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The Okeechobee High
School muscial "Leader of the
Pack" will continue this week-
end with performances on Fri-
day, May 9 and Saturday, May
10, at 7:30 p.m. in the OHS au-
Ticket prices are $10 for
adults and $5 for students.
The play is the life story of
song writer Ellie Greenwich,
who wrote such songs as Be
My Baby, Da Doo Ron Ron, And
Then He Kissed Me, Chapel Of
Love, Do Wah Diddy and Lead-
er of the Pack.
Lip Sync starts back
Lip Sync is back at the
American Legion Post 64. The
first Lip Sync of the Summer
will be held at the American Le-
gion, May 10 from 2 until 4 p.m.
Admission is free of charge. For
more information call 863-763-
Dine with the Doctor
Dr. Douglas Sanders, a new
surgeon at Raulerson Hospital
will be the guest speaker at the
next "Dine with the Doctor"
medical series presentation on
May 27, at 5 p.m. in the hospital
dining room. Dr. Sanders, Gen-
eral Surgeon, specializes in lap-
aroscopic procedures, general
surgery and breast surgery in-
cluding steriotactic. The dinner
is only $5 but the presentation
is free. To reserve a seat, please
R.S.V.P. to Bill Casian at 863-
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The One Stop Career Cen-
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vices available at no charge
to help people in their search
for the right employee or job.
For more, visit their web site
at www.tcjobs.org; or, call
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Comics ................................... 5
Community Events.................. 4
O bituaries....................... .......... 6
O pinion............................. ........ 4
Speak Out............................. 4
Sports................ .................... 9
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how to contact the newspaper.
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Lake wildfire: Could spread to 15,000 acres
Submitted photos/Melissa Yunas
The 5,800 acre wildfire on the lake is continuing its forward spread with low intensity. It is a wind driven fire, burning
surface fuels off at a slow pace. The fire is also burning the mud or "muck" beneath the surface with temperatures
from the smoldering muck reaching 500 degrees.
Wildfire now covers 5,800 acres
GLADES COUNTY-- Division
of Forestry's fixed winged air-
craft flew the wildfire currently
burning on Lake Okeechobee
Thursday afternoon and esti-
mated the acreage to be 5,800
Due to dramatic winds shifts
the acreage has the potential to
increase to 15,000 acres.
"So far the weather is not in
our favor," says Melissa Yunas,
wildfire mitigation specialist
from the Florida Division of
Forestry (DOF). "When we first
estimated the acreage we were
unsure how the wildfire would
react to last year's fire."
Usually, when a wildfire
runs into an area of previously
burned vegetation it stops or
significantly lays down. This
wildfire on the lake is.continu-
ing its forward spread with low
This low intensity wildfire
is wind driven and burning off
the surface fuels at a slow pace.
The slower pace wildfire is also
burning the mud or "muck.j"
Below the surface is sizzling
soil rich in carbon-based com-
pounds from dead plants and
organisms, which can trans-
fer enough underground heat
sideways to spark forest fires
several yards from'the original
fire. They can top 500 degrees,
smolder as deep as the muck
goes, burn for weeks and re-
kindle long after residents think
the threat is gone.
The surface and muck
fire run along the rim of Lake
Okeechobee and runs for 8.5
mfes and well into the interior
of lake. Firefighting crews are
still patrolling the lake to make
sure that fire is contained with-
in the lake bed.
The crews are extinguish-
ing spots that have crossed
the canal, and are re-directing
the fires from the Melaleuca
Melaleuca is an invasive ex-
ot.14-ree that causes long-range
Fighting muck fires is ex-
tremely dangerous because the
muck can cook and kill roots,
causing trees to topple. After
their leaves dry out, they kindle
Submitted photos/Melissa Yunas
A muck fire continues to smolder on Lake Okeechobee as of Thursday, May 8. The
smoke is making driving on U.S. 27, County Road 720 and County Road 721 hazard-
ous. Motorist are urged to use caution and to drive slowly with vehicle's headlights
more brush and the downed
trees themselves. Walking on
top of the surface is risky and
firefighters can fall into the
"Smoke is still a nuisance,
especially along the west side
of Lake Okeechobee," Ms. Yu-
The main concern is smoke.
U.S. 27, County Road 720 and
County Road 721 are not shut
down but smoke advisory
signs at. p'.td Sm"k-I. may
create conditions where visibil-
ity on roadways is seriously im-
paired. Under these conditions
drivers need to: turn on low-
beam headlights; slow down;
and, be prepared to leave the
roadway if conditions continue
The cause of these two wild-
fires is incendiary. The DOF
is. asking anyone who knows
about any information pertain-
ing to these fires or see anyone
acting suspiciously before, dur-
ing or after a fire has started,
to call the toll free Arson Alert
Hotline (1-800-342-5869). You
may be eligible for up to a
$5,000 reward for information
leading to the conviction of a
Agencies currently involved
in the wildfire are the: Glades
County Fire/Rescue; South
Florida Water Management
District; U.S. Fish .& Wildlife
Service; U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers; Clewiston Fire/Res-
cue; and, the DOF
By Chauna Aguilar
Seventh and eighth grade
students from the gifted classes
at Osceola and Yearlingmiddle
schools did a project about dif-
ferent ways to help the commu-
S. Deanna Kielbasa teaches the
newly-implemented gifted pro-
gram at YMS and OMS. She is
split between each school where
she teaches the children reading
as well as many enrichment ac-
tivities that strive to expand the
horizons of these high level stu-
At the beginning of the year,
the students were instructed to
look around the local commu-
nity and find ways to better the
community as a whole.
Approximately 60 students
See Smoking - Page 2
OHS play opens tonight
Share your news and photos
for this column by email to
By Chauna Agullar
If you are looking for some
entertainment in and around
Okeechobee for the coming
months look no further.
The Okeechobee High School
Drama Club is planning to rock
your socks off with their rendi-
tion of the Ellie Greenwich Musi-
cal "Leader of the Pack" which
will be performed on Friday, May
9, and Saturday, May 10, at 7:30
p.m. in the OHS auditorium.
Ticket prices are $10 for adults
and $5 for students.
To support the KOA Care
Camp kids, the Good Spirits
Lounge will be offering Yee Haw
Ham Dinners at noon for $5 on
Saturday, May 10. For informa-
tion call 863-763-2734.
On Saturday, May 10, at 8
a.m. a benefit golf tournament
will be held 'for Patsy Arnold,
who will be getting a kidney
transplant soon. It will be held at
the Okeechobee Golf and Coun-
try Club. The entry fee is $60 per
person or $240 per team. If you
would like to join them for lunch,
it can be purchased for $7. There
will also be a gun give away
courtesy of the Gun Shoppe. For
ticket information or entry infor-
mation, call 863-697-6377.
