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Thursday, March 6, 2008
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News in Brief
in effect for county
The South Florida Water
Management District (SFW-
MD) has declared an extreme
District-wide water shortage,
directly affecting more than five
million South Florida residents
and thousands of farms and
Modified Phase III water
shortage order, went into Jan-
uary 15, 2008, and includes:
Residents and businesses of
Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Mar-
tin, Palm Beach, Broward,
Miami-Dade, Monroe, Hen-
dry and Glades counties are
limited to a one-day-per-week
landscape irrigation schedule
with two "'watering windows."
Odd street addresses may ir-
rigate lawns and landscapes
on Monday between 4 a.m.
and 8 a.m. or 4 p.m. and 8
Even street addresses may
irrigate lawns and landscapes
on Thursday between 4
a.m. and 8: a.m. or 4 p.m.
and 8 p.m. Residents and
businesses with more than
five acres have expanded ir-
rigation hours, between mid-
night and 8 a.m. OR 4 p.m.
and 11:59 p.m. on their des-
ignated irrigation day.
Hand-watering with one
hose fitted with an automatic
shut-off nozzle is allowed for 10
minutes per day for landscape
stress relief and to prevent plant
Low-volume irrigation, in-
cluding the use of drip and mi-
crojet systems that apply water
directly to plant root zones, is
not restricted but should be
voluntarily i educed.
Additional watering days
and times will be allocated for
the establishment of new lawns
The mandatory restrictions
apply to all water from tradi-
tional sources, including water
from public utilities, private
wells, canals, ponds and lakes.
Users of 100-percent reclaimed
water are exempt from the re-
strictions but are encouraged
to conserve water voluntarily.
Because jurisdiction in certain
counties is shared with other
water management districts,
the SFWMD has coordinated
with these agencies to simplify
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Suit alleges lake to be drained
SFWMD says fears
By Pete Gawda
Water has become a precious
commodity lately because of the
scarcity of it.
Some people are alarmed
because they fear agricultural
interests south of Lake Okeecho-
bee might get more than their
share of water to the detriment
of property owners north of the
lake. However, those fears are
unfounded according to South
Florida Water Management (SF-
Melinda Gamot of the Gamot
Law Firm of Palm Beach Gar-
dens has taken on SFWMD be-
cause of their decision to pump
water from the lake, if necessary,
for the Everglades Agricultural
Area. She represents landown-
ers north and west of the lake.
On Jan. 11 Ms. Gamot wrote
a letter to the governing board
members of SFMWD asking
them to reconsider "your deci-
sion to lower the lake to the
extreme level announced last
The letter goes on to state
that lowering the lake six feet
would effectively pull down the
underground water table to inac-
cessible levels and she asked for
an independent environmental
impact study. '
Chip Merriam, deputy execu-
tive director of SFWMD replied
in a Feb. 15 letter. The letter does
not mention an impact study.
"Our modeling indicates
the lake would reach a stage of
Okeechobee Community Theatre: Plaza Suite
Sam Nash (James Garner) examines his newly capped teeth as his wife, Karen (Joyce
Taylor) looks lovingly over his shoulder. The pair are featured in Act I of the Okeecho-
bee Community Theatre Production of "Plaza Suite."
The curtain goes up Friday
at 8 p.m. for the opening night
performance of the final pro-
duction of the Okeechobee
Community Theatre's 29th
season, the classic Neil Simon
comedy, Plaza Suite. The show
continues for a four-night run
on Saturday, and then on Fri-
day and Saturday nights, March
14th and 15th at the theatre on
S.W. Second Avenue at Seventh
Street, behind Golden Corral
Reserved set tickets to the
live show may be purchased
for $10 each at the Okeechobee
County Chamber of Commerce
on weekdays during regular
business hours. They will also
be on sale at the theatre box of-.
fice, if available, beginning at 7
p.m. on performance nights.
Plaza Suite is by Neil Simon,
America's most celebrated
playwright, and the only per-
son in history to have had four
shows running simultaneously
on Broadway. 'The unique
play is made up of three sepa-
rate stories involving different
groups of people who, at vari- "Let me g
ous times, all happen to stay in high scho
the same suite at New York's er).as they
See Play Page 2
o0 life. Thi
go!" Muriel Tate (Tina Welbourn) tells her old
Dol boyfriend Jesse Kiplinger (Josh Van Worm-
y meet for an afternoon diversion from the cares
e couple stars in Act II of the OCT production
Aaron Tippin, Tucson to
perform at county fair
By Chauna Aguilar
Aaron Tippin is bring-
ing a taste of Nashville to the
Okeechobee County Fair on
Saturday, March 8, beginning
at 7 p.m. at the Okeechobee
County Agri-Civic Center. Prior
to Tippin's performance, Tuc-
son will open at 6 p.m.
Advance tickets are on sale
at Syble's Flowers and Gifts, 105
S. Parrot Ave., for $20, which
includes the cost for admission
to the fair.
Aaron Tippin comes from
Nashville, where he and his
wife are both busy making new
recordings and videos and rais-
ing their two young children.
Mr. Tippin's most recent record
is "Now and Then," which he
recorded on his own label NIP-
The album is a mixture of
new songs with some of his
greatest hits as well. Tippin is
always busy putting out more
music. He recently released
two new music videos, "Ready
To Rock in a Country Kind of
Way," and "He Believed."
A big supporter of the armed
forces, Mr. Tippin has been in-
volved in USO tours to Saudi
Arabia with Bob Hope dur-
ing the Gulf War; Afghanistan;
and annual tours to Iraq. Dur-
ing each of his shows he puts
together a bike on stage while
performing that he donates
to a Marine at the end of the
show as a gift for Toys for Tots.
He has donated over 500 bikes
since he began doing this.
Mr. Tippin's career began
with honky tonk performanc-
es such as "Working Man's
Ph.D.," "Kiss This," "You've Got
to Stand for Something," and
"There Ain't Nothin' Wrong
See Fair- Page 2
about 7.5 without the operation
of forward pumps," wrote Mr.
Merriam. "This pumped water is
vital to maintaining the 500,000
acres of agriculture in the Ever-
glades Agricultural Area."
Ms. Gamot replied by asking
once again for an independent
environmental study and she
questioned SFWMD's decision
to "stop all surface inflow."
Dr. Susan Gray of SFWMD
stated that if the pumps they are
contemplating using ran for 24
hours they could only lower the
lake approximately 0.015 feet a
day. On the other hand, between
0.02 and 0.03 feet of water a day
is lost to evaporation twice
what SFMWD claims they could
pump. Those evaporation figures
were verified by the U. S. Army
Corps of Engineers (COE).
Dr. Gray said that pumping in
the south end of the lake would
have no effect on the water table
north of the lake.
