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PO BOX 117007

Vol. 99 No. 78

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

News in Brief

Kiwanis Pancake
To support their scholar-
ship fund, Kiwanis members
will also be holding their an-
nual Pancake Breakfast on
Easter Sunday, March 23, at
7 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at the
Freshman Campus Cafeteria.
Pancakes and whole-hog sau-
sage all you can eat for $5. Eat
in or take out. All proceeds go
towards Kiwanis scholarships
for which they have received
90 applications this year. Four
scholarships will be awarded
on Scholarship Night at OHS.
For additional information
contact Frank Irby at. (863)

Sunrise services
on Easter
First United Methodist
Church invites everyone to at-
tend an Easter Sunrise Service
on Sunday, March 23, 2008, at
6:30 a.m. at Lock 7. Bring a
chair if you can as seating is
limited. For more information
call office at (863)

SFWMD offers
speakers bureau'
The South Florida Water
Management District Okeecho-
bee Service Center staff mem-
bers are available to meet with
groups about water resources
and environmental restoration
projects in the Okeechobee,
Glades and Highland County
service area. Technical experts,
scientists and other special-
ists can tailor a presentation to
meet specific needs or answer
questions regarding many,wa-
ter-related topics. This service
is free and available by contact-
ing Victoria Nowlan at (863)
462-5260 or 800-250-4200, ext.
3045, or by e-mail atvnowlan@ For more informa-
tion, visit or
call the Okeechobee Service
Center at (800) 250-4200.

Volunteers needed
for Wildlife Rescue
Florida Wildlife Rescue Ser-
vice Inc., a non-profit organi-
zation providing free rescue,
pick-up, and transport of sick,
injured, and orphaned wildlife,
is seeking volunteers to perform
occasional weekday rescues of
injured wildlife in the Okeecho-
bee area. For information, call
(863) 634-1755.

Drought Index

Current: 383
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.18 feet
$ { Last Year: 1,1.0 feet

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

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Com ics .................................. 5
Community Events.................... 4
Crossword................................. 5
Obituaries...................... 6
O pinion.................................. 4
Speak Out.............................. 4
Sports.................................. 9, 10
TV ....................................... 4
W weather .................................. 2
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how to contact the newspaper.

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County chooses administrator

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
At last, after the second go
round, the county finally has a
new county administrator. Pend-
ing successful contract nego-
tiations, Lyndon Bonner of Ocala
will be the new county adminis-
Mr. Bonner is former interim
deputy county administrator for
Sumter County and city manger
of Bunnell, Fla. He was also di-
rector of public services for Dun-
nellon and served in several po-

sitions for the City of Wildwood. Bonner were the top choices.
OkeechobeeCountyCommis- Although all board members
sioners, in a special meet- felt that both men were
ing on Monday morning, qualified, in the end, it
March 17 unanimously was Mr. Bonner's Flori-
voted to offer the posi- da experience that won
tion to Mr. Bonner. him the position.
"Put that down in the "We are here to pick
history book," commis- *. an administrator," said
sion chairman Clif Betts recruiter Colin Baen-
said of the unanimous ziger. "We are not leav-
vote. On important is- ing this room until that
sues the board is often L. Bonner is done."
split 3-2. Last December, the
Andy Hall, planning direc- commissioners rejected all can-
tor of Henderson, Nev. and Mr. didates offered by Mr. Baenziger

Step lively: St. Patrick's Day fun

Submitted photo
Irish step dancers from Fort Pierce were among the traditional Irish entertainment on
hand at Saturday's annual St. Patricks Day festival at Okeechobee's Sacred Heart Cath-
olic Church.

Hospice honors

four volunteers

Since opening The Hamrick
Home, Hospice of Okeecho-
bee has increased the number
of volunteers assisting the orga-
nization: This year hospice has
taken the unusual approach of
naming four volunteers as their
"2007 Volunteer of the Year."
Bobbi Wilkins, Tom Wilkins,
Barb Golden, and Walt Golden
were recently given the award.
Hospice CEO Lisa Black-
man explains, "The whole
situation reminds me of the
old saying 'two for the price
of one,' only we got four for
the price of one! When Bobbi

first came to volunteer at Hos-
pice, she very quickly recruited
three more volunteers for us --
her husband, sister-in-law and
"The four of them play di-
verse roles at your hometown
Hospice and I honestly do
not know what we would do
without them," Ms. Blackman
continued. "Bobbi works in the
office and sends out thank you
cards to those who so gener-
ously donate to The Hamrick
Home. Barbara volunteers in
our bereavement program and
See Hospice Page 2

and he had to go through the
selection process all over again.
The recruiter said that was the
first time a county commission
had rejected all of his candi-
On Feb. 26. Mr. Baenziger
presented commissioners with
a new slate of 13 candidates. On
March 4, commissioners cut that
list down to five. Then on March
17 they made their final selec-
Before discussing the can-
didates Mr. Betts asked for any
comments from the audience.

"I would encourage you to
consider Mr. Hall because of
his planning experience," said
builder Ted Kelchner.
On the first ballot Mr. Baen-
ziger asked the commissioners
to place two names. Mr. Bonner
got four votes, Mr. Hall got five
votes and Larry Stoever, former
city manager of Saline, Mi. got
one vote.
So the board discussed the
two top candidates, Mr. Bonner
and Mr. Hall.
See.County Page 2

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A local man and woman
were arrest-
ed early Mon-
day morning
for their al-
leged con-
nection with
last month's
beating and
robbery of
a man who Dewey Alton
was staying Lightsey
at a local
. Arrested were Dewey Alton
Lightsey and Michelle Corsetti
Stephenson. Both were charged
with aggravated battery, home'
invasion robbery and kidnap-
ping. Both were also booked

into the Okeechobee County
Jail under a bond of $450,000.
Lightsey, 31, S.E. 59th Circle,
and Corsetti, 45, Reservation
Road, were ar-
rested at 3:52
a.m. on March
17 by Corporal
Chris Hans of
*the Okeecho-
bee County
Sheriff's Office
(OCSO) on a
M i c h e I I warrant.
Corsetti The war-
rant had been
applied for and obtained by
OCSO Detective. Rick Durfee,
who said Lightsey and Corsetti
entered the motel room on the

See Robbery Page 2

City considers

zoning changes

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
When the Okeechobee City
Council meets tonight they will
consider adoption of three ordi-
nances and the first reading of
a fourth ordinance.
The first ordinance on
the agenda for final approval
would changehe zoning from
residential single family I to
residential single family 2 for
property at 813 S.W. Second
St. The property in question is
about 1.3 acres in size. If ap-
proved, the zoning change
would allow the owner, Sheri
Lachapelle to construct zero lot
line duplexes.
A related ordinance would
change the future land use map
plan future land use map from
single family to multifamily for
the same property.

What: Okeechobee
City Council
When: 6 p.m.
Where: Council
Okeechobee City
Hall, 55 S.E. Third

The second ordinance on
the agenda has to do with
property owned by the Visit-
ing Nurses Association on S.E.
Second street. The ordnance
would change the designation
from single family to commer-
See City Page 2

Submitted photo
Hospice of Okeechobee, 2007 Volunteers of the Year award went to Bobbi and Tom Wilkins,
Barbara and Walt Golden, tor their commitment to Volunteering for Hospice.

Couple accused

in robbery at

local motel

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SFWMD help with wastewater system

Wastewater system to elimi-
nate potential pollution source to
Lake Okeechobee
The South Florida Water Man-
agement District (SFWMD) Gov-
erning Board has authorized a
$200,000 partnership with the
Okeechobee Utility Authority to
build a centralized wastewater
collection and pumping system
for a residential area currently
served by on-site septic tank treat-
ment systems. The new system

will serve the Treasure Island area
of Okeechobee County, located
less than a half mile from Lake
"This project demonstrates the
District's commitment to working
with our many partners in achiev-
ing Lake Okeechobee restoration
goals," said Malcolm S. (Bubba)
Wade, Jr., who represents por-
tions of central and southwest
Florida on the SFWMD Governing
Board. "I know that the Treasure

Island community, as well as the
entire lake region, will benefit
from this enhanced wastewater
A feature of the Treasure Is-
land area is the significant num-
ber of canals interlacing the area,
creating many small waterfront
lots. All of the canals are direct-
ly connected to Taylor Creek,
which has direct access to Lake
Okeechobee. Elimination of ex-
isting septic tanks and associated

drainage fields will reduce the
amount of phosphorus entering
local groundwater and potentially
reaching Lake Okeechobee.
The $200,000 contribution to
the $6-million wastewater collec-
tion and pumping system being
constructed by the Okeechobee
Utility Authority is a component
of the Northern Everglades and
Estuaries Protection Program,
a major priority in the District's
10-year strategic plan.

