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County jail officer suspended
Thomas is an important link
joining parents and teachers
at Pemayetv Emahakv charter
school in Brighton.
Her previous experience
in the Seminole Tribe's library
system introduced her to work-
ing with children. Her previous
position as director of housing
inabled her to travel to all six
reservations in Florida where
she became familiar with
neighborhoods and families.
Fadley drops match
to Martin County
Alex Sangille used a tough
arsenal of hard forehands, a
high first serve percentage,
and excellent passing shots,
to defeat a game Jamie Fadley,
6-3, 6-0, in a girls tennis match
Tuesday at the Okeechobee
Martin County went on,
to defeat Okeechobee (7-
0) to make an early season
statement in their district.
safety class offered
There will be an AARP
driver safety course offered
-4- 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
to AARP DSP. They cannot ac-
cept cash. For information or to
sign up for class, contact Nell
Bostwick at (863) 763-4134.
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By Eric Kopp
A corrections officer at the
Okeechobee County Jail. has
been suspended without pay
, following his arrest Tuesday af-
Timothy Brian Scibek, 40, S.R.
78 W., was arrested on a misde-
meanor charge of discharging
a firearm, in ,
public. He was
booked into their
p.m. on a bond
of $250 and
on bond at 4:25 Timothy
An arrest Scibek
report by Dep-
uty Corporal Paul Ferrell of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO) indicates that
Scibek was arrested after it was
learned he had been shooting
his .40 caliber-Glock handgun in
the mobile home park in which
The report also states that Sci-
bek had apparently been drink-
ing, although his blood alcohol
level was not tested.
OCSO Lieutenant Billy
Markham said Wednesday af-
ternoon that Scibek has been
suspended without pay pending
the outcome of an internal inves-
First ever: March for Babies Saturday
Submined pnolo'March of Dimes
At last year's event 479 walkers participated in the March of Dimes fundraiser. The 2008
March for Babies is looking forward to breaking that number of walkers and reaching
their goal of $60,000 with this year's walk on Saturday, March 1, in Flagler Park #4.
Okeechobee walk kicks
off first national event
By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee and the March
of Dimes are making history
on Saturday, March 1. In Janu-
ary 2008, the March of Dimes
changed the name of WalkA-
.merica, the country's oldest
and largest walking event, to
March for Babies.
The walk taking place in Fla-
gler Park this Saturday will be
the first official March for Ba-
bies event in the nation.
Due to this first ever status,
the March of Dimes National
will be sending their film crews
to the event to use in promo-
tion of future March for Babies
events. Even if you don't walk,
come out to support your com-
munity in this worthy cause.
March for Babies Premier
Sponsors for 2008 are Teresa
Chandler, Kathleen Shatto and
The Okeechobee Ambassa-
dor for 2008 is Lynsey Stickrath
and her mother Kelli Stickrath,
and Barbara Boling from the
Seminole Tribe of Florida.
Coordinators are expect-
ing 450 to 500 walkers to par-
ticipate in-this year's event. Last
year's event totaled 479 walkers
and raised a total of $54,000.
The goal for this year is to
Because of those who par-
ticipate in March of Dimes fund-
raisers like March for Babies,
the March of Dimes is able to
carry on its mission to improve
the health of babies by prevent-
ing birth defects, premature
birth, and infant mortality. The
March of Dimes carries out this
mission through programs of
research, community services,
education and advocacy to
save babies' lives. With com-
munity support, the March of
Dimes can continue to fund
research and programs to help
The Schedule and other in-
formation for March for Babies
2008 is as follows:
*Thursday, Feb. 28: Bank
Day at Seacoast National Bank;
team captains and individual
walkers should turn in their col-
lection envelopes from 4 p.m.
to 6 p.m. at the main branch of
Seacoast National Bank, 1409
South Parrott Ave. On bank day,
the team captains will be given
any incentives, such as t-shirts
and tote bags, which have been
earned by team members;
*Saturday, March 1: March
for Babies event in Flagler Park
with registration beginning at
7:30 a.m. and the walk begin-
ning at 8:30 a.m. A light break-
fast will be served.
*From 7:30 a.m. until 8:30
a.m. .last minute teams will be
able to late register and late
money turn in;
*Team pictures will be
taken from 7:30 a.m. until 8:15
a.m. by Sandra Pearce Photog-
*Warm-up exercises will
See March Page 2
Records show that Scibek
has been working as a correc-
tions officer at the Okeechobee
County Jail since March of 2007,
and has not yet finished his pro-
Cpl. Ferrell's report states that
after arriving at the mobile home
park on S.R. 78 W he spoke
with a woman who said she had
heard several gunshots near her
mobile home. When she went
out to see what was going on
she saw Scibek crawling on the
ground, and as soon as she de-
termined it was Scibek who was
shooting the gun she went back
inside her home, continued the
She reportedly told Cpl. Fer-
rell it appeared as if the man had
The OCSO corporal then went
to Scibek's home. When the
man opened the door, Cpl. Fer-
rell stated in his report "I could
smell a strong odor of alcohol
coming from his person." He
See Arrest Page 2
By Eric Kopp
"Okeechobee's been good
to me," said Carlos Wells
from behind his desk in the
State Attorney's Office in the
Okeechobee Judicial Center.
But none the less, he is'leav-
The assistant state attor-
ney in the Okeechobee office
has taken a new job as a fed-
eral prosecutor and will now
be working full time in Fort
Mr. Wells, 37, will be on
"loan" to the federal govern-
ment for an undetermined
amount .j1 lirt, but will-re-
main a state employee. While
the prosecutor will be working
for the federal government he
will still be on the state payroll.
And because of that, the federal
government will reimburse the
state for Mr. Wells' salary, ben-
efits and retirement.
to the fed-lls
ment, and at
any time he
can yank me
back, said Carlos
Mr. Wells. Wells
he will be leaving Okeechobee
Thursday, Feb. 28, Mr. Wells
will officially start his new posi-
tion on March 3.
- MW .-AVells graduated ,law
school at Villanova University
in 1997. He then left Pennsyl-
vania and came to Florida that
See Federal Page 2
CDD plan woud
pay for services
By Pete Gawda,
Something brand new for
Okeechobee County will be
considered at a workshop
meeting of the Okeechobee
County Board of County Com-
missioners. The workshop will
be held at 2 p.m. Thursday Feb
28 in connection with the regu-
lar commissioners meetings.
establishment of a community
development district (CDD). A
CDD is an 'independent district
established by Florida Statute
"to manage and finance basic
community development ser-
vices." The annual assessment
for operation of a community
development district is placed
on the tax roles and, is paid at
the same time property taxes
The Grove, a nine square
mile planned development in
the northeastern part of the
county, is a CDD. However, be-
cause of the size of The Grove,
state law required that ap-
proval of that CDD come from
,the state. This will be the first
consideration of a CDD by. the
See Districts Page 2
Positive Behavior Support gets
results in Okeechobee schools
By Chauna Aguilar
Positive behavior' is re-
warded in Okeechobee County
At their Tuesday meeting,
Okeechobee Rotarians heard
from School Board Member
Kelly Owens and district behav-
ior specialist Lori Jaquith about
the Positive Behavior Support
system that is currently in place
at the majority of the local pub-
Mrs. Owens is on the lead-
ership committee of the Posi-
tive Behavior Support initiative
which is being implemented
throughout the state by the
University of South Florida.
Positive Behavior Support
is a collaborative, assessment-
based approach to developing,
effective school-wide interven-
tions for problem behavior.
This system is currently in
place in all but two of the coun-
ty schools: Central Elementary
and Everglades Elementary
which are both being added to
the Positive Behavior Support
system in the 2008-09 school
Each of these schools al-
ready has a positive behavior
system in place but they have
not yet received the official
Positive Behavior Support train-
ing that is, according to Mrs.
Three popular myths about
Positive Behavior Support are:
positive in Positive Behavior
Support means we give out re-
wards; we will no longer pun-
ish children for inappropriate
behavior; and, that Positive Be-
havior Support uses bribes to
get children to behave.
These are are just myths,
according to Mrs. Jaquith and
Mrs. Owens who have first
hand seen the positive results
of this program.
Positive Behavior Support
emphasizes the use of proac-
See Behavior Page 2
UKeecnooee iNews/inauna Aguinar
Okeechobee County Superintendent of Schools and Rotarian
Dr. Patricia Cooper (left) invited district behavior specialist Lori
Jaquith (center) and school board member Kelly Owens to the
weekly Rotary meeting where they spoke about the Positive
Behavior Support system that is currently used in our local
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also saw three boxes of ammuni-
tion on a table. One of the boxes
was partially opened and several
rounds were missing.
He also reportedly found an
open bottle of beer that was still
cold, as well as a Glock handgun
tucked between the cushions of
the couch. The slide on the weap-
on was to the rear of the gun and
the barrel ahd front portion of
the slide were warm, stated Cpl.
Cpl. Ferrell went on to state
that Scibek was apparently "prac-
ticing" by shooting at a grapefruit
tree. The corporal also made note
that 60 to 80 feet to the right of the
tree is an occupied home, and 100
to 200 feet to the left of the tree is
another occupied residence.
Lt. Markham said the weapon
found by Cpl. Ferrell was not is-
sued to Scibek by the sheriff's of-
fice. It was his personal handgun,
said the lieutenant.
The lieutenant explained that
although state statutes allow a
corrections officer to carry a gun,
only a few OCSO corrections of-
ficers are issued weapons. Only
corrections officers who transport
prisoners or are assigned to court-
room security are issued firearms
-by the sheriff's office.
