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Vol. 99 No. 74


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Friday, March 14, 2008


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!

State Park
celebrates
anniversary
The Florida Department of
.Environmental Protection's Kis-
simmee Prairie Preserve State
,Park will celebrate its 10-year
anniversary on Saturday, March
15.
The event will commemo-
rate 10 years of protecting the
Florida dry prairie ecosystems
with prairie buggy tours, butter-
fly walks, a prescribed fire dem-
onstration and nature viewing.
The event is free of charge.
Iced tea and cake will be pro-
vided. For more information,
contact the Kissimmee Prairie
.'Preserve State Park office at
(863) 462-5360 or visit www.
FlofidaStateParks.org.

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, toom 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 deadliAe 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: 373
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None


Lake Levels

10.16 feet
SLast Year: 11.00 feet



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

Index'
Classifieds...................... 9, 10
Comics .................................. 8
Community Events..................... 4
Crossword................................. 8
O bituaries.................................. 6
O pinion............... .............. 4
Speak Out........ ..... 4
Sports...... ........ 10
TV .............. 4
W eather..................................... 2
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County considers regional plans


Building department
changes help speed
up permit process

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
It looks like Okeecho-
bee County will not be join-
ing a Rural Regional Metro-
politan Planning Organization
(RRMPO). After hearing a lengthy
presentation on the subject at
their Thursday, March 13 meet-


ing, the Okeechobee County
Board of Commissioners took
no action.
However, there may be good
news for contractors who have
complained about it taking too
long to get a building permit.
Fred Busack from the law firm
of Peninton, Moore, Wilkinson,
Bell and Dunbar made the case
for the county becoming part of
a RRMPO or similar organiza-
tion to receive federal highway
funds.
"You are the MPO (metropoli-
tan planning organization) for


a county that does not have an
MPO," stated Mr. Busack.
"If you are not part of an MPO,
you have to depend the Florida
Department of Transportation
(FDOT)," he asserted.
Mr. Busack explained how
regional planning organizations
function. He said they direct ur-
ban transportation planning and
direct the expenditure of state
and federal funds.
He said that Florida get back
70 cents out each dollar of fed-
eral taxes paid in.
"An MPO won't solve the


problem, but it will get you rec-
ognized," he said.
"There are lost opportunities
until an MPO is formed."
A disadvantage of forming an
MPO, he said, is that the organi-
zation would have to provide its
own operating funds until it re-
ceived state and federal recogni-
tion.
Ben Walker of FDOT stated
that to achieve federal recogni-
tion would require changing
specific regulations which could
take time.
"I'd be very cautious about


it," stated Commissioner Elvie
Posey. "I think we have been
well represented by DOT as far
as funding goes."
While Mr. Busack urged ac-
tion that day, the commissioners
were not inclined to take any ac-
tion.
The commissioners did take
action concerning the building
department.
Building official Arnold Ver-
wey reported on improvements

See County Page 2


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Prescription drugs have
surpassed crack cocaine as
the most dangerous drugs in
Okeechobee .County, Sheriff
Paul May told the Okeecho-
bee Chamber of Commerce
Wednesday.
Drugs, gangs, and growth
were the main topics addressed
the Counties top law man dur-
ing the 30 minute presentation
at the Chambers monthly lun-
cheon.
Sheriff May mentioned a
recent gang related incident
where some $5,000 in property
damage was done to the sports
complex and the civic center.
He said three white teenage
males were arrested in the
past week and charged with


the crimes. He added those ar-
rests would not have happened
without a full time officer work-
ing on gang-related crimes and
the assistance and support of
the public.
"We couldn't have done it
without the citizens," he noted,
thanking them for the tips they
provided law enforcement. He
also thanked the judge who
set bond five times higher than
the normal for these types of
crimes.
"We will wipe this out," the
sheriff promised.
On the drug front, Sheriff
May mentioned the old staples
of marijuana and cocaine as
problem drugs. However they
have been joined by metham-
phetamines and prescription
drugs.
"We continue to arrest peo-


pie over and over again. That's
alright. We will continue to do
it and eventually they will all be
in prison," he said.
Last year there were 319
drug arrests in the county,
many of career criminals. He
said the arrests included 304
adults and 15 juveniles. There
were 63 females arrested. Sher-
iff May noted the drug problem
touches all ethnic groups in the
county and arrests mirror the
population; 247 white residents
were arrested for drug-related
crimes.
"Drugs are not a black
problem, a Hispanic problem
or a white problem. It is an
Okeechobee County problem,"
he said.
Sheriff May also mentioned
See Sheriff Page 2


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By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
While the state's judicial
system escaped crippling bud-
get cuts this year, the outlook is
not so good for the upcoming
fiscal year.
Earlier this month state
lawmakers were considering
a move that would force judi-
cial assistants (JAs) and others
who work for judges to take an
unpaid leave of absence. Legis-
*.lators were looking at a 4 per-
cent budget cut in the judicial
system that would reduce the
state's spending plan by $14.7
million.
But according to an area
court administrator the crunch
won't be felt until July when


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Toni Wiersma, principal of
Okeechobee High School ex-
pressed her enthusiasm with
the Okeechobee County School
Board and Superintendent Dr.
Patricia Cooper at the March
board meeting about OHS re-
ceiving a plaque denoting the
certification of the fifth high
school vocational program.
OHS now has five programs
which, upon completion at


the budget for the 2008-09 fis-
cal year starts.
Tom Jenung, the court
administrator for the 19th Ju-
dicial Circuit which includes
Okeechobee County, said ev-
eryone will have to cut their
budgets by 6 percent. He said
whatever cuts were made to
the 2007-08 budget, an addi-
tional reduction of 6, percent
will be made in the upcoming
fiscal year.
While the impact to the ju-
dicial system probably won't
come in the form of furloughs, +
as was proposed earlier, other
full-time positions will most
likely be slashed.
"I don't think we'll be look-
See Court Page 2


graduation, students can leave
with a certification in that area
to allow them to immediately
be qualified for non-entry level
positions.
Of the five, the construction
program is the latest to receive
its certification. Other programs
include automotive technolo-
gy; drafting; ag-mechanics; and
health occupations.
According to the OHS Career
and Technical Programs book-

See OHS Page 2


UKeechobee News/Eric Kopp
Sheriff honored
Okeechobee County Sheriff Paul May (left) was honored
Thursday morning with the Patriot Award from the Na-
tional Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and
Reserve. The award was presented by ESGR representa-
tive Donald Wallen (center) to both Sheriff May and Major
Noel Stephen (right). Sheriff May was nominated for the
certificate by M.D. Faulkner, a detective with the Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's Office who has been deployed to
Iraq as a sergeant with the U.S. Army Reserve. The award
honors employers for their support of employees in the
U.S. National Guard and U.S. Reserve.


Budget cuts



could threaten



court system


Ready for Easter: Children enjoy Egg Hunt


Okeechobee News/Victoria Hannon
Classes from three different preschools joined together to look for eggs, hear a story
and eat breakfast with the Easter bunny on March 13. This event was hosted by First
United Methodist Church.


