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Vol. 99 No. 25:

**** ** LI L FQOR ADC 320

1 Wednesday, September 10, 2008 Po Box 17 07


Signs must
be taken down
Do you have displayed on
your property, a campaign sign
of a candidate who was elected
or defeated at the August 26,
2008 Primary? If so, please re-
move their sign.
According the City Code
of Ordinances, all campaign
signs must be removed within
10 days of being elected or de-
feated. That deadline was Sept.
5. Your cooperation is greatly
appreciated in keeping our City
clean. This also assists with
confusion of candidates who
are on the November 4 Ballot.
Here is a list of the candidates
whose signs should NOT still
be posted: Ray Domer; Phil
Baughman; Kevin Greenstein
Rader; Paul May; Tom Levins;
Steve Nichol; Gayle Harrell; Hal
Valeche; Steve Perman; and
Faith Litvack

Main Street plans
Halloween fest
Okeechobee Main Street is
again this year partnering with
the Okeechobee County Board
of County Commissioners, City
Council, Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Department and the
City of .Okeechobee Police
Department to provide a safe
alternative to trick or treating
with our "Fourth Annual Hal-
loween Festival" to be held on
Friday, Oct. 31, from 6-9 p.m.
at the Agri-Civic Center on Hwy
710. This event will include
games, a haunted house, cos-
tume contest and lots of treats!
The costume contest will be in
four age groups, ages 0-2, 3-5,
6-10 and 11-14. There will be
prizes for the winners. They are
also be accepting donations of
S candy so start.saving now, the
donation drop off locations will
be posted soon. If your busi-
ness or organization would like
to join in on the fun and set up
a game booth, or you would
like to give a monetary gift to-
wards this event please contact
Okeechobee Main Street's Ex-
ecutive Director Toni Doyle at
863-357-MAIN (6246).

Drought Index

Current: 263
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

15.10 feet
Last Year: 9.59 feet

Sponsored By:

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

Classifieds................. 13,14,15
Community Events.................... 9
Crossword............................... 15
Obituaries.................................. 6
O pinion................................... 4
Speak Out........................ ..... 4
Sports................................. 16
W eather..................................... 2
See Page 2 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.

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Lake level steady at 15 ft.

Dike in good shape
according to Corps

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The rise of Lake Okeechobee
is slowing.
In August, Tropical Storm Fay
caused the lake to rise two feet
in one week. While relief from

the drought was welcome, such
a rapid increase in the lake level
brought concerns about the
health of the lake's ecosystem
and about the stability of the
dike around the big lake. More
water continued to pour in as
the Kissimmee Valley watershed
drained south to Lake Okeecho-
To slow the rate of increase
in the lake level, the U. S. Army

Corps of Engineers began low-
level pulse releases to the Caloo-
sahatchee and St. Lucie water-
ways on Thursday, Sept. 4.
The lake level had been at
11.26 ft. when Tropical Storm
Fay hit on Aug. 19.
The water level increased
steadily until Tuesday, Sept. 9,
when for the second day in a
row, the lake level remained at
15.10 feet.

The pulse releases are sched-
uled to continue until Sept. 14.
Inflows from the Kissimmee
River and Fisheating Creek have
decreased. If current conditions
continue, the volume of the
pulse releases should decrease.
Weather conditions will deter-
mine if there will be any releases
after Sept. 14.
The corps is continuing week-
ly inspections of the dike and

no significant deficiencies have
been detected at this time.
"In making these releases, in
accordance with our new Lake
Okeechobee Regulation Sched-
ule, our goal was to stem the
rate of rise of the lake's level,
and we are seeing success," Col.
Paul Grosskruger, commander
of COE's Jacksonville District
See Lake Page 2


in Park

On Sept. 11, 2001, four air-
planes hijacked by foreign ter-
rorists crashed into the World
Trade Center, the Pentagon and
a field in Pennsylvania killing
nearly 3,000 people in a matter
of hours. Those who died in-
cluded 343 firemen and 50 po-
lice officers who responded to
the emergency and gave their
lives trying to save others.
The Ladies Auxiliary's to
VFW Post 4423 and Post 9528
invite the public to their "Sec-
ond Annual Tribute" to honor
Law Enforcement, Fire Rescue,
EMTs, paramedics and volun-
teers, on Thursday, Sept. 11,
in Flagler Park at 6 p.m.
Guest speakers will be from
both the County and City De-
partments along with youth
from the community.
Community members are
invited to honor those who
gave their lives and those who
survived the most horrible ter-
rorist attack on American soil.
The goal is to teach the youth
about the sacrifices Americans
make to maintain our freedom,
and that "We must never for-
As the anniversary date
nears, community members
recall the fateful day.
"I was in a meeting at South
Florida Community College,
and, I must say, my initial re-
action was disbelief, followed
soon after with tears and pain
for those who were injured and
for the families who lost loved
ones and friends," said Dr. Pa-
tricia Cooper, Okeechobee

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Local foster parents Pat and
Doug McCoy recently gathered
their friends and family at the
first off-site tour in Okeechobee
for United for Families, "If these
walls could talk."
United for Families' mission
is to break the cycle of child
abuse through a diverse net-
work of community partners
and innovative services.
United for Families oversees
the local child-protective sys-
tem, which includes foster care.
Locals Pat and Doug McCoy

Superintendent of Schools. "I
believe that historical moment,
as shocking and filled with ter-
ror as it was, unified this nation
beyond measure. Our sense of
patriotism and pride swelled to
proportions beyond compare.
May God continue to bless
"I was a math teacher at
Osceola Middle School at the
time," said Kelly Owens. "A
fellow teacher came in while
students were changing class-
es and whispered to me, 'The
pentagon was just attacked.'
The details started coming in
waves, each more horrifying
than the one before. I remem-
ber looking at my students
and wondering what their fu-
ture would hold... wondering
what kind of world my grand-
children would be living in. I

hosted this event where those
in attendance were given de-
tailed information about United
for Families as well as the Chil-
dren's Home Society's Heart
Gallery and the upcoming dis-
play that will be at Indian River
State College following their
invitation-only grand opening
on Sept. 26. The Heart Gallery
will be open to the public dur-
ing the three weeks following
the grand opening.
The Heart Gallery was de-
signed as a recruitment tool for
"hard to place" children avail-
See Children Page 2

knew our lives were -- at that
moment-- changed forever. My
husband was still an active duty
firefighter in 2001, and the loss
of so many brother and sister
firefighters hit us very close to
home. It's important every year
to remember and honor all
who gave their lives that day."
Okeechobee County Sher-
iff Paul May, who was a state
trooper at the time, said he felt
"helpless" when he first heard
the news. He called Sept. 11, "a
day you will never forget."
com posters and Speak Out
callers also shared their memo-
ries of Sept. 11, 2001. Some of
the comments appear below.
REMEMBER: Sept. 11 is
upon us again. I sit here watch-
See Services Page 15

Storm make up
days to be Nov. 11,
and Nov. 26.

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County
School Board was presented
the Annual Financial Report
for the period ending June 30,
2008, at their monthly meeting

on Tuesday, Sept. 9.
This report detailed that
the total revenues for the
2007-08 school year were
$51,830,953.22 and the total ex-
penditures of $50,164,359.94; a
difference of $1,666,593.28.
According to the docu-
ments, the fund balance for
July 1,2007, was $6,785,837.19.
This amount was increased by
See Budget Page 2

Blood bank plans

local blood drives

Blood drive Sept. 13
& 14 in support of
Dr. Fred Brown

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Blood donors are always
needed to save lives.
Raye Deusinger of the
Okeechobee Blood Round
Up recently spoke to Kiwanis
members, gave them a his-
tory of beginnings of blood
donation and a snapshot of the
shortages of blood available lo-
cally and nationwide.
In addition to Mrs. De-
usinger, a representative from
Florida Community Health
Centers Molly Ferguson, Direc-

tor of Program Development,
told Kiwanis members of a
coming blood drive in support
of Dr. Fred D. Brown, a long-
time resident and pediatrician
of Okeechobee who has been
undergoing treatment recently
for an illness requiring multiple
blood transfusions.
On Saturday, Sept. 13, there
will be one Blood Mobile at
the Florida Community Health
Centers Lakeshore Pediatric
Center, 1100 N. Parrott Ave.
Also on Saturday, there will be
two buses at the Brahman The-
atres, 1500 S. Parrott Ave.
On Sunday, Sept. 14, the bus
will remain at the FCHC Lake-
shore Pediatric Center and two
buses will be at Osceola Middle
See Blood Page 2

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
United for Families employees and friends (back row-left to right) Jill Poole, Christina Kai-
ser, Anna Adamo, Frank Avilla, Jackie Witt, Sam Smith, (front row-left to right) Dr. Patricia
Cooper, Lea Tate, Josie Cleghorn, Debbie Clements, Leslie Haviland-Smith, and Pat McCoy
gathered at Hoskins and Turco for a tour of United for Families "If these walls could talk"

