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The South Florida Water
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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-
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Jones found guilty; faces life
By Eric Kopp
After nearly six hours of delib-
eration, a jury found Jerry Leroy
Jones guilty of first-degree mur-
der and possession of cocaine.
Jones is facing a mandatory
life sentence on the murder con-
viction and five years on the co-
caine charge. His sentencing has
been set for May 19.
The 12-person jury was sent
out at 12:20 p.m. and reached
their unanimous decision about
6 p.m. Thurs- .*.. attorney Russell 'Rusty' Akins
day. to the jury during his closing
Jones, 50, is arguments Thursday morning.
charged with "I'm sure you will take the time
murder and : to flush out what has happened
possession of here."
cocaine. He is Jones is accused of killing
accused of kill- Swint after a brief confrontation
ing his room- in the kitchen of a single wide
mate Edwin Jerry Leroy mobile home that belonged
Dennis Swint Jones to Jones' girlfriend, Sheila Nell
on Sept. 28, Core Jones and Ms. Core had
2006, with a 30/30 caliber rifle. first argued about him smoking
"It doesn't get any more se- crack cocaine in her home. Then
rious than this," said defense. "after she had gone to bed Jones
began to complain about what
she had said.
At some point Mr. Swint got
up out of his bed and went to the
small kitchen where Jones was
sitting at the kitchen table.
"Are you through bitching?"
the victim asked Jones.
Jones then said "You want
some of me ... ?" then shot Mr.
Swint in the upper left abdo-
Ms. Core testified Tuesday that
she heard a chair scoot across
the floor of the kitchen. Then,
Heritage Day: History lessons at Freshman Campus
Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Kay Duke, left, displays common household items from years gone byto studentsat Okeechobee Freshman
Campus. The students learned about such things as washboards, canning jars, bot-tles that required an opener,
flour sifters, egg beaters and cast iron Dutch ovens. The demonstration was part ofHeritage Day held on the
campus on Thursday, March 27.
Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
AnaMaria Hernandez, left, and Rosalie Calvillo, right,
celebrate their Mexican heritage during Heritage Day at
the Okeechobee Freshman Campus on Thursday, March
27. There was food, demonstrations and clothing to com-
memorate Florida Cracker, Mexican, Seminole and Afri-
Pearce canal work
By Charles M. Murphy
For most neighborhoods ca-
nal access is a nice perk, a way
to pass the time, a kind of rec-
reation. For the community of
Buckhead Ridge canals are all
that and more.
It is their identity.
A packed crowd of resi-
dents greeted South Florida
Water Management Officials
Wednesday night at the Buck-
head Ridge Community Center
with a simple message, "give
us back our access to Lake
Okeechobee and make Buck-
head a place where people
want to live again."
Another concern was keep-
ing the level of canal waters up
so sea walls don't fall in.
With the drought and low
water levels all boating enthu-
siasts and fishermen are hav-
ing trouble getting on the Lake.
When and if they do, they must
be very careful and cautious to
avoid collisions with rocks and
Gary Ritter with the South
Florida Water Management
District explained that officials
held a meeting last week in
Clewiston to discuss dredging
projects around the Lake. He
noted the district is considering
some long term and short term
"Even if we dug out the ca-
nal right now you couldn't get
out on Lake Okeechobee," he
explained. He suggested water
managers do a better job by
keeping the locks closed and
OKeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Janae Braswell dressed ap-propriately to celebrate Her-
itage Day at the Okeecho-bee Freshman Campus on
Thursday, March 27.
keeping the canals as high as
they can. ,
Mr. Ritter said it is possible to
clean out the Pearce Canal, the
major artery to Lake Okeecho-
bee. The District will have to
go through a permit process
with the Florida Department
of Environmental Protection.
The permit must be submitted
by Glades County. SFWMD of-
ficials will assist the County in
filling out the permit applica-
tion. Already work has begun
on that permit application.
This application for the per-
mit will likely be approved and
will last for five years.
"We do need some money,
but it's not going to take a lot of
money," Mr. Ritter said.
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almost simultaneously she heard
the table scrape the floor and the
sound of a gunshot.
She got out of bed and went
to the living room where she
testified she saw Jones standing
over Mr. Swint.
Mr. Swint later died during
surgery at St. Mary's Hospital in
West Palm Beach.
Assistant State Attorney Ash-
ley Albright told the jury during
his closing statement Thursday
See Jones Page 2
By Pete Gawda
,, O a1t',;.-iob&.News .
In the near future Okeecho-
bee County residents may be
eligible for savings oh some pre-
Okeechobee County Commis-
sioners recently agreed to partic-
ipate in a discount prescription
drug program sponsored by the
National Association of Counties
(NACo). After contract details
have been worked out and the
contract signed, the program
will be available to all county res-
idents regardless of age, income
or existing health coverage. The
sponsor claims average savings
of 20 percent for commonly pre-
Interim county administrator
Robbie Chartier said that, pend-
ing approval of the contract, the
program should be available in
July. Participants will be issued
cards either by the. county or at
participating drug stores.
Walgreen, CVS and Okeecho-
bee Discount Drugs will be par-
ticipating in the program. Pos-
sibly other Okeechobee drug
stores will agree to participate in
the program. .
There is no cost to the county
or to users of this program to par-
ticipate. There are no forms to fill
out and no medical restrictions.
The entire family is covered un-
der one cared.
According to the NACo web-
site, a national network of more
than 57,000 pharmacies honor
See Card Page 2
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Gary Ritter of the South Florida Water Management District,
met with Buckhead Ridge residents on Wednesday regard-
ing concerns about the Pearce Canal.
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that after his brief argument with
Ms. Core, Jones went outside to
his vehicle and retrieved the Win-
chester model 336 rifle.
During Jones' original state-
ment to Mr. Albright he said he
went to his car to get a knife. But
prior to making that statement, he
had said the knife was in a kitch-
But, in yet another statement
to Detective M.D. Faulkner of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office, Jones said the knife was
Continued From Page 1
It also is a good time to clean
out the canal because the water
levels are so low.
One question that will come
up is what to do with the material
they dredge out of the canal. Mr.
Ritter said he has worked on a lo-
cation, he called the spoil island,
that could handle this material.
, He predicted it will be inex-
pensive, perhaps under $100,000,
to do this project.
Water managers already intend
to sign contractors with firms to
do dredging projects on the lake.
They will have crews already
working on the lake and that
might help get the canal cleaned
out quicker and less expensively,
Water managers have dis-
cussed ways to dredge.the St. Lu-
cie Canal and the Lake Okeecho-
bee Waterway. A possible funding
source is an inland county dredg-
ing and navigation district. Citi-
zens in Glades County would
contribute a special assessment
to help fund the work this district
does. Another option through the
county is a municipal services
benefit unit, or MSBU, that would
provide tax dollars for dredging
"It is going to start raining
again and typically we'll forget
about these (low water) times.
My advice is to keep the momen-
tum going. Get some kind of tax
wedged into the chair in which he
was sitting. He told the detective
that as he reached for .the knife
the gun accidentally discharged.
