Vol. 99 No. 56
Zach Fowler isn't shy about
his enthusiasm for tennis. He
made this statement following
his third consecutive victory on
Friday, "Tennis is my life."
The number four seed for
the Brahmans' tennis team
cruised to victory over Clewis-
ton's Jeremiah Hager, 6-2, 6-1,
Friday as Okeechobee won the
team match easily.
SES news is
erupting in science
The second grade is learn-
ing about the earth's surface.
Learning about the earth's
surface is exciting but learning
about how volcanoes are made
and how they work is explo-
sive. Students in various classes
have either created or will be
creating volcanoes. Classrooms
are erupting with excitement!
The Entegra tile plant in In-
diantown closed in December
and approximately 50 employ-
ees was transferred to the En-
tegra plant at the Okeechobee
City Commerce Center.
safety class offered
There will be an AARP
driver safety course offered
at the American Legion Post
4, on Tuesday, March 11 and
Wednesday, March 12 at 9 a.m.
and 1 p.m. The address is 501
S.E. Second St. (behind the fire
station) Tuition fee is $10 per
person to cover work books.
There are no test required,
but you must attend both ses-
sions to complete the course
to qualify for the discount on
your Auto Insurance. You must
be 50 or older to qualify for this
discount. You will need to con-
tact your own insurance com-
pany to see if they participate
in this program. Please make a
check or money order payable
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cept cash. For information or to
sign up for class, contact Nell
Bostwick at (863) 763-4134.
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Local elect ons getutng closer
By Pete Gawda
While all the attention seems
to be focused on the presidential
elections, the local election scene
should be heating up as time
While it is still early in the lo-
cal process, nine people have
announced to the supervisor of
elections their intention to run for
local county offices. No ohe has
yet announced their intention to
run for the two city council posi-
tions up for grabs the nonparti-
san at large seats held by Mayor
James Kirk and Lydia Jean Wil-
liams. However, city clerk Lane
Gamiotea said that city candi-
dates do not normally qualify
until April or May. Although he
has not started the qualification
process yet, Mr. Watford said hie
intends to run for re-election.
Mayor Kirk is undecided about
running again for his city council
seat but he has been seriously
thinking about it.
On the Okeechobee City Coun-
cil, the office of mayor is not an
elected office. The councilmen
themselves elect one of their fel-
low councilmen to be mayor.
Democrats Toni Doyle and
Philip Baughman have an-
nounced their intention too run
for the District 1 County Com-
mission seat currently held by
Democrat Ray Domer. Mr. Domer
is undecided at this time if he will
run for re-election.
The incumbent in District 3,
long time Commissioner Clif
Betts, said he will run of re-elec-
tion even though he has not yet
started the qualification process.
Mr. Betts is a Democrat. To date
one has announced their inten-
IRCC hosts: College Bowl Sunday
,ec e:hr, ob e N, v.,- ,Tony a Harden
"We have a large crowd today," said Sam Smith Okeechobee's IRCC Provost. The
College Goal Sunday held yesterday was received with anticipation and eager atten-
Need money for college?
By Tonya Harden
Attention all Okeechobee
High School graduating seniors
and prospective Indian River
Community College applicants:
There is help. A new program
was been implemented within
the IRCC financial aid office
recently. It is designed to help
future students navigate their
way through the financial aid
process. IRCC staff have been
eager to share the key tools
make applying for this crucial
College Goal Sunday was
created to show those apply-
ing for college a step by step
way of obtaining as much fi-
nancial assistance as possible.
A representative from IRCC's
Main Campus financial aid of-
fice describes how easy it can
be to pay for further education.
Whether you are a graduating
senior or a community mem-
ber looking to get back into
the college atmosphere, help is
College Goal Sundays are
set up using a power point
application, which allows the
instructors to go through the
tion to run against him.
In District 5, incumbent Com-
missioner Elvie Posy, a Democrat,
has announced his intention to
run for re-election but he has no
opposition to date.
Kelly Owens will be running
for re-election to her District 2
nonpartisan at large seat on the
school board. She has no an-
nounced opposition at this time.
No one has announced their
intention to run for the District 4
school board seat currently held
by India Riedle. Mrs. Riedle has
not qualified to run for re-election
at this time.
All the incumbents in county
constitutional offices have an-
nounced their intention to seek
re-election: 'Clerk of the Court
Circuit Court, Sharon Robertson,
Property Appraiser W.C. Sher-
man, Sheriff Paul May, Supervisorj
of Elections Gwen Chandler, aa
Tax Collector Celeste WatfordeAll
of the incumbents in those offic-
es are Democrats, except for the
sheriff who is a Republican. No
one has yet announced their in-
tention to run against any of these
maltling for hilp
It was a family event, at least for this father and daughter,
at the College Goal Sunday held at IRCC yesterday. The
College Goal Sunday was attended by recent graduating
seniors and older community members looking to return
FAFSA (the federal application
for financial student aid) page
by page. With all that the FAF-
SA involves, the numbers and
required information can be
overwhelming even confusing.
As the instructors go through
each individual question, those
in attendance can learn what
the correct answer for their
specific situation is. They can
also see where common mis-
takes might.have been made it
they hadn't received help.
"Each little mistake won't be
See Bowl Page 2
'Ma and Pa' Pendrey: A
lifetime of love and work
LABELLE -- Jimmie Porter
Pendrey was born in 1909. His
father, John Willis Pendrey was
a dentist who came from Ala-
bama with his wife, Lena Fitch
Pendrey. The family settled in
Miami and Jimmie worked con-
struction, building the Tamiami
Trail and also helping to build
SR 80 to Clewiston the hard way
-- using just mules and a scoop.
He married Mary Louise
Blount in LaBelle on Valentines
Day 1930. They met when she
was working at Dr. C.E. Weav-
er's restaurant. On a dare, she
asked him out -- and that was
the beginning of it all.
A series about Florida's
pioneers and history
Mary Louise was born in
Tanner, a tiny settlement that
used to be on CR 78 in Hendry
County across from the old os-
trich farm. Her father, Nathan
Blount, was a pioneer in the cit-
After Jimmie and Mary Lou-
ise were married, his road con-
struction work ended and he
was assigned to work in Jack-
sonville for 16 months. At the
end of that time, they returned
to LaBelle with baby daugh-
ter, Mattie Lena, where Mary
Louise's step-father, John R.
