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Vol. 99 No.111 Sunday, April 20, 2008


Briefs

Water restrictions
still in effect
The South Florida Water
Management District (SFWMD)
has declared an extreme Dis-
trict-wide water shortage, di-
rectly affecting more than five
million South Florida residents
and thousands of farms and
businesses.
Those in the Lake Okeecho-
bee Service Area are still lim-
ited to a one-day-per-week land-
scape irrigation schedule with
two "watering windows." Odd
street addresses may irrigate
lawns and landscapes on Mon-
days between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m.
or 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Even street addresses may
irrigate lawns and landscapes
on Thursdays between 4 a.m.
and 8: a.m. or 4 p.m. and 8
p.m. Residents and businesses
with more than five acres have
expanded irrigation hours, be-
tween midnight and 8 a.m. OR
4 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. on their
designated irrigation day.
Hand-watering with one hose
fitted with an automatic shut-off
nozzle is allowed for 10 minutes
Fer day for landscape stress re-
ief and to prevent plant die-off.
Low-volume irrigation, in-
cluding the use of drip and mi-
crojet systems that apply water
directly to plant root zones, is
not restricted but should be vol-
untarily reduced.
Additional watering days and
times will be allocated for the
establishment of new lawns and
landscapes.
No restrictions apply to other
outside water uses, such as for
car and boat washing, pres-
sure cleaning of paved surfaces,
decorative fountains and water-
based recreation (e.g. swim-
ming pools, water slides).
The Lake Okeechobee Ser-
vice Area includes all customers
of the Okeechobee Utility Au-
thority.

Chamber plans
Coffee Klatch
The Okeechobee Chamber of
Commerce Coffee Klatch will be
held at 8 a.m. onThursday, April
24, at Preferred Properties, 3F26
U.S. Highway 441 S. Refresh-
ments will be served. Chamber
members and guests are invited
to this morning business social.
Anyone who wishes to join
the chamber is also welcome.
For more information on
the Coffee Klatch, call 863-763-
8222. For information on joining
the Chamber of Commerce, call
863-763-6464.


Drought Index

Current: 218
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.43 feet
Last Year: 9.95 feet



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

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

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A State of Change for YMS students


By Tonya Harden
Okeechobee News
Everyday in. Florida 88 people
die from Cancer caused by to-
bacco. In Florida $930 million
dollars are spent annually to
advertise a product that, when
used "correctly," will kill you.
Around the world tobacco kills
5.4 million people each year.
With these staggering statis-
tics the Florida Department of
Health implemented the youth-
led, anti-tobacco advocacy
group. This group is part of a
comprehensive anti-tobacco ini-


tiative, known as Students Work-
ing Against Tobacco (S.WA.T).
The inception of S.W.A.T in
Florida took place in 1997 and
has been credited with reduc-
ing teen smoking rates by 47
percent among middle school
students and 30 percent among
high school students.
The Florida S.W.A.T program
is funded by an $11.3 billion dol-
lar settlement reached with big
tobacco companies following
a lawsuit filed in 1998 by Gov-
ernor Lawton Chiles. Governor
Chiles initiated the suit due to


rising medical expenses caused
by tobacco and related diseases
among Floridians. The program
took on a new direction when
groups of teen advocates created
their own methods of reaching
out and getting their message
across with campaigns such as
"TRUTH,". "OUT OF THE AIR"
and "SWAT WITHOUT BOR-
DERS."
Through these programs stu-
dents have hoped to educate ev-
eryone with the facts. Learning
that exposure to secondhand
smoke is a major factor in influ-


S.W.A.T conference: students gain confidence


uKeecnoOee News/Tonya Harden
Students Working Against Tobacco held a state wide advocacy and policy conference
in Daytona a few weeks ago. Attending the conference from Yearling Middle School
were Deian Hayes, Jairiliz Infante, Kayla Conrad and JennieP,.abin. Each student
brought something particular away from the conference, but they all found a stronger
confidence to help them with their goals.
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UKeechobee News/Tonya Harden
Deian Hayes, Jennie Busbin, Kayla Conrad and Jairiliz Infante created and signed a
poster committing to their desire in advocating against youth smoking and.promoting
the knowledge of the harmful effects of secondhand smoke. Although Deian attended
a separate conference in Parrish, Fla. his commitment to the S.W.A.T program proves
his determination in reaching not only the program's but also his personal goals.


Precautions taken while moving hive


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
In a precautionary move, a
beekeeper was called in Friday
afternoon to remove two large
bee hives at the cul-de-sac on
S.W Fourth Ave.
Chief Herb Smith, from the
Okeechobee City Fire Depart-
ment (OCFD), said he didn't
think the bees were Africanized
Honey Bees. But, due to the
danger they present to children
and residents of the neighbor-
hood the hives were being re-
moved and relocated.
"If we feel they're endan-
gering the neighborhood then
we'll do what's necessary,"
said Chief Smith. "But, for the


most part, the landowner will
have to deal with their own
situation."
Besides a large hive hang-
ing precariously from a tree
branch, a second hive was
found near the ground inside
a tree trunk. Chief Smith said
those bees. were discovered
by city employees who were
working in the area.
Local beekeeper Jacob
Weeks was called in and he,
along with his grandson Steve
Weeks Jr. -- who just happens
to be a firefighter with the city
fire department -- removed the
hives.
Jacob Weeks took the hives
to his bee farm.
Lieutenant Don Hagan of


the Okeechobee City Police
Department (OCPD) said this
was the second call in two days
about bees.
"A swarm moved in, and in
about 24 hours was gone," he
said of the first call.
The concern from citizens
has been fueled by an April 9
incident where Robert E. Davis,
51, died after having an allergic
reaction to being stung by Af-
ricanized Honey Bees. He was
stung over 100 times.
Mr. Davis encountered the
bees while working around a
small trailer in the Viking subdi-
vision on 101 Ranch Road.
Friends put Mr. Davis in their
See Hive Page 2


encing youth to smoke, S.W.A.T
members have emphatically
armed themselves with knowl-
edge to get their message across.
Second-hand smoke, according
to published studies is the third
leading cause of preventable
death in the United States, killing
53,000 nonsmokers every year.
According to a study teens
that know about the dangers of
secondhand smoke and how it
affects nonsmokers are more
likely to quit or never start. The
conclusion of the study was that
educating young people about


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Unemployment stood at 4.6
percent in Glades County and
5.6 percent in Okeechobee
County during March accord-
ing to the Florida Agency for
Workforce Innovation, Labor
Market Statistics Center.
The report found that 999
people were out of work in
Okeechobee County, and
216 in Glades County during
March. That compared to 936
in Okeechobee, 5.3 percent,
and 209 in Glades County, 4.5
percent, during February.
The state jobless rate stood
at 4.7 percent, which repre-
sented a slight increase over
February.
The rate in March, 2007, was
four percent even in Okeecho-
bee, when 681 people were out


