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Vol. 99 No. 140


Briefs
Train depot
restoration needs
help
Help us stop the demoli-
tion of our historic train depot!
Call CSX Lori Bergeron at 904-
�33-4837 or write them at 301
West Bay Street, Jacksonville,
FL 32202. Let them know the
depot is part of our history and
we want to keep and restore it!
The Historical Society of
Okeechobee needs your help.
The historic Tantie School-
house which was constructed
in 1909 is in desperate need of
repair. The outside of the build-
ing has wood that is rotting, the
building is sagging and in need
of leveling as well as in need of
pressure cleaning and painting.
The interior needs new carpet
and repair. If you can help send
donations to the Okeechobee
Historical Society: P.O. Box 973,
Okeechobee, FL 34973. All do-
nations are tax deductible.
If you have any questions
please give me a call or email.
Toni B. Doyle, executive
director, Okeechobee Mrain
Street, 111 NE 2nd Street,
Okeechobee, FL 34972 863-
357-MAIN(6246)
Cell: 863-634-9491 or by
:email at: okms@mainstreeto-
'keechobee.com or www.main-
streetokeechobee.com

Mural dedication
planned
Monday, May 19, Main Street
will host a dedication for their
third mural. The mural is locat-
ed on Hwy 441 next to Syble's
FlRers. Come meet the artist
la" B.d njinsl.i 'nd I,. ri-iali' '-
of the people depicted in the
mural. The mural represents
the history of the telephone
industry here in Okeechobee.
The dedication is at 5:15 p.m.
at the mural with a reception
following in the chapel behind
Syble's Flowers until 7 p.m.

Drought Index
Current: 512
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

9.83 feet
Last Year: 9.29 feet

~ASponjored By-.

Pogey's Family Restaurant
1759 S. Parrott Ave.
763-7222
Source: South Florida Water
Management District. Depth
given in feet above sea level

Index
Classifieds.............. : .................. 7
C om ics ...................................... 5
Community Events................ 4
Crossword............................. 5
Opinion...................................... 4
Speak O ut ................................. 4
Sports.................................... 8
TV .................................... 4..... 4
W eather................................. 2
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Gilbert Chevrolet: Nearly a century of memories


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
A banner announcing the Gilbert Chevrolet 75th Anniversary flew over the dealership
Thursday, May 15 as the Culbreth family, friends and customers celebrated.


Christa Luna (left) served as master of ceremonies
Marie, and brother Bert look on.


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
as her family, father Gil, mother


Gilbert's Chevrolet



celebrates 75 years


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Thursday night was a night
for family, employees, long
time customers, and memories
as Gilbert Chevrolet celebrated
three quarters of a century in
business in Okeechobee.
It was a well attended event
as several hundred people
dropped by to share in the cel-
ebration with plenty of good
food, drink, entertainment and
fellowship.
General Manager Christa
Luna thanked the crowd for
celebrating with her family. "75
years have been great, we have
met some great people, and the
dealership has relied on great
relationships we have built and
strengthened throughout the
years."


She thanked all the custom-
ers, employees, vendors, bank-
ers and community leaders her
family's dealership has worked
with over the years.
Those in attendance re-
membered the original loca-
tion up town where it a big
event each year when the new
cars came to town. It was a
well kept secret how these cars
looked as back then there were
no big television commercials
to show what the new line of
cars looked like.
Often the grand opening of
that year's fleet was a big com-
munity event.
Today the dealership has
grown to one of the best and
most respected Chevrolet
dealers in South Florida. They
couldn't have done that with-


out having a lot of support from
the community.
Bert Culbreath showed off
some of that support when he
cut a check for the local OCRA
baseball league. This year
Chevrolet and Gilbert Chevrolet
have helped the league with a
raffle of a brand new Chevrolet
Tahoe. Over $3,000 has been
raised by the raffle this spring.
The dealership added to that a
$500 check on Thursday night.
OCRA President Lawrence
Fipps was in attendance to
accept the check. The funds
will go to buy equipment, and
other supplies for the baseball
program.
Board of County Commis-
sioners Chairman Clif Betts
thanked the Culbreath family
See Gilbert's - Page 2


Resident awarded a million


dollars in law suit case


OKEECHOBEE-A jury has
awarded more than a million
dollars to a 24-year-old injured
Okeechobee resident. How-
ever, even a million dollars
can't make up for the injuries
that Tiffany Bullington, a client
of the Accident Law Offices of
Philip DeBerard, received. She
suffered severe injuries and
permanent scarring and disfig-
urement to her face, arms and
chest as the result of an auto ac-
cident in 2004. The jury award
was the highest Judge McManus
has seen in a contested case in


Okeechobee County. The jury
also awarded Bullington over
$1,073,500 for her injuries, lost
wages, pain and suffering and
medical expenses.
During the-six day trial, the
jury learned Bullington was
injured by a negligent driver.
Bullington was a back seat pas-
senger in a Dodge Neon driven
by a friend. The friend was
passing a minibus that was
driving under the speed limit.
As the Neon was in the pro-
cess of passing the bus, it was
hit in the rear driver's door by


another vehicle that pulled out
of a private driveway. This im-
pact caused the Neon's driver
to lose control and the car fish-
tailed and then rolled over into
a deep canal, landing upside
down and partially submerged.
Bullington's boyfriend, also a
passenger in the car, with the
help of a bystander, found Bul-
lington unconscious and life-
less and frantically drug her
out of the vehicle and onto the
shoulder of the canal so she
See Award - Page 2


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By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Visitors to the old Tantie
Schoolhouse took a step back
in time to the early 1900s on
Thursday afternoon, May 15.
The Okeechobee Historical
Society held an open house to
raise money to repair the 1909
schoolhouse.
The first school in the area
was a palm frond shack built in
1898.
Zelda Mixon, one of the tour
guides, stated that her grand-
father, Peter Raulerson, was
instrumental in starting the
school. Mr. Raulerson was the
first white settler in the area.
Mrs. Mixon said that he had
four children. At that time, six
children were required in order
to have a school. So her grand-
father went to another com-
munity and got two children
to board at his house during
the week so there would be


six children for the school. The
school was part of the St. Lu-
cie County school system since
Okeechobee County had not
yet been formed and the area
was part of St. Lucie County.
According to Kyle Van
Landingham and Alma Het-
herington's book "History of
Okeechobee County, the first
teacher was a Dr. George Hub-
bard and the 'children called
him "Old Mother Hubbard."
At that time, the area was
known as "The Bend" because
of the bend in the shore of Lake
Okeechobee.
The location of that first
school was probably near the
site of the Raulerson home,
which is now occupied by
Jeannette's Interiors on S. Par-
rott Avenue.
When mail delivery came to
the area in 1902, the school and
the community were renamed
See Tantie - Page 2


Schools take


a stand at


board meeting


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Staff at Osceola Middle
School took a stand at the
Okeechobee County School
Board meeting in an effort to
stop the involuntary transfer of
guidance counselors at Osceola
and Yearling Middle School.
At Tuesday's board meeting,
about 15 members of the OMS
staff, including union leaders
voiced, their concern about an
involuntary transfer that was
ultimately passed by the board
after a lengthy discussion.
All the concern was local-
ized on the fact that Superin-
tendent Dr. Patricia Cooper


recommended the involuntary
transfer of Michelle Branham,
the current guidance counselor
at OMS to YMS. In her place
Drema Brewer, would move
from Yearling to Osceola.
This move stems from sev-
eral changes that were made
in the principal appointments.
Due to some requests and
other issues, Andy Brewer, Mrs.
Brewer's husband has been
appointed to Yearling for the
2008-09 school year.
The former principal at YMS,
Brian Greseth requested to be
moved back to the elementary
level and this action was ap-
See OMS - Page 2


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Chared land
Images like this are all that's been left behind by the
ceaseless wildfires across South Florida. Here is a pic-
ture of charred vegetation at the Seminole Tribe of FL
Brighton Reservation.


