shelter Pro-
gram funds must contact Local
Board Chair, Mary Anne Swinford

at 863-763-5725 by Feb. 16, before
5 p.m. to determine eligibility.
A National Board that is
chaired by the Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA)
consists of representatives from
the American Red Cross, Catholic
Charities, USA, National Council
of the Churches in Christ in the
USA, The Salvation Army, and

the United Way. The local board
is charged to distribute funds ap
propriated by Congress to help
expand the capacity of food and
shelter programs around the
Under the terms of the grant
from the National Board, local
agencies chosen to receive funds
must: be private voluntary non-

profits or units of government;
have an accounting system;
practice nondiscrimination; have
demonstrated the capability to
deliver emergency food and/or
shelter programs; and if a private
voluntary organization, they must
have a voluntary board.

team, sign up as an individual,
or take advantage of sponsorship
For more information, call
Cindy Hernandez at 772-562-0115
or Laura McCall at 863-763-3131,

or contact any of the members of
the March for Babies Committee:
Shelly Batton, Jennifer Cannon,
Karen Cassels, Cindi Fairtrace, Pa-
tricia McWhorter, Susan Pilgrim,
Cheryl Zrioka, or Sharon Vinson.

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Coquina board discusses easements

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The Coquina Board of Super-
visors met on Wednesday morn-
ing Feb. 11. Board Attorney Tony
Young discussed the progress be-

ing made with easement swaps
on property owned by J5 Ranch.
He also discussed the situation
with property owners who have
put fences across Coquina ease-
Chairman Melvin Byars talked

about redoing a section of ditch
on 4 Mile Road and using that sec-
tion to develop specifications for
other ditch work.
The board discussed ways
to work with Embarq in moving
underground telephone cables

in places where ditch and culvert
work would be done.
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Call to artists for the 2009 Top
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time to enter this great event that
will take place on Saturday and
Sunday, Feb. 28, and March 1, in
beautiful downtown Okeecho-
bee, Flagler Park 3 and 4.
Adult and student artists are
invited to show their work in this
true juried art show. The deadline
for entry is Feb. 20. Entry forms
and rules can be obtained on
Okeechobee Main Street's web
site: www.mainstreetokeecho- or pick up at the Main
Street office located at 111 NE
2nd Street.
The public is invited to join
in the fun at Okeechobee Main
Street's Third Annual Top of the
Lake Art Fest. It will be a relaxing
weekend and will feature artists
from Okeechobee as well as Na-
tional artists who will be showing
and selling their award winning
art. This is a great opportunity to
purchase original fine art. This is
not a corporate traveling art fes-
tival, it is an Okeechobee Main
Street event to promote fine art
here in Okeechobee.
Along with the booth artists,
there will be an adult and student
gallery tent featuring local artists.
These works of art will also be
judged and will be for sale.
Featured artist Diane Hall, who
won the 2009 Top of the Lake Art
Poster award will be in the park to
meet the public. The official 2009
Top of the Lake Art poster will be
on sale.
This year's event will feature
two days of entertainment feature
ing Grammy nominated Jeanie
Fitchen, winner of the 2001 Flor-
ida Folk Festival Heritage award;
nationally recognized flautist Carl
Adams; the awardwinning Sounds
of Sebring Barbershop Quar-
tet; local accomplished violinist
Thomas Tsaggaris; Leslie's Dance
Studio; and on Sunday afternoon,
South Florida's premier contem-
porary musician and entertainer
Billy Bones will be in concert.
More information on all the en-
tertainers can be found on the
Okeechobee Main Street web
There will be art activities for
kids of all ages and artists will
also be doing demonstrations.
The public will have the oppor
tunity to enter an art raffle to win
original fine art donated by local
artists. And of course there will be
a variety of great food.
This is an Okeechobee Main
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Community Events

Memorial fund set up Hospice holds

for family of Cancer
A special fund has been set
up for the family of Julie Ann San
Miguel Ming of Okeechobee who
recently lost her battle with Can-
cer. Donations can be made at any
Riverside Bank branch on deposit
account #10000434310 under the
name of Angela Borkowski, the
victim's daughter.

clearance sale
Hospice of Okeechobee is hav-
ing a sale Friday, Feb. 13, from 8
a.m. until 2 p.m. It will be held at
the Blue Hospice Volunteer Build-
ing on S.E. Fourth Street, next to
the Hamrick Home. All monies
raised will go towards patient
care here in Okeechobee, include
ing services provided at the Ham-
rick Home. For more information
call Debbie at 863-467-2321.

2010 Lake Okeechobee Church to present

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

Yard sale to aid
OCSO dispatcher
A yard sale and dinner will
be held Saturday, March 14, on
property on U.S. 441 S. at S.W
21st St. to help defray medical
costs incurred by Harry Slayton, a
dispatcher with the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO).
The yard sale will begin at 8 a.m.
and the chicken dinner will start
at 11 a.m. Each dinner is $7. For
information, or if you have some-
thing to donate for the yard sale,
contact Major Noel Stephen,
Robyn Cook, Juanita White or
Tonya Jewell at the sheriff's of-
fice, 863-763-3117.

Benefit planned for
family of crash victim
A benefit is planned to help
the family of crash victim, Gabe
Painter who died as a result of an
auto crash on Feb. 7. The benefit
event will be held at the softball
field near Yearling Middle School
and will feature horseshoes, soft
ball games, a drawing, food and
more. All donations are welcome.
All proceeds will benefit the fam-
ily. Donations can also be made
to a special account set up at
Seacoast National Bank under
the name of Marquita Fruge, the
victim's mother. For more infor-
mation, please contact Tina at
561-718-2043 or Amanda at 863-

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

Highlands Social Club
The Highlands Social Dance
Club hosts ballroom dancing
on Friday, Feb. 13, from 7-9:30
p.m. at the Sebring Lions Club on
Sebring Parkway. Music will be
provided by the Big Band Sound
of The Skylarks. Free ballroom
dance instruction from Walt & Sue
is available at 6:30 p.m. Dance the
night away to waltzes, cha-chas,
foxtrots, rumbas, jitterbug and
other ballroom favorites. All Club
dances are open to the public.
Appropriate dress required. Ad-
mission is $5 for members and $7
for non-members. For more infor-
mation call 863-471-0559.

Church holds
'Valentines' gospel sing
Believers Fellowship Church,
300 S.W. Sixth Street, will holds a
"Valentines" gospel sing on Friday,
Feb. 13, at 7:30 p.m. The public
is invited. A love offering will be
collected. All local and northern
singers. For more information call

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

Adopt a sweet pet this
Valentine's Day
The Animal Emergency and
Referral Center of Fort Pierce and
the Humane Society of St. Lucie
County are teaming up to help
pets find new homes. On Satur-
day, Feb. 14, the Animal Emer-
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 e-mail
is drlyman@animalemergency.
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

Grace Brethren holds
Valentines event
The Okeechobee Grace Breth
ren Church will have a Valentine
get together Saturday, Feb. 14,
from 5 until 8 p.m. Come join us
for fellowship, fun, food and mu-
sic. Call 863-763-7800 for more
information, directions and to
R.S.V.P This is a free event. The
public is invited.