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
A commercial complex
on Taylor Creek came closer
to reality Tuesday night, April
17 after action by the City of
Okeechobee Planning Board/
Board of Adjustments and Ap-.
peals.
Of the three applicants ap-
pearing before the board with
various petitions, only two
were successful.
David and Anita Nunez re-
quested a land use change from
single family to commercial for
property on N.E. Seventh Street
between N.E. Third Street and


secondhand smoke's harmful
effects should be a key element
in anti-tobacco programs.
Program's such as S.W.A.T
have become a driving force in
that goal. Youth throughout this
state have joined together and
stood strong for years in a relent-
less effort to fight the tobacco in-
dustry and its manipulation and
targeting of youth to use their
products.
Local chapters of S.WA.T
have made homes in Osceola
See S.W.A.T Page 2


of work. Glades County had an
unemployment rate of 3.8 per-
cent last year as 180 people
were out of work.
Around the area, Highlands
County reported 5.2 percent un-
employment, St. Lucie County
6.6 percent, Martin County 5.3
percent, and Hendry County,
6.9 percent during March.
The lowest unemployment
rates in the state were enjoyed
by Liberty and Alachua County
who both reported 3.1 percent
unemployment last month. Fla-
gler County had the highest un-
employment rate in the state,
7.8 percent.
Okeechobee ranked 14th
highest among the state's 67
Counties last month. Glades
County was tied for 31st high-
est.


S.R. 70, adjoining Taylor Creek.
In a separate action the
Nunez' have petitioned the city
council to close the dead end
portion of N. E. Second Avenue
that bisects their property.
Mrs. Nunez presented con-
ceptual drawings for a com-
mercial complex which would
include shops, a restaurant
and a multifunctional build-
ing which could be used for
such things as public meetings,
weddings, birthdays, family re-
unions, graduation parties and
holiday events.
Senior Planner Bill Bris-
See Complex Page 2


Okeechobee News/Eric Kopp
This bee hive was removed from a large tree near a home
on S.W. Fourth Ave. Friday afternoon. Although City Fire
Chief Herb Smith didn't think the bees were Africanized
Honey Bees, beekeeper Jacob Weeks was called in to
remove and relocate the hive. A second hive was found
nearby in a tree trunk by city workers. Helping Mr. Weeks
Friday was his grandson, Steve Weeks Jr. -- who is also a
firefighter with the City of Okeechobee Fire Department.


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Middle School (OMS), Year-
ling Middle School (YMS) and
Okeechobee High School (OHS).
Youth Leader Jenny Santangelo,
together with the Okeechobee
Health Department, strives to ed-
ucate these students belonging to
S.WA.T so that they may be able
to confidently and proudly stand
up to the pressures of not only
big tobacco advertisers but those
of their peers.
Taking their leadership to the
next level Mrs. Santangelo and the
Health Department sponsored se-
lected students from each chap-,
ter to attend The Florida Confer-
ence on Tobacco Advocacy and
Policy-A State of Change, held
in Daytona a few weeks ago.
From Yearling Middle School
Jennie Busbin, 12, Jairiliz Infante,
13, and Kyla Conrad, 12, attended
the conference. Deian Hayes, 13,
also attended a similar confer-


ence in Parrish, Fla.
Each student had his/her own
unique reason for joining the ad-
vocacy group. Deian joined be-
cause he witnessed what smok-
ing had done to his grandfather
and how his mom quit smoking.
At the tender age of a fourth grad-
er Deian signed a commitment
statement refusing the use of to-
bacco products.
"I see my dad and how smok-
ing has hurt his life.and how he
forgets," said Jairiliz Infante. The
effects smoking has had on her
father is the main cause for her
commitment to the program.
Kayla Conrad admitted that
she has lost a lot of family mem-
bers to tobacco and doesn't want
to see the same thing happen to
her mom. "My mom smokes.
She quit for a while but she just
started again this year. I'm tired
of losing loved ones because
those that sell tobacco products
don't care about you, just making
money."
Finally, quiet Jennie Bus-
bin recognized how crazy she


thought it was that people like
her dad thought that chewing


"You're the ones who
can do it, take it from
here."
-Governor Lawton Chiles


tobacco was "good." Seeing her
father battle the addiction forced
Jennie's decision to try to make
a difference and take a stand
against something she knew was
a detriment to oneself and oth-
ers.
Over the course of the three
nights and four days, the students
said they learned most how
many people are hurt and can
hurt you by using tobacco prod-
ucts. "This year's conference is


all about change, the challenges
and the opportunities. The State
of Florida has been a pioneer in
tobacco prevention and control
efforts. Ten years ago, the late
Governor Lawton Chiles told the
youth of Florida, 'You're the ones
who can do it, take it from here.'
And they did," was the welcom-
ing message addressed to every
student and youth leader attend-
ing the conference by the Confer-
ence Director, Laura Deeb, MPH.
A main focus of the conference
was organizational advocacy.
Stressing to the youth that find-
ing a method of organization that
works for them will help to make
them a better advocate was a key
point throughout the conference.
The following tips were given to
each student in hopes of helping
them stress that very point:
make goals
have an action plan


have a timeline
know your materials
provide contact information
be sure to maintain account-
ability and involvement
remember evaluation and
your "criteria for success"
Throughout the conference,
the students were given informa-
tion packets to make their goals a
little easier, they performed in skits
and debates, listened to seminars
and the best part, according to a
group consensus by the YMS at-
tendees, was the monkey brains.
"We got to see a monkey's brain
and how it looked after smoking
all its life. It was gross but cool,"
said Kayla Conrad.
Each of the students took away
from the conference a stronger
confidence in themselves. A con-
fidence that will allow them to
talk to people more openly and
firmly. Although they realize that
not everyone will want to hear


what they have to say and some
who do listen will not take their
message seriously, they are will-
ing to continue on the chance of
changing even one young per-
sons mind. "I tried smoking in
fifth grade" said Kayla Conrad.
"I hated it. I did it because my
friends wanted me to, but I'll
never do it again and I don't think
anyone else should."
Kayla, Jairiliz, Deian and Jen-
nie would all like to find a way
to continue the efforts they have
started as a student advocate with
S.W.A.T following high school.
With such a strong message and
the right tools gained along the
way through relentless efforts,
these four individuals will surely
be a force to be reckoned with
in their efforts to spread the truth
about smoking and secondhand
smoke.


