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PKEECHOBEE


NEWS


Vol.100 No. 22 Friday, February 20, 2009 500 Plus tax


Briefs


Operation Safe
Medicine Cabinet
set for March 14
Area law enforcement per-
sonnel will stage Operation
Safe Medicine Cabinet at Flagler
Park on Saturday, March 14,
from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. During
that time residents can safely
discard unwanted, unneeded
and out-of-date prescription
drugs by simply driving up to
Park #6, located at the intersec-
tion of S.R. 70 W and S.W Sev-
enth Ave., and handing them
to officials there. No questions
will be asked and there will
be no forms to fill out. Opera-
tion Safe Medicine Cabinet is
aimed at keeping the home a
safer environment for children,
and keeping these drugs off the
street.

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 Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO). The yard sale will be-
gin at 8 a.m. and the chicken
dinner will start at 11 a.m. Each
dinner is $7. For information,
of if you have something to do-
nate for the yard sale, contact
Major Noel Stephen, Robyn
Cook, Juanita White or Tonya
Jewell at the sheriff's office,
863-763-3117.

Cattlebarons' Ball
seeks brands
Calling all Brands The
American Cancer Society Com-
mittee is planning the 2009 Cat
tlebarons' Ball. The ball will be
held on April 4, at Quail Creek
Plantation. The committee has
built a beautiful picnic table
which will be branded and auc-
tioned at the ball. If you would
like your brand to be included
on the table, please join us at
the Branding Event on Satur-
day, Feb 28, from 1-3 p.m. The
location address is 1690 SW
28th Street, Okeechobee. For
more information, please con-
tact Billy Dean at 863-467-1570
or Shannon Martin at 863-467-
2376.

Drought Index

Current: 659
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

13.04 feet
Last Year: 10.13 feet

SSon ored By:

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


'You

Florida School for
Boys clients from
the 1940s-60s finally
tell their stories

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
As the young frail boy entered
the concrete block building he
was first struck with the damp-
ness and musty smell. And as he
sat in a small room he suddenly
was overtaken by the stench of


If you've wondered what
those flags that are flying in
park number two in Flagler
Park this month as you drive in
the downtown area, this story
should explain.
Castle, or Child Abuse Ser-
vices, training, and life enrich-
ment, has set up 163 flags in
the park that memorialize all of
the children who died in Florida
in 2007 due to child abuse. The
memory field has been placed
in Okeechobee for the past two
years.
A dedication ceremony was
held Tuesday night to raise
awareness about child abuse
and also to raise awareness of
programs Castle provides the
community.
Castle's mission is to im-
prove the quality of family life
in Okeechobee and prevent
child abuse and neglect.
"Castle's passion is to make
this a better world for children.
They believe it is imperative to
invest in children and that child
abuse can be prevented," Mas-
ter of Ceremonies Billy Dean
said.
Executive Director of Castle,
Theresa May said they have
provided services to Okeecho-


could smell


urine and vomit. But the stron-
gest odor of all was fear.
He had never smelled fear
like this. It penetrated his nose
and sped along the olfactory
nerve to his brain. Then, sud
denly, he began to tremble. Why
was he shaking so uncontrolla
bly?
Someone then turned on a
large and noisy exhaust fan.
Why? It's cool in here, why the
fan9
Next came the sound of
something scraping the ceiling
in another room. That sound


was followed by a loud clap,
then a scream. A blood-curdling
scream like he had never heard
and will never forget.
"Shut up, boy, or we'll start
all over again, he heard a man
growl.
Then came another clap, and
another, and another.
After what seemed an eter-
nity, there was silence.
He watched as the blood-
ied body of another young frail
boy stumbled out of the room
in front of him. The boy tried to
walk but struggled. He finally


'I'
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Joe Arnold (right) and Toni Wiersma carried flags at the
castle memory field dedication ceremony.


bee families for 28 years. How-
ever, not many people know
anything about them. She said
1,400 people in Okeechobee
have received assistance. In
2009, 500 people, about 150
families, will receive help
through this organization.
"Our founders created an
agency with a simple mission,
protect children, prevent child
abuse, and provide parental ed-


ucation for families," she said.
Castle provides two families
in Okeechobee. One is Safe
Families. In this program, Cas-
tle counselors visit families in
their homes. They talk to them,
counsel them and discuss is
sues in the home. They deter-
mine what the family needs and
the resources that are available
to them. There is a 98 percent
See CASTLE Page 3


the


made his way to a wall across
the room and stood there facing
the damp moldy concrete with
his back and buttocks blood-
ied and the back of his clothes
ripped to shreds.
And then it came.
"OK boy, you're next," the
man growled at the trembling
boy.
Fear overtook him. He could
hardly walk. The next thing he
knew, the screams he heard
were his own.
"I fought in Vietnam, belt
buckle to belt buckle. I literally


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Superintendent Patricia Coo-
per called a public workshop
to address the board about the
dire situation that Florida Pub
lic Education is embarking on
with the continued loss in rev-
enue and funding.
Since the 2007-08 final cal-
culation there has been a loss
of revenue of $2,728,063 to-
wards education. Okeechobee
County has also had a decline
in enrollment of 75.47 students,
which also decreases revenue.
State reduction in revenue
has totaled 5.52 percent, cou-
pled with the county decrease
in revenue our district has ex-
perienced a 7.5 percent reduc-
tion in funding.
These reductions in revenue
are not expected to end at the


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Tobacco and alcohol use by
Okeechobee teenagers is on
the increase according to the
2008 Florida Youth Substance
Abuse Survey.
The survey involved the re-
sponses of 814 teenagers from
age 10-19 this year. Teens were
asked if they had used alcohol,
cigarettes, smokeless tobacco,
marijuana, over the counter
drugs, and illicit drugs in the
past year.
Health Department Director
Frank Kruppa said they believe
the annual report is pretty ac-
curate. The surveys are confi-
dential.
The report showed that over
53 percent of middle school
students have used alcohol, 33
percent have smoked, and over


fear'
looked into the eyes of the men
I killed and that didn't scare me
anything like hearing the boys
cry," said retired U.S. Army Cap-
tain Bryant Middleton. "I did
the same thing. I begged them.
I pleaded for mercy. I begged
them to stop and as soon as I
said stop, they would hit me
again."
Capt. Middleton is one of
the hundreds of men who are
coming forward to talk about
the physical, sexual and mental
See FSB Page 2


7.5 percent. On March 16, the
general revenue estimates will
again be reported and they are
expected to still remain in their
downward spiral by some, the
house and senate are divided
on this projection. Reportedly
there could be another 2 per-
cent reduction which would
total another $950,565 in loss
of funding.
They are also projecting a
15 percent cut for the 2009-10
school year which would mean
our district would have to take
drastic measures to operate
normally.
Dr. Cooper first explained
that her main priority regarding
the budget is to first, keep em-
ployees working and second,
keep as many programs for our
students available as feasibly
See Cuts Page 3


14 percent have smoked mari-
juana, and close to 30 percent
have used illicit drugs. In addi-
tion, 3.5 percent of respondents
claimed they had used cocaine,
and over 3 percent claimed
they had used club drugs like
ecstasy, and rohypnol.
As for high school students
surveyed, nearly 77 percent
have drank alcohol, over 44
percent have smoked ciga-
rettes, 29 percent have used
smokeless tobacco, 32 percent
have smoked marijuana, and
over 42 percent have used illicit
drugs.
The survey also asked teen-
agers if they have used these
various drugs in the past 30
days. On the middle school sur-
vey, nearly 28 percent claimed
they drank alcohol, 14 percent
See Teens Page 3


Index


Classifieds.............................. 8-9
Community Events.................... 5
Crossword .................. ..... 9
Lotteries. ........... ....... ....... 2
Opinion 4
Speak Out 4
Sports 11-12
Sudoku 9
Weather 2
See Page 2 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.

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Riverwoods celebrates


Year of Astronomy


By Christopher
Stephan
Education Specialist
This year, 2009 has been de-
clared the International Year of
Astronomy (IYA) by the United
Nations and the International
Astronomical Union. The US
Congress recently passed a
resolution supporting this year-
long celebration. This is the
first time that there has been
a worldwide emphasis on As-
tronomy since the International
Geophysical Year in 1958.
Riverwoods Field Lab is
part of Florida Atlantic Uni-


versity's Center for Environ-
mental Studies. Riverwoods
is a comprehensive Education
and Research Center focused
on environmental science and
education. Riverwoods is lo-
cated on the Kissimmee River
in the small town of Cornwell,
in Highlands County on US 98,
about 25 miles from the City of
Okeechobee.
The skies are extremely
clear and dark, and on a steady
night one can see 6.5 magni-
tude stars with the naked eye.
To help celebrate the 2009 IYA,
Riverwoods is hosting several
Explore Your Night Sky pro-


grams that include fun facts
and field activities to view the
moon, stars and constellations
for students and adults.
The Explore Your Night Sky
program was developed to
enhance existing Student Field
Studies Program where sec-
ondary students stay overnight
and Explore the Kissimmee
River and Restoration by day
via pontoon boat.
Many of the students who
have participated in the pro-
gram live in urban areas im-
pacted by light pollution. Many
See Lab Page 3


Submitted photo
Riverwoods Field Lab is celebrating the International Year of
Astronomy with special events for students and for the public.
The lab is about 25 miles from Okeechobee on Hwy 98.


Schools face



funding cuts


Memory field: Child abuse awareness


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Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken
One hundred and sixty-three flags in Flagler Park represent the 163 children who died
in Florida in 2007 due to child abuse. Memory Field is a traveling exhibit that brings
attention to the ongoing problem of child abuse.


Program helps families
By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News m


Teen drug use


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Submitted photo/Teresa Chandler

Valentine's Teen Dance
Teresa Chandler along with Communities in Schools organized a "Valentines" teen dance
party Sunday, Feb 15. Don Patel, Pier II hosted the event for the 85 children! The children
danced, played games, enjoyed a hoola hoop & limbo contest and received candy. A spe-
cial thank you goes to our live DJ, Billy Dean/WOKC, our volunteers and the businesses
who donated items including Publix Supermarkets, Ding-A-Ling Deli and Dominos Pizza.
All proceeds from the dance will be donated to Okeechobee Communities in Schools.


Correction


An error appeared in an article
with the headline "State Farm no
longer to insure property in Fla."
that was on the front page of the
Wednesday, Feb. 18, issue of the
Okeechobee News. The article
incorrectly stated that State Farm
paid out more than $4.4 million
in claims for the eight hurricanes
that struck Florida in 2004 and
2005. That figure should have
been $4.4 billion. We apologize
for the error and any inconve-
nience it may have caused.

Okeechobee

Forecast
Friday: Sunny, with a high
near 67. North northeast wind be-
tween 5 and 10 mph.
Friday Night: Patchy frost af
ter 3am. Otherwise, mostly clear,
with a low around 37. North
northwest wind around 5 mph.

Extended Forecast
Saturday: Sunny, with a high
near 73. North wind 5 to 10 mph
becoming east southeast.
SaturdayNight: Partlycloudy,
with a low around 50. East wind
around 5 mph becoming calm.
Sunday: A 20 percent chance
of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a
high near 72. Calm wind becom-
ing north around 5 mph.
Sunday Night: A 20 per-
cent chance of showers. Mostly
cloudy, with a low around 51.
North northeast wind between 5
and 10 mph.


Lotteries


The Florida Lotto: Numbers selected Wednesday in the Florida Lot-
tery are: Cash 3: 6-4-6; Play 4: 5-4-3-4; Fantasy 5: 6-10-14-22-30;
Lotto: 8-10-11-14-23-36; Powerball: 2-15-39-44-66 PB 15 x3. Num-
bers selected Thursday are: Cash 3: 5-7-2; Play 4: 0-2-8-5.






