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Vol.99 No. 118


Summer Play Camps
sign up postponed
Sign ups for Okeechobee
County Parks and Recreation's
2008 Summer Play Camps
have been postponed and will
not open until Monday, May
12 at 8 a.m. Pre-Registration
will be held at the Okeechobee
County Sports Complex in the
Parks and Recreation office,
640 N.W. 27th Lane, from May
12 through May 30. Enrollment
is limited and slots are filled on
a first come basis. Campers
must be 6-12 years of age. Play
camps will operate Monday -
Friday, from June 16 through
August 1 (except on July 4)
from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
at Douglas Brown Community
Center and the Okeechobee
County Civic Center. The regu-
lar camp fee is $50 per week
per participant, plus fees for
field trips and special activities.
Special rates have been set at
$25 per week for a child on the
reduced school lunch program
and $10 a week for a child on
the free school lunch program
within the Okeechobee County
School System for the 2007-08
school year. A letter of participa-
tion from Okeechobee County
School Food Service must be
presented at the time of regis-
tration in order to qualify for
these special rates. Extended
hours, 7:30-8:30 a.m. and 4:30-
5:30 p.m. will be available at
the Okeechobee County Civic
Center for an additional $10 per
week per participant.

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: 297
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.38 feet
Last Year: 9.78 feet
Sponsored By:

Pogey's Family Restaurant
1759 S. Parrott Ave.
Source: South Florida Water
Management District. Depth
given in feet above sea level

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Community Events................... 4
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Sports.................................. 12
TV .............................. ............... 8
W eather..................................... 2
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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Horse Whisperer: 'No Dust Tour'

Okeechobee News/Tonya Harden

Tips to manage
Dennis and Deborah Reis presented their 'No Dust Tour' at the
26. The Horse Whisperers came to Okeechobee offering tips and r
respect and ease.

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
This is the fourth in a series
of stories about local middle
school student's ideas on how
we as a community can help to
better Okeechobee as a whole.
Keep watch for additional sto-
ries to come.
The Okeechobee Rotarians
recently heard from seventh
and eighth grade students from
the gifted classes at Osceola
and Yearling middle schools
about different ways to help the
Deanna Kielbasa teaches
the newly-implemented gifted
program at YMS and OMS. She

is divided between the two
schools. She teaches the chil-
dren reading as well as many
enrichment activities that strive
to expand the horizons of these
high level students.
At the beginning of the year,
the students were instructed to
look around the local commu-
nity and find ways to better the
community as a whole.
Approximately 60 students
came up with various proj-
ects and Mrs. Kielbasa chose
a group to come present their
ideas to the Okeechobee Ro-
tary Club.
Student spoke of ideas such
as: Why does Okeechobee
need a YMCA?; Feral animals,

a danger to the community;
More sidewalks and bike paths
are needed in small communi-
ties; How does graffiti affect
our community?; No smoking
at the ball park; and Okeecho-
bee Recycling.
The students had to do a
research paper and a visual as-
pect to their report. The visual
PowerPoint presentations were
displayed to the Rotarians,
which displayed the fact that
even a young teen realizes the
needs of our small community.
One issue that Audrey Met-
calf chose to bring forward was
about graffiti, which has been
in the news recently with the
See Rotary- Page 2

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By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
At their meeting on Thursday,
April 24, the Okeechobee County
Board of County Commissioners
considered economic develop-
ment and protection of rural
They also received the quar-
terly report from Okeechobee
Main Street (OMS).
Bridget Merrill gave an up-
date on the catalyst project for
economic development that
.Okeechobee County participates
in, along with adjoining coun-
ties and cities. The object of the
program is for all participants
to contribute toward an eco-
nomic project that would have
a regional impact. The counties
and cities will also share in the
Ms. Merrill explained that a
site for an industry having re-
gional impact had been located
at the Sebring Commerce Park.
She explained the formula by
which participants would receive
their share of the revenue from
the project. According to this for-
mula, the ad valorem taxes from
the targeted industry would be
divided among the participants
after administrative costs have
been subtracted.
County administrator Lyndon
Bonner noted that in the future
it is possible that Okeechobee
County could be the site of an-
other industry having regional
Turning to ecology, the board
passed a resolution urging the
state legislature to fund the Rural
and Family Lands Protection Act;
This act came into law under
former governor Jeb Bush, but
was never funded by the legisla-
ture. If funded, it would provide
a mechanism to keep rural lands
under private stewardship while
helping to prevent subdivision of
the land and protecting the envi-
"I think it's a good thing, we
ought to fund," was the opinion
of Commissioner Elvie Posey.
The resolution was enacted
at the request of Ellen Huntley
Dube, land conservation out-
reach director for the Conserva-
tion Trust of Florida, a non-profit
organization dedicated to pre-
serving the rural landscape of
Florida. Ms. Dube stated in a let-
ter to the commissioners that in
2005 the state of Florida lost over
1,000 farms due to rapid popula-
tion growth.
In an unrelated matter, Mau-
See BOCC Page 2

e Agri Civic Center on Saturday, April
low to control and manage horses with

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Gifted students from Osceola and Yearling middle schools
and their teacher Deanna Kielbasa participated in present-
ing their ideas to help the community to the Okeechobee
Rotary Club last week. Taking part were: (front row-left
to right) Nicholas Kielbasa, Jordan Bolan and Christian
Townsend; (middle row-left to right) Jackie O'Connor,
Audrey Metcalf, Mrs. Kielbasa and Destiny Nunez; (back
row-left to right) Allison Chandler and Bethany Stuart.

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Guiding with ease
Deborah Reis, using lightweight tools and a gentle touch, demonstrated how she guides her horses at the 'No Dust
Tour' presented at the Okeechobee Agri Civic Center on Saturday, April 26.

