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Summer Play Camps
sign up postponed
Sign ups for Okeechobee
County Parks and Recreation's
2008 Summer Play Camps
have been postponed and will
not open until Monday, May
12 at 8 a.m. Pre-Registration
will be held at the Okeechobee
County Sports Complex in the
Parks and Recreation office,
640 N.W. 27th Lane, from May
12 through May 30. Enrollment
is limited and slots are filled on
a first come basis. Campers
must be 6-12 years of age. Play
camps will operate Monday -
Friday, from June 16 through
August 1 (except on July 4)
from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
at Douglas Brown Community
Center and the Okeechobee
County Civic Center. The regu-
lar camp fee is $50 per week
per participant, plus fees for
field trips and special activi-
ties. Special rates have been
set at $25 per week for a child
on the reduced school lunch
program and $10 a week for a
child on the free school lunch
program within the Okeecho-
bee County School System for
the 2007-08 school year. A letter
of participation from Okeecho-
bee County School Food Ser-
vice must be presented at the
time of registration in order to
qualify for these special rates.
Extended hours, 7:30-8:30 a.m.
and 4:30-5:30 p.m. will be avail-
able at the Okeechobee County
Civic Center for an additional
$10 per week per participant.
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The ARC of Okeechobee
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on the Board of Directors. The
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or public spirited citizens with
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te passes evolution
By Chauna Aguilar
This is the second in a series
of stories about local middle
school student's ideas on how
we as a community can help to
better Okeechobee as a whole.
Keep watch for additional sto-1
ries to come.
The Okeechobee Rotarians
heard Tuesday from seventh
and eighth grade students from
the gifted classes at Osceola
-and Yearling Middle School
about different ways to help the
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Lake water levels up: Still below normal
uKeecnooee Newsl/alrlna lsKen
The lake bottom beneath the pier at Lock 7 is overgrown with vegetation due to the low
lake levels, but Lake Okeechobee is slowly rising thanks to recent rains.
Big lake is slowly
Water conservation lake is about four feet below
normal for this time of year.
still important The City of Okeechobee and
Okeechobee County joined oth-
By Pete Gawda er governing bodies throughout
Okeechobee News the 16 county region served by
Even though the Okeecho- South Florida Water Manage-
bee area is still under strict wa- ment District (SFWMD) to pro-
ter restrictions, there is encour- claim April as Water Conserva-
aging news in the fact that the tion Month.
lake level is rising. "Greater awareness of the
Since April 8, the lake importance of water conserva-
level has been higher than tion is clearly growing among
on the same date last year. In all Floridians," said SFWMD
early 2007, the level of Lake Governing Board Chairman
Okeechobee kept dropping Eric Buermann. "We applaud
until it reached a record low the many communities that
of 8.82 of July 2. Up until April publicly share the priority of
7 of this year, it appeared that protecting and conserving one
we were headed for another re-- of our state's most valuable re-
cord low. From Jan. 1 through sources."
April 7 each day's reading was There are many ways to con-
lower than on the same date serve water. A list of 50 ways to
last year. Then with increased do so has been provided by
rainfall, the trend began to re- SFWMD and can be found on
verse itself. their website www.sfwmd.gov
However, there is still a need Water lawns early in the
for water conservation as the morning when temperatures
and wind speed are the lowest.
Check sprinkler systems and
timing devices. Raise the lawn
mover blade to at least three
inches, or its highest level. Use
a broom or blower instead of a
hose to clean leaves and other
debris from your driveway or
sidewalk. Do not leave sprin-
klers or hoses unattended. Nev-
er pour water down the drain
when there may be another
use for it. Take a bucket in your
shower to catch excess water
to water plants. Don't let water
run while washing your face,
brushing your teeth or shaving.
In the Okeechobee area,
lawn watering is still restricted
to one day a week. Even num-
bered street addresses may wa-
ter lawns on Thursday between
4 a.m. and 8 a.m. or 4 p.m. and
Odd numbered street ad-
dresses may water lawns on
Monday between 4 a.m, and 8
a.m. or 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Office buildings planned
in city's northeast area
By Pet Gawda
At their meeting on Wednes-
day morning, April 23, the City
of Okeechobee Technical Re-
view Committee looked at
plans for a professional office
building and a commercial
The board discussed the site
plan for Muhammad Noord-
din's proposed physical therapy
center and professional office
building. The property is about
1.11 acre and is located on N.E.
Senior Planer Bill Brisson
noted that sewer and water is
available at the site. While he
had no information on the traf-
fic impact he predicted that type
of office building would have
no appreciable effect on traf-
fic. He noted that the setback
on one side of the property was
not sufficient and that there
were a number of deficiencies
in landscaping. He noted that
the city enacted new landscap-
ing and parking requirements
earlier this year.
In all Mr. Brisson noted six
areas of concern. The commit-
tee approved the site plan with
the provision that those six dis-
crepancies be corrected.
The committee also dis-
cussed but took no action on a
preliminary plat submitted by
Rudd Jones, P.E. on behalf of
property owner William Grigs-
by, Jr. for development of a six
lot commercial subdivision ad-
jacent to S.R. 70 between N.E.
See Planners Page 2
By Eric Kopp
When Judge Bruce Kyle had
to find someone to take care of
98-year-old Sylvia Cook's affairs
last week he had no reserva-
tions in selecting Kevin Hen-
Mr. Hendrickson, a Fort
Pierce attorney, came highly
recommended by the attorneys
in the case and will now pro-
tect his elderly ward.
Mrs. Cook, who has been
married to Howard Cook for 41
years, is now staying with oth-
er family members in Glades
County. Howard, 93, is living
in an apartment in Melbourne
due to problems with other
In short, this case is about
what's best for Mrs. Cook, or
"Sibby" as she is known to
friends and loved ones.
Mr. Hendrickson could not
talk about this specific case,
and only spoke in general terms
about the duties and respon-
sibilities of a court-appointed
Mr. Hendrickson, 55, ex-
plained that he is a guardian of
a person as well as a guardiah
of the property.
"The guardian of a person
will make a decision, with the
See Guardian Page 2
Mrs. Deanna Kielbasa's
teaches the newly implement-
ed gifted program at YMS and
OMS. She is divided between
the two schools. She teaches
the children reading as well as
many enrichment activities that
strive to expand the horizons of
these high level students.
At the beginning of the year,
the students were instructed to
look around the local commu-
nity and find ways to better the
community as a whole.
The approximately 60 stu-
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attempt by Lauren Throop during Tuesday's Okeechobee
High School softball game. For more on the game, see
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dents came up with various proj-
ects and Mrs. Kielbasa chose a
group to come present their ideas
to the Okeechobee Rotary Club.
Students spoke of ideas such
as: Why does Okeechobee need
a YMCA?; Feral animals, a danger
to the community; More side-
walks and bike paths are needed
in small communities; How does
graffiti affect our community?;
No smoking at the ball park; and
Okeechobee Recycling. The stu-
dents had to do a research paper
and a visual aspect to their report.
The visual powerpoint presenta-
tions were displayed to the Rotar-
ians, which displayed the fact that
even a young teen realizes the
needs of our small community.
Allison Chandler spoke of the
need of a YMCA in Okeechobee.
She began her presentation with
general facts about YMCAs.
There are currently 2,663
YMCAs that serve more than 20.2
million people in cities, suburbs
and small towns.
They serve 67.7 million house-
holds and 33.7 million children 14
and under live within a three mile
radius of a YMCA.
Why do we need a YMCA?
Several issues came to Allison's
mind such as teenage pregnancy.
Teens in Okeechobee don't have
enough constructive or well-
supervised activities. That is one
reason we have such a high teen
Currently the only "hang-outs"
for teens are the sports complex,
movies, bowling alley and the
county skate, park. All of these
places are generally unsuper-
Allison spoke to Laurie Garner,
the program director of the Teen
Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee
and she told her that Okeecho-
bee is second in the state for teen
pregnancy for ages 10 through 12.
They also discussed the lack of
supervision and activities to keep
young teens occupied.
Another reason a YMCA would
be beneficial to Okeechobee by
strengthening family bonds, pro-
vide additional volunteer oppor-
tunities, and just a general happy,
well-being for all.
YMCA's nationally help create
bonds within families of millions
who participate in the nearly 900
family specific activities.
Obesity levels, healthy living
and a program entitled Activate
America are all ways that the
YMCA helps the individual keep
fit and healthy.
The YMCA was founded and
led by volunteers and currently
has 563,282 volunteers across
America. This would provide high
school students with additional
community service hour oppor-
tunities that help them adhere to
According to Allison, County
Commissioner Ray Domer told
her that a YMCA is a good idea,
although the budget is tight. The
county is currently undergoing a
future recreational assessment
to see what areas of the county
should receive recreation and
what type of recreational facility.
The key is to keep the youth
Additional stories will follow
with the other ideas from the
local YMS and OMS students.
Watch for them daily.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at email@example.com.