Burnett, offered them a vacant
home. Mr. Burnett was superin-
tendent of Tyrrell Garden at Fort
The couple accepted the of-
fer and grubbed the land. Even
See Pendrey Page 2
Ma and Pa Pendrey Jimmie and Mary Louise Pendrey.
. . . . .
2 Okeechobee News, Monday, February 25, 2008
Grants to fund summer programs
The Okeechobee Children's
Services Council (CSC) is offer-
ing grants to promote summer
activities for school age children.
The CSC will offer creative
groups an opportunity to provide
dren and youth of Okeechobee.
Any agency or group who has
always had an idea for a great
summer activity, but never had
the means to carry it out, can
apply to the Children's Services
Council for a special project.
This is the second year for the
grant program. Last year more
than 400 children participated
in at least one summer activity
thanks to the programs helped
by CSC grants. Last year's pro-
grams offered a wide variety of
The major goal is to provide
a summer program a maximum
of nine weeks and a minimum
of three weeks for children and
youth ages 4-18. The project
must detail who is going to be
served, where the program will
be located and the activities the
program will provide.
Programs must be for
Okeechobee County children
and cannot discriminate due to
race or religion. If any agency
already receives a Children's
Services Council grant, the sum-
mer project must be written to
enhance or expand the existing
program. Additional grant fund-
ing cannot be given to the cur-
Project applications will be
available for dissemination on
Monday, March 3. For more in-
formation, call Cathleen Blair or
Cheryl Sutton at the CSC office
at (863) 462-5000 ext. 255. The
completed applications must be
returned to the Children's Servic-
es Council office at 700 S.W. Sec-
ond Ave., room 304 by 3 p.m.,
Monday, May 5. Decisions will
be made for funding at the CSC
meeting on Thursday, May 8.
Continued From Page 1
counted against you, but it could
delay your application process,"
said a representative from the
IRCC financial aid office.
A new initiative to the college
experience has become known
as a relief to some who other-
wise might not have been able
to pay for further education.
"I didn't think I'd be able to
afford college. When I was told
about financial aid and. I got the
packet I thought there's no way
I'll ever fill this out right. But the
help of College Goal Sunday
and the instructors really made
this easier on me," said a local
mother of three who also holds
a full time job.
At each scheduled College
Goal Sunday there is not only
information about how to cor-
rectly apply for financial aid but
also information on available
scholarships, a $500 scholar-
ship drawing and study abroad
information. The seminars are
an hour and a half and the goal
is that at the end you will have
correctly completed your FAFSA
and be well on your way to pay-
ing for the next level of educa-
For more information about
College Goal Sunday or to learn
the date of the next scheduled
event please call 1-866-866-
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 will continue 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!)
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two-year-old Mattie Lena remem-
bers doing her part.
During the Depression, Jim-
mie and his step-father-in-law
both worked construction with
the Work Progress Administration
(WPA). During the '30s, Jimmie
worked as a mechanic for Blitz
Wegman's LaBelle Ford.
When The War came World
War II Jimmie and Mary Louise
already had five children. Like
thousands of women across the
country, Mary Louise cried when
the letter from the War Depart-
ment came, thinking her husband
had been called up to active duty.
Instead, he was classified 4F be-
cause of the children. He contrib-
uted to the war effort in a way that
was just as valuable, however,
becoming a mechanic at Riddle
Field in Clewiston, where British
pilots were trained. He had no
background in aviation, but was
given a crew to work under him
and got the job done, taking a
shuttle to the base every day with
After the war he opened his
own mechanic shop in LaBelle,
on Bridge Street between the old
theater and the old firehouse.
In 1974 the couple started
farming on CR 78, raising chick-
ens and some cattle. While Jim-
mie was mechanicking at the
shop, Mary Louise would tend
to the children and the chickens.
When the children were all in
school, she rode the school bus
over to the mechanic shop where
she helped her husband. At the
end of the school day, she rode
the bus back to their home with
the children and continued to
take care of the chickens. At one
time they had over 5,000 laying
hens and did the entire process
themselves raising the chicks,
washing, candling and sorting the
eggs. She sold eggs and friers to
the B&B Grocery and the Trading
Post in town. The children recall
that their mother worked as hard
- if not harder than their father.
Of course, the children were
expected, to work also, but they
always had a good time doing it
and feel it taught them valuable
lessons in life.
The Pendrey children have
great memories of their parents,
grandparents and of growing up
in a less complicated world where
hardships were taken in stride, as
part of life learning experiences
intended to make you stronger.
They remember their dad tell-
ing 'them how he rode a bicycle
from LaBelle all the way to Miami
to pick up a used car. He had no
other way to go and it was just
something that had to be done.
Even. working from early
morning into the night, Jimmie
still made time for civic duties
such as serving as chief of the vol-
unteer fire department. Son J.W
recalls how he and his father put
out a fire at the Everett Hotel in
1952, when J.W. was just 16. The
fire was out, he was sure, but the
great old hotel ignited again later
in the night possibly under sus-
picious circumstances The glow
could be seen for miles. Before
long the hotel that had seen the
likes of Henry Ford and Thomas
Edison was gone.
The children also grew up on
stories of pioneer.life. Their grand-
father recalled fighting tick fever
by killing deer. Burnett also
explained how he floated royal
palms down the river out of the
Glades to Fort Myers and planted
them along the roadway an
achievement usually ascribed to
Thomas Edison. Mr. Burnett was
the superintendent of Tyrrell Gar-
dens with a number of horticul-
tural achievements to his credit,
including breeding the Burnett
Croton at Tyrrell Gardens.
On the weekends Jimmie
would take his old Model A he ret-
rofitted as a truck to Miami to buy
dairy calves for resale in LaBelle.
He'd take one of the children
along, who would sit in the back
with the calves and a five gallon
bucket. It was the children's job
to keep the animals from stepping
on each other and getting hurt.
Their childhood included liv-
ing with the yearly floods that
plagued the area before the drier
was dredged and the Caloosa-
hatchee. overflowed. Everyone
who lived on the north side of the
river kept a vehicle on the south
side for emergency transporta-
tion. They recall how Ed Rennolds
would ferry folks across the river
during those times and how their
mother wouldn't go across with
any of the children only one
went at a time, in case the boat
capsized. This way any possible
losses would be minimized.
They happily ate lima beans
and rice, goulash a special con-
coction of hamburger, macaroni,
canned tomatoes, onions, may-
onnaise and cheese on bread.
