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Friday, January 18, 2008


NEWS
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Inside


0CSO shirt fails
to stop drug dealer
An Okeechobee man was
arrested on drug charges
Wednesday after he allegedly
sold cocaine to a local detec-
tive, even though the officer
was wearing a shirt that identi-
fied him as deputy;
Terry Leo Fisher, 48, N.W.
Seventh Ave., Okeechobee,
was charged with the felo-
nies of possession of co-
caine and sale of cocaine.
Page 2


Water conservation crucial


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
In light of the current drought,
it is important for Okeechobee
residents to conserve water.
The rain that fell Thursday
morning,.Jan, 17 was a welcome
relief. But it will take a lot more
rain to get out of the current
drought. In light of the situation,
it would help if residents volun-


tarily practiced water conserva-
tion beyond mandatory water
restrictions.
The 0.27 inches of rain re-
corded at the airport on Tuesday
raised the level of the lake only
0.02 feet.
On a positive note, forestry
official Jim Rath said that Thurs-
day's rain should lessen the area
fire hazard for about a week.
South Florida Water Manage-


ment District officials (SFWMD):
along with local code enforce-
ment and law enforcement offi-
cials will be seeking to educate
the public as to the new restric-
tions which went into effect on
Jan. 15. Door hangers containing
water conservation information
will be dist"- '". here water
violations a The idea is
to educate rm people
since this is g new. The


door hangers are printed in three
languages, English, Spanish and
Creole. They inform residents
that mandatory landscape irriga-
tion restrictions are in effect and
give a telephone number and
Web site for more information.
"Please limit lawn watering to
your designated day and times or
face possible civil penalties," is
part of the wording on the Eng-
lish side ofthe notice.


After the initial warning, a ci-
tation may be issued.
Local government officials
will determine the amount of
fines for residential users in their
jurisdictions and be responsible
for collecting those fines. Of-
ficials of SFWMD will monitor
commercial and agricultural wa-
ter users.
See Water Page 2


Okeechobee
dominates Clewiston
, Five seniors left Brahman
stadium Wednesday night,
perhaps for the final time,
knowing they had gone out in
style.
The Brahmans walloped an
out gunned Clewiston 8-0 in a
mercy ruled shortened match
Wednesday night. Giovanni
Jimenez was a big reason
why as he found the net four
times.
"It was indescribable, that
puts it all into one little box,"
Giovanni noted, "It was an
awesome game. We could of
let down but the coaches kept
pushing us and we put goals
in the net like they want. It's
a strong win. It gives us con-
fidence to go into districts."
Page 12

Briefs

AARP class has
been canceled
The AARP class scheduled
for Jan. 19 and 26, in Buckhead
Ridge has had to be cancelled.
We apologize for the incon-
venience caused to anyone.
Please call 863-763-7532 if you
have any questions.

Drought Index

Current: 579
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.06 feet
t Last Year: 11.95 feet


Source: South Florida Water
Management District. Depth
given in feet above sea level

Index.
Classifieds.............................9-10
C om ics ...................................... 8
Community Events.................... 4
O pinion...................................... 4
Speak Out................................. 4
Sports...................................... 11
T V ............................................ 10
Weather...................... ....... 2

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New season starts: Upward Basketball


Submitted photo/First Baptist Church
First Baptist Church's Upward Basketball season began on Saturday, Jan. 12, where
Jack Edwards (front) went for'the score for the Bulldogs while his teammate Cameron
Huntley watched on.


Cheerleader Taylor Henry
showed her support to the The Bobcats took on the Mavericks in their first Up-
Cowgirls at their first Up- wards Basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 12. Games
ward Basketball game on are held weekly on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 12. at the Recreation Outreach Center (ROC).


Crist seeks




money for ...




, education


By Bill Kaczor
Associated Press Writer
TALLAHASSEE (AP) --
Hoping to boost voter support
for an amendment to cut Flori-
da's property taxes, Gov. Char-
lie Crist on Thursday proposed
adding $138 million to state ed-
ucation spending to offset any
losses from the measure.
Crist proposed increasing
per-student spending by $394
to $7,606 or 5.5 percent -
even though Florida could face
moretax revenue shortfalls of


the kind that forced a midyear
spending cut of $1.1 billion in
the current budget.
Overall spending for pub-
lic schools would increase by
$186 million for a total of $33.5
billion in the budget year begin-
ning July 1:
Crist will present the rest of
his spending plan on Feb. 4.
His early announcement of the
education budget was intended
to ward off criticism of Amend-
ment 1, the property-tax relief
See Money Page 2


BBQ lovers



are wanted at



competition


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee Main Street's
sixth annual Top of the Lake
BBQ Affair and Jack Daniel's
World Championship qualifier,
contest is set to begin cooking
on Friday, Jan. 18, with the con-
test commencing on Saturday,
Jan. 19.
This cook-off will be held
at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic
Center, and is set to draw cooks


from across the nation due to
this Jack Daniel's status. There
are currently 30 cooks regis-
tered for the big event.
Competitors will compete
for prize monies up to $8,000
along with'trophies for grand
and reserve champion.
Teams set up on a 20 x 40-
foot site where they cook all of
their entries for the competi-
tion.
See BBQ -Page 2


OHS Wrestling program


has a strong campaign


By Charles Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee Coun-
ty School Board's motto is
"achieving excellence." The
Okeechobee High School
Wrestling program is doing just
that.:
Each day they, spread
out mats on the floor of the
Okeechobee High School caf-
eteria and get to work. They
work to keep up the tradition of
excellence that is Okeechobee


High School wrestling.
That means work, hard
work, exercises, intense con-
ditioning and mental prepara-
tion. Without both mental and
physical preparation, they have
lost before they've begun.
Of course wrestling is a very
physical sport, but you'd be
surprised how important tac-
tics and technique are in win-
ning matches.
Coach Bruce Jahner has
more district titles to his credit
than all of the other coaches


on campus combined. He has
the longest tenure of any coach
at the school. His team's suc-
cess is unrivaled. However,
he'd be the first one to tell you
it hasn't been about him, it's
been about his wrestlers. He
has three district champion-
ships, two runners up and one
regional title on his resume.
He has sent 40 wrestlers to the
state tournament in his 14 years
at the school.
See Wrestling Page 2


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Wrestling Coach Bruce Jahner Isn't afraid of tangling with his
own wrestlers at practice. He has the Brahmans competing for
yet another district title this year.


Vol. 99 No. 18


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2 Okeechobee News, Friday, January 18, 2008


Water
Continued From Page 1
Okeechobee County Code En-
forcement Officer Beth Albert said
they hope to speak with violators
to inform them of current regula-
tions. However, they will be keep-
ing records of door hangers issued
and sharing information with the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice. She said enforcement will be a
joint effort between code enforce-
ment officials and sheriff's depu-
ties.
Mrs. Albert said enforcement
will be both proactive and reactive.
They will respond to complaints as
well as informing people they ob-
serve violating water restrictions.
Vickie Nolan, public informa-
tion officer for SFWMD, said the
emphasis is on education at first
with door hangers being posted
giving as an educational tool and a
warning.
Regardless of their source of
water, all Okeechobee County
residents are now under manda-
tory water restrictions. Residents
with odd number address can only
water their lawns on Mondays ei-
ther between 4 and 8 a.m. or 4 to
8 p.m.
Residents with even numbered
addresses can water their lawns
only on Thursdays either between
the hours of 4 and 8 a.m. or 4 and


8 p.m.
Vehicle washing is not restricted
but residents should use a hose
with an automatic cutoff and wash
on a surface that will prevent run-
off.
There are several measures ho-
meowners can take to conserve
water. According to SFWMD fig-
ures, dishwashers use 12 gallons
of water per load and washing
machines use 47 gallons per load,
so running a machine with less
than full load wastes water. The
district recommends shutting off
water while brushing your teeth,
taking shorter showers and doing
full loads in washing machines and
dishwashers. If each member of a
household saved five gallons of wa-
ter a day, at the end of a year that
person would have saved 3,650 gal-
lons of water.
With older toilets a brick or other
object can be placed in the tank as
a conservation method to displace
some of the water that would flow
into the tank. However, on newer,
lower volume toilets, that might not
be effective.
Another suggestion for water
conservation is,to save rainwater
runoff from roofs in a barrel. This
has been done on a larger than resi-
dential scale in at least two places
in Florida. The Hillsboro County
Courthouse has a 15,000 gallon un-
derground tank that collects rain-
water from the building's roof. This


runoff is used to water landscaping.
The Florida House Learning Center
in Sarasota has two 2,500 tanks.
One collects rainwater for irriga-
tion. The other collects rainwater
for irrigation as well as for toilet
flushing.
At the residential level anytype of
barrel, even a garbage can, can be
placed under a downspout as long
as it is nonporous and smooth.
The water can be dipped into a
watering can to water plants or a
garden hose or soaker can be con-
nected to the bottom of the barrel.
The water can also be used to keep
compost bins moist and rinse off
garden tools.
In addition a rain barrel can also
be used to help reduce the amount
of water that may settle around the
foundation of your home.
According to SFWMD figures,
homeowners can figures on about
one half gallon of water per square
foot of roof area during a one inch
rainfall. A 2,000 square foot roof
will collect about 1,000 gallons of
water during a one inch rainfall (ac-
counting for about 20 percent loss
from evaporation and splash).
At this point it is.uncertain how
low the lake level can go without
affecting OUA intake. The utility
knows the elevation of their water
intake. However, recent hurricanes
have washed silt into Government
Cut where the OUA water intake is
located.


