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Sunday, January 27, 2008


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Publix FCAT Night
Yearling Middle School will
be teaming up with Publix for
FCAT Math Night. The FCAT
Math Night will take place on
Jan. 29 from 6 until 7 pm. at the
Publix in the North Lake Plaza.
All YMS students are invited to
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CES students
enjoy play
First Graders attended the
play "Woodland Tales". We
enjoyed learning why the owl
is nocturnal, why a frog has no
teeth and other tales about for-
est animals. The actors really
held their attention and did a
great job.
We learned about Martin
Luther King, Jr. We leaned that
he helped make our world a
better place by speaking about
treating everyone equal.
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Fair seeks Creative
Skill and Craft
Contest 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, pho-
tography, horticulture andwood-
working. There will also be food
competitions such as home bak-
ing and canned'goods, as well as
a vegetable competition featur-
ing garden vegetable, 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 Extension
Office at 458 Highway 98 North.
If you have questions, please
contact Dianne Spann at 634-

Drought Index

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

Lake Levels

10.11 feet
,& Last Year: 11.84 feet

Adoption event: Wild horses and donkeys available

Submitted photo/BLM
Wild horses are harvested for the adoption program in the west to prevent over population.

See America's history on 4 feet

By Tonya Harden
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee residents will
have a chance to adopt an
American legend next week-
end. On Friday, Feb. 1, the
Bureau of Land Management
(BLM) will sponsor a wild horse
and burro adoption event at the
Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center.
Scott Swanson, Public
Affairs Specialist for the BLM
wild horse and burro program,
said the adoption program has
been especially successful in
The program was created as
a result of the 19i71 Free Roamn-
ing Wild Horse and Burro Act.
Public Law 92-195 states that
"Congress finds and declares
that wild free roaming horses
and burros are living symbols
of the historic and pioneer spirit
of the West. They contribute to
the diversity of life forms within
the Nation and enrich the lives
of the American people and
that' these horses and burros
are fast disappearing from the
American scene. It is the policy
of Congress that wild free roam-
ing horses and burros shall be
protected from capture, brand-
ing, harassment, or death and
to accomplish this they are to
be considered in the area where
presently found as an integral
part of the natural system of the
public lands."
In 1973 this act inspired the
BLM Wild Horse and Burro
Adoption Program. The pro-
gram operates in 31 states

nationwide. Within the eastern
states adoptions are held every
three weeks. For the past three
years, this program has vis-
ited Okeechobee once a year.
According o Mr. Swanson it has
"experienced great success.",
Last year, the Okeechobee
visit had an adoption rate of 98
percent for the horses and every
burro found a new home. This
year a great turn out of poten-
tial adopters is anticipated. BLM
will have 70 horses and ten bur-
ros available for local adoption.
Across the nation nearly
215,000 animals have been
adopted out and; 5'000 of those
were adopted in Florida. Along
with the possibility of help-
ing protect an animal, people
should keep in mind the satis-
faction that comes from own-
ing and nurturing a wild horse
or burro.
"They are very responsive
animals," said Mr. Swanson.
Given enough attention and
compassion, they can become
wonderful friends, he said.
Given the nature of the ani-
mals, there are a few stipula-
tions to adopting one of these
legends. The adopter must be
at least 18 years of age. They
must never have been convict-
ed of animal cruelty. They must
also be present to select their
Facilities to house a wild
horse must include a corral
fence at least 6 feet high for
adult horses, 4 1/2 feet high for
See History Page 2

Submitted photo/BLM
Burros will be available for adoption at the Okeechobee
Agri-Civic Center Feb. 2 and 3.


hurt lake


More water lost to
evaporation than
could be pumped

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
In spite of rumors going
around, South Florida Water
Management District (SFWMD)
is not going to pump the lake
down to six feet for agricultural
interests. They do not have that
ability. The fact of the matter is
that any pumping done would
have no measurable affect on
the lake level.
What water managers have
told agricultural interests is that
if the lake level gets dewn to six
feet, they can no longer supply
them with water from the lake.
"No, we aren't going to
drain the lake," asserted Gary
Ritter, acting head of SFWMD's
Okeechobee service center.
"We are not going to pump the
lake down to six feet."
This past summer pumps
were used and they had no sig-
nificant affect on lake level. The
present pumps will only work
down to a lake level of eight
feet. Mr. Ritter said these pumps
will be retrofitted to go down to
six feet with the same capac-
ity. The board of governors of
SFWMD recently approved
expenditure of $1.4 million for +
those pumps.
According to calculations
by Joe Arnold of Indian River
Community College, about 78
million gallons would have to
be pumped from the lake to
bring the lake level down one
tenth of a foot. That amount
is far beyond the capacity of
SFWMD's pumps. However,
Mr. Arnold said that figure
could vary some. It is difficult to
accurately calculate that figure
because as the lake level gets
lower, the sloping sides cause.
the surface area to decrease.
According to figures sup-
plied by the U. S. Army Corps of
Engineers (COE), if SFWMD ran
all their pumps at full capacity
for 24 hours it would only lower
the lake one hundredth of a
foot. With current water ration-
ing those pumps would be run
See Pumps Page 2

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

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Comics ............................. 9
Community Events.................... 4
Crossword................................. 8
Obituaries............................... 6
O pinion.................................. 4
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Sports....................................... 12
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Pastor returns to Okeechobee

Despite bad

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Rev..Loy Mershimer recent-,
ly came to serve as pastor of
Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church despite a bad experi-
ence he had in Okeechobee
years ago.
Around 1989 he was attend-
ing Bible College in Hobe
Sound and traveling to Avon
Park on the weekends to serve
as youth pastor at the Presby-
terian Church there. His travels
took him through Okeechobee
on Friday and again late Sunday
nights. At that time he did not
even know there was a Presby-
terian Church in Okeechobee.
Late one Sunday night, as he
was on his way to Hobe Sound
from Avon Park, he stopped

at the Circle K on U.S. 98 in
Okeechobee to get something
to drink. As he was leaving, a
young man tapped on his win-
dow and asked him for a ride
to his father's house. The youth
pastor agreed and the young
man hopped in Rev. Loy's car
with a case of beer. The minis-
ter was not going to judge the
young man, so he proceeded to
the address he was told. How-
ever, when they got there, it was
obviously not the young man's
father's house. There was no
one home at the address and
the car was quickly surrounded
by a mob of young men. His
passenger conducted a deal
with them for crack cocaine.
Then the crowd asked the youth
pastor for his money. As the
crowd parted, he put the car in
gear and sped' away. However,
his drug dealing passenger was
still in the car! This time the
young man offered to pay Rev.
Mershimer to take him to his

dads. He then gave directions
that took them to the livestock
auction barn. Rev. Mershimer
was suspicious of the location
at that time of night. The young
man got out and ran off into the
darkness of the auction barn
and Rev. Mershimer never saw
him again.
So he drove back to Hobe
Sound poorer and wiser.
"I believe God called me
here," Rev. Mershimer states in.
spite of that negative incident.
He comes to Okeechobee
after serving on the staff of a
church near Grbve City, Penn-
sylvania. It was a bigger church
than the one in Okeechobee
but with a comparable minis-
try since there was a rural area
surrounding the town. He went
there on a temporary assign-
ment of six months. But the
church asked him to stay lon-
ger and he ended up staying
See Pastor Page 2

I Okeechobee News/Pete uawda
ey Loy Mershimer will soon be installed as the pastor of
keechobee Presbyterian Church. He feels that God worked
hrough circumstances to bring him to Okeechobee.

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2 Okeechobee News, Sunday, January 27, 2008

New water
restrictions in effect
The South Florida Water Man-
agement 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 short-
age order, went into Jan. 15,
2008, and includes:
Residents and businesses of
Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Mar-
tin, Palm Beach, Broward,
Miami-Dade, Monroe, Hendry
and Glades counties are limited

Continued From Page 1
burros. The corral must be 20 ft by
20 ft. There must be shelter with
at least two sides and a roof. Fenc-
ing material should be rounded
pipes, poles or wooden planks.
No barbed wire or electric wire is
allowed. Wild horses are not used
to wire and can entangle or injure
themselves on a wire fence.
Wild horses must be transport-
ed in covered stock trailers. Two
horse trailers are not allowed,

Continued From Page 1
at far less than capacity since agri-
culture users are restricted to 55
percent of their water allotment.
Evaporation .and plant use
Would have a greater effect on
lake level according to John
Zediak, chief of water manage-

