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PKEECHOBEE


NEWS


Vol. 100 No. 26 Sunday, March 1, 2009 75 Plus tax


Briefs


Farm Bill meeting
set for March 9
The Florida Farm Bureau
Federation is urging agricultural
producers to attend meetings
scheduled around the state in
March by the Natural Resources
Conservation Service, USDA
(NRCS). Rulemaking is in pro-
cess for the Food Conservation
and Energy Act of 2008, com-
monly known as the 2008 farm
bill. NRCS in Florida is prepare
ing to deliver the conservation
programs authorized by the bill,
many of which provide cost-
share and other financial assis-
tance.
A meeting will be held in
Okeechobee at the Okeechobee
Civic Center, U.S. Highway 98
North, on March 9 from 3 to 5
p.m. For more information, call
Jeff Schmidt at 561-683-0883.
The meetings are being held
to ensure the natural resources
conservation priorities within
the state are addressed and to
inform partners and Florida's
agricultural producers about the
programs. The public informa-
tion sessions are designed to
provide NRCS customers and
natural resource partners the op-
portunity to hear what programs
will be available. Information on
how to make public comments
will be available and each meet
ing will conclude with a ques-
tion and answer session. Topics
will range from invasive species
to water conservation.

Homestead
exemption
deadline nears
Applications for Homestead
exemption-Additional Senior
Exemption for person's 65 years
or older, Agriculture Classifica-
tion and all other exemption
applications should be filed with
the Property Appraiser's Office
by March 1, 2009. Agriculture
renewal cards (green cards) are
also due March 1. The property
appraiser's office is located at
307 N.W. Fifth Ave. in the Alder-
man Building. Exemption for
seniors 65 and older is subject
to income limits. For more in-
formation contact the office at
863-763-4422.

FHREDI meeting
planned
A public meeting of the Board
of Directors for Florida's Heart-
land Rural Economic Develop-
ment Initiative, Inc. and Florida's
Freshwater Frontier, Inc. is set
for Monday, March 2 at 10 a.m.
and will be held at the Bert J.
Harris, Jr. Agri-Civic Center, 4509
George Boulevard, Sebring, Fla.,
Conference Room 2.

Drought Index

Current: 675
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

12.83 feet
Last Year: 10.05 feet

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

Index
C lassifieds............................. 8-9
Community Events ................... 6
Crossword ..... ........ ....... 6
Lotto 2
Obituaries 6
Opinion.. ..............-.. 4....... 4
Speak Out 4
Sports 10
Sudoku ..... .......... ....... 9
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Economic


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
In an ironic twist, a plan to
improve the local economy was
postponed due to concerns over
the condition of the county's
economy. At their semimonthly
meeting on Thursday, Feb. 26
Okeechobee County Commis-
sioners heard Mark Smith de-
scribe the economic develop-
ment plan proposed by Main
Street Okeechobee (OMS). This
is a plan designed to implement
the economic development pro-


gram prepared for the county by
economic development advisor
William Fruth in 2006.
The plan calls for $75,000 in
start up funds from the county.
While the goal of the plan is to
eventually be funded completely
by private donations, it is de-
pending heavily at first on gov-
ernment funds.
After hearing the plan, com-
missioners expressed concern
about committing county funds
at this time and tabled any action
until next meeting. Later in the


plan postponed


day deputy county commission-
er Robbie Chartier was sched
uled to give a financial overview
of the county and they wanted
to hear that before making any
decision.
In her report, Mrs. Chartier
stated that as of Jan. 31, the
county is in stable financial con-
dition. However, current year
revenues are below budget and
target levels. The good news is
that current expenditures are
also below budget and target
levels and prior year reserves re-


Cracker Trail Ride: The path of cattle drives


main untouched. She cautioned
that each month the county will
need to closely monitor the rev-
enues and expenses and make
adjustments as needed.
Ad valorem tax receipts are
below the budget target by 32.01
percent. However, Okeechobee
County Tax Collector Celeste
Watford stated that normally
in the month of March there is
a last minute rush to pay taxes
before the April 1 deadline. Re-
ceipts from special assessments
for fire/rescue, and solid waste


Will history
repeat itself?

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
It has been said that history
repeats itself. We might be see-
ing that happen in Okeechobee.
In 2006 we were in the midst of
a building boom with number
ous subdivisions containing
all the latest amenities being
planned. Now, three years later,
for various reasons, the proper-
ties are as undisturbed as they
were before the developers
starting drawing their plans.


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Riders cross the Kissimmee River bridge Thursday during the annual cracker trail
ride.



Riders honor local history


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
For over 20 years riders have
crossed the state in order to re-
member the old cracker cow-
boy days.
More than 100 riders visited
Okeechobee Thursday night
and Friday on their way to the
annual Cracker Day parade in
Fort Pierce. The close to 150
mile trek began last weekend
in Bradenton.
Many of the riders have gone
on the ride for several years.
Each night they are greeted
with special entertainment.
This year there were poets, folk
singers, historians, and rodeo
type events.
Kayle Lyn Pella of Lorida
said she enjoys the ride each
year because it reminds her of
her grandfather, who took part
in actual cattle drives when he
was a boy. She lives at Gum
Pond Ranch and has 300 acres
and 80 head of cattle to handle
each day, so the drive is another
day's work for her.
"I'm an eighth generation
cowgirl. Its kind of like reliving
history for me. My grandpa told
me a lot of stories about the


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Riders of all ages enjoy the annual cracker trail ride.


drive, especially the Kissimmee
River and how ranches would
meet up with other ranches,
and go on to the coast. It's re-
ally good clean fun for kids and
families to do," she said.
Pella said most people think
Florida is all sandy beaches and
urban areas. She noted that
isn't the real Florida. "I hope
we keep getting more people


to go on the drive and keep it
going. The youth are taking an
interest. This is a part of history
that shouldn't die out."
Kathy Hunt has gone on the
drive for five years. She brought
her daughter, Schyler, 17, on
the drive this year. She said it is
something she looks forward
to every year.
See Riders Page 2


collection, emergency medical
services, small county surtax,
sales tax, state revenue sharing,
solid waste host fees and gas tax
are all below budgeted amounts.
Fees from building permits and
impact fees are also below the
level expected.
Mr. Smith stated that the
economic development plan
proposed by Okeechobee Main
Street will help our tax base
and promote a more vibrant
See Plan Page 2


During Okeechobee's first
land boom in the early 1920s
full page advertisements in the
Okeechobee News sounded
a lot like the descriptions of
planned subdivisions that were
seen in the paper three years
ago during the recent building
boom.
One real estate advertise-
ment in 1926 predicted that
Okeechobee would soon be
the "Chicago of Florida."
During the early 1920s, ac-
cording to historian Retired
Circuit Judge William Hendry,
many lots were sold to specu-
See Land Page 2


City council


faces another


short meeting


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
It appears that the Okeecho-
bee City Council is facing
another short meeting with
only three action items on the
agenda for the Tuesday night
meeting.
The first item is consider-
ation of an ordinance dealing
with the city's capital improve-
ment plan. It revamps the five
year capital improvements
schedule and includes the five
year capital improvement plans
of Okeechobee Utility Authority
and the Okeechobee County
School District.
The second item changes
the future land use map from
multi-family to commercial.
The property is owned by
A.M.S.A. LLC and is located
in the 100 block of N.E. llth
Street. This change will allow
the owner to build an office for
a home health care service.
The third item is an agree-
ment with LaRue Planning


If you go ...
What: Semimonthly
meeting of the Okeechobee
City Council
When: 6 p.m., Tuesday,
March 3
Where: City Council
Chambers, Okeechobee City
Hall, 55 S.E. Third Ave.
& Management Service, Inc.
to prepare the city's evalua-
tion and appraisal report. This
agreement will allow LaRue
to conduct meetings, gather
data, analyze key issues, iden
tify and summarize corrective
measures, evaluate relevant
changes in growth manage-
ment laws and address specific
requirements of Florida Stat-
utes. It calls for the work to be
completed by Jan. 1, 2011 at a
cost of $31,000.
Post your opinions in the
Public Issues Forum at www.
newszap.com. Reporter Pete
Gawda can be reached at
pgawda@newszap.com.


