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Thursday, March 27, 2008

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PO BOX 117007


Chamber plans
Coffee Kiatch
Chamber members and
guests are <.',i.ill invited to
the Coffee Klatch on Thurs-
day, March 27, at 8 a.m., at the
American Red Cross located at
323 N Parrot Ave. Refreshments
will be provided. For more in-
formation call 863 71. .-2,88.

Summer Activity
guide planned
Submissions for the 2008
Summer Activity Guide are cur-
rently being requested by Sha-'
ron 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. Dead-
line 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 call 863-462-
5000 ext. 257.

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 specialists
can tailor a presentation to meet
specific needs or answer ques-
tions-regaiding many waitei-re-
lated topics. 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.
gov. For more information, visit or call the
Okeechobee Service Center at

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

Drought Index

Current: 362
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.21 feet
Last Year: 10.62 feet

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

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Community Events.................... 4
Crossword................................. 5
O bituaries.................................. 6
Opinion............................. 4
School News............................. 3
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Jury hears medical examiner's report

Murder trial

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
While some jury members
didn't look up, others looked in-
tently at autopsy photos Wednes-
day morning and listened as a
medical examiner explained
how Edwin Dennis Swint died
on Sept. 28, 2006.
Mr. Swint, 50, died as a result
of a single gunshot wound to the
upper abdomen from a 30/30
caliber rifle. His roommate, Jerry

Leroy Jones, was arrested and
charged with killing Mr. Swint
with his Winchester 336 lever-
action 30/30 rifle.
The District 19 medical exam-
iner, a firearms expert and a fo-
rensic chemist all took the stand
during the second day of Jones'
murder trial in Courtroom D of
the Okeechobee Judicial Center.
Jones is charged with murder
and possession of cocaine.
As some members of the
12-person jury directed their
eyes away from the large view-
ing screen in front of them, Dr.'
Roger Mittleman explained on

March 26 with both photos and
testimony how a single bullet en-
tered Mr. Swint's abdomen and
exited his lower back.
The 30/30 caliber projectile
perforated Mr. Swint's kidney as
well as his large intestines, testi-
fied Dr. Mittleman, the medical
examiner for District 19 which
includes Okeechobee County.
The gunshot, he told Assistant
State Attorney Ashley Albright,
was the official cause of death.
The medical examiner testi-
fied that the bullet exited Mr.
Swint's lower left back about
11/2 inches higher than when it

entered his body.
Detective Fred Bradley, a
crime scene investigator for the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), testified Tues-
day, March 25, that after exit-
ing the victim's body, the bullet
went through an interior wall of
the single wide mobile home in
the Lucky 7 Mobile Home Park.'
The bullet then went through an
exterior wall and penetrated the
outside wall of a neighbor's met-
al shed. The bullet then struck
a cardboard box and fell to the
floor of the shed.
Dr. Mittleman also used au-

International athletes: Central Elementary hosts own 'Olympics'

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
These Central Elementary School students, representing countries around the world took part in the opening cere-
mony for Central's field day which was patterned after the opening ceremony of the Olympics. The athletes marched
onto the.field to the theme music from the Olympics. They were welcomed by principal Randy Paulson who played
the part of the president of the host country. To add realism, a relay runner carried a torch onto the field which was
used to light the Olympic Flame. The event place Wednesday afternoon, March 26.

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These Central Elementary School students symbolize light-
ing the Olympic Flame. The torch lighting was part of the
opening ceremony for the school's field day, which was
patterned after the opening ceremony of the Olympics.

Central Elementary School Principal Randy Paulson,
flanked by the U.S. and Olympic flags, presides over
the opening ceremony for the school field day which
was patterned after the opening ceremony for the
Olympics. The event took place Wednesday after-
noon, March 26..

These Central Elementary School students, representing Central Elementary School had a unique opening cer-
Ireland, took part in the opening ceremonies of the school emony for the school's field day. It was patterned af-
field day on Wednesday, March 26. Students representing ter the opening ceremony for the Olympics. Students
different countries marched onto the field to the theme mu- representing various countries of the world marched
sic from the Olympics. onto the field to the theme music from the Olympics.

VFW plans soldier's
VFW Post #10539, 3912 U.S. other commendations:
Highway 441 S.E., will host a He was scheduled to return to hi
memorial service to honor SFC home base of Fort Stewart, Georgi
, Shawn Sutch on Saturday, March in May. Friends say his family an
29, at 2 p.m. military career were the two love
SFC Suzch, 32, was among the in life and he was very proud c
five soldiers killed March 10, in both.
Mansour, a wealthy section ofBagh- SFC Suzch's mother, Par
dad -- when a man approached the Nettle, lives in Okeechobee and
soldiers and detonated the bombs the VFW 10539 Ladies Auxiliary
he wore on a suicide vest. Assistant Conductress.
SFC Suzch had made the Army SFC Suzch was preceded i
his career. He enlisted in the Army death by his infant son, Jay Anthc
while in is senior year of high ny. Besides his mother, he is sur
school. Shortly after basic training, vived by his wife, Angela and bab
he was sent to Germany. There, he daughter, Alyssa Jayden who wa
met and married Angela. He served born September 2007. He is als
a tour in Kosovo and was on his survived by his two brothers, Joh
third tour in Iraq. He was promoted Nettle and Joel Nettle; nephew
last year to Sergeant First Class and Warren Nettle all of Ft. Myer
signed on for another six years of and Gene Decerio of Okeechobe,
duty. He was awarded a Purple whom SFC Suzch fondly calle
Heart and a Bronze Star, as well as "Pops."

topsy photos to indicate marks
left on Mr. Swint's abdomen by
gunpowder impacting his body
around the wound. These red
marks, called stiplings, impacted
the man's abdomen 11 and a
half inches vertically and six and
three-fourths inches horizontally
around the wound.
While he could not state with
any specificity the distance from
which Mr. Swint was shot, he did
say he was shot from several feet
"I don't think this is a close

See Jury Page 2



in Nov.


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Unlike the heated presiden-
tial race, campaigning for local
offices has not really started. At
this tire only three people have
announced their intention to run
against incumbents. While the
local scene is quiet at this time,
the intensity of local campaigns
will increase as the heatof sum-
mer comes on.
County commission seats
representing districts 1, 3 and 5
will be up for grabs. District 1 in-
cumbent, Democrat Ray Domer
has not yet announced if he will
run for re-election. However,
two Democrats, Toni Doyle and
Phil Baughman have announced
that they want that seat.
The District 3 seat is held by
long time commissioner Clif
Betts, who is a Democrat. While
Mr. Betts has not yet started the
qualification process, he said he
intends to run for re-election.
To date, no one has challenged
Commissioner Elvie Posey,
the Democrat incumbent in Dis-
trict 5 has announced his inten-
tion to run for re-election. He
has a challenger in the form of
Republican Toni Doyle.
Kelly Owens will be running
for re-election to her District 2
nonpartisan at large seat on the
school board. She has no'oppo-
sition at this time.
No one has announced their
intention to run for the District 4
school board seat currently held
by India Riedle. Mrs. Riedle has
not qualified for re-election at
this time.
All the incumbents in county
constitutional offices have an-
nounced their intention to seek
re-election: Clerk of the Circuit
Court Sharon Robertson, Prop-
erty Appraiser Bill Sherman,
Sheriff Paul May, Supervisor of
See Election Page 2



Anyone who wishes to pay trib-
ute to the fallen soldier is welcome
to attend the memorial services.
A large group from the Patriot
Guard Riders will be at the Post for
the Memorial. The Patriot Guard
Riders is a diverse group of motor-
cyle riders from across the nation.
Some are veterans. Some are not.
All have an unwavering respect for
those who risk their very lives for
America's freedom and security.
Their main mission is to attend the
funeral services of fallen Ameri-
can heroes as invited guests of the
family. They attend to show sin-
cere respect for our fallen heroes,
their families, and their communi-
ties, and to shield the mourning
family and their friends from inter-
ruptions created by any protestor
See Soldier Page 2

Submitted photo
SFC Shawn Suzch was killed in Iraq March 10, by a sui-
cide bomber. VFW Post #10539 will honor him with a
memorial on Saturday.


