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Vol. 99 No. 125
Big Lake Hospice
Retired Judge Ed Miller has
generously donated a 2005
Aliner Sofa Model Camper to
Big Lake Hospice, in memory
of Jack and Frances Raulerson
and Waymon Jones of Georgia.
Tickets for the drawing are $5
each or 5 for $20 and can be
purchased at the Big Lake Hos-
pice office or Thrift Store locat-
ed at 3543 Highway 441; next
to Publix. The winning ticket
will be drawn on Father's Day,
June 15. The winning ticket will.
be published in the Okeecho-
bee News and announced on
WOKC. All proceeds from the
drawing will benefit Big Lake
Hospice's patient care fund.
For more information or ques-
tions please contact Big Lake
Hospice at 863-763-0707.
Hospice Thrift Store
Big Lake Hospice needs vol-
unteers for our Thrift Store. Do
you enjoy helping people and
talking with others? Do you like
,to help others by giving a few
hours of your time? Then think
about volunteering for Big Lake
Hospice Thrift Store. Call to-
-day at 863-763-0707 and learn
nore about how to become a
volunteer for Big Lake Hospice.
You can also visit our website at
find out more about us.
Donate cars to Boys
and Girls Clubs
Now that the price of scrap
metal has sharply risen, the
Boys and Girls Car Campaign
will accept most any car with
no restrictions. Cars will be
picked up anywhere in Florida,
usually within a week, and are
sold at auction. To donate, call
800-246-0493. Funds obtained
by the sales go directly to help
the Florida clubs.
Source: Florida Division
Local Burn Ban: None
k Last Year: 9.57 feet
Source: South Florida Water
Management District. Depth
given in feet above sea level
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Sunday, May 4, 2008
Low water: New grasses
Okeechobee News/Eric Kopp
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) fisheries biologist stands
next to a fence post near the Tin House Cove area of Lake Okeechobee Monday, April
28. The fence line was found by workers who were scraping the now-exposed lake
bottom to remove the muck sediment down to the natural sand bottom. This area, as
evidenced by the growth, has not been scraped and the vegetation shown is indicative
of that which grows in the muck.
'We'll be OK,' says
biologist of lake
By Eric Kopp
Reports about the demise
of Lake Okeechobee may have
For as far as the eye can see
spike rush, bulrush and cattails
are now proliferating. In areas
like Cody's Cove, First Point,
Tin House Cove and Fourth
Point the emergent grasses are
rebounding at such a rate that
the big lake looks like a sea of
And while Mother Nature
has kept busy bringing these
grasses back, man has also
played a part.
With the lake bottom now
exposed in many areas, the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC)
has contracted to scrape and
remove the muck in areas
around Tin House and Cody's
By removing the muck and
exposing the natural sand bot-
tom, spike rush -- also called
needle grass by some local
fishermen -- is flourishing.
"The spike rush seed banks
have been there for about 30
years," said FWC fisheries biol-
ogist Don Fox. "The spike rush
seeds have been laying there
waiting, for the stuff to get off
it. Tin House Cove is going as
good as it gets. It's getting bet-
ter every day."
Mr. Fox explained that FWC
hired the L.J. Clark Construc-
tion Company out of Moore
Haven to remove the muck
from the Tin House Cove area.
They are stripping roughly 90
acres there and will remove
an estimated 63,000 yards of
organic material at a cost of
They've been working for
about eight days and will be
"We're going to have good
spawning habitat and good
bird-foraging areas," said Mr.
Fox. "We've got it back down
to where it used to be. We
haven't done anything new --
we've just turned back time a
FWC has also contracted
to have the Cody's Cove area
stripped of the muck. Mr. Fox
said that job is going a bit
slower but should be finished
before too long.
"They're about 50 percent
done," said Mr. Fox.
He went on to say that FWC'
has received another permit
and will partner with the South
Florida Water Management
District (SFWMD) to strip the
muck in, the Horse Island and
Worm Cove areas.
Once the muck has been
scraped it is piled up to form
mounds. When the project is
finished, FWC will plant na-
tive grasses and trees on the
"We'll seed the mounds to
stabilize them and give them
about a year to compact," ex-
plained Mr. Fox. "We'll then go
in and plant trees on the slopes
of the mounds."
The plan, he continued, is
to plant about 600 trees to the
acre. FWC will plant such trees
as myrtle oak, pond apple, go-
pher apple, red maples and
"We did six (mounds) in
2001 and they survived the hur-
ricanes," he added. "The key is
Ceiling the vegetation on real
quick so they-(the mounds)
He said only plants native to
South Florida will be used.
By allowing the mounds to
stabilize then planting grasses
and trees, the mounds will
See Lake - Page 2
Okeechobee News/Eric Kopp
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
(FWC) fisheries biologist Don Fox shows the muck that
is being scraped from the now-exposed lake bottom in
Tin House Cove on Monday, April 28. The muck is being
removed down to the natural sand bottom to allow native
grasses to grow and provide better fish and bird habitat.
May brings another lovebug season
By Katrina Elsken
South Florida motorists are
starting to notice more bugs on
the windshields as lovebug sea-
son starts again.
Lovebugs are active twice
a year, usually in May and Sep-
tember. Each lovebug mating
season lasts about three to four
weeks. Individual love bugs
only live about 72 hours in the
adult winged stage.
The insect's scientific name
is plecia nearctica. They
are called "lovebugs" be-
cause they mate inflight.
They create a nuiscance in
Florida because the heat
and exhaust fumes over
highways seems to attract
the bugs. Lovebug swarms
over highways are some-
times so dense that motor-
ists have to stop frequently
to clean their windshields
which become obscured
by insect bodies. Acid from
squashed bugs' bodies can
damage the paint on a car
if they are not removed
within 24 hours.
According to UF resee-
arch, lovebugs originated
in Central America. Scien-
tists have documented their
spread up through Mexico
to Texas. They were first
documented in Galveston,
Texas in 1940. From there,
they spread into the South-
ern United States, into the
Florida panhandle, and
then down into Southern
A widespread myth that
the bugs were accidentally
released by University of
Florida entomologists who
were trying to use other
insects to combat mosqui-
toes is false. Lovebugs have
no interaction with mos-
quitoes. They eat decaying
vegetative matter. UF re-
searchers have spent time
See Lovebugs - Page 2
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fall prey to
By Eric Kopp
It's been proven time and
time again that the allure of
'free' money can cause nor-
mally very intelligent people to
lose their common sense.
