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SKEECHOBEE


NEWS


Vol. 100 No. 20 Sunday, February 15, 2009 75 Plus tax


Briefs


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.

Tax Collector's
office to be closed
The Tax Collector's office
will be closed for training on
President's Day, Monday, Feb.
16.

Florida Building
Codes meeting
to be held
On Feb. 18, Okeechobee
County Planning and Develop-
ment Department will spon
sor the 2007 Florida Building
Codes Educational Meeting
from 10 a.m. until noon at the
Okeechobee County Civic Cen-
ter, 1750 Hwy. 98 North. There
is no charge for this meeting.
For more information call 863
763-5548.

Activity Guide
promotes
summer programs
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
national Foundation, Inc., Kid-
Care/Healthy Kids Contact for
Okeechobee County, 700 S.W.
Second Avenue, Okeechobee,
863-462-5000 ext. 257.

Drought Index

Current: 669
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

13.16 feet
Last Year: 10.08 feet
SSo0nnored By:

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


Discard prescription drugs safely


Operation Safe
Medicine Cabinet
planned

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Local law enforcement will
be trying to make Okeechobee
a safer place for children when
they hold Operation Safe Medi-
cine Cabinet in Flagler Park on
Saturday, March 14.
The one-day event -- which
is a joint effort between the


Okeechobee City Police Depart-
ment (OCPD) and the Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO) -- is being held so resi-
dents can discard any medicines
they have that may be outdated,
no longer wanted or no longer
used.
Law enforcement person-
nel will be in Park #6, at S.W.
Seventh Ave. and S. R. 70 W, to
take these medications from 9
a.m. until 3 p.m. All you have to
do is pull up to the park in your
vehicle, hand these prescription
medications over to personnel


there and then drive away.
There will be no questions
asked and no forms to fill out.
Both OCPD Chief Denny Davis
and Sheriff Paul May ask for you
help in keeping the community
safe for the children of Okeecho-
bee and make the home a safer
environment by getting rid of
these prescription medications.
According to OCSO Detective
Ted Van Deman, prescription pills
cause 98 to 99 percent of drug
overdose deaths in Okeechobee
County.
"More deaths are due to pre-


Butterfly Garden: Volunteers beautify Okeechobee


.r a ,: Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Wendy Watts worked in the new butterfly garden helping prepare the placement and
landscaping of the flowers for the volunteers to plant all of the plants. This garden
is sponsored by Waste Management, SFWMD, UF Extension Office Florida Yards and
Neighborhoods program and Okeechobee Main Street. This pergola was donated by
Home Depot.


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
"Team Depot" Maureen Ferrara, Marlene Wiggins, Bobby Wright, Gary Champion, Ash-
ley Royals, Wendy Ashworth, ASM Renee Dauphinee, Helen James and Barbara Childs
volunteered their time to help plant the plants in the new butterfly garden in Flagler
Park 6. Home Depot donated some of the plants and a pergola for the garden. Their
store manager is Melanie Macissac.


scription medications than all
other drugs combined," he said.
He went on to say that people
not only ingest prescription pills
but crush them, mix them with
water then inject them.
"We've literally had deaths
where people still had the needle
in their arm," he said.
He said these medications
have the potential to be extreme-
ly lethal "because they come
from a pharmacy, they're more
pure."
According to a November
2008 report from the Florida De-


apartment of Law Enforcement
(FDLE), the Office of Vital Sta-
tistics recorded approximately
89,000 deaths in Florida from
January through June of that
year. Of these deaths, 4,055 were
drug related. Of those, 2,284
people died with one or more
prescription drugs in their sys-
tem at both lethal and non-lethal
levels.
An article in the American
Police Beat magazine points to a
report by the Florida Medical Ex
aminers Commission in which
See Drugs Page 2


EYDC celebrates


successful year


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The sign reads, "Our chil
dren, our future." Eckerd Youth
Development Center (EYDC)
Superintendent Ivan Tate takes
those words to heart.
The 20 year veteran of the
child welfare field is entering
his fourth year at the helm of
the Okeechobee facility and
says he wouldn't want to be
anywhere else.
"I love the kids. I find this job
to be effortless. I just like work-
ing with them," he said.
Mr. Tate said EYDC has
changed some of the ways they
work with kids. He noted of the
143 clients currently housed
at the facility, he knows about
135 of them personally. He has
an office on the outside of the


City court


to see fe


public re
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
With only four items of new
business and no old business
on the agenda, Tuesday night's
Okeechobee City Council meet-
ing could be almost as short as
the record meeting of Feb. 3.
The council is scheduled to
act on proposed resolutions
regarding a schedule of fees for
public records and reports and
a schedule of fees and charges
for permits, plan reviews and
services provided by the city
fire department. The Visiting
Nurses Association (VNA) has
submitted an application to
close Park Street between Sec-
ond and Third Avenues on April
18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for
VNA Family Sports Day. In the
last item on the agenda the city
will appoint one regular mem-
ber and one alternate member


fence and inside the fence, and
devotes a lot of his time work-
ing personally and talking with
the clients. He believes that has
helped a lot of these young
people turn their lives around.
"My approach is more hands
on. I visit with the boys at the
cottages, and I think that makes
for a better situation. Many of
the boys have identified me as
one of the most positive influ-
ences on them," he said.
Each client does a survey
when they leave the facility and
put down the positive influenc-
es in their lives. Mr. Tate said he
is proud to be on most of those
lists.
"Many of the kids don'twant
to leave," he jokes.
See EYDC Page 2





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Scores

If you go ...
What: Biweekly meet-
ing of the Okeechobee City
Council
When: Tuesday, Feb. 17
at 6 p.m.
Where: Council Cham-
bers, Okeechobee City Hall,
55 S.E. Third Ave.
to the Okeechobee Utility Au-
thority Board of Directors.
In other action the board
is scheduled to present Belen
Reyna with a Five Year Service
Award and the mayor is sched-
uled to proclaim the week of
Feb. 15-21 to be National En-
gineers' Week in the City of
Okeechobee.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.
com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be
reached at pgawda@newszap.
corn.


Index


Classifieds.......................... 10-11
Community Events................... 6
Crossword ........................ ..... 11
Obituaries 6
O pinion..... ....... ...... ....... 4
School News..................... 7,8,11
Speak Out 4
Sports 12
Sudoku... ............ .......11
Weather 2
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how to contact the newspaper.

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Bill would aid


insurance


policy holders


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The property insurance situ-
ation in Florida is looking bleak
with major insurer State Farm
taking steps to drop policy
holders in Florida. Congress-
man Tom Rooney is trying to
make the situation a little better
by introducing the Policyholder
Disaster Protection Act of 2009.
"We must take action now
to help make property insur-


ance more affordable and keep
companies doing business in
Florida." Mr. Rooney said.
This legislation is designed
to encourage insurance com-
panies to build up reserves
against a major disaster by giv-
ing them a tax break. Currently
insurance reserves are taxable.
Mr. Rooney's proposed legis-
lation would allow insurance
companies to set aside tax
See Bill Page 2


Submitted photo/Teresa Chandler
Cattlebarons' Ball planned
Members of the 2009 Cattlebarons' Ball Planning Committee are Amy Smith, Frank & Deb-
bie Riddle, Mr. & Mrs. Sonny Williamson, Teresa Chandler, Billy Dean, Keith Stripling and
Bob Thompson. (Not pictured: Cindi Domer). The event is set for April 4 at Quail Creek
Plantation. The committee has built a beautiful picnic table set to be branded and auc-
tioned at the ball.





2 Okeechobee News, Sunday, February 15, 2009

ru s many people were killed by legal 25 deaths; and, no deaths were by drugs containing benzodiaz- by discarding them at Park #6 on tact the Okeechobee City Police
Dru s drugs as by cocaine, heroin and caused by marijuana. This totals epine, which includes valium March 14.
ri Fm all methamphetamines cor- 989 deaths by illegal drugs, and xanax. The local Operation Safe Department at 863-763-5521; or,
Continued From Page 1 bined. That same report goes on to Because of these alarming sta- Medicine Cabinet will be run in
n anai of oi According to that 2007 re- show that 2,328 people were tistics, both Chief Davis and Sher- conjunction with multiple coun-
an analysis o autopsies port: cocaine was responsible killed by such prescription drugs iff May ask that you discard any ties across South Florida on the the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
was done in Florida in 2007. That for 843 deaths; heroin for 121 as opioid painkillers (vicodin and and all of your prescription drugs same day.
analysis found that three times as deaths; methamphetamines for oxycontin), and 743 were killed that are outdated and unwanted For more information, con- Office at 863-763-3117.


EYDC
Continued From Page 1

Mr. Tate has taken many of the
kids to Sunday church services
with him each week. He also has
a meal with them. He said that
this time together has really had
an impact on the clients.
"If you have good program-
ming and you communicate with
these kids, and they feel like they
have accessibility to you, and
there not pinned up against the


Continued From Page 1
deferred accounts to build up re-
serves.
"It is very clear the current
system needs to be changed and
serious reforms are needed," the
congressman said. "Insurance
companies need to be able to
save for future losses to help drive
down property insurance rates
and keep companies solvent in


wall, there is no need for them to
escape. A lot of the kids call me
after they leave just to talk. I try to
make a difference in their lives,"
he explained.
Mr. Tate said there have been
fewer disciplinary problems and
fewer escapes and other bad in-
cidents at the facility in recent
years because of the change in
programming and ideology. He
noted there are fewer assaults
and fewer restraints used on cli-
ents in the past few years.
"I have been a part of the
kid's life. In rough times we try

the event of disaster."
Mr. Rooney is also in favor of
some type of a national catastro-
phe fund where insurance costs
would be distributed equally na-
tionwide. He does not think the
state sponsored insurance com-
pany, Citizens, can stand up to a
bad year. In the event of a major
hurricane he fears that taxpayers
will have make up Citizens' short-
fall.
The congressman wants to
make Florida a friendly place


to talk to them and understand
what they are going through. We
understand their problems," he
said.
Mr. Tate said his fellow staff
members gave him an award in
December for his leadership. The
plaque said Mr. Tate has provided
exceptional leadership; inspira-
tion and guidance to his fellow
staff members while Superinten-
dent.
The economy has had some
impacts on EYDC but not with
their programs, said Mr. Tate. He
stated that they lost nine positions

for insurance companies to do
business. He is in favor of a free
market for insurance companies
without over regulation.
State Farm Florida has applied
to the Florida Office of Insurance
Regulation to be able to discon-
tinue writing property insurance
in Florida. The parent company,
State Farm Mutual, would con-
tinue to offer auto and other types
of insurance in Florida.
It could be several months
before a decision is reached. If


due to budget cuts. They still have
over 172 employees on staff. He
said when he joined the staff in
2006 there were 52 job open-
ings. Last week, there were only
five open positions. He said the
facility has done a better job of
holding onto their employees in
recent years.
2008 was a very successful
year as the facility had several
speakers visit to inspire the kids
to improve their lives, he contin-
ued. Among those speakers were
Okeechobee City Mayor Jim Kirk,
several judges, and a film crew

approval is granted State Farm of-
ficials have stated that the present
policy holders would be gradually
cancelled over a two year period.
State Farm Florida has cited
figures stating that they have been
losing money for several years.
Since State Farm is an old, estab-
lished insurance company, Mr.
Rooney feels that is a bad sign for
the insurance industry in Florida.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached
at pgawda@newszap.com.


