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KEECHOBEF. 1


FL HISTORY


Vol. 99 No. 49


Inside

Crime Stoppers
help make
communities safer
Crime Stoppers, Inc. was
created in 1976, according to
its media coordinator Dave
Melnick, who spoke about
their efforts to create safer com-
munities at the Okeechobee
Chamber of Commerce's gen-
eral membership luncheon.
Page 2

SES students visit
the Post Office
The First Grade team were
busy preparing for Valentine's
Day. The children wrote let-
ters to their parents and mailed
them on a class trip to the Post
Office. We want to thank the
Post Office workers for our be-
hind the scenes tour. The chil-
dren had a great time!
Page 6



Briefs

Tax Collector's
office closed today
The Okeechobee Tax Col-
lector's office will be closed to-
day, Feb. 18 in order to conduct
training. The office will reopen
Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 8 a.m.

Fair seeks Creative
Skill and Craft
Contest entries
The Okeechobee County
Fair Association is seeking adult
and youth contest participants
for the upcoming, fair March
7-16. The contest consists
of quilting, sewing, painting,
drawing, photography,,. hor-
ticulture and woodworking.
There will also be food com-
petitions such as home baking
and canned goods, as well as a
vegetable competition featur-
ing garden vegetable, fruit and
vegetable and largest vegetable
categories. You may download
the entry forms and rules at the
Okeechobee County Fair Web
site, www.okeechobeecoun-
tyfair.com okeechobeecountyfair.com >
under the exhibits link, or pick
up copies at the Okeechobee
County Extension Office at 458
Highway 98 North. If you have
questions, please contact Di-
anne Spann at 634-3327.


Drought Index

Current: 477
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None


Lake Levels

10.12 feet
Last Year: 11.45 feet



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


Index
Classifieds............. 7, 8
Com ics .................................. 5
Community Events................... 4
Crossword..... 7
Opinion............. 4
Speak Out.......... 4
Sports................ 8
TV ................ 8
W eather..................................... 2

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Florida Fair: Mounted Drill Team Competition


Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken
The Okeechobee County 4-H Bits and Spurs Horse Club Mounted Drill Team took sixth place in the youth division
and fourth in the maiden division at the Florida Fair in Tampa on Saturday. The youth division is for those under the
age of 18. The maiden division is for teams with at least 80 percent of the riders in their first year on the team.


The Diamond Divas, Okeechobee High School's Mounted Drill Team, competed at the Florida State Fair on Saturday.
Mounted drill teams must do a variety of moves at a walk, trot and canter to music.


The Diamond Divas Mounted Drill Team took third place in the youth division at the Florida State Fair in Tampa on
Saturday. The team, sponsored by the Okeechobee Cattlemen's Association, represents Okeechobee High School.


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If you go:
Okeechobee Counry Planning
Board/Board of Adjustments
and Appeals
Okeechobee County Court-
house, 304 N W Second St.
.Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m.


Planning

board

.faees short

agenda

By Pete GaWda
Okeechobee News
When the Okeechobee
County Planning Board/Board
of Adjustments and Appeals
meets Feb. 19, they will be
considering only two action
items.
Seven HL Cattle Co, Inc.,
Harvey Cattle Co., Inc. and W
Blain and Jeanette M. Harvey
have requested an amend-
ment to the county's com-
prehensive plan to reclassify
about 1,022 acres from the
rural estate future land use
classification to rural activity
center future land use classi-
fication.
This change would increase
the density for residential de-
velopment from one unit per
5 acres to, one unit per acre.
The property is between S.R.
70 E. and S.R. 710 E. -- about
one mile west of S.E 128th Av-
enue and is currently used for
cattle ranching,
The staff report accompa-
nying the agenda item states
that the application does not
adequately demonstrate the
need for 'the amendment.
Impacts on existing roads
have not been fully analyzed.
A clear need exists for an al-
ternate means of access to
the subject property, but a fi-
nancially feasible method of
providing such access has not
been proposed.
The staff report states that
the requested amendment
might result in unwarranted
sprawl.
The staff .report further
states that the application
does not address the need for
additional low density hous-
ing at the proposed location.
The property has limited ac-
cess through an existing resi-
dential neighborhood.
Therefore, staff recom-
mends the request be denied.
A final decision on the
request will come after the
Okeechobee County Board of
County Commissioners holds
additional public hearings.
Dates and times for these
hearing will be announced at
a later date.
Ernest and Norma Blitch
and Juan and Maria Contreras
have requested a change in
zoning from residential mixed
to neighborhood commercial
-2.
The property in question is

See Meeting Page 2


Erwin to play for


Jacksonville


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Its not just about athletics
for Rafe Erwin -- it's about
academics.
Erwin signed a national let-
ter of intent Tuesday night to
attend Jacksonville University
to play Division I-AA football.
He also intends to take the first
step to two degrees -- one in
engineering and one in busi-
ness management. He intends
to have three majors, if you
throw math into the equation
-- no pun intended.
"I'm really excited about
the opportunity to go play,


it's an exciting time,"
noted.
He was a big part
Brahman offensive lin'
the past three years. H
a three-year starter an
been praised for his con
ing, his blocking tech
and his leadership skills
"I'm real proud of
Coach Rex Erwin not
was a great visit the oth
to Jacksonville and the
ing staff was real friendly
to see him and forthc
and honest. I foresee a
driving to Jacksonville
fall."


Dolphins
Erwin Rex Erwin is Rafe's father
and has watched him grow
of the from flag football when he
e over was 6 years old, to what he has
Ie was become today. He thanked his
id has wife Rachel for always sup-
dition- porting her son's ambitions to
niques play football.
s. "Rafe has always been a
him," little special. It is fun to coach
ed. "It your kid and watch his grow
er d as an athlete and a leader," he
ler day added.
coach- Rafe will play for former
y, glad Gator signal caller Kerwin
oming Bell in Jacksonville, a school
I lot of known more for their basket-
e next
See Erwin Page 2


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Rafe Erwin (left) signed his national letter of intent as his proud
father Rex Erwin looks on.