More times than can be
counted law enforcement of-
ficials and the media have
warned citizens to not give out
their personal information be-
cause get-rich scams only leave
the 'mark' broken hearted and
To illustrate this point: an
Okeechobee woman is out
$6,500 because someone
called her and told her she had
just won the Jamaican lottery.
It didn't matter to her that she
had never played that lottery
or that there is no such thing
as the Jamaican lottery.
Now, according to a local
detective, she can't pay her
mortgage and she's amassed
"horrendous" telephone bills.
Another local woman lost
$3,800 to a Nigerian scam.
The woman was contacted by
a person who was wanting to
come to the United States but
needed air fare. So, the wom-
an received a check in the mail
that was issued by a bogus
California company and was
drawn on a large and well-
known banking institution.
What happened? The check
was no good and she had just
lost her money.
"When it's international --
like from Nigeria or Jamaica -
we can't go get their money,"
said Detective Susan Morrison
of the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO). "Your
money is just gone. People do
this so willingly -- I don't get
There are more scams out
there than law enforcement
can track, including a new one
where unsuspecting individu-
als receive an e-mail claiming
to be from the Internal Reve-
nue Service (IRS) that they are
due a 'refund' of $184.80.
People should be aware
that the IRS never calls or con-
tacts people via the internet. If
you receive one of these, do
not use the link provided at the
end of the e-mail to suppos-
edly contact the "IRS." Instead,
forward the e-mail to the real
IRS at email@example.com and
let them handle the investiga-
According to Detective Mor-
See Scams - Page 2
reached in lawsuit
By Charles M. Murphy
A court order mediation
session helped settle a wrong-
ful death lawsuit filed by the
estate of a local farm worker
earlier this year.
Circuit Judge Shields Mc-
Manus approved the settle-
ment April 25 in the case of
Miguel Ramirez Villanueva
against Gerald Newcomer,
court records show.
Ramirez Villanueva, 23, was
killed on June 4, 2005 in the
vicinity of State Road 70 west
and N.W. 38th Terrace when
he was struck by a west bound
2001 Ford pickup operated by
Attorney Hyram Montero
represented the estate in the
wrongful death suit that was
filed on March 1, 2007. He
stated the settlement was con-
"Suffice to say the settle-
ment was satisfactory to the
victim's family in Mexico. The
money will go to pay for two
younger siblings to attend col-
lege and have an opportunity
to obtain a degree and hope-
fully have a better opportunity
for employment," he noted.
The plaintiff claimed Mr.
Newcomer was using a cell
phone at the time of the crash
and was distracted, by that,
court pleadings stated.
The crash investigation,
headed by Okeechobee Coun-
ty Sheriff's Corporal Gary Bell
stated the victim was standing
in the roadway when he was
struck and killed.
Mr. Montero stated he had
See Lawsuit - Page 2
Courtesy photo/James Castner, University of Florida
Mating pair of lovebugs, Plecia nearctica Hardy. Female
on right. Color black with red dorsal portion of thorax.
Length of mating pair 13 to 15 mm.
SOkeechobee News, Sunday, May 4, 2008
Continued From Page 1
studying the bugs, but their
migration into Florida was
likely due to environmental
factors that pushed them out
of their native habitat.
Lovebugs have no natural en-
emies in Florida. Their population
size depends on how many eggs
successfully hatch, which can
vary depending on the weather.
If the weather is too dry or too
wet, it can reduce the number of
According to the UF publica-
tion, "Lovebugs in Florida," an
individual female lovebug depos-
its an average of 350 eggs under
decaying vegetation in a grassy or
weedy area with adequate mois-
ture. The larvae soon emerge
and can move short distances to
locate the best habitats. Larvae
develop more rapidly at higher
temperatures (which is why their
summer cycle is shorter than the
winter cycle). The larvae feed on
decomposing leaves and grass
until they pupate. The pupal stage
lasts 7-9 days. The winged adults
emerge from their cocoons and
swarm. The adults live just long
enough to mate, feed, disperse
and deposit a batch of eggs --
about 3 days.
Lovebugs are a particular nui-
sance to drivers because their
body fluids are very acidic, the
UF publication explains. When
numerous lovebugs are
smashed on the front of a
Continued From Page 1
expert witnesses ready to testify
that the victim was walking on
the shoulder of the road when
he was struck and killed.
Corporal's Bells report re-
futed those claims. It stated that
evidence was left behind in the
vehicle, the contents of their
bodies, especially eggs,'coat
the painted surface. No per-
manent damage is caused,
however, if the surface is
cleaned before the coating is
baked by the sun.
If the lovebug bodies are left
on the vehicle, the acid from the
bugs can permanently etch or
damage the paint.
According to the UF, the front
of a vehicle can be protected by
coating it with "car wax" and
removing the lovebugs within
24 hours. Soaking the splattered
bugs with water for a few min-
utes will make it easier to scrub
them off a vehicle's surface.
Insecticides are not effective
in controlling lovebugs, the UF
report states. "Insecticides avail-
able to the public for controlling
houseflies, mosquitoes and other
flies will also kill lovebug adults.
However, there are risks associ-
ated with using these products
around humans and pets, and
the lovebugs will return almost
immediately," the UF publication
Lovebugs do not bite, sting or
transmit diseases and are not poi-
sonous. Lovebugs are poor fliers
that can be kept out of a building
by creating positive pressure with
a fan. If a few lovebugs enter, a
vacuum cleaner can be used to
remove them. A fan can be used
outside near work or recreational
areas to keep lovebugs away. Due
to their abundance and mobility,
lovebugs cannot be controlled
effectively with poisons or repel-
lents, the UF publication states.
roadway to indicate the vehicle
was in its own travel lane at the
time of impact. The evidence
included a shoe from the pedes-
trian and a tow hook from the
pickup truck that came from.the
passenger side of the truck.
The reported noted that dam-
age was done to the passenger
side hood and bumper.
Okeechobee News/Tonya Harden
Christina Groso and her family attended the free Child ID
session held at the Masonic Lodge #237 on Saturday, May
3. Keith Stripling was on hand with instructions for what
the kids should do.
Oueecnooee INeWS/ ionya naraen
Christina's digital prints were taken to go with her new Child ID kit.