Although now they realize now
the bread was probably to stretch
the meal for so many mouths,
they still say it's the only way to
They have fond memories of
Grandma's Christmas cookies
made with candy orange slices.
Christmases always meant a
brown paper bag filled with an
orange, apple, nuts and hard can-
dy if available under the tree for
each of the children.
The recall simple pleasures
- like Saturday nights in town to
shop or go to a movie, skating
or to a dance; like swimming in
Pollywog Creek and the river and
softball games; running around
the house under the rain dripping
off the roof and making your own
toys, Sunday rides and visiting
They remember how much
their daddy enjoyed listening to
Lynda Small Rider play piano af-
ter church on Sunday, then head-
ing over to the old Courtview Res-
taurant for ice cream.
Like all the other hard-working
pioneer folks in the area, the Pen-
dreys never wasted anything that
could be put to use. The children
recall some strict rules. Wasting
was unheard of and the children
were taught to respect people
and themselves. The family made
do with what they had and shared
What they could when someone
else was in need. Life was good.
Jimmie died in 1996 at the age
of 87. Mary Louise died in 2003
when she was 92 years old.
The children of Jimmie and
Mary Louise Mattie Lena Wat-
kins, Helen Darlene Salmon; J.W
Pendrey; Marva Willa (Boogie)
Keer and Donald Ray Pendrey are
grateful for the upbringing their
parents provided. As adults, they
realize the hardships their par-
ents went through to give them a
good start in life the struggle to
survive that many of those times
shared. Of course, their memo-
ries are full of the good times
- the hard times aren't forgotten
but overshadowed by all the good
things they grew up with.
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Okeechobee News. Monday, February 25, 2008
Tewksbury leads Brahmans to victory
By Charles M. Murphy
Cameron Tewksbury did nice
things with his arm and his bat as
the Brahmans won their second
straight district game Friday over
Glades Central, 10-0.
Tewksbury threw three shut-
out innings on the mound and hit
a triple and single at the plate as
Okeechobee (2-3) won their sec-
ond straight at home. The most
memorable part of his night was
a simple strike while at the plate '-
in the fifth. He hit a ball 350 feet
down the line in right field which ^ S. .
curved foul at the last minute. It's .
a shot he will remember a long
"It's a district win, there all big.
Glades Central isn't always the
best but it's a district win," Cam- Jonathan Crawford leads off d
eron noted. ments later he stole second
"I started out pretty good. I'm Okeechobee.
seeing the ball pretty good. Now reached base on a one out walk.
I'm doing alright," he added. He stole d base ond and scoutred on a
Tewksbury's blast is the first sin le second and scored on a
long ball from a left handed hit- single by Evan King. King scored
long bal from a left handed hit- when Josh Bryner's bunt attempt
ter at Brahman field in probably was thrown into right field for a
ten years. Rick Ankiel of Port St. two base error by 3B Vincent
Lucie, now an outfielder for the Harper. Tewksbury delivered the
St. Louis Cardinals is probably the third run with a triple to the wall
last left handed hitter to crank one in right center.
out at this field. Coach Dylan Ted- Okeechobee made it 5-0 in the
ders says eventually Cameron will third as Drew Selvey reached on a
hit one in Okeechobee. two base error by shortstop Rene
"You're looking at the next Leon. Will Davis followed with an
guy who is going to do it. He has RBI double. He scored on a wild
some real good hands and he has pitch.
confidence in those hands. He The Brahmans made it 6-0 in
can put the ball out of any park the fourth as Tewksbury had a
we play in," he noted. two out single. He stole second
Okeechobee scored three and scored on a clutch single by
times in the second and two Clay Coleman.
more in the third and were never Meanwhile Tewksbury mowed
threatened by the visitors from the Raiders down. He retired nine
Belle Glade. of ten'hitters at one point. Mike
The Raiders were late for the Minondo was even better in the
game anyway and never could fourth, fifth, and sixth. He struck
muster much at the plate against out seven .of the ten batters he
Tewksbury and the Brahman's 'faced.
bull pen. Minondo said the performance
Rene Leon led off the game really improved his confidence. "I
with a walk and got as far as third just came out and tried to do the
base when Javier Almazon was best I could. I was nervous at first
hit by a pitch and he stole third. but when I started throwing, I felt
With runners on second and alright."
third and nobody out it appeared "I just threw fast balls on the
Glades Central might have a big outside. I practice it every day. I'm
inning. It wasn't to be however, working on a cutter and it's get-
Tewksbury settled down and ting better," he added.
struck out Caesar Hernandez Minondo made some of the
and Vincent Harper with nasty Raider batters look silly as he
breaking stuff. With the runners kept the ball away, and occasion-
frozen in scoring position, he got ally busted one in on the batters
the third out on a weak ground wrists.
ball to shortstop. Robert Fergu- "I feel a lot better. Last Satur-
son hustled but couldn't beat the _day..was. hard .(loss to Jensen), I
throw from Drew Selvey. didJn'i do as -well. I'm feeling bet-
"I came out anid I trie6l tIo r n't," he added.
throw too hard. I was leaving it Brahman Coach Dylan Ted-
up. I settled in and got it down," ders preached to his guys before
Tewksbury noted hand that every district game is
After an unproductive first, the vital. He noted the team seemed
Brahmans came alive in the sec- to rise to the occasion.
ond thanks to some shaky Raid- "That's an improved Glades
er defense. Jonathan Crawford Central team. They have some
Okeechobee News/ Charles Murphy
during Friday's night game. Mo-
and scored a key early run for
Fowler cruises to victory
By Charles M. Murphy
Zach Fowler isn't shy about his
enthusiasm for tennis. He made
this statement following his third
consecutive victory on Friday,
"Tennis is my life."
The number four seed for the
Brahmans' tennis team cruised
to victory over Clewiston's Jer-
emiah Hager, 6-2, 6-1, Friday
as Okeechobee won the team
"The wind was a problem. I'm
used to playing in the wind. Still
it takes some getting used to," he
It wasn't a real competitive
match as Fowler repeatedly put
the ball in play and made his op-
ponent make errors. He held his
first service game at love and
went from there. It was (4-0) be-
fore he broke a sweat.
"I tried to play better. I try to
concentrate, and think just me
and the ball and keep other things
out of my mind," he added.
He noted the rain out on
Thursday against Jensen Beach
made him want to play more on
Zach Fowler plays smart ten-
nis every time he takes the
Friday. That might have helped
him get the match over with in
just 45 minutes.