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Clerk of Court displays new online services


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Kiwanis members learned
about all the online services that
the Okeechobee Clerk of Circuit
Court website offers from the
convenience of a computer.
A visit to www.clerk.
co.okeechobee.fl.us can let you
know where you need to be if
you are scheduled for crimi-
nal or civil court the following
day; information on foreclosure
sales; and, even information
about the Okeechobee County
Board of County Commission-
ers, to name a few.
Traffic citations can be paid
online simply by entering the
citation number, driver's license
number and date of birth under
whatever county in Florida that
the ticket was issued.
Tax deed records and official
records are also available online.
According to Sharon Robertson,
the Clerk of Circuit Court, cer-
tain documents still must be ob-
tained at the clerk's office due to
Florida state statutes.
Official records online date
back to 1977 and are updated
daily as items are filed with the
court.
Elizabeth Maxwell attested to
that effect stating that she has
brought a property deed into
the court to be recorded and by
the time she returned to her of-
fice the document was already
online for her to print from her
computer.
According to the director of
information technology Allen
Queen, the most recent updates
have been added within the last
year and a half. Future updates
are ongoing.
Possible features of the web-
site could include posting of


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Kiwanis member Devin Maxwell (left) hosted Okeechobee Clerk of Circuit Court Sharon Rob-
ertson (center) and her director of information technology Allen Queen (right) to inform Ki-
wanis members about the extensive amount of information that is offered online through
www.clerk.co.okeechobee.fl.us.


the digital recordings of county
commission meetings online.
These recordings are currently
available upon request but have
a nominal charge for the tapes
on which they are recorded. If
this information is put online,
individuals would be able to lis-
ten to the meetings from their
homes.
Links' to all county depart-


ments are also included in the
clerk's website, as well as- links
to other organizations that are
associated with county opera-
tions.
According to Kiwanis mem-
ber Devin Maxwell, the coun-
ty's Clerk of Circuit Court Office
and website are above par com-
pared to other counties that he
has worked with professionally


as a lawyer.
For more information about
any of the clerk's operations,
contact her office at (863)
763-2131; or, visit www.clerk.
co.okeechobee.fLus.
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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Crime Stoppers make communities safer


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Crime Stoppers, Inc. was cre-
ated in 1976, according to its me-
dia. coordinator Dave Melnick,
who spoke about their efforts to
create safer communities at the
Okeechobee Chamber of Com-
merce's general membership
luncheon.
Crime Stoppers is a non-
profit organization supported by
-- the community members, local
businesses, the area media and
local law enforcement.
Treasure Coast Crime Stop-
pers has been in operation since
1988 and serves Okeechobee,
Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River
counties. The purpose of Crime
Stoppers is to gather informa-
tion leading to the solution of
open criminal investigations and
to the prevention of criminal ac-
tions.
Through the Crime Stoppers
tip line, information is gathered
so that those providing the infor-
mation receive a reward while
remaining completely anony-
mous.
Cash rewards of up to $1,000
are offered but only if the infor-
mation provided results in the
apprehension of a fugitive, the
resolution of an open case or the
prevention of a criminal act.
There are over 1,000 Crime
Stoppersd organizations nation-
wide and 28 of those are in Flor-
ida. Treasure Coast Crime Stop-
pers is unique in that they cover
more than one county. Treasure
Cost Crime Stoppers works with
the sheriff's departments of all
four counties.
Mr. Melnick spoke of one tip
that was received in December
about someone having a gun in
a school. According to Mr. Mel-
nick, due to their tip, the school
resource officers and other law
enforcement were able to re-
trieve a loaded weapon from a
school.
How do you report a tip?
Simply call 1(800) 273-TIPS
(8477). Once you dial, an op-
erator will answer your call and


Erwin
Continued From Page 1
ball program than their football.
NBA Hall of Famer Artis Gilmore
played basketball for the Dol-
phins back in the 1960s.
The football program is now
a member of the Pioneer Foot-
ball league. They play other well
known universities like Dayton,
Davidson and San Diego.
Rafe said he is really excited
about the new facilities they are
building on the campus, includ-
ing a new football stadium. He
noted that was one of the rea-
sons he chose the school.
"The coach told me he was
looking at me to be a contribu-
tor. He promised he would find
playing time for me this fall ei-
ther on junior varsity or varsity,"
he noted.


Did You Krvowl
It Is A Crime


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Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Dave Melnick, the media coordinator for Treasure Coast
Crime Stoppers, Inc., spoke to Okeechobee Chamber of
Commerce members at their monthly luncheon about his or-
ganization and how it strives to make Okeechobee and sur-
rounding counties safer.


provide you with a special code.
DO NOT reveal your name,-ad-
dress, phone number or any
other identifying information.
According to Mr. Melnick, the
software used for this phone
system is secure and non-trace-
able.
Following the operator's in-
structions, you will be asked to
provide any information that
you have. The operator will thep
relay that information to the
appropriate law enforcement
agency for investigation.
A tipster will then be instruct-
ed to check in by calling the
same number and asking for the
status of your tip using the spe-
cial code that was provided at
the time of your initial call. You
must retain this code in order to
receive your reward.
If you tip leads to an arrest,
apprehension or prevention of a
crime you will be provided with
specific instructions on collect-
ing your reward. This system in


The scholarship will pay a
lion's share of the tuition Rafe
would have had to pay at Jack-
sonville. He noted the semester
tuition is close to $17,000.
He also was pleased with the
atmosphere on campus. He said
it is a large campus but is located
in a quiet area near downtown
and is not over crowded.
Brahman coach Chris Bran-
ham said he felt Rafe had made
a great decision. He noted the
school ,is close to home and
his parents and friends can go
watch him play.
"It's very exciting and a great
situation for him," Branham
said. "He intends to get three
degrees. It's just a great accom-
plishment for him and his fam-
ily."
Branham noted he has been
close to Rafe for the past seven
years and has really been im-


Okeechobee is through National
City Bank where the tipster sim-
ply goes to the bank and gives
them their special code and their
reward is given to them in cash
based on their code.
, Crime Stoppers works
through posters of wanted ads
and several other posters that
inform people that they can
anonymously stop crime in their
neighborhoods. Due to a need
in elementary schools, Crime
Stoppers has received permis-
sion to use McGruff and Scruff
on a poster aimed at the young-
er age.
These posters state "Tell your
Parents, Tell your Teacher, Tell
you School Resource Officer,"
and encourage the students to
report anything they know about
a crime or any criminal activity
to the 1-800 number.
Local law enforcement posts
warrants on the Crime Stoppers.
website, www.tcwatch.org. One
can go to the website and click


pressed with how much he has
improved and the efforts he has
put into improving his game.
"As a coaching staff, it feels
like one of our own kids as
grown up and gone away. We
are very proud of everything
he's done," he added.
Branharn said Jacksonville
coaches visited the high school
in December and asked if there
were any players here that might
be interested. Branham men-
tioned Rafe and provided them
some game video of his play.
Jacksonville was impressed
and that started the ball rolling,
which culminated in a visit to the
campus last week and a signed
letter of intent this week.
"I'm just excited for the op-
portunity to go play," Rafe con-
cluded.


on current wanted photos and
choose Okeechobee County to
view pictures of fugitives cur-
,rently being sought, as well as
information about cold cases.
Information about individu-
als from other counties can also
be found.
Crime Stoppers needs your
help to expand and to create
more awareness in communi-
ties and schools with posters
and newspaper ads.
To help make our community
safer there are various levels of
sponsorship available. Sponsor-
ship opportunities allow your
logo and/or business name,
depending on the level, to be
printed on select printed materi-
als and/or on the Treasure Coast'
Crime Stoppers, Inc. website.
All donations are tax-exempt.
Crime Stoppers depend on the.
support of the community to help
our program function. Whether
supporting the program through
donations or buying a ticket on
one of their many drawings the
people of the Treasure Coast
have always been strong advo-
cates or the program.
Treasure Coast Crime Stop-
pers does not rely on any gov-
ernment funding to run the
day-to-day operations of the
program. Financial assistance
comes in many other forms: do-
nations -- both from citizens and
businesses; fundraising events;
drawings; and court-ordered do-
nations.
Crime Stoppers will also ac-
cept donations from individuals,
corporations and service groups.
Donations of cash or services
are always appreciated.
For more information about
making a donation, contact
Crime Stoppers at (772) 871-
5359; or, download a donation
form from the website to make
your tax deductible donation
online.
Post your opinions
in the Public Issues Forum
at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar
may be reached at
caguilar@newszap.com.



