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Vol. 99 No. 38


Inside

Squadron kicks off
'08 Cadet Activities
Okeechobee The
Okeechobee Composite Squad-
ron of the Civil Air Patrol kicked
off their 2008 Cadet Activities
schedule this week with the Ca-
det Rocketry Program. Squad-
ron Commander Lt. Papasso
explained that this is a very
special program within the Civ-
il Air Patrol Cadet Program and
the Okeechobee Composite
Squadron. It combines two of
the three Prime Missions of the
Civil Air Patrol, and it is a lot of
fun for everyone. First and most
obvious it is a Cadet Program
Activity and secondly it is an
Aerospace Education Activity.
Page 8

Henderson chooses
Marshall University
Leshawn Henderson be-
came the fifth Okeechobee
Brahman in history to sign a
'national letter of intent to play
college football at Marshall Uni-
versity on Wednesday, Feb. 6.
Page 12

Briefs

Navigation lock
closed Monday
The S-65E navigation lock at
Lake Okeechobee and the Kis-
simmee River will be closed to
navigation as of Monday, Feb.
4, due to safety hazards caused
by low water levels in the lake.
This navigation lock, which is
operated by the South Florida
Water Management District,
will remain closed until wa-
ter levels in Lake Okeechobee
have returned to safe operating
levels.
The level of Lake
Okeechobee was at 10.07 ft.
NGVD on Friday and is expect-
ed to continue to recede until
significant rainfall occurs in the
area. Low water levels inside
the lock chamber, have caused
the concrete sill at the entrance
and the manatee protection de-
vice installed ,in the bottom of
the lock chamber to become a
navigation hazard. Additionally,
the lakeward approach to the
navigation lock has become to
shallow for boaters to navigate
safely.
For more information con-
cerning this action, please
contact the South Florida
Water Management District
Okeechobee Service Center at
800-250-4200 or 863-462-5260.

Drought Index

Current: 553
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.05 feet
t_ Last Year: 11.55 feet



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

Index
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Com ics............. .. 9
Community Events.................... 4
Crossword 10
Obituaries ......... 6
O pinio n...................................... 4
Speak O ut................................. 4
Sports............. 12
TV ............................................ 11
W eather..................................... 2
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By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
A crucial zoning change
was given final approval at the
Tuesday, Feb. 5 meeting of the
Okeechobee City Council. The
council also conducted the first
reading on ordinances dealing
with special exceptions, land de-
velopment regulations and water
conservation.
There was no public com-
ment or council discussion as
the city council approved a zon-
ing request submitted by Brad


Goodbread on behalf of by Gag-
bee, Inc. to change the zoning
from single family to heavy com-
mercial for d property on S.W.
Second Ave. With that zoning
change, the entire block is zoned
heavy commercial. This opens
up the property, which is across
S. Parrott Avenue from Wal-Mart
to development by a restaurant
chain.
That issue had been discussed
many times before and was well
understood by the council. How-
ever, there was considerable


Free Fair: Thrills and chills


discussion on Mr. Goodbread's
second proposal.
On behalf of the develops of
the above property, he offered,
as part of a developer's agree-
ment, to donate a 20 foot right
of way on S.W. 21st Street for a
turn lane.
However, the city council was
not ready to enter a developer's
agreement at this time with so
many details still to be deter-
mined.
City planner Bill Brisson had
no advice to offer. City attorney


John Cook advised that the city
could not accept the contribu-
tion at that time.
"You're asking us to give you
a blank check," stated Council-
man Dowling Watford. "I'm not
going to do it.'
The developer's attorney
agreed to draw up a developer's
agreement for consideration by
the city attorney.
Turning to land development
regulations, the council approved
the first reading and set Feb. 19
as the final public hearing date


on a proposed ordinance deal-
ing with special exceptions. The
ordinance would allow for a spe-
cial exception for assisted living
centers and hospitals in com-
mercial zoning districts.
In another land development
regulation change, the city ap-
proved the first reading and set
a date of Feb. 19 for a final. pub-
lic hearing on'an ordinance that
would add lighting standards,
modify parking access driveways
width requirements for uses oth-
See Zoning Page 2


EES Teacher



of the Year,



is Ms. Hawk


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Everglades Elementary
School Teacher of the Year is
Heather Hawk. She currently
teaches Kindergarten at EES
and has held her current posi-
tion for three years.
She graduated, from
Okeechobee High School in
1997 in the top 15 of her class
and went on to obtain her As-
sociates of the Arts degree
from Indian River Community
College in May of 1999. Mrs.


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawaa
The Orbiter provides thrills and chills to people attending the American Legion Free
Fair. The fair, which is located in the field behind the city hall, will be in town through
Feb. 10.


This quilt was awarded a blue ribbon at the American Legion Free Fair which is being
held through Feb. 10. Arts and crafts are on display inside the American Legion build-
ing and the carnival rides are in the adjoining field behind the city hall.


Hawk completed her bache-
lor's degree
in Elementary
Education in
December
2003 at Flor-
ida Atlantic
University.
She has
been mar-
ried to Shawn Heather
Hawk for sev- Hawk
en years and
has two children of her own
See EES Page 2


Ms. Stanley is


the NES Teacher


of the Year


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
North Elementary School's
Teacher of the Year is Elizabeth
Stanley. She is currently a first
grade teacher at NES where she
has been for the last five years.
Ms. Stanley has been teach-
ing for 27 years and holds cer-
tification in early' childhood
education and elementary edu-
cation. She attended Florida
Atlantic University where she
obtained her bachelor's of arts
in elementary education and
then continued her education


at Nova Southeastern Univer-
sity where she
obtained her
Master of Sci-
ence in pre-k/
primary edu-
cation.
She began
her career in
Okeechobee
in 1980 where Elizabeth
she taught Stanley
at Central El-
ementary; moved on to North
See NES Page 2


Okeechobee teachers


receive mini-grants


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee Education-
al Foundation held its annual
awards ceremony on Monday,
Jan. 28, in the Okeechobee
County School Board cham-
bers.
The Foundation has provided
over $20,000 to teachers since
its inception. President of the
Foundation, Linda Syfrett was
on hand to distribute this year's
mini grant awards.
Enhancing English Language
Acquisition for our English Lan-
guage Learners was the primary
focus of the grant. The Foun-
dation has generated money
through its Achieving Excellence
Fundraising 'Campaign locally to
be matched by the Florida Leg-
islature.
The following teachers
were awarded grants: Colleen
O'Bannon, first grade teacher
at Seminole Elementary School;
Deanne Wilcox, fifth grade


teacher at North Elementary ,
School; Janelle Johns, second
grade teacher at Central Ele-
mentary School (CES); Luz Ro-
driguez, second grade teacher a
at CES; Erlinda Vaughn, first g
grade teacher at CES; Amanda ,,
Reusser, a language arts and.
ESOL teacher at Okeechobee
High School; Traci Armstrong,
sixth grade reading teacher at
Yearling Middle School; Eric .....
Rios ESOL teacher at Osceola
and Yearling Middle School; and ....
Julie Murchison, reading teacher
at Okeechobee High School.
Principals Randal Weigum
of SEM, Randy Paulson of CES
were both present at the cer-
emony as well. Submitted photo
The above mini-grants varied The Okeechobee Educational Foundation awarded mini-grants ranging from $450 to $900
in amount from $450 to $900. to the following teachers (front row-left to right) Colleen O'Bannon, first grade teacher at
Congratulations to the teach- SEM; Janelle Johns, second grade teacher at CES; Luz Rodriguez, second grade teacher at
ers who were awarded these CES; Erlinda Vaughn, first grade teacher at CES; (middle row-left to right) Randal Weigum,
funds to extend further learning Principal at SEM; Deanne Wilcox, fifth grade teacher at NES; Amanda Reusser, ESOL and
opportunities to their students Language Arts teacher at OHS; Traci Armstrong, sixth grade reading teacher at YMS; Eric
Rios, ESOL at OMS and YMS; Julie Murchison, reading teacher at OHS; and Randy Paulson,
See Teachers Page 2 Principal at CES.


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Two accused of prescription fraud


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A local man and woman have
been charged with fraudulently
obtaining prescriptions for pain-
killers by pretending to work for
a physician and then calling local
pharmacies.
Regina Lynn Littleton, 38, N.W.
154"' Ave., was arrested Feb. 6 by
the Okeechobee Narcotics Task
Force on a charge of obtaining
prescription by fraud and traffick-
ing in hydrocodone. Her bond has
been set at $53,000.
Also charged in the case was
Gerald Ross Koss, 41, N.W. 16711


Court. He was charged with
three counts of possession of a
controlled substance and three
counts of obtaining a prescription
by fraud. His bond has been set at
$30,000.
Koss has also been charged
with two counts of violation of
probation-obtaining a controlled
substance by fraud. He is being
held in the Okeechobee County
Jail without bond on that charge.
A records check indicates that
Littleton was arrested on Sept. 12,
2007, by task for detectives and
charged with two counts of pre-
scription forgery.
At that time she was arrested


for allegedly taking a prescription
pad from the doctor's office where
she was working. The scripts had
been pre-signed by the doctor. She
would then fill the scripts for per-
cocet, said an arrest report from
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO).
According to a task force detec-
tive, Littleton "learned how to call
in prescriptions." The detective
said she called in a prescription,
for 100 hydrocodone pills and sup-
posedly gave them to Koss. The
weight of the pills was 78 grams.
The threshold ,for a trafficking
charge is 28 grams.
The detective said Littleton ap-


parently taught Koss how to call
in the prescriptions. She was con-
tinuing to use the doctor's name
even though she was no longer
working there.
"She told him what to say and
how to get the scripts," said the
detective.
Task force members arrested
Koss at a local pharmacy. The de-
tective said the pair had hit four
local pharmacies for primarily hy-
drocodone pills, but would some-
times get xanax or soma.
The detective said the pair
would reportedly keep some of
the pills for their personal use then
sell the rest.


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News Briefs

Tax returns and E-filing done free
AARP-Taxaide offers free, tax preparation and E-Filing. Our free
service can answer most of the tax issues faced by all middle to
low income taxpayers. With special attention to taxpayers, age 60
or older. This service begins Feb. 11 until April 15, on Mondays and
Tuesday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the American Legion Bingo
hall, 501 S.E. Second St. (doors open 8:45 a.m. no sooner.) You
must bring last years tax return, all W-2's; 1099s; Interest, Dividend,
Broker and Social Security Statements and any other financial docu-
ments for 2007. Picture ID, Social Security card and birth dates re-
quired for everyone to be listed on the return. For direct deposit of
refund must have a blank check. The program cannot help with
state income tax returns. (Florida does not have state income tax.)
Help is first come, first served, no appointments. For information
call Neile Foreman, District Coordinator, (863) 357-1694. (Please do
not call the American Legion for information!)