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Tantie
Continued From Page 1

Tantie after a school teacher
named Tantie Huckaby.
The one room Tantie School-
house was built in 1909 and has
survived every hurricane to hit
the area since then. The build-
ing was used for school until the
brick building that now houses
the school board offices was
built. After it ceased to be used
as a school, it was a single family
dwelling.
The schoolhousewas originally
located on S. Parrott Avenue near
where Arby's is today. In 1976 the
historical society obtained a grant
to move the building to its pres-
ent location on U. S. 98 N. across
form the industrial park where it
was converted into a museum.
Betty Chandler Williamson
pointed out the water bucket and
dipper in the entrance foyer that
were used by all the students. It
was her theory that the strong
home made lye soap used during
that time killed germs.
Part of the building is set up as
a replica of a typical school room
of the era with inkwell desk, black-


board, potbellied stove and a 48
star flag. The picture of George
Washington was not the picture
seen in school rooms today.
On the teacher's desk is the
bell used to call in students from
recess. That bell belonged to Lot-
tie Raulerson. "Miss Lottie" as she
was affectionately known, taught
several generations of Okeecho-
bee children.
Part of the building houses
old tools and farming equipment
such as a frog gig, cross cut saw,
and house drawn plow. Sonny
Williamson described the use of
many of the tools. However, there
was one strange looking imple-
ment he could not identify.
The building contains a cabi-
net made up of numbered cubby-
holes that once held room keys in
the old Southland Hotel.
Another room is furnished
with objects that would have
been seen in a room in the South-
land Hotel.
After the schoolhouse was
moved, the historical society built
a building behind it to house other
Okeechobee artifacts, newspaper
clippings and photographs. This
building has been expanded over
the years funded from various


OKeechobee News/Pete Gawda
OKeechobee News/Pete Gawda The Okeechobee Historical
Betty Chandler Williamson Society gave guided tours of
of the Okeechobee Historical the 1909 Tantee School on
Society served as a tour guide Thursday, May 15. Sonny Wil-
for the old Tantee School- liamson pointed out many of
house on Thursday, May 15. the old tools on display there.


sources including sale of quilts
made by the Tantee Quilters who
meet in the building.
The building now has a sepa-
rate room for quilting and storing
bound copies of the Okeechobee
News beginning with the 1950s


and continuing until the newspa-
per went daily.
The museum is open to the
public each Thursday from 9 a.m.
until 2 p.m.
The purpose of the open house
was to raise funds for the old


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
The Tantee Schoolhouse is almost 100 years old and is show-
ing its age. The OkeechobeeHistorical Society is conducting
a fund raising drive to do some renovation on the old build-
ing which is used as a museum.


schoolhouse which needs to have
some rotten boards replaced, and
to be leveled and painted.
Anyone wishing to help in the
restoration project can send a do-
nation to the Okeechobee Histori-
cal Society, Post Office Box 973,


Okeechobee, FL 34973.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached
at pgawda@newszap.com.


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda

Picture of the past
The Okeechobee Historical Society is currently sponsoring
a fund raising drive to do some repair work on the old Tantie
Schoolhouse. The society is using the 1909 school building
as a museum.


Today's Weather


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Members of the Okeechobee Historical Society were dressed
in period costumes for an open house on Thursday, May 15
which was a fund raiser to help with repair work on the old Tantie
Schoolhouse.


Gilbert's
Continued From Page 1

for their long time commitment
to Okeechobee and for their
major contributions to the local
economy.
"I'm pleased to have known


this family for some 50 years. It
is important for this town to have
people and businesses who want
to stay here and be involved in the
community," he noted.
The Culbreath family also in-
troduced their department heads
at the dealership who gave rec-
ognition to every employee they
have working under them.


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Bert Culbreath hands over a $500 check to Lawrence Fipps,
president of OCRA.


OMS
Continued From Page 1

proved with the appointment of
Mr. Greseth to Seminole Elemen-
tary School at this same meeting.
According to Dr. Cooper, "my
sole reason for doing this was to
avoid violating board policy. They
(Mrs. Branham and Mrs. Brewer)
have the same number of days in
their contract, same curriculum
and testing situations in each of
the middle schools. Transfer is
the most equitable way to keep
them in comparable positions
with same number of days for
their contract."
Raia Black, a sixth grade lan-
guage arts teacher at OMS was
the first to step forward and voice
her concerns with this involun-
tary change. According to Ms.
Black, one of her main concerns
is the effect of the family environ-
ment at OMS that this involuntary
transfer will create.
Mrs. Branham has been at OMS
for five years, three as a teacher
and two as a guidance counselor.
She will finish her counseling de-
gree on June 19.
Ms. Black stated that, "Michelle
is comfortable at OMS and has
built relationships with students
and parents. With a new assistant
principal and adding fifth grade, it
is important to me to have some-
one in place (in guidance) that I
am familiar with."
Maggie Cable expressed her
understanding that involuntary
transfers are in a contract for a


Award
Continued From Page 1

wouldn't drown.
The driver who caused the ac-
cident was clearly negligent be-
cause she did not make sure the
traffic was clear in both directions


reason and when used correctly,
they are an effective tool. The su-
perintendent has the power that
when something is not working
right, they can go in and fix it.
"Using involuntary transfer as a
first step, rather than a last result,"
Mrs. Cable continued. "I think it
sets a standard and tone to all the
employees that even if you are
doing a good job and are happy
where you are and have enough
time in a particular position that
you can be moved whether you
like it or not."
The general sentiment of the
OMS employees was for the board
to wait until the inter-county trans-
fers take place before making this
involuntary change. According to
several members of the audience,
it is known that one elementary
school guidance counselor will
be applying for a recently posted
position in the exceptional stu-
dent education department.
If this were to take place, an
opening for an elementary school
guidance counseling position
would be opened and available
for Mrs. Brewer.
Diane Leko, the OMS ESE
department head also spoke on
behalf of Mrs. Branham. Working
with ESE, her entire department
works closely with guidance in
the completion of documentation
that is required by the state. Ac-
cording to Mrs. Leko, she knows
their program and has developed
a trusted working relationship
with the entire ESE department
here at OMS.
Osceola's other guidance
counselor Linda McGlamory


before pulling out and striking the
Neon. Under the law, she was re-
quired to "yield the right-of-way
to all vehicles approaching on the
highway."
Bullington was flown to the
hospital, where she was found to
have a liver laceration, facial lac-
erations, a shattered and broken
right wrist, a right finger disloca-


