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Publication Date: April 26, 2008
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Vol. 99 No. 117 Saturday, April 26, 2008
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Kissimmee River
lock closed
The S-65D navigation lock
on the Kissimmee River will
be closed for regularly sched-
uled maintenance by the South
Florida Water Management
District (SFWMD) from April
30 to May 13, 2008. The lock
will be impassible to boat traf-
fic during this time so that div-
ers and \crews can conduct
maintenance and inspections.
The work is part of a continu-
ing maintenance program
designed to keep SFWMD wa-
ter control structures in good
repair. The inspections also
will help engineers gather in-
formation needed in advance
of a major structure overhaul
planned for 2010.
The S-65D water control
structure works in conjunction
with other control structures on
the Kissimmee River to meet
the District's flood control, wa-
ter supply and environmental
restoration goals.
For additional information
about this or any of our proj-
*ects, please call the SFWMD
Okeechobee Service Center at
863-462-5260 or 800-2504200.

The ARC seeking
new board members
The ARC of Okeechobee
is seeking individuals to serve
on the Board of Directors. The
ARC is looking for members
with skills from diverse back-
grounds and ethnicities, either
as self-advocates, family mem-
bers, concerned professionals
or public spirited citizens with
an interest in the rights and
well-being of individuals with
developmental disabilities.
Please contact Jeannie Bram-
lett at 863-763-2419 for applica-
tion arrangements.

Drought Index

Current: 286
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.39 feet
Last Year: 9.78 feet

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Management District. Depth
given in feet above sea level

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Community Events................... 4
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Woman's death ruled overdose

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
The death of a young woman
found in a downtown motel
room last month has been ruled
a drug overdose by District 19
Medical Examiner Dr. Roger
Detective Bill Saum of the
Okeechobee City Police De-
partment said Friday, April 25,
that Amber Nicole Martin, 18,
overdosed on oxycodone and
cocaine, according to Dr. Mittle-
man's report.
Detective Saum said, at this

time, there will
be no further
charges filed in
this case.
"I've inter-
viewed all the
parties that I
know of in that
room," he said.
"I have no idea Lucinda
if she brought Lamb
them (the
drugs) into the room with her,
or if they were brought into the
room and given to her."
Ms. Martin's body was found
in room 105 of the Budget Inn

Motel, 201 S. Parrott Ave., on
Friday, March 28. She was found
around 10 a.m. by two females
who were sharing the room with
One of those, Lucinda Bil-
lie Lamb, has been arrested in
connection with the case. How-
ever, she has not been charged
in the actual death of Ms. Mar-
tin. She has been charged with
child abuse which, according to
records, is not the first time she
has been arrested on that charge
and in connection with the use
of illegal drugs.
Lamb is in the Okeechobee

Martha's House: Assisting victims of abuse

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Martha's House new operations center is now open and ready to help those in need.
Those in attendance who toured the facilities were: (back row left to right) Araminta
Caldwell, Ted Starr, Tom Jones, Diane Johnson, Marsha Brinkerhoff and Elvie Posey;
(front row left to right) Shirley Johnson, Melody Hodges, Shirlean Graham, Maggie
Sandoval, Stephanie Locke, Linda Utt and Clayton WiC. i;.

Shelter opens new home

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
'Martha's House was pleased
to move into their new opera-
tions offices located on U.S. 441
North, where they held their
grand. opening ribbon-cutting
ceremony on Friday, April 25.
Stephanie Locke from Mar-
tha's House gave tours of the
facility to those in attendance,
who were also treated to hors
The Martha's House staff and
volunteers were present along
with City Councilman Clayton
Williams and County Commis-
sioner EMvie Posey. Also in at-
tendance was the Department
of Children and Families grant
contractor Diane Johnson.
The Martha's House opera-
tions building located off of U.S.
441 was destroyed during hur-
ricanes, which forced staff and
volunteers to move to cramped
offices in town.

In October 2006, Martha's
*House staff and volunteers,
along with local citizens, gath-
ered to celebrate the ground-
breaking of their new outreach
facility when they received
$290,283 through the Office of
Domestic Violence Program
and the Department of Children
and Families (DCF).
Construction on that facility
located at 4134 U.S. 441 N. ac-
tually began in May 2007. The
2,288-square-foot building will
house two administrative of-
fices, four advocate offices, a
conference room and a small
Since February of 2006, Mar-
tha's House has rented two of-
fices in town. While the limited
space has been rough, they
have continued to serve victims
of abuse in Okeechobee.
On Sept. 15, 2006, Martha's
House received a call that they
had been awarded $290,283
to build their much needed

outreach facility. In addition
to the amount received, Mar-
tha's House had to contribute
a $30,000 cash match, which
came from fundraisers and
other services.
Martha's House is a non-
profit organization that serves
victims of domestic violence,
as well as other adults and chil-
dren in distress. United Way
funds are added to Martha's
House to supplement the many
programs that they offer.
They serve victims statewide
through use of their 24-hour
hotline 863-763-0202, emer-
gency safe shelter, counseling
and education, self-sufficiency
assistance, help in obtaining
legal, medical and financial
aid, victim advocacy, children's
advocacy, information and
referral, outreach programs,
community and law enforce-
ment training and the Speakers
See Home Page 2

IRCC offers summer camps

By Tonya Harden
Okeechobee News

Summer Fun
Looking for something for the
kids to do this summer during
summer vacation. Indian River
Community College (IRCC) is
offering the following summer
camps: Expanding Horizons
Summer Youth Camp, Health
Science Summer Academy 2008,
Summer Academics for Emerg-
ing Technologies at IRCC, Sum-
mer Junior High band camp,
Aqua Sports Camp, Baseball
Camp, Basketball Camp, Soft-
ball Camp, Swimming Camps
and Volleyball Camp.

Expanding Horizons Sum-
mer Youth Camp is entering
into its 23rd year of operation.
The program has provided
over 5,000 young people with a
unique opportunity to gain first
hand experience in a wide vari-
ety of activities and experiences
appropriate for their growth and
development into young adults.
This six-week summer camp
will provide youngsters between
the ages of 14 and 16, who re-
side in IRCC service districts of
Indian River, Martin, Okeecho-
bee and St. Lucie counties, a
comprehensive career explora-
tion and academic preparation
program. These include: career
and occupational components,

F-CAT preparation, self aware-
ness development (including
goals and values), and enhance-
ment of their social, leadership
and employability skills.
In addition to the subjects
learned in the classroom setting,
the students will have recreation-
al activities such as swimming
and basketball and the oppor-
tunity to display their behavior
and classroom performance,
U.S. Savings Bonds and the pos-
sibility of receiving a President's
Challenge Scholarship to attend
IRCC for two years.
The IRCC Health Science
Summer Academy will provide
See Camps Page 2

County Jail on charges of aggra-
vated child abuse, contributing
to the delinquency of a minor
and delivering a controlled sub-
stance to 4 minor. Records at
the jail indicated Friday that her
bond is $520,000.
Lamb went before Circuit
Court Judge Lawrence Mirman
on Thursday, April 24, and en-
tered a plea of not guilty. Her
next court date will be July 31 for
docket call.
"There will be no further
charges against Lamb," said De-
tective Saum Friday morning.
Lamb is accused of giving her

16-year-old step-daughter pow-
der cocaine while at the motel,
said Detective Saum. Although
no drugs were found, the detec-
tive did say they found drug para-
phernalia in the room.
He went on to say that Lamb
apparently got into an argument
with her husband sometime
around March 26 and went to the
motel room to "let things cool
off." She took her step-daughter
and Ms. Martin with her. Ms.
Martin and the step-daughter
were friends.
See Lamb Page 2