Graffiti impacts entire community

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Continued From Page 1
reen Burroughs of OMS reported
to the board that in the past quar-
ter her organization provided
$40,000 of in-kind services to the
community. She announced that
.their second mural was finished
and the third one was almost fin-
Mrs. Burroughs added that
OMS was working with property
:owners to find locations for signs
welcoming people to the City of
About 800 people attended the
OMS Top of the Lake Art Festival,

she said.
The organization is working
on an adopt-a-median program
where local businesses adopt a
median to landscape. The orga-
nization wants to' follow up on
adoption of a mural ordinance
in the county. Mrs. Burroughs
said that with the popularity of
their murals there will soon be a
demand for murals in the county
and to date there are no guide-
lines for murals in the county.
Mrs. Burroughs reported posi-
tive contacts with CSX Transpor-
tation and Amtrak on restoration
of the old train depot. She said the
holdup is that it must be a pub-
licly owned building.
The commissioners also ap-

proved Mr. Bonner's request to ex-
tend the deadline for lease renew-
al with the Florida Department of
Children and Families (DCF) until
May 30. That department cur-
rently leases the south half of the
health department building. The
extension would give Mr. Bonner
time to see if DCF wanted to re-
new their lease. If not, he would
then have time to explore the
various options brought about by
their non-renewal.
Airport director Vernon Gray
commended the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office, Okeecho-
bee County Fire/Rescue, BMJ
Towing and Rick's Crane Service
for doing an "exemplary job" dur-
ing two recent aircraft crashes.

Mr. Bonner said he had a meet-
ing with FEMA on Monday, April
28, to discuss disputed claims
with that organization.
The county administrator not-
ed that the board does not have a
policy on re-addressing the board
after a person's original petition
has been denied. County attorney
John Cassels had a fuzzy recollec-
tion that in such cases it would
take a commissioner or commis-
sioners to bring an issue back to
the board. If pending litigation
is involved, Mr. Cassels said he
would want to know about the
issue before it goes to the board.
Commissioner Ray Domer sug-
gested bringing up such issues
at the end of the meeting to see

if the board wants to discus the
matter at a later date.
In other action, the board:
approved a change order to
Dickerson Florida in the amount
of $42,615 for additional clearing,
embankment and relocation of a
storm water drainage pipe at the
approved a second change
order to Dickerson Florida in the
amount of $133,104 for additional
asphalt costs;
approved a reduction of
a code violation fine for Chris-
tine Brown from $58,475 to
scheduled public budget
hearings for 5:01 p.m. on Sept. 11
and 22 with budget workshops to

be scheduled as necessary;
scheduled a May 8 workshop
at 2 p.m. to discuss renovation of
the jail and sheriff's office;
scheduled a May 8 workshop
at 3 p.m. to discuss renovation of
the courthouse;
approved submitting a Flor-
ida Boating Improvement Pro-
gram application in the amount
of $25,000 for the Nubbin Slough
boat ramp project:
approved the use of Ever-
glades Elementary School as a
summer play camp site at a cost
of $6,630.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached

Continued From Pagel
county trying to pass a graffiti or-
Audrey began her presentation
with a definition of graffiti any
:artwork, drawings or paintings
can become graffiti when made
on property without the owner's
Graffiti can affect the commu-
nity in many ways through chang-
es in behavior; increase of cost
to governmental entities; loss of
money to businesses; and, nega-
tive perceptions of individuals.
. Graffiti not only affects the en-

vironment, but also the minds and
behaviors of the people around it.
Audrey stated that "20 percent of
graffiti is racist in nature."
The -majority of graffiti is done
by children ages 10 to 15.
Graffiti has a huge impact on
the behavior of the community.
It shapes people's perspectives
of the community and those that
live, work and visit.
Graffiti can be very expensive
for the governmental agencies
and businesses that have to work
to cover up such graffiti. It also af-
fects the economy because peo-
ple do not feel that a place that
has graffiti everywhere is a safe
place to live, work or shop.
Graffiti is located often on

Okeechobee News/Diane Timmons

Gentle is the key
Dennis Reis, Horse Whisperer, showed Okeechobee on
Saturday, April 26, how to properly handle a horse. His
techniques were applauded and accepted warmly by the

UKeecnobee News/uiane immons

Easy as it looks
Dennis and Deborah Reis, Horse Whisperers, showed the
audience just how easy it was to persuade their horses to
do as they wanted at the 'No Dust Tour,' Saturday, April 26
at the Okeechobee Agri Civic Center.

Policeman saves

newborn on roadside

PALMETTO-Authorities say
a newborn left abandoned near
a wooded area in west-central
Florida is alive thanks to the sharp
eye of a retired police captain.
Randy Petroskey says at first he
thought the baby was a doll lay-
ing in the grass near a busy road
in Palmetto, a community near
Florida's Gulf Coast.
But when a toe wiggled, the
retired Bradenton Police captain
wrapped the boy in an old Ohio

trains and other transportation
such as cars and trucks as well as
traffic signs and public property.
Governments and businesses
have to pay to clean up, replace
or cover up graffiti.
The National Board of Realtors
estimates that $15,000,000 was
spent to clean up graffiti last year.
Everybody in the world is af-
fected by graffiti. It can cause the
increase of taxes, loss of property

value and fear of gang activity as-
sociated with graffiti.
Additional stories will follow
with the other ideas from the
local YMS and OMS students.
Watch for them daily.
Post your opinions In the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Chauna Agullar can be
reached at