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Merry Olde England
These first graders at Central Elementary School practice their British accents as they await the opening ceremony for
the school's field day which was patterned after the opening ceremony for the Olympics. Students representing various
countries of the world marched onto the field to the theme music from the Olympics. Principal Randy Paulson played the
part of-the president of the host country and welcomed the athletes. There was even an Olympic Flame lit by a torch car-
ried in by a relay runner. The event took place Wednesday afternoon, March 26.

Continued From Page 1

range, if you will," he told Mr. Al-
Dr. Mittleman also.stated dur-
ing his testimony that a toxicology
screen was done on Mr. Swint. He
said that test indicated that the vic-
tim's blood alcohol level was .088
percent, and small amounts of
cocaine and pain medicine were
also found.
Jones is accused of shooting
Mr. Swint, also known as "Den-
ny" by his friends, after the two
became engaged in a brief argu-
ment. An arrest report by OCSO
Detective M.D. Faulkner indicates
that Jones and Swint argued be-
cause the victim was "getting
involved in Jones' personal busi-
ness." And, said Jones, Swint be-
gan to advance toward him and
he was not going to back down
from his roommate.

Continued From Page 1

Elections Gwen Chandler, and
Tax Collector Celeste Watford. All
of those office holders are Demo-
crats except for the sheriff who

Continued From Page 1

or group of protesters.
SFC Suzch one of the soldiers
adopted by the Okeechobee
Community through Operation
Shoebox, which was organized by
the VFW Auxiliary. The program
collects items for "care packages"

Jones says he shot Swint ac-
cidentally. Detective Faulkner's
report indicates that Jones stated
he had been cleaning his rifle and
that it went off accidentally as he*
tried to retrieve a knife that had
become wedged in the kitchen
chair in which he was seated.
Among the evidence collected
at the scene was gun cleaning
equipment, as well as a used gun
cleaning pad.
The situation started after
Jones and his girlfriend, Sheila
Nell Core, argued about him
smoking crack cocaine in the
kitchen of her two-bedroom mo-
bile home.
"I told him to get that stuff out
of my house," she told the jury
during her testimony on Tuesday.
Mr. Swint was airlifted from
Okeechobee to St. Mary's Hospi-
tal in West Palm Beach where he
died during surgery.
Among the evidence taken
from the mobile home were two
pipes that are normally associated
with smoking crack cocaine.

is a Republican. No one has yet
announced their intention to run
against any of these incumbents.
Neither has anyone yet an-
nounced their intention to run
for the nonpartisan at large city
council positions currently held
by Mayor James Kifk and Lydia
Jean Williams. Although he has
not started the qualification pro-

to send to soldiers overseas. Par-
ticipants also become "pen pals"
with the' military service mem-
bers, often through email.
The VFW Auxiliary's Opera-
tion Shoebox care packages drive
"Operation Shoebox will
continue until we bring them all
home," said Cheryl Benoit, of the
VFW Post #10539 Auxiliary.
Operations Shoebox collection
bins are available at: Clock Res-

Salvator Recco, a forensic
chemist with the Indian River
Crime Lab, told Assistant State
Attorney Dan Kuczler Wednes-
day morning that he tested one of
the metal smoking devices. After
explaining the technique used to
test the device, he said his test did
indicate the presence of cocaine.
During cross examination by
defense attorney Russell 'Rusty'
Akins, Mr. Recco said the amount
of cocaine found in the pipe was
less than 1/1 Oth of a gram. A gram
weighs 1/28th of an ounce, Mr.
Akins told the jury.
Testimony was also heard
Wednesday morning from Mark
Chapman, a firearms examiner
from the crime lab. He told the
jury that he performed several
tests on the rifle submitted to
the lab by the OCSO. These tests
included an impact test, which
would indicate if the gun could be
fired by dropping it or hitting it.
When asked by Mr. Albright,
Mr. Chapman said he found no
defects in the gun.

cess, councilman Dowling Wat-
ford said he plans to run for re-
Mayor Kirk is undecided about
running again, but he said he was
seriously thinking about it.
On the Okeechobee City
Council, the office of mayor is not
an elected office. The councilmen
themselves elect one of the mem-

taurant, Lunkers Restaurant, R.J.
Gator's, Good Spirits, KOA Mail
Room, Zachery Taylor RV Park,
Antoinette's, Beall's Outlet, Sears,
Radio Shack, Gilbert Chevrolet,
Movie Gallery, Brahma Bull and
Blue Cypress Golf Club.
Items needed include: shampoo,
hard candy, soap, chips, toothpaste,
cookies, toothbrush, Slim-Jims,
deodorant, gum, lotion, tuna, snack
packs, sun screen, canned chicken,
Chapstick. cereal bars, Tylenol,

During cross examination he
told Mr. Akins that he struck the
gun over 100 times with a rubber
hammer during the impact test.
He also told the jury that the
Winchester 360 had a trigger pull
of 3/34 pounds, which was nor-
mal for this weapon.
"That's well within range for
the trigger pull," said Mr. Chap-
Mr. Akins asked Mr. Chapman
if he had tested the weapon to see
if it could be slam fired. He an-
swered that he had never heard
of that term and did not test the
weapon for that.
The Port St. Lucie defense at-
torney explained that slam fire
is a characteristic of lever action
weapons. A slam fire can occur
when a round is shoved into the
chamber roughly which can then
cause the round to fire.
The'trial will resume Thursday
morning at 9:30 a.m.

bers to be mayor. It is still early in
the process. County candidates
have until June 20 to qualify and
city candidates have until Aug.
The primaries will be held July
28 and the general election on
Oct. 5. Voter registration closes 29
days before any election.

Nutri-grain bars, Tums, drink
mixes (Gatorade, tea, fruit punch),
Band-Aids any non-perishable
snacks in individual serving pack-
ages, hand sanitizer, female prod-
ucts, Silly String (used to detect
trip wires for bombs), razors,
crossword puzzles, shaving cream,
writing paper and envelopes, dental
floss. Personal notes to the troops
may also be included.


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NES students say'thanks'

Kindergarten News
Miss Hudson's and Miss
Becky's kindergarten class at
North Elementary School would
like to say "Thank you" to Mrs.
Walker, Mrs. Davis, and the
North Elementary Student Coun-
cil for a great egg hunt. We really
enjoyed looking for the eggs and
munching the goodies inside the
eggs. You all make great Easter
Mrs. Steiert's class also would
like to say "Thank you" to Stu-
dent Council for the "hopping"
good Easter Egg Hunt! We en-
joyed making our bunny ears
and Easter baskets for the hunt.
Mrs. Smith's class had fun
making Easter baskets and bun-
ny ears for the Easter egg hunt.
Thank you to Student Council
for providing the hunt for us. We
also had fun dying Easter eggs.
Mrs. Gable's class is talking
about the weather. We are do-
ing art work to illustrate weather
and writing stories about it.

