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Vol. 99 No. 94


Briefs

100 Target Fun
Shoot helps Hospice
A 100 Target Fun Shoot will
be held on Saturday, April 5, at
Quail Creek Plantation to ben-
efit Hospice of Okeechobee.
Check in begins at 8 a.m. The
course opens at 8:30 a.m. The
shoot is presented by Brigitte
and Frank Irby, Gilbert Chevo-
let/Gilbert Oil, Riverside Bank,
Syfrett Feed Company/Josh Far-
ish Jr., The Medicine Shoppe,
Town Star Food Stores, and
Walpole Inc. and Walpole Feed.
Lunch will be prepared by
George and Mary Beth Cooper
with Davey Raulerson's swamp
cabbage. Participation levels
start from $65 for an individual
shooter to $500 for a gold spon-
sorship which includes up to
six shooters. Tickets for spec-
tators who wish to sign up for
lunch only are $20. For more
information, call 863-467-2321
or fax 863-763-7856.

Benefit planned for
Amber Martin
R.J. Gators, 102 S.W. 14th St,
will hold an all day benefit for
former employee, Amber Mar-
tin, 18, who died last week. The
benefit will be held on Tuesday,
April 8, from 11 a.m. until 10
p.m. (open to close.) R.J. Ga-
tors will donate 10 percent of
their gross sales for Tuesday to
help cover funeral costs at Bux-
ton Funeral Home. Any money
raised in excess of the funeral
costs will be used for the ben-
efit of Amber's two brothers.
A benefit account has been
set up at Seacoast National
Bank in Amber Martin's name.
Contributions may be made at
Seacoast National Bank or at RJ
Gators. For more information,
contact' Joe Estes, Manager, or
David Helms, General Manager
at 863-763-2800.

Puppet theatre visits
Bits 'N Pieces Puppet The-
atre's production of "Cinder-
ella and the Chinese Slipper"
comes to Okeechobee High
School on Tuesday, April 8, at
7 p.m. This original' musical
production features towering
9 foot tall puppets. The play
lasts approximately one hour
and is appropriate for all ages.
General admission tickets are
$5 per person. The production
is sponsored in part by the State
of Florida Department of State,
Division of Cultural Affairs, the
Florida Arts Council and the
National Endowment for the
Arts.

Drought Index

Current: 302
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.27 feet
ast Year: 10.425 feet



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

Index
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Com ics ...................................... 5
Community Events.................... 4 .
Crossword............... .............. 5
O bituaries.................................. 6
O pinion ...................................... 4
Speak Out ............... .............. 4
S ports ...................................... 10
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Man accused of threatening cops


Deputy shot man
when he would not
put down his gun

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
"C'mon, I've got something
for you!"
In the black of the warm
August night, those six words
came seemingly from nowhere.
Then, when deputies from the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO) shined their flash-
lights onto the screened porch


of the single wide mobile home
they saw him -- Dennis Keith
Rock, was stepping off the porch
and he allegedly had a rifle in his
hands with the barrel pointing
upwards.
"Don't do it, man. Drop the
gun," said OCSO Deputy Corpo-
ral Paul Ferrell called to Rock.
But, he didn't.
Instead Rock reportedly
continued his movements and
yelled once again "C'mon, I've
got something for you!" He then
began to lower the rifle.
Two shots then broke the
stillness of the night. Cpl. Fer-


rell had fired
twice from
his .40-caliber
Glock hand-
gun and his
bullets found
their mark.
Rock was.
shot once in


Dennis
Rock


the left leg and
once in the right hip.
Tuesday, April 2, Rock's trial
got under way in Okeechobee
circuit court with OCSO Deputy
Donald Ellis recounting the
events of that night to the jury.
Rock is charged with one


Every drop counts: Water conservation month


............... .. Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
At the April 1 Okeechobee City Council meeting Mayor Jim Kirk proclaimed the month
of April to be Water Conservation Month in the City of Okeechobee. Victoria Nowlan of
South Florida Water Management District was on hand to receive the proclamation.

City increases permit fees
By Pete Gawda Ms. Phillips said that Eco-. of applications after they have
Okeechobee News nomic Development Grants been denied. The proposed
It will now cost considerably are awarded to help businesses ordinance states that after a
more for a driveway permit in that create new jobs. request for a comprehensive
the City of Okeechobee thanks She said that the city would plan or land development regu-
to action taken by the Okeecho- be able to apply for Commu- lation amendment, a zoning
bee City Council at their April 1 nity Development Grant Block change request, an appeal of
meeting. The council also dis- Funds in fiscal year 2008. These an administrative decision, a
cussed grant programs, held grants are used for neighbor- special exception request or a
the first reading on two pro- hood revitalization, commer- variance request has been de-
posed ordinances and consid- cial revitalization and low to nied, the applicant must wait at
ered a street closing, moderate income housing. least 60 days after denial to re-
. The council adopted an Turning to other matters, the submit. After some discussion
ordinance increasing the fee council held the first reading on the council directed the city
for a driveway permit from two proposed ordinances and attorney to draft an ordinance
$5 to $40. The ordinance also set April 15 as the final public for the closing of N.E. Second
changed the minimum culvert hearing date for those ordi- Street east of N.W. Seventh Av-
size from 15 inches to 12 inches nances. enue. The application for street
in diameter. The first proposed ordi- closing was submitted by Anita
Nancy Phillips, grant coor- nance deals with a rezoning and David Nunez who own the
dinator, discussed two differ- request submitted by Muham- property on both sides of the
ent grant programs available to mad Nooruddin. The city plan- that section of the street which
the city. She said there was still ning board had recommended is between N.W. Seventh Av-
some money available from fis- approval of the zoning change enue and Taylor Creek.
cal year 2007 in the Economic from holding to heavy corn- At their next meeting the
Development Grant Program. mercial. Approval would allow council will probably have the
If the grant request from that for construction of physical couni wile otato ace
fund is approved, funds would therapy offices. The property in first reading of that ordinance.
be available for a right turn lane question is a vacant lot on N.E. Possues Forum at www.n thnewszap.
and for water and sewer ser- 12th Street. com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be
vice to the new Hampton Inn The second proposed ordi- reached at pgawda@newszap.
on S.R. 70 E. nance deals with resubmission com.




Doctor explains health


care concerns at


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Rotarian Manny Garcia
spoke at the Rotarian luncheon
on Tuesday, April 1, concerning
national health care and how
the government is attempting
to come up with plans to solve
problems within the current
system.
According to Dr. Garcia,
"the United States excels in
giving health care." Over the
years, lots of issues have come
up within the health industry
which has effected the image
of health care within the U.S.
The health care industry is
the most regulated industry in
the country. This makes it hard-
er and harder to economically


deliver health care for individu-
als.
The idea of Universal Health
Care models that are being pre-
sented within this year's elec-
tion process are all failed mod-
els according to Dr. Garcia. Due
to the changes that have been
taking place over the last years,
physicians are now considered
providers with a PIN (personal
identification number) that
they must use to get paid from
Medicare, Medicaid and other
insurance agencies.
If there are any glitches
within the claim submission
system, the physician does not
get paid for the services that
he or she rendered. This has
created many instances here


Rotary
physicians now work for the
hospitals themselves which ad-
ditionally costs the hospitals a
steep administrative overlay to
ensure that the hospital claims
process is done properly and
that there is a constant check
to keep the procedures that are
being performed equivalent
with that of the condition of the
patient.
Many things such as an in-
creased amount of outpatient
care and better medications
allow for physicians to treat pa-
tients on a less intensive level.
On average, out of ten pa-
tients, only two to three patients
actually have coverage when
going to a hospital; leaving six
See Rotary Page 2


count of battery and two counts
of aggravated assault on a law
enforcement officer with a fire-
arm in connection with the Aug.
12, 2005, incident.
During his direct examina-
tion by Assistant State Attorney
Ashley Albright, Deputy Ellis said
they knew there might be trou-
ble as he, Cpl. Ferrell and Deputy
Raul Marrero responded to a re-
ported domestic disturbance at
the home in Pioneer Estates.
The deputy further stated
from the witness stand that he
and his fellow deputies had been
told by an OCSO dispatcher that


