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Vol. 99 No. 85
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Congressman Tim Mahoney
(FL-16) will be spending to-
day (Tuesday, March 25) in
Okeechobee to meet with local
elected officials, students, busi-
ness people and citizens. From
2 to 3:30 p.m. Congressman
Mahoney will conduct a Town
Hall Forum in the Freshman
Campus Auditorium, 610 SW
Second Ave. (behind Golden
Corral Restaurant). The public
Buckhead Ridge area resi-
dents are invited to meet with
Gary Ritter of the South Florida
Water Management District on
Wednesday, March 26, at 6:30
p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge
Community Center. Mr. Ritter
will speak about the cleaning
of the Pearce Canal.
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. This service is free
and available by contacting Vic-
toria Nowlan at (863) 462-5260
or 800-250-4200, ext. 3045, or
by e-mail at vnowlan@sfwmd.
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
Donate cars to Boys
and Girls Clubs
Now that the price of scrap
metal has sharply risen, the
Boys and Girls Car Campaign
will accept most any car with
no restrictions. Cars will be
picked up anywhere in Florida,
usually within a week, and are
sold at auction. To donate, call
(800) 246-0493. Funds obtained
by the sales go directly to help
the Florida clubs.
Source: Florida Division
Local Burn Ban: None
Last Year: 10.73 feet
Source: South Florida Water
Management District. Depth
given in feet above sea level
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Nubbin Slough: New boat ramp to be built on Rim Canal
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Okeechobee News/Eric Kopp
Engineer Jim Anderson from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) (left, center) holds a measuring tape
as FWC's Tim Gilley (far right) stretches it out to measure the width of the new boat ramp to be installed on the Rim
Capal at Nubbin Slough. The 36-foot ramp will be installed by Mr. Gilley and another FWC employee, starting May
15. Watching at left is Okeechobee County Deputy Administrator Jim Threewits (at left in white shirt and tie) and
Frank Byars (white hat) from the county's road department. Also watching is Art Ruebenson (center) from the U.S.
Ramp construction starts in May
By Eric Kopp
A pre-construction meeting
was held Monday morning at
the Rim Canal along U.S. 441
S.E. at Nubbin Slough to dis-
cuss the installation of a new
public boat ramp.
It was decided at the meet-
ing that construction will begin
in mid-May. The project will
likely take about two months
to complete, said Tim Gilley
from the Florida Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commission
(FWC). Mr. Gilley said he and
Shis FWC co-worker will build
Normally, he said, it would
only take about a month to,
complete such a project. But,
because of vacations during
that time frame, the project
most likely won't be finished
until about mid-July.
The officials all agreed that
mid-May would be a good time
to start the project since the
Rim Canal will likely be at its
lowest point at that time.
Because water in the Rim
Canal and Taylor Creek is being
held due to the Taylor Creek
locks remaining closed, the
current level at this point of the
Rim,Canal is 12.6 feet.
If the water was down 3 to
4 feet it would be a lot easier,"
said Mr. Gilley of installing the
But because homeowners
along the waterway want the
levels to remain up, a SFWMD
official indicated it's not likely
the level will drop that much.
The FWC crew will put in
the 36-foot ramp, said Mr. Gil-
ley, but they will likely need
Okeechobee County to furnish
two to three employees to help
with the concrete.
"If the water goes down,
we'll come back and extend
the ramp," added Mr. Gilley.
FWC is paying for the bulk
of the project, which calls for
one over-sized single boat
ramp with limited docking
"The county has paid for
the permitting so far," said
Ukeecnobee News/Eric Kopp
Okeechobee County Deputy County Administrator Jim Threewits (center, facing) dis-
cusses plans Monday, March 24, for a new boat ramp to be placed on the Rim Canal
at Nubbin Slough. Looking on are (left to right) Tim Gilley from the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission, Okeechobee County Commissioner Elvie Posey
and Kevin Foster. Mr. Gilley and one other man will be installing the ramp. The project
is slated to start May 15.
Okeechobee County, Deputy
Administrator Jim Threewits
in an October 2007 interview.
"This is a cooperative effort
between the county, the South
Florida Water Management Dis-
trict (SFWMD), the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers (USACE)
It was decided Monday
that the county would also be
responsible for putting in the
road and for mowing the area.
Mr. Threewits added that the
parking area will remain un-
finished and will not be paved,
nor will it be shell rock.
The officials also decided at
the March 24 meeting that the
guardrail will be moved from
its current location to the toe
of the Herbert Hoover Dike.
Moving the rail will give ample
Hospice of Okeechobee was
recently awarded a Certificate
of Need (CON) from the State
Agency for Health Care Adminis-
tration. The CON gives a special
designation to two of the beds at
The Hamrick Home.
Hospice CEO Lisa Blackman
explained "The state recognizes
the excellent care being provid-
ed at The Hamrick Home. The
CON gives us the approval to
provide more intensive care to
those who need it for a few days
to help with symptom control."
The Hospice Board of Direc-
tors were focused on the com-
munity's needs as they made the
decision to open The Hamrick
Home, according to Ms. Black-
man. "I think it truly was an
act of love on the Board's part
to begin providing care at The
Hamrick Home. The board was
well aware how costly it would
be to provide such care. This is
especially true given the fact that
there was no additional funding
coming from the state or federal
government to cover the cost."
Ms. Blackman explained that
many members of the commu-
nity had repeatedly requested
that a hospice .residence be
See Hospice Page 2
room for maneuvering a vehi-
cle and boat in preparation to
back down the ramp.
FWC engineer Jim Ander-
son said due to the state's cur-
rent money crunch, FWC will
not be installing a dock next
to the ramp. However, he sug-
gested the county apply im-
mediately for funding from the
Florida Boating Improvement
Plan in order to purchase the
dock and have it installed.
Mr. Anderson suggested
a standard floating dock that
is 30-feet long and 5 to 6 feet
Mr. Gilley then added that
it was important to keep the
dock from being too steep
which would make access by
the handicapped very difficult.
District 5 Okeechobee
County Commissioner Elvie
Posey was on hand for the
meeting and said State Rep-
resentative Richard Machek
(D-78th District) worked hard
to get the project funded and
"This was his project. He's
been adamant about this get-
ting done," said Mr. Threewits
in that earlier interview.
Mr. Threewits said the prop-
erty on the U.S. 441 S.E. side of
the guardrail belongs to SFW-
MD, while the property extend-
ing from the guardrail to the
dike belongs to the USACE.
He also stated that it's time
for boat owners who have their
boats moored on the water to
remove their boats before the
level drops to the point that the
boats are sitting on dry land.
Were you in a 4-H Club as
child? Was a family member?
The Okeechobee County
Extension Office is looking for
old photos of 4-H Clubs and ac-
tivities and for information about
the history of 4-H in this county.
Florida will celebrate 100
years of 4-H in 2009. In prepa-
ration, county extension offices
have been asked to document
some of the program's his-
tory and distinguished former
Debbie Clements at the
Okeechobee Extension Office is
asking community members to
"We want Okeechobee
County to be well represented,"
she explained. "But we don't
have much information on the
early years of 4-H." She said they
welcome photos and 4-H stories
and information from any year,
but in particular they are looking
for information on any 4-H Clubs
that existed before the 1970s.
