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Tuesday, April 8, 2008


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Briefs

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. Tickets
are $5 per person. The produc-
tion is sponsored in part by the
State of Florida Department of
State, Division of Cultural Af-
fairs, the Florida Arts Council
and the National Endowment
for the Arts.

Men's Health Fair
planned April 13
The Walker Memorial Sev-
enth Day Adventist Church is
sponsoring a Health Fair "Just
for Men" on Sunday, April 13,
at 7:30 a.m. Fasting blood work
for lipids (cholesterol), glucose
and PSA (prostate) will be of-
fered, for a fee. Many other tests
will be performed. Breakfast
will be served. Pre-registration
is required. To register call the
Parish Nurse Resource Center
at 863453-0700.

Freedom from
smoking class set
Would you like to be tobac-
co-free by summer vacation?
Florida Hospital Heartland Divi-
sion wants to help by offering
the American Lung Association
Freedom from Smoking pro-
gram. This 8-session program
helps .smokers create a sup-
portive environment to break
their tobacco addiction. Each
person who joins this program
will develop their own plan for
stopping. Emphasis will be on
long-term freedom from tobac-
co. Participants will identify the
pitfalls of relapse and carefully
plan to prevent it. THe program
includes skills for stress man-
agement, weight control, and
assertive communication. The
group approach uses positive
thinking, alternative behaviors,
one-on-one help and group
support to help participants
stop using tobacco products.
This free program begins
Monday, April 14, at 6 p.m. in
Conference Room I at Florida
Hospital Heartland Division, on
Sun 'n Lake Boulevard, Sebring.
Pre-registration is required. For
mrnore information please call
Sara 863-386-6476.

Nutritional analysis
class offered
CRA Nutritional analysis class
will be held, Monday, April 14
at 5:30 p.m. at Douglas Chiro-
practic and Fitness Center. The
class will be taught by Dr. Ed-
ward Douglas. For more infor-
mation call 863-763-4320.


Drought Index

Current: 84
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.35 feet,
L,, Last Year: 10.28 feet



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

Index
C lassifieds.............................. 6,7
Comics .................. ................ 5
Community Events.................... 4
Crossword............... .............. 5
Obituaries......'......... ............... 7
O pinion ...................................... 4
Speak Out ............... .............. 4
S po rts ........................................ 8
TV ............................................. 4
W eather................. ................ 2

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Water shortage continues


Rains help, but
water conservation
still important

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
In spite of recent heavy rain-
falls, water conservation is still
necessary. Residents are warned
not to be lulled into a false sense
that all is well on the water
scene.


While South Florida Water
Management District (SFWMD)
recently announced that rainfall
was above average for March
in the 16 South Florida counties
served by the agency, SFWMD
is also promoting April as Water
Conservation Month and water
use restrictions are still in place.
At the same time, Florida Com-
missioner of Agriculture and
Consumer Affairs Charles Bron-
son announced that April 6-12 is
Wildfire Awareness Week.


"March, April and May are
usually the most active months
of Florida's wildfire season," the
commissioner said. "We have
been fortunate in the amount of
rainfall we have received up to
this point this year, but there is a
good chance that we will see an
increase in wildfire activity over
the next few months."
"April is the ideal time to
heighten water use awareness,
as it is typically one of the dri-
est months accompanied by


the highest water demands of
the year," said Carol Ann We-
hie, SFWMD executive direc-
tor. "Conservation is not about
doing without water. It's about
adopting water-wise habits that
will save hundreds of gallons of
water each month."
At the Okeechobee City Coun-
cil meeting on April 1, Mayor Jim
Kirk proclaimed the month of
April to be Water Conservation.
month in the City of Okeecho-
bee. County commissioners are


expected to take a similar action
for the county at their meeting
on April 10.
Throughout the 16 county
area served by SFWMD the
March rainfall average was 3.35
inches -- about one-third inch
above normal. February rainfall,
2.99 inches, was about an inch
higher than average.
Locally 2.88 inches of rain fell
overnight Sunday, April 6 at the
Okeechobee County Airport.
See Water Page 2


Inmate



in jail



dies

312-pound man may
have suffered some
kind of a seizure

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An inmate at the Okeecho-
bee County Jail died unexpect-
edly Monday afternoon after
possibly suffering a seizure,
said an Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO) detec-
tive.
Eric Latvain Littleton, 26,
was pronounced dead at the
Raulerson Hospital Emergency
Room on April 7.
Detective Captain Dale
LaFlam said the cause of death
is unknown, but Littleton ap-
peared to have suffered some
sort of seizure.
"His death may be due to a
previous medical condition,"
said Capt. LaFlam.
The captain went on to say
that Littleton was found to be
in some sort of distress while
in the county facility. Correc-
tions personnel offered medi-
cal attention until medical per-
sonnel from the Okeechobee
County Fire/Rescue Depart-
ment arrived to take the 5-foot-
10-inch, 312-pound, Littleton
to the hospital.
The OCSO Crime Scene unit
and Detective Bryan Lowe are
currently working the case.
Records indicate that Little-
ton was arrested March 29,
2008, by Officer Jack Boone
of the Okeechobee City Po-
lice Department. Littleton
was charged with aggravated
battery causing great bodily
harm.


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Area law enforcement
members are in Okeechobee
this week to attend a four-day
certification workshop with
their K-9 partners.
This is the seventh year that
Okeechobee has hosted the
Police Work Dog Association
of Florida (PWDAF) workshop.
The event is being held at the
Eckerd Youth Alternatives facil-
ity on U.S. 441 N.
Monday, April 7, the K-9s
and their handlers were being
put through their paces as they
tried to locate narcotics that
had been hidden in cars and a
school bus. Okeechobee hosts
two of these workshops each
year.
The K-9s go through this
certification process each year.
"They're being certified on
the four odors -- marijuana, co-
caine, methamphetamine and
heroin," explained Detective
Rick Voss of the Okeechobee
County Sheriffs Office (OCSO)
who, along with his K-9 partner
Rex, were also going through
the certification process.
For the workshop, he said
they were using drugs that had


been seized in street arrests.
The narcotics had also been
verified as such by the Indian
River Crime Lab in Fort Pierce,
he added.
Besides searching for dope


also have to display their skills
in sniffing out drugs in a build-
ing search and in an open area
search. Following this work-
shop the K-9s will be certified
in those three areas.


UKeechobee News/Eric Kopp
Detective Jimmy Mills, of the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office, congratulates his K-9 Widgen Monday, April 7,
after she had located illegal narcotics in this vehicle. De-
tective Mills and Widgen were taking part in the K-9 certi-
fication workshop being held in Okeechobee this week.


Teens deal with recent deaths


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
In light of the recent deaths
of young people in the com-
munity, the local schools are
extending their condolences
to the families and friends of
those involved.
Recently three local young
people ranging in age from 17
to 23 have recently died due to
unrelated circumstances within
their lives.
According to Okeechobee
High School principal Toni Wi-
ersma, "It is very sad and very
hard and our hearts go out to
the families. It is a difficult time
for all of us to deal with it."
Mrs. Wiersma explained that
they have had grief counsel-
ors on hand and will continue
to have them as needed. They


also had a moment of silence
during school on Monday, April
7.
"I feel like we have lost one
of our family members," Mrs.
Wiersma explained.
Amber Nicole Martin, 18,
died on Friday, March 28, 2008.
Eli William Renfranz, 17,
died Tuesday, April 1, 2008.
Christina Jolene Nettles, 23,
died Thursday, April 3, 2008.
While specific details on
each of these deaths point to
problems that are present in
lives of many individuals, teens
are vulnerable to peer pressures
on a daily basis, say counsel-
ors. Parents can extend to their
children at this time to console
them and comfort them.
Talking about situations
such as these is one way to get


your child to open up to you, to
know what is going on within
their lives, according to Hos-
pice Griefworks Counseling.
In the teenage years, people
are in the process of examin-
ing the values and beliefs they
learned as children and then
defining their own values and.
beliefs, the Hospice web site
explains. They are struggling
with the questions: "Who am
?", "How does the world work
and what is my place in it?"
Coping with a death and
experiencing grief during this
stage of development can cause
further challenges in struggling
with these questions because
they are torn between wanting
to be independent and needing
support from their parents and
See Deaths Page 2


and retired Port St. Lucie Po-
lice Department K-9 officer
Alan Kalfus were on hand to
conduct the workshop. Of-
ficers from the Glades County
Sheriff's Office, Moore Haven
Correctional Facility, St. Lucie
County Sheriff's Office and the
OCSO were taking part in the
exercise.
Mr. Derrett said he will also
be traveling to Indianapolis,
Ind., in June to help with a
national event where K-9s can
earn their national certifica-
tion.
He also went on to say that
the training of K-9s has come a
long way during his 33 years of
working with the dogs.
"We've found out over the
years a better way of doing
things," he said.
Mr. Derrett said, the use of
K-9s dates back to the 1950s
when they were used in New
York. Then, in 1962, they start-
ed being used in St. Louis, Mo.
"It just blossomed from
there," he said.o e
Detective Voss said the use
of K-9s started in Okeechobee
in 1999 with he and then-part-
ner Sparky.
See Workshop Page 3


Okeechobee News/Chauna Agullar
Mural nears completion
The Okeechobee Main Street mural is on its way to com-
pletion. Matt Budjinski is the artist for this mural that is
located on the Embarq building. It depicts the history of
the phone company in Okeechobee.


