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2205 SMA U FL LIB OF FL HISTORY
PO BOX 117007 23
Vol. 99 No. 25 Friday. January 25. 2008 GAINESVILLE FL 32611


Inside
Planners concerned
about parking spaces
Concerns over suffi-
cient parking were a re-
curring theme at the Tues-
day, Jan. 22 meeting of the
Okeechobee. County Planning
Board/Board of Adjustments.
Page 3

Local Board
of Realtors growing
Crystal Kafka is a new re-
altor affiliate.
The Board of Realtors
meeting location is going to
change as the group has grown,
a larger meeting room is neces-
sary. Next month the meeting
will be at the Brahma Bull Res-
taurant on 441 Southeast just
before the Taylor Creek Bridge.
Page 6

Briefs

Tennis fundraiser
to benefit OHS teams
Costopoulos & Helton, P.A.
will host their sixth annual
adult tennis fundraiser to raise
funds for the Okeechobee High
School Tennis teams.
The event is open to any
adult and consists of A and B
levels in doubles men, women
and mixed doubles.
Entry fees are $30 per group
entry. All entrants will receive
an event T-Shirt, along with a
chicken dinner with sides and
a drink on the first day of the
event. Dinner tickets can also
be purchased from members
of the OHS Tennis team for $7.
The event will be held Sat-
urday, Jan! 26 and Sunday, Jan,
27 at the Okeechobee County
Sports Complex tennis courts,
580 N.W. 27th Lane.
For an entry form or infor-
mation, stop by Costopoulos
& Helton, P.A., 195 S.W 28t
St. or call (863) 763-1120. You
may also call Dave Ellis at (863)
763-4518. If there is no answer,
leave a message and your call
will be returned.

Drought Index


Current: 555
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None


Lake Levels

10. 11 feet
Last Year: 11.84 feet



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

Index
Classifieds......................... 8-9
Comics .............: ....... .......... 5
Community Events.................... 4
Crossword................................. 8
O bituaries.................................. 6
Opinion................................. 4
Speak Out........ ......................... 4
Sports...... ..................... ...... 10
TV .............................................. 9
W eather ................................ 2
See Page 2 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.

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Courthouse to be renovated


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Plans for renovation of the his-
toric Okeechobee County Court-
house are slowly taking shape.
Architect Tom Hammer present-
ed drawings and concepts for
renovation to the Okeechobee
County Board of County Com-
missioners at their meeting on
Thursday, Jan.24.
Commissioners also terminat-
ed two contracts, voted to appro-


priate funds for the Okeechobee
County Agri-Civic Center and ap-
proved changing procedures at
the building department
According to current laws,
the courthouse remodeling
must accommodate the handi-
capped. Mr. Hammer suggested
replacing the steps in front of the
courthouse with a gently slop-
ing ramp. The elevator would be
moved to the front of the build-
ing. He proposed a three level
elevator from the ground level


to the first floor and then the
second floor. This would give
the handicapped access to all
areas of the building. There was
some discussion of removing
the ramps at the east and west
ends of the buildings and mov-
ing handicapped parking places
to the front of the building.
County attorney John Cassels
suggested that since the original
breezeway would be restored
through the center of the build-
ing more people might use the


What's cooking: Top of the Lake BBQ


..... ...................... .. : ....... ..... : ..... Subm itted photo/OKMS-
Woo house Grill won the Grand Championship at the 2008 Top of the Lake BBQ Jack
Daniel's Qualifier. The Woodhouse Grill team received a Traeger Grill donated by Eli's
Trailer Sales.


BBQ contest is a success
By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The sixth annual Top of the
Lake BBQ Affair with the added
Jack Daniel's Qualifier was a
success with 30 teams compet-
ing from as far away as Tennes-
see.
The event was held at a
new venue this year at the
Okeechobee Agri-Civic Cen-
ter on Friday, Jan. 18, and Sat.
Jan. 19. All ages were present
to taste the BBQ creations of
those who participated.
There were many catego-
ries in different types of meats,
apple pie, sauce and anything
butt.
There was even a Home Boy
category for locals who were
not working to qualify for the
Jack Daniels Invitational Barbe- HomeBBQ.com won the Reserve Championship and Ap-
cue held in Lynchburg, Tenn. pie Pie championship at the 2008 Top of the Lake BBQ
The Home Boy Champion Jack Daniel's Qualifier where they were awarded a hand-
was Big Daddy Q and the Re- made leather apron by Rabe Rabon with the Top of the
Lake BBQ Affair logo embroidered in the apron by the
See BBQ Page 2 Stichin' Post.


rear entrance of the building.
Mr. Hammer said it would be
possible make the rear entrance
handicapped accessible also.
The upstairs courtroom
would be converted to commis-
sion use. It was the consensus
of the commission to have their
dais constructed in a semicircle
rather than a straight line. It was
noted that would give increased
seating for some of the lay
boards that would be meeting in
that room.


Mr. Hammer said that the dais
for the commission would be el-
evated and would be accessible
by steps on each side. These
steps could convert to a wheel-
chair lift to accommodate the
handicapped. Mr. Hammer said
this same lift was being used in
the Punta Gorda Courthouse
which his firm is also renovating.
Since the lift was electric, deputy
county administrator Jim Three-
See Courthouse Page 2


Monitor says



school policy



not followed


Claims dean "snuck"
student on campus
By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County
School Board dealt with several
issues at their Tuesday, Jan. 22,
meeting concerning several
expulsions and other issues in
relation to school policy. Tardi-
ness was the topic of the eve-
-Carol Landrum, the for-
mer security monitor at the


Okeechobee High School
spoke to the board onra situa-
tion regarding a student who
was "snuck on campus" ac-
cording to Mrs. Landrum.
Mrs. Landrum told the
board that there was an inci-
dent on Nov. 26, 2007, where a
dean left campus and returned
at 9:46 a.m. Proper procedure
for anyone going on campus is
for each vehicle to, stop at the
gate house and let the security
monitor know who they are so
they can check them in on the
See Policy Page 2


Health & Safety


Expo Saturday


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Through the joint efforts of
the Okeechobee Health Depart-
ment, Shared Services Network
of Okeechobee, Okeechobee
County Fire Rescue and the
Children's Services Council the
first Okeechobee Family Health
and Safety Expo will be held
at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic
Center, 4200 S.R. 70 E, on Sat-
urday, Jan. 2,6,, from 9 a.m. until
2 p.m.
This will be a free, fun and
educational day for those who
attend, young and old. The
event will have booths aimed
at many different' age groups
from the children to senior citi-


zens. Admission and parking
are free.
Each booth will have a
drawing and free items and/or
services to give away. There
will also be free food and drink
available for all those who at-
tend.
Emergency equipment will
be set up such as police and
sheriff's office vehicles, fire
trucks, ambulances, a helicop-
ter, and brush trucks. Forestry's
Smokey Bear will be in atten-
dance promoting fire safety.
The local schools and ex-
tra-curricular groups will be
participating through the OHS
See Expo Page 2


S


First time buyers


enjoy new home


Heart, hard work
pays off for family
By MaryAnn Morris
Okeechobee News
First-time buyers, particu-
larly if they are young, can
have a difficult time buying a
home.
Terry and Deedra Shatzer
have been married 14 years
and have three children. Until


recently, they lived on Terry's
pay as a diesel mechanic, al-
though Deedra now has a job
with Royal Concrete doing
construction clean up.
Back in 2000, Terry had to
have surgery.
"I wasu-making about $7 an
hour then and all those medi-
cal bills just kept piling up.
They say they don't hurt your
credit, but they sure did," said
See Home Page 2


Gail Brown/Coldwell Banker Berger Real Estate
Terry and Deedra Shatzer (right) closed on the house they purchased from Jay and Kimberly
Elliott (left) on Nov. 15, 2007, with help from their realtors, Gail Brown (right) and Velva Can-
non (left) with Amy Owen of Flagler Title in the center.


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2 Okeechobee News, Friday, January 25, 2008


Courthouse
Continued From Page 1
wits asked what would happen
in a power failure.
Mr. Hammer said the Punta
Gorda courthouse, which is
about the size of the Okeechobee
County Courthouse, has a gen-
erator that would completely
power the building. That gener-
ator added $250,000 to the cost.
County attorney John Cas-
sels suggested timing lights for
speakers.
Mr. Hammer suggested that
commissioners think about the
layout for their offices on the
second floor and at a later date,
he would discuss that topic with
them. He said that plans for the
commission clerk's office would
have space for two people to
work and for storage and public
viewing of records.
Commissioners had previ-
ously agreed to temporarily ren-
ovate the courthouse so that it
could remain in use during the
renovation. As a result, they had
entered a contract with Cabot
Construction Company for tem-
porary renovation. Then they
decided to vacate the building
entirely during the renovation.
Therefore, at their Thursday
meeting, they authorized expen-
diture of $10,000 to terminate
the contract with Cabot Con-
struction.
Turning to another termina-
tion, commissioners spent some
time discussing termination of a
lease at the industrial park. In-
dustrial park manager Vernon


Policy
Continued From Page 1
log.
Mrs. Landrum regularly gives
tardy slips to any student who
comes through the gate once
the school day has begun. Ac-
cording to Mrs. Landrum, the
dean pulled up so far past the
gatehouse that she could see the
tag of his vehicle and because
of the dark tint on his windows
she was unable to see that there
was another individual in the ve-
hicle.
She went on to explain to the
board that the dean looked out
of his window back at Mrs. Lan-
+ drum and waved an acknowl-
edgement that he was back on
campus. He then proceeded to
go around to the back of the
school rather than parking in his
"normal assigned" spot which
would have been in Mrs. Lan-
drum's site of vision.
She was unaware at that time
that there was anyone else in
the vehicle.
Later in the day, a teacher at
OHS contacted her and asked
her what time a said student ar-
rived to campus. Mrs. Landrum


