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KEECHOBEF 205
PO BOX 117007
GAINESVILLE FL 32611


Vol. 99 No. 45


Inside
Pleas entered in
cock fighting arrests
While it took an entire
morning, 35 of 37 men charged
with taking part in an illegal
rooster fight in December went
before Circuit Court Judge
Lawrence Mirman and entered
pleas of no contest Tuesday.
Page 3

NES students enjoy
'snowfur January
'Miss Hudson's and Ms. Becky
Raulerson finished their January
project of life sized snow chil-
dren to go with the Story "The
Snow Child." They are being
displayed in the hallway along
with their Snowman book.
Page 6


Briefs

Office Closure
The Okeechobee Tax Collec-
tor's office will be closed Mon-
day, Feb. 18 in order to conduct
training. The office will reopen
Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 8 a.m.

Code Enforcement
ask for assistance
SThe City of Okeechobee
Code Enforcement and Public
Works Departments are ask-
ing the citizens for their assis-
tance. We are requesting that
basketball goals be kept off the
city right of ways. When these
items are. placed next to city
streets they become a safety
hazard. They could be struck
by emergency and sanitation
equipment. The city right of
way extends 35 feet from the
center of the .;tret. if -ifi by the
street, Public Works will pick
up the goals and take them to
the city maintenance yard. If
this happens, Code Enforce-
ment will send the property
owner a Notice of Violation that
will require the property owner
to appear before the Code En-
forcement Board. We encour-
age residents of Okeechobee
to voluntarily comply so no fur-
ther action is necessary.

DAR offers
scholarship
A $500 scholarship known
as the Essie D. Millspaugh
scholarship is available at the
high school. Applications are
available from Bill Black, Ca-
reer Counselor at Okeechobee
High School.

Drought Index


Current: 597
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry ,
Local Burn Ban: None


Lake Levels

10 feet
Last Year: 11.51 feet



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

Index
Classifieds 8-9
Com ics ................................... ... 5
Community Events..................... 4
Crossword 8
Obituaries.............................. 6
O pinion.................................. 4
Speak Out .. 4
Sports .... 10
TV 9
W weather ..................................... 2
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Thursday, February 14, 2008


'Grow house is shut down


203 seized plants

had estimated

value of $913,500
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee Narcotics
Task Force executed a search war-
rant Tuesday afternoon on a sus-
pected grow house in Platt's Bluff
and seized over 200 suspected
marijuana plants that had an esti-
mated street value of $913,500.


Arrested at the scene were
Thomas Castillo, 56, and Juan W.
Carballo, 30. Both men, who listed
their address as 16200 N.W. 68"1 St.,
were charged with the felonies of
cultivation of marijuana and pos-
session of marijuana with intent to
sell. They were both also charged ;'
with the misdemeanors of posses- T--homas
sion ,of drug paraphernalia. Thomast
Both men were booked into Castillo
the Okeechobee County Jail un- Feb. 12. (
der a bond of $310,000 each. 203 marij
Detectives served the search root system
warrant on the home at 16200 Okeechob
N.W. 68"' St. around 5 p.m. on fice arrest


Juan
Carballo
Once inside they found
uana plants with their
ems in tact, states an
)ee County Sheriff's Of-
report.


Teacher of the Year: Heather Hawk


Submitted photos/OCSB
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Patricia Cooper (left) announced the District Teacher of
the Year Heather Hawk, on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the Okeechobee County School Board
meeting.

Program honors top teachers


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County
District Teacher of the Year is
Heather Hawk from Everglades
Elementary School. Mrs. Hawk
was chosen out of 500 teach-
ers which was narrowed to 11
from each work site.
A committee of five chose
Mrs. Hawk for this honor of
representing the Okeechobee
County School District. The
committee consisted of: Lon-
nie Steiert, 07-08 Teacher of the
Year; David Williams, School
Board Member; Jenny Pung,
community representative;
Kelly Raulerson, community
representative; and Lt. Mary
Anne Dana, community. repre-
sentative.
The committee members
donated several hours of their
time reading packets and ob-
serving the candidates class-
rooms and several more hours
coming to a decision for the


Teacher of the Year candidates (back row-left to right)
Shanda Altman, Bill Black, Elizabeth Stanley, Brian
Dryden, (front row-left to right) Erin Ellinger, Melinda
Gray, Karen Carrier, Heather Hawk, Judy Mix, Dawn Nich-
ols and Dianne Leko were all honored for their achieve-
ments and contributions to the district.


2007-08 District Teacher of the
Year.
"As a parent and a board
member we are very fortunate
to have teachers of this caliber,"
stated Mr. Williams and he con-
gratulated all the candidates on


their achievements. ,
Lt. Dana stated that, "we had
some excellent choices and
it was a very tough decision. I
have worked with the school
See Honor Page 2


A task force detective said in
an interview that 106 of the plants
were between 3 and 4 feet tall.
The remaining plants were starter
plants, the detective added.
"Some of them had pretty good
buds on them," said the detective.
According to, the Okeechobee
County Property Appraiser's web
site, Carballo is the owner of the
wood frame home.
Besides the plants the detec-
tives seized growing equipment,
fertilizers, grow lights and water
irrigation pumps. Located in the
north hall bedroom of the 1,752-


square-foot home was an air filtra-
tion system that was being used to
hide the odor of the growing mari-
juana, stated the arrest report.
The report goes on to state that
a black plastic bag containing a
large amount of suspected mari-
juana was found inside a vanity
drawer in the hall bathroom. A
smaller amount of suspected pot
was found in the refrigerator, add-
ed the arrest report.
A prepared statement from the
sheriff's office states that three
See Grow Page 2


Festival a



success, says



Chamber


Two games stolen
from fundraiser for
children's hospital
By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Due to the change in .dates
of the festival from March to
February, many were skeptical
on whether the draw would
be there to hold the 40th An-
nual Speckled Perch Festival as
a stand alone event. While the
crowd was considerably less,
coordinators expressed that
they were pleased with the turn
out.
"We had a nice crowd and
they remained in the park later
than normal until around 4
p.m.," stated Executive Direc-


Submitted photo
This Baseball Toss, ap-
proximately 6-feet tall, was
stolen out of Flagler Park
on Saturday, Feb. 9, after
the Speckled Perch Festival
was over.,
tor Candace Burke.
The Kid's Corral raised
$1,500 that should be donated
to the Children's Miracle Net-
See Festival Page 2


Coquina and


county work


out a land swap


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Cost cutting measures, ease-
ments and road maintenance
were on the agenda at the
Wednesday, Feb. 13 meeting of
the Coquina Water Control Dis-
trict Board of Supervisors.
They spent some time dis-
cussing the details of a land
swap with the county. Their
attorney, Ken Edwards, said
there were still some details
to be worked out concerning
Coquina's right of ingress and


egress to the property that they
had deeded to the county.
The land swap involved
swapping Coquina owned land
for county owned lots in Viking.
Coquina wanted the county
owned lots for fill dirt because
they are adjacent to Coquina's
canals. The county wanted
some Coquina owned lots for
garbage collection sites. Mr. Ed-
wards said that county attorney
John Cassels fears that Coquina
would install a water control
See Land Page 2


March for Babies

annual walk is March 1


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
As the days count down to
the March of Dimes for March
for Babies 2008, local teams
are busy with fundraisers and
activities.
A "Ready, Set, Go" luncheon
was held on Tuesday, Feb. 4; at
Lunker's. Representatives from
many of this year's March for
Babies teams heard moving
talks from John Cassels and
Kelli Stickrath, highlighting the
importance of the work' of the
March of Dimes.
The March of Dimes is a na-
tional voluntary health agency
whose mission is to improve
the health of babies by prevent-


ing birth defects, premature
birth and infant mortality. John
Cassels of Cassels &. McCall
talked about the birth of his
granddaughter, Gabby, born 14
weeks premature. He showed
the group two photos: one of
Gabby in the Neonatal Intensive
Care Unit where she stayed for
the first two months of life, and
then a photo of Gabby today,
a healthy and very energetic 2
year old.
Mrs. Stickrath, from South
Elementary's team, brought
her daughter Lynsey. She re-
lated the story of Lynsey's early
birth and her life-threatening
See March Page 2


Submitted photos
March for Babies Premier Sponsors for 2008 are Teresa Chandler, Kathleen Shatto and Ei-
leen Casian. The Okeechobee Ambassador for 2008 Is Lynsey Stickrath with her mom Kelli
Stickrath, and Barbara Boling from the Seminole Tribe of Florida.