"I love tennis. School work and
tennis are important to me. I try to
make it fun but tennis and school
are my top things," he noted.
Hager managed to take two
out of three games to cut the lead
to (5-2) in the first set but that was
as close as he would get. Fowler
broke his serve at triple set point
to win the first set.
Fowler said his opponent
didn't have much of a serve and
he didn't have much, of a back-
"I try to hit the ball hard and
keep my opponent off balance.
With this wind I had to ease off
just a little bit," he noted.
Hager could only manage vic-
tory in the fourth game of the sec-
ond set and lost the second set,
On the girls side it was an easy
victory for Okeechobee as their
top five singles players all won in
Alyssa Wright improved to
(3-0) with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over
Amelia Gutierrez. Jamie Fadley
of Okeechobee easily defeated
Jaynieka McCally, 6-0, 6-1. Rina
Boswell defeated Delianys More-
ra, 6-0, 6-0, and Kari Berger de-
feated Taylor Beatty, 6-0, 6-1.
"We are playing well. We're
just a little better than they were,"
Coach Jay Huffman remarked.
The tennis teams are- back in
action Monday at Sebastian River.
Cabansay dominant in win
Cameron Tewksbury has
stormed onto the scene with
his recent play. Friday he
pitched and batted the Brah-
mans past Belle Glade.
athletes playing baseball now. We
knew we'd have to come out and
jump on him. We got five runs in
the first three innings," he noted.
Tedders, also praised the Raid-
ers pitcher Caeser Hernandez,
noting he's a guy who throws
strikes and could play at a lot of
high schools in the area. He also
noted these two district wins were
very big ones for his team.
Okeechobee added two runs
in the three runs in the fifth, with
the key hits being an infield hit
by Brice Buckner, and a single by
The final run scored in the bot-
tom of the sixth as Drew Selvey
reached on a walk, moved up
on an error and scored on a wild
Top athletes compete on all levels
By Charles Murphy
Andrea Duenas signed with
the Indian River Community Col-
lege volleyball program last week.
Several former Brahmans have
played volleyball for IRCC in recent
Justin Gopher won the bull
riding competition at the 60th an-
nual Homestead Championship
Rodeo in January. He scored an 83
aboard Spotted Demon from the
Five Star Rodeo. Matt Clemons
of Okeechobee finished second in
the bull riding.
Mychael Davidson and
Codie Storey are two former
Brahman baseball players that
have come out recently to cheer
their old school on.' Storey said he
recently had a bad flu and lost 20
pounds. He is a member of the
Lake Sumter Community College
The Lady Brahman softball
team fell behind 3-1, and was at
risk of losing their second straight
district game Tuesday. However,
the girls came back with three
runs in their final at bat thanks to
big doubles by Lauren Throop
and Mary Huff.
Little league baseball officials
are selling raffle tickets for $20.00
as a fundraiser for the league.
There will only be 100 tickets sold
with the grand prize being $500.
For more information you can
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Three little league officially starts
their games on March 4ayes,. They
held a scrimmage on Saturday at
TyIer Hayes finished sixth in
the state in the 152 pound weight
classification at the state wrestling.
tournament in Lakeland last week.
Three Brahman wrestlers qualified
for state this year. Hayes, Donny
Bush at 145 pounds, and Michael
Brishke at 112 pounds all quali-
fied for state.
Three major league baseball
players, Los Angeles Dodgers re-
liever Scott Proctor, New York
Yankee outfielder Johnny Da-
mon and Yankee pitcher Kyle
Farnsworth took part in a benefit
clay shooting event at Quail Creek
Plantation in early February. Proc-
tor, who lives in Martin County,
helps to raise funds for children
in need on the Treasure Coast.
Damon has been praised for his
work in helping injured service-
men and their families.
Former Brahman tennis player
Kim Ellis competed in the Mara-
thon of the Palm Beaches and fin-
ished in fourth place in the female
division. She was first in her age
group for those over 25 years old.
She finished 181" overall. She was
also the first Floridian to finish the
She ran the marathon in three
hours, 13 minutes, and has also
qualified to run in the Boston Mar-
Ellis, who comes from a very
talented tennis family which in-
cludes her father Dave, her mother
Glenetta, and her two brothers, at-
tended Grace College in Indiana
and competed for them in tennis
and cross country. She recently
enrolled at Florida State to get a
masters degree in dietetics. Ellis
hopes to qualify for the Olympics
Ladies Invitational Scramble winners
O.L.G.A Feb. 7, Ladies Invitational Scramble First place winners are: Ida Curtis, Fran
Dierig O.L.G.A., Diane Savage and Bonnie Aldridge KOA.
By Charles M. Murphy
Senior Elj Cabansay first picked
up a tennis racket when he was
eight years old. He didn't play
competitively until he reached
the ninth grade. Boy has he made
Cabansay easily defeated Trini-
dad Rey of Clewiston, 6-2, 3-0, on
Friday to help propel his team to
victory by sweeping four consec-
utive singles matches.
Rey retired after he twisted his
ankle in the fourth game of the
Cabansay used some powerful
ground strokes to overcome an
early break and defeat Rey easily.
"It was a pretty good match. I
was a little tense at the beginning.
My legs were kind of shaky, but
that's usual for me," he noted.
"When I started to go on in the
match I did certain stuff better,"
Cabansay said the early break
for Rey worked in his favor be-
cause that kind of got his atten-
tion, "A little bit, but I was still
tense. He was good."
As the match went on Caban-
say was able to take advantage of
some weak back hand shots. He
also did a good job keeping his
opponent on the move. It basical-
ly was a match of ground strokes
Elj Cabansay was terrific in
his victory Friday.
from the baseline and Cabansay
often got the better of them.
"He kind of had a weaker
backhand and I took advantage."
Rey came ready to play and
immediately had double break
point in the first game. He broke
to take the (1-0) lead but it was a
very short lived advantage.
Cabansay came back to take
the next two games. Avolley at the
net gave him a 30-15 lead and he
able to battle through three deuce
points before breaking serve;
He took advantage of some
unforced errors to win the third
game and went from there.
Rey showed off a pretty good
first serve early in the match and
that made some of the points'
difficult. However, as the match
went on his first serve percentage
A double fault by Elj cost him
the fourth game, but from there
he took command. He went up
3-2 thanks to a-winner from the
baseline and an unforced error. A
long point in the sixth game went
Cabansay's way as a return went
wide on the 12 strike of the shot.