Mrs. Quann's class enjoyed
making Easter Hats and Baskets
for our egg hunt thank your
Student Council and teachers for
the fun.
Mrs. Lowe's class would like
to thank Student Council for the
Easter Egg Hunt and to all our
parents who sent in treats! We
are looking forward to our up-
coming Spring Break! We hope
that everyone has a safe and
happy time off together!
Mrs. Hackett's class enjoyed
an "eggs-tra" special party. A
big thank you to Mrs. Rucks for
providing cupcakes, chips, and a


Students selling pizza kits

thank you for all the parents who
sent candy and basket supplies.
We would also like to thank Mrs.
Walker, Mrs. Davis, and the North
Elementary Student Council for
their hard work in the egg hunt!
Through the wind and rain, they
kept up the good work!

Third Grade News
Miss Raulerson's class would
like to congratulate Giovanny
Aguirre, Haley Barber, and David
Perdomo on earning their points
for the 50 Point AR Club.
Mrs. Dennison's class will be
mailing our Flat Stanley projects
this week. We look forward to
hearing back from the families
we are "visiting".
Mrs. Gaus' class has been
reading up a storm. We are earn-
ing our points for our AR field
trip to the Crystal Mines. We
can't wait to dig for treasures!
Until then we are digging up
facts and details from the books
we are reading.

Education News in Brief

Pre-K registration is
now open
The Okeechobee. County
School Board began registration
for the 2008-09 School Readiness/
VPK Pre-kindergarten program
in March. The Pre-K program is
located at New Endeavor High
School. For information regarding
the Pre-K program or to place your
name on a contact list, please call
Donna Kersey at 863-462-5363 or
Rhonda Morton at 863-462-5000,
ext. 235.
enrollment starts
Peace Lutheran Preschool is
now taking enrollment for the
coming school year. They have
openings in Jr. Preschool, 3 and 4
year old's and Kindergarten. Call
the school for more information,

Soil and Water
district has contest
The Annual Okeechobee Soil
and Water Conservation District
Speaking Contest will be held
at 3 p.m. .Tuesday, April 8, .at.
the Okeechobee USDA Service
Center at 452 Hwy 98 North,

Okeechobee. The contest is open
to any Okeechobee County stu-
dent enrolled in Grades 6 through
12. Prizes-for the District Contest
are $150 for First Place, $100 for
Second Place and $50 for Third
Place. There will be a participa-
tion prize of $15 to all contestants.
Any student interested in partici-
pating may contact Audrey Drig-
gers at the Okeechobee Soil and
Water Conservation District at
863-763-3619 or stop by the USDA
Service Center for complete con-
test rules.

Parenting classes
are offered,
Free parenting classes are held
every Monday from 7 until 8 p.m.
at New Endeavor High School.
Classes include topics about
children from birth to teens. For
information or to have an inter-
preter available call Lori Jaquith
at 863-697-6320 or 863-462-5000,
ext. 282.

Parent education
classes offered
The Okeechobee County
Healthy Start Coalition will offer
.parenting education classes for
infants to age 3. This adults-only
parenting class consists of six,

one-hour classes. You must attend
all six classes to get a certificate
of completion. We now have day
and evening classes available. No
child care will be available. Call
863-462-5877 for registration.

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

YMS collecting
printer cartridges
Yearling Middle School (YMS)
. is collecting empty printer and
copy toner cartridges. They are

We report,

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Many newspapers aggressively push the opinions of their
publishers or corporate owners.

But we don't think it's our place to tell people what to think,
or to try to control public opinion. Our editors insist on pur-
poseful neutrality. We try to report the news fairly and facili-
tate a fair but vigorous discussion of public issues.

We are proud to be journalists, not power brokers. And we're
proud to understand the difference.

Let us know by mailing or calling
your editor.


Community Service Through Journalism

sent in for credits that go toward
school supplies to be used by
all students. To donate empty
printer or toner cartridges, they
can be dropped off at YMS, 925
N.W. 23rd Lane, or at the Stichin'
Post, 620 S. Parrott Ave. Or call
Tracy at 863462-5056, or Linda at
863-467-1484 for free pick up.

A Childs World
offers VPK sign ups
VPK is a quality early educa-
tion program aimed at helping
your child toenter school ready
and eager to learn. The Sum-
mer 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 Fall
of 2009. Birth date range Sept. 2
2003-Sept. 1 2004. Staff from the
Early Learning Coalition of Indian
River, Martin, and Okeechobee
will-be on hand to.answer ques-
tions and inform parents of pro-
gram specifics.

North Elementary School is
holding a Little Caesars Fund-
raiser, to raise money for student
rewards, field trips and incentives,
from March 24, through April 9.
Little Caesars Pizza Kits, Cookie
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Speak Out
Speak Out has moved online, where it is quicker and
easier to share your ideas and converse with others. Go to, click on the community name and your
local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new
topics or comment on existing topics. You can also e-mail
comments to 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
SHERIFF'S OFFICE: Come on Sheriff's Department, we had a
triple shooting with two murders last week, and only the barest of
information the next day. What is happening?
SCOTT DRIVER RAMPS: In the past month, I have seen many
boat trailers drop off the Scott Driver ramps. Many anglers do not real-
ize that the concrete drops off abruptly at the end of the ramp. It is
not sloped; it is a ledge. Once a trailer gets to the end of the ramp
and the tires drop off, there is nothing at the end for traction. The
only solutions are to call a wrecker; get help in jacking up the trailer
with boards, which is extremely difficult; or get a set of chains and ap-
proach from the water in the boat and attempt to hook chains on the
trailer and lift up while the driver of the vehicle tries to pull forward
on the ramp to get the trailer back on the ramp. There is one "quick
fix" that could help the situation. If dense grade rock and gravel were
dumped at the end of the ramps, boat trailers would at least have
a chance of gaining traction and being pulled up onto the ramp if
they dropped off. It is unbelievable that so much expense was wasted
on ramps that are too short. With the drought and low lake levels, it
seems that this problem would have been foreseen. The channel to
the lake was not dredged properly, either. Is anyone listening who has
the authority to remedy the situation before there is no access to the
river in Okeechobee?
GANGS AND DRUGS: On March, 14, page 2, you printed an ar-
ticle about gangs and kids doing drugs. You even printed how they are
doing these drugs. Between the police department, sheriff's depart-
ment, and the newspaper, you all are going to start more gangs and
drug use. That's something that should have never been printed in the
paper. I don't know how you're going to handle it but I don't think
its right. Editor's note: The article was coverage of Sheriff Paul May's
presentation t6, the Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce. In
particular, the sheriff talked about the problem of the illegal traffick-
ing of prescription drugs. The editor does not believe anything the
sheriff said or the newspaper reported would encourage gang activ-
ity. The presentation and newspaper coverage of the presentation
helped alert business leaders and doctors to the problem of those
who come from out of state and attempt to obtain prescription drugs
RECYCLING: I just heard on the radio about recycling, and it's
been a concern of mine. What does Okeechobee do with our batter-
ies and our florescent lights and the new light bulbs? We can't wait for
April and November so what do we do with them? They all go in the
landfill, folks. We need to get with our County Commission and get a
recycling program and find out what we can do with our hazardous
items. We need to take care of this item if we are really going to be