Complex
Continued From Page 1

son stated that the request was
incompatible with future land
use. He felt that residential single
family was least intensive use of
the property along Taylor Creek.
He noted that the area where S.
R. 70 crosses Taylor Creek and
the city's industrial park are the
only nonresidential uses along
Taylor Creek. He noted that the
surrounding area was single resi-
dences and he could see no rea-
son to designate the property as
commercial.
"I see it as a good thing," said
Mrs. Nunez of her $3 million proj-
ect. She said that she had been
working with South Florida Water
Management District. She added
there was a need for the banquet
hall she was planning.
Board member Mike O'Conner
asked Mr. Brisson his primary ob-
jection the petition.
Mr. Brisson feared that extend-
ing the commercial area north-
ward from S. R: 70 would create
more demand for commercial
use in a residential area. He was
also concerned about traffic.
Mr. O'Conner named several
commercial businesses in the
area.
Board member Terry Bur-
.rqughs noted that there was limit-
ed commercial expansion on S.R.
70. He added that there are res-
taurants and shops on waterways
in other cites. Although he ex-
pressed concern about the traffic,
he felt the project would improve
Taylor Creek and would be a nice
addition to the community.
"I think it is the way for us to
go," was the opinion of board
chairman William Ledford.
In spite of Mr. Brisson's ob-
jections, the board voted unani-
mously to recommend that the
city council change the land used
from single family to commer-
cial.
The applicant was not so for-
tunate in the second case before
the board.
Mary Ann Newcomer request-
ed a change in zoning from cen-
tral business district to industrial
for property at 701 S.W Park St.
That property is currently occu-
pied by a drive through conve-
nience store. Her intent was to
erect a billboard.
Mr. Brisson said that a bill-
board would be contrary to the


Hive
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vehicle and began driving toward
Raulerson Hospital. According
to the 9-1-1 call received the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), medical person-
nel met the victim on U.S. 441 N.
at Eagle Island Road.
At that point Mr. Davis was
requiring CPR. He died the next
day.
Although the venom of the Af-
ricanized Honey Bee is no more
toxic than that of its cousin the
European Honey Bee, it is the
number of stings that can have
a harmful effect. The Africanized
bee is much more aggressive
and it's not unusual for some-
one to be stung several hundred
times in a matter of just a few
seconds.
There is no visual way to dif-
ferentiate between the African-
ized and European bees. The
only way to tell the difference is
by DNA analysis.
Following last week's sting-
ing incident, an apiary inspector
from the Florida Department of
Agriculture and Consumer Ser-
vices' Division of Plant Industry
(DPI) went to the site on the Vi-
king. He was accompanied by
personnel from the Okeechobee
County Fire/Rescue Department.
They collected 50 recently
killed bees and after analysis


city comprehensive plan for the
area. While some industrial uses
are compatible with commercial
uses, he said that some were not.
He felt it would interrupt the com-
mercial pattern of the area and be
a deterrent to improving the sur-
rounding property.
Sarah Regina Hamrick and Bil-
lie Jean Reynolds, who own near-
by properties, sent letters to the
board objecting to the proposed
change.
Attorney Steven Ramunni, rep-
resenting Ms. Newcomer, stated
he believed the abandoned rail-
road right of way adjoining the
property should be zoned indus-
trial as were other parts of the
abandoned right of way in the
area. He felt the billboard could
be properly buffered.
This time the board accepted
Mr. Brisson's advice and voted to
recommend that the city council
deny the request.
Lirida Bridges requested a spe-
cial exception to allow for drive-
through service and outdoor
sales and storage in a heavy com-
mercial zoning district on N.W
Park Street.
Mr. Brisson informed the board
that the owner wanted to convert
a single family home into a plant
center and convenience store.
He said the drive through would
not be a traffic problem since it
is from a side street. There would
be no problem with compatibility
since other business surrounds
the site. Mr. Brisson went on to
say that parking would not be a
problem.
The board approved the spe-
cial exception.
Turning to other action, the
board discussed and recom-
mended that the city council ap-
prove recommended changes to
the comprehensive plan dealing
with public school facilities, inter-
governmental coordination and
capital improvements.
Mr. Brisson informed the board
that these were required changes
dealing with public school con-
currency. The proposed changes
dealt with communication and
coordination between the city and
the school on any school building
proposed to be built within the
city limits.
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Florida agriculture will be fea-
tured on "Farm Bureau Reports"
on RFD-TV at 6:30 p.m. on April
23 and April 30, 2008. On April 23,
the program will focus on African-
ized bees and the challenges they
continue to pose for Florida bee-
keepers, the agriculture industry
and the general public. On April
30, the program will profile Butler
Oaks Farm in Lorida and Tampa
Wholesale Nursery in Dover.
The Africanized honey bee
population has grown and will
continue to grow in Florida due
to its numerous pathways into the
state and the lack of effective erad-
ication products or techniques.
The April 23 program shows how
the Florida Department of Agri-


culture, in cooperation with other
agricultural stakeholders, is de-
veloping the tools to protect the
beekeeping industry and educate
the public on how to live with
this potentially dangerous insect.
Although all honey bees will sting
when their nest is threatened by
invaders, African bees defend
their nests with less provocation,
in greater numbers and for longer
distances than their cousins, the
docile European honey bees that
we have in the U.S.
The April 30 program will pro-
file two winners of Florida Agri-
culture Commissioner Charles H.
Bronson's Environmental Leader-
ship Awards.
Robert L. "Bob" Butler's dairy


farm is located on the Kissin-
miee River, which feeds into Lake
Okeechobee. By adopting ex-
traordinary measures to reduce
phosphorus runoff from his dairy,
Butler has helped improve the
quality of water entering the lake.
Butler has reconfigured his water
management system to capture
and contain virtually all his sur-
face water runoff for reuse on the
farm.
The 30-minute programs are
produced by the Florida Depart-
ment of Agriculture and Consum-
er Services for the weekly series,
"Farm Bureau Reports" on RFD-
TV as part of an outreach cam-
paign to increase public aware-
ness of. agriculture, the state's