Radio discusses opening
a small business
Saturday, Feb. 14, at 7:30
a.m. on 91.7 FM and 100.3 FM,
will have guests Donna Rivett,
Assistant Dean of Industrial Edu-
cation, Indian River State College
(IRSC) and Director of the Small
Business Development Center
(SBDC) at IRSC, along with John
(Jack) Burns, Certified Business
Analyst and Assistant Director of
SBDC at IRSC. They will be dis-
cussing counseling for people
contemplating opening a small
business and for established
small business owners. This talk
will be rebroadcast again at 1 and
6 p.m. For more information call
772-462-7656 or email www.Flori-

Ballroom dance
class to begin
A class in swing will begin
Saturday, Feb. 14 in the Parrish
Hall at Church of Our Saviour at
200 N.W. Third Street. The class is
from 4 until 5 p.m. and cost $10
per person. Robert Scott of Indian
River Ballroom in Vero Beach is
the instructor. It is not necessary
that you have a partner for the
class. Mr. Scott offers four weeks
of instruction in a particular dance
then lets the group select the next
dance that they wish to have in-
struction in. He is also available
for individual instruction. For
more information call Robert
Scott at 772-794-9040 or email at

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Obituaries should be submit-
ted to the Okeechobee News by
e mailing
Customers may also request
photos and links to online guest
books. A link to the obituaries is
available at

Jerry Wright McDonald
McDonald, age 97 of Okeechobee
his Father called him Home, Satur
day, Feb. 7, 2009, in Raulerson Hos-
Born Sept. 27, 1911, to the late Jim
and Mary Pasco McDonald in Perry,
Ga., he had been a resident of Okee-
chobee for the past 28 years. He
loved working outdoors and playing
checkers with his friends.
He leaves to mourn his loving wife
of 23 years, Lillie of Okeechobee;
son, Robert Lee (Cindy) of Indian-
town; daughter, Sandra of Port St.
Lucie; sister, Lucille Mitchell of In
dian Town; and six grandchildren.
In addition he is survived by a host
of nieces, nephews and friends.
There will be no visitation or ser-
All arrangements are under the di-
rection and care of the Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Crematory, 110 NE
5th Street, Okeechobee.

Cynthia Charlotte
Daniels, 61
OKEECHOBEE Cynthia Char-
lotte Daniels, age 61, of Okeecho-
bee, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009,
in Palm Beach Hospice.
Born Sept. 17, 1947, in Geneseo,
N.Y, she had been a resident of
Okeechobee since 1996 and was a
member of the Okeechobee Airboat
She is survived by her husband,
Pete Daniels of Okeechobee; son,
Jody Clapper of Georgia; stepdaugh-
ter, Stacy Nuenschwander of Palm
Beach Gardens; and sister, Rebecca
Grow (Terry) of West Palm Beach.
There will be no visitation or ser-
All arrangements are under the di
reaction and care of the Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Crematory, 110 NE
5th Street, Okeechobee.

Donald H. Williams, 78
DIBERVILLE, Miss. Donald H.
Williams of DIberville, formally of
Okeechobee, Fla., went home to be
with the lord on
Saturday, Feb. 7,
2009, in his
home. He was 78.
He was born on
Aug. 26, 1930, in
Danbury, Conn.,
to Oscar and Ruth
Williams. After
graduating from high school, he
joined the Air Force and after serving
one year was honorably discharged.
He retired from Florida Power and
Light in 1990 after 35 years.
He is survived by his wife of 18
years, Susan Williams; daughter,
Bonnie (David) Kinchen; sons, Ro-
nald (Donna) Williams, and Richard
(Denise) Doss; stepdaughter, Lynn
(Eskel) McKuhen; stepsons, Gary
Eaves and Terry (Christine) Eaves;
16 grandchildren; and five great-
He was a 32 Degree Scottish Rite
Mason, Valley of Lake Worth, Past
Master of Okeechobee Lodge No
237 F&AM (2003) and Past Patron of
the Order of Eastern Star, Chapter
A memorial service will be 3 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 15, at the Masonic
Lodge No. 237, 107 NW 5th Ave.,
Okeechobee, Fla. All friends and
family are invited.

Carol Viola Plymesser
OKEECHOBEE Carol Viola Ply-
messer, age 70, of Okeechobee, died
Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009, in Martin
Memorial Hospital.
Born July 22, 1938, in Wisconsin
she had been a resident of Okeecho
bee since 1976 and was a member
of the VFW Auxiliary, Moose, and
She was preceded in death by her
daughter, Sherry Plymesser.
She is survived by her son, Scott
Plymesser (Bruna); and grandson,
Danny Plymesser, all of Italy.
There will be no visitation or ser
All arrangements are under the di-
rection and care of the Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Crematory, 110
North East 5th Street, Okeechobee.

Cecilia 'Dee' Raulerson
OKEECHOBEE -Cecilia "Dee"
Raulerson, 70, of Okeechobee and
Jupiter, passed away Thursday, Feb.
5, 2009, in Jupiter.
Survivors include her daughter,
Linda (Glen) Weidenfeller; son,
James (Dot) Riley; one granddaugh-
ter; two brothers and extended fami-
ly and friends.
A celebration of her life will be
held at her daughter's home on Sat-
urday, Feb 21.
Memorial donations may be made
to Hospice of Palm Beach County,
5300 East Ave, West Palm Beach, FL
Arrangements were by Edgley Cre-
mation Services, West Palm Beach.

James Vincent Panico
OKEECHOBEE James Vincent
Panico, age 70, of Okeechobee died
Monday, Feb. 9, 2009, in Lawnwood
Regional Medical Center.
Born June 11, 1938, in Chicago, Ill.
he had been a resident of Okeecho
bee the last six years.
He was preceded in death by his
wife Barbara Panico.
He is survived by his son, Anthony
Panico (Lara) of Port St. Lucie;
daughters, Susan Rodriguez (Carlos)
of Alamogodo, N.M., and Charlotte
Panico, Debbie Panico both of Illi-
nois; stepson, James Corbitt of Hen
derson, Nev.; grandchildren, Jimmy,
Guy, Tiffany, Joanna, Kyle and Bran-
don; great-grandchildren, Gabriel,
and Daniel; brother, Ben Panico of
Glendale Heights, Ill.; sister, Connie
Pardus of Lena, Ill.; and mother,
Rose Panico of Glendale Heights, Ill.
There will be no visitation or ser-
All arrangements are under the di-
rection and care of the Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Crematory, 110 NE
5th Street, Okeechobee.

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

Flag Football
league meeting set
There will be an organization-
al meeting for flag football team
managers on Monday, Feb. 16,
at 6 p.m. at the Okeechobee Civic
Center. Individuals without a full
team are welcome to come. For
questions or more information,
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Postal service mailing prices due to increase

WASHINGTON -- The Gover-
nors of the U.S. Postal Service
have approved new prices for
mailing services, including a
2-cent increase in the price of a
First-Class Mail stamp to 44 cents.
Prices for mailing services are
reviewed annually and adjusted
each May. The new prices will go
into effect Monday, May 11.
Customers can continue to
mail letters at today's prices by
purchasing the Forever Stamp
before May 11. Forever Stamps
were developed to help consum-
ers ease the transition during
price changes. Forever Stamps
do not have a denomination and
will be honored whenever they
are used with no need for addi-
tional postage for a one-ounce
letter mailing. On May 11 the
price of the Forever Stamp will
be 44 cents.

