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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

PO BOX 117007


Kissimmee River
lock closed
The S-65D navigation lock
on the Kissimmee River will be
closed for regularly scheduled
maintenance by the South Flor-
ida Water Management District
(SFWMD) from April 30 to May
13,2008. The lockwill be impas-
sible to boat traffic during this
time so that divers and crews
can conduct maintenance and
inspections. The work is part
of a continuing maintenance
program designed to keep SF-
WMD water control structures
in good repair. The inspections
also will help engineers gather
information needed in advance
of a major structure overhaul
planned for 2010.
The S-65D water control
structure works in conjunction
with other control structures on
the Kissimmee River to meet
the District's flood control, wa-
ter supply and environmental
restoration goals.
For additional information
about this or any of our proj-
ects, please call the SFWMD
Okeechobee Service Center at
863-462-5260 or 800-250-4200.

The ARC seeking
new board members
The ARC of Okeechobee, a
501 c(3) organization is seek-
ing individuals to serve on the
Board of Directors. The ARC is
looking for members with skills
from diverse backgrounds and
ethnicities, either as self-advo-
cates, family members, con-
cerned professionals or public
spirited citizens with a com-
mon interest in the rights and
well-being of individuals with
developmental disabilities and
their families. Please contact
Jeannie Bramlett at 863-763-
2419 for application arrange-

Drought Index

Current: 240
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.42 feet
iL Last Year: 9.94 feet

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

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City bypass road proposed

County Commissioners
to discuss possible
bypass routes

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
As Okeechobee continues to
grow, the traffic congestion in the
center of town continues to get
worse. When the Okeechobee
County Board of County Com-
missioners meets on Thursday,
April 24, they will discuss a topic

that they have been discussing
for several years -- a bypass road
to route traffic away from the
center of town. Over the last sev4
eral years several bypass routes
have been suggested.
The engineering firm of Craig
A. Smith is scheduled to present
information on a possible route
for a bypass road between S.R.
70 and S.R. 78.
In September of 2006 the
board approved a plan allowing
Oscar Daniel to haul shell rock
from his property south of Lazy

7 over S.W 67th Drive to S.R. 70.
Among the terms of the agree-
ment Mr. Daniel was to donate
land for a bypass road between
SR. 70 and S.R. 78. He was also
required to pay .10 cents a ton
for all shell rock hauled over S.W
67th Drive. This money would be
used for construction of a bypass,
Then in February of 2007 lo-
cal realtor Haynes Williams ap-
peared before the board and
made a lengthy presentation us-
ing maps to describe a 23 mile

bypass road route that would
completely encircle the City of
Okeechobee. The proposed by-
pass would start on S.R. 78 west
of Eagle Bay and proceed in a
northwesterly direction before
turning north and crossing S.R.
70 just west of Lazy 7. Mr. Wil-
liams proposed a railroad over-
pass over the CSX tracks north-
west of the city. The route would
then curve to the east, cross
U. S. 98 N. just north of Basss-
wood and proceed along the
northern edge of Basswood, It

would then cross U. S. 441 N. at
Cemetery Road and curve to the
south, crossing S.R. 70 E. at the
Okeechobee County Agri-Civic
Center. From there the route
would make several turns before
crossing S.R. 710 and joining U.
S. 441 S. E. east of Ancient Oaks.
Mr. Williams said that he had
talked with all the property own-
ers along the proposed route
and they all expressed willing-
ness to talk with the county. Mr.
Williams even volunteered to be
See Bypass Page 2

Man accused of

attack with pipe

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man had
to be taken to Raulerson Hos-
pital Sunday night after he was
struck several times about the
head with a piece of metal
Lopez, 35,
N.W 36th St.,
was arrested
in connec-
tion with the
incident and
charged with
two counts
of aggravated Plasido
battery.. He Lopez
was booked
into the Okeechobee County
Jail under a bond of $50,000.
Deputy Augustin Saucedo, of

the Okeechobee County Sher-
-iff's Office (OCSO), stated in
his report that he found Ramiro
Tema Lopez at a N.W 36th
St. trailer park with "blood all
over his head, face and chest."
The report states Ramiro had a
5-inch laceration to the back of
his head, and his lip was swol-
len and bleeding.
Plasido Lopez, the deputy
later learned, is Ramiro Lopez's
Deputy Saucedo next spoke
with Edgar Temo Lopez and Hi-
lario Temo Lopez, who are the
victim's brothers.
The brothers reportedly told
the deputy they were arguing
outside the mobile home in
which Plasido Lopez was sleep-
ing around 12:30 a.m. on April
20. All of those involved live in
See Pipe Page 2

Two women sought in

connection with robbery

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Police are currently search-
ing for two women who are
wanted for questioning in con-
nection with the theft of $200
from a pedestrian.
Detective Bill Saum of the

Okeechobee City Police Depart-
ment (OCPD) said the 22-year-
old Hispanic male was walking
westward along South Parrott
Avenue shortly after 10 p.m.
Friday, April 18, when a green
See Robbery Page 2

Okeechobee News/Katrina :isKen
Just horsing around ...
Joey is a playful horse owned by Mike and Cindy Ricker
of Mi-Cin Ranch. Joey is always playing with something,
says Cindy. Someone left this stick horse a little too close
to his fence, and he managed to stick his nose through
the fence, get it in his teeth and pull it through the fence
so he could play with it.

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
In light of recent events and
the upcoming prom season
the Okeechobee High School
Crime Watch organization is
striving to make our town a saf-
er place by sending a message
to teens about driving safety.
Car crashes are the num-
ber one killer of American
teens, claiming nearly 6,000
teen lives annually. In prepara-
tion for National Youth Traffic
Safety Month in May, National
Organizations for Youth Safety
(NOYS) and The Allstate Foun-
dation have selected a group
of Okeechobee High School
teens as finalists competing for
$10,000 in a contest entitled
"Act Out Loud: Raising Voices
for Safe Teen Driving."
According to Pattie Mullins,
the co-sponsor of Crime Watch,
the plan began when she wrote
a grant for $1,000 to show her
club's support of their fellow
classmates by allowing them
to be aware of the realities of
drinking and driving.