Continued From Page 1
hold and the muck will not wash
back into the lake -- as evidenced
by those that survived Frances,
Jeanne and Wilma.
When talking about the
emergent grasses coming back,
Mr. Fox indicated it hasn't taken
much for the vegetation to ex-
plode into miles and miles of
new growth -- just a little mois-
ture and no muck.
The muck, he explained, cov-
ers the seed beds to the point
that sunlight can't penetrate and
stimulate seed growth.
"What we typically do is let
nature take its course. But, if the
seed bank isn't there, we will go
in and revegetate," he said. "But,
we've not had to do that on Lake
And once the water level rises
fish, birds, alligators -- and man
-- will again have thousands of
acres of lush green habitat to en-
joy on Lake Okeechobee.
"We'll be OK," said Mr. Fox.
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rison there are some things that
are dead giveaways that what
you've received is a scam.
First, there is no such thing at
the International Lottery. Ignore
those letters, phone calls or e-
mails that say you have just won
the lottery and use countries
such as Brazil, Nigeria, Jamaica
or Canada. Next, look at the let-
ters or e-mails closely and you'll
see they are usually typed in all
capital letters, there will be many
words that are spelled incorrectly
and the language is not proper
Another scam involves a per-
son being contacted by some-
one in a foreign country -- usu-
ally Nigeria -- who has a large
sum of money and needs help
getting it out of the country be-
cause that country isn't aware of
the money. You are then offered
a percentage of that money for
helping them get it into the U.S.
All that is needed is your bank
account number, personal iden-
tification number and Social Se-
Once you have released this
information you've not only giv-
en them access to all your mon-
ey, but also your identity.
Today: A partly sunny day with isolated showers. Highs will be
in the mid 80s. A 20 percent chance of afternoon showers. Winds
will be from the south around 5 mph becoming southeast 5 to 10
Tonight: A partly cloudy night with lows in the lower 60s. Winds
will be from the south 5 to 10 mph becoming west around 5 mph
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will be from the northwest around 5 mph becoming east 5 to 10
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There is also the scam where
you are contacted and then sent
a large sum of traveler's checks.
Detective Morrison said these
checks look real, but are coun-
terfeit. She advises that you al-
ways have your bank verify the
funds before you either cash or
There are way too many
scams currently going on to de-
scribe each one. Just remember
if an offer involves easy or free
money, a red flag should go up
Once you let go of your mon-
ey, it's just that -- gone.
"That money is gone. The
banks won't refund your mon-
ey," said Detective Morrison.
"You will not be able to track
down an overseas suspect that
took advantage of you, and local
law enforcement will not be able
to apprehend the international
thief. You have just given the bad
guy free money."
While it's highly unlikely your
money will ever be returned, if
you should fall prey to one of
these unscrupulous scams you
can contact Detective Morrison
for documentation purposes.
She can be reached by calling
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office at 863-763-3117.
Okeechobee News, Sunday, May 4, 2008 J
Man enters plea agreement in railroad spikes theft
By Eric Kopp
bee man was
sentenced to ~
three years pro-
bation Friday af- - ,
ter entering into
a plea deal with
chael Reed, 23, Shawn
N.E. Ninth Ave., Michael Reed
entered a plea of
guilty on May 2 to felony charges
of dealing in stolen property and
interference with railroad track
equipment. Another charge,
grand theft, was dropped by the
state as part of the deal.
In another case that same
morning, Krystal Dawn Perez, 22,
S.E. 23rd St., went before Circuit
Court Judge Lawrence Mirman
and asked to have her $30,000
Perez was arrested April 16
by Deputy Justin Akins of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice (OCSO) on a charge of tam-
pering with a witness.
"Certainly, this is an odd situ-
ation," said Judge Mirman, in re-
gard to Perez being four months
With that in mind, plus the fact
that Perez has no prior history of
arrest, Judge Mirman agreed to
reduce her bond to $10,000 but
issued a caveat to his ruling.
"You are to absolutely have
no contact with the victim in this
case," he told the woman.
Assistant State Attorney Ashley
Albright argued against the bond
"The state feels the $30,000
bond is reasonable because she
threatened the victim with bodily
harm," he told the judge.
According to an OCSO arrest
report by Deputy Justin Akins,
Perez and Martez Leon Daniels,
24, N.E: 18th Ave., went to the
home of the victim and Daniels
allegedly offered the victim $400
to drop the charges she had filed
The report states that Daniels
had been charged with grand
theft and fraudulent use of a cred-
When the victim refused, Per-
ez then issued a threat, continued
to the OCSO report.
Daniel was also arrested by
Deputy Akins on April 16 and
charged with tampering with
a witness. His bond was set at
Judge Mirman later agreed
to accept Reed's guilty plea and
sentenced him to three years pro-
bation on each charge. The pro-
bation is to run concurrently and
Woman accused of "doctor shopping"
By Eric Kopp
Narcotics Task l
day with the ar-
rest of a local
woman on felo-
ny charges. Danielle
Danielle Le- Whaley
anne Whaley, 25, N.E. 62nd Ave.,
was charged with two counts of
obtaining or attempting to obtain
a controlled substance by fraud.
She was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail on April
30 under a bond of $5,000. Wha-
ley was released from jail after
According to the task force.de-
tective Whaley was "doctor shop-
ping." She was allegedly going to
two different local doctors, and
apparently did not tell either doc-
tor that she was seeing another
The detective said she was get-
ting prescriptions for alprazolam
"I don't believe she was sell-
ing. I believe they were for her
personal use," said the detective.
"I've been looking at her for over
Whaley wasn't charged with
trafficking because there is no
such charge for xanax.
"It's a medication and not a
pain pill," explained the detec-
Once the detective put the case
together, an arrest warrant was
applied for and received. Whaley
was then arrested by Deputy Wil-
liam Maerki of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office.
Law Enforcement Calls
The Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office received the following
calls from Friday, April 25, through
Thursday, May 1:
Friday, April 25
* stabbing in the 800.block of
U.S. 441 S.E.
* larceny in the 11000 block of
U.S. 441 S.E.
-* burglary in the 4800 block of
U.S. 441 S.E.
Saturday, April 26
* theft in the 5000 block of S.E.
* larceny in the 2500 blockeaf,
N.W 16th Blvd. "
* burglary in the 3700 block of
U.S. 441 S.E.
* vandalism in the 3500 block
of N.W. Sixth St.