SFWMD OKs Kissimmee River plan

tain the progress being made in
restoring the Kissimmee River and
its environmentally vital flood-
plain, the South Florida Water
Management District (SFWMD)
Governing Board has approved
an updated five-year manage-
ment plan for the 56,713 acres of
public lands along the river.
The management plan de-
scribes the historical, physical,
and ecological aspects of the Kis-
simmee River Management Areas
as well as stewardship activities
needed to properly manage these
lands, which were acquired for
the restoration effort. The plan
provides guidance to District land

managers on effective and consis-
tent land management practices
as well as specific goals and ob-
"The Kissimmee River Resto-
ration is restoration in the purest
sense," said Harkley Thornton,
SFWMD Governing Board mem-
ber. "We want the ecosystem to
function as it did long before any
of us arrived in Florida."
. The presence of invasive plants
and animals as well as safety pre-
cautions necessary for controlling
lightning-sparked fires requires
planning on how to mimic natu-
ral processes. District land man-
agers rely on the management
plan for ways to achieve this.

The 141-page document is avail-
able to the public via the SFWMD
website at
In a related effort, the SFWMD
Governing Board also passed a
resolution requesting coordina-
tion with the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion to add the 3,722-acre Chan-
dler Slough to the Kissimmee
River Public Use Area. This will
create specific public recreation
opportunities in Chandler Slough
and define the rules and regula-
tions governing hunting, camp-
ing, hiking and other public ac-
tivities encouraged on this land
purchased for Kissimmee River
Restoration. Chandler Slough is

located east of the channelized
Kissimmee River (C-38) and south
of U.S. Highway 98.
Kissimmee River Restoration
is an ongoing 'effort to restore
an estimated 40 square miles of
river and floodplain ecosystem
at the headwaters of America's
Everglades. All lands have been
acquired for the multi-phase
project, which will restore 26,500
acres of wetlands and 43 continu-
ous miles of meandering river.
Restored habitats along the Kis-
simmee now support hundreds
of species of native plants, fish,
invertebrates and birds, including
the endangered bald eagle, snail
kite and wood stork.

News Briefs

Citizen boards have openings
The Okeechobee City Council is seeking interested applicants in .
serving on the City of Okeechobee Code Enforcement Board and the '
Planning Board/Board of Adjustment and Appeals. Membership of
either Board, shall consist of any of the following: architect, general
contractor, realtor, business person, and lay persons. Terms are
for three years. City and County residents may apply. Applications
may be printed from the City's web page, www.cityofokeechobee.
com or obtained from the City Clerk's Office at 55 SE 3rd Avenue,
Okeechobee. For more information, call (863) 763-3372 extension
215. Applications must be returned to the City Clerk's office by 4:30
p.m. Monday, April 7. City employees and elected city officials are
not permitted to serve on the city's citizen boards.

Summer Activity guide planned
Submissions for the 2008 Summer Activity Guide are current-
ly being requested by Sharon Vinson at the Okeechobee County
School Board Office. This guide is a comprehensive list of activities
for children during the summer months in Okeechobee. To have
your event included, just complete the submission form to include
information in the guide, at no charge. The mission of the guide
is to keep our children safe, secure and active during the summer
months. Deadline for submissions is March 28. There will be 9,000
copies of the Summer Activity Guide printed and distributed in early
May to public school children and in local businesses. For more
information contact (863) 462-5000 ext. 257.

Need help paying your utility bill?
Low-income residents may qualify for assistance Call the Eco-
nomic Opportunities Council Low-Income Home Energy Assis-
tance Program for an appointment (863) 357-2242. Open, Tuesday
at 9 a.m. 5 p.m.; Wednesday at 10 a.m. 8 p.m.; Thursday at 9
a.m. 4 p.m., at Northside EOC-Head Start 1798 N.W. Ninth Ave.

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night of Jan. 29 and twice struck
the man in the headwith a beer
bottle. The couple then took him
into the bathroom and-bound
him by the wrists with his own
The detective said the victim
was staying at a motel on U.S.
441 S. when he heard a knock on
the door. He went to the door and
saw Corsetti, whom he appar-
ently knew.
The victim turned his back and

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cial to accommodate a new fac-
ulty for the association.
Final approval will also be
sought for an ordinance, to close
the alley on South Parrott Avenue

Continued From Page 1

Although all the commission-
ers felt both men were very quali-
fied and could handle the job,
some leaned toward one candi-
date and some toward the other.
"I think Andy Hall has a lot
going for him," stated Commis-
sioner Elvie Posey.
Commissioner Ray Domer
was impressed with Mr. Hall's
planning experience.
"I think he would be a good
fit with the commission as well
as with the community", said Mr.
"I don't think we can go far
wrong with either one," was the
opinion of Commissioner Clif
Betts. However, he felt Mr. Bon-
ner's experience with the current
tax situation would be an asset.
Mr. Betts also liked the fact that

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offers comfort to those who have
experienced a recent loss. Tom
and Walt pick up items that are
donated to our yard sales."
For the volunteers themselves,
it is often a personal reason that
brought them to volunteer at Hos-
"I became a Hospice of

walked toward the bed. While his
back was turned, he was struck in
the head twice with a beer bottle.
The Busch longneck beer bottle
did not break on the first blow,
but shattered the second time the
man was struck.
Detective Durfee said the vic-
tim later received medical atten-
tion, and that it took six stitches to
close the wound to his right tem-
ple and five staples to close the
wound to the back of his head.
I "There was blood on the floor,
on the bed -- everywhere," said
Detective Durfee Monday after-
The couple then took the vic-

behind Affordable Auto.
In addition, the council is
scheduled to have the first reading
and schedule a final public hear-
ing date of April 1 for a proposed
ordinance regarding standards of
constructing private driveways.
The council is also scheduled
to consider a resolution endors-
ing a funding request to Congress

Mr. Bonner has dealt with large
projects similar to the Grove, the
planned nine square mile devel-
opment in the northeastern part
of the county.
"I had Any Hall high on my list
before I met him," said Commis-
sioner Marvin Wherrell. However
he expressed the opinion that Mr.
Bonner's Florida experience may
make a difference.
"Both are top notch candi-
dates," asserted Commissioner
Noel Chandler. "Mr. Bonner was
more receptive to questions."
Mr. Chandler was impressed by
the amount of study Mr. Bonner
did before coming to Okeecho-
Commissioner Elvie Posey
said Mr. Bonner didn't strike him
as someone who would stay on
the job very long. He said he had
a definite feeling Mr. Hall would
stay longer.
Even though each commis-
sioner expressed an opinion fa-