See Play - Page 2
Members of the OHS Drama Club Rebecca Foster (left)
and Harley Mahoney (right) perform "Leader of the Pack"
during their production of "Leader of the Pack: The Ellie
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2Okeechobee News, Friday, May 9, 2008
Burning couch causes brush fire
By Charles M. Murphy
Three fire trucks and five
county firemen battled a brush
fire at 13450 N.E. 22nd Avenue
on May 7, which was caused by
a. a debris fire.
Fire reports state firemen ar-
rived just after 3 p.m. and found a
large column of smoke, and less
than an acre of grass and brush
The Florida Division of For-
estry was called in for mutual
aid as the winds blew the flames
onto a neighbor's 'property and
also damaged a fence, the report
from paramedic Everette Wooten
600 gallons of water was used
to put out the blaze and there
were no injuries reported and no
buildings damaged, the report
Firemen were on the scene for
about 90 minutes putting out the
blaze, and cleaning up the area.
The report stated the occupant
of the property was burning a
couch in the yard and it got away
from them, starting the brush on
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came up with various projects
and Mrs. Kielbasa chose -a group
to come present their ideas to the
Okeechobee Rotary Club. Other
projects were also of key inter-
est to the community that these
ideas are important to the young
people of the community.
Students spoke of ideas such
as: Why should we clean Lake
Okeechobee and its tributaries?;
Why does Okeechobee need a
YMCA?; Feral Animals, a danger
to the community; More side-
walks and bike paths are needed
in small communities; How does
graffiti affect our community?;
No smoking at the ball park; and,
The students had to do a pa-
per research paper and a visual
aspect to their report. The visual
powerpoint presentations were
displayed to the Rotarians, which
displayed the fact that even a
young teen realizes the needs of
our small community.,
Nicholas Kielbasa did his proj-
ect on "No smoking in the ball-
: Nicholas stated that more peo-
ple die from, tobacco than illegal
drugs, car accidents, murders,
suicidal deaths, alcohol, fires,
and AIDS put together (Lang and
: In the 20th century, 100 million
people died of tobacco-related
causes. Researchers predict that I
Continued From Page 1
Oakview Baptist Church is
sponsoring a golf tournament on
Saturday, May 17, at Okeecho-
bee Golf and Country Club. The
cost is $45 which includes green
fee, cart and barbecue lunch.
Proceeds will aid youth in doing
random acts of kindness, attend
M-Fuge in South Carolina which
will assist them in team building
and strengthening relationships
to God, family and community.
Registration begins at 7 a.m. For
information, call 863-763-1699.
Locally, you can come watch
the youth in action at the First
United Methodist Children's The-
atres production of Allen Pote's "
0, -Jonah," represented on Sun-
billion people will die of tobacco-
related causes in the 21st century
(New York Times, Upfront).
Nicholas explained that he has
been playing baseball almost his
entire life and their have always
been people smoking, whether
it's in the bleachers, by the bath-
rooms, by the concession stands
or right by the. field with all the
kids on it.
Shouldn't we be worried about
According to the American
Lung Association, short expo-
sures to secondhand smoke can
cause blood platelets to become
stickier, damage the lining of
blood vessels, decrease coronary
flow velocity reserves, and reduce
heart rate variability -- potentially
increasing the risk of heart attack.
Nicholas went on to explain
some of the dangers of smok-
ing that he found in .his research.
Some of the dangers of smok-
ing include: decreased sense of
smell and taste, halitosis, smok-
ers' cough, frequent colds, gum
disease and tooth loss, stomach
ulcers, chronic bronchitis (infec-
tion of the air passages), increase
in heart rate and blood pressure,
premature aid more abundant
face wrinkles, emphysema (a dis-
ease in which lungs lose elasticity
and can eventually lose the ability
to function), heart disease, stroke,
pregnancy disturbances, cancer,
,of the lungs, mouth, larynx (voice
box), pharynx (cavity at the back
of the of the nose and throat),
stomach, liver, bladder, brain,
breast, uterus (womb), cervix
day, May 18, at 6 p.m. in the Sanc-
tuary. For information, contact
Lonnie Kirsch or Nancy Vaughan
Crafters and antique car gurus
need to come visit the J & S Fish
Camp, 9500 S.W Conners, where
they are holding their third an-
nual Arts and Crafts Festival and
Antique Car Show.
They are currently looking for
crafters and antique car owners
for their event which will be held
on May 31 and June 1 to support
Martha's House through a $10 do-
nation. For more information, call
Patricia Brown 772-332-3149.
In the coming months a ben-
efit for Gene O'Neill will be held
at the KOA Kampground audito-
rium where a dinner, dance and
auction has .been scheduled on
Friday, June 13, from 5:30 until 11
p.m. to help raise funds to help
(the -neck of the uterus) and the
Of course there are way more
diseases and if people know this,
why don't they stop smoking? Re-
searchers say that 81 percent of
the people that smoke today say if
they could go back, they wouldn't
have of started smoking in. the
Smoking isn't just dangerous
and really unhealthy, it is also ex-
pensive. Each year, we, as taxpay-
ers, have to pay $50 billion to $88
billion for hospitalizations and
other things related to smoking.
This number increases each year.
In addition, smokers often get
sick and use 34 percent more
sick time than non-smokers&
Very heavy smokers (at least two
packs a day) miss even more days
of work, as much as 84 percent
more than their non-smoking co-
workers. Nationwide, some $8.4
billion could be saved with an
end to smoking related absentee-
ism according to the ASH smok-
ing and health review.
Smoking looks horrible. Not
only is it harmful to the environ-
ment, it can destroy the Earth.
Smoking is the chief cause of fire
fatalities in the U.S. -- one quarter
of all fire deaths in homes are the
direct result of lighted cigarettes
and other tobacco products. In
1991 alone, 187,000 fires were
caused by lighted cigarettes ci-
gars, or pipes. These fires resulted
in 951 deaths, 3,381 injuries, and
property damage of $552 million,
not to mention immeasurable
personal anguish or loss.
Mr. O'Neill with medical expens-
es'he has incurred because of a
rare form of small bowel cancer
that is currently inoperable.
The social hour will be- from
5:30 until 6:30 p.m.; a prime rib
dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.
An auction will begin at 7:30 p.m.
with a dance following at 8:30
Tickets for the entire event are
$20 single or $30 couple. Tickets
are also available for the dance
only for $10.