Cabansay continued to play
well with his ground strokes and
finished off the set with a nice vol-
ley at the net.
The second set was all Ca-
bansay. He held serve at love
and gave up just one point in the
second game. His overpowering
forehand led to an easy win in the
Rey injured his ankle trying
to return a fore hand early in the
fourth game and retired.
He noted he had injured his
ankle in an earlier match. He was
able to walk off the court with the
assistance of his coach.
Okeechobee also got easy sin-
gles victories from their number
one and number two players,.Co-
rey White and Bobby Spelts. They
both won in straight sets.
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Animal facility pact OKd
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TURN SIGNALS: The reasons they do not use turn signals in
Okeechobee County is because they think they will break them!
MONEY FOUND: There are some wonderful and trusting people
in Okeechobee. I for one would never think not to return anything that
I found, but that is just me. My husband found some money coming
out of Publix on Wednesday. How in the world do you return money?
He stood around for a while to see if anyone looked like they had lost
something, then he thought about going to the service desk and giving
it to them but had second thoughts about that. I feel bad for the person
who lost it, it's not a large amount but to someone it might be all they
had. We would love to return it, but to whom?
LIGHTS: I would just like to call in reference to the street lights put
up on N.W 36"t Street. That is the best thing that I have seen in two
years of living on 36t1 Street. Thank you, Okeechobee.
CAR SHOW: This is in response to Mrs. Burkes article about the
car show in Friday's paper. First of all it's Bob Teany not Brent Teany.
Second of all, yes, the guy that does organize the Bob Teany Scholar-
ship fund car show did cancel, but it was only due too, he was told
that he had the same spot. He started putting his stuff up Thursday. On
Friday, people were taking his stuff down and taking some of his room
up. When he asked what was going on they said, we are taking some
of your room. He said "I know how many cars I have coming and you
don't leave me enough room to have the car show." He already had
these commitments and then he could see it wasn't going to do any
good. So he cancelled the car show because they took his room after
FIRE QUESTION: I have a question. In the Fire Department, what
is a Kelly Day? What actually does it do? I don't understand how that
works. Could somebody explain that? Because that seems like some-
thing that nobody else receives and I was just wondering why.
FAIR: We are looking forward to the Okeechobee County Fair this
year. But I am wondering why they don't build a barn to keep the cows
and pigs in. If they had a barn for the cows, then they could use the
arena for other events. It seems a shame to tie up the whole big arena
and all that seating with cow pens for nearly a week. The cows and
pigs only need to be in the arena when they are being judged during
the show. They put so many cow pens in the arena that there isn't
much room left to actually show the animals during the judging events
and the sale.
DUI: This letter is to comment on the recent DUI arrest of Margot
"Peggy" Cioffi, Program Director for The C.O.R.E. Program. Four times
the legal limit! Wow! Talk about people living in glass houses throw-
ing the first stone! It's real easy to sit up on your high horse and look
down on the less fortunate working class when you can hide under a
"cloak of money, power and influence," even though you aren't so dif-
ferent from them after all. I'm sure she will have no problem coming
up with the money to keep her driving privilege, but it's not so easy
for the "little people". Some of these people have to let REAL BILLS
go, such as food, rent, and electricity to complete all the requirements
to get their license reinstated in order to support their families. As for
C.O.R.E.'s, Program Manager ,who is supporting Ms. Cioffi on these on
the news reports, would you be as supportive of a secretary if they had
been the one to leave the scene of an accident while driving drunk?
Editor's note: Margot A. 'Peggy' Cioffl was arrested Feb. 18 in
Martin County on a charge of driving under the influence. Ac-
cording to a C.O.R.E. spokesperson in Fort Pierce, Cioffi reg-
T istered an intoxilyzer reading of .33. The legal limit in Florida
is .08. The C.O.R.E. board of directors has suspended Cioffi
without pay pending the outcome of her case. She has been
replaced by Suzanne Caudell. Cioffl had been the C.O.R.E.
executive director for the 19t Judicial Circuit since 1989. Ac-
cording to Ms. Caudell, this was Cioffl's first arrest. C.O.R.E.
handles DUI probation as well as misdemeanor probation fo
the 19th Judicial Circuit, except in Martin County where they
only handle DUI probation, said Ms. Caudell. Cioffl worked
out of the C.O.R.E. office in Stuart.
A benefit for Daniel A. Rick-
ards will be held Friday, March
14, in the cafeteria of the Grace
Christian School at 701 S. Parrott
Ave. Mr. Rickards, 20, was in-
jured in a Jan. 27 car crash and
is now paralyzed from the chest
down. The benefit is being held
to help defray medical costs
incurred by the family. Tickets
for the meal are $10 each and
can be purchased at Domer's
Inc., 204 S.E. 10t1 Ave.; the
Okeechobee Chamber of Com-
merce, 55 S. Parrott Ave; Grace
Christian, 701 S. Parrott Ave.; or,
Laura Sims Accounting, 203 S.E.
Second Ave. Take-out lunches
will be available for pick up
from Grace Christian starting at
11 a.m. Deliveries will be avail-
able for five or more lunches be-
tween the hours of 11 a.m. and
2 p.m. Dinner will be offered un-
til 8 p.m., and can be either take-
out or dine-in. A live auction will
be held from 6 until 8 p.m. in
the Grace Christian cafeteria,
and will be open to the public.
There will also be drawings and
prize giveaways throughout the
afternoon. For information, con-
tact Justin at (863) 634-0217 or
Audra at (863) 634-2710.
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Monday, Feb. 25
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meet-
Foster Parent Orientation will be hosted by the Hibiscus
Children's Center on the last Monday of every month from 6 until 7
p.m. The orientation is for those interested in fostering or adopting
in Okeechobee County. This meeting requires no RSVP and is a
question/answer forum. It will be at the IRCC Okeechobee Cam-
pus, 2229 N.W Ninth Ave. For information, call the Foster CarePro-
gram at 1-(800) 403-9311.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion
at the Just for Today club, 101 Fifth Ave. For information call (863)
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. at the
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone
who enjoys singing is invited. For information or to schedule an
appearance for your organization or group, contact Marge Skinner
at (863) 532-0449.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road,
Okeechobee on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Turn left at the
Moose lodge and go around the curve just past the church. Bring a
lunch and join us for a fun day of applique. Everyone is welcome.