County will

realign its

vehicle policy

By Pete Gawda would follow county policy as
Okeechobee News may be amended from time
New county administrator to time. At
Lyndon Bonner was successful that time the
in his attempt to get authoriza- board agreed
tion for "incidental" use of his to re-evaluate
county vehicle Thursday. county policy.
That issue first came up dur- The com-
ing discussion of Mr. Bonner's' missioners
contract at the April 24 meet- went on to dis-
ing of the Okeechobee County cuss the coun-
Board of County Commissions. ty policy on Lyndon
After some discussion as to the use of county- Bonner
limits of his use of a county ve- hides.
hidcle, it was decided to word r o s ad
the, contract such that Mr. Bon- Mr. Bonner said h had
ner would be allowed to take
his vehicle home at night and See Policy Page 2

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Detective Saum said the step-
daughter has been turned over to
her dad. He also stated that there
were no visible physical injuries
to Ms. Martin.
In 1996 Lamb represented
herself and entered a plea of
guilty to Judge Edward Miller to a
misdemeanor charge of negligent
treatment of children. She was ar-

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looked at other the polices of
other counties. He said some
counties offered a car allowance.
While he said Okeechobee Coun-
ty's policy is good, he stated that
there was no policy dealing spe-
cifically with the administrator's
use of a county vehicle.
There were several options
open to the board. They could
have amended the administrator's
contact to allow unrestricted use
of a county vehicle. Another op-
tion would have been to allow the
administrator a vehicle allowance
rather than the use of a county ve-
hicle. The board could have also
changed the county policy for all
employees or changed it only as
it applies to the administrator, or
they could have taken no action

Continued From Page 1

an overview of health careers
with field trips to health care fa-
cilities and other off campus loca-
tions, with emphasis on related
hands on activities. "Learning
Styles" and "Study Strategies,"
designed for individuals consider-
ing education in health care, are
also presented. After successful
completion of the Health Science
Summer Academy students will
earn three college credits.
The Health Science Summer
Academy is space available and
open to high school juniors and
The Summer Academics for,
Emerging Technologies at IRCC
provides an opportunity for high
.school juniors and seniors to learn
about robotics and photonics, cy-
ber security and digital media.
The Summer Junior High
band camp at IRCC is being of-
fered for students in sixth through
10th grade. Students must have
successfully completed the sixth,
seventh or eighth grade and have
been involved in a school's band
program to be eligible. The camp
will develop performance tech-
niques, individual fundamentals
and music appreciation.
Aqua Sports Camp at IRCC will
be available during summer vaca-
tion for students in sixth through
12th grades. The camp will focus

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Martha's House offers a week-
ly support group program called
Women in Need (WIN). It is de-
veloped specifically to meet the
needs of women dealing with,
or affected by, domestic violence
and abusive relationships. The
support group offers education,
networking and a safe and sup-
portive environment in which to
process issues.
The WIN program is provided
free of charge to all women age
16 and above.
Mental health counseling by
contracted licensed mental health
professionals is available to vic-
tims of domestic violence (past or
present), sexual violence and to
children who have witnessed do-
mestic violence. The counseling
is at little or no cost to the client.
Counselors are available at
Martha's House offices or on
school campuses. The goal is to
assist victims and their families to

rested April 18, 1996, by Detective
Daryl Lewis .of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office. She was
charged with child abuse.
According to records at the
Okeechobee County Judicial
Complex, on at least one occa-
sion Lamb had taken her then
2-year-old daughter to two differ-
ent crack houses in the Douglas
Park area. She was also forced to
sign her car over to another man
to pay off her drug debt on April
15, 1996, stated Detective Lewis'
arrest warrant application.

at all.
Commissioner Marvin Wher-
rell favored amending the admin-
istrator's contract to allow him
free use of the vehicle and allow
anyone to ride with the adminis-
Commissioner Elvie Posey was
in favor of the administrator using
his county car for transportation
to and from work, but not for per-
sonal use.
Mr. Bonner said he would not
treat a county vehicle as his per-
sonal vehicle. However, he want-
ed to be allowed "incidental" use
of the vehicle.
"I think it is our responsibility
to limit citizens' liability," stated
commissioner Ray Domer. "I
think it is poor judgement to
change the policy."
"As an alternative, a vehicle
allowance is the cleanest'way to
go," said Commissioner Posey.

on swimming, diving, trampoline
and aquatic games.
Baseball, basketball, softball,
swimming and volleyball camps
are also being offered by IRCC
this coming summer. The camps
will focus on the fundamentals
of the games and individual skill
improvement. There will also be
a "Parent's Participation Day" for
some of these camps.
For more information about
any of the upcoming summer
vacation camps call IRCC at the
local office 863-824-6006, or the
main campus in Fort Pierce at

Hook, Line and Sinker
By Captain Michael
Bluegill fishing continues to be
good around the lake, the Kissim-
mee River, J&S canal, Buck Head
Ridge canal and the Rim Canal
on the west. side of the lake have
all been productive at different
Grass shrimp is still the num-
ber one bait although it can be
hard to locate, there is not a fish
that lives in the lake that will not
eat a grass shrimp. Crickets are
readily available at most tackle
shops and can be very produc-
tive, as are red worms. Garrard's
tackle shop on U.S. 441 South has
everything a fishermen needs in
the way of tackle for bluegill fish-
ing, whether you are just learning
or you are an expert.

Detective Lewis also stated
in the warrant application that
on another occasion Lamb took
her daughter with her to Jack's
Camp, N.E. 16th Ave., where she
apparently spent several hours
doing drugs.
"For several hours the child did
not have any nourishment what-
soever during that time, nor any
diapers," stated the detective's
application. "Witnesses stated
the child was thirsty and hungry,
also her diapers had been soiled
for most of the morning without

He suggested that might be a bet-
ter deal for both parties.
Commissioner Wherrell noted
that a car allowance would be
more expensive. He was in favor
of allowing incidental use of a
county vehicle by the administra-
"We need to be clear with it,"
Mr. Wherrell said of the policy,
suggesting that county attorney
John Cassels amend the adminis-
trator's contract.
Mr. Cassels then made a state-
ment he said was dangerous for a
lawyer to make -- "I think I can do
it in 25 words or less."
Commission Chairman Clif
Betts stated that the county vio-
lated its own policy already by
giving county administrator can-
didates a tour of the county in a
county vehicle.
The motion to allow the ad-
ministrator incidental use of a

Bass fishing is still very pro-
ductive; the same areas that are
good for bluegill have also been
pretty good for bass. Bluegill are
a staple in the diet of bass and if
you find bluegill usually bass are
not far away. We are still having
good success using a shaky head
rig; we are rigging them with fi-
nesse worms, trick worms or
even Senkos.
The clean water areas in the
lake are holding a lot more bait
than the dirty areas. It seems that
the majority of the bait has relo-
cated or migrated away from the
dirtier water toward the clean wa-
The Kissimmee River is still
running adding 30,000 gallons
per second to the lake.The level
of the lake was stable for about a
week but lost .03 yesterday.
Normally the water running
down the river into the lake
would pull bass into the mouth of
the river, along with the bait.
Captain Michael Shellen