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Seminole festival is this weekend


The 70"' Brighton Seminole
Field Day Festival will be held on
Feb. 16 and 17, with the gates
opening at 9 a.m. on Saturday
and 10 a.m. on Sunday. On Sat-
urday the festival parade starts at
10 a.m., followed by the tradition
Seminole clothing contest. Native
American Dancers will perform
on stage throughout the day. An
alligator wrestler will also per-
form. There will be an authentic
Seminole, Village for people to
visit. The grounds will be filled


Festival
Continued From Page 1
work Shand's Hospital. Unfortu-
nately, Saturday, Feb. 9, after the
first day of the festival was over
and the large blow-up rentals
were deflated, two items were
stolen from Flagler Park.
A Baseball Toss game and
Quarterback Toss game were
stolen from the park. Both games
are approximately 6 feet tall. The
replacement values for the items
are $530 per game. If they aren't
returned, that money will have to
come from the event's proceeds.
The incident has been re-
ported to the Okeechobee City
Police Department. Community
members, if you see either these
two items in your neighborhoods
please contact either the OCPD
(863) 763-5521; Charlie Hukriede
at Golden Corral at (863) 763-
0444; Chamber of Commerce,
(863) 763-6464. -
If the items- are returned to
Taylor Rental, 523 U.S. 98, no
questions will'be asked.
These funds were being raised
to help children and the stolen
items will cause this fundraiser to



Land
Continued From Page 1
device on the property that would
adversely affect the' county's use
of the property.
Board chairman Melvin Byars
agreed to meet with Mr. Cassels to
iron out the differences. fHe noted
that the lots in question have the
same easements as other lots in
Viking.
"It has taken us six months
+ to give something away," stated
board member John Entry. The
process began in August when


with arts and craft vendors and
food booths.
Pre-rodeo entertainment starts
at 6 p.m. and rodeo action starts
at 7 p.m.
On Sunday the gates will open
at 10 a.m. and church service will
be available for those who would
like to attend. Entertainment will
continue with the Native Ameri-
can Dancers, alligator wrestling
and the Seminole Village. The
pre-rodeo entertainment will start
at 2 p.m. and the rodeo action


will start at 3 p.m.
The tickets prices are as fol-
lows: for admission onto the
grounds, the pre-rodeo entertain-
ment, and live rodeo action the
cost is $12 in advance and $15 at
the gate. Children age 10 and un-
der are free.
To just acquire admission onto
the grounds for the festival the
gate charge is $5.
Tickets can be purchased
at: Accardi Milrot Dodge in
Okeechobee, the Seminole Ca-


This Quarterback Toss, approximately 6-feet tall, was stolen
out of Flagler Park on Saturday, Feb. 9, after the Speckled
Perch Festival was over. It is Valued at $530 for replacement
which will come out of funds raised for the Children's Mira-
cle Network. Please return the game to Taylor Rental and no
questions will be asked. If you see this item, contact Charlie
Hukriede at Golden Corral at (863) 763-0444.


be greatly hindered, leaving only
about $440 to go to CMN.
Some other issues were also
apparent to those in attendance.
Mrs. Burke said the car show,
normally organized by Dale Bar-
rett, was cancelled on Friday


Mr. Entry appeared before the
county commission to request
the swap.
In connection with the land
swap, all Coquina easements and
rights of way were dedicated for
public use.
As means to saving money, the
board discussed using the ser-
vices of their engineer less often.
Their attorney, Mr. Edwards, who
has offices in West Palm Beach,
specializes in water control dis-
tricts. As another cost-cutting
means, the board discussed uti-
* lizing a local attorney for routine
matters and using Mr. Edwards'
services only when his special-


morning by Mr. Barrett over a
space issue. Due to the advertise-
ment of a car show, Mrs. Burke
was able to secure John Olson,
who also conducts local car
shows to pull one together for the
park.


ized knowledge was necessary.
Mr. Edwards said he had no prob-
lem with that since it would save
him the expense of making the
trip to Okeechobee so often.
While Mr. Entry was in favor of
cutting back on attorney services,
he was in favor of only utilizing
Mr. Edwards' services and not uti-
lizing a local attorney at all.,
Mr. Byars stated that he would
look for a local attorney who
would handle routine matters for
Coquina.
Turning to road maintenance,
Mr. Byars noted that the contract
for fill dirt has been finalized but
the shellrock contract has not.


sino at Brighton, the Trading Post
at Brighton and at the Fred Smith
Rodeo Arena.
Brighton Seminole Reserva-
tion is located off State Road
721 in Glades County, approxi-
mately 30 miles from the City of
Okeechobee. From Okeechobee,
take State Road 70 West to State
Road 721 and turn left (south).
Or, take State Road 78 West to
State Road 721 and turn right
(north). Watch for the signs on
State Road 721.


Ultimately, the festival includ-
ed cars from .both Mr. Barrett's
and Mr. Olson's shows which
were combined together at the
last minute.
Another issue that was voiced
was sidewalks being blocked for
wheelchair access. According
to the chamber, in order to ac-
commodate all of the booths for
vendors that were involved in the
festival, they cannot avoid placing
cords and/or tents across the side-
walks. Due to the location of the
sidewalks, this would make them
lose space in the parks.
In all, while changing the fes-
tival changing did have an effect,
is still a success as a whole ac-
cording to the Chamber of Com-
merce.
At this time, the stolen items
are their key concern. Communi-
ty members are asked to contact
the appropriate authorities if you
see these items anywhere. For ad-
ditional information contact the
chamber at (863) 763-6464.
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Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar may be
reached at caguilar@newszap.com.


He noted that shellrock cannot
be used until after the fill dirt is in
place
The board adjourned to meet
at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 18 at
their shop, 17205 N.W. 2409t" St.
By that time the first half mile of
fill dirt should be placed on their
One Mile Grade road project. The
board intends to analyze the cost
of the project up to that point and
see if the amount of fill dirt used
was sufficient to raise the road
bed high enough.
SPost your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.
com. Reporter Pete Gawda may be
reached at pgawda@newszap.com.


City of Okeechobee


code board imposes fines


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
It was bad news for two
Okeechobee residents at the
Tuesday, Feb. 12 meeting of the
City of Okeechobee Code En-
forcement Board.
Property owner Dan Buchan-
an was fined for violations on
two separate properties. It was
noted that Mr. Buchanan was
a repeat violator for his N. W.
Eighth Ave. property. Code en-
forcement officer Fred Sterling
noted that Mr. Buchanan is a ha-
bitual problem, always parking
vehicles on city right of way. For
having disabled vehicles and cre-
ating a public nuisance on the
property, Mr. Buchanan will be
fined $250 a day for every day of


noncompliance if the property is
not in compliance by Feb. 28
On his second property, Mr.
Buchanan Was not a repeat vio-
lator. However, because his N.W
Tenth St. property was over-
grown, he will be fined $50 a day
if it is not cleaned up by Feb. 28.
Mr. Sterling noted that the prop-
erty was in an area the city is try-
ing to get cleaned up.
The operator of Joey's Pizza
was fined $250 for not having a
business license. The board also
recommended that the city ad-
ministrator handle building and
fire code violations at. the busi-
ness.
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Issues Forum at www.newszap.
cor. Reporter Pete Gawda may be
reached at pgawda@newszap.com.


that various items, including a Flori-
Grow da auto insurance card, were found
Continued From Page in the home that indicated both
Continued From Page 1 Carballo and Castillo were living in
rooms of the three-bedroom home the home. Outside the home the
had been converted for the alleged detectives found a white Chevrolet
purpose of growing marijuana, sports utility vehicle that was found
The O'CSO arrest report states to be owned by Carballo.


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Honor
Continued From Page 1
system for all 19 years of my ca-
reer. I observed excellent teach-
ing by excellent candidates."
Mrs. Hawk currently teaches
kindergarten at EES and has held
her current position for three
years.
She graduated from
Okeechobee High School in 1997
in the top 15 of her class and went
on to obtain her Associates of the
Arts degree from Indian River
Community College in May of
1999. Mrs. Hawk completed her
bachelor's degree in Elementary
Education in December 2003 at
Florida Atlantic University.


March
Continued From Page 1
breathing difficulties.
The focus of the lunch was to
get the teams ready for the up-
coming March for Babies, which
will be held on Saturday, March
1. The four-mile walk will begin
and end in Flagler Park 4. A light
breakfast will be provided before
the walk, as well as lunch after-
wards. The awards celebration
will begin at 10 a.m.
Bank Day will be held on
Thursday, Feb. 28, at a new loca-
tion, Seacoast National Bank on
S. Parrott Avenue.
As the community of
Okeechobee will join together to,
help fight prematurity and other
threats to infant health by par-
ticipating in the March of Dimes
March for Babies National Pool
Wholesalers, Inc. and Riverside
Bank are teaming together to
raise additional funds for this
worthy cause.
National Pool Wholesalers,
Inc., a locally owned business,
has donated an Atlantis 24' Round
52" Steel Pool with a 6" Top rail
which will help raise funds for the
March of Dimes with the help of
Riverside Bank. The pool's manu-
facturers suggested retail price is
$1,720.49.
Tickets will be on sale at Riv-
erside Bank, 1506 S. Parrott Ave.,
for $10 each.
The drawing for the pool will
be held Monday, March 3, at Riv-
erside Bank.
All funds will go toward help-


She has been married to
Shawn Hawk for seven years and
has two children of her own Kara,
6 and Zane, 3.
Mrs. Hawk has five years of
teaching experience.
"Mrs. Hawk challenges each
student in her classroom regard-
less of ability. Her love for chil-
dren and professionalism has al-
lowed a 'special' child to remain
in her classroom with peers while
continuing to learn to read and
write," stated Mrs. Weigum, EES
principal.
Mrs. Hawk stated, "My goal as
a teacher is to be fair, keep a posi-
tive 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-
tem'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.


Our Okeechobee County
Teachers of the Year from each
school are: Okeechobee High
School, Bill Black; New Endeav-
or High' School, Dawn Nichols;
Okeechobee Freshman Campus,
Brian Dryden; Osceola Middle
School, Dianne Leko; Yearling
Middle School, Melinda Gray;
Central Elementary, Judy Mix;
North Elementary, Elizabeth
Stanley; Seminole Elementary,
Erin Ellinger; South Elementary,
Karen Carrier; Exceptional Child
Education, Shanda Altman; and
Everglades Elementary, Heather
Hawk who will represent the dis-
trict as well.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar may be
reached at caguilar@newszap.com.