Apartment fire caused Okeechobee Forecast


by electrical problems


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
No one was hurt Thursday af-
ter a fire at an apartment complex
at 1807 South Parrott Avenue,
Okeechobee City Fire Chief Herb
Smith said.
Three units and nine firemen
and volunteers responded just be-
fore noon and found black smoke
coming from the windows of an
apartment on the ground floor.
Fire crews entered through
the front door and were able to
cut down the flames within mo-
ments, the fire report from Lt.
Glen Hodges said.
Okeechobee County Fire Res-
cue provided mutual aid in the
battle against this fire.


Approximately 1,000 gallons
of water was used to extinguish
the flames.
Chief Smith said about $20,000
in property damage was done. He
estimated the family lost about
$5,000 worth of belongings in the
fire. Most of the damage was con-
fined to one apartment. An adja-
cent apartment suffered smoke
and water damage. Firemen were
on the scene for approximately
three hours.
The American Red Cross was
on scene to assist the family and
the fire fighters.
The fire report said the State
Fire Marshal responded and found
that the cause was unintentional
electrical problems.


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that was filming a documentary
that will be on television in Korea.
The documentary is about Ameri-
can incarceration facilities. EYDC
was the only juvenile facility that
was featured in the documentary.
They hold an event every month
to honor the kids. Last year, about
350 visitors came for family day
and another 150 families came
for their Thanksgiving lunch.
Each cottage at EYDC also
took part in the tour of the world
program. Each cottage selected a
country to emulate. They learned
the country's culture, their food,


their dress, and their language.
He noted the program was a huge
success.
EYDC also received accredita-
tion from the COA, or Council on
Accreditation. Tate said that was
a huge accomplishment for the
facility.
EYDC will announce their em-
ployee of the year on Thursday
during their monthly awards lun-
cheon.


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Raulerson Company Care serves local businesses


By Chauna Agullar
Okeechobee News
Melanie Giles, program man-
ager of Raulerson Company Care
Occupational Health Services
spoke to the Okeechobee Ro-
tarians at their Thursday meet-
ing. Raulerson Company Care is
a comprehensive solution to a
company's occupational health
needs which works through ef-
ficient cost effective methods to
help build healthier businesses.
Mrs. Giles has been a Regis-
tered Nurse (RN) for 26 years, in-
cluding 23 years as an open heart
surgery nurse in Palm Beach
Gardens. She chose to come to
Okeechobee and moved her fam-
ily here where she has continued
her career at Raulerson Hospital.
She was asked to help set up and
run the Workman's Comp Occu-
pational Health Clinic which has
became known now as Rauler-
son Company Care. Raulerson
Company Care opened in Octo-
ber and is owned and operated
by the hospital. It is located one


block north of the hospital in the
blue top building, 1930 U.S. 441
N.
Company Care provides com-
prehensive health services for
businesses and municipalities in
our community. While this pro-
gram is new to Okeechobee, it
has been in existence since 1986
and has been a proven system for
increasing Occupational Health/
Workers' Compensation patient
flow through the hospital, utiliz-
ing the clinic and emergency de-
partment as the "entry point" for
community access.
Raulerson saw a need for
these services within their own
hospital employees to speed up
return of employees that should
have already returned to work af-
ter an injury.
They created a light duty pro-
gram which allows employees
to get back to work in an alter-
nate position so that they are still
benefiting the hospital and not
wasting money in the workman's
compensation program for oth-
ers who have more serious inju-


ries.
Company Care not only sees
workman's compensation pa-
tients but they also deal with the
industrial side of being an em-
ployer as well and offer employ-
ers a central location to have all
of their urine drug screenings,
breath alcohol tests, Department
of Transportation physical and
even safety programs and well-
ness classes.
In addition the Company Care
list of services include but are
not limited to: 24-hour access to
healthcare services; nurse case
management services; compre-
hensive rehabilitation services
and licensed physical therapy;
comprehensive diagnostic imag-
ing; pre-employment, executive,
and annual physical; certified
evidential breath testing for alco-
hol; ergonomic site assessments
and site modification; functional
capacity assessments; health fairs
and screenings; and a Return to
Work program.
The Company Care staff in-
cludes Melanie Giles as the pro-


gram manager; Melissa Morris,
RN, MSN, ARNP, and Jonathan
Adelberg, MD-Medical Director.
Due to the location Company
Care is able to provide central-
ized care for all of the patient's
needs including x-rays or other
tests that are located in the same
building. Company Care also
continues with follow-up care
through the nurse management
of each patient.
Company Care also takes out
the work of the employer calling
insurance companies and get-
ting authorizations for care. They
also have full access to Raulerson
Hospital records, so that when a
patient is seen in the emergency
room, their follow-up care can be
handled efficiently.
Many local companies already
use their services such as the
Okeechobee County School Dis-
trict, Wal-pole and many of the
groves in Okeechobee and sur-
rounding counties.
For more information call 863-
763-2670 or visit www.raulerson-
hospital.com/companycare


Special Magistrate to hear animal control case


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
In addition to 11 cases brought
by code enforcement officers,
special magistrate Lois Nichols
will be hearing a case brought
by animal control during Feb. 17
hearings.
Diane Epperly of Lai Kai Ken-
nel will be answering charges by
animal control officer Claire Hud-
son that she has allowed the ra-
bies vaccinations to expire on 109
dogs at her kennel.
Ms. Nichols will be hearing
seven new code violation cases
and considering imposition of
fines in four cases that were heard
previously.


Okeechobee's
The follow-
ing five people
are among
Okeechobee's
Most Wanted
persons. There
are active war-
rants for each of
them. The crite-
ria for making
Okeechobee's
Okeechobee's Jackie Cottrill
Most Wanted top
five is based on
the severity of the crime in con-
junction with the age of the war-
rant.
If you have any information


If you go ...
What: Okeechobee County Code
Enforcement Special Magistrate
hearings
When: 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17
Where: Okeechobee County
Health Department Auditorium,
1728 N.W. Ninth Ave.

Lawanda Green was cited for
remodeling work done on her
N.W 95th Court property without
the proper permits.
According to code enforce-
ment officer Beth Albert, Jose and
Cirila Baltazar have a derelict/con-
demned structure on their N.W.
30th Street property.


Most Wanted

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Wilber
Antonie Faust WereBor
Perez-Borja
on the whereabouts of any of
Okeechobee's Most Wanted you
can call the Treasure Coast Crime
Stoppers at 1 (800) 273-TIPS
(8477). If you call Treasure Coast


Gary Padgett is operating a
salvage activity on N.W Seventh
Street according to code enforce-
ment officer Blanca Saucedo.
Lawrence and Toni Steed were
cited for building a pole barn
without a permit and having trash
and debris on their S.E. 128th Ave.
lot.
Mrs. Saucedo stated that Jo
Ann Barton has a swimming pool
on her N.W. 160th Avenue prop-
erty that does not have the proper
enclosure around it.
Mrs. Albert cited DBR Lease
Exchange LLC for having an
abandoned convenience store,
overgrowth and abandoned ve-
hicles on S.E. 34th Avenue.



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Benji Emilio
Sanders Serrano
aka Juan
Tapia
Crimes Stoppers, you have the op-
tion of remaining anonymous. You
can also receive a reward if the in-


ANDS Management LLC
was cited for not having a fence
around their recycling center on
U.S. 98 N.
Turning to fines, Ruth Light-
sey could be fined if the derelict
mobile homes are still on her lots
on S.E. 25th Street and S.E. 38th
Avenue.
Charles Whitchurch is facing a
fine if the unlicensed vehicles and
boat have not been removed from
his S.E. 36th Avenue property.
Last month John and Lori Wil-
liams were ordered to install an
appropriate pool barrier on their
N.W 38th Avenue property. They
could be fined if they have not
done so.


formation results in an arrest.
Jackie Cottrill, 45, Grand
Theft Motor Vehicle, DOB 6-24-
1963.
Antonie Faust, 22, Burglary
w/assault. Bond: $100,000
Wilbert Perez-Borja, 25,
H/M, Poss Cannabis more than 20
Grams; possession with intent to
sell.
Benji Sanders aka Juan
Tapia, 33, FTA-Poss Cocaine,
DOB 3-12-1975
Emilio Serrano, 46, Sale of
cocaine, Poss cocaine with intent
to sell.


Local woman arrested in Lake Placid


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee woman was
arrested in Lake Placid on a felony
drug charge after being stopped
by a deputy from the Highlands
County Sheriff's Office (HCSO)
on an unrelated matter.
Alicia Bernard, 19, S.E. Eighth

Arrest Report
The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-
der the influence (DUI) charges by
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
(DOC).
SRodney Allen Paxton, 31,
U.S. 27, Lake Wales, was ar-
rested Feb. 10 by Deputy Harold
Hancock on Okeechobee County
warrants charging him with viola-
tion of probation burglary of a
conveyance and violation of pro-
bation grand theft. He is being
held without bond.
Javier Francisco Vallejas, 26,
N.E. 102nd St., Okeechobee, was
arrested Feb. 10 by Sgt. J. Royal on
an Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with high speed or
wanton fleeing. His bond was set


St., was arrested Saturday, Feb. 7,
on a charge of possession of co-
caine. She was booked into the
Highlands County Jail and has
since been released after posting
a $1,000 surety bond.
Bernard was arrested after
she was stopped by HCSO Dep-
uty Kenneth Young on A. Smith
Avenue in Lake Placid. Deputy


at $15,000.
Jose Luis Escamilla, 16, N.E.
102nd St., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Feb. 10 by Deputy Bart
Potter on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with bur-
glary of a conveyance. His bond
was set at $2,500.
Clemente Baltazar, 26, S.W.
15th St., Okeechobee, was arrest-
ed Feb. 11 by Deputy Lieutenant


Young's arrest report states that
he stopped her around 7:36 p.m.
after he saw a man in her vehicle
who matched the description of a
man who was wanted on a felony
arrest warrant.
After stopping Bernard the
deputy ascertained that the man
in the woman's car was not the
man being sought.