Arnold's Wildlife Butterfly Ha-
ven is a half acre, free roaming
butterfly garden laid out in the
shape of the zebra long wing,
Florida's state butterfly. It is a la-
bor of love, built and maintained
by a handful of volunteers.
The huge garden provides over
2,000 larval and nectar plants to
naturally attract and support the

recover from the trauma of abuse,
to prevent further occurrences

and to help young people avoid
the traps of abusive relationships.
Other' programs offered
through Martha's House include
Teen Alternatives to Violence
(TATV), the Rape Prevention and
Education Program and the Rural
Initiative Latina Program.
Current items on Martha's
House wish list are as always do-
nations and other items such as:
landscaping; decent used cars;
auto repairs; school supplies;
conference room furniture; hair
cuts; make overs; new computer;
female personal hygiene prod-
ucts; baby items; can goods; and,
shelter repairs.
If you would like more infor-
mation about Martha's House
contact the administrative offices
at 863-763-2893.
For help in a domestic violence
situation, call 863-763-0202.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Chauna Aguilar may be
reached at

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being changed."
She was sentenced to serve
six months probation and pay a
fine and court costs. She was also
ordered to submit to a drug test
upon demand and to stay away
from Jack's Camp.
She was released from proba-
tion on April 28, 1996.
Detective Lewis is no longer
with the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office, but is now a
Detective Captain at the Glades
County Sheriff's Office.

county vehicle passed by the tra-
ditional 3-2 split, with commis-
sioners Domer and Posey voting
When questioned afterward
both commissioners had strong
opinions about the liability that
could be caused from family
members riding in a county ve-
hicle. Mr. Domer said he had no
problem with passengers who
were on official business. He
noted that former administrator
George Long left his county ve-
hicle at the courthouse to avoid
any problems.
Mr. Cassels was tasked with
writing an amendment to Mr.
Bonner's contract clarifying the
administrator's use of county ve-
hicles. He wad he would define it
as narrowly as possible.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached

eritire life cycle of the butterflies,
which suffer from diminishing
habitat due to human encroach-
The Butterfly Garden boasts
over 60 species of butterflies. A
few of the butterflies that can be
seen in their natural state at Ar-
nold's Wildlife Butterfly Haven
are the: checkered white, mala-
chite, black swallowtail, long
tailed skipper, white peacock,
monarch, gulf fritillary, Cuban
crescent, zebra long wing and ze-
bra swallowtail butterflies.
Arnold's Wildlife Butterfly Ha-
ven is part of the Arnold's Wildlife
Refuge, which is a non-profit or-
The Butterfly Haven as well as
the refuge center is open to the
For more information visit
com, call 863-763-4630, 863-634-
6804 or stop by for a visit at 14895
N.W 30th Terrace.
***If you would like to share any
information with the Okeechobee
News about an outdoors event please
e-mail Tonya Harden at tharden@ or call (863) 763-3134.
We welcome news on all sporting
events, outdoors activities and na-
ture inspired hobbles. Please Include
your name, phone number and spe-
cific dates of the events. The Okeecho-
bee News Outdoors column will run
every Saturday so please be sure to
have all your Information Into the
office no later than 5 p.m. Thursday.
Information can also be emalled to or faxed to
(863) 763-5901. Refer all material to
7Tobnya Harden**

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News Briefs

Summer Activity guide submissions wanted
Submissions for the 2008 Summer Activity Guide are current-
ly being requested by Sharon Vinson at the Okeechobee County
School Board Office. This guide is a comprehensive list of activities
for children during the summer months in Okeechobee. To have
your event included, just complete the submission form to include
information in the guide, at no charge. The mission of the guide
is to keep our children safe, secure and active during the summer
months. Deadline for submissions is March 28. There will be 9,000
copies of the Summer Activity Guide printed and distributed in early
May to public school children and in local businesses. For more
information contact (863) 462-5000 ext. 257.

Help with FPL electric bills available
The Salvation Army Okeechobee Service Unit is administering
FPL's Care to Share Program in Okeechobee County. The Care to.
Share Program is funded by Okeechobee's FPL customers and FPL
Corporate funds. The program was set up to help lower income.
residents with their electric bill once a year under specific circum-
stances. The program provides emergency assistance funds to cus-
tomers who are in a crisis situation and unable to pay their first
FPL electric bill. There are rules and guidelines that must be met to
qualify. If you are an FPL customer and need help call our office at
763-6020. leave your name and number and we will call you back
for a phone interview to see if you qualify.

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 was killed in an
auto accident on April 18. Thunder Road will be providing music,
there will be a $2 cover at the door and catfish dinners will be avail-
able for $6.99, there will be 50/50's, drawings and door prizes. For
information please call Tracy Casselton at 863-261-3607.



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The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-
der the influence (DUI) charges by
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
Robert D. Clayer, 49, Wingo
St., Orlando, was arrested April
21 by Deputy Harold Hancock on
an Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with violation of
probation driving under the in-
fluence. He is being held without
Thomasine J. Jumper, 29,
N.E. Jones Road, Okeechobee,
was arrested April 21 by Officer
Charles Green on a charge of
driving while license suspended/

revoked. Her bond was set at
Wilfred Debow, 74, U.S. 441
S.E.,- Okeechobee, was arrested
April 22 by Deputy Sergeant J.
Royal on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging hitn with viola-
tion of probation driving under
the influence. He is being held
without bond.
Jackie Eugene Graziano,
26, N.W. 34th Ave., Okeechobee,
was arrested April 23 by Deputy
Wayne Douglas on an Okeecho-
bee County warrant charging him
with the felony of driving while
license suspended. His bond was
set at $2,500. He was also ar-
rested on another Okeechobee
county warrant charging him with
amended violation of probation
- driving while license suspended.
His bond was set at $2,500.
Robert Jason Sallete, 26,

N.W 32nd Ave., Okeechobee,
was arrested April 23 by DOC Of-
ficer Josh Watkins on a charge of
violation of probation driving
while license suspended. He is
being held without bond.
Patricia Gail Jackson, 46,
U.S. 441 N., Okeechobee, was
arrested April 23 by Deputy Ran-
dall J. Parker on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging her with
violation of probation driving
under the influence. She is being
held without bond.
Eden Nacole McGee, 19, S.E.
27th St., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested April 24 by Deputy Marcus
Collier on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging her with viola-
tion of probation grand theft.
Her bond was set at $5,000.
Collin Nick Joseph, 32, N.
S.R. 17, Sebring, was arrested
April 24 by Deputy Harold Han-

cock on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him witlh failure
to appear worthless check over
$150. He is being held without
Brian James Dansa, 22, S.R.
70 W., Okeechobee, was arrested
April 24 by Officer S. Morgan on
a felony charge of grand theft.
He was also arrested on misde-
meanor charges of resisting a law
enforcement officer without vio-
lence and trespass. His total bond
was set at $6,000.
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 news-
paper. The information will be
confirmed and printed.