The new prices are available
Rising operational costs make
the price adjustments necessary;
the increase tracks the 2008 rate
of inflation. "The Postal Service is
not immune to rising costswhich
are affecting homes and busi-
nesses across America today,"
said Postmaster General John
Potter. "Even with the increases,
the Postal Service continues to
offer some of the lowest postage
prices in the world."
For the average household,
the First-Class Mail stamp price
change will represent an addi-
tional $3 over the course of the
year. When compared to an-
nual increases in other house-
hold expenses, such as grocer
ies, healthcare and utilities, the
Postal Service continues to be an
economical choice for shipping

and mailing during tough eco-
nomic times. For First-Class Mail,
there will be no changes in the
current additional ounce price,
which remains at 17 cents.
"Whether you're a consumer
or run a business, the Postal Ser
vice continues to offer a good
deal during a time when we're
all looking for ways to save," said
Stephen M. Kearney, senior vice
president for customer relations.
"Our range of shipping and mail-
ing options and low prices make
the Postal Service the smart and
easy choice."
The Postal Service has taken
bold steps in recent years to
adapt products and services to
meet changing economic reali
ties and the ways businesses op
erate and consumers live today.
In Post Offices across the country
and through, the Post-

al Service offers businesses and
consumers easier access, quick
er transactions, greater conve-
nience and on-time delivery. The
Postal Service set record on-time
delivery scores for the delivery of
First-Class Mail in 2008 and was
voted by consumers as the most
trusted government agency for
the fifth consecutive year.
An independent federal agen-
cy, the U.S. Postal Service is the
only delivery service that reaches
every address in the nation, 146
million homes and businesses,
six days a week. It has 37,000
retail locations and relies on
the sale of postage, products
and services, not tax dollars, to
pay for operating expenses. The
Postal Service has annual rev
enue of $75 billion and delivers
nearly half the world's mail.

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the 57th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve
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As people's lives become in-
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AT&T Mobility is expanding its
Florida network to help custom-
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The company has announced it
plans to add some 100 new cell
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and nearly 600 throughout the
Southeast Region. The planned
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where they live and work, and
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us fulfill this vision."
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network since 2006. As part of its
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Ocala, Panama City, St. Augus-
tine, Palm Coast, Palatka, and
Lake City and expand its 3G foot-
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Gainesville, Daytona Beach, Cape
Canaveral and Melbourne.

Every year Sebring's 12-hour
classic kicks-off the American Le
Mans Series season, attracting
North America's finest entry of
sports car racing endurance teams
to battle on the grueling 3.7-mile
road course that originated from
a World War II training base for

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to a new era of advanced mobile
services, devices and feature-rich
audio and video content, such as
AT&T Video ShareSM, a first-of-
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users to share live video during a
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the go," said Rich Guidotti, vice
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B-17 crews.
This year will be something
special for the tens of thousands
of fans attending "America's Le
Mans." At the front of the Sebring
field, three manufacturers, Audi,
Peugeot and Acura, will fight to
win America's greatest sports car
Audi will debut two new
R15 diesel powered prototypes.
Among the drivers will be eight-
time Le Mans winner Tom Kris-
tensen, who is tied for the most
overall Sebring victories with four.
Audi has won seven of the last
Sebring races.
Acura will also introduce a
new prototype as well. Patron
Highcroft Racing and de Ferran
Motorsports have enlisted a stel-
lar lineup of drivers for each entry,
including Indy 500 winners Scott
Dixon, Dario Franchitti and Gil de
Peugeot returns to Sebring
with a revised version of its diesel-
powered closed-top prototype.
Peugeot set the fastest race lap at
Sebring in 2008 and led the early

portion of the race before suffer-
ing mechanical difficulties. They
will be attempting to become the
first French manufacturer to win
at Sebring.
"Last year, Sebring fans wit-
nessed an all-time record with 27
lead changes among seven cars,"
stated Sebring Raceway President
and General Manager Tres Ste-
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even more exciting. And the GT
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with Corvette, Ferrari, Porsche,
and BMW among the top entries.
Never before have we heard so
much excitement coming from
our ticket buyers."
Tickets to the Mobil 1 Twelve
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ting them know her.
As an educator, she believes
that she cannot expect her stu-
dents to continue to seek and ac-
quire new knowledge without set-
ting the same high expectations
for herself. She works to enhance
her professional development by
staying involved in all workshops
and councils on mathematics that
she can.
While math is not text-driven,
there are many ways that she
integrates literacy into her class-
room including a thematic word
wall that focuses on both Latin
and Greek prefixes that denote
numerical amounts.
Mrs. Goggans works with
struggling math students and
helps convince them that they
can achieve and that they can
learn math.
In other regular business, the
board approved the Seminole
Elementary classroom building
construction bid submitted by Bo-
ran Craig Barber Engle Construc-
tion in the amount of $2,152,929.
According to the Director of Op-
erations, Dale Barrett, the project
came in below cost due to the
economy and companies bidding
to make sure that they get a job in
these hard times. The project will
cost the district approximately
$90 per square foot, which is even
lower than the South Elementary
addition which was built in 2000
at $97.33 per square foot.
The company is out of Naples
and comes with very reputable
references. The cost of this build-
ing coming in under budget more
than makes up for the additional
costs that the district will incur for
the MIS building. The SEM addi
tion will be 24,004 square feet
and take 12 months to build.
The low-based bids for custo-
dial services for the district offices
and for the multipurpose building
which houses the food service
office, transportation department
and maintenance department
both went to All and All Cleaning,

Inc. for $783.08 for the district of
fices and $783.33 for the multi-
purpose building.
Scott's Quality Cleaning holds
the low-base bid for the Fresh-
man Campus Auditorium in the
amount of $440.
According to Mr. Barrett, the
cleaning contracts were bid out
this year to see what the district
could possibly save with other
companies due to the economy.
The contracts have a 30-day
clause for the district to make
sure that they work out.
The district will also be sav-
ing some money this year by
their approval of a cancellation of
the Honeywell agreement. This
cancellation will save the district
$32,000 a year in addition to the
savings they have incurred just

by converting the air condition
ing systems to twist timers. The
electrical savings for just Yearling
Middle School was over $12,000
in only three months once the
conversion was complete.
In other business, the board
approved the advertisement of
several different policy changes
being spurred as a result of Sen
ate 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 complaints
against school board employees
that affect the health, safety or
welfare of students.
Superintendent Dr. Patricia
Cooper also added that she has
had a lengthy discussion with the

Okeechobee County Education
Association and a memorandum
of understanding will be written
to put in writing full awareness
that nothing will be placed in a
personnel file without full invest
gation and full awareness of the
The second advertisement
concerns Professional Ethics
with a policy which addresses
adherence to ethical standards by
school personnel.
Also as a result of Senate Bill
1712, the board approved adver-
tisement of a policy regarding Vio-
lation 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
concerns the Report of Miscon
ductwhich will provide guidelines
for mandatory reporting and in

vestigation of employee miscon
duct that affects the health, safety
or welfare of students. This policy
details the Superintendent's re-
sponsibilities for this reporting
and also explains a direct penalty
to the Superintendent if it is not
done correctly.
The board also voted to do
nate five sets of bleachers that are
not usable for the school system
due to the need for repairs to the
county as they requested. The
county is aware that they need to
be welded in areas and fixed be-
fore they are used. CountyAdmin-
istrator Lyndon Bonner requested
that the bleachers be donated to
the county.
OCEA President Candy Walker
also spoke to the board concern-
ing an upcoming education rally
in Orlando at the University of
Central Florida arena on Saturday,