Fair seeks Creative Skill and Craft entries
The Okeechobee County Fair Association is seeking adult and
youth contest participants for the upcoming, fair March 7-16, the
contests consists of quilting, sewing, painting, drawing, 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.
okeechobeecountyfair.com 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-
3327

City has opening on Utility Authority Board
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.cityofokeechobee.com 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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Zoning
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er than single-family residents and
add landscaping requirements.
Currently code enforcement of-
ficers are issuing warnings to per-
sons seen violating water restric-
tions. In order to better enforce
water conservation regulations
the council held the first reading
andS~i dte of Feb. 19 for a final
pubHfTearing on an ordinance
that would set fines for violators.
An uncontested citation would
bring a fine of between $25 and
$500 dollars. If the person wishes


to contest the citation, they could
go to the county court or the city
code enforcement board. If either
one of these bodies determines
the person has violated water re-
strictions they could be fined an
amount not to exceed $500.
The council spent some time
considering an alley closing. It was
the consensus of the board that
the city needs to adopt a policy on
alley closing, as they have been
,toQ lenient in the past. The agenda
itemn that sparked the discussion
- request for the closure of the
north-west alley parallel to South
Parrott Avenue between S.W. 10th
and S.W. 11th Streets passed. It
was noted that half of the alley was


already closed, so there would be Park Streets for the Top of the Lake
no justification in denying the re- Arts Festival, Feb. 22-24;
quest. *passed a firefighter pension
Mayor Jim Kirk recommended trust fund agreement concerning
closing the alley. deduction of retirement benefits
"We are going to have the draw for health insurance premiums;
the line somewhere," he said. "I *appointed Mike O'Connor as
would not choose this spot be- *appointed Mike O'Connor as
cause we have already dosed half a regular member of the planning
the alley." board/board of adjustments and
Councilman Lowry Markham appeals/design review board; and,.
cast the only dissenting vote. *appointed Devin Maxwell
.. -.. o, Q ly,-. think. it._s iateutrle me"mer of the
sh-o~jle,Ios.ed^..h.,aid.. .. IOk "obee Utility Authority
In other action the council: Board'of Directors. "
approved a temporary street Post your opinions in the Public Is-
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Main Street to dose S.W. Fourth Reporter Pete Gawda may be reached
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EES
Continued From Page 1
Kara, 6 and Zane, 3.
Mrs. Hawk has five years of
teaching experience. She is the
grade chair for kindergarten at EES
and represents her school on the
School Advisory Committee, Surn-
shine Committee and the Literacy'
Council.
She attends the Kindergarten
SDE conference yearly and par-
Oicipates in numerous workshops
throughout the year including Lit-
eracy First, Reading First, 100 Book


Challenge and Critical Thinking
Maps workshops.
Cynthia Weigum, principal of
EES, described Mrs. Hawk as a
person who "is always willing to
take on a challenge and do what-
ever is needed."
"Mrs. Hall challenges each stu-
dent in her classroom regardless
of ability. Her love for children
and professionalism has allowed
a ,'special' child to remain in her
classroom with peers ,while con-
tinuing to learn to read and wrile."
Mrs. Weigum continued. I
Mrs. Hawk stated, "My goal as a
teacher is to.Pe fair, keep a positive
attitude and be committed to do


what is best for the students."
"Young children deserve a
multi-sensory and differentiated
literacy program within a -joyous,
caring community of learners-a
child's garden...It is amazing to
see the kids go from saying, 'I can't
read' to 'Come listen to me read!'"
said Mrs. Hawk.
According to Mrs. Hawk, she
has been both blessed and chal-
lenged this year with a child with
special needs. Working with a
child with Autism has made her
realize why she is in the teaching
profession.
Mrs. Hawk is living the
Okeechobee County School sys-


team's motto--achieving excel-
lence by making her students feel
adequate, worthy and special,
which will in turn allow them to
achieve more and have a positive
outlook each day. .
Mrs. Hawk is one of.the finalists
in the Okeechobee District Teacher
of the Year selection process. One
teacher will be chosen to repre-
sent the district at the Okeechobee
County School Board meeting on
Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 6 p.m. in the
boardroom.
Post your opinions in the Public Is-
sues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Agular may be
reached at caguilar@newszap.com.


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Elementary the following year and
then had a short time where she
had moved out of state to Ken-
tucky.
Okeechobee County Schools.
got Ms. Stanley back in 1982 where
she taught in exceptional student
education for two years at NES.
She has then gone from South Ele-
mentary to Everglades Elementary
and back to NES, mostly as a first
grade teacher.
Ms. Stanley has served on many
different school-related commit-
tees during the last five years. She
currently serves on the school
advisory council as the vice-chair
and has previously served as a
member since 2002. Other com-
mittees that she is involved in are


Teachers
Continued From Page 1
and their school..
In addition to the mini-grants,
the Okeechobee Educational
Foundation and the Okeechobee
Kiwanis Club has sponsored me-
morial math mini-grants for over
five years.
The Marge Blair Math Mini-
grant in the amount of $500 per
grant was awarded to Janelle
Johns, second grade teacher at
CES and Erlinda Vaughn, a first
grade teacher at CES. Kiwanis
members Dowling Watford and
OCSO Major Noel Stephens were
on hand for the presentation.
Mrs. Johns utilized her grant
to enhance math skills through


the Sunshine State Standards Re-
view Committee, District Reading
and Mathematics Series Selection
Committee, writing committee,
Okeechobee County Fair Commit-
tee, Technology Committee, Fam-
ily Reading Night Committee, and
the Literacy Council.
Ms. Stanley has facilitated a
handwriting program for NES,
implemented "Family Reading
Night," implemented "Families In-
volved in Reading Success Togeth-
er," piloted and implemented both
the "Sing, Spell, Read, and Write"
and the "Accelerated Reader" pro-
gram.
She has completed many train-
ing seminars and courses to keep
her up-to-date with all the fiew
programs that are available for
her students. She also extends her
time to mentor FAU field experi-
ence teachers since 2004 in order
to help mold better teachers for


books, games, art, manipulatives
and music.
Mrs. Vaughn utilized her grant
to enhance the math skills of strug-
gling students through a multi-sen-
sory intervention program while
also addressing the sunshine state
standards.
Collaborative efforts between
the Okeechobee Educational-
Foundation and the Kiwanis Club
have led to thousands of dollars
in awards. The amount of funds is
enhanced by matching contribu-
tions from the Florida Legislature.
Together, these two groups are
working to provide assistance to
teachers in developing the minds
of our youth.
Post your opinions In the Public Is-
sues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar may be
reached at cagullar@newszap.com.


the next generation.
Parents, Daryl and Bonnie
Roehm stated, "Ms. Stanley sets
high expectations for her students
and when you enter the class-
room, you realize the time and ef-
fort that she, herself, has put into
helping each child meet these ex-
pectations."
"It seems to us that Ms. Stanley
has been a teacher of the year for
nine years now, not just one, and
we are pleased to see that she is fi-
nally being recognized," stated Mr.
and Mrs. Roehm.
Ms. Stanley has learned
through her years of teaching and
training that each "student learns
best when they are taught using
the modality in which they learn
best...at six years old, most stu-
dents learn through singing and
moving. Therefore, I always use
a song for each lesson, as well as
a dance or movement specific to


that skill," explained Ms. Stanley.
"Teachers should instill in stu-
dents a love of reading...My suc-
cess in fostering a love of reading
is seen when a child leaves for the
bus in the afternoon -- with his or
her nose pressed into the corner of
a book." This is what Ms. Stanley
loves about teaching, being com-
pletely involved in her student's
life to set a foundation for their fu-
ture education.
Ms. Stanley is one of the finalists
in the Okeechobee District Teacher
of the Year selection process. One
teacher will be chosen to repre-
sent the district at the Okeechobee
County School Board meeting on
Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 6 p.m. in the
boardroom.
Post your opinions in the Public Is-
sues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar may be
reached at caguilar@newszap.com.


Through the cooperation Okeechobee Educational Founda-
tion and the Okeechobee Kiwanis Club Janelle Johns (cen-
ter-left) and Erlinda Vaughn (center-right) were awarded the
Marge Blair Math Mini-grant in the amount of $500 per grant.
Kiwanis members Dowling Watford (left) and OCSO Major
Noel Stephens (right) were on hand for the presentation.


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can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the'
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
RE-ENACTMENT: It seems to me that the Army was making war on
the Seminoles, and the Seminoles were just trying to defend their families.
When faced with a much larger, better armed army, I'd say the Seminoles
were smart to retreat into the swamp and let the insects, disease, heat and
alligators take their toll on the soldiers.

AMENDMENT: I have to agree that this was a bad decision. The cities
and counties will find other ways to make up the funds with increased
rates for garbage/sewer/water/etc. This will by no means bring any raises
for public service and other employees. This will also mean the hiring
freeze, and the residents that complain against the Fire and EMS response
times will now complain even more. They have only themselves to blame
for not thinking this through. Most of the people that voted for this will
spend their savings in two weeks when they eat at fast food places every
night. Hopefully some good will come out of this somewhere. The bad
will be that lives are lost or houses and property are damaged or worse
yet a firefighter or law enforcement is injured or killed because they have
no backup.

TOURNAMENT: Just wanted to say "Thank you" to all who came out
and played in the softball tournament this past weekend. All proceeds
collected went to help the Little League Organization. We had a great
turnout and lots of fun. Some of the Little League children were on hand
to help out also. The food was great too. Little League served pork and
chicken dinners at the event and they were delicious. As always Thank
You for helping support the children of Okeechobee!

PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY: You have to be registered with the party
in order to vote in the primary. I as a Republican could not vote in the
Democratic primary, and Democrats could not vote in the Republican pri-
mary. Independents were allowed to vote on the Homestead Exemption
Act. If other bills had been up for vote, they could have voted for that as
well. I personally think all this party nonsense is crazy. Maybe they should
just put all the candidates up there on election day and do a straight vote.
I tend toward Republican because of the family values issues, but if Mc-
Cain takes the Republican nomination, I don't really agree all that much
with him on issues like abortion and gay marriage. I'll be voting for the
"lesser of two evils," not really for a candidate whose values line up with
mine.

BEAUTY SALON: I am calling in response to the person who was
looking for the Treasure Island Beauty Salon. It is now listed as Vanity
Salon. We are relocated where the Drivers License office is. The address
is 3936 S.E. 18 Terrace.

IN GOD WE TRUST: Did you know that the new dollar coin that the
government has made do not have 'In God We Trust.' If you get one, tell
them "No, I don't want it." Tell them you want a dollar bill. Then maybe
the government will learn that there are still some people who still want,
"In God We Trust" on our money.

UPDATE THE PAGEANTS: I just watched the new Miss America
pageant last night. I thought it was really good. They really changed it
up. They got rid of the old dresses and the football helmet hair and the
ton of clown makeup. That is one thing that would be nice to see here
in Okeechobee in all these little girl pageants. I'd like to see them where
they are not wearing a pile of clown make up and such big hair. Let them
be more natural.

