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*********ALL FOR ADC 320
PO BOX 117007

Vol. 99 No. 2 Wednesday, January 2, 2008' 50 Plus tax


OMS students
raise money
for trip to D.C.
Osceola Middle School
.eighth graders who will be
headed to Washington DC in
the spring put on a Sock Hop
Social as a fundraiser for their
trip, with the help of the trip
sponsor, Mrs. Cable. Students
arrived in their fifties finery,
and six students were award-
ed "Best Costume" in a tough-
to-decide contest. Dozens of
students competed in a con-
test to find the "Best Twist,"
and still others showed their
hula hoop skills in a contest,
with all winners taking home
fuzzy dice. Some students
watched "Happy Days" at the
OMS version of a drive-in the-
ater, and. many chose to have
professional portraits done of
the evening.
Page 6


Work forces
road closure
.According to the
Okeechobee County Road
Maintenance Department,
N.W. 149th Terrace will be
closed to all traffic on Jan. 3,
2008, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
due to work being done on a
drainage pipe.
The road will be closed
from about one-fourth mile
north of N.W 56th St. The clo-
sure will affect N.W. 1471 Ter-
race and N.W 151s' Terrace
Only emergency vehicles
will" be allowed to pass the
work site.
For information, call (863)

Drought Index
Current: 549
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.28 feet
Last Year: 12.12 feet
Source.: South.
Florida Water
District. Depth
given in feet
above sea level.

Classifieds............................ 9-11
Com ics ..................................... 8
Community Events.................... 4
Crossword....... I .................... 9
Obituaries............ ............. 6
O pinion..... ...... .... ..... .... 4
Speak Out ............................ 4
Sports .................. ................. 12
TV ............................................ 10
Weather................2.................... 2
See Page 2 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.

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Baekpumping leads to lawsuit

Federal, state
agencies back
SFWMD in suit
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Water- managers' have re-
ceived resounding support from
the federal and state levels in re-
gard to a lawsuit that would force
them to remove pollutants from
water as it is being backpumped
into Lake Okeechobee.
At the heart of the 2002 law-

suit is the claim by several differ-
ent groups that the SoOth Florida
Water Management District
(SFWMD) should be required
to have federal permits to back-
pump, which would take away
the state's right to control its wa-
ter programs.
These. National Pollutant
Discharge Elimination System.
(NPDES) permits are normally
used to regulate discharges from
such point sources .as industrial
plants and municipal waste op-
In essence, if the SFWMD

was to lose the suit they would
have to come up with a method
to remove pollutants from water
being backpumped into the lake
through their S-2, S-3 and S-4
pumping stations on the south
end of the lake from the Ever-
glades Agricultural Area (EAA).
The S-2 structure is in South
Bay, while the S-3 structure is lo-
cated on the Rim Canal at Lake
Harbor and the S-4 pump sta-
tion is located near Clewiston.
All three flood control structures
are set up. to move water from
farmlands and the cities of Belle

A successful year: Club celebrates success

Photos by Tonya Harden
Members of the Christian Motorcycle. Club, Alternative Motorcycle Club and The Just
for Today Club, joined together at Okee Tantie to celebrate the New Year in a manner
muchinore conducive to many of the attendants new life s~ye, drug free.

Rally kicks off New Year

By Tonya Harden
The Okee-Tantie Recreation
Area was a busy place on the
morning of New Year's Day. A
lot of the winter visitors were
enjoying a breezy morning on
the bank. With poles in the wa-
ter, buckets of bait and the lat-
est catch close by, and a look of
ease, they patiently waited for
a bite. Ignoring the fairly cool

weather -- for Okeechobee --
they fished on. Just up the road
at a cleaning station, fishermen
and women were getting a
head start on their night's din-
ner. And cross the lot a large"
crowd had begun to gather to
celebrate their New Year in a
different fashion.
As The Just for Today Club of
Okeechobee began setting up

barbecue grills and recreational
tables, the bikes were rolling
in -- motorcycle bikes, that is.
As part of the celebration, the
Christian Motorcycle Associa-
tion joined the club to celebrate
a feat many had struggled long
and hard throughout 2007 to
accomplish, staying drug free.
The Christian Motorcycle
See Rally-Page 2

Lining the driveways of UKee Tantie chrome motorcycle rims could De seen shining.
Their riders polished and shined their bikes before making their trip to rally for support
of The Just for Today Club.

2007: The Year in Review

Continued from the Jan. .and corrections impact fees
1, 2008 edition: 2007 brought went through their final phase
challenges and controversy to with the, interlocal agreement
Okeechobee as well as some with the city.
changes. Headlines in the

Okeechobee News included
the following.

May 3, 2007'
City OKs portion of fees:
The Okeechobee City Council
met in City Hall Tuesday, May 1,
at 6 p.m. to -consider approval
of three interlocal, agreements'
with the county to' collect
emergency medical services,
fire/rescue, road 'and correc-
tions impact fees. County EMS
impact fees, road impact fees

May 14, 2007
IRCC expands local cam-
pus: Indian River Community
College (IRCC) will be holding
its groundbreaking ceremony
for the new Williamson Con-
ference and Educational Cen-
ter. on Thursday, May 17, at 4
p.m. at the local Dixon Hen-
dry Campus, 2229 N.W Ninth
Ave. Okeechobee residents
interested in educational and.
business development of the
community are invited. The

new technologically sophisti-
cated facility will be used for
conferences, 'college courses,
seminars, strategic planning
sessions, community activities
and many other events.

May 18, 2007
Cop to women: Be
aware: 'Two men have been
banned from returning to a
downtown Okeechobee busi-
ness in connection with their
reportedly accosting women as
they walked to their vehicles.
In one incident, two men ac-
tually tried to get in a vehicle
occupied by a 31-year-old
See Year Page 2

Glade, South Bay and Clewiston
in case of flood.
Nine states, 23 water re-
source organizations, the Ameri-
can Farm Bureau Federation, the
Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protections, the Environ-
mental Protection Agency and
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
are among the different groups
and agencies that filed federal.
court briefs on Dec. 26 that back
the SFWMD and their right to
control water resources at the
state level.
"There were an unusually

large number of amicus (friend
.of the court) briefs," said Jim
Nutt, lead counsel for the SFW-
MD. "They (the briefs) typically
draw siginificance to the case
and get the court to recoginize
that their decision has a lot of
ramifications. They put up a
bunch of red flags."
A spokesperson for U.S. Sug-
ar Corporation (USSC) in Clewis-
ton said that company also filed
a brief on behalf of the SWMFD.
"To single out these three
See Lawsuit Page 2


learn tobe

'fire wise,

By MaryAnn Morris
Okeechobee News
Over the past 50 years,
more and more people have
moved out of the cities to build
homes and businesses in out-
lying fringe .areas technically
kn9wn by Florida Division of
Forestry as the "wildland/ur-
ban interface." Today, almost
a third of Florida's population
Sives .in these. interface, areas
where'homes, sheds and barns
intermingle with forests and
wildlands. Residents usually
don't realize they may live too

"close to nature"; they may, in
fact, be "Living on the Edge" of
a wildfire disaster. Since we are
in a significant drought, we are
On average, Florida expe-
riences the second highest
number of wildfires in the na-
tion. During dry years, Florida
experiences severe wildfires
-- wildfires that destroy homes,
disrupt people's-lives and im-
pact the State's economy. .
Few fire departments have
adequate resources to protect
See Safety Page 2

Speckled Perch

. Festival Pageant

deadline nears

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Due to the change in date of
the 40th annual Speckled Perch
Festival, the Okeechobee
Chamber of Commerce has
also. moved to an earlier date,
Sunday, Jan. 13, beginning at
4 p.m. the KOA Kampground.
The final deadline for ap-
plications and sponsor fees is
Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 4 p.m. Ap-

plications can be picked up at
the Chamber office, 55 South
Parrott Ave.
There are five categories
for girls: Tiny Miss, 3 year olds;
Little Miss, 4 and 5 year olds;
Princess, 6 through 9 years
old; Junior Miss 10 through 13
years old; and Miss 14 through
19 years old.
Categories for boys are Tiny
See Pageant Page 2

Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken/File photo
Red hot display
Some spectators sat on top of pickup trucks to watch the
Fourth of July fireworks show at the Okeechobee Agri-
Civic Center.

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Okeechobee News, Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Continued From Page 1
Club, including many members
who came from West Palm Beach,
and the Alternative Motorcycle
Club, from Port St. Lucie, rallied
with The Just for Today Club to
show their support for and pride
in all those relishing in the glory
of a successful year.
Michael Dunn, the club presi-
dent, said he expected 75 or more
people-to show up for the event.
He said the Christian Motorcycle
Club does this once a year and
often the Alternative Motorcycle
Club lends and a hand with serv-
ing. The event was scheduled to
last from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The rally was not only to show
their support for those who have
accomplished their goal of 2007
but also to encourage hope for
staying drug free throughout

Continued From Page 1
Okeechobee woman and her 10-
year-old daughter.

May 20, 2007
Muck project to start soon:
Water managers are hoping to
start removing 3.8 million cubic
yards of muck from the exposed
lake bottom next week to take
advantage of the low lake level.
According to Susan Gray, deputy
director of the South Florida
Water Management District (SF-
WMD) watershed management
department, the $11.4 million
project will get started as soon as
all the permits are obtained.

May 21, 2007
Does anyone own Viking
roads?: Who owns the roads in
Viking? Like the canals in Treasure
Island and Taylor Creek Isles, no
one wants to claim responsibility
for their maintenance. Peavine
Trail, 101 Ranch Road and North
Grade are the only roads main-
tained by the county. Many of the
other 216 miles of roads are sim-
-ply easements, with adjoining
property owners each contrib-
uting half of the easement. The
Coquina Water Control District
(CWCD) owns easements on the
roads following the section lines.

May 22, 2007
Rehab center named in
suit: A local drug abuse rehabili-
tation center that claims to have
an 80 to 85 percent success rate
is facing a lawsuit over a state
contract. The Council for Secu-
lar Humanism and two private
citizens filed a lawsuit Thursday,
May 17, in Leon County circuit
court alleging that the Depart-
ment of Corrections (DOC) con-
tracts with Lamb of God and
Jacksonville-based Prisoners of
Christ violate the state constitu-
tion that prohibits state revenues
from being used to aide a reli-
gious organization.

Continued From Page 1
every home in these wildland/ur-
ban interface areas.
Everyone must become part-
ners in fire protection by becom-
ing "Firewise." Homes in or near
the wildlands, or adjacent to un-
developed property, need special
Firewise Communities is part
of the National Wildland/Urban
Interface Fire Program, which
is directed and sponsored by

Continued From Page 1
pumps with cumbersome fed-
eral permits when there are other
structures (on the lake) that do
the same thing .is not right," said
USSC's Judy Sanchez. "If this is
upheld then every structure that
releases water would have to
have a permit. It would have a
far-reaching effect."
This case dates back to 2002
when groups such as the Friends
of the Everglades and Fishermerq
Against Destruction of the Envi-
ronment (FADE) challenged the
SFWMD's right to move water.
The argument by those groups'
is that when the SFWMD back-
pumps they are adding pollutants
to Lake Okeechobee.
However, the SFWMD argues
that merely moving water tho-
rugh their pumping stations is not
"adding" anything to, the water.
Also, since the SFWMD has a state
permit that restricts and monitors
the transfer of water from the EAA
into the lake, the NPDES permit
offers Lake Okeechobee no ad-
ditional protection.
But U.S. District Court Judge
Cecilia Altonaga ruled on June 15,'
2007, that the SFWMD must have
the federal permit to continue to

Photos by Tonya Harden
Michael Dun (president), Lewis Gopher, James Grimes, Cindy Horwin, Denise Panikowski,
and Bill Miller, the club officers, took a second from the festivities to take a group photo. How-
ever, with the smell of barbeque lingering they quickly got back to and eating.,

Slabs of ribs were grilling, fix-
ings were set on the tables, the
soda was pouring, and everyone
seemed to share the same senti-

May30, 2007
Deputy hurt in scuffle
with suspect: A deputy from
the Okeechobee.County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO) received a "bro-
ken finger and a bloody nose as
a result of a scuffle with a man
he and a fellow deputy were try-
ing to arrest. Deputy Mark Shire-
man was treated and released at
Raulerson Hospital following the
scuffle on Friday, May 25.