Keith Murrish on an Okeechobee
Countywarrant charging him with
conspiracy to traffic in cocaine.
His bond was set at $70,000.
Gilford Elias Clark, 37, Bru-
ton Court, Deltona, was arrested
Feb. 11 by Deputy Lt. Keith Mur-
rish on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with failure
to appear purchase of a con-
trolled substance (cocaine) and


During a search of the vehicle,
Deputy Young's report states that
he found a hard, rock-like sub-
stance in a prescription pill bottle
located in the center console.
When the substance was field
tested it indicated a positive result
for the presence of cocaine.


failure to appear tampering with
physical evidence. He is being
held without bond.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who
is later found innocent or has
had the charges against them
dropped is welcome to inform
this newspaper. The information
will be confirmed and printed.


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Thanks for participating!
City Police Department
BURGLARIES: We've had some car burglaries in the Northwest
section of the city. The cars were unlocked and goodies were inside.
Take the good stuff out and either way lock those cars.
LOCK IT: It just amazes me how many people leave their doors
unlocked. Then they are surprised when someone steals from them.
In this economy, some people are getting desperate. If you want to
keep your possessions, lock your doors.

Obama's town hall meeting
STIMULUS BILL: Obama is not trying to scare people. I don't
think many of you realize just what kind of mess we are in, there is no
way to really fix it. Part of his bill is to spend money on the American
people, but maybe many of you think we should just give more to
the banks. We got to see the fun they had with the first half of their
money. They are a big part of why we are in this mess. My opinion is,
there is no turning back. We aren't getting out of this one and this is
nothing like the 70s. Greed has got us where we are right now, and
it's a done deal. It will never be good again.
BAIL OUT: The money never should have been given to the banks
to bail them out. Speaking on behalf of the banks, though, they were
forced to make loans to unqualified borrowers under threats from
ACORN who wanted everyone to own a home of their own whether
they could afford one or not. The bankers were afraid of discrimi-
nation lawsuits, because of the threats in which every other consid-
eration, such as the important ones about whether the buyer could
actually make payments or not, had to be obscured. Same as today,
every type of responsibility can be pushed aside because the race
card is your trump.
GREED: The United States is in a terrible spot today because of
personal greed. The banks made some errors to be sure, but the
greed of those buying and selling property certainly contributed. Well
the folks who made all that money in the real estate boom need to
start spending it. But I guess it's mostly in the offshore accounts of
people who don't care at all about this country.

Having children in today's society
MOTHER OF 14: The story of the California Mother who just
had octuplets because she wanted to is an example of what is hap-
pening with the social security administration, the state assistance,
and federal assistance. First of all, she already has 6 children, three
of whom are on SSI due to medical reasons. She also receives food
stamps from the state of California. Her money that she received from
a workman's compensation case was used to impregnate her with
IV. So, I ask you, when is it time to say enough is enough?

Deputies are running radar
SPEED LIMITS: I have noticed an increase in the deputies run-
ning radar in the residential areas. Most of those streets are 35 mph,
although folks use them as short cuts and seem to forget the speed
limits. If you are going "the back way," make sure you obey the speed
limits, or you may be facing a hefty speeding ticket.


Reflections from the Pulpit


By Elder John T. Garner
More 2 Life Ministries
I love Okeechobee. I know
it sounds hokey, but I love living
in this small town with its small
town values. I love the fact that
it's perpetual summer most of the
time; every once in awhile we get
a cold snap but then it's back to
short sleeve weather again. I love
the slower pace of life here mak-
ing it okay to just sit and think or
even to do nothing if that's where
thinking takes you. I love the palm
trees and the palmettos, the brief
but intense summer afternoon
showers, the sound of the train
as it comes through town in the
late evening just about the time
I'm closing my eyes for a peaceful
night's rest. I love the love bugs
and the fire ants and ... wait a
minute... Sorry, I got carried away
there for a second. But what I love
most about Okeechobee are the
people.
In May, I will have been liv-
ing here in Okeechobee for four
years. I moved here from North
Carolina with the express pur-
pose of being a part of More 2 Life
Ministries. Cary McKee along with
my brother, James, had begun
M2L about eight months earlier
and I couldn't wait to get involved
in this new church start. I knew it
was what the Lord wanted me to
do so Laurie and I loaded up the
family and our belongings and
headed south; excited and scared
all at the same time. As we drove,
I kept thinking about the times we
had come down in the past to vis-
it James and Robyn; times when
we didn't have the money for
an official vacation so we came
down to 'Chobee to "sponge" off
the relatives. (You know how that
works, don't you?) Anyway, the
one thing that always impressed
me when we would come to
visit were the people of this town.
There seemed to me to be some-
thing special, something differ-
ent, better yet, something unique
about the people of Okeechobee.
Since I have been here, I've had
that initial impression confirmed
time after time.
So, what is it that makes the
people of this town so special?
I'm not sure that I can put into
words what will fully express that
special something, but here it
goes. Maybe it's the way folks get
excited about the Speckled Perch
Festival, watching the young la-
dies in the parade twirling their
batons or walking as they flaw-
lessly hula hoop down Park Street
that makes this town special.
Maybe it's the fact that "every-


body knows everybody else" that
makes what you say and do here
take on a more special meaning,
especially if you don't want to get
in trouble. It could be the unique
way that the ladies of Okeecho-
bee go about driving their pickup
trucks or SUVs while wearing
their bling belts from Eli's or their
ball caps declaring either their
devotion to the Seminoles or the
Gators that lets you know that life
here is lived with a certain culture
all of its own. To me, there's some-
thing reassuring about the way
the men here talk about the last
time they went huntin' or fishing'
- exaggerating just the least little
bit about the big one they either
caught or more than likely almost
caught while at the same time
the magnificent smells of ribs or
venison or both being smoked
on oversized grills fills the air (no-
body grills like Okeechobeeans).
Just thinking about it makes my
mouth water, but it also makes
my heart fill up with thanks to the
Father for allowing me to serve
Him here among these wonderful
people.
Besides the decision I made to
receive Jesus Christ as Lord and
Savior of my life and the deci-
sion I made in asking my beauti-
ful wife, Laurinda Jean, to marry
me, moving to Okeechobee may
be the best decision I ever made.
It's through the people of this
town, especially those who are
a part of More 2 Life Ministries,
that I have received healing from
many of the battle scars I have re-
ceived in being in the ministry for
20 plus years. It is true what the
Bible says about God giving you
the desires of your heart. So many
times we are convinced that we
can only be happy with the big or
the fancy. Here, in this town, God
has taught that the best things in
life are simple. Here, God has re-
vealed to me that He can and will
do mighty things in the most un-
likely of places. Here, in Okeecho-
bee, God has surprised me with
joy and filled my life with love for
and the love of the best people I
have ever known.


Submitted photo

Scout award
Cub Scout John Lense received an acknowledgement from
the Diocese of Venice, Fla., for the completed application
for Parvull Del (Children of God) award. He was given the
right to wear the Universal Religious Award Square Knot
#5103 on the left pocket of all future scout uniforms. Rev-
erend Lorenzo J. Gonzalez, from St. Theresa's in Buck-
head Ridge, proudly pinned the Religious Award on John
Lense during the 4 p.m. Mass on Saturday, Feb. 7.


Submitted photo/OKMS

Top of the Lake Art Fest
John Olson will perform Saturday, March 1, at 1 p.m. at the
OKMS Top of the Lake Art Fest. He graduated as musician
of the year from Palm Beach County School of the Arts
in 1994 where he studied under Juliards renowned vio-
linist Thomas Tsaggarls, a student of Louis Persinger. He
went on to study at the Cleveland Institute of Music with
David Russell and also studied with Leon Lazarev of the
Cleveland Orchestra. He went on to Stetson and studied
with Moscow Conservatory graduates, Alvaro Gomez and
Routa Kromavltch.



Grace Brethren


presents series


Grace Brethren Church of
Okeechobee, 701 South Parrott
Avenue, will begin a seven mes-
sage series with Pastor Jim, en-
titled "AT CALVARY" beginning
Sunday, Feb. 22. These dynami-
cally Spirit led messages are based
upon the final hours the Lamb of
God, Jesus, unselfishly suffered,
sacrificed and died upon the
Cross of Calvary. You are cordially
invited to join us while we expe-
rience Scripture as it unfolded on
that terrible yet glorious VICTORY


DAY! Your heart will be tuned in,
searched, broken and exhilarat-
ed. 'For God so loved the world,
that He gave His only begotten
Son, that whosoever believeth in
Him should not perish, but have
everlasting life.' (John 3:16) Each
message of this life changing se-
ries, written and narrated by Pas-
tor Jim which are designed to be
witnessing tools, will be available
on CD. Sunday School begins at
9:30 a.m. and Worship Service at
10:30 a.m.


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Community Calendar

Sunday, Feb. 15
AA. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Sav-
iour, 200 N.W Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
AA. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972 (Behind Napa Auto Parts) A.A. weekend
noon meeting Open Discussion meeting. *The Just for Today Club of
Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12 step fellowships.
Monday, Feb. 16
AA meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meet-
ing.
Okeechobee Senior Singers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Okeecho-
bee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited to join the group. For information or to schedule an
appearance, contact Patsy Black at 863-467-7068.
The Okeechobee Historical Society meets at noon at 1850 U.S.
98 N. Join us with a covered dish for lunch, followed by a business
meeting. The dues are $10 per person, per year, and are due in Sep-
tember. For information, call Betty Williamson at 863-763-3850.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road, in
Buckhead Ridge on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Karen Graves,
Chapter leader would like to extend a warm welcome to any interest-
ed persons to come by and see what they are about. For information
call 863-763-6952.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee meets at 101 N.W. Fifth
Street (Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Sickest Of The Sick, Open Dis-
cussion, 7 p.m. The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affili-
ated with any 12 step fellowships.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Artful Appliquers meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda
Road, Okeechobee on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Turn left at
the Moose lodge and go around the curve just past the church. Bring a
lunch and join us for a fun day of applique. Everyone is welcome. For
more information please contact Karen Graves at 863-763-6952.

