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Friday, April 25, 2008

PO BOX 117007


workshop planned
The Florida Department of
Transportation (FDOT) in part-
nership with the Florida Heart-
land Rural Economic Develop-
ment Initiative (FHREDI), with
the assistance of the University
of South Florida/Center for Ur-
ban Transportation Research
(CUTR), and a consulting firm,
Tindale-Oliver and Associates,
is undertaking the Heartland
'Rural Mobility Plan to iden-
tify mobility and transportation
needs and opportunities for the
Heartland Region.
The Rural Mobility public
workshops will be interactive
exchanges of information on
the Heartland Region's mobil-
ity issues, needs and potential
improvements. A workshop is
planned for Wednesday, April
30, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the
Okeechobee County Board of
County Commissioners' Cham-
bers, 304 Northwest Second

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 (ex-
cept on July 4) from 8:30 a.m.
until 4:30 p.m. at Douglas
Brown Community Center and
the Okeechobee County Civic
Extended hours, 7:30-8:30
a.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m. will be
available at the Okeechobee
County Civic Center.

Drought Index

Current: 420
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.39 feet
H Last Year: 9.94 feet

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

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Bypass road options considered

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
As traffic congestion contin-
ues to increase in Okeechobee,
there is an increasing demand
for alternate routes that will alle-
viate the traffic flow at the inter-
section of U. S. 441 and S. R. 70.
When the Okeechobee County
Board of County Commissioners
met on Thursday, April 24 they
changed their minds about the
possible route of one proposed
bypass road.
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 on June 12 of last year
the board looked at four possible
bypass routes between S. R. 70
and S. R. 78 using Mr. Dailiel's

property. The routes varied in
length from 4.3 miles to 7.3 miles
and all were two lanes with a 100
foot right of way.
Alternate route 1 (5.3 miles)
and alternate route IA (4.3 miles)
each come south from the end
of S.W 48th Avenue to S. R. 70.
They are both straight with each
having sharp left curves to reach
S.R. 70 at different points.
Alternate route 3 (7.3 miles)
,also starts at end of S.W. 48th
Avenue and runs to the west of
,Mr. Daniel's shell pit. It has sev-
eral right angle turns before turn-

Submitted photo
Oceola Middle School Future Farmers of America MembersJe been making news
lately! The OMS Horse Judging team placed first in the statek- petition. The t.ea.m was
Allyson Trimble, Megan McNabb, and Tabitha Cannon, posed here at the state competi-
tion with FFA advisor and OMS Agriculture teacher Brian Trimble.

Submitted photo
The OMS FFA Livestock Judging team also did well, placing second in state competi-
tion. Pictured with Mr. Trimble were team members Josh Lea, Allyson Trimble, Jessica
Humphrey, and Carrie Facente.

Suspected gang member enters

plea, faces up to 15 years prison

By Eric Kopp.
Okeechobee News
An alleged gang member
went before Circuit Court Judge
Lawrence Mirman Thursday
and entered a plea of no con-
test regarding a gang 'tagging'
incident earlier this year.
Judge Mirman accepted the
April 24 plea of Christopher
Shawn Miner, 19, U.S. 441 S.E.,
and set his sentencing date for
June 23.
Miner could face a maxi-
mum penalty of 15 years.
The teen was arrested on
March 6 by Detective Sergeant
Jimmy Mills of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
on a charge of criminal mischief
over $1,000 gang related. The

normal maximum sentence for
that charge is 5 years, but since
it was gang related the penalty
is enhanced.
Arrested along with Miner
were Thomas Jay Draughon,
18, U.S. 441 S.E.; and Frederick
William Ebeling, Jr., 17.
OCSO Detective Sergeant
Brad Stark, who heads up
that department's Gang Task
Force, said Thursday, April 24,
that Draughon is still in the
Okeechobee County Jail. His
bond is set at $25,000.
Ebeling was booked into
the county jail then taken to the
Department of Juvenile Justice
Center in Fort Pierce. He was
charged with the same felony,
but faces juvenile sanctions,

said Sgt. Stark.
All three were arrested in
connection with the Feb. 26
tagging of various buildings,
sidewalks and roads at the
Okeechobee County Sports
Complex. Sgt. Stark said dam-
ages were estimated at $5,000.
The graffiti was painted over
by Okeechobee County em-
Sgt. Stark said all three boys
are members of the Insane
Gangster Disciples, a local
gang that was phased out a
few years ago but is making a
The tagging was done in
blue spray paint which is the
color of the Folk Nation, a large
See Gang Page 3

ing south toward S. R.70. After
lengthy discussion at the June
12 meeting, the board requested
staff to provide more informa-.
tion on alternate route 2 that
would intersect with S.R. 70 west
of Lazy 7 and proceed southeast
a distance of 5.9 miles to S.R. 78.
This proposed route would cross
more of Mr. Daniels property
than the others.
Orlando Rubio of the engi-
neering firm of Craig A Smith
presented the long awaited re-
port. There was good news in
that the estimated cost for alter-

nate route 2 was less than the
original estimate because later
studies revealed that less 'muck
would have to be removed
from that route than was origi-
nally thought. Originally it was
thought that a foot and a half of
muck would have to be removed
along the entire route. Engineers
now believe that only one foot
of muck would have to be re-
The estimated cost of al-
ternate route 2 dropped from
$19,460,530 to $18,942,425. That
See Bypass Page 2

Men face drug

charges after

search of house

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
After executing a search
warrant on a man's home
night, the
Task Force
three men on
felony drug
char oes.
James C arg ed
Jasper wie.R: Dj. -
las Roger
Brown, 48, N.W 12th St.;
James Clyde Jasper, Jr., 26, S.E.
Eighth St.; and Roosevelt Butler

Dallas Roosevelt
Brown Butler
Jr., 28, N.W 12th St. Following
their arrest all three men were
booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail.
I An arrest report by task force
detectives indicate that Brown
was charged with possession
See Cocaine Page 2

By Chauna Aguilar
Qkeechobee News
Okeechobee Main Street
met on Wednesday, April 23,
at the Brahma Bull Restaurant
where they discussed all of the
up and coming events with
OKMS including the resigna-
tion of their executive director
Karen Hanawalt.
- Mrs. Hanawalt was with
OKMS prior to becoming the

director as a volunteer. and will
continue to be a part of the or-
ganization in that aspect.
The position is posted at the
Okeechobee One Stop Career
Center. The executive director
of OKMS reports to the OKMS
President Maureen Burroughs.
They are responsible for
coordinating downtown revi-
talization activities utilizing the
'See Main Street Page 2

Submitted photo

Splashing around
Christopher Cobb waiting paitently on the steps for his
swimming buddy to come back. That was one of the safe-
ty tips children from Rock Solid Academy learned on a
trip to the county pool.


