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CEECHOBEE


Vol. 99 No. 105


Briefs
Seminar about
Africanized Honey
Bees Tuesday
Following the death of an
Okeechobee man last week
connected with a bee sting at-
tack, and the confirmation that
the bees were the aggressive
Africanized Honey Bees, the
Okeechobee County Extension
Office has set up a free seminar,
open to the public. A seminar
about bee safety will be held on
Tuesday, April 15.
There will be three sessions.
The first session will be from
10 a.m. until noon for first re-
sponders, firefighters, EMTs,
law enforcement officers, 9-1-1
supervisors and those who
head up agricultural opera-
tions.
The second session will be
from 2 until 4 p.m. for outdoor
workers such as parks work-
ers, utility workers, road crews,
school maintenance workers
and agricultural workers.
The third session will be
held for the general public from
5 until 6:30 p.m.
The seminars are free, but
organizers ask those who plan
to attend to call in advance
so they will know how many
people to plan for. The sessions
are planned for the Extension
Office on U.S. Highway 98.
However, if a large number of
people attend, the program will
be moved to the Okeechobee
Civic Center. For more informa-
tion, or to sign up for the semi-
nar, call 863-764-6469.

Water restrictions
still in effect
Due to the continued wa-
ter shortage, those in the Lake
Okeechobee .Service Area,
which includes all customers
of the Okeechobee Utility Au-
thority, are limited to a one-day-
per-week landscape irrigation
schedule with two "watering
windows." Odd street address-
es may irrigate lawns and land-
scapes on Mondays between 4
a.m. and 8 a.m. or 4 p.m. and
8 p.m.
No restrictions apply to
other outside water uses, such
as for car and boat washing,
pressure cleaning of paved sur-
faces, decorative fountains and
water-based recreation (e.g.
swimming pools, water slides).

Drought Index


Current: 169
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None


Lake Levels

10.51 feet
Last Year: 10.09 feet

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

Index
Classifieds............. 5,6
Com ics ...................................... 7
Community Events..................... 4
Crossword............................... 7
Obituaries.................................. 3
O pinion ...................................... 4
Speak Out......... .............. 4
Sports ...... .......... 8
TV .............................................. 4
W eather................................2.....
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In the swim: students at the pool


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Students from South Elementary School (left to right) Kamakshi Dhillion, Laramee Mar-
tin, Sarah McNitt, Erin Rodriguez (back row-left to right) Hannah McLaughlin and Lau-
ren Bostwick are enjoying the pool this month during their specials class. Each class
gets to go for one week.


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Students learn swimming skills through their physical education class at South El-
ementary School with teachers Ms. Shelby Schutt and Mr. Marshall Schlabach.


New facilities at crystal mine


By D. Hamilton
INI/Florida
Many longtime Okeecho-
bee residents have heard of the
Rucks Pit. Some know it better
as the Ft. Drum Crystal Mine.
Others have visited the shell
rock pit for construction mate-
rials or may have even enjoyed
a day of adventure digging for
calcite crystals and fossils.
Past visits may have given
an idea of what can be found
at the mine but, have you seen
it lately?
Nestled back off the beaten
path of Hwy. 441 (on Old Cem-
etery Road) in quiet Ft. Drum,
the Rucks family-owned and


operated Crystal Mine has been
undergoing a major transfor-
mation.
Beyond the geological trea-
sures found there including
calcite crystals, fossilized clam
bed formations, sharks teeth
and coral, there are plans for
a campground with 49 full-ser-
vice campsites including.water
and electric and 30 primitive
campsites for the near future.
There are also new bathrooms
built with showers installed
awaiting proper permitting be-
fore the service can be hooked
up as well as picnic pavilions for
family outings and barbeques.
Fiftyyears of excavating shell
rock at the mine has produced


a 110-acre spring-fed, pristine
lake. The lake, which has yet
to be named, is stocked for the
sport "catch and release" fisher-
man with bass, speck, blue gill,
small mouth bass and catfish.
The 300-acre property also
has 20 acres of well-maintained
wetlands conservation ease-
ments, making a great place for
butterfly and birdwatching with
many local species of birds in-
cluding the Rosetta Spoonbill,
Sandhill Cranes, a number of
majestic nesting Eagles, Os-
prey, Blue Heron, woodpeckers
and more.
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In an effort to encourage
resident waterfowl popula-
tions, the South Florida Water
Management District (SFWMD)
in conjunction with the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission recently installed
two wood duck nesting boxes
at the Taylor Creek Stormwater
Treatment Area (STA).
The boxes were donated
by Dale Barrett, a local crafts-
man and bird enthusiast, who
would like to see local areas
repopulated with native ducks
and waterfowl. The boxes were
installed in an area that is inac-
cessible from the levee to sepa-
rate and protect nesting ducks
from human visitors.
The Taylor Creek Stormwa-
ter Treatment Area (STA) is a
170-acre constructed wetland
that provides water quality
benefits to Lake Okeechobee
by retaining stormwater runoff


and reducing excess phospho-
rus before it enters the lake.
Completed in 2006, it was
opened for public recreation in
a partnership with Okeechobee
County earlier this year.
The constructed wetland
provides an additional bonus
to the region, serving as prime
home and visiting territory
to wildlife, including wading
birds, ducks and American al-
ligators.
With continued operation,
the Taylor Creek STA will also
provide critical design and op-
erational information as larger
reservoirs and stormwater treat-
ment areas are planned for res-
toration of the Lake Okeecho-
bee watershed. This STA has
been identified as a Critical
Restoration Project under the
Water Resources Development
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fossilized clam shells? This multi-faceted, sapphire-like,
crystal was found at the Ft. Drum Crystal Mine. Visitors to
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Okeechobee News, Monday, April 14, 2008



City council to consider ordinances "


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee City Council
is scheduled to take final action
on three proposed ordinances
and hold the first reading on an-
other ordinance as well as receiv-
ing the quarterly update from
Main Street, award bids and make
appointments to various boards.
Final action is scheduled on
two ordinances dealing with a
N.E. 12th Street lot. The first or-
dinance changes the future land
use map from single family to
commercial for the property in
question and the second ordi-


Ducks
Continued From Page 1
Act and is also a component of
the Comprehensive Everglades
Restoration Plan.
Florida has invested close to
$2 billion toward the Compre-
hensive Everglades Restoration
Plan. The state's 2007-08 bud-


If You Go
Where: Council chamber,
Okeechobee City Hall, 55 S.E.
Third Avenue
When: 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 15
nance would rezone two lots
from holding to heavy commer-
cial. These changes wold allow
the owner, Husain Muzaffar to
build a medical office building on
the property.
The council is also scheduled
to take final action on an ordi-
nance changing the application
resubmittal period from one year


get includes $200 million for the
restoration and protection of the
River of Grass, allocating $100
million for Everglades restoration,
$54 million for the restoration of
Lake Okeechobee, as well as $40
million to protect the health of
the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie
estuaries. Constructed wetlands,
or STAs, are an important part of
this effort. To learn more about
restoration progress, visit www.


