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Publication Date: January 28, 2008
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Vol. 99 No. 28

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Monday, January 28, 2008 GAINESVILLE FL 32611





Students prepare for
'the big test'
Florida Comprehension As-
sessment Test (FCAT) is com-
ing to Okeechobee High School
(OHS) once again.
FCAT is a test the state re-
quires students to take and
pass in order to graduate.
The lesson teachers teach
in the class room everyday
prepares students for the FCAT
test, according to Mrs. Debbie
Gillis, the assistant principle at
Page 3

Speak Out
GANGS: The principal sets
the tone for the school. If gangs
and or thugs are terrorizing
students then the principal, ad-
ministrators and teachers are
not doing their jobs. As parents,
if this is happening, you need to
get involved and be vocal. You
are right if adults see the inci-
dents of harassment then they
are witnesses. I have personally
had to submit witness state-
ments to the local district attor-
ney to be used against students
in legal cases. If the administra-
tion and teachers know who
the troublemakers are, why are
they not keeping an eye out?
like to comment on the story
"Stabbing blamed on rdid
rage." "Aren't steroids illegal?
Well, if they are not prescribed
to you, then it is illegal to take
them, People are constantly
warned of the harmful effects
of taking something that is not
prescribed to you. A person
can't get out of a wrongdoing
because he was already doing
something wrong in the first
place. If the man were high on,
a drug such as Crack Cocaine,
would he be making the same
plea of insanity? Probably not,
one drug is illegal or
wrong as the other is, and the
fact that he made the choice
to take the drug means that he
is responsible for his actions
while under the influence of
that drug.
Page 4

Drought Index

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

Lake Levels

10.11 feet
Ic Last Year: 11.84 feet

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

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Community Events................... 4
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TV ....... .............................. 2
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County reimbursed for tax loss

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee County might
be reimbursed by the State for
revenue lost if the Homestead
Exemption Amendment passes
on Jan. 29. However, it might be
a case of "robbing Peter to pay
"It has yet to be decided
where the money will come
from," asserted Deputy County
Administrator Jim Threewits. "It
is not in the budget yet."
Mr. Threewits expressed con-
cern that any funds the county

is now receiving from the state
might be jeopardized to cover
this request.
According to Section 9 of Sen-
ate Bill 4 D, the legislature will
appropriate funds to offset reduc-
tion of revenues to "fiscally con-
strained counties" if the, home-
stead exemption amendment
passes. A fiscally constrained
county is a rural county of less
than 100,000 populations where
one million of taxable value will
raise no more than $5 million in
revenue. It is also a county that
has been designated as a rural

area of critical economic con-
Okeechobee County qualifies
as a fiscally constrained county.
At the Thursday, Jan. 25 meet-
ing of the Okeechobee County
.Board of County Commission-
ers, commissioners approved
sending a letter to the Executive
Officer. of the Governor, Office of
Tourism, Trade and Economic
Development stating that if the
constitutional amendment pass-
es the county will lose $927,000
in revenue the first year. The
county is applying for reimburse-

IRCC: Board of Trustees meets

Okeechobee News/Chauna Agullar
Janine Marchman (right) received the January Employee of the Month award for IRCC
from Dr. Edwin Massey (left) during their IRCC Trustee Foundation meeting.

Foundation updated

on local IRCC campus

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Indian River Community
College, soon to be Indian
River College Board of Trust-
ees heard updates on the local
Dixon-Hendry campus at their
meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 22,
from Sam Smith, provost.
Tracking IRCC students in
Okeechobee is'a very busy job
for Mr. Smith, who diligently
works to provide the most ac-
curate and highest numbers
through all of the Dixon Hendry
campuses recruitment efforts.
According to Mr. Smith ap-

proximately 28.7 percent of
Okeechobee High School stu-
dents who go to college enroll
in IRCC.
Mr. Smith keeps up with his
students personally by making
phone calls and researching
what a student needs to gradu-
ate. Through funds from the
IRCC Foundation, each year
the college gives out anywhere
from $108,000 to $250,000 in
scholarships each year.
Last year $234,000 in schol-
arships were given out to
Okeechobee High School se-
niors on scholarship night due

to the funds that the foundation
They also offer two ad-
ditional scholarships that are
given away at the annual Grad
Nite whith is held at the local
bowling alley each year to pro-
vide a safe haven to celebrate
In addition to the scholar-
ships, due to local benefactors,
Mr. Smith is able to tap into
emergency funds of approxi-
mately $16,500 when students
come upon unexpected cir-
cumstances and have no other
See IRCC Page 2

ment of that amount.
The letter ends by stating:
"We appreciate the Florida Leg-
islature for the assurance given
the fiscally constrained counties
to offset the impact of the pas-
sage of constitutional amend-
ment revision property taxation
and, in the event that proposed
constitutional amendment pass-
es, our county will look to the
governor and the Florida Legisla-
ture to fulfill the intention of this
Commissioner Elvie Posey
also expressed concern about a.

possible reduction in other ar-
eas of funding from the state. He
said the state's income comes
from taxes which the state is try-
ing to cut.
Under current law homestead
exemption law, the first $25,000
of assessed value is exempt from
taxation. The proposed amend-
ment would offer a second
$25,000 exemption for the por-
tion of property value between
$50,001 and $75,000. Therefore,
if a person's homesteaded prop-
erty is valued at $50,000 or less,
See County -Page 2

Tuesday is

Election day

Okeechobee County voters
will go to the polls on Tuesday,
Jan. 29, to cast their ballots in
the presidential primary and on
a proposed amendment to the
Florida Constitution.
Candidates seeking the
Democratic nomination for
president include Joseph Biden
Jr., Hillary Clinton, Christo-
pher Dodd, John Edwards,
Mike Gravel, Dennis Kucinich,
Barack Obama and Bill Rich-
ardson Ill.
Republican candidates for
president include Rudy Giuliani,
Mike Huckabee, Duncan Hunt-
er, Alan Keyes, John McCain,
Ron .Paul, Mitt Ronrney'. and
Tom Tancredo. Fred Thomp-
son, who is also on the ballot,
has dropped out of the race.
The proposed constitutional

amendment would increase the
Homestead Exemption from
$25,000 to $50,000 on homes
valued more than $75,000. The
first $25,000 of a home's value
would be exempt; taxes would
be paid on the amount over
$25,001 but less than $50,000;
then the amount from $50,001
to $75,000 would be exempt.
The amendment also provides
for Save Our Homes tax sav-
ings to be "portable" so the
savings would not be lost if a
homeowner moves and limits
the increase in assessments for
non-homesteaded property to
10 percent per year.
The polls will be open from
7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
See Vote Page 2

Chili cook-off

to benefit

Rylee's Hope

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Time is running short to
practice that perfect chili reci-
pe. Rylee's Hope will hold their
second annual Chili Cook-off
on Saturday, Feb. 2. Registra-
tion begins at 7 a.m. and judg-

ing begins at noon.
Registration fees for teams,
consisting of no more than five
participants cost $150. Teams
may be sponsored by corpora-
tions and/or individuals.
Corporate .sponsorship is
See Cook-off Page 2