Vol. 99 No. 116

Main Street seeks

executive director


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OHS girls in district championship

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Jensen Beach has a lot in
common with bad pennies; they
always seem to be turning up.
Okeechobee thought they had
gotten rid of Jensen Beach once
and for all last week when they
defeated the Lady Falcons in the
District Championship game, 6-0.
Not so fast.
The Falcons pulled an upset

Continued Fro Page 1

nationwide gang that includes
.the local gang sets of Insane
Gangster Disciples and the Rook-
erville Raiders.
The tagging not only dis-
played gang signs, but deroga-
tory statements toward law
enforcement and symbols indi-
cating the gang's territory.
"This is a crime against every
citizen of Okeechobee County,"
said Sheriff Paul May shortly af-
ter the arrests. "I'm very proud
of the investigation by the Gang
and Narcotics Task Force that re-
sulted in the arrests. This kind of
behavior has to stop and I hope,
when this is tried in court and a
conviction is obtained, that the
punishment fits the crime."
Sgt. Stark said the arrests
came about due to information
received from residents.
"It's still nice to know that
good honest citizens are still
willing to provide information
to law enforcement when they
truly know their information and
name will remain anonymous,"
he said.
In other court action Thurs-
Raphael Ray, 23, entered
an open plea to a charge of
violation of probation grand
theft. He was violated for being
in arrears in paying his court
costs and for testing positive for
marijuana and cocaine. "There
is really do call to put you back
on probation," said Judge Mir-
man. He then sentenced Ray to
five months in the Okeechobee
County Jail with credit for the 40
days he's already served.
Marcus Johnson entered a
plea of no contest to charges of
armed trespass on land and over
bag limit for turkey. Judge Mir-
man found Johnson guilty and
sentenced him to three years
probation on the trespassing
charge. Johnson was also sen-
tenced to one day in the county
jail, which he has already served,

Continued From Page 1

cost would include acquisition of
1.3 miles of right of way not on
Mr. Daniel's property.
In the absence of a traffic study
commissioner Elvie Posey won-
dered how many people would
use that particular route.
Commissioner Marvin Wher-
rell questioned the need for a
westerly bypass road at this time.
He felt there was a need for or a
bypass route on the east side of

Main Street
Continued From Page 1

OKMS four-point approaches. The
director must be entrepreneurial,
energetic, imaginative, well orga-
nized, and capable of functioning'
effectively in an independent situ-
The director must also be able
to multi-task and demonstrate
flexibility in all aspects of the po-
sition. The director must be sen-
sitive to design and preservation
issues and must, understand the
issues confronting the downtown
area. Excellent verbal, written,
communication, computer and

Continued From Page 1

of cocaine with intent to sell, a
felony, and possession of drug
paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.
His bond was set at $26,000.
Jasper was charged with the
felony of possession of cocaine
with intent to sell and the misde-
meanor of possession of marijua-
na under 20 grams. His bond was
set at $6,000.
Butler was charged with pos-
session of cocaine. His bond was

on Tuesday when they traveled to
Space Coast and won 6-0, to earn
a berth in the Regional semifinals
to be played tonight at Okeecho-
bee High School.
Brahmans Coach Kim Har-
graves noted she isn't all that sur-
prised that Jensen Beach is still
alive, "You can't take them lightly
because they will play defense
and put the ball in play."
Hargraves had the girls work-
ing on their defense because she

on the over bag limit charge. The
judge told Johnson that after 18
months if all fees and costs have
been paid, and he has not other-
wise violated his probation, then
his probation will end.
Veronica Martinez entered a
plea of no contest to a charge of
grand theft. Judge Mirman with-
held adjudication and placed
her on two years probation.
If after one year she has paid
$990 in restitution as well as all
court costs and fees, and does
not otherwise violate her proba-
tion, then her probation will be
terminated. It was later brought
up by Assistant State Attorney
Dan Kuczor that there may be
additional restitution charges.
Judge Mirman said if that comes
to pass then a hearing will be
Robert Lewis Henry, 44,
entered a plea of no contest to
charges of driving while license
suspended habitual offender,
fleeing and eluding a law en-
forcement officer, resisting a
law enforcement officer without
violence and high speed'fleeing.
He was arrested Dec. 18, 2006.
Charges of petit theft and flee-
ing and eluding a law enforce-
ment officer in a second case
were dropped as part of the plea
agreement. Although the maxi-
mum prison penalty for those
charges is 21 years, Henry could
receive a sentence of five years.
Judge Mirman accepted Henry's
plea and set his sentencing for
May 19 at 1:30 p.m.
Cheryl M. Boyd, 40, was ar-
reste' Dec. 19, 2007, on charges
of possession of cocaine and
purchase of a controlled sub-
stance. She went before Judge
Mirman and through her attor-
ney said she will enter the drug
court program. She must report
to Judge Jerald Bryant on May 7
at 9 a:m.

County administrator Lyndon
Bonner noted that impact fees,
which were counted on for at
least part of the costs, have fallen
short of projections. He suggest-
ed that if the board went forward
with the project they would have
to look at other methods of fund-
Because of the uncertain bud-
get situation he was not sure what
he would recommend.
He did suggest letting impact
fees build up while the county de-
velops a master plan.
County attorney John Cassels
informed the board that alternate
route 2 was contrary to the agree-

advisory skills are required.
Educational requirements for
the director are a four-year degree
from college. The applicant must
also have experience in down-
town marketing and management
or similar marketing experience
and skills. Experience in dealing
with real estate, governmental,
economic development, and
marketing related customers. The
equivalent combination of educa-
tion and related work experience
may be considered as well.
Competent computer skills,
especially with Microsoft Word,
Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint
are required as well as excellent
public speaking skills in order to
be considered for this opportu-

set at $5,000.
The report goes on to state
that when the task force, along
with the Special Response Team
(SRT) from the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office, arrived at
the N.W. 12th St. residence short-
ly after 9 p.m. Jasper and Butler
tried to flee.
Although Jasper allegedly tried
to dispose of some suspected
narcotics, the items were recov-
ered by a task force detective.
The substances were field tested
with one substance indicating a
positive result for the presence of
cocaine, and the other indicating
a positive result for the presence

expects Jensen to try and bunt,
and try to steal bases tonight.
"If we come out and keep
swinging the bats like we have
we shouldn't have a problem,"
she added.-
The team is pumped because
they get to play again in front of
their loyal followers. Coach Har-
graves thanked all the volunteers
who help get the field ready, pre-
pare the food, and then support
the team 110 percent.

Freshman Naomi Stevens,
who has been red hot at the
plate in the past few games, said
the team has a lot of confidence
when they play in front of their
home crowd.
"We're really excited. Every-
body is excited because were
hosting it at home. Hopefully
it will be a big advantage," she
The first pitch will be tonight
at 7 p.m.

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar

Grand opening today
The new operations center for Martha's House will be hold-
ing their grand opening ceremony today, Friday, April 25, with
the ribbon cutting beginning at 11 a.m. at their offices on U.S.