to 60 days after denial.
Under the heading of new
business, the council will hold the
first public hearing and set a final
public hearing date for an ordi-
nance closing a portion of N.E.
Second Street just west of Taylor
Creek.
Maureen Burroughs is sched-
uled to present the quarterly up-
date from Main Street. The city
will also be considering bids for
the Commerce Park Lake exca-
vation project and purchase of a
four-wheel drive tractor for- pub-
lic works. The council will also
make appointments to the code
enforcement board and the plan-


evergladesnow.org.
The South Florida Water Man-
agement District works closely
with other agencies such as the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission and the
U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service to
ensure the protection of water re-
sources for the environment and
its inhabitants.
If you would like to learn more
about wood ducks in Florida or


ning board/board of adjustments
and appeals.
The mayor is expected to pro-
claim May 18-24 to be National
Public Works Week in the City of
Okeechobee and present Mack
Whorley, Jr. with a certificate of
appreciation for serving on the
code enforcement board.
Post your opinions in the
Public Issues Forum at www.
newszap.com. Reporter Pete
Gawda can be reached at pgaw-
da@newszap.com.


how to build a nest box for your
home, visit the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion website at: http://myfwc.
com/duck/Wood_Ducks/wood_
duck.htm.
For more information about
this project or other District
works, please call the SFWMD
Okeechobee Service Center at
863-462-5260 or 800-250-4200.


Crystals
Continued From Page 1
Mine has the largest potential for
recreation in Florida," said Ed-
win "Eddie" Rucks. "It is a short,
25 minute ride from downtown
Okeechobee and just 14 miles
from the Florida Turnpike exiting
at Yeehaw Junction," he said.
It is the only resort activity cen-
ter zoned as such in the county
according to the Okeechobee
County Planning and Develop-
ment/Zoning Department.
"We've spent approximately
$800,000 so far on the project
with another $2 million in proj-
ects in the works including trails,
pavilions, gift store and museum
later on," stated Mr. Rucks.
Glenna Rucks, retired North
Elementary School first grade
teacher has been instrumental in
bringing students out to the mine,
giving them the shortened version
of the prehistoric story of the shell
pit and "what once was" 3 million
years ago.
The Ft. Drum Crystal Mine
hosts local school children from
all over the county. The third,
fourth and fifth grade students
come by bus to the collecting site
and are given buckets and some
hand tools for their excavating ad-
venture. From there, they launch
into the mounds piled high with
fossilized clam formations and
crystals to dig for treasures. Stu-
dents come free of charge and
get to keep the treasures found
there.
Elementary school children are
not the only young people to ben-
efit from the geological findings at
the mine. Graduate students from
Florida Atlantic University (FAU)
come to the mine with Professor
Ed Petuch to complete their thesis
work.
Professor Petuch has written
field guides on the findings from
the mine, identifying many differ-
ent types of fossil shells and clam
formations, some only found in
this area.
Visitors and gem enthusiasts
from all over the world come to


D. Hamilton/INI
The Ft. Drum Crystal Mine will soon have lots more in store for Okeechobee residents and
visitors. The expansive recreational activity center property will soon be home to camp-
grounds, pavilions and other amenities including new bathroom and shower facilities such
as this one under construction.


the mine to dig for the precious
crystals found embedded in the
formations. The crystals are yel-
lowish in color but resemble sap-
phires for their beautiful facets.
"The first faceted crystal found
in Okeechobee is documented
at 2 carats," stated Eddie Rucks.
It is donated to the Okeechobee
County Library along with a full
color version of the newest field
guide by Scott Augustis," he said.
Inside the guide, there are de-
scriptions of the shells, fossils and
crystals found there. It also notes
the 32 "collection sites" where
these formations can be found
throughout the State of Florida
with the Ft. Drum Crystal Mine
noted as number one on the list.
Okeechobee residents can
take advantage of this vast natu-
ral resource for a relaxing, recre-
ational day trip experience for the
whole family right in your own
back yard.
The mine is open to the pub-
lic daily from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
For more information about entry
prices, please call 863-634-0691.


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Ft. Drum Crystal Mine owner-operator, Eddie Rucks holds
one of the larger crystal formations found at the mine. He
said that this formation in particular could have been in the
area of 17 inches in diameter in its original size.


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Okeechobee News, Monday, April 14, 2008


Apartment complex opens for agriculture workers


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Agricultural workers play an
important part in Okeechobee's
economy. An apartment com-
plex has just opened that is espe-
cially designed for that segment
of our population.
The Oaks at Shannon's Cross-
ing held a grand opening and
ribbon cutting on Thursday,
April 10. The 100 apartment unit
was developed through the part-
nership of Rural Neighborhoods
and Beneficial Communities as-
sisted by a United States Depart-
ment of Agriculture Rural Devel-


opment loan.
Rural Neighborhoods was
established in 1982 and is a na-
tional award-winning charitable
group providing housing for low
income families. Their objective
is not to just build houses but
to develop strong communities
of good neighbors possessing
pride of home ownership. Ben-
eficial Communities, established
in 2001, invests in and develops
affordable housing. The com-
pany's principals have been
responsible for more than one
billion dollars of multi-family
development in 20 states. Ben-


eficial believes the three main in-
gredients for success are people,
purpose and product.
The complex consists of 12
one-bedroom units, 54 two-
bedroom units and 34 three-
bedroom units and also contains
a computer lab and library.
The Oaks already has 25 ten-
ants. Steven Kirk, president of
Rural Communities, said they.
were employees of the Pierce
ranch, Evans Properties and
sod companies among others.
"We're really proud of the prod-
uct we bring to Okeechobee,
said Mr. Kirk.
"I think this facility is going


to be a great asset to the City of
Okeechobee and the county,"
said Ron Whitfield, state director
for USDA Rural Development.
"It's been a long time com-
ing," said Okeechobee County
Commission Chairman Clif Bet-
ts. "To see this type project come
into reality is a good thing."
Mr. Kirk said that the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice had been very helpful patrol-
ling the area during construction
and helping them select tenants
without criminal backgrounds.
To express his appreciation he
presented a chebk for $1,000 to
Major Noel Stephens.


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OKeechobee News/Pete Gawda OKeechobee News/Pete GP
The Oaks at Shannon's Crossing 833 U.S. 441 S.E., held a The Oaks at Shannon's Crossing a 100 unit apartment c
grand opening ceremony on April 10. The affordable apart- plex for farm laborers and their families had a grand opei
ment complex was a joint effort of Rural Neighborhoods and on Thursday, April 10. The complex consists of 12 one-
Beneficial Communities assisted by a Unite States Depart- room, 54 two-bedroom and 34 three-bedroom units.
ment of Agriculture Rural Development loan. room, 54 two-bedroom and 34 three-bedroom units.


