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*********ALL FOR ADC 320

Vol. 99 No. 26 Saturday, January 26, 2008 B VILLE FL 311611




OMS is ready
for FCAT
As FCAT approaches, FCAT
Explorer can be a great way
to become comfortable with
the testing format and types
of questions. Currently FCAT
Explorer has math practice
for 5th, 8th, & 10th grade, sci-
ence practice for 5th & 8th
grade, and reading practice for
3rd, 4th, 6th, 8th, &10th grade.
The website can be accessed
at: http://www.fcatexplorer.
com/home.asp, and students
should have passwords al-
ready. If they can't remember
theirs, encourage your stu-
dent to get with their teacher.
Page 3

Softball hopes
to repeat '07 success
It will be a hard act to follow,
(27-4 and third in the state), but
Okeechobee softball appears
to have the material necessary
to make another run this year.
Page 7


Fair seeks Creative
Skill and Craft entries
The Okeechobee County
Fair Association is seeking adult
and youth contest participants
for the upcoming, fair March
7-16, the contests consists
of quilting, sewing, painting,
drawing, photography, hor-
ticulture and woodworking.
There will also. be food com-
petitions such as home baking
and canned goods, as well as a
vegetable competition featur-
ing gardeaxvegetable, fruit and
vegetable and largest vegetable
categories. You may download
the entry forms and rules at the
Okeechobee County Fair Web
site, www.okeechobeecoun- under the exhibits
link, or pick up copies at the
Okeechobee County Exten-
sion Office at 458 Highway 98
North. If you have questions,
please contact Dianne Spann at

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 abQve sea level

Classifieds......................*...... 9-10
C om ics ..................................... 8
Community Events..................... 4
Crossword....... ........ 9
Obituaries.............................. 6
Opinion.................................. 4
Speak Out...................... ...... 4
TV ....................................... 10
W eather..................................... 2
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how to contact the newspaper.
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Varnum found guilty of tax theft

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
The trial of a former mobile
home salesman ended Friday
afternoon when a six-member
jury found him guilty of failing Jo
pay an estimated $70,000 to the
state in sales tax money.
Michael A. Varnum, 57, of
Clewiston will be sentenced by
Circuit Judge Sherwood Bauer,
Jr., on Friday, March 7, at 9 a.m.
Judge Bauer also revoked Var-
num's bond and remanded him
to the Okeechobee County Jail,
where he will stay until his sen-

In about two hours the jury
found Varnum guilty of illegally
keeping money
that should
have been paid
to the state
for 25 mobile
homes he sold
between March
2003 and June
Varnum, the Michael
owner and op- Varnum
erator of Cen-
tral Homes of Okeechobee, Inc.,
was arrested Thursday, March

17, 2005, by the Florida High-
way Patrol and booked into the
Indian River County Jail. He was
working as a salesman for an-
,other mobile home dealer there
at the time.
During Thursday's proceed-
ings, defense attorney Ed Alonzo
said his client didn't have to re-
mit the sales tax to the state due
to a( n him by another

in IV
he a

Decision Makers Forum: Lake issues

au, an attorney
inty, testified that
mum that he did
pay the sales tax


Submitted photo/OKMS
Presenters (left to right) J.P. Sasser, Maureen Burroughs, Ashley Tripp and Lynn Topel
gave presentations pertaining to their specific organization at the Decision Makers
Forum on Thursday, Jan. 17. '

Drought affecting economy

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee Main Street,
Inc. president Maureen Bur-
roughs made a presentation
at the Decision Makers Forum
"Lake Okeechobee: Head-.
waters of the Everglades" on
Thursday, Jan. 17, where OKMS
was invited to discuss the types
of projects and activities that
they do to help spur the econ-
omy in Okeechobee when the
lake levels are slowing down
local business.
The forum was held at the
Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center
in Belle Glade.
Many dignitaries were pres-
ent at this event where those
present were able to question.
The panel was made up of
the following individuals: Flor-
ida Commissioner of Agricul-

ture Charles Bronson; Colonel
Gross Kruger, U.S. Army Core
of Engineers; Dr. Paul Gray,
Okeechobee Science Coordina-
tor for the Audubon of Florida;
Kenneth Haddad, Executive
Director of the Florida Wildlife
Commission; Thomas Pelham,
Secretary of Department of
Community Affairs; Terrence
"Rock" Salt, Director of the Ev-
erglades Restoration Initiative
with -the U.S. Department of
Interior; Michael Sole-, Secre-
tary of the Department of Envi-
ronmental Protection; Malcolm
"Bubba" Wade, Vice President
of U.S. Sugar Corp.; Carol Weh-
le, Executive Director for South
Florida Water Management
District; Okeechobee County
Commissioner Clif Betts; Wes
Williamson representing Wil-
liamson' Cattle; Mary Anne
Martin, Owner Roland Martin's

Marina in Clewiston.
According to Mrs. Bur-
roughs, this group generally
realized that the issues with the
lake are definitely not an easy
fix. They seemed to seamlessly
work together and did not point
fingers at who was responsible
for what issue, but rather dis-
cussed ways to remedy some
of the issues.
The forum additionally
wanted to highlight regional
and community initiatives
that might serve as resources
for economic development.
Okeechobee Main Street, Inc,
was honored to be asked to
make a presentation where
these expert panelists dis-
cussed the health of Lake
Three other speakers par-
See Drought Page 2

Motocross is a family tradition

By Tonya Harden
Okeechobee News
Many of our local young
men enjoy the sport of moto-
cross. However, not many of
them have included the sport
into their daily lives and fam-
ily dynamics as the Marcums.
Jimmy, Bobby and Garret
Marcum have all relished in
the sheer adrenaline and thrill
of the sport for years. Bobby,
who first became interested in
the sport as a result of working
at ARS, quickly became active
in motocross. "Being around
this and the people, who do
it, got me interested," Bobby
His older brother Jimmy
has also enjoyed the sport for
many years. However, it seems
the excitement and thrill of rid-
ing holds no comparison to

that of watching his 4-year-old
son Garrett practice. He may
only be 4 but "he's a tough little
guy." Garrett tries to do all the
things the older guys do. He
likes to ride fast and ride hard.
The most surprising thing,
however, about watching
this 4-year-old ride a dirt bike,
when he crashes, or falls down,
he gets right back up and keeps
Keeping in mind that this
sport can lbe dangerous, Bob-
by Marcum offers some safety
tips for those who 'are already
'involved in the sport to remem-
ber or for those who are inter-
ested in becoming involved in
the sport. "The most important
factor in motocross is safety."
Make sure you always wear
your protective gear which in-
cludes: your helmet, gloves,
long sleeved shirt, pants, prop-

er riding boots, knee pads,
goggles, chest protector, shin
guards, and last but definitely
not least, a neck protector.
'He also offers a few prepa-
ration tips before riding: make
sure you have all the right fuel
for the entire day. Most tracks
will not sell fuel or premix.
Make sure you have a mem-
bership pass to the track you
are riding on. If you do not ob-
tain the right pass and you are
caught riding the track without
it, you can be forced to leave
with no'possibility of returning
in the future. Finally, before you
ride you should properly stretch
your legs, back and most im-
portantly your arms. You need
to allow plenty of blood flow-
ing through your arms before
and during riding. Otherwise
See Tradition Page 2

on the homes he sold at the
Okeechobee lot because he was
not the dealer. And since the
dealer's license was in the name
of Ken Kinney, then it was Mr.
Kinney who owed the taxes to
the state.
"In my opinion, Mr. Varnum
is not responsible'for remitting
sales tax to the state," testified
Mr. Lozeau.
The attorney also testified
that he had a conversation with
an official at the Department of
Motor Vehicles (DMV) who told
him it was their opinion that Var-

num was not responsible for the
remitting the money due to the
-state on the sale of the mobile
But, late Thursday afternoon
DMV official Diane Buck testi-
fied that she had no record of
ever speaking with Mr. Lozeau.
She said her department was
watching Varnum at the time
and if anyone had called her
department about him the con-
versation would have been tape
recorded and documented. But,
she added, she can find no docu-
See Theft Page 2