* vandalism in the 1100 block
of N.W. 39th Circle
* assault in the 8000 block of
U.S. 441 S.E.
* theft in the 9400 block of
N.E. Sixth Way
* larceny in the 700 block of
N.E. 28th Ave.
* larceny in the Fort Drum
* burglary in the 10000 block
of U.S. 441 S.E.
o thefl in the 1000 block, of
N.E. 20-S[h .St
* rape on S.E. 25th St.
* burglary in the 3600 block of
U.S. 441 S.
Sunday, April 27
* larceny on N.W 56th St.
* vandalism in the 4000 block
of S.E. 37th Way
* vandalism in the 17000 block
of N.W 38th Ave.
* vandalism in the 6500 block
of N.E. Eighth Lane
Monday, April 28
* vandalism in the 1800 block
of N.W Ninth St.
,.Editor's Noe: Only calls dea ,
ing with either felony or a p" a'
tenrial felony dre entered into this'
will end when Reed has paid all
of the court fines and any restitu-
tion sought by CSX Railroad.
"I believe restitution is owed
to CSX," Assistant State Attorney
Dan Kuczler told the judge.
However, the amount was not
know so a hearing will be held
once that amount has been deter-
Reed was arrested April 11
and charged with taking 11 kegs
of railroad spikes from railroad
property on North Parrott Avenue
on March 25. An arrest report by
Special Agent J.P. Hemphill, of the
CSX Railroad Police Department,
indicates the cost for each keg is
$125.and the total of the property
taken was $1,375.
The report goes on to state
that Reed took the 840 pounds of
spikes to a local recycling center
and sold them as scrap. Reed was
paid $94 for the spikes, added the
Judge Mirman told Reed that
by entering into the plea deal he
was giving up his right to a jury
trial. The judge also told him that
if found guilty at trial he could face
a maximum penalty of 15 years in
prison for dealing in stolen prop-
erty and a maximum of five years
on the other charge.
"If you violate probation you
could face up to 20 years in the
Department of Corrections,"
Judge Mirman warned Reed.
Reed told the judge that he
was entering the plea because he
believed it was in his best inter-
Reed was to be released from
the Okeechobee County Jail
sometime Friday. He had been
held there on $15,000 bond since
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* Facial & Leg Veins
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STIMULUS CHECK: Well, is anyone getting excited about the
stimulus check yet? I will when I get it. If you get it please buy Ameri-
can, if you can. We all need to spend it where it 's going to help.
Although I think sending out stimulus checks was a bad decision, the
decision was made by our wise and all knowing Congress. We are
going to pay for it in the future.
VACANT LOTS: Isn't there some kind of rule requiring people to
kept their vacant lots and backyards mowed? Not only are overgrown
lots an eyesore, they also attract all kinds of nuisance pests such as
skunks, snakes, possums and raccoons. Lots in residential areas
should be kept cut. And don't forget pests like raccoons and possums
love to knock over trash cans and tear up the garbage. You might be
blaming the neighbor's dogs when the culprit is a possum living in the
brush in your own back yard.
GAMES: Each year nearly 13,500 people die in drunk driving
crashes and another half a million are injured in alcohol-related traffic
crashes. This is why MADD is extremely disappointed by the decision
of the manufacturers of the game Grand Theft Auto IV to include a
game module where players have to drive drunk. Drunk driving is not
a game and it is not a joke. Drunk driving is a choice, a violent crime
and it is also 100 percent preventable. MADD is calling on the Enter-
tainment Software Ratings Board to reclassify Grand Theft Auto IV as
an Adults Only game, a step up from the current rating of Mature and
for the manufacturer to consider a stop in distribution if not out of
responsibility to society then out of respect for the millions of victims/
survivors of drunk driving. If you are concerned about the content of
Grand Theft Auto IV, please contact the retailers and voice your opin-
ion. Amazon.com, 206-266-1000; Best Buy, 612-291-1000; Circuit City,
804-527-4000; EB Games and GameStop, 817-424-2000; Wal-Mart,
CANDIDATES: These people running for office all make vague
promises. That means nothing to me. I want to hear your plans for
improving the community. Give us specifics. What are you going to do
and how are you going to do it? And if anyone is running for county
commission, I should expect they should be attending meetings now
so they will be up to speed should they be elected. If you care enough
to run for office, shouldn't you care enough to attend county commis-
DUI: I am saddened by the number of teens involved in drunk driv-
ing incidents and the high percentage of teens who admit to drinking
and/or using drugs. Parents need to get involved. Quit trying to be your
child's friends and set some limits. Find out where they are going and
who will be there. Make sure they do not get in a car with someone
who has been drinking. Years ago, there was a contract parents and
teens would sign. The teen would promise never to ride with some-
one who had been drinking and to call the parent for a ride if he or
she found themselves in that situation. The parent promised to come
pick up the child, no questions asked if such a call came. Better to go
pick up your child and know they are safe than let them be involved
in a car crash.
S DOGS: People are always complaining about loose dogs and bark-
ing dogs but it isn't really the dogs' fault. If a dog is running around
loose and the owner can't or won't keep it contained, it is probably
better for the dog if you catch it and call animal control. If it is allowed
to just run around loose, it will probably get hit by a car. If a dog is
barking, it depends on the reason. If a dog is tied up and barking all
day, that is abuse. But if a dog is running around loose in a fenced yard
and is barking because a possum just crawled under the fence into his
territory, well that dog has a reason to bark and the owner has done
LOOSE DOGS: The loose dog business is nothing new. People
have been complaining about that as long a there has been a Speak
Out column. If you look 20 years back in the paper, you will find dog
complaints. Calling Speak Out will not fix that problem. Call the. dog
owner. And if they don't take care of the problem, then call animal
DRIVER'S LICENSE OFFICE: The state folks point out all these
things you can do online so that you don't have to actually go to the
Driver's License Office. Well for a commerical driver's license, you do
have to go to the office. You can't just apply and test for that online.
And maybe they need to consider that a lot of people in a rural coun-
ty like Okeechobee don't have computers. Every time you go to the
Driver's License Office, the place is packed with a long line of people.
Obviously it is very much needed here.
RECYCLING: There have been many articles in speak out about
this subject. Everyone should recycle. What I would like to know. How
many businesses recycle, especially bars and restaurants? They have
soda and beer cans, beer bottles, etc. I am sure if you look into their
trash bins you will find these items that will end up in the landfill.