March for Babies team captains for the 2008 campaign to raise money for the March of Dimes
are (back row-left to right) Barbara Boling, Seminole Tribe; Sandy Shreves, Gilbert Chevrolet;
Shelly Batton, Lakeview Builders/Cumberland Realty; Laura McCall, Cassels and McCall;
Eileen Casian, Seacoast National Bank; Carmen Leon, Healthy Start Coalition; Patricia Mc-
Whorter, National City; Paulette Wise, Bank ,of America; (front row-left to right) Kristie Mathey,
Larson Dairy; Kristy Crawford, Riverside National Bank; Ana Torres, Gilbert Chevrolet; Yogi
Desai, Bank of America; Lisa Molyneaux, Okeechobee Juvenile Offender Corrections; and


Cheryl Jones, Regions Bank.

ing to fund research and pro-
grams that help find answers to
the problem of prematurity and
other threats to infant health.
Since its beginning in 1970,
March for Babies, formerly known
as WalkAmerica has raised more
than $1.7 billion to help give ba-
bies a fighting chance.
The mission of the March of
Dimes is to improve the health
of babies by preventing birth de-
fects, premature birth and infant
mortality. They carry out this mis-
sion through research, commu-
nity services, education and advo-
cacy to save babies' lives. March
of Dimes researchers, volunteers,


educators, outreach workers
and advocates work together to
give all babies a fighting chance
against the threats to their health
-- such as prematurity, birth de-
fects and low birth weight.
The top 10 fundraising teams
from 2007 were: Seminole Tribe
of Florida; Cassels & McCall; Ev-
erglades Elementary; Riverside
National Bank; Seacoast National
Bank; Healthy Start Coalition;
Okeechobee County Planning
and Development; Gilbert Chev-
rolet; North Elementary; and Pub-
lix Super Markets.
It is not too late to join a team,
or begin collecting money to walk


as an individual. For more infor-
mation on the March of Dimes,
visit the website at www.march-
forbabies.org. For information on
forming a team or participating
in March for Babies as an indi-
vidual, call Laura McCall at (863)
763-3131. Several levels of March
for Babies sponsorship are still
available. For sponsorship oppor-
tunities, contact Pam Crowley or
Cynthia Hernandez at (772) 562-
0115.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar may be
reached at caguilar@newszap.com.


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Pleas entered in cock fighting arrests .


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
While it took an entire morn-
ing, 35 of 37 men charged with
taking part in an illegal rooster
fight in December went before
Circuit Court Judge Lawrence
Mirman and entered pleas of no
contest Tuesday.
Two other men charged in
the case -- Juan Alcantar Mon-
dragon, 42, of Fort Pierce, and
Sergio Amadeo Salgado-Lugu-
na, 26, of Port St. Lucie -- will go
before Judge Mirman at a later
date.
Assistant State Attorney Ash-
ley Albright said Mondragon's
case was continued until March
17 because his attorney was not
able to be in court Tuesday. Lu-
guna, said Mr. Albright, did not
show up for court so a bench
warrant was issued for his ar-
rest.
The 37 men were all ar-
rested on Dec. 16, 2007, when
51 law enforcement officers
raided the illegal rooster fight
that was being held at a home
in Okeechobee Little Farms. De-
tectives Jack Hill and Willy Post
of the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO) initiated the
investigation and put together
the multi-agency task force.
Mr. Albright said the 35 men
who entered pleas of no con-
test to charges of attending an
animal baiting or fighting event,
animal cruelty and possession
of animal fight paraphernalia
were sentenced to 10 days in
the Okeechobee County Jail and


one year probation. Each man
will have to pay court costs as
well as a $451 cost of investiga-
tion fee that will be divvied up
among all the agencies involved
in the investigation.
Going before Judge Mirman
on Tuesday, Feb. 12, were:
Juan Carlos Ortuno-Aguirre,
23, Fort Pierce;
Socorro Barbosa Roman, 45,
Fort Pierce;
Lucio Garcia Reyes, 50, Lan-
tana;
Yolando Queredo Pardo, 61,
Alturas;
Elder Lucas Lopez, 32, Coco-
nut Creek;
Rene Gonzalez Briseno, 23,
West Palm Beach;
Roman Humberto Martinez,
45, Miami;
Santana Martinez Pena, 57,
Bartow;
Isaac Hernandez Benitez, 66,
Wahmer;
Francisco Alcantara Torrez,
40, Fort Pierce;
Turbo Young, 49, Orlando;
Luis Enrique Villar, 36, Lan-,
tana;
Joaquin Garcia Gomez, 56,
Lantana;
Gustavo Vargas Bautista, 26,
Pompano;
Etanislao Treminio, 65, Mi-
ami; ,
Raul Perez Antunez, 46, Wa-
chula;
Felipe Avila, 81, Bartow;
Jose Herrera Reyes, 41, Or-
lando;
Alberto Gonzalez Munoz, 20,
Fort Pierce;
Jose Guadalupe Brizuela, 32;


Cruz Brizuela Munoz, 23;
Demeterio Gutierrez Vasquez,
25, Fort Pierce;
Sergio Rocha Sotelo, 31, Fort
Pierce;
Mario Lopez Ceja, 21;
Baldomero Barbosa Serrano,
44, Fort Pierce;
Oriel Hernandez Calderon,
32, Arcadia;
Alejandro Reyes Urbina, 64,
Miami;
Eddy Lezama Cortez, 40, Mi-
ami;
Pablo Flores Hernandez, 52,
Fort Pierce;
Jose Alvarez Sr., 61, Lake
Placid;
Jorge Lopez Ceja, 30, Arca-
dia;
Vicente Lopes Santibanez,
44, Winter Haven; and,
Cresencio Avellaneda Agui-
lar, 42, Fort Pierce.
Not long after this raid and
subsequent arrests, Mondragon
was arrested in Fort Pierce by
the St. Lucie County Sheriff's
Office (SLCSO) and charged
with 846 counts of possession
of fighting animals. He was ar-
rested on Dec. 18, 2007, by SLC-
SO Detective Rick Stuhr after he
was found to be raising roosters
for fighting, stated a SLSO arrest
report.
Seized in the raid on the
1,700 square foot concrete block
home at 650 N.W. 102nd St. in
Okeechobee County on Dec. 16
were 58 roosters, 17 vehicles,
three firearms, three air guns
and $33,000 in cash. Seven dead
roosters were found, as well as
five injured birds. Four of those


roosters were euthanized by a
veterinarian due to the extent of
their injuries.
Records from the Polk Coun-
ty Sheriff's Office (PCSO) indi-
cate that Jose Herrera Reyes of
Orlando was also. arrested in
July when that agency broke up
a rooster fight in Polk City. He
was charged with the felonies of
fighting and baiting an animal
(attending) and fighting and
baiting an animal (possessing
equipment).
The ring apparently travels
throughout the area holding
rooster fights.
Rooster fighting is an illegal
money making and betting op-
eration. The birds are armed
with blades or spurs that are
strapped to their legs. The roost-
ers are then put in a small ring
where they often fight to the
death. The birds are raised on a
combination of amphetamines
and steroids to make them more
aggressive. The meat is no good
for human consumption due to
the heavy doses of those drugs.
Taking part in the raid were
officers from the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office, the
Okeechobee City Police Depart-
ment, Okeechobee County Ani-
mal Control, St. Lucie County
Sheriff's Office, Hendry County
Sheriff's Office, Polk County
Sheriff's Office, Florida Highway
Patrol, Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission and
the Office of the State Attorney.
The task force also utilized the
SLCSO helicopter.


Firemen battle dangerous mobile home blaze

By Charles M. Murphy Division of Forestry responded to all fired according to a report from cause was ruled unintentional, -
Okeechobee News a mobile home blaze at 33285 Fire Lieutenant Robert Banfield. the fire report added.
n ftn hav to dalU.S. 441 North on Feb. 7 just after Seven County firemen and Smokes from the flames also
Firpmpn often have to deal -11 --l- -- ,. C--


with heavy smoke, flames and
heat. What they aren't used to
facing is live ammunition going
off.
Okeechobee County Fire Res-
cue crews along with the Florida


2.:3u p.m.
It was a routine call until bul-
lets that had been stored in the
double wide trailer started going
off.
Firemen had to stay away from
the flames until the bullets were


volunteers were on the scene for
about two hours to put out the
blaze.
The mobile home was being
demolished when the fire started.
The origin of the flames was
not immediately known but the


bothered traffic on U.S. 441 north
for awhile, firemen noted.
About a half acre of surround-
ing brush and woods were dam-
aged in the blaze. There were no
injuries reported.


Submitted photo/Okeechobee Utility Authority

OUA installs flush boxes
The Okeechobe Utility Authority (OUA) has installed flush
boxes such as this at 10 different points on their lines that
are set to automatcially flush water lines to keep chlorine
levels up. These boxes are either yellow or non-painted
aluminum. According to the OUA, they typically flow one
to three nights a week for several hours, and are set to
flow between midnight to 1 a.m., 2 a.m. or 3 a.m. as re-
quired. Based on an assumed working pressure and the
known opening position of the valve, the OUA tracks how
much water is used on a weekly basis. According to John
Hayford, OUA executive director, the OUA is required to
keep the chlorine level above a minimum residual amount.
The amount of water that has to be flushed is often de-
termined by how much use there is on a specific water
line. The more use by OUA customers, the less flushing
is needed. The water is allowed to run onto the ground
where it will find its way into the aquifer and then into the
nearest water body.