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court's direction, as to the place-
ment of and treatment of a per-
son," said Mr. Hendrickson in a
phone interview. "The guardian
of property will handle day-to-
day disbursements of checks and
such. He must also file an annual
accounting and the judge will
+ look it over. The guardian of a
person must show where the per-
son will be and how they will be
All of this, he continued, comes
under the direct jurisdiction of the
"We don't want the state or
family members to swoop in and
take our (the elderly's) rights," he
Mr. Hendrickson has been
handling guardianship issues
since 1993 and holds a dual cer-
tification from the state of Florida.
He is board certified in wills, trusts
and estates, and is also board cer-
tified in elder law.
Although he handles several
of these cases a year, he said
his practice is mainly localized
to St. Lucie County, although he
has handled such a case from
When attorneys Chester
Brewer and Robert Gorman got
together on April 16 in the Glades
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agreed that Mr. Hendrickson was
the man for this job.
"I came with a list of names in
this area and Mr. Hendrickson's
name was familiar to Mr. Brew-
er," said Mr. Gorman, who is rep-
resenting Mr. Cook. "He is quite
respected in this area."
Mr. Brewer, who is represent-
ing Mrs. Cook, agreed.
"He's a very fine man, I under-
stand, who has handled high pro-
filed guardianship matters," said
Throughout everything that
Mr. Hendrickson must consider,
first and foremost is what's best
for his ward.
"The courts want to try and
preserve the dignity and privacy
of an individual and will bend
over backwards to find the least
restrictive way," he explained.
"If there are other ways we can
provide for the individual, then
courts are obligated to follow that
if they can. But, there are a lot of
situations where an individual
can't take care of themselves and
the court must step in and inter-
In the case of a husband and
wife, he continued, a guardian-
ship may not be necessary. He
said a durable power of attorney
or a will can be used.
"The courts are mindful and
look to the least restrictive alter-
native," he said.
It is also up to Mr. Hendrickson
to suggest to the court what living
arrangements will be best for the
ward, which could mean facilities
"I don't have any affiliations
with any nursing home or as-
sisted living facility," he said. "I
look at ones I think are appropri-
ate for the ward, and what's in the
ward's best interest."
Once appointed the legal
guardian, Mr. Hendrickson said
he has 60 days to do an inventory
of the ward's assets. He will then
prepare to offer his suggestions
to the court. If there is something
that he feels is not in the best in-
terest of the ward, Mr. Hendrick-
son said he can petition the court
and an evidentiary hearing will be
"The family members may say
'No, I don't want that,' but the
court has final discretion," he ex-
As a precautionary measure,
Mr. Hendrickson suggested that
people start making plans early
for their later years which include
filling out three documents -- a
will, a durable power of attorney
and a health care proxy, which is
used to make medical decisions.
He went on to suggest that a
living will could also be consid-
"You need to consider where
you want to leave things and who
will make the final decisions," he
offered. "Those three documents
really only function while you're
alive. After you pass away, they
are no longer effective."
Although he suggested that
couples and individuals consider
a power of attorney, Mr. Hen-
drickson did admit there is a ca-
at l^Aiththch i dnprimpntk
"There has been a lot of abuse
due to durable power of attor-
neys," he said. "With guardian-
ship, you have the courts inter-
vening and regulating." -
He explained that anyone
can get a power of attorney "... if
'Anyone can seek that and ap-
point someone to act as an attor-
ney," continued Mr. Hendrickson.
"A lot of times people will do it
on their own by getting on their
computer, but a lot of times these
are disastrous. I would not advise
someone to do this. You can do it
yourself, but you run a risk if you
don't do it properly."
Although there are extreme
and rare cases, Mr. Hendrickson
said if not done properly a power
of attorney could actually give the
"agent" power that can be used
"A power of attorney is strictly
construed by the law. They have
to be expressly stated," he of-
He went on to say that in this
day of specialization, you should
also look for an attorney who pri-
marily handles this type of law.
But through it all, Mr. Hen-
drickson still feels Florida is one
of the best states at offering pro-
tection to its elderly.
"I think Florida guardianship
is one of the foremost and pro-
gressive laws in the union. I think
we're on the forefront in protect-
ing their (the elderly) privacy and
rights hP said
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to Gov. Charlie Crist, who
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State Board of Education.
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12th and 13th Avenues. Fire Chief
Herb Smith, who is on the com-
mittee, expressed concern about
the ability of his fire trucks to turn
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Geller said the legislation
1 would scare off high-tech indus-
tries that depend on sound sci-
senticalence from moving to or staying
be sent in Florida. Although evolution
says he is called a scientific theory, to
.scientists "theory" means it's a
filed in well-supported and accepted ex-
e stan- planation of nature, not simply a
For the "In 2008, it is embarrassing
d "evo- for us to be debating evolution,"
; ... Geller said.
around in the cul-de-sac at the
end of the subdivision. He noted
that because of the overhang of
the trucks, there could be no curb
side obstacles such as mail boxes
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Man accused of breaking into car
By Eric Kopp
A February car burglary was re-
portedly cleared Tuesday with the
arrest of a 26-year-old Okeecho-
Robert Jason Sallette, N.W.
36th Ave., was arrested April 22
and charged with the felony of
burglary of a conveyance. He was
also arrested on a misdemeanor
charge of petit theft.
Sallette was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under a
bond totalling $8,500.
The break-in occurred Feb. 23
while the victim's car was parked
at a conve-
nience store on
S.R. 70 E., said
Van Deman ofI
Van Deman Sallette
stated in his
arrest report that someone broke
into the 2005 Dodge Neon four-
door car and took a 'plug-n-play'
boom box. He said the value of
the boom box was estimated at
He went on to say the burglar
gained access to the inside of the
car by breaking out a window.
.Damage to the car window was
estimated at $260, said the detec-
The detective's report states
that a witness was walking east
on S.R. 70 on that Saturday night
in February when he saw another
man lying on the side of the high-
way. When the witness stopped
to help, the man became hostile.
By this time another man ap-
proached who told' the witness
that he was a friend of the volatile
man. He also identified himself to
the witness as Jason Sallette, said
Detective Van Deman.
Sallette then told his friend that
they needed to get out of there
because he had just broken into a
car, states the detective's report.
The witness told Detective Van
Deman that Sallette was pointing
to the convenience store, and that
he had some sort of boom box in
his hand. He then reportedly told
the detective that the two men got
into a silver four-door truck and
fled the area.
Sallette's friend was not arrest-
ed in connection with this case.
Two accused of prescription fraud
By Eric Kopp
A second woman has been
arrested in connection with the
attempt to obtain pain killers by
using a fake prescription.
Crystal Marie VanderMolen, 29,
S.W. 24th Ave., Okeechobee, was
arrested Tuesday, April 22, by the
Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force
on a felony charge of obtaining a
prescription by fraud.
She was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under a
Her roommate, Nicole Marie
Fortier, 28, was arrested Mon-
day, April 21. She was charged
with possession of a controlled
She, too, was
the county jail
under a $5,000
after the bogus
prescription for 40 oxycodone, 30
mg, pills had been filled and she
was leaving the pharmacy. The
prescription, states a task force
arrest report, was written by Van-
The report goes on to state that
work for local
to the report,
wrote out the
and used the
name of a Crystal
woman who VanderMolen
was not a pa-
tient in the doctor's office where
she worked. She allegedly signed
her employer's name to the script,
continued the report.
VanderMolen then reportedly
took the prescription to the local
pharmacy to have it filled. She left
Woman charged with assault
By Eric Kopp
An Okeechobee woman has
been booked into the Okeecho-
bee County Jail after she was
arrested for trying to hit another
woman with a piece of metal
Nichole Johnson, 18, N.W
38th Ave., was arrested Tuesday,
April 22, and charged with the
felony of aggravated assault. She
was also charged with the misde-
meanor of disorderly conduct.
Johnson's total bond was set
An arrest report by Deputy Cari
Arnold of the Okeechobee Coun-
ty Sheriff's Office (OCSO) states
she tried to hit
with a piece of
pipe. The report
states that John e
son was threatoblems for sev-
ening to kill that itcoall came
other woman Johnson
when she waspipe at her but
arrested at 1:54 p.m. Tuesday on
N.E. 16th Ave.
The victim reportedly told
the deputy that the two have
been having problems for sev-
eral weeks, and that it.all came
to a head Tuesday when John-
son swung the pipe at her but
Deputy Arnold stated in her
report, that Johnson refused to
put down the pipe when told to,
so she had to physically take the
pipe out of the young woman's
While bystanders tried to re-
strain Johnson she continued to
threaten the female victim and re-
portedly kept trying to push past
the bystanders to get to the other
When Johnson was able to
get past the bystanders she was
taken into custody and charged
with disorderly conduct by OCSO
Deputy Mark Margerum.
the pharmacy and had her room-
mate pick up the pain killers, stat-
ed the detective's report.