Okeechobee volunteer to give
back love and support, as was
shown to my family. I love being
involved with such a fantastic or-
ganization," said Bobbi Wilkins.
Her husband Tom added "having
retired, I was looking for oppor-
tunities to volunteer, and decided
that Hospice of Okeechobee was
the choice for me."
Barb Golden echoed that same
sentiment when she stated "I vol-
unteer for Hospice of Okeecho-

tim to the bathroom where he
was bound and told to count to
100 before leaving the room.
At this point, said Detective
Durfee, Lightsey and Corsetti took
$535 in cash from the victim's
wallet. The couple also took the
victim's identification and cell
Detective Durfee said finger-
prints were found on the bottle
fragments lying on the motel
room floor. He said those prints
matched Lightsey's fingerprints.
The detective went on to say
he was unable to get a statement
from the victim that night because
pain medication had already been

from Amtrak and approve a fire
medical director agreement be-
tween the city and J. Michael
Adelberg, M.D.
The mayor is expected to is-
sue a proclamation naming
Okeechobee as a "Florida Gate-
way Community." At their March
4, meeting the council approved a
memorandum of understanding

voring one candidate over anoth-
er the official vote was five to zero
to offer the job to Mr. Bonner.
Mr. Betts and the county attor-
ney will negotiate a contract for
the new administrator.
When contacted by telephone
Mr. Bonner, said he was excited
about the position and pleased
to be a part of the community.
He said the administrator posi-
tion would be a "real good fit for
Mr. Bonner sees the need
for economic development. He
said that a lot of people live in
Okeechobee but work elsewhere.
Mr. Bonner advocates job training
for youth and seeking industry
to keep people working in this
He said he was not afraid of
the-3-2 votes that have been com-
mon with this commission. Mr.
Bonner said it shows the passion
of commissioners who are think-
ing through issues and voting

bee because it gives me a great
satisfaction to be affiliated with
a very worthy organization that
helps anyone in need." Husband
Walt quickly agreed and added
"I have been impressed for years
with the work that Hospice of
Okeechobee does and wanted to
be a part of it."
Volunteer Coordinator, Cathy
Schmiedel, is enthusiastic in de-
scribing the dedication of these
two couples: "I truly do not know

administered. He added that there
was no alcohol in the victim's sys-
The OCSO detective said he
had to wait to arrest Lightsey be-
cause he has been in Colorado on
vacation with other family mem-
Cpl. Hans stopped a vehicle
being driven by Lightsey Monday
morning and arrested him on the
warrant. Detective Durfee said
Corsetti, Lightsey's girlfriend, was
also in the vehicle.
Both Lightsey and Corsetti will
have their first appearance hear-
ing before a local judge on Tues-

with the Florida Trails Association
to promote outdoor activities and
hiking in Florida. This memoran-
dum named Okeechobee as a
gateway community that would
promote Florida Trails Associa-
tion activities.
Post your opinions In the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached

their conscience.
"I will always be the advocate
for the community first," he said.
Mr. Bonner said he has met
with the county staff and secured
a lot of information on the county.
He said the deputy administrators
have been doing a good job of
operating the county in the ab-
sence of an administrator.
Mr. Bonner is expected to ar-
rive here just in time to start the
budget process.
"The budget is going to be
tough," he conceded. He said the
county may have to start planning
the budget with a three to five
years horizon.
"A lot of budgeting is plan-
ning," he said.
Mr. Bonner said he would lis-
ten to staff because "better ideas
come from within."
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached

what we would do without them.
Volunteers are the backbone of
Hospice of Okeechobee. Bobbi,
Tom, Barbara and Walt really
exemplify that! They are always
willing to lend a helping hand, as
well as a friendly smile. We are
truly blessed to have them as vol-
For more information about
volunteer opportunities at Hos-
pice of Okeechobee, contact Ms.
Schmiedel at (863) 467-2321.

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Okeechobee News, Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Loud music allegedly inspires machete attack

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man appar-
ently tired of hearing music being
played was arrested early Satur-
day after he allegedly attacked a
man with a machete and a screw-
Roberto Diaz-Oritiz, 48, N.W.
Seventh St., was charged with

the felony of aggravated battery
and the misdemeanor of resist-
ing arrest without violence. He
was booked into the Okeecho-
bee County Jail under a bond of
An arrest report by Deputy Bart
Potter of the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO) states that

room and another man was in the
same room sleeping on the floor
shortly after 11 p.m. Friday night.
The second man had music play-
The victim said Diaz-Oritiz
came into the bedroom incensed
about the music. The victim went
on to tell the deputy that Diaz-Ori-

the victim was asleep in his bed- tiz also had a machete in his right

When the victim stood up,
Diaz-Oritiz yelled at him about
the music then pushed him back-
wards which caused the victim
to turn. When the victim turned
Diaz-Oritiz began to hit him in
the upper back with the machete,
said the deputy's report.
Both men ran out of the room

with Diaz-Oritiz following. Once
outside the home, Deputy Potter's
report states Diaz-Oritiz began
to strike the victim with a screw-
driver in the upper and mid-chest
areas as well as the nose.
Diaz-Oritiz was charged with
resisting arrest without violence
because he gave the deputy a
false name when he was arrested

at 1:16 a.m. Sat-
urday, said the
The report
did not give the
condition of the
victim or if he
was taken to a

DJ accused of drug charge

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A local DJ was arrested early
Saturday morning on felony drug
charges when a search of his
apartment yielded 17 grams of
suspected marijuana and cash.
Antijuan Jemale Holmes, 28,
N.E. 13th Ave., Okeechobee, was
charged with the felony of posses-
sion of marijuana with intent to
sell. He was also charged with the
misdemeanor of possession of
drug paraphernalia.
He was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under a
bond of $2,000.

An arrest report by the
Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force
indicates that they were in the 600
block of N.E. 13th Ave. when they
detected a strong odor of smoked
The detectives went to an
apartment in the area and when
the door was opened they report-
edly saw a large brown bong used
to smoke pot sitting on a table.
They spoke with a woman in-
side who gave them permission to
search the apartment:
Besides the bong, the detec-
tives indicated in their report they
found 17.2 grams of a green leafy
substance, 74 plastic baggies, $55

in cash located
in a tin can and
a pack of small
cigars. They also
found .6 grams
of a green leafy
substance in the
bottom of box.
A field test of
the green leafyAntijam
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cated a positive Holmes
result for the presence of mari-
The report also states that the
small blunt cigars are commonly
used to smoke marijuana.

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
William Jason Bussey, 33,
N.E. 12th St., Okeechobee, was
arrested March 12 by Trooper D.S.
Cox on a charge of driving while
license suspended/revoked ha-
bitual offender. His bond was set
at $2,500.
Teresa Landaverde, 23, N.W.
47th Terrace, Okeechobee, was
arrested March 13 by Deputy Ar-
lene Durbin on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging her with
violation of probation uttering
a forged instrument (six counts)
and violation of probation grand
theft (three counts). Her bond
was set at $15,000.
Benji Sanders, 33, N.W. 26th
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested
March 14 by the Okeechobee
Narcotics Task Force on a charge
of possession of cocaine. His
bond was set at $5,000..
William Michael Ginane, 18,
S.E. 66th Drive, Okeechobee, was
arrested March 14 by Detective
Rosemary Farless on misdemean-
or charges of driving under the in-
fluence and possession of alcohol
by a person under 21 years of age.
His bond was set at $1,500.
Erin Marle Maguire, 20, N.E.
60th Court, Okeechobee, was

arrested March 15 by Deputy Jo-
seph Gracie on charges of forgery
and uttering a forged instrument.
Her bond was set at $5,000.
Rey Gomez, 34, N.W 30th
St., Okeechobee, was arrested
March 15 by Deputy Lieutenant
Keith Murrish on a warrant charg-
ing him with failure of a sex of-
fender to register with the Depart-
ment of Motor Vehicles. His bond
was set at $15,000.
Roberto Diaz Ortiz, 48, N.W.
36th St., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested March 15 by Deputy Ser-
geant J. Royal on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him
with violation of probation driv-
ing under the influence, violation
of probation leaving the scene
of an accident and violation of
probation driving without a valid
driver's license. He is being held
without bond.
w Christopher Charles Miller,
22, S.W. 22nd St., Okeechobee,
was arrested March 16 by Deputy
Sergeant Clif Gill on felony charges
of burglary of a conveyance and
attempted burglary of a convey-
ance. He was also charged with
the misdemeanor of loitering and
prowling. He was released on his
own recognizance.
Mabry Murphy, 69, N.W
292nd St., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested March 16 by DOC's Joseph
Cracchiola on a charge of viola-
tion of community control pos-
session of a weapon by a convict-
ed felon. He is being held without
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless other-

wise 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.