Continued From Page 1
there a year and half. While Rev.
'Mershimer felt the Pennsylvania
church was a temporary assign-
ment, he wasn't sure where God
wanted him to serve, so he began
to pray about it and look for a
church. That is when he discov-
ered the church in Okeechobee. In
the Presbyterian Church, churches
seeking a pastor and pastors seek-
ing a church can both submit a file
online. The Okeechobee Church
had been without a pastor for
about two years.
When he read about the
Okeechobee Church he recalled
his experience here years ago.
"It kind of attracted me because
it showed me an area of need," he
Rev. Mershimer sent his file to
Orlando and expected the pro-
cess to take some time. However,
a few days later got a call from
the Okeechobee Church. From
the beginning there was a sense
of match and mutual agreement.
He soon participated in a confer-
ence call with church officials in
Okeechobee. Then two weeks
later he came down for an inter-
view at the church. However, he
still had to be approved by the
Central Florida Presbytery. He
said the approval was the quickest
that organization had ever acted
on such a request. Rev. Mershim-
er took that as another stamp of
God's approval.
Before coming to Grove City,
he spent six years on the staff of
church in Oak Park, a suburb of
He is a native of Indiana, Penn-
sylvania, which is also the home-
town of actor Jimmy Stewart.
Rev. Mershimer attended
Wheaton College in Wheaton,
Illinois and received a Master of
Divinity from Northern Baptist
Seminary in Lombard, Illinois.
He came to the church on
Dec. 5, 2007 and will be officially
installed as pastor on Feb. 10.
Rev. Mershimer's emphasis will
be on prayer and unity of leader-
ship. He said his local congrega-
tion is a wonderful group of peo-
ple and he has been impressed
with the quality of their dedication.
Rev. Mershimer believes that
God is at work not only in his
church but in the community.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.
com. Reporter Pete Gawda may
be reached at pgawda@newszap.

to a one-day-per-week landscape
irrigation schedule with two
"watering windows." Odd street
addresses 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 expanded 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

except for transporting burros.
It is recommended that the
horses be kept in a small area,
and isolated from other animals.
Mr. Swanson said that "since
they are wild animals, they are
not use to people," and they will
make a great effort to keep their
distance if they can. The corral
size recommended is not only for
the safety of the animal but also
so that the new owner and horse
can become acquainted to one
More information on the pro-
gram and the animals can be
found on their website at www.

ment for COE's Jacksonville
District. Currently evaporation
accounts for one hundredth.of
foot a day loss. In the summer
months, two hundredths of foot
of water, are lost due to evapora-
-Mr. Zediak predicated that with
the rainfall projected the lake will
be down to between 7 and 8'feet
by the end of May. If we were to
receive normal rainfall the lake

nozzle is allowed for 10 minutes
per day for landscape stress relief
and to prevent plant die-off.
Low-volume irrigation, includ-
ing the use of drip and micro jet
systems that apply water directly
to plant root zones, is not restrict-
ed but should be voluntarily
Additional watering days and
times will be allocated for the
establishment of new lawns and
No restrictions apply to other
outside water uses, such as for
car and boat washing, pressure
cleaning of paved surfaces, deco-
rative fountains and water-based
recreation (e.g. swimming pools, or by calling. (866) 4-
MUSTANGS. Those who-are con-
sidering adoption, but not ready
to adopt a horse at this time are
encouraged to come out and see
what the program and the ani-
mals have to offer.
"Make it a family day and
come on out and see what Ameri-
ca's wild horses and burros are all
about," said Mr. Swanson.
The BLM adopt a wild horse
and burro sale will start on Friday,
Feb. 1, from 1 to 5 p.m. for view-
ing of the animals. Saturday, Feb.
2, the sale will begin at the Agri
Civic Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.,

should be at 9.5 by the end of May.
There has been some concern
expressed about Okeechobee
Utility Authority's (OUA) ability to
supply drinking water. The author-
ity uses around 2 million gallons a
day. That water usage is actually
a drop in the bucket as far as total
volume ofwater in the lake. John
Hayford, OUA's executive director,
said that as long as treatable water
can get to their water intake, they

water slides).
Golf courses must reduce their
allocated water use by 45 percent.
.The new, mandatory restric-
tions apply to all water from tra-
ditional 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 cer-
tain counties is shared with other
water management districts, the
SFWMD has coordinated with
these agencies to simplify imple-
mentation and enforcement.

and the remaining animals will
be sold on Sunday from 8 a.m. to
noon. The adoption price begins
at $125 dollars and for an extra
$25 dollars you can take home
'two. (However, if you adopt two
horses, you will need two cor-
rals. Each horse must be kept in
its own corral so it will bond with
the human owner. If you keep
the horses together, they will just
bond with each other.)
This summer another adop-
tion will be held in Ocala and
online auctions can be found on
the website,

would be able to supply all their
customers. However, the util-
ity is looking into using more well
Currently, OUA has the capac-
ity to use water from the Rim
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.
com. Reporter Pete Gawda may
be reached at pgawda@newszap.

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News Briefs

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. Competitors 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.

Fair seeks Creative Skill and Craft Contest
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, horti-
culture and woodworking. There will also be food competitions such
as home baking and canned goods, as well as a vegetable competi-
tion featuring garden vegetable, fruit and vegetable and largest veg-
etable categories. You may download the entry forms and rules at the
Okeechobee County Fair Web site,
under the exhibits link, or pick up copies at the Okeechobee Coun-
ty Extension Office at 458 Highway 98 North. If you have questions,
please contact Dianne Spann at 634-3327

City has opening on Utility Authority
The Okeechobee City Council is seeking interested applicants in
serving on the Okeechobee Utility Authority Board of Directors, as
an alternate member for a two year term. The applicants must be
residents of the City of Okeechobee and be living in the service area of
OUA. Applications may be printed from the City's web page, www. or obtained from the City Clerk's Office at 55
SE 3rd Avenue, Okeechobee. You may contact us for further informa-
tion at (863) 763-3372 extension 215.


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Okeechobee News, Sunday, January 27, 2008

Law Enforcement Calls


The Okeechohee County
Sheriff's Office received the
follow ing calls Irom Jan. 18-24:
Friday, Jan. 18
Srobbery in the 500 block of
N.W. 286 Ave\
faud in the 3300 block of
U.S, 441 S,
*burglar in the 11000 block
of N.E. 1201' S
*theft in the 12000 block of
N.E, 22'1 Ave.
*robbery in the 4100 block of
U.S. 441 SE.

Saturday, Jan. 19
*burglary in the 16000 block
of N.W. 282"d St.
*vandalism in the 4300 block
of S.E. 128'" Ave.
Sunday, Jan. 20
*burglary in the 700 block of
N.E. 28th Ave.
*assault in the 500 block of
N.E. 17th Ave.
Monday, Jan. 21
*burglary in the 13000 block
of U.S. 441 S.E.
Tuesday, Jan. 22

*burglary in the 20000 block
of N.W. 2801h St.
*vandalism in the 1000 block
of N.W Fourth Ave.
Wednesday, Jan. 23
*larceny in the 300 block of
N.E. 19th Drive
Thursday, Jan. 24
*larceny in the 700 block of
N.E. 30h' St.
*assault in the 19000 block of
N.W. 2861 St.
*larceny in the 2200 block of
U.S. 98 N.

*larceny in the 1700 block of
U.S. 441 N.
*vandalism in the 500 block of
N.W. 27th Lane
*burglary in the 7900 block of
S.E. 59th Circle
*theft in the 4000 block of S.E.
251, St.
*theft in the 2600 block of
N.W Third St.
Editor's Note: Only calls deal-
ing with either a felony or a po-
tential felony are entered into this

Arrest Report
The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving under
the influence (DUI) charges by
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC)
or the Department of Corrections
Thomas Jay Draughon, 18,
U.S. 441 S.E., was arrested Jan. 18
by the OCPD on a felony charge
of possession of a controlled
substance, and a misdemeanor
charge of disorderly intoxication.
His bond was set at $5,250.
Kimberly Rene Yates, 21,
N.E. Third Lane, Okeechobee,
was arrested Jan. 18 by the OCPD
on a charge of defrauding a
pawnbroker. Her bond was set at
Darren Weston Terry, 23,
N.E. Third Lane, Okeechobee,
was arrested Jan. 18 by the
OCPD on charges of defrauding a
pawnbroker and grand theft. His
bond was set at $20,000. He was
also arrested on another charge of
grand theft. Bond on that charge
was set at $10,000.
Michael Dana Alexander, 33,
Park Ave., LaBelle, was arrested
Jan. 18 by Deputy Sergeant J.
Royal on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with the
felony of violation of probation
- driving while license suspended.
He is being held without bond.
Don Lawton Morgan, III,
21, N.W Fifth St., Okeechobee,
was arrested Jan. 19 by Deputy
Corporal Paul Ferrell on an

Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with violation of
probation driving under the
influence, violation of probation
- driving while license suspended
and violation of probation -
resisting a law enforcement officer
without violence. He is being held
without bond.
Sheena M. Egan, 22, S.E. Fifth
St., Okeechobee, was arrested
Jan. 19 by the OCPD on a charge
of grand theft. Her bond was set
at $2,500.
Jarrell Adonis Molina, 22, S.E.
42nd St., Okeechobee, was arrested
Jan. 19 by the OCPD on charges
of grand theft and possession of
a controlled substance. His bond
was set at $7,500.
Wesley Todd McCracken, 37,
S.E. 42nd Trace, Okeechobee, was
arrested Jan. 19 by Deputy Donald
Ellis on a charge of aggravated
battery. His bond was set at
Melissa E. Smith, 23, Canal
Ridge Road, Buckhead Ridge, was
arrested Jan. 19 by the OCPD on
a charge of grand theft. Her bond
was set at $2,500. She was also
arrested by Deputy Sgt. Royal on
an Okeechobee County warrant
charging her with failure to appear
- possession of a controlled
substance, failure to appear -
possession of drug paraphernalia
and. failure to appear petit theft.
She was released on her own
recognizance on these charges.
Ramiro Perez Gonzalez,
25, N.E. Sixth St., Okeechobee,
was arrested Jan. 20 by Deputy
Lieutenant Keith Murrish. on
a warrant charging him with

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- driving without a valid driver's
license and violation of probation
- reckless driving causing damage/
injury. He is being held without
Selina Dawn Harvey, 27, S.E.
4211 St., Okeechobee, was arrested
Jan. 21 by Deputy Corporal Aric
Majere on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging her with violation
of probation driving under the
influence. Her bond was set at
Lesley Olivia Bailey, 35, S.W
Eighth St., Okeechobee, was
arrested Jan. 21 by Deputy Cpl.
Aric Majere on Department of
Corrections warrants charging
her with violation of probation
- uttering a forged instrument
(two counts). Her bond was set at
Edward Swanson, 21, N.E.
13t Ave., Okeechobee, was
arrested Jan. 21 by Deputy Harold
Hancock on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him with
violation of.probation uttering a
forged instrument (bills). His bond
was set at $30,000.
Mack Jefferson Hubbard,
40, N.E. Fourth St., Okeechobee,
was arrested Jan. 22 by Deputy
Paul Jackson on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him with
doctor shopping. His bond was set
at $5,000.
Ligia L. Hunt, 32, N.W 35th
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested
Jan. 22 by Detective S. Grenier
of the Florida Department of
Financial Services on charges of
false and fraudulent insurance
claim and grand theft. Her bond
was set at $7,500.
Juan Reyes, 46, N.W Eighth
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested
Jan. 22 by Detective S. Grenier of
the Florida Department of Financial
Service's-on'dla"chge of false"And
franduleftit" insutratci clairit. His
bond was set at $2,500.
Michael Vinson Laureti,
27, Thomas Wood Lane, Winter
Haven, was arrested Jan. 22 by
Deputy Matthew Hurst on a charge
of possession of a concealed
firearm. His bond was set at
Isael Barcenas, 23, N.W 35th

Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested
Jan. 22 by Deputy P. Massung on
an Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with violation of
probation fleeing and eluding a
law enforcement officer. His bond
was set at $5,000.
Gerald Koss, 41, S.E. 86"' Blvd.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 23
by Deputy Sergeant J. Royal on
an Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with violation of
probation obtaining a controlled
substance by fraud (two counts).
He is being held without bond.
Stuart Davis, 18, S.E. 27t1 St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 23
by Deputy Sara Green on a charge
of dealing in stolen property. His
bond was set at $2,500.
Wyatt Ledford, 21, N.W 38t'
Lane, Okeechobee, was arrested
Jan. 23 by Deputy G. Popovich on
an Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with violation of
probation fleeing and eluding
a law enforcement officer and
violation of probation willful
and wanton reckless driving. He is
being held without bond.
Hernandes Mendez, 32, First
Ave., Arcadia, was arrested Jan.
23 by Deputy Harold Hancock on
an Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with violation
of probation resisting arrest
without violence. His bond was
set at $5,000.
Justin William Bailey, 18,
S.R. 60 W, Okeechobee, was
arrested Jan. 24 by Deputy Harold
Hancock on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him with
violation of probation possession
of oxycodone. He is being held
without bond.
,* Curtis Lamar Hair, 52, N.E.
37th St., Silver Springs, was arrested
by, Trooper S. Cox, on,,a charge of
driving' under the -influence. His
bond was set at $500/
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local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new
topics or comment on existing topics. You can also e-mail
comments to or call 863-467-2033,
but online comments get posted faster and not all phone calls
can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating
RELIGION: I don't claim witchcraft to be a religion, the United
States Government does and our religion is recognized in the Armed
Forces as well as the IRS. I can't speak on everyone's behalf but I can
speak on mine. I do not believe in the one god of Christianity I believe
in many gods of the old religions thus making this a polytheistic reli-
gion. In the religion in which I worship I also worship the goddess as
my mother. I do not believe in the devil nor do I believe in heaven or
hell. I believe if such places do exist that they are what YOU or I want
them to be. I hope this clears up those questions and helps.
SIGNS: I was wondering if the County has ever considered put-
ting out a large lighted sign at each entrance of the Agri-Civic center
listing the upcoming events at least a week before the event. I think
it would really boost your number of participants. Because we really
need something out there to let everybody know what is going on.
TAXES: I want to respond to the person who said those who do
not have kids in school should not have to pay school taxes. Who do
you think paid taxes when you were going to school? Lots of people
who did not have kids in school at the time paid, taxes to support
the schools when you were school age. Unless you went to a private
school, wherever you went to school, some one was paying taxes, and
probably most of those paying did not have children in your school.
It is only fair that you pay school taxes to help the next group. I paid
school taxes for many years before I had any kids in school and I will
keep paying when mine graduate. Educating young people does not
just help those in school. It helps the whole society. We need doctors,
teachers, engineers and all sorts of other trained workers to keep our
society going.
EQUINOX: You said Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday fol-
lowing the first full moon after the vernal equinox. I have to ask. What
is a vernal equinox? They didn't cover that when I went to school.
Editor's note: Equinoxes are days in which day and night are
of equal duration. The two yearly equinoxes occur when the
Sun crosses the celestial equator. The vernal (spring) equi-
nox occurs on March 21; the autumnal equinox occurs on
Sept. 21.

Community Events.

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.

Upcoming Events

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.
AA. 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
AA. 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.

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Letters to the Editor

Habitat needs help
Dear Okeechobians,
We need your help. Habitat for
Humanity needs volunteers. Right
now just a small group of people
are trying to do it all.
We need anyone who can
use a hammer on Saturdays,
approximately daylight to 1 p.m.
We also need someone who can
take minutes of a meeting once
a month. I have tried to do it, but
because of poor health have been
Please help us and these people
who need a home, and are willing
to work along side of us to obtain
a dream.
Please call the office at (863)
357-1371 if you can help in any
capacity. Someone will return
your call.
Vee Kleinfelder

Hey, That's my
I thought I would fall out when
I heard Hilary Clinton get into
that shouting match with Barack
Obama. All I could hear was my
mother's voice coming out of the
grave and all I could think of was
"she still wants it her way."
What in the world is Hilary
thinking when she makes these
public spectacles of herself? She
whines and cries, she yells and
hollers, she pouts and walks
out and after this mighty display
she still claims she can run this
How? Is she going to send
everyone to their rooms when they
don't do what she wants? Are we
going to go without dessert when
we express our personal opinions?
Are we going to go to bed without
supper if we challenge an issue?
Or is she going to get her father to
beat up my father because I don't
want to play her game?
Hilary, you could use some
lessons on public behavior, on
how to run a country. Why don't
you go to England and visit the
Queen. Since she has been in the
public eye all her life and ran her
country for more than half of it.
I'm quite sure she would be very
happy to give you some lessons.
In the meantime quit giving
women in politics a bad reputation.
You've already shownyou wear the
pants in your house and Bill has
displayed his fear of you, so lighten
up and use whatever brains you
have to challenge your opponents
with grace and fortitude.
And just for the record, 1 have
never voted for anyone who kept
finding fault with their opponent. I
do not believe in character bashing,
since we all have something in our
lives we wish we didn't have. It's
who we are now and what we are
doing to make things better for
everyone else. Love your brother
as yourself! A friend is someone
who knows all about you and
loves you anyway!
Good luck and God bless!
C. Robidoux

Speaker was
I would like to begin by
thanking the following for their
wonderful support in bringing
Craig MacFarlane to Okeechobee:
the Okeechobee School Board,
the principal of Osceola Middle
School Theda Bass, of Yearling
Middle School Brian Greseth, of
Freshman Campus Andy Brewer,
of Okeechobee High School Toni
Wiersma and their respective
staffs, Daryl Roehm, Director of the
Students, Flo Waite of the KOA
Resort and Ken Kenworthy Asst.
Superintendent of Administration.
Thanks also to the Rotary and
Kiwanis Clubs for allowing me to
speak at your meeting on behalf of
Craig and this program. Your help
was essential to our being able to
allow our community to meet and
hear this remarkable man.
Mr. MacFarlane, is a person that
was blinded at a very young age,
who treated this terrible handicap
as a minor inconvenience and
went on to compete and win in
various sports as well as in life.
This event was free to all who
wished to hear a truly inspirational
man. Edward Jones Investments
sponsored Mr. MacFarlane, so there
was no cost to our community.
Close to 3500 children and adults
attended his several speaking
events in the Okeechobee area.
Whether or not you have any
kind of disability, if you missed his
presentation, it was your loss. It
is unfortunate that the Freshman
Campus auditorium was not
filled with more members of our
This opportunity did not
happen overnight. I requested Mr.