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Reflections from the Pulpit
Eternal Life Now!
- Just Do It!
By: John R. Hodge, the Word (Jesus), and the Word
Pastor (Jesus) was with God, the Word
Abundant Blessings Church (Jesus) was God; and the Word
2 Corinthians 6:2 says "Behold, (Jesus) became flesh and dwelt
now is the time, behold, now is among us, and we beheld His
the day of salvation. I want to be- Glory, the glory of the only begot-
gin this article by asking you the ten of the Father full of grace and
reader two important questions. truth." (Isaiah 53:6) "All we like
Question 1 - Have you come sheep have gone astray, we have
to the place in your life that you turned, everyone, to his own way;
know for certain if you were to And the Lord laid upon Him the
die today you would go to heav- iniquity of is all. Jesus was GOD
en? Or would you say you are still in the Flesh - all God and all Man
working on it? he was Divine and Human there
Question 2 - Suppose you did has nve anyone else like
die today and you stood before has never been anyone else like
God in Heaven and he were to Him. Jesus loved you so much
askyou, Why should I letyou into here is what he did for you. Je-
my Heaven what would you say? sus died upon the cross, paid the
As you ponder these two ques- penalty of our sin, rose again and
tion for an answer let me share with His life purchased a place
with you a few things from God's for you and me in Heaven. What
Word, The Bible that may help an Awesome Gift. How do we re-
you with your answers. ceive this gift? By Faith.
First of all, the bible says in (I .Point 5 - Faith - Trust in Christ
John 5:13), "These things I have alone for Eternal Life. (Romans
written to you who believes in the 10:9) If you confess with your
name of the Son of God, that you mouth the Lord Jesus and Believe
may know that you have eternal mouth the Lord esus an eie
life..." You see you don't have to CTrust) in your heart that God
wonder if you have eternal life in raised Him from the Dead you will
heaven you can know that you be saved. There are two different
have everlasting life. I would like kinds of faith we have today; Faith
to share with you 5 points that for needs and Saving Faith. One
you need to understand to make faith we have is like traveling faith,
heaven your final destination or financial faith but once the trip
*Point 1 - Heaven is a free gift. is over or the need in our finances
We cannot earn it and we do not is met we don't need that faith any
deserve it! (Romans 6:23) For the more. Many people say "I believe
wages of sin is death, but the Gift in God," and they think that that
of God is Eternal life. (Ephesians is enough to go to heaven. The
2:8-9) For by grace you have been bible sas ( s 2) "u be
saved through faith, and not of bible says (James 2:19) "You be-
yourself it is the gift of God, not of lieve that there is one God: You Do
works lest anyone should boast. well: The devils also believe, and
Eternal life is a gift from God, we tremble." Some believe in Jesus
can't win it on our own merits or like we believe in George Wash-
good works. . ington or Abraham Lincoln both
*Point 2 - Man is a sinner and good men but they do nothing
cannot save Himself. (Romans for my Eternal Life. Saving Faith
3:23) "For all have sinned and is trusting Christ alone for eternal
fallen short of the glory of God. life. With that Trust that means
(Matthew 5:48) "Be ye therefore there is a lifestyle that must be up-
perfect, even as your Heavenly held. If you trust in someone that
Father is perfect." Sin! Whoa! Not d. If you trust in someone that
a popular subject today, but we
have all fallen into sin in our life. (The Bible) which teaches us the
Remember! God forgives! God's way we are to live so we repre-
standard for heaven is perfection. sent his character.
None of us are perfect that's why Remember, Now is the Time,
we need a perfect savior. Now is the day of salvation. Why
*Point 3 - God is Merciful - wait? Just Do it! If you would like
God is Just (I John 4:16) "...God to receive Him, Just ask God to
is Love..." (Proverbs 14:21) "... forgive you of your sins and Ask
the wicked will not go unpun- Jesus to Become your Savior and
ished." God is a loving God and Lord. You can do that right now!
doesn'twant to punish us. How- If you need help to do this find a
ever, God is also just and he must Bible Believing Church and they
punish sin. That leaves us with a
dilemma, how can we go to heav- can help you in this area. Lastly, to
en? God solved this problem. His help you grow in your faith, find a
Son Jesus, the Christ. church and join the countless mil-
*Point 4 - Jesus Christ - Who lions who have accepted Jesus as
He is and What He Did. (John their Savior and claim your place
1: 1;14) "In the Beginning was in heaven. See you in Church!!
Sunday, May 4
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Narcotics Anonymous woman's step study meeting at 7 p.m. at the
Just for Today club, 101 Fifth Ave. For more information please call.
Monday, May 5
AA. 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.
Okeechobee Model Airplane Club will meet at the Peace
Lutheran Church, 750 N.W. 23rd Lane at 7 p.m. For information,
contact Robert Rosada at (863) 467-5440.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at
the Just for Today Club, 101 Fifth Ave. For information call (863) 634-
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.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 Buckhdad 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, May 6
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 iri
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 Saviour, 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.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St. Anyone
interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend.
There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security
Death Index and military information available. For information, call
Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Camera Club meetings will be every other Tuesday, from 5:30
until 6:30 p.m. Learn types and uses of film, speeds and technology
and how to see your world and capture it on film. Class is basic through
extensive. Registration is $20 and each class is $10. Call Bobbi at (863)
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intervals and required immediate attention. The students were required to insert a spe-
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Cattle Auction sale last Thursday
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project entitled "Which Fishing Line Should My Dad be
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Lindy Ann Harwas
nounce the birth of their daugh-
ter, Lindy Ann Harwas. She was
born on March 3, 2008 at Martin
Memorial in Stuart. She weighed
7 pounds 15 ounces and was 19
S 1/2 inches long at birth.
Lindy was welcomed home by
,P' L. Y . her sister, Ashton Coffey.
V" G Maternal grandparents are Sam
and Ann Hancock of Okeecho-
Paternal grandparents are Oli-
ver and Lisa Harwas of Okeecho-
Great grandparents are Lorene
Hancock of Okeechobee, Martha
Oliver and Pam Harwas of Harwas of Pittsburg, Pa., and Bea
Okeechobee are proud to an- Boynton of Port Arthur, Texas.