County Fair

hosts pageant

Winner will compete
in Miss Florida
USA event

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
On Friday, March 7, the
first Miss Okeechobee County
Fair will be crowned. Could
that person be you? The Miss
Okeechobee County Fair will
begin a year-long reign that
may even include participation
in the Miss Florida USA pageant

later in the year.
"This is our first beauty pag-
eant at the fair, and we look for-
ward to eventually becoming a
preliminary pageant for Miss
Florida USA," says Bridgette
Waldau, assistant director of
the pageant. "The girl who
wins here may choose to take
a cash award toward going on
to Miss Florida USA or accept a
college scholarship."
The new Miss Okeechobee
County Fair will preside over
See Pageant Page 2

By Tonya Harden
Okeechobee News
With the Castrol Fishing
Tournament nearing its end
this weekend, one of the Pro
Anglers, Carl Svebek III of Si-
loam Springs, Ar., provided
some up to date information of
the standings this far.
Mr. Svebek III, a member of
the Castrol fishing team, joined
the fishing circuit when he was

only nine years old. Becoming
an avid fisherman at a young
age along side his father he re-
alized fishing was for him. He
joined his first bass club when
he was nine. His professional
career began as a guide on Lake
Stren Rayburn. Carl says he's
fished in a lot of places but he
"loves coming to Florida." Carl
has been a professional fisher-
See Fishing -Page 2

uomittea pnoio
Bobby Marcum shows off his years of experience while mak-
ing a jump on his dirt bike. Although this can be a danger-
ous sport, Bobby says with the proper preparations and safety
measures, it's no worse than any other sport.

Castrol Team

doing well

on the big lake


9 Okeechobee News, Saturday, January 26, 2008

Continued From Page 1
pientation of such calls.
In his closing remarks to the
jury, Assistant State Attorney Lev
Evans said Mr. Lozeau was not
truthful while on the witness
"He lied when he said he spoke
with Ms. Bush," Mr. Evans told
the three men and three women
of the jury. "You have the right to
reject that testimony flat out be-
cause he did not tell the truth."
Mr. Kinney owns Central
Mobile Homes in LaBelle and
also started Central Homes of
Okeechobee. However, he soon
tired of driving back and forth be-
tween the two lots so he entered
into an agreement with Varnum
to take over the lease of the prop-
erty at 807 N.E. Park St.

Continued From Page 1
ticipated with presentations and
then formed a panel for discus-
sion of issues of the lake and
the impacts to the communities.
There were representatives from
Okeechobee, Pahokee, Palm
Beach and a representative from

Continued From Page 1
events during this year's fair and
will be the official representative
of the county fair at other events
throughout the coming year.
Donny Arnold, a local fire-
fighter, is the pageant director. He
has run the annual Mr. and Miss
Firecracker Pageant for the past
fourteen years. The pageant coor-
dinator is Leslie Stokes who will
train the girls to put on an excit-
ing show to the theme "Life's A
Stage" which will begin at 7 p.m.

Continued From Page 1
man for nine years with a career
total earnings of $482,149. He has
won two major tournaments and
finished in the top ten of 13 major
tournaments. Mr. Svebek's largest
bass to date was a six pound elev-
en ounce bass caught during the
Stern Series, Central on Kentucky
Lake. Carl has been a member of
the Castrol fishing team for the
past five years.
The Catrol Fishing team this
year is.comprised of five individu-
als. One of the men comes from
Oklahoma, another and Mr. Sve-
bek join from Arkansas, one from
Virginia and the last from right
here in Florida. Although the tour-
nament itself is made up of 200

Continued From Page 1


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you may suffer what is known as
"arm pump."
Be sure to remember: Safety
The closest place to town for
riding is Moroso; Bobby said that
a lot of locals can be seen on the
track. The sport seems to be en-
joyed most as a group sport and
there are lots of spectators. Gener-
ally riding the tracks with Bobby
are his friends, Jonathan Tovar
and Liam.
Apparently the need for speed
and thrill riding is in their blood,
this family proves that a sport,
generally seen as dangerous, can
provide excitement and family
ties, when approached properly.

Hunting season
As the 2007 hunting season
comes to a close, here are a few
of the dos and don'ts of storing
equipment according to local
hunting enthusiast Chase Rucks.
Chase also offers different exercis-
es to keep physically fit for "when
you get to go on that dream hunt"
and management techniques to
for the upcoming seasons.

Essentially, Mr. Kinney testified
Thursday that Varnum took over
the lease, as well as some other
expenses, and then became the
owner of Central Homes of
Okeechobee. Mr. Kinney testified
that Varnum never actually paid
him anything for the business,
which was part of the agree-
It was also part of the agree-
ment that Varnum would obtain
his dealer's license from the state
within 30 days of their entering
into the agreement. But, said Mr.
Kinney, Varnum never did get the
license. He did, however, have a
state tax identification number.
Mr. Evans said Varnum contin-
ued to operate Central Homes of
Okeechobee under Mr. Kinney's
While on the stand, Mr. Kinney
said once the agreement was ex-
ecuted and Varnum took over the

the Heartland region.
Mrs. Burroughs presented the
OKMS program and the positive
impacts to the community. She
spoke to the forum about the
processes involved in creating the
organization and how they went
about attaining accreditation
from the state.
She also spoke of the first
beautification projects that were
a highlight of the beginnings of

Emcees for the inaugural pag-
eant are David Lee and Bridgette
Waldau. Rafael Pacheco, of Cre-
ations in Fotografia is the pag-
eant's official photographer.
The competition begins earlier
in the day, with individual inter-
views with a team of well-quali-
fied judges from out of the area.
The on-stage judging will include
evening gown and swim suit com-
petitions. The top finalists will be
questioned on stage as a part of
the final determination of who
will have the honor of becoming
the first Miss Okeechobee County

Pro Anglers and 200 co-anglers,
Carl says that the Castrol Team
has a "pretty good standing right
now." Carl has a two day total
weight of 18 lbs. five ounces.
The teams head out to the lake
to-begin their day at 7 a.m.; how-
ever, the past .few days accord-
ing to Mr. Svebek have been very
foggy. "The fog caused us to wait.
We didn't get on the lake .until
around 8 or 9 a.m., some days."
Although the mornings began
on a slow note the days picked
up to prove successful. "Beauti-
ful Lake Okeechobee provides
some good fishing." Although,he
admits that the water conditions
make the experience unusual and
keeps the fishing from being what
they are accustomed to, he says
he still enjoys coming down to
Okeechobee to fish.