Vol. 99 No. 99


K-9 officers: No ordinary animals


Okeechobee News/Eric Kopp
Corrections Officer Jon Carner, from the Moore Haven Correctional Facility, watches his K-9 Teel alert to illegal nar-
cotics hidden in the undercarriage of this, school bus. Officer Carner and Teel were taking part in the K-9 certification
workshop being held this week in Okeechobee. Watching on and offering suggestions is Ken Derrett, a K-9 training
officer from Port St. John. Mr. Derrett has been working with and training K-9s for 33 years.


Okeechobee hosts training workshop






2 Okeechobee News, Tuesday, April 8, 2008


Water
Continued From Pagel
On Feb. 11, the lake fell to 9.99
feet. That news was alarming
coupled with the fact that it was
mid April of last year before the
lake dropped below 10 feet. Af-
ter dropping below 10 feet in mid
April last year the lake continued
the downward plunge until it hit
a record low of 8.82 on July 2,
2007.
However this year after reach-
ing a low of 9.99, the lake level
slowly began to rise. At a current
level of 10.32, it is slightly lower
than last year's level of 10.34 at
this time.
Earlier this year, the threat of
even lower lake levels than last
year prompted water manag-
ers to consider adding additional


Deaths
Continued From Page 1
family. Consequently, teens' feel-
ings about death and loss may be
conflicting and very intense.
Because of this parents and
caregivers should be especially.
alert to signs of grief during times
like these.
Signs of teen grief include:
lack of concentration; declining
grades; loss of interest in usual
activities; over-activity, acting
too busy (trying to block out the
pain); wanting to be alone all the
time; deep sadness; drug and/or
alcohol use; eating too much or
not at all; risk-taking behaviors;
self-destructive, anti-social or
criminal behavior; promiscuity
or prostitution; and/or thinking
about attempting suicide.


pumps to supply water from the
lake to the Everglades Agricultural
Area (EAA).
However, recent rainfall has
put those plans on hold. The EAA
is currently getting enough rainfall
so that it is not necessary to pump
water from the lake to that area.
Plans to rent 10 pumps for lake
side use have been cancelled.
There are plans to purchase
pumps for future use if pumping
should become necessary.
For information on water con-
servation or water use restrictions
call SFMWD's toll fee water short-
age hotline at 800-662-8876. For
fire prevention tips and burning
rules and regulations contact the
Division of Forestry at 863-462-
5160.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached
at pgawda@newszap.com.


Teens who are grieving and
coping with death can be helped
by a person or group of people
their own age who are also griev-
ing and can understand and share
their experience. They can also
be helped by close friends who
have acquired some knowledge
and skills about grief support and
who are willing to listen. Grief
counselors and other adults who
the teens trust are also good out-
lets for teens to cope with death.
Regardless of the reason that
a death occurs, it still affects the
young people in a different man-
ner than others. Parents and care-
givers should contact the local
school counselors if they have
any questions or concerns about
their children.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at caguilar@newszap.com.


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Okeechobee Utility Authority meets today


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
At their meeting this morning,
the Okeechobee Utility Authority
(OUA) Board of Directors will re-
ceive an update on the cost of im-
provements to the Bet-Her Acres
water system which OUA took
over in 2004. Because of ongoing
maintenance issues with reading
meters in congested back alleys,
leaks and unaccounted for water
loss, staff recommends the sug-


gested improvements.
The board will be consider-
ing the purchase of a one half
ton truck for the water treatment
plant, a.one half ton truck for the
wastewater treatment plant and
a one ton maintenance service
truck.
In 2003 an easement was pre-
pared for a vacuum sewer line to
serve Oasis Village. Recently it was
discovered that the easement was
partially incorrect. Tradewinds
Surveyors and Mappers, Inc. sur-


veyed the existing pipe system and
prepared corrected easements.
Attorney Tom Conley will brief the
board on action taken to correct
the easement.
At their last meeting on March
11 the board agreed to grant a 12
month extension of the developers
agreement with New Okeecho-
bee, LLC which had expired in
February. On March 28 an ad-
dendum was sent to the property
owner for his signature. As of Fri-
day, April 4, staff had not received


a signed agreement back.
In other action, the board is ex-
pected to:
*receive the finance report for
the period ending March 31:
*receive an update on the em-
ployees' manual; and
*hear items from the attorney
and the executive director.
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at pgawda@newszap.com.


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or older. This service continues until April 15, on Mondays and Tues-
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S.E. Second St. (doors open 8:45 a.m. no sooner.) You must bring
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Okeechobee News
An 84-year-old Bushnell man
died as result of injuries he re-
ceived in a two-vehicle accident
in Okeechobee County.
According to the Florida High-
way Patrol (FHP) Anthony H.
Gomes died at 12:28 a.m. on April
5 in Melbourne.
Mr. Gomes and Maureen M.
Gomes, 82, also of Bushnell, were
involved in an accident on Friday,


An FHP accident report states
that Mr. Gomes and Maureen
Gomes were injured when their
vehicle collided with a 1998 Pe-
terbilt tractor-trailer being driven
by Walter Parker, 71, of Sunbury,
N.C.
Mr. Parker suffered only minor
injures, stated the report.
The report by Trooper Stephen
J. Rudd states Mr. Parker was turn-
ing east onto S.W. 240th St. when


trailer were struck by the Chev-
rolet at 8:55 p.m. Mr. Gomes was
westbound on that same road.
The trailer then continued over
the top of the Chevrolet's driver's
side.
Mr. Gomes was airlifted by Life
Star to Holmes Regional Medical
Center in Melbourne, while Mau-
reen Gomes was transported to
Raulerson Hospital in Okeecho-


Arrest Report


The following individuals
were arrested on felony or driv-
ing under the influence (DUI)
charges by the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO),
the Okeechobee City Police
Department (OCPD), the Flor-
ida Highway Patrol (FHP), the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC)
or the Department of Correc-
tions (DOC).
Jesstarius Dortch, 23,
N.E. Seventh St., Okeechobee,
was arrested April 3 by Deputy
Sergeant Robert Staton on a
charge of corruption by threats
against a public servant. His
bond was set at $5,000.
Alex Torres, 37, N.W. 24th
St., Miami, was arrested April 4
by Deputy Harold Hancock on
an Okeechobee County war-
rant charging him with viola-
tion of probation -- driving un-
der the influence and violation
of probation --possession of
cocaine with intent to sell. He
is being held without bond.
Lindsey Nicole Saunders,
25, S.W. Ninth St., Okeecho-
bee, was arrested April 4 by
Deputy Wayne Douglas on a
Glades County warrant charg-
ing her with violation of pro-
bation -- conspiracy to deal in
stolen property and violation of
probation -- dealing in stolen
property. She was released on
her own recognizance.
Jose Olivarez, 32, Harney
Pond Road, was arrested April


