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PKEECHOBEE


NEWS


Vol. 100 No. 28 Friday, March 6, 2009 50C 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. 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
effSchmidt at 561-683-0883.

Set clocks one hour
forward on Sunday
Daylight Savings time starts at
2 a.m. on the second Sunday in
March. On Sunday, March 8, (or
Saturday night before you go to
bed) set the clocks one hour for-
ward to "spring forward."

Health and safety
classes available
The Okeechobee Service
Center of the American Red
Cross will be holding the fol-
lowing the following Health
and Safety classes in March:
Monday, March 9 Adult CPR/
AED; Wednesday, March 18 -
Infant/Child CPR/AED; Tuesday,
March 31 First Aid Basics. All
classes are held at their Service
Center, located at 323 N. Parrott
Ave. All classes will begin at 6
p.m. To register, or for more in-
formation call 863-763-2488.

School board to
discuss grants
The Okeechobee County
School Board will host a meet-
ing to inform private schools
of federal grant opportunities
for the 2009-2010 school year.
The meeting is scheduled for
Friday, March 13, at 3 p.m. and
will be held in room 301 of the
Okeechobee County School
Board Office. Representatives
of all private schools are en
courage to attend.

Blood donors needed
Florida's Blood Centers is
looking for blood donors in
Okeechobee. For information
on blood drives call 561-845-
323, ext. 1203 or 772-215-8360.
All blood types are needed.
There is no upper age limit, and
many medications and condi
tions are acceptable.


Drought Index

Current: 686
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

12.62 feet
Last Year: 10.07 feet

ored By:


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


Index


Marijuana grow house raided


Two suspects were arrested
Thursday morning for their al-
leged connection with a suspect-
ed marijuana grow house found
in Country Hills Estates.
Members of the Okeechobee
Narcotics Task Force, along with
deputies from the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO),
executed a search warrant on
the home around 11:20 a.m. on
March 5.
The suspects were in the pro
cess of being booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail so their
names had not been released as
of newspaper deadline.


According to a task force de-
tective about 100 plants were
seized, and that each plant had
an estimated street value of
$4,000 to $6,000.
The detective said the sus-
pected operation had been go-
ing on for possibly as much as
a year and that the operation
was "very well put together and
high tech." He went on to say
that the home's foundation had
been chipped out and that fertil
izer tubs had been set into the
ground.
This alleged grow house
was similar to many others shut


down by the task force in that it
was located in a quiet, remote
area with a fenced-in yard and
in a middle to upper class neigh
borhood.
It was not known by newspa-
per deadline if the sheriff's office
would seize a 4x4 pickup, barn
or air conditioning units that
were allegedly used in the opera-
tion. Depending on the amount
of money owed on the home
and the 5 acres on which it sits,
the sheriff's office could also
seize that property and sell it.


Where there's smoke: Fire destroys home


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The achievements of the op-
erator of one of the largest and
most diversified agricultural op-
erations in the southeast were
recognized last night.
Frank"Son-
ny" W Wil
liamson, Jr., of
Okeechobee
was awarded
the Dan K.
Richardson
Entrepreneur-
ship Pro-
gram's 2009 Sonny
Entrepreneur Williamson
of the Year
Award at a dinner held Thurs-
day night, March 5, at the Indian
River State College (IRSC) Rich-
ardson Center in Vero Beach.
The award, which rec-
ognizes the entrepreneurial


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
All that is left from a Larkee Lakes trailer that burned Wednesday.



Larkee Lakes trailer gutted


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
No one was hurt Wednes-
day after a double wide home
caught fire at 9338 SE 61st
Drive, Assistant County Fire
Chief David McCain said.
Fire crews responded just
after noon and found flames
coming from the roof of the
home. Six units and nine fire-
men and volunteers quickly
attacked the flames and had it
under control. Some 5,000 gal-
lons of water was used.
"It was a good aggressive at
tack on the fire," Chief McCain
said, "Flames were showing,
there was a lot of smoke, and
crews made entry quickly."
Chief McCain said water
and smoke damage was exten-
sive inside the home and fire
damage was confined to the
rear of the home. "One of the
neighbors noticed smoke com-
ing from the rear of the home.
The owner wasn't home and
no one was injured. It was a
pretty quick knockdown of the
fire and we saved quite a bit of
the structure," he said.
The estimate of property
damage was placed at $80,000.
Firemen were on the scene for


Submitted photo
A suspected marijuana grow house in Country Hills Estates
was raided by the Narcotics Task Force Thursday.




IRSC honors



local rancher


spirit and exceptional business
achievement, is a central ele-
ment of the Dan K. Richardson
Entrepreneurship Program
established by the IRSC Foun-
dation and 13 other founding
members to promote aware-
ness and appreciation of the
free enterprise system.
"Known for his fairness and
ability to mobilize people to
work together toward a com-
mon goal, Sonny Williamson's
vision and leadership have
helped to keep agriculture
strong and viable in Florida,"
said Dr. Edwin R. Massey IRSC
President. "Sonny (William-
son) is highly regarded for his
efforts to improve agricultural
management to sustain the in-
dustry and protect our natural
resources. We are proud to rec-
ognize his contributions with
See IRSC Page 2


Rooney backs


Obama's policy


on war in Iraq


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Lt. Ron Suit throws debris from Wednesdays fire off the
roof of the double wide trailer.


approximately four hours. The
occupant of the home was
identified as Paula Robas of
Okeechobee.
The fire report from para-
medic Dale Fulwider said the
origin and the cause of the
fire was not immediately de-
termined. It appeared the fire
might have started on the porch


and spread inside the home,
the report added.
The American Red Cross
was dispatched to help the fam-
ily in their time of need, Captain
McCain added.
The State Fire Marshall was
contacted to investigate the
cause of the blaze.


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
In spite of partisan disagree-
ments on the president's eco-
nomic policies, at least one
Democrat and one Republican
agree on the president' policy
on the war in Iraq.
In a bipartisan show of sup-
port for the president's plan
to end the war in Iraq, Florida
Republican Congressman Tom
Rooney and Pennsylvania Dem-
ocratic Congressman Patrick
Murphy held a conference call


with reporters on Wednesday
afternoon, March 4. Both con-
gressman had served together
in the army and both are cur-
rently on the House Armed Ser-
vices Committee. Mr. Murphy
and Mr. Rooney's brother both
served in Iraq.
Mr. Murphy said that as
Democrats and Republicans
they were making good on
their pledges to fight as hard as
they could for veterans.
The president plans to rede-
See Rooney Page 2


Residents to March for Babies


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By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee will be joining
more than 900 communities to
morrow in the March of Dimes'
largest fund raiser.
Teams and individual walk-
ers will take part in March for
Babies, formerly called Walk
for America. The event will start
at 7:30 a.m. with registration in
Flagler Park Number 4. There
will be breakfast and warm up
exercises. Then the walk begins
at 8:30. The route, which winds
through Okeechobee and ends
up back at the park, is a little
under four miles.
Most teams have already
registered, but teams and indi-
vidual walkers can still sign up
tomorrow morning.
Along the way there will be


spirit stations to supply water
and other refreshments. They
will be sponsored by Bank of
America, Visiting Nurses Asso-
ciation, Publix and Wemmer
Family Orthodontics.
At the conclusion of the
walk, various prizes will be
awarded. There will be prizes
for the top five teams, the top
individual, the best T shirt, the
first finisher, the top new team
and the team with the most
walkers. Various incentives
will also be given for different
amounts raised.
The March of Dimes uses
77 cents of every dollar raised
in March for Babies to support
research and programs that
help mothers have full-term
pregnancies and babies begin
healthy lives.


To date 32 teams have reg-
istered. They include the fol-
lowing returning teams: Bank
of America, Cassels & McCall,
Clock Restaurant, Eckerd In-
tensive Halfway House, Ev-
erglades Elementary School,
Gilbert Chevrolet, Healthy Start
Coalition, National City Bank,
North Elementary School,
Okeechobee Schools Transpor-
tation Bus Buddies, Okeecho-
bee Juvenile Offender Correc
tion Center, Okeechobee High
School BETA Club, Osceola
Middle School, Pemayetv Ema-
hakv Charter School, Publix #
118, Riverside National Bank,
Seacoast National Bank, Semi-
nole Elementary School, Semi-
nole Tribe of Florida, South Ele-
See March Page 2


submitted photo

March of Dimes
Osceola Middle School Student Council Officers present-
ed a check to local March of Dimes board member, Sha-
ron Vinson. Those who took part in the presentation are:
Student Council President: Destiny Nunez (absent), Vice-
President: Brianna Nunez, Secretary: Samantha Wine
and Treasurer: Chelsea Wharin. OMS Fifth grade Student
Council Officers: President: Ryan Daniel, Vice-President:
Alyssa Coleman and Secretary: Bridget Jimenez and club
sponsor Mr. Jason Weigand. The Okeechobee March of
Dimes "March for Babies" will be held Saturday, March 7,
starting in Flagler Park.




2 Okeechobee News, Friday, March 6, 2009


Continued From Page 1

the 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year
Award."
From the beginning William-
son Cattle Company has been a
family operation. In 1950, upon
graduation from the University of
Florida with a B.S. in agriculture,
Mr. Williamson and his father be-
gan operating Williamson Cattle
Company, starting with around
9,000 acres and 400 to 450 head
of cattle. It was a father-son opera-
tion until his father passed away in
1982. Now Mr. Williamson's son,
Wes, and grandson, John, help
run the business which consists
of over 10,000 acres in Okeecho-
bee and Greensboro, Ala., seven
to eight thousand head of cattle,
and 700 acres of orange and
grapefruit trees. They also lease
land in Osceola County.
In addition, Williams Cattle
Company owns and leases catfish
farms in Alabama.
"We produce and sell more
catfish than cattle and citrus com-
bined," Mr. Williamson stated.
Even though he goes to the of-
fice every day, the third and fourth
generation operators of the Wil-
liamson family business are tak-
ing an increasingly larger role in
management.
"I am semi-retired" Mr. Wil-
liamson said.


He is very interested in pre-
serving the environment.
"From the very beginning, we
decided that preserving the en-
vironment and the beauty of the
land was more important than
the bottom line," Mr. Williamson
told the Okeechobee News in an
interview when he received the
2003 Agricultural Environmental
Leadership Award from the Flori-
da Department of Agriculture and
Consumer Services. (FDACS).
In Florida, Mr. Williamson said
it is possible to raise cattle and
protect the environment at the
same time. In cooperation with
the South Florida Water Manage-
ment District (SFWMD) and FD-
CAS Williamson Cattle Company
is involved in the restoration of
wetlands on their property.
Mr. Williamson noted that
since the early 1900s much of
Florida has been drained and this
has upset the environmental bal-
ance. The restored wetlands on
the Williamson property store ex-
cess water, purify it and allow it
to be released in a measured and
efficient manner.
Mr. Williamson believes that,
in addition to operating a suc-
cessful business, an entrepreneur
should be a part of the communi-
ty. One of the community involve-
ments he is especially proud of is
being on the board of directors
of Okeechobee Non-Profit Hous-
ing, an organization that builds


and sells affordable housing in
Okeechobee. With so many re-
possessions happening now, Mr.
Williamson said the organization
has never had any trouble with
loans to property owners.
"From the beginning, William-
son Cattle Company has always
treated our people well," he said.
However, it was during a
drought that he began to think
about the seasonal employees
who picked his fruit. In spite of his
concern over his own losses, he
said it was as if the Lord spoke to
him about those less fortunate. He
calls his attraction to Okeechobee
Non-Profit Housing an answer to
prayer or an inspiration.
Mr. Williamson is also on the
advisory board of Dunklin Memo-
rial Camp which provides Chris-
tian counseling and rehabilitation
for men with alcohol and drug
problems
Mr. Williamson was the lead
donor in contributing funds for
the construction of the William-
son Conference Center on IRSC's
Okeechobee Campus. However,
he is quick to mention that a lot
of other people contributed to the
project.
He also believes there should
be better communication be-
tween the agriculture areas and
urban areas of Florida. Unlike
what many people believe, he
said there is more to Florida than,
"beaches and Mickey Mouse."


Mr. Williamson is a member of
the Indian River Community Col-
lege Foundation Board, a trustee
of the Florida Chapter of The Na-
ture Conservancy, a member of
the advisory board of Riverside
National Bank and a member of
the Florida Cattlemen's Founda-
tion Board of Directors. He is a
former member of the SFWMD
Governing Board, former mem-
ber of the Okeechobee County
School Board, former president
of the Okeechobee County Farm
Bureau and former chairman of
the Okeechobee Soil and Water
Conservation Board.
In 2006 Mr. Williamson was in-
ducted as a Distinguished Alum-
nus of the University of Florida.
Williamson Cattle Company and
Mr. Williamson personally have
won several agricultural and en-
vironmental awards. In 2003, Mr.
Williamson was named Okeecho-
bee Citizen of the Year by the Boy
Scouts.
He is married to Betty Chan-
dler Williamson of Okeechobee
and in addition to son Wes, the
couple has two daughters, Kim
Williamson and Karen Larson,
four grandchildren and three
greatgranchildren.
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Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. East wind between 5
and 10 mph.
Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 52. East wind
around 5 mph becoming calm.

