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SKEECHOBEE


NEWS


Vol. 100 No. 24 Wednesday, February 25, 2009 50 Plus tax


Briefs


AARP offers income
tax filing help
The AARP Tax-Aide pro-
gram was created to help low-
and middle-income taxpayers
prepare and file their income
tax returns with the IRS, free of
charge. Every year, from Feb-
ruary through April 15, trained
and certified volunteers help
prepare federal tax returns. Tax-
Aide volunteers will be avail-
able in Okeechobee County at
the American Legion Hall, 501
S.E. Second Street, on Mondays
and Tuesdays, 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.org,
or call Neile Foreman at 863-
357-1694. Please do not call the
American Legion.

Back to work
seminar set
Pritchard's Insurance and
Raulerson Company Care will
present a "Back to Work" pro-
gram on Thursday, Feb. 26,
at 1802 South Parrot Avenue,
from 9:30 until 11:30 a.m.
There is no charge for the semi
nar. Guest speakers will discuss
topics that deal with issues con-
cerning returning to work after
occupational injuries. Anyone
is invited to attend this informa-
tive seminar. For more informa-
tion, please call Lisa Rodriguez
at 863-824-3114 or by email at
Irodriguez@pritchardsinc.com.

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

Drought Index

Current: 670
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

12.89 feet
Last Year: 10.11 feet
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Hous

Planned developments
in county stalled as
economy flounders

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
As in the rest of the United
States, the housing boom in
Okeechobee County has gone
bust. It all fell apart like a house
of cards.
Three years ago the county's
planning board was entertaining


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
As the sniper, clad in a
Ghillie suit, inched ever so
cautiously toward the stucco-
covered white house, Lt. Les
ter Yeates' radio cracked and
a voice on the other end softly
said, "there's a window open
on the west side."
The sniper continued to
describe Tuesday morning's
hostage situation by telling Lt.
Yeates how many men were in-
side the home, how many win-
dows the house has, how many
exterior doors and how they
opened and, most importantly,
that there was a female hostage
wearing an orange shirt.
While the situation was dra-
matic, it was one of the training
exercises routinely carried out
by members of the Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's Office.
Three snipers were doing their
job by slowly moving up on the
home to get as close as pos-
sible and "paint a picture" of
what was transpiring to their
supervisors.


many requestsoroning
es and special exceptions
low for subdivisions, towr
es and apartment corm
As evidence of the chang
three years' time, this m
meeting did not even ha
agenda. There was no bu
to come before the board
open discussion was sche
In 2006 there were
large housing developme
the works. Two separate F
of property on the west
S.W. 16th Avenue were
for multifamily dwelling:


boom
chang- other apartment development
to al- was planned further south or
nhous- the east side of S.W. 16th Av
plexes. enue. A housing project was
e over approved for next to Osceola
onth's Middle School.
ave an Eagle's Landing was to be
isiness built on a 101-acre tract on U.S
and an 441 near Nubbin Slough. Ambi
duled. tious plans called for 622 housing
several units consisting of 242 multi-sto
;nts in ry condominiums, 264 two-story
)arcels townhouses and 116 one-story
side of villas. There were also to be 15
zoned acres of commercial property in
s. An- cluding a grocery store, a bank, a


went
drug store and restaurant.
S The Grove was a nine square
- mile tract in the extreme north-
Seastern corner of the county. It
Sis bounded by the Indian River
County line and the Florida
Turnpike on the north and the
SSt. Lucie County line on the
-east. Original plans called for
4,000 dwelling units, 1.35 mil-
lion square feet of retail ser
vices, 420,000 square feet of of-
fice space, 350,000 square feet
iof light industrial uses and 800
- acres of golf courses, parks and
other open spaces. The Grove


bust
was planned to have its own
water and wastewater treatment
systems. Originally the work was
to start in 2008 in stages.
In March of 2006 the county
approved the first planned de
velopment sponsored by Coker
Cattle Company and Freshwa-
ter Development Corporation of
Wellington. It was to be a 4,780
acre development on both sides
of Charles Harvey Highway that
was to consist of 1,200 residen-
tial units, 25 acres of commercial
See Bust Page 12


Three charged


in shooting


incidents


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Three men were arrested
in connection with two sepa-
rate shooting incidents Sun-
day, Feb. 22, during a Mexican
rodeo held at the Okeechobee
County Agri-Civic Center, 4200
S.R. 70 E.
In one incident Jose Bar
bosa, 23, S.W Eighth St., Pom-
pano Beach, was arrested and
charged with five counts of ag-
gravated assault with a deadly
weapon. He was booked into
the Okeechobee County Jail
under a bond of $100,000.
No one was injured in either
shooting incident.
"A couple of fights broke out
and things got out of hand,"
said Detective Sergeant Brad
Stark of the Okeechobee Coun-
ty Sheriff's Office (OCSO). "But


Jose Luis
Barbosa Gutierrez
because of
the recent adcie
street crimes
dito of on rour

unit, they were ,
on hand and
effected an
arrest before
anything else
happened."
He went Ernesto
on to say he Moreno
didn't know yet what caused
See Shooting Page 12


Schools ask for



funding help


Okeechobee News/Eric Kopp
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office detectives Sgt. T.J.
Brock (left) and Sgt. Brad Stark (right) manned the tele-
phone and communications system whereby they could
speak with and negotiate with the two men who were
holding a woman hostage in Tuesday's training exercise.
Lieutenant K.J. Ammons is also a member of the negoti-
ating team.


OCSO Major Noel Stephen
said the snipers will establish a
perimeter and could be hiding
in a ditch, behind a tree or in
any other safe location.


"They need to be in a safe lo-
cation so they can be moved,"
he said. "Closest is not always
See Training Page 12


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County
School Board, along with all
the District 16 county school
board members attended a
town hall style meeting Friday
where State Representative
Tom Rooney did less talking
and more listening to the needs
of the district as a whole.
The meeting was "edu-
cational" as the District 16
school leaders from Okeecho-
bee, Glades, Highlands, Palm
Beach, Charlotte, St. Lucie,
Hendry, and Martin counties all
gathered to pool their concerns
so that Representative Rooney
would be able to make the best
representation of what they
need.


Educations leaders from all
of the counties were given a
copy of the letter drafted to the
U.S. Department of Education
and signed by all of the Florida
Congressmen to strongly urge
them to grant a waiver as pro-
vided in the American Recov-
ery and Reinvestment Act, to
allow the state access to critical
education funding through the
State Fiscal Stabilization Fund.
Besides funding and the
constant unfunded mandates
that are placed on the schools,
another key concern is the un-
fair comparisons that were es-
tablished as a result of the An-
nual Yearly Progress (AYP).
When AYP was established,
it was left up to each individual
See Funding Page 12


Index


Adopt a Pet.......................... 4,12
Classifieds ...................... 10-11
Community Events................... 6
Crossword.......................... ..... 12
Obituaries..... ...... ........ .. 6
Opinion 4
Speak Out 4
Sports 9,13
Sudoku ...... ....... ....... 12
Weather 2
See Page 2 for information about
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New at this year's


county fair:


Lego competition


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
In a continuing effort to
make each year's Okeechobee
County Fair bigger and better,
the fair association has added
a Lego competition to the 2009
fair. For the first time, the fair,
which runs Friday, March 13
through Sunday, March 22,
will feature a Lego building
contest. Entries will be judged
on the basis of originality and
creativity (25 points) and pre-
cision (25 points). The project


must be assembled so that it
can withstand being handled
and moved by the judge with-
out collapsing. There are four
age divisions: 4-6, 7-9, 10-12
and 13 and up. Entries should
be checked in between 4 and 7
p.m. on Wednesday, March 11.
The fair should have some-
thing for everyone with daily
pig races, a rodeo, a livestock
show, a beauty pageant, mid
way rides and the traditional
creative skills and crafts, veg-
See Fair Page 12


Submitted photo
KOA prepares for Musical Variety show
The cast and crew of KOA's Bi-Annual theatrical show are busy preparing for this years mu-
sical variety show, titled "From Broadway to Hollywood" it's filled with great music, danc-
ing and humor. Additionally, students from Leslie's Dance Studio are a wonderful addition
to this year's cast. All proceeds for this event are contributed to our "Kid's Care Camps,"
our charity which sponsors camps throughout the United States and provides wonderful,
carefree weeks for children with cancer. The show will be held Feb. 27 and 28 and is open
to the public. Tickets are $5 each and may be purchased at the front office from 1 until 3
p.m. Monday through Friday as well as at the door.


Hostage drill: Seeking a safe resolve


Okeechobee News/Eric Kopp
Members of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office Special Response Team (SRT)
move toward an open window through which Sergeant Robert Coleman threw a tele-
phone so that negotiators could communicate with the two men inside the home. The
men were holding a woman hostage in the Tuesday, Feb. 24, training exercise.


Training exercise helps


keep officers' skills sharp




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Blake Crum
Adam and Wendy Crum of
Okeechobee are proud to an
nounce the birth of their son,
Austin Blake.
He was born on Jan. 28, 2009
at Martin Memorial in Stuart, Fla.
He weighed 7 lbs 4 ounces and
was 18 1/2 inches long at birth.
Austin was welcomed home
by his big sister, Kayleigh.
Maternal grandparents are Lin-
da and Frank Pearce of Okeecho-
bee.
Paternal grandparents are Dar
ryl Crum and Sharon Barbaree of
LaBelle and Ft. Meade, Fla.


Winifred

Hamner
Winifred and Norman Hamner
Sr. of Okeechobee will celebrate


Their children are: Georga D.
Hamner of Okeechobee; Nor-
man J. Hamner Jr. of Williston,
Fla.; and Charlene B. Hamner of
Okeechobee.
They have eight grandchildren
and six great grandchildren.
A celebration barbecue in their
honor will be held on March 1,
2009 at 2 p.m. at their home.


Fischer
David and Janet McKenna of
Okeechobee are proud to an-
nounce the engagement of their
daughter Samantha McKenna to
Matthew Fischer of Okeechobee.
The wedding is planned for
April 2010.


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Submitted photo
Austin Blake Crum
Great grandparents are Boyd
Mounts, Idell and Johnny Pearce,
Margaret Mitchell, Carolyn Massey,
Nan Carrier and Georgia Gerran.


Okeechobee News
Published bh Indapene Newspapers Inc.


Winifred and Norman Hamner, Sr. Samantha McKenna and Matthew Fischer


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She graduated from Seminole
Community College. She is em
played as a preschool teacher.
The groom is a 2004 graduate
of Okeechobee High School. He
attends Indian River State College.
He is employed as a dietary aide
with Okeechobee Health Care
Facility.
After the wedding the couple
will reside in Okeechobee.




Okeechobee News, Wednesday, February 25, 2009 3



Commissioners to look at economic development


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County
Commissioners are facing a long
agenda for Thursday's meeting.
Among other things they will dis-
cuss economic development, uti
lization of the county's parks and
the county's financial situation.
Mark Smith will present
Okeechobee Main Street's long
awaited economic development
plan. This is a plan to implement
the economic development plan
prepared for the county by eco-
nomic development advisor Wil-
liam Fruth in 2006. The plan is
designed to result in a proactive
approach to help existing busi-
nesses reach their full potential
and attract new businesses. The
benefits of the plan include in
creasing our tax base, increasing
our payrolls and profits, increas-
ing employment opportunities,
creating jobs and lessening the
impact of downturns associated
with the normal business cycle.
Consultants David Barth and


If you go ...
What: Meeting of the
Okeechobee County Commis-
sioners
When: Thursday, Feb. 26, 9
a.m.
Where: Okeechobee County
Health Department Auditorium
1728 N.W. Ninth Ave.
Allison Crnic will present the park
master plan needs assessment.
The needs assessment was con-
ducted through a telephone sur-
vey, focus groups and the park
and recreation advisory commit-
tee.
In another park related matter,
the board will hear from William
Floyd and Donald Abbott who
are not pleased with the fees they
have been charged for long term
camping at Okee Tantee Camp-
ground and Marina. In connec-
tion with their presentation, the
board will has been presented
with a letter signed by about 40
campers at the park suggesting
specific changes in administrative


policies at the campground.
In another park matter, the
sheriff's office will ask for a tem-
porary waiver of the fees at Okee
Tantie in order for a newly hired
deputy to live there until he finds
permanent housing.
Deputy county administra-
tor Robbie Chartier will give an
overview of the county's current
financial situation as of Jan. 31. A
budget amendment will be nec-
essary to reduce the current op-
erating budget to reflect revenue
shortfalls.
Turning to other matters, city
councilman Dowling Watford
and Gary Ritter, director of the
South Florida Water Management
District's (SFWMD) Okeechobee
Service Center are scheduled to
address the board to discuss the
proposed physical reconnection
of SFWMD and St. John Water
Control District.
In other action the board is ex-
pected to:
consider abandoning a plat
ted easement in Taylor Creek
Isles;


IRSC Foundation Board


appoints new member


Frank M. Irby of Okeechobee
County has been appointed as a
member of the Indian River State
College Foundation Board.
Mr. Irby is a
retired hospital
administrator,
formerly serv-
ing as the CEO
at Raulerson
Hospital in
Okeechobee.
Mr. Irby earned
his Bachelor of
Science Degree Frank Irby
in Biology and
Chemistry from the University
of Mississippi in 1965 and then
served in the U.S. Army from
1965-1968.


Arrest Report
The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-
der the influence (DUI) charges by
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
(DOC).
Ricardo Martinez, 47, N.W
Seventh St., Okeechobee, was
arrested Feb. 20 by Deputy Justin
Akins on a charge of possession
of cocaine. His bond was set at
$5,000.


Continuing members of the
IRSC Foundation Board are: Mi-
chael L. Adams, St. Lucie County;
Edwin Arnowitt, Martin County;
Theodore A. Brown II, Martin
County; Susanne H. Clemons,
Okeechobee County; Jose L.
Conrado, Indian River Coun-
ty; Cheryl Kirton, Chair of the
IRSC District Board of Trustees,
Okeechobee County; Joseph P
Lembo, Foundation Board Chair,
Indian River County; Michael D.
Minton, St. Lucie County; Thom-
as H. Thurlow Jr., Martin County;
John W Williams, Okeechobee
County; and Frank "Sonny" Wil-
liamson, Okeechobee County.
The IRSC Foundation Board
of Directors is a managing body


Jose Ines Galicia, 33, N.W.
47th Terrace, was arrested Feb.
21 by Deputy Augustin Saucedo
on a felony charge of aggravated
battery. He was also arrested on
a misdemeanor charge of battery.
His bond was set at $5,500.
Israel Castillo, 23, Okeecho-
bee, was arrested Feb. 21 by
Deputy Marcus Collier on a felony
charge of possession of cocaine.
He was also arrested on a mis-
demeanor charge of disorderly
intoxication. His bond was set at
$5,500.
Diego Hernandez, 18, S.
Ninth St., Okeechobee, was ar


comprised of volunteers primar-
ily from all four counties served
by IRSC. The IRSC Foundation,
Inc. is a Florida corporation not-
for-profit, organized and oper-
ated exclusively to receive, hold,
invest and administer property,
and to make expenditures to, or
for the benefit of IRSC. To accom-
plish this the Foundation actively
supports the long-range plan of
IRSC by providing scholarships,
high technology equipment,
faculty chairs, support of capital
projects, and improvements to
further enhance student acces-
sibility, and improve the learning
environment. For more inform
tion, contact the IRSC Call Cen-
ter at 1-866-792-4772.


rested Feb. 21 by Officer Chad
Troutman on a charge of grand
theft. His bond was set at $5,000.
Mary M. Kallister, 77, Madi-
son Court, Bartonville, Ill., was
arrested Feb. 22 by Officer Justin
Bernst on a charge of driving un
der the influence. Her bond was
set at $500.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who
is later found innocent or has
had the charges against them
dropped is welcome to inform
this newspaper. The information
will be confirmed and printed.


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Humanity fund raising event; execute a Federal Aviation
make appointments to the Administration grant for rehabili-
agri-civic center advisory commit- station of the airport beacon and
tee, planning board, library advi- taxiway A;
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bee Utility Authority Board of position at the road department
Directors to a road maintenance technician
nominate a person for ap- position;
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Child accused of hitting b


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A 10-year-old Okeechobee girl
has been taken to the Department
of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Detention
Center in Fort Pierce following her
second arrest in four days.
The girl was first arrested
Thursday, Feb. 19, around 10:30
a.m. at the Okeechobee County
Judicial Complex after she hit and
kicked a courtroom bailiff and a
female detention deputy. She was
arrested on a felony charge of bat
tery on a law enforcement officer
(two counts) and a misdemeanor
charge of disorderly conduct.
The 3-foot-8-inch, 80-pound,
child was again arrested Sun
day, Feb. 22, after she reportedly
struck both her aunt and uncle in
the mouth. She was taken to the
Okeechobee County Jail where
she was booked on a misdemean
or charge of domestic battery.
Records indicate the girl was
first arrested Nov. 25, 2008, when
she became enraged at her moth
er. An arrest report by Deputy
Raul Marrero, of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office, states that
she became angry at her mom
and then hit her mother in the
stomach and chest.
The girl also threw her shoe
at her 28-year-old mother and hit
her, stated the deputy's report.
The girl also slapped her mother
and kicked her until a third party
intervened, said Deputy Marrero.
In Thursday's incident, the girl
was in Courtroom C of the Judi-
cial Complex attending a hearing
for a family member when she re-
portedly became unruly. A report
by court bailiff Dennis Donnelly
indicates the girl was climbing on
and under the courtroom bench-
es and when he asked her to calm
down she began to yell at him.
This escalated to the point that
Mr. Donnelly had to escort the


girl out of the courtroom. As he
was doing so she began to kick
and punch the 42-year-old court
bailiff. He then called for female
detention deputy, Lisa Outten.
When she left the holding cell
area in courtroom D and entered
the outside hallway Deputy Out-
ten saw a family member of the
child sitting on her in an attempt
to get her under control. When
Deputy Outten tried to take con-
trol of the child she began to kick
and hit her, stated the deputy's
report.
The girl was finally placed in
hand restraints and taken to a
third-floor holding cell. Once in-
side the cell she began to curse
DJJ staff members who were
waiting on another court case,
stated Deputy Outten.
After finally sitting down, the


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girl began to bang her head on
the wall and a metal partition.
Deputy Outten then opened the
cell door and told the girl she was
going to sit with her when, at this
point, the girl reportedly called
the deputy "an idiot."
The child then kicked the dep-
uty in the left leg.
She was then taken to sheriff's
office where she was processed.
On Sunday, the girl was again
arrested after she reportedly struck
both her aunt and uncle. Accord-
ing to a report by OCSO Deputy
Brian Cross, the girl had hit each
one of them in the mouth.
His report went on to state that
both adults had swollen lips -- ap-
parently as result of being hit.
Deputy Cross took the girl into
custody and she was later taken
to the detention center.