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Christa Luna thanks the employees, staff and customers for
their contributions to the dealership.


who has been with the county
since 1983 also spoke on Mrs.
Branham's behalf. She explained
that due to the upcoming chang-
es at OMS, their enrollment for
the upcoming school year will be
increasing from 705 students to
980 students due to the increased
number of sixth graders and the
addition of the fifth grade school
within a school.
Mrs. McGlamory continued,
"When Michelle was told we
would be providing school guid-
ance and counseling services to
an additional 275 students, their
parent and their teachers next
hear her response was, 'No prob-
lem, we can do it!' When Michelle
was told that she would need
to change her hours to accom-
modate the elementary school
schedule, she responded with,
'Sure, I can do that."'
"It came as a shock to her
when she was told last Monday
that she was being transferred
involuntarily to YMS. She is an ex-
cellent counselor and a necessary
pillar in the stability of our student
services at OMS," continued Mrs.
McGlamory. "She is familiar with
the parents at our school who
have established a trusting and
ongoing relationship with her as
their children have gone through
middle school...her knowledge
of our school and her familiarity
with its operations are invaluable.
With the increased enrollment
and other changes taking place
for next school year, we need the
stability that Michelle provides to
our Student Services staff, now
more than ever."


tion, a broken arm, and other ac-
cident-induced medical problems.
She later had to undergo multiple
operations on her wrist, and she
continues to suffer from pain, loss
of strength in her dominant right
hand, and facial scars. She faces
a series of plastic surgery proce-
dures and additional operations
on her wrist in the future, and she


These sentiments were not
aimed at any detriment to Mrs.
Brewer as she is a talented guid-
ance counselor and also ac-
claimed by all. This was simply a
request of the OMS staff who have
developed a relationship with Mrs.
Branham and wish to continue to
develop that relationship due to
the upcoming changes that going
to happen at OMS.
It was basically left up to Mrs.
Brewer now that if a position
opens, she can choose to apply
for a transfer. Yet, this still creates
an inequity in that Mrs. Branham
is being forced to comply with the
actions of the county and the per-
sons who were responsible for
the change are given the upper
hand at either staying at OMS or
choosing to apply for an alternate
position.
While it was unanimously
agreed that if the change ulti-
mately takes place, the educators
at both schools would rise above
the issues and maintain a profes-
sional attitude for the good of the
students.
This involuntary transfer was
ultimately approved by the board
with the fact that the possibility
for the situation to resolve itself
could still be possible through
future openings in the school sys-
tem.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Agullar can be
reached at caguilar@newszap.com.


is unsure she will ever be able to
be employed again as a waitress.
The Accident Law Offices of
Philip DeBerard practices in the
area of Personal Injury & Wrong-
ful Death with offices in Okeecho-
bee and Stuart. www.flainjury-
lawyer.com


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Okeechobee Forecast
Today: A day with considerable cloudiness and a 30 percent
chance of showers. Highs will be in the upper 80s. Winds will be
from the southwest 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight: A partly cloudy night with a 20 percent chance of
showers. Lows will be in the upper 60s. Winds will be southwest
5 to 10 mph.

Extended Forecast
Tuesday: A partly cloudy day with a slight chance of showers.
Highs will be in the lower 90s. Winds will be from the southwest 5
to 10 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon.
Tuesday night: A partly cloudy night with lows around 70.
Wednesday: A partly cloudy day with highs in the lower 90s.
Wednesday night: A partly cloudy night with lows around 70.
Thursday: A partly sunny day with highs in the mid 90s.
Thursday night: The night will be partly cloudy with lows in
the lower 70s.
Friday: A partly cloudy day with highs in the lower 90s.
Friday night: A partly cloudy night with lows in the lower 70s.
Saturday: The day will be partly cloudy with a 20 percent
chance of rain. The highs will be around 90.


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-SFWMD Water quality testing continues


WEST PALM BEACH-News
reports on work to restore the
Kissimmee River or America's Ev-
, erglades often show mounds of
* earth being moved to build a res-
' ervoir, backfill a drainage canal or
reshape an historic oxbow. What
the cameras don't capture are the
mountains of laboratory tests that
tell scientists at the South Florida
Water Management District (SF-
..WMD) if they're succeeding.
Each year, approximately
'280,000 laboratory tests are con-
ducted on tens of thousands of
environmental samples, all metic-
Sulously documenting the condi-
-tion of South Florida's rivers, lakes
,and estuaries. To help with the
* workload, the SFWMD Governing
SBoard approved the continuation
. of a 17-year partnership with the
Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection's (DEP) central
'laboratory to perform some of
the tests. The three-year contract
was approved for $1.76 million.


"Behind-the-scenes documen-
tation achieved by our laboratory
staff and through cooperative
agreements like this one provide
a solid foundation for decision
making and resource manage-
ment," said SFWMD Executive
Director Carol Wehle. "When-
ever we talk about Florida's water
quality improvements or Ever-
glades restoration efforts, we rely
on data produced in the labora-
tory to define our success."
Improvements to water quality
in the South Florida ecosystem are
being achieved through a com-
mitment by the State of Florida
and the South Florida Water Man-
agement District, which have in-
vested $1.8 billion for Everglades
water quality improvements, with
another $250 million commit-
ted to the Lake Okeechobee and
Estuary Recovery Plan and the
Northern Everglades Initiative.
To date, best farming practices
and operation' of 52,000 acres


of Stormwater Treatment Areas
(STAs) combined have prevented
more than 2,600 metric tons of
phosphorus from entering the Ev-
erglades. Just a decade ago, phos-
phorus concentrations leaving the
Everglades Agricultural Area aver-
aged 170 parts per billion (ppb).
They now average below 50 ppb
and have been documented as
low as 12 ppb as result of these
efforts. Approximately 80 percent
of the District's laboratory work
for environmental monitoring is
directed by state or federal law, or
by permit. The other 20 percent
is mission-driven, necessary to
monitor and protect the health of
South Florida's rivers, lakes and
estuaries. In the Everglades alone,
the District performs more water
quality sampling than is conduct-
ed by 48 U.S. states across their
entire coverage areas.
The District laboratory per-
forms 170,000 water, sediment
and fish tissue analyses a year. An


additional 110,000 tests are sent to
laboratories outside the District.
About 35 percent of that work is
sent to the DEP laboratory.
"DEP has developed a niche
specialty to detect extremely low
levels of herbicides, pesticides
and mercury," said David Struve,
director of the South Florida Wa-
ter Management District's Water
Quality Analysis Division. "To do
that here, the District would have
to purchase expensive, duplicate
equipment that would not be uti-
lized full time.
"Our niche has become mea-
suring extremely low levels of
phosphorus, so we do all the low-
level phosphorus work in South
Florida; DEP does all the low-
level organic and mercury work,"
Struve explained. "This allows us
to optimize state resources and
produce the highest-quality re-
sults at the end of the day."