Tuesday, Feb. 17
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open
to the public. For information, contact Maureen Budjinski at 863-484-
0110.
New Beginning's meeting of Narcotics Anonymous will be
held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. at Believers Fellowship
Church, 300 S.W. Fifth Ave. It will be an open discussion meeting. For
more information call Monika Allen at 863-801-3244.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972 (Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Nowhere Left
To Go Group (Open Discussion) at noon, NA. Sickest Of The Sick
Group (Open Discussion) *The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is
not affiliated with any 12 step fellowships.
Al-Ateen meeting will be held at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m. For more information, please call Amy at 863-
763-8531 or Dan 561-662-2799.
Al-Anon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200
N.W Third St., at 8 p.m.
AA. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
The Lighthouse Refuge Support Group is for women who are
hurting, homeless or been abused. They meet on the first and third
Tuesday of every month from noon until 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church,
401 S.W. Fourth St., and on the second and fourth Tuesday of every
month from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Red Cross, 323 N. Parrott Ave.
For more information call Donna Dean at 863-801-9201 or 863-357-
2106.
Family History Center meets from 1 until 5 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in
finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census,
IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index
and military information available. For information, call The Family
History Center at 863-763-6510 or Richard Smith at 863-261-5706 for
special appointments.
The Camera Club meets every other Tuesday from 5:30 until 6:30
p.m. Learn types and uses of film; speeds and technology; and, how
to see your world and capture it on film. Class is basic through exten-
sive. Registration is $20, and each class is $10. Call Bobbi at 863-467-
2614 for information. Some of the proceeds will go towards Big Lake
Mission's Outreach.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 7:30 8 a.m.
at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For
information, June Scheer at 863-634-8276
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is in-
vited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For informa-
tion, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at 863-763-4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m.
in the Fellowship Hall, 1735 S.W 24th Ave. This is a men's only meet-
ing. For information, call Earl at 863-763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden Cor-
ral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in becoming a
member is welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner at 863-
763-6076.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
at the Hospice building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Brenda Nicholson at
863-467-2321.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that
enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For information,
contact Dr. Edward Douglas at 863-763-4320.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to weekly meeting. Overeaters
Anonymous (OA) meets at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church,
312 N. Parrott Avenue on Tuesdays, 6 until 7 p.m. (Use 4th Street
entrance.) Overeaters Annonymous is not a diet club. There are no
dues, fees or weigh-ins. The only requirement for membership is a
desire to stop eating compulsively. For more information call Loretta
at 863-763-7165 or 863-697-0206.
AA. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meet-
ing.
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St., will be
hosting God's Time -- a morning of free organized Christian activities
that includes play, instruction and interaction for parents and their pre-
school children. The event will be held each Tuesday from 9:30 a.m.
until noon. Child care will be provided for infants during the class. For
information, call 863-763-4021.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W Third Terr., holds meetings for
persons with alcohol and drug related problems at 6 p.m. For informa-
tion call 863-357-3053.

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Comment period extended on payment eligibility program


GAINESVILLE Acting SED
Debby Folsom, Acting Executive
Director for the USDA's Farm Ser-
vice Agency (FSA) in Florida has
announced that following Agri-
culture Secretary Tom Vilsack's
announcement that the comment
period for the regulation defining
actively engaged participation in
a farming operation has been ex-
tended for an additional 60 days,
FSA is seeking a diverse range of
comments from different areas
of the United States and farming
communities.
With this extension, the pub-
lic may continue to submit com-
ments until April 6, 2009. The
extension document is available


at:http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/fe
deralNotices?are= home&subject
=lare&topic=frd-ii.
The regulation, published Dec.
29, 2008, invited comments on the
interim rule for implementation
of key eligibility requirements for
many FSA and Natural Resources
Conservation Service (NRCS)
programs. The regulations were
revised as mandated by the Food,
Conservation, and Energy Act of
2008 (2008 Farm Bill) to make
changes in payment eligibility,
payment attribution, maximum
income limits and maximum dol-
lar benefit amounts for partici-
pants in CCC-funded programs. In
addition, certain provisions were


incorporated that are discretion-
ary.
The actively engaged provision
requires that individuals and enti-
ties must be "actively engaged in
farming" with respect to a farming
operation in order to be eligible
for specified payments and ben-
efits. To be "actively engaged in
farming," the individual or entity
must make significant contribu-
tions to the farming operation of
(1) capital, equipment, land, or
a combination; and (2) personal
labor or active personal manage-
ment, or a combination.
Under rules in effect since 1988,
not every member of an entity is
required to contribute active per-


Okeechobee Livestock Market Report


February 9 and 10, 2009


Cows
Breaking
Cutter
Canner
Bulls
1000-1500
1500-2000

Calves
Cows
Str
Hfrs
Bulls


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$51.00 $55.00 Med #1
$37.00 $45.00 150-200
200-250
250-300
$55.00 $59.00 300-350
$56.00 $63.00 350-400
400-450
onday Tuesday 450-500
418 694 550-600
125 462 600-650


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0
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190-205
120-127
120-127
100-110
103-108
90-104
90-102
85-95


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150-200 0-0


41 200-250
47 250-300
1299 300-350
350-400
Hfrs 400-450


Small #1
220-235
250-300
300-350
350-400
450-500
550-600


125-195
100-110
87-97
82-90
80-90
80-91
77-86
75-80
76-85


105-120
90-110
95-102
80-89
80-90
Steers
0-0
0-0
0-0
94-98


sonal labor or management. The
interim rule requires each partner,
stockholder, or member with an
ownership interest to make a con-
tribution of active personal labor or
active personal management. The
contribution must be regular and
substantial, and documented as
well as separate and distinct from
any other member's contribution.
The rule limits the ability of passive
stockholders to continue to realize
benefits from the entity.
The substantive rule changes
make the requirement for adding
new persons to a farming opera-
tion more restrictive. The addition
of a person to an existing farming
operation can be met through an



and bulls were strong to $1 high-
er but quality of cattle for slaugh-
ter was a lot better also. We look
for things to remain steady for
a while. U & D of Okeechobee
topped the calf market with a
high of $2.20. Lightsey Cattle
of Lake Wales, topped the cow
market with a high of .60. Please


increase of 20 percent of base
acres to the operation; previously


the requirement was an increase
of 20 percent in cropland.


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until after July 4.
See ya next week,
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Entrepreneurship strategies presented at workshop


Are you ready to start your
small business? The REAL (Rural
Entrepreneurship through Action
Learning) Road to Business Suc-
cess workshops can show you
how.
This hands-on ten week
course beginning on Feb. 17 and
presented at IRSC by Florida Gulf
Coast University/Small Business
Development Center (SBDC) and
supported by Southwest Florida
Workforce Development Board,
FSBDC Network and Indian River
State College (IRSC) is an infor-
mative series of "hands-on" work-
shops for hopeful entrepreneurs.
The course is designed to help
participants to identify and de-
velop necessary business skills;
search and locate small business
opportunities in the community


and prepare a business plan (in-
cluding a marketing plan and fi-
nancial projections).
Sean Moore, business analyst
with the Small Business Devel-
opment Center at Florida Gulf
Coast University said, "If you have
a plan, with strategies for good
business practices set, success
can be yours."
Participants in the program will
pay $100 up front for the program
with $90 refunded back to them
when they finish the 10 weeks.
Just $10 is kept for class supplies.
The attendees stay invested in the
program and they get the infor-
mation the guest speakers pass
along to them, the business plan
software, and they get additional
benefits that are only available to
course attendees at no additional


charge. Combine that with private
confidential counseling sessions
which are also at no charge and
the program offers many options.
Local professionals including
bankers, attorneys and CPAs will
also participate in the course as
part of the Community Support
Team.
"We also have a little party at
the end of the 10 weeks to say,
congratulations and celebrate all
that we have learned and the fu-
ture ahead," Sean said.
"Since October 2007, more
than 200 people have graduated
from the REAL program with 15
new businesses started as a result
of the program and 23 new jobs
created not counting the owner-
ship positions. Not bad numbers
in a current down economy," re-


ported Sean.
For more information on regis-
tration for the course, please con-
tact Sean Moore at 863-517-0097
or spmoore@fgcu.edu. p p @ i S


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IMPLEMENTATION OF A MUNICIPAL SERVICES BENEFIT
UNIT FOR
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES/AMBULANCE SPECIAL
ASSESSMENT PROGRAM

Notice is hereby given that Okeechobee County, Florida, hereby requests propos-
als from qualified consultant firms desiring to provide Implementation for a
Municipal Services Benefit Unit for Emergency Medical Services/Ambulance
Special Assessment Program. The successful proposer shall provide all labor and
materials required to conduct the development of the program.

Inquiries and/or requests for a copy of the full text RFP shall be directed to Robbie
L. Chartier, Deputy County Administrator at (863) 763-9312 phone, (863) 763-0118
fax, or by email at rchartier@co.okeechobee.fl.us.com

Proposer's desiring to provide the services described in this RFP shall include a
letter of transmittal, description of technical approach, description of experience &
qualifications of the proposer, description of experience & qualifications of propos-
er's partner(s)/principal(s), description of proposer's location. The successful pro-
poser may be required to execute a truth-in-negotiation certificate relating to com-
pensation.

Interested firms shall submit (1) one original and (5) five signed copies thereof in
a sealed envelope bearing the name of the proposer and the words "PROPOSAL
FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF AN MSBU FOR EMERGENCY MEDICAL SER-
VICES/AMBULANCE SPECIAL ASSESSMENT PROGRAM" no later than 3:00
p.m. EST on Monday, March 2, 2009 to Board of County Commissioners,
Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Room 206, Okeechobee,
FL 34972. Proposals received after the time and date specified will be returned to
the submitter unopened.

Okeechobee County accepts no responsibility for any expense related to prepara-
tion or delivery of proposals, reserves the right to accept or reject any or all pro-
posals, reserves the right to waive technical errors and informalities and to accept
the proposals, which in its judgment, best serves the public interest.

Okeechobee County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Clif Betts, Jr., Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida


Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida

PUBLISH: Okeechobee News
February 15, 2009


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Community Events


2010 Lake
Okeechobee Calendar
Photo Contest
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.
sfwmd.gov/okee -- 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.

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-
697-3107.

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, of 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.

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

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

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

OHS Class of '90
reunion planning
meeting set
OHS Class of 1990 Reunion
Committee meeting will be held
at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at
Lunkers. Anyone who wants to
help with the reunion plans is
welcome to attend.


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,
please call the Recreation Depart-
ment at 863-763-6950. Officials
with some experience in flag foot-
ball, please call.

Back to work
seminar set
Pritchard's Insurance and Raul-
erson Company Care will present
a "Back to Work" program on
Thursday, Feb. 26, at 1802 South
Parrot Avenue, from 9:30 until
11:30 a.m. There is no charge
for the seminar. Guest speakers
will discuss topics that deal with
issues concerning returning to
work after occupational injuries.
Anyone is invited to attend this
informative seminar. For more in-
formation, please call Lisa Rodri-
guez at 863-824-3114 or by email:
Irodriguez@pritchardsinc.com.

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

Arts and Crafts Show
set for Lakeport
An Arts & Crafts Show will be
held at the North Lake Estates
Clubhouse from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
on Saturday, Feb. 21. North Lake
Estates is located at 12044 East
State Road 78, Lakeport. Twenty-
one tables will feature hand-craft-
ed arts and crafts, including jewel-
ry, fabric creations, bird carvings,
crochet work, wood-turned
bowls, hand-decorated glass-
ware, stationery, ornaments...
and more. A light lunch will be
available for purchase from 11
a.m. through 1:30 p.m. For more
information, contact Mary Leigh
Crumpler at 804-898-1717 or Kay
Cronk at: 864-946-0699.


Fancy ME! (machine
embroidery) meeting
If you have an embroidery ma-
chine, plan to buy one or are just
interested in the concept, please
join us at our next meeting. It will
be held on Saturday, Feb. 21,
from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. in
the Red Cross classroom, 323 N.
Parrott Ave. Bring your machine
and lunch for a fun-filled day. We
will be trying our hand at 'thread
painting' so bring a machine that
has the capability of dropping
the feed dogs. Also bring a round
embroidery hoop and material.
For more information, please call
Joan at 863-467-0290 or Corry at
863-467-2231.