Okeechobee is among only
10 high school teams across
the country selected to partici-
pate in the unique teen activ-
ism contest. The object of the
contest is to raise the most
awareness for safe teen driving
and hopefully save lives.
"Brahman Busters are ex-
cited and ready to start their
busting," said Katelyn Stuart,
an Okeechobee Crime Watch
member. "Our Act Out Loud
project is really going to reach
out to this small-town commu-
nity in South Florida."
In recent events, there have
been local tragedies that have
reached the young people of
Okeechobee. In light of these
events that have touched the
lives of so many, the Crime
Watch Act Out Loud group
consisting of: Will Davis, Crime
Watch President; team leaders
Mary Huff; Evan King; Mike
McClain; Katelyn Stuart; and
members Jordyn Nealis; An-
drea Duenas; Kathryn Murrow;
Kailey Smith; Cassie Murray;
and Jesse Durham has been

gathering information to make
their Act Out Loud "Brahman
Busters" project a success.
The Okeechobee Crime
Watch group will incorporate
a variety of activities to sup-
port safe driving advocacy. The
school's 1lth and 12th graders
will be invited to participate in
a simulated, impaired driving
course in the days before prom
on Monday, April 28, during
Members of the local Sher-
iff's office will be providing the
use of "drunk goggles" to allow
the teens to feel what it is like to
be impaired by alcohol.
The team will also distribute
"Safe Driving" materials (pam-
phlets, stickers, flyers, etc.) and
work with local law enforce-
ment, the Crime Watch Club
and Okeechobee High School
students to spread safe driving
awareness. From April 15-30,
the teens will document their
progress online through blog,
photo and video postings at in order
See Teens Page 2

Administrator makes appointment

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County
Road Department now has
a new assistant department
As of April 23, James F. By-
ars will be the assistant director
of the department. Mr. Byars
has worked in the road depart-
ment since November of 1993
as an equipment operator and
projects/permit inspector. The
press release issued by interim
road department head Vernon
Gray stated that Mr. Byars was
selected because of his road
department knowledge, experi-
ence, familiarity with Okeecho-
bee County, positive working

relations with department em-
ployees and the assistance he
provided in the reorganization
of the department manage-
ment and operations.
This is the first appointment
made by new county adminis-
trator Lyndon Bonner. Mr. Bon-
ner approved the appointment
that had been in the works
since before he became admin-
istrator on April 14. Mr. Bonner
acted on the advice of Mr. Gray,
who had been considering
eight candidates for the job. He
said Mr. Gray needed help and
the selection of Mr. Byars made
perfect sense.
Mr. Gray considered eight
applicants for the job. Some
were from Okeechobee or sur-

rounding areas. However, there
were also applicants from North
Carolina, Indiana and Iowa.
For several months, in ad-
dition to his duties as head of
head of the airport and indus-
trial park, Mr. Gray has served
as interim head of the road de-
partment. The long time head
of the road department, Tom-
my Rimes, retired in November
of last year.
Mr. Bonner is pleased with
Mr. Gray's operations at this
point and said that naming a
permanent head for the road
department is not a pressing is-
sue. It is not his highest priority
at this time.
See Byars- Page 2

Vol. 99 No. 113

Brahman Busters: OHS Crime Watch

Submitted photo
The Okeechobee High School Crime Watch group (front row-left to right) Deputy Rob-
erts, Mary Huff, Jessica Dickson, Jordyn Nealis, Katelyn Stuart, Kaddy Murrow, Pattie
Mullins, Gina Davis (back row-left to right) Deputy Suggs, Will Davis, Kirstin Hargraves,
Jolene Skeen, Evan King, Andrea Duenas, Jessie Durham, Bradley Stark, Mike Mc-
Clain, Katie Rucks, Lt. Dana, and Brian Hagan all posed with the $1,000 check that was
awarded to them to promote safe teen driving.

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2 Okeechobee News, Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Man accused of Bypass
Continued From Page 1

stealing boat

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An'Okeechobee man has been
accused of steal-
ing a 14-foot alu-
minum boat for
the purpose of
cutting it up and
selling the pieces
for scrap.
Randy Ed-
ward Ammons,
45, U.S. 441 S.E.,
was arrested Randy
April 17 on fel- Ammons
ony charges of
burglary, grand theft and tamper-
ing with evidence. He was also
charged with the misdemeanor
of criminal mischief.
Ammons was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under a
bond of $16,000.
The owner of the Starcraft boat
called the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO) at 8:35
a.m. last Thursday and told them
that a green Dodge pickup truck
was driving away from his resi-
dence with the boat in the back.
OCSO Deputy Bart Potter found

Continued From Page 1

the same mobile home.
Plasido apparently stepped
outside and told the brothers to
stop arguing, and at this point he
began fighting with Ramiro, said
the report.
Deputy Saucedo indicated in
his report that Plasido then went
to his truck where he picked up
a piece of metal pipe and began
chasing the three brothers and
trying to hit them. He managed to

Continued From Page 1
The county had previously ad-
vertised the position of road de-
partment head but the candidate
selected in January did not work
out. At some future date. Mr. Bon-
ner said the county will re-adver-

Continued From Page 1

vehicle pulled up to him. A wom-
an then got out of the vehicle and
put a knife to the man's throat.
The detective said she took his
money and his cell phone so that
he could not call for help.
The man told police the wom-
an had scars on her neck and a
tattoo on her back.
All he could tell police about

the truck and boat around 11:50
a.m. on U.S. 441 S.E.. According
to his report, Ammons was stand-
ing beside the boat at the time.
The deputy's report states that
when he found the boat over 2
feet of the back end had been cut
off, and there was a cut down the
right side of the bow and a cut
down the bottom from the rear to
the center of the boat.
Deputy Potter also stated in his
report that the identification num-
bers, as well as the vehicle identi-
fication numbers (VIN), had been
ground away.
Another man, who was at
the location where the boat was
found, reportedly told the deputy
that Ammons had borrowed a
skill saw in order to cut up the
boat and sell the aluminum for
The boat, which had been
in the owner's family for many
years, hid been stored in the
backyard of the residence.
The owner was called and was
allowed to take the pieces of his
Deputy Potter's report states
the boat was valued at $500.

strike Ramiro several times with
the pipe, continued the report.
The deputy also found "a large
swollen welt" on the back of Hi-
lario, who was complaining that
his back hurt and he was having
difficulty breathing.
Deputy Saucedo also noted
in his report that Plasido said the
three brothers had attacked him
and that the man had a small
scratch on the bridge of his nose.
The report states that the pipe
was found in the bed of a truck
parked in the front yard of the

tise for the position. While he will
consider outside applications, Mr.
Bonner said he likes to develop
leadership from within.
In January of this year, under
Mr. Gray's leadership, the road
department was re-organized and
streamlined into three divisions -
administration, equipment main-
tenance and road repair.