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help. The boy is healthy and ex-
pected to survive.
Police say the child was likely
delivered in the woods Friday and
immediately abandoned. They
are searching for the mother, who
they say may need medical atten-
Florida law allows parents to
leave newborn children at fire
and ambulance stations and hos-
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The 'No Dust Tour', held at the Agri Civic Center on Sat-
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Horse Whisperers Dennis and Deborah Reis, the show
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Supplemental Notice from Miami-Dade County Circuit Court
The Engle Class Action was filed in 1994 and went to trial against the tobacco industry in4July 1998.
Howard A. Engle, M.D., et al., (Plaintiffs) v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, Philip Morris, Inc., Brown
& Williamson Tobacco Corp., individually and as successor to American Tobacco Co., Lorillard Tobacco
Co., Lorillard, Inc., Liggett Group, Inc., Brooke Group Holdings, Inc. f/k/a Brooke Group, Ltd., Inc.,
Council fobr Tobacco Research U.S.A. and Tobacco Institute (Defendants), Case No. 94-08273 CA (22)
Dade County Circuit Court. This Notice addresses a distinct, unprecedented monetary fund (the "Engle
Trust Fund") created for the class by Susan and Stanley Rosenblatt, counsel for the class.
THE TRUST FUND .. ... ...
You may be qualified tod receive money from the Engle Trust Fund if you (or your decedent) have suffered,
presently suffer, or have died from diseases and medical conditions (listed below) caused by addiction to
cigarettes that contained nicotine. The disease or medical condition must have been first diagnosed
or first manifested itself on or before November 21, 1996. YOU MUST REGISTER NO LATER THAN
be required to submit contemporaneous, verifiable proof to support your claim. You will also be required

to submit your claim under penalty of perjury.
aortic aneurysm
bladder cancer
cerebrovascular disease (including stroke)
cervical cancer
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
COPD (including emphysema)

kidney cancer
laryngeal (throat or voice box) cancer
lung cancer (including adenocarcinoma,
large cell carcinoma, small cell
carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma)
complications of pregnancy

coronary heart disease (miscarriage)
(including cardiovascular disease, oral cavity/tongue cancer
hardening of the arteries, atherosclerosis, pancreatic cancer
coronary artery disease and peripheral vascular disease
arteriosclerosis, angina, abnormal blood (including Buerger's disease)
clotting, blood vessel damage, myocardial pharyngeal cancer
infarction (heart attack)) stomach cancer
esophageal (throat) cancer

At the hearing on April 15, 2008, the Court set a schedule for the allocation and distribution of the.
Engle Trust Fund. Qualified Engle class members MUST register by mail or online no later than
June 16, 2008, to be eligible to receive a share of the Engle Trust Fund. Registration does not assure
qualification to share in the Engle Trust Fund.
Individuals who received a copy of this Notice by mail should have also received a copy of the Registration
Form that must be submitted by the June 16, 2008, deadline. To obtain another Registration Form, if
necessary, contact the Claims Administrator toll-free at 1 (888) 420-1666; send an email to; send a written request to Engle Trust Fund, c/o The Garden City
Group, Inc., P.O. Box 013241, Miami, FL 33101; or download a copy of the Registration Form at Alternatively, class members may submit Registration Forms online at no later than midnight on June 16, 2008.
The Claims Administrator will mail letters acknowledging receipt of each Registration Form. The letters
will request and identify all additional information and paperwork necessary to determine whether you
qualify for a share of the Engle Trust Fund. The letter will also provide specific information regarding
deadlines. Class member paperwork must be submitted to the Claims Administrator by August 1, 2008.
Distribution by the Claims Administrator shall be equally made on a per smoker basis.
You may hire counsel, at your own expense, to represent your interests in connection with the allocation
and distribution of the Engle Trust Fund money or the Court-appointed Trustee will determine how your
interests will be represented. If you have an attorney who represents you (or your decedent) with
regard to a tobacco claim, please consult your attorney regarding this notice and the applicable
registration and claims deadlines.
Do not call or write the Court, the Trustee or the Clerk of the Court for further information. Any
inquiries or questions concerning this Notice or the distribution and allocation process should be
directed to the Claims Administrator by toll-free phone at 1 (888) 420-1666; by email to; or by sending a written request to Engle Trust Fund, c/o The
Garden City Group, Inc., P.O. Box 013241, Miami, FL 33101.
DONE and ORDERED this 18th day of April 2008
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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!
SPEAK OUT: I've noticed in the past and believe me, I follow
your column a lot that sometimes when people have questions,
sometimes you answer them and sometimes you leave it up to the
public to call in and answer that person. I am asking you point blank
to answer this question. Who is dictating us to go to digital TV? Is it the
president? Or is it the heads of the cable companies? Who is dictating
this to us that we have to change in like a year and completely get off
antenna TV? Editors note: The digital change is set for February 2009.
Your antenna TV will still work, but you will need a converter box.
The change was mandated by the U.S. Congress with the approval
of then-President Bill Clinton. According to the government web site,
the switch from analog to digital broadcast television is referred to as
the digital TV (DTV) transition. In 1996, the U.S. Congress authorized
.the distribution of an additional broadcast channel to each broad-
cast TV station so that they could start a digital broadcast channel
while simultaneously continuing their analog broadcast channel.
Later, Congress mandated that Feb. 17, 2009 would be the last day
for full-power television stations to broadcast in analog. Broadcast
stations in all U.S. markets are currently broadcasting in both analog
and digital. After February 17, 2009, full-power television stations will
broadcast in digital only. An important benefit of the switch to all-
digital broadcasting is that it will free up parts of the valuable broad-
cast spectrum for public safety communications (such as police, fire
departments, and rescue squads). Also, some of the spectrum will be
auctioned to companies that will be able to provide consumers with
more advanced wireless services (such as wireless broadband).
Consumers also benefit because digital broadcasting allows sta-
tions to offer improved picture and sound quality, and digital is much
more efficient than analog. For example, rather than being limited to
providing one analog program, a broadcaster is able to offer a super
sharp "high definition" (HD) digital program or multiple "standard
definition" (SD) digital programs simultaneously through a process
called "multicasting." Multicasting allows broadcast stations to of-
fer several channels of digital programming at the same time, using
the same amount of spectrum required for one analog program. So,
for example, while a station broadcasting in analog on channel 7 is
only able to offer viewers one program, a station broadcasting in
digital on channel 7 can offer viewers one digital program on chan-
nel 7-1, a second digital program on channel 7-2, a third digital pro-
gram on channel 7-3, and so on. This means more programming
choices for viewers. Further, DTV can provide interactive video and
data services that are not possible with analog technology. Because
Congress mandated that the last day for full-power television sta-
tions to broadcast in analog would be Feb. 17, 2009, over-the-air TV
broadcasts will be in digital only after that date. If you have one or
more televisions that receive free over-the-air television program-
ming (with a roof-top antenna or "rabbit ears" on the TV), the type of
TV you own is very important. A digital television (a TV with an inter-
nal digital tuner) will allow you to continue to watch free over-the-air
programming after Feb. 17, 2009. However, if you have an analog
television, you will need a digital-to-analog c6nverter box to continue
to watch broadcast television on that set. This converter box will also
enable you to see any additional multicast programming that your
local stations are offering. To help consumers with the DTV transi-
tion, the Government established the Digital-to-Analog Converter Box
Coupon Program. The National Telecommunications and Informa-
tion Administration (NTIA), a part of the Department of Commerce,
administers this program. Every U.S. household is eligible to receive
up to two coupons, worth $40 each, toward the purchase of eligible
digital-to-analog converter boxes. Beginning in January of this year,
the NTIA has begun accepting applications for coupons. The cou-
pons may only be used for eligible converter boxes sold at participat-
ing consumer electronics retailers, and the coupons must be used at
the time of purchase. Manufacturers estimate that digital-to-analog
converter boxes will sell from $40 to $70 each. This is a one-time
cost. For more information on the Digital-to-Analog Converter Box
Coupon Program, visit, or call 1-888-388-2009
(voice) or 1-877-530-2634 (TTY). Cable and satellite TV subscribers
with analog TVs hooked up to their cable or satellite service should
not be affected by the Feb. 17, 2009 cut-off date for full-power analog
BUDGET CUTS: A whole bunch of people have called in about
services that have been cut due to the budget cuts in order to save
some tax money. Well thank God that the budgets are being cut,
because they are out of control. There are too many police stations,
too many fire stations, there are too many city officials and too many
county officials. We need to cut back further on the budgets because
government spending is out of control. Thank God for the budget
cuts. I am happy that I can save a few hundred dollars and I hope that
I can save a few hundred dollars next year. If that means cutting back
on some of these outrageously funded government jobs and
services that are totally useless then so be it.
KIDS ON THE STREET: I feel that Okeechobee County should
open up a skating rink, game room for kids. The reason we have so
much trouble and gangs over here, is because this county does not
want to do one thing to keep the kids off of the street and give them a
good place to be. It takes a bar to have to open up one night a month
to give the kids a place to go. That is a crying shame. County com-
missioners, law enforcement people think about this, election time
is coming.