If you are unable to attend,
donations are being accepted at
Riverside National Bank under
the Gene O'Neill Assistance Fund.
Donations can also be mailed to
Gene O'Neill Benefit, P.O. Box
602, Okeechobee, FL 34973.
For additional information
contact Lyn Yeo 863-634-4102;
Donny Arnold 863-634-6464; or
In 2003 cigarettes caused
about 1 out of 4 fires. 'In fact, a
.report from researchers at the
University of Wisconsin Medical
School says that smoking caused
fires that killed more young chil-
dren than all other unintentional
Almost every day, someone in
America dies from a fire caused
by a cigarette -- and many of these
deaths are toddlers, infants or the
elderly, according to TobaccoF-
reeKids.org. Imagine what could
happen to the ballpark if some
careless person threw their ciga-
rette in the grass.
With all this .information and
knowledge, why is it still legal to
smoke in the ballpark? Everybody
is in danger. Nicholas expressed
his concern about the innocent
victim's health and how the ball-
park is being destroyed, accord-
ing to him.
He showed pictures of all
the trash that is left behind from
smokers as well in the ballpark
and of all the people he observed
smoking in the ballpark.
This is just another idea of a
young student in the Okeecho-
bee County School System. More
students ideas will be shared in
issues to come.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at email@example.com.
Kim Long 863-634-2937.
Do you want to see your
events posted in the weekly en-
tertainment column? Forward
any publicly open events includ-
ing entertainment such as: danc-
ing, bands, comedians, theatre,
special events, special com-
munity events, contests, etc to
forward all information about
each event including: description
of the event; location (address);
date; time; cost; age pppropriate-
ness; and any other information
that fits the specific event. For
additional information contact
Chauna Aguilar at 863-763-3134
ext. 4242. Your Weekly Entertain-
ment Guide - share your news
and photos for this column by e-
mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Activity Guide submissions wanted
Submissions for the 2008 Summer Activity Guide are current-
ly being requested by Sharon Vinson at the Okeechobee County
School Board Office.
. This guide is a comprehensive list of activities for children during
the summer months in Okeechobee.
To have your event included, just complete the submission form
to include information in the guide, at no charge.
The mission of the guide is to keep our children safe, secure and
active during the summer months.
.Deadline for submissions is March 28.
There will be 9,000 copies of the Summer Activity Guide printed
and distributed in early May to public school children and in local
businesses. For more information contact (863) 462-5000 ext. 257.
Help with FPL electric bills available
The,Salvation Army Okeechobee Service Unit is administering
FPL's Care to Share Program in Okeechobee County.
The Care to Share Program is funded by Okeechobee's FPL cus-
tomers and FPL Corporate funds. /
The program,was set up to help lower income residents with
their electric bill once a year under specific circumstances.
The program provides emergency assistance funds to customers
who are in a crisis situation and unable to pay their first FPL electric
There are rules and guidelines that must be met to qualify. If
you are an FPL customer and need help call ouroffice at 763-6020.
leave your name and number and we will call you back for a phone
interview to see if you qualify.
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Today: Partly sunny, with a slight chance of afternoon showers.
The high will be in the,lower 90s. The wind will be from the south-
west at 10 to 15 mph. The chance of rain is 20 percent.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. The low will be in the upper'60s. Tfi
wind will be from the southwest at 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday: Partly sunny. The high will be in the mid 90s. The
wind will be from the southwest at 5 to 10 mph increasing to 10 to
15 mph in the afternoon.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy. The low will be in the upper
Sunday: Partly sunny. The high will be in the lower 90s.
Sunday night: Partly cloudy. The low will be in the lower 70s.
Monday: Considerable cloudiness, with a chance of showers
and thunderstorms. The high will be in the lower 90s. The chance
of rain is 30 percent.
Monday night: Partly cloudy. The low will be in the mid 60s.
Tuesday: Partly sunny. The high will be in the upper 80s.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy. The low will be in the mid 60s.
Wednesday: Partly sunny. The high will be in the lower 90s.
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Okeechobee News, Friday, May 9, 2008
Woman arrested while free on bond Your Largest FencePost
Supplier In South Florida
By Eric Kopp
An Okeechobee woman was
arrested on a warrant and during
that arrest was found to allegedly
have drugs in her possession,
stated an arrest affidavit.
Tina Louise Hackler, 26, N.E.
13th Ave., was arrested Wednes-
day evening on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging her with
possession of cocaine with intent
to sell. She was also arrested on a
felony charge of possession of co-
caine, and a misdemeanor charge
of possession of drug parapher-
bee County Jail
under a total
bond of $56,000
-- $50,000 of that
amount was for
the charge on Tina Hackler
According to an arrest report
by an Okeechobee Narcotics Task'
Force detective, Hackler was out
on bond at the time of her arrest
on May 7. The affidavit said shne
had posted bond following her
arrest on a charge of possession
of drug paraphernalia.
The arrest report states that the
detective spotted Hackler get into
a vehicle at a local motel on U.S.
441 N. Knowing that a warrant
had been issued for her arrest,
the detective stopped the van in
the 3800 block of S.E. 27th Street.
After identifying her, the detec-
tive placed Hackler under arrest
per the warrant.
During a search of the 1993
Ford van, the detective located a
purse that reportedly belonged to
Hackler. During a search of that
purse, the detective stated in the
arrest report that a suspicious
substance was found. When the
substance was field tested it indi-
cated a positive result for the pres-
ence of cocaine.
The task force detective also
stated in the report that a glass
tube with burn markings and steel
wool stuffed into one end was
found between the front seats.
The tube, continued the report, is
similar to those commonly used
to smoke crack cocaine.
DL check leads to felony
By Eric Kopp
An Okeechobee man was ar-
rested on a felony drug charge
Wednesday night after being
stopped in a driver's license
The special detail was being
staged by the Okeechobee Coun-
ty Sheriff's Office (OCSO) on N.E.
Dracy D. Peacock, 38, N.W.
47th Ave., was arrested and
charged with the
driving while li-
ed with knowl-
edge. He was
also arrested on
a felony charge
of possession of
Peacoc k Peacock
was booked into the
bee County Jail under a
An arrest report by
Rick Durfee states, that
was stopped shortly aft
When the man was aske
his driver's license, he
produce it, stated the rep
After producing an
tion .card, a license c-
done and it indicated to
Okeecho- Durfee that Peacock's license was
a bond of suspended.
He was arrested and taken
Detective to the county jail. While being
Peacock searched at the jail, a substance
ter 7 p.m. Was found on his person. The
;d to show substance was field tested and
couldn't indicated a positive result for the
port. presence of cocaine.
identifica- According to Detective Dur-
heck was fee's arrest report, the suspected
Detective cocaine weighed. 1 grams.