Okeechobee News/Victoria Hannon
Jayce Aguilar and Jacob Adams collect eggs at the Easter egg hunt hosted by the First
Methodist Church on March 13.,


Sheriff lists gangs, drugs


and budget as key issues


High school adds


fifth vocational


certification


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Sheriff
Continued From Page 1

the six marijuana grow houses his
department has busted in the past
year. He said it appears the opera-
tion is run by the Cuban mafia
out of Miami. He explained that
the mafia purchases these homes
and sets up the operations. There
has been a trend for more grow
houses in rural areas.
"The drug problem is difficult
because we as law enforcement
have to play by the rules. The
people who are selling drugs
have no rules. It's a tough fight to
win," he said.
A growing problem is pre-
scription pain killers like hydro-
codone. Sheriff May said there is a
slang term for this drug, "redneck
heroin." He said one organization
from Kentucky sends people to
Florida; they get I.D cards, visit
doctors and get prescriptions.
They then return to Kentucky
and sell these drugs for five times
what they paid for him. He said it
has become a big business.
Sheriff May said he can under-
stand when people in pain need
pain killers and get addicted to
these drugs. However in most
cases where a crime has occurred
it is just people trying to make a
profit out of selling these pills.
"If you have a narcotics prob-
lem, come to me. I have gotten
people into treatment. However,
if we catch you, you will go to
jail," he said.
Sheriff May said federal pros-
ecutions of drug cases have
worked very well. He estimated
that 40 Okeechobee drug dealers
are now serving lengthy sentenc-
es in prison. He noted this helps
the taxpayer because if the cases
go federal, the drug dealers are
housed at federal facilities await-
ing trial and not at the Okeecho-
bee County Jail.
Sheriff May also thanked the
citizens of Douglas Park for their
cooperation in cracking down
on street drug sales. He said they
have done a good job stopping
street sales in certain areas of the
County.
On the issue of growth Sher-
iff May said the housing boom
caused him to request 19 new
positions on the past few years.
He said the extra man power has
allowed his department to do a
better job solving crimes. Violent
crimes have dropped 33 percent
since 2005, the sheriff continued.


County
Continued From Page 1

that will be taking place in the
building department.
He advocated outfitting in-
spectors' trucks with laptops and
printers. This would allow them
to print out product approval and
installation details in the field.
The laptops would also be used
in the office as current computers
are phased out. Employees could
work with the same computer in
the field and in the office. Inspec-
tion results and other things could
also be inputted in the field.
,"I think this is one of the things
that might improve efficiency the
most," was Mr. Posey's opinion.
Mr. Verwey also proposed that
building officials hold meetings
with contractors after the second
review and request for additional
information. This would improve
communication by further ex-
plaining and clarifying the re-
quest for information. The build-
ing department feels this would
alleviate repetitive requests for
information and speed up the ap-
proval process.
The department's web site will
soon have the ability to allow on-
line completions of forms.
The building official also advo-
cated training and certification for
permit technicians.
As a means of speeding up
the building application process,
Mr. Verwey proposed that the
county approve another position
for plans examiner. This person
would work at the front counter
and handle simple applications
that could be approved as a walk
through process. This person
could answer questions from the
public or permit technicians that
currently create interruptions.
Upon Mr. Verwey's recom-
mendation, commissioners ap-
proved another staff position
for plans examiner with a salary
range of $44,724 to $73,3065 an-
nually plus benefits.
In other action, the board:
granted a request from Er-
nest and Norma Blitch and Juan
Contreras for a zoning change
from residential mixed to neigh-


He said the arrests of more drug
dealers have keep them off the
street and prevented them from
committing violent crimes.
Sheriff May also spoke on his
budget and noted the price of
gasoline, has impacted his depart-
ment more than any in the Coun-
ty. He said he has the cure for the
economy.
"If the gas went down to
where it should be, $1.50 to $1.75
per gallon, I predict the economy
would rebound. It's amazing to
me that during a presidential elec-
tion year the price of gas is this
high," he said.
Sheriff May said insurance
rates have also risen sharply in
;he past few years and it is impos-
sible to ask for budget reductions
despite the state mandate to cut
costs and property taxes.
Sheriff May said he will not ask
for any new positions in his bud-
get this year. However he expects
to ask for a cost of living raise for
his employees. He said if his de-
partment had to cut five percent
of their budget that would mean
the loss of 10 employees.
"I hope that doesn't happen,"
he noted.
The Chamber of Commerce
also introduced their new Presi-
dent, Paul Buxton. He has been
a board member for many years
and became a member back in
1980.
"This is my first time as Presi-
dent. I look for a great expansion,
a membership drive expansion,
and becoming more of an am-
bassador for the business com-
munity," he said.
Mr. Buxton said he thinks the
Chamber should be more than an
event maker but should stand for
the business community and rally
behind their causes.
"Some events of course sup-
port what we do, but as a Cham-
ber Board member I think we go
beyond event planners. We need
to be a solid representative for
businesses in the community and
let everyone know what we have
to offer."
Mr. Buxton spoke confidently
that the Chamber has a great fu-
ture ahead and that the business
community will also prosper.
"We have a big future ahead
of us," he said. "We need to stay
focused and be positive. We need
to support each other and build a
solid base of business for the city
and county."


borhood commercial 2 tor prop-
erty on N.W. Second Street to
allow for construction of a com-
mercial plaza;
granted final plat approval
for the three lot Lazy Oaks subdi-
vision on S.W. 13th Street;
adopted an amended Heart-
land Library Cooperative Interlo-
cal Agreement to include Glades
County;
amended library policies to
be in line with Heartland Library
Cooperative and state policies
and make the library more user
friendly for winter visitors;
*authorized expenditure of
an estimated $17,384.69 to Kelly
Tractor for repair of a road depart-
ment track excavator;
*authorized expenditure of
$60,906.06 for the purchase of a
John Deere 244J loader from Ev-
erglades Farm Equipment Com-
pany for the road department;
*requested that a representa-
tive. of the engineering firm of
Craig A. Smith & Associates ap-
pear before the board to make a
presentation on the firm's propos-
al to survey, furnish construction
management and engineering
for a N.W 12th Terrace drainage
project;
*authorized purchase of a
double wide trailer for the road
department and a single wide
trailer for the sports complex
from Acton Mobile Industries for
a total of $75,962;
*authorized the use of $92,000
in Hurricane Housing Recovery
Program funds for a contract with
Neal Long Construction for re-
construction of a storm damaged
house subject to county attorney
approval;
*awarded a bid for tile for fire/
rescue station I to Jeanette's Inte-
riors for $13,432.96;
*approved three possible
dates for an emergency manage-
ment briefing with state emergen-
cy management leaders with final
date approval to be determined
later;
*agreed to extend the contract
with Waste Management, Inc. for
six months; and
*cancelled the June 26 meet-
ing due a conflict with the Florida
Association of Counties Annual
Conference.


Court
Continued From Page 1

ing at a furlough situation. I think
we'll be looking at 08-09 cuts up
front," said Mr. Jenung in a tele-
phone interview Wednesday,
March 12. "If salary dollars are
cut, it will be full-time positions
that will be cut. With the level
of degree they're talking about,
there's no way we can endure
those cuts."
He went on to say everyone is
just hoping that something can
be worked out.
Earlier, lawmakers were con-
templating the move of forcing
JAs and other employees to take
a furlough, which would have hit
county courts the hardest. Those
in the county court system would
have had to take a 58-day fur-
lough without pay. In the circuit
court, a 22-day furlough would
have been required. Finally, a
13-day unpaid furlough would
have been required at the appel-
late court level.
This move could have shut
down the court system, said Mr.
Jenung.
"How do you do that?" he
asked.
The employer for the JAs, the
state of Florida, would have been
responsible for paying their un-
employment compensation.
"The state is not going to pay
into their unemployment tax,
neither would a non-profit," said
.Chris Cate, who is with the state's
unemployment compensation of-
fice in Tallahassee. "But the state
would be responsible for paying
unemployment costs."
He said the state would still
have been saving money since
the maximum compensation
amount is $275 per week.


