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honey (FL-16), will hold office
hours on Wednesday, April 30,
2008 at the Okeechobee County
Library located at 206 SW 16th
Street, Okeechobee, FL 34974.
Office hours are from noon to
The Congressional office
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assistance with federal matters
such as academy nominations,
grants, Washington tours and
assistance in dealing with fed-
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Rural Mobility Plan to iden-
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needs and opportunities for the
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workshops will be interactive
exchanges of information on
the Heartland Region's mobil-
ity issues, needs and potential
improvements. A workshop is
planned for Wednesday, April
30, from. 4 to 6 p.m. in the
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'Moving violation': A prom nightma]
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Evan King and Andrea Duenas were among the students who took part in the filming
of "A moving violation."
Film shows dangers of alcohol
By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee High School's
prom is Saturday night. Several
of the classes of 2008s top stu-
dents were out Monday morn-
ing making an important video
that could make that night
Class Valedictorian Evan
King, Will Davis, Mary Huff,
Cassie Murray and Andrea
Duenas, with the assistance of
teacher Patti Mullins and Dean
Gina Davis worked for the past
three weeks putting together
the event which is designed to
help their fellow students real-
ize the dangers of drinking and
Okeechobee C6unty Sheriff
Paul May and Major Noel Ste-
phen were also on hand to ob-
serve and encourage the kids.
The Sheriff noted this is a very
important thing. He noted.as a
Florida Highway Patrol trooper
he saw way too many alcohol
related crashes, and some of
them were on prom night.
"We will have extra deputies
on the roads Saturday night,
but I've seen some bad wrecks,
we have some kids here who
are working very hard to pre-
vent these types of tragedies.
We've gotten a lot of coopera-
tion from these students," the
Media specialist Jim Lazano
video taped the film, and John's
Towing donated a wrecked ve-
hicle for the production. They
called it "A moving violation."
Advisor Patti Mullins said the
kids have really worked hard
on this project. She said they
found out about three weeks
ago that OHS was in the top 10
of finalists for a grant from the
federal government to help in
the efforts to stop drunk driving
"This is important to me.
I have a child who will attend
prom this year. Whatever we
can do to make kids realize the
importance of not drinking and
driving, is important," she said.
Ms. Mullins said the kids
were very inspired and worked
hard on this endeavor. They
received proclamations from
Okeechobee County Com-
missioners last week and will
receive a similar proclamation
from Mayor Jim Kirk on May 6.
She thanked Ms. Davis for
all her assistance in this video
Healthy Start hosts shower
By Chauna Aguilar
On Friday, April 25, local
mothers-to-be gathered at the
baby shower hosted by the
Healthy Start Coalition and Flor-
ida Community Health Centers
at the American Legion hall.
Participants enjoyed break-
fast, lunch, door prizes, give-
aways, and information on
various topics to get ready for
their new additions to arrive.
At each booth, the partici-
pants were given small gifts
and another ticket for individu-
al door prizes in common with
the topic at the given booth.
Sondra Fulford and Regina
Crenshaw from the Florida
Community Health Center
(FCHC), volunteered their
time to offer dental facts to the
mother's to be.
Angela Kelly and Chaka Mull
from the Okeechobee County
Health Department (OCHD)
provided tobacco education.
Stacie Sharpe and Patricia
Pelayo from OCHD gave the
mothers information about
Barbara Godejohn and Jen-
nifer Davis provided general in-
formation on women's health
and healthy start. Julie Tinsley,
from Psychotherapy Associates
educated the mothers-to-be
about the realities of postpar-
Star Frances and Norma San-
doval from Healthy Families lent
the mothers advice concerning
Shaken Baby Syndrome and
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
From Healthy Start and
Women, Infants, and Children
(WIC) Linda Weir and Yesenia
Perez spoke to the mothers
Joanie Moffatt and Colleen
Hollett with the Citizens on Pa-
trol (C.O.P.S.) gave advice on
how to make your home safe
for an infant.
Becky Smith with Healthy
Start demonstrated car seat
See Shower Page 2
Congressman Tim Mahon- get its fair share of our federal
ey announced April 24, that tax dollars."
Okeechobee County has been "We very much appreciate
awarded a grant in the amount the assistance from Congress-
of $821,750 from the U.S. De- man Mahoney, Federal Aviation
partment of Transportation. Authority, and Florida Depart-
The grant money will be ap- ment of Transportation in this
plied toward rehabilitating and and all airport improvement
extending the Okeechobee Air- projects they've helped fund
port Runway. This is the second over the past three years," said
grant Congressman Mahoney Vernon Gray, Okeechobee Air-
has secured with the total fund- port Manager.
ing in excess of $2.4 million The Improve Runway Safety
over the past two years. Area Project will provide feder-
"This grant is a vote of confi- al funding for rehabilitation of
dence for Okeechobee County Okeechobee Airport's Runway
and airport management. Given 5. This will' update the exist-
Florida's economic problems," ing runway safety areas from
said Congressman Mahoney, "I a length of 930 feet to the FAA
am pleased to see the county required length of 1000 feet.
with drug fraud
By Eric Kopp
woman had been arrested and
charged with using a bogus
prescription that was illegally
written by a friend to obtain a
Robin Leigh Herrin, 36, N.E.
290th Trail, was charged Mon-
day, April 28, with trafficking
in oxycodone and obtaining a
prescription by fraud. She was
booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail under a bond of
According to an arrest report
at a local
Robin fice, contact-
Herrin ed a friend
ting a prescription for xanax.
SThe friend, Crystal Van-
derMoleIn, also works at a lo-
See Drug -Page 2
UKeecnooee News/unauna Agunar
Star Frances and Norma Sandoval from Healthy Families
participated in the Healthy Start Baby Shower where they
educated mothers-to-be about Shaken Baby Syndrome
and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
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2 Okeechobee News, Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Continued From Page 1.
to and from the fields and for the
time spent waiting at the field for
the tomatoes to dry before they
can start picking.)
Burger King has echoed these
statements and refused to sing a
deal with the coalition, citing anll
array of concerns, including how
the extra money would be distrib-
uted. At one point, Burger King
Vice President Stephen Grover
told reporters he was concerned
that the coalition was keeping the
extra money. Several independent
groups that verified the agree-
ments dismissed the allegations,
Continued From Page 1
cal physician's office but not for
the same doctor as Herrin. Van-
derMolen, 29, S.W 24th Ave.,
Okeechobee, was arrested April
22 by the task force on a felony
charge of obtaining a prescription
by fraud. She was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under a
bond of $5,000.