Information and photos may
be mailed to Mrs. Clements at
DSC1954@ufl.edu or brought
by the Extension Office in the
County Annex on U.S. Highway
98. Mrs. Clements said original
photos can be scanned (copied)
at the office.
Interested persons may also
call Mrs. Clements at (863)
The roots of 4-H rest at the
beginning of the 20th century,
when progressive educators be-
gan to emphasize the needs of
young people. They introduced
nature study as a basis for im-
proving agricultural education.
"Learning by doing" was a
key component of the program,
which sought to make education
relevant and enjoyable for young
people without sacrificing sub-
stance. To further draw young
people into the program, Farm-
ers' Institutes cooperated with
school superintendents, spon-
soring and promoting produc-
tion contests, plant identification
and soil tests.
The very first 4-H club in the
nation traces its roots to 1902, in
Springfield Township, Ohio. By
March 1904, several boys and
girls clubs around the nation
had already begun exhibiting
projects to "demonstrate" what
they had learned. Most states
organized clubs outside their
schools. Rural parents served as
volunteer leaders for the youth
clubs, and County Extension
agents provided materials for
them. Extension agents noted
that young people could learn
the new scientific agricultural
techniques, model them in their
demonstrations, and teach them
to others. Farmers and rural fam-
ilies saw the practical benefits of
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The 2008 Hospice Board of Directors are happy with recent state approval of services
offered at The Hamrick Home. Back row from left to right are: Marie Culbreth, Lynda Dur-
rance, Valerie White, Sandra Pearce McAuley, Stella Cross, Dorothy Bulger, and Paul Bux-
ton. Front row: Randy Paulson, Tina Clemons, Frank Irby, Fran Syfrett, and Grace Larson.
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Okeechobee man arrested on drug charges
By Eric Kopp
An Okeechobee man was ar-
rested on felony drug charges
last week and booked into the
Okeechobee Count Jail under a
bond of $11,000.
Timothy Robertfrank Orman,
22, N.W. 30th St., was charged
with the felonies of possession
of cocaine with intent to sell and
possession of a controlled sub-
stance (Xanax and Valium). He
was also charged with the mis-
demeanor of possession of drug
Orman was also arrested on a
warrant out of Martin County that
charged him with the felony of
aggravated assault with a deadly
weapon, and aggravated battery
with a deadly weapon without
the intent to kill. He was also ar-
rested on" misdemeanor warrants
with failure to appear battery
and failure to appear possession
of marijuana under 20 grams.
His total bond on the Mar-
tin County charges was set at
Arrested along with Orman
was Darrell David Nettles, 38,
N.W. 30th St., Okeechobee. He
was arrested on a felony war-
rant charging him with violation
of probation resisting a law en-
forcement officer with violence
(two counts), and battery on a
law enforcement officer. He is be-
ing held without bond.
According to an arrest affida-
vit from the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO) the car in
which Ormon and Nettels were
traveling was stopped on S. Parrot
Avenue by Detective Sergeant T.J.
Brock. Sgt. Brock was soon joined
by detectives from the Okeecho-
bee Narcotics Task Force.
Sgt. Brock stopped the white
Pontiac and found four men in
the car, including Orman who
was sitting in the front passenger
seat and Nettles who was sitting
in the back seat on the passen-
ger's side of the vehicle.
Once the men were out of the
vehicle task force detectives be-
gan to search the Pontiac.
The report states those detec-
tives found five small plastic bag-
gies containing a substance that,
when field tested, indicated a
positive result for the presence of
cocaine. The suspected cocaine
weighed 5.1 grams, added the
* OCSO report.
The detectives also found two
5 milligram Valium pills as well
as eight 1 milligram Xanax pills,
stated the report. Also found were
13 Lyrica pills and seven Gabitril
pills. These pills, however, are not
listed as scheduled narcotics.
Also found were three metal
spoons, with a residue on each,
cotton balls and several syringes.
The residue, continued the report,
was field tested and indicated a
positive result for the presence of
A set of hand scales was also
found in the center console of the
OCSO Deputy Mark Shireman
arrested Orman on the Martin
Due to a technical problem
with the newspaper's computer
system, we were unable to print
The Wizard of Id and Pickles
comics in the Monday, March 24,
edition of the Okeechobee News.
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The comics that were dated for
those days appear below.
We regret the error and any in-
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convenience it may have caused.
Today's comics can be found on
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4-H, and support for the organi-
zation grew. In 1918, the term
"4-H" was first used in a federal
bulletin authored by Gertrude L.
Warren. By 1924, wider use. of
the term "4-H" designated these
hands-on learning clubs for boys
4-H in Florida
Florida's children and youth
began enjoying educational ac-
tivities provided in cooperation
with the state's land-grant insti-
tutions as early as 1909. 4-H type
programs were first established
in north Florida, including Su-
wannee, Columbia, Madison and
Gadsden counties. The boys par-
ticipated in corn clubs, and the
girls were active in tomato clubs.
Leadership for the Florida 4-H
program was found in three ma-
jor academic institutions. State
4-H club agents were housed
at the University of Florida and
Florida State University (origi-
nally, Florida State College for
Women). In addition, District Ex-
tension agents working with 4-H
programs for black youth were
housed at Florida A&M Universi-
ty. Separate programs were con-
ducted for boys and girls, as well
as black and white youth. As was
typical in the rest of the southern
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region of the United States, 4-H
clubs met in the schools with ag"
ricultural agents teaching agricul-.
tural projects to boys. Girls met
with home economics agents t6
learn about projects associated
with the home and family.
The school club programs
were supplemented with a num-,
ber of out-of-school events and
activities. County and regional
fairs in Florida have a long tradi-
tion of providing opportunities
for 4-Hers to publicly show their
projects and compete for awards.
Agricultural judging teams, or-
ganized in many counties, par-
ticipated in regional, state and
national contests. These teams
provided a way for youth to travy
el and meet people from outside
their communities, and learr
more about the world around
With the leadership of nation-
al 4-H specialists at the USDA,
and the support of the National
4-H Service Committee and the
National 4-H Foundation, Florida
4-Hers participated in a num-
ber of national events, including
National 4-H Congress, National
Conference and Citizenship
Short Course. When the Nation-
al 4-H Center was established in
the 1950s, Florida 4-Hers raised
about $50,000 through the sale
of chocolate bars which they
contributed to the center.
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opened in Okeechobee.
"The need was great and the
board responded," she stated.
Ms. Blackman said it would
not have been possible without
community support. "There was
an outpouring of support the
moment we announced plans
to open The Hamrick Home. We
could not have provided this spe-
cial service without this financial
The initial financial support
was used to fund the renovations
necessary to create The Hamrick
Home. "The ongoing cost of pro-
viding the care has proven diffi-
cult" Ms Blackman said. Fundrais-
ers such as the Boots and Pearls
Gala, the Festival of Trees and the
upcoming Target Fun Shoot on
April 5 all help defray the costs.
Hospice volunteers run yard sales
on a regular basis to help pay for
care at The Hamrick Home. But
the cost of care at The Hamrick
Home far exceeds these efforts,
according to Ms.Blackman.
