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Vol. 99 No. 73 Thursday, March 13, 2008 50 Plus tax


Briefs

Need information
about the Fair?
The Okeechobee County
Fair has a new information line
by which you can call to hear
about the daily events for that
day. If you need further infor-
mation, you are able to leave
a voice mail and one of our
members will call you and an-
swer your question. So by call-
ing 863 467 1690 you will be in
touch with the daily events at
the fair. See you at the Fair!

Reception for
administrator
applicants
Meet the county administra-
tor candidates Thursday eve-
ning. There will be a reception
for the finalists at the civic cen-
ter at 6 p.m., Thursday, March
13. The event is open to the
public. While members of the,
public will not directly take part
in the selection process, those
who attend cah form their own
opinions of the candidates and
make those opinions known to
the commissioners.
On Friday, individual com-
missioners will meet one-on-
one with each of the candidates.
The commission as a whole
will then interview the candi-
dates at a county commission
meeting at 1 p.m. in the com-
mission chambers. This meet-
ing is also open to the public
and members of the public will
be able to address the commis-
sion if they so desire.

Food and Shelter
Board to meet
A meeting of the local Emer-
gency Food and Shelter Board
will be. held on March 14, at
3:30 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, room 21,
200 N.W. Second Street.
Public or private voluntary
agencies interested in applying
for Emergency Food and Shelter
Program funds should attend
this meeting and must pres-
ent their applications for these
funds. The deadline for applica-
tion is March 14. Okeechobee
County. will receive approxi-
mately $17,500 to supplement
emergency food and shelter
programs in the county. Pub-
lic or private voluntary agen-
cies interested in applying for
Emergency Food and Shelter
Program funds must contact
local board chair, MaryAnne
Swinford at (863) 763-5725 for
an application.

Drought Index


Current: 367
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None


Lake Levels

10.16 feet
Last Year: 11.00 feet



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

Index
Classifieds ................................. 8
Com ics ................................... 5
Community Events.................... 4
Crossword................................. 5
Obituaries..............................6
Opinion................................... 4
Speak Out................................. 4
Sports............... ............. 10
T V .............................................. 4
W eather...................................... 2

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Awards: School board honors students


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Dr. Patricia Cooper (left) and Science fair director Magie Cable recognized the Inter-
national Science and Engineering Fair Representatives from Okeechobee High School
(left to right) Joy Burnham, Angela McCall and alternate from Okeechobee Freshman
Campus Katie Ammons (alternate) at the March school board meeting.



Board approves policy changes


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee County School
Board approved several chang-
es to policy to make local codes
comply with the Florida Stat-
utes at their meeting on Tues-
day, March 11.
Superintendent Patricia
Cooper also showed recogni-
tion to several students for their
acheivements.
In accordance with the
Smoke Free Air Act, the board
passed policy changes con-
cerning tobacco use in district
facilities.
They also approved unani-
mously. policy changes con-'
cerning the governance and
provisions of data for charter
schools according to State Stat-
ute.
The board approved for
advertisement to adopt board
policy requiring background
screenings for contractors, a
practice that the district already
had in place, according to Dr.
Cooper. Initially the district
had the Jennifer Lunsford Act
and then the following amend-
ments that were added. This
basically puts into policy what
the district has already been
practicing.
This requires vendors, con-
tractors and employees of con-
tractors to meet Level 2 screen-
ing as described in Florida
Statutes.
The board approved the
2008-09 school calendar as
voted for by the Okeechobee
County School Board employ-
ees. Calendar B received 260
votes and Calendar A received
233 votes. The main difference
in the calendar was that spring
break was separate from Easter
weekend in Calendar B which
was chosen.
The board approved an
agreement between TSA Con-
sulting Group, Inc. to ensure
that they are in compliance
with IRS requirements for Re-
tirement Plan Compliance
which is currently changing.
The contract is effective March
11, until June 30, at a cost of


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'OIteechobee News/Chauha Aguilar
Dr. Patricia Cooper and the school board recognized Will
Davis at the March school board meeting for his achieve-
ment of becoming a National Merit Scholarship Finalist.


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Dr. Patricia Cooper recognized all of the Rising Sunshine
State Scholars (left to right) Yesenia Aguirre, William Al-
ford, Kayla Born, Victoria Bostic, Kelsey Burnham, Kyle
Foster, Hector Hernandez, Shawn Horvath at the March
school board meeting for their outstanding achievement
on the 2007 FCAT in Math and Science.


$4.94 per employee.
In other business, the board
approved an agreement with
Gulfstream Goodwill Indus-
tries, Inc. to provide orienta-
tion and mobility training and
evaluation for visually impaired
students. This is based on re-
ferral basis and is fully funded
through the IDEA.
Six schools will also receive
a $1,000 grant that can be used
for classroom materials and
classroom libraries specifically


for reading enhancement in
the. classroom. Okeechobee
High School; New Endeavor
High School; Yearling Middle
School; Seminole Elementary;
Everglades Elementary; and
North Elementary will all re-
ceive $1,000.
we really have per capital
one of the highest national
board certified teachers in the
state of florida. I really wanted

See School Page 2


Commissioner updates local


Rotarians on county business


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
County Commissioner Elvie
Posey spoke to the Rotarians
at their weekly luncheon on
Tuesday, March 11, giving them
an update on what is going on
in the county government and
other things that 'are coming
up.
The county is currently in
the selection process of hiring a
new county administrator. They
have narrowed the field to five
candidates which will meet at
the Okeechobee County Civic
Center on Thursday, March 13,
at 6 p.m. The meeting is open


to the public for citizens to be
able to meet and ask the candi-
dates questions and for the staff
of the county to be able to meet
the candidates as well.
The candidates will also be
taking a tour of the county prior
to the meet and greet.
On Friday, March 14, the
commissioners will be con-
ducting one-on-one interviews
in the morning and then there
will be a public meeting where
they will also hold interviews
with each candidate at 1:30
p.m. in the commission cham-
bers.
This meeting is also open to


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the public and members of the
public will be able to address
the commission if they so de-
sire.
The five finalists are: Lyndon
Bonner of Ocala, former interim
assistant county administrator
of Sumter County and former
city manager of Bunnell; Paul
Brake of Lainsburg, Michigan,
assistant township manager of
Meridian Charter Township in
Michigan and former chief ad-
ministrative officer for Shiawa-
see County, Michigan; Shane
Crawford of Pewaukee, Wisc.,
See Rotary Page 2


Coquina board



pays tribute



to John Entry


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The Coquina Water Control
District Board of Supervisors
paid tribute to John Entry
at their monthly meeting on
Wednesday, March 12. Mr. En-
try, who was killed in a tragic
accident this past Sunday, had
been a member of the board.
The board also made adjust-
ments for increasing fuel pric-
es, hired a new attorney and
received the audit for the past
fiscal year.
"He was a good friend and
a good manager," stated board
chairman Melvin Byars of Mr.
Entry, "He will be missed by
this board. He did a lot for us."
"He was a real taskmaster,
extremely conscientious," said
engineer Malcolm Johnson.
As a cost cutting measure,
it was decided at the February
board meeting to use a local
attorney whenever possible to
handle routine matters. Board
attorney Ken Edwards, from
West Palm Beach specializes in
water control districts. His ser-
vices would be used only when
his specialized knowledge was
necessary.
At the March meeting Mr.
Byars introduced local attorney
Tony Young who will be han-
dling routine matters.
It was noted that their road
repair project is continuing.


However, contractor Durwin
Tiner, who is hauling fill dirt for
Viking roads, requested a price
increase due to increased fuel
costs. He stated that fuel costs
had increased 73.5 cents a gal-
lon since he signed the contract
in December and he was re-
quested a cost increase of $15
a load. The board thought that
price increase was too high.
. Mr. Johnson calculated the
increase in cost to operate a
truck. After factoring in the cost
of fuel for a loader and grader
the board agreed to offer Mr.
Tiner an increase of $5 a load.
"I'd say that's fair," stated
Mr. Byars.
This $5 will be in addition to
the current rate of $73 a load if
the fill dirt is hauled up to five
miles, $83 a load if the fill dirt is
hauled 5 to 10 miles and $93 a
lead for over 10 miles.
The board received an "un-
qualified opinion," which is a
good rating, on the audit for
the fiscal year ending Sept. 30,
2007.
Mr. Johnson reported that
South Florida Water Manage-
ment District has approved the
perrfits necessary for them to
dig fill dirt for canal and road
maintenance.
If the board acts within 30
days they can appoint another
member to take Mr. Entry's
See Coquina Page 2


Business fined


for licensing


code violation


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The appeal of William Rose,
Jr. owner of Crazy Mary's, for
a fine reduction fell on deaf
ears. At their meeting on Tues-
day night, March 11, the City
of Okeechobee Code Enforce-
ment Board declined to take
action on Mr. Rose's appeal. He
had been cited for operating a
business without the proper li-
cense. According to code board
policy, after the fine had run for
90 days, the code board recom-
mended to the city council that
foreclosure proceedings be ini-
tiated. Mr. Rose appealed his
case to the city council at their
last meeting. The city council
asked that he state his case to
the code board since he had
not had a hearing before that
group.
It was Mr. Rose's conten-
tion that since he had a retail
license he could sell anything
he wished. He had been sell-
ing aluminum products and


groceries from his Park Street
location. Mr. Rose said he had
been told that he could sell
aluminum as well as groceries
with his occupational license.
The opinion of city attorney
John Cook was the that Mr.
Rose operated two separate
businesses and that he needed
an occupational license for
each business.
Mr, Rose also claimed that
he did not know of the viola-
tion until he read about the
proposed foreclosure in the
newspapers. He said there was
a problem with his signs. He
said he changed his sigfis and
thought that everything was
legal.
Code enforcement officer
Fred Sterling stated that one no-
tice of violation was mailed to
Mr. Rose's house and that Mrs.
Rose signed for it. Mr. Rose said
he was in the process of a di-
vorce and he was not commu-
nicating with his wife. On two
.See Code Page 2


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Rotarian Treasurer Kristy Crawford (right) invited County
Commissioner Elvie Posey to their weekly Rotary lun-
cheon on Tuesday, March 11, where he gave members an
update of what is going on within the county.