OCSO Major Noel Stephen
said only 10 corrections officers
are issued firearms.
Continued From Page 1
He started his law career in the
public defender's office in Vero
Beach in 1997 in the misdemean-
or division, and was then moved
to that office's felony division
where he worked for another two
Mr. Wells was then promoted
and became the supervising at-
torney in the public defender's
office in Okeechobee, where he
stayed until April of 2004 when he
joined the state attorney's office
Although he liked both jobs,
he said he enjoys working as
prosecutor the most.
Continued From Page 1
begin at 8:15 a.m. prior to the
March for Babies which begins at
*The awards ceremony will
be held at 10 a.m. with brunch
and other refreshments, and a
bounce-house for the kids.
Awards to be given out include
the following: top fundraising in-
dividual, favorite team t-shirts, fa-
vorite spirit stations, first to finish,
second to finish, outstanding new
team, chairman's award (which
goes to all teams raising over
$1,000), and top five fundraising
The walk is approximately
four miles this year, so even nov-
ice walkers will be able to partici-
pate. As usual, it begins and ends
in Flagler Park.
"It's more rewarding," he said.
"I have a better grasp of the situ-
ation, even though being a pros-
ecutor is tougher."
He then recalled something
told him by another assistant state
attorney, Bernard Romero.
"Bernie said it's easier to tear
down a case than to build a case,"
Mr. Wells said even the sim-
plest of cases takes a lot of work
to put together and strengthen to
the point that the state can get a
"But, it's rewarding," he add-
Another reason for taking the
new job is that now Mr. Wells will
only be five to 10 minutes from
his home in Fort Pierce.
Although the federal grant that
created the opening for Mr. Wells
There will be six "Spirit Sta-
tions" along the way, at which
walkers can get refreshments,
such as water, juice, fruit and
Spirit Station sponsors are
Bank of America, Lakeview Build-
ers/Cumberland Realty, Larson
Dairy, Publix Supermarkets, Sea-
coast National Bank, and Wem-
mer Family Orthodontics.
Registered teams for March
for Babies 2008 include: Bank of
America, Clock Restaurant, Gilbert
Chevrolet, Healthy Start Coalition,
Lake View Builders/Cumberland
Realty, Larson Dairy, Law Office
of Cassels & McCall, National City
Bank, Okeechobee County Plan-
ning and Development, Publix
Supermarkets, Regions Bank,
Riverside National Bank, Seacoast
National Bank, Seminole Tribe of
Florida, Wemmer Family Ortho-
dontics, Everglades Elementary,
will run through 2009, he isn't
sure just how long he will serve
the Southern District of Florida.
But it doesn't matter since his job
as a state prosecutor will be wait-
ing for him.
At this juncture, Mr. Wells
doesn't know what type of cases
he will be handling for the federal
government or just where he'll be
working. He expects that most of
his work will be in Fort Pierce, but
he could go anywhere in South
"I don't know what type of
cases I'll be handling," he said. "I
wasn't given any limitations as to
For now, Mr. Wells is trying to
resolve as many of his cases as he
can. Any current cases left unre-
solved will be given to another
lawyer in the local state attorney's
North Elementary, South Elemen-
tary, Seminole Elementary, Osceo-
la Middle School, Yearling Middle
School, Okeechobee Freshman
Campus Key Club, Okeechobee
High School Beta Club,
Okeechobee Schools Food Ser-
vices Department, Okeechobee
Schools Transportation Depart-
ment, and Seminole Pemayetv
Emahakv Charter School.
Sponsors of the event include:
Seminole Tribe of Florida, Walpo-
le Inc., Acardi/Milrot Dodge, Bank
of America, Clif Betts, Jr., Cassels
& McCall, Lakeview Builders, Law
Office of Glenn J. Sneider, Lar-
son Dairy, Pritchards GMAC Real
Estate, Riverside National Bank,
Seacoast National Bank, Walmart'
SuperCenter, Wemmer Family Or-
thodontics, and Womens Health
Come out on Saturday to walk,
to cheer on a favorite team, to
According to Ashley Albright,
the attorney in charge of the lo-
cal state attorney's office, Donald
Richardson will be coming back
to Okeechobee to take the place
of Mr. Wells.
Mr. Albright went on to say
that with state budget cuts, his
office will have just four prosecu-
tors handling a staggering case
load. As an example, he said for
the month of February his office
is working 95 felony cases.
Once the grant has run its
course,what happens next is "any-
body's call," said Mr. Wells. He
could return to the Okeechobee
office or be sent elsewhere.
But if he is returned to the local
office, that will be fine with him.
"Okeechobee has done well
by me," he said.
congratulate award winners, or
to just join in the fun. What better
gift is there to give than that of a
healthy, full-term birth?
YOU can make it happen by
participating in March for Ba-
bies 2008. Individuals, as well as
teams, can still sign up and par-
ticipate. Each participant is asked
to raise a minimum of $25.
For more information about
joining March for Babies 2008,
call Cindy at 772-562-0115, or
any of the following members of
the March for Babies 2008 Shelly
Batton, Tammy Blair, Jennifer
Cannon, Karen Cassels, Cindi
Fairtrace, Sophia Graves, Laura
McCall, Patricia McWhorter, Su-
san Pilgrim, and Sally Wibbles.
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tive, educative and reinforce-
ment-based strategies to achieve
meaningful and durable behavior
and lifestyle changes for all stu-
According to a three tier sys-
tem, 80 to 90 percent of students
typically function and act ap-
propriately on their own. These
students are considered to be in
tier one and do not need any ex-
tensive intervention to behave ap-
Students in tier two encompass
approximately 5 to 10 percent of
students who require targeted
intervention according to the
Positive Behavior Support system.
These students are not labeled as
"bad kids" but focused on to help
them learn appropriate behaviors
through positive re-enforcement.
The initiative that is taught
through this program is a 4 to 1
implementation which means
that a teacher should incorporate
a system where they can provide
four positive re-enforcements to
Most people assume that ev-
ery student knows how to be-
have and that is simply not true.
By using this 4 to 1 system, the
student gets the attention that
they are craving by acting out in
class through a positive manner
instead of constantly re-enforcing
For example, if a student does
not like math or is not good at
math he may act out during
math so that they are kicked out
of the classroom. The student is
then sent to the office where he
continues to act out until he gets
one-on-one re-enforcement by
the Principal or Assistant Princi-
pal who gives him their undivided
attention because of negative be-
This is an example of an es-
cape mode. Everyone likes to
be recognized for something
that they have done right. If the
teacher recognizes this student
and encourages him to do at least
a portion of a problem right it will
encourage him to continue trying
to do more things right in order to
get the positive attention.
Mrs. Jaquith, who has taught
at elementary, middle school and
the high school level has been us-
ing positive behavior re-enforce-
ment for over 14 years. Even a
simple sticker system can be used
with students of all ages which
gives positive rewards; allows
the students to learn to save; and
creates an environment where
everyone else in the class wants
that positive reward as well.
This ultimately creates an ef-
fective school-wide environment
which allows for academic suc-
Tier three encompasses I
to 5 percent of students which
need intensive intervention in the
Positive Behavior Support system.
While these interventions are
more intense than the average
student, simply implementing the
system with the other 95 percent
of students will help this 5 per-
cent behave in a more appropri-
The Okeechobee High School
has only had this system in place
since last school year and it has
already reduced the number of
referrals by 50 percent, according
to Mrs. Jaquith.
In order to.help with this ini-
tiative, which is proving to create
some very positive results busi-
nesses or individuals can donate
rewards or funds to pay for posi-
tive re-enforcement to the local
For more information about
donating contact the individual
schools. For more information
about the Positive Behavior Sup-
port system visit http://flpbs.
fmhi.usf.edu or contact the
Okeechobee County School
Board at (863) 462-5000.
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service can answer most of the tax issues faced by all middle to
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Fair seeks Creative Skill and Craft entries
The Okeechobee County Fair Association is seeking adult and
youth contest participants for the upcoming, fair March 7-16, the
contests consists of quilting, sewing, painting, drawing, photogra-
phy, horticulture and woodworking. There will also be food com-
petitions such as home baking and canned goods, as well as a veg-
etable competition featuring garden vegetable, fruit and vegetable
and largest vegetable categories. You may download the entry
forms and rules at the Okeechobee County Fair Web site, www.
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State awards grants for renewable energy technologies
TALLAHASSEE Florida Com-
missioner of Agriculture Charles
H. Bronson and Florida Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection
(DEP) Secretary Michael W. Sole
announced the recipients of Flor-
ida's renewable energy technolo-
gies grants. Part of DEP's Renew-
able Energy Technologies Grant
Program, $12.5 million in grant
funding was awarded to eight
organizations to stimulate capital
Investment in the state and pro-
mote and enhance the statewide
utilization of renewable energy
technologies, including ethanol,
bioenergy, solar and wind.
"We believe that awards such
as these are critical in triggering
the development of a renewable
energy industry in Florida," Com-
missioner Bronson said. "With
the backing of and an investment
from the state, we're hopeful that
these projects will yield positive
results and serve as a catalyst for
major commercial investment in
DEP received 139 grant pro-
posals seeking more than $200
million in grant funding and
providing almost $700 million in
cost share for renewable energy
projects. The proposals, which
include technologies such as bio-
mass, solar and hydrogen, were
evaluated by the state based on a
number of different criteria: cost
share percentage; economic de-
velopment; technical feasibility;
innovative technology; produc-
tion potential; energy efficiency;
fostering awareness;. project
management; duration and time-
line; located served; public in-
tegration; and incorporation of
"Through targeted incentives
like the Renewable Energy Tech-
- nologies Grant Program, Florida
is stimulating economic devel-
opment in the renewable and
alternative energy fields," said
DEP Secretary Michael W Sole.