Eight felonies dropped in crime spree


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Local prosecutors dropped
charges that included attempted
murder and kidnapping against
a local man last week after the
victims and witnesses in the case
refused to cooperate with author-


James Owsley, 25, was arrest-
ed on January 27, 2006 by Sher-
iff's Detective David Rogers after
he reportedly shot at, and pistol
whipped the victim at more than
one location.
Owsley had been free on bond
for several months before Pros-


ecutors dropped all charges on
April 25. Assistant State Attorney
Ashley Albright said he simply
couldn't prove the case without
cooperation.
"None of the victims wished
to cooperate and tell what hap-
pened," he noted.
Four counts of aggravated as-


sault, two counts of kidnapping,
one count of aggravated battery,
and one count of attempted mur-
der were dropped by prosecu-
tors.
A second person involved in
the case, Cassie Griffin, entered
a plea to lesser charges last year,
and avoided jail time.


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
A Moore Haven woman was
among the two people killed in
a head on collision involving a
tractor trailer in Glades County on
April 21.


Leona Robinson was a pas-
senger in a 2005 Hyundi operated
by James Rabbit, 49, who was
also killed in the wreck on State
Road 29, not far from the Glades
and Hendry County line.
A 1999 Volvo tractor trailer op-


rated by Orestes Delgado-Horta,
56, of Hialeah, was northbound
on State Road 29, passing some
slower moving traffic when the
truck collided head on with the
south bound compact.
Some $50,000 worth of prop-


erty damage was done in the ac-
cident.
Horta was cited for failing to
maintain a single lane. The names
of the two victims were not im-
mediately released by the FHP.


Attorney General announces action against Verizon


TALLAHASSEE-Florida At-
torney General Bill McCollum,
Florida Public Counsel J.R. Kelly,
and Mike Twomey, an attorney
representing AARP, announced
on Thursday, May 15, that they
have asked the Florida Public Ser-
vice Commission (FPSC) to fine
Verizon Florida LLC $6.5 million
.for repeated. violations, ofservice,
rules in Florida daring 2007
The petition filed by the Attor-
ney General, Public Counsel, and
,AARP states that Verizon willfully
violated the Florida Public Service
Commission's rules for telecom-
-munications service repairs 262
times during 2007. The petition
asks the Commission to establish
a docket to investigate Verizon's
service quality, and requests that
the company be required to show
.why it should not be required to


pay the maximum allowable fine
of $6.5 million for the 2007 viola-
tions.
"We expect Florida companies
that are regulated by the Florida
Public Service Commission on
behalf of Florida consumers to
comply with the rules of the Com-
mission," said Attorney General
,_McCollum.in filing the petition.
. The FPSC rules that the com-
pany has violated require that no
less that 95 percent of the reports
of service outages be restored
within 24 hours and that no less
than 95 percent of other trouble
reports be fixed within 72 hours.
The petition points to contin-
ued deterioration of Verizon's
repair performance since the last
investigation of its service. That
investigation resulted in a $2 mil-
lion settlement in 2001 involving


Verizon, the Attorney General and utility customers. "Telecommuni-
the Public Counsel. The petition cation companies should deliver
filed today shows a steady decline the quality of service that con-
in Verizon's repair performance sumers pay for, or face the con-
since 2002. sequences."
In that year, the company re- "Reliable and available tele-
ported less than 50 repair rule Resable and avalable tee-
violations for the entire year, as phone service can be critical to
compared to the 262 violations consumers during emergencies,"
reported in 2007, which repre- ,said Mike Twomey, attorney for
sents the worst performance of AARP. "Verizon's failure to fully
any year since 2001. comply with the PSC's repair
"Our request that Verizon rules necessarily extended some
be fined $6.5 million for failure of its customers' service outages,
to comply with the PSC repair making their service less reliable
rules should deliver a message to and less available. Verizon should
all Florida telecommunications
companies that Florida consum- bey the rules or be penalized for
ers believe that service is impor- its failure to comply."
tant and that compliance with The petition may be viewed at:
the PSC rules is essential," said http://myfloridalegal.com/web-
Florida Public Counsel J.R. Kelly, files.nsf/WF/MRAY-7ENJF5/$file/
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easier to share your ideas and converse with others. Go to
www.newszap.com, click on the community name and your
local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new
topics or comment on existing topics. You can also e-mail
comments to okeenews@newszap.com or call 863-467-2033,
but online comments get posted faster and not all phone calls
can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
LICENSED A/C INSTALLERS: I was recently disgusted to find out
after having a new air conditioning installed in my home by what I
thought was a legitimate a/c contractor was no more then a local HON-
EST appliance repair man without a license to do so. After about nine
months of my new a/c being installed, I needed to call my repair man
back out because it was not working and that's when my local hon-
est appliance repairman showed up wanting to charge me for what
seamed to me a warranty issue. After calling a licensed a/c contractor
out for a FREE second opinion to verify the first repair man's finding, I
found out that the repair should have been covered under the manu-
facturers warranty but due to the first "repairman's" non-contractor
status, which is those little combination of letters and numbers on
the side of the vehicles (CAC 1234567) means Certified Air Condition-
ing Contractor by the State of Florida that my first "repairman" does
not have. I understand now that without having a state licensed a/c
contractor that he cannot turn in warranties for repair and get reim-
bursed so he passes on the charges to us the consumer. "Repairman"
# one bought, sold and installed me an a/c that was purchased under
a licensed contractor name without the licensed contractor's knowl-
edge, and therefore, I have an a/c that is flagged by the manufacturer
as stolen property, that I have got to get cleared up now thanks to
the HONEST repairman's help! Because the local building dept. re-
minds me and you to ask for proof of who you're doing business with
and not assume that if they do appliance work that they are also an
a/c contractor. Ask for those CAC #s and look them up online under
www.myflorida.com State of Florida (DBPR) Department of Business
and Professional Regulations to make sure that they are a legitimate
contractor or BUYER BEWARE-trust me it's expensive!
CAPTAIN D'S: We were shocked to find out that Captain D's res-
taurant closed. On their board was thank you for letting us serve you
for 24 years, which we thought was an anniversary. But when we
went to eat there, signs on the door said closed. This is a loss to the
community.