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2 Okeechobee News, Thursday, March 13, 2008


Okeechobee News/Chauna Agullar
Dr. Patricia Cooper and the school board expressed their ap-
preciation to Danny Rumbaugh at the March school board
meeting for his 19 years of service as a Maintenance Special-
ist with the Okeechobee County School District.


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
The Okeechobee County School Board recognized the State
Science and Engineering Fair Representatives from Okeecho-
bee Freshman Campus (left to right) LeAnna Cotton, Kelsey
Burnham, Celena Letcher and Wesley Minis (not pictured) at
the March school board meeting.


School
Continued From Page 1

to recognize all of these teach-
ers for this accomplishment. The
funds are set by the state and pro-
vided by the state.'
In other business the board:
recognized County Spelling
Bee Champions: first place, Jack-
ie O'Connor from Yearling; sec-
ond place, Pauline Aguilar; third
place, Kirby Dobbs;
+ recognized National Merit
Scholarship Finalist Will Davis;
recognized Rising Sunshine
State Scholars: Yesenia Aguirre;
William Alford; Chad Batezel;
Kayla Born; Victoria bostic;
Kelsey Burnham; Michael Cor-
nell; Melissa Floyd; Kyle Foster;
Hector He,rnandea; Shawn Hor-
vath; Luke Joles; William Kenne-
dy; Kyle Lunt;'Evan Mattson; Wes-
ley Mims; Isabella Penido; Jaisa
Sinclair; Michael Sutton; Ryan
Travers; and Elizabeth Turner;
recognized State Science &


Coquina
Continued From Page 1

place. If the position is vacant for
over 30 days, it will have to be
filled by the governor. In order
to sit on the Coquina Board of


Code
Continued From Page 1

different occasions Mr. Sterling
had hand delivered notices of vio-
lation to the store. Those notices
were signed for by a person wait-
ing on customers and operating
the cash register who appeared
to be an employee. Mr. Rose said


Engineering Fair Representatives;
OMS-Benjamin Kielbasa and
Savannah Simpson; YMS-Chris-
topher Boney; Macy Gamiotea;
Monica Hernandez; Brittany Ser-
rano; Sarah Peoples (alternate);
OFC-Kelsey Burnham; LeAnna
Cotton; Celena Letcher; Wesley
Mims; OHS-Joy Burnham; Angela
McCall; and Katie Ammons (alter-
nate);
recognized International
Science & Engineering Fair Rep-
resentatives: Joy Burnham; An-
gela McCall; and alternate Celena
Fletcher;
*recognized the retirement of
Don Pippin, Attendance officer
of 18 years of service; and retire-
ment of Danny Rumbaugh, Main-
tenance Specialist of 19 years of
service; and,
Approved expulsion of eight
students; seven from New En-
deavor High School and one from
Yearling Middle School.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at caguilar@newszap.com.


Supervisors, a person must own
land in Viking and be current on
their taxes and assessments. If a
suitable candidate is located, the
board will hold a special meeting
to consider this candidate.
Post your opinions In the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached
at pgawda@newszap.com.


this person was not an employee
but the wife of an employee and
he did not know she was waiting
on customers and operating the
cash register.
It was Mr. Cook's opinion that
these were all legal notifications.
Mr. Rose's $25 a day fine has
accumulated to $2,800 plus a $25
administrative fee.
Turning to another case, Mr.
Sterling stated that Louis Doughty


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
The Okeechobee County School Board recognized the State
Science and Engineering Fair Representatives from Okeecho-
bee High School (left to right) Joy Burnham, Angela McCall
and Katie Ammons (alternate) at the March school board
meeting.


Y h h )A'W


UKeecnooee rNews/launa Aguinar
The Okeechobee County School Board recognized the State
Science and Engineering Fair Representatives from Osceola
Middle School Benjamin Kielbasa (left) and Savannah Simp-
son (right) at the March school board meeting.


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
The Okeechobee County School Board recognized the State
Science and Engineering Fair Representatives from Yearling
Middle School (left to right) Christopher Boney, Macy Gami-
otea and Brittany Serrano at the March school board meet-
ing.

News in Brief

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


parks a boom truck on his S.W.
10th Drive property. He said that
when Mr. Doughty is warned,
he moves the truck for a while
and then parks it on the property
again. Upon the recommenda-
tion of Mr. Sterling the board vot-
ed that Mr. Rose was in violation
from Jan. 26 to Feb. 21 but that
he was now in compliance. This
action will make Mr. Doughty a
repeat offender if he violates that


same code again.
The property of John and Su-
san Hammer on S.E. 8th Drive has
previously been fined because the
property needed a general clean-
ing. The house on the property is
standing vacant. The board voted
to secure the house as a safety
precaution.
Post your opinions In the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached
at pgawda@newszap.com.


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Dr. Patricia Cooper and the school board expressed their ap-
preciation to Don Pippin at the March school board meeting
for his 18 years of service as an attendance officer with the
Okeechobee County School District.



Correction
An error appeared in an article on the front page of the Tuesday,
March 11, issue of the Okeechobee News under the headline "Pub-
lic invited to meet finalists."
The reception for county administrator candidates will be held
at the Okeechobee County Civic Center, not the county annex as
was erroneously reported.
We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this error.
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deputy county administrator for.
Walworth County, Wisconsin and
former county administrator for
Buffalo County, Wisconsin; G.
Andrew Hall from Henderson,
Nev., planning director for Hen-
derson, and former city manager
of Payson City, Utah; and Larry
Stoever of Saline, Mich., former
city manger of Saline, and former
city manager of Greenville, 111.
In other business Commission-
er Posey spoke of the economic
vision for Okeechobee that is in-
herent due to the passing of the
homestead amendment changes.
Priorities of the commission
were outlined with the Emere-
gency Operations Center (EOC)
with a county-wide communica-
tion center topping the list.
The EOC is budgeted at ap-
proximately $5.6 million; $1.6
million comes from grant funds
and over $3.9 million comes from
the county budget. Actual cost for
the-EOC-operations typically cost
the county $5 million.


The county is looking at a
county-wide communication sys-
tem which would interlock all of
the local governmental and emer-
gency agencies at a cost of $4.2
million. The current system is se-
verely antiquated and is in much
need of an update. Approximately
$756,000 of this bill will be entered
into with grant funding and the
county is allowed to use $525,000
in impact fee funds to go towards
this project as well.
The remaining would have to
budgeted.
The next issue on the table is
the old courthouse renovations
which the county has already re-
ceived grant funding of $981,892.
The total project will cost the
county $3.5 million; with approxi-
mately $2.5 million coming from
the County Landfill Trust Fund.
The renovated courthouse will
be set up to provide quality of-
fice space for county operations;
Veteran's Administration; SHIP
program; Supervisor of Elections
Office; and some office space for
the commissioners.
The upstairs courtroom will
be renovated to be new commis-


sion chambers with more seating
room for citizens.
During the renovations, mod-
ulars will be set up on the land
across from the old courthouse
where they have recently demol-
ished the old Teen Town build-
ing. These temporary structures
will house the employees who
are currently working in the old
courthouse building.
When asked by a Rotarian, "Is
the county doing anything specif-
ic to spur economic growth?" Mr.
Posey flatly stated, "In my opin-
ion, no."
Mr. Posey expressed that this
issue had to be corrected and
"if we don't do something about
economic development then we
are going to wither on the vine."
He mentioned groups such
as Florida's Heartland Rural Eco-
nomic Development Initiative
(FHREDI) where he has seen
many meetings held with no rep-
resentation from Okeechobee.
Florida's Heartland encom-
passes six south central Florida
counties, which have a land area
of 5,000 square miles with a popu-
lation of 250,000 living in 24 com-


munities. Although each commu-
nity is unique, the goal of FHREDI
is to provide a broad-based sup-
port for economic progress with
a unifying theme.
"We need to make Okeecho-
bee attractive to businesses," stat-
ed Commissioner Posey.
In other Rotarian business, on
Saturday, March 29, the Rotary
will host their Lake Okeechobee
Scenic Trail (LO.S.T.) Bike Ride-
Run-Walk at the Scott Driver rec-
reation area off State Road 78
West.
Registration begins at 7:30
a.m. and the ride-run-walk begins
at 8 a.m.
The event will raise funds to
go toward local Rotarian schol-
arships for Okeechobee High
School seniors and to the Boy
Scouts of America local chapters.
Refreshment and bathroom
facilities are provided along the
route as you tour the 12, 20, 40 or
54 mile roundtrip courses, begin-
ning and ending at Scott Driver.
For more information about
the L.O.S.T. Bike Ride-Run-Walk
contact Jim McGinnes at (863)
763-3101.


