Vol. 99 No. 24
Body found may
be missing man
A body, thought to be that
of a missing Orlando man, was
found Wednesday morning in
some extremely dense vegeta-
tion on the Rollins Ranch near
The remains have been ten-
tatively identified as those of
Ronald Vincent Irwin, 45. The
body was found shortly before
11 a.m. by officers from the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC)
who were searching the area.
Boy's hoops lose
to Glades Central
Eddie Poole sat on the side-
lines last year as a. junior and
saw a team that couldn't shoot
a basketball into a swimming
pool. Now with basically the
same cast of, players, Glades
Central not only can run, jump
and play defense, they can
shoot too. That makes them
"It's the same guys. We
didn't have a big man last year
to run the offense. Now they
are getting open shots and are
making them," Poole noted.
City has opening
on OUA Board
The Okeechobee City
.Council is seeking interested
applicants in serving on the
Okeechobee Utility Author-
ity Board of Directors, as an
alternate member for a two
year ter-m. The applicants
must be residents of the City
of Okeechobee and be living
in the service area of OUA. Ap-
plications may be printed from
the City's web page, www.
cityofokeechobee.com or ob-
tained from the City Clerk's
Office at 55 SE 3rd Avenue,
S, Okeechobee. You may contact
us for further information at
(863) 763-3372 extension 215.
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Lakehouse plans move ahead
City Technical Revew
136 unit development
By Pete Gawda
The Lakehouse, the City of
Okeechobee's first planned unit
development, has blessing of the
city's technical review commit-
tee. The committee, at its meet-
ing on Wednesday,. Jan. 23 ap-
proved the 136 single family unit
development's site plans with
the provision that more fire hy-
drants be added. The developer,
15th Street Homes LLC, promised
to address off street parking for
the clubhouse and will be work-
ing with Florida Power and Light
to develop a lighting plan.
Fire Chief Herb Smith had ex-
pressed concern about the ability
of his fire trucks to turn around in
the development's cul-de-sacs.
Marcos Montes de Oca of Boyle
Engineering presented draw-
ings to show that the cul-de-sacs
would accommodate garbage
trucks as well as fire trucks.
Jeff Sumner of Boyle Engi-
neering addressed concerns
about the capacity of the lake.
He said that there would be sev-
eral feet available for storage of
The Lakehouse is to be locat-
ed west of S.W Seventh Avenue
between S.W. 15th Street and
S.W Ninth Street.
The committee also approved
the plat review for Park Place,
Hampton Inn. This is a proposed
85 unit hotel that would be locat-
ed on U. S..70 E. east of the post
office. The committee granted
Operation Shoebox: VFW hosts service members
Roy Cedeno, Bobby Shultz VFW Quartermaster, John Heuipel Visit and swap stories
pt the VFW Auxiliary Post #10539.
Sailors visit Okeechobee
Sailors from the VS-32
"'Maulers," squadron on
U.S.S. Enterprise were treated
to a weekend of fun in their
"adopted" hometown of
Okeechobee last weekend.
Cheryl Benoit, of the VFW
Post #10539 Auxiliary, said
the sailors are among theser-
vice members who have been
adopted by the Okeechobee
Community through Opera-
tion Shoebox. The VFW Aux-
iliary and community volun-
teers collect items for care
packages each about the
size of a shoebox -- which
are sent to service members
overseas. Many of the service
members have also become
"pen-pals" -- mostly viapemail
- with their new friends in
The VFW.and VFW Auxil-
iary organized the homecom-
ing weekend, as a way to say Submitted photo
Juan Marrero takes a spin on the dance floor with a VFW
See Visit Page 2 guest.
Red Cross extends a
helping hand to families
By Chauna Aguilar
On Thursday, Dec. 13,
tragedy struck a local fam-
ily through a fire that began
in their home's kitchen. Ac-
cording to Ruben Moody, the
father of the family, there was
approximately $100,000 of
damage to the home, located
at 3665 S.R. 710 which was
owned by his employer Davie
The American Red Cross
-was called by local law en-
forcement to assist the family
at the scene.
That morning Mr. Moody's
wife, Kathy Moody had just
left the house to go take her
son to school when she re-
ceived a phone call from a lo-
cal officer informing her that
her house was on fire. Her
son's girlfriend, Anna Gill was
at the home alone with their
dogs, birds and pigs.
According to Mrs. Moody,
Ms. Gill had, placed some
grease on the stove to prepare
to make some tater tots and
proceeded to take the dogs
out while she was waiting for
the grease to get hot. When
she returned to the house, the
stove was on fire.
Not'knowing how to put
out a grease fire, Ms. Gill tried,
to put the fire out with wa-
ter which only made the fire
See Help Page 2
the approval with certain con-
tingencies including providing
an adequate loading area, mov-
ing dumpsters away from adja-
cent residences, execution, of an
agreement with the post office
and the posting of no parking
signs on the drive to provide ac-
cess to fire trucks.
Police Chief Denny Davis sug-
gested the installation of security
cameras even though he admit-
ted the city could not mandate
In that same neighborhood,
the committee considered a plat
review for the Park Street Busi-
ness Center, a six lot commer-
cial subdivision with on-site dry
detention areas and lakes to be
located on S.R. 70 E. between
N.E. 12th and N.E. 13th Avenues.
The developer, William Grigsby,
furnished drawings showing a
50 foot right of way for the street
through the center of the devel-
opment ending in a cul-de-sac at
the last two lots. The committee
approved the plans provided a
70-foot right of way be furnished
See Plans Page 2
is blamed on
By Eric Kopp
"Roid rage," said a Miami
attorney Wednesday, is the rea-
son why his client reportedly
stabtled his former girlfriend 21
. At Wednesday morning's
arraignment for Leonte Ruiz,.
20, William Sullivan told Judge
Gerald Bryant that his client
was "innocent by reason of
temporary insanity due to the
use of anabolic steroids."
Ruiz was arrested Dec. 8,
2007, by Detective Rosemary
Farless ofthe Okeechobee Coun-
ty Sheriff's Of-
in the stom-
ach; about the
upper part of
'her torso and
in the back. Leonte
The victim Ruiz
from her wounds and has been
released from the hospital.
See Stabbing Page 2
Boy is mauled
by dogs, says
charged with neglect
By Eric Kopp
At least four medical experts
have agreed that at least one
dog attacked and mauled a 3-
year-old boy as he played in the
yard of his N.E. Ninth Avenue
home last month.
Detective Rosemary Farless,
of the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO), said
See Dogs Page 2
SUeechnoee News/Chauna Aguilar
The Moody family showed their appreciation to the American
Red Cross for all of their assistance and caring in their family's
time of need. They are now part of the Red Cross family (left to
right) Frank Riddle, Julie Shook, Kathy Moody, Ruben Moody,
James Moody and Debbie Riddle.
SOkeechobee News, Thursday, January 24, 2008
Body found may be missing man
By Eric Kopp
: A body, thought to be that of a
tnissing Orlando man, was found
Wednesday morning in some ex-
ttemely dense vegetation on the
Jrollins Ranch near Fort Drum.
. The remains have been tenta-
TIely identified as those of Ronald
MIncent Irwin, 45. The body was
Mlund shortly before 11 a.m. by
officers from the Florida Fish and
,Wildlife Conservation Commis-
MOn (FWC) who were searching
' The tentative identification
Continued From Page 1
thank you to the troops and to
let those who support Operation
Shoebox meet some of the ser-
vice members in person.
The service members and
their families stayed at the Pier
II' Motel and were treated to din-
ner on Friday night at the Golden
Around 7:30 p.m., the Maul-
ers arrived at the VFW and were
greeted by a standing 'ovation
from. approximately 200 mem-
bers and guests. They enjoyed
Continued From Page 1
, Ruiz is still being held in the
Okeechobee County Jail without
bond on charges of attempted
murder and aggravated battery.
Mr. Sullivan said the former
football player at Okeechobee High
School apparently began using ste-
roids after his graduation from the
' "In all.my investigation he was
nbt using at the time he was play-
inig football," said Mr. Sullivan. "He
apparently got into it after playing
football. He was lifting weights,
trying to get bigger and using ste-
: Mr. Sullivan said his client was
injecting himself with-the muscle
builder twice a week.