Expo
Continued From Page 1
Health Occupations and for
entertainment purposes. There
will be scheduled entertainment
throughout the event with a dif-
ferent performance every 30
minutes.
Free health screenings; fin-
gerprinting; prizes; and give-
aways will ll be available at the
expo.
The day will include K-9
demonstrations, jaws/car dem-
onstration, police and sheriff's
.dept. vehicles, helicopters, fire
trucks, Smokey Bear, and Mc-
Gruff. Screenings will be avail-
able for hearing, glaucoma,
blood pressure, diabetes and
other health concerns. There
will be information on car seat
safety and bike helmet safety,
and more.
Be sure to stop by and see
these vendors to learn about
health and safety issues: 2-1-1
Palm Beach/Treasure Coast, Ac-
cess Florida, Agency for Persons


BBQ
Continued From Page 1
serve Champion was won by the
Big Kahuna BBQ. The most im-
proved in. the Home Boy category
was the Beer-n-Bones team.
The people who attended the
BBQ affair were given the oppor-
tunity to choose the champion for
one category, the People's Choice
tent. Nineteen teams entered a
pork butt in this category where
patrons paid $5 to eat all they
wanted and then choose their
top three favorites. Uncle Kenny's
BBQ won this honor this year.
The Grand Champion for the
2008 Top of the Lake BBQ Affair
was The Woodhouse Grill and re-
serve champion was HomeBBQ.
com. The Woodhouse Grill re-


Gray noted that the business
was failing and could not pay
their rent. He recommended the
lease be terminated as of Dec.
31. 2007. Mr. Gray noted that
the tenants had always been
prompt in paying rent and had
left the building in good condi-
tion. He advocated vacating the
lease rather than going through
the expense of trying to collect
the rent. He said he had another
prospective client that had ex-
pressed interest in renting the
site.
Mr. Cassels was of the opin-
ion that the county does not
benefit from excusing parties
from their obligations.
Commissioner Elvie Posey
was in favor of keeping the lease
in effect until another tenant is
secured.
Commissioner Noel Chan-
dler said he was not in favor of
putting an undue hardship on
anyone.
"What validity do our con-
tracts have?" asked Commis-
sioner Ray Domer. He said the
situation should be looked at in
light of who the tenant was.
Mr. Gray replied that he
would have recommended the
same course of action regard-
less of who the tenant was or
their relationship to anyone on
the board.
The property in question was
leased by Commissioner Marvin
Wherrell's son. Mr. Wherrell ab-
stained from voting on the mat-
ter.
Mr. Gray mentioned several
contracts that had been ter-
minated to the benefit of the


did not have the student's name
on the log.
This situation made Mrs. Lan-
drum feel that she was not ad-
equately doing her job and she
went to speak with the other
dean and eventually with the
principal.
According to Mrs. Landrum,
the other dean only commented
that the student has had a hard
life and the principal had told
her at least the student came
to school. She stated that this
particular student has at least 33
tardies.
During her conversation with
the principal, Mrs. Landrum
stated that the principal told
her that students have no con-
sequences for tardies, only for
class tardies.
According to policy, if a stu-
dent misses more than 15 min-
utes of class time the student is
classified as absent rather than
tardy.
Policy also states that "tardi-
ness is seldom necessary if one
plans to be prompt. If allowed
to continue, tardiness becomes
a pattern and definitely affects
schoolwork. It is very impor-
tant that students arrive in time
for school and for class."


with Disabilities, American Fire
Sprinkler Association, Florida
Chapter, American Red Cross,
Area Agency on Aging, Au-
dible Hearing Care Center, Big
Brothers Big Sisters, Brennan
Eye Care, CASTLE, Communi-
ties In Schools/Police Athletic
League of Okeechobee, Inc.,
CJ's Wholesale, Coalition for
Independent Living Options,
Community Traffic Safety Team,
Division of Forestry and Smokey
the Bear, DTCS Drug Testing
& Counseling Services, Eck-
erd Intensive Halfway House,
E.D.C. of Indian River County,
Inc. Okeechobee Head Start,
Epilepsy Foundation of Flori-
da, Florida Community Health
Centers, Inc., Florida Diagnos-
tic Learning Resource System,
Florida Fire Marshals & Inspec-
tors Association, Florida Poison
Information Center, Tampa,
G4S Okeechobee Juvenile Of-"
fender Correction Center, Girls'
Scouts of Palm Glade Council,
Healthy Kids/KidCare, Healthy
Start Coalition, Heart Gallery
of Okeechobee & The Treasure
Coast, Hester Aluminum, Hibis-


ceived a Traeger Grill donated by
Eli's Trailer Sales and HomeBBQ.
com received a handmade leath-
er apron by Rabe Rabon with the
Top of the Lake BBQ Affair logo
embroidered in the apron by the
Stichin' Post.
First place in the chicken cat-
egory went to the Mt. Dora BBQ
team, second place to the Florida
Skin-n-Bones team and third
place went to the Kick the Tire,
Light the Fire team.
First place in the ribs category
went to the Music City Pig Pals
team, second place went to the
J-Mack Cookers team and third
place went to the Woodhouse
Grill.
First place in the pork category
went to the Kick the Tire, Light
the Fire team, second place went
to the Music City Pig Pals team


county
Commissioner Noel Chandler
made a motion to terminate the
contract. It died for lack of sec-
ond.
Mr. Gray was directed to keep
the lease in effect until he had
secured another tenant. He said
he might have a tenant in 30 to
60 days
The commission approved
an emergency expenditure of
no more than $15,000 to pave a
walkway at the Agri-Civic Cen-
ter from the parking area to the
entrance circle. The emergency
was declared because of a desire
to complete the work before the
fair. Commissioner Domer cast
the lone dissenting vote.
"I don't think it was an emer-
gency," he said. "We need to quit
spending money out there."
In another matter, instead of
asking for funds, the commis-
sion was asked to endorse an-
other group's request for funds.
Dale Milita of Craig A. Smith
Governmental Services ap-
peared before the board to ask
for endorsement of Okeechobee
Utility Authority's (OUA) request
for $3 million dollars in federal
appropriations.
John Hayford, OUA's ex-
ecutive director said the funds
would be used for Treasure Is-
land sewer and the utility's pro-
posed eastside forcemain.
Mr. Milita admitted that se-
curing federal funding was not
easy. However he added, "The
new buzzword is Northern Ev-
erglades ecosystem." He said
the matter could be approached
from the angle that it would im-


Some consequences for tar-
diness could be to lose their
driving privileges if they drive to
school, but no specific conse-
quences are set forth for tardi-
ness except when the tardiness
turns into absences by being
more than 15 minutes late to
class.
When Mrs. Landrum was
told that the tardy slips that she
gives to the students do not have
any consequence she asked the
principal why she was giving
out slips at all.
According to Mrs. Landrum,
she was told that she was being
argumentative.
Mrs. Landrum told the board,
and Dr. Patricia Cooper that she
believed in the district's motto
"Achieving Excellence" whole-
heartedly, and she loved her job.
Due to this situation she did not
feel that she had adequately per-
formed her job duties.
She requested to the board
that they look into this matter in
hopes that everyone in the fu-
ture would be treated equally.
Safety for the school and all
those who attend was Mrs.,Lan-
drum's goal. She gave her res-
ignation on Jan. 16, which was
accepted at this meeting with


cus Children's-Center, Home Fire
Sprinkler Coalition, Hospice of
Okeechobee, HPS-Healthy Fam-
ilies Okeechobee, Independent
Beauty Consultant, IRCC-Adult
Education, IRCC-Farm worker
Program, IRCC-Paramedics Pro-
gram, IRCC-Practical Nursing
Students, Kids Space, Lake Den-
ton Camp, Legacy Behavioral
Health Center, Martha's House,
Inc., Mohammad Riaz, M.D,
New Horizons of Okeechobee
and The Treasure Coast, Inc., No
Lemon, Okeechobee City Fire
Dept., Okeechobee County Fire
Rescue, Okeechobee County Fire
Rescue Volunteers, OCHD-Im-
munization, OCHD-Tobacco Pre-
vention and Education Program,
OCHD-Public Health Prepared-
ness and Emergency Operations,
OCHD-School Health/Hepa-
titis Prevention, OCHD-Step
Up Florida, OCHD-WIC & Nu-
trition, Okeechobee County
Public Library, Okeechobee
County Schools-Food Service/
Wellness, Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office and McGruff
the Crime Dog, Okeechobee
Educational Foundation, Inc.,


and third place went to the Bub-
Ba-Q.
First place in the brisket cat-
egory went to the Huff N Puff
category, second place went to
the Swamp Boys team and third
place went to the HomeBBQ.com
team.
Friday night they held a non-
sanctioned contest for Beer Can
Chicken, Sauce, Apple Pie, and
Anything Butt.
Big Daddy Q won the beer can
chicken category; HomeBBQ.com
won the apple pie contest; Uncle
Kenny's BBQ won the sauce con-
test; and J-Mack Cookers won the
Anything Butt contest.
There were 30 Florida Bar-
beque Association (FBA) certi-
fied judges for the contest. To be
certified, one had to attend a class
sponsored by the FBA and judge


prove the quality of water enter-
ing Lake Okeechobee.
Mr. Wherrell expressed his
displeasure at the length of time
it takes to get building permits.
Commissioners all agreed that
improvements could be made
in the building department and
authorized staff to come up with
a plan for improvements.
In anticipation of lost reve-
nues if the proposed homestead
exemption amendment passes,
commissioners authorized a
letter be sent to Tallahassee re-
questing the county's share of
the funds that are to be distrib-
uted among fiscally constrained
counties based on each county's
share of the total reduction in ad
valorem tax revenues.
In other action, the board:
heard comments from
George Horne of South Florida
Water Management District on
maintenance operations for
some of the district's water con-
trol structures;
ratified an emergency pur-
chase of $27,210 for replace-
ment motor for a road depart-
ment track hoe;
heard comments from M. T.
Alden on the licensing process
for produce vendors but took no
action; and,
*authorized expenditure
of $54,000 to buy a house in a
flood plain using a Community
Development Block Grant fund-
ed program to buy out flood
zone property.
Post your opinions in the Public,
Issues Forum at www.newszap.
com. Reporter Pete Gawda may be
reached at pgawda@newszap.com.


prejudice due to her lack of suf-
ficient notice.
Chairman Joe Arnold thanked
Mrs. Landrum for bringing the
matter to their attention.
No other comments were
made from any party.
In other business the board
approved the expulsion of sev-
eral students who had been
placed at New Endeavor High
School in lieu of suspension
previously. Each recommenda-
tion for expulsion was upheld
by the board.
The board also terminated
the maintenance portion .of an
agreement with Honeywell with
the recommendation from Dr.
Cooper and Dale Barrett',: irec-
tor of Operations. This was done
to cut out a $70,000 portion of
the contract that will now be
contracted out only when ser-
vice is needed.
The board also approved add-
ing language to policy to bring
the chapters referring to Charter
Schools in concurrence with cur-
Tent state laws and revised the
job description for warehouse-
man.
Post your opinions in the Public Is-
sues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar may be
reached at caguilar@newszap.com.