The arrest report states that
VanderMolen agreed to call in the
prescription to a local pharmacy
if Herrin would take a script for
40, 30mg roxicodone to the same
pharmacy, get it filled then give it
Continued From Page 1
Wanda Klesper, Laura Etherton
and Courtney Crews with Healthy
Families played with the mothers
to demonstrate developmental
Dental care was one of the
booths where a local dentist from
Florida Community Health Center
gave the new moms information
on how to take care of their chil-
The proper usage of toddler
car seats and booster seats. Safety
restrictions suggest that a child
should use a booster seat until
they reach 4 feet 9 inches and 80
pounds, which is usually at least
eight years old.
Other topics discussed includ-
ed: post partum depression, child
safety, domestic violence, and
information on stages of develop-
The Healthy Start Coalition,
Florida Community Health Cen-
ter, Okeechobee High School's
Health Occupation Students of
America (HOSA)'and Teen Action
Parenting (TAP) students and oth-
er community volunteers were in-
volved with the presentations.
Students from HOSA were ac-
companied by their club sponsor
Mrs. Kelchner, the health educa-
tion teacher at OHS. The students
participated by manning booths
where they relayed valuable .in-
formation to the new mothers,
translating for Spanish speaking
and Burger King officials stopped
But the allegations were re-
peated on blog posts, according
to a story published Monday in
The News-Press in Fort Myers.
The paper traced those posts
to the online user name of Gro-
ver's daughter. The girl, who is in
middle school, later confirmed to
the papeher her father had used her
online screen name.
Messages left for Grover at
work and at home by The Associ-
ated Press Monday were not im-
His wife, Susan Grover, did
confirm the screen name was
their daughter's but said she didn't
know if her husband had used it.
Herrin then took the scripts to
the pharmacy, states the report,
and had them filled. She returned
to her place of employment and
was reportedly met in the parking
lot by VanderMolen. She then gave
VanderMolen the roxicodone,
continued the report.
According to the detective's
report, Herrin is not a patient of
the doctor for whom VanderMo-
len works. Also, VanderMolen's
physician did not give her permis-
sion to call in or write a script for
Herrin was charged with traf-
ficking because the combined
weight of the roxicodone pills
was over 4 grams. According to
the arrest report, the pills weighed
participants, serving food, and
many other tasks. Mrs. Godwin
accompanied the TAP students
who also participated in the
The local community made
donations of many items to
make the baby shower a success.
Door prizes included items from
high chairs and portable cribs to
clothes and baby accessory kits.
Thank you to all who helped
to make this a successful event
She accused the News-Press re-
porter of not identifying herself as
a journalist to their daughter.
Reporter Amy Bennett Wil-
liams said she did identify herself
and told the girl she was taking
notes. She also said she left all of
her contact information, which
the girl's mother later used to call
In the statement issued by
Burger King spokeswoman Wil-
son, the company said it wel-
comed a congressional investiga-
tion into farm labor conditions
"Comments attributed to Steve
Grover do not reflect Burger King's
desire to find a way to assure de-
cent wages and modern working
Roxicodone is a name brand
of the scheduled narcotic oxy-
VanderMolen was arrested
last week for penning a bogus
prescription for her roommate,
Nicole Marie Fortier, 28. Fortier
was arrested Monday, April 21,
and charged with possession of
a controlled substance and traf-
ficking in oxycodone. She was
booked into the county jail under
a bond of $5,000.
VanderMolen reportedly wrote
the [prescription and used the
name of a woman who was not
a patient in the doctor's office
where she worked. She took the
prescription to a local pharmacy
to reach new mothers-to-be with
much needed information con-
cerning their new role as a par-
The following businesses and
individuals made contributions
to the event: Sharon Vinson; Los
Cocos; Golden Corral; First Bap-
tist Church; National City Bank;
April Van Camp; Seacoast Na-
tional Bank; Pizza Heaven; Clock
Restaurant; William S. Keene; Jeri
Wilson, Inc.; LMXN, Inc.; U-Save;
conditions for the tomato harvest-
ers in Immokalee," she aid.
In recent months Burger King
has publicly urged the coalition to
provide them with a copy of the
agreements it signed with Yum
Brands and McDonald's, saying it
wants to review those agreements
before deciding how to proceed.
The coalition has said that the
only information they have not al-
ready made public are details re-
lated to the companies' individual
purchasing patterns, which they
say the companies have asked
them not to share.
Both, they and Yum Brands
have offered to outline the struc-
ture of the agreements more gen-
then left, stated a task force arrest
Fortier then went to pick up
the script, continued the report,
and was arrested as she was leav-
ing the pharmacy.
Fortier, who also works at a
local physician's office, alleg-
edly knew the script was a fake
because she knows the woman
whose name was used by Van-
derMolen. That woman is not a
patient in the office where Vander-
Molen works, added the report.
As with Herrin's charge, For-
tier was charged with trafficking
because the weight of the oxy-
codone pills exceeded 4 grams.
Domino's Pizza; Donut Con-
nection; Color Me Crazy, Carla
Pueblo Viejo; Riverside Na-
tional Bank; Brahman Theater;
Corina's Place, Karla Pittman;
Flores Fresh Produce; Paleteria
5 Hermanos; Winn Dixie; and
Commissioner Elvie Posey.
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Okeechobee News, Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Local man dies in head-on crash
By Eric Kopp
An. Okeechobee man
was killed Sunday eve-
ning in a head-on crash
with a tractor-trailer rig on
U.S. 441 N., according to
a report from the Florida
Tony Seals, 29, died as
a result of the injuries he
received when his 1997
GMC Suburban ran head-
on into a 2007 Freightliner
driven by Jesus Barona at
8:35 p.m. on April 27, said
the FHP accident report.
Mr. Barona, 48, was
taken to Raulerson Hos-
pital with minor injuries,
stated the report by Troop-
er Corporal Robert. G.
The trooper's report
states Mr. Seals was north-
bound on U.S. 441 and Mr.
Barona, also of Okeecho-
bee, was southbound
when the accident oc-
curred in the 4774 block of
the two-lane highway.
According to the re-
port, for unknown rea-
sons Mr. Seals crossed the
center line into the path
of the tractor-trailer. Mr.