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abuse they suffered at the Florida
School for Boys in Marianna in
the 1940s, '50s and '60s and at
the Florida School for Boys in
Okeechobee in the 1960s. The
men -- many who have lived a
life of violence laced with alcohol
and drug abuse -- have joined in
a class action lawsuit against the
State of Florida for what was done
to them as 8- to 16-year-old boys.
In Okeechobee, the white
boys were reportedly taken to a
room called The Library while the
black boys were taken to the ADJ
(adjustment) room. In Marianna,
the beatings took place in a small
concrete building known as The
White House.
According to the lawsuit, at
these two reform schools the boys
were routinely beaten, sodom-
ized and sometimes killed. The
horror stories are different, yet the
same. Each deals with torture at
the hands of men who took per-
verted pleasure in hearing young
boys scream and plead for mercy,
and watching them bleed.
In Okeechobee, guards were
fond of using "the prod" -- a rod
with a ball on one end, the law-
suit alleges.
"In Okeechobee, they would
have boys come into the ADJ
room and they would have straps
and things hanging on the wall
for them to see," said Gregory
Hoag, a St. Petersburg attorney
whose firm, along with other law
firms, are handling the suit. "The
instrument to be used on the boy
would be lying on the side of the
bed for them to see.
"Absent of genocide, this is
your modern day Nazi concentra-
tion camp things going on," he
added.
He related stories of boys who
were beaten so badly they had
to be carried out. And then there
were those who were simply
thrown into a wheelbarrow, cov-
ered with a sheet and were never
seen or heard from again.
Mr. Hoag told of an 11-year-old
boy who was tied spread eagle to
two trees and repeatedly kicked
in the groin by an older boy as
school employees directed him.
Still today, his groin area is totally
numb.
Then there are the stories of
boys being put into an industrial-
sized clothes dryer. In at least one
case, a boy died.
In another Okeechobee case,
a boy was reportedly taken to the
infirmary where they removed
his tonsils because the doctor
"needed the practice." The boy
was awake during the entire pro-


cedure.
The most prevalent torture,
however, were the beatings.
While a variety of utensils were
used, the favorite was a 5- to
6-foot-long leather strap. This
4-inch-wide strap consisted of
two pieces of leather with a pli-
ant piece of sheet metal sewed
in between the layers of leather.
Often times during the beatings
the holes in the strap would be-
come filled with the boys' clothes
and flesh.
The scenario for the boys was
the same when they were "taken
down" -- the words used to indi-
cate that they had been taken to
The White House.
"They would take you down
any time of the day or night. Nor-
mally, it would be at night after
you had your shower and had
the very thin nightgown on," re-
called Capt. Middleton. "The cries
would permeate the air. It was
pretty frightening."
He remembered that the build-
ing "always reeked."
"It had a musty, moldy odor,"
he said. "And you could always
smell the fear."
He was "taken down" at least
six times while in the school from
1958 until 1960.
Capt. Middleton, who was sent
to the Marianna school around
the age of 13, said there were
two doors to The White House
and the boys were always taken
in through a side door. When the
boys walked into the building
they would step on the concrete
slab floor and walk down a short
hallway.
"You'd walk down the hallway
about three steps, take a left then
take another three or four steps
and there would be two rooms
-- one to the left and one to the
right," recalled the 63-year-old
veteran.
In each room was an iron
Army bed covered with a 1-inch
thick cotton mattress.
"You'd get on the bed, lay on
your stomach, grab the rail and
put your face in the pillow," he
said. "The bed was really filthy.
There were urine stains all over
and some blood spatter marks.
You'd see it (blood) on the wall.
They wouldn't bother to wipe it
down -- it was a psychological
thing.
"The pillow was covered with
blood, spittle and vomit. You'd put
your face in it, take a deep breath
and bite into it because you knew
you were going to get the beat-
ing of your life," continued Capt.
Middleton.
And then it began.
"You could hear it (the leather
strap) as it came through the air.
It would hit you on the buttocks,
if you were lucky," he said. "It


would go on and on. It could last
30 to 40 minutes -- depending on
what you were there for."
The boys were "taken down"
for a variety of reasons: they
talked about escaping; got into a
fight; their grades weren't good
enough; or, they lost a sporting
event to another school.
Once the beating was through,
Capt. Middleton said he would
return to Roosevelt Cottage, his
cottage, and begin the painful
process of pulling his clothing out
of his wounds.
"It (the clothing) was liter-
ally forged into your skin," he
said. "There would be boys who
would go to the dispensary and
they'd spend an hour pulling the
cotton out of their cuts."
One of the men who allegedly
administered the beatings, Troy
Tidwell, still lives in Marianna.
The one-armed man is now 86
years old and has been named in
the suit, along with the psycholo-
gist at the school Robert E. Curry
and different state agencies.
"Curry, he's a bad dude too,"
said Mr. Hoag. "We don't know
if he's still alive. He was a sexual
pervert. It's infuriating to hear
these stories. It makes the hair on
the back of your neck stand up."
Until a few months ago, no
one spoke about what went on at
Okeechobee and Marianna. Then
Roger Kiser, who was also placed
in the Marianna school, wrote a
book about The White House.
Mr. Hoag said on Oct. 21,
2008, a ceremony was held at the
Marianna school and a few of the
victims were in attendance to see
The White House officially closed
by the Department of Juvenile
Justice (DJJ).
"They put up a plaque to com-
memorate the boys who went to
this school," said Mr. Hoag.
The St. Petersburg Times then
ran a story about the ceremony.
A victim living there read the ar-
ticle and contacted his attorney,
who then referred his client to Mr.
Hoag and fellow attorney Thomas
D. Masterson.
"Then, we started to get a
barrage of phone calls," said Mr.
Hoag.
To date, he has talked to 130
victims and has more to contact.
Capt. Middleton, a native Flo-
ridian, did not attend that October
ceremony.
"I read about it in the news-
paper. After I read the article I
couldn't eat. I could only sit here
and cry," he said during a phone
interview from his Fort Walton
Beach home.
About a week later he received
a call from a man in Hialeah who
said he was going to the Marianna
facility and asked Capt. Middleton
if he would like to go.


"We took a complete tour. We
went to the cottages, the mess
hall, gym and finally The White
House. I stood outside that place
for 45 minutes before I could stop
crying and gain the nerve to go in-
side. The only thing missing were
the two cots," he said.
The Vietnam veteran has been
married for 41 years and has two
sons who are both in the military
and have served in Iraq. During
a Feb. 16, 2009, interview, Capt.
Middleton said one of his sons
had just returned from his fifth
tour in Iraq.
But even through the fighting
in Vietnam, his gunshot wounds
from that fighting and his child-
hood torture, Capt. Middleton
had not told his wife or family
about the Florida School for Boys
in Marianna until 60 days ago.
"I never told her a word about
it -- I never told anybody. I tried
to push it back as far as I could,"
he said. "When I told her, she
cried 'Why didn't you ever tell me
about this?' She thought all my
problems were just Vietnam."
Capt. Middleton explained that
he's been in therapy for several
years due to the work and special
operations he did in Vietnam. But,
finally, he told his therapist about
The White House.
"The psychiatrist said he knew
there was something else at the
base of my post traumatic stress
syndrome," he said.
And now it's all out there -- the
pain, the trauma and the fear.
And even though a lawsuit has
been filed and what happened
at Okeechobee and Marianna is
under investigation by the Florida
Department of Law Enforcement
(FDLE), Capt. Middleton isn't ex-
pecting much to come from the
suit.
"I feel the state will do what
they've always done. They're go-
ing to cover their butts and cover
things up," he said.
For Capt. Middleton, he real-
izes there won't likely be any
monetary award but that doesn't
mean much to him. For him, he
would like the state to acknowl-
edge what happened to the boys
in Okeechobee and Marianna and
apologize.
But most of all, he would like
the fear to go away. To this day,
when he drives along 1-10 and
sees the exit sign marked Marian-
na his stomach begins to wrench
and all the fear and pain comes
flooding back.
"I was part of a long-range re-
connaissance patrol and we were
dropped deep into enemy territo-
ry. And very honestly, I would do
that again today instead of going
back to be brutalized and terror-
ized at Marianna.
"I'm 63 years old now and it's


Florida School for Boys privatized in 1982


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
While a lawsuit has been filed
regarding alleged atrocities com-
mitted against boys confined to
the Florida School for Boys in
both Okeechobee and Marianna,
only the Mariana school is still in
operation as a state school.
The Florida School for Boys in
Okeechobee officially opened in
July of 1959 on U.S. 441 N. The re-
ported brutalizing of young boys
there occurred primarily during
the 1960s, according to the law-
suit.
Records indicate that Florida
Governor Claude Kirk toured the
facility in 1967 and labeled condi-


tions there as "deplorable."
The school became integrated
in 1968 and an order was handed
down to end corporal punish-
ment at that time.
In 1982, the American Civil
Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a
lawsuit against the state of Florida
claiming some forms of abuse
were continuing at the school.
According to the book "Private
Prisons" by Charles H. Logan, the
state had sought to close the Flor-
ida School for Boys in Okeecho-
bee but found it could not afford
to do so.
"For years it allowed the facil-
ity to deteriorate, with no money
budgeted for physical improve-
ments. Conditions were bad and


led to a lawsuit filed by the ACLU
and other groups charging "cruel
and abusive conditions and con-
finement," wrote Mr. Logan.
Instead of closing the school,
state officials opted to privatize it.
In 1982, the school was taken
over by the Eckerd Foundation
and became known as the Eck-
erd Youth Development Center, It
is still located on the same site.
Eckerd Family Youth Alterna-
tives, a not-for-profit organization
dedicated to the needs of at-rish
children and teenagers, was start-
ed by Jack Eckerd, whose family
owned Eckerd drug stores.
When it took over the school
in 1982, "the Foundation donated
$280,000 of its own money to


upgrade the staff and worked to
improve the physical plant and
equipment," wrote Mr. Logan.
Okeechobee EYA, as it is now
called, offers a multi-disciplinary
team approach to the treatment,
training and education for 13- to
18-year-old male delinquents.
The American Correctional Asso-
ciation ranks the program in the
top 1 percent in the country.
The Florida School for Boys
opened in Marianna in 1897 and
is currently still in operation. It is
now known as the Arthur G. Doz-
ier School for Boys.


Teen arrested on felony drug charge


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A local teen was arrested
at his school Tuesday, Feb. 17,
when he was allegedly found to
be in possession of a controlled
substance for which he had no
prescription.
Jonathan Renteria Torres, 16,
N.W Fourth St., was charged


with the felony
of possession
of a controlled
substance and
booked into the
Okeechobee k l!1
County Jail. He
was then re- on a
leased into his Johnathan
mother's cus- R.Torres


Deputy Dan McGee, of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice (OCSO), states in his arrest
report that Torres was found to
be in possession of a small blue
bag. In the bag were two blue
pills one was a full pill while the
other was only half a pill.
The deputy, who is a school


resource officer, said the pills
were identified as methadone,
a class 2 narcotic, due to their
markings and color.
Methadone is a synthetic nar-
cotic used to lessen withdrawal
symptoms from opioid narcot-
ics such as heroin. It can also be
used as a pain killer.


Woman accused of taking over $4,000


File photo
A post card from 1970 showed the Okeechobee Florida
School for Boys, and the back of the postcard gave this de-
scription: "The gracious campus at the Florida School for
Boys at Okeechobee provides a wholesome climate for boys
who need help In growing up. Some 500 youngsters, ages 12
to 16, attend school and learn trades here. There are no bars,
no guards and no racial barriers."


too late for me to change or forget
what happened there. It's never
going to go away and my fears
of being taken down will never
stop," he said. "When I see a law
enforcement officer or a state
trooper in Florida, my thoughts
are always the same -- Southern
evil, and being put back in the sys-
tem and being sent down again."
Editor's Note: Roger Dean Kis-
er has written a book about his
experiences at the Florida School


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Pregnant teens
PARENTS: Whats wrong with today society -- too many people
having kids, and none of them wanting to be a PARENT, it infringes
on their social life. So, in turn their daughter looks for attention else-
where. I feel for these young mothers with no one to guide them in
life. It's a true shame due to the fact that a lot of them are very smart
young ladies and just messed up. Even though we do not agree with
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find adoptive parents for older kids, especially those who have behav-
ior problems due to neglect or abuse. Adoption is the loving option.
They should think what is best for the baby.


