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Vol. 99 No. 101


6 Tuesday, April 015,2008 GPO1 B OX 117007
6 Tuesday, April 15,2008 GAINESVILLE FL 32611


Livestock Show
results in paper
The Okeechobee 4-H FFA
and 4-H Livestock Show and
Sale photos and results will be
in the Okeechobee News on
Wednesday, April 16.

Africanized Honey
Bees seminar
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-
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 peo-
ple 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. on
Highway 98.
For more information, call

Drought Index

Current: 180
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.50 feet
I- Last Year: 10.05 feet

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

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C om ics ...................................... 5
Community Events................... 4
Crossword ............................ ..... 5
O bituaries.................................. 6
O pinion...................................... 4
Speak Out .......................... ..... 4
Sports................... .............. 8
TV .............................................. 4
W eather ............................... ...... 2

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how to contact the newspaper.
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Two survive

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A small two-seater Cessna air-
plane carrying a flight instructor
and student crashed and flipped
over onto its top Monday after-
noon near the Okeechobee Cor-
rectional Institution (OCI).
The Cessna 152 had just
topped off its fuel tank at the
Okeechobee airport with 5 gal-
lons of fuel at 4 p.m. and was on
its way back to Kissimmee, said
Vernon Gray, the manager of the
local airport.
He said not long after fuel-
ing, the instructor Divya Man-
chanda, 24, from India, radioed
the Okeechobee airport around

4:05 p.m. She stated in her trans-
mission that she was at 2,000
feet and her engine had stalled.
Despite her efforts, the engine
would not restart.
Mr. Gray said she apparently
tried to bring the plane down
safely onto the road. But after just
barely clearing a wiwre fence,
the nose gear hit the ditch on
the south side of the paved road
leading to OCI. The force of the
nose gear digging into the ditch
coupled with a strong tail wind
caused the plane to slide 135 feet.
and flip over onto its top.
The nose gear broke off and
See Plane Page 3

Okeechobee News/Eric Kopp
Two people were injured but survived this plane crash Monday afternoon on the road to the
Okeechobee Correctional Institution. The Cessna 152 single-prop plane was piloted by an
instructor from a flight school in the Orlando area. The plane lost power and when Divya
Manchanda, the pilot, tried an emergency landing, the plane's nose gear dug into a ditch.

Horsin' around: Girl Scouts enjoy Ingathering at Mi-Cin Ranch

Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken
Mike-and Cindy Ricker, of Mi-Cin Ranch, were honored with the Friend of 4-H Award at the 4-H Annual Banquet.
Since the Rickers were out of town when the award was announced, the award was presented to them on Satur-
day, during the Girl Scout Ingathering at Mi-Cin Ranch. Paula Daniel, leader of the Bits and Spurs 4-H Horse Club,
presented the award to Mike and Cindy Ricker "for outstanding and dedicated service" to 4-H. In attendance in the
stands are Girl Scouts from Okeechobee and Indiantown, Bits and Spurs 4-H Club members and family members,
and County Commission Chairman Clif Betts.

4-H horse club helps teach Girl Scouts

By Katrina Elsken
Okeechobee News
Girl Scouts from Okeecho-
bee County and Indiantown
gathered at Mi-Cin Ranch on
Saturday to learn more about
horses and enjoy a beautiful
day of fun-filled activities.
I "It was a dream of our field
executive to do this," explained
Girl Scout Leader Laurie Pharr.
She said the Scouts contacted
MiCin Ranch owners Mike and
Cindy Ricker who volunteered
to host the day. The .Bits and
Spurs 4-H Horse Club, which
often meets and holds club
events at Mi-Cin Ranch, volun-
teered to help.
Along with Field Execu-
tive Natalie Gustafson, the Girl
Scout Ingathering Planning
Committee included Kay Ma-
this, Laura Murray, Carolyn

Canevin and Karen Van Beek.
The Girl Scout Ingathering
invited all of the Okeechobee
County Daisy, Brownie and Girl
Scout troops, as well as a troop
from Indiantown. Mrs. Pharr
estimated there were about
100 in attendance.
The Scouts started their day
with the Pledge of Allegiance
and the Girl Scout promise,
while 4-Hers on horseback
held the flags.
Bits and Spurs 4-H Club lead-
er Paula Daniel made a special
presentation to Mike and Cindy
Ricker. She explained that the
Friend of 4-H Award had been
announced at the annual 4-H
banquet, but the Rickers had
not been able to attend. The
award is given once a year in
recognition of outstanding sup-
port for the Okeechobee Coun-

ty 4-H program.
Mrs. Daniel said the Rickers
have been extremely support-
ive of the Bits and Spurs 4-H
Horse Club. Mi-Cin Ranch hosts
club meetings and events, and
donates the use of their arena
for mounted drill team prac-
"We have had -a drill team
for four years, and Mike and
Cindy have been our hosts,"
said Mrs. Daniel. She said in
the winter when the daylight
fades fast, the Rickers turn on
the arena lights so 4-Hers can
continue to practice.
"Without Mi-Cin Ranch, we
probably would not be able to
have a drill team," she said.
The Ingathering horse pro-
gram began with an exhibition
to music by the Bits and Spurs
See Scouts Page 2

Girls Scouts learned how to
groom a horse, while work-
ing on their "Horse Lover"
badge at an Ingathering at
Mi-Cin Ranch on Saturday.
Asheley Perez, 10, of In-
diantown, was among the
Scouts enjoying the inter-
action with horses.




Mi-Cin Ranch case
on docket for
special magistrate

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Will the Mi-Cin case be set-
tled today or will it be taken to a
higher court?
Special magistrate Lois Nich-
ols will hear today from code en-
forcement officials as to whether
Cynthia and Michael Ricker have
brought their Mi-cin Ranch on
Hilliard Road into compliance.
Last month Ms. Nichols decreed
that the Rickers could be fined
up to $250 a day if they have
not gotten a building permit for
their announcer's booth, had
their arena lights inspected, and
ceased from any commercial ac-
tivities such as charging admis-
sion for events and selling horse
feed to the general public.
The Mi-Cin case has gotten a
lot of attention with neighbors
testifying for and against the
Rickers at last month's lengthy
The special magistrate will
also entertain a request from
Christine E. Brown for a fine
reduction. Ms. Brown was cited
in Feb. of 2000 for inoperable/
abandoned vehicles and accu-
mulations of trash on her U.S.
441 S.E. property. That property
accrued a fine of $58,475. The
property owner is being repre-
sented by attorney Jeffrey Fadley.
According to paperwork filed by
See Code Page 2

Auction of jewelry, guns

benefits sheriff's office

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News .
The Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO) last
week got into the auction busi-
ness, with the proceeds to be
used to purchase firearms for
Approximately 100 firearms
and over 100 pieces of jewelry
were auctioned Wednesday,
April 9, to not only make room
in the department's evidence
room, but to buy the new fire-
arms for OCSO personnel.

