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Briefs

Quit Smoking

Now classes

offered
The Okeechobee County
Health Department (OCHD)
offers a Tobacco Prevention
and Education Program for the
community. The purpose of the
program is to reduce adult and
youth tobacco use, and provide
tobacco resources to residents,
businesses and community orga-
nizations in the county.
For information, call 863-
462-5781.
Childbirth classes
planned
The Okeechobee Healthy
Start Coalition will offer Child-
birth Education Classes. For
information, call 863-462-5877.
Diabetes Support
Group at Raulerson
Hospital
Raulerson Hospital offers
a monthly Diabetes Support
Group which meets on the sec-
ond Thursday of each month in
the hospital cafeteria at 2 p.m. If
you have any questions please
call the program coordinator,
Wanda Haas, R.N., B.A., C.D.E.,
C.P.T., at 863-763-5093.
Depression support
group
Depending on Christ is a
new support group for men and
women suffering from depres-
sion, They meet every Thursday.
For information, call 772-597-
0463.
Red Cross offers
HIV/AIDS course
The American Red Cross-
Okeechobee Branch offers a
basic HIV/AIDs instruction
course that complies with Flori-
da employment requirements for
individuals working in various
vocations. This is a self-study
course that includes text work
and the successful completion
of a multiple choice written test.
The cost of the course is $15.
Call the local Red Cross office at
863-763-2488 for information.
Addiction
consultation offered
Problems with drug or alco-
hol addiction in someone you
know, but don't know where to
turn? The Drug Rehab Resource
service can give you the help you
need. Contact the Drug Rehab
Resource at 866-649-1594 for
a free confidential consultation.
Or, go to the website at www.
drugrehabresource.net.

Drought Index

Current: 310
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.32 feet
SLast Year: 10.34 feet



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

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By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
"You have to learn to cope,"
said Shirlean Graham-Stevens,
a counselor at Martha's House.
"You develop coping skills."
The month of April has been
proclaimed Sexual Assault
Awareness Month by many
family service organizations
and counseling groups. Activi-
ties during the month address
sexual violence issues and pro-
vide education and awareness.
Local organizations, such as
the Martha's House shelter for
victims of domestic violence,
are using this opportunity to
educate the public about the
problems faced by victims of
sexual assault.
"It's a no win situation with-
out help, you have to take it
one day at a time," said Mrs.
Graham-Stevens.
"Forgiving is the hardest
thing to do and is necessary,"
said Mrs. Graham-Stevens. "It's


Monday, April 7, 2008


Read all about it: Library Week


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee County Library staff (left to right) Kim Bass, Natasha Willoughby, Jean
Caldwell, Kresta King-library director, Linda Richardson, Marcia DiStefano, (not pic-
tured) Pat O'Connor and Debra Cason served over 14,000 patrons in the month of
February at the county library.


Local library plans celebration


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
National Library Week be-
gins Sunday, April 13, through
Saturday, April 19. Locally the
celebration will begin on Fri-
day, April 10, with the Okeecho-
bee Friends of the Library Book
Sale.
This features hardback
books for $2 and paperbacks
for $1. On Sunday, April 12, all
books will be half price.
National Library Week be-
gan in 1958, sponsored by the
American Library Association
(ALA) and libraries across the
- -country each April. This yeai's
theme is "Join the circle of
knowledge at your library."
This week is denoted to cel-
ebrate the contributions of our
nation's libraries and librarians
and to promote library use and
support.
In the mid-L950's the ALA
and the American Book Pub-
lishers became concerned that
Americans were reading less
due to the increase in spending
on radios, televisions and musi-
cal instruments, so they formed
the National Book Committee.
The committee's goals
ranged from encouraging
people to read in their increas-
ing leisure time to improving
incomes and health and devel-
oping strong and happy family
life.
The first National Library
Week with the theme of "Wake
Up and Read!" was observed in
1958.
At our local Okeechobee
County Library this National
Library Week is also being ob-
served. Our local library is now
ran by library director Kresta


King who had been working
alongside the former director
Margo Taylor until her retire-
ment.
On Wednesday, April 16, at
7 p.m. the library will hold their
Florida Jeopardy Game which
will include Florida trivia, pop
culture trivia and election trivia.
On Saturday, April 19, there
will be three local storytellers:
Pat O'Connor; Margo Tayloy;
and Marcia DisStefano. They
will be featured from 1 p.m.
until 2 p.m.
At 2 p.m. Katie Adams,
professional storyteller will be
-story telling.
Mrs. King has lived in
Okeechobee since July, 2007
when she began working at the
library. She has a bachelors in
religious studies which she re-
ceived from Bethany College in
West Virginia.
She also received her mas-
ters of comparative literature in
both English and Spanish liter-
ature from Arkansas University
in Fayetteville, Ark.
Prior to becoming the
Okeechobee library director
she worked for two years as the
branch manager at the Lake
Placid Library. Before moving
to Florida, she was the director
of four libraries in West Virginia
where she worked up the ranks
to get to that position.
Mrs. King lives in Okeecho-
bee with her husband, Kyle
King and two stepchildren Cia-
rah King, 4, and Dalton Sisk, 6.
The Okeechobee County Li-
brary serves an area of 39,000
people. In February, $14,864
individuals visited the county
library. These numbers out-
weigh any library that Mrs. King


has ever worked at in her nine
years of experience.
The local library has eight
staff members including Mrs.
King, who serve many citizens
on a regular basis.
"I have never been in a com-
munity that supports their li-
brary so much," Mrs. King stat-
ed. "Truly if I won the lottery
tomorrow, I would still work.
This is a labor of love."
The new facilities will be
celebrating their tenth anni-
versary next year where they
are already planning on adding
new events such as a Murder
Mystery event in the fall.
Mrs. King's mission for the
library is to become more cus-
tomer friendly and accessible.
She hopes to incorporate new
ideas in the future such as a
teen room to create an environ-
ment where older children will
want to come to the library.
Due to budget issues, this
may not come to fruition with-
out the support of the commu-
nity.
Library hours are Mondays-
9:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.; Tuesdays
thru Thursdays-9:30 a.m. until
8 p.m.; Fridays-9:30 a.m. until
6 p.m.; and Saturdays 9:30 a.m.
until 5 p.m.
For more information about
the library or services they offer
call 863-763-3536 or visit the li-
brary at 206 S. W. 16th Street.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.
com. Reporter Chauna Aguilar can
be reached at caguilar@newszap.
corn.