Rucks family moves north

By MaryAnn Morris
Okeechobee News
In 1926, Otis (O.M.) moved
to Miami, where he and his
wife, Carrie, 'started the first
dairy on Miami Beach, accord-
ing to a 1966 article in "South-
eastern Dairy Review." They
were joined by their children.
First J.C and WC. came
down, then Ernest, Gordon
and Hobart Rucks and worked
for O.M.
Then came the hurricane
of 1926. It completely flattened
the dairy barn.
Gordon and Hobart built
temporary stanchions out in the
open. Cows were milked and
the cans of milkwere hauled

A series about Florida's
pioneers and history

into Miami and left on street
corners where the Red Cross
would pick up the milk and dis-
tribute it. For over a month, that
was how Miami got its milk.
"Carrie died shortly after
of injuries from the hurricane.
(That hurricane heavily dam-

aged Miami and nearly wiped
Moore Haven off the map.) Her
death left him with four chil-
dren to raise. "As his business
continued to grow, he wrote to
his brothers back in Alabama
to come down and help," the
article continued.
He remarried and had 12
more children. Sixteen children
in all, my father included, ex-
plained Tommy Rucks.
As he built his market, he
was able to drop the Miami
market and sell his milk in Hol-
' As time went on, the broth-
ers scattered to Delray Beach,
See History -. Page 2

Southeastern Dairy Review, Oct. 1966
Sport Rucks stands beside one of eight feed tanks, each will
hold 42 tons, one boxcar load of feed for the cows at Red Top
Dairy. Red Top Dairy was out on S.R. 710. Some of the homes
remain today.


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I v*emw "w * ,*- ri News Briefs
"C pyrighted Materal Okee County Fair P
The Okeechobee County_

Southeastern Dairy Review, Oct. 1966
Earl Rucks had just returned from out of state with a load of
feed when this photo was taken.

Continued From Page 1
Jacksonville, Tampa, Frostproof,
Lake Wales, Fort Drum, Deerfield
and Okeechobee. In Okeechobee,
they built Dry Lake Dairy. Dry
Lake Dairy got its name from the
Deerfield Beach Dairy that had a
dried up lake in front on the barn.
Sizeable about five acres dried
up until it started to rain. It rained,
it rained, and then the lake wasn't
dry anymore. Nonetheless, Em-
mett Rucks (who had come down
later) carried to the new
+ dairy in Okeechobee.
In Okeechobee also was Red
Top Dairy, originally owned by
a Mr. McAdams who owned the
Red Top Taxi Cab Company in Mi-
ami. By 1966, this had grown to
1,600 acres, 17 houses a 135-cow
barn and over 700 head of cattle
in all.
The unique feature of Red Top

Continued From Page 1
also available at various levels
which will be recognized at the
event and given a certificate of ap-
preciation to display at their place
of business.
This year there will be a taster's
choice award which will be given
out through donations made at
each team's booth. A taster's
choice jar will be placed at each
booth and if you think that their
chili is the best, donate to their
jar. All proceeds will go to Rylee's
Hope and the team with the most
money in their jar will win the
taster's choice award.
There will be seven judges for
the official event.
All funds for the event will
go toward helping individuals
through trying times when cri-
sis' hits a family with premature
births, medical issues with new-
borns, and the continuation of
the result of issues with a prema-
ture baby.
Founders of the organization,
Jay Jolicoeur and his wife, Shana
Jolicoeur, were given first hand
experience with premature birth
when their daughter Rylee Austin
was born in January of 2006. She
weighed only 18 ounces and was
only 11 inches long. Rylee sur-
vived in the neo-natal intensive
care unit (NICU) for two days,
then died the following Sunday.
Before her death, they real-
ized the additional burdens they
would be facing -- the daily trip to
the hospital that took them over
an hour one way, as well as the
financial, emotional and spiritual

Dairy was the feeding operation.
(This is in the mid-1960s.) Feed
was purchased by the boxcar
load. Sport Rucks mixes his own
blend in eight 42-ton tanks. The
feed is distributed to the cows au-
tomatically. It took one man only
2 /2 hours to feed all those cows!
According to an account in
"Southeastern Dairy Review"
published in October 1966, Otis
Rucks, the first Rucks dairyman
in the state, continued to aid his
family and other newcomers to
start dairies in Florida. He helped
reestablish many dairies after
they had been wiped out by hur-
ricanes. Otis even sold J.N.,McAr-
thur of MacArthur Jersey Farm
Dairy his first 13 head of dairy
cows. In 1957, Otis helped start
his last dairy. This was the Mar-
gate Dairy that he backed his son
Earl in establishing.
MaryAnn Morris
may be contacted at

Even though they were struck
with grief Mr. Jolicoeur said he
and his wife looked around at all
the other families that had babies
in the NICU. There are approxi-
mately 70 babies in the NICU at
St. Mary's at any given time, and
who all stay in the hospital for ex-
tended periods of time.
The Jolicoeur's were immedi-
ately saddened for the families of
all of these babies and wanted to
find a way to help.
They formed Rylee's Hope,
which is a non-profit group that
helps families through trying
times by providing lodging near
the hospital, food, gas, people to
talk to, childcare for older children
and many other needs particular
to the actual family involved.
Rylee's Hope has provided'
grief counseling, helped with fu-
neral arrangements and provided
many other types of assistance.
Rylee's Hope strives to be in-
volved not only when a baby is in
still in the hospital, but long after
they either have come home or
have passed on. The road with a
premature baby does not end in
the hospital. Many of these babies
who survive have a-rough road
ahead of them.
On average, 1-in-8 births
in Florida are pre-term, which
equates to 486 babies born pre-
term during the average week.
For more information about
* Rylee's Hope and how to get in-
volved, visit www.ryleeshope.
or call (863) 357-2265.
Post your opinions
in the Public Issues Forum
Reporter Chauna Aguilar
may be reached at

Community Events

My Aunt's House seeks volunteers
My Aunt's House, Inc. a 501 (c) (3) organization is looking for two
to three volunteers to work in our Closet any day, or days, Monday
through Friday during the hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. We are also
looking for a volunteer to become the director and a board member
of The Clothes Closet. The volunteer should communicate well with
the public and should be able to seek support from city and county
officials, business executives and other organizations. Work days and
hours are flexible. Call, (863) 634-2306 for information.