The elevation of Government
Cut toward the Kissimmee River is
now such that under recent drought
conditions no water entered the cut
from that direction. The current el-
evation of Government Cut toward
Taylor Creek is not known. There-
fore, it is not known how low the
lake would have to get before no
water would enter Government
Cut.
Currently OUA can process 5
million gallons of water a day from
Lake Okeechobee. Current water
consumption is 2 million gallons a
day. The utility is licensed to use 1
million gallons of well water a day.
OUA executive director John Hay-
ford said that current OUA wells
would not be able to produce 2
million gallons of water a day for
any length of time.
As an emergency stopgap, OUA
has installed a pump on the Rim
Canal to pump water from the Rim
Canal to their treatment plant if the
lake becomes unusable. As another
emergency measure,when the lake
bed becomes dry enough to sup-
port tracked and wheeled vehicles,
the utility plans to dig a trench from
Government Cut to the water's
edge. They are currently applying
for permits for that process.
Post your opinions in the Public Is-
sues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Pete Gawda may be reached
atpgawda@newszap.com.


while saving homeowners little they need to be." in March.
M Oney an estimated $240 a year on aver- Crist made his announce- Legislative leaders expressed
Continued From Page age for primary homeowners. ment at the annual Associated skepticism of Crist's proposal,
Continued From Page 1 "By announcing this portion of Press legislative planning ses- citing the state's declining reve-
measure that will go before vot- the budget first, hopefully it does sion for newspaper editors and nue. Current estimates say state
ers on Jan. 29. give some reassurance for people Capitol reporters. The Legisla- revenue will fall another $1 bil-
Teachers and other critics have who may be concerned about ture will use Crist's guidelines lion in the next budget year.
charged that the amendment the amendment," Crist said. But, when it begins writing the new Associated Press Writer Dave Royse
would hurt public education he added quickly, "I don't think budget in the session that opens contributed to this report.


BBD teams are encouraged to compete a state championship proclama- talents throughout the evening and
BBQ but may not include U.S. members; tion must have a minimum of 25 on Saturday.
an orientation is held for interna- competing teams. Contests with a On Saturday, Jan. 19, at 11 a.m.
Continued From Page 1 tional teams; and, experienced minimum of 50 competing teams the people's choice tent will be
This cook-off is sure to be ex- barbecue cooks and ambassadors are qualifiers and do not require a open where individuals can pay $5
citing due to the draw of very are on site throughout the week state championship proclamation. to taste as much as they desire from
competitive cooks from all sorts of preceding the contest to answer Next year, the event will have each team that enters that category.
places such as Kentucky, Tennes- any questions. even more cooks traveling our way They must then select the best pork
see, Georgia, South Carolina and Criteria to be a qualifying con- because it will be given a "Triple butt and the respective cook will
North Carolina. test for the Jack Daniel's World Crown" status which will allow the win that event.
Cooks will be able to receive Championships are that the cat- winning cook to receive an invita- Prizes range from $25 to $400
points that go towards qualification egories of pork, chicken, and beef tion without accumulating points for each individual event.
to the Jack Daniel's World Champi- brisket must be cooked; if a contest throughout the circuit. Categories include chicken, ribs,
onship Invitational Barbecue held is the only contest in a state, it must The local Main Street group has pork shoulder/butt and brisket.
in Lynchburg, Tenn., which is a have a minimum of 15 competing been working with Senator Dave Friday's events include several
by invitation only event with U.S. teams; and, first-year contests that Aronberg's office to receive a proc- competitions frisaiae, aplplepe,r
competitors limited to the follow- have a state championship proc- lamation from~the state akn anything butfand beer canffi^ick-
ing criteria: there is no entry fee lamation from the governor of the edging their contest. en
for the competitors; invitations are state in which the contest is held Friday night's festivities will be- For information about the event,
sent only to the grand champion must have a minimum of 15 com- gin at 6 p.m. where there will be call (863) 357-MAIN.
of qualifying contests; no "pass peting teams. contests with beer can chicken Postyouropinions an thePublic Issues
downs" are allowed; every U.S. After the first year, a contest will and anything butt categories. The orum at www.newaszap.com. Report-
team invited must earn its way be considered an established con- Timmy Bast Band will also be liv- er Chauna Aguilar may be reached at
in the competition; international test. Established contests that have ening up the air with their musical caguiiar@newszap.com.


Wrestling
Continued From Page 1
Wrestling is an individual sport,
and it is very personal. In no other
sport do you have as much contact
with your opponent. You can al-
most get to know your opponent
during these high intensity show-
downs.
The kids have to train hard. They
also have to watch their weight.
Many have to run a lot to keep in
their weight class. They also have to
watch their diet, and use noodles,
tuna and foods high in carbohy-
drates to keep themselves properly
fueled. For many, the dieting begins
in October and lasts throughout the
season.,
Coach Jahner said a key reason
for his success has been his youth
program. A lot of kids have been
wrestling for many years and have
really refined their skills.
"They are the ones that are
winning the most matches. They
just have more competition and
experience and have learned their
moves," he said. "We have a lot
of good young wrestlers coming
though that program."
Here are some profiles on se-
nior wrestlers on this year's squad.
Michael Brishke, 112 pounds,
record in 2007, 13-3. State qualifier
in 2006-07. He has been wrestling
two years in high school and one
year in Okeechobee wrestling club.
"It's intense, it's challenging," he
noted.
Brishke said he went to the club
at the request of a friend, checked it
out and liked it.
Brishke had some good match-
es at the state tournament last
year and thinks that helped him.
'It's good to see how it is at state;
how hard it is to see whose there
and competing. I knowwhat I'm in
for this year. I've been training a lot
harder."
His grand parents are Carl and
Jean Stubblefield of Okeechobee.
"My record is not as good as last
year. But we've been to a lot harder
tournaments this year," he noted.
Robbie Harrell, 103 pounds,
record in 2007, 13-2. He qualified
for state last year. This is his sec-
ond year on the wrestling squad.
He never tried wrestling before
last year. "It's a real fun sport, I
love it."
He also loves baseball and


played that sport for nine years.
"It was fun (the state tourna-
ment) but I actually had to leave
early after J competed in a few
matches."
"It's a lot tougher than any other
tournament or that I ever thought,"
he said.
Harrell said he feels wrestling is
really a mental sport. "You have to
be ready and knowyour moves."
He said Nick Nichols from Satel-
lite High school has been one of his
tougher opponents.
His parents are Wayne and
Juanita Harrell.
Tyler Hayes, 152 pounds, Ju-
nior, his record this year is 15-3.
He qualified for state last year. This
is his 11th year wrestling, the last
three at the high school. He said
his dad started him in wrestling
when he was a little kid and he
really enjoyed it. He started in the
Okeechobee Wrestling Club and
has gone to Kansas, Oklahoma
and national tournaments in the
past several years.
He thinks this year will be good
for him and his team, "It's going
good." He is a contender for a dis-
trict and conference title. He won
districts last, year and took second
in conference. He competed in the
state tournament.
"It's a lot more mental .than
physical. The kid (you wrestle) can
be twice as strong as you. If you
have the technique and knowwhat
you're doing, you can beat him,"
he stated.
He mentions Zac Pincus from
Wellington as one of his top oppo-
nents this year.
Hayes added he is confident
that he can win the Conference
championship this year.
His parents are Robert and Kim
Ellerbee of Okeechobee.
Donald "Donny" Bush, 145
pounds, Junior, his record in 2007,
15-2. He was a state qualifier in
2006-07. He was district champion
and conference champion last
year.
His brother Scott was also an
accomplished wrestler. He is now
a firefighter in Okeechobee. Donny
credits his older brother with help-
ing him improve as a wrestler.
"I should do well this year. The
wrestlers I lost to, I made a bad mis-
take and they countered it. It wasn't
like they beat me bad," he noted.
Hfe adds that the two opponents
that beat him were 3A wrestlers.


He is also confident he can de-
fend his championship at the con-
ference'tournament. "I should take
it again."
He said he didn't like other
sports like baseball and a friend
suggested to him why not try wres-
tling. "I came out and tried it. Now
I'm addicted to it."
He explained that you must be
in shape to wrestle. "You can't go
out there lazy because you'll be
out of breath. It's both mental and
physical."
His father is Scott Bush Sr.
Here is a brief recap of the sea-
son so far.
The Brahmans won their first
match over St. Lucie West Cen-
tennial by 40 points, 54-12, to get
off to a flying start. The team then
finished tied for second at the Her-
nando tournament with Sebastian
River. Timber Creek of Orlando fin-
ished first.
Michael Brishke was the cham-
pion of that tournament at 112
pounds. Robbie Harrell was sec-
ond at 103 pounds. Donny Bush
was second in his weight class.
Tyler Hayes finished second at
160 pounds. Caleb Smith finished
fourth at 152 pounds, Matt McPeak
finished third at 135, and Tony Bon-
nett finished third at 215 pounds.
From there Okeechobee defeat-
ed Sebastian River, 42-27. Josh Gru-
ber finished second at 119 pounds.
At their own tournament, the Big
Lake Classic in December, the
Brahmans finished third, behind
the champions Lakeland and the
runner ups Sebastian River. Donny
Bush was first at 145 pounds, Ca-
leb Smith was third at 152, and
Tyler Hayes was 2nd at 160 pounds.
Corey Krum finished third at 189
pounds.
From there the team lost to Fort
Pierce 51-26. Robbie Harrell didn't
make his weight and couldn't
wrestle at that meet. That was a big
factor in the match.
The Brahmans also participated
in a JV tournament and girls tourna-
ment in December. Twelve teams
completed at the JV level and eight
at the girls level. The JV finished
second. Josh Gruber finished third
at 119 pounds and Jose Medllin fin-
ished second at 189 pounds.
The team continued toworkdur-
ing the holiday break. Eleven kids
came to practice everyday during
the break to achieve the iron man
award. Those wrestlers included