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Water shortage continues despite rains Arrest Report


West Palm Beach -- Meteorol-
ogists at the South Florida Water
Management District (SFWMD)
Wednesday reported that the re-
gion received above-average rain-
fall last month for the first time
since October 2007. Water man-
agers successfully captured and
stored much of that rain, improv-
ing regional groundwater and
surface water levels in advance of
the anticipated height of the dry
season in March and April.
Despite the rainfall reprieve,
the District's 16-county region
is still experiencing a multi-year
rainfall deficit of more than 20
inches. The SFWMD continues to
encourage aggressive water con-
servation to stretch and protect
public water supplies until wet
season rains return to replenish
those resources and help pull the
region out of water shortage.
District-wide February rainfall
averaged 2.99 inches, about an
inch higher than the historical av-
erage for the month. During the
current dry season (November,
December, January and Febru-
ary), however, District meteorolo-
gists have recorded an average of
just 5.94 inches of rain including
nearly 3 inches in February. This
is 65 percent of the historical av-


erage, or a relative deficit of 3.33
inches, for the November-Febru-
ary period.
All of the SFWMD's major ba-
sins have experienced below av-
erage rainfall this dry season. The
highest rainfall percentage (rela-
tive to historical averages) has oc-
curred in the District's Big Cypress
Basin, where 8.35 inches of rain
-- about 91 percent of the basin's
historical average -- was record-
ed. Meanwhile, the District's four
northernmost basins -- the Upper
Kissimmee, Lower Kissimmee,
Okeechobee and Martin/St. Lucie
County basins -- all received 70-75
percent of their respective histori-
cal rainfall averages over the four-
plus month period.
South Florida's dry season be-
gins in November and ends with
the start of the wet season, typi-
cally in May. The season's driest
months are usually March and
April, when increased sunlight
normally leads to increased water
loss through evapotranspiration
rates and more rapid declines in
surface water elevations.
Dry season outlook
All official climatic forecasts
call for below average rainfall


Water restrictions in effect


The South Florida Water
Management District (SFWMD)
has declared an extreme Dis-
trict-wide water shortage, di-
rectly affecting more than five
million South Florida residents
and thousands of farms and
businesses. Modified Phase III
water shortage order, went into
Jan. 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 irri-
gate lawns and landscapes on
Monday between 4 a.m. and
8 a.m. or 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Even street addresses may
irrigate lawns and landscapes
on Thursday between 4 a.m.
and 87 a.m. or 4 p.m. and 8
p.m. Residents and businesses


with more than five acres
have expanded irrigation hours,
between midnight and 8 a.m.
OR 4 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. on
their designated irrigation day.
Hand-watering with one hose
fitted with an automatic shut-off
nozzle is allowed for 10 minutes
per day for landscape stress re-
lief and to prevent plant die-off.
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 vol-
untarily reduced.
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.


in Central and Southern Florida
throughout March and April, coin-
ciding with peak water demands
that may strain low water sup-
plies. Regional rainfall patterns
are expected to be influenced
by a strong weather anomaly in
the equatorial Pacific known as
La Nifia, which almost always
signals below average rainfall for
Florida.
Despite moderate gains from
recent rain events, surface water
and groundwater levels across
most of the District remain un-
seasonably low and are expected
to decline with continued below-
average rainfall. Water levels in
the District's two largest water
bodies, Water Conservation Area
3 and Lake Okeechobee, remain
lower today than this time last
year.
At 10.16 feet above sea lev-
el Wednesday morning, Lake
Okeechobee remains more than
four feet below its historical aver-
age -- and nearly a half-foot be-
low previous historic lows -- for
this time of year. Water levels in
the lake have been setting new re-
cord daily lows for more than nine
months. Lake Okeechobee is the
source of water for 500,000 acres
of farmland in the Everglades Ag-


ricultural Area and serves as a pri-
mary backup supply to more than
five million South Floridians.
Water restrictions
in effect
An extreme District-wide wa-
ter shortage order issued by the
SFWMD instituted a one-day-
a-week watering schedule for
residential landscape irrigation
beginning Tuesday, Jan. 15. Land-
scape irrigation accounts for up
to half of all household water
consumption in Florida. Over the
winter months, far less water is
lost to evaporation than during
the warmer spring and summer
months, and natural plant growth
is minimal so they require less fre-
quent watering.
For additional information on
the water shortage, irrigation re-
strictions or water conservation,
call the SFWMD's toll-free Water
Conservation Hotline at 1-800-
662-8876, contact a regional
SFWMD service center or visit
www.sfwmd.gov/conserve. Help-
ful water conservation tips also
are available at www.savewaterfl.
com.


Glades County Arrest Report


The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-
der the influence (DUI) charges
by the Glades County Sheriff's Of-
fice (GCSO), the Seminole Police
Department (SPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) or the De-
partment of Corrections (DOC).
Katheryn Lopez, 18, Moore
Haven, was arrested March 3 on
a charge of possession of a con-
trolled substance without a pre-
scription. Her bond was set at
$5,000.
Nathan Russell, 21, Moore
Haven, was arrested March 3 on a
felony charge of possession of co-
caine and a misdemeanor charge
of possession of marijuana under
20 grams. His bond was set at
$5,500.


Rogelio Pena Jr, 19, Moore
Haven, was arrested March 6 on a
charge of burglary. His bond was
set at $5,000.
Jack Albritton, 22, LaBelle,
was arrested March 6 on a war-
rant charging him with grand
theft-auto. His bond was set at
$15,000.
Anthony Fairclough, 25,
Okeechobee, was arrested March
7 on a charge of battery (domes-
tic violence). His bond was set at
$7,500.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who
is later found innocent or has
had the charges against them
dropped is welcome to inform
this newspaper. The information
will be confirmed and printed.


The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-
der the influence (DUI) charges by
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
(DOC).
John Wesley Tommie, 44,
Rt. 6, Okeechobee, was arrested
March 10 by Deputy Lieutenant
Keith Murrish on a warrant charg-
ing him with the felony of worth-
less check. His bond was set at
$2,500. He was also arrested on
another amended warrant that
charged him with violation of
probation resisting arrest with-
out violence, violation of proba-
tion fleeing and eluding a law
enforcement officer and viola-
tion of probation driving while
license suspended felony. He is
being held without bond on these
charges.
Richard Lowry, 53, N.W
98th St-, Okeechobee, was -ar-
rested March 10 by Deputy Lt.
Keith Murrish on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him
with driving under the influence
with priors. His bond was set at
$2,500. He was also arrested on
another Okeechobee County
warrant that charged him with
the misdemeanor of violation of
probation disorderly conduct.
His bond on that charge was set
at $750.