June 1, 2007
DOF: Wildfire 75 percent
contained: The wildfire that
has already consumed approxi-
mately 25,000 acres along Lake
Okeechobee continued to work
its way to the south as winds
blew heavy smoke back toward
Buckhead Ridge on Thursday. An
area 14 miles long, from Buck-
head- Ridge south to Lakeport,
has been turned to ashes as
hundreds of firefighters fought to
bring the blaze under control.

June 5, 2007
Despite Barry, drought
persists: The weekend rainfall
was a welcome sight, and every
little bit helps. However, it will
take many more such rains to
bring Lake Okeechobee up to
its average level for this time of
year. Over the weekend Tropical
Storm Barry dropped 2.25'inches
on the Okeechobee County Air-
port. Okee-Tantie Marina and
Campground reported a total
of 1.83 inches of rain during the
same period of time. Scattered
bands of rainfall that are typical
of a tropical storm caused vary-
ing amounts of rain to fall on dif-
ferent parts of the county. Only
1.5 inches of rain fell 'at Lazy

June 12,2007
Man's death under inves-
tigation: When deputies from
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO) received a call
to check on the welfare of ana
Okeechobee man Friday, little did
they know the danger that'was

the Wildland/Urban Interface
Working Team (WUIWT) of .the
National Wildfire Coordinating
Group, a consortium of wildland
fire organizations and federal
agencies responsible for' wildland
fire management in the United
Understand what makes a
neighborhood either less or more
vulnerable to a wildfire. Learn
about the two most vulnerable
parts of a home, the "home igni-
tion zone' for wildfires and defen-
sible space.
Defensible space (a 30-foot

operate the pumping stations in
Palm Beach County for flood con-
trol and water supply purposes.
The SFWMD complied and is
applying with the FDEP for the
permit. They are also filing an ap-
peal of Judge Altonaga's ruling.
The appeal deals with jurisdic-
tion, or-the state's right to'control
its water resources. It is not, says
the SFWMD, an attempt to cir-
cumvent regulations.
"There is no perfect answer.
To pull this out of the authority
of the state isn't such a good pro-
cess," said Mr. Nutt. "It's a more
complex issue than people ac-
Backpumping is normally
done during periods of neces-
sity such as when there'is too
much water on the farmlands in
the EAA, or during dry periods
when water is needed in Lake
Okeechobee. However, the SF-
WMD governing board voted late
this summer to not allow back-
pumping as a means of agument-
ing the water supply during the
current drought.
Ms. Sanchez said backpump-
ing causes no damage because
the water being returned to the
lake is cleaner than when it left.
"As a result of 12 years of best
management practices (BMPs),
the water in our canals is cleaner

Many of the attendants said
they couldn't imagine a better
way to kick off the New Year.
Although many of the people
seen were from out of town, the
handfuls of locals walked with a

awaiting them. OCSO deputies
went to the N.W. 30th St. home of
Webster Burton to check on his
well being. When they arrived at
his three-bedroom mobile home,
both doors were locked. They
then peered through a window
and saw Mr. Burton lying on the
living room floor.

June 13, 2007
County OKs 5-cent gas tax:
Beginning Jan. 1, 2008, county
residents will pay an additional 5
cents a gallon in gasoline tax. De-
spite the protests of several resi-
dents, the Okeechobee County
Board of County Commissioners
unanimously voted to increase
the county gasoline tax by an ad-
ditional 5 cents at their meeting
Tuesday, June 12. The tax will
remain in effect until Dec. 31,

June 14, 2007
County, Cattlemen reach
accord: The 2007 Labor Day Ro-
deo will have a new location the
Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center.
After many months of negotiat-
ing, the Okeechobee Cattlemen's
Association finally reached an
agreement with the Okeechobee
County Board of County Com-
missioners concerning the use of
the county facility.

June 23, 2007
Alvarez found guilty: gets
life: In less than 30 minutes,
Mark Alvarez lost his freedom,
A jury of his peers found the 18
year-old guilty on two counts of
first-degree murderwith a firearm
and one count of second degree
arson. Then, about 30 minutes
later, Circuit Court Judge Sher-
wood Bauer, Jr. sentenced Alva-
rez to two life sentences for the
murders of Curtis Wayne Lindon
Tenney and Elizabeth Johnson,
and another 15 years for second
degree arson.

June 28, 2007
Planners OK Eagles Land-
ing: A proposed large scale resi-

border with minimal landscap-
ing and no flammable materials)
around your home increases the
likelihood that a home will sur-
vive a wildfire even in the absence
of firefighters.
Older, even wood-frame home
in high wildfire hazard areas can
be modified and made Firewise
by creating a defensible space of
at least 30 feet out from the struc-
ture for wildfire protection with-
out losing the "woodsy" look and
feel. Clean the debris out of your
gutters and off your roof. Do not
store gasoline or other combus-

than water that enters the lake
from every other source," said Ms.
Sanchez, in regard to the amount
of phosphorus entering the lake.
She said the water has less
phosphorus in their canals b&-
cause farmers in that area have
modified the way they pump
and move water. First, the water
is moved more slowly and more
often so that it doesn't stir up the
muck sediment. Second, farmers
have instituted sediment controls
in canals and ditches whereby
they now scoop up the sediment
and put it back on their fields.
"The same thing we do to re-
move phosphorus, we do to re-
move nitrogen," she added.
Mr. Nutt agreed that the
farms on the south end of Lake
Okeechobee have been follow-
ing strict BMPs. He went on to
say they now contribute less than
4 percent of the nutrient loading
into the lake.
"This isn't an issue where the
district wants to backpump," he
cautioned. "It's a state's right is-
The attorney said the SFWMD
has, for environmental reasons,
decided not to do any backpump-
ing at all.
Both Ms. Sanchez and Mr. Nutt
said water contributing bodies
such as Nubbin Slough, Taylor

sense of pride, knowing that their
town and their people could do
what they set their minds to and
celebrate in a manner condusive
to their achieved goals and New
Year's resolutions for 2008.

dential and commercial devel-
opment with an environmental
twist, Eagles Landing, recently
overcame another hurdle toward
becoming reality. On Tuesday,
June 26, the Okeechobee County
Planning Board/Board of Adjust-
ments and Appeals recommend-
ed that the zoning change request
of Land Ventures of America, LLC
be granted. The applicant had re-
quested a change in zoning from
residential general to planned de-
velopment for property located
on the north side of U.S. 441 S.
E., west of Nubbin Slough.

June 30, 2007
Fireworks to be held at
Agri-Civic Center: There will
be a new location for fireworks
this year the Okeechobee
County Agri-Civic Center. The
Okeechobee Jaycees will be
once again be sponsoring fire-
works on the Fourth of July. Since
the. hurricanes, the Jaycees have
not been able to use Okee-Tan-
tee Campground and Marina for
their Fourth of July Family Day.
Therefore, they chose a new lo-

July 3, 2007
How low will the lake go?:
At midnight on Sunday, July 1,
Lake Okeechobee reached the
lowest level ever recorded; The
U.S. Army corps of Engineers
(COE) recorded the lake level at
that time as 8.83 feet above sea
level. Last year on this date the
lake was 12.06 feet. Two years
ago it was 16.02.

July 4,2007
Lightning hits Lazy 7
home: Monday night started out
as a peaceful summer evening
for Jimmy and Dorothy Hayes of
Lazy 7 Estates. Around 7:45 p.m.
their night took a drastic change
for the worse. Mr. and Mrs. Hayes
were relaxing in thei8r home as a
sever thunderstorm blew through
the area. They were not overly
See Year-Page 11

tible materials within this space.
Most importantly, fire is.a natu-
ral part of our Florida ecosystems.
It is not a matter of IF we are going
to have wildfires, but WHEN'will
we have wildfires and HOW BAD
will the fire be. Homeowners can
be a major part of wildfire protec-
tion by taking action to reduce the
ignitability of their homes before
the threat of a wildfire.
To report a wildfire, call (863)
462-5160; for burn permits, call
(863) 462-5163.
MaryAnn Morris
may be contacted at

Creek and Fisheating Creek all
dump more phosphorus into the
lake than backpumping does.
Because of this, stormwater
treatment areas (STAs) have been
built in the Taylor Creek/Nubbin
Slough and Kissimmee River ar-
eas where water is held and natu-
rally filtered before being released
to the lake.
The state has adopted a Total
Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) of
phosphorus for the lake of. 140
metric tons, which includes the
35 metric tons contributed by
rainfall each year. This TMDL is
down from the over 400 metric
tons of phosphorus that the lake,
has had to absorb in years prior
to the adoption of the TMDL in
There is also the question of
expense. If the court upholds the
suit against water managers, who
will pay?
"You shouldn't require taxpay-
ers and agencies that are moving
the water to pay for cleaning up
the water," said Mr. Nutt. "It's a
question of who is responsible to
clean up the water."
Additional legal briefs will be
prepared for the court in the up-
coming months. Oral arguments
before a panel of three federal
judges aren't expected to be held
until sometime in late 2008.

Continued From Page
Mister for 3 year olds and Little
Mister for 4 and 5 year olds.
Admission fee for the pag-
eant is $5 for 12 year olds and
up. The parents of the contes-
tants will receive free 'admis-
The Chamber is also accept-
ing applications for the Speck-
led Perch Parade. The parade
will be held on Saturday, Feb.
9 at 10 am. Applications are
available at the Chamber of-
The 40th annual Speckled
Perch Festival will be held Sat-
urday and Sunday, Feb. 9-10.
Applications are also avail-
able for the 40th Annual Speck-
led Perch Festival. The Cham-
ber welcomes all non-profit
arts and crafts vendors and re-
tail businesses to join them for
their event in Flagler Park. A
reservation fee of $75 for non-
profit arts & crafts booths and
can include bake sale items.
The fee for non-profit food
booths is $171.20. A reserva-
tion fee of $100 is required for
retail booths for promotion of
sale of retail items. The fee for
commercial food vendors is

$ 267.50. This fee is collected
at the time your reservation is
made. Rules do apply and are
available at the Chamber of-
With the 2008 festival be-
ing the 40th anniversary of the
Speckled Perch Festival there
are new events and activities in
the works to make this year a
monumental event. While be-
ing held in a different .month
and without the support of the
rodeo goers will be new terri-
tory, the chamber is prepared
to do additional promotional
advertising in order to make
the event a success for the
chamber and for the other lo-
cal businesses and vendors in-
For more. information about
the Speckled Perch Pageant,
Speckled Perch Parade or the
Speckled Perch Festival con-
tact the Chamber at (863) 763-
6464. Remember-to have your
applications and money turned
in to the Chamber for. the pag-
eant by Tuesday, Jan. 8.
Post your opinions
in the Public Issues Forum
Reporter Chauna Aguilar
may be reached at




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Okeechobee News, Wednesday, January 2, 2008 3

New Year's Eve defied expectations

By Tonya Harden
Okeehcobee News
As the New Year's Eve work-
day ended, around every corner
the words "be careful," could be
heard. With the very real possibil-
ity of crowded roads, dangerous
accidents, and party mishaps
looming, this salutation was given
freely and often. In years past, the
community has seen what kind of
tragedies a night like New Year's
Eve can bring. Many people cel-
ebrate this "turning of the tides"
night with alcohol and late night
festivities. However, according to
our local firefighters, EMT's and
police the night proved to defy ex-
pectations. NewYear's Eve turned
out to be an "uneventful night,"
according to Search and Rescue
member of the County Fire De-
partment Karl Holtkamp. With
only 14 calls to the County Fire
Department and two calls com-
ing in at the City Fire Department,
firefighters rested easy knowing
that their town was safe. It seems
that those salutations were taken
into serious consideration before
and throughout the celebrations.
According to the city police
there were no roadblocks set up
along the roads for routine traffic
stops. The few calls received by
the County Fire Department be-
ing primarily from the turnpike,
fire rescue responded in usual
fashion, quickly and diligently, but
were relieved to return to the sta-
tion knowing no major hazards
had taken place.
Bringing in the first day of the
New'Year on the job was not on
everyone's agenda, but for city
and county employees it's a ne-
cessity happily accepted. The men
of 'both fire departments were
enjoying a relaxing and peaceful
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Chase Marsocci irons, Ryan Hathaway tanker driver, Jeremy Smith search and res-
cue, Chris Douglas lead medic, Karl Holtkamp search and rescue, and Terry Parrish, Sr.
- driver engineer, all of the county fire department, proved just how easy going their first day
of the new year was going by laughing at Ryan Hathaway's, "does this fire engine make me
look fat?" remark.

remaining that way.
"New Year's was, surprisingly
quiet and I'm hoping that it gets
quieter but it might not work out
that way," said William Doug-
las, of the city fire department.
With 805. calls on'the first day of
the New Year in 2007, they have
come to work with hopeful spirits
but prepared minds. Their prepa-
ration, although achieved with
good intentions, became more
and more of a by-product as the
day rolled on. Looking forward to
the New Year, each firefighter, fire
rescue member and EMT enjoyed
their first day of 2008 in a relaxed
work environment, with smiles
on their faces and laughter in the
air. As Ryan Hathaway said, "Last
night everyone was safe, and will
hopefully stay that way."