"While the state would be re-
sponsible (for paying unemploy-
ment), it would be more inexpen-
sive than paying their salaries," he
said in an earlier telephone inter-
view.
This year, Mr. Jenung said the
judicial system will use money
that has been set aside in trust
funds to pay salaries. But starting
in July, things could get tough for
judges.
"There will be no salary for
someone to come in and fill in for
a JA," said Mr. Jenung. "If they (a
JA) are out for an extended period
of time there won't be someone
there to schedule for the judge or
answer the phone."
He said before a judge's per-
sonal staff is cut other full-time
positions will be eliminated.
Mr. Jenung went on to say that
the Supreme Court has identified
some positions -- such as media-
tors, magistrates, hearing officers,
administrative people, finance
people and those in technology
-- as being essential.
"We'll all have to take a hard
look at what the amounts of the
cuts are, as far as employees, and
what do we need as essential
functions," he added.
He said these cuts will not af-
fect a county's clerk of courts of-
fice.
The state attorney offices
throughout Florida, however, will
also be subject to a similar budget
reduction.
Mr. Jenung, who has been the
circuit's administrator for two
years come March, 20, indicated
the upcoming reductions are as
bad as he's ever seen.,
"I was actually working for the
state in the early '90s when we
had some budget issues, but the
cuts were never this deep," he
said.


Okeechobee News/Chauna Agullar
Okeechobee High School Principal Toni Wiersma (left) and
Okeechobee County Schools Superintendent Dr. Patricia
Cooper (right) displayed the new certificationof accredita-
tion from the National Center for Construction Education and


OHS
Continued From Page 1


let students in the construction
program can receive an industry
credential certification from the
National center for Construction
Education Research. Through this
program the students get hands-
on experience such as: installa-
tion of doors and windows; fram-
ing a building; layout a rafter or
build a stairwell; using blueprints
to specification; demonstrating
safe use of power tools and equip-
ment; and measuring and cutting
raw materials accurately.
A student who completes the
requirements of the Automotive
Service Technology program will
have obtained National Automo-
tive Technicians Education Foun-
dation (NATEF).
This extensive certification
process will guage the quality of
instruction and lab facilities to
insure students who complete'
the program have credentials in
the areas of: front end geometry;
electronics; engine repair; and
brakes.
Program completers could ob-
tain positions as automotive glass
installers; parts sales person; or
lube technician.
The drafting program students
can receive industry certifica-
tion in computer assisted design',
brainbench, or from the Ameri-
can Design Drafting Association.
In this program students get expe-
rience with AutoCAD; Mechanical
Desktop; Architectural Desktop;
and Chief Architect.
In ag-mechanics students
have the opportunity to become
certified as an Outdoor Power
Equipment Technician through
the Equipment and Engine Train-
ing Council. Also, through a lo-
cal business, students are able
to' attend specialized training in
brakes and engines for semis.
Students in the Health Occu-
pations program are qualified to
take the state exam to become a


Certified Nursing Assistant upon
completion. By passing both the
written and clinical tests, the stu-
dents can earn above minimum
wage; improve their employabil-
ity status and take their first step
to becoming a Licensed Practical
Nurse or a Registered Nurse.
OHS also has recently received
an articulation agreement with
the University of Northwestern
Ohio for the Automotive Services
Technology Program.
Many of our local businesses
support these programs in vari-
ous ways.
According to Dr. Cooper, one
of the newest local businesses
has hired three of OHS's drafting
students.
All of these programs have
articulation agreements with In-
dian River Community College in
order to extend the student's edu-
cation even further to become a
college graduate with either an
associate's degree or a bachelor's
degree.
Another plus to completing a
career and technical education
program is the Florida Gold Seal
Vocational Scholars Award. Stu-
dents who complete job prep
programs with a 3.5 GPA, main-
tains a 3.0 GPA in all other classes,
and scores at an acceptable level
on the CPT, ACT or SAT qualifies
to receive 75 percent of their col-
lege tuition for up to two years.
These programs are just one
way that OHS is helping to spur
the economic value of students
who may not want to go on to
college after high school. Through
these certifications, students can
obtain quality jobs simply with
their program certification and
high school diploma.
For more information about
these programs contact the
school board at (863) 462-5000.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
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Water restrictions in effect
West Palm Beach, FL The South Florida Water Management
District (SFWMD) has declared an extreme District-wide water
shortage, directly affecting more than five million South Florida
residents and thousands of farms and businesses.
Modified Phase III water shortage order, went into January 15,
2008, and includes:
Residents and businesses of Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Martin,
Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Hendry and
Glades counties are limited to a one-day-per-week landscape
irrigation schedule with two "watering windows." Odd street
addresses may irrigate lawns and landscapes on Mondays 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 8: 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 relief
and to prevent plant die-off.
Low-volume irrigation, including the use of drip and microjet
systems that apply water directly to plant root zones, is not restricted
but should be voluntarily reduced.
Additional watering days and times will be allocated for the
establishment of new lawns and landscapes.
No restrictions apply to other outside water uses, such as for car
and boat washing, pressure cleaning of paved surfaces, decorative
fountains and water-based recreation (e.g. swimming pools, water
slides).
Golf courses must reduce their allocated water use by 45
percent.
The new, mandatory restrictions apply to all water from
traditional sources, including water from public utilities, private
wells, canals, ponds and lakes. Users of 100-percent reclaimed
water are exempt from the restrictions but are encouraged to
conserve water voluntarily.


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Okeechobee News, Friday, Mlarch 14, 2008


Woman accused of drug possession


By Eric Kopp
-Okeechobee News
A misdemeanor theft arrest by
one local law enforcement agency
'led to the eventual felony arrest of
a local woman by the Okeecho-
'bee Narcotics Task Force.
Sandra E. Phillips, 37, N.E.
. 120th St., was charged Wednes-
day, March 12, with six felony
counts of possession of a con-
trolled substance. She was also
,charged with the misdemeanors
of retail theft and possession of
drug paraphernalia.
According to arrest reports at
,the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
*Office (OCSO), Phillips was re-


leased from the
Okeechobee
County Jail on
her own recog-
nizance.
A Narcot-
ics Task Force
arrest report
indicates that
Phillips was Sandra E.
first arrested by Phillips
Officer Javier
Gonzalez of the Okeechobee City
Police Department (OCPD) and
charged with retail theft.
As the officer searched her ve-
hicle the report states he found
a large pill bottle containing 129


assorted pills that included roxi-
codone, hydrocodone (1/325 and
10/650), ritalin and valium. All six
are controlled substances under
Florida statutes.
Officer Gonzalez contacted
the task force and detectives from
that unit responded.
A task force detective said a
blue pill crusher, with white pow-
der on it, and a small straw with
residue were also found in the
woman's car.
The detective's report states
that Phillips said she had a pre-
scription for the controlled sub-
stances. The detective said while
it's possible she may have a pre-


scription, as of Thursday morning
no prescription had been found.
"She claims to have back and
neck problems due to an auto ac-
cident," explained the detective.
"The problem is, she's crushing
this stuff up and once you crush
them you do away with the time
release."
The detective added that Phil-
lips was allegedly crushing the
pills then diluting them in water
so that they would work faster.
Also found in the pill bottle
were the non-controlled sub-
stances of haldol, esgic plus,
amoxicillin and prozac, stated the
arrest report.


Woman reports suspicious incident at STA


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
County investigators are
searching for a man who appar-
ently believes in self promotion.
According to a report by Dep-
uty Bart Potter of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
while an area woman was run-
ning in an area park called the Tay-


lor Creek Stormwater Treatment
Area (STA) on Tuesday, March 11,
she noticed a man, at her vehicle.
When the woman saw him, he
quickly walked away.
The STA is located on U.S. 441
N.
The woman, stated the report,
didn't think much of it at the time
and continued her run. When she
returned to her car she noticed a


piece of paper folded and wedged
between the window and the
door of the car.
When she unfolded the paper
it was a picture of a naked man,
along with a phone number and
the name Lee.
The woman became fright-
ened and-got into her car to leave.
As she was pulling away from the
area the man she had seen near


her car got into his vehicle and
began to follow her.
Deputy Potter's report said the
man followed the woman until
she drove to the sheriff's office.
The investigation is continuing,
and if anyone has any informa-
tion concerning this case they are
asked to contact the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office at (863)
763-3117.