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Jody Clinton Underhill, 45,
N.W. 33rd Ave., Okeechobee,
was arrested March 10 by Deputy
Lt. Keith Murrish on an Okeecho-
bee County warrant charging him
with possession of oxycodone,
possession of alprazolam and
possession of methadone. His
bond was set at $15,000.
Sylvester Johnson, 29, S.
Mable Butler, Orlando, was ar-
rested March 11 by Deputy Har-
old Hancock on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him
with violation of probation felo-
ny battery. He is being held with-
out bond.
Jessatrius Dortch, 23, N.E.
14th Ave., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested March 11 by DOC's Alfreda
L. McFarlane on charges of viola-
tion of probation grand theft,
violation of probation resisting
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violence, violation of probation -
aggravated stalking, violation of
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but online comments get posted faster and not all phone calls
can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
ONLINE SURVEY: The school district has a survey online. There
are 21 questions with an additional comments field. It does not get
any easier for parents to rate their child's school and voice their opin-
ion. http://www.okee.kl2.fl.us/index.ht.
FAIR: I was out at the fair on Saturday and I thought it was very
nice, but there didn't seem to be many people there. I hope people do
support it and help in grow.
PHONES: My pet peeve is people who talk loudly on direct con-
nect phones in restaurants, stores and other public places. Don't they
know we can hear the whole conversation? Some of those conversa-
tions should be private. And frankly, I don't want to know their per-
sonal business. Too much information. Also, the loud "beep beep"
is very annoying. If you must make a call, take it outside folks. Don't
subject the rest of the diners to your loud talking and the constant
beeping of your phone. Also, watch your language. There are children
present and the parents may not want them to learn those words. One
man was standing behind me in line in the store, talking loudly on the
phone and swearing. When I tried to get his attention, he swore at me.
The store manager wouldn't do anything about it. I took my kids out of
the store and shopped elsewhere.
ELECTION: The way the Democrats are beating each other up,
accusing each other of all sorts of nasty business, I don't see how that
party is going to form a united front for the general election. I think
Hillary and Obama are not so much hurting each other as helping the
Republicans. McCain and Huckabee were very gracious to each other
in the debates. I wouldn't be surprised if we see them on the ticket
together. But how could Hillary and Obama be on a ticket together
when they have constantly insulted each other in public? Personally,
attack ads turn me off. I can't stand them and when candidates start
running those, I lose interest.
FCAT: I am concerned how stressed the little elementary school
children are about passing the. FCAT tests. I think the schools are put-
ting too much pressure on them. It isn't right to do that to little children.
I can understand the high school students should feel some pressure
to pass the test or they won't graduate. And I think that is right that the
diploma should mean something, that they did learn enough to pass
those tests. But the little ones are too stressed and upset about these
tests. They need to take it easier on the little, guys.
FAIR: I am really impressed with all they are doing at the fair this
year. My son can't wait for the demolition derby. He is really excited
about that.
FAIR TIMING: Saturday afternoon a friend and myself went to the
rodeo to watch the local girls do their horsey thing. I was disturbed
at the cost a parent had to pay to watch their child perform. I also
went back Tuesday evening. It was the best fair I have ever attended.
We did not have to stand in line for anything. We walked right up to
the vendors and received prompt service. If we had been inclined, w
ecould have walked right on the ride of our choice, with absolutely no
wait. It was fabulous. Just like our own private fair with no children
around to annoy us, no teenagers chasing after one another and no
old people congesting the walk-way. Thank you to whoever planned
it this way. Me and my friend felt like royalty. We have havenever had any-
one give us such an expensive gift but we loved it! Our own private
fair ... so special.
COUNTY COMMISSION: The individual county commission-
ers have absolutely no individual authority. Only when meeting as
+ aboardr, and only by the outcome of the board voting, do they have
any authority. Citizens directly complaining to individual county com-
pmissioners is a waste of time. Complaints should begin with the ap-
plicable county department head to resolve problems. If not satisfied
with the outcome, then complaints should be referred to the county
administrator. If still not satisfied, then the complaints should be pre-
sented to the board at one of its meetings. This is how the system is
supposed to work. It provides for the greatest accountability to citi-
zens. That you are willing to accept less accountability on the part of
county employees and officials is at best foolish.
COMPLAINTS: What is wrong with people? They move into an
area that is zoned agriculture and then complain about the roosters
crowing, the smell of cow manure or the sounds of farm machinery. If
you want to live in a residential area, check the zoning before you buy.
Don't move into an area that is zoned for agriculture and try to make
everyone else change. Agricultural zoning means you should expect
your neighbors to have horses, cows, pigs, donkeys, goats, chickens
and ducks or whatever farm animals they want. And the sounds of
cows mooing, roosters crowing or donkeys braying are just part of the
package. Some people enjoy hearing a rooster crow in the morning.
If you don't, then find a residential area with deed restrictions banning
chickens.
TRAVEL TRAILERS: I thought it was against county code to park
a travel trailer in a residential area and let someone live there. I know
there were some exceptions made after the 2004 hurricanes, but that
was four years ago. I should think the hurricane damage should be
cleaned up by now and the code against travel trailers should be en-
forced.
RUDE CALLERS: It's a shame when rude people ruin what could
have been a nice lunch. It's especially a problem with the cellphones
with direct connect. However, to hear the entire conversation at the
volume of a jet's engine is very annoying. Even if you "shoot em a
look" they don't seem to get the point.



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Upcoming Events

Thursday, March 13
AA. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
at the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call
Margaret at (863) 467-8020, or Belinda at (863) 357-0166.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone
interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend.
There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security
Death Index and military information available. For information, call
Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Prayer Group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center located
at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863)Y 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. at the
fellowship hall at 412 N.W Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-
5996.
ABWA Women of Tomorrow Chapter meets from noon until
1 p.m. at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone
interested in attending is welcome. For information, call Marilyn
Rinear at (863) 697-1807.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m.
at Village Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis and
the public are welcome. For information, contact Frank Irby at (863)
357-1639.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30
p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please join
us or ask questions. Call Phyllis at (863) 467-8636, or Hazel at (863)
763-4920 for information.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W
Second Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at
(863) 357-6257.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for women
who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive
relationships. The support groups are held every Thursday at 6 p.m.
For information call (863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene
Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second
language classes are available at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701
S.W. Sixth St., from 7 until 9 p.m.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Narcotics Anonymous meets Thursday nights for a Basic Text
Meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth
Ave. For information, call (863) 634-4780.
Hand & Hand Ministries of Palmdale meets the second Thursday
of each month in the community club house on the corner of Fifth and
Main at 6 p.m. for food and fellowship and gospel music and the word
at 7 p.m. For information call (863) 612-0640.
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meets at Believers Fellowship, 300
S.W. 6th Ave. at 7 p.m. For information call Monika at (863) 801-3244.
Taylor Creek Bass Club will hold meet at the Buckhead Ridge
VFW Post #9528 at 7 p.m. The club meets the second Thursday
each month with bass tournaments held the following weekend. For
information call Dave Stout at (863) 467-2255.
Classic car show at Beef O'Brady's, 608 S, Parrott Ave., from 6:30
until 8 p.m.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee
and the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group every
Thursday at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family member
is welcome to join. The group is facilitated by social 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.


Community Events

Hospice holds one day sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will host one day yard sale on Friday
March 14 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hospice Blue Volunteer Build-
ing on S.E. Fourth street next to The Hamrick Home. There will be
great bargains at discounted prices. Everything must go to make room
for the new items that have arrived. All proceeds benefit patient care
in Okeechobee and services offered in The Hamrick Home. For more
information call 467-2321.
School board to discuss federal grants
Okeechobee County School Board will host a meeting to inform
private schools of federal grant opportunities for the 2008-09 school
year, on Friday, March 14, at 10:30 a.m. in room 303 of the school
board office.

Library welcomes Mark Smith
The Okeechobee County Library welcomes Mark Smith as he pres-
ents "A Musical Journey through Florida," on March 14, at 7 p.m.
Mark Smith has been a regular on the Florida Folk Music circuit since
1992. His original songs have been heard on commercial and public
radio stations around the state, with lyrics highlighting Florida's peo-
ple and landscapes. A fourth-generation north Florida native, Mark
has worked for 18 years with Florida State Parks, which allows his
even further insight into Florida's natural and cultural history. He has
produced three CDs of original music and is working on a fourth. This
program is funded by the Florida Humanities Council and is free and
open to the public.

Benefit for Daniel Rickards planned
A benefit for Daniel A. Rickards will be held Friday, March 14, in the
cafeteria of the Grace Christian School at 701 S. Parrott Ave. Mr. Rick-
ards, 20, was injured in a Jan. 27 car crash and is now paralyzed from
the chest down. The benefit is to help defray medical costs incurred
by the family. Tickets for the meal are $10 each and can be purchased
at Domer's Inc., 204 S.E. 101h Ave.; the Okeechobee Chamber of Com-
merce, 55 S. Parrott Ave; Grace Christian, 701 S. Parrott Ave.; or, Laura
Sims Accounting, 203 S.E. Second Ave. Take-out lunches will b,e avail-
able for pick up from Grace Christian starting at 11 a.m. Deliveries will
be available for five or more lunches between the hours of 11 a.m. and
2 p.m. Dinner will be offered until 8 p.m., and can be either take-out
or dine-in. A live auction will be held from 6 until 8 p.m. in the Grace
Christian cafeteria, and will be open to the public. For information,
contact Justin at (863) 634-0217 or Audra at (863) 634-2710.

Guardians are topic of radio show
On Saturday, March 15, at 7:30 a.m. WWFR 91.7 FM and 100.3
FM will have Michelle Hollister, Executive Director, Statewide Public
Guardianship Office, on to speak on the topic of Public and Profes-
sional guardians and incompetent vulnerable seniors with limited
means who have no one to answer for, or make decisions for them.
The discussion will be re-broadcast again at I and 6 p.m. that day. For
information on this talk, please contact, Florida Deparment of Elder
Affairs (850) 414-2000 or your local Clerk of Courts office. elderaffairs.
state.fl.us.

Masonic Lodge host Annual Hog Roast
The Okeechobee Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W. Fifth Ave., will host thi-
er Annual Hog Roast on Saturday, March 15, from 4 until 7 p.m. The
menu will be a traditional barbecue. The roast is open to the public.
Tickets are available for $7 per person. Eat in or take out. All proceeds
will benefit the Scholarship fund. For information or tickets please call
Jose Verano, W.M. at (863) 634-2071.