Angela Lupe
Hodges Sanchez


Tina Titus
Weaver Henderson
ing there for you throughout the
educational process.
ivirs. weaver-stAre a re

Mrs. weaver stated mthat when
Continued From Page 1 she first began classes at IRCC,
alternative source of funding for she didn't really have a whole lot
their classes, of confidence in herself. Through
The Okeechobee Educational her studies in the LPN program,
Foundation will offer this year an and through her pursuit of her
associates degree and bachelors associate's degree that has all
degree scholarship through funds changed. She is now going for her
that are matched by the state ac- bachelor of science in nursing in
cording to Linda Syfrett. the registered nursing program.
There are approximately 1,506 Her family has, also joined in
to 1,809 students on campus who on pursuing their education. Her
all require different means of husband is now going to school,
scheduling in order to meet their her daughter graduated with her
needs. associate's degree last year and
In 2006, there were 94 degree her son is participating in dual
completers. In 2007, there were. enrollment classes at the high.
70 degree, completers. While this school.
number did go down, 26 other Mrs. Weaver stated that the
students completed their degree best advice she could give was to,
in the Summer Semester. The goal "get beyond whatever that little
for IRCC Dixon Hendry Campus is thing in your life is, and pursue
102 degree completers each year. it."
With the new programs that Mr. Henderson called himself
are now being offered at IRCC, a professional student and has
Mr. Smith and the Dixon Hen- received three associate's degrees
dry Campus has new ways that from IRCC. He was told that he
they can touch the citizens of had expended all financial aid
Okeechobee's lives. Several past that he was allowed and through
and current students spoke of the funds of the foundation he
their experiences and their excite- was able to continue his educa-
ment on being able to continue tion
their education due to the addi- He stated, "I was excited that
tion of bachelors programs at the college was adding the bache-
IRCC. lor's program because that meant
Angela Hodges, Lupe Sanchez, he could go back to school."
Tina Weaver and Titus Hender- IRCC currently has 32 general
son all spoke of their experiences educationRCC currently has 32 generalre of-
at IRCCeducation courses that are of-
at IRCCs fered at Okeechobee High School.
Mrs. Hodges current y works They have also reinstituted Friday
for the local school board in,.theob, ,,. ......s: ich 'h a -ma... in
finance department and ha re- only classes whichhaavenmade m
ceived her education through large numbers the last two years.
IRCC in organizational manage- Next semester there will be three
ment. She has been married for classes back to back held on Fri-
25 years and has two children. days only. This allows the work-
The versatile programs have ing student to ask off one day in
allowed her to attend classes and the week and complete all of their
continue to pursue her education. classes on one day if they take
Mrs. Hodges expressed that she is one online class.
ecstatic about this history making In other local news, Janine
opportunity. Marchman received the January
Ms. Sanchez received an IRCC Employee of the Month award
scholarship in 2004. She greatly which was presented to her by Dr.
appreciated this award due to her Edwin Massey, IRCC president.
not being able to pay for college For more information about
herself. She received her associ- the local Dixon Hendry Campus
ate's degree and is now pursu- call (863) 824-6000, main cam-
ing her bachelor's degree to be a pus (772) 462-4700, or visit www.
science teacher. She hopes to be
teaching by 2009 or 2010. Post your opinions
Ms. Sanchez expressed her in the Public Issues Forum
Ms. Sanchez expressed her at
appreciation to the staff at the Reporter ChaunaAguilar
Dixon Hendry Campus for really may be reached at
caring about the students and be-

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the proposed amendment would
not affect them.
According to Mickey Bandi of
the property appraiser's office,
about one quarter of the home-
steaded property owners in the
county would not be affected if
the amendment passes because
their property is valued at less
than $50,000 or they have a senior
citizen exemption.
Under current law, eligible
senior citizens receive a second
$25,000 exemption. The property

Continued From Page 1
Precinct locations
Okeechobee voting places
*Precinct I -- Abundant Bless-
ings Church, 4550 Hwy 441 N
(New Location)
*Precinct 2 -- Basinger Comm.
Center, 20350 Hwy 98 N
*Precinct 3 --The Gathering,
1735 S.W. 24 Ave.
*Precinct 04 -- Oak View Bap-
tist Church, 677 S.W 32nd St.
'Precinct 05 -VFW #10539,
3912 Hwy 441 S.E. (New Loca-
Precinct 06 --Episcopal
Church, 200 N.W Third St.
*Precinct 07 --First Method-
ist Church, 200 N.W. Second St.
(New Location)
*Precinct 08 -- Okeechobee

owner must be over 65 and have
an annual income of less than
$24,916 to be eligible. With a se-
nior citizen exemption, the prop-
erty owner only pays taxes on
the value of the property above
$50,000. If the property is valued
at less than $50,000, they pay no
The income figure for eligible
senior citizens is adjusted each
year according to the cost of liv-
Post your opinions
in the Public Issues Forum
Reporter Pete Gawda
may be reached at

Christian Church, 3055 SE 18th
*Precinct 09 -- Elks Lodge,
3666 Hwy 70 E
*Precinct 10 --Corner Stone
Baptist, 18387 Hwy 441 N (Old
441 Baptist)
Precinct 11 -- Shrine Club, Off
' Hwy 78 W, 1855 S.W. 53rd St.
*Precinct 12 -- Civic Center,
1750 Hwy 98 N
Precinct 13 -- Catholic Church
Pavilion, 701 S.W. Sixth St
*Precinct 14 -- American Le-
gion, 501 S.E. Second St.
*Precinct 15 -- VFW # 10539,
3912 Hwy 441 SE
*Precinct 16 -- Civic Center,
1750 Hwy 98 N
*Precinct 17 -- Episcopal
Church, 200 N.W. Third St. (New
*Precinct 18 -- FPL Service
Center, 825 N.E. 341' Ave.

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nirst Okeecnobee Lounty Fair beauty pageant on Friday, idMarch I.
Competition 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 Reser-
vation. The deadline to enter the competition is Saturday, Jan. 26.
For more information contact Donny Arnold (863) 634-6464 or visit

Creative Skill and Craft Contest entries needed
The Okeechobee County Fair Association is seeking adult and
youtlh contest participants for the upcoming, fair March 7-16, the
contests consists of quilting, sewing, painting, drawing, photogra-
phy, horticulture and woodworking. There will also be food com-
petitions such as home baking and canned goods, as well as. a veg-
etable competition featuring 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. under the exhibits link, or pick up cop-
ies at the Okeechobee County Extension Office at 458 Highway 98
North. If you have questions, please contact Dianne Spann at 634-

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, or obtained from the City Clerk's Of-
fice at 55 SE 3rd Avenue, Okeechobee. You may contact us for fur-
ther information at (863) 763-3372 extension 215.




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Okeechobee News, Mon ay, anua ,

Submitted photo/UOH

Studying hard
Students at Okeechobee High School are hard a work
with their Spring semester classes. Teachers like Mr.
Fields are ready to help the students study.

Students prepare for 'the big test'

By Tesa Warthen
OHS Journalism Class
Florida Comprehension As-
sessment Test (FCAT) is com-
ing to Okeechobee High School
(OHS) once again.
FCAT is a test the state fe-
quires students to take and pass
in order to graduate.
The lesson teachers teach in
the class room everyday pre-
pares students for the FCAT test,
according to Mrs. Debbie Gillis,
the assistant principle at OHS.
Almost every teacher here at
Okeechobee high school teach-
es something pertaining to the
FCAT; with the exception of the
vocational classes like Comput-
ing for college and Careers, and
Health Science.
Teachers and OHS school
guidance counselors adminis-
ter the FCAT. Students take the
FCAT throughout their school
years, but tenth grade is the
last year students are required
to take the Math, Reading, and
Writing FCAT test, and also the
Norm Reference Test (NRT).
Students in the 11th grade
only have to take the science
FCAT if they passed the previous
FCAT administered their tenth
grade year. That is because the
FCAT taken in the 10thgrade is
the most important of them all;

the student's FCAT scores deter-
mine whether a student gradu-
ates or not. If a student does not
pass the FCAT their given an-
other chance to take'the FCAT.
The student is given an alterna-
tive FCAT, there are no extended
responses, and it's only multiple
choices. If the student does not
pass the retake, their given sev-
eral other chances until they
graduate to take the FCAT.
Most students take the test
with their second hour class
and for the rest of the students;
they take the test with a teacher
in their schedule. The following
dates are important: Feb. 12,
10th graders take FCAT writing,
March 11, 10th graders take the
FCAT reading, March 12, 10th
graders take the FCAT math,
March 13, 10th graders take the
NRT and eleventh graders take
the FCAT science, according to
FCAT has been. around for
about ten years, and it will be
around for many more. While
students and teachers are work-
ing hard for this test others are
making the test that they pre-
pare so hard for. Now knowing
about another part of OHS, the
community can be more edu-

OHS photo
With FCAT tests coming up, students are hard at work.