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Speak Out
Speak Out has moved online, where it is quicker and
easier to share your ideas and converse with others. Go to
www.newszap.com, click on the community name and your
local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new,
topics or comment on existing topics. You can also e-mail
comments to okeenews@newszap.com or call 863-467-2033,
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!
DIAPERS: Most people do the right thing with dirty diapers but
some people don't. I remember when I was a kid we didn't have plas-
tic diapers, we had cloth diapers. Could you imagine back then how
the women had to deal with them. They had to not only change baby
diapers but they had to use safety pins and wash them in the laundry
just like you do with anything else that you wear. So for you women
out there who it is too much trouble to put them in a trash can, think
about the way your momma and grandmomma had to do it and thank
God that you don't have to do it
DIAPERS: I would just like to say about this bit with the diapers
that when I was born I was so ugly that the doctor and nurse put the
diaper over my face.
POLITICIANS AND DIAPERS: I'd like to say that politicians are
a lot like diapers. You need to change them when they are full of you
know what.
CITIZEN OBSERVER PATROL: On 98 where the light changes in
front of Seminole Elementary, so many people run that light because
it flashes during the day and in school hours it changes. Consistently
I have seen so many people run that red light and I myself have been
hit in the rear end because someone had to stop when someone ran
that red light.
FACT BOOK: Missing fact -- there are 9 African American churches
in this community. Editor's note: Sorry for any omissions. However,
we relied on the local churches to submit their information. For more
than a month before the publication date, we printed a notice in our
Worship column asking churches to submit information for the Fact
Book. We also welcome news from all the churches for our Worship
and Church News in Brief columns. Email your news to okeenews@
newszap.com. Photos may be emailed as jpg attachments. Items for
the paper may also be mailed or brought to the newspaper office,
107 S.W 17th Street, Suite D., Okeechobee, Fla. 34794 (behind Por-
ter's Cleaners, in the plaza next door to Brahman Movie Theater.)
MRI: I had an MRI and it was rejected by the doctor and I had to
pay for a second one. If anyone else has had this experience, I would
like to talk to you. Please leave your name and number with the news-
paper. They know how to contact me. Thank you.
AG-CIVIC CENTER: It looks like everything is moving to the civic
center. Why don't we leave the things where they are? We don't have
to move everything to the civic center just because it's new. Come on
people, leave the old things where they are.
CHAMPIONSHIP RODEOS: Why don't you people post this be-
fore time so people can go see it. We'd love to watch the kids with
their horses but you never know about it until after it happens. They
just had a big championship with people from all over and you never
published a thing about it until it was all over. Editor's note: If you
are referring to the recent Okeechobee Cattlemen's Rodeo, there
was quite a bit of advance information in the newspaper before the
+ rodeo. If you are referring to the most recent story about the high
school rodeo team, that event was not in Okeechobee. However,
if you would like a schedule of all the rodeos the high school team
participates in around the state, the high school could probably pro-
vide that.
SHOOTING: I was just wondering if anyone thinks like I do about
that shooting at Wendy's over in Palm Beach County. No one counts
but that fireman Those other people don't mean a thing according to
the news. Every .TV program says the fireman got shot there, I don't
understand why. Those other people must not have mattered to them
people. There lives are not as good as his. Editor's note: The fire-
man was the only one of the shooting victims who died. In these
cases, the most attention is often given to any deaths.
DIAPERS: I believe the dirty diapers are for trashy people and I do
believe that is called littering.
FILTHY FRIDAY: What are these fliers going around about a filthy
Friday? Has anybody seen this and is it going to be allowed this in
Okeechobee and are we really ready for this?
BENEFITS: My husband and I have attended quite a few benefits
in this town and we have never seen a thank you or anything. I think
all these people have gotten something out of it and should at least say
thank you. Editor's note: The Okeechobee News often runs 'thank
yous' about local benefits in the paper in the Okeechobee Spotlight
column. Those who wish to submit something for Okeechobee Spot-
light'may email it to okeenews@newszap.com, bring it by the of-
fice, or mail it to Okeechobee News, 107 S.W 17th Street, Suite D,
Okeechobee, Fla. 34974. Spotlight letters must be signed.



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For More Information See
At Your Service On Page 2


Courtesy photo/Florida State Archives

Looking back ...
This photo of Martha Jane Sturgis Hancock is in the
Florida State Photographic Archives. She was the wife of
Judge Henry Hancock. The photo was taken sometime in
the 1800s. Do you have an old photo to share? Email it to
okeenews@newszap.com or bring it by the Okeechobee
News office, 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D (next door to
Brahman Movie Theater, behind Porters Cleaners.)


Upcoming Events

Friday, March 14
Narcotics Anonymous meets each Friday for an open discussion
meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth
Ave. For information, call (863) 634-4780 or (863) 467-5474.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. The public is
invited. All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight
and becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to come and see
what we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at (800)
932-8677.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W Second St. It's an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. It will be an open speaker meeting.
Business Women's Referral Networking Luncheon will be
held on the third Friday of every month at the Brahma Bull Restaurant,
2405 U.S. 441 S.E., at 11:30 a.m. for networking. The lunch will be at
noon. Women should bring business cards and information to promote
their business. The meeting provides networking opportunities for
women in business and is open to the public. No membership is
required. For information, contact Robin Delgado at (800) 299-8878;
or, by e-mail at info@flainjurylawyer.com.

Saturday, March 15
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Parrott
Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
Okeechobee Christian Cycles will meet every Saturday at
7:30 a.m. at the Texaco gas station on the corner of Hwy 441 and
78. Anyone is welcome to ride. No dues or membership required. For
information, contact: Roland Spencer at (863) 697-2247; Debbie Izzo
.at (863) 634-0087. \
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. for an open discussion at
the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth Ave. For information
call (863) 634-4780.

Sunday, March 16
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W Third St. It will be an open step meeting.


Letters to the Editor


Support the
Livestock Show
As the parent of a former Os-
ceola Middle School FFA (Future
Farmers of America) member, I
would like to invite our commu-
nity of friends, family and local
business owners to Okeecho-
bee's Second Annual County Fair
and Youth Livestock Show & Sale
at the Okeechobee Agricultural
Civic Center on Saturday, March
15, 2008.
This year would have been
my son, Jack F. Bylsma Ill's sec-
ond year showing and selling at
the Okeechobee Youth Livestock
Sale. He would have been show-
ing/selling a steer, however, my
son died September 2, 2007, so
the Okeechobee Osceola Middle
School Future Farmers of America
decided to show and sell a steer
in memory of Jack. Unfortunate-
ly, the steer did not make weight,
like some of the other animals.
Those animals that did make
weight, however, are ready and


waiting for our local community
to come together to support the
youth once again this year. Our
youth has worked so hard to get
their livestock animal ready for
this big day. So please come out
and see for yourself the pride and
satisfaction these kids have in
their projectss.
There are many ways you can
support our youth of Okeecho-
bee. For example, just being there
and showing interest is very sup-
portive. Two other ways to sup-
port our youth is to come bid
on their livestock animal or add
an amount to their sale price, ei-
ther a flat amount or a per pound
amount. Without a doubt you will
be honored and proud to support
our future leaders,
The Okeechobee Youth Live-
stock Sale is this Saturday, March
15, 2008, starting at 2 p.m. in the
Auction Barn. We hope to see you
at the fair. Thank you in advance
for your support.
Sincerely,
Tammy Bylsma
"Forever Jack's Mom"


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 Building 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 Okeecho-
bee 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 people
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 pro-
duced 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.