Extended Forecast
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Calm wind becom-
ing east southeast between 10 and 15 mph. Winds could gust as high
as 25 mph.
Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 56. East south-
east wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. Calm wind becoming
southeast between 10 and 15 mph.


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oone Security Forces, conduct targeted "It's time the Iraqis are on their withdrawal could take time. He
Roo y counterterrorism operations and own," Mr. Rooney said. "We've noted that it took eight months to
Continued From Page 1 provide force protection for mili- done everything we can." withdraw 6,000 troops from So-
tary and civilian personnel. Mr. Rooney announced that malia. He said that the three tril-
ploy American forces from Iraq Mr. Rooney said American he was going to Iraq in May and lion dollars being spent in Iraq is
and begin to end the war. The troops in Iraq have done an in- after that trip he would have a not being spent on the economy.
plan calls for a strategic strike credible job and their families better idea of the situation in that Po your opinions in thePublic
Issues Forum at www.neuwszap.eom.
force to remain in the country to should be commended for the country. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached
train, equip and advise the Iraqi sacrifices they made. Mr. Murphy cautioned that the atpgawda@newszap.com.


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mentary School, Wemmer family
Orthodontics and Yearling Middle
School.
The following new teams will
be participating: Beth Suggs Ac-
counting, Cason Family team,
Chloe's Closet, Dr. Moyer's office


Deer colorblind to
orange, but if you
glow ...

Another fall hunting season
is winding down, and while the
sport continues to be very safe,
there have been some acciden-
tal shootings that could have
been prevented. Not all of those
who were involved in the shoot-
ing accidents were wearing the
proper amount of sometimes-
required and always-recom-
mended hunter orange.
If hunters think they are re-
ducing the likelihood that deer
will see them by forgoing or-
ange safety hats and vests, they
are mistaken. What deer can
and cannot see is surprising.
"Deer are somewhat color-
blind," said Cory Morea, deer
management program coordi-
nator for the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion (FWC).
"During the day, deer see
colors in what we could consid-
er blue to yellow-green," added
Elina Garrison, a biologist with
the FWC's Fish and Wildlife Re-
search Institute. "Some believe
they are completely red-green
colorblind, like some humans,"
she said.
Wearing orange is a good
practice when afield during any
hunting season.
"Not properly identifying
your target and what is beyond,
is the leading cause of hunt-
ing fatalities," according to the
FWC's "2007-08 Florida Hunt-
ing Incident Report."
Although animal vision is
often much better than human
sight, distinguishing colors in
daylight is not a strong point for
the white-tailed deer, although
detecting UV light is.
Drs. R. Larry Marchinton and
Karl V Miller of the University
of Georgia studied what white-
tailed deer see in daylight. Sci-
entists from California and Wis-
consin also participated in the
1993 study.
The study showed that white-
tailed deer have two classes of
cone photoreceptors; humans
have three. Deer have dichro-
matic (two-color) vision; hu-
mans have trichromatic vision.
So what deer don't see are the
oranges and reds that stand out
so well to people. These facts
have been echoed by others:
"It is a color not found in na-
ture, and most game animals
cannot see the bright fluores-
cent color, since they are color-


and staff, Edwards Jones Invest-
ments, Fadley Law, Peace Luther-
an Church and PreSchool Youth,
Physicians Weight Loss Center,
Stepping Stones Academy and
The Chobee Mommas.
The event has the following
sponsors: Cassels & McCall, Clif
Betts, Jr. Coker Cattle Co., Cow-
boys Steak and Barbecue, Colin
M. Cameron Esquire, K & N Mo-


blind,": states an Idaho hunter
safety education pamphlet.
The International Hunter
Education Association advises,
"Wearing highly visible hunter
or 'blaze' orange clothing makes
it much easier for other hunters
to see you and increases your
safety while hunting. That's why
the majority of states and prov-
inces recommend or require
hunter orange clothing for most
kinds of hunting activities."
Here is the rule in Florida:
"It is unlawful to hunt deer or
to accompany another person
hunting deer on public lands
unless each person is wearing a
minimum of 500 square inches
of daylight-fluorescent orange
material as an outer garment -
above the waistline."
The reasoning is sound, ac-
cording to the U.S. Centers for
Disease Control. In its report
titled "Hunting-associated in-
juries and wearing 'hunter' or-
ange clothing," the CDC noted
that the New York Department
of Environmental Conserva-
tion and the N.Y. Department of
Health analyzed hunting-associ-
ated injuries from 1989 to 1995.
"The findings indicate that most
injured hunters in two-party in-
cidents were not wearing hunt-
er orange."
One caveat: Some hunters
are colorblind too and may not
detect the orange clothing. The
FWC says, "Colorblind hunters
must use extra caution. They
may have trouble identifying
game and recognizing hunter-
fluorescent orange.
"Good vision is the foun-
dation for good shooting and
hunting safety. Have your eyes
examined on a regular basis."
A second caveat: A deer's
keen vision includes detecting
UV light, according to manufac-
turers of hunter clothing. Some
cite studies indicating that deer
can detect clothing made or
washed with UV brighteners.
If so, hunters not only should
wear orange; they should be
careful what else they wear in
the woods to be more effec-
tive. According to "How Game
Animals See and Smell," a book
by Kurt von Besser of Atsko/
Sno-Seal Inc., most camouflage
clothes and laundry detergents
contain UV brighteners, which
deer can detect. He says that
hunters can avoid brighteners
by choosing camouflage out-
fits that are manufactured free
of brighteners and by washing
them only with a laundry deter-
gent free of UV brighteners.


bile Welding, Lance's Treehouse
Consignment, Glenn J. Sneider,
LC, Okeechobee Motor Company,
Publix Supermarkets, Riverside
National Bank, Roper's Cafe, Sea-
coast National Bank, Seminole
Tribe of Florida, Visiting Nurse
Association, Wemmer Family Or-
thodontics, Women's Health Spe-
cialists, and Walpole, Inc.
The following are in-kind spon-


sors: Sandra Pearce Photography,
The Donut Connection, Winn-Di-
xie, Rotary Club of Okeechobee,
Lunker's Sports Grill, Waste Man-
agement, the Big O Cooler and
the County Drive Through.
Post your opinions In the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached
at pgawda@newszap.com.


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Man charged in phone fraud case


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man has
been arrested on charges that
he defrauded the Sprint/Nextel
telephone company out of more
than $100,000.
Corey Lee Taylor, 18, N.W
15th Ave., was arrested Feb. 27
on charges of criminal use of
personal identification informa-
tion, communications fraud
and grand theft -- all first-degree
felonies. He was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under a
bond of $150,000.
Taylor is accused of going
onto the Sprint/Nextel internet
web site and stealing a total of
283 cell phones.
Detective William Maerki, of
the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO), said Taylor's


scheme cost Sprint/Nextel at to-
tal of $100,625.84.
The OCSO detective said Tay-
lor apparently started the scheme
in October of
2008 by going
onto the com-
pany's web
site and find-
ing unsecured
account num-
bers. He would
then allegedly
change the ad- Corey Lee
dress on the Taylor
account to his
and use the account's personal
identification number (PIN) to
order expensive cell phones,
said the detective.
Once Taylor received the
phones, they would later be tak-
en to the Mexican community
and sold, stated the detective's


arrest report.
Taylor would then allegedly
pocket a portion of the proceeds
and pass the remaining profit on
to a currently unidentified per-
son, or persons, said Detective
Maerki.
The company apparently be-
came suspicious after theywould
discontinue a victim's phone ser-
vice due to non-payment, only to
find out that the victim had never
ordered the phone.
Detective Maerki said all of
the phones were delivered to
Taylor's address in Douglas Park,
and that he has found people all
across the United States whose
account numbers were report-
edly used by Taylor.
Apparently, Sprint/Nextel is
the only commercial victim in
this scheme.
"We have no evidence he


was collecting phones from oth-
er companies," said Detective
Maerki.
The OCSO detective explained
that when customers use the in-
ternet to open an account, Sprint/
Nextel automatically establishes
a security feature. The customer
can then elect to use that security
feature or turn it off.
"If you don't set up the secu-
rity feature, somebody else can,"
he said.
Detective Maerki said Sprint/
Nextel Corporate Security official
David Gentille provided him with
information and assistance that
ultimately led to Taylor's arrest.
The company has also re-
turned everyone's money who
had been billed for phones that
were actually sent to Taylor.


OC SO diver taken


to hospital ER


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A member of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
dive team was rushed to Rauler-
son Hospital Wednesday when
he became light-headed during
an operation in Glades County.
Detective Captain John Rho-
den was in 20 to 25 feet of water
March 4 when he became dizzy
and experienced trouble breath-
ing. The OCSO team was diving
in the Caloosahatchee River to
aid the Glades County Sheriff's
Office (GCSO) in a criminal inves-
tigation.
Fellow OCSO diver Deputy
John Ashby said the water tem-
perature at the surface was 63 de-


ture fell to the mid-40s.
After about 8 minutes in the
water, Capt. Rhoden had to head
to the surface.
"He made a normal assent,"
said Deputy Ashby.
Deputy Ashby said Capt. Rho-
den has been a member of the
OCSO team for approximately 20
years.
Once out of the water, the cap-
tain was transported by ambu-
lance to Raulerson Hospital. He
was released Wednesday night.
OCSO Deputy Corporal Randy
Thomas was the third member of
the team taking part in Wednes-


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An Okeechobee woman was
arrested after she allegedly used
her car to try and run over anoth-
er woman with whom she was
arguing.
Tomanda Ash, 32, N.E. llth
Court, was arrested March 2, on
a felony charge of aggravated
battery. She was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under a
bond of $5,000.
Deputy Augustin Saucedo, of
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), stated in his arrest


reports Ash tried twice to hit the
victim with her
2003 Oldsmo-
bile automobile.
The two women
were described
as friends in the
report.
The deputy's
report goes on
to state that Ash
also ran her ve- Tomanda
hide into a mo-
bile home and damaged the skirt-
ing, as well as her car.
Ash and the victim became


Ash tried to leave in her car the
victim apparently came at her car
with a knife as if she was going to
flatten a tire, stated the report. At
this point, Ash reportedly gunned
her car forward and ran into the
mobile home. The home does
not belong to either woman.
According to a witness, she
heard the two women screaming
at each other and saw the victim
pull on the car door as if she was
trying to open it, stated Deputy
Saucedo. At this point, Ash ap-
parently put the car in drive and
lunged forward -- hitting the vic-


The witness stated that Ash
backed out from under the mo-
bile home, then drove around
the home and back into the front
yard and tried to hit the victim a
second time, the deputy stated.
Deputy Saucedo said the victim
was able to avoid being hit a sec-
ond time.
Deputy Saucedo's report indi-
cated that the victim was not seri-
ously injured.
No mention was made in the
report about how much damage
was done to the mobile home or
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By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A local woman was arrested
on several felony charges after
she reportedly tried to cash a
stolen check at an Okeechobee
bank.
Tara Marie Reynolds, 26, N.E.
25th Lane, was arrested Satur-
day, Feb. 28, on felony charges of
burglary of an occupied dwelling,
uttering a forged instrument, re-
sisting a law enforcement officer
with violence and escape. She
was also arrested on a misde-
meanor charge of petit theft.
She was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under a
bond of $20,500.
Reynolds was arrested by
Officer Charles Green, of the
Okeechobee City Police Depart-
ment (OCPD), after she allegedly
tried to cash a $66 check at a local
bank.
According to the officer's ar-
rest report, Reynolds is accused of


entering a man's home and tak-
ing a pair of his pants. In the pants
was the man's wallet, which con-
tained about $20. The pants and
wallet were each valued at $15,
the report continued.
Officer Green
said there was
also a $66 check
in the wallet
that belonged
to another man.
During his in-
vestigation, the
officer learned
that the check Tara Marie
was made out Reynalds
to another man
and that the employer of the two
men had accidentally mixed up
the checks.
Shortly after noon on Saturday,
the report states that Reynolds en-
tered the local bank and tried to
cash the check but said she had
no form of identification on her.
However, a bank employee knew
a family member of the employ-


er who had written the checks.
When contacted by the bank em-
ployee, that family member said
the check was stolen.
Around 12:30 p.m., Officer
Green arrested Reynolds and
placed her in an OCPD patrol car
being operated by Officer Ryan
Holroyd, who then began to
transport her to the county jail for
booking.
However, on the way to the
jail Reynolds allegedly opened the
patrol car's back door and tried to
escape in the 300 block of S.R. 70
W Both Officer Green and Officer
PC. Eddings responded to that
area, but by the time they arrived
Officer Holroyd had the woman
back in custody.
Officer Green's report states
that Officer Holroyd received sev-
eral scrapes and bruises to his arm
as he tried to arrest Reynolds.
Another motorist reportedly
told Officer Green that she was
behind Officer Holroyd's patrol
vehicle when she saw a woman


(Reynolds) open a back door
of the car. The motorist said the
woman got out of the car and be-
gan to run from Officer Holroyd,
and that she had to swerve to
keep from hitting her, the report
continued.
To subdue the woman Officer
Holroyd was forced to use pep-
per spray, stated Officer Green's
report.
Reynolds then complained that
she could not breathe so medical
personnel from Okeechobee Fire/
Rescue was called to the scene.
They checked her medical con-
dition and cleared her. Reynolds
was then taken to jail without fur-
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By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An off-duty police officer
helped break up a fight between
two women that led to the arrest
of one of the combatants on a
felony charge.
Randal Ruth Smith, 36, U.S.
441 N., was arrested Monday,
March 2, on a felony charge of
robbery by sudden snatching.
She was also arrested on misde-
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disorderly conduct.
Smith was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under a


bond of $3,500.
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discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!

