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PO BOX 117007


Main Street to
elect officers
Okeechobee Main Street's
annual board election will
be held during the quarterly
membership luncheon on April
23, at the Brahma Bull Restau-
rant. The meeting will begin at
Anyone interested in serv-
ing on the Main Street Board
can contact Program Manager
Karen Hanawalt. Descriptions
of each board position, Presi-
dent, Vice President, Treasurer,
Secretary and committee chair
positions, Design, Economic
Restructuring, Promotions, Arts
& Culture, and Volunteer are
available at the Main Street of-
Membership luncheons are
open to the public.
For more information,
please contact Main Street at
863-357-MAIN (6246), or visit
the Main Street office at 111
N.E. Second Street.

Drought Index

Current: 199
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.42 feet
Last Year: 9.99 feet

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

Classifieds............................ 9-10
Comics ...................................... 8
Community Events.................... 4
Crossword............................. 8
Obituaries.................................. 6
O pinion...................................... 4
Speak Out.......................... ....... 4
Sports.................. ................. 10
TV ....... ...................................... 8
See Page 2 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.

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Main Street wants to restore depot

By Pete Gawda,
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee's dilapidated,
boarded up train depot is a sad
reminder of the city's railroad
heritage. The building has not
been used for passenger service
for many years and a person
waiting for an Amtrak train has
to use a bus stop type shelter
near the tracks. In its time, the
depot was no doubt an asset
to the city. It has since fallen on
hard times.
However, Okeechobee Main
Street has expressed interest

in restoring the historic struc-
ture. Maureen Burroughs, of
Okeechobee Main Street, is
aware of an organization in Tal-
lahassee that specifically works
toward getting grants to restore
train stations. However, she said
Main Street has not applied for a
grant because the building must
be publicly owned to qualify for
a grant. Currently it is owned by
CSX Transportation. It would up
to the city or the county to nego-
tiate with the railroad for public
Ironically, the rising price of
gasoline might force more peo-

pie to ride trains.
The end of the building that
was originally used for storing
freight is being rented out as
warehouse space. The tenant
has spent his own money to re-
pair the roof on that end of the
Mrs. Burroughs said that if
private ownership is achieved
and Okeechobee Main Street
could secure a grant to restore
the building, the tenant would
not be affected since their plans
would only involve the passen-
See Train Page 2

FFA Livestock Judging team: Second in state

Submitted photo
The Brahman FFA Livestock Judging Team took second place in the state competition.
Left to righ Kalay.(Jees, BrandlAxt,.Nathan Candlerd _fata Lea. Kaley Dees,
also took first place in the individual competition out of 102 contestants.

Okeechobee team takes honors

The Okeechobee Brahman
FFA Livestock Judging Team
recently competed at the State
Livestock Judging Contest in
The team had to evaluate
eight classes of livestock in-
cluding bulls, heifers, steers
and hogs. They also evalu-

ated feeder cattle and fed cattle
which they gave yield grades
and quality grades. They had
two questions classes and two
reasons classes. They also com-
pleted a 50 question exam on
agricultural related topics.
The Okeechobee team
placed second in the state out

of 26 teams. Members of this
award winning FFA team are
Nathan Candler, Nathan Lea,
Brandi Axt and Kaley Dees.
Miss Dees placed first individu-
ally out of 102 competitors. The
team thanked Roger McWaters,
their advisor, for teaching and
coaching them.

Submitted photo
Brahman FFA Livestock Judging Team members thanked their advisor Roger McWa-
ters (left) for teaching and coaching the team.

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Okeechobee News/File photo
Okeechobee Main Street would like to secure grants to
restore the old Okeechobee Train Depot.

Pedestrians sue

state over fall off

turnpike bridge

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
IWo Palm Beach County
residents sued the Florida De-
partment of Transportation,
with a claim for negligence,
after they were injured on the
Florida turnpike in Okeecho-
bee County.
The lawsuit filed by attor-
ney Donald Thomas on behalf
of plaintiffs, Holly Smith and
Dante Shine, claims the state
was negligent when they al-
- owed-,an -overpass bridge on
the turnpike to not have protec-
tive guard rails.
The two residents fell off the

bridge, some 20 feet onto some
concrete below.
The lawsuit seeks damages
for pain and suffering, physical
injuries, mental anguish, hos-
pital bills, loss of earnings, and
other claims.
The specific claims in.the lit-
igation claim the state failed to
reasonably maintain the prop-
erty and allowed a dangerous
condition to exist.
The couple fell off the
bridge on March 24, 2004,
and suffered serious injuries,
the lawsuit claims. No specific
monetary amount is sought in
the lawsuit.

Dispute over elderly

woman's welfare

separates couple

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
For a few minutes in the
hallway of the Glades County
Courthouse Wednesday morn-
ing, Howard and Sylvia Cook
were together again.
But by that afternoon the
couple of-41 years was again
separated, as Howard returned
to Melbourne and Sylvia re-
turned to the L Cross Ranch in
Glades County.
After hearing testimony and
speaking with Mr. and Mrs.
.Cook, Circuit Judge Bruce Kyle

decided that it was best for Syl-
via, or "Sibby" as she's known
to loved ones, to staywith Mark
Hunter Pearce and his wife
Patty on their ranch outside of
Buckhead Ridge.
Judge Kyle also decided to
appoint Fort Pierce attorney
Kevin H. Hendrickson to be
Sibby's emergency temporary
guardian. Mr. Hendrickson will
watch over her property as well
as her physical needs.
"We're very happy a neu-
tral party has been appointed,"
See Dispute Page 2

Submitted photo
Kiwanis induction
Dowling Watford inducted new member Libby Maxwell
who was sponsored by her husband Devin Maxwell. They
are partners in the Law Office of Maxwell and Maxwell.
Mrs. Maxwell was Introduced to the Kiwanis Club when
she started high school where she was an officer of the
Key Club. She is glad to be back In the organization as
the 60th member to be Inducted and the 19th female.

Vol. 99 No. 109

Friday, April 18, 2008

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2 Okeechobee News, Friday, April 18, 2008

Farm equipment is damaged in fire

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The operator of a 1989 Ford
fertilizer spreader escaped injury
Wednesday after a fire at 1800
N.W. 160th Street, Okeechobee
County Fire Rescue said.

Ryan Beck, of Windemere,
Florida, was operating the equip-
ment in an orange grove just be-
fore 2:30 p.m. when he reported
that he smelled wires burning,
jumped off the equipment and
alerted fire fighters.
Firemen from the new station

on Prison Road responded within
moments and found the piece
of equipment fully involved in
flames. One unit and two firemen
used 500 gallons of water to put
out the blaze without incident.
The report from Paramedic Jay
Curtis said a hopper attached to

the spreader was filled with fertil-
izer but was not damaged. The
estimated damage to the spreader
was listed at $5,500.
The cause of the fire was un-
der investigation by the State Fire
Marshal's Office.

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Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda

National Public Works Week
At the Okeechobee City Council meeting on Tuesday eve-
ning, April 15, Mayor James Kirk, right, proclaimed the
week of May 18-24, to be National Public Works Week in
S the City of Okeechobee. The mayor presented a copy of
the proclamation to Donnie Robertson, left, public works
director for the city.