'"He got them from a friend he
vwon't say who," added Mr. Sulli-
Continued From Page 1
gl the way to the northern end of
.the property. While the northern
Section of the right of way above
the cul-de-sac would not have to
be paved entirely, the committed
Continued From Page 1
the boy has been released from
St. Mary's Hospital in West Palm
Beach and has been placed in a
medically rneedy foster home.
She went on to say that the
toddler's mother, Susan Elizabeth
was arrested on
Dec. 26, 2007,
harm. She was
County Jail that Susan
same day after Campbell
posting- 10 per-
cent of the $15,000 bond.
The detective added that Dr.
Leonard Mopelvand of West Palm
Continued From Page 1.
worse. She had no phone or neigh-
bors that were home to call 9-1-1.
She proceeded to go by S.R. 710
and try to flag someone down so
they would call the fire department
for her. Many people just passed
on, Ms. Gill said that they prob-
ably thought she was some crazy
Finally, a gentleman in a clean-
ing services water type truck
stopped and let her use a phone to
call the authorities. Unfortunately,
by that time, the damage had been
done to the house.
When the Okeechobee County
Fire Fighters got on the scene,
they proceeded to put out the fire
and secure the area. The family's
animals, with the exception of the
birds, made it through the fire.
a, Mr. Moody was called at work
at 9:56 a.m. and he rushed to his
According to Mrs. Moody, both
Debbie Riddle and Julie Shook
from the American Red Cross were
pn the scene of the fire in approxi-
mately 30 minutes after they were
was .based on clothing and the
physical appearance. Fingerprints
and other iden-
ods had not
been done as of
officers) had to
get down on Ronald
their hands and Irwin
knees and crawl
through the vegetation to find
him," explained DetectiveCaptain
Dale LaFlam of the Okeechobee
free drinks, compliments of Post
Commander Jim Benoit on be-
half of the VFW The celebration
continued until wee hours of the
morning. David Copper was the
entertainment Friday night and
he kept playing, "until the last
one quit singing or dancing."
Many of the sailors danced with
VFW Auxiliary members and
guests, and spent time "story
telling" with VFW members.
Saturday morning, some of
the service members went golf-
ing at the Okeechobee Golf and
Country Club, which waived the
.green fees. Some took their sons
fishing. A group of sailors went
van. "His friend got them from his
Mr. Sullivan said the use of ste-
roids was the cause of arguments
between Ruiz and his then-girl-
friend. He added, however, that
Ruiz had apparently stopped using
them just before the alleged stab-
He went on to say when his
client stopped using the drugs it
"caused a bad, bad reaction."
The reaction ,was so bad, said
Mr. Sullivan, that Ruiz was put on
suicide watch when he was first in-
carcerated in the county jail.
The attorney said he would not
try to get his client out of jail on
bond unless he had a psychologi-
"I would not feel rigfit after fil-
ing that motion," said Mr. Sullivan.
"He -may be a danger to himself or
Anabolic steroids were devel-
required that 25 feet be paved to
accommodate fire trucks turning
around. The developers were also
required to put in a sidewalk on
the east side of the street.
The final item on the agenda
was Bridges Retail Nursery's ap-
plication for development of 0.05
acres consisting of an addition
Beach will do the boy's recon-
structive surgery free of charge.
When the boy was first at-
tacked on Dec. 6, it was believed
by some to be a panther attack.
But, that was ruled out by Roy
McBride, a tracker from Collier
County, and Darrell Land, a Flor-
ida Fish, and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission (FWC) panther
biologist, when no panther tracks
were found in the area of the mo-
bile home. Also, Mr. McBride's
dogs did not alert that a big cat
was in the area.
Shortly following the attack
OCSO Major Noel Stephen said
there were "probably 20 dogs be-
tween the four to six residences in
At least one of the family's
dogs has been blamed for the
attack. Following the mauling,
-the toddler had to undergo eight
If you go:
American Red Cross Disaster Ac-
tion Training lurncheon
Local offices 323 North Parrott
-Friday, Jan. 25,at noon
called. They extended comfort
to the family by providing water,
snacks, food, a place to sit and just
general comfort that they would be
there for them-through this ordeal.
Being that it was almost Christ-
mas, and .the family had lost most
everything in their homes, they had
a long recovery ahead of them.
Through the donated funds that
the American Red Cross receives,
they were able to immediately load
funds on a card for the family to
purchase items such as bedding
and other linens, utensils, dressers
and other necessities.
They also provided the family
with a place to stay until they could
help them find a place to rent. Dur-,
ing that time period, the American
Red Cross paid for the Moody fam-
ily to stay in two hotel rooms, due
to their large family size, for eight
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO).
Capt. LaFlam said Tuesday af-
ternoon that the area was being
treated as a crime scene until a
cause of death could be deter-
mined by the medical examiner.
He said an autopsy is scheduled
to be done sometime Thursday.
"If it's not a hunting accident it
will be handled by the sheriff's of-
fice. If it was a hunting accident it
will be handled by FWC," added
Mr. Irwin was reported miss-
ing Saturday, Jan. 19. He was
hunting on the Rollins Ranch and
was last seen near the area where
duck hunting. At 4 p.m., they
gathered at the VFW for the bar-
becue, where the tables were
overflowing with homemade
goodies donated by the VFW
On Sunday, some of the sail-
ors went for a motorcycle ride.
The weekend included a som-
ber note when service members
participated in a memorial ser-
vice for SPC John Sigsbee, an
Operation Shoebox soldier who
died in Iraq the week before the
Mrs. Benoit said the weekend
was a wonderful success. "As
President of the Ladies Auxil-
oped late in the 1930s to treat-hy-
pogonadism, a condition in which
the testes do not produce sufficient
testosterone for normal growth,
development and sexual function.
The primary uses of these medical
compounds are to treat delayed
puberty, some types of impotence
and wasting of the body caused by
HIV infection or other diseases..
However, steroids have been
widely used by athletes to build
muscle mass quickly. The com-
pounds can also cause aggression
and mood swings, commonly
known as 'roid rages.
One of the most widely publi-
cized incident of 'roid rage was the
June 25, 2007, murder-suicide in-
voMng professional wrestler Chris
Benoit. Benoit killed his wife, Nancy,
and their 7-year-old son, Daniel. He
then committed suicide by hang-
ing himself. He apparently used
a cord, normally part of a weight
to an existing residence and pro-
posed building to support a retail
nursery with associated paving,
drainage and utility infrastructure
to be developed on the north side
of S. R. 70 between N.W. Tenth.
Avenue and N.E. Ninth Avenue.
Planning consultant Bill Bris-
son noted that a special excep-
hours of surgery at St. Mary's
Hospital in West Palm Beach.
Detective Farless said four dif-
ferent medical examiners, includ-
ing a forensic odontologist, have
examined pre-surgery photos of
the boy's wounds and all are of
the opinion that he was attacked
by one or more dogs.
Dr. Kenneth Cohrn, chief fo-
rensic odontologist for districts 5
and 9 (Leesburg and Orlando),
opined that the attack appeared
to be "by multiple dogs."
"The wounds were not caused
by a sharp instrument, human or
large cat -- or small," said Dr. Bar-
bara Wolf, medical examiner for
About a week after the attack,
Maj. Stephen said serology sam-
ples were sent to an FWC lab in
order to identify a specific animal
in the attack. But, the lab's find-
Once they found a rental, the
American Red Cross paid for their
security deposit and' their first
month's rent. They are also still
receiving assistance with their rent
from Mr. Moody's' employer until
they can either put his family in an-
other dairy house or replace their
house which burned.
Mrs. Moody expressed her deep-
est gratitude to Mrs: Riddle, her hus-
band Frank Riddle and Mrs. Shook
for their constant attention.
"They called everyday and con-
tinue to call to make sure we are
doing ok," *stated Mrs. Moody. "It
wasn't about the money that they
gave us, it was about the caring.
They really did come to help us."
Mrs. Moody still goes by her
home and looks at it and sits there
wondering what will come next
in their lives. "God has been good
to us though all of this," said Mr.
Moody. "Even though we lost ev-
erything, it's all been given back to
Due to seeing the picture of the,
fire in the paper, many local com-
munity members and businesses
also came forward and donated
items such as furniture, clothes and
food to the Moody family.