Treasure Island Clean up
CLEAN UP: A few months ago I read in our newspaper that there
was going to be an effort made to clean up the front yards of Treasure
Island, I don't see this happening. A few of my neighbors have their
homes up for sale, but besides the economy, they have to battle the
junk on front lawns and abandoned U-haul trucks on the front lawns
before a buyer even considers a purchase. The canals are also get-
ting run down with sunken and nearly abandoned boats that have not
moved in years. I can appreciate living in a no-restriction type commu-
nity, but I can understand why in some places it has to be a necessity.


Speeder hits dog
HEARTBROKEN: Last Tuesday (Feb. 24) evening, you know who
you are and what you did, when you hit a dog and left her in the ditch
to die! You devastated our family. She was our kid. I hope you feel re-
ally bad, because one day it may happen to you. She might have made
it if you were not speeding. Please don't do it to anyone else. We know
how it feels.
LEASH LAW: This should be a reminder to everyone to watch
your dogs and keep them safe because there are some crazy drivers
out there. Keep your dogs on a leash if you take them out of your
house or fenced yard. With the way some people drive, a dog allowed
to roam free just doesn't stand a chance.
SAFETY: Every time I see dogs running loose and running into the
road, I wonder, "Where are the owners? Don't they care about their
dogs?" Dogs are supposed to be on a leash so they don't run out into
the street. This county has a leash law. I do not drive above the speed
limit, but many times I have had to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting
a dog that just ran out into the street. And people are no more care-
ful about their children. Last week, on one of the streets behind the
library, I was only driving 25 mph, and still I barely avoided hitting a
child who ran into the street right in front of me, chasing a ball. I hit
the brakes when I saw the ball go into the street, and sure enough
here came the kid right after. If I had waited to hit the brakes until I
saw the kid run into the street, I probably would have hit him.


Pro and con -- four day a week school
RUMOR: What is your opinion of the kids going to a 4 day school
week ? I have heard a rumor that the county could consider it. I per-
sonally like the idea of the 4 day week. I do not think that they should
extend the school day. I don't see how students could really be af-
fected by losing 1 hr per week, per class. I just think in energy and
fuel, food costs alone would be a huge savings. Teachers etc, should
continue to receive 40 hour paycheck.
BAD IDEA: I think losing the 1 day would cause more problems.
Education is not something to slice up when times get tough.
DAYCARE: I think it would put much more financial stress on the
parents. They would need to find daycare or babysitters for that extra
day at an additional cost, which many of them wouldn't be able to
handle. The other alternative is leave them home alone, many being
too young for that. There are too many kids being left alone now as it
is, I see that as a real problem.
SAVINGS: I think this is a two-sided issue. A lot of companies and
businesses offer a 4/10 work week, 40 hours in 4 days with a 3 day
weekend. The idea is the savings by being closed one weekday help
the company save money. While this school issue might be a problem
to some parents, others would benefit. That one day would mean the
AC's, lights, kitchens, and a lot of other things wouldn't have to be run
at all the schools, and how many schools do we have now? It would
also keep the entire school bus fleet, and those that drive their kids
to school, off the road for a day and how much fuel would that save?
There is a lot of potential tax dollar savings with a four day school
week that needs to be considered before just dumping the idea.
PROS AND CONS: There are counties that do this already. Here's
a quote from the article referring to the savings: Five years ago, Ken-
tucky's Webster County school district faced drastic budget shortfalls
caused by waning revenue from local property taxes. But after debat-
ing whether to close one of the district's seven schools, officials de-
cided instead to institute a Tuesday-to-Friday schedule, which to date
has saved more than $300,000 on transportation, utility and insurance
costs.
SIX DAYS: I think they ought to go to school 6 days a week and
only have 2 weeks off during the summer months, it's good training
to get them ready for the real work world out there. When I went, we
never got all these days off that they get today (snow days, rain days,
too hot days, too cold days, too windy days), if somebody sneezes
these days, they close the school.
COUNTYWIDE: If the county decides to go to a 4 day week then it
needs to be all county employees. Courthouse etc. This type of a plan
would have to go across the board. I think additionally all of our elect-
ed officials should consider taking a 5 to 10 percent pay cut. Obviously
,there are places we can't cut such as fire, EMT and law enforcement.
I also see the issue at hand for parents and additional cost. I also don't
want the education of these children to suffer. Just the food expense
alone would probably be drastic- just think, in the last year alone how
many kids have gone from paying full price for lunch to reduced or
free because of this financial crisis.


Problems with the economy
PROJECTS: On the online list of stimulus bill projects, Okeecho-
bee gets nothing. So it doesn't look like the stimulus bill is going to
help us any. As usual, we have to take care of ourselves. This should
come as no surprise. We need to start thinking of ways we can im-
prove this community and bring more jobs here.
JOBS: The job market is frightening. If you lose your job and try
to apply for another one, you will find yourself in line with dozens of
people. If you have a job, instead of complaining that you want more
money or better hours, just be glad you have a job. There are plenty of
people more than willing to take it if you leave.


Transportation needed
BUSES: I think Okeechobee needs a public bus system. It would
help so many people. There are many families who can only afford
one car so if the husband is at work the wife and kids have no trans-
portation. There are older folks who can no longer drive due to failing
eyesight. There are kids who can't make it to after school events and
club meetings because mom and dad have to work and can't take
them. I think a bus system would not only help the local people it
would also help the businesses because it would bring customers to
them.
TEENAGERS: Every time someone brings up the problem that lo-
cal teenagers and kids don't have anything to do, someone points out
that there are plenty of opportunities for kids here but too many of
them can't take advantage of the clubs and activities because they
don't have transportation. A public bus system could help take care of
that problem. Smaller communities than ours have public transporta-


ACS bowl for a cure
The American Cancer Society's committee held a bowl-a-
thon at Stardust Lanes to raise funds for the 2009 Cattlebar-
ons' Ball. The first place team (above left) is Cliff Betts, La-
mar Whidden, Karl Bonk and Art Daigneault. Second place
(above) is Harlow Measel, Stan Breedlove, Carole Olney
and Jim Maine. Third place (below) is James Eldrige, Cin-
di Domer, Don Knierien and Billy Dean. Top bowler (below
left) for the event is Karl Bonk. A Big Thank You to our lane
sponsors for the event: Gizmo's Pizza & Subs, Ding-A-Ling
Dell, Treasure Island Shell, Pat's Floral Design, Okeecho-
bee Health Care Facility, Everglades Farm Equipment Co.,
Custom Hay Baling, McAlpin, Cavqalcanti & Lewis C.P.A.,
Lamar's Auto Tech, Pier II Resort & Lounge and A Child's
World. All proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer
Societv.


Reflections from the Pulpit


By Rev. Joshua C. Strunk
Headmaster, Okeechobee
Christian Academy

What is going on?
There are two, main opposing
world views at war in our culture
today. The one is known as the
Judeo-Christian world view and
it places the God of the Scripture
at the center of reality. The other
is humanism, sometimes reli-
gious and sometimes secular, but
always with man as the center of
reality. It has become increasingly
popular since the early part of the
last century to accost the Judeo-
Christian world view as antiquat-
ed, the last residue of days when
men believed in myths to explain
the unexplainable. In contrast to
this, humanists have offered us
two alternatives. First, there is the
god in the test-tube, as though all
mysteries can be explained by
scientific inquiry; something the
reality of observable phenome-
na, which the historic basis of sci-
ence, makes impossible. Second,
there is the empty philosophy of
men who answer questions with
other questions as though their
cyclic reasoning can make up
for the fact that their propositions
are both unaffirmable and often
inane when carried to their logi-
cal conclusions.
Unfortunately, the discredit-
ing of the Judeo-Christian world
view has new become solidified
in the mind of the average per-
son due to the propaganda of hu-
manists and the abandonment of
the cultural arena by otherwise
intelligent Christians.
Thus, we are left with a society
that is increasingly post-Christian
in its institutions, politics, govern-
ment, education; these all feel the
downward pull of humanism. In-
evitably, the way the government
and education go, so will all of
society eventually.
Thus, we have years of in-
creased crime and decreased ad-
vancement, progress in technolo-
gy and regress in humanity. What
is saddest about all of this how-
ever, is that after all these years of
failure in these institutions run by
humanist philosophies, very few
people have risen up to challenge
what is happening.
Why? Perhaps it is because
Christian leaders have not been
forward enough in their chal-
lenge of the establishment's cari-
cature of Christian Faith.
According to the Scriptures
in Hebrews 11:6 the foundation
and operating principle of Chris-
tian discipleship is faith. Thus it
becomes necessary to under-
stand the nature and functional-
ity of faith so that it will be lifted
out of the mire of ambiguity and
confusion.
The nature of Faith is defined
in Hebrews 11:1 when the writer
states that "faith is the assurance/
substance of things hoped for,
the conviction/evidence of things
not seen."
As seen in this passage, faith
is not wishful thinking or a magic
formula used to manipulate God
into doing our bidding. Rather
biblical faith is trust which is
predicated on the veracity of
God's reality, power and charac-
ter. God's covenant promises and
stipulations are the mortar of bib-


lical faith. Faith never moves God
to do what He wouldn't do oth-
erwise; it cannot move moun-
tains, heal the sick and make
men whole when God does not
or did not intend to do so other-
wise. Miracles, just like salvation,
occur only when God invites us
to believe in what He is already
at work doing. Faith is not empty
hope, but definite resolve.
Biblical faith is based on
truth, objective reality which is
both consistent with itself and
human experience. Biblical faith
is a holistic integration of the fa-
cilities of the soul of a man. With
biblical faith the mind is engaged
as the intellect is persuaded or
convinced of truth. With bibli-
cal faith the heart is enraptured,
as the emotions are balanced
and brought into line with Jesus
Christ who is the Truth. With
biblical faith the will is inclined,
as the volitions of a man are sub-
jected to the leading of the Holy
Spirit of Truth.
Thus the development of faith
as seen in Acts 2:42 begins to
take shape, as the early believers
devoted themselves to doctrine,
fellowship, breaking bread and
prayer. In doctrine the minds
were engaged, in fellowship
their hearts enraptured, and in
the activity of communion and
prayer their wills were inclined.
Similarly, we should allow God
to develop our faith by spending
time in the Scriptures, by looking
for the evidences of God's work
in our life and world, by abiding
in Christ, end by waiting on the
lord.
The functionality of faith is
also an integrated experience.
What has occurred in the soul
now works itself out in the body
as action is taken and the inclina-
tion of the will births obedience
to the commandments of God.
This is not the plastic activity of
those who simply desire to look
religious; this the outward ex-
pression of the Life of God which
has been infused into the Chris-
tian disciple by faith in the Per-
son and Work of Jesus Christ.
As Dietrich Bonhoeffer put it
in his book, "The Cost of Disci-
pleship," "only those who believe
obey, and only those who obey
believe." This is the true power
behind prayer, the blueprint for
building God's Kingdom, and the
essence of the Judeo-Christian
world view.
Like the patriarch Abraham,
biblical faith looks beyond the
present, beyond what can be
seen now and catches a vision
of what will be by the grace of
a merciful God. Biblical faith is
confirmed by our confession and
our perseverance, our fidelity to
reality as it truly is rather than
how we may want it to be.
What we need today is more
men and women like Abraham
and Sarah, who are willing to
give up all they know to pursue
the God who calls us to Himself.
We need lawyers, and doctors,
politicians and educators who
will stand for biblical faith and
walk according to the leading
of the Holy Spirit in the midst of
these dark days.
For if this doesn't happen, the
end of the Christian Church in
America may be closer than any-
one would like to admit.