Okeechobee News/Tonya Harden
Brook Conway, William Douglas, JR Wooten and Mitch Bryde-
bell of the city fire department rang in their New Year with a
steady and quiet day on the job.

Arrest Report

The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-
der the influence (DUI) charges by
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or.
the Department of Corrections

ing under the influence. His bond
was set at $500;
David Russell Compton, 25,
N.W. Ninth St., Okeechobee, was
arrested Dec. 28 by Deputy D.
Hardy on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with viola-
tion of probation grand theft.
He is being held without bond.
Bobby Lee Spells, 22, U.S.

(DOC). 441 N., Okeechobee, was arrest-
Richard Ortega, 42, N.W. 3611 ed Dec. 29 by Deputy Paul Jack-,
St:,-Okeechobee, :was arrested- " a charge,,of possessJQn,-of
Dec. 28 by Deputy Corporal Timo-' a controlled substance without. a
thy A. Higgins on a charge of driv- prescription. He was released on

his own recognizance.
James Charlie Holloway, 64;
N. Bethlehem Road, Plant City,
was arrested Dec. 30 Uby Deputy
John Ashby on a charge of driving
under the influence. He was re-
leased on his own recognizance.
Charles Ray Kirkey, 18, N.W.
33rd Ave., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested on a charge of robbery. His
bond was set at $5,000.
,Jas,on.Tyrqne,Myles, 27,,Cen-
ter,Stoxe, Lane,, Riviera Beach,, was
arrested Dec. 31 by Deputy Corpo-
ral Aric Majere on an Okeechobee

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County warrant -charging him
with worthless check over $150.
His bond was set at $1,500.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who is
later found innocent or has had
the charges against them dropped
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local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new topics
or comment on existing topics. You can also e-mail comments
to or call 863-467-2033, but online
comments get posted faster and not all phone calls can be
printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the discus-
sions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
HOSPICE CONFUSION: This is in reference to Okeechobee hav-
ing two Hospices. Hospice of Okeechobee has been here the longest.
That is the Hospice that has the garage sales. The other Hospice is
known as Big Lake Hospice. They are in the Publix shopping center.
They have the thrift store. There nurses are right next door to the thrift
store. They do go to the patient's home. One stayed with my friend's
wife for three weeks and never left her bedside. They are saving to build
a Hospice house just like the one that just opened on Midway Road.
All money donations stay right here in Okeechobee. We are here to
help the people in Okeechobee. If you would like you, can come and
talk to there nurses. I have been in there thrift shop and boy do you get
the bargains. You just have to look. Big Lake Hospice is going on their
third year in Okeechobee. Maybe this will straighten out some of the
rumors. Money collected here does not leave Okeechobee. We have
many families that we are helping and without this donated money,
we would be in a deep hole. Maybe this will be straightened out and
each Hospice will receive proper credit

TAILGATING: This is to the person who doesn't like people who
ride right on their tail. The real problemnis people who pull out in front
of fast oncoming traffic and drive along at a snail's pace and irritate
the people that they pulled out in front of. If they would wait until they
had time to pull out, they wouldn't have to worry about people riding
their tail.

GAS TAX: If Democrats are kinder at heart, then why did they do
vote in the 5 cent gas tax that does not expire until 2017?

Upcoming Events

Wednesday Jan. 2
Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Span-
ish groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian
Church, 3055 S.E. 18th.Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator.
Another group meets in the Okeechobee County Health Depart-
ment, 1798 N.W. Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as
the group facilitator. There is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m.
with Shirlean Graham as the facilitator. For information, call (863);
The Okeechobee Jaycees will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the Ameri-
can Legion Post #64, 510 S.E. Second St. The Jaycees would like
to welcome all energetic young people between the ages of 21 and
39, who are interested in working towards the betterment of our
community. For information, call Margaret -Bowers at (863) 763-
AA. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Method-
ist Church 200 N.W. Second St. It's an open meeting.
AA. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
NA. meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee,
2303 ParrottAve., The Lakes Shops Suite K. For information call
(863) 634-4780.
Moose Lodge Bingo and food, food served at 5 p.m. arid bingo.
starts-at 6 p.m. For information call (863) 763-2250. Public is wel-
"Thursday Jan. 3
Tantie Quilters meet every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
at the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call
Margaret at (863) 467-8020, or Belinda at (863) 357-0166.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; 310 S.W Sixth St.
Anyone interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome
to attend. There is Census, IGI (Interhational Genealogical Index),
Social Security Death Index and military information available. For
information, call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
AA. Closed.big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Prayer group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center, 412
N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the
fellowship hall at 412 N.W Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1
p.m. at Village Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis
and the public are welcome. For information, contact Frank Irby at
(863) 357-1639.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30
p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 200. N.W Second St. Please
join us or ask questions. Call Phyllis at (863) 467-8636 or Hazel at
(863) 763-4920 for information.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W
Third Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher
at (863) 357-6257.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for
women who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and
abusive relationships. The support groups are held every Thursday
at 6 p.m. For information call (863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Gra-
ham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.

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Letters to the Editor

Submitted photos/Bobbi Poole
Mr. Jesse and Mrs. Karen Jones, the Directors out at Gethse-
mane Ranch.

Gethsemane Ranch
dedicated to children
Gethsemane Ranch, (press
out the old life) is directed by
Jesse and Karen Jones and under
the headship of Dunklin Memo-
rial Camp in Indiantown. Geth-
semane is a -- ranch dedicated
to children, teaching them how
to calf rope, bull-ride, run barrels
and poles in a Christ-centered en-
vironment. Many of the children
pray for their own personal needs,
and the needs of their families.
Eight years ago, Mr. and Mrs.
Jones were working in Lake
Placid with the sports programs.
Then the fortunate meeting of Mr.
Randy Johnson, a rodeo chaplain,
quickly turned their lives in an-
other direction. This is when the
children's ranch was established
through much prayer and seeking
the will of the Lord; Mr. Johnson
came to Dunklin Memorial Camp
to visit for three days: This "visit"
turned into a year. After his arrival
the elders of Dunklin camp held
a meeting and decided in agree-
ment to build a rodeo arena and
barn for many uses. Mainly for a

ministry to reach children for the
Lord: Rodeo Bible camps were
immediately planned which are
currently being held three times
per year. 'The, first one is in the
Spring, then Summer, then Christ-
mas. The children from all walks
of life, begin arriving on Sunday
afternoon, staying until Friday eve-
'ning. Each new day begins with
an early breakfast, learning a va-
riety of rodeo events, off to lunch,
then time to worship. Mr. Jesse
says, "The thing that amazes,me
the most is we think children will
only pay attention to prayer for 15
minutes" and we have found they
will pray for hours." As Friday ap-
proaches, the children want to
stay another week to pray and to
God actually spoke to Mr.
Jones, giving him a great desire to
please the Lord. In this talk with
God the Lord: gave him complete
guidance in how to set the camp
up and to lead it. There is a vision
for the seven most Southern states
to come together to win cowboy
world to Jesus. It was. "spoken"
to first begin guiding the children
of Dunklin Camp members, the

Josie Straton, Pole Bending.
staff kids, then attention be given
to the men in the programs kids.
All these children need to see the
love of God. Then, invite, teach,
and guide Bible Camp kids who
come in to learn rodeo. Teach
these children events and dis-
ciple them. "Help all of them to
see God is a loving father who is
pleased to see when his children
succeed; when they include him.
"These':, children will succeed
and become champions in these
events that come through here,
The Jones equip the children to
carry the gospel where ever they
God gave .complete instruc-
tions in thevision for the children's
Rodeo Bible Camps, giving Jesse
and Karen the faith to follow the
path he has laid out for them. It
appeared to be an over-whelm-
ing job. but the Lord promised

he would do the work. The camp
practices poles and barrels on
Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
Bull riding practice is on Wednes-
day evening. The Lords supper is
offered to the group in side of the
arena on occasion.
The long range goal for the
ranch is to build a two story bunk
house with approxImately 2400
square foot of space to house
the children who stay for Bible
The prayer is for other minis-
tries to start up, taking the gospel
to others. Now the ranch is get-
ting people prepared to carry on
this ministry. Two of the rodeo
students have felt the "calling" of
the Lord turning their lives over
to him and will follow in becom-
ing pastors.
Bobbi Poole

Community Events

Church to host concert
Brian Free and Assurance will be in concert on Sunday, Jan. 6, at
2 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 425 S.W. 28th St. For informa-
tion call (863) 763-7113.

Okee County Fair Pageant scheduled
The Okeechobee County Fair Association will be holding a
Okeechobee County Fair Beauty Pageant on Friday, March 7. Com-
petition includes three categories: personality and interview; sports/
swimwear; and evening gown. The pageant is open to young wom-
en who. are 17 years old by the date of the pageant and not 22 years
old before Jan. 1, 2009. Competitors must reside in Okeechobee
County, Buckhead Ridge or Brighton Seminole Reservation. The
deadline to enter the competition is Saturday, Jan. 26. For more
information contact Donny Arnold (863) 634-6464 or visit www.

Red Cross class scheduled
The Okeechobee American Red Cross will offer the following
classes in January at their branch office: Wednesday, Jan. 9 Adult
CPR/AED at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 First Aid Basics at 6 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 23 Infant/Child CPR at 6 p.m. To register, or for more
information call 863-763-2488.

Scrapbooking party planned
A scrapbookirig party will be held on Friday, Jan. 4, from 6 until 10
p.m. at the First Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. All levels of
scrap bookers are welcome. Carolyn Jones will be available to assist
you with your scrapbooking questions and supplies. Refreshments
will be served and there will be door prizes. Bring any scrapbook
pages on which you are currently working. For more information
call Carolyn at (863) 634-1885 or Joan at (863) 467-0290.

BHR VFD plans pancake breakfast
The Buckhead Ridge Volunteer Fire Department Pancake Break-
fast on Jan. 5, 2008 from 8 until 11 a.m. All you can eat Pancakes,
served with Sausage, orange juice, coffee or tea. No charge, but do-
nations are accepted. For information call Pat at (863) 357-1364.

Weight loss program to begin
Devotional Weight Loss Program will begin new classes on Tues-
day, Jan. 8, 2008 at 9 until 11 a.m. at His House Fellowship, 425 S.W.
28th St. These classes will continue through April. Additional infor-
mation may be obtained by calling (863) 467-6330.