Fortier allegedly knew the pre-
scription was a fake because the
two women know each other, t
and the other woman is not a DEADLINE to reserve space
patient at the physician's office adaOn i S "
Where VanderMolen works, the gradiiesi r y
VanderMolenhas also met the Callend Sales
third woman, stated the arrest re-
Fortier was charged with traf-
ficking because the combined
grams. According to the report,
the pills weighed a total of 4.035 The adulation section bense
Happy 50th Birthday Bill,
Life has always been an excursion...
Looking forward to many more
Glades County Arrests
The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-
der the influence (DUI) charges by
the Glades County Sheriff's Office
(GCSO), the Seminole Police De-
partment (SPD), the Florida High-
way Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission (FWC) or the Department
of Corrections (DOC).
Ross Lee, 41, Belle Glade, was
arrested April 12 on a felony charge
of possession of cocaine. He was
also charged with the misdemean-
or of possession of drug parapher-
nalia. His bond was set at $5,500.
Alfredo Gomez, 30, Immoka-
lee, was arrested April 16 on a war-
rant charging him with aggravated
battery and robbery. His bond was
set at $500,000.
Patrick Ritter, 41, Moore Haven,
was arrested April 16 on a charge of
carrying a concealed weapon. His
bond was set at $1,000.
Claudette Gore, 40, Okeecho-
bee, was arrested April 16 on
charges of driving under the influ-
ence and fleeing and eluding a law
enforcement officer. Her bond was
set at $4,500.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who is
later found innocent or has had
the charges against them dropped
is welcome to inform this newspa-
per. The information will be con-
firmed and printed.
I Love You, Gail
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TEENS: I don't see the point in opening up any place else for
teens to go as we don't have enough adult volunteers to supervise
the places we already have. What happened to the adults who said
they would help at the skate park? Before the county spent money
building the skate park, the parents said this was what the kids needed
and they would all pitch in. So the county spent the money and what
happened? Where are the adult volunteers to run it? It could be open
more if people would help. But they want someone else to supervise
their kids for them. They are too busy or too tired. If the community
put in some kind of hangout or game room, who would supervise it
and keep it from becoming a drug or gang place? Do you expect the
county to pay employees to supervise your children? Are you going to
support extra taxes for that?
DEATHS: The teen deaths in the community recently are all very
sad and tragic. My heart goes out the families and they are all in my
prayers. But each case was different and there was no one reason
these kids lost their lives. What can we do to help the kids in this com-
munity and keep them safe? In truth, we can't protect the kids from
every danger. But we can teach them right from wrong, let them know
we love them and really listen when they talk to us. If you really want
to help, volunteer your time to work with a youth organization -- if you
don't know of one, call a school, a church youth group, a Scout leader
or the 4-H office. All of these organizations need volunteers. And if
you aren't good working one on one with kids, volunteer to help with
fundraising. They always need help with that.
DEPOT ARTICLE: What a.great article by Pete Gawda regarding
the restoration of the depot. Back in 1992 we came to Okeechobee for
the winter months. I was thrilled but surprised that an Amtrak came
through here. I wanted to see the depot, so stopped at a business
near where the depot was, and asked where it was located. The lady
pointed at the current depot building. I couldn't believe my eyes when
I saw the poor shape it was in. So please do all you can to obtain
grants, etc., needed for restoration. We live here permanently now,
and it would please me to see restoration of the depot. Thanks Pete
Gawda for your article.
RECYCLING: I talked to Mrs. Jennie Pung from Waste Manage-
ment when I saw the recycle items all dumped into the back of a
trash truck on recycle day. She said they do not separate it at roadside
anymore, but take it to a facility where everything is sorted by hand.
Call Waste Management and they will be glad to explain it all to you.
But you do not have to separate recycle items into the different bins
anymore. It can all go into one bin separate from regular household
COUNTY ELECTIONS: With elections coming up in the county, it
seems like we already have some issues people would like the candi-
dates to discuss. Let's hear their proposals on countywide recycling,
teen safety and rebuilding the train station.
RECYCLING: The story in the paper said countywide curbside re-
cycling was proposed but the commissioners shot it down because
they said not everyone wants to recycle. How do they know whether
or not the majority of county residents want to recycle? I think they
should put this to a vote. I think most people would be willing to pay
a few dollars extra and have countywide curbside recycling. It is a
shame that so many things that could be recycled are going into the
landfill. It's wasteful. We are wasting our natural resources and we are
filling up the landfill faster than we should be.
CURBSIDE RECYLCING: I think the county should at the very
least expand the curbside recycling program to the Lazy 7 area. There
are a lot of homes in this area. There are a lot of young families with
children. The kids learn about recycling and they want to do it. But if
you collect the cans and papers and such you can't find any place to
take them because the only drop off closes at 5 p.m. during the week
and isn't open on the weekends at all. What is that teaching those
kids? You teach them that they should recycle but then tell them since
they don't live in the right neighborhood they can't do it.
TRAIN STATION: I was surprised to read in the paper that we
don't have a train station. I have not ridden the trains here but see
them going through town. I always assumed there was some kind of
station. With the high price of gasoline, I would be interested in learn-
ing more about the trains that stop in Okeechobee. And I do agree
we need to have a train station there with restrooms for the folks who
do ride the trains. If some grant money can be found to help with
this, that would be great. In the past, they have wasted grant money
on things like pretty awnings that were gone with the wind during
the hurricanes. It would be good to use grant money for something
people really need.
DOGS LOOSE: Dog owners, the county law is that you must keep
your dog on your own property, and if you take it off your property it
must be on a leash. Letting your dogs run all over the neighborhood
is not acceptable. I have a fenced yard and even that does not keep
other people's dogs out of my yard. They dig under the fence. I am
so sick and tired of dealing with the messes made by other people's
animals on my property. I am going to start setting traps in my yard
and anything I catch is going to the animal shelter. If you love your
dog, keep it at home.
MAIN STREET DIRECTOR: Well, it seems to have happened
again. It seems that just after an evaluation is given to the Execu-
tive Director of Main Street, we will be searching for another Execu-
tive Director. It would seem to me that the evaluation process may
need looking at. As far as we can see, the Executive Director was at all
events and board meetings. And, looking at the budget it seems that
she had gotten many grants for the betterment of our community.
Join Main Street now everyone, and let's fix this great organization.
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At Your Service On Page 2
Draft Rice for
Are you aware of anyone look-
ing forward with any anticipation
about voting for McCain, Obama,
Honestly for me, I haven't en-
countered anybody happy about
voting for any of them. News
people are predicting a harmful
split for the democrats, while re-
publicans will break their fingers
voting for McCain while holding
Why am I saying this?
Clinton's: Sniper Story Lies.
Preacher, guns and religion.
Many feel as I do... a pox on
all three of them. You're wonder-
Thursday, April 24
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
at the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call
Margaret at 863-467-8020, or Belinda at 863-357-0166.
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.,
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St. Anyone
interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend.
There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security
Death Index and military information available. For information, call
Robert Massey at 863-763-6510.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m.
at Village Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis and
the public are welcome. For information, contact Frank Irby at 863-
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30
p.m. at the United Methodist Chuirch, 200 N.W. Second St. Please join
us or ask questions. Call Phyllis at 863-467-8636, or Hazel at 863-763-
4920, for information.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the
fellowship hall at 412 N.W Sixth St. For information, call 863-763-
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W
Third Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for women
who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and. abusive
relationships. The support groups meetat 6 p.m. For information, call
863-763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at 863-763-2893
Grief Support Group for parents who have lost a child will meet
at 7 p.m. The group will meet at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church,
312 N. Parrott Ave. For information, call Stephanie at 863-763-2893
days, or 863-467-2480 evenings. If you know of someone that might
need this group, please pass the word.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second
language classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee
and the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group every
Thursday at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family member is
welcome. The group is facilitated by social workers and provides an
opportunity for caregivers to give one another support, information
and ideas. The meetings are held at Hospice, 411 S.E. Fourth St. For
information, call 863-467-2321.
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.
Narcotics Anonymous meets Thursday night for a Basic Step
Meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth
Ave. For information, call 863-634-4780.
ABWA Women of Tomorrow Chapter meets from noon until
1 p.m. at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone
interested in attending is welcome. For information, call Marilyn
Rinear at 863-697-1807.
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meets at Believers Fellowship, 300
S.W 6"' Ave. at 7 p.m. For information call Monika at 863-801-3244.
Classic car show at Beef O'Brady's, 608 S. Parrott Ave., from 6:30
until 8 p.m.
Depending on Christ Depression Support Group meets at 6
p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month out,on Martin
County Grade. For information and directions please contact Laura
Lee at 772-597-0463.
Friday, April 25
Narcotics Anonymous meets each Friday for an open discussion
meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth
Ave. For information, call 863-634-4780 or 863-467-5474.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. The public is
invited. All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight
and becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to come and see
what we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at 800-
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St. It will be an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. It will be an open speaker meeting.
ing... is there any alternative now?