Bowl for a cure
Help the concerned citizens of Okeechobee as we Bowl and Strike
our way towards a Cure for Cancer!
A Bowl-A-Thon will be held on Friday, March 14 at Stardust Lanes,
1465 Hwy 441 S.E. from 7 until 10 p.m. Cost is $15 per person or $60
per team. Lanes sponsorship is available for $100. For information
contact Frank Riddle at (863) 447-1174. All proceeds will benefit the
American Cancer Society.

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. 10th Ave.; the Okeechobee Chamber of Com-
merce, 55 S. Parrott Ave; Grace Christian, 701 S. Parrott Ave.; or, Laura
Sims Accounting, 203 S.E. Second Ave. Take-out lunches will be 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.

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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Fair has livestock show, demolition derby, concerts, pig races


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Come out and support the
second annual Okeechobee
County Fair this weekend. The
fair continues until Sunday, March
16.
The fair will features Tadpole
the Clown, Show Me Safari
Petting Zoo and pig races dai-
ly.
On Friday, Saturdays and Sun-
days, the fair will remain open un-
til 1 a.m.
Friday night is Midnight Mad-
ness with armbands being sold
from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m. Swine
Show begins at 4 p.m.
Special performance by Hotel
California (a salute to the Ea-
gles) concert will begin at 8 p.m.
on Friday, March 14, and Saturday
March 15. Tickets are $15 which
includes admission to fair.
Saturday is a special day all
around at the fair. Armbands will
be on sale from noon until 5 p.m.
but be good for all day and night
until 1 a.m. The Youth Livestock
Sale begins at 2 p.m. The Cun-
ning-Hams will perform on Satur-
day evening at 5 p.m.
Sunday is the LAST BLAST
which will feature the Demoli-
tion Derby which begins at 4
p.m. Derby admission is $10 and
includes admission to fair. The
fair opens at noon and closes at
10 p.m. on Sunday, March 16.
Come out and support the
Okeechobee County Fair.
The last performance of Mu-
sic City Brass will be tonight,
Friday, March 14.
The Youth Swine Show is at
4 p.m. on Friday, March 14; and
the Youth Livestock sale is at 2


Your Weekly
Entertainment
Guide
Share your news and photos
for this column by email to
caguilar@newszap.com
p.m. on Saturday, March 15. The
order of sale is dairy, steers, beef
and swine.
Advanced conceit tickets are
available at www.okeechobee-
countyfair.com and Syble's Flow-
ers and Gifts. For daily events and
information at the fair call (863)
467-1690.
In other entertainment, go try
out your karaoke skills at the
VFW # 4423, 300 N.W 34th St.,
where they are holding a karaoke
contest. First prize is $500. This
contest is open to the public (as
guests). The top three winners of
each week are now on to the fi-
nals on Saturday, March 15. The
contest is hosted by David Lee.
The VFW wants all veterans,
their families and their guests in
the Okeechobee area to know
that there is a VFW on the north
side of town that most people
don't even know about. The


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tremely friendly post and wel-
comes all guests and potential
new members with a smile. They
have weekly meals and entertain-
ment. Call the post at (863) 763-
0818 for additional information.
Take U.S. 441 past Okeechobee
High School and take the second
left. Call David at (863) 697-9002,
or Bill at the VFW at (863) 763-
0818 for more information.
Tickets are now available
for the final production of the
Okeechobee Community The-
atre's 29th season with the pro-
duction of the classic Neffil Simon
comedy, Plaza Suite." Ad-
ditional shows are scheduled for
Friday and Saturday nights, March
14 and 15; both at 8 p.m. The
production is given at the theatre
on S.W. Second Ave. and Seventh
St. at the Okeechobee Freshman
Campus.
Reserved seat tickets to the live
show are on sale for $ 10 each
at the Okeechobee Chamber of
Commerce during regular busi-
ness hours.
The community theatre has
made arrangements for special
discounts for dinner for theatre
goers on the evenings of the per-
formances at three area restau-
rants.
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
for more information on the OCT
may call Ron or Jaque Hayes at
(863) 763- 1307.
Come hear Mark Smith at the
Okeechobee County Library
as he presents "A Musical Jour-
ney through Florida," on Friday,
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 sta-
tions around the state, with lyrics
highlighting Florida's people 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 natu-
ral 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.
On Sunday, March 16, at 6
p.m. you can hear Thomas Shel-
ton in concert at the Westside
Christian Church, 8082 State
Road 70 West, Okeechobee. Pub-
lic is invited. A love-offering will
be accepted. Thomas Shelton is a
gifted soloist and has been sing-
ing the gospel of Christ for over 30
years. His program is worth the 5
minute drive west from the 441
and 70 intersection. For more in-
formation contact Willard DeLa-
ney at (863) 467-2278.
Do you want to see your
events posted in the weekly en-
tertainment column? Forward
any publicly open events includ-
ing entertainment such as: danc-
ing, bands, comedians, theatre,
special events, special com-
munity events, contests, etc to
me at caguilar@newszap.com.
Please forward all information
about each event including: de-
scription of the event; location
(address); date; time; cost; age
appropriateness; and any other
information that fits the specific
event. For additional information
contact Chauna Aguilar at (863)
763- 3134 ext 4242.


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part of the largest independent
Verizon Wireless franchise in the
U.S., is asking all residents to dig
up those old cell phones out of
the "drawer graveyard" and turn
them in to their store in an effort
to keep the phones out of land-
fills.
According to Jeff Zarrella, own-
er of Wireless Zone of Okeecho-
bee, the average American casts
aside their old phones for anew
one every 16 months-with the
majority burying them in drawers
in their home or office.
"It's unfortunate that only 10
percent of Americans recycle
their phone in today's day and
age," Zarrella said, adding that
residents will have the opportu-
nity to dispose of their phone in
an environmentally friendly man-
ner as well as get a store gift card,
typically between $10 and $100.
"We invite all Okeechobee resi-
dents -- whether they are a car-
rier or not -- to drop off their old
phones, regardless of manufac-
turer or carrier."
Disposed cell phones can
leach hazardous amounts of lead
into landfills if not don properly,
and Mr. Zarrella says it is impor-
tant for consumers to fins a re-
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approved methods of recycling in
full compliance with all federal ,
state, EPA, and DOT regulations.
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them out of the nation's solid
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For more information contact
Jeff Zarrella at (863) 467-2919.


Submitted photo
Hotel California (a salute to the Eagles) concert will perform
at the Okeechobee County Fair this weekend. Concerts begin
at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 14, and Saturday March 15. Tickets
are $15 which includes admission to fair.


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Twenty years' service
At their meeting on Thursday, March 13 the Okeecho-
bee County Board of Commissioners awarded a plaque
to Frances Syfrett for 20 years' dedicated service to the
Okeechobee County Library Board. Commissioner El-
vie Posey, right, accepted the plaque for Ms. Syfrett who
could not be there. Commission chairman Clif Betts made
the presentation. "She is one of the most giving and car-
ing ladies I have ever known," Mr. Posey said as he ac-
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Obituaries 4

Michael Edmund member of the Eagles.
He is survived by his wife;
Kennedy Linda Kennedy of Okeechobee,
Michael Edmund Kennedy, 68 daughters; Jackie (Bill) Kennedy,
of Okeechobee, died Thursday, Kimberly Kennedy, and Kelly Ken-
nedy, all of Canada. In addition,
March 13, 2008 in the Hamrick he is survived by five Grandchil-
Home Hospice. Born, Nov. 16, dren.
1939, in Massachusetts, he had There are no plans for a public
been a resident of Okeechobee service.
for the past 20 years. All arrangements are under
He enjoyed horses, motor- the direction and care of Buxton
cycles, Irish history and was a Funeral Home and Crematory


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Spelling Bee Champ
Mary Hurley (left) recognized County Spelling Bee Cham-
pions: first place, Jackie O'Connor (not pictured) from
Yearling; second place, Pauline Aguilar (not pictured);
third place, Kirby Dobbs (right) at the March school board
meeting.