Wild fire threatens Basinger homes


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Close to 250 acres of woods
and pasture land burned after
a wild fire struck the Lamb Is-
land Road area on Thursday,
Okeechobee County Fire Res-
cue reported.
Crews from the Division of
Forestry, and County firemen
and volunteers spent much of
the afternoon and evening bat-
tling the flames. Three homes
and a barn were threatened at
times as the fire jumped the
road and fire lines on several
occasions.
Lt. Karl Holtkamp of
Okeechobee County Fire Res-
cue said the fire was sparked by
a lawnmower. It grew quickly
because of high and tricky
winds. "It jumped the road
and our fire breaks," he said.
It's very dry, and the wind sure


didn't help. We kept the homes use anything that can cause a


safe."
One firefighter noted the pal-
metto bushes are like kerosene
when a fire gets going. The fire
shut down N.W. 144th Avenue,
and also burned power lines.
"It's unpredictable. In Flori-
da the winds can chance direc-
tion and the head of the fire can
turn in a minute. The access
also made it tough to fight,"
Holtkamp added.
The Division of Forestry
(DOF) brought in a helicop-
ter to help protect one of the
homes. They also had their
fixed wing plane, four tractors,
and two engines.
"Firemen put up a good
fight," DOF Spokesman Melis-
sa Yunas said, "It is extremely
dry at this point. Anything
that causes a spark is danger-
ous. Please be safe when you


spark."
The Basinger swamp area
is one of the most wooded
areas of Okeechobee County.
However, most of what burned
Thursday was cattle pasture
and dry prairie. Glades Electric
crews were also on scene due
to burned power lines.
"One of the homeowners
was very happy. He said our
helicopter dropped water right
where it needed to be to protect
his home," Ms. Yunas added.
County firemen stayed
through the night to be sure the
fire didn't rekindle.
There were no injuries re
ported and no buildings were
damaged. One brush truck
owned by the County suffered
fire damage to its passenger
side door and frame.


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Deputies shut down N.W. 144th Avenue
as flames and black smoke filled the sky.


First land boom


also went bust




2 Okeechobee News, Sunday, March 1, 2009


Riders
Continued From Page 1
"I love this ride. I've rode every
mile for the past five years. It's a
really good time and a lot of fun,"
she said.
Hunt said she really enjoyed
the entertainment this year, much
of which focuses on the history
of the cracker cowboy. She noted
the visit to the Bar Crest Ranch in
Highlands County is a highlight
for her.
"The weather has been great.
It could be a lot worse. One year
we woke up on a Sunday to 29
degrees and rain, it was miser-
able," she noted.
Hunt said she would recom-
mend this ride for people who
really want a taste of how it was
to live in Florida many years ago,
"Anybody who ever has a chance
to do it, ought to do it. It's kind
of addicting. You'll want to do it
every year."
Schyler Hunt has gone on the
drive for four years. She said it's a
lot of fun for her. She admits she
loves the country way of life and
wishes she didn't have to live in
an urban subdivision in Braden-
ton. "I'd rather be in the country.
We board our horses in Parrish.
I'd rather be there. I wish I could
have lived in the olden days. If
I had the choice I would have


Plan
Continued From Page 1
economy. He noted that the un-
employment rate in Okeechobee
is nearly 10 percent. That is higher
than state or national unemploy-
ment rates.
The plan calls for the hiring of
a professional, full time economic
development director with a sal-
ary of $65,000, including ben-
efits. This person would report
to the OMS Director of Economic
Restructuring with general over-
sight provided by the economic
restructuring committee. The
economic development director
would be responsible for devel-
oping and implementing the eco-


Okeechobee
Forecast

Today: A 30 percent chance
of showers and thunderstorms
before 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with
a high near 73. South southwest
wind 10 to 15 mph becoming
west northwest. Winds could
gust as high as 25 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a
low around 38. Northwest wind
between 10 and 15 mph, with
gusts as high as 20 mph.
Extended Forecast
Monday: Sunny, with a high
near 69. Northwest wind between
5 and 15 mph.
Monday Night: Mostly clear,
with a low around 40. Northwest
wind around 5 mph becoming
calm.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a
high near 70. Calm wind becom-
ing north between 5 and 10 mph.
Tuesday Night: Mostly clear,
with a low around 40. Northwest
wind around 5 mph becoming
calm.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny,
with a high near 72. North north-
west wind around 5 mph.


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Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Kayle Lyn Pella and Cole have ridden on the trail for many
years.


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Kathy Hunt (right) and her
daughter Schyler enjoyed
the annual cracker trail ride
across Florida.


'cause you don't get to see this
kind of stuff anymore," she said.
The Bass family hosted the rid-
ers on 700A Thursday night. They
stayed at the Adams Ranch west
of Fort Pierce on Friday night.

nomic development program of
the county.
The goal of the economic de-
velopment director over a three
year period would be to create up
to 250 primary jobs that would
provide for the sale of goods or
services outside the county, cre-
ate up to 100 secondary jobs
providing goods or services to be
sold within the county and stimu-
lating up to $25,000,000 in capital
construction.
While OMS is sponsoring the
plan, their goal is that economic
development would be a stand
alone organization in a two to
four year period.
Mr. Smith said OMS would ag-
gressively seek private funding
and phase out government fund-
ing. In another month the group


Land
Continued From Page 1

lators who hoped to turn a quick
profit. Then, a few years later
there were a record number of
foreclosures. However, unlike
today, when most of the foreclo-
sures involve newly built houses,
many of the earlier foreclosure
were vacant lots that had been
bought by speculators.
A full page advertisement in the
Jan. 8,1926 issue of the Okeecho-
bee News glowingly described the
planned subdivision of Highland
Park which was on State Road 70
east of Mosquito Creek. The ad
boasted that Highland Park would
become "one of Okeechobee's
finest residential suburbs" with
graded streets, water, electricity,
a club house, tennis courts and a
private lake. However, no homes


intends to start soliciting funding
from business and industry.
"We think we have created a
broad spectrum of ways business
and individuals can participate,"
he said.
"We believe we have a good
workable plan here," Mr. Smith
said. He added that he has gotten
positive feedback from prospec-
tive members.
"Is this the appropriate time to
invest this money?" asked com-
missioner Ray Domer.
"There may be opportunities
to attract businesses because of
the economic conditions they
are in," replied Mr. Smith. "I think
businesses will be looking to re-
locate."
He expressed hope that by the
time the plan is fully operational

were ever built there. The land is
now improved pasture.
Another full page ad in that
same paper touted an even class-
ier subdivision, Montrose Court,
which was west of the city on
State Road 70 across from De-
Berry Gardens. The ad boasted
that the subdivision would have
broad paved boulevards, side-
walks, street lights and a gated
entryway.
"Only Spanish and Italian ar-
chitecture will be permitted," the
ad said. "Construction must be of
stucco or brick."
The ad further stated that the
houses fronting State Road 70
would have to cost at least $6,000.
By contrast the same newspaper
advertised a new six room house
and a five car garage for $3,800.
The lots in Montrose Court
ranged in price from $2,000 to
$3,500 and the developer was
even wiling to handle the financ-


the economy will be beginning to
turn around.
"The only way to increase our
financial capacity is to have a
broader tax base," was the opin-
ion of former commissioner Elvie
Posey.
Mr. Posey said he went to
a meeting the day before and
learned it doesn't look like the
economic incentive package will
help our area. He went on to say
that we are going to have to help
ourselves.
John Gurney of Workforce So-
lutions, the local employment organiza-
tion, expressed his organization's endorse-
ment of the plan.
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ing. The terms were one quarter
in cash with the balance to be
paid in 24 equal monthly pay-
ments.
While no houses were ever
built in Montrose Court, evidently
some lots were sold. A check of
the Okeechobee County Prop-
erty Appraiser's website reveals
that that property is now a 310
acre improved pasture with
one owner. However, scattered
throughout that 310 acre parcel
are several landlocked 0.125 acre
plots owned by other individuals.
These plots were probably once
lots in the subdivision.
Only time will tell if recently
planned subdivisions will end up
like Montrose Court and Highland
Park.
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Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
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at pgawda@newszap.com.