Receiving a Certificate of Need
was a long, arduous process that
began with an application to the
state a year ago. Over the past
year, the state repeatedly inspect-
ed The Hamrick Home.
"During the first inspection I
was pleased to hear comments
about how clean and cheery the
facility was. I could tell we were
going to receive high marks for
the loving care our Nurses and
Certified Nursing Assistants pro-
vide," she said.
The CON will allow additional
reimbursement for two of the 12
beds at The Hamrick Home.
"The remaining ten beds will
not be eligible for additional fi-
nancial assistance," said Ms.-
Blackman. "Don't get me wrong,
we are thrilled-about some ad-'
ditional funding. Even if it is only
for two beds, every bit helps" she
Ms. Blackman explained that
individuals needing short-term
symptom control care could have
been barred from receiving this
care at The Hamrick Home un-
til the CON was awarded. "The
Board of Directors would have
never let this happen and all indi-
viduals with a life-limiting illness,
regardless of their circumstances
or need, have been welcomed
into The Hamrick Home."
Ms. Blackman laughed as she
describes the second state inspec-
tion of The Hamrick Home. "It al-
most sounds absurd, but the state
could not believe we were opt-
ing to provide the services at The
Hamrick Home before being re-
imbursed for care. So they essen-
tially investigated us for providing
too much care, too high a qual-
ity of care. The state did find that
we were providing an extremely
high level of care. Of course, we
are prohibited from attempting to
charge Medicare any extra for this
care until we get the final. CON
approval. Since we were not try-
ing to be reimbursed more for the
extra care, there was nothing they
could say about us doing more
care than they expected. The state
was just dumbfounded that we
would do more than what we are
paid to do."
"That sums up the heart of
Hospice of Okeechobee: every
nurse, aide, volunteer and board
member always goes above and
beyond in caring for those in
need. We did, of course, receive
high marks on the second investi-
gation as well," she said.
The Certificate of Need is only
the first step in the process. The
state will now require further ren-
ovations to The Hamrick Home.
Until these are completed and a
special license awarded, Hospice
of Okeechobee will still be barred
from seeking any additional re-
imbursement for the two eligible
"I am sure we will get by," Ms.
Blackman stated. "The commu-
nity continues to be very support-
ive. And the good news is we will
still continue to care for patients
at The Hamrick Home, even dur-
ing the renovation process." Ms.
Blackman noted that several of
The Hamrick Home bedrooms
will be closed during renovations,
but others will be able to remain
The need has been great ever
since The Hamrick Home first
opened its doors. At times, all
beds at The Hamrick Home have
been full and individuals wishing
to live there have been placed on
a waiting list. All individuals with
a life-limiting illness are eligible
to live there, and many choose to
stay for several mofiths.
"The staff at The Hamrick
Home is very special. They are
dedicated and work hard to as-
sure the comfort of those in their
care. We want to make sure they
can still enjoy time with their fam-
ily and friends. We will continue
to provide the extra high qual-
ity hospice care that we are well
known, even during renovations,"
Ms. Blackman stated.
For more information on
The Hamrick Home, call (863)
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
James Lemuel Pierce, 26,
S.E. 34th Ave., Okeechobee, was
arrested March 18 by Deputy Cor-
poral Aric Majere on an Okeecho-
bee County warrant charging him
with battery on a law enforce-
ment officer (two counts). His
bond was set at $5,000.
Timothy Lewis McLaugh-
lin, 41, U.S. 441 N., was arrested
March 19 by Detective Ted Van
Deman on a charge of lewd and
lascivious molestation on a child
under 11 years of age, and lewd
and lascivious molestation on a
child under 8 years of age. He is
being held without bond.
Philip Reynolds, 28, Okeecho-
bee, was arrested March 20 by
Deputy Sarah Green on a felony
charge of driving while license
suspended/revoked habitual of-
fender. He was alsoarrested on a
misdemeanor charge of trespass
after warning. His bond was set
Terrance Lee Johnson, 32,
Singletary Ave., Pahokee, was
arrested March 20 by Deputy
Harold Hancock on an Okeecho-
bee County warrant charging
him with violation of probation -
grand theft. He is being held with-
Kelly Antonio Ferguson, 18,
N.W Second Ave., Miami, was
arrested March 20 by Deputy Jo-
seph Gracie on a charge of bat-
tery on detention staff. His bond
was set at $10,000.
Lashay Lynett Butler, 33,
N.W. 12th St., Okeechobee, was
arrested March 20 by Officer Russ
Cale on a' charge of aggravated
assault (domestic). Her bond was
set at $500.
Robert Kettler, 37, N.E. 128th
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrest-
ed March 20 by Deputy Steven
McKinley on a warrant charging
him with failure to appear driving
under the influence and failure to
appear contempt of sentencing.
He is being held without bond.
He was also arrested on another
warrant charging him with viola-
tion of probation driving under
the influence. He is being held
without bond on that charge as
Marcus Marquis Johnson,
34, N.W. 20th Lane, Okeechobee,
was arrested March 21 by FWC's
Officer Christopher S. Douglas on
a felony charge of trespass while
armed. He was also arrested on
a misdemeanor charge of over
daily bag limit spring turkey. His
bond was set at $2,500.
Alexander J. Rodriguez, 20,
Palmer Glen Circle, Sarasota, was
arrested March 22 by Trooper
Thomas B. White on a felony
charge of possession of a con-
trolled substance (xanax). He
was also arrested on the misde-
meanor charges of possession of
marijuana under 20 grams and
possession of drug. parapherna-
lia. His bond was set at $6,000.
Jaime Gonzales, 29, N.W.
Ninth Ave., Okeechobee, was
arrested March 23 by the OCPD
on charges of burglary of an oc-
cupied dwelling and burglary of
an unoccupied conveyance. His
bond was set at $20,000.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who
is later found innocent or has
had the charges against them
dropped is welcome to inform
this newspaper. The information
will be confirmed and printed.
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Okeechobee News, Tuesday, March 25, 2008
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The certificates were presented by Frank Riddle, Event Coordinator, Shannon Martin, ACS
The American Cancer Society
Cattlebarons' committee held
its first "Bowl-For-A-Cure" bowl-
ing tournament on March 14, at
Stardust Lanes. Teams signed up
to play from 7 until 10 p.m. and
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METH LAB: I can't stand drugs and the destruction it takes on kids
and their families. I hope those with a meth lab get life in prison, the
property is taken away, sold and the money used for the new drug court
program in Okeechobee. Okeechobee has a serious drug problem with
teens, I see it all the time with some of my daughter's friends, who most
come from very good families. My daughter despises drugs, and actu-
ally can't even take prescription drugs due to certain reactions. It seems
like so many kids in Okeechobee smoke pot. It's like everywhere. How
do they get the money for it? Some of these kids even have the nerve
to go to churches on youth night and smoke on church property or go
there already high.
ECONOMY: I was looking this morning in the newspapers. In the
legal section, the list of public notices for foreclosures now is the major-
ity of legal notices. The wanted ads for jobs, there really are none! This
country and our county are in a crisis. The one stop center has no jobs.