"We are not pulling the lake
down," Dr. Gray said "We are
looking at pumping water at dif-
See Lake Page 2
By Pete Gawda
Budget cuts at the University
Florida (UF) could affect the lo-
cal 4 H program.
Cuts will undoubtedly have
to be made in the budget of
the university's Institute of
Food and Agricultural Sciences
(IFAS). This is a federal-state
-county partnership dedicated
to developing knowledge in
agriculture, human and natural
resources and the life sciences
and enhancing and sustaining
the quality of life human life
by making that information ac-
cessible. Locally IFAS provides
funding for the county agricul-
tural extension service which
in turn operates the county's 4
For fiscal year 2007 IFAS pro-
vided $780,107 to OKeechobee
The extent of the budget cut
and its effect locally is not know-
at this time.
The Florida Farm Bureau is +
advocating proportional bud-
get cuts and is urging various
groups to make their views
See IFAS Page 2
By Pete Gawda
Duplexes and hiking trails
occupied the Okeechobee City
Council at their meeting on
Tuesday evening, March 4.
The council approved the
first reading of an ordinance
changing a zoning designation
and set March 18 as the date for
the final public hearing.
Sheri Lachapelle had re-
quested that the zoning at 813
S.W Second St. be changed
from RSF-1 to RSF-2. The prop-
erty in question is about 1.3
acres and is located on the
south side of S. W. Second St.
just west of S. W. 8th Avenue
and north of the Royal Concrete
Concepts property. If approved,
this zoning change would al-
low the applicant to construct
zero lot line duplexes. The den-
sity would be increased slightly
to six units to acre.
"It sounds like a good thing
to me," said mayor Jim Kirk of
the next item on the agenda
- a memorandum of under-
standing between the city and
the Florida Trails Association
The purpose of the memo-
randum of understanding,
which was unanimously ap-
proved, is to promote outdoor
See City Page 2
Nashville's Aaron Tippin will be performing at the second an-
nual Okeechobee County Fair following the opening act of
Tucson which begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, at the
Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center.
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ferent lake levels." She said that
COE had done an impact study
of the lake dropping to 8.5 feet in
connection with their new lake
regulation schedule. At this time
Dr. Gray said there was no need
for additional environmental
"We don't have the capacity to
pull the lake down," she asserted.
That sentiment was echoed by
Gary Ritter, interim director of
SFWMD's Okeechobee service
"No, we aren't going to drain
the lake, he said. :We are not
going to pump the lake down to
In times of high water level
gravity is relied upon to release
large volumes of water from the
lake. Dr. Gray said SFWMD pumps
do not have nearly the capacity of
that gravity flow.
Dr. Gray took exception to Ms.
Gamot's statement that SFMWD
had stopped all inflow into the
lake. The inflow into the lake al-
ways exceeds the outflow accord-
ing to Dr. Gray. Since the level of
Continued From Page 1
with the Radio."
Opening for Mr. Tippin is Tuc-
son; which is made up of Michael
Paul and Robert Bodenstadt who
spent nearly 12 years playing in
various spots around Okeecho-
bee when they lived in the area.
They were regulars to the Brahma
Bull and at the Shanty at the KOA
Kampground, among others.
They currently live in two differ-
ent states, Texas and Arizona, but
- ., both still call Florida their home
where they lived in Stuart until
2006. Tucson still joins forces to
the Caloosahatchee River and the
St. Lucie Canals are both currently
higher that the lake level, any local
rainfall running into those bodies
of water flows into the lake.
According to SFWMD, they do
not supply as much water to ag-
ricultural interests as some might
believe. Since December, 2006
agricultural users have been un-
der restrictions. They have been
required to cut back 45 percent
on water use.
The amount of water delivered
to agricultural users is determined
by the type of crop and the stage
of growing season.
"Only once or twice during
the drought have we given them
the full amount of water; we hold
off as much as we can," Dr. Gray
"We are not taking water from
anyone, she asserted stating that
the relatively small amount of
water that SFWMD can pump out
of the lake does not affect water
supplies north of the lake.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached
play some bigger shows together
and they work on new numbers
when they fly together.
They appeared at the Okeecho-
bee County Fair last year and they
have been at the South Florida
Fair for the last three years.
Tucson utilizes modern tech-
nology to expand their sound
which is a rich variety of country
music, varying from traditional to
Come out and enjoy the fun
as Aaron Tippin and: Tucson
get down at the second annual
Okeechobee County Fair.,
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Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
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reached at email@example.com.
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posh Plaza Hotel.
Act one concern a couple who
checks onto the hotel on their
wedding anniversary in order to
stay in the same room they occu-
pied on their wedding night. Situ-
ations arise, however, which may
threaten to end their marriage
The cast for this act includes
James Garner, Teaching Pastor
for More 2 Life Ministries, who
has been a practicing Christian
counselor for a number of years.
"I've counseled couples just like
this," he says of the character he
plays. Joyce Taylor, an elemen-
tary school teacher, portrays his
wife of 23 years. This is the sec-
ond time the two have appeared
in an OCT production as a mar-
ried couple. The first was in last
spring's wildly successful per-
formances of "Dearly Beloved."
They were both also seen in this
season's musical, "State Fair."
In act two, a successful motion
picture producer who is in New
York City on business, calls his
New Jersey high school sweet-
heart, hoping for an afternoon's
escape from the fakery of the
Hollywood scene. Much to his
dismay, he discovers her to be
so star-struck that conversation
on any subject but movie stars is
impossible. Josh Van Wormer, a
local elementary school teacher,
appears as the producer, and Tina
Welborn portrays his high school
friend. Van Wormer has ap-
peared in such shows as "Dearly
Beloved," and "The Melody Lin-
gers On." Welborn had impor-
tant roles in "Over the River and
Through the Woods," and "110 in
The final act involves a couple
who have spent a large amount
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activities and hiking in Florida.
The FTA is dedicated 'to build-
ing and maintaining a 1,400 mile
long hiking trail through Florida.
Okeechobee would be desig-
nated a gateway community. A
gateway community is near the
trail and offers basic tourism ame-
The FTA would promote gate-
way communities through its hd-
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know on the subject. The op-
posite view seems to be held by
the UF administration. In a state-
ment dated Feb. 11 Dr. Bernard
Machen, president of UF stated
"I am committed to making tar-
geted reductions in programs in-
stead of across-the-board cuts."
The president goes on to say: "All
parts of the university, including
IFAS will be impacted."
Dr. Machen states that the
university has been mandated to
reduce its budget by $50 million
before July 1.
In the same statement Dr. Ma-
chen denies making statements
attributed to him concerning the
future of agriculture.