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Date: April 15, 2008


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topics or comment on existing topics. You can also e-mail
comments to okeenews@newszap.com 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
TAXES: For those of you that think it was foolish to vote in the
Homestead Amendment by lowering Homestead taxes you encour-
age people to move to Florida to buy homes, the money they bring
with them they will be spending in Okeechobee or someplace in
Florida and they will be paying taxes on every dollar they spend here
and that will improve the economy here instead of the state they are
moving from. You people are always happy to see the "Snowbirds"
go and how foolish is that? Do you realize how many thousands and
thousands of dollars they spend here in your little town and your state?
That is a VERY big loss everytime they leave, you should make them
feel welcome and treat everyone with friendliest respect to encourage
them to return arid maybe homestead here in Okeechobee.
BEE STORY: A man dies a terrifying death due to African (killer)
bees and a member of our community is worried about whether he
paid property taxes or not out in the Viking? What's with that? Sounds
like we've just located one of those "bitter" folks Barack Obama's
been talking about!
TRAIN STATION: I think that would be a great thing to have a
place to wait for the train. Of course restrooms are what really are
needed since often the train is very late. That envolves a big problem
I know!
MAIN STREET: I was so pleased to see that Okeechobee Main
Street is trying to do something about the train station. I hope the
county and city get behind them and help with this project. If the rail-
road owns that building, maybe they could donate it to the county as
it isn't helping anyone now. I would think it would be a benefit to the
railroad to have that station fixed up. At the very least, they need some
public restrooms there. After all, when you are waiting for a train, you
can't leave as you might miss your train. But sometimes the trains are
really late. Even if you don't need a restroom when you get there, after
waiting a couple hours on a late train, you might need one. Think
about it.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: With the high prices of gasoline, I
think we should be asking our elected officials to do more to pro-
vide public transportation. We need more trains and buses. People
have to get around and it is too expensive to be driving private cars all
the time. Besides, mass transportation is better for the environment. I
think if we had a better system of buses and trains, people would use
them more. And face it, some of our older folks need to stop driving
anyway. A lot of them know they are no longer safe drivers, but feel
they have no choice.
4-H AND FFA: I was happy to see photos of 4-H activities in the
paper, and all those photos of the livestock show and sale. The 4-H
and FFA programs are wonderful and I think a lot of people do not
realize how many kids are involved. There are hundreds of Okeecho-
bee County kids involved in these programs. Just look at all the pho-
tos from the livestock show, and then consider that many 4-Hers do
projects that do not involve cows or pigs and some that raise cattle
do not sell the project animals. Even though there were a lot of kids
in the paper, they are just a portion of the total number of 4-H and
FFA members in Okeechobee County. These programs are training
the leaders of tomorrow.
SCHOOLS: 1 see where they are adding more classroom space to
accommodate more students in our school system. It looks like we
have more and more young people in this community. We need a
Boys and Girls Club here to give them a place to go after school.
VOTERS: I said all along that it is a bad idea to go around changing
the Florida Constitution. If you want lower property taxes, go lobby
your county commissioners, who are the ones who set the tax rate
for your county. This mess they made out of the a8 valorem taxes by
passing a constitutional amendment will bankrupt the small counties.
The problem is, everyone wants.services but no one wants to pay for
it. Have fun driving to Port St. Lucie to find a Driver's License Office,
and don't be surprised if the line is so long it will take you all day to do
what you could have done in ten minutes in the Okeechobee office.
THINK YOU CAN DO BETTER: Everyone wants to criticize the
county commissioners and the sheriff and the other elected officials.
Well if you think you can do better, here is your chance. There is an
election coming up. Put your name on the ballot. Of course you'll
have to spend some time collecting signatures or pay a filing fee. And
then there is the time and the expense of the campaign. But all you
who want to take pot shots at the elected officials, how about running
for office yourself. You seem to think you can do a better job, so how
about proving it?
RENTERS: I am responding to the comment that said renters do
not pay county taxes. Well just because I don't get a county tax bill
does not mean I don't pay taxes. My taxes are included in the monthly
rent I pay the landlord. Those who own commercial property pay
pretty high taxes. They don't get tax exemptions like private homes
do. Don't worry, plenty of property tax is paid on apartments and the
landlord passes that expense along to me as part of my rent bill. Rent-
ers are not getting a free ride. If anything, we pay higher taxes because
our rental homes do not benefit from the homestead exemptions.



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Community Events

Class of '89 plans reunion
The Okeechobee High School Class of 1989 will hold their first
meeting to plan their 20 Year Class Reunion on Sunday, April 20, 5
p.m. at Beef O'Brady's. Any questions, please call Alisha Pearce at
863-357-3948.

Red Cross class dates slated
The Okeechobee American Red Cross will be offering the following
classes in April: Monday, April 21 Infant/Child CPR; Thursday, April
24 First Aid Basics. All classes will begin at 6 p.m. and all classes
will be held at the branch office. To register, or for more information
please stop by their office located at 323 N. Parrott Ave. or call 863-
763-2488.
CCC to meet
The Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee Shared
Services Network will conduct their monthly meeting on Tuesday,
April 22, at 10 a.m. in the Board Room of the Okeechobee School
Board Office. Guest speakers will be, Positive Behavior Support Pro-
gram Pam Chandler and Cathleen Blair, Healthy Start Becky Smith
and New Horizons Pam Stierwalt. This meeting is open to the public.
For information, call Sharon Vinson at 863-462-5000 ext.257.

IRCC Theatre to perform "Mulan"
The IRCC Theatre department will present "Mulan" on April 25
at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 26, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.in the McAlpin
Fine Arts Center at the IRCC Main Campus, 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort
Pierce. The action-packed stage adaptation of Disney's "Mulan," per-
formed by IRCC Performing Arts Academy students. Tickets are $8.
Call the IRCC Box Office at 1-800-220-9915.
Martha's House opens Outreach facility
Martha's House will host an "Open House" at the grand opening of
their new Outreach Facility, on Friday, April 25, 2008 from 11 a.m. until.
3 p.m. at 4134 Hwy 441 North (the second driveway north of Cem-
etary Road.)

Earl Harmon Benefit
A benefit for Earl Harmon will be held on April 26 starting at noon
at the Eagles #4137, 9985 N. 441. There will be a live band, and auc-
tion, a cookout and a 50/50 drawing. Donations are being accepted for
the auction. For more information call 863-357-2552.

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 a.m. until noon at South Flori-
da Community College, 2251 N.E. Turner Avenue in Arcadia.
Learn how to transform your property into a beautiful oasis for peo-
ple and wildlife that will not only conserve precious water resources
and reduce pollution but may also save time and money. Learn about
organic gardening and get answers to gardening and plant questions
during the Ask-the-expert session.
Angela Sachan from the local extension service Florida Yards and
Neighborhoods program will be there to help with questions for area
residents attending the program.

Bassinger School Reunion planned
The Bassinger School Reunion will be held on Sunday, April 27.
Beginning at 11 a.m. with lunch served at 1 p.m. Please bring a cov-
ered dish. Meat, paper goods and iced tea will be furnished. Please
invite anyone you know that attended Bassinger School to this event. If
you have any questions please call Alta Lee Barber at 863-634-9735.

Community Calendar

Sunday, April 20
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
863-634-4780.
Monday, April 21
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-
ing.
Okeechobee Senior Singers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Okeecho-
bee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited to join the group. For information or to schedule an
appearance, contact Patsy Black at 863-467-7068.
The Okeechobee Historical Society meets at noon at 1850 U.S.
98 N. Join us with a covered dish for lunch, followed by a business
meeting. The dues are $10 per person, per year, and are due in Sep-
tember. For information, call Betty Williamson at 863-763-3850.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at
the Just for Today club, 101 Fifth Ave. For information call 863-634-
4780.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter, meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road, in
Buckhead Ridge on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Karen Graves,
Chapter leader would like to extend a warm welcome to any interest-
ed persons to come by and see what they are about. For information
call 863-763-6952.
A.A. meetings Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road,
holds open meetings for Alcoholics Anonymous on Monday nights
from 7 to 8 p.m. for substance abuse. They also have Al-Anon meet-
ings on Monday nights from 7 until 8 p.m. to help family and friends of
alcoholics. For information call Chris at 863-467-5714.
Tuesday, April 22
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open to
the public. For information, contact Chad Rucks at 863-763-8999.
New AA. Meeting in Basinger: There is now an A.A. meeting in
Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Brethren
Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W.
Third St. at 8p.m.
AA. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
at the Hospice Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at 863-
467-2321.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St. Anyone
interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend.
There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Secu-
rity Death Index and military information available. For information,
call Robert Massey at 863-763-6510.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information,
June Scheer at 863-634-8276


Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invit-
ed 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 meeting.
For information, call Earl at 863-763-0139.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that
enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For information,
contact Dr. Edward Douglas at 863-763-4320.
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Central Elementary students enjoy 'Cinderella'


Kindergarten News-
The Kindergarten students
are back from Spring Break and
ready to finish the last nine weeks
of school. On Monday, April 7,
Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade
went to Okeechobee High School
to watch the Chinese version of
Cinderella. The students enjoyed
the play. A few of the kindergar-
ten students performed a dance
on stage with Cinderella.
The Kindergarten students
have been working hard all year
learning how to tie their shoes.
Students who can tie their shoes
will be invited to a snow-cone
party this month.