CCC to meet
The Community Collaborative
Council of Okeechobee County
Shared Services Network will
conduct their monthly meeting
on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 10 a.m. in
the board room of the Okeecho-
bee School Board Office. Guest
speakers will be: 211-Rhonda
Throop; Port St. Lucie Behavioral
Hospital Pamela Springer and
Hibiscus Children's Center An-
gela Lowe. The public is invited
to attend. For more information,
call Sharon Vinson at 863-462-
5000 ext. 257.

Memorial fund set up
for family of
Cancer victim
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.

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


Show and tell
Gavin Driggers and his 4-H project rabbit named Pump-
kin. He brought it for a demonstration to Ms. Stanley's first
grade class at North Elementary School.






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Adoption orientation
session planned
Considering adoption? Please
join the Children's Home Society
of Florida at their monthly Adop-
tion Orientation session. The
Adoption Orientation session will
take place at 415 Avenue A, Suite
100, Fort Pierce, from 5:30-6:30
p.m., Thursday, Feb. 26. Anyone
interested in learning more about
adoption is invited. This fun, ca-
sual and FREE open house-style
orientation will provide an over-
view of adoption and answer all
questions related to adoption and
CHS' adoption process. Please
help us raise adoption awareness
in our community as we try to
find additional permanent, loving
homes for children in foster care.
To RSVP or for more information,
contact Children's Home Soci-
ety's Adoption information line at
772-489-5601, ext. 277.




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Harold Jack' Jackson
Stinson Jr., 70
OKEECHOBEE Jack Stinson,
age 70, of Okeechobee, died Feb.
11, 2009, in the Hamrick Home.
Born Dec. 2,
1938 in Winston
Salem, N.C. to
Ann and H. Jack
Stinson Sr., he
came to Okee-
chobee from Port
Salerno in 1984.
He retired from
Pratt Whit-
ney after 22 years as a me-
chanic. He was of the Baptist faith,
member of Acacia Lodge 163, and
he enjoyed NASCAR (Mark Martin
especially), golfing, fishing, and
watching his grandsons soccer and
baseball games. Mr. Stinson proudly
served our country in the U.S. Air
Force during Vietnam; he retired
from the Air Force.
He was preceded in death by his
parents, Ann and H. Jack Stinson Jr.;
brother, Donald; and stepbrother,
Frank Jenkins.
He is survived by his wife of 20
years, Mary; sisters, Carol Nethaway
(Doug) and Leota Green (Thomas);
stepsister, Grace Scruggs; stepbroth-
er, Dan Jenkins; stepdaughter, Melis-
sa Mills (Jimmy); grandsons, Jarrett
and Jayden; brothers-in-law, Joseph
Melion (Ann), Walt Melion, and
Clarence Melion (Wanda); two
sons, Jack Ill, and Jimmy; and
daughter, Kathy Stinson.
Memorial services will be 3 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 16, at Bass Okeecho-
bee Funeral Home with Chaplain Ed
Skiba officiating.
In lieu of flowers, make memorials
to the Hamrick Home, P.O. Box
1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973.
Guestbook may be signed at
www.bassokeechobeefh.com.
All arrangements are entrusted to
Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home
and Crematory.


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Submitted photo/YMS

Students of the Week
Yearling Middle School recently selected students of the
week for the week of Feb. 9-13. The following students
including: (front row left to right) Jamie Bruner, Char-
leigh Heater and Monica Hernandez. In the back row
from left to right are: Francisco Gomez, Vanesa Huerta,
Morgan Brown, and Lucern Jaimes are to be congratu-
lated on their achievement.


Okeechobee News/Chauna Agullar

Crazy socks at SES
South Elementary School first graders (back row-left to
right) Shaun Penrod, Elly Mann, Melanie Gonzalez, (front
row-left to right) Jasmine Vickers, Lillian Henry and Shel-
by Hannah showed their school spirit by wearing crazy
socks of all kinds.


Ukeechobee News

Shadow students visit Kiwanis
Okeechobee High School students "shadowed" local business members (back row-left
to right) Marcos Montes de Oca, Dowling Watford, Austin Willard, Juan Botello, (front-left
to right) Curtis Everett, David Sanchez, Craig Cleckley, Chauna Agullar and Epi Juarez
visited the Okeechobee Kiwanis Club as well.


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Career Shadowing Day a success


Members of the OHS Academy
of Finance participated in the an-
nual Career Shadow Dayon Thurs-
day, Feb. 5. Thirty students spent
the day shadowing local busi-
ness personnel from area bank
managers to dentists to engineer-
ing firms to county employees.
Some of the many experiences
included watching dental proce-
dures, planning their financial fu-
ture, learning the many different
facets of the banking industry,
watching court cases, and much
more. This is the seventh year the
Academy of Finance has partici-
pated in the Groundhog Shadow
Event. The event is an excellent
opportunity for students to take
part in a day at work and to net-
work themselves for possible fu-
ture employment. "We continue
to add new businesses each year
and they are always more than
accommodating to help make the
shadowing experience a success,
said Academy of Finance Director
Daryl Roehm. Each year students
return with exciting stories about
their experiences." Comments
from local businesses included,
"students were attentive and very
professional, "students had many
good questions" and "we are


continually impressed by Acad-
emy students."
The Academy of Finance is a
program at the high school of-
fered to students that are possibly
interested in pursuing a career in
finance and to get more students
interested in the finance indus-
try. Students complete a prede-
termined schedule of courses
in order to be recognized as
completers of the program. The
courses include Accounting I &
II, a 150 hour paid internship, and
Financial Planning. If you or your
business is interested in hosting
a student for a future shadow-
ing day, or you would like more
information about the Academy
of Finance, do not hesitate to call
Daryl Roehm at 863-462-5025, ext
7022.
The businesses that participat-
ed in this years' event were: Sea-
coast National Bank, Riverside Na-
tional Bank, Sun Trust, First Bank
of Indiantown, Bank of America,
Gilbert Chevrolet, Okeechobee
Motor Company, Paula Younger
CPA, Golden Corral, AECOM
Engineering, Asmussen Engi-
neering, Okeechobee News,
Raulerson Hospital, Pritchards &
Associates Inc. Lake Okeecho-


Submitted photo
The Okeechobee High School Finance Academy had their
students "shadow" at local community businesses on Feb.
5 and this is a pictures of Sarah Brewer (OHS sophomore)
and Mary Burris, Pritchards & Associates' Workman Comp
specialist. Sarah spent the day with various professionals
throughout the Insurance Agency learning about Insurance.


bee Insurance, Moesching Den-
tistry, Tenniswood Dental Associ-
ates, Laskey and Davis Dentistry,
Glades Gas, Okeechobee County
Finance, Okeechobee The Maga-


zine, Okeechobee County School
Board, Eli's Western Wear, South
Florida Water Management, and
the State Attorney's office.


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8 Okeechobee News, Sunday, February 15, 2009



Documents needed to apply for financial aid


By Bill R. Black, Career first-served basis. Here are some
Specialist of the items you will need:
Okeechobee High School Your Social Security number
and your parents' Social Security
The Free Application for Fed- numbers if you are a dependent.
eral Student Aid (FAFSA) became Your driver's license number
available on Jan. 1. It is important if you have one.
to complete the form and submit Your Alien Registration Num-
as soon as possible, as financial ber if you are not a United States
aid is provided on a first-come, citizen.


2008 federal tax information
for you (and your spouse, if mar-
ried) and your parents if you are
providing parent information. You
will still be able to submit your
FAFSA even if you have not filed
your taxes at the time, but you
must still provide income and tax
information.
Records of untaxed income,


such as Social Security benefits,
welfare benefits and veteran's
benefits for you and your par-
ents.


complete FAFSA on the Web
whenever possible, submit it and
then contact the financial aid of-
fice of the school you plan to at-


Information on savings, in- tend.
vestments, and business and farm Also, scholarship and financial
assets for you and your parents, aid scams are out there; do not
Federal Student Aid advises pay a fee for FAFSA completion
families with unusual circum- and filing. Help completing the
stances, including job loss, to FAFSA can generally be found at


the school you are planning to at-
tend, a financial counselor or Fed-
eral Student Aid.
To get started, visit: http://
www.fafsa.ed.gov. Don't miss
out!


Seminole Elementary students prepares for FCAT


FCAT:
Assessing Student Achieve-
ment
The purpose of the FCAT is to
assess student achievement of the
Sunshine State Standard (SSS)
Benchmarks in reading, math,
and science. The FCAT tests a stu-
dent's knowledge in each of the
following content cluster areas:
Reading
Words and Phrases in Con-
text
Main Idea, Plot, and Author's
Purpose
Comparisons and Cause/Ef-
fect
Reference and Research
Math
Number Sense, Concepts,
and Operations
Measurement
Geometry and Spatial Sense
Algebraic Thinking
Data Analysis and Probabil-
ity
Science
Physical and Chemical
Earth and Science
Life and Environmental


Scientific Thinking
FCAT Content Clusters and
Benchmarks
For each of the content clus-
ter areas, there are one or more
benchmarks that pertain to that
content area. Benchmarks are
skills a student must master to
show proficiency in the content
cluster areas.
When taking the FCAT, stu-
dents must answer questions
that relate to each benchmark to
ensure they have a clear under-
standing of the skill. Questions
are asked in these ways:


Submitted photo/SEM
Ms. Anne Hlxson, a teacher at Seminole Elementary School,
stands with her students as they visit the Publix Bakery and
learn about the workings of a supermarket.