Law Enforcement Calls

Law Enforcement Calls
The Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office received the following
calls from Friday, April 18, through
Thursday, April 24:
Friday, April 18
theft in the 1900 block of S.E.
24th Blvd.
theft in the 1400 block of
N.W 25th Drive
burglary in the 2300 block of
S.W 28th St.
identity theft in the 3400
block of S.W. 17th St.
vandalism in the 2200 block
of U.S. 98 N.
theft in the 2600 block of
U.S. 441 S.E.
burglary in the 900 block of
N.E. 29th Terrace
fraud in the 500 block of
S.W 77th Terrace
assault in the 500 block of
N.E. 13th Ave.
Saturday, April 19
burglary in the 3600 block of
U.S. 441 S.
theft in the 2800 block of

U.S. 441 N.
vandalism in the 3300 block
of S.W 21st St.
theft in the 3600 block of
U.S. 441 N.
Sunday, April 20
vandalism in the 4200 block
of S.E. 21st Court
theft on N.W 240th St.
theft in the 700 block of N.W
115th Drive
Monday, April 21
burglary in the 2700 block of
N.W. 35th Drive
burglary in the 2200 block of
U.S. 441 S.E.
larceny in the 8600 block of
U.S. 441 S.E.
i* larceny in the 1700 block of
N.W. Seventh St.
larceny in the 18000 block of
U.S. 98 N.
burglary in the 2300 block of
S.E. 27th St.
larceny in the 9000 block of
S.E. 57th Drive
burglary in the 4200 block of
S.E. 28th St.

burglary in the 300 block of
N.E. 64th Ave.
Tuesday, April 22
burglary in the 100 block of
N.W 23rd Lane
theft in the 400 block of N.E.
64th Ave.
fraud in the 10000 block of
N.E. Second Terrace
vandalism in the 7000 block
of U.S. 441 N.
theft in the 2400 block of
S.W. 28th St.
burglary in the 4000 block of
U.S. 441 S.E.
theft in the 2700 block of S.E.
62nd Ave.
Wednesday, April 23
*: vandalism in the 3900 block
of S.E. 29th Court
theft in the 2800 block of
N.W. 33rd Ave.
burglary in the 3600 block of
U.S. 441 S. '
child abuse in the 2800 block
of U.S. 441 N.
fheft in the 1100 block of
N.E. 39th Blvd.

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burglary in the 3600 block of
U.S. 441 S..
burglary in the 3600 block of
U.S. 441 S.
child abuse in the 2600 block
of N.W 42nd Ave.
fraud in the 4300 block of
S.W. 10th Way
burglary in the 3300 block of
S.W. 21st St.
theft in the 5500 block of S.E.
128th Ave.
Thursday, April 24
stolen vehicle recovered in
the 8600 block of S.R. 710
stolen gun recovered in the
9200 block of S.E. 60th Drive
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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!
BEE STORY: Regarding the story of the man killed by bees, no-
body is questioning your good nature by having your friend live on
your property. You are misinformed on several issues though. Code
enforcement (which is a law) states that in order to live in the Viking
you must have a double-wide or site built home, which must be at
least 1000 sq. ft. It is against code to live in an RV, shed, hut what-
ever, anywhere in Okeechobee County. Pete Gwada did a story on
this several weeks ago. Code enforcement should be doing their job
on enforcing this. Whether seen by the road or not, this does not mat-
ter. Furthermore, the comment about renters not paying taxes, well
as a "landlord" downtown (not uptown) the rent is based upon my
expenses, that includes property taxes, this is passed on to renter. It's
called rent. The death of this man is unfortunate and I grieve for his
family. But laws are laws and a law applies to everyone, even invited
BEES: People just need to calm down about the bees. The bees
are not going to kill you. Just leave them alone. If you see bees, back
away and leave them alone. If they kill off all the bees, we will starve
because without bees, we will lose one-third of our crops. One-third
of our crops come from plants that are pollinated by bees. No bees,
no food.
PATROLLING OFFICERS: I live in the Basswood area and would
just like to say 'thank you' to all the officers who ride through Bass-
wood whether it be just to pass through or to patrol. We have such
a problem on the main road going through Basswood with people
speeding and racing, especially with all the curves in that road and
school bus stops. If an officer was to sit in Basswood and clock people
like they do at schools and in town, the tickets they would end up
writing would probably be enormous. I've noticed a couple of people
within the last couple of weeks being pulled over and it makes me
feel better. This area doesn't seem to be controlled often but when it
is people do seem to slow down.
ANIMAL SHELTER: My praise to the animal shelter for their
prompt attention and the dedicated employee "Rosetta" for the rescue
of an injured mother opossum and her two babies Sunday morning.
She returned my phone call within five minutes of my call and was
here within 15 minutes. The mother was dying, but the babies would
live thanks to Rosetta.
ELECTION: Here's a question for the presidential candidates. I will
vote for the one who has a way to get the gasoline prices back down
to where they were two years ago. There is no excuse for the way
the oil prices have shot up. The oil companies are crying poor while
they are giving their stockholders millions and millions of dollars in
dividends every year. I think this is profiteering and it should be illegal
because they are making so many people suffer.
FQOOD:, I am getting very worried about the rising cost of food.
I was buying eggs for $2.39 a dozen just a year ago. These are the
ones from the free range chickens, raised with no hormones and no
antibiotics, so I am used to paying a premium price. But yesterday at
the grocery story they were $4 a dozen. Talk about sticker shock. I
know they are healthier than the cheaper eggs, but I can't afford $4 a
dozen. We are going to have to make choices, and probably wind up
eating food of lesser quality which could contribute to more health
problems, which will mean more expense. When does it end. The
government needs to do something to get this gas prices down. It isn't
right the oil companies are making billions in profits while so many
people are suffering due to high fuel prices.
RECYCLING: How are we supposed to recycle when the only
place to take recyclables in town closes at 5 p.m. on weekdays and
is not open on Saturday? That just isn't right. Everyone I know has to
work. We can't be running to the recycling center during work hours,
and when we get off work, it is closed. The county needs to do some-
thing about this.
WASTE MANAGEMENT: I live in Taylor Creek Isles and I recycle.
I separate my paper products from my cans and plastics and place
them in their proper bins. I put them out on Monday morning for pick
up. I then watch Waste Management come with their garbage truck
and dump both bins into the back of the truck to be crushed together.
This happens frequently. I call Waste Management and they say recy-
cling vehicle is broke down. So why recycle?
RECYCLING: In the part of Okeechobee County where I live, we
don't have recycling bins. I have always recycled cans. and newspa-
pers, but I would like to start more like glass, plastics, etc. I went on
the internet to find out where I could drop off. I made myself some
bins and I will have to tote all this stuff once a week or so to the dump.
I've been feeling pretty good about doing my part in helping our chil-
dren and grandchildren grow up in a cleaner earth. Until I got behind
a trash truck in town where they do have recycling bins. The work-
ers were just dumping all'the trash and recyclables in the same truck
and mixing it all together. So I would like to know, am I just wasting
my time? Does Okeechobee even .care? Editor's note: According to
Waste Management, all of the recyclables are sorted after they are

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Counseling Corner_

Minimizing "behind the wheel" stress

From the American
Counseling Association

There are plenty of things to-
day that can leave us feeling anx-
ious and stressed-the economy,
job security, energy prices, ter-
rorism alerts. It's a long list, and
if you have children, especially
teens, it gets even longer.
Unfortunately, driving an au-
tomobile these days is another
major stress-producer for many
of us. Heavy traffic or bad drivers
can leave us feeling angry and up-
set, sometimes on a daily basis.
While there's no way to make
traffic jams or bad drivers disap-
pear, there are things you can do
to make driving less stressful..
When traffic or terrible driv-

ers frustrate us, our immediate
reaction is usually anger. We feel
threatened by someone, taking
away our precious time or driving
in a potentially life-endangering
manner. A natural reaction is to
feel angry, to want to fight back.
However, we're also aware
that fighting back is certainly not
the right answer, but also usually
an impossible or dangerous one.
As a result you're more angry,
frustrated and stressed knowing
there's nothing you can do.
However, there are things you
can do. Start minimizing such
stress by remembering you can't
control the outside world, only
yourself. Remind yourself it isn't
personal. Traffic and dangerous
drivers would still be there even if
you weren't.