Feb. 28. OCEA has chartered bus
es for this event and is now taking
seat reservations. The buses will
leave from the district offices at 8
a.m. The rally will be held from
11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and return
around 4:30 p.m.
The rally involves taking a
stand to Make Our Schools a
Priority, mandates from the state
legislature with little or no fund-
ing attached are passed down too
often according to the OCEA.
This rally will allow you to
watch videos, get the latest news
and spread the truth about the
current state of education in Flor-
ida. Visit www.MakeOurSchool- for more informa
tion about the cause.
If you would like to attend con-
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Mainstreet Clipboard

A great big welcome to our newest
family members Timothy and Elizabeth
The February Main Street Mixer
has been changed to Thursday, Feb.
19, at Pristine Properties located at 1120
S. Parrott Ave. Main Street Mixers are
a great networking opportunity Come
join us from 5-7 p.m. for refreshments,
door prizes and the mega 50/50 Invite a
Call to Artists for the 2009 Top of the
Lake Art Fest! Deadline is Feb. 20, for
both the Adult and Student Division. Ap-
plications and instructions may be picked
up at the Okeechobee Main Street Office
111 N E Second Street, Okeechobee or
online at www.mainstreetokeechobee
The Top of the Lake Art Fest will
take place on Feb. 28 and March 1.
Call Bridgette at 863467-7300 or email
at: for
more information.
This year's Art Festival will feature two
days of entertainment featuring Grammy
Nominated Jeanie Fitchen, winner of the
2001 Florida Folk Festival Heritage Award,
Nationally recognized flutist Carl Adams,
the award winning Sounds of Sebring
Barbershop Quartet and on Sunday after
noon, South Florida's premier contempo-
rary musician and entertainer Billy Bones
will be in concert
For artist information call Bridgette at
863-467-7300 or email bridgette-main
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Main Street Executive Director Toni Doyle
at 863-357-MAIN (6246).
Needed: Someone who can play

taps for the CASTLE Memory Field
Ceremony on Feb. 17. Please call Te
resa Chandler at 863-697-6819
The Shared Services Network of
Okeechobee County will sponsor a free
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to 11:30 a.m. This free workshop will
be held at the Freshman Campus Audi-
torium Seating is limited to thirty particl-
pants. Call Sharon Vinson at 863-462-5000
ext 257 for registration information.
Becky Smith from the Healthy
Start Coalition is raising money for
the March of Dimes. Becky will bake
all night on Feb. 13 and pastries will be
available for pick up on the morn-
ing of Feb. 14, at Pizza Heaven. Pas
tries include guava and cream cheese
are $1 each and apple cinnamon are $2
each. Also, quiche will be available for
$10 per pie and you may choose plain
cheese, spinach tomato, or ham. Please
email Becky at
to place your order or you may call 863-
462-5877 All proceeds go to the March of
The 2009 Florida Building Codes
become effective on March 1. The
Okeechobee County Building De-
partment will host an educational
meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 18,
from 10 a.m. until noon at the County
Civic Center located at 1750 Hwy 98
North. This meeting will include discus-
sion of the new code changes and how
they may affect your trade You must
RSVP by Feb. 16, by calling the building
department at 863-763-5548.
There will be a Valentine Teen

Dance Party on Sunday Feb. 15, at
the Pier II Resort from 6-10 p.m. This
dance is for teens ages 12-15, admission
is $7 which includes hot dog or pizza,
chips and soda There will be a live DJ,
games and prizes. If you would like to
donate soda, water, toilet paper, prizes or
$5 gift certificates from Dairy Queen, Mc
Donalds etc. please call Teresa Chandler
at 863-697 6819.
Everyone is invited to attend a FREE
"Back to Work Program" seminar.
Pntchards & Associates introduces Mela
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al Health Services. Discover the shocking
costs associated with a lost time, workers
compensation claim and how you can
take control. The seminar will be held
Feb. 26, at Pritchards & Associates,
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a.m. To reserve your seat contact Lisa at
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The Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office is sponsoring a benefit yard
sale and chicken dinner sale on Sat-
urday March 14, beginning at 8 a.m.
All proceeds will be donated to Sheriff's
Department employee Harry Slayton for
help with Medical Bills. Harry has been
an active member of our community for
years. If you have items to donate call
Noel Stephen, Robin Cook, Juanita White
or Tonya Jewell at 863-763-3117. The sale
will be held on the Goodbread Property
on 441 South and S.W 21st Street (where
"Goodies" was). Chicken dinners will go
on sale at 11 a.m for $7 each.
The Healthy Start Coalition invites
you to be part of the largest team in
town for the March for Babies. The
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are required to raise $25 in donations and
purchase a team t shirt for $10.
Hospice of Okeechobee will give
away an air boat on March 22, at the
Okeechobee County Fair. Tickets are
$10 each. To purchase your tickets or to
find out where you can see the Air Boat
call Cathy at 863-697-1995.
The Okeechobee County Fair has
a 10-day pass on sale for the 2009
County Fair for only $30! The 2009
Okeechobee County Fair will be held
March 13-22. Passes can be purchased
at Okeechobee Main Street 111 N.E.
Second Avenue, call 863-357-6246 or at
Syble's Flowers and Gifts 119 S Parrott

Avenue, call 863-763-2225 This year's fair
will include the second Miss Okeechobee
County Fair Beauty Pageant, open to girls
age 15-19, the Seminole Heritage Show,
the Okeechobee Cattleman's Spring Ro
deo, Okeechobee Idol, Bike Show, Live-
stock Show, Pig Races, Blue Grass Music,
A Demolition Derby and lots of food and
rides on the midway
Rotary's Sixth Annual LOST Bike
Ride will be held on Saturday, March
28, beginning with registration and sign
in at 7 am The course will begin and
end at Scott Drve Boat Ramp on Hwy 78
West. Registrations must be received
by March 14. Call Jim at 863-763-3101
for more information

Sabal Palm RV Resort and Campground
Sabal Palm Old Country & Bluegrass Festival
In Palmdale, FL March 6, 7 and 8
Carolina Rose, Bluegrass Stagecoach, M C. Evan Carl,
Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike featuring Becky Buller,
Palms Bluegrass. Myakka River Bluegrass
& New River Boysi
SFood Available "in Pavilion" '
Workshops on Saturday Morning *
Weekend $30 Sat $15
Fri. or Sun $10 Under 16 years old FREE
W/O Water Electric $I10 per day
With Water Electic $20 per day
Advanced Tickets Only
Ran or shine the show goes on, I 0% of proceeds go to charities
9505 Main Ave NW, Palmdale. FL 863-675-1778

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T General and Vascular Surgery
(Relocating from Oklahoma to join the
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Philip W. Moyer, M.D. -Thyroid and other endocrine
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Auctions 105
Car Pool 110
Share a ride 115
Card of Thanks 120
In Memoriam 125
Found 130
Lost 135
Give Away 140
Garage/Yard Sale 145
Personals 150
Special Notice 155
900 Numbers 160

FOUND: DOG near Skip's Bar-
B-Cue. Small, black. Please
call 863-467-5652.

LOST: CAT Black & white,
young male, neutered, on
corner of SW 10 St. & SW
4th Ave. Call 863-447-0992
LOST in vicinity of Basswood
2-9-09, Female mini dapple
doxon- approx 12 wks old.
No collar, call to verify mark-
ings. No Questions Asked,
Just Bring Her Back! CASH
REWARD (863)634-7796

LAZY 7 -1291 SW 86TH Ave,
Sat Only 2/14/09, 8am -
2pm. Computer, Vera Brad-
ley purses, adult & children
clothing,TV's & Misc.