Community Calendar
FRIDAY, MARCH 6
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is invited. All persons in-
terested in a sensible approach to losing weight and becoming part of a car-
ing group are welcome to come and see what we are all about. For informa-
tion, contact Ollie Morgret at 800-932-8677.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their dance every
Friday, from 7 until 10 p.m. at the Sebring Lions Club on Sebring Parkway,
one mile east of U.S. 27 in Sebring. Tickets are $5 for members and $6 for
guests. For information, call 863-471-0559.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W. Fifth Street, Okeechobee,
(Behind Napa Auto Parts) N.A. Sickest Of The Sick Open Discussion/
Speaker at 8 p.m. The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with
any 12 step fellowships.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church
200 N.W. Second St. This is an open meeting.
A.A. meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W.
Third St. This is an open speaker meeting.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to a weekly meeting, Overeaters
Anonymous (OA) meets at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N.
Parrott Avenue on Fridays, 6 until 7 p.m. (Use 4th Street entrance.) Overeaters
Annonymous is not a diet club. There are no dues, fees or weigh-ins. The only
requirement for membership is a desire to stop eating compulsively. For more
information call Loretta at 863-763-7165 or 863-697-0206.

SATURDAY, MARCH 7
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312
N. Parrott Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
Okeechobee Chapter D.A.R. meets the first Saturday of every month
October-May at Oakview Baptist Church 677 S.W. 32nd Street at 10 a.m. For
information call Kenna Noonan at 863-634-5669.
The Gathering Church will hold its monthly healing service on the first
Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. until noon. Anyone desiring to receive
personal prayer for healing is welcome to attend. The Gathering is located at
1735 S.W. 24th Ave. For information call Theresa Brown at 863-357-3318.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W. Fifth Street, Okeechobee,
(Behind Napa Auto Parts) A.A. weekend noon Open Discussion meeting;
N.A. Sickest Of The Sick Group 7 p.m.; N.A. Nowhere Left To Go Group Open
Discussion meeting 8 p.m. The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not af-
filiated with any 12 step fellowships.

SUNDAY, MARCH 8
A.A. 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 affiliated with any 12 step
fellowships.




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Car show, star gazing this weekend


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
If you are looking for some
entertainment in and around
Okeechobee for the coming
months look no further.
The Pier II Cruisers will be
pulling into the Pier II Resort on
Saturday, March 7, at 2 p.m. for
their first carshow for everyone of
all ages. The Pier II is located at
2200 U.S. 441 SE.
This event is the first of many
to be held the first and third Satur-
day of each month.
Live entertainment will be on
hand to liven up the crowd with
the car contest. There will also be
a bikini car wash, 50-50 drawing,
various vendors of many differ-
ent goods and services including
food and drinks. There will also
be a swap meet.
Of course there is always the
swimming pool, pool tables and
fishing off the pier. For more in-
formation please call Charlie at
863-532-9537 or just come out
and enjoy the fun.
Also on Saturday, March 7,
if you are more into outerspace
than the down to earth cars, the


Your Weekly
Entertainment
Guide
Share your news and photos
for this column by email to
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public is invited to attend the
FREE Astronomy Day and
Night open house, sponsored by
Indian River State College and
the Treasure Coast Astronomical
Society (TCAS), from 2 to 9 p.m.
in and around the Hallstrom Plan-
etarium located at 3209 Virginia
Avenue on the IRSC Main Cam-
pus in Ft. Pierce. There will be


telescopes, guest speakers, hand-
outs, mini-planetarium shows, ac-
tivities for kids, plus guided views
of the moon, planets, and stars
(weather permitting). For more
information, contact the IRSC Call
Center at 1-866-792-4772.
IRSC will also hold their River
Classic Custom Car Show Sun-
day, March 8, from 10 a.m. until
4 p.m. on the IRSC Main Campus
in Fort Pierce. Admission, FREE.
Juried competition, $25, Sound
challenge, $25. Park-n-Shine en-
try, $15. Juried competition for 31
categories of custom and classic
cars and trucks. Participants may
register from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Judging starts at 10 a.m.; trophies
awarded at 4 p.m. For more infor-
mation, visit www.irsc.edu or call
1-866-792-4772.
The Okeechobee County Fair
is on it's way! On Friday, March
13, the Okeechobee County Fair
begins with Support Our Troops
Night. Bring in three items listed
on the http://forgottensoldiers.
org/donate-items_needed.shtml
and get free admission. Fair opens
at 5 p.m. with their grand opening
ceremonies and remains open


until 1 a.m. Early Bird Armband
special for $20 from 5 p.m. until
10 p.m.
The Miss Okeechobee County
Fair Beauty Pageant begins at 7
p.m. Midnight madness begins at
10 p.m. until 1 a.m. for $15 arm-
band.
For more information about
the fair visit www.okeechobee-
countyfair.com
Do you want to see your
events posted in the weekly en-
tertainment column? Forward
any publicly open events includ-
ing entertainment such as: danc-
ing, bands, comedians, theatre,
special events, special com-
munity events, contests, etc to
caguilar@newszap.com.Please
forward all information about
each event including: description
of the event; location (address);
date; time; cost; age appropriate-
ness; and any other information
that fits the specific event. For
additional information contact
Chauna Aguilar at 863-763-3134
ext. 4242. Your Weekly Entertain-
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City council changes future land use map


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee City Council
adopted two ordinances and ap-
proved a contract at their meeting
on Tuesday evening, March 3.
The council adopted an ordi-
nance dealing with the city's capi-
tal improvement plan. It revamps
the five year capital improvements
schedule and includes the five
year capital improvement plans
of Okeechobee Utility Author-
ity and the Okeechobee County
School District. Planner Bill Bris-
son said that action was required
by the state once a year. He added
that the purpose of the five year
capital improvements plan is to


document that the comprehen-
sive plan is financially feasible.
Transportation, roadway and
drainage projects were included
in the five year capital improve-
ment plan. Mr. Brisson stated that
because of the slow economy the
state would probably look at the
capital improvement plan more
closely but he foresaw no prob-
lems with it.
Then the council amended
the future land use map for prop-
erty in the 100 block of N.E. 11th
Street owned by A.M.S.A. LLC.
The future land use map for the
propertywas changed from multi-
family to commercial, allowing
the owner to build an office for a
home health care service on the


property.
Turing to the last item on the
agenda, LaRue Planning &
Management Service, Inc.
was awarded a contract in
the amount of $31,000 to
prepare the city's evaluation
and appraisal report. This
agreement will allow LaRue
to conduct meetings, gather
data, analyze key issues,
identify and summarize cor-
rective measures, evaluate
relevant changes in growth
management laws, and ad-
dress specific requirements
of Florida Statutes. The work
is to be completed by Jan.


1, 2011. Mr. Brisson said the
project usually takes 12 tO 18
months. However, because
of the slow economy, he
thought it could be complet-
ed in 12 months.
On a personal note, Mayor
Jim Kirk thanked all who had
prayed for his mother who
recently underwent surgery
for cancer. He said that the
surgery was successful and
his mother is now cancer
free. Mr. Kirk attributes that
to everyone's prayers.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached
at pgawda@newszap.com.


Civil Air Patrol cadets enjoy 'O-rides'


The Okeechobee Civil Air Pa-
trol held Cadet Orientation Rides
(O-Rides) and a Family Day Bar-
becue recently at the Squadron
Hanger located at the Okeecho-
bee County Airport. Cadet Ori-
entation Rides are just one of the
great opportunities available to
Cadets in the Civil Air Patrol Pro-
gram. The O-Ride as it is called
is piloted by an experienced FAA
Certificated Pilot who must also
pass a Civil Air Patrol written test
and a CAP check ride to fly the
Cadets. The Cadet once airborne
gets a "Hands On" opportunity to
fly the aircraft under the experi-
enced guidance of the Pilot. The
aircraft, a Cessna 172 is the pri-
mary trainer used by most pilots
in the country.
CAP Cadets are provided five
"hands-on" rides in powered air-
craft and five in glider aircraft. Ca-
dets are also permitted an unlim-
ited number of flights in the back
seat as a passenger as scheduling
permits.
O-Rides are broken down into
five lessons, one for each flight
starting with basic safety and
flight controls ending with stalls
and steep turns. Included in the
O-Ride lessons are basic naviga-
tion and radio communications.
While O-Rides are not intended to
teach the Cadet to fly, the Cadet is
taught a condensed version of all
phases of flight a pilot is taught as
they learn to fly.
With their families, friends and
peers present to celebrate their
achievements, Cadet Heather
Lowry and Cadet Airmen 1st Class
Michael Miller both "slipped the
surely bonds of earth" and took
the controls of the CAP Cessna


172. This was Cadet Lowry's first
O-Ride; Lt Greg Gernat was the pi-
lot. On this flight she learned how
a pilot uses checklists and how to
do a through Preflight Inspection
as well as the basic controls of the
aircraft. Once in the air, she again
had the opportunity to work with
the pilot using the checklist and
then took the controls herself un-
der the experienced guidance of
Lt. Gernat to fly the aircraft, learn-
ing first hand how the aircraft re-
sponded to her control inputs.
CadetAirmen 1st Class Michael
Miller took his final and most chal-
lenging powered O-Ride, piloted
by Lt. Joe Ragon.
The Civil Air Patrol is an all
volunteer organization perform-
ing missions for America start-
ing at the local community level.
They specialize in Search and
Rescue Operations; provide Real
Time Storm Damage Assessment,
Storm Relief and other services to
the local community and govern-
ment as well as to State and Feder-
al Agencies. They also provide an
outstanding Cadet Program edu-
cating America's youth in Leader-
ship and Aerospace Technologies
through weekly meetings, en-
campments and remote activities.
Last year Okeechobee Composite
Squadron Cadets had the oppor-
tunity to attend several encamp-
ments all around the state and na-
tion, from Leadership Academies,
Space Camp, and Ranger School
to Flight Training Encampments.
They also had the opportunity to
take group trips to Washington,
D.C. and to the U.S.S. North Caro-
lina where they spent the night in
the crew quarter's onboard ship.
Transportation for both of these


trips was provided by the U.S. Air
Force on C-130s, which was an
experience in itself.
With the exception of the air-
craft, radio equipment and vans,
all of the operating funds for
the local CAP Squadron come
directly from local donations,
most of which is used for the lo-
cal Cadet Programs. This sum-
mer the Okeechobee Composite
Squadron is preparing for Cadet
Encampments, Cadet Glider O-
Rides, Cadet Honor Guard Acad-
emy and the Model Rocketry
Program. All of these activities
are outside of the Okeechobee
area and are overnight excursions
requiring the Squadron and/or
Cadets to fund most of the trans-
portation, lodging or food. Your
help and support is always greatly
appreciated.
This weekend, Saturday March
7, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. the
Okeechobee Composite Squad-
ron will be at the Publix Super-
market on Parrott Avenue to meet
and answer your questions about
CAP. Some of their equipment
will be on display and there will
be lots of information about CAP
and their Missions for America.
Donations will also be accepted at
that time to support the Okeecho-
bee Composite Squadron. Please
come out and meet them, they
are all hard working local volun-
teers serving you and the com-
munity. What better opportunity
to support and learn more about
such a worth while organization.
If you are interested in the
Civil Air Patrol or any of the many
fascinating opportunities it offers
to Cadets or Adults but can not
make it to Publix this weekend,


please contact Capt. Joe Papasso
at 561-252-0916, Lt. Joe Ragon at
954-695-8000 or Lt. Greg Gernat at
863-697-9915. Meetings are every
Tuesday at 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the
Okeechobee Airport, T-Hanger
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Mary Elizabeth (Carrier) The American