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Reflections from the Pulpit

By Rev. Randy Huckabee
Pastor, First Baptist Church
"I do not pray. for these alone,
but also for those who will be-
lieve in Me through their word;
that they all may be one, as You,
Father, are in Me, and 1 in You;
that they also may be one in Us,
that the world may believe that
You sent Me. And the glory which
You gave Me I have given them,
that they may be one just as We
are one: I in them, and You in Me;
that they may be made perfect in
one, and that the world may know
that You have sent Me, and have
loved them as You have loved Me.
John 17:20-23
What would Jesus say about
the kind of faith you are express-
ing in your life choices? When
you turn the television or radio
on, we hear a lot about faith and
how if we had more, we could
do unbelievable things! The fact
is, if you are a follower of Jesus
Christ, you have all the faith you
will. ever need. You have all the
faith in you that you can ever pos-
sibly possess. The moment Christ
comes into your life and lives
you His life:, you have everything
that Christ possesses. You have
His mind; you have His life; you
have His faith. He has given us ac-
cess to every source and resource
He has. There is no reason to go
through life begging Him to give
you more of anything.
The problem many of us have
with the Christian life is that we
think that there is still a lot that He
has not given us and He will give
us more of Himself as we get to
know Him better. Jesus makes it
clear in John 17 as He prayed for
us that we have all of Him that is
possible to know. He has given us
all of His glory, wisdom, knowl-
edge and power. We have been
given the mind of Christ! We have
all the faith we need as He is our
faith and dispenses faith through
,Most of the time, we are too
fearful of what others think or of
the unknown. Hence, we stay in

our comfort zone and miss huge
blessings. God size opportunities
and blessings come to those who
have God size faith! This means
we cannot always rationalize or
justify the step we take; we have
to trust His guidance. Taking huge
steps will often not have the ap-
proval of family and friends as
they may not have the heart of
God or their ear in tune with His
voice. If God is clearly speaking
to you, trust His heart and step
out in His faith. With each step
of faith we take, He gives us con-
firmation and blessing to take the
next one.
We often talk about faith, but
it is not often that we choose to
live by faith. We have been given
the life of God and He can make
a huge difference in how we
choose to live. The Christian life
is not about something we get
one day when we die. We have
been given all we need to live the
life now. He is calling each of us
to live in a manner that is worthy
of the high calling placed on our
lives. There are those watching
you and me wondering if God re-
ally does make a difference in our
lives. When we find ourselves in
a crisis with no clear solution or
answer, do we choose to walk in
faith and rest in His promises and
sovereignty? Or do you choose to
fret, worry and wonder if God is
hearing you?
The world is looking for a
Savior that makes a genuine dif-
ference in life. They want to trust
someone they know will not let
them down. He is author and fin-
isher of all faith. Is He making a
difference in you? Are you choos-
ing to appropriate the faith He has
given you? Will you walk by faith
this weekend? Are you willing to
get out of the boat and go against
the grain and common sense of
the world? When we take a God
size step of faith; God not only
smiles, He is there to provide all
you need to see His hand at work
in your life!

Community Calendar

Sunday, April 27
AA. 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
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 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 SeniorSingers meet at 9:30a.m. atthe 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.
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 AA. Meeting in Basinger: There is now an A.A. meeting in
Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Brethren
Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.

Community Events.