OHS photo
Travis McElroy played football for the Okeechobee
High School Brahmans and now is on the J.V. Wrestling

Travis McElroy

wrestles with



By Heather Menendez
OHS Journalism Class
* Travis McElroy is not your
ordinary athlete. Not only did
McElroy play football for the
O.H.S. Brahmans, he made
the varsity team. He is cur-
rently a member of the J.V.
Wrestling team.
McElroy is classified as an
ESE student at OHS.
According to the members
of the wrestling team, he is
a great asset to the team be-
cause he is an "all-around"
great guy.
"He is funny, Keeps every-
body involved. He is always
happy, and makes you happy
even when you are feeling
down about your match."
said sophomore wrestler Zac
"Travis always keeps us
motivated" said senior wres-
tler Robert Dyce.
McElroy decided to join the
wrestling team for many rea-
"I thought wrestling would
be fun as well as challenging.
Wrestling takes a lot of run-
ning and practicing. If you
plan on being a successful
wrestler; you have to sacrifice
junk and fatting food. You're
'basically on a diet the entire

wrestling season. If you plan
on being on the floor compet-
ing for the school you have to
make weight." said McElroy.
"Travis always works hard,
always pays attention, and is
eager to learn new things. Tra-
vis also never loses interest in
wrestling" said junior wrestler
Jose Medellin.
At the beginning of the
wrestling season McElroy was
in the 130 weight class divi-
sion. He is currently in the 125
weight class.
This is McElroy's first year
on the wrestling team. At
press time, McElroy was get-
ting ready to compete in a
wrestle-off for a spot on the
varsity team.
"I never really wrestled be-
fore; just in the backyard with
my family. When I am wres-
tling it makes me feel good
that I am out doing something
and not just at home sitting on
the couch." said McElroy.
McElroy concluded with
"besides football, wrestling is
what I look forward to when
I'm having a bad day, or when
I just feel the need to have fun.
It's wrestling, I love this'sport,
and it makes me really happy
that I am good at it"


fly South for

the winter

By Steven Williams
OHS Journalism Class
Cold weather snaps aren't
the only signs of winter in
Okeechobee. The Northern-
ers are here. People are com-
ing from far and wide; they're
even coming from Canada.
"It's crazy how many
people come down to
Okeechobee for the winter;
there really aren't that many
people here in the summer,"
said Heather Nelson a cashier
at Gulf Stream Goodwill indus-
The temporary population
increase affects even the flow
of traffic. The intersection of
441 and 70 is often backed up
more than usual during the
morning and evening com-
"I've never seen so much
traffic in my life. The increase
in traffic has resulted in a
few traffic accidents, that are
non fatal though," said junior
Taneshia Mitchell.
Beside the traffic conges-
tion, businesses see the in-
crease in population as a plus.
"Our business has in-
creased tremendously, I can't

believe so many people come
down, I thought the summer
would be the time when peo-
ple want to come down, but
sure enough It winter," said
Many northerners flock to
Okeechobee for its small-town
charm and friendly citizens.
"I love coming to
Okeechobee, this little town
is great. Everyone's so happy,
and welcoming, I've never re-
ceived this kind of welcome
anywhere I've been," said
Edward Lozot who is from
"I have a great little RV, I
brought with me from New
York, I love coming down,
and when I first visited
Okeechobee I didn't expect it
to be so friendly. Okeechobee
has great shopping, everything
is close, and the land is cheap.
If you have a dying need to
visit a mall or something, you
can just drive to Jensen which
is only like 45 minutes, it's
great! I look forward to it each
year," said Ben Rivero who is
from New York.

OHS photo
Huckabee supporters can be found at the main inter-
section showing their support for the candidate.

Mike Huckabee

campaigns i


By Steven Williams
OHS Journalism Class
By now, everyone knows
that the presidential candidates
for the 2008 election year have
started campaigning full swing.
In Okeechobee, former Gover-
nor of Arkansas and Republi-
can candidate Mike Huckabee
seems to have more supporters
than any of the other presiden-
tial candidates.
"Okeechobee has many
Huckabee supporters. Most
recently his supporters can
be seen holding up Huckabee
signs at the intersection of
Highway 441 and Highway 70,"
said Carlene Huckabee.
Mrs. Huckabee is actually a
relative of Mike Huckabee. Her
husband, Dr. Randy Huckabee
is a distant cousin.
"Although Mike Huckabee
and I are related, I will not vote
for him based on our relation.
He has to bring something to
the table." said Mrs. Huckabee.
When Mrs. Huckabee was
asked what she was looking
for in a president she said "It is
important for people to know
that no candidate will support,
or have everything you're look-
ing for in a president; you have
to set priorities; for example:
I want a president who is Pro
Life (does not support abor-
tion), supports education re-
form, strong military, and a
strong economy; I have to set
my priorities and pick out what
is most important to me."

Many students will be eli-
gible to vote in the upcoming
election. Some are paying at-
tention to the campaigning now
more than ever because their
voice can finally be heard.
"I am super excited about
being able to vote; know-
ing that my opinion actually
counts in the great place we
call home, and America really,
really makes me happy and op-
timistic about my future as well
as future generations," said Ca-
rina Nichols, a junior at O.H.S.
and Sea Cadet member.
Although other students are
not eligible to vote in the next
election, they are still taking
part in the current election .by
spreading the message that
everyone should vote so their
voice can be heard.
"Unfortunately I am not
eligible to vote yet, but it still
makes me happy knowing
that I can impact my future
and (that changes) my whole
outlook on this country, and
democracy! And yes I will defi-
nitely be voting when I turn
18." "I think it's important for
everyone to get/be involved in
this election process, even if
you can't vote, go out and try
to encourage and inspire oth-
ers to vote. Believe me know-
ing you've done something to
help this society really makes
a difference in how you feel
about yourself at the end of
the day," said Monika Koger, a
sophomore at OHS.

Yearbooks on sale at Okeechobee High School

By Tesa Warthen and
Emily Dreher
OHS Journalism Class
What about those books,
those yearbooks from high

school that are collecting dust.?
They contain a treasure of
Have you thought about
them lately?
Okeechobee High School is

making their yearbooks right
. At the beginning of the year
the yearbooks were on sale for
$35. As the year goes by, the
price goes up. They are now on

sale for $40 until Feb/ 3, 2008.
Some highlights of the year-
book are the hanging with
friends, learning experiences,
and of course finding out who
Miss Brahman is.