Lillianna Grace Harden
Darrell and Amanda Harden
Beckham Kennedy Nelson
Katie Kennedy Nelson and
Justin Nelson of Okeechobee are
are Linda and John Ashby of
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nounce the birth of their daugh-
ter, Lillianna Grace. She was
born, March 21, 2008 at Florida
Hospital Heartland Division in
Sebring. She weighed 7 pounds
2 1/2 ounces and was 19 inches
long at birth.
Lilly rwas welcomed home
by her big brother, Darrell "J.J."
Paternal grandparents are
Dale and Renee Harden of
Great grandparents are Ber-
tha Gould of Okeechobee, Frank
and Paula Byars of Okeecho-
bee, Sandra and Leonard Prit-
chard of Ft. Lauderdale, and Joy
Oglesby of Brandywine, Md.
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Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
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Fun-Leami Activities In A
Classroom Stting, Fenced
Playground and much more
Preschool Ass: lyr - 5vrs old
DEE'S MINOR REPAIR
License # 5698
& Pressure Washing
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Painting, Repairs, Carpentry
Air Conditioners 505
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Books & Magazines535
Business Equipment 545
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Drapes, Linens A Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Health & Reducing
Household Items 630
Medical Items 650
Musical Instruments 660
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Tools . 725
Toys & Games 730
Wanted to Buy 740
GE Gas Range, 4 burner set up
w/ regulator & 2 301b. tanks,
$300 or will separate
Why Rent a
when you can
own a Shed for
the same Price.
Find It faster. Sell It soon-
er In the classlfleds
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Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
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SATURDAY * MAY 10th * 11am
3709 NW 17th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida
17th Avenue is located right off of 36th Street
* Brand New * Solar H20 Heater
* 3 Bedroom * Greenblock Insulated Concrete Form
* 2 Bath * Water Efficiency
* 2,000 Sq. Ft. * Fresh Air Makeup into A/C System
* Never Occupied * Low-Volatile Organic Compound Paints
3347 NW 22nd Avenue
* Brand New
* 3 Bedroom
* 2 Bath
* 2-Car Garage
* 1,928 Sq. Ft.
* Never Occupied
* 2 Bath
3268 NW 26th Avenue A-
* 3 Bedroom
* 2 Bath
* 2-Car Garage
* 1,862 Sq. Ft.
3346 NW 23rd Avenue
* 3 Bedroom
* 2-Car Garage
* 1,944 Sq. Ft.
3382 NW 22nd Avenue
* 3 Bedroom
* 2 Bath
* 1,420 Sq. Ft.
S3346 NW 22nd Avenue
* 3 Bedroom
* 1,420 Sq. Ft.
A m 0 g -. .- -.- - gaOccupied
"7 72 219- 8448 SA
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 up, 50 TV Ent
Centers $167 up, 2 Pc
Queen Bed set $297 up, 50
4Pc Bedroom sets $387 up,
3Pc Livingroom tables
$97up, 100 headboards
WE BUY GOLD
Turn your Gold into Money
1416 S Parrott Ave
(next to UPS store)
Coleman Gas Generator,
.model 6250, 5,000 watts, 6
gallon tank, $500 or best
Konelco country plank collec-
tion floating locking floor
system, 1103 sq. ft., $1,470
great price (863)763-7386
GOLDEN RETRIEVER PUPPIES
- registered, shots, health
guaranteed, vet cert., $700.
PEKINGNESE PUPS - CKC
reg., 10 wks, Call for more
SHIH TZU PUPPIES - 2 males,
10 weeks old, black & white,
health papers, $325.
or Toll Free
DIRT BIKES - Ekc condo.
90-100-110 Kid's bikes.
Cm ei a
Warehouse space available
Located behind U-Save in.Okeechobee
Approximately 850 sq. ft $600 a month with
one month FREEI
Business Places 910
Townhouses - Rent920
Farm Property -
House- Rent 930
Land - Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
IN TOWN - 2BR/1.5BA, $750
mo., 1st & last, annual lease,
no pets, w/d, clean.
NEW 2 BR, 2/ BA Apt., All
major apple's. included. Near
hospital. $975 mo. + $500
NW OKEECHOBEE: 2B 2BA,
on quiet St. Kids & pets ok.
$750-$850/mo. 1st, last &
$500 sec. 561-346-1642.
OKEE., Huge, Clean, 2br, 2ba
No pets, new paint & carpet.
$775/mo. 1st & $500 sec.
dep. Call 772-215-0098
REMODELED - 2/1, 2 story
screened porch, very clean,
no pets. $700/mo, 1st, last
& sec. (863)634-3313
House for Rent
2 story, 3br/2ba,
barn, 3 fenced
& last $4800
w/$2400 sec. dep.
Love the earth Recycle
your used Items by sel-
ng them in the classl-
OKEE - 2/2, TownHome, Oak
Lake Villas, $900/mo +
sec., Available 6/1
clean, 2 BR, 2 BA, W/D
hook-up, patio, privacy
fence, no pets $700 mo. +
sec. dep., free garbage and
lawn maint. (417)848-3424
TAYLOR CREEK CONDO
1 BR, 1 BA, Furnished. Pool,
W&D Facilities. $700 mo.
2 Bath, 2
2BR, 2BA, canal, boat house,
furn. or unfurn., in city, $825
includes lawn serve. 407 SE
8th St. (863)467-0658 6/1
BASSWOOD - Almost New!
Affordable 3br, 2ba, 2 gar for
rent. $1000. mo. + Sec.
-BEST VALUE IN TOWN-
2/1 Available, no pets,
$590/mo + Sec Dep.
White House Plaza
1120 S. Parrot Avenue
2300 sq ft available
810 sq ft available
600 sq ft available
3 br, 2 ba, central heat & air,
city water, $1100 per month
3 br, 2 ba, SW sec, office,
Lawrence Real Estate Co.
NICE NIEGHBORHOOD - 3BR,
2BA, pool, extras. Must see!
1401 SE 8th Dr. $1300 mo.
1st & sec. (863)885-1347
OKEE. - 2br/1ba, unfurnished
duplex. $625/mo + $625
dep. 3624 SE 35th Ave.
OKEE: 3/1 on %1 ac. Renovat-
ed, laundry, C/ANheat, screen
porch, carport. $975 mo, 1st
mo. & dep. Call 305-458-8659
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage. C/Air. 1st, last &
sec. 863-467-2541 or after
5 pm 863-634-9330
OKEECHOBEE- 4/2/1 Ever-
lade Estates, tile throughout,
1295/mo, 1st & sec, No pets
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
TREASURE ISLAND - 2 br,
1 ba, waterfront house, large
fenced yard. $750/mo
Shop from a git catalog
that's updated regularly:
Professional Office Space
for Lease - near Courthouse,
PROFESSIONAL OFFICE SPACE
available, within new com-
mercial bldg., all utils incld.