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Investigators are askin
help from area residents
may know the whereabou
a 17-year-old Okeechobee
who they fear may harm
self.
Eli William Refranz wa
seen at noon on Tuesday,
1, at the intersection of U.S
and S.R. 70 and was eastb
on S.R. 70 E.
The 6-foot-4-inch
195-pound, teen was last
driving a silver Honda Ac
with damage to the rear
per, Florida plate X19 9W(
was last seen wearing a.i
colored polo shirt and
shorts.
Eli has brown eyes
brown hair. His hair is cro
close in what's known


Rock had been drinking and was
possibly armed with a 9 mm
handgun.
According to later testimony,
Rock didn't own a 9 mm hand-
gun.
Deputy Ellis testified there
were no lights on in the house
and there were no outside lights
illuminating the area around the
mobile home on S.E. 57th Drive.
The deputies didn't see Rock
until they shined their flashlights
onto the screened porch.
Then, stated Deputy Ellis,
See Rock Page 2


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According
Sfor to Detective
g for Ted Van De-
who man of the
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him- iff's. Office
Eli (OCSO) Eli is
s last Eli an avid skate-
April Renfranz boarder and
S. 441 may be seen at skate parks on
ound either coast.
The detective said when Eli
tall, left home he was despondent
seen, and left behind a note suggest-
ccord ing he may harm himself.
bum- If you should see Eli, call law
G. He enforcement immediately but
multi- dq not approach him. If you
khaki have any information concern-
ing the whereabouts of Eli Ren-
and franz, please call the Okeecho-
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for the Okeechobee Rotary Club which meets on Tuesdays at
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Rock yelled the same phrase to
them a second time as he walked
from the porch into an area under
a carport and began to lower his
.22 caliber semi-automatic rifle.
At that point, Deputy Ellis took
action to protect himself.
"I tried to seek cover. That's
when I heard the two shots," he
told Mr. Albright.
Once Rock fell onto the paved
driveway, the three deputies
entered the property. They first
placed handcuffs on the man and
then began to administer first aid
until emergency personnel ar-
rived.
The events of that night started
shortly after 7 p.m. when Rock's
wife, Cathy, got home from
work.
Rock had been working in the
yard most of the day -- mowing
and weed eating. He'd also been
drinking. Cathy Rock said her hus-
band of 11 years had been sober


for over two years.
"Normally, when I come
home he would open the gate for
me," testified Cathy Rock. "When
he didn't, I knew something was
wrong."
She pulled her red Pontiac
Grand Am GT under the carport
and went inside her home. As she
was getting a soft drink out of the
refrigerator he approached her.
She looked at her husband and
said,"You've been drinking."
He then "went through the
roof," she told the jury.
The two began to argue and
Rock finally left the home.
She went to her bedroom
and saw the couple's 9-year-old
daughter asleep on the bed.
After taking a shower, Cathy
sat down on a couch in the front
room and lit a cigarette. After fin-
ishing her smoke, she fell asleep
on the couch.
Around 11 p.m. Dennis Rock
entered the house. He'd appar-
ently had even more to drink she
said.
"By that time he was swaying.
He couldn't even stand up," she


told Mr. Albright.
The two began to argue. The
verbal argument then turned
physical. Cathy said her husband
grabbed her around the throat
with both hands.
"He picked me up by the throat
and my feet were dangling," said
the 5-foot-4, 108-pound woman.
She said he continued to choke
her until she passed out.
Cathy told defense attorney
Steve Rogers during cross exami-
nation that her husband is about
5-foot-8 or 5-foot-9.
When she awoke sometime
later he was standing over her
with his face close to hers.
She told the jury he then pulled
back his hand, formed a fist and
said, "I'm going to kill you."
Instead:, he once again choked
her. This time he allegedly threw
her to the floor and left.
When asked by Mr. Rogers,
Cathy told the jury that Rock did
not hit her.
Cathy gathered up her daugh-
ter and took her to the back door
where they both ran next door to
the home of Donald and Karen


Craton. Mrs. Craton is Cathy's
sister.
It was Mrs. Craton who di-
aled 9-1-1. She told the OCSO
dispatcher that Rock had been
drinking and was armed with a 9
mm handgun, which turned out
to be false.
"I told them to come quick,"
she testified Tuesday afternoon.
"He was drunk and he had a gun
and he had made threats."
In a few minutes she heard
male voices next door.
"To me, they sounded like very
strong commands," she told the
jury.
A short time later, Rock was ly-
ing wounded on the concrete.
The next day, Sheriff Paul May
said there hadn't been this type
of shooting incident involving an
OCSO deputy since 1982.
Testimony will resume Thurs-
day morning in Courtroom D of
the Okeechobee County Judicial
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to seven receiving care that is
typically uncompensated. While
other types of businesses can
write off uncompensated bills for
services, physicians cannot.
While Dr. Garcia stated that he


has "never looked at a patient to
ask if they have coverage" and if
he did he would quit tomorrow.
This is still an issue that doctors
deal with on a dAily basis in the
health industry which is stopping
new doctors from beginning pri-
vate practices.
To open your own private prac-
tice as a specialist, which is after
17 years of college typically, the li-
ability insurance alone is $55,000


to start an office. Hospitals are
beginning to employ their own
qualified specialists in order to
give some relief to this problem.
Other physicians are establishing
lab and other convenience testing
facilities at their offices in order to
foster more income.
While there has not been a
clear answer given for any Univer-
sal Health Care System, it is im-
perative that something be done


to help out the ful
of doctors to co
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Rainy day accident
This accident took place just before 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1 on rainy streets at the in-
tersection of S.W. Third Street and S. Parrott Avenue. According to Officer Scott Morgan
of the Okeechobee City Police Department, Kathy Daley was driving the van eastward on
S.W. Third Avenue and struck the car going south on Parrott Avenue driven by Richard
Watford. No charges were filed at the time. Ms. Daley, Mr.Watford and Marcia Watford, a
passenger in Mr. Watford's car, were taken to Raulerson Hospital.