The American Red Cross is
the body was found Wednesday.
Since the missing person re-
port was filed, members of the
OCSO, the OCSO Sheriff's Posse
and OCSO K-9 unit, the FWC and
the Department of Corrections
K-9 unit have been searching
the area on foot, horseback and
all terrain vehicles. The St. Lucie
County Sheriff's Office helicop-
ter had also been used to search
from the air.
Capt. -LaFlam said the case is
being handled by Detective Ser-
geant T.J. Brock.
iary, I would like to say a huge
thank you to all," she said. "The
support from the Post members,
Ladies and Men's Auxiliaries
and community was amazing.
We had more than 200 people
on Friday and another 200 plus
on Saturday and more food than
we could eat."
After resting up from their
busy weekend, the VFW Auxil-
iary is back at work collecting
supplies for more Operation
Shoebox care packages.
"Operation Shoebox will
continue until we bring them all
home," Mrs. Benoit said.
machine that he used in his Fayette-
ville, Ga., home, to hang himself.
He created a noose from the end
of the weight cord then released
the weights about 240 pounds --
which weighed more than him and
caused his strangulation. .
According toWikipedia, Benoit's
death is linked to steroid abuse.
According to the Mayo Clinic,
about 3 million people use ana-
bolic steroids'in the U.S. One-in-4
of these users started as a teenager,
and 1-out-of-every-10 is a teenager.
A report by the National Institute
on Drug Abuse (NIDA) states that a
study of 227 men admitted in 1999
to a private treatment center for ad-
diction to heroin or other opioids
found that 9.3 percent had abused
anabolic steroids before trying any
other illicit drug. Of these 9.3 per-
cent, 86 percent first used opioids to
counteract insomnia and irritability
resulting from anabolic steroids.
tion would have to be'obtained
for the owner to have outside
storage and display of merchan-
dise. There were also drainage
and other issues to be resolved
before action could be'taken.
Post your opinions In the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.
com. Reporter Pete Gawda maybe
ings were inconclusive.
"There was too much blood
in the clothing and they could
not differentiate the saliva from
the blood," said Maj. Stephen on
Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2008.
He went on to say Okeechobee
Animal Control has had:the dog in
their custody since the mauling,
and that the other dogs that were
not wanted will be taken care of
by the landowners.
The belief that the attack was
that of a panther was first sug-
gested by officials at St. Mary's
Hospital due to the symmetry of
the bites and a long straight gash
on the boy's leg.
According to Dani Moschella,
an FWC public information offi-
cer, if it had bden a panther attack
it would have been the first such
incident in the state of Florida.
funded through donations and the
revenue from their health and safe-
ty classes. Donations are their num-
ber one source of revenue, without
the help from local individuals and
businesses; they would not be able
to offer these services and many
others to those in need.
The Red Cross is a'non-profit
organization which operates a Di-
saster Action Team (DAT) which
is currently looking for caring indi-
viduals to volunteer. All Red Cross
volunteers receive free health and
safety training and above all receive
that great feeling of knowing that
they have helped better someone's
The DAT team will be meeting
at the local American Red Cross of-
fices at 323 North Parrott Ave, on
Friday, Jan. 25, at noon for an infor-
mative luncheon with their chapter
DAT coordinator Mark Goggin. The
public is welcome to attend to find
out more information about how
they can help their community.
For additional information con-
tact the local office at (863) 763-
Post your opinions in the Public Issues
Forum at www.newszap.com. Report-
er Chauna Aguilar may be reached at
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Okeechobee News, Thursday, January 24, 2008
Guthrie is named School koue
Related Employee of the Year
By Chauna Aguilar
Karen Guthrie, of Seminole
Elementary School (SEM) was
named the 2007-08 School Re-
lated Employee of the Year at
the Okeechobee County School
Board meeting on Tuesday, Jan.
Eleven individuals were cho-
sen by their peers at their schools
and work sites as outstanding
examples of individuals who
give their time and energy far
beyond the call of duty. These
individuals are the people who
help ensure that the students of
Okeechobee County are trans-
ported, fed, counted and as-
sisted to meet their instructional
and personal needs.
The eleven individuals in-
clude a data processor, food
service employee, mechanic
helper, migrant advocate, three
secretaries and four instruction-
.,According to Superintendent
for Instruction Mary Hurley,
"The one question that each
person found difficult to answer
dealt with describing a special
quality or talent that each pos-
sessed. They each said that they
had none." She went on to re-
spond that she "would definitely
disagree with that."
Each school's nominee are
as follows: Okeechobee High
School, Tracy Wilderman;
Okeechobee Freshman Campus,
Krista Ellis; New Endeavor High
School, Laura Fonseca; Osceola
Middle School, Cindi Hortman;
Yearling Middle School, Janice
Crowley; Central Elementary,
Anayeli Solis; Everglades El-
ementary, Elida Villalpando;
North Elementary, Amy Davis;
Seminole Elementary, Karen
Guthrie; South Elementary,
Nicola Coker; .and Transporta-
Dr. Patricia Cooper, superin-
tendent of schools, announced
this year's honoree Karen Guth-
rie, an instructional paraprofes-
sional who has been with the
district for twelve years.
- Six of those years have been
at SEM for the last six years
where she is the manager of the
Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Eleven individuals (back row-left to right) Bueford Moore, Janice Crowley, (front row-left to
right) Anayeli Solis, Cindi Hortman, Karen Guthrie, Laura Fonseca, Amy Davis, Nicola Coker,
Tracy Wilderman, (not pictured) Christa Ellis and Elida Villalpando were chosen to represent
their school or department as their School Related Employee of the Year.
Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
The 2007-08 School Related Employee of the Year Karen
Guthrie (right) from Seminole Elementary School accepted a
bouquet from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Patricia Cooper
(left) upon the announcement of being chosen for this yearly
computer lab and provides in-
struction and assistance to stu-
dents who come into the lab as
part of SEM's specials rotation.
Mrs. Guthrie is member of
the bus duty team and she is
also the lead aide for the af-
ter school daycare program at
North Elementary School.
In Mrs. Guthrie's computer
lab students learn keyboarding,
internet access skills and the
art of manipulating a mouse
while completing academic as-
signments. Mrs. Guthrie strives
to work closely with classroom
teachers and the reading coach
to ensure that she is providing
computer-assisted instruction in
the necessary skills for the de-
velopment of the students.
Her day does not end there,
as she is also the school technol-
ogy contact for SEM and spends
time in the morning addressing
technology concerns prior to
She continues to model the
importance of continuing edu-
cation for her students by taking
classes and in-service training to
further develop her skills in the
lab. Mrs. Guthrie commented
that she often learns things from
her students in the lab and then
shares them with other stu-
Supervisors and colleagues
were quick to acknowledge that
Mrs. Guthrie is generous with
her time, energy and resources.
Truly students are her main fo-
Mrs. Guthrie wants students
to remember that she was al-
ways honest with them and that
she kept her word.
This year's selection com-
mittee for the School Related
Employee of the year consisted
of Joe Arnold, Mary Hurley and
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but online comments get posted faster and not all phone calls
can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
SMOKING BAN: Is nobody concerned with their health? How do
so many restaurants get away with smoking? Florida passed a law sev-
eral years ago banning smoking in places that make their living selling
food to the public. They should have an obligation to obey the laws that
the customers voted in. The people in Okeechobee, including smokers,
should stand up for their right to stay healthy. Maybe we could ask one
of those television stations to do a report on the subject. That might
get the point across, we could eat out more often and the restaurants
would reap higher profits.
CONTROVERSY: In response to the comments in the Speak Out
column about the fair, rodeo, parade and chamber. The controversy
about the pageant, rodeo, fair, livestock show would take a Philadelphia
lawyer to figure out and straighten out. But, the difficult part would be
for everyone to be honest and tell the truth about why this all began in
the first place. Now, if you can get them to do that, more power to you.
Because folks at the Chamber have their version, Main Street has their
version, the Cattlemen have their version, and the Livestock show and
sale have their own version. So, good luck on finding out the real why. It
is pathetic that not every one can get along, especially when the events
are so important to our community of Okeechobee, "God's country."