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Continued From Page 1
ger side of the building.
It was the railroad that trans-
formed Okeechobee from a
sleepy little village to the begin-
nings of the modern city we have
According to "Strolling Down
a Country Road" by Twila Valen-
tine and Betty Williamson, James
E. Ingram, a vice president of
the Florida East Coast Railroad,
coined the term "Chicago of the
South" to describe Okeechobee.
Original plans called for
Okeechobee to be a midpoint
stop between Jacksonville and
Miami with a roundhouse and
railroad yard. But. these plans
were never completed.
As evidence of Okeechobee's
railroad heritage, Flagler Park was
named after railroad baron Henry
Flagler. The main north-south
thoroughfare, Parrott Avenue,
was named for the president of
the railroad, J.R. Parrott.
In 1912 the railroad formed
the Model Land Company which
laid out the plat for the City of
The first railroad depot, which
was at the Western end of Flagler
Park, is no longer standing. It is
pictured in a mural on the side of
the Jeff Robinson building.
Mrs. Valentine and Mrs. Wil-
liamson recorded in their book
that before daylight on Jan. 4,
1915, the first passenger train
stopped in Okeechobee. Only
one passenger got off -- a bank
teller from St. Augustine named
Ellis Meserve.
The train crew felt sorry for
him stepping off into the darkness
in the middle of nowhere. So they
built a fire and kept him company
until sunrise.
Later he married Faith Rauler-
son, daughter of first settlers Pe-

ter and Louisiana Raulers
operated Okeechobee Ha
and Furniture Company.
With the arrival of t
road, commercial fishing
booming. Every week,
seven boxcar loads of fis
shipped out.
According to retired Jut
liam Hendry, there was
yard in the vicinity of the
Cattle were driven through
town Okeechobee to be
out by train.
Allen Markham once
that during one of thos
drives, some Brahma bul
through one of the pla
windows of the Markhanr
ers Packing Company o
South' Park Street. The
than100 women who we
ing tomatoes inside the
.scattered in a hurry.
. The current depot, a
ranean Revival style build
has definitely seen better
located just off North Pa
enue. It was built in 192'
architectural firm of Henr
vey and Louis P. Clarke
Palm Beach, according to
lication of the Florida Div
Historical Resources. Dui
time period, Messrs. Har
Clarke designed all the S(
Airline depots between C
and Homestead.
Through the years th
has served as a transp
center for Okeechobee
people have memories o
departing from the depot
World War II and the Kore
School trips to Washingtc
left from the depot.
It remains to be seen i
ing cost of gasoline and
sentiment can combine
about restoration of the b
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said Chester Brewer, a West Palm
Beach attorney representing Sib-
by. "He's a very fine man who
has handled some high-profiled
guardianship matters,"
Robert Gorman, Howard's
attorney, said Mr. Hendrkkson
practices elder law as well-as es-
tate and probate law and does
"He is quite respected in this
area," said Mr. Gorman.
The attorneys also agreed that
Sibby will be interviewed by two
doctors and a layperson to deter-
mine her mental capacity. Sibby,
who is 98 years old, may be in the
i beginning stages of Alzheimer's,
testified psychologist Dr. John
In the near future, Sibby will
be evaluated by psychologist Dr.
Kenneth Director, physician Dr.
Jay I. Schoor and Jill Arnold, said
Mr. Gorman.
Then a hearing on Sibby's
mental capacity will be held on
-- Wednesday, May 14, with Judge
son and Kyle presiding. The judge could
hardware issue a permanent ruling in the
case at that time.
he rail- Howard, 93, and Sibby have
started not been together for some time
four to now. Due to health problems,
sh were Sibby has spent time at Rauler-
son Hospital, in an Okeechobee
dge Wil- nursing home, in a rehab facility
a stock- in Melbourne and is now staying
a sdock- with Mr. and Mrs. Pearce.
Sdepot. When Sibby was taken to
h down- the Melbourne facility, Howard
shipped moved into an apartment across
the street from that facility. He
stated would visit Sibby every day until 2
e cattle p.m. He would then have to leave
Is broke due to a restraining order that
te glass prohibits Mr. Pearce from being
i Broth- within 500 feet of Howard.
in West That order was issued Jan.
e more 4 by Glades County Judge Jack
*re peel- Lundy and came about due to
building an alleged altercation in which
Howard accused Mr. Pearce, 51,
Mediter- of grabbing him and choking him
ling that in front of the house Howard and
days, is Sibby shared on the L Cross.
rrott Av- That home and the acre it sits
4 by the on belongs to Howard and Sibby.
y S. Har- When Sibby entered the court-
of West room on April 16 she was neatly
) a pub- dressed and made her way to pri-
vision of vate chambers by way of a walker
ring this to meet with Judge Kyle. As she
vey and entered the courtroom she smiled
eaboard at friends and loved ones.
:oleman "She looked good," said Mr.
Brewer in a phone interview
e depot Thursday.
)ortation He also said that Sibby has not
. Many filed for divorce from Howard as
f troops has been rumored.
to go to After that interview she re-
ean War turned to the courtroom where
n, D.C., she was placed in a wheelchair.
And as friends and family ap-
f the ris- proached her a verbal confron-
d public tation between them ensued. --
to pubrin with Sibby caught in the middle.
SIdbring The confrontation was quelled by
blic Issu deputies from the Glades County
. Reporter Sheriff's Office.
pgawda@ At that point, Sibby and her husband were allowed to be to-

gether for a few minutes in the
hallway. They were then sum-
moned to the jury room where
Judge Kyle spoke with the both
of them.
With Howard sitting at one
table with his attorney and Sibby
sitting at another table with her
attorney, the two shared glances.
At one point Howard waived to
his wife, and Sibby smiled back.
Several times Sibby simply looked
to her left and gazed fondly at her
husband. Howard returned the
Mr. Brewer called several wit-
nesses to the stand that included
health care professionals from
Big Lake Home Health Care who
visited Sibby to do such things as
take her blood pressure and pro-
vide her with physical therapy.
During his testimony, Dr. Maul-
din said he examined Sibby for
about 45 minutes on Feb. 25 at
the Melbourne facility. He said she
appeared to be week, frail, gray in
appearance and dehydrated.
When he saw her Wednes-
day, the doctor said Sibby had
"She appears to have gained
.weight," he said from the stand.
"She appears to be happy. She
looks healthy to me."
He also told Mr. Brewer that
his initial exam of Sibby gave in-
dications that are consistent with
the early stages of Alzheimer's.
During cross examination by
Mr. Gorman, Dr. Mauldin said he
had talked with Mr. Pearce 10 to
15 times prior to examining Sibby
on Feb. 25. He said during those
conversations Mr. Pearce "briefed
me on the situation and the legal
maneuvers that had been made."
He also told Mr. Gorman that
Sibby .indicated signs of confu-
sion, and that due to dementia
she could be led by and was open
to suggestion.
Thursday, Mr. Brewer said he
and his clients were happy with
the judge's decision.
"We're very, very happy,"-he
said. "The judge weighed every-
thing. They have a lot of history of
fighting amongst the Pierces, and
he took that into consideration.
There's a ton of history there."
Even.though there is still the
decision to come on who will be
Sibby's permanent guardian and
where she will live, it's doubtful
she and Howard will be able to
live as husband and Wife.
"I can't see them living togeth-
er as husband and wife. Howard
doesn't have the stamina at his
age," said Mr. Gorman. "They
have to have somebody else living
with them. If she has Alzheimer's
her capacity will be diminishing."
He went on to say that if Judge
Kyle allows them to live together
it will have to be in an environ-
ment where one or more persons
are there to take care of them.
Through it all -- the bickering
and legal posturing -- the one
thing that's been accomplished
is that a husband and wife of 41
years have been torn apart and
are now living many miles apart.

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Okeechobee News, Friday, April 18, 2008

Revised water restrictions start today

cations to the South Florida Water
*Management District's (SFWMD)
,emergency water restrictions will
'become effective Friday, April 18,
'when most of the agency's 16-
county region transitions from
one-day-week residential land-
.scape irrigation restrictions to up
'to two-day-a-week watering.
However those in the Lake
Okeechobee Service Area will re-
main on one-day-a-week water-
ing. This applies to all Okeecho-
bee Utility Authority customers.
The District's nine-member
Governing Board last week ad-
opted a "Modified Phase II Severe
Water Shortage Order" based on
improved regional water resource
conditions. Under the District's
emergency authority, decisions
to implement and modify water
shortage restrictions are resource-
based. The new schedule for
landscape watering will continue
conserving water supplies as part

of the District's response to the re-
gional rainfall deficit. Landscape
irrigation accounts for up to half
of all household water consump-
tion in Florida.
The District implemented one-
day-a-week restrictions region-
wide in January for the first time
in the agency's history, based on
extreme water shortage condi-
tions and a continued rainfall defi-
cit of close to 25 inches. SFWMD
Governing Board Chairman Eric
Buermann said last week, "It's
important to note that we are not
lifting emergency restrictions. Our
decision to modify the restrictions
is based on the improved condi-
tions of our water resources."
Although the revised land-
scape irrigation restrictions go
into effect April 18, the SFWMD
is encouraging local governments
to refrain from enforcement until
Thursday, May 1. The goal is to
provide residents with sufficient
time to become aware of the

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda

igugh price of gasoline
Robert Vaughn has to reach high to record the rising price
of gasoline. He was changing the numbers on the sign
in front of the Marathon station on S. Parrott Avenue on
Monday morning, April 14.