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy

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Thanks for participating!

Childcare Centers not accepting infants
CONCERNED CITIZEN: There are only a few childcare centers
that accept infants. What are these single and working parents of
those infants supposed to do? These days both parents have to work,
and childcare is so expensive. Why can't our community get together
and come up with a solution on this matter? Why don't we have a
childcare center just for infants? The centers that do serve infants
have no openings, and children have to be put on a waiting list. There
are professionals that have the education and willingness to operate
an infant center but there is no financing available.

Teenage mother wants a bus pass
BUS PASS: I've been trying to get a bus pass to where I currently
live for almost three weeks now. The school has been telling me they
have to get permission from DCF because I don't live with my par
ents. I live with my daughter's father. I am 16. The only thing is the
DCF workers don't have a case on my family because they've already
contacted my mother-in-law-to-be to see where the baby is while I'm
at school. They had no major concerns about the father and me living
together. What they were worried about was my child, which is in
perfectly good hands while I'm at school. I'm sure everyone is famil-
iar with the "no child left behind" act for buses, at least in the morn-
ings, well now I'm not allowed to ride the bus to school because the
father of my child is 16. If you ask me, I think this is ridiculous. The
school would rather a teenager mother to get married or quit school
before they give a bus pass to a teenager who does not live with a
parent.

Home robbed
ROBBERS: I just heard that a neighbor got robbed of a lot of valu-
ables in the home near me. I know times are tough but when you
take a chance to rob a home or person, you have to be prepared to
die for that effort. When you enter a home, you have to be prepared
to take a life. Me? I am prepared to end a life, for when you enter my
home uninvited, you are inviting me to take care of you in a way that
is violent and useless except for it gets rid of you permanently which
is usually the best way. I am sorry if this offends anyone but it is the
bare facts these days. Times are tough but not that tough to die for.

Suggestion for something for teens
HELLO OKEECHOBEE: I am a lifetime Okeechobee resident
and I have noticed that there is not much for young teens to do in this
town. I also know from experience that most kids in this town really
enjoy boxing. When I say experience I mean because I myself grew
up in this town interested in boxing but never came upon the chance
to explore the sport due to the unavailability of it. I think that there
should be a boxing gym in this town because it would give many
people something positive to do in their spare time. It would also give
the young kids something to do to keep them out of trouble. Just like
baseball, football, and basketball, boxing is a sport too. So who can
I speak with about having a gym in okeechobee because I am sure
there are a lot of athletes that would also be interested.
SKATING RINK: Okeechobee kids are bored. They need some-
thing to do. I wish someone would open a skating rink. The old one
stayed pretty busy even though it wasn't even air conditioned.

Handicapped parking complaints
HANDICAPPED PARKING: The complaints are true about peo-
ple using them who aren't really handicapped, or using them when
the handicapped person isn't there, that's true; however, I think some
of these doctors should be responsible for some of these problems
too. There are a lot of people out there that truly don't need a handi-
capped sticker. I have watched some of them get out of their vehicles,
and they don't seem to have any ailments, they seem to get out just
perfectly, like nothing's wrong with them. To me, if you're not in a
wheelchair, or on a oxygen bottle, you shouldn't have it.
PERMITS: Handicap Placards are issued by the State to those who
-- in their doctor's view -- need them. Unfortunately, these can be mis-
used. Also I've noted that the "striped" areas are becoming a parking
area for motorcycles and golf carts. Why is that?

Clarify the statement
COMPUTER SERVICE: I am calling in reference to an item in the
paper that referred to Okeechobee's local computer service. I think
it should be clarified that there is more than one computer service
business in town.

Unwanted calls
CALLS: We just installed a phone and within one day we had
three solicitation calls. Please, somebody tell me how to get on the
Do Not Call list so that telemarketers can no longer call you. Editor's
note: You can register with the National Do Not Call list online at
https://www.donotcall.gov/.

Problems with the economy
ECONOMY: I would just like to address this current situation we
are in with the economy. You know, back in the day, my mother grew
up in a depression, you know what? The government didn't throw, a
bunch of millions and trillions of dollars out there. They started with
an idea that took off -cheap, but good housing. Small homes for
people. They put the money into that, and that created jobs, and cre
ated the boom for the wood, for material, and that created more jobs.
It went on and on and on, then interest struck, and the roads and this
and that. But they didn't throw this much money into it, just like the
banking system. We threw all this money into the banking system
and took vacations with it. We can't have that, that's crazy. That is our
tax dollars.
HOUSING: I only wish people could see the value of good cheap
housing. What you run into more often than not is municipal or
county laws in the form of zoning ordinances etc. that will prevent
people from doing as well as they possibly can. It is either build to
these standards or we don't want you to build at all or even live in our
community. It is a board of misdirected snobs who are trying to keep
"blight" out of the communities they are in charge of, and of course
they get to decide who and what blight consists of. I wonder how
many communities will change their ordinances in time to come, to
accommodate people, again, to provide for themselves in a way that
they can afford, rather than going overboard on their housing costs.

Looking for doll repair
DOLLS: I have a rather old doll, and I would like to know if there
is anyone in Okeechobee that repairs dolls.

It's tax time
TAX COLLECTORS: They are hiding, they are lurking, they are
ready to pounce, and it's not even Spring time. Not the alligators, the
tax collectors.
AARP: I want to thank the AARP volunteers who are providing
the tax help service at the American Legion. They are volunteers, do-
nating their own personal time to help others. They deserve some
aooreciation.


March of Dimes making a difference


The March of Dimes has
made a difference to many
people in Okeechobee, in-
cluding the family of Jenny
and Health Schoenfeld. Jen-
ny is the daughter of Dr. and
Mrs. David Wemmer. Jenny
Schoenfeld and David Wem-
mer are the orthodontists at
Wemmer Family Orthodon-
tics, with offices in Okeecho-
bee, Vero Beach, and Sebas-
tian.

A father's story
By Health Schoenfeld
Life is all about little moments.
And those little moments can
certainly hold a big spot in our
hearts.
My wife happily broke the
news to me we were going to
have a baby December 19, 2007.
We had tried for about half the
year and were filled with joy and
fear when we found out Jenny
was pregnant.
A week later, Jenny and I were
at the doctor's office for the first
time going over what it's like to
have a baby... It was all new to
us... not to mention frightening.
As a precaution, the doctor
said it would be best if Jenny had
an ultrasound performed the next
day, just make sure all was well.
I unfortunately, would be unable
to make that appointment, but
we thought, heck, there probably
wouldn't be much to see.
How wrong we were...
So the next day, I'm at work
waiting on Jenny to phone me
and let me know all is well. She
didn't call and she didn't call.
Finally, she phones me and
says she is still waiting to go in
and would let me know.
She was lying.
She was actually on her way
to my office, 40 miles away to
show me a little print out of her
ultrasound. And right there THEY
were: fetus A and fetus B.
With tears in her eyes and
mine, it was one of those little
moments.
Our doctor was terrific, and
very cautious. We had several ul-
trasounds, including a level 2, to
confirm the babies were fine ...
and boys.
Months went by and her bel-
ly grew little by little. We had a
due date of Aug. 24, and by the
time we got to June; Jenny was
on slight bed rest. She could still
work, but she was sent home af-
ter lunch each day to rest ... and
wait.


Heath, Jenny, Jacob and
Casey Schoenfeld.
A test came back positive and
just like that; she was out of work
and staying at home. I stayed with
her one day and was ordered out
of the house and told to come
back with killer chocolate cake.
A little moment that was rather
tasty.
July arrived and it seemed like
there was no way Jenny and the
boys would be able to last until
Aug. 24. We were right.
One night, while working late,
Jenny was at home, watching TV
on the couch. I called around 9
p.m. to let her know I was done
and on my way home. I asked
if she was fine, she said yes but
something didn't feel right. Not
even three minutes later Jenny
called back to let me know her
water had broken and the babies
were coming.
I was about 10 minutes from
home ... but made it about five. I
slid into the drive way and rushed
Jenny to the truck, luggage in tow,
and sped off for the hospital.
Needless to say we weren't
pre-registered so there we were,
filling out forms with Jenny in
writhing pain. After a few min-
utes we were wheeled back into
a room -the doctor arrived to
perform a planned c-section and
less than two hours after her wa-
ter broke, we had two boys: 4
pounds 5 ounces and 4 pounds 9
ounces.
And a little more than five
weeks early.
Baby A was little, but seemed
to be doing fine.
Baby B was having trouble
breathing on his own and the
doctors were working feverishly
to make sure he would be fine. As
a new father, there is not a worse
sight than seeing one of your chil-
dren screaming and kicking while
the other stays quiet and lifeless.
Needless to say, my mouth
dried up, the room started spin-


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ning, and I was about three sec
onds away from hitting the floor
and needing a little attention my-
self.
After coming to, I was told
they had basically stabilized baby
B, but he would need to be trans-
ported to a hospital with a neona
tal intensive care unit -a NICU.
As I was telling Jenny in re-
covery of what was going on,
she reminded me that we hadn't
decided which boy would get the
names we picked out: Jacob and
Casey.
Then she remembered a small
name card her mother had given
her. One detailed the origin of the
name Jacob and what it stood for.
The other did the same for Casey,
a name that means Brave. Baby
B would be brave as he traveled
to Melbourne in the middle of the
night. Baby B would be Casey.
Three days after the birth, Jen
ny was released from the hospital
and Jake was sent to be with his
brother at Holmes Regional. For
three weeks, the boys were under
24 hour supervision. They were
tube fed, kept in sealed isolates
with ultra-violet lights burning.
Their little heads were no big-
ger than the palm of my hand.
They grew, they learned to suck
a bottle, swallow the formula,
and breathe all at the same time.
And three weeks later, they finally
came home with Mom and Dad.


The three weeks of going back
and forth and sleeping in hospital
beds was mind boggling. Some-
times we look back and think
"wow, what a crazy time."
But we also look back with
thanks and gratitude. Gratitude to
organization like March of Dimes.
Without the March of Dimes, hos-
pitals that cater to premature ba
bies would not have the resourc-
es to revive and keep alive babies
like Jake and Casey. The money
the March of Dimes raises allows
babies like ours to slowly learn
things like breathing normally,
swallowing formula and keeping
it down.
This organization will always
have a special place in our heart.
It provided our hospital with the
resources to keep our babies
when we couldn't and to send
them home healthy, with a life
time of little moments ahead of
them.
Heath Schoenfeld
This annual March of Dimes
fundraiser, March for Babies will
be held March 7 starting in Fla-
gler Park. The walk will cover
four miles and will start at 8:30
a.m. Registration is at 7:30 a.m.
Teams and individuals are en-
couraged participate. For more
information go to www.march-
forbabies.org, or call Laura Mc-
Call at 863 7633131.


Community Calendar

Wednesday, Feb. 25
Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Spanish
groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian Church,
3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator. Another
group meets in the Okeechobee County Health Department, 1798
N.W Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as the group
facilitator. There is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m. with Shirlean
Graham as the facilitator. For information, call 863-763-2893.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, FL 34972, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) A.A. Grapevine
Group Open Discussion at 6:30 p.m.; NA. Nowhere Left To Go Group
8 p.m. *The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with
any 12 step fellowships.
AA. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
701 S.W Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
NA. meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee,
101 Fifth Ave. For information call 863-634-4780.
Bingo at the Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge. Food will be served at
5 p.m. and bingo starts at 6 p.m. Public is welcome.

Thursday, Feb. 26
Okeechobee Stitchin' meets every Thursday from 10 a.m.
until 2 p.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 North
Parrott Ave. Bring your sewing project and join in on the fun.
All types of sewing is welcome, such as quilting, applique,
embroidery, crocheting, knitting, serging. Bring your sewing
machines if you like to sew. For more information call Belinda
Boyle at 863-357-0166 or Corry Geissinger at 863-467-2231.
Tantie Quilters meet every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
at the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call
Margaret at 863-467-8020, or Marie at 863-357-0868.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, FL 34972, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Sickest Of The
Sick Group Basic Text at 8 p.m.; *The Just for Today Club of Okeecho-
bee is not affiliated with any 12 step fellowships.
AA. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone
interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend.
There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security
Death Index and military information available. For information, call
Robert Massey at 863-763-6510.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m.
at the American Legion Post 64 501 SE Second St. All Kiwanis and the
public are welcome. For information, contact Frank Irby at 863-357-
1639.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30
p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please join
us or ask questions. Call Phyllis at 863-467-8636, or Hazel at 863-763
4920, for information.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the
fellowship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call 863-763-
5996.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W
Third Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at
863-357-6257.
Grieving parents support group is a nondenominational group
of parents who meet every Thursday from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at the Red
Cross building classroom, Court Plaza, 323 N. Parrott Ave. To help sup-
port and comfort one another after the loss of a child through shared
experience. For information call Georgene at 863-763-2957 or Melanie
and Tony at 863-763-4149.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for women
who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive
relationships. The support groups meet at 6 p.m. For information, call
863-763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at 863-763-2893
or 863-763-0202.
Grief Support Group for parents who have lost a child will meet
at 7 p.m. The group will meet at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church,
312 N. Parrott Ave. For information, call Stephanie at 863-763-2893
days, or 863-467-2480 evenings. If you know of someone that might
need this group, please pass the word.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second
language classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee
and the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group every
Thursday at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family member is
welcome. The group is facilitated by social workers and provides an
opportunity for caregivers to give one another support, information
and ideas. The meetings are held at Hospice, 411 S.E. Fourth St. For
information, call 863-467-2321.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Narcotics Anonymous meets Thursday night for a Basic Step
Meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth
Ave. For information, call 863-634-4780.
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meets at Believers Fellowship, 300
S.W Six"' Ave. at 7 p.m. For information call Monika at 863-801-3244.
Classic car show at Beef O'Brady's, 608 S. Parrott Ave., from 6:30
until 8 p.m.
Depending on Christ Depression Support Group meets at 6
p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month out on Martin
County Grade. For information and directions please contact Laura
Lee at 772-597-0463.
Family History Center meets from I until 5 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St. Anyone interested in
finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census,
IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index
and military information available. For information, call The Family
History Center at 863-763-6510 or Richard Smith at 863-261-5706 for
special appointments.


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Community theatre presents 'Mockingbird'


The Okeechobee Community
Theatre (OCT) will celebrate its
30th birthday in March with a
special live stage production of
Harper Lee's classic American
story "To Kill a Mockingbird."
The show will be performed
four times, on March 6, 7, 13 and
14 at 8 p.m. at the theatre on the
Okeechobee Freshman Campus,
one block behind Golden Cor-
ral Restaurant. Advance reserved
seat tickets are $12 each, and
are available at the Okeechobee
Chamber of Commerce.
Theatre coordinator, Ron
Hayes, says the group wanted
to do a show worthy of a 30
year celebration, and that "To
Kill a Mockingbird" was an easy


choice. The play is based on the
novel that won the Pulitzer Prize
for literature for its author, and is,
of course similar to the Academy
Award winning movie. Both the
book and the movie are consis-
tently ranked among the favorites
of Americans of all ages.
"We're doing all we can to
make this our biggest production
ever," Hayes said. "There are 25
in the on-stage cast, and a crew
of nearly double that behind the
scenes, building sets, creating
costumes, preparing the lights
and sound, and the hundreds
of other little details required by
such a project. The production
costs for the show will run into
several thousand dollars."


To "Kill a Mockingbird" tells
the story of racial prejudice in
a dusty Alabama town in the
1930s, as seen through the eyes
of a young girl. It contains healthy
doses of humor, drama, mystery,
action and music from a biracial
cast ranging in age from nine to
eighty-plus.
Three central characters are
under 12, but the rest of the cast
is made up of adults. The role of
Jean Louise (Scout) Finch is be-
ing played by nine-year old Kaylee
Whidden. Her brother Jem is be
ing portrayed by Andrew Hall, 12,
and nine year old Mason Heater
appears as their friend, Dill.
"As young as these perform
ers are, they are nothing less than


Okeechobee Health Department Report


What is TB?
Tuberculosis
By Marcia Woodham, Sr.,
LPN
TB is caused by bacteria called
Mycobacterium Tuberculosis.
These bacteria can attack any
part of the body but usually attack
the lungs. It is spread through
the air from one person to an-
other. When an infectious person
coughs, sneezes, talks, sings, or
spits they can propel TB germs
into the air-people who are near
to them might breathe these bac-
teria and become infected. When
a person breathes in TB bacteria
it settles in the lungs and starts to
multiply and from there can move
to other parts of the body includ-


ing the kidney, spine or brain. TB
in the lungs and throat can be
infectious whereas TB in other
parts of the body usually is not. If
left untreated, a person who has
active TB and is symptomatic will
infect on average between 10 to
15 people every year according
to the World Health Organization
(WHO).
In 1993 the World Health Orga-
nization declared TB to be a glob
al emergency. And each year an
estimated 8 to 10 million people
contract the disease and about
two million die. Approximately
one third of the world's popula-
tion (approx. 2 billion people)
carries the TB bacteria but never
develop active disease and this
condition is called latent TB.


People with latent TB infection
do not have symptoms and can-
not spread TB to others. On the
other hand, people with active
TB often have symptoms and can
spread to others. These symp-
toms may include a bad cough
that lasts longer than two weeks,
chest pain, coughing up blood
or sputum, weakness or fatigue,
weight loss, chills, fever or night
sweats.
If you are experiencing any of
these symptoms please contact
your primary physician. If you
have any questions or need more
information regarding TB please
call the Okeechobee County
Health Department at 863-462
5819 or Marcia Woodham at 863-
462-5767.


professional," says Hayes.
Michael White, who was last
seen in the OCT's 2007 produc-
tion of "State Fair," plays the im
portant role of Atticus Finch, the
attorney who has been assigned
the task of defending an innocent
black man who is on trial for his
life.
Other cast members, James
Garner, John Garner, Joey


Marcinek, John Koepke, Genna
Lute, Kevin Lute, Tom Murray,
Scotty Rae, Robyn Garner, Robert
Steiner, Mike Zierden, and Rahl
Wilkinson are all veterans of pre-
vious OCT productions.
Appearing for the first time on
the OCT stage are Albert Whi-
teside, Shirley Johnson, Daniel
Delagall, Seth Garner, Shirlean
Graham, Sharon Williams, Terry


Cotton, Sarah Marcinek and Tom
Johnson.
The Okeechobee Community
Theatre is an all-volunteer orga-
nization of local residents who
produce live theatre for local au
diences. To become a part of the
group, or for more information
on its programs, contact Ron and
Jacque Hayes at 863-763-1307.