PAGEANTS: In response to the pageants, judges etc. in town. There
are other ways to have your child feel important and loved, rather than
spending so much money on them and parade them across a stage, be-
ing judged by folks. Not only that, wouldn't it be nice to receive a token
of something just for being in the pageant? Gift certificates from town
businesses, coupons to the ice cream store, small trophies of participa-
tion, or at the very least a little ribbon. Some little children are actu-
ally called "losers" because they did not "win." How sad is that? I have
seen moms actually be cruel and very impatient with their precious
daughters. Thought this was to be fun event? There is another pageant,
which comes to town, that truly makes thousands of dollars, and each
child does receive a trophy. To have out of town judges, networking is
required.' If any one has any ideas give the pageant organizers a call,
make your suggestions to them. Remember, it takes a village, town,
community to raise a child.
WATER, WATER: We are on a one-day a week watering, however,
I live close to the Everglades Elementary School and they have been
watering 24 hours a day since before Christmas break. Do the schools
not have to abide by the water restrictions?
SHOP AT HOME: I have lived here for many years and we all know
that Okeechobee doesn't have everything, but that is more good than
bad. We need to take care of our own when we can by spending our
money in town. People can say what they want about the businesses in
town, but they are quick to criticize and quicker to forget the help that
most of them do for this town and its people. Yes, you may have to try to
buy here, by shopping here last or having patience, but so what to make
that effort. I have rarely found it where they could not help you with the
same or a better price; and I always feel good to do what I can to sup-
port my home town, especially when I need help with what I bought.
JOBS: As a lifelong citizen of Okeechobee I know that high paying
jobs have never been available here no matter what your education
level. Any company that might want to bring higher paying jobs to the
area would be turned away by the powers that be; that have been run-
ning our local government. Sure if you want to bring in some thing that
_ wrll provide low paying service type jobs, that's fine, but no industrial
jobs will ever be available here. Keep the tourist happy seems to be the
only thing cared about. I wish they would stop coming here every win-
ter. Then maybe we would try to attract some other way of supporting
RESOURCES: I used to wonder why America would spend her
resources helping poor people in places like Africa; then I finally got
it. Those desperately hungry and thirsty people will accept help from
wherever they can get it. In places where we haven't helped the people,
radical groups have been known to come in and feed them, and gain
new recruits for their cause. So the cost of the food and helping them
get clean drinking water is a small price to pay compared to lots of
things, especially war.
GANGS: The only reason these kids have gangs today is that, they
are too chicken to stand up on their own by themselves. No moral fiber
or intestinal fortitude.
BELONGING: From what I have read, kids join gangs because they
want to belong to something. They are looking for a "family." Some-
times these kids come from fairly well-to-do homes but they don't get a
lot of attention at home. Kids who have a good family life, with parents
who are involved in their lives are a lot less likely to get involved with
a gang. Perhaps having a Mom and Dad who are there for them and
involved in their lives also helps teach these young people to be strong
enough to stand up for themselves. The head of the State of Florida cor-
rections system has said publicly that he has seen that boys who grow
up without their fathers in the home are much more likely to wind up
in prison. If they don't have that connection at home and that father
involved in their lives, the boys are more likely to be drawn to gangs and
wind up involved in crime.
SCRAPBOOKING: Is there a scrapbook meeting in Okeechobee?
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Letters to the Editor
With Florida's presidential pri-
mary rapidly approaching, many
voters are not thinking about the
race or they wonder whether
casting a ballot will matter.
Those who follow politics will
remember the squabble between
Florida legislators who wanted to
move the state's primary ahead of
other states and the national par-
ties which claim the early primary
violated their rules and vowed to
minimize the result of the voting.
The Democratic National Com-
mittee stripped Florida of all its
delegates to the national con-
vention a move has been chal-
lenged in court. The Republican
Party leaders said it will seat only
half of Florida's delegates at their
When presidential nominee
is selected, the nominee has the
choice of seating or not seating
delegates. There is no nominee
that is going to exclude Florida.
Even if only half the state's del-
egates are seated, Florida would
still have one of the largest voting
blocks the national convention.
Your vote on Jan. 29 will count!
This primary is not to be consid-
ered a "beauty contest" or "straw
poll." The nation will be paying
attention, and Florida Democrats
will have a major impact in deter-
mining who the next President of
the United States of America will
On Jan. 29, 2008, there will be
a fair and open primary election
in Florida, which will provide for
maximum voter participation -
calling it anything but an election
is disrespectful and misleading.
There is too much at stake on
January 29. The ballot will also
feature a referendum on a right-
wing property tax constitutional
amendment. Our friends in labor,
including firefighters, teachers,
hospital workers, and police, will
face potentially devastating cuts
across the state if the amendment
Absentee voting is underway
in the state's primary, and early
voting began Monday, Jan. 14.
Don't sit at home and complain
about what might have been. You
have the power to make a dif-
ference! Your vote counts! Make
your voice heard by voting on
When Thomas Jefferson wrote
the National Prayer, he would
dream that one day the United
States of American would be-
come a prosperous and wealthy
nation with a responsibility of be-
ing the custodial of democracy
for human kind. "We the people
will defend out liberties as united
people that the multitude brought
hither out of many kindred's and
tongues brought together." He
also asked God to bless our land
with honorable industry, sound
learning, and pure manners with
people that kept away from vio-
lence, discord, confusion, pride,
and arrogance. In this prayer Jef-
ferson recognized the importance
of diversity in cultural, language
and faith. This nation was estab-
lished by people that were escap-
ing from religious persecution, or
being expelled from their country
of origin. Facing the unknown,
hardships of labor, climate and
hostilities their unity that was
After establishing the way of
government the first thing they
did was promote education. The
Constitution was developed by
highly educated people to last
centuries and be a model for oth-
er countries. Capitalism protects
Democracy; democracy is against
imperialism. Education is so im-
portant in the world of business
globalization. The strength of a
global business is having diverse
work force that will be able to
speak and understand the lan-
guages, the cultures and the re-
ligious practices of the countries
with whom they are doing busi-
ness. That is why Jefferson stated,
"We the people will defend our
liberties as united people that the
multitude brought hither out of
many kindred's tongue brought
us together." If Democracy stand
buy itself, as in Greece, it will per-
ish again. Promoting democracy
practice through education and
global business enterprises, De-
mocracy will last forever for hu-
Courtesy photo/Florida Archives
Looking back ...
This photo from 1918 shows a young girl standing in front
of a crop napier grass on the farm of R.F. Houston. It is
part of the collection of University of Florida Agriculture
Experiment Station photos. Do you have an old photo to
share? Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or bring it by
the newspaper office, 107 SW 17th Street, Okeechobee,
during regular office hours, Monday-Friday.
Thursday, Jan. 24
Fair planning meetings scheduled
The Okeechobee County Fair Association will hold a fair planning
meeting on Jan. 24, at 6 p.m. at the Okeechobee County Extension
Office. The fair is finalizing plans for the upcoming March Fair and
would like to invite anyone interested in volunteering with the fair
to attend. If you have any questions you may contact Linda Syfrett at
(863) 763-6232 or Dianne Spann at (863) 634-3327.
Democratic Party meeting
Get fired up about the primary at our first meeting of the year! Join
us at 7 p.m. on Jan. 24 at the Village Square Restaurant. Guest speak-
ers will be: Supervisor of Elections, Gwen Chandler and candidate for
Public Defender for the 19th Judicial Circuit, Donald Chinquina. For
information call (863) 357-8680.
Huckabee supporters to meet
MIKE HUCKABEE supporters are meeting Thursday night at Jo-
ey's Pizza at 7 p.m. Come and join the fun.! See www.mikehucka-
bee.meetLup,.om/87 for our local group. 863-634-3525.
Friday, Jan. 25
White Elephant sale scheduled
Sacred Heart Catholic Church is sponsoring a gigantic White El-
ephant Sale on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Jan. 25-27 in the pavil-
ion located at 901 S.W Sixth St. starting at 8 a.m. Many, many good
usable items for sale. For information call Helen Walker at 763-0827.
Saturday, Jan. 26
Beta Sigma Phi plans sale
Beta Sigma Phi sorority, Theta Omicron Chapter will have a rum-
mage sale, on Saturday, Jan. 26 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Brah-
man Theatre parking lot. All monies raised go for community service
projects. For information call 467-6728.