Just maybe there is. A truly great
American of impeccable charac-
ter, with a worldwide reputation
skillfully handling our interests in
every part of the world. Who you
are wondering? Secretary of State
Condie Rice of course. Trouble is,
as news guru Dick Morris so aptly
points out in his book "Condie vs.
Hillary" is that Condie doesn't run
for anything, she auditions!
Condie is exactly who one or
both parties should draft. The
votes she surely would receive
would be historic. Women,
blacks, conservatives, gunown-
ers and newly registered voters
of both political parties. Condie
will simply leave any or all of the
other mired in the slimey muck of
their own making. Draft Condie
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.
Highlands Social Dance Club meets
The Highlands Social Dance Club hosts their final dance of the sea-
son on Friday, April 25, from 7 10 p.m. at the Sebring Lions Club on
Sebring Parkway. The music will be provided by Gary Filip & Friends.
Dance the night away to foxtrots, waltzes, cha-chas, rumbas, tangos,
and other ballroom favorites. Waltz instruction by Bill and Shirley
starts at 6:30 p.m. The dance is open to the public. Admission is $4 for
members and $6 for non-members. The Highland Social Dance Club
ballroom dances will resume on Friday, Sept. 5. For more information
call 863-471-0559 or 863-385-6671
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.
Native plant sale Saturday
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.
Radio show discusses farmworkers rights
Saturday, April 26, at 7:30 a.m., 91.7 FM and 100.3 FM will have
guest speaker, Brigitte Gynther, Coordinator of InterFaith action of SW
Florida, Coalition of Immokalee workers, to discuss human rights,
CIW's campaign for fair food and farm worker rights, the Anti-Slavery
campaign and the National Petition Drive with petitions to be hand
delivered to Burger King in Miami on April 26. The talk will be re-
broadcast again at 1 and 6 p.m. For information contact, Coalition of
Immokalee Workers at 239-657-8311 or www.ciw-online.org or www.
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
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.
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The following movies are now showing at the
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April 18, 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 11 "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-
day and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre Ill "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-
der are $4.50; senior citizens are $4.50 for all movies;
and, matinees are $4.
For information, call (863) 763-7202.
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Today in History
Today is Thursday, April 24, the
115th day of 2008. There are 251
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in His-
On April 24, 1916, some 1,600
Irish nationalists launched the
Easter Rising by seizing several
key sites in Dublin, Ireland. (The
rising was put down by British
forces almost a week later.)
On this date:
In 1792, the national anthem
of France, "La Marseillaise," was
composed by Captain Claude Jo-
seph Rouget de Lisle.
In 1800, Congress approved
a bill establishing the Library of
In 1877, federal troops were
ordered out of New Orleans, end-
ing the North's post-Civil War rule
in the South.
In 1898, Spain declared war on
the United States after rejecting
America's ultimatum to withdraw
In 1915, the Ottoman Empire
began the brutal mass deporta-
tion of Armenians during World
In 1953, British statesman
Winston Churchill was knighted
by Queen Elizabeth 11.
In 1970, the People's Republic
of China launched its first satellite,
which kept transmitting a song,
"The East is Red."
In 1980, the United States
launched an unsuccessful attempt
to free the American hostages in
Iran, a mission that resulted in the
deaths of eight U.S. servicemen.
In 1986, Wallis, the Duchess
of Windsor, for whom King Ed-
ward VIII had given up the British
throne, died in Paris.
In 1988, Greek cycling champi-
on Kanellos Kanellopoulos ped-
aled the human-powered aircraft
"Daedalus 88" over the Aegean
Sea for nearly four hours.
Ten years ago: After a
month of confrontation, Russian
lawmakers caved in to President
Boris Yeltsin, approving the acting
prime minister, 35-year-old Sergei
Kiriyenko, as premier. (Kiriyenko
was fired just four months later.)
In Edinboro, Pa., science teacher
John Gillette was shot to death
at a middle school graduation
dance; the gunman, 14-year-old
Andrew Wurst, later pleaded
guilty to third-degree murder and
was sentenced to 30 to 60 years
Five years ago: U.S. forces
in Iraq took custody of Tariq Aziz,
the former Iraqi deputy prime
minister. China shut down a Bei-
jing hospital as the global death
toll from SARS surpassed 260. In
Red Lion, Pa., 14-year-old James
Sheets shot and killed principal
Eugene Segro inside a crowded
junior high cafeteria, then killed
One year ago: In a harsh
exchange, Vice President Dick
Cheney accused Democratic lead-
er Harry Reid of personally pursu-
ing a defeatist strategy in Iraq to
win votes at home, a charge Reid
dismissed as President Bush's "at-
tack dog" lashing out. European
astronomers, announced they
had found a potentially habitable
planet outside the solar system.
Warren Avis, the founder of Avis
Rent A Car, died in Ann Arbor,
Mich., at age 92.
Today's Birthdays: Film and
drama critic Stanley Kauffmann
is 92. Movie director-producer
Richard Donner is 78. Actress
Shirley MacLaine is 74. Author
Sue Grafton is 68. Actor-singer Mi-
chael Parks is 68. Actress-singer-
director Barbra Streisand is 66.
Chicago Mayor Richard M. Da-
ley is 66. Country singer Richard
Sterban (The Oak Ridge Boys) is
65. Rock musician Doug Clifford
(Creedence Clearwater Revival)
is 63. Rock singer-musician Rob
Hyman is 58. Actor-playwright
Eric Bogosian is 55. Actor Michael
O'Keefe is 53. Rock musician Da-
vid J (Bauhaus) is 51. Rock mu-
sician Billy Gould is 45. Actor-co-
median Cedric the Entertainer is
44. Actor Djimon Hounsou is 44.
Rock musician Patty Schemel is
41. Rock musician Aaron Comess
(Spin Doctors) is 40. Actress
Melinda Clarke is 39. Latin pop
singer Alejandro Fernandez is
37. Country-rock musician Brad
Morgan (Drive-By Truckers) is 37.
Actor Derek Luke is 34. Actor Eric
Balfour is 31. Country singer Re-
becca Lynn Howard is 29. Actress
Rebecca Mader (TV: "Lost") is 29.
Singer Kelly Clarkson is 26.
Thought for Today: "I know
of no method to secure the repeal
of bad or obnoxious laws so ef-
fective as their stringent execu-
tion." Ulysses S. Grant, U.S. Presi-
Okeechobee News /Charles Murphy
First basemen Taylor Douglas applies a tag on a pick off
attempt by Lauren Throop during Tuesday's OHS softball
game. For more on the game, see page 10.
Monroe Fralix, age 90, of
Okeechobee died April 17, 2008
at Raulerson Hospital. Mr. Fralix
was born Jan. 1, 1918 in Pulaski,
Tenn. to Boyd and Lula Fralix. He
was of the Church of Christ faith
and worked as a dairy laborer.
Mr: Fralix is preceded in death
by his parents, Boyd and Lula
Fralix; son, Carey "Bud" Fralix;
brothers, Hubert Fralix, Freeman
Fralix, Garland Fralix, Herman
Fralix, Robert "O'Dell" Fralix and
sister, Mary Wiser.
He is survived by his daughter,
Edith (R.L.) Wiles of Lewisburg,
Tenn., and brother, Herbert Fralix
of Pulaski, Tenn.; grandchildren,
Keith Wiles, Kurt Wiles, Kent
Wiles, Sharon Fralix and Charlotte
(Chris) Craig; six great grandchil-
dren and one great grandchild;
and numerous nieces and neph-
Visitation will be 10 to 11
a.m. Thursday, April 24, at Bass
Okeechobee Chapel. Funeral ser-
vices will follow at 11 a.m. with
Wynn Fralix officiating. Interment
will follow at Evergreen Cem-
Friends may sign the guest
book at www.bassokeechobee-
All arrangements are entrusted
to the care of Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home and Crematory.
Don David Schrecongost
Don David Schrecongost, age
82, of Okeechobee, formerly
of Indianapolis and St. Peters-
burg, died March 31, 2008. Mr.
Schrecongost was born Sept.
16, 1925. He was a truck driver.
He was a member of the Moose
Lodge #2147 in Buckhead Ridge
since 1969; Legionaires Moose
#197; American Legion Post 64,
Okeechobee; VFW Post 9528 in
Okeechobee. Mr. Schrecongost
proudly served our country dur-
ing WWII as a Merchant Marine.
Mr. Schrecongost is survived
by his children, Duane (Beverly)
Schrecongost of Largo, Debbie
Schrecongost of California and
Derry Schrecongost of St. Pe-
tersburg; step children, Wanda'
MacPherson of Houston, Ronald
(Martha) Stinnett of Indianapolis,
Brenda (Jerry) Wilkins of India-
napolis, Debbie Berg of Syracuse,
N.Y. and Anna Stinnett of India-
napolis; numerous grandchildren
and great grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held
at 2 p.m. on April 27, at Moose
Lodge #2417 in Buckhead Ridge.