Basinger church has new pastor


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Rev. Michael W Peppers is
the new pastor of First Baptist
Church of Basinger. He assumed
this position upon the recent re-
tirement of former pastor Rev.
Charles Breland.
"I felt like the Lord gave it to
me as an assignment," he said
"God is worth loving, He has a
Son worth serving, a book worth
reading and will give us life worth
living," is the message Rev. Pep
pers will bring to Basinger.
Rev. Peppers, his wife, Pa-
mela, and daughter, Emily, (born
in 1990) are no strangers to
Okeechobee. In 1989 at the re-
quest of leadership at Faith Farm
and Dunklin Memorial Camp,
he and wife Pamela moved to
Okeechobee to establish the first
of its kind ministry in this area
for young men from the ages of
18-25 with life controlling prob-
lems. Out of this came 20 years


Submitted photo/Bobbi Pool
Rev. Michael W. Peppers is
the new pastor at First Bap-
tist Church of Basinger.

of ministry in Okeechobee and
DC Ranch. The "DC" stands for
Disciples of Christ. The organize
tion provides spiritual and occu
national training for single young
men. He plans to continue his
work with DC Ranch.


Rev. Peppers said he will bring
to the Basinger church the same
principle he has used in ministry
for the past 25 years, which is:
Jesus in the ONLY answer to life.
More recently Rev. Peppers
served as associate pastor at The
Gathering for three years.
"I'm excited about it," he
said of his new position. "I feel
there's a good bunch of people
there. I believe that church can
be an impact center for that en
tire area. I'm going to give it my
heart.
He really loves Okeechobee
and feels for the most part it's
a great place to live and raise a
family.
The hours at First Baptist
Church of Basinger are Sun-
day 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 6 to
7 p.m., Wednesday 6 to 7 p.m.
chili dinner and 7 to 8 p.m. Bible
study. Everyone is welcome. The
church is located at 19836 U. S
98 N.


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ence is treated to a diverse display
of a rich heritage of standards and


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nale from George M. Cohan that
the audience is sure to remem-
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6 Okeechobee News, Wednesday, February 25, 2009



Okeechobee churches plan special events


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
I had no choice over be-
ing born,/But I've lived a life of
choice./And when it's time for
me to go,/'ll know my Saviour's
voice./l don't know how I'l go,/
Nor do I know when I'm going./
But praise the Lord, I do know/
Where it is I'll be going./Some
folks Iknow think itstrange/I care
little for this world's gold/But my
rewards are stored in heaven/
multiplied a hundred fold./ The
closer I get to heaven,/And each
day its day nearer,/I'm reminded
ofHis promisesAnd they all seem
dearer. Promises Promises,
by Harvey Sampson
Feb. 25 and 26 are the last
two days of the jubilee at New
Testament Baptist Church,
523 N.E 22nd Lane. Services be-
gin at 7 p.m. For more informa-
tion call 863-763-6682.
Oakview Baptist Church,
677 S.W. 32nd St., will be having
"Oak-Fest" on Friday, Feb. 27,
from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Please make
plans to join them for a night of
fun for the whole family with in-
flatables, games, horses, food
and live entertainment. Best of


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Dorothy Louise 'Dot'
(DeLong) Kaufmann, 79
OKEECHOBEE On Feb. 18,
2009, Dorothy Louise "Dot"
Kaufmann (nee
DeLong), 79 years
old, peacefully
passed to join her
entire family in
heaven.
She was born
July 13, 1929, in
Jefferson City,
Mo., to Frederick J. and Mary (noe
Schwartzrock) DeLong; and was a
cherished sister to Joe, Phil, Albert,
Helen, and Jim.
Dorothy married Harry Kaufmann
in 1951 and moved to the St. Louis
area. They had a beloved son Nicky,
that passed too soon at the age of 6.
She was a devout wife to Harry for
58 years.
Dorothy had a successful 30-year
career at Monsanto, St. Louis, Mo.,
starting out on the switchboard, she
soon made her way to management
and retired as a Shipping Dept. su-
pervisor. She was given many hon-
ors throughout her career, she was
known to have a brilliant mind and
outstanding character.
Pat Trybus, of Owensville, Mo., her
best friend and co-worker through
all her years at Monsanto, remarked,
"There's not enough good things I
can say about Dot, she was a best
friend to all."
After retiring, Dorothy and Harry
moved to Okeechobee, in 1985, to
enjoy their hobbies of fishing, camp-
ing, dancing and traveling the United
States. Their favorite lake continued
to be Lake of the Ozarks, Mo., and
they came annually to vacation and
visit family.
Dorothy was a dearly loved aunt
by all her nieces and nephews, with
many fond memories of her in-
credible spirit of fun; she would al-
ways be up for playing games or
joining on a carnival ride. She
laughed easily, often at herself, was
warm to everyone in her life, yet she
remained humble about her beauty
and the admiration she received.
She had won the hearts of her
care-givers in Okeechobee during
her last couple years; she never
complained, was always sweet and
cheerful and all commented on her
natural beauty, shiny jet black hair
(never grayed!) and big blue eyes.
Dorothy is survived by her dear
husband Harry of Okeechobee; sis-
ters-in-law, Betty Jo DeLong of Jef-
ferson City, Mo., Nancy Grimshaw of
Bardstown, Ky., Evelyn Ruff of Wa-
terloo, Ill., and Alice Cunio of Water-
loo; many nieces and nephews; one
being her godchild, Brenda Dunkle
of Stuttgart, Germany; and numer-
ous great-grandnieces and nephews.
There will be an interment memo-
rial service held at a later date in Jef-
ferson City, Mo.
Cards may be sent to Harry Kauf-
mann, 4040 S.E. 24th St., Okeecho-
bee, FL 34974-6585.


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all it's FREE! For more informa-
tion please call 863-763-1699. The
church will also be having a Mis-
sions Fair on Saturday, March 14
from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Everyone is
invited to come and learn about
Oakview's mission and also see
other mission opportunities.
Buckhead Ridge Baptist
Church, 1043 Cypress St., is hav-
ing their third bi-annual quilt show
on Saturday, Feb. 28. There will
be free admission, refreshments
and door prizes. For more infor-
mation or to enter a quilt please
contact Wilma at 863-763-2047 or
Goldie at 863-763-1049.
The Annual West Virginia Day
covered dish dinner will be held
in the fellowship hall of First
Baptist Church, 410 S.W Fourth
St. from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on
Saturday, Feb. 28. For more in-
formation call Ray or Phyllis, 863-
467-8636 or 863-634-1427.
Treasure Island Baptist
Church, 4209 U.S. 441 S.E. will
be hosting a program by the
Driven Quartet, on Saturday, Feb.
28 at 6 p.m. The church will also
sponsor a Gaither style concert
celebrating the 15th anniversary
of Okeechobee's own Trust Quar-
tet at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March


Imagene Oliver, 67
OKEECHOBEE Imagene Oliver,
of Okeechobee, died Saturday, Feb.
21, 2009, in Columbia Hospital. She
was 67.
Born June 21, 1941, in Yerkers, Ky.,
she had been a resident of Okeecho-
bee for the past 38 years and was of
the Baptist faith.
She was preceded in death by her
sons, Wayne and Timothy Oliver;
daughter, Wanda Faye Garcia.
She is survived by her sons, Jesse
Oliver (Kayla) of Okeechobee, and
Adam Oliver of Okeechobee; daugh-
ters, Helen Oliver (Alberto) of Chan-
nelview, Texas, Rosetta Siers
(Elisha) of Corinth, Miss., Peggy
Longoria (Arturo) of Okeechobee,
Andrea Garcia (Jesus) of Okeecho-
bee; brothers, Dave Baker of Missis-
sippi, and Willie Baker (Stella) of
Connecticut; and sister, Alta Coach
(Carlos) of Hazzard, Ky.
The family will receive friends from
10 a.m. until service time of 11 a.m.
Thursday, Feb. 26, in the Buxton Fu-
neral Home Chapel, 110 NE 5th
Street, Okeechobee. Interment will
follow in Evergreen Cemetery.

Douglas Henry Williams
OKEECHOBEE Douglas Henry
Williams, age 66, of Okeechobee,
died Friday, Feb. 20, 2009, at Rauler-
son Hospital.
Born on Dec. 28, 1942, in Cleve-
land, Ohio, he was the son of Her-
bert and Elizabeth Williams.
Mr. Williams served in the U.S.
Navy for 32 years, served in the ca-
pacity of both a submariner and an
aviator and retired as a Commander.
He has been a 10 year resident of
Okeechobee and attended the Pres-
byterian Church of Okeechobee.
He is survived by his wife of 20
years, Victoria; daughter, Wendi Bla-
ha (Mark) of Lebonon, Ohio; and
two grandsons, Nicholas and Za-
chary Blaha. In addition, he is sur-
vived by one brother, John Williams
of San Diego, Calif.
The family received friends at the
Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, at
which time services were also con-
ducted with Pastor Loy Mershimer
officiating. Music was provided by
Anne Brough, Michael Hayes, violin-
ist John Olsen, Patricia McCoy and
the Okeechobee Community Choir.
Additional services and interment
with full military honors will be un-
der the direction of the Tomlinson
Funeral Home in Sebree, Ky.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contri-
butions may be made to the Presby-
terian Food Bank or to Big Lake
Mission.
Memorial condolences may be
made at www.buxtonfuneral-
home.com.
All arrangements are under the di-
rection of the Buxton Funeral Home
and Crematory.


7. That concert will feature the
Gulf State Quartet, Chapter Three
Trio and soloist George Shelton,
Jr. Refreshments will be served
afterward. A donation of $6 will
be requested at the door.
His House Fellowship
Church of the Nazarene, 425
S.W 28th St., will have a Sunday
school grand opening on March
1. The pastor, Rev. Lois Moran-
ville, invites everyone for refresh-
ments at 9 a.m. and Sunday
school at 9:30 a.m. This is part
of their Faithleap Ministry with
the motto of "Frog" (fully rely on
God).
Pastor Jim Waters of Grace
Brethren Church, 701 S. Par-
rott Ave., will present the second
message of the seven-part series
"At Calvary" on Sunday, March
I at 10:30. The focal verses are
Luke 23:42-43 and the church
invites everyone to come for an
exhilarating and heart-examining
message as the story of truth un-
folds before you and the glorious
light is shed on why Jesus went to
the cross for you. CDs of related
material will be available.
Country Gospel recording art-
ists Ron and Sharon Frazier will
be in concert March 1 at 1 p.m.
at Westside Christian Church,
8082 S.R. 70 W. Ron's country
type voice shows a passion that
reminds one of the prodigal son
come home! Sharon has a joy
and enthusiastic spirit in her pre-
sentation of gospel music. The
couple is known to this area as


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well as the Indiana and Kentucky
areas. A free will offering will be
received. For more information
call 863 467 2278.
Brighton Baptist Church,
74050 SR 70 West, will be in re-
vival, March 1-6 with services
starting at 7 p.m. each evening.
Reverand Salaw Hummingbird,
pastor of Fairfield Baptist Church
in Oklahoma will be guest speak-
er. The Brighton Blue Grass Gos-
pel and guest singers from local
churches will be performing. For
more information call pastor Cal-
vin Fryar, at 863-763-3063.
Grace Camp, 19566 U.S. 98
N., is hosting a weekend retreat
March 6-8 a reflection of


Community Events


Benefit to help
fire victim
Saturday, Feb. 28 an auction
will be held for Gloria Heslin,
(daughter of Vincent Heslin.)
Gloria's home burned down with
a total loss and there was no in-
surance. The auction will begin
at 3 p.m. and food will be served
at 5 p.m. for a $7 donation. Do-
nations for the auction are being
accepted.

Easter Cantata to
begin practice
The Okeechobee Community
Choir, in its 11th year under the
direction of Sandy Perry, will be
rehearsing for the presentation
of the Easter Cantata, Alpha and
Omega, on Sunday afternoons
from 2:30 4:30 p.m., at the First
United Methodist Church on Sec-
ond Avenue. The cantata will be
presented Palm Sunday weekend,
April 3,4, and 5. All interested sing-
ers who can match pitch and read
music just a little are encouraged
to join. Practice CDs are provided,
as well as the music. Rehears-
als are fast-paced and laughter
is included free! Nineteen local
churches were represented in
the presentation of the last Can-
tata. Participating in this group is
a great way to meet new people
who share a similar love of sing-
ing. Come join in the creation of
glorious harmonies celebrating
the risen Savior. Call 863-634-7714
if you have any questions.

Library Book Club
to meet
The Friends of the Library
Okeechobee Book Club will meet
on Thursday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. at
the library. The book for discus-
sion is Robinson Crusoe by Dan-
iel Defore.

Masonic Lodge
announces
food tent at ArtFest
The Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge #237 will be serving food
in Flagler Park during Artfest on
Feb. 28-March 1. Look for our
tent for hot dogs, hamburgers,
pulled pork sandwiches and the
latest special entry Shish-ke-
bobs! Look for us from 9 a.m.
until 5 p.m.


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Calling all Brands
The American Cancer Soci-
ety Committee is planning the
2009 Cattlebarons' 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 Saturday, Feb.
28, from 1-3 p.m. The location
address is 1690 S.W 28th Street,
Okeechobee. For more informa-
tion, please contact Billy Dean at
863-467-1570 or Shannon Martin
at 863-467-2376.

Church holds third
bi-annual quilt show
TheWomen's Ministry of Buck-
head Ridge Baptist Church will


"The 12 Steps" and "The Journey
to Freedom" led by people in re-
covery. Accommodations are first
come-first serve. There are four
cabins, bunkhouse style and bath
house, four RV spaces and tent
camping. Bring your own linens.
Suggested donation of $40 covers
accommodations, meals, retreat
and instruction. Reservations are
required. Non-refundable de-
posit of $20 needs to be paid by
Feb. 27. Make check payable to
Basinger Ministries, 19655 U. S. 98
N., Okeechobee, Fl 34972. Space
is limited so make reservations
early. For more information con-
tact Jeff and Debbie Clemmons
863-634-1152, 863-763-6987 or
email jeffptd@hughes.net
March 6-8 the youth of Peace
Lutheran Church, 750 N.W.
23rd Lane, will attend the FI-Ga
District 2009 High School Youth
Gathering at the Wyndham Riv-
erwalk Hotel in Jacksonville. This
is a great opportunity to spend
time with old friends, meet new
friends, and grow closer to God.
The youth will connect the com-
munity to Christ through several
high energy, high-impact service
projects and enjoy great music,
speakers and fellowship. All in-
terest youth are invited to call the
church office for more informa-
tion.
Okeechobee Missionary
Baptist Church, 4212 U.S. 441
N., will be having a revival March
9-15 with services at 7 each eve-
ning. The evangelist will be Rev.


sponsor their third bi-annual quilt
show on Saturday, Feb. 28, from
10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The show will
be held in the fellowship hall of
the church, 1731 Hunter Road.
Admission is free, there will be
refreshments and door prizes.
For more information or to enter
items call Wilma 863-763-2047 or
Goldie 863-763-1049.


John Hancock, an Okeechobee
High School graduate. On March
15 the church will be celebrating
Homecoming with Sunday school
at 9:45 a.m., worship at 10:45 a.m.
and dinner after church.
The youth of First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W
Second St., are sponsoring a Gold
Party. on March 14. If you have
old, unwanted gold jewelry or
anything else made of gold, bring
it to the church between 9 a.m
and 5 p.m. Professional gold buy-
ers will be on hand to give you top
dollar for your gold. Sell as much
gold as you want and you will
be helping the youth group raise
money for their summer mission
trip to London. A free meal will be
provided to all who attend. Call
863-763-4021 for more informa-
tion or to make an appointment
for faster service to cut down on
the wait time for your gold to be
weighed and analyzed. This is
a win- win situation for all. You
get extra cash and the youth get
money for their mission trip.
The Pentecostals of
Okeechobee, 405 S.W 10th Av-
enue, are sponsoring Worship
Fest 2009 on Saturday, March 21
at 6 p.m. This community wide
sing will bring Christian musi-
cians from across our community
together for a night of singing and
music that will glorify Jesus our
Savior. Anyone who would like to
participate by singing or playing
should call 863-634-4554 for infor-
mation. The line up will include
solos, duets and group perform-
ers. Any style of Christian music is
welcome. Snacks and fellowship
will follow.
On Saturday, April 4, the day
before Palm Sunday, the public is
invited to join Abundant Bless-
ings, 4550 U.S. 41 N. in a dinner
theater beginning at 5 p.m.
The Okeechobee News welcomes
news from area churches for this
column. E-mail okeenews@newszap.
com or call Pete Gawda at 863 763-
3134, extension 4225.


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Okeechobee News, Wednesday, February 25, 2009 7


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Students of the week
Students who earned Student of the Week recognition at South Elementary School are
Foy Cunningham, Alex Miller, John Fish, Lyndravious Allen, Yesenia Leon, Jennifer Her-
nandez Cancin, Gauge Chandler, Iris Celestino, Kaitlyn Williams, Robert Wright, Jr., lien
Garcia, Haley Land, Erin Rodriguez, Josue Gonzalez-Rodriguez, Mario Pineda, Jr., Jer-
rius Fowler, Taylor Henry, Svannah Dubberly, Jonathan Hedrick, Angela Langdale, Alyssa
Damron, Korlena Lashley, and Marisabel Gomez. Congratulations students!


100 Book Challenge
Mrs. Dodson's Kindergartners read during 100 Book
Challenge time "back to back." Next, they will face each
other and tell them about their books.


The Okeechobee County Cat-
tlemen's Association announce
that sign up for the Spring Rodeo
Mutton Bustin' is under way. Mut
ton Bustin' is open to any child
between the ages of 3 to 5, and
takes place prior to the rodeo per-
formance. To register for the Mut-
ton Bustin call the Livestock Mar-
ket at 863-763-3127 to register.
The Okeechobee County Cat-
tlemen's Association will hold
their Spring Rodeo on Saturday,
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United Way helps families cover prescription costs


If you don't have health insur- tions, no income restrictions, no high cost. The FamilyWize pre-


ance, or need medicine not cov-
ered by your insurance plan, you
need the FamilyWize prescription
drug discount card being distrib-
uted by United Way of Okeecho-
bee. This card could lower the
cost of your medicine by an aver-
age 35 percent.
United Way of Okeechobee
is providing these cards free-of-
charge to everyone in our com-
munity. There are no age restric-


limit on how many times you can
use it and no waiting to get a card.
In fact, you can cut this one out
and use it today.
"Healthcare costs are one of
the top concerns for people in our
community," said Cathleen Blair,
President of Okeechobee United
Way. "Forty percent of adults don't
buy the medicine they need, have
difficulty affording it or reduce the
required dosage because of the


scription drug discount cards will
help individuals and families who
otherwise could not afford to buy
the medicine they need. Too many
people have insufficient coverage,
no prescription coverage or need
medications not covered by their
insurance, Medicare, Medicaid or
VA benefits."
Cards are available from the
School Board office at 700 S.W.
2nd Avenue, Room 304. The


FamilyWize cards are accepted at
CVS Pharmacy, Okeechobee Dis-
count, Wal-Mart Pharmacy, Winn
Dixie Pharmacy and 5th Street
Pharmacy.
"We hope everyone in the
community will take the time to
thank their pharmacist, United
Way of Okeechobee, and every-
one else involved for the differ-
ence they are making in the lives
of so many people in the commu-
nity," said Dan Barnes, Co-Chair


of the FamilyWize Community
Service Partnership. The partici-
pating pharmacies in the com-
munity have agreed voluntarily to
accept the FamilyWize cards and
provide these savings to people
in need. Brown Printing, Inde-
pendent Graphics and Rob-Win
Press, all of Pennsylvania, donate
the printing for the cards, FedEx
Express donates the shipping of
the cards and the pharmacy ben-
efit manager provides a portion of


the processing fee to cover the ad-
ministrative costs. United Way of
Okeechobee is coordinating the
distribution of the cards locally.
Additional information about
this program is available at United
Way of Okeechobee at 863-634-
0915 and online at www.Family-
Wize.org.