OKeechobee News/Pete Gawda Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
This is the kitchen area of one of the apartments at the Oaks The opening ceremony held for The Oaks at Shannon's
at Shannon's Crossing. The 100 unit complex, located on Crossing was held April 10. With County Commissioners and
U.S. 441 S.E. has one, two and three bedroom apartments State Representatives in attendance, the ceremony was a
primarily for farm laborers and their families. celebrated success. There were also guest speakers to en-
force the importance of affordable housing.


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawaa
April 10 was the date of the long awaited ribbon cutting for The Oaks at Shannon's Crossing,
'an affordable apartment complex at 833 U. S. 441 S.E. Taking part in the ribbon cutting were,
:left to right, Okeechobee County Commissioner Noel Chandler, Steve Marion representing
,U.S. Senator Mel Martinez, Don Paxton of Beneficial Communities, Michelle McGovern rep-
resenting U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, Steven Kirk, president of Rural Neighborhoods, commis-
sioner Clif Betts, commissioner Elvie Posey, commissioner Ray Domer, and commissioner
,Marvin Wherrell.

Obituaries


:Eric Lavaine Littleton
i Eric Lavaine Littleton, 26 of
,Okeechobee, died at Raulerson
'Hospital on April 7, 2008.
He was born in and educated
in the public schools of Okeecho-
*bee, graduating from Okeecho-
bee High School. Eric was a
member of Bethel Baptist Church
'in Okeechobee and attended the
,Hope Ministries Center as well.
, He was preceded in death by
'his maternal grandmother, Avern-


'B'l


el Hall and his
paternal grand-
father, James
Littleton. Sur-
vivors include:
his mother, An-
nette Littleton
of Okeechobee;
Eric Lavaine father, Herbert
Littleton Littleton, Sr., of
Broxton Ga; a
sister, Rhonda Hall of Okeecho-
bee; brother, Herbert Littleton, Jr.
of Okeechobee; paternal grand-


mother, Delma Littleton of Brox-
ton.
Visitation will be held on Mon-
day, April 14th at Hope Ministries
Center in Okeechobee from noon
until 1 p.m. "A Service of Memo-
ry" will be observed at the above
named church at 1 p.m. Crema-
tion will follow.
Arrangements entrusted to the
care of Thorne's Mortuary, Inc. of
Stuart.
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After the speeches and ribbon
cutting, lunch was provided for
the participants and three units
were open for display.
"This housing development
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can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
DRIVER'S LICENSE OFFICE: There really is not a lot of time to
try and stop this. The state obviously is going ahead with the closing.
We need to hit our local commissioners up with this, now. They need
to find some building that the drivers license office can move to.
EXPIRING ACCOUNTS: I was looking at the website for the Flori-
da Prepaid college plans and there is a section there titled "Unclaimed
Refunds" and "Expiring Accounts." If you had the opportunity to pay
into this plan but never used it, please go there and check out these
two sections. 1 saw several names of Okeechobee people on the Ex-
piring Accounts and would hate to see them lose this money, even if
its only a small amount. You have until Dec. 2008 to either extend it,
transfer it or request a refund. After that, all funds will be forfeited. You
can find it at http://www.florida529plans.com.
OLYMPICS: Protesting the opening ceremonies is pointless. What
would it accomplish? Now if the American athletes decided not to
compete at all that would be protest. And let me clarify one thing,
our country glorifies crimes against humanity. Don't let yourself fall
into the thought that our country'is the "good guy." They kill people
professionally, they do it every day. How many children did we kill
in WWII? How many lives did we take in Vietnam? How many sol-
diers are dying for some false belief? You see we are the bad guys. We
shouldn't be allowed to enter the Olympic Games.
DRIVER'S LICENSE OFFICE: I believe that retaining the lo-
cal Florida DMV Driver's License Office in Okeechobee is important
enough to warrant having the Board of Commissioners donate of-
fice space, if necessary to do so. The people of Okeechobee County
should not be treated like second-class citizens by being denied the
same convenient access to State services offered to others.
COUNTY COMMISSIONERS: If the Okeechobee County Com-
missioners care anything about the voters, they will pull out all the
stops and make keeping the driver's license office in Okeechobee a
priority. Losing this service would create a major hardship for folks in
Okeechobee. If they just let this go without doing everything possible
to keep it, we need to get rid of this bunch and start over. The same
thing happened to the folks in LaBelle and they managed to keep the
Driver's License Office by moving it to a county building and making
the Driver's License workers county employees. If Hendry County can
do that, surely Okeechobee County could too.
BEES: Wow this is really something about the killer bees in
Okeechobee County. I just hope people don't go around panicking
and killing honey bees. A third of our food crops rely on pollination by
honey bees. Without the bees, we will be short on food pretty quickly.
If you see a bee hive, leave it alone and get help. A licensed bee han-
dler can remove the hive safely without killing the bees. According to
the paper, the only way to tell if they are the Africanized bees is to do
a DNA test, but if it turns out they are the killer kind, they will destroy
the bees.
QUICK RESPONSE: I want to compliment the Extension Office
for their quick action in putting on an educational program about how
to deal with Africanized bees. The word about finding these bees in
Okeechobee -- and the first death from Africanized bees in Florida --
just came out on Friday, and they already have a free seminar planned
for Tuesday. That is really a good service to the public. Anyone with
questions can go and learn more and know what to do if they come
across a bee hive.
STATE ROAD 70: All these strange accidents on the one stretch
of road makes you think. Maybe instead of the Bermuda Triangle, we
have the Okeechobee Quadrangle.
LAWSUIT: It seems the school board delayed and delayed the law-
suit by the Gay Straight Alliance until the girl who filed it graduated,
and now the judge says there is no point in continuing the lawsuit.
TEEN CENTER: In order to open or operate any type of adoles-
cent/teenage program or center it is going to take money. Depending
on parents or volunteers to run a program or activity will not work.
The skate park is a perfect example! Teenage volunteers are a great
idea and perfect source of labor but they will require managing by
an adult. A Boys and Girls Club would be a wonderful benefit to the
community. However, they are going to require a commitment from
local leaders and a promise of local dollars to open a club. This will
not be inexpensive requiring a building and paid staff, more than like-
ly. Hopefully, the individual(s) attempting to bring a Boys and Girls
Club here will succeed. There are issues to deal with when teenagers
gather. Troublemakers start trouble, bullies bully the perceived weak,
irresponsible parents drop off kids and sometimes don't return to re-
trieve them in a timely manner. There is not a parent volunteer alive
who does not have a tale to tell about having to either drive kids home
or wait an extended time until the parent eventually arrives. It is sad
as the kid feels guilty and is the one apologizing for their parent's ac-
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Community Events

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 wil 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.