As Assistant State Attorney Dan
Kuczler was giving his portion of
the closing he showed the jury
the knife that Jones said he was
reaching for when the gun-fired.
The 'knife' was actually fold out
"If you're in fear of your life,
you're going to pick up pliers?"
asked Mr. Kuczler of the jury. "He
went outside to get the firearm.
He was going to kill somebody
But Mr. Akins painted an en-
tirely different picture for the jury
or partner up with another group
so in the future we don't have to
go through this again," he said.
Residents asked Mr. Ritter a
number of questions which in-
cluded how long the process
for a permit will take. Mr. Ritter
guessed the permit would be
approved long before funding is
Residents also asked whether
the taxes they pay to water man-
agement goes toward canal main-
tenance. Mr. Ritter said tax dollars
go toward flood protection and
not toward canals. He suggested
that taxes paid to Buckhead Ridge
Mosquito Control may go toward
some canal maintenance.
Mr. Ritter noted Okeechobee-
County applied for and received
some disaster related funding af-
ter the hurricanes to assist canal
cleanup in the Treasure Island
Glades County Commissioner
Bob Giesler said mosquito con-
trol received $800,000 in grants
to clean up debris in the canals
that were left over from the hur-
He said the Pearce canal was
dug by a private developer but
that it should be the property of
the state and the water manage-
ment district. He noted the canal
has been in existence for over
50 years and the state has main-
tained it all these years.
Other residents asked the dis-
trict to finalize a new regulation
schedule for the levels of the lake
that keeps the lake at a healthy
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510 counties nationwide partici-
pate inthe program. In Florida, 39
counties currently participate in
during his closing.
He said Mr. Swint, who was
actually 50 to 60 pounds heavier
than Jones, began to move threat-
eningly toward Jones as he sat
at the table with his back to the
"He was cornered," Mr. Akins
said of his client.
He went on to claim that the
gun was lying on the table and
as Mr. Swint moved toward his
roommate he hit the table which
caused Jones to accidentally fire
"Edwin Swint was shot when
he impacted the corner of that ta-
ble," Mr. Akins told the jury. "The
forensic evidence will show you
level for the environment and the
Mr. Ritter also defended the
decision to lower water from the
lake in 2006.
"If we hadn't let that water out
we could have had more water
than we knew what to do with,
like 2004, and 2005," he said.
Mr. Ritter said they like to
maintain the canal levels at be-
tween 13.5 and 13.8 feet in Buck-
head Ridge. Once the levels go
over 14 feet you can compromise
the functions of septic tanks, he
One resident said she was
worried if there would. be ample
water supply this summer to take
showers, clean clothes, and to
have drinking water.
Mr. Ritter said the District is
working with the OUA to come
up with new strategies for drink-
ing water. ""We are looking
strongly at different alternatives
for our drinking water."
He also rebuffed rumors
that all boat navigation will be
stopped on the Kissimmee River
in the next few months.
Paul Thomas, claimed Glades
County has $193,000 in an es-
crow account from monthly resi-
dential phone bills that has been
collected since 1994 and that
money should be used for the ca-
Glades County Commissioner
Donna Storter Long said a num-
ber of other canals, like Harney
Pond in Lakeport, are maintained
by the district. She said if the
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things if you allow it to. The most
fallible portion is that portion pre-
sented by testimony."
He theorized that Mr. Swint
"charged into the table" and led
Jones to believe he was in danger
of physical harm. ,
However, in Jones' statement
to Detective M.D. Faulkner of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice he said that Mr. Swint was in-
terfering in his personal business
between he and his girlfriend
and that he wasn't going to back
down from him.
"He formed the intent. He
meant to kill Edwin Swint," said
Mr. Kuczler. "Because of pride, he,
shot him dead."
project is considered a mainte-
nance project and not dredging,
it should speed up the permitting
Ms. Storter Long said one con-
tractor she talked to about the ca-
nal suggested to her that it would
cost about $517,000 to clean out
-Rancher John Collier said
whatever the cost of the cleanup,
it will be worth it to the public, in
Buckhead Ridge, many of whom
are seniors who purchased prop-
erty here as an investment or to
"You can't make plans without
water. They bought access to the
lake," he said. "Don't you think it
would be a good idea to put be-
fore the governing board some
emergency funds and push this
permit through in 60 days? They
do it in other counties, they can
dang sure do it here."
Buckhead Ridge Fire Chief
Tom Vallee said if the canal clean-
up costs only $100,000 that would
only cost each Buckhead lot own-
er about $75 or $80.
Buckhead Ridge residents
were urged to write letters to state
lawmakers to try and get money
to help pay for the costs of the ca-
Copies of a standard letter to
send to lawmakers are available
at the Buckhead Ridge marina.
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FDLE adds Sex Offender Alert System
Florida Department of Law
Enforcement Commissioner Ger-
' aid Bailey and local law enforce-
ment partners Thursday unveiled
a new and innovative feature on
Florida's Sexual Offender/Preda-
tor Registry Web site. Citizens
can now sign up to receive e-mail
alert notifications when a regis-
tered sexual offender or predator
moves into their neighborhood,
or within a radius of any other
designated location. Citizens can
also opt to track address changes
reported by selected registered
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vice is offered statewide and at no
"I am proud that Floridians
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interest to them and their fami-
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ter example of the use of today's
technology by state and local law
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missioner Bailey. "While we are
not able to knock on everyone's
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mation to everyone's desktop."
FDLE developed the notifica-
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the Florida Legislature as part of
the state's compliance with the
federal Adam Walsh Act. Citizens
may select an unlimited number
of addresses and/or offenders
and predators to track, and can
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The Florida Offender Alert
System is offered through FDLE's
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of local law enforcement agencies
throughout the state. Additional
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providing portals and links to the
Alert System every day. Citizens
are encouraged to visit their local
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access local safety information.
Several law enforcement agen-
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"Local law enforcement is the
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communities and we're always
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to bolster public safety," said Bak-
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President of the Florida Sheriffs
Association. "This system will be
used to alert millions of Florida
families to the arrival of sexual
offenders and predators in their
neighborhoods, and is truly an
example of maximizing today's
technology to safeguard our citi-
"Once again, Florida is on the
cutting edge of technology pro-
ducing a valuable service to our
citizens. It is incumbent upon us
to make sure that the public we
serve have the tools available to
be notified and the ability to track,
registered sexual offenders or
predators in their community,"
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Clark, II, of the Juno Beach Police
Department. "I applaud the efforts
of our law enforcement partners
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mitment to make this program a
FDLE has made multiple en-
hancements to the Web site. In
2005, in conjunction with then
Attorney General Charlie Crist,
the Department added a neigh-
borhood search function that al-
lows. users to enter any address
in Florida and search the registry
for sexual offender and predator
registrants within a one quarter to
five mile radius. It also generates
maps of where each sex offender
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information on vehicles and/or
vessels registered to sexual of-
fenders and predators. In 2007,
FDLE added the ability to search
for an e-mail address or instant
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mine if it belongs to a registered
offender or predator.