Healthy Start Coalition to meet
The Board of Directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition
will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008, at 11:30 a.m., in their new
office, 575 S.W 281h St. within the New Endeavors School Building.
This. meeting is open to the public. For information, -please contact
Executive Director, Kay Begin at the'Coalition office, (863) 462-

Redemption Yard Sale
The Ft. Drum Community.Church, 32415 Hwy 441 N., will be
holding a Redemption yard sale on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 9 a.m.
until 3 p.m. All monies raised will go to The Voice of The Martyrs. For
information, please contact Pastor Fred Hodges at (863) 467-1733.

Author to speak at library
Historian and author, Dr. Gary Mormino, will present his program,
"The Florida Dream," based on his book, "Land of Sunshine, State
of Dreams," which describes his nearly two decades of research into
the social history of modern Florida at the Okeechobee County Li-
brary on Friday, Jan. 11, 2008 at 7 p.m. This program is sponsored by
the Florida Humanities Council and is free and open to the public.
The Okeechobee Friends of the Library will provide refreshments
following the program.

Shared Service Network to meet
The Executive Roundtable of the Shared Services Network of
Okeechobee County will conduct its monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m.
on Friday, Jan. 11, 2008 in the Board Room of the Okeechobee
County School Administration Building. This forum provides a
mechanism for dialogue and problem solving in our community
though the collaborative efforts of our local decision makers. The
public is invited to attend. For more information, please call (863)
462-5000 Ext. 257.

Booth rentals for Winterfest
Anyone interested in renting a booth for the Winterfest 2008, in
Buckhead Ridge, please contact Pat at (863) 357-1364 or John at
(863) 467-8220.

Hospice plans yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will host a "Gigantic Yard Sale" at the
Blue Volunteer Building, next to The Hamrick Home (411 S.E. 4th
Street) on Friday, Jan. 11, at 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 12,
-from 8 a.m. until noon. Many new items are available. All monies
raised will go to the continuing care for our patients in The Hamrick
Home and our patients who choose to stay in their own homes. For
information, call Cathy at (863) 467-2321 or (863) 697-1995.

Miniature Equine Extravaganza set
On Jan. 12, 2008 at Paddock Farms, off Hwy 710, the Miniature
Horse Club of South Florida will sponsor an "Equine Extravaganza."
There will be miniatures to see and touch, horse related crafts; used
horse related items for sale and also a clinic to show how to com-
pete in showmanship with your miniature horse. If you own a min-'
iature, if you would like to own a miniature or if you would just like
to know more about these great animals, come to this event. There
is no admission charge. For information, call (863) 763-6376.

Nutritional analysis class offered
Dr. Edward Douglas, of Douglas Chiropractic and Fitness Center,
will be teaching a free CRA Nutritional Analysis Class on Tuesday,
Jan. 15, 2008 at 5:30 p.m. at the fitness center. For information, call
(863) 763-4320.

AARP Drivers Safety Course set
Jan. 19, and Jan. 26, 2008 the Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church,
will hold a AARP Drivers Safety Course from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. in
the Church fellowship hall. Tuition is $10 and they will take checks
only. You do not have to be a member of AARP or have AARP Auto
Insurance. All seniors 55 and over are invited. Consult you auto in-
surance agent for your three year discount upon completion of this
class. Please call ahead and sign up for class. For information or
to register, please call the Instructor, Mrs. D.J. Bryan at (863) 763-

BHR VFD plans Winterfest 2008
Winterfest 2008 will be held on Jan. 26, 2008. There will be a
drawing, 50/50, catfish, barbecue Chicken, cotton candy, popcorn,
crafts, music, homemade noodles and a bake sale. For information,
call Pat at (863) 357-1364 or John at (863) 467-8220.

Discount cards aid youth activities
Communities in Schools and the Police Athletic League of
Okeechobee have discount cards available. The cards are $10 and
are good for one year at selected businesses. Cards can be purchased
at CarQuest, 300 N.W Park St. For, information, call (863) 462-5863.
Proceeds will go toward youth activities in our community.

Sons of the American Revolution Essay contest
The Florida Society Sons of the American Revolution, would like
to invite all high school students to participate in the annual Ge'orge
S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest. The contest is open to all high
school students and runs during the fall months, all entries should
be in to the state co-coordinator by Jan. 15, 2008. The essay contest
consist of a 800 to 1200 word original essay on the.American Revo-
lution, the Constitution or any participant in the events leading up to
the Revolution and its aftermath. Apy student wishing to enter the
contest can find further information by accessing the web site at sar- or Hall Rieidger, Publicity Chairman FLSSAR,
at (772) 336-0926.

Advocacy group seeking members
The Florida Local Advocacy Council in this area has openings
for membership. The members of the volunteer council protect and
advocate for a better quality of life for Floridians with unique needs.
Volunteers are appointed by the governor for a four-year term. Lo-
cal meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month in Fort
Pierce. Call Penina Popper at (800) 342-0825 for information; or, visit

Career Center helps in job search
The One Stop Career Center, 209 S.W Park St., has services avail-
able at no charge to help people in their search for the right em-
ployee or job. For more, visit their web site at; or,
call (863) 462-5350.

Okeechobee News, Wednesday, January 2, 2008




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Gregg Maynard and Dawn
Goggans of Okeechobee are
proud to announce the birth of

their son, Jack Andrew.
He was born on Dec. 19, 2007
at Martin Memorial in Stuart. He
weighed 7 lbs and 1 ounce and
was 19.1 inches long at birth.
Maternal grandparents are Billy
Jackie Goggans of Okeechobee. -

Paternal grandparents
are Dean Ann Maynard of
Great grandparents are Ray-
mond and Jackie Eckert of
Okeechobee and Dot Walters of

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Mykayla Moore
Khristian and Julie Moore of
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the proud parents of a baby girl
born on Monday, Dec. 24, at 2:06
Kameron Mykayla Moore
weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces
and was 19 inches long at birth.

She was born at the Birth
Place in Naples
Her maternal grandparent is
Debbie Orina of Clewiston and
great-grandparents, Carole Ann
and AJ Mickler of Clewiston.
Paternal grandparents are,
Karen and Terry Cooper of
Okeechobee, Mike and Judy
Moore of Clewiston and Karen
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Bradyn Delane
Clay and Jennifer Lineberry
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He was born on Oct. 27, 2007
at Martin Memorial Hospital in
Stuart. He weighed 7 lbs and 13
ounces and was 20 inches long at
Bradyn was welcomed home '
by his sister, Jaelyn Lineberry.
Maternal grandparents are
Roland and Brenda Arnold of Great grandparents are Betty
Okeechobee. Jean Lanier; Lou Reno.
Paternal grandparents are Great- greatgrandparents
Rex and Judy Lineberry of are Beedie Mae Thomas of
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6 Okeechobee News, Wednesday, January 2, 2008

OMS students raise money for trip to D.C.

Osceola Middle School eighth
graders who will be headed to
Washington DC in the spring put
on a Sock Hop Social as a fund-
raiser for their trip, with the help
of the trip sponsor, Mrs. Cable.
Students arrived in their fifties
finery, and six students were
awarded "Best Costume" in a
tough-to-decide contest. Dozens
of students competed in a contest
to find the "Best Twist," and still
others showed their hula hoop
skills in a contest, with all winners
taking home fuzzy dice. Some
students watched "Happy Days"
at the OMS version of a drive-in
theater, and many chose to have
professional portraits done of the
evening. There was a live fifties
band made of staff members and
guests, and we even had three
antique cars parked out front
reminiscent of the good old days!
Special thanks go to Dale Barrett,
Kenny Keller, Henry Larson, and
Walter LaRue for providing the
cars for decoration.
The OMS bands performed
their Winter Band Concert Dec.
18 to a nice crowd of proud par-
ents and guests. Congratulations
to thd following OMS band mem-
bers: Kayla Orr, Nicholas Suarez,
Queara Moore, Denise Holmes,
Markita Skeen, Jozle Alfaro,
Kelsey Jarriel, Kyle Sarros, Bon-
nie Little, David Cardona, Jessie
Bailey, Khadija Franklin, Dillon
Jones, Robert Orsini, Sierra Story,
Nick Valcaniant, Mercedes White,
Kayla Agnew, Joshua Boggs, Mor-
gan Crawford, Brandon Elkins,
Lauren Fusco, Elizabeth Hans,
Sarah Hawthorne, Onchelle Jolly,
Teresa King, Alex Perez, Savannah
Simpson, Andrea Stark, Devon
Tindall, and Josie Wallace.
Over the last three games, the
Warriors have been putting forth
tremendous effort on the court.
Fundamentals such as boxing
out, good passing, and great ball
control have made a serious im-
pact on team morale. Monday's
game against Yearling was. an
exciting game to see. The high
school band was there, pumping
up the players and the crowd and'
helped the Warriors give it their
all. On Wednesday, the team trav-
eled to Anderson'to face off with
a physical Stallion squad. Ander-
+ soil'ss full-court press. gave them
an edge right off the bat, but the
Warriors were determined not to
give'up when a lesser team would
have. With sweat pouring down.
their faces, the Warriors were son
able to work around the press
to set up the offense and get off
some good shots. Dalton Murray
and Hunter Pritchard stepped up
and got vocal during halftime, let-
ting their team know they were
not going to surrender. The sec-
ond half, the Warriors got more
physical and put their bodies
on the line, taking charges and
playing great defense. While the
scoreboard reported .a loss, the
Warriors' determination and un-
willingness to quit made them vic-
tors as well. The past few games
have been a learning experience
for our boys' team, and their heart
and perseverance will continue to
bring in spectators.
In girls' basketball news, OMS
faced Anderson with the hope of
bringing home another win for
Christmas. The Lady Warriors
played hard in the first half, going
into the locker room with a 24-8

Submitted Photos/OMS

Students of the Week
Congratulations to the last Students of the Week for 2007! Pictured ( front row, left to
right) are: Kyle Pope, Caleb Bockoras, Mrs. Bass, and Ashley Savage. Back row: Danielle
Crane, Flor Olvera, Kaylp Bass, and Karl Nicholas.

lead. Anderson; however, was not
willing to go down without a fight
and closed to gap to 11 points.
The Lady Warriors prevailed, and
brought their record to 4-2. The
season resumes on January 9
as they host Gifford. Make plans
now to support your teams!
Reading Focus
The school wide reading focus
for this week is Plot, Character &
Point of View. Plot very simply is
the events of a text, characters are
the people, and point of view is
who is telling the information.
Please try to reinforce the focus
at home by relating it to the stu-
dents' current unit of study. Here
are some sample plot, character,
& point of view questions:
1.What are the problems the
main character faces and how are
the solved? .
2. Which character can you
connect with the most in your
3. What events and people
cause the main character to
4. How realistic was the plot
of your book? How would you
change it?
5. Who is the most important
character in the story? Why?
6. Who is telling the story, a
narrator or one of the characters?
Why do, you think the author
chose to tell the story this way?

Upcoming Events
January 7 Teacher Work Day
January 8 Classes Resume
January 9 Home Basketball
v. Gifford Middle School, 4:30, 6
January 10 Basketball at Mur-
ray Middle School, 4:30, 6 p.m.
January 15 District Science
Congratulations to Mr. Hud-
son's homeroom class for per-
fect attendance for seven days
straight! That's no easy task, and
OMS appreciates the group for
their efforts.
Congratulations to the War-

riors B teams for their hard fought
games over Yearling on Thursday.
The boys team of just six players
met up with Yearling's iron wall
full-court press. Zach4ry Aguilar
put his game face on and was de-
termined t6 break the press at all
costs. The boys kicked it into gear
in the second half, shooting great
shots and hustling up and down
the court, causing Yearling to turn
the ball over several times. Three
point specialists Jalen Watts and
Chase Sutton each had buckets
from way downtown, putting the
OMS fans into a frenzy. Tyler Mil-
rot took the point guard position

with confidence, and big men
Zane Moreland and Brian Levins
did a terrific job of boxing out.
In the girls' game, the Lady
Warriors wasted no time jumping
ahead to a 13-0 lead in the first
quarter and maintained a lead of
15-5 going into halftime. Yearling
came out fired up and caused the
Lady Warriors to struggle offen-
sively. OMS was able to hang on
to win the game 22-18. DJ Nunez
and Lois Billie led the scoring with
7 points each, while Shaquanda
Fowler added 4 and Samantha
Murphy and Kiesha Cleckley con-
tributed 2 each.