Okeechobee baseball preseason classic
SPORTS: Wow, what a softball game! Great pitching performance
by Sam Harrell and a walk off homerun by Naomi Stevens! If you
weren't there, you missed quite a game! I had the opportunity to
speak with the new football coach as well. He is a well spoken and
very positive man that has great plans for the Chobee football pro-
gram. He made time to speak to any and every parent and student
who approached him (and let me tell you there were many). The
poor man couldn't even eat his pork dinner that he purchased to sup-
port the softball program. I have to say, sports in Chobee is definitely
on an upswing! Come out to OHS and support our sporting endeav-
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tive citizen patrols. I know we have the COPs and they are great. I just
think we need to be vigilant on our own streets and neighborhoods as
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Cold or heat, OHS
rodeo team competes
Despite the early morning cold
weather, our local OHS Rodeo
team, along with the other mem-
bers of the FHSRA competed
against each other at our home-
town rodeo on Jan. 31 and Feb.
1.
We would like to express our
complete gratitude and apprecia-
tion to The Okeechobee Cattle-
man Association, The Okeecho-
bee County Commissioners and
The Okeechobee County Agri-
Civic Center for sponsoring and
endorsing this rodeo. Your con-
tinued support and involvement
in this community is what makes
our rodeo team such a success.
Due to the generosity of the
Okeechobee Cattleman's Associ-
ation our team was given the abil-
ity to run the concession stand.
We would like to pass along an-
other HUGE thank you to each of
our Rodeo Moms, Dads, future
members, Mrs. Bobbie Poole of
Photography By Bobbi, Cross-
roads Restaurant and the many
other volunteers that went out of
your way to assist in making this
fundraiser such a huge success.
Without each of you, we could
have not made it through the
weekend.
Okeechobee's own Cowboys
BBQ & Steak House went above
and beyond with their donations
to our team. Not only did owner
Jim McCoin donate eight fully
cooked, shredded Pork butts for
our team to sell BBQ pork sand-
wiches, he graciously donated
a FREE dinner to the winner of
each event each day. These do-
nations amounted to well over
$1,000. Talk about generosity and
support of our local team mem-
bers and FHSRA participants. We
cannot THANK YOU enough!
The proceeds of our fundraiser
will be used to purchase prizes,
awards, and other items at our
end of the year banquet.
Our next FHSRA rodeo will
be held Feb 20-22, in Ocala. This
is a very exciting action packed
rodeo event. Our members will
once again be competing against
other members of the FHSRA.
While competing in the FHSRA
our members compete for points.
The top four FHSRA members
who have accumulated the most
points in each event will have the
opportunity to travel to the Na-
tional Finals to compete against
other high school rodeo mem-
bers from across the nation.
We would like to congratulate
Miss Shelby Carden, a Junior and
third year member of our OHS
Rodeo team for being nominated
as our teams Miss Brahman can-
didate. Shelby will be competing
against other OHS nominated
club representatives for the title
of Miss Brahman. Shelby will be
submitting a photograph of her,
along with an essay describing
herself and her future goals in
life.
Also, wewould like to thank Mr.
Frank DeCarlo, owner of Ameri-
can Drilling Services in Okeecho-
bee, for allowing our team to be
represented in a unique fashion,
in the Speckled Perch Parade on
Saturday, Feb. 7. The buggy ride
was wonderful. It was awesome
to see the community's support
of our team and the continued
support of local businesses.
Rodeo results, event standings,
and schedules can be found on
our FHSRA Web site: www.fhsra.
homestead.com
If you have any questions or
are interested in becoming a


member of our team please con-
tact Melissa McKay at 863-634-
1962.
OHS Rodeo Team


Bass tourney
a big success
Seacoast National Bank's Sev-
enth Annual Big Lake Bass Tour-
nament to Benefit the March of
Dimes was held on Saturday, Jan.
31 and was a great success! The
field of 10 boats was made up of
20 bass enthusiasts who braved
the 30 degree temperatures at
sunrise to support our fundrais-
ing efforts.
The overall success is due to
the generosity and support of our
local and corporate sponsors,
staff volunteers and entire com-
munity. A special "Thank you" to
The Sign Guy for the chip board
and The Stitchin' Post for the pro-
fessional trophies and donation
of the plaque for "Biggest Fish".
We also want to thank United
Home Builders who provided a
Full-Day Guided Fishing Trip for
Two with Bass Pro Steve Daniel
that was raffled off that afternoon.
Once again we are grateful to Jim
Fowler who facilitated the weigh-
in along with Oakview Baptist
Church who let us borrow all of
the necessary scales, tanks and
equipment to record the weights
and determine the winners. And
we can't forget Billy Dean of
WOKC who served as our Mas-
ter of Ceremonies and made the
weigh-in entertaining for all who
gathered...And what a crowd we
had! Thank you to all of the mem-
bers of the community who came
out to cheer on the contestants
and show their support for such
a worthy cause. Finally, we wish
to express our appreciation for all
of the publicity received from the
Okeechobee News, Okeechobee
Penny Saver and WOKC.
Without the collective efforts
of all these fine individuals, busi-
nesses and the employee volun-
teers, I could not have realized
such a successful result. The tour-
nament has become an antici-
pated annual event and Seacoast
National Bank is grateful for the
community's overwhelming sup-
port in its effort to raise monies
for the March of Dimes!
Kathleen Shatto
Tournament Director


Thank you,
Maged Mehanni, MD, FCCP,
Vici Pers Medicaid Case Manage-
ment, Respiratory: Pam, Tracy,
John, Susan; ICU: Chris, Dan-
ielle, Carol, Jayne, Joann, Dacia,
Aleatha; East: Donna, Carmen,
Judy, Bonnie, Sharon; Housekeep-
ing: MaryAnn, Monica; cooks and
all the servers. I would like to give
a great big thank you for all these
and many more who helped me
while I had my long stay at Raul-
erson Hospital.
God Bless you all,
Carl Western


Community Calendar


Friday, Feb. 20
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is in-
vited. All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight
and becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to come and see
what we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at 800-
932-8677.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W. Fifth Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972 (Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Sickest Of The
Sick (OP, SP) 8 p.m. *The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not
affiliated with any 12 step fellowships.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St. It's an open meeting.
AA.A meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W Third St. It will be an open speaker meeting.
Business Women's Referral Networking Luncheon will be held
on the third Friday of every month at the Brahma Bull Restaurant, 2405
U.S. 441 S.E., at 11:30 a.m. for networking. The lunch will be at noon.
Women should bring business cards and information to promote their
business. The meeting provides networking opportunities for women
in business and is open to the public. No membership is required. For
information, contact Robin Delgado at 800-299-8878; or, by e-mail at
info@flainjurylawyer.com.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to a weekly meeting, Overeaters
Anonymous (OA) meets at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church,
312 N. Parrott Avenue on Fridays, 6 until 7 p.m. (Use 4th Street
entrance.) Overeaters Annonymous is not a diet club. There are
no dues, fees or weigh-ins. The only requirement for membership is a
desire to stop eating compulsively. For more information call Loretta
at 863-763-7165 or 863-697-0206.
Saturday, Feb. 21
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972 (Behind Napa Auto Parts) A.A. weekend noon
Open Discussion; NA. Sickest Of The Sick Group Step Study meeting
7 p.m.; NA. Nowhere Left To Go Group (OD) 8 p.m. *The Just for
Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12 step fellow-
ships.
AA. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave. It will be a closed discussion.


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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.

Church holds Jubilee
New Testament Baptist
Church, 535 N.E. 22nd Ave. (at
the junction of Hwy 70 and 710),
will hold a "Jubilee" Feb. 22-26,
services will begin at 7 p.m. each
night except Sunday, which will
begin at 10:30 a.m. (9:30 a.m. for
Sunday school). A pitch in dinner
will be held after the morning ser-
vice, followed by an afternoon of
fellowship and games. The eve-
ning service will be held at 2 p.m.
For more information please call
863-763-6682.

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movement -- the heart-healthy
movement. February is American
Heart Month, a month dedicated
to raising awareness about heart
disease and the ways to prevent
it. According to the Center for Dis-
ease Control (CDC), heart disease
is the number one cause of death
in the U.S. and is a major cause
of disability. The CDC Web site
shows about every 25 seconds
an American will have a coronary
event, and about one every min-
ute will die from one.
"Heart disease is a serious is-
sue, and one of the main culprits
is our diet and high cholesterol
levels," said Micki Sannar, an In-
structor of Nutritional Cuisine
and cookbook author based in
Highland, Utah. "My elevated LDL
cholesterol inspired me to cook
with olive oil, which is known for
its heart-healthy benefits," said
Sannar. "After incorporating it
into my diet, my LDL cholesterol
dropped."
According to Sannar, there
have been several studies linking
olive oil and lower cholesterol
levels. Research shows olive oil
contains specific phytochemicals
that prevent heart disease and
battle cholesterol. While many
people make dietary changes in
order to fight heart disease, they
feel they must give up on dessert,
too. According to Sannar, dessert
is no longer the enemy. She sug-
gests the following techniques:
Use pure olive oil when cre-
ating sweet desserts.
Always coat or spray all bak-
ing pans with olive oil to prevent
sticking, including cookie sheets.
Keep olive oil away from
light and heat to prevent it from
becoming rancid. Store it in the
refrigerator or freezer if you don't
use it often.
When baking non-sweet
breads and other foods, don't be
afraid to use extra virgin or virgin
olive oil. It tastes fantastic and it's
very good for you.
Try experimenting with your
favorite dessert recipes. For each
cup of butter, margarine, or short-
ening, use about 2/3-3/4 cup olive
oil.
"The great thing about cook-
ing and baking with olive is how
easy it can be and it's good for
you, too," said Sannar, who has
20 years of cooking and recipe
development experience.


The Okeechobee Orchid Club
will meet on Monday, Feb. 23, at
7 p.m. following the Garden Club
at 6 p.m. at athe Cooperativaae
Extension Office at 458 Highway
98 North, 863-763-6469. The pro-
gram will be the showing of a
new orchid DVD produced by the
University of Florida. President
Harry Hoffner will assist anyone
who has a problem with their or-
chids.

Rain Garden
workshop date set
Rain gardens are a conve-
nient and attractive way to collect
rainwater and allow it to trickle
through the soil. They help reduce
the storm water runoff from your
yard! To learn more about Rain
Gardens and to plan your own
garden, come to this informative
workshop. The workshop will
take place on Feb. 24, from 1 un-
til 2:30 p.m. or from 5:30-7 p.m.,
Okeechobee County Extension
Service, 458 Highway 98 North,
Okeechobee. Space is limited and
pre-registration is required. Call
863-763-6469 to sign up.

Dine with Doctors:
What happens in ER?
Did you ever wonder what pro-
cedures are followed in an emer-
gency room? The next "Dine with
the Doctor," a medical series, is
scheduled for Feb. 24, in the din-
ing room of Raulerson Hospital.
Dinner services starts at 5 p.m.
with the physician presentation at
5:30 p.m.The dinner is only $5 for
the entree,' salad, roll and butter,
beverage, and dessert...The phy-
sician presentation is FREE. This
month's presentation, "What
Happens in the Emergency De-
partment" will be presented by
Jonathan Adelberg, M.D., Emer-
gency Department Medical Direc-
tor at Raulerson Hospital. Please
R.S.VP. to Bill Casian at 863-824-
2702 for a reserved seat.

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.

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.