Upcoming Events

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.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Narcotics Anonymous woman's step study meeting at 7 p.m. at
the Just for Today Club, 101 Fifth Ave. For more information please
call 863-634-4780.

Monday, April 28
AA. 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 tle 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 at9:30 a.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 863467-5714.

Tuesday, April 29
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings'are open
to the public. For information, contact Chad Rucks at 863-763-8999.
New A.A. Meeting in Basinger: There is now an A.A. meeting in
Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger. Christian Brethren
Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
Al-Anon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200
N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m.
AA. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
at the Hospice Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at 863-
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.

Next, stop letting the anger and
stress control your mind. Turn on
the radio or CD player and re-
ally listen hard. Try the old trick of
counting slowly to ten. You want
to replace thinking about what's
just bothered you with anything
You also want to physically re-
lax your body, since anger makes
our muscles tense and that helps
increase stress levels. Try relax-
ing your muscles, one group at
a time, first tightening up arm or
leg muscles, then consciously re-
laxing them.
Anger behind the wheel can
lead to dangerous situations.
Stress behind the wheel can leave
you feeling worn out and can,
eventually, affect your overall

Being aware of when you've
become angry and stressed, and
working to reduce those reac-
tions, can lead to a healthier and
safer driving you.
And if you find that, despite
your best efforts, you really can't
control your behind-the-wheel an-
ger and stress, seek professional
help. A counselor can offer stress
management, anger control or re-
laxation training to help you be a
more relaxed, safer driver, and a
happier person.
"The Counseling Corner" is provided
as a public service by the American
Counseling Association, the nation's
largest organization of counseling
professionals. Learn more about
the counseling profession at the ACA
web site,

Community Events

IRCC Theatre to perform "Mulan"
The IRCC Theatre department will present "Mulan" on 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
Performing Arts Academy students. Tickets are $8. Call the IRCC Box
Office at 1-800-220-9915.

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.

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 863467-6484 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.

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

Democratic Party Fundraising dinner
The Okeechobee Democratic Party will hold its annual Jefferson
Jackson fundraising dinner on Saturday, May 3, at the Okeechobee
Shrine Club off Hwy 78. Social time begins at 6 p.m. with dinner to
be served at 7 p.m. Tickets are only $30 and available for purchase at
Brennan Eye Care or by calling 863-357-8680. Sponsorships are-avail-
able. Please call 863-357-8680 or 863-697-0118 for more information.

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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 II "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,
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Student's artwork is chosen for calendar

An Osceola Middle School stu-
dent's artwork will be featured
in a published calendar this fall!
Congratulations to Cynthia Ed-
dings, an OMS 6th grader, who
participated in the DuPuis Man-
agement Area Earth Day Art and
Poetry Contest. Cynthia's art won
Honorable Mention,. and it will
be featured for the month of Sep-
Literacy Fair projects
in the works
Students across campus are
working on their projects for the
Fifth OMS Literacy Fair, an annual
tradition to display our students'
academic excellence in reading.
Our Literacy Fair will be held in
the gymnasium on Friday, May 9,
2008. This is a long term project
which students will be working
on for several weeks both in-
side and outside of their reading
classrooms. Each student will be
required to create a display board
with specific reading criteria out-
lined by their reading teacher. In
order for a student to be able to
take their display board on the
bus with them, the board must
measure less than 31" tall. Dis-
play boards that meet this criteria
are available for $3 through your
student's reading teacher. We
look forward to having many par-
ents and guests visiting on May 9
to view all of our students' hard
Students have enjoyed some
creative hands-on assignments
recently. Students in the Eagles
and Dolphins teams completed
scale drawings following a study
of scale and ratios, recreating a
newspaper comic in a larger size
on graph paper. In the Falcons,
students worked on a project

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OMS Students of the Week
Each week, our Students of the Week enjoy a Domino's pizza lunch with the administration.
This week was full of laughs! Congratulations to this week's honorees: (front row) Bethany
Stuart, Onchelle Jolly, Amanda Messmer, Heather Harned, and (back row) Patricia Navarro,
Jaymee Johnson, Daniella Albarran, and Derrek Boykin.

where they had to present essen-
tial information on a topic and
present it in a shoebox decorated
in some way related to their topic.
The Ospreys and Falcons students
worked on math projects called
Tessellations, in which students
begin with a basic triangle, then
cut away part and add that part to
one of the other sides, then rotate
the design and create a kaleido-
scope-like visual.

Osceola Idol
Due to an illness in the spon-
sor's family, Osceola Idol will be
rescheduled to Tuesday, April 29,
at 7 p.m. Admission is $2, and
all proceeds go to Big Lake Hos-
pice. We apologize for any incon-
venience the rescheduling may
cause, and we look forward to
many cheering fans in the audi-

Upcoming Events
April 29 "Osceola Idol" eve-
ning performance, 7pm, $2 ad-
mission with all proceeds going
to Big Lake Hospice
May 1 Early Release Day, 12:05
May 2 Spring Break Day-no
May 5-9 Book Fair
May 9 Literacy Fair
May 9 Hershey Track Meet at

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Students of the Week were exhausted and ready for Spring .
Break! Students are: Samantha Norris, Ocean Tyner and
Ben Levins, and Brenda Aguirre. Congratulations and keep
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Okeechobee News, Saturday, April 26, 2008 7

Oakview Baptist welcomes new pastor

Oakview Baptist Church has a
new Senior Pastor. The extensive
search lasted nearly two years,
but concluded with the church
extending a "call" to Dr. John
Garrison to serve as Senior Pas-
Dr. Garrison comes to
Okeechobee via the state of In-
diana. The 8 year layover was
only the most recent stop for him
in his service to the Lord. While
serving within Indiana, he served
at the State Office of Indiana Bap-
tists as a Missions consultant, and
he also served as a Pastor during
his latter years in the state. Prior
to Indiana, Dr. Garrison and his

wife, Amelia, spent 10 years serv-
ing as Missionaries to Zambia,
"We saw God do some won-
derful things there," he asserted.
The Alabama native received
his bachelor's degree from Sam-
ford University in Birmingham;
his Master's from Southwestern
Baptist Theological Seminary
in Fort Worth, and his doctor-
ate from Covington Theological
Seminary in Rossville, Georgia.
John and Amelia have two
sons and three grandchildren.
They lost one daughter.
Dr. Garrison expressed the
need to be wise and cautious in

making changes. Young families
have long been one of the focus-
es of Oakview, and he desires to
continue that focus. He expressed
the importance of a church being
relevant within their community.
He said he believes one approach
for this goal is to demonstrate that
you genuinely care.
"The people here are so open
and friendly," he stated. This
quality in a church is mandatory
if you are going to demonstrate
that you care and understand.
Oakview has certainly joined
the community in suffering
caused by the hurricanes. The
Worship Center was unusable

for nearly two years. The church
continued to meet using closed
circuit television in the educa-
tional building, and the worship
center of the neighboring Naza-
rene church.
When asked about his per-
sonal plans for the future, or
how long he anticipated being
in Okeechobee, "I want to retire
here," Dr. Garrison said, adding
that he would like to serve at least
15 years at Oakview. He said he
always goes to a new assignment
planning to stay. Dr. Garrison said Submitted Photo
he never went to an assignment Dr. & Mrs. Garrison
planning to leave.