"Seeing my friends and I
in the yearbook is something
I look forward to enjoy once
I receive my yearbook" said
sophomore, Taylor English.
Throughout the yearbook there

are many different sections that
divide the school into parts that
students and teachers experi-
ence. The yearbook is a great
keepsake of your high school


.Lirir --*"

Okeechobee News, Monday, January 28, 2008


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
GANGS: The principal sets the tone for the school. If gangs and
or thugs are terrorizing students then the principal, administrators
and teachers are not doing their jobs. As parents, if this is happen-
ing, you need to get involved and be vocal. You are right if adults see
the incidents of harassment then they are witnesses. I have person-
ally had to submit witness statements to the local district attorney
to be used against students in legal cases. If the administration and
teachers know who the troublemakers are, why are they not keep-
ing an eye out?

RESPONSIBLE: I would like to comment on the story "Stabbing
blamed on roid rage." "Aren't steroids illegal? Well, if they are not
prescribed to you, then it is illegal to take them, People are con-
stantly warned of the harmful effects of taking something that is not
prescribed to you. A person can't get out of a wrongdoing because
he was already doing something wrong in the first place. If the man
were high on a drug such as Crack Cocaine, would he be making
the same plea of insanity? Probably not, one drug is just as illegal or
wrong as the other is, and the fact that he made the choice to take
the drug means that he is responsible for his actions while under
the influence of that drug.

SECURITY: I'm not trying to be ugly here ... but in all reality, it is
not the sheriff's department or city police department's responsibil-
ity to assist in closing a business for the night. Their job is to enforce
the law, not to manage the nightly closing of a business. It is the
manage/owner's responsibility to secure his business and set some
safety guidelines for his employees -- you know those folks who
make your business a success! I believe the law enforcement agen-
cies would send someone to a business if they felt threatened but
honestly, it's not their job to baby sit someone's employees. They
probably do think this is good ole Okeechobee and things like that
don't happen here. Well, they do. Numerous years ago, a teacher
was abducted from a local laundry mat and murdered in St. Lucie
County. I know within the past two years a local convenience store
clerk was attacked outside as she took out the trash. It does happen.
Times have changed unfortunately, However, I would not hesitate
to call for an officer if I felt uncomfortable walking to my car alone.

VIKING: I would like to ask now that the county has the deeds
for the main thru roads and the north south grades what they in-
tend to do to help the tax payers? We still own part of the roads
that you are opening up for people to use with no restrictions. They
are destroying the roads every weekend and we know our sheriffs
department has not enough resources to be in the area all the time.
Remember people we voted them in and we can vote them out.
It would be different if they were cutting our taxes for the part we
own that we have no control over or using our tax money to help
the sheriff get more help but they are doing absolutely nothing at
all. That is why when the market picks up most of us who like nice
things will move to a place where we can get our money's worth
in taxes and the Viking will be like it was 10 years ago, vacant other
than low income. Then let's see what the county gets for revenue
from taxes then.

AMENDMENT: I personally think the new tax bill for homestead
is one of the best things that could have been done, due to the fact
that all the rich snowbirds come down and drive our cost of living
higher so it's about time we get something. This will help all the,
+ people who are low to middle class and who work hard to keep
what little they have. I believe that they should have put a yearly
income cap if you make more than X dollars you can't qualify for
it. This way the counties will not whine as .much about losing their
revenue and people with less than X dollars below guideline qualify.
Only this will stop a lot of low income housing areas.

SHOP: In regard to shop at home: I went to Port St. Lucie the
other day to a store, the same as the one we have in town, I was
shocked at the difference in prices, so much lower and they also
had items I have been looking for over a year in our store. When I
asked the manager' why the big difference I was told Okeechobee
store has no competition while the Port St. Lucie store has many
other large stores to compete with so of course lower prices. Does
the store think we are rich here in Okeechobee? Will I continue to
shop the store in Okeechobee? No way. I will make monthly trips
to Port St. Lucie and stock up while still saving money even with
higher gas prices. I do not like doing this. This is my town and I feel
I should put my money back into it, but come on, things are tough
all over.

PUMPING: There was a recent article by the SFWMD on Jan.
23, about perhaps they will install high speed pumps to back pump
water into the lake during periods of low water. What they failed
to mention was, how much phosphorous would be pumped into
the lake and other nutrients. This has been one of the big problems
with this water management district.
Editor's note: The story on Jan. 23 was not about back-
pumping to store water, although that has also been, in the
news recently. It was about the proposal to install pumps on
the lake side, so they can move water from the lake to the
waterways if the lake falls below 7 feet. If the lake is below 7
feet, the water will not move naturally.

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Letters to the Editor

Spring break timing
In your paper on Saturday,
January 26, 2008 there was a
question posed in "Speak Out."
The caller asked why Spring
Break and Easter vacations oc-
curred the way they do in this
year's school calendar. Your an-
swer to the caller was only par-
tially correct and I would like to
set the record straight.
Each year a calendar com-
mittee convenes to put together
a couple of calendar choices for
the next school year. This com-
mittee, according to our con-
tract, consists of representatives
from the Okeechobee County
Education Association and an
equal number pf representa-
tives chosen by the Superinten-
dent. Proposals are developed
during committee meetings and
posted at each work site for all
personnel to consider. Then
ALL personnel at each work site
vote on the calendar. Votes are
tabulated and the calendar with
the most total votes gets sub-
mitted to the School Board for
I would like to point out
that these calendar choices
are voted on by ALL personnel
who include teachers, educa-
tional support personnel (ESP)
and administrators. In other
words, all school district em-
ployees have a say in this mat-
ter whether they happen to be a
member of OCEA or not. Also,
for future reference we are not
the "teachers' union" as stated
in the Speak Out answer. We
represent all employees which
include custodians, secretaries,
food service personnel,' para-
professionals, bus drivers, etc.
Essentially, this is everyone ex-
cept administrators.
Now, specifically to answer
the caller: Many items have to
be considered when creating the
calendar choices. Some items to
be considered occurring in the
spring are: where Easter falls,
when the end of the nine weeks
will be, when the state says FCAT
testing has to occur, where the
required teacher work day will
fall and how that will affect the
day students receive their third
nine weeks report card. These
choices are not arrived at flip-
pantly, but rather with much
thought and consideration.
There is no hard and fast rule
that spring break has to occur
before Easter, although many
times it does but for other rea-
sons, as stated.
Thank you,
Candice Black Walker