Meeting

Continued From Page 1
located on N.W. 18' St. The ap-
plicants have listed their desire
to have a commercial plaza on
the property with such things as
a neighborhood market, offices,
beauty shop or restaurant.
Staff has recommended ap-
proval.
A second hearing on this re-
quest will be held before the
county commissioners at 9 a.m.
on Thursday, March 13, at the
commission meeting room in
the Okeechobee County Court-
house, 304 N.E. Second St.
Post your opinions
in the Public Issues Forum
at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Pete Gawda
may be reached at
pgawda@newszap.com.


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

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

Help with FPL electric bills available
The Salvation Army Okeechobee Service Unit is administering
FPL's Care'to Share Program in Okeechobee County. The Care to
Share Program is funded by Okeechobee's FPL customers and FPL
Corporate funds. The program was set up tohelp lower income
residents with their electric bill once a year under specific circum-
stances. The program provides emergency assistance funds to cus-
tomers who are in a crisis situation and unable to pay their first
FPL electric bill. There are rules and guidelines that must be met to
qualify. If you are an FPL customer and need help call the office at
763-6020, leave your name and number and they will call you back
for a phone interview to see if you qualify.






BUSINESS 3


Home Depot opens with board cutting


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Instead of the traditional rib-
bon cutting Okeechobee's new
Home Depot officially opened
with a board cutting ceremony
on Valentine's Day.
The opening was appropriate
for a store that claims to be the
world largest home improvement
specialty retailer with more than
2,200 retail stores in the U.S., Can-
ada, Mexico and China, according
to their corporate website.
The website also claims that
Home Depot is one of the largest
diversified wholesale distributors
in the United States and offers
products and services for build-
ing, improving and maintaining
home, business and municipal
infrastructures.
To start things off on a pa-
triotic note, the Okeechobee
High School JROTC Color Guard
presented the colors and the
gathered multitude recited the
Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
The board was cut by City of
Okeechobee Mayor Jim Kirk and
Okeechobee County Commis-
sion Chairman Clif Betts. Both
men donned safety glasses and
aprons autographed by Home


Depot employees.
"It's a great day for
Okeechobee," said Mr. Betts.
The mayor said it was an excit-
ing day for him.
"It's like getting a raise," he
said, because of the gas he will
save by not having to drive to the
coast.
To show the store's commit-
ment to the community, Home
Depot manger Melanie Maclssa
presented a check of $2,000 to
Lisa Stark of Communities in
Schools.
After the ceremony the
Okeechobee High School band
played for the overflow crowd.
The process of bringing the
superstore to Okeechobee began
back in September of 2006 when
the Okeechobee County Planning
Board/Board of Adjustments and
Appeals granted Home Depot's
request for a special exception
to build a retail building of more
than 20,00.0 square feet.
"Welcome Home Depot," was
the response of board chairman
Mike Long.
The board's unanimous deci-
sion was greeted by cheers from
the packed crowd.
The building takes up a little


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Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda

Welcoming the crowd
Enza Ditefano (left) and Melanie Maclssa (right), Home Depot manager, welcome the
crowd to the board cutting ceremony officially opening Okeechobee's newest store on
Valentines' Day, Feb. 14.


over 100,000 square feet, which
is about average for a Home De-
pot. The site also contains an out-
door garden center of over 30,000
square feet. The superstore em-
ploys somewhere between 80 to
150 people.


The Home Depot sign is prob-
ably the largest commercial sign
in Okeechobee. Home Depot
had to be granted a variance for
a building sign of more than 200
square feet in a commercial dis-
trict. The sign covers about 439


square feet with letters about 6
feet high stretching across the 72-
foot wide entrance area.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.
com. Reporter Pete Gawda may be
reached at pgawda@newszap.com.


Chamber welcomes new Travel Lodge Suites


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
A project stymied for many
years on U.S. 441 S.E. has finally
come to fruition.
A 39 room motel was opened
by Travel Lodge Suites earlier
this month at 1527 Highway 441
S.E.
Wednesday, leading citizens
from the Chamber of Com-
merce, City Council and County
Commission were on hand for a
ribbon cutting ceremony for the
new facility.
They were given a tour of the
new motel which one day could
include a swimming pool, and
perhaps a national chain restau-
rant.
Stacy Brooks, one of the
owners of the new facility, was
on hand for the ceremony. Lau-
ra Parker will be a resident-man-
ager of the motel.
President and CEO of Ster-
ling Hotels and Resorts, Incor-
+ porated, Robert Felice, said he
felt this would be an excellent
addition to the hotels his firm


manages.
"This has been a long time
coming," he noted, "With the
real estate market the way it is
this was transitioned from con-
dominiums to a motel. We've
put a lot of sweat equity into this
project and were very proud of
this little property."
He noted a market study
showed that suites would fill a
niche in the Okeechobee mar-
ket place. The feasibility study
also showed the facility would
do well.
"Everything shows that this
will be good for us," he added.
As with other motels they
hope for more rainy days like
Wednesday so that fishing con-
ditions improve, and with it, the
economy.
"God willing that will happen
and we'll have more business,"
he noted.
The company is also looking
for a national chain restaurant
like an International House of
Pancakes or Perkins to put on
the property. Although there is
no deal in place now, Mr. Felice


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Dignitaries like City Councilman Dowling Watford, center, cut the ribbon on the new Trav-
el Lodge Suites Wednesday while others watch; motel manager Laura Parker, owner Stacy
Brooks,, and County Commissioner Noel Chandler.


said they are actively recruiting
for the restaurant and hope to
secure a deal soon.


Among the dignitaries in at-
tendance were President of the
Chamber of Commerce Dar-


ryl Donnelly, City Councilman
Dowling Watford and County
Commissioner Noel Chandler.


'Chobee

Business

Beat
Share your news and photos
for this column by email to
okeenews@newszap.com
At a recent Rotary meeting,
Ellaine Lawrence of Law-
rence Real Estate, recalled
some Okeechobee business-
es and business people and
shared some memories.
Ellis Meserve, who
owned the first hardware store
in town, lived on the east side
of Parrott Avenue. He and his
wife, the former Faith Raul-
erson, built the house with
the columns that still stand.
Hiram Raulerson's Dry
Goods Store was the same
brick building that is now
Coldwell Banker Berger Real
Estate at the corner or Park
Street and Osceola Avenue.
His brother, O.C. Raulerson,
ran their meat market that you
entered from Osceola. They
were connected inside.
The father of Okeechobee
County Property Appraiser Bill
Sherman owned a sawmill
where Sherman Oaks is being
developed.
The Okeechobee Cham-
ber of Commerce executive
directorship is now guided by
Candace Burke, daughter
of retired executive director
Brenda O'Conner. Brenda has
gone traveling and relaxing.
Sherwin Williams has
moved to 820 East North Park
Street. They are open Monday
through Friday from 7 a.m.
until 6 p.m., and Saturdays
from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Their
phone number is (863) 824-
8101.
The new Travel Lodge
Suites at 1527 U.S. 441 S.E.
is now open. Each suite has
a queen bed, a full-size pull-
out sofa and kitchen with
two-burner stove, refrigerator,
microwave and a sink. Their
telephone number is (863)
824-3431.
E-mail your business-re- -
lated news to okeenews@
newszap.com.