Corey Krum, David Sanchez, Jose
Medllin, Joseph Menendez, Kyle
McGee, Tony Bonnett, Tyler Hayes,
David Almazan, Justin Booth, Rob-
ert Dyce and Zac Norris.
After the holidays the Brahmans
competed in the Port St. Lucie tour-
nament known as the Steadwell.
'Itenty-four teams competed
including Oviedo the defending
state champion in Class 3A, Trea-
sure Coast, Satellite, and Bayside.
Okeechobee took fifth place in the
two day tournament. Fort Pierce
Central barely beat Okeechobee by
1 '/ points for fourth.
Robbie Harrell,. Tyler Hayes and
Donny Bush all finished in second
place at this tournament.
Last week the team defeated
Westwood 63-18, and Vero Beach,
42-26, in a three team wrestling
meet. The team also defeated
Treasure Coast, 39-36 in their last
match.
Coach Jahner said Matt McPeak,
and Josh Gruber made a big differ-
ence in their last match. They lost
their matches but they were com-
petitive and the points they earned
were very important to the team.
"Every body cheered them on
and the kids were pushing each
other. Our bench was up and Trea-
sure Coast was flat."
Still to come are the conference
tournament on Saturday at Martin
County High school and the district
tournament on Feb. 2. From there
comes the regional tournament
and eventually the state tourna-
ment.
Coach Jahner noted Brandon
High school which had a state re-
cord 359 victories in a row in dual
matches, lost their lrst match in 30
years to South Dade recently. He
said that when he wrestled in high
school at Bismark High School in
North Dakota, his school had a 173
match winning streak.
Jahner said he thinks his squad
can capture a third straight district
championship. It won't be easy as
Fort Pierce Central is in the mix.
"They are tough, especially in the
middle and upper weight levels,"
he said.
"We'll make a push at another
district title with Fort Pierce Central.
I still feel pretty good about the kids
doing well in the Regional champi-
onship and the district champion-
ship. Hopefully we'll be ready and
ready to wrestle."


OC SO shirt fails



to stop drug dealer


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man was ar-
rested on drug charges Wednes-
day after he allegedly sold co-
caine to a local
detective, even
though the of-
ficer was wear-
ing a shirt that
identified him
as deputy.
Terry Leo
Fisher, 48, N.W.
Seventh Ave., Terry
Okeechobee, Fisher
was charged
with the felonies of possession of
cocaine and sale of cocaine. He
was also charged with posses-
sion of drug paraphernalia. His
bond was set at $10,500.
Detective Bryan Lowe of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO) was on patrol in
his unmarked unit when he was
flagged down by a man in the
area of N.E. 13th Ave. and N.E.
Seventh St. The man was later
identified as Fisher.
. Detective Lowe's report
stated that while he was in an
unmarked unit, he was wear-
ing "... a marked sheriff's office
long-sleeved shirt and jeans as a
uniform for the day."
After he had stopped his ve-
hicle, the man approached him.


"He looked at me and asked
what he could get for me," stat-
ed the detective in his report.
"I shrugged my shoulders and
asked what he could get me."
Detective Lowe was allegedly
told to circle the block and then
wait for Fisher's return, which is
what he did.
A few minutes later Fisher
ran up to the OCSO detective
and handed him a suspicious
substance, stated the detective.
When field tested later, the sub-
stance indicated a positive result
for the presence of cocaine.
The detective went on to state
in his report that he took posses-
sion of the substance and laid it
on the armrest of his vehicle. He
then told Fisher that he would
have to get out of his car to get
his wallet. As Detective Lowe got
out of his car Fisher then realized
what he had done, said the de-
tective.
When Fisher was searched
the detective stated in his re-
port that he found a glass de-
vice commonly used to smoke
crack cocaine, and a suspicious
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More charges are filed against a burglary suspect


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
MOORE HAVEN -- Additional
charges have been filed against
a Belle Glade man in connection
with the recent burglaries of con-
venience stores in Glades County.
Three men have been arrested
in connection with the thefts and
a fourth is being sought, said a
detective with the Glades County
Sheriff's Office (GCSO).
Two more counts of burglary
and larceny have been filed against
Rodney King, who is currently be-
ing held in the Glades County Jail
under a bond of $115,000. King,
28, was originally charged with
criminal mischief with property
damage, larceny, burglary and
high speed fleeing and eluding a
law enforcement officer.
Also being held in connection
with this case are Lukner Blanc,
25, and Romuald Claude, 23. They
are charged with fleeing and elud-


ing a law enforcement officer, ve-
hicle theft, robbery, burglary, lar-
ceny and criminal mischief with
property dam-
age.
GCSO Detec-
tive Sergeant
Steve Harris said
Thursday that
the execution of
a search war-
rant on a rental
vehicle used by Rodney
the men had King
resulted in the
recovery of items stolen from the
convenience stores. Among the
items recovered were cigarettes,
cigars and phone cards.
"A large amount of evidence
was seized," said Sgt. Harris. "We
got all the property from all the
burglaries. They were going to
use the phone cards for other il-
legal activity."
The cigarettes and cigars were
to have been sold on the street,


added the GCSO detective.
He estimated the items stolen
were valued at $5,000.
Sgt. Harris
said the men are
also suspects in
similar crimes in
other counties.
"This (the ar-
rests) will solve
a lot of cases --
in four different
jurisdictions," Lukner
he said. Blanc
The search
warrant was executed on a Chev-
rolet Impala reportedly used by
the four men in the burglaries on
Monday, Jan. 14. The Impala, said
Sgt. Harris, was rented from an
Avis rental agency in West Palm
Beach. He went on to say the
men apparently used rental cars
to throw off investigators when
they tried to find the vehicles used
in the thefts.
"They have a history of using


renting cars. When we would run
the tag it would core back to a
holding company in Orlando," he
explained. "Had
. we not had the
car (the Impa-
la), we wouldn't
have known."
When the
men were ar-
rested earlier
this week they
had reportedly Romuald
already robbed a Claude
store in Hendry
County and one in Glades Coun-
ty. They were allegedly preparing
to hit a store in Buckhead Ridge
around 1:30 a.m. Monday when
they were interrupted by depu-
ties from the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO) who were
helping GCSO investigators.
The OCSO deputies were asked
to check on the Buckhead Ridge
store per a mutual aid agreement
with Glades County.


When they arrived at the
store, they reportedly saw four
men who appeared to be pre-
paring to. burglarize the store.
The OCSO deputies then be-
came involved in a high speed
pursuit to the west on S.R. 78
toward Moore Haven. As the Im-
pala neared the Glades County
Road Department, GCSO depu-
ties deployed stop sticks. The
car was disabled and the four
men reportedly fled on foot to-
ward the Herbert Hoover Dike.
According to Sgt. Harris,
King was apprehended Monday
around 8 a.m. on S.R. 78 E.
While searching in the area
of the old Sportsman's Village
at 11:50 a.m. that same morn-
ing, deputies were approached
by two people who said their
vehicle had been stolen. That
vehicle was spotted on S.R. 78
E. and U.S. 27.
A chase ensued into Hendry
County where deputies from the


Hendry County Sheriff's Office.
used stop sticks to stop the car
at the intersection of U.S. 27 and
Olympia in Clewiston. Blanc and
Claude were taken into custody
following a brief foot chase.
Sgt. Harris said the current
charges filed against the three
men are Glades County charges
only.
The detective said the arrests
came about due to a "good all-
around team effort." Besides
those agencies mentioned
above, Sgt. Harris said the Clew-
iston Police Department, the
Seminole Police Department
and the aviation units from the
St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office
and Charlotte County Sheriff's
Office helped to set up perim-
eters, as well as search for and
apprehend the suspects.
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Arrest Report


The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-
der the influence (DUI) charges by
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),,
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-'
servation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
(DOC).
Josefina Luviano Lopez, 35,
N.E. 30th Ave., Okeechobee, was
arrested Jan. 16 by Deputy Rusty
Hartsfield on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging her with
the felony of failure to redeliver
leased property. Her bond was
set at $2,000.
Angela Platt, 49, Old Lakeport
Road, Lakeport, was arrested Jan.
16 By Deputy Harold Hancock
on an Okeechobee County war-
rant charging her with violation


of drug offender program. She is
being held without bond.
Carol Brooks, 48, was arrest-
ed Jan. 16 by Deputy G. Popovich
on an Okeechobee County war-
rant charging her with failure to
appear possession of marijuana
under 20 grams, failure to appear
- possession of drug parapherna-
lia, failure to appear possession
of a weapon by a convicted felon
and failure to appear grand
theft. She is being held without
bond.
John Fern Herceg, 55, U.S.
441 S.E., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Jan. 16 by Deputy Rusty
Hartsfield on a charge of felony
battery (domestic). His bond was
set at $1,500.
Majin Cardenas, 20, S.W.
Third St., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Jan. 14 by Deputy Sergeant
J. Royal on Okeechobee County


warrants charging him with fail-
ure to appear driving under the
influence, failure to appear driv-
ing while license suspended and
failure to appear contempt. He
is being held without bond.
Willis Joseph Smith, 46, S.E.
40"h Ave., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Jan. 15 by Deputy William
Maerki on warrants charging him
with the felony of grand theft (five
counts) and the misdemeanor of
petit theft. His bond was set at
$24,000.
Juan Antonio Garza, 23,
Okeechobee, was arrested Jan.
15 by Deputy Corporal Chris
Hans on a felony charge of driv-
ing while license suspended with
knowledge -- habitual offender.
His bond was set at $2,500.
Paula Jean Duncan, 46, S.E.
23rd Court, Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Jan. 15 by Deputy Lieuten-


ant Keith Murrish on ,warrants
charging her with violation of pro-
bation -- driving under the influ-
ence and violation of probation -
- driving while license suspended.
She is being held without bond.
Michael Martin Vaughn, 20,
N.W. High St., Lake City, was ar-
rested Jan. 15 by Deputy Harold
Hancock on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him
with violation of probation -- pos-
session of cocaine. He is being
held without bond.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who is
later found innocent or has had
the charges against them dropped
is welcome to inform this news-
paper. The information will be
confirmed and printed.