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
* Willie Lee Thomas, 53, N.
32nd St., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested May 5 by Detective Ted Van
Deman on Okeechobee County
warrants charging him with fail-
ure to appear - sale or delivery
of a controlled substance (four
counts) and failure to appear -
possession of cocaine with intent
to sell or deliver (four counts). He
was released on his own recogni-
* Adam Chavez, 21, N.E. 60th
Court, Okeechobee, was arrested
May 5 by Deputy Corporal Chris
The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-
der the influence (DUI) charges
by the Glades County Sheriff's Of-
fice (GCSO), the Seminole Police
Department (SPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) or the De-
partment of Corrections (DOC).
* Francisco Garcia, 23, Moore
Haven, was arrested May I on
charges of driving under the in-
fluence, refusal to submit to DUI
test and driving while license
suspended. His bond was set at
* Jostin Hodges, 25, Winter
Park was arrested May 3 on charg-
es of fleeing and eluding a law en-
forcement officer and possession
of marijuana over 20 grams. His
bond was set at $15,000.
* Danovan Brissetts, 24, Bar-
tow, was arrested May 3 on a
charge of possession of marijua-
na over 20 grams. His bond was
set at $4,999.
* William Harris, 27, Sarasota,
was arrested May 3 on charges
of carrying a concealed weapon,
possession of a weapon by a con-
victed felon and possession of
marijuana under 20 grams. His
bond was set at $31,500.
* James Barnett, 32, Sarasota,
,vas arrested May 3 on charges
hf carrying a concealed weapon,
possession of a weapon by a con-
victed felon and possession of
marijuana under 20 grams. His
bond was set at $41,500.
* Roberto Garcia-Hernandez,
25, Moore Haven, was arrested
May 3 on charges of burglary
and battery. His bond was set at
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who is
later found innocent or 'has had
the charges against them dropped
is welcome to inform this news-
paper. The information will be
confirmed and printed.
Hans on a Palm Beach County
warrant charging him with vio-
lation of probation - burglary of
a conveyance. He is being held
* Thomas Colby Fralix, 19,
S.W. Ninth St., Okeechobee, was
arrested May 6 by Deputy Bart
Potter on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with viola-
tion of probation - battery and
violation of probation - petit theft.
His bond was set at $5,000.
I* Douglas Hansen, 22, U.S. 441
S.E., Okeechobee, was. arrested
May 6 by Deputy Anthony Kibler
on an Okeechobee County war-
rant charging him with posses-
sion of marijuana with intent to
sell. His bond was set at $10,000.'
* Justin C. Roland, 25,
Okeechobee, was arrested May
6 by Officer P. Eddings on a war-
rant charging him with 17 counts
of forgery. His bond was set at
* Thomasine James Jumper,
29, N.E. Jones Road, Okeecho-
bee, was arrested May 6 by Dep-
uty Patricia Massung on a Collier
County warrant charging her with
failure to appear - driving while
license suspended - habitual of-
fender. She is being held without
* Carlis W. Moody, 48, N.E.
Third Lane, Okeechobee, was
arrested May 7 by Deputy Bryan
Smith on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with viola-
tion of probation - driving under
the influence. His bond was set at
* Troy Lamar Booker, 29, S.E.
36th St., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested May 7 by Deputy Joseph
Hall on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with viola-
tion of probation - possession of
cocaine. He is being held without
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RECYCLING: After hearing on TV how well recycling was doing
on Palm Beach news I am concerned what was going'on in Okeecho-
bee. They are talking of putting a charge on curb side here. If it's going
to Palm Beach, why should we pay to pick it up and they are making
money on it.
EVOLUTION: I think the schools should teach evolution and let
the churches teach the Bible. The church I go to takes a practical ap-
proach. We believe evolution happened because God wanted it to. He
got things started and let it unfold.
RECYCLABLES: I understand that these companies don't want to
bother with recycling because there is no market for it. You can't make
much money on it right now. But I really think that will change. But
even if it costs money to recycle, we need to do it because we can't
just keep digging new landfills. We need to be responsible stewards
of the earth 6r our grandchildren will inherit nothing but garbage-filled
landfills and polluted water and air.
PICK IT UP: I work in an office where we use a lot of paper. There
are also a lot of soda cans thrown away every day in the trash in the
break room. If a club or organization would come and pick them up,
we would gladly save our paper and tans for recycling. Years ago I
think the Boy Scouts used to come by and collect the cans. And for
a while a church was collecting cans. We will save it if someone will
pick it up once a week or even twice a month. Are there any organiza-
tions interested in doing this? I am sure there are many business in
town who would do this as well.
FAITH: Do you believe in George Washington? If yes, then why?
Because you believe the witnesses throughout history that tell you
through their testimony of a man who became the 1st president of this
great nation. My point? There is less known proof of the existence of
George Washington than there is for the existence of Jesus Christ. We
have more historical proof of the existence of Jesus than there is for
our first president yet many still do not believe. Figure that one out. I
believe it is because of the fact that to believe in George Washington
does not cost anything, however, to believe in Christ means I have to
make a choice in my life that many are not willing to make.
DEPUTIES: I just want to say I am very pleased at the progress our
sheriff's office seems to be making with going after all these people
who are selling drugs. It seems every time you pick up a paper, you
read about arrests and raids on all kinds of drug operations. Most re-
cently it seems to be mostly. prescription drugs and marijuana. The
sad thing is: what is the community doing to stop the use of these
drugs? If you cut off the demand, the drug dealers would go away. We
need to do more to educate the young people and help them under-
stand that taking drugs turns you into a loser. Even if you don't wind
up in jail -- and drug addicts usually do wind up in jail -- taking drugs
will ruin your chances at a good future.
GRANDPARENTS: I agree with the caller who said these parents
need to stop dumping the kids on the grandparents. If you have a
+ child, take responsibility for that child yourself. Instead of going out
partying, you should be home taking care of the child. If you aren't
ready to give up partying on the weekend, you are not ready to have
children. Wait until you are married and settled to start having kids.
Grandparents should not have to become the primary caregivers of
the children. Grandparents should be able to enjoy their retirement
and just spoil the grandkids on occasional visits.
CURBSIDE PICKUP: I do not think it is fair that only part of the
county has curbside pickup of recyclable items, The county should
offer this to all residential customers. Why should some get it for free
and others not get the service at all? We pay plenty of property taxes.
If the grants won't pay for all the county residences, then bill everyone
a little to make up the difference.