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tracks offender's e-mail address-
es and instant message screen
names. Florida is also the only
state to have earned an A+ rating
by the advocacy group Parents of
Through the Public Safety In-
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offenders and predators on the
Internet and to make the same
information available through a
.24-hour/day hotline. The FDLE
Sex Offender/Predator Registry
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than 47,000 registered sex offend-
ers and predators and the Web
site averages more than 500,000
searches per month. Citizens
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SKATE PARK: Some kids who attend the local skate park are being
bullied by the bigger kids. Why does this not surprise me? Where are
the people that built the park? Why haven't they had any events in the
last three months? If it was me, I would try to get me a pro skater, and
if I couldn't swing that,. I would at least have a skate competition for
them annually, and do a few more things, raise the funds up to expand
it. They have property right there. Get it big enough you could have a
skate night or something.
RULES: Rules, rules, rules ... kirida reminds me of that song "Signs,
signs, everywhere signs.. Do this! Don't do that! Can't you read the
signs?" My problem is not with the rules. It is with the people who
demand that rules be put in place, then don't follow what they just
passed. We live in a society of "Don't do as I do -- do as I say. Come,
join our club or society or church. We have a set of guidelines (rules)
that govern us to make us more ethical, more socially elite, more de-
sirable. Now... when you pay your dues, you have to abide by the
rules. Oh, never mind that everybody else makes up the rules as they.
go. You are expected to follow! Am I the only one who feels this way?
I really doubt it. We used to be taught to live by the Golden Rule. We
still live by the 'Golden Rule' -- only the definition has changed. No
more doing unto others as we'd want them to do unto us. No sir!
The terms of the game now say "He who holds the gold, makes the
INFORMATION: This is for the person who wanted more details
on the murder investigations. Have you not watched enough CSI to
know that releasing too much information can hurt an investigation?
It's the details of the crime that help investigators sort through the sus-
pects. If someone appears to know details that were not released the
press, then that indicates they might have been involved in the crime.
The newspaper gave us the basic facts of the case. Give the cops a
break. You expect them to stop their investigations to write press re-
leases to satisfy your curiosity?
DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT HISTORY: I am appalled at the
history lessons our schools are not teaching. At the middle school,
they claim to be teaching American history, then they spend nine
weeks on the Holocaust. That is part of world history, not American
history. It did not happen in the United States. I can understand men-
tioning it as part of teaching about America's part in World War II. But
they don't teach the kids about World War I or World War II. Sure the
kids should learn about the Holocaust. I am not denying that, but it
should not be 25 percent of their American history class. If they want
to teach the kids about inhumanity, why don't they teach them about
the concentration camps that the United States set up for Japanese
Americans during World War II?
BOAT RAMPS: Regarding the boat ramps, people should use
some common sense. The problem is that the water level is so low
that it has gotten lower than the ramps. I guess the boaters.expect the
county to just keep extending the ramps all the way to the bottom
of the lake. I think the boaters should chip in, maybe pay some kind
of fee to pay for the ramps. Maybe use an annual sticker system or
something. Why should the rest of the taxpayers have to foot the bill
for boat ramps if they don't even have a boat?
DOGS LOOSE: I completely agree with the comment about the
problem of dogs running loose. People just open the door in the
- morning and let the dogs out to run around, do their business in other
people's yards and tear up the trash.. The county leash law requires
that you must keep your dog on your own property, or else have it
on a leash. If you want to walk the dog around the neighborhood on
a leash, fine, but we don't want the mess in our yards so you better
clean up after your animal. The next time a dog comes into my yard
I am going to catch it and call animal control to pick it up. If you love
your dog, keep it in your own yard. My yard is for my enjoyment. If I
wanted dogs in my yard, I would fence it and get some of my own.
CATS: People are always complaining about dogs running loose
but what about the problem with stray cats? There is no leash law for
cats, but they sure make a mess when they jump on the cars.
GANGS: In response to the comment about the story in the paper
about gangs, I think it is good that the sheriff is going out into the
-community and letting people know about the gang problem. For too
long, the community leaders have tried to pretend there is no gang
problem. We can't solve the problem unless we admit there is one,
and then work on solutions. Kids don't join a gang because they read
about it in the paper. Parents need to be aware that there are gangs in
the area and they might be pressuring your kids to join. You need to
talk to your kids about gangs and about drugs. Ignoring the problem
or pretending it doesn't exist will not make it go away.
DOCTORS: We have some very good, caring doctors in this town.
However, we also have some who are too quick to write a prescrip-
tion for painkillers. All these problems with prescription drugs being
resold and people getting addicted to the painkillers are probably in
part due to the fact that the doctors just want to write a prescription
and send you on your way. It's too easy to get the drugs. Doctors need
to do a little more to find the cause of the pain and treat it, instead of
just writing a prescription for drugs.
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Mi-Cin Ranch an
asset to community
After rereading the article con-
cerning Mike and Cindy Ricker
several times, I had to stop and re-
flect. These are the same people
who have continually shown my
family nothing but generosity and
kindness since we moved here in
We have been welcomed to
their beautiful facility numerous
times for family cookouts, 4-H
practices and several fundraisers
for nonprofit organizations. Is
there no common sense that can-
be applied to the decision making
in this legal process?
I would think that the time and
expense of the courtroom would
be better spent on indicting crimi-
nals and putting a stop to political
corruption rather than busting a
family operation that is so helpful
to many in our community.
On behalf of Seacoast National
Bank, I would like to thank all of
the fishermen who participated
in our Sixth Annual Bass Tour-
nament to Benefit the March
of Dimes on Saturday Feb. 23. I
would also-like to thank all of the
spectators who came out in the
afternoon to watch the weigh-
in and boy did we see some Big
I would also like to thank Ad-
vanced Engraving and the Stitchin'
Post who donated the plaque for
the Biggest Fish, Jim Fowler for
his assistance with the weigh-in
and Billy Dean of WOKC who
served as Master of Ceremonies.
A highlight of the afternoon was
the appearance of United Home
Builders Bass Pro Steve Daniel
who assisted Billy and inter-
viewed the winning team mem-
bers in front of the crowd. Thank
you to Steve and United Home
Builders' generous donation of a
guided fishing trip for two as an
additional way to help the March
of Dimes in their efforts to raise
We had a beautiful day and
I am grateful to all of the mem-
bers of our community that help
us support such a worthy cause.
Kathleen Shatto, V.P.
Seacoast National Bank
Friday, March 28
Narcotics Anonymous meets each Friday for an open discussion
meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth
Ave. For information, call 863-634-4780 or 863-467-5474.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is
invited. All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight
and becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to come and see
what we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at 800-
AA. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St. It will be an open meeting.
AA. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. It will be an open speaker meeting.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their
dance every Friday, from 7 until 10 p.m. at the Sebring Lions Club.on
Sebring Parkway, one mile east of U.S. 27 in Sebring. Tickets are $5
for members and $6 for guests. For information, call 863-47.1-0559 or
Saturday, March 29
Okeechobee Christian Cycles will meet every Saturday at
7:30 a.m. at the Texaco gas station on the corner of Hwy 441 and 78.