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 hat 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 High-
way 98 on Monday, April 28, at 6 p.m. For more information, please
call 863-763-6469.
'Ministry sponsors fishing tournament
Freedom Outreach Ministry is Sponsoring a Monthly Fishing Tour-
nament. This Month the Tournament will take place on Sunday, April
27 at Sportmens Canal. Registration is $70 per boat, and there is a $10
big fish pot. You can fish by yourself or with a partner. Tournament
begins at Safe Light until 2 p.m. For More Information, Please call -
532-1718 or 634-3790.

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

Benefit for 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 from noon until ? Auc-
tion will start at 3 p.m. All proceeds willbe used to help out in all finan-
cial matters. Barbecue chicken or pork dinner for $6. For information
call Happy Hour at 863-467-6420.


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Biological remedies sought Livestock Market Report

to control aquatic weeds

GAINESVILLE, Fla. Years of
aggressive hydrilla control efforts
have paid off for some Florida
communities unfortunately,
their success against the invasive
aquatic weed has had unintended
benefits for a more troublesome
plant, says a University of Florida
expert who's researching insects
and diseases that might help con-
trol the upstart.
For the past decade Hygrophila
polysperma a southern Asian
plant known as "hygrophila" for
short has been taking over
the ecological niche left when
hydrilla was eradicated from wa-
terways, said Jim Cuda, a UF as-
sociate professor of entomology.
It's now a significant problem in
South and Central Florida.
Like hydrilla, hygrophila (high-
GRAW-fill-uh) was sold as an
aquarium plant, got into Florida
waters decades ago and managed
to survive. But the similarities end
there, he said.
Hydrilla is strictly a water
weed, and can be controlled with
herbicides, hungry grass carp or
mechanical harvesting. Hygro-
phila can grow fully submerged
or up on river banks. Herbicides
aren't very effective against hygro-
phila, grass carp don't like it, and
mechanical harvesting breaks its
stems into tiny pieces, each capa-
ble of spawning a new plant.
Given that grim scenario, Mr.
Cuda and colleagues with UF's
Institute of Food and Agricultural
Sciences are hoping to get help
from nature-they're looking for
natural enemies that attack the
plant on its home turf in India.
"There aren't any good, cost-
effective management options for
hygrophila," said Mr. Cuda, who
leads the project. "That;s why
there's interest in biological con-
Biological control is the prac-
tice of battling invasive organisms
with their natural enemies. It's the
focus of Mr. Cuda's research, and
he specializes in using insects to
curtail plants running amok in
Last fall, Mr. Cuda and en-
tomology graduate -student Ab-
hishek Mukherjee made a collect-
ing trip to several Indian states,
described in an article published
in the spring issue of Aquatics,
journal of the Florida Aquatic
Plant Management Society.
The researchers found evi-
dence of at least one insect
Mukherjee hopes to capture on
a return trip this summer. They
also collected samples of wild
hygrophila that are now being
genetically analyzed to determine
if they're identical to plants found
in Florida.
If so, that would mean insects
and diseases found in the same
parts of India would have a better
chance of attacking the hygrophi-
la found in Florida. If not, the re-
searchers may need to save time
and move on. That's because
natural enemies are sometimes
so highly adapted to a host plant's
genetics that they'll ignore plants
of the same species if they come
from a different geographic area
and, as a result, have minor ge-
netic differences.
Saving time is a big consider-
ation in biological control, be-
cause it takes so much laboratory
research to confirm that natural
enemies will attack their intended
target, and even more research to
show that they won't go hog-wild
over other plants such as food
The UF team which in-
cludes Mr. Cuda, Mukherjee and
Bill Overholt, also a UF associate
professor of entomology re-
cently discovered that the larvae
of a native moth species will feed
on hygrophila.
The moth has no value as a
biological control agent because
it isn't host-specific the larvae
attack more than 60 plants and
is unlikely to put a dent in hygro-

AP photo/University of Florida/
IFAS/Thomas Wright
Entomologist Jim Cuda,
left, and graduate student
Abhishek Mukherjee exam-
ine Hygrophila polysperma
plants at Cuda's laboratory
in Gainesville Wednesday,
April 16, 2008. An invasive
weed that can live in or near
water, it has become a signifi-
cant problem in Central and
South Florida. The research-
ers have launched a program
to identify insects that may
help control the plant.
phila populations. But it can be a
great research tool in the labora-
tory, Mr. Cuda said.
"We can use this insect ex-
perimentally, to see if an insect
that defoliates the plant in India
would have any value as a control
method," he said.
By putting hygrophila in en-
closures with various numbers
of moth larvae, researchers can
learn whether loss of leaves has
any long-term effect on the plant,
or if it just bounces back. If it's the
latter, they'll need to focus their
efforts on natural enemies that
do something more than munch
Speaking of native organisms,
hygrophila closely resembles na-
tive alligatorweed, Mr. Cuda said.
So residents who think they've
found a patch in local waters
should report the location to their
county extension office, which
can be found at Extension agents
will make sure an expert checks
the site to determine the plant's
And, despite its unwelcome
presence, residents should not try
to eradicate hygrophila on their
own, Mr. Cuda said. There's too
much chance something will go
awry, causing further environ-
mental harm.
In the United States, hygrophi-
la is currently growing wild only
in Florida and Texas. It's been
officially confirmed in 10 Florida
counties, though Mr. Cuda sus-
pects it's present in at least 20.
Previous research indicates the
weed can survive cold climates,
and could potentially spread as
far as hydrilla did from Dela-
ware to Florida, all along the Gulf
Coast, and north to Washington
In Texas, hygrophila has al-
ready become established in two
lakes and a river system, said
Marcos De Jesus, a state fisher-
ies biologist with the Texas Parks
and Wildlife Department. But
right now, the population is small
enough that other invasive aquat-
ic weeds take priority.
"The money goes into chemi-
cal control or mechanical re-
moval of these other species and
hygrophila hasn't spread enough
to warrant a lot of attention," said
De Jesus, in San Marcos, Texas.
But the situation could change,
he said. One of the places hygro-
phila is established is in the San
Marcos River, a springfed system
that's home to Texas wild rice,
a plant found nowhere else on

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Speech winners
Central Elementary School Fourth Grade Tropicana Speech Contest winners were Olivia
Hartwell, "Polar Bear," 3rd Place; Rachel Williams, "Legacy of UF" Honorable Mention;
Marjon Librando "Autism," 1st Place: Rumor Juarez, "Softball," 2nd Place: Chelsey Merritt
"Turner Syndrome," Honorable Mention.