I have a 22-year-old daughter, college educated, management skills,
hard worker and she can not find a job in Okeechobee. Has her own
transportation, no criminal history and just a great over all kid. Most of
the full time good jobs are already taken before they are even posted,
but when you're new to the community and don't have those connec-
tions, it's hard to find that good job. I have friends who are about to
lose everything. Small private business in Okeechobee are struggling
to even stay open. I have noticed a few small Okeechobee businesses
have already closed. I try and do what little I can, our church has some
help they can offer and food boxes that I get to give out to families that
I know need them. We are in for the long haul, of foreclosures, loss
of business, no jobs in Okeechobee. Grocery prices have doubled and
some tripled -- high gas prices to transport adds to having to raise gro-
cery prices. I don't even want to talk about my electric bill and phone
bill -- all the darn taxes they add on sometimes seem more than your ac-
tual bill! Is there anything that anyone knows that the county can do, to
try and help the residents and business owners of Okeechobee? There
must be something they can come up with during these difficult times.
HOUSING: What a mess this country is in, now that the housing
boom has gone bust. People just got so greedy, wanting to make mon-
ey fast, and because of that greed, housing prices are now so high that
working folks can't afford to buy a home. So the people who paid big
bucks for a house and planned to resell it, now can't pay the mortgage
and are losing their homes to the banks. This is the price we are paying
for greed, for short-sightedness and foolishness. On top of that the price
of gasoline is so high that it is making everything else cost more. This
country is in serious trouble.
FILTHY FRIDAY: I was wondering what this "filthy Friday" business
was, and some teenagers told me it is a sick game some people play on
MySpace.com. They try to post the most disgusting, rauchy things they
can find to see if they can gross each other out.
PRESIDENT: With the mess this country is in, who would want to
be president? No matter what you do, people are going to think you
are wrong. There are so many problems, how can anyone begin to
tackle them?.And they spend a lot more money on the campaign to
get elected than they make in salary. Plus, people shoot at you. What
person in their right mind would want that job?
DELEGATES: It is just so wrong that the Democrats are refusing to
count the Florida primary votes. We voted, fair and square, but they say
those votes don't count. I don't think the Democratic Party should get
to tell the State of Florida when we can have our primaries. That just
isn't right. If that is the way the Democrats are going to act, we need to
get rid of them and start some new political parties. This country was
founded on a multi-party system and over the years it got down to two
main parties. Well we could go back'to having more political parties
and more candidates to choose from. I don't like any of the candidates
we have now anyway.
FILTHY FRIDAY: In response to the negative comments that have
been posted about these "horrible" flyers that have been circulating
around Okeechobee, I would just like to state that this is absolutely
ridiculous. First of all, I haven't seen one anywhere for a little over a
week. This probably means that they have been removed. I am sure
that it was a common mistake, so let it go.. I honestly cannot believe
that such an attention getter can cause so much static. Furthermore,
if there are certain individuals offended.by this, why would they pick it
up? Now, I checked this out last Friday and this past Friday, and there
was nothing "filthy" about what is now being called a "Ladies Night."
I had more fun there than I have had anywhere else in a long time. It
consisted of nothing but fun, enthusiastic, professional people, and the
choice of music was decent also. So before casting judgment on some-
thing that "should not be allowed in Okeechobee," take a look at more
important things that are happening in this city. Come on people, it's
something different, I know, but just let it go.
WATER: We have had a little rain, which is great, but the water
shortage is still with us. People should not be watering their lawns in
the middle of the day. That is against the law and it is wasting water. We
need to conserve all the water we can. We should not be wasting it.
DOGS LOOSE: I don't understand why people would buy a dog
and then just let it run loose so it can get hit by a car. The county has a
leash law which states that dogs must be kept on your own property,
and if they are off your property they have to be on a leash. Letting your
dog out in the morning, to "do its business" is only allowed if the dog
stays on your property. If it leaves your property, that dog has to be on
a leash. If your yard is not fenced, then you have to go outside with
your dog and make sure it either stays on your property or you have it
on a leash. It is not all right to just let the dog run around the neighbor-
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Letters to the Editor
Save Florida gopher
Living in beautiful Okeecho-
bee presents many opportunities
to view wildlife in their natural
habitat. In addition to deer, wild
turkeys, and sand hill cranes is the
Florida Gopher tortoise.
The Florida gopher tortoise is
a beautiful docile reptile. Gopher
tortoises dig burrows at a 3o de-
gree angle. These burrows de-
scend from 15 -20 feet. The bur-
rows help regulate the tortoise's
temperature and are critical to the
survival of many other species
Over 400 other species of reptiles,
small mammals and invertebres
including indigo snakes, burrow-
ing owls, and the door mouse
have been documented taking
refuge in these burrows.
Before the 80's it was legal to
eat/ keep the gopher tortoise.as a
pet. Now the Florida gopher tor-
toise is legally protected. Their le-
gal status in Florida is threatened
on a state level and has been pro-
posed for threatened status under
the US Endangered species act.
Improper handling, taking
from the wild or disturbing in
any way is a 3rd degree felony
punishable by a $5,000 fine per
tortoise and up to 1 year in jail. In
fact FWC law enforcement who
use to all but ignore calls about
gopher tortoises have now set up
a new hot line and are sure to re-
spond to complaints. See the web
site MyFWC.om for details.
Threats to Florida gopher tor-
toise are lack of good habitat
management, road mortality, loss
of habitat to development, dogs,
and as I found out today human
In front of my rehabilitation
center I observed two males in a
white pick up truck driving slowly
up and down the side of the road.
I could not figure out what they
were doing until I saw the truck
slow down and the passenger
jump out and dive on a burrow.
He was trying to grab the tortoise
before it retreated into the bur-
row. I screamed and he and they
took off. I called fish and game
and was informed there is a lot
of illegal gopher tortoise gather-
ing going on at the moment. It
is speculated Tortoises are gath-
ered up while they are grazing
and traded in other counties for
School advisory council meets
The Seminole Elementary School Advisory Council will meet on
Wednesday, March 26, 2008, at 4 p.m. in the conference room in the
main office. The public is invited to attend
La escuela Seminole Elementary van a tener su junta del Consejo Con-
sultivo para la escuela, el Miercoles 26 de Marzo del 2008 a las 4 p.m., se
reuniran en el cuarto de conferencias de la oficina. Todo el public estan
invitados de asistir.
Presbyterian church holds annual bake sale
The annual Bake Sale at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church USA 312
N Parrott Avenue has been rescheduled for March 29. Doors will open at
8 a.m. Sponsored by the Ladies of the church, proceeds will benefit their
missionary projects. For more information please call Eleanor Newhouse
Eagles plan benefit for Warren Martin
F.O.E. #4137 will hold a benefit for Warren Martin on Saturday, March
29, starting at noon. Warren was injured in a motorcycle accident and is
unable to work due to his injuries. He had no insurance at that time. There
will be barbecue dinners available for a donation. There is also going to be
an auction held to help with Warren's medical bills. Donations are still be-
ing accepted and are greatly appreciated. All donations can be dropped off
at the Eagles Club, 9983 U 441 N. There will be enough fun for all ages.
For more information call the Eagles Club at 763-2552
Dunklin Memorial to hold prayer banquet
Dunklin Memorial Camp will hold a prayer banquet on April 4, at the
Recreation Outreach Center of First Baptist Church, 310 S.W. Fifth Ave.