Detective Sergeant Brad
Stark said the one-day auction
was held from 1 until 4 p.m.,
and was only open to licensed
gun dealers and retail/whole-
sale jewelry brokers.
"We have an over-crowding
problem with the evidence
room and we, need to get rid of
some items," he said. I
The guns, he added, are ei-
ther found items that have been
turned over to the department
or are from cases that are now
closed. This also holds true for
the jewelry, the detective said.

Last week's auction was
strictly for guns and jewelry.
Sgt. Stark said the county will
hold an auction in late spring
or early summer where they
will be selling other items, such
as computers, that have been
seized or have been left with
the sheriff's office.
The OCSO holds these auc-
tions about every five years.
Having seen the items, the
gun dealers and jewelry bro-
kers will now have a couple of
weeks to turn in their written
bids to the OCSO.

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Submitted photo
A variety of guns were among items auctioned by the Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's Office. Proceeds will be used to buy duty
weapons for officers.

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Mounted Drill Team.
Next, the Scouts sang some
Girl Scout songs and learned a
few "cowbov" songs while the
4-Hers cooled their horses and set
up the demonstration stations.

The Scouts divided into groups
for educational sessions on: the
parts of a horse; the parts of a sad-
dle and bridle; grooming a horse;
and, braiding a horse's mane
and tail. Bits and Spurs 4-H Club
members taught the sessions and
answered questions about their
After completing the morning
sessions, the Scouts gathered un-
der shade trees for a picnic lunch.
After lunch they were treated

to a Reining Horse demonstra-
tion, and enjoyed arts and crafts
and games. When dark clouds
loomed, the Scout leaders set up
their arts and crafts tables in the
roomy walkway of the Mi-Cin
Ranch barn.
The girls had a wonderful
day, said Mrs. Pharr. She said the
horse activity was perfect for the
Okeechobee Scouts -- after all,
they do belong to the Pegasus

Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken
4-Her Megan Mullin (with hand on horse) brought her mustang, Dixie, to Mi-Cin Ranch for
the Girl Scout Ingathering on Saturday. Megan taught the Scouts about the parts of a horse
and showed them Dixie's freeze brand, which shows she is a mustang adopted through the
Bureau of Land Management's Wild Horse Adoption program. Megan also shared photos
detailing Dixie's progress from the time she adopted her, and photos of a second mustang
she adopted this year.

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Mr. Fadley with the special mag-
istrate, his client was unable to
bring the property into compli-
ance due to health and marital
problems and he is reqeusting the
fine be reduced to $5,000.
In other business, Guy and Di-
ane Dipert were cited for mainte-
nance of a nuisance, occupancy
of an RV, dilapidated structures,
outdoor storage and care of prem-
ises on N.W 304th Street.
According to code enforce-
ment officer Gina Gehring,
George and Marilyn Etchison
erected a shed on their S.E. 39th
Terrace property without a build-
ing permit.
Larry Black was ordered to ei-
ther have his N.E. Fifth St. proper-
ty cleaned up or obtain a building
permit and to make progress on
construction of a storage building
by this meeting.
Property ON N.E. 14th Avenue
that is the estate of Carla Brown
Ghent was cited for a derelict mo-
bile home and debris. That prop-
erty was ordered to come into
compliance by April 10. 1
Hector and Frances Valdes
could be facing a fine of up to
$250 a day of they have not de-
molished a derelict structure and
cleaned up their S.E. 13th Avenue
The Code Enforcement Spe-
cial Magistrate hearing will be in
Commission chamber, Okeecho-
bee County Courthouse. 302 N.W
Second St. at 2 p.m. today.





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Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken
Under the supervision of 4-H Bits and Spurs Club President
Rachel Muros (left), Junior Scout Angelena Jernigan, 10
(center) and Brownie Scout Sarah Jansen (right), 8, learned
different ways to braid a horse's mane, at the Girl Scout in-
gathering at Mi-Cin Ranch on Saturday, April 12. Jake, Ra-
chel's paint gelding, appeared to enjoy all the attention as the
girls brush and braided his locks.

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News in brief
Earl Harmon Benefit
A benefit for Earl Harmon will be held on April 26 starting at noon
at the Eagles #4137, 9985 N. Hwy. 441. There.will be a live band,
and auction, a cookout and a 50/50 drawing. Donations are being
accepted for the auction. For more information call 863-357-2552.
Benefit for Bill Weeks
Bill Weeks was injured in a mechanical fire on March 28 and
now has second and third degree burns on over 20 percent of his
body. A benefit will be held on May 3 at Happy Hour starting at noon
Auction will start at 3 p.m. All proceeds will be used to help out in
all financial matters. Barbecue chicken or pork dinner for $6. For
information call 863-467-6420.
Benefit for Patsy Arnold planned
Saturday, May 10 at 8 a.m. a benefit will be held for Patsy Arnold,
who will be getting a kidney transplant soon, will be held at the
Okeechobee Golf and Country Club. Entry fee: $60 per person or
$240 per team. If you would like to join them for lunch, they can be
purchased for $7. There will also be a gun give away courtesy of the
Gun Shoppe. For ticket information or entry information please call

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School board to consider addition to Seminole Elementary

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County
School Board will meet on Tues-
day, April 15, at 6 p.m. in the
OCSB chambers to consider sev-
eral adoptions to policy and other
items including an increase in the
Osceola Middle School contract
and an addition to Seminole El-
ementary School.
The superintendant is rec-
ommending that the board ap-
prove a contract increase of
$5,365.23 which would increase
the total contract amount to
The change order is for the
installation of an attic ladder and
hatch access to the attic of the

Continued From Page 1
was laying in the ditch on the
south side of the road.
"Having a tail wind didn't help
her any," he said.
Ms. Manchanda and Mayank
V. Nimbalkar, 22, of Praturf, Nag-
pur, India, were both taken to
Raulerson Hospital by Okeecho-
bee County Fire/Rescue, said
Detective Ted Van Deman of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice (OCSO). He said Ms. Man-
chanda had a laceration to her
forehead and Mr. Nimbalkar was
shaken up.
Fire/Rescue personnel were
on hand to wash down the road
with a mixture of foam and wa-
ter to keep the airplane fuel from

The OCSB will also consider a
contract with BMK Architects, Inc.
for the architectural and engineer-
ing services for a new classroom
addition at Seminole Elementary
School. The contract provides de-
sign drawings, construction doc-
uments, bidding and negotiation
services and construction phase
services for the new classroom
The plans that are being used
are the same ones that were
previously approved for Central
Elementary School's classroom
In other business, the board
will also consider the adoption
of board policy concerning back-
ground screening for contractors

The detective said the single
prop wing-over plane is regis-
tered to N70FT Inc. of Wilming-
ton, Del., but was being used by a
flight school in the Orlando area.
He did not have the name of that
school as of newspaper dead-
line, and had not had a chance to
speak with either of the plane's
Detective Van Deman said the
crash site will be secured until
representatives from the Nation-
al Transportation Safety Board
(NTSB) and the Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) arrive on
scene. Upon their arrival, the in-
vestigation will be turned over to
them, he added.