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local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new
topics or comment on existing topics. You can also e-mail
comments to 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!
TRAILERS: This is in response to the comment on "Travel Trail-
ers." Have you personally lost everything you have ever earned or
owned all at one time in your lifetime? Have you ever considered that
the people stuck in the travel trailer had to buy it themselves and live in
it, because FEMA wouldn't help them? Have you ever considered that
the insurance companies are not easy to settle with and these people
may be still fighting that issue? I can tell you from experience that I do
not like living in the "travel trailer" and I wouldn't if I had to. I know
that I no longer take for granted the simple things like ice, a counter in
the kitchen, a kitchen, an oven, a dishwasher, a washer/dryer, a long
hot shower, sleeping on a mattress that is made for "recreational" use,
flushing the toilet without knowing the black water has to be drained
once a week. Do you? Have some grace. If you really wanted to have
a heart, you would understand what it is like to live a day in someone
else's shoes before you pass judgment. Try to help instead of com-
CHAMBER PRESIDENT: So proud to know a new President has
been elected to the office at the Chamber of Commerce. For many
years it has been about only fund raising. Maybe now it can begin to
promote the business people who have paid dues, to be represented.
It would be nice if the Chamber used the businesses to volunteer,
promote, incorporate, pay them for services rendered, and band them
together to make a dynamic working team, to benefit its members
and the community. I am certainly looking forward to new breath in
the Chamber.
GARBAGE COLLECTORS: I am writing about trash collectors.
I just watched the recycling truck collect our recycling. As the per-
son threw our bins to the ground, he hit one of our solar lights and
broke it, this is not the first time they have been broken. He glanced
toward our house and went on his way. We are trying to do our part
by participating in the recycling program but the cost of replacing our
items is getting outrageous. The garbage collectors have smashed
our garbage can lid so badly that we have had to replace the can. We
now take the lid off before we place the can at the curb and hope the
animals don't strew the trash before the truck arrives. We have lived
in Okeechobee for about 18 months and have to replace the cans
also because of the careless employees. Maybe the company should
furnish garbage cans to the customers, as they do in the city, then they
would have to pay to replace them when they are smashed.
DEMOCRATS: I am disgusted with the Democrats. Much as I don't
want to vote Republican, I don't feel we have a choice. Hillary isn't
going to be able to beat Obama, and we know nothing about him
except what he has told us. We do know that he has done nothing
as a Senator. His only interest in world events is in Africa -- talk about
sending our troops into a never ending war. He is such a smooth talk-
er that he has people mesmerized, especially young people. His lack
of experience and knowledge speaks volumes. It would be a scary
proposition to see him running the country. As much as I'd like to see
a black president before I die, this isn't the right one.
ments made relative to the Southeast section of Okeechobee and its
utter lack of enforcement of zoning and code ordinances. Not only
is our quality of life and property values diminished, but our overall
safety threatened. Excessive speeding; inadequate police patrol; park-
ing, maintenance, and storage of inappropriate vehicles, shows a lack
of concern for its residents. It is no wonder that potential home buyers
want no part of this neighborhood when looking for a home. Please,
,ofhi commissioners, d6 your job.
'TRAILERS: In the comments about travel trailers and
RVs and people living in them, I think the county officials need to use
some common sense. If people are setting up unlicensed trailer parks
on their property and letting people stay in trailers there, then yes it
needs to be cracked down on and right away. But if people lost their
home in the hurricanes and do to problems with the insurance still
have not been able to rebuild, and just have the one trailer on their
own property, then some lenience should be shown.
RECYCLING: Every day I see people in Okeechobee throwing
items that could be recycled into the garbage that will wind up in
the landfill. This community needs a much stronger recycling plan,
and curbside recycling for every home that has garbage collection.
How can you expect people to recycle if they have to drive all over
the place trying to find someone to accept the items to be recycled?
There should be curbside recycling plus recycling bins at every major
shopping center. There is an election coming up and the candidate
who will promise to do something about this will get my vote. We are
filling up the landfill with things that could be recycled and that is a
crime against the earth.
OBAMA: I have been watching the presidential election coverage
and this Obama scares me. Look at his policies and how he votes. He
is popular because he is very well spoken and good looking. But he
is way too liberal. I am afraid people will vote for him because they
hate Hillary Clinton. Well I have no love for Hillary Clinton either, but
I hate to think what will happen to this country if Obama is in office. I
think the way things are, the best choice is going to be McCain. At least
we know he is an honorable man who will try to do what he really
believes is the right thing. And because he knows what it is like to fight
a war and to be captured and tortured, he is not going to be so willing
to send our soliders to war unless he thinks it is absolutely necessary.
He knows the reality of what he would be sending the young men
into. He lived it.

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Upcoming Events /

Tuesday, March 18
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open
to the public. For information, contact Chad Rucks at (863) 763-8999.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W
Third St., at 8 p.m.
AA. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St. Anyone
interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend.
There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Secu-
rity Death Index and military information available. For information,
call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
The Camera Club meets every other Tuesday from 5:30 until 6:30
p.m. Learn types and uses of film; speeds and technology; and, how
to see your world and capture it on film. Class is basic through ex-
tensive. Registration is $20, and each class is $10. Call Bobbi at (863)
467-2614 for information. Some of the proceeds will go towards Big
Lake Mission's Outreach.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information,
June Scheer at (863) 634-8276
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is in-
vited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For informa-
tion, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m.
in the Fellowship Hall, 1735 S.W 24th Ave. This is a men's only meet-
ing. For information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden Cor-
ral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in becoming a
member is welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner at (863)
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. Everyone is-invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
at the Hospice building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Brenda Nicholson at
(863) 467-2321.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that
enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For information,
contact Dr. Edward Douglas at (863) 763-4320.
AA. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meet-
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St., will be
hosting God's Time -- a morning of free organized Christian activities
that includes play, instruction and interaction for parents and their pre-
school children. The event will be held each Tuesday from 9:30 a.m.
until noon. Child care will be provided for infants during the class. For
information, call (863) 763-4021.

Community Events

Hams for Easter on sale
Okeechobee Main Street is offering Honey Baked Hams for sale
for Easter. Spiral hams, mini hams, whole turkeys, turkey breasts, side
dishes and desserts are available. Order now for pickup on Friday,
March 21 at Syble's Flowers and Gifts, 119 S. Parrott Avenue. For more
information, call (863) 357-MAIN or (863) 763-2225.

Butterfly gardening workshop and plant sale
On March 19, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Florida Atlantic University's
Center for Enviromental Studies (CES) at the Riverwoods Field Lab
in Lorida will conduct a native Butterfly Gardening Workshop. The
workshop fee is $10 payable in cash or check to FAU Foundation. Res-
ervations are required, so to get a sign up form or for more informa-
tion call (863) 763-6469. The workshop will introduce you to our local
plants and the native butterflies that they will attract to your garden.
You will have the opportunity to purchase native butterfly plants pro-
vided by Hickory Hill Nursery in Sebring.

Eagles plan Easter Party
The F.O.E. #4137 will hold their annual Easter Party on March 22,
2008 starting at 2 p.m. There will be an Easter egg hunt and every child
will receive a filled basket. All children who take part in this must be
signed up in advance. Sign up sheets will be posted attherEagles Club,
9983 US Hwy 441 N. Ages may range from 0-16 and each ,child must
register in person. For more information please contact the Eagles
Club at 763-2552.

Benefit for 'Non-Alcohol Grad Nite'
Peace Lutheran Church Thrivent Members will be hosting a Easter
Breakfast on Sunday, March 23 at 8 a.m. (following Sunrise Service)
in the Fellowship Hall 750 N.W. 23rd Lane. Donation $5 Adult $2 chil-
dren under 12. All proceeds will benefit the "Non-Alcohol Grad Nite."
For more information please call Debbie at 610-1738 or the church
office 768-5042.

Calling all gardeners
At this months meeting Angela Sachson will explain the new Flor-
ida fertilizer lable and the best practices for feeding your plants. The
meeting will be held at the Okeechobee Extension Office, 458 Hwy
98 on Monday, March 24 at 6 p.m. For information please call (863)

Okeechobee Orchid Club to meet
On Monday, March 24 at 7 p.m. the Okeechobee Orchid Club will
meet at the extension office, 458 Highway 98 N. The guest speaker
will be Marilyn Marr, President of the Martin County Orchid Society.
Vice-president Peggy Shaw will help members diagnose problem or-
chids. An orchid basket will be auctioned as a fund-raiser. The public
is invited to attend. For more information please call (863) 763-6469.