Engagement Announcements

Matthews Stokes
Gill and Karen Matthews of Okeechobee are proud to announce
the engagement of their daughter Cassandra Matthews to Matthew
Stokes of Okeechobee.
The prospective groom is the son of Robert and Darlene Stokes of
The wedding is planned for May 31, 2008.
The bride to be is a 2001 graduate of Okeechobee High School.
The groom is a 1999 graduate of Okeechobee High School.
After the wedding the couple will reside in Okeechobee.

Gloria May Chandler Chandler of Akron, Ohio. Also
Gloria May Chandler, age surviving are four daughters,
81 of Okeechobee, died Satur- Helen Beal of Sebring, Shirley
day, April 26, 2008 at her resi- Chandler of Port St. Lucie, Bea
dence. (Sinan) Genc, and' Patti Chan-
A resident of Okeechobee dler, all of Parkersburg, W.Va.
for 25 years, she enjoyed bin- She is also survived by sev-
go, reading and video games. eral grandchildren and great
Born on January 15, 1927 In children.
Akron, Ohio to Frank and Olive
Manchester, Mrs. Chandler is No services are planned
survived by her husband, Ray; and all arrangements are .un-
three sons, John Chandler of der the direction and care of
Stuart, Jeff Chandler of Cuya- the Buxton Funeral Home and
hoga Falls, Ohio, and Ronnie Crematory.

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say or do.
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actions and
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Throughout a day we have a multi-
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from the trivial to the much more life
altering. Our thoughts are a powerful
thing. What we choose to do with our
lives begins with that, one single
thought. Negative thoughts produce
negative results. For years I hated the
job I was in. Every morning I would
wake up and just think how much I
didn't want to go to work, how miser-
able I was. What I didn't realize is that
I had the power to change the position
I was in. What I should have done was
focus on the good parts of my job. For
example I enjoyed the company of my
coworkers. The concept of my job I
enjoyed. It was just how it was dis-
tributed that made it miserable. I was
so unhappy that my vision of work
was obscured. I couldn't think of any-
thing except all the negative aspects of
my job, therefore my life and my
tomorrows were a negative blur.
The thought for today is:
Your thoughts today create your life

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and Logan Evans, "Black Gold," 1st Place.

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the 117th day of 2008. There
are 249 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in His-
Five years ago: A Soyuz
rocket carrying American as-
tronaut Edward Lu and Russian
cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko
blasted off for the international
space station. Actor Charlton
Heston, diagnosed with symp-
toms of Alzheimer's disease,
made his last appearance as

president of the National Rifle
Association during a conven-
tion in Orlando, Fla., where he
briefly, thanked the member-
One year ago: The Senate
joined the House in clearing
legislation calling for the with-
drawal of U.S. troops from Iraq
to begin by Oct. 1, 2007, with a
goal of a complete pullout six
months later. (President Bush
vetoed the measure.) Eight
Democratic presidential hope-

fuls gathered in' Orangeburg,
S.C., for their first debate of the
2008 campaign, during which
they heaped criticism on Presi-
dent Bush's Iraq policy. Former
White House aide and movie
industry lobbyist Jack Valenti
died in Washington at age 85.
Thought for Today:
"Whatever crushes individual-
ity is despotism, by whatever
name it may be called." John
Stuart Mill, English political phi-
losooher (1806-1873).

At the Movies

The following movies are Theatre II "Leatherheads" 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
now showing at the Brahman (PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at 7 and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
Theatres III. Movie times for Fri- and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday p.m.
day, April 25, through Thursday, at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at Tickets are $5.50 for adults;
May 1, are as follows: 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday2 and under are $4.50;
Theatre I-"21" (PG-13) Show- and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9tizens are $4.50 for all
senior citizens are $4.50 for all
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Fraud Line at 1-800-220-5424,
and/or The Better Business
Bureau, 800-464-6331 for pre-
vious complaints.
Auctions 105
Car Pool 110
Share a ride 115
Card of Thanks 120
In Memoriam 125
Found 130
Lost 135
Give Away 140
Garage/Yard Sale 145
Personals 150
Special Notices 155
900 Numbers 160

OKEE. COUNTY Male 64 yrs
old seeks Christian female
age 50-60 yrs old for tele-
phone companion. Who may
be interested in: Walks, Bike
riding, Flying, Fishing, Mo-
vies, Bible reading, Travel &
Gardening. Non smoker &
non drinker. Call Lee
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Employment -
Ful-Time 205
Employment -
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Employment -
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Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230

in a busy cardiology office.
Medical knowledge & exp.
needed, Exc. benefit plan
offered. Fax resume to
863-467-8708 or
call 863-467-9400
Seeks Semi-Truck Driver
CDL-A Equipment Operator
year round (772)546-4191

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Child Care Offered415
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Air Conditioners 505
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Appliance Parts 520
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Books & Magazines 535
'Building Materials540'
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Carpets/Rugs 550
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Crafts/Supplies 585
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Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
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Heating Equipment/
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Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage i; 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaineous .655
Musical Instruments 660
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Photography 75
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Equipment -690
Satellite '695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stere Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Toolois 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs : "'735
Wanted to Buy 740

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when you can
own a Shed for
the same Price.
Call Stanton
Homes at

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

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Okeechobee, FL
(next to UPS store)

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shots, inclds Rabies, 1F, 1M,
CKC, sweet, great w/kids,
$250 ea (863)610-1863
Shih Tzu Puppies For Sale
1 male and 1 female left,
health cert. and 1st shots,
10 wks. old (863)214-1906


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
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supples 860
Flowers 865

Hay For Sale
Top quality
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yrs old, needs experienced
rider. $1000 (863)634-3872
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Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Property 915
Townhouses Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955.
Storage Space -
Rent 960

rent. (863)763-7783 or
IN TOWN 2BR/1.5BA, $750
mo., 1st & last, annual lease,
no pets, w/d, clean.
NEW 2 BR, 26 BA Apt., All
major apple's. 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, 2bi;
1ba, $625. mo. + 1st, Last,
Sec. & Annual lease.