MacFarlane's program over 2 years
ago. We at the local Edward Jones
office were extremely excited
when we found out we were on
his schedule.
I am proud to have been
able to bring this program to our
community and I will continue to
work to bring other worthwhile,
interesting platforms to my fellow
Thanks again to all who
helped make this wonderful event

Sharon Ming
Financial Advisor, Edward
Jones Investments

Did someone explain to Hitler
about the evolution of the species?
The importance of this theory
is not if we evolve from the Cro-
Magnon Man to modern man but,
how race and cultural groups less
progressive can evolve with proper
education, diet and exercise?
There is a need to teach
the theory of evolution with
modern theories of educational
development. Recognizing the
usefulness of diversity in the work
place results in profits for big
corporations due to the different
working styles and the great ideas
coming from a diverse work force.
That means profits for the big
No single country has been able
to produce or discover everything
through out history. It has been
Ana Vazquez

Easter Egg economics
When I heard Federal Reserve
Board Chairman Ben Bernanke
tell Congress to leave infrastructure
spending out of their economic
stimulus package, my heart sank.
I've been arguing for years that
infrastructure spending, especially
for new and improved schools, is
exactly what we need to keep our
social and economic momentum
I guess I should have saved my
breath. When the Fed Chairman
says, forget spending on schools
and roads and such, then that's
the end of that. Sometimes you
have to know when your beat.
To say that short-term
corporate thinking now prevails at
the highest levels of government
only belabors the obvious. When
everyone from the Fed Chairman
down to the President agrees so
quickly on a short-term solution
to a major economic crisis, then
something more is at work.
We are entering an age of
transient wisdom. It seems our
collective intelligence can only
function long enough to quickly
grasp some nearby consensus on
how to cope with a looming crisis.
It then collapses in exhaustion and
leaves us to our normal public
dialogue of bellowing at major
television news personalities who
bellow at each other and at lesser
In such an age, Easter Bunny
economics make perfect sense.
What could be clearer than the
vision ofjoyful taxpayers waking up
to find a tax rebate in their mailbox
and rushing off to spend it? How
could our transient wisdom fail to
grasp such a vision?
If thisis indeed the way we
are headed. Then I intend to go
with the flow. In fact, I have my
own modest suggestion to make
which will both complement and
enhance the tax rebate solution to
our economic woes.
Simply put, my proposal is to
reduce the current standard forty-
hour work-week to thirty two
hours. The rationale for this is to
give people time to spend their
rebate money.
The fatal flaw in the rebate
scheme is it assumes taxpayers
will have time to spend their free
money. In fact, most people barely
have time to spend the money
they earn let alone any bonus
money that shows up. What with
jobs, families, rush hour traffic,
household chores and reality TV,
there's barely time for mandatory
shopping let alone discretionary
A thirty two-hour workweek
will fix all that. That extra eight
hours a week will give people
everywhere time to get out and
spend their rebates.
Of course hourly pay will have
to increase to maintain everyone's
current spending level. And
benefits will have to remain the
same so people won't feel uneasy
about them. But these are technical
issues; the main thing is to free up
time so people can shop.
The real beauty of this
suggestion is that federal agencies
can implement it immediately with
their own employees. Quick action
by Congress is all that takes.
In this new age of transient
wisdom, quibbling over things
like inflation, labor costs and
productivity can be safely ignored.
The main thing is to generate the
fleeting consensus needed to
make the change and get the job
So contact your local Federal
Reserve Bank without delay and
demand that they act on the thirty-
two hour workweek immediately.
Call them now, time is of the
our motto is; if it feels good, buy it.

In the age of transient wisdom, we
say goodbye to things like open
roads and adequate schools. But,
if we move fast, we may get some
enjoyable compensation to make
up for them.
Peter Rebmann
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By Patty Brant
INI Florida
The $9 billion a year Florida
citrus industry is facing yet
another struggle to survive. After
the freezes in the '80s, droughts
and canker, growers now have
citrus greening to contend with.
However, they have just received
a big boost to their arsenel against
the disease. The citrus greening
lab at the University of Florida
Institute of Food and Agriculture
Services (IFAS) in Immokalee
will offer area growers access to
more immediate diagnoses on
suspicious trees.
With South Florida at the center
of Florida's citrus industry, the lab
should prove to be invaluable in
detecting the disease so growers
can take action to minmize its
damaging effects. Every citrus
producing county in the state has
reported cases of greening some
groves in 60-80 percent of their
Pam Roberts, Associate
Professor in Plant Pathology, has
been at IFAS in Immokalee since
1997. She runs the vegetable,
citrus and plant disease diagnosic
clinic. The IFAS facility is service
oriented, she said, and provides
three responses to needs:
extension, teaching and research.
Greening or Huanglongbing
- originally came from China. She
characterized it as "potentially
devastating" for the Florida citrus
industry, noting that it is a more
severe problem than canker in
the 1990s.
"We don't know the future,"
she said, "but it's a major threat.
... a very fastidious bacteria that
lives in the vascular system of the
plant." Greening acts like a virus
and is spread by insects, especially
the Asian citrus psyllid, she said.
Canker, on the other hand, can
live outside its host for a time.
Greening first appears as
small, yellowed leaves on a limb
or section of the tree and includes
blotchy mottling of the leaves
and yellowed shoots. Other
symptoms include twig dieback,
poor flowering and stunting.
Greening results in smaller,
lopsided fruit and changes the
flavor. Ms. Roberts said she has
heard it descrbed as a "gasoline"
Greening affects all types
of citrus and also some
,The first known case of Asian
citrus greening was- found in
Miami in August 2005 and the
disease has been spreading
Growers are not yet trained

Caloosa Belle/Patty Brant
Technician Orlinda Santiago
will operate the Real Time
Polymerase Chain Reaction
(PCR) machine to test sam-
ples for citrus greening.
to recognize greening which
may have some symptoms
in common with other citrus
diseases. That's why the IFAS
facility will be such an important
plus for area growers. They now
have a local facility where they
can get an expert decision in a
timely manner if they suspect
greening in their grove.
Samples from growers will
be accepted at the lab beginning
in the Spring. A positive test will
result in an IFAS recommendation
to remove the infected tree, Ms.
Roberts said.
USSC's facility outside of
Clewiston has the required
equipment and expertise in
detecting citrus greening and has
been providing the service, free of
charge, for other growers. USSC's
Judy Sanchez, said their research
facility in Clewiston behind
Cain Field kept the greening lab
when the company downsized.
Last October, the lab ran its first
outside sample. She said the lab
has run 30,600 outside samples
and just 11,541 USSC samples to
date, for a total of 42,141 samples.
The company decided to open its
lab to other growers, she said,
because "greening is bigger than
any grove, any company. It will
require an industry wide effort if
not larger to control. USSC has
taken a leadership role in proactive
sarhpling." She pointed out that
other groves must be proactive
too. Without precautions by all
growers, trees will be reinfected.
"It's to everyone's benefit," she
added, saying USSC has the
resources and expertise and
wants to make it easy to do the
right thing to control and manage
In fact, she said, this week
representatives of the Mexican

government and Mexican citrus
industry are in Clewiston to talk
with USSC and learn about how
to deal with citrus greening.
" It's a global problem," she
The only other lab in the
state that can detect greening is
in Gainesville. However, IFAS'
Dr. Bob Rouse said that lab is so
busy and its facility for greening
so small it takes months to get
results. The Department of Plant
Industry and the Lake Alfred IFAS
facility only do citrus research
- they do not handle samples.
A citrus horticulturist at IFAS in
Immokalee since 1990, Dr. Rouse
said the industry basically moved'
south after the freezes of 1980s -
it's impossible to be here and not
transport the disease, he said.
This area is at the leading
edge of the citrus industry a
huge economic value to the state.
According to Dr. Rouse, whether
the industry will increase or
decline "we will see it here
Dr. Rouse said he expects
that most citrus will eventually
be infected by the disease. Once
infected, you can expect a tree
to visibly decline for about a year
before it begins to really show
greening signs. The tree .will
probably live for at least another
two-three years till it eventually
dies. Growers need to control
the insect through constant
reinocculation, he said, adding
that young trees more susceptible
to Asian citrus psyllid.
IFAS will provide the service
free to growers for one year. As
those in the industry get better
trained in citrus greening, they
won't need the lab as much, Dr.
Rouse pointed out, but' it will
still be available to confirm an
infestation and to do all-important
research. The Lake Alfred facility
and DPI will be invaluable in
verifying data.
Growers and home citrus
owners as well should spray their
trees well for insects. It is hoped
that keeping the psyllids in check
will go a long way toward holding
down the disease.
Citrus experts are trying to
have the "bioterrorism" label
removed from citrus greening.
The disease was added to the
list after September 11, but the
designation makes processing
greening samples more difficult
and there is no real reason why
it should be considered such a
threat, Dr. Rouse said.
Homeowners should rely on
visual samples, not go to IFAS
site. If you see symptoms, and see
that your tred is in trouble, you
are advised to call your extension
agent for a diagnosis.