AARP offers income
tax filing help
The AARP Tax-Aide program
was created to help low- and mid-
dle-income taxpayers prepare and
file their income tax returns with
the IRS, free of charge. Every year,
from February through April 15,
trained and certified volunteers
help prepare federal tax returns.
Tax-Aide volunteers will be avail-
able in Okeechobee County at the
American Legion Hall, 501 S.E.
Second Street, on Mondays and
Tuesday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.,
now through April 15. For more
information about the AARP Tax-
Aide program online, go to www.
aarp.or, or call Neile Foreman at
863-357-1694. Please do not call
the American Legion.

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

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

2010 Lake Okeechobee
Calendar Photo
Contest open
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.


Submitted photo/Teresa Chandler

Door prize winner
Dolly Kressley was the winner of the gift basket at the Sea-
coast National Bank table during the American Legion fair.
Assistant Branch Manager, Teresa Lara presented the gift
basket.


Civil Air Patrol
meets weekly
The Civil Air Patrol is "Ameri-
ca's Air Force Auxiliary, building
the nation's finest force of citizen
volunteers performing Missions
for America" Our Mission is to
"perform Homeland Security and
humanitarian missions for our
communities, states, and nation;
developing our country's youth;
and educating our citizens on
the importance of air and space
power." The Civil Air Patrol meets
every Tuesday at the Okeechobee
County Airport at 7:30 p.m. No
experience is required, we pro-
vide the necessary training. If you
are interested in Supporting your
Community, Emergency Services,
Aircraft, Radio Communications
or our Cadet Program please stop
by, guests are always welcome.
For Information please call Cap-
tain Joe Papasso at 561-252-0916
or Lt. Greg Gernat at 863-697-
9915.

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 Sea-
coast National Bank under the
name of Marquita Fruge, the vic-
tim's mother.
For more information, please
contact Tina at 561-718-2043 or
Amanda at 863-697-3107.

DAR to meet
The Okeechobee Chapter of
the Daughters of the American
Revolution hold their monthly
meetings the first Saturday of the
month October thru May from
10 to 11 a.m. at the Okeechobee
County Public Library. Anyone
interested in joining is welcome
to attend our meetings. We will
help you document your ances-
tors and apply for membership in
the DAR.

Guardian ad Litem
Program seeks
local volunteers!
The Guardian ad Litem Pro-
gram, the voice for Florida's
Abused and Neglected Children
needs volunteers. Volunteer
Guardians ad Litem give a voice
to children who are victims of
child abuse and are involved in
court proceedings. The Guard-
ian ad Litem Program will be of-
fering free training for volunteers
and new classes begin March 3.
Training involves thirty hours and
will be held at our St. Lucie West
office on various days.
You can be that voice for an
abused child! The Guardian ad
Litem Program needs Volunteers
to represent Abused Aban-
doned & Neglected Children in
Saint Lucie, Martin, Indian River
and Okeechobee Counties! They
deserve a voice!
For dates and times of all train-
ing please contact Pattra Dodd at
772-871-7225


Boy Scouts selling
discount cards
The Boy Scout Troop 964 are
selling Scout Monor Discount
cards. For only $20 you can get
savings of up to 50 percent from
over 200,000 locations across the
United States. Some locations
here in Okeechobee 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 discount cards call
Alison Hudson at 863-634-8628.

Join the Red Hatters
For ladies looking for fun and
meeting some new lady friends,
the Red Hat Group is looking for
ladies to join who want to do
things. For information call 863-
763-5836 or 863-357-1944.


U.S. Coast Guard
Auxiliary to provide
vessel exams
Okeechobee-The Lake is back
and so are we. Flotilla 57 U.S.
Coast Guard Auxiliary we are
ready to do vessel exams. They
are free and we will come to you,
we make house calls. Call 863-
763-9570 to make and appoint-
ment to examine your boat and
get it certified with a sticker.

Grief support group
for parents
A grief and healing group dedi-
cated to helping parents deal with
the loss of a child will meet at
the Red Cross Building on Thurs-
day nights from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
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6 Okeechobee News, Friday, February 20, 2009


Special magistrate imposes fines


Fine collected in death of local man


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
At a hearing Tuesday after-
noon, Feb. 17 special magistrate
Lois Nichols heard six new code
violation cases imposed fines in
four cases.
The property of John and
Lori Williams was found to be
in compliance and that case was
dismissed. The case against Gary
Padgett was continued until next
month because of lack of proper
notification.
Lawanda Green was cited for
remodeling work done on her
N.W. 95th Court property with-
out the proper permits. She was
ordered to get the necessary per-
mits by next month then bring the
property into compliance by per-
forming all necessary work.
According to code enforce-
ment officer Beth Albert, Jose
and Cirila Baltazar have a derelict/
condemned structure on their
N.W 30th Street property. The


magistrate decreed they must get
a demolition permit, demolish the
structure and remove debris by
March 12.
Lawrence and Toni Steed were
cited for building a pole barn with-
out a permit and having trash and
debris on their S.E. 128th Ave. lot.
Ms. Nichols said they need to ob-
tain necessary permits by March
12.
Code enforcement officer
Blanca Saucedo stated that Jo
Ann Barton has a swimming
pool on her N.W. 160th Avenue
property that does not have the
proper enclosure around it and
was constructed without a build-
ing permit. Ms. Barton must either
remove the pool completely or get
a proper barrier and permits by
next month.
Mrs. Albert cited DBR Lease
Exchange LLC for having an
abandoned convenience store,
overgrowth and abandoned ve-
hicles on S.E. 34th Avenue. The


Submitted photo/Riverside National Bank
Saving pennies
Tabitha Trent, branch manager at Riverside Bank, stands
with Sean Chauhan who was the winner of the "penny
contest" at the Riverside Bank booth at the Okeechobee
Health Expo. He won a $50 savings bond for guessing
correctly how many pennies were in their jar.


code enforcement officer said the
owners refused a certified letter
informing them of the violation.
Treasure Island residents George
Zielinski and Jay Davies expressed
concern about the abandoned
gasoline tanks on the property. It
was noted that the health depart-
ment and the department of en-
vironmental protection were the
entities that governed gasoline
tanks. Mr. Davies said he had writ-
ten to the owners expressing his
concern but received no response.
Ms. Nichols was concerned that
the owners would continue to
refuse to take action. They were
given until March 12 to come into
compliance. The building official
was ordered to inspect the prop-
erty and recommend any further
inspections that should be made
by other agencies.
ANDS Management LLC was
cited for not having a fence around
their recycling center on U.S. 98 N.
The owners were ordered to erect
a fence by March 12.
Turning to fines, Ruth Lightsey
was fined $75 a day beginning
Feb. 18 for every day a derelict
mobile home remains on her S.E.
25th Street property. A similar fine
was placed on Mrs. Lightsey's S.E.
38th Avenue for the same reason.
A lien was ordered to be placed
against her properties.
Code enforcement Saucedo
said that some cleanup had taken
place on the S.E. 36th Avenue
property of Charles Whitchurch
who was facing a fine. Therefore
the case was tabled until next
month.
Because of a condemned build-
ing on Geraldine Smith's N.W
22nd Avenue property she was
fined $70 a day beginning Feb. 18
and a lien will be recorded against
her property.
Jesus and Maria Cabrera were
fined $50 a day beginning Feb.
18 because of storage containers
and building materials on their
S.W 77th Terrace property. A lien
will also be recorded against their
property.


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Occupation Safety and
Health Administration fined a
Davie firm $22,400 for the death
of an Okeechobee construction
worker, who fell 35 feet off a
construction site at the City Place
project in West Palm Beach in
February, 2007.
The surviving members of
Tomas Olivera Salinas family,
filed a wrongful death lawsuit last
month against Tied Right Steel,
Incorporated in Palm Beach Cir-
cuit Court. The law firm of Phillip
DeBerard represents the family.
Salinas was working on the up-
per deck of the construction site
and was installing rebars, which
are long metal rods that are put
in place before the concrete walls
are poured. A fellow worker said
Salinas fell from the fourth story
of what is now a parking garage
and died instantly.
The plaintiff in the case, Mar-
tin Olivera Salinas, the victim's
younger brother, also worked for
the firm, and was at the construc-
tion site on the date of the acci-
dent.
West Palm Beach Police
Spokesperson Ted White said
Salinas was tied to the building
but the force of his fall apparently
pulled him loose. He landed face
down on the pavement and steel
rebar crashed on top of him.
OSHA officials cited the com-
pany for five serious violations.
The OSHA report stated the firm
did not have employees regu-
larly and frequently inspect the
structural steel frame prior to two
employees being directed to use


the frame as an anchor against
falls, and exposed employees to
the hazard of falling and being
crushed. The fine for that viola-
tion was $5,600.
OSHA also cited the firm for
failure to instruct employees
about the hazards associated with
reinforcing steel bar while a struc-
tural steel frame for a column is
being lowered by two workers.
The fine for this violation was
$5,600.
The company was also cited
for failure to provide a training
program to instruct workers about
the proper safety procedures to
use when erecting, maintaining,
disassembling, and inspecting
an anchorage for attachment of
a personal fall arrest system. The
fine for this violation was $5,600.
Another violation found the


structural steel frame used as an
anchor for the employee was not
capable of supporting at least
5,000 pounds per employee while
two workers lowered the frame.
The fine for this violation was
$5,600.
The final violation found the
structural steel frame for a column
was not adequately supported to
prevent from overturning while
two employees climbed on the
frame. The fine for this violation
was $5,600.
OSHA officials said the em-
ployee was not trained to recog-
nize the hazards associated with
reinforcing steel bar and relate
work.
OSHA records said the com-
pany paid $8,400 in fines in this
case back in February and June,
2008.


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Okeechobee News, Friday, February 20, 2009 7


Kennel questioned about vaccinations


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee New
The special magistrate code
violation hearing held Tuesday
Feb. 17, was a bit unusual. Most
hearings deal with the condition
of property and are the result
of citations written by code en-
forcement officers. On Tuesday
afternoon special magistrate Lois
Nichols heard charges brought by
an animal control officer against a
kennel owner.
After a lengthy hearing, the
case of Diane Eppley, owner of
Lai Kai Kennel, was tabled un-
til next month. Mrs. Eppley had
been cited by animal control of-
ficer Claire Hudson for allowing
the rabies vaccinations to expire
on the dogs in her kennel.
At the hearing, Mrs. Eppley
presented vaccination certifi-
cates for 109 dogs. Ms. Hudson
requested that she be allowed to
go the kennel and match the cer-
tificates with the dogs present to
make sure all dogs at the kennel
were vaccinated.
Ms. Hudson wanted to inspect
the kennel immediately. Mrs. Ep-
pley protested that she had ap-
pointments in West Palm Beach
that afternoon and she wanted to
consult with her attorney before
animal control officers came. Ms.
Nichols decreed that Mrs. Eppley
must allow access to the kennel


by 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb.
18. The magistrate expressed
concern because the kennel was
so close to Seminole Elementary
School and could possibly con-
tain unvaccinated dogs. In spite of
what the kennel owner said her
lawyer told her, the special mag-
istrate stated that the proximity
to the school made the possible
violations a safety issue and that
a warrant was not necessary in
such cases.


"If you do not do this in a time-
ly manner, it creates suspicion."
said Ms. Nichols.
As of late Wednesday after-
noon, Mrs. Eppley had not con-
tacted animal control to arrange
for an inspection as the special
magistrate had ordered.
It remains to be seen what will
happen next. Mrs. Eppley could
possibly be fined up to $500 for
each dog that does not have prop-
er proof of rabies vaccination.


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Auctions 105
Car Pool 110
Share a ride 115
Card of Thanks 120
In Memoriam 125
Found 130
Lost 135
Give Away 140
Garage/Yard Sale 145
Personals 150
Special Notices 155
900 Numbers 160




SET OF KEYS lots of keys,
souvenir type items, found
parking lot of Faith Farms.
(863)467-7659 to identify



ACROSS RD FROM Kissim-
mee River Fishing Resort,
15624 State Rd 70 W Fri &
Sat, Feb 20 & 21, 8 am 3
pm Something for everyone
BIG COMMUNITY
YARDSALE
RIVER ACRES
OKEECHOBEE Fri & Sat, Feb
20th & 21st, 8am-4pm, Rt
98 North to NW 144th Trail.
Lg sign on Rt 98. Come out
for Good Bargains' Every-
thing priced to sell Some-
thing for everyone.