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DEVIL: I have been following the discussion about the witches
and I find it interesting. However, I must differ with one witch's
comment that the idea of the devil or Satan was created by Chris-
tians. That is simply not true. The idea of the devil, demons and evil
spirits has been around a lot longer than Christianity. The Jewish
tradition included references to the devil more than 1,000 years
before Christ as born. Hebrew scriptures dating back to 1450 B.C.
make reference to Satan, the fallen angel. Other religions of the
world also include belief n devils and demons. The Buddhist con-
cept of the devil is called Mara, who tempted Siddhartha. Hindus
believe in evil spirits that can evolve and no longer be evil. Islam's
teachings refer to the devil. Zoroastrianism refers to an evil spirit,
Angra Mainyu, who tempted Zoroaster.,

GOLDEN COMPASS: If you take a look at "The Golden Com-
pass" it's more anti-religion than it is anti-God. There is a big differ-
ence, and just because you are an athiest or an agnostic it doesn't
mean that you are the anti anything, just not a supporter of religion.
Editor's note: The Merriam-Webster Dictionary describes
agnostic as a person who holds the view that any ultimate
reality (as God) is unknown and probably unknowable;
broadly: one who is not committed to believing in either
the existence or the nonexistence of God or a god. An athe-
ist is described as: one who believes that there is no de-
ity.

CONFEDERATE FLAG: Never let it be said that an OPEN mind
cannot become aware. When I started this discussion, I never
thought that it would generate the conversation that it ended up
creating. I've seen the best and worst of people evolve when this
topic is discussed, it unfortunately, in many cases, it wasn't a pretty
sight. I have always had issues with those that refuse to be "aware"
that the things that they may feel are innocuous are in fact offensive
to others. Diversity is not ACCEPTANCE, but rather AWARENESS.
It's good to see that many of you are now aware of the issues that
many African Americans think about when they view the confeder-
ate battle flag, even if you don't adcept the viewpoint. Makes me
have confidence that we all can learn to live together.

-WATER: If folks would utilize that thing between their ears,
they'd realize we are in a desperate situation with our water. It re-
ally shouldn't have to be enforced. We should all take responsibil-
ity ... it takes a majority to save water. Barking dogs? I'll trade neigh-
bors, My neighbor is constantly cussing her four kids (between the
ages of 4-9) for everything in the book, plays her truck radio blaring
with rap music, loud enough to rattle the windows of my home
and sits in her truck and continuously honks her horn to get her
kids to come load up. This goes on even into the wee hours of the
morning. I won't even go into the fact that during the coldest days,
those kids can be seen outside in underwear and nothing else. I'll
get off my soapbox. '

WATER SHORTAGE: I am not sure what we are going to do
about the water shortage, my grass is dead and has been dead for
awhile. I stopped washing my car and now take it through the gas
station washers. In America, we take too much for granted; only
when something is gone do we realize our mistakes.

SRESTAURANTS: Has anyone heard possibly if we are getting a
new restaurant located by Home Depot? I've heard rumors; but to
be honest, I don't want hearsay. I want to know if it's true.

SHOPPING: What usually determines a happy shopping ex-
perience for me is my interaction with the regular employees as
well as management. You know how it is -- your day can be going
good and all of a sudden you have this encounter with Miss or Mr.
Snotty so and so and you have a bad feeling the rest of the day. If
their attitude is caused by a low-pay job, that's not right either. My
favorite incident is to be approaching an employee with a ques-
tion; and they see that look on your face and turn quickly and rush
away. Another is to wait patiently for the employees to be engaged
in their private conversations knowing full well you need their help
and taking their sweet time getting done with the chit chat. I can't
help but feel that if these employees could get a better job they
would have it.

HOMESTEAD: If the homestead exemption passes and is dou-
bled, I expect to see a healthy increase of property owned by us
snowbirds. They claim they don't stick it to us, but they need to
prove it to me. I would not recommend anyone move to Florida,
snow bird or permanent. Increased property values are a joke, as I
see the same for sale signs on the same houses year after year. The
high property values are only to get more tax money. If you find
a buyer for your property, you pretty much have to give it away.
Property taxes outrageous and insurance rates are out of sight plus
hurricanes. Who would want to move here?

ELECTION: I will sure be glad when the election is over, all of:
the lying will stop, promises they can't keep or don't intend to will
stop. We need a good independent. Jesse Ventura where are you?



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Some ways of treating


the common cold


By Dr. Rebekah Bernard
Cold and flu season is at
its peak, and colds are already
spreading through the communi-
ty like wildfire. All day long I am
seeing children and adults with
upper respiratory infections, and I
have gotten sick with a nasty cold
myself twice over the last month!
Most colds are caused by mi-
croscopic germs called viruses.
These viruses are transmitted by
respiratory droplets or by hand-to-
hand contact. Most people with a
healthy immune system will fight
off cold germs on their own over
a few days to a few weeks.
Unfortunately, scientists have
not discovered any medicines that
will kill viruses. Antibiotics, which
are used to treat bacterial infec-
tions (another type of germ), do
not kill viruses, and they can even
cause harmful side effects. This
is why most doctors do not pre-
scribe antibiotics for people that
they think have viral infections.
The best way to fight off a cold
is to get as much rest as possible,
drink plenty of fluids, and take
over-the-counter medications to
relieve symptoms such as nasal
congestion and cough. Tylenol
and ibuprofen can be used to
bring down fever and treat the'


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aches and pains associated with
colds. Be sure to read the label
carefully and if you have any
questions or concerns, contact
your physician.
Sometimes a common cold
can develop into a more serious
infection, especially in people
who are older or have other
health problems. Warning -signs
for worsening infections include
high fevers, inability to drink
liquids, extreme fatigue, con-
fusion, difficulty breathing, or
symptoms that last longer then
two weeks or seem to be wors-
ening rather than improving.
Colds can be prevented by
frequent hand washing, as most
viruses are transmitted by hand
contact. The virus that causes
influenza, or flu, can be prevent-
ed by a simple vaccination that
is still available in some areas.
The vaccine is effective through-
out flu season, which according
to the Center for Disease Control
lasts until May, so it is still a good
idea to be vaccinated/if you have
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Upcoming Events
Friday, Jan. 18
Narcotics Anonymous meets each Friday for an open
discussion meeting at 8 p.m., at the Just for Today Club of
Okeechobee, 2303 Parrott Ave. in The Lake Shops Suite K. For
information, call (863) 634-4780 or (863) 467-5474.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at
the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St The pub-
lic is invited. All persons interested in a sensible approach to los-
ing weight and becoming a part of a caring group are welcome
to come and see what we are all about. For information, contact
Ollie Morgret at (800) 932-8677.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Meth-
odist Church, 200 N.W Second St. Its an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Sav-
iour, 200 N.W Third St. It will be an open speaker meeting.
Business Women's Referral Networking Luncheon will
-be held on the third Friday of every month at the Brahma Bull
Restaurant, 2405 U.S. 441 S.E., at 11:30 a.m. for networking. The
lunch will be at noon. Women should bring business cards and
information to promote their business. The meeting provides
networking opportunities for women in business and is open to
the public. No membership is required. For information, contact
Robin Delgado at (800) 299-8878; or, by e-mail at info@flainju-
rylawyer.com.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W Third Terrace, holds
meetings for persons with alcohol and drug related problems at
6 p.m. For information call (863) 357-3053.
Saturday, Jan. 19
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S.
Parrott Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
Okeechobee Christian Cycles will meet every Saturday at
7:30 a.m. at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave. A ride
will follow a short business meeting. Anyone is welcome to ride
twice before joining. For information, contact: Roland Spencer
at (863) 697-2247; Debbie Izzo at (863) 634-6257; or, Holly Stew-
art at (863) 610-1251.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. for an open discus-
sion at the Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 2303 Parrott Ave.,
in The Lake Shops Suite K. For information call (863) 634-4780.

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Community Events

Friday, Jan. 18

School Advisory Council meets
New Endeavor High School will hold their SAC meeting on Fri-
day Jan. 18, at 11:30 a.m. This meeting is open to the public. For
information call (863) 462-5125.

Calling all back yard BBQ cooks!
The Sixth Annual Top of the Lake BBQ Affair hosted by
Okeechobee Main Street is just around the corner. Main Street has
moved the event to the Agri-Civic Center and the new date is Jan.
18 and 19. This is an invitation to local cooks. Because this upcom-
ing barbecue is a Jack Daniels Qualifier, they are anticipating a very
large event. Every year the Home Boy Division gets larger and larger.
Space is limited, so get those applications in! For more information
about the event, you can log onto www.mainstreetokeechobee.
com or call Karen Hanawalt, Program Manager at (863) 367-6246.

Southern Gospel sing planned
Believers Fellowship Church at 300 S.W 6th Ave. will have the
Southern Gospel Group "The Hyssongs" in concert, Friday, Jan. 18,
at 7 p.m. For information, please contact Phil Jones at (863) 467-
0131.

Hospice holds yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will host one day yard sale on Friday
Jan. 18 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will be held at the Hospice Blue
Volunteer Building on S.E. Fourth St. next to The Hamrick Home.
There will be great bargains at discounted prices. Everything must
go so that we may set out new items that have arrived. All monies
raised will be used for patient care including services offered in The
Hamrick Home. For more information call (863) 467-2321.
Saturday, Jan. 19

North VFW #4423 seeks auction items
The North VFW Post 4423 is seeking donations for an auction to
be held on Jan. 19. They are accepting household items, lawnmow-
ers etc. Whatever you would like to donate that would be good for
an auction will be accepted. We can arrange for pickup by calling
Bill at the Post at (863) 763-0818 or by calling David Lee at (863)
697-9002.