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He is survived by his mother
and father, Susanne and Tim Ses-
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grandmother, Rosemary Gettel-
man of Port St. Lucie, paternal

grandparents, Perry and Diane
Sessoms of Okeechobee.
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Brian Free and Assurance concert is set

Brian Free and-Assurance will
be in a Southern Gospel Concert
on Sunday,. Jan. 6 at 2 p.m. at
the Church of thetNazarene, 425
S.W. 28th St. Okeechobee.
Brian Free. is undeniably the
most recognizable southern
gospel tenor of our generation.
Since 1982, he has been at the
forefront of southern gospel mu-
sic since first joining Gold City
Quartet, then moving on to form
his own group, Assurance.
Brian has enjoyed tremen-
dous success in his musical ca-
reer, but his first priority has and
always will be his family. They
say that behind every good man

is a great woman, and Pam Free
certainly confirms that saying.
Pam is responsible for much of
the business behind, the min-
istry and keeps things running
smoothly. Pam and Brian are
blessed with two sons, Ricky and
'Bryce. Ricky is a talented drum-
mer and tours with Assurance
while Bryce is still in school. This
family unit is the foundation for
Brian and offers a welcome calm
in the middle of a busy career.
Southern Gospel Music has al-
ways been Brian's first love, and
fans have responded to his mu-
sic by honoring him as Favorite
Male Singer in 1987 and voting

him Favorite Tenor a record eight
times throughout the years. He
was also named Favorite Yotfng
Artist in 1989 and 1991. Brian
Free & Assurance was voted Ho-
rizon Group in 1994, their album
4 God So Loved was named Fa-
vorite Album in -1998 and most
recent, Brian Free and Assurance
was honored to receive a Dove
award for Southern Gospel Re-
corded Song, "Long as I Got King
Today, Brian Free & Assur-
ance continue making music
that touches people and changes
lives. Traveling with Brian is a tal-.
ented group of singers and, mu-

sicians. Lead singer Bill Shivers,
baritone singer Derrick Selph,
bass singer Keith Plott, drum-
mer Ricky Free and pianist Scott
McDowell round out Assurance.
The Harper Agency has enjoyed
a long relationship with Brian
and handles booking. Brian Free
& Assurance record for Daywind
Music Group.
Whether singing at a rural
church, city auditorium, large
arenas with the Gaither Home-
coming Tour or on national tele-
vision, Brian Free & Assurance
have one purpose... to share the
love of Jesus through music.

Church News in Brief

Bluegrass Concert
to be held in BHR
The Buckhead Ridge Baptist
Church will hold a Blue Grass
Benefit Concert on Saturday, Jan.
12 at 5 p.m. at the Church, 8 Cy-

press St., in Buckhead Ridge. Fea-
tured bands will be: Tomorrow's
News, Potter Road, and the Bak-
ers. Tickets are a $5 donation at
the door. Proceeds from the con-
cert will help Jim Womble on
his missionary trip to Africa. For
information call Ralph Baker at

(863) 357-6113.

Fort Drum Church
fellowship activities
The Fort Drum Community
Church will hold a men's fellow-

ship breakfast at Ruck's Pit every
-other Saturday starting at 6:30
a.m., and a' women's fellowship
every other Monday starting at
6:30 a.m. Fof information or if
you need transportation to and
from these activities, call (863)

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Purchase on '07 Peterbilts.
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Drivers Regional $1,100
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Haul Training! Call John @
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Drivers-Flatbed Recent Aver-
Sage $927.00/wk Late Model
Equipment, Strong Freight
Network, 401K, Blue Cross
Insurance (800)771-6318
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in 2007! How muchdid YOU
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weekends! HEARTLAND EX-
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+ Bonuses + O/T &
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nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course /training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
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Antiques 510
Appliances' 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials,40
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc, 560
Clothing 565
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Crafts/Supplies 585
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Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
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Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680'
Pools & Supplies 085
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
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Glades Electric seeking
applicants for the position of Safety &
Training Coordinator, We seek an individual
with strong oral, written and organizational
skills, and a professional demeanor. Also
necessary'is a minimum of 5 years' experience
in the electric utility industry. We offer an
excellent salary commensurate with experience
and an outstanding benefit package.
Employee Applications may be obtained
at any GEC Office. Resumes may be e-mailed
to or faxed
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$50 (863)946-3822 Moore
GAS DRYER Frigidaire, w/all
options, $200 or best offer.
(863)467-6886 or
GAS STOVE Magic Chef, 30",
$200 or best offer.
(863)467-6886 or
& REFRIG (GE) ice maker in
Refrig. $200 for both or will
sell separate (239)333-5811
Compact, Haier, 4.2 cu ft
2 0 x 2 2 x 3 4 $1 00.
Side By Side. Good shape.
$300 (863)634-0779
side, 25cu ft, Kenmore,
almd, water/ice in door, runs
great. $250 (863)467-5616
STOVE Kenmore, Electric,
White, Clean. $50
STOVE White, Gas, Works
great. $85. (863)675-8937
WASHER Kenmore, Low pro-
file. Barely used.- $200
Neptune, stacked, $750.

MICROWAVE Hotpoint. $15

goose, used twice, excellent
condition, looks brand new.
$175 neg (863)763-7849
MENS 26", rides great, $15.

SHED 8x10, Good condition.
$1000. or best offer.

All Steel Buildings. National
Manufacturer. 40x60 to
100x250 Factory direct to
contractor or customer.
(800)658-2885 www.rigid-

buy direct from manufactur-
er. 20 colors in stock with all
accessories. Quick turn
around. Delivery Available..
(352)498-0778 Toll free
(888)393-0335 code 24.
glass w/ handrails. New. 5
step & 4 step. $750 for both,
will sep. (863)763-4527
OUTSIDE DOOR 32", brand
new, with franie, $50.

(863)763-0625 4
Double Stroller MacLaren,
side by side, seat reclines,
gray, 1 yr. old, pd $360, sell
225. (863)610-1750
and other clothing. $40 will
separate. (863)763-3982
before Noon
TODDLER TOYS $75 for all

crystal, new & beautiful, va-
riety of styles & colors, ,$25.
SHIRTS & SHORTS 20 piec-
es in all. Large & Extra
Large. $50 for all, will sep.

PEDAL CAR -1950's, nice
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SANTA CLAUSES collection
of 13 count, battery operat-
ed, all for $195

BEDROOM SET W/matching
desk, 8 pc set, rustic, queen
size, like new. $2500 or best
offer. (863)447-1255
large, walnut color, solid
wood, $250 will deal.
(561)793-9463 evenings
DAYBED With trundle, Good
condition. $50. or best offer.
DESK 7 drawers, brown, with, exc. cond. $75.
Call 863-763-9096 after 5,
leave message
hunter green, natural wood,
w/tile top & leaf, $150 will
deal. (561)793-9463 aft 6.
condition, Pd. $900, asking
$500 firm. Call
863-763-9096 aft. 5, Iv. msg.
Real Oak, on wheels, 76" H x
40" W, excellent condition.
$200 neg (863)357-1560
FUTON black, metal framed,
asking $20 (863)697-3605
2 reclining ends, great cond.
$500 or best offer. Call
green, 5 pc. Must go! $500
neg. Call Kristina before 5:30
pm 863-357-0391 Okee
blue & Futon Good condition.
$150. for all. (863)763-7727
SOFA red leather, asking
$300 firm (863)675-3888
after 7pnr
TV STAND Has pull out shelf,
real oak wood, on wheels.
$35 (863)357-1560

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GOLD CLUBS- 25 clubs, bag,
2 doz balls, $40
GOLF CART New Honda rho-
tor. Just needs some TLC.
Asking $500 (863)302-4442
GOLF CLUBS (100) Misc.,
All brands. Many good. $890
for all., will s e p .
with bag and caddy, $75

AR 15 Completely custom.
Red dot scope. Sure fire
light. Collapsible stock. Flip
rear. $1000 (863)634-4798
MARLIN Lever Action, 451
70. Never fired. $450
rounds of a imo, Cowboy
load, 240 grain, $400
RIFLE 3006, good condition.
$300 or best offer
RUGER Single six con-
vertible, 9 1/2" barrel. $300
SHOTGUN Remington model
1100, 20 gauge, brand new.
$350 or best offer
SHOTGUNS (3) 14 & 20 ga.,
9 mm pistol, $750 for all or
will sep. (502)931-8101
WINCHESTER Model 50, 12
gauge w/rib. $400
Winchester Pump, 243 Ruger
with scope, 30/30 Winches-
ter & Browning 22, $1500.

$40. (863)612-0647
Strider, $25. (863)467-4567
plete, good condition, many
weights from 5-25 lbs. $300
or best offer. (863)227-0029

HOSPITAL BED up & down
on both sides, $100.
WHEEL CHAIR Electric, Ex-
cellent condition. $600 or
best offer. (863)763-6907

AERATOR Cmplt head/impel-
ler w/converter 3 phase to
single phase. 7.5 hp w/1800
rpm $2100 (863)946-2989
for high paying Aviation
Maintenance Career. FAA ap-
proved program. Financial
aid if qualified Job place-
ment assistance. CALL Avia-
tion Institute of Maintenance
from home. Medical, busi-
ness, paralegal, computers,
criminal justice. Job place-
ment assistance. Financial
aid and computer provided
if qualified. Call
(866)858-2121, www.Onli-
AWNING Aluminum, white,
74" W x 27", like new. $40
DISH SET Bavaria, Germany,
28 pc., 4 place settings,
$25. (863)763-0996
LIDS 2 rolls, ridged galva-
nized, 1-20"x50' &
1-18"x50'. New. $60. will
separate. (863)763-5762
QUILT TOPS (5) Ready to
quilt. $500 for all, will sep.
Call for more information.
STATUES fiberglass, 1
Horse,.1 Bull, 1 Pelican, 2
Light Houses, $3500 or will
sell sep (863)467-7453
pt hitch, 8 ft blade. $400 will
separate. (863)674-0052

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string & Crate 100 watt amp,
$325 will sell separately.
ORGAN Kimball, Fort Drum
area. $25 firm.

PIES 4 males & 3 females,
$300 each, vaccines &
health cert's. (863)824-6175
PUPS UKC, Purple ribbon
bred, Health cert. included.
$300 each. (863)467-4149

1930, brand new, pd $450,
a s k i n g $ 3 0 0 .

WATER PUMP for water
well, 5.5 hp, Titan, trash
pump, 3", never used, $700

HOT TUB 1 year old, 5 per-
son. $3000 (863)357-7480
or (863)634-0830
HOT TUB 6 person, with cov-
er. Like new. $500.
HOT TUB-Hot Springs Prodigy
5 yrs old. 6 speeds. Lots of
extras $1500 or best offer
(239)738-1532 LaBelle area
POOL Above ground, 1 yr old
Exc cond. 33'x18'x5', Paid
$5500. Asking $3500. You
Move. (863)634-4218

KENMORE with cabinet,
Chair included + misc.
$100. (863)697-3299

all accessories. $400
(863)467-5646 after 6pm

record player, can record, 8
track tapes $100 neg.
JBL SYSTEM 2 GTI15's and
a JBL 1200 amp, complete,
ported box. $1000
PHONE Shure, hands free
microphone. $100
TEM Delphi, for car, incids
base, receiver, antenna.
$100 (239)503-0339

FLAT SCREEN 4 brand new
TV car flat screens. $499 ne-
gotiable. (786)506-6452

gersoll Rand, Industrial
type. 3 phase. $2500 or best
offer. (561)261-9960
GENERATOR 10hp, B&S, pull
start, 6250 Max watts, Cole-
man Powermate, never used
$325. (863)610-0575
MITER SAW DW 708, 12"
blades, DeWalt, 22 yrs.
Good cond. Paid $559.:Ask-
ing $375. (863)467-4096

NINTENDO Wii 2 games, ex-
tra controller, all wireless.
$450 (863)634-7157

asking $100 (863)467-7453

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in Town, 2br/2ba, $900
mo. + $600. sec. dep.
Includes Washer & Dryer
(863)634-5780 or
HUD Homel $199/Mo!
6BR/3B.A (5% down 20
years @ 8% apr) More
Homes Available from
$199/Mo! For listings call
(800)366-9783 Ext 5669.

