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Briefs

Technology helps
reduce dairy waste
The South Florida Water Man-
agement District (SFWMD) will
hold a public meeting on Tues-
day, April 15, at 6 p.m. to discuss
BATs -- Best Available Technolo-
gies (BATs) for dairies in the Lake
Okeechobee watershed.
Project results from the
Edge-of-Farm treatment systems
constructed on four dairies in
the Okeechobee Basin to re-
duce phosphorus loads to Lake
Okeechobee will be presented.
Discussion of the future use of
these technologies for the North-
ern Everglades restoration efforts
will take place.
The meeting will be held in
the SFWMD Okeechobee Service
Center Auditorium on the sec-
ond floor of the Bank of America
Building in downtown Okeecho-
bee, 205 N. Parrott Ave., Suite
201, Okeechobee, FL 34972.
For more information about
the meeting, or to get direc-
tions, please phone the SFWMD
Okeechobee Service Center at
1-800-250-4200 or 863-462-5260.

Freedom from
smoking class set
Would you like to be tobacco-
free by summer vacation? Florida
Hospital Heartland Divisionwants
to help by offering the American
Lung Association Freedom from
Smoding program. This 8-session
program helps smokers create a
supportive environment to break
their tobacco addiction. Each per-
son who joins this program will
develop their own plan for stop-
ping. Emphasis will be on long-
term freedom from tobacco.
This free program begins
Monday, April 14, at 6 p.m. in
Conference Room 1 at Florida
Hospital Heartland Division, on
Sun 'n Lake Boulevard, Sebring.
Pre-registration is required. For
more information please call
Sara 863-386-6476.

Main Street plans
Fun Shoot
Okeechobee Main Street
will host a 100 Target Fun Shoot
on Saturday May 17, at beauti-
ful Quail Creek Plantation. The
proceeds from the event will
benefit Main Street's beauti-
fication and restoration proj-
ects. Check in begins at 8 a.m.,
course opens at 8:30 a.m., with
last shooter by 10 a.m. Door
prizes, raffles, and barbecue
lunch will. be. provided. For
more information about the
fun shoot please contact Pro-
gram Manager Karen Hanawalt
at 863-357-6246, reservation
forms are available at Mike's
Okeechobee Guns, The Gun
Shop and the Main Street office,
111 NE Second Street.


Drought index


Residents want codes enforced


Treasure Island
residents complain
about old trailers
and large trucks

Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Citizens of Treasure Island
came out in force on Thursday
April 10, to express displeasure
over conditions in their neighbor-
hood. There was not an empty
seat in the commission chamber


as Okeechobee County Commis-
sioners heard the complaints as
part of a regular bimonthly meet-
ing.
David Brandt told the board
that he moved to Treasure Island
shortly after Hurricane Charlie
hit in 2004. He said he thought
the appearance of the neighbor-
hood was the result of the hur-
ricanes.
"It is now four years later," he
said, "and we have not seen sig-
nificant progress." ?
"Regardless of how long any-
one has lived here, they think it


is worse today than when they
moved there," he said.
Mr. Brandt claimed there was
a lack of consistent and sustained
code enforcement. He was also
concerned 'with speeding and
the parking of large commercial
trucks in a residential neighbor-
hood.
Mr. Brandt said he had a peti-
tion with about 509 signatures.
He had met with county officials
once and said another meeting is
scheduled.
"There are some homes on
our street that are really a dis-


grace to the community. Some
are in a complete state of disre-
pair," he said.
Mr. Brandt said some houses
in Treasure Island should be
condemned.
"It does my heart good to
see a group of people that care
as much about their neighbor-
hood," asserted commissioner
Elvie Posey who represents
Treasure Island. "I hope code
enforcement can be more pro-
active rather than reactive."
Housing official Arnold Ver-
wey said there were more rules


against doing their job than for
doing their work. He suggested a
homeowners association might
be more effective than code en-
forcement. He noted that there
are only three code enforcement
officers for the entire county. The
code enforcement officer who is
responsible for Treasure Island
has the most populous third of
the county. Mr. Verwey said code
enforcement officers have to set
priorities.
There were complaints of
people living in condemned mo-
See Code Page 2


Man pleads to



manslaughter


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man told a
circuit judge that he was guilty
of manslaughter when he en-
tered a plea to the court in a
traffic homicide case on Thurs-
day, April 10.
Arnulfo Ramirez pleaded
no contest to charges of driv-
ing under the influence man-
slaughter, two counts of driving
while license suspended with
injuries or death, DUI with se-
rious bodily injury, DUI with
property damage and attaching
an unassigned tag to a vehicle.
He faced six criminal charges
in all.
The state dropped a charge
of vehicular homicide in the
plea deal. In exchange, the
state agreed to drop the one
charge but did not agree with
the defense on a recommend-
ed prison term. The maximum
penalties for these crimes is
over 31 years and 60 days.
Circuit Judge Lawrence
Mirman carefully explained to
Ramirez the possibility of this
lengthy prison term when he
accepted the plea. Ramirez,
speaking in Spanish, answered
yes to all of the questions.
"That isn't what I'm going to
get is it?" he asked.
Judge Mirman, who con-
tinued the sentencing in lieu
of a pre sentence investiga-


tion, replied that no one could
promise him what his sentence
would be.
Ramirez will also lose his
driver's license for life as a re-
sult of this plea.
Since he is not a United
States citizen, he could be de-
ported from the country after
his jail sentence is served.
"I don't want to go to trial.
I am guilty," he said, through a
court interpreter.
A Fort Myers child, Precious
Santana, 8, was killed in the De-
cember 2007accident on S.R. 70
East near Mosquito Creek. Her
father, Antonio Santana, was
seriously injured in the wreck.
Ramirez was highly intoxicated
at the time of the crash, an as-
sistant state attorney and Flori-
da Highway Patrol claim.
"The only question that I
have is, is if I can get less than
10 years?" he asked. "The next
time I come here you will de-
cide what I will get?"
Assistant State Attorney Ash-
ley Albright said there is no re-
quired sentence in this case. A
lot will depend on the results of
the pre sentence investigation
that takes into account prior
convictions of crime and other
factors.
Sentencing guidelines would
call for 15 years in state prison.
"I just want my attorney to
See Court- Page 2


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
In just over a week another
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO) deputy has been
injured in an automobile acci-
dent on S.R. 70 W. near its inter-
section with Eagle Bay Road.
Deputy Sarah Green, 53,
was injured Thursday, April 10,
when she was struck head on
by a Chevrolet pickup as she sat
in her parked patrol car on S.R.
70 with its red and blue emer-
gency lights flashing.
Deputy Green, who has
been with the OCSO for nine


years, was taken to Raulerson
Hospital where she was treated
and released. Her Ford Crown
Victoria pa-
trol car was
not so lucky
-- it has been
declared a
total loss.
Accord-
ing to OCSO
Detective
Deputy Sarah Ted Van De-
Green man, Deputy
Green was
working a special detail by
slowing traffic where Okeecho-
bee Utility Authority crews were


working at 8:24 a.m. when the
accident occurred. She was sit-
ting in the 2300 block of S.R. 70
W.
Detective Van Deman said
while the deputy was stationed
in the roadway she was struck
head on by a white dual-
wheeled pickup truck driven by
Jarrel Morena of Okeechobee.
It was not known as of news-
paper deadline if Mr. Morena
was issued a citation since the
crash was worked by the Flori-
da Highway Patrol (FHP).
It should be pointed out
See Deputy Page 2


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given in feet above sea level

Index
Classifieds.........................9, 10
Com ics ................................. 8
Community Events.................... 4
Crossword................................. 8
Obituaries .............................. 6
O pinion...................................... 4
Speak Out .......................... ...... 4
Sports.............................. 5, 10
TV ......................................... 4
W eather .................................. 2

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At the ball game
Brice Buckner fields a ground ball at third, he helped turn two double plays in the Okeecho-
bee High School victory over John Carroll High School on Wednesday. For more on the
game, see page 5.


SR 70 crash: Deputy's car hit by truck


Submitted photo/OCSO
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Deputy Sarah Green was sitting in her parked patrol car,
with blue and red emergency lights flashing, Thursday morning, to ensure the safety
of Okeechobee Utility Association workers, when a pickup truck ran into the patrol car
headon.


Deputy car had lights flashing


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3 teens accused of stealing ATVs


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Three Okeechobee teens were
arrested on the Brighton Reserva-
tion Tuesday night in connection
with the alleged theft of three all-
terrain vehicles (ATVs).
The names of the boys have
not been released, but a spokes-

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man for the tribe said one of the
boys is 16 and the other two are
both 17 years of age.
Spokesman Gary Bittner said
the ATVs have been recovered
-- two of them were found in
Okeechobee.
He said the thefts apparently
took place sometime last week.


He said one of the stolen four-
wheelers had been returned to its
owner.
Although the teens were
booked into the Glades County
Jail and were each charged with
grand theft.
It was not known as of news-
paper deadline if they were being


held in the jail or if they had been
taken to a Department of Juvenile
Justice facility.
When contacted by the news-
paper, a records clerk with the
Glades County Sheriff's Office
said she had not,received a report
on the arrest and had no informa-
tion to release.


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bile homes.
Mr. Verwey said there have
been cases of condemned mo-
bile homes being moved from
one location to another. He add-
ed that after the hurricanes some
homes that should have been
condemned may have been over-
looked.
The housing official said he
had been presented a list of ad-
dresses that residents had com-
plaints against. Of the 27 com-
plaints he said that 13 already
had code enforcement action
pending. Of the remainder, code
enforcement officers knew about
eight of them and some were not
in violation of code.
Carol Ferguson of S.E. 29th
Court said some houses were
boarded up and even the mailbox


Court
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argue for something less than 15
years," he stated.