Thursdays and Sundays from 12
a.m. to 10 a.m. and/or 4 p.m. to
11:59 p.m.
Hand-watering with one hose
fitted with an automatic shut-off
nozzle is allowed for 10 minutes
per day for landscape stress relief
and to prevent plant die-off. Addi-
tional watering days and times are
allocated for the establishment of
new lawns and landscapes.
No restrictions apply to other
outside water uses, such as for
car and boat washing, pressure
cleaning of paved surfaces, deco-
rative fountains and water-based
recreation (e.g. swimming pools,
water slides). .
Landscape irrigation using
100-percent reclaimed water is al-
lowed any day except Friday, from
12 a.m. to 10 a.m. and/or from 4
p.m. to 11:59 p.m.
Golf courses must reduce their
allocated water use by 30 per-
Because jurisdiction in certain

changes and adjust timers or oth-
er components of their residential
irrigation systems. The modified
mandatory restrictions apply to
all water from traditional sources,
including water from public utili-
ties, private wells, canals, ponds
and lakes.
Water Shortage Order
Residents and businesses of
Broward, Collier, Miami-Dade,
Monroe, St. Lucie and coastal
areas of Lee, Martin and Palm
Beach counties, including the City
of West Palm Beach, are limited
to a two-day-per-week landscape
irrigation schedule with two "wa-
tering windows":
Odd street addresses may ir-
rigate lawns and landscapes on
Wednesdays and Saturdays from
12 a.m. to 10 a.m. and/or 4 p.m.
to 11:59 p.m.
Even street addresses may ir-
rigate lawns and landscapes on

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Billy English and Teresa Chandler presented a certificate
of appreciation to Stardust Lanes owner, Gil Molkentin for
hosting the first Bowl-For-A-Cure bowling tournament to
benefit the American Cancer Society. There were 17 teams
who participated and over $1800 was raised for the ben-
efit.,Thanks Gil!

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Arrest Report

The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-
der the influence (DUI) charges by
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
Martez Leon Daniels, 24,
N.E. 18th St., Okeechobee, was
arrested April 16, by Deputy Justin
Akins on a charge of tampering
with a victim. His bond was set
at $50,000. He was also arrested
on a warrant charging him with
grand theft and fraudulent use of
a credit card. His bond on those
charges was set at $20,000.


Krystal Dawn Perez, 22, S.E.
23rd St., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested April 16, by Deputy Justin
Akins on a charge of tampering
with a victim. Her bond was set
at $30,000.
Randall Edward Johnson,
39, N.W Center St., Okeecho-
bee, was arrested April 16, by
Deputy Lieutenant Keith Murrish
on an Okeechobee .County war-
rant charging him with failure to
appear driving under the influ-
ence with damage to property/
person, failure to appear willful
and wanton reckless driving and
failure to appear driving without
a valid driver's license. His bond
was set at $5,000.
Selina Dawn Harvey, 28,
S.E. 42nd St., Okeechobee, was

arrested April1l6, by Deputy G.
Popovich on Okeechobee County
warrants charging her with viola-
tion of probation driving under
the influence (amended), failure
to appear violation of probation
- DUI impairment and failure to
appear driving while license sus-
pended. She was released on her
own recognizance. .
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who
is later found innocent or has
had the charges against them
dropped is welcome to inform
this newspaper. The information
will be confirmed and printed.

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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!
FUNDING: I would be willing to bet that the closing of the Driver's
License Office is tied directly into the funding which has disappeared
because of the new homestead exemption and the revenue issues it
will cause over the next few years. I don't see this being a winning
battle unless you can inform them of a funding source to keep the
office open. Whether that's getting a major city to cut one of their
offices, or another county with a small city losing theirs, somebody is
going to lose out.
ATVS: I see in the paper they caught some kids stealing ATVs. This
ATV nonsense has got to stop. It is out of control. The law needs to
crack down on these and get them off the streets and off people's
private property.
TRUCKS: I agree with the suggestion that we need to just have a
rule that no vehicle can be left parked on the street overnight in these
residential areas. You should have to park it in your driveway or your
own yard, completely off the public right-of-way. That would free up
the streets for everyone to use. It would not be fair to just have a rule
like that for certain size trucks. Just make it that way for everyone.
Park your own vehicle on your own property and that is your own
TREASURE ISLAND: I am glad the residents of Treasure Island
care what their neighborhood looks like and are doing something
about it. If more neighborhood groups would get together and make
sure the county codes are enforced, we would all have a nice place
to live.
CODE: In the code enforcement story a while back about Mi-Cin
Ranch, the code officer was quoted saying that she didn't think the
ranch needed lights in the arena to train horses. The story about the
4-Hers answered the question. Sometimes they ride at night because
they don't have time before dark. Many horse owners also have other
full time jobs. They can't always ride during daylight hours but they
need to keep the horses exercised and in good condition. That is why
they use lighted arenas. Considering the cost of electricity, I suspect
they only turn the lights on when someone is hiding.
PATROLS: I live in the Basswood area and would just like to say
"Thank You" to all the officers who ride through Basswood whether
it be just to pass through or to patrol. We have such a problem on the
main road going through Basswood with people speeding and racing,
especially with all the curves in that road and school bus stops. If an
officer was to sit in Basswood and clock people like they do at schools
and in town, the tickets they would end up writing would probably
be enormous. I've noticed a couple of people within the last couple
of weeks be pulled over and it makes me feel better. This area doesn't
seem to be controlled often but when it is people do seem to slow
S.R. 70: People need to slow down on State Road 70. It's like a
race track in the morning and again in the evening. A good portion of
the part that is in the city limits area the speed limit is only 45 mph.
and even when it gets out of the city, the speed limit is a maximum of
60 mph. What's the rush? Slow down and stay below the speed limit.
Then maybe we will all make it home safe, even if someone does land
another airplane on the road.
BEES: The killer bee story is a great tragedy to all of us who knew
Mr. Davis. But the way he lived is no one's business but his. It is no
different than renting an apartment uptown. The county gets no taxes
from renters. You are making a mountain out of a mole hill. It is no dif-
ferent than a drunk running over someone. Do you worry how many
taxes they have paid? No. You are concerned for the families, missing
their loved ones. And this is the same thing only the bees happened
to be the drunks. Why don't you put your energy toward something
good and let this man and his family have the peace they need to
grieve and go on with life? That is the respectable thing to do. As far as
your trailer and septic, that was your choice.
VIKING: If people want to camp on their own property, or on the
property of a friend who gives their permission, I don't see that it is
any of the county's business how long they are there. If no one can
even see their campsite from the road or from the neighboring prop-
erty, who are they hurting? I could see it would be a problem if they
were living somewhere without the permission of the property owner.
With the way this economy is going, I think we are going to have a lot
of people in pretty dire circumstances and camping out may be the
only way they can afford to live.
ATVS: It makes me really angry that ATV dealers on the coast are
telling people to come over to Okeechobee County and ride their
ATVs on the prairie like it is a big public recreation area. It is private
property. This has to stop. I hope the Coquina Water Control or what-
ever the governing board is can send some kind of legal letters tell-
ing these dealers to stop doing this or they will be accessories to the
crime of trespassing on private property. No wonder Viking has so
many problems with the ATVs. These people from other counties are
using it like a big playground. How do you think they would like it if
we started sending people over to their neighborhoods to ride ATVs
through their backyards?