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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!
DCF: You know what I say for the people that don't like DCF?
They don't ask to come into one's home, they get invited by parents
that don't know how to be parents or should I say don't want to be
parents. Then there is an over abundance of work load and kids fall
through the cracks. Straighten up and fly right and then you would not
have to deal with DCF. But, then again its always someone else's fault.
You would have to kill me to get me to sign my rights away. Congratu-
lations to all of you who foster or who have adopted children. We
could use a lot more people like y'all.
ACCIDENT: I want to comment about the van hitting the motorcy-
cle cop. First, the officer and his family are in my prayers. I don't know
them personally, but I was once stopped by this officer, and he was
absolutely courteous and professional, even though I was speeding.
Second, we need to do more to educate drivers that you must yield to
emergency vehicles. I cannot tell you how many times I have pulled
over to let an ambulance or fire truck pass, only to be passed by other
drivers who refused to pull over. The cops need to start writing tickets
for those who fail to yield to an emergency vehicle. And third, I think
we need to revisit the driver's license rules and require annual vision,
hearing and reflexes tests for drivers over the age of 75, or anyone of
any age who has more than one accident in a year.
ATVS: The story about the elderly woman being terrorized by a
bunch of thugs on ATVs makes me so mad. Someone needs to catch
these boys and make them go over and do yard work for that poor
woman -- not just to fix what they tore up, but also to make it up to
her for scaring her. What kind of coward does that to an old woman?
I hope their mommas and their grandmas find out what these boys
did and I hope they make their lives miserable for it. And I know it is
spring break, but what are they doing out on ATVs at 3 a.m.? Where
are their parents, letting them run around like that in the middle of
the night?
ACCIDENT: Why do people have to be in such a big hurry all the
time? According to the FHP report, the deputy on the motorcycle had
his emergency lights on and had slowed in preparation to turn and
these people from Ohio are in such a hurry that they try to pass him?
What is the big hurry? They couldn't wait a few seconds for him to get
out of their way? Then they just drive on after hitting a deputy? I just
can't understand how people could do that.
MCCAIN: I read a notice in Sunday's paper, 3/30/08 entitled "Re-
publicans".. with thoughts about John McCain's choice for a running
mate and it needing to be Mike Huckabee. I agree, so do a lot of other
people apparently. I've been listening to a talk radio show recently as
well as national news, both announced a speech given by Mr. McCain,
right after completing the delegate count needed for nomination, in
which he said he would consider whoever the American people would
suggest for a running mate. The radio show gave the following phone
number to his campaign office: 703-418-2008. Please if you feel that
Mr. Huckabee needs to be Mr. McCain's running mate, and the future
Vice President of the USA, please call, congratulate Mr. McCain on his
nomination then give your suggestion for VP to the operator. I have,
my family has, in fact I'm carrying it with me and passing it out.
RESTAURANTS: For the person who talked about how using cell
phones and wearing hats in a restaurant is rude, how about loud,
obnoxious kids and parents in a restaurant? My thinking on this is
there used to be smoking in restaurants, one section for non smokers
and a section for smokers. The do-gooders took away smoking in a
restaurant, so let's make a section for the hat wearers, the cell phone
users, and the loud yelling and screaming kids and parents, in a sec-
tion of their own, not next to me, whose kids are grown up, so I can
enjoy a nice peaceful dinner. I bet you the hats would come off, the
phones will be shut off, and they will run to the "no kid" zone. And
that's no spin.
FOUR WHEELERS: I am sick and tired of the kids on four wheel-
ers acting like they own the road. It is illegal for them to even be on
public roads. They are supposed to stay on private property or use
the grass along the side of the road. But bold as brass, they run right
down. the middle of the street at top speed. They drive at top speed
down the. middle of the road. When someone calls the deputies, their
parents swear it wasn't thewwwir kids on the road. What do we have
to do, get them on videotape? Even if we did, the parents would prob-
ably still swear it wasn't their precious darlings breaking the law and
endangering others.
VANDALISM: These teenagers on the four wheelers who were
tearing up the yards in Bassigner and frightening the poor old woman
by slamming up against her house had better watch out. Not every
old lady will just hide in her house and shake with fear. Try that in my
yard, and I will protect myself. And the parents of every kid who has
an ATV had better find out when and where they are riding and what
they are up to.
PROFANITY: I am a mother with young children and I am very
concerned about all of the bad language people use in public these
days. I try to teach my kids that using these words is not acceptable,
but they hear them nearly every where they go. Adults should be a
little more careful about using profanity. Besides, these words lose any
impact when you use them in every conversation. It just makes you
seem crude and uneducated.





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Letters to the Editor Community Events


Mission does not
collect door-to-door
Someone had an article in
speak out about a Soup Kitchen
going door to door in their area
soliciting funds. I have also been
informed the same thing about
other areas in Okeechobee.
We are Big Lake Missions Out-
reach, a PROVEN Ministry here in
our county for 13 years and we
have NEVER gone door to door
to solicit funds. We are known
as a Mission not a soup kitchen,
providing many services to the
homeless and needy, including
serving full course, hot meals six
days a week at the United Meth-
odist Church.
Our sources come from
churches, businesses, and private
individuals and they are very gen-
erous in their giving.


For the last three years, con-
tributions and donations have
given us the opportunity to help
over 15,000 people a year in our
community with hot meals, food
pantry, clothes, personal hygiene,
school supplies, Christmas and
various other services. When
someone calls, if we cannot help
them, most of the time we know
who can.
We are here to help with no
discrimination. I would suggest
before you give, call around town
and check the charity out that is
asking for funds. I know someone
that gave to a so-called blind man
one time and when they walked
off, they turned around just in
time to see him counting the
money in the cup.
Mary Anne and Bruce
Swinford
Directors, Big Lake
Missions


Community Calendar

Thursday, April 3
Tantie Quilters meet every Thursday from 9 a.m. until
2 p.m. at the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For
information call Margaret at 863-467-8020, or Belinda at 863-
357-0166.
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.
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at
Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Prayer group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center,
412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call 863-763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in
the fellowship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call
863-763-5996.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until
1 p.m. at Village Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All
Kiwanis and the public are welcome. For' information, contact
Frank Irby at 863-357-1639.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until
6:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St.
Please join us or ask questions. Call Phyllis at 863-467-8636 or
Hazel at 863-763-4920 for information.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407
N.W. Third Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike
Fletcher at 863-357-6257.


16th Annual Ft. Drum Day
The Ft. Drum Community Church will hold their 16th Annual Ft.
Drum Day on April 5, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. There will be games,
live music, food, and even a pie bake off. For information call Judy at
863-357-1581 or the church at 863-467-1733.

Hospice holds yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will host a Yard Sale at the Blue Volunteer
Building, next to The Hamrick Home, 411 S.E. Fourth St. on Friday
April 4, from 8 a.m. untill 2 p.m. and Saturday April 5, from 8 a.m.
till noon. Bargains galore, All new items available. All proceeds benefit
patient care in Okeechobee including services offered in The Hamrick
Home. For more information, call Cathy at 863-467-2321 or 863-697-
1995.

16th Annual Ft. Drum Day
The Ft. Drum Community Church will hold their 16th Annual Ft.
Drum Day on April 5, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. There will be games,
live music, food, and even a pie bake off. For information call Judy at
863-357-1581 or the church at 863-467-1733.

Hospice holds yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will host a Yard Sale at the Blue Volunteer
Building, next to The Hamrick Home, 411 S.E. Fourth St. on Friday
April 4, from 8 a.m. untill 2 p.m. and Saturday April 5, from 8a.m:
till noon. Bargains galore, All new items available. All proceeds benefit
patient care in Okeechobee including services offered in The Hamrick
Home. For more information, call Cathy at 863-467-2321 or 863-697-
1995.

Order of the Eastern Star to hold indoor yard sale
Okeechobee Chapter No. 128, Order of the Eastern Star, will hold
an Indoor Yard Sale on Saturday, April 5, at the Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge, 107 NW 5th Avenue. No need to worry about rain or the heat!
Doors will open promptly at 8 a.m. Breakfast and lunch items will.be
available for purchase. For information please call 863-634-8087 or e-
mail: rick4338@embarqmail.com.

Red Cross class dates slated
The Okeechobee American Red Cross will be offering the follow-
ing classes irr April: Tuesday, April 8 Adult CPR; Monday, April 21
- Infant/Child CPR; Thursday, April 24 First Aid Basics. All classes
will begin at 6 p.m. and all classes will be held at the branch office. To
register, or for more information please stop by their office located at
323 N. Parrott Ave. or call 863-763-2488.

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.