Don't Miss

This One
OKEECHOBEE- Sat. & Sun.,
Feb. 14th & 15th, 8am-?,
5800 S.E. Hwy. 441 -
1/4 ml. SE of Kings Bay
Furniture, Household Items,
Small Tools & Misc.

OKEECHOBEE Fri., 2/13 &
Sat., 2/14, 8am til 3pm,
2205 SE 31st St, Knick-
Knacks, HH Items, Books,
Tools, Clothes, Pictures,
Clocks, Toys & Some Jewel-

Empoent |

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

SALES, Generators home and
business, straight commis-
sion, milage paid.

r -Services Agriculture

Mad, Daily, Babysitting 405 Christmas Tree
Child Care Needed410 Farm Equipmen
Child Care Offered415 Farm Feed/Produ'
Instruction 420 Farm Miscellaneo
C H Services Offered425 Farm Produce

All shifts available




Insurance 430
Medical Services435


lst be 8 plus to apply & Pressure Washing
Cool Sealing, Painting,
USY CHILD CARE CENTER- Carpentry & Much More!
seeking CDA TEACHER that No Job Too Big or Small.
has exp w/young children. (863)467-2917
Full-time or Part-time avail, or (863)261-6425
Call (863)467-5588 Lcense#698Ѧ
now available at Stafford's N D
Hair Salon, Call for an ap- CALL GEORGE CARTER
pointment to interview Painting, Repairs, Carpentry
(863)763-3933 PowerWashing


Lincare, leading national res-
piratory company seeks
ealthcare 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

practice atFL Community
health Centers in Okeechobee,
FL. Mostly pediatric, some
adults, competitive salary, excl
benefits & loan repayment
available. Must have valid FL
Dentist Lic. Bilingual helpful.
Fax CV to (561)844-1013, e-
mail hrfchcinc.orn. EOE,

for Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Must have Bachelors degree.
Please fax resume to:
Melodee@ 772-466-5951


Money Lenders
Tax Preparation

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

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never accept any advertise-
ment that is illegal or con-
sidered fraudulent. In all
cases of questionable val-
ue, such as promises of
guaranteed income from
work-at-home programs if
it sounds too good to be
true, chances are that it is.
If you have questions or
doubts about any ad on
these pages, we advise that
before responding or send-
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you check with the Better
Business Bureau at
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numbers may require an
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long distance toll costs. We
will do our best to alert our
reader of these charges in
the ads, but occasionally
we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.

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

has balloon tires, cost $400
asking $275 (863)763-3796
Find it faster. Sell it sooner
in the classilieds

CLUB CAR Used, Good con-
diion, charger, $900 or best
offer (863)697-1350
Reading a newspaper
helps you understand
the world around you.
No wonder newspaper
readers are more suc-
cessful people!

Looking to Buy Ceramic or
Glass Electic Kiln.

s 745
it 805
us 815

Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Flowers 865

HAY Fertilized. Argentina Ba-
hia 4x5 Round Bales. $30ea
or $25 for 4 or more. South
Basinger (863)228-0073
How do you find a job
in today's competitive
market? In the
employment section
of the classified

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


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

Basswood 2/1, tile through-
out, no pets, $650 mo, st &
last. (863) 763-7301 or
(863)697-1623 Anytime
KINGS BAY 2/2, $695 per
mo 1st & last, no pets
863)763-7301 or
863 697-1623
Very clean! $600/mo. In-
cludes utilities. No pets. Call

Ft- 1/1 Extr bk rm $495/mo.
Ir bdrms, W&D incld,
$800/mo, 1st, last & $500
sec. (863) 467-5965

CITY OF OKEE., 3br, 2ba,
Clean. Great neighborhood.
1201 SE 8th Dr., $950. mo.
+ Sec. dep. (863)634-1554
FT DRUM 1/1 on four acres,
new cabinets and carpet
$625 mo. (912) 224-4658
or (734) 637-2697
OKEE 2/1 by 15B, clean
fumished, carpeting, new a/c,
enclosed porch, W/D. Shed,
$825/mo inclds water
(786) 201-0306
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, iba, Lg
yard, inside city limits, $800.
mo. + 1fl., 1st & Last mo.
sec. dep. (863)990-3294

term lease call
(863)467-9500 for more in-
Need a few more bucks
to purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used items in
the classifeids.

an offer

Real Estate

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


Lake Port
2/2" t Ecr-StlL FnU Hm

n \A w,^Mll RetI iM /
Giuy Mate, rge Prch, Slid
W61-7634109 or 863-6H.7490

CBS 2/2 w/lg detached bldg,
fenced, on 2.4 acres
$120,000 (863)414-1102
Sandy Hughes at Century 21
two story on 2.89 acres,
$275000. Also have a 2.85
acres lot $59,900. Okeecho-
bee 36th st N. 2/1/1 CBS
$65,000 Canal Point ridge
facing lake 3/1 on half acre
$70,000. And 3/2 $85,000

24th Ave 4/3 Pool, Fire-
place, Must See, Will go fast,
Contract for deed possible.
Sat & Sun 2-14 & 15, Noon
to 3pm. $119,900

BHR Furn Modular home 3/2
w/R Room, IncI 3 HD TV's.
Just updated plumbing,
elect, new sod & sprink sys,
fenced, boat ramp, dock,
con drive, car port, shed.
$138.500 OBO
LAKEPORT- Lake Okeechobee
access 2/1 CBS, fully fum, 2
boat-boathouse w/1.5 bath,
laundry, shop w/auto doors,
fish cleaning screenroom.
Too many extras to list, in-
cludes Bass boat and air
boat $250,000 Bill Smith
941)772-8898 or
941 448-0367

Mobile Homes

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

Rent: 2/1 apartment. Unit
newly remodeled. Located
12 miles north of Okeecho-
bee on Equestrian Ranch.
Monthly water, trash & lawn
maintenance included. No
Pets! $495 Move in spe-
cial. M-F (863)467-2982

util, $650 mo. 863-763-2098
or (863)610-1092
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
OKEECHOBEE-2Bd/1.5 ha,
Central Heat & Air, Screen
room, $650 mo. Will lease
with option @ $59,000,
WATERFRONT. 2br/1ba, com-
pletely furished, non smk.
env., no pets $750 mo.+lst
&sec. 772-285-5856
One man's trash is
another man's treas-
ure. Turn your trash
to treasure with an ad
in the classified.

Mobile Home Angels
Furn 1/1 w/21' concrete
porch & rof, in good cond.
On rented lot. Must see to
a preciate. $8000
KRFR- Adut Park, Lot 90,
2/1.5, fum., R. rm., carport,
boathouse, workshop,
$25,500 neg 763-8382
MOBILE HOME on rented lot,
Dew Drop Inn, Lot 1, 2/1,
furnished, c/a/h, washer-dry-
er, R room, carport, storage
bldg $12,000 or best offer.
467-1837 or 859-749-3348
canal, elec boat lift, Ig at-
tached Util Room, Ig Util
shed, golf car, furnished, Exc
cond., 1307 S Parrot, #40,
Riverbend Mob Home Pk,
sale by owner 2/2, fully fur-
nished, master bath has a
retreat room, with shed.
2BR, 1BA, 12x22 Scr/Vynl
Rm. Newly return. Lake ac-
cess w/dock. Treasure Is-
land. In park. $24,000 or
best offer (772)318-8218
Tired of paying lot & mainte-
nance fees? Own you own
doublewide manufactured
home with full size residential
lot. 3BR, 2BA, open concept
LR/DR/kitc., den, utility rm,
C/A & heat. Double driveway
with carport, 2 covered porch-
es, fenced back yard.
$90,000. Call 863-467-7911


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

MERCURY 6 cyl, 175 hp
mere on 17.5' hydra sport
bass boat Trailer included.
$3200 (863)467-2267
TRITON 1999, 21 ft, FS, 225
Merc EFI, with trailer, excel-
lent cond. $12,900

FORD F250 White Super Duty
4x4 w/towing pkg. 32,000
miles, Excellent condition
with 2005 27 ft Coachman
5th wheel, 2 slides, King size
bed, excellent condition
$26,500 for both.