Multiple Choice
Short Answer Response
Extended Response
Gridded Response
Solve, Think, Explain
Since students must score a 3
or higher on the FCAT in order to
receive a standard high school di-
ploma, we begin at an early age
preparing them so they will do
well. The FCAT measures skills a
student should know in order to
be a productive adult-skills that
have been taught for many years.
How We Are Helping Our Stu-
dents Do Their Best
Using technology to view each
student's individual score report
from the previous year, we are
able to determine strengths and
weaknesses. The information is
sorted by content cluster area,
and we know how many ques-
tions the student answered cor-
rectly in each category.
This information is accessible
to each teacher, and it is helpful
during small group instruction
and teacher directed centers. It is
during this time that the students
receive instruction in various ar-
eas.
All students at Seminole El-
ementary School are encouraged
to do well. Their teachers un-
derstand that some students are
anxious and nervous about the
test. They teach test anxiety tech-
niques and Test Wise strategies
designed to help students relax
and do their best.
What can parents do to
help?
Keep your schedule as rou-
tine as possible around testing
time.
Make sure your child is in
school during the testing ses-
sions.
Make sure your child attends
school regularly.
Provide a quiet, comfort-
able place for studying. Provide
books and magazines for your
children to read at home.
Encourage your children and
praise them often.
Make sure your child is in


school during the testing ses-
sions.
Make sure your child attends
school regularly.
Provide a quiet, comfort-
able place for studying. Provide
books and magazines for your
children to read at home.
Encourage your children and
praise them often.
Third
Congratulations to our students
of the week from Mrs. Padgett's
class, Stephanie Sippert, Javier
Hernandez, Clarissa Gomez, and
Ashlyn Griffith. Representing Mrs.
Coldiron's class we have Sandy
Leon, Luis Jaimes, Portia Rowe,
and Isidro Gomez. Kevin Karpin-
ski, Jesus Traperd, Chassidy Mar-
tinez, and Janeli Gomez were
selected from Mrs. Reed's class.
Representing Mrs. Johnson's
class were Ashley Cheneys, Vee-
renice Cardoso, Nayeny Ruiz, and
Flor Guerrero. Mrs. McCranie's
students of the week were Gage
Leach, Fransisco Delalto, Isaac
Kinchen, and Cynthia Rubio.
Again, congratulations to our fan-
tastic third graders.
All third grade students are very
busy working hard to prepare for
FCAT. Mrs. Padgett's class and
Mrs. McCranie's math students
have been working on graphs of
all kinds- bar, line, picture and
line plots. They can identify types
of triangles, determine range, me-
dian, and mode. We are very busy
fine tuning our math skills.
Sandy Leon from Mrs. Cold-
iron's class, Eric Cardenas from
Mrs. Padgett's class, and Pauline
Meras from Mrs. McCranie's class
were selected for their Character
Counts representatives. These
students represented the pillar of
responsibility. Students remem-
ber to read every night for 30 min-
utes. Statistics show the most suc-
cessful students are the ones that
spend time reading on a regular
basis.


Submitted photo/SEM
Seminole Elementary School students stand with Mrs. Peter-
son, SEM teacher, as they learn about the 3,000 post office
boxes.


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


Employment
Ful i m I' l


Employment
Ful i m 1


Glades Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Okeechobee
Member Service Representative

Glades Electric Cooperative is seeking a qualified
individual to take charge of the front counter at it's
Okeechobee office. The position reports to the
District Office Supervisor. We seek an individual
with strong oral and written communication skills,
a professional demeanor and must be comfortable
with change in the work environment. The suc-
cessful candidate should have a minimum of 3-5
years experience in Customer Service. We offer an
excellent salary commensurate with experience
and an outstanding benefit package.

Employee Applications may be obtained at
any GEC Office. Resumes may be e-mailed
to ybradley(gladesec cor or faxed to
(863)946-6266. GEC is an Equal
Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer
and a Drug Free Workplace.


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




BUSY CHILD CARE CENTER-
seeking CDA TEACHER that
has exp w/young children
Full-time or Part-time avail
Call (863)467-5588
FULL TIME STYLIST position
now available at Stafford's
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pointment to interview
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HEALTHCARE
SPECIALIST

Lincare, leading national res-
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personality with strong work
ethic needed. Competitive
salary, benefits & career
paths Drug Free Workplace,
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(863)763-7337
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business, straight commis-
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(772)778-0131
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GENERAL DENTIST for busy
practice at FL Community
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adults, competitive salary, excl
benefits & loan repayment
available Must have valid FL
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Fax CV to (561)844-1013, e-
mail hri fchclnc.orc, EOE,
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Needed full time at Flonda
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Stock Shelves
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HS Diploma Preferred
Flex Hours

Fax resumes to:
954-967-3477


CASE MANAGER, Part Time
for Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Must have Bachelors degree.
Please fax resume to
Melodee @ 772-466-5951
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Financial



Business
Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315




INVESTORS NEEDED 10 to
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Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Lnens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Pets/Supplies/
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Tos & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740





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3Pc Dropleaf Dinette $197,
50 Table and 4 Chairs $397
up, 200 Recliners $297 up,
50 2pc Sofa & Lovesea
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Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Seeds/Plants/
Flowers 865




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give us a try!!!!
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Rentals



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



rEECHOBEE, 2BR, 1B
Near town $700 mo An-
nual Lease Sec-8 OK
L561-255-4377 J
VIKING/PRAIRIE Efficiency.
Very clean' $600/mo In-
cludes utilities No pets Call
561-329-8205



APARTMENT in BHR, 800 Sq
Ft- 1/1 Extr bk rm $495/mo.
(954)290-0861
OAK LAKE VILLAS #17- 2/2,
Irg bdrms, W&D meld,
$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 me (912) 224-4658
or (734) 637-2697
OKEE 2/1 by 15B, clean
furnished, carpeting, new a/c,
enclosed porch, W/D Shed,
$825/mo nclds water
(786) 201-0306
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, Iba, Lg
yard, inside city limits, $800.
mo. + Util., 1st & Last mo.
sec dep (863)990-3294
TREASURE ISLAND- furn,
seasonal, wkly/monthly. 2/2,
boathouse, covered dock,
remodeled interior, new
kitch, (772)287-7407


LAND FOR LEASE -10 acres
Animal grazing. Great Oaks
Est, Lot #9 Highlands
County, (954)772-7230



PHYSICIAN OFFICE for long
term lease call
(863)467-9500 for more in-
formation


FEMALE looking for female
roommate for house in Oak-
park, $325/mo. All utils. Incl
Call 863-261-5789


Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property- Sale 1010
Condos/
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property1030
Investment
Property- Sale 1035
Land- Sale 1040
Lots- Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property- Sale 1055
Property Inspectioni 060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080








$49,900

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INDIAN HAMMOCK New 3/2
two story on 289 acres,
$275000. Also have a 2.85
acres lot $59,900. Okeecho-
bee 36th st N 2/1/1 CBS
$65,000 Canal Point rdge
facing lake 3/1 on half acre
$70,000, And 3/2 $85,000
Realtor/Owner
(561)635-8478
Looking for a place to
hang your hat? Look
no further than the
classified.



WOODED 4.4 ACRES With a
private 3/2, w/d, jacuzzi & Ig
deck. $850/mo, 1st, last &
sec req'd. (863)467-6472
Grab a bargain from your
neighbor's garage, attic,
basement or closet in
today's classified.


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BHR Fum Modular home 3/2
w/FI Room, Incl 3 HD TV's.
Just updated plumbing,
elect, new sod & spring sys,
fenced, boat ramp, dock,
conc dnve, car port, shed.
$138.500 OBO
(561)818-2348
LAKEPORT- Lake Okeechobee
access 2/1 CBS, fully furn, 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
941772-8898 or
941 448-0367


Mobile Homes



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




BEST VALUE IN TOWN! For
Rent: 2/1 apartment. Unit
newly remodeled. Located
12 miles north of Okeecho-
bee on Equestrian Ranch.
Monthly water, trash & lawn
maintenance included. No
Pets! $495 Move in spe-
cial. M-F (863)467-2982
MOBILE HOMES FOR RENT
1,2 &3 Bedrooms
Low Deposits &
Reasonable Payments
863-983-3554
OKEECHOBEE 3br, 2ba, rent
or buy, 7-9 mi East of Okee,
$800/mo or best offer.
(863)655-2454
OKEECHOBEE 6mi east on
Hwy 70. 3br, 2ba, rent or
rent to own, $800/mo or
best offer (863)763-8725
OKEECHOBEE-2Bd/1.5 ba,
Central Heat & Air, Screen
room, $650 mo. Will lease
with option @ $59,000.
(863)634-3451
WATERFRONT. 2br/1ba, com-
pletely furnished, non smk.
env., no pets $750 mo.+lst
&sec. 772-285-5856



BANK REPO'S
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
561-721-2230
KINGS MH PARK 48 x 12
Fum 1/1 w/21' concrete
porch & roof, in good cond.
On rented lot. Must see to
appreciate. $8000
(863)467-8773
MOBILE HOME on rented lot,
Dew Drop Inn, Lot 1, 2/1,
furnished, c/a/h, washer-dry-
er, Fl room, carport storage
bldg $12,000 or best offer.
467-1837 or 859-749-3348
-MOBILE HOME SALES-
Huge 4BR/3BA
32x80 Set up on Your
Lot $550 Monthly
800-330-8106 or
863-467-6622
MOBILE HOMES
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home moved? We have
28 years experience.
Call for your Free Quote!
(863)983-8106
OKEECHOBEE Db Wide, on
canal, elec boat lift, Ig at-
tached Util Room, Ig Uil
shed, golf car, furnished, Exc
cond., 1307 S Parrot, #40,
Riverbend Mob Home Pk,
(217)652-1238
RIVER RUN MH PARK For
sale by owner 2/2, fully fur-
nished, master bath has a
retreat room, with shed.
(863)763-7101
S/W MOBILE HOME 14x50,
2BR, 1BA, 12x22 ScrNynl
Rm. Newly refurb. 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 dnveway
with carport, 2 covered porch-
es, fenced back yard.
$90,000. Call 863-467-7911

Recreation



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
Mere EFI, with trailer, excel-
lent cond. $12,900
(863)763-1365

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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.
(863)357-4827
Find it faster. Sell it sooner
in the classified


Automobiles



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



XLT RANGER 1992, Auto, all
the extras, great condition
$2500 or best offer.
(863)447-9594