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The following movies are now showing at
the Brahman Theatres III. Movie times for Fri-
day, March 28, through Thursday, April 3, are
as follows:
Theatre I "Dr. Suess: Horton Hears a
Who" (G) Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m. Sat-
urday and Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday
at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
at 2, 4:15, 7 and-9 p.m.
Theatre 11 "Super Hero Movie" (PG-13)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7
p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 2, 4:15,
7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre III "Shutter" (PG-13) Showtimes:
Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m., Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tues-
day, Wednesday and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
p.m.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults; children 12 and
under are $4.50; senior citizens are $4.50 for all
movies; and, matinees are $4.
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Community Choir performs cantata
The Okeechobee Community Choir, under the direction of Sandy Perry, recently performed their 18th cantata, The Day He Wore My Crown, along with other seasonal favorites at the First United Methodist Church.
Front row standing: Jim Leidy (portrayed Jesus), Sandy Perry (director), Michael Hayes (accompanist), Nicolle Wood (narrator), Andy McKillop (original Easter poem), and Anton Silva III (photographer and singer).
Front row seated: Arleen Fanter, Nancy Tomhave, Glenda Fulwider, Natalie Moody, Doris Hansen, Betsy Cheney, and Karen Hiatt. Second row: Sydney Thacker, Darle Simmons, Barbara Kervi, Elsie Landers, Joy
Kidwell, Ann Edwards, Esther Anderson, and Bitsy Bryson. Third Row: Wynnefred Shepard, Erin Ellinger, Victoria Williams, Kathy Boswell, Marlene Burns, Louise Dowling, Betty Clement, and JoAnne Snelling.
Fourth row: Chris Sufficool, Kathryn Wilkinson, Emily Robertson, Cecile Doyle, Carolyn Burrell, Patsy Basile, Ellen Johnson, Joann Kane, and Rev. Jun Evangelista. Fifth row: Faye Haverlock, Wendy Donovan,
Dale Bryant, Lonnie Kirsch, Donna Williams, George Clement, and Rev. Laird Bryson. Sixth row: Jane Frey, Justin Allen, Kevin Kinnaird, Sandy Brown, Lister Goble, and Les Synder. Seventh row: Elsie Ratliff, Paul
Beattie. Keith Abbott, Jake Arscott, Bob Johnson. and Dan Grondin. Back row: Reed Ellinger (soprano sax), Brandon Allen, Michael Hutchison, Rahl Wilkinson, John Sufficool, John Koepke, Tommy Markham, John
Burrell, Bob Hansen, Dave Fanter, (not pictured) Jane Dowling, Norma Entry, Marty Grondin, and Becky Williamson.


MOORE HAVEN -- Glades
County Sheriff Whiddon proud-
ly announces the new Glades
County Juvenile Curfew Or-
dinanco. This ordinance was
adopted by the Glades County
Board of County Commission-
ers in November 2007 and ad-
opted by the Moore Haven City
Council in March 2008. Due to
an increase in juvenile crimes
with the Glades County, Sheriff
Whiddon porposed the ordi-
nance. Starting April 1, the Sher-
iff's Office will start enforcing
the ordinance.
The ordinance mandates
that juveniles under the age of
16 will not be allowed in a pub-
lic place or establishment from
11 p.m. until 5 a.m., Sunday
through Thursday and 12:01
a.m. to 6 a.m., Saturday, Sunday
and any legal holiday. The or-
dinance also governs juveniles
that have been suspended or


expelled from school, which
mandates that the juvenile can
not be in a public place or with-
in 1,000 fett from any school
from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
The penalties for a curfew vi-
olation will be a written warning
for first offense and a $50 fine
for any offense after the written
warning is given. There are sev-
eral exceptions to the ordinance
as to allow the juvenile access
during the curfew times. They
vary from being with your par-
ents or guardians or returning
home from a school sponsored
event. The parent or guardian of
a juvenile has a legal duty and
responsibility to ensure that the
juvenile does not violate the
curfew ordinance.
This is one step in the right
direction where parents and
law enforcement will make a
difference in fighting crime, said
Sheriff Whidden.


Today in History


Today is Thursday, April 3,
the 94th day of 2008. There are
272 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On April 3, 1968, the day before
he was assassinated in Memphis,
Tenn., the Rev. Martin Luther King
Jr. delivered his famous "moun-
taintop" speech to a rally of strik-
ing sanitation workers.
On this date:
In 1783, author Washington Ir-
ving was born in New York.
In 1860, the legendary Pony Ex-
press began service between St. Jo-
seph, Mo., and Sacramento, Calif.
In 1865, Union forces occu-
pied the Confederate capital of
Richmond, Va.
In 1882, outlaw Jesse James
was shot to death in St. Joseph,
Mo., by Robert Ford, a member of
James' gang.
In 1948, President Truman


signed into law the Marshall Plan,
designed to help European allies
rebuild after World War II and re-
sist Communism.
In 1974, deadly tornadoes
struck wide parts of the South and
Midwest before jumping across
the border into Canada; more
than 300 fatalities resulted.
Five years ago: Moving with
a sense of wartime urgency, the
House and Senate separately
agreed to give President Bush
nearly $80 billion to carry out the
battle against Iraq and meet the
threat of terrorism. Atlantic maga-
zine editor
Thought for Today: "I didn't
invent the world I write about, it's
all true." Graham Greene, British
author (1904-1991).


Obituaries


Terry A. Moore
Terry A. Moore, 67, of
Okeechobee died April 1, 2008
at Raulerson Hospital. Born
March 15, 1941 in Clarksdale,
Miss., he had been a resident of
Okeechobee since 1995 and was
a member of The Oakview Bap-
tist Church. He was former pastor
of Corner Stone Baptist Church of
Okeechobee.
Mr. Moore is survived by his
wife of 47 years, Mary E. Moore
of Okeechobee; son, Terry (Kelli)
Moore Jr. of Port St. Lucie; daugh-
ter, Lisa Ann (Bill) Jackson of
Okeechobee; mother, Louise
Moore; brother, Bobby Moore of
Warner Robins, Ga. and sister, Pat


(Fred) Collins of Plains, Ga. In ad-
dition, he is survived by six grand-
children.
The family will receive friends
on Saturday, April 5, from 4 to 7
p.m. in the Buxton Funeral Home
Chapel, Okeechobee. Serviceswill
be held Sunday, April 6, at 2 p.m.
in the Oakview Baptist Church,
677 S.W. 32nd St., Okeechobee.
In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions may be made to
Oakview Baptist Church or Cor-
ner Stone Baptist Church, N' U.S.
Hwy 441, Okeechobee.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory,
Okeechobee.


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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 I 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
p.m.
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
tea.
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
Sync.
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
information.

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
p.m.


First and third Thursday: Auxiliary
at 6 p.m.; Aeries at 7 p.m.
Fridays: steak night (16-oz.) starl-
ing at 5 p.m. for a $12 donation. Music
will be by Jimmy Harper.
Saturday and Sundays: nulsic 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 Masonic Lodge is
located at 107 N.W. Fifth Ave. For infor-
mation about the club and events, call
Jose Verano at 863-634-2071.
The Masonic Lodge holds their
meetings on the second and fourth
Monday of each month starting at 7:30
p.m.

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 I11 a.m. With many items to
choose from.
Sundays: Karaoke with open mike
at 7 p.m.
Wednesdays: Bingo and food
served at 5 p.m. and bingo starts at 6
p.m.
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.
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.
Saturdays: 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 Okeecho-
bee. Please call the Lodge at 863-763-
4954 for further information, sudden.


changes and menus. Guests are invited
to enjoy the activities and consider
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
bingo)
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
Sunday.
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
p.m.
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.mrn. Food will be avail-
able.
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-
day.
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 0I 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-
dayv


WASHINGTON-The Depart-
ment of Veterans Affairs (VA) has
named the national cemetery to
be constructed in Jacksonville,
as the "Jacksonville VA National
Cemetery."
"The veterans of northeastern
Florida and southeastern Geor-
gia deserve a final resting place
worthy of their service to our na-
tion," said Dr. James B. Peake,
Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
"Our newest national cem-
etery in Florida will be a national
shrine honoring them."
The new cemetery is in the
city of Jacksonville, north of
the Jacksonville International
Airport and approximately five
miles from Interstate 295 on 569
acres acquired from the city. The
cemetery will serve 189,000 vet-


Monday: $1.50 tacos till 6 p.m.
Tuesday: Ladies Auxiliary Dinner -
5:30 p.mi. ($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 p.m.
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 Okerehnhbe e Shrin e Cl'ih .