4 by Deputy Justin Akins on a
Glades County warrant charg-
ing him with violation of pro-
bation DUI manslaughter-DUI
damage to personal property,
driving under the influence
causing serious bodily injury,
driving while license suspend-
ed/revoked causing death and
driving while license suspend-
ed/revoked causing serious
bodily harm. He is being held
Without bond.
Victor J. Walker, 43, S.E.
30th St., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested April 4 by Deputy Joseph
Hall on a West Palm Beach
warrant charging him with fail-
ure to appear burglary of a
structure or conveyance. He is
being held without bond.
Felicia K. Greer, 20, S.E.
24th Blvd., Okeechobee, was
arrested April 4 by Deputy Wil-
liam Maerki on charges of driv-
ing under the influence and
leaving the scene of an acci-
dent. She was released on her
own recognizance.
Dawn Michelle Morris, 37,
N.E. 304th St., Okeechobee,
was arrested April 5 by Deputy
Corporal Randy Thomas on
a felony charge of possession
of a controlled substance and
resisting an officer without
violence. Her bond was set at
$3,000.
John Martin Giancola, 46,
S.E. Rich St., Port St. Lucie, was
arrested March 5 by the OCPD
on a charge of possession of


marijuana over 20 grams. His
bond was set at $10,000.
Jessie Dirke Zipperer, 21,
N.W 50th Ave., Okeechobee,
was arrested April 5 by Deputy
Paul Jackson on an Okeecho-
bee County warrant charging
him with amended violation of
probation possession of meth-
adone. He is being held without
bond. He was also arrested on
another warrant charging him
with second amended -- viola-
tion of probation -- possession
of methadone. He is being held
without bond on that charge
also.
Donna M. Whitmire, 49,
S.E. 28th St., Okeechobee, was
arrested April 5 by Deputy Rob-
bie Lamb on a charge of driv-
ing, under the influence. Her
bond was set at $1,000.
Marco Anotonio Campos,
18, S.W 85th Ave., Okeecho-
bee, was arrested April 6 by the
OCPD on a charge of robbery.
His bond was set at $20,000.
This column lists .arrests
and not convictions, unless
otherwise stated. Anyone list-
ed here who is later found in-
nocent or has had the charges
against them dropped is wel-
come to inform this newspa-
per. The information will be
confirmed and printed.


Although they won't be doing
it this week, K-9s are also used in
cases to sniff out explosives, ap-
prehend criminals and find cadav-
ers.
Also on hand for the workshop
Monday was K-9 Widgen and her
partner OCSO Detective Jimmy
Mills. Widgen's prowess as a drug
dog is almost legendary around
this area.
"Widgen made her first drug
case when she was 8 months old,"
said Detective Voss.
Detective Mills went on to ex-
plain that he was asked to take
the now 10-year-old black Lab to
Glades County where she made
her first drug case in 1998. He said
she found and alerted to mari-
juana being hidden in a woman's
crotch.
When asked how many drug
cases the OCSO K-9 has made, De-
tective Mills could only shake his
head.
"I couldn't tell you," he said.
Detective Voss said she has
made several hundred.
While many people think the
purchase of the animals is expen-
sive at $8,000 to $8,500, Detective
Voss said they aren't considering
that the animal will work up to 10
years and will put a lot of criminals
in prison. Or, that they can be used
to find missing people as well as
evidence.
As an example, Detective Voss
said K-9 Widgen, with her gentle
nature, can be used to find some-
one who is missing and suffering
from Alzheimer's.
"But you wouldn't want to use
my dog for that," he said.
On the other hand, K-9 Rex has
been used for and is skilled at find-
ing and apprehending criminals
who are trying to escape. And
when the detective's 80-pound
partner who, at speeds of up to 33
mph, pounces on an absconder,
the criminal's escape comes to an
abrupt halt.
Like their human counterparts,


Okeechobee News/Eric Kopp
Deputy Troy Newman and K-9 Sandy from the St. Lucie Coun-
ty Sheriff's Office were on hand Monday, April 7, at the K-9
certification workshop put on in Okeechobee by the Police
Work Dog Association of Florida. The event is also hosted
by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office. Deputy Newman
was instructing Sandy to find local illegal narcotics hidden in
this vehicle.


K-9s are protected by the state. It is
a third-degree felony to batter, in-
jure or kill a police animal. And, if
a K-9 is killed in the line of duty the
dog's handler will receive a $1,000
check from the PWDAF to help get
another dog.
Although these animals are
four-legged police officers, they
also become a big part of a cop's
family. They are excellent with
children and are very lovable and
protective.
And in the case of Widgen,
when she retires she'll make some
human retiree a very loyal and lov-
ing pet. Since she is now 10 years
old, her days as a working K-9 are


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nearing an end.
"I'll probably need another dog
in January of 2009, but she'll work
just as long as she wants to," said
Detective Mills looking down at
his partner and friend sitting at his
side.
Detective. Voss said if it wasn't
for 'friends' of the program the
local workshop wouldn't be pos-
sible. Those friends, he said, in-
clude Sheriff Paul May, Major Noel
Stephen and many other local in-
dividuals and businesses.
"Local businesses have been
very supportive of this exercise,"
he said. "Without them, this
wouldn't happen."


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can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
DEPUTY: I hope the deputy is feeling better. I heard he is still in the
hospital. Here is what I don't understand. The deputy has his emer-
gency lights on and the guy behind him tried to pass him? Who passes
a deputy? Most people see a cop and they slow way down. Even if they
are not speeding, most people slow down. Passing a deputy is just
asking for a traffic ticket because if you are going even a mile over the
speed limit, they will know about it. You are just drawing attention to
yourself. And to pass one who has his emergency lights on? It makes
no sense. Maybe they need to check the driver's eyesight if he didn't
notice a deputy on a motorcycle with the emergency lights on.
FAMILY SAYS THANKS: The Rogers family would like to thankyou
all for all of your thoughts and prayers. To the people who stopped to
help Adrian on the side of the road THANK YOU! To the dispatchers
who reached out to him over the radio THANK YOU! To the fellow
officers who rushed to his aide THANK YOU! To the firemen/medics
on scene THANK YOU! To the wonderful staff of doctors and nurses
at St. Mary's Medical Facility THANK YOU! To everyone who has
called with well wishes and concern THANK YOU! The family has
been overwhelmed with support from the Okeechobee Community
as well as from all of our family and friends. We would just like to ask
everyone to continue to hold Adrian in your prayers as he has a long
recovery ahead of him.
EMERGENCY VEHICLES: The story about the driver who hit the
cop while trying to pass him, even though the cop had his emergency
lights on, is the tip of the iceberg. While I realize that driver was not
from Okeechobee, many of the drivers who live here are no better.
I am continually amazed at people who try to pass or do pass an
emergency vehicle. When an emergency vehicle has the lights on, ev-
eryone else is supposed to get out of the way and let them do their job
-- not try to get in front of them and slow them down. I have actually
seen people try to pass an ambulance. Wake up people. Emergency
vehicles have the right-of-way and they need to get to their destina-
tions a lot more than you need to get to yours.
BALL GAME: Okay -- time for something positive. April 9, 10 and
11 the girls, are at home playing in Okeechobee. JV plays at 5 and
Varsity at 7 in the evening. The teams are doing great and if you come
out to watch you will see girls who have worked their tails off do-
ing something other than finding trouble. Come out and show them
your support before Districts! Many of these girls have played softball
together since they were 8 and 9 years old and several have signed for
full ride scholarships to college. Parents I encourage you to bring out
your young girls and get them hooked on something that will keep
them physically active, disciplined and may even help them get a free
post high school education!
COME ON DOWN: This is to the trash that demolished that poor
lady's yard and desecrated the church yard up in Bassinger. Let me tell
you something boys, come on down and try me. I am 76 years old and
I've got a shotgun and if you want to try it, come on down.
ATVS: I am so fed up with these punks on ATVs acting like they
own the road. I hope they catch the ones that tore up the old woman's
yard and scared her half to death. I think they should find them con-
fiscate the ATVs, sell them at auction and use the money to repair all
the damages.
DRIVERS: I am so sick of poor drivers in this state. I have driven in
Southern California and Detroit, Michigan and have never experienced
more ruthless, rude and ignorant people ever. I wish I had my 1967
Chevy Impala so I could ram the backside of the next person who
doesn't use a turn signal or pulls out in front of me doing 10 mph.
ATVS: With all of the comments in the paper lately about ATVs
you would think parents would pay a little attention. I was driving
down SW 67th -- the road'you turn on to go to Lazy 7. Now this is
a busy road, and the one that the big trucks used to go to and from
the shell pits. And there is construction going on so there are a lot of
other trucks coming and going. Plus there is all the traffic from people
who either live on 67th or one of the other roads it connects with. And
right down the middle of the road comes an ATV with two girls, riding
double, driving it right on the county road and neither one wearing
a helmet. Folks, this is dangerous. Get your kids and their ATVs off
the roads before someone is seriously injured or killed. We have had
enough tragedy in this town already to last a lifetime. And if they are
on an ATV they should be at least'wearing a helmet. Even on a bi-
cycle, you are supposed to wear a helmet.
ACCIDENT: I feel really sorry for the motorcycle cop who had the
accident. I have read the article several times and I feel that he may
have pulled a boo boo like the rest of us do. I think he should have
pulled all the way off of the road and made sure that there were no
cars coming. We all make mistakes and they do too. Editor's note: Ac-
cording to the FHP report, the deputy and the van were travelling the
same direction before the accident. The deputy was in front of the
van. The deputy had noticed a speeder traveling the other direction,
and had put on his emergency lights and slowed and started to make
a U-Turn to pursue the speeder. Instead of yielding to the emergency
vehicle, the van driver behind him tried to pass the deputy on the left.
The driver tried to pass the deputy as he was turning, and the van hit
the motorcycle. The van driver was charged with failure to yield to
an emergency vehicle, as well as for leaving the scene of an accident
with injuries.