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Jan. 21 and Jan. 22, 2008
Breaking $48.00 $55.00
Cutter $43.50 $54.00
Canner $35.00 $46.50,
1000-1500 $53.50 $57.00
1500-2000- $55.00 $66.00
Monday Tuesday
Calves, 339 1157
Cows 111 524
Strs 5 15
Hfrs 1 5
Bulls 12 46
Yrlngs 34 34
Mix 11 '
Total 513 1781
Med #1 Steers Hfrs
150-200 150-175 122-140
200-250 135-155 120-132
250-300 110-125
300-350 120-130 100-120
350-400 114-120 94-102
400-450 110-118 91-98
450-500 105-117 87-98
550-600 97-105 81-88
600-650 89-91 80-92
Med #2 Steets Hfrs
200-250 100-110
250-300 110-125 95-115
300-350 95-115 88-100
350-400 95-115 82-96
400-450 90-105 80-92
We had a little turn around in prices
this week, cows and bulls were a

Top cow prices go to Mosquito Hanch,
Okeechobee and Crawford Ranch,
Felda with a high of $57.50. Bred cow
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higher on good quality calves over
400#. Plainer calves and lighter calves
were steady. Top calf prices this week
goes to Peeples Family Ranch, LLC,
Moore Haven with a high of $1.75.

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Schools Menu

Elementary Menu

Monday Jan. 28
Blueberry Mini loaf
W.W toast
Chicken Quesadilla
Corn dog, low fat
Chef salad
Chilled peaches
Tossed salad
Tuesday Jan. 29
Chicken patty/biscuit
Cinnamon toast
Honey wheat rolls
Breaded chicken patty
Cottage cheese & fruit
Corn on the cob
Tossed salad
Wednesday Jan. 30
Cinnamon toast
Chicken Pot pie
Country style biscuit
Deli turkey on bun
Chef salad
Vegetables California blend
Mandarin Oranges
Tossed salad
Thursday Jan. 31
French toast sticks
Cinnamon toast
Taco salad (beef)
Ham & cheese sub
Yogurt fruit & cheese plate
Green beans
Fruit gelatin
Friday Feb. 1
Biscuit & sausage patty
Cinnamon toast
Cheese or pepperoni
stuffed crust pizza
BBQ chicken sandwich
Baby carrots with dressing
Middle School

Monday Jan. 28
Chicken Quesadilla
Corn dog, low fat
Santa Fe chicken salad
Deli turkey grab and go
Broccoli Chilled peaches
Tossed salad
Tuesday Jan. 29
Garlic bread sticks
Deli turkey on bun
Cottage cheese & fruit
Turkey/W.W. grab & go
Corn on the cob
Fruit cocktail
Tossed salad
Wednesday Jan. 30
Chicken pot pie
Deli turkey on bun
Chicken Caesar salad
Ham sandwich grab & go
Vegetable California blend
Tossed salad
Thursday Jan. 31
Taco salad (beef)
Ham and cheese on bun
Deli turkey grab & go
Chicken nugget salad
Green beans
Fruit gelatin
Tossed salad
Friday Feb. 1
Call for menu
High School

Monday Jan. 28
Chicken quesadilla
Corn dog
Santa Fe chicken salad
Turkey/W.W. grab & go
Pizza basket
Cheeseburger basket

Chilled peaches
Tossed salad
Tuesday Jan. 29
Garlic bread sticks
Deli turkey on bun
Cottage cheese & fruit
Deli turkey grab & go
Pizza basket
Chicken nugget basket
Corn on the cob
Fruit cocktail
Tossed salad

FFA student team earns State Award

On Nov. 10, 2007 the Yearling
Middle School Future Farmers of
America team competed in the
Florida Future Farmers of America
Food Science and Technology
contest at the University of
Florida. The purpose of this
career development event was to
provide learning activities in food
science and technology related
to the food industry and to assist
students in developing a good
working knowledge of sound
principles used in team decision
making process.
The team was required to
complete a product development
project, an individual objective
test, individual practicum in
food safety and quality, and an
individual in sensory evaluation.
They were required to know the
aroma of 31 foods and food items.
A triangle test was completed
by each member to be able
to determine the difference in
three samples from two different
products compared, and know
which of the three were different.
They were also expected to be
able to recognize food quality and

Submitted photo/Buddy Mills
There were 18 teams from across Florida, and the Yearling
Middle School team finished in first place. The team mem-
bers were: Taylor Fulford, Emily Lege, Calixtro Villalpando,
and Celina Norman.

safety hazards from consumer
complaints, and reply with a
proper response in correct letter
form. The team completed an
activity and presented it to the
judges in an open forum to design
and promote a product from a list

of ingredients provided by the
University of Florida. They were
given a target audience, and were
required to use math to determine
the nutrient value of their product
and how it will satisfy the targeted

Students Acheieve Excellence Obituaries

Submitted photo/YMS
Students of the Week for Jan. 17 are: Mr. Greseth, Jessica
Wheeler, Anna Warren, Leanne McClure, Mr. Tedders, John
Boswell, Diego Vega, Julio Chavez, Hunter Berrgren

Publix FCAT Night
Yearling Middle School will be
teaming up with Publix for FCAT
Math Night. The FCAT Math Night
will take place on Jan. 29 from 6
until 7 p.m. at the Publix in the
North Lake Plaza. AllYMS students
are invited to participate.
Parents and students will
work together to solve FCAT
style problems with real world
relevance and application.
Questions will involve items
throughout the supermarket.
The event will give our students
an excellent practice opportunity
and will help parents understand
the difficulty of some of the FCAT
Math questions.
For further information
concerning the FCAT Math Night,
please contact Mrs. Brewer at 462-
5056. We hope to see you there!
Congratulations to Yearling
Spelling Bee Champions Irfan
Chaudhary, Jacqueline 0'Conner,
and Maritza Hernandez! The
County Spelling Bee will be held


at North Elementary School Feb. 1
at 9 a.m. We wish our champions
the best of luck!

Pearlene "Pearl" Long
Pearlene "Pearl" Long, 67, a
longtime resident of Florida since
1959. Mrs. Long died Wednesday,
Jan. 23, 2008 in Tampa. She
was born in Sherwood, Tenn.,
on Oct. 12, 1940. Pearlene was
a homemaker, avied reader
and love playing with her great
Mrs. Long is preceded in death
by her parents and a brother.
She is survived by three sons,
Keith Allen Casselton of Land
O Lakes, Donald Casselton, of
Okeechobee, Martin Casselton,
of Okeechobee; two daughters,
Vicky (David) Barry, of Lutz,
Emma (William) Thompson, of
Lakeland; four brothers, Bobby
(Mary Lou) Guess, of Munice, In.,
John (Marjorie) Guess, of Cowan,
Tenn., George (Marie) Guess, of
Cowan, Tenn., Bill (Inez) Guess of
Cowan, Tenn.;' and three sisters,
Mary (Jim) Hertzog, of Munice,
In., Janie Morlin, of Chattanooga,
Tenn., Callie (Eugene) Clark, of
Munice, Tenn.
She is also survived by 18
grand children and 13 great
Funeral services will be held
on Monday, Jan. 28 at 1 p.m.
at the Kersey Funeral Home,
Auburndale, FL.