Okeechobee Emergency Man-
agement, Okeechobee Fit-
ness Center/Therapy Center of
Okeechobee, OHS/Health Oc-
cupations Students of America,
Okeechobee Police Department,
Okeechobee Substance Abuse
Coalition, Okeechobee Vision
Care, Planned Parenthood/Teen
Time, Pritchards & Associates,
Inc., Project Response, Rauler-
son Hospital, Seacoast National
Bank, St. Lucie Fire Rescue,
Suncoast Mental Health Cen-
ter, Inc., The Alarm Company
of Okeechobee, Inc., The Early
Learning Coalition, TransLife,
Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers,
Visiting Nurse Association of
Florida, Inc., Walpole, Inc. and
Waste Management.
For more information contact
Sharon Vinson (863) 462-5000
ext. 257, Angela Kelly (863) 462-
5781, Barbara Godejohn (863)
462-5800, or Donny Arnold
(863) 634-6464.
Post your opinions in the Public Is-
sues Forum.at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Agullar may be
reached at cagullar@newszap.com.


two sanctioned contests.
Judging is based on three ele-
ments: presentation, tenderness
and taste. This is a blind judg-
ing. The judges are not aware of
whose team the samples came
from, they only have a number
by which to assign a score to. The
categories are chicken, ribs, pork
and beef brisket. The judging took
about 4 1/2 hours and during that
time the judges were not allowed
to leave the judging area so they
could not be influenced by the
teams.
This event is sponsored by
Okeechobee& Main Street. For ad-
ditional information please con-
tact (863) 357-MAIN.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Agullar may be
reached at caguilar@newszap.com.


Home
Continued From Page 1
Terry.
"I started working to straight-
en out my credit and got my free
credit report online," he said. "I
worked on it about a year and a
half, and finally got it to where it
needed to be to buy a house."
How did he find a lender?
"A couple guys I work with
told my about LendingTree.com
and they kept talking, so I finally
did an application with Lending
Tree. Well, as soon as I finished,
I got an email back saying they
had located a lender that was in-
terested and that's how we found
Jill Killen with Residential Loan
Centers of America. She found us
Ameridream Gift Fund.
"Jill was my backbone during
the whole process," he said.
"In this case, seller contribu-
tions made it possible for this
young couple to buy with little
or no down payment," said his
agent, Gail Brown of Caldwell
Banker Berger Real Estate.
"They found a house in Oak
Park they liked. Room for their
three children and a nice back
yard and the owners, Jay and
Kimberly Elliott, were motivated
sellers," she said.
"This was their first home
as well," said the Elliotts' agent,
Velva Cannon with Exit Realty


neighbors.
"In order to make the deal
work, the Elliott's dropped their
asking price from $124,000 to
$118,000. The $118,000 included
about 10 percent seller contribu-
tions."
"When I explained the deal to
them," said Ms. Cannon, "Jay said,
Are they young?' When I told him,
'yes' and that the Shatzers were
. first-time buyers, he said okay.
This house was also the Elliott's
first house. Jay had built his kids a
swing set and bunk beds for their
boys. The Shatzers had two boys
and their kids would play on the
swing set, too."
"I had all my paperwork when
I went for the loan," said Terry. "I
had my pay stubs, credit score,
I did my homework and I knew
what the lender would need."
"Most delays in the loan pro-
cess are due to the buyers missing
paperwork," said Ms. Brown.
Terry, Deedra, and their three
children moved into their first
house on Nov. 15, 2007 in time
for Thanksgiving, thanks to Ter-
ry's hard work, perseverance, a
seller who cared enough to help
and two very helpful realtors. Ev-
eryone had gone the extra mile to
make it happen.
"Tell people don't give up,"
said Terry. "We didn't and we've
got our house!"
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Planners concerned about parking spaces


By MaryAnn Morris
Okeechobee News
Concerns over sufficient park-
ing were a recurring theme at the
Tuesday, Jan. 22 meeting of the
Okeechobee County Planning
Board/Board of Adjustments.
The first, Petition S-2007-0684
was Ganesh Hospitality LLC,
owner, applicant, Rodney Wil-
liams, who requested a Special
Exception to allow an auction
house in a Commercial zoning
district at 3435 Hwy. 441 S.E.
This request had been tabled at
the Dec' 18, 2007 meeting to al-
low the petitioner to gather more
information to show there is
enough parking, such as a written
agreement granting permission
for auction customers to park on
nearby properties.
Advance information about
the parking situation had not
been submitted as requested.
At the meeting, Mr. Williams
explained that he had.hoped to
use some nearby vacant land for.
parking and found it was owned
by the state and cannot be used.
A nearby bank and a canvas shop
and antique shop were reported
to have said that auction custom-
ers could use their lot, but no writ-
ten agreement was ,submitted.
The existing parking spaces
on the site are tandem spaces
(as if for a truck and trailer)
which would require one car to
be moved in order to move the
other. The manager from Wanta
Linga Motel and Gizmos pizza
both appeared and spoke in favor
of the petition.
The Board's requirement to
prove that there is enough park-
ing has not been met and the peti-
tion was unanimously denied.
Next on the agenda was H &
S Ales, Inc.'s reqVest (Petition S-
2008-0685) for a Special Excep-
tion to allow an automotive repair
of service garage and outdoor
storage in a Commercial zoning
district at 105 N.E. 14b Ave.
The building and utilities are
existing and existing entry from
N.E. 141t Ave. is sufficient. There




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should be adequate parking,
the building meets setbacks and
height and a privacy fence will
be installed around the property.
An automotive garage with stor-
age for vehicles awaiting repair is
consistent and compatible with
the area. The petitioner will install
a privacy fence around the prop-
erty. The building and utilities are
existing and parking is sufficient.
The Board unanimously ap-
proved the petition.
The southeast corner of South
Parrott Avenue at U.S. Hwy 441
S.E., (145 Hwy 441 S.E.) is the
property of Petition S-2008-0686
by Pamploma, Inc, owner for
Ivan Lujan, applicant for a Special
exception to allow a sales lot for
new or used motor vehicles in a
Commercial zoning district.
This Special Exception is only
requested for the south two acres


of this roughly six-acre property,
recently used for mobile home
sales:
The petitioner said that there
would be about 20 vehicles for
sale parked on the site at any
time.
Again came the question,
"Was there going to be enough
paved parking on site?"
Although staff and the peti-
tioner felt that there would be,
the Board asked for a formal
parking plan to be submitted
and approved as an eighth condi-
tion added to the seven already
in place, "A site plan shall be re-
viewed and approved by the plan-
ning director."
With that condition, the peti-
tion was approved.


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WASTING WATER: It is too bad that we don't have a' number to
call anonymously about our neighbors who are abusing "our water."
Don't you realize that we might not have any to drink in the future?
I've seen water laying in driveways and roads in the middle of the
week. Don't you people know how to read? Or maybe you just don't
care. Who cares if your grass is greener than your neighbor's? Edi-
tor's note: According to the South Florida Water Management
District to report violations in Okeechobee County, call the
Okeechobee Code Enforcement office at (863) 763-5548, the
Okeechobee Sheriff's Office at (863) 763-3117 or the City of
Okeechobee at (863) 357-1971.

SEX EDUCATION: I am a parent of a teenager, and I think the
parents are the ones who Vhould be talking to their children about
sex. I don't think this is something to leave up to the schools. Since
before my child hit puberty, I have answered any questions honestly
with as much information as I think is appropriate for the age of the
child. We have discussed sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy
and birth control. We have also discussed the fact that our religio,n
teaches that you should not have sex until after you are married and
that you should remain faithful to your spouse. Parents are so quick to
blame the schools for the teen pregnancy rates. Well there is nothing
stopping you from talking to your own child. If you don't talk to your
child about sex and give them all the facts and information to make
good decisions, then shame on you. You are the one responsible for
the child's behavior, not the school.

GANGS: Part of the problem now I feel, the kids have it too cushy,
the way it is. My generation never had air-conditioning in schools
when I attended or air-conditioned'buses, vending machines, etc and
we turned out all right. They need to make it more like boot camp,
from what I see every day most of these kids can't even spell correctly
and they get to graduate from school. I guess next you'll want to give
them movies and video games on the bus, all at taxpayer expense.
And another thing, people who do not have kids in school should not
be forced to pay a tax, when it comes to school levy and taxes.