Barona applied the brakes
and swerved to the left but
could not avoid the colli-
sion, stated Cpl. Leathe-
Mr. Seals was ejected
from his vehicle.
Cpl. Leatherow said
both vehicles were to-
The accident is still un-
Weekend brush fires keep firemen busy
By Charles M. Murphy
Back to back brush fires kept
firemen north of town for over
four hours Saturday.
Okeechobee County Fire Res-
cue crews responded to 30890
U.S. 441 north in Fort Drum just
after 10 a.m. and found a small
brush fire near a structure.
Seven firemen and four units,
including two brush trucks, ar-
rived on the scene along with the
Florida Division of Forestry.
The fire report from paramed-
ic Everette Wooten noted firemen
were on the scene for about two
hours. The origin was undeter-
mined but the cause was ruled
Firemen stated a small por-
tion of the structure was dam-
aged. About one acre of brush
was burned. The Division of For-
estry sent plows in to surround
the blaze. Roughly 1,500 gallons
of water was used to put out the
From there, firemen were dis-
patched to 39863 N.W 19th Av-
enue where they found another
brush fire, this one caused by
The report from Mr. Wooten
stated that three units and five
firemen arrived around 12:30
p.m. and spent about two hours
on the scene.
About 1/10th of an acre
burned in the blaze. The cause
was a malfunctioning electric wa-
ter pump. The fire also threatened
some animal pens and damaged'
a horse trailer.
Approximately 750 gallons of
water was used to put out the
blaze. The Division of Forestry
also assisted in putting out this
There were no injuries report-
ed in either blaze, firemen stated.
By Eric Kopp
An Okeechobee man has
been arrested and charged with
breaking into a woman's bed-
room, getting in bed with her
and then taking $40 in cash.
Jose Luis Arellano-Castaneda,
29, N.W 23rd Ave., was arrested
Saturday, April 26, and charged
with the felony of burglary. He
was also charged with the misde-
meanors of theft and battery. He
was booked into the Okeecho-
bee County Jail under a bond of
A report by Deputy Dale Hardy
of the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO) states that
gained entrance into the bed-
room through an open window.
He then got into bed with
the sleeping woman and began
touching her, said the deputy's
report. Drowsy, the woman first
thought it was her boyfriend.
When she realized it wasn't she
pushed him away, but he still
tried to touch her, stated the re-
port. The woman could not leave
the room because there was a
metal rod blocking the door.
By now her boyfriend and her
roommate heard a noise in. the
room and tried to enter.
was trying to keep the door from
opening, her boyfriend finally
managed to break it'open which
knocked the intruder to the floor.
When confronted by the boy-
friend, the Arellano-Castaneda
got up and left the residence.
The woman later noticed that
she was missing some cash that
she had inside her bra.
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
Joseph Figueroa, 26, S.E.
25th St., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested April 25 by Deputy Donald
Ellis on a felony charge of bur-
glary. He was also charged with
the misdemeanors of theft and
criminal mischief. His bond was
set at $6,000.
. Tasha Trinette Ramirez, 26,
S.R. 31, Punta Gorda, was arrest-
ed April 26 by Deputy Sgt. J. Royal
on an Okeechobee County war-
rant charging her with violation of
probation- petit theft. She is being
held without bond. She was also
arrested on another Okeechobee
County warrant charging her with
second amended violation of
probation uttering a forged in-
strument and second amended
T violation of probation grand
theft. She is being held without
bond on those charges.
Efrain Cosme Cabrera, 47,
S.R. 70 E., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested April 27 by Deputy John
Ashby on a felony charge of car-
rying a concealed weapon. He
was also charged with the misde-
meanor of driving under the influ-
ence. His bond was set at $5,500.
Malinda Yates, 23, Okeecho-
bee, was arrested April 27 by Dep-
uty Steven McKinley on a charge
of driving while license suspend-
ed/revoked habitual offender.
Her bond was set at $2,500.
Raonel H. Palacio, 22, N.W.
Fifth St., Okeechobee, was arrest-
ed April 27 by Deputy Bart Potter
on a charge of driving under the
influence. His bond was set at
Tonya Dawn Mann, 38, Mid-
west Parkway, Sarasota, was ar-
rested April 27 by Deputy Sgt. J.
Royal on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging her with viola-
tion of probation resisting a law
enforcement officer without vio-
lence and violation of probation
- possession of marijuana under
20 grams. Her bond was set at
Rafeal Martinez, 18, Okeecho-
bee, was arrested April 27 by Offi-
cer Russ Cale on a charge of pos-
session of cocaine. His bond was
set at $5,000.
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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 newspaper. The information
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discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
FARMWORKERS: Okay, I'm dating myself here but I remember
picking tobacco when I was a teen. I'm sure Okeechobee has its share
of low to middle range incomes, why can't they set up some program
where the teens of these families can take the place of the illegals
without hurting the assistance the parent might be getting from the
state. The teen will have to buy his/her own school clothes and sup-
plies, make sure they have enough so no free lunch program be avail-
able to them. The rest of the money earned can be used for movies or
eating out; things these kids might not be able to do given their family
money situation. It will keep these kids busy and off the streets this
summer. They will sleep good at night and get exercise. I realize this
will mean more workers needed for the program to work but at least
it is not an Illegal benefiting and sending our US dollars to Mexico. Or
what about using prisoners to pick the crops and put half of what they
earn back into the state for their care and.the other half in an account
for when they are released? We see them doing road maintenance -
why not picking tomatoes.
TRACK TEAM: Congratulations to the 2008 Okeechobee High
School Track Team and to Coaches Kendal, Shook and Owen. Starting
with a leftover negative budget, little support and worn out uniforms,
the coaches and athletes showed positive attitudes and an unwavering
determination for success, which was achieved. School records were
broken, individual district champions were produced and team spirit,
pride, integrity and successes were at the highest leels ever reached.
Thanks also to the many parents, who, many times at personal ex-
pense, were always there supporting the athletes and the coaches.
Again congratulations to all!
ETHANOL: Thanks to high oil prices and hefty subsidies, corn-
based ethanol is now all the rage in the United States. But it takes so
much supply to keep ethanol production going that the price of corn
- and those of other food staples is shooting up around the world.
To stop this trend, and prevent even more people from going hungry,
Washington, must conserve more and diversify ethanol's production
THE COMMUNITY: When I moved here a few years ago I couldn't
believe that there was nothing to do around here not only for kids and
teenagers but for young adults too. I come from a smaller county than
this one and even we had numerous things to do with our free time.