the vehicle is that it was green
and there was a child safety seat
in the back seat.
The man, who ran north after
the incident, could not tell police
what direction the women went
after the holdup. The incident
happened at the intersection of
South Parrott Ave. and S.W 14th
St. Detective Saum said there has
been no arrests, but if anyone has
any information about this case
they should contact him at the
Okeechobee City Police Depart-
ment, 863-763-5521.

a mediator.
However, the commissioners
took no action on Mr. Williams'
Then in June of last year the
board looked at four possible by-
pass routes between S. R. 70 and
S. R. 78 using Mr. Daniel's prop-
erty. The routes varied in length
from 4.3 miles to 7.3 miles and
all were two lanes with a 100 foot

Continued From Page 1

to inform the community of their
Will Davis and Mary Huff wll
go before the County Commis-
sion and the City Council to re-
ceive a proclamation supporting
their efforts to save lives.
The Brahman Busters need
the community to vote for their
favorite projects from Thursday,
May 1, through Friday, May 9 at The top
three teams, based on total on-
line votes, will be announced on
May 12. The winning teams will
receive cash awards to be divided
between the winning schools and
the Act Out Loud teams to further
support safe teen driving educa-
tion efforts.
First place will receive $10,000,
second place $5,000 and third
place $3,000. A $5,000 grant also
will be awarded to the non-profit
national youth organization des-
ignated by the first place winning
While according to NOYS,
summer is the deadliest season
for America's youth, lately that
has seemed to be minimized by
all of the recent tragedies. The
OHS Crime Watch is determined
to do their best to educate their
peers to draw more attention to
the subject and save lives.
Between 1996 and 2006, the
National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration tracked the num-
ber of deaths in car crashes in-
volving youth ages 15-20. Results
show that: for young drivers,
seven of the top 10 deadliest days
of the year fell between Memorial
Day and Labor Day. The top three
deadliest days were June 14, July
4 and August 8.
The deadliest month for youth

right of way. After lengthy discus-
sion the board requested staff to
provide more information on the
alternate route that would inter-
sect with S.R. 70 west of Lazy 7
and proceed southeast a distance
of 5.9 miles to S.R. 78.
Thursday's meeting will fea-
ture more detailed information
on this proposed bypass route.
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached Postyour
opinions in the Public Issues Forum

traffic-related deaths was July;
the second deadliest month was
In 2006, an average of 17 teens
died every day in the summer due
to car crashes.
According to a survey of over
600 teen drivers ages 16 and 17
(conducted on behalf of NOYS
and The Allstate Foundation in
March 2008), summer months
bring an increase in teen driving
activity, some of which is directly
correlated to an increased risk of
a car crash. Sixty-five percent of
teens say they drive more often
during the summer months
Fifty-two percent of teens say
they drive with teen passengers
more often during the summer
Fifty percent of teens say they
drive in the dark more often dur-
ing the summer months
National Youth Traffic Safety
Month activities encourage teens
to conduct safe driving projects in
May -- during prom, graduation
and the launch of the summer
driving season -- in hopes that
teens and communities will be
positively impacted by safe driv-
ing messages.
For more information on "Act
Out Loud," and to help your local
OHS Crime Watch Brahman Bust-
ers please log on to http://www.
Together, we can all make a
difference by reaching out to the
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at

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By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
For the third time this month,
a deputy from the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
has been involved in a car ac-
This time, however, Deputy
Justin Akins came away from
the accident unscathed.
According to the deputy's

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A piece of equipment stolen last
year has been found at a local pawn
shop and a for-
mer employee of
the equipment's
owner has been
charged with
pawning it.
James Al-
len Bioford 25,
N.E. Third Lane,
was arrested April
19 and charged
with dealing in James
stolen property Bigford
and defraudino a
pawnbroker. Fe was booked into
the Okeechobee County Jail under
a bond of $12,500.
An Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO) arrest report by
Deputy Michael Bobrowski states
that a rotary hammer drill was sto-
len from a local roofing company
last year. The business owner felt
that it must have been taken dur-
ing business hours because there

report, he was stopping at the
intersection of N.W. Eighth Ave.
and N.W. 34th St. just before I
p.m. on Friday, April 18. While
stopping, he saw a 2005 black
Ford vehicle turning into his
The vehicle was being driven
by Elizabeth Macedo, 18, N.W.
29th Ave.
Deputy Akins goes on to
state in his report that he tried

were no signs of forced entry to the
trailer in which the $225 drill was
The owner also noted that only
he has a key to that trailer.
The deputy was given a sales
receipt to show that the business
owner had purchased the drill
as well as the equipment's serial
He then told the deputy that
around 1 p.m. on Friday, April 18,
he found a drill matching the de-
scription of the one taken from his
company at a local pawn shop.
Deputy Bobrowski went to the
pawnshop and verified that the
serial number on the drill was the
same as the one taken from the
roofing company. He then went
back to the owner of the company
and got a list of his employees who
worked for him in November of
On that list he saw Bigford's
name, which was also the name
on the pawn shop receipt, stated
the arrest report.
Bigford was arrested without

to avoid the crash by turning his
vehicle towards the shoulder of
the roadway. But, continued the
report, the Ford vehicle struck
the driver's side of his patrol
unit. Contact was first made at
the mirror on the door and con-
tinued along the driver's side of
the Ford Crown Victoria to its
rear tire.
The deputy then contacted
his supervisor, Deputy Sergeant

Shannon Peterson, who investi-
gated the accident.
Deputy Akins then submitted
to both a urine and blood test.
The results of both were turned
over to his supervisors, who
found him not to be at fault in
the accident.
The report did not give the
estimated damage to either ve-
hicle, or if any citations were is-
sued to Ms. Macedo.