Deputy
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that, according to Detective Van
Deman, as the trooper who was
working this crash left Okeecho-
bee he was involved in his own
accident on S.R. 710. Calls to the
FHP seeking more information
on both accidents were not im-
mediately returned.
The OCSO detective stated that
Deputy Green's patrol car was
struck with such a force that the
pickup moved the Ford Crown
Victoria backward an estimated
110 feet. Deputy Green had her
vehicle in park, added Detective
Van Deman.
Empty, the Crown Victoria
will weigh in the area of 4,100
pounds. Loaded with equipment,
lights and siren as well as the
deputy that weight could go up
by as much as 400 pounds, said
the detective.
Traffic was stopped and rerout-
ed around the scene for at least
two hours, the detective said.
This was the same stretch of
highway where OCSO Deputy
Adrian Rogers was injured on
April 1.
Deputy Rogers, who is a mem-
ber of the OCSO motorcycle traf-
fic enforcement unit, was badly
injured when he was struck by
Rudolph G. Bublitz, 84, of Cin-
cinnati, Ohio. Mr. Bublitz was
arrested and charged with leav-
ing the scene of an accident with
great bodily injury and property
damage, and failure to yield to an
emergency vehicle.
Deputy Rogers, 35, was flown
to St. Mary's Hospital in West
Palm Beach where he underwent
surgery to correct injuries to his
left leg.
Mr. Bublitz, who was driving a
2004 Mercury minivan at the time
of the crash, was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under
a bond of $8,500 and has since
been released.
That accident was also worked
by the FHP. It was also the FHP
that arrested and charged Mr.
Bublitz.


had been removed. She claimed
these houses were attracting
trash, rats and drug dealers.
Another Treasure Island resi-
dent, George Zielinski said he met
with planning and development
officials for two and half hours
and all he heard was what they
can't do.
"We want to know what you
can do," he asked. "We heard
commissioners were blocking
progress. If these laws are not
adequate we need to change
them."
These remarks brought ap-
plause from the packed room.
Mr. Zielinski suggested every-
one in Treasure Island go to an
appraiser and have their house
value lowered because of the
large trucks regularly parking in
the neighborhood.
Commission Chairman Clif
Betts suggested that the ordinance
dealing with large trucks in resi-
dential areas could be revised. He


Ramirez will be sentenced on
May 19 at 1:30 p.m.
In another case, Erica Ochoa
appeared in court for a bond
hearing Thursday. She was one
of several defendants arrested in
connection with a brazen armed


Deputy Green began her ca-
reer with the OCSO as a detention
deputy in June of 1999. She trans-
ferred to the road patrol division
in August of 2005 as a school re-
source officer. In October of that
same year she was transferred
to courthouse security, where
she remained until 'March 2006
when she was promoted to cor-
poral and transferred back to the
Okeechobee County Jail. On Oct.


also said that speed bumps could
be used in some circumstances
and the sheriff could be asked to
increase patrols in the area.
County Attorney John Cas-
sels stated that a higher level of
code enforcement could be ac-
complished by a higher level of
funding. He also warned that
liens cannot be placed on home-
steaded property. He did say that
extreme cases could be referred
to the courts. If there is a threat
to public safety, the attorney said,
in some cases other actions can
be taken. The attorney went on
to say that in some cases banks
fail to foreclose because they do
not want to have to clean up the
property.
"There are things to be done
but it will require increased fund-
ing," the attorney said.
Jay Davies said that individual
approaches to code enforcement
officials have fallen on deaf ears.
"There needs to be a common


robbery of a local convenience
store that occurred in broad day-
light.
Her attorney argued that
since his client was not wearing
a mask, she would not qualify, if
convicted, for enhanced penal-


8, 2007, she was again assigned
to the OCSO road patrol.
Detective Van Deman said the
OCSO allows off duty deputies
to work special details, such as
security and traffic details. The
deputies are paid by those who
request the detail.
But even though they may be
off duty and working a special
detail, they are required to leave
the detail and respond to high


sense approach," he added."
"Dilapidated structures bring
drug use. The sheriff's office has
their hands full. We need your
help. We don't want a blighted
area," he said.
"Why is this mobile home
still existing?" Mr. Davies asked
as he presented a photograph to
the board. That statement also
evoked applause from the large
crowd.
"If necessary we will have
Channel 25 investigate," he
threatened.
It is said that the squeaky
wheel get the grease. It remains
to see if this meeting will produce
any tangible results.
Post your opinions in the
Public Issues Forum at www.
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ties. He argued that she had ties
to the community and was not a
risk to flee from prosecution.
Judge Mirman denied the mo-
tion for bond. Ochoa, who has
been incarcerated for nearly eight
months, will await trial in jail.


emergency situations near their
assigned areas.
This same stretch of S.R. 70
W was the site of an emergency
landing by a powerless airplane
on Monday, April 7. No one was
injured in the emergency maneu-
ver, and the incident is still under
investigation.
Thursday's crash involving
Deputy Green is also under inves-
tigation by the FHP.


Okeechobee News/Eric Kopp
Okeechobee County Deputy Sarah Green was sitting in her patrol car, with the blue and red
emergency lights flashing and the car in park, when a pickup truck collided with the patrol
car headon on Thursday morning. The patrol car was totalled in the crash. According to the
reports, the deputy was not seriously injured.


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Chamber lunch focuses on the safety of children


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Pat McCoy, Principal of North
Elementary School, and Chair-
man of the Board of the local
United for Families program, was
the featured speaker when the
Okeechobee Chamber of Com-
merce held their monthly lun-
cheon on Wednesday.
Her message was one of hope
as she told the group about the
efforts she has made to help chil-
dren in this community.
Mrs. McCoy said she has been
involved with children, on a per-
sonal basis, for the past few years.
She said she was called one day
by the Department of Children
and Families as they had placed a
close relative of hers in DCF care.
The child's mother was an alco-
holic and was unable to care for
her children. Mrs. McCoy agreed
to take the 2-month-old infant
into her home and care for her.
"Let me tell you, that was a
scary call," she said.
Mrs. McCoy said she had been
praying for a baby and this inci-
dent proved to her that God had
listened and had given her one.
Mrs. McCoy said she didn't
think this would be a permanent
arrangement. However the moth-
er couldn't get her life together
and eventually gave surrendered
her parental rights. Mrs. McCoy
and her husband, Doug, later ad-
opted the child.
"We have been gifted by this
opportunity," she said.
From there Mrs. McCoy be-
came a foster parent. She said
she has cared for 30 different chil-
dren over the past few years. The


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Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Pat McCoy shows pictures of
her family to Chamber mem-
bers during Wednesday's
luncheon.
children ranged in age from new-
borns to 17 years old.
She also spoke about another
incident where a local grand-
mother got into a severe accident.
When deputies went to notify the
woman's family, they found two
small children in the home by
themselves.
The children were placed in
foster care. Again Mrs. McCoy and
her husband were there to help.
She said the children were in the
worst condition she has ever seen
a child in. She said they resembled
Cambodian refugees.
She cared for the children for
three days and doctored them
back to health. She said all of her
care and attention led her to fall
in love with these children. The
children eventually went back to
their family, but two years later, a
2-day-old baby boy, the biologi-
cal brother of these two earlier
cases, was born, and given up by


the mother. Mrs. McCoy accepted
the child into her home and has
raised the boy as her own.
Mrs. McCoy said she has also
cares for a 5-month-old girl whose
mother is working a case plan to
resume her parental rights.
Mrs. McCoy said she is very
supportive of the state's decision
to put child welfare services into
the hands of a private agency.
She said Okeechobee knows best
what the needs of Okeechobee
children are.
"It is good for all of us to have
strong, healthy families," she
said.
Mrs. McCoy said the old HRS
system was a system of crisis. The
new system doesn't have to work
in crisis all the time. They work to
intervene in family problems be-
fore they become a crisis.
Mrs. McCoy also spoke on
the problem of alcoholism in
Okeechobee. She said it is very
easy for young teenagers to get
alcohol in this community. She
said the rate of alcoholism in
Okeechobee is "ridiculous."
She urged the group to help
teach their children not to be-
come addicted to alcohol.
"It tears families and kids
apart. It is also the gateway to
other drugs and criminal activi-
ties," she said.
Mrs. McCoy said the school
system and others must focus on
middle school and high school
students to curb the use of alco-
hol in this community.
United for Families is the lead
child welfare agency in Okeecho-
bee and the Treasure Coast. They
help coordinate foster care and
adoptions in this community. Of-


ficials hope to improve their out-
reach to the community and ex-
plain the programs they provide.
Their goal is to break the cycle of
child abuse in the community.
April is Child Abuse Awareness
Month in Florida.
"I'm real proud that United for
Families are not just words on a
wall. We really do' care," Coordi-
nator Christina Kaiser said.
United for Families will hold
a fundraiser golf tournament on
May 30 at Panther Woods Coun-
try Club in Fort Pierce.
Chamber officials also pro-
moted a number of events that
occur in April. Mentioned were
the Main Street mixer being held
on April 16 at the law offices of
Phillip DeBerrard.
Also mentioned were the
Seminole School family fun night
on April 18, the Methodist Church
fish fry on April 18, and the Fire
rescue union softball fundraiser
to be held on April 19.
On April 23 the Main Street
program will hold their quarterly
meeting at the Brahma Bull res-
taurant. They, will elect officers at
the noon time luncheon.
The Chamber of Commerce
Coffee Klatch will be held on April
24 at the offices of Preferred Prop-
erties Real Estate.
The Buckhead Ridge Christian
Church will hold their fourth an-
nual car show on April 26.
Big Lake Hospice officials
said that former Sheriff Ed Miller
recently donated them a camper
trailer and they will hold a fund-
raiser raffle in the near future.
Okeechobee County Under
Sheriff Noel Stephen thanked the
community for their support and


prayers for his fellow law enforce-
ment officer Adrian Rogers.
The local deputy was injured
in a motor vehicle accident last
week.
He reported that Deputy Rogers
was to undergo a second medical
procedure on Thursday but was
expected to be discharged from
St. Mary's Regional Medical Cen-
ter in the next week.
Chamber President Paul Bux-
ton urged the crowd to provide
feedback and suggestions about
the Chamber's activities.
He said the Chamber should
not just be event planners, but


should serve as ambassadors to
the community. He also urged
business leaders to volunteer and
said the Chamber needs some
new Board of Directors.
Matt Buxton told the group
that the campaign to raise funds
for the annual grad night celebra-
tion will begin this month.
He said the event for graduat-
ing seniors is a tobacco and alco-
hol free event. It normally is held
at Stardust Lanes. Volunteers and
donations are needed.
For more information, contact
the Chamber of Commerce Of-
fice at 763-6464.