"By investing in cutting-edge
technologies, Florida is explor-
ing strategies to ensure a stronger
economy as well as help prevent
pollution and reduce greenhouse
The Renewable Energy Tech-
nologies Grant Program recipi-
ents for 2007/2008 are:
Central Florida Regional
Transit Authority (LYNX), "Go
Renewable Energy Efficient
Fleets" ($2,500,000) Located
in Central Florida, this partnership
will implement a large-scale al-
ternative fuel research and dem-
onstration project that provides
biodiesel blending at a central
fueling location. By 2010, Orange
County, LYNX and Orlando Utili-
ties Commission will have transi-
tioned their entire diesel fleet to
biodiesel blended fuel.
Exceed Corporation, "Dol-
lars & Sense: Renewable En-
ergy for Florida Builders &
Developers" ($990,000) This
project, located in Pinellas Coun-
ty, will develop a profitable model
for replication that will provide
solutions to up-front cost barriers
for renewable energy investments
for Florida developers.
Florida Power and Light,
"St. Lucie Wind" ($2,500,000)
- This project will construct the
first wind energy facility in Flori-
da. As proposed, nine wind tur-
bine generation units would be
placed in St. Lucie County and are
expected to have the potential ca-
pacity of 20 megawatts of electri-
' Florida Solar Energy
Research and Education
Foundation, "Building Flor-
ida's Solar Infrastructure"
($1,688,216) This statewide
project will accelerate the use of
solar energy in Florida by reduc-
ing market barriers by collaborat-
ing with industry experts as well
as developing marketing materi-
als and an outreach campaign.
Orange County Govern-
ment, "Photovoltaic Demon-
stration and Research Facility
and Climate Change Educa-
tion Center" ($697,433) This
project enables the completion
of a demonstration, research
and education program through
the installation of the largest so-
lar photovoltaic (PV) system in
the South, a one megawatt solar
PV system located at the Orange
County Convention Center.
Progress Energy Florida,
"Small-Scale Wind Power in
Florida" ($123,868) This proj-
'ect will evaluate inland opportu-
nities for wind energy generation
in Florida by using five wind tur-
bines at five different locations
across the state, providing more
than 15,000 kilowatt hours of
wind generation annually.
Renergie, Inc., "Develop-
ment of Florida's Ethanol In-
dustry Using Sweet Sorghum"
($1,500,483) This project,
concentrated in the Florida Pan-
handle, will design and build
Florida's first sweet sorghum
mechanical harvesting system.
In addition, the company will de-
velop and construct a sweet sor-
ghum-to-ethanol facility capable
of producing five million gallons
of ethanol annually.
of Biodiesel Using Multiple
- Located in Manatee County, the
project includes construction and
operation of a biodiesel facility
capable of producing 37.5 million
gallons of biodiesel per year.
In 2007, the Florida Legislature
appropriated $12.5 million for the
Renewable Energy Technologies
Grant Program, providing funding
for projects that generate or uti-
lize renewable energy resources,
including hydrogen, biomass and
solar energy. Since the creation
of the Florida Energy Act in 2006,
a total of $27.5 million has been
appropriated for the Renewable
Energy Technologies Grant Pro-
In addition to the Renewable
Energy Technologies Grant Pro-
gram, the Florida Legislature cre-
ated the "Farm to Fuel" Grants
Program to provide matching
grants for projects that promote
the production and distribution of
renewable energy from Florida-
grown crops, agricultural wastes
and residues, and other biomass.
As part of the program and with
DEP's input, twelve grants total-
ing $25 million were awarded last
month to stimulate investment
in projects that will enhance the
value of agriculture products and
expand agribusiness in the State.
Last summer, Governor Char-
lie Crist signed a set of executive
orders to reduce Florida's green-
house gases emissions, increase
energy efficiency, and remove
market barriers for renewable
energy technologies such as solar
and wind energy. In the months
since the executive orders were
signed, Florida has stepped onto
the world stage as a major mar-
ketplace for advanced energy
technologies. Just last month, the
Governor announced a $200 mil-
lion energy and economic devel-
opment budget recommendation
that builds on the policy frame-
work of the Governor's executive
orders, focusing on increasing en-
ergy efficiency, stimulating devel-
opment of renewable sources of
energy, and using markets to re-
duce greenhouse gas emissions.
For more information about
the Renewable Energy Technolo-
gies Grant Program, visit www.
dep.state.fl.us/energy. For more
information on Florida's climate
change initiatives, visit www.dep.
Checking the grade
On Monday, Feb. 19 the Coquina Water Control District
Board of Supervisors inspected the work being done on
One Mile Grade west of Peavine Trail. It was hoped that by
the Monday meeting one half mile of fill dirt would have
been hauled in. The board had intended to use the cost for
that first half mile to determine the cost per mile for fill dirt.
However, recent rains delayed the project and only a little
over 1,600 feet had been hauled.. The board plans to put
six to eight inches of shellrock on the dirt base. Engineer
Malcolm Johnson shoots the elevation on the road bed
while superintendent Danny Fairfcloth holds the rod.
Okeechobee News, Thursday, February 28, 2008
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FLAG: I just seen on the news where there is going to be a new
automobile tag and it is has the rebel flag on it.
DOG: My intention concerning my service animal was to alert
the public that they may not discriminate against me or my service
animal. When a dog is still growing, it is very difficult to fit him/her
with a harness or vest. At this time, my dog is just barely 2 years old
and is still growing. I live on a very limited income of disability and
cannot afford $50 and up to purchase a new harness or vest every
time the animal grows out of the previous one. I would love to
have the finances to be able to this so that people would look and
not assume. All I was asking is that you have the same respect for
me that I have for you, the public in general. What the article did
not say was that fibromyalgia was not my only disability and that
I also walk with a cane. I don't mind telling people that my dog is
service animal. But please don't ask me to show "proof" because
he isn't wearing a harness or a vest. For me to use a cane and walk
with my service animal should be proof enough. I would not have
him if I did not need him. Nor would I lie about the status of myself
or my service animal. I am in the process of requesting assistance
from some of the services so that Gonzo may have a vest or har-
ness in the future.
SCIENCE: Did you know that every mineral or should I say ele-
ment that makes up the earth also makes up the human body.
COUNTY COMMISSION: We can't attend county commission
meetings because we are at work. Just like the city council meets
when everyone is at work. Do not tell me this cannot change right
now. Doing so would have that placed packed to the parking lot
with people who are fed up with the way they are spending our
hard earned MONEY! Gas tax! Seats! What's next on the agenda? I,
can tell you this, it will be a waste.
SCHOOL: The atmosphere described here currently allowed
at the high school is unacceptable and detrimental to the educa-
tion of your children. It is against the law to strike another person
whether you are in a store or at the high school. If your child re-
ports being struck by another student, reports it to administration
and they ignore the report call the police request they meet you at
the school. Get a battery report on file.
STUDENTS: Why is it, that a majority of people believe that all
kids are rude and crude? There are still good, honest kids around. I
know this to be true. I have four very respectful grandchildren.
ARMED SERVICES: There is a lot of pride in the Marine Corps
family, but it is in all branches of the service. I know many people
who have been in one branch or another and they are proud of
doing their time. We had SeaBees and Navy Corpsmen attached
to our unit and they went right along with us. I saw something
once, and I don't remember who wrote it, but it said "Every man
or woman who joins the Armed Forces, including the Reserves and
National Guard, take an oath to give up to, and including, their life
in defense of their country" I think this about includes everybody,
so let's continue to brag and tell lies about how good our branch
was and how easy everybody else had it, without fighting each
AGRI-CIVIC CENTER: The Okeechobee County Commission
has been out of control for a long time. The situation at the Agri-
Civic Center is just a symptom. They got rid of George Long who
was trying to keep the county government financially stable and
now they are spending all the money in the reserves. Pretty soon
the county will be broke, and with the changes in the homestead
exemption rules, there will be less tax money coming in. It won't
be long before there won't be money to pay the county employees
at this rate. And of course because they meet during the daytime,
the average working man can't be there to complain. Come on,
senior citizens. It's your tax money too. You need to go to those
meetings and speak up for all of the tax payers.
COMMISSIONERS: It's time to get rid of some of these county
commissioners who have been in there too long and vote in some
working men and women who know what is it like to try to raise
a family in this economy. This election will be an important one
folks. We can't afford to keep paying more and more taxes and all
the county commission seems to know how to do is spend.
LAKE OKEECHOBEE: Lake Okeechobee is still dangerously
low. We need to all conserve water. If you see someone violating
the water restrictions, turn them in. Call the law. If they won't co-
operate voluntarily, then call the law.
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Thursday, Feb. 28
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2
p.m. at the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For infor-
mation call Margaret at (863) 467-8020, or Belinda at (863) 357-
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at
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.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until
1 p.m. at Village Square Restaurant, 301 W South Park St. All
Kiwanis and the public are welcome. For information, contact
Frank Irby at (863) 357-1639.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until
6:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St.