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This crested caracara seems to be intrigued by what's go-
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the outside looking into a meeting of the County Coali-
tion for Responsible Management of Lake Okeechobee,
St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries and Indian River
Lagoon held Friday, Feb. 29 at the Okeechobee County
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My Boss is a Patriot
Okeechobee County Health Administrator, Mark Chittum (left) was honored on Thursday,
March 13, by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) by Area 16 commit-
tee chairman, Donald "Bud" Wallen (right). The award ceremony was conducted Thursday
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counter tops, tile and woodflooring.ps, ceoinsulationfinished 3/2 with tilefloors, real wood cabinets,
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Office: Licensed Real Estate Brokers:
(863) Bobby Tucker 634-8677
763-4010 Brandon Tucker 772-201-8722


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Jeri Wilson 634-6056 Sheryl Coonfare 634-1343
Ron Staley 697-6221 Keith Pearce 634-7007
Mark Goodbread* 634-6999 Cindy Fairtrace (863) 697-0433


104 N.W. 7th Ave.
Okeechobee
www.Tucker-Group.com


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Announcements ........ 100
Employment .......... 200
Financial ............. 300
Services ............. .400
Merchandise .......... 500
Agriculture ........... 800
Rentals .............. 900
Real Estate .......... 1000
Mobile Homes ....... .2000
Recreation ........... 3000
Automobiles ......... 4000
Public Notices ........ 5000
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read your ad carefully the first
day it appears. In case of an
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and/or The Better Business
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Auctions 105
Car Pool 110
Share a ride 115
Card of Thanks 120
In Memoriam 125
Found 130
Lost 135
Give Away 140
Garage/Yard Sale 145
Personals 150
Special Notices 155
900 Numbers 160



CAT gray striped, male, 15
Ibs., blue collar, .answers to
"Pita", vic. of Publix, friendly,
(863)357-3249
ENGLISH BULL DOG Female.
Brown & White. Vic. of Flag-
hole. Dearly missed. Reward
offered (863)228-4694
WHITE LAB Male, scar be-
hind shoulder, bik collar, vic
of KFC or 3rd St. If found,
call (863)634-7504
Shop here first
The classified ads



YARD SALE
BHR
Thurs., Fri. & Sat.
Mar. 13th 15th, 8am 2pm,
21 Palm Ct. Look 4 Signs/
off of Lake Dr. W.
A Little Bit Of Everything!

YARD SAE
BUCKHEAD RIDGE Thurs.,
3/13, Fri., 3/14 & Sat., 3/15,
7am til 12 Noon, 106 20th
St., Antiques, Collectibles,
Appliances, Electronics,
Name Brand Clothing, Four
Wheeler, Vintage Lamp-
shades & Lamps & Flatware
Set
-ESTATE SALE-
OKEECHOBEE ESTATES -
Thurs., 3/13 & Fri., 3/14,
8am til 3pm, corner of 9th
St. & 8th Dr., Mens Clothes,
sz. x-lg., shoes 10/2, Big
Boy Toys & Collectibles,
New Bicycle, 2 sets of Golf
Clubs, New Gas Grill, Kitch-
en Items & Lots Lots More!


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Published 3 weeks" in all of our Florida papers: Calooso Belle, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat,
Immokolee Bulletin, Okeechobee News, and The Sun
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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.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
406 N.W. 4th Street (863) 357-2442

Immediate Openings CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
406 N.W. 4th Street. (863) 357-2442

Immediate Openings All Shifts
Full Time/Part Time RN's & LPN's
Apply In Person To:
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
1646 Hwy. 441 North


Big Sale

LARKEEY LAKES, Fri. & Sat.,
March 14th & 15th, 8:30am til
4pm, 6040 S.E. 91st Trail.
Small Appliances, Dishes,
Curtains, Comforters,
Knick Knacks & Morel


SALE
OKEECHOBEE Sat., 3/15,
7am til 2pm, 1003 SW 5th
Ave. Lots of Everything!
OKEECHOBEE Sat., 3/15,
8am til ?, 3421 SW 22nd
St., Children & Adult Cloth-
ing, Crib, Collectibles, Beanie
Babies, Sports Memorabilia,
Housewares, Toys, Costume
Jewelry, Knickknacks,
Stuffed Animals, Rocking
Chair, Books, Crafts, Etc.
Multi-Family
SALE
OKEECHOBEE
Sat 3/15, 8am-3pm, 1105
NW 6th St. Children's, Ladies
& Men's clothing. To Many
Items To List!

Buying a car? Look In the
classlfleds. Selling a
car? Look In the classl-
flelis.


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
SFire Department, Saturday,
March 15th from lOam-2pm
(863)673-7539





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



BOOKKEEPER Part time/
Full Charge for local CPA Firm.
Quickbooks & Payroll
experience required.
Fax resume (863)467-3050


BluiiInIe
Opprtuites 30


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Okeechobee News


Aaron's Sales & Lease
Okeechobee store is NOW
HIRING for RETAIL/SALES
MGR. SALARY + COMM/BO-
NUS. SUNDAYS 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. e-mail resume
rebecca.sordo@aaronrents.com
or apply in person 2302 hwy
441 S.34974
-CSR/AGENT-
Bruce Homer/
Nationwide Insurance
Looking for Experienced
Licensed CSR/AGENT
Full or Part Time considered
Applied/AMS Systems exp.
a plus. Bilingual a Plus.
Fax resume to:
863-763-6010 or drop
off at 900 S. Parrot TAve.
ALL INQUIRIES CONFIDENTIAL
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
One man's trash Is anoth-
er man's treasure. Turn
your trash to treasure
with an ad In the classi-
fieds.


BARTENDER, Part Time, VFW
9528, 2002 West Highway
78, Okeechobee. Call
(863)467-2882


Financial



Business
Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315'


NOTICE
Independent Newspapers will
never accept any advertise-
ment that is illegal or con-
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
772-878-2010 for previous
complaints.
Some 800 and 900 telephone
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.


Need a few more bucks to
purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used Items In
the classlfelds.


Services



Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435



DEE'S MINOR REPAIR
License # 5698
& Pressure Washing
License #1126
FREE ESTIMATES
(863)467-2917
or (863)261-6425
? NEED HELP ?
CALL GEORGE CARTER
Painting, Repairs, Carpentry
FREE CONSULTATION
(863)763-4775

Merchandise



Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
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 I 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
Reading a newspaper
helps you understand
the world around you.
No wonder newspaper
readers are more suc-
cessful people


RING 14 kt. white gold. 1'/2
ct. 5 baguette diamond anni-
versary ring. Beautiful, Must
see! $2500 (863)634-0812


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 & Garden 850
Livestock 1855
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 Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960



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/2ba, $750
mo. BASSWOOD, 2 br, 1 ba
$700/mo. (863)763-7301 or
(863)532-8042





Brand New 312/2
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 OK! 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


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Adults/Private
Vintage Cottage Wraparound Porch
On Two Sides of Dee Water





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


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
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
BUCKHEAD- 3/1, fenced yard,
2 sheds, furnished, wash-
er/dryer, 1 dog allowed,
$800 mo. (863)763-0445.
DIXIE RANCH ACRES, 2BR,
1BA, Call for info. 8am-5prnm.
(863)357-6700
IN OKEECHOBEE CITY: 4 Br.,
2 Ba, $1100 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. & refs. Call Barry for
more info. 772-216-1461