Sept. 11, 2001: We must never forget

Services in

Board reviews

$51 million

school budget

United for

Families helps

abused children


2 Okeechobee News, Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Continued From Page 1

School, 825 S.W. 28th Street.
All donorswill receive a coupon
for ten wings at Beef O'Brady's or
a free drink and chips from Jersey
Mike's (with the purchase of a
sub) and a special donor shirt.
Blood donors can donate
blood every 56 days.
Mrs. Deusinger explained the
importance of blood donation be-
ginning with the history. Accord-
ing to Mrs. Deusinger, almost 400
years ago in 1628 William Harvey
discovered the circulation system.
It wasn't for 200 more years be-
fore a successful transfusion was
In 1900, the fact that there are
blood groups was discovered
but it wasn't until 1907 that any-
one figured out why there were
groups and why those groups
In 1915, it was discovered that
one could put certain things in
collected blood to save it, while
only for two days, it was an im-
During the war in England in
1916, there was a Blood Depot
set up where citizens came in
and were blood typed. They were
then sent home to wait. What
were they waiting for? When a
soldier was injured on the battle-
field and needed a transfusion
they would call local citizens with
that soldier's blood type so that
they could come donate their
blood for the soldier because the
blood was unable to be stored for
any long period of time for future
In 1940, the U.S. government
established the blood bank in the
U.S., though it was not designed
for the U.S. It was designed for
Britain to use during the war,
named Plasma for Britain. At that
time they could store blood for
longer periods of time and the
blood needed was shipped over-
Being that the first recourse for
blood transfusions was typically
for military uses, the U.S. finally
needed the blood banks' services
in 1941 with the bombing of Pearl
Once the war was over the
idea that civilians in hospitals
could use blood as well finally
came to light in the early 1950s.
Today there is an additive that
allows blood to be stored for up
,to 42 days, but blood is very rarely
ever around for that long due to
the high demand nationwide. It
- is typically transfused within 72
Every donated unit of blood is

Continued From Page 1

$1,907,027.63, with an ending
fund balance of $8,692,864.82 for
June 30, 2008.
The board sent one potential
policy change to advertisement
concerning the student progres-
sion plan policy.
Several different items will
be considered for the progres-
sion plan including updates of
information on Sunshine State
Standards and School Improve-
ment; revision of procedures
and description of grading for
kindergarten students; revision of
grading scale for writing for third
through fifth grades; addition of
language to Instruction for Eng-
lish Language Learners section
to outline the procedure for re-
enrolling ELL students; addition
of information on Florida Virtual
School; addition of privacy rights
of students and parents; addi-
tion of requirement for physical
education instruction at the el-
ementary level to be 30 consecu-
tive minutes; addition of middle
school course of study; revision
of the graduation requirements
for students who entered ninth
grade in 2007 or after to allow a
practical arts course to fulfill the
one credit fine arts or performing
arts requirement; addition of the
Electronic Personal Educational
Plan (eEPEP) requirement for all
high school students and the an-
nual review of the plan; addition
of designations required to be list-
ed on the standard diploma; revi-
sion of title and classification of
Exceptional Education Programs;
and the addition of explanation of
Access Points for Students with
Significant Cognitive Disabilities,
explanation of assessments for
ESE students and description of
benchmarks for ESE students.
Many of these items were
mandated by Senate Bill 1908.
Once approved and updated, the
Student Progression Plan will be
available online.
In unrelated business, the
board approved the renewal rates
for employee health insurance
which were recently approved
during union negotiations.
One of the plans offered will
allow individuals such as first-
year teachers who are single and
just out of college to obtain health
insurance at no cost to them. Em-
ployee only insurance for this plan
will have no deduction from the
payroll. The traditional plan will

tested for any type of genetic ten-
dencies as well as for viruses.
In Florida Blood Centers serve
72 health care facilities in the 21-
county area. Florida Blood Cen-
ters is the fourth largest blood
bank in the nation and collects
350,000 pints of blood per year.
Even with this large amount
collected each year there is al-
ways a shortage of blood. Florida
Blood Centers provides all of the
blood at Raulerson Hospital and
of course other hospitals through-
out the state as well.
Healthy adults who are at
least 17 years old, and at least
110 pounds may donate a unit of
blood (about a pint of blood) ev-
ery two months.
Because each unit of blood
can be broken down into com-
ponents and only the portion of
the blood a patient needs is used,
each blood donation may save as
many as three lives.
With only 37 percent of the
total population eligible to give
blood, only about 5 percent actu-
ally donate blood.
The Third Annual Okeecho-
bee Blood Round Up will be held
on Friday, Nov. 14, and Satur-
day, Nov. 15, at the Okeechobee
County Courthouse parking lot
adjacent to the United Method-
ist Church, corner of Northwest
Second Street and Northwest Sec-
ond Avenue. There will be seven
buses both days.
Their goal is to have 450 units
of blood donated within the two
days. To help them reach this
goal they are providing contests
and incentives for schools and
groups/businesses to get people
to donate in support of them.
The Blood Drop character with
cowboy boots and a lasso has
been their advertising logo since
the beginning of the round up. El-
ementary schools will have a con-
test to be the class and school to
name Blood Drop. The winning
class from each school will get
a pizza party and the five names
will be given to Raulerson Hospi-
tal who will choose the ultimate
winner, which will receive a cook
out party.
The middle schools and Fresh-
man Campus have a competition
to promote the blood drive; the
school that gets the most people
to come out will receive $200.
There are also competitions
for groups and businesses. If you,
your business or organization
would like to participate in this
drive call 863-763-7283 or 863-
For more information about
blood drives in general call 1-888-
9-DONATE or visit www.floridas-

increase in cost by 14 percent or
$14.93, bringing the monthly de-
duction to $116.17. The other two
plans for "employee only" would
be available for $39.29 per month
or $0 per month.
Details of these plans will be
available for the employees at
time of enrollment.
According to Dr. Cooper, the
big advantage with the new plans
will be that new teachers can af-
ford to have insurance without a
deduction in payroll and the new
additional plans include a co-pay
for specialist visits while the other
new Blue Options program did
The district continues to pay
80 percent of the cost of insur-
ance for their employees.
Tropical Storm Make-Up Days
will be scheduled for Tuesday,
Nov. 11, and Wednesday, Nov.
26. These days were missed due
to Tropical Storm Fay which re-
quired shelters to open in two of
the district schools on the second
and third days of school. These
days were previously off for Veter-
ans Day and a Fall Break Day prior
to Thanksgiving respectively.
Other action items approved
are as follows:
approval of the Independent
Benefits Council 403(b) Model
Plan for retirement benefits which
will have a Retirement Fair on
Sept. 19, for employees with all
five approved providers present
for questioning;
facilities five-year work pro-
contract for services with
Florida State University Florida
Center for Interactive Media;
agreement for preventive
oral health screening/sealant pro-
agreement with Simple So-
lutions of Okeechobee for ESE
services as needed;
agreement for demolition
and removal of the old calf barn
with Cobb Roofing, Inc. at no cost
to the district. Services rendered
in exchange for demolition ma-
revisions to personnel alloca-
tions for an increased enrollment
at North Elementary School;
Executive session with
board, board attorney and lead
negotiator on Sept. 19, to prepare
for Union negotiations that will
continue on Sept. 30, at 4:30 p.m.
in the board chambers.
personnel employment;
temporary employment; resigna-
tions, terminations and suspen-
sions of employment; transfers
and leave requests.

Courthouse renovation to start

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County
Commission Thursday will mark
a change. They will not meet at
the historic Okeechobee County
Courthouse, as they have been
dong since 1927. Instead, theywill
meet in their temporary cham-
bers at the Okeechobee County
Health Department. For about the
next 14 months the commission
will meet in an area of the health
department building remod-
eled for their use. During that 14
months an estimated $3.5 million
renovation of the courthouse will
take place.
On Thursday, the board will
conduct four public hearings. The
first involves a change in zoning
from agriculture to residential sin-
gle family for property on South-
west 28th Street. The owners,
LaFaye and Dwight Smith, have
requested the rezoning in order to
create three individual residential
sites on the 7.7 acre lot.
The second public hearing in-
volves a change in zoning from
residential mixed to residential
general. The property owner,
Royal Professional Builders, has
requested the rezoning in order

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"Public safety is our number
one priority," the colonel added.
"With that in mind, the corps is
in constant contact and coordina-
tion with the South Florida Water
Management District and local
and county governments to be re-
sponsive, alert and aware."
The Jacksonville District has
made steady progress in fortifying
the areas of concern around the
143 mile long dike.
The most important improve-
ment to the dike, not present dur-
ing the previous storm season, is