For more information please contact Karen Graves at (863) 763-
AA meetings Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road,
holds open meetings for Alcoholics Anonymous on Monday nights
from 7 to 8 p.m. for substance abuse. They also have Al-Anon meet-
ings on Monday nights from 7 until 8 p.m. to help family and friends
of alcoholics. For information call Chris at (863) 467-5714.
Tuesday, Feb. 26
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon
at Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are
open to the public. For information, contact Chad Rucks at (863)
New AA Meeting in Basinger: There is now an AA meeting in
Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Breth-
ren Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200
N.W Third St., at 8 p.m.
AA.A Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at
10 a.m. at the-Hospice Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in
Okeechobee. Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Enid
Boutrin at (863) 467-2321.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St.
Anyone interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome
to attend. There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index),
Social Security Death Index and military information available. For
information, call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at
the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For infor-
mation, 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 in-
formation, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30
p.m. in the fellowship hall, 1735 S.W 24th Ave. This is a men's only
meeting. For information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many
Bible truths to life. Everyone is invited.
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 infor-
mation, 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 meet-
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St., will
be hosting God's Time -- a morning of free organized Chris-
tian activities that includes play, instruction and interaction 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 pro-
vided for infants during the class. For information, call (863)
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 Terr., holds meetings
for persons with alcohol and drug related problems at 6 p.m. For
information call (863) 357-3053.
Monday, Feb. 25
Okeechobee Orchid Club to meet
The Okeechobee Orchid Club meets on Monday, Feb. 25, at 7
p.m. at the Cooperative Extension Office. Grower Harry Hoffner will
speak on, "Getting Ready for Spring." He also will answer questions
and help diagnose problem orchids. Members and the public are en-
couraged to bring ideas for programs. For more information please
call the extension office at (863) 763-6469.
Auditions for Childrens Theatre
Auditions for the First United Methodist Children's Theatres pro-
duction of Allen Pote's, "0, Jonah," will take place Sunday, Feb. 25,
at 4:15 p.m. Children who can read through high school are invited
to try out for all parts. The free performance will be held on Sunday,
May 18, at 6 p.m. in the Sanctuary. For information, contact Lonnie
Kirsch or Nancy Vaughan at (863) 763-4021.
Tuesday, Feb. 26
Collaborate Council to meet
The Community Collaborative Council, a part of the Shared Ser-
vices Network of Okeechobee, will meet Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 10 a.m.
in the board room of the School Board office. Guest speakers will be
Stephanie Locke Martha's House, Sandy Akre FDLRS and Frank
Avilla Heart Gallery. Immediately following the CCC meeting (ap-
proximately 11 a.m.) we will hold a "debriefing" for the Health and
Safety Expo. If you had a part in the Expo as a volunteer, vendor,
donor or attendee, please stay for this meeting. They would like to
gather as much information as possible to assist in planning an even
bigger and better Expo next year. For information call (863) 462-
Wednesday, Feb. 27
Church plans Donut Sale
The Church of God of Prophecy is holding a donut sale. The
Krispy Kreme donuts are being sold through Feb. 27, to raise
money to send their youth to church camp. The church camp,
which is held in Brookesville, is held every year and is a great
opportunity for the youth to explore their faith and become clos-
er with God.
The sale, will end Feb. 28 and all orders need to be placed
Feb. 27. To place an order or learn more about the church camp
call Deborah Bevis at (863) 763-4654 or Collen Thomas at (863)
The Culinary Institute at IRCC
Come enjoy an exciting dining experience at an annual student
gala dinner featuring four-course dinner and entertainment. 5:30-7
p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the Richardson Center, Mueller Cam-
pus in Vero Beach $35 per person. Seating is limited. Call (772) 462-
Thursday, Feb. 28
Free homebuyers course
Riverside Bank, Cumberland Realty Group, LLC, and Elite Title
Company will sponsor a free Homebuyers course on Thursday, Feb.
28, from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. at Riverside Bank, 1506 S. Parrott Ave.
You will learn about home financing options and grants, how realtors
work, mortgage and closing paperwork and tips on managing your
new home. For information or to RSVP please call Melissa Arnold at
News in Brief
Advocacy group seeking members
The Florida Local Advocacy Council in this area has openings for
membership. The members of the volunteer council protect and ad-
vocate for a better quality of life for Floridians with unique needs.
Volunteers are appointed by the governor for a four-year term. Local
meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month in Fort Pierce.
Call Penina Popper at (800) 342-0825 for information; or, visit www.
Parent education classes offered
The Okeechobee County Healthy Start Coalition will be offering
parenting education classes for infants to age 3. All pregnant women
and parents are encouraged to attend. Each participant will receive a
gift. This adults-only parenting class consists of six, one-hour classes.
You must attend all six classes to get a certificate of completion. We
now have day and evening classes available. No child care will be
available. Call (863) 462-5877 for registration.
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At the Movies
The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, Feb. 22,
through Thursday, Feb. 28, are as
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
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
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SES news is erupting in science
The second grade is learning
about the earth's surface. Learn-
ing about the
is exciting but
are made and
how they work
is explosive. Students in various
classes have either created or
will be creating volcanoes. Class-
rooms are erupting with excite-
The third grade at South would
like to thank all of the parents
who came out and helped make
our FCAT family event a success.
A big thanks to Vicki Goggans,
who acted as our contestant on
"Are You, Smarter Than A third
Grader?' The kids and their par-
ents had a great time playing the
FCAT practice game and enjoyed
South's talented fourth grad-
ers recently completed the Flor-
ida Writes FCAT on February 12
and 13. These young authors dili-
gently prepared for the exam by
responding to writing prompts
every day. Teachers and students
alike, enjoyed both writing and
reading over the stories.
With the writing portion com-
pleted, South's fourth grade has
turned their main focus to the
Reading and Math sections of
Preston Wiggins, Nettira Ridley, Tabitha Smith, Garrett
Egan, Gustavo Garcia, Victoria Woodruff.
Students achieve excellence at SES
Student of the Week at South Elementary School, for the Week of Feb. 15, are: Reign Reyes,
Lucas Clay, Dylan Wooley, Megan Jones, Zachary Pattison, Cambell Platt, Josie Carter, Rad-
ley Facente, Sarah Heaton, Cynthia Cortez, Jacob McKee, JP Manalo, Cecilia Sanchez, Chan-
dler Pearce, Mateo Hernandez, Alyssa Damron, Riylie Norton, Austin Spano, Tahj Harper,
Raymond Collins, Madysun Causier, Noemi Chavez, Matt Evans, Veronica Garcia, Bobby
Neese, Marisabel Gomez, Cornelius Horton. Keep up the good work!