There's no quick fix

to water s

Guest commentary
By Shannon Estenoz
Governing Board Member
South Florida Water
Management District
Looking out the window on a
rainy afternoon makes is hard to
share the distress of other Florid-
ians who have seen little rain in
two years. That's right, 2006 and
2007 were officially the driest
back-to-back years in South Flori-
da since 1932, when recordkeep-
ing began. This two-year rainfall
deficit-more than 21 inches be-
low normal-displaces by nearly
an inch the previous record set
fifty years ago in 1955-56.
That's nothing to cheer about.
But it is something to talk
about. In short, rainfall is crucial
to our way of life, because it is
the only source for replenishing
groundwater supplies. As Florid-
ians we value the autonomy and
unique characters of our individ-
ual cities, but deep underground
our communities are intercon-
nected and remarkably the same.
We all depend on stored rainfall
in the limestone aquifer that lets
us drink our fill, supports our
economy and sustains our envi-
Our connection by water
means that a multi-year rainfall
deficit has created a widespread
public emergency. No community
is isolated. But unlike hurricanes,
fire or flood, a water shortage is
a "quiet" emergency, drawing
less public attention as water lev-
els underground inch lower and
Be assured that Florida's water
managers have been paying full
attention. Here at the South Flor-
ida Water Management District,
we are working to implement
appropriate responses, includ-
ing emeroencv action nlans to

to cut back significantly on this
use. Those fortunate enough
to see recent showers received
the equivalent of an extra day or
more of landscape watering, but
these showers did little to mend
the multi-year deficit.
An improved ethic of water
conservation is greatly needed. To
achieve that, stakeholders have
been meeting with the South Flor-
ida Water Management District to
develop a sustainable, year-round
water conservation program for
South Florida. Next month is
Water Conservation Month, and
their recommendations will be
presented to guide conservation
program development across our
entire region.
Looking to the future, cities
and counties must plan growth
wisely to have sufficient water.
Reforms to Florida's growth man-
agement laws, passed in 2005,
now require every community in
the state to demonstrate adequate
water supplies before any new
development is approved.
Additionally, Florida's Water
Protection and Sustainability Pro-
gram provides public funding for
alternative water supply projects
that will increase a community's
available water supply. Examples
include reverse osmosis plants,
water reuse facilities and aquifer
storage and recovery systems.
District engineers and planners
have been working collaborative-
ly with dozens of communities to
fund and implement these critical
And while we work to protect
the water supply for homes and
businesses, we are also protect-
ing water needed for a healthy en-
vironment. America's Everglades,
once seen as an unlimited re-
source for water, is now protect-
ed against further draining. The
District's Regional Water Avail-

DEMOLITION DERBY: The demolition derby at the agriculture protect and preserve our region's ability Rule
center was a lot of fun. We had a very good response. There was a water resources. This is especially from tappin
good crowd there: It was very hot around 4 or 5 p.m. there but we crucial as we now move into the Grass for ax
survived it. The seating was not good and the arena was very small. end of the dry season, typically supplies.
I was wondering how safe it was but because it was so small that the driest months of the year. There is
danger was taken away. They promised to move it next year and they Front and center was the water shor
say it is going to better. January implementation of one- as a rainy af
RECYCLING: Why wasn't the fair grounds recycling? Every county day-a-week landscape watering the impacts
facility should have recycling bins for aluminum cans. It's a shame for restrictions. With almost half of spell. It is go
all those cans to just go in the trash and be taken to the landfill. South Florida's drinking water ted effort bI
LOTTERY: This is to the person who wrote in about the lottery supply used for landscape irriga- coupled wit
Are they kidding? Do they really think there is a winners' list where tion, a multi-year water deficit is resource nil
+ they pick winners as far as the county or city goes? The person that good reason to require everyone Ing difference
called obviously has no clue how the 'lottery is played. It's not like
there's a list and they decide which city is going to win. Everybody Community Calendar
knows that the more people that play it in the town the more likely
someone in that town will win the lotto. If you really want to win then Wednesday, March 26.
just go to West Palm or Miami. You are not the only one who has not
hit the lotto and every county gets money from, the schools. In the Martha's House support groups meet each
meantime, for us who spend seven to ten dollars a week on the lotto, groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechol
we enjoy playing it and if we hit it one day then good but if we don't 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the grot
hit it, get over it already. There's other ways to make money. group meets in the Okeechobee County Heal
COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR: Congratulation to the county offi- N.W. Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irer
cials for picking a local Floridian instead of a northerner, facilitator. There is another meeting from 6 unti:
PREACHER: The preacher who supports Obama should be the Graham as the facilitator. For information, call 8(
first person who doesn't take the Lord's name in vain. I haven't heard A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Sacred H
anyone complain about that. 701 S.W Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
INFOMERCIALS: Its 5:45 a.m., I'm sitting here and I'm seeing this N.A. meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today
infomercial for Girls Gone Wild. If you see this you are not going to 101 Fifth Ave. For information call 863-634-4780.
believe the activities of the American woman today. These women are
completely out of control. All of these college girls go to college to do Bingo at the Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge. I
their studies and are doing these things for national distribution of a 5 p.m. and bingo starts at 6 p.m. Public is welco
tape. I don't understand why modern day women in America are so
out of control. I love women but this activity is disgusting and I have Thursday, March 27
a feeling that hell is going to be full of beautiful women. If this is what Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday fro
college life is like then I hope my daughter does not go. These kids just
go out an act like a complete morons. It doesn't make any sense. God at the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N
gave us a guideline to go by. It's time to clean it up. Margaret at 863-467-8020, or Belinda at 863-357-
CHAMBER OFFICERS: Is the chamber of commerce president

elected or appointed? Editor's note: chamber of commerce officers
are elected. The directors are elected by the chamber membership.
The board of directors then elects officers from among the directors.
The chamber of commerce is a private non-profit organization. Mem-
ber businesses pay annual dues to support the chamber.

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4-H seeks old photos

and information
This photo from 1951 shows the Florida 4-H delegation
to the national convention. Florida 4-H will celebrate its
100th birthday in 2009. Local county offices are collecting
old 4-H photos and information on early 4-H Clubs. Infor-
mation is especially needed about any 4-H clubs or ac-
tivities before 1970. If you have old photos or information,
please email Debbie Clements at at
Information and photos may also brought by the Exten-
sion Office in the County Annex on U.S. Highway 98. Mrs.
Clements said original photos can be scanned (copied) at
the office. For more information, call the Extension office
at 863-763-6469.

Community Events

Eagles plan benefit for Warren Martin
The F.O.E. #4137 is planning a benefit for Warren Martin on Sat-
urday, March 29, starting at noon. There will be barbecue meals
available for a donation. There will be an auction. Donations for the
auction are greatly appreciated and all donations can be dropped off
at the Eagles Club, 9983 U.S. 441 N. All proceeds will go to help with
Warren's medical bills due to injuries in a motorcycle accident he. is
unable to work and has no insurance. For information call the club at

Angel Food orders coming up
Angel Food orders will take place Thursday, March 27 and next
Thursday, April 3, from 4 until 7 p.m. at the ROC. Orders can be sub-
mitted at the church office Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Those orders must be Money Order or EXACT change. If you want to
order with Food Stamps you must show up on one of the Thursday
nights. Order cut-off date is March 8. Distribution date is April 26, from
8 until 10 a.m.