a choice you are going to have
to make."
Mrs. Graham-Stevens, like
all Martha's House counselors,
receives 24 hours of training a
year. However, she thinks there
is a more important factor than
academic training.
"You have to have heart and
love for people," Mrs. Smith-
Graham said. "You must have
empathy."
In her counseling she uses a
14 step program called "Chang-
ing Patterns."
"That's our bible," she said.
The program deals with
such things as rights, grief and
fear.
It is a minimum of 12 weeks
long and can be longer if a cli-
ent needs more time.
"You know you are valu-
able," Mrs. Graham-Stevens
said. "If I see myself as valuable
I will want to be with people
who think I am valuable."
"We give you tools to work
with," she asserted. "You have


to believe in yourself."
"Each step you make toward
bettering yourself is success."
"You can't do this without
some kind of spiritual help."
Mrs. Graham-Stevens asserted.
There is at least one other
method of counseling and it
uses THE Bible.
Carlene Huckabee is a min-
ister's wife and schoolteacher
who was sexually abused her-
self as a child. She now devotes
a good portion of her time to
counseling other victims.
She believes that God has
allowed her to use her experi-
ences to help others.
"I have no answer. My train-
ing is to listen to Christ," she
said.
"It is all based on Scripture,
not on my personal feelings."
She says her counseling is
based on truth rather than on
feelings. Her interview was
punctuated with Bible refer-
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Sears is Coach



of the Year


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Brahmans boys soccer
coach Lonnie Sears was named
Coach of the Year by fellow
Coaches in the Treasure Lake
Conference Thompson Divi-
sion in March.
Sears was joined on the All
Conference squad by Okeecho-
bee's Giovanni Jimenez, and
Alan Najera, first team, and
Omar Torres and Ivan Torres,'
second team. Eddie Guerrero
was named honorable men-
tion.
"It's not about me, it's about
the kids," Coach Sears said.
"Okeechobee has always been
a little step kid that always got
kicked around in. soccer, this
shows that you can't just come
to Okeechobee and expect a
win any longer."
Sears and former coach
Shawn Poland have worked
hard to bring the soccer pro-
gram to respectability. They
have seen some success with
a district title a few years ago,
and a fine record this past year
of 12-3-2.
Okeechobee did falter in the
district tournament this year as
they fell short of a state playoff
berth despite the fact they had
defeated every team in the dis-
trict during the regular season.
The Brahmans 6-0 loss to For-


est Hill in the district semifinal
is still a sore subject for Sears
and his team.
"I'm good now, but it was a
tough loss. I sure didn't like to
see it happen," Sears admitted.
Sears said he takes .some
pride in the fact other Treasure
Coast Coaches named him the
Coach of the Year, however he
noted he couldn't have done it
without the effort of the kids.'
"It's not about me. I don't
care about my own accolades,
I guess it would be good for my
resume if I moved somewhere
else but it's more about the
kids," he said.
Coach Sears said he won't
tell the kids anything about
their individual awards until the
team holds their annual ban-
quet later this'year. He praised
all of them for their efforts this
year.
"Gio and Alan were out mo-
tors all year on offense," he
said.
Jimenez has been looked at
by several college coaches and
Sears is hopeful something will
happen with him in the next
couple of weeks. He has also
worked to get some other se-
niors into college.
Sears said the one regret he
has this year is the cancellation
of all conference champion-

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Unemployment



rates decline


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Unemployment levels
dropped 3/10Oths of a point in
Okeechobee County during
February according to the latest
report from the Florida Agency
for Workforce Innovation, La-
bor Market Statistics Center. ,
The unemployment rate,
stood at 5.3 percent, with 931
people out of work in Febru-
ary. There were 16,790 resi-
dents employed during that
same time period.
Those numbers compared
to a 5.6 percent unemploy-
ment rate in January when
998 people were out of work
and 16,690 residents were em-
ployed.
Compared to one year ago,
the employment picture isn't


quite so rosy. There were 715
people unemployed in Febru-
ary, 2007, a rate of 4.2 percent.
12 other counties in Florida
had higher, unemployment
rates than Okeechobee last
month. The highest rate was
seen in Hendry County which
reported an unemployment
rate of 6.7 percent.
Glades County reported 4.5
percent unemployment in Feb-
ruary. 209 residents were out
of work there while 4,424 peo-
ple were gainfully employed.
In January, the unemployment
rate stood at 4.9 percent as 227
people were out of work and
4,448 had jobs.
One year ago Glades County
had 185 people out of work, a
jobless rate of four percent.


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Shirlean Graham-Stevens is one of the counselors at
Martha's House, an organization that provides shelter,
counseling and legal services for victims of sexual and
domestic abuse.


Sexual assault victims



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ences.
"God's Word is the answer for
anything we face in this life.
"That's not to diminish any
other counseling method" she
added.
Using the illustration of a car
owner's manual to learn about
the operation of the car, Mrs.
Huckabee said that the Bible is
our owner's manual since it was
written "by our Manufacturer."
She, too, stressed the impor-
tance of forgiveness.
"It can't be done in my own
strength. Once I learned super-
naturally to forgive, I have walked
in freedom. A godly counselor
taught me how to scripturally for-
give. "
Mrs. Huckabee prefers to use
the term "discipling" rather than
counseling, saying "God is our
Wonderful Counselor."


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ship games. He said Okeechobee
could have owned their first ever
conference championship in soc-
cer had they played the match.


She has credentials from a
counseling organization called
Changed Lives Ministries.
Mrs. Huckabee calls a cop-
ing mechanism anything used
to meet our needs apart from
Christ.
"A lot of times we are looking
for a quick fix," she said. "Heal-
ing is supernatural, it only comes
from God."
There is no maximum or min-
imum number of sessions in Mrs.
Huckabee's counseling. She says
it all depends on the individual
and where they are spiritually.
Typically, Mrs. Huckabee be-
gins by learning the client's back-
ground. Then she teaches them
the importance of forgiveness be-
fore moving on to other topics.
'A person must have used all
their own strength and be des-
perate," she said. "That's when
God can work.
"We are made to be depen-
dent on Jesus Christ."
Mrs. Huckabee says it is a day


Okeechobee was the number
one seed in the Thompson Di-
vision and Vero Beach was the
number one seed in the Rauler-
son Division.
Although Vero Beach had de-
feated Okeechobee 4-2 early in
the year, Okeechobee was with-
out five of their starters who were


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Carlene Huckabee offers biblical based counseling to vic-
tims of sexual abuse. She has credentials from Changed
Lives Ministries.


by day journey. "If you have a bad
day, that doesn't mean you are
not healed."
Post your opinions in the


still competing in cross country
during that game.
In girl's soccer Erica Zinski was
named All Conference first team.
Andrea Duenas was named to the
second team.
In girl's basketball Monica
Koger was named All Confer-
ence second team. Heather Fipps


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earned honorable mention.
In wrestling, Okeechobee's
Robbie Harrell (103 pounds),
Donny Bush (145 pounds), and
Tyler Hayes (152 pounds), were
named first team All Conference.
Michael Brishke was named to
the second team and Tony Bon-
nett was honorable mention.


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

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from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the American Legion Bingo hall, 501 S.E.
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Local gardeners ask: What's that bag?


UNIVERSITY OF

FLORIDA
IFAS EXTENSION

An office visitor brought in a
curious hanging thing form their
oak tree last week. It was vaguely
familiar to me, but I let our Mas-
ter Gardeners do the legwork on
this mystery. They came up with
an answer which presents an in-
teresting story worth sharing with
readers.
The story involves a bit of
Greek mythology, a natural self-
defense mechanism, a lesson
on dealing with worms on your
plants, and a fascinating look at
a beautiful creature that may oc-
casionally pop up in our Florida
Yards.
A small silk bag
The local gardener that
brought in our mystery bag re-
ported that there where a couple
of these things hanging around
his oak tree. Okeechobee Master
Gardener Terry Lane also reported
that she has seen a small number
of these containers on the oaks in
her Florida yard. I suggested that
it may be some kind of cocoon,
so she started her search for pho-
tos of insect cocoons, and -soon
she tracked it down.
It turns out this fuzzy bag is
an empty cocoon case for a large
moth. It has the curious name
'of Polyphemus Moth, Antheraea
. polyphem.us. (The approximate


pronunciation
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on is "Pal-e-FEE- and then she spends the next
e wings have very week finding suitable trees to lay
eye spots that give the single eggs. Adult moths do not
ame -- the one-eyed feed at all during their brief final
Greek mythology was stage of life. Several generations
phemus, of these moths can be found in
me of year in Florida, Florida,- while in more northern
ration of these moths areas two generations per year
rging from their silken are more.typical.
fully developed adult The adult Polyphemus Moth is
enzyme that helps a member of the regal moths or
ap in the cocoon, and giant silk moths. This family (Sat-
ng adult wiggles its urniidae) includes many large
sized moths often with striking
colors and shapes. They attract
brown and a lot of attention when they are
encountered, especially at night
when they bang against a win-
lyphemus moths may dow. Other Saturn family moths
pans of 4 to 6 inches. are the lime green Luna Moth, the
il color is anywhere yellowish lo moth, and the Cecro-
ed and brown, but pia moth, a similar reddish brown
everal unique mark- adult.