to bring the code in accordance
with the current practice of re-
quiring vendors, contractors and
employees of contractors to meet
level 2 screening as described in
Florida Statutes.
The board will also consider
the approval of a contract with
Skyward, Inc. effective April 15,
at a cost of $493,161.04 for the
provision and implementation of
software for the district's Student
Information .System and Business
Information System, including fi-
nance and human resources.
This contract is done through
the St. Lucie County School Board

who chose Skyward as their ven-
dor to provide a new SIS and BIS
system through a formal bid pro-
The St. Lucie County School
Board approved a contract on
March 11.
They included Okeechobee
County School District in the pro-
cess due to the fact that they cur-
rently provide programming, host
and data services to the district.
The cost indicated is OCSB's
portion of the licensing and ser-
vices fees based on a 14.57%
portion of the total FTE of both

The board will also consider.
expulsion of seven students at
New Endeavor High School for
various violations of the student
code of conduct.
They will also consider the re-
scinding of the expulsion of one
eighth grade student at NEHS. Ac-
cording to the previous approved
recommendation this student was
originally expelled for disobeying
and disregarding school person-
nel or school rules and posses-
sion, using and/or procuring,
selling, or dispensing on school
premises, school buses, or at any
school activity or school-related

function of a controlled substance
according to F.S. 893.
In other business the school
board will:
consider an agreement with
the health department concern-
ing preventive oral health screen-
ing/sealant program;
consider approval of the au-
ditor general report;
consider the 2008 Summer
School schedule;
consider the five-year strate-
gic plan for Career and Technical
Education; and,
several staffing changes in

Runaway teen arrested, man sought

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A local runaway teen was
found and arrested on two mis-
demeanor -charges Saturday and
then taken to the Fort Pierce Ju-
venile Detention Center.
The Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO) had is-
sued a press release on April
9 indicating that Sadey Nicole
Fite, 15, was a runaway and was
wanted for her alleged connec-
tion in a domestic violence case.
She was reported to be with
her "boyfriend" Jose Luis Tagle,
32, stated the release.
Fite was apprehended by Offi-
cer Russell Cale of the Okeecho-
bee City Police Department
(OCPD) Saturday, April 12, after a

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brief foot chase. Tg
Fite was arrested on a war-
rant charging her with simple
battery. Officer Cale also charged
her with resisting arrest without
violence. Both charges are mis-
According to OCSO Detec-
tive Ted Van Deman, Officer Cale
went to the Wal-Mart Supercen-
ter on S. Parrott Ave. due to a tip
that Fite was in the store. The

anonymous caller also described.
the vehicle in which the teen was
When the OCPD officer
stopped the vehicle, Fite fled the
scene on foot, said Detective Van
Deman. Officer Cale gave chase
and shortly caught her, added the
Fite was then booked into
the Okeechobee County Jail and
taken to the juvenile detention
Because Fite is a juvenile, no
information was available Mon-
day afternoon on whether she
had gone before a judge yet.
Detective Van Deman said Ta-
glewas not with Fite at the time
she was taken into custody.
Depending on the judge's rul-
ing, Fite can be held in the deten-

tion center for a maximum of 21
days. Or, she could be released at
any time.
Fite was first reported to be
a runaway on Feb. 29. Law en-
forcement said that she was
likely to be with Tagle. The teen
returned home in early March.
Then, on March 13, she be-
came involved in a domestic
dispute and again ran away from
home. And, like before, she left
to be with Tagle.
Detective Van Deman said
warrants have been issued that
call for Tagle's arrest.
If anyone has any information
on the whereabouts of Tagle,
they are asked to contact OCSO
Detective Rick Durfee at 863-763-



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Speak Out
Speak Out has moved online, where it is quicker and
easier to share your ideas and converse with others. Go to, click on the community name and your
local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new
topics or comment on existing topics. You can also e-mail
comments to or call 863-467-2033,
but online comments get posted faster and not all phone calls
can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
DRIVERS LICENSE OFFICE: I think it is just terrible that Okeecho-
bee County might lose our driver's license office. I know the state has
to save money, but we have so little here, why can't they reduce their
expenses in the bigger counties that have several offices? Why do they
want to take the one little office we have? It is not right to make people
driver 40 miles to Port St. Lucie or Sebring for this service.
IN THE NEWS: I was talking to someone in another state and was
surprised to hear they had heard it on the news about the jet plane
landing on the highway in Okeechobee. I guess it takes something
bizarre to get Okeechobee noticed.
CLINTON: I know all politicians lie, but Hillary Clinton's claim that
she and her daughter were under sniper fire, when it simply did not
happen, is really puzzling. She had to know that other people were
there and the whole thing was filmed, so her lie would easily be
caught and she would be shown to be a liar. So why would she start
this mess? I am wondering if she is starting to crack under the strain
and stress of the election.
ATVS: It is bad enough with the kids riding around in the street on
ATVs, but this morning I was driving to work and a grown man was
driving down the street on an ATV It is against the law to ride those on
the roads. That applies to everyone, kids and adults. Keep those ATVs
off the streets. They are "off road" vehicles and it is against the law the
ride them on the streets.
IDS: Every time I have been in the driver's license office, I have
noticed quite a few farm workers who are getting Florida IDs. If they
close the office in Okeechobee, what are.those people supposed to
do? How are they going to get to an office 40 miles away? Many of
them don't even have cars.
BOOMERS: I think it is a shame the Junior class at Okeechobee
High School did not get to go to Boomers as other classes have done
in the past. This was something the kids had looked forward to for
years -- that those who had passed the tests would get this as a re-
ward, and when it was their turn as Juniors, they didn't get to go out
of town. Instead they went to see a movie at the Brahman Theater. Big
deal. That's what the elementary school kids do for a treat a couple
times a year, not something you look forward to for years.
CHILDHOOD OBESITY: I have read so much about how many
children are obese, and all the health problems it causes them later
in life. And I have to wonder if the parents buying kids all these mo-
torized vehicles is one of the reasons they are overweight. Kids need
exercise. They should be riding bicycles or walking, not riding an ATV
or a golf cart all the time. And with the price of gasoline getting higher
all the time, shouldn't parents be setting a better example and teach-
ing children to conserve our natural resources?
TEEN PREGNANCIES: I am sick and tired of people blaming the
school system or blaming the community for the high rate of teen
pregnancy. If the kids don't know where babies come from, that is the
fault of the parents. Parents are supposed to teach their kids that stuff.
Also, I think there should be more emphasis on letting pregnant girls
know it is all right to give the babies up for adoption. In many cases,
that is best for the child. Don't make a girl feel guilty for doing what
is best for her baby by giving it to a married couple who can provide
the child with a stable, loving home. If a girl loves her baby enough to
realize she is not ready to take care of a baby herself and she wants
to do what is best for that child, then no one should criticize her for it.
Any girl who has the guts to have her baby and give it up for adoption
deserves sympathy, love and support.
STATE BUDGET: I know the state has to make budget cuts, and
since we have so few voters here that the politicians don't think we
matter. We have to make some noise or we are going to lose our
driver's license office. Call your elected state officials, email them,
write to them. I hope the newspaper will run the contact information
again because a lot of people don't even know who their representa-
tives are. Editor's note: Florida Senator JD. Alexander, district 17, can
be reached via email at and state
Senator Ken Pruitt, district 28, may be reached via email at pruitt.ken.
web@ Local house representatives e-mail addresses
are: Frank Attkisson district 79,
and Richard Machek, district 78, richard.machek@myfloridahouse.
gov. You can also contact your legislators with letters. Address letters
to members of the House of Representatives as follows; The Honor-
able (name), Florida House of Representatives, The Capitol, Talla-
hassee, FL 32399-1300; address letters to senators this way: Senator
(name), The Capitol, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100.