The Florida Farm Bureau is re-
questing organizations and indi-
viduals to "turn the heat back up"
with letters to various officials.
In response to this request and
at the urging of former Okeecho-
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of money to have their daugh-
ter's wedding at the Plaza Hotel.
Just minutes before she is to walk
down the aisle, the bride locks
herself in the bathroom, and re-
fuses to come out. The story is a
wild ride as the parents attempt to
lure her out so the wedding can
take place. The roles of the parents
are played by Laurie Garner, who
was last seen on the OCT stage
in "Dearly Beloved," and Mike Zi.
erden, who has performed in 17
OCT productions since 1991, in-
cluding "Oklahoma!" "Guys and
Dolls," "Pajama Game," "Damn
Yankees," and "Moon Over Buf-
falo." The bride and groom are
Joey Marcinek and Emma Mar-
shall, both of whom made their
OCT debuts in this season's "State
Fair." Also appearing in the show
are Matthew Garner and Daniel
Womble. Each is a veteran of pre-
vious OCT productions.
The set on the theatre stage
has been constructed to resemble
a suite in the luxurious Plaza Ho-
tel on Central Park South. Furni-
ture for the production has been
provided by Aaron Furniture Sales
and Lease of Okeechobee.
For the first time, the commu-
nity theatre has made arrange-
ments for the special discounts
for dinner for theatre-goers on the
evenings of the performances at
two area restaurants. Those who
show their tickets at Golden Cor-
ral or Beef O'Brady's restaurant
prior to the show will receive a
reduction in the amount of their
The Okeechobee Commu-
nity Theatre is an all-volunteer
organization of local performers
who have, for 29 years, produced
Broadway-style comedies, dra-
mas and musicals for Okeecho-
bee audiences. Anyone wishing
more information on the OCT
may call Ron or Jacque Hayes at
vertisements. In return the gate-
way community would include
the FTA in its promotional ma-
terials and promote businesses
that would support hiking and
"It appears that there is no
cost to the city and very minimal
requirements on the part of the
city," said councilman Dowling
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bee County commissioner David
Hazellief, the Okeechobee Coun-
ty Board of County Commission-
ers recently took such action.
Commissioners sent letters
dated Feb. 27 to ,Dr. Machen,
Senator Evelyn Lynn, chair of the
higher education appropriations
committee, the UF board of trust-
ees and to Senator Ken Pruitt. The
letter requests that IFAS "share a
proportionate cut in budget with
the rest of the university."
At their meeting in Okeecho-
bee on Friday, Feb. 29 members
of the County Coalition for Re-
sponsible Management of Lake
Okeechobee, St. Lucie and Ca-
loosahatchee Estuaries and In-
dian River Lagoon agreed to take
a similar action.
The group is made of repre-
sentatives of 10 counties around
the lake and all member counties
will be urged to write letters.
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78-year-old man reported missing
help from community
By Eric Kopp
Investigators are asking the
community for help in trying to
locate an Okeechobee man who
has been reported missing.
Detective Sergeant T.J. Brock
of the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO) said Wednes-
day afternoon that Jack Rae Han-
son was supposed to join his wife
and friends at a.
local VFW Post
noon but never
wife called him
at 4:45 p.m. and
invited him to ack Ra
meet her and Jacnsoae
some mutual Hanson
friends at VF.W Post #4423, 300
N.W 34th St., said Sgt. Brock. The
detective said that Mr. Hanson
told his wife he would get dressed
and meet them.
However, he's not been seen
or heard from since that call on
Mr. Hanson is described as a
78-year-old white male, stand-
ing 6-foot tall and weighing 230
pounds. Sgt. Brock said he is
balding and has blue eyes.
He also has an old tattoo on his
right forearm of a horse's head,
although it is quite faded.
He will be driving a white, 2001
Mazda pickup truck with a white
topper on the truck bed. The top-
per, said Sgt. Brock, has a peaked
roof and a door on the back. The
license tag is a Florida tag, and the
tag number is W47-ZZF.
Mr. Hanson, who lives at Villa
Margaret on U.S. 441 N., would
have been driving south to N.W
"He has a lot of medical is-
sues that we are very concerned
about," said Sgt. Brock. "He has
to have his medication and may
If anyone sees the truck or Mr.
Hanson, they are asked to contact
Sgt. Brock at the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office, (863) 763-
Area man convicted twice in two days
Will face third trial
on drug charges
later this month
By Eric Kopp
An Okeechobee man Wednes-
day earned the rare distinction
of being found guilty of similar
charges, in two different cases, in
a scant two days.
Tymond Brazell, 42, N.E. 13th
Ave., was found guilty of the sale
of cocaine and
intent to sell
March 5. Those
from a June 13,
2007, case in
which Brazell Tymond
was accused of Brazell
selling crack co-
cainet two undercover officers.
Brazell, also known as Hot-
shot, was also found guilty Tues-
day on similar charges. However,
that arrest was made on April 12,
2007. Again, Brazell sold crack co-
caine to undercover officers.
His sentencing on those two
convictions has been set for
March 18 at 2 p.m.
Later this month, Brazell will
again go on trial following yet
another arrest in which he was
charged with the sale of cocaine
and possession of cocaine with
intent to sell.
On Wednesday, the six-mem-
ber jqry was given the case for
their deliberation and returned
'the guilty verdict on both charges
in 20 minutes. Tuesday, Brazell's
fate was decided by another six-
member jury in 10 minutes.
Brazell was arrested on a war-
rant following the videoed buy on
While on the witness stand
Wednesday morning, Detective
John Singha from the Highlands
County Sheriff's Office (HCSO)
said he and fellow detective Mi-
chael Brod bought crack cocaine
from Brazell in an undercover op-
The two detectives were help-
ing out the Okeechobee Narcot-
ics Task Force in the operation
because they aren't known to
anyone in Okeechobee. When
asked, detectives from the local
task force also go to other com-
munities and make drug buys to
help out other law enforcement
Detective Singha told Assistant
State Attorney Brenda Sexton
that while he and Detective Brod
came here to buy drugs, they did
not target any specific person or
Detective Singha told the jury
that he was driving the vehicle
that approached by Brazell. The
undercover detective told Brazell
that he wanted to by $40 worth of
"hard," which is the street name
However, Brazell told him he
only had $20 worth. So the man
told the detective to drive around
the block and he would go get an-
other $20 of crack.
"We went around the block,
came back and made the second
buy," testified Detective Singha.
Although the two transactions
were videoed, both detectives
pointed to the slender man sitting
at the defense table in a white
shirt and gray slacks as the man
who sold them the cocaine.
When queried by defense at-
torney Rebecca Boldt Hamilton,
both Detective Singha and Detec-
tive Brod said they had no idea
who Brazell was prior to the buy.