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Students celebrate with Dr. Suess at NES Obituaries


Second Grade News
North Elementary School Sec-
ond grade students have enjoyed
a very busy and fun filled week.
We are celebrating Dr. Seuss's
Birthday by trying to match quotes
from characters to the book titles.
We have enjoyed many of his
books.
Congratulations to all of our
Second graders that have joined
the 50 Point Club in our school
wide Accelerated Reading Recog-
nition Program. Keep up the great
work and continue to read, read,
read.
Good luck to N.E.S. students
taking the FCAT tests. We know
You Can Do It! We will continue
to work hard to master the skills
necessary to succeed this year
and in future years.
Parents please continue to
work with your child on concepts
such as money, time, and mea-
surement. These require a lot of
practice and hands on experi-
ences.
News from Mrs. Mayes and
Mrs. Garcia's classes:
One second grade teacher has
set a goal for herself to steer ev-
ery one of her reading students
into the school's 50 Point Acceler-
ated Reading Club. That totals ap-


proximately one hundred books
read, per student. Good luck, Mrs.
Garcia.
Parents, can you believe that
a second
grade,
spelling
word for
this week '
is 'petro-
g Iphs'?
the word 7
came up,
every stu-
dent immediately commenced
to memorize its spelling. Surveys
do show that the larger words are
easier to remember. It's the little
words that trip us up.
We even digested the mean-
ing of our big word. Originally,
one little smart girl, Gianna Ven-
ters, decided that petroglyphs
meant, 'Old people'. That's prob-
ably because she was talking to
an old teacher. But, no, it means,
drawings on cave walls. Our text
story is all about cave wall draw-
ings, therefore our mysterious
word. Other words in the group
are words with 'ph' and 'gh' that
make an 'f' sound, like para-
graph and telephone. Regardless
of the challenge, all have vowed


to score 100 percent on test day.
The teacher is even excited. We
sincerely appreciate all parental
help.
Mrs. Cobb's class has two new
members of the A.R. 50 Point
Club: Congratulations to Cindy
Fralix and Mason Gurrola. In
Math, we have just wrapped up
time and are moving on to tables
and graphs. In Science, we are
venturing into our Solar System.
The students are very interested
in this theme. Look out Mrs. Friz-
zle! We would like to wish all of
the students in Okeechobee the
best of luck on the FCAT!
Mr. Smith and his class spent
the month of February reviewing
the history of African Americans.
We created a Black History Wall
outside of our class. Each day we
discussed an important figure in
black history and put them on
our wall of fame, which will re-
main up through March.
Mrs. Hall's class is enjoying
learning about the solar system.
The students are working on sev-
eral projects to reinforce the facts
they are learning in the textbook.
We have quite a few super scien-
tists that add a lot to our discus-
sions! In math, we are working
on interpreting tables and graphs.


The students are really enjoying
this after laboring over money
and time. Parents, we would ap-
preciate your help as you con-
tinue working on these important
lifelong skills! Congratulations to
Preston Arnold and Peyton Furse
for making the 50 Point A.R. Club.
Our class is proud of you!
Third Grade News
Third grade is busy preparing
for FCAT, reviewing and practic-
ing the skills necessary to be suc-
cessful.
Miss Raulerson's class con-
gratulates Kado Caron for being
our first student to make it into
the 50 Point Club for AR.
Mrs. Van Deman's class made
robots -- but they don't work quite
right. Read our hilarious stories
and see our robots on the wall
outside our room.
Mrs. Suarez's class has also
been reviewing and working hard
to get ready for FCAT next week.
The. class is also trying to all get
into the AR 50 Point Club so they
can have a pizza party. Mrs. Su-
arez is proud of her hardworking
class.


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John Stephens, III
John Stephens, III, 61, of Royal
Palm Beach, died Tuesday, March
11, 2008 at Gerstenberg Hospice.
Former resident of Pahokee and
resident of Royal Palm Beach for
the past 30 years, he worked for
U.S. Sugar for 40 years and was
well known around the Lake
Okeechobee area. He served in
the United States Marines and
attained the rank of Master Ser-
geant. After being discharged
from the Marines he remained ac-
tive in the Reserves.
Mr. Stephens is preceded in
death by his parents, John and
Julia Stephens and his brother,
James Stephens.
He is survived by his wife of
40 years, Maria Stephens of Royal
Palm Beach; children, John Ste-
phens of West Palm Beach and
Linda S. Fisher of Lake City. He
is also survived by his grandson,
Wesley Fisher of Tallahassee;
brother, Ira A. (Ann) Stephens of
West Palm Beach and sister Lo-
retta S. (Bill) Weeks of Okeecho-
bee.
The family will receive friends
for visitation at the Tillman Funer-
al Home, 2170 Military Trail, West
Palm Beach on Friday, March 14,
from noon until 2 p.m. with ser-
vices beginning at 2 p.m. in the
Tillman Chapel.
In lieu .of flowers, donations
may be made to Hospice of Palm
Beach, 5300 East Ave. West Palm
Beach, 33407 of the American
Cancer Society.
Friends and family may post
condolences at www.buxtonfu-
neralhome.com.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.


Education

News in Brief

Pre-K registration
begins in March
The Okeechobee County
School Board will begin regis-
tration for the 2008-09 School
Readiness/VPK Pre-kindergarten
program in March. The Pre-K pro-
gram is located at New Endeavor
High School. To be eligible to
participate in the Pre-K program,
children must turn 4 on or before
Sept. 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.

Free GED
classes offered
Indian River Community Col-
lege will be offering free adult
basic education/GED and English
as a second language classes at
these locations: Dixon Hendry
Center, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave.,
English as second language class-
es, Monday and Wednesday from
9 a.m. until noon, adult basic
education/GED, Monday through
Thursday from 8 a.m. until 8:30
p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. until
4 p.m.; Yearling Middle School,
925, N.W. 23 Lane, English as a
second language classes, Monday
-Wednesday 5:30 until 8:30 p.m.;
Everglades Elementary, 3725 S.E.
Eighth St., English as a second
language classes, Tuesday and
Thursday from 6 until 8 p.m.


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Civil Air Patrol assists Red Star training mission


Okeechobee was invaded last
weekend by post cold war So-
viet Block Aircraft. The group is
known as Red Star and it is a na-
tionwide organization of Ameri-
can Pilots who own and fly soviet
block aircraft. As a group they
perform aerobatics and forma-
tion flights for various events all
around the United States. Nation
wide their ranks fly a number of
different types of aircraft includ-
ing Mig Jets, but the aircraft that
visited Okeechobee were pro-
peller driven two seat trainers,
specifically Russian built Yaks
and the North Chinese built Nan-
chang CJ's. These aircraft are all
privately owned and operated.
Some came from as far away as
St. Augustine and Miami.
The event which was a forma-
tion training and currency pro-
gram for Red Star Pilots was host-
ed by the Okeechobee Jet Center.
The Okeechobee Squadron of the
Civil Air Patrol (CAP) was mobi-


lized and tasked to provide sup-
port for the ground school, flight
line security and aircraft mar-
shalling (parking.) Lt. Papasso
the Okeechobee Civil Air Patrol
Squadron Commander explained
his Squadron was happy to sup-
port this event because it is one of
the many non- emergency servic-
es the Civil Air Patrol provides for
the airport and the community.
Lt. Papasso also saw this as an
opportunity to fulfill one of the
Civil Air Patrol's Prime Missions,
Aerospace Education.
Red Star Pilots used CAP's
Ready Room at the airport for
training and debriefing after their
sorties in the same manner CAP
uses the same room after its own
missions and training.
The visit also allowed CAP to
take the Aerospace Education
Mission out into the general pub-
lic. Lt. Papasso noted even if a
resident of Okeechobee did not
make it out to the airport, these


planes could be seen overhead
all weekend flying in formation
which is not something the public
sees very often these days.
Lt. Papasso added it was the
opportunity for his squadron and
specifically the cadets to not only
put some of their training to use by
securing an active flight line and
the directing the ground move-
ment of the aircraft, but also to
gain some first hand knowledge
of these beautiful foreign aircraft.
Lt. Papasso explained that
a big part of the Cadet Program
in the Civil Air Patrol involves
Aerospace Education. While the
Cadets are continually learning
about the fundamentals and phys-
ics of flight, it is all based upon US
manufactured Aircraft and their
systems. The weekend offered a
rare opportunity for the Cadets to
see how foreign engineers more
than half way around the world
designed similar, but different sys-
tems in their aircraft to solve the


Submitted photo
Okeechobee Civil Air Patrol Cadet Airman Michael Miller secured Flight Line during Red Star
training at the Okeechobee Airport last weekend.


same aerodynamic and system
problems. While working the
flight line, the cadets were able
to interact and speak to many of
the pilots and were briefed on


safety procedures specify to these
unique aircraft by Red Star Pilots.
For information on the Cadet
or Adult Program the Civil Air Pa-
trol offers please contact Lt. Joe


Papasso at (561) 252-0916, or
Lt. Joe Ragon at (954) 695-8000.
Meetings are every Tuesday at
7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Okeechobee
Airport.