Please join us or ask questions. Call Phyllis at (863) 467-8636, or
Hazel at (863) 763-4920, for information.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in
the fellowship hall at 412 N.W Sixth St. For information, call
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407
N.W. Third Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike
Fletcher at (863) 357-6257.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for
women who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence
and abusive relationships. The support groups meetat 6 p.m.
For information, call (863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or
Irene Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
Grief Support Group for parents who have lost a child will
meet at 7 p.m. The group will meet at the Okeechobee Presbyte-
rian Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave. For information, call Stephanie
at (863) 763-2893 days, or (863) 467-2480 evenings. If you know
of someone that might need this group, please pass the word.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a sec-
ond language classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart
Catholic Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of
Okeechobee and the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver
support group every Thursday at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring
for an ill family member is welcome. The group is facilitated by
social workers and provides an opportunity for caregivers to give
one another support, information and ideas. The meetings are
held at Hospice, 411 S.E. Fourth St. For information, call (863)
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
Narcotics Anonymous meets Thursday night for a Basic
Step Meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee,
101 Fifth Ave. For information, call (863) 634-4780.
ABWA Women of Tomorrow Chapter meets from noon
until 1 p.m. at the-Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave.
Anyone interested in attending is welcome. For information, call
Marilyn Rinear at (863) 697-1807.
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meets at Believers Fellowship,
300 S.W. 6t Ave. at 7 p.m. For information call Monika at (863)
Classic car show at Beef O'Brady's, 608 S. Parrott Ave.,
from 6:30 until 8 p.m.
Depending on Christ Depression Support Group meets
at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month out
on Martin County Grade. For information and directions please
contact Laura Lee at (772) 597-0463.
Friday, Feb. 29
Narcotics Anonymous meets each Friday for an open
discussion meeting' at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of
Okeechobee, 101 Fifth Ave. For information, call (863) 634-4780
or (863) 467-5474.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly No. 669 meets at 9 a.m.
at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The
public is invited. All persons interested in a sensible approach
to losing weight and becoming a part of a caring group are wel-
come to come and see what we are all about. For information,
contact Ollie Morgret at (800) 932-8677.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Meth-
odist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meet-
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Sav-
iour, 200 N.W Third St. This will be an open speaker meeting.
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Saturday, March 1
Red Cross class dates slated
Saturday, March 1 FULL CLASS which includes Adult & Infant/
Child CPR and First Aid Basics This class is held from 9 a.m. un-
til 5 p.m.; Thursday, March 13 First Aid Basics; Monday, March
17 Adult CPR/AED; Wednesday, March 26 Infant/Child CPR. All
classes are held at 6pm EXCEPT the Saturday March 1st class which
begins at 9AM. They are also all held at our local office located at
323 N. Parrott Ave. For more information or to register for any of
these classes please stop by our office or contact us by phone at
(863) 763-2488. ,
Amateur Radio Club sponsor testing session
The Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club will sponsor, a testing ses-
sion for all classes of Amateur Radio License (Technician, General
and Extra) on March 1, at the Okeechobee EOC training room, 449
N.W Fifth Ave. in Okeechobee. The cost is $14 per session and $14
for a retake of a test failed at this session. You need to bring a picture
ID and a photo copy of any license you now hold and your FRN
number if you have one. For information contact, Harry Robbins at
(863) 467-7454 or email@example.com.
VPK Pre-K registration will begin
The Okeechobee County School Board will begin registration
for the 2008-09 School Readiness/VPK Pre-kindergarten program
in March. The Pre-K program is located at New Endeavor High
School. To be eligible to participate in the Pre-K program, children
must turn 4 on or before September 1, 2008. For information re-
garding the Pre-K program or to place your name on a contact list,
please call Donna Kersey at (863)-462-5363 or Rhonda Morton at
(863)-462-5000, ext. 235.
Thursday, March 6
Osceola PTO to meet
The Osceola Middle School PTO will meet on Thursday, March
6, at 5:30 p.m., in the school Media Center. All Osceola parents are
highly encouraged to attend, as we will be deciding on how to best
use the profits from our fall fundraiser. We will also be hearing from
a few guest speakers who will be presenting some very important
information about the upcoming FCATs.
Friday, March 7
Dinner and Theatre
The Okeechobee Community Theatre, in cooperation with Beef
0' Brady's and Golden Corral, are offering Dinner and the Theatre.
Just show your ticket for the night you are attending the production
and the restaurant will give you 10 to 15 percent off your dinner
bill. Each ticket can only be used one time. The O.C.T. production
is Plaza Suite, a comedy in three acts. It will be presented March 7,
8, 14 and 15. Tickets are on sale now at the Chamber of Commerce
for only $10.
Sunday, March 8
Kids Day bass tourney deadline set
Taylor Creek Bass Club is pleased to sponsor our sixth annual,
Bill Sprigle Memorial "Kids Day" benefit bass tournament. Tourna-
ment will launch from Scott Driver Ramp at safe light on Saturday,
March 15. Start position will be based on sign up order. The 5-fish
per boat weigh in will be at 3 p.m. The 2-man team entry fee is
$110, including Big Bass can be paid in cash at the ramp, or by
check made out to Taylor Creek Bass Club, Inc. and mailed to Bill
Seitz, 2315 S.E. 31st St., 34974. Mailed forms must be received by
March 8. Tournament permits and tickets for a 50/50 drawing will
be available at boat check the morning of the tournament. Entry
forms are available at several local tackle shops, businesses and
restaurants, or by contacting Bill at (863) 763-2926. Based on 50
boats, the 70 percent payout will be for the top seven places, and
first and second big fish. The retained 30 percent will be used to
help fund the club's 231d annual, Lee McAllister Memorial "Kids Day
Fishing Festival" to be held the last Sunday in October at the Agri-
Tuesday, March 11
AARP driver safety class offered
An AARP driver safety class offered at the American Legion Post
64, 501 S.E. Second St. (behind the fire station) on Tuesday, March
11 and Wednesday, March 12 at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuition fee is $10
per person to cover work books. There are no tests required, but
you must attend both sessions 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 contact your own in-
surance company to see if they participate in this program. Please
make a check or money order payable to AARP DSP. They cannot
accept cash. For information or to sign up for class, contact Nell
Bostwick at (863) 763-4134.
Friday, March 14
Bowl for a cure
Help the concerned citizens of Okeechobee as we Bowl and
Strike our way towards a Cure for Cancer!
A Bowl-A-Thon will be held on Friday, March 14 at Stardust
Lanes, 1465 Hwy 441 S.E. from 7 until 10 p.m. Cost is $15 per per-
son or $60 per team. Lanes sponsorship is available for $100. For
information contact Frank Riddle at (863) 447-1174. All proceeds
will benefit the American Cancer Society.
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Okeechobee News, Thursday, February 28, 2008'
Service Club News
The American Legion Post #64
is located at 501 S.E. S cond St.
The Post phone number is (863)
763-2950. American Legion Post
#64 is open Monday to Saturday
from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Sun-
day from 1 until 9 p.m. Our kitch-
en is open and serving a regular
menu. The hours of operation
are: Monday through Friday from
11 am until 3 p.m.
Wednesday: Tacos and Mar-
garitas served from 11 a.m. to 6
p.m.; Live music by Turk Leonard
from 3 until 6 p.m.I
*Fridays: Karaoke with B & P
Productions (Bobby and Penny)
starting 6 p.m.
Saturday from 5 until 8 p.m.
50s and 60s Sock Hop Oldies
Dance Hosted By Turk Leonard.
Sunday: sports on big screen
TV Quarter-pound hot dogs, pizza
and 50 cent draft beer will be of-
Live Music By Turk Leonard
Sunday from 4 until 9 p.m.
Bingo is held every Saturday
and Sunday night starting at 6:30
p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.
The Sons of the American Le-
gion steak dinner will be held on
the third Sunday of each month
from 3 until 6 p.m. The dinner
will include steak, baked potato,
salad, dessert, coffee and tea.
Friday 'night dinners have
resumed. Dinners will be served
from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m.
It is time to pay your dues for
the Legion and Auxiliary.
Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold
a regular informational meeting
on the first Saturday of the month
at the Buckhead Ridge VFW Post
#9528, 2002 U.S. 78 W, at 10
a.m. Applications for new mem-
bers are available. Call Lou Eder
at (863) 357-0467 or Jerry Lee
Shields at (863) 467-8779 or (863) -
Am-Vets Ladies Auxiliary
meetings are the first Saturday of
the month at 10 am. Contact the
Post at 467-2882 for information.
Eagles Aeries #4137
Eagles Aeries #4137 is located
at 9983 U.S. 441 N. For informa-
tion on events, call (863) 763-
Every Tuesday bingo at 1
p.m. Food will be available for a
Wednesday: bar bingo from
4 p.m. until ? Food will be avail-
Every Thursday: washer toss
at 1 p.m.
First and third Thursday: Aux-
iliary at 6 p.m.; Aeries at 7 p.m.
Friday: steak night (16-oz.)
starting at 5 p.m. for a $12 do-
nation. Music will be by Jimmy
Saturday and Sundays: mu-
sic at 7 p.m.
First and third Sunday: break-
fast cooked to order from 9 until
11 a.m. for $5 donation.
The Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge is located at 107 N.W Fifth
Ave. For information about the
club and events, call Jose Verano
The Masonic Lodge holds
their meetings on the second and
fourth Monday of each month
starting at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 15 from
4 until 7 p.m. there will be an
Annual Hog Roast. Tickets are
$7. Open to the public. Proceeds
benefit the Scholarship fund.