DODGE CARAVAN 2000
Power windows, a/c Runs
Great $2500 FIRM
(863)763-3036


Public notices



Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500



INTHE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECEC E COuNTY,
FLORIDA
JUVENILE DIVISION
CASENO.: 2004-O-008
IN THE INTEREST OF
R.R. DOB: 12/28/03
Mother of he mnoor child
Cheryl Rosier
parentall nos terminated)
TO FatherofRR .RaalAldana
Residnce and Address Unknown
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT A PE-
TITON UNDER OATH HAS BEEN
FILED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF CHIL-
DREN AND FAMILIES IN THE ABOVE-
STYLED COURT FOR THE TERMINA-
TION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS RELA-
TIVE TO R.R., A MALE CHILD, BORN
ON THE 28th DAY OF DECEMBER,
2003. THE CHILD WAS BORN IN THE
COUNTY OF OKEECHOBEE, IN THE
STATE OF FLORIDA. YOU ARE COM-
MANDED TO BE AND APPEAR BE-
FORE A JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT
COURT, JUVENILE DIVISION IN THE
ABOVE-STYLED COURT LOCATED AT
OKEECHOBEE JUDICIAL CENTER
312 N.W. 3id STREET,
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
AT 2:30 eM. ON THE Oth DAY OF
APRIL, 2009, IN COURTROOM -'",
FOR HEARING AND TO SHOW CAUSE
WHY SAID PETITION SHOULD NOT BE
GRANTED
FAILURE TO PERSONALLY APPEAR AT
THIS ADVISORY HEARING CONSTI-
TUTES CONSENT TO THE TERMINA-
TION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS OF THIS
CHILD IF YOU FAIL TO APPEAR ON
THE DATE AND TIME SPECIFIED, YOU
MAY LOSE ALL LEGAL RIGHTS AS A
PARENT TO THE CHILD NAMED IN
THE PETITION ATTACHED TO THIS
NOTICE.
BE ADVISED THAT YOU HAVE THE
RIGHT TO AN ATTORNEY TO REPRE-
SENT YOU IN THIS MATTER. IF YOU
CANNOT AFFORD AN ATTORNEY NE
MAY BE APPOINTED FOR YOU
WIvNESS MY HAND AS CLERK OF SAID
COURT AND THE SEAL THEREOF
THIS 301t DAY OF DEC, 2008
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF COURT
By Kathy Arnold
DEPUTY CLERK
306459 ON 2/15,22,3/18/09
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
JUVENILE DIVISION
CASE NO.: 2007-OP-G06
IN THE INTEREST OF
S.B. DOB: 10/19/07
Father of the minor child,
Mano Duran
TO FaUer of S,, MarloODran
Residence and Address Unknown
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT A PE-
TITION UNDER OATH HAS BEEN
FILED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF CHIL-
DREN AND FAMILIES IN THE ABOVE-
STYLED COURT FOR THE TERMINA-
TION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS RELA-
TIVE TO S.B., A FEMALE CHILD,
BORN ON THE 19h DAY OF OTO-
BER, 2007. THE CHILD WAS BORN IN
THE COUNTY OF OKEECHOBEE. IN
THE STATE OF FLORIDA. YOU ARE
COMMANDED TO BE AND APPEAR
BEFORE A JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT
COURT, JUVENILE DIVISION IN THE
ABOVE-STYLED COURT LOCATAT
OKEECHOBEE JUDICIAL CENTER
312 N.W. 3RD STREET, OKEECHOBEE,
FL 34972
AT 2.30 RM,, ON THE 6TH DAY OF
April, 2009, IN COURTROOM "D" FOR
HEARING AND TO SHOW CAUSE WHY
SAID PETIION SHOULD NOT BE
GRANTED
FAILURE TO PERSONALLY APPEAR AT
THIS ADVISORY HEARING CONSTI-
TUTES CONSENT TO THE TERMINA-
TION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS OF THIS
CHILD IF YOU FAIL TO APPEAR ON
THE DATE AND TIME SPECIFIED, YOU
MAY LOSE ALL LEGAL RIGHTS AS A
PARENT TO THE CHILD NAMED IN
THE PETITION ATTACHED TO THIS
NOTICE.
BE ADVISED THAT YOU HAVE THE
RIGHT TO AN ATTORNEY TO REPRE-
SENT YOU IN THIS MATTER, IF YOU
CANNOT AFFORD AN ATTORNEY, ONE
MAY BE APPOINTED FOR YOU.
WITNESS MY HAND AS CLERK OF SAID
COURT AND THE SEAL THEREOF,
THIS 16TH DAY OF OCTOBER, 2008.
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF COURT
By Kimbedy Sarros
DEPUTY CLERK
306333 ON 1/25,2/1,8,15/2009

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NOTICE OF HEARING
Okeechobee County Code Enforcement
Special Magisbale
The Okeechobee County Special Magistrate will hold a public meeting on Tuesday
February 17, 2009 at 2.00 m, he public meelng will be held at the Okeechobee
Court Health Department Adiorum, located at 1728 N.W 9t Avenue, Okeecho-
bee, Ronda For more information, contact Faye Huffman at the planning and Devel-
opment Department, 499 NW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Honda 34972
(863 763-5548 ext 3001
All interested padres shall have he opportunity to be heard at this public meeting
Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Code Enforcement Special Mag-
stae with respect to any matter considered at his meeig will need to ensure that
a verbaim record of the proceedings made and that te record includes te tesh-
mony and evidence upon which hle aeal will be based Code Enforcement tapes
are forth sole purpose of backup for offcal records of Ie Depa ent
ye Hufnman, Secretary the
Code Enforcement Secial Magistrate
310423 ON 2/13,15 09


SCHOOL BOARD WORKSHOP
The Okeechoee County School Board
will meet in a workshop session at 6'0
So Tuesday, February 24, 2009, to
dicss and review e current Code of
Student Conduct The workshop will be
in Room 303, 700 SW 2nd Avenue,
O eechobee, and th public is invited to
attend
Paricia Cooper, Ed.
Superntenden of Schools
309272 ON 2/15/09


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CES students learn about presidents


Kindergarten News
Central Elementary School
students are sailing on through
the school year and Kindergarten
is on a roll! Coming up on Feb. 19,
the Miss Toms Kindergarten class
is taking a trip to the bank. This
is an opportunity for the students
to learn about the importance of
money and banking. It shows the
students that money is not kept
just in the wallet, but also in giant
vaults at the banking center.
Many of us are taking the
time to teach the students about
two of our great American Presi-
dents Abraham Lincoln and
George Washington. We feel that
it is important to introduce these
great men due to the fact that
they helped change the face of
America.
Let's not forget about the fact
that we are almost done with the
year, and that means that we are
almost done with learning the
letters and sounds. Come by on
Wednesday, Feb. 25, to see what
a great job Kindergarten is doing
in writing. You will be amazed as
to how far these students have
come since the beginning of the
school year!
Mrs. Vaughn's class has been
learning about George Washing-
ton and Abraham Lincoln. We
created a Venn Diagram to com-
pare the two. We also learned
about George Washington Carv-
er. He made over 300 things out
of peanuts such as soap. We have
been getting ready for Valentine's
Day too. We sorted candy conver-
sation hearts by color. Then we
created a graph. In science, we
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different types of matter, forces,
and magnets. Next we will be
learning about weather. In read-
ing we have learned the present
and past tense of the verbs go and
do, proper nouns, and compound
words. We have been reading -ay
and -ai words. We finished our
chapter on solid figures in math.
We learned the terms, vertices,
vertex, sides and faces. Congrat-
ulations to Matthew Mangold,
Ta'Makia Jones and Anallely Mal-
donado for being our Students of
the Week. Happy Birthday to Da-
viana Miller.
Mrs. Bostwick's class at Cen-
tral Elementary School has been
learning about the fun and dan-
gers of different types of weather
and what various kinds of scien-
tists are curious about. We were
able to make a lot of personal
connections to what dangers hur-
ricanes can bring! We have been
exploring natural resources and
the 3 R's (reduce, reuse, recycle)
in science. Students have also
been learning more about pres-
ent and past tense verbs and writ-
ing poems for Valentine's Day. In
math we've learned about the
difference between solid figures
and plane shapes. Students of the
Week these past few weeks were
Mildred Leal and Moises Fernan-
dez. Congratulations, superstars!
Keep making those responsible
and respectful choices!
Miss Shineldecker's class is
very excited for Valentine's Day.
We are having milk and cookies
while we pass our Valentines.
Each student made a special card
holder to stick on their desk for
all the very special cards they will
receive from their
Friends. On Thursday,
Feb. 12, we will be
-learning about our
S16th President of the
United States: Abra-
ham Lincoln. We will
be listening to some
stories and making
special projects that
will celebrate his life.
Grandma Sally will
be talking to our class
about growing up
near Abraham Lin-
coins famous spots.
Lately in reading
we have been work-
ing with the long e
(ee and ea) and long
a (ai and ay) sounds.
We've been read-
ing special books to
help us learn these
sounds and our spell-
ing words. Our story
that we are reading is
"Meet Ben Franklin"
so, they are learn-
ing a little history at
the same time. Next
week we will begin
working with long e
using y.
Social studies
we've been learning
about our 1st and
16th Presidents of the
United States: George
Washington and
Abraham Lincoln. On
Tuesday, Feb. 17, we
will be having a spe-
cial treat to celebrate
i Presidents Day.....
drp something to do with
: cherries!
In math we are
-learning about solid
figures. We're also
learning about faces
and vertices on solid
figures. Our next
chapter will be on
Spatial Sense. We'll
see how good our
first graders are on
directions!
Writing we are


retelling
the story
"Gold-
ilocks and
the Three
Bears."
Students
kno w e
that ev-
ery story
has a be-
ginning, middle, and end which
makes a story complete. Soon
they will be writing and illustrat-
ing their very own story!
Weather is a big deal, so we
are learning about it in science.
Students are very fascinated with
tornadoes and thunderstorms
and are wanting to learn so much
more.
Please remember that there
is no school on Monday, Feb. 16
and we will be released early on
Feb. 20. Parent conferences will
be held on Friday, Feb., 20.
Students of the week were:
Artemio Virto and Allison Meara.
Good job!
Second Grade
Mrs. Greseth's class has been
learning about the amazing un-
derground railroad.We also read
a very interesting book about the
amazing life of George Washing-
ton Carver. We can thank him for
making one of our favorite foods,
peanut butter! The students have
also been reading and learning
about weather in Reading and
Science. We agree it is great to live
in our great WARM state! The stu-
dents are really looking forward
to our field trip to Dekker Family
Farms later this month.
Miss Miller's second graders
have been working hard with tell-
ing time in math. Do you know
what time half past 8 is? We've
also been talking about ways to
not waste our natural resources.
Congratulations to the follow-
ing students of the week: Michael
Watson and Chyenne Grimes.
Congratulations to Chyenne
Grimes, Andrew Simmons and
Raeshel Bell for having the most
steps. Remember to keep reading
every night for 15 minutes to earn
those steps!:
Mrs. Jones Class enjoyed trav-
eling back to the fifties, during the
Celebration here at Central. We
learned about the different types
of clothing (Thanks teachers for
dressing the part), we listened to
different types of music, and we
found that the cost of living was
much less. We sampled malts like
those sold for 25 cents in the 50's
and close to $3 today. Looking at
the displays in the hallways we
were able to find out many facts.
Did you Know that Barbie got her
start in the fifties? Not only did we
go back in time- we just happen to
be learning to tell time this week.
In Science we are studying fossils
and plan to create our own. In So-
cial studies we are learning about
our Presidents, and observing
black history month. Our Read-
ing story has taken us through the
"Super Storms" We are focusing
on cause and effect, and how to
predict what will happen. Next
week, we will be taking a field trip
to the Strawberry Farm. Congrat-
ulations to this Months students
of the week Julianna Hines and
Gisselle Leal.
Second Grade BASE
Mrs. Johns' and Sra. Rodri-
guez's Second Grade B.A.S.E.
classes have been learning about
habitats and food chains. They
enjoyed doing research on the
computers and creating their own
food webs. This helped the chil-
dren understand that there must
be a balance in the ecosystem for
animals to survive. This week we
will continue to talk about ways
to help our environments. We are
all looking forward to our trip to


Dekker Farm to learn more about
nature. Moms & Dads, remember
to return permission slips as soon
as possible.
We had a great time on C.E.S.
50th Birthday Celebration! Every-
one loved dressing up and par-
ticipating in games and dancing
at the Sock Hop! Thank you Spe-
cials' teachers for all your hard
work!
Keep counting change, prac-
tice telling time, and remember
to read at home every night for at
least 15 minutes.
Congratulations to our stu-
dents of the week: Natalie, Blan-
ca, Sumer, and Judele.
The students in Mrs. White-
side's class enjoyed a fun filled
day of love on Friday. The students
had a valentine exchange. We
also took that day to make a giant
card for our high school helper,
Ms. Cindy Cruz. We thank her for
everything she does for us.
Mrs. Whiteside's class has
been learning about how to
protect our environment and
natural resources. We learned in
our reading story, A Way to Help
Planet Earth, that the easiest way
for kids to help is to RECYCLE.
The story showed us how plastic
is melted down and made into
something new. In our science
books we learned that there are
many things we can do to con-
serve our resources such as turn-
ing the lights off after we leave a
room.
Congratulations to the recent
Students of the Week: Hannah
Holley, Madisyn Gonzalez, and
Antonio Pineda. Also congratula-
tions to Keondra Rawls for reach-
ing 200 steps in 100 Book Chal-
lenge.