FCAT. Students are honing up
their math skills with daily prac-
tice drills. They share solution
strategies with each other for a
better understanding of how to
work through tough tasks. This
way, everyone becomes a better
During Reading classes every
morning, students have the op-
portunity to work ohf compre-
hension and fluency skills. They
practice FCAT and test taking
skills to build life-long reading
It was a perfect day for dig-
ging! South's fourth grade took a
field trip to the Fort Drum Crystal
Mine. It was a bit chilly but this
didn't stop the eager boys and
girls from having a fabulous day
hunting for crystals, shells, rocks
and fossils. Among the excit-
ing finds, were two shark teeth,
several large whole crystals, a
complete 6 inch shell, and sev-
eral fossils? Many parents joined
in the fun by attending the trip
as well. Geology is popular here
with our families!
TaDarrell Smith, Luke Joles, Tiffany McGee (not pictured)
On Thursday, Feb. 21
Okeechobee Freshman Cam-
pus principal, Andy Brewer,
drew names to determine the
most recent Elite 11 students
for the 2007-08 school year.
The students were entered into
the drawing if they received
five positive signatures in the
last three weeks. The winning
students from the class of 2011
received a book and candy.
Gary Wagoner shows off his
YMS Students of the Week
Students of the Week at Yearling Middle School for the week
of Feb. 14, are: German Lopes, Brandon Ball, Alma Garcia,
Marco Raya, Cody Bunting, Karlie Bowers, Hunter Hair, Mrs.
Markham, Mr. Tedders, Mr. Greseth. Keep up the good work.
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Students of the Week at Yearling Middle School for the week
of Feb. 21 are: Adilene Hernandz, Maria Ruiz, Ana Huerta,
Johneen Fetrow, Mr. Greseth, Scott Brewer, Dalton Hodges,
Isaias Mungaray, Mr. Tedders. Congratulations!
Okeechobee spring gardening short course
By Dan Culbert
Extension Horticulture Agenit
A few weeks ago I announced
that a class of Florida Master Gar-
deners was about to begin here
in town. Many people expressed
interest in the training, but for
various reasons, the response
was not enough to hold a class
this spring. A number of folks
that work in the schools were
very interested, so I plan to grow
our next crop of Master garden-
ers this summer when school is
However, the show will still go
on. Here's why: your Extension
office now has the ability to of-
fer videoconferences. Local resi-
dents can take advantage of these
experts and learn about Florida
Friendly landscaping from the
best-known experts in the Sun-
You are invited to watch, listen
in, and participate in any of these
classes here in our office. Interac-
tive broadcasts will be presented
on seven Wednesdays, from Feb.
27 to April 23. These are the same
quality programs that are used in
Master Gardener Training.
They are especially for you if
you are new to South Florida and
want to learn how gardening is
different here, or, if you are a gar-
dener who wants to move up a
notch in knowledge. And if you
have been thinking about becom-
ing a Master Gardener, but are
unable to make a commitment
right now, you can sample some
of the information and get a head
start on our next MG class!
All classes begin at 9:30 a.m.
except for the first week. The af-
ter-lunch sessions end no later
than 2 p.m. Lunch is on your
own, brown bags are OK! Here is
a list of the days and topics to be
Feb. 27 (10 a.m.) Plant Pests,
both insects and weeds. After
lunch, Landscape Pitfalls.
March 5: Plant Pests, both
nematodes and plant diseases.
After lunch Additional Plant Pa-
thology and Mistaken Identities-
a program about pests and non-
pest problems in the landscapes
March 12: Pesticides, Soils
and Fertilizers with Nutrients and
after lunch Integrated Pest Man-
agement (IPM). IPM is a method
of watching for pests, treating
them early, and with the least
harmful method-saving the
strong methods for when they
are really needed.
On March 19: Our own Dan
Culbert will teach Botany live
from Okeechobee. After lunch,
the basic principles of Florida
Yards & Neighborhoods and
Trees in the Landscape'are to be
March 26: is an open week
- local topics may be announced.
April 2: Florida Vegetable
Gardening with presentations on
Dooryard Fruit, both Temperate
and Tropical in the afternoon.
April 9 is another open week
- local topics to be announced.
April 16 is about Wildlife:
Creating a Backyard Wildlife
Habitat and also Nuisance Wild-
life and What to do about it.
April 23 (9:30 until 2) Florida
Lawns and their care will be the
last program in the series.
All classes are taught by Uni-
versity of Florida' Extension fac-
ulty and accompanied by use-
ful printed information. At each
class an Okeechobee County
Extension staff member will also
You can attend as many or as
few as you wish, but you MUST
pre-register at least one week
before the scheduled conference
by calling (863) 763-6469 or by
mailing the Extension office at
There is no cost to attend one
or two classes. Those persons
wishing to receive a Short Course
Completion Certificate need to
provide a $25 class fee to cover
course materials and should plan
to attend 4 of the 7 classes. Spe-
cial needs of registered attendees
can be reasonably accommo-
dated if they contact our office at
least 5 working days prior to the
program. We can be reached by
phone at (863) 763-6469, by fax
at (863) 763-6745, or by email at
I've placed more information
on our Okeechobee web page,
you need additional information
on this gardening Short Course,
please email or call us. Local resi-
dents can stop by our office at 458
Hwy 98 North in Okeechobee,
and visit our Okeechobee Coun-
ty Master Gardeners from 1 to 3
p.m. on Tuesday afternoons. Go
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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
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Air Conditioners 505
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Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Books & Magazines 535
Business Equipment 545
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
: Clothing 565
Drapes, Linens S Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Health & Reducing
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Medical Items 650
Musical Instruments 660
Plumbing Supplies 680
r Pools &' Supplies 685
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
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EPSON RIBBON CARTRIDGES
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(1)7768 $12.00, (1)8766
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please. If interested e-mail to
TOSHIBA COPIER TONER (6)
for BD2060/2860/2870, 300
grams. $35.00 ea, No phone
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mall to okeeadmin@news-
CIGARETTE URNS Terra
Cotta color, $40 each. No
phone calls. If interested
email to okeeadmin@news-
BLUE HEELER male, neu-
tered, current shots, $300 or
best offer. (863)801-3291
JACK RUSSEL parents on
premises, shots, papers,
short legs, $300
YORKIE P00 PUPPIES (3) -
small, purebred, no papers,
2 males $300 ea., 1 female
- $400. (863)467-8108
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Storage Space -
In Town, 2br/2ba, $850
mo. + $500. sec. dep.