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Glades County Commission lifts burn ban


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
MOORE HAVEN The recent
rains have allowed Glades County
to lift a ban on open burning in
the County.
The County Commission Tues-
day lifted the burn ban they had
approved on Jan. 8 to protect
people and their property.
County EMS Director Bob
Jones submitted the application
to lift the burn ban for the Com-
mission's consideration.
The commission also ap-
proved'a bid to repair and replace
the roof on the Buckhead' Ridge
Volunteer Fire Department build-
ing. Clyde Johnson Carpentry and
Roofing, Inc. of Clewiston sub-
mitted the lowest bid at a price of
$18,048.
Commissioners urged the
project be commenced immedi-
ately so the work is done before
the hurricane season begins. The
original project, completed in the
past few years, resulted in litiga-
tion between the county and the
original contractor.
Commissioners approved a
rezoning application for Glades
Electric Cooperative to change
4.45 acres from residential mixed
and light commercial one to
heavy commercial. The property
is located on U.S. 27 in Moore Ha-
ven and is currently classified as


transitional on the County Future
Land Use Map. The three parcels
are located between the Caloosa-
hatchee River bridge and County
Road 720 on the east side of the
highway.
No specific development plan
has been presented for these
properties.
Commissioners also approved
a rezoning requested by Nancy
Ashley at 1090 Foxmoor Street
in Moore Haven. The applicant
intends to convert just over one
third of an acre into a contractors
shop and'yard.
Stephen Brown of the South
West Florida Nature Conservancy
.spoke in favor of an ordinance
that would change the County
comprehensive plan and land use
plan. The power plant proposed
last year drew the ire of many in
the environmental field, and this
new ordinance would impact fu-
ture applications.
The ordinance is a result of
litigation between Glades County
and environmental groups that
arose from the power plant pro-
posal. The ordinance will change
the land development regulations
to eliminate power plants as a
permitted use in open use agri-
culture zoned areas. County At-
torney Richard Pringle said two
lawsuits were filed, one in Leon
County and one in Glades County.


The ordinance arose from a settle-
ment agreement that was reached
between the two sides. Pringle
said there has been no wrong-
doing admitted by the county in
the permitting of the power plant
project.
"In an effort to settle differ-
ences, we have agreed to take
action," Mr. Pringle noted. "The
county has admitted no wrong-
doing here."
Commission Chairman Paul
Beck said he does not think
the county did anything wrong
when they approved plans for the
power plant. He noted he urged
Florida Power and Light officials
at every turn to follow the letters
of the law. The Florida Public Ser-
vice Commission turned down
the application for the coal fired
plant last year.
The final approval of the ordi-
nance is scheduled for the April
28 meeting.
Mr. Pringle also reported that
he is working on documents with
the South Florida Water Manage-
ment District to continue more
dredging work on Lake Okeecho-
bee. Last summer the district
dredged an area of Harney Pond
in Lakeport.
The County will hold a retreat
on May 21-22 at North Shore Vil-
lage in Lakeport.
A meeting on April 22 will dis-


cuss impact fees between Glades
County, the Glades County School
Board and the Moore Haven City
Council at the School Board of-
fices. The meeting gets started at
6 p.m.
An executive session will be
held on April 24 at 1 p.m. at the
school board offices. It will discuss
an ongoing lawsuit that impacts
whether county officials should
be elected by county wide vote or
by single member districts.
.Road. Department Director
Avant Brown noted the County
has repaired the boat ramp at
Sportsman's Village. The cost
was just over $2,200.
Commissioner Bob Giesler re-
ported he will discuss the state's
purchase of property in Glades
County for the Everglades Resto-
ration in a meeting this week in
Tallahassee with the governors
office, and water management.
A grant application for the
Pearce Canal cleanup in Buck-
head Ridge is still being devel-
oped, Chairman Paul Beck not-
ed.
Mr. Giesler said the grant might
be a 75/25 or 50/50 and it might
be difficult for the county to come
up with the matching funds.


Arrest Reports


The following individuals
were arrested on felony or driving
under the influence (DUI) charges
by the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO), the Okeecho-
bee City Police Department
(OCPD), the Florida Highway
Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion (FWC) or the Department of
Corrections (DOC).

Jesse Dirke Zipperer, 21,
N.W 50th Ave., Okeechobee,
was arrested April 4 by the OCPD
on a felony charge' of possession
of a controlled substance. He
was also charged with the mis-
demeanor of resisting an officer


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Patrick O'Neil, 26, Amber
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discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
FUNERALS: One of the hardest emotional things I think is for teen-
agers to attend another teenager's funeral. It does give them time to
think and reflect on 'what if..." May Eli and Amber and their families
find peace and love from all those that did attend both in spirit and in
body.
ATVS: Regarding, the story of the officer following the kids home.
I've seen that first hand. My neighbor called the police when kids were
riding four-wheelers in our neighborhood and while the officer was
there they ripped down the road. Lights-a-flashing and siren wailing,
he chased them and eventually caught up at their house a few streets
away. The story I heard was that the father of the kids argued with the
officer until he left ... shouldn't he get a citation or something of the
like?
PARENTS: The problem with the deputies going to the house and
the parents claiming, "it wasn't my kid" is all too familiar. This hap-
pened in my neighborhood too. The deputy saw the kid and went
and talked to the mother, who swore up and down her kid had not
been out of the yard. She stood right there and lied to the deputy, even
though he told her he saw it himself. The deputy told her they have
been warned and that the next time he sees that kid on an ATV in the
street, he will arrest the kid and confiscate the ATV But the deputies
are too busy to be on ATV patrol all the time. It is a shame that the par-
ents don't control their own children. When they lie to protect the little
darlings, they are setting a terrible example for those kids. I am really
surprised we have not had more serious injuries and deaths, the way
those kids tear around on ATVs in the dark and on the streets. If a kid
is injured or killed, the parents will have only themselves to blame.
PARENTING: We see all these problems with teens and I think
part of the problem is that the parents want to be the kid's friend, and
never say no to them. Well kids have friends their own age. They don't
need the parents to be their friends. What they need is parents to be
parents, to set the example, to teach them right from wrong, and to
set and enforce limits. I am the most old-fashioned mom you could
think of. And yet all of my kids' friends want to hang out at our house.
Kids need structure. They don't mind following rules if they under-
stand what the rules are and why you set them.
TOO YOUNG TO DIE: The recent deaths of three young people
have hit this community hard. They were too young to die, but they
are gone. It's.something to think about. There are no guarantees. Life
is precious. Make each day count. And hug your kids. Hug them as of-
ten as you can and tell them you love them, no matter what. You never
know if that might be the last time you will ever see them.
DRIVER'S LICENSE OFFICE: So it is true that the state may close
our driver's license office to save money. This is what Floridians get
for voting in tax cuts -- no money, no services. Penny wise and pound
foolish. How much will it cost Okeechobee residents in time and gas-
oline to drive to the nearest driver's license office, which is 40 miles
away?
CONTACT LEGISLATORS: Folks, the ball is in our court. The
state legislature is considering closing our driver's license office to
save money due to a shortfall in the state budget. It's time to make
some noise to save our local office. Make some phone calls. Write to
your legislators. Email them. The names and addresses were in the
newspaper on Thursday. Maybe they will print them again for those
who didn't see that paper. We need to let them know we are voters
and we do very much care what happens to our local driver's license
office. Imagine having to go all the way to Port St. Lucie to get your
teenager's first license or to renew your own or replace a lost license.
What a nightmare. Editor's note: Okeechobee County residents can
protest the proposed closing by contacting state representatives.
Florida Senator J.D. Alexander, district 17, can be reached via email
at alexander.jd.web@flsenate.gov and state Senator Ken Pruitt, dis-
trict 28, may be reached via email at pruitt.ken.web@ flsenate.gov.
Local house representatives e-mail, addresses are: Frank Attkisson
district 79, frank.attkisson@myfloridahouse.gov and Richard Ma-
chek, district 78, richard.mdchek@myfloridahouse.gov. The Florida
Legislature's web site offers some helpful tips for writing letters to
your elected representatives. To contact your legislators, write effec-
tive letters. Address letters to members of the House of Represen-
tatives as follows; The Honorable (name), Florida House of Repre-
sentatives, The Capitol, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300; address letters
to senators this way: Senator (name), The Capitol, Tallahassee, FL
32399-1100. Be absolutely certain you spell your legislator's name
correctly and use the correct address. Type or print legibly, sign your
name neatly and give your address correctly so they can respond to
your letter. To be effective, keep letters, e-mail, and faxes brief and
never write more than one page. Concise written correspondence
is more likely to grab and keep the reader's attention. Identify your
issue or opinion at the beginning of the letter -- don't bury your main
point under trivial text. Cover only one issue per letter, if you have
another issue to address, write another letter. Other ways to help
with writing your legislators include backing up your opinions with
supporting facts. Your letter should inform the reader. One should
avoid abbreviations or acronyms, and don't use technical jargon.
Don't send the exact same letter to more than one legislator. Person-
alized letters have more impact.



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Driver's license
office may close
I recently heard that the Driv-
er's License Office will be closing
soon here in Okeechobee.
I hope that all parties involved
in making this decision will recon-
sider. I work for the School District
teaching the CDL License for our
school bus drivers and for those
who have had to take the writ-
ten test, it can be pretty intense.
For the course I teach, there our
four written tests involved that are
only given at the DHSMV Driver
License Office. If an applicant fails
one of those he/she can only take


it one more time that same day,
which results in people having to
go back numerous times to suc-
cessfully pass these tests.
With the rising cost of fuel,
this will also decrease the pool of
applicants for any employer who
seeks to fill these types of posi-
tions. By closing the Okeechobee
office, this will devastate those
persons who must take these test
in order to get a job!
Our community has several
major CDL employers and I hope
they will all speak out in opposi-
tion to this proposed cut back.
Lorraine Watson
Driver Trainer


Upcoming Events


Friday, April 11
Narcotics Anonymous meets each Friday for an open discussion
meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth
Ave. For information, call 863-634-4780 or 863-467-5474.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is
invited. Anyone interested in a sensible approach to losing weight and
becoming a part of a caring group is welcome to come and see what
we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at 800-932-
8677.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This is an open meeting.
A.A. meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W Third St. This is an open speaker meeting.