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A great big welcome to Main
Street's newest business mem-
bers:
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Thomas: Eli's Western Wear -
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Style Eric (Pain) Bray: and, 4C
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ton.
The Top of the Lake Art Fest
takes place on Feb. 28 and March
1, 2009. Call Bridgette at 863-467-
7300 or email at bridgette-main-
street@earthlink.net for more
information.


This year's Art Fest will feature
two days of entertainment featur-
ing Grammy Nominated Jeanie
Fitchen,winner of the 2001 Florida
Folk Festival Heritage Award, na-
tionally recognized flutist Carl Ad-
ams, the award winning Sounds
of Sebring Barbershop Quartet
and on Sunday afternoon, South
Florida's premier contemporary
musician and entertainer Billy
Bones will be in concert.
For Artist information call
Bridgette at 863-467-7300 or email
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net. Or call Okeechobee Main
Street Executive Director Toni
Doyle at 863-357-MAIN (6246).
The Okeechobee Community
Theatre continues its 30th birth-
day season with a presentation of
the stage version of the American
Classic, "To Kill a Mockingbird,"
to be presented on March 6, 7, 13
and 14 at 8 p.m. All performances
are at the Freshman Campus Au-
ditorium, one block west of Gold-
en Corral Restaurant. Reserved
seat tickets are $12.00 each and
may be purchased at the Cham-


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Mainstreet Mixer
Okeechobee Main Street's February Mixer was hosted by Pristine Properties located at
1120 South Parrott Ave. on Thursday, Feb. 19. More than 50 attendees enjoyed refresh-
ments, door prizes and networking. (Pictured) Pristine Properties Karen MacClean and
Amy Davis, Main Street President Maureen Burroughs, Executive Director Toni Doyle,
Pristine Properties Gail Brown, Main Street Promotions Director Donna Huth, Volunteer
Director Linda Woloski, Pristine Properties Jerl Wilson and Steve Jara. Main Street's next
mixer will be held on March 24 at the American Red Cross, 323 N. Parrott Ave. The public
is invited.


ber of Commerce during regular
business hours.
The Okeechobee Service Cen-
ter of the American Red Cross will
be holding Adult CPR/AED classes
on Monday, March 9, Infant/Child
CPR/AED on Wednesday, March
18 and First Aid Basics on Tues-
day, March 31. All classes begin at
6 p.m. and are held at the Service
Center, located at 323 N. Parrott
Ave. To register, or for more infor-
mation call 863-763-2488.
The 2009 Miss Okeechobee
County Fair Teen Pageant will take
place on March 13. Entries are
still being accepted for a young
lady who would like to represent
Okeechobee throughout the year
and also have the opportunity
to participate in the Miss Florida
Teen USA Pageant! Applications
and rules may be obtained online
at www.okeechobeecountyfair.
com. Or, call pageant director
Donny Arnold at 863-634-6464 for
more information.
The Healthy Start Coalition
of Okeechobee will be develop-
ing a KidCare Coalition here in
Okeechobee and are recruiting
Community Ambassadors and
a Board of Directors along with
other levels of commitment. Your
participation is needed and great-
ly appreciated. There will be a
meeting from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
at the Visiting Nurses Association,
208 SE Park Street on Tuesday,
March 3 to discuss expectations,
obligations and future training
for those who will commit to
assisting the public. For more in-
formation contact Becky Posey
Smith at 863-462-5877.
The Entrepreneur Develop-


ment Institute at Indian River State
College will present a "Lunch and
Learn" Seminar on Thursday,
March 19. This program assists
aspiring entrepreneurs and busi-
ness owners to grasp the reali-
ties of business ownership and to
overcome challenges. This free
seminar is presented by experts in
Banking, Finance, Marketing, Ad-
vertising, Human Resources and
Technology. Seating is limited;
call 888-283-1177 to register.
Hospice of Okeechobee is raf-
fling off an Air Boat on March 22
at the Okeechobee County Fair.
Tickets are $10 each. To purchase
your tickets or to find out where
you can see the Air Boat call Cathy
at 863-697-1995.
The Okeechobee County Fair
has a 10-day pass on sale for the
2009 County Fair for only $30! The
2009 Okeechobee County Fair
will be held March 13-22. Passes


can be purchased at Okeechobee
Main Street 111 NE 2nd Avenue,
call 863-357-6246 or at Syble's
Flowers and Gifts 119 S. Parrott
Avenue, call 863-763-2225. This
year's fair will include the second
annual Miss Okeechobee County
Fair Beauty Pageant open to girls
age 15-19, the Seminole Heritage
Show, the Okeechobee Cattle-
man's Spring Rodeo, Okeecho-
bee Idol, Bike Show, Livestock
Show, Pig Races, Blue Grass Mu-
sic, a Demolition Derby and lots
of food and rides on the midway.
Rotary's 6th Annual LOST
Bike Ride will be held on Satur-
day, March 28, beginning with
registration and sign in at 7 a.m.
The course will begin and end at
Scott Drive Boat Ramp on Hwy.
78 West. Registrations must be
received by March 14. Call Jim at
763-3101 for more information.


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Okeechobee News, Wednesday, February 25, 2009 9


Tennis teams roll


over Centennial


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Both the boys and girls ten-
nis teams had easy victories last
Wednesday when they visited
St. Lucie West Centennial.
Both the boys and girls teams
defeated the Eagles, 6-1.
On the boys side CoreyWhite
defeated Andres Tapia 8-2. Zach
Fowler defeated David Bicksler
8-5. Alex Nielson lost his singles
match to Andrew Granello 8-5.
Max Norman defeated Sebas-
tian Ostrandro 8-4. Kyle Lunt of
Okeechobee won his match by
forfeit.
In doubles matches the team
of White and Fowler defeated
Tapia and Bicksler 8-5. The team
of Norman and Nielson defeated
Granello and Ostrandro, 8-1.


The girls also had an easy
time of it against the Lady Ea
gles. Kari Berger lost the number
one singles match 8-3 to Ashley
Simmons. Shaina Ragamat grit
ted out a close match over Lilian
Blackmon, 8-6. Alisha Wilcox
defeated Stephanie Johnson
8-1. Katie Walker defeated Jarret
Uribe 8-4. Katherine Ragamat
shut out Samantha Garber, 8-0.
In doubles action Okeecho-
bee swept the matches. Berger
and Walker combined to defeat
Simmons and Blackmon 8-6.
The team of Shaina Ragamat
and Wilcox defeated Johnson
and Uribe, 8-1.
The tennis teams travel to
Clewiston on Thursday.


O.G. & C.C. Golf Results


PI.G.S. League
PI.G.S. League Feb. 16: First
place Kenny Curran; second
place Max Sherry; last place -
Russ Adams.
Closest to the pin: Don Gray,
Max Sherry, George Earl Goudy,
Doug Studivent.
O.L.G.A. T's & F's Feb. 17:
First place Paula Fisher; second
place Vonnie Maines; third place
-Nancy McAlinden.


Chip-Ins: Vonnie Maines, Nan-
cy McAlinden, Janice Rhyne, Kay
Duball.
P.I.G.S. League Feb. 18: First
place Russ Papy; second place
- J.C. Armstrong; last place Jeff
Buchanan.
Closest to the pin: Max Sherry,
Russ Adams, Terry Atkinson, Levi
Clem.
O.L.G.A. Scramble -Feb. 19:
First place -Faye Black, Vonnie
Maines, Wanetta Johnson; sec


Boys baseball defeats Port St. Lucie


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
There's nothing like homer-
uns to get a team out of a batting
slump.
"We woke up. Two homeruns
kind of ignited us," Coach Dylan
Tedders said after his Brahmans
defeated Port St. Lucie 12-6 on
Friday.
"We just needed a spark.
Sooner or later somebody would
spark us and we'd put it all to-
gether, that's basically what hap-
pened," he noted.
Okeechobee had to rally from
behind against a Port St. Lucie
team but they did it in style. Jona
than Crawford had a career day
with three hits, which included
a long grand slam. He also threw
five shutout innings of relief to get
the win. He allowed just three hits
and struck out nine.
"He was on. He looked real
good. That was a career day for
him. The bats woke up," Tedders
noted.
Austin Hamilton started for
Okeechobee. He allowed two un-


ond place Sunni Adams, Paula
Fisher, Janice Rhyne, Fran Dierig;
third place Eilene Hammond,
Jeanette Butler, Shirley Esterline,
Ann Bearden.
P.I.G.S. League -Feb. 20: First
place Gary Gary; second place
-George Earl Goudy; last place
- Max Sherry, J.W Cain, John
Kanche.
Closest to the pin: Sunni Ad-
ams, John Kanche.


earned runs but no hits in his two
innings of work. In the third Ham-
ilton gave up a lead off triple to
Cory Reed, and couldn't rebound.
Three walks and an error helped
PSL create a four run rally which
gave them a 6-1 lead.
Okeechobee scored single
runs in the first and fourth in
nings. Crawford drove home a
run with a fourth inning double
to make it 6 2.
The real fireworks began in the
fifth as Cameron Tewksbury hit a
three run homerun to right field
to pull Okeechobee to within 6-5.
Okeechobee took the lead
for good with a six run sixth in-
ning. Aaron Suarez had a base
hit to lead off the inning. After a
Jake Davenport fielder's choice,
Drew Selvey flied out. Mark Weir
hit what appeared to be the third
out when he grounded the ball
to second. However the fielder
threw the ball away and Suarez
scored to make it 6-3. After that
it was all Okeechobee. Dustin
Stokes walked, and Weir scored
on a single by Adam Tewksbury.




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PSL Coach Tony Malizia decided
to intentionally walk Cameron
Tewksbury to load the bases
and the decision backfired when
Crawford a 380 foot bomb over
the left field fence into a 20 mile
per hour wind for a grand slam.
Okeechobee's final run was
scored by Drew Selvey in the sev-
enth. Selvey singled, stole second
and scored on a single by Weir.
Drew Selvey went 2 for 5,
while Dustin Stokes was 2-4, and


scored three times. Adam Tewks-
bury went 4-4, scored two runs,
and had two runs batted in. Cam-
eron Tewksbury went 1-2, with
a three run homerun. Jonathan
Crawford was 3-3 with the grand
slam, and Aaron Suarez was 2-4,
with an RBI and run scored.
The boys travel to Forest Hill
on Tuesday, and host Glades Cen-
tral Friday. Okeechobee travels to
play John Carroll Saturday at 6
p.m. in Fort Pierce .




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



COW Young. Found in the vi-
cinity of the Land Fill.
(863)763-1182
How do you find a job
in today's competitive
market? In the
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of the classified



FREE CLEAN Fill 300 yds.
Labelle. Must load out with
own equip. 1275 Commerce
Drive. (863)675-9300
Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise
your yard sale in the
classified and make
your dean up a breeze!
FREE TO Good homes, pup-
pies mixed lab and border
collie, six weeks. Call
(863)763-1370
KITTENS FREE TO GOOD
HOME, 8 weeks old. 2
males, 1 female. Black or
White. (863)261-3568




KISSIMMEE RIVER ESTATES
PARK WIDE SALE SR70
West 1 mile past Kissimmee
River Bridge, Thur Sat Feb
26,27,28. SOMETHING FOR
EVERYONE.




LAKEPORT Feb. 26, 27 &
28, 9 am 4 pm Thurs &
Fri. 9 Noon Sat., 1256 Mi-
lum Dr, 5 family yard sale
at Lakeport RV Resort. Lots
of household items, tools
and 2 trucks.



NEED HELP with cleaning, let
me clean your home, all you
have to do is make your list!
Free Estimate's
(863)697-8083 Lic#9918


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Free Brochure,
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Sidewalk Sale
Fabric Remnants
Assorted Blinds and
Window Treatments
Beaded and Decorated Trim
Drapery Rods and
Accessories
February 23-27
10am 5pm
Custom Window
Treatments fwinrk
4253 y 441S-'Okeechobee
863-357-6555


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



NURSE will do P/T caregiving
for child or adult. Please call
me with your needs
(863)467-2112 / 447-1571




COMPUTER PROGRAMMER -
Need for local software com-
pany. Fax resume to
(863)467-0816
EXPERIENCED PLUMBER -
Needed for all phases. DFWR
Valid Drivers License. Apply in
person 2232 NW 32nd Dr.

MODEL TYPES
NEEDED
FOR BUSY
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$1000 +
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GUARANTEED
(561)
891-3946
MYSTERY SHOPPERS
Earn up to $150 a day!
Undercover shoppers needed
to judge retail and dining es-
tablishments. Experience not
required. Call 888-755-8323


Financial



Business
Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315





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START your own business,
Auto Detail Distributor
Truck, Supplies, Product,
Equipment $10,000 or best
offer Call Frank for details
(772)205-0121


Services



Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435




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& Pressure Washing
Carpentry & Much More!
No Job Too BigorSmall
(863)467-2917
or (863)261-6425
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CALL GEORGE CARTER
Painting, Repairs, Carpentry
PowerWashing
FREE CONSULTATION
(863)763-4775




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


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We Buy Scrap Gold,

Silver and Coins

Elliot's Pawn Shop
419 W S Park St (863) 763-5553


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


Merchandise

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




JD MODEL B TRACTOR 1936
Runs well $4000.
(863)357-5837



GE Washer and Dryer will sell
together or separate $120.
for both (863)610-0685
KENMORE Full size dish-
washer only used 6 mo.
$100 or best offer
(863)467-4567 or 467-6865
REFRIGERATOR Amana
white s-b-s, waterfice disp.
24.6 cu ft, excellent condi-
tion. $200. (863)675-2491
Refrigerator Kitchen Aid,
Stainless Steel 24.5 cubic ft.
side by side. Very good
$700 (863)467-9048
TWO WHIRLPOOL Retrigera-
tors (interchangeable parts)
$250 for both
(863)484-0210
WHIRLPOOL WASHER / Dyer
Set Like New $225.
(863)612-5333
WHIRLPOOL WASHER with
FREE DRYER Big Tub
Washer 3 years old $150.
(863)675-3693




BENNOTI ITALIAN cappuccino
& espresso maker Includes
3 boxes coffee. In Labelle
$75. (863)612-9233
FREEZER Kenmore upright
freezer Med size, good con-
dition come see. $80/or
best offer (863)467-5680


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FRYER Electric, removable
tub, 2 Sm., 1 Lg. Basket.
Easy to use/clean. Almost
new. $30 (863)532-8180
PANINI MAKER / GRILL By:
Wolfgang Puck. New (gift)
So nice! New $69, Sell now
for $35 (863)467-8140
ROTESSERIE, SHOWTIME -
NEW! Complete w/extra's.
Was $190, Sell now $135
FIRM. (863)467-8140
SMALL Microwave Oven,
$10.00 1536 Hwy 441 S.E.
Lot 7 Seminole Village. East
of Bowling Alley.
(863)467-4567



CRAFTSMAN-RIDING LAWN
Tractor 18.5 HP 42" -
$400 (239)340-5278
(239)633-3601
JOHN DEERE L-130 GARDEN
TRACTOR 48CUT 23hp
KHOLER, NICE $1000.
(873)467-1358



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



BIG POLES 20' x 18" and up
$3.50 per foot.
772-260-4514



BOYS SUMMER Clothes 4T -
Clean, spotless, excellent
condition (Okeechobee)
$12. (863)763-6131
BOYS WINTER Clothes 4T -
Clean, spotless, excellent
condition (Okeechobee) $8.
(863)763-6131
CRIB SET (POOH)- 10 Pc crib
set, GREAT cond. 7 Free
pooh toys, call for info
[Okee] $80. (863)261-2604
CRIB W/MATTRESS Spindle-
Jenny Lynn. Light Maple Col-
ored, Good Condition. $50.
(863)634-3324
EDDIE BAUER Adventurer
Stroller/Car Seat used only
a few times. Paid $329.00
$150. (863)675-0104
EDDIE BAUER convertible
Baby Travel Bed Used only
one time. Paid $249.00
$100. (863)675-0104
FISHER PRICE CRADLE
SWING Swings 2 ways,
speeds +ALOT MORE Pd
150$! $80. (863)261-2604
STEP TWO Cabin Play House -
Excellent Condition.
$60/firm. (863)634-3324



BIG MANS 2X black leather
jacket Gently worn with zip
out lining and hood. $125/or
best offer (863)763-0722
BLACK LEATHER Motorcycle
Jacket Size 40, gently worn
$50/or best offer
(863)763-0722



DELL Desktop Computer and
monitor with keypad $150
(772)205-0121
PRINTER Lexmark 3150,
also prints & copies photo's
$25. (863)763-1997



BAHAMA BED SET white,
w/multi colored fuchsia bed-
ding complete, $250
(863)467-2112/ 447-1571
BED Queen size w/Mirror, 2
night stands. Solid wood. Ex-
cellent condition. $500
(863)843-0759


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'W Honda X ic ......'4995
4 r. AT. Ac, #12205
'92 w IS 300 .....nwiy'295
Wmod, i1 moid, I .e'r I1262
9 Jagar 6 .......... 5695
one WI. low lsls. *uan #13517
i" i ,. i .i ,, .......'4695
03 GMCSonoma K Cab..'3695
3di, 6y] to, a ct hat t ei s lopper
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o01 vola s40 .......only'5695
red. ided, x-len, #T7761
E0 lips ............3995
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COLOR TV 13" color TV in
good condition. $15.
(863)467-5299
DINETTE SET FREE dropleaf
table & 4 chairs. U haul $0.
(954)629-6766
DINING TABLE/CHAIRS Nice
French Country table.(only 2
chairs)Seats up to 6 people.
$150. (863)357-5773
DRESSER $100.00, chest of
drawers $100.00, round
drop leaf dining table w/2
chairs $50.00, child's col-
orful solid wood table w/2
chairs $75.00, baker's
rack $45.00 All in excel-
lent condition. $370/will
sep. (863)843-0759
FRENCH PROVINCIAL By Lex-
ington. Bdrm. & more 11
pcs. $1500 for ALL'
(863)532-8180
KING SIZE bed and matching
armoir Solid wood head-
board, footboard and wood-
en side rails. Armoire has 1
removable shelf and 3 draw-
ers. $350. (863)634-7291
LOVESEAT & SLEEPER SOFA-
Converts to a twin bed flor-
al, $250. (863)357-6997






Lamps $17,100 Barstools
$39 up, 50 Desks $97 up,
3Pc Dropleaf Dinette $197,
50 Table and 4 Chairs $397
up, 200 Recliners $297 up,
50 2pc Sofa & Loveseat
sets $687 up, 50 TV Ent
Centers $167 up, 2 Pc
Queen Bed set $297 up, 50
4Pc Bedroom sets $387 up,
3Pc Livingroom tables
$97up, 100 headboards
$79 up.