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Okeechobee News 2007
For More Information See
At Your Service On Page 2


Letter o the Editor


What does it take to move a mailbox?


For the past four years the
residents of Click Drive in Lake-
port have been trying to get our
mailboxes moved from a cluster
down on Highway 78 to "in front"
of our houses on Click Drive. Our
street is a relatively well paved
one of about half a mile before
it enters Brighton Reservation.
We have been through the peti-
tion process with the local Post-
master to no avail, we have been
through letters to the Post Master
General to be answered only by
some aide referring us to the Dis-
trict level which resulted in noth-
ing. We currently are dealing with
U.S. House of Representative Tim
Mahqney which has been instru-
mental in the Postal Service tell-
ing us that we need a cul-de-sac
at the end of the paved portion
of Click Drive so the postal de-
livery driver would have a place
to turn around without going
on private property. Well this is
where Glades County gets into
the picture. We have asked the


county through Commissioner
Paul Beck for a cul-de-sac to meet
this requirement. Everybody gets
into the act ... the road depart-
ment, the county administrator,
the county attorney all making a
giant issue out of a turn-around at
the end of our street as if it were
a major highway through Moore
Haven.
Many conversations with Com-
missioner Beck have resulted in
his telling us that he is doing his
best to get the project approved.
Wait a minute now! The project
approved? We are not asking for
an 80 foot turn-around for an 18
wheeler to maneuver, we are
asking enough for a regular car
to maneuver by the mail delivery
driver and that's usually a small
car.
Now this process with the
county has been going on for al-
most five months. How long does
it take to get something done for
the residents of Glades County?
This is where the phrase "Here


Community Calendar

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 AA. 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.
AA. 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.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information,
June Scheer at 863-634-8276
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m.
in the fellowship hall at 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meet-
ing. For information, call Earl at 863-763-0139.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that
enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For information,
contact Dr. Edward Douglas at 863-763-4320.
AA. meeting will be held from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meeting.
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.
The Lighthouse Refuge support group meets at Believers Fellow-
ship Church, 300 S.W Sixth Ave. from noon until 2 p.m. then from 6:30
until 8:30 p.m. Women who need emotional support or someone just
to care are welcome. For information call the hot line 863-801-9201 or
863-697-9718.
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., will be
hosting God's Time --a morning of free organized Christian activi-
ties that includes play, instruction and interaction for parents and
their pre-school children. The event will be held each Tuesday from
9:30 a.m. until noon. Child care will be provided for infants during
the class. For information, call 863-763-4021.


we go again" comes in. For ex-
ample, if a "good ole boy" in the
Ortona area wants a sidewalk
going down Ortona Road to the
recreation area and down Wil-
liams Road it gets done in good
time. This sidewalk runs from
Highway 78 down Ortona Road
to the recreation area and also
down Williams Road to the end.
Approximately four plus miles.
For what? Hardly anyone uses it
because there are hardly anyone
living along it until you get down
to the recreation area or the Or-
tona community,
Yet, here we are struggling
with a "drag your foot and they
will go away" attitude for a one-
day job of a cul-de-sac. Well, like
the good ole boy says, "It ain't
going away." There is absolutely
no reason that this cannot be ac-
complished. The residents living
at the paved end would welcome
the turn-around to eliminate, ve-
hicles backing into their yards to
turn around. The street is a dead


end street because Brighton has it
closed off. Also, we currently are
experiencing a "drag your foot"
attitude with Representative Tim
Mahoney's office and a letter is
going to him next.
What dose it take for our
County to respond to the needs
of its citizens? We elect them
based upon them telling us that
they will make a difference, right?
We elected an "at large" commis-
sioner to make a difference, right?
Well how many have seen the dif-
ference?
Many times I will be talking to
someone about issues within the
county, and their remark is, "Well,
that's Glades County for you!"
Well, I have heard that remark
so many times that like Earl Pitts
would say, "It makes me want to
puke in my grits!"
Johnsie McGuire
Click Drive
Lakeport


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 percerit 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 Am-
ber's two brothers. An account has been set up for Amber at Seacoast
National Bank in Suzanne Gunter's name. If you have any questions
about the account contact Suzanne Gunter at 863-261-5642. Contri-
butions 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.

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.
All day scrapbooking party
An all-day scrapbooking crop will be held on Saturday, April 19,
from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the First Methodist Church, 200 N.W Sec-
ond St. All levels of scrapbookers are welcome. Please bring a covered
dish if you are interested in participating in our pot luck luncheon. We
are also having a "Punch Your Art Out" day, complete with a demon-
stration and free use of an assortment of various types of punches'to
enhance your scrapbooking, cardmaking and craft projects. Carolyn
Jones will be available to assist you with your scrapbooking questions
and supplies. Refreshments will be served and there will be plenty of
door prizes. Bring any scrapbook pages on which you are currently
working. For more information call Joan at 863-467-0290 or Carolyn
at 863-634-1885.

Earth Day celebration set
Celebrate Earth Day at DuPuis Management Area on April 19. The
theme is "Protect Wild Florida" and it features and up close view of.
Florida's wildlife brought by Treasure Coast Wildlife Center. There will
be food, and drinks, booths and lots of activities for the kids, even a
presentation on endangered Red Cockaded Woodpeckers and the ef-
forts that are being made to bring back these birds. For information
call 1-800-432-2045 ext.3339.

CCC to meet
The Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee Shared
Services Network will conduct their monthly meeting on Tuesday,
April 22, at 10 a.m. in the Board Room of the Okeechobee School
Board Office. Guest speakers will be, Positive Behavior Support Pro-
gram Pam Chandler and Cathleen Blair, Healthy Start Becky Smith
and New Horizons Pam Stierwalt. This meeting is open to the public.
For information, call Sharon Vinson at 863-462-5000 ext.257.


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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
under are $4.50; senior citizens are $4.50 for all
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Auctions 105
Car Pool 110
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Card of Thanks 120
In Memoriam 125
Found 130
Lost 135
Give Away 140O
Garage/Yard Sale 145i
Personals 150
Special Notices 155
900 Numbers 160



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
Join all the people who
say, "I sold it In the clas-
sifieds."


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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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Employment -
Fui-.Time 205
Employment -
Medical 210;
Employment '
Part-Time 215
Employment
Wanted l 220
Job lnformatlion 225
Job Training : 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(@aaronrents.comrn
or apply in person
2302 Hwy 441 S., 34974


Financial



Business
Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315





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never accept any advertise-
ment that is illegal or con-
sidered fraudulent. In all
cases of questionable val-
ue, such as promises of
guaranteed income from
work-at-home programs if
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true, chances are that it is.
If you have questions or
doubts about any ad on
these pages, we advise that
before responding or send-
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you check with the Better
Business Bureau at
772-878-2010 for previous
complaints.
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numbers may require an
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long distance toll costs. We
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reader of Ihese charges in
the ads, but occasionally
we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
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area, use caution.