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Farm Bill meeting set for March 9


The Florida Farm Bureau Fed-
eration is urging agricultural pro-
ducers to attend meetings sched-
uled around the state in March by
the Natural Resources Conserva-
tion Service, USDA (NRCS). Rule-
making is in process for the Food
Conservation and Energy Act of

Arrest Report
The following individuals
were arrestedon felony or driving
under the influence (DUI) charges
by the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO), the Okeecho-
bee City Police Department
(OCPD), the Florida Highway
Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion (FWC) or the Department of
Corrections (DOC).
Billy Thomas Hatfield, 40,
Broadland Lane, Okeechobee,
was arrested Feb. 23, by Officer
Kelley Margerum on Highlands
County warrants charging him
with burglary of a structure, grand
theft and dealing in stolen proper-
ty. His bond was set at $7,000.
Christine Ann Luther, 45,
Water St., Wakefield, Mass., was
arrested Feb. 24, by Deputy Mark
Shireman on a charge of driving
under the influence. Her bond
was set at $750.


2008, commonly known as the
2008 farm bill. NRCS in Florida is
preparing to deliver the conser-
vation programs authorized by
the bill, many of which provide
cost-share and other financial as-
sistance.
A meeting will be held in


Martin Gerardo Godinez, 19,
N.W Second St., Okeechobee,
was arrested Feb. 24, by Deputy
Patricia Massung on a warrant
charging him with burglary of a
dwelling. He was also arrested on
a warrant charging him with fail-
ure to appear no tag and failure
to appear driving while license
suspended. His bond was set at
$25,000.
Wilbert Perez-Borja, 25, N.E.
55th Trail, Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Feb. 25, by Deputy Cari Ar-
nold on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with pos-
session of marijuana over 20
grams and possession of mari-
juana with intent to sell. His bond
was set at $12,500.
Donovan Fontenette, 42,
Sandia Drive, Port St. Lucie, was
arrested Feb. 25, by Deputy Cari
Arnold on a warrant charging
him with grand theft. His bond


Okeechobee at the Okeechobee
Civic Center, U.S. Highway 98
North, on March 9 from 3 to 5
p.m. For more information, call
Jeff Schmidt at 561-683-0883.
The meetings are being held
to ensure the natural resources
conservation priorities within the


was set at $1,000.
Sande Sue Eaton, 40, N.E.
Fourth St., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Feb. 25, by Deputy Carl Ar-
nold on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging her with viola-
tion of probation criminal use
of an identification card (two
counts). Her bond was set at
$10,000.
SRobert Ivan Starnes, 39, S.R.
70 E., Okeechobee, was arrested
Feb. 25, by Deputy Lieutenant
Keith Murrish on a warrant charg-
ing him with felony driving under
the influence. His bond was set at
$5,000.
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.


state are addressed and to inform
partners and Florida's agricultural
producers about the programs.
The public information ses-
sions are designed to provide
NRCS customers and natural re-
source partners the opportunity
to hear what programs will be
available. Information on how to
make public comments will be
available and each meeting will
conclude with a question and
answer session. Topics will range
from invasive species to water
conservation.


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Okeechobee's Most Wanted


The follow-
ing five people
are among
Okeechobee's
Most Wanted
persons. There
are active war-
rants for each of
them. The crite-
ria for making
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Handicapped parking
TICKETS: In the Palm Beach paper, there was an article about
volunteer traffic officers giving out tickets to illegally parked vehicles,
people parking in fire lanes and parking in handicapped parking with
no permits. We have the C.O.P. program here in Okeechobee who
could function the same way. The officers in Martin county were all
volunteers who had attended a class on traffic laws. They carried digi-
tal cameras and took a picture of the violators vehicle with the license
plate showing and turned this in with the ticket to the sheriff's office.
The article showed a volunteer writing a ticket at the Treasure Coast
Mall. The article stated that Martin county had collected over $7800 in
fines since the program started.
PARKING SPOTS: To the people who keep complaining about
the motorcycles parked in the striped areas. You are right, we are not
parked legally. Therefore, from this point on I will park my motorcycle
exactly where I am supposed to, the same place you park your car or
truck. When you get tired of driving around the parking lot and seeing
little motorcycles taking up a whole parking space, please be advised:
you spoke and I listened. Golf carts have no business on the road or in
the parking lots-they are not licensed.
WHEELCHAIRS: When motorcycles park in the striped, no-
parking area next to the handicapped spot, it makes it very difficult
to get a wheel chair out of the van. Those striped areas are there to
give the handicapped enough room to get in and out of their vehicles
with wheelchairs, walkers, etc. I have experience with trying to get
my elderly mother in and out of a wheelchair and I can tell you that
even with a regular car, you need enough space to fully open the car
door as wide as it will open, get the wheelchair out of the trunk, and
roll the wheelchair next to the fully open car door. The extra space
allowed by those striped areas next to the handicapped spots make it
possible to get in and out with a wheelchair. Please don't block those
areas.
Reflections
TEN COMMANDMENTS: I would like to reflect on the comments
made about the ten commandments in Reflections from the Pulpit.
It sounds to me like the writer is criticizing the Catholics, which is
not uncommon here in Florida. It also seems common to attack the
Anglican church and the Lutheran church. It says the same ten com-
mandments in each case that he is presenting here. And furthermore,
the bible wording had to be changed. It had to be translated so he
could even read it. Because if it was printed in the language in which
it was originally written, he couldn't even read it.
Water, water
WATER MAIN: Recently we had a water main break in Treasure
Island and I want to thank the Okeechobee Utility Authority for what
they did to notify us. They came around to the house twice with no-
tices, they came and told us personally and we had two telephone
calls to remind us about what we needed to do. And they repaired
it as quickly as they could and I am very pleased with what they did.
Thank you to all of you.


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Community Calendar

Sunday, March 1
AA. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W. Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) A.A. weekend noon meeting
Open Discussion The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affili-
ated with any 12 step fellowships.
Monday, March 2
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W. Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Sickest Of The Sick Open
Discussion at 7 p.m. The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not af-
filiated with any 12 step fellowships.
AA. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Okeechobee Model Airplane Club will meet at the Peace
Lutheran Church, 750 N.W 23rd Lane at 7 p.m. For information,
contact Robert Rosada at 863-467-5440.
Okeechobee SeniorSingers meet at9:30 a.m. atthe Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited. For information or to schedule an appearance for
your organization or group, contact Marge Skinner at 863-532-0449.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road,
Okeechobee on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Turn left at the
Moose lodge and go around the curve just past the church. Bring a
lunch and join us for a fun day of applique. Everyone is welcome. For
more information please contact Karen Graves at 863-763-6952.
Tuesday, March 3
Civil Air Patrol meetings set
The Civil Air Patrol meets each Tuesday evening at the Okeechobee
Airport T-Hanger # 1, meetings start at 7:30 p.m. For information please
call Capt. Joe Papasso 561-252-0916 or Lt. Greg Gernat 863-697-9915
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open
to the public. For information, contact Maureen Budjinski at 863-484-
0110.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Nowhere Left To Go
Group Open Discussion at noon. NA. Sickest Of The Sick Group Open
Discussion. The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated
with any 12 step fellowships.
New A.A. Meeting in Basinger: There is now an A.A. meeting in
Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Brethren
Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
New Beginning's meeting of Narcotics Anonymous will be
held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. at Believers Fellowship
Church, 300 S.W. Fifth Ave. It will be an open discussion meeting. For
more information call Monika Allen at 863-801-3244.
Al-Ateen meeting will be held at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m. For more information, please call Amy at 863-
763-8531 or Dan 561-662-2799.
Al-Anon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
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.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public
is invited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For
information, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at 863-763-4320.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 7:30 8 a.m.
at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For
information, June Scheer at 863-634-8276
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30
p.m. in the fellowship hall, 1735 S.W 24th Ave. This is a men's only
meeting. For information, call Earl at 863-763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden
Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in becoming
a member is welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner at 863-
763-6076.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. The public is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
at the Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St. Everyone is welcome. For
information, contact Brenda Nicholson at 863-467-2321.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that
enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For information,
contact Dr. Edward Douglas at 863-763-4320.
AA. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meeting.
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., will
be hosting God's Time -- a morning of free organized Christian
activities that includes play, instruction and interaction for parents
and their pre-school children. The event will be held each Tuesday
from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Child care will be provided for infants
during the class. For information, call 863-763-4021.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W. Third Terr., holds meetings
for persons with alcohol and drug related problems at 6 p.m. For
information call 863-357-3053.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to weekly meeting, Overeaters
Anonymous (OA) meets at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church,
312 N. Parrott Avenue on Tuesdays, 6 until 7 p.m. (Use 4th Street
entrance.) Overeaters Annonymous is not a diet club. There are
no dues, fees or weigh-ins. The only requirement for membership is a
desire to stop eating compulsively. For more information call Loretta
at 863-763-7165 or 863-697-0206.
The Lighthouse Refuge Support Group is for women who are
hurting, homeless or been abused. They meet on the first and third
Tuesday of every month from noon until 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church,
401 S.W Fourth St., and on the second and fourth Tuesday of every
month from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Red Cross, 323 N. Parrott Ave.
For more information call Donna Dean at 863-801-9201 or 863-357-
2106.