Hernandez interns at Riverside Bank


OKEECHOBEE Riverside
Bank is a corporate sponsor for
the Okeechobee High School's
Academy of Finance, providing a
paid internship to Okeechobee-
native Faveola Hernandez. Ms.
Hernandez joined Riverside Bank
in July 2007. The Academy's
program provides practical, on-
the-job experience and a behind-
the-scenes look at the banking
industry. The internship course is
a valuable element to the Acad-
emy of Finance program and a
key component in fast-tracking a
student's career in the commu-
nity. Students are placed with a
bank and have the opportunity
to participate and learn directly
from such job functions as teller,
customer service representative,
consumer lender, and the overall
process of providing customer
service to customers.
"The Academy's internship
program is a critical component
of the student's curriculum and
Riverside Bank is honored to
participate," said Tabitha Trent,
Riverside's Office Manager in
Okeechobee. "The fact that we
can provide a hands-on experi-
ence has been invaluable to Fa-
veola, the Bank and our commu-
nity. We have participated in this
paid internship program in past
years and have always enjoyed
watching the growth of our stu-
dents. We look forward to playing
a role in the future of the program
as well."
"The internship at Riverside
Bank gives me the opportunity to
experience real-world situations
and gain the experience that will
help me in the future, experienc-
es that I could not have learned
through book study," said Ms.
Hernandez. "The experience is
exposing me to numerous skills
such as technical, ethical, integ-
rity, time management, and in-
terpersonal skills. I have learned
how to deal with customers,
fellow employees and manage-
ment. I know now I want to pur-
sue a full-time career in banking,
thanks to the kind people at River-
side Bank."
More information about
Okeechobee High School's Acad-
emy of Finance is available by
contacting Darryl Roehm at (863)
462-5025 or e-mailing him at
RoehmD@okee.k12.fl.us. River-
side Bank's Okeechobee office is
located at 1506 S. Parrot Avenue,
Okeechobee, Florida 34974. Their


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phone is (863) 824-0400.
About the Bank
Since 1982, Riverside Bank
has been helping people across
Florida manage their money and
achieve financial goals through
a hometown style of banking.
The Bank is known in the home
towns it serves for friendly ser-


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vice, helpful solutions and local
decision-making, as well as lo-
cal community involvement. Its
hometown style of banking has
made Riverside one of Florida's
fastest-growing, independent and
locally owned community banks
serving customers in 43 home
towns throughout Florida.


Tire Zone opens
Owner Scott Watson, service manager, Julio Gueraca
and manager David McCormack welcomed everyone who
came to the grand opening of Tire Zone Saturday, Feb 9 on
Parrott Avenue just south of Pogey's Restaurant. Both Mr.
Gueraca and Mr. McCormack are Okeechobee residents
and look forward to taking care of your vehicle in this new
full-service facility. Seven service bays are available for
full mechanical services including wheel alignment. Ser-
vice personnel speak both English and Spanish, so no
language barriers here. To welcome Okeechobee to their
new facility, Tire Zone gave away two sets of four tires and
five free oil changes. Bill Brown and Lawrence Dawson are
the happy winners of the new tires and Anselmo Madrigal,
Anna Deel, Jon Norton, Jose Nunez and Devin Jimeniz
all won oil changes. Everyone ate hot dogs, hamburgers,
chips and sodas.


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but online comments get posted faster and not all phone calls
can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating
BANKRUPT: There was a survey done last year on the reason why
so many Americans are now filing for bankruptcy -- can't remember
the source or I would let you know so you could look it up -- but it
seems the main reason was unpaid medical bills. Not everyone has
medical insurance. When most people hear the word "bankruptcy,"
they assume that the reason is for unpaid credit card debt and other
frivolous spending.

FIGHTS: I know that about four years ago I was at the high school
and some kids got into a fight during lunch. One kid took the other
kid's head and was smashing it against the wall. It was pretty bad. But,
guess who got in trouble? The kid whose head got smashed.

BUSH: I just have to laugh at anything about Bush, we need to
either send him and vice president to Iraq with nothing and let them
fight this war, or when his term is up, send him back to his ranch with
gays and illegals and box them all in and let them deal with him.

MUDFEST: From what I was told, they can't do an alternate en-
trance to the MudFest because they-would have to go across some-
one else's property if they used another road. That was the problem
with the neighboring properties. MudFest patrons were trying to go
through or park on other people's property. But I think the MudFest
folks have enough land there they should be able to solve the problem
if they invest in building more roads on their property and providing
a place for all those vehicles to back up into. Obviously this event is
popular and more and more people want to attend. So why not really
fix it up right? If they don't find a way to fix it, I doubt the county will
give them another permit. The commissioners are getting too many
complaints from the public about that mega-traffic jam.

BUSINESS: I see where the Mudfest fans are saying that is why the
hotels and restaurants had a good weekend. But the Speckled Perch
Festival was last weekend too. Isn't it possible that some of the visi-
tors staying the hotels and eating at the restaurants were here for the
festival? I suspect both the festival and the Mudfest helped the local
economy.

IMPACT FEES: I think it is outrageous that the county is trying to
force us to pay thousands of dollars in fees to be allowed to build a
house. A man should be able to build a house on his own property.
Editor's note: According to the Okeechobee County Build-
ing Department, the impact fees (fees to pay for services a
single-family home uses) are $5,329.16, with impact fees for
units in multi-family homes and mobile homes being less. Im-
pact fees are flat fees based on the use of the building (single
family, multi family, non-residential, etc.) The permit fee,
the fee that pays to have plans and construction checked for
compliance with Florida building Codes, calculated accord-
ing to the number of square feet to be built, runs $2,800 for
a 6,000 square foot (a very large house) CBS single family
home.