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

Services



Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered42S
Insurance 430
Medical Services435

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FREE ESTIMATES
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or (863)261-6425

Merchandise

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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 -8o 4 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage r .3 ac645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655s
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplles/
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 7720
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


BEARDED DRAGON Male, 3
yrs. old. Aquarium & acces.
included. $250
(863)697-6824
Find it master. Sell it soon-
er In the classifieds


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PANDA FERRET Certified. F,
1 yr. old. Friendly. 3 story
cage & acces. Up to date
shots. $250 (863)697-6824

Agriculture
,

Christma 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 -
$10,00o
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
How do you find a Job In
today's competitive
market? In the employ-
ment section of the clas-
sifleds


Rentals



Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Commercial 95
Property 915
Condos/
Townhouses. Rent920
Farm Property-r 25
Rent i.925
House Rent 930
Land- Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space-
Rent 960



rent. (863)763-7783 or
(561)968-2083
BHR Duplex, Lake Okee. Ac-
cess. 1br, 1ba. Completely
rentavated. W/D & Dishwasher
$125. wkly (561)202-7703
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-
ior apple'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
REMODELED 2/1, 2 story
screened porch, very clean,
no pets. $750/mo, 1st, last
& Dep. (863)634-3313


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/ Saturday L 11
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OAK PARK 3/1/1 newly re-
COMMERCIAL BUILDING modeled CBS, non-smkg.
FOR SALE OR LEASE env., no pets, $950 mo. +
PRIME commercial corridor. $1000 sec. (863)697-2818
Multiple uses available for
this 2800 SF building OKEE: 3/1 on 1/2 ac. Renovat-
Located at 3729 SE Hwy 441 ed, laundry, C/A/heat, screen
call: Exit Realty Neighbors porch, carport. $975 mo, 1st
863-634-8378 mo. & dep. Call 305-458-8659
H0 OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
Garage. C/Air. 1st, last &
sec. 863-467-2541 or after
5 pm 863-634-9330
SOKEECHOEE CBS, 4br, 2ba
Waterfront. All tile floors, Hi-
Brand New 3/2/2 Lo Acres. $1200 mo.
772-349-3848 or 597-1967
Concrete Block OPTION TO BUY 3 br/2 ba,
Stucco homes. 1500 sq ft on 20 acres, 15
$495 Down min N. of town. $1500/mo +
S 1st, last & sec.(863)447-0352
Payments
From $895 TREASURE ISLAND 2 br,
rom 1 ba, waterfront house, large
per month fenced yard. $750/mo
"(954)610-5345

i Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/op
BASSWOOD Pets OKI 3BR, garage? Advertise your
1 BA, 3632 NW 28th Ave. yard sale In the classl-
New Tile/Carpet/Paint. $795 fleds and make your
mo. + sec. dep. Pic's @ clean um a breeze!
www.lexbuvshouses.com Oice Space
Call Lex (561)715-1768
BASSWOOD ESTATES, New
3br, 2ba on huge lot. Rent STOREFRONT OFFICE SPACE
$1000. Buy 125K Financing FOR LEASE 450 sq. ft.,
Available (754)423-8202 near Courthouse, $675 mo.
- ---- incl. cam. (863)467-0831
BUCKHEAD 3/1, lots of stor-
age, fenced, w/d, 1 pet. l ima It 051
$800/mo (863)763-0445
SINGLE, no children, female
EAST OF TOWN 3 BR, 1 BA, pref to share 3BR, 2BA
$850 mo. (863)634-2121 home with family. Pool.
NEW DUPLEX 3/2, $900 per $700/month. 863-697-0218
month + 1st, last & $500 Shop here firstI
sec. dep. (863)465-0053 The classified ads


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Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos/
Townhouses --Sale1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
InvePstment, :
Property -Sale s1035
Laind Sale ( :1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State-.
Property SOale 1055
Property inspectionr1060
Real Estate Wanted1065lOSS
Resort Propertye-
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080



OKEECHOBEE 2br, 2ba,
Kings Bay house. $950. mo.
$500. Sec. dep
863-634-7460 or 634-7895


FOR SALE -8.37 Acres
Ind/Strge/Warehs, Hwy 78W,
1000+ homes BHR
$50k/acre (863)801-3133


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AMAZING LAND
DEAL!!!
10 acres inpvt comm
Starting at $180,000
Owner financing at 5.5% APR
First RIty (561)385-7888
www.okeelandforsale.com
NORTH OKEECHOBEE 7
ACRES for sale, off of NW
12TH Terrace. Asking
$95,000. Call (863)634-3280

When doing those chores
Is doing you In, It's time
to look for a helper In
the classifteds.



LAKESHORE RESORT- LAKE
PLACID, FL., New 2BD cottag-
.es on Lake Placid, 300' white
sand beach, dock & addl.
amenities. Call (863)441-2659
Nightly, wkly & mthly, rentals
also avail. Call (863)465-2135
www.lakeshoreresortrentals.com


Mobile Homes



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Available Immediately 3BR,
2BA, doublewide, carport,
large lot, $850/mo. 1 yr. lease
& mo. sec. 863-467-5616.
BH RIDGE 3/2 on Waterfront,
Lake access. Fully furnished.
$875 mo. + $1000 Sec.
dep. (772)370-1095
BIG 0 Park Model, l1br lba,
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, lba with
large back porch. Front
porch on large scenic,
wooded, fenced lot. $850
mo. Also a 1 br, lba $600
mo. Call 863-634-3451
OKEECHOBEE: Nice, 2br/lba,
$550/mo + 1st, Last & Sec.
Dep. In town. No pets. Call
(863)763-6232
OKEECHOBEE: Nice, 3br/lba
doublewide in town. No pets.
$750/mo + 1st, Last & Sec.
Dep. Call (863)763-6232
OTTER CREEK 3/2 on 1 acre,
$850/mo, 1st, last & sec.
Will work w/right person.
(863)697-6713
TREASURE ISLAND 2/2, Ig,
furn SW, screened porch, stor-
age, private lot. $750/mo +
1st, last & sec.(863)610-2126



ANCIENT OAKS 55+, Gated,
1br, 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 3015i
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
t863)467-5601 (will the party
at called & left number
637-1971 please call again
and give area code)


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FIFTH WHEEL '96 Jayco Ea-
gle 29 ft, extra clean, ready
to go, new tires & more, re-
duced to $8900
(863)610-1120
How fast can your car
go? It can go even faster
when you sell It In the
classfineds.

Automobiles



Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Par Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Tractor Traileras 4060
Utility Trailers 4065




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, Auto., Air. Excel-
lent condition. $2500
(812)989-3022


JUNK CARS WANTED
Pay Cash, Free Pickup
(561)267-2260
Grab a bargain from your
neighbor's garage,
attic, basement or clos-
et In today's classmfds.


FORD F150 '94 LWB, 6 cyl,
auto, cold a/c. $1650
(561)262-5735
One man's trash Is anoth-
er man's treasure. Turn
your trash to treasure
with an ad I the classl-
fleds.


GMC SURBURBAN '88, HD
Tow pkg. 454 Big Block
Chevy. Runs great. $2500
(863)763-4746 Lv. msg.


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Obituaries


Christina Jolene
Nettles
Christina Jolene Nettles, age
23, of Okeechobee died April
3, 2008 in Ft.
Pierce. Ms. Net-
ties was born
Aug. 9, 1984 in
Belle Glade to
Jeff and Rigina
Carter. She was
a lifetime resi-
dentofOkeecho-
bee. She was a
homemaker of Christina
the Baptist faith. Nettles
Ms. Nettles is survived by her
husband, Darrell Nettles; two
daughters, Angel Nettles and
Christella Orman; two brothers,
Jeffery and Nathan Carter; par-
ents, Rigina (Jack Nettles) Carter
and Jeff Carter;w grandmother,
Susie Carter all of Okeechobee.
Visitation will be 2 p.m.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008 at Ev-
ergreen Cemetery. Graveside fu-


neral services will follow at 2:30
p.m.
Friends may sign the guest
book at www.bassokeechobee-
funeralhome.com.
All arrangements are entrusted
to the care of Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home and Crematory.
205 N.E. 2nd Street, Okeechobee.

Edna Marshall
Edna Marshall, age 83, passed
away March 15, 2008 in Day-
tona Beach. Edna is survived by
her daughter Marlene Ashley of
Port Orange. Grandchildren; Jodi
and Robby, Great grandchildren;
Brandon, Matthew, Noah, Ad-
die, Spencer and Tricia. Great
great grandchild Kaden, and dear
friends, Betty South, Betty and
children, Gus and Patty. Edna vol-
unteered with many organizations
including Hospice. Past president
of the Lady Elks, and worked
many years for the Volusia County
Tax assesor's Office. She owned
her own catering busineess in


Okeechobee. She lived many
years in Orange City. There will be
a private family celebration and in
lieu of flowers please make do-
nations to the Shriner Children's
Hospital. Arrangements entrusted
to Newlife Cremation and Funeral
Chapel of Ormond Beach.

George Harold Corwin
George Harold "Bonehead"
Corwin, age 81, of Okeechobee,
died April 6,
2008 at Raul-
erson Hospi-

win was born
July 19, 1926
in LeMoyne,
Ohio to Lee
and Lula Cor-
win. He came George
to Okeechobee Corwin
from Chicago
in 1969. He proudly served our
country in the U.S. Army during
WWII. He was a lifetime member
of the VFW and Handyman Club.