See the Stars at IRCC
The Constellations, Friday, April 18, at 7 and 8 p.m. and Saturday,
April 19, at 2 and 3 p.m. at the Hallstrom Planetarium, IRCC Main
Campus 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce. The constellations are very
old, and the stories told about them date back 5,000 years and more.
Come and learn more about the stars. Tickets are $3. Call the IRCC
Box Office at 1-800-220-9915.
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.


Community Calendar

Monday, April 14
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting. i
VFW #10539 Ladies Auxiliary lunch and bingo will start at noon'
at the Post, 3912 U.S. 441 S.E. Auxiliary members arid their guests are,
invited. Please R.S.VP. to 863-763-2308.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Okeecho-
bee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys.
singing is invited. For information or to schedule an appearance for
your organization or group, contact Marge Skinner at 863-532-0449.
The Genealogical Society of Okeechobee will meet at 1:30
p.m. at the Okeechobee County Public Library, 206 S.W 16th St. The
meeting is open to anyone interested in tracing his or her ancestry. The
annual membership is $10 per person, and $12 for a family. For infor-
mation, call Eve at 863-467-2674; or, visit their web site at http://www.
rootsweb.com!i/ flgso.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at the
Just for Today club, 101 Fifth Ave. For information, call 863-634-4780.
O.C.R.A. meets at Peace Lutheran Church, 750 N.W. 23rd Lane at
7 p.m.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road,
Okeechobee on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Karen Graves,
Chapter leader would like to extend a warm welcome to any interested
persons to come by and see what they are about. For information call
863-763-6952.
A.A. meetings Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road,
holds open meetings for Alcoholics Anonymous on Monday nights
from 7 to 8 p.m. for substance abuse. They also have Al-Anon meet-
ings on Monday nights from 7 until 8 p.m. to help family and friends of
alcoholics. For information call Chris at 863-467-5714.
Tuesday, April 15
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open
to the public. For information, contact Chad Rucks at 863-763-8999.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W
Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone
interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend.
There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Secu-
rity Death Index and military information available. For information,
call Robert Massey at 863-763-6510.
The Camera Club meets every other Tuesday from 5:30 until 6:30
p.m. Learn types and uses of film; speeds and technology; and, how
to see your world and capture it on film. Class is basic through exten-
sive. Registration is $20, and each class is $10. Call Bobbi at 863-467-
2614 for information. Some of the proceeds will go towards Big Lake
Mission's Outreach.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information,
June Scheer at 863-634-8276
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is in-
vited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For informa-
tion, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at 863-763-4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m.
in the Fellowship Hall, 1735 S.W 24th Ave. This is a men's only meet-
ing. For information, call Earl at 863-763-0139.


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dep., 863-824-0981
LOG CABIN New Const on
Rim Canal w/Pool & Dock,
2BR-1BA, Full Furn incl/
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mo. & dep. Call 305-458-8659
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garage. C/Air. 1st, last &
sec. 863-467-2541 or after
5 pm 863-634-9330
OPTION TO BUY 3 br/2 ba,
1500 sq ft on 20 acres, 15
min N. of town. $1500/mo +
1st, last & sec.(863)447-0352
Rent or Rent w/Option to Buy
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Okeechobee News, Monday, April 14, 2008