The Okeechobee Community Choir
in its 10th year under the direction of Sandy Perry,
will present the Easter Cantata,

The Day He Wore My Crown
and Other Easter Favorites, Including
The Holy City and Handel's Hallelujah! Chorus

Presented at The First United

Methodist Church
200 NW 2nd Ave.


Friday,

March 14
7PM


Saturday,

March 15
7PM


Okeechobee Cancer Center &


Dr. Tristan H. Pangilinan, M.D.,
board certified urologist, will be
sponsoring a FREE prostate


cancer screening






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No obligation for participants to pursue medical treatment
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SSunday,

March 16
.3PM


The heavenly selections will be gloriously sung by a 66-voice choir
comprised of singers from the following 13 local
churches: Buckhead Ridge Christian, Church of
Our Saviour, First United Methodist, His House
Fellowship-Church of the Nazarene, KOA
Community, Northside Baptist, Okeechobee
Presbyterian, Peace Lutheran, Sacred Heart
Catholic, Seventh-day Adventist, Saint
Theresa's Catholic, The Gathering, and
Westside Christian
Soloists:
Justin Allen, Paul Beatty, Betsy Cheney, Reid
and Erin Ellinger, Michael Hutchison, JoAnn
Kane, Kevin Kinnaird, Lonnie Kirsch, John & Chris
Sufficool, Sydney Thacker, Kathryn Wilkinson &
Victoria Williams
Accompanist: Michael Hayes Narrator: Nicolle Wood
Sound: Sheila Brown
Admission is free A Love Offering will be taken
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Apply In Person To:
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
1646 Hwy. 441 North


TURTLE COVE
ANNUAL YARD SALE

BUCKHEAD RIDGE Fri., 3/14,
8am til 3pm, 10 Linda Rd.,
Turtle Cove RV Park, off of
Hwy. 78, turn at the Moose
Club. Little Bit of Everything!


Tall Guy- Secure, Profes., To
meet Attractive Gal or Couples
for Dining, Traveling, etc. Call
(863)946-3123 Can entertain
couples & friends. Lets meet!



FOOD, FUN & GAMES!!!
Easter at the Muse Volunteer
Fire Department, Saturday,
March 15th from 10am-2pm
(863)673-7539


Emplment,



Employment -
Full-Time 205
Employment -
Medical 210
Employment -
Part-Time 215
Employment
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230




Aaron's Sales & Lease
Okeechobee store is NOW
HIRING for RETAIL/SALES
MGR. SALARY + COMM/BO-
NUS. SUNDAY OFF, Room
for growth to GM. Must have
2yrs. college or 2yrs Mgmt
exp. pass criminal/drug test,
clean MVR, 21 yrs or older,
45hr work wk. email resume
rebecca.sordo@aaronrents.com
or apply in person 2302 hwy
441 S. 34974


BOOKKEEPER Part time /
Full Charge for local CPA Firm.
Quickbooks & Payroll
experience required.
Fax resume (863)467-3050
HEAVY EQUIPMENT
OPERATORS NEEDED
Minimum 5 years experience
Please call (561)204-4925



RN POSITION
For Medical Oncology Office.
Fax resume to (772)460-5503






Business
Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315




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never accept any advertise-
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sidered fraudulent. In all
cases of questionable val-
ue, such as promises of
guaranteed income from
work-at-home programs if
it sounds too good to be
true, chances are that it is.
If you have questions or
doubts about any ad on
these pages, we advise that
before responding or send-
ing money ahead of time,
you check with the Better
Business Bureau at
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complaints.
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numbers may require an
extra charge, as well as
long distance toll costs. We
will do our best to alert our
reader of these charges in
the ads, but occasionally
we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out Of your
area, use caution.


Services I



Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435




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Merchandise



Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines 535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China. Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Pets/Supplies/
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740




CENTRAL HEAT & AIR UNIT -
Goodman 48k btu, serviced
every year, like new. $2000
or best offer. (863)763-3932


RING 14 kt. white gold. lV/2
ct. 5 baguette diamond anni-
versary ring. Beautiful, Must
see! $2500 (863)634-0812


READING A

NEWSPAPER...
makes you a more informed
and interesting person. No
wonder newspaper readers
are more suKcessfull


Agriculture



Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn 9 Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Seeds/Plants/
Flowers 865




HORSES- 1-9 yr. old, black &
white gelding, $1800 & 1-3
yr. old paint mare, red &
white, $1100.
(863)634-5729


Rentals



Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Commercial
Property 915
Condos/
Townhouses -t ent920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property .
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960



OKEECHOBEE 2br, 1ba,
Closed in gar. No pets.
$650/mo + 1st, Last & Sec.
dep. (863)467-2302
OKEECHOBEE: 1BR in town,
$700/mo, utils incl'd, no
pets, smoke-free env. 1st &
sec. (863)610-0861
REMODELED 2/1, 2 story
screened porch, very clean,
no pets. $750/mo, 1st, last
& Dep. (863)634-3313



KINGS BAY- 2br,1ba duplex,
full appliances, no smoking,
no pets, $700/mo, 1st, last,
sec, Call 772-283-2438
leave msg. or email:
postmac@bellsouth.net
KINGS BAY, 2br/2ba, $750
mo. BASSWOOD, 2 br, 1 ba
$700/mo. (863)763-7301 or
(863)532-8042






Brand New 3/22
Concrete Block
Stucco homes.
$995 Down
Payments
From $895
per month



AFFORDABLE NEW HOUSES
3br, 2ba & 3br, 2ba, 2 car
garage, bring pets, large yards.
(561)723-2226
BASSWOOD Pets OKI 3BR,
1 BA, 3632 NW 28th Ave.
New Tile/Carpet/Paint. $825
mo. + sec. dep. Pic's @
www.lexbuyshouses.com
Call Lex (561)715-1768
BASSWOOD ESTATES, New
3br, 2ba on huge lot. Rent
$1050/Buy 125K Financing
Available (754)423-8202
BEAUTIFUL 3br/2ba In Town,
W/D hook up, 2 screened
porches, garage, lawn ser-
vice, non-smok env, small
pets considered. $1100 mo.
+ $800 sec. (941)504-3954
IN OKEECHOBEE CITY: 4 Br.,
2 Ba, $1100 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. & refs. Call Barry for
more info. 772-216-1461


Brand New 3 bedroom floor plans.
Concrete Block Stucco homes.
Payments as low as $795 per month.


BRAND NEW- Rent or Buy
3br/2ba, 1700 sq ft, garage,
laundry, tiled, $1000/mo.
rent. $5,000 applied to pur-
chase of $149,900 after 1
year. 3429 NW 40th Dr.
Basswood. (561)718-2822
DIXIE RANCH ACRES, 2BR,
1BA, Call for info. 8am-5pm.
(863)357-6700
OKECHOBEE 3 BR, 1 BA Du-
plex, C/Air, DW, Laundry
m. $775 mo. + $500 sec.
dep. Call (863)763-4414
OKEECHOBEE 2br, 1ba CBS
on 4 lots, enclosed patio, W/D,
Storage shed. Near boat ramp.
$875 mo (786) 201-0306
OKEECHOBEE 2br, lba cot-
tage, on canal, partially furn.,
Direct TV, water, yard maint
provided, car port, screen
porch, $675/mo + $600
dep (772)794-2438 or
(772)538-8183
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage. C/Air. 1st, last &
-sec. 863-467-2541 or after
5 pm 863-634-9330
OKEECHOEE CBS, 4br, 2ba
Waterfront. All tile floors, Hi-
Lo Acres. $1200 mo.
772-349-3848 or 597-1967
THE BIG 0 RV LOT
Yearly rental
@ $200 mo.
(863)763-0445
WATERFRONT 1 Rm. Cot-
tage, Dock, Porch $450/mo.
+ 1st, last & sec. City water
incl (561)346-4692/346-4646



PROFESSIONAL OFFICE
SPACE available, w/in new
comm building, all utils incld.
$600/mo (863)467-1545
Find It faster. Se It soon-
er In the classilleds



TIME SHARE FOR SALE In
beautiful Shenandoah Moun-
tains of VA. $8,000 Firm.
2nd Week of June.
(863)675-3349/675-3077


Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos/
Townhouses Salel015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080



HANDYMAN SPECIAL 3/1
house on 5 acres w/pool.
$250,000 or best offer. 475
NW 363rd Court, Okeecho-
bee, FL (954)599-4673
NEW CBS HOMES
3 br, 2 ba, open floor, tile
throughout, carpet in
bedrooms. Only $110,000
on our lots, $105,000 on
your lot! Sq Ft 1,623 living.
(863)467-5188
OKEE: Immaculate 4/3, shed,
pole barn, jacuzzi, $159,900
referred Properties, Debra
Pinson (863)801-9163
SEMINOLE COVE Senior
Community. 40x40 DW on
Corner Lot. 2 Master Suites
w/Bath's. Lg. Liv. Rm, Din.
Rm & Fam. Rm. Reduced to
$93,000 Call 863-610-0020