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dee Cloud, Edwin Reyes, Katilyn Broadrick, Hunter Hu-
len, Neydi Garcia; second: Stephanie Dossey, Margarita
Barrera, Tyler Underhill, Genesis Rivera, Larry Wilson,
Daniel Meza; third: Alexander Haaka, Alexandra Jacobo,
Marc Alicea, Jessy Valladares, Mitchell Johnson; fourth:
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CES students learn about presidents


First grade
At Central Elementary School,
Mrs. Vaughn's class has been
very busy in this short month.
We learned about taking care
of our teeth. Thanks to the den-
tal hygiene students from IRSC.
We also learned about famous
Americans. For Presidents' Day
we studied Abraham Lincoln
and George Washington. For
Black History Month we stud-
ied Americans who made a
difference for people of color.
Congratulations to Annalley Mal-
donado, Ta'Makia Jones, Mat-
thew Mangold and Alexander
Aguirre for being Students of the
Week.
Mrs. Bostwick's class at Cen-
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and flee to safety.Students of the
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Bryan Leal and Lana Vanderhoff.
Congratulations, superstars!
Keep making those responsible
and respectful choices!
First Grade B.A.S.E. News
Students in Mrs. Howard and
Mrs. Garcia's classrooms have
been reading stories about fa-
mous people who made a differ-
ence in America.
In Spanish, we integrate our
money chapters in math with
our February unit of famous peo-
ple. We are learning about many


of the presidents that appear on
various coins and bills. Did you
know that Benjamin Franklin
was not a president even though
he appears on the 100 dollar
bill? Our students are learning
to use touch math counting by
subtracting and adding 2 digit
numbers with their coins.
Special Congratulations to
our students of the month: Max
Abreu and Miguel Flores.
Happy Birthday to: Laura
Rodriguez
Our students of the week
have been: Victoria Cline, Max
Abreu, Miguel Flores, Jasmin
Montalvo, Jennifer Salas-Garcia,
Cason Cooper, Joseline Flores,
and Elizabeth Casas, Mrs. Lori
Howard, Mrs. Maria Garcia
Second Grade
Mrs. Greseth's class has been
learning about weather in Sci-
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ing a tornado in class. They also
learned about different types of
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Livestock Market Report


February 23 and 24, 2009


Cows
Breaking
Cutter
Canner

Bulls
1000-1500
1500-2000

Calves
Cows
Str
Hfrs
Bulls
Yrlngs
Mix
Total

Med #1
150-200
200-250
250-300
300-350
350-400
400-450
450-500
550-600
600-650

Med #2
150-200
200-250
250-300
300-350
350-400
400-450

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


$43.50
$36.50
$33.00

$50.00
$50.50

Monday
477
110
8
0
4
11
0
610

Steers
140-195
117-125
117-120
112-120
105-115
97-110
93-101
89-95

Steers
100-110
105-120
95-115
91-112
70-85
89-105

Steers
120-125
107-120
98-112
80-97
83-90
0-0


$46.00
$45.00
$37.00

$57.00
$59.50

Tuesday
692
197
209
193
67
22
48
1428

Hfrs
120-180
92-105
90-102
87-97
83-90
80-89
79-84
78-81
72-81

Hfrs
97-107
72-92
77-91
67-88
72-85
65-82

Hfrs
100-110
86-87
75-84
73-82
0-0
0-0


Large numbers of slaughter cows
showing up have really put a hur
tin' on cow prices $5-6. It may
take 2 to 3 weeks to straighten
out. Calf prices held up good,


maybe a $1 or 2 higher on better
quality calves. Willard Palmer of
Palm Bay topped the calf market
with a high of $2.15. Lightsey
Cattle of Lake Wales topped
the cow market with a high of
$48.50.
No Monday sales until after July
4.

See ya next week
Todd

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Edith L. Hester, 89
OKEECHOBEE -Edith L. Hester,
died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009, in
Okeechobee Health Care Facility.
She was 89.
Born in Roane County, Tenn. on
April 11, 1919, to the late Charles
and Cora Lewis, she was a home-
maker of the Baptist faith.
Mrs. Hester was preceded in death
by her husband, Earl Hester.
She is survived by two sons, David
Hester (Judy) of Okeechobee, and
Dr. Larry Hester (Dr. Peggy) of Nor
folk, Va.; sister, Evelyn Palmer of
Kingston, Tenn.; brother, Charles
Lewis of Knoxville, Tenn.; three
grandchildren, Gretchen Robertson
of Okeechobee, Brad Hester of Win
ter Park, and Jill Richardson of Jen-
sen Beach; and five great-
grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held in
Tennessee at a later date.
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they proved they were experts
with patterns and are nowwork-
ing on measurement. In Reading
the students read a touching sto-
ry about a wolf pup and a boy.
Congratulations to Jenna McCla-
nahan, she has earned 300 steps
in 100 Book Challenge! Keep on
reading everyone!

Second Grade BASE
2nd Grade B.A.S.E. has been
learning about Super Storms!
Did you know that a bolt of light
ning can be 50,000 degrees! Or
that hail can be as big as a base-
ball! In Spanish, students learned
how the weather can change
habitats and the effect pollution
has on the environment.
All students are looking for-
ward to our field trip to Dekker
Farm to pick strawberries. In
Spanish, they have been study-
ing the different parts of plants.
Students have been busy
reading for A.R. Our top readers
in A.R. are Kaitlyn McKay, David
Solorzano, and Carlos Ayala.


Community Events


Benefit Bake Sale
Seacoast National Bank will be
hosting a bake sale on Thursday,
March 5 and Friday, March 6 to
benefit the March of Dimes. The
March of Dimes walk will be held
in Flagler Park #4 on March 7.
Registration begins at 7:30 and
walk begins at 8:30 a.m. Come
into both Seacoast branches on
Friday and enjoy homemade
bakes goods! All proceeds from
the bake sale will benefit the
March of Dimes. For more infor
mation, please call 863-697-6819.

Hospice to hold
yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will
host a yard sale at the Blue Vol-
unteer Building next to the Ham-
rick Home (411 S.E. Fourth St.) on
Thursday, March 5 and Friday,
March 6 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.
and Saturday, March 7 from 8
a.m. until noon. All monies raised
will go to the continuing care of
patients in the Hamrick Home
and patients who choose to stay
in their own homes. For informa-
tion call 863-467-2321.

Free memory loss
screenings
Friday, March 6, from 11 a.m.
until 2:30 p.m., the Alzheimer's
Association will sponsor free
memory loss screenings at the
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Seminole students visit Post Office


Kindergarten
At Seminole Elementary School
kindergarten students enjoyed learn-
ing about different workers in the
community in their reading classes.
The students then visited two places
in our community, the Post Of-
fice and Publix. At the Post Office
the students saw the mail trucks
and mailed letters to special family
members. At Publix the students
saw how the boxes were recycled,
how fresh pineapples are prepared,
and how bread is made. They en-
joyed the snacks of fresh pineapple,
cheese, and cookies. The students
wish to thank the workers, Ms. Dee
Dee at the Post Office and Ms. Lou
at Publix, who helped to organize
the trips and showed us around.
Second
Students in Mrs. O'Bannon's
class have been sharpening their
reading skills through the use of
signal words who, what, when,
where, why and how. They've com-
pleted a study on weather, especially


severe kinds of storms. They created
a double bubble map comparing
tornadoes and hurricanes and then
wrote a comparison and contrast
article on them. Mrs. O'Bannon was
pleased with the wonderful job they
did on their writings. They've also
studied about animals and their
habitats and are now writing book
reports on them. Congratulations to
Thomas Garcia who recently rep-
resented the class as the Character
Counts "fairness" student.
Ms. Martin congratulates Jac-
queline Luvanio as character count
student of the month from Rm:512.
Students are using the basic signal
words in writing their book reports.
We are having fun counting money
as well as playing "money bingo."
Parents, continue to encourage
reading at home as well as practice
math skills studied at school during
the week.
Mrs. Elders' class has been work-
ing on subtraction with regrouping.
Students can practice their basic