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CES students enjoy play

First Graders attended the play
"Woodland Tales". We enjoyed
learning why the owl is nocturnal,
why a frog has no teeth and other
tales about forest animals. The
actors really held their attention
and did a great job.
We learned about Martin
Luther King, Jr. We learned that
he helped make our world a
better place by speaking about
treating everyone equal.
In Math we are learning how
to count to 100 by 2's, 5's and
10's. We also learned how to
count backwards from 100. We
are beginning to add and subtract
numbers to and from 12. We are
looking forward to the 100th Day
of School.
Keep reading 100 Book
Challenge books nightly. Keep
practicing the sight words on your
child's skill card.
Writing Display and Family
Fun Night will be held on Jan. 31,
hope to see you there.
Students of the Week: Gage
Ingram, Brenden Bostwick,
Jimmy Walls, Keondra Rawls,
Juan Cruz, Mark Youmans, Jesus
Gomez, Lisset Carrillo, Jacob
Hickman, Julianna Hines, Blaze
Clark, Andrew Jackson,Daviana
Miller, Alec Muller, Michael
Watson, Elessus Espada, Amber
Hull, Paislea Plant, Marissa
Chavez, Natalie Saucedo and
Miguel Sanchez.
Birthdays: Saul Arroyo,
Keondra Rawls, Delana Wesley,
Andy Simmons, Elexxus Espada,
Cobly Burke and Daviana Miller.
Second Grade
Mrs. Greseth's class just
finished up a unit about weather
in Science. The students learned
all about different types of
precipitation. The students are
having a great time learning about
maps in Social Studies. They are
working on the continents. The
students are thrilled to watch
their one foot gardens growing
like crazy!
Congratulations to Royce
Arnold and Jemuel .Garin, our
students of the week!
Second Grade BASE
Mrs. Johns' and Sra.
Rodriguez's 2nd Grade B.A.S.E.
classes are having"COOL"
time learning about Arctic and
Antarctic animals. We are also
looking forward to learning
about whales.. Did you know
that all penguins live south of the
We are still enjoying watching
our plants grow in our garden.
We visit them every day and
can't believe how much they are
growing. Hailey, Rudy, and Shaun
have even been able to pick some
of their radishes!
Congratulations to Emma
Van Camp for reading more than
125 hours! We are also proud of
Hailey Spearow and Carol Flores
for competing in the School
Spelling Bee. Way to go Carol for
coming in 5th place!
We would like to invite all
moms, dads, and grandparents
to see our writing displays on
January 30th.
Miss Miller's second grade
class. In math we have been
having fun with graphs and
probability. In science our class
has been enjoying learning about
the solar system. In social studies
we have been talking about
scientists and inventors. The class
enjoyed writing about their own
Congratulations to; Triston
Root, Jonathan Bustos, Yiselt
Pineda, and Danielle Martinez
for reaching 100 steps!
'Congratulations to Danielle
Martinez and Katelyn McCorts for
being our student of the week!
Remember to keep reading 15
minutes each night.
Fourth Grade
Students in the 4th grade at
Central are so very busy writing,
revising and getting ready for their
writing assessment in February.
Students can be seen learning
new idioms and practicing placing
figurative language into their
writings to improve the interest in
their narrative or expositories.
Parents, please support your
child at home by taking a good
look at the work or writings
that come home. Contact your
child's teacher if you have any
Students were also given
the opportunity to replant the
Earth with some trees from the
USDA last week. Fourth Graders
were given a tree to plant in
honor of Florida Arbor Day. Mrs.
Driggers represented the USDA

and supplied the students with
trees ready to plant. Each fourth
grader was anxious to get home
and plant their tree. And finally,
the fourth graders celebrated
with their 2nd nine weeks awards
program last week.
Sixty-three students got
medallions for 100 Book
Challenge with one student at
400 steps or over 100 hours of
outside reading. WOW! Marjon

Librando is
working on
t h i s
S-- can he
a c achie ve
800 steps
June? I bet he can! There were
also 23 Academic Awards given
for Red, Silver, and Gold -- that
is about 25% of the students in
fourth grade keep up those
excellent study habits.
In Mrs. Pritchard's class,
Marissa Kerce, Dylan McClanahan
and Alexis Muller were recent
Students of the Week. Marissa
Kerce is the Student of the Month
for January; she displays RESPECT
ALL the time and some celebrated
birthdays. Happy belated birthday
to Justin Denisuk and Dan Angelo
Capungan. In February, Happy
birthday to Fred Bradley.
Students read The Bridge to
Terabithia and learned about
real honesty and true beauty.
Students are learning about
Animal adaptations and the Earth
parts in Science SRA and we are
also using extra time for Math and
some writing games to get ready
for FCAT.

And finally, welcome to Mrs.
Brooks who is working with the
class now.
She is a FAU student and
teaching Mrs. Pritchard and the
students many new things!
Mr. Goff & Mr. Bodenmiller's
class is still working very diligently
to memorize our multiplication
facts. We have been taking a
hot pencils multiplication test
every week and we want to be
able to score a 100% every time
we take it. In math we finished
studying chapter 11 and 12 which
deals with two and three digit
multiplication. We also wrapped
up unit four. We began chapter
sixteen on division and divisibility.
In science we are learning about
rocks and minerals. We will be
taking a break from science for
awhile to focus more on writing
since FCAT Writes is next month.
In reading we are reading a story
called Look to the North. We are
also working hard on meeting
our Accelerated Reader goal. In
writing we are working hard on
making our narrative writings
very elaborate and descriptive.
We are working hard on learning
how to tell a story using figurative
language and lots of elaboration.

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ARTICLE XII, SECTION 27 (Legislative)

Ballot Title: Property Tax Exemptions;
Limitations on Property Tax Assessments

Ballot Summary:
This revision proposes changes to the State
Constitution relating to property taxation.
With respect to homestead property, this revi-
sion: (1) increases the homestead exemption
except for school district taxes and (2) allows
homestead owners property owners to trans-
fer up to $500,000 of their Save-Our-Homes
benefits to their next homestead. With
respect to nonhomestead property, this revi-
sion (3) provides a $25,000 exemption for tan-
gible personal property and (4) limits assess-
ment increases for specified nonhomestead
real property except for school district taxes.

In more detail, this revision:
(1) Increases the homestead exemption by
exempting the assessed value between
$50,000 and $75,000. This exception does
not apply to school district taxes.

(2) Provides for the transfer of accumulated
Save-Our-Homes benefits. Homestead prop-
erty owners will be able to transfer their Save-
Our-Homes benefit to a new homestead with-
in 1 year and not more than 2 years after relin-
quishing their previous homestead; except, if
this revision is approved by the electors in
January of 2008 and if the new homestead is
established on January 1, 2008, the previous
homestead must have been relinquished in
2007. If the new homestead has a higher just
value than the previous one, the accumulated
benefit can be transferred; if the new home-
stead has a lower just value, the amount of
benefit transferred will be reduced. The trans-
ferred benefit may not exceed $500,000. This
provision applies to all taxes.
(3) Authorizes an exemption from property taxes
of $25,000 of assessed value of tangible person-
al property. This provision applies to all taxes.
(4) Limits the assessment increases for spec-
ified nonhomestead real property to 10 per-
cent each year. Property will be assessed at
just value following an inprovement, as
defined by general law, and may be assessed
at just value following a change of ownership
or control if provided by general law. This lim-
itation does not apply by school district taxes.
This limitation is repealed effective January 1,
2019, unless renewed by a vote of the elec-
tors in the general election held in 2018.

Further, this revision:
a. Repeals obsolete language on the home-
stead exemption when it was less than

$25,000 and did not apply uniformly to proper-
ty taxes levied by all local governments.
b. Provides for homestead exemptions to be
repealed if a future constitutional amendment
provides for assessment of homestead "at
less than just value" rather than as currently
provided "at a specified percentage" of just
c. Schedules the changes to take effect upon
approval by the electors and operate retroactive-
ly to January 1, 2008, if approved in a special
election held on January 29, 2008, or to take
effect January 1, 2009, if approved in the gener-
al election held in November of 2008. The limita-
tion on annual assessment increases for speci-
fied real property shall first apply to the 2010 tax
roll if this revision is approved in the general elec-
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In Memoriam 125

ivAway 14
Garage/Yard Sale 145
-Personals 150
Special Notices 155
900 Numbers 160

BICYCLES 2 new bikes
found, vicinity of Okeecho-
bee area Call to identify
KITTEN Found in vic. of
Treasure Island. Call to ID.
How fast can your car
go? It can go even faster
when you sell it In the

Lost in Oak Park area. Grey
w/ red tail. $BIG REWARD$
BLACK LAB MIX male, Sat.,
1/19, vic. of NE 6th Ave.,
(863)634-0556 ask for Jay
Taylor Creek Bridge & Pub
boat ramp at Kiss. Riv. on
Rt. 78. Call'(815)258-5557
DOGS Red Bone Hound &
Blood Hound. Vic. Lazy 7.
Sun. 1/20. If found please
SHIH TZU 11 me old, "Bust-
er", vic of Buxton Funeral
Homte, wh/br & bl. Dearly
missed (863)697-3396

Will pick up your junk!
Heavy & Farm Equ pment-will
pay CASH, Call Michael @

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purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
se8 your used Items In
the classlfelds.



2nd Annual Cane Country Auction
February 2, 2008 @ 9:00 AM
-~ Consignments Welcome -~
Tractors, Farm Equipment, Cane Harvesting
Equipment, Construction Equipment, Heavy Duty
Trucks, Semi, Trailers, ATV's, and much more!

26400 State Rd 880, Belle Glade, FL
Terry DeMott, Sr. Mobile 229-891-1832
DeMott Auction Co. 561-992-9028
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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.