Continued From Page 1

able for adoption. This event was
so successful that the idea took
off, catching the attention of ma-
jor television networks and maga-
zines and other Heart Galleries
to emerge. The Heart Gallery of
Okeechobee and the Treasure
Coast is a unique and stirring trav-
eling photographic exhibit featur-
ing photos of children who are
waiting to be adopted. It is a joint
effort between many nonprofit
organizations dedicated to in-
creasing the number of adoptive
families and heightening public
awareness for children need-
ing homes in our community.
For more information about the
Adoptions program or to sched-
ule a Heart Gallery presentation
at your church, place of business,
civic organization or community,
please call Frank Avilla 772-489-
5601, ext. 277.
United for Families, as do oth-
er agencies coordinate with the
Children's Home Society in sup-
porting the Heart Gallery to find
homes for children in foster care.
United for Families, striving to
break the cycle of child abuse,
have begun these off-site infor-
mational sessions to get the word
out about United for Families.
Christina Kaiser, developmental
director of United for Families ex-
plained that they strive to prevent
children from bouncing from
home to home and to stabilize
their experience in the foster care
system. They serve approximately
5,000 children each year.
Mrs. McCoy explained that be-
ing involved with United for Fami-
lies has completely changed their
lives. They are now in the process
of adopting their fourth child.
They have chosen to continue
their own mission to model the
foster care/adoption family to oth-
ers and to get the name of United
for Families out in front of people
in a positive way. She wants fami-
lies to feel comfortable and to
participate with their resources
and realize that they are there to
help them, not to hurt them or
condemn them for anything that
has happened in the past.
What exactly does United for
Families do? Here is an example:
Florida Department of Children
and Families may remove a child
from a home. The "case" is trans-
ferred to United for Families for
services. Mom and dad (or care-
giver) will need a plan to get their
children back home, so we con-
tract with the Children's Home
Society or Family Preservation
Services to help them make the
plan. That's called "case manage-
United for Families has many
different programs which they
offer within their agency such as
a scholarship program, Road to
Independence, which allows for
foster children to continue their
education into college to help
them succeed and in turn break
the cycle.

If you go ...
What: Bimonthly meeting of the
Okeechobee County Commission
When: 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 11
Where: Okeechobee County
Health Department, 1798 N.W.
Ninth Ave.

to build rental housing for their
employees. The property in ques-
tion is on Northwest 18th Street
just north of the Royal Concrete
Concepts plant.
The board will also be holding
public hearings on the proposed
fire/rescue and solid waste as-
James Shockley, representing
Chobee Lil Brahmans Pop War-
ner Football will be addressing
the board concerning the sched-
uling of county football fields for
his teams.
In other action, the board is
scheduled to:
consider an ordinance al-
lowing Okeechobee County Fire/
Rescue to bill insurance compa-
nies for responding to automo-
bile accidents;
approve a bid for construc-
tion of a concession stand, rest
room and press box for the OK

4,000 feet of cutoff wall, sunk 50
to 60 feet deep into the structure
to prevent seepage and damage
to the earth beneath the dike. It
was completed last week near
Port Mayaca.
"In addition to the cutoff wall,
we've filled the toe ditches in
the areas of concern," said reha-
bilitation project manager Mike
Rogalski, "This has been done
all through Reach 1 between Port
Mayaca and Belle Glade. This has
been an interim risk reduction
measure in the area, which is 22
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached

They not only provide services
to the foster parents and children,
but to the families who are reunit-
ed with their family and relatives
as parents as well.
Their goal is to rehabilitate the
family whenever possible. The
strive to teach parents signals and
how they should respond to situ-
ations in order to avoid abusive
United for Families offer hosts
Foster Family Appreciation events
such as a parent dance and a fam-
ily pool party each year.
This is just one resource for
foster parents. Previously fos-
ter parents were being lost due
to frustrations in caring for the
children and a lack of support.
Foster parents are provided with
a mentor, or seasoned foster par-
ent in their county which they can
call with any questions or issues
they are having or just to not feel
This additional support system
has lowered disruption and re-
tained foster parents.
Some achievements of United
for Families have been to reduce
the number of children in the
local child-welfare system from
2,000 to less than 1,300. They
have exceeded that goal with just
over 1,100 in the child-welfare
system. Within the last year they
oversaw the successful adoption
of 86 children, which exceeded
their goal for the year.
Nearly 100 percent of children
were visited in the home at least
once a month, where it used to
be nearly impossible (without
working well into the evening) to
visit with every child due to the
extreme case loads.
With new programs United
for Families has decreased the
number of times foster children
move from home to home by 30
percent and ensured that all fos-
ter children have the opportunity
to participate in extra-curricular
activities such as academic tutor-
ing, dance classes and summer
Through these programs:
Family Group Conferencing; In-
dependent Living Program; Foster
Parent Mentor Program; Relatives
As Parents Program; and Nation-
al Training Program they have
strived to help Florida redefine
the foster care system and have
a more successful child-welfare
As with any agency in this sys-
tem they have made some great
improvements and achievements
but this is a service that is never
done. There will always be more
children to serve and more im-
provements and achievements to
For more information about
United for Families contact Chris-
tina Kaiser 772-398-2920 or visit
United for Families would like
to thank Hoskins and Turco for al-
lowing the use of their office for
their meeting.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at

Okeechobee news/Pete Gawda
The historic Okeechobee County Courthouse is closed in
preparation for an extensive renovation that is scheduled to
last about 14 months. County offices that were housed there
have been temporarily relocated.

Softball Field;
extend the contract with Ap-
plied Technology & Management,
Inc. for professional services for
the Okee Tantee master plans and
marketing assessment;
award a contract for clean-
ing services;
discuss current cemetery
approve commitment of
$100,000 of the county's State
Housing Initiatives Partnership
funds to the City of Okeechobee

for their application for Commu-
nity Development Block Grant
provide for an increase to
The NCT Group for performing
the county's annual audit; and
entertain a request from
Early Steps, an organization that
offers early intervention to young
children with disabilities, for
space at the health department.
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The story headlined "Man sent
back to prison for violating proba-
tion" in the Friday, Sept. 5 edition
of this newspaper contained an
error on page 3. The story stated
William Casey Sullivan was origi-
nally "sentenced for lewd and
lascivious molestation." That was
not correct. Sullivan, according
to the State Attorney's Office and
Clerk's office records, was con-
victed in June, 2005 on charges
of lewd and lascivious conduct
by an offender over 18, attempted
lewd and lascivious act or assault
on a child under 16, transfer or
display of obscenity to a minor
and two counts of possession of

child pornography.
The Sunday, Sept. 7 edition
also contained an error on page
3. The name line under the photo
with the story headlined "Distur-
bance over chicken leads to ar-
rest" identified the man pictured
as "John Box." It should have
been "John Hair." The name was
correct in the story but incorrect
under the photo.
We regret these errors and any
inconvenience they may have

Okeechobee Forecast
Wednesday: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm.
Mostly cloudy, with a high near 87. East southeast wind between 10
and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation
is 60%.
Wednesday Night: A 50 percent chance of showers and thun-
derstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 76. East wind between
5 and 10 mph.

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Mostly cloudy, with a high near 88. East southeast wind between 5
and 10 mph.
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storms, mainly before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 74.
East wind around 5 mph.
Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.
Partly cloudy, with a high near 89. East wind between 5 and 10
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low around 72. East wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation
is 20%.
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Partly cloudy, with a high near 89. East southeast wind around 5
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around 5 mph becoming calm.
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Partly cloudy, with a high near 93. Calm wind.


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Okeechobee News, Wednesday, September 10, 2008 ,

Florida National Guard stays prepared for storms

As Hurricane Ike moved west- officials urged residents to heed
ward toward Cuba on Monday, local warnings in advance of the
emergency management officials storm.
cautioned residents in Key West In anticipation of flooding,
and South Florida to pay close Florida National Guard Special
attention to the hurricane's track Forces reconnaissance teams
in case the storm turned north to- were staged in the Florida Keys
ward the United States. yesterday to assist first respond-
The storm struck Cuba Mon- ers and identify potential areas
day and while its projected path where water and wind damage
now takes it into the Gulf of Mexi- could occur. The teams were also
co, forecasters at the Florida Divi- prepared to conduct immediate
sion of Emergency Management post-storm damage assessments.
noted there is still uncertainty in Throughout the state, Florida
the long-range forecast and that National Guard planning cells
the storm could still pose a threat were activated in the event Sol-
to Florida. diers and Airmen were called for
"It is important that all Flo- hurricane recovery missions, and
ridians and visitors continue to 20 liaison officers were activated.
monitor future forecasts from the Noting that an earlier storm
National Hurricane Center and track showed Ike might hit Mi-
begin preparations now for any ami and the Florida peninsula,
potential impacts," read a state- Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez
ment on the Florida Emergency reminded citizens that Ike was a
Response Team's Web site. powerful hurricane and to remain
All Keys residents and visitors prepared in case of a dramatic
were under a mandatory evacua- shift in the storm.
tion order and Florida emergency "We need to watch it closely