Queen of Hearts
For the past 20 year's lawmak-
ers have dictated, in both Florida
and federal statutes, manda-
tory minimum prison sentences
for persons convicted of certain
drug-related offenses -- even if the
presiding judge, after learning the
facts in a case, favors a lesser pun-
These cart-before-the-horse
laws bring to mind the wacky
world of Alice in Wonderland.
When the Knave, accused of
stealing tarts got his day in court
and the King ordered the jury to
consider their verdict, the Queen
cried, "No, no! Sentence first--ver-
dict afterwards."
Like Alice, we find ourselves in
a wonderland of topsy-turvy rules
and miscarried justice. In Ameri-
ca's drug war drama the Knave's
part is played by drug users, the
King is replaced by government
prosecutors, and state and federal
legislators, sitting in distant state
capitals and Washington, DC,
prescribe sentences long before
judges and juries in courthouses
around the country arrive at their
State Laws. An October 2007
New York Times editorial titled,
"Rational Sentencing," provides
this, assessment of mandatory
minimum sentencing: "New York
sparked a disastrous national
trend during the 1970s with laws
that often penalized first-time
drug felons more severely than
rapists or murderers. [These
laws] drove up the prison popu-
lation tenfold and cost the state
a fortune, did nothing to curb
the drug trade, tied the hands of
judges and destroyed countless
young lives by requiring long pris-
on terms in cases where leniency
and drug treatment were clearly
Despite some improvements
in New York's original draconian
laws, low-level, first time, non-
violent, drug offenders can still
get eight to 20 years behind bars.
This is a shocking punishment for
a peaceful offense when a violent,
first-time rapist gets a comparable
five to 25 year term.
Michigan is way ahead of New
York. A 2007 Justice Policy Insti-
tute report noted that, "Michigan
legislators repealed almost all of
the states mandatory minimum
drug statutes long cited as among
the toughest in the nation replac-
ing them with drug sentencing
guidelines that give discretion
back to Michigan judges."
Florida, however, is moving

in the opposite direction. In late
2007, the state's Attorney Gener-
al, Bill McCollum, and state legis-
lators, announced their intentions
to strengthen the current three-
year mandatory minimum prison
sentence for growing marijuana
plants. Today it takes 300 plants
to trigger the mandatory penalty.
McCollum wants that number
lowered to 25 plants. Once again,
state legislators want to tie the
hands of court judges in Florida.
According to a 2006 National
Center for State Courts survey,
only 15 states were actively at
work repealing or preventing the
adoption of mandatory minimum
sentence provisions.
And, while state judges in the
NCSC survey complained most
about the "lack of judicial discre-
tion and the prevalence of man-
datory sentences," the survey also
found that 29 states reported no
efforts to repeal or prevent adop-
tion of mandatory minimum sen-
tence provisions -- and six other
states were actually busy creating
new mandatory minimum penal-
In Washington, 1986, the U.S.
Congress passed the Anti-Drug
Abuse Act, the source of most
federal mandatory minimum sen-
tences currently in force across
the nation. According to Families
Against Mandatory Minimums,
a Washington-based advocacy
organization, this law also "com-
pleted the transfer of sentencing
power from federal judges to
Here is how that law shifted
judicial power in America. First,
judges may no longer consider
motives, family circumstances or
the likelihood of rehabilitation
when setting sentences -- which
are based only on drug type and
the amount of drugs involved in
the case.
Next, since prosecutors now
know the exact sentence each
charge carries, they use this in-
formation to squeeze guilty pleas
from defendants -- and save them-
selves the need to actually prove
guilt in the courtroom.
FAMM says the shift of power
from judges to prosecutors has
resulted in "more than 25,000
small-fry drug offenders prosecut-
ed in federal courts each year, and,
nearly half a million drug offend-
ers in state and local jails -- more
people than are in European pris-
ons for all crimes combined."
What to do? Publicly, legisla-.
tors contend that rigid sentences
will deter would-be offenders,
overrule soft-on-crime judges,
and ensure similar crimes ev-

erywhere draw a similar punish-
ment. But privately, elected offi-
cials keep their eyes on the next
election and are quick to pander
to the whim of the voters. If their
constituents want tough-on-
crime laws, legislators go for the
Judges, on the other hand, are
inclined to weigh the facts in a
case and seek a just punishment
based on the circumstances. And
because the circumstances in
each case are unique, informed
judges are far better equipped
than legislators to make sure
each offender pays a just price for
his or her actions. The one-size-
fits-all mandatory punishments,
inevitably perverts justice.
America needs enlightened
sentencing, not blindly uniform
punishments. That's why it is
time to get our sentence-first, ver-
dict-later lawmakers in Tallahas-
see and Washington out of the
courtroom and let our judges do
their job.
By Ronald Fraser
Ronald Fraser, PhD, writes on
public policy issues for the DKT
Liberty Project, a Washington-
based civil liberties organization.
Write to him at: fraserr@erols.

Thanks for support
A great big thank you to all the
advertisers who participated in
our 2008 Angel Account.: Lake-
shore Mechanics, Inc., Sweet Wa-
ter Enviromental, Okeechobee
Commercial Tire and Auto, Sod
Services, Perry Pest Protection,
Rent-A-Center, Kitchen Cabi-
net Warehouse, ICS Comput-
ers, Nunez Lawn Care, Polar Air
Conditioning, Advanced Paving
Systems, Clint Rucks, Shoreline
Sea Wall, TNT Land Developing,
Seacoast National Bank, James
Shockley, Dr. Riaz, Peace Lutheran
School, All About Flowers, Shel-
tra and Sons Construction, Inc.,
Okeechobee Real Estate Co., G-4
Land and Cattle, Sheltra, W&W
Lumber, Synagro, Superior Water
Works, Inc., Pamela Newcomer,
Wayne Carr Trucking, Inc. Rock-
ing 86 Rodeo Co., R&R Drywall,
Lances Treehouse, Chobee Auto
Repair, Chuck Palm at All Coast
Tractor, The UPS Store, Personal
Computer Coaching, Elliots Quik
Foto, James Fowler Real Estate
Agent, Okeechobee Office Sup-
Thanks to each of you in help-
ing make our calendar so'kuc-
cessful for its eighth year.
Bobbi Poole

Upcoming Events

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 meet-
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 Cam-
pus, 2229 N.W Ninth Ave. For information, call the Foster Care Pro-
gram at 1-(800) 403-9311.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at
the Just for Today club, 2303 S. Hwy 441, Suite K. For information
call (863) 634-4780.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. at the
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone
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 applique. Everyone is welcome.
For more information please contact Karen Graves at (863) 763-
Nicotine Anonymous (NICA) is starting a new club with meet-
ings 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 information, call
Steve Condit Sr. at (863) 801-3110.
AA meetings Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road,
holds open meetings for Alcoholics Anonymous on Monday nights
from 7 to 8 p.m. for substance abuse. They also have Al-Anon meet-
ings on Monday nights from 7 until 8 p.m. to help family and friends
of alcoholics. For information call Chris at (863) 467-5714.

Tuesday Jan. 29
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon
at Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are
open to the public. For information, contact Chad Rucks at (863)
New AA Meeting in Basinger: There is now an AA meeting in
Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Breth-
ren Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
A.A. will have a closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. It
will be at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at
10 a.m. at the Hospice Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in
Okeechobee. Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Enid
Boutrin at (863) 467-2321.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St.
Anyone interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome
to attend. There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index),
Social Security Death Index and military information available. For
information, call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at
the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For infor-
mation, call (863) 467-9055.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is
invited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For in-
formation, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30
p.m. in the fellowship hall, 1735 S.W 24th Ave. This is a men's only
meeting. For information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.