Group to see 'The Story of Jesus'
Oakview Baptist Church is taking a trip to see "The Story of Jesus"
Wauchula, Florida's Passion play on Friday, March 28. They will be
leaving from Oakview at 5 p.m. and will be returning at midnight. Cost
is $30 per persQo,whichincludes the chartered busard performance.
If you are niiteir ked in going, call the;church at 863-763-l1699.

Healthy Start board of directors to meet
The Board of Directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition
will meet on Wednesday, April 9, at 11:30 a.m., in their office, 575
S.W. 28th St. within the New Endeavors School building. This meeting
is open to the public. For information please contact Executive Direc-
tor, Kay Begin at the Coalition office, 863-763-5877.

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 sup-
port Martha's House through a $10 donation. For more information
call Patricia Brown 772-332-3149.

Proud to be an American
Fawn Lake Press is offering free "Proud to be an American" flag de-
cals for a self-addressed stamped envelope. The decals are 2x3 inches
and are printed in full color. This offer is valid as long as our troops are
deployed. Members 9f the military need not attach postage to their
self addressed envelope. Fawn Lake Press pays the postage. Send your
request with the self addressed envelope to Fawn Lake Press, 54 Fawn
Lake Rd., Durango, Colo. 81301

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The Olympics came to Central Elementary School on Wednesday, March 26. The open-
ing ceremony for the school's field day was patterned after the opening ceremony of the

Hosea James
Girtman, Jr.
Hosea James Girtman, Jr., age
22, of Okeechobee, died Tuesday,
March 25, 2008 at his residence.
He was born June 24, 1985 in
Avon Park and was a lifetime resi-
dent of Okeechobee.
He is survived by his father;
Hosea J. Girtmand, Sr.; his moth-
er, Denise D. Girtman of Okeecho-
bee; brothers, Josh Girtman, Clint
Girtman, Michael Girtman, Dal-
ton Girtman, all of Okeechobee;
William Johnson of Texas; a sis-
ter, Brianna Johnson of Texas;
grandmother, Brenda TIlley of
Okeechobee; Aunt Agnes Bert of
Okeechobee,; Uncle Archie Johns
of Okeechobee; grandfather, Ray
York of North Carolina and a host
of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews
and friends.
A visitation will be held on
Thursday, March 27, from 1 p.m.
until time of service at 3 p.m. at
the Buxton Funeral Home Chapel,
110 N.E. Fifth Street, Okeecho-
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Crematory, 110
N.E. Fifth Street, Okeechobee.

Edna Lauretta Hartt

of Moore Haven, died on Sunday,
March 23, 2008 in Kindred Hospi-
tal, Ft. Lauderdale.
She was born on March 6,
1926 in Tampa.
She had been
a resident of
Moore Haven
since 1983. She
was well known
as an employee
at the Circle K
store in Lake- Edna
port. She was Laurette Hartt
also a member
of the Eastern Star.
She is preceded in death by
her brother, Edwin Vogt.
She is survived by her daugh-
ters, Claudia (Michael) Ewing of
Lawton, Okla., Alicia (Barney)
Smith of Gloucester, Va.; grand-
children, Lauretta, Michael, Wil-
liam, Heather, Angela; great
grandchild, Ciara and brother,
Howard (Elizabeth) Vogt of Tam-
There will be no visitation or
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Crematory, 110
N.E. Fifth .Street, Okeechobee.

Don Roy Rippy
Don Roy Rippy, age 73, of

Okeechobee, died on Wednes-
day, March 19, 2008 at Raulerson
He was born on Sept. 19, 1934
in Louisville, Ky. He had been a
resident of Okeechobee for over
30 years.
He is survived by his wife,
Carolyn Sue Hayes, of Okeecho-
bee; his sons, Michael Rippy
of Indianapolis, Ind., David (El-,
len) Rippy of Indianapolis, Ind,
Shaw Michael of Okechobee;
daughters,. Debbie (Michael)
Kirkhart of Stuart, Kathy McCall
of Stuart; stepsons, Allan Hayes
of Okeechobee; stepdaughters,
Linda (Scott) Major of Okeecho-
bee, Nicki Gatlin of Oke&chobee,;
grandchildren, Bridgett Hayes,
David Jason, Mathew, Christian,
Nicki, Scottie; his father, Roy Rip-
py of Indianapolis, Ind.; a brother,
Charles Rippy of Oklahoma. -
In addition, he is survived by
several great-grandchildren.
There will be no visitation or
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Crematory, 110
N.E. Fifth Street, Okeechobee.

Aldon B. Sanchez
Aldon B. Sanchez, age 85, died
on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 in
Gainesville, Florida.

He was born on Dec. 16, 1922
in Lakeland to Denton Sanchez
and Florrie Delaney Sanchez.
His family move to Dixie County,
Florida following the. death of
his father. He joined President
Roosevelt's civilian conservation
corps to assist in the support of
his widowed mother and four sis-
ters. When he became of age, he
joined the U.S. Navy serving dur-
ing WWII. After returning from
the war, he attended the Univer-
sity of Florida where he earned a
master's degree' in agriculture. He
was employed with Velda Dairy
Farms, working and living in Mill
Creek and Broward County. He
became the mayor of Cooper
Mr. Sanchez was a pioneer in
the field of cattle artificial insemi-
nation and also a dairy feed spe-
cialist serving Florida dairy farm-
He is survived by son, Aldon
(Elaine) Sanchez, Jr., of Starke;
daughter, Elaine (Mark) Peverell
of Brooksville; daughter, Diane
(Steve) Heiman, Hawaii; sisters,
Eloise McAfee of Jacksonville,
Catherine Hurst, of Branford,
Florence Hines of Marietta, Ga.;
grandchildren, Kimberly Wilson,
Steven Heiman, Al Sanchez, III
and two great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held
on Monday, March 24 in ,Rock

Sink Baptist Cemetery.
All arrangements were under
the direction of Daniels Funeral
Homes and Crematory, Branford,

Jean E. Longdon
Jean E. Longdon, age 76 of
Okeechobee died Monday, March
24, 2008 in Raulerson Hospital.
Born May 7, 1931 in Hartford,
Conn. she had been a resident of
Okeechobee since 1986 and en-
joyed painting and sewing.

She was preceded in death
by her parents, Thomas and Ger-
trude Longdon.
She is survived by her sister,
Joyce Butler of Pembroke Pines;
nieces, Sharon J. Lawson of Pem-
broke Pines, Kim L. Morrison of
Tammarac; and nephew, Scott
Butler of Vernon, Conn.
There will be no visitation or
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.