When storing your guns and
bows, clean them thoroughly be-
fore letting them hibernate in the
gun cabinet. Oiling your barrel
and spray down the internal parts
of your weapon with a lubricant.
When cleaning a bow it is good
practice to wax the string and
rub it in by running your fingers
across the string to get the wax in
between the threads.
When storing camo, start
out by washing them before stor-
ing. Fold and separate your deer
hunting camo from your turkey
hunting camo. Keep all of it in a
cool dry place where moths and
other insects won't destroy your
favorite and lucky camo. "I like
to keep my hunting boots along,
with any types of rubber boots
and shoes together with my camo
clothes," said Chase. "I once read
that when Sam Coreolla killed
his world record buck, that he
would keep his camo in a cooler
that he hung all of the deer that
he harvested the year before in
to keep that scent on the clothes.
I know that we all don't have
walk in coolers that we can hang
clothes in but if you have a friend
who does, you might think about
asking him if you can store some-
thing in it. You also might want to
ask him to make room for your
Mossyhead come August."
There is nothing worse than
paying $500 or $600 for a piece of
equipment and having it ruined
due to carelessness. The key to
electronics is a cool, dry place
and the removal of your batteries.
Keeping electronics in that cool,
dry place eliminates moisture
and keeps them from "fritzing"
out on you, when you need them
most. Remove the batteries to
prevent corrosion. "I learned that
the hard way, sitting in my truck
with a knife in my hand trying to
scalp all of the corrosion off of the
springs so I could get my flashlight
to work," said Chase.
"What's that smell?" This
may be what you hear from your
wife when she discovers that
mixed in with her salad dressing

Okeechobee lot it was up to him
to remit the sales tax money to
the state. He went on to say that
in an Oct. 2, 2002, memo to Var-
num and Ed Denning, a salesman
at the Okeechobee lot, he told
them to "cease and desist" using
his license.
When asked by Mr. Evans, Mr.
Kinney said that Varnum never
told him that he was behind in his
sending his sales tax to the state's
Department of Revenue.
To help with his license prob-
lems, Mr. Evans said Varnum tried
to get two of his employees --
Suzanne Rucks and Mr. Denning
-- to get a dealer's license in their
"But, they refused," said Mr.
Varnum was first arrested on
June 3, 2004, on charges of grand
theft and uttering a forged instru-
ment that stemmed from a com-

OKMS and the fundraisers they
have developed such as the yearly
art fest and the BBQ contest. Mrs.
Burroughs also touched on the
entertainment aspect of OKMS
which provides a general com-
munity service through fun activi-
ties like the Christmas Window
Decorating Contest, Halloween
Festival and local mixers at OKMS
J.P. Sasser, Mayor of Pahokee

The winner and finalists will re-
ceive a number of prizes. Awards
will also be presented to "Miss
Photogenic" and "Miss Congeni-
"We want this to be more than
just a beauty pageant," Donny Ar-
nold says. "We are looking for a
girl who is proud of her accom-
plishments and her community."
There is still time to sign up.
The committee has extended the
deadline to Feb. 2. This is a won-
derful opportunity for a young
lady in our community.
The pageant is open to
young women who reside in

However, with the water con-
ditions as they are many of the
teams were fishing together. Mr.
Svebek mentioned that a lot of
fishing was being done on the
Rim Canal and everyone was try-
ing to find that key fish.
With the Castrol Team being'a
"tight knit team" Mr. Svebek had
no problem boasting about Dan-
ny Duddley's "good bite." The
majority of the men in the Pro
Angler circuit, like Mr. Svebek, are
full time fishermen and as Carl
says, "they take it serious."
Each tournament always starts
out with a Questions and Answers
seminar held at the Clewiston
Wal-Mart for all those who love to
fish, to come out, get some infor-
mation, an autograph, and learn
a few trade secrets. This event,
held last week at Wal-Mart, was

and veggies is Doe estress. Lets
be honest guys, that is her area
and now you're invading that pri-
vate space. So remember to try to
keep your Doe in heat scents in
the fridge with a label saying ex-
actly what it is.
*While in the off season, think
about that exercise routine that
you used to do in college and try
to incorporate it into your every-
day life. By staying healthy and
eating right you will be ableoto
hold that gun or bow up for 30
seconds longer to give you that
perfect shot.
Plant something game ani-
mals like. "This is what I used this
year: grasses called Rye grass,
cow peas, ahanonomy for my
deer plots," said Chase. "I usually
plant it in late June, early August.
This ensures that you will have a
good crop for the upcoming cold
months. It's not a bad idea to get
with animal nutritionists and ask
what would be other good crops
that you could plant to help your
animal population. He/she also
might be able to help you with
the Ph scale of your land so that
the crop with grow without com-

plaint that he altered a purchase
agreement to reflect a higher
amount of money owed than was
supposedly agreed upon by the
customer and Varnum.
However, Judge Robert
Makemson ruled on Tuesday,
April 5, that Varnum was to be ac-
quitted of those charges.
Varnum's attorney at that time,
Robert Watson, and Mr. Evans
both agreed to a bench trial.
"There were all kinds of tech-
nical aspects to the case and the
state was afraid we would get a
do not understand verdict, and
both of us felt that Judge Makem-
son is a very neutral judge," said
Mr. Evans in an interview after the
judge's ruling.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Eric Kopp may be reached

presented "Pahokee's Marina and'
Everglades Adventures.
Ashley Tripp presented Lake
Okeechobee Region's Economic
Alliance of Palm Beach County
(LORE) and Lynn Topel Executive
Director of FREDI (Florida's Heart-
land Rural Economic Develop-
ment Initiative) gave information
about the importance of FREDI to
the Southern Florida area.

Okeechobee County, Buckhead
Ridge or Brighton Seminole Res-
ervation. Contestants must be 17
years of age by the date of the
pageant and- not achieve her 22
birthday by Jan. 1, 2009.
Applications may be obtained
on line www.okeechobeecounty- or pick up an application
at Cottage One-Eleven, 111 N.E.
Second St.
Please contact Donny Arnold
at (863) 634-6464 for more infor-
mation. .
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Chauna Aguilar may be
reached at

a success, he thinks. "We had a
lot of people show up, with lots
of questions. This type of thing
helps to make what we do more
Saturday the final weigh in will
be held at Wal-Mart to select the
top ten/out of the 200. Although
all the weights are kept seper-
ately, per individual angler, the
Castrol team hopes to be one of
those ten.
Mr. Svebek says that his team
will "definitely be back next year
to fish on Okeechobee, we love
it down here." With all the buzz
about the water levels, locals can
find comfort in knowing that the
waters still hold possibilities for
good fishing and an enjoyable
time. The Pro Anglers don't seem
to mind the conditions, and are
still having a good catch.

"After years of hunting I got
tired of losing my equipment and
having to repay for many of the
neat things I already had due to
my own carelessness and now
I use the practices that I have
shared with you. It has saved me

Fishing tournament
Oakview Baptist Church hosts
the Christian Team Trails Fishing
Tournament on the first Saturday
of the month from September
through April. The next tourna-
ment will be held on Saturday,
Feb. 2 at safe daylight at Okee
Tantie. You may register at the
church office before the tourna-
ment. The cost is $70 per boat.
The community is invited to
Oakview's annual "Oak-Fest"
celebration which will be held
this year on Friday, Feb. 22 from
6-8:30 p.m. Come and enjoy the
games, food, fun and prizes.
If you would like to share any infor-
mation with the Okeechobee News
about an outdoors event please
email Tonya Harden at tharden@' or call (863) 763-3134.