Third Grade
Third graders in Ms. Enfinger's
class will be going on a field trip
to Dolly Hand Theater in West
Palm Beach with the other third
graders to see a play called Fish
Face. Students are excited about
going. They will also picnic on
the. grounds. Students are getting
ready for the Hershey's Track and
Field competition in P.E. They are
still being tested to see what they
know and don't know. So far our
class knows a lot, and what they
don't know, we are re-teaching
them. So be proud of your third
grader, they are working hard and
are well behaved. I'm very proud
of them. Awards will be this Mon-
day at 9:30. We have a lot of aca-
demic awards as well as citizen-
ship and effort.
Happy Birthday to Brandon
Leal and congratulations to David
Sandaval, Kelvin Ford, Brandon
Rodriguez, and Kara Adams, our
students of the week.


Don't forget to read!
Ms. DelPrete and Mrs. Lopez's
classes are look-
ing forward to /.
the field trip to i .
Dolly Hand to
watch "Step Af- ",
rica." Congratu-
lations to the stu- i 1
dents who made "
their AR goal for
the third nine weeks. They will be
enjoying Movie day and pizza as
a reward soon. Parents, encour-
age your child to read and meet
their goal for the last nine weeks
so we can all do something fun.
Remember every 15 minutes of
reading equals one step when
you initial the 100 Book Chal-
lenge folder. In Science, we will
be studying plant life. In writing,
we are writing narrative stories
and are excited about learning
cursive.
Congratulations to our recent
Students of the Week Matthew
Belcher, Ryan Kasik, Noemy
Gomez, and Alexus James.
WOW! It's April already. The
students are still working hard!
Reading's theme is about Cel-
ebrating the World. We are work-
ing on cause and effect, as well as
follqwing directions. In writing,
we have begun working on nar-
ratives. Students had fun writing
similes and alliterations. We are
going to start working on personi-
fications and the sequencing of
narrative writings. In science, we
are finishing up Chapter 7: Land-
forms. Social Studies still contin-
ue in their newspapers as well as
learning about events in our read-
ing stories. Math is a review of all
the lessons taught before. FCAT.
We now are working on Chapters


20 and 21. We are also going to
start really testing the students
on their multiplication facts. This
is key when it comes'to division
and is especially useful next year.
Thank you for all your support
and continued support during the
next couple of months!
Wow! Miss J's class is busy,
busy, busy! Thanks to all the stu-
dents for making Field Day excit-
ing and memorable. We will be
taking a few field trips coming up.
The first one is to reward those
making their goal for AR points.
The second one will be to West
Palm Beach to Dolly Hand to see
the play "Fish Face." In class, we
are finishing up Chapter 8 in Sci-
ence and they learned about dif-
ferent types of clouds, the water
cycle, and how to measure wind
speed. As part of that Chapter
they grew grass in a terrarium to
help build their understanding
of the water cycle. In math, we
are working on division and still
working on our multiplication.
In social studies, we are going
to learn about Washington D.C.
and some important places that
make up the capital. In Read-
ing, we just read Alejandro's Gift
and worked on Cause & Effect.
I would like to congratulate the
following students foi their hard
work and determination, and re-
ceiving academic awards for the
third 9 weeks. Red Award: Orbe-
lin Calvillo, Jennifer Ehrlich, Alex
Lopez;' Silver Award: Adoniel
Martinez; Gold Award: Candace
McGlamory; Citizenship: Candace
McGlamory, Jennifer Ehrlich,
Chance White, Orbelin Calvillo,
Adriana Camacho; Effort: Lovey
Olsen, Taylor Pelham, Noah Vidal,
Austin Margerum, Wilian Lopez.


Congratulations all!!

Fifth Grade
We hope everyone had a re-
laxing Spring Break. In Fifth Grade
BASE we are busy preparing for
many different things that come
with the end of the year. First, we
have our Tropicana Speeches that
we are composing and practic-
ing. Then we have our Science
Fair projects that we are putting
together and gathering our infor-
mation for. Finally we are prepar-
ing for our end of the year BASE
program for our parents and our
DARE Graduation. Next week will
be an exciting week, along with
our awards program and all the
positive rewards from that. We
will be listening to and learn-
ing about the judicial system in
Okeechobee from Judge Bryant.
The end of our year will sure be
filled with a variety of activities
and deadlines.
Mrs. Achong and Mr. Hall's
class is getting back into a rou-
tine after spring break. We are
busily working on our Tropicana
Speeches. The students have
some great topics! The Science
Fair is also coming quickly. The
students have been developing
their topics, purpose, hypoth-
esis, and procedures. They are
also deciding what materials they
will need to conduct their experi-
ments. They will soon be starting
to conduct their experiments. We
are looking forward to seeing all
of their projects when they are
completed! We are also continu-
ing to read stories from our read-
ing text book and are busy work-
ing on angles, lines and polygons
in math.


Obituaries


Tillman Scott
Casselton
Tillman Scott "Taitor" Cassel-
ton, age 19 of Okeechobee, died
Friday, April 18, 2008 in Okeecho-
bee County. Bor n on January 31,
1989, he had been a lifetime resi-
dent of Okeechobee.
He is survived by his father,
Martin (Jackie) Casselton, Sr., of
Okeechobee; mother, Tracy Cas-
selton of Okeechobee;, brother,
Martin Casselton, Jr., of Orlando;
sisters, Crystal (Martin) Casselton
of Okeechobee, Natasha (Billy)
Thompson of Okeechobee; Fiance,
Cecillya Lancaster of Okeechobee;
best friends, Travis, Jordan, and
Chuck. In addition he is survived
by a host of nieces, and nephews
and grandmother, Juanita Shafer.
The family will be receiving
friends on Sunday, April 20, from
1 until 2 p.m. with services follow-
ing at 2 p.m. in the Buxton Funeral
Home Chapel.
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Crematory.

Margaret R. Nichols
Margaret R. Nichols, age 85,
of Okeechobee, died Friday, April
18, 2008 at the Hamrick Hospice
House.
Born on January 2, 1923 in
Westport, Conn., she is survived
by her husband of 66 years, Kermit
D. Nichols. She is also survived by
three sons; Kermit (Marta) Nichols,
Jr. of Miami, Jon (Suzanne) Nich-
ols of Vancouver, Wash., and Alan
(Beth) Nichols of Coral Springs. In
addition, Mrs. Nichols is survived
by seven grandchildren, five great
grandchildren and one brother,
Ben Rohr of New Milford, Conn.


A long-time resident of Bain-
bridge, N.Y, she was active in nu-
merous civic and community ac-
tivities. She was a member of the
United Methodist Church, where
she taught Sunday school, played
basketball for the Young Mother's
Club, and also served as a Cub
Scout Den Mother.
After selling their farm at Bain-
bridge in 1971, she and her hus-
band moved to Delhi, N.Y. where
she was active in the First Presby-
terian Church and the Village Im-
provement Society. A person of ar-
tistic pursuits, she made a rag doll
that is still on display at the Delhi
Historical Society.
She and her husband Kermit
moved to Okeechobee in 1979
when Kermit assumed the position
of County Supervisor for the USDA
Farmer's Home Administration.
In Okeechobee, she was a mem-
ber of the First United Methodist
Church of Okeechobee where she
organized the Methodist Church
Quilter's Club and became a noted
painter and landscape artist.
A private memorial service will
be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memo-
rial contributions may be made to
Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box
1548, Okeechobee, 34973.
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.