Okeechobee. It is an informative dinner that includes the meal, testimonies,
and music. The dinner is at 6 p.m. with the program to follow. Tickets are
$10 and are available by calling (863) 763-8865 or (863) 697-0469.
Abundant Blessings holds yard sale
Abbndant Blessings Church, 4550 HPyy 441 N. will hold a y'ard sale
on Saturday, April 5, from 7 a.m. until 2 f.m. For information call (863)-'
Arts, crafts and Antique Cars
J & S Fish Camp, 9500 S.W. Conners, is looking for crafters and antique
car owners for their third annual Arts and Crafts Festival and Antique Car
Show on May 31 and June 1, which will be held to support Martha's
House through a $10 donation. For more information call Patricia Brown
Lincoln Day Dinner
The Republican Party of Okeechobee would like to invite you to our
Lincoln Day Dinner on Saturday, April 19, 2008. The.speakers will be
Gayle Harrell, Hal Valenche and Tom Rooney, our candidates for Con-
gress. Please call the office at 357-4111 for more information.
A Childs World offers VPK sign ups
VPK is a quality early education program aimed at helping your child
to enter school ready and eager to learn. The Summer 2008 program is
available to .children who are eligible for kindergarten in Fall of 2008 and
have not attended VPK, birth date ranges Sept. 2, 2002 Sept. 1, 2003.
The Fall 2008-2009 program is available to all children who will be 4 years
old, but not 5 years of age or older, on Sept. 1, 2008 and are eligible for
kindergarten in in Fall of 2009. Birth date range Sept. 2 2003 Sept. 1 2004.
To register, bring proof of Florida residency Drivers License, utility bill, resi-
dential rental agreement or Florida identification card, (no PO Box) Birth
Certificate/proofof age. Staff from the Early Learning Coalition of Indian
River, Martin, and Okeechobee will be on hand to answer questions and
inform parents of program specifics.
drugs. I was horrified. Please if
you see anyone picking up a go-
pher tortoise write down their li-
cense plate number and call the
department of fish and game im-
mediately. The toll-free number
for reporting wildlife violations is
It's very hard to tell how many
gopher tortoises are left in the wild
in Florida. According to Ray Ash-
ton of the Gopher Tortoise Con-
servation Initiative it is estimated
that 75 percent of their original
number have been eliminated
since the 50's. When asked how
many are left Ashton says "No
one has a clue as to the numbers
left because they are scattered
all over. There are probably less
then one million and more then
500,000 based on a good guess."
It is illegal to relocate a gopher
tortoise. If you find a gopher tor-
toise in the road, you can legally
move it out of harm's way. Put
the tortoise in the same direction
it was going off into the brush. If
you find an injured gopher tor-
toise call fish and game at (561)
625-5128. They will direct you to
a wild life rehabber. If you are in
or near Okeechobee you can call
me (Amanda Ebenhack) at (863)
697-2082 email sassi49575@aol.
Ways you can help gopher tor-
1. Support local wildlife res-
cues that cater to the Florida
gopher tortoise such as central
Florida wildlife center. Website
turtlerescueusa.com and the Go-
pher Tortoise Conservation, Initia-
2. Educate yourself and others
about the gopher tortoise A good
book for the general public is "Go-
pher Tortoise, A Life History," by
Pat and Ray Ashton, 2004, Pine-
apple Press, Sarasota. You can or-
der this at your local book store or
order it from the GTCI web page
3. Report any illegal activity to
Florida fish and game.
4. Support proper rules and
regulations that are being estab-
lished April 9 by the FWC. Go to
Ashtonbiodiversity.org to see the
comments and recommenda-
tions to establish proper regula-
tions to protect tortoises and their
habitats for the future.
Tuesday, March 25
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone
interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend.
There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security
Death Index and military information available. For information, call
Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
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 invited
to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For information,.
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
meeting..For information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
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.
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.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meeting.
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.
Narcotics Anonymous will begin meeting every Tuesday at
noon,.;Meetings will be held at the Just for Today Club, 101 Fifth
'Ave :For information, call (863) 634-4780.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W. Third Terr., holds meetings
for persons with alcohol and drug related problems at 6 p.m. For
information call (863) 357-3053.
Wednesday, March 26.
Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Spanish
groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian Church,
3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator. Another
group meets in the Okeechobee County Health Department, 1798
N.W Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as the group
facilitator. There is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m. with Slirlean
Graham as the facilitator. For information, call (863) 763-2893.}
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
701 S.W. Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
NA. meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee,
101 Fifth Ave. For information call (863) 634-4780.
Bingo at the Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge. Food will be served at
5 p.m. and bingo starts at 6 p.m. Public is welcome.
Thursday, March 27
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
at the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call
Margardfat (863) 467-8020, or Belinda at (863) 357-0166.
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
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Richard Carter, 73, of Okeecho-
bee died March 24, 2008 at his
home. Mr. Carter was born Dec.
9, 1934 in Okeechobee. He was a
lifelong resident of Okeechobee
and was a carpenter.
Mr. Carter is survived by his
wife, Leola Carter of Okeecho-
bee; four sons, Don Calvin Carter,
Jody Allen Carter, David Earl Cart-
er and Jeffrey Dean Carter all of
Okeechobee; two brothers, Philip
Eugene Carter of Okeechobee
and Mickey Vince Carter of Hol-
Private visitation will be held
for close friends and family mem-
Friends may sign the guest
book at www.bassokeechobee-
All arrangements are entrusted
to the care of Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home and Crematory.
James S. Spell
James S. Spell, 49, of Okeecho-
bee and formerly of Hollywood,
Fla. died March 23, 2008 at his
residence. Born. Feb. 2, 1959 in
Miami, he had been a resident
of Okeechobee for the past five
years and was a member of
Butch's Red Neck Yacht Club and
the Okeechobee Eagles. He en-
joyed fishing and boating.
He is preceded in death by his
grandmother, June Dougherty.
He is survived by his wife,
Debra" Spell of Okeechobee;
mother, June Spell of Hunters-
ville, N.C.; brother, Keith (Julie)-
Martin of Mountain Home, .Idaho;
sisters, Merrie (William) Thur-
mari of Huntersville, N.C., Lauren
Spell-Michel of Melbourne; niece,
Larissa (Andrew) Spell-Berger of
Huntersville, N.C. and nephew,
Keith Michael Michel of Ft. Myers.
In addition he is survived by three
additional nieces, on additional
nephew and four great nephews.
A memorial service will be
held at Butches Backyard Bar on
April 5, at 1 p.m. In lieu of flow-
ers, memorial contributions may
be made to Hospice of Okeecho-
bee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee,
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.
Alberta Barber Stratton, 93,
of Okeechobee died Saturday,
March 22, 2008 at the Okeecho-
bee Health Care Facility.
She retired after 30 years with
the Okeechobee County School
Board in the food service and
transportation departments. She
enjoyed antiques and yard sales.
She was preceded in death by
her husband, John Andrew Sr.;
one son,.John Jr.; three brothers,
one sister, one grandson and one
She is survived by her son, Jim-
my (Judy); one sister, eight grand-
children, 15 great-grandchildren,
one great-grandchild, several
nieces, nephews and cousins.