Includes Washer & Dryer
NW OKEECHOBEE: 2BR, 2BA,
on quiet St. Kids & pets ok.
$750-$850/mo. 1st, last &
$500 sec. 561-346-1642.
REMODELED 2/1, 2 story
screened porch, very clean,
no pets. $750/mo, 1st, last
& Dep. (863)634-3313
VILLA- 2 br, 2 ba,
Remodeled Kitchen, W/D,
Covered screened patio,
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last 6 mos. (863)677-1938
BRAND NEW 4/2 $1095,
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rent. $5,000 applied to pur-
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$500 sec. dep. Call for info.
FORT DRUM 2br, 2ba home,
on 5 beautiful country acres,
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fenced yard, (305)944-2721
IN OKEECHOBEE CITY: 4 Br,
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sec. & refs. Call Barry for
more info. 772-216-1461
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
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Utilities included. For ap-
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Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
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Out of State -
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Real Estate Wanted 1065
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080
FOR SALE 8.37 Acres
Ind/Strge/Warehs, Hwy 78W,
1000+ homes BHR
PRIVATE PARTY Wishes to
purchase Trailer park or RV
park. 8 units & up in size.
Call (954)946-6494 Iv. msg.
Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes- Sale 2020
ANCIENT OAKS 55+, 1 or 2
people, $800/mo, complete-
ly furn, inclds cable, elec,
BASSINGER: 3br, 2ba. Double
Wide on 1 Ac. $975/mo. +
1st & Sec. 863-697-1494
BUCKHEAD RIDGE 3BR,
1BA, Furnished, Avail. 4/1st.
$650 mo. + sec., 1st & last
mo. rent. (906)231-1204
3br, 2ba, 1 car garage.
Lake access on canal.
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1br, 1ba, Sunroom, Covered
patio, Carport, Boat ramp,
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& Cable TV included.
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
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Kit. & bar area. Sea wall,
& Tool shed. $139,000.
& Adjoining Lot $98,000.
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Sport Vehlcles/ATVs 3035
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Grab a bargain from your
attic, basement or clos-
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MOTORHOME '99 loaded,
12K miles, $25,000
-04, 22FT, exc cond., $7500
or best offer (863)467-2887
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Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
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Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
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Public Notice 5005
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Legal Notice 5500
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
Case No.: 2008-DR-92
Division: DOMESTIC RELATIONS
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., Okeechobee, FL 34972 on or
before March 4, 2008, and file the
original with the clerk of this Court at
Okeechobee County Judicial Center,
Court Operations 1st Floor, 312 NW
3rd Street, Okeechobee, Ronda 34972
before service on Petitioner or immedi-
ately thereafter, If 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
You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit
Court's office notified of your current
address. (You may file Notice of Cur-
rent Address,. Flonrida Supreme Court
Approved Family Law Form 12.915.)
Future papers in this lawsuit will be
mailed to the address on record at the
WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family
Law Rules of Procedure, requires cer-
tain automatic disclosure of docu-
ments and information. Failure to
comply can result in sanctions, includ-
ing dismissal or striking of.pleadings.
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
By: /S/ Heather Thomas
259556 ON 2/4,11,18,25/08
YOU A MORE INFORMED
(Do wonder newspaper
readers are more popular
Entegra tile downsizing
By Charles M. Murphy
The Entegra tile plant in In-
diantown closed in December
and approximately 50 employ-
ees was transferred to the En-
tegra plant at the Okeechobee
City Commerce Center.
The drop in demand for
construction materials due to
the drop in the housing mar-
ket was cited as the biggest
reason for the closure.
The five acre plant is now
for sale. It measures 30,000
square feet. Indiantown real-
tors claim the property is val-
ued at close to $3 million.
The company also trans-
ferred their production
operation in Pompano to
Okeechobee last year. Their
was also moved from Stuart
to Okeechobee in the past few,
lIWenty-five of the lndian4
town employees accepted
severance packages from the
The Company opened
up a state of the art plant ij
Okeechobee and was the first
anchor tenant of the Comin
merce Center when it opened
a few years ago.
As a thank you to its customers, Wolfgang Jewelers gave away three watches.
Customers that purchased $100 or more before Feb. 14, were eligible to enter ,
drawing. Thewatcheswere presented (leftto right) to Neli Maldonado, Brian Duenas*
and Julia E. Baggett. Yolanda and Wolfgang Cortez presented the watches.
Florida loves small business
WASHINGTON, D.C. -
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10. Small businesses make
up 99.0 percent of all Florida
9. Small businesses cre-
ate more than 50 percent of
America's private non-farm
gross domestic product
8. Small patenting firms
produce 13 times more pat-
ents per employee than large
palLtetirn firms do.
7. The 1,942,200 small
businesses in Florida are lo-
cated in every community
6. Small businesses em-
ploy 45.6 percent of Florida's
non-farm private sector work-
5. Home-based businesses
account for 52 percent of all
4. Small businesses are 97
percent of America's export-
ers and produce 28.6 percent
of all export value. A
3. Florida saw an estimat-
ed 79,870 new small employ-
ers start up in the last year
2. There are approximately
421,500 minority-owned busi-
nesses and 437,400 xv':orinen-
owned businesses in Florida,
and almost all of them are
1. The latest figures show
that small businesses create
60 to 80 percent of America's
net new jobs.
The Office of Advocacy, the
"small business watchdog"
of the government, examines,
the role and status of small
business in the economy and
independently represents thd
views of small business to
federal agencies, Congress;
and the President. It is the
source for small business
statistics presented in user-
friendly formats and it funds
research into small business
For more information, visit
the Office of Advocacy web-
site at www.sba.gov/advo.
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Sunday and NMonday: 7am 3pm
Tuesday Saturday: Tam 8pm
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Payment as low as $795 per month.
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909 S. Parrot Ave. Ste. B Okeechobee
(863) 763-7500 (863) 763-6754 (fax)
Mon Fri: 8:30am 5:00pm Sat: 9am Noon
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