erans in the region who are not
currently provided burial space.
by a nearby national or state vet-
erans cemetery.
VA selected Arleen Vincenty
as the first director of the new
national cemetery. She begins
her duties immediately.
Ms. Vincenty had been the di-
rector of the Puerto Rico National
Cemetery since November 2006.
She was cemetery director at the
Natchez National Cemetery in
Mississippi, the Fayetteville Na-
tional Cemetery in Arkansas and
the Salisbury National Cemetery
Complex in North Carolina.
VA anticipates construction
of the first phase of development
to begin this summer. VA has
awarded a $1.25 million contract
to the firm of England, Thims &


78 W, members will meet the first and
third Thursday of each month at 8 p.m.
The club is also available for weddings
and parties. For information call the
club at 863-763-3378, or Keith at 863-
634-2682.
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.,
Sundays 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
week.
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-RO n m


Miller of Jacksonville to design
the master plan for.the project.
Initial construction will prepare
a small burial area to ensure that
veteran burials can take place
before all phase one facilities are
completed.
In addition to burial areas,
phase one will consist of ap-
proximately 50 acres, including
roadways, an entrance area, an
administration and public infor-
mation center, a maintenance
complex with buildings, a main-
tenance yard and parking, a
flag assembly area,.a memorial
walkway and committal service
shelters.
Other infrastructure improve-
ments will include grading,
drainage, fencing, planting, an
irrigation system and utilities.


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BEAGLE Female. Call to iden-
tify. (863)467-5469
BILLFOLD found on 18th
Terrace, Taylor Creek Isle.
Call to identify
(863)467-6313
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pup, approx 4 months old.
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CAT male, solid black, vic. of
Ousley Estates, owner ill
over loss, REWARD!
(863)810-5710
DIGITAL CAMERA In a black
& white bag. Vic. Okeechobee
Park Tues. 3/25. Cell #
(609)817-0831 REWARD
LOST: CAT/Ig male, white/tan
w/dark brown/black mark-
ings. Vic. of Laurel Oaks Vil-
lage. Call 863-674-1823
NEXTEL PHONE on Fri.,
3/28, vic. of Platts Bluff Boat
Ramp, black, thin design,
REWARD! (863)467-6960
YELLOW COW DOG female,
SW section, no collar, mixed
breed, lost 3/24 Call
(863)763-7571


PUPPIES mixed breed, vic.
of .Highway 78, to good
homes only. (863)763-7240


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Okeechobee store
RETAIL/SALES MGR. SALARY
+ COMM/BONUS.
SUNDAYS OFE
Must pass criminal/drug test, clean
MVR,
21yrs or older, FT,
email resume
rebecca.sordo(a@aaroarents.cornm
or apply in person 2302 Hwy 441 S.,
34974


Start a new career in the much needed field of
nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks.. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
406 N.W. 4th Street (863) 357-2442

Immediate Openings All Shifts
Full Time/Part Time RN's & LPN's
Apply In Person To:
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All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
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HUGE GARAGE SALEI!I
4/4 & 4/5 8am-2pm
SE 4th Street, Bether Acres
Follow signs or call
(863)610-1073



RIVER RUN RESORT Thurs.
& Fri. 4/3 & 4/4, 8am-5pm,
100th NE 8th Ave. Elec. hot
plates, Bedding, Lamps, Kids
stuff, Golf equip. Much More!
Earn some extra cash.
Sell your used Items In
the classflneds


I would like to meet male &
female people that play
Bluegrass Instruments &
play & sing Bluegrass music.
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Employment
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230



ADMIN. SECRETARY NEEDED
Kissimmee Prairie State Park,
M F 8-5 Contact Charles
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PERSON Full or Part Time.
For Twin Oaks Pet Cemetery.
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Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
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Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740



BUNK BEDS heavy duty
frames, Full size top & bot-
tom, $250. (863)610-3147
TABLE 48" Round, 4 Chairs,
Bakers Rack, 3 Shelves,
Wine rack. 3 Match Bar
stools. $350 (863)763-7386


THEATER CHAIR 2 Seater, 2
Rocking Recliners glass
holder/storage between. Ma-
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CARGO TOP CARRIER Sears
Sport 20, roof rack, 20 cu ft,
like new. $100
(863)824-0835


BEARDED DRAGON Male, 3
yrs. old. Aquarium & acces.
included. $300
(863)697-6824
DASCHUNDS (2) male ( blue
& white pie dapple w/blue
eyes) & female (Red & white
pie), CKC, $300 together or
$200 each (863)467-9520
PANDA FERRETT Certified. F,
1 yr. old. Friendly. 3 story
cage & acces. Up to date
shots. $250 (863)697-6824


GENERATOR Contractor
3000 like new, $300.
(863)610-3147
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Concrete Block Stucco homes.
Payments as low as $795 per month.


Rentals
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Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Commercial
Property 915
Condos/
Townhouses Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
.Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950;
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage. Space -
Rent 9606



IN TOWN 2BR/1.5BA, $750
mo., 1st & last, annual lease,
no pets, w/d, clean.
(863)697-1129


NEW 2 BR, 2 BA Apt., All ma-
jor appl's. included. New
hospital. $975 mo. + $500
sec. dep. (863)763-0111
Okeechobee, 2Br/1.5ba, car-,
peted, ceramic tile, w/appl's
incl. dishwasher, 1 block N.
of Walmart $700 mo. +
$700 sec. (863)763-8878



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Townhouses Sale1015
Payments Farms Sale 1020
From $895 Houses Sale 1025
Month Hunting Property 1030
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month + 1st, last & $500 Owner finaing at .5% APR
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OKEE: 3/1 on 1/2 ac. Renovat- www.okeelandforsale.com
ed, laundry, C/A/heat, screen FOR SALE 8.37 Acres
porch, carport. $975 mo, 1st ind/Strge/Warehs, Hwy 78W,
mo. & dep. Call 305-458-8659 1000+ homes BHR
OKEECHOBEE 3br, 2ba, 2 $50k/acre (863)801-3133
car gar, pool home, very NORTH OKEECHOBEE 7
nice, $750/mo, $500 sec. ACRES for sale, off of N W
dep. (772)834-5060 12TH Terrace. Asking
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with $95,000. Call (863)634-3280
garage. C/Air 1st, last & ,. I T
sec. 863467-2541 or after
5 pm 863-634-9330
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amenities. Call (863)441-2659
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w/dock. Low price $850/mo www lakeshoreresortrentals.com
(954)683-2407
OPTION TO BUY 3 br/2 ba,
1500 sq ft on 20 acres, 15
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Deerfield Beach receives grant to expand water treatment plant
Plantation-With assistance sure Reverse Osmosis facility at The Biscayne Aquifer has his- cayne Aquifer continues to serve The Florida Legislature en- statewide to develop alternative watez
from a South Florida Water Man- the city's existing West Water torically been a vital source of wa- such broad needs. acted the Water Protection and supplies, with close to $64 million go-
agement District (SFWMD) grant, Treatment Plant. The funds were ter for the environment, residents "Identifying projects that re- Sustainability Program in 2005, ing to communities in South Florida.
'the City of Deerfield Beach is pre- made available through the SF- and agriculture on South Florida's duce our reliance on the Biscayne which encourages cooperation The District has added another $50
paring to expand its water treat- WMD Alternative Water Supply lower east coast. However, its aquifer is very important," said between municipalities, counties million to this effort, further enhanc-
ment facility to provide the com- grant program. Deerfield Beach supply is limited and dependent SFWMD Governing Board mem- and the water management dis- ing alternative water supply develop-
munity with 3 million gallons per is working to reduce its current on surface water recharge from ber Shannon Estenoz. "Water is a tricts in protecting and developing ment throughout the entire 16-county
day of water from the brackish withdrawals from the shallow rainfall. The use of alternative wa- vital resource, and we must think water supplies as well as promot- region. For information about the Dis-
Floridan Aquifer. Biscayne Aquifer, which now pro- ter sources, such as reverse os- of creative and sustainable ways ing alternative water supply proj- trict's Alternative Water Source Grani
An SFWMD grant for $418,000 vides the city with 18 million gal- mosis water treatment, can help to provide it to meet our region's ects. Over the last three years, the Program, please visit the website at:
will help build to the Low Pres- Ions of water per day. ensure that water from the Bis- needs." program has provided $212 million www.sfwmd.gov/conserve.