Submitted photo/Chase Rucks
Brandon Storey and Chase Rucks enjoy successful turkey
huntina seasons.

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News Briefs

New water restrictions in effect
The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) has
declared an extreme District-wide water shortage, directly affect-
ing more than five million South Florida residents and thousands of
farms and businesses.
Modified Phase III water shortage order, went into Jan. 15,
2008, and includes:
Residents and businesses of Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Martin,
Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Hendry and
Glades counties are limited to a one-day-per-week landscape ir-
rigation schedule with two "watering windows." Odd street ad-
dresses may irrigate lawns and landscapes on Mondays between
4 a.m. and 8 a.m. or 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Even street addresses may irrigate lawns and landscapes on
Thursdays between 4 a.m. and 8: a.m. or 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Residents and businesses with more than five acres have ex-
panded irrigation hours, between midnight and 8 a.m. OR 4
p.m. and 11:59 p.m. on their designated irrigation day.
Hand-watering with one hose fitted with an automatic shut-off
nozzle is allowed for 10 minutes per day for landscape stress relief
and to prevent plant die-off.
Low-volume irrigation, including the use of drip and microjet
systems that apply water directly to plant root zones, is not restrict-
ed but should be voluntarily reduced.
Additional watering days and times will be allocated fbr the es-
tablishment of new lawns and landscapes.
No restrictions apply to other outside water uses, such as for car
and boat washing, pressure cleaning of paved surfaces, decorative
fountains and water-based recreation (e.g. swimming pools, water
Golf courses must reduce their allocated water use by 45 per-
The new, mandatory restrictions apply to all water from tradi-
tional sources, including water from public utilities, private wells,
canals, ponds and lakes. Users of 100-percent reclaimed water are
exempt from the restrictions but are encouraged to conserve water
Because jurisdiction in certain counties is shared with other wa-
ter management districts, the SFWMD has coordinated with these
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Speak Out

Speak Out has moved online, where it is quicker and
easier to share your ideas and converse with others. Go to, click on the community name and your
local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new
topics or comment on existing topics. You can also e-mail
comments to or call 863-467-2033,
but online comments get posted faster and not all phone calls
can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
CIVIL WAR: The south did not succeed from the union. The
south seceded. Definition of secede: to make a formal withdrawal
of membership from an organization, state, or alliance. The con-
federate flag is a sore reminder of a disgraceful past. It is rude to fly
this flag in the face of a population that has expressed great objec-
tion to it. However, being rude is not against the law of the United
States as written. Being rude in this manner is against a higher,
moral law that very few hold personally.

POST OFFICE: The postal service here needs more employees.
Have you been to the post office lately? There are only two people
working at the counter, and the line usually is so long it goes out the
door. The people working at the counter work as fast as they can,
but why can't there be more people hired during the busy winter
months? Also, there need to be more people hired who deliver the:
mail. During Christmas, I did not seem to be getting my cards from
people whom I have exchanged cards with my entire life. Then, the
first week of January, on two different days, I got a bunch of cards
which were postmarked way before Christmas. What is going on?.
I don't know, but I guess the people who sort the mail can only do
so much, maybe give priority to important mail like bills and tax
notices. Maybe they are understaffed arid save things that look like
cards for after Christmas when there is not so much to do. Surely, I
am not the only person here who has this problem; I have noticed
this at lease for the past 6 years, and it seems to get worse every
year, and I have received my mail many times only to find sorthe
pieces mangled looks like they got caught machinery. I
have gotten magazines with the covers almost completely torn off.
I commend all our postal employees here in Okeechobee; they
obviously are overworked and understaffed. What does it take to
get them some extra help?

ER: I'd like to express my appreciation to all the staff at Raul-
erson Hospital's Emergency Room. I recently stabbed a knife into
my hand while rigging some fishing lines and required stitches. We
drove to the emergency room and I was treated by a very courte-
ous, caring, competent staff who got me in and out in knife-like
speed. Their team is a real asset to Okeechobee.

BASEBALL: I just want to inform anyone who is interested
in Little League Baseball that some of our teams will not have to
travel because we have signed up enough kids in these age groups
that we will not have to travel. The boys ages 4-12 will be playing
all of their games in Okeechobee. Girls' softball and boys over 13
as of now will play half their games in Okeechobee and the other
half between Ft. Pierce- and Stuart but we are still building teams
and if we get enough in those groups they will be able to stay here.
Our sign ups will continue on the 26th %nd 27th of January. Just
wanted to let anyone interested know about the age that do not
have to travel as of now because we have had a good, turnout in
these ages.

PARENTS: I personally feel that the problem with today
is the fact that parents want to dump off the responsibility of rais-
ing their children on the teachers at school, the bus drivers, the law
enforcement officers, etc. instead of growing up and raising their
kids. We as parents need to quit worrying about what our kids feel
about us, their opinions will change as they grow older and we will
once again have a society that is responsible for our own actions.

OBAMA: I am calling in reference to Barack Obama. I have
been a Democrat all my life and this is totally ridiculous. I have a
lot of friends and we just do not understand the American people
voting for Obama. He even has a Muslim name. It's just totally ri-
diculous. I have been a Democrat all my life and I'm 77 years old
and I will vote for any Republican that runs if he gets the Democrat

EASTER AND SPRING BREAK: I was just wondering... this
year, Easter is on March 23rd and I was just wondering why Spring
break this year isn't the 24th through the 28th and why it is March 31
through April 6. Why did the school board schedule spring break
after the Easter vacation? Editor's note: The school calendar is
determined each year by a committee that includes teach-
ers, administrators and parents. The committee comes up
with options for the calendar and the teachers' union votes
on which calendar they prefer. Spring break is a break in
the school semester. The date for Easter varies. Easter is
celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon af-
ter the vernal equinox., This is based on the old Jewish
calendar. Passover was originally celebrated on the first.
full moon after the vernal equinox. According to Christian
tradition, the Last Supper was a Passover meal, so the date
of Easter was tied to the date of Passover.

CASH: This past Sunday, Jan. 20 on the Women's Debate on
WXEL, there discussion was about the president giving everyonee,
$250 to help the economy. One of them said she couldn't see it?
When? Where? Why doesn't she? The President could pass the
amount to $1,000 each. Think of how much money they have given
to various wrong places. It would help the economy td me. It cer-
tainly would help people, especially those with lower income.