Two detectives from the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice (OCSO) were also called to
the witness stand to state how
they identified Brazell in the
video, which brought about a
lengthy delay in the proceedings.
Ms. Hamilton objected to how
the OCSO detectives could iden-
While they could testify that
they knew the defendant, it was
how they knew her client that
bothered Ms. Hamilton. She ar-
gued that it could be prejudicial if
the detectives said they knew her
client "from the community."
Circuit Court Judge Lawrence
Mirman agreed and ruled that the
detectives had to be very care-
ful about their testimony. To en-
sure that nothing prejudicial was
stated, the witnesses were first
questioned without the jury be-
When allowed to testify in
front of the jury, Detective Shane
Snyder stated that he knew Bra-
zell in school and that his dad and
uncle were Brazell's basketball
coaches in junior high.
Detective Fred Bradley testified
that he has played pool at a local
pool hall and has seen Brazell in
the pool hall. Like Detective Sny-
der, Detective Bradley could not
say he knew Brazell from the
"I grew up with him and I saw
him around," said Detective Brad-
ley while the jury was not in the
Ms. Sexton argued that since
Detective Bradley is now 35 years
old, the jury could be concerned
about the detective not seeing
Brazell since he was a child. And
since he could not testify that he
has seen Brazell "in the commu-
nity" she argued that he should
be able to state that he has seen
the man in a social setting.
At that point Judge Mirman
instructed the prosecutor to write
out her question and then pose it
to the detective without the jury
The detective was brought
back to the witness stand and Ms.
Sexton read the question.
"Have you seen the defendant
in a social setting?" asked the
Detective Bradley answered
that there have been occasions
when he's off duty that he will go
to a neighborhood pool hall and
play pool. He said he has seen
Brazell in that same pool hall.
Ms. Hamilton objected, but
Judge Mirman ruled that the an-
swer was not prejudicial. At that
point the jury returned to the
courtroom and that same ques-
tion was posed by Ms. Sexton
and the detective answered in the
Once he had answered the
question he was dismissed.
The state then rested their
case, as did the defense.
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OLD JAIL: It's easy to slowly let our history slip away. We let
the Southland Hotel go without even an effort to save such a beauti-
ful piece of historical architecture. Now all we have are photos and
postcard prints of the hotel, and our fond memories of it. We could
have had something similar to Indiantown's Seminole Inn right in the
center of our town. What an attraction that would have been. All
the old homes that used to be on the Bank of America property and
elsewhere downtown have been torn down or moved. Other cities
encourage preserving and restoring those kinds of buildings. Look at
all the old homes that are now beautifully restored near Lake Eola in
downtown Orlando. Instead of that, we have erected metal buildings
with no style, no character, and no connection to the heart and soul
of the community.
CLEAN IT UP: With the fair starting at the end of the week,
Okeechobee will probably have a lot. of visitors. I should hope the
local businesses and homeowners would take a little time to make
sure their storefronts and yards are cleaned up and looking good. It
would be nice to at least try to make a good impression. Maybe peo-
ple would come back again.
SOFTBALL: Looks like the new board of OCRA can finally be
praised for trying to do something right--improve girl's softball in
Okeechobee county. Maybe the girls who are younger will actually
have a chance to play on a "real" softball field as opposed to a baseball
field, minus the raised mound. I urge any of you who have daughters
playing softball to contact Parks and Recreation to discuss when they
plan to cut the grass out of the infield. OCRA also supported a profes-
sional pitching coach to give a day of instruction here in Okeechobee.
I found out also that they have moved toward a league which is more
in line with what other girls across the country are playing, with up-
dated rules. These leagues have rules which are similar to those they
will need to get used to in the future. By improving the league, maybe
they won't find themselves travelling to practices over an hour away
on the coast. We have great talent here in Okeechobee, but it falls by
the wayside most times to boy's sports. Improving girl's sports cer-
tainly might help reduce the teen pregnancy rate! I have seen girls sign
for scholarships and this is a direct result of travel softball programs.
VOTE FOR JOHN MCCLANE: Since I'm not a "die hard" Demo-
crat, I would consider voting for John McClane for president. But only
if his VP is Samuel Jackson.
NOISE: I am getting really tired of the loud ATVs in my neighbor-
hood, especially at night. They are so loud that it is annoying even
inside the house with the air conditioner on. Florida law regarding
ATVs states: "No person shall modify the exhaust system in such a
manner that the noise emitted is above that emitted by the vehicle as
originally manufactured. No person shall operate a vehicle with an
exhaust system so modified." Unless they have illegally disabled the
mufflers, these vehicles should not be making this much noise. This is
a residential area with residential zoning. Shouldn't we be entitled to
some peace and quiet in the evenings.
HOME REMEDIES: I have to share this one because every time I
think about it I giggle ... and "yes" I have used this remedy on both my
children. A home remedy for teething children -- take a fresh yard
egg. Write the child's full name, address, and date of birth on the egg.
Hang the egg inside the child's crib. It will diminish the pains of teeth-
ing Just be sure to hang it where the child can't reach it because if
it's broken or cracked you will have way more to worry about than a
fretting baby! As long as the egg is not cracked it will not stink or have
any smell, and by the way, it works! Or. maybe we were both just so
- exhausted from all the crying that anything would have been relief ?
HISTORY: I hope they can save the "old jail," which actually was
much more, including the sheriff's office. St. Augustine has billboards
advertising their "old jail." We need to keep as much of our history
as we can. Thank goodness the Raulerson House, the Wolff House
(White House), and a couple of the old homes from downtown have
been restored by caring, forward-minded people.
OKEECHOBEE: It says something about Okeechobee when peo-
ple want to preserve a jail as a historical building.
JAIL RESTORATION: Regarding the proposed restoration of the
old jail, they're applying for grant money. Not tax payers money. I be-
lieve that when they first started they tried to use tax payers money but
that didn't go over well. And their first grant request was not passed
because apparently they wanted too much money. I'm fairly certain
that they will recieve the new grant money but the question is, how
will they use it?
MOVE IT: I think they should investigate the possibility of moving
the old jail to the fairgrounds as the first building in a yesteryear vil-
lage. That would free up some much needed space in the courthouse
area, where more parking is desperately needed, and it could be a
tourist attraction. Many fairs include such attractions and they are very
DIAPERS: It is really disgusting that people would leave dirty dia-
pers in the parking lots, and I found it equally disgusting that someone
would make a joke of it. Perhaps the person who send in the item
about the 'steamers' would like us to deliver all such 'packages' to his
or her front yard.