In lieu of flowers, memorials
may be made to the Lung Asso-
ciation, Heart Association, Kidney
Association, or Moose Heart.
Friends may sign the guest-
book at www.bassokeechobee-
All arrangements are entrusted
to the care of Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home and Crematory.
Beverly June Brickman
Beverly June Brickman, age
74, of Okeechobee died Tuesday,
April 22, 2008 in Raulerson Hos-
pital. Born December 26, 1933 in
Minneapolis, Minn. she had been
a resident of Okeechobee for the
past 28 years and enjoyed bingo,
crocheting and knitting.
She is preceded in death by her
husband, Eugene, brother, James
Racette and sister, Janet Furman.
She is survived by son, Laroy
(Cindy) Brickman of Brooklyn
Center, Minn.; Daughters, Pa-
mela (Jim) Benjamin of Jackson-
ville, Carla (Donald) Ferguson of
Spokan, Wash., Wendy\ (David)
Longen or Mora, Minn., Corleen
(Keith Bacon) Brickman of Ox-
ford, Ga.; Brothers, Dennis (Carol)
Racette of Minn. and Clifford Rac-
ette also of Minn. In addition she
is survived by 13 grandchildren
and several great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held
Saturday, April 26 at 1 p.m. in the
Villa Margaret Mobile Home Park,
4648 U.S. 441 N. in Okeechobee.
An additional memorial service
will be conducted at a later date
In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions may be to the fam-
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of the Bux-
ton Funeral Home.
Ruth Lynn (VanerMey) Patton,
age 45, formerly of Okeechobee
died Wednesday, March 26, 2008
after fighting a courageous battle
against cancer. But she never let
her illness deter her from serving
the Lord. She was born Dec. 19,
1962 in Muskegon to Harold and
Eleanor (Buining) VanderMey.
She was currently living in Madrid,
Spain where she and her husband,
worked in the Lord's service from
1998-2007 for ABWE. Prior to her
missionary work, she worked as
a K-12 Music teacher for Christian
schools in McBain, Okeechobee
and Muskegon. She received her
music certificate from the Grand
Rapids School of Bible and Music.
She later received her bachelor
of arts degree in teaching from
Nova Southeastern University.
She was currently attending Cal-
vary Church of Fruitport, but she
was also deeply committed to
Evanston Avenue Baptist Church,
where she married her husband
on July 30, 1988.
She is survived by her hus-
band, John. She is also survived
by her parents, Harold and El-
eanor VanderMey of Muskegon;
five siblings, Christina (Patrick)
Kearney of Grandville, Mich., Paul
(Jann) VanderMey of Belton, Mo.,
Steve (Ruth) VanderMey of Grand
Rapids, Mary (Michael) Hunt of
Muskegon and Tom (Dawn) Van-
derMey of Zeeland, Mich.; father-
in-law and mother-in-law, Fred
and Rachel Patton of Florida; her
brother-in-law and sister-in-law,
Andrew (Carol) Patton of Mary-
land, Thomas (Sondra) Patton of
Oregon and Ruth (Matt) Goldman
of Georgia; and many nieces and
Funeral services were held on
Tuesday, April 1, at Evanston Ave-
nue Baptist Church in Muskegon,
Mich., with Rev. Dr. William J.
Rudd and Rev. Eric Strattan of-
ficiating. Interment took place at
Restlawn Cemetery in Muskegon.
Memorial contributions may
be directed to ABWE (Association
of Baptist for World Evangelism)
for Spain Ministry.
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Health News in Brief
Dine with the Doctor Health Dep
"Dine with the Doctor," a Education P
medical series is scheduled for inumity. The
April 29, 2008 at 5 p.m. in the gram is to re
hospital dining room. Dinner is tobacco use
only $5 but the lecture is FREE. resources to
This month our guest physician and common
is James Bradfield, M.D. FACOG, the county.
Board Certified Gynecologist. Dr. 863-462-578
Bradfield focuses on disease pre-
vention and early detection and Childbir
this month he will be discussing
osteoperosis. Please R.S.V.P. to Bill classes
Casian at 863-824-2702 to reserve
a seat for this month's "Dine with The Oken
the Doctor" series. Coalition wil
Red Cross call 863-462-
plans classes Diabetes
The Okeechobee American Group ai
Red Cross will be offer a class in
First Aid Basics on Thursday, April Raulersor
24, 6 p.m. at the branch office. To monthly Dia
register, or for more information which mee
please stop by the office at 323 N. Thursday ol
Parrott Ave. or call 863-763-2488. have any c
Christian Mental Haas, R.N.,
health support group 863-763-509
Do you suffer with depression, Depress:
anxiety or other mental illness?
The Christian Mental Health Sup- support
port group meets on the second
and fourth Thursday of the Dependir
month at 6 p.m. on Martin County support grot
Grade. Call 772-597-0463 for more en sufferin.
information. Family members are They meet
Quit Smoking Now HIV/AD
classes offered The Am
The Okeechobee County Okeechobee
artment (OCHD) of-
icco Prevention and
'rogram for the com-
purpose of the pro-
educe adult and youth
, and provide tobacco
inity organizations in
For information, call
echobee Healthy Start
ll offer Childbirth Ed-
sses. For information,
n Hospital offers a
abetes Support Group
ets on the second
f each month in the
eteria at 2 p.m. If you
questions please call
B.A., C.D.E., C.P.T., at
ng on Christ is anew
up for men and wom-
g from depression.
every Thursday. For
, call 772-597-0463.
nerican Red Cross-
e 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
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-
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.
Okeechobee's Raulerson Hospital was recently named by Health Grades as one of 23 hospi-
tals selected in the State of Florida to receive the Distinguished Hospital Award for "Patient
Raulerson receives Award
for outstanding Patient Safety
Health Grades, the nation's
leading independent healthcare
ratings organization, recognized
Raulerson Hospital as one of 23
hospitals selected in the State
of Florida to receive the Distin-
guished Hospital Award for "Pa-
This is a great honor for our
facility and another testament to
the outstanding work and effort
put forth by the healthcare and
administrative staff at Raulerson
Hospital, said Robert Lee, CEO.
"Being named one of Health
Grades' Distinguished Hospitals
for Patient Safety is a tremendous
accomplishment. We will con-
tinue to improve patient safety
through the use of best prac-
tices, improved technology, and
increased patient involvement in
their healthcare," said Mr. Lee.
Raulerson Hospital is very
proud to serve this community
and will continue to strive to be
your first choice for all your medi-
cal needs, he said.
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All personal items under $5,000
Announcements .. ..100
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Financial ... ..... ....300
Services ............. .400
Merchandise ... . ... .500
Agriculture ......:I .....80O
Rentals ............, .900
Real Estate .. .... .1000
Mobile Homes .... .. 2000
Recreation .... .... .3000
Automobiles. ....... .4000
Public Notices ..... .. .5000
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Sharea ride 115
card of Thanks 120
In Memoriam 125
Give Away 140
Garage/Yard Sale 145
Special Notices 155
900 Numbers 160
DOG Found in vic. of Platts
Bluff. Lg. brown male. Call to
ID. Call 863-467-6960 or
MULTI FAMILY SALE
OKEECHOBEE, Sat., April 26th,
8am-4pm, 906 SE 8th Ave.,
(Behind Burger King).
Clothes, Furniture, Tons of
Misc, Items; Too much to list!
of Cemetery Rd. Sat. & Sun.,
April 26th & 27th, 8am-2pm,
2741 N.E. 54th Trail.
Name Brand Purses, Clothes,
Shoes... This is my 1st sale!l!
Way too much to list!!!
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
for plumbing contractor, FT
Good pay, benefit pkg.
Full im 0 5
GILBERT CHEVROLET COMPANY
has an immediate opening for a
Receptionist. Must be friendly and
outgoing with excellent customer service
skills. Bi-lingual a plus. Other duties
include greeting customers, managing
rental cars, and filling in for the cashier
on occasion. Qualified applicants only
need to apply in person at the main
sales building from 9:00am to 5:00pm.
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
Immediate Openings All Shifts
Full Time/Part Time RN's & LPN's
Apply In Person To:
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
1646 Hwy. 441 North
SERVICE TECH FT
for residential & commercial
work valid driver's license.
Good Benefits. DFWP
in a busy cardiology office.
Medical knowledge & exp.
needed. Exc. benefit plan
offered. Fax resume to
POST OFFICE NOW HIRING!
Avg Pay $20/ hr,
$57 K/yr, incl. Fed Ben, OT.
Placed by adSource,
not aff w/USPS who hires.
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315
$17.89 $28.27/hr, Now
Hiring. For application &
free government job info.,
Call American Assoc. of
24hrs. emp. serv.