Juanita Sharp
Buchanan
Juanita Sharp Buchanan, age
90, of Okeechobee died April 9,
2008 at the Hamrick Home. Mrs.
Buchanan was born June.9, 1917
in Harlan, Ky. to Franchie Sharp
and Gracie Wilson. She was a
homemaker of the Baptist faith.


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Mrs. Buchanan is survived by
her son, Johnny "Wayne" Buch-
anan of Okeechobee; sister-in-law,
Rita (Red) Larson of Okeechobee;
and granddaughter, Kelly Buchan-
an of Okeechobee.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. Tues-
day, April 22 at Bass Okeechobee
Chapel. Memorial services will fol-
low at 11 a.m. Internment will fol-
low at Evergreen Cemetery. Pastor
Joe Bishop from Fountain of Life
Church will be officiating.
Friends may sign the guest
book at www.bassokeechobeefu-
neralhome.com
All arrangements are entrusted
to the care of Bass Okeechobee Fu-
neral Home and Crematory.

Naomi Ruth Wilson
Naomi Ruth Wilson, age 86
of Okeechobee, died Friday, April
18, 2008 in Raulerson Hospital.
Born July 25, 1921, she had been a
lifetime resident of South Bay and
Okeechobee.
Preceding her in death is her
husband Charles and sisters Kath-
leen Boney, O.D. Godwin, and
Anita Williams.
She is survived by her son
Charles (Annette) Wilson of Belle
Glade; daughter, Vickie (John) Ard
of Okeechobee; bother, Clifton
(Alene) Godwin of Okeechobee;
sisters, Corine (Jim) Hollings-
head of Sardis, Ala., and Loretta
Woodson of Bowling Green, Fla.
In' addition she is survived by
four grandchildren and four great
grandchildren.
The family will receive friends
on Monday, April 21, 2008 from 1
p.m. until service time of 2 p.m. in


the Buxton Funeral Home Chapel,
110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee.
Interment will follow at Evergreen
Cemetery.
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.

Malcolm Luther
Rogers, Sr.
Malcolm Luther Rogers, Sr. age
79 of Okeechobee died Friday April
18, 2008 at the Palm City Nursing
Center. He has been a resident of
Okeechobee for the past 18 years
and was a member of the Method-
ist Church. Mr. Rogers also owned
"Mac's Grocery" in Indiantown,
and enjoyed fishing and golf.
Mr. Rogers is preceded in death
by his son Robert Samuel (Janet)
Rogers, Sr. and brother James
(Pat) Theron Rogers.
He is survived by his wife of 58
years, Sarah Rogers of Okeecho-
bee; son Malcolm L. (Patty) Rog-
ers, Jr. of Okeechobee; daughter
Sue (Mike) Ellen Ford of Okeecho-
bee as well as seven grand children
and three great grandchildren. He
is also survived by his brother Cur-
tis S. (Betty) Rogers and sister Inez
(Charles) Decker all of Stuart.
The family will receive friends
at the Buxton Funeral Home on
Tuesday April 22, 2008 from 5 to 7
p.m.with services being held at the
Buxton Funeral Home on Wednes-
day, April 23 at 1 p.m. Interment
will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations
may be made to the Treasure Coast
Hospice or the United Methodist
Children's Home of Florida.
All arrangements are under the


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In Miss M's Room we are start-
ing "Project Based Learning" for
the fourth Nine Weeks. Students
have begun working on their Sci-
ence Fair projects. We have stu-
dents experimenting with plants,
animals, sports, and lots more!
The boards will be on display
for the Student of the Week and
Writing Display Day on May 28th.
Students in our class have also
begun studying a famous person
who has contributed to American
History. Students will be creating
an Activity Board that showcases
the material they learn. More in-
formation will be sent out to par-
ents soon. Finally, students are
also working on their Tropicana
speeches for thecounty-wide 4-H
contest. Our class is also going to
be studying chemical reactions,
and creating "Foam Gnomes."
We would like to thank Mr. and
Mrs. David and Anita Nunez, for
sponsoring this activity for our
class! Without their generous do-
nation, this activity would not be
possible!
We have several students who
have earned awards for the third
Nine Week's grading period.
Those receiving the Effort Award
are: Stephen Hoo, Jesus Ordonez,
Courtney Watkins, Jose Baltazar,
and Iris Juarez. Citizenship win-
ners are Iris Juarez, Ailyn Garcia,
C.W. Simpson, Jesus Ordonez,
and Devin Douglas. Central offers
three academic awards the Red,
Silver, and Gold. The Red award
is for the students who have an
A, B, C average and the following
students have earned this award:
Kyle Bryner, Beth Hayden, Katie
Muldoon, and- Airianna Nunez.
The Silver Award is for students
with an'A or B average and the


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lllth day of 2008. There are 255 in southern Kyrgyzstan killed 38 at the Johnson Space Center in
days left in the year. people. Houston before barricading him-
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forces took control of Baghdad Virginia Tech gunman Seung-Hui ing himself.
from the Marines in a chang- Cho,who shot and killed 32 people Thought for Today: "The
ing of the guard that thinned the and himself, told The Associated law that will work is merely the
military presence in the capital. Press they felt "hopeless, helpless summing up in legislative form
Celebrating Easter, the Rev. Em- and lost," and "never could have of the moral judgment that the
manuel Delly, a longtime Iraqi envisioned that he was capable of community has already reached."
bishop, pleaded for safeguards so much violence." A disgruntled Woodrow Wilson, American
against the persecution of Chris- contractor, William Phillips, shot president (1856-1924).


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now showing at the Brahman Theatre II "Nims Island" 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
Theatres III. Movie times for Fri- (PG) Showtimes: Friday at 7 and and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
day, April 18, through Thursday, 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2, p.m.
April 24, are as follows: 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and Tickets are $5.50 for adults;
Theatre I-"21" (PG-13) Show- 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and children 12 and under are $4.50;
times: Friday at 7and 9 p.m. Satur- Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. senior citizens are $4.50 for all
day and Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 Theatre III,- "Other Boleyn movies; and, matinees are $4.
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DOG Found in vie. of Platits
Bluff. Lg. brown male. Call to
ID. Call 863-467-6960 or
863-634-4626


RED NOSE PIT & Hound Mix -
(M), 5 mo., Green collar, 4/13.
Vic of 441 N next to High SchI
REWARD (863)634-2998


Senior Softball Players Wanted
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nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
406 N.W. 4th Street (863) 357-2442

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

Immediate' Openings CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
406 N.W. 4th Street. (863) 357-2442


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in Okeechobee,
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for plumbing contractor. FT
Good pay, benefit kg.
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SERVICE TECH FT
for residential & commercial
work valid driver's license.
Good Benefits, DFWP
(863)763-6461
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er In the classifieds