SUNBURN REMEDY: Sunburn Relief is only as far as the fridge (or
cooler). Keep a spray bottle full of vinegar chilled and spray it on the
burn. It takes away the pain and feels so much better, then any of the
products you have to rub on it. It works great for small kitchen burns
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Does aging always mean memory loss?
From the American
Improvements in health care
and lifestyles mean that more
of us are living longer than ever
before. But with that bonus of
extra years also comes worries
for many of us about the natural
reductions in our abilities that oc-
cur as we age.
Most of us can accept that our
physical abilities decline with age,
even beginning at a fairly young
age (yes, you're only forty-one,
but your teenage son will prob-
ably outrun you). What remains a
source of stress is that our mental
abilities will also diminish as we
The most immediate sign of
the apparent "decline" is when
we find we can't remember
things. Whether we're thirty-five
or sixty-five when we begin to
notice lessened memory power,
it's often stressful and possibly
The reality, of course, is that
we all forget things, regardless of
our age. As a teenager there were
homework assignments or prom-
ises to parents that slipped out
of your mind just as easily as the
name of that colleague your saw
at lunch yesterday. The difference
is that back then you thought it no
big deal, while now you're sure
it's a sign that old age has you in
Experts say that for most peo-
ple the decline in memory is actu-
ally very gradual and usually isn't
obvious until age 70 or later. And
simple memory loss is not neces-
Main Street plans Monthly Mixer
Okeechobee Main Street will hold its March Mixer at the Ameri-
can Red Cross Office, 323 North Parrott Avenue; on Thursday March
6 from 5 to 7 p.m. The public is invited to this 90 year anniversary
celebration of the Red Cross's service to the community. Light refresh-
ments will be served. For more information please contact Program
Manager, Karen Hanawalt at 863-357-6246.
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.
Dinner and Theatre planned
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.
School board to discuss federal grants
Okeechobee County School Board will be hosting a meeting to
inform private schools of federal grant opportunities for the 2008-09
school year. The meeting is scheduled for Friday, March 14, at 10:30
a.m. and will be held in room 303 of the school board office. All pri-
vate schools are invited and encouraged to attend.
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 insurance company to
see if they participate iri 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.
Summer Activity guide submissions wanted
Submissions for the 2008 Summer Activity Guide are currently be-
ing requested by Sharon Vinson at the Okeechobee County School
Board Office. This guide is a comprehensive list of activities for chil-
dren during the summer months in Okeechobee. To have your event
included, just complete the submission form to include information in
the guide, at no charge. The mission of the guide is to keep our chil-
dren safe, secure and active during the summer months. Deadline for
submissions is March 28. There will be 9,000 copies of the Summer
Activity Guide printed and distributed in early May to public school
children and in local businesses. For more information contact (863)
462-5000 ext. 257.
sarily a sign of dementia. While
dementia does cause memory, it
also includes declines in cognitive
and intellectual function such as
comprehension, judgment, learn-
ing capacity and reasoning.
So while having some trou-
ble remembering doesn't mean
you're slipping into senility, if it is
something you're finding increas-
ingly troublesome, you might con-
sider ways to improve memory.
Good starting points are eating
a healthy diet, staying physically
active and- getting plenty of rest.
All can help combat memory loss
while helping you feel and func-
tion better overall.
Mental health experts also
advise that memory can be im-
proved and preserved through
training and practicing of mem-
ory skills. There are numerous
books, and even computer pro-
grams, with exercises to improve
memory. Learning a new skill,
like cooking or chess, is another
way to challenge and strengthen
But, if memory issues are truly
bothering you, consider consult-
ing a counseling professional. A
counselor specializing in aging
can offer diagnostic tests, as well;
as techniques, strategies and ad-
vice to make memory loss less of'
an issue in your life.
"The Counseling Corner" is
provided as a public service by
the American Counseling Asso-
ciation, the nation's largest or-
ganization of counseling profes-
sionals. Learn more about the
counseling profession at the ACA
web site, www.counseling.org.
Thursday, March 6
Tantie Quilters meet every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at.
the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Mar-
garet at (863) 467-8020, or Belinda at (863) 357-0166.
AA. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Prayer group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center, 412 N.W
Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in
the fellowship hall at 412 N.W Sixth St. For information, call (863)
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)
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30
p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please join
us or ask questions. Call Phyllis at (863) 467-8636 or Hazel at (863)
763-4920 for information.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W.
Third Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for wom-
en who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive
relationships. The support groups are held every Thursday at 6 p.m..
For information call (863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene
Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second lan-
guage classes will meet from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W Sixth St.
Okeechobee Outreach Hope Narcotics Anonymous will'
meet from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W Third
St. For information, call Hugh Lambert at (863) 763-7185.
Okeechobee Citizens Recreation Association, OCRAwill meet:
at 7:30 p.m. at Teen Town, 305 N.W Second St. Anyone interested may!
attend. For information, contact Frank Coker at (863) 467-1941.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeecho-
bee 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 mem-
ber is welcome to join. The group is facilitated by social workers and
provides an opportunity for caregivers to give one another support,
information and ideas. The meetings are held at Hospice at 411 S.E.
Fourth St. For information, call (863) 467-2321.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meet-
Narcotics Anonymous meets Thursday night for a Basic Text
Meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth
Ave. For information, call (863) 634-4780.
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meets at Believers Fellowship, 3.00
S.W 6th Ave. at 7 p.m. For information call Monika at (863) 801-3244.
Classic car show at Beef O'Brady's, 608 S. Parrott Ave., from 6:30
until 8 p.m.
Okeechobee County Cancer Support Group welcomes all,
cancer patients, survivors and supporters to attend, support and en-
courage each other. We meet the first Thursday of each month at 5:30
.p.m. at First Baptist Church, 401 SW Fourth St., Okeechobee, (entrance
is the door to the W in front of church). Please contact Susie Pickering
at (863) 467-5831 or First Baptist Church at (863) 763-2171.
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Joan Lee Isaacs
Joan Lee Isaacs, 61, of Okeechobee died Monday, March 3, 2008
at her residence in Okeechobee, Born June 19, 1946, she had been a
resident of Okeechobee for the past 22 years.
She is survived by her husband, Gary Kent Isaacs of Okeechobee,
Jeff (Pamela) Taylor of Greenwood, Ind.; grandson, Brandon; step-
son, Bradley (Margo) Isaacs of Anderson, Ind.; stepdaughter, Cynthia
(Mark) Anderson also of Anderson, Ind.; grandchildren, Derek Barrett,
Kent, Paige and brother, Ronald (Beverly) Viehe of North Salem, Ind.
Services are pending at this time.
All arrangements are under the direction and care of Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Crematory.