Arrest Report

The following individuals
were arrested on felony or driv-
ing under the influence (DUI)
charges by the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO),
thd Okeechobee City Police De-
partment (OCPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Flor-
ida Fish and Wildlife Conser-
vation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
Jed Joseph Pilgrim, 32, N.E.
42nd Terrace, Okeechobee, was
arrested April 19 by Deputy Ar-
lene Durbin on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him
with the felony of burglary of a
dwelling, and the misdemean-
ors of battery and trespass of an
occupied structure. He is being
held without bond.
Inocencio Sixto-Layna, 33,
S.E. 21st St., Okeechobee, was
arrested April 20 by Officer S.
Morgan on a felony charge of
driving while license suspend-
ed/revoked. His bond was set at

Clemente Baltazar, 25,
N.W 98th St., Okeechobee,
was arrested April 20 by Deputy
Yamil Astacio on an Okeecho-
bee County warrant charging
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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
TEENS: The problem isn't the lack of activities or programs out
there for the kids there are tons of things for them to do. The prob-
lem is they are "too cool" for them, and they are lazy or they have no
responsibilities and aren't made to do anything. They haven't a clue
as to how to entertain themselves. They have to be entertained 24/7.
The kids that do participate in programs such as 4-H are involved nine
months out of the year, some year round. The 4-H program is always
in need of two things, money and volunteers which I have been for
the past 18 years, 11 of those being a leader. And my time is donated
to the kids and the program. I ask nothing back from the kids except
to be respectful and appreciate the opportunity given to them. I am
going to say you can put all the programs out there you want, but if
there is no kid/parent involvement it's not going to work.
BULLIES: I am really concerned about the number of bullies in
the elementary schools. Some seem to be very clever to act all sweet
when the teachers are around and then pick on the smaller kids when
no one can see or hear. If the smaller or more timid kids tell, then
they are only tortured more. I don't know what the answer is. Maybe
someone has some ideas. Have you dealt with bullies? How did you
do it?
TRANSPORTATION: I see where they are talking about needing
more programs for the kids, and more things for them to do. I re-
ally don't think lack of activities is the problem. There are all kinds of
school clubs, sports, church groups, Scouts, 4-H, FFA, etc. However,
the kids can't go to any of these things unless the parents drive them,
and some parents just can't do that or they are too lazy to do it. We
need some kind of mass transportation such as a bus system. Any
youth program volunteer will tell you they have the same problem.
There are always a few kids whose parents are always late picking
them up or just don't show up at all to pick them up. I have had to
wait more than an hour for a parent, or else drive kids home myself.
EXERCISE: I saw something on the news from California. They
have skateboarding in high schools, in the PE programs. That's a big
step, maybe we should follow them. It burns 485 calories a hour,
that's pretty good.
TRAIN STATION: I hope the county commissioners and city coun-
cil get on board with the proposal to fix up the train station. That
is something that is really needed. We really do need some public
restrooms and at least a water fountain there. Some kind of indoor
waiting area would be great too. Besides, think about the impression
the old boarded up building makes when people get off the train in
Okeechobee. We can do better, folks.
GAL: This is about the Gay Straight Alliance club at the high school.
The judge -threw out the case because the plaintiff graduated and
whether or not the school lets her have a club no longer matters to
her. They can refile if they have more students who want the club and
ask to be represented, and since the American Civil Liberties Union is
very interested in pursuing this, they will probably do that. But I think
it would be smarter for the kids to just start a club and call it the Toler-
ance club, and have meetings to discuss ways to promote tolerance of
all. Too many kids get bullied and picked on. It's not just the gay kids
it happens to. And it needs to stop.
PRAIRIE: Regarding the bee death, my original comment was tak-
en incorrectly, 1 believe. A person's death is always a very sad event.
He was a loved man and many are saddened by his untimely demise.
I never mentioned, nor did The Post article state that this man was
"squatting." The county has ordinances in place allowing perma-
nent dwellings in the Prairie with a minimum of 1,000 sq. ft. A septic
system is required otherwise the environment would be ruined by
"campers" relieving themselves wherever they pleased. I don't think it
is legal to run a campground in the Prairie. While you may feel good
about allowing an indigent person to live on your property, it is still il-
legal. It lowers the value of the lot next to yours. Nobody wants to live
next to someone that is staying in a motorhome or shed and avoiding
the expense of living legally. A person renting an apartment "uptown"
is most certainly helping to pay their landlord's taxes through their
monthly rent. The community is also grieving the man's death, yet
it should be noted that taxpayer-supported emergency personnel at-
tempted to save his life.
TREASURE ISLAND: A big thank you to all in Treasure Island who
took the time to go to the meeting on April 10. We finally have a few
to help clean up our area. More voices are needed as a group. A few
cannot get the attention that is needed to get any action. We didn't
move into a slum area 20 years ago. It is sad now to see junk, trash,
tall grass and drug houses on every street. Theft is being seen more
often and like cancer it eats away if not taken care of. We need the
county Commissioners and code enforcement to step up and help
us. If nothing is done to correct this situation it will eventually get into
your pocketbook or your life if you let it happen. We all need to show
our concerns. It won't help to complain to your neighbor or to keep
quiet. Please do your part and talk to the right people. To walk a mile
you need to take the first step. We can do it together. Let's all try.
CODE ENFORCEMENT: Let's face it, we have plenty of laws on
the books. We don't need more laws. We need the laws that we have
enforced. If those in charge of enforcing the law and levying the fines
would not back down, this could be done. We could afford more code
enforcement officers because the fines would pay their salaries. They
should not be relying on neighbors to make a complaint. They should
ride around through the neighborhoods, using a grid pattern to make
sure all are checked periodically and look for obvious violations, and
ticket them on the spot. If the neighbors have to make a written com-
plaint to get anything done, then the person finds out the name of the
neighbor and retaliates. So most people just don't complain because
they are afraid what will happen to them if they do file a complaint.

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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 A.A. 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 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
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-
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 Security
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 invited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For
information, 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.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., will
be hosting God's Time -- a morning of free organized Christian
activities that includes play, instruction and interaction for parents
and their pre-school children. The event will be held each Tuesday
from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Child care will be provided for infants
during the class. For information, call 863-763-4021.
Narcotics Anonymous will begin meeting every Tuesday at
noon. Meetings will be held at the Just for Today Club, 101 Fifth
Ave. For information, call 863-634-4780.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W. Third Terr., holds meetings
for persons with alcohol and drug related problems at 6 p.m. For
information call 863-357-3053.

Wednesday, April 23
Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Spanish
groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian Church,
3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator. Another
group meets in the Okeechobee County Health Department, 1798
N.W. Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as the group
facilitator. There is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m. with Shirlean
Graham as the facilitator. For information, call 863-763-2893.}

Community Events

Courtesy photo/Florida State Archives

Looking back ...
This 1951 photo shows 87-year-old A.S. Gilbert at the Kis-
simmee River boat-a-cade. For years, old time river pilot
A.S. Gilbert piloted between Kissimmee and Okeechobee
hauling citrus and supplies. At one time he was the river
inhabitants' only link to the "outside world." Do you have
an old photo to share? Email it to okeenews@newszap.

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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.

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.