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nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee.
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
406 N.W. 4th Street (863) 357-2442

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

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

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


E Imilomnt

Has the following openings:

Must have current FL LPN Lic., and 1 yr exp.

Must have 1 yr exp.
Bilingual Spanish/English pref.
Competitive salary and excellent benefits.
Fax resume to: (863) 357-2991 or apply at:
FCHC, 1100 N. Parrott Ave, Okeechobee, FL

Full Time (Sat A Must)
Customer Service/Sales
Self Motivated

F/T. Evening and weekend
hours. Responsible for
housekeeping duties.
Handyman skills helpful.
Bilingual pref. Fax resume to

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A 120 bed skilled
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and laundry team. Must
have housekeeping
supervisory experience.
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Pahokee, Fl
Fax. 561-924-9466
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Helo Wanted

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service reps. Degree & 5
yrs sales/mgt exp. Must
know Treasure Coast
employment market.
$46,800+ annually..
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Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315

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never accept any advertise-
ment that is illegal or con-
sidered fraudulent. In all
cases of questionable val-
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Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered425
Medical Services435

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cost! Bring your loved one
for individualized TLC in
small family environment
by exp Reg. Nurse. Only 1
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Air Conditioners 505
Appliances 51i5
Appliance Parts52
Beauty Supplies 525
Books &Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs S 550
China, Glassware, Etc. 56
'Clothing 565
Coins Stamps 570
Collectibles $575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585,
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs -ms6153
Health & Roducing
Equipment 620

Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
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Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Pets/Supplies/ 6
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

Why Rent When
You Can Own?
We Finance Everyonel
All Size Sheds Available

monds, appraised at $1100,
sel l f o r $ 9 0 0 .
(863)357-3567 after 5pm ;

CA\ TTLE The Parenting
CASTLE Professionair
Support our fight for the prevention of child abuse
Call 772-465-6011


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Saturday February 9th 10 a.m.

"Old Florida" Citrus Grove
' Selling In Three Tracts
Also Selling: Farm Equipment, Antique Furniture & Morel
Autin.octin:2301SWArowoo S. so -tow

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ALSO SELLING: rugs antique
mahogany furniture appliances -boats & vehicles,-
diesel tractors mowers tools & more!

Cash to bid 10% B.P. Broker Participation Available Call to Qualify!

We have the countertops
you're looking for!

513 S.W Park Street (863) 763-7131

old, very gentle, knows
poles, cones, barrels, jumps,
ropes and carries flags, won
in bit & used in 4H, perfect
kids horse, teeth just floated,
all shots & current coggins.
$2000 neg. (863)467-7657
Join all the people who
say, "I sold it in the clas-


Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Property 9151
Townhouses Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent, .'925
iRiouse- Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960

Bay $750 mo. & 3/1 Duplex
$795 mo. Century 21
Horizon 561-602-6283

In Town, 2br/2ba, $900
mo. + $600. sec. dep.
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/1.5ba, car-
peted, ceramic tile, w/appl's
incl. dishwasher, $700 mo.
+ $700 sec. (863)763-8878
Very clean! $500/mo. In-
cludes utilities. No pets.

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 Y or 2/1
Available, no pets, for
move in special. Call
furn, on canal, seasonal &
yearly, (863)824-0981

$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 sqft, 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
3br, 2ba, 2 gar Pool Home,
Close to everything.
Dreamcatcher Realty
* 1 plus loft 2 bth waterfront
cottage w/dock $975 mo.
* 3/2 Custom CBS waterfront
$1695 mo.
* 3/2 Custom Waterfront/Dock
$1700 mo. Century 21
Horizon 561-602-6283
1 br, fully furn, elec & satellite
incld, NO pets, $700/mo +
$500 dep. (863)467-1950
NEW DUPLEX 3/2. $1000
per month + 1st, last &
$5 0 0 s e c d e p .
OKEE: 3/1 on 1/ 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/1ba/1gar.
Remodeled, Laundry, C/Air,
Yard service. $950 + Sec.
Avail now. (863)634-4548

praised at $920, sell for
$750. (863)357-3567 after
RING Diamond & Onyx, ap-
praised at $1550, sell for
$1100. (863)357-3567 after

Stud Service, also Young
male avail. $500 donation


Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farim Servicesr
Offered 825
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840

Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Flowers 865

11Ln -S l

Truck Battery Sale
I C$68.30reuarp I
CSt.LRcie BatterRv & Tire
ISt Lucie Btter & Tie I

I Lad -Sal


OKEE-1011 SW 10th Ave. 3br,
1ba, den, custom kitch, tile,
$1150/mo, 1st & $1000 sec
on 4 lots, enclosed patio, W/D,
Storage shed. Near boat ramp.
$875 mo (786) 201-0306
C/Air & Heat. Screen patio.
Fenced. All New! $900 mo.
+ last & sec. 863-202-0753
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.

Near the
courthouse in
Okeechobee, FL
$500 per month
Please call for
(561) 315-8849
Commercial Office Space
New Professional office on St
Rd 710. Attorney, CPA, etc.
Starting at $500 mo. Take
one suite or all four. Elevator,
cov. parking. Century 21
Horizon 561-602-6283
* 2/1 waterfront comm +55
* 2/1 waterfront $85,000
* 1/1 waterfront $74,900
* 3/2 waterfront $99,000
Century 21 Horizon

Seeks Same to share 4 BR, 2
BA. $135 wk. Call
(863)824-6112 or
Buying a car? Look In the
classltleds. Selling a
car? Look In the classl-

BR, 1 BA House W&D, Shed.
Util's included. $500 mo. +
sec. de'p. (786) 201-0306
When you want something
sold, advertise In the

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- Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots -Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wantedl 065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
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
Your new home could be
in today's paper. Have
you looked for It?

Corner lot with 24' trailer,
with 2 room add-on, 20x21'
carport, Block 8, Lot 3. Ap-
praised at $37,000, asking
$28,000. 863-467-8507

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 w/ Efficiency on
Rim Canal $399,000
Gail Brown Realtor

P. Y. BAer Uc. Real Esae Broker
2- Totally Remodeled Homes
Four Seasons 3br/2ba
$127,500. Neg., Ft. Drum
2br/2ba/3 gar. 5 acres.
Addl. land avail. $319K Neg.
Dreamcatcher Realty
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.
$219,800 (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

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

MobileHomes I

Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home 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.
FOR RENT 1/Furnished Park
Model $600 2/1 waterfront
$795 -3/2 waterfront $795
Century 21 Horizon
Manufactured Homes (Rent)
Rent or Rent To Own
14 Available
EZ Approval

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
month 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
For The Best Price on all
Homes of Merit and Scotbilt
Homes. Call (863)675-8888
or (863)673-4325
Inventory Liquidation Sale
Models in stock sold cheap.
Negotiate your best price in
years. We also have lots
avail. Call (863)675-4442 or

Sports News in Briefs

Seacoast sponsors Ten Star All Star
March of Dimes March Basketball Camp

Submitted pnoto
Joey's Pizza 2007-2008 Fall league 9-Ball 2nd place winners (left to right) Jesse Garcia, Frank
Vignone, Karen Butler, Gerald Acheson, Joe Hutton, Roy Hale and Melissa Crews.

APA headed to Tri-Cups

The 2007-2008 Fall League
for the American Pool players
Association (APA), 8-ball and 9-
ball recently came to an end, but
for the teams it has just begun.
With the playoffs complete they
are now looking forward to the
Tri-Cups and a Regional compe-
tition. The chance to win a trip
to Las Vegas is just a shot away
and for the competitors, it's what
they hope for. The APA has been
competing in Okeechobee and
the Treasure Coast for many
years. Anyone who is interested
in joining APA 8-ball or 9-ball
can call Ron Maynard at (772) Submitted photo
475-7828 or information is also Joey's Pizza 2007-2008 Fall league 8-Ball 2nd place winners
(left to right) Jesse Garcia, FrankVignone, Karen Butler, Gerald
available at www.treasurecoast. Acheson, Annette Belcher and Joe Hutton (not pictured) Fred Hill.

for Babies benefit.
-Okeechobee -- Seacoast Na-
tional Bank will hold the 6th An-
nual Bass Tournament to benefit
the March of Dimes/March for
Babies on Saturday, Feb. 23. The
tournament will be held at Okee-
Tantie Marina.
Early registration is available at or by
picking up an application at any
Seacoast National Bank location.
The tournament is based on a
100-(2 angler) boat field, 1st place
payout will be 3,000, 2nd place
$1,500, 3rd place $750, 4th place
$500 and 5th place $250. Biggest
fish pays $1,000. A smaller field
will result in lower, prorated pay-
outs. Advance registration will be
closed on Feb. 20. Anglers will
begin at safe light with a weigh-in
at 3 p.m. The cost of the tourna-
ment is $110 per boat.
The general public is invited to
attend the weigh in and partici-
pate in the 50-50 drawing. Come
on out and help support the March
of Dimes/March for Babies!