BIRTH CONTROL: As far as the 'abstinence only' policy goes,
I think we need to admit that despite telling the kids about all the
dangers of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, we still
need to teach the teenagers about birth control. They need to know
that information even if they practice abstinence until they are mar-
ried. Many years ago when I was in health class, that is how it was ap-
proached. It was explained in scientific terms and it was clear that the
teacher was not condoning sex before marriage. It was more along
the lines of, 'after you are married, if you don't want to have kids right
away, these are the options and these are the pros and cons for each
RECYCLING: In regard to the grants paying for curbside pickup,
I am wondering who got to pick which neighborhoods got the recy-
cling pickup. If they can't do the whole county, it seems like they could
rotate and maybe pick up every other week or something.
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Friday, May 9
Narcotics Anonymous meets each Friday for an open discussion
meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth
Ave. For information, call 863-634-4780 or 863-467-5474.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is
invited. Anyone interested in a sensible approach to losing weight and
becoming a part of a caring group is welcome to come and see what
we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at 800-932-
A.A. meeting- from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This is an open meeting.
AA. meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. This is an open speaker meeting.
Saturday, May 10
Worship in Song at the LivingWord of Faith Church of Okeechobee,
1902 S. Parrott Ave., on the second Saturday of the month beginning
at 6 p.m. There is no charge to attend and all Christian singers and
musicians are welcome to take part. For information, contact the
church at 863-763-6869; Pastor Lee Minton at 863-763-3373; or, Sister
Yvornne Price at 863-467-6657.
Okeechobee Christian Cycles will meet every Saturday at
7:30 a.m. at the Texaco gas station on the corner of Hwy 441 and 78.,
Anyone is welcome to ride. No dues or membership required. For
information, contact: Roland Spencer at 863-697-2247; Debbie Izzo at
Teen Talk from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Jesus Holy Ghost Crusade
Mission, 1401 N.E. Park St. Every teen is invited. Topics of education
include: AIDS; free HIV testing; STDs; personal issues; domestic
violence; abstinence; abuse of drugs; sex abuse; plus, educational
materials and prevention tools. Call 863-634-9340 or 863-357-6248, for
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Parrott
Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
The Society of Young Magicians will meet from 10 until 11 a.m.
at the First United Methodist Church in Avon Park. For information,
call Dick Laneau at 863-467-9540 or 727-345-4323.
Barnyard Buddies meets from 10 a.m. until noon at the County
4-H Extension office at 458 U.S. 98 N. Everyone who would like to
be part of the Barnyard Buddies is invited, or you can sign up at the
Okeechobee County 4-H Extension office Monday through Friday
from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. For information, call the extension office
The Living Word of Faith, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., gospel music sing
at 6 p.m. For information call 863-763-6869.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. for an open discussion at
the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth Ave. For information
Sunday, May 11
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.
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VFW Post 9528 host district meeting
Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528 will be hosting a District Meeting
at 2002 Hwy 78 West on May 10, at 10 a.m. We will be honored to
have as guest, Jodi Nerney - State President and Dave Harris - incom-
ing State Commander. All members please plan to attend the. meeting
and make our guest feel welcome in our community. If you have any
questions please contact the Post at 863-467-2882.
Sean Carr benefit planned
On August 25, 2007 Sean Carr was in a motorcycle accident which
left him with a broken back and is still unable to walk. His insurance
has run out and he needs more rehabilitation. Over the past few
months the medical expenses have accumulated. The Cypress Hut
Eagles 4509 will hold a benefit for him on Saturday, May 10, from 2
until 7 p.m. There will be a barbecue dinner with pulled pork, baked
beans, coleslaw, rolls and dessert for a $10 donation, includes door
prize entry. There will also be a live auction at 4 and a gun drawing
at 5 p.m. for a Browning Ducks Unlimited Edition 12 Gauge Pump
Vented Barrel #29 of 50 guns. Tickets are $5 each or five tickets for
$20. If you would like to volunteer, for information, or to make a dona-
tion (auction item, door prizes or money) contact the following: Dan's
Meat Market, 863-357-0202; Porters Dry Cleaners, 863-467-1799; Steve
Cates, 863-634-2061; Cypress Hut Eagles 4509, 863-467-1154; Tommy
Benefit for Patsy Arnold
Saturday, May 10, at 8 a.m. a benefit will be held for Patsy Ar-
nold, who will be getting a kidney transplant soon, will be held at the
Okeechobee Golf and Country Club. Entry fee: $60 per person or $240
per team. If you would like to join them for lunch, it can be purchased
for $7. There will also be a gun give away courtesy of the Gun Shoppe.
For ticket information or entry information please call 8763-697-6377.
Summer Play Camps sign up postponed
Sign ups for Okeechobee County Parks and Recreation's 2008 Sum-
mer Play Camps have been postponed and will not'open until Mon-
day, May 12, at 8 a.m. Pre-Registration will be held at the Okeechobee
County Sports Complex in the Parks and Recreation office, 640 N.W.
27th Lane, from May 12 through. May 30. Enrollment is limited and
slots are filled on a first come, first serve basis. Campers must be 6-12
years of age. Play camps will operate Monday - Friday, from June 16
through August 1, (except on July 4) from 8;30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at
Douglas Brown Community Center and the Okeechobee County Civic
Center. (Availability of a third site has not yet been determined.) The
regular camp fee is $50 per week per participant, plus fees for field
trips and special activities. Special rates have been set at $25 per week
for a child on the reduced school lunch program and $10 a week for a
child on the free school lunch program within the Okeechobee Coun-
ty School System for the 2007-08 school year. A letter of participation
from Okeechobee County School Food Service must be presented at
the time of registration in order to qualify for these special rates. Ex-
tended hours, 7:30-8:30 a.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m. will be available at
the Okeechobee County Civic Center (and possibly an alternate site,
to be determined prior to registration) for an additional $10 per week
Mainstreet Fun Shoot
Okeechobee Main Street will host a 100 Target Fun Shoot on Satur-
day, May 17, at beautiful Quail Creek Plantation. The proceeds from
the event will benefit Main Street's beautification and restoration proj-
ects. Check-in begins at 8 a.m., course opens at 8:30 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 Gun Shop and the Main
Street office, 111 N.E. Second St.
Class of 89' plans reunion
Attention Okeechobee, Class of 89 - We are currently collecting
emails and home addresses from all classmates. Please send these
to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our next Reunion planning
meeting will be held Sunday, May 18, at 5 p.m.. at Beef O'Brady's.
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
House: women's toiletries, sheets, towels, washcloths, paper goods,
and any products to help with everyday needs.