Spotlight on Okeechobee


A special thank you!
The American Cancer Soci-
ety's 2008 Okeechobee Cattle-
barons' Ball was a huge success!
The ball brought 200 guests who
enjoyed dinner, dancing, auctions
and games which generated over
$50,000 for the American Cancer
Society.
My hat's off to the dedicated
and hard working committee
who gave their time for the past
nine months to plan this suc-
cessful event. Billy English/Co-
chair, Carrie Heineman/Logistics
Chair, Cindy Domer/Silent Auc-
tion Chair, Maria Fanizzi & Debbie
Mathews/Table Host Chairs, Deb-
bie & Frank Riddle/Revenue En-
hancer Chairs, Betty & Sonny Wil-
_ liamson/Honorary Chairs, Chlini.,r
Griffin and Teri Sauter/Volunteers.
I would also like to thank the staff
members Keri Hughes and Shan-
non Martin.
A huge thank you goes to Sea-
coast National Bank and Ever-
glades Farm Equipment for taking
the lead as Co-Presenting spon-
sors.
I would like to also give a spe-
cial thank you to WOKC/AM 1570
for all of their donated airtime to


help promote this year's event
and to the entire staff at Quail
Creek Plantation for hosting and
volunteering.
The overall success of this
event is due to the generosity
and support from our wonderful
community sponsors: Seacoast
National Bank, Everglades Farm
Equipment, Riverside National
Bank, Quail Creek Plantation, A
Child's World, Rudd Jones & As-
sociates, Williamson Cattle Co.,
Okeechobee Cancer Center, Bill
& Nancy Curtis, Waste Manage-
ment, Gilbert Chevrolet, Beef '0'
Brady's, Domer's Inc., Stitchin
Post, Brahi-na Bull Restaurant &
Lounge, Walpole Feed & Supply.
Last but certainly not least, I
would like to thank the editors
from the Okeechobee News and
Okeechobee Times for the pub-
licity we received for this event.
I am ever so thankful that I
live in a wonderful community
such as Okeechobee. I thank our
community, volunteers and busi-
nesses that have contributed to
The American Cancer Society in
hopes of one day finding a cure
for cancer.
Signed,
Teresa Chandler, Event Chair


Community Calendar Community Events


Monday, May 19
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meet-
ing.
Okeechobee Senior Singers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Okeecho-
bee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited to join the group. For information or to schedule an
appearance, contact Patsy Black at 863-467-7068.
The Okeechobee Historical Society meets at noon at 1850 U.S.
98 N. Join us with a covered dish for lunch, followed by a business
meeting. The dues are $10 per person, per year, and are due in Sep-
tember. For information, call Betty Williamson at 863-763-3850.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at the
Just for Today Club, 101 Fifth Ave. For information call 863-634-4780.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road, in
Buckhead Ridge on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Karen Graves,
Chapter leader would like to extend a warm welcome to any interest-
ed persons to come by and see what they are about. For information
call 863-763-6952.
A.A. meetings Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road,
holds open meetings for Alcoholics Anonymous on Monday nights
from 7 to 8 p.m. for substance abuse. They also have Al-Anon meet-
ings 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 20
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.
Al-Anon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200
N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
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 Secu-
rity Death Index and military information available. For information,
call Robert Massey at 863-763-6510.
The Camera Club meets 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-
467-2614 for information. Some of the proceeds will go towards Big
Lake Mission's Outreach.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information,
June Scheer at 863-634-8276
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is in-
vited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For*informa-
tion, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at 863-763-4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m.
in the Fellowship Hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meet-
ing. For information, call Earl at 863-763-0139.


Monday, May 19
Mural dedication planned
Monday, May 19, Main Street will host a dedication for their third
mural. The mural is located on Hwy441 next to Syble's Flowers. Come
meet the artist Matt Budjinski and the relatives of the people depicted
in the mural. The mural represents the history of the telephone indus-
try here in Okeechobee. The dedication is at 5:15 at the mural with a
reception following in the chapel behind Syble's Flowers until 7 p.m.
Orchid club to meet
The Okeechobee Orchid Club will meet on Monday, May 19, at 7
p.m. at the Cooperative Extension Office, 458 Highway 98 N. 863-763-
6469. Members and the public are invited to bring their favorite orchid
for Show & Tell. President Harry Hoffner will also diagnose problem
orchids.

Wednesday, May 21
Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin and Okeecho-
bee Counties, Inc Bylaws/Personnel Committee meeting will be held
on May 21, at 2 p.m. at the American Red Cross, 323 North Parrott
Avenue, Okeechobee.

Thursday, May 22
IRCC Chamber Series to begin
Encore Chamber Players at the IRCC Lifelong Learning Summer
Sunset Series Thursday, May 22, 8 p.m. at the Wynne Black Box The-
atre, on the IRCC Main Campus at 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce.
The Encore Chamber Players are one of Florida's Most Prestigious Or-
chestral and Chamber Music Groups. Tickets are .$,10 Call 1-866-866-
4722 ext. 7880.

Friday, May 23
Compulsive Overeaters
Compulsive Overeaters are invited to a new weekly meeting of
overeaters anonymous beginning May, 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Just for
Today Club, 101 NW 5th Street (next to Nature's Pantry). Overeaters
anonymous is not a diet club. There are no dues, fees or weigh-ins,
The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop eating com-
pulsively. For more information call Loretta at 863-763-7165 or 863'-
697-0206.
Welcome House Drop in Center plans an Open House
The Mental Health Association in Indian River County cordially in-
vites the public to an open house on Friday, May 23, from noon to 2
p.m. Welcome House Drop in Center is located at 1925 Hwy 441 SE.
The peer run center is a place for adults recovering with an emotional
or psychiatric problem to help them engage in socialization and re-
gain some of their independence. For more information call Hilda or
James at 863-467-1026.
Free Live Music Concert
A free concert will be sponsored by the Buckhead Christian Church
with Blues bands, Classic Rock and Contemporary Rock band. The
concert will be held at the downtown park gazebo at 10 a.m. to 2
p.m. on May 24. If you have any question please call Jerry at 863-
467-6793.


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The following movies are now showing at
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day, May 16, through Thursday, May 22, are as
follows:
Theatre I - "Speed Racer" (PG-13) Show-
times: Friday at 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday and Sun-
day 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 9:20 p.m.
Theatre 11 - "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 III - "Chronicles of Narnia" (PG)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9:30 p.m.. Saturday
and Sunday at 2, 4:30, 7:15 and 9:45 p.m., Monday
at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
at 2, 4:30 and 7:15 p.m.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults; children 12 and un-
der are $4.50; senior citizens are $4.50 for all mov-
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Adding icons to computer desktop


By Diane Timmons
Okeechobee News
This column is for those of us
who remember typewriters. By
that I mean you and I did not grow
up with computers and probably
don't have that ingrained under-
standing of them your grandchil-
dren have. But, we now use them
in our everyday lives for an ever-
increasing list of things which
includes bill paying, information
gathering and mailing. Those
who don't want to learn are miss-
ing out on some great stuff.
Every time you turn on your