Anyone is welcome to ride. No dues or membership required. For
information, contact: Roland Spencer at 863-697-2247; Debbie Izzo at
A.A. meeting 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Parrott Ave. It
will be a closed discussion.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. for an. open discussion at
the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth Ave. For information
call 863- 634-4780.
Sunday, March 30
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W Third St. This will be an open step meeting.
AA. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Narcotics Anonymous woman's step study meeting at 7 p.m.
at the Just.for Today club, 101 Fifth Ave. For more information please
call. 863- 634-4780.
Monday, March 31
AA meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Foster Parent Orientation will be hosted by the Hibiscus
Children's Center on the last Monday of every month from 6 until 7
p.m. The orientation is for those interested in fostering or adopting in
Okeechobee County. This meeting requires no RSVP and is a question/
answer forum. It will be at the IRCC Okeechobee Campus, 2229 N.W
Ninth Ave. For information, call the Foster Care Program at 1-800-403-
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at the
Just for Today club, 101 Fifth Ave. For information call 863-634-4780.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited. For information or to schedule an appearance for
your organization or group, contact Marge Skinner at 863-532-0449.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road,
Okeechobee on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Turn left at the
Moose lodge and go around the curve just past the church. Bring a
lunch and join us for a fun day of applique. Everyone is welcome. For
more information please contact Karen Graves at 863-763-6952.
AA meetings Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road,
holds open meetings for Alcoholics Anonymous on Monday nights
from 7 to 8 p.m. for substance abuse. They also have Al-Anon
meetings on Monday nights from 7 until 8 p.m. to help family and
friends of alcoholics. For information call Chris at 863-467-5714.
Tuesday, April 1
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open
to the public. For information, contact Chad Rucks at 863-763-8999.
New AA Meeting in Basinger: There is now an AA meeting in
Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Brethren
Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St. Anyone
interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend.
There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security
Death Index and military information available. For information, call
Robert Massey at 863-763-6510.
Camera Club meetings will be every other Tuesday, from 5:30
until 6:30 p.m. Learn types and uses of film, speeds and technology
and how to see your world and capture it on film. Class is basic
through extensive. Registration is $20 and each class is $10. Call Bobbi
at 863-467-2614 for information. Some of the proceeds will go towards
Big Lake Mission's Outreach.
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.
4-H seeks old photos
This photo from 1937 shows Florida 4-Hers demonstrat-
ing how to milk a goat. 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. Informa-
tion is especially needed about any 4-H clubs or activities
before 1970. If you have old photos or information, please
email Debbie Clements at at DSC1954@ufl.edu. Informa-
tion and photos may also 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.
For more information, call the Extension office at 863-763-
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
medical bills due to injuries in a motorcycle accident he is unable to
work and has no insurance. For information call the club at 863-763-
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 person, which includes the chartered bus and performance.
If you are interested in going, call the church at 863-763-1699.
Angel Food orders coming up
Angel Food orders will take place Thursday, April 3, from 4 until 7
p.m. at the ROC. Orders-can be submitted at the church office Mon-
day-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.
Healthy Start 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 of 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.
CAP looking for members
The Florida Wing of the Civil Air Patrol -- United States Air Force
Auxiliary has formed a CAP unit in Okeechobee. Okeechobee Com-
posite Squadron 453 currently has 26 members. Senior members and
cadets are being recruited for the unit. Youths between the ages of 12
and 18 are eligible. Senior members are needed to administer the unit
and provide supervision for the cadets. The three main missions of
the Civil Air Pafrol are emergency services, aerospace education and
cadet programs. Senior members and cadets work side by side to ac-
complish these missions. If you are interested in becoming a cadet or
senior member contact Gene O'Neill at the Okeechobee Emergency
Operations Center, (863) 763-3212.
My Aunt's House seeks volunteers
My Aunt's House, Inc. a 501 (c) (3) organization is looking for two
to three volunteers to work in our Closet any day, or days, Monday
through Friday during the hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Were also
looking for a volunteer to become the director and a board member
of The Clothes Closet. The volunteer should communicate well with
the public and should be able to seek support from city and county
officials, business executives and other organizations. Work days and
hours are flexible. Call (863) 634-2306 for information.
Center offers service to children
The Family Outreach Center at Sacred Heart offers a service to
youth and children by giving free classes in martial arts. The classes
are currently taught four days a week on Monday, Wednesday and
Friday, from 6 until 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m.
Group providing animal rescue
Florida Wildlife Rescue Service of Okeechobee is currently provid-
ing rescue, pick up and transport of sick, injured, orphaned or other-
wise impaired wildlife.
Anyone who finds a wild animal in need of help is encouraged to
give us a call. A volunteer transporter, licensed by the Florida Fish &
Wildlife Conservation Commission, will be more than happy to help
you and the animal.
This is a free service to the community and to wildlife.
For information, call (863) 634-1755 or (863) 357-7955.
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SDue to technical difficulties, working to resolve the problem
we were unable to print the as soon as possible to restore
television guide for Friday in the TV guide. information in
this edition of the newspaper, future editions of this newspa-
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'Highwaymen' art to be on exhibit
April 9 to May 16 in Avon Park
If you are interested in art and
in Florida history, you might want
to check out the The South Flor-
ida Community College Museum
of Florida Art and Culture (MO-
FAC) exhibit on Florida's Legend-
ary Highwaymen. The exhibit will
feature 24 of the best paintings
from the SFCC MOFAC permanent
collection and will be on display
April 16 May 9, at SFCC MOFAC,
Highlands Campus, Avon Park. It
is sponsored by Kelton Hill State
Farm Insurance. The Highway-
men are a group of African-Amer-
ican artists including Harold New-
ton, Robert Butler, Alfred Hair, Al
Black, and Mary Ann Carroll, vrho
began painting and selling their
Florida landscape paintings in the
1950s. They sold their paintings,
often still wet, to business estab-
lishments, professional people,
and governmental agencies by
traveling town to town through-
out central and coastal Florida.
The name, "Highwaymen," was a
result of this sales technique.
Gary Monroe, author of The
Highwaymen, will tell the story of
Harold Newton and the Highway-
men, Monday, April 21, 1 p.m., at
the SFCC University Center Audi-
MOFAC is located adjacent to
the SFCC Auditorium, Highlands
Campus, Avon Park. It is open to
the public October through May,
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday,
12:30 to 4:30 p.m,, and by ap-
pointment for group tours. SFCC
Artist and matinee series patrons
may visit the museum one hour
prior to every performance.
For more information about
the museum and its exhibits and
workshops or to request a muse-
um tour, contact Mollie Doctrow,
curator, MOFAC, at ext. 7240 at,
863-453-6661, 863-465-5300, 863-
773-2252, or 863-494-7500.
Some local organizations are
planning upcoming events. First
United Methodist Children's the-
atres production of Allen Pote's,
"0, Jonah," be presented on
Sunday, May 18, at 6 p.m. in the
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.
For more information call Patricia
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James H. Cantrell
James H. Cantrell, age 74, of
Okeechobee, died on March 26,
2008 at Okeechobee Health Care
Facility. He was born on June 5,
1933, in Elijay, Ga., to Alfred Gra-
dy and Stella Cantrell.