Habitat for Humanity holds yard sale
Habitat for Humanity Okeechobee County Inc. is going to have a
yard sale on April 26 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Tractor Supply park-
ing lot. We will continue to take donations until Thursday. You may
call Shirley at 863-467-6484 or Carol at 863-357-2536.

Church holds car show
Buckhead Ridge Christian Church will hold their Fourth Annual
Car Show on Saturday, April 26 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Buck-
head Ridge Christian Church. Classic Cars, Muscle Cars, New and Old.
There will be a $5 registration fee for each car entry at the door. There
will be trophies awarded, door prizes, lunch, snack and drinks for sale.
For information call 863-467-7604 or 863-634-8964.
Habitat plans yard sale
Habitat for Humanity Okeechobee County Inc. is going to have a
yard sale on April 26 and is in desperate need of donations. If you
would like to donate items please call Shirley at 863-467-6484 Carol
at 863-357-2536.

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.

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 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.

Ministry sponsors fishing tournament
Freedom Outreach Ministry is Sponsoring a Monthly Fishing Tour-
nament. This Month the Tournament will take place on Sunday, April
27 at Sportmens Canal. Registration is $70 per boat, and there is a $10
big fish pot. You can fish by yourself or with a partner. Tournament
begins at Safe Light until 2 p.m. For More Information, Please call -
532-1718 or 634-3790.

Hospice holds yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will host a Yard Sale at the Blue Volunteer
Building, next to The Hamrick Home (411 S.E. 4th Street) on Friday
May 2, 8 a.m. till 2 p.m. and Saturday May 3, 8 a.m. till noon. Bargains
galore, All new items available. All Proceeds benefit patient care in
Okeechobee including services offered in The Hamrick Home. For in-
formation, call Cathy at 863-467-2321 or 863-697-1995.


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The following movies are now showing at the
Brahman Theatres III. Movie times for Friday,
April118, through Thursday, April 24, are as fol-
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, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre II "Nims Island" (PG) Showtimes: Fri-
day 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-
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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 un-
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On this date:
In 1509, Henry VIII became
king of England following the
death of his father, Henry the VII.
In 1864, Congress authorized
the use of the phrase "In God We
Trust" on coins.
In 1938,45 workers were killed
in' a coal mine explosion at Keen
Mountain in Buchanan County,
In 1944, during World War
II, U.S. forces began invading
Japanese-held New Guinea with
amphibious landings at Hollandia
and Aitape.
In 1954, the publicly televised
sessions of the Senate Army-Mc-
Carthy hearings began.
In 1964, President Johnson
opened the New York World's
In 1970, millions of Americans
concerned about the environment
observed the first "Earth Day."
In 1983, the West German
news magazine Stern announced
the discovery of 60 volumes of
personal diaries purportedly writ-
ten by Adolf Hitler. However, the

diaries turned out to be a hoax.
In 1994, Richard M. Nixon,
the 37th president of the United
States, died at a New York hospital
four days after suffering a stroke;
he was 81.
In 2000, in a dramatic pre-
dawn raid, armed immigration
agents seized Elian Gonzalez
from his relatives' home in Mi-
ami; Elian was reunited with his
father at Andrews Air Force Base
near Washington.
Ten years ago: A young
woman charged along with her
high school sweetheart with
murdering their newborn at a
Delaware motel pleaded guilty to
manslaughter. (Amy Grossberg
ended up serving nearly two years
of a 2A'/2-year sentence; Brian Pe-
terson served 1A/2 years of a two-
year sentence.)
Five years ago: President
Bush announced he would
nominate Alan Greenspan for
a fifth term as Federal Reserve
chairman. Songwriter Felice Bry-
ant, who, with her late husband,
Boudleaux, wrote "Bye Bye Love"
and other Everly Brothers hits,
died in Gatlinburg, Tenn., at age
One year ago: In the first
round of the French presiden-
tial election, conservative Nico-
las Sarkozy and Socialist rival
Segolene Royal received enough
votes to advance to a runoff,

which Sarkozy won.
Today's Birthdays: Actor
George Cole is 83. Actress Char-
lotte Rae is 82. Actress Estelle Har-
ris is 76. Singer Glen Campbell is
72. Actor Jack Nicholson is 71.
Singer Mel Carter is 65. Country
singer Cleve Francis is 63. Movie
director John Waters is 62. Singer
Peter Frampton is 58. Rock singer-
musician Paul Carrack (Mike and
the Mechanics; Squeeze) is 57.
Actor Joseph Bottoms is 54. Ac-
tor Ryan Stiles is 49. Comedian
Byron Allen is 47. Actor Chris
Makepeace is 44. Rock musician
Fletcher Dragge is 42. Actor Jef-
frey Dean Morgan is 42. Actress
Sheryl Lee is 41. Actress-talk show
host Sherri Shepherd is 41. Coun-
try singer-musician Heath Wright
(Ricochet) is 41. Country singer
Kellie Coffey is 37. Actor Eric Ma-
bius is 37. Actor Ingo Rademach-
er is 37. Rock musician Shavo
Odadjian (System of a Down) is
34. Rock singer-musician Daniel
Johns (Silverchair) is 29. Actress
Michelle Ryan is 24. Actress Am-
ber Heard is 22.
Thought for Today: "Always
remember others may hate you
but those who hate you don't win
unless you hate them. And then
you destroy yourself." Richard M.
Nixon, 37th president of the Unit-
ed States (1913-1994).


Hursey Lee Cross
Hursey Lee Cross, age 95 of
Okeechobee died on April 20,
2008 at home. Mrs. Cross was
born, Oct. 14, 1912 in Jackson,
Miss., to Nathan and Mildred
Hawthorne. Mrs. Cross was a
homemaker and of the Methodist
Mrs. Cross is survived by six
daughters, Shirley (Lewis) Car-
penter of Fort Lauderdale, Mar-
garet Haynes of Sanford, Jeanette
(Lowell) Beatly of Blakely, Ga.,
Patsy (Jim) Nutter of Okeecho-
bee, Penny (Eddie) Padgett of Mil-
ton, Daisy Head of Okeechobee;
son, Richard (Imogene) Cross of
Okeechobee; 17 grandchildren
and 28 great grandchildren.
Visitation will be Tuesday,
April 22 from 4 until 7 p.m. at
Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be Wednes-
day, April 23 at 4 p.m. at Bass
Okeechobee Funeral Home, with
Reverend Fred Hodges of Fort
Drum Community Church offi-
ciating. Burial will follow at Fort
Drum Cemetery.
Friends may sign the guest
book at www.bassokeechobee-
All arrangements are entrusted
to the care of Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home and Crematory.