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Community Events

Main Street plans Monthly Mixer
Okeechobee Main Street's Monthly Mixer will be held Wednesday,
April 16, from 5 until 7 p.m. at The Law Office of Philip DeBerard,
114 North Parrott Avenue Light refreshments served. The Mixers are
great for meeting new people and networking with the community.
Mega 50/50 tickets are only available at the monthly mixers. For more
information call Karen Hanawalt at 863-357-6246.

Seminole Elementary plans family fun night
April 18 from 6 until 8 p.m. will be the annual Family Fun Night at
Serminole 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.
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.

Cowboys for Christ Trail Ride planned
Range Riders for Jesus and Venus, Fla. Chapter will sponsor a trail
ride for Cowboys for Christ on April 19, starting at 10 a.m. at the
Kissimmee Prarie State Park, in Basinger. Tickets are $4 per horse at
the gate, Coggins papers are a must per horse. Lunch will be ham-
burgers and hot dogs, and bring a covered dish. For information call
863-763-2285, 863-467-2855, 863-465-4621, or 863-465-2010.

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.


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Letter to the Editor

State proposes cut
mental health funds
You may have heard or read
that efforts are under way in the
Florida Legislature to drastically
cut funding for community men-
tal health services across our
state. These services are vital and
are sometimes life savers to Flo-
ridians with mental health needs,
and funding cuts will put critical
care for these citizens in jeop-
Investing in community based
services will continue to result in
short and long term savings from
inpatient crisis services, shelters,
jails, and hospital emergency
Unfortunately, Florida, our
nation's fourth largest state, still
ranks 48th out of 51 in per capital
spending for mental health treat-
It is a long established fact that

community based supports work
and are also cost effective. While
no cuts and recurring funding
for mental health and substance
abuse services is ideal, I realize
that these are challenging eco-
nomic times and this position may
be unrealistic. However, it makes
good fiscal sense to fund services
at the front end (less money) than
at the deep end (more money.)
Funding community mental
health and substance abuse ser-
vices is simply smart policy.
On behalf of 'the less fortu-
nate citizens of our state, please
join me in urging the Governor
and state law makers to NOT cut
funding for mental health and
substance abuse services.
This position is in the best in-
terest of your community!
John B. Romano
New Horizons of Okeecho-
bee and the Treasure Coast

Community Calendar

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, IG1 (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. Thepublic 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.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden Cor-
ral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in becoming a
member is welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner at 863-
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
at the Hospice building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Brenda Nicholson at
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that
enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For information,
contact Dr. Edward Douglas at 863-763-4320.
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 meet-
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., will be
hosting God's Time -- a morning of free organized Christian activities
that includes play, instruction and interaction for parents and their pre-
school children. The event will be held each Tuesday from 9:30 a.m.
until noon. Child care will be provided for infants during the class. For
information, call 863-763-4021.
Narcotics Anonymous will begin meeting every Tuesday at
noon. Meetings will be held at the Just for Today Club, 101 Fifth Ave.
For information, call 863-634-4780.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W. Third Terr., holds meetings for
persons with alcohol and drug related problems at 6 p.m. For informa-
tion call 863-357-3053.

Wednesday, April 16.
Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Spanish
groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian Church,
3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator. Another
group meets in the Okeechobee County Health Department, 1798
N.W Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as the group
facilitator. There is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m. with Shirlean
Graham as the facilitator. For information, call 863-763-2893.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W Second St. It's an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
The Okeechobee Jaycees invites everyone to their meetings
each month at the American Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St., at
7:30 p.m. They are always looking for new people and new ideas. For
information, call Margaret Bowers at 863-763-7399 or 863-610-9176.

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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
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
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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Seminole Elementary plans Family Fun Night!

Please come and join us on
April 18, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
at Seminole Elementary School

Dunk the
principal, run a
sack race, fish in
the duck pond,
throw a base-
ball or football,
play golf, have
your face painted, play Plinko or
Bingo, win a cake or pie, toss a
bean bag, visit the Bookfair, and
enjoy a tasty meal. Have loads of
fun while eating pulled pork sand-
wiches, hotdogs, corn on the cob,
chips, cookies, sodas, and more.
Our Family Fun Night is a fund

raiser. Tickets are .25 cents each.
Please help support our school
and our students. We look for-
ward to seeing you there.
Basketball -2 tickets
Bean Bag Toss -1 ticket
Bingo -1 tickets
Cake Walk 3 tickets
Duck Pond 1 ticket
Fishing Hole 1 ticket
Face Painting 2 tickets
Football Throw 2 tickets
Plinko 2 tickets
Dunk Tank 2 tickets
Soda 2 tickets
Popcorn 2 tickets
Sno Cones 2 tickets
Corn 3 tickets
Hotdogs 4 tickets
Pizza 4 tickets

Pulled Pork 6 tickets
Third Grade
We are proud of our third grade
students of the week. For the week
of March 30,:they were Maria 01-
vera in Mrs Padgett's class, Daniel
Shelly in Ms. Barnes's class, Je-
sus Garica from Mrs. McCranie's
class, Jasmine Romero in Mrs.
Reed's class, Leonardo Torres
form Mrs. Coldiron's class, and
Kevin Delapaz form Mrs. John-
son's class. For the week of April
7, they were Christian Serrano in
Mrs. Padgett's class, Farrah Young
in Ms. Barnes class, Adrian Estra-
da Hernandez in Mrs. Coldiron's
class, Stephanie Plemons in Mrs.
Johnson's class, Gail Sparkman

in Mrs. McCranie's class, and Erik
Santibanez in Mrs. Reed's class.
We are really looking forward
to our Family Fun Night on Friday,
April 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. Please
come and join us!
Mrs. Coldiron's class is work-
ing on a special science experi-
ment. They planted periwinkles
in six different types of soil, sand ,
shell rock, and plain dirt. They are
going to determine which one
produces the healthiest plant.
They are looking forward to see-
ing if the flowers will actually
grow in the shell rock.
Fourth grade
Fourth graders are back from
Spring Break well rested and

ready to get back to work. Keep-
ing our minds on our studies is
going to start to be difficult with
all the beautiful, warm weather
we are beginning to experience.
Parents, please try to keep as
close to a regular schedule with
homework and studying, even
though many activities are going
on in the spring months. Another
reminder, all students need to re-
plenish their school supplies of
paper, pencils and erasers. We do
still have another nine weeks to
complete and that means a great
deal of work will be done needing
those essential materials.