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Letters to the Editor

Two funerals, two children,
from two separate families each
from one town. one boy, one girl.
IWo different, independent teen-
agers. Two beautiful Gifts from
As I attended each funeral
thoughts came to my mind of
what experience I was about to
endure. How our lives entwined
with each others.
If you are fortunate enough to
have been born here and raised in
Okeechobee, your life has already
experienced the "Thread." It is
the common thread, the fabric,
of attending day care with young
babies and toddlers, which would
be your classmates. Moving on to
youth sports, 4-H, music, cheer-
leading, the Wooden Jungle park,
years of birthday parties with
friends your own age. Your lives
being webbed together.
Times at restaurants, picnics,
the beach, camping, church ac-
tivities, benefit dinners, school
plays, Disney World, the skate
board park, ice cream.
The Ranch.
All of us constantly being
webbed together, with the thread
of community and the family of
Schools, where our children
learn to laugh, play, social skills,
be intelligent, interact, confide in
friends, ,join groups. Some good
groups, some not good at all.
Dangerous groups.
Moms and dads now all at-
tending plays, banquets, work-
ing concession stands, observ-
ing dance classes, Tae Kwon Do,
school fund raisers, cheering for
the team, all the activities where

children are the "center piece".
The threads of our lives con-
stantly weaving, making the blan-
ket, the fabric.
Now, the funerals. The tragic
day every parent dreads. The day
parents would give their own lives
for instead.
Look around. Children cry-
ing. Parents in disbelief. Only one
understands. Fearful. Angry. Sad-
dened. Questioning. Someone
asks. "Someone please, explain
how does this happen?"
How are children to under-
stand this? Why should they?
More common thread-it is the
garment, the cloak, the blanket of
Love, that we can all offer to the
families as they experience being
Cover them with this blanket
of love, which our lives have cre-
ated for them, together.
God's most wonderful, pre-
cious Love is all around us, espe-
cially in times like these. May his
Love comfort the families. May we
pray for all whose hearts are sad-
dened. May we pray for the robe
of protection for our children.
Let us use these tragedies as
our motivation, so this does not
happen again.
Parents, let's hug our children
love our children, hold and share
with our children. Give them the
greatest gift- TIME.
Let kindness reign in our
Let us continue to thread,
weave the fabric of our lives, in
love for one another.
Bobbi Poole

Upcoming Events

Friday, April 18
Narcotics Anonymous meets each Friday for an open discussion
meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth
Ave. For information, call 863-634-4780 or 863-467-5474.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is in-
vited. All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight
and becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to come and see
what we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at 800-
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.
AA. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W Third St. It will be an open speaker meeting.
Business Women's Referral Networking Luncheon will be held
on the third Friday of every month at the Brahma Bull Restaurant, 2405
U.S. 441 S.E., at 11:30 a.m. for networking. The lunch will be at noon.
Women should bring business cards and information to promote their
business. The meeting provides networking opportunities for women
in business and is open to the public. No membership is required. For
information, contact Robin Delgado at 800-299-8878; or, by e-mail at

Saturday, April 19
AA. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Parrott
Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
Okeechobee Christian Cycles will meet every Saturday at 7:30
a.m. at the Texaco gas station on the corner of Hwy 441 and 78. Any-
one is.welcome to ride. No dues or membership required. For infor-
mation, contact: Roland Spencer at 863-697-2247; Debbie Izzo at 863-
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. for an open discussion at
the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth Ave. For information
call 863-634-4780.
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Sav-
iour, 200 N.W Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
AA. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Narcotics Anonymous woman's step study meeting at 7 p.m. at
the Just for Today club, 101 Fifth Ave. For more information please call


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Community Events

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.

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.

Everglades restoration topic of radio show
Saturday, April 19, at 7:30 a.m., 91.7 FM and 100.3 FM will have
guest speaker, Malcolm "Bubba" Wade, Senior Vice President, Sugar
Operations, U.S. Sugar Corporation and Chairman of the South Florida
Water Management District Water Resources Advisory Commission,
Lake Okeechobee Sub-Committee and Dr. Paul Gray, Science Coorid-
nator for Audubon of Florida's Lake Okeechobee Watershed Program
and a board member of WRAC will be on to discuss the Everglades
Restoration, water issues and sustaning South Florida. The talk will
be rebroadcast at 1 and 6 p.m. For information contact U.S. Sugar
Corporation, 863-983-8121, or Audubon, Dr. Paul
Gray at 863-655-1831.

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 Trailride
Range Riders for Jesus and Venus, Fl. Chapter will sponsor a trail
ride for Cowboys for Christ on April 19, starting at 10 a.m. at the Kis-
simmee Prarie State Park, in Basinger. Tickets are $4 per horse at the
gate, Coggins papers are a must per horse. Lunch will be hamburgers
and hotdogs, and bring a covered dish. For information call 863-763-
2285, 863467-2855, 863-4654621, 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
F resentation on endangered Red Cockaded Woodpeckers and the ef-
orts that are being made to bring back these birds. For information call
1-800-432-2045 ext.3339.

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FWC invites public Anniversary

to MarineQuest

The Florida Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commission's
(FWC) Fish and Wildlife Re-
search Institute (FWRI) opens its
doors for MarineQuest 2008 on
Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m.
Last year over 3,000 people at-
tended the free, award-winning
open house at the FWRI head-
quarters in downtown St. Pe-
tersburg. Now in its 14th year,
MarineQuest offers the public the
opportunity to experience sci-
ence firsthand with more than
60 exhibits featuring interactive
displays, live animals and events
for all ages.
This year, MarineQuest goes
wild with new stations, featuring
species such as black bears, pan-
thers, whooping cranes and live
alligators. Participants can learn
how researchers build maps, tag
fish and identify fish diseases.
They can talk one-on-one with

some of Florida's top scientists;
enjoy a spectacular natural light
show from tiny one-celled or-
ganisms; hop on a mullet skiff or
look inside a specially designed
manatee rescue boat. Live critters
in the touch tanks will be on dis-
play, as well as other live animals,
including baby raccoons, sharks,
rays, spiny lobsters and hatchery-
reared redfish.
Special activities for children
include wildlife origami, face
painting, the Japanese art of "Gy-
otaku" fish painting, and "reel"
fishing for redfish. ,
More than 25 other conserva-
tion and outdoor groups will also
take part in MarineQuest 2008.
Free parking is available at the
University of Florida, St. Peters-
burg parking garage.
Sponsors include the City of
St. Petersburg, Panera Bread and
the University of South Florida, St.

Eric and Jamie Donaldson
Donaldsons celebrate
25th anniversary
Eric and Jamie Donaldson
of Okeechobee celebrated their
silver wedding anniversary on

Submitted photo/Lindsey Donaldson

Wednesday, April 16. The couple
was married in 1983. They have
two daughters, Lindsey and Can-
dice. They plan to continue to cel-
ebrate their 25th during a week-
long golf excursion.

'Beach party' to benefit Red Cross

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
If you are looking for some
entertainment in and around
Okeechobee for the coming
months look no further.
Tonight, Friday, April 18, at
Good Spirits Tiki Bar, 245 U.S. 441,
will be holding a "Life's a Beach
Party" to help raise funds to sup-
port the Okeechobee American
Red Cross.
Drawings, 50/50 drawings,
drink specials, door prizes and
music by "Will" while enjoying
cocktail hour from 6 p.m. until
9 p.m. Come Enjoy the fun and
support the Red Cross Heroe's
Campaign. For more information
contact 863-763-2734.
Saturday, April 19, at the Pier
II Resort, 2200 U.S. 441, Y.B.E.
Entertainment will be holding
their second Grown Folk Sat-
urdays." Must be 21 or older to
enter. Ladies are in free before 10
p.m. The music begins at 9 p.m.
Cost is $10 at the door.
Y.B.E. will be holding "Grown
Folk Saturdays" every first and
third Saturday of the month. For
more information contact Y.B.E.
Entertainment at 863-801-4007.
If you are interested in the
calmer side such as art and Flor-
ida history, you might want to
check out the The South Florida
Community College Museum of
Florida Art' and Culture (SFCC
MOFAC) exhibit on Florida's
Legendary Highwaymen. The
exhibit will feature 24 of the best
paintings from the SFCC MOFAC
permanent collection and will
be on display through May 9, at
SFCC MOFAC, Highlands Cam-
pus, Avon Park. It is sponsored by
Kelton Hill State Farm Insurance.
The Highwaymen are a group of
African-American artists including
Harold Newton, Robert Butler, Al-
fred Hair, Al Black, and Mary Ann
Carroll, who began painting and
selling their Florida landscape
paintings in the 1950's.
They sold their paintings, of-
ten still wet, to business establish-
ments, professional people, and
governmental agencies by trav-

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central and coastal Florida. The
name, "Highwaymen," was a re-
sult of this sales technique.
Gary Monroe, author of The
Highwaymen, will tell the story of
Harold Newton and the Highway-
men, Monday, April 21, 1 p.m., at
the SFCC University Center Audi-
MOFAC is located adjacent to
the SFCC Auditorium, Highlands
Campus, Avon Park. It is open to
the public October through May,
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday,
12:30 to 4:30' p.m., and by ap-
pointment for group tours. SFCC
Artist and matinee series patrons
may visit the museum one hour
prior to every performance.
For more information about
the museum and its exhibits and
workshops or to request a muse-
um tour, contact Mollie Doctrow,
curator, MOFAC, at ext. 7240 at
863-453-6661, 863-465-5300, 863-
773-2252, or 863-494-7500.