William 'Bill' R.
William "Bill" R. Raisner, age
87 of Okeechobee died April 20,
2008 at Okeechobee Health Care
Facility. Mr. Raisner was born
March 29, 1921 in Philadelphia,
Pa. He was retired from Wachovia
Bank. Mr. Raisner proudly served
in the US Army Air Force during
WWII. He was of the Presbyterian
faith. He married Betty Raisner in
Okeechobee in 1994.
,Mr. Raisner is survived by his
wife of 13 years, Betty J. Raisner
of Okeechobee; daughter, Janice
(Larry) Etchison of Clemmons,
N.C.; three grandchildren, Da-
vid Etchison of Chapel Hill, N.C.,
Travis (Stacey) Etchison of Des
Moines, Iowa and Amy (Matt)
Bodenheimer of Clemmons, N.C.
and two great grandchildren,
Landon and Maggie Bodenheim-
No local services will be held.
Burial will be in Clemmons, N.C.
In lieu of flowers please make
memorials to the charity of your
Friends may sign the guest-
book at www.bassokeechobee-
All arrangements are entrusted
to the care of Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home and Crematory.

Norma Katrina Colon
Norma Katrina Colon, age 23
of Okeechobee died Friday, April
18, 2008 in Okeechobee.
Born on January 8, 1985 in
Stoughton, Mass. She has been
a resident of Okeechobee for the

past 2 years.
She is survived by her lov-
Genesis Katrina
Colon of Miami,
mother, Norma
Miriam Colon
of Okeecho-
bee, father, Car-
los Colon II of
Brockton, Mass.,
brothers, Ray-
mond Colon and Norma
Carlos Colon IIl Colon
of Okeechobee and ,sister, Nelida
Frost of Okeechobee. Also surviv-
ing are her paternal grand mother
Rosa Aponte of Brockton, Mass,
maternal grand mother Norma
Ocampo, and several aunts and
uncles including Uncle Lt. Os-
valdo Salgado of Okeechobee,
Aunt Melissa Salgado and nieces
Giuliana Ocampo, Marianna and
nephew, and Osvaldo,Jr. Salgado.
She is also survived by several
aunts and uncles of the Aponte
family in Brockton, Mass.
She was loved by and will be
missed by all.
The family will receive friends
at the Buxton Funeral Home on
Wednesday, April 23, from 5 until
7 p.m. with services beginning at
7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers the family
asks that donations be made to
help defray costs.
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of the Buxton

Funeral Home and Crematory.

Sue Riley
Sue Riley, age 93, of Portage,-
Ind., passed away Monday, April
21, 2008. She was a former long-
time Okeechobee resident and
was a recent Portage resident.
Sue was a member of St. Peter
Lutheran Church. She was a won-
derful beautician and worked for
Minas' Salon in Hammond and
out of her home. She was pre-
ceded in death by her husband,
Henry L. Riley, her parents, Martin
and Elizabeth Sifel, and 2 sisters,
Betty Haney and Ann Short.
She is survived by 2 sons, Le-
land (Sharon) Riley of Portage, IN;
Martin (Carol) Riley of Portage,
Ind.; 4 grandchildren, Madeline
Gumbs, Veronica Brosseau, Bri-
anGanz, and Kimberly Ganz, four
great-grandchildren, and special
niece, Patsy (Roland) Brauer.
In lieu of flowers memorial do-
nations may be made to the Asera
Care Hospice, 332 W U.S. Hwy
30, Valparaiso, Ind., 46385.
Memorial services are Satur-
.day, April 26, at 11 a.m. at St Peter
Lutheran Church, 6540 Central
Ave., Portage with Pastor Freder-
ick Hoover officiating. Cremation
will precede the service. Rees Fu-
neral Home, Olson Chapel assist-
ing with the arrangements. (219)

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Health News in Brief

Red Cross
plans classes
The Okeechobee American
Red Cross will be offer a class in
First Aid Basics onThursday, April
24, 6 p.m. at the branch office. To
register, or for more information
please stop by the office at 323 N.
Parrott Ave. or call 863-763-2488.

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

Quit Smoking Now
classes offered
The Okeechobee County
Health Department (OCHD) of-
fers a Tobacco Prevention and
Education Program for the com-
munity. The purpose of the pro-
gram is to reduce adult and youth
tobacco use, and provide tobacco
resources to residents, businesses
and community organizations in
the county. For information, call
classes planned
The Okeechobee Healthy Start
Coalition will offer Childbirth Ed-
ucation Classes. For information,
call 863-462-5877.
Diabetes Support
Group at Hospital
Raulerson Hospital offers a
monthly Diabetes Support Group
which meets on the second
Thursday of each month in the
hospital cafeteria at 2 p.m. If you
have any questions please call
the program coordinator, Wanda
Haas, R.N., B.A., C.D.E., C.P.T., at
support group
Depending on Christ is a'new

"The Lord is my Rock and my fort, He is the one who saves me" 2 Samuel 2:22

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Grades K 5



* Preschool
Ages 1 4 yrs
* Kindergarten
* First Grade
* After School
* Summer Camp

Christian Academy
Building Solid Foundations
A Ministry of FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 401 SW 4th Street
License # ACSI 25062

support group for men and wom-
en suffering from depression.
They meet every Thursday. For
information, call 772-597-0463.

Red Cross offers HIV/
AIDS course
The American Red Cross-
Okeechobee Branch offers a ba-
sic HIV/AIDs instruction course
that complies with Florida em-
ployment requirements for indi-
viduals working in various voca-
tions. This is a self-study course
that includes text work and the
successful completion of a mul-
tiple choice written test. The cost
of the course is $15. Call the local
Red Cross office at 863-763-2488
for information.
consultation offered
Problems with drug or alco-
hol addiction in someone you
know, but don't know where to
turn? The Drug Rehab Resource
service can give you the help you
need. Contact the Drug Rehab Re-
source at 866-649-1594 for a free
confidential consultation. Or, go
to the website at www.drugreha-

Cancer support
group to meet
Okeechobee County Cancer
Support Group meets on the first
Thursday of each month. All can-
cer patients, survivors and sup-
porters are welcomed to attend,
support and encourage each other.
They meet the first Thursday of
each month at 5:30 p.m. at First
Baptist Church, 401 S.W. Fourth
St., (entrance is the door to the W
in front of church). Please contact
Susie Pickering at 863-467-5831
or First Baptist Church at 863-763-
2171 for more information.
Cancer Society
seeks volunteers
The American Cancer Society
is recruiting volunteers who are
interested in making a difference
in the fight against cancer. Volun-
teers with the American Cancer
Society's Florida Division par-
ticipate in programs that support
research funding, educate the com-
munity, deliver services to patients
and advocate for policies that help
defeat cancer. To get involved, call
the American Cancer Society at

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Auctions 105
Car Pool 110
Share a ride 115
Card of Thanks 120
In Memoriam 125
Found 130
Lost 135
Give Away 140
Garage/Yard Sale 145
Personals 150
Special Notices 155
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Full-Time 205
Medical 210
Part-Time 215
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230

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Good pay, benefit pkg.
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for residential & commercial
work valid driver's license.
Good Benefits. DFWP
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req'd. Students & Retirees
welcome, Min. age req. 18.
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Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315

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guaranteed income from
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you check with the Better
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long distance toll costs. We
will do our best to alert our
reader of these charges in
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we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.