Saturday, April 12
Worship in Song at the Living Word of Faith Church of Okeechobee,
1902 S. Parrott Ave., on the second Saturday of the month beginning
at 6 p.m. There is no charge to attend and all Christian singers and
musicians are welcome to take part. For information, contact the
church at 863-763-6869; Pastor Lee Minton at 863-763-3373; or, Sister
Yvonne Price at 863-467-6657.
Okeechobee Christian Cycles will meet every Saturday at
7:30 a.m. at the Texaco gas station on the corner of Hwy 441 and 78.
Anyone is welcome to ride. No dues or membership required. For
information, contact: Roland Spencer at 863-697-2247; Debbie Izzo at
863-634-0087.
Teen Talk from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Jesus Holy Ghost Crusade
Mission, 1.401 N.E. Park St. Every teen is invited. Topics of education
include: AIDS; free HIV testing; STDs; personal issues; domestic
violence; abstinence; abuse of drugs; sex abuse; plus, educational
materials and prevention tools. Call 863-634-9340 or 863-357-6248, for
information.
AA. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Parrott
Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
The Society of Young Magicians will meet from 10 until 11 a.m.
at the First United Methodist Church in Avon Park. For information,
call Dick Laneau at 863-467-9540 or 727-345-4323.
Barnyard Buddies meets from 10 a.m. until noon at the County
4-H Extension office at 458 U.S. 98 N. Everyone who would like to
be part of the Barnyard Buddies is invited, or you can sign up at the
Okeechobee County 4-H Extension office Monday through Friday
from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. For information, call the extension office
at 863-763-6469'.
The Living Word of Faith, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., gospel music sing
at 6 p.m. For information call 863-763-6869.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. for an open discussion at
the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth Ave. For information
call 863-634-4780.


Sunday, April 13
AA. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Narcotics Anonymous woman's step study meeting at 7 p.m. at
the Just for Today club, 101 Fifth Ave. For more information please call
863-634-4780.


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Community Events

Library hosts book sale
Friends of the Okeechobee Library Book sale will be 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 dis-
cards 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.

Men's Health Fair planned April 13
The Walker Memorial Seventh Day Adventist Church will host 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 offered, for a
fee. Many other tests will be performed. Breakfast will be served. Pre-reg-
istration is required. To register call the Parish Nurse Resource Center at
863-453-0700.

Nutritional analysis class offered
CRA Nutritional analysis class will be held, Monday, April 14 at
5:30 p.m. at Douglas Chiropractic and Fitness Center. The class will
be taught by Dr. Edward Douglas. For more information call 863-763-
4320.

Seminole Elementary plans family fun night
April 18 from 6 until 8 p.m. will be the annual Family Fun Night at
Seminole Elementary. The night will be filled with games, food, and
more! Tickets are .25 cents each, and they can be used to purchase
pulled pork sandwiches or dunk the principal in the dunk tank. We'll
see you there.

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..

Red Cross class dates slated
The Okeechobee American Red Cross will be offering the following
classes in April: 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.


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Brahmans use bunts to upset John Carroll High


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
You can rename the Okkecho-
bee High School Brahmans base-
ball field, 'bunt city', at least for
one day.
Two key errors made on sac-
rifice bunts led to two unearned
runs as Okeechobee upset state
ranked John Carroll High School,
2-0, Wednesday night.
Cameron Tewksbury pitched
his best game of the year, a com-
plete game, three hit shutout, to
lead the Brahmans to their eighth
and perhaps most impressive win
of the year.
"It's good when you can come
out and beat guys like that. They've
been playing some pretty good
ball this year," Tewksbury noted.
"It was tight the whole game. We
just had to manufacture some
runs and that's what we did. We
stayed on top of them."


Tewksbury allowed just three
hits, and was benefited by four
double plays turned by his infield-
ers in the first four innings of the
game. He allowed just one run-
ner reach second base.
"Cameron did an outstanding
job," Brahmans Coach Dylan Ted-
ders said, "Our hitters kept pluck-
ing away. There pitcher was no
joke, none of those guys are jokes.
I think we caught them coming in
here a little confident."
Early in the game John Carroll
had no problem getting men on
base. It was getting them past
first base that was the problem.
An error put Colt Griffin on first
in the top of the first but he was
quickly erased on a double play.
In the second another infield
error put the lead off man on base.
However another double play
grounder off the bat of T.J Mul-
lins, led to another easy inning.


Catcher Mitchell Bryner was cred-
ited for a put out later in the inning
when Tom Goodwyn reached on
an infield hit. The throw got away
but Mitchell hustled down the line
and backed up the throw. When
Goodwyn made a slight turn to
run to second Mitchell threw the
ball to Will Davis at first who
tagged Goodwyn out.
Another lead off single in the
third went awry as Tewksbury
again got a double play turned
by Brice Buckner and Clay Cole-
man.
"We did a great job defen-
sively, and we knew if we kept
battling we were going to make
it happen, and we did," Tedders
noted.
Griffin reached base again with
one out in the fourth but he was
erased on another third to second
to first twin killing.
The Brahman's bats weren't


as good as their gloves in the
early going. They managed just
a third inning single by Drew
Selvey against the Rams Dominic
Laporte through the first four in-
nings. Laporte recorded seven
strikeouts over the first four.
In the fifth, Adam Tewksbury
led off with an infield single.
However he was erased trying to
steal second. Laporte then picked
up his eighth and ninth strikeouts
of the afternoon.
In the sixth the Brahmans
broke through as Laporte walked
Jonathan Crawford. Jake Daven-
port laid a sacrifice down but the
Rams through the ball in the dirt
trying to get Crawford at second
and the error left both runners
safe. Selvey then laid another
good bunt down.
This time Goodwyn threw the
ball down the right field line and
both Selvey and Davenport were
able to score.


Despite the strong bunting ex-
hibition by the Brahmans, Coach
Tedders was upset the team
didn't get a couple more sacri-
fices down in the sixth inning.
He noted against a top team like
John Carroll, two runs are never
enough.
Two runs were all that Tewks-
bury needed though, as he con-
tinued his masterpiece and didn't
allow a base hit after the fourth
inning.
He ended the game with back


to back strikeouts. Cameron had
only three strikeouts on the after-
noon, so he saved a little extra for
the end.
I had a couple of errors behind
me but I think the team stayed in
the game mentally today. I think
we're really starting to figure it
out as a team. We have all the tal-
ent in the world we just couldn't
seem to put it together early in the
year," he noted.
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Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Jake Davenport slides safely for the Brahman's second run
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O.G. & C.C. Weekly Results


UKeecnoDee News/unarles Murpny
Clay Coleman turns the pivot on a double play during Wednes-
day's Brahmans victory.


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Cameron Tewksbury pitched a gem on Wednesday to give
Okeechobee a big lift.


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The high school announced
the first all sports physical day on
Saturday, April 19, at Lakeshore
Pediatric.
Anyone interested in partici-
pating in a sport of performing
in the band during the 2008-2009
school year must have a physical.
Athletic Director Heather
Stillians said students can also at-
tend physicals on Saturday, June
7, which will be good for the en-
tire school year.
The April 19, physicals are for
football players who intend to
play spring football this May.
A parent does not have to be
present for the physical but they
must fill out an adolescent con-
sent for treatment form.
Costs of the physicals are $25.
The physical includes checks no
hearing and vision, a hemoglobin
test, height, weight, scoliosis tests
and more.
Stillians noted that athletic di-
rectors and coaches will visit the
freshman campus, and Osceola
and Yearling Middle Schools on
April 16, and 17 during lunch
hours to answer questions of stu-
dent athletes.


P.I.G.S. League
March 31: First place-J.C. Arm-
strong. Second place-George Earl
Goudy. Last place-Ken Wilder.
Closest to the pin-(2) George Earl
Goudy, (8) Jack Forde, (11) Jack
Forde.
April 2: First place-George
Guydosh. Second place-Penny
King and Gino Vecerio. Last
place-Randy Ketcherside. Clos-
est to the pin-(2) Penny King, (8)
Kenny Curran, (11) George Earl
Goudy and (17) Bill Kenney.
April 4: First place-Kenny Cur-
ran. Second place-J.C. Armstrong.
Last place-Randy Ketcherside.
Closest to the pin-(2) John Nich-
olson, (8) Ken Napora, (11) Frank
Noble, and (17) Randy Ketcher-
side. Ken Napora goan an Eagle
on #12.

Okeechobee Ladies
Golf Association

Odd and Even
March 27: First place-Sunni
Adams. Second place-Nancy Pul-
len. Third place-(tie) Shirley Ester-
line and Nancy Haldeman.

Low Putts
March 31: First place-Sunni
Adams,


For more information about Okeechobee High School at
sports physicals, please call 863-462-5025 ext. 1019.


Scramble
April 3: First place-Nancy
Pullen,Carol Seier,Diane Smet and
Eilene Hammond. Second place-
(tie) Dale Bryant, Fran Dierig, Kay
Duball: and Jeannette Butler, Sun-
ni Adams, Mary Varnes and Saba
Curren.
"Ringer" winners for the year
were: First Flight-Dale Bryant.
Second Flight-Nancy Haldean.
Third Flight-Kay Duball.


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OHS Rodeo Team brings home five Championship Titles


The Okeechobee High School
Rodeo Team traveled north to
Green Cove Springs, just south of
Jacksonville for their most recent
rodeo.
The rodeo was a one day ro-
deo that was held at the Clay
County Fair Grounds as part of the
County Fair.
The team traveled far but
"ruled" when they got their by
bringing home five of the twelve
Championship Titles.
Senior Jessica Ziglar did an
outstanding job bringing home
two championship titles in Break-
away and Girls All Around.
Senior Chasey Bass brought
home the Saddle Bronc Champi-
onship.