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Central students are up to reading challenge

First grade news
Central Elementary School's
first graders had a great week.
We experienced our version of
the FCAT called the STAT 10. Our
students did a
super job trying
their best. One
student said, "I
love taking tests!
It shows every-
thing I know and
I know a lot!
We're nearly
to the 200th step of reading in 100
book challenge. It is an awesome
thing when a first grader has read
50 hours to reach that 200th step.
Everyone in Mrs. Vaughn's class
has been reading, reading, read-
ing! They LL reached the 100th
step. Way to go kids!
We enjoyed our Rodeo Day
last Friday. Thanks to all the
"Cowboys" and "Cowgirls" who
came to Central and brought the
Rodeo show to us. The students

in Mrs. Howard's and Mrs. Zapa-
ta's classes enjoyed a "campfire"
and some "chuck wagon" beans.
Everyone had a great day and
learned a lot about our American
Western culture.
This week in Science we are
learning about changes in matter.
We are shaking cream and watch-
ing it turn from a liquid to a solid
and become butter. Then we are
spreading it on bread. Not only
are we learning about the chang-
es matter makes we are also get-
ting to eat a great snack! Learning
is so much fun in first grade!
Congratulations to our Stu-
dents of the Week: Jordyn Buster,
Chris Rogel, Jesus Gomez, John
Nealis, Maria Bucio, Antonio
Pineda, Jessica Rivas, Deborah
Nichols, Antonio Bustos Qwanaza
Dingle, Jasmine Lamb, Jafabian
Smith, Tyler Arnold, Saul Arroyo,
Mark Holmes and Zachary Lamb.
Happy Birthday to: LaTaveo-
us Barnett, Martin Bornheimer,
Qwanaza Dingle, Megan Kinchen,

Antonio Pineda, Devon Scruggs,
Jayda Howell, Jimmy Walls and
Scott Yates.

Second grade news
Mrs. Greseth's second graders
seemed to have given their best
effort on the Stanford 10 test last
week. Way to go students! We
have been learning all about ani-
mal habitats in Science. In Social
Studies the students have been
learning how their actions affect
our school, community, and our
planet. We have been talking
about recycling and not wasting
resources, as well as being re-
sponsible with trash and not pol-
luting our environment. In Math
we have begun the very impor-
tant life skill of telling time. The
students are off to a super start!
Congratulations to Raven
Raulerson, Dania Juarez, and.
Adam Godwin, our students of
the week!

Second grade BASE
2nd Grade BASE has been
studying Space and the Planets.
Kids are excited about their plan-
et mobile. Now they have come
to understand the vastness of our
Don't forget to read at home
for at least 15 minutes each night.
Congratulations to Sally Tijerina
for reaching 500 steps, Robert
Padgett for reaching 300 steps,
and Jorden Reyna for reaching
200 steps.
In Math, we are learning about
measurements: area, perimeter,
volume, and comparing the met-
ric system to our system.
Mrs.Whiteside's class enjoyed
all of the Rodeo Day activities we
had at Central. The favorite was
watching Mr. Gordie Peer dem-
onstrate his rope techniques. The
students soon found out it isn't
as easy as,it looks. It takes lots
of practice. Rodeo Day fit right in
with our Reading story, Anthony
Reynoso: Born to Rope. It is about


Lewis James
Clements, Jr.
Lewis James Clements, Jr., 52,
of Okeechobee, died Sunday, March
15, 2008, at his residence. Born Oct.
14, 1955, in Stuart, he had been a
lifetime resident of Okeechobee and
enjoyed fishing and hunting.
He is survived by his wife, Jessina
Clements of Okeechobee; moth-
er, Helen Clements of Jamesville,
N.C.: son, Leeth Jerrod Clements of
Okeechobee; daughter, Jeraka Cle-
ments of Okeechobee; brothers,
Ivan (Annie) Clements of Okeecho-
bee, Russell Clements of Jamesville,
N.C.; and sister, Cindy Douglas of
There will be no public calling
hours, however, services will be held
on Thurs., March 20, 2008, at 1 p.m.
in the Buxton Funeral Home Cha-
pel, with Tony Bullington officiating.
Interment will follow at Evergreen
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of Buxton Funeral
Home and Crematory.

Robert George Lyons
Robert George Lyons, St., 84, of
Okeechobee, died Thursday, March

13, 2008, in St. Mary's Medical Cen-
ter of West Palm Beach.
Born, May 31, 1923, in Portugal,
Maine, he had been a resident of
Okeechobee for the past 20 years.
He served in the United States Army
as a Combat Medic during the World
War II and received a Purple Heart.
He belonged to the Corner Stone Ma-
sonic Lodge A.F. & A.M. He worked
at Windham Mill Works in Windham,
Maine before becoming a movie pro-
jectionist and retiring after 25 years.
He is preceded ip death by his
daughter; Judy, and son; Robert G.
Lyons, Jr.
He is survived by.his loving wife;
Dorothy C. Lyons of Okeechobee;
daughters, Jean (Richard) Hamilton
of Turner, Maine and Nancy (Rich-
ard) Seiden of Wells, Maine; and
brother, Retired Lt. Col., Richard Ly-
ons of Greece. In addition, he was
survived by three grandchildren, five
great grandchildren and five neph-
ews in Tallahassee.
Funeral services will be held at
The Wilson Funeral Home of Gray,
Maine, later in the week. In lieu of
flowers, memorial contributions
may be made to The Quantum
House, West 901 45th St, West Palm
Beach, 33407.
All arrangements are under the

direction and care of Buxton Funeral
Home and Crematory.

Bernard Frederick
Bernard "Buddy" Frederick
Parks, 64, of Okeechobee, died
Saturday, March 15, 2008, at Raul-
erson Hospital. Born Jan. 3,1944 in
East Liverpool, Ohio, he had been a
resident of Okeechobee for the past
two years. He served in the United
States Air Force and enjoyed fish-
ing, hunting, boating and playing
He is preceded in death by his
son; Jerome Parks.
He is survived by his mother, Es-
ter Parks of Vero Beach; daughter,
Deanne Parks Ponce; two grand,
sons, Robert Jerome Ponce and
Jeremy Uzeategui, both of Miami;
brothers, Dave (Kathy) Parks of
Ft. Lauderdale and Richard Parks
of Vero Beach; sister, Mary Beth
(Terry) Lucas of Ft. Pierce; and,
companion of 14 years, Billie Ha-
zelwood of Okeechobee.
Visitation will be held Tuesday,
March 18, 2008 from 1 p.m. until
service time of 2 p.m. in the Buxton
Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor
Pasquarella officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions may be made to the
American Cancer Society, 865 SE
Monterey, Commons Blvd. Stuart,
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of Buxton Funer-
al Home and Crematory.

Walter Carl
Treiber, Jr.
Walter Carl Treiber, Jr., 89, of
Okeechobee, died Friday, March
14, 2008, in the Hamrick Home
Hospice. Born, Nov. 14, 1918, in
Syracuse, New York, he had been
a resident of Okeechobee for the
past 15 years and enjoyed fishing.
He is survived by his wife, Elea-
nor Treiber of Okeechobee; son,
Walter (Bonnie) Treiber of Lisle,
New York; daughters, Beverly M.
Legg of Okeechobee and Marilyn
J. Cassin of Stuart; eight grandchil-
dren and six great grandchildren.
There are no public services
planned. In lieu of flowers, memo-
rial contributions may be made to
Hospice of Okeechobee, PO Box
1548, Okeechobee, 34973.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.

a young boy who competes in ro-
As our Olympic themed Field
Day approaches the class is busy
learning about the country we
will represent, which is Jamaica.
Did you know that apart from
the United States, Jamaica has
won the most world and Olympic
medals? Sounds like a winner!
The following students have
been the Student of the Week in
March: Kiara Hernandez, Lacarvis
Kelly, and Alex Bucio. Congratula-
tions to those students.
Miss Millers class has been
working hard with money. We
have learned how to add and sub-
tract change, figure out change
back, and figure out the fewest
coins. In science we have had
fun learning about the different
types of animals and what makes
them unique. The students were
able to go online and research an
animal of their choice to find out
three interesting facts.
Congratulations to the Students
of the Week: Dionicio Rodriguez,
Ethyn Johnson, Blake Everett, and
Hadeel Abed. A big HORRAY to
Hadeel Abed, Dionicio Rodriguez,
and Katelyn McCorts for reaching
100 steps! Our top two 100 Book
Challenge readers are Jonathan
Bustos and Triston Root who are
almost to 200 steps! Remember
to read every night and to record
it as a step for every 15 minutes
you have read!