He was a resident of Okeecho-
bee for over 30 years. He was a
self-employed lawn maintenance
man. He was a member of the
Kingdom Hall Jehovah's Wit-
nesses and he ministered for Je-
Mr. Cantrell is preceded in
death by his wife, Barbara Cant-
rell and his bother, Pat Cantrell.
He is survived by his stepson,
Mark (Mayann) Cantrell of Wake
Forest, N.C.; brother, Howard
(Margie) Cantrell of Okeechobee
and sister, Betty Jo.
Memorial services will be held
at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 29,
at Bass Okeechobee Chapel with
David Brazil officiating.
Friends may sign the guest-
book at www.bassokeechobee-
All arrangements are en-
trusted to the care of Bass
Okeechobee Funeral Home and
Adulfo Rodriguez Gonzalez,
age 56 of Okeechobee died Tues-
day, March 25, 2008, at his resi-
He was born Sept. 27, 1951, in
Guerrero, Mexico, and had been
a resident of Okeechobee for the
past 35 years.
He is survived by his wife, Leo-
cadia Rodriguez of Okeechobee;
sons, Francisco (Flora) Rodriguez
of Okeechobee, Noe (Georgina)
Rodriguez of North Carolina,
Romero (Rosalinda) Rodriguez,
Javier Rodriguez, Avaristo (Vic-
toria) Rodriguez all of Okeecho-
bee; daughters, Araceli (Rigo)
Rodriguez of Georgia, Adalinda
Rodriguez of Okeechobee, Er-
linda Rodriguez of San Diego,
Calif.; brothers, Nativdad Rodri-
guez, Humberto Rodriguez, both
of Okeechobee, Martin Rodriguez
of Mexico; sisters, Maria Gonza-
lez, Juana Rodriguez, Ambrosia
. Rodriguez, Eva Rodriguez, Irene
Rodriguez, Nicolasa Rodriguez,
Isidra Rodriguez, all of North Car-
olina. In addition, he is survived
by 11 grandchildren.
The family will receive friends
at their home beginning at 5 p.m.
on Friday, March 28, and services
will be held Saturday, March 29,
at 10 a.m. at St. Theresa's Catholic
Church with Father Estaban Soy
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.
Samuel G. Huntington
Samuel "Sam" G. Hunting-
ton, age 57 of Lakeport, died on
Wednesday, March 26, 2008, at
He was born on Oct. 17, 1950,
in Kasson, Minn. He was a resi-
dent of Lakeport since 1991.
Mr. Huntington enjoyed fish-
ing, working, sports, and he was
an avid Florida Gators fan. He also
enjoyed cooking for large groups.
He is survived by his wife, Judy
of Lakeport; his daughter, Jenni-
fer (Ryan) Riggs of Norfolk, Va.;
one natural granddaughter, Kylee
Nicole Riggs of Norfolk, Va.; his
mother, Eileen Hallam of Auburn-
dale; four sisters and eight addi-
The family will receive friends
at their home on Saturday, March
29, at 5 p.m.
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.
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
He is survived
by his wife, Car-
olyn Sue Hayes,
bee; his sons,
Michael Rippy I
Ind., David (El-
len) Rippy of In- A
dianapolis, Ind., Don Roy
Shaw Michael Rippy
daughters, Debbie (Michael)
Kirkhart of Stuart, Kathy McCall
of Stuart; stepsons, Allan Hayes of
Okeechobee; stepdaughters, Lin-
da (Scott) Major of Okeechobee,
Bridgett Hayes; grandchildren,
David Jason, Mathew, Christian,
Nicki, Jennifer, Jessie, Danielle,
Michelle, Amanda, Allexis, Caro-
lyn, Alessandra, Travis, Julie, Scot-
tie; his father, Roy Rippy of India-
napolis, Ind.; a brother, Charles
Rippy of Oklahoma
In addition, he is survived by
There will be no visitation or
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.
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Equipment failure may
have caused plane crash
By Charles M. Murphy
The April 25, 2006 plane crash
in Viking that claimed the lives of
Dr. Roger Kane, 55, and his son,
Adam Kane, 17, might have been
caused by a malfunctioning elec-
tric turn coordinator on the Ly-
coming single engine plane, the
National Transportation Safety
The final report on the plane
crash, released in February, men-
tioned the malfunctioning part
as one of the possible factors in
the crash that occurred in a re-
mote park of the County which is
known as the Viking property.
The pilot, Dr. Kane, was trav-
eling from the Wauchula Airport
to Fort Pierce, after visiting some
friends in St. Petersburg that eve-
ning, the report noted. It added
that weather conditions, were
not much of a factor. The plane
crashed sometime after 9 p.m.
The weather at that' point was
winds between five and six knots,
visibility unrestricted for 10 miles,
and a few clouds at 8,000 feet.
Temperatures ranged from 27 to
28 degrees Celsius.
The NTSB report stated that the
pilot had gotten his pilot's license
about six months earlier and was
not instrument rated. The flight.
instructor for Dr. Kane reported
Kane had flown between 30 and
40 hours with his instructor. He
estimated Dr. Kane had flown
about 70 to 75 hours in the acci-
The instructor said he noticed
the electric turn coordinator was
inoperative during a flight to the
Bahamans with Dr. Kane on April
12, 2006. At that time he advised
the pilot that the equipment
needed to be repaired before he
tried to fly at night.
The NTSB met with the me-
chanic for the plane and he told
them that he hadn't been told
about the malfunctioning part
and hadn't repaired it.
Authorities maintain the plane
dropped from 6,000 feet to 2,400
feet in the minutes before the
crash. The plane was so badly
damaged that there was little evi-
dence left from the wreckage.
The plane flipped over and the
roof was crushed upon impact.
The engine sustained heavy dam-
age The wings of the plane were
found about a 1,000 feet from the
The medical examiner ruled
that both occupants of the plane
died from multiple injuries caused
by blunt trauma. The toxicol-
* ogy tests showed both occupants
tested negative for drugs and al-
cohol. The plane crash has result-
ed in a civil litigation as the child's
mother has sued Dr. Kane's estate
for damages caused by her son's
Census shows growth
Okeechobee County's popula-
tion increased from 39,998 in July,
2006 to 40,311 in July, 2007, ac-
cording to the latest report from
the Census Bureau.
The estimated population is
the calculated number of people
living in the area as of July 1,
2007, Census officials said. It is
'calculated from information on
natural changes like births and
deaths and net migration into the
According to the National Cen-
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ter for Health Statistics there were
590 births in Okeechobee be-
tween July, 2005 and July, 2006.
There were 631 births between
July 1,2006, and July 1, 2007.
The report noted that there
were 390 deaths between July,
2005, and July, 2006, and 399
deaths between July 1, 2006 and
July 1, 2007.
Glades County saw a slight
decline in population according
to the census bureau. There were
11,244 residents in July, 2006, and
11 ,.109 people in July, 2007.
There were 91 births between
July, 2005 and July, 2006, and 82
births between July 1, 2006, and
July 1, 2007, in Glades County, the
report noted: The report added
that there were 104 deaths report-
ed between July, 2005 and July,
2006, and 88 deaths between July
A1,2006 and July 1, 2007.