ings that make these moths dis-
tinctive. Males and females look
very similar except the male has
larger feathery antenna, while the
ladies have a larger body to hold
their eggs.
The front wings have a small
transparent wing spqt ringed with
light yellow. When the moth is
disturbed, it shows its back wings,
which also have eyespots. These
hind wing markings are very
noticeable. The blue-black eyes
would certainly scare a predator
into thinking they were about to
attach a much large creature.
A short while after emerg-
ing from the cocoon the adult
is ready to find a mate. Female
moths secrete a pheromone that
attracts males from miles away,


Great big green worm
The caterpillar of this moth
starts out as a small light brown
egg. It hatches into a tiny yellow
caterpillar, and will consume
86,000 times its weight in two
months.
They are not picky eaters, and
will feed on trees leaves includ-
ing oaks maples, elms, hickories
and willows. One source even
suggested that they would some-
times be a pest on peach and
cherry trees; another report said
that the Polyphemus caterpillar
may eat citrus tree leaves.
Full grown larvas are thick
bodied and can measure around
three inches in length. This spe-
cies is apple green in color with


yellow spots or lines on each seg-
ment. The head is reddish brown
in color. The caterpillars of this
moth family have lots of barbs
and spines that make them look
ferocious, but only one of these,
the lo moth caterpillar, actually
has stinging hairs.
Is this a pest?
This insect is found through-
out most of North America, and
has been reported in many areas
of Florida. There is no "official"
sighting of it in Okeechobee (yet),
but it has been reported seen in
Highlands. If you can positively
identify one in your yard, please
let us know so we can confirm its
range.
They are not abundant, and
rarely can be considered to be a
pest because their numbers are
not that great. Occasionally they
may damage seedlings or young
trees, but they can be picked off
and disposed of if they are seen
on high value ornamentals. The
use of toxic pesticides to manage
these caterpillars would probably
not be recommended except in
extreme cases.
Parasitic wasps are known to
attack the caterpillars, and squir-
rels are thought to consume the
pupa that is found inside cocoons.
Other threats to this moth are the
removal of tree branches by prun-
ing and night lights, which can at-
tract adult moths to places where
predators or curious people will
capture and dispense with the big
moths.
I've placed more information


Strickland is Seacoast credit officer


Seacoast Banking Corporation
of Florida (NASDAQ-NMS: SBCF),
a bank holding
company whose
principal subsid-
iary is Seacoast
National Bank,
is pleased to
atimnounce that
Jean Strickland
will add chief
-credit officer to ean
her title for both Striekland
the bank and the
holding company.
Strickland's appointment be-
came effective April 1 in anticipa-
tion of the retirement of 44-year
career veteran A. Douglas Gilbert
slated for January 2009. Gilbert


joined Seacoast in 1990 and has
been recognized for creating Sea-
coast's high quality credit culture.
A 27-year career veteran her-
self, Ms. Strickland has an exten-
sive background in commercial
credit. She has been with Sea-
coast for 17 years and has served
as president for Seacoast National
Bank and chief operating officer
and senior vice president of Sea-
coast Banking Corporation of
Florida since 2005.
"There is no better qualified
person to assume the chief credit
officer role for our company,"
stated Doug Gilbert, president of.
Seacoast Banking Corporation
and former chief credit officer.
"The depth of her knowledge


and experience will serve us well the American Red Cross of Palm.
moving forward." Beach County, past chair for the
Ms. Strickland will continue PGA Corridor Association and is
Mr. Gilbert's legacy by maintain- currently a board member for the
ing a strong credit culture while Elliot Museum and United Way of
moving forward to adapt and im- Martin County. She was honored
prove policies that will enhance as the 2007 Business Woman of
the depth and reliability of com- the Year by the Soroptimist In-
mercial underwriting, strengthen ternational of Stuart, and named
controls and overall credit quality, Business Person of the Year, 2006,
and improve responsiveness to its by the Martin County Chamber of
customers. Commerce.
Ms. Strickland earned a bach- The operating arm of Seacoast
elor's degree in economics from Banking Corporation of Florida
the University of Illinois at Chi- (NASDAQ: SBCF) Seacoast Na-
cago. She has a long history serv- tional Bank has 43 offices in Flori-
ing on the boards for various civic da mk p 4,9oximately $2.3 billion
and charitable organizati-ons. 9"- in .is one of the largest
cluding the Jupiter, Tequesta'Ju fnin e Inepen banks headquar-
Beach Chamber of Commerce, teredlinwFlorida.


on our Okeechobee web page,
http://okeechobee.ifas.ufl.edu. If
you need additional information
on the Polyphemus Moth, please
email us at okeechobee@ifas.ufl.
edu or call us at 863-763-6469.


Okeechobee residents can stop
by our office at 458 Hwy 98 North
in Okeechobee, and visit our
Okeechobee County Master Gar-
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Enfinger joins Riverside Bank


Riverside Bank recently added
a new member to the family. Sher-
ri Enfinger joins
Riverside as Re-
lationship Man-
ager, working
out of the Bank's
Okeechobee of-
fice at 1506 S.
Parrot Ave.
"We are most
pleased to have Sherri
Sherri join our Enfinger
team," said Jen-
nifer Lafferty, Assistant Vice Presi-
dent and Regional Sales Leader.
"We are all looking forward to
working with her. She has been an
Okeechobee resident since 1972,
and many people in this area al-


ready know she has great busi-
ness proficiency and the warmth
and caring personality that fits so
well with Riverside's 'hometown
style of banking.'"
Ms. Enfinger's many leadership
roles in business began when she
purchased a convenience store
business at the age of 19. Follow-
ing 7 '/2 years as owner and adp-
erator, she sold her business and
jumped into another venture, the
development of a manufactured
home subdivision. For the past
21 years, Ms. Enfinger obtained
priceless skills in operations, man-
agement and indirect lending as
Finance and Insurance Manager
for Gilbert Chevrolet Corporation
and General Manager for Gilbert


Snapper and Golf Cars.
Ms. Enfinger volunteers for the
4-H Club and is a member of Ki-
wanis. She is a past member of the
Hometown Hospice fundraising
committee, past vice president of
American Business Wornen's As-
sociation and a volunteer for the
American Cancer Society. She's
attended the Florida Real Estate
School, GMAC Finance and Insur-
ance School and a Dale Carnegie
public speaking course.
Born in Louisville, Ken-
tucky, Ms. Enfinger has been an
Okeechobee resident for 36 years.
She lives with husband H. E. En-
finger and daughter Carly, 14. She
can be reached at 863-824-0400,
Ext. 61719.