Giant auction and garage sale to benefit VFW
The Men's and Women's Auxiliary of the North Post 4423 VFW
are hosting ayard sale and.an auction on Saturday Jan. 19 at 8 a.m.
The auction will start at 8 a.m. and the garage sale starts at 9 a.m.
Breakfast will also be available .from 9 until 11a.m. (To get to the
auction go north on 441 (from 70), go past the high school, take
the second left past ihe high, school and the VFW will be on the
left.) The address is 300 N.W. 34th St. The auction currently has
a bunch of household items and appliances plus some lawn and
garden equipment and tools.

Bass Busters kicks off tourney season
BASS BUSTERS 2008 kicks off in Clewiston, for their 18th year of
holding tournaments every month.on Lake Okeechobee on Jan. 19
and 20, with the Silver and Gold Divisions.
.The Silver Division will be held on Saturday Jan. 19, with a team
entry fee of only $60 and includes the Big Bass Jackpot.
The Gold Division will be held on Sunday Jan. 20, with a team
entry fee of only $100 and includes the Big Bass Jackpot.
Both tournaments.start atsafelight. The weigh-in each day will
be held at 3 p.m. at Roland ard Maryann Martin's Maritna: There is
a Five Fish Limit'per Team and State ofFlorida Exemptions will be
issued.
For additional Information visit the official website at www.
bassbustersflorida.com or contact Chris Fickey at chris@
bassbustersflorida.com or at (941) 232-9539.

Trust Quartet in Concert
The "Trust Quartet" will perform a gospel concert at the
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 6 p.m.
at the church, on the corner of Hwy 441 North and N.E. Fourth St.
Please bring your family and friends and help us glorify our Lord
with singing and testimony. For information call the church at (863)
8240013.

OCRA sign-ups for baseball/softball
Signups for the 2008 OCRA Baseball/Softball season are sched-
uled to begin on Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Okeechobee County Sports
Complex from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Other dates for sign ups will in-
clude Saturday, Jan. 26, Saturday, Feb. 2 and Saturday, Feb. 9. Birth
certificates of the child will be needed when sign ups are done. For
more information please call OCRA at (863) 634-1437.
Sunday, Jan. 20

Trust Quartet to perform Jan. 20
The Trust Quartet, singing Gaither style four part harmony are
scheduled to perform in concert on Sunday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m. in the
North Lake Estates Clubhouse. The exciting Trust Quartet, a Florida
based, Nashville recorded mixed group, will perform their enthusi-
astic approach to some of gospel's finest songs. Trust not only has
great harmony but also unique ministering ability with song. You
will not want to miss this opportunity to enjoy a great concert.

Gospel music Melton style
The Meltons will be in concert at Westside Christian Church of
Okeechobee, 8082 S.R. 70 W. on Sunday, Jan. 20 at 6 p.m. For infor-
mation call (863) 467-2278.
Monday, Jan. 21

Health Fair scheduled
Church of the Brethren in Lorida will put be hosting a Health
Fair, "Fit and Great for 2008." It will be held Monday, Jan. 21 from
8 a.m. until noon. Health providers, screenings, door prizes, and
refreshments will be present. It is open to the public. For informa-
tion call (863) 655-1466.
Tuesday, Jan. 22

Collaborative Council meeting
The Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee Coun-
ty Shared Services Network will conduct their monthly meeting on
Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 10 a.m. in the Board Room of the Okeechobee


School Board Office. Angela Kelly and Barbara Godejohn both from
the Okeechobee County Health Dept. will be guest speakers at this
meeting. The public is invited. For more information, call Sharon
Vinson at (863) 462-5000 Ext. 257.

Hospital sponsors Ladies Health Day
Raulerson Hospital presents "Ladies Only Health Day," a lun-
cheon on Jan. 22, 2008 from noon until 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn
Express. The guest speakers for the Ladies Only Health Day will be
board certified physicians, James Bradfield, M.D. FACOG (Gynecol-
ogy) and Rene Loyola, M.D. FACS (General Surgery). Dr. Bradfield
will discuss new healthcare services offered to women of all ages
and Dr. Loyola will discuss new "State of the Art" surgical proce-
dures that are opening up regularly at the Hospital. Reservations
are required. Please RSVP to Bill Casian at (863) 824-2702. Only 50
seats are available for this event.







Okeechobee News, Friday, January 18, 2008


Try local barbecue this weekend


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Do you like barbecue? Who
doesn't? The Agri-Civic Center
is the place to be on Friday, Jan.
18, beginning at 7 p.m. and Satur-
day, Jan. 19, at noon. All barbe-
cue lovers are going to want to
check out the sixth annual Top of
the Lake BBQ Affair hosted by
Okeechobee Main Street to taste
all the BBQ creations by locals and
cooks from all over the state. Both
Friday and Saturday night you can
enjoy the sounds of the Timmy
Bast Band during the BBQ Affair.
For more information about the
event, call Karen Hanawalt, at
(863) 367-6246.
The South Florida Community
College Matinee Series is present-
ing Mr. Jack Daniel's Original
Silver Comet Band on Tuesday,
Jan. 22, 1:30 p.m., in the SFCC
Auditorium, Highlands Campus,
in Avon Park. The group brings
to life the sights and sounds of a
vanished era in American musical
history with a 12-piece band of
professional musicians dedicated
to playing the music of the small
town bands of over half a century
ago.
Tickets may be purchased on-
line 24 hours a day, seven days a
week, at www.southflorida.edu by
clicking "Performing Arts." Tickets
may also be purchased by calling
the SFCC Box Office at (863) 784-
7178 or by visiting the SFCC Box
Office located at the SFCC Audi-
torium, 600 West College Drive,
Highlands Campus, Avon Park,


Your Weekly
Entertainment
Guide
Share your news and photos
for this column by email to
caguilar@newszap.com


11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., Monday
thru Friday.
Join the Women of Tomorrow
Chapter of the ABWA (American
Business Women's Association)
for an evening of fun at the KOA
Center on Feb. 16, for a Golden
Oldies Dinner Dance from
7 p.m. until 11 p.m. DJ Jerry
Chambers and the Party Dolls
and SHABOOM will be making
the oldies spirit come to life with
live music! Cost is $25 per person.
Funds go towards scholarships
for young women pursuing an
education in a business field. For
information or to purchase tick-
ets, call President Marilyn Rinear
(863) 6971807, Event Coordinator
Kathleen Shatto (863) 467-4663,


or Secretary Marie Kirchhoff (863)
3570868 and come dance your
socks off at the KOA.
Local square dancers can
continue get down at the club-
house in Seminole Cove, 1799
S.W. 35th Circle, off S.W 16th Ave.
on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Lessons
will also be starting for beginning
dancers. For information contact
Marilyn Zody at (863) 357-0122.
You can continue to get a taste
of Broadway in Okeechobee at the
Okeechobee County Library on
Tuesdays until Feb. 19. This week's
presentation by renowned author-
ity in musical theatre lan Nairnsey
will be pertaining to John Mercer.
The presentations are held weekly
on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. For more in-
formation contact Mr. Nairnsey at
(863) 801-3147.

Family outings
If you want to venture out of
town, Hendry County Rodeo Asso-
ciation is sponsoring, Paul Daily,
the "Real Horse Whisperer"
at the Glades-Hendry Arena at the
Glades Resort on Saturday, Jan.
12, at 6 p.m. Paul does not "break
horses", he "gentles" them, with
words and pats, until they let him
bridle, saddle and ride them all
within two hours. For more in-
formation, visit Paul's Website at
www.wildhorseministiries.com.
If you want to get a great whole-
some laugh, visit the Church of the.
Nazarene, 425 S.W 2811 St. where
Christian Comedian and mu-
sician Tim Lovelace will be ap-


pearing on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 7
p.m. The show .
is free and open
to the public, a
love offering will
be collected.
For more infor-
mation contact .
(863) 763-7113.
Some hearty
family fun can Tim
be found at the Lovelace
Okeechobee
Chamber of Commerce Speck-
led Perch Festival beginning
with the parade on Saturday,
Feb. 9 at 10 am. The festival will
continue throughout Saturday
and Sunday, Feb. 9-10, with ven-
*dors with everything from arts
and crafts to fun and games for
the younger crowd. For more in-
formation, contact the Chamber
at (863) 763-6464.
Do you want to see your
events posted in the weekly en-
tertainment column? Forward
any publicly open events includ-
ing entertainment such as: danc-
ing, bands, comedians, theatre,
special events, special commu-
nity events, contests, etc to me at
caguilar@newszap.com. Please
forward all information about
each event including: description
of the event; location (address);
date; time; cost; age appropriate-
ness; and any other information
that fits the specific event. For
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Chauna Aguilar at (863) 763-3134
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GLADES COUNTY It is time
for the 2008 Sour Orange Festival
in Lakeport, on State Road 78 in,
Glades Conty. The event will take
place on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10
am until 3 p.m. at Lakeport Com-
munity Center on Red Barn Road,
which is very near the water
tower. Crafters are encouraged to
contact Jo Randolph as there are
still some vendor spots still avail-
able. Please call (863) 227-4323
and leave a message.
Admission for the event is just
$3 and kids under 12 are free.
Visitors can enjoy good food,
pie eating contest; enjoy a slice
of sourt orange pie, swamp cab-
Sbage, chicken sandwiches, ham-
burgers, hot dogs; barbeque pork
sandwiches among other tempt-
ing delights.
There will be games and Mr.
and Mrs. Bubbles the Clowns will
visit and be available to do face
painting and balloon sculpturing,
Glades history will be present-
ed for display along with a pho-
tography display of Glades subject
matter; a quilt show, showcasing
quilting talents of local crafters.
Music for the event will be The
Rat-Pac Band playing Country,
50's-60's music and more.
Larry Luckeywill announce the


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activities of the day including the
results of the Sour Orange Cook-
off. Call Diane at (863) 946-0905
for information. Winning cook-off
desserts will be auctioned off by B.