Sooat Se

MAYBERRY PARK Sat,
2/21, 8am til 9, Dish Net-
work Parking Lot, 8840 Hwy.
78. Homemade Sweet Rolls,
Coffee & Crafts

Don't Miss

This One
OKEECHOBEE Sat. & Sun.,
Feb. 21 & 22, 8am-?,
5800 S.E. Hwy. 441 -
1/4 ml SE of Kings Bay
Furniture, Household Items,
Small Tools & Misc.

Don't Miss

This One
OKEECHOBEE, Sat &Sun
Feb, 21st & 22nd, 8am-9,
207 SE 6th Ave. (Off of Hwy,
70, Behind Burger King).
Something for EVERYONE
Way too much to list"'



PARK YARD SALE
Zachary Taylor RV Park
2995 Hwy 441 SE
Sat., Feb. 21st 7am-lpm
Bake Sale Too!
THREE FAMILY SALE NW
341h Ave, Basswood, Sat, 8
am 2pm. Cosmetics, Furni-
ture, movies, cd's, toys,
clothes and much more'
When you want some-
thing sold, advertise in
the classified.


Em o ment



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



AVAILABLE NOW
Experienced Caregiver 24/7
Senior sitter or other personal
care, will drive to Doctors
appts, errands, etc.
(863)467-4285.



A software company needs
ASSISTANT with strong
computer programming
skills. Pick up application at
100 SW 15th St or fax
resume to (863)467-0816
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
Hair Salon, Call for an ap-
pointment to interview
(863)763-3933
MYSTERY SHOPPERS
Earn up to $150 a dayi
Undercover shoppers needed
to judge retail and dining es-
tablshments. Experience not
required. Call 888-755-8323
NEEDED Experienced trnm
carpenter Also needed, ex-
perienced cabinet installer.
863824-0015 or
239 293-4217
TEAM TREASURE'S, RN &
CNA Full time day shift, bring
your hospice heart and work
with a team you will treas-
ure. We offer competitive
compensation Free CEU ac-
cess, excellent benefits Ap-
ply in person at Big Lake
Hospice 3543 Hwy 441 S.,
Okeechobee (863) 763-7007



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


Financial




Business
Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315





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

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we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.


Services




Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Car Offerd415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435




DEE'S MINOR REPAIR
& Pressure Washing
Cool Sealing, Painting,
Carpentry & Much More'
No Job Too Big or Small.
(863)467-2917
or (863)261-6425
License s5698 Ѧ

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CALL GEORGE CARTER
Painting, Repairs, Carpentry
Power Washing
FREE CONSULTATION
(863)763-4775
Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise
your yard sale in the
classified and make
your clean up a breeze!



TAX RETURNS
I will do simple
returns for
$50-$100.
(863)467-7999



JACK'S TOP SOIL
Fill Dirt/Shell Rock
& Bob Cat work.
Call 863-467-4734


Merchandise



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, Unes & 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
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740




EXCELLENT Ladies TREK bike
has balloon tires, cost $400
asking $275 (863)763-3796






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


Employmen


14KT WHITE gold & dia-
monds 2 rings, 2 pair of
earrings, "Infinity" necklace
& Diamond tennis bracelet.
$8,000.00 value! It's a
steal! $2000/will sep.
( 2 3 9 ) 7 0 7 1 2 3 5
(863)674-1600


Agriculture

.I I

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





HAY Fertilized. Argentina Ba-
hia 4x5 Round Bales. $30ea
or $25 for 4 or more South
Basinger (863)228-0073



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


PASTURE GATES -From 4' to
16' Like new but half the
cost. Starting @ $31.00 to
$57.00 (863)610-2206


Rentals

S ENT


Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Commercial
Property 915
Condos/
Townhouses Rent92
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space
Rent 960




FOKEECHOBEE, 2BR, 1BA ,
Near town. $700 ro. An-
nual Lease Sec-8 OK
L| 1-255-4377 j
VIKING/PRAIRIE Efficiency
Very clean' $600/mo In-
cludes utilities. No pets. Call
561-329-8205



BASSWOOD ESTATES 3 BR, 2
BA w/Den, All appl including
W&D 1 Car Garage $1050
mo (954)303-9804
DIXIE RANCH Acres- 2br/lba
duplex $500 month + $400
dep, includes water, lawn,
garbage, NO PETS Call
(863) 467-9029
FT DRUM 1/1 on four acres,
new cabinets and carpet
$625 mo (912) 224-4658
or (734) 637-2697
OKEECHOBEE New 3BR,
2BA, garage, Northwest 6th
Street, $995/mo + sec Call
Albert at 863-634-7460.
TREASURE ISLAND- furn,
seasonal, wkly/monthly 2/2,
boathouse, covered dock,
remodeled intenor, new
kitch, (772)287-7407
How do you find a job
in today's competitive
market? In the
employment section
of the classified




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


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 vbradlev(@ adesec.com or faxed to
(863)946-6266. GEC is an Equal
Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer
and a Drug Free Workplace.


Real Estate




Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property- Sale 1010
Condos/
Townhouses Sale1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wantedl 065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080




INDIAN HAMMOCK New 3/2
two story on 2.89 acres,
$275000 Also have a 2 85
acres lot $59,900 Okeecho-
bee 361h st N. 2/1/1 CBS
$65,000 Canal Point ridge
facing lake 3/1 on half acre
$70,000 And 3/2 $85,000
Realtor/Owner
(561)635-8478
LAZY 7 AREA 4/2 CBS, Po-
tential short sale, motivated
seller, 8350 SW 9th St
(863)634-6056





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FIVE MOBILE HOMES IN
PARK, All need removed
Will sell or trade for motor
home or boat.
(863)634-1193
VIKING ESTATES 2 5 Acres
may be split $22,500 Clem-
ons Real Estate Inc.
(772)287-8600
WOODED 4.4 ACRES With a
private 3/2, w/d, jacuzzi & Ig
deck $850/mo, 1st, last &
sec req'd. (863)467-6472



BHR Furn Modular home 3/2
w/FI Room, Inc 3 HD TV's
Just updated plumbing,
elect, new sod & sprinnk sys,
fenced, boat ramp, dock,
conc drive, 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
941 772-8898 or
(941 448-0367


Mobile Homes




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





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
ON RIM CANAL: Small, 1
Bdrm., $450 mo, (includes
utilities). + $300 sec. dep.
(863)697-0214
PLATTS BLUFF 4 BR, 2 BA
DW on 5 acres. $500 mo. +
$1000 sec dep Call
(863)697-1648
WATERFRONT. 2br/lba, com-
pletely furnished, non smk
env, no pets $750 mo +1st
&sec. 772-285-5856



BANK REPO'S
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
561-721-2230
KINGS MH PARK 48 x 12
Furn 1/1 w/21' concrete
porch & roof, in good cond
On rented lot. Must see to
appreciate. Reduced $7000
(863)467-8773
KRFR- Adult Park, Lot 90,
2/1.5, furn., Fl. rm., carport,
boathouse, workshop,
$25,500 neg 763-8382
OKEECHOBEE Db Wide, on
canal, elec boat lift, Ig at-
tached Util Room, Ig Util
shed, golf car, furnished, Exc
cond., 1307 S Parrot, #40,
Riverbend Mob Home Pk,
(217)652-1238
OLD RIVER RUN 2 Park
models w/direct lake okee
access, 2 docks
863-467-8146 or
863-467-0473
S/W Mobile Home 14x50,
2BR/1BA, 12x22 screened
vinyl room, newly refur-
bished, lake access w/dock,
Treasure Island, in park @
3425 SE 361h Ave., $24k
neg. (772)318-8218


Recreation



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




AIRBOAT 220 Ground power,
12'4", alum sides, fiberglass
hull. $6500 OBO
(863)357-3567 after 5 pm
Aluminum Star craft boat 14'
wth 15 horse motor and
trailer $900 (269)240-0797


MERCURY 6 cyl, 175 hp
mero on 17.5' hydra sport
bass boat Trailer included.
$3200 (863)467-2267


TRACKER Alum
16', 1999, 40
depth fdrs,
$3500 or
(309)337-9083


boat, 2001,
hp merc, 2
trolling mtr
best offer


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
TRAVEL TRAILER 31' with
screen room attached. can
be seen at Lakeside RV Park
4074, 441 SE Lot#4 Okee
$3000 (269)240-0797


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




CHEVY MALIBU- 2001, white,
cold a/c 30 mpg $2200
(812)989-3022



GOLF CART Club Car, 48
volt, elect, sun roof, used ,
Excellent cond. $1750 or
best offer (863)467-2824



ALUMINUM Truck beds and
racks, $1200 each OBO
(863)357-3567 After 5 pm



TANDEM double axle 19' $800
OBO, 32' heavy duty $400
OBO (863)357-3567 after 5
pm





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Public Notices




Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500




LEGAL NOIICE
Okee Warehouses 2671 Highway 70
West Okeechobee, FL, will be con-
ducting a public sale or otherwise dis
pose of contents of the following unitds
to satisfy the deinquent storage lien
Tis ad placed in accordance witn
Florida Statues 1985, Secon 83 806
NAME UNIT #
Stefanie Arnold 9-46
Gilbert Chapa 6-49
Frank Coleman 9 11
Angela Davis 9-33
Roy Douglas 4-04
Thaddius Henderson 7 17
Rosda Mar tmez 6-18 7-01
Chns Stanley 8-54
Jason Wheelr 2 03
Mary Willis 8-52,9-36
Sale will be conducted at Okee Ware
houses at the above address on Satur-
day, March 7,2009 at 9 00 AM
The office is located at Galaxy Ware-
houses, 3050 SW 3rd Terrace, Okee-
chobee 863 763 5044
Items for disposition include miscellane-
ous household items, office equip
meant, toys and toos
311318 ON 2/20,27/09