Brown for being Student of the
Month in March. Brandon is al-
ways helpful with peers and
staff, demonstrates responsibility,
and tries his best in all academic
areas. Before Spring Break, stu-
dents were enjoying "Green Eggs
and Ham" the story and cooking
them. The students also enjoyed
a trip to see "Cinderella & the Chi-
nese Slipper" after reading vari-
ous versions of the fairy tale. We
discussed how the stories were
different but alike. It was a terrific
performance and the students

Congratulations to Brandon loved the puppets.

Americans encouraged to start walking

Wednesday is National Start
Walking Day, sponsored by the
American Heart Association. Obe-
sity is a major health issue in the
United States, and excess weight
contributes to many other health
problems such as heart disease
and diabetes. Most Americans
don't get enough exercise, re-
search shows. ,
Walking is a low impact, easy
and inexpensive way to start an
exercise program. You don't need
any special equipment. You don't
have to go to a class. You can do
it anytime and just about any-
And as the price of gas increas-
es, walking -- rather than driving
-- is also good for the budget.
According to their research,
every hour of active exercise may
increase your lifespan by two
To encourage Americans to
walk more, the American Heart
Association offers help on their
web site, http://mystartonline.
org/. There you can sign up for a
personal page, and keep track of
your daily activity, food intake and
fitness progress. You can also sign
up to receive health and fitness
information tips via email or by
regular mail.
The American Heart associa-
tion offers the following tips to
"Start moving":
At Home
SIt's convenient, comfortable
and safe to work out at home. It
allows your. children to see you
being active, which sets a good
example for them. You can com-
bine exercise with other activities,
such as watching TV. If you buy
exercise equipment, it's a one-
time expense and other family
members can use it. It's easy to
have short bouts of activity sev-
eral times a day. Try these tips:
Do housework yourself in-


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stead of hiring someone else to
do it.
Work in the garden or mow
the grass. Using a riding mower
doesn't count! Rake leaves, prune,
dig and pick up trash.
Go out for a short walk be-
fore breakfast, after dinner or
both! Start with 5-10 minutes and
work up to 30 minutes.
Walk or bike to the corner
store instead of driving.
When walking, pick up
the pace from leisurely to brisk.
Choose a hilly route. When
watching TV, sit up instead of ly-
ing on the sofa. Better yet, spend
a few minutes pedaling on your
stationary bicycle while watch-
ing TV. Throw away your video
remote control. Instead of asking
someone to bring you a drink, get
up off the couch and get it your-
Stand up while talking on
the telephone.
Walk the dog.
Park farther away at the
shopping mall and walk the ex-
tra distance. Wear your walking
shoes and sneak in an extra lap or

two around the mall.
Stretch to reach items in high
places and squat or bend to look
at items at floor level.
Keep exercise equipment re-
paired and use it!
At the Office
Most of us have sedentary
jobs. Work takes up a significant
part of the day. What can you do
to increase your physical activity
during the work day? Why not:
Brainstorm project ideas
with a co-worker while taking a
Stand while talking on the
Walk down the hall to speak
with someone rather than using
the telephone.
Take the stairs instead of the
elevator. Or get off a few floors
early and take the stairs the rest
of the way.
Walk while waiting for the
plane at the airport.
Stay at hotels with fitness
centers or swimming pools and
use them while on business trips.
Take along a jump rope in
your suitcase when you travel.
Jump and do calisthenics in your
hotel room.
Participate in or start a recre-
ation league at your company.
Form a sports team to raise
money for charity events.
Join a fitness center or Y near
your job. Work out before or after
work to avoid rush-hour traffic, or
drop by for a noon workout.
Schedule exercise time on
your business calendar and treat
it as any other important appoint-
Get off the bus a few blocks
early and walk the rest of the way
to work or home.
Walk around your building
for a break during the work day
or during lunch.

At Play
Play and recreation are im-
portant for good health. Look for
opportunities such as these to be
active and have fun at the same
Plan family outings and vaca-
tions that include physical activity
(hiking, backpacking, swimming,
See the sights in new cities,
by walking, jogging or bicycling.
Make a date with a friend to
enjoy your favorite physical activi-
ties. Do them regularly.
Play your favorite music
while exercising, something that
motivates you.
Dance with someone or by
yourself. Take dancing lessons.
Hit the dance floor on fast num-

bers instead of slow ones.
Join a recreational club tha
emphasizes physical activity.
At the beach, sit and watcl
the waves instead .of lying flat
Better yet, get up and walk, run o
fly a kite.
When golfing, walk instead
of using a cart.
Play singles tennis or rac
quetball instead of doubles.
At the lake, rent a rowboa
instead of a canoe.
Before making any chang
es to your diet or exercise
program, consult your doc
tor. This is especially impor
tant if you are on any pre
scription drugs. Some drugs
interact badly with foods tha
would otherwise be consid
ered "healthy."

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April 9,1978
S April 0,2006
t Two years ago, I lost
1- my best friend, but
Heaven gained
another beautiful
angel with a voice of
gold. I miss you
o- with all of my heart
and love you with
all of my soul. I
know you are
waiting for me at
Heaven's Gate.
Until then,
I will carry you in
my heart.

I love you, April #1!
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Health News in Brief

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

Christian Mental
health support group
Do you suffer with depression,
anxiety or other mental illness?
The Christian Mental Health Sup-
port group meets on the second
and fourth Thursday of the
month at 6 p.m. on Martin County
Grade. Call 772-597-0463 for more
information. Family members are

Quit Smoking Now
classes offered
The Okeechobee County
Health Department (OCHD) of-
fers a Tobacco Prevention and
Education Program for the com-
munity. The purpose of the pro-
gram is to reduce adult and youth
tobacco use, and provide tobacco
resources to residents, businesses
and community organizations in

the county. For information, call

Childbirth classes
The Okeechobee Healthy Start
Coalition will offer Childbirth Ed-
ucation Classes. For information,
call 863-462-5877.

Diabetes Support
Group at Hospital
Raulerson Hospital offers a
monthly Diabetes Support Group
which meets on the second
Thursday of each month in the
hospital cafeteria at 2 p.m. If you
have any questions please call
the program coordinator, Wanda
Haas, R.N., B.A., C.D.E., C.P.T., at

Depression support
group to meet
Depending on Christ is a new
support group for men and wom-
en suffering from depression.
They meet every Thursday. For
information, call 772-597-0463.