Battlefield Re-enactment is topic on the radio
Saturday, Jan. 26, at 7:30 a.m. on 91.7 FM and 100.3 FM, guest
speakers Shawn Henderson, president, Dowling Watford, Treasurer
and Enacto, Okeechobee Battlefield Friend, Inc., and Mark Nelson,
park manager, Florida Park Service will be on to discuss the Battle
of Okeechobee Re-Enactment which will be held on Feb. 2 and 3.
The discussion will be re-broadcast at I and 6 p.m. For information,
please contact, Okeechobee Battlefield Friends at (863) 634-9587,
(863) 634-4857, www.okeechobeebattlefield.com, or Willie Johns at
Brighton Seminole Reservation at (863) 763-4128.
Health and Safety Expo planned
The Okeechobee Family Health and Safety Expo will be held at the
Agri-Civic Center on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
We are currently seeking vendors to share health and safety related
information at the Expo. If your business/organization is not health
related, you can still participate, call for more details. Free admission,
free parking, free lunch, and free prizes to all who attend. For infor-
mation please call Sharon Vinson at (863) 462-5000 Ext. 257, Angela
Kelly Okeechobee County Health Department (863) 462-5781 or
Donnie Arnold Okeechobee County Fire Rescue (863) 634-6464.
Church to hold yard sale
Believers Fellowship Church, 300 S.W. Sixth Ave. will hold a yard
sale on Jan. 26 from 8 a.m. till noon. There will be many items to
choose from. For information call Pansy at 863-697-2570.
Okee County Fair Pageant planned
The Okeechobee County Fair Association will be.holding their first
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 women
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 con-
tact Donny Arnold (863) 634-6464 or visit www.okeechobeecounty-
OCRA sign-ups for basebal/softball
Signups for the 2008 OCRA Baseball/Softball season sign ups will
continue Saturday, Jan. 26, Saturday, Feb. 2 and Saturday, Feb. 9 at
the Okeechobee County Sports Complex from 9 a.m. until 2:30. Birth
certificates of the child will be needed when sign ups are done. For
more information please call OCRA at (863) 634-1437.
Redemption yard sale at Ft. Drum
The Ft. Drum Community Church, 32416 Hwy 441 North, will
hold a redemption yard sale on Saturday, Jan. 26 from 9 a.m. until
3 p.m. All monies raised will go to the Voice of the Martyrs. They are
also collecting clean blankets for the Voice of the Martyrs, if you have
any you would like to donate please bring to the church or to the yard
sale. For information call Judy at (863) 357-1581.
Thursday, Jan. 24
Tantie Quilters meets 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.
AA. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St.
Anyone interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome
to attend. There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index),
Social Security Death Index and military information available. For
information, call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.,
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1
p.m. at Village Square Restaurant, 301 W South Park St. All Kiwanis
and the public are welcome. For information, contact Frank Irby at
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30
p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please
join us or ask questions. Call Phyllis at (863) 467-8636, or Hazel at
(863) 763-4920, for information.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the
fellowship hall at 412 N.W Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-
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 meetat 6 p.m. For infor-
mation, call (863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck
at (863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
Grief Support Group for parents who have lost a child will
meet at 7 p.m. The group will meet at the Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave. For information, call Stephanie at (863)
763-2893 days, or (863) 467-2480 evenings. If you know of some-
one that might need this group, please pass the word.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a sec-
ond language classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catho-
lic Church, 701 S.W Sixth St.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee
and the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group
every Thursday at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family
member is welcome. The group is facilitated by social workers and
provides an opportunity for caregivers to give one another support,
information and ideas. The meetings are held at Hospice, 411 S.E.
Fourth St. For information, call (863) 467-2321.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meet-
Narcotics Anonymous meets Thursday night for a Basic Step
Meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 2303
Parrott Ave., The Lake Shops Suite K. For information, call (863)
ABWA Women of Tomorrow Chapter meets from noon until
1 p.m. at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone
interested in attending is welcome. For information, call Marilyn Ri-
near at (863) 697-1807.
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meets at Believers Fellowship, 300
S.W. 6th Ave. at 7 p.m. For information call Monika at (863) 801-
Classic car show at Beef O'Brady's, 608 S. Parrott Ave., from
6:30 until 8 p.m.
Depending on Christ Depression Support Group meets at
6 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month out on
Martin County Grade. For information and directions please contact
Laura Lee at (772) 597-0463.
Friday, Jan. 25
Narcotics Anonymous meets each Friday for an open discus-
sion meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee,
2303 Parrott Ave., The Lake Shops Suite K. For information, call
(863) 634-4780 or (863) 467-5474.
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IRCC gets Coleman/Hughes grant
The Entrepreneur Develop-
ment Institute (EDI) at Indian
River Community College was
awarded the Coleman/Hughes
Elevator Grant for the second
consecutive year. The presti-
gious award allows the CCTI
to continue to provide FREE
"Lunch and Learn" seminars
to the business community. En-
trepreneurs and local business
owners have been able to take
advantage of expert advice on
new opportunities, technolo-
gies' and marketing, while seek-
ing profitability and sustainabil-
ity of their products and services
through this popular series. The
EDI "Lunch & Learn" seminars
assist aspiring entrepreneurs to
grasp the realities of business
ownership and to overcome
challenges of entrepreneurship.
Additionally, small business
owners and organizations learn
primary methods for continued
success, profitability and sus-
Through the generosity of
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tion Elevator Grant, informative
presentations by expert profes-
sionals including a light lunch,
beverage and dessert are held
on IRCC Campus locations in
Martin and Indian River coun-
ties, and now also in St. Lucie
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FI T I I I
Emma L. Jackson
Emma L. Jackson, age
82, a prominent, resident of
Okeechobee, died Jan. 15, 2008
at the Okeechobee Health Care
Facility in Okeechobee. She was
born in Camilla, Ga., and has
been a resident
the city of her
birth. Her pri-
ed at St. Mary Emma L.
Baptist Church Jackson
School in Ca-
milla and she graduated from
Madison High School in Albany,
Ga. She was a former mem-
ber of St. Mary Baptist Church
and became a member of First
Missionary Baptist Church in
Okeechobee. Some of her ac-
tivities included, Sunday school
teacher, Senior Mission Bible
teacher, church clerk, Senior
Usher Board member, Vacation
Bible School Teacher, member
of the Kissimmee Valley Mis-
sionary Baptist Association for
over 55 years, Senior Women's
Ministry, Mission #1 in the Min-
isters and Deacons Congress
(treasurer, Secretary, 2nd VP and
1It VP), and the Progressive M&E
State Convention of Florida, Inc.
She was Worthy Matron of the
Order of Eastern Star, New Light
Chapter #67 in Okeechobee; a
Red Cross Representative and
Voter registration worker in
Okeechobee as well.
Mrs. Jackson was preceded
in death by her parents, Jeff and
Emma Livingston; daughter, El-
dora Washington; ten siblings
and a grandson, Veon Washing-
She is survived by her lov-
ing husband, Louis R. Jackson
of Okeechobee; two stepsons,
Louis R. Jackson, Jr., of Orlando
and Ronnie Jackson, Sr., of Lake
City; six grandchildren and 15
Visitation will be held on
Friday, Jan. 25, from 4 until 7
p.m. at First Missionary Baptist
Church, 906 N.W. Ninth Ave.,
Okeechobee. A Homegoing Cel-
ebration will be observed'on her
birthday, Saturday, Jan. 26, at 11
a.m., at the same church, with
Rev. Leroy B. Smith officiating.
Burial will follow in Ever-
green Cemetery, Okeechobee.
Thorne's Mortuary, Inc., of
Stuart, is in charge of the ar-
A guest book may be signed
email@example.com, or Pbt-
Tony B. Noe
Tony B. Noe, age 90 of
Okeechobee died Jan. 23, 2008
at Okeechobee Health Care Fa-
cility. Mr. Noe was born Feb.
27, 1917 in Garrett County,
Ky., to W.B. and Nona Noe. Af-
ter his retirement, he came to
Okeechobee from Winchester,
Ky., in 1973. Mr. Noe proudly
served his country in the U.S.