Community Events

Cypress Hut Eagles seeks members
Cypress Hut Eagles 4509 Auxiliary is seeking any member in-
terested in taking the office of Vice President, all members inter-
ested please contact Lorraine at 467-1154.

Discount cards aid youth activities
Communities in Schools and the Police Athletic League of
Okeechobee have discount cards available. The cards are $10
and are good for one year at selected businesses: Cards can be
purchased at CarQuest, 300 N.W. Park St. For information, call
(863) 462-5863. Proceeds will go toward youth activities in our

Advocacy group seeking members
The Florida Local Advocacy Council in this area has openings
for membership. The members of the volunteer council protect
and advocate for a better quality of life for Floridians with unique
needs. Volunteers are appointed by the governor for a four-year
term. Local meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the
month in Fort Pierce. Call Penina Popper at (800) 342-0825 for
information; or, visit

Parent education classes offered
The Okeechobee County Healthy Start Coalition will be offer-
ing parenting education classes for infants to age 3. All pregnant
women and parents are encouraged to attend. Each participant
will receive a gift. This adults-only parenting class consists of
six, one-ho.ur classes. You must attend all six classes to get a
certificate of completion. We now have day and evening classes
available. No child care will be available. Call (863) 462-5877 for

Career Center helps in job search
The One Stop Career Center, 209 S.W. Park St., has services
available at no charge to help people in their search for the right
employee or job. For more, visit their web site at wwwtcjobs.
org; or, call (863) 462-5350.

CAP looking for members
The Florida Wing of the Civil Air Patrol-- United States Air Force
Auxiliary has formed a CAP unit in Okeechobee. Okeechobee
Composite Squadron 453 currently has 26 members. Senior
members and cadets are being recruited for the unit. Youths be-
tween the ages of 12 and 18 are eligible. Senior members are
needed to administer the unit and provide supervision for the
cadets. The three main missions of the Civil Air Patrol are emer-
gency services, aerospace education and cadet programs. Se-
nior members and cadets work side by side to accomplish these
missions. If you are interested in becoming a cadet or senior
member contact Gene O'Neill at the Okeechobee Emergency
Operations Center, (863) 763-3212.

Martha's House collecting cell phones
Martha's House is collecting used cell phones to return for
money. Martha's House can also have them 9-1-1 activated for
participants. If you have any used cell phones to donate call
(863) 763-2893, or drop them off at their administrative office at
103 N.W Fifth St.

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OFC holds 'Mystery Event'

Many freshmen were sur-
prised Friday, Jan. 18 when they
were excused from their 5th and
61h period classes to attend a spe-
cial event. The highlight of the
event was a dance with a DJ,
decorations with an 80's disco
theme, lights, fog machine and
food held in the Okeechobee
Freshman Campus auditorium.
Students were not told what the
event would be until they arrived
at the doors of the auditorium.
The mystery event was held
as a reward for good behav-
ior as part of OFC's recently
implemented Positive Behavior
Support Program. The Positive
Behavior Support Program en-
courages teachers and other
staff members to record marks
in a student's agenda anytime
he or she is observed modeling
the traits and behaviors that OFC
expects of its students. Students
were invited to attend the event
if they received 30 positive marks
in the first semester, or if they re-
ceived limited marks for rule vio-
lations. Over 160 students were
eligible to attend.
Teacher Tonya Hargraves and
Guidance Counselor Tracy Sills
head up the Positive Behavior
Support Team and organized the
event with the help of many staff
members including Elisabeth
Fox, Amanda Van Camp, Laurie
Pharr, Melodie Smith, and Krista
DJ Brian Kendall from Year-
ling Middle School got the stu-
dents onto the dance floor to do
the Cha-Cha Slide and he took
requests to keep the party go-
ing. Non-dancers could just hang
out and watch the action in the
auditorium, or they could go to
the cafeteria for food and social-

Students were allowed to
have fun, relax, and enjoy them-
selves, but they displayed maturi-
ty and responsibility throughout
the event. The mystery event was
deemed a success by students
and organizers. Participant Alex
Ming said of the mystery event,
"The music was good and every-
one had a great time."
The votes have been tal-
lied, and Mr. Brian Dryden is
Okeechobee Freshman Campus'
Teacher of the Year! Mr. Dryden
teaches the Agri-Science Founda-
tions class. He has been a teacher
for 15 years, and he has been at
the Freshman Campus since its
opening in 1999. Students in Mr.
Dryden's Ag class learn about
animal, plant, and soil science,
leadership, natural resources,
the scientific method, environ-
mental studies, and the history
of agriculture.
In the class, students learn
hands on by working with ani-
mals, tools, and crops such as
orange and grapefruit trees.
On top of his teaching duties,
Mr. Dryden is also one of the lead-
ers of the Okeechobee Brahman
Future Farmers of America chap-
ter. As an FFA leader he trains of-
ficers, teaches public speaking,
and heads up the Parliamentary
Procedure, Land Judging, Food
Science, Citrus, Vegetable, Nurs-
ery Landscape, Ornamental Hor-
ticulture, Demonstration, and

Submitted photos/OFC
Joey Barletto and Amy Rivero enjoy a slow Deforest Shanks (left) and Marcus Martin
dance at the OFC mystery event, show off their dancing skills.

Brian Dryden has been voted.
Okeechobee Freshman Cam-
puses Teacher of the Year. He
has won this award two out of
the last three years.
Meat Judging teams.
The FFA, under Mr. Dryden's
leadership, contributes to many
school activities including the
always memorable Veterans Day
program. FFA ninth-grade presi-
dent and OFC student James
Sharpe said of Mr. Dryden, "He's
always willing to give a lending
hand to a student willing to learn,
even though he might have other
things he needs to do." Brian
Dryden also supports and serves
young people in the community
as a youth pastor at the Church
of God.
Mr. Dryden's dedication to his
students and his willingness to
go above and beyond has earned
him the respect and admiration
of his colleagues. The Teacher
of the Year honor is voted on by
school faculty and staff, and Mr.
Dryden has won the award two
out of the last three years.


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Ads will run in Wednesday daily editions and weekly publications.

or call

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Important Information: Please
read your ad carefully the first
day it appears. In case of an
inadvertent error, please noti-
fy us prior to the deadline list-
ed. We will not be responsible
for more than 1 incorrect
insertion, or for more than the
extent of the ad rendered val-
ueless by such errors.
Advertiser assumes responsi-
bility for all statements, names
and content of an ad, and
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claims against Independent
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is subject to publisher's
approval. The publisher
reserves the right to accept or
reject any or all copy, and. to
insert above the copy the word
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accepted are subject to credit
approval. All ads must conform
to Independent Newspapers'
style and are restricted to
their proper classifications.
Some classified categories
rere advance payment.
These classifications are
denoted with an asterisk *.
Independent Newspapers will
never knowingly accept any
advertisement that is illegal or
considered fraudulent. In all
cases of questionable value,
such as promises of guaran-
teed income from work-at-
home programs or other offers
to send' money in advance for
a product or service we
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Fraud Line at 1-800-220-5424,
and/or The Better Business
SBureau, 800-464-6331 for pre-
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Auctions 1;05
Car Pool, 110
Share a ride :1.15:
Card of Thanks 120
In iMemoriam 125

STGarage/Yard Sale 145
Pelrsonals 150
,Special Notices 155
9900 Numbe;rs i 160

BICYCLES 2 new bikes
found, vicinity of Okeecho-
bee area Call to identify
KITTEN Found in vic. of
Treasure Island. Call to ID.