Fourth Grade
Hands On!
Central Elementary celebrated
Fifty years on Friday, Feb. 6. Mrs.
Fulleda's Fourth Grade B.A.S.E.
class was responsible of tracing
out the number fifty on the north
field of the school. The number
was filled in with 600 students,
faculty and guest to make a hu-
man number 50. Then an aerial
picture was taken.
It was a great opportunity to
take the mathematical concepts
of perimeter, area, and circumfer-
ence outside of the classroom and
apply it in a real life experience.
I want to thank all of my stu-
dents for their hard work: Kailee
Alvarado, Eddie Aponte, Alyssa
Bessenbacher, Lynnette Casiano,
Vivianna Cisneros, Mariela Es-
pinosa-Garcia, Berenice Garcia,
Eric Gomez, Sabree Hall, Ramiro
Hernandez, Alexus Osceola-
James, Kylee Johns, Ramon Lib-
erato, Mackenzie Mackin, Diana
Ordonez, Faith Roddenberry,
Alicia Rodriguez, Juliana San-
chez, Jaen Torres, and Melanie
Watson.
They did an awesome job!
Yes You Can! iSi se Puede!
Note to Parents:
Parents I am asking for your
collaboration in easing the stress
that many students will start to feel
during this time of the year due to
state testing. I am a firm believer
that our students can be prepared
to take the test without making so
much emphasis on it. Students
have worked strongly throughout
the year and are ready.
Here are some tips: 1. Try
NOT to use the word FCAT. Use
the word assessment or test. 2.
Make sure your child ALWAYS
gets plenty of sleep and a balance
diet. Do not wait for testing week
to get into this routine. Try to do a
family activity that involves sports,
like playing basketball or going for
a walk. Last but not least, show
your support and love.
We can make a difference!


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Jump Rope For Heart
Sharondra Jackson jumped for heart health at South Elementary School for
the Jump Rope for Heart which strived at keeping the hearts pumping healthy
of all students at SES.





By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee High School
Brahman boy's baseball team
used great pitching and great hit-
ting to win the opener to their
preseason classic, 10-2, over Port
St. Lucie Thursday night.
Dustin Stokes hit a home run
in the late innings and tossed
three strong innings of relief to
pace the Brahmans to a victory
over one of their arch rivals and


toughest opponents.
"It feels good," Stokes said af
terward, "I've moved back away
from the plate and I'm hitting off
speed stuff the other way more.
Tonight he threw me a fastball
inside and I hit it out."
The homerun was the first at
home for Stokes. It was a bomb
that easily cleared the wall in
straight away right field.
He wasn't the only Brahman
that swung the bat well. Adam


Tewksbury had three hits, a run
scored and two runs batted in.
Mike Minondo had two hits and
three runs batted in. Brice Buck-
ner had two hits and scored
twice.
Brahman Coach Dylan Ted-
ders said the team has swung
the bat well in practice and are
much better at the plate this
year, "It's nice to come out and
get good pitching. We definitely
got good hitting. There is a good
atmosphere out here. The guys
are pumped up. We must realize
that tonight meant nothing. No-
body has an earned run average
or batting average and the team
is still zero and zero. I will tell
them, don't get too excited. We
haven't accomplished any of our


goals yet."
Tedders said he'd like to see
his team have the killer instinct.
He noted when the team got a
big lead they started talking about
other things and in close games
that can cost you a victory.
The Brahmans pounded out
13 hits on the night. They sur-
vived some shaky fielding in the
first inning as Drew Selvey and
Aaron Suarez made errors in the
top of the first. Selvey had three
errors in the game.
Cameron Tewksbury started
on the mound for Okeechobee
and cruised until the third when
he gave up a homerun to Gabriel
Viso.
Okeechobee scored four
times in the first. Key hits were


singles by Selvey and Stokes and
a two run single by Adam Tewks-
bury.
Okeechobee made it 6-1 in
the third when Buckner, Adam
Tewksbury, and Jonathan Craw-
ford singled and Mike Minondo
hit a two run double.
Minondo's RBI single and a
sacrifice fly by Cameron Tewks-
bury made it 8-2 in the fourth.
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Buckner aboard in the sixth to
finish the scoring.
"I think the team is getting bet
ter all the time. We are ready to
make a run at the district cham-
pionship and beyond this year,"
Stokes noted.
Stokes also pitched well, get-
ting the Brahmans out of a bases
loaded jam in the third. He struck
out six Jaguars, which included
the first five batters he faced.


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Dustin Stokes was in mid season form as he struck out six
Jaguar batters.


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Brice Buckner made several nice plays in the field. Here he
scoops a low pickoff attempt as Gabriel Viso dives back to
the bag.


Everglades Elementary students write stories


Second Grade
At Everglades Elementary
School Mrs. Brady's class is writing
stories about what would happen
if two cartoon characters from
two different cartoons met and
fell in love. For example "Scooby
Doo" and "Betty Boop." We have
had fun using our creativity writ-
ing these fantasy stories! In math,
we are learning about probabili-
ties. In science, we are learning
about living and nonliving things.
We are excited about exchanging
valentines on Friday!
Ms. Hunt's class has been busy
counting money and figuring out
change received, we love to pre-
tend to buy things from our friends
and they give us the change beak.
We are future millionaires, be-
cause counting money is fun!
Mrs. Campbell's class enjoyed
watching our volcanoes erupt.
We are learning a lot about the
Earth's surface. We have decid-
ed that fossils and dinosaurs are
cool! Our dinosaurs look great,
we are a creative group!
Mrs. Kirby's class is busy learn-
ing to count money. we are work-
ing on showing how to make
the same amounts with different
coins. Future bankers have to
start with the basics!
Mr. Wright's class has been
putting together some really neat
computer projects. We are start-
ing geometry in math and natural
resources in science. In social
studies our unit has been on
America.
Ms. Gumz's class is learning
what causes day and night and
seasons. Rotation, orbit, and tilt
are key vocabulary words to ex-
plain what we learned. Black His-
tory Month has shown us how
things have changed, especially
now that we have a black Presi-
dent. We wish everyone a Happy
Valentine's Day! Best wishes for
a confident and capable attitude
that you did well on FCAT Writes!
Good luck fourth grade!
Ms. Kosinski's has been work-
ing on probability in math. We
are loving spinning our predicting


action. We have
finished a power
point on living
and nonliving
living things.
We would like
to thank Ms.
Hurley and Mrs.
Lundy for visit-
ing our class and viewing our
projects! We enjoyed their posi-
tive feed back! We would like to
thank Mrs. Davis' fourth graders
for taking the time to look at our
projects. We were excited that the
older kids liked our second grade
projects! In social studies we are
learning about "Black History."
We are learning new facts every-
day. The students were surprised
to learn that Garrett Morgan (an
African/American) invented the
traffic light. Did you know that?
Finally, in reading we have been
reading "Super Storms." The
class felt a strong connection to
this story as we had just covered
weather in our science unit. We
wish everyone a Happy Valen-
tines Day!
Third Grade
Mrs. Koff's class is learning
how to read and make their own
plots in math class. In reading
we are finishing our story for the
week, "Here'sMyDollar."Thestu-
dents are learning about different
ways that they can get involved in
school and in their community. In
writing the kids are excited to be
writing letters of encouragement
to the fourth graders to wish them
well on FCAT Writes! In science,
we are finishing up our lesson on
the solar system. The students are
learning about the planets and
get to create their own constella-
tions!
Mr. Viens class is making en
couragement cards to wish the
fourth graders well on their FCAT
Writes! writing test this week. In
science we are learning about
natural resources and how to
conserve and recycle our re-
sources. We have been working
on medians, modes, and means
in math and how to do research


and surveys and how to make
data charts and line graphs. Con-
gratulations to Haylie and Juan
for being students of the week.
Keep reading for your 100 Book
Challenge steps and earn a pizza
from Pizza Hut.
Mrs. Tilton's/Ms. Campbell's
class has been equivalent and
simplest forms of fractions. In sci-
ence, we are exploring perimeter,
area, and volume. In writing, each
student has created their own
travel brochure of China, based
on the student's interest in certain
cities. Good luck to our friends in
fourth grade on the FCAT Writes!
test this week! Congratulations to
Aubrey Wojciesak, our student of
the week!
Mrs. Reno's class is really
"shaping up" as we learn about
geometry in math! Our student
teacher in reading, Ms. Campbell,
is helping us review compare and
contrast, reading comprehension,
and vocabulary. In social studies,
we've been learning about differ-
ent forms of government. We've
been writing every day and are
becoming superb story tellers!
In science we have been explor-
ing customary length and capac-
ity. Keep reading at home for 100
Book Challenge steps. Our class
leader has 260 steps (over 17
hours of reading)! Congratula-
tions to Carter Kassella, Zachery
Arcuri, Samuel Clarke, and Kobe
Crews our most recent students
of the week!
Mrs. Forde's class is going for
the goal with multiplication. We
are tracking the basic multiplica-
tion facts with soccer balls and
goals. Our reading class is studying
the importance of helping others
as well as author's purpose. Do
you know why the author wrote
something? Remember PIES, per-
suade, inform, entertain, or share
a personal story. We are working
with our inclusion teacher, Mr.
Bonasera, he is helping us with a
huge science, writing, and tech-
nology project. The students have
learned about natural resources,
they wrote a magazine article on


paper and then typed it into the
computer. They included pictures
and captions. Their knowledge of
natural resources has increased
due to this project. The students'
work will be shared with the fac
ulty at the next early release day.
Congratulations to students of the
week; Cody Floyd, and Stephanie
Sippert.
Fifth Grade
The fifth grade would like to
thank Kathy Hogen Kamp for
donating lab supplies for our up-
coming unit on weather and the
water cycle.
Mrs. Washington's class is
working hard in reading and lan-
guage arts. We are focusing on
the use of content clues to gain a
better understanding of the test.


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