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Reflections from the Pulpit

Rev. Loy Mersham
Pastor, Okeechobee ,
Presbyterian Church

Meditation on Lilies
"Consider the lilies, how they
grow: they neither toil nor spin;
and yet I say to you, even Solo-
mon in all his glory .was not ar-
rayed like one of these..."
How is the lily superior to the
glory of Solomon?
Solomon's coffers were filled
with thousands of tons of gold.
He had so much silver that its
value plunged during his reign,
replacing tin and cheap metals
in common usage. His storage
overflowed with the most ex-
pensive spices and cedar wood.
He owned so many horses that
he created a vast underground
stable complex to house them.
And wives? Well, we know about
that. He took 700 wives and 300
concubines: 1,000 women at
beck ,and call.
How then is it said that a frag-
ile lily, opening and bending with
the sun, is greater in glory than
Solomon? Isn't this crazy talk?
It would seem so, except for
the fact that it is Jesus who says
these words!'
When Jesus says "consider
the lilies," He uses a word which
means "to see with the mind, to
see with the soil." In otherwords,
if we can see with our heart, with
our soul, there is a lesson in the
lily, in the birds of the air and
flowers of the field, which sits in
judgment of Solomon... and all
who take Solomon's path.
Kierkegaard gives us a clue to
this inner meaning: "In nature all
is obedience, unconditional obe-
D.. Anthony Storm comments:
"The lilies and the birds obey
God naturally. They do exactly
what they were created to .do
without wavering. Since we have
volition and intelligence not to
mention a divided and corrupt
nature we need to learn obe-
dience. The lilies and birds are
thus teachers of obedience by
Jesus says more: "If then God
so clothes the grass, which today
is in the field and tomorrow is
thrown into the oven, how much
more will He clothe you, 0 you
of little faith? And do not seek
what you should eat or what you
should drink, nor have an anx-
ious mind. For all these things
the nations of the world seek af-
ter, and your Father knows that
you need these things."
Solomon turned toward the
strivings of the world. Solomon
turned his wisdom toward what
is worn, what is eaten, tasted and

pleasurable, and it became fool-
ishness: light became darkness.
The birds of the field, how-
ever, turn toward Creator. The
lilies turn toward the provision of
God's rain and sun. In that they
are true to their creation.
And here they trump Solo-
For something in the opulence
of Solomon went against his cre-
ation intention: in exercise of
natural self he violated his true-
intended self. Therefore the sim-
plicity andpoverty of the flower
ranks far ahead of the glory of
Solomon... and the dependent,
soaring bird teaches more obedi-
ence than the life of Solomon.
Solomon made personal iden-
tity into a false self, where "his
own self became the obstacle
to realizing his true self" [Mer-
ton]. His glory became, not the
glory of true self in obedience to
Creator, but the glory of another.
And so it became less than lilies.
Solomon exercised self for
possessions and killed his true,
creation self.
The lilies exercise daily, ut-
ter dependence on God, and so
teach us the path to true self:
abandonment to kingdom.
So Jesus applies the sermon:"
But 'seek first the kingdom of
God, and all these things shall be
added to you."
Seek the kingdom, whole-
heartedly. Trust and open to the
Son, like flowers of the field,
drinking rain and life from Fa-
ther's hand. Live and fly, trusting
the air of the Spirit beneath your
wings, as a hopeful bird... follow-
ing out creation call.
Herein is the wisdom of the
God grant it to our hearts.
Dear Father God, teach me
to be like a lily, daily growing in
You, opening to your morning
sun, and resting in your sustain-
ing rain, your healing dew...
Lord Jesus Christ, set my na-
ture at one with You, cause me to
be my true You, and with
nature I will rise to obedience,
unconditional obedience...
Blessed Holy Spirit, save me
from the trap of Solomon that
would make an idol out of false
self and call it true self. Let me
consider the lily and so seek first
your kingdom! In the name of
Jesus, strong Son of God, heal-
ing Sun of Righteousness, I pray,

Submitted photos/OKMS

Award winning barbecue
The Mt. Dora BBQ team won first place in the chicken cat-
egory at the 2008 Top of the Lake BBQ Jack Daniel's Quali-

Community Events

.Saturday, Jan. 26

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.

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. 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 baseball/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.

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 Shawnr 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,, or Willie Johns at
Brighton Seminole Reservation at (863) 763-4128.

Sunday, Jan. 27

All you can eat breakfast
Okeechobee Chapter No. 128, Order of the Eastern Star will
sponsor 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
Elliott 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 extension office at (863) 763-6469.

Saturday, Feb. 2

BHR VFD to host spaghetti dinner
The BHR Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting a spaghetti
dinner on Feb. 2, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $5 each. For
information 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 Cen-
ter, 4200 East Hwy 70. For applications and more information about
this adoption event, contact: Wild Horse & Burro Adoption Program
Bureau of Land Management 411 Briarwood Drive, Suite 404 Jack-
son, Miss. 39206 or call (888) 274-2133orl (601) 977-5430. Fax: (601)

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 preparation for the homeless
and less fortunate here in Okeechobee. For information, call (863)

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

Upcoming Events

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.

Sunday Jan. 27
AA. meets from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our
.Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the
Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Narcotics Anonymous woman's step study meeting at 7
p.m. at the Just for Today club, 2303 S. Hwy 441, Suite K. For
more information please call (863) 634-4780.

Monday Jan. 28
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open
Foster Parent Orientation will be hosted by the Hibiscus
Children's Center on the last Monday of every month from 6
until 7 p.m. The orientation is for those interested in fostering,
or adopting in Okeechobee County. This meeting requires no
RSVP and is a question/answer forum. It will be at the IRCC
Okeechobee Campus, 2229 N.W Ninth Ave. For information,
call the Foster Care Program at 1-(800) 403-9311.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion
at the Jusfrfor Today club, 2303 S. Hwy 441, Suite K. For informa-
tion call (863) 634-4780.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. .at the
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Every-
one Who enjoys singing is invited. For information or to schedule
an appearance for your organization or group, contact Marge
Skinner at (863) 532-0449.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in
Okeechobee. This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse,
10 Linda Road, Okeechobee on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3
p.m. Turn left at the Moose lodge and go around the curve just
past the church. Bring a lunch and join us for a fun day of appli-
que. Everyone is welcome. For more information please contact
Karen Graves at (863) 763-6952.
Nicotine Anonymous (NICA)is starting a new club with
meetings to be held at the Just For Today club, 2303 U.S. Hwy
441 S.E., Suite K, on Mondays from 8:30 until 9:30 p.m. For infor-
mation, call Steve Condit Sr. at (863) 801-3110. ,
AA meetings Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda
Road, holds open meetings for Alcoholics Anonymous on Mon-
day nights from 7 to 8 p.m. for substance abuse. They also have
Al-Anon meetings on Monday nights from 7 until 8 p.m. to help
family and friends of alcoholics. For information call Chris at
(863) 467-5714. ,

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Newspaper seeks news from churches

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee News staff
will soon be putting together the
2008 Fact Book. We want to in-
clude all the churches this time.
There were some omissions last
year because we did not know
who to contact for information
on some churches. Please help us
by giving us your pastor's name,
church address and telephone
number and times of services.
You can email it to okeenews@ We must have this
information by Feb. 15.
Rev. Chan Garrett is filling the
pulpit at Oakview Baptist church
until they have a new senior pas-
Everyone is invited to be a
part of Heritage Day at Lake-
port Church of Christ/Christian
Church. It has been 60 years since
the church received her charter.
The church is inviting everyone
has ever been a part of the church
to be their guests on Sunday, Feb
3. Services will be at 8 a.m. with
a Bible School at 9:30 and a sec-
ond service at 10:30. If you can
not be there and would like to e-
mail your memories, send them
either to
or Jo Randolph at GeoJoRan- Debbie
Paschal, Becky Choate, Kay
Raulerson, Maxine Gash and
Jo Randolph areMworking on
the committee.
The Okeechobee Community
Choir, in its 9th year under the
direction of Sandy Perry, will
begin rehearsing for the presen-
tation of the Easter Cantata,
"The Day He Wore My Crown,"
on Sunday, Jari 27 from 2:30-4:30
p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 NW 2nd St. Sixteen
area churches were represented
at the Christmas cantata and all
interested singers are invited to
participate. Singers should be
able to match pitch and read
music somewhat. Rehearsals
are fast-paced and loads of fun.
The cantata will be presented the
weekend of March 14 15, and 16.
For more information, call Sandy
at (863) 634-7714.
Treasure Island. Baptist
Church youth van now runs
through Treasure Island and sur-
rounding areas. Programs are
available for students in grades
first thro ugh sixth and in grades
seventh through 12t". Programs
are from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednes-
day nights. The church van will
pick children up and take them
home. For information, call (863).
Sacred Heart Catholic
Church is sponsoring a gigantic
White Elephant Sale on Friday,
Saturday, and Sunday, Jan. 25-
27 in the pavilion located at 901
S.W Sixth St. The sale will start at
8 a.m. I
Nancy Vaughan, Director of
Christian Education at First Unit-
ed Methodist Church, invites
local mothers to take advantage
of the church's Mother's Day Out
babysitting service on Tuesday