Army during WWII. He was a
member of the VFW and he en-
joyed fishing and outdoor cook-
Mr. Noe was preceded in
death by his wife, Nell Noe. He
is survived by his daughter, Betty
(Bruce) Phillips of Texas; three
grandsons, Jim, Steve, and John
Phillips; and three great grand-
children, Kelley Phillips, Cassie
Phillips and Justin Phillips.
Graveside funeral services
will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday,
Jan. 25, at Evergreen Cemetery
with Pastor Gene Rodenberry
In lieu of flowers, memorials
may be made to the VFW in his
Friends may sign the guest-
book at www.bassokeechobee-
All arrangements are en-
trusted to the care of Bass
Okeechobee Funeral Home and
Capt. Steven McGregor received a Purple Heart & Army
Commendation for Valor on Nov. 9, 2007 in Yusifiyah, Iraq,
an area southwest of Baghdad. Presenting the awards is
Gen. Lynch. Capt. McGregor deployed to Iraq on Sept 24
for a 15 month tour of duty & is serving with the 101st Air-
borne out of Ft. Campbell, KY. Harvey Sampson of Bas-
inger is the proud grandfather of Capt. McGregor.
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Service Club News
The American Legion Post #64
is located at 501 S.E, Second St. The
Post phone number is (863) 763-
2950. American Legion Post #64 is
open Monday to Saturday from 11
a.m. until 8 p.m. and Sunday from
I until 9 p.m. Our kitchen is open
and serving a regular menu. The
hours of operation are: Monday
through Friday from 11 am until 3
Wednesdays: Tacos and Mar-
garitas served from 11 a.m. to 6
p.m.; Live music by Turk Leonard
frQm 3 until 6 p.m.
*Fridays: Karaoke with B & P
Productions (Bobby and Penny)
from 6 until ? p.m.
*Saturday: Feb. 2, Lip Sync from
2 until 4 p.m.
Saturdays from 5 until 8 p.m.
50s and 60s Sock Hop Oldies Dance
Hosted By Turk Leonard.
Sundays: sports on big screen
TV Quarter-pound hot dogs, pizza
and 50 cent draft beer will be of-
Live Music By David Copper
Sunday from 4 until 7 p.m.
Bingo is held every Saturday
and Sunday night starting at 6:30
p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.
The Sons of the American Le-
gion steak dinner will be held on
the third Sunday of each month
from 3 until 6 p.m. The dinner will
include steak, baked potato, salad,
dessert, coffee and tea.
Friday night dinners have re-
sumed. Dinners will be served from
4:30 until 6:30 p.m.
It is time to pay your dues for
the Legion and Auxiliary.
Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold
a regular informational meeting
on the first Saturday of the month
at the Buckhead-Ridge VFW Post
#9528, 2002 U.S. 78 W, at 10 a.m.
Applications for new members are
available. Call Lou Eder at (863)
357-0467 or Jerry Lee Shields at
(863) 467-8779 or (863) 467-2882.
Am-Vets Ladies Auxiliary
meetings are the first Saturday of
the month at 10 am. Contact the
Post at 467-2882 for information.
Eagles Aeries #4137
Eagles Aeries #4137 is located
at 9983 U.S. 441 N. For information
on events, call (863) 763-2552.
Every Tuesday bingo at 1 p.m.
Food will be available for a dona-
Wednesdays: bar bingo from 4
p.m. until ? Food will be available.
Every Thursday: washer toss
at 1 p.m.
First and third Thursday: Auxil-
iary at 6 p.m.; Aeries at 7 p.m.
Fridays: steak night (16-oz.)
starting at 5 p.m. for a $12 donation.
Music will be by Jimmy Harper.
Saturdays and Sundays: music
at 7 p.m.
First and third Sunday: break-
fast cooked to order from 9 until 11
a.m. for $5 donation.
The Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge is located at 107 N.W Fifth
Ave. For information about the
club and events, call Matt Buxton at
The Masonic Lodge holds their
meetings on the second and fourth
Monday of each month starting at
Order of the Eastern
Star Chapter #128
The Order of the Eastern Star
has many fun activities planned on
the first and third Tuesday of each
month. For upcoming activities,
contact Mary Ann Holt at (863)
B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S. 78
W. in Buckhead Ridge. The Lodge's
phone number is (863) 763-2250.
Sundays: breakfast will be
served from 9 until 11 a.m.
Sundays: Karaoke with open
mic and free food at 7 p.m.
Wednesdays: Bingo and food,
food served at 5 p.m. and bingo
starts at 6 p.m. Public is welcome.
Thursdays: dinner will be
served from 5 until 7:15 p.m. Call
the Lodge for the menu.
Thursdays: karaoke night start-
ing at 7 p.m.
Fridays: dinner served from 5
until 7:15 p.m. Music for dancing at
7:30 p.m. Call to see who is play-
Saturdays: dinner from 5 p.m.
until 7 p.m.
Saturdays: karaoke night start-
ing at 7 p.m.
The Moose Family Center
#1753 is located at 156 N.W 36th
St. in Okeechobee. Please call the
Lodge at (863) 763-4954 for further
information, sudden changes and
menus. Guests are invited to enjoy
the activities and consider mem-
Every Sunday breakfast from
8 to 11 a.m.
Horseshoe practice every Sun-
day at 2 p.m. and Thursday Eve-
Every Monday, Pool tourna-
ments sign up, 7 p.m. Food is
Women's meeting second
and fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Officers meetings first and
third Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Men's meetings, second and
fourth Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Moose Legion meetings third
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. .
Bar Bingo Thursday at 1 p.m.
and Friday night at 7 p.m. Food
Served. (you must be a member to
play bar bingo)
Dinner and music almost ev-
ery Saturday night.
VFW Post #4423
The VFW North Post #4423 is
located at 300 N.W 34 St. Events
are seasonal, contact the Post at
(863) 763-0818 for information or
write the Post at P.O. Box 1137,
Okeechobee Fl. 34973. The Post
opens at noon Monday through
Monday through Thursday:
happy hour from 4 until 6 p.m.
Mondays: .50-cent hot dogs
Washer toss every Tuesday
starting at 1 p.m. Food will be avail-
able. Everyone is welcome.
Wednesdays: dinner from 4
until 6 p.m. for a donation.
Fridays: bingo starts at 1 p.m.
for members and guests. Food will
be available. Karaoke will be from
6 until 10 p.m.
Fridays: hot food by David Lee
from 5 until 8 p.m.
Saturdays: bar bingo at 1 p.m.
for members and guests. Karaoke
will be from 6 until 10 p.m. Food
will be available.
Sundays: dinner will be avail-
able from 2 until 4 p.m., and will be
followed by karaoke from 6 until 10
Every third Sunday there will
be a post meeting and ladies auxil-
iary meeting at 11 a.m.
'* The post membership drive is
under way, and the post is striving
for 100 percent. For information,
contact the quartermaster at (863)
Big screen TV for all events.
VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post #9528 is located
at 2002 S.R. 78 W in Buckhead
Ridge. For information, call (863)
467-2882. Post opens at noon,
Monday through Sunday.
We are taking applications for
new members for the VFW Ladies
Auxiliary, Male Auxiliary, AMVETS
and AMVETS ladies auxiliary.
Wednesday: Ladies Auxiliary
dinner and Men's Auxiliary or Am-
Vets. Music will be available.
Every Thursday is bar bingo at
12:45 p.m. Lunch will be available.
Every Friday a steak dinner
with baked potato, salad and rolls
will be served from 5:30 until 7
p.m. for an $11 donation. Dancing
immediately follows the dinner.
Membership meetings are
held on the second Saturday of the
month beginning at 10 a.m. The
House Committee meeting is on
the fourth Saturday.
For information, contact Com-
mander Henry Zaskowski at (863)
All games and special events
are shown on three televisions. The
game room has a regulation-size
VFW Post #10539
The VFW will be open Mon-
day through Saturday at 10 a.m.,
and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Lounge opens at 10 a.m. Mon-
day through Saturday and at 1 p.m.
Monday: $1.50 tacos till 6
Tuesday: Ladies Auxiliary Din-
ner 5:30 p.m. ($6)
Wednesday: bar bingo will
start at 12:45 p.m. Lunch is avail-
able, courtesy of the Ladies Auxil-
Thursday: short order food
night from 5 until 8 p.m.