Local churches plan events ,"thiLtiit"iWi
"Where the Difference is Worth the Distance"

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
His House Fellowship
Church of the Nazarene, 425
S.W 28th St., will be sponsoring
a spaghetti dinner on Saturday,
May 17 from 4 until 7 p.m. in the
church fellowship hall. The menu
is spaghetti, salad, bread, des-
sert and tea for a $6 donation. All
proceeds go to our 2008 Vacation
Bible School, "Custom Garage."
Dine in or take out. For tickets call
Buckhead Ridge Christian
Church, 21300 Linda Road, N.E.,
will hold their Fourth Annual Car
Show today, April 26, from 9 a.m.
until 1 p.m. at the church. There
will be trophies awarded, door
prizes, lunch, snacks and drinks
for sale. For information call 863-
467-7604 or 863-634-8964.
Freedom Outreach Minis-
try is sponsoring monthly fishing
tournament. This month the tour-
nament will take place on Sun-
day, April 27 at Sportmen's Canal.
Registration is $70 per boat, and
there is a $10 big fish pot. You can
fish by yourself or with a partner.
Tournament begins at Safe Light
until 2 p.m. For more informa-
tion, Please call 863-532-1718 or
Oakview Baptist Church is
sponsoring a golf tournament on
Saturday, May 17 at Okeechobee
Golf and Country Club.' Cost is

$45. This includes green fee, cart,
and barbecue lunch. Proceeds
will aid youth doing random acts
of kindness and attend M-Fudge
in South Carolina, which will as-
sist them in team building and
strengthening relationships with
God, family and community. Reg-
istration begins at 7 a.m. For infor-
mation call 863-763-1699.
Okeechobee Health Care,
1646 U. S. 441 N., will be hosting
a revival May 5 through May 9 at
7 p.m. each evening. The public
is invited. There will be a different
speaker each night.
A Community Interdenomi-
national Prayer Service is held
the first Saturday of each month
at 6 p.m. at Calvary Chapel,
1963 N.W 38th Ave.
Each Wednesday night begin-
ning at 6:15 p.m. His House Fel-
lowship Church of the Naza-
rene will have a supper for $4
donation per person. RESERVA-
TIONS must be made by MON-
DAY (only done by reservation!)
Phone church office 863-763-3519
to reserve and find out menu. Fol-
lowing the supper, the church
has a Bible study at 7 p.m. called
"Connecting the Dots" a year
long journey through the Bible,
which explains how one book
of the Bible relates to others and
how it all "connects." Following
the supper, there are also classes
for children, youth and Hispanics
"Sunday School" on Wednesday

Fort Drum Community
Church, 32415 U.S. 441 N., will
hold a men's fellowship breakfast
at Ruck's Pit every other Satur-
day starting at 6:30 a.m., and a
women's fellowship every other
Monday starting at 6:30 a.m. For
information or if you need trans-
portation to and from these activi-
ties, call (863) 467-1733.
The Family Outreach Center at
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
is offering free classes in martial
arts. The classes are currently
taught four days a week on Mon-
day, Wednesday and Friday, from
6 until 8 p.m. and on Saturday
from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m.
At First Baptist Church,
401 S.W. Fourth St., food and
clothing will be distributed by
the Church Mission House by
appointment only. Call 763-2171.
Okeechobee County Cancer
Support Group meets on the
first Thursday of each month at
First Baptist Church. All cancer
patients, survivors and supporters
are welcome to attend, support
and encourage each other. They
meet the first Thursday of each
month at 5:30 p.m. at the church,
401 SW 4"' Street, Okeechobee, FL
34974 (entrance is the door to the
West in front of church). Please
contact Susie Pickering at 863-
467-5831 or First Baptist. Church
at 863-763-2171 for more infor-

We still sing the old inspired hymns.
We still preach the old infallible Book.
Arlen Cook, Pastor
Sunday School Church
9:45 a.m. 10:45 a.m.
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Business Places 910
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Townhouses Rent920
Farm Property -
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House. Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -9
Rent 945
Roo83mmate 950
Rooms to Rent 955.
Storage Space -c 9
Rent 960

IN TOWN 2BR/1.5BA, $750
mo., 1st & last, annual lease,
no pets, w/d, clean.
NEW 2 BR, 21/s BA Apt., All
major appl's. included. Near
hospital. $975 me. + $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
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
Tri-Plex For Rent- 2 BR, 2 BA,
W/D hook-up, patio, pdrivacy
fence, no pets $700 mo.
1st, last & $500 sec. deposit
lawn & garbage incl.
(417)848-3424 or

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

Brand New 312/2
Concrete Block
Stucco homes.
$495 Down
From $895
per month

2 br. 2 ba., canal front, boat
house, furn. or unfurn., in city,
$850 includes lawn serv. 407
SE 8th St. (863)467-0658
BHR -.3br, 2ba,
1800 sf, Lake Access
$950 mo.
2br, 2ba, Garage, FL room, ,
Nice house! Solid construc-
tion. 5265 SE 43rd St.
$650. mo. + $300. Sec.
dep. (772)201-7394
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
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White House Plaza
1120 S. Parrot Avenue
2300 sq ft available
810 sq it available
600 sq ft available
3 br, 2 ba, central heat & air,
city water, $1100 per month
3 br, 2 ba, SW sec, office,
Must See!
Reduced $159,500
Lawrence Real Estate Co.
OKEECHOBEE 3br, 2ba,
$1300/mo. 1st & Sec Dep.,
802 SW 3rd Ave.
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage. C/Air. 1st, last &
sec. 863-467-2541 or after
5 pm 863-634-9330
Waterfront. All tile floors, Hi-
Lo Acres. $1100 mo.
772-349-3848 or 597-1967
3/2, only $850 + $500 sec.
Pay own electric.
Rent or Rent w/Option 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
(561)792-9431 6am-11pm

Professional Office Space for
Lease near Courthouse,
immediate occupancy.
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plus half utilities. Call after
5pm (863)467-2963 .

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

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale1015
Farms -Sale 1020
Houses -Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House; 1050
Out of State-
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1,070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

3Bd/2Ba home on 5
acres with 24x60 barn
and chain link fence.
Near airport and town
property has 3 wells.
$265,000 negotiable
Horse trailer for sale
Feather light
aluminum 5 horse
trailer with living
quarters and large
tack room. $7,500

BASSWOOD: 3/1, Frame, Tile
Floors, Nice Deck, Lg. Lot.
3458 NW 26th Ave. $97,000

3/2 CBS home on .37
acres. Newly remodeled
1500 Sq Ft., lots of
upgrades wood floors
in bdrms, ceramic tile
in kitchen and Ivng rm.
12 x 16 storage shed.
Nicely landscaped.
Located in town, city
water & sewer
209 NW 10th Ave
Call 772-409-7062

Sat. 4/26 10am-4pm,
Sun. 4/27 12pm-4pm
or By Appt.
Brand New Home 3br,
2ba, 2 car gar.
$369,000.! Lovely 3 Bdrm.,
2V2 Bath, Fireplace, Custom.
Built with park-like 2 acres
on private road in country
rural setting located in a Great
neighborhood in Okeechobee
NEED TO SELL Owner finance
avail. 3/2 lake access. Around
corner from Buckhead Lock.
1730 SF, L/R, D/R, F/R. Metal
roof, front/back decks. $155K.

10 acres inpvt comm
Starting at $180,000
Owner financing at 5.5% APR
First Rlty (561)385-7888

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3br, 2ba, 2 car gar.
Sat. 4/26 10am-4pm,
Sun. 4/27 12pm-4pm
or By Appt.