Order of the Eastern
Star Chapter #128
The Order of the Eastern Star
has many fun activities planned
on the first and third Tuesday of
each month. For upcoming ac-
tivities, contact Mary Ann Holt at
B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S.
78 W. in Buckhead Ridge. The
Lodge's phone number is (863)
Sunday: breakfast will be
served from 9 until 11 am. With
many items to choose from.
Sunday: Karaoke with open
mike at 7 p.m.
Wednesday: Bingo and
food, food served at 5 p.m. and
bingo starts at 6 p.m.
Thursday: dinner will be
served from 5 until 7:15 p.m. Call
the Lodge for the menu.
Thursday: karaoke night
starting at 7 p.m.
Thursday: Music for danc-
ing at 7:30 p.m. Call to see who
Friday: dinner served from
5 until 7:30 p.m. Music for danc-
ing at 7:30 p.m. Call to see who
Saturday: dinner starting at
Saturday: karaoke night
starting at 7 p.m.
The Moose Family Center
#1753 is located at 156 N.W 36th
St. in Okeechobee. Please call the
Lodge at (863) 763-4954 for further
information, sudden changes and
menus. Guests are invited to enjoy
the activities and consider mem-
Every Sunday breakfast from
8 to 11 a.m.
Horseshoe practice every Sun-
day at 2 p.m. and Thursday Eve-
Every Monday, Pool tourna-
ments sign up, 7 p.m. Food is
Women's meeting second
and fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Officers meetings first and
third Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Men's meetings, second and
fourth Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Moose Legion meetings third
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Bar Bingo Thursday at 1 p.m.
and Friday night at 7 p.m. Food
Served. (you must be a member to
play bar bingo)
Dinner and music almost ev-
ery Saturday night.
VFW Post #4423
The VFW North Post #4423 is
located at 300 N.W. 34 St. Events
are seasonal, contact the Post at
(863) 763-0818 for information or
write the Post at P.O. Box 1137,
Okeechobee Fl. 34973. The Post
opens at noon Monday through
Monday through Thursday:
happy hour from 4 until 6 p.m.
Monday: .50-cent hot dogs
Washer toss. every Tuesday
starting at 1 p.m. Food will be avail-
able. Everyone is welcome.
Wednesday: dinner from 4
until 6 p.m. for a donation.
Friday: bingo starts at 1 p.m.
for members and guests. Food will
be available. Karaoke will be from
6 until 10 p.m.
Friday: hot food by David Lee
from 5 until 8 p.m.
Saturday: bar bingo at 1 p.m.
for members and guests. Karaoke
will be from 6 until 10 p.m. Food
will be available.
Sunday: dinner will be avail-
able from 2 until 4 p.m., and will be
followed by karaoke from 6 until 10
Every third Sunday there will
be a post meeting and ladies auxil-
iary meeting at 11 a.m.
The post membership drive is
under way, and the post is striving
for 100 percent. For information,
contact the quartermaster at (863)
Big screen TV for all events.
VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post #9528 is located
at 2002 S.R. 78 W in Buckhead
Ridge. For information, call (863)
467-2882. Post opens at noon,
Monday through Sunday.
We are taking applications for
new members for the VFW, Ladies
Auxiliary, Male Auxiliary, AMVETS
and AMVETS ladies auxiliary.
Wednesday: Ladies Auxiliary
dinner and Men's Auxiliary or Am-
Vets. Music will be available.
Every Thursday is bar bingo at
12:45 p.m. Lunch will be available.
Every Friday a steak dinner
with baked potato, salad and rolls
will be served from 5:30 until 7
p.m. for an $11 donation. Dancing
immediately follows the dinner.
Membership meetings are
held on the second Saturday of the
month beginning at 10 a.m. The
House Committee meeting is on
the fourth Saturday.
For information, contact Com-
mander Henry Zaskowski at (863)
All games and special events
are shown on three televisions. The
game room has a regulation-size
VFW Post #10539
The VFW will be open Mon-
day through Saturday at 10 a.m.,
and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Lounge opens at 10 a.m.
Monday through Saturday and at
1 p.m. on Sunday.
Monday: $1.50 tacos till 6
Tuesday: Ladies Auxiliary
Dinner 5:30 p.m. ($6)
Wednesday: bar bingo will
start at 12:45 p.m. Lunch is avail-
able, courtesy of the Ladies Aux-
Thursday: short order food
night from 5 until 8 p.m.
Friday: fish fry, chicken fin-
gers or shrimp from 5 until 8 p.m.
along with live music and danc-
Saturday: dollar dogs, sau-
sage clogs for $1.50 grilled or
steamed at noon. Live music and
dancing will start at 7 p.m.
Sunday: sports on big
The Ladies Auxiliary is look-
ing for any family members of
Okeechobee residents currently
serving overseas. We are forward-
ing packages of needed items to
our .active service personnel. For
more information or if you would
like to donate items please con-
tact us, Cheryl Benoit at (863)
The' Post and Ladies Auxiliary
meetings are held the first Sunday
of every month at noon. Men's
Auxiliary meetings are the second
Wednesday of every month at
Call (863) 763-2308 for the
schedule of events.
The Okeechobee Shrine
Club, S.R. 78 W, members will
meet the first and third Thursday
of each month at 8 p.m. The club
is also available for weddings and
parties. For information call the
club at (863) 763-3378, or Keith at
Sunday: Every second Sun-
day of the month there will be
a Bike Sunday from noon until
7 p.m. There will be food, juke-
box, big:screen T.V and an Oasis
Lounge. For more information,
call the club at (863) 763-3378.
The Cypress Hut Fraternal
Order of Eagles post #4509 lo-
Pilots Flight Planning in preparation for a sortie at Training Exercise in Okeechobee, No-
vember of 2007. Those planning are LTC Joe Tirado, Lt. Joe Ragon and Lt. Ken Meyers.
cated at 4701 U.S. 441 S.E. is
now open to members Monday-
Saturday from 10 a.m. until 10
p.m., Sundays from 1 to 10 p.m.
Information can be found by visit-
ing www.foe4509.com, or calling
Food is served several eve-
nings a week.
Aerie meetings are at 7 p.m.
on the first and third Wednesday
of each month at the old Cypress
Hut flea market restaurant.
FOE Auxiliary meetings are
at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth
Wednesday of every month
Friday night: 16 oz rib eye
steak dinner with the trimmings
beginning at 5:30 p.m.
In the Military
Bryce P. Duffy
Bryce P. Duffy, of Buckhead
Ridge graduated U.S. Coast Guard
Boot Camp in March 2007. Sta-
tioned in Pasqaquala, Miss.
Parents are Brian and Grace
of Buckhead Ridge; grandmoth-
ers, Helen Scotten of West Palm
Beach, Joan Duffy of New York;
great uncle, Frank' P. Westwood
of Okeechobee, USCG Ret.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Announces a Public Meeting
To Review and Receive Public Comment on the Department's Draft
Verified List of Waters with Impaired Water Quality in the
Lake Okeechobee Basin
Thursday, March 6th at 9:30 AM
South Florida Water Management District
Okeechobee Service Center
Fisheating Bay Conference Room
205 North Parrott Avenue Suite 201
Attend the meeting to obtain information on and to identify opportunities for protecting the water
resources in and around the Lake Okeechobee Basin.
For more information on the meeting contact Pat Fricano, at the Department of Environmental Protection,
2600. Blair Stone Road, MS 3565, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400, by email Pat.Fricano@dep.state.fl.us, or
by calling (850) 245-8559
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Here are some tips for teaching children to go green
(ARA) When you were a kid,
did the word "green" conjure im-
agesof Kermit sitting on a log sing-
ing about the difficulties of fitting
in? Or perhaps it brought to mind
Dr. Seuss's timeless classic about
the questionably colored eggs and
Chances are if you ask your
child what he thinks of the "green"
movement, he'll surprise you with
his knowledge of and passion
for the topic. Like any other ma-
jor media message, kids are being
inundated with information on the
need to protect the environment.
"It's important for parents to
help kids sift through all the infor-
mation to find real ways they can
make a difference, even at a very
tender age," says Karen Farmer, a
children's book author and envi-
ronmentalist. "Kids can really feel
empowered by participating in the
green movement, and they'll be
establishing environmentally con-
scious habits that will sustain them
their whole lives."
With the approach of Earth Day
2008 on April 22, many parents are
wondering how they can nurture
the budding environmentalist in
their children. Here are some prac-
Bag it. From Beijing to An-
napolis, Md., communities around
the world are banning the use of
plastic shopping bags, which take
approximately 1,000 years to de-
compose. Each year 500 billion
plastic bags are used around the
world, and the costs of bags given
away "free" by retailers can top $4
Teaching youngsters to choose
reusable cloth bags for shopping
not only makes environmental
sense, it could be preparing them
for a world in which plastic shop-
ping bags are no more.
"Choosing reusable, environ-
mentally friendly bags versus plas-
tic shopping bags, is an easy step
even the youngest shoppers can
take," says Farmer, who authored
"My Bag and Me!" The book, for
children 3 to 9 years old, tells the
story of a little boy who always
takes his own reusable bag to the
grocery store when he shops with
his mother. The sturdy, brightly col-
ored board book illustrated by Gary
Currant also includes a child-sized
reusable bag that reads "I Love
Earth." The bag is made of Tyvek,
the same durable, recyclable mate-
rial often used to insulate the exte-
rior walls of new houses.