QUEEN SIZE Broyhill poster
bed includes headboard,
footboard, and wooden side
rails, beautiful and in great
condition $200.
(863)634-7291
SECTIONAL Brown in excel-
lent condition. $350.
(239)410-6870
TWO TALL Fan back wicker
chairs $45.00 and other
household items. details
(863)357-9604






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



BERETTA SHOTGUN Unka
391 12 ga 261n barrel
chokes & case like new
$950. (863)634-2131
FRANCHI 20 Gauge Semi
Auto 28" modified. Excellent
$425/or best offer
(863)673-3893
RUGER 357 Magnum special,
stainless steel. New.
$400 firm Call after 6 pm
863-675-3255 LaBelle
RUGER 45 ACP S.S. with 3
S.S. magazines. Excellent
shape. $425.
(863)673-3893


'02 FI50, xJ....Sly 4595
auto, Aft, bNaliier, VI #1u598
'99Subar Outback ......3995
Al loaedd. Anul" WlT7
AWx laded, a uto, A/ t #2U071
W Dodge 1500 I..........'$3895
x '98 Toya Corola ........'3995
one er #18247
'00 V Jlla........Only'4295
5 sp A/C loaded #IU99
98 Ford Exlorr XT.... .3995
oadrd, #g6717
94 E35012 Passenger Van 3695
hial C#Ut25g9
97ToyotaAvalon... .oi '3995
N0o0 ritf, hiaer loaded UI57



SAVAGE O/U 30-30, 20 GA.
Mod 24V Checkered Stock
w/Scope $400 Call
863-634-4758
S/W 44 Mac 2" Barrel 5 shot -
New $500 863-634-4758
WALTHER P38 (Pre WW2)
w/12 GA. Pump, Acces &
books $1000
(863)484-0210




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Skin Laser stylane Boto
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Leland NM. Heller, M.D.
1713 Hwy 441 N. Sle E
863-467-8771
ROLAND DIGITAL Piano will
donate for tax Exemption
$1000/firm. (863)484-0015
SCHWINN EXERCYCLE-UP-
RIGHT Sturdy, w/reading
stand, comfortable adl seat.
$45/neg. (863)381-6273
WEIDER PROCLUB weight
bench and 3001b weight set -
$300/or best offer
(863)885-1172




TANNING BED Wolff Systems
16bulb Dark Tanning -
$1000. (863)517-1965




NEW BENCH SWING 5ft -
Comfortable w/heavy duty
frame & support $275.
(863)675-7306



BOWFLEX POWERPRO Nev-
er been used. Includes leg
attachments. $550,
(863)763-7750
FIREPLACE charming,
moveable, faux, w/heater &
faux it logs, 1950s? $250.
(863)675-4098
Large Musical Carousel with
table $200 (772)205-0121
MANY ITEMS for sale Lg ca-
pacity floor freezer $75, Lg
wood dining table & hutch
$150, Office Desk $75, Re-
fired mechanic tools $5 and
up, Patio fum $50.
(772)205-0121
MOBILE HOME steps fiber-
glass 3 steps plus platform.
hand rail on left side
$200/neg. (863)946-0615
NEW bed in a bag, queen size
and 3 throw pillows all for
$55.00 or will sperate, de-
tails (863)357-9604
OUTBOARD MOTOR 70 hsp
parts onlytrim $150.
(561)261-0682
SEWING MACHINE Antique
Singer electric sewing ma-
chine in swing out cabinet /
table. $100. (863)467-5299
WHEELS {4 6 LUG, 161N.
STOCK WHEELS FOR TOYO-
TA TACOMA 4X4 $200.
(863)634-1161


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REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL FP) 6000000240
2010 Water Savings Incenive Program
The Procurement Department of the South Honda Water Management Distnct, B-1
Bildng, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, Flonda 3340, will receive sale
proposals up to 2 30 pm opening ime on Apl 23, 2009 for allied enttoes for
the 2010 Water Savings Incenive Program.
An OPTIONAL PRE-PROPOSAL CONFERENCE will be held on March 13, 2009, 1:30
,. in the Storch Coference Room, 3rd Floor, B-l, 3301 Gun Club Road, West
Im Beach Rida for all interested resnodents NOTE Ts event will be video-
conference to all Regonal Service enters
An official putlc mebng (Selection Committee Meebg) will be hdd on Thursday,
May 28. 2009 trom 100 pm to 500 pm at the SFWMD Distct Headquarters,
3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, FL in Building B-1 Richard Rogers Coner-
ence Room
All proposals must conform to the instuctons in the RFP Interested respondents
may obtain a copy of the complete RFP (1) at the above address, (21 by dowvload-
ng the solitasin a om our webaoe at w stfwmdov: (3) by calling
(561) 682-2715, or (4) by calling the 24-hour BD HOTLIUNE (6 472-5290. The
public is a ed to attend Ie proposal opnnog Faruier inefniatl on the status
of this sulltlatfon can be obtained on our wb site www.s.wmd.gov.
All public meiengs will be held at the dates, times, locahons and conference rooms
referenced above A cpyof the agenda may be stained by wnng the Sout Flon-
da Water Manageent Distnct, Procurement Department, PO. Box 24680, West
Palm Beach, Flonda, 33416-4680 Persons wi disabilities or handicaps who need
assistance may contact the Disinct clerk (561) 682-2087, at least two business
days in advance of the meeting to make appropnate arrangements.
310983 ON 2/25/09


Brighton Baptist Church has a
CABLE Spinet Piano for sale,
41 inches high, no bench, no
broken strings, nice cabinet.
$450 (863)763-9377
CLARINET Black color with
silver lining and like brand
new. $200/or best offer.
(863)610-1545
TENOR SAXOPHONE with
case, CONN brand, gold,
asking $350 (863)675-4098
evenings
TWO SPEAKERS 2, 12" kick-
er speakers in box and AMP
$750 LIKE NEW
(863)763-2858 Cathy



KITTENS 1 blk male,1
blk/wht female,14 weeks/lit-
ter trained $0.
(863)634-0567
MALE Apple head tea cup chi-
hiua 12 wks old, crate
trained, good with kids. Has
papers $700 (863)235-1739
Grab a bargain from your
neighbor's garage, attic,
basement or closet in
today's classifieds,
REGISTERED Boston Terrier
puppies, 8 wks old, ready for
good home. Parents on site
$400 or best offer
(863)634-3420
ROOSTERS 2 White Silky
Roosters about 9 months
old, Free $0.
(863)634-3452



SOLOFLEX HOME Gym -
Bench, lever arm, butterfly,
dip bar, leg ext, guide.
$185/neg. (863)381-6273
TREADMILL Owned for less
than a year. Automatic in-
cline In excellent condition.
Padded track. $400/neg.
2 3 9) 7 1 2 3 5
863)674-1600




SONY SURROUND Sound
System Sony system with
dvd playerCall after 5 $250.
(863)763-4493



PHILLIPS-MAGNAVOX TV -
60 inch projection TV
$300/or best offer.
(863)484-0015
THREE Color 27" TV's $50
each. FIRM (863)610-0685



METAL LATHE 6"X18" Manu-
al feed with lots of tooling.
Very good shape. $450
(863)357-5754
TOOL BOX UWS DIAMOND
PLATE W/TOP RAIL...FITS
2002 TOYOTA TACOMA.
$100. (863)634-1161
WOOD LATHE Craftsman 36"
wood lathe with 5 turning
tools. In Labelle $150.
(863)612-9233




VACUUM Kirby, very good
condition, all attachments in-
cluded. $60.
(239)410-6870


IPOD TOUCH After 4:00 pm
everything you need $150.
(863)467-2423


Agriculture



Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Seeds/Plants/
Flowers 865




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



FREE HORSE to good home! -
Rescued gelding 7yrs to 10
yrs old,needs more care and
time than we can give.Very
gentle, still under weight.
ust be able to give the at-
tention this beautiful horse
deserves! $0.
(863) 228-5595
(863)228-5596
PONY Carmelo/White mare 7
irs old rides good. Miniature
horses 1 filly, 1 stud, lyr old
buckskin & paint $1200 or
will separate (772)260-6852



(BUNTON) ZTR Commerical
mower, 50" cut, 25hp Koh-
ler, ready to go! $2500/neg.
(863)697-2032
CHIPPER Shredder Crafts-
man 5 hp. with bag. Very
Good Condition. $125.
(863)674-0467
Reading a newspaper
helps you understand
the world around you.
No wonder newspaper
readers are more suc-
cessful people!
FERTILIZER SPREADER Wil-
mar, rebuilt to like new,
stainless steel, tandem axle,
$1950. (863)517-0470
GAS GRILL with side burner
full tank of gas $75.
(239)657-2711
RIDING MOWER like new,
42" cut, 22 HP Kohler motor,
less than 20 hours $995/or
best offer. (409)423-0520
RYOBI Weed Eater with Ig
spool trim- Brand new, used
only 2 hours. Paid $129.00
asking $75 for both.
(863)532-1054



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


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Rentals




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




BEAUTIFUL SAMANTHA'S
GARDEN APTS In Town,
2br/2ba, W&D, $850 mo. +
$500 sec (863)634-5780
KINGS BAY 2/2, $695 per
mo 1st & last, no pets Avail
after 2/22/09
863 763-7301 or
863 697-1623
KINGS BAY 2/2, $695 per
mo 1st & last, no pets
863)763-7301 or
863 697-1623
OKEECHOBEE, 2BR, 1l
Near town. $750 mo. An-
nual Lease Sec-8 OK
S61255-4377 j
VIKING/PRAIRIE Efficiency.
Very clean! $600/mo. In-
cludes utilities No pets Call
561-329-8205


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Rent to Own
with 10% down
212 on the rim canal,
washer & dryer,
large storage shed,
fenced yard.
$850 plus utilities




BASSWOOD 3br, 2ba, 2 car
garage, $950/mo will take
Section 8, will rent with op-
tion to buy (772)323-4758
BASSWOOD ESTATES 3 BR, 2
BA w/Den, All app. including
W&D. 1 Car Garage. $1050
mo (954)303-9804
DIXIE RANCH Acres- 2br/1ba
duplex $500 month + $400
dep, includes water, lawn,
garbage, NO PETS. Call
(863) 467-9029
DUPLEX 2/1, CBS, screen
porch, W/D, yard, nclds wa-
ter, 1 month free $550/mo
HOME 2/1, large yard, car-
port, CBS, $695/mo, 1
month free
(863)467-2100
Century 21 Horizon
FT DRUM 1/1 on four acres,
new cabinets and carpet
$625 mo. (912) 224-4658
or (734) 637-2697
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 1ba, Lg
yard, inside city limits, $800.
mo + Util, 1st & Last mo
sec dep (863)990-3294
OKEECHOBEE- On the water,
1br, 1ba, fully turn W&D,
Elec & satellite, HBO ncld.,
$600/mo. (863)467-1950
Rent to own or sell 3/1 CBS,
new roof, newly renovated
$99,900 (561)801-3002







Professional
Office Space
for Rent
with
conference
room from
*150" per
month

Call for details
561-436-2020,


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saves you money by
providing infonmion
about best buys.

No wonder newspaper
readers ern more!





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


Real Estate




Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property- Sale 1010
Condos/
Townhouses Sale1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property1030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080




5 Acres- 5 minutes north of
town off 441, cleared
$79,900 00 (561)801-3002




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





CABIN 1/1, IN ADULT COM-
MUNITY 55 +, $525. MO +
Sec, (863)763-7164
HWY 441 SE 1/1 Includes
electric and direct tv $750
mo. + Security
(561)723-6183
HWY 441 SE 1/1 Includes
electric and direct tv $750
mo + Security
(561)723-6183
MOBILE HOMES FOR RENT
1, 2 & 3 Bedrooms
Low Deposits &
Reasonable Payments
863-983-3554
ON RIM CANAL: Small, 1
Bdrm, $450 mo (includes
utilities). + $300 sec. dep.
(863)697-0214




Bank Repo. 4br/2ba double-
wide, over 2,000 sq ft, excel-
lent condition $49,900 set-
up on your lot Set-up & a/c
included (863) 357-4848
BANK REPO'S
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
561-721-2230
Behind Bill's Mini Mart,
2 br, 2 ba, nice corner lot,
$50,000 (863)467-2156
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
LARKEE LAKES- 2BR/1BA, on
culdesac, has renter in
place. $50,000. Call
(863)467-2156
Lowest prices in south Florida.
No money down on your lot.
Very easy financing 2, 3, &
4 bedroom models avail
(863)357-4848
-MOBILE HOME SALES-
Huge 4BR/3BA
32x80 Set up on Your
Lot $550 Monthly
800-330-8106 or
863-467-6622
MOBILE HOMES
Need your mobile
home moved? We have
28 years experience.
Call for your Free Quote!
(863)983-8106
New 3br/2ba doublewide
$49,900 setup & a/c includ-
ed. Very easy financing
(863) 357-4848



Recreation




Boats 3005
Campers/RVes 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
AIRBOAT HULL Apache, 12',
with good trailer & cage
works, no motor, $1500 or
best offer (863)357-5754


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Aluminum Star craft boat -14'
with 15 horse motor and
trailer $900 (269)240-0797
SELECT 20 FT Pontoon Boat -
LaBelle Also single axle trail-
er NO MOTOR $1600
(239)229-2974
TRACKER Alum boat, 2001,
16', 1999, 40 hp merc, 2
depth fdrs, trolling mtr
$3500 or best offer
(309)337-9083
V-Bottom alum boat w/ trailer,
15 hp evenrude motor
$1,550 (863)946-3377 or
863-228-6636




COACHMAN 1985 -28 Ft. Pull
Behind $1800 or best offer
(863)675-7105
COMPLETE SET Tie-Downs for
slide-in Camper, new 15"
spare tire 6 hole rim w/told
down carrier, Blue ox hitch
for car pulling $450 for all or
will separate (863)763-5062
DUTCHMAN, 2000 RV 26',
sleeps 6, $5,000 or best of-
fer Call 863-675-0077 or
863-674-1333.
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
MUST SELL NOW Loaded
2009 Puma, 33 ft, 2 br, 2
slides, 19" color TV-
DVD,Bradenton-$17,700
(321) 287-8747
TRAVEL TRAILER 31' with
screen room attached, can
be seen at Lakeside RV Park
4074, 441 SE Lot#4 Okee
$3000 (269)240-0797
VINTAGE 1970 DODGE
MOTORHOME 318 eng fi-
berglass body, $1500 or
trade (863)801-3667




FOR SALE 1982, 150 hp
Evenrude outboard, com-
plete less prop $75 or best
offer (863)763-1370




HARLEY DAVIDSON SPORTS-
TER 883 1998, Low miles,
nice condition $4500
(863)430-6987
HONDA REBEL 2006 black
and chrome excellent cond
$2500 (239)707-8606
SUZUKI RM 125 2000 needs
a rear fender, runs good, A
must see $1000/or best of-
fer (863)763-6297
SUZUKI VOLUSIA 800CC
2003 silver/white,
shield, saddlebags, sissy-
bar, roadpegs, floorboards,
crashbar, excellent condi-
tion, $3000/firm.
(863)824-6189
Yamaha Star 03-650. 8,000
miles. Extras $3,000 firm
863-673-4341 cell




CLUB CAR ELECTRIC 2003 -
New batteries, side curtains,
reconditioned $2495/or best
offer. (863)843-0062
MANCO 260CC 2005 Like
new 260cc w/racks,Auto,
H,L,R NOT 4x4 $1500
(863)357-5773




HOLIDAY RAMBLER 1972 -
good condition $1000.
(239)657-2711



Automobiles




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




CADILLAC Fleetwood 96, Re-
built Trans & new tires, Life-
time Aamco warrvery sound
$800 FIRM (863)634-5914
CADILLAC SADAN DEVILLE
1994 FAIR CONDITION,
NEW BRAKESPOWER WIN-
DOWS LEATHER INTERIOR.
HUNTER GREEN WITH
FLAKES ALSO LOW MILAGE,
CD, air bags, anti-look
brakes, heated seats, a/c,
auto. Cc, rear defrost, V-8.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
FEEL FREE TO CALL **
MUST SELL MOVING**
$1200/or best offer
(863)634-6843
CHEVROLET CAMARO 1995-
bk z-28 v8 lt1 engine leather
nt.float master 110,000
original miles, a/c $3500.
9 5 6 ) 9 0 7 2 8 8 8
956)533-9831
CHRYSLER PT CRUISER
2001 Ltd Edition, 5-spd,
4-cyl, original owner
$2500 (231)675-3615
FORD EXPLORER 1994 -
Whitenew tiresruns good
$1700 (239)657-4348
FORD F250 1993 4-wd, au-
to V-8, Runs Good
$2500/or best offer
(863)763-6297


i N ic


FORD T-BIRD 1996 113k
miles,v6, cold air, automatic
$1200 (863)467-7374
GRAND MARQUIS 1996,
Leather, V8, auto,alloy whls,
cold a/c, antilock brks, pow-
er $2300 (863)763-8027
JAGUAR XJ6 SOVEREIGN
1991 JAGUAR XJ6 Sove-
reign Loaded 6V 116,000
miles $3,500 Neg Call
863 484-0499. $3500/neg.
863 447-0796
OTHER 1999 Fleetwood Dis-
covery Motorhome w/2 pull-
outs. Exc. Cond. $78000.
(239)633-6903
TOYOTA COROLLA 2001
Grey, 47000 miles. Auto,til,
cruise. Excell cond. $4,950
(812)989-3022