BRAND NEW 4/2 $1095.
mo., 1st. & sec. No pets
Charming Country Cottage,
3BR/1.5BA, 15 min. from
town & 2BR/1BA. No pets.
1st & sec. Call D.ebbie
(863)467-2982 Mon.-Fri.,
am til 4pm.
Foreclosure! 3BR/2BA
$32,1001 Only $255/Mo! 5%
.down 20 years @ 8% apr.
Buy, 6/BR $199/Mo! For list-
ings (800)366-9783 Ext
OKEE: 3/1 on '/ ac. Renovat-
ed, laundry, C/A/heat, screen
porch, carport. $1100. + 1st,
ast, sec/refs. 305-458-8659
C/Air & Heat. Screen patio.
Fenced. All New! $900 mo.
+ last & sec. 863-202-0753
Okeechobee Estates -
3BR/2BA, pool fireplace, 1st
& sec. Gall to see
new, comp. furn., waterfront
boathouse, (863)763-6809
home, w/bsmt, dock, EZ
terms, avail. Jan. 1, $900
mo. (772)475-6194

custom kit., covered boat
slip, good credit a must,
$900 mo. 239-465-1105

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Generation 6, Attachments
included & shampooer, with
bags, $150. (863)763-3451


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

FARM TRUCK flatbed, runs
great, $500/best offer.

horse slant with tact room.
Like new, never used.
$4500. 772-233-1127
HP SADDLE 17", Brown,
Leather & Tack. Great condi-
tion. $225. (863)801-9494
SADDLE 14W" Bob Mar-
shall, Treeless, Barrel, Floral
pattern, With silver. Asking
$1500. (863)697-6470

Like -new. $250
L120,.22 hp, 48" cut, 97
running hours. $1200 firm.
RIDING MOWER- Craftsman,
14 1/2 hp, 42" cut, Rear
bagger. Exc. shape $600
Almost. new. $20.
ROTOTILLER, Sears, chain.
drive, runs good, $250 or
best offer. (561)790-3681
52" cut, like new, $1800

ROOSTER Young, Beautiful
$25. (863)801-9494

SADDLE Corriente, 15",
tooled, excellent condition,
$450. (863)946-1802
mond spots, good condition,
$100. (863)675-3032
brown, new, $325.
(772)349-8952 Okeechobee


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TAYLOR CREEK: Furnished,
3/2/1 C/Air & Heat, Water-
front. $1000 mo. Annual /
$1300 mo., (863)634-0584

-Real Estate

Business Places -
Sal. 1005
Property Sale O 10!10
Townhouses Sale1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses -: Sale 102
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035l
Land -Sale '1040
Lots Sale ) 1045-
Open House 1050
Out of State-
Properbty Sale 1055S
Property Inspectioni 060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Proper-ty -.'
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

Screened porch, deck, barn,
work shop, boat shed. Call
for info. (863)634-3399
der appraisal. $169,900. Oak
wile/marble, Space to add
master bath, 24 x13 en-
closed Fla.' room & morel!!
Grab flyerl! 309 SW 10th
Ave. (863)357-0391
3/2/2 No offer refused! Try
$129k. Appraised at $205k

COASTAL GA 1/2 acre+
$89,900 Incredible commu-
nity, water & marsh views,
Year- round temperate
weather. Near Golden isles.
Enjoy boating, fishing, walk-
ing, family/retirement living.
Great financing available.
CALL (888)513-9958.
Custom Built Home 500SOsqft
on 10 acres. Includes
stocked pond, dock, pond
house, located 10 minutes
south of Tifton, GA. Great
location! Call Norris Bishop
Realty @(229)890-1186.
acres riverfront on Big Reed
Island Creek near New River
State Park, fishing, view, pri-
vate, good access $89,500.

mobile Homes


AIRBOAT- 14 ft Apache Hull,
220 GPU. $5000 or best of-
fer. (863)697-1443 e
trailer, trolling motor, new
Johnson motor. $2700
AQUA SPORT 22', Center
console, open fishmen, 225
Evinrude. Good cond.
$3500. (863)228-2622
BOAT MOTOR Elgin, 14.1 hp,
'69, antique, w/3 propellers
& gas tank, runs good,
$480 neg. (561)790-3681
BONITO 15', witi 30 hp
Johnson motor: Trailer in-
cluded. Good condition.
$1900. (863)675-8579
BOW RIDER 15', 50hp John-
son motor & trailer. Good
condition. $1200.
CANOE 16ft, Old Town, fiber-
glass, $150 (863)805-8786
COBIA 1981 16 Ft., Cnt.
Console 60 hp Johnson.
Runs great. Needs TLC.
$1300 (863)484-0267
rig, much like a Sailfish,
easier to sail, will deliver lo-
cally. $895 (863)674-064?
EVINRUDE '93, 6hp out-
board. Like new. $400.
JON BOAT 16ft, 7.5hp
Chrysler motor, trailer,
$1000 (863)201-0672

Fully furnished. No pets.
$700 mo. 1st & sec. S.E.
58th Dr. (863)467-6688
No pets. Fenced yard.
$600/mo. & $500 security.

Mobile Home Angels
MOB. HOME- 61', all new on
river, w/dock, 2/3 br, screen
room, extras, $35,000. Must
see inside (863)255-4935
OAK PARK 2 BR, All furniture
stays including 2 sheds.
$22,500. (863)763-4662
OKEE 2br, shed, Fla Room,
CA/Heat, W/D, carport, In
Adult park, .$10,000
4/2 Tile Floor, Energy Package
Deluxe loaded, over
2,200 sq.ft.
30th Anniversary Sale Special
S Save $15,000.
Call for FREE Color Brochures
SKYLINE '92, 28x60 DW,
3BR, 2BA, 2LR's. $25K/best
offer. Must move.
(863)634-9148 Iv msg
Lake access,' quiet area,
$650/mo., 1st, last & sec.
dep. (561)743-4331

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BH RIDGE 3/2 on Waterfront,
Lake access. Fully furnished.
$950. mo. + $950. Sec.
dep. (772)370-1095.

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- '04 Honda 15 hp 4 stroke,
power tilt & galvanized trail-
er. $3600 (863)634-0815
150 merc, float on aluminum
trailer, 300 hrs., good shape.
$4995 (863)946-1105
PONTOON BOAT nice shape,
runs great, $3500.
Tilt, 20FT, $1000 or best of-
fer (641)753-9407
POONTOON BOAT 20' & trail-
er, 35 hp Johnson motor.
Good condition. $1800.
17.6 fiberglass, 112 hp Evin-
rude, trailer, less than 200

SEA NYMPH -'83,15', Alumi-
num with trailer & '91 40hp
Johnson with tilt & Trim.
$2500. 765-620-4373

RV, 23ft, asking $4000
top, Mechanically restored,
Receipts, $2500. or trade for
auto (561)254-7458 Clewist.
JAYCO CAMPER '89- Limited
Edition, 29 ft, complete.
$1500 needs work.
PORTA-POTTY Flushes, Like
new condition. $25.

w/wind shield, gauges, misc.
hrdwr, fuel tank-25 gal. $165
will sep (863)697-9704
BOAT TRAILER 18 ft, galva-
nized, perfect condition.
$350 or best offer

jacket, Vest & Chaps. XX
Small Worn 3 times. Like
new. $200. (863)763-7727
1200 CC, 28K mls. Runs
good. $2500 or best offer.
TER 1994 1200 CC. 8,800
mls. Lots of Chrome & Ex-
tra's. $8,000. 863-634-2925

GO CART Silver Fox, 6:5 hp,
Subaru engine. 2 seater.
Great condition. $600 firm
(863)675-3126 after 5pm.
GO KART Adult size, 6.5 hp,
runs great. .$400
(941)812-5315 Okee area
GO KART Runs great. $200
or best offer. (863)447-1255
HONDA 300 EX 2003 w/Re-
verse: All original parts. Adult
rid d e n $ 2 3 0 0
HONDA ATV '06, 350cc, 4x4,
new ITP mud tires. Chrome
rims. Great Christmas present!
$5000. Neg. (863)634-2979
KAWASAKI 350 1997 4 wd,
Adult ridden and owned.
$1800 (845)551-0811

33', good cond., orig. own-
er, towed 1600 mi., $4500.


Okeechobee N'ews, Wvednesday, Jauarcy 8,


Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
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

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$30,000 or best offer/trade. paired, call TOO 1
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& tran, minor door damage
$1200 neg. (239)289-2896 CHRYSLER NEY
BUICK SKY LARK 1991 4 2 Dr., Hard t(
cyl., Auto., A/C. Gas saver. All original.
Excellent condition. $1200 $600 (863)26
(772)332-5804 Ft. Pierce
CROWN VICTORIA LX '96 thing electric,
Runs great, new croc design cellent con
ragged top, good tires, 4 dr. negotiable. (7
$2300.neg (239)503-5354
FORD PROBE '92 Black,
standard, needs some TLC
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$700 neg (239)200-5505 void, 7" lift k
um. nm
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auto, low miles. $1599 or
best offer (954)260-1933
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concerned as lightning flashed
and thunder rolled. Then, out of
the blue, a lightening blot struck
4 their home, sending an electrical
shock through the telephone line
and into the house.

July 5, 2007
Multifamily housing Ok'd:
The Okeechobee City Council
gave approval Tuesday to part
of the Southern Trace Develop-
ment. The site will hold 230 units,
as well as required open spaces
such as parks and other recre-
ational areas.

July 8, 2007
Housing'sales slowv down:
Even though the housing indus-
try in Okeechobee seems to be
in a slump, some developers are
planning for the future. Local
builder Ted Kelchner has noted
a significant slow down in new
house construction. He attributes
it to the large inventory of hous-
es on the market. He predicts it
will be a year before we see an
increase in housing sales. He be-
lieves a decrease in interest might

July 12, 2007

Planners approve The
Grove: A planned housing de-
velopment that could eventually
be over twice the size" of City of
Okeechobee was given approval
Tuesday night, June 10. After,a
philosophical discussion about
controlling urban sprawl and
how they would like Okeechobee
County to look in the future, the
Okeechobee County Planning
Board unanimously voted to ap-
prove The Grove, nine square
mile planned housing develop-
ment in the northeastern corner
of the county.

July 13, 2007
Board picks new school
site: The purchase of a 40-acre
site for a new school was an-
nounced at the Tuesday, July
10, meeting of the Okeechobee
County School Board. The an-
nouhcementwas made by School
Board attorney Tom Conely III.
The site is located off Old Dixie
Highway near Oak Park. There is
a signed contract on the property,
but no firm closing date has been

July 14, 2007
County to get grant for
park: Okee-Tantie Campground
and Marina will be one of the
Florida parks to benefit from
Florida's environmentally con-
scious budget recently signed
by Governor Charlie Crist. The
budget included more than $33
million to expand and improve
parks throughout the state. The

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I 4 dr, every-
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it, 23" tires, al-
5s, $2200.