Proud to be an American
Fawn Lake Press is offering free "Proud to be an American" flag de-
cals for a self-addressed stamped envelope. The decals are 2x3 inches
and are printed in full color. This offer is valid as long as our troops are
deployed. Members of the military need not attach postage to their
self addressed envelope. Fawn Lake Press pays the postage. Send your
request with the self addressed envelope to Fawn Lake Press, 54 Fawn
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Theatre I - "Iron Man" (PG-13) Showtimes:
Friday at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre II - "Speed Racer" (PG-13) Show-
times: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7
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Theatre III - "Forbidden Kingdom" (PG-13)
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p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 2, 4:15,
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Tickets are $5.50 for adults; children 12 and un-
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Ark. She and her twin brother
Nick were the youngest children
of Nick and Katie Minden. The
' . family later lived in Subiaco and
Fort Smith. She graduated St.
Anne's High School in Fort Smith.
She worked in a parachute facto-
ry in Fort Smith before attending
nursing school at St. Anthony's
Hospital in Oklahoma City, Okla.
After earning her RN degree, she
6 Okeechobee News, Friday, May 9, 2008
II _ .
From Piggy Opera to Gary Gator, Students at EES stay busy
Everglades Elementary students who are achieving excellence in the classroom for the week of May 5 through May 9
are:. Pre-K: Itzabelly Meza; Kindergarten: Kara Hawk, Kassidee Cloud, Shea O'Brien, Jason Sutherland, Dallas Miller,
Destini Becerra; First: Beau Rexroad, Cory Romer, Benjamin Williams, Rocky Wise, Heriberto Gutierrez; Second: Gerardo
Sanchez, Nickolas Montero, Marcelina Alicea, Alexis Alecia, Mariah Mosley, Jennifer Fairtrace, Isabel Santibanez; Third:
Bianca Torres, Michael Hawthorne, Brittney Kicklighter, Ramon Alvarez, Sergio Pineda; Fourth: Kendalll Baker, Kristen
Dryden, Thomas Rivera, Cassidy Bond; Fifth: Tabitha Kelly, Francisco Mejia, Shawn McLaury, Adam King, Arnecia Murphy,
Josue Lozano. Congratulations to our many outstanding students.
S May 9th thru May 15th
For Info, Call 763-7202
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Kathy Go n
Lic. RE Broker
Okeechobee Realty, Inc
3126 Hwy. 441 South 0 863-763-8222
Everything We Touch Turns To "SOLD"
4/3 on �2Acre w/many features pole barn, Beautifulwooded4.73acres, many oaks, pines
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her BA, sc porch/deck w/built in jacuzzi, ural Florida in a secluded area and on a paved
fenced back yard. Pantry in road. Fenced and cross fenced with a small
kitchen.#200637 $159,900 pond.#94589 $169,000
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NICE 2/2 a2th screened Jro panv,, attacr,.d
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scaping with rrigation. This is a 55+ Community
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Community pool, clubhouse and shuffleboard
courts. #200297 $75,000
"EXC. COAMERCIAL OPP."
CBS 16,183 sq.t building. 2,400 sq t. metal
warehouse. Const in 1970 w/additons. Banq.
rooms/pod room, loungetbar area kitchen w/
10x15' walking cooler, Ig bingo hall Seven rest-
our n ground. p..,:. a' Is 2.2 h CS rome ron
1.50 acres! Enjoy the peace and quiet, you
can even fish from your very own pond or sit
out on your screened front porch or
screened back lanai and watch for wildlife!
rooms .8 acres aso inal. #00159 $E,80 00ho00 s
courtesy of He Financial onMa20
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Betty Hazellief- 610-0144
Sharon Prevail- 634-7069
Dee Reeder- 610-2485
S' e Habla Espanol *
S 1200 S. Parrott Ave.
1002-H: Okeechobee Park new
i3BR/2BA CBS house. Open con-
cept, high ceilings, tile floors,
� appliances and ceiling fans
included. Ready for occupancy.
$153,000 MLS# 200109
l |5013-M:3BR/2BA DWMH on 30+-
acres- fenced, nice dry and high
ranch land rural area, but still close to
town. $23k an acre, at this price well
worth a look! "Don't forget to bring
your horses along." $675,000 MLS
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* Dark Hammock 78 acr Estates with a 2-story home 93596LS# 200345
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* Dark Hammock 78 acres with a 2-story home MLS# 200345
worked at St. Edwards Hospital in
In 1951, she married Gregory
John Elsken, and the couple
made their home in Little Rock,
where Mrs. Elsken worked for St.
She was a charter member of
Christ the King Catholic Church in
Little Rock. She was on the church
liturgy commission, helped with
the Catholic Youth Organization
and was known for her flower
In addition to her husband, she
is survived by four daughters and
sons-in-law Gretchen and Mike
Gowen of Little Rock, Mary and
David Williams of Drasco, Katrina
Education News in Brief
Preschool enrollment Parenting classes are
under way offered
Peace Luthran Preschool is ' Free parenting classes are held
every Monday from 7 until 8 p.m.
now taking enrollment for the at New Endeavor High School.
coming school year. They have Classes include topics about
openings in Jr. Preschool, 3 and 4 children from birth to teens. For
year old's and Kinderaren. Call information or to have an inter-
preter available call Lori Jaquith
the school for more information, at 863-697-6320 or 863-462-5000,
863-763-7566. ext. 282.
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-Th,.. r.r . r ... .Fr.., .r ...r, r... , . . ,'. r . , .
and Mark Muros of Okeechobee,
Fla.; and Brigid and Drew Gallo-
way of Birmingham, Ala.
She is also survived by grand-
children Nick and Zach Gowen,
Josh Williams, Melody Williams
Lumpkin, Rachel and Michael
Muros and Jack Galloway, and
one great-grandchild, Eleanor
Visitation will be at 6 p.m. Fri-
day at Christ the King Church in
The Rosary will be Friday at 7
p.m. at Christ the King Church in
A Funeral Mass will be cel-
ebrated on Saturday at 10 a.m.
at Christ the King Church in Little
The burial will be in the Saint
Benedict Cemetery at Subiaco
Saturday at 3 p.m.
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1804 S. Parrott Avenue * Okeechobee
Students at Everglades Elementary keep busy between students
of the week (above) and Miss Snyder's kindergarten class (left)
at Everglades Elementary. They put on their pink little piggy cos-
tumes and perform the "Three Piggy Opera." They have even ,
had a visit from Gary the Gator (right) on Thursday, April 24. Gary '
Gator says, "Guess Who" at Everglades Family Reading Night.