The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC)
has formed a team to study and
make recommendations on rules
concerning freshwater turtle har-
vest.
There are restrictions on the
harvest of several freshwater turtle
species, but softshell turtles have
ho restrictions on their harvest,
except during the closed season,
May through July. Also during this
closed season, their eggs may not
be taken from the wild. Recent
reports of increases in the harvest
of these turtles have raised con-
cern among turtle experts, envi-
ronmentalists and the FWC.
The Center for Biological Di-
versity, the St. Johns Riverkeeper
and the Center for Food Safety
recently petitioned the FWC, Gov.
Charlie Crist's office and the Flori-
da Department of Health to enact
an emergency ruling which would
suspend the harvest of all fresh-
water turtles in Florida. The peti-
tion states unregulated commer-
cial harvest is "rapidly depleting
Florida's wild turtle populations"


and cites a public health risk in
consumption of turtles "contami-
nated with toxins and pollutants."
The Center for Biological Diversity
also filed the petition in Georgia,
Okalahoma and Texas.
An emergency ruling would
only be effective for 90 days, un-
der Florida statute. Softshell turtle
harvest is closed from May 1 to
July 31, so a 90-day closure would
only provide 30 additional days of
protection.
"We have some protections
in place for several species of tur-
tles," said Ken Haddad, executive
director of the FWC, "but we have
indications that harvests have in-
creased for other species. We
must take a serious look at the
sustainability of the freshwater
turtles at current rate of harvest."
FWC turtle specialist, Bill
Turner, said turtle harvests have
increased in Florida as a result
of demand from foreign markets
and because Tennessee, Missis-
sippi, North Carolina and Ala-
bama have enacted laws prohib-
iting the commercial harvest of


freshwater turtles.
In addition to the, closed sea-
son on harvesting softshell turtles
and their eggs, river cooters may
not be taken from April 15 to July
31. During these closed seasons,
the FWC will be studying the situ-
ation, and FWC's Division of Law
Enforcement will be extra diligent
in enforcing the closed season,
which is the breeding and nesting
season for softshell turtles..
Restrictions are placed year-
round on harvesting of turtles and
possession of eggs of the follow-
ing species: river cooters (two),
alligator snapping turtles (one),
loggerhead musk turtles (two),
box turtles (two), Barbour's map
turtles (two), Escambia River
map turtles (two) and diamond-
back terrapins (two). Purchasing
or selling turtle eggs collected
from the wild is prohibited. Buy-
ing, selling, taking or possessing
gopher tortoises is prohibited as
well.


Ferrellgas offers homeowners



spring-cleaning safety tips


Flowers are beginning to
bloom and the grass is starting to
turn green.
Spring is in the air and, for
most homeowners, that means
it's time for spring-cleaning.
The local employee-owners
of Ferrellgas, an industry leader
in safety and service, want to re-
mind homeowners that there are
a number of things that should
be done in the spring to main-
tain their propane system and
propane-powered appliances.
"Safety. knows no season,"
said Manager David Fountain.
"Most homeowners remem-
ber to have their furnaces and
heating systems checked every
fall, but it's just as important to
check your propane system and
propane-fueled appliances in the
spring."
Ferrellgas offers the following
tips and services to help hom-


eowners with their Spring-clean-
ing efforts.
Remove any combustible
materials, such as long, dry
grass, wood, or debris, that are
within 10 feet of your propane
tank or cylinder(s).
If you have appliances that
have not been used recently,
such as a gas-fired pool heater
or gas grill, have them inspected
by a qualified service technician
before using.
Do not store propane cylin-
ders or tanks inside of buildings.
Before you start to dig to
plant your spring flowers, new
trees, or for any other reason,
call 811 to have your utility lines
marked.
Contact your local Ferrell-
gas office to request a copy of
the Propane Safety brochure or
download a copy at www.ferrell-
gas.com/CustomerCenter/Safety.


asp.
The Propane Safety brochure
provides many proven tips as
well as a scratch and sniff dot
designed to familiarize hom-
eowners with the scent added to
propane.
For more safety tips, or to
learn more about- Ferrellgas'
products, and services, call the
Ferrellgas office at 863-763-7557
Ferrellgas Partners, L.P.,
through its operating partner-
ship. Ferrellgas, L.P., serves ap-
proximately one million custom-
ers in all 50 states, the District of
Columbia and Puerto Rico. Fer-
rellgas Employees indirectly own
more than 20 million common
units of the partnership through
an Employee stock ownership
plan.
More information about the
partnership can be found online
at www.ferrellgas.com.