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Arrest Report


The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-
der the influence (DUI) charges by
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
(DOC).
Joey Lee Harris, 24, N.E. 31st
Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrest-
ed Feb. 12 by Deputy G. Popovich
on an Okeechobee County war-
rant charging him with the felo-
nies of possession of alprazolam,
battery on a law enforcement of-
ficer, possession of oxycodone,
resisting arrest with violence, pos-
session of cocaine and the mis-
demeanor of possession of drug
paraphernalia. He is being held
without bond on those charges.
He was also arrested on another
Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with the felonies of
failure to appear possession of
cocaine, failure to appear pos-
session of a controlled substance
without a prescription, failure
to appear fleeing or eluding a
law enforcement officer, failure
to appear escape and failure to
appear criminal mischief. He
was also charged with the mis-
demeanors of failure to appear
- resisting arrest without violence
and failure to appear posses-
sion of drug paraphernalia. He is
being held without bond on these
charges.
Charles Garrett, 20, 'S.W
,Rucks Dairy Road, Okeechobee,
was arrested Jan. 12 by Deputy
G. Popovich on an Okeechobee
,County warrant charging him


with forgery (four counts) and ut-
tering a forged instrument (three
counts). His bond on these charg-
es was set at $9,000. He was also
arrested on other Okeechobee
County warrant charging him
with uttering a forged instrument
and giving false information to
a pawnbroker. His total bond
on these two charges was set at
$3,500.
Edward R. Conley, 42, N.W.
54th St., Sunrise, was.arrested Feb.
12 by Deputy Sergeant J. Royal on
an Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with driving under
the influence with priors dam-
age to property. His bond was set
at $2,500.
Gena Villarreal, 36, N.W. First
St., Okeechobee, was arrested
Feb. 12 by Deputy Sgt. J. Royal on
an Okeechobee County warrant
charging her with violation of pro-
bation tampering with physical
evidence. She is being held with-
out bond.
Linda Carroll Peeler-Bellow,
52, Fulp Road, Stockdale, N.C.,
was arrested Feb. 13 by the OCPD
on a felony charge of leaving the
scene of an accident with injuries,
and a misdemeanor charge of
driving while license suspended
with knowledge. Her bond was
set at $3,500.
Michael Bishop, 58, N.W. 19t,
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested
Feb. 11 by Deputy Corporal Chris
Hans on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with vio-
lation of probation (amended)
- driving under the influence and
violation of probation (amended)
- leaving the scene of an accident
causing property damage. His
bond was set at $2,500.
Terry J. White, 25, Maple St.,


Hernando Beach, was arrested
Feb. 11 by Deputy Harold Han-
cock on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with viola-
tion of probation driving under
the influence and violation of pro-
bation driving while license sus-
pended. He is being held without
bond.
Tony Seals, 28, U.S. 441 N.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Feb.
11 by Deputy Cpl. Chris Hans on
an Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with violation of
probation battery (two counts).
He is being held without bond.
Paul Dean McDonald, 45,
U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was


arrested Feb. 11 by Deputy Lieu-
tenant Keith Murrish on a warrant
charging him with violation of
probation burglary of a convey-
ance, violation of probation pos-
session of a firearm by a convicted
felon and violation of probation
- dealing in stolen property. He is
being held without bond.
This column lists arrests
and not convictions, unless
otherwise stated. Anyone list-
ed here who is later found in-
nocent or has had the charg-
es against them dropped is
welcome to inform this news-
paper. The information will
be confirmed and printed.


Glades County Arrest Report


The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-
der the influence (DUI) charges
by the Glades County Sheriff's Of--
fice (GCSO), the Seminole Police
Department (SPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) or the De-
partment of Corrections (DOC).
Dora Lopez, 40, Moore Ha-
ven, was arrested Feb. 3 on a
charge of aggravated battery. Her
bond was set at $10,000.
Steven Orengo, 19, LaBelle,
was arrested Feb. 7 on charges
of burglary and grand theft. His
bond was set at $5,000.
Rogelio Pena, 19, Moore
Haven, was arrested Feb. 8 on a


charge of felony criminal mischief.
His bond was set at $35,000.
Floyd Jackson, 45, Moore
Haven, was arrested Feb. 8 on
a charge of battery on a law en-
forcement officer. His bond was
set at $5,000.
Kenneth Ross, 21, Muse,
was arrested Feb. 8 on a charge
of dealing in stolen property. His
bond was set at $5,000.
This column lists arrests
and not convictions, unless
otherwise stated. Anyone list-
ed here who is later found in-
nocent or has had the charg-
es against them dropped is
welcome to inform this news-
paper. The information will
be confirmed and printed.


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discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
ELEPHANTS: I am watching the channel 5 news and it's just so
lovely to hear that Waste Management is putting out all this money for
elephants to live on State Road 70 near property and stuff so that they
can refresh elephants, but yet, they can't pick up recycling from multi-
dwelling units. It's ridiculous, they won't go to trailer parks and apart-
ment areas to recycle, but they are going to spend all this money on
elephants.

ELECTION: Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday that
she might be willing to garnish the wages of workers who refuse to
buy health insurance to achieve coverage for all Americans. Then how
are they going to garnish the career service welfare clients to pay/repay
their debt to society for their medical? That's right they'll just take a little
more out of the working people's checks?

COMPLAINTS: You people who are complaining about the prob-
lems with the traffic due to the Mud Fest, calling Speak Out won't fix the
problem. You need to call the county planning and zoning department.
They issued the permit for the festival. Complain to them. If enough
people complain, maybe they will think twice about issuing any more
permits. They don't have to issue that permit again. They could require
the property owners to make improvements to take care of that traf-
fic problem. Or call your elected representative, your county commis-
sioner.

REBATE CHECKS: Just saw on CNN that the rebate checks will be
an advance on a tax cut in 2008. We will not have to deduct this from
any return we will be getting next year. I'm SO relieved. When we get
those checks, it's time to go shopping! Look out Home Depot, here we
come.

WISHES: I think that we should have a Sonic here in town. I don't
like having to drive all the way to Ft. Pierce. I love Sonic and that would
be awesome.

RECYCLE: I think every county building should have a "gray-water"
(recycled water) system installed. This water can be reused for every-
thing but drinking. This would save hundreds of thousands of gallons of
water every year, especially if it was installed at all the schools as well.
It may also be an idea to have it installed on any new buildings that are
being built.

MUDFEST: I got to Mud Fest with my son at 9 a.m. and stayed till
6:30 p.m., we had a blast. I don't understand a lot of complaints from
some folks here. I did not see any fights, injuries or serious crashes,
nobody in tears. I did see everyone having fun and enjoying themselves
with their entire families. On some platform buggies I saw many fami-
lies of three generations or more. There were plenty of open lanes for
emergency personnel and security to do their jobs considering the traf-
fic there. Every time one group of folks have too much fun another is
going to complain about it. I grew up in Palm City and Martin County, if
you don't play golf or shuffleboard there there's nothing for you to do.
I would like to say thank you to Okeechobee and it3 law enforcement
agencies for a job well done and the folks that put this event together,
it was terrific. The only thing different I can think of to improve traffic
flow on State Road 70 is to detour or advise non-Mud Fest traffic to use
Orange Avenue, U.S. Highway 441, and Beeline Highway.

FESTIVAL: I went to the Speckled Perch Festival on Saturday and it
was something of a disappointment. The parade was only 30 minutes
- and only had two floats -- the Chamber of Commerce and one from Fort
Drum. What happened to all the floats? And there were no Shriners.
We always enjoy the Shriner clowns. Guess they had a conflict. And
there were no Seminoles in the parade and only one Seminole booth
selling pumpkin bread in the park. There was plenty of other food in
the park, but the booths were nothing special, nothing really different
or interesting. If they don't have the rodeo anymore, they need to think
of something else to add some interest. What about lawn mower races
or bed races? Some kind of cook-off? Battle of the bands? How about a
contest for parade entries with trophies for the best float, best mounted
unit, best marching unit, etc.?'

TAXES: Can anybody tell me why our government is spending our
tax money? They are wasting it on outer space and the shuttle and all of
that stuff. They are crazy I think. They have been doing this for over 40
years. Why don't they give back some of our money and scrap that deal.
I would like somebody to explain to me why, I can't figure out what
they are looking for and I would like to know.

CHAMBER: Well the Chamber of Commerce has done it again. It's
bad enough that they moved Speckled Perch Festival to the first or sec-
ond weekend in February. We have always had it in March for years and
years. Then there was a problem with the car show because they didn't
give them enough room. Well that brought in motels, food, they would
eat in the park and restaurants, and my family used to really enjoy going
down there and seeing the cars.

CODE: This is to Code Enforcement. I would like to know when
we are going to get some help out here in Larkee Lakes. With all this
overgrowth, the growth is so high you can't even see the water in the
canals. You can't go across them. There are so many used cars out here
with no tags, the streets are falling apart. And we have noise going out
the ying yang, day and night. The Sheriff has been going after them, but
it's still going on.