The book and the bag encour-
Michele Thomas recognized at charter school
honors school related
employee of the year
By Nena Bolan
Special to the Okeechobee News
BRIGHTON Michele Thomas
is an important link joining par-
ents and teachers at Pemayetv
Emahakv charter school in Brigh-
Her previous experience in the
Seminole Tribe's library system
introduced her to working with
children. Her previous position
as director of housing inabled her
to travel to all six reservations in
Florida where she became famil-
iar with neighborhoods and fami-
Ms.'Thomas also worked in the
office of former tribal chairman,
James Billie, where she learned
diplomacy skills.This combina-
tion of knowledge qualified her
as the administrative assistant to
the principal, Russ Brown.
Pemayetv Emahakv features a
well rounded education for Semi-
nole children by combining aca-
demic studies wifh native Creek
language, culture and arts and
Since many of the teachers
come from other walks of life, Ms.
Thomas finds she can be a link
that connects them to Seminole
children and parents. Sometimes
just a few informative insights
from Michele Thomas can help a
teacher understand a situation a
The direct line of communica-
tion has been most beneficial to
"They love it here. They get
lots of hugs," said Ms. Thomas.
Ms. Thomas mentioned that
her duties include payroll, or-
dering, paying bills, scheduling
for Mr. Brown, and answering
numerous questions. According
to her, at the end of a long and
busy workweek she is happy to
go home to be with her child and
focus just on him. Parents and
visitors to the school can find Ms.
Thomas in the front office.
Staff writer Nena Bolan can be
reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Michele Thomas is the school related employee of the year
at Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School in Glades County. The
school is located on the Brighton Reservation northeast of
James "Skeeter" Ervin,Thom-
as, age 55 of Georgia, died Feb.
26, 2008 at Archbold Medical
Center in Thomasville, Ga. He
was born in Okeechobee on May
14, 1952 to the late Ervin James
and Ruth S. Thompson Thomas.
Mr. Thomas was a former resi-
dent of Okeechobee where he
worked as a ranch hand. He was
of the Methodist faith.
Mr. Thomas is survived by
his brothers, Roy Thomas, Joe
Thomas, Preston Thomas and
Jeff Thomas all of Okeechobee;
sisters, Wanda Williams of the
Hopeful Community in Georgia,
Joy McKeon of Okeechobee and
Greta Wheller of Okeechobee.
Visitation will be from 5 un-
til 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 29 at Bass
Okeechobee Chapel. Grave side
funeral services will be at 11
a.m. Saturday, March 1 at Bas-
Friends may sign the guest
book at www.bassokeechobee-
All arrangements are en-
trusted to the care of Bass
Okeechobee Funeral Home and
age children to make this environ-
mentally sensible step an integral
part of their daily lives. Children get
the message that learning about
and being environmentally con-
scious can be fun.
Published by Penton Overseas,
"My Bag and Me!" is available at
Wal-Mart and Barnes and Noble,
and online atwww.pentonoverseas.
corn or call (800) 748-5804.
Teach conservation. "If they're
old enough to wash their hands on
their own, kids are old enough to
learn how to conserve water," says
Parents should teach children to
turn off the tap while brushing their
teeth, and keep the water flow to,
a pencil-thin stream when washing,
their hands. As soon as they're old
enough to safely stand in a shower
stall and lather up on their own,
toddlers transition from baths to
showers. If your family doesn't have'
low-flow shower heads yet, engage
older children in helping out with
the very easy home improvement
project of installing one.
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Fadley drops tough match to Martin County
By Charles M. Murphy
Alex Sangille used a tough ar-
senal of hard forehands, a high
first serve percentage, and excel-
lent passing shots, to defeat a
game Jamie Fadley, 6-3, 6-0, in a
girls tennis match Tuesday at the
Okeechobee Sports Complex.
Martin County went on to de-
feat Okeechobee (7-0) to make
an early season statement in
Fadley had held her own un-
til a freak accident in the first set
took her off her game. With the
high winds making the bounce
of the ball unpredictable, she
struck herself in the mouth with
her racket, chipping her tooth,
and drawing blood. She noted
the injury took her mind off ten-
"I lost my concentration. It is
real sensitive and when the wind
hits it, I got a bigger and bigger
headache," she noted.
Until that point it had been
a competitive match as Fadley
trailed only 4-3 in the first set.
From there Sangille went on to
win eighth straight games to take
Fadley said her opponent has
really improved her game, not-
ing the two had met last year in
a tight match, "I was a change
for her. She made a lot of good
Sangille held serve in the first
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Jamie Fadley returns a shot
during Tuesdays match
against Martin County.
game and broke Fadley in the
second game after a couple of
She continued to put in a lot
of first serves in the third game
and held easily for a 3-0 lead.
Fadley put together a good
comeback however as she won
the next three games. She did a
better job putting her first serve
in play and held serve thanks to a
lob that turned into a winner.
Down 3-2, Fadley had a chance
to tie the match but she couldn't
hold serve. Sangille again contin-
ued to go for broke and made a
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Rena Boswell had her hands
full in another lengthy match
lot of winners.
Fadley did break in the seventh
game to make it 4-3 but seemed
to lose concentration after that.
Sangille repeatedly pounded
ground strokes and forehands
and went for broke once she had
Fadley struggled with her first
serve percentage and she noted
that was a must against a hard
hitting opponent, "I'm not real
used to my forehand and I don't
have a lot of confidence in it. She
has a lot of confidence in her
shots. That had a lot to do with
Fadley's serve was broken
again in the eighth game and a
nice volley between her legs al-
lowed Sangille to win the first
set, 6-3 on triple set point on her
own serve in the ninth game.
Fadley was broke again to start
the second set and although she
battled to three deuce points in
the second game, Sangille held
serve and went on from there.
Fadley noted the wind was
pretty tough for both players, "It
gave us a lot of trouble. You re-
ally have to focus, ,especially on
your serve, to keep it in."
Fadley's record fell to (3-1) on
Rena Boswell traded ground
strokes with Phoebe Platt in their
first set that lasted over an hour.
Platt won in a tie breaker, 7-6, (7-
2), and then went on from there
to win the second set, 6-2. Bo-
swell was her typical competitive
self as her match was the longest
of the after, one hour and 40
The other singles matches
weren't quite as competitive as
Alyssa Wright, Kari Berger, and
Shana Ragamat all lost in straight
"It's not the end of the world,
it's not the end of the year," Girls
Coach Jay Huffman noted, "They
are just a little better right now."
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Brahmans boys baseball blown out by Centennial
By Charles M. Murphy
Mental errors were as prob-
lematic as physical ones Tuesday
as the Brahmans lost a matinee at
St. Lucie West Centennial, 13-3, in
five innings, to fall to (3-4) on the
Aaron Kehres had two
homeruns and six runs batted
in, and Justin Neckles added two
hits including a homerun as Cen-
tennial improved to (3-4) on the
"We were surprised," Brah-
mans Coach Dylan Tedders said,
"We were winning and all of a
sudden they turned it around and
the games over."
The Brahmans pitchers al-
lowed some fielding errors affect
their focus and that led to a four
run fourth inning and a seven run
"We didn't show up mentally.
We just didn't fight through ad-
versity mentally. We know we'll'
make physical errors but we
kind of threw in the towel in this
game," he noted.
Brice Buckner had pitched
three solid innings and
Okeechobee led 3-2 entering the
bottom of the fourth thanks to an
RBI single by Mike McClain and
an RBI double by Drew Selvey.
That's when the wheels came
"He left a few pitches up and
they made us pay," Tedders not-
Kehres hit one legitimate
homerun but the second was
wind aided as a stiff breeze blew
a lot of routine fly balls to left into
"He let a defensive error get to
him, and he didn't focus on every
pitch like he needs to," Tedders
said of his young right hander.
Buckner still allowed only two
earned runs in four innings of
work. He scattered seven hits,
walked three and struck out five.
Things got worse in the fifth
as Cameron Tewksbury took the
mound and was roughed up for
seven runs. He also hit three bat-
"He fell behind the hitters, and
got a few pitches up in the strike
zone, before we knew it the game
was done. We kind of checked
out of this game in the fourth in-
ning today," Tedders noted.
At the plate Will Davis went 1
for 2. McClain went I for 2 with
an RBI. Drew Selvey went I for 2
'with a double.
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Carroll (6-1) on Friday at Lawn-
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first pitch is set for 6 p.m. Dustin
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Amish man's new miracle idea helps
home heat bills hit rock bottom
Miracle heaters being given away free with orders for real Amish fireplace mantles to launch the new invention
that slashes heat bills, but Amish craftsmen under strain of winter rush impose household limit of 2
Saves money: uses less energy than a coffee maker, so leave it on day and night and never be cold again
By MARK WOODS
Universal Media Syndicate
(UMS) Everyone hates high heat bills. But
we're all sick and tired of turning down the
thermostat and always being cold.
Well now, brand new HEAT SURGETM
miracle heaters are actually being given away
free to the general public for the next two
days starting at precisely 8:00 a.m. today.
The only thing local readers have to do is
call the National Distribution Hotline before
the 48 hour deadline with their order for
the handmade Amish Fireplace Mantles.
Everyone who does is instantly being awarded
the miracle heaters absolutely free.
This is all happening to launch the new
HEAT SURGE Roll-n-GlowWM Amish Fireplace
that actually rolls from room to room so you
can take the heat with you anywhere. That
way, everyone who gets them first can imme-
diately start saving on their heat bills.
For the first time ever, portable Amish
fireplaces are being delivered directly to the
doors of all those who beat the deadline.