Okeechobee teen

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Thomas Draughon was given
a mission last February to destroy
public property. Now his mission
is to survive a three-year prison
Draughon, 18, was sentenced
for criminal mischief involving
criminal street gang activity with
damage over $1,000, possession
of alprazolam, and disorderly
conduct Monday, to three years in
the Florida Department of Correc-
tions and 10 years of probation.
Draughon is the second sus-
pect to be sentenced for a gang
tagging incident last February at
the Okeechobee County Sports
Complex. Over $4,700 in prop-


erty damage was done in the in-
The other suspect, Christopher
Miner was sentenced to five years
in prison.
Detective Sgt. Brad Stark of
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office, reported that Draughon
is a member of a criminal street
gang that has 260 members, both
adults and children, in Okeecho-
bee. He told the court that the
gang has been involved in more
than 500 crimes over the past few
Draughon also has a tattoo
that has three letters, FTL which
is considered derogatory toward
law enforcement.
The three suspects involved
in the vandalism were seen on

over the next couple days," the
mayor said during a news con-
ference at the Miami-Dade Emer-
gency Operations Center Monday.
"As of today, Miami-Dade County
is outside of the cone of error
and that is extremely good news;
however, that does not mean we
will not feel its effects."
Less than 100 miles northwest
of Miami, local resident James
Donnan joined other sportsmen
yesterday as he placed his refur-
bished 13-foot airboat into the
waters of Lake Okeechobee. The
730-square-mile lake is the sec-
ond-largest freshwater lake whol-
ly within the continental United
States, and has a drainage basin
covering more than 4,600-square-
miles in South Florida.
Mr. Donnan, a resident of the
city of Okeechobee on the mas-
sive lake's north end, noted rains
from the recent Tropical Storm
Fay have flooded parts of the area,
and he said he is wary of other
storms that could bring more

gets pri,
surveillance video at the local
Walmart store purchasing cans
of spray paint. Draughon admit-
ted that they purchased three
cans and that each suspect took
one and started to spray paint the
dugouts, the main building, and
fences at the sports complex.
The used gang symbols, and
signs, and derogatory remarks
towards law enforcement in an
effort to recruit new members to
the gang, Assistant State Attorney
Ashley Albright said.
"They were there to mark their
territory. It sends a message to
citizens that we have street gangs.
It creates a menace to the society
of Okeechobee," Sgt. Stark said.
The criminal mischief crime
is enhanced by the fact that Mr.

make drug arrests

By Charles M. Murphy added.
Okeechobee News When Rock
returned from
A Lake Worth woman was the store, depu-
charged with possession of co- ties spotted
caine and resisting arrest without what appeared
violence after her arrest on Sept. to be a piece of
5 at a local convenience store, crack cocaine
Okeechobee County Sheriff Dep- in her mouth.
uties said Monday. Deputies re- Michelle
Michelle Rock, 34, was spot- moved the RMchelle
ted in a vehicle that was driving piece of crack Rock
near a known drug area in Doug- from inside her mouth, the report
las Park, deputies said. Deputies added.
followed the vehicle to a nearby Rock was held in jail on $5,500
gas station. Deputies said they bond immediately after her ar-
saw in plain view an aluminum rest. In a second case, Amanda
can with several small holes in it. Ellsworth, 21, was charged with
These cans are commonly used possession of cocaine after a traf-
to smoke crack cocaine, deputies fic stop near the City Industrial

Park on Sept. 7.
The arrest report from Deputy
Timothy Higgins stated that he
observed a pickup truck on N.E.
9th Street with an equipment
The suspect denied having
possession in her vehicle or on
her person of any illegal sub-
stance, the report added.
Deputies received permission
to search the vehicle but while
doing so they noticed the suspect
acted suspiciously and nervously.
They found a small piece of crack
cocaine in her hand, the report
Ellsworth was held in jail on
$5,000 bond. The vehicle was
turned over to a family member.

Man accused of aggravated battery

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
A 31-year-old Douglas Park
man was treated for a possible
broken jaw and a broken nose
after a fight near the intersection
of N.E. 13th Avenue and 6th Street
on September 7, Okeechobee
County Sheriff Deputies said.
Reginald Massey, 24, of S.W.
3rd Street, was charged with ag-

The following persons were
arrested on felony or DUI charges
by Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), Okeechobee City
Police (OCP) or Florida Highway
Patrol (FHP) officers. This col-
umn lists arrests, not convictions.
Anyone listed here who is later
found not guilty or has the charg-
es against them dropped is wel-
come to inform the newspaper.
We will confirm the information
and print it.
Nicholas Paul Aguirre, 29, of
SR 78 West, was arrested Sept. 8
and charged with DUI with prop-
erty damage. OCSO Cpl. Timothy
Higgins was the arresting officer.
Bond was set at $2,000.

gravated battery and was held on
$5,000 bond immediately follow-
ing his arrest.
The arrest report stated that
deputies were dispatched to the
emergency room at Raulerson
hospital for a battery complaint.
They met with the victim who
stated that he had a fight with Mr.
Massey on Sept. 6 at his job.
The next day, Sunday, the
victim claimed Mr. Massey ap-

George Edward Carnus, 23,
of Southeast 40th Ave,, was ar-
rested Sept. 6, by FHP Trooper
Pauline Oneyear, and charged
with DUI. Bond was set at $500.
Russel Dean Fannin, 28, of
Northwest 29th Avenue, was ar-
rested Sept. 5, and charged with
Driving with a License Suspended
or Revoked, third offense or sub-
sequent. Bond was set at $750.
OCP C. Troutman was the arrest-
ing officer.
Dean James Christopher, 51,
of Park Rapids, Minn., was arrest-
ed Sept. 6 and charged with DUI.
OCSO Deputy Robbie Lamb was
the arresting officer. Bond was set
at $500.

preached his vehicle, pulled out
a black semi-automatic handgun,
and pulled back the slide back
and released the slide. He claimed
Massey then swung the gun and
hit him in the face.
Deputies said they went to the
scene of the incident and inter-
viewed witnesses. The suspect
stated he never hit the victim
with a gun or anything except his
hands, Deputies said.

Leo F. Law Jr., 18, of South-
west 23rd St. was arrested Sept. 6
on an Okeechobee County war-
rant and charged with indirect
contempt of court. Bond was set
at $1,500. OCSO Deputy Joseph
Hall was the arresting officer.
Kayla Danielle Crow, 19 of
State Road 70 WEst, was arrested
Sept. 9 by OCP Officer C. Green
and charged with dealing in sto-
len property, grand theft and pos-
session of marijuana under 20
grams. Bond was set at $20,500.



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"I'm really concerned," Mr.
Donnan said. "Okeechobee is
kind of a low-lying area. With any
major rainstorms, we get major
He said when Tropical Storm
Fay drenched the area in late
August, his property was badly
flooded. "You couldn't see my
whole yard," he said. "At the deep-
est point, it was probably two and
a half feet. My trailer house is on
stilts, and the only place that didn't
have water was underneath the
house on the pad."
Mr. Donnan, who uses Lake
Okeechobee for fishing and rec-
reation, said even though Hur-
ricane Ike is forecast to avoid his
area, he still heeds the emergency
management warnings and fol-
lows the National Hurricane Cen-
ter tracks.
"You make minor prepara-
tions: food and water and gas," he
explained. "It's kind of far away
now to make any drastic prepara-

ton time
Draughon was found to be a
member of the criminal street
gang. The court also found that
he adopted the dress and tattoos
of the gang, wore a bandanna
that represented the gang and
had been involved in prior inci-
dents involving gangs that were
investigated by the police. The
felony criminal mischief charge
was upgraded from a third degree
felony to a second degree felony
due to the court's findings.
Circuit Judge Lawrence Mir-
man said the amount of gang
members in Okeechobee was
Draughon blamed an addic-
tion to alcohol and drugs and the
loss of his mother at a young age,
as reasons for his gang activity. He
asked the court for their forgive-
ness and for mercy.

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Over the weekend, the Florida
National Guard was actively pre-
paring for landfall. Officials said
more than 9,000 Guard members
are available for call-up.
Guard Special Forces recon-
naissance teams staged in Key
West and Key Largo for immedi-
ate post-storm damage assess-
ments yesterday, said Army Lt. Col.
Ron Tittle, a spokesman for the
Florida National Guard. "These
teams linked with local officials
and located adult living facilities,
locations where the homeless live
and other areas where Floridians
would be vulnerable," he said.
In other actions, the Florida
National Guard:
-- Evacuated 20 patients from
Key West to an alternate medical
center in Statesboro, Ga., aboard
a North Carolina National Guard
C-130 aircraft.
-- Deployed to Homestead Air

for gang
"I'm truly sorry for what I think
is a stupid, stupid act, drugs and
alcohol have led me down the
wrong path," he noted.
"I hope to avoid prison. I hon-
estly feel that would break me,"
he added.
Assistant Public Defender Adri-
enne Bucchi said her client had no
family support and was basically
living on the street or wherever he
could find a bed when this crime
occurred. She noted he needed
a chance to get treatment for his
drug and alcohol addiction.
Mr. Albright argued that Mr.
Draughon was not just a high
school student who had made
a bad decision. "That would be
an understatement. This is an
extreme crime in Okeechobee. It
happened at a public facility used
by young children."