subtraction facts.
We are enjoying
the story "Nutik,
the Wolf Pup"
comparing the
little boy and wolf
pup in the story
to us and our
puppies. Congratulations to Daisy
SanMiguel for representing my class
as the Character Counts student for
Fairness. Congratulations also, to
Ahmad Yousef for being my Student
of the Week.
Fourth
Fourth graders are breathing a
brief shy of relief that the FCAT Writ-
ing is over. All the students put a great
deal of effort into their writing and
gave it their all. Now we are back on
track to complete that amazing race
to finish the FCAT Reading and Math
Tests that are coming up. Students
are working on reviewing of con-
cepts and strategies to help in both
subject areas. We need the parents
to continue working with your child


by reading each night for at least 30
minutes a day. Continue practicing
of multiplication facts will help in
many areas taught in math.
Fifth
The fifth graders have been
working hard this quarter to fin-
ish preparing for the FCAT test in
March. The students are completing
daily reviews in math and science
to keep their minds fresh and full
of information. The technology in
the classrooms has really helped to
enhance the lessons. The students
have been creating Pixie presenta-
tions such as animated stories, ex-
periments using the scientific meth-
ods and Think Green posters. They
also participate in daily lessons that
use the interactive white boards!
We are thrilled with their effort dur-
ing 100 Book Challenge as well.
They complete daily focuses, have
book shares with partners, and are
working their way towards earning
a trip to KOA! We know they can ac-
complish their goals!


Everglades students learn about natural resources
Second Grade workingoncom- tessellations. We are learning Wojciesak and Alyssa Pervis.
At Everglades Elementary puterprojectson George Washington and Abra- Mrs. Koff's class is learning
School, Mrs. Campbell's class is weather, plane ham Lincoln, and what they were about fractions and the different
learning about natural resources. shapes, fables, like as students. We are compar- types of graphs in math. In social
We want to help protect our envi- thinking maps, ing them to ourselves. We are studies, we are learning about
ronment. Ask us about the "three money, time and making and solving patterns, and important Americans, such as
Rs" animals. We are learning about Fahrenheit and ...


Mrs. Kirby's class has been
studying fossils in science. They
have researched dinosaurs and
shared their facts with the class.
They also illustrated their dino-
saurs using their creative imagi-
nations.
Ms. Hunt's class is busy study-
ing animals all over the world and
their habitats. Rain forest animals
have the coolest homes and arctic
animals are probably the tough-
est. They are cool, but we don't
need to meet them!
Mrs. Brady's class is learning
about plane shapes, movements,
Presidents, and practicing a song
called "Hip-Hop Shamrock" for
the PTO meeting in March. We
hope to see you there!
Mr. Wright's class is currently


using the Tech
4 learning programs called Pixie,
Frames, and Web Blender all
through the EETT grant.
Our class project has been
sent out to be published, it's a
book about animals.
Ms. Gumz's class just finished
the Earth unit in science. We
learned about the Earth's surface,
natural resources, weather, and
the solar system. We wrote sto-
ries about what we would do if
we were president, we all want
to fix the world. We enjoyed this
week making origami, thanks to
Mrs. Paz Horvath, our art helper!
Remember to read, read, read!
Third Grade
Mrs. Reno's class is building
objects using solid figures and


Celsius. We are making predic-
tions about stories, and compar-
ing and contrasting characters,
settings and events. Congratula-
tions to our recent Student of The
Week: Mackenzie Miers and Kobe
Crews!
Mrs. Tilton's class is grasp-
ing geometry and discussing
decimals. In social studies we are
learning about Presidents Wash-
ington and Lincoln. Next week
we will study famous people of
the Renaissance era. Our writing
centers have stretched our imagi-
nation, allowing us to write short
informational paragraphs, spin
for sill descriptive sentences, and
turn a wheel to sequence sen-
tences. Congratulations to our
Students of The Week; Aubrey


South Elementary students study robots


At South Elementary School
this week, in reading, Kindergar-
ten has been learning many ex-
citing things. They have learned
the letter K and the wonderful
sound it makes. Along with the
letter K, they learned the words
"little" and "said". They also read
a book titled Oak Trees. In this
book, they learned the life cycle
of an oak tree. They were very
excited when they learned that
an oak tree can grow from a tiny
acorn.
In math they have been study-
ing long, longer, and longest.
They are now able to put items
in order from shortest to longest.
They have been working in many
fun centers and organizing ma-
nipulatives from shortest to lon-
gest. They have gone on journeys
through their rooms to measure
items. They use many fun mea-
suring tools to determine their
answers.
First grade had an exciting
February! They have been busy

OFC students

have talent!
By Frankie O'Conner
O.F.C Journalism Student
On Friday, Feb. 20, the
Okeechobee Freshman Campus
hosted a talent showcase for its
students. Freshmen were given
the opportunity to share their tal-
ents with their peers Omar Alva-
rado boasted trumpet skills play-
ing the opening to the Kentucky
Derby.
Stormin Youngblood pre-
formed an original piece on the
electric guitar. Andi Baker belted
out "Broken Wing" by Martina
McBride and was followed by
the sweet sounds of Andrea Es-
trada with "Only Hope" by Mandy
Moore.
Alson Chaisson showed of
his piano skills playing "You Are
There." Quandrel Rikley and De-
ion Hayes performed their own
rap, "Get Happy."
The talent showcase also in-
cluded a skit by the Art Club dem-
onstrating a bad testing situation.
In conclusion to each act was a
strong round of applause from
the audience.
Who knew some of our ordi-
nary students at O.F.C had such
extraordinary talents!


learning about the Presidents.
They had an interesting trip to the
Post Office. The
students wrote
Valentine let-
ters and mailed
them to their
families. First
grade wants to
thank the people
at the Post Office
for a fascinating
behind the scene tour.
First graders had fun learning
about robots! Students made ro-
bots which are on display in the
Media Center. These robots were
made out of recycled household
items. They come in many differ-
ent sizes and shapes.
First graders are looking for-
ward to the first week in March.
They will be learning about Dr.
Seuss and have many exciting
activities planned. The students
are welcome to bring Dr. Seuss
books to school to share with
the class. They are also planning
for the trip to the Manatee Center
which will take place in March.
They hope to see manatees and
dolphins and to learn more about
their habitat.
Third and Fourth grade have
been focusing on reviewing skills
already learned this school year
and preparing for the FCAT. The
third grade students are having a
FEAR Factor competition to hone


their skills while fourth grade has
implemented a Math carousel
time in the afternoon. During this
time students move to different
classrooms to work on skills and
activities that develop math flu-
ency.
Next week South will be hav-
ing an FCAT Pep Rally. All grades
are excited to show their support
and help cheer on the third and
fourth graders. We know that the
students will "Rock the FCAT!"
FCAT testing will occur on
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thurs-
day. Third and fourth grade stu-
dents are encouraged to arrive to
school on time, well-rested, and
ready to show what they know.
Students have been learning a lot
of exciting information and are
well-prepared.
There will be a March of Dimes
hat day on Friday, March 6. Stu-
dents can pay 50 cents to wear a
hat during the day. This will be a
donation to March of Dimes.
Spring Fundraiser orders are
due on March 6th. Students can
turn in the orders whenever they
have finished selling the items.
These foods are very tasty and
will arrive frozen on April 2. If you
turn in an order, please plan on
picking up the items on that date
so that they will remain frozen.


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Academy of Finance
Mrs. Libby Maxwell, with the law firm of Maxwell & Maxwell,
spoke to the OHS Academy of Finance Financial Planning
class on Thursday, Feb. 26. Her topic of discussion for the
class period was Estate Planning and the Importance of
Wills and Trusts.


Washington, Lincoln, anda enja-
min Franklin. In science we are
finishing up our lesson on plants.
In reading, we are reading the
story, "My Very Own Room" and
creating plans for their own spe-
cial room! We continue to read
for 100 Book Challenge and many
are reaching their goals.
The faculty, staff, and all
students are wishing the third,
fourth, and fifth graders "GOOD
LUCK" on the upcoming FCAT as-
sessments! We ask that each stu-
dent does their very best and that
they will be proud of their own
personal effort! Every one in the
Everglades "family" wishes these
boys and girls, "Good luck!" FCAT
rocks at Everglades!