Place your


P M DEPublicNotices-
PARK MODEL 2005, Fully OKEECHOBEE UTILITY AUTHORITY
OKEE.: New 2br/2ba on private furnished. Blue Cypress REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS
lot, on water, $800/mo. 1st Condo Assoc. Lot 151. -flIAI M A PROFESSIONAL ARCHITECTURAL AND RELATED SERVICES
& sec. Avail 04/01. No pets $ 8 2 5 0 0 O...., . RFQ# 2008-1
Call (561)767-6112 (863)467-5601 (will the party Notice is ierely given thaIl The Okeechobee Utlllly Authority, hereinafter ielorred to
OKEECHOBEE 2 br, Clean that called & left number Public Notice 5005 as he "OUA, hereby issues this request to procure Professional Architectural and
nice park. 7650 Hwy br 78W 637-1971 please call again State Public rolalod Smvicos pursuant to Section 287.05a Florida Statutes.
McIntyre MH Park. $450 H m. and give area code) Legal Notice 5500 Proposals to provide Professional Services willhin tie scope of the practice of archil-
Mcntyre MH Park. ecturi professional engirnoering, and prooct l management slial include: a letter
(812)989-3022 of transmittal requnestin Ithat the firm be cerltiied as qualified to provide the re-
( ) toa,-: chici thra dLf i-s_ qil irerd l piofssional services, organizational profile and Firm's qualifications, re-
OKEECHOBEE 2br, 1ba with is dnivjyu in. _it's- tsne smIos oa Individuals to perform hie work, scope of services proposed, public
large back porch. Front t ir a i i tty cries atidanit, standard forms SF 330 and other pertinenl data as outlined
lr b kporct.lrg Frott ]d :r a 1- in tiroirnformation regarding tlie Firm.
porch on large scenic, Sde d sales.
wooded, fenced lot. $850 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF ePotect Summar
mo. Also a 1 br, 1ba $600 r THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT The OUA is soliciting Requests for Qualilications from qualified firms interested in
mo. Call 863-634-3451 iOF FLORIDA IN AND FOR providing Architectural Design and related services for the design and project
mn. Call 8636343451 I OKEECHOBEE COUNTY management for the construction of a proposed approximate 10,000 square foot
OKEECHOBEE: Nice, 2br/l1 ha CASE NO. 47 2007 CA 0343 .administrative building to be located on a 1.32 acre vacant property to wit: Parcel
KE~CHOBE:t Nice, 2~r/1b KWA I| poRA RE 0oID# 3-15-37-35-0010oo-01640,0040 to provide space for twenty lour (24) cur
$550/mo + 1st, Last & Sec. KAWASAKI PRAIRIE 360 DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST rent staff, board room and future expansion for ten additional staff The OUA will
Dep. In town. No pets. Call 05, 4X4, Very good condi- COMPANY AS INDENTURE TRUSTEE require that the selected professional firm take the proposed project from incep-.
(863)763-6232 tion. $3100 or best offer. FOR NEW CENTURY HOME EQUITY tion to completion which will include, a conceptual preliminary site analysis, con-
OKEECHOBEE: Nice, 3br/ba (863)634-4438 LOAN TRUST SERIES 2006-2, ceptual layout, site civil work, conformity with LDR and/or other regulatory issues,
.. .. .. .. / Plaintiff permitting of final design plans, evaluation and specification of building materials,
town. No pets. YAMA RAPTR 50 CT MARNvs. cost estimating, construction bidding, and overall project management, While the
doublewide in town. No pets. YAMAHA RAPTOR 50, '05 CATHY MARROQUIN A/K/A CATHRYN degree of emphasis is likely to vary, all skills are necessary to achieve a cost el-
$750/mo + 1st, Last & Sec. great shape, $800 or best D. MARROGUINN, et. al. fective and optimum design.
Dep. Call (863)763-6232 offer. (863)610-3147 Defendants
Dep. Call (863)763-6232 offer. (863)610-3147 Defendants Background and other information relating to this RFQ is available at the location
NRIM CANALin keecho- NOTICEOF FORECLOSURE SALE specified herein for submission of proposals. Related inquiries shall be directed
Nbee Small, OBdr mobile NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a t John FHayford, li, Executive Director, of the OUA at (863) 763-9460.
e (863)697-0214 3/11/08 and entered in Case No. 47
C. dep. (863)69- 1 2007 CA 0343, of the Circuit Court of Time Is of the essencel All firms Interested In Drovidinn these services shall mail
TRNESURI ,SLANO-22' ,-D ?/I In the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and or deliver an orIprnal proposal and six (61 cooles to arrive ON OR EFOREi
fTuRn SURE SLcre nd- /p I rg- I I I ,,. fo!3 r OKEECHOBEE County, Florida, Aril 23.2008 at 300 .1.
urn SW, screened porch, stor- wherein DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL Mall In a Sealed Envlo s Folows:
age, private lot. $750/mo + TRUST COMPANY AS INDENTURE
1st, last & sec.(863)610-2126 AUtomob leS 4005 TRUSTEE FOR NEW CENTURY HOME PROFESSIONAL ARCHITECTURAL AND RELATED SERVICES
Automobiles 4005 EQUITY LOAN TRUST SERIES 2006-2, Okeechobee Utility Authority
YEARLY LEASE- No pets, 2/2, A osWante 410 s a Plaintiff and CATHY MARROA UIN 100 SW 5th Avenue
$500/mo, 3/2 $60 /mo, 3/2 lss A K/A CATHRYN MARROOUIN, IF Okeechobee, FL 34974-4221
$500/mo, 3/2 $600/mo,3/2 Classic Cars 4015 LIVING, AND IF OEAD,. THE UNKNOWN
w/FM $650/mo. $1000 sec Commercial Trucks 4020 SPOUSE, HEIRS, OEVISEES, GRANT- Proposals received after the time and date seclled will not he considered.
dep. (863)763-4031 Construction EES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDI-
Edlep. (8 6-4 I i n TORS, TRUSTEES. AND ALL OTHER The OUA accepts no responsibility for any expense related to preparation or delivery
Equipment 4026 PARTIES CLAIMING AN INTEREST BY, of proposals, The OUA reserves the right to: reject any and all proposals, select
Sn C rs Foreign Car 4030 THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST CA- the lirm most qualified for each individual referenced project or for all referenced
leFour Wheel Drive 4035 THY MARROQUIN A/K/A CATHRYN projects, waive technical errors and informalities, and to accept thle proposal,
rl Cut, cks4040 MARROQUIN; PHYLLIS SEHON, IF LIV- which, in its sole judgment, best serves the OUA's nterest.
Heavy Duty Trucks4040 ING. AND IF DEAD, THE UNKNOWN
ANCIENT OAKS 55+, Gated, Parts Repairs 4045 SPOUSE, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANT- The OUA is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and a Drug-Free workplace.
1br, 1ba, Sunroom, Covered Pickup Trucks 4050 EES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDI-
patio, Carport, Boat ramp, Sport Utility 4055 PARTIES CLAIMING ANDINTERESTH JBY Executive Director
Pool, S a, Clubhouse. All Ulil. Tractor Traiers 4060 THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST Okeechobee Utility Authority
.& Cable TV included. Utility Trailers 4065 PHYLLIS SEHON: LUIS MARROQUIN 267536 ON 4/1-7/08
$550/mo. 954-610-5345 Vans 4070 A/K/A LUIS ENRIQUE MARROQUIN;
$550/mo. 954-610-5345 Vans NKNOOW SPOUSE OF PHYLLIS SE- LEGAL NOTICE
BANK REPO'S HON: UNKNOWN TENANT #1,; UN-
BANKREPO'S ---W -KNOWN TENANT #2 are the Public Auction will be held at Johns Tow-
MOVE TO YOUR LAND 11 1 eendants. I wil t sell to the highest ing Service storage lot located at 704
Mobile Home Angels and best bidder for cash Okeechobee Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee,
County Judicial Cener. 312 N.W 3rd Florida 3,14972 on APRIL 18, 2008, at
561-721-2230 CHRYSLER SEABRING CONV St., Okeechobee, FL, at 11:00 AM on 9:00 A.M Pursuant to Florida Statute
PINE OAKS VLLAGE /W on '97 Loaded, leather, runs 4/16/2008. the following described 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage
PINE OAKS VILLAGE D/W o Lode, le er ru property as set forth in said Final Judg- charges Year, make, model and VIN
3 lots, 3br, 2ba, 2 car gar. reat, 6 cyl, auto. $1950 ment,towit: areasfollows.
$125K. Opt. to Rent. Call for (561)262-5735 LOT 29, OF TAYLOR CREK ISLES 1999 Dodge Caravan
more details. (863)447-0965 MAZDA PU '94 4x4, asking UNIT V ACCORDING TO THE PLAT VIN#2B4GP45G8XR312068
$2 Oaf THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1995 Ford F250
$2000 (863)467-8113 after 6, PAGE 20, OF THE PUBLIC VIN#1FTHF25H9SNA54947
5pmt. ECOROS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY 1997 Ford F150
FLORIDA. VIN#1FTOX1728VN014872
Recr tIUn | MUSTANG CONVERTIBLE -
'95, C, New top. New Any person claiming an interest in the Terms ol sale are cash, and no checks
'9 New, se top. N surplus from the sale, it any, other will be accepted. Seller reserves the
paint. Runs great. $3000 than the property owner as of the date right of final bid. ALL SALES ARE FI-
-. (863)763-4746 Lv. msg. of the lis pendens must file a claim NAU NO REFUNDS WILL BE, MADE!
_within 60 days alter the sale. Said automobiles will be sold in "As Is"
Boats 3005 PONTIAC GRAND AM '95 SHARON ROBERTSON 2 edition with no arantees.
Campers/RVs 3010 75K miles, Auto., Air. Excel- As Clerk ofthe Court -
Jet Skiis 3015 lent condition. $2500 By: Linda E Young LEGAL NOTICE
Marne Accessories 3020 (812)989-3022 As Deputy Clerk A public auction will be held at BMJ Tow-
Mari ssne S,30205 ( Dated this 19th day of March 2008. ing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parrott Ave-
Marine Miscellaneous 3025 nue. Okeechobee. Florida 34974 on
Motorcycles 3030 FllT lli I In accordance with the Americans with Friday the 18th day of April 2008 from
o / 3035 Disabilities Act, persons needing a rea- 10:0 -11:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035 sonable accommodation to participate statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and
JUNK CARS WANTED in this proceeding should, no later than storage. Year. Make, Model & Vin's as
Pay Cash, Free Pickup seven (7) days prior, contact the Clerk follows:
ampers/Rl 3010i (561)267-2260 of the Courts disability coordinator atte Ford F250
(561)2672280 (863) 763-2131, 304 NW 2nd St. 1984White FordF25 -
OKEECHOBEE, FL 33472. If hearing 1FTEF25H7ENA85377
98'Damon Magnum 5th Wheel Tr impaired, contact (TOO) (800) Terms of se are cash and n checks
31', AIC & Heat, Slide out, 955-8771 via Fonda Relay System. Terms of sale are cash, and no checks f
/ 266239 ON 3'27;4/3/08 will be accepted. The seller reserves
newer refrigerator, dbl. axle FORD F150 '94 LWB, 6 cyl, .- - the eight of final bid, All sales are final
refr0ratr (No refunds will be made. Said automo-
$4500 neg. (313)909-4822 auto, cold a/c. $16 0 Yc Tfw Tr-e cCuid be bies s ill be sold in 'AS IS with no
CARL'S RV STORAGE (561)262-5735 in tody 's -Bre. e guarantees.
455 US Hwy. 441 SE., n ai o.E ftr it? 268000 ON 4a,,308
Okeechobee 34974 Directly i Uli 4 5
East of Good Spirits Lounge. nn s tz -isarth- H cb yu fired a jb in
Units up to 45 Ft L GMC SURBURBAN '88, HD rnra's treas reTu n th c y's cena tits e
accepted. Tow pkg. 454 Big Block cur trah to tr em e natef-? n tle arplCy-
(863)634-8617or Chevy. Runs great. $2500 th tarad& inte s LUe S- adL CfI r1 Cl -
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OHS softball team competes in prestigious tourney