Reserve Base, the State Logistics
Readiness Center in Orlando, and
the Orange County Civic Center to
assist with State Emergency Re-
sponse Team logistics activities.
-- Activated planning cells
across the state to be ready to
stand up the task forces as need-
-- Activated 10 State Emergen-
cy Response Team liaison officer
teams to deploy to affected coun-
-- Prepared 10 Black Hawk
and four Chinook helicopters for
deployment in South Florida, and
coordinated with the National
Guard Bureau to pre-position 14
more helicopters in Savannah,
"These actions are accom-
plished out of the abundance of
caution so the governor can re-
spond very early," Tittle said.
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Judge Mirman said the main
purpose of this sentence was to
make an example of Draughon
so other gang activity can be cur-
tailed or stopped.
"When you associate with
a gang like that you are putting
yourself in the middle of a war
between gangs and law enforce-
ment," he noted.
"It is almost like society is
raped by you doing that. It was
a sacred place where tax money
is spent for the common good. I
don't think you grasped the se-
verity of what you did. This is a
message to other gang members.
This activity won't be tolerated,"
he noted.
Judge Mirman challenged
Draughon to turn his life around
and reform in prison.

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discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participatingI
MOSQUITO PROBLEM: The mosquito problem is so bad now
that the police are going to send out the SWAT team.
PRESIDENT: Hallelujah we are going to have a good president
with a good female vice president. A lady that is down to earth and
knows the ups and downs of real people and real problems. They
shouldn't put her down for it, but put her on a pedestal for conquer-
ing and being the woman she is.
PALIN: I think Mrs. Palin would be a breath of fresh air in Washing-
ton. She will look at things from the viewpoint of the average Ameri-
can. The Obama campaign spokesman criticized her and said Alaska
was not average America because they have so little crime there. Well
wouldn't it be great if the rest of the country had less crime. Maybe
someone who comes from a place that has crime under control
might be able to help the rest of the country.
EDUCATION HELP: Please help me out. Our granddaughter who
is 13 years old, lives with us. Since divorce between parents, I just
found out she does not know how to write. She can print. I tried to
get her to sign the back of a check. She asked me where to print it. I
could not believe she didn't know where to write or how to write. I
asked her when they taught her to write in school, she said the last
time was in the second grade. My husband and I are working with
her every day to teach her to write. In her adult life, she will have to
sign checks, etc. Please tell me, if it's just my granddaughter or all the
children in Okeechobee Schools.
YARD TRASH PICK UP: It's been three weeks since Tropical
Storm Fay. On our street yard debris still sits waiting to be picked up.
When I called about this I was told it could be another two weeks.
Of course by then Hurricane Ike may have come and blown the piles
all over the place. Not only will this be a mess but also potentially
RODEO: I thought this year's rodeo was great. They really had
some outstanding rodeo cowboys competing. The bull riding in par-
ticular was really good. And I thankyou for running all the results with
winners, times, scores and prizes awarded. On the timed events, the
times just amaze me. First, that they can do something like rope and
tie a calf in less than 10 seconds. And also, because they sometimes
win by one-tenth of a second difference.
PARADE: I have a comment about the parade in downtown
Okeechobee on Labor Day. When my group signed up for the pa-
rade, the form we had to fill out explained that if you had horses or
other animals in your parade entry, you were required to also have
a pooper-scooper to clean up any mess the animals leave. And we
complied. But we were surprised to see so many other parade entries
that did not bring anyone to clean up their mess and yet they were al-
lowed to be in the parade. What a mess some of those horses made.
Those who walked in the parade certainly had to be careful where
they stepped. I think they need to enforce the rules. If you didn't bring
a pooper scooper, go to the back of the parade so no one on foot has
to follow you.
AMBULANCE: It is a continuing problem in Okeechobee County
that people just refuse to pull over or yield right-of-way to emergency
vehicles. I see it time and time again. I think they need to start arrest-
ing drivers who refuse to pull over. Send the cops out with the am-
bulances and if they don't yield right-of-way to the ambulance, pull
them over and write them a $100 ticket. Maybe the next time they see
the flashing lights, they will follow the law.
FLAGS: I love America, and I love the flag. But it is a little confus-
- ing when you have several groups carrying the American flag in a
parade. Are you supposed to stand for each one? Wouldn't it be bet-
ter if the color guard leads the parade and the official color guard be
the only group to carry the American flag? Editor's note: According
to U.S. flag etiquette, a parade should only have one official color
guard and parade spectators are supposed to stand as the American
flag passes. It is customary for the color guard to be at the front of
the parade. However, if there is more than one American flag in
the parade, spectators are not required to stand each time another
American flag goes by.
RODEO: Talk about a rodeo! Never underestimate the power of
a horse. We treat them like pets, hug them and all that but these are
very powerful animals.
FLAG: I am calling concerning the trailer park on 441 S.E. in
Okeechobee. They need to learn flag etiquette. I can't understand allt
of the Veterans organizations we have here in town hasn't brought
that to their attention. They have the Canadian flag flying in place of
the United States flag. Editor's note: According to U.S. Flag code, there
is no restriction against flying flags of foreign countries on private
COMMERCIAL: I just saw a commercial on News 25 where
they're saying how they've done such a great job at predicting Tropi-
cal Storm Fay and all of that. Well let me tell you, they didn't do such
a great job. They couldn't even track it right, they didn't know which
way it was going. And now they are going to tell a bold face lie saying
that they did a great job of tracking it. You cannot predict a hurricane
and they're not predicting this one either. They are just guessing and
that is all that it is, a guess. For years and years we never had anybody
tell us about hurricanes, we didn't even know they were coming until
they were here. So what makes them think they can do a better job
COACHES: I think coaches should set the example by dressing
more professional.
NEWSPAPER: I just received my newspaper for September 3,
Wednesday with its new format and they have deleted the comic and
puzzle page. I feel that this is a very big mistake because there are a
lot of people out here that enjoy doing the puzzles. Some of us are
shut-ins that cannot leave the house and this is our high point of our
day. I wish they would put it back. Editor's note: We are happy to
report that due to popular demand, the Crossword Puzzle is back.
As previously reported, the Sunday paper will still have the color
comics, which includes the Word Find.
LOCAL NEWS: I just read the paper and it seems like we have
about three times as much local news as we had before. Your report-
ers certainly are keeping busy, with so many stories and photos. My
friend was complaining about not having the horoscope in the paper,
but I would much rather see more news anyway. She can find her
daily horoscope on the internet.
SCHOOL TAXES: After reading Sunday's Okeechobee News, 1I
was disappointed to read where the Florida Supreme Court threw
out amendments 5,7, and 9. The tax payers should have been given
a choice. I would have been for a one-cent increase in the sales tax,
that way everyone pays for things. I'm sure the Superintendent and
the school board members are overjoyed that amendments 5, 7, and
9 got thrown out. And parents, some of which pay no taxes, will still
complain. Like the Pringles being $1.25 a can. I still don't believe that
Pringles are on the lunch menu. And they complain about the buses
being early or late. I have had to wait in a line of traffic while the

school bus driver waits for some of these children to come up the
road to catch the bus because they were not at their bus stop on
time. Of course there are solutions to these problems. You can fix
your child's lunch or drive them to and pick them up from school.
One thing you should know is that, some of us who pay taxes have
never had any children in Okeechobee Schools and some have never
had children in Florida schools.
BEWARE: There is a vicious new virus or trojan or worm that is
getting into people's computers by presenting itself as a Microsoft
update. I tried to find the info but have deleted the letters referring
to it on the computer club bulletin board. Don't remember whether
someone would have to deliberately downloaded it himself or not,
but you can have firewall, antivirus and the whole shebang and still
get infected.

Letters to the Editor

Sept. 11, 2001
On Sept. 11, 2001, I was an
Infantry Sergeant stationed at
Fort Lewis, Washington. I was at
morning Physical Training when
we were told the first plane had
hit the tower. Half of us thought
it was an attack, and half thought
it was a horrible accident. I re-
leased our squad to clean up and
get into uniform, just in case. I
didn't go home to clean up that
morning, which turned out to be
a good thing. I never would have
made it back on post.
Every barracks had a lounge
which had a large TV and some
couches. Ours was packed with
troops watching NBC's coverage
of the tower on fire. I got in uni-
form and was walking into the
lounge area just as the second
plane hit the tower. Many, without
saying a word, started getting up
and heading to the Arms Room,
because we knew there would
be a response. Within minutes,
the Battalion Commander had is-
sued orders that all soldiers were
to check out their weapon and
live ammo, just in case we were
called. So we all geared up, went
back to the room and got our
body armor and tactical gear, and
went back to the lounge to wait.
We only had to wait another ten
minutes before we got the call to
head to the entry control points
on post and lock them down.
We were deployed to the gates
and sections of perimeter fence to
begin checking vehicles and per-
sonnel attempting to access post.
The post had been fairly open
before that, where you could just
flash a military ID, or use your
driver's license to get a pass. To-
day, nobody was getting in. My
squad was sent to the gate at Exit
122 on 1-5, which was backed up
five miles north to Tacoma. We
assisted in turning vehicles away
and re-routing traffic, as nobody
was getting on post until the
Commanding General said other-
wise. We turned away all ranks,
civilians, and even an ambulance
with a patient who had been
heading for Madigan Hospital on
post. It was a terrible feeling to
have to do that.
We were allowed to let mili-
tary personnel on post once the
K9 unit arrived and could begin
searching vehicles. The MP han-
dler worked that dog into the
ground to try to get cars through,
but the reports were that the line
was getting longer and longer.
We started inspecting vehicles by
hand to try to help him out. The
word came down that we were
being relieved by another unit,
and we were staging for possible
deployment. We briefed the on-
coming unit and went to the mo-
tor pool.
The Commanding General and
his staff had issued a standard op-
erations order which called for
our entire Brigade to drive 40
miles north to Seattle and secure
the Bank of America Building, the
Space Needle, and several other
pieces of critical infrastructure or
iconic buildings. We were to take
the new Canadian LAVIII vehicles
we had been testing, as well as
the Italian Centauros and Ger-
man Luchs, roll straight up 1-5 to
Seattle, and spread out, securing
those sites. We were just waiting
on word from the authorities in
Seattle to make it happen.
Thankfully, it was never neces-
Michael Faulkner