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A TLE The Parenting
CASTLE Professionals
Support our fight for the prevention of child abuse
Call (863) 467-7771


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



COMPUTER PROGRAMMER -
Need for local software com-
pany. Fax resume to
(863)467-0816
One man's trash is
another man's treas-
ure. Turn your trash
to treasure with an ad
in the classified.


MODEL TYPES
NEEDED
FOR BUSY
ART STUDIO
$1000 +
WEEKLY
GUARANTEED
(561)
891-3946
Earn some extra cash.
Sell your used items in
the classified
Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise
your yard sale in the
classified and make
your clean up a breeze!


Okeechobee, FL 34972


Services

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




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? NEED HELP ?
CALL GEORGE CARTER
Painting, Repairs, Carpentry
PowerWashing
FREE CONSULTATION
(863)763-4775


Now Hiring
Big Lake Hospice is proud to announce that


we are serving more people than ever in
Okeechobee. Our mission to provide
compassionate, high-quality care continues to
bring us into more homes than ever within this
community. Because of our recent growth, we
are now expanding our workforce and in need
of qualified nurses and caregivers.
We are now accepting applications for a RN
Clinical Manager, FT RN, and Per Diem LPN. To
begin the application process, apply in person
/ at Workforce Solutions, 209 SW Park Street
Okeechobee, FL, (863) 462-5350.

I BIG LAKE
HOS PI C E
. Yo rHomeown Choice


CENTER MANAGER
For Community Health Ctr. in
Pahokee. Must have 5 yrs exp
in business or Health Care
Mgmt, organizational & super-
visory skills, cultural sensitivity
& team approach. BA/BS pret.
Competitive salary and excel-
lent benefits. Fax resume &
cover tr to (561)844-1013 e-
mail hrafchcinc.ora
EOE/DFWP
FRONT DESK
Computer exp. needed.
Healthcare exp. and bilingual
pref'd. Competitive salary &
excel benefits. Fax resume to
(863)357-2991 or apply at FL
Community Health Centers,
1100 N. Parrott Ave., Okee-
chobee, FL EOE/DFWP
NEED A JOB?
WANT A CAREER?
OKEECHOBEE HEALTH CARE
FACILITY is offering Certified
Nursing Assistant training to
those who qualify. Once you
complete the training, pass
the required test, we will put
you to work starting at $9.00
per hour If you are interest-
ed, please complete an ap-
plication at our business
office located at 406 NW 4th
Street.
Shop from a gift catalog
that's updated regulaly:
the classified.
RN NURSE MANAGER
needed full time at Florida
Community Health Center in
Okeechobee. Must have cur-
rent FL RN license. Adminis-
trative/Management
experience required with
strong leadership
skills. Bilingual Spanish/Eng-
lish preferred. Competitive
salary & excel, benefits. Fax
resume to Dr Robshaw at
(863) 357-2991 or e-mail to
hrfchcinc.ora EOE/DFWP


Business
Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315





Independent Newspapers will
never accept any advertise-
ment that is illegal or consid-
ered fraudulent. In all cases
of questionable value, such
as promises of guaranteed
income from work-at-home
programs if it sounds too
good to be true, chances are
that it is. If you have ques-
tions or doubts about any ad
on these pages, we advise
that before responding or
sending money ahead of
time, you check with the Bet-
ter Business Bureau at
772-878-2010 for previous
complaints.
Some 800 and 900 telephone
numbers may require an ex-
tra charge, as well as long
distance toll costs. We will do
our best to alert our reader of
these charges in the ads, but
occasionally we may not be
aware of the charges. There-
fore, if you call a number out
of your area, use caution.
Love the earth Recycle
your used items by
selling them in the
classified.
START your own business,
Auto Detail Distributor.
Truck, Supplies, Product,
Equipment $10,000 or best
offer. Call Frank for details
(772)205-0121


DEE'S MINOR REPAIR
& Pressure Washing
Cool Sealing, Painting,
Carpentry & Much More'
No Job Too Big or Small.
(863)467-2917
or (863)261-6425
Liense # 98 & #1126



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


READING A
NEWSPAPER.,,
saves you mony by
providing infonnation
about best Ibuy

No wonder newspaper
readers am more!


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


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Health Foods
Vitamins, Minerals

Nature's Pantry
417 W S Park St (863) 467-1243


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 u 2 P
Queen Bed set $297 up, 50
4Pc Bedroom sets $387 up,
3Pc Livingroom tables
$97up, 100 headboards
$79 up,









CLUB CAR, 1997- New paint,
battenes & tires w/folding
windshield & charger $1800
(863)253-2617
CLUB CAR FOUR SEATER -
2000, w/folding windshield
& lights, charger $2,650
(863)253-2617



WALTHER P38 (Pre WW2
w/12 GA. Pump, Acces &
books $1000
(863)484-0210



IIONIZERS 2 Like new,
black tower model. $175
(863)763-3932
Large Musical Carousel with
table $200 (772)205-0121
MANY ITEMS for sale Lg ca-
pacity foor freezer $75, Lg
wood dining table & hutch
$150, Office Desk $75, Re-
ired mechanic tools $5 and
up, Patio furn $50.
(772)205-0121


B READING A NEWSPAPER
HELPS YOU GET
INVOLVED IN THE

SHEDS (COMUNI


MOVED,

RELEVELED

AND

ANCHORED

(863)
983-3554



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



STEEL BUILDINGS #1
Recession Discounted
Some below Cost to Site
Call for Availability
Source#15M
Phone: 561-719-7602



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



DELL Desktop Computer and
monitor with keypad $150
(772)205-0121


0 o wonder newspaper
readers Iove more fun
WATER SYSTEM Complete,
1.5hp pump, water softener,
Pressure tank. New $1250.
Asking $650. (863)763-3932


FEMALE SHIHTZU Black &
White, short haired, great
with kids, mostly indoor dog.
Spade $400 (863)467-8743



Golf Clubs 300 misc clubs,
including sets, drivers, put-
ters & EW woods, $1700
will separate (863)946-3123



THREE Color 27" TV's $40
each. FIRM (863)610-0685


Agricullure



Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Fee/Products810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Homes 840
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Seeds/Plants/
Flowers 865



PASTURE GATES -From 4' to
16' Like new but half the
cost. Starting @ $31.00 to
$57.00 (863)610-2206
How do you find a job
in today's competitive
market? In the
employment section
of the classified


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 SAMATHA'S
GARDEN APTS In Town,
2br/2ba, W&D, $850 mo. +
$500. sec. (863)634-5780
Reading a newspaper
helps you understand
the world around you.
No wonder newspaper
readers are more suc-
cessful people!
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 ESTATES 3 BR, 2
BA w/Den, All appl. including
W&D. 1 Car Garage. $1050
mo. (954)303-9804
DIXIE RANCH Acres- 2br/lba
duplex $500 month + $400
dep., includes water, lawn,
garbage, NO PETS. Call
(863) 467-9029
DUPLEX 2/1, CBS, screen
porch, W/D, yard, inclds 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
OKECHOBEE 3BR/1BA Du-
plex, DW. W&D Hookup,
central a/c & heat. $750 mo.
+ $500 sec. (863)763-4414
OKEECHOBEE- On the water,
lbr, 1ba, fully furn. W&D,
Elec & satellite, HBO incld.,
$600/mo. (863)467-1950


Professional
Office Space
for Lease

Near
Courthouse.
Immediate
Occupancy.
(863)
467-0831
-ooking for a place to
hang your hat? Look
no further than the
classified.