Man jumps in front of

Miami commuter train

MIAMI (AP) -- A man jumped
in front of a Miami commuter
train Thursday, but survived after
the impact pushed him between
the rail cars and a wall below the
platform, officials said.
The 19 year old severely hurt
his right arm and possibly broke
his legs, but his injuries were
not life threatening, said Miami
Fire Rescue spokesman Ignatius
Carroll. He was treated at Jack-
son Memorial Hospital and was
in critical condition. His identity
was not immediately known And
police said it was an attempted
Carroll said the man jumped
off a platform in front of an on-
coming Miami Metrorail train,
knocking "his shoes off." The
force of the impact kept the man
between the inside rail and the
wall, saving his life, he said.
Emergency workers were

ment reached with Mr. Daniel.
He said it was considerably to
the west and longer than routes
contemplated in the settlement
He noted that possible routes
suggested in the past would con-
nect to either Wolff Road or Dur-
rance Road.
He also noted that there is still
pending litigation in the matter
and a delay in settling the issue
might affect the outcome of the
He further reminded the board
that there is a time limit for acquir-
ing the right of way but not a time
limit for construction to begin.
"Don't build something you

For more information about
the position contact the Okeecho-
bee One Stop Career Center at
In other business, the new
board was also voted in: Presi-
dent, Maureen Burroughs; Vice
President, Kathleen Shatto; Secre-
tary, Toni Doyle; Treasurer, Terry
Burroughs; promotions director,
Donna Huth; design director,
Devin Maxwell; arts and culture
director, Bridgette Waldau; eco-
nomic director, Mark Smith; and
volunteer director, Linda Wolo-
Maureen Burroughs extended
her thanks to all those who had
served including Keith Stripling
who will continue to serve as
their liaison with the sheriff's de-

of marijuana.
The suspected crack cocaine
weighed .7 grams and the sus-
pected marijuana weighed 5.8
grams, added the report.
After the three men were
secured by the SRT, detectives
began to search Brown's apart-
The arrest report states that
among the items found were: two
glass smoking devices that are
commonly used to smoke crack
cocaine; copper colored steel
wool, which is commonly used in
smoking devices to hold the crack
cocaine; and a push rod, which is
used to push the crack cocaine

then able to rescue him from the
The man was apparently trav-
eling alone. Witnesses told po-
lice he walked over to the edge,
looked to see if the train was
coming and then jumped, Carroll
said. Witnesses said he had been
acting normally before that.
The train remained stopped
for hours at the Douglas Road sta-
tion near Coral Gables, a wealthy
Miami suburb. Buses transported
commuters to another train sta-
tion. The entire commuter system
was operating normally by the
The elevated system connects
points throughout the metropoli-
tan Miami area. There is only one
Hospital officials did not return
repeated phone messages.

don't need because it is free,"
cautioned the attorney.
Mr. Posey noted that alternate
routes 1 or lAwould cost less and
do the most good and fit the im-
pact fee schedule.
Earlier discussions on impact
fees called for a bypass road that
tied in to either Durrance Road or
Wolff Road.
After a thorough discussion of
the issue the oard called for fur-
ther studies on alternate routes 1
and 1A.
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached
at Post your
opinions in the Public Issues Forum

partment but will not be on the
board this year due to his strin-
gent schedule.
Goals for the new year include
the increase in membership. The
following new members have
been added since the last quarter:
Willie Sauls; Custom Windows
and Doors of Okeechobee; West-
ern Living; Across the Lake; Diane
Hall; and Fred and Susan George.
For information about OKMS
call 863-357-MAIN (6246).
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Chauna Agullar can be
reached at

into the steel wool.
The report goes on to state
that in Brown's vehicle the detec-
tives found I gram of a substance
that, when field tested, indicated
a positive result for the presence
of cocaine. In the trunk of the car
they reportedly found .1 grams of
a substance that indicated a posi-
tive result for the presence of co-
caine when field tested.
The task force report goes
on to state that Brown is unem-
ployed and it is believed that he
derives his income from the sale
of illegal narcotics.

News Briefs

Benefit concert for Tillman Casselton
Sunday, April 27, at 1 p.m. at Brewskis Restaurant and Lounge
there will be a benefit concert held for to help the family of Tillman
"Taitor" Casselton with funeral expenses. Tillman, age 19, was
killed in an auto accident on April 18. Thunder Road will be provid-
ing music, there will be a $2 cover at the door and catfish dinners
will be available for $6.99, there will be 50/50's, drawings and door
prizes. For information please call Tracy Casselton at 863-261-3607.

Earl Harmon benefit Saturday
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 auction, a cookout and a 50/50 drawing. Donations are being
accepted for the auction. For more information call 863-357-2552.

Benefit to help Bill Weeks
Bill Weeks was injured in a mechanical fire on March 28 and
now has second and third degree burns on over 20 percent of his,
body. A benefit will be held on May 3 at Happy Hour starting at
noon. An auction will start at 3 p.m. All proceeds will be used to
help out in all financial matters. Barbecue chicken or pork dinner
for $6. For information call Happy Hour at 863-467-6420.

Benefit golf tournament planned
Saturday, May 10 at 8 a.m. a benefit will be held for Patsy Ar-
nold, who will be getting a kidney transplant soon, will be held at
the Okeechobee Golf and Country Club. Entry fee is $60 per person
or $240 per team. If you would like to join them for lunch, it can be
purchased for $7. There will also be a gun give away courtesy of the
Gun Shoppe. For ticket information or entry information please call














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Okeechobee News, Friday, April 25, 2008