Junior Jacoby Johns brought
home the Bareback Champi-
onship and Junior J.R. Gomez
brought home the Steer Wrestling
Championship.
The following team members
earned points in the following
events:
Breakaway Jessica Ziglar
placed first; Maci Culligan placed
third; Breanne Lee placed seventh
and Jessie Cofield placed ninth.
Barrels Jessica Ziglar placed


fifth.
Pole Bending
placed sixth.
Bareback -
placed first.
Saddle Bronc
placed first.


- Breanne Lee

Jacoby Johns

- Chasey Bass


Steer Wrestling J.R. Gomez
placed first, Jacoby Johns placed
fifth.
Team Roping Justin Wolff
placed ninth and JR Gomez
placed 10th.
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 Jessica Ziglar 14th
place; Shelby Carden tied for 17th
place; and Raybon Durrance is
tied for 23rd.
Breakaway Breanne Lee,
eighth; Jessie Cofield and Maci
Culligan-are tied for 10th; Lexi
Peaden 16th place; Shelby Carden


tied for 19th; Jessica Ziglar 24th
place; and, Kayla Davis 26th.
Goat lying Lexi Peaden 13th;
Shelby Carden 14th place; and
Maci Culligan tied for 17th.
Pole Bending Jessica Ziglar
second; Shelby Carden and
Amanda Sheffield are tied for
19th; Breanne Lee tied for 21st;
Carlie Lanier tied for 28th and Lexi
Peaden are tied for 30th place.
Bareback Jacoby Johns, sec-
ond; Chris Davis third place. '
Saddle Bronc Chasey Bass,
first place.
Steer Wrestling Cole Fulford
second; J.R. Gomez, seventh;
and, Jacoby Johns is tied for
eighth place.
Calf Roping Garrett Rucks


17th; and Trey Cofield 18th place.
Team Roping J.R. Gomez,
11th; Justin Wolffe tied for 13th;
Jacob Anuez, 18th; Shelby Carden
and Breanne Lee, 21st place.
Girls Cutting Brittany Neth-
ers, second; Carlie Lanier tied for
ninth; Kayla Davis, seventh place.
Boys Cutting -- Chasey Bass
second and Joseph Summerford


Chase Bass
Chasey Bass


fifth place.
The team will be traveling to
Williston, the weekend of April 26
and 27, to compete in a two-day
rodeo. Whenever you can come
out and support these young ath-
letes.
For additional information
about the team and schedules
contact Darlene Bass at 863-634-
5815.


Justin Wolffe


Jessica Ziglar


Submitted photo Maci Culligan


Jessie Cofield


Breanne Lee


Obituaries


Jacoby Johns


John Allan Webber, Sr.
John Allan Webber, Sr., age
77 of Okeechobee, died Tuesday,
April 8, at the Veterans Hospital
in Palm Beach. Born Dec. 2, 1930
in McDonald, Pa., he has been
a resident of Okeechobee since
1992. He is a member of the Cal-
vary United Presbyterian Church
in McDonald, Pa. Mr. Webber is
also a member of the McDonald
Volunteer Fire Department and
the Okeechobee VFW #9528,
American Legion Post 64 and the
Moose Lodge.
He was preceded in death
by his wife of 45 years, Lorraine
Webber. :
He is survived by his son, John
A. Webber of New Braunfels,
Texas and daughters, Wendy M.
Webber of Washington, Pa., and
Susan R. (Jay) Euler of South
Park, Pa.; 14 grandchildren and
20 great grandchildren. He is also
survived by his brother, William
E. Webber of Bulger, Pa., and his
companion, Georgia White of
Okeechobee.
A memorial service will be
held at the VFW Post 9528 in
Buckhead Ridge on Sunday, April
13, at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family
asks for donations to be made to
Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box
1548, Okeechobee, 34973.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.

Barbara Jean Eldell
Mother Barbara Jean Eldell,
age 71, of Vero Beach, died on
April 9, 2008 at Indian River Medi-
cal Center in Vero Beach. She was
born in Orlando, and was a Flori-
da resident since the age of 6. She
attended the public schools of
Indian River County. During her
earlier years, she was employed
as a domestic worker for private
homes. She, along with her hus-
band, were responsible for the


birth of the Morton Street Church
of God in Okeeechobee, now
known as Hope Ministries Center.
She was a mem-
ber of the Wa-
basso Church of
God and served
in mission work, '
Sunday school, 'D
evangelism and h
the Womens r
Ministry Depart-
ment.
She was pre- Barbara
ceded in death Jean Eldell
by her parents, Johnny and Ro-.
berta White.
She is survived by her husband
of 56 years, Bishop David R. Eldell
of Vero Beach and her daughter,
Alfredia Bender; three grandchil-
dren and four great grandchil-
dren.
Visitation will be held on Sat-
urday, April 12 at the Wabasso
Church of God from 5 until 8 p.m.
A "Homegoing Celebration" will
be observed on Sunday, April 13
at 11 a.m. at the church.
Burial will follow at Gifford
Cemetery in Gifford.
Arrangements are by Thorne's
Mortuary, Inc., of Stuart.
A guest book may be signed
at www.thornesmortuary.com,
tcnobits@scripps.com, Pb_
tcoast@pbpost.com.

Joseph Andrews, Sr.
Joseph Andrews, Sr., age 69 of
Okeechobee died at Lawnwood
Regional Medical Center in Ft.
Pierce, on April
8, 2008. He was
born in Sumter,
S.C. He was a
retired masonry
worker. Mr. An-
drews was a
member of the
First' Missionary
Baptist Church
in Okeechobee. Joseph
He was pre- Andrews, Sr.
ceded in death


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by his parents, John and Sally
Andrews and a son, Joseph T: An-
drews, Jr.
He is survived by his wife,
Pearl T. Andrews of Okeechobee;
son, Richard Andrews of Chipley;
three daughters, Anita Andrews
of Titusville, Annette Andrews
of New York and Gwen Koger
of Okeechobee; three stepsons,
James Mack of Titusville, Wilbert
Mack of Oklahoma, and Telly An-
drews of Okeechobee; one step
daughter, Shirley Mack of Orlando;
five brothers, John Andrews and
Robert Andrews of Manhattan,
N.Y, Furman Andrews of Brook-
lyn, N.Y., Thompson Andrews
of Atlanta, Ga., and John Robert
Andrews of North Carolina; two
sisters, Hester Junior of Manhat-
tan, N.Y., and Virginia Grady of
Brooklyn, N.Y; stepfather-in-law,
Charlie Creller of Okeechobee,
and a host of grandchildren and
great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held on Fri-
day, April 11, at First Missionary
Baptist Church from 6 until 8 p.m.
A "Homegoing Celebration" will
be observed on Saturday, April
12, at 4 p.m.
Burial will follow at Evergreen
Cemetery, Okeechobee.
Arrangements are by Thorne's
Mortuary, Inc. of Stuart.
A guest book can be signed
at www.thornesmortuary.com,
tcnobits@scripps.com, Pb_
tcoast@pbpost.com.

Corene Geiger
Corene Geiger, age 92 of
Palm Beach Gardens, formerly of
Okeechobee, died April 9, 2008 in
Palm Beach Gardens. Mrs. Geiger
was born, July 9, 1915 in Basinger
to the late Charles and Jennie (Ha-


zellief) Campbell. She lived in De-
troit working for General Motors
on the assembly lines from 1942
until 1974 when
she returned to
Basinger. She
attended Dunk-
lin Memorial
Church and en-
joyed knitting
and crocheting.
Mrs. Geiger
was preceded in Corene
death by her first Geiger
husband, Frencheiger
Heard and her second husband,
Hugh Geiger; brothers, Lamar
Campbell, Ernest Campbell and
sisters, Evelyn Walker and Lillie
Mae Rhoden.
She is survived by her daughter,
Betty Gordon of Palm Beach Gar-
dens; sister, Christine Campbell
of Okeechobee; grandchildren,
Cindy (Glen) Falck of Alachua,
Kimberly (Rick) Trask of Alachua,
Kevin Gordon of Palm Beach Gar-
dens; great grandchildren, Aman-
da Falck, Gregory Falck, Sarah
Falck and Amber Gordon.
Visitation will be from 10 un-
til 1I a.m. on Saturday, April 12,
at Bass Okeechobee Chapel. Fu-
neral services will follow at 11
a.m. with Pastor Mickey Evans
of Dunklin Memorial Church of-
ficiating. Interment will follow at
Basinger Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials
may be made to Dunklin Memo-
rial Church, 3342 SW. Hosannah
LN, Indiantown.
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.


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Additional buildings on prop-
erty, one could be used as a
guest house. MLS# 200514


Basswood Lots available starting @ $25k
Lake access Big "O" RV Resort Lots starting @ $25K
R-Bar Estates 2+/-acres MLS# 93596
Sherman Wood Ranches 10+/-acres MLS# 90859
* Dixie Ranch Acres 1.69+/-acre barn/workshop and horse stall
MLS# 93635
Dark Hammock 78 acres with a 2-story home MLS# 200345


Don RenfTaylor Creek Real Estate
SDonald A. Renfranz, Realtor/Lic. Real Estate Broker Vicki and Perry Green, Sales Associates
863-634-4596 donaldrenfranz@hotmail.com 863-467-6516 or 863-610-0962
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Okeechobee News, Friday, April 11, 2008