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mornings. Space is limited, so
registration is required. Call (863)
763-4021 for information. The First
United Methodist Church is also
hosting God's Time -- a morning
of free organized Christian activi-
ties that includes play, instruction
and interaction for parents and
their pre-school children. The
event will be held each Tuesday
from 9:30 a.m. until noon.
The Fort Drum Commu-
nity Church will hold a men's
fellowship breakfast at Ruck's Pit
every other Saturday starting at
6:30 a.m., and a women's fellow-
ship every other Monday starting
at 6:30 a.m. For information or if
you need transportation to and
from these activities, call (863)
The Family Outreach Center at
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
is offering free classes in martial
arts. The classes are currently
taught four days a week on Mon-
day, Wednesday and Friday, from
6 until 8 p.m. and on Saturday
from 5:30 until 7:30.p.m.
Buckhead Ridge Chris-
tian Church, 3 Linda Road, has
a Personal Growth Group which
takes a more definite direction.
If you think you are experiencing
symptoms of depression or anxi-
ety, this support group is for you.
Meetings are held every Thursday
from 7 until 8 p.m. at the church.
For information contact, Tony
Santamarina at (863) 467-5474
or Jo Norris at (863) 746-5152.
At First Baptist Church for-
mer pastor, Rev. Richard Whip-
ple, is leading a study on the
Book of Revelation each Sunday
evening in the sanctuary at 5:30.
Rev. Steve Wegmann, pastor of
education/senior adults, is teach-
ing a senior adults Bible study on
"God's Amazing Grace Studies
in Romans" on Tuesday morn-
ings in the fellowship hall. The
studies will be held from 9:30 to
10:15 on Jan. 29, February 5 and
19; March 4 and 18. Dr. Cecil
W. Seagle, of the Florida Bap-
tist Convention, will be conduct-
ing "Winter Meeting 2008 Feb.
10 -13. Sunday morning services
will be at 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m.
On Sunday through Wednesday
evenings, services will be held at
6:30. Food and clothing will be

disturbed by First Baptist Church
Mission House by appointment
only. Call 763-2171.
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. ser-
vice. For information. call (863)
Westside Christian
Church will hold a revival with
Minister Louis Hall, Evan-
gelist on Jan. 27 29 at 6 p.m.
For information call (863) 467-
Abundant Blessings
Church will host 'Financial
Peace University, led by nation-.
ally known radio and television
personality Dave Ramsey.
Classes begin Jan. 28 at 6:30
p.m. and each Monday follow-
ing for 13 weeks. The church is
located at 4550 Hwy 441 N. (1
mile north of the high .school.)
For information call the church
at (863) 763-3736 or go to Dav-
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-
Okeechobee County Can-
cer Support Group meets on
the first Thursday of each month at
First Baptist Church. All cancer
patients, survivors and supporters
are welcomed to attend, support
and encourage each other. They
meet the first Thursday of each
month at 5:30 p.m. at the church,
401 SW 4th Street, Okeechobee,
*FL 34974 (entrance is the door.
to the West in front of church).
Please contact Susie Pickering
at 863-467-5831 or First Baptist
Church at 863-763-2171 for more
The Gathering Church, 1735
S.W. 24th Ave. will be holding its
monthly healing service Saturday,
Feb. 2, from 10 a.m. until noon.
Anyone desiring to receive per-
sonal prayer for healing is welt
come to attend. For information
contact Theresa Brown at (863)
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, con-
temporary, yet classical string
band is a family group. They are
named after their grandmother
who started them in music. The
father composes the music and
the mother, the lyrics. The con-
cert is free. A love offering will be
taken. For information call (863)
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Osceola students are ready for FCAT

As FCAT approaches, FCAT
Explorer can be a great way to
become comfortable with the test-
ing format and types of questions.
Currently FCAT Explorer has math
practice for 5th, 8th, & 10th grade,
science practice for 5th & 8th grade,
and reading practice for 3rd, 4th,
6th, 8th, &10th grade. The website
can be accessed at: http://www., and
students should have passwords
already. If they can't remember
theirs, encourage your student to
get with their teacher.
The school wide reading focus
for this week will be benchmark
LA.(678).1.7.5, or old benchmark
LAA.2.2.7, Compare & Contrast.
Comparing is how two or more
things are the same and contrasting
is how two or more things are dif-
ferent. Please try to reinforce the fo-
cus within your classroom by post-
ing the benchmark and relating it to
the students' current unit of study.
Another great way to reinforce is
through your SURF conferencing.
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2. How are two of the charac-
ters in the book the same? How are
they different?
3. Which character in the book
are you the least similar to? Why?
4. What personal event in your
life does this book remind you of?
5. What other stories have you
read that are similar to this story?
Upcoming Events: Jan. 28-Feb.
1 Yearbook Sale; Jan. 28 Basket-
ball at Stuart Middle School, 4:30, 6
p.m; Feb. 1 District Spelling Bee at
North Elementary, 9 a.m.

Submitted photo/OMS

OMS Students of the Week
Students at OMS are achieving excellence everyday. Stu-
dents of the Week are: Andrea Stark, Caitlyn Peaden, Dezare'
Hernandez, Darby Jones, Connor Varnadore, Johnny Young,
and Keven Lockhead. Congratulations!

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is pleased to announce
award winning students.

3.0 Honor Roll

Pauline Aguilar Daniela Albar-
ran, Joceline Barrera,Juan Baza,
Lois Billie, Heather Bolen, Stevie
Brantley, Brandon Brock, Brittany
Bush, Dulce Cardoso, Teresa Craw-
ford, Solomon Dames,Daniel Eng
,Joshua Eustace,Elizabeth Hans,
Yolanda Hernandez, Savanna
Hunter, Joshua Jenkins, Rosa Ji-
menez-Torres, Onchelle Jolly, John
Kamykowski, Jessica Luna, Allyson.
Matthews, Sean Mccrory, Nicholas
Methner, Ashley Pitt, Patricia Por-

ter, Noah Pulitzer, Jennifer Ranftle,
Margaret Ruede-Mckane, Araceli
Sanchez, Alyssa Saylor, Maranda
Serrano, Destiny Shreves, Amber
Sparks, Andrea. Stark, Nathaniel
Steen, Bryan Stokes, Devon Tindall,
Jessica Wackier, Kourtney Wainer,
Mariah Watford, and .Eric Williams

3.5 Honor Roll
Heather Abner ,Natasha Bay-
less, Wendoly Castaneda, Allison
Chandler, Erica Frederick, Lauren
Lauren Halliday, Sarah Haw-
thorne, Vicki Hawthorne, Jessica
Jimenez, Judith Lozano, Jordan
Krista McGee, Michael Merritt,
Eduardo Monjaras, Alex Perkins,
Karli Rowell, Reinaldo Sanchez, Sa-

vannah Simpson, Whitney Sweet
and Carissa Tyson.