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

Mobile Homes

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

Available Immediately 3BR,
2BA, doublewide, carport,
large lot, $800/mo. 1 yr. lease
& 1 mo. sec. (863)467-5616.
BHR 2 MH for rent, lbr, 1ba,
from $350-$400 /mo + sec,
yearly pref. Avail now 55+
Park (863)763-7164
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
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
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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/ATVs 3035

BASS BOAT '98 Stratos 19.9
Ft. Dual Console w/175 HP
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Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts- Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers :4065
Vans 4070

1990 Toyota 4-runner,
recently rebuilt, white, has
some damage, V6 $2000
1997 Dodge 2500, extended
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$3500 (863)697-0096
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Honor roll students
Osceola Middle School held the third nine-week awards ceremony April 21, 2008. Stu-
dents were recognized for exceptional grades and achievements. Heather Abner, Josie
Wallace, Allison Chandler and Erika Jones were recognized for the A-B Honor Roll with
grade point averages of 3.5 or above.

Submitted photo/OMS

Earthworm racing
Before Spring Break the Ospreys science students at Osceola Middle School honed their
powers of observation of animal behavior, watching how earthworms responded to chang-
es in their environment. The culminating activity was an earthworm race. Racers were not
allowed to touch their worm, but using information gathered in the observation period,
could stimulate the worm by adding light or food or water to their "track." In the Marlins
team, students used their engineering and business skills to create bridges with tooth-
picks. The bridge breaking took place on Wednesday, with some teams' bridges holding
more than 18 pounds! Winning worm racers in Mrs. DuBose's 8th period class at Osceola
Middle School were Cheyanna Watford, Misty Woods, and Denise McElroy.

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Fun in the sun
Rock Solid Academy learned about pool/water safety on Friday, April 11. "Always swim
with a buddy and never go in the water alone" were just some of the pointers that the chil-
dren learned. Bailey Harden, Emma Baird, Crystal EIIman are showing how much fun it is
to swim with our buddies and splash around in the sun.

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around the world. And every day, keeping up
with the world by reading a newspaper is like flying
around the globe in search of knowledge. Knowledge
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Tennis banquet salutes seniors and sponsors

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Brahmans tennis ban-
quet honored five seniors who
have played their last match for
Okeechobee High School.
Three girls, Alyssa Wright, Jami
Fadley and Rina Boswell, and two
boys, Elj Cabansay and Bobby
Spelts, were honored for their
many contributions to the pro-
grams over the past four years.
The boy's team was only one
point out of a state regional berth
this year. The girl's team qualified
for the regional as they finished
second in their district. They lost
in the regional, 6-1, to Merritt Is-
land last week.
Alyssa Wright was named the
team MVP. Kari-Berger took home
the Brahman award. Rina Bo-
swell was named most versatile.
Boswell was also recently named
her class salutatorian. Jami Fadley
won the classic award and Shaina
Ragamat took home the unsung
hero award for her excellent work
in the district tournament.
Other awards were handed
out to Christina Close for most
improved, Kathleen Turner for
the sportswoman of the year, Liz
Turner for freshman of the year,
Katherina Ragamat for the team
spirit award, and Katie Walker for
corieback player of the year.
Coach Jay Huffman thanked
all of the girls for their efforts and
made sure each of them took
home an award this year.
On the boys side Elj Cabansay




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won the Brahman award. Zach
Fowler took home the most valu-
able player award.
Sponsors and volunteers were

also honored for their assistance
this year. State Farm Insurance,
Close Construction and Costopou-
los and Helton PA, CPA, were all

honored for their help this year.
About 60 people attended the
banquet held at the Brahma Bull
restaurant on April 22.




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Okeechobee News, Saturday, April 26, 2008 11

en is it time to change tires?

(MS) Many drivers do not
realize that good tire condition is
essential to the performance and
safety of a vehicle. Tires can also af-
fect how much fuel is burned, and
thus how much you have to pay at
the pump.
One set of tires is not designed
to last the life of a vehicle. Daily
wear and tear and general driving
habits could cause tires to pass
their prime faster. Here's how to
determine if it's time to shop for
new tires.
1. Take a look at the tread pat-
tern on your tires. Tires have "tread
wear bars," which are small bridg-
es that form between your treads.
You will see the beginnings of these
bars start to form between the
treads, or running across the tires.
Once the tread wear bars are flush
with the tire's tread, it's time to re-
place the tire.
2. Grab a penny from your pock-
et and insert it into the tire tread,
with Lincoln's head facing down.
A tire with ample tread will go up
until at least Lincoln's forehead. If
his hair or any of the penny above
his. hair is showing, your tires are
worn and must be replaced.
3. Pay attention to the perfor-
mance of your vehicle. If you've
been losing traction or having trou-
ble stopping, your tires are prob-
ably worn. Do the above two tests
to confirm.

Tire Maintenance
You can help prolong the life
of your tires by taking a few steps.
First, it's recommended to rotate
your tires front to rear at regular in-
tervals. This prevents uneven wear
depending upon if your vehicle
is front- or rear-wheel drive. Au-
tomotive experts say all-wheel or
4-wheel-drive vehicles should -have
all of the tires replaced at once, be-
cause differences in tire diameters
can damage the differential.
Keep your tires properly inflated
for the season. Tires that are not
properly inflated will wear more
quickly and can compromise vehi-
cle performance and gas mileage.

Other Advice
Have a competent auto repair
shop check your suspension and
correct as necessary before replac-
ing tires if extreme uneven wear
occurs with your tires. Improper
alignment or worn suspension
parts can dramatically shorten tire
Buy tires that are the right size-
and type for your vehicle and rims
Many modern tires have a spe-
cific rotational direction and corre-
sponding rotation method, so you
can't just switch the front to the
rear. Refer to your tire manufactur-
er or dealer for details, or consult a
reputable shop.

Horsepower secrets from professional engine builders

(MS) Want more horse- top engine builders get more spending a lot of money to do it. ponents and the drive train rob be as easy as upgrading to one of stance, in a recent test by Horse-
power without paying much to power from their racing engines Upgrade your lubricants Fric- horsepower and performance. the newer high performance lu- power TV, upgrading to high
M "cnr- performance motor oil freed up 8
horsepower in a V8 engine. Video
of the test and more information
on upgrading lubricants can be
found at
Replace and/or upgrade your
air filter During the life of your
engine, thousands of cubic feet of
air will pass through the engine
cylinders. Dust and other material
in the engine can cause excessive
wear and operating problems. It's
Imperative that you keep air filters
clean by regularly replacing them.
To further enhance performance,
upgrade to a performance air
filter, which can free up an addi-
tional 2 to 3 horsepower. While
S .not a tremendous power gain, the
I relatively low cost of a filter and
ease of installation (about 5 min-
utes) more than make up for it.
SUse higher octane gas or an
octane booster Go for the good
stuff the next time you're at the
pump. Depending on your vehi-
cle, high octane gasoline can pro-
Svide an increase in horsepower.
Even a marginal gain in switch-
ing from the lowest octane gaso-
line to the highest octane may
be worth a few extra pennies at
the pump to you. For those who
want to see a more measurable
increase in power, a racing blend
of gasoline will work well or one
of the numerous brands of octane
booster commonly available at
& auto parts stores.
Upgrading your gas, lubricants
and air filter are a cheap and easy
way to increase horsepower.
Courtesy Photos These simple steps will also ex-
Elite engine builders competing in the Engine Master Challenge use simple techniques like upgrading oil to increase horsepower. tend the life of your engine and
help prevent expensive repairs.