Pig roast benefits Red Cross


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
If you are looking for some
entertainment in and around
Okeechobee for the coming
months look no further.
On Sunday, April 13, J1 & S
Fish Camp will be holding a Pig
Roast with music by Ben Prestige
beginning at noon. The benefit is
to support the Okeechobee Red
Cross with 50/50 drawings and
give-aways.
J & S Fish Camp is located just
south of 15-B on U.S. 441. For
more information call 772-597-
4455.
Next Saturday, April 19, at
the Pier II Resort, 2200 U.S. 441,
YB.E. Entertainment will be hold-
ing their second Grown Folk
Saturdays." You must be 21 or
older to enter. Ladies are in free.
before 10 p.m. The music begins
at 9 p.m. Cost is $10 at the door.
YB.E. will be holding "Grown
Folk Saturdays" every first and
third Saturday of the month. For
more information contact YB.E.
Entertainment at 863-801-4007.
If you are interested in the
calmer side such as art and Flor-
ida history, you might want to
check out the The South Florida
Community College Museum of
Florida Art and Culture (SFCC
MOFAC) exhibit on Florida's
Legendary Highwaymen. The
exhibit will feature 24 of the best
paintings from the SFCC MOFAC
permanent collection and will
be on display April 16 May 9, at
SFCC MOFAC, Highlands Cam-
pus, Avon Park. It is sponsored by
Kelton Hill State Farm Insurance.
The Highwaymen are a group of
African-American artists including
Harold Newton, Robert Butler, Al-
fred Hair, Al Black, and Mary Ann
Carroll, who began painting and
selling their Florida landscape
paintings in the 1950's.
They sold their paintings, of-
ten still wet, to business establish-
ments, professional people, and
governmental agencies by trav-
eling town to town throughout


Your Weekly
Entertainment
Guide
Share your news and photos
for this column by email to
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central and coastal Florida. The
name, "Highwaymen," was a re-
sult of this sales technique.
Gary Monroe, author of The
Highwaymen, will tell the story of
Harold Newton and the Highway-
men, Monday, April 21, 1 p.m., at
the SFCC University Center Audi-
toriunm.
MOFAC is located adjacent to
the SFCC Auditorium, Highlands
Campus, Avon Park. It is open to
the public October through May,
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday,
12:30 to 4:30 p.m., and by ap-
pointment for group tours. SFCC
Artist and matinee series patrons
may visit the museum one hour
prior to every performance.
For more information about
the museum and its exhibits and
workshops or to request a muse-
um tour, contact Mollie Doctrow,
curator, MOFAC, at ext. 7240 at
863-453-6661, 863-465-5300, 863-
773-2252, or 863-494-7500.
Also at the Pier II, Saturday,
April 26, from 6:30 p.m. until 10:30
p.m. will be a night for the teens,
ages 12 to 16. This Teen Dance
Party will be a chaperoned pri-
vate party which will raise funds
for the Okeechobee American
Red Cross while giving teens a
safe place to gather. Live D.J. will


Submitted photo

Library holds book. sale
Friends of the Library Members Sharon Buck (left) and
Doris Minton (right) volunteer at the Okeechobee Library
Book Sale fundraiser. The sale will continue Friday, April
11 through Saturday, April 12. Hardback books are $2
each, softbacks are $1. On Saturday, you can fill a bag for
$2 or fill a box for $5.


play the latest hip hop music.
Entrance to the event is $5.
Food will be on hand: pizza $1;
soda $1; and chips for $.50.
All proceeds go to the
Okeechobee American Red
Cross. For more information call
863-697-6819.
Locally you can come watch
the youth in action at the First
United Methodist Children's The-
atres production of Allen Pote's, "
0, Jonah," be presented on Sun-
day, May 18, at 6 p.m. in the Sanc-
tuary. For information contact
Lonnie Kirsch or Nancy Vaughan
at 863-7634-021.
Crafters and antique car gurus
need to come visit the J & S Fish
Camp, .9500 S.W. Conners, where
they are holding their third annual
Arts and Crafts Festival and
Antique Car Show.
They are currently looking for
crafters and antique car owners
for their event which will be held
on May 31, and June 1, to support
Martha's House through a $10 do-
nation. For more informaion call
Patricia Brown 772-332-3149.
Do you want to see your
events posted in the weekly en-
tertainment column? Forward
any publicly open events includ-
ing entertainment such as: danc-
ing, bands, comedians, theatre,
special events, special com-
munity events, contests, etc to
caguilar@newszap. com. Please
forward all information about
each event including: description
of the event; location (address);
date; time; cost; age appropriate-
ness; and any other information
that fits the specific event. For
additional information contact
Chauna Aguilar at 863-763-3134
ext. 4242. Your Weekly Entertain-
ment Guide-Share your news and
photos for this column by email
to caguilar@newszap.com.


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new paint, fumished,.#200268 $112,000


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Licensed Real Estate Brokers:
Office: Bobby Tucker 634-8677 .es
(863) Brandon Tucker 772-201-8722
763-4010 Lic. Auctioneer AU2579
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W.S. "Bill" Keene Sr. 634-6797 Lori Mixon 634-1457
(888)Toll Free John Pell 357-8769 Sharon Johnson 634-6241
874-2945 Jeri Wilson 634-6056 Sheryl Coonfare 634-1343
Ron Staley 697-6221 Keith Pearce 634-7007
Mark Goodbread 634-6999 Cindy Fairtrace (863) 697-0433


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The following movies are now showing at
the Brahman Theatres III. Movie times for Fri-
day, April 11, through Thursday, April 17, are
as follows:
Theatre I "Vantage Point" (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 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
movies; and, matinees are $4.
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DOG White, Male, Orange
collar. Vic. of N.W. Section.
Call to ID. (863)763-4414

Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise your
yard sale In the classl-
fleds and make your
clean uo a breeze!


LAB RETRIEVER MIX female,
red coat, vic. of Ft. Drum off
of 342nd. REWARD!
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YARD SALE
FREEDOM OUT REACH
MINISTRY
OKEE. Sun. 4/13, 7am-?,
912 NW 2nd St. (2 blocks
W of the Meat Shop). Clothes,
Toys, Furniture, Tools,
Electronics & Food!


OKEECHOBEE Fri April 11th
& Sat. April 12th, 4502 SE
28th St, Brindaban Forest,
8am-?.
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Must QoI
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12th, 8am-?, 2924 SE 19th
Court. Treasure Island. Lots
of kids stuff Boys & girls HH
items.


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WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT OPERATOR/
TRAINEE for the Okeechobee Utility Authority.
OUA will consider a non-certified operator for
training in lieu of a certified operator. Must
possess a valid FL Drivers License. Only those
with a three year clean driving record need apply.
Shift work and week-ends are required.
Applications will be accepted until opening is
filled at the Okeechobee Utility Authority located
at 100 SW. 5th. Avenue, Okee, FL 34974.
An Equal Opportunity Employer,
Drug Free Work Place.


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.
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Apply In Person To:
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Couch w/ air bed mattress,
full size, floral beige w/green
& orange, $500 neg.
(863)763-4461


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er In the classifeds


DASCHOUND PUPS (F),
Min., 8 wks, 1st shots. 1-
Choc, 1-Red, 1-Blue & tan.
CKC reg $400. 863-634-3758

Agriculture

LT ITWIIg


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



TRACTOR '58 Allis Chalmers
WD model, restored, runs &
looks great! $4800
(321)403-7805 Okeechobee
TRACTOR- '57 641 Ford, mo-
tor runs, tranny broke, has
extra parts, $1500
(321)403-7805 Okeechobee


Rent $250 a week (F/US)
Adults Only
Vintage Cottage Wraparound Porch
On Two Sides of Deep Water
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Brand New 3 bedroom floor plans.
Concrete Block Stucco homes.
Payments as low as $795 per month.


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



BHR Duplex, Lake Okee. Ac-
cess. lbr, 1ba. Completely
rentavated. W/D & Dishwasher
$125. wkly (561)202-7703
Okeechobee, 2Br/15ba, 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


* *. .
Brand New 3/2/2
Concrete Block
Stucco homes.
$495 Down
Payments
From $895
per month
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BASSWOOD Pets OKI 3BR,
1 BA, 3632 NW 28th Ave.
New Tile/Carpet/Paint. $795
mo. + sec. dep. Pic's @
www.lexbuvshouses.com
Call Lex (561)715-1768
-BEST VALUE IN TOWN-
2/1 Available, no pets,
$590/mo + Sec Dep.
Call (863)467-9800


IFl TODAY!
BHR 4BR/2BA, fenced yard,
on canal, $850 mo. + sec.
dep., 863-824-0981
LOG CABIN New Const on
Rim Canal w/Pool & Dock,
2BR-1BA, Full Furn incl/
Bedding, Linens & Cookware.
W/D & D/W Cbl, Elec,Wat
Incl. (561)234-0277
OKEE: 3/1 on /2 ac. Renovat-
ed, laundry, C/A/heat, 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 863-63-634-9330
OPTION TO BUY 3 br/2 ba,
1500 sq ft on 20 acres, 15
mi N. of town. $1500/mo +
1st, last & sec.(863)447-0352
Rent or Rent w/Option to Buy
5 acres in Okeechobee 3 Br
1Ba, Ig living rm, kit. & dining
rm, 1 car garage w/fenced
pond. Zolhed Ag. $950 mo. +
last & sec. dep. Call Kamal
(561)792-9431 6am-11pm



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


SINGLE, no children, female
pref. to share 3BR, 2BA
home with family. Pool.
$700/month. 863-697-0218


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Business Places -'.
Sale 1005
Commercial i
Property Sale 1010
Condos/
Townhouses Salte 015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land- Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1>045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property
Sale o1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080



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


AMAZING LAND
DEAL!!!
10 acres in pvt comm
Starting at $180,000
Owner financing at 5.5% APR
First RIty 561)385-7888
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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


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MOORE HAVEN
Investment Properties: 3 lots
& 3 M/H. Currently rented.
Income of $18,000. yearly.
$120K. or best offer.
For details call (561)261-0766



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 & mth/y, rentals
also avail. Call (863)465-2135
WWW.lakeshoreresortrentals.comi


MobileHomes




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




Available Immediately 3BR,
2BA, doublewide, carport,
large lot, $850/mo. 1 yr. lease
& 1 mo. sec. 863-467-5616.
BASSINGER: 3br, 2ba. Double
Wide on 1 Ac. $800/mo. +
1st & Sec. 863-697-1494
BH RIDGE 3/2 on Waterfront,
Lake access. Fully furnished.
$875 mo. + $1000 Sec.
dep. (772)370-1095
DOUBLE WIDE 3 BR, 2 BA
$850 mo. + electric. Also
Small, 1 BR, $450 mo. (in-
cludes utils). (863)697-0214
OKEE.: New 2br/2ba on private
lot, on water, $800/mo. 1st
& sec. Avail 04/01. No pets
Call (561)767-6112
OTTER CREEK 3/2 on 1 acre,
$850/mo, 1st, last & sec.
Will work w/right person.
(863)697-6713