As a young adult, the only thing I see to do is hang out at the lake
and go to one of the many bars around here. When I started making
friends, I soon realized that is all that any of the young adults around
here do and please believe I got tired of that mess quick. We wonder
why so many people are being arrested for DUIs and/or violence and
I'm not saying that they shouldn't be responsible for their actions due
to alcohol, but when the only thing for a bored 20-something adult to
do is drink, you're going to have problems. Back in my small county
we had a go kart track with putt putt and an arcade, we had a skating
rink, we had a Mr. Gatti's (it's kind of like Ci's Ci's or Boomers), our
movie theater played at least 10 movies and they were new ones, not
ones you could've gone to Palm Beach a month ago and saw. We also
had a place to take our four wheelers to ride so they wouldn't be out
on the roads or in people's yards and we had numerous nicer (but not
extravagant) restaurants like Applebees, Ruby Tuesdays, and more,
and the kids and the young adults kept those places packed. The other
day someone made the comment about an Olive Garden. That would
be great but no franchise like that is going to come here if our county
leaders don't promote business here. I don't believe it's the county's
responsibility to fund everything that we do. That would be crazy to
even expect that,; but I .do believe that they could try a lot harder to
promote businesses to come O ;this county. We have a perfect build-,
ing-going to waste (the old Local's building) because nothing is being
brought in here. Local's had a good idea, but failed to realize what
kind of consumers we have here. If local small businesses contribute
just a little bit toward bringing up this county then that will not only
help promote their business and bring them business from people
coming here, but it will show that they take pride in their community
and care about our youth. As for our teens, it's nobody's responsibility
but your own to keep track of your kids and know what they are doing,
so no we don't need volunteers to babysit our youth. The skate park is
good for the pre-teens and teenagers who like to skate, and the movie
only has three movies, and the bars for the young adults is an obvious
problem, so YES we do need a variety of things in this town not only
for our youth but for our economy. I know that when .my friends and
I want to do something other than go to a bar, we go out of town and
that means our money is funding some other county instead of staying
here. Okeechobee County is a poor county and will stay that way until
something is done: Nothing changes until you make it.
BEE STORY: What a shame all these people have nothing better
to do than talk about my brother Bobby Davis and hurt his family.
They are all heartless to talk about someone that is not here to defend
himself. You didn't even know him. He wasn't a squatter. Tell me you
never sat around a fire pit with family and friends? Boy you must have
a boring life, if this is all you have to do is hurt people. Why did we
get a bill if tax payers' money paid to help save him? You all think you
know it all and you don't know nothing. I'm sure you wouldn't want
people talking about someone you lost but let's see how you feel
when it happens to you. You haven't just hurt his family but his friends
also. Maybe you don't have any family and friends so this is why you
all are so inconsiderate. Get a life. It is sad that we have to defend my
brother when we should be mourning him. From .his three sisters, two
brothers, mother, three children, nieces and nephews, grandmother,
aunt, cousins and all of his friends. These are the people you hurt.
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Florida's schools shoulld be
proud of their accomplishments.
A series of national education
reports and assessments have
ranked Florida near the top of the
nation in the performance of its
students and the quality of their
The most recent of these suc-
cesses is the announcement
of a ninth place ranking of our
eighth-grade students writing at
or above the proficient level on
the 2007 National Assessment
of Educational Progress (NAEP)
writing assessment. Known as
the "Nation's Report Card," the
NAEP assessments monitor the
knowledge and skills of the na-
tion's children. Nationally, Florida
has the second greatest number
of Hispanic students and fourth
greatest number of African-Amer-
ican students scoring at or above
the Proficient level.
Last fall, the NAEP results
for reading and math reported
equally good news. Florida is one
of only four states in the nation
to improve significantly in both
fourth and eighth grade reading.
Only a handful of states showed
greater gains than Florida in
fourth and eighth grade math.
Florida also scored very well
in the 2008 Quality Counts re-
port, a respected national report
published annually by Education
Week that compares state edu-
cation systems. In just one year
Florida jumped 17 places, from
31st to 14th, in its ranking among
all states. The chief catalyst of this
advancement was the hard work
of our students who propelled
Florida to a seventh place ranking
in the K-12 Student Achievement
section of the report. Our high
ranking in Quality Counts can also
be attributed to the success our
students are experiencing in Ad-
vanced Placement (AP) courses.
According to a recently released
report from the College Board,
Florida leads all other states in
the number of African-American
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.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at
the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday
at 10 a.m. at the Hospice Building located at 411 S.E.
Fourth St. in Okeechobee. Everyone is welcome. For in-
formation, contact Enid Boutrin at 863-467-2321.
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
ndex and military information available. For informa-
tion, call Robert Massey at 863-763-6510.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30
a.m. at the Clock Restaurant, 11ll1 Parrott Ave., for
breakfast. For information, June Scheer at 863-634-
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The
public is invited to participate with vocal and/or instru-
mental music. For information, contact Douglas Chiro-
practic Center at 863-763-4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets
at. 7:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall, 1735 S.W. 294th AVe_:
This is a men's only meeting. For information; call Earl
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902
S. Parrott Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal apd informative dis-
cussions bring many Bible truths to life. Everyone is in-
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at
the church next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any
individual or group that enjoys old time gospel music is
invited to participate. For information, contact Dr. Ed-
ward Douglas at 863-763-4320.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This
will be an open meeting.
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., will
be hosting God's Time a morning of free organized Christian ac-
tivities that includes play, instruction and interaction for parents and.
their pre-school children. The event will be held each Tuesday from
9:30 a.m. until noon. Child care will be provided for infants during
the class. For information, call 863-763-4021.
Narcotics Anonymous will begin meeting every Tuesday at
noon. Meetings will be held at the Just for Today Club, 101 Fifth
Ave. For information, call 863-634-4780.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W. Third Terr., holds
meetings for persons with alcohol and drug related prob-
lems at 6 p.m. For information call 863-357-3053.
and Hispanic students passing AP
exams and has eliminated the dis-
parity between Hispanic students
and their counterparts. Overall,
our state ranks an impressive
fourth in the nation in the percent
of 2007 public high school gradu-
ates who passed an AP exam.
The state's achievements also
extend to our community colleg-
es. For the fifth year in a row, Flor-
ida's community colleges rank as
the nation's most successful pro-
ducer of associate degrees while
continuing to lead in a number of
associate degree categories.