Friday: fish fry, chicken fingers,
or shrimp from 5 until 8 p.m. along
with live music and dancing.
Saturday: dollar dogs, sausage
dogs for $1.50 grilled or steamed at
noon. Live music and dancing will
start at 7 p.m.
Sundays: sports on big screen
The Ladies Auxiliary is look-
ing for any family members of
Okeechobee residents currently
serving overseas. We are forward-
ing packages of needed items to
our active service personnel. For
more information or if you would
like to donate items please contact
us, Cheryl Benoit at (863) 697-
The Post and Ladies Auxiliary
meetings are held the first Sunday
of every month at noon. Men's
Auxiliary meetings are the second
Wednesday of every month at 6:30
Call (863) 763-2308 for the
schedule of events.
The Okeechobee Shrine Club,
S.R. 78 W, members will meet the
first and third Thursday of each
month at 8 p.m. The
club is also available for wed-
dings and parties. For information
call the club at (863) 763-3378, or
Keith at (863) 634-2682.
Sundays: Every second Sun-
day of the month there will be a
Bike Sunday from noon until 7 p.m.
There will be food, jukebox, big
screen T.V and an Oasis Lounge:
For more information, call the club
at (863) 763-3378.
The Cypress Hut Fraternal
Order of Eagles post #4509 lo-
cated at 4701 U.S. 441 S.E. is
now open to members Monday-
Saturday from 10 a.m. until 10
p.m., Sundays from 1 to 10 p.m.
Information can be found by visit-
ing'www.foe4509.com, or calling
Food is served several eve-
nings a week.
Aerie meetings are at 7 p.m.
on the first and third Wednesday
of each month at the old Cypress
Hut flea market restaurant.
FOE Auxiliary meetings are
at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth
Wednesday of every month
Friday night: 16 oz rib eye
steak dinner with the trimmings
beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Moose Lodge #2417
The Moose Lodge #2417
is located at 2. Linda Rd. BHR
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We offer Courtesy Transportation, Mileage Reimbursement,
FREE Second Opinions and FREE Prostate Cancer Screenings.
Now Accepting New Patients
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301 NE 191 Drive Okeechobee
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CARING PROFESSIONALS STATE-OF-THE-ART TREATMENT FIGHTING CANCER
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Like Having a Doctor in the Family
The office of Dr. Mishelevich provides Primary and Preventive care for adults.
With the most advanced equipment and resources, Dr. Mishelevich takes care
of the physical, mental and emotional health. Our philosophy is based on the
creation of caring relationships with patients and their families.
SSick Visits for acute and chronic diseases
Comprehensive management of chronic diseases
* Preventive Medicine: Annual Physical Exams including comprehensive health assessment, labo-
ratory work and age appropriate cancer -screening; vaccinations; healthy living counseling
Office Gynecology: Pap Smears, Breast Exams and Counseling
Dermatologic procedures, skin cancer screening, cosmetic procedures
Accepting New Patients We Accept Most Insurances
1004 N. Parrott Ave Okeechobee
Give us a call at (863) 763-6496 for all your health needs.
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Fish & Wildlife mounts
or any related wildlife items.
Also any older Sports
items & Golf clubs, etc.
* 1 MG RENT
In Town, 2br/2ba, $900
mo. + $600. sec. dep.
Includes Washer & Dryer
OKEECHOBEE On the water,
w/screened porch, covered
apt. W/furniture, water, air &
heat, utilities & lawn work
furnished. 1 person, no
smoking, no pets, $600/mo.
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town. $800 mo. incids wa-
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Lease. Call 561-255-4377
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peted, ceramic tile, w/appl's
Incl. dishwasher, $700 mo.
+ $700 sec. (863)763-8878
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1 BR, 1 BA, Furnished. Pool,
W&D Facilities. $700 mo.
VILLA 2.br, 2 ba, remodeled
kitch, w/d, covered screened
patio, Irg yard, avail 2/1/08.
May be seen now by appt.
BASSWOOD New house in
good location, 3br, 2ba
w/garage, $1200/mo, 33rd
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Available, no pets, for
move in special. Call
BETWEEN OKEECHOBEE &
INDIAN TOWN 3 BR, 2 BA
$1350 mo. & 'a 2 BR, 1 BA
$850'mo. Both on 10 acres.
Horses and Pets welcome.
BRAND NEW- Rent or Buy
3br/2ba, 1700 sqft, garage,
laundry, tiled, $1100/mo.
rent. $5,000 applied to pur-
chase of $149,900 after 1
year. 3429 NW 40th Dr.
BUCKHEAD RIDGE 2/2, fully
furn, on canal, seasonal &
N OF OKEECHOBEE- Cottage,
1br, fully furn, elec & satellite
incld, NO pets, $700/mo +
$500 dep. (863)467-1950
NEW DUPLEX 3/2. $1000
per month + 1st, last &
$500 s+ec dep .
OKEE: 3/1 on 2 ac. Renovat-
ed, laundry, C/A/heat, screen
porch, carport. $1100. + 1st,
last, sec/refs. 305-458-8659
Okee, 3BR/1BA, 2602 NW 8th
St., in front of Walpole Feed
Supply, $850 mo. + $600
sec. dep. (863)447-4318
OKEE.- CBS, 2br/lba/1 gar.
Remodeled, Laundry, C/Air,
Yard service. $950 + Sec.
Avail now. (863)634-4548
OKEECHOBEE 3/2 on 20
acres, 15 minutes North of
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage. C/Air. 1st, last &
sec. 863-467-2541 or after
5 pm 863-634-9330
SOUTHEAST SECTION 3BR,
2BA. Great house in great
neighborhood. $1200 mo.
TREASURE ISLAND, 3/2 Very
clean On canal. Lg. storage.
$850 mo. + 1st & sec. dep.
$500 per month
Please call for
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OKEE. Beautiful 3br, 2ba
Home & Lot. In 55+ Comm.
'$127K. Neg. 863-763-8567'
Rental, SE 23rd Court,
(863)763-4892 or 763-5419
Singlewide 2br, 2ba,
located on a Ranch. $650
mo. Call (863)763-2838
CHOICE OF 3BR, dr 2 BR, 2
ba D/W's No pets, yriy lease,
starting @ $600/mo +
$1000 sec. 863-763-4031
FIFTH WHEEL 1 br,
$350/mo yearly preferred,
OKEECHOBEE: 2 Bdrm.,2 Ba.
on lot w/screened porch. Nice
area. Will lease with option to
buy. $700/mo Owner
TRAILER 3BR/1BA, $700
mo. + $250 sec., weekly or
monthly. C ad I
(863)763-4271 for more info
TREASURE ISLAND, 1 & 2
BR, No pets. $700 mo. rent
+ $600.'Sec. dep. $950 to
move in. (863)824-2246
TREASURE ISLAND, 2br/lba,
Waterfront, Furnished. Non
smk. env. $850 mo.+ 1st,
Last & Sec. 772-285-5856
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Mobile Home Angels
BHR MARINA 12x40, FI/Rm
20x12, Lot 31, $28,000,
Land rent $310 mo. on Rim
OKEECHOBEE '91 DWMH,
3br, 2ba, $25,000 or best
offer,, you move
VANTAGE OAK 35' w/Florida
room, Loaded, has nearly new
appl., Tile & wood firs.
a a -
LAKEHOUSE in Lake Placid for
Seasonal rental. Furnished
with dock. (863)465-0053
Business Places -
Sale. rw 1005
Property. -Sale 1010
Farms Sale' 1020
Propert Sale 1035
Laend Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Insfction 1 0nw6
Real Estate Wantedl 065
Wayehouse Space 1075
CHEVRON Gas Station, Hwy
441, across from Home Depot
C- Store, Deli, Carwash. $1.1
million. fin avail. Broker
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.
OKEECHOBEE 4BR, 2BA,
over 1900 sf,on 1 acre, new
paint, inlout, new flooring,
Dixie Ranch Acres,
$224,500 (321)723-6581 or
Zero Down. $999. mo.
4br, 2ba CBS Brand New.
Prices $139,900. 3824 NW
7th St. 561-248-3879 or
GOOD LOCATION: 5 Acres,
Fenced. 2006 Scott Built
Home, 4 stall horse barn.