Okeechobee Emergency
Okeechobee County

FEA deserves credit
While I was pleased that the
News decided to write an ar-
ticle on the defeat of proposed
Amendments 5, 7 and 9 which
appeared in your Sept. 7, 2008 is-
sue, I was quite disappointed that
the quotes in the article by cur-
rent school board members gave
the credit to the Florida Supreme
Court. That article and quotes are
only part of the story.
These three amendments were
brought to the Supreme Court in
lawsuits filed by the Florida Edu-
cation Association. (The school
teacher and employee's union.)
There was support from the state
school board association, the su-
perintendent's association and the
administrator's association, but
the bulk of the time, energy, and
money was paid for by the union.
These amendments would not
have even made it to the Florida
Supreme Court if not for the FEA.
So let's give credit where credit is
due. It's important for your read-
ers to know that without question
FEA and our national affiliates
(NEA and AFT) invested time,
energy and a majority of the fi-
nancial resources utilized in fight-
ing against these amendments.
The President of FEA, Andy Ford,
served as the lead plaintiff in the
case which was formally known
as "Ford et all v. Browning et
all."FEA's counsel, Ron Meyer and
NEA's Bob Chanin did a fantastic
job and argued eloquently against
Amendments 7 and 9, resulting in
the court's reversal of the lower
court's ruling.
While FEA was certainly
pleased to have been joined by
Florida's other educational asso-
ciations in this suit, it's important
that public school teachers and
education support professionals
get the recognition that they de-
serve for leading the fight against
the anti-public education forces
that are committed to tax-payer
funded private school voucher
schemes. Because of the financial
commitment our school employ-
ees make to the union through
belonging to OCEA, FEA was
able to fight for members, fel-
low educators, students and all
of Florida's citizens in support of
strong public schools. Politicians
and other elected officials should
take note of the fact that Florida's
teachers and education support
professionals will fight for the
principles which we stand for... in
the court of public opinion or in a
court of law.
So, to correct those quoted
school board members, the credit
should have rightfully been given
to FEA for leading the stand for
public education, filing the law-
suits, financially supporting the
lawsuits, and appealing them to
the Florida Supreme Court. When
will our school board members
realize we are all in this fight
against anti-public education
forces together?
Candice Black Walker
Okeechobee County Edu-
cation Association President

Thank you
Haven of Rest Church would
like to say thank you! Thank you!
Thank you! Okeechobee you did
it again! Thank you for your gen-
erosity and support. We could not
have had youth camp for all of
Okeechobee without your help.
Thank you for all that donated
door prizes, food and money. It

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echobee News 2007
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Service On Page 2

was all needed and greatly appre-
ciated. Thank you to
RJ Gator's, Aarons, Los Cocos,
The Clock, Arby's, Hungry How-
ies, Dominos, Tractor Supplies,
Cato's, Pet Shop, the Pet Parlor,
Okeechobee Music, Barber Shop,
Okeechobee Hardware, Stardust
Lanes, Shoe Box, Dollar Gen-
eral, Morgan's Furniture, Annie's
Consignment Shop, Eli's, West-
ern Living, Dr. Wemmer's, Tree
House Consignment, Mary Kay,
Bobby's Photograph, Popeye's,
Beef 0' Bradys, KFC, Subway,
Taco Bell, Wendy's, Burger King,
Donut Connection, Dick and Glo-
ria Wymer, Dwayne and Vickie
Stoke, Big Lake Roofing, Verizon,
State Farm, Comcast, Okeecho-
bee Magazine, Hallmark, Wil-
liams Pawn and Gun, Okeecho-
bee Police Department, Elliott's
Pawn and WalMart! We also can't
forget Pam Elder's for allowing us
to rent Lake Denton. Thank you
everyone who gave donations
for youth camp. God Bless you
all! We called it the Radical Rem-
nant 2008. This year's theme was
"Crucified with Christ" Galatians
2:20 1 am crucified with Christ:
never the less I live. Not I but
Christ liveth in me... we had kids
from 8-19, everyone left changed,
refreshed and refilled. So many
kids said this was the best week
of their life.
One boy said he was on the
wrong road going down the
wrong path but youth camp
helped him realize he didn't want
to go that way. One boy said he
like youth camp because of the
food. One little girl said she like
youth camp because no one
yelled at her all week. One little
girl said her mom and dad were
getting a divorce so her home was
in a wreck and camp was such a
breath of fresh air. Everyone has

there own story.
Having youth camp you get
people with all different back-
grounds you help out people
from all walks of life. TO the
little girl that just lost her dad in
last months car accidents. To the
boy down the street thinking that
drugs is the only way out until
God shows him there's a plan for
his life. To the 10 year old boy that
just lost his home and someone's
generosity paid for him to go.
That's what its all about. Mak-
ing a difference in someone's
life. We just wanted you to know
what kind of a seed you planted.
We pray that God not only blesses
you but your businesses too. We
will be having youth camp for all
of Okeechobee again next year!
If you have kids or someone you
know does, tell them about the
Radical Remnant Youth Camp
2009. God bless you and thank
you again for making a difference
in so many children's lives.
Pastor Tom Velle
Haven of Rest Church

Strengthen the family
Keeping family ties and
strengths by avoiding divorce,
spending more time with the
extended family, specially those
grandparents that have become
a role model for their children,
grandchildren and community.
That is how youth will avoid
being involved in gangs, alcohol
consumption, drugs and preg-
nancies and overcome peer pres-
Keeping family ties and
strengths to help children go to-
ward the turbulent years of high
Mrs. Ana Vazquez

Community Calendar

Wednesday, Sept. 10
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) A.A. Grapevine Group open
discussion 6:30 p.m.; NA. Nowhere Left To Go Group 8 p.m. The
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12 step
Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Spanish
groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian Church,
3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator. Another
group meets in the Okeechobee County Health Department, 1798
N.W. Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as the group
facilitator. There is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m. with Shirlean
Graham as the facilitator. For information, call 863-763-2893.
AA. meeting from noon until I p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church of Our 200 N.W Second St. It's an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
Bingo at the Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge. Food will be served at
5 p.m. and bingo starts at 6 p.m. Public is welcome.
Ministerial Association meets the second Wednesday of every
month at noon at the Clock restaurant. All area ministers are invited
to attend.

Thursday, Sept. 11
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Sickest Of The Sick
Group basic text meeting 8 p.m. The Just for Today Club of Okeecho-
bee is not affiliated with any 12 step fellowships.
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Tantle Quilters meet every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at
the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Mar-
garet at 863-467-8020, or Marie at 863-357-0868.
New Beginning's meeting of Narcotics Anonymous will be
held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. at Believers Fellowship
Church, 300 S.W. Fifth Ave. It will be an open discussion meeting. For
more information call Monika Allen at 863-801-3244.
Family History Center meets from I until 5 p.m. at the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone inter-
ested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is
Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death
Index and military information available. For information, call Mim
Kapteina at 863-763-6510.
Prayer Group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center located
at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call 863-763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. at the fel-
lowship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call 863-763-5996.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m.
at the American Legion Post 64 501 SE Second St. All Kiwanis and the
public are welcome. For information, contact Frank Irby at 863-357-
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30
p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. Please join
us or ask questions. Call Phyllis at 863-467-8636, or Hazel at 863-763-
4920 for information.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W.
Second Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher
at 863-357-6257.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for wom-
en who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive
relationships. The support groups are held every Thursday at 6 p.m.
For information call 863-763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene
Luck at 863-763-2893 or 863-763-0202.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second lan-
guage classes are available at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701 S.W.
Sixth St., from 7 until 9 p.m.
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-
Hand & Hand Ministries of Palmdale meets the second Thurs-
day of each month in the community club house on the corner of Fifth
and Main at 6 p.m. for food and fellowship and gospel music and the
word at 7 p.m. For information call 863-612-0640.
Narcotic Anonymous NA-meets at Believers Fellowship, 300 S.W.
Sixth Ave. at 7 p.m. For information call Monika at 863-801-3244.
Taylor Creek Bass Club will hold meet at the Buckhead Ridge
VFW Post #9528 at 7 p.m. The club meets the second Thursday each
month with bass tournaments held the following weekend. For infor-
mation call Dave Stout at 863-467-2255.
Classic car show at Beef O'Brady's, 608 S. Parrott Ave., from 6:30
until 8 p.m.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee
and the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group ev-
ery Thursday at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family mem-
ber is welcome to join. The group is facilitated by social workers and
provides an opportunity for caregivers to give one another support,
information and ideas. The meetings are held at Hospice at 411 S.E.
Fourth St. For information, call 863-467-2321.