Ruthann Louise Munn
Ruthann Louise Munn, 72, of Okeechobee died March 3, 2008 at
Hospice in Stuart. Born May 19, 1935 in Detroit, Mich. Mrs. Munn was
married to John Munn on March 21, 1964. She was an Artist, wife
and mother. She came to Okeechobee from Michigan in December
She was preceded in death by her son, Daniel.
She is survived by John and Anna Marie; Don and Mona; Jackie
and Mike; also grandchildren, great grandchildren and loving friends.
* In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Treasure Coast
Hospice, 1201 S.E. Indian St., Stuart, 34997.
Friends may sign the guestbook at www.bassokeechobeefuneral-
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The Udder Bunch 4-H Club has been very busy this fair season. They have traveled to the South Florida Fair in Palm
Beach County, Kissimmee Valley Youth Livestock Show in Osceola County for the State 4-H Dairy Show and to the Florida
State Fair in Tampa. The 4-Hers participate in more things than just showing their Dairy cattle. They also participated in
Dairy Judging, Quiz Bowl contests, Champion of Champions, Record Book Contests, Herdsman and Overall Number one
Herd. They have won many prizes in all these events. The club members will be competing in the 2nd Annual Okeechobee
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Okeechobee News, Thursday, March 6, 2008 /
Service Club News in Brief
The American Legion Post
#64 is located at 501 S.E. Second
St. The Post phone number is
(863) 763-2950. American Legion
Post #64 is open Monday to
Saturday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m.
and Sunday from 1 until 9 p.m.
Our kitchen is open and serving
a regular menu. The hours of
operation are: Monday through
Friday from 11 am until 3 p.m.
Wednesday: Tacos and
Margaritas served from 11 a.m.
to 6 p.m.; Live music by Turk
Leonard from 3 until 6 p.m.
*Fridays: Karaoke with B & P
Productions (Bobby and Penny)
starting 6 p.m.
Saturday from 5 until 8 p.m.
50s and 60s Sock Hop Oldies
Dance Hosted By Turk Leonard.
Sunday: sports on big
screen TV Quarter-pound hot
dogs, pizza and 50 cent draft beer
will be offered.
Live Music By Turk Leonard
Sunday from 4 until 9 p.m.
Bingo is held every Saturday
and Sunday night starting at 6:30
p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. -
The Sons of the American
Legion steak dinner will be held
on the third Sunday of each
month from 3 until 6 p.m. The
dinner will include steak, baked
potato, salad, dessert, coffee and
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
members are available. Call Lou
Eder at (863) 357-0467 or Jerry
Lee Shields at (863) 467-8779 or
Am-Vets Ladies Auxiliary
meetings are the first Saturday of
the month at 10 am. Contact the
Post at 46-7-2882 for information.
Eagles Aeries #4137
Eagles Aeries #4137 is
located at 9983 U.S. 441 N. For
information on events, call (863)
Every Tuesday bingo at 1
p.m. Food will be available for a
Wednesday: bar bingo
from 4 p.m. until ? Food will be
Every Thursday: washer toss
at 1 p.m.
First and third Thursday:
Auxiliary at 6 p.m.; Aeries at 7
Friday: steak night (16-
oz.) starting at 5 p.m. for a $12
donation. Music will be by Jimmy
Saturday and Sundays:
music at 7 p.m.
First and third Sunday:
breakfast cooked to order from 9
until 11 a.m. for $5 donation.
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
activities, contact Mary Ann Holt
at (863) 634-8087.
B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S.
78 W. in Buckhead Ridge. The
Lodge's phone number is (863)
Sunday: breakfast will be
served from 9 until 11 a.m. With
many items to choose from.
Sunday: Karaoke with open
mike at 7 p.m.
Wednesday: Bingo and
food, food served at 5 p.m. and
bingo starts at 6 p.m.
Thursday: dinner will be
served from 5 until 7:15 p.m. Call
the Lodge for the menu.
Thursday: karaoke night
starting at 7 p.m.
Thursday: Music for
dancing at 7:30 p.m. Call to see
who is playing.
Friday: dinner served from 5
until 7:30 p.m. Music for dancing
at 7:30 p.m. Call to see who is
Saturday: dinner starting at
Saturday: karaoke night
starting at 7 p.m.
Feb. 23, Open House/
Membership Drive,, at 2 p.m. with
a rib barbecue, jail and bail, cake
auction, Moose races, K-9 dog
demonstrations, with karaoke
by Nellie at 7 p.m. Everyone is
welcome. Bring your friends.
Feb. 26, Moose enrollment
at 7 p.m. Prospective members
should attend this meeting.
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
Every Sunday-breakfast from
8 to 11 a.m.
Horseshoe practice every
Sunday at 2 p.m. and Thursday
Every Monday, Pool
tournaments sign up, 7 p.m.
Food is served.
Women's meeting second
and fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Officers meetings first and
third Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Men's meetings, second and
fourth Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Moose Legion meetings
third Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Bar Bingo Thursday at 1 p.m.
and Friday night at 7 p.m. Food
Served. (you must be a member
to play bar bingo)
Dinner and music almost
every Saturday night.
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
available. Everyone is welcome.
Wednesday: dinner from 4
until 6 p.m. for a donation.
Friday: bingo starts at 1
p.m. for members and guests.
Food will be available. Karaoke
will be from 6 until 10 p.m.
Friday: hot food by David
Lee from 5 until 8 p.m.
Saturday: bar bingo at 1
p.m. for members and guests.
Karaoke will be from 6 until 10
p.m. Food will be available.
Sunday: dinner will be
available from 2 until 4 p.m., and
will be followed by karaoke from
6 until 10 p.m.
Every third Sunday there
will be a post meeting and ladies
auxiliary meeting at 11 a.m.
The post membership drive is
under way, and the post is striving
for 100 percent. For information,
contact the quartermaster at
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 takig applications
for new members for the VFW,
Ladies Auxiliary, Male Auxiliary,
AMVETS and AMVETS ladies
Wednesday: Ladies Auxiliary
dinner and Men's Auxiliary or
AmVets. Music will be.available.
Every Thursday is bar bingo
at 12:45 p.m. Lunch will be
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
Membership meetings are
held on the second Saturday of
the month beginning at 10 a.m.
The House Committee meeting is
on the fourth Saturday.
For information, contact
Commander Henry Zaskowski at
All games and special events
are shown on three televisions.
The game room has a regulation-
size pool table.
VFW Post #10539
The VFW will be open
Monday 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
available, courtesy of the Ladies
Thursday: short order food
night from 5 until 8 p.m.
*. Friday: fish fry, chicken
fingers or shrimp from 5 until 8
p.m. along with live music and
Saturday: dollar dogs,
sausage dogs 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 looking
for any family members of
Okeechobee residents currently
serving overseas. We are
forwarding packages of needed
items to our active service
personnel. For more information
or if you would like to donate
items please contact us, Cheryl
Benoit at (863) 697-2930.