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Service Club News in Brief

American Legion
Post #64
The American Legion Post #64 is
located at 501 S.E. Second St. The Post
phone number is 863-763-2950. Ameri-
can Legion Post #64 is open Monday to
Saturday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and
Sunday from 1 until 9 p.m. Our kitchen
is open and serving a regular menu. The
hours of operation are: Monday through
Friday from 11 am until 3 p.m.
*Wednesdays: Tacos and Margaritas
served from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Live mu-
sic by Turk Leonard from 3 until 6 p.m.
*Fridays: Karaoke with B & P Pro-
ductions (Bobby and Penny) starting 6
*Saturdays from 5 until 8 p.m. 50s
and 60s Sock Hop Oldies Dance Hosted
By Turk Leonard.
*Sundays: sports on big screen TV
Quarter-pound hot dogs, pizza and 50
cent draft beer will be offered.
*Bingo is held every Saturday and
Sunday night starting at 6:30 p.m. Doors
open at 5 p:m.
*The Sons of the American Legion
steak dinner will be held on the third
Sunday of each month from 3 until
6 p.m. The dinner will include steak,
baked potato, salad, dessert, coffee and
.*Friday night dinners have resumed.
Dinners will be served from 4:30 until
6:30 p.m.
*April 5 from 2 until 4 p.m. is Lip
*It is time to pay your dues for the
Legion and Auxiliary.
Am-Vets #2001
*Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold a
regular informational meeting on the
first Saturday of the month at the Buck-
head Ridge VFW Post #9528, 2002 U.S.
78 W., at 10 a.m. Applications for new
members are available. Call Lou Eder
at 863-357-0467 or Jerry Lee Shields at
863-467-8779 or 863-467-2882.
*Am-Vets Ladies Auxiliary meetings
are the first Saturday of the month at 10
am. Contact the Post at 863-467-2882 for

Eagles Aeries #4137
Eagles Aeries #4137 is located at
9983 U.S. 441 N. For information on
events, call 863-763-2552.
*Every Tuesday bingo at 1 p.m. Food
will be available for a donation.
*Wednesdays: bar bingo. from 4
p.m. until ? Food will be available.
*Every Thursday: washer toss at I
*First and third Thursday: Auxiliary
at 6 p.m.; Aeries at 7 p.m.
*Fridays: steak night (16-oz.) start-

ing at 5 p.m. for a $12 donation. Music
will be by Jimmy Harper.
*Saturdays and Sundays: music at
7 p.m.
*First and third Sunday: breakfast
cooked to order from 9 until 11 a.m. for
$5 donation.
Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge #237
The Okeechobee Maspnic Lodge is
located at 107 N.W. Fifth Ave. For infor-
mation about the club and events, call
Jose Verano 863-634-2071.
*The Masonic Lodge holds their
meetings on the second and fourth
Monday of each month starting at 7:30
Order of the Eastern
Star-Chapter #128
The Order of the Eastern Star has
many fun activities planned on the first
and third Tuesday of each month. For
upcoming activities, contact Mary Ann
Holt at 863-634-8087.
B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S. 78 W.
in Buckhead Ridge. The Lodge's phone
number is 863-763-2250.
*Sundays: breakfast will be served
from 9 until 11 a.m. With many items to
choose from.
*Sundays: Karaoke with open mike
at 7 p.m.
*Wednesdays: Bingo and food, food
served at 5 p.m. and bingo starts at 6
*Thursdays: dinner will be served
from 5 until 7:15 p.m. Call the Lodge for
the menu.
*Thursdays: karaoke night starting
at 7 p.m.
*Thursdays: Music for dancing at
7:30 p.m. Call to see who is playing.
I*Fridays: dinner served from 5 until
7:30 p.m. Music for dancing at 7:30 p.m.
Call to see who is playing.
*Saturdays: dinner starting at 6 p.m.
*Saturday, March 22, 29, karaoke
night starting at 7 p.m.

Moose Family
Center #1753
The Moose Family Center #1753
is located at 156 N.W. 36th St. in
Okeechobee. Please call the Lodge at
863-763-4954 for further information,
sudden changes and menus. Guests are
invited to enjoy the activities and con-
sider membership.
*Every Sunday breakfast from 8 to
11 a.m.
*Horseshoe practice every Sunday

at 2 p.m. and Thursday Evening.
*Every Monday, Pool tournaments-
sign up, 7 p.m. Food is served.
*Women's meeting second and
fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m.
*Officers meetings first and third
Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Men's meetings, second and fourth
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
*Moose Legion meetings third
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
*Bar Bingo Thursday at 1 p.m. and
Friday night at 7 p.m.- Food Served.
(you must be a member to play bar
*Dinner and music almost every
Saturday night.
VFW Post #4423
The VFW North Post #4423 is lo-
cated at 300 N.W. 34 St. Events are sea-
sonal, contact the Post at 863-763-0818
for information or write the Post at P.O.
Box 1137, Okeechobee Fl. 34973. The
Post opens at noon Monday through
*Monday through Thursday: happy
hour from 4 until 6 p.m.
*Mondays: .50-cent hot dogs
*Washer toss every Tuesday starting
at 1 p.m. Food will be available. Every-
one is welcome.
*Wednesdays: dinner from 4 until 6
p.m. for a donation.
*Fridays: bingo starts at 1 p.m. for
members and guests. Food will be avail-
able. Karaoke will be from 6 until 10
*Fridays: hot food by David Lee
from 5 until 8 p.m.
*Saturdays: bar bingo at 1 p.m. for
members and guests. Karaoke will be
from 6 until 10 p.m. Food will be avail-
*Sundays: dinner will be available
from 2 until 4 p.m., and will be followed
by karaoke from 6 until 10 p.m.
*Every third Sunday there will be a
post meeting and ladies auxiliary meet-
ing at 11 a.m.
*The post membership drive is un-
der way, and the post is striving for 100
percent. For information, contact the
quartermaster at 863-763-0818.
*Big screen TV for all events.
VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post #9528 is located at
2002 S.R. 78 W. in Buckhead Ridge.
For information, call 863-467-2882. Post
opens at noon, Monday through Sun-
We are taking'applications for new
members for the VFW, Ladies Auxiliary,
Male Auxiliary, AMVETS and AMVETS
ladies auxiliary.
*Wednesday: Ladies Auxiliary din-
ner and Men's Auxiliary or AmVets. Mu-
sic will be available.

*Every Thursday is bar bingo at
12:45 p.m. Lunch will be available.
*Every Friday a steak dinner with
baked potato, salad and rolls will be
served from 5:30 until 7 p.m. for an $11
donation. Dancing immediately follows
the dinner.
Membership meetings are held on
the second Saturday of the month be-
ginning at 10 a.m. The House Commit-
tee meeting is on the fourth Saturday.
For information, contact Command-
er Henry Zaskowski at 863-467-2882.
All games and special events are
* shown on three televisions. The game
room has a regulation-size pool table.

VFW Post #10539
*The VFW will be open Monday
through Saturday at 10 a.m., and Sun-
day at 1 p.m.
*Lounge opens at 10 a.m. Monday
through Saturday and at 1 p.m. on Sun-
*Monday: $1.50 tacos till 6 p.m.
*Tuesday: Ladies Auxiliary Din-
ner-5:30 p.m. ($6)
*Wednesday: bar bingo will start at
12:45 p.m. Lunch is available, courtesy
of the Ladies Auxiliary.
*Thursday: short order food night
from 5 until 8 n.m.