$17.89 $28.27/hr, Now
Hiring. For application &
free government job info.,
Call American Assoc. of
Labor 1-913-599-8226,
24hrs. emp. serv.


Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 4110
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435

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i- Family
iL Davcare!

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

License # 5698
& Pressure Washing
License #1126
or (863)261-6425
Painting, Repairs, Carpentry
Grab a bargain from your
neighbor's garage,
attic, basement or clos-
et in today's classifleds.

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FulTime 02011

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

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

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


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

Parents on premises. Ready
to gol $300 (863)467-4149
or (863)697-3810
Shih Tzu Puppies For Sale
1 male and 1 -female left,
health cert. and 1st shots,
10 wks. old (863)214-1906


Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Property 915
Townhouses Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960

rent. (863)763-7783 or
DUPLEX 2 BR, 1 BA. Large,
Clean. Cathedral ceilings.
New carpet. C/Air $800 mo.
+ $500 sec. 863-697-2817
Utilities paid. Adult Commu-
nity. No pets Call between
9-4 pm daily (863)357-2044
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 appl's. included. Near
hospital. $975 mo. + $500
sec.dep. (863)763-0111
OKEE., Huge, Clean, 2br, 2ba
No pets, new paint & carpet.
$775/mo. 1st, last & $500
sec. dep. (772)215-0098
Okeechobee, 2Br/1.5ba, car-
peted, ceramic tile, w/appl's
incl. dishwasher, 1 block N.
of Walmart $700 mo. +
$700 sec. (863)763-8878
REMODELED 2/1, 2 story
screened porch, very clean,
no pets. $750/mo, 1st, last
& Dep. (863)634-3313

back room. $695/mo.
Includes lawn maintenance.

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

2/1 Available, no pets,
$590/mo + Sec Dep.
Call (863)467-9800
OKEE: 3/1 on V/ ac. Renovat-
ed, laundry, C/A/heat, screen
porch, carport. $975 mo, 1st
mo. & dep. Call 305-458-8659

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White House Plaza
1120 S. Parrot Avenue
2300 sq ft available
810 sq ft available
600 sq ft available
3 br, 2 ba, central heat & air,
city water, $1100 per month
3 br, 2 ba, SW sec, office,
Must See!
Reduced $159,500
Lawrence Real Estate Co.
OKEECHOBEE 3br, 2ba,
$1300/mo, 1st & Sec Dep.,
802 SW 3rd Ave.
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage. C/Air. 1st, last &
sec. 863-467-2541 or after
5 pm 863-634-9330
Waterfront.' All tile floors, Hi-
Lo Acres. $1100 mo.
772-349-3848 or 597-1967

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

Professional Office Space for
Lease near Courthouse,
Immediate occupancy.

fessional w/refs. $375/TIo
lus half utilities. Call after
pm (863)467-2963
One man's trash Is anoth-
er man's treasure. Turn
your trash to treasure
with an ad in the classl-

Real Estate I

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale1015
Farms -Sale 1020
Houses,- Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property. .
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

BASSWOOD: 3/1, Frame, Tile
Floors, Nice Deck, Lg. Lot.
3458 NW 26th Ave. $97,000
$369,000.! Lovely 3 Bdrm.,
2/2 Bath, Fireplace, Custom
Built with park-like 2 acres
on private road in country
rural setting located in a Great
neighborhood in Okeechobee

10 acres inpvt comm
Starting at $180,000
Owner financing at 5.5% APR
First Rlty (561385-7888

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.

Need a few more bucks to
purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used items In
the classlfelds.

1 -877-353-2424 (Toll Free)

For Legal Ads:
For AII Other Classified Ads:

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

Mobile Homes j

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

ANCIENT OAKS 55+, Gated,
1br, lba, Sunroom, Covered
patio, Carport, Boat ramp,
Pool, Spa, Clubhouse. All Util.
& Cable TV included.
$475/mo. 954-610-5345
Available Immediately 3BR,
2BA, doublewide, carport,
large lot, $800/mo. 1 yr. lease
& 1 mo. sec. (863)467-5616.
BHR- 2 MH for rent, 1br, lba,
from $350-$400 /mo + sec,
yearly pref. Avail now 55+
Park (863)763-7164
OKEE.: New 2br/2ba on private
lot, on water, $800/mo. 1st
& sec. Avail 04/01. No pets
Call (561)767-6112
2ba, 2007 model Dbl Wide,
on private waterfront lot.
New seawall, $1000/mo

1'L" ."-
'7 qr/0 'pmiu i/%

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


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

2000 Pontiac Van, Silver,
53,000 miles, perfect
condition, call to see
$6,000 (863)467-2434

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

Public notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

File No.: 2008-CP-46
The administration of the estate of Pati-
cia M. Bond, deceased, whose date of
death was March 25, 2007, is pending
in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee
County, Florida, Probate Division, the
address of which is 312 NW 3rd
.Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972.
The names and addresses of the per-
sonal representatives and the personal
representatives' attorney are set forth
All creditors ot the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate on whom a
copy of this notice is required to be
served must file their claims with this
All other creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's estate must
file their claims with this court WITHIN
The date of first publication of this notice
is April 15th, 2008.
Personal Representative:
Robert Koedam
9710 SE 61st Street
Okeechobee, Florida 34974
Attorney for Personal Representative:
Kirk Grantham, Attorney
Forida Bar No. 133803
The Grantham Law Firm
1860 Forest Hill Blvd. #105
West Palm Beach, FL 33406-6086
Telephone: (561) 966-6211
Fax: (561) 966-9495
269707 ON 4/15,22/08
The Okeechobee County Board of County
Commissioners will hold its regular ses-
sion on Thursday, April 24, 2008 at 9:00
a.m. in the County Commission Cham-
bers, Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street,
Okeechobee, Ronda.
Any person deciding to appeal any deci-
sion made by the Board of County Com-
missioners with respect to any matter
considered at this meeting will need a
record of the proceedings, and that, for
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8 Okeechobee News, Tuesday, April 22, 2008