Guest Commentary


Dieting disaster: Restaurants and fast food


By Rebekah Bernard, M.D.
Nothing kills a diet faster
than eating out. Unfortunately,
in today's busy society we often
are forced to rely on restaurants
and fast food when there just
isn't enough time to prepare a
home-cooked meal.
The truth is, restaurant food
is devastating to a healthy diet. I
know that this is true, because I
have seen my husband the chef
sneak fat into the most unlikely
of places. He puts cream cheese
in spaghetti sauce, bacon in
brussel sprouts, and those sup-
posedly healthy steamed veg-
gies? Doused in butter and par-
mesan cheese. When I catch
David doing this, he innocently
replies, "But it tastes better that
way." This is how chefs are
trained to make food taste so
good, and you can count on res-
taurant food being higher in fat
and calories than similar dishes
prepared at home (unless you
are married to a chef).
Probably the worst class of
restaurant food is "fast food."
This convenient drive-through
service is easy on the pocket-
book and ,on time, but horrible
for your waistline, as well as your
cholesterol and your health in
general. Most fast food is incred-
ibly high in calories a Burger
King whopper, for example, will
rack up almost 1000 calories,
and double that if you add fries
and a shake. Oh, and would you
like bacon and cheese on that?
Add another couple hundred
calories.
The movie "SuperSize Me"
chronicled a man that went
on a McDonald's-only diet for
a month. He gained a ton of
weight, developed fat in his liver
that made it function as badly as
an alcoholic, and his cholesterol
shot through the roof. The mov-
ie showed such dramatic results
that after it aired. McDonald's
got rid of its "super-sized" por-
tions and came out with their
new healthier menu. "SuperSize
Me" is available at most movie


rental stores -- definitely worth
watching.
So, now that we know all the
dangers of eating out, what can
we do about it? First, try to limit
the number of times that you eat
out each week. Prepare lunch
ahead of time to bring with
you to work, or buy a frozen
low-calorie meal to heat in the
microwave. Plan dinners ahead
of time by making a menu and
posting it on the refrigerator.
Compile a weekly shopping list
to bring to the grocery store so
that everything will be ready
to go ahead of time. Give your
family tasks to do to help pre-
pare dinner like washing and
cutting vegetables, preheating
the Qven, and defrosting meat.
Consider making larger portions
of dinners and freezing the ex-
tra amount for a future dinner.
Eat dinner as a family, to teach
kids the value of home-cooked
meals rather than grabbing fast
food on the way home.
If you must eat out, there are
ways to minimize the danger to
your diet. First, bypass the bread
bowl at all costs. Have the wait-
er remove it to avoid temptation.
Avoid high-calorie cocktails and
instead order a low-calorie bev-
erage. Choose grilled chicken
or fish, or a lean cut of beef like
Filet or pork tenderloin. Avoid
cream-based sauces or high
calorie starches like big plates
of pasta. Instead of potatoes or
rice, ask for.a double order of
vegetables -- and hold the butter
if possible. Of course, every now
and then it's okay to splurge, as
long as it's not a regular thing!
Fortunately, these days it
is easier to eat healthier to eat
fast food than it used to be, if
you make careful choices. Let's
review some of the fast food
places in Immokalee. Subway's
spokesman Jared endorses
eating there every day to lose
weight but he wasn't choos-
ing the meatball marina sub or
drenching his sandwiches in
mayo, 1 promise you! At Subway,


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Community Events

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.

Saturday, Feb. 23

Jail and bail at Moose Lodge
Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge will hold an open house on Feb.
23 at 2 p.m. There will be barbecue ribs, cake auction, K9 Police
Dog demo, Moose races, A Jail and Bail fundraiser all afternoon
and more.

VFW #4423 host open karaoke contest
VFW #4423 will host open house held in conjunction with a
KARAOKE CONTEST. First prize this year is $500 provided by the
Men's and Ladies Auxiliaries. This contest is open to the public (as
guests). Preliminaries are Saturday Feb. 23, Saturday March 1 and
Saturday March 8. Warm-up and Practice is at 7 p.m. The contest
starts at 7:30 p.m. The top three winners each week go to the finals
on March 15. If you aren't in the top three, you can enter each week
until you do win or until the preliminaries are over. There is a $10
entry fee. All entry fees go to the winners. The contest will again
be hosted by David Lee. The VFW wants all veterans, their families
and their guests in the Okeechobee area to know that there is a
VFW on the North side of town that most people don't even know
about. The North VFW is a small but extremely friendly Post and
they welcome all guests and potential new members with a smile.
They have weekly meals and entertainment. Call the Post at 863-
763-0818 for the schedule of events weekly at the Post. The address
is 300 N.W. 34th St. Go past the High School and take the second
left. Call David at (863) 697-9002 or Bill at the VFW at (863) 763-
0818 for more information.


look for leaner meats like turkey
or roast beef, or stick with a veg-
gie sub. The smaller sandwich
rolls are lower calorie than the
sub buns, and wraps are also
a good option. Load up on the-
vegetables, and avoid mayo or
high-calorie sauces. Vinegar,
mustard, and lowfat dressings
are safe options. Watch out for
the cookies!
McDonald's has a new
healthier menu, with some nice
salad selections. Another option
at McDonald's is a simple small
hamburger or grilled chicken
sandwich with a side salad.
Watch out for the fries -- who
can stop with a small? Avoid all
fried items, such as the chicken
sandwich or Filet-O-Fish. One
dieter's treat is McDonald's low-
fat ice cream cone on Weight
Watcher this is only 3 points, or
about 150 calories.
Burger King has the usual sal-
ad selection with lowfat dress-
ing. I think the grilled chicken
salad there is nice. Sometimes
I splurge on a Whopper, Jr. but
not often, because it's still rather
high in calories.
Wendy's has a few unique


options. The small chili is a,
healthy, lowfat choice at about-
200 calories. I sometimes pour it
over a side salad, which is kind,,
of like their taco salad without-
the high cal tortilla chips and
cheese. The baked potato is a,
decent choice with lowfat sour,
cream. They also have an assort-.,
ment of salads and now have
lowfat yogurt as a side item.
To be honest, I really can't'
think of anything healthy to eat,
at Popeye's, but maybe because
I'm too tempted by the fried
chicken and biscuits to look.at
the rest of the menu (yes, I'm'
drooling right now). I guess you
could peel the skin off the chick-
en, but where would the fun be
in that? I personally just have to
avoid Popeye's when I'm on a
diet.
/ Eating out is definitely a ma-
jor dieting dilemma, but 'with.
some careful planning you can
keep from sabotaging your
weight loss program. And re-
member, one unhealthy meal'
won't ruin your diet -- just don't
let eating out become a regular'
part of your routine.


Upcoming Events

Monday, Feb. 18
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an
open meeting.
Okeechobee Senior Singers will meet at 9 a.m. at the
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Every-
one who enjoys singing is invited to join the group. For informa-
tion or to schedule an appearance, contact Patsy Black at (863)
467-7068.
The Okeechobee Historical Society meets at noon at
1850 U.S. 98 N. Join us with a covered dish for lunch, followed
by a business meeting. The dues are $10 per person, per year,
and are due in September. For information, call Betty William-
son at (863) 763-3850.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion
at the Just for Today club, 101 Fifth Ave. For information call
(863) 634-4780.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in
Okeechobee. This chapter.meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse,
10 Linda Road, in Buckhead Ridge on Mondays from 10 a.m.
until 3 p.m. Karen Graves, Chapter leader would like to extend
a warm'welcome to any interested persons to come by and see
what they are about. For information call (863) 763-6952.
AA meetings Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda
Road, holds open meetings for Alcoholics Anonymous on Mon-
day nights from 7 to 8 p.m. for substance abuse. They also have
Al-Anon meetings on Monday nights from 7 until 8 p.m. to help
family and friends of alcoholics. For information call Chris at
(863) 467-5714.