Pbim NomiceE


PublIco i


PROJECT NO. 3507
NORTH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
CHILLER REPLACEMENT ICE STORAGE
LTAIORSC$LE10101
Sealed lid wil lie received by the Operations Office ol THE SCHOOL BOARD F01
OKEECOBEE COUNTY. FLORIDA, 938 NW 3.Itli SIreet, Okeechtobee, Floinda
34972 up to 10:00 a.m. May 1, 2008 lor all materials and labor necessary for
b CAUTION: BID PACKAGES SENT BY OVERNIGHT CARRIER
QUITE OFTEN DO NO ARRIVE ON TIME!
Chiller ReplacneniriIce Storage
North ElementairySchool
3000 NW 10th Terrace
Okeechobee, Florida 34972
Plans and specifications are on file in the office of:
Dale Barrett,. Oirecltor ol Operatiaons
938 NW 34th Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972
863-462-5083, e-.203
and
BMK Architects, Inc.
323 Central Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236
941-365-6056
Copies of said plans and specifications may be obtained at the office of said Archi-
tect or the office of Dale Barrett, upon the deposit of $50.00 for one set of plans
and specifications; said deposit will be returned to the contractor upon return of
said plans and specifications in good condition, and upon receipt of a bona fide
bid.
Each bid shall be accompanied by the following:
List of Sub-Bidders with whom the contractor will sub-contract work in
connection with this project,
*Bid Bond in the amount of 5% of the maximum bid, payable to the School
Board of Okeechobee County, as evidence of good faith and guaranteeing that
the successful bidder will execute and furnish to the School Board of
Okeechobee County a good and sufficient performance bond as required by
Ronda Statute Section 1013.47 in the penal sum of 100% of the escalated
amount of the contact guaranteeing the performance of said contract,
Failure to provide any of the documents outlined above
will be grounds for rejection of the bid.
All bids shall be placed in an envelope, sealed, and addressed to the School Board
of Okeechobee County, and the name of the project should be placed on the out-
side of the envelope and words indicating that the envelope contains a bid for said
project.
MANDATORY PRE-BID CONFERENCE: Thursday, April 24, 2008, 10:00 a.m., pre-
vailing time at the office of Dale Barrett, Director of Operations, 938 NW 34th
Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972. The following documents shall accompany the
Owner/Contractor Agreement:
Payment Bond as required by Section 1013.45 and 255.05, Florida Statutes,
guaranteeing the payment ol all debts pertaining thereto. Each bond shall be is-
sued by a surety company licensed and authorized to do business in the State of
Rodda having a general bond holder's rating of A+ excellent and a financial
rating of BBB+ or better in Florida satisfactory to the Owner, within ten (10) days
after being awarded the contract, the premiums of said bonds to be paid by the
Contractor. Said bonds to be recorded in accordance with the School Board in-
structions.
Public Entity Crimes sworn statement under Section 287.133(3)(a),
Roida Statutes.
Drug Free Workplace Certification.
Trench Safety Affidavit, if applicable.
Signature Acknowledgement of the Jessica Lumsford Act, Section 1012.465,
Roida Statutes.
The Contractor will be required to have the project substantially completed by Au-
gust 1, 2008 and have the punch list items and site cleanup, totally completed
within 30 days thereafter. Failure to do so will result in liquidated damages in the
amount of $500.00 per day for each day the date of actual substantial completion
exceeds the scheduled date of substantial completion exceeds the scheduled date
of substantial completion; and a further sum of $100.00 per calendar day in liqui-
dated damages for each day the date of actual final completion exceeds the
scheduled date of final completion.
The successful bidder, if any, will be notified within 15 days after the bid is accept-
ed.
The School Board of Okeechobee County reserves the right to reject any and all bids
and to waive any informalities. All proposals shall remain in force for 30 days af-
ter the date of opening.
THE SCHOOL BOARD OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
By: Patrcia Cooper, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools
266977 ON 3/31:4/7,14,21/08
PROJECT NO. 3838
YEARLING MIDDLE SCHOOL
BUS CIRCLE/PARKING AREA REPAVING
INVITATION FOR SEALED BIDS
Sealed bids will be received by the Operations Office of THE SCHOOL BOARD OF
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, 938 NW 34th Street, Okeechobee, Florida
34972 up to 1:30 p.m. May 1, 2008 for all materials and labor necessary for be-
fore:
CAUTION: BID PACKAGES SENT BY OVERNIGHT CARRIER
QUITE OFTEN DO NO ARRIVE ON TIME!
Bus Circle/Parking Area Repaving
Yearling Middle School
925 NW 23rd Lane
Okeechobee, Florida 34972
Plans and specifications are on file in the office of:
Dale Barrett. Director of Operations
938 NW 34th Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972
863-462-5083, e-.203
and
BMK Architects, Inc.
323 Central Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236
941-365-6056
Copies of said plans and specifications may be obtained at the office of said Archi-
tect or the office of Dale Barrett, upon the deposit of $50.00 for one set of plans
and specifications; said deposit will be returned to the contractor upon return of
said plans and specifications in good condition, and upon receipt of a bona fide
bid.
Each bid shall be accompanied by the following:
List of Sub-Bidders with whom the contractor will sub-contract work in
connection with this project
Bid Bond in the amount 5% of the maximum bid, payable to the School
Board of Okeechobee County, as evidence of good faith and guaranteeing that
Sthe successful bidder will execute and furnish to the School Board of
Okeechobee County a good and sufficient performance bond as required by
Ronida Statute Section 1013.47 in the penal sum of 100% of the escalated
amount of the contact guaranteeing the performance of said contract.
Failure to provide any of the documents outlined above
will be grounds for rejection of the bid.
All bids shall be placed in an envelope, sealed, and addressed to the School Board
of Okeechobee County, and the name of the project should be placed on the out-
side of the envelope and words indicating that the envelope contains a bid for said
project.
MANDATORY PRE-BID CONFERENCE: Thursday, April 24, 2008, 1:30 p.m., prevail-
ing time at the office af Dale Barrett, Director of Operations, 938 NW 34th Street,
Okeechobee, FL 34972. Thie following documents shall accompany the Own-
er/Contractor Agreement:
Payment Bond as required by Section 1013.45 and 255.05, Florida Statutes.
guaranteeing the payment of all debts pertaining thereto. Each bond shall be is-
sued by a surety company licensed and authorized to do business in the State of
Florida having a general bond holder's rating of A+ excellent and a financial
rating of 8BB+ or better in Florida satisfactory to the Owner, within ten (10) days
after being awarded the contract, the premiums of said bonds to be paid by the
Contractor. Said bonds to be recorded in accordance with the School Board in-
structions.
Public Entity Crimes swom statement under Section 287.133(3)(a),
Florida Statutes.
Drug Free Workplace Certification.
Trench Safety Affidavit, if applicable.
Signature Acknowledgement of the Jessica Lumsford Act, Section 1012.465,
Florida Statutes.
The Contractor will be required to have the project substantially completed by Au-
gust 1, 2008 and have the punch list items and site cleanup, totally completed
within 30 days thereafter Failure to do so will result in liquidated damages in the
amount of $500.00 per day for each day the date of actual substantial completion
exceeds the scheduled date of substantial completion exceeds the scheduled date
of subsantial completion; and a further sum of $100.00 per calendar day in liqui-
dated damages for each day the date of actual final completion exceeds the
scheduled date of final completion.
The successful bidder, if any, will be notified within 15 days after the bid is accept-
ed.
The School Board of Okeechobee County reserves the right to reject any and all bids
and to waive any informalities. All proposals shall remain in force for 30 days al-
ter the date of opening.
THE SCHOOL BOARD OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA
By: Patricia G. Cooper, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools
269414 ON 4/14,21/08
I
PROJECT NO. 3849
OKEECHOBEE HIGH SCHOOL
COOLING TOWER REPLACEMENT
INVITATION FOR SEALED BIDS
Sealed bids will be received by the Operations Office of THE SCHOOL BOARD OF
'OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, 938 NW 34th Street, Okeechobee, Florida
34972 up to 10:00 a.m. April 30, 2008 for all materials and labor necessary for
before:
CAUTION: BID PACKAGES SENT BY OVERNIGHT CARRIER
QUITE OFTEN DO NO ARRIVE ON TIME!
Cooling Tower Replacement
Okeechobee High School
2800 Hwy., 441 N
Okeechobee, Florida 34972
Plans and specifications are on file in the office of:
Dale Barrett, Director of Operations
938 NW 34th Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972
863-462-5083, e-.203
and
Ingenuity Engineers, Inc.
4798 New Broad Street, Suite 300
Oando, FL 32814
407-398-6007
Copies of said plans and specifications may be obtained at the office of said Engi-
neer or the office of Dale Barrett, upon the deposit ol $50.00 for one set of plans
and specifications; said deposit will be returned to the contractor upon return of
said plans and specifications in good condition, and upon receipt of a bona fide
bid.
Each bid shall be accompanied by the following:
List of Sub-Bidders with whom the contractor will sub-contract work in
connection with this project.
Bid Bond in the amount of 5% of the maximum bid, payable to the School
Board of Okeechobee County, as evidence of good faith and guaranteeing that
the successful bidder will execute and furnish to the School Board of
Okeechobee County a good and sufficient performance bond as required by
Florida Statute Section 1013.47 in the penal sum of 100% of the escalated
amount of the contact guaranteeing the performance of said contract.
Failure to provide any of the documents outlined above
will be grounds for rejection of the bid.
All bids shall be placed in an envelope, sealed, and addressed to the School Board
of Okeechobee County, and the name of the project should be placed on the out-
side of the envelope and words indicating that the envelope contains a bid for said
project.
MANDATORY PRE-BID CONFERENCE: Wednesday, April 23, 2008, 2008, 10:00
a.m., prevailing bime at the office of Dale Barrett, Director of Operations, 938 NW
34th Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972. The following documents shall accompany
the Owner/Contractor Agreement:
Payment Bond as required by Section 1013.45 and 255.05, Florida Statutes,
guaranteeing the payment of all debts pertaining thereto. Each bond shall be is-
sued by a surely company licensed and authorized to do business in the State of
Florida having a general bond holder's rating of A+ excellent and a financial
rating of BBB+ or better in Florida satisfactory to the Owner, within ten (10) days
after being awarded the contract, the premiums of said bonds to be paid by the
Contractor Said bonds to be recorded in accordance with the School Board in-
structions.