BLUE CYPRESS Golf & RV, 1
Lot, Lg. pad. Screen rm.,
Poo/VCub House. Jayco 5th
Whi. 35 Ft. 304-543-6107
BLUE CYPRESS Golf & RV, 2
waterfront lots, large pads,
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Galaxy Warehouses, 3050 SW 3rd Ter-
race, Okeechobee, FL, will be conduct-
ing a public sale or otherwise dispose
of contents of the following units to
satisfy the delinquent storage lien. This
ad placed in accordance with Florida
Statutes 1985, Section 83.806.
UNITED TO SOLD ARE: UNA
Shannon Henry 14
Cathy Odom 131
Sale will be conducted at Galaxy Ware-
houses at the above address on Satur-
day, February 9,2008 al 8:00 AM.
The office is located at the same ad-
Items for sale include miscellaneous
household items, office equipment,
toys and tools. Open door sale. Cash
only. A $20.00 cleaning deposit will be
taken and will be refunded when unit
has been cleanedout.
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Public Auction will be held at Johns Tow-
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Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee,
Florida 34972 on FEBRUARY 8, 2008D
at 9:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida Stat-
ute 713.78 fo unpaid towing and stor-
age charges. Year. make, model and
VIN are as follows.
1987 Nissan Maxima
1992 Oldsmobile Ninety Eight
Terms of sale are cash, and no checks
will be accepted. Seller reserves the
right of final bid. ALL SALES ARE FI-
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Said automobiles will be sold in "As Is"
condition with no guarantee's.
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
CASE NO. 07-14069-CR-MARTINEZ/LYNCH
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
PRELIMINARY ORDER OF FORFEITURE FOR PUBLICATION
Notice is hereby given that on January 7, 2008, in the case of United States v. Man-
ny orta, Case No. 07-14069-CR-MARTINEZ/LYNCH, the United Slates istrict
Court for the Southern District of Florida entered a Preliminary Order of Forfeiture
condemning and forfeiting the following property to the United States of America:
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The foregoing Preliminary Order of Forfeiture having been entered on January 7,
2008, the United States hereby gives notice of its intention to dispose of the for-
feited property in such manner as the United States Attorney General may direct.
Any person having or claiming a legal right, title or interest in the aforementioned
property must petition the District Court for the Southern District of Florida for a
hearing to adjudicate the validity of his/er alleged interest in the property within
thirty (30) days of the inal publication of this notice pursuant to 21 U.S.C.
853(n). The'peition shall be signed by the petitioner under penalty of perjury and
shall set forth the nature and extent of the petioner's right, title or interest in the
forfeited property, the time and circumstances of the petitoner's acquisition of the
right, title and interest in the forfeited property and any additional facts supporting
the petitioner's claim and the relief sought. The petition shallbe filed with the Unit-
ed States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in the above-styled
case at the following address:
Clerk of Court
301 North Miami Avenue Room 150
Miami, FL 33128
Copies of the petition shall also be served upon the United States Attorney to the at-
Assistant U.S. Attorney
U.S. Attorney's Office
500 S. Australian Avenue, Ste. 400
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401-6235
Following the Court's disposition of all petitions filed, or if no such petitions are filed,
following the expiration of the period specified above for the filing of such peti-
tons, the United States shall have clear title to the property and may warrant good
WiHe to any subsequent purchaser or transferee.
Please check www.forfeiture ov for a listing of all judicial forfeiture notices as
newspaper publication of judicial forfeiture notices will be discontinued in the near
R. ALEXANDER ACOSTA
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
By: ANTONIA J. BARNES (FL Bar # 261777)
Assistant U.S. Attorney
United States Attomey's Office
500 S. Australian Avenue, Ste. 400
West Palm Beach, FL. 33401-6235
Telephone: (561 820-8711
Facsimile: (561) 655-9785
SAttorney for United States
257978 ON 1/24/08__________________
Okee Warehouses, 2671 Highway 70-
West, Okeechobee, FL, will be con-
ducting a public sale or otherwise dis-
pose of contents of the following units
to satisfy the delinquent storage lien.
This ad placed in accordance with
Florida Statutes 1985, Section 83.806.
Lucia Aguilar 7-27
Eric Fetherston 7-42
Angela Frady 9-44
Gayle Hall 6-07
Jovita Hernandez 7-26,
Kandie Hunt 7-56
Lakisha Jones 9-19
Jeffrey Leonard 6-23
Danielle McMillan 7-25
Curts Pelham 3
Valerie Perkinson 6-03
Julie Vinson 4-03
Sale will be conducted at Okee Ware-
houses at the above address on Satur-
day, February 9,2008 at 9:00 AM.
The office is located at Galaxy Ware-
houses, 3050 S.W. 3rd Terrace, Okee-
Items for sale include miscellaneous
household items, office equipment,
toys and tools. Open door sale. Cash
Only. A $20.00 cleaning deposit will
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Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Senior Jay Lawton was a pleasant surprise off the bench for
the Brahmans as he provided some much needed defensive
intensity in the loss to Belle Glade.
Boys hoops lose
to Glades Central
By Charles M. Murphy
Eddie Poole sat on the sidelines
last year as a junior and saw a team
that couldn't shoot a basketball
into a swimming pool. Now with
basically the same cast of players,
Glades Central not only can run,
jump and play defense, they can
shoot too. That makes them very
"It's the same guys. We didn't
have a big man last year to run the
offense. Now they are getting open
shots and are making them,:' Poole
Poole had 22 points, six blocks
and seven rebounds as the Raiders,
(10-4), defeated Okeechobee Tues-
day night, 66-50, at the Brahman
gym. The loss dropped Okeechobee
to (8-11) on the season.
"There alright," Brahman
Coach Jon Enrico said of Glades
Central, "But once again we didn't
do what we have to do. We didn't
play defense. We didn't box out.
We didn't go to the hole hard. We
didn't make free throws. We beat
ourselves, their teams don't beat
us. Glades Central is not that good I
don't care what anybody says."
Poole, DeAndre Holley, and
Rontavious Wooten, 21 points in-
cluding four three pointers, led the
+ offense, and the Brahmans com-
mitted 25 turnovers, many of them
due to pressure defense. Only
Leshawn Henderson, 18 points,
and David Jeune, 12 points and 13
rebounds, had good nights. Chris
Hall, 12 points, had 10 points in the
first half to keep Okeechobee in the
Glades Central jumped to a
5-1 lead in the first minute but
Okeechobee battled back to tie
it on an offensive rebound by Da-
vid Jeune. Glades Central though
used full court pressure to cause
turnovers and they also played
tight man to man defense on our
outside shooters. The Brahmans
had very few open looks at the bas-
ket. Okeechobee's offense took a
hit when Corey White, two points,
went to the bench with foul trou-
ble. White had only four shots on
James Shanks continued, his
slump. He was (0-7) from the floor
and wasn't given any open jump-
"We had some terrible turn-
overs. We were throwing the ball
full court," Enrico noted, "We beat
ourselves. Glades Central did not
beat us. Are they good? Sure. Are
they better .than us? Absolutely
Glades Central led 19-11 after
the first quarter. The Brahmans
though didn't give up. Hall hit a
shot jumper after Jeune missed a
dunk to make it 19-15. Hall's three
pointer from the left baseline gave
Okeechobee a brief 22-21 lead in
the first half. However Wooten got
hot for Glades Central. Repeatedly
he was able to drain open 20 foot-
ers. He hit four three long range
jumpers in a row to give Glades'
Central a 33-25 lead at the half.
Poole had eight points in the
third quarter to keep his team in
front by double digits. Even six
straight points from Henderson
couldn't cut into the Raiders advan-
tage. His nine points -in the quar-
ter could only get Okeechobee as
close as 41-32 late in the third.,
Poole did enough in the fourth
quarter, and DeAndre Holley hit
tv'o big shots to keep the Raiders
"We wanted this game. We
worked hard in practice. There
was some physical play, but we are
athletes and we can run all day. We
have to provide," Poole noted.
The physical play also brought
spme criticism of how the game
was officiated. Enrico said nothing
changes with referees. He noted his
team has seen the same story for
six years, eight on five basketball
games. That means the opposing
team and the referees against the
Poole said one thing that
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