Triploymen


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
File No 2008 CP 214
IN RE ESTATE OF
JUAN LEON PANTOJA-GARCIA
A/I/A LEON JUAN PANTOJA-GARCIA
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of te estate of Juan
Leon Pantola-Garcia alWa Leon Juan
Pantola Garcia, deceased, whose date
of death was October 10, 2006, is
pending in the Circuit Court for Okee-
chobee County, Florida Probate ivi
sion, the address of which is 312 NW
3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972
The names and addresses of the per
sonal representative and the personal
representative's atoomey are set forth
below
All creditors of te decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedents estate on whom a
copy of this noce is required to be
served must filehe clams w th c w is
court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3
MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE
OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF
SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE
ON THEM
All other crediors of the decent and other
persons havng claims or demands
against decedent's estate mus file
their clams with this court WITHIN 3
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE
TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SEC-
TION 733 702 OF THE FLORIDA PRO-
BATE COOE WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS
SET FORTH ABOVE ANY CLAIM FILED
TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER
THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED
The date of first publication of mis nodce
is February 20t, 2009
Personal Represenative
Fredenk C Heidgerd
600W Hilsboro Blvd Sute 520
eerield Beach, Flonda 33441
Attorney for Personal Representaive
FredenckC Heidgerd, Esq
Attorney for Fredenck C Heidgerd
Flonda Bar No 215244
Fredenc C Hedgerd, PA
600 W Hillsbor Boulevard
Suite 520
Deerfeld Beach FL 33441
Telephone (954 429-3115
Fa (951 4293 120
311054 N 220,27109
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNT, FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 2008-CP-255
JUDGE: F SHIELDS McMANUS
IN RE The Estae of
JULIA MAY JONES
a/kia JULIA MAY PAGE,
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The admmiistraon of te Estate of JULIA
MAY JONES a/lka JULIA MAY PAGE,
Deceased, whose date of death was
June 12, 2008, and whose social se-
cunty number is 455 42 7879, Case
Number 2008-CP-255, is pending in
the Crcu Court for Okeechobee
County, Florida, Probate Divsion, the
address of which is 312 Northwes 3rd
Street, Suite 125, Okeechobee, Honda
34972 The names and addresses of
the Personal Representatives and the
Personal Representative's attorney are
set forth below
All creditors of e decedent and other
persons harng claims or demands
against decedents estate on whom a
copy of his notice is required to be
served must fle their claims with this
Court WITHIN THE LATER OF THREE
(3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF
THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS
NOTICE OR THIRTY (30) DAYS AF-
TER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A
COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of toe decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against the decedent's estate,
must file their claims with this Court
WITHIN THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER
THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICA-
TION OF THIS NOTICE
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE
TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SEC-
TION 733 702 OF THE FLORIDA PRO-
BATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD
SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM
FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AF-
TER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF
DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of the first publication of this
Notice is February 20nt 2009
MARY ANN TEMPLE
Personal Reresentative
9124 SE63rd Dve
Okeechobee, FL 34974
Law Office of
CASSELS & McCALL
BY JOHN O. CASSELS, JR.
ABone ton Personal Representative
400 NW 2d StreelPO Sox 96e
Okeechobee, Honda 34973
(863 7633131
FaBarNo 0261521
311073 ON 2/20,27/09
LEGAL NOTICE
Galaxy Warehouses, 3050 S W 3rd Ter-
race, Okeechobee, FL, will be conduct-
iIg a public sale or otherwise dispose
of conTents of lhe following units to
sansfy the delinquent storage lien This
ad place in accordance wath Honda
States 1985, Secion 83 806
Units To Be Sold Are Unit
David Holmes 73
Cathy Odom 131
Okeechobee Abstrac 135
ulsposlon w t lake place at Gaaxy
Warehouses at the above address on
Saturday, March 7, 2009 at 8 00 AM
The Office is located at the same ad-
dress 863-763-5044
Items for sale include miscellaneous
household items, office euipment,
toys and tools Open door sale Cash
only A $20 00 cleaning deposit will be
taken and will be refunded when unit
has been cleaned out
3113170N 2/20,27/09
Need a few more bucks
to purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used items in
the classifeids.


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
1RTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2008-CA-45
AFRC REALTY CORP,
a Florida Corporation,
Plaintiff
WATERDANCE AT OKEECHOBEE, LLC, a
Florida Limited Liabiliy Com any
REYNALDO DIAZ, MODABI HOMES
OF FLORIDA CITY, LLC, a Florida
Limited Liability Company,
Defendants
NOTICE OF SALE
PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to
an Order of Final Judgmeon of Foreco
ure dated december 5, 2008, and en-
:red in Case No 2008-CA-45 ne
whrcut Court of the Nineteenn Judicial
circuit in and for Okeechobee County,
onda wherein AFRC REALTY CORP is
plaintiff and WATERDANCE AT OKEE
'HOBEE, LLC and MODABI HOMES OF
LORIDA CITY LLC are Defendants the
nlirk of the Court of Okeechobee County,
onda, will sell to the highest and best
idder for cash at te Okeechobee
"outy Judicial Center, 312 North Wst
rd Street 2nd Floor Jury Assembly
Room. Okeecheei. Florida at 1100
o'clock A M on the 1 1 day of March,
2009, the property described as follows
PARCEL
THAT PORTION OF PROPERTY DE-
SCRIBED IN OR BOOK 582 PAGE
1311, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHO
BEE COUNTY FLORIDA IN SECTION 34,
TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH RANGE 35 EAST,
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA, BEING
MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS
FOLLOWS
COMMENCING AT THE 1/4 SECTION
CORNER ON THE EAST BOUNDARY LINE
OF SECTION 34, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTi,
RANGE 35 EAST THENCE RUN WEST
ALONG THE 1/4 SECTION LINE FOR A
DISTANCE OF 1,68834 FEET THENCE
BEAR SOUTH 002'12" WEST A DIS-
TANCE OF 60 04 FEET TO THE NORTH-
EAST CORNER OF SAID PROPERTY
DESCRIBED IN OR BOOK 582, PAGE
1311 PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHO-
BEE COUNTY FLORIDA, AND THE POINT
OF BEGINNING,
THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH 000212'
WEST ALONG THE EAST BOUNDARY OF
THAT PROPERTY DESCRIBED IN OR
BOOK 532, PAGE 1311, PUBLIC
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
FLORIDA TO THE INTERSECTION WITH
A CURVE IN THE NORTHERLY RIGHT
OF-WAY LINE OF STATE ROAD NUMBER
15 A DISTANCE OF 724 73 FEET,
SAID CURVE CONCAVING TO THE
NORTHWEST AND HAVING A RADIUS
OF 5,696 58 FEET AND A CENTRAL AN
GLE OF 3057'49",
THENCE SOUTHWESTERLY ALONG ARC
OF CURVE IN THE NORTHERLY RIGHT-
OF-WAY LINE OF STATE ROAD NUMBER
15 A DISTANCE OF 394 09 FEET TO THE
POINT OF TANGENCY,


TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE
WESTERLY BOUNDARY OF THE PROP-
ERTY DESCRIBED IN OR BOOK 582,
PAGE 1311 PUBLIC RECORDS OF
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, A
DISTANCE OF 21164 FEET,
THENCE BEAR NORTH 0132'52- WEST,
TO THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF THAT
PROPERTY DESCRIBED IN OR BOOK
582, PAGE 1311, PUBLIC RECORDS OF
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA A DIS-
TANCE OF 944 41 FEET,
THENCE BEAR NORTH 89 23'16 EAST
A DISTANCE OF 587 98 FEET TO THE
POINT OF BEGINNING
PARCEL 2
COMMENCE AT A POINT ON THE
SOUTHERN RIGHTOF-WAY OF SR 15
WHERE THE EAST BOUNDARY OF THE
WEST 1/2 OF THE EAST 1/2 OF THE
SOUTHWEST 1/4 OF THE SOUTHEAST
1/4 OF SECTION 34, TOWNSHIP 37
SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST INTERSECTS
SAID SOUTHERN RIGHT-OF-WAY OF
SAID SR 15, AND PROCEED IN A
SOUTHERLY DIRECTION ALONG THE
SOUTHERN BOUNDARY OF SAID RIGHT-
OFWAY A DISTANCE OF 15759 FEET
TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING, THENCE
CONTINUE ALONG THE SAID SOUTH
BOUNDARY OF SR 15 RIGHT OF WAY
IN A SOUTHWESTERLY DIRECTION A
DISTANCE OF 104 34 FEET TO A POINT,
THENCE SOUTH 0001 05" EAST A DIS
TANCE OF 13260 FEET TO A POINT,
THENCE PROCEED NORTH 74035'42'
EAST A DISTANCE OF 10425 FEET TO A
POINT, THENCE NORTH 01021'18"
WEST A DISTANCE OF 14466 FEET,
MORE OR LESS, TO THE POINT OF BE
GINNING ALL BEING IN SECTION 34,
TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST
The above land lying and being in
Okeechobee Couny Flonda
Address 949 Hwy 441 SE,
Okeechobee, FL
Any person claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, d any, other than
te property owner as of the date of te
Is pendens, must fle a clam wihin 60
days after the sale
Any persons needing special accom-
modations for disabilities should contact
the Court administrator at
1-702-807-4370 Those persons who
are heann impaired may contact
1 800 955 8771 for accommodations
Those persons who are voice impaired
may contact 1-800-955-770 for ac-
commodahons
WITNESS my hand and Sea of the
Court on February 3, 2009
SHARON ROBERTSON
As Clerk of the Court
By Is/Sandra L Creech
Deputy Clerk
Paul J Lane, Esquire
2755 East Oakland Park Blvd Suiture 300
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306
954 566 0004
311304 ON 02/20,27/09
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Okeechobee News, Friday, February 20, 2009 9


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PUBLIC NOTICE
CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING
A CITY ORDINANCE
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that he Ciy Council of he City of Okeechobee, Florda w
on Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 600 p m as son thereafter possible, at Cy Hall
55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL conduct a PUBLIC HEARING on and thereafter to
consider final reading of he following Ordinance into law NO. 1042: AN ORDI-
NANCE OF THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA RESCINDING ORDINANCE NO
1038 AS ADOPTED JANUARY 6, 2009, FOR THE PURPOSE OF COORDINATING
THE ACTION TAKEN ON THIS ORDINANCE WITH ORDINANCE NO. 1041, AMEND
ING THE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS ELEMENT OF THE CITY'S COMPREHENSIVE
PLAN; RE-ADOPTING AND APPROVING SMALL SCALE FUTURE LAND USE MAP
AMENDMENT 08-007-SSA BY AMENDING THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE COMPRE-
HENSIVE PLAN, ORDINANCE NO. 635 AS AMENDED, BY REVISING THE FUTURE
LAND USE MAP ON A CERTAIN TRACT OF LAND MORE PARTlCULARLY DE-
SCRIBED HEREIN FROM MULTI-FAMILY TO COMMERCIAL; PROVIDING FOR IN-
CLUSION OF ORDINANCE AND REVISED FUTURE LAND USE MAP IN THE
COMPREHENSIVE PLAN; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
The Ordinance is regarding Small Scale Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map
Amendment Applicatin No 0s-007-SSA, submted by Muhammad Noouddn, on
behal f popery owners) AM S A Holdngs LLC, e request is to change the
Future Land Use designabon from MF to Cfor propey located at 111 Northeast
11th Sreet, Lots 17 through 19 of Block 18, Okeechobee, and is appromately
0488 acress. The proposed use is f a home health office
All members of the public are encouraged to attend and parcipate in sad hearing
The proposed Ordnance may be inspected in its entire by members of the pubic
n the Office of he City Clerk dunng regular business hours, Mon-Fn, 8am-4,3pm,
except for holidays
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that f any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the City Council with respect to any maer considered at this
heanng, such interested person wll need a record of the proceedings, and for such
purpose may need to ensure a vabahm record of the proceedings is made, whih
record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based
Ciy Clerk media are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the Clerk
In accordance wh the Rmencans with Disablity Act (ADA) and Flonda Statutes
286.26, persons wth disabllles needing special accommodain to participate in
his proceeding should contact Lane Gamiotea no later than two (2) working days
pnr to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x215; a hearing voie impaired, cal
TD 1-80 0955-8770 voice or 1-800-955-8771 (Y)
Lane Gamiotea, CMC, CITYCLERK
311397 ON 2/2009

SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
PUBUC NOTICE OF APPLICATION
Notce is hereby given tt pursual to Chapter 373, onda Satutes, the allowing
aplical(s) for permit have been received for projects) in uOeechobee County
Watershed Technologies LLC (HWTT Nutnent Removal Projects) 3208 Westchester
Dr, Cocoa, FL 32926, has subrinted Applicabon 090109-12 for modification of
Water Use Permit 47-00854-W for an industna use The water will be wiodrawn
from Mosquito, Lemlnn and Wolff Creeks and the project is located in Section 18
Township37 South, Range36 East
Tantle Properties LLC (Lakeview Condominiums) 104 NW 7th Ave, Okeechobee, FL
34972, has suitrlted Application 090116-1 for an Environmental Resource Per-
mi for 146 acres of residents lands The water ill be dischrged to Lake
Okeechobee and the project is located in Secoon 35, Townshp 37 Suth, Range
35 East
nteresed persons may comment upon the application r submit a wntfen requesn
for a copy of the saf report containing posed agency action regarding the ap-
plication by wnng to the South Fonda Water Management OistcL Ann Envir-on
mental Resource Regulaion, PO Box 24680, West Paim Beach, FL 33416-4680,
but such comments or rerqests must be received by 500 PM whin 21 days
frm tie date of publication
No further public notice will be provded regarding his application A copy of the
staff report must be requested in oder to remain advised of further proceedings
Application status and associated documents can also be obtained by accessing
the Disict's webste iwww mwd and selecbng the Applicaton/Permi
Search on the ePermnilng page Substanhaly affected persons ar enhled to re-
uest an admnsrsatve heanng regarding te proposed agency action by submt-
ng a ws n request after reviewing he staf report
310929 ON 2/20/09