Red Cross offers HIV/
AIDS course
The American Red Cross-
Okeechobee Branch offers a ba-
sic HIV/AIDs instruction course
that complies with Florida em-
ployment requirements for indi-

viduals working in various voca-
tions. This is a self-study course
that includes text work and the
successful completion of a mul-
tiple choice written test. The cost
of the course is $15. Call the local,
Red Cross office at 863-763-2488
for information.

consultation offered
Problems with drug or alco-
hol addiction in someone you
know, but don't know where to
turn? The Drug Rehab Resource
service can give you the help you
need. Contact the Drug Rehab Re-
source at 866-649-1594 for a free
confidential consultation. Or, go
to the website at www.drugreha-

Cancer support
group to meet
Okeechobee County Cancer
Support Group meets on the first
Thursday of each month. All can-
cer patients, survivors and support-
ers are welcomed to attend, support
and encourage each other. They
meet the first Thursday of each
month at 5:30 p.m. at First Bap-
tist Church, 401 S.W. Fourth St.,
(entrance is the door to the W in
front of church).
Please contact Susie Pickering
at 863-467-5831 or First Baptist
Church at 863-763-2171 for more


Betty Jean Dagne
Betty Jean Dagne, age 83 of
Okeechobee died Sunday, April
13, 2008 at the Hospice Hamrick
House. Born on March 7, 1925 in
East Rutherford, N.J., she was the
daughter of Richard and Evelyn
Johnson. She graduated in 1946
from St. Mary's Hospital School
of Nursing in Passaic, N.J. and
worked as a school nurse in the
East Rutherford School System.
Formerly of Palm Beach Gardens,
Mrs. Dagne worked at St. Mary's

Hospital in West Palm Beach and
also the Gardens Hospital. She
has been a resident of Okeecho-
bee for 11 years and enjoyed cro-
cheting, knitting, traveling and
She was preceded in death by
her parents.
She is survived by her hus-
band of 57 years, Louis; one son,
Louis R. (Paula Lovell) Dagne of
Okeechobee and one daughter,
Michelle Dagne of Jupiter. In ad-
dition she is also survived by on
granddaughter, Kaitlynn Dagne;

one step grandson, Gregory Lovell.
and on step granddaughter, Kim-
berlee Lovell all of Okeechobee;
and one brother, Richard (Jane)
Johnson of Springfield, Ohio.
There will be no services; how-
ever, memorial contributions may
be made to Hospice of Okeecho-
bee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee,
.Fla., 34973.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of .Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.

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.Employment .......... 200
Financial ............ 300
Services ............. 400
Merchandise ......... 500
Agriculture ... ....... 800
Rentals . . ........... 900
Real Estate .......... 1000
Mobile Homes ...... 2000
Recreation ..... .... 3000
Automobiles ......... 4000
Public Notices ........ 5000

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Auctions 105
Car Pool 110
Share a ride 115
Card of Thanks 120
In Memoriam 125
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Employment -
Full-Time, 205
Medical 210
Employment -
Part-Time 215
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230

Growing Builder
in Okeechobee,
Must Be
Organized and a

for plumbing contractor. FT
Good pay, benefit pkg.
DFWP (863)763-6461
for residential & commercial
work valid driver's license.
Good Benefits. DFWP

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Saturday ~ April 19, 2008 9:00 a.m.
196 State Road 62
(Just W of Hwy 17 N)
Wauchula, FL
(85 miles south of Orlando)
Sale Site Phone 863-773-6600
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1894 Sylvester Hwy
Moultrie, Ga. 31768
(229) 985-4565 Fax 229-985-0754
Auctioneer: Terry DeMott, Sr. FL
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Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315

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never accept any advertise-
ment that is illegal or con-
sidered fraudulent. In all
cases of questionable val-
ue, such as promises of
guaranteed income from
work-at-home programs if
it sounds too good to be
true, chances are that it is.
If you have questions or
doubts about any ad on
these pages, we advise that
before responding or send-
ing money ahead of time,
you check with the Better
Business Bureau at
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Some 800 and 900 telephone
numbers may require an
extra charge, as well as
long distance toll costs. We
will do our best to alert our
reader of these charges in
the ads, but occasionally
we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.

$17.89- $28.27/hr, Now
Hiring. For application &
free government job info.,
Call American Assoc. of
Labor 1-913-599-8226, .
24hrs. emp. serv.
Find It faster. Sell It soon-
er In the classifieds


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

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i Family
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or (863)261-6425
Painting, Repairs, Carpentry

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your used Items by sell-
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Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens& Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640.
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

COUCH beige background,
w/blue & burgundy flowers,
like new, $400.
Couch w/ air bed mattress,
full size, floral beige w/green
& orange, $500 neg.

Employment 'II



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.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
406 N.W.. 4th Street (863) 357-2442

Immediate Openings All Shifts
Full Time/Part Time RN's & LPN's
Apply In Person To:
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
1646 Hwy. 441 North

Immediate Openings CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
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Okeechobee News

CHIHUAHUAS 15 wks, all
shots, inclds Rabies, 2F, 1M,
CKC, sweet, great w/kids,
$300 ea (863)610-1863
Min., 8 wks, 1st shots. 1-
Choc, 1-Red, 1-Blue & tan.
CKC reg $400. 863-634-3758

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

makes you a more informed
and interesting person. No
wonder newspaper readers
are more successfully


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



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
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Flowers 865

7 1

TRACTOR '58 Allis Chalmers
WO 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

42" Dixon. $800
(863)763-4154 Okeechobee


Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Property 915
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

Apt. For Rent- 2 br., 1.5 ba.,
2nd floor, large deck, in town
on rim canal. Call for app.
IN TOWN 2BR/1.5BA, $750
mo., 1st & last, annual lease,
no pets, w/d, clean.
Okeechobee, 2Br/1.5ba, car-
peted, ceramic tile, w/appl's
incl. dishwasher, 1 block N.
of Walmart $700 mo. +
$700 sec. (863)763-8878
REMODELED 2/1, 2 story
screened porch, very clean,
no pets. $750/mo, 1st, last
& Dep. (863)634-3313
G 0 I I

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

2/1 Available, no pets,
$590/mo + Sec Dep.
Call (863)467-9800
BHR -' 4BR/2BA, fenced yard,
on canal, $850 mo. + sec.
dep., 863-824-0981
Cottage For Rent- 1 br.,1 ba.,
on rim canal, located at 15B,
partially turn., Call for app.
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 ac. Renovat-
ed, laundry, C/A/heat, screen
porch, carport. $975 mo, 1st.
mo. & dep. Call 305-458-8659

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Ext. cab, 2 tone beige/brown.
Cold A/C, Standard. $3000