Author to visit Clewiston museum


CLEWISTON -- Author Patsy
West will make a presentation at
the Clewiston Museum on Thurs-
day, April 10 at 7 p.m. Mrs. West
will speak on the Seminole and
Miccosukee Tribes and is an ac-
knowledged expert on these sub-
ject matters. Her presentation will
weave a fascinating tale of the
growth of the Seminole tourism
from roadside stands to the cur-
rent day venues, which include
the Hard Rock Cafe chain.
A published author, Mrs.
West's latest book is titled "The
Enduring Seminoles: From Alliga-
tor Wrestling to Casino Gaming."
Following her presentation, Mrs.


West will meet with those in at-
tendance, answer questions and
be available to sign copies of her
book.
This will be the museum's final
presentation of their Cultural Arts
Series for 2007-08 and is made
possible through a Partnership
Grant from the Florida Humani-
ties Council and the National En-
dowment for the Arts. Attendance
is free but seating is limited. You
can make reservations by calling
the Museum at 863-983-2870 or
emailing them at clewistonmu-
seum@embarqmail.com.


Business owner helps Ag program


The Agricultural Department
at Okeechobee'High School was
surprised when their request
for a quote on a well and tank
turned into a generous dona-
tion.
Danny Enfinger, owner of
Superior Water, was asked by
his daughter Bethany, a student
in the advanced animal science
'class, to quote a price on a 2-in
well and tank.
Enfinger told Bethany to let
her class know he would pro-
vide the well and tank free of
charge.
The well and tank are key
factors in the implementation
of Best Management Practices


(BMP) at the Grassy Island Proj-
ect.
Nathan Lea, an OHS senior,
said as a student in the ag. pro-
gram, he appreciates the dona-
tion made by Enfinger.
"The donation of the new
tank will greatly benefit our ag.
program," he said.
The Grassy Island Project
consists of 207 acres that were
leased to the Ag department by
the South Florida Water Manage-
ment in 2006. The 30-year lease
has allowed the ag. classes the
opportunity to make improve-
ments to the property, such as a
gated entry, improved pastures
and added water sources.


Roger McWaters, OHS animal
science instructor, said the do-
nation of the well and tank has
allowed students to participate
in the implementation of a BMP.
Because of the added wa-
ter source, students will now
be able to divide the 207 acres
into several smaller pastures. By
dividing the land into small pas-
tures, students can rotate cattle,
therefore implementing a BMP.
"We are fortunate to live in an
area where the community sup-
ports agriculture and agriculture
education," Mr. McWaters said.


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discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating
TRAGEDY: My heart is aching for this community with so much
tragedy and trauma this week, starting with Amber, Deputy Rogers
and his accident and now Eli's death. We have to let our children
know how much we love them and we have to try to get that line of
communication open to our youth. Life is so fragile. The school will
hopefully have grief counselors there Monday for them. I pray for God
to give us direction on how to communicate effectively with our chil-
dren, My heart along with many others are very heavy this week and I
pray for comfort for all of the families.
TEENS: For a community the size of Okeechobee to lose two
teenagers to such tragic circumstances is heart-breaking. The cir-
cumstances were very different in each case, so it is not like there is
one thing we can do to help these kids. But they do need help. Kids
need love and support and guidance and boundaries. And sometimes,
they need professional help. Sometimes there is nothing the parents
or the friends can do to help. The kind of help the kids need has to
come from a medical professional.. But we can all be more forgiving,
more tolerant and more accepting of others. If you are a Christian,
think what would Jesus do? How would He act towards these young
people.
DRIVERS: I completely agree with the person who said that any-
one over the age of 70 should not have their drivers' license renewed
unless they can pass vision, hearing and reflexes tests. Some 80 year
olds are just fine. But others are really dangerous behind the wheel of
a car and they don't even realize it. My own mother thought she was
just fine driving, but we started getting complaints from her neighbors
about how she pulled out in front of them, backed into their garbage
cans, etc. We had her doctor evaluate her and that is when we had
to insist she no longer drive. Some people don't want to deal with it
because they don't want to. have to provide transportation for their
elderly relatives. And some of the senior citizens don't want to give up
the independence of driving their own car. But it is a safety issue and
the driver's license office should have the responsibility of only renew-
ing licenses for people who are safe to drive.
GLOBAL WARMING: The current drought is part of a much larger
problem. We need to stop being so foolish about energy and emis-
sions. It is going to get worse and worse if we don't change our life-
styles. The one good thing about the high gas prices is that people
are now carpooling and planning ahead so they don't have to make
extra trips.
CANALS: The photos on the front page of the Friday paper are very
dramatic. A lot of money has apparently be spent to clean up the Trea-
sure Island canals. The homeowners along the canals should do their
part to help. Don't throw yard clippings, food or garbage in the canals.
Anything you throw in the canal winds up on the bottom, either as de-
bris or muck. If you want the canals clean, don't trash them. And limit
the fertilizer you use on your grass. Don't use any close to the edge of
the canal. Fertilizer that rain washes in to the canal makes the canal
vegetation grow faster, which is the last thing you want.
BABIES: According to the study in the paper, one out of every
50 infants in this country is abused or neglected. That is terrible. f
have to think that many of these babies are the product of unplanned
pregnancies. We need to do more to educate young women. Many of
them don't seem to take the possibility of pregnancy and the respon-
sibility of parenthood seriously. Of course the young men are at fault
too, but the girls are the ones who will be stuck raising the babies.
I also think we need to encourage more unwed mothers to give up
their babies for adoption. There are many couples who would give
those neglected babies a wonderful home and a wonderful life. If you
can't take care of your baby, have enough love for that child to give it
to someone who will take care of it properly. Try putting the welfare
of the child first.
BOAT RAMPS: If the boaters want the ramps fixed and new ramps
built, I don't see any problem with asking them to kick in a little more
money to pay for it. Why should people who don't even have boats
have to pay higher taxes to provide more boat ramps or repair or im-
prove existing public boat ramps. People who can afford a boat surely
can afford a couple bucks a year for a sticker.
TEEN TOWN: I would like to see today's young people have some-
thing like the old Teen Town that the kids had years ago. Why can't
we have something like that, a safe place for the kids to gather and
hang out, listen to music, talk, play video games. And I wish someone
would open a new skating rink. It was a shame the old one closed.
Skating is a fun, family activity. I know the old one wasn't air condi-
tioned, so much of the year it was not comfortable. But why doesn't
someone put in a new one? Or how about some kind of water park?
That would go over big with the kids. The movie theater and bowling
alley are not enough.



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Community Events

Benefit for Amber Martin
RJ Gators, 102 S.W 14th St, will hold an all day benefit for former
employee, Amber Martin, 18, who passed away last week. The benefit
will be held on Tuesday, April 8 from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. (open to
close.) RJ Gators will donate 10 percent of their gross sales for Tues-
day to help cover funeral costs at Buxton Funeral Home. Any money
raised in excess of the funeral costs will be used for the benefit 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 or if
there are any questions concerning the event please contact Joe Estes,
*Manager, or David Helms, General Manager at 863-763-2800.
Red Cross class dates slated
The Okeechobee American Red Cross will be offering the follow-
ing classes in 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.