__ MUSIC: This is in concern to the Christian music that was being
played and they didn't want it played. I think that all of the Christians in
Okeechobee ought to band together and speak out against the pop rock
and against the country and the rock music that we all have to hear in the
stores. Because we don't Want to hear that so if we should have to hear
what they listen to, then they should have to hear what we listen too.
CABLE: I was just wondering if anybody could tell me about the
Cable TV bill that someone was trying to get passed by the legislature
where as we could select the cable channels that we wanted to actually
pay for instead of having them just given to us at an outrageous price. Our
cable has like 13 channels for like $20 a month and 79 channels for $50. I
was just wondering because most of them channels are nothing that you
want to see. So can anyone tell me whatever happened to that bill?

WATER: I cannot believe they are letting a mudfest take place with the
way our water shortage is. How preposterous. We all have to preserve
on water and then they let this kind of thing go on. Someone needs their
head examined.

MCCAIN: I would like to address all of these so called conservatives
in this town who are following Rush Limbaugh or Shawn Hanity or even
John McCain. We don't have much of a choice right here, so if you don't
get behind John McCain you are going to have someone like Barack
Obama or Hilary in the White House so I think you better get behind John
McCain, because I think you would rather have a Hero than a zero.

CHRISTIAN MUSIC: This is in regards to the Christian music. The
reason one person was able to have it stopped was because the Chris-
tians have sat back and been quiet for too long. Wake up my brothers
and sisters we are in a spiritual war. It is our God given duty to stand up
and not lie down. If you are not going to be part of the solution then don't
complain about the problem that us Christians have created. Fight the
battle, otherwise sit back and watch the rest ofyotir rights be taken away,
because they will be.



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Upcoming Events

Thursday Feb. 7
Tantie Quilters meet every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2
p.m. at the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For infor-
mation call Margaret at (863) 467-8020, or Belinda at (863) 357-
0166.
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 ini finding who your ancestors are is welcome
to attend. There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical In-
dex), Social Security Death Index and military information avail-
able. For information, call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at
Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Prayer group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center,
412 N.W Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in
the fellowship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call
(863) 763-5996.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until
1 p.m. at Village Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All
Kiwanis and the public are welcome. For information, contact
Frank Irby at (863) 357-1639.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until
6:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St.
Please join us or ask questions. Call Phyllis at (863) 467-8636 or
Hazel at (863) 763-4920 for information.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407
N.W. Third Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike
Fletcher at (863) 357-6257.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for
women who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence
and abusive relationships. The support groups are held every
Thursday at 6 p.m. For information call (863) 763-2893, or call
Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-
0202.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a sec-
ond language classes will meet from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred
Heart Catholic Church, 701 S.W Sixth St.
Okeechobee Outreach Hope Narcotics Anonymous will
meet from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W.
Third St. For information, call Hugh Lambert at (863) 763-7185.
Okeechobee Citizens Recreation Association, OCRA
will meet at 7:30 p.m. at Teen Town, 305 N.W Second St. Any-
one interested may attend. For information, contact Frank Coker
at (863) 467-1941.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of
Okeechobee and the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver
support.group every Thursday at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for
an ill family member is welcome to join. The group is facilitated
by social workers and provides an opportunity for caregivers to'
give one another support, information and ideas. The meetings
are held at Hospice at 411 S.E. Fourth St. For information, call
(863) 467-2321.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an
open meeting.
Narcotics Anonymous meets Thursday night for a Basic
Text Meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee,
2303 Parrott Ave., The Lake Shops Suite K. For information, call
(863) 634-4780.
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meets at Believers Fellowship,
300 S.W. 611 Ave. at 7 p.m. For information call Monika at (863)
801-3244.
Classic car show at Beef O'Brady's, 608 S. Parrott Ave.,
from 6:30 until 8 p.m.
Okeechobee County Cancer Support Group welcomes
all cancer patients, survivors and supporters to attend, support
and encourage each other. We meet the first Thursday of each
month at 5:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 401 SW Fourth St.,
Okeechobee, (entrance is the door to the W in front of church).
Please contact Susie Pickering at (863) 467-5831 or First Baptist
Church at (863) 763-2171 for more information.

Friday Feb. 8
Narcotics Anonymous meets each Friday for an open
discussion meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of
Okeechobee, 101 Fifth Ave. For information, call (863) 634-4780
or (863) 467-5474.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at
the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. The pub-
lic is invited. Anyone interested in a sensible approach to losing
weight and becoming a part of a caring group is welcome to
come and see what we are all about. For information, contact
Ollie Morgret at (800) 932-8677.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Meth-
odist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This is an open meeting.
A.A. meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W. Third St. This is an open speaker meeting.


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Community Events

Thursday, Feb. 7

Youth Explosion at Church of God
The Church of God of Prophecy, 102 N.W 10th St., will host a Youth
Explosion tonight through Feb. 9. It will begin at 7 p.m. each night.
The guest speaker will be Pastor Gabe Swaggart from Baton Rouge,
Louisianan. All youth and youth groups in the community are invited.
If you have any questions call Candi at (863) 634-4359. On Friday night,
Feb. 9, immediately following the evening service, they will have an Af-
terglow party which will include a Christian band, free pizza and door
prizes.

Revival at Haven of Rest
Thursday, Feb. 7 through Sunday, Feb. 10, the Haven of Rest Church,
S.W. Third Terrace, will host Brother Jerry Cottrell in revival. He has
seen many people healed and delivered from many sicknesses. Ser-
vices will start at 7 p.m. each night except Sunday services will be at 10
and 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. For information call 863-357-3053.
Friday, Feb. 8

Library welcomes John Moran
The Okeechobee County Library welcomes John Moran: Journal
of Light: A Photographer's Search for the Soul of Florida, on Feb. 8,
at 7 p.m. Traveling the Sunshine State with his cameras, John Moran
seeks his vision of natural Florida, as it must have appeared to Ponce
de Leon and other early strangers in paradise. Moran's work celebrates
the magic of a unique landscape born of water and blessed with beau-
ty beyond measure. A University of Florida graduate, Moran's pho-
tography has appeared in numerous books and magazines including
National Geographic, Life, Time, Newsweek, Smithsonian, and The
New York Times Magazine and on the cover of the National Audubon
Society Field Guide to Florida.
Saturday, Feb. 9

Benefit for family of Johnny Lamb
F.O.E. #4137, Hwy 441 N. will host a benefit for the family of John-
ny Lamb, who was killed in an auto accident on Dec. 7, 2007. They
are asking for items to auction. Please contact May Scaffa at (863) 634-
7318 or Patty Rucks at (863) 634-1833. There will be a barbecue dinner
of chicken or pork for a donation of $7 starting at 5 p.m. on Saturday,
Feb. 9, at Eagles Club on Hwy 441 North. The auction will be held at 6
p.m. and a drawing will be held. There will also be live music.

Sunday, Feb. 10

The Perrys in concert
Southern Gospel recording artists The Perrys will be in concert Sun-
day, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 425 S.W. 28th St. A
love offering will be received. For information call (863) 763-7113.

Monday, Feb. 11

Nutritional Analysis class offered
On Monday, Feb. 11 at 5:30 p.m. Dr. Edward Douglas will teach
a CRA Nutritional Analysis class at Douglas Chiropractic and Fitness
Center. For information call (863) 763-4320.
Wednesday, Feb. 13

Healthy Start Board of Directors to meet
I The Board of Directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition
will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 11:30 a.m. in their office, located
at 575 S.W 281t St. within the New Endeavors School Building. This
meeting is open to the public. For information call Kay Begin at (863)
462-5877.
Friday, Feb. 15

Free memory loss screenings
Friday, Feb. 15 the' Alzheimer's Association will have free memo-
ry loss screenings at the Visiting Nurse Association, 208 S.E. Park St.,
Okeechobee. Appointments are needed. Please call Donna True at
800-861-7826 Ext. 1 or 772-285-6291. Screenings are for anyone, any
age that is concerned about memory loss. Screenings conducted by
staff from St. Mary's Memory Disorder Center.

Sheepdog trial benefits FFA
The Eleventh Okeechobee Sheepdog Tial will benefit the OHS FFA
it will be held at the Tindall Place, 8400 N.E. 1201h St. Okeechobee on
Feb. 15, 16, and 17 starting at 8 a.m. Admission is $5 per person or
$15 per car load. Bring your lawn chairs. For information call (863)
467-0423. '
Saturday, Feb. 16

Come count birds
Everyone is invited to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count
on Feb. 16 at the Okeechobee County Extension Service, 458 Hwy 98
N. Thousands of people across the country will stop for a short while
to help scientists determine the location and numbers of bird species.
The hours are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. but you can stay as little as 15
minutes. Organizers will provide bird feeding stations, check-off lists
and pencils. They will even send in your list to the National Audubon
Society. For information call (863) 763-6469 to sign up. You can also
stay home and participate or go to www.birdcount.org!


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.;P- Discover your inner poet,


with Jan Day Fehrman


SuDtmined pri,:,io,'NE

100 days
Ms. Stanley's students are so happy to have had 100 days in the classroom of North Elemen-
tary's Teacher of the Year.