Mr. Corwin was preceded in
death by his sister, Audalene Carr
and grandson George Harold
Corwin II.
He is survived by his wife of 21
years, Hilda Corwin of Okeecho-
bee; daughter, Mary (Rodger)
Going of Ohio; two sons, Floyd
(Mickey) Corwin and Mike Cor-
win of Ohio; 'three stepchildren,
Steven Lineberry, Paul (Debra)
Overton, Alice Hurtea, Jamie
(Yoshie) Branson; 7 grandchil-
dren; 7 step-grandchildren; and
best friends Joe (Laura) Powers.
No services or visitation will be
held.
In lieu of flowers, George re-
quests assistance be given to his
wife, Hilda.
Friends may sign the guest
book at www.bassokeechobee-
funeralhome.com.
All arrangements are entrusted
to 'the care of Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home and Crematory.
205 N.E. 2nd Street, Okeechobee.


Eli William Renfranz
Eli William Renfranz, age 17,
of Okeechobee, died Tuesday,
April 1, 2008.
Born June 22,
1990 in Paho-
kee, he was a
lifetime resident
of Okeechobee.
Eli was a senior
at Okeechobee
High School and
a member of Eli William
Freedom Ranch Renfranz
Church. He had
a passion for skateboarding.
He is survived by his parents
Donald and Lisa Renfranz, sisters,
Christy R. (Tyler) Williams and
Amy A. (Kevin) Renfranz-Patter-
son, all of Boone, N.C.; sister, Ma-
rie E. Renfranz and brother, John
R. Renfranz, both of Okeechobee.
In addition, he is survived by his
maternal grandparents, Carol S.
Hales and Norman F. Hales, both
of Okeechobee; and paternal
grandfather William C. Renfrantz


of Lakeland. He is also survived
by numerous aunts, uncles, cous-
ins and friends.
The family will receive friends
at the Buxton Funeral Home Cha-
pel on Tuesday, April 8 from 6 p.m.
until 7 p.m. A Celebration of Life
service will be conducted in the
Buxton Funeral Home Chapel at
7 p.m. with Pastor John Glenn of
Freedom Ranch officiating. In lieu
of flowers, to honor Eli's memo-
ry, those who wish may purchase
a new skateboard and bring it
to the memorial service. Those
skateboards will be given to those
in need without the means of ob-
taining one. For those who prefer,
contributions may be made in his
memory to the American Foun-
dation for Suicide Prevention, 120
Wall Street, 22nd Floor, New York,
NY 10005.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.


Today in History


Today is Tuesday, April 8, the
99th day of 2008. There are 267
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in His-
tory:
On April 8, 1913, the 17th
Amendment to the Constitution,
providing for direct popular elec-
tion of United States senators (as
opposed to appointment by state
legislatures), was ratified.
On this date:
In 1513, explorer Juan Ponce
de Leon and his expedition began
exploring the Florida coastline.
In 1935, President Franklin D.
Roosevelt signed the Emergency
Relief Appropriations Act, which
provided money for programs
such as the Works Progress Ad-
ministration.
In 1952, President Truman
seized the steel industry to avert
a nationwide strike. (The U.S.
Supreme Court later ruled that
Truman had overstepped his au-
thority.)
In 1973, artist Pablo Picasso
died at his home near Mougins,
France, at age 91.
In 1974, Hank Aaroh of the At-
lanta Braves hit his 715th career
home run in a game against the
Los Angeles Dodgers, breaking
Babe Ruth's record.
In 1994, Kurt Cobain, singer
and guitarist for the grunge band
Nirvana, was found dead in Seat-


tie from an apparently self-inflict-
ed gunshot wound; he was 27.
Ten years ago: The nation's
major cigarette makers withdrew
support for a historic tobacco
settlement, saying Congress had
twisted their offer to help cut
teen smoking into a harsh attack
on their industry and sharp tax
increases for American smokers.
Thirty-six people were killed by
tornadoes which struck Alabama,
Mississippi and Georgia.
Five years ago: Two journal-
ists were killed when U.S. forces
fired on their hotel in Baghdad.
Kidnapper-rapist John Jamelske,
who had imprisoned five women
and girls, one after another, as
sex slaves inside a makeshift dun-
geon in his DeWitt, N.Y, home,
was arrested. Connecticut won
its second straight NCAA wom-
en's basketball championship,
defeating Tennessee 73-68.
One year ago: Powerful Shi-
ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr ordered
his militiamen to redouble their
battle to oust American forces
from Iraq and called on the coun-
try's army and police to join him
in defeating "your archenemy."
Zach Johnson won the Masters
with a two-shot victory over Tiger
Woods.
Today's Birthdays: Former
first lady Betty Ford is 90. Come-
dian Shecky Greene is 82. Actor-


turned-diplomat John Gavin is 77.
Author and investigative reporter
Seymour Hersh is 71. Basketball
Hall-of-Famer John Havlicek
is 68. "Mouseketeer" Darlene
Gillespie is 67. Singer J.J. Jackson
is 67. Singer Peggy Lennon (The
Lennon Sisters) is 67. Songwriter-
producer Leon Huff is 66. Actor
Hywel Bennett is 64. Actor Stuart
Pankin is 62. Rock musician Steve
Howe (Yes) is 61. Movie director
John Madden ("Shakespeare in
Love") is 59. Rock musician Mel
Schacher (Grand Funk Railroad)
is 57. Baseball Hall-of-Famer
Gary Carter is 54. Actor John
Schneider is 48. Rock musician
Izzy Stradlin is 46. Singer Julian
Lennon is 45. Rock singer-musi-
cian Donita Sparks is 45. Rapper
Biz Markie is 44. Actress Robin
Wright Penn is 42. Actress Patri-
cia Arquette is 40. Rock singer
Craig Honeycutt (Everything) is
38. Rock musician Darren Jessee
is 37. Actress Emma Caulfield is
35. Actress Katee Sackhoff is 28.
Actor Taylor. Kitsch is 27. Actor
Taran Noah Smith is 24. Actress
Kirsten Storms is 24.
Thought for Today: "The
world has achieved brilliance
without conscience. Ours is a
world of nuclear giants and ethi-
cal infants." Army Gen. Omar N.
Bradley (born 1893, died this day
in 1981).


Counseling Corner


Teen depression is not a problem to ignore


From the American
Counseling Association
A serious, but often over-
looked problem for many
teens today is depression. It's
far more common than most
parents realize, and far more
serious than most parents want
to admit. Teen depression can
lead to a variety of problems,
with teen suicide at the top of
that list.
Unfortunately, deciding
whether your teenager is de-
pressed is not an easy task.
Most teens are "moody" at
times. Teens face hormonal
and physical changes, the
stress of school and jobs, rela-
tionship issues with peers and
a variety of other pressures that
can leave them stressed and
uncommunicative.
But the most serious form of
depression, usually described'
as teenage depressive disorder,
is more than just being moody.
It's persistent feelings of de-
pression that interfere with the
teen's ability to function nor-


mally. And it does have certain
warning signs:
Previously good grades
slipping
*A dramatic change in at-
titude
*A radical shift in your
child's identity
*A major change in friends
Loss of interest in previ-
ously enjoyed activities
*Withdrawing from friends
and family activities and be-
coming uncommunicative.
While none of these behav-
iors alone mean your child is
suffering from severe depres-
sion, when you see one or
more it signals a need to pay
more attention to what he or
she is facing.
Since virtually every teen
tends to hold back on shar-
ing too much with a parent, it
takes effort to find out what's
going on. Ask questions any-
how. Ask about friends, school
and current activities. Be per-
sistent. Your child may resent
the intrusion, but you have a


responsibility to know what's
happening in his or her life.
It also helps to be more
involved. Try spending more
time with your teen. Simple
things like family dinners, or
encouraging friends to be invit-
ed to the house, can help open
doors and show your care.
The most important thing
is to not ignore any warning
signs. Studies report about only
one-third of clinically depressed
teens are actually diagnosed.
If you suspect problems,
talk to adults who know your
teen, from teachers to school
counselors to sports coaches.
If they have also noticed poten-
tial problems, seek help. Your
school counselor, family phy-
sician or local mental health
organization can usually offer
suggestions on counseling pro-
fessionals specializing in teen
issues.
Teen depression is not just a
"phase" that will be outgrown.
Ignoring it can leave your teen's
life hanging in the balance.