Coinputing
For
Seniors
Share your questions
for this column by email to
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computer, there it is, your desk-
top. You spend a lot of time look-
ing at that desktop, so let's learn
how to manage it with your work
habits in mind.
If you are like me, you have
application shortcuts on your
desktop. This allows me to open
a favorite application right away,
instead of going to the Start but-
ton and Programs and then hunt
for the application name. But
how do those program names get
there in the first place?
Sometimes a desktop icon is
put there automatically when you


load a program. But, if not, this is
the way I get the favored program
icon just where I want it.
Click on Start in the lower left
corner of your screen. Scroll to
Programs and then to your fa-
vorite program. Keep the name
highlighted. This is where you
use the right click. Make sure
the program name is highlighted
and then RIGHT click with your
mouse. The list of commands
that appears is usually referred to
as a "context menu." I could write
a whole column on the power of
the right click and I will, soon. For


now, drag down to Create Short-
cut. This will result in another title
of your program being added to
the list. It will have a little (2) at
the end of the name. It will prob-
ably appear at the end of the list.
Click and drag that name to your'
desktop.
You may also want to shorten
the name under the icon on the
desktop. To do this, right click the
new icon and choose Rename.
You will see the cursor blinking
so you can modify the name in
whatever way you choose. I al-
ways shorten the name. You can


click and drag these icons any-
place you want on the screen. If
you no longer use the program or
have something else on the desk-
top you don't want there, just
right click on it and drag down
the list to delete. The box that
pops up reminds you that you are
not deleting the program itself,
but you are deleting the icon off
the desktop.
If you have questions or
comments about this informa-
tion, please email dtimmons@
newszap.com. I welcome new
ideas for this column.


Big changes coming to baby-boomer lifestyle


By Emmet Pierce
Senior News
Few boomers have given
enough thought to where they
will live beyond middle age.'
Early planning for housing dur-
ing old age is important, said Ciji
Ware, author of the book "Right-
sizing Your Life" ($15.99, Spring-
board Press).
"When we are still feeling
great, while we have our marbles
and our health, this is the time
to think about how we want the
next 30, 35 years to go," said
Ware. "We have to get ourselves
out of denial and take a look at


the fact that nobody is going to
get out of here alive. "Boom-
ers who've raised families in the
suburbs may have a hard time
recognizing when their home
no longer meets their needs, she
added. "Suddenly, they have to
carry a load of laundry upstairs,"
she said. "It begins to dawn on
people: 'It doesn't work for me.'"
San Diego real estate agent
John Hokkanen says many of the
homes in his area are simply too
large for people to maintain dur-
ing old age. "Larger homes have
a lot more upkeep," he said. "We
see many of folks who buy large
homes when they have families


and then want to downsize. The
trend toward larger homes tends
to cut against this aging-in-place
idea."
In the mid 1950s, 1,000 square
foot houses were the norm in the
U.S. With the typical new South-
ern California home now closing
in on 3,000 square feet, some
analysts wonder if aging in place
remains a practical goal for many
homeowners.
Because land in Southern Cali-
fornia is so expensive, builders
have turned to two-story designs
to provide buyers with the square
footage they desire. For seniors,
stairs often become barriers.


Tract homes in America began to
get significantly larger in the early
1970s, when boomers began buy-
ing dwellings.
In Western states, the typical
new, unattached tract home en-
compassed 1,715 square feet in
1973, according to the National
Association of Home Builders.
By 2002, it had grown to 2,315
square feet.
In recent years, a small house
movement has been building na-
tionwide. Among the leaders is
Sarah Susanka, a North Carolina
based architect and author. She
holds that many builders have
embraced the notion that bigger


is better.
New York architect Marianne
Cusato agrees. As a result, much
of the space in homes goes un-
used. "A lot of people have huge
homes but only live in a small
space - the coziest corner," she'
said. Cusato is known for her de-
sign for replacing housing in hur-
ricane damaged Gulf Coast com-
munities. Her Katrina Cottage
recently won the Smithsonian
Institution's first People's Design
Award.
The concept grew out of an
October 2005 meeting of archi-
tects in Biloxi, Miss. The one-bed-
room prototype, which covered


only 308 square feet, was intro-
duced in January 2006. For some
downsizing boomers, very small
houses may hold more appeal
than condominiums or apart-
ments, she said.
While many boomers will be
active during old age, they're not
immortal, said Ware. "The war
babies and boomers are reinvent-
ing these bonus years, but they
need to get a dose or reality about
changing their surroundings,"
she said. "That means getting out
of denial and reinventing your life
in a way that makes sense."


Okeechobee County School Education News in Brief


/Board pays recognition


Board pays recognition


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County
School Board will give many rec-
ognitions and discuss the new
personnel appointments, re-ap-
pointments and relocations for
the upcoming school year at their
meeting on Tuesday, May 13, at 6
p.m. in the Okeechobee County
School Board Chambers.
The board will also consider
bids for a cooling tower for the
..Okeechobee High School and the
+ repaving of the Yearling Middle
;School bus circle and parking
area.
The board will consider the ap-
proval of a bid for the of a Koldaire
Inc. cooling tower replacement at
the Okeechobee High School in
the amount of $117,555.
The bids were opened May 2,
at 10 a.m. The bid with Koldaire,
Inc. is the low base bid. The cool-
ing towers are used as a way to
use a more energy efficient pro-
cess of cooling air rather than
using the typical air conditioning
units for 100 percent of the cool-
ing in the school.
The board will also consider
another project to pave the school
bus circle and parking area at
Yearling Middle School. The
superintendent is recommend-
ing the low base bid amount of
$148,593 submitted by Lynch Pav-
ing and Construction Co., Inc.
Appointment of administrative


personnel on the district level is
being recommended to remain
the same as this year's appoint-
ments. On a school basis, some
of the principals are being moved
around for the 2008-09 school
year.
Andy Brewer, formerly at the
Okeechobee Freshman Cam-
pus, will be the new principal at
Yearling Middle School with their
former principal Brian Greseth
moving to Seminole Elementary
School (SEM). SEM's former prin-
cipal Randal Weigum will be mov-
ing to New Endeavor High School
(NEHS). Carol Revels, who was
formerly at NEHS will be moving
to OFC.
The vacancy of the Osceola
Middle School assistant principal
is currently open due to the va-
cancy of Heather Siler-Dobbs not
returning as their assistant princi-
pal.
The re-appointment of in-
structional personnel on profes-
sional services contracts and the
re-appointment of instructional
personnel and placement on the
professional services contract
will be considered by the board.
Thirty-eight teachers are being re-
appointed and placed on contract
for the 2008-09 school year. Six of
these placements are contingent
on the teacher meeting the certi-
fication requirements.
An additional 108 teachers are
being recommended for appoint-
ment for the 2008-09 school year


Submitted photo
Beach girls turn 80
The "Woolworth Girls" on Palm Beach in 1945 (from left to
right are: Vesta Parker, Mildred Windsor, Ila Bylsma, and
Zetta Oakley. These Glades residents are celebrating their
80th birthdays. Longtime Buckhead Ridge resident, Ila
Bylsma, turned 80 on May 16. She has been a resident of
the Okeechobee area for over 40 years.