Tuesday, Feb. 19
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon
at Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings
are open to the public. For information, contact Chad Rucks at
(863) 763-8999.
New AA Meeting in Basinger: There is now an AA meeting
in Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian
Brethren Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are wel-
come.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior,
200 N.W Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the
Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
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 In-
dex), Social Security Death Index and military information avail-
able. For information, call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
The Camera Club meets every other Tuesday from 5:30 un-
til 6:30 p.m. Learn types and uses of film; speeds and technol-
ogy; and, how to see your world and capture it on film. Class is
basic through extensive. Registration is $20, and each class is
$10. Call Bobbi at (863) 467-2614 for information. Some of the
proceeds will go towards Big Lake Mission's Outreath.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m.
at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For
information, June Scheer at (863) 634-8276
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public
is invited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music.
For information, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863)
763-4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30
p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's
only meeting. For information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the.Gold-
en Corral Restaurant 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in
becoming a member is welcome. For information, contact Elder
Sumner at (863) 763-6076.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Par-
rott Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring
many Bible truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at
10 a.m. at the Hospice building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St.
in Okeechobee. Everyone is welcome. For information, contact
Enid Boutrin at (863) 467-2321.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the
church next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or
group that enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate.
For information, contact Dr. Edward Douglas at (863) 763-4320.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an
open meeting.
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St.,
will be hosting God's Time --. a morning of free organized
Christian activities that includes play, instruction and interac-
tion for parents and their pre-school children. The event will
be held each Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Child care
will be provided for infants' during the class. For information,
call (863) 763-4021.
Narcotics Anonymous will begin meeting every Tuesday
at noon. Meetings will be held at the Just for Today Club, 101
Fifth Ave. For information, call (863) 634-4780.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W. Third Terrace, holds
meetings for persons with alcohol and drug related problems at
6 p.m. For information call (863) 357-3053.


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At the Movies


The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
III.
Movie times for Thursday, Feb.
14, through Thursday, Feb. 21, are
as follows:
Theatre I -"Spiderwick Chron-
icles" (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 Thursday 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 Ill "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.
For information, call (863)
763-7202.


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SES students achieve excellence
Students of the Week for Feb. 6 are: Norberto Juarez, Viviana Jaimes, Juan Navarro, Brian-
na Leonard, Shahmir Ali, Juliett Navarro, Eric Caldron, Derek Hortman, Jared Phares, Dania
Juarez, Matthew Garcia, Julia Dupree, Karlyn Daniel, Briceyda Granados, Trey Harmon,
Clay Rogers, John Lashley, Willie Pattison, Meagan Wilson, Gage Faircloth, Lexie Stripling,
Iris Juarez, Rabon Carrier, Katya Kolbassinskaya, Chancy Thomas, Luis Martinez.


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Second grade has been busy
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tic and post theme test in read-
ing. These tests help teachers
to assess which skills students
have mastered and the areas of
comprehension,, spelling and
grammar. The test is taken in sec-
tions over several days, allowing
students to perform at their very
best. When students are not test-
ing, during the reading block,


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different reading centers and par-
ticipating in 100 Book Challenge.
These activities help to break up
the testing so students are not
overwhelmed and have an op-
portunity to continue to practice
their skills. Next week we will
be starting the next theme in our
reading series, "Neighborhood
News". Stay tuned for more ex-
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By Dan Culbert
Extension Horticulture Agent
At this time of year, many of
our Florida Yards look like they
belong up North. While we en-
joy a subtropical climate, many
local trees have dropped their
leaves and have exposed their
frameworks. And in many cas-
es, the rush of spring has come
and gone with tree blooms and
new leaves.
While deciduous trees are
bare, it is a good time to take
a careful look at how the limbs
on these trees are arranged.
You may notice some problems
that need to be fixed. Today's
column will discuss some
pruning objectives that Florida
property owners may have in
mind. Our office will hold a free
public workshop this Tuesday
afternoon that show how you
can Prune like a Pro!
Prune with a Purpose
Pruning can help treat
and avoid some certain
problems in your Florida
Yard. But before any blade
touches a branch, be sure
to understand WHY pruning
is needed. Dr. Ed Gilman,
UF/IFAS Extension Horticul-
ture Specialist suggests there
are seven main objectives to
have in mind when deciding
to prune like a pro:
Reduce risk of fail-
ure: Training trees to have
a strong structure will keep
a tree from breaking apart
in storms and resisting pests
and diseases. Because qual-
ity trees may last for 50-100
years or more, it will take a
pruning plan that begins at
planting and carries on for as
long as 25 years.
Provide clearance:
Growth can be directed
away from buildings, secu-
rity lights, or power lines by
reducing or removing limbs
on that side of the tree. Regu-
lar pruning will be needed to
maintain this artificial clear-
ance.
Reduce shade and wind
resistance: Florida Yards that
want to encourage lawns,
ground covers or shrubs can
receive more sunlight when
live foliage is removed from
the crown of a tree.
Maintain health: By
cleaning the crown, espe-
cially in medium-aged and
mature trees, dead, diseased,
and rubbing branches in -the
crown will result in improved
tree health.
Influence flower- or
fruit production: The num-
ber and/or size of flowers or
fruit can be influenced by
pruning. Fruit size can be
increased on certain plants
if some of the developing
fruit or flowers are removed.
Flower cluster size can be
increased on other plants by
removing some branches.
And if fruits are messy, they


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IFAS EXTENSION
can be eliminated by remov-
ing flowers.'
Improve a view: Do you
want to improve your view?
Outdoor "windows" can be
opened by removing some
live branches.
Improve aesthetics: the
overall appearance of a plant
may be made more appeal-
ing with selective pruning.
Pruning begins
in the Nursery
High quality plants have cer-
tain structure and size relation-
ships that are created by proper
pruning. Research shows that
strong, long-lasting trees begin
with proper training that starts
in the nursery and continues in
the landscape.
If you want high quality
plants that establish quickly,
require little care and stand up
to Florida's. environments, they
will cost a little more. Such
trees are known as "Florida
Grade #1". In some commu-
nities, developers are required
by local code to only use #1 or
better plants.
Landscape plants that are of
lesser quality will cost less, but
for them to survive and thrive,
they will need expert pruning,
extra watering and nutrition,
and lots more maintenance to
do well. Such plants are graded
as Florida #2.
Pruning Pros
Some of the most serious
pruning problems seem to oc-
cur with trees. Beautiful shade
trees are often attacked with
chainsaws with unsatisfactory
results. The pruner may be
trying to shape a tall spread-
ing oak tree into a small round
puffball, something that Moth-
er Nature never intended. Be-
side looking unsightly, topping
will produce a hazardous tree.
The many suckers that come
from the ends of the cut limbs
are weakly attached and break
in windstorms. The cut ends
rarely heal properly, inviting
rot to enter into the tree limb
or trunk.
Many of these large jobs are
too big for a weekend warrior
to tackle. Some do it yourself-
ers may attempt to thin a tall
tree canopy without the proper
equipment and training. This is
a recipe for disaster. The cost
of a hospital visit or disability
will be then be' added to the
bill from the tree care profes-
sional that will be called in af-
terwards."
Again, quality costs. There
are local tre e service compa-
nies that can do removals or
some basic pruning jobs, but if
you need a certified profession-