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, 1ba 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


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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
inci (561)346-4692/346-4646



PROFESSIONAL OFFICE
SPACE available, w/in new
comm building, all utils incld.
$600/mo (863)467-1545
STOREFRONT OFFICE SPACE
FOR LEASE 450 sq. ft.,
near Courthouse, $675 mo.
incl. cam. (863)467-0831



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 Sale 1015
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 Wanted1065
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
v i lo : ,iF.} i1 j iiviri

OKEE. llrTi3l:ulIlle :ri,
ll lr t'l jr i j ,lu; i.l1'.ll filjll
Preferred Properties, Debra
Pinson (863)801-9163


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


FOR SALE BY OWNER- 1/2
acre 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



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



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$800 a month
Lakeport, FL
Unfurnished,
Quiet Park
Cypress Ridge
Estates



BH RIDGE 3/2 on Waterfront,
Lake access. Fully furnished.
$950. mo. + $950. Sec.
dep. (772)370-109.5
BHR 2 MH for rent, lbr, 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.: 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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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 Vehicles/ATVs 3035



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

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CARL'S 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


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


GMC SONOMA SL 1999 V6,
A/C, Auto., 3 Door, Club
Cab. 102 K mls. 1 Owner.
$4499 (954)260-1933 Okee


CHEVY VAN '86, V6, Rebuilt
transmission. Runs great
$900 (863)253-1777
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NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF
PROPOSED ZONING RECLASSIFICATION
NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Planning
Board/Board of Adjustment and Appeals on Thursday, March 20, 2008 at 6:00
p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible. The meeting will be held at City Hall, 55
Southeast 3rd Avenue, in the Council Chambers, Room 200, Okeechobee. Flori-
do.
To consider a request to change the zoning distinct from Holding (H) to Heavy Com-
mercial (CHV) for Petition No. 08-003-R. The petition is being submitted by Mu-
hammad Nooruddin, on behalf of property owners) Muzaffar Husain, Trustee.
The property is located on Northeast 12th Street, Block15, Okeechobee.
Legal: Lots 19 and 20 of Block 15, City of Okeechobee Subdivision, according to
the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 5, public records of Okeechobee
County, Flonda, and is approximately 0.405 acre(s).
A copy of the entire applications) and agenda are available in the General Services
Office, Rm 101 at City Hall or by calling Betty Clement at (863) 763-3372 x 218.
The Planning Board will make recommendations to the City Council for considera-
tion and final adoption tentatively scheduled for Tuesday. March 18, 2008.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the Planning Board/Board of Adjustments and Appeals with re-
spect to any matter considered at this meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a
verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony
and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Media are used for the sole
purpose of back-up for the General Services Office. *
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florida Statute
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Betty Clement, no later than two (2) working days
prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x 218; if you are heanng or voice im-
paired, call TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY).
BY: Bnan Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
Petition No. 08-003-R
264070 ON 3/5,14/080


Public No0tices




Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500


IN THE CIRCUIT OF THE NINETTENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 2007-CA-392
DOUGLAS L.CUREY, JR.
Plaintiff
vs.
HUBERT WRIGHT and GENEVIEVE
WRIGHT, as husband and wife,
Defendants.
NOTICEOF ACTION
TO: HUBERT WRIGHT AND GENEVIEVE
WRIGHT, AND ALL OTHERS WHOM IT
MAY CONCERN
YOU ARE NOTIFIED .that an action for
quiet title to the following property in
Okeechobee County, Florida:
LOT P OF THE E 1/2 OF E 1/2 OF S 1/2
OF S 1/2 OF TRACT 30, SECTION 15,
TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RANGE 33
EAST according to the plat thereof re-
corded in Plat Book 4, Pages 3A-D in-
clusive, of the public records of
Okeechobee County, Florida.
has been filed against you and your are
required to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it on Shelly A.
McKay, Esq., the Plaintiff's attorney,
whose address is 207 SW 2nd Ave-
nue, Okeechobee, FL 34974, on or be-
fore 4/7/2008, and file the original with
the clerk of this court either before ser-
vice on the Plaintiff's attorney or im-
mediately thereafter; otherwise a
default will be entered against you for
the relief demanded in the complaint or
petition.
DATED this 3rd day of March, 2008.
SHARON R. ROBERTSON
As Clerk of the Court
By:/S/Linda F. Young
Deputy Clerk
263891 ON 3/7,14.21,28/08

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19th
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO.: 08-CA-067
SUNTRUST BANK,
Plaintiff,
vs.
CRYSTAL KISSOON, et al,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO:
CRYSTAL KISSOON
Last known address: 20472 NW 272nd
Street. Okeechobee, FL 34972
Current residence unknown
PEARL KISSON A K/A PEAL KISSOON
Last known address: 20472 NW 272nd
Street, Okeechobee, R 34972
UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF CRYSTAL KIS-
SOON
Last known address: 20472 NW 272nd
Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972
UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF PEAL KISSON
A/K/A PEARL KISSOON
Last known address: 20472 NW 272nd
Street, Okeechobee, R 34972
Current Residence Unknown
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for
Foreclosure of Mortgage on the follow-
ing described property:
LOT B, OF TRACT 7 OF THE WEST 1/2
OF THE EAST 1/2 OF THE NORTH 1/2
OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF TRACT 7, IN
SECTION 28, TOWNSHIP 34, SOUTH,
RANGE 33 EAST OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FL.
has been filed against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any,to it, on Marshall
C. Watson, PA., Attorney for Plaintiff;
whose address is 1800 NW 49th
STREET, SUITE 120, FT. LAUDER-
DALE FL 33309 within thirty (30) days
after the first publication of this Notice
in the (Please publish in OKEECHOBEE
NEWS) and lie the original with the
Clerk of this Court eitherbefore service
on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately
thereafter; otherwise a default will be
entered against you for the relief de-
manded in the complaint
In accordance with the Americans with
Disabilities Act of 1990 ADA, disabled
persons who, because of their
disabilities need special accommoda-
tion to participate in this proceeding
should contact not later than seven (7)
days prior to the proceeding Court Ad-
ministration at 772-807-4370,
1-800-955-8771 (hearing impaired) or
1-800-955-8770 (voice impaired).
WITNESS my hand and the seal of this
Court this 10th day of March, 2008.
Sharon Robertson
As Clerk of the Court
By:/S/LindaF. Young
As Deputy Clerk
265027 ON 3/14,21/2008


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I P i N i


NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF
PROPOSED COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENTS
NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Planning
Board/Board of Adjustment and Appeals on Thursday, March 20, 2008 at 6:00
p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible. The meeting will be held at City Hall, 55
Southeast 3rd Avenue, in the Council Chambers, Room 200, Okeechobhee, Rlorida
To consider a request for a Comprehensive Plan Small Scale Future Land Use Map
Amendment Application No. 08-003-SSA. The application is being submitted by
Muhammad Nooruddin, on behalf of property ownerss, Muzaffar Husain, Trustee.
The application is to change the Future Land Use designation from Single Family
(SF) to Commercial (C) for vacant property located on Northeast 12th Street,
Block 15, Okeechobee.
Legal description: Lots 19 and 20 of Block 15, City of Okeechobee Subdivision, and
is approximately 0.405 acre(s). The proposed use is for future expansion of cur-
rent business.
A copy of the enbre applications) and agenda are available in the General Services
Office, Rm 101 at City Hall or by calling Betty Clement at (863) 763-3372 x 218.
The Planning Board will make recommendations to the City Council for considera-
tion and final adoption tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, March 18,2008.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the Planning Board with respect to any matter considered at
this meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings
is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the ap-
peal is to be based. General Services media are used for the sole purpose of
back-up for the department.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florida Statute
286.26, persons with disabitties needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Betty Clement, no later than two (2) working days
prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x 218; if you are heanng or voice im-
paired, call TOD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY).
BY: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
Application No. 08-003-SSA
264071 ON 3/5,14/08