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 6:30 p.m.
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 (863) 634-2682.
Sunday: Every second
Sunday of the month there will be
a Bike Sunday from noon until 7
p.m. There will be food, jukebox,
big screen T.V. and an Oasis
Lounge. For more information,
call the club at (863) 763-3378.
The Cypress Hut Fraternal
Order of Eagles post #4509
located 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
visiting www.foe4509.com, or
calling (863) 467-1154.
Food is served several
evenings 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.
Vpeu Sat. March 8th
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board certified urologist, will be
sponsoring a FREE prostate
A complimentary continental breakfast will be served.
No obligation for participants to pursue medical treatment
at Okeechobee Cancer Center.
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Start a new career in the much needed field of
nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
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work required. Send resume
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Books & Magazines535
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BUNK BEDS Brand new.
Wooden. Extra brand new
ENTERTAINMENT CENTER -
Light Oak w/27" Color TV &
Stereo w/Remote. $250 for
all. (352)615-1835 Okee
RING Near full ct. solitaire w/
14 kt. white gold. Lifetime
warranty. Paid $600, $400
or best offer. '(863)484-0803
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PEKINGNESE PUPS 10 wks
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Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Services Wanted 830
Lawn & Garden 850
DIXON CHOPPER 50" cut,
low hours, exc. cond.
$4,995. Call 863-763-4774
Business Places 910
Farm Property .
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
In Town, 2br/2ba, $850
mo. + $500. sec. dep.
Includes Washer & Dryer
FURNISHED APT- On Water.
Utilities paid. Adult Commu-
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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.
2br, 1ba, 1st & last,
REMODELED 2/1, 2 story
screened porch, very clean,
no pets. $750/mo, 1st, last
& Dep. (863)634-3313
TAYLOR CREEK CONDO
Avail. Immediately, Newly
furnished, New carpet. Pool,
Tennis & Boat dock. 1 br, 1
ba, $750 + util. Annual lease
215-359-7779. Really Nice!!!
TAYLOR CREEK CONDO -Avail
Immediately, Newly furnished,
New carpet. Pool, Tennis &
Boat dock. 2 br, 1 ba, $975.
mo + until. Annual lease
215-359-7779. Really Nice!
BRAND NEW- Rent or Buy
3br/2ba, 1700 sq ft, garage,
laundry, tiled, $1000/mo.
rent. $5,000 applied to pur-
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BASSWOOD 3 BR, 1 BA,
3632 NW 28th Ave. $875
mo. + $875 sec. dep. Call
Brand New 3/2/2
BASSWOOD ESTATES, New
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$1050/Buy 125K Financing
DIXIE RANCH ACRES, 2BR,
1BA, Call for info. 8am-5pm.
HOUSE FOR RENT: 2br/1ba by
Kissimmee River. $500/mo.
1st mo & sec dep to move in.
No Dogs! Call 561-746-5852
IN OKEECHOBEE CITY: 4 Br.,
2 Ba, $1100 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. & refs. Call Barry for
more info. 772-216-1461
IN TOWN A-Frame, Clean,
3br/2ba, w/d hook up,
screened porch, gar, lawn
serv, non-smoking environ,
sm pets. $1200/mo + sec
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dep. Call (863)763-4414
Okee, 715 NE 29th Ave.,
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Fla. rm., Owner/Agent, own-
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
GENERAL JURIDSICTION DIVISION
CASE NO: 07000337CA
a/k/a N.R MAERCKS,
GARNETTW. ST. LOUIS JOBSON,
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE ACTION
TO: GARNETTW. ST. LOUIS JOBSON
2860 Somerset Drive, K215
Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33311
All parties claiming interest by, through,
under or against GARNETT W. ST.
LOUIS JOBSON. unknown Heirs-at-
LiJ 1.1 4 I iji.l : ,i mw jU ,: I -n ,',I
or claiming to have any right, title or
interest in the property herein de-
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED as follows:
1. On February 19, 2008, a RFinal Judg-
ment of Foreclosure was entered in fa-
vor of the Plaintiff, NITA MAERCKS,
aka N.P. MAERCKS, and against the
Defendant GARNETT W. ST LOUIS
2. Pursuant to Final Judgment of Foreclo-
sure, on March 19, 2008 at 11 a.m. at
public auction to be held at Okeecho-
ee Judicial Center, Jury Assembly
Room, located at 312 NW 3 Street
Okeechobee, FL in this county, the
Clerk of the Court, SHARON ROBERT-
SON, shall offer for sale to the highest
bidder all of tre ,;,,iii rii in,i ir i,,, :i
of Defendant -: i r ir,: :.ii. ,," j
The East 1/2 of the East 1/2 of the North
1/2 of the North 1/2, of Tract 17, Sec-
tion 11, Township 34 South, Range 33
East, according to the Plat thereof, as
recorded in Plat Book 4, Page 3, of the
Public Records of Okeechobee
Property Address: 16012 NW 312 Street,
3. Any person claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, if any, other
than the property owner as of the date
of the lis pendens, must file a claim
within 60 days affer the sale.
DATED on 2/9/2008.
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Linda F. Young
263656 ON 3/6,13/08
Big fifth lead Falcons over Brahmans
NOTICE OF SALE
Rainbow Title & Lien, Inc. will sell at Public Sale at Auction the following vehicles to
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at 10 A.M.
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Located at 1254 N.W. 106 Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972 Okeechobee
Any persons) claiming any interests) in the above vehicles contact Rainbow Title
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262974 ON 3/6/08
By Charles M. Murphy
Things can get ugly in a hurry just
ask Brahmans baseball Coach Dylan
Lodged in a tight 1-1 game in the top
of the fifth Tuesday night, Jensen Beach
sent 14 men to the plate, scored eight
times, and defeated Okeechobee, 12-2.
"We're going to have to play close
games to win. If some things don't go
our way and we drop our head you see
how ugly it can get in a hurry," Tedders
The fifth was an inning the Brah-
mans would like to forget. They com-
mitted two costly fielding errors and a
pair of Brahman pitchers gave up five
hits. They also hit two batters.
"We're still a little mentally imma-
ture," Tedders noted, "We just have to
figure out a way to fight through and
battle and get a little tougher mentally."
Before the fifth it was a pitchers' duel
between Okeechobee Dustin Stokes,
and Jensen's Evan Coale. Stokes al-
lowed just one run in the first four in-
nings, and allowed just four hits. Coale
was just as good with four solid innings.
He allowed one hit and struck out eight
That changed in the fifth. Matt Carec-
cia was hit by a pitch to start the rally.