Business Places -
Property- Sale 1010
Townhouses - Sale 1015
Farms - Sale 1020
Houses - Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property � Sale 1035
Land - Sale 1040
Lots -Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State-
Property - Sale- 1055
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort propertyy -
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080
READY TO HOUSE SWAP?
Family moving to Okeecho-
bee looking to swap a 4BR
home in Cape Coral, FL. Call
Mike at 863-634-4175 after
LAKESHORE RESORT- LAKE
PLACID, FL., For Sale. New
2BD cottages on Lake Placid,
300' white sand beach & dock
Call (863)441-2659 Nightly,
weekly & monthly rentals also
available, Call (863)465-2135.
Mobile Home - Lots 2005
Mobile Home - Parts 2010
Mobile Homes - Rent 2015
Mobile Homes - Sale 2020
ANCIENT OAKS - 55+, Gated,
1br, Iba, Sunroom, Covered
patio, Carport, Boat ramp,
Pool, Spa, Clubhouse. Cable
TV included. $400/mo. +
Behind Bill's Mini Mart,
2 br, 2 ba, nice corner lot,
$600 mo., $300 sec.
BH RIDGE - 3/2 on Waterfront,
Lake access. Fully furnished.
$800 mo. + $1000 Sec.
BIG 0 Park Model, furn. 1br
iba, w/d, pool, gated comm.,
clubhouse, 695 mo
FOR RENT OR SALE: 3 BR, 2
BA Dbl. Wide on 8 acres
w/barn. $1200 mo., 1st, last
& sec. dep. (863)610-0211
FT. DRUM - Just set upl Beau-
tiful D/W on 5ac. Ft Drum
creek/pond In back $1500 dep
Ied $800 mo. 772-464-9226
LARKEE LAKES- 2BR/1BA,
$600/mo, $300 deposit. Call
Mobile Homes For Rent
2 and 3 Bedrooms
RENTALS AVAIL - 3br, 2br, EZ
In, Wkly, Monthly, Clean
waterfront properties. Ricks
TREASURE ISLAND ,- 3br,
2ba, '07 model DW, private
waterfront lot. New seawall,
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
Mobile Home For Sale
On Large Lot
TRAILER - 8x24, w/1'0x20
Screened room. Shed w/
washer & dryer. $5000 or
best offer (863)381-7835
When you want something
sold, advertise In the
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035
Avion by AIRSTREAM - '89,
34', Triple axle, Roof air,
Awning, sleeps 6, Electric
jacks. Excellent cond. Seri-
ous inquiries only. $8900 or
best offer. (863)214-9747
Autos Wanted ' 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts - Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
CADILLAC SEDAN DEVILLE,
1996 - All power & leather,
low miles, pearl white,
WE BUY CARS, TRUCKS &
Call (561) 262-5735 or
FORD EXPLORER XLT- '95,
4x4, Good condition. $2300
or best reasonable offer.
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Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500
The Affordable Housing Advisory
Committee of Okeechobee County
has scheduled its next regular ses-
sion for Tuesday, May 13, 2008, at
3:00 p.m. in the Administrative An-
nex conference room. 456 High-
way 98 North, Okeechobee, Florida.
A person deciding'to appeal any deci-
sion made by the Committee with
respect to any matter considered at
such meeting will need a record of
the proceedings, and that, for such
purpose, Ire or she may need to en-
sure that a verbatim record of the
proceedings is made, which record
Includes the testimony and evi-
dence upon which the appeal Is to
Affordable Housing Advisory
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PUBLIC NOTICE ',
The Okeechobee County i . _ ,I i L.,r,r, ' ,iiTii,. ,.,,,a wi, hild i i. iii)' ei .
sion on Thursday, May i :I.i 'i 1 1 ,, r. i n r, COT.irT,' u.on i,i,
bers, Okeechobee Courr, I ,1lii.,.. n.N1 Ir ;r,.' ,'i-. f JrU." r Fin,
The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissionersail hold a special work-
shop session after its May 8, 2008 meeting to discuss a feasibility study for the
County Jail and the Sheriff's Office at 2:00 PM at the in County Commission
Chambers, Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee,
The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold a special work-
shop session after its May 8, 2008 meeting to discuss the Historic Courthouse
Renovation at 3:00PM in County Commission Chambers, Okeechobee County
Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida.
Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commis-
sioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need a record of
the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she will need to ensure that a
verbatim record of such proceedings is made, which record shall includethe tes-
timony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Forida Statute
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Lynn Shain or Betsy Sheffield, no later than two
(2) working days prior to the proceeding at 863-763-2131, ext. 2111. If you are
hearing or voice impaired, call TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620
Clif Belts Jr, Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
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ball and throws to first during his game.
Talk About It
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raped or sexually assaulted, we are
here to help. Contact us:
Assistance Program of
the Treasure Coast
24 Hour Confidential Hotline
We are here to listen and to provide information and
referrals to sexual assault victims so they will be able
to make informed choices regarding their health, safety
All services are free and confidential.
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John Kemp (#6) is thrown
out at the plate during the
first inning of the game.
Kaitlyn Williams makes a
throw from third during a
Jessica Drawdy tags out
Elisa Garcia (left) between
home and third during the
softball game between Red
Sweat trucking and Triple
1S . Okeechobee News, Sunday, May 4,2008
Adrienne Lee Mills and Ste-
phen Casey Clemons were united
in marriage on December 15,2007
at First United Methodist Church
in Troy, Alabama. The Reverend
David McVay and Mr. Otis Jeffery
Clemons, father of the groom, of-
ficiated the ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of
Renita Rawls Mills of Troy, Ala-
bama and Womac Franklin Mills
of Grady, Alabama. She is the
granddaughter of the late Mr. and
Mrs. Robert McNeill Rawls of Pine
Level, Alabama and Mr. and Mrs.
W.E Mills of Grady, Alabama and
the late Mrs. Kathryn Mills.