Graveside services will be con-
ducted at Basinger Cemetery on
Wednesday, March 26 at 11 a.m.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.
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Health News in Brief
Quit Smoking Now
The Okeechobee County
Health Department (OCHD) of-
fers a Tobacco Prevention and
Education Program for the com-
munity. The purpose of the
program is to reduce adult and
youth tobacco use, and provide
tobacco resources to residents,
businesses and community orga-
nizations in the county.
For information, call (863)
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.
The Okeechobee Healthy Start
Coalition will offer Childbirth Ed-
ucation Classes. For information,
call (863) 462-5877.
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
Depending on Christ is a new
support group for men and wom-
en suffering from depression.
They meet every Thursday. For
information, call (772) 597-0463.
Red Cross offers HIV/
The American Red Cross-
Okeechobee Branch offers a ba-
sic HIV/AIDs instruction course
that complies with Florida em-
ployment requirements for indi-
viduals working in various voca-
tions. This is a self-study course
that includes text work and the
successful completion of a mul-
tiple choice written test. The cost
of the course is $15. Call the lo-
cal Red Cross office at (863) 763-
2488 for information.
Problems with drug or alco-
hol 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 confidential consultation. Or,
go to the website at www.drugre-
Cancer support group
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 other.
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
The American Cancer Society
is recruiting volunteers who are
interested in making a difference
in the fight against cancer. Volun-
teers with the American Cancer
Society's Florida Division par-
ticipate in programs that support
research funding, educate the com-
munity, deliver services to patients
and advocate for policies that help
defeat cancer. To get involved, call
the American Cancer Society at
Narcotics group to
Narcotics Anonymous will
begin meeting every Tuesday at
noon. Meetings will be held at the
Just for Today Club, 2303 U.S. 441
S.E., Suite K. For information, call
Healthy Start group
The Healthy Start Coalition is
accepting donations of baby items
such as furniture, shoes, clothing,
maternity clothes, strollers and
other items for infants and tod-
dlers. Proceeds from the sale of
donated items will be used to ben-
efit infants and pregnant women in
the community. For information,
call (863) 462-5877.
Blood donors are
Florida's Blood Centers is look-
ing for blood donors in Okeecho-
bee. The Big Red Bus mobile unit
will be at the Wal-Mart parking
lot, 2101 S. Parrott Ave., on the last
Saturday of each month from 10
a.m. until 2 p.m. For information,
call (561) 845-2323, ext. 1203 or
(772) 215-8360. All blood types
@ Indian Rive
are needed. There is no upper age
limit, and most medications and
conditions are acceptable. Diabe-
tes and blood pressure donations
can also be accepted. A picture ID
is needed for all donors.
Are you pregnant? Have you
been turned down for Medicaid?
Healthy Start may be able to help.
For information, contact Becky
Smith at (863) 462-5877.
Just for Today Club
The Just for Today Club' of
Okeechobee is an Addiction
recovery social club/meeting place
where people can come to fellow-
ship or attend meetings. For infor-
mation, call (863) 634-4780.
help via hotline and
It's heartbreaking to watch
someone addicted to drugs or alco-
hol lose their children, jobs, home,
health and self respect to their
addiction. Do something about it
now! Narconon Arrowhead has
Certified Chemical Dependency
Counselors available to help. In
your local area, call Narconon at
1-800-468-6933 or log on to www.
Okeechobee Cancer Center &
Dr. Tristan H. Pangilinan, M.D.,
board certified urologist, will be
sponsoring a FREE prostate
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A complimentary continental breakfast will be served.
No obligation for participants to pursue medical treatment
at Okeechobee Cancer Center.
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Car Pool 110
Share a ride 115
Card of Thanks 120
In Memoriam 125
Give Away 140
Garage/Yard Sale 145
Special Notices 155
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NEW 500+ site "5-Star" Mas-
ter Planned RV Village being
developed in 2008 in Okee-
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wanted to sell deeded sites
and Park Model Homes.
Flexible hours commission-
based. Fax resume to
NEW 500+ site "5-Star" Mas-
ter Planned RV Village being
developed in 2008 in Okee-
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wanted to sell deeded sites
and Park Model Homes.
Flexible hours commission-
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Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Services Wanted 830
Lawn & Garden 850
TRACTOR 2004 Bransoni
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tend loader, 6' wood brush-
cutter, 6' boxblade & canopy.
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Farm Property -
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
IN TOWN 2BR/1.5BA, $750
mo., 1st & last, annual lease,
no pets, w/d, clean.
OKEECHOBEE: 1BR in town,
$700/mo, utils incl'd, no
pets, smoke-free env. 1st &
REMODELED 2/1, 2 story
screened porch, very clean,
no pets. $750/mo, 1st, last
& Dep. (863)634-3313
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car? Look In the classl-
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mo. BASSWOOD, 2 br, 1 ba
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Okeechobee News. Tuesday. March 25. 2008
Brand New 3 bedroom floor plans.
Concrete Block Stucco homes.
Payments as low as $795 per month.
863824610 *Okechbe Cont
BRAND NEW- Rent or Buy
3br,2ba. 1700 sq ft, garage,
laundry, tiled, S1100/mo.
rent. $5,000 applied to pur-
chase of $149,900 after 1
year. 3443 NW 40th Dr.
IN OKEECHOBEE CITY: 4 Br.,
2 Ba, $1100 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. & refs. Call Barry for
more info. 772-216-1461
NEW DUPLEX 3/2. $900 per
month + 1st, last & $500
sec. dep. (863)465-0053
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage. C/Air. 1st, last &
sec. 863-467-2541 or after
5 pm 863-634-9330
SE Okeechobee, 4BR/3BA, 2
car garage, w/swimming
pool. $1500 mo. + 1st &
TREASURE ISLAND 2 br,
1 ba, waterfront house, large
fenced yard. $750/mo
SPACE available, w/in new
comm building, all utils incld.
STOREFRONT OFFICE SPACE
FOR LEASE 450 sq. ft.,
near Courthouse, $675 mo,
incl. cam. (863)467-0831
Business Places -
Property Sale 1010
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property e Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State .
Property Sale 1055
Real Estate Wantedl1065
Resort Property -
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080
FOR SALE 8.37 Acres
Ind/Strge/Warehs, Hwy 78W,
1000+ homes BHR
WATERFRONT RV LOTS In
Blue Cypress, golf, club-
house, pool. (239)945-7666
LAKESHORE RESORT- LAKE
PLACID, FL., New 2BD cottag-
es on Lake Placid, 300' white
sand beach, dock & addl.
amenities. Call (863)441-2659
Nightly, wkly & mthly, rentals
also avail. Call (863)465-2135
Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home- Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 20209
BASSINGER: 3br, 2ba. Double
Wide on 1 Ac. $900/mo. +
1st & Sec. 863-697-1494
NEWLY REMODELED 3BR,
2BA, doublewide, carport,
large lot, $850/mo. 1 yr. lease
& 1 mo. sec. 863-467-5616.
ON RIM CANAL in Okeecho-
bee Small, 1 Bdrm., $450
mo. (includes utils). + $300
sec. dep. (863)697-0214
RIVER ACRES, 2BR/1.5BA,
-Single, on Kissimmee River,
$650/mo. + sec. & electric.