This kind of progress does not
happen by accident. It happens
when individuals dedicate them-
selves to building a culture of
success. AT&T has just launched
"AT&T Aspire," a $100 million na-
tional commitment over fouryears
that will support the great work
already underway in schools and
nonprofit organizations and fund
research and community "drop-
out prevention summits" run by
America's Promise Alliance, a
coalition of nonprofits and cor-
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 secorld and third degree burns on over 20 percent of his body. A
benefit will be held on May 3 at Happy Hour will start at noon. An
auction will start at 3 p.m. All proceeds will be used to help out in all
financial matters. Barbecue chicken or pork dinner for $6. For infor-
mation call Happy Hour at 863467-6420.
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.
Arts, crafts and antique Cars
J & S Fish Camp, 9500 S.W. Conners, is looking for crafters and
antique car owners for their third annual Arts and Crafts Festival and
Antique Car Show on May 31, and June 1, which will be held to sup-
port Martha's House through a $10 donation. For more information
call Patricia Brown 772-332-3149.
Stepping Stones supports Martha's House
Stepping Stones Academy I, will be collecting the following items
throughout the' month of April and May to help support Martha's
"Hotsj: WOmqn's toiletries, sheets, towels, washcloths, aper goods,
and any products to help with evryday needs.
CHEO puts on dinner theatre
Christian Home Educators of Okeechobee will present Pigeon
Holes by David F. Scott in a dinner theatre on Saturday, April 26, at 5:30
p.m. at Treasure Island Baptist Church. Tickets are $5 each. A meal of
chicken Alfredo, salad, bread and dessert will be served. All proceeds
will be used to send Daniel Womble, 16, on a mission trip to Africa in
July. Limited tickets are available. For information or tickets call Cathy
Womble at 863-763-4821.
Cypress Hut Eagles 4509 celebrates first
Cypress Hut Eagles 4509 will celebrate their first anniversary on
May 3, at 3 p.m.' dinner will begin at 6 p.m. Dinner includes, Boston
butt's, chicken, baked beans, and corn on the cob. Dinner is available
for a $5 donation. There will also be 50/50 drawings. For information
The new fertilizer label and you
The Florida department of Agriculture has established new rules
about turf fertilizer, including proportions sof nutrients and labeling
requirements. Angela Sachson, Florida Yards & Neighborhoods will
explain the new Florida fertilizer label as well as best practices for
feeding your landscape plants on April 29 from 5:30 until 7 p.m. at the
OkeechobeeCounty Extension Office, 458 Hwy 98 N. Pre-registration
is required. Call 863-763-6469 to sign up.
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both our students and our work-
force with the ability to achieve
success in life.
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President AT&T Florida
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April 25, through Thursday, May 1, are as fol-
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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-
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Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Sewing Machines 700,
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Tos & Games 730
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Land Rent 935
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no pets, w/d, clean.
NEW 2 BR, 21/ BA Apt., All
major appl's. included. Near
hospital. $975 mo. + $500
sec. dep .(863)763-0111
NW OKEECHOBEE: 2BR, 2BA,
on quiet St. Kids & pets ok.
$750-$850/mo. 1st, last &
$500 sec. 561-346-1642.
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clean, 2 BR, 2 BA, W/D
hook-up, patio, privacy
fence, no pets $700 me.
1st, last & $500 sec. dep.
free garbage and lawn maint.
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. $700/mo, 1st, last
& sec. (863)634-3313
OVERSIZED 1/1 DUPLEX Extra
back room. $695/mo.
Includes lawn maintenance.
NICE NIEGHBORHOOD 3BR,
2BA, pool, extras. Must see!
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1120 S. Parrot Avenue
2300 sq ft available
810 sq ft available
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3 br, 2 ba, central heat & air,
city water, $1100 per month
3 br, 2 ba, SW sec, office,
Lawrence Real Estate Co.
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yearly pref. Avail now 55+
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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
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Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
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1990 Toyota 4-runner,
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Seminole Elementary Fun Night a success Health News in Brief
The.Family Fun Night at Semi-
tary School was
a huge suc-
cess due to the
support by the
They had many organizations
donate food, prizes, and spon-
sor events. The school wishes to
recognize the following organi-
zations: Riverside National Bank,
Seacoast National Bank, Los Co-
cos, Golden Corral, WOKC Radio
Station, Dominoes Pizza, U-save,
and Winn Dixie. Glades Gas, Wal-
pole, Chamber of Commerce,
Comcast Cable, WOKC Radio Sta-
tioh, and .the Okeechobee News
helped advertise the event.
The students anld community
members especially enjoyed the
dunk tank sponsored by River-
side National Bank. The line to
the dunk tank was especially long
when Mr. Weigum, Mr. Erwin,
and Mr. Ochoa were dufiked time
and time again by the deadly aim
of some of our students.
Seminole Elementary School
students and staff look forward
to another successful Family Fun
Night next year.
Today in History
Today is Tuesday, April 29, the
120th day of 2008. There are 246
days left in the year.
Ten years ago: The United
States, Canada, and Mexico agreed
to eliminate tariffs on items ac-
counting for $1 billion in trade at
a meeting in Paris on the North
American Free Trade Agreement.
Israelis began marking the 50th an-
niversary of the founding of their
Five years ago: The Palestin-
ian parliament approved Mahmoud
Abbas as prime minister, clearing
the final obstacle to the launch of a
U.S.-backed "road map" to peace.
Pakistani authorities captured Wa-
leed bin Attash, accused of playing
a leading role in the Sept. 11 at-
One year ago: A man shot and
killed two people when he opened
fire in a parking lot and in the Ward
Parkway Center in Kansas City,
Mo.; the gunman, David W. Logs-
don, died in a shootout with police.
'An elevated section of highway
that carries motorists from the San
Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge to a
number of freeways was destroyed
after heat from an overturned
gasoline truck caused part of one
overpass to crumple onto another.
St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher
Josh Hancock, 29, was killed in the
crash of his sport utility vehicle.
Thought for Today: "News is
history shot on the wing." _Gene
Fowler, American journalist (1890-
Frank A. Gallagher, Jr.
Frank A. Gallagher, Jr., age 64,
of Okeechobee died April 27, 2008
in Okeechobee. Mr. Gallagher was
born May 27, 1943 in Cincinnati,
Ohio to Frank and Viola Gallagher.