General fourth
grade news
Mr. Goff and Mr. Bodenmiller's.
students are very glad that FCAT
testing is behind them for the
year. They all tried their best and
are confident that their scores will
reflect all the hard work they put
into the test. Mr. Goff is very proud
of his class for all of their effort and
determination they showed all year
to master the skills needed for the
FCAT test. In math we just wrapped
up chapter 19 which deals with ge-
ometry. We learned the difference
between rotations, translations,,
flips, and tessellations. We will
soon begin chapter 20 on how to
read a thermometer and dealing
with negative numbers. We had
taken a break from doing science
to give us more time to focus on
various FCAT related reading skills,
but we are excited to be doing it
again. We started our chapter on
the water cycle and are amazed at
how far one drop of water can go.
In reading we are reading a story
called Red Writing Hood. It is about
a girl named Red who goes around
changing a bunch of fairy tales and
the troubles that arise from all the
changes that were made. We are
also continuing to work hard so we
can meet our Accelerated Reader
goal and go to Golden Corral at
the end of the quarter.
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Colorful carrots packed with nutrition

When it comes to a snack
packed with nutrition, don't for-
get carrots.
Carrots are often one of the
first vegetables young children
enjoy as a snack. With their
slightly sweet flavor and pleas-
ingly crunchy texture, carrots are
an easily acquired taste.
Carrots are one of the best
sources of carotene, which the
human body converts to vitamin
A. Carrots are also a good source
of vitamins B and C.
The fiber in raw carrots is
good for the digestion and may
help lower cholesterol.
While raw carrots are a highly
nutritious snack, carrots are un-
usual in that they are even more
nutritious cooked or juiced, ac-
cording to researchers at the
University of Arkansas. Carrots
have very tough cellular walls.
So when you eat a raw carrot,
your body can't completely break
down those walls to extract all of
the nutrition. If you juice or cook
a carrot, more of the nutrients are
released into a form your body
can absorb. To get the most nutri-
tion from a carrot, cook it whole.
Carrots have a long history
as a human food crop, but they
haven't always been orange. Car-



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rots are believed to have been
developed as a food crop about
5,000 years ago in Asia. The Egyp-
tians are believed to have eaten a
purple version of the plant, as evi-
denced by writings from around
2,000 B.C. Over the centuries,
traders brought carrot seeds to
other countries and other varieties
of the plants were developed, in-
cluding a variety of colors such as
red, black and white. By around


the 10th century, carrots were
growing in what is now Afghani-
stan, Pakistan and Iran. Invaders
are believed to have brought the
purple and yellow varieties of car-
rots from North Africa to southern
Europe around the 12th Century.
Today's orange carrot was de-
veloped for royalty. First, Dutch
growers experimented with differ-
ent varieties of carrots to reduce
the bitterness of the root, devel-
oping a reddish version. Around
the 1500s, Dutczh scientists used
mutant yellow carrot seeds from
North Africa, crossed with their
less bitter red carrots to develop
an orange carrot in honor of the
House of Orange, the Dutch Roy-
al Family. They came up with the
sweet, orange-colored carrots that
are popular worldwide today.
Some information for this
column came from the web site Here's
some carrot trivia from
The Longest Carrot recorded
in 1996 was 16 feet 10.5 inches.
Carrots are about 85 percent
Carrots were first grown as a
medicine not a food.
The average person will con-
sume 10,866 carrots in a lifetime.

Tobacconists in France used
to put a carrot in their bins to keep
their tobacco from drying out.
In early Celtic literature, the
carrot is referred to as the "Honey
Carrots were the first vegeta-
ble to be canned commercially.
You get between 175,000
and 400,000 seeds in a pound a
teaspoon can hold approximately
2000 carrot seeds.
The carrot is a member of
the parsley family including spe-
cies such as celery, parsnip, fen-
nel, dill and coriander.
*. The Anglo-Saxons included
carrots as an ingredient in a me-
dicinal drink against the devil and
If you dream of carrots -- it
portends prosperity and health;
for a young woman to eat them
denotes she will marry at a young
age and be the mother of several
hardy children.
Before making any change
to your diet or exercise plan,
consult your doctor. This
is especially important if
you are on any prescription
drugs. Some drugs interact
badly with foods that would
otherwise be considered

Health News in Brief

Dine with the Doctor
at Raulerson Hospital
The Raulerson Hospital "Dine
with the Doctor", a medical se-
ries, will take place on March 25,
2008 with dinner service starting
at 4:45pm in the hospital dining
room. The guest physician this
month will be Dr. Leland Heller,
Family Practice physician on staff
at Raulerson Hospital. Dr. Heller
will be discussing the subjects of
Blocked Arteries, Memory Loss,
and Pain problems. Please R.S.V.P.
to Bill Casian at 824-2702.

Quit Smoking
Now classes offered
The Okeechobee County
Health Department (OCHD) offers
a Tobacco Prevention and Educa-
tion Program for the community.

The purpose of the program is
to reduce adult and youth tobacco
use, and provide tobacco resourc-
es to residents, businesses and
community organizations in the
county. Freedom fromSmoking
classes will be held every Tuesday
at the Okeechobee County Public
Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., from
5:30 until 6:30 p.m.
For information, call (863)

Quit Smoking
Now classes offered
The Okeechobee County
Health Department (OCHD) of-
fers a Tobacco Prevention and
Education Program for the com-
munity. The purpose of the pro-
gram is to reduce adult and youth
tobacco use, and provide tobacco
resources to residents, businesses
and community organizations in

the county.
For information, call (863)

classes planned
The Okeechobee Healthy Start
Coalition will offer Childbirth Ed-
ucation Classes. For information,
call (863) 462-5877.

Diabetes Support
Group at Raulerson
Raulerson Hospital offers a
monthly Diabetes Support Group
which meets on the second
Thursday of each month in the
hospital cafeteria at 2 p.m. If you
have any questions please call
the program coordinator, Wanda
Haas, R.N., B.A., C.D.E., C.P.T., at
(863) 763-5093.

Depending on Christ is a new
support group for men and wom-
en suffering from depression.
They meet every Thursday. For in-
formation, call (772) 597-0463.

Red Cross offers
HIV/AIDS course
The American Red Cross-
Okeechobee Branch offers a basic
HIV/AIDs instruction course that
complies with Florida employ-
ment requirements for individuals
working in various vocations.
This is a self-study course that
includes text work and the suc-
cessful completion of a multiple
choice written test.
The cost of the course is $15.
Call the local Red Cross office at
(863) 763-2488 for information.

Addiction consultation
Problems with drug or alcohol
addiction in someone you know,
but don't know where to turn?
The Drug Rehab Resource service
can give you the help you need.
Contact the Drug Rehab Resource
at (866) 649-1594 for a free con-
fidential consultation. Or, go to
the website at www.drugrehabre-

Cancer support
group to meet
Okeechobee County Cancer
Support Group meets on the first
Thursday of each month. All can-
cer patients, survivors and sup-
porters are welcomed to attend,
support and encourage each oth-
er. They meet the first Thursday of

each month at 5:30 p.m. at First
Baptist Church, 401 S.W. Fourth
St., (entrance is the door to the W_
in front of church). Please contact
Susie Pickering at (863) 467-5831
or First Baptist Church at (863)
763-2171 for more information.