Applications are now being
evaluated for the Ten Star All
Star Summer Basketball Camp.
The Ten Star All Star Summer
Basketball Camp is by Invitation
only. Boys and Girls ages 10-19
are eligible to apply. Past partici-
pants include: Michael Jordan,
Tim Duncan, Vince Carter, Jerry
Stackhouse, Grant Hill and An-
tawn Jamison. Players from 50
states and 10 foreign countries
attended the 2007 Camp. College
Basketball Scholarships are pos-
sible for players selected to the
All-American Team. Camp loca-
tions include: Babson Park, Fla.,
Prescott, Ariz., Thousand Oaks,
Calif., Gainesville, Ga., Cham-
paign, Ill., Glassboro, N.J., Leba-
non, Tenn., Commerce, Texas,
and Blacksburg, Va. There is also
a Summer Camp available for
Boys and Girls ages 6-18 of all
skill levels. For a free brochure on
these summer camps, please call
(704) 373-0873. or go online at

U.S.C.G. Flotilla
seeks new members
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

Flotilla 57 in Okeechobee is seek-
ing new members to become
involved in the Auxiliary's pro-
The Auxiliary is a volunteer
service organization composed
of men and women who active-
ly support recreational boating
safety afid other Coast Guard mis-
The Auxiliary also provides
recreational boating safety sup-
port to sate and local authorities.
Members could be involved
in patrols, communications, ad-'
ministration, seamanship, pilot-
ing/navigation, weather or search
and rescue.
For information, call
(863) 763-0165.

Taylor Creek Bass
Club meets monthly
The Taylor Creek Bass Club
meets at the Buckhead Ridge
VFW Post 9528 on the second
Thursday of each month. Tour-
naments are held the following
weekend. New boaters and (es-
pecially) non-boaters are wel-
come. For information call Dave
Stout at (863)467-2255
The club also sponsors and
presents the annual Lee McAllister
Memorial Kid's Fishing Festival.

Public Issues

Forums: Join

the discussion!

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KINGS MH PARK- 2br, 2ba,
Florida rm, new roof, C/Air,
many extras, $15,000 neg.
Must Sell (863)763-8287
Manufactured Home
(For Sale)
Statewide Sales
Save Thousands
Delivered & Set
Manufactured Homes (Own)
All Homes In Stock
Massive Markdowns
Financing Available
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
NEW 3 BR / 2 BA Doublewide
$39,900 includes set up &
A/C. Very easy financing
avail. Call (863)675-8888 or
4/2 TileFloor, Energy Package
Deluxe loaded, over
2,200 sq.ft.
30th Anniversary Sale Special
Save $15,000.
Call for FREE Color Brochures
No Money Down:.. with your
old homes equity. Very easy
financing. Low prices on all
New 3 & 4 Bdrm. Homes.
Call (863)675-8888 or
VANTAGE OAK 35' w/Florida
room, Loaded, has nearly new
apple Tile & wood firs.
Call (270)723-1427
When doing those chores
Is doing you In, It's time
to look for a helper In
the classifieds.


'07- 23ft'w/Arlr &cover, 115
hp Honda, '$18,000,
Shop here first
The classified ads

OR '00 35', low mileage,
Ford V10 gas eng. $40,000
(863)946-1338- or
with slide, Mercedes Diesel,
15-19 mpg, 13k miles. Can
be seen at River Bend RV
Park in Okee. $65,000
Looking for a place to
hang your hat? Look no
further than the classl-



Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks .4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070

mls., 5 spd., 6 cyl. Work
truck. $7950 (772)260-3068
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Okeechobee News, Sunday, January 27, 2008

Girls basketball win sixth straight

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee earned revenge
Friday night when they defeated
Avon Park, a team that had blown
them out earlier in the year.
Monica Koger had 16 points,
and six steals, and Kitaki Roberts
added eight points and eight re-
bounds as Okeechobee held off
the Lady Red Devils 45-39.
"I feel like I could have done
a little bit better but we came out
on top. I'm pleased with that,"
the sophomore Koger said, "It's
always better to win in your home
town. If we lose, I want to lose
away from home."
Okeechobee is playing their
best basketball ball of the season
now. Since the second half start- Heather Fipps' steady play on offense, 10 points, and rock
ed they have been nearly unbeat- solid defense, helped propel Okeechobee to their sixth
able. Head Coach Tammy Wright straight win Friday night.
said that is due to their new strate-
gies and lineup.
Wright said she looked at the
statistics at Christmas time and
adjusted her squad to put girls in
more comfortable positions. She
also changed the offensive and
defensive sets.
"I think we've been a second
half team all season, but those
changes have worked out in
our favor. I hope we keep the
streak going. I'm glad we ended
the season this way. A winning
streak is better late than never,"
she added.
It was a tight physical battle Okeechobee NewsCharles Murphy
with Avon Park all night. The ref- Monica Koger reacts to a
erees let the girls play and that re- turnover in the first half as
sulted in a lot of contact, and also Avon Park's Beonca Godfrey
some technical fouls. Those fouls (#1) and Markada Hawthorne Jewel Buck lines up a free
would prove to be crucial in the (#5) look on. throw in the first half of Fri-
outcome. day's game. She had four
Okeechobee came out ready guards. I tried not to have a lot of rebounds and five points for
to play and took a 12-6 lead .af- turnovers but turnovers happen a Okeechobee, (10-8).
ter the first quarter. Koger hit lot in basketball. I just try to give it
two baskets and Fipps hit two to my teammates." again.
baskets. Jamie Hawthorne hit a Two technical fouls in the "I felt good, It was a good
three pointer for Avon Park. fourth quarter ended up costing game, a hard game. It was surpris-
Beonca Godfrey hit seven Avon Park. Koger hit two techni- ing considering what happened
points in the second quarter for cal fouls and Fipps hit an offen- last time," Fipps noted, "Me and
Avon Park to keep her team close. sive rebound to give Okeechobee Dorothy have been struggling, but
She ended up with 18 points for a 35-29 lead with five minutes we worked together and I made
the night. Both teams played ag- left. A jumper by Roberts gave some good passes."
gressive defense and Avon Park Okeechobee their biggest lead at Fipps had 10 points, two re-
closed the gap to 18-16 at half 40-32. bounds, two assists and two
time. "I play as hard as I can. I work steals. Burkhardt had five points,
"It was very physical and the ball and try to make good 11 rebounds and three steals.
we knew it would be that way," passes," Roberts noted, "My shot Jewel Buck had five points; four
Coach Wright admitted, "We met was off tonight." rebounds and two steals.
them earlier ini the season and Still Roberts made a numberof Breany Tate had four points
they blew us out. We wanted key plays where she would save and 12 rebounds for Avon Park.
this game tonight. We had four balls headed out of bounds and The Red Devils had 14 steals as a
seniors away so I told the girl's it's then bounce them off an Avon team. Okeechobee also had 14
up toius to do this." Park player. That would help steals.
+ Avon Park took their only lead Okeechobee keep possession of t came ot cust d anu& c
on a runner by Godfrey early in the ball. Roberts was also tough we did what we needed to do,"
the third quarter, 22-20. How- on the glass, and she needed to Coach Wright noted, "I'm glad to
ever, just when the Red Devils be with the Brahman's two tall- end the season like this."
had taken the lead, one of their est girls, Jewel Buck and Dadrika Koger said it got pretty tense
players lost their temper which Riles in foul trouble. on the court in the final minutes
resulted in a technical foul. Doro- "The coach said to go after the because the outcome was in
thy Burkhardt hit a technical and ball and go rebound like she's doubt. She said she tried to be a
Jewel Buck hit a follow to tie the showed us to, and we did it," she calming influence on her team-
score at 24 late in the third. Ko- noted. mates, "I needed to settle down,
ger added five points in the third The Red Devils didn't give up we wanted to win, I tried to think
to offset Godfrey's eight points to down the stretch, they cut the about my teammates, get them
keep Okeechobee in front, 31-28 lead to four with three minutes good shots and win this game."
after three quarters. left. However another technical Okeechobee will play Fort
Koger said she enjoyed the foul and a nice feed from Fipps Pierce Westwood in their District
match up with Avon Park's to Burkhardt for a lay up gave tournament Tuesday at Jensen
guards, "They had some quick Okeechobee a six point lead Beach high school.

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Deidra Nicole Bailey
Alicia Simmons and Brandon
Bailey of Okeechobee are proud
to announce the birth of their
daughter, Deidra Nicole Bailey.
She was born on Nov. 30,
2007 at Raulerson Hospital in
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9 oz. and was 18 '/2 inches long
at birth.
Deidra was welcomed home
by her sisters, Alexis and Madison
and brothers, Xavier and Clayton.
Maternal grandparents
are Marshall Simmons of
Paternal grandparents are
Chris and Blake Lawrence of
Great grandparents are Betty-
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Deidra Nicole Bailey.

an associate with the law firm
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