The census bureau reported
that population growth in Florida
slowed considerably last year.
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Lawmakers want to
curb grow houses
Electric companies would be
allowed to sue their own custom-
ers in civil court under a bill that
is being considered by state law-
makers in Tallahassee.
The bill is in response to the
growth of marijuana grow hous-
es in small rural counties like
Okeechobee, Glades, and High-
The energy that is used to op-
erate these facilities is pretty sub-
stantial. Air conditioners must run
at high levels to keep the rooms
cold enough. High powered
lamps are used to help speed the
growing process. That means a
lot of energy is being used.
State Representative Denise
Grimsley, District 79, who rep-
resents all of Glades County and
parts of Hendry, and Highlands
County, has supported a bill that
would allow the electric compa-
nies to sue the operators of these
grow houses to recoup the elec-
tric bills that aren't paid.
Glades County itself saw a dras-
tic increase in marijuana grow
houses in the past 24 months. The
Sheriff's office there has been dil-
igent in cracking down-on these
illegal operations. Okeechobee
has also had their share of grow
houses in the Fort Drum area.
Grow houses are also the sub,
ject of another bill suggested by
Okeechobee County Sheriff Paul
May. He notes it costs his depart-,
ment a lot of money to store the
evidence they seize from these
grow houses. He wants to be able
to keep just a small portion of the
evidence and video tape the rest
to cut down on the costs of stor-
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Okeechobee Health Care Facility
1646 Hwy. 441 North
Immediate Openings CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
406 N.W. 4th Street. (863) 357-2442
Aaron's Sales & Lease
Okeechobee store is NOW
HIRING for RETAIL/SALES
MGR. SALARY + COMM/
BONUS. SUNDAYS OFF,
Room for growth to GM.
Must have 2 yrs Mgmt. exp.
pass criminal/drug test,
clean-MVR, 21 yrs or older,
45hr work wk. email resume
or apply in person
2302 Hwy 441 South 34974
Clean Driving Record
Minimum 5 years Experience
Call Brian 772-216-3398
NEW 500+ site "5-Star" Mas-
ter Planned RV Village being
developed in 2008 in Okee-
chobee. First rate sales people
wanted to sell deeded sites
and Park Model Holnes.
Flexible hours commission-
based. Fax resume to
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Air Conditioners 505
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Books & Magazines535
Business Equipment 545
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Drapes, Linens 9 Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Health & Reducing
Household Items 630
Medical Items 650
Musical Instruments 660
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
i Equipment 690
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Toys 1 Games 730
Wanted to Buy 740
EPSON RIBBON CARTRIDGES
(6) 8750 $6.00 ea.
1)7768 $12.00, (1)8766
$26.00, No phone calls
please. If interested e-mail to
TOSHIBA COPIER TONER (6)
for BD2060/2860/2870,, 300
grams. $35.00 ea, No phone
calls please. If interested e-
mail to okeeadmin@news-
How do you find a Job In
market? In the employ-
ment section of the clas-
BED Queen size w/ frame.
BUNK BEDS heavy duty
frames, Full size top & bot-
tom, $250. (863)610-3147
IG ns/upie Is
CIGARETTE URNS Terra
Cotta color, $40 each. No
phone calls. If interested
email to okeeadmin@news-
BEARDED DRAGON Male, 3
yrs. old. Aquarium & access.
BOSTON TERRIER PUPPIES -
Parents on premises. Ready
to go! $300 (863)467-4149
PANDA FERRETT Certified. F,
1 yr. old. Friendly. 3 story
cage & access. Up to date
shots. $250 (863)697-6824
Earn some extra cash.
SeN your used Items In
3000 like new, $300.
Business Places 910
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.
NEW 2 BR, 2 BA Apt., All ma-
jor apple's. included. New
hospital. $975 mo. + $500
sec. dep. (863)763-0111
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
KINGS BAY- 2br,1lba duplex,
full appliances, no smok.
env. no pets, $600/mo, 1st,
last, sec, Call 772-283-2438
leave msg. or e-mail:
OKEECHOBEE 2 br, 2 ba, pri-
vacy fence. All appls, new tile
& carpet. (863)447-0925 or
/ 1-877-353-2424 |Toll Free)
/ For Legal Ads:
/ For All Other Classified Ads:
/ 1-877-354-2424 (Toll Free)
8am o pem
Friday 12 noon for Monday pubhlication
/ Tuesday through Friday
11 a rr. foi ,i daV/ s publication
Thursday ]? noon for So? publication
/ Sunday -/
Friday 10 am For Sunday, publicaon
OKEECHOBEE 2br, 1ba CBS
on 4 lots, enclosed patio, W/D,
Storage shed. Near boat ramp.
$875 mo (786) 201-0306
Brand New 3/2/2
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
Concrete Block garage. C/Air. 1st, last &
Stucco homes sec. 863-467-2541 or after
$995 Down 5pm 863-634-9330,
Payments Rent or Rent w/Option to Buy
5 acres in Okeechobee 3 Br
From $895 1Ba, Ig living rm, kit. & dining
per month rm, 1 car garage w/fenced
pond. Zoned Ag. $950 mo.-+
last & sec. dep. Call Kamal
*........ (561)792-9431 6am-11pm
TREASURE ISLAND -2 br,
AFFORDABLE NEW HOUSES 1 ba, waterfront house, large
3br, 2ba & 3br, 2ba, 2 car fenced yard. $750/mo
ar., Bring Pets, Large Yards. (954)610-5345
1100 & Up (561)723-2226 ERFRONT2brba
BASSWOOD ESTATES, New M/Home $550/mo. & 1 Rm'
3br, 2ba on huge lot. Rent Cottage w/Dock & Porch
$1000. Buy 125K Financing $450/mo. For both 1st, Last &
Available (754)423-8202 Sec. req'd. City water incl.
BRAND NEW 3/2 in Dixie (561)346-4692/346-4646
Ranch Acres, W&D Hookup.Of i
$1100 mo. 1st, last & sec.
BRAND NEW- Rent or Buy PROFESSIONAL OFFICE
3br/2ba, 1700 sq ft, garage, SPACE available, w/in new
laundry, tiled, $1100/mo. comm building, all utils incid.
rent. $5,000 applied to pur- $600/mo (863)467-1545
chase of $149,900 after EFRNT OFFICE SPACE
year. 3443 NW 40th Dr STOREFRONT OFFICE SPACE
Basswood. (561)718-2822 FOR LEASE 450 sq. ft.,
---- -- ~near Courthouse, $675 mo.
EAST OF TOWN 3 BR, 1 BA, incl. cam. (863)467-0831
$850 mo. (863)634-2121
NEW DUPLEX 3/2, $900 per Time to clean out the
month + 1st,, last & $500 attic, basement and/or
sec. dep. (863)465-0053 garage? Advertise your
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SUNCOAST GUN SHOW
March 29th & 30th
Sat. 9- 5, Sun. 9 -4
St. Lucie Co. Fairgrounds
15601 W Midway Rd.
4 miles W of Turnpike on Rt. 70
BUY -SELL- TRADE
Concealed Weapon Class $40
Daily 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.