1Pnblic Notice1


Public Notices

MA,

Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500




Change In April School Board
Meeting Date
The regular meeting of the Okeechobee
County School Board for April will take
place on Tuesday, April 15, 2008, at
6:00 p.m., in Room 303 of the School
Board Administrative Office located at
700 S.W. 2nd Avenue. The meeting is
open to the public. There will be no
meeting as regularly scheduled on
April 8, 2008.
Patricia G. Cooper, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
264710 ON 4/1,8/08


IN THE COUNTY COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 2008-CC-120
JUDGE: JERALD D0. BRYANT
IN RE:
Two (2) neglected horses.
NOTICE OF HEARING
TO: RAY GONZALEZ
1080 N.E. 342nd Trail
Okeechobes, FL 34972
(regular mail)
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that on Friday,
April 25, 2008, at 1:30 p.m. or as
soon thereafter as counsel can be
heard, the undersigned will bring on to
be heard OKEECHOBEE COUNTY'S
PETITION FOR DISPOSITION OF TWO
(2) NEGLECTED HORSES pursuant to
ection 828.073, Florida Statutes, be-
fore the Honorable Jerald D. Bryant, at
the Okeechobee County Judicial Cen-
ter, 312 NW. 3rd Street, Courtroom D,
Okeechobee, Florida.
PLEASE GOVERN
YOURSELF ACCORDINGLY.
I HEREBY CERTIFY that a true and cor-
rect copy of the foregoing has been
furnishedby U.S. regular mail delivery
to the above-named person(s) on this
4th of April, 2008.
Law Office of
CASSELS & McCALL
By: Laura Ann McCall
County Attomey
Fla Bar No.: 38974
400 N.W. 2nd Street
Post Office Box 968
Okeechobee, Rorida 34972
(863) 763-3131
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS
WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990. In
accordance with the Americans With
Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to participate
in this proceeding should contact
Court Administration no later than oev-
en days prior to the proceeding or call
1-772-807-4370 within two working
days of your receipt of this Notice of
Hearing, IF YOU ARE HEARING IM-
PAIRED CALL 1-800-955-8771; IF
YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1-800-955-8770,
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PUBLICNOTI CE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF INDIAN
RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE WILL HOLD A REGULAR BOARD MEETING TUES-
DAY, APRIL 22, 2008 AT 3:30 PM. IN ROOM B-11 ON THE MAIN CAMPUS OF
INDIAN RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE AT 3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE, FORT
PIERCE, FLORIDA 34981-5596. NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN THAT AT 9:00 A.M.,
TUESDAY, APRIL 15, 2008, AN AGENDA MEETING WILL BE HELD IN ROOM 309
IN THE KIGHT BUILDING ON THE MAIN CAMPUS, 3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE, FORT
PIERCE, FLORIDA 34981-5596. ANY PERSONS WISHING TO PLACE BEFORE
THAT BOARD FOR CONSIDERATION ARGUMENTS CONCERNING ISSUES OF
LAW OR POLICY OR PRESENT EVIDENCE OF ANY PERTINENT FACT THAT MAY
BE IN DISPUTE MUST NOTIFY THE PRESIDENT OF THE COLLEGE AT LEAST
SEVEN DAYS BEFORE THE SCHEDULED MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUS-
TEES. ANY PERSONS WISHING TO APPEAL THE DECISIONS OF THIS BOARD
WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING WILL NEED
A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE MAY NEED TO
ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS IS MADE.
266865 ON 4/8/08

PUBLIC NOTICE
The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold its regular ses-
sion on Thursday, April 10, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. in the County Commission Cham-
bers, Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida.
Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commis-
sioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need a record of
the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she will need to ensure that a
verbatim record of such proceedings is made, which record shall include the tes-
timony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florida Statute
2806.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Lynn Shain, no la bter than two (2) working days
prior to the proceeding at 863-763-2131, ext. 2111. II you are hearing or voice
lImpaired, callTDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-4475620 (TTY).
Calif Belts Jr., Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
268673 ON 4/8/08
NOTICE OF SALE
Pursuant to FL ST 713.585, Auto Lien & Recovery Experts w/Power of Attorney, will
sell the following vehicles to the highest bidder to satisfy lien. All auctions held
with reserve, as is where is, Cash or Certified funds. Inspect 1 week prior at lienor
facility. Interested parties call 954-893-0052.
Sale date 05/01/08 @ 10:00 am..
Auction will occur where each vehicle is located under License AB0000538. Be ad-
vised that owner or liehnolder has a right to a hearing prior to the scheduled date
of sale by fling with Clerk of Courts. Owner/lienholder may recover vehicle with-
out instituting judicial proceedings by posting bond as per FL ST 559,917; 25%
buyer premium additional Net proceeds in excess of lien amount will be deposited
with the Clerk of Court
#OKEE187 lien amt $6089.99 2000 Saturn 4D Vin#1G8JW52R9YY630960
Lionor: LEHMAN AUTO BODY, INC., 265 US HIGHWAY 98 N., OKEECHOBEE
AUTO LIEN & RECOVERY EXPERTS, INC.
PO Box 813578, Hollywood, FL 33081-0000
(954) 893-0052
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STATE OF FLORIDA
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
NOTICE OF DRAFT PERMIT
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) gives notice of Is intent
to issue a permit for JL Farms Dairy, to be issued to JL Farms Dairy & Beef. The
proposed permit authorizes construction and operation of the waste management
system in accordance with a Comprehensive NutrienntManagement Plan. The per-
mit will also provide coverage under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination
System (NPDES), as delegated to the state by the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency. The dairy is located at HIilolo Road & CR68, Okeechobee, Florida 34973.
An Administrative Order (AO-8-001-IW-47-SED, draft copy attached) will also be
issued concurrent with the permit. The Order requires implementation of a sam-
pling program of the runoff from the farm to determine if it is causing or contribut-
Apn to the impaired water status of the water body downstream for fecal coliform.
The intent to issue and application file are available for public inspection during nor-
mal business hours, 8:00 a.m. 0o.5:00 p.m., Mondaythrough Friday, except legal
holidays, at Southeast, 400 N. Congress Ave., Suite 200, West Palm Beach, FL
33401-2913. .
The Department will issue the permit with the attached conditions unless a timely
petition for an administrative hearing is tiled under Sections 120569 and 120.5,
Florida Statutes, within fourteen days of receipt of notice. The procedures for peti-
tioning for a hearing are set forth below.
A person whose substantial interests are affected by the Department's proposed
permitting decision may petition for an administrative proceedings (hearing) under
Sections 120.569 and 120.57, Florida Statutes, The petition must contain the in-
formation set forth below and must be filed (received bye clerk the cl ithe Office of
General Counsel of the Department at 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, Mail Sta-
tion 35, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-300.
Under Rule 62-110.106(4 Florida Administrative Code, a person may request en-
largement of the time for filling a peittion for an administrative hearing. There-
quest mst be filed (received by the clerk) in the Office of General Counsel before
the end of the time period for filing a petition eor an administrative hearing.
Petitions filed by any persons other than those entitled to written notice under Sec-
tion 120.60(3), Florda Statutes, must be filed within fourteen days of publication
of the notice or within fourteen days of receipt of the written notice, whichever oc-
curs first. Under Section 120.60(3), Florida Statues, however, any person who
has asked the Department for notice ol agency action may file a petition within
fourteen days of receipt of such notice, regardless of the date of publication.
The petitioner shall mail a copy of the petition to the applicant at the address Indicat-
ed above at the time of filing. The failure of any person to file a petition or request
for enlargement of time within fourteen days of receipt of notice shall constitute
waiver of that person's right to request an administrative determination (hearing)
under Sections 120,569 and 120.57, Florida Statutes. Any subsequent interven-
tion in a proceeding iniiated by another party) will be only at the discretion of the
presiding officer upon the filing of a motion in compliance with Rule 28-106.205,
Florida Administrative Code.
A petition that disputes the material facts on which the Department's action is based
must containo the following information:
(a) The name address and telephone number of each petitioner; the name, ad-
dress, and telephone number of the petitioner's representate, if any; the Depart-
ment permit identification number and the county in which the subject matter or
activity is located;
(b A statement of how and when each petitioner received notice of the Depart-
ment action;
(c) A statement of how each petitioner's substantial interests are affected by the
Department's action;
(d) A statement of all disputed issues of material fact. If there are none, the peti-
tioner must so indicate;
e) A statement of facts that the petitioner contends warrant reversal or modifica-
tion of the Departmoent action
(v l A conc iste s atement of the ultimate fact s alleged as well as the rules and
s atuotes which entitle the peioner to relief; and
) A statement of the relief sought by the petiotiner, stating precisely the action
that the petitioner wants the Department to take.
Because the administrative heaong process is designed to formulate final agency
action, the filing of a petition means that the Department's final action may be dif
ferent from the postiton taken by it in this notce. Persons whose substantial inter-
ests will be affected by any such final decision of the Department have the right tI
petition to become a party to the proceeding, in accordance with the requirements
set forth above.
In addition to requestng an administrative hearing, any peitioner may elect to pur-
sue mediation. The election may be accomplished by filing with the Department a
mediation agreement with all parties to the proceeding (i.e., the applicant, the De-
partment, and any person who has filed a timely and sufficient petition for a hear-
ing). The agreement must contain all the information required by Rule
20-106.404, Florida Administrative Code. The agreement must be received by the
Clerk in the Office of General Counsel of the Department at 3900 Commonwealth
Boulevard, Mail Station 35, Tallahassee, Ronda 32399-3000, within ten days af-
ter the deadline for filing a petition, as set forth above. Choosing mediation will not
adversely affect the right to a hearing if mediation does not result in a settlement.
As provided in Section 120.573, Floda Statutes, the timely agreement of all parties
to mediate will toll the time limitations imposed by Sections 120.569 and 120.57,
Ronda Statutes, for holding an administrative hearing and issuing a final order.
Unless otherwise agreed by the parties, the mediation must be concluded within
sixty days of the execution of the agreement. If mediation results in settlement of
the administrative dispute, the Department must enter a final order incorporating
the agreement of the parties. Persons seeking to protect their substantial interests
that would be affected by such a modified final decision must ffle'their petitions
within fourteen days of receipt of this notice, or they shall be deemed to have
waive their right to a proceeding under Sections 120.569 and 120.57, Florida
Statutes. If mediation terminates without settlement of the dispute, the Department
shall notify all paries in writng that the administrative heanng processes under
Sections 120.569 and 120.57, orida Statutes, remain available for disposition of
the dispute, and the notice will specify the deadlines that then will apply for chal-
lengingthe agency action and electing remedies under those two statutes.
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8 Okeechobee News, Tuesday, April 8, 2008