LAWNS: Folks, we are in the middle of a drought. If we aren't care-
ful, we will run out of drinking water. Anyone who has been wasting
water just to make their lawn green needs to stop right now. Plant na-
tive grass and you don't have to water it. Any plants that can't survive a
Florida drought should not be planted in Florida in the first place. The
one exception they should make is for agriculture, because we need
food to eat. Bfit we should not be using any water for lawns. If you
plant Bahia grass, it will grow long enough roots to find water.
DANGEROUS ROAD: If you live on'710 as I do. You know how
dangers it is on that road. You also know about the accident that hap-
pened last week on 710 and 28th. We have tried to get some double
yellow lines by our road and yet the state or the county has not done
any thing about it. Why? How many lives have to be shed to do some
thing about this? If you are reading this and you don't live on 710 let
me tell you some thing. You drive down a two-lane road and want to
turn left, and you turn your signal on. You see that it is clear to turn and
start to make your turn but just then a car passes you on the left. What
do you do? Ok how about early in the morning, you turn right on to
710 and all of sudden you see head light in your lane not far away.
What do you do? What will it take to do something about this road?

JOBS: Have you gone looking for a job lately? ,1 have, and there
- are nroemployers hiring out there. What do we need to do so that the
ones who don't have jobs can find jobs? I go to labor finders every day
at 6 a.m. in the morning and sit there until 8 a.m., and they don't have
enough work for everybody. I also go to the One Stop Career Center
all the jobs they have are too far away or they want experience or you
have to have a driver's license. How do you get experience at a job if
they don't hire you? I think that the community should do some thing
about this.

FESTIVALS: I do not understand why they had to move the parade
and,park events to the same weekend as Okeechobee Mud Fest on 70.
That means we have to pick which one we want to go to. I am plan-
ning to stay the weekend out there and camp. But I usually go every
year to the park and parade. That would have been two weekends in
a row if a different day that Okeechobee would be having something
going on in town to bring people here. But I do know a lot of adults
are going to go to Mud Fest instead..

GAS PRICES: With the cost of everything going up, the average
working person has to really pinch pennies. In light of that, let us not
forget our county commissioners. They did not take off the 12 cent
tax that was supposed to come off; they passed the 5 cent more a
gallon onto it. Thank you for those 17 cents tax per gallon. Wake up
Okeechobee! This is not West Palm Beach! Remember them all when
it is time to vote: Call them or see them and let them know we still
have a right to have a say about what is passed and let's hear more
about this in Speak Out. It's time to stand up and have our say.

FAITH: Enough already with the witches, Christians and gay bash-
ing. Do whatever floats your boat and makes you happy. Life on earth
is merely a blink of the eye. And it's just a guess of what happens when
we are gone. I have yet to see someone pop up out of the ground and
yell "Yeah, I'm in a better place." And until that happens, I will keep
guessing and continue to keep the faith.



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Letters to.the Editor


Patriots wanted
It is always amazing how
some candidates for political of-
fice find it expedient to support
a cause when in previous politi-
cal endeavors, they didn't.
Are you an American Patriot
who believes in Traditional
American values, are concerned
about American sovereignty and
the preservation of the Consti-
tution of these United States of
America? If so, then I urge you
to vote for Mike Huckabee.
When Mike Huckabee spoke
at the September 2007 "Celebra-
tion of American Values" event
in Washington D.C.; he received
the warmest introduction of all
by N.R.A. Executive Vice Presi-
dent Wayne LaPierre.
Did you know that Mike
Huckabee was the first Gov-
ernor to get a concealed carry
license? Mike Huckabee is not
just a hunter and fisher, but also
passionate about conservation
as well! And, unlike most can-
didates, he understands that
the 2nd Amendment is not about
hunting. He understands that
the 2nd Amendment is an indi-
vidual right that must be equally
applied, regardless of what part
of the Country you live. Mike
Huckabee understands that the
purpose of the 2nd Amendment
is "the people" having the Right
of "self defense". Self defense
against criminal assault and tyr-
anny from Government! .
Mike Huckabee also believes
that no Treaty or Foreign entity
has the right to usurp American
Sovereignty or undermine the
Constitution of the United States
in any manner!
But don't take my word for it.
Hear for your self at www.nra-
values.org.
Before we go to the polls to
vote at the end of this month,
I urge you to cheek out Mike
Huckabee. www.mikehucka-
bee.com
And remember, Mike Hucka-
bee has not had to-change his
views on these issues in order to
ask for our vote.
Mike Huckabee is a man of
integtrity and another thing that
I just love about the guy is that
he is "one of us". He has lived in.
the real world and knows what
it's like not to have money to buy
whatever you want. When he
says he cares about the working,
person, he meahs it! Check out
our local support for Huckabee
group at www.mikehuckabee.
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Thank you for your time,
Debi Large
Proud to live in
Okeechobee

Lake Okeechobee
is only sleeping
A dreary, dog-eared, tragic-
comedy is being .played out
once again for the Okeechobee
News to report: what are we to
do about Lake Okeechobee?
This has become a longer run-
ning show than Bonanza or
Gunsmoke.
When the SFWMD got sued
(finally) a bellow of pain and
outrage went up from every
state and federal agency in-
volved in any way; limitations
on power to act, inhibition of le-
gal authority, frivolity, etc. Now
it once again appears that SFW-
MD is, in spite of its mandate to


protect the lake, in fact a major
polluter through its back-pump-
ing of phosphates and other nu-
trients into the lake. In addition,
it dumps weed killer into the
lake to kill the aquatic vegeta-
tion stimulated by the fertilizer.
Do you remember the Cham-
ber of Commerce brochure of a
few years back to entice north-
erners to return? Now we have
another crop of "forums" and
"workshops" emerging to give
the illusion of progress without
the reality of change.
I wrote some different words
to the old hymn tune "Mother's
Not Dead, She Only Lies Sleep-
ing." Okeechobee is not dead; it
only is sleeping.
Clif Betts' forum will give it
new life. And the Yankees will
come back and bring us their
greenbacks, and fish in those
waters that are devoid of life.
Robert McCrocklin

Stop spraying
lake vegetation
My wife and I came to
Okeechobee in 1981 after I re-
tired in 1979. We came looking
for a warm place in the winter
and we could afford and also
had good fishing.
We have been through the
good fishing times and the bad
fishing times. The specks spawn
here about seven months a year.
I don't know any other place
where they do that. I have not
fished the deep south much. I
have fished in Kentucky, Ten-
nessee, Illinois, Missouri, Min-
nesota, Alabama, and Canada
and I still prefer Florida, fresh
and saltwater.
I saw the lake start downhill
when the Corps of Engineers
started massive spraying maybe
10 years ago. I was at a meet-
ing one time and ask the Corps,
"Why are you spraying every-
thing green?". His answer was
to keep navigational lanes open.
Big joke! We only have a few
lanes open across the lake and a
few into the marinas. I said kill-
ing all the weeds deprives all the
fish of a place to spawn and a
hiding place from predators. He
said and I quote; "I don't care if
'you never'catch another fish' "
With all that spraying, five
or more boats spraying all day
long can kill a lot of weeds and
bushes that will decay and settle
to the bottom and not rot com-
pletely for many years. Now that
is one of the major problems we
have. So careful what the Corps
says. Remember they still think
channelizing is a good way to
stop flooding. Its in the "book"
-- the Corps book,.
I don't know when, or if ever
the lake will come back. The
Corps still has a contract with
another somebody that. is' still
spraying five airboats loaded
down with chemicals spraying
every day. They are told to not
bring any spray back to the dock.
Maybe if we could get them
to stop somewhere down the
road, the lake will come back.
She has a mighty big heart. So
stop spraying and give Big '0' a
chance!
Sol Frazier


Community Events

Friday, Jan. 25

Music and entertainment at Peace Lutheran
Friday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, 750 N.W 23rd
Lane, will have a night of music and entertainment featuring the Peace
Lutheran Bereavement Bluegrass Band, along with other local musical
.groups. For information, call (863) 467-7911.
Saturday, Jan. 26

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.

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 informa-
tion 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.

Beta Sigma Phi plans sale
Beta Sigma Phi sorority, Theta Omicron Chapter will hold 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.

Okee County Fair Pageant scheduled
The Okeechobee County Fair Association will be holding their first
Okeechobee County Fair Beauty Pageant on Friday, March 7. Competi-
tion includes three categories: personality and interview; sports/swim-
wear; 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. Corfipetitors must reside in Okeechobee County, Buck-
head Ridge or Brighton Seminole Reservation. The deadline to enter
the competition is Saturday, Jan. 26. For more information, contact
Donny Arnold (863) 634-6464 or visit www.okeechobeecountyfair.
com.

OCRA sign-ups for baseball/softball
Sigfiups for the 2008 OCRA BksebalVlSoftball 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 cer-
tificates of the child will be needed when sign ups are done. Fox 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 col-
lecting 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.

Battlefield Re-enactment is topic on the radio
On 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.wilVbeon to discuss the Battle of
Okeechobee Re-Enactment which will bb&held on:Feb..2 and 3- The
discussion will be re-broadcast at 1 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.
Sunday, Jan. 27

Kevin Spencer and Friends in concert
Kevin Spencer and Friends will be in two concerts at the Church of
God, 301 N.E. Fourth Ave. on Sunday, Jan. 27 in the 8:30 and 10:45 a.m.
service. For information call (863) 763-4127.

All you can eat breakfast
Okeechobee Chapter No. 128, Order of the Eastern Star will spon-
sor an All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast on Sunday, Jan. 27, at the Okeechobee
Masonic Lodge, 107 NW 5th Avenue. Serving will be 8 -11 a.m.. Cost
of the breakfast is $5 per person. Menu includes homemade biscuits
and sausage gravy, hashbrown casserole, grits, bacon and sausage,
scrambled eggs, fruit, Florida orange juice and coffee: For information,
contact Mary Ann Holt (863) 634-8087 or Patsy Black (863) 467-7068
Monday, Jan. 28

Okeechobee Orchid Club to meet
The Okeechobee Orchid Club will meet on Monday, Jan. 28 at 7
p.m. at the Cooperative Extension Office, 458 Highway 98 N. Victor Eb
liott will be the guest speaker. He encourages those attending to bring
in problem orchids for a diagnosis. He will also speak to the group
about how to grow healthy orchids. For more information call the ex-
tension office at (863) 763-6469.