OHS boy's track team

finishes second at districts

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Bryan Suarez continued his
strong season with victories in
the 800 meters, 1600 meters, and
3200 meters to lead Okeechobee
to a second place finish at the
District 3A-15 High School Track
tournament last Friday at Blum
Stadium at Dwyer High School.
Dwyer won the boy's cham-
pionship with 214.5 points.
Okeechobee amassed 127 points
to finish second.
Okeechobee Coach Brian
Kendall said he was pleased
with the results, "The boys ran,
threw and jumped a great track
meet. I am very proud of the
young men for their determina-
tion, hard work and belief in the
A number of the boys will
qualify to compete this Friday at
Cape Coral Baker High School in

the state regional.
Suarez of course will be one
of the favorites in the races he
enters. He had some great times
in the district tournament despite
having to run the 800 and 3200
meters within a few minutes of
each other.
"He was able to focus and
pull away from the field to win
the two mile," Kendall noted.
"They were very impressive
runs and Bryan's quality of work
has always been a staple for the
Brahmans team."
Other fine performances
came from sophomore Ricky
Nieto who won the high jump
with a leap of 6'2". That was
also a personal record for Nieto
who has improved as the season
"He continuously practiced,
and improved all season," Ken-
dall noted, "We are very proud

of him and glad he was able to
bring an individual champion-
ship to the team."
The boys 4x400 relay team
placed second with a time of
3:33.35. Team members include
Brad Stark, Matt Skipper, Lionel
Jones and Lonnie Pryor.
Eddie Guerrero qualified in
three running events, the 1600,
3200, and the 4x800 relay.
Three boys also qualified to
compete in the 400 meters Fri-
day, Lonnie Pryor, Matt Skipper
and Jarvis Lawton.
Other boys who earned
berths included James Shanks
in the 200 meters, Lionel Jones,
who finished second in the 800
meters, the boy's 4x800 meter
team that includes Guerrero,
Alan Najera, Misael Alvarado and
Jones, and Kyle McGee, who fin-
ished third in the shot put with a
throw of 41'5.25".


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OHS girl's track team finishes

4th at district tournament

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Monica Koger qualified
in two events for this week's
state track regional as she led
the Lady Brahmans to a strong
fourth place finish at last week's
District 15-3A Tournament at
Dwyer High School.
Koger placed second over-
all in the long jump as she set
a personal record with a leap
of 18'3". The sophomore im-
proved her distance by three feet
over last year's performance at
Koger also showed off her
speed by finishing second in
the 400 meters with a time of
Coach Brian Kendall said the
girls continued to improve and
might have proved something
to themselves by doing so well
on Friday.
"This finish was very impres-
sive for the Brahmans," Coach

Brian Kendall remarked, "I'm
extremely proud of these girls."
Other girls who qualified for
the state regional include Steph-
anie Horvath and Jewel Buck
who finished second and third
in the discus event.
The girls' 4x800 meter relay
team finished fourth with a time
of 11:02. Members of the team
include Laura Saucedo, Isabella
Penido, Heather Tinsley, and
Graciela Varela.
The Brahmans' 4x400 meter
relay team finished third with a
time of 3:29. The members of
the squad include Gabi Rodri-
guez, Calandra Youmans, Mark-
iesha Youmans, and Koger.
The girls who finished fourth
or higher in their event qualified
for the state regional this week.
Olivia Skeen advanced to the
district finals in both the 100
and 300 hurdles while Isabella
Penido finished fifth in the 1600
meters with a season best time
for the Brahmans, 5:51. Penido

also ran well in the 800 meters
with a personal best time of
2:39:07, finishing fifth.
"I am very proud of her as a
freshman and she will learn and
gain experience for the future,"
Coach Kendall said.
Kendall noted the girls were
able to place an athlete in the
final of every event, and they
scored more points in the dis-
trict tournament than they have
in any other meet this year.
"All day I kept telling the girls
to just trust in what they already
knew and run the meet. I hope
now they believe in themselves
and are able to use the experi-
ence to move forward in the fu-
ture," he added.
The regional meet is this
Friday at Baker High School in
Cape Coral. William T. Dwyer
won the district championship
with 181.5 points. Okeechobee
earned 70.5 points.

Athletes recovering from injuries

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Jeremiah Payne, last year's
pitching ace for the Brahmans,
faces a lengthy rehabilitation af-
ter he suffered a torn ACL. in his
pitching elbow while warming
up during a scrimmage at Bre-
vard Community College earlier
this year.
The left hander was warm-
ing up on the mound in January
when he heard a loud pop in his
elbow, and keeled over in pain.
The left hander will undergo
what is now commonly known
as Tommy John surgery to his
elbow and will likely be out
of the game for at least a year.
Payne said he remains optimis-
tic about his pitching career
as he noted that many players
who have undergone the sur-
gery have come back throwing
harder than before the injury.
Payne would still have two
years of eligibility left at Brevard
Community College.
Former Brahman ace Blake


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Marsocci is also rehabilitating
an arm injury at Stetson Uni-
versity. Blake is now a junior at
Stetson. He has enjoyed a pretty
good year to this point. Blake has
appeared in six games, four of
them starts, pitched 22 innings,
allowed 18 hits, walked nine
and struck out 16. His earned
run average is a solid 4.43.

Newt Matson, formerly of
Okeechobee, won the eighth
annual "Bullistic" at Sebring's
Firemen's Field last Saturday.
He competes in the Pro Bull
Rider (PBR) Challenger series.
He won the event over 29 other
competitors and earned scores
of 83 and 88 in the champion-
ship rounds on some top bulls.
Expect huge crowds and
get there early if you intend-to
watch the Lady Brahmans
host the softball regional playoff
game against Vierra. Last year
the girl's were the main attrac-
tion as all of their post season
games were a must see event.
The Brahmans tennis teams
will hold their annual banquet
tonight at 7 p.m. at the Brahma
Bull restaurant.
OCRA baseball is nearing the
post season rounds. Games are
held nightly at the Okeechobee
sports complex through the end
of the month.
Little league baseball has
games in Douglas Park on Mon-
day, Thursdays and Saturdays.

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