I Houses Sale 1025

Houses -Sale 1025

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of te City of Okeec
in Regular Sesson on Tuesday, February 17, 2009, 6:00 p.m atC
3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Flonda The public is inved and
attend A copy of the agenda will be available on our websue at f
become. or contact Ci Adminstraoon at (63) 763-3372 x 21
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND E ADVISED that if any person desire
decision made by the City Council wim respect to any mater con
meeting, such interested person wil need a record of the proceed
such purpose may need to ensure a verbahm record of the proceed
which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the
based. Ciy Clerk media are used forte sle purpose of back-up
In accordance wth the Amencans wit Disalites Act (ADA) and
286 26, persons wit dsabilies needing special accommodation t
This proceeding should contact Lane Gamioea, no later than tw
days prior to the proceeding a 863-763-3372 x 214, it you are he
impaired, call TDD 1-800-955-8770 vocee) r 1-800-955-8771 TO
by. James E ak, Mao
Lane Gamntea, CMC, Cty Clerk
309027 ON 2/13/09

Publi Notie 500

keechohee County Code Enforcement
Special Magistrae
SSpecial Mastrate will old a public meeting on Tuesday
00 pm The public meeting will be held a te Okeechobee
ent Adionum, located at 1728 N.W 9h Avenue, Okeecho-
formaion, contact Fay Huffman at the Planning and Devl-
499 NW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Forida 34972,

all have the opporturn to be heard at ths public meeting
appeal any decision by he Code Enforcement Special Mag-
ny mater considered at this meeting will need to ensure that
proceedings a made and hat the record includes the test-
n wih ihe appeal will be based. Code Enforcement apes
of backup fo oicial records of he Department
al Ma~gstrae

ARING will be held before the City of Oeechobee Planning
stment and Appeals on Thursday, Fbruary 19, 2009 at
thereter as possible The meetan will be held at y Hal
the Council Chambers, Room 200, Okeechobee, Honda
epton Peition No 09-001-SE, submitted by property owner
Sa commercial indoor recreation fallity wthn a CLT Dstact
on 90-253(6))
01 NE 3rd Street Legal descnrpti Parcel One Lots 7 to
116, Okeechobee, according to he plat thereof recorded in
O, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Flonda and sad
Plat Book 5, Page 5 Pubic Records of Okeechbee County,
smately 104 acres, together wih Parcel Two, and a parel
ion 15, Township 37 south, Range 35 East, Okeechobee
being compnsed of one of the parcels of land as recorded in
1370 of the Public Records of Okeechobee County Honda
culady descnbed as flows Commening at the Southeast
ock 116, Okeechobee according to the plat lhereof recorded
5, Public Records of Okbeee County, Honda Thence
g along the Western boundary of Parcel 4 according to the
reek Watershed as recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 29, Pubic
iee County. Honda, to the centeine of he 15 foot alleyway
the Southeast corner of Lt 12 of said Block 116 an also
comer of Parcel 3 of sad Plat No 1 of Taylor Creek Wa
iouthwestedy, alneg the Western boundary of sad Parcel 3,
ortheast rd Steet (omerly Ninth Sbeet); thence run East,
of said Northeast 3rd Street |formedy Nint Steet) extended
Shoreline of Taylo Creek, thence run Norherly, along sad
Taylor Creek, to the intersection wth the centerine of sad
ended East thence run West along the centeine of said al-
he Point of Begining and is approximately 0 46 acres
ay be obtained from the City web sie www citvokeecho-
he General Services Oepartment, element ofo h-
3372 x 218. Please be advised that the Board of Adjustment
e as the decision making body (asi-ludicial), on behalf of
deny Special Excepton Peltons
AND BE ADVISED that t any person desires to appeal ny
e planning Board wth respect to any matter considered at
ng will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings
d includes te testimony and evidence upon which the ap-
General Services media are used for the sole purpose of
Americans wh Disuabies Act (ADA) and Fonda Statute
disabilies needing special accommodation to participate in
d contact Bey Clement, no later han two (2) working days
ng at 863-763-3372 x 218, i you are heang or voce im-
0-955-8770 vocee) or-800-955-8771 (TTY)
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(Ancillary Summary A
File No.: 20N9-CP.09
Diiion Probate You are hereby notified r
Summary Adinistratu
STATE OF tered in the estate of
asked. CPo-0, by te Circuit
chobee County, Rond
NOTICE TO CREDTORS son, the address of w
3rd SBeet, Okeechaobee
administration of the estate of chobee, loida 34972
dne Hancock, deceased, whose dent's date of death
death was October 3, 2000, is 19, 2006, that the total
n he Circut Court for eecho- ta is $140,30500
nty Flonda, Probate Orinon, the names and address
of which is 312 NW Third Steet, whom it has been as
bee, Flodda 34972 The names order are
dresses of the persona repaesen-
d the personal repesentatve's Name Add
are set frT below
ednors of te eedent and oer Diane Hageman 727 R
having claims or demands Krilan
decedenrs estate on whom a
this noace is required to be ALL INTERESTED PERSI
must ile their claims wih this FIED THAT
THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLI- All creators of the estate
OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS and persons having
THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A mands against the est
F THIS NOTICE ON THEM dent other tha tho
ler creditors of ie decedent and provison for full paym
rsons having clams or demands the Order of Summar
decedents estate must file their must file their claims
wdh this court WITHIN 3 WITHIN THE TIME
CEDENT'S DATE O EATH IS The date of first public
is February 6,2009
ate of first publicaon of this no-
ubruary 6th, 2009 Perso
Personal Representaie 7270
Milchell Hancock Kirt
2344 NW 46th Avenue Attorney tor Person Gvnm
Okeechwoee, Ronda 34972 Colin M. Cameron, Esquir
for Personal Represeniave FlondaBarNo 270441
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Number 2009-
Court for Okee-
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ahch is 312 NW
SCounty, Okee-
; nat he dece-
was November
value of the es-
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of the decedent
claims or de-
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33702 OF THE
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SGiving Nonce
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ople who
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to appeal any
scored at is
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appeal is to be
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CASE NO. 2008-CA-329
an Order of Rnal Judgment of Foredo-
sure dated January 5, 2009, and en-
tered in Case No 2008-CA-329 the
ircui Court of the Nineteenth Judicial
Crcui in and for Okeechobee Count,
Flonda wherein HEIRS LLC, is Plainl
LLC is DefendanL te Clerk of the
Court of Okeechobee County, Flonda,
wil ll sl to the highest and best bidder
for cash at the Okeechobee County Ju-
dicial Center 312 Nori West ad
Street 2nd Floor Jury Assemlg
Ro= Onket=,lh. Forinda at 11 O0
o'clock A on the 18 day of Febru
ary, 2009, the property described as
Paroel 1:
Lots 1 rough 26, iclusove, Block 20 of
OKEECHOBEE, according to the lat
thereof, as recorded in Plat Book 1,
page 10 and in Plat Book 5, page 5 of
the Public Records of Okeechobee
County, Flonda and lots 7 through 10,
nclusve, and lot 11, less the west 28
fet thereof, together wih the North
75 fee of he vacated alley (5 feet
wide) adjacent to sad lots, in lock
29, of OKEECHOBEE, according to the
Plat thereof as recorded in at Book 1,
Page 10 and Rat Book, Page 5 of Pub-
ic Records of Okeechobee County,
Parcel 2:
Lots 1 through 26, Inclusive, Blck 4,
Lots 1 through 6, inclusive, Block 11,
1 fough 26, inclusive, Block 12, lots
1 hough 26, inclusive, Block 13, lots
1, 2, 3 and 9, in Bock 21, less the
East 325 feet of said lot 9, lots 10
through 26, inclusive, Block 21, and
lots 1 trough 6, inclusive, block 22,
o OKEECHOBEE according to h lat
thereof, as recorded In Plat Book 1,
ge 10 and Pla Book 5, Page 5, of
ublic Records of Okeechobee
County, Flonda.
Approxmately 26 acres and adijoding
Address: Vacant Land in OKEECHOBEE
Subdivisan, PB 1, Pg 10 and PB5,
Pg 5
Any person claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, i any, other
than the property owner as of the date
of the is pendens, must file a claim
wtin 60 days after lhe sale
An persons needing special acommo-
datons for disabhlles should contact
the Court administrator at
1-702-807-4370 Those persons who
are hearing imaared may contact
1-800-955-8771 for accommoda-
(ions Those persons who are voice
impaired may contact
1-800-955-8770 for accommoda-
WITNESS my hand and Seal of the Court
on January 29,2009
As Clerk of the Cort
By /s/Sandra L Creec
Deputy Clerk
Paul J Lane, Esquire
2755 East Oakland Park Blvd.
Suite 300
Fort Lauderdale, FL 3330
309925 ON 02/06,13/09