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A special thanks goes to Glades
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TALLAHASSEE The essential
gear for life is a college education.
All but one of the 50 top pay-
ing professions in the United States
requires a college diploma. Some-
one with a college degree will earn.
on average $1 million more over
a lifetime than someone without
a degree. College allows young
people to stretch their brains and
imagination and become the doc-
tors, scientists, engineers, lawyers,
teachers, business persons, philos-
ophers and artists who will shape
the future.
Families have enrolled more
than 850,000 children in the Florida
Prepaid College Plan since the plan
was initiated 20 years ago. Now is
a smart time for families to sign up
children and grandchildren in the
Florida Prepaid College Plan. The
deadline to receive current Florida
Prepaid College Plan prices is Jan.
31, 2008.


The cost of a 4-Year Univer-
sity Tuition Plan for a newborn is
about three dollars a day or $93.12
a month. Three dollars a day is
what you would pay for a cup of
fancy coffee or a movie rental, but
instead you can give your child the
gift of a college education that will
last a lifetime. The price of a Florida
Prepaid College Plan depends on
the age or grade level of your child.
"The end of open enrollment is
quickly approaching," said Chair-
man Ted Hoepner of the Florida
Prepaid College Board. "Start off
2008 by taking steps to secure your
child's future with the purchase
of a Florida Prepaid College Plan.
Families can start saving for col-
lege today and realize their dreams
of higher education for their chil-
dren."
Families may purchase tuition,
local fee and dormitory housing
plans, plus a new tuition differential


fee plan, for use at Florida's 11 pub-
lic universities and 28 community
colleges. The plan's value is trans-
ferable to most accredited private
and out-of-state colleges.
Florida Prepaid College Plan
benefits are helping college stu-
dents avoid debt at a time when
two-thirds of all U.S. college stu-
dents accumulate an average
$19,202 in student loan debts along
with their diplomas.
Kathy and Richard Donk pur-
chased a Florida Prepaid College
Plan for daughter Kerrie when the
plan began in 1988. Kerrie, 22, is
now a junior majoring in neuropsy-
chology at Florida State University.
"The plan allowed us to provide
our daughter with a college educa-
tion without creating the financial
burden that would have been cre-
ated without the plan," said Kathy
Donk of Tallahassee, a first-grade
teacher. "With all the uncertainties


of college tuition and class fees, it is
wise to plan and prepare for your
child's future now. It is the best
gift you can give your child to help
them secure their future."
The Florida Prepaid College
Plan is financially guaranteed by the
State of Florida. Once a plan is pur-
chased, payments do not increase.
The Florida Prepaid College Plan is
a tax-free 529 college savings plan.
Families may enroll in the Flor-
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www.florida529plans.com or re-
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application by calling 1-800-552-
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Jan.31, to receive current 2007-08
plan prices.
For more information, 'contact
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Young athletes need eye protection year-round


(MS) The number of kids
playing organized sports is on
She rise and so to is the num-
ber of sports-related injuries.
What many players, parents and
coaches do not realize is that the
majority of injuries occur during
practice and not during games,
making it crucial that kids wear
protective equipment for prac-
tices and games alike. More than
90 percent of all eye injuries can
be prevented with the use of ap-
propriate protective eyewear, says
Prevent Blindness America.
Today, protective eyewear is
becoming commonplace for any
kid who picks up a ball, stick,
racquet, or dives into sports play.
In fact, without having to worry
about eye injuries, both play-
ers and parents can focus more
intently on game play and of
course winning.
While protection should be
worn no matter the sport, here
are a few of the more hazardous
sports out there.
Winter
Basketball: Basketball is the
leading cause of eye injury for
players ages 15 to 24. Research
shows that 1 in 10 college bas-
ketball players will suffer an eye
injury each season. According to
the National Society to Prevent
Blindness, almost 7,000 injuries
were found to be related to play-
ing basketball. Finger poking is
one of the more common basket-
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protective eyewear, however, can
help hardwood heroes avoid the
perils of eye injury.
Spring
Baseball/Softball: Baseball is
the leading cause of eye injury in
players 14 and under. This ranks
baseball among the highest
sports for eye injury risks. Players
are contending with a high-speed
projectile (the ball), swinging bats
and potential sun glare. That's a
recipe for eye injuries. Regular
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won't provide proper protection.
Due to the potential velocity of a
baseball or softball, nothing can
guarantee complete injury pro-
tection, but sports protective eye-
wear can greatly lessen the risk
of serious injury. The lenses are
made from polycarbonate, which
are impact-resistant and have in-
herent UV protection.
Lacrosse: Men's and women's'
lacrosse differ in regard to how
much physical contact is allowed,
with the men's teams being more
contact-heavy. Still, some form of
stick checking and blows from la-
crosse balls make sports eye pro-
tection a smart idea for players.
The most common head/facial in-
juries seen are contusions about
the face and eye. orbit, creating
the typical "black eye." This pri-
marily occurs in women's games
because of the lack of a hard hel-
met. Therefore, sports eye protec-
tion is mandatory for all players.


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Okeechobee News, Friday, January 18, 2008 7


Realtors interested in homestead amendment


By MaryAnn Morris
Okeechobee News
Boards of Realtors are formed
as professional organizations to
educate and inform real estate
professionals, realtors, brokers
and appraisers.
With a constitutional amend-
ment regarding Florida's Home-
stead tax laws on the ballot of
the upcoming January 29 spe-
cial election, the Okeechobee
Board of Realtors invited Mickey
Bandi, Senior Appraiser of the
Okeechobee Property Apprais-
er's Office to be their guest
speaker.
To give some background
information, he explained that
only "qualified" sales are used
in determining where the local
market is going.
"To establish which sales
are qualified sales to be used
to establish growth or lack of
growth, we look at all the sales
in an area," explained Mr. Bandi.
"When we see a sale price 'way
out of line for the neighborhood
and no obvious reason for this,
we go out talk to the buyer and
seller to see what made the dif-
ference. It might be that the
home was sold furnished. Al-
ternatively, a relative died and


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the surviving family members
are splitting up the estate. These
would not be qualified sales,
since there are unrelated fac-
tots that affected the sale price.
It could mean that significant
improvements have been made
that the property appraiser's of-
fice does not know about. If ver-
ified; that would then be taken
into account and that could be-
come a qualified sale," said Mr.
Bandi.


"Save Our Homes" is the dif-
ference you see between the
'Just value" and the assessed
value before homestead exemp-
tion is subtracted.
"Right now, Save Our Homes
means that under state law, your
taxes will not go up more than 3
percent per year, but when you
sell your home and buy another,
you start all over again by being
routinely assessed at just value.
Only the year after that does
Save Our Homes begin accru-
ing again. With the proposed
tax amendment, any Save Our
Homes benefit (the difference
between just value and-assessed
value) on your old house would
transfer to your new house, up
to $500,000."
If you are buying a more ex-
pensive home, it is the actual
dollar difference between the
two, if trading down, it is the
percentage difference between
the two.
"There is no benefit for lower
income people, or for the elder-
ly. Earlier drafts of the amend-
ment did include those provi-
sions, but the final version does
not," he explained.
"Agricultural land is commer-
cial by definition and is not eli-


gible for Homestead Exemption
or Save Our Homes.
"Be very careful about how
we play with our Constitution,"
said Mr. Fowler.
"If the amendment does not
pass, the state "budget and Tax-
ation Committee can revise it
and bring it back to the voters at
the November, 2008 election,"
he said.
J.D. Mixon, a Commercial
Real Estate Appraiser with D.R.
Wilson Land Company had this
to say by telephone the before
the meeting:
"On the surface, it looks
great, but it will not help the
people who most need help.
The principal problem with
this in that it helps people who
bought before the real estate
boom, not people who have
purchased recently who really
need help. Even so, the benefit
is only about $250 a year. Young
people, the workforce often
cannot afford current taxes, so
they will not be able to buy in
the community and live here."
Comments similar to this echoed
the meeting room.
"Perhaps more input from the
economic side would help,"
said Mr. Mixon.