Elizabeth Stanley selected as


NES '07-08 Teacher of the Year


bNorth
Elementa-
ry School is
Pleased to
announce
that Eliza-
beth Stan-
ley has been selected as their
2007-2008 Teacher of the Year.
Ms. Stanley, who is a first grade
teacher, was chosen by her fellow
teachers for this honor. A teacher
for more than 27 years, Ms. Stan-
ley has taught at North Elemen-
tary School for the last five years.
Daryl and Bonnie Roehm,
whose daughter is a student in
Ms. Stanley's classroom, write,
'At any given time, you can enter
[Ms. Stanley's] classroom and see
active engagement in learning.
Our child brings home innovative
classroom projects and we can
almost "see" the learning taking
place."
Ms. Stanley's career has been
marked by her deep devotion to
the needs of students, and she
has been instrumental in imple-
menting several programs that
directly benefit children. In addi-
tion'to piloting such successful
programs as "Accelerated Read-
er" and "Sing, Spell, Read, and
Write," Ms. Stanley developed the
popular "Family Read Night" with
then-colleague Glenna Rucks.
This program, in which dedicated
teachers and staff return at night
to open the school to hundreds
of parents and children, allows
students the opportunity to read
books with their parents and take
AR tests on these titles. Principal
Pat McCoy said of this program,
S"Her idea of having families come


together often for tutoring and
reading instruction has created a
sense of urgency and responsibil-
ity among our faculty to not only
educate the students who walk in
the door but to form relationships
with families to make education a
too5 priority in their lives!"
In addition to her involvement
in these activities, Ms. Stanley also
tutors students in her free time,
ensuring that they receive all of
the help and support that they
need to be successful in school.
Ensuring students receive the best
education possible is a trend in
Ms. Stanley's life.
Trey and Holly Sizemore,
whose daughter is also a student
in Ms. Stanley's room, write, "Ar-
riving at school when it is still
dark in the morning, staying late
in the afternoon, and working in
her classroom on weekends is
commonplace for this fantastic
teacher." They go on to say, "She
makes learning fun. One par-
ticular incident was a science ex-
periment on chemical reactions
which our daughter came home
and replicated for her younger
brother. Because of Ms. Stanley's
hands-on classroom, our daugh-
ter is transferring what she is
learning to the real world."
Glenna Rucks, who taught with
Ms. Stanley for 22 years, writes of
her colleague: "When you enter
[Elizabeth Stanley's] classroom
you will see students who love to
learn, working independently as
well as cooperatively. And stand-
ing there directing quietly will be
the teacher, who put it all together
one more year."
North Elementary School is


proud of the accomplishments of
Elizabeth Stanley, and of the steps
she takes to accomplish the goal
of both herself and Okeechobee
County Schools: Achieving Excel-
lence.
Fifth grade is working very
hard in our Acaletics Math Pro-
gram to prepare for FCAT. Stu-
dents are. working 5 FCAT type
Math problems in 5 minutes and
then reviewing. We are also in full
swing with DARE. All students
have DARE on either Tuesday or
Wednesday. Mrs. Adler's class
has begun a States Unit. We are
now learning the state capitals
and the postal abbreviations.
We were very excited to see
Mr. Tom Ramsey with Acaletics
last week. He came and gave us
some tips and tricks to help us on
FCAT Math. FCAT will begin on
March 11. It is very important to
do your homework every -night
so you'll be prepared for the test.
Reading and Science will be test-
ed too, so do your homework in
those subjects as well.
We really enjoyed the Faculty
versus the Fifth Grade All-Stars
Kickball game last Friday. Both
sides played a great game. We
were all impressed by our very
own Mrs. McWaters and her in-
credible athletic ability. Whether
she was lying on the ground or
catching a fly ball, she gave her
all. Unfortunately in all games
there has to be a winner and a
loser. In this game the faculty was
defeated 5 0! Congratulations
to all the Fifth Grade All-Stars,
not only for playing a fantastic
game, but for also having fantas-
tic sportsmanship.


IRCC is recognized for partnerships


Indian River Community Col-
lege was honored to receive rec-
ognition from the Florida Division
of Community Colleges with the
2007 Chancellor's Best Practice
Award for Exemplary Partner-
ships. The award recognizes the
creative, innovative partnerships
which IRCC has initiated that are
geared towards enhancing stu-
dent learning.
IRCC excels in developing sus-
tainable community partnerships
that benefit students, educational
institutions and industry. The
Power Plant Technology Institute,
Living Science program, IRCC
Tech Prep prograrh and the Flor-
ida Atlantic University and Indian
River Community College Joint
Campus were four partnership
areas specifically recognized by
this prestigious award.
The Power Plant Technol-
ogy Institute is a partnership that
meets the needs of current Florida
Power and Light employees look-


ing for professional development
and also serves new students
seeking a promising career with a
local employer.
Another area recognized was
the Living Science program. The
Living Science program provides
faculty development opportuni-
ties for area teachers, including
laboratory and field activities that
can be easily integrated into math
and science instruction.
Also recognized was the IRCC
Tech Prep program. Tech Prep
allows area high school students
who are in career and techni-
cal programs in their schools to
smoothly transition and continue
their studies with IRCC.
.The award also recognized
the Florida Atlantic University and
Indian River Community College
Joint Campus. At this joint cam-
pus, IRCC and FAU share a $22
million state-of-the-art facility that
houses and supports a unique
2+2 partnership that provides


students with convenient options
to complete a four-year degree
without having to leave home.
Expanding students options
for continuing education close to
home, IRCC now offers Bachelors
Degree programs in nine areas
focusing on teacher education,
nursing, organizational manage-
ment, public safety, and health-
care management.
These examples demonstrate
the ways that Indian River col-
laborates to positively impact
the communities that the college
serves.
The Exemplary Partnerships
Award is one of five Chancellor's
Best Practice Awards given by the
Florida Division of Community
Colleges. Thirty-five entries com-
peted for recognition in award
categories that demonstrate pas-
sion and energy for facilitating
student success throughout the
Florida's community college sys-
tem.


Education Briefs


Do you like pizza?
OkeechobeeChristianAcademy,
A/K/A Grace Christian School, a is
having a Spring fundraiser in order
to help with the expenses of run-
ning the school. The students will
be selling a Dominos discount card
for the price of $10 each, which will
allow the customer to use up to 20
times during the year of 2008. With
the card you are allowed to buy any
pizza at regular price and receive a
second one of equal or. lesser value
for free. The student who sells the
most cards will receive a cash bo-
nus as a prize. For information or to
purchase a card, you can talk to any
OCA student or call 863-763-3072.

OHS Scholarship
Drive underway


of Okeechobee are always in
need of financial assistance. The
Okeechobee High School Scholar-
ship Program is currently recruiting
to increase the amount of schol-
arship funds available to these
students. If you or your business
would like to offer a scholarship
in your name, or if you have any
questions regarding scholarship
contributions, please contact Bill R.
Black at (873) 462-5025 ext. 3113.
The scholarship commitment
deadline is Jan. 11, 2008 so new
scholarships can be included in the
scholarship booklets. If this is not
convenient for you please call and
we will work out the details.

Parenting classes
are offered


College costs continue to in- Free parenting classesare held
crease each year and the students every Monday from 7 until 8 p.m. at


New Endeavor High School. Class-
es include topics about children
from birth to teens. For information
or to have an interpreter available
call Lori Jaquith at (863) 697-6320
or (863) 462-5000, ext. 282.

Parent education
classes being offered
The Okeechobee County
Healthy Start Coalition will offer
parenting education classes for in-
fants to age 3. All pregnant women
and parents are encouraged to at-
tend. Each participant will receive a
gift. This adults-only parenting class
consists of six, one-hour 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
registration.


Lifelong Learning
Institute offers
membership

Treat yourself to member-
ship in a "health club for the
brain." The Indian River Com-
munity College Lifelong Learn-
ing Institute (LLI) celebrates the
wisdom of men and women 50
plus. Members come together
in learning environments that
encourage participation on a
shared topic of interest. Among
peers, group leaders may begin
with a presentation or point of
view and engage the group .in
lively discussion. Facilitators are
all members and have enjoyed
a variety of careers, interests and
hobbies they are eager to share.
The Spring 2008 Sessions provide
a wide range of offerings at IRCC
campuses in Fort Pierce, Vero
Beach, Stuart, Port St. Lucie and
in Okeechobee.
Discover Your Inner Poet will
meet at the Dixon Hendry Cam-
pus in Okeechobee. This offer-
ing will meet on Thursday after-
noons beginning March 13. Jan
Day Fehrman is the Peer Leader
for this exciting new offering.
Fehrman is a published author
and poet and will provide insight
into the world of poetry and lead
the class in lively discussion.
A unique offering at the Main
Campus in Fort Pierce is entitled
Your Opinion, Please! You'll en-


Jan Day Fehrman
joy friendly. debate on how to
handle communications prob-
lems described in real-life situa-
tions. Delve into critical foreign
policy topics on Mondays with
Great Decisions. The 20th Cen-
tury Classic Novels and their Film
Adaptations offering will meet
on Tuesday aftern6ons.
Join in reading and discussing
the works of recent Nobel Laure-
ates in Literature. Readings will
be augmented with film clips,
audio recordings and relevant ar-
ticles at the St. Lucie West Cam-
pus Library. Also at the St. Lucie
West Campus, Topics in Tech-
nology will teach basic skills and
Blogging Basics will clarify what
blogging is all about.
At the Chastain Campus in
Stuart, The ABC's of Opera will
enhance appreciation of opera,


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while one of the most important
periods of American history will
be examined in The History of
the American Civil War.
In Vero Beach, Dr. Paul Forage
will present China's Past Present
and Future, a look at China and
its global impact. Attendees will
enjoy A Taste of Italian Culture
with guest presentations on the
history and art of Rome, the reno-
vation of a Tuscan villa, the value
of the Italian diet and the wines
and cheeses of Italy. Or, take a
look at India through an insider's
perspective in Destination, In-
dia. Three hundred years before
Freud appeared, Shakespeare
wrote with deep understanding
of humanity. The Monday offer-
ing, Shakespeare and the Human
Condition, will engage partici-
pants in exploration of the deep-
er meanings of Shakespeare's
plays. On Wednesday, February
25, Genealogy Primer will help
you research your family history.
Computer offerings at various
levels, including handling photos
and digital slide shows, are held
at the Mueller Campus in Vero
Beach. The Beginning Computer
offering will be held at the Sebas-
tian City Hall Annex.
To find out more contact the
IRCC Lifelong Learning Institute
at IRCC by calling toll-free 1-866-
866-4722, extension 7880. Visit
www.irccfoundation.org to ob-
tain additional information.


IRCC hosts fifth annual custom car show


Car enthusiasts will want to
put their best polish and shine
on their custom or classic ride
and get ready for the Fifth An-
nual River Classic Custom Car
Show at Indian River Commu-
nity College. IRCC is partnering
with XTREMELOWZ of West
Palm Beach to host the River
Classic 2008 Custom Car Show
Sunday, March 2 from 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m. on the IRCC Main
Campus in Fort Pierce. Partici-
pants in the competition may
register between 9 a.m. and 1
p.m. Admission and parking
for the public is FREE.
Car enthusiasts can enter
cars and trucks for competi-


tion in 31 categories including:
classic, muscle cars, ladies
ride, low riders and trucks.
The event will also include a
Sound Challenge Individuals
interested in participating in
the 2008 River Classic Custom
Car Show can register their
car for $25. Entry in the sound
challenge is also $25 per car
and $10 for an additional run.
Judging begins at 10 a.m., and
trophies will be awarded at 4
p.m. Those wanting to display
their car or truck in a non-ju-
ried competition can partici-
pate in the Park-n-Shine dis-
play with a $15 entry fee. All
proceeds from the event go to-
wards funding IRCC Automo-


tive Technology scholarships.
Sponsors for the River Clas-
sic 2008 Custom Car Show are
Charlie's Dodge of Fort Pierce,
Charlie's Nissan of Fort Pierce,
R.M.M. Trucking of Loxa-
hatchee, T&E Car Audio of
Fort Pierce, MMATS Pro Audio
of Riviera Beach and Sugarhill
Dental Care of Jensen Beach.
The rain date. for the show
is March 16. For information
on vehicle registration or for
a complete list of juried com-
petition categories, visit www.
ircc.edu and click on the River
Classic 2008 Car Show link or
call 1-866-866-4722 or e-mail
acordary@ircc.edu. '