FOR SALE -8.37 Acres
Ind/Strge/Warehs, Hwy 78W,
1000+ homes BHR
$75k/acre (863)801-3133


FOR SALE BY OWNER- 1/2
lot, Tropical Gardens in
school district. Call
(772)519-0533
WATERFRONT RV LOTS In
Blue Cypress, golf, club-
house, pool. (239)945-7666
or (239)822-9696


Mobile Homes I



Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes. -Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020



BH RIDGE 3/2 on Waterfront,
Lake access. Fully furnished.
$950. mo. + $950. Sec.
dep. (772)370-1095
BHR 2 MH for rent, l1br, 1ba,
from $425-$450 /mo + sec,
yearly pref. Avail now 55+
Park (863)763-7164
OKEE 1 br, 1 ba, non-smok-
ing environment. $400/mo
+ utilities. (863)634-8253
OKEE. 4143 SE 22nd Ct. 3br,
2ba $750 mo. + 1st, last &
Sec., 3235 SE 26th St 3br,
2ba D/W on the water $1000
mo. + 1st, Last & Sec.
305-494-3738 / 651-4873
OKEE.: New 2br/2ba on private
lot, on water, $800/mo. 1st
& sec. Avail 04/01. No pets
Call (561)767-6112
SW MH nice 2/1, w/addition
on 1 + acre, newly renovat-
ed, $650 mo. + $550 sec.
(863)634-2362
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cessful people



BANK REPO'S
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
561-721-2230
RIVER BEND 55+ Adult
park, doublewide, newly re-
modeled, 3 br, 2 ba, com-
pletely furnished, carport &
workshop. Owner financing,
$25,000 (863)610-9466


Recreation



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



BASS TRACKER 17' TX,
40hp Mercury, 2 fishfinders,
troll.mtr., new batteries, cov-
er, $4500. (609)577-4153

Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise your
yard sale Mn the classi-
fieds and make your
clean mn a bneezel


CARS RV STORAGE
455 US Hwy. 441 SE.,
Okeechobee 34974 Directly
East of Good Spirits Lounge.
Units up to 45 Ft L
accepted.
(863)634-8617 or
(863)763-0295


IRHouse Sal


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
GENERAL JURIDSICTION DIVISION;
CASE NO: 07000337CA
NITA MAERCKS,
a/Wa N.P MAERCKS,
Plaintiff,
vs.
GARNETT W. ST. LOUIS JOBSON,
Defendant
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE ACTION
TO: GARNETT W. ST. LOUIS JOBSON
2860 Somerset Drive, (215
Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33311 :
All parties claiming interest by, through,
under or against GARNETT W. ST..
LOUIS JOBSON, unknown Heirs-at-
Law or legatees of GARNETT W. ST ,
LOUIS JOBSON, and all parties having
or claiming to have any right, title or
interest in the property herein de-
scribed.
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED as follows:
1. On February 19, 2008, a Final Judg-
ment of Foreclosure was entered in a-
vor of the Plaintiff, NITA MAERCKS,
a/k/a N.R MAERCKS, and against the
Defendant GARNETT W. ST. LOUIS
JOBSON.
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 lto the highest .
bidder all of the righttiitie and interest
of Defendant in and to the following
property:
The East 1/2 of the East ,1/2 of the North
1/2 o the North 112 of Tract 17, Sec- '
tion 11, Townphip 34 South, Range 33
East, according to 'the Plat thereof, as
recorded in Plat Book 4, Page 3, of the
'Public. Records of Okeechobee
County, Flonida. .
Property Address: 16012 NW 312 Street, i
Okeechobee FL
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[A1ED l,'. :'"s';U|IH
HauHo Bt:rTuo PJ-N LLIE
( I i. Ir (,:u i.u
1 S- l-.. H. By: Undac EYoung
As Deputy Clerk


tinr lr LOt at 414 Soul n profi Ai
nuc Okec1 n'i Fond.ia 3494 ii,.
Fri43fl e' 281h day it M.i:r, i1" in
umIm 1(10Oh,11 00 M Pu,:uJ, liih
Florida statute 713.78 for unpaid tow- '
ing and storage. Year, Make, Model &
Vin's as follows: I
1992 Silver Honda Accord LX
1HGCB7256NA054432
Terms of sale are cash, and no checks '
will be accepted. The seller reserves
the right of final bid. All sales are final.
No refunds will be made. Said automo-
biles will be sold in "AS IS" with no-
guarantees.
265184 ON 03/13/08


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Automobiles



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



CHEVY CAMARO, '80 350
eng., 4 brand new tires,
$1500 firm. See at 937 NE
32nd Ave., Okeechobee
GRAND AM '91 39K miles, 1
owner, new tires, cold a/c,
excellent condition. $1950
(812)989-3022
Grab a bargain from your
pelghbor's garage,
attic, basement or clos-
'et In today's classilleds.


GMC SL 1999 V6, A/C, Au-
to., 3 Door, Club Cab. 102 K
mis 1 Owneto.. -4499
95Ji1260 1933Oke. e


CHEVY VAN 8.6, V6, Rebuilt
transmission. Runs great
$900 (863)253-1777


Public Notices



Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500



IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
BENEFICIAL FLORIDA, INC.
a Delaware corporation,
Plaintiff
vs. Case No. 2008-CA-0001
CARLTON COMFORT AND PATRICIA
COMFORT; and all unknown parties
claiming by, through, under and
against the above named Defendant
who are unknown to be dead or alive
whether said unknown are persons,
heirs, devisees, grantees, or other clai-
mants; OTTER CREEK ESTATES
HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION INC.;
TENANT I/UNKNOWN TENANT; and
TENANT 11I/UNKNOWN TENANT, in
possession of the subject real property
Defendants.
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO:Cardton Comfort
Patricia Comfort
17057 N.W. 38th Avenue
Okeechobee, Florida 34972
Carlton Comfort
Patricia Comfort
PO. Box 984
Oleechobee, Florida 34972
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for
foreclosure, has been filed against you
regarding the subject property with a
legal description, to-wit
Lot 19, OTTER CREEK ESTATES, UNIT
ONE, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR
PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN
PLAT BOOK 6, PAGES) 29, PUBLIC
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
FLORIDA.
and you are required to serve a copy of
your written defenses, it any, to it on
ary I. Gassel, Esquire, Plaintiff's attor-
ney, whose address is 2191 Ringling
Boulevard, Sarasota, Florida 34237,
within thirty (30) days from the first
date of publication.
and file the original with the clerk of this
court either before service on Plaintiff's
attorney or immediately thereafter, oth-
erwise a default will be entered against
you lfor ithe relief demanded in the
Complaint
Dated this 5th day of March, 2008
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
CLERK OF THE COURT
By:/S/Linda FYoung
Deputy Cleri
264592 CGS 3/13,20/2008
LEGAL NOTICE
Public Auction will be held at Johns Tow-
ing Service storage lot located at 704
Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee,
Florida 34972 on MARCH 28, 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 Dodge Truck
VIN#3B7HC16YXRM500450
2002 Kla Optima
VIN#KNAGD126525165247
1989 Ford Aerostar
vIN# 1FTDA34UDKZB09750
Terms of sale are cash, and no checks
will be accepted. Seller reserves, the
right of final bid. ALL SALES ARE FI-
NAL! NO REFUNDS WILL BE, MAOE!
Said automobiles will be sold in As Is"
condition with no guarantee's.
265013 ON 03/13/08


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Okeechobee News, Thursday, March 13, 2008


Service Club News


American Legion
Post #64
The American Legion Post #64 is
located at 501 S.E. Second St. The Post
phone number is (863) 763-2950. Amer-
ican Legion Post #64 is open Monday to
Saturday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and
Sunday from I until 9 p.m. Our kitchen
is open and serving a regular menu. The
hours of operation are: Monday through
Friday from 11 am until 3 p.m.
Wednesday: Tacos and Margaritas
served from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Live mu-
sic by Turk Leonard from 3 until 6 p.m.
*Fridays: Karaoke with B & P Pro-
ductions (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 Pot dogs, pizza and 50
cent draft beer will be offered.
Live Music By Turk Leonard Sun-
day 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
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 #2001
Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold a
regular informational meeting on the
first Saturday of the month at the Buck-
head Ridge VFW Post #9528, 2002 U.S.
78 W, at 10 a.m. Applications for new
members are available. Call Lou Eder at
(863) 357-0467 or Jerry Lee Shields at


(863) 467-8779 or (863) 467-2882.
Am-Vets Ladies Auxiliary meetings
are the first Saturday of the month at 10
am. Contact the Post at 467-2882 for in-
formation.