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PROJECT NO 3834
YEARLING MIDDLE SCHOOL
GENERATOR WIRING
INS.TAIOUBGC StALEIiLOGI
Sealed bills will be received by lie Operations Oltice of THE SCHOOL BOARD OF
OKEECHODEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, 030 NW 34th Street, Okeechobee, Florida
3,1972 up to 11:00 a.m. April 30, 2008 lor all ialtials and labor necessary for
before:
CAUTION: BID PACKAGES SENT BY OVERNIGHT CARRIER
QUITE OFTEN DO NO ARRIVE ON TIME!
Generator Wiring
Yealing Middle School
925 NW 23rd Lane
Okeechobee, Florida 34972
Plans and specifications are on lile in the office of:
Dale Barren, Director of Operations
938 NW 341ih Street
Okeechobee, FL 3,14972
863-462-5083, e-.203
and
Ingenuity Engineers, Inc.
4798 New Broad Street, Suite 300
Orlando, FL 32814
407-398-6007
Copies of said plans and specifications may be obtained at the office of said Engi-
neer or the office of Dale Barrett, upon the deposit of $50.00 for one set of plans
and specifications; said deposit will be returned to the contractor upon return of
said plans and specifications in good condition, and upon receipt of a bona fide
bid.
Each bid shall be accompanied by the following:
List of Sub-Bidders with whom the contractor will sub-contract work in
connection with this project.
Bid Bond in the amount of 5% of the maximum bid, payable to the School
Board of Okeechobee County, as evidence of good faith and guaranteeing that
the successful bidder will execute and furnish to the School Board of
Okeechobee County a good and sufficient performance bond as required by
Florida Statute Section 1013.47 in the penal sum of 100% of the escalated
amount of the contact guaranteeing the performance of said contract.
Failure to provide any of the documents outlined above
will be grounds for rejection of the bid.
All bids shall be placed in an envelope, sealed, and addressed to the School Board
of Okeechobee County, and the name of the project should be placed on the out-
side of the envelope and words indicating that the envelope contains a bid for said
project.
MANDATORY PRE-BID CONFERENCE: Wednesday, April 23, 2008, 1:30 p.m., pre-
vailing time at the office of Dale Barrett, Director of Operations, 938 NW 34th
Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972. The following documents shall accompany the
Owner/Contractor Agreement:
Payment Bond as required by Section 1013,45 and 255.05, Florida Statutes,
guaranteeing tihe payment of all debts pertaining thereto, Each bond shall be Is-
sued by a surety company licensed and authorized to do business in the State ol
Florida having a general bond holder's rating of A+ excellent and a financial
rating of BBB+ or better in Florida satisfactory to the Owner, within ten (10 days
after being awarded the contract, the premiums of said bonds to be paid by the
Contractor, Said bonds to be recorded in accordance with the School Board in-
structions.
Public Entity Crimes sworn statement under Section 287.133(3)(a),
Florda Statutes.
Drug Free Workplace Certification,
Trench Safety Affidavit, if applicable.
Signature Acknowledgement of the Jessica Lumsford Act, Section 1012.465,
Florida Statutes,
The Contractor will be required to have the project substantially completed by Au-
gust 1, 2008 and have the punch list items and sito cleanup, totally completed
within 30 days thereafter. Failure to do so will result in liquidated damages in the
amount of $500.00 per day'for each day the date of actual substantial completion
exceeds the scheduled date of substantial completion exceeds the scheduled date
of substantial completion; and a further sum of $100.00 per calendar day in liqui-
dated damages for each day the date of actual final completion exceeds the
scheduled date of final completion,
The successful bidder, it any, will be notified within 15 days after the bid is accept-
ed.
The School Board of Okeechobee County reserves the eight to reject any and all bids
and to waive any informalities. All proposals shall remain in force for 30 days af-
ter the date of opening.
THE SCHOOL BOARD OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
By: Patricia G. Cooper, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools
266975 ON 3/31;4/7,14/080

PROJECT NO. 3736
CENTRAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
CLASSROOM ELECTRICAL UPGRADE
INVITATION FOR SEALED BIDS
Sealed bids will be received by the Operations Office of THE SCHOOL BOARD OF
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, 938 NW 34th Street, Okeechobee, Florida
34972 up to 1:00 p.m. April 30, 2008 for all materials and labor necessary for
before: I
CAUTION: BID PACKAGES SENT BY OVERNIGHT CARRIER
QUITE OFTEN DO NO ARRIVE ON TIME!
Classroom Electrical Upgrade
Central Elementary School
610 SW 5th Avenue
Okeechobee, Florida 34974
Plans and specifications are on file in the office of:
Dale Barrett, Director of Operations
938 NW 34th Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972
863-462-5083, e-.203
and
Ingenuity Engineers, Inc.
4798 New Broad Street, Suite 300
Odrando, FL 32814
407-398-6007
Copies of said plans and specifications may be obtained at the office of said Engi-
neer or the office of Dale Barrett, upon the deposit of $50.00 for one set of plans
and specifications; said deposit will be returned to the contractor upon return of
said plans and specifications in good condition, and upon receipt of a bona fide
bid.
Each bid shall be accompanied by the following:
List of Sub-Bidders with whom the contractor will sub-contract work in
connection with this projecLt.
*Bid Bond in the amount of 5% of the maximum bid, payable to the School
Board of Okeechobee Cuunty, as evidence of good laith and quiranteeing that
the successful bidder will execute and furnish to the School Board of
Okeechobee County a good and sufficient performance bond as required by
Florida Statute Section 1013.47 in the penal sum of 100% of the escalated
amount of the contact guaranteeing the performance of said contract.
Failure to provide any of the documents outlined above
will be grounds for rejection of the bid.
All bids shall be placed in an envelope, sealed, and addressed to the School Board
of Okeechobee County, and the name of the project should be placed on the out-
side of the envelope and words indicating that the envelope contains a bid for said
project.
MANDATORY PRE-BID CONFERENCE: Wednesday, Apsl 23, 2008, 3:00 p.m., pre-
vailing time at the office of Dale BarreN, Director of Operations, 938 NW 341h
Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972. The following documents shall accompany the
Owner/Contractor Agreement:
Payment Bond as required by Section 1013.45 and 255.05, Florida Statutes,
guaranteeing the payment of all debts pertaining thereto. Each bond shall be is-
sued by a surety company licensed and authorized to do business in the State of
Florida having a general bond holder's rating of A+ excellent and a financial
rating of BBB+ or better in Florida satisfactory to the Owner, within ten (10 days
after being awarded the contract, the premiums of said bonds to be paid by the
Contractor. Said bonds to be recorded in accordance with the School Board in-
structions.
Public Entity Crimes sworn statement under Section 287.133(3)(a), Fonda
Statutes.
Drug Free Workplace Certification.
Trench Safety Affidavi, if applicable.
Signature Acknowledgement of the Jessica Lumsford Act, Section 1012.465,
Florida Statutes.
The Contractor will be required to have the project substantially completed by Au-
gust 1, 2008 and have the punch list items and site cleanup, totally completed
within 30 days thereafter. Failure to do so will result in liquidated damages in the
amount of $500.00 per day for each day the date of actual substantial completion
exceeds the scheduled date of substantial completion exceeds the scheduled date
of substantial completion; and a further sum.of $100.00 per calendar day in liqui-
dated damages for each day the date of actual final completion exceeds the
scheduled date of final completion.
The successful bidder, if any, will be notified within 15 days after the bid is accept-
ed.
The School Board of Okeechobee County reserves the ht to reject to reject any and all bids
and to waive any informalities. All proposals shall remain in force for 30 days af-
ter the date of opening.
THE SCHOOL BOARD OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA
By: Patricia G. Cooper, Ed.D,, Superintendent of Schools
266845 ON 3/31 4/7,14/08