CCC discusses positive behavior

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Lori Jaquith of the Positive Be-
havior Support Program was one
of the featured speakers at Tues-
day's Okeechobee Community
Collaborative Council meeting.
The PBS program is designed
to help teachers in Okeechobee
Schools be more successful in
reaching problem students.
Ms. Jaquith explained the pro-
gram emphasizes the use of being
proactive in reinforcing behaviors
of students. "We don't want to
wait until the child misbehaves,"
she said. "We want to be proac-
tive and help them understand
how they should behave."
She noted the positive means
a change in focus from reactive to
proactive teaching that recognizes
what children are doing right.
"In the classroom I try always
to find as many possible things
as I could that they were doing
right," she noted.
She added that she also posi-
tive reinforces things at her home
with her own children. She said
teachers should focus on four
positives to every one negative.
However, that takes a concentrat-
ed efforts from teachers.
She said consequences should
be more than punishment. She
said the goal is to change behav-
ior, and punishment doesn't al-
ways change behavior.
"Look at our prison system.
It doesn't, absolutely not," she
She explained that rewards are
earned by students. They are not
bribes. She said the rewards don't
have to be tangible, they can be
verbal praise.
Ms. Jaquith explained that 80-
90 percent of students perform
normally with the proper expec-
tations at school. However,-there
are about 10-20 percent that take
a lot of attention from teachers.
She noted if teachers focus on the
positive attributes and habits of
these children, they can be better
teachers, and have more time to
focus on the other students.
Even school supplies can be
a reward to students, and the
community is needed to donate
school supplies throughout the
year, not just at the beginning of
the year.
Several local schools hold
events each year to encourage
students positive behavior. These
include no t.ardy parties. Stu-
dents who are not tardy to school
throughout the year are hon-
ored for their promptness. Other
schools offer pizza parties and
special events after school.
"Focusing on kids who aren't
tardy is a positive way to encour-
age those that are tardy to change
that behavior," she said.
She said 99 percent of the time,
this kind of effort, will improve
the performance of problem stu-
dents. She noted she prefers this
type of teaching to prescription
pills, commonly used by students
today. School officials noted that
the number of referrals for girls at
the high school dropped by close
to 50 percent in the first year this
program was used.
Becky Smith of the Okeecho-
bee Healthy Start Coalition ex-
plained this program to the
group. The program offers emo-
tional support, breast feeding
support, car seat safety, child birth
education, Infant care education,
nutritional education, Parenting
information, tobacco cessation
classes, emergency assistance,
and grief counseling.
She told a story of a client who
was pregnant with triplets, who
had no driver's license. She had
to see a special physician in Or-
lando every week at the end of
her pregnancy, and the Health
Start program coordinated the
transportation for the mother.
Healthy Start recently com-
pleted a service delivery plan. The
booklet is over 100 pages long.
Each of the 32 programs in the
state must complete a plan and
submit it to the Florida Depart-
rment of Health every five years.
The plan includes five years of
data from various sources. The
group analyzes the data, and sur-
veys their clients and providers.
SThey identified six issues to ad-
dress. They include first trimester
care, fetal mortality, repeat teen
pregnancies, smoking among
mothers, and awareness of the
local program.
She said in the past once
a mother gave birth, the case
closed. Now they can continue
the program with the mother and
help her take care of her child.
Ms. Smith noted there also is
free prenatal care available to

many mothers in Okeechobee
who might not realize that they
': "We want everyone to know
that if they are pregnant they have
the healthy start coalition to back
you up," she noted.
She also explained other pro-
grams that include education
about sudden infant death syn-
drome, car seats, and other par-
enting classes.

Healthy Start currently sell car
seats for $15.00. They accom-
modate children from five to 40
The Health Department also
offers a program for mothers and
their babies that educates them
about the dangers of smoking
and second hand smoke. .
The new on track program
with the school system and com-
munities in schools attempts to
help teenagers who are already
parents. The program empha-
sizes self esteem and positive re-
lationships. They also work with
teen mothers to help them get
their education.
Smith noted Health Start is fac-
ing major budget cuts this year.
The State legislature might cut $5
million state wide.
"We have been trying to do the
best work we can with the funds
that we have," she noted.
Pam Stierwalt of New Hori-
zons Mobile Crisis Response team
explained the program which
was created in 2004 after the hur-
ricanes that struck the Treasure
The storms damaged facili-
ties which contained 75 beds for
people in need of mental health
services. 15 of those beds were
for children and adolescents. The
new team was designed to allevi-
ate any strain the loss of beds pre-
sented to mental health providers
in the area.
The team provides immedi-
ate on site assessment, crisis in-
tervention, counseling, linkage
to other services, and referrals.
Services also include follow up
as needed to promote crisis reso-
lution, evaluation, and arrange-
ment for inpatient hospitalization
if necessary. ,
The local number for the team
is (772) 468-5600, ext. 227.
Crisis services are available
in Okeechobee for people who
are experiencing an emotional
crisis as determined by a law en-
forcement officer, school official,
emergency room staff, or other
professional in the community.

The Center for the Study of
Children's Futures at the Univer-
sity of South Florida recently re-
leased a report on Florida's Chil-
dren. All 67 counties in the State
were studied.
The report on Okeechobee
County noted there were six
deaths of children 14 and under
in 2005, with five of them violent
deaths. There were three deaths
to teens between 15 and 19
years old with all of those violent
deaths, and five violent deaths to
those between the ages of 20 and
The report stated there were
47 dissolutions of marriage that
affected minor children, and 641
investigations regarding the mal-
treatment of children. In those
cases, 313 were dismissed, 121
resulted in some indication of
maltreatment and 177 cases
where abuse was proven.
The report noted there were

Okeechobee News/unarles Murpny
Lori Jaquith spoke to the Community Collaborative Council,
encouraging teachers and parents to reward positive behav-

dkeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Becky Smith of the Healthy Start Coalition was a speaker at
the Community Collaborative Council meeting.

301 births to unwed mothers in
2005, which represented 51.3 per-
cent of the total births. 95 of those
births were to mothers under the
age of 20.
The juvenile justice system re-
ported there were 374 delinquen-
cy cases received in 2005/2006.
Of those 268 kids were referred to
delinquency court and five were
transferred to adult court. 28
Okeechobee youths were com-
mitted to juvenile facilities during
that period.
At local schools, the report
noted there were 180 high school
dropouts that year and 1,222 stu-
dents served out of school sus-
pensions. Another 459 served in
school suspensions.
The CCC continues to collect
school supplies for next year. Last
year 200 students were served
with back packs and other school
Facilitator Sharon Vinson stat-
ed there will be a transportation
meeting on April 30 at 4 p.m. in
the County Commission cham-

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The CCC will soon release a
24 page summer activity guide for
school age. children in Okeecho-
Communities in Schools had
their annual golf tournament last
week, and officials stated it was
very successful.
The next meeting of the juve-
nile justice council will be July
18 at 12 noon at Beef O'Brady's
Abundant Blessings Assembly
of God will have a program with
the Guardian Ad Litem program
on Wednesday night, April 23, at
5:30 p.m.
Martha's House will hold an
open house for their new outreach
center at 4134 U.S. 441 north this
Friday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Refreshments will be served.