Eagles Aeries #4137
Eagles Aeries #4137 is located at
9983 U,S. 441 N. For information on
events, call (863) 763-2552.
Every Tuesday bingo at 1 p.m.
Food will be available for a donation.
Wednesday: bar bingo from 4
p.m. until ? Food will be available.
Every Thursday: washer toss at I
p.m.
First and third Thursday: Auxiliary
at 6 p.m.; Aeries at 7 p.m.
Friday: steak night (16-oz.) start-
ing at 5 p.m. for a $12 donation. Music
will be by Jimmy Harper.
Saturday and Sundays: music at
7 p.m.
First and third Sunday: breakfast
cooked to order from 9 until 11 a.m. for
$5 donation.

Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge #237
The Okeechobee Masonic Lodge is
located at 107 N.W Fifth Ave. For infor-
mation about the club and events, call
Jose Verano (863) 634-2071.
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. Pro-
ceeds bernefit 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


Submitted photo/Civil Air Patrol

Aeronautical education
CAP Cadet Jared Wilson learned about Nanchung Aircraft
Systems from pilot Captain Terry Williams, when the Red
Star pilots visited the Okeechobee County Airport last
weekend. For more on the Red Star visit, see page 7.


.IouUitedu phIIU to

Elvis is here
Curt (Elvis) was one of the
contestants in the prelimi-
narys at the North VFW Kara-
oke contest on Feb. 23.


Holt at (863) 634-8087.

B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S. 78 W.
in Buckhead Ridge. The Lodge's phone
number is (863) 763-2250.
Sunday: breakfast will be served
from 9 until 11 a.m. With many items to
choose from.
Sunday: Karaoke with open mike
at 7 p.m.
Wednesday: Bingo and food,
food served at 5 p.m. and bingo starts
at 6 p.m.
Thursday: dinner will be served
from 5 until 7:15 p.m. Call the Lodge for
the menu.
Thursday: karaoke night starting
at 7 p.m.
Thursday: Music for 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 playing.
Saturday: dinner starting at 6
p.m.
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 at-
tend this meeting.

Moose Family
Center #1753
The Moose Family Center #1753 is
located at 156 N.W. 36th St. in Okeecho-
bee. Please call -the Lodge at (863)
763-4954 for further information, sud-
den changes and menus. Guests are in-
vited to enjoy the activities and consider
membership.
Every Sunday breakfast from 8 to
11 a.m.
Horseshoe practice every Sunday
at 2 p.m. and Thursday Evening.
Every Monday, Pool 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 'lo-
cated at 300 N.W. 34 St. Events are sea-
sonal, 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
Sunday.
Monday through Thursday: happy
' hour from 4 until 6 p.m.
Monday: .50-cent hot dogs
Washer toss every Tuesday starting
at 1 p.m. Food will be available. Every-
one 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 avail-
able. 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 avail-
able.
Sunday: dinner will be available
from 2 until 4 p.m., and will be followed
by karaoke from 6 until 10 p.m.
P Every third Sunday there will be a
post meeting and ladies auxiliary meet-
ing at 11 a.m.
The post membership drive is un-
der way, and the post is striving for 100
percent. For information, contact the
quartermaster at (863) 763-0818.
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 Sun-
day.
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members for the VFW, Ladies Auxiliary,
Male Auxiliary, AMVETS and AMVETS
ladies auxiliary.
Wednesday: Ladies Auxiliary din-
ner and Men's Auxiliary or AmVets. Mu-
sic 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 be-
ginning at 10 a.m. The House Commit-
tee meeting is on the fourth Saturday.
For information, contact Command-
er Henry Zaskowski at (863) 467-2882.
All games and special events are
shown on three televisions. The game
room has a regulation-size pool table.

VFW Post #10539
The VFW will be open Monday
through Saturday at 10 a.m., and Sun-
day at 1 p.m.
Lounge opens at 10 a.m. Monday
through Saturday and at 1 p.m. on Sun-
day.
Monday: $1.50 tacos till 6 p.m.
Tuesday: Ladies Auxiliary Dinner -
5:30 p.m. ($6)
Wednesday: bar bingo will start at
12:45 p.m. Lunch is available, courtesy
of the Ladies Auxiliary.
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 dancing.
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 screen TV.
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 meet-
ings are held the first Sunday of every
month at noon. Men's Auxiliary meet-
ings are the second Wednesday of every
month at 6:30 p.m.
Call (863) 763-2308 for the sched-
ule of events.

Shrine Club
The Okeechobee Shrine Club, S.R.
78 W, members will meet the first and
third Thursday of each month at 8 p.m.
The club is also available for weddings
and parties. For information call the
club at (863) 763-3378, or Keith at (863)
634-2682.
Sunday: E.ery second Sunday olf
the month there will be a Bike Sunday


from noon until 7 p.m. There will be
food, jukebox, big screen TV. and an
Oasis Lounge. For more information,
call the club at (863) 763-3378.

Cypress Hut
Eagles #4509
The Cypress Hut Fraternal Order of
Eagles post #4509 located at 4701 U.S.
441 S.E. is now open to members Mon-
day-Saturday from 10 a.m. until 10 pm.,
Sunday from I to 10 p.m. Information
can be found by visiting www.foe4509.


corn, 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 mar-
ket restaurant.
FOE Auxiliary meetings are at 7
p.m. on the second and fourth Wednes-
day of every month
Friday night: 16 oz rib eye steak
dinner with the trimmings beginning at
5:30 p.m.


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Okeechobee High School's flag football team kicked off their season this week with a game
against Pahokee.


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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Here is a piece of advice. If you
want to open your football season
with some success do not sched-
ule Pahokee high school.
The Okeechobee girls flag
football squad will open up to-
night at home against the girls
from Pahokee at 7 p.m. but sec-
ond year coach Heather Johnson
isn't worried about her team be-
ing competitive.
Johnson said her team went
through some growing pains last
year as they won just once in
five decisions. However she was
pleased with the progress she
saw as the season went on and
she claims that experience will be
invaluable this year;
"I think we'll do well," Coach
Johnson noted, "We have a lot of
experience on the team this year.
I hope we will win all the games,
seven for seven."
The team has. five returning
players, all of them seniors. They
are Kasey McCain who snaps the
ball on offense. Emilia Moros, last
year's starting quarterback is also
back. Taylor Woods will play safe-
ty, halfback and wide receiver.
The team also has a lot of fresh-
men competing this year which
bodes well for the future.
"This is the best sport ever. Its
non contact so there are few in-
juries," Coach Johnson said, "Ev-
eryone has a good time. Hopeful-
ly we'll continue to improve and
+ they'll want to keep me."
Johnson graduated from
Okeechobee High School in 2000.


She now is a third grade teacher
at Seminole Elementary. She at-
tended Florida Atlantic University
and earned a degree in Elemen-
tary Education. Her first teach-
ing job was at Seminole in 2003
when she taught kindergarten.
She heard that the school was
having trouble getting a coach
for Flag Football last year so she
volunteered to give it a try. She
worked hard and attended sev-
eral games to learn more about
the sport.
"I wanted the girls to have a
good season and have a coach,"
Johnson said. "I want to support
the high school any way that I
can."
Okeechobee is the only
school on the Treasure Coast with
a flag football team. That means
the school has to travel to Palm
Beach County for games. On their
schedule are Wellington, Royal
Palm Beach, Pahokee and Glades
Central. They have a seven game
schedule this year with two home
games and five road games.
Other top players on this year's
squad include speedy freshmen
halfback Macin Raulerson, Alex
Francis, and Blanca Pinon, two
juniors.
he game is played on a regula-
tion size football field. Teams re-
ceive six points for touchdowns.
There are no field goals and extra
points. There also are no fumbles
as the ball is whistled dead where,
it lands. You can get first downs
in four plays but you must cover
a lot more than the 10 yards boys-
do. There are only three first down.
markers on the entire field.:


That means speed is a key
component to the game, some-
thing Johnson claims the Brah-
mans have a lot of this year.
"Speed is the most important
thing. If you don't have a good
QB, you need a good' running
game. We have a lot of speed this
year and that should help," John-
son said.
The passing game can be im-
portant as every girl on the of-
fense is eligible to catch a forward
pass. Teams routinely use trickery
and double reverses to keep de-
fenses guessing.
Johnson said that some teams
have tall girls and if you try to pass
the ball against them they can eas-
ily swat the ball to the ground at
the line of scrimmage. She notes
that makes it important to have a
good running game.
The teams also play four 15
minute quarters with a five min-
ute halftime. The game is usually
pretty quick and lasts about just
over one hour.
Johnson also noted the team
is conducting a fundraiser to try
and raise funds for new jerseys,
shorts and t-shirts for the girls.,
They also need equipment like
a cooler, fees to pay for referees,
and other equipment.
The families, of the girls and
some civic minded businesses
have donated $500 so far in the
past year. Johnson hopes to have
similar success with their fund-
raiser this year.
For more information, John-
son can be reached at (863) 532-
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