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At Your Service On Page 2


Finding the keys to


relationships that last


From the American
Counseling Association
While Valentine's Day may
have you thinking about warm,
cuddly, romantic relationships,
it's also a good time to think
about long-term relationships,
the important relationships that
go far beyond candy, flowers and
greeting cards.
Long-term relationships aren't
just romantic ones. While mar-
riage certainly should be a long-
term romantic relationship, we
also can have close, long-term
friend and business relationships,
but whatever the form, all rela-
tionships grow from common
foundations and make similar de-
mands upon us.
Any close, long-term relation-
ship is difficult to build, simply
because we're all different people
with different backgrounds. Rela-
tionships often start easily, based
on common interests or likes, but
over time we'll discover the many
differences that separate us, even
from those with whom we're
closest.
Long-term relationships suc-
ceed when we learn to accept
our differences and to work
through the disagreements they
may bring. The bottom line for
relationship success is learning to
value the relationship more highly
than matters of disagreement.
A key, therefore, to successful
relationships work is learning to
handle disagreements, because
they are bound to happen. Be-
ing able to disagree with honesty,
openness and trust is what helps
turn a relationship into a long-
term one, and what sustains that
relationship through its rough
patches.
For a relationship to last, both


Counseling

Corner
parties need to truly value rela-
tionship. Both need to agree that
whatever the area of disagree-
ment, it's never important enough
to sabotage the relationship itself.
That means there will be times
when you both simply agree to
disagree rather than damage the
relationship you share.
Having a standard of behavior
for disagreements is also vital.
When someone in a relationship
sets ultimatums or tries to force
the other person to change, the,
relationship is in trouble. It's im-
portant to accept that the idea is
not to "win" when disagreements
occur, but rather to maintain a
healthy relationship.
Another key in handling dis-
agreements is clarifying issues.
Most of us, especially in mo-
ments of anger, try to "interpret"
the words or actions of the other
person. In a solid relationship, it's
important to be open and let the
other person explain exactly what
he or she meant and intended.
Long-term relationships do
take work and compromise, but
putting effort into them is what
makes them last and grow. The
key to a successful relationship is
making sure that there is room in
it for areas of disagreement.
"The Counseling Corner"
is provided as a public ser-
vice by the American Counsel-
ing Association, the nation's
largest organization of coun-
seling professionals. Learn
more about the counseling
profession at the ACA web
site, www.counseling.org.


Upcoming Events

Thursday, Feb. 14
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2.p.m.
at the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information 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 in finding who your ancestors are is welcome
to attend. There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index),
Social Security Death Index and military information available. For
information, call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510. .
Prayer Group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center lo-
cated at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. at, the
fellowship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-
5996.
ABWA Women of Tomorrow Chapter meets from noon until
1 p.m. at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone
interested in attending is welcome. For information, call Marilyn Ri-
near at (863) 697-1807.
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.
Second 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 Gra-
ham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second
language classes are available at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701
S.W Sixth St., from 7 until 9 p.m.
AA. 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 meet-
ing.
Narcotics Anonymous meets Thursday nights for a Basic Text
Meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 101
Fifth Ave. For information, call (863) 634-4780.
Hand & Hand Ministries of Palmdale meets the second
Thursday of each month in the community club house on the cor-
rer of Fifth and Main at 6 p.m. for food and fellowship and gospel
music and the word at 7 p.m. For information call (863) 612-0640.
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meets at Believers Fellowship, 300
S.W. 6"' Ave. at 7 p.m. For information call Monika at (863) 801-
3244.
Taylor Creek Bass Club will hold meet at the Buckhead Ridge
VFW Post #9528 at 7 p.m. The club meets the second Thursday
each month with bass tournaments held the following weekend.
For information call Dave Stout at (863) 467-2255.
Classic Car Show at Beef O'Brady's, 608 S. Parrott Ave., from
6:30 until 8 p.m.
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 work-
ers 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.
Raulerson Hospital offers a monthly Diabetes Support Group
which meets on the second Thursday of each month in the hospital
cafeteria at 2 p.m. If you have any questions please call the program
coordinator, Wanda Haas, R.N., B.A., C.D.E., C.P.T., at 763-5093".
Depending on Christ Depression Support Group meets at
6 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month out on
Martin County Grade. For information and directions please contact
Laura Lee at (772) 597-0463.
Friday, Feb. 15
Narcotics Anonymous meets each Friday for an open discus-
sion 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 public is in-
vited. All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight
and becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to come and
see what we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret
at (800) 932-8677.


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Community Events

Thursday, Feb. 14

Children's Services Council meeting
The Children's Services Council will meet on Thursday, Feb.
14 at 5 p.m. in the conference room of the Okeechobee County
School Board office at 700 S.W Second Ave.
Friday, Feb. 15

Hospice holds one day yardsale
Hospice of Okeechobee is having a one day yard sale on Friday
Feb. 15 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will be held at the Hospice Blue
Volunteer Building on S.E. 4th Street next to The Hamrick Home.
There will be great bargains at discounted prices. Everything must
go so that we may set out new items that have arrived. All monies
raised will be used for patient care including services offered in
The Hamrick Home. For information call (863) 467-2321.

Free memory loss screenings
Friday, Feb. 15 the Alzheimer's Association will have free mem-
ory loss screenings at the Visiting Nurse Association, at 208 S.E.
Park St. Appointments are needed. Please call Donna True at 800-
861-7826 Ext. I 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 Trial will benefit the
OHS FFA it will be held at the Tindall Place, 8400 N.E. 120th 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.

Teen block party planned
Communities in Schools and the Police Athletic League
of Okeechobee will host a teen block party on Feb.' 15. at the
Okeechobee Skate Park, 300 N.W Sixth Ave. from 6 until 10 p.m.
Admission is $5 per student. The party is for grades 6 through 9
only. There will be food, inflatables, music, and lots of fun. For
more information call (863) 462-5863.

Scrapbooking event planned
A scrapbooking cropping party will be held on Friday, Feb. 15,
from 6 until 10 p.m. at the First Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Sec-
ond St. All levels of scrapbookers are welcome. Carolyn Jones will
be available to assist you with your scrapbooking questions and
supplies. Refreshments will be served and there will be door priz-
es. Bring any scrapbook pages on which you are currently work-
ing. For more information call Joan at (863) 467-0290 or Carolyn
at (863) 634-1885.

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!
Sunday, Feb. 17

Church Homecoming set
The North Church of God, 15949 N.W. 30," Terrace will host a
church homecoming, Sunday, Feb. 17 at 10:30 a.m. with special
singing with the Celebration Singers of Okeechobee. There will be
a fellowship meal after the singers conclude. All past and present
attendees are invited. For more information please call Don Leon
at 863-634-0344.

The Dartts in concert
The Dartts family will be in concert on Sunday, Feb. 17 at New
Testament Baptist Church, 535 N.E. 281" Ave. (Hwy 70 and 710) at
10:30 a.m. For information call (863) 763-6682.
Tuesday, Feb. 19

Learn to prune like a pro
Some time in the life of many plants, no matter how carefully
selected, and pruning is needed. It could be due storm damage,
health issues, or even aesthetics. Whatever the reason, pruning
can be an opportunity to help a shrub or tree thrive, or, if done
incorrectly, a threat to the health, the strength, or even the life, of
the plant. Come learn basic principles of pruning from Dan Cul-
bert, Okeechobee County Extension Horticulture Agent. He will
teach techniques for pruning for health, beauty, practical consid-
erations -- when to prune, how to prune, and what tools to use.
Dan will also talk about the Florida Friendly idea, Right Plant-Right
Place: choosing plants that fit your landscape in order to prevent
the need for future pruning. The workshop is Feb. 19 from 4 to 6
p.m. at the Okeechobee County Extension Office, 458 Highway 98
North. Call (863) 763-6469 to reserve a space.

Thursday, Feb. 21

Library book club holds meeting
The Friends of the Okeechobee Library Book Club will meet
on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. in the library meeting room. The
book for discussion is Madmoiselle Benoir by Christine Conrad.
For more information please call Jan Fehrman at (863) 357-9980.


Okeechobee News, Thursday, February 14, 2008


OPINION






Okeechobee News, Thursday, February 14, 2008


At the Movies
The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
.IllI.
Movie times for Thursday, Feb.
14, through Thursday, Feb. 21, are
as follows:
Theatre I -"Spiderwick
Chronicles" (PG) 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 Thurs-
day at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre II "Jumper" (PG-
13) 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 III "Bucket List"
(PG-13) 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.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults;
children 12 and under are $4.50;
senior citizens are $4.50 for all
movies; and, matinees are $4.
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NES kindergarten students enjoy 'snowful' January


Kindergarten
Miss
Hudson's
and Ms.
IBecky
Raulerson
finished
their Janu-
ary project of life sized snow
children to go with the Story
"The Snow Child." They are
being displayed in the hallway
along with their Snowman
book.
Mrs. Steiert's class has had
to use our imagination the
last couple of weeks. We have
been learning about snow and
penguins while we are living
in sunny Florida at 80 degrees.
We made snow that we got to
play in during our centers and
we hung snowflakes. And we
learned that penguins don't fly.
We also celebrated the 100th day
of kindergarten.
Mrs. Smith's class has been
learning about winter. We have
made snowmen and snow-
flakes. We celebrated the 1001t
day of school last week. We are
still practicing our numbers 1
-30.
Mrs. Quann's class celebrat-
ed the 100 days of school last
week. We made a necklace us-


ing 100 pieces of Trix cereal. We
also tried to eat 100 bites of ce-
real. It was a lot of fun.
Mrs. Gable's class has had
fun reading "The Mitten," mak-
ing mittens and acting out the
story. We now know how a bear
"lumbers" along!
Mrs. Hackett's Smarties are
currently learning about money
and time. They have participat-
ed in a play store where they


bought items and had to figure
out how much money to give to
the clerk. They had a wonderful
time. This week we are learn-
ing about how to take care of
our teeth. If you see a Hackett
Smartie, ask them to show and
tell you about "happy" teeth!
Third Grade
Miss Raulerson's class en-


Submitted photo/NES

Principal takes a turn
Principal of North Elementary/School Pat McCoy took her
turn at kicking the ball during the faculty versus student
kickball game on Friday, Feb. 8, where the students won
5-0.


joyed going over some of the
questions on the FCAT Math
released test with Mr. Ramsey,
our Acaletics representative.
We had a special treat when he
came back in the afternoon to
talk about fractions.