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CASE NO 2008-CA,670
DIVISION: Civil Division
A lorida Corporation
1335 F RD
LOXAHATCHEE, L 33470-4020
YOU ARE HEREBY notified that a Com-
plaint for Foreclosure of Mortgage in-
volving real estate located in
Okechobee County Floinda and le-
gally described as follows
The West 1/2 of te West 1/2 of the
North 12 of the South 1/2 of Tract 11
Section 27 Township 34 South Range
33 East Okeechabee County, Flonda
has been filed against you and you are
reuired to serve a copy of your wnt
tei defenses, i any to it on KENNETH
M JONES, of Moody, Jones, Inlino &
Morehead, PA, Atorneys for Paitf,
whose address is 1333 S University
Dnve, Suite 201, Plantaion, Flonda
33324, oan or before March 16, 2009,
and file the onginal with the Cler of
this Cout either before service on the
laintiff's attorney or Immediately
thereafter, otherwise a default will be
entered against you for the relief de
handed in the Complaint
WITNESS my hand and seal of this Court
on Feb 6Or, 2009
By IS/Linda FYoung
As Deputy Cleot
Moody, Jones, Ingno & Morehead, PA
Attorneys for Planhtff
1333S University DOnve, #201
Plantmaon FL 33324
Flonda BarNo 142618
310592 ON 2/13,20/09

Christian Team Trail holds monthly tournament

By Teresa Mataushek
Okeechobee News
The Christian Team Trail's
monthly fishing tournament was
held on Saturday, Feb. 7, at Okee-
Tantie, with 32 boats entered.
Coming in first place at the tour-
nament was Justin Schwier and Bob
Stafford with a combined weight of
11.67 lbs.; second place was Mike
Zubricki and Tony Mosteller with
8.88 lbs.; third place was Robert
Burns and Dennis Burns with 7.21
lbs.; fourth place was Byron Chastain
and Joe Smith with 6.78 lbs.; fifth
place was Skip Jeslosky and Jesse
Batte with 6.44 lbs.; sixth place was
Don Roberts and Ray Davino with
5.87 lbs.; and seventh place went to
Cam Woods and Travis Woods with
5.60 Ibs.
Big Fish winners were Robert
and Dennis Burns with a 7.21 lb.
fish and second place Big Fish win-
ners were Justin Schwier and Bob
Stafford with a 4.75 lb. fish.
This months Endurance Award
went to the team of Beau Rodgers
and Mac Russell which gains them
free entry into next months tourna-
ment on March 7.
Oakview Baptist Church hosts

the Christian Team Trails fishing
tournaments on the first Saturday
of each month at Okee-Tantle. The
tournament begins at safe daylight.
Cost per boat to register is $75. You
may register at the church office
before the tournament or at Okee-
Tantie the day of; however, when
registering at Okee-Tantie, cash only
is excepted. For more information
call 863-763-1699.

Nonnative pet
amnesty day
If you have an exotic pet you
can't care for anymore, don't just
open the front door and set it free.
It's illegal to release a nonnative ani
mal into the wild in Florida, and it
could be detrimental for the animal
and the environment. In an effort to
keep unwanted exotic pets out of
Florida's native habitats, the Flori-
da Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) and the Miami
MetroZoo will host the fifth Nonna-
tive Pet Amnesty Day in March in
"We are expecting to get quite
a few nonnative animals that day,
so we need to make sure we have

safe homes for them," said Jenny
Tinnell of the FWC. "Released pets
are a common pathway that allows
exotic species into the wild. Often,
pet owners don't understand the
difference between native and non-
native species, or they don't realize
the possible effects releasing a non-
native species can have. This event
gives pet owners who can no longer
take care of their pets or no longer
wish to keep them a legal, ethical
Currently, the FWC is looking for
potential adopters in South Florida
who are experienced pet owners
and are willing to provide a home
for one or two more animals. All
adopters must fill out the proper ap-
plication form before they receive
surrendered animals.
"This isn't a free pet giveaway,"
Tinnell said. "We're looking for
adopters with knowledge and ex-
pertise in caring for exotic pets, not
people who have always wanted a
pet and think this is an opportunity
to try their hand at owning one they
don't have to purchase."
Pet Amnesty Day will be March
21, at the Miami MetroZoo. It's
free and open to the public. Exotic

animals can be surrendered to the
FWC free of charge with no ques-
tions asked and no penalties.
"We will not be penalizing any
pet owners who choose the respon-
sible option of not releasing their
nonnative pets into the wild. This is
about curbing our ongoing problem
of exotic fish and wildlife," Tinnell
A veterinarian will examine each
animal, and every attempt will be
made to place all healthy animals
with qualified adopters. Amnesty
Day is also a family event; there
will be live animals on display, live
animal shows and fun activities.
Experts will be on hand to talk to
about proper care of exotic pets, so
people who are thinking about pur
chasing one can learn from credible
sources before they buy. This is a
chance for people to not only see
exotic animals, but get up close and
even touch them.
Nonnative pet amnesty events
help to increase awareness of non-
native species problems. Over 400
nonnative species have been ob-
served in Florida, and more than
130 have reproducing populations.
For more information on nonna-

tive species in Florida, visit MyFWC.
Anyone interested in adopting
nonnative pets should download
the proper adoption application
and animal care sheets at MyFWC.
com and click on "Be a nonnative
pet adopter." Adopters must have
knowledge of natural history and
caging requirements and have prop-
er facilities for the animals they are
interested in adopting. There is no
fee for being an adopter.
If you would like to share any informa-
tion with the Okeechobee News about
an outdoors event, or if you have a
suggestion on something you have seen
or would like to see in the outdoors
column, please email Teresa Mataushek
at, call
863-763-3134, fax 863-763-5901 or log
on to and place
it on the public issues forum. We wel-
come all news, comments and tidbits
on outdoor activities, nature inspired
hobbles and with hunting season
here, please send in pictures of your
prize kills and with all of the fisher-
men back, send us a picture of your
prize fish. Please include your name,
phone number and specific dates of
the events. The Outdoors Column runs
every Friday, so please be sure to have
all information into the office no later
than 5 p.m. Please refer all material to
Teresa Mataushek.