al arborist, look for a member
of the International Society of
Arboriculture (ISA). These are
trained tree-pros that can safely
do the large jobs. Unfortunate-
ly, their member list shows that
the closest Certified Arborist
will be from Fort Pierce or Vero
Beach. [http://www.isa-arbor.
com/findArborist/verifyArb-
ByPostal.aspx] (If you are a
local tree care professional that
wants to be a Certified Arbor-
ist, contact me and I'll tell you
how.)
Upcoming events and
pruning workshop
So if you want to learn mote
about the pruning that a hom-
eowner can do in their Florida
Yard, we have a class for you.
Why not call and register to
attend this free Florida Yard
workshop on how to prune.
The class will be held Tuesday
Feb. 19 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at
the Okeechobee County Exten-
sion Office. Topics to be cov-
ered include selecting pruning
tools, why to avoid hat racking,
thinning of clumping plants,
choosing plants that don't
need pruning, and more about
knowing when to get profes-
sional assistance.
The Okeechobee Fair Board
has asked me to remind you
that accept entry forms may
still be submitted for competi-
tive exhibits until the end of
this week. If you have some
giant vegetables, beautiful pot-
ted plants, or have some other
talents in photography or home
crafts, stop by our office and fill
out an entry form today..If you
don't submit a form by Friday
Feb. 22, you can not enter your
exhibits at the Fair in March.
And, if you have a garden-
ing question anywhere in the
country, another new website
is set to debut this week. While
UF/IFAS has had our Extension
website SolutionsForYour-
Life up and running for over
a year [http://solutionsforyour-
life.ufl.edu/], a new national
resource officially "rolls-out!"
on Thursday. The web address
for the Extension Consumer
Horticulture is: http://www.
extension.org/horticulture.
If you can't make the prun-
ing workshop, you may get
some additional help with the
UF/IFAS research-based infor-
mation on our Okeechobee
web page, http://okeechobee.
ifas.ufl.edu. If you want to see
some photos of good and bad
pruning or need additional in-
formation, please email us at
okeechobee@ifas.ufl.edu or
call us at 863-763-6469. Lo-
cal residents can stop by our
office at 458 Hwy 98 North
in Okeechobee, and visit our
Okeechobee County Master
Gardeners from 1 to 3 p.m. on
Tuesday afternoons. GO GA-
TORS!


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Rentals



Apartments 905
Business Places 910
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 -
Rent 960



BEAUTIFUL
SAMANTHA'S GARDEN
APARTMENTS
In Town, 2br/2ba, $850
mo. + $500. sec. dep.
Includes Washer & Dryer
(863)634-5780 or
(863)467-9250


KINGS BAY, 2br/2ba, $750
mo. BASSWOOD, 2 br, 1 ba
$700/mo. (863)763-7301 or
(561)-248-5317
VILLA 2 br, 2 ba,
Remodeled Kitchen, W/D,
Covered screened patio,
(863)634-3414 or 634-3251


BASSWOOD 3 BR, 1 BA,
3632 NW 28th Ave. $875
mo. + $875 sec. dep. Call
Lex (561)715-1768
BASSWOOD ESTATES, OKEE.
3 beautiful New 3br, 2ba. on
large lots. $1050 mo. +
Sec. dep. (754)423-8202
BHR 3/1, on water, Tile, Lg
FR, carport. Partly furn., 26
4th St. $900/mo, + sec.
(561)968-4018


BRAND NEW- Rent or Buy
3br/2ba, 1700 sq ft, garage,
laundry, tiled, $1000/mo.
rent. $5,000 applied to pur-
chase of $149,900 after 1
year. 3429 NW 40th Dr.
Basswood. (561)718-2822
DIXIE RANCH ACRES, 2BR,
1BA, $800 mo. 1st, last &
$500 sec. dep. Call for info.
8am-5pm. (863)357-6700
IN OKEECHOBEE CITY: 4 Br.,
2 Ba, $1100 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. & refs. Call Barry for
more info. 772-216-1461
IN TOWN -2 br, 1 ba, new
carpet, new AC, newly
remodeled. $750/mo
(772)260-9472
-NICE AREA-
3BR/2BA, $1,000 mo.,
1st, last + $500 sec. dep.
(863)634-0432
NORTH OF TOWN 3 br, 2 ba,
newly remodeled. $800/mo
(772)260-9472
OKEE: 3/1 on r/2 ac. Renovat-
ed, laundry, C/A/heat, screen
porch, carport. $1050 + 1st
mo. sec. Call 305-458-8659
Okee, 715 NE 29th Ave.,
2BR/2BA, 1 car garage, Ig.
Fla. rm., Owner/Agent, own-
er financing, lease option,
$950 mo. (863)634-4581 or
(863)634-8726
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage. C/Air. 1st, last &
sec. 863-467-2541 or after
5 pm 863-634-9330
-ON CANAL-
3BR/2BA, $1,000 mo.,
1st, last & $500 sec. dep.
(863)634-0432
TAYLOR CREEK 2/2 CBS Exc.
cond. on canal w/lake ac-
cess $1100 mo. + 1st, last
& $800 sec.(561)714-9827
TREASURE ISLAND, 3/2 Very
clean! On canal. Lg. storage.
$850 mo., $1,000 to move
in. 863-824-0981
The classilfeds are the
most successful sales-
person in town.


OKEECHOBEE Office Space
rental. 18'x12' $600. mo.
Utilities included. For ap-
pointment (863)467-1545



BUCKHEAD RIDGE 3 BR, 2
BA, Fully furnished. On the
canal. Avail. March & April.
No pets. (863)763-2059

Mobile Homes



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Mobile Home Parts 2010
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CHOICE OF 3BR, or 2 BR, 2
ba D/W's No pets, yrly lease,
starting @ $600/mo +
$1000 sec. 863-763-4031
SW- 14'xBO', 3BR/2BA on 6+
acres, feed shed, $800 mo.,
1st, last & sec.
(863)467-6960



BANK REPO'S
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
561-385-4694
BHR MARINA 12x40, FI/Rm
20x12, Lot 31, $28,000,
Land rent $310 mo. on Rim
Canal. (863)824-0044
RIVER BEND 55+ Adult
park, doublewide, newly re-
modeled, 3 br, 2 ba, com-
pletely furnished, carport &
workshop. Owner financing.
$25,000 (863)610-9466
Shop from a gift catalog
that's updated regulaly:
the classifleds.


TAYLOR CREEK ISLES
D/W, 3br, 2ba, Open concept
Kit. & bar area. Sea wall,
&Tool shed. $139,000.
& Adjoining Lot $98,000.
Call (863)763-0557

Recreation



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



FOR RENT
Affordable dock space
Fresh water. Private & safe
inlet off of Caloosahatchi River
(863)675-7080

Need a few more bucks to
purchase something
deer?' Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sel your useditems In
the classifelds.