Public Notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

File No.: 2008-CP-46
The administration of the estate of Patri-
cia M. Bond, deceased, whose dale of
death was March 25, 2007, is pending
in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee
County, Horda, Probate Division, the
address of which is 312 NW 3rd
Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972.
The names and addresses of the per-
sonal representatives and the personal
representatives attorney are set forth
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate on whom a
copy of this notice is required to be
served must file their claims with this
All other creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's estate must
file their claims with this court WITHIN
The date of first publication of this notice
is April 15th, 2008.
Personal Representative:
Robert Koedam
9710 SE 61st Street
Okeechobee, Horda 34974
Attomey for Personal Representative:
Kirk Grantham, Attorney
Florida Bar No. 133803
The Grantham Law RFirm
1860 Forest Hill Blvd., #105
West Palm Beach, FL 33406-6086
Telephone: (561) 966-6211
Fax: (561) 966-9495
269707 ON 4/15,22R08
CASE NO.: 2008-CC.120
Two (2) neglected horses.
1080 N.E. 342nd Trail
Okeechobee, FL 34972
(regular mail)
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that on Friday,
April 25, 2008, at 1:30 p.m. or as
soon thereafter as counsel can be
heard, the undersigned will bri on to
(2) NEGLECTED HORSES pursuant to
ection 828.073, Florida Statutes, be-
fore the Honorable Jerald D. Bryant, at
the Okeechobee County Judicial Cen-
ter, 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Courtroom D,
Okeechobee, Florida.
I HEREBY CERTIFY that a true and cor-
rect copy of the foregoing has been
furnished by U.S. regular mail delivery
to the above-named person(s) on this
41h of April, 2008.
Law Office of
By: Laura Ann McCall
County Attorney
Fla Bar No.: 389749
400 N.W. 2nd Street
Post Office Box 968
Okeechobee, Florida 34972
(863) 763-31-
accordance with tIle Americar
Disabilities Act, persons nee
special accommodation to part.
in this proceeding should co
kCourt Administration no later than s
en days prior to the proceeding or c
1-772-807-4370 within two working
days of your receipt of this Notice of
PAIRED CALL 1-800-955-8771; IF
268652 ON 4/8,15/08


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readers are more popular

OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
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
5 acres in Okeechobee 3 Br
1Ba, Ig living rm, kit. & dining
rm, 1 car garage w/fenced
pond. Zoned Ag. $950 mo. +
last & sec. dep. Call Kamal
(561)792-9431 6am-11pm

Professional Office Space for
Lease near Courthouse,
immediate occupancy.

One man's trash Is anoth-
er man's treasure. Turn
your trash to treasure
with an ad in the classl-

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

OKEE, Furnished Rm. Single
occ., private entrance, w/d.
$140/wk & depbsit, utils incl.
(863)467-0771 leave msg.

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

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms -Sale 1020
Houses -Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State-.
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspectioni1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

House for sale- 3/1, applianc-
es incl., needs repairs, quiet
neighborhood, Call for details
House For Sale- 3/2, on water,
appliances inc., newly re-
modeled, Call for details

Land Sal 104
10 acres in pvt comm
Starting at $180,000
Owner financing at 5.5% APR
First RIty (561)385-7888
FOR SALE 8.37 Acres
Ind/Strge/Warehs, Hwy 78W,
1000+ homes BHR
$50k/acre (863)801-3133
ACRES for sale, off of N W
12TH Terrace. Asking
$95,000. Call (863)634-3280

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

Mobile Homes

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

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
BIG 0 Park Model, 1br iba,
w/d, pool, gated comm., club-
house, $695 mo
$850 mo. + electric. Also
Small, 1 BR, $450 mo. (in-
cludes utils). (863)697-0214
For Rent- DbI wide MH, 3/2,
quiet neighborhood, W/D
available, Call for details
(863)697-3240 Avail 6-1
OKEECHOBEE 2br, 1ba with
large back porch. Front
porch on large scenic,
wooded, fenced lot. $850
mo. Also a 1 br, 1ba $600
mo. Call 863-634-3451

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
Mobile Home Angels
OKEE. '2000 DW M/H, 4br,
3ba, V1 ac. Immaculate
$159,900. &'1992DW
M/H, 2br, 2ba, $125K (off of
15A) Preferred Properties.
Debra Pinson (863)801-9163
SINGLEWIDE 2br, iba,
2005,14' x 54', excellent
condition, furnished, never
lived in, must be moved.
$15,000 or best offer


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

37 hours, excellent condi-
tion. $4500 or best offer.
(863)673-2388 Clewiston


Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
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 r/1 ton, all
orig., runs great, 41k mi.,
V8, 12v alt., new tires,
$3400. (513)260-6410

8 Okeechobee News, Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Girl's tennis reaches Regional; boys barely miss out

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee earned the right
to meet Merritt Island in the Class.
4A regional next week when they
finished second at their district
tournament on Thursday.
Okeechobee earned nine
points to edge Fort Pierce Central
and Treasure Coast by two points
to reach the post season.
"I knew we had a chance-we
took advantage of nearly every
opportunity we had to win points,
I'm very happy," Tennis Coach Jay
Huffman said afterward.
It was an entire team effort as
all but one singles player earned
at least one point for the team.
Each team received one point for
winning a match and those points
were added up to determine the
winners. Martin County won the
championship with 21 points.
They had five district champions,
as they won all of the singles tour-
For Okeechobee, Alyssa Wright
defeated Taylor Miller of Sebastian
River after she dropped the first
set, and fell behind 4-0 in the third
set. The senior rallied to win the
match, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4, winning the
final six games of the match. She
fell in the second round to Mor-

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Rina Jamie
Boswell Fadley
gan Roberts of Treasure Coast,
6-2, 6-2.
Rina Boswell was hampered
by a recent foot injury and she lost
in the first round to Terrice Robin-
son of Fort Pierce Central, 6-4, 6-4.
Huffman said Boswell's mobil-
ity was limited and although she
played hard, she couldn't reach
enough balls. She is expected to
compete in Tuesday's regional
despite the injury.
Kari Berger had an excellent
tournament as she defeated Heidi
Bryce of Port St. Lucie, 6-2, 6-4, in
the first round. Berger defeated
Laquesha Kleckley of Fort Pierce
Central in the second round, 6-3,
and 6-2. Berger lost in the finals
to Alex Sanguily of Martin County,
6-2, 6-4.
Jamie Fadley won her first
round match, 6-1, 6-2 over Alison
Bombach of Sebastian River and
then defeated Michelle Hook of
South Fork, 6-1, 6-2 on Wednes-