This week Mrs. Whitlock's
class enjoyed going to see the
movie "The Waterhorse." We
earned the trip by reading A.R.
books. It was a great reward.
Mrs. Van Deman's class re-
ally had fun picking out the neat


prizes in our A.R. Store. A lot of
us are banking our points for
fiext time to see if we can earn
enough points for a CD player
or a skateboard. We are going
to be "Right On Readers!"


NES students defeat faculty at kickball
The NES all-star fifth graders Andrew Wege, Josh Keese, Joseph Cabrera, Samantha
Wine, Otto Ramirez, General Hair, Patrick Dewey,Logan Choate, Maria Mercado, Rebecca
Ford, Nicolas Torres, Juan Bucio, Omar Jimenez, Devin Buchanan, Nicole Kelly, Elizabeth
Romero-Campo, Celina Castro Kelsie Charetier, Saul Rios, Ernesto Sanchez, Mikel Sadler,
Ricky Harris, Tyrell Taylor and Cornelius Merriweather demolished the faculty in kickball
Friday, Feb. 8, with a score of 5-0!


Obituaries


Kathy Faye Birdashaw
Kathy Faye Birdashaw, 56 of
Okeechobee died Tuesday, Feb.
12, 2008 in Raulerson Hospital.
Born June 26, 1951 in Gilbert,
W. Va., she had been a resident
of Okeechobee since 1995. She
loved to travel, play golf, and was
very devoted to her family.
She is survived by her hus-
band, Birdie Birdashaw, Jr., of
Okeechobee; brother in-law, Dan
Birdashaw of Okeechobee; neph-
ews, Dan Birdashaw of Phoenix,
Ariz., and& Tony Birdashaw of
Jacksonville.
There are no service plans at
this time.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.

Richard 'Dick',
Louis Merrill
Richard "Dick" Louis Merrill,
77, of Okeechobee died Tuesday,
Feb. 12, 2008 in Orlando Regional
Medical Center. Born July27, 1930


in Long Beach, N.Y.; he served in
the United States Navy having
been stationed _., _
in Guam. He had
been a resident
of Okeechobee ? g.
for the past 14 :'
years and was '
a lifetime mem- .
ber of the VFW .
#10539 and \
the American Richard L.
Legion Post 64. Merrill
He enjoyed golf,
boating and fishing.
He is survived by his wife
of 34 years, Marian Merrill of
Okeechobee; brothers, Herbert E.
Merrill, Jr., of Taylors, S.C., Rob-
ert A. (Joan) Merrill of Taylors,
S.C., David E. (Suzanne) Merrill
of Fletcher, N.C.; stepson, David
B. (Martha) Linder of Wrens, Ga.;
stepdaughter, Barbara J. (Ron)
Killock of South Dayton, N.Y; step
grandchildren, David Lindner,
Shawn Killock, Elizabeth (Jus-
tin) Manning, Sarah Lindner and
Heather Killock.
The family will hold a memo-
rial service on Saturday, Feb. 16,


at 2 p.m. at the Big Lake VFW
#10539 on S.E. 441.
In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions may be made to the
Hubbard House, 29 W Miller St.,
Orlando, 32806.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.

Mary Virginia
Craven Roach
Mary Virginia. Craven Roach,
79, of Walton, Ky., and formerly
of Okeechobee died Friday, Feb.
8, 2008 in St. Elizabeth Hospital
in Edgewood, Ky. Born April 29,
1928 in Cincinnati, Ohio, she was
a member of the P.O.W. Auxiliary
and loved to read western novels
and enjoyed fresh water fishing.
She is preceded in death by
her husband, Harold Roach.
She is survived by her son,
Keith Roach of Sunrise; sisters, Ar-
lene Conners of Walton, Ky., and
Marilyn Mattingly of Covington,
Ky. In addition, she is survived by


three grandchildren and seven
great-grandchildren.
A visitation and services were
held in the Chambers and Grubbs
Funeral Home in Florence, Ky.,
on Tuesday, Feb. 12. A memorial
service will be held on Saturday,
Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. in the Buxton
Funeral Home Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions can be made to the
St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop
Drive, Edgewood, Ky., 41017.
All local arrangements are.
under the direction and care of
Buxton Funeral Home and Cre-
matory.

Charlie Lavelle
Westlake
Charlie Lavelle Westlake, 77,
of Okeechobee died Tuesday,
Feb. 12, 2008 in Raulerson Hospi-
tal. Born March 6, 1930 in Chica-
go, Ill., he had been a resident of
Okeechobee for the past 23 years.
He served six years in the Army
Medical Corp and was a member


of the First Baptist Church. He en-
joyed bowling and fishing.
He is survived by his wife of
46 years, Dolores Westlake of
Okeechobee and a son, Charles
,Lavelle (Lori) Westlake III of Da-
vie. In addition, he is survived by
a stepson, Dan Edward Hall of


West Palm Beach.
A visitation will be held Friday,
Feb. 15, from 5 until service times
at 7 p.m. in the Buxton Funeral
Home Chapel.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.


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Service Club News


American Legion
Post #64
The American Legion Post
#64 is located at 501 S.E. Sec-
ond St. The Post phone number
is (863) 763-2950. American Le-
gion Post #64 is open Monday
to Saturday from 11 a.m. until
8 p.m. and Sunday from I until
9 p.m. Our kitchen 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
Margaritas 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 6 p.m.
Saturday from 5 until 8
p.m. 50s and 60s Sock Hop Old-
ies Dance Hosted By Turk Leon-
ard.
Sunday: sports on big
screen TV Quarter-pound hot
dogs, pizza and 50 cent draft
beer will be offered.
Live Music By Turk Leonard
Sunday from 4 until 9 p.m. ,
Bingo is held every Satur-
day and Sunday night starting at
6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.
The Sons of the American
Legion 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
andltea.
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 meet-
ing 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 members 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 informa-
tion.

Eagles Aeries #4137
Eagles Aeries #4137 is lo-
cated at 9983 U.S. 441 N. For in-
formation 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
available.
Every Thursday: washer
toss at 1 p.m.
First and third Thursday:
Auxiliary 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:
music at 7 p.m.
First and third Sunday:
breakfast 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 phone number is (863)
763-2250.
Sunday: breakfast will be
served from 9 until 11 a.m. With
many items to.choose from.
Sunday: Karaoke with


open mike at 7 p.m.
Wednesday: Bingo and
food, food served at 5 p.m. and
bingo starts at 6 p.m.
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.
Thursday: Music for danc-
ing at 7:30 p.m. Call to see who
is playing.
Friday: dinrier served from
5 until 7:30 p.m. Music for danc-
ing at 7:30 p.m. Call to see who
is playing.
Saturday: dinner starting
at 6 p.m.
Saturday: karaoke night
starting at 7 p.m.
Feb. 16, WO.T.M. Valen-
tine's Dinner/Dance. The dinner
will start at 5 p.m. Dancing with
music by Country Traditions will
start at 7 p.m.
Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. Moose
Membership meeting, Come see
what is planned for the year.
Feb. 23, Open House/Mem-
bership Drive, at 2 p.m. with.a
rib barbecue, jail and bail, cake
auction, Moose races, K-9 dog
demonstrations, with karaoke
by Nellie at 7 -p.m. Everyone is
welcome. Bring your friends.
Feb. 26, Moose enrollment
at 7 p.m. Prospective members
should attend this meeting.

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 further 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
every 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 informa-
tion 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.
Karaoke will be from 6 until 10
p.m. Food will be available.
Sunday: dinner will be
available 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
auxiliary meeting at 11 a.m.
The post membership drive
is under way, and the post is
striving' for 100 percent. For in-
formation, contact the quarter-
master at (863) 763-0818.
Big screen TV for all
events.

VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post #9528 is lo-
cated at 2002 S.R. 78 W. in Buck-
head 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 Auxilia-
ry dinner and Men's Auxiliary or
AmVets. Music will be available.
Every Thursday is bar bingo
at 12:45 p.m. Lunch will be avail-
able.
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 regulation-
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 avail-
able, courtesy of the Ladies Aux-
iliary.
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 Sun-
day of the month there will be
a Bike Sunday from noon until
7 p.m. There will be food, juke-
box, big screen T.V. and an Oasis
Lounge. For more information,
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-Satur-
day from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.,
Sunday from 1 to 10 p.m. Infor-
mation can be found by visiting
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.


Okeechobee Cancer Center
Board Certified Radiation Oncologists
David J. Harter, M.D. Alan S. Krimsley, M.D. Ronald H. Woody, M.D.