Okeechobee Cancer Center &

Dr. Tristan H. Pangilinan, M.D.,

board certified urologist, will be

sponsoring a FREE prostate

cancer screening

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

Please allto sched le'1nIp11 lll'
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Board Certified Family Medicine

Florida East Coast Medical Group

l Like Having a Doctor in the Family

The office of Dr lishelevich provides Primary and Preventive care for adults.
\With the most ad\ anced equipment and resources, Dr. Mishelevich takes care
of the ph\ sical, mental and emotional health. Our philosophy is based on the
creation of caring relationship, with patients and their families.
Our Services-
Sick Visits bor acute and chronic diseases
Comprehensive management of chronic diseases
* Prevent e Nledcmene. Annual Physical E>.am' including comprehensive health assessment, labo-
ratorN work and age appropriate cancer screemng: vaccinations; healthy living counseling
Office G\ynecology Pap Smears, Breast Exams and Counseling
Dermatologic procedures, skin cancer screening, cosmetic procedures

Accepting New Patients We Accept Most Insurances
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Give us a call at (863) 763-6496 for all your health needs.

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is pleased to announce

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Submitted photo

Congressman visits LOAA
Congressman Tim Mahoney recently visited with members of the Lake Okeechobee Air-
boat Association (LOAA). Among items Congressman Mahoney discussed with the airboat
club were continued restoration of the Kissimmee River and securing monies for projects
in the Everglades. Pictured from left to right are: Don Barber, Dorothy Anderson, Con-
gressman Mahoney, Dennis Anderson, and Tom Wojcinski.


. *Friday: fish fry, chicken fingers or
shrimp from 5 until 8 p.m. along with
live music and dancing.
Saturday: dollar dogs, sausage
dogs for $1.50 grilled or steamed at
noon. Live music and dancing Will start
at 7 p.m.
*Sundays: sports on big screen TV.
The Ladies Auxiliary is looking for
any family members of Okeechobee
residents currently serving overseas.
We are forwarding packages of needed
items to our active service personnel.
For more information or if you would
like to donate items please contact us,
Cheryl Benoit at 863-697-2930.
The Post and Ladies Auxiliary meet-
ings are held the first Sunday of every
month at noon. Men's Auxiliary meet-
ings are the second Wednesday of every
month at 6:30 p.m.
*Call 863-763-2308 for the schedule
of events.

Shrine Club
*The Okeechobee Shrine Club,
S.R. 78 W, members will meet the first
and third Thursday of each month at 8
p.m. The club is also available for wed-
dings and parties. For information call
the club at 863-763-3378, or Keith at
e6-634 -6iR9

*Sundays: Every second Sunday of
the month there will be a Bike Sunday
from noon until 7 p.m. There will be
food, jukebox, big screen T.V. and an
Oasis Lounge. For more information,
'call the club at 863-763-3378.

Cypress Hut
Eagles #4509
*The Cypress Hut Fraternal Order of
Eagles post #4509 located at 4701 U.S.
441 S.E. is now open to members Mon-
day-Saturday from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.,
Sunday from 1 to 10 p.m. Information
can be found by visiting www.foe4509.
com, or calling 863-467-1154.
*Food is served several evenings a
*Aerie meetings are at 7 p.m. on
the first and third Wednesday of each
month at the old Cypress Hut flea mar-
ket restaurant.
*FOE Auxiliary meetings are at 7
p.m. on the second and fourth Wednes-
day of every month.
-Friday night: 16 oz rib eye steak
dinner with the trimmings beginning at
5-3 n m

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Employment .. .. ....200
Financial ... .. ., .300
Services .............. 400
Merchandise ......... .500
Agriculture ........... .800
Rentals .............. 900
Real Estate .......... 1000
Mobile Homes ........ 2000
Recreation ........... 3000
Automobiles ......... 4000
Public Notices ........ 5000

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Employment -

Employment -
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Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230

Aaron's Sales & Lease
Okeechobee store is NOW
Room for growth to GM.
Must have 2 yrs Mgmt. exp.
pass criminal/drug test,
clean MVR, 21yrs or older,
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Fax resume to:
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Child Care Offered415
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Sporting Goods 705
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Business Places -
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2008 Kid's Day Benefit' Bass Tournament is a success

Taylor Creek Bass Club held
the 6th annual, Bill Sprigle Memo-
rial "Kids Day" Benefit Bass Tour-
nament on Saturday, March 15.
Twenty-eight boats launched from
the Scott Driver Ramps yielding
$978 to help fund the club's. 23rd
Annual, Lee McAllister Memo-
rial, "Kid's Day Fishing Festival"
scheduled for the last Sunday in
October at the Agri-Civic Center.
The 70 percent payout went
to the top seven places. A sepa-
rate payout for first and second
big fish was also available 'to the
The team of C. Mehrer and R.
Mehrer won the tournament with
a five fish limit of 19.43 lbs. First
"Big Fish" (8.88 lbs) went to T.
Arnold. Second "Big Fish" (8.29

lbs.) went to J. Wilson. Others fin-
ishing in the money in order from
second-to-seventh place were:
(2nd) T. Arnold 19.02 lbs, (3rd)
R. & R. Postel 17.93 Ibs, (4th)
J. Wilson & D. Norton 17.63
lbs, (5th) K. Goodwin & B. Car-
ney 17.36 lbs, (6th) B. Stafford
& K. Perron 16.85 lbs, and (7th)
J. Schwier & C. Williams 16.81
Parents are reminded to mark
their calendars for the last Sunday
in October for the TOTALLY FREE
Kid's Day Fishing Festival at the
Agri-Civic Center. Each child from
ages 4-to-14 who participates will
receive a gift and be given tickets
for one soft drink and two hot

Submitted photo/Dave Stout
'Richey Postel placed Third in the 2008 "Kid's Day Benefit"
*Bass Tournament, with a total weight of 17.93 pounds. The
tournament was a big success.

Submitted pnoto/uave STout
The team of Clint Mehrer and R. Mehrer (not pictured) won
the "Kid's Day Benefit" Bass Tournament with.a five fish limit
with total weight of 19.43 pounds.

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First place Big Fish with a big fish weight of 8.88 pounds
went to Tim Arnold. Mr. Arnold also placed Second in the
tournament with a total weight of 19.02 Ibs.

Sports News in Brief

Flotilla seeks members
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
Flotilla 57 in Okeechobee is seek-
ing new members to become
involved in the Auxiliary's pro-
The Auxiliary is a volunteer
service organization composed
of men and women who active-
ly support recreational boating
safety and other Coast Guard mis-
The Auxiliary also provides
recreational boating safety sup-
port to sate and local authorities.
Members could be involved
in patrols, communications, ad-
ministration, seamanship, pilot-
ing/navigation, weather or search
and rescue.
For information, call (863)

2008 Spring Adult
Softball Leagues
The 2008 Spring Adult Softball
Leagues will be holding an organi-
zational meeting for all interested
managers, players and officials.
The meeting will be held at 7
p.m. on Wednesday, March 26,
at the Okeechobee County Civic
Center located at 1750 Hwy 98N.
Team fees will be; Men's League,
$350 (+ $25 Annual ISA fee),
women's league; $300, and co-ed
league; $300.
If you would like to participate
in these leagues, team fees must
be paid no later than 5 p.m. on
Friday, April 11.
For more information contact
Okeechobee Parks & Recreation
at 763-6950.

Golf tournament
Communities in Schools Po-
lice Athletic League will host their
8th Annual Golf Tournament at
the Okeechobee Golf & Country
on April 12, starting at 8 a.m. with
a shotgun start. The cost for play
is $45 person or $180 per team.
Awards and prizes will be given to
first place, eighth place, and next
to last place. For more informa-
tion call (863) 462-5863.