Yearly lease. (863)467-5616
TAYLOR CREEK: 2 BR, 2 BA
immediately. $750/ month
TREASURE ISLAND 2/1, On
canal. Newly remodeled.
$750 dep. $175 wk. Call
Missy @ (863)634-8674
YEARLY LEASE No pets, 2/2,
$500/mo, 3/2 $600/mo, 3/2
w/FM $650/mo. $1000 sec
Mrs. Lind Liles (center right) was the happy winner of the door prize provided by Sea-
coast Natgfnal Bank at the American Cancer Society Bowl-For-A-Cure. There to present
the prize was, Shannon Martin,ACS Staff, Frank Riddle,Event Coordinator, Teresa Chan-
dler, Billy Dean and Clinton Griffin.
Caloosa Belle/Patty Brant
Husband and wife duo
Ed and Beth Jennings of Okeechobee were loaded down with trophies at the March 14
Fishers of Men pre-tournament meeting held at the First Christian Church in LaBelle. The
couple finally received their trophies from the Fishers of Men Feb. 8 tournament on Lake
Okeechobee. The couple won first place overall, first place and first place female and Big
Bass (for a 6.5 ponder). This is the third year the couple has fished the Fishers of Men
Local athletes are doing well
By Charles M. Murphy
Brahmans girls tennis coach
Jay Huffman is a graduate of
Florida State University. Although
he didn't play college tennis he
noted he played in some very
competitive intramural leagues
while in college.
The Brahmans junior varsity
softball squad under the tute-
lage of Gina Davis and Tyrone
Smith are having one of their best
years in history. They defeated
Sebring easily last Thursday and
already have won over 10 games
The girl's softball team will
once again compete against thel
best in the state next week at the
Kissimmee Classic. The tourna-
ment starts on April 3rd.
In an attempt to get out of their
season long hitting slump, Brah-
mans baseball coach Dylan Ted-
ders purchased $2,000 worth of
hitting equipment, machines and
balls to help his team's hitting.
Moore Haven's Antwon Mc-
Cloud has yet to sign a letter of
intent to play college football. He
noted he has gotten a lot of inter-
est from schools but hasn't made
his decision yet. McCloud is one
of the faster sprinters in this area.
Okeechobee's James Shanks
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reports he is close to signing a let-
ter of intent to play for Methodist
College in North Carolina to play
college football in the fall. Shanks
also played in last Saturday's Lon
Wallen All Star Classic at Martin
County High school in basketball
but he noted-that was just for fun.
Shanks was a two year starter at
wide receiver for the Brahman's
It seems like knee injuries are
contagious at Okeechobee High
School. Both the girl's softball
coach Kim Hargraves and the
boy's football coach, Chris Bra-
nham, had knee surgeries in re-
Freshmen Isabella Penido
set the pace well Thursday in the
girl's 1600 meters at OHS. She
noted it was her second best race
ever. Her time was 6:08. She noted
she has set'a goal of six minutes
this year and future goals as well.
"My goal in my senior year is
to break the school record of 5:22
in this event. I can do it. When
I do it, it will be like, yeah," she
Sophomore Ricky Nieto is an-
other member of the track team
who has made huge strides in the
past year. He noted he grew a lot,
physically, in the past year and is
starting to get noticed. He cleared
5'8 in the high jump to win the
event last week. He noted he first
joined the track team to keep in
shape for other sports, mostly
basketball. Now he has grown an
interest for track and field.
"I never did A before, but I'm
beginning to like it a lot. I still
need to work on my form, but I
really am getting into it now," he
noted. Nieto also won the long
jump at Thursday's event. He had
three jumps and was disqualified
on two of them. Still he made the
one jump count as it measured
Boys drop double header to Suncoast
By Charles Murphy
Okeechobee High School's
Boys Baseball Team fell deeper
into their doldrums Saturday
when they dropped a double
header at Suncoast, 2-0, and 4-2,
to fall to (4-12) on the season.
Okeechobee fell to (3-6) in the
district and are in danger of falling
into the district cellar if their slide
The Brahmans won three of
their first eight games, but have
now lost seven of their past eight.
Still their coaching staff isn't pan-
icking, noting there still are nine
"The kids are turning it in. You
would think they were 12-4 from
the way they've been practicing,"
Brahman pitching Coach Mark
Ward said. "That's a good sign.
We've gold them it's where you
finish, not where you start."
Saturday the Brahmans got
two good pitching efforts from
two southpaws, Dustin Stokes
and Cameron Tewksbury. They
kept the Brahmans in both ball
games. However the team just
couldn't get a big hit when they
In the opener Stokes pitched
a complete game and allowed
two unearned runs. Stokes struck
out nine, walked two, and scat-
tered three hits. Unfortunately for
Stokes, Dan Whitmore pitched a
complete game with 13 strikeouts
for Suncoast, (11-3). He allowed
just a single by Adam Tewksbury.
Whitmore struck out six of the
first nine batters he faced.
"Dustin pitched a very good
game," Coach Ward'said. "He
bounced back from his last start.
Suncoast is not a very good hitting
team, but I feel like if we play solid
baseball we can beat them."
Aaron Cohn had an RBI dou-
ble to help the Chargers win
In the night cap Cameron
Tewksbury threw 107 pitches and
gritted his way through six in-
nings. Unfortunately his defense
let him down at key points as the
Chargers scored four runs, all of
them unearned. He struck out
seven batters, walked three, and
scattered five hits. He tired in the
seventh and Mike Minondo came
on and got out of a bases loaded
jam without allowing a run. Mi-
nondo was rewarded with a start
Tuesday at Fort Pierce Central.
The Brahmans managed five
hits in the night cap. Stokes, Brice
Buckner, Clay Coleman, Drew
Selvey, and Adam Tewksbury all
had singles. Selvey drove in a run
Catcher Mitchell Bryner
opened some eyes on defense
in the night cap as he threw out
three runners trying to steal.
Adam Tewksbury now has a four
game hitting streak.
"The kids morale is still high,
they are working hard at practice,
so that's positive," Coach Ward
said. "They are working on put-
ting it together at the plate, we'll
keep working with them."
The Brahmans return home on
Thursday to face Pope John Paul
High School at 5 p.m. at Brahman
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THE19th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN
KAWASAKI PRAIRIE 360 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF IN AND FOR AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
'05, 4X4, Very good condi- THE 19th CIRCUIT OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA FLORIDA
tion. $3100 or best offer IN AND FOR CASE NO.: 2007CA409 Case No.: 2008-DR-195
tion. $3100 or best offer .... OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA JUDGE: E SHIELDS MCMANUS Division: DOMESTIC RELATIONS
(863)634-4438 CASE NO.:2007CA412
(86)63 -4438 Public Notice 5005 JUDGE: E SHIELDS MCMANUS DAVID W. BROWN and Tammie Lee Bridges,
State Public- YOLANDAT. BROWN Petitioner
Legal Notice 5500 LINnEt DAUGHERTY and Plaintiff(s) and J M7
5500 ELIZABETH DAUGHERTY vs.RndalW. Bridges,
Auto mo ile Plaintiff(s) WILZIE VILCEUS, If Living, and Respondent
VS If Dead, the Unknown pose, Heirs,
WILLIE VILCEUS, It Living, and IfDead, Devisees, Grantees, Assignees, Lien- NOTICE OF ACTION FOR
PublI I I ",iJ 5 0 the Unknown Spouse, Heirs, Devisees, ors, Creditors, Trustee and All other DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
Grantees, Assignees, Llenors, Credl- Parties Claiming an Interest by,
_ _ _tors, Trustee and All other Parties through, and under or against, WIL- TO: Randal Wilson Bridges
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR Claiming an Interest by, through, and ZIEVILCEUS 16514 NW 192 St.