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Motor oil facts, not friction for performance

(MS) Many people don't
know how to select motor oil that
will help them get optimum per-
formance out of their car. People
often just select the oil their father
used, or they may take the sug-
gestion of a counter person at
an auto parts store who may not
know any more about cars than
they do.
There are meaningful differ-
ences in motor oils and choosing
the right one can have a major
impact on how well your car
runs. Selecting the right oil is the
quickest and cheapest way to
improve your car's performance
and reliability.
Two components determine
how well motor oil will perform
in your car. One factor is the base
oil, and the other is the combina-
tion of chemicals (additives) that
are added to the base oil.
Base oils
The two primary types of base
oils used are mineral and synthet-
ic. Mineral oils are by-products of
refined crude oil. Refining helps
reduces the impurities but leaves
molecules of all shapes and sizes.
Synthetic oils are manmade com-
pounds where molecules are all
the same size and shape; conse-
quently, synthetic oil has a less
friction and performs significantly
better than mineral oils.
There's been sizable growth in
the use of synthetic oils over the
years. In fact, synthetic oils are
often the factory fill in many new
performance and luxury cars.
Regardless of the base oil
used, chemicals must be added
to give motor oil the character-
istics needed to do its job. Typi-
cal additives that may be added
to base oil include detergents to
reduce the formation of residue,
defoamants to deter absorption
of air, anti-wear agents, antioxi-
dants and others.
Although additives are typi-
cally only 15 to 25 percent of the
make up of motor oil, they can
impact a lubricant's performance
much more than the base oil. For
instance, mineral based motor oil
with a very good additive package
can easily outperform synthetic
motor oil with a mediocre addi-
tive package.
There is no easy way for a con-
sumer to determine the quality

of motor oil's additive package.
Price is often an indicator of qual-
ity since the more advanced ad-
ditive technologies cost more to
produce. Performance is the ul-
timate measure of additive pack-
age quality.
Advances in
Some of the biggest techno-
logical advances in lubrication
are now coming through ad-
vancements in chemical addi-
tives. These breakthroughs have
been developed by a handful
of companies that specialize in
high-performance lubricants, as
opposed to major oil companies
whose primary focus is refining
and selling crude oil by products
like gasoline and other fuels.
One high-performance lubri-
cant company, Royal Purple, has
developed lubricants that outper-
form both leading mineral oils
and other synthetics. Their oil has
been proven in numerous inde-
pendent tests to dramatically re-
duce engine wear, increase horse-
power and torque, and reduce
fuel consumption and emissions.
Cars using their oils can also go
further between oil changes, sav-
ing the owner time and money,
and reducing the impact on the
environment. More information
about their products is available
at their Web site www.royalpur-
How to Choose
Mineral-based (conventional)
motor oils. These are the cheap-
est and most widely available oils.
They typically use standard addi-
tive packages that provide mini-
mum levels of performance and
Synthetic motor oils. These
man-made oils are more expen-
sive that mineral-based oils but
are still widely available. Their
performance advantages come
predominantly from the synthetic
base oil used. They have a-longer
service life and offer some im-
provements in protection. They
typically use the same additive
packages found in mineral-based
High-performance 'speciality'
*synthetic motor oils. These motor
oils are the most technologically
advanced oils. Although they sig-
nificantly outperform mineral

based or synthetic motor oils,
they are about the same price
as standard synthetic motor oil.
They are typically only available
through auto parts stores and

oils primarily differ in their use
of more advanced, proprietary
additive technologies.
Still confused? For a used car
with little life left in it, stick with.

oil. For a car you plan to keep
for a few years and want to get
a little better performance from,
you should at least upgrade to
synthetic motor oil. To get the

car, truck or RV, or to protect
vehicle you really care ab-u
and want to last,' upgradelto'1 i
high performance motor oilR,.

Learn how to differentiate and choose between the motor oils available.

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(MS)- When it comes to seat to bottom line. For example, with drivers choosing the vehicle Budget: Perhaps nothing will a minimum monthly payment those with good, credit qualified
cars, personal tastes are as var- when gas prices first began to they felt best fit their needs, re- weigh bigger when choosing a that will be determined by the for lower interest rates ard thise
led as the nation's drivers. While soar several years ago, sales of gardless of how much each trip car than personal budget. While cost of the vehicle and the total with bad credit histories getting
some prefer sports cars, others sport utility vehicles (SUVs), long to the filling station might cost. you certainly shouldn't settle on a initial down payment you pro- higher rates.)
like trucks. Where some people known for their heavy consump- Choosing the right vehicle car simply because it's cheap, you vide. Many auto dealership Web Before even going to a dealer-
prefer luxury, others simply want tion of gasoline, greatly declined., should be based on more than a need to know how much you can sites offer payment calculators so ship or its Web site, sit down ~and
functionality.2 car's aesthetic appeal. Because a prospective buyers can get a bet- write out your monthly buget,
But as the cost of seemingly 2007, however, sales re- car is such a big financial com- spend before you sign on the ot- ter grasp on what their monthly including rent, utilities, fo-od,.and
everything related to driving con ports indicated that truck sales mitment, choosing the right one ted line. Since most people now payment will be. (Note: An indi- other expenses. Compare thfatto
tinues to rise, personal preferenc- were once again on the rise. Why should be thought out carefully lease or finance their vehicles as vidual's credit rating influences your monthlyincomeand you can
es are beginning to take a back- the seemingly sudden change of and involve a number of consid- opposed to buying them outright, monthly payment as well, with determine what you cancon6ifort-
h ? o" "to"ably afford. It's best to calc late
for less than you can affofd,,as
that will leave you wiggle rodth in
.an emergency, such as when the
car needs repairs or other unex-
0 pected expenses arise.
.Needs: Once you've estab-
.. .. "-lished what you can afford, you
need to determine what it is you
actually need. A typical SUV will
cost more than a typical sedan.
If you're considering an SUV ask
yourself if you really need 'lHZw
often will you need the extra car-
go room that an SUV provides?
Can you get by with, a sedan? Are
.K the higher fuel costs associated
,with an SUV something that ,fit
into your budget?
That thought process works
-...both ways. If you will truly need
the extra room an SUV or ,Bther
truck provides, don't purchase, a
'A ,sedan just because it's cheaper.
< ting what you need out the car,
and you'll essentially be spending
money on something that's not as
'.useful to you as it could be.
-. ,Reputation: Most people
would not buy a home without
j first examining it, and a vehicle
should not be purchased on blind
-- faith or simple appearance either.
': ,/ ...A car's reputation should be a
chief consideration when shop-
4" t '~ ~ ..,ping. Because cars are more ex-
pensive than ever, many people
are now hoping to keep their cars
longer than they used to. Vehicles
with a reputation for longevity al-
low you to maximize the consid-
erable investment your car will
represent. Publications such as
Consumer Reports and Web sites
like provide pro-
spective buyers with price lists,
vehicle comparisons and a wealth
of information pertaining to spe-
.,cific makes and models, includ-
9, ,ing which models have a higher
A ,, propensity for breakdowns. If you
-' - '~ '~ know anyone who drives a model
of vehicle you're considering, ask
Courtesy Photo them about it, focusing inquiries
Choosing the right car involves more than just buying the one that looks the best. on its reliability, gas mileage and
how well it drives.

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