He came to Okeechobee from Ft.
1975. Mr. Gal-
served our coun-
try in the US Navy
during Vietnam. -
He was a shift su-
pervisor at KOA
He was of the
Lutheran faith. Frank
He enjoyed being Gallagher, Jr.
with his friends at
Mr. Gallagher is preceded in
death by his father, Frank, brother,
Michael, sister, Patricia, and niece,
He is survived by his mother, Vi-
ola Gallagher; sister, Nancy Ellers;
brother, Don (Mary) Gallagher;
and nephews Travis and David Gal-
No services or visitation will be
In lieu of flowers, memori-
als may be made to Hospice
of Okeechobee, PO Box 1548,
Okeechobee, Fla., 34973.
Friends may sign the guest book
All arrangements are entrusted
to the care of Bass Okeechobee Fu-
neral Home and Crematory.
Terri Elizabeth Ramsey, age
51 of Okeechobee died Thursday,
April 24, 2008 in Raulerson Hospi-
tal. Born June 2, 1956 in Geneva,
Ohio she had been a resident of
Okeechobee for the past 20 years.
She is survived by her husband,
Terry Ramsey of Okeechobee;
daughter, Jennifer Williams of
Okeechobee; brothers, John (Di-
ane) Ching of Perry, Bill (Linda)
Ching of Deleon Springs; neph-
ew, Eric Bronson; niece, Melissa
Bronson; great nephews, Jarren
Hall and Darrien Bronson all of
The family will receive friends
on Thursday, May 1 from 5 until
service time at 6 p.m. in the Buxton
Funeral Home Chapel.
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of Buxton Funer-
al Home and Crematory.
Roland Glen Spencer, Jr., age
68 of Okeechobee died Wednes-
day, April 23, 2008 in Raulerson
Hospital. Born Nov. 4, 1939 in San
Gabrial, Calif., he had been a resi-
dent of Okeechobee for the past
10 years and served 22 years in the
U.S. Coast Guard.
He is preceded in death by his
wife, Barbara Spencer and brother
He is survived by sons; Michael
Spencer of Carriere, Miss., Peter
Spencer of Sheridon, Calif., Roland
Spencer III of Carson City, Nev.,
Donald Spencer of Sacramento,
Calif.; daughters, Sandy Newton
of Seattle, Wash., Julie Ellison of
Lincoln, Calif., Ashley Blore of Ro-
seville, Calif., Sherri Paul of Lincoln,
Calif.; sisters, Betty Schwan of Sac-
ramento, Calif., Martha Looney of
Mokelumne Hills, Calif., Darlene
Long of Coos Bay, Ore., Elizabeth
Cocharn of Hazin, N.D., and broth-
er, Billy Spencer of Sheridan, Calif.
In addition, he is survived by 17
grandchildren and five great grand-
There will be no visitation or
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.
Elizabeth Raulerson, age 72 of
Okeechobee died, Sunday, April 27,
2008. She was born in Okeecho-
bee on Dec. 5, 1935. She was the
daughter of Albert and Euphamae
(Collins) Hare. She was a teacher
in the Okeechobee County School
System for many years.. She en-
joyed teaching.Sunday School and
helped to lead many children to
Christ over the years.
She was preceded in death by
She is survived by her loving
husband of 51 years, Lytle "Cow-
boy" Raulerson and her daugh-
ters, Lisa (Mark) Goodpasture of
Clearwater, Nadene (Jeff) Heming-
way of Okeechobee and Machele
(Jerry) Albritton of Wauchula.
She was so very proud of her four
grandchildren, Brad and Charlie
Goodpasture of Clearwater, Lauren
Elizabeth Raulerson of New York
City, N.Y. and Emily Albritton of
Wauchula. She is also survived by
her sister, Wanda (Julian) Leggett.
Visitation will be held at the
Buxton Funeral Home on Wednes-
day, April 30 from 5 until 7 p.m.
and funeral services will be held at
Oakview Baptist Church on Thurs-
day, May 1, at 10 a.m. with Pastor
John Garrison officiating. Interment
will follow in Basinger Cemetery.
Herreld Fair, age 70 of Okeecho-
bee died Saturday, April 26, 2008 at
his residence. Born, Nov. 5, 1937
in Taylor County, Ky., he had been
a resident of Okeechobee for the
past four and a half years and was
a member of the New Resurrection
of Life Church. He enjoyed yard
work and his dog, Pooch.
He is preceded in death by his
wife, Rita Fair and daughter, Peggy
He is survived by sons, Daryl
Fair of Okeechobee, Donald (Kelly)
Fair of Okeechobee, Dale Brown
of Colorado Springs, Colo., Frank
Brown of Johnson City, Tenn.;
daughters, Nancy Fair of Crawford-
ville, Ind., and Connie Ann Fair of
Fort Collins, Colo.
There will be no local visitation
or services. Arrangements will be
made in Indiana at the Bakers Fu-
neral Home, 387 East Broadway,
Danville, Ind., 46122.
All local arrangements are un-
der the direction and care of Bux-
ton Funeral Home and Crematory.
Dine with the Doctor
The "Dine with the Doctor",
a medical series is scheduled for
April 29, 2008 at 5 p.m. in the
hospital dining room. Dinner is
only $5 but the lecture is FREE.
This month the guest physician
is James Bradfield, M.D. FACOG,
Board Certified Gynecologist. Dr.
Bradfield focuses on disease pre-
vention and early detection and
this month he will be discussing
osteoperosis. Please R.S.VP. to
Bill Casian at 863-824-2702 to
reserve a seat for this month's
"Dine with the Doctor" series.
health support group
Do you suffer with depres-
sion, anxiety or other mental
illness? The Christian Mental
Health Support group meets on
the second and fourth Thurs-
day of the month at 6 p.m. on
Martin County Grade. Call 772-
597-0463 for more information.
Family members are welcome.
Quit Smoking Now
The Okeechobee County
Health Department (OCHD)
offers a Tobacco Prevention
and Education Program for the
community. The purpose of the
program is to reduce adult and
youth tobacco use, and provide
tobacco resources to residents,
businesses and community or-
ganizations in the county. For
information, call 863-462-5781.
The Okeechobee Healthy
Start Coalition will offer Child-
birth Education Classes. For in-
formation, call 863-462-5877.