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee drew a tough
team in the first round of the 16th
annual Kissimmee Classic soft-
ball tournament which begins
Thursday. Okeechobee will meet
Tallahassee Lincoln, ranked num-
ber one in Class 5A. From there
Okeechobee could meet several
other ranked teams.
"That's the whole point, we
want to play some good com-


petition," Brahmans Coach Kim
Hargraves noted. The annual
event includes some 48 teams
from across Florida. Close to half
of those teams are ranked in the
state.
"1I don't know a lot about Lin-
coln but they are traditionally a
tough team," Hargraves said. "We
are definitely getting our money's
worth."
Hargraves coached with Kis-
simmee Osceola Coach George
Coffee in an all star game a few


years ago and she asked him to
invite Okeechobee to his annual
softball tournament. The 1Brah-
mans have gone to this tourna-
ment for the past two years, fin-
ishing sixth in 2006, and sixth in
2007.
"It is an invitation only tourna-
ment and how you place each
year helps keep you in the tour-
nament the next year," Coach
Hargraves said. "We have done
a pretty good job in this tourna-
ment.".


Hargraves noted the Brahmans
lost their first game in the first year
they attended the tournament but
didn't let it bother them. They
went on to win every other game
they played that year and finished
sixth overall. Last year, the team
won their first game, went into
the championship round and lost
in their third game, finishing fifth.
"We have improved every year
and we hope to see improvement
again this year. It's going to be


Local 12-year-old excels in tennis


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The word "prodigy" is defined
as something extraordinary or in-
explicable, an extraordinary, mar-
velous or unusual accomplish-
ment, deed or event, or a highly
talented child or youth.
Okeechobee is home to a
prodigy in the sport of tennis.
Samantha Olivero, 12, has
dedicated herself and much of
her free time to tennis and has al-
ready shown enormous potential
as she is ranked 125th in the USTA
rankings for 12-year-olds.
USTA is the United States Ten-
nis Association.
Samantha and her family are
joined together in pursuing her
tennis career. The family is of Cu-
ban descent. Her mother Mairim
and father Armando, were both
born in Cuba. Samantha was
born in the United States and
moved here to Okeechobee with
her parents about six years ago.
She has played tennis for the past
four years and has dramatically
improved her game.
She met Brahmans boy's ten-
nis Coach Dave Ellis while she
was a student at Grace Christian
School. At that time she spent a
lot of her time playing the piano.
However Ellis encouraged her to
give tennis a try and she went to
practice one afternoon and tried
the sport. When she picked up a
tennis racket, she said "so long"
to the piano.
From there she dedicated her-
self to tennis. She plays practically
every afternoon, and has taken
group and private lessons. She
also plays in USTA tournaments
around the state twice per month.
Tournaments are held from Or-
lando, to Miami, and also at Mar-
tin Downs in Palm City.
Brahman's girls tennis coach
Jay Huffman is overjoyed to be
part of Samantha's career. He
noted she already has the skills
to play even with the high school
age players. He jokes she will be
his ticket to Wimbledon one day.
Her mother is also very proud
of her daughter's accomplish-
ments and supports her any way
she can, "She ranks really, really
high, and is ready to move up to
the 14-year-olds. She wants to
pursue a tennis career. But she
is very logical, she sets realistic
goals in life. I hope one day she
is good enough to get a college
scholarship."
Armando, who often prac-
tices with his daughter, operates
a land clearing business. The
family has a nice ranch north of
Okeechobee. He said he is con-
sidering putting in a clay tennis
court so his daughter can practice
at home on that different surface.
He is also dedicated to helping his


daughter succeed.
The one thing that might have
bothered him a bit is losing to his
daughter in tennis.
Armando was the athlete in
the house, as he played football
for John I. Leonard High School.
That was until Samantha came
along.
He still practices and competes
with his daughter to help her im-
prove her tennis game.
"She is always begging some-
one to play with them. She is very
determined and gives her all. She
also loves watching tennis on
television and loves the Williams
sisters," Miriam said.
Mom is also a very busy lady.
She takes Samantha to all her
practices and her private les-
sons. She also drives her to all her
USTA tournaments. She also has
to schedule matches and do most
of the paperwork involved in this
effort.
"The USTA tournaments are
pretty competitive. There are a lot
of good players. You have to work
to be one of the better ones," Mir-
iam said. "You have to be there to
feel the emotions of these kids, all
of them want to be pro's. I'm still
learning about the tennis busi-
ness."
"I'm very proud of her and her
accomplishments, I'll do what I
can to help her," she added.
Samantha said she enjoyed
tennis from the first time she
went on the court. She knew that
was what she wanted to do.
"I love tennis, I really enjoy it.
It's my life. I think about tennis
24 hours a day, seven days per
week," she noted.
Samantha said she plays ten-
nis every day of the year, besides
some major holidays. She even
brings the rackets on the annual
family vacation. She also admits
she beats her dad in straight sets.
She also attends a number of
tennis camps around the state to
improve her skills. She attempted
a N e camp in Winter Park last
summer, and also plans to attend
a camp at Florida State Univer-
sity.
Her family has also gotten to
meet some famous people during
their tennis ventures. The list in-
cludes Andre Agassi and his wife
at the time Brooke Shields.
Samantha said her coach told
her when she began to play. ten-
nis that she was a natural who
had a lot of potential. She had
tried other activities like cheer-
leading, and soccer, and decided
to stick with tennis.
"I've gotten this far, my parents
are there for me backing me up,"
she said.
Coach Huffman said Samantha
is good enough to beat his high
school players now. However she


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Samantha Olivero is ranked 125th in the United States Tennis
Association rankings for 12-year-olds.


maintains she doesn't feel right
about beating her mentors. She
doesn't have that problem when
she plays her own age groups in
the USTA tournaments.
"She is very serious about the
game. She is very driven, she has
been a pleasure to coach," Huff-
man said.
Samantha one day hopes to
be the worlds top ranked ten-
nis player. Another goal is to be
ranked in the top 10 in the world.
For now she'll be satisfied with
being the number one seed on
the high school team when she
gets to play high school tennis in
two years.
Her parents support her ath-
letic prowess but also emphasize
that she must do well in school
to keep playing tennis. To them,
education comes first. Thankfully,
Samantha doesn't have a prob-
lem in that area.
Samantha excels in the class-
room. She is a straight A student
at Yearling Middle School. She
also is Principal Brian Greseth's
representative on the Student Ac-
tivities Council.
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