Our State-of-the-Art Treatments Include:
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Now Accepting New Patients
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BEAGLE leopard color, vi-
cinity of Park Street, Okee-
chobee. Call to Identify
(863)763-3221


BLACK MOUTH CUR Yellow
w/black muzzle. Vic. Country
Hills Estate eve of 2/9/08.
Call (863)447-9127 if found.
CAT Black, Male, last seen in
Seminole Cove, please call
(863)763-8149
CUR DOG Lrg, male, yellow
w/long tail, leather collar, vic
of Eagle Bay & Wolfe Road.
REWARD (863)634-1728
DIGITAL CAMERA Kodak,
w/Camo Case. Lost in vic. of
Yearling Middle School.
Please call (863)824-3423
ENGLISH BULL DOG Female.
Brown & White. Vic. of Flag-
hole. Dearly missed. Needs
medication! (863)228-4694
MEMORY CARD To a Kodak
Camera, Blue w/400 pictures
on it! Lost @ The Eagles
Club on 441. (863)261-2704
MIN POODLE White, Vic of
Basswood on 33rd Avenue.
Cash REWARD!! If found,
please call (863)697-8002
OLYMPUS DIGITAL SE 180
CAMERA vic. of Winn Dixie
or Face Farm Thrift Store.
(863)763-4670
SET OF CAR KEYS @
Speckled Perch Festival on
Sat. 2/9. If found please con-
tact (863)763-2181
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Start a new career in the much needed field of
nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
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ESTATE SALE
& YARD SALE
Thurs., Fri. & Sat.
Feb. 14th, 15th & 16th
8am-2pm 536 SE 16th Ave.
Okeechobee
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On State Rd 70 West, 1/4
mile past the river on right,
February 14th, 15th & 16th,
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Commercial
Property 915
Condos/
Townhouses Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
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BRAND NEW- Rent or Buy
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laundry, tiled, tiled, $1000/mo.
rent, $5,000 applied to pur-
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Basswood. (561)718-2822
DIXIE RANCH ACRES, 2BR,
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$1000/mo. 1/2 applied to
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sec. 863-467-2541 or after
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Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos/
Townhouses,- Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property -
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Warehouse Space 1075
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Okeechobee News, Thursday, February 14, 2008


TRACT 14, SECTION 21 TOWNSHIP
34 SOUTH, RANGE 33 EAST accord-
ing to the plat Iiereof recorded in Plat
Book 4, Pages 3A-D inclusive, of the
public record of Okeechobee County,
Florida.
has been liled against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any, Ito it oni Shelly A.
McKay, Esq., the Plalntllf's attorney,
whose address Is 207 SW 2nd Ave-
nue, Oksechoboo, FL 34974, on or be-



pqlilloni
DATED this 4thl day of Feb. 2008
SHARON R. ROBERTSON
As Clerk of the Court
KATHY ARNOLD
Deputy Clerk
260055 ON 2/7,14,21,28/2008


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Boats 3005
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Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
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Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
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Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
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Public Notices



Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500



IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINE-
TEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND
FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CASE NO: 2007-CA-390
DOUGLAS L.CUREYJR,
Plainlill
JOHNS. DOUBOIS
Defedant
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO; JOHN S. DUB01S AND ALL OTHERS
WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for
iet title i to the following properly in
keechobee County, Florida:
The E aolE/'E ofS OFN 'AOF


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF
THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
'GENERAL CIVIL DIVISION
HSBC MORTGAGE SERVICES, INC.
Plainltfll
vs. Case No. 2007-CA-364
WILLIAM LEHNDORFF; UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF WILLIAM LEHNDORFF;
LOIS I MEDINA; UNKNOWN SPOUSE-
OF LOIS 1. MEDINA; SAMUEL G. MAU-
RO; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF SAMUEL
G. MAURO; and UNKNOWN OCCU-
PANTS, TENANTS, OWNERS, AND
OTHER UNKNOWN PARTIES #1; UN-
KNOWN OCCUPANTS, TENANTS,
OWNERS, AND OTHER UNKNOWN
PARTIES #2; and UNKNOWN OCCU-
PANTS, TENANTS, OWNERS, AND
OTHER UNKNOWN PARTIES #3, in-
cluding, it a named defendant is de-
ceased, the personal representatives,
the surviving spouse, heirs, devisees,
grantees, creditors, and all other par-
ties claiming by, through, under or
against that defendant, and all clai-
mants, persons or parties, natural or
corporate, or whose exact legal status
is unknown, claiming under any of the
above named or described defendants
Defendants
NOTICE OF SALE
Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to
the Order or Final Judgment entered in
this cause, in the Circuit Court of
Okeechobee County, Florida, I will sell
the property situated in Okeechobee
County, Florida, described as:
LOT 12, LOT 13, AND LOT 14, BLOCK
12, BASSWOOD INCORPORATED, AC-
CORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT
THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT
BOOK 3, PAGE 22, PUBLIC RECORDS
OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA.
Property Address: .
3746NW 21st Avenue
Okeechobee, Florida 34972
at public sale, ,to the highest and best
bidder, for cash, at the Okeechobee
County Courthouse, 304 NW. 2nd
Street, Okeechobee, Florida 32801 at
11:00 A.M. on March 19, 2008.
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST
IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF
ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY
OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS
PENDENS, MUST FILE A CLAIM WIHT
THE CLERK OF COURT WITHIN 60
DAYS AFTER THE SALE,
DATED this 4th day of Feb., 2008.
SHARON ROBERTSON
SClerk of Circuit Court
By:/S/Linda Young
Deputy Cler
ENRICO G. GONZALEZ, RA.
Attorney at Law
ENRICOG. GONZALEZ, ESQUIRE
6255 East Fowler Avenue
Temple Terrace, FL 33617
Florida Bar #861472
813/980-6302
In accordance with the Americans With
Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to participate
in this Hearing should contract the
A.D.A. Coordinator not later than seven
(7) days prior to the proceeding via the
lorida Relay Service at
1-800-955-8770.
260125 ON 2/14,21/08
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE19TH
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, ofthe
Circuit Court 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
TENANTS) IN POSSESSION,OF THE
SUBJECT OROPERTY are defendants, i
will sell to the highest and best bidder
for cash al the OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
o 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 am. 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
Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) disabled
person who, because of their
disabilities need special accommoda-
tioan to participate in this proceeding
should contact not later than seven (7)
days prior to the proceeding Court Ad-
ministration at 772-807-4370,
1-800-955-8771 hearingg 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 E Young
Deputy Clerk
259516 ON 02/07,14/08


IN THE CIRCUIT OF THE 19th JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
Case #2007-CA-511
Division #:
UNC:
La Salle Bank National Association, as
Trustee and Custodian for Merrill Lynch
Mortgage Investors, Inc. 2006-RM3,
Plaintiff,
-vs-,
Kevin Hill and Debbie Hill, His Wife; Un-
known Parties in Possession #1; Un-
known Parties in Possession #2; If
living, and all Unknown Parties claim-
ing by, through, under and against the
above named Defendant s) who are
not known to be dead or a ive, whether
said Unknown Parties may claim an in-
terest as Spouse, Heirs, Devisees,
Grantees, or Other Claimants
Defendantss.
NOTICE OF ACTION FORECLOSURE
PROCEEDINGS-PROPERTY
TO: Kevin Hill and Debbie Hill;
Residence unknown, if living, including
any unknown spouse of the said De-
fendants, if either has remarried and if
either or both of said Defendants are
dead, their respective unknown heirs,
devisees, grantees, assignees, credi-
tors, lienors, and trustees, and all other
persons claiming by, through, under or
against the named Defendant(s); and
the aforementioned named Delen-
dant(s) and such of the aforemen-
tioned named Defendant(s) and such
of the aforementioned unknown Defen-
dants as may be infants, incompelents
or otherwise not sui juris.
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an ac-
tion has been commenced to foreclose
a mortgage on the following real prop-
erty, lying and being and situated in
Okeechobee County, Florida, more
particularly described as follows:
PARCEL 1
A PARCEL OF LAND LYING WITHIN SEC-
TION 14, TOWNSHIP 35 WOUTH,
RANGE 33 EAST, OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY FLORIDA, BEING MORE PAR-
TICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOL-
LOWS. COMMENCING AT NORTH
QUARTER CORNER OF SECTION 14,
BEAR SOUTH 89 DEGREES 50'17"
WEST, ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF
SAID SECTION 14, A DISTANCE OF
789.29 FEET; THENCE BEAR SOUTH
00 DEGREES 09'43" EAST, A DIS-
TANCE OF 1,650.00 FEET; THENCE
BEAR NORTH 89 DEGREES 50'17"
EAST, A DISTANCE OF 1,758.38 FEET
TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING,
THENCE CONTINUE NORTH 89
DEGREES 50'17" EAST, A DISTANCE OF
231.26 FEET, THENCE BEAR NORTH
10 DEGREES 33'31" EAST, A DIS-
TANCE OF 1,012.54 FEET, THEN
BEAR SOUTH 89 DEGREES 38'13"
WEST, A DISTANCE 0 419.68 FEET,
THENCE BEAR SOUTH 00 DEGREES
09'56' EAST, A DISTANCE OF 993.40
FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING;
AND PARCEL 2: A PARCEL OF LAND
LYING WITHIN SECTION 14, TOWN-
SHIP 35 SOUTH, RANGE 33 EAST,
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, BE-
ING MORE PARTICULARLY DE-
SCRIBED AS FOLLOWS
COMMENCING AT NORTH QUARTER
CORNER OF SECTION 14, BEAR
SOUTH 89 DEGREES 50'17" WEST,
ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF SAID
SECTION 14, A DISTANCE OF 789.29
FEET, THENCE BEAR SOUTH 00 DE-
GREES 09'43" EST, A DISTANCE OF
1,650.00 FEET, THENCE BEAR
NORTH 89 DEGREES 50'17" EAST, A
DISTANCE OF 1,538.96 FEET TO THE
POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CON-
TINUE NORTH 89 DEGREES 50'17"
EAST, A DISTANCE OF 219,42 FEET,
THENCE BEAR NORTH 00 DEGREES
09'56" WEST, A DISTANCE OF 993.40
FEET; THENCE BEAR SOUTH 89 DE-
GREES 38'13" WEST, A DISTANCE OF
219.42 FEET, THENCE BEAR SOUTH
00 DEGREE 09'56" EAST A DISTANCE
OF 992.63 FEET TO THE POINT OF
BEGINNING
more commonly known as 16515 North-
west 203rd Street, Okeechobee, FL
34972.
This action has been filed against you
and you are required to serve a copy
of your written defense, if any, upon
SHAPIRO & FISHMAN. LLP Attorneys
for Plaintiff, whose address is 2424