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By Rebekah Bernard,
M.D.
To be honest, I've never real-
ly loved Valentine's Day. There
is always that frustrating search
for the perfect gift, outrageously
inflated prices for flowers, and
dinner reservations tbat don't
start until about 10 p.m. Now
that I'm married, it's not much
better. My husband is a chef,
which means that he works ev-
ery holiday, including V-day. In
fact, last year I spent my Valen-
tine's Day watching "America's
Funniest Home Videos" on TV
(a fact that I remind him of fre-
quently!).
Here's my philosophy on Val-
entine's Day: why give flowers
that will die, or candy that will
just cause your loved one un-
necessary weight gain? What's
the point to giving teddy bears
that will just gather dust, or
jewelry that she'll never wear?
Why not give something more
lasting, and much more impor-
tant? Give your loved one the
gift of YOU only healthier and
with a longer lifespan.
The best gift of all: a prom-
ise to stop smoking. Giving up
smoking is a gift not only to
yourself, but also to your loved
ones and everyone around
you. We all know that smoking


makes the person who smokes
unhealthy, but did you know
that breathing second-hand
smoke might be even more dan-
gerous? Second-hand smoke is
associated with the same risks
as smoking, such as heart at-
tacks and strokes, and may
even be more likely to cause
cancer. Cigarette smoke is also
very dangerous for children,
and can cause many respiratory
illnesses, low birth weight, and
poor growth. Quitting smoking
is the best gift you can give for
Valentine's Day.
Prepare a healthy, home-
cooked meal for Valentine's
Day. Forget those expensive
restaurants with fattening and
high calorie food. Show your
Valentine how much you love
them by cooking a healthy din-
ner. An excellent choice is fish,
which contains heart-healthy
omega-3 fatty acids, and don't
forget to prepare lots of cancer-
fighting vegetables. For dessert,
have fresh strawberries instead
of fatty chocolate. An added
benefit: eating healthy foods
stimulate the libido, while fatty
foods can lead to impotence!
Give the gift of your time.
Families that spend quality time
together tend to be healthier
and happier. As your Valen-
tine's gift, make a promise to


spend at least one evening per
week 'with your partner as a
"date night." Give your partner
a foot rub or neck massage.
You could also plan a weekend
away every few months. If you
are having trouble with your re-
lationship, Valentine's Day is the
perfect time to commit to rela-
tionship counseling, which is
available through most mental
health facilities. Another great
gift to your family is,to vow to
spend an hour or two each day
playing with your children and
spending time with loved ones.
Get tested for diseases. What
better, gift than a clean bill of
health, including tests for sexu-
ally transmitted infections? HIV
tests are now recommended
for EVERYONE, and are avail-
able for free at your local health
department and clinics. Other
important tests include checks
for Hepatitis B, C, gonorrhea,
Chlamydia, and syphilis. Both
partners should be tested for
infections before starting a
relationship, and, staying mo-
nogamous with one partner
decreases your risk of disease.
True love means keeping your
partner healthy as well as your-
self.
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Obituaries


Danielle Lynn Akstin
Danielle Lynn Akstin, age
46 died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2008 in
Lawnwood Regional Medical
Center. Born Aug. 27, 1961 in
Hialeah, she had been a resident
of Okeechobee for four years.
She is survived by her father,
Richard Akstin of Alabama;
stepfather, Reed Coleman of
Okeechobee; daughters, Dana
deLaura of Stone Ridge, N.Y.,
Kati Norville of Atlanta, Ga.;
son, Nicholas Smith of Bay
Minette, Ala.; granddaughter,
Kya Lyn Lowery of New York;


stepbrother, Chuck Coleman of
Okeechobee and dear friends,
Ross Burleson and Carrie Cro-
nin.
No services are planned.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.

Wynona 'Noni'
Alice Friedman
Wynona "Noni" Alice Fried-
man, age 70, a winter resident
of Okeechobee and a resident
of Bee Spring, Ky., passed away
Sunday, Feb. 3. 2008 in the Ham-


rick Home of Okeechobee. Born
April 5, 1937 in Knob Lick, Ky.,
she had been a winter resident
of Okeechobee for the past eight
years.
She is preceded in death by
her sisters, Jewel Pitcock, Lou
Waldron; brothers, John W Pit-
cock and Robert Pitcock.
She is survived by her partner,
Charlie Weakly of Okeechobee
and Bee Springs, Ky.; sons, Jeff
Homola of Incline Village, Nev.,
Tim Homola of South Barrigton,
Ill., Greg Homola of Lake Gene-
va, Wis.; daughters, Heidi Good-
man of Woodstock, Ill., Robi


Volkommer of Schaumburg,
Ill., Terri Welisek of Sherwood,
Wis., and Mandi Friedman of
Dallas, Texas; 15 grandchildren;
two great grandchildren; sister
Catherine Cummius and Larry
Pitcock of Bowling Green, Ky.,
Lillian Clay of Glasgow, Ky., and
Rondell Pitcock of Louisville, Ky.
In addition, she is survived by a
host of nieces, nephews and be-
loved friends.
N6 formal services are being
planned.
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the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.


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Juvenile escapee receives probation


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
A Pensacola teenager was ad-
judicated guilty of escape from a
juvenile facility on Jan. 28 and sen-
tenced to five years of probation.
Alex King, now 18, attempted
to escape the Okeechobee Level
10 facility on March 5, 2005 with
another client. They were able to
cut a hole through a ceiling in the
facility but were unsuccessful in
making it to the outside.
The two boys had stuffed blan-
kets under their covers to make
it appear they were in bed at the
Okeechobee Juvenile Offender
Corrections Center, arrest reports
stated.
King pled guilty to the charge
last week after a long legal fight
over the severity of the felony
charge against him.
King's attorneys had appealed
to the 4th District Court of Ap-
peals when prosecutors sought to
charge him with a more serious
charge of escape from a correc-
tional facility.
The 4th district agreed with King
and his attorneys and the case was
remanded back to Okeechobee
Circuit Court earlier this year.
King was sentenced to seven
years in a juvenile facility for the
murder of his father, Terry King,
40, at their home in Cantonment
on Nov. 26,. 2001. Derek King, 13
at the time, reportedly used an
aluminum baseball bat and struck
the man at least a dozen times
while he sat in a recliner in the liv-
ing room area. The two boys then
set the home on fire.
The boys, originally indicted
for first degree murder as adults,
were later convicted of third de-
gree murder or manslaughter and
arson. A jury had convicted them


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of second degree murder, but Cir-
cuit Judge Frank Bell later reduced
the charge to third degree. Derek
King received eight years and Alex
seven years behind bars.
Four months after the homicide
occurred a convicted child molest-
er, Ricky Chavis, was indicted in
the murder case as well. He was
accused of hiding the boys after
the murder. Firemen who arrived
at the home in Cantonment found
the home fully involved and later
found the body of the victim in-
side. The two boys were nowhere
to be seen.
Chavis was later charged and
convicted in 2003 of false impris-
onment for claims he kidnapped
and molested Alex King. He was
acquitted of more serious charges
that included kidnapping and 10
counts of lewd and lascivious con-
duct on a child, according to the
Pensacola News Journal.
Law enforcement claimed Alex
King told them the murder was his


idea and that the brother admitted
to striking the father with the bat
at least 10 times, the Pensacola pa-
per reported in 2001.
Authorities extradite
man wanted for home
invasion, car jacking
Highlands County Sheriff Dep-
uties have got their hands on a
former Okeechobee man who is
accused of committing home inva-
sion, robbery, and car jacking on
the day after Christmas last year.
David M. Yates, 40, was located
at his residence in Lucedale, Miss.,
by U.S. Marshals. He was extra-
dited back to Highlands County in
January, according to Lt. Tim Le-
thbridge of the Highlands County
Sheriff's Office.
Yates will also face charges of
stalking for allegedly making nu-
merous phone calls to the victim's
residence in the days' following
the alleged abduction, arrest re-
ports said.
The original incident was re-
ported by a 9-1-1 call made by the
victim. She reported her former
boyfriend of four years was at-
tempting to break into her home
in Kissimmee River Estates just
after 10:30 p.m. When Deputies
arrived they found the home un-
locked, signs of a struggle, and the
victim's vehicle missing.
The victim stated she was forced
into her vehicle at knife point and
driven to Okeechobee. When the
vehicle slowed down near a Circle
K convenience store here, she was
able to jump out and flee the sus-
pect, the arrest report from Deputy
William Gentry stated.
The victim stated Mr. Yates
pulled out a pocket knife, placed it
underneath her chin, and stated he


would kill her, the report added.
An arrest report that explains
the stalking charge noted that Yates
allegedly repeatedly, harassed the
victim by calling her home on Dec.
29. The report stated Yates report-
edly made threats to harm the vic-
tim and her daughter.
Yates was being held without
bond at the Highlands County Jail
pending his arraignment in Cir-
cuit Court scheduled for later this
month.

Court News
A 19-year-old Okeechobee
man pled no contest on Jan. 29, to
charges he used a long blade knife
in an attempted robbery at a Port
St. Lucie Wal-Mart Super Center.
Harry Dennis, Jr., was adjudicated
guilty of robbery and was sen-
tenced to one year in the St. Lucie
County Jail, and two years of pro-
bation. He will also pay court costs
and fines.
A 37-year-old Okeechobee
man received two years in prison
after he was adjudicated guilty
of charges of grand theft in Palm
Beach County late last year. Travis
Usher was charged with the theft
of $160,000 worth of equipment
from Florida Power and Light Cor-
poration. He allegedly took the
tools and traded them for other
items in Canal Point between June
and November, 2006. Usher was
adjudicated guilty of the felony
charge and was ordered to make
restitution by Palm Beach Circuit
Judge Karen Miller. He must re-
pay $143,988 to FPL, according to
court documents.