OHS Rodeo Team brings home Championship Titles


OHS Rodeo Team traveled
north to Pierson, Fla. for their
most recent rodeo.
The team started their spring
break off by traveling north March
29 and 30 to Pierson for their most
recent rodeo, the rodeo count-
ed as a two-day rodeo for the
contestants and once again the
team represented Okeechobee
well by placing in several events
and winning three champion-
ship titles. Joseph Summerford
brought home the Championship
title in Boys Cutting; Jessica Ziglar
brought home the Champion-
ship title in Pole Bending; and,
Jacoby Johns brought home the
Boys All Around Championship
title. The team has two members
holding first place in the state
in their events; Jessica Ziglar in
Pole Bending and Chasey Bass in
Saddle Bronc. The following team
members earned points in the fol-
lowing events:
Breakaway Jessie Cofield
placed second on Saturday, Lexi
Peaden placed fourth on Saturday
and second on Sunday and Shelby
Carden placed fifth on Saturday.
Goat Tying Lexi Peaden


placed fifth on Sunday and Shel-
by Carden placed second and
eighth.
Pole Bending Jessica Ziglar
placed first Saturday and third on
Sunday, Amanda Sheffield placed
10th on Sunday, Breanne Lee
placed seventh on Sunday, Carlie
'Lanier placed ninth on Sunday.
Bareback Jacoby Johns
placed 1st on Saturday fourth on
Sunday, Chris Davis placed sec-
ond on Saturday.
Saddle Bronc Chasey Bass
placed first Sunday. ,
Steer Wrestling Cole Fulford
placed fifth on Saturday and first
on Sunday, JR Gomez placed
seventh on Saturday, and Jacoby
Johns placed fourth on Saturday
and 5th on Sunday
Team Roping JR Gomez
placed 10th on Sunday and Justin
Wolff placed second on Sunday
Girls Cutting Kayla Davis
placed fifth on the first go and tied
for fifth on the second go, Carlie
Lanier placed eighth on the first
go, Brittany Nethers tied for sev-
enth on the first go and tied for
fourth on the second go
Boys Cutting Chasey Bass


placed third on the first and sec-
ond go, Joseph Summerford
placed second on the first and
second go.
The team has four more rodeos
before State Finals in June where
the top fifteen in each event will
compete for championship titles.
Here are the state standings for
OHS Rodeo team:
Barrels Shelby Carden tied
for 15th, Raybon Durrance and
Jessica Ziglar tied for 21st place.
Breakaway Breanne Lee 7th,
Jessie Cofield tied for 11th, Lexi


Chasey Bass


Peaden 15th place Maci Culligan
tied for 16th Shelby Carden tied
for 18th, and Kayla Davis 25th.
Goat Tying Lexi Peaden 13th,
Shelby Carden 14th place and
Maci Culligan tied for 16th
Pole Bending Jessica Ziglar
1st, Shelby Carden tied for 19th,
Amanda Sheffield tied for 19th,
Breanne Lee tied for 21st, Car-
lie Lanier tied for 29th and Lexi
Peaden are tied for 30th place.
Bareback Jacoby Johns sec-
ond, Chris Davis third place.
cidIPl^ nv^no n l- mtr -D --


SnelDy Laraen


first place.
Steer Wrestling Cole Fulford.
second, JR Gomez eighth, and Ja-
coby Johns ninth place.
Calf Roping Trey Cofield
17th, Garrett Rucks 19th place
Team Roping JR Gomez
11lth, Justin Wolffe tied for 13th,
Jacob Anuez 19th, Shelby Carden
and Breanne Lee 24th place.
Girls Cutting Brittany Neth-
ers second, Carlie Lanier tied for
ninth, Kayla Davis seventh place.
Boys Cutting Chasey Bass


Jessie Cofield


fifth place.
The team will be traveling to
Green Cove Springs the weekend
Sof April 5th to compete. Whenev-
er you can come out and support
these young athletes.
Below is the schedule for this
year's season, watch for addition-
al rodeos.to be added:
April 5 Green Cove Springs;
April 26 and 27 -Williston;
May 3 and 4 Arcadia;
June 19-22 State Finals Sil-
ver Spurs Arena, Kissimmee;
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Kayla Davis


Jacoby Johns


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


Joseph Summerford


2008 Spring Adult
Softball Leagues
The 2008 Spring Adult Softball
Leagues are being organized.
Team fees will be; Men's League,
$350 (+ $25 Annual ISA fee),
women's league; $300, and co-
ed league; $300. If you would like
to participate in these leagues,
team fees must be paid no later
than 5 p.m. on Friday, April 11.
For more information contact
Okeechobee Parks & Recreation
at 863-763-6950.


Brittany Nethers


Justin Wolff


Ten Star All Star
basketball camp
Final applications are now be-
ing evaluated for the Ten Star All
Star Summer Basketball Camp.
The camp is by invitation only.
Boys and girls ages 10-19 are
eligible to apply.
Camp locations include the
following cities: Babson Park,
Fla., Prescott, Ariz., Thousand
Oaks, Calif., Gainesville, Ga.,
Champaign, Ill., Glassboro, N.J.,
Lebanon, Tenn., Commerce, Tex-
as and Blacksburg, Va.


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There is also a summer camp
available for boys and girls ages
6-18 of all skill levels.
For a free brochure on these
summer camps, call 704-373-
0873 or visit, www.tenstarcamp.
com.


Lawn & Landscape, Inc.
Landscape & Irrigation Installation
Professional Lawn & Landscape Maintenance
Serving The Lake Okeechobee Area Nearly 3 Decades
Licensed & Insured

(863) 763-5069






IN CONCERT











Sharron Kay King
Christian Singer/Songwriter Naslville RecordingArtist
Female Vocalist of the Year 2007 & "SGM Fan Fair Award
Winner of2008"
SAiURDAN APRIL12TH* MR

STleLiving Word Of Faith Church
1902 S. Parrott Avenue 763-6869
or Paster Lee Cell Phone: 697-8517
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Saturday, April 12TH



10AM 5:30PM


Door Prizes & Refreshments

**Pottery Ch'ina Furniture,


) Head Vases Much, much more!



.. Joyce's Treaisres

.-. Past &t Present -

120 S.E. Park Street .Okeechobee

772370-8977(cell)
Hrs: Tuesday Saturday 10AM 5:30PM


Carlie Lanier Breanne Lee


Amanda Sheffield


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