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easier to share your ideas and converse with others. Go to, click on the community name and your
local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new
topics or comment on existing topics. You can also e-mail
comments to or call 863-467-2033,
but online comments get posted faster and not all phone calls
can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
SOFTBALL: Congratulations to the Okeechobee High School Soft-
ball Team -- moving on again -- won against Vierra High School 10-0.
Way to go girls! Everyone should come out Friday and watch them
play. It should be a very exciting game.
KILLER BEE STORY: This is in response to the Killer Bee Story.
This is the friend of Bobby Davis, whose property he lived on and I
would just like to make it clear that he was not a squatter. I own a
home here and he stayed with me and watched my home for me,
because I worked at night. And he was here at 2 a.m. when I came
home from work to make sure I was safe. And I pay taxes on my
property and I have every right to have whoever I want to live in their
mobile home on my property. He was not a squatter, he didn't avoid
paying anything and he didn't live here for free. He worked around
my house and he paid part of my bills for me to help me out, because
I'm single, paying a mortgage by myself and working hard everyday to
have something in life. He was a good man and he will not be tainted
like this. He was not a free loader, he was a hardworking man who
helped a friend out. A friend who paid taxes in Okeechobee County.
SIGNAL: The people who need to read this probably don't read
this. I am going to call the sheriff and remind him that we need to start
giving tickets. Folks, when your eyes tell your brain on the street that
you are going to turn at the next place, then your supposed to take
your brain and tell your left hand to grab the steering wheel knob and
use a left turn or a right turn signal. We were in town last night and it's
so aggrivating to wait for someone to pass, and make their move and
then they turn and you don't know what they are going to do. It is the
law to use your turn signal folks. Its a safety issue, please use your turn
signals when your brain tells you that you are going to turn, then take
your hand and use the signal; And then when you turn, it stops click-
ing itself, that is the best part. Remember folks, the Sheriff probably
doesn't read the speak out, neither do the County Commissioners,
nor the town manager; so when you have a complaint or to gripe or a
compliment, you need to tell the person involved, not Speak Out.
HELP: As you know, our driver's license office is closing July 1. Un-
less we do something now, everyone will have to travel in long lines if
that happens. Our only hope is if our Tax Collector's office allows our
driver's license office to be placed with them in their office. My plea is
for them to allow that for the sake of all of us. Also my plea is to Sheriff
Paul May, sir is there anything you can do, such as write letters, make
calls, Sheriff Paul May will you help save our drivers license office?
GREED: I would like to say that this TV that they say we will not be
able to get free airwaves anymore is just another aspect of the greed of
this country. which brought down the housing market, which brought
down the gas market and now your going to mess with the TVs. Edi-
tor's note: The change in the signal broadcasts will not affect newer
televisions and will not affect televisions that are connected to cable
or satellite systems. The only televisions affected will be older mod-
els that rely on antennas. Those with older televisions can obtain a
voucher for a converter box which will make it possible for them to
continue to watch television on their older TV sets. For information
on how to obtain a voucher, call toll free 1-888-388-2009 or go online
to https.//
BYPASS: It would be a great to have a bypass to ease the traffic
problem in Okeechobee. The bigger problem in our city is no one
obeys the speed limit. I sat at a light on 70 and watched a semi trailer
go by doing at least 60 in a 35. Then on 441 I1 was driving south going
45mpm (5mph over speed limit) and cars were flying by me. Not
an officer in sight.'When people drive through Indiantown, everyone
slows down,'because they know their is a police presence. Three offi-
cers hit by drivers? Come on, let's start pulling people over and giving
them tickets. We need a reputation that you can not speed through
OKEECHOBEES LOSS: Many people consider locating to
Okeechobee, due to the country atmosphere and fishing in our lake
and limited number of waterways. They reconsider and spend their
money elsewhere, after previewing our waterway communities, es-
pecially the Treasure Island area with the derelict structures and un-
kept yards vihich also promote illegal drug activity. Code Enforcement
and our Board of County Commissioners have been approached for
years by individuals, representing the silent majority, to clean up and
enforce the existing nuisance codes. There appears to be selective en-
forcement, when difficulty is placed upon homeowners wanting to
make improvements to their property all the while nothing is being
done to resolve a derelict structure nearby. This all has fallen on deaf
ears and a smoke screen goes up as to what they can't do rather than
what can be done. This is hindering the economic growth of our com-
munity, for these people looking to relocate here, some being friends
of people already here and some are family. They would have spent
their savings into our local economy by hiring contractors, eating in
our restaurants, get their haircuts, purchasing bait and tackle, etc. All
of which encouraging employment for all unemployed and resorting
to illegal activities. It is definitely a domino effect that affects all of us.
Speak out and help make these positive changes so our local business
owners prosper and we all can be proud to live in Okeechobee.
TRUCK DECORATIONS: Regarding the proposal to ban the bull
testicle decorations on trucks, in all fairness this does fall under free-
dom of expression. And unless you're in a funeral procession, all you
have to do is change lanes to get away from it. If you ban "truck nutz"
you'll have to ban everything offensive ... and diehard Ford fans find
Chevys offensive. So, that'll be the next to go.

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Letters to the editor

Main Street director
will stay involved
Serving 15 months as Pro-
gram Manager for Okeechobee
Main Street has been a wonder-
ful experience. Before accepting
the position, I had the pleasure
of volunteering for this dynamic
Due to financial reasons, I
resigned my position with Main
Street to accept a new career op-
portunity. After becoming Pro-
gram Manager, I worked closely
with the volunteers, other civic
organizations, and I was able to
see first hand how hard business
owners work to keep their doors

open and provide a wide variety
of products and services to keep
dollars local. In a very short time I
gained a new appreciation for this
This is the most caring com-
munity I have ever known. I may
have been born and raised in Chi-
cago, but I consider Okeechobee
my home town. Although I may
no longer be in the Main Street
office, you will see me at the
Main Street events, as a volunteer,
again! I am very proud to be as-
sociated with this energetic orga-

Karen Hanawalt
Okeechobee Main
Street Volunteer

Community Calendar

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.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their
dance every Friday, from 7 until 10 p.m. at the Sebring Lions Club on
Sebring Parkway, one mile east of U.S. 27 in Sebring. Tickets are $5
for members and $6 for guests. For information, call 863-471-0559 or

Saturday, April 26
Okeechobee Christian Cycles will meet every Saturday at
7:30 a.m. at the Texaco gas station on the corner of Hwy 441 and 78.
Anyone is welcome to ride. No dues or membership required. For
information, contact: Roland Spencer at 863-697-2247; Debbie Izzo at
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. for an open discussion at
the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth Ave. For information
call 863-634-4780.

Sunday, April 27
A.A. meets from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
AA. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Narcotics Anonymous woman's step study meeting at 7 p.m. at
the Just for Today club, 101 Fifth Ave. For more information please call

Monday, April 28
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Foster Parent Orientation will be hosted by the Hibiscus
Children's Center on the last Monday of every month from 6 until 7
p.m. The orientation is for those interested in fostering or adopting in
Okeechobee County. This meeting requires no RSVP and is a question/
answer forum. It will be at the IRCC Okeechobee Campus, 2229 N.W.
Ninth Ave. For information, call the Foster Care Program at 1-800-403-
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at the
Just for Today club, 101 Fifth Ave. For information call 863-634-4780.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at9:30a.m. at the Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
.singing is invited. For information or to schedule an appearance for
your organization or group, contact Marge Skinner at 863-532-0449.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road,
'Okeechobee on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Turn left at the
Moose lodge and go around the curve just past the church. Bring a
lunch and join us for a fun day of applique. Everyone is welcome. For
more information please contact Karen Graves at 863-763-6952.
AA meetings Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road,
holds open meetings for Alcoholics Anonymous on Monday nights
from 7 to 8 p.m. for substance abuse. They also have Al-Anon meetings
on Monday nights from 7 until 8 p.m. to help family and friends of
alcoholics. For information call Chris at 863-467-5714.

Courtesy photo/Florida State Archives, Max Hunn Collection

Looking back ...
This 1975 photo cattle egrets and cattle near Lake
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Community Events

Native plant sale Saturday
I 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
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.