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN
AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
GENERAL JURISDICTION
DIVISION
CASE NO.: 2008-CA-173
CITIMORTGAGE, INC.,
PLAINTIFF
VS
MARK RINEHARTB U -
KNOWN SPOUS;
OF MARK RINI -
HART, IF ANY, AN
ALL UNKNOWN PA -
TIES CLAIMING
BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AN
AGAINST THE HER -
IN NAMED INr -
VIDUAL DEFENDANT(
WHO A
NOT KNOWN TO E
DEAD OR ALIV ,
WHETHER SAID U-
KNOWN PART
MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST
SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISE. ,
GRANTEES OR Oi -
ERCLAIMANT
JOHN DOE A D
JANE DOE AS N-
KNOWN TENANTS IN POSSLS-
SION
DEFENDANT(S)
RE-NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE
SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a
Order Granting the Motion to Reset
Foreclosure Sale dated January 21,
2009 elsed in Civil Case No 2008-
CA-173 of the Circui Court of the 19th
Jusical Crcut in and for OKEECHO-
BEE Count, Okeechobee, Ronda, I
wll sell to the highest and best bidder
for cash at the Jury Assembly Room,
2nd Floor of he OKEECHOBEE Judcal
Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okecho-
bee, Fonda, at 1100 am on the 4th
day of March, 2009, the following de-
scnbed property as set forth in said
Summary Final Judgment, to-wit
LOT 2, BLOCK 52,
BASSWOOD, UNIT
5, ACCORDING TO
THE PLAT THERE-
OF, AS RECORDED,
AS RECORDED IN
PLAT BOOK3,PAGE 1, OFTEN
PUBLIC RECORDS
OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY FLORIDA
Any person damning an interest i the
surplus from the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of the date of the
lis penens, must file a clam within 60
days after the sale
Dated hs 18th day of Februay, 2009
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
BY s/SANDRA L CREECH
DEPUTY CLERK
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERI-
CANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, persons
with disabilities needing a special ac-
commodaaion to participate in this pro-
ceedn should contact COURT
ADMINISTRAION at 250 NW County
Club Dnve, Port St Lucie, FL 34986 or
call 1-772-807-4370, 1.800-955-8771
ToD) or 1-800-955-8770, via Ronda
ay Service
DAVID J STERN, PA,
900 SOUTH PINE ISLAND ROAD
SUITE 400
PLANTATION, FL 33324-3920
(954) 233-8000
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE 19TH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND
FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2MD8-CA470
DIVISION: Civil Division
LIVE OAK TRUST INC,
A Honda orporaion
Plainbt
v
FENELON ILPHONCE AND BIENNOT
MAURICE
Defendants
NOTICE OF ACTION
CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE
TO FENELON ILPHONCE
1335 F RD
LOXAHATCHEE, FL 334704020
YOU ARE HEREBY nomfied that a Com-
plant for Foreclosure of Motgage in-
volving real estate located in
Okeechoee Couny, Flonda, and le-
gally descred as follows
The West 1/2 of the West 1/2 of the
North 1/2 of the South 1/2 of Tract 11
Sectin 27 Township 34 South Range
33 East Okeechobe County, Florida
has been filed against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your wnt-
ten defenses, e any, to it on KENNET
M JONES, of Moody, Jones, Ingino &
Morehead, PA, Atorneys fo Plaintiff,
whose address is 1333 S Unversty
Drive. Suite 201, Plantation, Flonda
33324, on or before March 16, 2009,
and fie the onginal with the Clerk of
ths Court iter before service on te
Planfiff's attorney or immediately
thereafter, otherwise, a default will be
entered against you for the relief de-
mranded in the Cnomplaint
WITNESS my hand and seal of ths Court
on Feb. 6, 2009
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF THE COURT
By /SLinda F Youn
As Deputy Clerk
Moody, Jones, Ingino & Morehead, PA,
Attorneys for Plaintiff
1333 S University ive, #201
Plantation, L 33324
(954 473-6605
lo i Bar No 142618
310592 ON 2/13,20/09


Cuts
Continued From Page 1

possible.
To meet these efforts she has been
working with her district administrators
to find all ways that their sites can cut
spending, others that could be cut in the
future and things that are definitely off
the table for cutting.
There are several efforts that have al-
ready been put into place for the 2008-
09 school year. The district has reduced
all transportation by 10 percent. They
have encouraged conference calls rath-
er than driving to other locations and
evaluated any out of county meetings.
The district has also been evaluat-
ing every vacancy and only filling them
when absolutely necessary or filing
with substitutes which cost the district
less money. The district has also cut
10 percent of discretionary funds from
each site in order to save funds. This
is especially hard for school sites since
their discretionary funds are typically
not very large.
All overtime is also under lock and
key and being given only after review by
the Assistant Superintendent Ken Ken-
worthy.
Through her meetings with adminis-
tration the following things were added
to the "must do" list for cuts for this
school year: cancellation of the Teacher
of the Year trip to Tallahassee; reduc-
tion in summer school offerings and
consolidation of summer school to one
location for all grades; and holing the
remaining sparsity funds. The reduc-
tion of summer school offerings is also



Teens

Continued From Page 1

engaged in binge drinking where they
became intoxicated, 7 percent smoked
cigarettes, 6.6 percent smoked mari-
juana, and over 15 percent used illicit
drugs.
At the high school level, 49 percent
claimed they had drunk alcohol in the
past 30 days and nearly 31 percent en-
gaged in binge drinking. Over 18 per-
cent claimed they smoked cigarettes, 12
percent claimed they used smokeless
tobacco, and over 15 percent smoked
marijuana. Over 19 percent claimed
they had used illicit drugs.
The 2006 survey also had high levels
of alcohol, cigarette, and illicit drug use.
The 2006 survey found 51.5 percent
of middle school students had drank
alcohol, and 32 percent had smoked
cigarettes. 26 percent claimed they had
used illicit drugs.
High school students in the 2006 sur-


CASTLE

Continued From Page 1

success rate with this program.
"That is a huge tribute to the peo-
ple who are providing the program in
Okeechobee County," Ms. May said.
The Families First program is for di-
vorcing parents. The courts have ruled
that divorcing parents with dependent
children must attend a parental semi-
nar. The goal is to make the transition
easier on their children. The program
hopes to help the parents realize the
trauma this break up can have on their
kids and find ways to limit the damage
and make it more positive. "Programs
that are here in Okeechobee are work-


in the process now by the middle and
high school offering credit retrieval and
course retrieval throughout the year to
prevent students from needing summer
school.
The district is also now requiring
carpooling when traveling to essential
meetings, replacing only essential sup-
plies at school sites and limiting copies
and paper per teacher. The district is
also encouraging alternatives to paper
through technology and setting up print
jobs to go to a folder for electronic re-
trieval by staff rather than printing un-
needed copies. This includes printing
attendance and grade reports that can
otherwise be seen on a server instead.
When turning towards the electri-
cal bill the district will be cutting off the
air conditioning on the weekends, in-
creasing the temperature in rooms and
starting up the air later in the mornings.
Any night scheduling done for the high
school will either be paid out of OHS's
discretionary funds or be done alter-
nately as to not cost additional funds.
Printing costs have also been widely
eliminated by the application process
going primarily electronic. The human
resources department was spending a
large amount of funds on printing and
postage. This will eliminate this cost.
What else can the district do? The
administrators have come up with even
more room for cuts that they are plan-
ning to put into place including: placing
timers on all hot water pumps to save
energy; reducing an additional 5 per-
cent of discretionary funds from school
sites; requiring the tech team to make
all initial contacts for requests by e-mail
to save transportation costs; requiring
all software purchases to be evaluated


vey also had high rates of drinking. 67
percent claimed to have drunk alcohol
at least once in their lives, 45.5 percent
claimed to have smoked cigarettes, 24
percent used smokeless tobacco, 33
percent smoked marijuana and 40 per-
cent used illicit drugs.
The survey also asked questions
about delinquent behavior, and under-
age gambling.
The survey claimed 7.4 percent of
middle school students in Okeechobee
reported they had carried a handgun
and over four percent claimed they had
sold drugs. 17 percent claimed they had
been suspended from school and over
15 percent claimed they had attacked
someone with intent to do harm. 9.3
percent of middle students surveyed
claimed they had been drunk or high
while at school.
Ten percent of high school students
claimed they carried a handgun in
2008, 10.4 percent claimed they had
sold drugs, 2.4 percent claimed they
had tried to steal a vehicle in the past,
and six percent claimed they had been

ing and are beneficial. Our biggest chal-
lenge is we're not well enough known
to the community," she stated.
Over 50 percent of Okeechobee
children served are under the age of
5. Roughly 80 percent of the white and
blue flags in Flagler Park this month
represent children under five years old.
"It is our most vulnerable population.
They help parents learn what toddlers
are supposed to do and take some of
the stress away from families."
Ms. May said a majority of the chil-
dren in Florida that die due to child
abuse and neglect are killed because of
two things, potty training and excessive
crying. "That should shock you, and it
does shock me. It shocks me because
those are things that are teachable," she
said.


by technology committee to prevent
duplication; and to use better control of
the OHS security lighting to save even
more electrical bills.
Items that they will consider as well
are:
reviewing all contracts for renewal
and/or cancellation options;
restricting field trip assignments to
bus drivers who will not be placed over
40 hours per week;
discontinue field trips that conflict
with route times;
purchasing one set of tests/book-
lets for class use; and
eliminating renewal fee for auto-
matic sex offender check since this can
now be done without charge.
Items that are off the table as far as
cuts are concerned are of course the
FCAT.
Also off the table as far as the
Okeechobee district is concerned is the
four-day school week during the 180
day school year. Dr. Cooper explained
that this would affect our community
too much and unless mandated by the
state, she would this is off the table for
Okeechobee County.
After close scrutinization, use of ex-
isting personnel for pest control is also
off the table due to the high require-
ments placed on schools for safety.
They also ruled out that a reduction of
number of light bulbs would benefit
due to the constant upkeep that would
be needed and the required amount of
lighting in a classroom.
Next year the district will not be fund-
ing any athletic programs. All athletic
programs will have to be self support-
ing through fundraising or other means.
The district wants these programs to


arrested. The survey said 24 percent of
high school students reported they were
arrested, 21 percent committed assault
and battery, and 22 percent reported
being high or drunk while at school.
72 percent of middle school students
and over 59 percent of high school stu-
dents claimed they had gambled in the
past.
The report also stated that 25 percent
of middle school students had been
worried about bullying at school, and
over 45 percent claimed they had been
taunted or teased in the past 30 days.
Mr. Kruppa said his office has looked
at different strategies to address these
issues. He noted the health department
has done a good job with tobacco use
and that progress has been made in the
rates of teenage smoking.
"Ultimately it is all about choices. We
will get information out there to show
them the potential long term effects of
these choices," he noted.
He noted it is important to make par-
ents aware that these problems exist in
the community.