Cancer Society
seeks volunteers
The American Cancer Soci-
ety is recruiting volunteers who
are interested in making a differ-
ence in the fight against cancer.
Volunteers with the American
Cancer Society's Florida Division
participate in programs that sup-
port research funding, educate
the community, deliver services
to patients and advocate for poli-
cies that help defeat cancer. To
get involved, call the American
Cancer Society at (800) ACS-


cancer screening

A complimentary continental breakfast will be served.
No obligation for participants to pursue medical treatment
at Okeechobee Cancer Center.

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Carrots are packed with nutrition and originally came in a
variety of colors.

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Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960

OKEECHOBEE 2br, lba,
Closed in gar. No pets.
$650/mo + 1st, Last & Sec.
dep. (863)467-2302
OKEECHOBEE: 1BR in town,
$700/mo, utils incid, no
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New Tile/Carpet/Paint. $825
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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-
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$800 mo. (863)763-0445.
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on 1 acre, nice neighbor-
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2 Ba, $1100 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. Call Barry for
more info. 772-216-1461
IN TOWN: 3br/2ba, New A/C,
/2300 + sq. ft., Porcelian
Tile, W/D hook up, Linay &
screen porch, gar, lawn serve,
non-smok env, $1000 mo.
+ $800 sec. (941)504-3954
plex, C/Air, DW, Laundry
Rm. $775 mo. + $500 sec.
dep. Call (863)763-4414
OKEECHOBEE 2br, 1ba cot-
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Direct TV, water, yard maint
provided, car port, screen
porch, $675/mo + $600
dep (772)794-2438 or
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garage. C/Air. 1st, last &
sec. 863-467-2541 or after
5pm 863-634-9330
$1100/mo + sec. 615 Hwy
78, (561)718-9784 Larry
Waterfront. All tile floors, Hi-
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SPACE available, w/in new
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$600/mo (863)467-1545
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near Courthouse, $675 mo.
incl. cam. (863)467-0831

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

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BH RIDGE 3/2 on Waterfront,
Lake access. Fully furnished.
$950. mo. + $950. Sec.
dep. (772)370-1095
2BA, doublewide, carport,
large lot, $900/mo. 1 yr. lease
& 1 mo. sec. 863-467-5616.
OKEE.: New 2br/2ba on private
lot, on water, $800/mo. 1st
& sec. Avail 04/01. No pets
Call (561)767-6112

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Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035

AIR BOAT Lycoming,
175-180 hp. Decked over.
Runs dry. Includes trailer w/
new tires & rims. $8500 or
best offer. (863)467-7197
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Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
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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

FORD F-350 1999 4X4, 4
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Runs good. Looks good.
Must sell. $12,000 or best
offer. (863)467-7197
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CASE NO.: 2007CA412
WILLIE VILCEUS, If Living, and If Dead,
the Unknown Spouse, Heirs, Devisees,
Grantees, Assignees, Lienors, Credi-
tors, Trustee and All other Parties
Claiming an Interest by, through, and
under or against, WILLIE VILCEUS
Final Judgment of Mortgage Foreclosure
dated March 12, 2008, and entered in
Case No. 2007CA412 of the Circuit Court
of the 19th Judicial Circuit Court in and
for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein
DAUGHERTY is the Plaintiff, and WILZIE
VILCEUS is the Defendant, I will sell to
the highest bidder for cash in 312 N.W.
3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida at 11:00
AM, on the 9th day of April, 2008, the
following described property as set forth
in said judgment, to wit:
The North 1/2 of the South 1/2 of Tract
7, Section 10, Township 34 South,
Range 33 East, according to the plat
thereof recorded In Plat Book 4, Pages
3 A-D, public records of Okeechobee
County, Florida.
Dated at 0keechobee, 0keechobee
County, Florida this 13th, day of March,
Clerk of Court [OKEECHOBEE, FL]
As Deputy Clerk.
In accordance with the Americans with
Disabilities Act, persons in need of spe-
cial accommodation to participate in this
proceeding shall, within a reasonable
time prior contact Robert C. Gindel, Es-
quire, Telephone (561) 649-2344 for as-
sistance; if hearing impaired, telephone
1-800-955-8771 for assistance.
265363 ON 3/18,25/08


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The Department of Environmental Protection gives notice of its intent to issue a per-
mit (File No. EI-47-0286339-002) to the South Honda Water Management District
to construct a steel sheet pile weir in the C-38 Canal. Construction will also in-
clude cellular sheet pile, rubble np rap, a concrete apron, and 25,000 cubic yards
of earthen fill. The project will provide structural stability to the S-65E Control
Structure. The work is needed in response to the extreme low lake levels and the
resultant severe upstream/downstream head differential, especially during high
flow conditions that could cause the undermining or failure of S-65E and possible
additional upstream structures.
The project is located in and along the Kissimmee River (C-38 Canal), 4425 feet
south of the S-65E Structure. Associated work will be alongside the C-38 Canal,
Class III waters, Sections 28, 29, 30, 32, and 33, Township 37 South, and Range
34 East, in Highlands County and Okeechobee County, Florida.
The application is available for public inspection during normal business hours, 8:00
a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except legal holidays, at the Florida
Department of Environmental Protection, Southeast District Office, 400 North
Congress Avenue, Suite 200, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.
The Department will issue the permit with attached conditions unless a timely peti-
tion for an administrative hearing is filed under sections 120.569 and 120.57 of
the Florida Statutes, before the deadline for filing a petition. The procedures for
petitioning for a hearing are set forth below.
A person whose substantial interests are affected by the Department's action may
petition for an administrative proceeding (hearing) under sections 120.569 and
120.57 of the Honda Statutes. The petition must contain the information set forth
below and must be filed (received by the clerk) in the Office of General Counsel of
the Department at 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, Mail Station 35, Tallahassee,
Florida 32399-300.
Under rule 62-110.106(4) of the Florida Administrative Code, a person whose sub-
stantial interests are afected by the Department's action may also request an ex-
tension of time to file a petition for an administrative hearing. The Department
may, for good cause shown, grant the request for an extension of time. Requests
for extension of time must be filed with the Office of General Counsel of the De-
partment at 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, Mail Station 35, Tallahassee, Florida
32399-3000, before the applicable deadline. A timely request for extension of
time shall toll the running of the time period for filing a petition until the request is
acted upon. If a request is filed late, the Department may still grant it upon a mo-
tion by the requesting party showing that the failure to file a request for an exten-
sion of time before the deadline was the result of excusable neglect.
If a timely and sufficient petition for an administrative hearing is filed, other persons
whose substantial interests will be affected by the outcome of the administrative
process have the right to petition to intervene in the proceeding. Intervention will
e permitted only at the discretion of the presiding officer upon the filing of a mo-
tion in compliance with rule 28-106.205 of the Florida Administrative Code.
In accordance with rule 62-110.106(3)(a) FA.C., petitions for an administrative
hearing by the applicant must be filed within 14 days of receipt of this written no-
tice. Petitions filed by any persons other than the applicant, and other than those
entitled to written notice under section 120.60(3) of the Florida Statutes must be
filed within 14 days of publication of the notice or within 14 days of receipt of the
written notice, whichever occurs first. Under section 120.60(3) of the Florida
Statutes, however, any person who has asked the Department for notice of agen-
cy action may file a petition within 14 days of receipt of such notice, regardless of
the date of publication.
The petitioner shall mail a copy of the petition to the applicant at the address indicat-
edabove at the time of filing. The failure of any person to file a petition for an ad-
ministrative hearing within the appropriate time period shall constitute a waiver of
that person's right to request an administrative determination (hearing) under sec-
tions 120.569 and 120.57 of the Florida Statutes.
A petition that disputes the material facts on which the Department's action is based
must contain the following information:
(a) The name and address of each agency affected and each agency's file or
identification number, if known;
(b) The name, address, and telephone number of the petitioner; the name,
address, and telephone number of the petitioner's representative, if any,
which shall be the address for service purposes during the course of the
proceeding; and an explanation of how the petitioner's substantial interests
are or will be affected by the agency determination;
(c) A statement of when and how the petitioner received notice of the agency
(d) A statement of all disputed issues of material fact. If there are none, the
petition must so indicate;
(e) A concise statement of the ultimate facts alleged, including the specific facts
that the petitioner contends warrant reversal or modification of the agency's
proposed action;
(1) A statement of the specific rules or statutes that the petitioner contends
require reversal or modification of the agency's proposed action; and
(g) A statement of the relief sought by the petitioner, stating precisely the action
that the petitioner wishes the agency to take with respect to the agency's
proposed action.
A petition that does not dispute the material facts on which the Department's action
is based shall state that no such facts are in dispute and otherwise shall contain
the same information as set forth above, as required by rule 28-106,301.
Under sections 120.569(2)(c) and (d) of the Florida Statutes, a petition for adminis-
trative hearing must be dismissed by the agency if the petition does not substan-
tially comply with the above requirements or is untimely filed.
Mediation is not available in this proceeding.
This intent to issue constitutes an order of the Department. Subject to the provi-
sions of paragraph 120.68(7)(a) of the Florida Statutes, which may require a re-
mand for an administrative hearing, the applicant has the right to seek judicial
review of the order under section 120.68 of the Florida Statutes, by the filing of a
notice of appeal under rule 9,110 of the Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure with
the Clerk of the Department in the Office of General Counsel, 3900 Common-
wealth Boulevard, Mail Station 35, Tallahassee, Florida, 32399 3000; and by filing
a copy of the notice of appeal accompanied by the applicable filing fees with the
appropriate district court of appeal. The notice of appeal must be filed within 30
days from the date when the order is filed with the Clerk of the Department.
265558 ON 3/18/08