For info 330-963-6964
OTTER CREEK Sat., 3/29 &
Sun., 3/30, 8am til 3pm,
16880 NW 38th Ave., Elvis,
Eagles, Indians Plate Collec-
tion, Furniture, Stein/Mug
Collection, Many Antiques,
1990 Mercedes, Decorative
Lamps, Artificial Trees, Lawn
Furniture & Much More!
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Experience needed, 40
hrs per week.
Call (772)260-6671 or
Find It faster. Sell It soon-
er In the classllfeds
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Business Places -
Property Sale 1010
Houses Sate 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lota Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
RFl Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property -
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080
AUCTION OKEECHOBEE CO.
MARCH 29TH- 10am
One acre, 2/1 CBS renovated,
fenced, central AC, Fireplace
6818 Center St
Continental Realty Auctions
HANDYMAN SPECIAL 3/1
house on 5 acres w/pool.
$225,000 or best offer. Rent
or Buy., 475 NW 363rd
Court, Okeechobee, FL
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
QO- rmn's tz is ardth-
a- na's tr e -sTeLrn
yar tz-sh to trear e
ithazlad intl clari-
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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 2020
BHR 2 MH for rent, l1br, 1ba,
from $375-$425 /mo + sec,
yearly pref. Avail now 55+
NEWLY REMODELED 3BR,
2BA, doublewide, carport,
large lot, $850/mo. 1 yr. lease
& mo. sec. 863-467-5616.
OKEECHOBEE 2 br, Clean. In
nice park. 7650 Hwy. 78 W.
McIntyre MH Park. $450 mo.
RIVER ACRES, 2BR/1.5BA,
Single, on Kissimmee River,
$600/mo. + sec. & electric.
Yearly lease. (863)467-5616
ANCIENT OAKS 55+, Gated,
1br, lba, Sunroom, Covered
patio, Carport, Boat ramp,
Pool, Spa, Clubhouse. All Util.
& Cable TV included.
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035
PONTOON- 20', 70hp Evin-
rude, 2 axle trir., new top,
console, steering,exc. cond.,
CARS RV STORAGE
455 US Hwy. 441 SE.,
Okeechobee 34974 Directly
East of Good Spirits Lounge.
Units up to 45 Ft L
PARK MODEL 2005, Fully
furnished. Blue Cypress
Condo Assoc. Lot 151.
$ 8 .2 5 0 0 .
(863)467-5601 (will the party
that called & left number
637-1971 please call again
and give area code)
WANTED TO BUY Overhead
pickup camper. Please call
SUZUKI GSX KATANA '99,
Custom paint, New clutch,
handle bars, windshield &
Yoshimura exhaust. Small
scratches on right -side.
HONDA FOREMAN 500 '05 -
37 hours, excellent condi-
tion. $4800 or best offer.
YAMAHA RAPTOR 50, '05 -
great shape, $800 or best
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
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
MUSTANG CONVERTIBLE -
'95, A/C, New top. New
paint. Runs great. $3000
(863)763-4746 Lv. msg.
PONTIAC GRAND AM '95 -
75K miles, Auto., Air. Excel-
lent condition. $2500
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
'MC SUBURBAN '88, HD
Tow pkg. 454 Big Block
Chevy. Runs great. $2500
(863)763-4746 Lv. msg.
Brand New 3 bedroom floor plans.
Concrete Block Stucco homes.
Payments as low as $795 per month.
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I House Sal
Bats come alive in OHS baseball win over Cobras
By Charles M. Murphy
When pitchers get behind
in the count they can make bad.
hitters look good. That has hap-
pened a lot this year to Okeecho-
bee High School baseball. Tues-
day, it happened to our opponent,
Ft. Pierce Central High School.
Okeechobee pounded out 12
hits, many of them when hitters(
were ahead in the count, and they
blasted the Cobras, 16-1 in five in-
Okeechobee (5-12) got big
.Many people from all over
the state were asking the same
question this past weekend at
the South Florida Fairgrounds,
"Where is the Big Lake Team
from?" This group of ten girls
are making quite an impression
on the volleyball world this club
season. They have competed in
five tournaments and have been
victorious in all five.
In order to become the win-
ners of these tournaments, the
girls play matches that consists of
winning two out of three games.
The first two games go to 25
points and if a third game is need-
ed, you play to 15 points.
The Big Lake girls have won all
28 matches they have played.
The Cloverleaf Invitational Vol-
leyball Tournament is a very pres-
tigious event drawing in teams
days at the plate from Brice Buck-
ner, four hits and four runs bat-
ted in, Cameron Tewksbury, who
had two hits and drove home four
runs, and Mitchell Bryner and
Jake Davenport who both had
two hits. Tewksbury hit a three
run home run into a brisk wind at
Fort Pierce Central.
"This is what we should have
done to some other teams this
year," Brahmans Coach Dylan
Tedders noted, "We didn't see
pitching that was any better or
worse than the others we've
from all c
to help t
at the N
girls are r
any of th
faced this year. We swung the
Tedders noted that pitchers
who get behind in the count get
predictable and have to throw
fastballs. When hitters get to sit
on a pitch, they improve their
chances to be successful.
The 12 hits were a season
high for the Brahmans. Friday the
Brahmans travel to Forest Hill.
"This is a big week for us, so
we'll see what happens," Coach
On the mound the Brahmans
'got a strong effort from left hand-
er Mike Minondo. He allowed just
one hit and one unearned run in
four strong innings. He walked
seven hitters and struck out four.
"The umpire wasn't.giving him
any inside pitches so he couldn't
bust anyone inside, everything
had to be away," Tedders said.
Jonathan Crawford finished off
the game with a strong fifth. His
breaking stuff was working better
and his performance was encour-
aging to the coaching staff.
"It was definitely a Bucky day,
Elites are volleyball
over the state. There were will be announced at their annual
sin the 14 and under cat- volleyball tournament, held here .
ith very good teams in- in Okeechobee on April 12.
National Club teams that The team would like to thank ,.., .. ,
over the country com- the following businesses for do- ,,
nating and helping them make
ig Lake 14 Elite Volleyball their dream a reality: Quality
ll be holding fundraisers Tee's, Los Cocos, Brahman The-
hem be able to compete atre III, Colour Me Crazy Salon,
nationals this June. The Massage by Tiffany Hurst, Quick
raiser is under way. The ChMassage by Tiffany HLube, Tom Adierk
raffling a jackpot of prizes Change Otail and Lube, Tom Adlner
ver $1,500. Tickets are $2 Car Detailing, Indian River La-
d can be purchased from goon and Wildlife Boat Tours, Jim
e families and coaches of Davis Photography and Imaging,
1. Winn Dixie, Robins Room, Fly-N-
team includes Rebekah Hi Auto Details, Seacoast National
Marie Renfranz, Jordan Bank, Ding -a- Ling Deli, Quick .