Friends of the Okeechobee Library book sale
Friends of the Okeechobee Library Book sale will run Thursday,
April 10 from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 11 from 10 a.m. to
5:30 p.m., and Saturday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hard cover
books are $2. Paperbacks: $1, Children's hard cover: $1, Children's
paperbacks: $.50. DVD's are $1. Library discards are half price. On
Saturday, a box of books will be $5 and a bag of books will be $2. This
is a major fund-raiser for the Friends of the Okeechobee Library. For
more information please call the library at 863-763-3536.

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 informaion
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.


Community Calendar

Monday, April 7
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Okeechobee Model Airplane Club will meet at the Peace
Lutheran Church, 750 N.W. 23rd Lane at 7 p.m. For information, con-
tact Robert Rosada at 863-467-5440.
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 Okeecho-
bee 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.
A.A. 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 meet-
ings 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 8
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition meets every second
Tuesday, at 11:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church. For infor-
mation contact Jim Vensel at 863-697-1792.
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 A.A. Meeting in Basinger: There is now an A.A. 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.
Christian Home Educators of Okeechobee will meet at the
Grace Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 701 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone
currently home schooling or interested in home schooling is welcome.
For information, call Lydia Hall 863-357-6729 or Betty Perera 863-467-
6808.
Al-Anon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 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.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a,m.
at the Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St., in Okeechobee. Everyone
is welcome. For information, contact Brenda Nicholson at 863-467-
2321.
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.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invit-
ed to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For informa-
tion, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at 863-763-4320.


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Auctions 105
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CAT male, solid black, vic. of
Ousley Estates, owner ill
over loss, REWARD!
(863)810-5710
LAB RETRIEVER MIX female,
red coat, vic. of Ft. Drum off
of 342nd. REWARD!
(863)697-1339
MIXED PUPPY Black
w/bobbed tail, front white
paws. Elm St. Approx 3/14/08.
Please call (863)673-0696
NEXTEL PHONE on Fri.,
3/28, vic. of Platts Bluff Boat
Ramp, black, thin design,
REWARD! (863)467-6960
ROTTWEILER female, 8 yrs.
old, gentle, needs meds, vic.
of Ft. Drum off of 342nd. RE-
WARD! (863)697-1339
XBOX 360 W/Superman de-
signer face, Nintendo Wii &
several games $300 RE-
WARD! (863)673-4328
YELLOW COW DOG female,
SW section, no collar, mixed
breed, lost 3/24 Call
(863)763-7571
Looking for a place to
hang your hat? Look no
further than the classl-
fleds.

Emplment



Employment -
Full-Time 205
Employment.
Medical 210
Employment -
Part-Time 215
Employment
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 4 227
Sales 230


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Aaron's Sales & Lease
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 (iaaronrents.comrn
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:
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


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classifleds. Selling a
car? Look In the classi-
fleds.

Need a few more bucks to
purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used items In
the classifelds.


Services



Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435


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DEE'S MINOR REPAIR
License # 5698
& Pressure Washing
License #1126
FREE ESTIMATES
(863)467-2917
or (863)261-6425
? NEED HELP ?
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It's never too late to find
the perfect gilt. Look for
It in the c.laRsiflnds


auctionons


Brand New 3 bedroom floor plans.
Concrete Block Stucco homes.
Payments as low as $795 per month.


auctionons


Merchandise



Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines 535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Pets/Supplies/
Services 670
Photography 675
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




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-
roon. $350 (863)763-7386


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. $250
(863)697-6824
PANDA FERRETT Certified. F,
1 yr. old. Friendly. 3 story
cage & acces. Up to date
shots. $250 (863)697-6824
One man's trash Is anoth-
er man's treasure. Tmrn
your trash to treasure
with an ad In the classl-
finds.

Agriculture



Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Seeds/Plants/
Flowers 865




SKID LOADER Gehl 4625SX
Skid Loader w/fork, bucket,
grapple & treeboom -
$10,000
GENERATOR Generac 30Kw
w/ATS,30 hours, $9,000
GAS/DIESEL TANKS 2 x 285
gal w/120v pumps, $500
each
PROPANE TANK New 500 gal
$1200 (772)342-6354


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TREASURE ISLAND 2/2, Ig,
turn SW, screened porch, stor-
age, private lot. $750/mo +
1st, last & sec.(863)610-2126


ANCIENT OAKS 55+, Gated,
1lbr, 1ba, Sunroom, Covered
patio, Carport, Boat ramp,
Pool, Spa, Clubhouse. All Util.
& Cable TV included.
$550/mo. 954-610-5345
BANK REPO'S
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
561-721-2230
PINE OAKS VILLAGE D/W on
3 lots, 3br, 2ba, 2 car gar.
$125K. Opt. to Rent Call for
more details. (863)447-0965

Recreation



Boats 3005
Campers/RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035



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)


FIFTH WHEEL '96 Jayco Ea-
gle 29 ft, extra clean, ready
to go, new tires & more, re-
duced to $8900
(863)610-1120

Automobiles



Automobiles 4005
Auto sWanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four WheelDrive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 404O
SParts -Repairs 4045
Pickupirucks 4050
SportltIIty 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070



CHEVY CAVALIER SPORT, '04
excellent condition, $6,000.
863)357-0803 or
863 447-0423
CHRYSLER SEABRING CONV
'97 Loaded, leather, runs
great, 6 cyl, auto. $1950
(561)262-5735
MAZDA PU '94 4x4, asking
$2000 (863)467-8113 after
5pm.
MUSTANG CONVERTIBLE-
'95, A/C, New top. New
paint. Runs great. $3000
(863)763-4746 Lv. msg.
PONTIAC GRAND AM '95 -
75K miles,A Air. Excel-
lent condition. $2500
(812)989-3022


JUNK CARS WANTED
Pay Cash, Free Pickup
(561)267-2260


FORD F150 '94 LWB, 6 cyl,
auto, cold a/c. $1650
(561)262-5735


GMC SURBURBAN '88, HD
Tow pkg. 454 Big Block
Chevy. Runs great. $2500
(863)763-4746 Lv. msg.
Find It faster. Sell It soon-
er in the classiffeds

Need a few more bucks to
purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used Items In
the classlfelds.


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Rentals



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 960



APARTMENT & RV SPOT for
rent. (863)763-7783 or
(561)968-2083
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



COMMERCIAL BUILDING
FOR SALE OR LEASE
PRIME commercial corridor.
Multiple uses available for
this 2800 SF building
Located at 3729 SE Hwy 441
call: Exit Realty Neighbors
863-634-8378





Brand New 3/2/2
Concrete Block
Stucco homes.
$495 Down
Payments
From $895
per month



BASSWOOD Pets OKI 3BR,
1 BA, 3632 NW 28th Ave.
New Tile/Carpet/Paint. $795
mo. + sec. dep. Pic's @
www.lexbuvsliouses.coni
Call Lex (561)715-1768
BASSWOOD ESTATES, New
3br, 2ba on huge lot. Rent
$1000. Buy 125K Financing
Available (754)423-8202
BUCKHEAD 3/1, lots of stor-
age, fenced, w/d, 1 pet.
$800/mo (863)763-0445
EAST OF TOWN 3 BR, 1 BA,
$850 mo. (863)634-2121
NEW DUPLEX 3/2, $900 per
month + 1st, last & $500
sec. dep. (863)465-0053
OAK PARK 3/1/1 newly re-
modeled CBS, non-smkg.
env., no pets, $950 mo. +
$1000 sec. (863)697-2818
OKEE: 3/1 on /2 ac. Renovat-
ed, laundry, C/Alheat, screen
porch, carport. $975 mo, 1st
mo. & dep. Call 305-458-8659
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage. C/Air. 1st, last &
sec. 863-467-2541 or after
5 pm 863-634-9330
OKEECHOEE CBS, 4br, 2ba
Waterfront. All tile floors, Hi-
Lo Acres. $1200 mo.
772-349-3848 or 597-1967
OPTION TO BUY 3 br/2 ba,
1500 sq ft on 20 acres, 15
min N. of town. $1500/mo +
1st, last & sec.(863)447-0352
TREASURE ISLAND 2 br,
1 ba, waterfront house, large
fenced yard. $750/mo
(954)610-5345