Automobiles ....

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Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035 .
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 405(0 .. .
Sport Utili 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070 r




FORD PICKUP, '51 /2 ton all
orig., runs great, 41k mi.,
V8, 12v alt., new tires,
$3400. (513)260-6410



FORD F350 LARIAT XLT '90,
Ext. cab, 2 tone beige/brown.
Cold A/C, Standard. $3000
(863)763-3451


Students have chance to go to college


What would it feel like
to have your college edu-
cation paid for when you
were 14 years old? Twenty
Okeechobee Freshman
Campus students could
tell you because they will
be receiving a President's
Challenge/Take .Stock in
Children scholarship upon
their graduation from high
school.
Take Stock in Children
is a statewide scholarship
program. The Indian River
Community College Foun-
dation manages the schol-
arship program locally. The
President's Challenge/Take
Stock. in Children program
benefits deserving youth
in Indian River, Martin,
Okeechobee and St. Lucie
Counties.
In Okeechobee County
ninth-grade applicants who
meet strict financial and
academic selection crite-
ria are considered for the
scholarships. Recipients
are selected by committees
comprised of educators,
civic leaders and business
sponsors. Individuals, orga-
nizations and private busi-
nesses donate the $5,000
funds for the scholarships,
which can be named af-
ter the donor. The Florida
Prepaid College Founda-
tion matches these funds
enabling ninth graders to
receive four years of college
tuition completely free.
The 20 Okeechobee
freshmen who will receive
the scholarships recently
gathered at school with
their parents, school of-
ficials and Take Stock in
Children representatives to


sign a contract making a
commitment to earn good
grades, attend school, stay
out of trouble, and remain
drug/crime free. wParents
pledge their involvement
and support. An important
component of the program
includes the assignment of


attend IRCC for two years,
followed by two years at a
public university in Florida.
In May these students
will attend at President's
Challenge/Take Stock in
Children awards ceremony
at IRCC in Ft. Pierce. At the
2007 awards ceremony. 80


partnership, which benefits
at risk youth and breaks the
cycle of poverty. These op-
portunities are only mad,
possible through the dor
nations of both .time and
money from generous indi"
viduals, organizations and


Submitted photo
Erin Cox Take Stock in Children, Shenorro Edwards scholarship recipi-
ent, Jenny Pung Waste Management, and Shenorro's mother- Novelyn Ed-
wards share an important moment at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus;
as student Shenorro Edwards holds the funds donated by Waste Manage-
ment which will be matched by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation and
guarantee Shenorro's four years of college tuition will be paid for. Waste
Management supports Take Stock in Children as a scholarship donor and as
a volunteer mentor provider.


a volunteer mentor from
the community to each
student to serve as a role
model and guide the youth
through their adolescence.
Students are held account-
able for maintaining these
standards by the program.
Upon graduation from high
school, students are guaran-
teed a tuition scholarship to


new President's Challenge/
Take Stock in Children
Scholarships were 'award-
ed. All were awarded to stu-
dents who would become
their family's first genera-
tion college graduates. This
more than doubled the pre-
vious year's scholarships.
Take Stock in Children is
a successful public private


nity. Mentors and donors
are always needed by the
program. Some students lo-
cally have not been matched
with a mentor. Mentoring is
very rewarding and doet
not take too much time;
and any amount of funding
can help make the oppor-
tunity of higher education
possible.


Today in History


Today is Monday, April
14, the 105th day of 2008.
There are 261 days left in
the year.
Today's Highlight in His-
tory:
On April 14, 1865, Presi-
dent Lincoln was shot and
mortally wounded by John
Wilkes Booth while at-
tending the comedy "Our
American Cousin" at Ford's
Theater in Washington.
(Lincoln died the following
morning.)
On this date:
In 1775, the first Ameri-
can society for the abolition
of slavery was formed in
Philadelphia.
In 1828, the first edition
of Noah Webster's "Ameri-
can Dictionary of the Eng-
lish Language" was pub-
lished.
In 1890, the First Interna-
tional Conference of Ameri-
can States met in Wash-
ington, where delegates
agreed to form the Interna-
tional Union of American
Republics, a forerunner of
the Organization of Ameri-
can States.
In 1902, James Cash Pen-
ney opened his first store,
called The Golden Rule, in
Kemmerer, Wyo.
In 1912, the British liner
RMS Titanic collided with


an iceberg in the North At-
lantic and began sinking.
In 1931, King Alfonso
XIII of Spain went into ex-
ile, and the Second Spanish
Republic was proclaimed.
In 1939, the John Stein-
beck novel "The Grapes of
Wrath" was first published.
In 1968, the.gay-themed
play "The Boys in the Band,"
by Matt Crowley, opened in
New York.
In 1981, the first test
flight of America's first op-
erational space shuttle,
the Columbia, ended suc-
cessfully with a landing at
Edwards Air Force Base in
California.
In 1986, Americans got
first word of a U.S. air raid
on Libya. (Because of the
time difference, it was the
early morning of April 15
when the attack occurred.)
Ten years ago: Despite
international pleas for leni-
ency, the state of Virginia
executed Angel Francisco
Breard, a Paraguayan con-
victed of murder. President
Clinton moderated a town
meeting on race with an all-
star panel of sports figures.
The Grand Forks (N.D.)
Herald won the 1998 Pulit-
zer Prize for public service;
author Philip Roth received
the Pulitzer fiction award,