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Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
l tl DFamilyl
DEE'S MINOR REPAIR
License # 5698
& Pressure Washing
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Painting, Repairs, Carpentry
Air Conditioners 505
Appliance Parts 520;
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 1' 530
Books & Magazines 535
Business Equipment 545
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Dmpes, nens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Health & Reducing
Equipment a 620
.Househi Itets iste63
PJewelry 8 635
Medical Items 650
Musical Instruments 660
Offlce Supplies /
PetsS supplies/ l
Plumbing Supplies 680
Tma o apmls, in c
Wanted to Buy 740
Shih Tzu Puppies For Sale
1 male and 1 female left,
health cert. and 1st shots,
10 wks. old (863)214-1906
Business Places 910
Commercial 918 5
House Rent 930
Land- Rent 935
Resort Property -95
Room to Rent 955
Storage Space -
APARTMENT & RV SPOT for
rent. (863)763-7783 or
FURNISHED APT- On Water.
Utilities paid. Adult Commu-
nity. No pets Call between
9-4 pm daily (863)357-2044
mo., 1st & last, annual lease,
no pets, w/d, clean.
NEW 2 BR, 2'/2 BA At., All
major appi's. included. Near
hospital. $975 mo. + $500
sec. dep. (863)763-0111
NW OKEECHOBEE: 2BR, 2BA,
on quiet St. Kids & pets ok.
$750-$850/mo. 1st, last &
$500 sec. 561-346-1642.
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
OVERSIZED 1/1 DUPLEX Extra
back room. $695/mo.
Includes lawn maintenance.
Brand New 3/2/2
2 br. 2 ba., canal front, boat
house, turn. or unfurn., in city,
$850 includes lawn serv. 407
SE 8th St. (863)467-0658
-BEST VALUE IN TOWN-
2/1 Available, no pets,
$590/mo + Sec Dep.
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,
Lawrence Real Estate Co.
2br, 2ba, Garage, FL room,
Nice house! Solid construc-
tion. 5265 SE 43rd St.
$650. mo. + $300. Sec.
OKEE. 2br/lba, unfurnished
duplex. $650/mo + $650
dep. 3624 SE 35th Ave.
OKEE: 3/1 on /2 ac. Renovat-
ed, laundry, C/A/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.
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
Rent or Rent w/Optlon to Buy
5 acres In Okeechobee 3 Br
1Ba, Ig living rm, kit. & dining
rm, 1 car garage w/fenced
pond. Zoned Ag. $900. mo. +
last & sec. dep. Call Kamal
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plus half utilities. Call after
OKEECHOBEE- Wanted Senior
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or companion to share ex-
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Business Places -
Property Sale 1010
arms F Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Huntinl ePropert L13t
Property Sale 10356
Lots Sa.le 1045
Open aHouse 1050
Out of State -
Real Estate Wanted065
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080
BASSWOOD: 3/1, Frame, Tile
Floors, Nice Deck, Lg. Lot.
3458 NW 26th Ave. $97,000
BY OWNER:REDUCED TO
$369,000.! Lovely 3 Bdrm.,
21/2 Bath, Fireplace, Custom
Built with park-like 2 acres
on private road in country
rural setting located in a Great
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Land Sal 104
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Starting at $180,000
Owner financing at 5.5% APR
First RIty (561)385-7888
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LAKESHORE RESORT- LAKE
PLACID, FL., For Sale. New
2BD cottages on Lake Placid,
300' white sand beach & dock
Call (863)441-2659 Nightly,
weekly & monthly rentals also
available, Call (863)465-2135.
Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020o
ANCIENT OAKS 55+, Gated,
lbr, 1ba, Sunroom, Covered
patio, Carport, Boatramp,
Pool, Spa, Clubhouse. All Util.
& Cable TV included.
Available Immediately 3BR,
2BA, doublewide, carport,
large lot, $800/mo. 1 yr. lease
& 1 mo. sec. (863)467-5616.
BIG 0 Park Model, lbr lba,
w/d, pool, gated comm., club-
house, $695 mo
DW 3 br., 2 ba. east of town,
20 acres, livestock allowed,
$1,000 month 1st & security
OKEE.: New 2br/2ba on private
lot, on water, $800/mo. 1st
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1993 35' 2BR Coach Travel
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Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 2D08-CA-56
LASALLE BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIA-
TION AS TRUSTEE FOR FIRST
FRANKLIN MORTGAGE LOAN
TRUST 2006-FF18, MORTGAGE
LOAN ASSET-BACKED CERTIFI-
CATES, SERIES 2006-FF18
RODNEY EAGLE; MARY K. EAGLE,
and any unknown heirs, devisees,
grantees, creditors, and other un-
known persons or unknown spous-
es claiming by, tltough and under
any of the above named Defen-
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE is hereby given that the un-
dersigned Clerk of the Circuit Courl
of Okeechobee County, Florida, will
on the 21st day of May, 2008, at
11:00 o'clock A.M. at the Jury As-
sembly Room, r2n Floor, Okeecho-
bee County Judicial Center, 312
NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Flori-
da, offer for sale and sell at public
outcry to the highest and best bid-
der lor cash, the following-de-
scribed properly situate in
Okeechobee County, Florida:
Lot 6,Block 6, BASSWOOD UNIT 1,
according to the Plat thereof as re-
corded in Plat Book 3, Page 22, of
the Public Records of Okeechobee
pursuant to the Final Judgment en-
tered on 4/2/2008 9:00 AM in said
Court, the style of which is indicat-
Any person or entity claiming an inter-
est In the surplus, it any, resulting
from the foreclosure sale, other
than the property owner as of the
date of the Lis Pendens, must file a
claim on same with the Clerk of
Court within 60 days after the fore-
WITNESS my hand and official seal of
said Court this 3rd day of April,
In accordance with the Americans
with Disabilities Act, persons with
disabilities needing a special ac-
commodation to participate in the
proceeding should contact Court
Administrative Office, ADA Coordi-
nator (407-468-1472), not later that
seven 7 days prior to proceeding.
304 N.W, 2nd Street, Room 101.
Okeechobee, Florida 33472. I
hearing impaired, (TOD)
1-800-955-8771, or Voice (I
1-800-955-8770. via Florida Reay
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR,
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2007-CA-250
FORECLOSURE ADVISORS, LLC.
SHIRLEY R. JOHNSON; UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF SHIRLEY R. JOHNSON;
UNKNOWN PERSON(S) IN POSSESSION
OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY
RENOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an
Order Rescheduling Foreclosure Sale
dated March 31, 2008 and entered in
Case No. 2007-CA-250, of the Circuit
Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and
for Okeechobee County, Florida.
FORECLOSURE ADVISORS, LLC. is
Plaintiff and SHIRLEY R. JOHNSON;
UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF SHIRLEY R.
JOHNSON; UNKNOWN PERSON(S) IN
POSSESSION' OF THE SUBJECT
PROPERTY; are defendants, I will sell
to the highest and best bidder for cash
The Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor,
Of the Okeechobee County Judicial
Center, 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Okeecho-
bee, FL, 34972, in Okeechobee
County. FL at 11:00 a.m., on this 7th
day of May 2008, the following de-
scribed property as set forth in said Fi-
nal Judgment, to wit:
LOT 572, TAYLOR CREEK ISLES, SEC-
TION SIX, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT
THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT
BOOK 5, PAGE 30 OF THE PUBLIC
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
A person claiming an Interest in thfile sur-
plus from the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of the date of
the lis pendens but file a claim within
60 days alter the sale.
Dated this 2ND day of April, 2008.
As Clerk of said Court
By: s/ Linda F Young
As Deputy Clerk
This notice is provided pursuant to Ad-
*ministrative Order No. 2.065.
In accordance with the Americans with
Disabilities Act, if you are a person
with a disability who needs gny ac-
comnmodation In order to participate in
this proceeding, you are entitled, at no
cost to you, to provisions of certain
assistance. Please contact the Court
Administrator at 250 NW Country Club
Drive, Port Lucie, Florida 3498,
Phone No. 772-807-4370 within 2
working days of your receipt of this
notice or pleading if you are hearing
impaired, call 1-800-955-8771 (TDO);
if you are voice impaired, call
1-800-995-8770.(V) (Via Florida Relay
270142 ON 04/1724/08
Public Auction will be held at Johns Tow-
ing Service storage lot located at 704
Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okoechobee,
Flodda 34972 on MAY 9,2008, at
9:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida Statute
713.78 for unpaid towing and storage
charges. Year, make. model and VIN
are as follows.
1987 Chrysler Filth Avenue
1995 Buick Regal
2004 Honda ATV TRX250
1992 Cheny G20 Van
Terms of sale are cash, and no checks
will be accepted. Seller reserves the
right of final bid. ALL SALES ARE FI-
NAL! NO REFUNDS WILL BE, MADE!
Said automobiles will be sold in "As Is"
condition with no guarantee's.