Annie Moses Band in concert
The Annie Moses Band will be performing at First Baptist Church,
401 S.W. Fourth St. on Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m. This contemporary, yet clas-
sical string band is a family group. They are named after their grand-
mother who started them in music. The father composes the music
and the mother, the lyrics. The concert is free. A love offering will be
taken. For information call (863) 763-2171.
Saturday, Feb. 2

BHR VFD to host spaghetti dinner
The BHR Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting a spaghetti din-
ner on Feb. 2, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $5 each. For informa-
tion call Pat at (863) 357-1364.

BLM brings wild horses to Okeechobee
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will be conducting a Wild
'Horse and Burro Adoption in Okeechobee, on Feb. 1, through Feb. 3
Adoption will be held at: Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center, 4200
East Hwy 70. For applications and more information about this adop-
tion event, contact: Wild Horse & Burro Adoption Program Bureau
of Land Management 411 Briarwood Drive, Suite 404 Jackson, Miss.
39206 or call (888) 274-2133orl (601) 977-5430. Fax: (601) 977-5440


Tanti-Quilters annual quilt show to be held
The Tantie-Quilters will hold their annual quilt show on Feb. 2.
The event will be held at the Historical Society Building on Hwy 98 N,
across from the airport. It will be from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. There will be
a drawing for a quilt, white elephant sale, fabric sales, quilt sales, and
refreshments. The cost is $3 or two non-perishable items of food and
$1. The food items will be donated to Big Lake Missions to help with
their food pantry and food food preparation for the homeless and less fortu-
nate here in Okeechobee. For information, call (863) 357-0166.

Church holds healing service
The Gathering Church, 1735 S.W 24th Ave. will hold their monthly
healing service Saturday, Feb. 2, from 10 a.m. until noon. Anyone de-
siring to receive personal prayer for healing is welcome to attend. For
information, contact Theresa Brown at (863) 357-3318.


Upcoming Events

Friday Jan. 25
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., The Lake Shops Suite K. For in-
formation, 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. It will be 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.
. Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to
their dance every Friday, from 7:00 until 10:00 p.m. at the Se-
bring Lions Club on Sebring Parkway, one mile east of U.S. 27
in Sebring. Tickets are $5 for members and $6 for guests. For
information, call (863) 471-0559 or (863) 385-6671.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W Third Terr., holds meet-
ings for persons with alcohol and drug related problems at 6
p.m. For information call (863) 357-3053.

Saturday Jan. 26
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.,
The Lake Shops Suite K. For information call (863) 634-4780.


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Local Board of



Realtors growing


By MaryAnn Morris
Okeechobee News
Crystal Kafka is a new real-
tor affiliate.
The Board of Realtors meet-
i ing location is going to change
as the group has grown, a larger
meeting room is necessary. Next
'month the meeting will be at the
Brahma Bull Restaurant on 441
Southeast just before the Taylor
S Creek Bridge.
Look for a seminar in February
sponsored by Seacoast Nation-
al Bank; it will deal with projec-
tions for the economy.
Adopt a Precinct, a vol-
unteer effort spurred on by the
Okeechobee Board of Realtors.
Committee for Community In-
volvement needs volunteers to
-work at the polls for this year's'
election.
A note from the Economic
Committee meeting as reported
by Terry Burroughs: "The av-
erage person in Florida uses 178
gallons of water per day (gpd),
.but in Okeechobee County the
"use is only 90 gpd, but Palm
Beach County uses over 200 gpd
."for each person. Carole Wehle,
.executive director of South Florida
Water Management says to work
through your senators and other
Selected representatives. Neverthe-
-less, that does.not change the re-
sponsibility of every person to do
what he or she can to save water.
We want your news! You
can drop off items for this col-
umn at the Okeechobee News
office in town at 107 South-
west 171 hStreet, behind Dom-
ino's Pizza beside the Brah-
man Theater. You can email
them to mmorris@newszap.
com. You can fax them .(if
you do not have a photo) to
763-5901. Write "Real Estate
Roundup" on the top sheet
and please remember to in-
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and contact information.


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VFW to honor Tony Noe


Okeechobee VFW Post
#10539 will hold a memorial
service for Tony Noe on Satur-
day at 2 p.m., at the Post on U.S.
Highway 441 S.E.
Mr. Noe, who would have
been 91 in February, died
Wednesday.


He was a charter member
of the VFW Post and was also a
past commander.
With the passing of Mr. Noe,
there are only two remaining
charter members.
Mr. Noe served in the U.S.
Army during World War II.


Benefits and Fundraisers

Benefit for family of Johnny Lamb
F.O.E. #4137, Hwy 441 N. is sponsoring a benefit for the family
of Johnny Lamb, who was killed in an auto accident on Dec. 7,
2007.
We are asking for items to auction. Please contact May Scaffa at
(863) 634-7318 or Patty Rucks at (863) 634-1833.
There will be a barbecue dinner of chicken or pork for a dona-
tion of $7'which will start at 3 p.m. The auction will be held at 5
p.m. and a drawing will be held. There will also be live music.

Special benefit account set up
OKEECHOBEE -- A special benefit account has been established
at Seacoast National Bank, 1409 S. Parrott Ave., for Crystal (Lon-
gen) Vandermolen to help defray medical costs.


Submitted photo/EES

EES students are achieving excellence
Students at Everglades Elementary are achieving excellence everyday. Students of the
Week are: Kindergarten: Kassidee Cloud, BrendaSixto; first grade: Adrien Smith, Blanca
Compton, Kody Brewster, Trevor Sallette, Jayla Newton, James Roland; second grade:
Annabella Ulysse, Monica Cancino, Marshall Abney, Brooke Brazil; third grade: Lisette
Yanez, Alexis Kelley, Brianna Ingram, Cady McGehee, Marie Eshleman; fourth grade: Har-
mony Wallos, Christian Seville, Yizelle Castillo, Jennifer Treece; fifth grade: Lane Rhodes,
Abygayl.Sanchez, Adam King, Jesus Perez, and Raul Urbina. Congratulations to our many
outstanding students!


Obituaries


GCorrine L Williams
Corrine L. Williams, age 60
+ of Okeechobee passed away
Jan. 18, 2008 at Raulerson Hos-
pital. Ms. Williams was born
Oct. 24, 1947 in Ft. Davis, Ala.,
to Willie and Viola Williams.
She came to Okeechobee from
Ft. Davis in 1960. She was of the
Baptist faith and also enjoyed
gardening, collecting shells,
and ceramic ducks. She married
George Bradley in 1989.
Ms. Williams is survived by
her husband, George L. Brad-
ley of Okeechobee; children,
Todgeance H. Boswell and Tara
:Bryant both of Okeechobee; sib-
'lings, Annie R. (Terry) McAuliffe,


Irene (Lee) Holt, Casey (Rose)
Williams, Dorothy (Robert) But-
ler, Henry (Rosemary) Williams,
fda Hary, Elease Kyle, and Hom-
er Williams; three grandchildren
and a host of nieces,, nephews
and cousins.
A memorial service will be
held at noon on Saturday, Jan.
26, at Bass Okeechobee Funeral
Home. Burial will be at Ever-
green Cemetery.
Friends may sign the guest-
book at www.bassokeechobee-
funeralhome.com.
All arrangements are en-
trusted to the care of Bass
Okeethobee Funeral Home and
'Crematory.



Publi ssues

the discussion!


Richard Lee Bushatz
Richard Lee Bushatz, age 57
of Buckhead Ridge, died Jan.
23, 2008 in Okeechobee. He
was born May 1, 1950 in Marion,
Ohio to. Harold and Hazel Bush-
atz. He was a contractor.
Mr. Bushatz is survived by his
wife, Precious Bushatz of Buck-
head Ridge; daughters, Precious
Catherine Garcia of Miami and


Mary Louise Bushatz of Buck-
head Ridge; son, Richard Lee
Bushatz, Jr., of Georgia and
brother, Tim Bushatz of Miami-
Dade.
Memorial services will be an-
nounced at a later date.
All arrangements are en-
trusted to the care of Bass
Okeechobee Funeral Home and
Crematory.


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Health and Safety can be made fun!


Your Weekly
Entertainment
Guide
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By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
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 scholar-
ships 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 clubhouse
in Seminole Cove, 1799 S.W 35th
Circle; off S.W 16th Ave. on Tues-
days al 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 Ian Nairnsey
will be pertaining to Bob Merrill.
The presentations are held weekly
on Tuesdays at 7 p m. For more in-
formation contact Mr. Nairnsey at
(863) 801-3147.

F Family outings
A night of bluegrass can be
found this evening, Friday, Jan. 25,
-pat 7 p.m. at Peace LutheranChurch,,
'750'N.W: 23'hiane, featurinig th
Peace Lutheran Bereavement
Bluegrass Band, along with oth-
er local musical groups. For infor
mation, call (863) 467-7911.
Free stuff for the family includ-
ing drawings and food will be avail-
able at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic
Center for the first Okeechobee
Family Health and Safety Expo
on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 9 a.m.
until 2 p.m. Everything is free
including admission, parking,
lunch and prizes to all who attend.
For information please call Sharon
Vinson at (863) 462-5000 Ext. 257,
Angela'. Kelly at the Okeechobee
County Health Department at
(863) 462-5781 or Donnie Arnold at
Okeechobee County Fire Rescue at
(863) .634-6464.
If you want to get a great whole-
some laugh, visit the Church of the
Nazarene, 425 S.W 28th 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 information,
call (863) 763-7113.
Costopoulos & Helton, PA. will
host their Sixth Annual Adult'
Tennis Fundraiser to raise funds
for the Okeechobee High School
tennis teams. The event will be
held Saturday, Jan. 26, beginning
at 9 a.m., and Sunday, Jan. 27, start-
ing at 1 p.m., at the Okeechobee


County. Sports Complex tennis
courts, 580 N.W. 7 Lane. The meal
consists of a chicken dinner with
a side and a drink on the first day
of the event. Should you have any
questions call me at (863)763-1120
ext 15.
Kevin Spencer and Friends
will be in two concerts at the
Church of God, 301 N.E. Fourth
Ave. on Sunday, Jan. 27, in the 8:30
and 10:45 a.m. service. For infor-
mation call (863) 763-4127.
The Annie Moses Band will
perform at First Baptist Church, 401
S.W. Fourth St. on Jan. 28, at 6:30
p.m. This contemporary, yet clas-
sical string band is a family group.