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March of Dimes Tournament

Seacoast National Bank hosted the Seventh Annual March
of Dimes bass tournament on Jan. 31, at Okeetantie. The
1st place winners with a total weight of 11.55 Ibs were
Jack Harrison and Les Torey with Kathleen Shatto. The
cash prize was $400. The second place winners with a to-
tal weight of 9.83 Ibs were Bob Owens and Fred George
pictured with Kathleen Shatto. The cash prize was $200.
The biggest fish winner was Warren Peede. Chris Little
accepted the $100 cash prize.

Guided Fishing Tour Winner

Guided fishing tour winner
A chance to win a guided tour was held at the Seacoast
National Bank/March of Dimes bass tournament. The lucky
winner was Bill Rose. Mr. Rose won an all day guided fish-
ing tour with professional bass fisherman, United Home
Builders, Steve Daniels.

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Seventh Annual Bass

Seacoast National Bank hosts the Seventh Annual Bass
tournament for the March of Dimes. Tournament was held
at Okeetantie bringing in 10 boats. Volunteers battled the
cold at a bitter 31 degrees at safe light! Attending the ben-
efit tournament event were Teresa Chandler, Billy Dean,
Melody Hodges, Terri Roller, Jim Fowler, Hattie Bennett,
Alan Shatto and Kathleen Shatto, Event Coordinator.

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar

Mini-grant recipient
Michelle Pritchard (front-center) received the mini-grant
from the Okeechobee Battlefield Friends, Inc. who were
represented by Dowling Watford (front-left), Shawn Hen-
derson (front-right) Sheriff Paul May (back-left) and Greg
Thogerson (back-right).

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar

Math mini-grant recipient
Teachers (front-left to right) Linda Davis and Heather John-
son, accompanied by their principals (back-left to right)
Cynthia Weigum and Brian Greseth, received the Rotary
Math mini-grant from Rotarians (front-center to right) Mau-
reen Budjinksi, Tabitha Trent and Dr. Patricia Cooper.

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar

Vocabulary grant recipient
Teachers Deanne Wilcox, Elisabeth Fox, Mike Schilp, Deb-
orah Raulerson, Amanda Baker, Jenny Ward (not pictured,
accepted by Karen Carrier) and Deanna Kielbasa received
the Developing 21st Century Vocabulary mini-grant from
the Okeechobee Educational Foundation members Tabitha
Trent, Mary Hurley, Dr. Patricia Cooper, Sharon Vinson, and
Ken Kenworthy. Their principals Carol Revels, Pat McCoy,
Toni Wiersma and Theda Bass also extended their support
for their teacher's mini-grant award.

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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
David Jeune scored 26 points
and grabbed 13 rebounds, includ-

ing one in the final two seconds
that preserved a 57-56 victory
for Okeechobee boy's basketball
over Suncoast in the first round of
the District 14-4A Tournament on

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy

OHS rebound record
David Jeune (center) was one of the seniors honored at
the Brahman's basketball game Friday night. He leaves
OHS with many of the rebound records. He should sign
with a Division 1 school soon and was also nominated to
play in the McDonalds high school all American game.

Tuesday night in Belle Glade.
Okeechobee rallied from a 30-
18 deficit at the half to prolong
their season for at least one more
game. Terrence Allen had 13
points, and Duelle Gore and Ryan
Osceola added five points apiece
for Okeechobee, (13-13).
"We did not play well, and we
played horrible in the first half,"
Brahmans Coach Jon Enrico said,
"We were down by 18 at times,
and turned the ball over 20 times
in the first half."
Enrico said his team might
have had the jitters and might of
taken Suncoast lightly. He said it
appeared his team might have
been too hyped up as even Jeune
struggled in the first half with only
five points.
Things changed in the third
quarter as the Brahmans went
on a big run to save their season.
"We had a big quarter, no doubt,
we took the lead and never relin-
quished it, although it was close,"
Enrico added.
Okeechobee outscored Sun-
coast 25-5 in a big third quarter
to build an eight point lead af-
ter the third quarter. Ricky Nieto
gave Okeechobee a 57-54 lead
when he hit a free throw with
12 seconds left. Suncoast rallied
and had a chance to tie after a lay
up and an Okeechobee foul with
two seconds to play. Suncoast
missed the free throw and Jeune

rebounded and held on to give
Okeechobee the victory. Elrado
Telfer had 13 points, Jeffrey Full-
wood 11 points, and Bruce Flem-
ing 10 points for Suncoast.
Suncoast ended the season at
(7-16). The Chargers lost three
times to Okeechobee this year.
Okeechobee moves on to play
Glades Central in the District semi-
final on Friday night at 7 p.m.
Okeechobee also learned that
basketball, volleyball and soc-
cer will play in different districts
next year. Okeechobee moves up
to Class 5A. Other teams in their
district will include Martin Coun-
ty, Melbourne, Palm Bay, Port St.
Lucie, Sebastian River, and South
Coach Enrico said OHS will
fight the new realignment. He
noted the school would have
close to 100 mile trips for road
games and that isn't fair in these
tough economic times.
"We are under the numbers
for 4A by 50-70 students," he said.
"Our numbers are lower than the
state numbers, these classifica-
tions are very tentative, they aren't
etched in stone."
Enrico said he'd like to play
Treasure Coast schools in Fort
Pierce next year.



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O.G. & C.C. Golf Results

PI.G.S. League
O.L.G.A. Mystery Nine Feb.
3: First place Vonnie Maines.
Second place Kay Duball. Third
place Shirley Esterline.
Birdies: Nancy McAlinden #8,
Vonnie Maines #10.
P.I.G.S. League Feb. 4: First
place Orval. Second place -
Clyde Price. Last place George
Closest to the pin: Orval
Moore, Terry Ackinson. Honor-
able Mention: Dean Orman and
Russ Adams.
O.L.G.A. Ladies Invitational
- Scramble Feb. 5: First place -
Ann Bearden, Karen Larson, Vicki
Middleton. Second place Tina
Smith, Ida Curtis, Wanda Kubitz,
Carol Knox. Third place Bernice
King, Rachel Nordstrom, Pat John-
son, Helen Butryn. Fourth place -
Sunni Adams, Nicole Wood, Jean
Williams, Shirley Esterline.
Crying Towel Team: Saba
Curren, Fran Dierig, Eileen Ham-
mond, Kay Duball.

Closest to the pins: Kay Dub-
all, Mary Muffeld, Carol MacKin-
non, Nicole Wood.
Closest to the pin Second Shot:
Jean Williams.
Longest Putt: Ann Bearden.
Longest Drive: Bernice King.

Closest to the line: Sunni Ad-
Gold Tee Feb. 6: First place
- V. Johnson. Second place H.
Shelkie. Third place (tie): F. Foss
and K. Muller.


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