Okeechobee News, Friday, May 9, 2008
Lake Okeechobee regulation Fa1
sclaprvdyCors BEST BUILT
schedule approved by Corps HOMES
JACKSONVILLE- The U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers an-
nounced on April 30 its approval
of a new Lake Okeechobee Regu-
Commander of the Corps'
South Atlantic Division, Brig. Gen.
Joseph Schroedel signed the re-
cord of decision April 28 in At-
Currently, with the impact
of a two-year drought, Lake
Okeechobee is at about 10.3 feet.
The Corps goal is to manage the
lake between 12.5 and 15.5 feet
throughout the year-a safe range
for the Herbert Hoover Dike and
to best balance and meet the
needs for all the water resource
purposes that Lake Okechobee
Because weather conditions in
south Florida can swing quickly
from one extreme to another, pro-
viding for public safety requires
that the Corps have a plan in
place now to help prevent future
high lake levels from threaten-
ing the 143 mile long dike. Lake
Okeechobee has a surface area
of 730 square miles and its drain-
age basin covers more than 4,600
square miles: one foot of rainfall
in the Kissimmee Basin can equal
a whopping four foot rise in the
Gen. Schroedel said the plan
is the most feasible solution and
represents the course of action
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that best serves the overall public
"Managing the lake at a lower
level improves public health and
safety performance' by reduc-
ing structural risk to the Herbert
Hoover Dike while rehabilitation
efforts are underway and will
provide environmental benefits to
the lake and downstream estuar-
ies," he said.
Based solely on current water
storage capacity in the system, the
operational changes will allow for
quicker response and operational
flexibility to changing lake condi-
tions and tributary inflows.
"The 2008 plan is based on
the best engineering, science
and water management analysis
available and it is the best plan for
balancing the entire greater Ever-
glades region," said Jacksonville
District Commander Col. Paul
The proposed changes im-
prove the rates of flow to the
coastal estuaries by allowing low
rates of flow to begin earlier as the
lake rises, which in turn helps to
reduce the need for higher flows
later in the year. The changes
also improved the environmental
health of the lake by reducing the
frequency and duration of high
lake elevations that impact the
lake's shore zones.
Once the plan is fully imple-
mented, water managers will
begin conducting another regu-
lation schedule study that will
take into account construction
of early CERP projects, including
projects expedited by the South
Florida Water Management Dis-
trict. These components will pro-
vide many additional options for
water storage and management.
Water managers will also take'
into account an adjusted lake lev-
el afforded by the Herbert Hoover
Dike Rehabilitation Project.
For more information about
the Lake Okeechobee Regula-
tion Schedule, visit the Jackson-
ville District Web site at: www.
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The new address is:
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$800/mo. 1st & security
NEW 2 BR, 2V2 BA Apt., All
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REMODELED - 2/1, 2 story
screened porch, very clean,
no pets. $700/mo, 1st, last
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lbr/lba-Taylor Creek Condo,
ground floor, 1 yr. lease,
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OAK LAKE VILLA'S - 2/2
Townhs. Updated kitchen. All
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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
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$695 or 2BR $895 + electric.
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2/1 Available, no ets,
$590/mo + Sec Dep.
BHR - 3br, 2ba,
1800 sf, Lake Access
BRAND NEW- Rent or Buy
3br/2ba, 1700 sq ft, laundry,
tiled, $1100/mo. rent.
$5,000 applied to purchase
of $149,900 after 1 year.
3375 NW 40th Dr. Bass-
BUCKHEAD - 3/1, lots of stor-
age, fenced, w/d, 1 pet.
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.
,2BR/1BA, 1 car garage, CBS
House. central a/c & heat,
dishwasher,W/D, storm shut-
ters. $900 mo. + $900 sec.
dep. Avail Now 863-467-8434
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
PARTIALLY FURNISHED -
3/2, only $850 + $500 sec.
1 sm. pet considered, pay
own electric. (863)697-0214
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. +
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1 ba, waterfront house, large
fenced yard. $750/mo
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Saturday*May 10th*I am
Auction Location: 3709 NW17th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL
All Homes are 3 Bedrooms t All Homes Built By Award
and 2 Baths Winning Builder
T 2 Brand New Energy Star ps Call Today for a List of
Certified Models Properties
Auction #1: 1:00 PM - 107 Hallmark; Vacant Lot 90x240, Zoned
Commercial, 2nd lot north of 621, east side of Hallmark, sign on property.,
Auction #2: 2:30 PM - 725 Hallmark; 2 br, 2 ba CBS house, new roof on
/ acre lot, 20x20 shed, wooded lot, just minutes from fish camp and park.
Home built in 1987. Sign on property.
Directions: Lake Placid - 621 east to Hallmark, north to Auctions.
Terms: 10% deposit day of sale, cash or local check, bal due in 30 days,
10% buyers premium.
Delmas W. Helton, Licensed Real Estate Broker
Del Helton, AB520 * AU520 and Jimbo Watford, AB1583 * AU1843
Call"fo i nfo Dl, 72.-519-243 1r IM., ,'.i mbo,8365 25i
Mobile Home -Lots 2005
Mobile Home. Parts 2010
Mobile Homes- Rent 2015
Mobile Homes . Sale 2020
ANCIENT OAKS - 55+, Gated,
1br, 1 ba, Sunroom, Covered.
patio, Carport, Boat ramp,
Pool, Spa, Clubhouse. Cable
TV included. $400/mo. +
Yor rrmd jb cld t]e h inm
,BH RIDGE - 3/2 on Waterfront,
Lake access. Fully furnished.
$800 mo. + $1000 Sec.
BIG 0 Park Model, furn. 1lbr
1ba, w/d, pool, gated comm.,
clubhouse, $695 mo
FT. DRUM - Just set up! Beau-
tiful D/W on 5ac. Ft Drum
creekpond in back $1500 dep
read $800 mo. 772-464-9226
OKEECHOBEE: Nice, 2br/lba,
$475/mo + 1st, Last & Sec.
Dep. In town. No pets. Call
Yorx rd- jb crild be in
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vm lod &fir at?
OKEECHOBEE: Nice, 3br/1ba
doublewide in town. No pets.