Alyssa Shana
Wright Ragamat
day. On Thursday she fell in the
finals to Stevie Platt of Martin
County, 7-5, 6-1.
Shaina Ragamat might have
been the surprise of the tourna-
ment for Okeechobee. She had
struggled in recent matches but
she played her best tennis at dis-
tricts. She defeated Audra Creech
of South Fork, 0-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the
first round, and Katie Laird of
Treasure Coast, 6-0, 6-1, in the
second round.
"She moved well, and she did
all the things she was supposed
to do," Huffman noted, "She did
better than I expected."
Ragamat also played a com-
petitive match in the final before
losing to Martin County's Jordan
Gallas, 6-3, 6-2. Ragamat had
lost to Gallas earlier in the year,
12 games to two, so she showed
some significant improvement.
In doubles action, Wright and
Boswell combined to defeat Mill-

er and Campbell
of Sebastian
River, 6-0, 6-0 in
the first round.
In the second
round they lost
to the eventual
district champs,
Kari Roberts and
Berger Rifenberg of
Treasure Coast, 6-0, 6-1.
The team of Berger and Fadley
won on Wednesday over McClain
and Wright of Treasure Coast in
a tough three set match, 6-3, 4-6,
6-2. They lost in the second round
to Platt and Sangily of Martin
County, 6-1, 6-4, on Thursday.
"I would say the girl's were
very, very pleased," Huffman
noted, "Four teams really had a
chance and I think Treasure Coast
expected to be second. However
we beat them in three or four big
matches, so we won our spot, no-
body handed it to us."
Huffman noted Merritt Island
will be a very strong opponent for
the Lady Brahmans. Although the
match was still being scheduled,
the Brahmans expected to play
on Tuesday afternoon in Merritt
The boys meanwhile also had
an excellent tournament. They
fell just short of their dream for a

post season berth, by one point to
Sebastian River.
Martin County won the boy's
title as they won all but one of the
single's titles.
For Okeechobee, Bobby Spelts
won his first round match over
Chris Brown of Treasure Coast,
7-6 (7-5 in tiebreaker), 6-4. Spelts
lost to Denny Rinaldi of Martin
County, 6-7 (2-7), and 4-6 in the
second round.
Corey White won his first
round match over Robinson of
Fort Pierce Central, 6-2, 6-0 before
bowing out in the second round
to Scott Steger of Martin County,
6-2, 6-2.
Third seed Elj Cabansay lost in
the first round to Sebastian River's
Nate Robbins, 6-3, 7-5.
Fourth seed Zach Fowler de-
feat Eric Mathes of Sebastian
River, 6-1, 6-4 in the first round
and Daniel Lenox, 7-5, 6-0 in the
second before falling to Will Dav-
enport of Martin County, 6-0, 6-0
in the final.
Fifth seed Alex Nielson kept
Okeechobee's hopes alive as
he won two big matches. He
trounced Matt Sansone of Fort
Pierce Central, 6-0, 6-0 in the first
round and outlasted Marcel Wolff
of Sebastian River, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6
(7-5), to win his second round

match. Nielson fell in the finals to
John Christenson of Martin Coun-
ty, 6-0, 6-0.
Okeechobee was also com-
petitive in doubles play as the
team of Spelts and Cabansay de-
feated Garrigus and Robinson of
Fort Pierce Central, love and love,
but lost to Carter and Majeher of
Sebastian River, 6-1, 6-0, in the
second round.
The team of White and Fowl-
er went all the way to the finals.
They defeated the team of Rob-
bins and Mathes of Sebastian, 6-1,
3-6, 7-5, in the first round, and thd
team of Lennox and Weaver of
Treasure Coast, 6-2, 6-2 in the sec-
ond round. Again Martin County
ended their dream of a district title
when they defeated the Okeecho-
bee boys, 6-0, 6-4, in the finals.
"What a thrilling district play-
off for us," Tennis Coach Dave El-
lis remarked, "Martin County won
hands down but we were push-
ing Sebastian River to the end for
second. Our number four singles,
number five singles and number
two doubles were all runners

Spring sports seasons wrapping up

By Charles Murphy
Okeechobee News


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The Brahman's tennis sea-
son continues Tuesday as the
Lady Brahmans travel to take
on Merritt Island in the Class 3A
state playoffs.
Coach Jay Huffman noted
some of his girls have regional
experience, having played two
years ago. He noted it has been
a long time since Okeechobee
had a team advance deep in the
state playoffs in tennis.
The tennis teams will be
honored at their annual ban-
quet, next Tuesday, at 7 p.m. at
the Brahma Bull restaurant.
Brent Stewart, a former
pitcher for the Brahmans, and
also a former pitching coach
under Tim Gillis, was present to
watch the Brahmans softball se-
nior night celebration last Friday.

Stewart is an avid alumnus and
booster of the Florida Gators.
Stewart was also one of
Okeechobee's finest baseball
pitchers. He played for Indian
River Community College and
was drafted in the 11th round
by the Boston Red Sox. How-
ever he suffered an arm injury
while pitching for the Florida
Gators and missed out on a
possible pro career. Stewart is a
close friend of the Gator's base-
ball coach, Ken O'Sullivan.
The track team competes in
their district meet this Friday at
William T. Dwyer High School
in Palm Beach.
Be sure to come out and
support the local fire union's
softball tournament this Sat-
urday which is being held at the

OK softball fields near Yearling
Middle School.
The girl's flag football
team will wrap up their season
this week with road games at
Pahokee, Tuesday, and Boca
Raton on Wednesday.
The Brahmans softball dis-
trict tournament play begins on
Wednesday night at the Lawn-
wood Sports Complex on Vir-
ginia Avenue in Ft. Pierce. The
Brahmans will play either Fort
Pierce Westwood or Suncoast
in the first round. The game be-
gins at 5 p.m.
The boy's baseball senior
night is this Thursday at 7 p.m.
The Brahmans will host winless
Fort Pierce.

Track team ready for districts

By Charles Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee track team
continues to enjoy a fine season
as they recently competed well
in events in Winter Park and at
Sebastian River.'
At the Winter Park Distance
Carnival held on March 28, Bryan
Suarez continued his wonderful
career with a victory in the 3200
meter Elite race. Suarez finished
with a time of 9:41. Eddie Guer-
rero came in second with a solid
time of 9:53. Reynel Denova also
finished near the top with a time
of 10:23.
Misael Alvarado competed in
the one mile race and finished a
close second with a time of 4:47.
Alvarado lost by a fraction of a
Other boys who competed in
the event for Okeechobee were

Alan Najara, Austin Willard,
Adrian Leon, Gabe Esquire, and
Shawn Horvath.
On the girl's side, competitors
included Olivia Skeen, Laura Ser-
rano, Laura Saucedo, Graciela
Varela, Janna Mullis, Mandi Har-
rison, Gabi Rodriquez, Calandra
Youmans, Markiesha Youmans,
Isabella Penido, Heather Tinsley,
and Natividad Garcia.
Coach Brian Kendall said all of
the kids who participated in the
event set personal records which
were really gratifying, "It was fun
to watch some of the boys and
girls race against tough runners
from a variety of schools. I'm
very happy with the progression
the teams have been showing to-
ward the end of the season."
Several Brahmans competed
on March 29 in the Quad County
Championships at Sebastian Riv-
er High School. Ricky Nieto set a

school record with a high jump
of 6'2". He placed third overall.
Matt Bauer finished fourth
in the open 400 meters. He ran
a time of 53.07. Jewel Buck fin-
ished sixth overall in the discus
event. Her longest throw mea-
sured 78'9".
Kyle McGee threw a shot put
41'9" long to finish fifth overall.
Maria.Baltazar finished eighth
in the mile as she finished with a
time of 6:46.
The team also competed in
the Florida relays earlier this
month. However the event was
called early due to inclement
The track teams also won a
recent meet at South Fork.
The district tournament is held
this Friday at William T. Dwyer
high school. The top four in each
event qualify for the regional.

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