(30) days after the first publication o

on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately
them after; otherwise a default will be
entered against you for the relief de-
manded in the Complaint.
WITNESS my hand and seal of this Court
on the 7th day atof February, 2008.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Circuit and County Courts
By: Kathy Arnold
Deputy Clerk
260747 ON 02/14,21/08


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Okeechobee News, Thursday, February 14, 2008


Three Okeechobee wrestlers earn trip to state


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
For Donny Bush and Tyler
Hayes making the state tourna-
ment has become expected. For
Michael Brishke, making state is
getting to be a habit as well..
The three Brahman wrestlers
excelled at the regional tourna-
ment at Coral Springs near Mi-
ami last weekend. They earned
championships to earn trips to
Lakeland.
For Bush this is his third trip
to state. He won the regional
championship at 145 pounds.
Hayes is also making his third
trip to state at 152 pounds. Both
are juniors and have the ability
to reach state in every year of


Submitted photo/Coach Jahner
Regional finalists with Coach Jones, and Coach Jahner and
Coach Vidal Torres (left to right), are: Donny Bush (145 weight
class) Michael Brishke, (112 weight class) and Tyler Hayes
(152 weight class).
Brishke won the title in the nament which begins today at
112 pound weight class. This is the Lakeland Civic Center and


"I'm really happy," Brahman
Coach Bruce Jahner noted,
"They wrestled tough, last year
as a team we were fifth, this
year we finished fourth."
St. Thomas Aquinas won the
regional championships with
Martin County second, Olym-
pic Heights third, Okeechobee
fourth, Nova in fifth place, and
Fort Pierce Central in sixth
place.
Fort Pierce had narrowly
edged out Okeechobee at the
district tournament held earlier
this month.
Nine Okeechobee kids quali-
fied for the regional tournament
which pits Okeechobee against
wrestlers from 27 other schools
in the region.
/' 1 1 1_ t 4 J 1 I -:-L-


as a team which was just 10
points out of second place.
"This is the first time we've
have three champions, so I'm
thrilled," Jahner added.
Hayes won his trip to state
with an easy 10-1 decision in his
final match. Brishke won all four
of his matches. He won his final
match with a pin in just 39 sec-
onds. Bush won his final rather
easily, 7-2.
"This was a tough regional
tournament, everybody is tough.
We wrestled hard," Coach Jah-
ner added.
The top four in each weight
classification at the regional
qualify for the state. Wrestlers
who narrowly missed out were
Kyle McGee at heavyweight, and
rt-iklk.:n T-In*ra nt 1 0n ri c


Wrestling will continue in
the summer as Coach Jahner
announced signups are coming
up for his Okeechobee wrestling,
club. The club is for kids be-,
tween five and 18 years old. The
cost for signups is only $40.
The signups will be held on,
February 21, February 26, Feb-'
ruary 27, and February 28 from'
6 to 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee
High School gym.
Practice will start on March 4
and will be held at the OHS gymr"
on Tuesday and Thursday night.
Elementary kids will practice
from 6 until 7 p.m. and middle
school and high school kids,
from 7-8 p.m.
For more information you
can call Coach Jahner at 863
A"7 (9A 1 1


their high school career. his second trip to the state tour- runs through Saturday. Okeechobee had 103 p
s tnio Robbie Harrell at 1 pounds. .




Boys basketball ends season with loss to Glades Central


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Glades Central came out hun-
gry, and ready. Okeechobee did
not.
That was the main difference
in Friday District 14-4A semifi-
nal as Glades Central defeated
Okeechobee to reach the state
playoffs and a berth in the cham-
pionship game with Suncoast.
Antwon Chisholm led a bal-
anced scoring attack with 11
points as the Raiders jumped out
to a 14-0 lead after the first quarter
and were never really threatened.
"We wanted this real bad. Last
year they took it from us by three
and we planned to take it away
this year," he noted.
Last year Okeechobee defeat-
ed Glades Central by 30 points at
their place, and they didn't forget
it. Okeechobee also bested the
Raiders in the district playoffs to
reach the state post season.
"They took it from us last year
but we are getting better. We take
it one game at a time and we
hope to go far," Chisholm said.


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
-F- The golf balls dropped from
a helicopter before the softball
game and the other shoe dropped
for Martin County during it.
Okeechobee High School Girls
Softball team continued where
they left off last year with a 5-3 vic-
tory over Martin County in front of
a packed adoring crowd on Friday
night.
The annual girl's fundraiser
where golf balls are dropped on
the field kicked off the festivities.
The field was a mess, thanks to
a rare thunderstorm a few hours
before the contest, but nothing
could stop the Lady Brahmans.
In fact, the field conditions
might have held the Brahmans
as our fielders knew there would
be no bad hops. Martin County
meanwhile didn't have that first
hand knowledge.
"Martin County had three
games under their belt com-
ing into tonight. This was our
first game. There were a lot of
things we can learn from this,"
Coach Kim Hargraves noted, "We
worked out our jitters. We had
a lot of freshmen that were as
nervous as they possibly can be..
They didn't start calming down
until the second or third inning."
Martin County actually led in
the game as they scored' twice
in the top of the second thanks
to three singles and an error by
freshmen shortstop Naomi Ste-
vens. However, the lead was short


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy Terrance Allen (right) is
David Jeune had' 12 points among the young players
and a double Friday against that will be counted on next
Glades Central but it wasn't season.
enough to lead Okeechobee
to victory. "Wewant to set an example


Chisholm said the seniors on
the Raider team wanted to set a
tone for next year and the young
players.


for some of the younger guys, we
have a lot of them coming back
next year," he added.
Okeechobee played well in the


lived.
Okeechobee scored four times
in the bottom of the second
and never trailed again. Jordan
Marcum earned her way to first
when she was hit on the hip by a
pitch. Stevens hit a one out drib-
bler toward third but the ball was
thrown into right field. It was the
second error of the inning by Mar-
tin County and it tied the score at
two. Megan Clements singled and
Elia Suarez added an RBI single.
Clements scored on a dropped fly
ball for the fourth run.
Mary Huff made the lead stand
up with some excellent pitch-
ing. After the rough second she
calmed down and didn't allow a
run until the seventh.
She only had four strike outs
on the night and had to rely on
her defense. She scattered eight
hits.
"My defense wasn't totally
behind me. Everybody has first
game jitters. I knew what to do
and I did it," Huff noted.
She said she was glad to see
some of the young players do a.
good job in their first game.
"I'm glad there 'out there be-
hind me," she noted.
Okeechobee had an insurance
run cross the plate in the sixth to
make it 5-2. Naomi Stevens had
a bunt single and Megan Clem-
ents drove home the run with a
ground out. ,
That run proved to be big in
the seventh as Martin County ral-
lied with two singles and a walk.


One- run scored on a dropped fly
ball but Huff was able to strike
out the last two hitters on six con-
secutive strikes to end the game.
"That's a sign of an experi-
enced pitcher," Coach Hargraves
noted, "Mary wasn't having no
jitters. I thought maybe I'd bring
in a freshman to start the seventh,
but Mary was pitching well and
this being her first game of her
senior year I wanted to give her
confidence."
Huff's only disappointment on
senior night, her hitting. She went
0 for 3, but she hit the ball hard
three times. However, they were
right at fielders. The RF robbed
her of a single on a nice running
grab on her second at bat.
"I like to jump on the first pitch
strike and I know I can do it. The
pitcher doesn't have anything on
me. I just think I was over anx-
ious," Htiff commented.
Stevens had a nice game, her
first on varsity. She had a bunt
single and a double on the night
and made a nice tag on a straight
steal to end the fifth inning.
"Martin County had some
trouble throwing the ball tonight.
I figured for the first few innings
we'd be a little jittery, but we
hung in there and I was proud
of what I saw," Coach Hargraves
concluded.
The Brahmans next home
game is Friday against Jensen
Beach.


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second quarter as they outscored
Glades Central 15-9 to close to
within nine points at the half.
However, they just couldn't get
that big run they needed to offset
the slow start.
"We just didn't come out to
play in the first quarter," Brahman
Coach Jon Enrico noted, "We
were disappointing in the first but
we played better in the second.
The third wasn't that bad and the
fourth kind of got a little ragged."
Okeechobee trailed 44-25 at
the end of three despite a buzzer
beating three pointer by sopho-
more Ryan Osceola. Okeechobee
could get no closer than that in
the final eight minutes.
Okeechobee fell behind by as
many as 28 points in the fourth
quarter before battling back to
within 57-34 at the buzzer.
Leshawn Henderson and Da-
vid Jeune both had 12 points. Co-
rey White added six points. Chris
Hall had five points. Eddie Poole
had nine points for Glades Cen-
tral. Wesley Barnett had 10 points
and DeAndre Holley had seven
points.



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"I think our young kids got
spooked," Enrico noted, "They
gave it everything they had. I'm
disappointed that we didn't do
better. I can't say it wasn't a roller
coaster ride this year that wasn't
fun at times. I expected more
from the kids."
Enrico got a boost from the
play of some of his young kids,
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Will have Jeune for another year.
Still Friday's game was the la t
for some great Brahman players
like Henderson, Hall and James
Shanks.
"Glades Central did well. Give
them credit. We gave them some
open jumpers and they made
them count. If you do that against
a good team you're going to lose,!'
he added.


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