Copp, 91
OKEECHOBEE Mary Elizabeth
(Carrier) Copp, of Okeechobee, died
Tuesday, March 3, 2009, at her
home. She was 91.
Born Sept. 24, 1917, in Park
County, Ind., to Thomas and Nora
Carrier, she was a homemaker hav-
ing come to Okeechobee from West
Palm Beach in 1985.
She was preceded in death by her
husband, Joseph Copp; daughter,
Patricia Copp; great-grandchild,
Shawn Rafferty; sister, Norma Haw-
kins; and three brothers, Milford,
Glenn and Herbert Carrier.
She is survived by five daughters,
Sandra (Maurice) McClurg, Ruth (La-
mar) Andrews both of Okeechobee,
Mary Jo (George) Azecusky of West
Palm Beach, Carol Jean (Jerry)
Copeland of Jacksonville, Judy Lynn
(Pat) Chirdon of Danville, Va.; three
sons, Jonnie Thomas (Alice) Copp
of Virginia, Larry Glenn Copp of Illi-
nois, Ronald Ray Copp of Tennes-
see; sister, Pauline Tuttle of
Okeechobee; 20 grandchildren; 11
great-grandchildren; and six great-
great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be 1 p.m. until ser-
vice time of 3 p.m. Sunday, March 8,
at Bass Okeechobee Chapel. Burial
will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Big Lake
Hospice.
Friends may sign the guestbook at
www.bassokeechobeefh.com.
David L McCormick, 63
OKEECHOBEE David L. McCor-
mick, of Okeechobee, died Wednes-
day, Feb. 18, 2009, in Raulerson
Hospital.
Having served in the U.S. Navy, Mr.
McCormick enjoyed fishing, hunting,
boating and was a hospice volun-
teer.
Preceded in death by two brothers,
James and Allen.
He is survived by his wife of 34
years, Nila; one son, Brian McCor-
mick of Washington State; two
daughters, Heather Downard of Car-
olton, Ky., and Mimi Delgado (Mi-
guel) of Portland, Ore. In addition,
he is survived by stepsons, Ricky
Gray of Okeechobee, Robert Gray
(Tammy) of Villa Hill, Ky., and Gary
Gray (Sinthia) of Union, Ky; two step
daughters Denice Beasley of Glenco,
Ky., and Darlene Meyer (Alvin) of
Cincinnati, Ohio; 16 grandchildren; a
great-grandchild; brothers, Dickie
McCormick, Orville McCormick Jr,
Kelly McCormick; and sister, Violet
Haynes all of California, Ky.
No services are planed, however,
memorial condolences may be
made at www.buxtonfuneral-
home.com.
All arrangements are under the di-
rection of the Buxton Funeral Home
and Crematory.
Philip Linden Smith, 90
AUGUSTA, Ga. Mr. Philip Lin-
den Smith, of Augusta, passed away
Tuesday, March 3, 2009, in his resi-
dence. He was 90.
Funeral Services will be held 11
a.m. Saturday in St. Andrew Presby-
terian Church with Revs. Ed Rees
and Bob Hunt officiating.
A native of Roanoke, Va., Mr.
Smith resided in Augusta since mov-
ing from the Okeechobee, Fla., area
in 2000. He was an aeronautical en-
gineer at Robins Air Force Base in
Warner Robins, prior to moving to
Florida.
Mr. Smith was a member of the
American Legion, Post 64, Okeecho-
bee, Fla., and a retired Lieutenant
Colonel in the United States Air
Force serving in World War II. He
was a member of St. Andrew Pres-
byterian Church of Augusta.
Mr. Smith is survived by his daugh-
ter, Tracy S. Hatfield of Augusta; his
son, John Edward Smith of Great
Mills, Md.; his sister, Shirley Iverson
of Coarsegold, Call.; nine grandchil-
dren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Mr. Smith is preceded in death by
his wife Louise Bowery Smith in
2002.
The family will receive friends Fri-
day evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Elli-
ott Sons Funeral Home, 2524
Lumpkin Road, Augusta.
Sidney'Korn Dogg' B.
Burnett, 34
OKEECHOBEE Sidney "Korn
Dogg" Burnett, of Okeechobee, died
March 3, 2009, in Ft. Pierce. He was
34.
Born March 22, 1974, in Pahokee
to Sidney and Patricia Burnett he
was a heavy equipment operator.
He is survived by his parents, Sid-
ney and Patricia Burnett of Wauchu-
la; brother, Shane Lee Burnett of
Winter Haven; and his grandparents,
Glen and Kate Hamilton of Okee-
chobee and Oma J. Burnett of Wau-
chula.
Graveside services will be 11 a.m.
Friday, March 6, at Evergreen Ceme-
tery.
Friends may sign the guestbook at
www.bassokeechobeefh.com.
All arrangements are entrusted to
the loving care of Bass Okeechobee
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weddings and parties of any size.
The public is always welcome unless it's
a members only event.
Our kitchen is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
and 1 to 8 p m on Sunday
Sunday' Open 1 to 8 p.m. Regular
Bingo from 6:30 p.m.
Monday: Open 11-8 p.m. Social Bingo
I PM
Tuesday: Open 11-8 p.m.
Wednesday: Open 11-8 p.m. "Taco
Day" 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tacos $1.50
Music with Jim Elders 2-6
Thursday: Open 11 a m. 8 p.m. Social
Bingo 6 p.m.
SAL Steak Dinner third Sunday each
month $12 donation.
Legion and Auxiliary meet the second
and fourth Tuesdays at 7 p.m.
The fourth Tuesday meeting includes a
carry in dinner at 6 p.m.
SAL Meet the third Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Am-Vets #2001
- Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold a regular
informational meeting on the first Saturday
of the month at the Buckhead Ridge
VFW Post #9528, 2002 U.S. 78 W., at 10
a.m. Applications for new members are
available. Call Helen James at 863-824-
7644 or Lou Eder at 863-357-0467.
* Am-Vets Ladies Auxiliary meetings
are the first Saturday of the month at 10
am. Contact the Post at 467-2882 for
information.

Eagles Aeries #4137
Eagles Aeries #4137 is located at 9983
U.S. 441 N. For information on events, call
863-763-2552.


* Every Tuesday bingo at 1 p.m. Food
will be available for a donation.
* Wednesday bar bingo starting at 4
p.m. Food will be available.
* Every Thursday: washer toss at 1 p.m.
* First and third Thursday: Auxiliary at 6
p.m.; Aeries at 7 p.m.
* Friday: steak night (16-oz.) starting at
5 p.m. for a $12 donation.
- Saturday and Sundays: music at 7
p.m.
* First and third Sunday: breakfast
cooked to order from 9 until 11 a.m. for
$5 donation.

Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge #237
The Okeechobee Masonic Lodge
is located at 107 N.W. Fifth Ave. For
information about the club and events, call
James A. Green at 863-634-4401.
* The Masonic Lodge holdstheirmeetings
on the second and fourth Monday of each
month starting at 7:30 p.m.

Order of the Eastern
Star Chapter #128
The Order of the Eastern Star has many
fun activities planned on the first and third
Tuesday of each month. For upcoming
activities, contact Mary Ann Holt at 863-
634-8087.

B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S. 78 W. in
Buckhead Ridge. The Lodge's phone
number is 863-763-2250.
* Sunday: breakfast buffet from 9 until
11 a.m. With many items to choose from.
* Mondays: WOTM Chapter meeting
the first and third Mondays of every month
7'30 p m
* Wednesday: Bingo and food, food
served at 5 p.m. and bingo starts at 6
p.m.
* Thursday: dinner will be served from
5 until 7 p.m. Call the Lodge for the menu.
* Thursday: Music for dancing at 7:30
p.m. Call to see who is playing.
* Thursday: 5-Card Bingo at 6 p.m. food
available at 5 p.m.
- Friday. dinner served from 5 until 7:30
p.m. Music for dancing at 7:30 p.m. Call to
see who is playing.
* Saturday: dinner starting at 6 p.m.
* Saturday: Prime Rib Dinner served
from 6 until 8 p.m. the first Saturday of the


month.


Moose Family
Center #1753
The Moose Family Center #1753 is
located at 156 N.W 36th St. in Okeechobee.
Please call the Lodge at 863-763-4954 for
further information, sudden changes and
menus. Guests are invited to enjoy the
activities and consider membership.
* Open mic karaoke Thursday 7-10
p.m. and Sunday 4-8 p.m.
* Horseshoes Sunday and Thursday at
2 p.m.
Every Monday pool tournament at 7 p.m.
(food served)
* Legion BINGO Thursday at 1 p.m.
(food served served)
* LOOM BINGO Friday at 6:30 p.m.
open to the public (food served)
* Saturday night diner and dance each
week.
* Officers meetings first and third
Tuesday at 7 p.m.
* Women's meeting second and fourth
Tuesday at 7 p.m.
* Men's meetings, second and fourth
Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
SMoose Legion meetings third
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

VFW Post #4423
The VFW North Post #4423 is located at
300 N W. 34 St. The Post phone number is
863-763-0818.
Happy hour Monday through Thursday 4
until 6 p.m.
Monday: 50-cent hot dogs.
Tuesday. Washer toss at 1 p.m.
Wednesday: Pizza and Grill 5 until 7
p.m.
Friday' Bingo at 1 p.m Pizza and Grill 6
until 9 p.m. Karaoke 7 until 11 p.m.
Saturday: Bar Bingo at 1 p.m. Karaoke
7 until lp m.
Sunday. Dinner 2 until 4 p.m.
Post and Ladies Auxiliary meetings third
Sunday of every month at 11 a.m.
Men's Auxiliary Meeting 3 Monday of
every month 7 p.m.
* Membership for 2009 is overdue.
Annual members are asked to please pay
their dues.
Big Screen TV and Pool Table
All members and their guests are
welcome to dance and sing with our host
on Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m.


VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post 9528 is located at 29012
E. State Road 78 in Buckhead Ridge. For
information call 863-467-2882 Post opens
at 11 a.m., Monday through Sunday.
We are taking applications for men or
women who would like to join the VFW,
Ladies Auxiliary, the Men's Auxiliary,
AmVets or the Ladies AmVets Auxiliary.
SWednesdays: DinnerbyLadiesAuxiliary,
Mens Auxiliary, or AmVet Ladies Auxiliary
at 5:30 p.m. Music will be available.
- Thursday: Bar Bingo at 1 p.m. Lunch
will be available.
- Friday. 16 ounce stead dinner with
baked potato, salad and rolls will be served
from 5:30 until 7 p.m. for an $11 donation.
Pork Loin dinner available for $7. Dancing
immediately following dinner.
* Sunday: 5:15 p.m. bar bingo. Food
will be served for a donation.
- Membership meetings are held on
the second and fourth Saturdays of each
month at 10 a.m.
- House Committee meetings are held
on the second Saturday of the month at 9
a.m. For information contact Robert Hare,
Post Commander at 863-467-2882. Call for
Menu.
All games and special events are shown
on seven televisions, two of which are big
screen. The game room has a regulation
size pool table.

VFW Post #10539
* Post hours are 10 a.m. Monday through
Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday. Closing
times are discretionary and dependent
on the number of patrons but usually not
before 8 p.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m.
on weekends.
* Happy hours 10 to 11 am and 3 to 6
p.m. Monday through Thursday. Noon to 2
p.m. on Saturdays.
* Monday: Card Bingo at 6 p.m.
- Tuesday: Ladies Auxiliary all-you-can-
eat spaghetti dinner $5 donation beginning
at 5:30 p.m.
* Wednesday: Bar Bingo at 12:45 p.m.
Lunch by Ladies Auxiliary. Kitchen open
from 5 until 8 p.m. Evening music.
* Thursday: Music, kitchen open from 5
until 8 p.m.
F Friday' Music, kitchen open from 5 until
8 p.m.
- Saturday. Noon, dollar hotdogs, $1.50
Polish Sausage, both with Chill and all the
fixings. Card bingo at 5 p.m. Music and
dancing at 7 p.m. $50 gas card giveaway.


. Scheduled meetings: VFW First
Sunday at noon, Ladies Auxiliary second
Monday at 7 p.m., Men's Auxiliary second
Wednesday at 7 p.m.
* Do you have a family member serving
overseas? We send packages of urgently
needed supplies to them. We accept
donations for this worth cause. Contact
Cheryl Beniot at 863-697-2930.
For further information call 863-763-
2308.

Shrine Club
* The Okeechobee Shrine Club, S.R. 78
W, members will meet the first and third
Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. The
club is also available for weddings and
parties. For information call the club at
(863) 763-3378, Mac Simpson at 863-763-
8650 or Elma Yates at 863-697-2765
* They are now open two days a week.
Specials are:
* Tuesday' 4 until 9 p.m. Spaghetti
dinner donations only; music from 6 until
9 p.m.; happy hour 4 until 6 p.m.
* Friday: TGIF 4 until 9 p.m.; dinner for
$7.50 donation; happy hour 4 until 6 p.m.;
music from 6 until 9 p.m.

Cypress Hut
Eagles #4509
- The Cypress Hut Fraternal Order of
Eagles post #4509 located at 4701 U.S.
441 S.E. is now open to members Monday-
Saturday from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.,
Sunday from 1 to 10 p.m. Information can
be found by visiting www.foe4509.com, or
calling 863-467-1154.
* Food is served several evenings a
week.
* Aerie meetings are at 7 p.m. on the first
and third Wednesday of each month at the
old Cypress Hut flea market restaurant.
* FOE Auxiliary meetings are at 7 p.m.
on the second and fourth Wednesday of
every month
* Friday night: 16 oz rib eye steak dinner
with the trimmings beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Editor's note: To add listings or
make changes to the service club news,
please email okeenews@newszap.
corn.


Community Events


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
Visiting Nurse Association, 208
S.E. Park St., Okeechobee. Ap-
pointments are needed, please
call Donna True at 1-800-861-
7826, ext. 1. Screenings are for
anyone, any age who are con-
cerned about memory loss.
Screenings are conducted by staff
from St. Mary's Memory Disorder
Center. Immediate results.

AYCE pancake
breakfast
The Buckhead Ridge Fire De-
partment will hold an All You Can
Eat pancake breakfast on Satur-
day, March 7, from 8 until 11 a.m.
Breakfast will include, pancakes,
sausage, OJ, coffee, and ice tea
for a $4 donation.

Free nutritional
class offered
Monday, March 9, at 5:30 p.m.
Dr. Edward Douglas will teach a
CRA Nutritional Analysis class at
Douglas Chiropractic and Fitness
Center. For more information call
863-763-4320. This is a free class.

Martha's House holds
yard sale
Martha's House is having ayard
sale on Saturday, March 7 from 7
a.m. until noon. It will be held at
their Outreach Office, 4134 Hwy
441 North, (second driveway on
right, past Cemetery Road., after
Superior Water.)