Lykes Bros. Ranch has an
immediate opening for a full
time receptionist at our
Brighton Office.
Responsibilities include but
are not limited to answering
phones, greeting guests and
assisting In the Accounts
Payable department. This
position reports directly to
the Office Manager.
Applicants shall possess a
high school diploma or
equivalent, be fluent In Eng-
lish and have knowledge in
both word processing and
spreadsheet skills. Bilingual
a plus.
Apply Mon. Fri., 8AM to
4PM at 106 SW CR721,
Okeechobee, FL 343974.
Lykes Bros. offers a com-
etitive wage and excellent
enefits.
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Do you want to make a difference in
someone's life?
Do you provide quality care with a
warm heart?
Do your prior clients or employers
recommend you highly?
Family Private Care is looking for experienced
and reliable caregivers in the Okeechobee
County area to provide CNA/HHA services to
our private care clientele.
For information call 772-545-3986 or
800-962-0884 and ask for Robin,
9AM-4PM, M-F only.
If this describes you, you may be exactly who
our clients are looking for.
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LPNs/RNs
Do you want to make a difference in
someone's life?
Do you provide quality care with a
warm heart?
Family Private Care is looking for
experienced and reliable nurses in the
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SCHEDULING/RECEPTION
COORDINATOR:
For a quality orthodontic
practice. EXCELLENT
communication,, secretarial
and computer skills essential.
Must be able to multi-task.
Fax resume to (863)467-2347
SOD FARM HOBE SOUND
Seeks Semi-Truck Driver
CDL-A Equipment Operator
year round (772)546-4191

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Professional Supervisor
Clewiston, Fl
Bachelor's degree in engi-
neering or related, and 6+
years of exp. operation and
maint. of water mgmt works
with at least 3 yrs supv. exp.
For more information and to
apply, visit our website at
www.sfwmd.gov. Job Ref-
erence NB50079925. EOE.


Wanting a career
change & extra money?
Century 21 Horizon
Properties in Okeechobee
is offering real estate
school locally for $199.
Free training and
reimbursement also. We
offer a chance to excel in
the market. Seating limited.
Must be 18 and H. S.
diploma or equivalent.
Call today 863-441-7233.
Class starts April 24th.







For Busy
Medical Practice.
Full-time
Part-time possible
Experience A Plus!

Fax Resume To
863-467-1919


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COMMUNITY
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LPN- Seeking full time
LPN for our Pahokee
Alzheimers adult daycare.
Excellent Clinical Skills Req'd.
Fax 866-843-0899



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wkly. $10 per hr. No heavy lift-
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$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.

Services



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




ELDERLY CARE Nursing
home alternative at 1/3 the
cost! Bring your loved one
for individualized TLC in
small family environment
by exp Reg. Nurse.
863-763-2334.




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& Pressure Washing
License #1126
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or (863)261-6425

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SPainting, Repairs, Carpentry
FREE CONSULTATION
(863)763-4775


The most important
20 minutes of your day
is the time spent reading
with your child from
birth to age nine.


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513 S.W Park Street (863) 763-7131


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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/Sta ps 5705
Collekctibles 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/
Suplplies 6r25
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage -645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Pets/Supplies/
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Televilion/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740






Why Rent a
Storage Unit
when you can
own a Shed for
the same Price.
Call Stanton
Homes at
1-800-330-8106
WE FINANCE
EVERYONE!



COUCH beige background,
w/blue & burgundy fowers,
like new, $400.
(863)357-0215


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Lamps $17, 100 Barstools
$39 up, 50 Desks $97 up,
'3Pc Dropleaf Dinette $197,
50 Table and 4 Chairs $397
up, 200 Recliners $297 up,
50 2pc Sofa & Loveseat
sets $687 up, 50 TV Ent.
Centers $167 up, 2 Pc
Queen Bed set $297 up, 50
4Pc Bedroom sets $387 up,
3Pc Livingroom tables
$97up, 100 headboards
$79 up.







WE BUY GOLD
Turn your Gold into Money
Wolfgang Jewelers
1416 S Parrott Ave
Okeechobee, FL
(next to UPS store)


Christian Supplies-Bibles,
Bible covers, gifts, etc. Dis-
counted prices from $2-$25
Call Pam at (863)697-2114


BOSTON TERRIER PUPPIES -
Parents on premises, Ready
to go! $300 (863)467-4149
or (863)697-3810


Agriculture



Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Seeds/Plants/
Flowers 865




Hay For Sale
Top quality
Allecia Bermuda
Square or Round bales
478-278-3555


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Get FREE signs!


Call Classifieds
877-353-2424
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Christian Books,
Bibles and Videos

Nature's Pantry
417 W S Park St (863) 467-1243


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SATURDAY MAY 10th 11am

AUCTION LOCATION:

3709 NW 17th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida
17th Avenue is located right off of 36th Street


* 3 Bedroom
*2 Bath
* 2-Car Garage
*1,862 Sq. Ft.
* Tenant
Occupied


* Brand New Solar H20 Heater


* 3 Bedroom
* 2 Bath
* 2,000 Sq. Ft.
* Never Occupied


* Greenblock Insulated Concrete Form
* Water Efficiency
* Fresh Air Makeup into A/C System
* Low-Volatile Organic Compound Paints


3347 NW 22nd Avenue
* Brand New
* 3 Bedroom
* 2 Bath
*2-Car Garage
*1,928 Sq. Ft.
* Never Occupied


3268 NW 26thAvenue
* 3 Bedroom
* 2 Bath
* 2-Car Garage
* 1,862 Sq. Ft .
* Tenant
Occupied

3346 NW 23rd Avenue
*3 Bedroom
2 Bath
7, *2-Car Garage
S1,420 Sq. Ft.
Vacant

3382 NW 22nd Avenue
3 Bedroom
2 Bath .
1,420 Sq. Ft.
Tenant
Occupied


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3346 NW 22nd Avenue
3 Bedroom
2 Bath
1,420 Sq. Ft.
Tenant


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No lot


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Business Places 910 NeW|y rovatd
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Property 915 building across
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Townhouses Rent920
Farm Property 92- (2) 475 sq. ft.
Rent 925 offices available
House -Rent 930 fr immediate
Land Rent 935 or immediate
Resort Property Occupancy.
Rent 945 c y
Roommate 950 :
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Storage Spacet.
Rent 960