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The following movies are now showing at the
Brahman Theatres III. Movie times for Friday,
April 25, through Thursday, May 1, 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 "Leatherheads" (PG-13) Show-
times: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at
2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre III "Prom Night" (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.

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6 Okeechobee News, Friday, April 25, 2008

Students of the week
Everglades Elementary School students who were achieving excellence in the classroom for the week of April 21 through
April 25, included: Kindergarten: Anyssa Anselmo, Michael Martinez, Fallon McLean, Gage Lowery; First grade: Kyle
Lowry, Brittany Parker, Danny Hays, Brian Sell, Joseph Smith; Second grade: Janavise Futch, Kyllie Ramirez, Kyle Evans,
Carlos Campos, Samantha Stone; Third grade: Wesley Mitchum, Maria Benitez-Torres, Kyle Giles, Baylee Baker, Laura
Jimenez; Fourth grade: Jacob McGehee, Sergio Ruiz, Desiree Torres, Kyla Andrews; Fifth grade: Sean Pyper, Jeremiah
Hubbard, Quinton Law, Zack Reed, Juan Lopez.

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Loretta Marin, age 91 of
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24, 2008 in Good Shepherd Hos-
pice of Sebring. Born Sept. 19,
1916 in New York City, N.Y. she
had been a resident of Okeecho-
bee for the past year and was of
the Catholic Faith.
She is survived by her hus-
band of 71 years, Albert M'arin
*of Okeechobee; daughter, Janet
Prosper of Okeechobee; grand-
children, Lisa Jean Leonard, Ken-
neth Lloyd Leonard and sister,
Carmela Lombardi all of New
There will be no visitation or
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.

Robert 'Bob' Joiner
Robert "Bob" Joiner, age 82
of Okeechobee, died Thursday,
April 24, 2008 at his residence
in Okeechobee. Born in Doug-
las, Ga., he has been resident of
Okeechobee for the past 75 years
and was a member of the Ameri-
can Legion, North Okeechobee
Church of God, a past member
of the School Board and owned

and operated Bob's Market for 26
He is preceded in death by his
daughter, Patri-
cia Joan Pethy-
bride; son, Rob-
ert Mose Joiner;
brothers, Mose
Joiner, Jr., Jessie
"Sam" Joiner,
Riley Kinard, El-
lis Kinard, Calvin
Kinard; mother, *
Lula Kinard and Robert
Stepfather, Evan "Bob" Joiner
He is survived by his wife, Mar-
tha Joiner; sons, Jimmy (Sylvia)
Davanzo of Hemet, Calif., Bobby
(Brenda) Joiner of Okeechobee,
Donald Joiner of Okeechobee,
Cliff (Vicki) Joiner of Sandemus,
Calif.; daughters, Margaret (Bill)
Buford of Okeechobee, Irene
(Kenny) Douglas of Okeecho-
bee, Carol (CJ) Percy (Brian) of
Okeechobee; sisters, Lorene Wat-
ford, Anna Smith both of Ft. My-
ers; sister in laws, Elizabeth Hare,
Doris Adkins, Laura Durrance,
Mary Lanier all of Okeechobee,
and brother in law, Robert Ray
(Becky) Lanier of West Palm
Beach. In addition, he is survived
by 23 grandchildren and 24 great
grandchildren and a host of many

friends and relatives.
The family will receive friends
on Sunday, April 27, from 1:30
until service times at 3 p.m. at
the North Okeechobee Church of
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
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 en-
joyed bingo, "
crocheting and
She is pre- Beverly June
ceded in death Brickman
by her husband, Eugene, brother,
James Racette and sister, Janet

She is survived by son, James
Laroy (Cindy) Brickman of
Brooklyn Center, Minn.; Daugh-
ters, Pamela (Jim) Benjamin of
Jacksonville, Carla (Daniel) Fer-
guson of Spokan, Wash., Wendy
(David) Longen or Mora, Minn.,
Corleen (Keith Bacon) Brickman
of Oxford, Ga.; Brothers, Den-
nis (Carol) Racette of Minn. and
Clifford Racette also of Minn. In
addition she is survived by 13
grandchildren and several great
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 Wisconsin.
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.

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Okeechobee News, Friday, April 25, 2008

Looking for entertainment?

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
If you are looking for some
entertainment in and around
Okeechobee for the coming
months look no further.
Some family entertainment
can be found at the Treasure Is-
land Baptist Church where the
Christian Home Educators of
Okeechobee will present "Pi-
geon Holes" by David F. Scott
in a dinner theatre on Saturday,
April 26, at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are
$5 each which pays for the show
and a meal of chicken alfredo,
salad, bread and dessert will be
All proceeds will be used to
send Daniel Womble, 16, on
a mission trip to Africa in July.
Limited tickets are available. For
information or tickets call Cathy
Womble at 863-763-4821.
In other entertainment, 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," performed by IRCC Per-
forming Arts Academy students.
Tickets are $8. Call the IRCC Box
Office at 1-800-220-9915.
If you are wanting to venture
over to Sebring, the Highlands
Social Dance Club hosts their
final dance of the season tonight
(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, rum-
bas, tangos, and other ballroom
favorites. Waltz instruction by Bill
and Shirley starts at 6:30 p.m. The
dance is open to the public. Ad-
mission is $4 for members and
$6 for non-members. The High-

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dances will resume on Friday,
Sept. 5. For more information call
863-471-0559 or 863-385-6671
Locally, at the Pier II, Satur-
day, April 26, from 6:30 p.m. until
10:30 p.m. will be a night for the
teens, ages 12 to 16. This party
will be a chaperoned private par-
ty which will raise funds for the
Okeechobee American Red Cross
while giving teens a safe place to
gather. Live D.J. will play the latest
hip hop music.
Entrance to the event is $5.
Food will be on hand: pizza $1;
soda $1; and chips for $.50.
All proceeds go to the
Okeechobee American Red
Cross. For more information call
863-697- 6819.
There are several benefits
coming up for various causes
throughout Okeechobee.
A benefit for Earl Harmon will
also be held on April 26, start-
ing at noon at the Eagles #4137,
9985 N. 441. There will be a live
band, 'and auction, a cookout
and a 50/50 drawing. Donations
are being accepted for the auc-