OKEECHOBEE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD POLICY
In accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act, Chapter 120, Florida Stat-
utes, notice is hereby given that the Okeechobee County School Board will con-
sider adoption of the School Board policy listed below at their meeting on
Tuesday, April 15, 2008, at 6:00 p.m., in Room 303 of the School Board Admin-
istrative Office at 700 S.W. Second Avenue, Okeechobee. Copies of the proposed
policy amendment are available in the School Board Office located at 700 S.W.
2nd Avenue, Room 307.
ADOPTION OF BOARD POLICY 3.45 Background Screening for Contractors
1. This policy states the School Board's policy regarding Level 2 screening
for vendors, contractors, employees of contractors.
2. Adoption of this policy will codify the District's current practice and
comply with Florida Statute.
3. The legal authority for this policy is ES. 1001.41 and 1001.42. Laws
implemented are FS. 1001.43; 1003.496; 1012.32; 1012.465; 1012.467;
1012.468.
4. This policy amendment will not affect Individuals from an economic
standpoint.


264713 ON 3/14/08


Patricia G. Cooper, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools


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NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF
PROPOSED ZONING RECLASSIFICATION
NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Planning
Board/Board of Adjustment and Appeals on Thursday, March 20, 2008 at 6:08
p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible. The meeting will be held at City Hall, 55
SE 3rd Avenue, in the Council Chambers, Room 200, Okeechobee, Florida.
To consider a change in the zoning district from Commercial Business District
(CBD) to Industria (IND) for Petition No. 08-002-R. The petition is being submit-
ted by Steven Ramunni, Esquire, on behalf of property ownerss, Mary An New-
comer. The property is located at 701 Southwest Park Street
Legal: Beginning at the Southeast Comer of Block 161, Okeechobee, according to
Plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 5, Public Records of Okeechobee
County, lorida, and run thence South 70 feet to South line of North Park Street
for the Point of Beginning; run thence South 150 feet to intersection with North
line of South Park Street; run thence West along said North line 200 feet to inter-
section with East line of former but now abandoned FEC RR; run thence North
along said right-of-way 150 feet to intersection with South line of North Park
Street aforesaid; run thence East along said South line 200 feet to Point of Begin-
ning; said land lying in and comprising part of East one-half of Southwest one-
quarter of Section 16, and Northeast one-quarter of Northeast one-quarter of
Northwest one-quarter of Section 21, Township 37 South, Range 35 East. Less
and except additional D.O.T. road right-of-way on State Road 70, and is approxi-
mately 0.642 acre(s).
A copy of the entire applications) and agenda are available in the General Services
Office, Rm 101 at City Hall or by calling Betty Clement at (863) 763-3372 x 218.
The Planning Board will make recommendations to the City Council for considera-
tion and final adoption tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, March 18, 2008.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the Planning Board/Board of Adjustments and Appeals with re-
spect to any matter considered at this meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a
verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony
and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Media are used for the sole
purpose of back-up for the General Services Office.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Forida Statute
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Betty Clement, no later than two (2) working days
prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x 218; if you are hearing or voice im-
paired, call TOD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (T1Y).
BY: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
Petition No. 08-002-R
264074 0N 3/5,14/08

NOTICE OF HEARING
Okeechobee County Code Enforcement
Special Magistrate
The Okeechobee County Special M'. i i, ii ,-n r,..i i public meeting on Tuesday,
March 18, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. Tie pusinc meeting will be held at the Okeechobee
County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Second Floor-Courtroom A, Okeecho-
bee, Florida. For more information, contact Faye Huffman at the Planning and De-
velopment Department, 499 N.W. 5th Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972,
(863) 763-5548 ext. 3001.
All interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public meeting.
Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Code Enforcement Special
Magistrate with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to en-
sure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and that the record in-
cludes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. Code
Enforcement tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the
Department.
Faye Huffman, Secretary to the
Code Enforcement Special Magistrate
265136 ON 3/14,15/08


O.G. & C.C. Weekly Results


Sports News in Brief


Okeechobee Golf and
Country Club P.I.G.S. League
Feb. 18: First place-Terry
Malaster. Second place-John.
Nickelson. Last place-Kenny Cur-
ran. Closest to the pin-(2) Terry-
Malaster, (8) Terry Malaster, (11)
Kenny Curran and (17) J.W. Cain.
Feb. 22: First place-Ernie Wha-
ley. Second place-Randy Whaley.
Last place-Bill Kenney. Closest to
the pin-(2) Ida Curtis, (8) Bill Wh-
itaker, (11) George Earl Goudy


and (17) Fred Marshall.
Okeechobee Ladies Golf
Association
Low Net
Feb. 18: First place-Elma Mot-
ley. Second place-Barbara Smith-
berger. Third place-Diane Smet.
Scramble
Feb. 21: First place-Dale Bry-
ant, Jeannette Butler and Nancy
Pullen. Second place-Nancy Hal-
deman, Sunni Adams, Eilene
Hammond and Diane Smet.


2008 Kids Day Benefit

Bass Tournament
Taylor Creek Bass Club is
pleased to sponsor our sixth
annual, Bill Sprigle 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
hbe at n m The 2-man team ntrv


fee is $110 including Big Bass can
be paid in cash at the ramp, or by
check made out to Taylor Creek
Bass Club, Inc. and mailed to Bill
Seitz, 2315 S.E. 31st St., 34974.
Mailed forms must be received
by March 8. Tournament permits
and tickets for a 50/50 drawing
will be available at boat check the
morning of the tournament. Entry
forms are available at several
local tackle shops, businesses
and restaurants, or by contacting
Bill at (863) 763-2926. Based on
50 boats, the 70 percent payout
will be for the top seven places,
and first and second big fish.
The retained 30 percent will be
used to help fund the club's 23rd
annual, Lee McAllister Memorial
"Kids Day Fishing Festival" to be
held the last Sunday in October at


the Agri-Civic Center.

U.S.C.G. Flotilla

seeks new members
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
Flotilla 57 in Okeechobee is
seeking new members to become
involved in the Auxiliary's
programs.
The Auxiliary is a volunteer
service organization composed
of men and women who actively
support recreational boating
safety and other Coast Guard
missions.
The Auxiliary also provides
recreational boating safetysupport
to sate and local authorities.
Members could be involved
in patrols, communications,


SUDminea pnoto

March of Dimes Tournament
Joe Smith (left) was the Big Fish winner at the March of
Dimes Bass Tournament on Feb. 23 with a 'Big Fish' weight
of 8.39 Ibs. Billy Dean, WOKC and Steve Daniel, United
Home Builder Pro Bass Fisherman (right) were host em-
cees at the tournament.


administration, seamanship,
piloting/navigation, weather or
search and rescue.
For information, calL_(863)
763-0165.

Taylor Creek Bass

Club meets monthly
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 information call
Dave Stout at (863)467-2255
The club also sponsors and
presents the annual Lee McAllister
Memorial Kid's Fishing Festival.


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Flag football
Emilia Moros is the start-
ing quarterback for the
OHS Flag Football Team
this season.


Submitted phOtos

March of Dimes Bass Tournament winners
Winners from the March of Dimes Bass Tournament, held on Feb. 23 are: Clint & Ronnie
Mehrer (top) came were the first place team with a total weight of 18.08 Ibs. The team com-
ing in second place is (left) Ernie Johnson and Joe Smith with a total weight of 13.30 Ibs.
And the coming third place is (right) Curtis Lewis and Steve Fairtrace with a total weight
of 12.9 Ibs.
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