Earth Day is April 22, however
a celebration for Earth Day at Du-
Puis Management Area has been
scheduled for Saturday, April 19.
The theme is "Protect Wild Flor-
ida" 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 efforts that
are being made to bring back
these birds. For information call
1-800-432-2045 ext.3339.
Also at the Pier II, Saturday,
April 26, from 6:30 p.m. until
10:30 p.m. will be a night for
the teens, ages 12 to 16. This
party will be a chaperoned private
party which will raise funds for the
Okeechobee American Red Cross
while giving teens a safe place to
gather. Live D.J. will play the latest
hip hop music.
Entrance to the event is $5.
Food will be on hand: pizza $1;
soda $1; and chips for $.50.
All proceeds go to the
Okeechobee American Red
Cross. For more information call
A benefit for Earl Harmon
will also be held on April 26, start-
ing at noon at the Eagles #4137,
9985 N. 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-
Locally you can come watch
the youth in action at the First
United Methodist Children's The-
atres production of Allen Pote's,
" 0, Jonah," be presented
on Sunday, May 18, at 6 p.m. in
the Sanctuary. For information
contact Lonnie Kirsch or Nancy

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Vaughan at 863-7634-021.
Crafters and antique car gurus
need to come visit the J & S Fish
Camp, 9500 S.W Conners, where
they are holding their third annual
Arts and Crafts Festival and
Antique Car Show.
They are currently looking for
crafters and antique car owners
for their event which will be held
on May 31, and June 1, to support
Martha's House through a $10 do-
nation. For more informaion call
Patricia Brown 772-332-3149.
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events posted in the weekly en-
tertainment column? Forward
any publicly open events includ-
ing entertainment such as: danc-
ing, bands, comedians, theatre,
special events, special com-
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caguilar@newszap. com. Please
forward all information about
each event including: description
of the event; location (address);
date; time; cost; age appropriate-
ness; and any other information
that fits the specific event. For
additional information contact
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Rena Jenkins
Rena Jenkins, age 93, of
Okeechobee, died Thursday,
April 17, 2008 at Raulerson Hospi-
tal. Born Sept. 14, 1914 in Beach-
creek, Ky., to Bud and Minnie
She was a resident of Okeecho-
bee since 1995. She enjoyed gar-
dening, cooking and entertain-
Mrs. Jenkins was preceded in
death by her husband, Glenn Jen-
kins; sons, Paul and Billy Bates;
daughter, Wanda Bates. In ad-
dition, she is preceded in death
by brothers, Hildred, Edwin and
Robert Bivins and sisters, Willie
Mae Bivins and Pearl Rason.
She is survived by sons, Buddy
(Beverly) Bates of Ocala, Ronald

Bates of Orlando, and Jimmy
Bates of Biloxi, Miss. In addition,
she is survived by three daugh-
ters, Sonja Holland of.Las Vegas,
Nev., Jody Bates of Okeechobee
and Rebecca Sue Sakuta of Yale,
She is also survived by one
brother, J.T. Bivins of Evansville,
Ind.; 19 grandchildren and several
A memorial service will be
conducted on Friday, April 18, at 2
p.m. in the Buxton Funeral Home
In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions may be made to
Hospice of Okeechobee, 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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Preschool enrollment
under way
Peace Lutheran Preschool is
now taking enrollment for the
coming school year. They have
openings in Jr. Preschool, 3 and 4
year old's and Kindergarten. Call
the school for more information,

Stepping Stones Acad-
emy I and II accepting
Stepping Stones Academy I
and II is now accepting enroll-

ment for Summer Camp. Camp
is open to all children ages 5-11.
Camp begins June 5 and will be
open 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Stepping Stones Acad-
emy I supports Mar-
thas House
Stepping Stones Academy I,
will be collecting the following
items throughout the month of
April and May to help support
Martha's House: women's toilet-
ries, sheets, towels, washcloths,
paper goods, and any products to
help with everyday needs.

Inc.'s Taylor Creek Real Estatel
Donald A. Renfran, Realtor/Lie. Real Estate Broker Vicki and Perry Green, Sales Associates
863-634-4596 863-467-6516 or 863-610-0962
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#200576 IT AIN'T
EITHER! Travel trail-
er with huge screened
patio and carport on
your deeded lot in
Ancient Oaks RV
Resort- a restricted
community! If you
want an affordable
Florida home, better
look quick! A sure-
seller at $69,9001

#200580 YOU WILL
t An eye-catching 1998
Park model with big
wood deck in Ancient
Oaks RV Resort-a
restricted communi-
ty! You get the deed!
Community pool,
Lake-access boat
ramp! An Early Bird
buy at $74,900!
#200058 BUY'THIS
Owner says, "Let me
see an offer!" Nice
Isles neighborhood
S-"n r ext to new house on
SE 31st St.! County-
conforming house or
Si onew doublewide OK!
S Standard 80x100'!
Asking $94,500!
.... #200214 THIS 2 BEDROOM CONDO
COMPETITION! Up-and-Down 2 bed-
room/1 bath affordable unit in Oak Tree
Place! New micro, dishwasher, brand
new air unit! Screened patio! Call Donr
V *.5-, for details! Priced at just $84,500!
t'These offering are subject to prior sale, errors, omission or withdrawal without notice.
Information believed accurate, but n6t warranted."

Free GED
classes offered
Indican River Community Col-
lege will be offering free adult ba-
sic education/GED and English as
a second language classes at these
locations: Dixon Hendry Center,
2229 N.W. Ninth Ave., English as
second language classes, Monday
and Wednesday from 9 a.m. until

noon, adult basic education/GED,
Monday through Thursday from
8 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. and Friday
from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.; Yearling
Middle School, 925, N.W 23 Lane,
English as a second language
classes, Monday-Wednesday
5:30 until 8:30 p.m.; Everglades
Elementary, 3725 S.E. Eighth St.,
English as a second language
classes, Tuesday and Thursday
from 6 until 8 p.m.

3 Existing home sites! Beautiful Ranch This is a great starter home for young cou-
IHammocks Must s ple, located in Buckhelad Ridge, which is a
Improved pastures, Hammocks Must see amily orientated sub division. This could
to appreciate. May be subdivided, even be your place to just "get-a-way"
BRING OFFERSI (#93436) #200703 $83,900

CBS Waterfront! Roof new in 2001. Nice Furnished D/W w/sea wall,boat dock, Lake
older CBS Home in Okeechobee Estates. Okee Access. Home is vacant and easy to
Good location on 1 and 1/2 lots on lake show. Vacent lot next to this listing also
access canal. Bring Offersll $139,000 avail. (#200701 call listing office for more
(90743 info. #200700 $139.900

Very nice lot with a single wide mobile BHR on Water CBS 3/2 home on canal with
home with screen porch overlooking seawall, dock, attached 1 car carport and 12x8
water in Buck Head Ridge with lake storage building. Bring your boat and enjoy the
access. Property has a storage shed and outdoors. (93430)
i seawall #200698 $90,000

Looking or aihous ai kitchen wi fam- Possible 5 Ber s Hone on 2.5AcresL
ily room. 3 BR, 3Bath. Bijg screened in po rch.w/ ssible 5 Bedrooms/3Bah Home on 2.5k Alum Roofe
hot tub. 2 car garage. ome cosmetic repairs w/HandcapAccessible Wood Deck; Alum Roof
Property does need a new roof and air condi 2 Car Carport currently used as workshop. This
toner uprades, for these items, I have listed the House is Much, Much Larger on Inside thar
proper ow what it should sell for. Take a Outside.Possible Lease Opt. $279,900 (94725)
PNook. 2064 $323,000
Note: These offengs ae subject to eos, o missions or eihdrawal WithUtnilolice. Information believed accurate but iot guaranteed

1804 S. Parrott


Avenue Okeechobee


David Hazellief- 610-1553
Setty Hazellief- 610-0144
Sharon Prevatt- 634-7069
Dee Reeder- 610-2485


1200 S. ParrottAve.
1004-H: Oak Tree Place condo-
Srinim has screened in patio (11
X 17) tile floor, hurricane shutters,
and more Located in a great loca-
tion dose to everything in town.