STOREFRONT OFFICE SPACE
FOR LEASE 450 sq. ft.,
near C house, $675 mo.
incl. cam. (863)467-0831

Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos/.
Townhouses Sale1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080



AMAZING LAND
DEAL!!!
10 acres inpvt comm
Starting at $180,000
Owner financing at 5.5% APR
First RIly (561)385-7888
www.okeelandtorsale.com
FOR SALE 8.37 Acres
Ind/Strge/Warehs, Hwy 78W,
1000+ homes BHR
$50k/acre (863)801-3133
NORTH OKEECHOBEE -7
ACRES for sale, off of NW
12TH Terrace. Asking
$95,000. Call (863)634-3280



LAKESHORE RESORT- LAKE
PLACID, FL, New 2BOD 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
www.lakeshoreresortrentals com

MobileHomes



Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020




BASSINGER: 3br, 2ba. Double
Wide on 1 Ac. $950/mo. +
1st & Sec. 863-697-1494
BIG 0 Park Model, 1br 1ba,
w/d, pool, gated comm., club-
house, $695 mo
561-568-7767/863-763-3033
OKEE.: New 2br/2ba on private
lot, on water, $800/mo. 1st
& sec. Avail 04/01. No pets
Call (561)767-6112
OKEECHOBEE 2br, 1ba with
large back porch. Front
porch on large scenic,
wooded, fenced lot. $850
mo. Also a 1 br, iba $600
mo. Call 863-634-3451
OKEECHOBEE: Nice, 2br/1ba,
$550/mo + 1st, Last & Sec.
Dep. In town. No pets. Call
(86)763-6232
OKEECHOBEE: Nice; 3br/lba
doublewide in town. No pets.
$750/mo + 1st, Last & Sec.
Dep. Call (863)763-6232
ON RIM CANAL in Okeecho-
bee Small, 1 Bdrm., $450
mo. (includes utils). + $300
sec. dep. (863)697-0214
OTTER CREEK 3/2 on 1 acre,
$850/mo, 1st, last & sec.
Will work w/right person.
(863)697-6713


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PROJECT NO. 3834
YEARLING MIDDLE SCHOOL
GENERATOR WIRING
INVITATIQONR0 SEALEDISt
Sealed bids will be received by tlhe Operations Office of THE SCHOOL BOARD OF
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, 938 NW 34th Street, Okeechobee, Florida
34972 up to 11:00 a.m. April 30, 2008 for all materials and labor necessary for
before:
CAUTION: BID PACKAGES SENT BY OVERNIGHT CARRIER
QUITE OFTEN 00 NO ARRIVE ON TIME
Generator Wirin
Yeailing Middle School
925 NW 23rd Lane
Okeecihobee, Florida 34972
Plans and specifications are on file in the office of:
Dale Barrett, Director of Operations
938 NW 34th Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972
863-462-5083, e-.203
and
Ingenuity Engineers, Inc.
4798 New Broad Street, Suite 300
Orlando, FL 32814
407-398-6007
Copies of said plans and specifications may be obtained at the office of said Engi-
neer or the office of Dale Barrett, upon the deposit of $50.00 for one set of plans
and specifications; said deposit will be returned deposit be returned to the contractor upon return of
said plans and specifications in good condition, and upon receipt of a bona fide
bid.
Each bid shall be accompanied by the following:
List of Sub-Bidders with whom the contractor will sub-contract work in
connection with this project.
Bid Bond in the amount aof5% of the maximum bid, payable to the School
Board of Okeechobee County, as evidence of good faith and guaranteeing that
the successful bidder will execute and furnish to the School Board of
Okeechobee County a good and sufficient performance bond as required by
Florida Statute Section 1013.47 in the penal sum of 100% of the escalated
amount of the contact guaranteeing the performance of said contract.
Failure to provide any of the documents outlined above
will be grounds for rejection of the bid.
All bids shall be placed in an envelope, sealed, and addressed to the School Board
of Okeechobee County, and-the name of the project should be placed on the out-
side of the envelope and words indicating that the envelope contains a bid for said
reject.
MNDATORY PRE-BID CONFERENCE: Wednesday, April 23, 2008, 1:30 pm., re-
vailing time at the office of Dale Barrett, Director of Operations, 938 NW 34th
Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972. The fotellowingdocuments shall accompany the
Owner/Contracitor Agreement:
SPayment Bond as required by Section 1013.45 and 255.05, Florida Statutes,
guaranteeing the payment of all debts pertaining thereto. Each bond shall be is-
sued by a surety company licensed and authored by a surety company licensed uthd to do business in the State of
Florida having a general bond holder's rating of A+ excellent and a financial
rating of BBB+ or better in Florida satisfactory to the Owner, within ten (10) days
after being awarded the contract, the premiums of said bonds to be paid by the
Contractor. Said bonds to be recorded in accordance with the School Board in-
structions.
Public Entity Crimes swo statement under Section 287.133(3)(a),
Florida Statutes.
Drug Free Workplace Certification.
Trench Safety Affidavit, if applicable.
'* Signature Acknowledgement of the Jessica Lumstrd Act, Section 1012.465,
Florida Statutes.
The Contractor will be required to have the project substantially completed by Au-
gust 1, 2008 and have the punch list items and site cleanup, totally completed
within 30 days thereafter. Failure to do so will result in liquidated damages in the
amount of $500.00 per day for each day the date of actual substantial completion
exceeds the scheduled date of substantial completion exceeds the scheduled date
of substantial completion; and a further sum of $100.00 per calendar day in liqui-
dated damages for each day the date of actual final completion exceeds the
scheduled date of final completion.
The successful bidder, i any, will be notified within 15 days after the bid is accept-
ed.
The School Board of Okeechobee County reserves the night to reject any and all bids
and to waive any informalities. All proposals shall remain in force for 30 days al-
ter the dateatof opening.
THE SCHOOL BOARD OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDOA
By: Paticia S. Cooper, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools
266975 ON 3/31;4/7,14/08