tion. For more information call
863-357-2552. ,
Buckhead Ridge Christian
Church will hold their Fourth
Annual Car Show on Satur-
day, April 26 from 9 'a.m. until 1
p.m. at Buckhead Ridge Chris-
tian 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.
Saturday, May 3 and May 17,
at the Pier II Resort, 2200 U.S.
441, Y.B.E. Entertainment will be
holding their "Grown Folk Sat-
urdays." Must be 21 or older to
enter. Ladies are in free before 10
p.m. The music begins at 9 p.m.
Cost is $10 at the door.
Y.B.E. will be holding "'Grown
Folk Saturdays" every first and
third Saturday of the month. For
more information contact YB.E.
Entertainment at 863-801-4007.
Locally you can come watch
the youth in action at the First
United Methodist Children's The-
atres production of Allen Pote's,
" 0, Jonah," be presented
on Sunday, May 18, at 6-p.m. ,in
the Sanctuary. For information
contact Lonnie Kirsch or Nancy
Vaughan at 863-7634-021.
Crafters and antique car gurus
need to come visit the J & S Fish
Camp, 9500 S.W Conners, where
they are holding their third annual
Arts and Crafts Festival and
Antique Car Show.
They are currently looking for
crafters and antique car owners
for their event which will be held
on May 31, and June 1, to support
Martha's House through a $10 do-
nation. For. more information call
Patricia Brown at 772-332-3149.
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Indian River Community Col-
lege 2008 Fine Arts Season Sub-
scription Series tickets are now
on sale. The Summer Series Sub-
scription is $30 and includes all
three summer shows. Individual
tickets cost $12 and will be avail-
able beginning May 5. The Sum-
mer season will offers two Neil
Simon plays, "The Good Doctor"
and "Rumors" as well as a rousing
performance of Big Band sounds
performed by the IRCC Company
Singers and Jazz Combo in "And,
This One is for You ..." The 2008
Summer Series includes:
May 8-10 at 8 p.m. and May
10 at 2 p.m. Tickets: $12; "The
Good Doctor," by Neil Simon:
Neil Simon's masterful retelling of
Anton Chekov's timeless farcical
stories. Meet lovable laughable
characters like "Dentist to be" at-
tempting his first tooth extraction,
a loving father attempting to tell
his naYve son about "the birds

and the bees," and the very dis-
courteous woman determined to
collect her husband's pay from a
very courteous banker, and many
May 29-31 at 8 p.m. and
May 31 at 2 p.m. Tickets: $12,
"Rumors," by Neil Simon: Four
couples arrive at the deputy New
York City mayor's house to cel-
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versary, but the party never actu-
ally starts. It seems the host shot
himself (only a flesh wound), and
his wife is missing. The cover-up
grows out of control as the guests
arrive, and nobody can keep track
of who knows what.
June 12-14 at 8 p.m. and
June 14 at 2 p.m. Tickets: $12,
"And, This One's for You": Cole
Porter, Duke Ellington, Irving Ber-
lin and Jerome Kern wrote songs
that defined a generation, while
setting a standard that few have
achieved since. Join in a tribute

to each of these composers, as
the IRCC "Company Singers"
and Jazz Combo perform: "De-
Lovely," "From This Moment on,"
"Take this 'A' Train," "Satin Doll,"
"Puttin' on the Ritz," "Steppin'
Out with My Baby," and more.
Tickets for the Summer Sub-
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Individual tickets go on sale May
5. Call toll-free at 1-800-220-9915
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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

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call 863-467-9400

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Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315

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sidered fraudulent. In all
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before responding or send-
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you check with the Better
Business Bureau at
772-878-2010 for previous
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long distance toll costs. We
will do our best to alert our
reader of these charges in
the ads, but occasionally
we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, If you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.

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Call American Assoc. of
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Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered415
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Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs :550
Childreins 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

Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
'Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Toys & Games 730
iVCRs, 735
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
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Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
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Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Flowers 865

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Resor mtroperty -
Rent 1 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955.
Storage Space -

IN TOWN 2BR/1.5BA, $750
mo., 1st & last, annual lease,
no pets, w/d, clean.
NEW 2 BR, 21/2 BA Apt., All
major appis. included. Near
hospital. $975 mo. + $500
sec. dep. (863)763-0111

on quiet St. Kids & pets ok.
$750-$850/mo. 1st, last &
$500 sec. 561-346-1642.
OKEE. CITY Apt. Duplex, 2br,
1ba, $625. mo. + 1st, Last,
. Sec. & Annual lease.
Okeechobee, 2Br/1.5ba, car-
peted, ceramic tile, w/appl's
mcl. 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
Tri-Plex For Rent- 2 BR, 2 BA,
W/D hook-up, patio, privacy
fence, no pets $700 mo.
1st, last & $500 sec. deposit
lawn & garbage incl.

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

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

2 br. 2 ba., canal front, boat
house, fum. or unfum, in city,
$850 includes lawn serv. 407
SE 8th St. (863)467-0658
BHR 3br, 2ba,
1800 sf, Lake Access
$950 mo.
OKEE. 2br/1ba, unfurnished
duplex. $650/mo + $650
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1120 S. Parrot Avenue
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OKEE: 3/1 on V/ ac. Renovat-
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802 SW 3rd Ave.
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Near airport and town
property has 3 wells
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$265,000 negotiable
Horse trailer for sale
Feather light
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trailer with living
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tack room. $7,500

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or By Appt.
Brand New Home 3br,
2ba, 2 car gar.
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Built with park-like 2 acres
on private road in country
rural setting located in a Great
neighborhood in Okeechobee
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corner from Buckhead Lock.
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CIS/PAL hosts golf tournament

Suomliteo pnoto
Robert Colemans' team of Russ Brown, Eric Kendel, Robert Coleman, Chris Hickman won first place in
the Communities in Schools/Police Athletic League Golf Tournament on April 12.

Communities In Schools/Police
Athletic League had their Eighth An-
nual Golf Tournament Fundraiser on
April 12, at the Okeechobee Golf and
Country Club. It was a 8 a.m. shot-
gun start with 16 teams playing. CIS/
PAL would like to thank the following
sponsors and volunteers: BTC Build-
ers, Stark Masonry, Tucker Group,
Lawrence Insurance, Office Bar
and Grill, Sod Services, Ameriprise,
Dominoes Pizza, CarQuest, Lehman
Auto, Close Construction, Walmart
Supercenter, Suave Nails, Publix Su-

permarket, Quality Tee's, Brahma
Bull, D&A Sod, Quality Air, Seacoast
National Bank, J&J Snacks, Riverside
Bank, Seminole Design, Okeechobee
Contractors Association, Okeecho-
bee Sheriffs Office, Detail On Wheels,
Noel Stephens, Ron White, Theresa
Cine, Buddy Cline, Vanity Hair Salon,
Kristi Crawford. Special thank you to
John Abney and Wes Abney for cook-
ing a great Barbeque meal for all play-
ers and volunteers, the Okeechobee

*Golf and Country Club, and Creations
In Photographia for the free team
pictures. All proceeds go toward the
Youth Center Project, Skate Park, Mak-
ing a Difference Through Mentoring
Program (Middle School), Character
Counts (Elementary), On Track Pro-
gram (Middle/High School).
If you have any questions regard-
ing any of these programs, please call

suomittec photo I .. -4 M B"-
The White team of Ronnie White, Juanita White, Submitted photo
Danny Busbin and Al Brewer were among those The Ameriprise Team of Theresa Cline, Buddy
who enjoyed the Communities in Schools/Police Cline participated in the Communites in Schools/
Athletic League Golf Tournament on April 12. The Police Athletic League Golf Tournament on April
team won ninth place. 12. The team came in next to last.