$675/mo + 1st, Last & Sec.,
Dep. Call (863)763-6232
TREASURE ISLAND - 3br,
2ba, '07 model DW, private
waterfront lot. New seawall,
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
TRAILER - 8x24, w/10x20
Screened room. Shed w/
washer & dryer. $5000 or
best offer (863)381-7835
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
Bronco- '89, red, 4-wheel
drive, great condition, all ter-
rain tires, tinted windows,
The Workforce Development Board of
the Treasure-Coast - Region 20 and
the Treasure Coast Workforce Con-
sortium announces a meeting of the
Executive Committee to which all
persons are invited:
Date & Time: Friday, May 16, 2008 -
Place: Workforce Development
Board of the Treasure Coast
584 NW University Blvd.,
Port St. Lucie, Ronda 34986
PREOSELTo discuss matters con-
cerning the Workforce Investment
Act, Workforce Employment Oppor-
tuniies, the Welfare Transition Pro-
gram, One-Stop Career Centers and
the Workforce Development Board.
A copy of the agenda may be ob-
'tained by contacting:
Workforce Development Board
of the Treasure Coast
584 NW University Blvd.,
Port St. Lucie, Flodda 34986
Should 'ny person wish to appeal any
decision made by the Board with
respect to any matter considered at
the above referenced meeting, they
will need to ensure a verbatim re-
cording of the proceedings is made,
which record includes the testimo-
ny and evidence upon which the
appeal is based, in order to provide
a record for judicial review.
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NOTICE OF INTENT TO CONSIDER
THE ADOPTION OF A COUNTY ORDINANCE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of County Commissioners of Okeechobee
County, Florida, will hold a public hearing on May 22, 2008 at 9 O'Clock A.M., in
the Okeechobee County Court House, County Commission Chambers located at
304 N.W. 2nd Street. Okeechobee, Florida, for the purpose of receiving com-
ments and suggestions in consideration of the adoption of a proposed Ordinance.
The title of said proposed Ordinance is:
AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OFCOUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF OKEECHO-
BEE COUNTY FLORIDA AMENDING ORDINANCE 96-01, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
CODE; CHAPTER 38, HOUSING SECTION 38.136, AFFORDABLE HOUSING ADVI-
SORY COMMITTEE, SUBSECTION (c) COMPOSITION; QUORUM TO INCREASE
THE NUMBER AND COMPOSITION OF THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING COMMITTEE;
PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION; AND PROVID-
ING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
A copy of this Notice, of Intent will be available for public inspection at the County
Commission Office, Room 102, Okeechobee County Courtlouse, 304 N.W. 2nd
Street, Okeechobee, Florida each week day, Monday through Friday, except holi-
days between the hours of 8:30 A.M. and 5:00 PM., beginning on May 9, 2008.
If any person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commis-
sioners with respect to any matter considered at such hearing, that person will
need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record
includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based.
Clt Boetts, Jf, Chairman
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
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NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF PROPOSED ZONING RECLASSIFICATION
NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the Okeechobee County Planning
Board on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 7:00 pm in the Commission Meeting Room,
Okeechoboe County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida to
consider a request for a change In zoning from the existing classification of Resi-
dential Mixed (RM) to the proposed classification of Residential General (RG). The
property owners and applicants are Pablo and Elpidia Romero. The property ad-
dress is 415 NW 36th Street and is more particularly described as follows:
The E 1/2 of Lot 3, WHISPERING PINES, according othe plat thereof recorded in
Plat Book 3, Page 25, Public Records of Okeechibee County, Florida.
In the event that all items scheduled before the Board are not heard, the headngs
shall be continued to Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 7:00 pm In the Commission
Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW2nd Street, Okeecho-
A SECOND PUBLIC HEARING to consider the request for a change In zoning will be
held before the Board of County Comlnissioners on Thursday, June 12, 2008 al
9:00 am In the County Commission Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Court-
house, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee,. Florida.
ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD AT
THIS PUBLIC HEARING. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Board
of County Commissioners or the Board of Adjustments and Appeals with respect
to any matter considered at these meetings or hearings will need to ensure that a
verbatim record of the proceedings is made and that the record includes the testi-
mony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. County Clerk and Plan-
ning and Development tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for official
records of the Clerk and of the Planning Department.
William D. Royce, Planning Director
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O.G. & C.C.
April 7: First place-J.C. Armn-
strong. Second place-George Earl
Goudy. Last place-Ken Wilder.
Closest to the pin-(2) George Earl
Goudy, (8) Jack Forde, and (11)
April 9: First place-Russ Ad-
ams... Second place-Maurice De-
saulnier. Last place-Russ Papy.
Closest to the pin-(2)-Russ Adams,
(8) Kenny Curran, (11) Maurice
Desaulnier and (17) Terry Mast-
April 11: First place-Harry
White. Second place-Penny King.
Last place-Levi Clem. Closest to
the pin-(2) Dr. Carp, (8) Russ Ad-
ams, (11) Harry White, and (17)
April 25: First place-Brad Shel-
tra. Second place-Randy Ketcher-
side. Last place-Ida Curtis. Clos-
est to the pin-(2) Bran Sheltra, (8)
George Guydosh and (11) John
April 28: First place-Max Sher-
ry. Second place-John Nicholson.
Last place-Russ Adams. Closest
to the pin-(2) Kenny Curran, (8)
Terry Malaster, (11) Kenny Cur-
ran and (17) Maurice Desaulriers.
April 30: First place-Russ Ad-
ams. Second place-Maurice De-
saulriers. Last place-Frank Noble.
Closest to the pin-(2) Russ Adams,
(8) Sunni Adams, (11) John Nich-
olson, and (17) Frank Noble.
May 2: First place-Terry
Malaster. Second place-Russ
Adams. Last place-Vicki Own-
ing. Closest to the pin-(2) Randy
Ketcherside, (8) Randy Ketcher-
side, (11) Kenny Curran, and (17)
April 8: First place-Kay Duball.
Second place-Diane Smet. Nancy
McAlinden had a chip-in on (14).
April 10: First place-Nancy
Pullen. Second place-Diane Smet.
Third place-Shirley Estprline.
Sports News in Brief
Freedom Outreach Ministry.
will sponsor a monthly fishing
tournament. This Month the Tour-
nament will take place on Sun-
day, May 25 at Scott Driver Boat
Ramp, Across from Okee Tantie.
Registration is $70 per boat, and
there is a $10 big fish pot. You can
fish by yourself or with a partner.
Tournament begins at Safe Light
until 2 p.m. For More Informa-
tion, Please call 863-532-1718 or
TCBC meets monthly
The Taylor Creek Bass Club
meets at the Buckhead Ridge VFW
Post 9528 on the second Thursday
of each month. Tournaments are
held the following weekend. New
boaters and (especially) non-boat-
ers are welcome. For information
call Dave Stout at 863-467-2255
DEADLINE to reserve space for your
graduation wishes is Friday, May 9, 2008
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