Castle hopes to increase programs
in the future. Officials note for every
Okeechobee family that is helped, four
families are turned away.
Ms. May urged the crowd to spread
and share the word of Castle. She noted
they provide tours, and presentations at
events to increase awareness of their
program.
One of their clients, Crystal, is a
single mother of six. She has an 8-year-
old son, 5-year-old twins, a 3-year-old
daughter, a 2-year-old son, and a 1-year-
old daughter. She said Castle counselors
have helped improve her life.
Crystal explained that she grew up
in a dysfunctional family and couldn't
operate her home in a proper manner,
"I was very miserable and stressed out.
There were a lot of things in the house
that needed changing, but I didn't know


continue, but the district cannot con-
tinue to fund them in these dire budget
times. This includes costs for buses to
and from games, uniforms, equipment,
etc.
In looking towards the stimulus
package which was recently signed,
Florida would have to have a waiver to
even receive funds. These funds would
also be only for two years and non-re-
curring funds. If Florida ends up eligible
for funds, they are scheduled to begin
July 1, over a two year period.
What can citizens do? School offi-
cials encourage citizens to contact legis-
lators and encourage them to consider
new or additional revenue sources to
support public education such as the
penny sales tax, and to restore funding
to 2007-08 levels and provide maximum
flexibility for districts in the expenditure
of funds.
The following are email address for
legislators who represent the Okeecho-
bee County area. The district encourag-
es you to write them and express your
opinion about the dire straits of public
education in Florida.
Honorable J.D. Alexander
alexander.jd.web@flsenate.gov
Ken Pruitt
pruitt.ken.web@flsenate.gov
Mike Horner
mike.horner@myfloridahouse.gov
Kevin Rader
keven.rader@myfloridahouse.gov
Post your opinions in the Public Issues
Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter
Chauna Aguilar can be reached at cagul-
lar@newszap.com.


"We are pretty comfortable with the
numbers. They come from the students
directly. There is always a concern about
the validity about those numbers. Oth-
ers who work in the field are comfort-
able these numbers are fairly accurate.
We certainly have work to do. We use
these reports to determine where we
should devote resources and time."
Mr. Kruppa added that parents are
the most important impact on a child.
They need to know about these issues
and talking to their kids about it is im-
portant. That input should help us put
the numbers in the right direction.
Mr. Kruppa thanked Students Work-
ing Against Tobacco (SWAT) for the ef-
forts they have made to lower the teen-
age smoking rate in Okeechobee in the
past few years.

how to change them."
Things changed for Crystal after
counseling. She said she felt guided and
relieved and had someone to talk to,
to guide her, and provide advice when
dealing with serious difficulties with her
children. "It taught me how to set up
rules, how to use time efficiently, and
I made everyone help with different
chores around the house."
Crystal said she used the concept
of time out and got more respect from
her kids. She noted that eye contact and
tone of voice are important when deal-
ing with children.
"I definitely recommend the pro-
gram to other families," she said. "I
was so lucky to be helped by the Castle
group.
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10 Okeechobee News, Friday, February 20, 2009




Benefit softball tournament planned


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Chaka's Stars Foundation
and Communities In Schools will
be holding their second annual
Big Ball Softball Tournament on
Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Okeecho-
bee County adult softball fields at
8 a.m.
Mens, women and co-ed
teams are welcome! Entry fee for
a team is $200. The tournament is
one pitch, double elimination and
balls will be provided.
First place will receive a trophy
and t-shirts. Second place will
also receive a trophy. Door prizes


and drawings will be held all day
long.
This event is a fundraiser for
the Chaka's Stars Foundation and
Communities In Schools-Police
Athletic League (CIS-PAL).
The Chaka's Stars Foundation
is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organiza-
tion that was formed in 2007 to
create a support system for kids
in our community. Chaka's is an
acronym for Communities Hold-
ing All Kids Accountable Success-
fully, and encourages the students
to be empowered and reach for
the Stars.
Their mission is "to empower


and enrich the youth in our com-
munities, providing them with
programs, services and skills to
ensure an unparalleled opportu-
nity to achieve and maintain life-
long success."
Chaka's Stars focuses on three
interrelated components: super-
vised community service and
trips; discussion of service experi-
ences in a classroom setting; and
developmental tasks of adoles-
cence.
Through these tasks the foun-
dation strives to empower young
people to succeed beyond their
own expectations.


CIS-PAL is another organiza-
tion that offers services to local
youth.
They hold various summer
camps, some at completely no
charge to the participants each
year. Their skate park camp is the
only one that has a charge due to
the trip to Vans Skate Park in Or-
lando.
CIS-PAL also runs the On Track
program and now the On Track
Too program which is to educate
young teens about teenage preg-
nancy.
Character Counts is present in
classrooms across the county ev-


eryday where students continue
to learn the six pillars of charac-
ter: trustworthiness; respect; re-
sponsibility; fairness; caring and
citizenship.
CIS is the largest dropout
prevention organization in the
United States. Locally it is ran by
Jill Rogers and Mike Davis out of
their offices in the New Endeavor
High School.


For more information about
the Big Ball Softball tournament
or registration contact Darryl Al-
len at 863-697-3850 or Jill Rogers
at 863-634-0870.
Post your opinions In the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at cagullar@newszap.com.


OHS baseball falls to South Fork


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Boy's baseball picked the
wrong opponent to open their
season with Tuesday as they trav-
elled to the team that finished
as the runner up in the state in
Class 5A last year, the South Fork
Bulldogs.
Kyle Hunter tossed five shut-
out innings and Brandon Bed-


nar had three hits, two of them
triples, as South Fork defeated
Okeechobee, 10-0.
Okeechobee, (0-1), only got a
fifth inning single from Jake Dav-
enport in the loss.
Brahman pitching Coach
Mark Ward said South Fork had
a lights out pitcher who over
matched the Brahman hitters.
"He was way above average,
he painted the corners and had


great control," he said.
Ward said the Brahmans also
struggled on defense and gave
up too many unearned runs.
"The entire infield was a deba-
cle. We had trouble all around
the infield. We couldn't make
basic plays."
Dustin Stokes pitched three
innings for Okeechobee but was
the victim of the poor defense.
He allowed eight runs, many of


them unearned. Brandon Farless
allowed one run in one inning of
work and Mike Minondo allowed
one run in two innings of work.
"Our defense should be
stronger than this. This was not a
good showing for the first game
of the season," Ward said.
The Brahmans host Treasure
Coast on Thursday night at 6
p.m.


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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Good pitching and good hit-
ting paced Okeechobee as the
OHS Lady Brahmans softball
team won their first game on the
road this year in impressive fash-
ion, 12-0 over South Fork Tuesday
night.
Okeechobee (2-1) got a great
pitching performance from start-
er Sam Harrell and reliever Katar-


ina Suarez in the game. The two
hurlers allowed just one hit and
tossed a shutout.
The offense was paced by
catcher Taylor Douglas who went
2 for 4 with a homerun and a dou-
ble. Victoria Blevins went 2 for 3
with three runs batted in.
South Fork (0-2) got a double
from Kelly Hunter for their only
hit of the ball game.
"The girls played very well.
They hit the ball well. We gave


up two errors which were just be-
cause the field was in bad shape,"
Brahman coach Kim Hargraves
said.
Hargraves said the girls remain
upbeat and positive. They also
were aggressive at the plate. South
Fork is not bad this year and their
pitcher shut down Jensen Beach
recently. "Sometimes it runs hot
and cold with kids. We hope it
continues. We hope the hot water
heater don't run out."


Douglas hit a 225 foot bomb
over the right center field fence.
That is a legitimate shot as the
Okeechobee field measures 200
feet to right center.
Megan Clements had two hits
and Jewel Buck had two hits with
a double in her first varsity game.
Girl's softball hosts Fort Pierce
Westwood on Friday night at 7
p.m. It is both a district and con-
ference game.


Tennis teams victorious in opener


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee High School
boys and girls tennis teams got
off to good starts on the season
as they both shut out Fort Pierce
Westwood on the road Tuesday.
The teams both won all five
singles matches and both doubles
matches.
On the girls side Kari Berger
was impressive at number one
singles. She shut out Ulaine Jean
Baptist 8-0. Shaina Ragamat
shut out Daisy Cendejas 8-0. Al-
isha Wilcox defeated Cassandra
Miranda 8-0. Katie Walker defeat-
ed Uniqueca Eversly, 8-0. Kather-
ine Ragamat won by forfeit.
Okeechobee had an easy time


in doubles as well as the team
of Berger and Walker defeated
Jean Baptist and Cendejas, 8-3.
The team of Shaina Ragamat and
Wilcox shut out the Lady Panther
team of Miranda and Eversly, 8-0.
On the boys side Corey White
and Zack Fowler led the way as
Okeechobee dominated singles
and doubles matches at the
Lawnwood Courts.
White defeated Stephon Lind-
Orjales 8-0. Fowler defeated
Richie Lin 8-1. Alex Nielson won
8-2 over Dillon Roberts-Loria. Max
Norman defeated Alex Sierra 8-2.
Kyle Lunt defeated Peter Bui, 8-0.
The doubles teams lost only
one game in the 17 games they
played.


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By unauna Agullar
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee Rotar-
ians honored their student of
the month for February, Lonnie
Pryor at their luncheon on Tues-
day, Feb. 17. While Mr. Pryor is
well known in the community
for his outstanding athletic abil-
ity, this award allows his charac
ter and willingness to help others
personifying the Rotarian motto,
"Service Above Self."
Mr. Pryor is a senior at
Okeechobee High School where
he excels in many areas of sports
highlighting his career in football.
He also runs track and is involved
in the Future Business Leaders of
America club.
He has also found time to do-
nate 184 hours of his time helping
with children in the community
during the Chaka's Stars summer
camp. He explained that he en-
joys being with the kids and giv-
ing them someone to talk to and
just play with them. During the
camp they went to many differ-
ent places with the children rang-
ing in age from 4 to 12. Through
the summer camp he got to ex-
perience things for the first time


rignt along sade cnuiaren wno naa
never done things like ice skating
before either.
They also worked on a Habitat
for Humanity home in Okeecho-
bee.
Assistant Principal Debbie Gil-
lis nominated Mr. Pryor for this
honor stating that, "While he is a
superb athlete, there is so much
more to this young man. I am so
proud of him for the work ethic,
level headedness, kindness to
others, willingness to take time
with the many folks who seek
him out."
She went on to say that his
character will speak well of him
long after his football career.
Mr. Pryor is on his way to con
tinue his education at Florida State
University on June 19, where he
will play football. When asked
why he chose FSU, he replied
that it has always been his dream
to play for the Seminoles since
he was little. He visited many
schools all over the state and in
other states, but FSU is where he
felt at home.
"It's just always been where I
wanted to be," stated Mr. Pryor.
Rotarians wished him well on
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nis journey to oDtain nis eauca-
tion while also experiencing the
once in a lifetime opportunity to
play for FSU.
The Rotary Student of the
Month program is a project where
the Okeechobee Rotary Club hon
ors one OHS senior each month
who presents character centered
on the Rotary International mot-
to, "Service Above Self."
This award is not based on ac-
ademic performance alone, but
rather a student's commitment to
their community.
As a Rotary Student of the
Month, one of the students will
be chosen to receive one of the
Rotarian college scholarships that
they present at the end of the aca-
demic year.


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Ine Kotary student or tne
Month is chosen by staff at OHS
for their outstanding achieve-
ments especially regarding, "Ser-
vice Above Self."
Rotary International is a world-
wide organization of business and
professional leaders that provide
humanitarian service encourage
high ethical standards in all voca-
tions and help build goodwill and
peace in the world.
For more information on join-
ing the local Okeechobee Rotary
Club, contact Maureen Budjinski
at 863-484-0110.
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Reporter Chauna Agullar can be
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Rotarian President (Queen) Maureen Budjinski (front-center),
presented OHS Senior Lonnie Pryor (back-center) with the
Student of the Month award for February. Accompanying Mr.
Pryor were the OHS Principal Toni Wiersma (back-right) and
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News in brief
Rescue available for
local wildlife
Florida Wildlife Rescue Ser-
vice Inc. is a non profit orga-
nization providing free rescue,
pick up, and transport of sick,
injured and orphaned wildlife in
the Okeechobee area. We are
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Medicare-approved HMO, PPO and PFFS plans available to anyone enrolled in both Part A and Part B of Medicare through age or disability.
Enrollment period restrictions apply, call Humana for details. Copayments, service area and benefit limitations may apply.
A sales representative will be present with information and applications. *Some exceptions may apply.


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