S 17", Cadil-
Goodyear Eagle
new. $500
15-Okee area
'92 for parts,
hear run, $400
VER- Fiberglass,
asking $100
Nissan Pickup,
spd. Transmis-
will sell sep.
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RIMS & TIRES 8 lug, 8 on
6 1/2, Mickey Thompson
rims. $250 (863)634-9696'
perduty Crewcab Pick Up.
Beige, off King Ranch Edition
$300 neg. (863)697-0328
TIRES (2) 245/45/17, off of
a Mustang. $50
TIRES (4) 33/12.50/15 with
aluminum rims. $400
TIRES.(4) TSL Super Swamp
31x12.5x15. Good condition.
$400 863-357-0023
TIRES (4) on 10" steel rims.
33-12.50-15. Ford or Jeep.
Good for woods or mud fest.
$100 (863)697-6446
TOOLBOX metal, for Nissan
Pickup, $150.

CHEVY PICKUP '94 needs
work, call for information,
$800 or best offer.
CHEVY S10 1991 Long bed.
2.8 V6, 5 spd. 55K org. mils.
Gas saver. Excellent condi-
tion. $2300 (772)332-5804
UWS Standard. 69" wide.
$200. call 561-261-6421

program -- funded through the
Department of Environmental
Protection's (DEP) Florida Rec-
reation Development Assistance
Program (FRDAP) -- will send
$200,000 to Okeechobee County
for the renovation of picnic facili-
ties and camping at Okee-Tantie.

July 23, 2007
SFWMD unveils new pub-
lic use area: Basinger land-
owners and hunters squared off
Saturday June 21 over the use of
public lands recently acquired by
the South Florida Water Manage-
ment District (SFWMD). An open
house was held July 21, for SFW-
MD to unveil one of their newest
acquisitions, a 37,000-acre parcel
along Chandler Slough in the
northwestern part of the county.
Over a period of time, SFWMD
purchased the property from
several land owners: Recently
they'made the last purchase to
complete the approximately five
square mile area.

July 26, 2007
Board OKs cut in mill rate:
The Okeechobee County School
Board gave tentative approval
Tuesday, July 24, to lower their
2007-08 millage rate, yet their
proposed tax receipts will in-
crease due to heightened prop-
erty values. Last year's school
millage rate was 7.766. If the
2007-08 proposed budget is ap-
proved,,the new millage rate will
be 7.712. One mil equals $1 for
every $1,000 of assessed property

July 27, 2007
Board doesn't renew
Long's contract: In an unprec-
edented move, the Okeechobee
County Board of County Com-
missioners has fired the county
administrator. By a vote of 3-2
at their Thursday, July 26, meet-
ing the board voted not to renew
county administrator George
Long's contract which expires
Nov. 6.

July 28, 2007
County budget outlook
bleak: The budget outlook for
the county is bleak, with all areas
of revenue expected to be down.
The Okeechobee County Board of
County Commissioners held their
first budget workshop Thursday,
July 26. Normally by this time of
year.budget calculations are well
under way. The process this year
has been delayed awaitifig inter-
- pretation of new tax laws.

Aug. 4, 2007
Suspected pot grow hous-
es raided: The Okeechobee
Narcotics Task Force had a busy
day Thursday as they raided three
homes on the Prairie and arrest-
ed three men in connection with
an alleged marijuana growing
operation. Members of the task

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I Pulic I Notice

NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Planning
Board/Board of Adjustment and Appeals on Thursday, January 17, 2008 at 6:0.0
p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible. The meeting will be held at City Hall, 55
Southeast 3rd Avenue, in the Council Chambers, Room 200, Okeechobee, Flori-
To consider a VARIANCE creating a 5 foot offset visibility triangle within a Heavy
Commercial (CHV) Zoning District (ref. Code Book Sec. 66-1 visibility mangle)
submitted by John Raddatz, on behalf of property owner(s) Southeast Milk, Inc.
The subject property is located at 1005 Southwest Park Street.
Legal description: Lots 1 through 20, inclusive, of Block 1, Southwest Addition to
Okeechobee, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat book 2, Page 7, Public
Records of Okeechobee County, Florida.
A copy of the entire application(s) and agenda are available in the General Services
Office. Rm 101 at City Hall or by calling Betty Clement at (863) 763-3372 x 218.
Please be advised that the Board of Adjustment and Appeals will serve as the de-
cision making body (quasi-judicial), on behalf of the City, to approve or deny Vari-
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the Board of Adjustments and Appeals with respect to any mat-
ter considered at this meeting, or hearing win need to ensure a verbatim record of
the proceedings is made, which record includes the test mony and evidence upon
which the appeal is to be based. General Services me ia is for the sole purpose
of backup for official records of the department.
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condition. 120K mis. Every-
thing works, $2800 or best
offer. (863)357-1722
DODGE RAM '95 2500,
Heavy duty, V8 Magnum, reg
cab, 4x4, auto, 110K, new
parts,$5000 (863)634-2303
FORD F250, '80 auto, 2 dr.,
2 wheel drive, $1200 or best
offer. (863)675-7041 or

FORD PICK UP '94 4 x4, au-
to, all power, clean, no rust,
looks ,& runs great. $2500

tantrum whls, 4 whl. elec.
brakes, 'ramp & side door,
$2500. 239-229-2974

force not only seized air condi-
tioners, lights and other materials
reportedly used in the growing
operations, but also confiscated
marijuana plants that were ca-
pable of earning over $900,000
every 90 days.

Aug. 5,2007
County faces spending
cuts: It's budget planning time
again, but for the first time in
several years the Okeechobee
County Board of County Com-
missioners will be working with
less money than the previous
year. Recently passed state laws
now require counties to roll back
their tax rates to below the cur-
rent year's tax rates. The new
legislation has lumped cities and
counties into four categories that
require a cut in ad valorem taxes.
The cuts range from 3 to 9 per-
cent. Okeechobee is in group
which requires a 3 percent re-
duction, which is subtracted for
the 2006-07 rate.

Aug. 10, 2007
Council OKs canal proj-
ect: The Okeechobee City Coun-
cil voted in favor of a quote for a
canal cleaning project for canals
in the southeast section of the
city in Okeechobee Estates at
their Tuesday, Aug. 7, meeting.
According to city administrator
Brian Whitehall, extensive re-
search was done to find a current
governmental 'piggyback' autho-
rization through a current Lee
County contract with TSI Disaster
Recovery Services, Inc.

Aug. 12, 2007
Board discusses Long's
firing: Once again the topic of
the county administrator's em-
ployment came up for discussion
at the Thursday, Aug. 7, meeting
of the Okeechobee County Board
of County Commissioners. Al-
though many concerned citizens
and county employees spoke, no
action was taken by the board.
The matter of forming a search
committee to replace county
administrator George Long was
brought up by Commissioner
Marvin Wherrell. At their July 26
meeting, commissioners voted
3-2 to not renew Mr. Long's con-
tract which expires on Nov. 6.

Aug 13, 2007
Commissioners approve
large RV park: The Okeechobee
County Board of County Com-
missioners spent a good part of
their meeting on Thursday, Aug.
7 dealing with land and develop-
ment issues. In granting a re-
quest for a change in zoning from
residential general and neighbor-
hood'commercial- 2 to planned
development commissioners
paved the way for the construc-
tion of Silver Palms, an RV park
to be located on an 88 acre tract
of land on S. W. 32nd Street across
from Oakview Baptist Church.

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NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Planning
Board/Board of Adjustment and Appeals on Thursday, January 17, 2008 at 6:00
p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible: The meeting will be held at City Hall, 55
Southeast 3rd Avenue, in the Council Chambers. Room 200, Okeechobee Flori-
To consider a VARIANCE to change the front setbacks from twenty to zero feet and
the North side setbacks from eight to zero feet within a Heavy Commercial (CH)
Zoning Distict (ref. Code Book Sec. 90-285(1)) submitted by property ower(s)
David and Anita Nunez. The subject property is located at 108 Northeast 7th Ave-
Legal description: the South 99 feet of the following contiguous parcels of land
(consolidated), lying in and comprising a part of Section 15, Township 37 South,
Range 35 East, Okeechobee County, Florida, and being more particularly de-
scribed as follows: all of Block 148, City of Okeechobee Subdivision, according
to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 5, Public Records of Okeechobee
County, Floida, also
Beginning at a point where the North boundary line of North Park Street, extended
West, intersects with the West boundary line of Block 140, City of Okeechobee
Subdivision, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 5, Public
Records of Okeechobee County, Florida, if extended South, said point being 70
feet East of the Southeast corner of Block 149 of said plat of Okeechobee; thence
run Northeasterly 126.9 feet; thence run East 55 feet. more or less, to the West-
ern shore of the Onoshohatchee River, now known as Taylor Creek; thence
run Southerly, along the Western shore line of said Taylor Creek, to the intersec-
tion with the North boundary line of said North Park Street; thence run West 83.2
feet to the Point of Beginning; also
Beginning at a pont of ntersection 148.26 feet East of the East boundary line of
Block 149, City of Okeechobee Subdivision, according to the plat thereof recorded
n Plat Book 5 Page 5 Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida, measured
at right angles to and 100 feet North of the North boundary line of North Park
Street; thence run Northeastey and parallel to the East boundary of said Block
14 and 70 feet there from, for a dstance of 223.6 feet; thence run east on the
south line of Northeast 2nd Street (formerly Eighth Street), for a distance of 59
feet to the Western shore line of the Onoshbhatchee River, now known as Taylor
Creek; thence run Southwesterly, along the Western shore line of said Taylor
Creek, for a distance of 225 feet; thence run West 55 eet to the Point of Begin-
ning; also
All that part of Riverside Drive, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 1,
Page 22, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida, (now vacated, aban-
doned and closed), extending from the East boundary line of Northeast 7th Ave-
nue (formerly Oklocknee Street), where the same intersects with the North
boundary line of North Park Street, and North to the South boundary of Northeast
2nd Street (formerly Eighth Street), if extended East.
The lands described above, as shown on the plat of Riverside Drive as recorded in
Plat Book 1 Page 22, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Flodrida, Less and
except the South eight feet, thereof, taken for State Road right-of-way.
A copy of the entire application(s) and agenda are available in the General Services
Office, Rm 101 at City Hall or by calling Betty Clement at (863) 763-3372 x 218.
Please be advised that the Board of Adjustment and Appeals will serve a de-
cision making.body (quasi-judicial), on behalf of the City, to approve or deny Vari-
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the Board of Adjustments and Appeals with respect to any mat-
ter considered at this meeting, or heaing ill need to ensure a verbatim record of
the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon
which the appeal is to be based. General Services for the sole purpose
of backup for official records of the department.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florida Statute
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Betty Clement, no later than two (2) working days
prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x 218; if you are hearing or voice im-
paired, call TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY).
BY: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
Petition No. 07-002-V
254729 ON 1/2,11/08

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The 509 lots, which developers
say are larger than the usual RV
lot, will be sold to RV owners.