Apartme 0 OVERSIZED 1/1 DUPLEX Extra
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Includes lawn maintenance.
APARTMENT & RV SPOT for (954)290-0861
rent. (863)763-7783 or
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Apt. For Rent- 2 br., 1.5 ba.,
2nd floor, large deck, in town TA
on rim canal. Call for app.
(863)467-9413
DUPLEX 2 BR, 1 BA. Large, Brand New 3/2/2
Clean. Cathedral ceilings.
New carpet. C/Air $800 mo. Concrete Block
+ $500 sec. 863-697-2817 Stucco homes.
FURNISHED APT- On Water. $495 Down
Utilities paid. Adult Commu-
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IN TOWN 2BR/1.5BA, $750 per month
mo., 1st & last, annual lease,
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W/D, $695 mo., No Pets -BEST VALUE IN TOWN-
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863-634-5352 $590/mo + Sec Dep.
Call (863)467-9800
NEW 2 BR, 21/2 BA Apt., All
major apple's. included. Near BHR 3br, 2ba,
hospital. $975 mo. + $500 1800 sf, Lake Access
sec. dep. (863)763-0111 $1000. mo.
OKEE., Huge, Clean, 2br, 2ba (863)634-5234
No pets, new paint & carpet. BRAND NEW 3/2 in Dixie
$775/mo. 1st, last & $500 Ranch Acres, W&D Hookup.
sec. dep. (772)215-0098 $1100 mo. 1st, last & sec.
Okeechobee, 2Br/1.5ba, car- (561)723-6865
peted, ceramic tile, w/appl's
incl. dishwasher. 1 block N. Century21 Horizon
of Walmart $700 mo. + 863-634-5352
$700 sec. (863)763-8878 Homes for Rent
REMODELED 2/1, 2 story 4/2 CBS Hi-Lo Acres
screened porch, very clean, $1095/mo. tile, sun room
no pets. $750/mo, 1st, last ......... ... .. ......
& Dep. (863)634-3313 3/2 New CBS Kings Bay
We have over 50 Rentals! $995 mo.
Century 21 Horizon ................. ......
863-634-5352 3/2/2 CBS Waterfront
-Fireplace, screened patio,
When doing those chores fireplace, granite
is doing you In, It's time .............................
to look for a helper in 3/2 Waterfront Cottage
the classifieds. 24 ft. Dock, patio 2 story
$1350/mo.
Time to clean out the .. ..............
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise your Cottage For Rent- 1 br., 1 ba.,
yard sale In the classi- on rim canal, located at 15B,
fleds and make your partially furn., Call for app.
clean un a breezel (863)467-9413


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



11am to 3pm Palm Village Ranch
3/2 Royal Concrete Home
4280 SW 13th Ave
(863) 610-1714


OKEE: 3/1 on /2 ac. Renovat-
ed, laundry, C//heat, screen
porch, carport. $975 mo, 1st
mo. & dep. Call 305-458-8659
OKEECHOBEE 3br, 2ba,
$1300/mo, 1st & Sec Dep.,
802 SW 3rd Ave.
(863)634-6362
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage. C/Air. 1st, last &
sec. 863-467-2541 or after
5 pm 863-634-9330
OKEECHOEE CBS, 4br, 2ba
Waterfront. All tile floors, Hi-
Lo Acres. $1100 mo.
772-349-3848 or 597-1967
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

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OKEECHOBEE -Wanted Pro-
fessional w/refs. $375/mo
plus half utilities. Call after
pm (863)467-2963
SINGLE, no children, female
pref. to share 3BR, 2BA
home with family. Pool.
$700/month. 863-697-0218


Real Estate


Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property- Sale 1010
Condos/
Townhouses Sale1015
Farms Sale 10202
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment .
Property Sale 1035;
Land Salee 1040
Lots -Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property. -Sale 1055
Property Inspectionr1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080


BY OWNER: REDUCED TO
$369,000.1 Lovely 3 Bdrm.,
21/ Bath, Fireplace, Custom
Built with park-like 2 acres
on private road in country
rural setting located in a Great
neighborhood in Okeechobee
863-467-2567


AMAZING LAND
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10 Okeechobee News, Sunday, April 20, 2008


Huff shuts down Jensen as Okeechobee defends district title


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
It was all about Mary Huff Fri-
day night. If Mary pitched well,
the Brahmans stood a good
chance of defending their district
title. If she didn't, the ship might
go down with her.
Mary came off a perfect game
performance against Suncoast,
and was just as tough against
Jensen Beach. She tossed seven
innings of no hit ball and allowed
just two batters to reach base as
the Brahmans ripped the Lady
Falcons, 6-0.
"I'm really excited," Huff said,
"Im so glad to host the regional.
We love playing at home and we
love the crowd and everybody's
support."
The team motto for this game
was three up three down, no
messing around. Coach Kim Har-
graves noted that was a pretty
good strategy for any game.
Okeechobee had plenty of
chances to blow open the game
in the early innings, but just
couldn't get a big hit when they
needed it. Still they dominated
and Huff really never faced a
pressure situation.
In the first, Naomi Stevens
hit the second pitch of the game
over the fence in center field to
give Okeechobee a 1-0 lead. The
Brahmans also got a single from
Huff. Lauren Throop appeared to
hit a double down the left field
line. The umpire blew the call
and called it foul. Throop then
popped out to end the threat.
Coach Hargraves said she
wasn't surprised her tiny short
stop drove the ball over the
fence. She noted she had hit a
ball homerun distance against
Suncoast but it drifted foul. This
one didn't have a chance as she
drilled it to straight away center


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Mary Huff tossed 12 innings
of no hit bails in the district
tournament and picked up
two wins for the Brahmans.


field.
Okeechobee got the bases
loaded with nobody out in the
second but couldn't score. Me-
gan Clements, Taylor Douglas
and Courtney Wilson all singled.
However Jensen starter Bain
came back to retire Jordyn Nealis
on a soft fly ball to left, and struck
out Stevens. She got out of the
jam unscathed when Elia Suarez
flied out to deep center field.
Okeechobee did score twice
in the third. Huff again was in
the middle of the rally. She led
off with a double to right cen-
ter. Throop followed with a run


scoring double to make it 2-0.
She scored on a single by Jordan
Marcum.and an error on a throw
back into the infield. Jensen went
to the bullpen and their reliever
retired the Brahmans thanks to a
nice double play turned by their
shortstop on a pop fly.
Jensen couldn't get anything
going on offense. Huff retired
the first seven batters she faced
before Lyons reached on an er-
ror on a throw by the Brahman
hurler. She then retired the next
two to get out of a mild jam. She
also worked around an error in
the fourth.


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Okeechobee threatened again
in the seventh as Huff and Throop
opened the inning with singles.
Jordan Marcum hit into a fielders
choice to put runners on first and
third. Huff was shaken up on the
next play on a close play at the
plate. She was called out for the
second out. It seemed like the
rally was over but Taylor Douglas
had other ideas. The freshman
jerked a fast ball over the fence
in center field for a three run
homerun to give Okeechobee
some insurance runs and a 6-0
lead.
Douglas noted she took a lot


of pleasure in the home run after
the play at the plate noting she
loves Mary Huff and wanted to
help her win.
After that the only drama was
if Huff would pitch with the in-
jured ankle. She admitted she felt
a little sore on the mound in the
seventh but she still retired the
side in order.
With the win Okeechobee
earned the right to host a region-
al playoff game at home on Tues-
day night. They are scheduled to
play Vierra High School. The first
pitch will be at 7 p.m.
Hargraves noted there were


questions about this team enter-
ing the year because they had
lost a lot of talented seniors off
last year's final four team. How-
ever she credited the leadership
of her six seniors and the effort
of the underclassmen, as key rea-
sons why the team set a school:
record, and won their second
straight district championship. '
"We didn't have any butter-
flies. We know how to play the
game. Many of the younger girls
didn't realize what they've ac-
complished, they treated it like
another game," she added.


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