FORD F150, '77 4 wheel
dirve, stepside truck, Must
Seel $5,000 Call Pete
(863)697-3766




CLUB CAR ELECTRIC 2003 -
New Batteries, Side Curtains,
Reconditioned $2995/or
best offer (863)843-0062
GOLF CART Club Car, 48
volt, elect, sun roof, used ,
Excellent cond $1750 or
best offer (863)467-2824




FORD 1976 Dump Truck
w/wood side rails. Needs
battery. Runs good. $1000.
(239)633-6903
TOYOTA UHAUL BOX 1990 -
1Ton rear dnve,aluminum
box,cold ac $2650.
(561)261-0682




18" FORD RIMS- 18" FACTO-
RY FX4 FORD RIMS $400/or
best offer (863)634-1545
4 CHROME wheels w/ tires 8
lug w/ cups LT 265/70 R 17
$200/or best offer
(863)612-5333
MUD TIRES 5 BRAND NEW
BFG MUDTERRAIN TIRES
35*1250*15 $600/firm
(863)697-8696
OFF ROAD tires in good condi-
tion 4-15" 1/2 new price
$160 (863)675-6314
TRUCK RIMS & Tires Off a
Chevy Z71. 265/75/16 A/T's
Make Offer $125/or best of-
fer (863)634-4557




ALUMINUM Truck beds and
racks, $1200 each 080
(863)357-3567 After 5 pm
CHEVY 1 TON DUALLY '77 -
454 eng., 4 speed, great to
restore or farm use, $1750
or trade (863)801-3667
DODGE 0100 1984 6cyl,
4spd, runs good, many new
parts, tires & body fair.
$850/neg (863)763-3669
FORD 1992 F-250, 7.3 L,
Diesel 5 speed, Good work
truck $2500 or best offer
(863)835-3251
FORD 2000 Pickup truck,
Exc. Cond. Auto. V-8,50,000
miles $7000/or best offer
(239)633-6903
FORD F-150 1984 Tan col-
or,300 eng,4sp,70,000
miles on the engine,cold
ac.Runs and drives like new
or betterSuper clean not
for work,custom steering
wheel,dont miss this one.
$2400/or best offer.
(561)261-0682
FORD F150 1996 Ford F150
pickup truck, 5 speed, 300 6
cylinder $1800/or best offer
(863)634-3280
FORD F-150 1997 2 F-150's
One 4x4 Runs.One 2wd for
parts $2000/neg
(863)634-0556
FORD RANGER Great condi-
tion, low miles $5000
(214)978-7372
FORD RANGER Runs great,
call for details $2500
(214)978-7372
FULL SIZE Truck Topper
Black, good condition For
long wheel base truck. $150
(863)532-1054
ISUZU PICK UP 1994 4-cyl,
5-spd, teal color, runs good,
nice dependable, Gas effi-
cient work truck $1300.
863 ) 6 1 2 5923
(863)675-4139




NISSIAN FRONTIER 2000 -
White AC, CD, 4 cyl, 22
mpg., bumper hitch. $2700
(863)357-6113




CULVERT CULVERT plastic
20'x 30inch diameter cash
$400. (863)634-2303
ENCLOSED TRAILER 05 Sin-
gle axle 6x12 vent, lights,
side/rear doors. Clewiston
$2300. (863)599-0809
FLAT TRAILER 06 6x16 dual
axle,12"side rails,wood
floor,electnc brakes.Clewis-
ton $1750. (863)599-0809
Haulmark 2006, 6 x 12 V-
Nose, fold down rear ramp,
side door $1,850
(863)763-0944
TANDEM double axle 19' $800
OBO, 32' heavy duty $400
080 (863)357-3567 after 5
pm
UTILITY TRAILER single axle
ENCLOSED 6x12
vent,Ights,side,rear doors.
$2000. (863)634-2303


DODGE CONVERSION VAN
2000 asking $4700
(863)675-0077/674-1333
DODGE RAM 50 1996 V-6,
a/c, loaded, blue, conver-
sion $950 (863)763-3551
(863)467-1358
Need a few more bucks
to purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used items in
the classifeids.



Public Notices




Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500




IN THE CIRCur COURT OF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO. 08000068CA
AJBM, LIMITED PARTNERSHIP
Plantriff,
Vs
ROY ALEXANDER CAREY, YVONNE
CAREY), AMERICAN GENERAL HOME
EQUITY INC., AND BUILDERS FIRST-
SOURCE-FLORIDA, LLC
Defendants
NOTICE OF SALE
PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, pursuant to
an Order or Final Judgment of Foreclo-
sure dated the 3rd day of February
2009, entered in Case No 08000068CA
of the Circuit Court of thie Nineteenth Ju-
dicial Crcu in and for Okeechobee
County, Flondawherein AJBM, LIMITED
PARTNERSHIP Plainff, and ROY ALEX-
ANDER CAREY (YVONNE CAREY)
STEWART TITLE AND GUARANTEE
COMPANY INC successor n interest to
AMERICAN GENERAL HOME EQUITY
INC, AND BUILDERS FIRSTSOURCE
FORIA, LLC, Defendants, I will sel to
the highest and best bidder for cash, in
the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor,
Okeechobee County Judical Center, 312
NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florda
34972 at 11 00 o clock AM on the 18t
day of March, 2009, the following de-
scribed property as set forth i said Final
Judgmentto wit
East 'A of the East 'A of South / of
South "A of Tract 13, Section 36, in the
SOUTHERN COLONIZATION COMPANY
PLAT of Township 34 South, Range 33
East, according to the Plat thereof re-
corded In Plat Book 4, Pages 3-E, inclu-
sive of the Public Records of
Okeechobee County, Florda
Property Address: 15033 NW 248th
Street, keechoee, Floria 34972
DATED AT Okeechobee, Florda this 5th
day of February, 2009
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF SAID CIRCUIT COURT
BY s/SandraL Creech
Deputy Clerk
EUGENE M UNDERBERG, ESQUIRE
3574 LANTANA ROAD
LANTANA, FLORIDA 33463
TELEPHONE (561)585-0000
FLORIDA BAR NO 235733
310582 ON 0225,03/04/09
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CASE NO. 07-000244-C
HSBC BANK USA, N A, AS INDENTURE
TRUSTEE FOR THE REGISTERED
NOTEHOLDERS OF RENAISSANCE
HOME EQUITY LOAN TRUST 2005-3,
RENAISSANCE HOME EQUITY LOA-
NASSET BACKED NOTES, SERIES
2005-3,
Plaintiff
JEFFREY A BARKLEY, MICHELLE A
BARKLEY AND ALL UNKNOWN PA -
TIES CLAIMING BY THROUGH, U
DER, AND AGAINST THE HERE
NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT( )
WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEA1
OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID U
KNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN li
TEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIR
DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER.
CLAIMANTS CARROLL COLLIN
AMERICAN BANKERS INSURANCE
COMPANY N/K/A NATIONAL FINA -
CIAL INSURANCE COMPANY U -
KNOWN TENANT#1 IN POSSESSION
OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY, U
KNOWN TENANT#2 IN POSSESSION.
OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY,
Defendants)
RE-NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a
Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated De-
cember 2, 2007, and Order Reschedul-
ing Foreclosure Sale dated January 30,
2009 and entered in Case No
07-000244-CA, of the Crcut Court of
the Nineteenth Judicial Circui in and for
OKEECHOBEE County, Flonda HSBC
BANK USA, NA AS INDENTURE TRUS-
TEE FOR THE REGISTERED NOTEHOLD-
ERS OF RENAISSANCE HOME EQUITY
LOAN TRUST 2005-3, RENAISSANCE
HOME EQUITY LOANASSET-BACKED
NOTES, SERIES 2005 3, is Plaintiff and
JEFFREY A BARKLERY, MICHELLE A
BARKLEY AMERICAN BANKERS INSU-
RANCE COMPANY N/K/A NATIONAL FI
NANCIAL INSURANCE COMPANY,
CARROLL COLLINS UNKNOWN TEN-
ANT#1 IN POSSESSION OF THE SUB
JECT PROPERTY N/K/A VIRGINIA
HATHWAY, are defendants I will sell to
the highest and best bidder for cash in
the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor,
Okeechobee County Judicial Center,
312 NW 3d Street, Okeechobee, FL
34972 al 11 00a m, on the 111h day of
March, 2009, the following described
property as set forth in said Final Judg
ment, to wt
Lot 34, DEER PARK ACRES, an unre-
corded plat, a parcel or land lying in
the South 1/2 of Secton 32, Town-
ship 33 South, Range 35 East, Okee-
choee County, Forida being more
particularly described as follows:
Commencng at the Southeast corner
ol said Section 32, marked by a
hewed lighterwod pot, bear South
89 degrees 33 minutes 31 seconds
West, along the South line of said
Section 32, a distance o 2317.56
feel t the FOB, thence connue
along aftredecribhed line a distance
of 659.97 feet; thence North a dis-
tance of 34009 feet, thence bear
North 89 degrees 19 minutes 08 sec-
onds East a distance of 660.00 feet;
thence bear South a distance of
342 86 feet Io the PO B subject for
road purposes, the West 25 feet TO-
GEHER WITH THAT CERTAIN 1994
DOUBLE-WIDE MOBILE HOME, SERI-
AL # OF OWMH:FLA567491,
VIN#317360H31
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS
WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990, In ac
cordance wdh the Americans with
Disabilities Act, persons needing a spe-
cial accommodation to partcpate in the
proceeding should contact Court Admin-
istrator no later then seven days prior to
the proceedin at 250 NW Country Club
DrSe, Port S Lucie, Fonda 34986,
1-772-807-4370 within two working
days of you receipt of this notice IF YOU
ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL
1-800-955-8771 IF YOU ARE VOICE IM-
PAIRED CALL 1-800 955 8770
Dated this 3rd day of February, 2009
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
BY IS/Sandra Creech
As Deputy Clerk
Ay person claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of the date of the
Lis Pendens must file a claEm within skty
(60) days afterthe sale
Van Ness Law Firm, PA
1239 E Newport Center Dnve
Suei #110
Oeelfeld Beach, Flonda 33442
Phone (954) 571 2031
Fax (54)571-2033
30965 N 2/18,25,34/09
Love the earth Recycle
your used items by
selling them in the
classified.


I mic i


AMENDED LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS (RFO) -- PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
THE DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE, pursuant
to Section 287 055, Flonda Statutes, the State of Florida's Consularnts Competitve
Negotiations Act and the State Requirements for Educational Facilities 1999, will
consider the contracting of an architectengnmeer for providing professional services
for the following project s)
The prects) wil consist of Minor Proects College Wide
The Professional Services requested include the following disciplines
Architecture
Civil
Mechanical, Electncal, Plumbing
Structural
Surveying
Geographical Information Systems
Geotechnical & Malonals Testing
Environmental
Commissioning Services
Firms desinna to provide Professonal Services for the discllineis) descnbed above
shall submit one II original and five 51 copies clearly mdicatin the disciolinels
for which you are submitng Please submit the following information in the order
listed
1 Leaner of Interest
2 GSA Standard Forms 254 and 255
3 Consultant uestionnare Form which can beobtained by calling e RSC
Families Planning Ofice at 772-462-7360, or preferabl by e-mailing your
request to piveviarsc edu
4 Three (3) Letters of Recommendation from owners wth whom you have had
experience in the past three (3) years
5 Copy oe your firm's current londaProfesson Retraion License
6 If your firm is a corporation, please provide a copy of your firm's current
Flionda Corporate Charter
Business entiles interested in orovild architecturalenaineenna services for ndian
River State Colleae (IRSCL for Minor Proeects are hereby notliied that submital
documents will be accented at the Indian River State Collee Facilities Plannmi Of-
fice Buildin 'S' Room #233 3209 Viroia Avenue Fort Pierce FL 34981-5596
until 1200 Noon on Tuesday March 3 2009 Submitals received after that
medate will not be considered
IRSC reserves the rnght to waive any informality in the selection process and to
reject and all Requests for Oualificaions
310517 ON 2/18,25/09
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE


19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA
GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION
CASE NO.: 47200CA000503CAXXXX
NATIONAL CITY BANK SUCCESSOR BY
MERGER TO HARBOR FEDERAL
SAVINGS BANK
PLAINTIFF
VS
HARRY JEAN-MICHEL JUDITH ROCHE,
MARIE-ANGE JEAN-MICHEL, UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF MARIE-ANGE JEAN-MICHEL
IF ANY JOSEPH BLANCHARD, UN-
KNOWN SPOUSE OF JOSEPH BLAN-
CHARD IF ANY, ANY AND ALL
UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY,
THROUGH, UNDER AND AGAINST THE
HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFEN-
DANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE
DEAD OR ALIVE WHETHER SAID UN-
KNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN IN-
TEREST AS SPOUSES HEIRS,
DEVISEES, GRANTEES OR OTHER CLAI-
MANTS, NYSOLA GRANT JOHN DOE
AND JANE DOE AS UNKNOWN TENANTS
IN POSSESSION
DEFENDANTS)
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to
a Summary Final Judgment of Foreclo-
sure dated January 29, 2009 entered in
Civil Case No 472008CA000503CAROC
of the Circuit Court of the 19i Judicial
Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE County,
Okeechobee, Florida, I will sell to the
highest and best bidder for cash on the
Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor Okee-
chobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW
3rd Street Okeechobee, Fonda, at 1100
a m n the 11 t day of March, 2009, the
following described property as set forth
n said Summary Final Judgment, to-wit
A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN SECTION
19, TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RNAGE 36
EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORI-
DA AND BEING MORE PARTICULAR-
LY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS
COMMENCE AT THE NORTH ONE-
QUARTER CORNER OF SAID SECTION
19; THENCE SOUTHr 00 48' 47"
WEST A DISTANCE OF 33.00 FEET
TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE
SOUTH RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF N.E.
304TH STREET; THENCE S TH
aa'34'13"EAST, ALONG SAID S TH
RIGHT OF WAY LINE, A DISTANCE OF
76.54 FEET, TO THE INTERSEC ,ON
WITH THE EAST LINE OF PARC L A
OF SOUTHERN HOMESTEADS U IT 1
AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOO
PAGE 73 OF THE PUBLIC REC
OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLO
ANO THE POINT OF BEGIN
THEN E SOUTH 00 40847" W
ALON SAID EAST LINE, A DISTA
OF 1 .30- FEET, TO THE INTE
SECT N WITH THE SOUTHER .
LINE F LOT 20 OF SOUTHEI
HOME, TEAOS UNIT 2 AS RECORD
IN PLAT BOOK 6, PAGES 88 AND
OF TH PUBLIC RECORDS OF OK
CHOB E COUNTY, FLORIDA; THEN
SOUT 7T04'39" WEST, ALO
SAID OUTHERLY LINE, A DISTAIN
OF 96 .55 FEET, TO THE INTERSEC
TION WITH THE EAST LINE OF THE
100' RETENTION AS SHOWN 0
SAID PLAT OF SOUTHERN HOM
STEADY UNIT 2, THENCE SOUTH 17
48 9" EAST, ALONG SAID EAST
LIN A DISTANCE OF 97.50 FEET;
TH CE SOUTH 17r 5403" EAST,
AL G SAID EAST LINE, A DISTANCE
0 0.28 FEET; THENCE NORTH 79'
3' EAST, A DISTANCE OF
1 3 05 FEET TO OINTB ON THE
C N ERLINE OF A 0.00 FOOT WIDE
ING ESS, EGRES AND UTILITY
E S MENT AS SHnWN ON THE MAP
0 SOUTHERN HO 'ESTEAD RANCH-
E NIT 1, DATE NOVEMBER 15,
2 0 AS PREPARE D BY JAMES R.
A MONO, PSM, DRIDA LICENSE
N LS 5081, TH NCE NORTH 04
1 31" EAST, ALO G SAID CENTR-
L E, DISTANCE F 1864.17 FEET,
T THE INTERSEC ION WITH SAID
S UTH RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF N.E.
3 4TH STREET; THENCE NORTH 89
3 '13' WEST, ALONG SAID SOUTH
R GHT OF WAY LINE, A DISTANCE OF
75.67 FEET, TO THE POINT OF BE-
G INNING
SUBJECT TO AND TOGETHER WITH
THE RIGHT OF INGRESS, EGRESS
AND PUBLIC UTILITIES UNDER THAT
CERTAIN EASEMENT AND ROAD
AGREEMENT RECORDED MARCH 8,
2005 IN O.R. BOOK 555, PAGE 1935,
PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY,, FLORIDA
Any person claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of the date of the
Its pendens, must file a claim within 60
days after the sale
Dated this SD day of February, 2009
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
BY /S/SANRA L CREECH
DEPUTY CLERK
LAW OFFICES OF DAVID J STERN
ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF
900 SOUTH PINE ISLAND ROAD
SUITE 400
PLANTATION FL 33324-3920
954 233-8000
(954 233-8705
0 -90581
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS
WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990
In accordance with the Americans With
Disabillites Act person needing a special
accommodation to parhcipate in this pro-
ceeding should contact Court Adminis-
traton no later than seven days prior to
the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club
Dnve, Port St Lucie FL 34986 or call
1-772-870-4370 within to worlkng
days of your receipt of the Sum-
mons/Notice to Appear if you are hear-
ing impaired call 1-800-95-8771 If you
are voice impaired call 1-800-955-8770,
via Flonda Relay Servce
310487 ON 02/18,25/09


LEGAL NOTICE
Public Auction will be held at Johns Tow-
in Service storage lot located at 704
Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee,
lorida 34972 on MARCH 13, 2009, at
9 00 A M Pursuant to Flonda Statute
713 78 for unpaid towng and storage
charges Year make, model and MN
are as follows
1984 Ford F-150
VIN# FTEF14FXELA52041
2007 Chen Trailblazer
VINl GNES13H672290199
Terms of sale are cash, and no checks
will be accepted Seller reserves the
night of final bid ALL SALES ARE Fl-
NAU NO REFUNDS WILL BE, MADE'
Said automobiles will be sold in "As Is"
conddion auth no guarantee's
311806 ON 2/25/09


One man's trash is
another man's treas-
ure. Turn your trash
to treasure with an ad
in the classified,