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


Boats 3005
Campers/RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles/ATVs3035

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

1993 35' 2BR Coach Travel
trailer w/ roof over, attached
screen room and car port
$15,500 (863)763-7567

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Submitted photo

IRCC Athletics award
State Farm Agent Linda Fendley presents IRCC Volleyball player Merritt Hen-
derson with the State Farm Sportsmanship Award at the 2007-2008 IRCC Athlet-
ics Award Presentation. A total of eight State Farm Sportsmanship awards were
given to IRCC Athletes for their demonstration of outstanding sportsmanship
throughout the 2007-2008 season.

Submitted photo

Sportsmanship award
State Farm Agent Bill Knight (right) and IRCC Basketball Coach Mike Leather-
wood presented the State Farm Sportsmanship Award to Nick Scotto, a member
of the IRCC Basketball team, at the 2007-2008 IRCC Athletics Award Presenta-
tion. A total of eight State Farm Sportsmanship awards were given to IRCC
Athletes for their demonstration of outstanding sportsmanship throughout the
2007-2008 season.

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BA Dbl. Wide on 8 acres
w/barn. $1350 mo., 1st, last
& sec. dep. (863)610-0211
OKEE.: New 2br/2ba on private
lot, on water, $800/mo. 1st
& sec. Avail 04/01. No pets
Call (561)767-6112
canal. Newly remodeled.
$750 dep. $175 wk. Call
Missy @ (863)634-8674
BA, $775 mo. (pay wkly.). &
2 BR, 1 BA, $750 mo. (pay
wkly.) Both. Furnished, no
pets. $600 sec. on both +
elec. (863)824-2246

Automobiles i

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

1990 Toyota 4-runner,
recently rebuilt, white, has
some damage, V6 $2000
1997 Dodge 2500, extended
cab, extended bed, silver, CD
player, great for hauling
$3500 (863)697-0096
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

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Florida will
on Tuesday, May 6, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter possible, at City Hall,
55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL conduct a PUBLIC HEARING on and thereafter to
consider final reading of the following Ordinance into law: NO. 1020: AN ORDI-
The Ordinance is regarding Small Scale Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map
Amendment Application No. 08-004-SSA, submitted by property owners) David
and Anita Nunez. The request is to change the Future Land Use designation from
SF to C for property located West of Taylor Creek between Northeast 2nd and 3rd
Streets and Northeast 7th Avenue, City of Okeechobee Subdivision and is approxi-
mately 1.74 acre(s). The proposed use is for a multi-functional building.
All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said hearing.
The proposed Ordinance may be inspected in its entirety by members of the pub-
lic In the Office of the City Clerk during regular business hours, Mon-Fri,
8am-4:3Opm, except for holidays.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at this
hearing, such interested person will need a record of the proceedings, and for
such purpose may need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made,
which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be
based. City Clerk media are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of
the Clerk.
In accordance with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and Florida Statutes
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Lane Gamiotea no later than two (2) working days
rior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x215; if hearing or voice impaired, call
TDD00 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY).
Lane Gamiotea, CMC, CITY CLERK
271221 ON 4/25/08

'10 Okeechobee News, Friday, April 25, 2008

Big Lake Juniors win gold medals

By Cathie Carpenter
The Big Lake Juniors Volley-
ball Club is having a fantastic sea-
son at all age levels, from the 10's
to the 16's. The 13 year old group,
coached by Todd Jones, is ranked
4th by Florida Region USA Volley-
ball. The 16's, coached by Roger
Jones, has succeeded in bringing
home gold medals from their past
two tournaments, the Second An-
nual Big Lake Classic in Okeecho-
bee and the Cape Coast Tourna-
ment held in Cocoa, Florida.
They began their champion-
ship run April 12th in Okeecho-
bee by defeating the Heartland
Volleyball Club, 25-6, & 25-12.
They continued on their path to
the gold by defeating RVC U16
Regional Royal and JTAA Chill in
the same manner. This placed
them first in their pool and ad-
vanced them to the Gold Division
Playoffs. The first opponent in the
gold division playoffs to succumb
to the 16's drive for the gold was
Sonshine, in a 26-24, 25-16 de-
feat. Big Lake found two of its
own teams facing off in the finals.
The Big Lake 16's took on the Big
Lake 14 Elite for the gold. The two
teams played an excellent match
but the 16's came away victorious
with a, 25-22, 25-21, win.
Saturday, April 19, the team
traveled to Cocoa, Florida to
compete in the Cape Coast Tour-
nament. This is the second time
this season the team has traveled
to Cocoa. The last tournament
ended with a second place fin-
ish in the gold bracket. This time,
second wasn't going to be good
enough. During pool play, the
girls defeated Cape Coast and
OVA, placing them first in their
pool. They advanced to the gold
division playoffs once again. The
team's first opponent in the play-
offs was Lake County 16-1. The
girls defeated them, 25-11 and 25-
17. Their next match was against
Cape Coast Gold. They quickly
defeated this team advancing to
the finals where they encoun-
tered Cape Coast 16 Riot. They
defeated this team, 25-16, 25-20.
Big Lake 16's emerged victorious,
bringing home their second gold
The team is comprised of
Sophomores Caitlyn Gaucin,
Monica Koger, Janezzka Koger,
& Paige Arnold, Freshmen Jamie
McCoin, Andrea Eddings, Brittney
Freeman, Farah Elhindi & Adriana
Mitchell, and 8th grader Paige
McCreary, all from Okeechobee
and Sophomore Elizabeth Bar-

Submitted photo
The Big Lake Juniors Volleyball Club will wrap up their season in Lakeland on May 3 and 4
at the AAU Regionals.

Submitted photo
The Big 'Lake Juniors Volleyball Club is ranked fourth by Florida Region USA Volleyball.

ragon from Lake Placid. This is for the Big Lake 15's. He has done
Coach Roger Jones's first year an outstanding job with these
as head coach of this team. Last girls, working on identifying their
year he was an assistant coach strengths and helping them im-

prove their level of play. The girls
will wrap up their season in Lake-
land on May 3 and 4 at the AALI

Sports News

Mainstreet Fun Shoot Bu t
Okeechobee Main Street will
host a 100 Target Fun Shoot on
Saturday, May 17 at beautiful *e." ..... .
Quail Creek Plantation.
The proceeds from the event
will benefit Main Street's beautifi- p y
cation and restoration projects.
Check in begins at 8 a.m.,
course opens at 8:30 a.m., with .
last shooter by 10 a.m. Door priz-
es, raffles, and barbecue lunch
will be provided.
For more information about :,,
the fun shoot please contact Pro-
gram Manager Karen Hanawalt at
863-357-6246, reservation forms 1111S. ParrottAve.
are available at Mike's Okeecho-
bee Guns, The Gun Shop and the 863A 224
Main Street office, 111 N.E. Sec-
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