Arrest Report


The following individuals
were arrested on felony or driv-
ing under the influence (DUI)
charges by the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office COCSO),
the Okeechobee City Police De-
partment (OCPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Flor-
ida Fish and Wildlife Conser-
vation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
(DOC).
Michael McCaslin, 25, N.E.
Fourth Lane, Okeechobee, was
arrested Feb. 4, by DOC's Jo-
seph Cracchiola on a charge of
violation of community control-
uttering a forged instrument.
He is being held without bond.
He was also arrested by Depu-
ty Corporal Randy Thomas on
misdemeanor charges of pos-
session of marijuana under 20
grams and possession of drug
paraphernalia. His bond on
those charges was set at $1,000.
Jose Enrique Bazua, 33,
S.W. Second St., Miami, was
arrested Feb. 5, by Deputy Paul
Jackson on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him
with violation of probation-driv-
ing under the influence and vio-
lation of probation-driving while
license suspended. He is being
held without bond.
Donald Leroy Crawford, Jr.,
45, S.W. 401' Ave., Okeechobee,
was arrested Feb. 5, by the
Okeechobee Narcotics Task
Force on a felony charge of pos-
session of a firearm by a convict-
ed felon. He was also charged


with the misdemeanor of driv-
ing while license suspended
with knowledge. His bond was
set at $5,500.
Raudel Carlos Slone, 21,
N.W Seventh St., Okeechobee,
was arrested Feb. 5, by Deputy
Justin Akins on a felony charge
of burglary with a battery (do-
mestic). He was also charged
with the misdemeanor of crimi-
nal mischief (two counts). His
bond was set at $25,500.
Rosario Mota Sosa, 28, S.E.
Eighth Ave., Okeechobee, was
arrested Feb. 5, by Deputy Rob-
bie Lamb on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging Sosa
with violation of probation-
possession of fictitious driver's
license and violation of proba-
tion-driving without a valid driv-
er's license. Sosa's bond was set
at $1,000.
Leon Anthony Cotton, 19,
S.E. 13"' Ave., Okeechobee, was
arrested Feb. 5, by Deputy Mar-
cus Collier on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him
with violation of probation-
grand theft. He is being held
without bond.
This column lists arrests
and not convictions, un-
less otherwise stated. Any-
one listed here who is later
found innocent or has had
the charges against them
dropped is welcome to in-
form this newspaper. The in-
formation will be confirmed
and printed.


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Okeechobee Composite Squadron kicks off their 2008 Cadet Activities


OKEECHOBEE The
Okeechobee Composite Squad-
ron of the Civil Air Patrol kicked
off their 2008 Cadet Activities
schedule this week with the Ca-
det Rocketry Program. Squad-
ron Commander Lt. Papasso
explained that this is a very spe-
cial program within the Civil Air
Patrol Cadet Program and the
Okeechobee Composite Squad-
ron. It combines two of the three
Prime Missions of the Civil Air Pa-
trol, and it is a lot of fun for ev-
eryone. First and most obvious it
is a Cadet Program Activity and
secondly it is an Aerospace Edu-
cation Activity.
Lt. Greg Gernat who is heading
up the Rocketry Program for the
Okeechobee Composite Squad-
ron went on to explain that the
program as designed by the Civil
Air Patrol contains both text book
lessons and hands on construc-
tion of model rocketry. The text
book lessons begin with the birth'
of rockets in the United States
and continues into today's Space
Program. The lessons are taught
out of the Civil Air Patrol Model
Rocketry book, which includes
both historical information and


the technical aspects of rocketry
and the space program.
The hands on part of the pro-
gram are based upon learning the
aspects of rocket design, flight
and propulsion. Cadets begin
by building a model rocket from
common household items and
then progress through a few dif-
ferent model rockets learning
something with each one until
they finally build a flying model
rocket kit and actually fly the rock-
et. Completion of the program in-
cludes passing some written tests
along the way arid ends with the
flight of their own model rocket,
which also includes the recovery
of that rocket after the flight, lost
rockets do not count..
These kit rockets fly approxi-
mately 200 feet up and then a
parachute pops out and they
gently float down to earth. The
Cadets as well as many of our
adult members enjoy the process
because the Cadets get to actu-
ally see the results of their efforts
in the form of a successful flight
of something they built by them-
selves, and they learn a lot along.
the way. The Cadet is then award-
ed a Framed Certificate and very


sharp looking and highly coveted
Civil Air Patrol Rocketry pin that
they proudly display on their Air
Force Dress Blue Uniform along
with their other award ribbons.
Lt. Ragon the Squadron Dep-
uty Commander went on to ex-
plain that the Okeechobee Com-
posite Squadron is truly a group
that participates together, many
of our Adult members will help
out with the program along the
way. We also make the launch a
full day event for the entire Squad-
ron and our families. The launch,
which is done under the strictest
of regulations and supervision, is
combined with a Squadron pic-
nic. All of our members and their
families are invited to participate
and see the launch; it is really a
great day for everyone.
If you are interested in this
or any Cadet or Adult Program
the Civil Air Patrol offers please
contact Lt. Joe Papasso at 561-
252-0916, or Lt. Joe Ragon at
954-695-8000. Meetings are every
Tuesday at 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the
Okeechobee Airport. Please call
for directions and gate access.


Submitted photo
Jared Wilson, Kala Bostick, Angel Garcia, Lt. Greg Gerant (standing in the back) Jonathan
Mateo, Michael Miller, Nicholas Methner and Lt. Teryl Mateo (sitting bottom right of picture)
are at the most recent CAP activity.


Service Club News


American Legion
Post #64
The American Legion Post #64
is located at 501 S.E. Second St.
The Post phone number is (863)
763-2950. American Legion Post
#64 is open Monday to Saturday
from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Sun-
day from 1 until 9 p.m. Our kitch-
en is open and serving a regular
menu. The hours of operation
are: Monday through Friday from
11 am until 3 p.m.
Wednesday: Tacos and Mar-
garitas served from 11 a.m. to 6
p.m.; Live music by Turk Leonard
from 3 until 6 p.m.
*Fridays: Karaoke with B & P
Productions (Bobby and Penny)
starting at 6 p.m.
*Saturday; Feb. 2, Lip Sync
from 2 until 4 p.m.
Saturday from 5 until 8 p.m.
50s and 60s Sock Hop Oldies
Dance Hosted By Turk Leonard.
Sunday: sports on big screen
TV Quarter-pound hot dogs, pizza
and 50 cent draft beer will be of-
fered.
Live Music By Turk Leonard,
- ::Sunday from 4 until 9 p.m.
Bingo is held every Saturday
and Sunday night starting at 6:30
p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.
The Sons of the American.Le-
gion steak dinner will be held on
the third Sunday of each month
from 3 until 6 p.m. The dinner
will include steak, baked potato,
salad, dessert, coffee and tea.
Friday night dinners have
resumed. Dinners will be served
from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m.
It is time to pay your dues for
the Legion and Auxiliary.

Am-Vets #2001
Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold
a regular informational meeting
on the first Saturday of the month
at the Buckhead Ridge VFW Post
#9528, 2002 U.S. 78 W, at 10
a.m. Applications for new mem-
bers are available. Call Lou Eder
at (863) 357-0467 or Jerry Lee
Shields at (863) 467-8779 or (863)
467-2882.
Am-Vets Ladies Auxiliary
meetings are the first Saturday of
the month at 10 am. Contact the
Post at 467-2882 for information.

Eagles Aeries #4137
Eagles Aeries #4137 is located
at 9983 U.S. 441 N. For informa-
tion on events, call (863) 763-
2552.
Every Tuesday bingo at 1
p.m. Food will be available for a
donation.
Wednesday: bar bingo from
4 p.m. until ? Food will be avail-
able.
Every Thursday: washer toss
at 1 p.m.
First and third Thursday: Aux-
iliary at 6 p.m,; Aeries at 7 p.m.
Friday: steak night (16-oz.)


starting at 5 p.m. for a $12 do-
nation. Music will be by Jimmy
Harper.
Saturday and Sundays: mu-
sic at 7 p.m.
First and third Sunday: break-
fast cooked to order from 9 until
11 a.m. for $5 donation.

Okeechobee
Masonic Lodge #237
The Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge is located at 107 N.W. Fifth
Ave.' For information about the
club and events, call Matt Buxton
at (863) 357-9992.
The Masonic Lodge holds
their meetings on the second
and fourth Monday of each
month starting at 7:30 p.m.

Order of the Eastern
Star Chapter #128
The Order of the Eastern Star
has many fun activities planned
on the first and third Tuesday of
each month. For upcoming ac-
tivities, contact Mary Ann Holt at
(863) 634-8087.

B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S.
78 W. in Buckhead Ridge. The
Lodge's phont number is (863)
763-2250.
Sunday: breakfast will be
served from 9 until 11 a.m.
Sunday: Karaoke with open
mic and free food at 7 p.m.
Wednesday: Bingo and
food, food served at 5 p.m. and
bingo starts at 6 p.m. Public is
welcome.
Thursday: dinner will be
served from 5 until 7:15 p.m. Call
the Lodge for the menu.
Thursday: karaoke night
starting at 7 p.m. ,
Friday: dinner served from
5 until 7:15 p.m. Music for danc-
ing at 7:30 p.m. Call to see who
is playing.
Saturday: dinner from 5
p.m. until 7 p.m.
Saturday: karaoke night
starting at 7 p.m.

Moose Family
Center #1753
The Moose Family Center
#1753 is located at 156 N.W. 36th
St. in Okeechobee. Please call the
Lodge at (863) 763-4954 for fur-
ther information, sudden changes
and menus. Guests are invited to
enjoy the activities and consider
membership.
Every Sunday breakfast from
8 to 11 a.m.
Horseshoe practice every
Sunday at 2 p.m. and Thursday
Evening.
Every Monday, Pool tourna-
ments sign up, 7 p.m. Food is
served.
Women's meeting second


and fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Officers meetings first and
third Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Men's meetings, second and
fourth Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Moose Legion meetings third
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Bar Bingo Thursday at 1 p.m.
and Friday night at 7 p.m. Food
Served. (you must be a member
to play bar bingo)
Dinner and music almost ev-
ery Saturday night.
UPCOMING SPECIALS:
Valentine's Day, Dinner
and Dance Steaks to order.
Dance Music by Lisa. $15 per
person or $25 a couple.

VFW Post #4423
The VFW North Post #4423 is
located at 300 N.W. 34 St. Events
are seasonal, contact the Post at
(863) 763-0818 for information or
write the Post at P.O. Box 1137,
Okeechobee Fl. 34973. The Post
opens at noon Monday through
Sunday.
Monday through Thursday:
happy hour from 4 until 6 p.m.
Monday: .50-cent hot dogs.
Washer toss every Tuesday
starting at 1 p.m. Food will be
available. Everyone is welcome.
Wednesday: dinner from 4
until 6 p.m. for a donation.
Friday: bingo starts at 1 p.m.
for members and guests. Food
will be available. Karaoke will be
from 6 until 10 p.m.
Friday: hot food by David
Lee from 5 until 8 p.m.
Saturday: bar bingo at 1
p.m. for members and guests. Ka-
raoke will be from 6 until 10 p.m.
Food will be available.
Sunday: dinner will be avail-
able from 2 until 4 p.m., and will


be followed by karaoke from 6
until 10 p.m.
Every third Sunday there will
be a post meeting and ladies aux-
iliary meeting at 11 a.m.
The post membership drive
is under way, and the post is striv-
ing for 100 percent. For informa-
tion, contact the quartermaster at
(863) 763-0818.
Big screen TV for all events.

VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post #9528 is locat-
ed at 2002 S.R. 78 W. in Buckhead
Ridge. For information, call (863)
467-2882'. Post opens at noon,
Monday through Sunday.
We are taking applications for
new members for the VFW, Ladies
Auxiliary, Male Auxiliary, AMVETS
and AMVETS ladies auxiliary.
Wednesday: Ladies Auxil-
iary dinner and Men's Auxiliary or
AmVets. Music will be available.
Every Thursday is bar bin-
go at 12:45 p.m. Lunch will be
available.
Every Friday a steak dinner
with baked potato, salad and
rolls will be served from 5:30
until 7 p.m. for an $11 donation.
Dancing immediately follows
the dinner.
Membership meetings are
held on the second Saturday of
the month beginning at 10 a.m.
The House Committee meeting
is on the fourth Saturday.
For information, contact
Commander Henry Zaskowski
at (863) 467-2882.
All games and special events
are shown on three televisions.
The game room has a regula-
tion-size pool table.


VFW Post #10539
The VFW will be open Mon-
day through Saturday at 10 a.m.,
and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Lounge opens at 10 a.m.
Monday through Saturday and
at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Monday: $1.50 tacos till ,6
p.m.
Tuesday: Ladies Auxiliary
Dinner 5:30 p.m. ($6)
Wednesday: bar bingo
will start at 12:45 p.m. Lunch is
available, courtesy of the Ladies
Auxiliary.
Thursday: short order food
night from 5 until 8 p.m.
Friday: fish fry, chicken fin-
gers or shrimp from 5 until 8
p.m. along with live music and
dancing.
Saturday: dollar dogs, sau-
sage dogs for $1.50 grilled or
steamed at noon. Live music
and dancing will start at 7 p.m.
Sunday: sports on big
screen TV.
The Ladies Auxiliary is look-
ing for any family members of
Okeechobee residents currently
serving overseas. We are for-
warding packages of needed
items to our active service per-
sonnel. For more information or
if you would like to donate items
please contact us, Cheryl Benoit
at (863) 697-2930.
The Post and Ladies Auxil-
iary meetings are held the first
Sunday of every month at noon.
Men's Auxiliary meetings are
the second Wednesday of every
month at 6:30 p.m.
Call (863) 763-2308 for the
schedule of events.


Shrine Club
The Okeechobee Shrine
Club, S.R. 78 W, members will
meet the first and third Thursday
of each month at 8 p.m. The club
is also available for weddings
and parties. For information call
the club at (863) 763-3378, or
Keith at (863) 634-2682.
Sunday: Every second
Sunday of, the month there will
be a Bike Sunday from noon
until 7 p.m. There will be food,
jukebox, big screen T.V. and an
Oasis Lounge. For more infor-
mation, call the club at (863)
763-3378.

Cypress Hut
Eagles #4509
The Cypress Hut Fraternal
Order of Eagles post #4509 lo-
cated at 4701 U.S. 441 S.E. is
now open to members Monday-
Saturday from 10 a.m. until 10
p.m., Sundays from 1 to 10 p.m.
Information can be found by visit-
ing www.foe4509.com, or calling
(863) 467-1154.
Food is served several eve-
nings a week-
Aerie meetings are at 7 p.m.
on the first and third Wednesday
of each month at the old Cypress
Hut flea market restaurant.
FOE Auxiliary meetings are
at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth
Wednesday of every month
Friday night: 16 oz rib eye
steak dinner with the trimmings
beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Moose Lodge #2417
The Moose Lodge #2417
is located at 2 Linda Rd. BHR
Okeechobee.


Service Club Information

2nd annual karaoke contest at VFW Post 4423
North VFW Post 4423 will hold its second annual karaoke contest.
Contest is open to the public. Preliminaries will be Saturday, Feb. 23,
March 1, and March 8 beginning at 7 p.m. The contest begins at 7:30
p.m. Finals to be held March 15. There is a $10 entry fee and contest
will be hosted by David Lee. All entry fees go to the winners. Call the
Bill at (863) 763-0818 for the schedule of weekly events.

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 Com-
posite Squadron 453 currently has 26 members, Senior members and
cadets are being recruited for the unit. Youths between 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 emergency services, aerospace education and
cadet programs. Senior members and cadets work side by side to ac-
complish 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.


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The following movies are now
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III.
Movie times for Friday, Feb. 1,
through Thursday, Feb. 7, are as
follows:
Theatre I -"No Country for Old
Men" (R) Showtimes: Friday at 7
and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at
3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
p.m.
Theatre II "Over Her Dead
Body" (PG-13) Showtimes: Fri-
day at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
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Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15,
7 and 9 p.m., Monday at 3 and
7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
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DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
POSTING DATE: February 3, 2008
CLOSING DATE: Until filled
SALARY: $ 50,000 $ 85, 000
The Okeechobee Utility Authority is seeking a qualified appli-
cant to serve as the Director of Operations for the water treat-
ment ( 9,000 customers), wastewater treatment ( 4,200
customers) and maintenance departments. At a minimum, job
responsibilities will include: employee and customer relations,
regulatory compliance, budget preparation, monitoring, con-
struction oversight, meetings and other general administrative
duties.
The minimum qualifications for this position shall include high
school diploma and a clean Florida driver's license. Additional-
ly, a college degree in business administration, engineering or
other related field would be a definite plus.
The applicant should be able to provide a work history, listing
job responsibilities and years of experience at previous work
assignments which would directly relate to the expected work
assignments of this listing. Applicants are expected to provide
a salary history as the well as expected salary requirements.
A pre-employment drug screening will be required.
The Okeechobee Utility Authority offers a benefit package that
includes the standard paid time off for holidays and accrued
vacation and sick time. Additionally, various health, life and
medical insurances are offered.
Qualified applicants may send their letters of interest and re-
sumes to:
Okeechobee Utility Authority
Attn: John F. Hayford
Executive Director
100 SW 5th Avenue
Okeechobee, Florida 34974-4221
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a Counselor for our Brighton
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Okeechobee, 2Br/1.5ba, car-
peted, ceramic tile, w/appl's
incl. dishwasher, $700 mo.
+ $700, sec. (863)763-8878
REMODELED 2br, l ba, 2
story apt, screened porch,
very clean, no pets.
$750/mo, 1st, last & Dep.
(863)763-8391


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chobee. $12 per sq ft. Call
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OKEECHOBEE 2 BR, 2 BA
Townhouse. W&D, Clean.
$875 mo. (863)634-9521


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laundry, tiled, $1000/mo.
rent. $5,000 applied to pur-
chase of $149,900 after 1
year. 3429 NW 40th Dr.
Basswood. (561)718-2822
BUY, RENT OR LEASE,
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863-634-4724
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$750/mo inclds utilities,
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NEW DUPLEX 3/2. $1000
per month + 1st, last &
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Fla. rm., Owner/Agent, own-
er financing, lease option,
$950 mo. (863)634-4581 or
(863)634-8726
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garage. C/Air. 1st, last &
sec. 863-467-2541 or after
5 pm 863-634-9330
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with Fam./Rm. All tile floors,
Hi-Lo Acres. $1300 mo.
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with dock. (863)465-0053


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


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CBS, 425 NW 10th Ave.
Great home built in 1997.
$139,500 (954)475-0063
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Prices $139,900. 3824 NW
7th St. 561-248-3879 or
863-484-0809


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Public Notices



Public Notice 5005
State Public
Legal Notice 5500



IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
File No.: 2006-CP-234
Division
ESTATE OF
ROBERT S. ROGERS, SR.
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of ROB-
ERT S. ROGERS, SR., deceased,
whose date of death was November
25, 2006, is pending in the Circuit
Court for Okeechobee County, Florida,
Probate Division, the address of which
is 312 Northwest 3rd Street, Okeecho-
bee, FL 34072. The name and ad-
dresses of the personal representative
and the personal representative's attor-
ney are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate, on whom a
copy of this notice is required to be
served must fife their claims with this
court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3
MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE
OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF
SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE
ON THEM.
All other creditors of the decent and other
persons having claims or demands
against the decedent's estate, must file
their claims with this court WITHIN 3
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE
TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SEC-
TION 733,702 OF THE FLORIDA PRO-
BATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS
SET FORTH ABOVE. ANY CLAIM FILED
TWO (21 YEARS OR MORE AFTER
THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED,
The date of the first publication of this
Notice Is January 31st, 2008.
Personal Reresentative:
Janet Rogers
4047 SE 27th Street
Okeechobee, Florida 34974
Attorney for Personal Representative:
Wallace B. McCall, Esq.
Attorney tor Janet Rogers
Florida Bar No. 157086
WALLACE B. McCALL, PA.
1001 North U.S. Highway One
Suite 604
Jupiter, FloriRoda 33477
Telephone: (561) 746-7073
Fax: (561)746-7669
259268 ON 1/31 ;2/7/08
Join all the people who
say, "I sold it In the clas-
stleds."


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO.: 2007 CA 321
SUNTRUST MORTGAGE,
Plaintiff
vs, .
THOMAS L KING, et al,
Defendants
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a
Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated the
31st day of January, 2008, and en-
tered in Case No. 2007-CA-321, of the
Circuitrt of the 19th Judicial Cir-
cuit in and for Okeechobee County,
Florida, wherein SUNTRUST MORT-
GAGE, INC. Is the Plaintiff and THOM-
AS L. KING; CITIBANK, FEDERAL
SAVINGS BANK, JACKLYN KING;
JOHN DOE; JANE DOE AS UNKNOWN
TENANTISI IN POSSESSION OF THE
SUBJECT OROPERTY are defendants, i
will sell to the highest and best bidder
for cash at the OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 NW 3RD
STREET, JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM,
SECOND FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE,
FLORIDA 34972 at the Okeechobee
County Courthouse, in Okeechobee,
,Florida, at 11:00 a.m. on the 5th day
of March, 2008, the following de-
scribed property as set forth in said Fi-
nal Judgment, to wit:
LOT 1, BLOCK 6, REVISED PLAT OF
WILCOX SHORES, ACCORDING TO
THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN
PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 5, OF THE PUB-
LIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA.
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST
IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE,
IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPER-
TY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE
LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM
WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE.
In accordance with the Americans with
Disabilitides Act of 1990 (ADA) disabled
person who, because of their
disabilities need special accommoda-
tion to participate in this proceeding
should contact riot 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).
Dated this 31st day of Jan., 2008.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of The Circuit Court
By:/S/Linda F Young
Deputy Clerk
259516 ON 02/07,14/08
LEGAL NOTICE
Public Auction will be held at Johns Tow-
ing Service storage lot located at 704
Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee,
Florida 34972 on FEBRUARY 22,
2008, at 9:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florda
Statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and
storage charges. Year, make, model
and VIN are as follows.
1995 Chevy Cavalier
VIN#1G1JCt 24XS7131246
1991 Mercury Sable
VIN#1MECM50U9MA637078
1989 Toyota Corolla
VIN#JT2AE92E3K0142485
1994 Ford Crown Vic.
VIN#2FALP71WXRX163926
Terms of sale are cash, and no checks
S'will he accepted. Seller reserves the..
lght of final bid. ALL SALES ARE FI-
NAL! NO REFUNDS WILL BE, MADE!
Said automobiles will be sold in "As Is"
condition with no guarantee's.
260263 ON 02/7/08