NINETEENTH JUDICIAL IN AND FOR
OKEEHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO 2008-CA-442
JUDGE: MCMANUS
FIRST BANK AND TRUST COMPANY
OF INDIANTOWN, a Florida
Banking Associaon,
Plantiff
vs
DEWEY A LIGHTSEY AND RUTH M
LIGHTSEY his wfe, LAURA K SIMS,
CPA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA DE-
PARTMENT OF THE TREASURY, Un-
known Partes in Possession #1,
Unknown Parties in Possession #2, Un-
known Parties in Possession #3, Un-
known Parties in Possession # 4, if
living, and all Unknown Parties claming
by, through, under and against the above
named Defendants) who are not known
to be dead or alive, whether said Un-
known Paries may claim an interest as
Spouse, Heirs, Devisees, Grantees, or
Other Claimants
Defendants)
NOTICE OF SALE BY CLERK
NOTICE IS GIVEN that, in accordance
with the FiRnal Summary Judgment of
Foreclosure dated February 3 2009 i
the above-styled cause, I will sell to the
highest and best bidder for cash, at the
Jury Assembly Room on the second
floor of the Okeechobee County Judicial
Center located at 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Flonda, at 11 00 AM on
March 18, 2009, the following descnbed
property
A PARCEL OF LAND IN SECTION 6,
TOWNSHIP 38 SOUTH, RANGE 36
EAST AND IN SECTION 31, TOWN-
SHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, LY
ING SOUTHWESTERLY OF SR #15
CONNER'S HIGHWAY OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIOA AD BEING MORE
PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOL-
LOWS
FROM A 5X5" CONCRETE MONUMENT
MARKING THE NORTHEAST CORNER
OF SECTION 6, BEAR SOUTH
89 42'42" WEST ALONG THE NORTH
LINE OF SAID SECTION A DISTANCE
OF 468616 FEET TO THE SOUTH-
WEST RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF S R
P15, THENCE SOUTH 5130'19"
AST ALONG SAID LINE A DISTANCE
,F 10 02 FEET TO A POINT OF BEGIN-
ING, THENCE PROCEED SOUTH
8029'41 WEST A DISTANCE OF
2840 FEET TO THE CENTRAL &
SOUTHERN FLORIDA FLOOD ON-
ROL DISTRICT LEVEE LD-4 RIGHT
jF WAY LINE, THENCE PROCEED
ORTH 54'55'02" WEST A DISTANCE
3F 20018 FEET, THENCE PROCEED
NORTH 3829'41" EAST A DISTANCE
3F 240 32 FEET TO THE SOUTHWEST
EIGHT OF WAY LINE OF SR #15,
HENCE PROCEED SOUTHEASTERLY
LONG SAID RIGHT OF WAY LINE A
INSTANCE OF 200 FEET TO THE
POINT OF BEGINNING
THIS PROPERTY IS ALSO DESCRIBED
AS LOTS 3 AND 4 OF AN UNRE-
CORDED SURVEY PROPERTY LO-
CATED IN SECTION 6, TOWNSHIP 38
SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST AN IN SEC-
TION 31, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH,
RANGE 36 EAST, OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY FLORIDA AND PREPARED
BY WL WILLIAMS DATED JANUARY
1971
TOGETHER WITH THE FOLLOWING
MOBILE HOMES 1977 DOUBLEWIDE
FERN BEARING ID#TMGA5312FA
AND TMGA5312FB, 1973 CONR
BEARING D#3334226261, 1970
CRAN BEARING Dk#
4JC4512C1N6440 1976 ROLL BEAR-
ING ID#2367, 1973 YELL BEARING
ID#15023, 1978 IMPA BEARING
D#14007 AND A 1976 TERR BEAR-
ING ID#L02946551679
Any person claiming interest i the sur-
plus from sale, if any, other than the
property owner as of date of Lis Pendens
must file a claim within sixty (60) days
after sale
Dated this 5th day of February, 2009
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF THE OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY COURT
By IS/SANDRAL SCREECH
Deputy Clerk
Michael L Dale, Esq
2616 SEWilloughby Blvd
Stuart, FL 34994
772-286-2323
311189 ON 2/25,3/4/09
Looking for a place to
hang your hat? Look
no further than the
classified.
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
Case No.: 2009 DR 33
CINDY F MOORE
Pettioner
and
KEVIN F MOORE,
Respondent
NOTICE OF ACTION FOR
DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
TO KEVIN F MOORE
3633NW 21stAvenue
Okeechobee, FL 34972
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action has
been filed against you and that you are
required to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any, to Cindy F
Moore, 3633 NW 21st Avenue Okee-
chobee, Flonda 34972, on or before
March 4, 2009, and file the original
with the clerk of this Court at 312 NW
3rd Steet, Okeechobee, Florida
34972, before service on Pellioner or
immediately thereafter If you fall to do
so, a default may he entered against
you for the relief demanded in the
petition,
Copies fa all court documents In this
case, including orders, are available
at the Clerk of the Circuit's Court's of-
lice You may review these docu-
ments upon request.
You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit
Court's office notified of your current
address. (You may file Notice of Cur-
rent Address, Florida Supreme Court
Approved Family Law Form 12 915)
Future papers in this lawsuit will be
mailed to the address on record at
the clerks office
WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family
Law Rules of Procedure, requires
certain automatic disclosure of docu-
ments and informallon. Failure to
comply can result in sanctions, in-
cluding dismissal or striking of
pleadings.
Dated January 30, 2009
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
By /I/Vicki Rogers
Deputy Clerk
309458 ON 2/4,11,18,25/09
Buying a car? Look in
the classified. Selling
a car? Look in the
classified.


I Pmu i


Pulc cI


STATE OF FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
FLORIDA'S TURNPIKE ENTERPRISE
PROJECT RESOLUTION
FOR STATE HIGHWAY SYSTEM PROJECTS
WHEREAS, pursuant to Chapter 334 through 339 and Chapter 73 and 74, londa
Statues, as amended, the State of Florida, Department of Transportaton (Depart-
ment') has authonty to locate and designate certain transportaoon facilities as a
part of the State Highway System and construct and maintain the same with
funds which are now or which may hereafter become available to the Department,
and
WHEREAS, pursuant to Chapters 334 through 339 and Chapters 73 and 74, Flonda
Statutes, as amended, the highway authorities of the state, counties, cities
towns, and villages, acting alone or in cooperation with each other or with any
federal, state, or local agency of any other state having authonty to participate in
the construction and maintenance of transportaon facilities, are authonzed to
designate, provide, and regulate limited access faclldies, and
WHEREAS, pursuant to Secton 33727 Flonda Statutes, the Secretary of Transpr-
taion has delegated the authonty to execute eminent domain resolutions to the
Chief Executive Officer of the Florida Turnpike Enternse, and
WHEREAS, the property is being acquired by lorda's Turnpike Eterpnse "Enter
praise ) a division of the Department, and
WHEREAS, Mr James Ely is the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of
Enteprise, and
WHEREAS, Right of Way maps have been prepared by the Department showing the
location of ItemSegment Number 422418-2
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Executie Director that the Fort Drum
Service Plaza Wastewater Treatment Pond, Okeechbee County, Fonda is hereby
located and designated as Item/Segment Number 422418-2, and the line and lo-
cation of sad part of said facli ty are hereby designated as a part of ne Stae
Highway System, and the Right of Way maps prepared by the Department, as
aforesaid, are hereby adopted as the official Right of Way maps for said
ItemSegment Number, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Executive Director, finding that traffic condi-
tions, present or future, would justify said facility being designated as a limited
access faculty, hereby designates, or has designated the same as a limited ac-
cess facility, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that it is the judgment of the Department that the con-
sructon of said porhon of sad Item/Segment Number is necessary, practical and
in te best interest o the Sate, and that the acquision of such property and
property nghts as are needed for said construction is necessary for the perfor-
mance of its dues and for the construction, reconstruction, and maintenance of
sad state facility for the use of he general pubic, and that the Department is au
thonzed to make such acqlsition by gift, purchase, or condemnaton
State of Flonda
Department of Transportation
Florida Turnpike Entenpses
By James Ely, D PA
Executive Director and
Chief Execultve Oficer
ATTEST Executive Secretary
DATE
Approved as to form and legality
Jack R Leonard
Office of Turnpike Gneral Counsel
311514 ON 2/22,25/09


IN ITE LIKRLUIT IUUTU UF TIn
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF
THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
GENERAL CIVIL DIVISION
Household Finance Corporation III
Plaintiff
vs Case No 2008-CA-000338
EDWARD J CONRAD, CARMEN H CON-
RAD, and UNKNOWN OCCUPANTS,
TNENATS, OWNERS, AND OTHER UN-
KNOWN PARTIES, including, i a
named defendant is deceased, the per-
sonal representatives, the surviving
spouse, heirs, devisees, grantees,
creditors, and all other parties claiming
y, through, under or against that de-
fendant, and all claimants, persons or
parties natural or corporate, or whose
exact legal status is unknown claim-
ing under any of the above named or
descnbed defendants,
Defendants
NOTICE OF SALE
Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to
the Order or Final Judgment entered in
this cause dated February 3, 2009, in
the Circui Court of Okeechobee
County, Florida, I will sell the p perty
situated in Okeechobee County, Flon-
da, descbed as
BEGIN AT THE NW CORNER OF THE
NW 1/4 OF SW 1/4 SECTION 11,
TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RANGE 35
EAST AND RUN S 01 DEG 46 MIN 22
SEC W ALONG THE WEST BOUNOAR-
DY OF THE NW 1/4 OF SW 1/4 A DIS-
TANCE OF 191 FEET THENCE RUN N
89 DEG 53 MIN 40 SEC E ON A LINE
PARALLEL WITH THE NORTH BOUN-
DARY LINE OF SAID NW 1/4 OF SW
1/4 A DISTANCE OF 32931 FEET
THENCE RUN N 00 DEG 46 MIN 22
SEC E A DISTANCE OF 191 FEET TO
THE NORTH BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID
NW 1/4 OF SW 1/4 THENCE S 89 DEG
53 MIN 40 SEC W ALONG SAID
NORTH BOUNDARY LINE A DISTANCE
OF 32931 FEET TO THE POB LESS
RIGHT OF WAY FOR SR 51 (US
441) ALL SITUATE, LYING AND
IENG N THE COUNTY OF OKEECHO-
BEE, STATE OF FLORIDA
Property Address
3110 US Highway 441 North
Okeechobee, Florda 34972
at public sale to the highest and best
bidder, for cash, at the Okeechobee
County Judicial Center 2nd Floor Jury
Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 3492 at 1100
AM on March 18, 2009
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST
IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE IF
ANY OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY
OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS
PENDENS, MUST FILE A CLAIM WIHT
THE CLERK OF COURT WITHIN 60
DAYS AFTER THE SALE
DATED this 0th day of February 2009
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clek of Circuit Court
By /i/SANDRA L CREECH
Deputy Clerk
ENRICO G GONZALEZ, PA
Attorney at Law
ENRICO G GONZALEZ ESQUIRE
6255 East Fowler Avenue
Temple Terrace FL 33617
Flonda Bar #861472
813/980-6302
In accordance with the Amencans With
Disabiliies Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to participate
in this Hearing should contract the
A D A Coordnator not later than seven
7) days pnor to the proceeding via the
Flonda Relay Service at
1-800-955-8771
311194 ON 225,3/4/09
Earn some extra cash.
Sell your used items in
the classified
When doing those chores is
doing you in, it's ime to
look for a helper in the
classified.

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNT,
FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO 47-200S-CA-000342
DIVISION

WELLS FARGO BANK, NA,
Plaintiff
sa
SONJA R MCCOINetal,
Defendants)
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to
a Final Judgment of Mortgage Foreclo-
sure dated February 03 2009 and en-
tered in Case No 47-2008 CA 000342
of the Circuit Court of the NINETEENTH
Judicial Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE
County, Flonda wherein WELLS FARGO
BANK, NA, is the Plaintr and SONJA R
MCCOIN, THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF
SONJA R MCOIN, RIVERSIDE NATION
AL BANK OF FLORIDA, are the Defen-
dants, I will sell to the highest and best
bidder for cash at JURY ASSEMBLY
ROOM, 2ND FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 NW
3RD STREET OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA
34972 at 11 OOAM, on the 18th day of
March 2009, the following described
property as set forth in said Final Judg
meant
LOT 12, BRENTWOOD ESTATES, AC-
CORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF
RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 7, PAGE
31, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHO.
BEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
AiI/A 1021 10TH STREET SE, OKEE-
CHOBEE, FL 34974
Any person claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, if any, other
than the property owner as of the date
of the Lis Pendens must file a clam
dhin sixty (60) days after the sale
WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of this
Court on February 5, 2009
Sharon Robertson
Clerk of the Circut Court
By /s/Sandra L Creech
Deputy Clerk
310583 ON 02/25,0304/09
How fast can your car
go? It can go even
faster when you sell it
in the classrfieds.


IN IIItILIKTUII IUUIHT UT TiH 19T
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO 2000-CA-451
DIVISION: Civil Division
LIVE OAK TRUST, INC.
a Flonda Corporaton
Plaintiff
ROBITSON LITE,
defendant
NOTICE OF SALE
PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant
to an Order of Final Judment of Foreclo-
sure dated February 3009, and entered
in Case No 2008-CA-451 of the Crcut
Court in and for OKEECHOBEE County,
Flonda where in LIVE OAK TRUST INC,
a Floda Corporation s the Plainlf, and
ROBITSON LILITE is the Deendant, I will
sell to te highest and best bidder tor
cash in the Jury Assembly Room of the
Okeechobee County Judicial Center 312
NW Third Street, Oeechobee, Flrda at
11 o'clock AM on the 1th day of
March 2009, the following described
property as set forth in sad Order or Fi-
nal Judgment, to wit
THE W EA OF THE F '/ OF THE S
AND THE W 2 OFTHE W/ OF THE S
1/ OF THE S 'A AND THE E 'A OF THE
W /A OF THE S / OF THE S A OF
TRACT 19 SECTION 28 IN TOWNSHIP
34 SOUTH, RNAGE 33 EAST OKEE-
CHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA, AC-
CORDING TO THEPLAT THEREOF,
RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGES
3A-D, INCLUSIVE OF THE OKEECHO-
BEE COUNTY PUBLIC RECORDS
Strap Number(s)
1-28-34-33-A0O-00019-M,N,00000
NOTICE
IF THIS PROPERTY IS SOLD AT PUBLIC
AUCTION, THERE MAY BE ADDITIONAL
MONEY FROM THE SALE AFTER PAY
MENT OF PERSONS WHO ARE ENTI-
TLED TO BE PAID FROM THE SALE
PROCEEDS PURSUANT TO THIS FINAL
JUDGMENT
IF YOU ARE A SUBORDINATE LEIN-
HOLDER CLAIMING A RIGHT TO FUNDS
REMAINING AFTER THE SALE, YOU
MUST FILE A CLAIM WITH THE CLERK
NO LATER THAN 60 DAYS AFTER THE
SALE IF YOU FAIL TO FILE A CLAIM,
YOU WILL NOT BE ENTITLED TO ANY RE-
MAINNG FUNDS
IF YOU ARE THE PROPERTY OWNER,
YOU MAY CLAIM THESE FUNDS YOUR-
SELF YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO
HAVE A LAWYER OR ANY OTHER REP-
RESENTATION AND YOU DO NOT HAVE
TO ASSIGN YOUR RIGHTS TO ANYONE
ELSE IN ORDER FOR YOU TO CLAIM
ANY MONEY TO WHICH YOU ARE ENTI-
TLED PLEASE CHECK WITH THE CLERK
OF THE COURT, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
JUDICIAL CENTER 312 NW THIRD
STREET OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA,
WITHIN TEN (10) DAYS AFTER THE
SALE TO SEE IF THERE IS ADDITIONAL
MONEY FROM THE FORECLOSURE
SALE THAT THE CLERK HAS IN THE
REGISTRY OF THE COURT
Dated at Okeechobee County, Florida
his 5th day of February 2009
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF THE COURT
BY IS/SANDRA L CREECH
Deputy Clerk
KENNETH M JONES
Moody Jones, ngino Morehead, PA
1333 S University nve, #201
Plantation, FL 33324
954 473-6605
310548 ON 02/25,03/04/09
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO. 47-2008-CA-000343
DIVISION

WELLS FARGO BANK, NA,
Plantiff
vs
ELIZABETH TIVNAN, el al,
Defendants)
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to
a Final Judgment of Mortgage Foreclo
sure dated february 03, 2009 and en-
tered in Case No 47-2008-CA-000343
of the Circuit Court of the NINETEENTH
Judicial Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE
County Floda wherein WELLS FARGO
BANK, NA, is the Patiff and ELIZABETH
TIVNAN TENANT #1, and TENANT #2
are the defendants, I will sell to the high-
est and best bidder for cash at JURY AS
SEMBLY ROOM, 2ND FLOOR,
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CEN-
TER, 312 NW 3RD STREET OKEECHO
BEE FLORIDA 34972 at 1100AM on
Me 1lth day of March 2009 the follow-
ing descnbed property as set forth in
said Final Judgment
LOTS 2 MD 3, BLOCK 3, SOUTH
OKEECHOBEE, ACOROING TO THE
PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN
PLAT BOOK 5, PAGE S 7, OF THE
PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA.
At/GA 804 SW 2ND AVENUE, OKEE-
CHOBEE, FL 34974
Any person claiming an interest in the
surplus rom the sale, if any, other
than the property owner as of the date
of the Pendens must file a claim
within sity (60) days after the sale
WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of this
Court on February 5 2009
Sharon Robertson
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By /s/ Sandra L Creech
Deputy Clerk
310600 ON 02/25,03/04/09
NOTICE OF SECOND/
FINAL CERTIFICATION OF TAX ROLL
Pursuant to Section 193122, Florda
Statutes, W C Sherman, Property Ap
praiser of Okeechobee County hereby
gies notice that the 2008 Tax Roll for
Okeechobee County was recertied to
the Tax Collector on the 20th day of
February 2009 for the collection of
Taxes
311610 ON 2/25/09




12 Okeechobee News, Wednesday, February 25, 2009


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development, a marina and vari-
ous lakes, parks and public area.
In February of 2006 real-
tor Brandon Tucker stated that
the average price for a home in
Okeechobee County was in the
$220,000 to $230,000 range.
Then the bottom fell out.
Of the many housing develop-
ments that were being planned
during the boom times three
years ago the only one where any
visible activity going on is Silver


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Continued From Page 1

the fights.
According to Sgt. Stark, Im-
migration and Customs Enforce-
ment (ICE) has placed a detainer
on Barbosa. This means regard-
less of what happens with his
case, he will be deported.
Barbosa is a documented
member of the Cypress Boys gang
in Pompano, said Sgt. Stark.
A juvenile was also arrested


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Continued From Page 1

the best."
The Tuesday, Feb. 24 train-
ing exercise included not only
the OCSO sniper team, but the
department's Special Response
Team (SRT) and hostage negotia-


Palms, an RV subdivision on S.W.
32nd Street. Construction is well
under way on that project and
several lots have already been
sold. Mr. Tucker attributes Silver
Palms' success to the fact that it
is a "niche market." Lots are sold
only to owners of motor homes
and RVs.
Currently, with the exception
of Silver Palms, no visible work is
going on at any of the sites which
were in the planning stage three
years ago. To complicate matters,
the agreements that many of the
developers signed with Okeecho-
bee Utility Authority (OUA) in or-
der to reserve sewer capacity will

in connection with this incident.
The 16-year-old boy was arrested
on a misdemeanor charge of re-
sisting a law enforcement officer
without violence. After he was
booked into the county jail he
was taken to the Department of
Juvenile Justice Department De-
tention Center in Fort Pierce.
In the first incident, Sgt. Stark
said a fight apparently erupted
inside the arena then was taken
outside. Once outside the arena,
Luis Gutierrez, Jupiter, reportedly
pulled a .25 caliber Baretta and
fired. But, added Sgt. Stark, he

tors. The OCSO team consists of
12 SRT members, five negotiators
and five snipers, said OCSO Major
Noel Stephen.
Maj. Stephen said the situa-
tion consisted of two "bad guys"
who had just been involved in
a home invasion. A man in that
home armed himself and shots
were fired. The "bad guys" then
ran to a home across the street


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A sniper clad in his Ghillie suit slowly moves toward a home
during an Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office training ex-
ercise Tuesday, Feb. 24, in which two men were holding a
woman hostage in the home. The snipers first establish a pe-
rimeter then relay everything they see back to their supervi-
sors, who can then brief the OCSO Special Response Team
on the situation and what to expect.