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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
NOTICE OF INTENTION TO ADOPT ORDINANCE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE BOARD of County Commissioners of
Okeechobee Counly, Florida will hold a public hearing for the purpose of
considering the adoption ol a proposed Ordinance to establish the
Northshore Village Community Development District which Is entitled as
AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, CREATING THE NORTHSHORE VILLAGE
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT PURSUANT TO CHAPTER
190.005 FLORIDA STATUTES; KNOWN AS THE NORTHSHORE VILLAGE
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT; PROVIDING FOR THE LEGAL
DESCRIPTION; PROVIDING FOR FINDINGS OF FACT; PROVIDING FOR THE
INITIAL MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS; PROVIDING FOR
POWERS; PROVIDING FOR APPLICABILITY OF CHAPTER 190 FLORIDA
STATUTES AND ALL OTHER APPLICABLE STATUTES, ORDINANCES,
RULES AND REGULATIONS; PROVIDING FOR NO OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
OBLIGATIONS; PROVIDING FOR NO LIMITATIONS ON OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY POWERS; PROVIDING FOR DISCLOSURE; PROVIDING FOR
SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
The proposed Community Development District will be located on
approximately 389.93 acres of land in Okeechobee, County, located in
Sections 12, 13, 14 and 15, Township 37 South, Range 35 East;
Okeechobee County, Florida; being briefly described as lying North of State
Road No. 70 and West of the Levee 63 North Right-of-Way, as shown on
the attached map of the District.
SEE BELOW MAP OF THE DISTRICT
The public hearing will be held on May 8th, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. or as soon
thereafter as possible and will be conducted in the Commission Meeting
Room. Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee,
FI 34972. A copy of the proposed Ordinance is available for Inspection at
the Planning and Development Department, 499 NW 5th Avenue,
Okeechobee, Florida, 34972. Interested parties may appear at the meeting
and be heard with respect to the proposed ordinance.
BE ADVISED that If any person or persons decide to appeal any decisions
made by the Board of County Commissioners with respect to any matter
considered at the hearing, that person or persons will need a record of the
proceedings, and may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the
proceedings is made which record includes the testimony and evidence
upon which the appeal is to be based,
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florda
CI Belts, Jr., Chairman
American Legion Post #64 Eagles Aeries #4137
The American Legion Post #64 is
located at 501 S.E. Second St. The Post
phone number is 863-763-2950. Ameri-
can Legion Post #64 is open Monday to
Saturday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and
Sunday from I until 9 p.m. The kitchen
is open and serving a regular menu. The
hours of operation are: Monday through
Friday from 11 am until 3 p.m.
Wednesdays: Tacos and Margari-
tas served from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Live
music by Turk Leonard from 3 until 6
Fridays: Karaoke with B & P Pro-
ductions (Bobby and Penny) starting 6
Saturdays from 5 until 8 p.m. 50s
and 60s Sock Hop Oldies Dance Hosted
By Turk Leonard.
Sunday: sports on big screen TV
Quarter-pound hot dogs, pizza and 50
cent draft beer will be offered.
Bingo is held every Saturday and
Sunday night starting at 6:30 p.m. Doors
open at 5 p.m.
The Sons of the American Legion
steak dinner will be held on the third
Sunday of each month from 3 until
6 p.m. The dinner will include steak,
baked potato, salad, dessert, coffee and
Friday night dinners have resumed.
Dinners will be served from 4:30 until
It is time to pay your dues for the
Legion and Auxiliary.
Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold a
regular informational meeting on the
first Saturday of the month at the Buck-
head Ridge VFW Post #9528, 2002 U.S.
78 W, at 10 a.m. Applications for new
members are available. Call Lou Eder
at 863-357-0467 or Jerry Lee Shields at
863-467-8779 or 863-467-2882. .
Am-Vets Ladies Auxiliary meetings
are the first Saturday of the month at 10
am. Contact the Post at 467-2882 for in-
Eagles Aeries #4137 is located at
9983 U.S. 441 N. For information on
events, call 863-763-2552.
Every Tuesday bingo at 1 p.m.
Food will be available for a donation.
Wednesdays: bar bingo starting at
4 p.m. Food will be available.
Every Thursday: washer toss at 1
First and third Thursday: Auxiliary
at 6 p.m.; Aeries at 7 p.m.
Fridays: steak night (16-oz.) start-
ing at 5 p.m. for a $12 donation. Music
will be by Jimmy Harper.
Saturdays and Sundays: music at
First and third Sunday: breakfast
cooked to order from 9 until 11 a.m. for
The Okeechobee Masonic Lodge is
located at 107 N.W Fifth Ave. For infor-
mation about the club and events, call
Jose Verano at 863-634-2071.
The Masonic Lodge holds their
meetings on the second and fourth
Monday of each month starting at 7:30
Order of the Eastern
Star Chapter #128
The Order of the Eastern Star has
many fun activities planned on the first
and third Tuesday of each month. For
upcoming activities, contact Mary Ann
Holt at 863-634-8087.
B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S. 78 W
in Buckhead Ridge. The Lodge's phone
number is 863-763-2250.
Sundays: breakfast will be served
from 9 until 11 a.m. With many items to
Sundays: Karaoke with open mike
at 7 n m
Volunteer of the Month
Ruth Corwin was recently selected as Hospice of Okeecho-
bee's Volunteer of the month for February, 2008. Ruth
helps with patient care at The Hamrick Home. Despite
being busy delivering cold water to each patient's room,
folding the laundry, or loading the dishwasher; Ruth al-
ways makes time to sit quietly and pray with patients who
request this. A loving heart is the trademark of Hospice
Volunteers and Ruth certainly exemplifies this.
Sunday: April 27, at 1 p.m. Memo-
rial services for Elmer (Frog) Fellers and
Don Schrecongost. Covered dish meal
Tuesday: April 15 at 8 p.m., Moose
Membership Meeting. All members
Tuesday: April 29, age 7 p.m.,
Moose Enrollment. All prospective
members should attend.
Wednesdays: Bingo and food,
food served at 5 p.m. and bingo starts
at 6 p.m.
Thursdays: dinner will be served
from 5 until 7:15 p.m. Call the Lodge for
Thursdays: karaoke night starting
at 7 p.m.
Thursdays: Music for dancing at
7:30 p.m. Call to see who is playing.
Fridays: dinner served from 5 until
7:30 p.m. Music for dancing at 7:30 p.m.
Call to see who is playing.
Saturdays: dinner starting at 6
Saturdays: karaoke night starting
at 7 p.m.
Moose Family Center
The Moose Family Center #1753 is
located at 156 NI.W 36th St. in Okeecho-
bee. Please call the Lodge at 863-763-
4954 for further information, sudden
changes and menus. Guests are invited
to enjoy the activities and consider
Every Sunday breakfast from 8 to
Horseshoe practice every Sunday
at 2 p.m. and Thursday Evening.
Every Monday, Pool tournaments
- siunn ,,n 7 irn, Foonnrld i s served
Women's meeting second and
fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m..
Officers meetings first and third
Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Men's meetings, second and
fourth Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Moose Legion meetings third
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Bar Bingo Thursday at 1 p.m. and
Friday night at 7 p.m. Food Served.
(you must be a member to play bar
Dinner and music almost every
VFW Post #4423
The VFW North Post #4423 is lo-
cated at 300 N.W 34 St. Events are sea-
sonal, contact the Post at 863-763-0818
for information or write the Post at P.O.
Box 1137, Okeechobee Fl. 34973. The
Post opens at noon Monday through
Monday through Thursday: happy
hour from 4 until 6 p.m.
Mondays: .50-cent hot dogs
Washer toss every Tuesday starting
at 1 p.m. Food will be available. Every-
one is welcome.
Wednesdays: dinner from 4 until 6
p.m. for a donation.
Fridays: bingo starts at 1 p.m. for
members and guests. Food will be avail-
able. Karaoke will be from 6 until 10
Fridays: hot food by David Lee
from 5 until 8 p.m.
Saturdays: bar bingo at 1 p.m. for
members and guests. Karaoke will be
from 6 until' 10 p.m. Food will be avail-
Sundays: dinner will be available
Frnrm m until 4 n m nnrd will be fnllonwed
by karaoke from 6 until 10 p.m.
Every third Sunday there will be a
post meeting and ladies auxiliary meet-
ing at 11 a.m.
The post membership drive is un-
der way, and the post is striving for 100
percent. For information, contact the
quartermaster at 863-763-0818.
Big screen TV for all events.
VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post #9528 is located at
2002 S.R. 78 W. in Buckhead Ridge.
For information, call 863-467-2882. Post
opens at noon, Monday through Sun-
We are taking applications for new
members for the VFW, Ladies Auxiliary,
Male Auxiliary, AMVETS and AMVETS
Wednesday: Ladies Auxiliary din-
ner and Men's Auxiliary or AmVets. Mu-
sic will be available.
Every Thursday is bar bingo at
12:45 p.m. Lunch will be available. '
Every Friday a steak dinner with
baked potato, salad and rolls will be
served from 5:30 until 7 p.m. for an $11
donation. Dancing immediately follows
Membership meetings are held on
the second Saturday of the month be-
ginning at 10 a.m. The House Commit-
tee meeting is on the fourth Saturday.