FEMALE looking for female
roommate for house in Oak-
park. $325/mo. All utils. incl.
Call 863-261-5789
RIVER OAK ACRES New
Home (Off Hwy 70 W). Full
house priv $550. mo. All until.
included. (561)723-1849


Merchandise



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



TWO WHIRLPOOL Refdgera-
tors (interchangeable parts)
$250 for both
(863)484-0210


Real Estale



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property- Sale 1010
Condos/
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property1030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots- Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property- Sale 1055
Property Inspectioni 060
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080



INDIAN HAMMOCK New 3/2
two story on 2.89 acres,
$275000. Also have a 2.85
acres lot $59,900. Okeecho-
bee 36th st N. 2/1/1 CBS
$65,000 Canal Point ridge
facing lake 3/1 on half acre
$70,000. And 3/2 $85,000
Realtor/Owner
(561)635-8478
Grab a bargain from your
neighbor's garage, attic,
basement or closet in
today's classified.
OKEE '00 dbl wide, FHA ap-
proved and assumable quali-
fying at 6.5, 3/2, new roof,
screened deck, better than
new. Reduced to $129,000.
Call (863) 763-2990
Your new home could be
in today's paper Have
you looked for it?
LAZY 7 AREA 4/2 CBS, Po-
tential short sale, motivated
seller, 8350 SW 9th St.
(863)634-6056


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LAKE MOTORS
147 Hwy 441 SE Okeechobee
th TIke A 863-467-5243 s habla espano


'98 Oysler Sering ..only '3495
faI oed #119758
'99 HondaLX Civic ......'4995
4 r AT. A, #112205
'92 Lexus ES 300 .....ny '2895
Laded,low mill, I ow r 111262
'97 Jaguar XJ6 .......... '5695
one owner, low miles, nx-de #13517
'0 Toyla Solara ........4695
2dr, ai .loaded#16933
03 CMG Sonona Kig lab..'3695
3r. 6 o, 6 isi fbTthpas Cpe
112124
01hlvS 40 ......only'5695
i lliadle, x-lnen. #U177i
'0 Eclipse ............'3995
6 cyl, 5 spd, moon ro, A/ #U1626



WOODED 4.4 ACRES With a
private 3/2, w/d, jacuzzi & Ig
deck. $850/mo, 1st, last &
sec req'd. (863)467-6472



BHR Fum Modular home 3/2
w/FI Room, Incl 3 HD TV's.
Just updated plumbing,
elect, new sod & sprink sys,
fenced, boat ramp, dock,
conc dnve, car port, shed.
$138.500 OBO
(561)818-2348
LAKEPORT- Lake Okeechobee
access 2/1 CBS, fully furn, 2
boat-boathouse w/1.5 bath,
laundry, shop w/auto doors,
fish cleaning screenroom.
Too many extras to list, in-
cludes Bass boat and air
boat $250,000 Bill Smith
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
FULLY FURNISHED 2/1 TO
Non smoker $550 mo. +
utilities & deposit.
(863)447-2189
HWY 441 SE 1/1 Includes
electric and direct tv $750
mo. + Security
(561)723-6183


'02 F150,4x4,11.... Otnly'4595
ant, A/C bedlier.V8 #U59
'99 SubaruOulback ......3995
A RD aded. aute, a #2078
'99 od 1500..........'3895
x-sh, anlo, A/C, V8 A#Ill5
'98 Toyola Crola ........'3995
mine orwe #U8247
'00 VWJeta ........Only '4295
5 spd. A/C hmadW #U9990
'98 Ford ExElorer XT.....3995
aed. #U67
'94 350 12 Passengr an .'3695
hnl A#N2549
'97 ToToa A'nlon... on '3995




HWY 441 SE 1/1 Includes
electric and direct tv $750
mo. + Security
(561)723-6183
It's never too late to find
the perfect gift. Look
for it in the classified.
KISSIMMEE RIVER ESTATES -
2/1, 2 Car garage, $500 MO
+ dep. (863)467-8062
MOBILE HOME FOR RENT
2/2, $610 mo., 1st, last
& security, 1st Month Free!
(863)983-8106
ON RIM CANAL: Small, 1
Bdrm., $450 mo. (includes
utilities). + $300 sec. dep.
(863)697-0214
TAYLOR CREEK 3/2 Lake Ac-
cess. $975 plus utilities, 1st,
last & sec. No pets. Rent or
Buy. (772)463-4465
WATERFRONT: 2 units:
studio, $300/month,
1BR, $400/month. Adults.
Call 863-763-7262.



BANK REPO'S
MOVETO 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
Fum 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
-MOBILE HOME SALES-
Brand New Park Model
12x36, Very Nice!
$26,800
800-330-6623


STOP IN AND START SAVINGIlll


St. Lucie Battery & Tire
198 US Hwy 98N Okeechobee
(863) 357-2431 www.slbt.com


MOBILE HOMES
Need your mobile
home moved? We have
28 years experience.
Call for your Free Quote!
(863)983-8106
Find it faster. Sell it sooner
in the dassifieds
How fast can your car
go? It can go even
faster when you sell it
in the classified.


Recreation


Boats 3005
Campers/RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035



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


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


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


TRAVEL TRAILER 31' with
screen room attached, can
be seen at Lakeside RV Park
4074, 441 SE Lot#4. Okee.
$3000 (269)240-0797
When doing those chores is
doing you in, its time to
look for a helper in the
classifieds.



HARLEY DAVIDSON Heritage,
1994 18,000 miles, runs
great, $8000 or trade for
travel trailer (863)357-1340
Buying a car? Look in
the classified. Selling
a car? Look in the
classified.


Automobiles



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



BUICK PARK AVENUE One
owner, 28450 actual miles
$6900 (863)763-8132
OTHER 1999 Fleetwood Dis-
covery Motortiome w/2 pull-
outs. Exc. Cond. $78000.
(239)633-6903
TOYOTA COROLLA 2001
Grey, 47000 miles. Auto,tilt,
cruise. Excell cond. $4,950
(812)989-3022
TWO STOCK CARS One
1979 Malibu and one 1979
Z28 Camaro $2400 for both
or will separate.
(772)323-7096


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


ALUMINUM Truck beds and
racks, $1200 each OBO
(863)357-3567 After 5 pm
CHEVY SILVERADO 2002
One owner, 47450 Actual
miles. $12,900
(863)763-8132
FORD 2000 Pickup truck,
Exc. Cond. Auto. V-8,50,000
miles $7000/or best offer
(239)633-6903


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
OBO (863)35567 after 5
pm


Public Notices



Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500



IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
JUVENILE DIVISION
CASE NO.: 2004-DP-008
IN THE INTEREST OF
R.R. DOB: 12/28/03
Mother of the minor child
Cheryl Rosier
(parental rights termnaed)
TO Father ofR R,1aulAidana
Residence and Address Unlm wn
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT A PE-
TITION UNDER OATH HAS BEEN
FILED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF CHIL-
DREN AND FAMILIES IN THE ABOVE-
STYLED COURT FOR THE TERMINA-
TION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS RELA-
TIVE TO R.R., A MALE CHILD, BORN
ON THE 28th DAY OF DECEMBER,
2003. THE CHILD WAS BORN IN THE
COUNTY OF OKEECHOBEE, IN THE
STATE OF FLORIDA, YOU ARE COM-
MANDED TO BE AND APPEAR BE-
FORE A JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT
COURT JUVENILE DIVISION IN THE
ABOVE-STYLED COURT LOCATED AT
OKEECHOBEE JUDICIAL CENTER
312 N.W, 3rd STREET
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
AT 2:30 rM. ON THE IOU DAY OF
APRIL, 2009, IN COURTROOM "D",
FOR HEARING AND TO SHOW CAUSE
WHY SAID PETITION SHOULD NOT BE
GRANTED,
FAILURE TO PERSONALLY APPEAR AT
THIS ADVISORY HEARING CONSTI-
TUTES CONSENT TO THE TERMINA-
TION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS OF THIS
CHILO IF YOU FAIL TO APPEAR ON
THE DATE AND TIME SPECIFIED, YOU
MAY LOSE ALL LEGAL RIGHTS AS A
PARENT TO THE CHILD NAMED IN
THE PETITION ATTACHED TO THIS
NOTICE
BE AOVISEO THAT YOU HAVE THE
RIGHT TO AN ATTORNEY TO REPRE-
SENT YOU IN THIS MATTER IF YOU
CANNOT AFFORD AN ATTORNEY ONE
MAY BE APPOINTED FOR YOU
WITNESS MY HAND AS CLERK OF SAID
COURT AND THE SEAL THEREOF
THIS 3soh DAY OF DEC., 2008
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF COURT
By, Ka4 Arnold
3DEPU CLERK
306459 ON 2/15,22,3/1,8/09


NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE
COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT
THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT WILL
HOLD A MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 2009 AT 900 AM AT THE AD.
MINISTRATION ANNEX BUILDING, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE,
SMALL CONFERENCE ROOM, 458 HIGHWAY 98 N, OKEECHOBEE, FL A COPY OF
THE PROPOSED AGENDA MAY BE OBTAINED UPON REQUEST FROM THE UNDER.
SIGNED IF ANY PERSON DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DECISION BY THE BOARD
WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING, THAT PER-
SON WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS AND FOR SUCH PURPOSES
THAT PERSON MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PRO-
CEEDINGS, WHICH INCLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH THE
APPEAL IS TO BE BASED, IS MADE. ANY PERSON WISHING TO SPEAK AT THE
MEETING MUST HAVE THEIR NAME AND TOPIC PLACED ON THE AGENDA ONE
WEEK BEFORE THE DATE OF THE MEETING ALL PROPERTY OWNERS WITHIN
THE DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.
IN ACCORDANCE WITH TE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT PERSONS
NEEDING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION OR AN INTERPRETER TO PARTICIPATE IN
THE PROCEEDINGS SHOULD CONTACT THE DISTRICT'S OFFICES BY CALLING
(863)763-4601 AT LEAST TWO )N DAYS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF THE MEETING
NOTICE COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT HAS AN ONGOING AQUATIC
SPRAYING PROGRAM, DISTRICT WIDE,
WILLARD M BYARS
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
17429 NW 242ND STREET
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
1863 763-601 OR (863)6343166
311770 ON 3//09


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SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
PUBLIC NOTICE OF APPLICATION
Noice is hereby given that pursuant to Chapter 373, Florida Satutes, the following
appicabon(s) for petrit have been received or projects) in Okeechobee County
Watershed Technologe s LLC (WTT Nutnent Removal roeects) 3208 Westchester
oDr Cocoa, FL 32926 has submitted Application 090109 12 F0o modicabon ft
Water Use Permit 47-00854-W for an industal use The water will be withdrawn
rom Mosquito, Lemlan and Wolff Creeks and the project is located in Secion 18,
Township 37 Souh, Range 36 East,
Tantle Propertes LLC (Lakeview Condominiums) 104 NW 7th Ave, Okeechobee, FL
34972, has submitted ApplicaBon 090116-1 for an Environmental Resource Peamit
for 14 6 acres of residenal lands The water will be discharged to Lake Okeecho-
bee and the project is located in Secion 35, Township 37 South, Range 35 East
interested persons may comment upon the application or submit a wnten request
for a copy of he staff report contaminn proposed agency achon regarding the appl-
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10 Okeechobee News, Sunday, March 1, 2009


Volleyball club swings into action


Big Lake Juniors Volleyball
Club swung into action this
month for the 2009 season. There
are teams currently competing in
the 10, 12, 13 and 14 and under
age groups. After playing Feb.
7, in a preseason tournament in
Lake Wales, all teams headed
this past weekend to Walt Disney
Wide World of Sports in Orlando
for the AAU Disney Classic. Pool
play matches on Saturday deter-
mined the seedings for the single
elimination tournament on Sun-
day.
The Big Lake 14s swept
through their pool play and early
tournament matches without los-
ing a game and advanced to the
championship match in the Gold
Division. In the championship
match they met the Blue Lightning
14s of Gainesville, Fla., who were
also undefeated. A close, hard
fought contest ended with the Big
Lake 14s losing 25-20 and 26-24
for a second place ranking out of
25 teams in their age group.
This group of young ladies has
been playing club volleyball to-
gether for three years. Team mem-


bers are: Outside hitters: Darby
Jones and Maci Thomas; middle
blockers/hitters: Kyla Hargraves,
Katie Ward and Taylor Williams;
setters/opposite hitters: Sarah Da-
vis and Aubrey Robertson; libero/
defensive specialists: Krista Ward
and Samantha Rivero; Taelor Lo-
gan. They are coached by Todd
and Rachel Jones.
There are high expectations for
this group of young athletes who
begin their high school careers
next year. Several of these girls
were members of the Yearling
Middle School volleyball team last
fall that went undefeated for their
season. Currently the Big Lake 14s
have a match record of 9-1. Next
on their schedule is the Molten
Pre-Qualifier Tournament in Tam-
pa on March 14-15, a tournament
that this team won last year.
The mission of Big Lake Juniors
Volleyball Club is to introduce and
promote the sport of volleyball to
young female athletes. They strive
to help these young ladies to de-
velop discipline, learn about com-
mitment, gain self-confidence and
discover the value of teamwork.


Submitted photo
The Big Lake Junior's 14's volleyball competed in the 2009
Disney Classic and placed second in the Gold Division. Team
members are (in no particular order): Aubrey Robertson,
Sarah Davis, Samantha Rivero, Coach Rachel Jones, Darby
Jones, Taelor Logan, Katie Ward, Kyla Hargraves, Taylor Wil-
liams, Maci Thomas, Krista Ward, and Coach Todd Jones.
Congratulations!


Team members
to be humble in
cious in defeat


are encouraged
victory and gra-
and, above all,


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Impact cheerleading headed to Okeechobee


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The First Baptist Church of
Okeechobee has big plans for
cheerleaders this year.
The church has joined Impact
Cheerleading and will host a sum
mer camp from June 15-19, to
drum up interest and support.
Director Jennifer Cannon said
the competition cheerleading
squad is under the fellowship
of Christian Cheerleading and
is open to almost all ages, from
kindergarten to 10th grade. Both
boys and girls are welcome to
join.
"I'm hoping to get a big re-
sponse. It's a great operation,"
she said.
Cannon and other church lead-


ers attended the national champi-
onships last December in January
in Orlando and came away very
impressed with the program. She
was committed to bringing the
program to Okeechobee after
that experience.
"It's all faith based. The motto
of the program is a purpose to
cheer," she added.
Cannon said teams from all
over the country including Texas
and Alaska took part in the na-
tional championships.
The cost of the Okeechobee
camp will be $125. That fee will
cover all your costs including
clothing. It also includes lunch
each day. Cheerleaders and
coaches who've participated in
the program will be on hand to in
struct at the camp. College cheer-


leaders will also be involved.
Cannon said she envisions the
creation of several teams of cheer-
leaders after they learn what kind
of response the camp receives.
Teresa Arrants said the cheer-
leaders will perform at a new flag
football league in Okeechobee
this summer and fall. She noted
the cheerleaders can perform in
front of crowds.
The church also seeks volun-
teer coaches especially those with
a background in gymnastics. For
further information on the pro-
gram, call 863-467-7625.
The new football program will
be called First and Goal. It is open
for kindergartners to 12th grade. It
is another ministry of the church
and is faith based. The cost will
be $45. Registration will begin


on July 1. Games will run from
Sept.5 through Oct. 20. Aug. 15, is
the deadline to register.
The church is currently con-
structing three fields for the flag
football league. They will have
two kids for younger leagues and
one league for the high school
ages.
"I think the kids are excited
and they have a great time play-
ing it," Arrants said.
She noted the Church is also
interested in a t-ball league for
next year.
"We try as much as we can to
help the future of our community.
Keeping the youth connected to
Christ is our goal," she added.


Okeechobee well represented on All Conference squads


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Two Okeechobee fall sport
coaches were named coaches
of the year when the all Treasure
Lake Conference All star teams
were released in February.
Jacque Robinson won the
conference coach of the year for
volleyball while Mike Schilp won
coach of the year for cross coun-
try. Both teams had excellent
years as the cross country team
again made it to state and the vol-
leyball team made it to the second
round of the state playoffs.


Monica Koger, Megan Cle-
ments and Rebekah Bryan were
named all conference in volley-
ball. Koger made first team, Cle-
ments made second team, and
Bryan earned honorable men-
tion.
The boy's cross country first
team was almost all Okeechobee.
Eddie Guerrero, Adrian Leon, Mi
sael Alvarado, Reynel Denova,
and Shawn Horvath all made first
team. Lionel Jones earned second
team. Matt Bauer earned honor-
able mention.
Isabella Penido was named to


the first team for girls cross coun-
try. Heather Tinsley was second
team, and Laura Serrano earned
honorable mention.
Matt Payne made honorable
mention for boy's bowling and
Brittany Herndon made all con-
ference honorable mention for
girl's bowling.
Boy's golf had representatives
on the all conference teams. The
team made it to the regional tour-
nament this year. Corey White
was named first team, Richard
Donegan second team and Mi
chael Watson earned honorable


mention. Paige Arnold was hon-
orable mention for girl's golf.
Kenny Murphy made honor-
able mention for boy's swim-
ming. Celena Letcher and Jessica
Wackier earned honors for girl's
swimming.


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