CATTLEMENS RV PARK Lot
12, trailer & Fla room, on
Rim Canal, (859)339-0283

Automobiles



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



CAMARO '02, T-Top, High
performance. Like new in-
side. Needs body work.
$2200 (863)634-2516


Public Notices



Public Notice 5005
State Public
Legal Notice 5500


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
Case No.: 2008.-DR.92
Division: DOMESTIC RELATIONS
Jason Taylor,
Petitioner
and
Madelene Taylor,
Respondent
NOTICE OF ACTION FOR
DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
TO: Madelene Taylor
6224 NW 24th St.
Okeechobee. FL 34972
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action has
been filed against you and that you are
required to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it on Jason
Taylor, whose address is 402 NW
10th St., *- ., ,.,- l. "OF .- ,
before M, ', j -i'n i] i ...!
original with the clerk of this Court, at
Okeechiobee County Judicial Center.
Court Operations 1st Floor, 312 NW
3rd Street. Okeechobee. Florida 34972
before service on Petitioner or immedi-
ately thereafter. I you fail to do so, a
default may be entered against you for
the relief demanded in the petition.
Copies of all court' documents in this
case, including orders, are available at
the Clerk of the Circuit Court's office.
You may review these documents
upon request.
You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit
Court's office notified of your current
address. (You may file Notice of Cur-
rent Address, Florida Supreme Court
Approved Family Law Form 12.915.)
Future papers in this lawsuit will be
mailed to the address on record at the
clerk's office.
WARNING: Rule 12285, Florida Family
Law Rules of Procedure. requires cer-
tain automatic disclosure of docu-
ments and information. Failure to
6.7, -.. ,i !. i .. I'III 4 1.i ,,,1,1
Dated: 1/31/2008
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
By:/S/Heather Thomas
Deputy Clerk
259556 ON 2/4.11.18.25/08


OMS Boys' Basketball Team are: Jalen Watts, Chase Sutton, Tyler Milrot, Dalton
Murray, Hunter Pritchard, Diego Rodriguez, Kutter Crawford, Eddie Neal, Coach
Schlabach, Kyle Burkhardt, Zachary Aguilar, Bryan Levins, Nick Mitchell, Quandrell,
Ridley, Zane Moreland, and Kodie Roberts.


OMS Warriors



basketball season finale


The Lady Warriors started
strong in their tournament
game against Oslo Middle
School, Tuesday. Essence
Williams scored 2 points im-
mediately followed by 4 each
from Maranda Serrano and
Lois Billie. Oslo would not
go down without a fight, and
halftime found the two teams


within one, Oslo 20, OMS 19.
Oslo came back from the half
with a vengeance, firing sev-
eral 3 point shots. The Lady
Warriors played hard but
were not able to recover. Oslo
went on to win the Treasure
Coast Conference Tourna-
ment on Thursday. Overall,
the Lady Warriors had a fan-


tastic season, setting new
school records unlikely to
be broken soon. Thank you,
girls, for your effort.
The OMS Boys team fin-
ished their season on Mon-
day, Feb. 4. Congratulations
to the boys team for a season
of hard work, hustle, and a
never-give-up attitude.


Brahman baseball loses



at First Pitch Classic


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
It was close but no cigar
for Brahman baseball Thurs-
day night in the first round of
the First Pitch Classic at the
Lawnwood sports complex
in Fort Pierce.
The Brahmans lost to Trea-
sure Coast, 2-1, when Paul
Davis scored on an infield hit
in the bottom of the seventh
inning.
The loss wasted a strong
starting performance by
Dustin Stokes who was domi-
nant in his five innings of
work. He allowed just two
hits and struck out four as he
shut out the Titans until the
sixth.
Stokes helped himself at


the plate as well when he hit
a sacrifice fly to score Drew
Selvey in the fifth for the Brah-
man's .only run.
Otherwise the Brah-
man bats were pretty silent.
Giovanni Cruz mixed in an
assortment of fastballs, and
curves to four hit the Brah-
mans. Stokes had two hits in-
cluding a double, and Selvey
and Clay Coleman had singles
for Okeechobee (0-1).
"We need to hit better,
there pitcher was their num-
ber one, so he was decent,"
Brahman Coach Dylan Ted-
ders said. "It basically was a
pitchers duel tonight."
Treasure Coast rallied
against the Brahman bull-
pen in the sixth and seventh
inning. A long drive off Brice


Buckner was misplayed into
a two base error in the sixth
and Scotty McManis followed
with a run scoring double to
tie the score.
The winning rally inf the
seventh came off left handed
reliever Cameron Tewksbury.
Davis singled and was saci
rificed to second. A ground
out moved him to third with
one out. Disalvo, then hit a
dribbler up the middle. Clay,
Coleman knocked the ball
down but couldn't get off a
throw as Davis hustled home
from third.
The loss placed the Brah-
mans into the loser's bracket
of the 12 team tournament.
They were scheduled to play
Lincoln Park on Friday night
at 7 p.m.


Get a grip with Sticky Fingers


JEEP CHEROKEE '91, 4 door,
Rebuilt engine, New tires &
brakes, etc. Cold A/C,
$3000 (863)634-2516
Reading a newspaper
helps you understand
the world around you.
No wonder newspaper
readers are more suc-
cessful people


The most important

20 minutes of your day

is the time spent reading

with your child from

birh to age nine,


When I visit the PGA Mer-
chandise Show it would be
simple to just report on the
basics, such as new drivers,
irons, putters and balls. How-
ever, I enjoy having an oppor-
tunity to seek out something
that is new and will make a
real difference in your game.
Then sharing my find with
you.
The leader in such gloves,
Cutters, is now making a line
of golf gloves that allow golf-
ers to get a great grip on the
club. As you know, teaching
professionals preach that
a light grip is best for your
swing, but if you feel that
the club will slip out of your
hands, you are likely to hold
the club too tight. Less ten-
sion in your swing can also al-
low for greater swing speed.
Cutters gloves provide a great
grip in any conditions.
Cutters use their C-TACK""
material to give golfers a grip.
I tried the glove and after grip-
ping a club, you couldn't pull
it out of my hands.
The line consists of a Tour


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Fairways and
Highways
by Daniel Shube

model with ultra thin C-TACK
and premium Grade-A Ca-
bretta leather ($29.99 retail);
the Humid model, perfect for
Florida conditions ($29.99
retail) and the Dry model,
which is not recommended
for humid conditions, but is
actually machine washable
($24.99).
If you really want to get a
grip, try the Cutters Grip Tape.
This tacky tape can be placed
over your regular grip or used
instead of a grip (if using both
is too thick for you). The tape
sticks by itself. You can clean
it by wiping it down. Then you
can reverse it. Or even put it
in the washing machine and


Courtesy of Cutters
The Cutters Humid model
is perfect for Florida's
weather.
use it over and over again!
The Cutters Grip Tape
retails for $14.99. All these
products are available direct
at www.cuttersgloves.com.
You will have to search to find
the tape though as it is not in
the golf section. I found it by
doing a product search on the
site.




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