The concert is free. A love offering
will be taken. For information call
(863) 763-2171.
To learn some history of our
area and have some fun visit our
new Okeechobee Battlefield
Historic State Park located at
3500 S.E. 38 Ave., directly across
the street from the Treasure Island
Fire Station. for the 2008 Battle
of Okeechobee Re-enactment
on Saturday, Feb. 2, and Sunday,
Feb. 3, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The event provides a narration of
the Battle of Okeechobee, Second
Seminole War Battle Re-enact-
ment, alligator and falconry dem-
onstrations. Admission is $5 per


Submitted photo

Tasty barbecue
Kelly Owens and Rene Mims seem to enjoy tasting the bar-
becue at the Okeechobee Main Street's sixth annual Top of
the Lake BBQ Affair and Jack Daniel's World Champion-
ship qualifier contest held Jan. 19th.





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DREAMCATCHER
REALTY
Maureen Kleiman, Lic. Real Estate Broker
.7 NMW ATH BIl RR-.i25'1-Rnn


2005 Modular i322 home in Ireasure
island featuring an, oversized 2 car
garage, huge walk-in closets, garden
tub in the master bath and generator &
hook-up in place. $190K. MLS#
200293 Please call Kelly to make your
appointment 863-697-1339.
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3/2/3 CBS 2-story nome, storage
sheds and dock on the canal.
Florida room w/glass windows over-
looking the canal for a beautiful year
round view! $250,000 MLS#94526


.BOUdULaUi IflUrlbiltIU 212/1. uln u IL ,n U
acres w/pond for the horses. Original 3 car
-garage has been transformed into addl liv-
ing space, framed out and a/c ductwork in
place, waiting for your completion as a fam-
ily room, workshop, addl bdrms or mother-
in-law suite. $319,000 *Add 5 acres avail-
able next door to make a total of 10 acres.*


Huge 4 bd/2 bt/i 4 Car attacneo garage
CBS HOME on 24.72 Acres. New roof in
'05, new appliances, new garage door, 2
wells, 4 stall pole barn with enclosed 12x12
pump house, hurricane shutters and many
more extras Asking $745K. Ajoining 21
acres also available for $555K. MLS#'s
200003 & 200010. Please call Kelly for
more information 863-697-1339.


car and $2 for walk-ins. Bring your
own chair. For more information
contact Shawn Henderson at (863)
634-9587 or (863) 634-4857 or visit
www.okeechobeebattlefield.com.
Some hearty family fun can be
found at the Okeechobee Cham-
ber of Commerce Speckled
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 vendors with ev-
erything from arts and crafts to fun
and games for the younger crowd.
For more information, 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 including
entertainment such as: dancing,
bands, comedians, theatre, special
events, special community events,
contests, etc to me at caguilar@
newszap.com. Please forward all
information about each event in-
cluding: description of the event;
location (address); date; time;
cost; age appropriateness; and
any other information that fits the
specific event. For additional infor-
mation contact Chauna Aguilar at
(863) 763-3134 ext 4242.


MOBILE HOME/RV PARK 3/1 with carport, all tile. New metal roof, and new 2.5 Close to Lock. CBS remodeled tri-plex CBS cot-
MOTIVATED SELLER WILL FINANCE. ton A/C: Big back yard w/ wood fence on cul-de- tage 14 MH/RV Lots. 6 boat slips & launching
Just Reduced To $375,000. MAKE OFFER! sac. Asking $129,000. Call Melissa Arnold @ 863- ramp. All this for ONLY $359,000. Call Jonathan
Call Jonathan @ 863-634-9275. 610-2280. @ 863-634-9275.


* Beautiful Brentwood Estates! Secluded culd-esac lot surrounded by beau- Country living or great get away for the weekend, this CBS homd is built
tiful shading oak trees. Close to town! Asking $80,000. Call Elbert @ 863- on 1 acres with beautiful palm trees. Property is high and dry. 1000 sq ft with
634-7460. 1 bath all for only $130,000. Call Elbert at 863-634-7460.


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1800+ SF inTaylor Creekw/LakeAcess. Slitfloor Clean, partially furnmished, Homes of Me
plan w/Lg Master Suite, Screened Patio & Great w/beautiful glassed in porch. Home has
Dock PRICED TO SELL $168,000 #221H Call up&parking area. PRICED TOSELLI
MLS. Sharon (863) 634-6241 #225F Call Bill (863)6346797
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"Okeechobee "s Only Full-Service
Commercial Real Estate Brokerage"
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Auctions- 105
CarPool 110
Share ride 115


Lost 1n5
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Give Away 140
Garage/YBrd Sale 145
Personalsp 150
gSpecialN notices 155
900 Numbers 160



BICYCLES 2 new bikes
found, vicinity of Okeecho-
bee area Call to identify
(863)467-0506


AFRICAN GREY PARROT -
Lost in Oak Park area. Grey
w/ red tail. $BIG REWARD$
(863)634-1207
BLACK LAB MIX male, Sat.,
1/19, vie. of NE 6th Ave.,
(863)634-0556 ask for Jay
BOAT SEAT CUSHION Vic
Taylor Creek Bridge & Pub
boat ramp at Kiss. Riv. on
Rt.(78. Call (815)258-5557
CHOCOLATE LAB 10 mos
old, REWARD, missing from
Okee Gardens area on
1/17/08. (863)357-3222
DOGS Red Bone Hound &
Blood Hound. Vic: Lazy 7.
Sun. 1/20. If found please
(863)634-6050
SHIH TZU 11 mo old, "Bust-
er", vie of Buxton Funeral
Home, wh/br & bl. Dearly
missed! (863)697-3396







OKEE -202 NW 11th St,
Friday, January 25th,
8am-5pm.
How do you find a job in
today's competitive
market? In the employ-
ment section of the clas-
sifleds


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

Need a few more bucks to
purchase something-
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used Items In
the classifelds.

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Customer Service/Sales
Energetic
Self Motivated
Professional
Appearance
Bi-Ling'al
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Articulate receptionist
with excellent
communication skills.
needed for Okeechobee
corporate office. Position
will greet visitors, handle
incoming calls and
perform general
administrative duties.
Professional attitude and
attire as well as good
computer skills are
required. Bilingual a plus.



EXP'D ESTIMATOR &
FIELD SUPERVISOR
for plumbing company ,
FT w/benefits,
(863)763-6461 DFWP
Find It faster. BSell it soon-
er In the classifieds


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true, chances are that it is.
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doubts about any ad on
these pages, we advise that
before responding or send-
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you check with the Better
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complaints.
Some 800 and 900 telephone
numbers may require an
extra charge, as well as
long distance toll costs. We
will do our best to alert our
reader of these charges in
the ads, but occasionally
we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.






Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction ', 420
Services Offered425
insurance 430
Medical Services435



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.
863-763-2334.

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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 Fturther Details:
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All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
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*Service Technician *Truck Mechanic -Collision Technician
Benefits include paid holidays, paid vacations,
health insurance, 401K plan.
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Center, or call (863)763-3154 Mon-Fri 7:30AM-5:30PM
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DEE'S MINOR REPAIR
License # 5698
& Pressure Washing
License #1126
FREE ESTIMATES
(863)467-2917
or (863)261-6425


Merchandise


BAGUETTE RING, 66 dia-
monds, appraised at $1100,
sell f or $ 9 0 0.
(863)357-3567 after 5pm
IOLITE/DIAMOND RING ap-
praised at $920, sell for
$750. (863)357-3567 after
RING Diamond & Onyx, ap-
praised at $1550, sell for
$1100. (863)357-3567 after
5pm


Rentals



Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Commercial''
Property 915
Condos/
Townhouses Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House -Rent- 930
Land -Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960



OKEECHOBEE On the water,
w/screened porch, covered
docking, Mother-in-Laws
apt. W/furniture, water, air &
heat, utilities &'lawn work
furnished. 1 person, no
smoking, no pets, $600/mo.
(863)634-1716


2. BEDROOM
2.112 BATH

$975 A MONTH
1- & SECURITY




BEAUTIFUL
SAMANTHA'S GARDEN
APARTMENTS
In Town, 2br/2ba, $900
mo. + $600. sec. dep.
Includes Washer & Dryer
(863)634-5780 or
(863)467-9250
OKEECHOBEE, 2br, 1ba, Near
town. $800 mo. inclds wa-
ter. 1st month.FREEi Annual
Lease. Call 561-255-4377
Okeechobee, 2Br/1.5ba, car-
peted, ceramic tile, w/appl's
incl. dishwasher, $700 mo.
+ $700 sec. (863)763-8878



TAYLOR CREEK CONDO -
1 BR, 1 BA, Furnished. Pool,
W&D Facilities. $700 mo.
(863)610-1281
VILLA 2 br, 2 ba, Remodeled
Kitchen, Washer & Dryer,
covered screened patio,
Avail 2/1/08. May be seen
now by appt. (863)634-3414
or (863)634-3251