CASE NO.: 2007CA409
WILZIE VILCEUS, If Living, and
II Dead, the Unknown Spouse, Heirs,
Devisees, Grantees, Assignees, Lien-
ors, Creditors, Trustee and All other
Parties Claiming an Interest by,
through, and under or against, WIL-

Final Judgment of Mortgage Foreclo-
sure dated March 12, 2008, and en-
tered in Case No. 2007CA412 of the
Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Cir-
cuit Court in and for Okeechobee
County, Florida, wherein DAVID W.
are the Plaintiffs, and WILZIE VILCEUS
is the Defendant, I will sell to the high-
est bidder for cash in 312 N.W. 3"1
Street, Okeechobee, Florida at 11:00
AM, on the 9th day of April, 2008, the
following described property as set
forth in said judgment, to wit:
The North 112 of the South 1/2 of
Tract 8 Seption 10 Township 34
South, Range 33 East, Okeechobee
County, Florida, according to the Plat
thereof, recorded In Plat Book 4,
Pages 3A-D, inclusive of the Okee-
chobee County Public Records.
Dated at Okeechobee, Okeechobee
County, Florida this 13th day of
March, 2008.
Clerk of Court [OKEECHOBEE, FLN
As Deputy Clerk
In accordance with the Americans with
Disabilities Act, persons in need of
special accommodation to participate
in this proceeding shall, within a rea-
sonable time prior contact Robert C.
Gindel, Esquire, Telephone
(561) 649-2344 for assistance; i
hearing impaired, telephone
1-800-955-8771 for assistance.
265350 ON 3/18,25/08

Case No.: 2008-DR-195
Tammie Lee Bridges,
Randal W. Bridges,
TO: Randal Wilson Bridges
16514 NW 192 St.
Okeechobee, FL 34972
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action has
been filed against you and that you are
required to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it on Tammie
Lee Bridges, whose address is 16514
NW 192 St., Okeechobee, FL 34972
on or before April 2,2008, and file the
original with the clerk of this Court at
Okeechobee County Judicial Center,
Court Operations 1st RFloor, 312 NW
3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972
before service on Petitioner or immedi-
ately thereafter you fail to do so, a
default may be entered against you for
the relief demanded in the petition,
Copies of all court documents in this
case, including orders, are available at
the Clerk of the Circuit Court's office.
You may review these documents
upon request.
You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit
Court's office notified of your current
address.,(You may file Notice of Cur-
rent Address, Florida Supreme Court
Approved Family Law Form 12.915.)
Future papers in this lawsuit will be
mailed to the address on record at the
clerk's office.
WARNING: Rule 12.285, Forida Family
Law Rules of Procedure, requires cer-
tain automatic disclosure of 'docu-
ments and information. Failure to
comply can result in sanctions, includ-
ing dismissal or striking of pleadings.
Dated: 2/12/2008
By: /S/ Heather Thomas
Deputy Clerk
263678 ON 3/4,11,18,25/08

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Okeechobee residents busy

By Charles Murphy
Okeechobee News
Dustin Stckes missed this
past weekend's baseball games
with Glades Central and St. Al-
bans due to a back injury. Coach-
es said they were only being care-
ful with the Brahmans prized left
Wellington got four touch-
down passes from Nicole
Loshelder as they defeated the
girl's flag football team last Fri-
day, 33-0. The Wolverine QB also
had a rushing touchdown in the
game. Okeechobee is (1-1) on
the season. They play host to
Glades Central on Wednesday
night at 7p.m.
Track fans also get to see
another meet at OHS this week.
South Fork and Moore Haven will
visit on Thursday afternoon.
Chris Hall, James Shanks
and Leshawn Hendersoni
were all invited to play in an all
star classic on Saturday at Martin
County High school. Hall's father
Chris Sr. said his son has attend-
ed some other camps in recent
weeks in hopes of getting a shot
at college basketball.
Henderson is also scheduled
to appear in a Treasure Coast bas-
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month at Indian River Commu-
nity College.
County Commission Chair-
man Clif Betts not only can
handle politics, but he can handle
bowling. His team won a recent
celebrity fund raising tournament
at Stardust Lanes. Fans said Betts
wears what look like bedroom
slippers while bowling. He re-
portedly uses them to improve his
slide after he releases the ball.
Betts was joined on the team

by Clint Gould, Lamar Whid-
don, and Art Dagenault. They
knocked over some 2,600 pins to
raise cash for the American Can-
cer Society.
SOCRA games got under way
last week at the Sports Complex.
The Little league season also be-
gan last week at Alderman Field
in Douglas Park. There are plenty
of free baseball games to see in
this area this spring.
The Okeechobee High
.School Girl's Flag Football
team is accepting donations from
the community for new shirts,
equipment and expenses. Please
contact Coach Heather Johnson
at 532-9092.
Giovanni Jimenez suffered
a minor injury during last week's
all star soccer classics in Port St.
Lucie. The injury isn't expected
to curtail the interest in him from
college recruiters.
Tennis Coach Dave Ellis said
a lot of his players who practice
every day don't get the chance
to play in matches because of
a deep squad this year. He said
Max Norman, Nick Nielson
Bradley Williams and Samuel
Garcia are dedicated players
who come to practice every day
and deserve some credit for their
efforts this year.

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Seacoast Hosts Bass Tournament
Seacoast National Bank recenity held their Sixth Annual March of Dimes Bass Tourna-
ment. The bass tournament brought in fisherman from around the lake. Pictured are Billy
Dean, Clinton Griffin, Randa Griffin, Denise Kelly, Melody Hodges, Steve Daniel, Jim Fol-
wer and Kathleen Shatto.

Sports News

in Brief

Ten All Star

Basketball Camp
Applications are now being
evaluated for the Ten All Star Sum-
mer Basketball Camp. The Ten All
Star Basketball Camp is by Invi-
tation Only. Boys and Girls ages
10-19 are eligible to apply. Past
participants include: Michael Jor-
dan, Tim Duncan, Vince Carter,
Jerry Stackhouse, Grant Hill and
Antawn Jamison. Players from 50
States and 10 Foreign Countries
attended the 2007 camp. College
Basketball Scholarships are pos-
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All-American Team.
Camp Locations Include:
Babson Park, FL, Prescott, AZ,
Thousand Oaks, CA, Gainesville,
GA, Champaign, IL, Glassboro,
NJ, Lebanon, TN, Commerce,
TX, and Blacksburg, VA. There is
also a Summer Camp available
for Boys and Girls ages 6-18 of all
skill levels. For a free brochure on
these Summer Camps, please call
(704) 373-0873 ANYTIME or email


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Okeechobee Little League games started on Saturday at
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Safe at first
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inning of Saturday, March 15, game with St. Albans. The OHS team lost 13-1. The Brahmans
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Brahmans travel to Jensen Beach for a
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