1002-H: Blue Heron Golf &
Country Club- 3BR/2BA CBS.
Split maste10+/-acres beMLS# 9ooms,break-
fast and dinning area, walk in
closets, circular paved drive-
way $315,000 MLS# 200421
1010-H:Dark Hames wita 2-s 2-Story home with
scoeened in-grund
place 1/2batfl. .dow\ stairs.t ... ap -li-
ances plus built-in microwave,.dou-
shed,(Sloans ub. W 9th LN)
MLS# 200448
5003-M: Kissinmiee River Est.
2/2 2005 DW MH, CBS garage,
Al. shed, new circular driveway,
underground utilities, All sits on 6
Idu ilt, comer lots. NOW $125,500 MLS#

S5024-M: Four Seasons beautiful
landscaped 1+- acre
home....fenced, wood shed/car-
port detached plus attached car-
port...26 x 58 DWMH-...11 x15
enclosed povh...11 x 26 carport.
$125,000 MLS# 200811
5031-H: 2-stoiy home onf78+/-
lag ebricktfirlace, barn!stable
wit tack &ftlroom...RV hook
up..ponds,walk upattic,2 storage
areas, cover patio and
p LS#200344
SBasswood Lots available starting @ $25k
SLake access Big "O" RV Resort Lots starting @ $25K
R-Bar Estates 2+/-acres MLS# 93596
Sherman Wood Ranches 10+/-acres MLS# 90859
* Dixie Ranch Acres 1.69+/-acre barn/workshop and horse stall
MLS# 93635
Dark Hammock 78 acres with,a 2-story home MLS# 200345

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Students achieve excellence at Everglades Elementary
Here is the list of students who are achieving excellence in the classroom for the week of April 7, through April 11: Kinder-
garten: Shelby Haaka, Jennifer Hernandez-Cancino, Araya Baldwin, Laura Sanchez, James Burnsed; First grade: Arturo
Longoria, Magdalena Moran, Nicholas Williams, Trevor Sallette, Brooklyn Shatzer, Amy Gandarilla; Second grade: Mi-
chael Lazaro, Marissa Delacruz, Nate Nicoll, Mariyah Mendoza, Destinee Brower; Third grade: Chad Forde, Cassidy Giles,
Baruc Esquivel, Katelynn Roberts, Daniella Navarro, Kailey McCain; Fourth grade: Alex Hernandez, Shannon O'Neal,
Christine Carnley, Josie Todd; Fifth grade: Daniel Waller, Karimah Calvillo, Brandon Colon, Joseph Turbish. Congratula-
tions! to our many outstanding students.

Delmas W. Helton, Licensed R.E. Broker
James (Jimbo) Watford, Associate & Auctioneer
2303 S. Parrott Avenue, Suite K
Okeechobee, FL 34974

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Okeechobee News, Friday, April 18, 2008

Earn college credits at IRCC LI IO

while still in high s

High school students can begin Campus, 222 N.W. Ninth Avenue
earning college credits at no cost in Okeechobee; Wednesday, April
while still in high school through 23, Richardson Center at the Mu-
dual enrollment, one of Florida's eller Campus, 6155 College Lane,
largest scholarship programs. Vero Beach; Thursday, April 24,
Indian River Community Col- Wolf High-Technology Center at
lege, soon to be Indian River the Chastain Campus, 2400 S.E.
College, is inviting area parents Salerno Road, Stuart; Thursday,
and their high school students April 24, St. Lucie West Campus,
to attend a free information ses- Room E-114, 500 N.W California
sion about dual enrollment at Boulevard, Port St. Lucie.
their nearest IRCC campus. All Dual enrollment classes are
sessions will be held this week at free and offered at times that are
6:30 p.m. convenient for high school stu-
The dates and locations are dents' schedules. Credits earned
Monday,. April 21, at Sebastian through dual enrollment transfer
River High School Auditorium, to all Florida public universities
9001 90th Avenue, Sebastian; and most universities nationally.
Tuesday, April 22, at the Kight Classes such as College Alge-
Center for Emerging Technolo- bra and English Composition that
gies, IRCC Main Campus off 35th cost approximately $400 in tuition
Street in Fort Pierce; Wednesday, and books at a state university are
April 23, at the Dixon Hendry free for dual.enrollment students.

This is possible because the pro-
gram is supported by the State of
Florida to help high school stu-
dents accelerate their progress
toward a college degree. Addi-
tionally, dual enrollment courses
are weighted the same as Honors.
Advanced Placement, and Inter-
national Baccalaureate courses
when high school grade point av-
erages are calculated.
At the information session,
high school students will receive
a coupon to take the College
Placement Test (CPT) for free.
The CPT score the student earns
is used for placement in college
courses applicable to his or her
career goals.
For more information, call the
IRCC Information Call Center toll-
free at 1-866-866-4722.

Community college students

honored for academic success

the 2008 Phi Theta Kappa (PTK)
All-Florida Academic Team were
honored April 16 by Florida Com-
munity Colleges Chancellor Will
Holcombe and several college
presidents during an awards cer-
emony held at Florida State Uni-
versity in Tallahassee. This year's
team consists of 104 students
representing Florida's 28 commu-
nity colleges, one independent
college, and one independent
university. Students named to the
All-Florida Academic Team are
chosen based on their exception-
al academic achievement, leader-
ship, and service to the commu-
"I commend these students on
the extraordinary commitment
they have shown to the pursuit
of academic excellence," said

Florida friendly
gardening and native
plant sale
A free class on Florida Friendly
gardening and native plant will be
given on Saturday, April 26, from
8:30 until noon at South Florida
Community College, 2251 N.E.
Turner Avenue in Arcadia.
Learn how to transfer your
property into a beautiful oasis for
people and wildlife that will not
only conserve precious water re-
sources and reduce pollution but
may also save time and money.
Learn about organic gardening
and get answers to gardening and

Chancellor Holcombe. "They rep-
resent the pinnacle of success in
our community colleges and are
a testament to the high quality of
education these institutions of-
The All-FloridaAcademic Team
is composed of students who
were nominated by their respec-
tive colleges to the All-USA Aca-
demic Team competition spon-
sored by USA Today and PTK, the
International. Honor Society for
two-year colleges. As part of the
awards ceremony, team mem-
bers were presented with PTK
medallions and certificates. They
also received special recognition
by the Florida Legislature and
other state leaders during a visit
to the Capitol.
In nominating students for the
All-Florida Academic Team, col-

plant questions during the Ask-
the-expert session.
Angela Sachson frofn the local
extension service Florida Yards
and Neighborhoods program will
be there to help with questions
for area residents attending the

Container gardening
discussed at garden
club meeting
Come this month and let M.T.
Alden show and tell you about his
interesting approach to container
gardening. Mr. Alden's gardens in
hanging pots suspended provide

leges considered:
Participation in honors pro-
Membership in and awards
received from academic or tech-
nical honors organizations;
Awards-and honors received
for academic, technical, and lead-
ership accomplishments;
Academic enrichment
achieved through academic study,
internships, and cultural experi-
ences; and
Sharing of academic attain-
ments, knowledge, and skills
through community service.
For a complete list of the 2008
All-Florida Academic Team, visit
dents/PTK team/2008/2008_02.
asp. To learn more about the Phi
Theta Kappa International Honor
Society, visit

a vertical, edible landscape.
The meeting will be held in the
Okeechobee Extension Office, 458
Highway 98 on Monday, April 28,
at 6 p.m. For more information,
please call 863-763-6469.

, (arol A.6ioop

per lie. lR IRekpr

ieaUtiful view of the Water. It has a 2 ca r car- between boathouse and house. A nice work- mature pines. Annual income from cell tower. 2
Ior, a boat i raip. This beautify shop inside of garage. 8 car carport. On two nice ponds 21)0 deep, stocked w/fish. Property is
rt, boatslip ramp.hisisbeauifullarge lo ts and as man beautiful FL trees, all fenced. Possible purchase of neighbors' five
ot. It has a garden tub. $239,000 (#200295) wo electric boat lifts $364,900 (#200294) acres. Call Vicki 863-634-4106. $799,000 (#94642)

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i %o ',/ I&~ kUitUnt lot w/i of seawall. Great floor plan w/ 2 master suites. Open
Kitchen wv/ bir & top of the line appliances. Beautifully land-
scaped w/ breathtaking views on the rim canal. $435,000 Call
Elbert @ 863-634-7460 to view home. MLS # 200771

Close to Lock. CBS remodeled, tri-plex tottage 13 MH/RV
Lots. 6 boat slips & launching ramp. All this for ONLY
$329,000. Call Jonathan @ 863-634-9275.