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

3708 NW 30th Avenue
3 Bedroom
/ *2 Bath

, 1,862 Sq. Ft.


Solar H20 Heater
Greenblock Insulated Concrete Form
Water Efficiency
Fresh Air Makeup into A/C System
Low-Volatile Organic Compound Paints

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

3268 N 26th Avenue
* 3 Bedroom
2 Bath i
2-Car Garage
1,862 Sq. Ft.

3346 NW 23rd Avenue
3 Bedroom

1,420 Sq. Ft.

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

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

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

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
REMOIDELED 2/1, 2 story
screened porch, very clean,
no pets. $700/mo, 1st, last
& sec. (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.
(417)848-3424 or
Shop from a gift catalog
that's updated regulaly:
the classifieds.
Grab a bargain from your
neighbor's garage,
attic, basement or clos-
et In today's classifieds.
How do you find a job In
today's competitive
market? In the employ-
ment section of the clas-

Newly renovated
building across
from courthouse.
(2) 475 sq. ft.
offices available
for immediate

back room. $695/mo.
Includes lawn maintenance.
How fast can your car
go? It can go even faster
when you sell it in the

Brand New 3/2/2
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 serve. 407
SE 8th St. (863)467-0658
BHR 3br, 2ba,
1800 sf, Lake Access
$950 mo.
BRAND NEW 3/2 in Dixie
Ranch Acres, W&D Hookup.
$1100 mo. 1st, last & sec.
White House Plaza
1120 S. Parrot Avenue
2300 sq ft available
810 sq ft available
600 sq ft available
3 br, 2 ba, central heat & air,
city water, $1100 per month
3 br, 2 ha, SW sec, office,
Must See!
Reduced $159,500
Lawrence Real Estate Co.
2br, 2ba, Garage, FL room,
Nice house! Solid construc-
tion. 5265 SE 43rd St.
$650. mo. + $300. Sec.
dep. (772)201-7394
2BA, pool, extras. Must see!
1401 SE 8th Dr. $1300 mo.
1st& sec. (863)885-1347
OKEE. 2br/1ba, unfurnished
duplex. $650/mo + $650
dep. 3624 SE 35th Ave.
OKEE. Affordable. Almost
New Basswood, 3br, 2ba, 2
car gar. $1100. mo. + Sec.
dep. (772)323-4758
OKEE: 3/1 on '/z ac. Renovat-
ed, laundry, C/A/heat, screen
porch, carport. $975 mo, 1st
mo. & dep. Call 305-458-8659
OKEECHOBEE 3br, 2ba,
$1300/mo, 1st & Sec Dep.,
802 SW 3rd Ave.
closed porch, W&D, Ig stor-
age shed, large lot, $850/mo
inclds water (786)201-0306

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

Real Estate i

Business Places
Sale' 1005
Property. Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale1015
Farinms 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 Inspectioni 060
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

Sat. 4/26 10am-4pm,
Sun. 4/27 12pm-4pm
or By Appt.
Brand New Home 3br,
2ba, 2 car gar.
BASSWOOD: 3/1, Frame, Tile
Floors, Nice Deck, Lg. Lot.
3458 NW 26th Ave. $97,000
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 RIty (561)385-7888

Brand New Home
3br, 2ba, 2 car gar.
Sat. 4/26 1Oam-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.
When doing those chores
Is doing you in, it's time
to look for a helper In
the classifieds.


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

Available Immediately 3BR,
2BA dbl wide, 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, 1br 1ba,
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
Mobile Homes For Rent
2 and 3 Bedrooms
Easy Payments
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

Mobile Home Angels
Mobile Home For Sale
On Large Lot
Owner Financing

Recreation |

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
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


Automobiles 4005
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
cab, extended bed, silver, CD
player, great for hauling
$3500 (863)697-0096

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

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any item you may be sell-
inn with a classified ad.

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Okeechobee Utility Authority
100 SW Sith Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 3,1974-4221
863,763.9460 Tel
863.763.9036 Fax
Sealed BIDS for:
The construction of a new SE-2 Lift Station and Gravity Sewer Rehabilitation for the
Okeechobee Utility'Authoritv consisting of. but not limited to. ingtal ine 24" gravity
sewer manholes, lateral hiring and construction of a 3.0 MGD Triolex Lift Station.
Bids will be received by the Okeechobee Utility Authority at the office of John Hay-
ford. Executive Director. 100 SW 5th Avenue. Okeechobee, FL 34974 until 400 PM
local time May 29 2008. and then at said office, will be publicly opened and read
The CONTRACT DOCUMENTS will nat be available until April 30, 2008. The CON-
TRACT DOCUMENTS may be examined after the availability date at the following lo-
Okeechobee Utility Authority
100 SW 5th Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34974
Boyle Engineering Corp.
3550 SW Corporate Pkwy
Palm City, FL 34990
Boyle Engineering Corp.
421 NW 3rd Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972
Thie CONTRACT DOCUMENTS may be obtained fat tie Boyle Engineering Corp. offic-
es located at either 421 NW 3rd Street Okeeclobee, FL 34972 or 355SWCu -
EraePwav.inlUmtyFL 34990 upon payment of $150,00 for each set.
There will be a Pre-Bid meeting held on May 15, 2008 at 1:30 PM in the offices of
the Okeechobee Utility Authority, 100 SW 5tI Avenue, Okeechobee, Flodda, 34974.
271366 ON 4/27,28,29,30;05/01,02,03/08