Aug. 14, 2007
School board to address
club: The Okeechobee County
School Board will review a rec-
ommendation by Superintendent
of Schools Patricia G. Cooper to
advertise the board's intention
to amend board policy 4.30 that
deals with student clubs and or-
ganizations. The school board
will meet Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 6
p.m. in their offices at 700 S.W.
Second Ave. The change in the
current policy in regard to clubs
would add a paragraph dealing
with "sex-based- clubs." That
paragraph reads: "To assure that
student clubs and organizations
do not interfere with the school
board's abstinence only sex

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NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Planning
Board/Board of Adjustment and Appeals on Thursday, January 17, 2008 at 6:00
p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible. The meeting will be held at City Hall, 55
Southeast 3rd Avenue, in the ouncil Chambers, Room 200, Okeechobee, Flori-
To consider a VARIANCE to reduce the required front setback from twenty-five feet
to zero feet within a Public Use (PUB) Zoning District (ref. Code Book Sec,
90-376(5)) submitted by Jim Threewits, on behalf of property owner(s) Okeecho-
bee County. The subject property is located at 504 Northwest 4th Street.
Legal description: Lots 1 through 12 of Blocks 95, 96,103,104 and all alleyways in
said Blocks; all of Northwest 5th Avenue, Northwest 6th Street and Northwest 3rd
Avenue lying adjacent to said Blocks, City of Okeechobee Subdivision.
A copy of the entire application(s) and agenda are available in the General Services
Office, Rm 101 at City Hall or by calling Betty Clement at (863) 763-3372 x 218.
Please be advised that the Board of Adjustment and Appeals will serve as the de-
cision making body (quasi-judicial), on behalf of the City, to approve or deny Van-
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appOal any
decision made by the Board of Adjustments and Appeals with respect to any mat-
ter considered at this meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a verbatim record of
the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon
which the appeal is to be based. General Services media is for thesole purpose
of backup for official records of the department.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florda Statute
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Betty Clement, no later than two (2) working days
prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x 218; if you are hearing or voice im-
paired, call TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY.
BY: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
Petition No. 08-002-V
254735 ON 1/2,11/08

NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Planning
Board/Board of Adjustment and Appeals on Thursday, January 17, 2008 at 6:00
p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible. The meeting will be held at City Hall, 55
Southeast 3rd Avenue, in the Council Chambers, Room 200, Okeechobee, Floida
To consider a Special Exception Petition No. 08-002-SE. This petition is being sub-
mitted by Mark Brandel, on behalf of property owner Big Lake Eye Care, LLC. The
petition is to allow one dwelling unit per commercial building (Ref. Code Book
Section 90-283(17)) for property located at 606 North Parrott Avenue.
Legal description: Lots 6 through 9 of Block 77, City of Okeechobee, according to
the Plat thereof, as recorded in Plat Book 1, Page 10, of the Public Records of
Okeechobee County, Florida.
A copy of the entire application(s) and agenda are available in the General Services
Office, Rm 101 at City Hall or by calling Betty Clement at (863) 763-3372 x 218.
Please be advised that the Board of Adjustment and Appeals will serve as the de-
cision making body (quasi-judicial), on behalf of the City, to approve or deny Spe-
cial Exception Petitions.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the Board of Adjustments and Appeals with respect to any mat-
ter considered at this meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a verbatim record of
the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon
which the appeal is to be based. General Services media is for the sole purpose
of backup for official records of the department.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florida'Statute
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Betty Clement, no later than two (2) working days
prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x 218; if you are heanng or voice im-
paired, call TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY).
BY: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
Pettion No. 08-002-SE
254733 ON 1/2,11/008_______

education policy and the school.
board's obligation to promote
the well-being of all students, no
club or organization which is sex-
based or based upon any sexual
grouping, orientation or activity
of any kind shall be permitted."

Aug. 16, 2007
New lake schedule un-
veiled: Lake Okeechobee may
soon be maintained at a lower
level with reduced discharges of
freshwater to the St. Lucie Canal
and the Caloosahatchee River.
Some environmentalists have
claimed that freshwater discharg-
es from Lake Okeechobee have
upset the balance of salinity in
the estuaries.

Aug. 21, 2007
Chandler: "I'm doing my

job": A confrontation at the
Okeechobee Road Department
on Friday, Aug. 17, involving
county administrator Gorge Long,
commissioner Noel Chandler
and road department employee
Tommy Rimes escalated until the
police had to be called.

Aug. 26, 2007
Commissioners tee off on
OG&CC deal: It is uncertain
as this time if the Okeechobee
County Board of County Com-
missioners will take over the
Okeechobee Golf and Coun-
try Club on U.S. 441 N. At the
Thursday, Aug. 23 meeting Blair
Kuhlewind offered the facility to
the county free of charge.
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NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Planning
Board/Board of Adjustment and Appeals on Thursday, January 17, 2008 at 6:00
p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible. The meeting will be held at City Hall, 55
Southeast 3rd Avenue, in the Council Chambers, Room 200, Okeechobee, Florida
To consider a Special Exception Petition No. 08-003-SE. This petition is being sub-
mitted by Kelly Kite, Jr., on behalf of property owner Okeechobee SR 70 Holdings,
LLC. The petition is to allow added height over 45 feet to the stairwells of a four
story hotel located within a Heavy Commercial Zoning District (Ref. Code Book
Section 90-285) for property located at 1108 East South Park Street (State Road
70 East).
Legal description:'Being a parcel of land lying in Section 22, Township 37 South,
Range 35 East, Okeechobee County, Forida and being more particularly de-
scribed as follows: Commencing at the intersection of the centedine of S.R. 70
as shown on FDOT Right-of-Way Map for S.R. 70 Okeechobee County Section
1070-2514, dated DWN=3-76) with Easterly boundary of Government Lot 2 ex-
tended, thence South 00 degrees 14 feet 21 inches East, along said Easterly
boundary of Government Lot 2 extended, a distance of 44.5 feet to a point; thence
South 89 degrees 54 feet 49 inches West, along the Southerly Right-of-Way of
S.R. 70 a distance of 125.00 feet to the point of beginning; thence South 00 de-
grees 14 feet 21 inches East, a distance of 690.53 feet; thence North 89 degrees
54 feet 49 inches East, a distance of 100,00 feet to a point lying on the Westerly
Right-of-Way line of Southeast 13th Avenue; thence South 00 degrees 14 feet 21
inches East a distance of 230.05 feet to the point of intersection of the Westerly
Right-of-Way line of Southeast 13th Avenue and the Hopkins Meander Line;
thence North 71 degrees 49 feet 20 inches West, a distance of 424.14 feet;
thence North 00 degrees 03 feet 47 inches West, a distance of 787.65 feet to a
point lying on the Southerly Right-of-Way line of S.R. 70; thence North 89 de-
grees 54 feet 49 inches East, along said Southerly Right-of-Way line oftS.R. 70, a
distance of 300.00 feet to the point of beginning
A copy of the entire application(s) and agenda are available in the General Services
Office, Rm 101 at City Hall or by calling Betty Clement at (863) 763-3372 x 218.
Please be advised that the Board of Adjustment and Appeals will serve as the de-
cision making body (quasi-judicial), on behalf of the City, to approve or deny Spe-
cial Exception Petitions.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the Board of Adjustments and Appeals with respec tto any mat-
ter considered at this meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a verbatim record of
the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon
which the appeal is to be based. General Services media is for the sole purpose
of backup for official records of the department
In accordance with the Americans with.Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florida Statute
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Betty Clement, no later than two (2) working days
prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372'x 218; if you are heanng or voice im-
paired, call TOODD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY).
BY: Bran Whitehall, Zoning Administrat r.
Pebtion No. 08-003-SE
254727 ON 1/2,11/08

NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Planning
Board/Board of Adjustment and Appeals on Thursday, January 17, 2008 at 6:00
p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible. The meeting will be held at City Hall, 55
Southeast 3rd Avenue, in the Council Chambers; Room 200, Okeechobee, Florda
To consider a Special Exception Petition No. 08-001-SE. This petition is being sub-
mitted by property owner Rafael Ayala. The petition Is to allow a residential mi-
grant housing facility (Ref. Code Book Section 90-193(11)) for property located at
720 Northwest 9thDrive.
Legal description: Lots 1 through 5 and 11 through 15 of Block 66, City of Okee-
chobee Subdivision, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 5,
Public Records of 'Okeechobee County, Florida.
A copy of the entire applications) and agenda are available in the General Services
Office, Rm 101 at City Hall or by calling Betty Clement at (863) 763-3372 x 218.
Please be advised that the Board of Adjustment and Appeals will serve as the de-
cision making body (quasi-judicial), on behalf of the City, to approve or deny Spe-
cial Exception Petitions.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the Board of Ajuatments and Appeals with respect to any mat-
ter considered at this meeting, or headng will need to ensure a verlatim record of
the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon
which the appeal is to be based. General Services media is for the sole purpose
of backup for official records of She department
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florida Statute
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Betty Clement, no later than two (2) working days
prior the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x 218; if you are hearing or voice im-
paired call TOD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY).
BY: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
Petition No. 08-001-SE
254730 ON 1/2,11/08

he t Amencans with Diusabilitiues Acf (ADA) and FloridUa atute
with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
hould contact Betty Clement, no later than two (2) working days
feeding at 863-763-3372 x 218; if you are heanng or voice im-
1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (rTY).
, Zoning Administrator





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Okeechobee News, Wednesday, January 2, 2008


Tierra Allen enjoying college basketball experience

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
No matter what players tell
you, there is a bit of an adjust-
ment when you move from high
school to collegiate sports. Just
ask one of Okeechobee's best.
The player who holds many of
Okeechobee High school girl's
basketball records has begun her
college career at Broward Com-
munity College in Fort Lauder-
Tierra Allen has moved her
way into the starting lineup for the
Seahawks, (2-10), who have got-
ten off to a slow start this year. Al-
len has started most of her team's
games at shooting guard.
"It is going pretty good so far.
It's a faster pace and it's a little
tougher, but I'm getting there,"
she said.
,Allen noted she had confi-
dence that she could compete at
a higher level. However, it takes
a lot of work. She added she has
,put a lot of time into conditioning,
more than high school.
"I knew I could do it, I'm doing
well," she said.

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Tierra Allen, a graduate and
former OHS Lady Brahman,
is now with the Seahawks.
It helps to have a supportive
family. She explained her mother
has attended two home games,
and that her entire family was ex-
pected to attend this past week's
Holiday tournament at the Fort
Lauderdale campus. She said
having family there is a huge in-
Allen fully expects to move on
to a four year school when her

UKeecnooee News/ lonya raraen
Better than snow
Jim Dobos of Highland, IN said he came to Okeechobee for
work, and "this is better than 22 feet of snow". His morning
started early out at Lock 7 and with "no bite yet" he said
his New Year's Resolution was to "catch fish".

two years at Broward Commu-
nity are up. 'She noted she hasn't
been contacted by recruiters yet,
but she expects to be during her
sophomore year.
The Seahawks were (8-20) last
year and have a first year coach,
Scott Hermanson, who does
have nine years of experience as
a head coach at the high school
level. He was also an assistant
at Broward Community in 2004-
2005. The team had eight re-
turning players including second
team all conference performer,
Jenny Eriksson, so optimism was
high for this year.

Allen said the team has played
some of the top schools in the
state during December but are
more focused on what happens
when their conference sched-
ule begins on January 6th. She
called them the most important
games of the season.
"We learn from our mistakes
and stuff, so we'll be ready for
conference and we're going to go
to Nationals," she promised.
Anyone interested in watching
Allen can catch her on February
20 at Indian River Community
College in Fort Pierce. The Se-
ahawks meet IRCC at 7:30 p.m.

Okeechobee News/Tonya Harden

New Year's Day catch
Heather Sills showed off her Speck that she caught at
Nubbin Slough. Spending the day fishing with her mom,
Jewel Sills, and dad, Tim Sills, their morning has proved to
be bountiful, having caught eight Specks already.

O.G. & C.C.

Weekly Results

P.I.G.S. League *
Dec. 24: First place-Russ Adams.
Second place-Bo Bailey.. Last
place-Randy Ketcherside. Closest
to the pin-(2) Bruce Syjud, (8) Bo
Bailey, (11) Kennpy Curran and
(17) Ken Wilder.
Dec. 26: First place-(tie) Bill
Kenney and Joe Albrechta. Sec-
ond place-Doug Sturdivent. Last
place-John Nickelson. Closest to
the pin-(2) George Guydosh, (8)
George Guydosh, (11) George
Guydosh and (17) George Guy-
Dec. 28: First place-Gizmo. Sec-
ond place-Ken Wilder. Last place-
(tie) Frank Noble and Bob Wright.
Closest to the pin-(2) Bob Knapp,
(8) J.W Cain, (11) Ken Wilder
and (17) Harry White.

Okeechobee Ladies
Golf Association
Par 4's
Dec. 27: First place-(tie) Nancy
Pullen and Fran Dierig. Second
place-Nancy Haldeman. Third
place-Sunni Adams.


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Resolution: Catch more fish
Flo and Larry Spears enjoyed their New Year's day fish-
ing at Okee Tantie. Visiting from Benton, Ky they come to
Okeechobee every year to fish. In light of the holiday their
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