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1804 S. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee

(863) 357-4622


What to look for in an investment property


(MS) While the investment
game is never a sure thing, one
of the most solid investments a
person can make is real estate.
As the old saying goes, "God's
not making any more land, so
the price is only going to go
up."
But if the real estate game
were that easy, everyone would
be a millionaire. Because of the
expensive nature of real estate
and the uneasiness many people
feel when they decide to invest
in it, consider the following tips
before taking the plunge.
Look for the right location.'
It's always important to remem-
ber that buying an investment
property isn't the same as buy-
ing a home you're going to live
in. But some of the same rules
apply. One such rule is location.
While those looking for their
own home will likely look at
privacy, the local school system
and other things, when buy-
ing an investment property it's
best to look in a high traffic area
that's close to public transpor-
tation. The high traffic' means
more prospective renters will
see your "For Rent" signs, while
accessibility to public transpor-
tation will increase your pool of
potential tenants.
In addition, it goes without
saying that a desirable locale
can often rent a place on its
own. Rental properties in trendy
neighborhoods often rent the
fastest and landlords can often
charge more for less.
Look for low-maintenance
properties. These days, the
practice of "flipping" houses is
more popular than ever before.
Those who are just starting'out
investing in real estate, howev-
er, should avoid this approach
and all high-maintenance prop-.
erties. Flipping a house requires
substantial capital to turn a
profit, as you'll need to do lots
of maintenance before you can
rent or sell the property. If you're
just beginning to invest in real
estate, you'll want a low-main-
tenance property that will begin
turning a profit more quickly
than a property that will need
lots of repairs.
Inquire about the property's
rental history. If you're buying
a property with multiple apart-
ments, examine the property's.
rental history. If the current ten-
ants are good with their pay-
ments, this will ease your tran-


sition to becoming a landlord.
If current and past tenants were
consistently late paying rent, this
might tell you something not
only about those tenants, but
the neighborhood as well. Good
neighborhoods don't need to beg
for tenants, and therefore land-
lords don't have to put up with
tenants who don't pay on time.
If the property has a history of
tenants who pay late, 'this might
be indicative of a neighborhood
where people don't want to live,
and therefore landlords might
have to accept less desirable ten-
ants who cannot pay on time.
Speak with local officials
about codes and zoning. Land-
lords who have owned a proper-
ty for several years often get away
with things that new landlords
won't get away with. This can
include problems with zoning or
fire codes. Be sure to ask local
officials about a property before
signing on the dotted line.
Look for a newer building.
Particularly for first-time inves-


tors, it's always best to look for
a newer building. While an exact
age is arbitrary, try and find a
building that's less than 30 years
old. Older buildings require more
maintenance, and if you're new
to real estate, you might not be
skilled at maintenance yourself
of know of a qualified' handy-
man to act as your super. Plus,
older buildifigs, while they often
have more character, are less
desirable to prospective tenants*
and are often harder, to fill than
newer buildings.
Look for sellers who aren't
in-state. A big part of buying
real estate, whether it's prop-
erty you plan to live in or rent
out, is negotiating. When buy-
ing an investment property, you
can often gain the upper hand
if you're buying a property from
an owner who doesn't live in the
state where the property is lo-
cated. Such owners often prefer
selling quickly and minimizing
headaches over getting the best
price.


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda

Early voting
This sign in front of the Okeechobee County Courthouse
reminds us that early voting is taking place inside the build-
ing. Voters can vote early Monday through Saturday up un-
til Jan. 26 at the courthouse. The hours are 8:30 a.m. to
4:30 p.m. Early voting will even be available Monday, Jan.
21 which is observed as Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday.


DR. WILLSON LAND COMPANY
"Okeechobee 's Only Full-Service
CommercialReal Estate Brokerage"
APPRAISING / BROKERAGE / CONSULTING / LEASING


REDUCED!! 3/2 W1/CUTE FRONT PORCH MOBILE HOME/RV PARK 3/1 WITH CARPORT, ALL TILE
Home has great layout, vaulted ceilings, and tile MOTIVATED SELLER WILL FINANCE. New metal roof, and new 2.5 ton A/C. Big bacd
throughout.Asking $148,000. Call MelissaAmold @ Just Reduced To $375,000. MAKE OFFER! yard w/ wood fence on cul-de-sac. Asking
863-610-2280. Call Jonathan @ 863-634-9275. $129,000. Call MelissaAmold@863-610-2280
* Beautiful Brentwood Estates! Secluded culd-esac lot surrounded by oak trees. Close to town! Asking $80,000. Call Elbert
@ 863-634-7460.
. Country living or great get away for the weekend, this CBS home is built on 1 % acres with beautiful palm trees. Property
is high and dry. 1000 sq ft with one bath all for only $130,000. Call Elbert at 863-634-7460.


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read your ad carefully the first
day it appears. In case of an
inadvertent error, please noti-
fy us prior to the deadline list-
d. We will not be responsible
for more than 1 incorrect
insertion, or for more than the
extent of the ad rendered val-
ueless by such errors.
Advertiser assumes responsi-
bility for all statements, names
and content of an ad, and
assumes responsibility for any
claims against Independent
Newspapers. All advertising
is subject to publisher's
approval. The. publisher
reserves the right to accept or
reject any or all copy, and to
insert above the copy the word
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accepted are subject to credit
approval. All ads must conform
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their proper classifications.
Some classified categories
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These classifications are
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Independent Newspapers will
never knowingly accept any
advertisement that is illegal or
considered fraudulent. In all
S cases of questionable value,
such as promises of guaran-
teed income from work-at-
home programs or other offers
to send money in advance for
a product or service we
advise you to check with the
Attorney General's Consumer
Fraud Line at 1-800-220-5424,
and/or The Better Business
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KITTEN white/orange, blue
collar w/bell, found vic of
Good Spirits on Hwy 441
(863)467-1258


LOST DOG Female, last seen
Friday morning in Basswood.
Answers to Roxy
(863)697-3457


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HUGE 4 FAMILY
YARD SALE
OKEECHOBEE, Fri., 1/18 &
Sat., 1/19, 8am til 3pm,
2286 SW 2nd Ct. Lawn
Mower, Trailer, Clothes,
Tools, Furniture. Too Many
Items Too List
OKEECHOBEE SAT. 1/19 &
SUN. 1/20, 8AM-?
HUGH YARD SALE
SE 21st Terrace, Take Charles
Harvey Hw 'd 18th Terrace
to 24th Blvd., next right on
25th Drive, left on 21st.


COUPLE IN THEIR FIFTIES -
Seeking Other Couples w/
Similar interested to hang out
with. 863-261-7589
Tall Guy- Secure, Profes., To
meet Attractive Gal or Friends
for Dining, Traveling, etc. Call
(863)946-3123 Lets meet!


CLEAN UP
Will pick up your junk!
Heavy & Farm Equipment-will
pay CASH. Call Michael @
(863)634-4780

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YTB TRAVEL
Looking for Reps. Earn Cash,
Be your own Boss, Travel for
Less. No obligation Seminar
Jan 22, 6:30 pm Beef O'Bra-
dy's or call (863)634-7311


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never accept any advertise-
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sidered fraudulent. In all
cases of questionable val-
ue, such as promises of
guaranteed income from
work-at-home programs -if
it sounds too good to be
true, chances are that It Is.
If you have questions or
doubts about any ad on
these pages, we advise that
before responding or send-
ing money ahead of time,
you check with the Better
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complaints.
Some 800 and 900 telephone
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reader of these charges in
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Buying a car? Look In the
classlfleds. Selling a
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ELDERLY CARE- NursingI
Child Care eeded4rnative at 1/3 the
hild Care Offing your loved415
Instruction 420
Services Offered425
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ELDERLY CARE Nursing
home alternative at 1/3 the
cost! Bring your loved one
for individualized TLC in
small family environment
by exp Reg. Nurse. Only 1
opening now.
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WATER TREATMENT PLANT
OPERATOR TRAINEE
for the Okeechobee Utility Authority. Must possess
a High School Diploma or equivalent and a valid
FL Drivers License. Only those with a three year
clean driving record need apply. Shift work and
week-ends are required. Applications will be ac-
cepted until opening is filled at the Okeechobee
Utility Authority located at 100 SW. 5th. Avenue,
Okee, FL 34974. An Equal Opportunity Employer,
Drug Free Work Place.


Start a gew career in the much needed field of
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.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
406,N.W. 4th Street (863) 357-2442


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Full Time/Part Time RN's & LPN's
Apply In Person To:
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
1646 Hwy. 441 North


Immediate Openings CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
406 N.W. 4th Street. (863) 357-2442


GILBERT CHERVOLET
Has openings for the following positions:
*Service Technician *Truck Mechanic *Collision Technician
Benefits include paid holidays, paid vacations,
health insurance, 401 K plan.
Apply In person at our Service Department or Collision
Center, or call (863)763-3154 Mon-Fri 7:30AM-5:30PM
EOE, DFWP


DR SET glass table, w/ 4
chairs, matching hutch,
$200 or best offer
(863)697-8572


AKC YORKIES 1 female
$600, 3 males $500 ea,
(863)467-4337
CHIHUAHUAS 2 males, 1 yr
old, 1 black 1 brown, all
shots. $150 each
(863)763-6778


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saves you money by
providing information
about best buys.
No wonder newspaper
readers earn more!


BASSWOOD New house in
good location, 3br, 2ba'
w/garage, $1200/mo, 33rd
Rd (561)379-9417 or
(561)683-9754
BRAND NEW 4/2 $1095.
mo., 1st. & sec. No pets
863-484-0809
BRAND NEW, 3BR's/2BA's,
lots of tile, garage, $1200.
Lawrence Associates,
1-800-543-2495.
BRAND NEW- Rent or Buy
3br/2ba, 1700 sq ft, garage,
laundry, tiled $1100/mo.
rent. 100% applied to pur-
chase of $168,500 after 1
year. 3429' NW 40th Dr.
asswood. (561)718-2822
BUCKHEAD RIDGE 2/2, fully
turn, on canal, seasonal &
yearly, (863)824-0981
DIXIE RANCH ACRES 3br,
2ba, $1000 / mo
(800)543-2495
MOVE IN SPECIAL
3BR/1.5BA, 15 min. from
town & 2BR/1BA. No pets.
1st & sec. Call Debbie
(863)467-2982 Mon.-Fri.,
8am til 4pm.
OKEE: 3/1 on 1/2 ac. Renovat-
ed, laundry, C/A/heat, screen
porch, carport. $1100. + 1st,
ast, sec/refs. 305-458-8659
OKEECHOBEE,-,3/2, on 20
acres, 15 minutes North of
town $ 15 0 0 / mo
(863)447-0352


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SE 10th St. Must have refer-
ences. Call 863-763-2416 or
863-447-0925
OKEECHOBEE ESTATES -
3BR/2BA, pool, fireplace.
1401 SE 8th Dr. 1st & sec.
Call to see (863)885-1347
ON THE CANAL
3br, 2ba, Fenced yard
$1050 mo.
.(248)672-1528
TAYLOR CREEK Prime Water-
front, 265' Sea wall with boat
dock. Unfurnished. 3br, 2ba,
W/D. C/Air. $1400 mo.
(863)697-1280
TREASURE ISLAND, 3/2 Very
clean! On canal. Lg. storage.
$850 mo. + 1st & sec.dep.
863-824-0981


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Seeks Same to share 4 BR, 2
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$124,900
Charming Arts & Craft Style Home
$179,000
32 Bick Home Fireplace & Pool
$239,000
Blue Heron 3/2 CBS House Only
$299,000'
Lg. Waterfront House Taylor Creek
$359,000
Executive Home w/ Efficiency on
Rim Canal $399,000
Gail Brown Realtor
863-697-0288

P. Y. Bge- L. Real Es Broker
BANK SHORT SALE
3/2 Waterfront, $129,000 or
best offer. All offers consid-
ered. The Real Estate Co.
(954)326-2083
CBS HOME 3/2/2 In gated
community. Open fir plan w/
family rm. Vaulted ceilings.
Community pool/club house.
Safe area for walks & biking.
$229,500 (863)763-7721
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say, "I sold It tiblae cls-
sileds."