Ten All Star

Basketball Camp
Applications are now being
evaluated for the Ten All Star
Summer Basketball Camp. The
Ten All Star Basketball Camp is
by Invitation Only. Boys and Girls
ages 10-19 are eligible to apply.

College Basketball Scholarships
are possible for players selected
to the 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. For a free brochure on these
Summer Camps, please call (704)
373-0873 ANYTIME or email

TCBC meets monthly
The Taylor Creek Bass Club
meets at the Buckhead Ridge
VFW Post 9528 on the second
Thursday of each month. Tour-
naments are held the following
weekend. New boaters and (es-
pecially) non-boaters are wel-
come. For information call Dave
Stout at (863)467-2255



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

'95, A/C, New top. New
paint. Runs great. $3000
(863)763-4746 Lv. msg.

DODGE RAM '87, Bought to
be restored. Recent tune-up,
Some new chrome. Needs
work $2000 (863)634-6603

FORD F250 '89 diesel, ext
cab, 5 speed, asking $1650

Tow pkg. 454 Big Block
Chevy. Runs great. $2500
(863)763-4746 Lv. msg.
AC, auto, $2800

DODGE VAN '99 15 Passen-
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Public Notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public
Legal Notice 5500

CASE NO. 47 2007 CA 0343
D, MARROGUINN, et. al.
Defendants -
Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated
3/11/08 and entered in Case No. 47
2007 CA 0343, of the Circuit Court of
the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and
for OKEECHOBEE County, Florida,
is a Plaintiff and CATHY MARROQUIN
KNOWN TENANT #2 are the
Defendants. I will sell to the highest
and best bidder for cash Okeechobee
County Judicial Center, 312 N.W 3rd
St., Okeechobee, FL, at 11:00 AM on
4/16/2008, the following described
property as set forth in said Final Judg-
ment, to wit:
Any person claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, if any, other
than the property owner as of the date
of the lis pendens must file a claim
within 60 days after the sale.
As Clerk of the Court
By: Linda F Young
As Deputy Clerk
Dated this 19th day of March 2008.
In accordance with the Americans with
Disabilities Act, persons needing a rea-
sonable accommodation to participate
in this proceeding should, no later than
seven (7) days prior, contact the Clerk
of the Court's disability coordinator at
(863) 763-2131, 304 NW 2nd St.,
OKEECHOBEE, FL 33472, If hearing
impaired, contact (TOODD) (800)
955-8771 via Florida Relay System.
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10 Okeechobee News, Thursday, March 27, 2008

OHS defeats Lake Placid in tennis

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Elj Cabansay admitted he was
a little tense as he took the court
against Lake Placid's Michael
Sweat on Tuesday.
However he turned that ner-
vousness into his advantage as he
took care of his Highlands County
neighbor, 6-1, 6-1.
"He wasn't the best opponent,
but I was kind of tense," Ca-
bansay said, "It worked out and
went easier because of that."
Cabansay used some strong
ground strokes, a high percentage
of first serves, and an advantage
in agility to defeat Sweat fairly
easily. However he continued his
habit of dropping the first game of
the match.
"That's been happening, it
was as usual," he noted.
Sweat held his serve in the first
game but Cabansay came roaring
back to win his service game at
love in the second game. He then
broke Sweat's serve in the third
game at break point, and held
service easily in the fourth game.
Elj went on from there to win
the last three games of the set
fairly easily. He held serve at love
in the sixth game and went on a
streak of nine straight points to
win the set at triple set point.
A nice overhead shot at the net
helped Cabansay hold serve in
the first game of the second set.
Sweat dug in tough in the second
game as the game went to three
deuce points before Cabansay
was able to break serve thanks to

a nice return on a first serve.
Cabansay increased his lead
to (5-0) in the second set before
Sweat held serve, fighting off a
break point in the sixth game.
Elj then served out the match
winning it on his first match
"I was happy with my net
game today. That's usually the
worst part of my game. I think I
did pretty well," he noted.
Elj will be counted on when
the Brahmans play in the district
tournament in April. Every sin-
gles match will be important but
Cabansay isn't thinking that far
ahead, at least not yet.
"I'm still practicing as usual. I
need to work more on keeping
the ball in play and not over hit-
ting it," he said.
In the other matches bobby
Spelts overwhelmed Andy Oliva-
res 6-2, 6-0. Corey White defeated
Martin Oequera 6-1, 6-3, and Alex
Nielson lost to Shane Stayer, 6-7
(5-7), 3-6.
Okeechobee swept the dou-
bles matches with Spelts and
Cabansay defeating Oliveras and
Oeguera, 8-3, and White and
Zach Fowler defeated Green and
Sweat, 8-3.
The boys ran their record to
8-3 on the season.
"Our boys played well again
against a good Lake Placid team,"
Coach Dave Ellis remarked, "Our
number five player needs to pick
it up a notch in the district tour-
nament as the number five spot
becomes very important."
The tennis team played Jensen

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Elj Cabansay won his match
against Lake Placid's Michael
Sweat on Tuesday.

Beach on the road Wednesday af-

Consistency leads Fowler to win

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Zach Fowler simply refuses
to give up on any point and will
never give into an opponent. That
philosophy continues to serve
him well as he won another ten-
nis match Tuesday over Lake
Placid's Robert Green, 6-0, 6-0.
On paper it would look like
Fowler simply overwhelmed an
inferior opponent. However this
was far from the truth. Green, a
good athlete, struck the ball well
and put a lot of balls in play. He
made Fowler work hard, but Zach
was equal to the challenge.
"I felt pretty good today," Fowl-
er noted, "He was avery good op-
- ponent. He served very well too."
Fowler just continued his strat-
egy of getting the ball over the net
at any cost and making his op-
ponent make the mistake. Green
would hit two or three over the
net but ultimately would make an
error that gave Fowler the point.
"I always try to aim for the
ball. If it goes over my head I just
run after it and try to get it back,"
he noted.
There were some long points
in the match but Fowler won the
majority of the long volleys. In
the first set he broke serve in the
second fourth and sixth games.
However two of the six games
had deuce points.
He broke three times in the
second set in his shutout win. In
one point Green hit a lob over
Fowlers head. However Zach re-
treated quickly and with his back
to the net, hit a circus shot that
made it back over the net. He ulti-


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mately won the point and proved
that he is never out of a point.
"I keep hitting the ball. 1 know
the net will never be my friend
but I like to be strategic. When-
ever I can be on the offense at the
net I try to do it," he noted.
The girl's tennis team contin-
ued to play well with victories
over Sebring and Lake Placid this
week. Against Sebring Jami Fad-
ley defeated Kelsie Johnson, 6-3,
6-0. Rina Boswell defeated Ashley
Jimenez, 6-1, 6-2. Shaina Rag-
amat defeated Alyssa Kariofyllus,
6-4, 6-4.
In the doubles matches the
team of Alyssa Wright and Bo-
swell lost to Mary- Midence and
Johnson, 8-6. Katherine Ragamat
and Liz .Turner lost to Jimenez
and Sheela Joshi, 8-0.
In a junior varsity match Katie
Walker defeated Renee Livings-
ton, 9-7.

Okeechobee News/Charles Murpny
Zach Fowler won his tennis
match Tuesday over Lake
Placid's Robert Green.




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