Group at Hospital
Raulerson Hospital offers
a monthly Diabetes Support
Group which meets on the sec-
ond Thursday of each month in
the hospital cafeteria at 2 p.m. If
you have any questions please
call the program coordinator,
Wanda Haas, R.N., B.A.">D.E.,.
C.P.T., at 863-763-5093.
Depending on Christ is a
new support group for men and
women suffering from depres-
sion. They meet every Thursday.
For information, call 772-597-
Red Cross offers HIV/
The American Red Cross-
Okeechobee Branch offers a ba-
sic HIV/AIDs instruction course
that complies with Florida em-
ployment requirements for indi-
viduals working in various voca-
tions. This is a self-study course
that includes text work and the
successful completion of a mul-
tiple choice written test. The
cost of the course is $15. Call
the local Red Cross office at 863-
763-2488 for information.
Problems vith drug or alco-
hol addiction in someone you
know,, but don't know where to
turn? The Drug Rehab Resource
service can give you the help you
need. Contact the Drug Rehab
Resource at 866-649-1594 for a
free confidential consultation.
Or, go 'to the website at www.
Cancer support group
Okeechobee County Cancer
Support Group meets on the first
Thursday of each month. All can-
cer patients, survivors and sup-
porters are welcome to attend,
support and encourage each other.
They meet the first Thursday of
each month at 5:30 p.m. at First
Baptist Church, 401 S.W. Fourth
St., (entrance is the door to the W
in front of church). Please contact
Susie Pickering at 863-467-5831
or First Baptist Church at 863-
763-2171 for more information.
Cancer Society seeks
The American Cancer Soci-
ety is recruiting volunteers who
are interested in making a differ-
ence in the fight against cancer.
Volunteers with the American
Cancer Society's 'Florida Divi-
sion participate in programs that
support research funding, educate
the community, deliver services
to patients and advocate for poli-
cies that help defeat cancer. To get
involved, call the American Can-
cer Society at 800-ACS-2345.
Narcotics group to
Narcotics Anonymous will
begin meeting every Tuesday at
noon. Meetings will be held at the
Just for Today Club, 2303 U.S.
441 S.E., Suite K. For informa-
tion, call 863-634-4780.
Healthy Start group
The Healthy Start Coalition is
accepting donations of baby items
such as furniture, shoes, clothing,
maternity clothes, strollers and
other items for infants and tod-
dlers. Proceeds from the sale of
donated items will be used to ben-
efit infants and pregnant women
in the community. For informa-
tion, call 863-462-5877.
Blood donors are
Florida's Blood Centers is
looking for blood donors in
Okeechobee. The Big Red Bus
mobile unit will be at the Wal-
Mart parking lot, 2101 S. Parrott
Ave., on the last Saturday of each
month from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
For information, call 561-845-
2323, ext. 1203 or 772-215-8360.
All blood types are needed. There'
is no upper age limit, and most
medications and conditions are
acceptable. Diabetes and blood.
pressure donations can also be
accepted. A picture ID is needed
for all donors.
Are you pregnant? Have you
been turned down for Medicaid?
'Healthy Start may be able to help.
For information, contact Becky
Smith at 863-462-5877.
Just for Today Club
The Just for Today Club of
Okeechobee is an Addiction
recovery social club/meeting
place where people can come to
fellowship or attend meetings.
For information, call 863-634-
help via hotline and
It's heartbreaking, to watch
someone addicted to drugs or
alcohol lose their -children, jobs,
home, health and self respect to
their addiction. Do something
about i4 now! Narconon Arrow-
head has Certified Chemical
Dependency Counselors avail-
able to help. In your local area,
call Narconon at 1-800-468-6933
or log on to www.stopaddiction.
The Okeechobee County
Healthy Start Coalition will be
offering parenting education
classes for parents with children,
infants to age 3. All pregnant
women and parents are encour-
aged to attend. Each participant
will receive a gift. This adults
only parenting class consists of
six classes. You must attend all
six classes to get a certificate of
completion. Day and evening
classes are available. No child
care will be available. Call 863-
462-5877 for registration.
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comes news from the community.
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Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT,
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
CASE NO.: 200B6-CP-069
N RE: ESTATE OF
ELIAS CABALLERO GONZALEZ,
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of ELIAS
CABALLERO GONZALEZ, deceased, File
Number 2006-CP-069, is pending in the
Circuit Court for Okeechobee County,
Florida, Probate Division, the address of
which is 312 NW. 3 Street, Okeechobee,
FL, 34972. The name and address of the
personal representative and the personal
representative's attorney are set forth be-
ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE NOTI-
FIED THAT: j
All creditors ol the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedecedent's estate, including un-
matured, contingent or unliquidated
claims, on whom a copy of this notice is
served must file their claims with this
Court WITHIN THE LATER OF .THREE
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE
OR THIRTY DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF
SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE
All other creditors of the decedent and
persons having claims or demands
against the decedent's estate must file
their claims with this court WITHIN
THREE MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF
THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NO-
ALL CLAIMS, DEMANDS AND OBJEC-
TIONS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREV-
The date of the first publication of this
Notice is 4/29/08.
Attorney for Personal Representative:
Scot Rosen, Esquire
150 S. Pine Island Road
Plantation, FL 33324
Tel. (954) 915-0510
Fla Bar # 747777
150 S. Pine Island Road
Plantation, FL 33324
271672 ON 04/29:05/06/08
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NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF
PROPOSED ZONING RECLASSIFICATION
NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Planning
Board/Board of Adjustment and Appeals on Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 6:00 p.m.
or as soon thereafter as possible. The meeting will be held at City Hall, 55 South-
Bast 3rd Avenue, in the Council Chambers, Room 200, Okeechobee, Florida.