4.0 Honor Roll
Brenda Aguirre, Yahara Cor-
dova, Bridget Ewing, Judson Harris
Heather Hotmire, Erika Jones, Ben-
jamin Kielbasa, Marie Renfranz, Ja-
son Rucks; and Jennifer Corwin.
In Agriculture, Amber Sparks;
Band Avanced, Onchelle Jolly
Language Arts, Lauren Halli-
day, Heather Hotmire, John Ka-
mykowski, and Greg Lovell. In
Math, Natasha Bayless Judd Har-
ris and Yolanda Hernandez. In PE.
Taylor Davis and Quandrell Ridley.
In Reading, Jennifer Corwin Solo-
mon Dames, Jessica Jimenez Erica
Jones, Jason Rucks, and Araceli


Sanchez. In Science Heather Bo-
len, Erica Frederick, Lauren Fusco,
Jose Garcia, and Anthony Richard-
son. In Social Studies, Bridget
Ewing and Krista McGee. In Tech-
nology Erika Jones. Spelling Bee
Participants Samantha Harrell, Pau-
line Aguilar, Nicholas Mitchell, Mat-
thew McGhee, Lacy Altman, Kari
Nicholas, and Gaby Aguilar. Spell-
ing Bee Winner is Andrea Young.
Students receving Effort awards
are: Dijlce Cardoso, Aaron Cayton,
Carlos Contreras, Mayra Cortez,
Sarah Hawthorne,Vicki Hawthorne
Savannah Hunter,Victoria Johnson,
Judith Lozano,.Jessica Luna, Bron-
tae Moore, Mariah Parriott, Savan-
nah Simpson, Carissa Tyson, Jes-
sica Wackier, Jalen Watts, Essence
Williams, and Courtney Wood.


Charlie "'Alen" Tullis
Charlie "Allen" Tullis age 69, of
Okeechobee, passed away on Jan.
24, 2008. He lived in Okeechobee
since January 2004 having moved
from West .Palm Beach, where he
resided with his family for over forty
years. Allen and his beloved wife of
47 years enjoyed fishing and travel-
He is survived by his wife,
Phyllis Tullis; daughter, Deborah
(Raymond) Gleason; son, Robert
(Tammy) Tullis; adopted son, Nick
,(Jennifer) Valle, Ray (Kim), Jeremy
(Cindy), and Justin; four great-
grandsons, Derek, Ryan, Kyle, and
The family will receive their
friends from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.
on Saturday, Jan. 26 at the funeral
home. Memorial services will fol-
low at 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, do-
nations may be made in memory of
Mr. Tullis to the American Legion.
entrusted to Dorsey-E. Earl Smith
Memory Gardens Funeral Home,
3041 Kirk Road, Lake Worth.

Robert Cecil
"Bob" Whetzel
Robert Cecil "Bob" Whetzel
age 59 of Greensboro, N.C. and
formerly of Okeechobee died, Jan.
21, 2008 in Moses Cone Memorial
He is survived by his mother,
Gaynelle Whetzel of Lakeport;
brothers, Steve Whetzel of Indiana,
Wayne Whetzel of Miami, Dennis
Whetzel of Mt. Dora; sisters, Sandra
Arnette of Lakeport, and Patricia
Ward of Washington State.
The family will receive friends
on Thursday, Jan. 31 from 1 un-
til service time at 2 p.m. in the

Buxton Funeral Home Chapel.,
Okeechobee. Private burial will fol-
low in Evergreen Cemetery. '
Friends may sign the guestbook
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Crematory.

Alice E. Robbins
Alice E. Robbins, age '81 of
Okeechobee died Jan. 24, 2008 in
Okeechobee. Mrs. Robbins was
born Feb. 27, 1926: She was a life-
time resident of Okeechobee. She
was a homemaker and was of the
Protestant faith.
Mrs. Robbins was preceded in
death by her parents, son, Leonard

Robbins and brother, Wayne Mc-
She is survived by her compan-
ion, David Foxworth of Lakeland;
two daughters,
Darlene (Chuck) |.
Andrews of
and Geri (Ar-
thur) Thomas
of Okeechobee;
son, Carl Michael
Robbins of Ft. My- Alice E
ers; three sisters, Robbins
Louis Hunter,
Eloise Reynolds and Betty Anthony
all of Lake Placid. In addition, she is
survived by five grandchildren and

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Visitation will be 1 p.m. on Sun-
day, Jan. 27 at Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home with services follow-
ing at 2 p.m. Interment will follow
at Basinger Cemetery.
Friends may sign the guestbook
at www.bassokeechobeefuneral-
All arrangements are entrusted
to the care of Bass Okeechobee Fu-
neral Home and Crematory.

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Submitted photo

Fall League 9 Ball 1st place
The Boondock Saints-2007-2008 Fall league 9-Ball 1st place
winners (left to right) David Karratti, Emily Taylor, Jessica
Dorrance, Kalani Karratti and Alvin Thompson (not pic-
tured) Michael Palomino.

Softball hopes to

repeat '07 success

By Charles M. Murphy five games, some against older,
Okeechobee News more experience teams, and
It will be a hard act to follow, played well in the tournament.
(27-4 and third in the state), but On hand for most of the games
Okeechobee softball appears to were some major college recruit-
have the material necessary to ers from Florida State, Miami and
make another run this year. Stetson.
Head Coach Kim Hargraves Already Huff and Throop are
likes the mix of veteran players earning some attention from col-
and talented young players her lege recruiters. They both could
squad has on the field this year. attend St. Petersburg College next
She thinks it will be enough to off- year. Jordan Marcum received an
set the loss of four girls who are offer from Miami Dade Commu-
now playing college softball. nity College.
"I'm looking forward to the Hargraves said she expects
season. There's some new talent Jensen Beach to be their toughest
coming in and the girls are jelling opponent again this year. Lincoln
pretty well. The girls are excited Park figures to be a good team as
and ready to put on those uni- well.
forms and hit the field," Coach "We can win it again. We have
Hargraves noted. good speed, and decent bats. We
Gone are stars like Kelley Smi- can score runs and we still have
-ley, Alicia Claxton, Kelci Breaux, home run power, four or five girls
and Rachel Lowe. Those girls are capable of hitting homeruns,"
are just about ready to start their she noted.
college careers. Co-incidentally, The infield figures to have Cle-
Smiley and Claxton will play for ments and Barnes at first base.
Indian River Community College Clements suffered a rib injury dur-
on Friday. ing the soccer district tournament
In their place are a bunch of last week and could be hampered
talented freshmen like Naomi Ste- early in the year by that injury. Huff
vens, Ashtyn Brown, Cindy Wine, will be the primary second base-
Courtney Wilson, Taylor Douglas men. When she pitches, which
'and Leanne Cotton. will be often, Ashytn Brown could
* Practice for the girls began fill in. Naomi Stevens is the new
last week and their first game shortstop. Jordan Marcum should
will be on February 8. They will be:the primary third basemen. ,
hold their annual ball drop that Suarez figures to be the every
night and- are still selling tickets. day left fielder and Nealis will"
for the fund raiser. They also are open as the center fielder.. Right
urging businesses to support the field is currently an open compe-
team by- purchasing advertising tition with several girls likely to vie
billboards-that line their outfield for playing time there.
wall. Despite the economic down On the mound Huff is the un-
turn, there are 56 new businesses disputed number one pitcher.
supporting the team this year. She has been on varsity for four
Last year 136 different businesses seasons. Catarina Suarez figures
supported the program with ad- to one of their top relievers. Left
vertisements. hander Taylor Douglas has also
Some key. seniors on this shown some skills and intrigues
year's squad include Jordan Mar- Hargraves because she throws
cum, Elia Suarez, Lauren Thropp, from the left side.
Mary Huff, Jordan Nealis, Randi Besides the young players,
Barnes, and Heather Fipps. pitching might be the team's big-
Sophomores Katarina Suarez, gest question mark.
Megan Clements and Emily Mc- Hargraves said she isn't afraid
Cullough wound up the roster of to have inexperienced pitchers
this years varsity squad. because some times that can be
Hargraves will be assisted for a positive thing. She notes the
the third year by Heather Stillians. pitchers might not know the hit-
The Junior Varsity program will ters they'll face but vice versa, op-
be headed by Tyrone Smith and posing hitters won't know much
Gina Davis. about our pitchers.
"We have the same kind of "We have returning girls who
ability this year. The young girls have a taste in their mouths that
just have to believe in themselves, they don't want to lose. We have
Last year we believed in ourselves seniors that want to leave on a
and never doubted the player positive note and right now they,
standing next to us on the field are leading the team pretty well,"
or sitting next to us on the bench. she commented.
Our motto is if you believe it you "We know how hard we have
can achieve it," Coach Hargraves to work to get to state and now
stated. we know we must work even
The team is also encouraged harder to win it. Last year was a
about their performance at a re- true test of what hard work will
cent Rising Stars competition in, I think we have a great
Davie. The girls won four out of shot," she noted.