Okeechobee County Construction Industry
Licensing Board
The Okeechobee County Construction Industry Licensing Board will hold a public
meeting on Tuesday, May 6, 2008, @ 3:30 RM. The public meeting will be held
at the Okeecliobee County Cnrommission Chambers, located at the Okeechrobee
County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Steet, Okeechliobee, Florida. For more infornma-
tion, contact Barbara Cash at file Planning and Development Department. 499
N.W. 51th Street, Okeeclihobee, Florid a 34972; (863) 763-5548
All interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public meeting.
Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Licensing Board with respect
to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure that a verbatim
record of tlie proceeding is made and that the record includes inn testimony and
evidence upon which tle appeal will be based. Planning and Development tapes
are for Ithe sole purpose of backup for official record of the Departmlent
Bailbara Cash, Secretary to Board
Okeechobee County Construction
Industry Licensing BIaid
270512 ON /2127/2008

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Jensen tougher than expected
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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Senior Mary Fluff was looking
for an earring she had lost during
warm up drills before the game.
She then seemed to lose her
dominant stuff during the game.
Jensen Beach rebounded from
a loss to Okeechobee just seven
days prior to Friday's regional
semifinal game, to win, 2-1, over
the host and mostly stunned
Huff, who was knittable in
defeating Jensen in the district
championship game on April
18, allowed ten hits, including a
homerun, that turned out to be
the decisive blow in the game.
Jensen Beach battled in the
game as they scored in the top
of the first and never allowed
Okeechobee to take a lead.
In the first, Page Blakenship
doubled to left field with one out.
She scored when Kristin Moon
blooped a double into short cen-
ter field. Huff rebounded and got
the next two outs.
Okeechobee tied the game in
the bottom of the first as Naomi
Stevens singled, was sacrificed to
second by Elia Suarez, and scored
on a line drive single to center by
Huff. Lauren Cordodski made a
strong throw to the plate and Ste-
vens narrowly beat the tag to tie
the score, 1-1.
Jensen continued to make
solid contact on Huff in the next
few innings. Mary had allowed
just one hit in 17 innings of work
in her past three games. She al-
lowed eight hits over the first five
innings in this game.
Jensen had two hits in the top
of the third but ran themselves out
of a scoring opportunity. Howev-
er Moon made up for that with a
lead off homerun to left center to
lead off the fourth. Jensen loaded
the bases, thanks to base hits by
Jessica Casata, Cordodski, and
Brianna Matuzsek.
With the game possibly on the
line Huff retired Allie Bane and
then got Erin Brickson to bounce
into a home to first double play.
Huff might not have had her
best stuff, but she had enough'
stuff to keep the Brahmans in
the game. She allowed base run-
ners in six of the seven innings,
but pitched well enough to give
Okeechobee's batters a chance.
However, Okeechobee just
couldn't get it going at the plate.
Jensen starting pitcher Kayla
Lyons got into a groove after the
first inning: At one pint she re-
tired 13 in a row. The only blem-
ish was a second inning walk is-
sued to Taylor Douglas.
Jensen got two runners aboard
in the fifth but failed to score as
Moon fouled out to first and Casa-
ta bounced into a fielders choice
on a nice stop by Stevens in the
hole at shortstop.
Okeechobee went down qui-
etly in the final innings. Lauren
Throop hit a couple of hard shots
in the sixth but they curved foul.
Okeechobee went 1-2-3 in the
seventh with Taylor Douglas, who
had hit a homerun in the district
championship game, grounding
out weakly to second to end the
Lady Brahman's dream of a sec-
ond straight trip to the state tour-
There was a huge crowd of
supporters for both teams. Fri-
day's game was the fourth meet-
ing between the two schools this
year. Okeechobee won the mid-
dle two games by scores of 6-1,
and 6-1. Jensen Beach won the

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Jordan Marcum (left) watches the action as Page Blakenship
stands at second during the first inning of Jensen Beach's
2-1 victory Friday night.
opening game, 3-1. who defeated Arch Bishop Mc-
The winner goes on to play Carthy, 3-0 in the other regional
Pembroke Pines Charter School semifinal game Friday afternoon.

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(772) 460-5501 (863) 357-4138

Community and Friends ...
The Renfranz Family wishes to thank the
Okeechobee Community, Friends and Family every-
where for their outpouring of prayer, concern, help,
food, fellowship, guidance and remembrance given to
our family following the passing of our son, Eli Wiam Renfraso app
the support given fro ~nyourhearts. It is God's love in action.I cin' each
individually, please know that we are thankful or each and kindness
prayer for our family.
We always knew Eli was special from the time he was an infant It is suchblessinig
many hundreds of other people knew that Eli was special too. Eli was loved and he1,
loved ple and everyone knew it. His kindness for people was genuine, his shining
from his heart even during his darkest hours.
It is important forEli's friendsandschoolmates to know that there were no clear
reasons or causes or li's action that we or anyone will ever understand in this w(
was nothinghat ayo could have one to prevent Eli's passi.g,'o one is to blar
should feel aiy guili Eli wasthoughtjl r sitive, but

to those who need and want it,. butmay not be able to afford'it
There will be a lot of happy kids tnd skaters. Eli's skatde~fr"
are putting together a non-competitive Free Skate in memory of
Eli. It is tentatively scheduled for June~21st at the Skatepark -
the day before Eli's 18th birthday. Final plans will be
iThe Reinfranz Family asks that anyone who has a personal
rememberance of Eli, please go to
and leave a memory or conmunent before that site closes down.
Those memories are so wonderful for us to have. We are so glad
that others shared our love of Eli.
Don, Lisa, John and Marie Renfranz, Christy & Tyler
Williams and Amy & Kevin Renfranz-Patterson

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