He stole second and scored on a single
by Brad Hopek into short right field. T. J
Laycock followed with an RBI triple and
Mike Anthony hit an RBI double. Stokes
then hit Justin Wood and Nick Burke
reached on a Texas league pop fly in no
man's land on the right field line. Re-
liever Joey Voss didn't have much bet-
ter luck. He entered the game with the
bases loaded and hit two batters and
allowed another RBI single by Hopek.
When Will Davis secured a ground ball
off the bat of Laycock to end the frame,
Jensen had batted for 33 minutes and
they led 9-1.
Tedders said his pitchers tried to do
too much and when the defense let
them down they got mad and left pitch-
es up, which Jensen hammered.
Okeechobee tried to rally in the bot-
tom of the fifth as they loaded the bases
on walks to Cameron Tewksbury and
Clay Coleman,,and a sharp single by
Stokes. However the Jensen bullpen
was able to limit damage to one run
which was delivered by a sacrifice fly by
Adam Tewksbury. Will Davis and Jona-
than Crawford both struck out with the
Jensen added two runs in the sixth
against Michael Minondo. Burke had an
RBI triple and Charlie Tortorici an RBI
double to make it 11-2.
Jensen finished the scoring in the
seventh when Joe Scalfani, who signed
to play college baseball in the Ivy
League in February, was hit by a pitch.
With a nine run lead he unexplainably
stole two bases and scored on a sacri-
Things did get a little tense in the
late innings as several batters were hit
by pitches. Mike McClain was hit in the
head after he upset the Jensen pitcher
Girl's basketball celebrates winning season
By Charles M. Murphy
The Brahmans Girls' Basketball pro-
gram enjoyed another winning season
this past year, (10-8), but Head Coach
Tammy Wright plans for bigger and bet-
ter things in the future.
The team held their annual banquet
Monday night at the Golden Corral and
Wright encouraged all the girls to keep
working on their games and commit
themselves to becoming better basket-
"I'm content with how we did this
year. I'm looking forward to next year
and having a better season," she said.
The team had a winning record and
played much better late in the year.
They lost in the first round of their dis-
trict tournament and it has now been
several years since the Brahmans have
won a district tournament game. Wright
hopes to end that bad habit.
Monica Koger was named the
team's most valuable player. She led
the Brahmans in several key categories
including scoring, assists and steals.
The sophomore is having an excellent
career in three sports. She is also one of
the schools best volleyball players and
is also outstanding in track and field.
"Monica is just an all around athlete.
She exceeded the others in most areas,
the team voted unanimously for her as
the MVP," Coach Wright added.
Laquan Ridley was named the
team's most improved player. Jarrell
Conn and Dorothy Burkhardt won the
team's spirit award.
Kitaki Roberts and Heather Fipps
also won team awards at the banquet.
Wright said the team will lose seven
seniors to graduation but she thinks the
team will have a solid corps of players
returning. The Junior Varsity squad also
had an excellent year with 14 victories
this past season.
"We return a number of players so
I'm really looking forward to it. I think
it'll be a good year," she noted.
The team will have open gym in
April and could have a travel team this
summer if enough girls show an interest
in playing. Wright said a lot of the girls
focus on volleyball and that it might be
tough to play both sports in the off sea-
"We're going to work, work, work,
and get better," she said.
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- Wrestling Club
sign ups open
The Chobee Wrestling Club will be-
gin sign ups for the spring season on
Feb. 26, 27 and 28. Kids ages 5 18
are welcome to join, the cost' is $40.
.- Practices are Tuesdays, and Thursdays
From 6 until 8 p.m. in the O.H.S. gymna-
sium. Practice will begin on March 4. If
you have any questions contact Coach
.. Jahner (863) 634-9411 or at the high
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SFWMD to stock Everglades with grass ca
The South Florida Water Manage-
ment District (SFWMD) has hired a
tanker truck to deliver 20,000 grass carp
to the Everglades, with half the ship-
ment arriving at the North New River
Canal in Fort Lauderdale this week.
The delivery is part of a day-long
stocking trip to release the carp into
South Florida's flood control canals on
the eastern edge of the Everglades and
along the urban east coast. The SFWMD
uses grass carp to combat hydrilla, an
invasive non-native plant that clogs ca-
nals critical for flood control. With the
carp chewing their way through the
hydrilla, this successful bio-control pro-
gram helps reduce the need for more
expensive chemical treatments to keep
About $150,000 is being spent this
year to purchase a total of 51,000 of the
10-inch fish to stock canals from Fort
Lauderdale to Homestead. The fish are
specially bred to be sterile so they can-
not increase in numbers and invade the
Grass carp will be stocked in the Everglades to help reduce t
2008 Kids Day Benefit
Taylor Creek Bass Club is pleased
to sponsor our sixth annual, Bill Spri-
gle Memorial "Kids Day" benefit bass
tournament. Tournament 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 includ-
S. ing 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.
1rP Tournament permits and tickets for a
p 50/50 drawing will be available at boat
check the morning of the tournament.
Entry forms are available at several lo-
cal tackle shops, businesses and res-
taurants, 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 23rd annual, Lee
McAllister Memorial "Kids Day Fishing
Festival" to be held the last Sunday in
October at the Agri-Civic Center.
Taylor Creek Bass Club
-a The Taylor Creek Bass Club meets
at the Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528
on the second Thursday of each month.
Tournaments are held the following
weekend. New boaters and (especially)
non-boaters are welcome. For informa-
tion call Dave Stout at (863)467-2255
hoto/SFWMD The club also sponsors and presents
the hydrilla the annual Lee McAllister Memorial
Kid's Fishing Festival.
by calling time out.
Coach Tedders said it appeared the
two schools are developing a pretty
"They showed us a weakness. That
shows he's a little weak mentally. I like
knowing that because were going to
face him later. If he don't like guys call-
ing time out were going to do more of
that. That's just baseball," he noted.
McClain scored the first run, stole
a base, and reached base twice for
Okeechobee. Drew Selvey had two sto-
len bases in the game. Davis reached
base twice as he singled and was hit by
a pitch. Cameron Tewksbury reached
base twice with a single and a walk, and
scored a run. The Brahmans managed
just three hits in the game. "
Okeechobee is off until Friday when
they travel to Fort Pierce Westwood for
another district contest. They return
home Saturday morning to take on dis-
trict opponent Lincoln Park. First pitch
is scheduled for 11 a.m.
10 Okeechobee News, Thursday, March 6, 2008
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Let's play ball
Mike McClain slides in safely ahead of Evan Coules tag during Tuesdays game.
Dustin Stokes (left) threw four. strong innings in Tuesday nights loss to Jensen Beach
while Cameron Tewksbury (right) flips his bat after he reached base during Tuesdays loss
to Jensen Beach.