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At the Movies
The following movies are now showing at
the Brahman Theatres III. Movie times for Fri-
day, April 18, through Thursday, April 24, are
as follows:
Theatre I "21" (PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at
7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7 and
9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednes-
day 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
Theatre III "Other Boleyn Girl" (PG-13)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.. Saturday and
Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m., Monday at 3 and 7
p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 2, 4:15,
7 and 9 p.m.
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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Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Property 915
Townhouses -Rent920
Farm Property-92
Rent 925
L2nd Rent 935
Resort Property -
8Rent )7-R 945

,Stoeage drpace' .
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rent.+ $500 sec. 63)763-7783 or
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nity No petscanal. Call for apbetween.
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New carpet. C/Air $800 mo.
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IN TOWN 2BR/1.5BA, $750
mo., 1st & last, annual lease,
no pets, w/d, clean.
NEW 2 BR; 2'/2 BA Apt., All
major appi's. included. Near
hospital. $975 mo. + $500
$700 sec. (863)763-0111
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REMODELED- 2/1 2 story
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back room. $695/mo.
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Brand New 312/2
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Stucco homes.
$495 Down
From $895
per month

2/1 Available, no pets,
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Cottage For Rent- 1 br, 1 ba.,
on rim canal, located at 15B,
partially furn., Call for app.

BHR 3br, 2ba,
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$1000. mo.
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Waterfront. All tile floors, Hi-
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Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses B Sale1015
Ho0ases (Sale 0 10253
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots -Sale I1045
Open House 1050
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Property Inspection1060
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Brand New 3 bedroom floor plans.
Concrete Block Stucco homes.
Payments as low as $795 per month.

PLACID, FL., For Sale. New
2BD cottages on Lake Placid,
300' white sand beach & dock
Call (863)441-2659 Nightly,
weekly & monthly rentals also
available, Call (863)465-2135.

Mobile Homes

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

ANCIENT OAKS 55+, Gated,
1br, 1ba, Sunroom, Covered
patio, Carport, Boat ramp,
Pool, Spa, Clubhouse. All Util.
& Cable TV included.
$475/mo. 954-610-5345
BH RIDGE 3/2 on Waterfront,
Lake access. Fully furnished.
$800 mo. + $1000 Sec.
dep. (772)370-1095
BHR 2 MH for rent, lbr, lba,
from $350-$400 /mo + sec,
yearly pref. Avail now 55+
Park (863)763-7164
BIG 0 Park Model, 1br lba,
w/d, pool, gated comm., club-
house, $695 mo
For Rent- Dbl. wide MH, 3/2,
quiet neighborhood, W/D
available, Call for details
(863)697-3240 Avail 6-1
OKEE.: New 2br/2ba on private
lot, on water, $800/mo. 1st
& sec. Avail 04/01. No pets
Call (561)767-6112

OKEECHOBEE 2br, lba with
large back porch. Front
porch on large scenic,
wooded, fenced lot. $850
mo. Also a 1 br, lba $600
mo. Call 863-634-3451
2ba, 2007 model DbI Wide,
on private waterfront lot.
New seawall, $1000/mo

Mobile Home Angels
SINGLEWIDE 2br, 1ba,
2005, 14'x 54',.excellent
condition, furnished, never
lived in, must be moved.
$15,000 or best offer


Boats 3005
Campers/RVs 3010
J Spe s 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles/ATVs3035

BASS BOAT '98 Stratos 19.9
Ft. Dual Console w/175 HP
Johnson Motor, Trolling Mo-
tor $7500 863-983-7835

FIFTH WHEEL 2005, Key-
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bank $30,000

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Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070

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

Public Notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

Neaotiations for Adortion
of403b Plan and Provildet
Representatives of the Okeechobee
County School District and the Okee-
chobee County Education Association
#1604 will meet on Monday, April 21
at 4:00 p.m., to negotiate a letter of
understanding for the adoption of a
403b plan and selection of a provider,
The meeting will be in the office of the
Superintendent, Room 307, 700 S.W.
2nd Avenue, Okeechobee. This meet-
ing is open to the public.
270271 ON 04/18,21/08

Notice is hereby given iha lie it following
livestock: 14hh; 7501b: bay ai;ri while
front lellt palleri, sla and snoi; aipproxi-
iately 2 1/2 years okl: is now impound-
ed at Okeeclihobee County Animual
Control, 1480 NW 25si Drive, Okeecho-
bee, FL 34972, phone number
863-357-3225 and the amount due by
reason of such impounding is $12500.
The above described livestock will, un-
less redeemed within 3 days from date
hereof (April 18th, 2008), excluding Sun-
days, be offered for sale at public auction
to the highest and best bidder lor cash.
Animal Control
Okeechobee County
270277 ON 04/18/08

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Lady Brahmans reach district championship

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee girl's softball
took step one toward another
long trip through the state play-
offs Wednesday night when they
actually earned a berth in the 'big
dance' in impressive fashion over
Suncoast, 10-0, in five innings.
For Okeechobee it was a night
for their young players, but also
for their veterans. Both freshmen
and seniors played a key role in
the easy victory.
Coach Kim Hargraves said her
team had some questions coming
into the game. She said shortstop
Naomi Stevens had suffered -an
ankle injury in practice and first

basemen Taylor
Douglas also got
treatment for
an ankle injury.
Add to that a 30-
35 mile per hour
cold wind that
blew directly
across the field
which impacted Elia Suarez
every fly ball,
and made conditions uncomfort-
able for players and spectators
alike. It also made the infield rock
hard which made it tougher on
"We had a great game last
night, the girls played great de-
fense, we had 12 hits, and Mary

threw great,"
she said. "We
only beat them
by one run earli-
er at their place,
there's a curse
on their field. I
told the girls to
come out early ren
and polt the knife Throop
in them, and Throop
keep it in there and twist it, don't
play around with them."
The Brahmans move on to
take on Jensen Beach in the Dis-
trict 14-4A final on Friday night at
the Lawnwood Sports Complex
in Fort Pierce. Jensen Beach de-
feated Lincoln Park, 4-0, in the

other semifi-
nal, avenging a
loss last year to
the Lady Grey-
got an excellent
start from senior
Mary IHu Iff. Sthe
didn't allow a Mary Huff
base runner in
five innings and struck out nine
Lady Chargers. Coach Hargraves
said it might be the first perfect
game ever thrown by a Lady
Brahman hurler.
At the plate the Lady Brahmans
didn't have many difficulties. Nao-
mi Stevens had four hits, scored

three times, stole two bases, and
drove in a run. The freshman has
put in one of the most impressive
rookie campaigns in Okeechobee
softball history. Fellow freshman
Douglas had a key hit as well.
It wasn't just the young folks
that did the job. Senior Lauren
Throop continued a strong year
with four runs batted in. Elia Su-
arez went 2-4, and scored a run.
,Huff went 1-3 at the plate, scored
a run and drove in a run.
Coach Hargraves and the girl's
respect their next opponent Jens-
en Beach. However they note the
road to another trip to the State
Tournament will be made a lot
easier if they win the district title

and get to host at least one tour-
nament game.
"We have a great shot against
Jensen Beach. If we hit the ball
like we did last night, we'll beat
them, there won't be an issue,"
she said.
Hargraves said that the two
teams have split their two games,
both winning on the road. In the
last game Okeechobee out hit
Jensen 10-4 and won easily, 6-1.
"If Mary Huff comes out strong,
and I'm hoping her performance
against Suncoast and the rec-
ognition she gets for her perfect
game will catapult her, we'll win.
If she's on her game she'll shut
them down," she added.