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Okeechobee News, Wednesday, September 10, 2008 5

2-1-1 help line matches callers with agencies

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Sharon Vinson with the Shared
Services Network recently shared
the 211 Palm Beach/Treasure
Coast "service snapshot" with
members of the Community Col-
laborative Council to let them re-
alize just how much this valuable
resource is referring local callers
to their services.
Each quarter 2-1-1 posts a ser-
vice snapshot by county detailing
call types and information and re-
ferrals made within that quarter.
The mission of 2-1-1 is to assist
people in need by providing infor-
mation, referral, crisis interven-
tion and community education
with just a phone call.
During the months of April
through June, 257 calls were
made to receive information and
referrals. During these calls, 298
referrals were made to 102 differ-
ent programs.

The main reason that was re-
corded for these calls was for fi-
nancial assistance of some form
with 32 percent being referred to
various agencies.
Mental Health and other per-
sonal and interpersonal needs
accounted for 18 percent of the
calls made. Seventeen percent of
calls needed help with health and
medical needs.
Many more needs were met
including simply information;
legal needs; basic needs such
as food, shelter, housing; trans-
portation; day care; disabilities;
employment; and for the Abuse,
Neglect, and Crime uses.
According to their web-site,
non-profit agency, 211 Palm
Beach/Treasure Coast is in its
fourth decade of providing a team
of specially trained paid and vol-
unteer staff to assist callers with
information and referral services,
crisis counseling, and suicide in-

tervention, 24 hours a day, 365
days a year.
While compiling this resource
to their callers, 211 Palm Beach/
Treasure Coast also collects and
maintains information on com-
munity health and human ser-
vices which they make available
via hot-lines, help-lines, printed
directories, and on the internet.
Services are provided at no cost
to anyone regardless of race, age,
religion, national origin, sexual
orientation, or disability.
This service began in 2001
nationally and came into service
in Palm Beach County in 2002.
This service was extended into
Okeechobee, Martin, St. Lucie
and Indian River counties as well.
People call 2-1-1 for many rea-
sons. Some simply need a phone
number to a community pro-
gram, while others call because
they need to talk over a problem.
Callers could be single parents

trying to make it on their own;
Parents struggling with out-of-
control kids; Adult children con-
cerned about their aging parents;
or even elderly adults trying to re-
tain their independence.
Other calls could concern de-
pressed individuals trying to keep
their lives together or young chil-
dren alone or afraid.
Teens struggling with adoles-
cence have also been common
callers to 2-1-1.
The financially disadvantaged
of all ages who are on the verge
of being evicted or having their
electricity or water shut off have
been referred to the appropriate
services for their area as well.
Callers are also teachers, social
workers, judges, nurses and other
social service workers.
Every call is different and ac-
cording to the web-site, every call
is responded to by a trained, em-
pathetic, caring specialist.

There are also online services
listed on their web site which you
canvisitatwww.211 treasurecoast.
The following is a list of the
top 25 agencies receiving refer-
rals for Okeechobee County. The
Salvation Army (Okeechobee
County); Economic Opportunities
Council of Indian River County;
Florida Department of Elder Af-
fairs; Big Lake Missions Outreach;
Okeechobee Senior Services; Flor-
ida Community Health Centers,
Inc.; Florida Rural Legal Services,
Inc.; Okeechobee County; Florida
Department of Children & Fami-
lies (Circuit 19); Crisis Lines/I&R
Services in other cities; Florida
Department of Children & Fami-
lies; Okeechobee County Health
Department; U.S. Department
of Housing and Urban Develop-
ment; Alpha Ministries, Inc.; Bay
Area Legal Services; Coalition for
Independent Living Options, Inc.;

Faith Farm Ministries of Okeecho-
bee; Indian River Medical Center;
Innovative Treatment Services,
Inc.; Lawnwood Regional Medi-
cal Center & Heart Institute; New
Horizons of the Treasure Coast,
Inc.; Social Security Adminis-
tration (Port St Lucie); Agency
for Health Care Administration
(West Palm Beach); Depending
On Christ Mental Health Support
Group; and Envision Pharmaceu-
tical Services, Inc.
If you know of an agency that
is not on the list. Please encour-
age that agency to contact 2-1-1
to be added. This will enable this
valuable resource to help more
and more citizens every day.
For additional information call
of course 2-1-1 or contact Rhonda
Throop, Director of Community
Relations at 561-533-1065.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at

United Way plans 'Day of Caring'

United Way of Okeechobee
has declared its new Mission
Statement "Together We Matter."
The 14-member board has deter-
mined that if they get everyone to-
gether, they can help the citizens
of Okeechobee.
United Way of Okeechobee
will kick-off the 2008-09 fundrais-
ing season with a breakfast in the
Raulerson Hospital Dining Room
at 8 a.m., Oct. 2, 2008. The United
Way of Okeechobee's goal for the
2008-2009 is $80,000. Although
United Way of Okeechobee has
been present in Okeechobee for
22 years, donations have not sig-
nificantly increased due to down-
sizing of major contributors, such
as Pratt & Whitney. The members
have developed a goal of adding
more donations by making the
Okeechobee community more
aware that we are here to help.
The committee is currently

working with the VFW of the
Treasure Coast in a flidraiser to
sell raffle tickets for a seven-day
Caribbean cruise for two.
Tickets are only $2 with $1
coming back to the community.
Another fund raiser is the Raul-
erson Hospital/United Way Golf
Tournament planned for Oct. 18,
2008 at Okeechobee Golf and
Country Club. For more informa-
tion on the above fund raisers,
please call 863-634-0915.
United Way now has eighteen
local agencies receiving grants
from the Okeechobee United
Way ranging from $500 to $4,500.
They continue to encourage do-
nations from the Okeechobee
community to benefit the citizens
of Okeechobee County. The com-
mittee makes every effort to mini-
mize administrative costs, so over
90 percent of the funds raised go
to agencies. They help with the

food bank, Character Counts,
Hospice and Real life Children's
Ranch to name a few.
United Way of Okeechobee
has a hard working volunteer
Board that meets every fourth
Tuesday of each month at Raul-
erson Hospital at 8 a.m., in the
Dining Room. Anyone interested
in volunteering should contact us
at 863-634-0915.
Their goal is to help Okeecho-
bee as much as possible so
they're working on "Day of Car-
ing" to be held Nov. 1, 2008. This
day will be their way of thanking
Okeechobee for supporting Unit-
ed Way by coming together with
other volunteers to spruce up a
home or homes. Through dona-
tions of time, talent and treasure
they want to make Okeechobee
proud! Any person that would like
to help, please call 863-634-0915.





Submitted photo/United Way
These local community members (back row-left to right)
Bill Casian, Roslin Brown, Frank Kruppa, Chaka Smith, Sam
Smith, Kevin Folsom, Epifanio Juarez, (front row-left to right)
Theresa Alexander, Mary Hurley, Melody Hodges, Cathleen
Blair (not pictured) Libby Maxwell, Robert Lee, Debbie Riddle
and Cheryl Sutton display their community support by serv-
ing on the United Way of Okeechobee Board.

Okeechobee News/Chauna
Frank Avilla displayed a
small version of the Chil-
dren's Home Society's
Heart Gallery, at Hoskins
and Turco for the United
for Families tour, "If these
walls could talk."