BASSWOOD New house in
good location, 3br, 2ba
w/garage, $1200/mo, 33rd
Rd (561)379-9417 or
(561)683-9754
-BEST VALUE IN TOWN-
3/2, 3/1 1/ or 2/1
Available, no pets, for
move in special. Call
(863)467-9800
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.
Call (772)260-3068
BHR 3 br, 1 ba CBS, part
furn, dock, boat slip, carport.
$900/mo + $900 sec dep.
(561)385-4713
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.
asswood. (561)718-2822
BUCKHEAD RIDGE 2/2, fully
furn, on canal, seasonal &
yearly, (863)824-0981
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 sec dep.
(863)465-0053
OKEE: 3/1 on 1/2 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/1lba/1gar
Remodeled, Laundry, C/Air,
Yard service. $950 + Sec.
Avail now. (863)634-4548
OKEECHOBEE 3/2 on 20
acres, 15 minutes North of
town. $1 500/mo
(863)447-0352
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage. C/Air. 1st, last &
sec. 863-467-2541 or after
5 pm 863-634-9330
ON THE CANAL
3br, 2ba, Fenced yard
$1050 me.
(248)672-1528


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CHEVRON Gas Station, Hwy
441, across from Home Depot
C- Store, Deli, Carwash. $1.1
million. Fin avail. Broker
owner. (407)256-9081




*2001 CBS Close to Sports Complex
$124,900
Charming Arts & Craft Style Home
S $179,000
3/2 Brick 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. Brer U,. Real Estaeo Bker
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
OKEECHOBEE 4BR, 2BA,
over 1900 sf,on 1 acre, new
paint, in/out, new flooring,
Wixie Ranch Acres,
$224,500 (321)723-6581 or
(863)763-1090
OKEECHOBEE: Completely
remodeled, 4br, 2 ba, plus
family room, 2000 sq ft, 1/2
acre, new roof, A Must Seel
$145,000 (863)824-6112 or
(772)349-8637
OKEECHOBEE
Zero Down. $999. mo.
4br, 2ba CBS Brand New.
Prices $139,900. 3824 NW
7th St. 561-248-3879 or
863-484-0809


GOOD LOCATION: 5 Acres,
Fenced. 2006 Scott Built
Home, 4 stall horse barn.
$290,000. (863)824-0402


BLUE CYPRESS Golf & RV, 1
Lot, Lg. pad. Screen rm.,
Pool/Club House. Jayco 5th
Whl. 35Ft. 304-543-6107
BLUE CYPRESS Golf & RV, 2
waterfront lots, large pads,
pool & clubhouse, 9 hole
golf course, (239)945-7666



OKEE. Beautiful 3br, 2ba
Home & Lot. In 55+ Comm.
$127K. Neg. 863-763-8567
or 502-598-9115


Mobile Homes



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


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WANTED
OUTBOARD MOTOR(S)
RUNNING OR NOT
1980 & UP
PLEASE CALL
(863)983-7056


WINNEBAGO VIEW '07 -23',
with slide, Mercedes Diesel,
15-19 mpg, 13k miles. Can
be seen at River Bend RV
Park in Okee. $65,000
(828)208-0980

Love the earth Recycle
your used Items by sel-
Ing them In the clsl-
fleds.


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CHEVY PICKUP 2004 31K
mIs., 5 spd., 6 cyl. Work
truck. $7950 (772)260-3068


KIA SEDONA '05 17K mi.'
w/remainder of factory war-
ranty. $10,000 or best offer
(863)675-8134
Grab a bargain from your
neighbor's garage,
attic, basement or clos-
et In today's classlfleds.


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RENT TO OWN- Newly remod-
eled. In town. 3br, 2ba,
$3000 down, $1300/mo,
w/$300/mo going towards
down payment. Bruised
credit okay. (863)467-0128
or (863)634-9535
SOUTHEAST SECTION 3BR,
2BA. Great house in great
neighborhood. $1200 mo.
(863)634-1554
TREASURE ISLAND, 3/2 Very
clean! On canal. Lg. storage.
$850 mo. + 1st & sec. dep.
863-824-0981







Near the
courthouse in
Okeechobee, FL
Utilities
Included
$500 per month
Please call for
details
(561) 315-8849



CLEAN PROFESSIONAL MALE
Seeks Same to share 4 BR, 2
BA. $135 wk. Call
863)824 -6 112 or
772)-349-8637


ROOM FOR RENT Share 2
BR, 1 BA House W&D, Shed.
Util's included. $500 mo. +
sec. dep. (786) 201-0306



LAKEHOUSE in Lake Placid for
Seasonal rental. Furnished
with dock. (863)465-0053
TAYLOR CREEK Prime Water-
front, 265' Sea wall with boat
dock. Unfurnished. 3br, 2ba,
W/D. C/Air. $1400 mo.
(863)697-1280


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OKEECHOBEE
Rental, SE 23rd Court,
For information.
(863)763-4892 or 763-5419



OKEECHOBEE
Singlewide 2br, 2ba,
located on a Ranch. $650
mo. Call (863)763-2838



CHOICE OF 3BR, or 2 BR, 2
ba D/W's No pets, yrly lease,
starting @ $600/mo +
$1000 sec. 863-763-4031
FIFTH WHEEL 1 br,
$350/mo yearly preferred,
55 + community.
(863)763-7164



OKEECHOBEE: 2 Bdrm.,2 Ba:
on lot w/screened porch.Nice
area. Will lease with option to
buy. $700/mo Owner -
Financing (863)634-3451.
TRAILER- 3BR/1BA, $700
mo. + $250 sec., weekly or
month ly Ca l
(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/1ba,
Waterfront, Furnished. Non
smk. env. $850 mo.+ 1st,
Last & Sec. 772-285-5856



BANK REPO'S
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
561-385-4694
BHR MARINA 12x40, FI/Rm
20x12, Lot 31, $28,000,
Land rent $310 mo. on Rim
Canal. (863)824-0044
KINGS MH PARK- 2br, 2ba,
Florida rm, new roof, C/Air,
many extras, $15,000 neg.
Must Sell (863)763-8287
MH 14 x 60, Fl rm, carport,
nicely furnished, Cassablan-
ca #24, 2 blk Kissmee Riv,
Hwy 78, plus '92 Olds 4 dr
98. $32.5K (812)480-9343
PALM HARBOR HOMES
4/2 Tile Floor, Energy Package
Deluxe loaded, over
2,200 sq.ft.
30th Anniversary Sale Special
Save $15,000.
Call for FREE Color Brochures
800-622-2832
VANTAGE OAK 35' w/Florida
room, Loaded, has nearly new
appl., Tile & wood firs.
Call (270)723-1427


Recreation

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
CASE NO. 2007-CP-256
IN RE: ESTATE OF
ROBERT E. THOMAS,
a/k/a R.E. THOMAS,
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of thestate of ROB-
ERT E. THOMAS, aWka R.E. THOMAS,
deceased, whose date of death was
March 24, 2006, and whose Social
Security Number is 514-03-4534, is
pending in the Circuit Court for Okee-
chobee County, Florida, Probate Divi-
sion, the address of which is 312 N.W.
3rd Street, Suite 101, Okeechobee,
Florida 34972. The names and ad-
dresses of the personal representative
and personal representative's attorney
are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate on whom a
copy of this notice is served within
three months after the date of the first
publication of this notice must file their
claims with this Court WITHIN THE
LATER OF THREE MONTHS AFTER
THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICA-
TION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY
DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE
OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON
THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent and
persons having claims or demands
against the estate of the decedent
must file their claims with this court
WITHIN THREE MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF
THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT FILED
WITHIN THMETIME PERIOD SET FORTH
IN SECTION 733,702 OF THE FLORIDA
PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD
SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED
TWO (2) YEARS OF MORE AFTER THE
DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED.
The date of the first publication of this
notice is: January 25, 2008.
Dorothy S. Kinsaul
Personal Representative
405 S.W. 12th Street
Okeechobee, Florida 34974
CONELY & CONELY
Post Office Drawer 1367
Okeechobee, Florida 34973-1367
863) 763-3825
o W. Conely, III
Floridda Bar #096482
Attorney for Personal Representative
2578340ON,1/25;2/1/08
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
CASE NO. 2007-CP-253
IN RE: ESTATE OF '
MARK JOSEPH LIGHTCAP,
a/k/a MARK J. LIGHTCAP,
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of MARK
JOSPEH LIGHTCAP, a/k/a MARK J.
LIGHTCAP deceased, whose date of
death was November 10, 2007, and
whose Social Security Number is
171-22-7127, is pending in the Circuit
Court for Okeechobee County, Florida,
Probate Division, the address of which
is 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Suite 101,
Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The
names and addresses of the personal
representative and personal rpresen-
tative's attorney are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate on whom a
copy of this notice is served within
three months after the date of the first
publication of this notice must file their
claims with this Court WITHIN THE
LATER OF THREE MONTHS AFTER
THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICA-
TION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY
DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE
OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON
THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent and
persons having claims or demands
against the estate of the decedent
must file their claims with this court
WITHIN THREE MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF
THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT FILED
WITHIN THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH
IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA
PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD
SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED
TWO (2) YEARS OF MORE AFTER THE
DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED.
The date of the first publication of this
notice is: January 25,2008.
M. Dennis Lightcap
Personal Representative
65 Pheasant Lane
Pottstown, Pennsylvania 19465
CONELY & CONELY
Post Office Drawer 1367
Okeechobee, Florida 34973-1367
(863) 763-3825
m W.Conely, Ill
Forida Bar #096482
Attorney for Personal Representative
25769 ON 1/25;2/1/08