ANCIENT OAKS 55+, Gated,
lbr, 1ba, Sunroom, Covered
patio, Carport, Boat ramp,
Pool, Spa, Clubhouse. All Util.
& Cable TV included.
$475/mo. 954-610-5345
BANK REPO'S
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
561-721-2230
OKEE. '2000 DW M/H, 4br,
3ba, 1/2 ac. Immaculate
$159,900. &'1992 DW
M/H, 2br, 2ba, $125K (off of
15A) Preferred Properties.
Debra Pinson (863)801-9163
PINE OAKS VILLAGE D/W on
3 lots, 3br, 2ba, 2 car gar.
$125K. Opt. to Rent. Call for
more details. (863)447-0965


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NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE BY
CLERK OF THE CICUlT.CfflJBL
Notice is hereby given that tire undeisiqned SHARON ROBERTSON, Cleik ol the Cii-
cuit Court of Okeechobee County, Florida, will on ite 23id day ilo Aplil, 200,11 a
11:00 A M. t the Okeechibee County Judicial Center, 312 Northwest 3ird Strut,.
Jury Assembly Roaom Second Floor Okeechobee, Florida 3,1972, in tire City of
Okeechobee, offer for sale and sell at public oucliy to tle liighest and best bidder
for cash, thlie following described personal proper y situated in Okeechobee
County, Florida, to-wit:
1974 SUTT mobile home bearing tille number 11943466 and
VIN number 3M64FD37359
pursuant to (lev final decree of foreclosure entered in a case pending in said Court,
the style of which is:
PIRATES COVE, JOE ROWLETT and DOROTHY ROWLETT, husband and wife,
Plaintiffs,
SARAH JANE EHRHART, MARK LINEBERRY, MARIO RODRIGUEZ and
EDWARD JOE GAUCIN
Defendants.
and the docket number of which is: 2007-CC-1 12
THE MOBILE HOME IS LOCATED UPON A RENTED LOT WITH NO RIGHT OF CON-
TINUED OCCUPANCY AND ABSENT WRITTEN CONSENT OF THE LANDLORD,
THE SUCCESSFUL PURCHASER MUST REMOVE THE UNIT WITHIN 15 DAYS
FOLLOWING ISSUANCE OF THE CERTIFICATE OF TITLE.
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY,
OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE AMENDED
COMPLAINT MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE.
WITNESS my hand and the official seal of said Court, this 24th day of March, 2008.
SHARON ROBERTSON,
Clerk of the Circuit Court of Okeechobee County, Florida
By:/S/Linda F. Young
DEPUTY CLERK
266922 ON 4/4,11/08

PUBLIC NOTICE
Okeechobee Utility Authority will temporarily change its method of chlorinating
potable water to insure the future safety of our, drinking water, The water users may
notice an unusual chlorine taste or odor in their tap water after April 14, 2008.
These conditions will last thru May 9, 2008.
These temporary conditions will not be harmful to your health; however, if you are
on kidney dialysis, you should consult your physician for special instructions con-
cerning this matter. If you have tropical fish or aquatic animals, you should contact
you local tropical fish store for advice and take appropriate action to insure that you
have properly treated the water before adding it to your aquarium.
The hydrant flushing during this period may cause the water to become cloudy and
discolored. This is a temporary condition and should not last more than a few hours.
We sincerely regret any inconvenience you may experience during this oime. Please
keep in mind that this is necessary to provide safe water for the customers of Okee-
ciobee Utility Authority.
If additional information is needed, contact Roy Reno at 763-3239. We regret any
inconvenience that this may cause you. THAN YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION.
OKEECHOBEE UTILITY AUTHORITY
267115 ON 4/11,12,13/08


Recreation



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




AIRSTREAM LX1000 '88,
34.5', Triple axle, Roof air,
Awning, sleeps 6, Electric
jacks. Excellent cond. Seri-
ous inquiries only. $9850. or
best offer. (863)214-9747

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Automobiles




Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070



FORD PICKUP, 51 / ton, all
orig., runs great, 41k mi.,
V8, 12v alt., new tires,
$3400. (513)260-6410
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NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF
PROPOSED SPECIAL EXCEPTION
NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be hold before ire City of Okeecihobee Planning
Board/Board oi Adjusiient and Appeals on Thursday, April 17, 2008 at ,6:t0
pm. or as soon tiereaer as possible. The meeting will be held at City Hall, 55
SE 3(l Avenue, in the Council Chambers, Room 200, Okeechobee, I olida
To consider Special Exception Petition No. 08-005-SE submitted by property owner
Linda Bridges, o allow a drive through service and outdoor sales and storage
within a CHV Dishric t(Rt. Code Book Section 90-283(1)(5)).
Property is located at 920 NW Park Street. Legal description: Lots 14 through 17,
Inclusive, Block 163, City of Okeechobee Subdivision according to plat thereof
recorded in Plat Book 1, Page 10, public records of Okeechobee County Florida.
A copy of the entire applications) and agenda are available in the General Services
Office, Rir 101 at City Hall or by calling Betty Clement at (8163) 763-3372 x 218.
Please be advised that the Board of Adjusment and Appeals will serve as the de-
cision making body (quasi-judicial), on behalf of the City, to approve or deny Spe-
cial Exception Petitions.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the Board of Adjustments and Appeals with respect to any mat-
ter considered at this meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a verbatim record of
the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon
which the appeal is to be based. General Services media is for the sole purpose
of backup for official records of the department.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florida Statute
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Betty Clement, no later than two (2) working days
prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x 218; if you are hearing or voice im-
paired, call TOD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY).
BY: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
Petition No. 08-005-SE
267966 ON 4/2,11/08

NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF
PROPOSED LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATION AMENDMENTS
NOTICE: The City of Okeechobee Planning Board/Board of Adjustment and Appeals
will meet as the Land Planning Agency ot Thursday, April 17, 2008 at 6:00 p.m.
or as soon thereafter as possible, to consider any proposed amendments, sub-
mitted by City Staff or citizens,to to te Comprehensive Plan, which include the
Land Development Regulations (LDR's). Thie meeting will be held at City Hall, 55
Southeast 3rd Avenue, in the Council Chambers, Room 200, Okeechobee, Flori-
da.
A copy of the agenda are available in the General Services Office, Rm 101 at City
Hall or by calling Betty Clement at (863) 763-3372 x 218
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by tire Planning Board with respect to any matter considered al
this meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a verbatim record ofl the proceedings
is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the ap-
peal is to be based. General Services media are used for the sole purpose of
back-up for the department.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florida Statute
2686.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Betty Clement, no later than two (2) working days
prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x 218; if you are heanng or voice im-
paired, call TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY).
BY: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
267975 ON 4/2,11/08


NOTICE OF HEARING
Okeechobee County Code Enforcement
Special Magistrate
The Okeechobee County Special Magistrate will hold a public meeting on Tuesday,
April 15, 2008 at 2:0 p.m. The public meeting will be held at the Okeechobee
County Commission Chambers, located at the Okeechobee County Courthouse,
304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. For more information, contact Faye
Huffman at the Planning and Development Department, 499 N.W. 5th Avenue.
Okeechobee, Florda 34972, (863) 763-5548 ext. 3001.
All interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public meeting.
Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Code Enforcement Special
Magistrate with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to en-
sure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and that the record in-
cludes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. Code
Enforcement tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the
Department.
Faye Huffman, Secretary to the
Code Enforcement Special Magistrate
269341 ON 4/I1,12.08

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NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF
PROPOSED SPECIAL EXCEPTION
NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEAlING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Planning
Board/Board ol Adjusthinmnt and Appeals .on Thursday, April 17, 2008 at 6:00
p.m. or as soon thereafter as ossible, The meeting will be held at City Hall, 55
SE 3rd Avenue, ini the Council Chamibers, Room 200, Okeechobee, Florida
To consider Special Exception Pelition No. 08-006-SE, submitted by property own-
ers Isaac and Cinderella Kelbi, allowing a recreation vehicles park, for transient
recreation use only, within a Residential Mobile Hoitre District (Ref. Code Book
Section 90-163(4)).
Properly is located at 1307 South Parrott Avenue, Legal description: All that part of
the South one-half of the Southwest one-quarter of the Southwest one-quarter of
Section 22, Township 37 South, Range 35 East, lying West of Taylor Creek,
Okeechobee County, Florida. Less and except the North 113 feet thereof. Subject
to restrictions, reservations and easements of record and further subject to right-
of-way for Taylor Creek improvement as shown in Plat Book 2, Page 83, Public
Records of Okeechobee County, Florida, and subject to taxes for the year 1989
and subsequent years. Together with a non-exclusive easement 31.00 feet in
width, for the purposes of ingress and egress lying within Section 21, Township
37 South, Range 35 East, Okeechobee County, Florida, and lying 15.5 feet on
each side of the following described centerline: Commencing at a point 243.00
feet North of the Southeast corner of said Section 21 and bear West along the
North boundary of Block 50, First Addition to South Okeechobee, according to the
plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 1, Page 17, Public Records of Okeechobee
County, Florida, a distance of 361100 feet, more or less, to the East boundary of
Parrott Avenue. Thence Northerly along the East boundary of Parrott Avenue, a
distance of 175.50 feet to the Point of Beginning of said centerline; Thence East-
erly along a line parallel to the aforesaid North boundary of Block 50 to the inter-
section with the East line of said Section 21 and end of said cenerline, a distance
of 361.00 feet, more or less.
A copy of the entire applicalion(s) and agenda are available in the General Services
Office, Rm 101 at City Hall or by calling Betty Clement at (863) 763-3372 x 218.
Please be advised that tire Board of Adjustment and Appeals will serve as the de-
cision making body (quasi-judicial), on behalf of the City, to approve or deny Spe-
cial Exception Petitions.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that it any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the Board of Ad ustments ad A appeals with respect to any mat-
ter considered at this meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a verbatim record of
the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon
which the appeal is to be based, General Services media is for the sole purpose
of backup for official records of the department,
In accordance wi t the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florida Statute
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Betty Clement, no later than two (2) working days
prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x 218; iB you are hearing or voice im-
paired, call TD1-D 800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY).
BY: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
Petition No. 08-005-SE
267964 ON 4/2,11/08

NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF
PROPOSED SPECIAL EXCEPTION
NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City ol Okeechobee Planning
Board/Board of Adjustment and Appeals on Thursday, April 17, 2008 at 6:00
pm. or as soon thereafter as possible. The meeting will be held at City Hall, 55
SE 3rd Avenue, in the Council Chambers, Room 200, Okeechobee, Florida
To consider Special Exception Pelition No. 08-004-SE, submitted by property owner
Roger Jones, of Okeechobee Trailer and Fishing Resort, Inc., allowing a recreation
vehicles park, for transient recreation use only, within a Residential Mobile Home
District (ReL Code Book Section 90-163(4)).
Property is located at 516 Southeast 4th Street. Legal description: Lots 1, 2, 3, 6
and 7; less the West 5 feet of Lots 3 and 6 of Block A, Central Park Subdivision,
according to plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 2, Page 39, public records of
Okeechobee County, Florida.
A copy of the entire application(s) and agenda are available in the General Services
Office, Rm 101 at City Hall or by calling Betty Clement at (863) 763-3372 x 218.
Please be advised that the Board of Adjustment and Appeals will serve as the de-
cision making body (quasi-judicial), on behalf of the City, to approve or deny Spe-
cial Exception Petitions.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the Board of Adjustments and Appeals with respect to any mat-
ter considered at this meehng, or hearing will need to ensure a verbatim record of
the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon
which the appeal is to be based. General Services media is for the sole purpose
of backup for official records of the department.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florida Statute
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Betty Clement, no later than two (2) working days
prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x 218; if you are hearing or voice im-
paired, call TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY).
BY: Bian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
Petition No. 08-004-SE
267970 ON 4/2.11/08



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NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF
PROPOSED COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENTS
NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Planning
Board/Board of Adjustment and Appeals on Thursday, April 17, 2008 at 6:00
p m. or as soon thereafter as possible. The meeting will be held at City Hall, 55
Southeast 3rd Avenue, in the Council Chambers, Room 200, Okeechobee, Florida
To consider a request for a Comprehensive Plan Small Scale Future Land Use Map
Amendment Application No. 08-004-SSA. The application is submitted by Tom
Murhpy, on behalf of property owner(s), David and Anita Nunez. The application
is to change the Future Land Use designation from Single Family (SF) to Commer-
cial (C) for properly located West of Taylor Creek between Northeast 2nd and 3rd
Streets and Northeast 7th Avenue.
Legal description: Parcel One: Commencing at the point of intersection of the
Northerly extension of the East line of Block 147 and the Southeast corner of Lot
12 in Block 116, Okeechobee, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book
5, Page 5, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida, and run Southwesterldy
along said Northern extension of the East line or said Block 147, to the intersec-
lion with the center line of Northeast 3rd Street, (formey Ninth Street), also being
the Southwest corner of a parcel of land as described in O.R. Book 405, Page
664, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida and the Point of Beginning;
thence continue Southwesterly along said extended line to the Northeast corner of
Lot 1 in said Block 147; thence continue Southwesterly along the East line of said
Lot 1 and the Southerly extension thereof, to the Northeast corner of Lot 9 in said
Block 147; thence run East along the Easterly extension of thne of said
Lot 9, to the Western shoreline of Taylor Creek; thence run Northeastedry, along
said Western shoreline, to the intersection with the Easterly extension of the
aforesaid centerline of Northeast 3rd Street, also being the Southeast corner of
said land described in O.R. Book 405, Page 664; thence run West along said ex-
tended centerline and also along the South boundary line of said parcel of land to
the Point of Beginning; and
Parcel Two: Lots 6 through 9 of Block 147, City of Okeechobee Subdivision, ac-
cording to tire plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 5, Public Records of
Okeechobee County, Florida; and
Parcel Three: Beginning at the Northeast corner of Lot 9 of Block 147, City of Okee-
chobee, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 5, Public
Records of Okeechobee County, Florida, and run Southwesterly along the East
line of said Lot 9 to the Southeast corner of said Block 147; thence run South-
westerly to tire Northeast corner of fractional Block 148 of said plat of Okeecho-
bee; thence run East, along the Easterly extension of the North line of said Block
148, to the Western shoreline of Taylor Creek; thence run Northeasterly along said
Western shoreline, to the intersection with the Easterly extension of the North line
of aforesaid Lot 9; thence run West along the extended Northlin of said Lot 9, to
the Point of Beginning; and is approximately 1.74 acre(s). The proposed use is for
a multi functional building.
A co y of the entire application(s) and agenda are available in the General Services
Office, Rm 101 at City Hall or by calling Betty Clement at (863) 763-3372 x 218.
The Planning Board will make recommendations to the City Council for considera-
tion and final adoption tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, May 6, 2008.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the Planning Board with respect to any matter considered at
this meeting or hearing will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings
is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the ap-
peal is to be based. General Services media are used for the sole purpose of
back-up for the department.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florida Statute
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Betty Clement, no later than two (2) working days
prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x 218; if you are hearing or voice im-
paired, call TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY).
BY: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
Application No. 08-004-SS A
267972 ON 4/2,11/08


NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE BY
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, SHARON ROBERTSON, Clerk of the Cir-
cut Court aof keechobee County, Flodrida, will on the 23rd day of April, 2008, at
11:00 AM., at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 Northwest 3rd Street,
Jury Assembly Room, Second Floor, Okeechobee, Forida 34972, in the City of
Okeechobee, offer for sale and sell at public outcry to the highest and best bidder
for cash, the following described personal property situated in Okeechobee
County, Florida, to-wit:
1988 Oak Springs model Skyline Manufactured Home bearing VIN No's.
32620411BX & 32620411AX as well as FLA388414 & FLA388415 located at
Pine Ridge #2 located at 2942 Northeast 5th Trail, Okeechobee, Florida.
pursuant to the final decree of foreclosure entered in a case pending in said Court,
the style of which is:
WILLIAM GERNAT,
Plaintiff,
vs.
TAMARA CHAPMAN, DEWEY WORKMAN and MAXINE WORKMAN, his wife,
Defendants.
and the docket number of which is: 2007-CC-193
THE MOBILE HOME IS LOCATED UPON A RENTED LOT WITH NO RIGHT OF CON-
TINUED OCCUPANCY AND ABSENT WRITTEN CONSENT OF THE LANDLORD,
THE SUCCESSFUL PURCHASER MUST REMOVE THE UNIT WITHIN 15 DAYS
FOLLOWING ISSUANCE OF THE CERTIFICATE OF TITLE.
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY,
OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE AMENDED
COMPLAINT MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE.
WITNESS my hand and the official seal of said Court, this 24th day of March, 2008.
SHARON ROBERTSON.
Clerk of the Circuit Court of Okeechobee County, Florinda
By:/S/LindaF. Young
DEPUTY CLERK
266941 ON 4/4.11/08


Huff stays tough as Lady Brahmans prevail


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee managed only
two hits Wednesday night but
with Mary Huff on the mound,
two hits is .usually two more than
what's needed.
The senior right hander al-
lowed just three hits and one
run to Sebastian River (13-7) as
Okeechobee improved to (15-5)
on the year.
"The girls were a little mellow
today. We weren't necessarily on
the top of our game. A win is a
win, and they came out and did
what they needed to do. Each day
every player gets better and we get
ready for next week (districts),"
Coach Kim Hargraves said.
Naomi Stephens had two hits
and scored a run in the third that
proved to be the difference. Jor-
dan Marcum added an RBI dou-
ble in the second. Nellie Moore
had triple to score Sebastian's run
in the fourth.
"I wish we would have hit a
little bit better," Marcum noted,


"We just couldn't get the bats on
the ball enough."
Marcum noted the team had
the same problem as last week's
Kissimmee Classic. The team lost
two close games to state ranked
Lincoln Tallahassee and Barron
Collier.
"We just have to keep playing
hard and practicing hard," the se-
nior second baseman noted, "It
might be our last game soon and
I definitely want to fight as hard
as I can."
Coach Hargraves wasn't dis-
appointed with those two loses.
She noted her girls played against
some top competition and pre-
pared themselves for this years
post season run.
"If we play anything like we
played against Lincoln, we won't
have any problem winning a dis-
trict title. We played awesome for
nine innings and really lost on a
fluke, a little quail over shortstop,"
she noted.
Against Sebastian, Hargraves
said the team did very well on


defense, but couldn't get the bats
going. She noted they hit some
hard shots but most of the time
those shots were right at defend-
ers.
"The ball had no eyes for us
tonight," she noted.
Hargraves noted the team has
been working on situations like
pop flies in practice and the team
had a lot of those in the victory
over Sebastian River. She noted
the young Lady Sharks have a
bright future and are a pretty
tough team to beat.
Sebastian had their chances as
Ryan Neagle walked with one out
in the fifth. However Huff struck
out Chelsea Blisson and retired
Alice Pastor on a grounder. Nellie
Moore reached on an error in the
top of the seventh but Huff retired
the next three batters without dif-
ficulty.
Okeechobee got two runners
on base in the fifth but Stephens


\ Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Coach Kim Hargraves gives instructions to senior Elia Stiarez (left) during Wednesdays vic-


was thrown out trying to steal tory.
third.


Sports News in Brief


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Mary Huff follows through on a pitch during Wednesdays win Megan Clements goes for a ball at third during Wednesdays
over the Sharks. game.


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.


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.


Flotilla seeks members
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxil-
iary Flotilla 57 in Okeechobee
is seeking new members to be-
come involved in the Auxiliary's
programs. The Auxiliary is a vol-
unteer service organization com-
posed of men and women who
actively support recreational boat-
ing safety and other Coast Guard
missions.
The Auxiliary also provides
recreational boating safety sup-
port to sate and local authorities.
Members could be involved
in patrols, communications, ad-
ministration, seamanship, pilot-
ing/navigation, weather or search
and rescue.
For information, call 863-763-
0165.


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


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