OKEECHOBEE UTILITY AUTHORITY
REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS
PROFESSIONAL ARCHITECTURAL AND RELATED SERVICES
RFOQ# 2008-1
Notice is hereby given that The Okeechobee Utility Authority, hereinafter referred to
as the "OUA", hereby issues this request to procure Professional Architectural and
related Services pursuant to Section 287.055 orinda Statutes.
Proposals to provide Professional Services within the scope of the prac ice of archi-
tecture, professional engineering, and project management shall include: a letter
of transmittal requesting that the firm be certified as qualified to provide the re-
quired professional services, organizational profile and Firm's qualifications, re-
sumes of individuals to perform the work, scope of services proposed, public
entity crimes affidavit, standard forms SF 330 and other pertinent data as outlined
in the information regarding the Firm.
Protect Summary
The OUA is soliciting Requests for Qualifications from qualified firms interested in
providing Architectural Design and related services for the design and project
management for the construction of a proposed approximate 10,000 square foot
administrative building to be located on a 1.32 acre vacant property to wit: Parcel
0# 3-15-37-35-0010-01640-0040, to provide space for twenty four (24) cur-
rent staff, board room and future expansion for ten additional staff. The OUA will
require that the selected professional firm take the proposed project from incep-
Hon to completion which will include, a conceptual preliminary site analysis, con-
ceptual layout, site civil work, conformity with LDR and/or other regulatory issues,
permitting of final design plans, evaluation and specification oft building materials,
cost estimating, construction bidding, and overall project management. While the
degree of emphasis is likely to vary, all skills are necessary to achieve a cost ef-
fective and optimum design.
Background and other information relating to this RFQ is available at the location
Slsecified herein for submission of proposals. Related inquiries shall be directed
to John F. Hayford, III, Executive Director, of the OUA at (863) 763-9460.
CRITICALDA: OT
Time Is of the essence! All firms Interested in orovldln these services sh mall al
or deliver an original proposal and six 16) copies to arrive ON OR BEFORE
Apri23. 2008 at 3:00 n.m.
Malpl in a Sealed Enveloe as Fellows:
PROFESSIONAL ARCHITECTURAL AND RELATED SERVICES
Okeechobee Utility Authority
100 SW 5th Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34974-4221
Proposals received after the time and date specified will not be considered,
The OUA accepts no responsibility for any expense related to preparation or delivery
of proposals. The OUA reserves the night to: reject any and all proposals, select
the firm most qualified for each individual referenced project or tor all referenced
projects, waive technical errors and informalities, and to accept the proposal,
which, in its sole judgment, best serves the OUA's interest.
The OUA is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and a Drug-Free workplace.
John F. Hayford, IIll
Executive Director
Okeechobee Utility Authority
267536 ON 4/1-7/08






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Owner/Contractor Agreement:
Payment Bond as required by Section 1013.45 and 255.05, Florida Statutes,
guaranteeing the payment of all debts pertaining thereto, Each bond shall be is-
sued by a surety company licensed and authorized to do business in the State ol
Florida having a general bond holder's rating of A+ excellent and a financial
rating of BBB+ or better in Fdda satisfactory to the Owner, within ten (10) days
after being awarded the contract, the premiums of said bonds to be paid by the
Contractor, Said bonds to be recorded In accordance with the School Board In-
structions.
Public Entity Crimes sworn statement under Section 287.133(3)(a),
Florida Statutes.
Drug Free Workplace Certification,
Trench Safety Affidavit, If applicable.
Signature Acknowledgement of the Jessica Lumsford Act, Section 1012.465,
Florida Statutes.
The Contractor will be required to have the project substantially completed by Au-
gust 1, 2008 and have the punch list items and site cleanup, totally completed
within 30 days thereafter, Failure to do so will result in liquidated damages In the
amount of $500.00 per day for each day the date of actual.substantial completion
exceeds the scheduled date of substantial completion exceeds the scheduled date
of substantial completion; and a further sum of $100.00 per calendar day In liqui-
dated damags for each day the date of actual final completion exceeds the
scheduled dae of final completion.
The successful bidder, if any, will be notified within 15 days after the bid is accept-
ed.
The School Board of Okeechobee County reserves the right to reject any and all bids
and to waive any informalities. All proposals shall remain in force for 30 days af-
ter the date of opening.
THE SCHOOL BOARD OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY. FLORIDA
By: Pata G. Coper, Ed.,Supedntendent of Schools
266977 ON 3!31:4/7,14.21/00


PROJECT NO, 3849
OKEECHOBEE HIGH SCHOOL
COOLING TOWER REPLACEMENT
INVITATION FOR SEALED BIDS
Sealed bids will be received by tire Operations Office of THE SCHOOL BOARD OF
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, 938 NW 34th Street, Okeechobee, Florida
34972 up to 10:00 a.m. AprIl 30, 2008 for all materials and labor necessary for
before:
CAUTION: BID PACKAGES SENT BY OVERNIGHT CARRIER
QUITE OFTEN DO NO ARRIVE ON TIME
Cooling Tower Replacement
Okeechobee High School
2800 Hwy., 441 N
Okeechobee, Florida 34972
Plans and specifications are on file in the office of:
Dale Barrett, Director of Operations
938 NW 34th Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972
863-462-5083, e-.203
and
Ingenuity Engineers, Inc.
4798 New Broad Street, Suite 300
Odrlando, FL32814
407-398-6007
Copies of said plans and specifications may be obtained at the office of said Engi-
neer or the office of Dale Barrett, upon the deposit of $50.00 for one set of plans
and specifications; said deposit will be returned to the contractor upon return of
said plans and specifications in good condition, and upon receipt of a bona fide
bid.
Each bid shall be accompanied by the following:
SList of Sub-Bidders with whom the contractor will sub-contract work in
connection with this project.
Bid Bond in the amount of 5% of the maximum bid, payable to6 the School
Board of Okee County, as evidence of good faith and guaranteeing that
the successful bidder will execute and furnish to the School Board of
Okeechobee County a good and sufficient performance bond as required by
Florida Statute Section 1013.47 in the penal sum of 100% of the escalated
amount of the contact guaranteeing the performance ol said contract.
Failure to provide any of the documents outlined above
will be grounds for rejection of the bid.
All bids shall be placed in an envelope, sealed, and addressed to the School Board
of Okeechobee County, and the name of the project should be placed on the out-
side of the envelope and words indicating that the envelope contains a bid for said
project,
MANDATORY PRE-BID CONFERENCE: Wednesday, Apil 23, 2000, 2008, 10:00
a.m. prevailing time at the office of Dale Barren Director of Operations, 938 NW
34th StreetL, Okeechobee, FL 34972. The following documents shall accompany
the Owner/Contractor Agreement:
Payment Bond as required by Section 1013.45 and 255,05, Florida Statutes,
guaranteeing the payment of all debtspertaining thereto. Each bond shall be Is-
sued by a surety company licensed an authorized to do business in the State of
Florida having a general bond holder's rating of A+ excellent and a financial
rating of BBB+ or better in Florida satisfactory to the Owner, within ten (0) days
after being awarded the contract, the premiums of said bonds to be paid by the
Contractor. Said bonds to be recorded in accordance with the School Board in-
structions.
Public Entity Crimes sworn statement under Section 287.133(3)(a),
Florida Statutes.
Drug Free Workplace Certification.
Trench Safety Affidavit, if applicable,
Signature Acknowledgement of the Jessica Lumsford Act, Section 1012.465,
FlVoda Statutes.
The Contractor will be required to have the project substantially completed by Au-
gust 1, 2008 and have the punch list items and site cleanup, totally completed
within 30 days thereafter, Failure to do so will result in liquidated damages in the
amount of $500.00 per day for each day the date of actual substantial completion
exceeds the scheduled date of substantial completion exceeds the scheduled date
of substantial completion; and a further sum of $100.00 per calendar day in liqui-
dated damages for each day the date of actual final completion exceeds the
scheduled date of final completion.
The successful bidder, if any, will be notified within 15 days after the bid is accept-
ed.
The School Board of Okeechobee County reserves the right to reject any and all bids
and to waive any informalities. All proposals shall remain in force for 30 days af-
ter the date of opening.
THE SCHOOL BOARD OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
By: Paticia G. Cooper, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools
266978 ON 3/31:4/7,14/08