For information, contact Command-
er Henry Zaskowski at 863-467-2882.
All games and special events are
shown on three televisions. The game
room has a regulation-size pool table.
VFW Post #10539
The VFW will be open Monday
thrninih S.atrday at 10 a min and Sun-
day at 1 p.m.
Lounge opens at 10 a.m. Monday
through Saturday and at 1 p.m. on Sun-
Monday: $1.50 tacos till 6 p.m.
Tuesday: Ladies Auxiliary Dinner -
5:30 p.m. ($6)
Wednesday: bar bingo will start at
12:45 p.m. Lunch is available, courtesy
of the Ladies Auxiliary.
Thursday: short order food night
from 5 until 8 p.m.
Friday: fish fry, chicken fingers or
shrimp from 5 until 8 p.m. along with
live music and dancing.
Saturday: dollar dogs, sausage
dogs for $1.50 grilled or steamed at
noon. Live music and dancing will start
at 7 p.m.
Sundays: sports on big screen TV.
The Ladies Auxiliary is looking for
any family members of Okeechobee
residents currently serving overseas.
We are forwarding packages of needed
items to our active service personnel.
For more information or if you would
like to donate items please contact us,
Cheryl Benoit at 863-697-2930.
The Post and Ladies Auxiliary meet-
ings are held the first Sunday of every
month at noon. Men's Auxiliary meet-
ings are the second Wednesday of every
month at 6:30 p.m. ,
Call 863-763-2308 for the schedule
The Okeechobee Shrine Club,
S.R. 78 W, members will meet the first
and third Thursday of each month at 8
p.m. The club is also available for wed-
dings and parties. For information call
the club at (863) 763-3378, or Keith at
Sundays: Every second Sunday of
the month there will be a Bike Sunday
from noon until 7 p.m. There will be
food, jukebox, big screen T.V. and an
Oasis Lounge. For more information,
call the club at 863-763-3378.
The Cypress Hut Fraternal Order of
Eagles post #4509 located at 4701 U.S.
441 S.E. is now open to members Mon-
day-Saturday from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.,
Sundays from I to 10 p.m. Information
can be found by visiting www.foe4509.
coin, or calling 863-467-1154.
Food is served several evenings a
Aerie meetings are at 7 p.m. on
the first and third Wednesday of each
month at the old Cypress Hut flea mar-
FOE Auxiliary meetings are at 7
p.m. on the second and fourth Wednes-
day of every month
Friday night: 16 oz rib eye steak
dinner with the trimmings beginning at
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changes to the service club news, please
New Kiwanis member
Dowling Watford (left) recently inducted new Kiwanis Club member Libby Maxwell (cen-
ter). Libby was sponsored by her husband Devin Maxwell (right). Libby is a partner with
Devin in the Law Office of Maxwell and Maxwell. Libby was introduced to the Kiwanis Club
when she started high school. She was an officer of the Key Club throughout high school.
She is glad to be back in the organization. Libby is the 60th member to be inducted and
the 19th female.
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10 Okeechobee News, Thursday, April 24, 2008
OHS girls outmatch Viera
By Charles M. Murphy
10 runs, 12 hits, five innings
played and another victory.
Things are getting pretty simple
for the Okeechobee High School
Brahmans softball team.
Okeechobee scored five quick
runs and defeated an outmatched
Viera, 10-0, in Tuesday night's re-
gional playoff game at Okeecho-
bee High School.
Mary Huff continued her mas-
terful pitching on the mound as
she allowed just one hit to help
her team advance to the regional
semi final against Jensen Beach
which will be held at OHS on Fri-
"Why would we be nervous?
It's just another ball game,"
Coach Kim Hargraves stated.
"We played the game the way we
know how and we really hit the
Shortstop Naomi Stevens had
three hits, scored a run and drove
in a run. Megan Clements drove
in three runs and Taylor Douglas
had two hits and drove in three
Okeechobee got off to a slow
start defensively as they commit-
ted two errors in the top of the
first but didn't allow a run. Huff
struck out' clean up hitter Kenzie
Simmons to end the threat.
From there the Lady Brahmans
went to work, scoring five times
in a matter of minutes in the bot-
tom of the first.
Stevens drilled a single, and
moved up on a sacrifice. She
hustled home to score on a single
by Huff, and Huff took second
when the Hawks tried to throw
Naomi out at the plate. After Lau-
ren Throop walked, Jordan Mar-
cum drilled a single to load the
bases. One run scored on a wild
pitch and Clements followed with
a drive into the left center field
gap for a two run double. Taylor
Douglas drove home Clements
on a ground ball to make it 5-0.
Hargraves noted the good start
took a lot of the steam out of the
Hawks, "We jumped off to a great
start. When you go up 5-0 in the
first inning that's got to put a little
damper on them."
Hargraves is also getting used
to positive contributions from
her shortstop.. She predicted that
Stevens will be recruited by large
Division 1 schools.before her soft-
ball career is over.
Stevens said her fantastic fresh-
man year has been made pos-
sible by her coaches, like Wayne
Harrell, and Steve Hargraves. She
thanked them for their time and
efforts to help her.
"I just came out here with big
confidence and I was sure of my-
self. I didn't think about anything
and I just wanted to hit and win
this game," she said.
Okeechobee scored three
more times in the bottom of
the third. Marcum led off with a
ground single up the middle. Cle-
ments followed with an RBI sin-
gle. Leanna Cotton drove in the
second run with a ground out and
Stevens delivered an RBI single to
make it 8-0.
"The pitch looked really good,
I have fear, but I don't let it get to
me," she noted.
Okeechobee finished off their
scoring with two runs in the
fourth. Lauren Throop hit the left
field wall with a lead off single
and Marcum did the same with a
double. Douglas followed with a
two run single to make it 10-0.
Meanwhile Mary Huff con-
tinued her shutout pitching. She
now has 17 innings of scoreless
pitching in the post season, with
just one hit allowed. The streak of
hitless innings ended on a ground
single by Casey Visalo to lead off
the fifth inning. Mary struck out
Okeechobee, (19-5) will face
Jensen Beach (20-6) again at
home this Friday. The Lady Fal-
cons defeated Space Coast, 6-0,
on Tuesday. Okeechobee has de-
feated Jensen twice in three tries
this year, which included a 6-0
win in last Friday's district cham-
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future energy needs of the Gulf
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We are currently notifying
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All interested residents are
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OHS boys lose to Suncoast
By Charles M. Murphy
For the third consecutive sea-
son Suncoast High School has
ended the Okeechobee High
School Brahmans baseball sea-
Jarrett Gish scattered four hits
in a strong pitching performance
as the Chargers, (17-4), defeated
Okeechobee for the third straight
time this year, 6-2, in the District
14-4A semifinals on Tuesday night
at the Lawnwood Sports Complex
in Fort Pierce.
Dustin Stokes, five runs al-
lowed in three innings, took the
loss for Okeechobee which fin-
ished the year at (11-16).
"Gish is a good lefty, we'll need
to find a way to beat him," Brah-
mans Coach Mark Ward said. "He
pitched pretty good and we got
into a hole."
Suncoast scored five times in
the first two innings and held on
from there. Rob Hill went three
for three with a double, triple and
homerun. He drove in three runs.
Dan Whitemore had two hits and
three runs batted in for the Char-
Hill beat the Brahmans from
both sides of the plate. He hit a
double and triple as a right hand-
ed batter and then hit a homerun
off reliever Brice Buckner while
batting from the left side.
Coach Ward said Stokes strug-
gled a bit with his mechanics and
left some pitches out over the
plate that the Chargers hit hard.
However he noted Stokes has an
entire year to work on his delivery
so he can perfect his three-fourths
delivery, which at times can be
"When he pitches over the
top his pitches are flat. When he
throws three-fourths, his stuff is
nasty and not even good hitters
can touch him," Ward noted.
Okeechobee battled back
with two runs in the sixth. They
got base hits from Will Davis,
Adam Tewksbury, Clay Coleman
and Dustin Stokes to close the
gap to 6-2. Okeechobee also had
two runners in scoring position
with nobody out in the third but
couldn't score. That opportunity
came back to haunt the team.
Coach Ward noted at least six
Brahmans plan to play summer
baseball this year at a high level
of competition. He noted that
should help them when they re-
turn to play varsity ball next year.
"The positive thing about this
tournament is we beat Lincoln
Park which had scored 42 runs
against us in three games. I think
that's a good sign for the kids,"
Buckner pitched three solid
innings of relief. The sophomore
allowed three hits, one walk, and
one run. He struck out five.
Suncoast moved on to play
Jensen Beach in the district finals.
Both teams have qualified to play
in the state playoffs again. The
Brahmans can only dream about
"It would have been easy to
throw in the towel this year but
the kids kept, battling and work-
ing hard. I think they represented
.Okeechobee well," Coach Ward
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