his first, for "American Pas-
toral."
Five years ago: Saddam
Hussein's hometown of
Tikrit fell with unexpectedly
light resistance, the last Iraqi
city to succumb to over-
powering U.S.-led ground
and air forces. U.S. com-
mandos in Baghdad cap-
tured Abul Abbas, leader of
the Palestinian group that
killed an American on the
hijacked cruise liner Achille
Lauro in 1985. (Abbas died
in March 2004 while in
U.S. custody.) Four Islamic
militants were convicted
in a deadly bombing out-
side the U.S. Consulate in
Pakistan. Assailants armed
with an AK-47 assault rifle
and a handgun opened fire
at John McDonogh High
School in New Orleans, kill-
ing one youth and wound-
ing three others.
One year ago: Riot police
beat and detained protest-
ers as thousands defied an
official ban and attempted
to stage a rally in Moscow
against Russian President
Vladimir Putin's govern-
ment. A car bomb exploded
near one of Shiite Islam's
holiest shrines in Karbala,
Iraq, killing 47 people. Don
Ho, who'd entertained tour-
ists to Waikiki for decades,


died in Honolulu, Hawaii.
at age 76.
Today's Birthdays: Act
tor Bradford Dillman is 78.
Actor Jay Robinson is 78.
Country singer Loretta Lynn
is 73. Actress Julie Christie i4
68. Former baseball player
Pete Rose is 67. Rock mu-
sician Ritchie Blackmore is
63. Actor John Shea is 59.
Actor Brad Garrett is 48.
Actor Robert Carlyle is 47.
Rock singer-musician John
Bell (Widespread Panic)
is 46. Baseball player Greg
Maddux is 42. Rock musi-
cian Barrett Martin is 41:
Actor Anthony Michael Hall
is 40. Actor Adrien Brody is,
35. Classical singer David
Miller is 35. Rapper DaBrat
is 34. Actor Antwon Tanner
is 33. Actress Sarah Michelle
Gellar is 31. Actor-producer
Rob McElhenney is 31. Ac-
tress Vivien Cardone is 15.
Actress Abigail Breslin is
12.
Thought for Today: "It
the end brings me out all
right, what is said against
me won't amount to any-
thing. If the end brings me
out wrong, 10 angels swear-'
ing I was right would make
no difference." Abraham
Lincoln (1809-1865).


Public Entity Crimes sworn statement under Section 287.133(3)(a),
Florida Statutes.
Drug Free Workplace Certification.
Trench Safety Affidavit, if applicable.
Signature Acknowledgement of the Jessica Lumsford Act, Section 1012.465,
Florida Statutes.
The Contractor will be required to have the project substantially completed by Au-
gust 1, 2008 and have the punch list items and sitelo cleanup, totally completed
within 30 days thereafter. Failure to do so will result in liquidated damages in the
amount of $500,00 per day for each day the date of actual substantial completion
exceeds the scheduled date of substantial completion exceeds the scheduled date
of substantial completion; and a further sum of $100.00 per calendar day in liqui-
dated damages for each day the date of actual final completion exceeds the
scheduled date of final completion.
The successful bidder, if any, will be notified within 15 days after the bid is accept-
ed.
The School Board of Okeechobee County reserves the right to reject any and all bids
and to waive any informalities. All proposals shall remain in force for 30 days af-
ter the dale of opening.
THE SCHOOL BOARD OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
By: Patricia G. Cooper, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools
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station to support the Hospice Fun Shoot at Quail
Creek Plantation on Sat. April 5th. Seacoast Na-
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Seacoast President, Billy Dean, Teresa Chandler,
and John Macchia. Mr. Bob Phillips participated
in the Hospice Fun Shoot on Saturday, April 5 and
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: The following movies are now showing at
the Brahman Theatres III. Movie times for Fri-
nay, April 11, through Thursday, April 17, are
as follows:
: Theatre 1 "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
4t 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m., Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7
9nd 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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Stuart runners sweep LOST race


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
A slightly overcast sky and
warm temperatures greeted a
group of 60 runners Saturday as
they competed in the annual Run
for the Corn on Lake Okeecho-
bee.
Two Stuart runners, Scott Wid-
rig of Hobe Sound, and Lori Ste-
ger of Palm City won the seven
mile race in their respective di-
visions. Widrig was first overall
with a time of 45.04. Steger fin-
ished first in the ladies division
with a time of 51.07.
"It was avery nice day out here
on the Lake, beautiful weather,
gorgeous really," Widrig stated,
"It was a little warm but it's been
warmer in past years. It's really a
great course."
Widrig, 45, had been a very
competitive racer until about a
decade ago. He started a family
and raised children and running
took a back seat on his priority
list. Still he likes to run for recre-
ational purposes. In fact he was
running this race to prepare for
the Seven Mile Bridge run in the
Keys this coming week. He has
run competitively for about 20
years.
"I was out here 10-12 years
ago when it was still a straight
run all the way," he noted.
Widrig narrowly defeated Cary
Allen, 44, of Hobe Sound, who
finished with a time of 45.27. Al-
len won the male master cham-
pionship in the race.


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Scott Widrig of Hobe Sound crosses the finish line to win the Lori Steger of Palm City won
7 mile race on Lake Okeechobee Saturday, April 12. the woman's division with a
Steer, 26, had an easier time rience. time just over 51 minutes in
Steger, 26, had an easier time rience, the Run for the Corn, held
on the ladies side as she led the "I'm not sure how good my Saturday, April 12.
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race all the way andu inisieI well
in front of her closest female
competitor. She is a practicing
attorney in Stuart. She has run
for about 12 years as she started
as a member of the cross coun-
try team at Martin County High
School.
"It was a good feeling, a nice
run today," she noted.
This was the first time Ste-
ger has ever run on the Herbert
Hoover dike. More remarkably,
this is the first time she has run
a seven mile race. However she
does train on a regular basis, and
she noted she enjoyed this expe-


tlllme was, UL itL seemeU gooUUU LU
me," she added.
Steger runs every day to keep
in shape, and said she gets a lot
of enjoyment out of running.
"I like everything about run-
ning. It makes you feel good
about yourself, and keeps you in
shape. I enjoy it," she added.
Jose Martinez, 29, of Indian-
town, won the age group between
25-29 with a time of 1.02.12. Tim
Murr, 55, of Okeechobee, finished
in the top ten in the age group be-
tween 55-59. He finished with a
time of 1.10.46.
All of the runners are awarded


a bag of corn from Loxahatchee
farmer Wayne Boynton, who also
runs in the race in the over 60 age
group. He finished in just over an
hour. That is why they call the
race "The run for the corn."
Sailfish striders, a running
group on the Treasure Coast,
helps Martin County Parks and
Recreation put on the event each
year. It starts at the Port Mayaca
docks and makes its way three
and a half miles up on the Her-
bert Hoover dike where runners
turn around and return to the
starting line.


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