Lost in Oak Park area. Grey
w/ red tail. $BIG REWARDS

The most important
20 minutes of your day
is the time spent reading
with your child from
birth to age nine.




Place Your
ad today!

Get FREE signs!

Call Classifieds


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
AU1833; AB1285

Auction Co.


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

Has openings for the following positions:
*Service 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

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

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

Buying a car? Look In the Love the earth Recycle
classifieds. Selling a your used Items by sell-
car? Look In the classi- Ing them In the classl-
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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 mo old, "Bust-
er", vic of Buxton Funeral
Home, wh/br & bl. Dearly
missed! (863)697-3396

Will pick up your junk!
Heavy & Farm Equipment-will
pay CASH. Call Michael @
How do you find a job in
today's competitive
market? In the employ-
ment section of the clas-

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FullTime g 205
Employhent .
Medical 210
Employment -
Part-Time 215
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230

for plumbing company
FT w/benefits,
(863)763-6461 DFWP

One man's trash Is anoth-
er man's treasure. Turn
your trash to treasure
with an ad In the classi-

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

Looking for a place to
hang your hat? Look no
further than the classi-

Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise your
yard sale In the classi-
fleds and make your
clean uo a breezel

Articulate receptionist
with excellent
t 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
required. Bilingual a plus.

et In today's classifleds.
Reading a newspaper
helps you understand
the world around you.
No wonder newspaper
readers are more suc-
cessful people


Mgt of workforce services
for business; trains &
supervises a team of
service reps. Degree & 5
yrs sales/mgt exp. Must
know Treasure Coast
employment market.
$46,800+ annually.
Send resume by COB 2/1/08
to: Workforce Dev. Bd,
584 NW University Blvd.,
Suite 100,
Pt. St. Lucie, FL 34982,
Fax: 772/335-0677 or
Se-mail: jobs(tciobs.oro.

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never accept any advertise-
ment that is illegal or con-
sidered fraudulent. In all
cases of questionable val-
ue, such as promises of
guaranteed income from
work-at-home programs if
it sounds too good to be
true, chances are that it is.
If you have questions or
doubts about any ad on
these pages, we advise that
before responding or send-
ing money ahead of time,
you check with the Better
Business Bureau at
772-878-2010 for previous
Some 800 and 900 telephone
numbers may require an
extra charge, as well as
long distance toll costs. We
will do our best to alert our
reader of these charges in
the ads, but occasionally
we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.


Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435

home alternative at 1/3 the
cost! Bring your loved one
for Individualized TLC in
small family environment
by exp Reg. Nurse. Only 1
opening now.

License # 5698
& Pressure Washing
License #1126
or (863)261-6425

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

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

BASSWOOD New house in
good location, 3br, 2ba
w/garage, $1200/mo, 33rd
Rd (561)379-9417 or
3/2, 3/11 or 2/1
Available, no pets, for
move in special. Call
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
3br, 2ba, 2 gar Pool Home,
Close to everything.
Dreamcatcher Realty
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




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OKEE.- CBS, 2br/1ba/1gar.
Remodeled, Laundry, C/Air,
Yard service. $950 + Sec.
Avail now. (863)634-4548
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage, C/Air. 1st, last &
sec. 863-467-2541 or after
5 pm 863-634-9330
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.
. (863)634-1554
clean! On canal. Lg. storage.
$850 mo. +-1st & sec. dep.

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

courthouse in
Okeechobee, FL
$500 per month
Please call for
(561) 315-8849

How fast can your car
go? It can go even faster
when you sell It In the

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

Real Estate

Business Places -o
Commercial 105
Pro r t- Sale 10t10
Townhouses Sale1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses -, Sales 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 135
Land- SaIle -10408
Open House 1050
Outl of Stated l
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
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

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
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

Mobile Homes

Mobile Homes- Rent 2015
MobileiHome -Salet 200b

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.
mo. + $250 sec., weekly or
monthly y. 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


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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
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
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.
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CASE NO. 2006-CA-203
a Florida corporation
LOUISSAINT, his wile
Summary Final Judgment dated Janu-
ary 22,2008, and entered In Case No.
2006-CA-203 of the Circuit Court of
the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for
Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein
INC, a Florida corporation, is the Plain-
tiff, and JEAN C LOUISSAINT, and,
fendants, I will sell to th highest bidder
for cash at the OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
34972, at 11:00 A.M. on the 13th day
of February 2008, the following de-
scribed property as set forth in said
Summary Final Judgement, to-wit:
The East 1/2 of the East 1/2 of the South
1/2 of the North 1/2 of Tract 9, Section
COMPANY Plat of Township 34.
South, Range 33 East, according to
the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book
4, Pages 3 thru 3E, inclusive, public
record of Okeechobee County, Florida.
In accordance with the Americans with
Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) disabled
person, who because of their
disabilities need special accommoda-
tions to participate in this proceeding
should contact Court Administrator no
later than seven days prior to the pro-
ceeding or call 1-772-807-4370. IF
1-800-955-8771. IFYOU AREVOICE
IMPAIRED CALL 1-800-955-8770
Deputy Clerk
Post Office Drawer 1367
Okeechobee, Florida 34973-1367
S863) 763-3825
om W. Conely, III
Florida Bar #096482
Attorney for Plaintiff
258253 ON 1/28 & 2/4/2008
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CASE NO.: 2007CA353
Last Known Address:
1423 SW 18th Terrace
Okeechobee, FL 34974
Also Attempted At:
512 Oakland Rd.
Spindale, NG 28160;
3222 Landtree Circle #8
Odando, FL 32812-5958 and
Current Residence Unknown
Last Known Address:
1423 SW 18th Terrace,
Okeechobee, FL 34974
Also Attempted at:
512 Oakland Rd.
Spindale, NC28160;
3222 Landtree Circle, #S
Odrlando, FL 32812-5958 and
Current Residence Unknown
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for
Foreclosure of Mortgage on the follow-
ing described property:
has been filed against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it, on Marshall
C. Watson, PA., Attorney for Plaintiff,
whose address is 1800 NW 49th
DALE, FL 33309 on or before February
27, 2008, a date which is within thirty
to30) days after the first publication of
is Notice in the Okeechobee News
and file the original with the clerk of
this Court either before service on
Plaintiff's attorney or immediately
thereafter; otherwise a default will be
entered against you for the relief de-
manded in the complaint.
In accordance with the Americans with
Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) disabled
person who, because of their
disabilities need special accommoda-
tion to participate in this proceeding
should contact not later than seven (7)
days prior to the proceeding Court Ad-
ministration at 772-807-4370,
1-800-955-8771 (hearing impaired) or
1-800-955-8770 (voice impaired).
WITNESS my hand and the seal of this
Court this 23rd day of January, 2008.
Sharon Robertson
As Clerk of the Court
S By: Arlene Nealis
As Deputy Clerk
S258641,0N 01/28;02/04/08

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