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IRRIGATION WATER USE PERMIT RENEWAL WORKSHOP
The South Florida Water Management DIstrict will begin the water use permit renew-
al process for the Kissimmee Basin, which includes portions of Glades, High-
lands, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola and Polk counties. All individual and major
generall water use permits for irrigation must be renewed by the dates established
or each of the basins. Since Water Use Permits have'a finite duration, they must
be renewed In order to re-establish the right to use water, Applications for permit
renewals will be evaluated against criteria contained in updated rules.
In order to explain the revised rules and renewal process, an informational workshop
for the Basin will be held at the District's Okeechobee Service Center located at
205 North Parrott Avenue (Suite 201) In Okeechobee. The workshop will be on
February 27th beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the auditorium. All of the workshops are
scheduled to Inform permit holders of the renewal process, processing fees,
deadlines and to assist with any problems or questions,
Additional information can be found on the Water Use Permit Renewal page on the
District web site at www.sfwmd oov or by calling the informational hotline at
(800) 547-2694.
2601042 ON 2/7/08


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINE-
TEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND
FOROKEECHODBEECOUNTY,
FLORIDA
CASE NO: 2007-CA-390
DOUGLAS L. CUREY, JR.
Plaintiff
JOHN S. DUBOIS0
Defendant
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: JOHN S. DUBOIS AND ALL OTHERS
WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
YOU ARENOTIFIED that an action for
quiet title to the following property in
keechobee County, Florida:
The E 1/ of EV/ oftS VS OFN I1OF
TRACT 14, SECTION 21 TOWNSHIP
34 SOUTH, RANGE 33 EAST accord-
ing to the plat thereof recorded in Plat
Book 4, Pages 3A-D inclusive, of the
public record of Okeechobee County,
Florida.
has been filed against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, it any, to it on Shelly A.
McKay, Esq., the Plaintiff's attorney,
whose address is 207 SW 2nd Ave-
nue, Okeechobee, FL 34974, on or be-
fore 3/10/2008 and tile the original
with the clerk of this court either be-
fore service on the Plaintiff's attorney
or immediately thereafter; otherwise a
default will be entered against you for
the relief demanded in the complaint or
petition.
DATED this 4th day of Feb. 2008
SHARON R. ROBERTSON
As Clerk of the Court
KATHY ARNOLD
Deputy Clerk
260055 ON 2/7,14,21,28/2008
NOTICE
Notice is hereby given that the follow-
ing livestock: 14hh; 8001lb; dark bay
gelding; 2 broken bottom left teeth;
approximately 18 years old; white
star and half pattern left hind is now
impounded at Okeechobee County
Animal Control, 1480 NW 25th
Drive, Okeechobee, FL 34972,
phone number 863-357-3225 and
the amount due by reason of such
impounding is $125.00. The above
described livestock will, unless re-
deemed within 3 days from date
hereof (February 7th, 2008), ex-
cluding Sundays, be offered for sale
at public auction to the highest and
best bidder for cash.
Animal Control
Okeechobee County
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Henderson chooses Marshall University


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Leshawn Henderson became
the fifth Okeechobee Brahman in
history to sign a national letter of
intent to play college football at
Marshall University on Wednesday,
Feb. 6.
While Henderson joins the likes
of Brahman greats like Kerry Parks
and Larry Davis, he also joins two of
his cousins, John Grace, and Curtis
Jones, as players that attended the
university in Huntington, West Vir-
ginia.
"I just felt comfortable there, I
like the education they offer, and
I'm very excited, this is nice," he
said at a morning signing ceremo-
ny at Okeechobee High School.
In attendance were Leshawn's
two brothers Terrance Allen and
Curtis Givens, underclassmen at
OHS, and his parents, Myron Re-
foure and Demetria Refoure.,
They have become used to see-
ing their sons and daughters go off
to college on athletic scholarships.
Henderson joins Davisha Moore,
who played college volleyball at In-
dian River Community College, and
Tierra Allen, who is currently play-
ing college basketball at Broward
Community College.
Mrs. Refoure said she is very ex-
cited to see a third child go off to
college and pursue their dreams,
"Leshawn can do whatever he
wants to do. This is his decision
and I really felt he made a good
decision. My husband and I will al-
ways be there for him and I guess
we'll have to travel to West Virginia
to watch him."
Myron Refoure, a star athlete
himself at Hardee High School, had
another son, Myron Jr., who had
this type of athletic talent. He at-


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Leshawn Henderson and his
mother Demetria Refoure are
all smiles on signing day.
tended Carson Newman University
on a football scholarship and was
a top running back at the school.
He noted Leshawn has some of the
same qualities and abilities as his
older son.
"I'm very proud today.
Okeechobee High School, the
coaches, it's like a family. They did
a lot of work to help him get the
academics to attend school, it was
a great effort," he stated.
Henderson was a four year
starter for the Brahmans. He was
a standout at corner back, where
he has six career interception re-
turns for touchdowns. On offense,
he had over 4,000 total yards on
offense, and special teams in his
Brahman career. He had 19 career
interceptions.
"He has matured as a young
man and Marshall will help him
mature even more," Myron Re-
foure stated. "It took a lot of effort,


Leshawn shows off his new Marshall cap to his family and
friends.


but I could always see the talent."
Brahman Coach Chris Branham
said he was proud for Henderson
and also for his program. This is the
first athlete he has coached to sign
a Division 1 Football Scholarship.
He said that bodes well for the fu-
ture of the program here.
"I'm extremely proud. I'm hap-
py for his family, for him and for our
program," he said.
Branham said Marshall made
Henderson an excellent offer and
will assist him with his educational
needs.
Henderson said he will talk
to both of his cousins, Jones and
Grace, for guidance once he at-
tends the school. He noted that
could make the transition easier on
him.


"I'm trying to follow a family tra-
dition up there. That's really why I
picked them," he noted.
Henderson went on a recruiting
trip to Marshall last week. He also
had considered Auburn and North
Carolina. However, his decision be-
came clear in the past few days.
"I think it's pretty great actually.
I will miss Okeechobee. I've lived
here most of my life. I'll miss my
family, my friends, and the coach-
es," he added.
Marshall plays in the very com-
petitive Conference USA. They
slumped to a (3-9) record last year,
the second under Head Coach Mark
Snyder. Included in their record last
year was a 31-3 loss at Miami.
In 2008 the Thundering Herd
will play at Wisconsin.


Varsity Boys hoops win OT battle with LPA


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Brahman varsity basket-
ball team lived to play another day
while Lincoln Park walked away
from the court bitterly disappointed
Tuesday night.
The District 14-4A tournament
opened at Okeechobee High
School with a trio of games, but the
best one was saved for last.
Okeechobee and Lincoln Park
battled for 32 minutes and couldn't
decide who was better. They went
to overtime and Okeechobee finally
prevailed, 57-47.
"It was an unbelievable night,"
an emotional Brahman Coach Jon
Enrico stated. "We came to play to-
night for a change. The kids did a
nice job and they earned this win."
The Brahmans played without
three seniors, James Shanks, Bob-
by Spelts and Jay Lawton. Instead
they went to a group of fresh faces,
who played together on a success-
ful JV team this year. Players like
Ricky Nieto, Austin Willard, and
Duel Gore played significant roles
in the Brahman's victory.
"The JV kids are good kids. They.
know the offense. It took awhile
for the varsity to get past their ath-
leticism and figure out you need
smarts in basketball. When you're
athletic and smart yod are a heck of
a team," Enrico noted.
Okeechobee big man, David
Jeune, had 17 points and 13 re-
bounds. However, he also was in
foul trouble, and had to sit out most
of the third quarter. Without him
on the court Okeechobee slowed
things down and survived until he
could return and make an impact.
Okeechobee led 16-14 after
one quarter. Willard hit a couple of
buckets off the bench. Jeune had
two put backs of Brahman misses.
In the second quarter a techni-
cal foul helped Okeechobee build
a five point lead. A Leshawn Hen-
derson back door cut led to a lay
in and a 22-19 lead with 3:36 left in


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Leshawn Henderson works
in traffic late in Tuesday's vic-
tory over Lincoln Park.
the half. Okeechobee led 24-23 at
the half.
With Jeune on the bench in
the third, Willard again picked up
the slack. His three point play gave
Okeechobee a 32-28 lead with five
minutes left in the quarter. Chris Hall
hit a runner to put Okeechobee in
front 34-32 with 2:15 left in the peri-
od. Hall then found Henderson with
a pretty pass to give Okeechobee a
36-32. The Brahmans held a 36-35
lead after three quarters.
Lincoln Park took a one point
lead several times in the fourth
quarter but each time they did
Okeechobee was able to come
back. A nice assist from Terrance
Allen led to a Henderson lay in for
a 38-37 lead and Jeune's lay in gave
Okeechobee a 40-39 lead with 5:33
left.
Lincoln Park again went ahead
41-40 and Henderson missed a lay
up on a breakaway that seemed to
take the energy out of Okeechobee.
However, Allen made another
nice pass to Jeune for a bucket
inside to give Okeechobee a 42-


David Jeune, despite being
saddled with foul trouble,
was the key player down the
stretch in Okeechobee's vic-
tory.
41 lead. Jeune's free throw gave
Okeechobee a 43-41 advantage
with just 1:31 left.
However Lincoln Park was able
to tie the score and Okeechobee
was unable to score in the final
minute, which forced the over-
time.
Henderson had a chance to win
it with a 12-footer with five seconds
left but the shot went long and the
Greyhounds grabbed the rebound.
In the overtime Okeechobee
took a three point lead, 46-43 thanks
to three free throws from Jeune.
Henderson hit a short jumper to
give Okeechobee a 48-43 lead with
1:55 left. Jeune added two more
free throws to put Okeechobee in
front 50-43.
On offense Lincoln Park just
couldn't get a shot to drop. They
missed their first eight shots of the
overtime period. They scored two
late buckets thanks to a steal but it
was too little too late.
Jeune ended up hitting seven of
eight free throws in the extra ses-
sion.
"It felt good at the line. I was
ready for it," he stated.
Enrico noted he liked how his
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overtime game, "Leshawn played
a full game, David did well with his
foul trouble, every body came out
and got away from playing for me
and T and decided to play for we.
When they play together, they're
good. They are good enough to
win this (tournament):"
In the other first round games
Glades Central defeated Jensen
Beach and Fort Pierce Westwood
defeated Forest Hill.
Friday night Okeechobee will
host Glades Central and Suncoast
will play Westwood. Games begin
at 5 p.m. Friday at the Brahman
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