These miracle fireplaces have what's being
called the 'Fireless Flame' technology that
gives you the peaceful flicker of a real fire but
without any flames, fumes, smells, ashes or
mess. Everyone is getting them because they
require no chimney and no vent. You just plug
The Fireless Flame looks so real it fools
everybody but it has no real fire. So what's the
catch? Well, the soft spoken Amish craftsmen
who hand make the mantles are imposing a
strict household limit of 2 during the strain of
the winter rush.
"We can barely keep up ever since we start-
ed giving heaters away free. Now that it's real-
ly cold outside, everyone's trying to get them.
Amish craftsmen are working their fingers to
the bone to be sure everyone gets their deliv-
ery in time to save a lot of money," confirms
Timothy Milton, National Shipping Director.
"These portable Roll-n-Glow Fireplaces are
the latest home decorating sensation. They
actually give you a beautifully redecorated
room while they quickly heat from wall to
wall. It's the only way to dress up every room,
stay really warm and slash your heat bills all
at the same time," says Josette Holland, Home
Makeover Expert to the rich and famous. -
And here's the best part. Readers who
beat the 48-hour order deadline are getting
their imported hi-tech miracle heaters free
when encased in the real Amish built solid
wood fireplace mantles. The mantles are be-
ing handmade in the USA right in the heart
of Amish country where they are beautifully
hand-rubbed, stained and varnished.
You just can't find custom made Amish
mantles like this in the national chain stores.
That makes the solid oak mantle a real steal
for just two hundred ninety-eight dollars since
the entire cost of the miracle heater is free.
This free giveaway is the best way to slash
heating bills and stay warm through the dead
of winter. The HEAT SURGE Roll-n-Glow
Fireplace gives you all the beauty and warmth
of a built-in fireplace but it can also save you a
ton of money on heating bills.
Even people in California and Florida are
flocking to get them so they may never have
to turn on their furnace all winter. And since
it uses less energy than a coffee maker the po-
tential savings are absolutely incredible.
"We are making sure no one gets left out,
but you better hurry because entire communi-
ties of Amish craftsmen are straining to keep
up with winter demands. For now, we have to
turn away dealers in order to let readers of
today's newspaper have two per household
just as long as they call before the deadline,"
It's a really smart decision to get two right
now because for only the next 48 hours you get
both miracle heaters free. That's like putting
five hundred bucks right in your pocket and
you can save even more money on your monthly
"Everyone's calling to get one but those who
really want to save a lot on their heating bills
are surprising the whole family by getting two.
So when lines are busy keep trying or log onto
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0 GENUINE AMISH MANTLES MADE IN THE USA: Amnish craftsman are pleased that Heat Surge officials have provided proof of certifica-
tion of the coveted UL Listing for the miracle heater. Now, everyone wants to save money on heat bills this winter, so entire Amish communi-
ties are working from the crack of dawn to finish. These fine solid wood Amish made fireplace mantles are ::.uit to last forever. The solid oak
mantle is a real steal at just two hundred ninety-eight dollars because all those who beat the order deadline by calling the National Hotline at
1-800-242-6155 to order the fireplace mantles are actually getting the imported hi-tech Fireless Flame HEAT .SURGE miracle heaters for free.
amishfireplaces.com. We promise to get to
every call. Then we can have a delivery truck
out to your door right away with your beau-
tiful Amish made Roll-n-Glow Fireplace,"
"You'll instantly feel bone soothing heat
in any room. You will never have to be cold
again," he said. N
On the worldwide web: www.amishfireplaces.com
How It Works: The HEAT SURGE miracle
heater is a work of engineering genius from
the China coast so advanced, you simply plug
it into any standard wall outlet. It uses less
energy than it takes to run a coffee maker.
Yet, it produces an amazing 5,119 BTU's. An
on board Powerful hi-tech heat turbine silently
forces hot air out into the room so you feel
the bone soothing heat instantly. It even has
certification of Underwriters Laboratories
coveted UL listing and comes with a full year
Money Back Guarantee.
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Hi-tech silent heat
Turbine takes in
oH w to t 2 free heaters
The National Toll Free Hotlines are now
open. All those who beat the 48 houLr order
deadline to cover the Amish made Fireplace
Mantles and shipping get the HEAT SURGE.
miracle heaters free.
They have imposed a strict limit of 2 per
household. Since some home woodwork-
ers want to ,,-,,Id. their own mantle piece,
they are letting people get the imported
miracle heater alone for just 1249. Or, with
the Amish made mantle you get the miracle
Use the map below to locate the weather
zone you live in and call the Hotline number
for your zone.
Frigid Zone:1 1
Cold Zone: 2
-frost Zone: 3...
'Claim Code: FP 266
Claim Code: FP2366
EVERYONE LIVING IN THE
Frigid Zone: 1
START CALLING AT
8:00 A.M. TODAY
ON THEIR WAY: i-i iuj: h -.J-' r i-, tne-
,country roads into pipelines t. i. ...:.t delivery
system. Everybody wants a rpi:'. tr.-it comes
fully assembled with a handmade Amish mantle in
oak or cherry and gets delivered by truck right to
your door. All you do is plug it in.
EVERYONE LIVING IN THE
Cold Zone: 2
START CALLING AT
8:30 A.M. TODAY
EVERYONE LIVING IN THE
Frost Zone: 3
START CALLING AT
9:00 A.M. TODAY
Rolls anywhere to throw an instant heat wave with no chimney, no vents, no wood and no smoke
_, -. ,U __: ,:
3 EASILY ROLLS ANYWHERE: This is the
portable Roll-n-GlowTM Fireplace that easily
rolls from bedroom to living room. No vents, no
chimney and no tools. Just plug it in.
W -- .
- SAVES ON BILLS: Everyone gets low bills
and stays warm and cozy. Naomi Abrams' new
Roll-n-Glow Fireplace saves a ton of money and
makes her front room look like a ill..,n bucks.
tI SAFE: The Fireless Flame looks so real it fools
everybody but there is no real fire. That makes it
safe to the touch. It's where the kids will play and
the cat and dog will sleep.
FREE: Get this 249 miracle heater free. It is being
given away free to all who beat the 48 hour order
deadline for your choice of the oak or cherry Amish
Mantles. The free heater comes already encased.
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Movie times for Friday, Feb. 22,
through Thursday, Feb. 28, are as
Theatre I -"Spiderwick
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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- 4
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" 4
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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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Start a new career in the much needed field of
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then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
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Immediate Openings All Shifts
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Storage Space -
In Town, 2br/2ba, $850
mo. + $500. sec. dep.
Includes Washer & Dryer
FURNISHED APT- On Water.
Utilities paid. Adult Commu-
nity. No pets Call between
9-4 pm daily (863)357-2044
NW OKEECHOBEE: 2BR, 2BA,
on quiet St. Kids & pets ok.
$750-$850/mo. 1st, last &
$500 sec. 561-346-1642.
OKEECHOBEE 2br, iba,
Closed in gar. No pets.
$650/mo + 1st, Last & Sec.
REMODELED 2/1, 2 story
screened porch, very clean,
no pets. $750/mo, 1st, last
& Dep. (863)634-3313
KINGS BAY- 2br,lba duplex,
full appliances, no smoking,
no pets, $700/mo, 1st, last,
sec, Call 772-283-2438
leave msg. or email:
VILLA 2 br, 2ba,
Remodeled Kitchen, W/D,
Covered screened patio,
(863)634-3414 or 634-3251
(86)63-314 r 34-25
Brand New 3/2/2
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AFFORDABLE NEW HOUSES
3br, 2ba & 3br, 2ba, 2 car
garage, bring pets, 1200/mo
& up. (561)723-2226
BASSWOOD 3 BR,1BA,
3632 NW 28th Ave. $875
mo. + $875 sec. dep. Call
BHR 3/1, on water, Tile, Lg
Fam. Rm., carport. Partly
turn., 26 4th St. $875/mo,
+ sec. (561)968-4018
BRAND NEW 4/2 $1095.
mo., 1st. & sec. No pets
S 561)248-3888 or
BRAND NEW- Rent or Buy
3br/2ba, 1700 sqft, garage,
laundry, tiled, $1000/mo.
rent. $5,000 applied to pur-
chase of $149,900 after 1
year. 3429 NW 40th Dr.
DIXIE RANCH ACRES, 2BR,.
1BA, $800 mo. 1st, last &
$500 sec. dep. Call for info.
IN OKEECHOBEE CITY: 4 Br.,
2 Ba, $1100 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. & refs. Call Barry for
more info. 772-216-1461
3BR/2BA, $1,000 mo.,
1st, last + $500 sec. dep.
OKEE: 3/1 on V ac. Renovat-
ed, laundry, C/A/heat, screen
porch, carport. $975 mo, 1st
mo. & dep. Call 305-458-8659
Okee, 715 NE 29th Ave.,
2BR/2BA, 1 car garage, Ig..
Fla. rm., Owner/Agent, own-
er financing, lease option,
$750 mo. st., last & sec.
OKEECHOBEE beautiful, im-
maculate on Taylor Lake,
w/dock, newly renovated,
unfurn or furn., 3/2/2,
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage. C/Air. 1st, last &
sec. 863-467-2541 or after
5 pm 863-634 9330
OKEECHOBEE Office Space
rental. 18'x12' $600. mo.
Utilities included. For ap-
Business Places -
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses. Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080
FOR SALE 8.37 Acres
Ind/Strge/Warehs, Hwy 78W,
1000+ homes BHR
Mobile Home- Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020
BASSINGER: 3br, 2ba. Double
Wide on 1 Ac. $950/mo. +
1st & Sec. 863-697-1494
3br, 2ba, 1 car garage.