Automobiles 4005 OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA under or against, WILLIE VILCEUS Defendant(s). Okeechobee, FL 34972
Autos Wanted -4010 PROBATE DIVISION Defendant(s). YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action has
Classic Cars 4015 CASE NO. 2 CP42 CEOFSALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER45 been filed against you and that you are
Commercial Trucks 4020 IN RE: ESTATE OF PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 required to serve a copy of your writ-
Construction MAXIE BRICKER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a ten defenses, if any, to it on Tammie
Equipment 4025 a.ka. MAXIE BRICKER, SR. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Mortgage Foreclo- Lee Bndges, whose address is 16514
i n 40 Deceased. nal Judgment of Mortgage Foreclosure sure dated March 12, 2008, and un- NW 192 St., Okeechobee, FL 34972
Foreign C r 430dated March 12. 2008, and entered in tered in Case No. 2007CA412 of the on or before Apl 2,28, and ile the
Four Wheel Drive 4035 NOTICE TO CREDITORS Case No. 2007CA412 of the Circuit Court Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Cir- original wth the clerk of this Court at
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040 (Summary Administration) of the 19th Judicial Circuit Court in and cult Court in andfor Okeechobee Okeechoee County Judicial Center,
for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein County, Florida, wherein DAVID W. Court Operations lst Roor, 312 NW
Parts Repairs 4045 TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS OR LINDELDAUGHERTY AND ELIZABETH BROWN AND YOLANDA. BROWN, 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972
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Sport Utility 4055 TATE VILCEUS is the Defendant, 1 will sell Io is the Defendant, I will sell to the high- ately thereafter. HI you fail to do so, a
SportUtility 4055 The highest bidder for cash in 312 N.W. est bidder for cash in 312 N.W 3"1 defaultmay be entered against you for
Tractor Trailers 4060 You are hereby notified that an Order of 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida at 11:00 Street, Okeechobee, Florida at 11:00 the relief demanded in the petition.
Utility Trailers 4065 Summary Administration has been en- AM, on the 9th day of April, 2008, the AM, on the 9th day of April, 2008, the t
Vans 4070 tered in the estate of MAXIE BRICKER following descnbed property as set forth following described property as set Copies of all court documents in his
a.k.a. MAXIE BRICKER, SR., de- in said judgment, to wit: forth in said judgment, to wit: case, incldigrers, are available at
ceased, File Number 2008CP42 by the the Clerk of the Circuit Court's office.
Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, The North 1/2 of the South 1/2 of Tract The North 112 of the South 1/2 of You may review these documents
I I Florida, Probate Division, the address 7, Section 10, Township 34 South, Tract 8 Section 10 Township 34 upon request.
of which is RO. Drawer 700, Fort Range 33 East, according to the plat South, Range 33 East, Okeechobee the Circuit
Pierce, FL 34954 that the decedent's thereof recorded in Plat Book 4, Pages County, Florida, according to the Plat You must keep the Clerk tofthe Crcuit
dale of death was May 1,2007; that 3 A-D, public records of Okeechobee thereof, recorded In Plat Book 4, Courts office stifled a yer current
DODGE RAM '87 Bought to the total value of the estate is $0.00 .County, Florida. Pages 3A-D, inclusive of the Okee- address. (You may file Notice of Cur-
and that the names and addresses of chobee County Public Records. rent Address, Flodda Supreme Court
be restored. Recent tune-up, those to whom it has been assigned ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST Approved Family Law Form 12.915.)
Some new chrome. Needs by such order are: IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST Future papers in this lawsuit will be
wor USk $2000 (863)634-6603 NmanArdeANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF mailed to the address on record at the
w $ (863)Name and Address OWNERS AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY clerk's office.
Maxie Bricker, Jr. PENDENS, MUST FRLE A CLAIM WITHIN OWNERS AS OF THE DATE OF THE
12725 NE 76th Avenue 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE LIS PENDENS, MUST RLE A CLAIM WARNING: Rule 12.285, RoFlida Family
READING A Okeechobee, FL 34972 WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE Law Rules of Procedure, requires cer-
Dated at Okeechobee, Okeechobee tain automatic disclosure of -docu-
NEWSPAPER SAVES ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE NOTI- County, Florida this 13th, day of March, Dated at Okeechobee, Okeechobee ments and information. Failure to
FIED THAT: 2008. County, Florida this 13th day of cot rly can result in sanctions, includ- he mo0 important
TIME BY HELPING YOU All other creditors of the estate of the de- SHARON ROBERTSON March, 2008. Ing isre sal or sthiing of pleadings.
PLAN YOUR TIME cedent and persons having claims or Clerk of Court [OKEECHOBEE, FL] SHARON ROBERTSON Dated; 2/12/2008 20 minutes of your day
demands against decedent's estate of By: /S/LINDA EF YOUNG Clerk of Court [OKEECHOBEE, FL]
the decedent other than those for As Deputy Clerk By: /S/LINDA F YOUNG SHARONROBERTSON t nt i
WISELY whom provision for full payment wasAs Deputy Clerk CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT IS t S
made in the Order of Summary Admin- In accordance with the Americans with
istration must file their claims with this Disabilities Act, persons in need of spe- In accordance with the Americans with By:/S/Heather Thomas
court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE cial accommodation to participate in this Disabilities Act, persons in need of Deputy Clerk w r f u m
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION proceeding shall, within a reasonable special accommodation to participate 263678 ON 3/4,11,18,25/08
OF THIS NOTICE. time prior contact Robert C. Gindel, Es- in this proceeding,shall, within a rea- _______id_______
quire, Telephone (561) 649-2344 for as- sonable time prior contact Robert C.
ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL BE distance; if heanng impaired, telephone Gindel, Esquire, Telephone t io h
FOREVER BARRED. 1-800-955-8771 for assistance. (561) 649-2344 for assistance; if .
265363 ON 3/18,25/08 hearing impaired, telephone 8ay, "I sold It In tie clas-
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD 1-800-955-1771 for assistance. u8ds."
SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM 2653500N3/18,25/08
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Attorney for Pers. Rep. T W 3 R
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Jim Wilson was the 'big fish' winner with a big fish weight of 8.29 pounds.
Taylor Creek Bass Club held its
March tournament on Okeecho-
bee out of Scott Driver Ramps.
Jim Wilson and Danny Norton
took top honors with 17.63 lbs.
of large mouth bass. Others in
the mohey were Mike Zubricky
(16.15 Ibs), Bob Owens (13.91
lbs), and Darrell and Vicky Brack-
in (13.50 lbs). "Big Fish" honors
went to Jim Wilson with an 8.29
The club meets at the Buck-
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second Thursday of each month.
Tournaments are held the follow-
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