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on an annual contract.
All food service managers will
remain the same except for two
positions. Hilda Castillo will be
the food service manager at Ev-
erglades Elementary School. She
was formerly the assistant man-
ager. Gwen Faulkner will be the
food service manager at Yearling
Middle School. She was formerly
the assistant at the Okeechobee
High School.
The guidance counselors for
Yearling Middle School and Os-
ceola Middle School will also be
switching. Michelle Branhamn'
will be transferred to YMS while
Drema Brewer will be transferred
to OMS.
These changes will be a new
beginning for some with the start
of the new school year which be-
gins on Monday, Aug. 18.
The board will also consider:
*a professional services agree-
ment with Lorna Bracewell in
the amount of $1,500 to provide
workshops and concerts for stu-
dents in the Migrant Summer pro-
gram. Funding is coming from the
Title I, Part C (Project 4817).
*approval of the mentoring
bonus for each of the National
Board Certified teachers listed be-
low for their mentoring services
for district teachers in the amount
of $5,322.29.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at caguilar@newszap.com.

In Loving Memory of
Floffie Dean \ O
Chambers
January 20, 1935 to May 19, 2007
I said "God, I hurt.
And God said, "I know."
I said, "God I cry alot."
And God said, "That is why I gave
you tears."
I said,"God I am so depressed."
And God said, That is why I gave you
sunshine."
I said, God, "life is so hard."
And God said, "That is why I gave
you loved ones."?'
I said, God, "my loved one died."'
And God said, "So did mine."'
I said, "God, it was such a loss,"
And God said,"I saw mine nailed to
the cross."
I said, "God, but your loved one lives,"
And God said, "So does yours."
I said, "God, where are they now?"
And God said, "Mine is on my right,
and yours is in the light."
I said, "God, it hurts."
And God said, I know."
Still missing you,
Armel, Debbie, George,
Roy & Jenelle


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Pre-School supports
Marthas 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 toilet-
ries, sheets, towels, washcloths,
paper goods, and any products to
help with everyday needs.

Free GED classes
offered
Indian River Community Col-
lege will be offering free adult ba-
sic education/GED and English as
a second language classes at these
locations: Dixon Hendry Center,
2229 N.W Ninth Ave., English as
second language classes, Monday
and Wednesday from 9 a.m. until
noon, adult basic education/GED,
Monday through Thursday from
8 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. and Friday
from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.; Yearling
Middle School, 925, N.W. 23 Lane,
English as a second language
classes, Monday-Wednesday
5:30 until 8:30 p.m.; Everglades
Elementary, 3725 S.E. Eighth St.,
English as a second language
classes, Tuesday and Thursday
from 6 until 8 p.m.


Preschool enrollment
under way
Peace Lutheran Preschool is
now taking enrollment for the
coming school year.
They have openings in Jr. Pre-


school, 3 and 4 year old's and
Kindergarten. Call the school for
more information, 863-763-7566.

Parent education
classes offered
The Okeechobee County
Healthy Start Coalition will of-
fer parenting education classes
for infants to age 3. All pregnant


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women and parents are encour-
aged to attend. Each participant
will receive a gift. This adults-only
parenting class consists of six,
one-hour classes.
You must attend all six classes
to get a certificate of completion.
We now have day and evening
classes available. No child care
will be available. Call 863-462-
5877 for registration.


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DOG - Poss Bulldog/Curr mix,
has collar, Hwy 98, farm
next to Milking R Dairy. To
identify, call (863)697-2665
When you want sometlbng
sold, advertise In the
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PITBULLS (3) - Females, 2
tan, 1 black & tan, vic of the
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Employment -
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Employment
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
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Start a new career in the much needed field of
nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
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Apply In Person To:
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Air Conditioners 505
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Fireplace Fixture 600
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Furs 615
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Equipment 620
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Supplies 625
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Jewelry 635
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Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Pets/Supplies/
Services 670
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Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
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Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
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Horses 840
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Seeds/Plants/
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Horse is $1500.
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Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Commercial
Property 915
Condos/
Townhouses - Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House - Rent 930
Land - Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960



Duplex For Rent
2/2 w/ garage, access to pool
and tennis courts, lawn
maintenance included
$800/mo. 1st & security
863-634-5283
Move In Special!
1/2 off 1st months rent!
2BR/1.5BA, carpet, tile
all appl's, a/c & heat, 1
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$650 mo. (863)763-8878
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BA, W&D., Lg. fenced patio.
2 util. rooms. $900 mo., 1st
last & sec. (863)634-3313
OKEE CITY - Apt. Duplex, 2br,
lba, 823 SE 10th St, $625
mo. + 1st, Last, Sec. &
lease pref'd. (863)634-9869
OKEE., Huge, Clean, 2br, 2ba
No pets, new paint & carpet.
$750/mo. 1st & $500 sec.
dep. Call 772-215-0098
OKEECHOBEE, 2br, 1ba, Near
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OAK LAKE VILLA'S - 2/2
Townhs. Updated kitchen. All
appl's. W&D. $875 mo. 1st,
last & sec. (863)467-5965


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3br, 2ba on huge lot. Rent
$1050. Buy 130K Financing
Available (754)423-8202
Basswood-New 3BR/2BA,
garage, fenced, good neigh-
borhood(561)379-9417 or
(561)683-9754
BHR - 3br, 2ba,
1800 sf, Lake Access
$900 mo.
(863)634-5234
Brand New 3/2 in Dixie Ranch
Adres, W&D Hookup. $1100
mo. 1st, last & sec.
(561)723-6865
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-
wood. (561)718-2822
BUCKHEAD - 3/1, lots of stor-
age, fenced, w/d, 1 pet.
$750/mo (863)763-0445

FOR LEASE
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
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NOTICE
The Board of County Commissioners of Okeechobee County, Florida is seeking in-
terested applicants for appointment to two (2) vacancies on the Tourist Develop-
ment Council OTDC).
The TDC, comprised of nine (9) members, makes recommendations to the Board of
County Commissioners for the effective operation of special projects or for uses
of the tourist development tax revenue and performs such other duties as may be
prescribed by county ordinances) or resolutionss.
Two (2) of these vacancies must be filled by persons who are owners and/or opera-
tors of a motel, hotel, recreational vehicle park, or other tourist accommodations
in the county subject to the tourist development tax, All members of the council
shall be electors of Okeechobee County.
Applications may be obtained from the County Administrator's Office at 304 NW 2nd
Street, Room 102, Okeechobee County Courthouse, Okeechobee. All applicants
must complete a board/committee application form.
Applications must be submitted to the County Administrator's Office no later than
4:00 PM on May 30, 2008.
Clif Bets Jr, Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
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Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION
File No. 2008CP91
Division: Probate
IN RE: ESTATE OF
Anna Ciccola
Deceased.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of
Anna Ciccola, deceased, whose date of
death was March 23, 2008, is pending in -
the Circuit Court for Okeechobee. County,
Florida, Probate Division, the address of
which is 312 North West 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The names
and addresses of the personal represen-
tatives and the personal representatives
attorney are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate on whom a
copy of this notice is required to be
served must tile their claims with this
court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS
AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLI-
CATION OF THIS NOTICE OF 30 DAYS
AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A
COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate must file their
claims with this court WITHIN 3
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE
TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION
733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE
CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERI-
ODS SET FORTH ABOVE. ANY CLAIM
FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER
THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED.
The date of first publication of this no-
tice is May 19th, 2008.
Attorney for Personal Representatives:
Robert J. Kulas
Attomey for Dorothy Montagna
Flonda Bar No. 398195
Robert J. Kuias, PA.
2100 SEHillmoor Drive, Suite 105
Port St. Lucie; Forida. 34952
Telephone: (772)398-0720
Fax: (772) 398-9331
Personal Representative:
Dorothy Montagna
2443 SE Shipping Road
Port St. Luci, Flonda 34952
274589 ON 5/19,26/08