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state to come up with the for-
mula to establish their AYP. Cer-
tain states held it to their rigorous
standards like Florida and others
chose to have more relaxed stan-
dards with their formula. This cre-
ates a situation where a school in
Florida can be an "A" or "B" school
but not make AYP and thus they
face sanctions. Over 400 schools
out of 2,500 this year faced sanc-
tions for not meeting AYP stan-
dards. Florida raised the bar for
accountability and has now got-
ten penalized for it by AYP.
With the current economy, it
is paramount that this unequal
comparison be repaired so that
businesses looking to expand do
not automatically discard Florida
off of their option list because
Florida schools "seem" inferior
to schools in some other states.
Board members urged him to
support evening the playing
field which would allow Florida,
which has a very rigorous grading
and testing system in comparison
with some other states to fare bet-
ter when compared.
Most school districts are their
county's largest employers and
therefore if the government is
putting money into education,
then they are putting money into
the local economy. Education is
an economic engine for every
county in District 16.
Other issues that were ex-


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etable and horticulture exhibits.
The Okeechobee Cattlemen's
Spring Rodeo will take place
Saturday, March 14 and Sunday,
March 15 at 2:30 each afternoon.
The Miss Okeechobee County
Fair Beauty Pageant will be held
Friday, March 13 at 7 p.m. That
date will also be Support Our
Troops Night with free admis-
sion to those bringing three items
listed on forgottensoldiers.org
website.
Saturday, March 14 is Semi-
nole Heritage Day with a Semi-
nole Heritage show from noon
to 2 p.m. There will also be a car
show from noon until 4 p.m.
Sunday, March 15 is Family
Day with a Hispanic band jambo-
ree and low rider car show. The
Okeechobee Idol Contest will be
the highlight of Monday, March


pressed by board members were
to provide flexibility, a no strings
attached approach to funding so
that each individual county can
place the funds where their great-
est needs are.
Another key issue is the fact
that the schools currently get
funding through Medicaid reim-
bursement for administration and
transportation expenses for spe-
cial needs students through the
Individuals with Disabilities Ace
(IDEA). This accounts for millions
of dollars per year in each county.
These services are required to be
provided by the schools, yet if
the moratorium is not extended,
then next year districts are going
to have to take on the burden of
major expenses to provide such
services.
Districts also expressed their
concern for IDEA shortfalls con-
stantly which were guaranteed
40 percent in the beginning
when they were first authorized,
however, they have never been
funded higher than 18 percent.
This leaves the districts to fund
the increasing costs of services
to special needs students which
are also more readily identified
and therefore increasing in their
numbers.
Okeechobee School Board
member Joe Arnold brought up
another topic dealing with ESE
students dealing with the lim-
ited resources on discipline. He
urged that there be some type
of toolbox to allow discipline to
be meaningful. There has been
a real issue with disciplining ESE

15. Bike Night is Tuesday, March
17. Bikers with a valid motorcycle
license will get in for $2. Tuesday
also marks the beginning of the
youth livestock show. Wednes-
day, March 18 is Student Dollar
Night. The admission is $1 with
a student ID. Food Drive Night is
Thursday, March 19. The fair ad-
mission that night is $2 along with
3 cans of food.
The last Friday and Saturday of
the of the fair will be devoted to a
blue grass festival.
As has become the tradition,
the fair ends with a demolition
derby at 4 p.m. on Sunday after-
noon.
Gates open at noon on Satur-
days and Sundays and at 5 p.m.
weekdays. Daily tickets for $5 and
10 day passes for $30 are avail-
able at the fair's website www.
okeechobeecountyfair.com.
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Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached
at pgawda@newszap.com.


be expiring soon.
What happened to all those
planned developments?
In one case the developer
went bankrupt. In many cases de-
velopers are just waiting for better
economic times. In one case the
original developers have dropped
out and the project is for sale at a
much reduced price.
In 2008, for the first time in
many years, housing prices in
Okeechobee County dropped.
Today the average price of a
house in the county is $140,000 to
$150,000.
In January of 2006 Okeecho-
bee County Clerk of the Courts

fired at no one particular person.
Gutierrez, who had been as-
saulted inside the arena, was ar-
rested by OCSO Detective Fred
Bradley and charged with two
counts of aggravated assault with
a deadly weapon. Detective Brad-
ley also arrested Ernesto Moreno
and charged him with carrying
a concealed weapon. He was
booked into the county jail under
a bond of $2,500.
According to Sgt. Stark, follow-
ing his arrest Gutierrez was re-
leased on his own recognizance
and then air lifted to a hospital

and were holding a female in that
house hostage.
The "bad guys" were being
played by Corrections Officer
Brian Tatum and OCSO Auxiliary
Deputy Brian Holden. The hos-
tage was OCSO Detective Susan
Morrison.
As the snipers were inch-
ing their way toward the dairy
home members of the SRT went
house to house to evacuate ev-
eryone. Once that was done, and
the snipers had described to Lt.
Yeates what they saw, it was up
to the SRT deputies to move cau-
tiously toward the open window
and toss in a telephone by which
negotiators could communicate
with the suspects.
As the SRT members moved
away from the home and back to
the command center they strung
nearly 1,000 feet of telephone
cord. The negotiators could then
speak with the suspects whether
they chose to talk or not. Tues-
day's negotiating team was made
up of Lieutenant K.J. Ammons,
Detective Sergeant T.J. Brock and
Detective Sergeant Brad Stark.
OCSO Detective Rick Durfee is
also a member of the negotiating
team.
Once communications have
been established, the negotiators
will begin the task of assessing
the situation and trying to learn

students and no one really talks
about it publicly.
Additionally, vocational pro-
grams continue to see cuts in
funding yet they cost more to
operate with the increasing cost
of technology which must be
kept up to date in order for the
programs to remain certified for
programs for the students. Every-
thing today is computer based
and all that funding is being cut
continually.
Okeechobee School Board
Chair Kelly Owens urged Rep-
resentative Rooney to err with
caution when he hears anyone
comparing education in other
countries to that of the U.S. Be-
ing a child from a military fam-
ily, Mrs. Owens went to school
abroad. She pointed out that in
other countries when they com-
pare their education system, it
seems higher because they do
not educate all of their children as
the U.S. does. The U.S. educates
all children regardless of their
abilities, many other countries do


Sharon Robertson's office record-
ed 12 foreclosures, In January of
this year 64 foreclosures were re-
corded.
What happened to the building
boom? It seems to be a compli-
cated situation made up of many
factors with no single explanation
or solution.
Mr. Tucker attributes the real
estate decline to several factors.
The first is an oversupply of hous-
es. The second is past lending
practices. He said that in the past
banks were too lenient in provid-
ing loans to people to buy houses
they really could not afford based
on their income. He said that in

on the coast due to injuries he re-
ceived during the fight. He appar-
ently was struck in the forehead
with an unknown object.
After the shots were fired Guti-
errez then gave the semi-auto-
matic weapon to Moreno, which
brought about the concealed
weapon charge, indicated Detec-
tive Bradley.
An arrest report by OCSO Dep-
uty Javier Gonzalez indicates that
Barbosa was arrested after he
reportedly fired up to five rounds
from a .40 caliber Springfield
Arms semi-automatic hand gun

what the suspects are wanting.
"They have to have the gift of
gab and the ability to think on their
feet," Maj. Stephen said of the ne-
gotiators. "One of the first criteria
is to identify who they're dealing
with, then what the crisis is and
their (suspect's) demeanor."
The major said this OCSO
team has handled roughly a doz-
en such situations.
"And, they've always been suc-
cessful," he said.
Of course their main goal is to
find a peaceful solution that effects
the safe release of the hostage, an
easy arrest of the suspects and
one that allows members of law
enforcement to go home to their
families once it is all over.
"The first thing is the safety of
the community," said Maj. Ste-
phen. "Deadly force is a last re-
sort."
But, if it gets to that point that
is likely where the snipers will
come in to play.
Lt. Yeates said snipers go
through a solid week of both day-
time and nighttime shooting, and
the training is a 40- to 60-hour
course.
As one deputy stated, these
guys can put a bullet through a
coin at 200 yards.
The SRT unit is made up of
specially-trained deputies and
two men from the Okeechobee

not. She also pointed out that if
you compare the elite of students
from the U.S. with other coun-
tries, then many scales place the
U.S. near the top of the list. Those
same elite foreign students come
to universities in the U.S. to fur-
ther their education.
Another added cost that Flori-
da schools have been bombarded
with are emergency shelter costs
during hurricanes. District leaders
urged Rep. Rooney to encourage
a more rapid system for reim-
bursement of funds for the extra
operating and maintenance costs
incurred during disasters. A share
of cost with the other agencies
such as the county for the addi-
tional construction costs incurred
by school districts to provide spe-
cialized buildings with hurricane
proof requirements was also en-
couraged.
This could also be alleviated
by requiring other public build-
ings to be built as shelters, not
just schools.
In addition to the many is-


many cases prospective home
buyers did not have to document
their income.
Another factor he stated is
the rising unemployment rate.
No matter how good a mortgage
deal a person has, if they lose their
job, they cannot make house pay-
ments. The unemployment rate
in Okeechobee County is around
10 percent.
Mr. Tucker added that part of
the problem was caused by spec-
ulation with people hoping to be
able to "flip" a house. That is they
would buy a house hoping to be
able to sell it within a short time
for a substantial profit.

while riding in a moving vehicle.
He reportedly fired the weapon
into a crowd of people as he was
leaving the Agri-Civic Center.
Both weapons were seized by
Detective Bradley.
According to Sgt. Stark, this
second shooting incident is gang
related.
He went on to explain that if
Barbosa is convicted of his crime
he will serve whatever sentence
he is given and then taken to the
nearest ICE office to be deported.
"Even if he bonds out (of the
county jail) they (ICE) will come

County Fire/Rescue -- Ricky Jones
and Justin Hazellief -- who have
undergone the same training as
the deputies but double as med-
ics and can render medical aid
when needed.


However, Mr. Tucker said that
in the last few months residential
sales have picked up. Some of
these sales have been reposses-
sions.
It remains to be seen how
economic stimulus plans for the
housing industry will effect the lo-
cal area.
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and get him and he will be held
without bond on their detainer,"
explained Sgt. Stark.
He went on to add that it has
yet to be substantiated that Guti-
errez and Moreno belong to a
criminal street gang.
County attorney John Cassels
said rodeo promoters must carry
liability insurance and if some-
one had been injured in either
incident "... it's very unlikely the
county would be held liable."

"That's a definite plus to the
team," said Maj. Stephen.
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sues with funding, a push for a to the strong cultural differences
National commitment to educa- in schools including gang issues,
tion as a whole in order for this which affect discipline, the board
country to continue to succeed, members encouraged Repre-
It was expressed that there was sentative Rooney to encourage a
an apparent lack of attention to dedicated funding source for this
education during the presiden- safety aspect of our schools.
tial campaign and yet that is how The stimulus package, if the
even small countries are making waiver is approved, would extend
their countries great by increasing much needed funding of an esti-
their education programs. mated $2.7 billion into the state
School safety concerns were of Florida for education. While
also addressed which could pos- this would not cover the deficits
sibly be able to obtain some fund- that have already been created by
ing from other sources such as additional funding cuts that have
Homeland Security. Some board continued to cut at the bottom
members who have backgrounds line of all of the school districts,
in law enforcement explained it would help for the next two
that they would formulate a plan years.
to present at a later time to try Post your opinions in the Public
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A local girl is blazing her
own trail as she became the first
Okeechobee girl to qualify for the
state weight lifting tournament
this month.
Angelina Cardenas travelled
with her coach Brandi Burlingame
on Valentine's Day to River Ridge
High School in New Port Richey,
and immediately knew she was
onto something special.
"I was like, oh my Gosh, this
is so big. I just blinked and said
wow, I was nervous a little bit,"
she said.
Cardenas actually joined the
team late this year but her coach
said that didn't stop her from be
coming good at the sport.
"She didn't let that stop her.
She's probably one of my hardest
workers. She never stops. She al-
ways does all the lifts. She will fin-
ish up her work. She is a machine,
she kept going, and going and go-
ing," said Coach Burlingame.


Ladies' Golf Update


Ladies' Golf
Association Update
On Feb. 5, the Okeechobee
Ladies Golf Association held their
yearly Invitational Golf Tourna-
ment at the Okeechobee Golf and
Country Club.
Ladies in attendance were
from Ft. Pierce, Hobe Sound,
Clewiston, Sebring, KOA in
Okeechobee and the Ladies As-
sociation members.


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Eleven runs in the second in-
ning propelled the Okeechobee
High School girls softball team to
an easy, 20-0 win over Fort Pierce
Westwood on Friday night.
Courtney Wilson allowed just
one hit in five strong innings to get
the win for Okeechobee, (3-1).
Alicia Moore had Westwood's
only hit, a third inning single.
Brahmans Coach Kim Har-
graves knew her team would
have to adjust to slower pitches,
and the girls were able to do that
Friday. "Our team reacted better
to this than in the past. Some-
times we have absolute gueril-
las who can't react to the slow
pitch," she said. "Our girls tonight

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the weight lifting team had nine
members. They competed with
teams on the Treasure Coast. She
noted the teams compete in two


about next year, open gyms, and
weight lifting in general.
Angelina is one of two fresh-
men on the squad. Coach Burl


like it. My brothers, Brandon and
Pablo, and my teammates pushed
me to do better. Pablo is the main
one who was behind me all the


events the bench press and the ingame has high hopes for her. way. He showed me what I was


clean and jerk. Cardenas repre-
sented OHS at the state meet af-
ter she qualified at the regional
competition on Feb. 7. Ninety-five
schools competed at the state
tournament. "We're really excited
about building the program. The
girls had a lot of fun this year and
I had a lot of fun working with
them."
Burlingame stated the word
has gotten around campus that
there is a weight lifting team.
They've only been around for
two years. Jacque Robinson was
the coach in the inaugural year.
Burlingame said her lifters are
working to drum up other girls
that want to compete.
"I think the lifters have started


A scramble was held after
which a baked chicken and beef
luncheon was enjoyed by all.
The following were the win-
ners in all categories:
First place Ann Bearden, Kar-
en Larson, Vicki Middleton.
Second place Tina Smith,
Ida Curtiz, Wanda Kubitz, Carol
Knox.
Third place Bernice King,
Rachel Nordstrom, Pat Johnson,
Helen Butryn.
Fourth place Sunni Adams,


were disciplined, they were pa-
tient at the plate, and they waited
for their pitch."
Wilson said she feels a little
more pressure to perform this
year especially on the mound.
She noted she is being counted
on more to pitch quality innings.
Okeechobee went down 1-2-3
in the bottom of the first, but lit
up the scoreboard in the second
inning. Emily McCullough started
the rally with a double. Before
the inning was over 15 Brahman
hitters had come to the plate.
Eight of the Brahman hitters drew
walks against Westwood's Alexis
Gilliam. Key hits included a three
run triple by Taylor Douglas, an
RBI double by Megan Clements
and an RBI single by Katanna Su-
arez.


She noted she has natural talent doing wrong."


and should set some records
in the next few years. Her high
bench press lift was 135 pounds.
She had a season high of 115
pounds for the clean and jerk.
The clean and jerk is similar to
what you would see at the Olym-
pics. A large barbell sits at the lift-
ers feet. They must grab it quickly
to their chest and then raise the
bar over their head for a second
to earn points.
Cardenas said she is now more


Cardenas said she is the ad-
venturous type and didn't shy
away when she saw weight lift-
ing for the first time, "I've always
been the tom-boy type. I like do-
ing what guys do. It was the first
sport that I saw that looked pretty
easy. I got into it and started liking
it more."
Cardenas also predicted more
girls will start competing in weight
lifting. "I already told my friends


popular at school and that new about it. One of them said they


students come up to her all the
time and ask her questions, "It
feels awesome. I have more peo-
ple talking to me. Guys are like,
(they call me dude because I can


Nicole Wood, Jean Williams,
Shirley Esterline.
Crying Towel Team: Saba
Curren, Fran Dierig, Eileen Ham-
mond, Kay Duball.
Closest to the pins: Kay Dub-
all, Mary Muffeld, Carol MacKin-
non, Nicole Wood.
Closest to the pin 2nd Shot:
Jean Williams.
Longest Putt: Ann Bearden.
Longest drive: Bernice King.
Closest to the line: Sunni Ad-
ams.


Wilson was fine on the mound
as she worked around a walk in
the second and a one out single in
the third to shut out the Panthers,
"I think we did pretty well. We all
worked as a team. We all hit the
ball and the defense was good. I
feel good about tonight."
Okeechobee added two more
runs in the third and then ex-
ploded again for seven runs in the
fourth. Ten straight hitters reached
base in the seven run fourth.
Coach Hargraves said she likes
what she has seen from her girls
early this year, "I'm feeling very
good about where we are. The
girls are pulling together well and
jelling as a team. Next Friday is
Lincoln Park, and next Saturday
we play Gulliver Prep and Palm
Beach Gardens. They are tough
games."
The game was played in bru-
tally cold conditions. Tempera-
tures were in the 40s throughout
the game. Hargraves said softball
might be a spring sport but that
half of their games are played in
cold weather. Wilson said the
girls didn't even know it was cold
because they were working hard.
"It really doesn't bother us, we
get used to it," Hargraves noted.


would try out. A couple said the
sport looked alright. They sound
interested."
Cardenas thanked her mom,
her brothers, her teammates, and
her coach for always being there
for her and encouraging her.


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