The groom is the son of Mr.
and Mrs. Otis Jeffery Clemons of
Okeechobee, Florida. He is the
grandson of Mrs. P.A. (Kathleen)
Schelter and the late Mr. P.A. "Doc"
Schelter, Mrs. Ida Maude Clemons
and Mr. and Mrs. Otis Odell "Pete"
Clemons all of Okeechobee, Flor-
Given in marriage by her fa-
ther, the bride wore an ivory taf-
feta strapless gown by Anjolique
with a sweep train. The gown
had a drop waist and a beaded
lace and pearl embroidered bod-
ice. She wore a Marionat finger-
tip length veil accented with a
pearl Swarovski hair piece and
drop pearl earrings. She carried
a hand-tied bouquet made of
all white lisianthus, lilies, stock,
snapdragons, hydrangeas, roses,
tulips and alstroemerias accented
with gold berries and designed by
Jean's Flowers of Troy, Alabama.
The church was decorated with
red poinsettias and live garland in
keeping with the Christmas sea-
son and featured a ten foot, live
Chrismon tree decorated with
traditional hand-made Christian
symbols, primarily white hand-
made crosses. A classical Musical
Prelude was preformed for the
Seating of the Guests, followed
by the Chiming of the Hour. The
Seating of the Grandparents and
Mothers was accompanied by
the organ prelude "Jesu, Joy of
Man's Desiring" by J.S. Bach. The
Bridal Processional, "Rigaudon"
by Andre Campra was played as
the bride and her father entered
the Church. "The Lord's Prayer"
by Malotte was sung by Ms. Janet
May, accompanied by Mrs. Lyra
Crapps, organist and Mr. Jason
Grace, pianist. The bride and
groom exited the Church to the
Recessional, "Joy to the World"
written by G.F. Handel.
Kristie Long of Atlanta, Geor-
gia served as Maid of Honor. The
Bridesmaids were Ashlea Love of
Auburn, Alabama, Lauren Martin
of Birmingham, Alabama, Dare
Guyer and Jillian Buttimer, both
of Atlanta, Georgia and Jessica
Seago of Nashville, Tennessee.
They wore strapless champagne
tissue taffeta gowns by Bill Levkoff
with black, full-length sashes. The
Bridesmaids carried hand-tied
bouquets of white tulips, white
alstroemerias and white hydran-
geas, accented with gold berries.
Will Paul, of Gay, Georgia
served as Best Man. Grooms-
men were Donnie Ray Yates,
Levi Pearce, Matt Clemons, all of
Okeechobee, Florida, Carl Moe-
sching of Gainesville, Florida, and
Matt Mills, brother of the bride, of
Troy, Alabama. Danny Baird of At-
lanta, Georgia and Sam Clemons,
brother of the groom, of Okeecho-
bee, Florida served as ushers.
Program attendants were Mr.
Charlie Rawls, nephew of the
bride, Mr. Lawson Scarbrough
and Miss Gracie Scarbrough. The
wedding was directed by Mrs.
Al ' -ihimhd
A catered reception followed
the wedding at the Troy Univer-
sity Stadium Club. The reception
overlooked the Troy University
football field, which was lighted
during the reception in honor of
the occasion. As the guests en-
tered the Stadium Club, they were
greeted with a fantasy of Christ-
mas trees adorned with white
lights. The tables featured petite
lighted Christmas trees decorated
in gold and silver.
The four-tiered wedding cake,
accented in gold and silver, was
surrounded by the bride's bouquet
and the bridesmaids' bouquets.
The guests were entertained with
live music provided by the "Sweet
Youngans" of Montgomery, Ala-
Many events honoring the en-
gaged couple led up to the special
wedding weekend. Friends of the
bride's mother held an Engage-
ment Party on August 11, 2007 at
the "Great Southern Outdoors"
hunt club in Union Springs, Ala-
bama. The bride's uncle and aunt,
Charles and Janet Rawls, along
with other friends of the family,
hosted a Fish Fry and Shower in
Troy, Alabama on September
A cookout was held honoring
the couple at the Cherry Ranch
in Okeechobee hosted by the
groornn's incle and anl Mark and
Billie Jean Reynolds and their chil-
dren, Bob and India Riedel and
Barney and Terry Lynn Cherry.
A wedding shower was held
for the couple in Pike Road, Ala-
bama on Nov. 17, given by friends
of the bride's family. The brides-
maids also honored the bride
with a Bridal Shower in Atlanta,
A bridal shower brunch was
given in Okeechobee at the home
of Mrs. Tina Clemons, Ms. Ann Al-
exander, both the groom's aunts,
Mrs. Angela Davis, Mrs. Lori Mix-
on, Mrs. Delores Sherman, and
the groom's nieces; Mrs. Jennifer
Graves of Conway, South Caro-
lina and Mrs. Julie Turner and
Mrs. Elizabeth Maxwell, both of
A Bridesmaids' Luncheon
was given for the bridesmaids on
Dec. 14 at the "Olde Ensor Lane"
in Troy. And, on the day of the
wedding, a Brunch was given at
the home of Charles and Janet
A formal seated Rehearsal Din-
ner was given at the "Emporium"
in Troy by the groom's parents
on the Dec. 14. A Florida tropical
theme was provided in keeping
with the groom's background.
Following a honeymoon in
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, the
couple made their home in Lake
City, Florida, where the groom is
the General Manager of the North
Florida Livestock Market. Thd
bride is teaching in the Lake City
Peace Lutheran Preschool
750 NW 23rd Lane Okeechobee, Florida
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WHAT IS A DISPOSAL EVENT?
Our disposal event happens once a year. All our over stocks, returns, trade-ins,
surplus, discontinued and damaged jewelry, from all our stores, WILL BE SOLD
FOR THE BALANCE OWING, A FRACTION OF THE RETAIL VALUE.
LAST YEAR WAS A SELLOUT. HERE IS WHY.
Mr. Thompson personally marks each item...there will be a crowd, because we
are practically giving this jewelry away. Last year we sold 1 carat diamond stud
earrings for $281, a 7 diamond wedding band for $23...Gold chains, gemstone
rings, pendants, etc.
TERMS OF SALE - NO PREVIEW - NOTICE:
All jewelry and watches clearly marked with disposal price. Payment by credit
card, debit card or cash. No holds or layaways. We expect a sellout, so be
Hours: 10AM - 6PM,
Monday - Saturday
3250 Hwy. 441 South
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S- W L Okeechobee Plaza
Your Diamond Engagement Ring Store 863-357-0600
Since 1948 t I 1 s i