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8 Okeechobee News, Monday, May 19, 2008




Soccer players honored at banquet


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
If there was a vote on the big-
gest surprise of the sports season
at Okeechobee High School the
winner hands down would be the
boy's soccer team.
The team romped through the
regular season, secured the top
seed in their district and seemed
headed for a lengthy trip to the
state regional.
Enter, Forest Hill, who
abruptly ended the boy's season,
6-0, in the district tournament. It
was a sound, but shocking de-
feat.
Months later the team got to-
gether to reminisce about the sea-
son at their annual banquet held
Friday night at the Okeechobee
High School Cafeteria. Memories
of the loss still linger, but it serves
as a motivator for'the underclass-
men who return next year.
Lonnie Sears, who won coach
of the year in the Treasure Lake
Conference, gave all of the credit
for the team's and his success to
God.
"Hopefully we turn these play-
ers into Christians through our ex-
amples. We try to teach the kids
well and treat them right," Sears
noted.
His other goals were turn-
ing the players into young men
that their family and peers can
be proud of, and finally, to make
them good soccer players.
Guest speaker for the evening
was Brahman great Brent Stew-
art, who attended the University
of Florida on a baseball scholar-
ship. He focused his remarks on
discipline.
He explained that discipline is
two fold, others control you, or
you control you or self control.
"It helps to shape who you are,
where you're going and who you
will become," he noted.
Stewart said he was a very dis-
ciplined kid in school. He thanked
his baseball coach for instilling
discipline into him.
"I have a great fear of God, I
don't want him mad at me or my
family," he noted.
Stewart signed a national letter
of intent at the University of Mi-
ami during his senior year at OHS.
However, he was talked out of it
by then Indian River Community
College Coach Mike Easom. He
explained that at IRCC he could
sign to play professional baseball
after'just one year if he attended
junior college.


A year later he got a call from
the Boston Red Sox who had
selected him in the 11lth round
of baseball's amateur draft. He
was all set to sign a contract for
$30,000. However he turned it
down, and to this day isn't sure
why he did it. The club had gone
to the trouble of visiting him at his
job site in Okeechobee that sum-
mer and had the pen and paper
all ready to sign.
After that he became undisci-
plined. He didn't work hard, and
he thought he was good enough
to be a professional, and he didn't
work.
Stewart said as his discipline
went away so did his skills. He
suffered a shoulder injury and
had a terrible sophomore year.
However he was able to sign with
the University of Florida. He went
(7-2) in his junior year but never
was as good as he could have
been because he had taken a year
off without working. A year later
in his senior year during a game
against UCLA, he heard a pop in
his arm, and his career was over.
"Living an undisciplined life
will not have a happy ending. I
challenge you to stay strong with
discipline and stay on that narrow
road, and you will promise your-
self a happy life," he noted.
All conference players this year
include Eddie Guerrero, (honor-
able mention), Omar Torres, Ivan
Torres, (second team), and Alan


Najera and Giovanni Jimenez,
(first team).
Ivan Torres won the most im-
proved award and the team play-
er award. Alan Najera won the
utility player of the year award.
Marin Escobedo won the come-
back player of the year award.
He was injured in a motor vehicle
accident last summer but battled
back from serious injuries includ-
ing a broken back.
The defensive most valuable
player was Bryan Suarez. The mid
field most valuable player was Ed-
die Guerrero. The offensive most
valuable player was Giovanni
Jimenez. The Brahman award
was claimed by Omar Torres. The
most valuable player award went
to Alan Najera.
Seniors honored in the awards
portion of the program included
Giovanni Jimenez, Jose Bustos,
Bryan Suarez, Marin Escobedo,
and Omar Torres.
"This senior class is a huge
loss, but we have the players to
replace them," Sears noted.
Jose Bustos had four goals and
four assists this year, and seven
goals, six assists for his career.
He was a two-year starter for the
Brahmans.
Bryan Suarez had one goal and
one assist this year, with two goals
and two assists for his career. He
played defense for the past three
years. He was the anchor to the
defense that allowed just 1.76


goals per game this year.
"If you do that you will win
a lot of games in high school,"
Sears noted.
Suarez was praised as the ulti-
mate team player for the squad.
Marin Escobedo had four goals
and three assists this year and had
eight goals and 11 assists during
his career. He is the first player
under Sears who had more as-
sists than goals in his career.
"That is really impressive,
that's more impressive than
someone who scores 100 goals,
no, not really," he joked.
Sears said Marin cared more
about the team than he did about
scoring goals.
Goal keeper Omar Torres had
a 1.76 goals against average this
season and four shutouts. He had
13 shutouts during his career. He
had a 3.1 goals against average
during his sophomore season to
1.61 goals against during his ju-
nior year.
"That's pretty impressive, a
testament to him, our defense,
and our whole team," he noted.
The senior class had a 44-26-6
record over the past four years.
That is the second highest win-
ning percentage, .629, in OHS his-
tory. They also are the first senior
class in history to have three win-
ning seasons in a row.
The team finished this year at
12-3-2, an .800 winning percent-
age, second in school history to


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Soccer Coach Lonnie Sears (center) is given his coach of the year award by.his assistant
coaches David Suarez and Mark English (right).


the 2004 team that went 21-2-4 in
2003-2004. That team was ranked
third in the state.
"We made it to the final eight
that year. This team this year was
ranked number one in the area,
the first time that has ever been
done," he noted.
The team outscored oppo-
nents 57-30 this year. They also
had 46 assists as a team tied for
the 2005-2006 team as best ever.
They had 16 players score goals


this year.
Also honored were assistant
coaches David Suarez and Mark
English. Also praised were the
parents, sponsors, and volun-
teers. Stefan Fadley was honored
for the inspiration he gave the
team this year. He was paralyzed
in an automobile accident several
years ago.
Alan Najera and Eddie Guer-
rero, who combined for 15 goals,
will return next year.


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Guest speaker at the OHS Soccer Banquet was Brent Stewart
who talked on the importance of self discipline.


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