NEW HOME ON YOUR LOT!
Features 3BRs/2BAs, Ig. LR,
garage, $118k, includes per-
mit fees. Lawrence Asso-
ciates 1-800-543-2495
OKEECHOBEE
Builder has 3 nice lots
left in good area.
Ready to build
Your plans or ours. Call for
.more details 561-762-2233
OKEECHOBEE: Completely
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Boys hoops slump continues


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee's losing streak
was extended to four Tuesday
night as they lost yet another
district contest, 48-44, in over-
time, at Forest Hill.
It was a battle of struggling
teams as Okeechobee came in
with a three game losing streak
and Forest Hill hadn't won in
their past five games.
The win proved Okeechobee
can lose in 32 minutes, and even
in 37 minutes.
"It was the same old,, same
old for us," a disappointed Brah-
man Coach Jon Enrico stated.
His team played better on de-
fense, but seemed to lose some
of their offensive fire power in
this one.
A key element was the loss


of Junior Center David Jeune,
who was lost to fouls early in
the fourth quarter. Okeechobee
is very thin on the front line this-
year, and without Jeune, they
had no scoring threat inside.
Leshawn Henderson had an-
other good night with 14 points.
Jeune had nine points and
grabbed a game high with 25
rebounds. Chris Hall had eight
points for Okeechobee.
One of the biggest prob-
lems, Enrico noted, was on
free throws.: "We hit. 11-26
free throws we found a way to
..lose." .
Meanwhile, Forest Hill hit 9-
16 at the charity stripe. Randell
Duvert had 14 points and eight
rebounds for the Falcons. Mi-
chael Fleisher had 11 points and
Charles St. Cyr added 10 points.
Okeechobee also got four


points from T.J Allen, who made
his season debut. James Shanks
had five points, Corey White
added four' points and Bobby
Spelts added two points.
Okeechobee actually led 13-6
after the first quarter but couldn't
sustain that level of play. Forest
Hill outscored Okeechobee 14-4
in the second quarter to take a
20-17 lead into the locker room.
Okeechobee outscored the Fal-
cons 14-11 in the third quarter
to make it 31-31 entering the
fourth quarter.
The lead changed hands sev-
eral times in the final quarter
before Forest Hill, (5-12), tied
it at 42, to send the game into
overtime. Okeechobee was out-
scored 5-2 in the extra session.
The Brahmans return home
Friday night to take on a talented
Fort Pierce Central team.


Brahman soccer player comes



back from a major back injury


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
When Marin Escobedo laid on a
hospital bed last spring with several
broken bones in his back he was
told by doctors that he would never
return to the soccer field while he
was in high school.
The doctors were proven
wrong.
Escobedo not only returned to
the field this year, but he has ex-
celled. After reentering the lineup
in the second half of the year he
has scored eight goals in six match-
es and has been one of the team's
best players.
"I want to thank my coaches,
God, and all my teammates," Esc-
obedo noted. "This was our last
game, and it meant a lot to us."
Escobedo put in a goal Wednes-
day as Okeechobee won their se-
nior night contest.
He was accompanied by his
parents, Marin and Martha. He
noted family support and his strong
belief in God, helped him return to
the field.
"Everything goes to God. He put
us here and has given us our path,"
he commented.


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Marin Escobedo has made a
miraculous recovery in time
to contribute to the boys
soccer team this year.
His mother said it was very
.emotional to see her son return to
the field and to be with him at his
senior night game.
His sister, Martha Hernandez,
who translated for her mother,
noted her brother has proven a lot
to her family.


"Doctors were telling him he
wouldn't get back on the field.
He proved to us that he can do it.
He's very passionate about what
he does. He wants to do better. All
that has happened, is nothing, be-
cause he can accomplish so many
things," she stated.
His coach Lonnie Sears said
Marin has been very inspiration to
all of his teammates. He noted it
took a lot of hard work for Marin to
get back so quickly.
Hernandez said it was a shock
when she found out her brother
had been injured seriously in the ac-
cident on Berman Road. She noted
she found out what her brother is
really made of after this incident.
"He said no one can tell me
what I can do or not do. He said he
was going to prove to people what
he can do. He showed us he can
achieve," she noted.
Escobedo hopes to go to college
and continue his soccer career. He
knows that with hard work any-
thing can be accomplished.
"They said I wouldn't play for
two years. I thank God for getting
me on the field and letting me do
what I can do," he concluded.


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy

OHS Soccer Team continues to shine
Marin Escobedo #9 puts pressure on the pet during Wednesdays match with Clewiston.


#10 Eddie Guerrero continues to have an excellent
sophomore campaign for Okeechobee.


Senior members of the OHS soccer team posed for a photo
at halftime of Wednesdays contest. Seniors (left to right)
are: Omar Torres, Marin Escobedo, Giovanni Jimenez, Bryan
Suarez, and Jose Bustos.


Alan Najera had an assist
during Wednesday's match
at home.







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CITY OF OKEECHOBEE
WORKSHOP SESSION
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Okeechobee City Council and Planning
Board will conduct a Workshop on Tuesday, January 22, 2008, at 6:00 p.m. The
workshop will be held in the Council Chambers Room 200 at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd
Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida.
The purpose of the workshop is to discuss and review Code Book Section 90,
Article IV, DIVISION 5. Signs. To establish a sign criteria, regulations, definitions
and requirements for temporary, commercial and residential areas.
No official action will be taken. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. For a
copy of the agenda contact Administration at (863) 763-3372 x 212.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the City Council and Planning Board with respect to any matter
considered at this meeting, such interested person will need a record of the pro-
ceedings, and for such purpose may need to ensure a verbatim record of the pro-
ceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which
the appeal is to be based. Media are used for the sole purpose of back-up for the
Clerk's Office.
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 Lane Gamniotea, no later than two (2) working days
prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x 214: if you are hearing or voice impaired,
call TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY).
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Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Marin Escobedo and his parents Marin and Martha Escobe-
do.


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Omar Torres and his parents Maria and Aurelio Torres.


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Giovanni Jimenez and his parents Alvaro and Maria.


Okeechobee dominates Clewiston at Senior Night


Also honored was Marin Esc-
obedo. He had a major injury in the
off season (see related story) and
came back in mid season to pro-
vide a needed boost to the team.
Jimenez is also a senior this year.
He has been a four year starter and
has played almost every position on
the field except goal keeper. He has
16 goals this year to lead the team.
He is also a two year captain on the
team. He scored the tying goal in a
close contest with Suncoast early


in the year. He also provided the
winning goal in their victory over
Jensen Beach, their first win over
the Falcons in school history.
"Just keep them coming, put
a team in front of us, we will give
it our best, and hopefully we can
win it," Jimenez noted.
Also graduating was Jose Bus-
tos, a solid wing player all year.
He has been a two year starter
on the varsity team.
"It was a tough game but we


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Five seniors left Brahman stadi-
um Wednesday night, perhaps for
the final time, knowing they had
gone out in style.
The Brahmans walloped an out
gunned Clewiston 8-0 in a mercy
ruled shortened match Wednesday
night. Giovanni Jimenez was a big
reason why as he found the net
four times.
"It was indescribable, that puts
it all into one little box," Giovanni
noted, "It was an awesome game.
We could of let down but the
coaches kept pushing us and we
put goals in the net like they want.
It's a strong win. It gives us confi-
dence to go into districts."
Okeechobee led 3-0 at the half
and then put in five goals in barely
over 20 minutes in the second half
to end the match early. They were
never really threatened as they had
the ball in the Tiger side of the field
for most of the night.
Okeechobee had 32 shots on
the net during the match. However.
they had 23 shots in the first half
and managed just the three goals.
That was the only negative for Head
Coach Lonnie Sears.
"We played two lackadaisical
matches in a row recently. We have
had teams on our schedule all year
that we needed to do this to. We
were supposed to do this and this is
the first time we did it," he noted.
Eddie Guerrero had a goal and
three assists., Marin Escobedo had
a goal and two assists. Alan- Najera
had an assist. Adrian Leon had a
goal and an assist. Jose Bustos had
a goal and Reynel Denova had an
assist.
The scoring being spread
around to different players was
no coincidence. Coach Sears has
preached unselfish play and good
passing all year long.
He noted they were able to pass
the ball from the outside to the in-
side all night and got a lot of easy
shots on net. He also thanked the
crowd for providing a boost to his
players.
"If you want to have a good time
on any night we are playing, come
on out. The crowd really pumped
them up tonight. I could feel the
energy when the crowd got into it,"
Sears added.
At halftime the five graduat-
ing seniors were honored for their
achievements. Goal keeper Omar
. Torres set the school record for wins
by a goal keeper earlier this year. He
has been a four year starter.
"It's been fun. We did a good
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