Civil Air Patrol to
have a display
Saturday, March 7 between 10
a.m. and 2 p.m. the Okeechobee
Composite Squadron of the Civil
Air Patrol will be at the Publix
Supermarket on Parrott Avenue
with some of their equipment on
display to meet and answer your
questions about CAP. Member-
ship Applications and donations
will also be accepted at that time
to support the Okeechobee Com-
posite Squadron. Please come out
and meet them, they are all hard
working local volunteers serving
you and the community. If you
want to support your community,
enjoy working with young adults
or have an interest in aircraft or
radio operations you will enjoy
volunteering your time with the
Civil Air Patrol.


AYCE breakfast
to be held
An All You Can Eat breakfast
will be held on Sunday, March 8,
from 8 until 11 a.m. at the Mason-
ic Lodge, 107 N.W Fifth. Break-
fast will include: eggs, bacon,
sausage, grits, pancakes, biscuits
and gravy, juice and coffee for a
$6 donation. The public is wel-
come.

Controlling garden
pests help available
Are Bugs bugging you? There
are over ten thousand insects in
Florida but only about ten that are
harmful to plants. Small in num-
ber, but they can cause lots of
destruction. Come to our garden
pest workshop and learn easy
and sensible ways to control the
terrible ten without poisoning the
planet. We'll show you how to
prevent pests and also good ways
to deter them when they do show
up. The workshop will be pre-
sented by Angela Sachson, Flor-
ida Yards & Neighborhoods. The
workshop will be held on March
10, from 1-2:30 pm or 5:30- 7
p.m. at the Okeechobee County
Extension Service, 458 Highway
98 North. Space is limited and
pre-registration is required. Call
863-763-6469 to sign up.

Roundtable to meet
The Executive Roundtable of
the Shared Services Network of
Okeechobee County will conduct
its bi-monthly meeting at 1:30
p.m. on Friday, March 13, in the
board room of the Okeechobee
County School Board Office. This
forum provides a mechanism for
dialogue and problem solving in
our community through the col-
laborative efforts of our local deci-
sion makers. The public is invited
to attend. For more information,
please call Sharon Vinson at 863-
462-5000, Ext. 257.

OCEA holds member-
ship meeting
The Okeechobee County
Education Association (OCEA)
will have its third general mem-
bership meeting of the 2008-09
school year, on Thursday, March
12, at 4:30 p.m. in the Media Cen-
ter at Osceola Middle School, 825
S.W. 28th St. They will: form the
financial review and negotiation
committees, hear reports from
the Medical Insurance Committee
and Rally attendees, and found
out what to expect with possible
budget cuts and educational legis-
lation. If you are not a member of
OCEA, you may join at the meet-
ing. There will be refreshments
and door prizes.


Support group has
special guests
Depending on Christ Mental
Health Support group will be
hosting authors of the book "Bro-
ken Minds," Steve and Robyn
Bloem from Heartfelt Counseling
Ministries on Thursday, March 12
at 6 p.m. For more information
call Lauralee at 772-597-0463 or
772-631-9305.

Area Agency on Aging
plans to meet
The Area Agency on Aging of
Palm Beach/Treasure Coast, Inc.
is planning its upcoming month-
ly Board of Directors Executive
Committee meeting, to be held at
the Area Agency on Aging, 4400
N. Congress Ave., West Palm
Beach, on Thursday, March 12.
The meeting is scheduled to be-
gin at 8:30 a.m. Contracts requir-
ing the expenditure of funds are a
regular agenda item of this meet-
ing. Please call Vivian Pfau, Area
Agency on Aging, at 561 684-5885
for more information.

Fish fry dinners
St. Theresa of the Child Jesus
Catholic Church hosts "Fish Fry
Friday" each week until April 3,
from 5 until 8 p.m. The fundraiser
is sponsored by Knights of Co-
lumbus Council 11284. Dinners
include fish or chicken and all
the fixings for a $7 donation. Din-
ners are available for dining at the
Church Hall or take out.

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


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DAR to meet
The Okeechobee Chapter of
the Daughters of the American
Revolution hold their monthly
meetings the first Saturday of the
month October thru May from
10 to 11 a.m. at the Okeechobee
County Public Library. Anyone in-


terested in joining is welcome to
attend. They will help you docu-
ment your ancestors and apply
for membership in the DAR.
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Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Developer Bill Harvey stands behind a model of Silver Palms, an upscale RV park on U.S. 441
S. This Is the first new RV park In the county In many years. It is different from other RV parks
in the area because the residents will own rather than rent the lots.


Grants 101
The Shared Services Network and Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System
(FDLRS) recently sponsored a grant writing workshop, GRANTS 101. Presenters shared
Information on the process of writing grants to an eager audience of over forty partici-
pants. Sharon Vinson, Facilitator for the SSN introduced Cathleen Blair, with Children's
Services Council and United Way, who shared a few tips and some of the requirements
for those two local grants. Presenters: Roderick Natta, Coordinator for Grants and Ac-
quisition Management, and Jodie Koerner, Program Specialist, both with St. Lucie Coun-
ty Public Schools, provided the training for the grants workshop. For more information
about future grant workshops, call Sharon Vinson at 863-462-5000 ext. 257.


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unique RV park


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Housing development unique
to this area is taking shape south
of S.E. 32nd Avenue and west of
U.S. 441 S.
Silver Palms, an upscale RV
park, is the only housing devel-
opment that was on the drawing
boards three years ago that is ac-
tually being built today.
As developer Bill Harvey ex-
plained from the sales office at
the main entrance near McDon-
ald's on U.S. 441 S., Silver Palms is
unlike many RV parks where the
lots are rented. In Silver Palms,
the RV owners own their own
lots which are designed for motor
coaches, fifth wheel trailers and
park models.
The 40 by 75 foot lots will han-
dle the biggest motor coaches
and fifth wheel trailers. Owners
will be encouraged to use pavers
on the lots rather than concrete or
asphalt. They will be allowed to
have a 10 by 12 foot storage shed
and landscape the lot. Each lot
will have its own utility meters.
The park encompasses 90
acres and will eventually contain
512 RV sites. There are 167 sites
in Phase I which are now being
sold. A 9,000 square foot club-
house is almost completed. It will
have a library, card room, billiard
room, and a large meeting room
with stage and a kitchen. Out the
back door of the club is a swim-
ming pool and hot tub. Beyond
the pool is the smaller, already
completed, private club house.
It is anticipated that some of the
lot owners will rent out their lots
part of the year. The smaller club
house will be strictly for property
owners.
The club houses are part of a
four acre recreation center with
golf cart parking and something
for everyone. There will be tradi-
tional tennis, basketball, shuffle-
board, horseshoe and volleyball
courts in addition to pickle ball.
Pickle ball has been described as
"tennis for seniors." It is similar
to tennis but the court is smaller
and the rackets are smaller. There
is less running than in tennis.
There will also be boccie, an Ital-
ian game similar to lawn bowling
and pentaque, the Canadian form
of boccie.
The grounds contain a fifteen
acre enhanced wetland and four
lakes. Fountains will decorate the
lake at the main entrance. Devel-
opers expect occupancy on some
lots by the end of March and the
gated park to be fully operational
in 60 days.












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Eventually operation and
maintenance of the park will be
governed by a property owners
association.
Why is Silver Palms the only
development that did not fall vic-
tim to the building bust?
The reason, according to Mr.
Harvey, is that it is a "niche mar-
ket." While Silver Palms is not age
restricted, lots are marketed to re-
tirees or those about to retire who
own RVs. Mr. Harvey said people
who buy a motor coach are will-
ing to pay for good accommo-
dations for it. He said that most
people want the same lot and
the same neighbors each year.
That cannot be guaranteed with
a rental lot.
Another contributing factor
is location. In the center of the
state, it is not very far from the
larger population centers such
as Miami, Tampa and Orlando.
The shopping centers and restau-
rants of the coast are only an hour
drive away. Because of where the
park is situated in Okeechobee,
residents can walk to Publix or
McDonald's. Other stores are not
very far away.
Mr. Harvey said motor coach
owners want a newer park. He
said it has been 22 years since an
RV park of any size was built in
Okeechobee County and the old-
er parks will not accommodate
the newer motor homes.
Each year the number of RV
sites dwindles as older parks are
bought out by developers. There
are fewer sites now than five years
ago. With 8.5 million RVs on the
road, it is no wonder Silver Palms
attracts interest. Silver Palms may
help put Okeechobee on the map
as more RVers discover the attrac-
tions of the area.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached
at pgawda@newszap.com.


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NEW PRICE1 $197,000
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Spacious 3/2/1 + den CBS
home w/ 2428 SF of TLA.
Workshop, Screen porch &
Fenced. Great location in
town. Priced for a quick
sale. SHORT SALE!
$124,000 #215A Call Lori
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your mortgage loan modified, call
the Okeechobee Mortgage Loan
Modification Department.

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Russ Adams Taekwondo


students test and advance


On Feb. 5-6, Russ Adams Tae-
kwondo America held their belt
advancement testing.
The results of that testing are
as follows: White to yellow: Alex-
is Alicea, Heaven Peacock, Shaw-
na Peacock, Nicholas Wiggins;
yellow to orange: Daylin Walker;
orange to Sr. orange: Denise
Whitehead, Makaya Whitehead;


Sr. orange to green: Linden Buc-
cino, Casey Hurst, John Lense,
Trina Lense, Jennifer Lester, Ah-
mad Yousef, Mohammad Yousef;
green to Sr. green: Cristian Mo-
rales; Sr. green to purple: Ty Col-
lins, Hannah Morales; Sr. brown:
Charles Yager; red: Mia Lazaro;
Sr. red to 1st degree probationary
black belt: Nicholas Brown, Tra-


vis (T.J.) McKenna, Jr., Disan Her-
nandez, Jr.; 1st degree decided to
2nd degree decided black belt:
Anthony Hernandez, Travis McK-
enna Sr.; red stripe Jr. instructor
trainee: McKayla Skinner.
Congratulations to all. Hard
work really pays!


KOA Choir
The KOA Choir will present "An Evening of Worship Thru Music" on Sunday, March 15, at
7 p.m. at the KOA Convention Center, 4276 U.S. 441 S.


TKD Belt Advancement
Russ Adams Taekwondo America held their Belt Advancement testing on Feb. 5-6. Those
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Jr., Cristian Morales, Ahmad Yousef, Daylin Walker, Shawna Peacock, Nicholas Wiggins,
Trina Lense, John Lense, Heaven Peacock, McKayla Skinner, Linden Buccino, Disan Hernan-
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Three OHS Brahmans to play college football


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
HBO has a series the flight of
the Concords. Three Okeechobee
Brahman football players will be
taking a flight to play at Concord
this fall.
Sam Dixon signed in February,
and Wednesday Nate Pollard and
Chris Tullio signed their names
to football scholarships to play at
the Division II School in Athens,
West Virginia.
"I'm really excited about it,"
former Brahman Football Coach
Chris Branham said, "The whole
school is excited."
Tullio and Pollard both signed


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in front of their entire senior class
on picture day in the gym. Both
players said it was one of the
highlights of their careers.
"I'm excited," Pollard noted, "I
just feel good that I finally chose
a college and I had a college that
wanted me. I just feel good right
now."
Pollard intends to major in
Business. He stated that the edu-
cation part was just as important
as the football part of attending
college. He noted he visited the
campus over the winter and really
liked what he saw.
"I wanted to see snow and
now I'm going to see a lot of it. I
have a chance to play as a fresh-
r *


Chris Tullio and Nate Pollard sport new Mountain Lion Caps
play college football in West Virginia.


man," he noted.
Pollard said having two former
teammates on campus will really
help in his transition. He noted if
he finds he doesn't like the cam-
pus or town, he'll just work hard
and hope to transfer to Marshall
or another school.
Pollard earned all area acco-
lades with the Palm Beach Post
this year. He also played in the
South Central Florida All Star
game in Sebring and the Out-
back All Star game in West Palm
Beach. He noted he hopes he
plays against that kind of talent
every week in West Virginia.
"It'll be pretty good caliber
players each week, I look forward


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
on signing day. They both will


to it," he added.
Pollard had 13 career inter-
ceptions for Okeechobee. He
returned four of them for touch-
downs. He started three years at
wide receiver and two years at
defensive back.
He figures to compete for a
starting job at corner back for the
Mountain Lions.
Pollard's parents are Nate
Pollard Sr., and Linda Jenkins of
Okeechobee.
Tullio also has high hopes
about Concord University. He
noted he liked the coaches and
the small town atmosphere in
West Virginia. He, like Pollard, is
happy to get a major decision out
of the way.
"I feel good. I'm pretty happy
to be going. I'm happy to get it
over with," he noted.
Tullio said an entirely new
coaching staff will take over at
Concord this year. Mike Kellar is
their new head coach. He takes
over a team that went (0-11)
last year. Kellar was an Assistant
Coach at California University
of Pennsylvania for four years.
He helped lead the team to two
consecutive appearances in the
National Division II semifinals.
They also increased the number
of football scholarships they offer
from 18-36.
They also intend to invest a lot
of dollars in improving their sports
facilities. The team played in front
of crowds as large at 4,761 last
year.
"I liked all the coaches. It
seems like they care about me.
It's going to be cold, that's the
only thing I'm not looking for-
ward to. Everything else seems to


be good," he added.
Tullio started at center as a
sophomore and was the starting
left guard for the Brahmans for
the past two seasons.
Coach Branham, who re-
signed after last season, said his
players will get to play in the old
conference he played in at West
Virginia State. One of the games


on their schedule every year is
against West Virginia State.
"Concord has made a serious
commitment to their athletes
and football. All of our guys are
good students, they are good on
the field and off the field. I think
they'll play a major role as this
program rebuilds," he added.