Lake access on canal.
ANCIENT OAKS 55+, Gated,
lbr, 1ba, Sunroom, Covered
patio, Carport, Boat ramp,
Pool, Spa, Clubhouse. All Util.
& Cable TV included.
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
.Mobile Home Angels
OKEECHOBEE 1 br, large Fla
room, furnished, heat & air,
until furnished $6000
TAYLOR CREEK ISLES
D/W, 3br, 2ba, Open concept
Kit. & bar area. Sea wall,
& Tool shed. $139,000.
& Adjoining Lot $98,000.
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Sport Vehicles,/ATVs 3035
AUCTION '06 Open Road,
Model 389, 4 slideouts, all
options, all standard kit. fea-
tures, incl. dishwasher &
w/d, less than 200 miles,
very little use, bids start at
$24,000. Sat., 3/1, noon til
1pm. For Info call
(863)467-7520 or for pics-
-04, 22FT, exc cond., $7500
or best offer (863)467-2887
Georgia Boys, 34', 3- A/C's,
Awning, Rear walk around
bed. 4K mi. Level jacks, Ex-
cellent condition. $9750
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
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
CAMARO '02, T-Top, High
performance. Like new in-
side. Needs body work.
EXHAUST STACK for semi
tractor, Headache Rack for
semi triLr., $500 will sell sep.
JEEP CHEROKEE '91, 4 door,
Rebuilt engine, New tires &
brakes, etc. Cold A/C,
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 2007 CA 349
DEUTSCHE BANK TRUST COMPANY
AMERICAS F/K/A BANKERS TRUST
COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE AND CUS-
TODIAN BY: SAXON MORTGAGE
SERVICES, INC. F/K/A MERITECH
MORTGAGE SERVICES, INC. AS ITS
CHARLES POWANDA, et al,
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a
Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated the
12th day of February, 2008 and en-
tered in Case No. 2007-CA-349, of the
Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Cir-
cuit in and for Okeechobee County,
Florida, wherein DEUTSCHE BANK
TRUST COMPANY AMERICAS F/K/A
BANKERS TRUST COMPANY, AS
TRUSTEE AND CUSTODIAN BY: SAX-
ON MORTGAGE SERVICES, INC. F/K/A
MERITECH MORTGAGE SERIES, INC.
AS ITS ATTORNEY-IN-FACT is the
Plaintiff and CHARLES POWANDA;
UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF CHARLES
POWANDA; JOHN DOE; JANE DOE AS
UNKNOWN TENANTS) IN POSSES-
SION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY
are defendants. I will sell to the high-
est and best bidder for cash at the
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL
CENTER, 312 NW 3RD STREET, JURY
ASSEMBLY ROOM, SECOND FLOOR,
OKEECHOBEE. FLORIDA 34972 at the
Okeechobee County Courthouse, in
Okeechobee, Florida at 11:00 a.m. on
the 12 day of March, 2008,the fol-
lowing described property as set forth
in said Final Judgment, to wit:
LOT 8 BLOCK 27, SECTION 24, TOWN-
SHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST,
ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF,
AS RECORDED IN THE RECORDED IN
PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 15 OF THE PUB-
LIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST
IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF
ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY
OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS
PENDENS MUST FILE A CLIAM WITH-
IN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE.
In accordance with the Americans with
Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) disabled
person who, because of their
disabilities need special accommoda-
tion to participate in this proceeding
should contact not later than seven (7)
days prior tothe proceeding Court Ad-
ministration at 772-807-4370,
1-800-955-8771 hearing impaired) or
1-800-955-8770 (voice impaired)
Dated this 13th day of February, 2008
Clerk of The Circuit Court
By:/S/Linda F Young
Law Office of Marshall C. Watson
1800 NW 49th Street. Suite 120
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309 -
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINE-
TEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND
FOR OKEECHODBEE COUNTY,
CASE NO: 2007-CA-390
DOUGLAS L. CUREY, JR.
JOHN S. DUBOIS
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: JOHN S. DUBOIS AND ALL OTHERS
WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for
*uiet title to the following properly in
keechobee County, Florida:
The E C of E 2oflSi/2 OF N OF
TRACT 14, SECTION 21 TOWNSHIP
34 SOUTH, RANGE 33 EAST accord-
ing to the plat thereof recorded in Plat
Book 4, Pages 3A-D inclusive, of the
public record of Okeechobee County,
has been filed against you and re
required to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it on Shelly A.
McKay, Esq., the Plaintiff's attorney,
whose addresses 207 SW 2nd Ave-
nue, Okeechobee, FL 34974, on or be-
fore 3/10/2008 and file the original
with the clerk of this court either be-
fore service on the Plaintiff's attorney
or immediately thereafter; otherwise a
default will be entered against you for
the relief demanded in the complaint or
DATED this 4th day of Feb. 2008
As Clerk of the Court
260055 ON 2/7,14,21,28/2008
Public Auction will be held at Johns Tow-
ing Service storage lot located at 704
Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee,
.Florida 34972 on MARCH 14, 2008, at
9:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida Statute
713.78 for unpaid towing and storage
charges. Year, make, model and VIN
are as follows.
1994 Cadillac Deville
Terms of sale are cash, and no checks
will be accepted. Seller reserves the
right of final bid. ALL SALES ARE Fl-
'Ja'l.' i I h li' ll I'i 1',' I. i l 'ir lsi'
condition with no guarantee's.
263032 ON 02/28/08
A public auction will be held at BMJ Tow-
ing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parrott Ave-
nue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 on
Friday the 14th day of March 2008
from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant to
Florida statute 713.78 for unpaid tow-
ing and storage. Year, Make, Model &
Vin's as follows:
1992 Blue Ford FI50
1994 White Ford Ranger
2006 Red Honda TRX 4504 Wheeler
Terms of sale are cash, and no checks
Swill be accepted. The seller reserves
the right of final bid. ANI sales are final.
No refunds will be made. Said automo-
biles will be sold in "AS IS" with no
263183 ON 02/28/08
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Lady Brahmans pound Westwood
By Charles M. Murphy
The line score wasn't pretty for
Fort Pierce Westwood on Tuesday
night. Okeechobee 17 runs, 16
hits, six extra base hits, one home-
run. Westwood two runs, four
hits, three errors.
It was just another night at the
ball park for Okeechobee, (5-1).
"We just swing the bat, that's
all I know it as," homerun bopper
Jordan Marcum explained.
Okeechobee scored 10 times
in the second inning and walloped
their district opponent, 17-2 to win
their third straight district contest.
Coach Kim Hargraves noted
every district game is important,
"The girls came out and hit the ball
well. They were patient on the ball
and did what they needed to."
Westwood actually had a short
lived lead in this contest. They
scored a run on a single by Wendy
Carpoza and a fielding error in the
top of the first.
Okeechobee came back with
two runs in the bottom of the
inning. They also had a runner
thrown out at home. Elia Suarez
reached on a two base error. Mary
Huff tripled to right but Suarez was
cut down at home by a nice relay.
Lauren Throop doubled home
Huff and she scored on a double
"We need all the hitting prac-
tice we can get," Marcum noted,
"It's like batting practice pretty
Okeechobee batted around in
the second inning and basically
took control from there. Key hits
included a two run single by Huff,
a two run double by Katarina Su-
arez, and RBI singles by Throop,
Marcum, Naomi Stevens, and Su-
arez. Before the dust cleared it
was 12-1 Okeechobee.
The big lead allowed Hargraves
to get some much needed work
for her younger pitchers. Suarez
was up to the task. She pitched
four innings, scattered six hits, and
allowed two runs. She didn't walk
Kyle Monte took top hon-
ors in the Taylor Creek
Bass Club of Okeechobee
Tournament held on Is-
tokpoga Lake on Satur-
day, Feb. 16, with a total
of 10.78 Ibs at the scales
for the win, including
the Big Fish award with
his 7.07 lbs catch., Taylor
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the Buckhead Ridge VFW
Post 9528 on the second
Thursday of each month.
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Taylor Douglas was among
the Brahman hitters that had
a big night at the plate Tues-
anyone and struck out four.
"She has less than seven in-
nings pitched this year so she
needed the work," Hargraves said,
"Once she got comfortable she
started hitting her spots well. It
was basically nerves."
Okeechobee added three runs
in the third. Huff had an RBI single,
Throop an RBI double, and Mar-
cum a two run homerun. They fin-
ished off the scoring with two runs
in the fifth as Heather Fipps and
Stevens scored on a bases loaded
walk and a single by Throop.
Courtney Wilson came on in re-
lief in the fifth and tossed a perfect
inning. Marcum ended the game
with a nice backhanded stab off a
hard shot from Callie Samuel.
"I played third base back in the
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Jordan'Marcum shined with
both her bat and her glove in
Okeechobee's win Tuesday
day," the senior noted. She said she
was really excited about her recent
decision to play college softball at
Miami Dade Community College
At the plate, Stevens scored
three runs. Elia Suarez scored two
runs and drove in a run. Huff had
three hits, scored three runs, and
drove in three runs. Throop went
4 for 4 with three runs scored and
three runs batted in. Marcum went
3 for 3, scored twice, and had four
Taylor Douglas had two hits
and two runs scored. Courtney
Wilson scored two runs. Heather
Fipps scored a run and drove in a
The girls played at Martin
County Wednesday and compete
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