South Fork shuts down Okeechobee with a 6-1 win

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Dan Harper and Kyle Hunter
combined on a one hitter and
South Fork, ranked seventh in
the Florida Class 5A poll this
week, defeated Okeechobee, 6-1,
Wednesday night.
The loss pushes Okeechobee's
record to (9-15) with just one reg-
ular season game left to play, their
senior night game held Thursday
night against Fort Pierce Central.
While South Fork pitchers were
on top of their game, Okeecho-
bee's struggled with their control.
Junior Dustin Stokes was nearly
un-hittable, but he didn't have
control, as five of the walks he is-
sued resulted in runs for the Bull-
dogs, (20-5).
"He looked good, but he was
overthrowing. He was trying too
hard," Coach Mark Ward said.
Ward speculated that Stokes
had a little more adrenaline than
usual and might have been trying
to make a statement to a strong
"He's done a great job for us
this year. He didn't really give up a
real hit until the fourth and we're
excited where he's at right now.
He has a lot of potential, it's just a
matter of putting the work in and
putting his mind to it," Ward, said.
Stokes is likely to start a key
game in the district tournament
which begins on Monday.
Ward said he expects Stokes
to take a huge step forward in the
next year as he tries to tap into the
concept he calls "Star burst."
"That will get everybody in-
volved. Everyone wants to be a
star. Hopefully he'll show leader-
ship and work out in the weight
room this summer and bring
some of the younger players with
him," he said.
Coach Dylan Tedders stated
Stokes knows that when he fo-
cuses on his pitches he can get
good hitters out. He said he struck
out nine Bulldogs, but walked 10.
"South Fork is a good hitting
team. They didn't hit at all to-
night, that shows me something,"
he said.
Brandon Farless and Jonathan

Crawford followed Stokes to the
mound and allowed one run.
South Fork had threats in every
inning of the game. In the top of
the first Blake Clink drew a lead off
walk and moved to second when
Stokes couldn't handle a bunt by
Ryan Breen. Stokes got out of the
jam by striking out Dan Harper,
after he slammed two long foul
balls down the right field line. He
also got a double play ball off the
bat of Nick Zaharia.
Okeechobee got two runners
on board in the bottom of the
first but couldn't get anyone into
scoring position. Brice Buckner
hit a chopper that shortstop Clink
couldn't scoop for an infield hit.
However Brice was erased try-
ing to steal when, Clay Coleman
couldn't get a bunt down. Will
Davis drew a full count walk but
he was forced at second on a
ground ball by Adam Tewksbury.
South Fork scratched across a
run in the top of the second on
four walks. Robert Bednar led off
with a walk, and moved to third
on a throwing error made on a
pickoff attempt. Stokes got Ty-
son Young looking at strike three,
but walked Brandon Bednar and
Brett Warner to load the bases.
He got the second out when he
struck out Kurt Hunter swinging.
However, Clink worked out a two
strike walk to force in a run.
Okeechobee tied the score in
the bottom of the third as Jona-
than Crawford walked, moved
to second on a sacrifice bunt by
Drew Selvey, and scored on a
throwing error by Harper.
South Fork's big inning was
the fourth as they scored four
times, thanks to four walks and
two hits. Warner walked and
moved to third on another er-
ror made on a pickoff attempt.
Stokes loaded the bases with two
outs when he issued free passes
to Clink and Breen. Then for the
second time in the game he is-
sued a bases loaded ,walk, this
one to Harper to break the 1-1 tie.
Zaharia followed with a two run
single and Bednar hit a shallow
pop up on the right field line that
should have been caught, but fell
in for a hit to make it 5-1.

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Senior Mitchell Bryner has earned praise for his defense be-
hind the plate this year. He was honored at Thursday night's

senior night ceremony.

Harper and Hunter took over
from there for South Fork. Stokes
reached on a fourth inning single
and Mitchell Bryner worked out a
walk. However Harper struck out
Cameron Tewksbury on a tough
breaking ball and Crawford to get
out of the jam.
Coach Ward wasn't that im-
pressed with Harper and how
he threw. However he said he
was impressed with how Hunter
threw the ball.
"I expected more out of Harp-
er, he's a senior and my theory is
any lefty who throws strikes is go-
ing to be good. The second guy
(Hunter), I was impressed with
him. He had good velocity, threw
all three pitches for strikes, and
worked quickly."
Despite the loss Ward said he
likes the way the team has been
playing recently. He said he has
cut the season into three parts.
The Brahmans were 3-5 in the

first third, 1-7 in the second third,
and now have finished the season
with five victories in eight games.
"The guys know that if we're
going to peak, now is the time to
do it. Were not supposed to win
districts so we can be a Cinderella
story, that might put some giddy
up into our step," he said.

UKeecnoDee News/unaries Murpny
Will Davis scratches the dirt at first base during South Fork's
four run fourth inning. In the background Coach Dylan Ted-
ders assists second basemen Clay Coleman with an equip-
ment problem.

Sports News in Brief

Ten Star All Star

basketball camp
Final applications are now being evaluated for
the Ten Star All Star Summer Basketball Camp. The
camp is by invitation only. Boys and girls ages 10-19
are eligible to apply. Camp locations include: Bab-
son Park, Fla., Prescott, Ariz., Thousand Oaks, Calif.,
Gainesville, Ga., Champaign, Ill., Glassboro, N.J.,
Lebanon, Tenn., Commerce, Texas and Blacksburg,
Va. There is also a summer camp available for boys
and girls ages 6-18 of all skill levels. For a free bro-

chure on these summer camps, call 704-373-0873 or

TCBC meets monthly
The Taylor Creek Bass Club meets at the Buck-
head Ridge VFW Post 9528 on the second Thursday
of each month. Tournaments are held the following
weekend. New boaters and (especially) non-boaters
are welcome. For information call Dave Stout at 863-
467-2255. The club also sponsors and presents the
annual Lee McAllister Memorial Kid's Fishing Festi-

PROJECT NO. 2007-22
Sealed BIDS will be received by Okeechobee County Board of County Commission-
ers at tihe Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee,
FL 34972 until 2 p.m. on May 16, 2008. Bids will be received at the first floor re-
ception desk and will be opened in tirhe lobby on the second floor. They will be pub-
licly opened by tlie County Clerk or designee and read aloud. Any BIDS received
after the time specified will not be accepted,
The BIDS shall be based on Installation of new structural steel and metal framed
wall and new storefront windows and entrance, removing existing windows and
re-glazing existing doors and windows as per plans and specifications for the Ex-
terior Upgrades to the Okeechobee County Alderman Building.
All materials furnished and all work performed shall be in accordance with the Draw-
ings, Specifications and Contract Documents pertaining thereto, which may be ex-
amined at or obtained from:
Okeechobee County Capital Improvements
500 NW 6th Street
Okeechobee, FL 39972
(863) 763-0805
Any questions pertaining to the project specifications or scope of work will be ad-
dressed to the Okeechobee County Capital Improvements in writing no later than ten
(10) days prior to bid of project, which is May 7, 2008.
Each Contractor will be furnished with one (1) set of Plans and Specifications for a
non-refundable deposit of Twenty Five Dollars ($25.00). The Bidders deposit shall
be a check made payable to Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners.
No partial sets of Drawings and Specifications will be issued.a Bidders may pick up
Plans and Specifications from the Okeechobee Capital Improvements office or
Documents can be obtained by express mail upon receipt of vendor's check and ex-
press iail account number.
A pro-bid conference will be held at the Counti Annex Conference Room located at
499 NW. 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34972 oe April 28, 2008 at 10:00 a.m.
Bidder's attendance Is mandatory. BI S RECEIVED FROM CONTRACTORS WHO

Each bid must be accompanied by an acceptable Bid Security in the form of a Bid
Bond, or Certified Check, made payable to "Okeechobee County Board of County
Commissioners", in the amount of not less than five percent (5%) of the total Bid
Amount as a guarantee that the Bidder, if awarded the Contract, will execute and file
acceptable performance and payment bonds equal to 100% of the contract price
within fifteen (15) days after written notice of the award of contract. No bidder may
withdraw their bid for a period of ninety (90) days after the date set for opening of
Okeechobee County accepts no responsibility for any expense related to preparation
or delivery of proposals The Owneroeer r eserves right to reject any or all Bids ac-
cept Bids in any order or combination, accept or reject portions of Bids, make
modifications to the work after bidding, and waive any formality in the Bids if they
deem it in their best interest to do so. The General Contractor will provide additional
information including, but not limited to, a list of similar projects constructed within
he past five (5 years, client references and an audited or certified financial state-
ment, or other financial references deemed appropriate to Contract Award.
Bidders will confine their bids to the project in its entirety. Partial bids will not be ac-
Each bidder will submit with this bid evidence that the bidder is licensed to perform
the work and services or qualified by examination to be so licensed.
If in the opinion of the bidder, inconsistencies appear to exist in the specifications, it
s the bidder's responsibility to seek clarification from Okeechobee County Capital
Improvements. Additionally, it is incumbent upon all bidders to conduct a personal
investigation as to requirements of the County.
The Board of County Commissioners has the right to accept or reject any or all bids.
Bids must be sealed and the outside of the envelope MUST be marked: "BID -

Clif Betts. Jr., Chairman
Board of County Comenmissioners
Okeechobee County, FL
Sharon Robertson, Clerk of Court
Okeechobee County, FL
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