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am ? Antiques and col-
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2517 SW9th Ln.
HUGE YARD SALE Behind
Taylor Rental 2226 NW 6th
St. Mar 7 & 8, 8am ? Col-
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clothing and lot's more



OAK PARK
3548 SW 20th Street
Sat. 3/7, 7a-12p.
Excercise, lawn equip,
Household & MOREI
OKEECHOBEE March 7,
2009, 8 AM, 1360 SE 23rd
ST, BLUE HERON, MULTI
FAMILY, Various house-
hold, decor, small applianc-
es, High wheel mower,
books, clothes, linens,
many items unused
OKEECHOBEE March 7,
2009, 8am till, 206 SE 7th
Street, Huge Yard Sale,
Home behind Grace Breth-
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kitchen, books, many craft
items, Donna Dewberry,
clothing, assorted siz-
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new and almost new, leath-
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Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials540
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Children's Items 555
China. Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drape, Limes & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
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Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
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Pets/Supplies/
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740




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




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



MATCHING triple Dresser with
twin mirrors, chest of draw-
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green velvet swivel chairs,
coffee table and end table,
two book cases, rot iron bi-
stro table & two chairs, three
shelf cart, two drawer metal
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batteries & tires w/folding
windshield & charger $1800
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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
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(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 floor freezer $75, Lg
wood dining table & hutch
$150, Office Desk $75, Re-
tired mechanic tools $5 and
up, Patio furn $50
(772)205-0121
WATER SYSTEM Complete,
15hp pump, water softener,
Pressure tank. New $1250.
Asking $650. (863)763-3932



FLORIDA CURR & BOXER MIX
- Puppies, 3 female and 2
male's. No papers $300
each (772)489-4125
PIT BULL PUPPIES $50, 9
weeks old. (863)634-1897



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



DAD with disabled Mom and
son, on steady fixed income
seeks owner finance. Need
3/2 on 1/2 acre + or water-
front Neat and clean can pay
$800 mo Can be fixer
upper (863)697-9108


Agriculture



Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Fanm 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



RETIRED MAN from Tennes-
see will care for your country
place Call George
(615)585-0641


Miniature zebu cows, 3 bulls
and 2 heifers Good for small
acreages. Call to see
863 801-4417 or
561 352-3015
PASTURE GATES -From 4' to
16' Like new but half the
cost Starting @ $31 00 to
$5700 (863)610-2206


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 SAMANTHAS
GARDEN APTS In Town,
2br/2ba, W&D, $850 mo +
$500 sec (863)634-5780
FURN EFFICIENCY APT TCI,
On Lake with dock, util/cable
included. No pets, $550 mo.
$300 sec. (863)697-3351
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. Avail
after 2/22/09
863 763-7301 or
863 697-1623
VIKING/PRAIRIE Efficiency
Very clean' $600/mo In-
cludes utilities. No pets. Call
561-329-8205



SPACE FOR RENT: 1,000 sq.
ft Located at Sun Plaza
Great location' High traffic
area. Call 863-610-1281



DIXIE RANCH Acres- 2br/lba
duplex $500 month + $400
dep, includes water, lawn,
garbage, NO PETS Call
(863) 467-9029
FT DRUM 1/1 on four acres,
new cabinets and carpet
$625 mo. (912) 224-4658
or (734) 637-2697
OAK PARK 3/1/1 newly re-
modeled CBS, non-smkg
env, no pets, $975 mo +
$1000 sec. (863)697-2818
OKEECHOBEE- On the water,
1br, 1ba, fully furn. W&D,
Elec & satellite, HBO incld.,
$600/mo (863)467-1950
Rent to own or sell 3/1 CBS,
new roof, newly renovated
$99,900 (561)801-3002



FULLY FURNISHED with dock,
2/2, BHR, seasonal or long
term. $700/mo. $500 move
in Call 863-824-0981


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 Wanted1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080




BEST VALUE
ON MARKET!
Newly remodeled 3BR/1 5BA
(or) 2BR/1BA situated on very
clean equestrian ranch 14
minutes from town center
Please No Pets. Call for move-
in special M-F 863-467-9800
Buying a car? Look in
the classified. Selling
a car? Look in the
classified.



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 ndge
facing lake 3/1 on half acre
$70,000. And 3/2 $85,000
Realtor / w ner
(561)635-8478
Reading a newspaper
helps you understand
the world around you.
No wonder newspaper
readers are more suc-
cessful people!



5 Acres- 5 minutes north of
town off 441, cleared
$79,900.00 (561)801-3002




BHR Furn Modular home 3/2
w/FI Room, Inc 3 HD TV's.
Just updated plumbing,
elect, new sod & sprink sys,
fenced, boat ramp, dock,
cone drive, car port, shed.
$138,500 OBO
(561)818-2348
Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise
your yard sale in the
classified and make
your clean up a breeze!
LAKEPORT- Lake Okeechobee
access 2/1 CBS, fully furn, 2
boat-boathouse w/1 5 bath,
laundry, shop w/auto doors,
fish cleaning screenroom.
Too many extras to list, in-
cludes Bass boat and air
boat $250,000 Bill Smith
941772-8898 or
94 448-0367


S4fl CB ill]i ld11 l^
Starting at $850 MthlYearly
Washer/Dryer Lawn Maintained
On Large Private Lots

Ask About Rent to Own with 10% Down


Mobile Homes



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




FULLY FURNISHED 2/1 TO
Non smoker $550 mo +
utilities & deposit
(863)447-2189
KISSIMMEE RIVER ESTATES -
2/1, 2 Car garage, $500 MO
+ dep. (863)467-8062
MOBILE HOME 1BR/1BA, all
util, $650 mo. 863-763-2098
or (863)610-1092
TAYLOR CREEK 3/2 Lake Ac-
cess, $975 plus utilities, 1st,
last & sec. No pets. Rent or
Buy (772)463-4465
TAYLOR CREEK ISLES, 2br,
1ba, furnished, boat dock Inc
lawn svc $650/mo 1st &
last. (321)777-1376




AFFORDABLE S/W Mobile
Home for sale. 14X50 2 BR,
1 BA. 12X22 SCR/Vinyl Rm.
Newly refurb Lake acc w/
Dock Treasure Island In
park. @3425 SE 36th Ave,
$24K neg. 772-318-8218
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
DEW DROP INN Custom
2/15 Fully furnished, nice
cov patio. REDUCED $18000
(863)763-3945
DOUBLEWIDE, 2005 1/2
acre, 2 out buildings,
$75,900. Call 772-260-0078


LAKEPORT 2 sep properties,
2br, 1ba mob homes, com-
pletely furnished, 1 with
large workshop, 1 with large
arage $45,000, MUST
SELL f (863)946-0989
LARKEE LAKES- 2BR/1BA, on
culdesac, has renter in
place $50,000 Call
(863)467-2156
One man's trash is
another man's treas-
ure. Turn your trash
to treasure with an ad
in the classified.


Recreation



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



AIRBOAT 220 Ground power,
12'4", alum sides, fiberglass
hull $6500 OBO
(863)357-3567 after 5 pm
NITRO 170 1995 17ft bass
boat,115hp.mariner out-
board.trailer included front
& rear fish find-
ers.471b.trolling motor.on
board 8 amp battery charg-
er.green & gold colorexcel-
lent condition.SOmph+
$5200. (203)213-3929



TRAVEL TRAILER 31' with
screen room attached can
be seen at Lakeside RV Park
4074, 441 SE Lot#4. Okee.
$2500 (269)240-0797
How do you find a job
in today's competitive
market? In the
employment section
of the classified


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Automobiles




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



TOYOTA COROLLA 2001
Grey, 47000 miles. Auto,fil,
cruise. Excell condo. $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




CHEVY SILVERADO 2500 HD
2002 4-wd,4door,dle-
se l,CDw/amp&4-
8"spk rs, 2 2 -
rimsW/ToyoM/T-tires&alot of
extras,big&beefy $18000.
8 6 3 3 5 7 2 8 16
863)117 0911





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



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



TANDEM double axle 19' $800
OBO, 32' heavy duty $400
00O (863)357-3567 after 5
pm



Public notices




Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500


^^^^ II


Public Ntic


Public Ntic


NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF A SPECIAL EXCEPTION
NOTICE: A PUBUC HEARING il be held before the Okeechobee Cunty Boar of
Adjustments and Appeals on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at 7:00 pm in the Con-
mission Meeng Room, Okeechobee County Heailh Department Auditrium, 1728
NW 9th Aveue, Okeechobee, Flonda to consider a Special Exception to allow an
outdoor shooting, rte or target range in an Agsicltre (A) zoning disict The
property owner is Daiel Braswel III The applcaat is Jeff Wat The propty ad-
dress 7055 NE 48th Sreet and is more parbculady descnbed as follows'
A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN THE EAST 1/2 OF SECTION 32, TOWNSHIP 36
SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA, CONSISTING OF
PARCELS DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 658, PAGE 184, OFFICIAL
RECORDS BOOK 658, PAGE 1886, AND OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 659, PAGE
1787, OF THE OFFICIAL RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA, AND
BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS
COMMENCING AT A FOUND 4 X 4" CONCRETE MONUMENT AT THE SOUTH 1/4
CORNER OF SECTION 32, TOWNSHIP 36 SOUTI-I, RANGE 36 EAST THENCE
NORTH 8210'25" EAST ALONG THE WEST LINE OF THE EAST 1/2 OF SAID
SECTION 32, A DISTANCE OF 64118 FEET TO A SOUTHWEST CORNER OF A
58808 ACRE PARCEL OF LAND DESCRIBED IN A OUIT CLAIM DEED DATED
SEPTEMBER 22, 2006 AND RECORDED IN OFRCIAL RECORDS BOOK 659,
PAGE 1787 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA
SAID POINT BEING THE POINT OF BEGINNING, THENCE CONTINUE NORTHERLY
ALONG SAID LINE, A DISTANCE OF 2,20294 FEET TO THE NORTHWEST COR-
NER OF A PARCEL OF LAND DESCRIBED IN A WARRANTY DEED DATED MAY
9, 2808 AND RECORDED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 658, PAGE 1886 OF
HE PUBUC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA, THENCE SO TH
810'49 EAST, ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF SAID PARCEL, A DISTANCE OF
.472.68 FEET TO THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF SAID PARCEL DESCRIBE IN
sFRCIAL RECORDS BOOK 658, PAGE 1886, THENCE SOUTH OT 44'50" EA T A
INSTANCE OF 1,68899 FEET TO A NORTH LINE OF A PARCEL DESCRIBE IN
)FRCIAL RECORDS BOOK 378, PAGE 218, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF 0 EE-
HOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA, SAID POINT ALSO BEING AT A SOUTHEAST OR-
ER OF SAID PARCEL DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 658, PiGE
884, THENCE SOUTH 82'43'06' WEST ALONG THE NORTH UNE OF lAID
PARCELL DESCRIBED I OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 378, PAGE 218, AN A
SOUTH LINE OF SAID "RCEL DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 58
AGE 1884, A DISTANT OF 191 05 FEET TO THE NORTHWEST CORNE OF
AID PARCEL DESCR D IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 378, PAGE 18
HENCE SOUTH 03-13' WEST ALONG THE WEST LINE OF SAID PARCEL DE-
CRIBED IN OFFICIAL P-CORDS BOOK 378, PAGE 218 AND AN EAST LIN OF
AID PARCEL DESCRIBE D IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 658, PAGE 188 A
STANCE OF 1,077 24 EET TO A POINT ON THE SOUTH LNE OF SAO EC-
iON 32 AND BEING T SOUTHWEST CORNER OF SAID PARCEL DE; 3R ED
OFFICIAL RECORDS OOK 378, PAGE 218 AND A SOUTHEAST CO ,EF OF
lAID PARCEL DESCR D IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 658, PAG 1 84
HENCE SOUTH 8942 86 WEST ALONG THE SOUTH LINE OF SAID NEC 0
2 AND THE SOUTH LNE OF SAID PARCEL DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL R CORD,
OOK 658, PAGE 1884, A DISTANCE OF 731 89 FEET TO A SOUTHWE T L T
ER OF SAID PARCEL OF LAND DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BCK :5
AGE 1884, THENCE NORTH 0210'25" EAST, ALONG THE WEST LNE F A
FACIAL RECORDS BOOK 658, PAGE 1884, PASSING THE NORTHWE T 0
ER OF SAID PARCEL DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 65 .AG
884, CONTINUING NOW WITH A WEST LINE (A JOG IN THE SOUTH LNE) 0
SAID PARCEL O LAND DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 65 PAG
787, FOR A TOTAL DISTANCE OF 89182 FEET THENCE IN A SOUTHWESTEF-
Y DIRECTION ALONG THE SOUTH LINE OF SAID PARCEL DESCRIBED IN OFF-
IAL RECORDS BOOK 659, PAGE 1787, THE FOLLOWING CALLS AN
INSTANCES,
SOUTH 4912'02" WEST, A DISTANCE OF 92 44 FEET,
TENCE SOUTH 5343'31" WEST A DISTANCE OF 100 00 FEET;
THENCE SOUTH 6219'14' WEST A DISTANCE OF 100,00 FEET,
THENCE SOUTH 7430'26' WEST A DISTANCE OF 100 00 FEET;
THENCE SOUTH 7818'22" WEST, A DISTANCE OF 300 01 FEET TO THE POINT
OF BEGINNING, CONTAINING 83 81 ACRES, MORE OR LESS
In th event that all items scheduled before the Board are not heard, the earnings
shall be continued to Wednesday, March 25. 2009 at 7.00 pm in the Commissior
Meetng Room, Okeechobee County Healh Department Audtonum, 1728 NW 9i
Avenue, Okeechobee, Florda
ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD AT
THIS PUBLIC HEARING Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Board
of Adiustments and Appeals with respect to any matter considered at this meeting
or hearing will need to ensure that a vebatim record of the proceedings Is made
and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal
wil be based. Plarng and Development tape are for the sole purpose of backup
for offilal records oft department
Wiliam Royce, Planning Director
Petion -2i06o95
312662 ON 3/6/09