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Jan. 14: First place-Kenny Cur-
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son. Closest to the pin-(2) Ben
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Jan. 16: First place-Doug Sturdi-
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ran. Last place-Ben Rod. Closest
to the pin-(2) Ben Rod,' (8) Russ
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Jan. 18: First place-(tie) Dean
Orman and Penny King. Second
place-Sunni Adams. Last place-
Russ Adams. Closest to the pin-
(2)(8)(17)-John Moore, (11)
Randy Ketcherside.

Okeechobee Ladies
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Poker Hand,
Jan. 14: First place-Elma Motley.
Second place-Dale Bryant. Third
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Rn.t~le '1

Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Property 915

Townhouses Rent920
Farm Property-_ .

Resort Propertye-
Rent '3 945
Roommate 950
RoomE s to Renite 955*
Storage Space -
Rent 960

InTown, 2br/2ba, $900
includes Washer & Dryer
(863)634-5780 or
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.
OKEECHOBEE, 2br, a ba, Near
town. $800 mo. inclds wa-
ter. 1st month FREE! Annual
Lease. Call 561-255-4377
Okeechobee, 2Br/1.5ba, car-
peted, ceramic tile, w/appl's

1 BR, 1 BA, Furnished. Pool,
W&D Facilities. $700 mo.
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
3/2,3/1/ or 2/1
Available, no pets, for
move in special. Call
$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.
BRAND NEW- Rent or Buy
3br/2ba, 1700 sq ft, garage,
laundry, tiled, $1100/mo.
rent. $5,000 applied to pur-
chase of $149,900 after 1
year. 3429 NW 40th Dr.
Basswood. (561)718-2822
furn, on canal, seasonal &
yearly, (863)824-0981
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.
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/lgar.
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
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage. C/Air. 1st, last &
sec. 863-467-2541 or after
5 pm 863-634-9330

3br, 2ba, Fenced yard
$1050 mo.
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
2BA. Great house in great
neighborhood. $1200 mo.
clean! On canal. Lg. storage.
$850 mo. + 1st & sec. dep.

$500 per month
Please call for
(561) 315-8849

Seeks Same to share 4 BR, 2
BA. $135 wk. Call
863)'824-6112 or

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
front, 265' Sea wall with boat
dock. Unfurnished. 3br, 2ba,
W/D. C/Air. $1400 mo.

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale1015
Farms Sale, 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property -iSale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out o State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property 70
Sale 1 Q70
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

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
Charming Arts & Craft Style Home
3/2 Brick Home Fireplace & Pool
Blue Heron 3/2 CBS House- Only
Lg, Waterfront House Taylor Creek
Executive Home wi Efficiency on
Rim Canal $399,000
Gail Brown Realtor
P Y eerLic Ral Ea Bro0 C

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
over 1900 sf,on 1 acre, new
paint, in/out, new flooring,
Dixie Ranch Acres,
$224,500 (321)723-6581 or
OKEECHOBEE: Completely
remodeled, 4br, 2 ba, plus
family room, 2000 sq.ft, 1/2
acre, new roof, A Must See!
$145,000 (863)824-6112 or
Zero Down. $999. mo.
4br, 2ba CBS Brand New.
Prices $139,900. 3824 NW
7th St. 561-248-3879 or

Fenced. 2006 Scott Built
Home, 4 stall horse barn.
$290,000. (863)824-0402
Lots ale 045

Lot, Lg. pad. Screen rm.,
Pool/Club House. Jayco 5th
Whi.l 35 Ft. 304-543-6107
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
MobileHoame Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020

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

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
$350/mo yearly preferred,
55+ community.

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.
mo. + $250 sec., weekly or
m o n t h ly. Call
(863)763-4271 for more info
BR, No pets. $700 mo. rent
+ $600. Sec. dep. $950 to
move in. (863)824-2246
Waterfront, Furnished. Non
smk. env, $850 mo.+ 1st,
Last& Sec. 772-285-5856

Mobile Home Angels
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

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nicely furnished, Cassablan-
ca #24, 2 blk Kissmee Riv,
Hwy 78, plus '92 Olds 4 dr
98. $32.5K (812)480-9343
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
VANTAGE OAK 35' w/Florida
room, Loaded, has nearly new
appl., Tile & wood firs.
Call (270)723-1427


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

with slide, Mercedes Diesel,
15-19 mpg, 13k miles. Can
be seen at River Bend RV
Park in Okee. $65,000


Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Equipment .4025
FioreignCars 1 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070

mis., 5 spd., 6 cyl. Work
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16 Okeechobee News, Saturday, January 26, 2008

NEW 2007


"Over 75 Years Of Value ~ From Our Family To Yours."


MIDWAY RD. _____
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5435 U.S. 1 South, Fort Pierce 1 Mile South of Midway Road on U.S. 1
Ft. Pierce 461-6000

Prices and payments shown do not include tax, tag, title, license and $289 dealer fee. All payments 72 mo.
financing at 6.99% APR WAC Ford Motor Credit with $2,000 cash or trade equity. 720 FICO score may be required
after applicable rebate. Ranger, F-150, Econoline, Super Duty priced after commercial account rebate. Company
liability insurance certification required. Special APR financing is in lieu of rebate and will affect sale prices by
applicable rebate amount, not all buyers will qualify for lowest rate. Vehicles priced after all rebates applied. Terms
vary by model and prices were accurate at time of printing and subject to change due to incentives at time of sale.
Vehicles shown approximate likeness to in-stock inventory. See dealer for more details,

NEW 2008
VE., 5 Spd., A/E, 6 1/2' Box,
ED & Morel Stk. #8294

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