Public Notices

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PUBLIC NOTICE
CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING
A CITY ORDINANCE
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Florida will
on Tuesday, February 5. 2008 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter possible, at City
Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL conduct a PUBLIC HEARING on and thereafter
to consider final reading of the following Ordinance into law: NO. 1006: AN ORDI-
NANCE OF THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA; AMENDING THE OFFICIAL ZON-
ING MAP OF OKEECHOBEE BY REZONING A CERTAIN TRACT OF LAND MORE
PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED HEREIN, FROM RESIDENTIAL SINGLE FAMILY-ONE
9RSF-1) ZONING DISTRICT TO HEAVY COMMERCIAL (CHV) ZONING DISTRICT;
MENDING THE ZONING MAP ACCORDINGLY; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS,
SEVERABILITY AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
The Ordinance is regarding Rezoning Petition No. 07-015-R, submitted by Bradley
G. Goodbread, on behalf of property owner(s) GAGBEE, Inc. The petition is to
change the zoning designation from RSF-1 to CHV for property located at 2103
Southwest 2nd Avenue. Legal description: Lots 8 and 9 of Block 46, First Addition
to South Okeechobee, Plat Book 1, Page 17, Public Records of Okbechobee County,
Florida and is approximately 0.325 acres.
All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said heading.
The proposed Ordinance may be inspected in its entirety by members of the public
in the Office of the City Clerk during regular business hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:3Opm,
except for holidays.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at this
hearing, such interested person will need a record of the proceedings, and for such
purpose may need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, wbich
record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
City Clerk media are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the Clerk.
In accordance with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and Florida Statutes
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Lane Gamiotea no later than two (2) wodding days
prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x215; if hearing or voice impaired, cal
D 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TY).
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IN THE FAMILY COURT
STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
COUNTY OF DARLNGTON
FOURTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
08-DR-16-0003
South Carolina Department
of Social Services,
Plaintiff,
vs.
Tiffany Marie Vance, Henry Cooksey,
Danny Eason, John Doe,
and
Children:
Myria Denise Cooksey DOB: 08/31/03
Dustin Charles Cooksey DOB: 09/09/04
Haylie Marie Eason DOB:12/11/05
Defendants.
SUMMONS & NOTICE
TO: DEFENDANTS HENRY COOKSEY
AND JOHN DOE
YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and re-
Sired to answer the Complaint for'
termination of Parental Rights in and'
to the minor children in this action, the
original of which has been filed in the
Office of the Clerk of Court for Darling-
ton County on the 2nd day of January,
2008, a copy of which will be deliv-
ered to you upon request; and to serve
a copy of your answer to the Com-
plaint upon theundersigned attorney
for the Plaintiff at Post Office Drawer
1377, Hartsville, South Carolina,
29551, within thirty (30) days follow-
ing the.date of service upon you, ex-
clusive the day of such service; and ff
you fail to answer the Complaint within
the time stated, the Plaintiff will apply
for judgment by default against the de-
fendants for the relief demanded in the
Complaint.
Elizabeth B. York
Attorney for Plaintiff
Hartsville, South Carolina 29551
(843)332-2231
FAX: 843) 332-2231
S.C. Bar No.: 693Q'
January 8,2008
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Okeechobee News, Friday, January 25, 2008


10 SPORTS


Boys soccer shocked at districts


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
They say if you look too far
ahead you'll miss what's right
in front of you. That might best
sum up what happened to the
Okeechobee boy's soccer team
Wednesday night.
Okeechobee fell to Forest Hill
in their district semifinal, 6-0, in
almost shocking fashion. The win
ends the Brahman season and
leaves a stain on what had been
a remarkable season.
The Brahmans had entered the
match with a 14 match unbeaten
string, that included a 4-2 victory
over Forest Hill last month.
"I kind of expected this from
what I've seen in practice for the
past week," Head Coach Lonnie
Sears noted, "It looks like they
looked past this one, like they
were entitled to a rematch with


Jensen."
The poor effort couldn't
have come at a worse time for
Okeechobee. They had gone
through the year with a lot of ef-
ficiency and excellence. Sears
though took issue sometimes
with efforts where the team failed
to put teams away.
Okeechobee appeared to be
peaking at the right time. Not only
had they not lost in over a month,
they had ripped Clewiston, 8-0, in
a mercy rule match last week and
had their high powered offense
rolling.
However in Wednesday's
match, Okeechobee never re-
ally had a chance to put any-
one away as Forest Hill played
their best match of the year and
Okeechobee played its worst.
"They definitely out played us.
Even as bad as we played, we
came out in the second half and


had a chance to win. If we don't
finish it will come back to haunt
us," he noted.
A penalty kick started the scor-
ing for the Falcons 30 minutes
into the first half. They added
a goal in the final minute of the
half. Forest Hill had a 2-0 lead at
the half. Okeechobee had some
chances early in the second half
that included open nets. Howev-
er, the shots weren't accurate and
missed the nets.
"We had our chances. Nor-
mally we finish those shots, things
weren't going our way," he noted.
Sears said the team should have
had three quick goals in the sec-
ond half but couldn't find the net.
After that the momentum
swung back to Forest Hill.
"Once they got up 3-0 we kind
of ran out of gas and the, energy
kind of left our bodies," he not-
ed.


Sears said the team played so
well against Forest Hill earlier in
the year and were probably over
confident coming in. "We try and
try to tell them. This is an impor-
tant game. They didn't get the
message."
Despite the loss Sears said he
was proud of how the year went.
However this match will leave
some bitterness in his mouth, "To
get so far and to play like that, it
does put a damper on things."
Two Brahman seniors, Giovan-
ni Jimenez and Jose Bustos are
weighing offers from a Georgia
College to play college soccer
next year.
The Falcons move on to play
Jensen Beach tonight in the Dis-
trict final at Jensen Beach High
School. Both schools qualified for
the state playoffs with Wednes-
day's victories. Jensen defeated
Suncoast 6-0.


Tennis Teams look to be competitive again


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee's tennis teams
begin practice on Monday and
already many of the kids are out
on the court working hard to im-
prove their games.
The girl's team was (12-4) last
year. The boys team was (11-6)
in 2007. Many of the players on
the 2007 squad will return and
that adds to the optimism of
their coaches.
Girls Coach Jay Huffman has
been involved on and off with
the program since 1978. He has
been the head coach on several
occasions.
He notes the program has
a lot of positives like conscien-
tious hard working kids and
very supportive parents.
Edie Smith and Susie Suarez
helped out the girl's team this
year by donating a ball machine
to the program. The equipment
releases the balls automatically
and helps the girls improve their
skills.
Huffman used that as an ex-
ample of the support the tennis
team receives from parents and
the public.
Coincidentally this weekend
is the tennis team's annual fund
raiser. It takes place Saturday
from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the
Sports Complex. It is a doubles
tournament for all ages and skill
levels. Last year they had people
ranging in age from 15 to 87
compete. The members of the
tennis teams also get to com-
pete and test their skills against
adults. The cost is $30 per team.
This is the sixth year that the
fund raiser has been held.
Each player receives lunch
and a T-shirt for participating.
The fundraiser usually pays for
the expenses the tennis team
has each year.
"We have a lot of supportive
people in our community," Huff-


man noted.
The girl's team has five re-
turning players. They include
Alyssa Wright, Rina Boswell,
Jamie Fadley, Kari Berger, and
Shaina Ragamat. Katie Walker is
a new addition to the team.
Fadley is a two time district
champion in singles. Berger is
also a two time district winner
at her seed. Together, they have
won district championships in
doubles.
Coach Huffman said he thinks
every player on the team is .im-
portant due to the format that is
used in high school tennis. Each
match earns a team one point,
from the top seed' down to the
fifth seed in singles, and the two
seeds in tennis.
"Everybody is important. I
value all seven positions. The
key for us is to play good dou-
bles," Huffman noted, "We go
up against kids on the coast who
work 12 months out of the year
and play in USTA tournaments.
It's their life."
Huffman said the team should
do well.this year and build on
the past two years. In 2006 the
team won the district champion-
ship and finished at (15-3). They
hosted Satellite High school in a
state regional match.
"We are very solid the deep-
er we get in singles. We do get
overwhelmed at the higher seed
because those girls have stron-
ger strokes which they work
on 12 months out of the year,"
Huffman noted.
The girl's finished third in
their district last year and hope
to return to the state playoffs
this year by finishing in the top
two.
Tryouts. for the girl's team
will be held on Monday after-
noon starting at 3:30 p.m. at the
Okeechobee Sports Complex.
Huffman is also interested in de-
veloping a junior varsity squad
for tennis. He noted that would


give a lot of players who want to
play the playing time they need
to improve.
Boy's tennis can't boast of
the recent success the girl's
team has had but they still think
they are headed in a positive di-
rection. Boys Coach Dave Ellis,
now in his sixth year, has had
the opportunity to coach two
of his sons, Jeremy, and Bobby.
Jeremy went on to play college
tennis at Grace University in In-
diana.
The boys improved from a
(4-12) season in 2006 to (11-6)
in 2007. They lost two players,
Logan Perry and Bhedesh Pa-
tel, to graduation but still return
three of their top players*.
Starters who return are Bobby
Spelts and Corey White. Also re-
turning is Elj Cabansay. All three
competed in singles last year.
Zach Fowler is the likely fourth
seed in singles. Alex Nielson,
Bradley Williams, Max Norman
and Ryan Nielson will compete
for playing time.


"I'm expecting to be as good
this year as last year, the boys
did well last year as they turned
their season around," Coach El-
lis said.
The team finished fourth
out of six teams in the district.
They have a tough district that
includes Martin County, a peren-
nial power and Sebastian River.
"They are just tough," El-
lis admitted, "I hate to say. we
can't compete. I think our top
three boys can compete. Win-
ning matches against them will
be tough because they are so
deep," he noted.
"Overall I still think we'll have
a winning season," he added.
Ellis thanked the businesses
that sponsor the team each year,
Costopoulos and Helton PA,
CPA, Wicks, Brown, Williams
and Company, and David Hester
Insurance.
He also thanked Brian White
for the work he does in coordi-
nating the annual fund raiser.


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