PUBLIC NOTICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF INDIAN
RIVER STATE COLLEGE WILL HOLD A REGULAR BOARD MEETING TUESDAY
MARCH 24, 2009 AT 3.30 OM IN THE BOARD ROOM OF THE BEN L BRYAN
ADMINISTRATION BUILDING ON THE MAIN CAMPUS OF INDIAN RIVER STATE
COLLEGE AT 3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE, FLORI k 34981-5596
NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN THAT AT 9.00 A.M., TUESDAY MARC 17, 2009, AN
AGENDA MEETING WILL BE HELD IN THE BOARD ROOM OF TI BEN L. BRYAN
ADMINISTRATION BUILDING ON THE MAIN CAMPUS, 3209 VI GINIA AVENUE,
FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA 34981-5596 ANY PERSONS WISHIN TO PLACE BE-
FORE THAT BOARD FOR CONSIDERATION ARGUMENTS CONC RNING ISSUES
OF LAW OR POLICY OR PRESENT EVIDENCE OF ANY PERTIh.NT FACT THAT
MAY BE IN DISPUTE MUST NOTIFY THE PRESIDENT OF THE CO' I EGE AT LEAST
SEVEN DAYS BEFORE THE SCHEDULED MEETING OF THE B. 'ARD OF TRUS-
TEES ANY PERSONS WISHING TO APPEAL THE DECISIONS F THIS BOARD
WIlH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEE NG WILL NEED
A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE MAY NEED TO
ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS IS lADE
312231 ON 3/6/09


Your new home could be
in today's paper. Have
you looked for it?

^^^^ II


NOTICE OF ABANDONMENT OF COUNTY EASEMENT
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that at a regular meeting of the Board of County Commis-
soners of Okeechobee County, Honda. on the 26th day of February 2009, a Reso-
ueon was adopted pursuant to Sections 33609 and 33610, Flonda Statutes
whereby the County of Okeechobee vacated, closed, abandoned, renounced and
disclaimed all nights of he county and the public in a county nght-of-way further de-
scdbed as follows'
All that portion of the 10' utility easement alon he eastely boundary of Lot 569
Taylor Creek Isles Section 4-B, less and except the souedy 5 thereof, according to
t plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 4, Page 8, public records of Okeechobee
County, Ronda
CIO Begs, Jr, Chairman
Sharon Robersn, Clerk
Board of County Cornlssloners
Okeechobee County, Florida
Petition B-2008-0045
312664 ON 3/6/09



Legacy: co m

View obituaries
from the past month at
http://www.legacy.com


LEGAL ADVERTISEMEIIT
The Workforce Development Board of he
Treasure Coast Region 20 and the
Treasure Coast Worfoece Consortium
announces a meeting of the Execuive
CornTitee to which all persons are init-
ed
Date & Time Fnday March 13, 2009 -
8.00am
Place Wdornorce Devdop nt Board
of thoe Treasure Coast
Unersity Park
584 NW University Blvd., Suite 100
Port S Luce, Flonda 34986
PUNROE: To discuss matters concern-
ing the Worforce Investment Act, Work-
force Emloyment Opportuniies, te
Welfare Transdion Frgram, One-Stop
Career Centrs and the Wokorce Devel-
opment Board. A copy of the agenda
may be obtained by contacting,
Workforce Deveopment Board
ofe Treasure Coast
UniversityPark
584 NW University Blvd, Suite 100
Part St Luce, Ronda 34986
Should any person wish to appeal any
decision made by the Board with respect
to any matter considered at the above
referenced meeting, they will need to en-
sure a verbatim recording of the pro-
ceedings is made, which record includes
the testimony and evidence upon which
the appeal is based, in order to provide a
record for udicial review
312640 8 3/6/09

IN THE CIRCUIT OF THE
19th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO.: 0-CA-8669
JAMES BARNHILL,
Plaintiff
vs
TIMOTHY D.MEROLA and
ROLADO REYEES,
Defendants
No ACE OF ACTION
TO TIMOTHY D MEROLA AND ROLAN-
DO REYES, AND ALL OTHER WHOM
IT MAY CONCERN
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to
foreclose a mortgage to th following
real property located in Okeechobee
County, Honda.
BEING A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN
A PORTION OF SECTION 7, TOWN-
SHIP 37 SOUTH, RNAGE 35 EAST,
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA,
AND BEING ALL OF LOT 10 AND A
PORTION OF LOT 11 OF FIRST ADDI-
TION TO PLAYLAND PARK ACRES,
AN UNRECORDED PLAT PREPRE-
PARED BY LEON H. WILUS, COUNTY
SURVEYORS, DATED JULY 15,1968
has been fled against you and your are
required to serve a copy of your wnt-
ten defenses, any, to t on Shelly A,
McKay, Esq, he Plainffa's attorney,
whose address is 207 SW 2nd Ave-
nue, Okeechobee, L 34974, wdahn 30
days of first publication, and file the
onginal wth the clerk of this court el-
ther before service n the Plantff's at-
toaney or immediately thereater
otherwise a default wil be entered
against you for the relief demanded in
the complaint or petalon
DATED this 4h day of March, 2009
SHARON R ROBERTSON
As Clerk of the Court
By Adie Nealls
Deputy Clerk
312707 ON 3/6,13/09

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NOTICE OF AN OKEECHOBEE COUNTY PLANNING BOARD
BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS AND APPEALS MEETING
NOTICE: The Planning Board/Board of Adjustments and Apeal will hold their next
regular meeting on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at 7:0 pm in the Commisson
Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Heath Department Auditonum, 1728 NW 9th
Aveine, Okeechobee, Flodda In the event hat all items schedded before the
Board are not heard, the meeting shall be contained to Wednesday, March 25,
2009 at 7 00 pm in the Commission Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Heath
DepartmentAuditonum, 1728 NW 9h Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida
ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD AT
PUBLIC HEARINGS Ay person deciding to appeal any decision by the Board of
Adjustments and Appeals with respect to any matter considered at ohs meeting or
heang will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and
hat the record includes he testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be
based Planning and Development tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for of-
fial records of te department
Wiliam D Royce, Planning Drector
312666 ON 3/6/09
CITY CODE ENFORCEMENT BOARD MEETING
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Okeechobee Code Enforcement Board
Meeing wll be on Tuesday, March 10, 200, at 6:30 p.m. City Hall, 55 SE 3rd
Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Rorida The puic is invited and encouraged to at-
tend For a copy of the agenda contact Sue Chistopher at the City Rre Depart-
meat 763-4423
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that d any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the Code Enforcement Board with respect to any matter consid-
ered at this meeting, such interested person ill needed r of the proceed-
ings, and for such purose may need to ensure a verbatim record o the
procedngs is made, which record includes the testimony and evidee upon
which t appeal is to be based Meda s forthe sole purpose a up of back-upfo
fial records of the Fire Department
In accordance with the Amencans with Disabilies Act (ADA) and Flodda Statte
286 26, persons with disablites needing special accemrmodaton to particpate in
ts proceeding should contact Sue Chdstopher no later than two (2) working
days pno to he proceed at 863-763-4423, if you are eann or voice Im-
pared, call TD 1-800-955-8770 (voice) or 1-800-955-8771 (TTY)
By Jamie Gamotea, COE BOARD CHAIRPERSON
Sue Chnstoper Board Secretary
312585 ON 3/6/09


Tennis teams tangle with John Carroll


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The winning streak continued
for Okeechobee High School boy's
tennis, but ended for girl's tennis
Wednesday when the two squads
tangled with the John Carroll Rams in
Ft. Pierce.
The boys rode strong performanc-
es in singles to defeat the Rams 4-3.
The girls fell 5-2.
Corey White and Zach Fowler re-
mained unbeaten for Okeechobee.
White defeated Mateo Abondano 8-5,
while Fowler defeated D.J Osgood,


8-2. Alex Nielson continued his strong
start with an 8-5 victory over Dominic
Choles. The Rams Nick Decrescenzo
defeated Okeechobee's Max Nor-
man, 8-1, and Santiago Abondano of
John Carroll defeated Austin Willard,
8-3, in the other singles matches.
In doubles the team of White
and Fowler defeated Abondano and
Choles 8-1 to give Okeechobee the
match. John Carroll won the other
doubles match as the team of Osgood
and Decrescenzo defeated Nielson
and Norman, 8-5.
In the girl's match, Kari Berger con-


tinued her strong play as she defeated
Mary Catherine Brown, 8-6. Kather-
ine Ragamat won the other match for
Okeechobee as she defeated Christina
Close, 8-5 in singles.
Berger also played a competitive
doubles match as she teamed with
Walker in a tight match with Kather-
ine Maley and Jenna Tayler. John Car-
roll prevailed 8-6.
Okeechobee returns home next
Tuesday to host Sebastian River.


Girls softball team falls to Jupiter


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Heather Elsner out dueled Sam
Harrell as the Lady Warriors of Jupiter
defeated Okeechobee High School's
Lady Brahmans, 3-2, in girl's softball
action Wednesday night.
Two early mistakes doomed the
Brahmans as they missed a catchable
fly ball and made a fielding error in
the first inning.
Coach Kim Hargraves said her
team is young and didn't make the
plays that they needed to make to win
the game, "There were some physi-
cal and some mental mistakes. It all
goes back to being young. At the end
of the season if we are still making
those kinds of mistakes, we'll have
problems."
Elsner scattered four hits in a com-
plete game performance for Jupiter.
Sam Harrell was almost as good for
Okeechobee. After the rough first in-
ning, she settled down and allowed
just three hits and a run over six in-
nings.
Maddie Timoteo opened the scor-
ing with a two run double in the
top of the first. Her drive to left cen-
ter followed a double by Courtney
Marshall that probably should have
been caught in left field. Juliet Giles
reached on an infield error and also
scored in the first inning.
Okeechobee answered back with
a run in the bottom of the first. Naomi
Stephens walked and stole two bases.
She scored on a ground out by Megan
Clements.
Okeechobee tied the score in the
third as Harrell doubled to left cen-
ter, and scored on a one out double
by Taylor Douglas. Okeechobee ap-
peared to have a big inning going
earlier in the frame when Naomi Ste-
phens appeared to beat out a bunt.
The ball was thrown away into right
field. However the umpire made a
late call which ruled the bunt was foul
before the catcher touched it.
Other than that Okeechobee had
few opportunities against Jupiter.
Coach Hargraves said she was im-
pressed with Jupiter's pitcher nothing
she kept the ball on the outside cor-
ner and kept her hitters off balance.
"None of our batters appeared
comfortable. We didn't have a lot of
confidence tonight," Hargraves said.
"Overall we didn't have that swagger
that nobody is going to beat us."
The winning run came in the fifth
as Bre Shearin doubled to left and
scored on a sacrifice fly by Giles.
Okeechobee could manage just
two base runners in the final four in-
nings. Stephens hit a two out double
in the fifth and Emily McCullough hit
a two out double in the sixth.
Okeechobee played at Royal Palm
Beach on Thursday night. The girl's
next home game is Tuesday, March
10, against Suncoast. Game time is 7
p.m..


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Naomi Stephens scored the Sam Harrell pitched well in a los-
Brahmans first run in their loss ing cause for Okeechobee.
to Jupiter.


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Taylor Douglas takes a breather during Wednesdays game. She had
an RBI double for Okeechobee.


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