PROJECT NO. 3736
CENTRAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
CLASSROOM ELECTRICAL UPGRADE
INVITATION FOR SEALED BIDS
Sealed bids will be received by the Operations Office of THE SCHOOL BOARD OF
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA, 938 NW 34th Street, Okeechobee, Floida
34972 up to 1:00 p.m. April 30,2008 for all materials and labor necessary for
before:
CAUTION: BID PACKAGES SENT BY OVERNIGHT CARRIER
QUITE OFTEN 00DO NO ARRIVE ON TIME!
Classroom Electrical Upgrade
Central Elementary School
610 SW 5th Avenue
Okeechobee, Florida 34974
Plans and specifications are on file in the office of:
Dale Barref, Director of Operations
938 NW 34th Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972
863-462-5083, e-,203
and
Ingenuity Engineers, Inc.
4798 New Broad Street, Suite 300
Odando, FL 32814
407-398-6007
Copies of said plans and specifications may be obtained at the office o1 said Engi-
neer or the office of Dale Barrett, upon the deposit of $50.00 for one set of plans
and specifications; said deposit will be returned to the contractor upon return of
said plans and specifications in good condition, and upon receipt of a bona fide
bid.
Each bid shall be accompanied by the following:
List of Sub-Bidders with whom the contractor will sub-contract work in
connection with this project.
Bid Bond in the amount of 5% of the maximum bid, payable to the School
Board of Okeechobee County, as evidence of good aith and uarananteeing that
the successful bidder will execute and furnish to the School Board o0
Okeechobee County a good and sufficient performance bond as required by
Flooda Statute Section 1013.47 in the penal sum of 100% of the escalated
amount of the contact guaranteeing the performance of said contract.
Failure to provide any of the documents outlined above
will be grounds for rejection of the bid.
All bids shall be placed in an envelope, sealed, and addressed to the School Board
of Okeechobee County, and the name of the project should be placed on the out-
side of the envelope and words indicating that the envelope contains a bid for said
project.
MANDATORY PRE-BID CONFERENCE: Wednesday, April 23, 2008, 3:00 p.m., pre-
vailing time at the office of Dale Barrett, Director of Operations, 938 NW 34th
Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972, The following documents shall accompany the
Owner/Contractor Agreement:
Payment Bond as required by Section 1013.45 and 255.05, Florida Statutes,
guaranteeing the payment of all debts pertaining thereto. Each bond shall be is-
sued by a surety company licensed and authorized to do business in the State of
Florida having a general bond holder's rating of A+ excellent and a financial
rating of BBB+ or better In Floriodda satisfactory to the Owner, within ten (10) days
after being awarded the contract, the premiums of said bonds to be paid by the
Contractor. Said bonds to be recorded in accordance with the School Board in-
structions.
Public Entity Crimes sworn statement under Section 287.133(3)(a), Florida
Statutes.
Drug Free Workplace Certification.
Trench Safety Affidavit, if applicable.
Signature Acknowledgement of the Jessica Lumsford Act, Section 1012.465,
Florida Statutes.
The Contractor will be required to have the project substantially completed by Au-
gust 1, 2008 and have the punch list items and site cleanup, totally completed
within 30 days thereafter. Failure to do so will result in liquidated damages in the
amount of $500.00 per day for each day the date o' actual substantial completion
exceeds the scheduled date of substantial completion exceeds the scheduled date
of substantial completion; and a further sum of $100.00 per calendar day in liqui-
dated damages for each day the date of actual final completion exceeds the
scheduled date of final completion.
The successful bidder, if any, will be notified within 15 days after the bid is accept-
ed.
The School Board of Okeechobee County reserves the right to reject any and all bids
and to waive any informalities. All proposals shall remain in force for 30 days af-
ter the date of opening.
THE SCHOOL BOARD OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
By: Patricia G. Cooper, EdD., Superintendent of Schools
266845 ON 3/31;4/7,14/08

PROJECT NO. 3507
NORTH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
CHILLER REPLACEMENT/ICE STORAGE
INVITATION FOR SEALED BIDS
Sealed bids will be received by the Operations Office of THE SCHOOL BOARD OF
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, 938 NW 34th Street, Okeechobee Florida
34972 up to 10:00 a.m. May 1, 2000 for all materials and labor necessary for
before:
CAUTION: BID PACKAGES SENT BY OVERNIGHT CARRIER
QUITE OFTEN DO NO ARRIVE ON TIMEI
Chiller ReplacementIce Storage
North Elementary School
3000 NW 10th Terrace
Okeechobee, Floida 34972
Plans and specifications are on file in the office of:
Dale Barrett, Director of Operations
938 NW 34th Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972
863-462-5083. e-.203
and
BMK Architects, Inc.
323 Central Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236
941-365-6056
Copies of said plans and specifications may be oblalned at the office of said Archi-
tect or the office of Dale Barrett, upon the deposit of $50.00 for one set of plans
and specifications; said deposit will be returned to the contractor upon relurn of
said plans and specifications In good condition, and upon receipt of a bon a.fide
bid.
Each bid shall be accompanied by the following:
List of Sub-Bidders with whom the contractor will sub-contract work in
connection with this project.
Bid Bond in the amount of 5% of the maximum bid, payable to the School
Board of Okeechobee County, as evidence of good faith and guaranteeing that
the successful bidder will execute and furnish to the School Board oa
Okeechobee County a good and sufficient performance bond as required by
Florida Statute Section 1013.47 In the penal sum of 100% of the escalated
amount of the contact guaranteeing the performance of said contract.
Failure to provide any of the documents outlined above
will be grounds for rejection of the bid.
All bids shall be placed in an envelope, sealed, and addressed to the School Board
of Okeechobee County, and the name of the project should be placed on the out-
side of the envelope and words indicating that the envelope contains a bid for said
MAN ATORY PRE-BID CONFERENCE: Thursday, April 24, 2008, 10:00 a.m., pre-
vailing lime at the office of Dale Barrett, Director of Operations, 938 NW 34th
Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972. The following documents shall accompany the


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Club officers
Big "O" Teen Anglers, Inc., Club officers for 2008 are Garrett Farmer, President; Chris Eaton, Vice
President; Keith Dietz, Treasurer; and Ashley Marshall, Secretary.


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Second place winner
George Marshall V won second place during the Teen Anglers March 29 tournament held at J & S
Fish Camp with a total weight catch of 2.66 pounds in the 11-14 age division.


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Third place winner

Ryan Edwards was the third place winner in the 11-14 age division during the tournament with a
catch weighing 1.93 pounds.


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Young fisherman
Tate McDonald from Okeechobee asked his parents to send him on a fishing trip for his 14th birth-
day, these are just two of the 29 fish Tate caught Wednesday, April 2. Tate caught his fish on shriners
and artificial baits, while fishing with Captain Mike Shellen.






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The following movies are now showing at
the Brahman Theatres III. Movie times for Fri-
day, April 4, through Thursday, April 10, are as
follows:
Theatre I "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 II "Nims Island" (PG) 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.
Theatre III "Drillbit Taylor" (PG-13) Show-
times: 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.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults; children 12 and
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movies; and, matinees are $4.
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