To consider a request to change the zoning district from Resildential Multiple Family
(RMF) to Commercial Professional Oflice ICPO) for Petition No. 08-004-R. The pe-
liton Is being submitted by Jeb Aculf, on behal of property owners) Visiting Nurse
Association of Florida, Inc. The property is located at 203 Southeast 2nd Street,
Block 171, Okeechobee;
Legal: Parcel One: A parcel of land lying in Northwest one-quarter of the Northwest
one-quarter of Section 22, Township 37 South, Range 35 East, being more particu-
larly described as follows: Commencing at the Northwest corner of Lot 4 of Block
171, Okeechobee, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 5,
Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida, thence run South along the West line
of said Lot 4, and the extension 'thereof, also being the East right-of-way line of
Southeast 2nd Avenue (formerly Tallahassee Street), for a distance of 157.5 feet to
the Point of Beginning; thence continue South, along the East line of said Southeast
2nd Avenue, for a distance of 142.5 feet to the intersection with the North right-of-
way line of Southeast 2nd Street (formerly 7th Street); thence run East, along said
North line of said Southeast 2nd Street, for a distance of 217.9 feet to the Southwest
corner of a parcel of land described in O.R. Book 1, Page 107, Public Records of
Okeechobee County, Florida; thence run North, along the West l ine of said parcel of
and for a distance of 142.5 feet to the Northwest corner of said parcel, being a
point 157.5 feet South of the North line of said Block 171; thence run West, parallel-
ing the North line of said Block 171, for a distance of 217.9 feet to the Point of Be-
ginning, and is approximately 0.712 acres.
Parcel Two: Beginning at the intersection of Southeast 2nd Street, (formerly Seventh
Street, and Southeast 3rd Avenue, (formerly Cherokee Street), in First Addition to
Okeechobee, Florda, according to plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 6, Pub-
ic Records of Okeechobee County, Florida; thence run West along North boundary
of Southeast 2nd Street, a distance of 82.1 feet; thence run North at right angle with
Southeast 3rd Avenue, a distance of 142.5 feet; thence run East at eight angle with
Southeast 2nd Street, a distance of 82.1 feet to the West boundary of Southeast 3rd
Avenue thence run South, along West boundary of Southeast 3rd Avenue to the In-
tersection with Southeast 2nd Street, being the Point of Beginning, and is approxi-
mately 0.268 acre(s).
A copy of the agenda may be obtained from the City website www.cityvookeecho-
aeeon,. or contact the General Services Department, bclementc@citvolokeecho-
oeecnm, (863) 763-3372 x 218. A copy of the entire applications) are available at
Ihe General Services Department. The Planning Board will make recommendations
to the City Council for consideration and final adoption tentatively scheduled for
Tuesday, June 3, 2008.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISEO that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the Planning Board/Board of Adjustments and Appeals with re-
spect to any matter considered at this meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a ver-
uatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and
evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Media are used for the sole pur-
pose of back-up for the General Services Office.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabil"es Act (ADA) and Florda Statute
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Betty Clement, no later than two (2) working days
oor to theproceeding at 863-763-3372 x 218; if you are hearing or voice impaired,
call TOODD 1-800-955-8770 (voice) or 1-888-955-8771 (TTY).
BY: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
Petition No. 08-004-R
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April 24 marked the unveiling of the mascot for Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School on Brighton Seminole Reservation in
Glades County. Osceola, historic leader of the Seminole Tribe, was chosen.
Sports News in Brief
Saturday, May 10 at 8 a.m. a
benefit will be held for Patsy
Arnold, who will be getting a
kidney-transplant soon. It will be
held at the Okeechobee Golf and
Country Club. Entry fee: $60 per
person or $240 per team. If you
would like to join them for lunch,
it can be purchased for $7. There
will also be a gun give away cour-
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please call 8763-697-6377.
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Okeechobee Main Street will
host a 100 Target Fun Shoot on
Saturday, May 17 at beautiful
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Main Street's beautification and
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a.m., with last shooter by 10 a.m.
Door prizes, raffles, and barbecue
lunch will be provided. For more
information about the fun shoot
please contact Program Manager
Karen Hanawalt at 863-357-6246,
reservation forms are available
at Mike's Okeechobee Guns, The
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fice, 111 N.E. Second St.
Oakview Baptist Church is
sponsoring a golf tournament on
Saturday, May 17. at Okeechobee
Golf and Country Club. Cost is
$45 (includes green fee, cart, and
barbecue lunch.) Proceeds will
aid youth in doing random acts of
kindness, attend M-Fuge in South
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team building and strengthening
relationships to God, family and
community. Registration begins
at 7 a.m. For information call 863-
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Final applications are now be-
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CITY OF OKEECHOBEE
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
FOR TRANSMITTAL TO THE
STATE OF FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AFFAIRS
TEXT AMENDMENTS TO THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN
The City Council of the City of Okeechobee proposes to adopt the follow-
ing by Ordinance:
ORDINANCE NO. 1022
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA ADOPTING
AMENDMENTS TO ITS COMPREHENSIVE PLAN, SO AS TO ESTABLISH THE
PUBLIC SCHOOL FACILITIES ELEMENT, AND ASSOCIATED TEXT AMEND-
MENTS TO THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL COORDINATION AND THE CAPITAL
IMPROVEMENTS ELEMENTS;. TO REVISE AND UPDATE THE EXISTING
GOALS, OBJECTIVES AND POLICIES, AND DATA AND ANALYSIS; TO MEET
THE STATE OF FLORIDA MANDATED PUBLIC SCHOOL CONCURRENCY
REQUIREMENTS IN ACCORDANCE WITH CHAPTER 163, FLORIDA
STATUTES; PROVIDING FOR TRANSMITTALTO THE STATE LAND PLANNING
AGENCY; PROVIDING A CONFLICTS CLAUSE AND SEVERABILITY CLAUSE,
PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.
APPLICANT: CITY OF OKEECHOBEE
FILE NUMBER: 08-CI-001
LOCATION OF AFFECTED PROPERTY: ALL INCORPORATED
AREAS OF THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE
The PUBLIC HEARING on this item will be held at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Avenue,
Okeechobee, FL, on Tuesday, May 6, 2008, beginning at 6:00 p.m., or as soon
thereafter as possible. If it becomes necessary, a public hearing may be continued
from time to time as may be necessary to a date-certain.
All interested persons will be given an opportunity to be heard. Written comments
received in advance of the public hearing will also be considered. A copy of the text
amendments may be obtained at the Office of the City Clerk, 55 SE 3rd Ave.,
Okeechobee, FL, (863) 763-3372.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICEAND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at this hear-
ing, such interested person will need a record of the proceedings, and for such pur-
pose may need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which
record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
City Clerk media are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the Clerk.
Anyone with a disability requiring accommodation to attend this meeting should
contact Lane Gamiotea no later than two (2) working days prior to the proceeding
at 863-763-3372 x215; if hearing or voice impaired, call TDD 1-800-955-8770
(voice) or 1-888-955-8771 (TTY).
By: James E. Kirk, Mayor
Lane Gamiotea, CMC, CITY CLERK