, Emilie Lege, Erika Klin- Frame Construction Inc., Taylor
dra Delprete, Corbin Da- Creek Real Estate, Dominoes
ssa Tyson, Shiloh Anuez, Pizza, Lightseys Restaurant, Main
ie Rowell. Street Salon Gift Basket, and Riv-
hree wining ticket holders erside Bank.
a Mitchell day and a Davenport
day," Tedders noted, "I'm trying
to get everybody some at bats to
make sure I haven't missed any-
Tedders said the team contin-
ues to be upbeat and is working
hard in practice. He added that
none of the players are depressed
or down because of their recent
string of losses.
He addedthe team hasn't been
able to put things together but are
still working at improving.
"These guys all believe that we
have a shot once the district tour-
nament comes around,, they just
need to figure it out at the plate,"
Tedders noted this was the
second game this year that his
team looked like they knew what
they were doing at the plate. The
other was the game at. Port St. Lu-
cie when Okeechobee scored 11
runs. "We don't have to have 12
hits every night, seven or eight at
the right time when we have run-
ners on base would satisfy me,"
Sports News in Brief
Lobster season closes
The recreational and commercial harvest season
for spiny lobster in Florida waters closes on April
1. The regular season will reopen as usual on Aug.
6. The special two-day sport season for recreational
harvesters of spiny lobster will occur on July 30 and
2008 Spring Adult Softball set
The 2008 Spring Adult Softball Leagues are being
organized. 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 informa-
tion contact Okeechobee Parks & Recreation at
Golf tournament planned
Communities in Schools Police 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. There will also be a chicken and ribs barbe-
cue lunch. For more information call 863-462-5863.
TCBC meets monthly
The Taylor Creek Bass Club meets at the Buck-
head Ridge VFW Post 9528 on the second Thursday
of each month. Tournaments are held the following
weekend. New boaters and (especially) non-boat-
ers are welcome. For information call Dave Stout at
The Big Lake 14 Elite Volleyball Team includes Rebekah Bryan, Marie Renfranz, Jordan May-
nard, Emilie Lege, Erika Klingler, Taydra Delprete, Corbin Davis, Carissa Tyson, Shiloh Anuez
and Karlie Rowell.
I Houses -Ska
TOYOTA 4 RUNNER '94 V6,
AC, auto, $2800
DODGE VAN '99 15 Passen-
ger, 121K, PW, PL, Good
tires & eng. Well maintained.
H I AI
Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500
IN THE CIRCUIT OF THE NINETTENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR .
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 2007-CA-.392
DOUGLAS L. CUREY, JR.
HUBERT WRIGHT and GENEVIEVE
WRIGHT, as husband and wife,
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: HUBERT WRIGHT AND GENEVIEVE
WRIGHT, AND ALL OTHERS WHOM IT
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for
iet title to the following property in
keechobee County, Florida:
LOT P OF THE E 1/2 OF E 1/2 OF S 1/2
OF S 1/2 OF TRACT 30, SECTION 15,
TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RANGE 33
EAST according to the plat thereof re-
corded in Plat Book 4, Pages 3A-D in-
clusive, of the public records of
Okeechobee County, Florida.
has been filed against you and your are
required to serve a copy of your'writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it on Shelly A.
McKay, Esq., the Plaintiff's attorney,
whose address is 207 SW 2nd Ave-
nue, Okeechobee, FL 34974, on or be-
fore 4/7/2008, and file the original with
the clerk of this court either before ser-
vice on the Plaintiff's attorney or im-
mediately thereafter; otherwise a
default will be entered against you for
the relief demanded in the complaint or
DATED this 3rd day of March, 2008.
SHARON R. ROBERTSON
As Clerk of the Court
By:/S/Linda F. Young
263891 ON 3/7,14,21,28/08
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT-
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2002-CA-276
IVAN D. DOVERSPIKE,
I.E. BYRD, Individually, NATHALIE A. BAUM,
Individually, JACOB NISSON, and Aliese Price
Piddy, the personal representative of the Estate
John E. Price, Jr., and all unknown parties claiming
by, through or under named defendants,
NOTICE OF JUDICIAL SALE BY THE CLERK
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to an Order or Final Judgment entered in
the above styled cause now pending in said court, that I will sell to the highest and
bidder for cash at the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial
Center. 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 349072, at 11:00 o'clock A.M., on
April 16, 2008. the following described property:
LOTS 1 TO 12 INCLUSIVE OF BLOCK 7, AND LOTS 1 TO 6 INCLUSIVE OF
BLOCK 10, OKEECHOBEE, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED
IN PLAT BOOK 2, PAGE 17 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF ST. LUCIE (NOW
SOKEECHOBEE) COUNTY, FLORIDA, A COPY OF SAID PLAT BEING ALSO
RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 10, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA, AND PLAT BOOK 5, PAGE 5, PUBLIC RECORDS OF
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; and
ALSO, A STRIP OF LAND 150 FEET WIDE LYING BETWEEN THE NORTH HALF.
OF BLOCKS 40, 27, 22 11. AND 6 ON THE EAST AND TUSCALOOSA STREET
ON THE WEST, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT OF OKEECHOBEE RECORDED IN
PLAT BOOK 2, PAGE 27 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF ST. LUCIE (NOW
OKEECHOBEE) COUNTY, FLORIDA, A COPY OF SAID PLAT BEING ALSO RE-
CORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 10, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA, AND PLAT BOOK 5, PAGE 5; PUBLIC RECORDS OF
ALSO, ALL THAT PART OF NORTH 14TH STREET LYING EAST OF WEST 9TH
AVENUE AND WEST OF THE WEST LINE OF LOT 1, BLOCK 6, IF SAID LINE
WAS PROJECTED NORTHERLY; ALL OF THE ALLEYWAY LYING WITHIN BLOCK
7; ALL THAT PART OF NORTH 13TH STREET LYING WEST OF WEST 8TH
AVENUE AND EAST OF WEST 9TH AVENUE; ALL THAT PART OF WEST 8TH
AVENUE LYING NOTH OF THE SOUTH LINE OF LOT 1, BLOCK 10, IF SAID LINE
WAS PROJECTED EASTERLY AND SOUTH OF NORTH 14TH STREET; ALL
LOCATED WITHIN AND ACCORDING TO THE PLAT OF OKEECHOBEE, SECTION
16, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH RANGE 35 EAST AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1,
PAGE 10, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA, AND A
COPY OF SAID PLAT BEING RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 5, PAGE 5, PUBLIC
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.
Property Address: 1202 NW 8th Ave., 102 NW 13th Street, Okeechobee County,
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.
Dated 3/24/08 .
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
/s/ Linda E Young
William A. Zeiher, Esquire
Scott L. Cagan, Esquire
Katz, Barrn, Squitero, Faust
100 N.E. Third Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Fax: (954)522-5119 A
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subject to change due to incentives at time of sale. Vehicles shown approximate likeness to in-stock
inventory. *Estimated miles per gallon highway driving. **0% financing on select models.
Auto., 373 LS Axle, XL Decor, A/EC,
880D EVWR Pkg., Stk. #8214
4.0 SOHE V5, 5 Speed Auto.,
Alloys, Sirius, Leather Steering
Wheel & Morel Stk. #8719
Full Power, Alloys & Morel
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