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McDonald's launches 16th

Annual 'Reading Challenge'

Ronald McDonald
to visit Sept. 17

Reading is its own reward but
during National Library Card Sign-
Up Month in September, there's
an extra incentive for young read-
ers -- the 16th Annual McDonald's
Reading Challenge.
With support from Palm
Beach and Treasure Coast county
libraries, the Reading Challenge
encourages children in grades
K-5 to visit their libraries and ob-
tain a library card throughout the
month of September.
Ronald McDonald will host a
reading hour at the Okeechobee
County Library, 206 S.W. 16th
Street, Wednesday, Sept. 17, at
3 p.m. During the program, chil-
dren who sign up for a library
card or who show a valid library
card, receive a Reading Challenge
Visit Card and coupons for free
McDonald's food, while supplies
Completed Reading Chalflnge
cards qualify children for a prize
drawing, including a gift certifi-
cate to Wal-Mart Stores and a gift
basket from Dairy Farmers, Inc.,
among other prizes. Over 10,000
children throughout Palm Beach
and the Treasure Coast partici-
pated in the McDonald's Reading
Challenge program last year.
McDonald's launched the pro-
gram as a way to encourage chil-
dren to discover all their libraries
have to offer.
It's a natural extension of Mc-
Donald's continued commitment
to education and family issues.
Library systems in Indian River,
St. Lucie and Palm Beach coun-
ties are participating, in addition
to many city libraries in the Palm
Beach County area.
Sponsors of the Reading Chal-
lenge include Dairy Farmers, Inc.,
Wal-Mart, Barnes & Noble, WIRK,
The Palm Beach Post, LaPalmna,

Parenting Plus Magazine, and
Houghton Mifflin. Complete rules
for the McDonald's Reading Chal-


lenge are available at participat-
ing libraries or by calling 561-208-

To each and every one of you who voted to retain me as your District 1 Commissioner, THANK YOU! I am especially
grateful to those of you who realized the importance of this Primary election and actually took the time to vote. In '04, I
promised change. Among others things, I promised to act on behalf of the people with no hidden agenda. I promised that
those who came before the Board could do so without intimidation or embarrassment and to maintain an open door policy.
Most of all, I promised to always represent the greater good. Those promises brought me victory in '04--and living up to
those promises is what earned my re-election.

This year, I've promised to serve with continued honesty, integrity and accountability. Accountability--it's more than a
political platform. What the Board does for and about our County is your business. I personally appeal to each of you to
realize that electing a Board is not enough. Criticizing what was done is not enough. And calling Speak Out when you're
unhappy with the vote is not enough. We all lead busy lives but should still be informed. There are tools available to each
of you to know what issues your Board is facing. The agenda can be viewed on the County's website prior to each meeting
at You all have an opportunity to be a part of the process and should be able to form your own
opinion, not rely on the opinions of others.

I ask that before you pass judgment on decisions made by your Commissioners, please take the time to know what we're doing-and to know who
voted yeah or nay on items brought before us. It is the exception, not the rule, that motions pass (or fail) unanimously. Please don't accredit me, or
my fellow Board members, with a ruling without knowing how we each voted and why. Praising or condemning the Board as a whole for things that
happen-or don't-is not fair to the people who serve on your Board. There are audio tapes available for anyone interested in what was said at the
meetings and how each Commissioner actually voted. (Please call your County Administrator's office at 763-6441 for more information about
obtaining copies of these audio tapes.)

Please be assured that your support is of utmost concern to me. In return for my service, all I ask is that you take the time to be informed and
ultimately, that you vote to elect that person who best represents the County's needs. That you re-elected me as your District I Commissioner for
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Alexander Russell lost his lifelong
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rounded by fami-
ly on Sept. 5,
2008, in West
Palm Beach. He
was 12. b
Zachary was
born in Ft. Pierce,
and moved to
Port St. Lucie in 2002 coming from
He was a bright articulate 12 year
old child that had been living with
Cystic Fibrosis since birth. He hit
each hurdle ofi this terminal disease
with bravery and the tenacity to live.
He never let this affliction slow him
down nor had he EVER used it as a
crutch in his daily life.
Zachary was a 7th grade student at
Westgate K-8 Elementary and loved
playing his video games, especially
his X-Box 360.
He was preceded in death by his
two grandfathers, Willard Russell
and Dwight Holt.
Survivors include his mother and
father, Karen and Terry Russell of
Port St. Lucie; sister, Dana Elizabeth
Russell of Port St. Lucie; brother,
Tab (Caitlyn) Russell of Cincinnati,
Ohio; maternal grandparents, Dale
and Sumie Pieniozek of Okeecho-
bee; paternal grandmother, Frankie
Russell of Okeechobee; maternal
great-grandmother, Geraldine John-
son of Pompano Beach; uncles,
Tony (Vicki) Russell and Tim Russell
of Okeechobee; aunt, Linda Clark of
Thomasville, Ga.; ten cousins and
multiple extended family and
Memorial contributions may be
made to the Port St. Lucie Police De-
partment Children's Foundation cdo
Riverside Bank #10001969722.
A visitation will be from 4-8 p.m.
Friday in Haisley Funeral Home.
A funeral service will be 11 a.m.
Saturday in Morningside Church,
Port St. Lucie, with burial to follow
at White City Cemetery.
A guest book may be signed at

.,'aul Eugene Helsel, 89
Helsel, of Indiantown, passed away
Friday, Sept. 5,
2008 in the Ham-
rick Home. He
was 89.
Born Dec. 26,
1918, in Obetz,
Ohio, he had
been a resident of
Indiantown for 50
years and enjoyed farming and
wood working.
He is preceded in death by his par-
ents; wife Ruth; brothers, John and
Melvin and stepson, Richie Wilhoit.
He is survived by his loving wife of
38 years, Ella of Indiantown; sons,
Paul E Helsel Jr. of Parrish, Ala., Lar-
ry Helsel (Judy) of Arlington, Texas;
daughters, Lynn Richards (Terry) of
Southport, Trudy Eggleston of Stu-
art; stepson, Leslie Wilhoit (Lynn) of
Indiantown; sister, Wanda McDo-
nald of Canal Winchester, Ohio;
nine grandchildren; seven great-
grandchildren; two step-grandchil-
dren and three step-great-grandchil-
There will be no visitation or ser-
In lieu of flowers, memorial contri-
butions may be made to Hospice of
Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okee-
chobee, Florida 34973.
All arrangements are under the di-
rection and care of the Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Crematory, 110 NE
5th Street, Okeechobee.

Lois Kelley Johnson, 87
Johnson, of Okeechobee, formerly
of Arcadia, died Saturday Sept. 6,
2008, in Raulerson Hospital. She
was 87.
Lois was born Feb. 12, 1921 in
Brewster. She was a rancher.
She is survived by her sons, Kelley
(Linda) and Roy (Rebecca); three
grandchildren, John Hardee John-
son, G.K. (Mace) Johnson Jr. and
Cole Johnson; four great-grandchil-
dren and sister, Kathleen Kelley
Lois was predeceased by her hus-
band, Daniel L. "Doc" Johnson;
daughter, Margaret Ann Johnson
Getchel; son, Daniel L. Johnson Jr.;

parents, John Gwynn Kelley and
Dollie Hardee Kelley; sister, Sybil
Kelley Arbogast and granddaughter,
Elizabeth Johnson.
Graveside funeral services will be
11:00 a.m., today, in Evergreen Ce-
metery. Memorials may be made to
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilitation Cen-
ter, Inc., 14895 NW 30th Terrace,
Okeechobee, FL 34972-0941.
Friends may sign the guest book at
www. bassokeechobe efuneral-
All arrangements are entrusted to
the care of Bass Okeecholee Funer-
al Ionme and Crematory. 205 N.E.
2nd Street, ( tii . i,, .. ,

Okeechobee News, Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Margaret Jones
Eltzroth, 88
OKEECHOBEE -- Margaret Jones
Eltzroth, of ( I 1 *,, I died Mon-
day, Sept. 6, 2008, in the Hamrick
Home Hospice.
She was 88.
Born Feb. 24,
1920, in Mt. Zion,
Ky., she had been ,..
a resident of .
Okeechobee "
since 1972. She '
was known '
around town by her various jobs, Fat
Johnnie's, Tastie Freeze, Golden
Corral, Michaels and Eckerds.
She was a member of the Eastern
Star and enjoyed gardening, bowl-
ing, and crocheting.
She was preceded in death by her
husband, Ross Allen Jones Sr.;
daughter, Sharon Jones; brothers,
Gene, and Donald: and a sister, Gla-
She is survived by her children,
Ross Allen Jones Jr. (Connie) of
Temple Terrace, Donald Charles
Jones (Liz) of Loxahatchee, Char-
lotte Jones Sims (Larry) of Pelzer,
S.C., Bonnie Jones Neal (A.L) of
Brandon, and Ruth Jones Wilson
(Dennis Ray) of Okeechobee; 15
grandchildren; and numerous great-
grandchildren and great-great-grand-
The family will be receiving friends
from 2-4 p.m. Saturday in the Bux-
ton Funeral Home Chapel, 110
North East 5th St., Okeechobee.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contri-
butions may be made to Hospice of
Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okee-
chobee, FL 34973.

Alvin Richard Padgett,
OKEECHOBEE Alvin Richard
Padgett, of Okeechobee, died Satur-
day, Sept. 6, 2008. Z" ,
He was 85.
Born March 1,
1923, in Okeecho- .
bee, he had been .
a lifetime resident ..-
of Okeechobee -
and West Palm

He served in the United States Ma-
rine Corps and enjoyed sports, fish-
ing, and golf. He was a member of
the Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church
where he served as a Deacon and
was a former Deacon of the Victory
Baptist Church in West Palm Beach.
He is preceded in death by wives,
Geraldine Yates Padgett, Jayne Run-
kle Padgett; brothers, Raymond, Al-
fred and a sister, Cuma Evans.
He is survived by daughters, Gail
Goudey (Fred) of Buckhead Ridge,
Okeechobee, Karen Gehle (Richard)
of Buckhead Ridge, Okeechobee;
brother, Leroy Padgett (Marleen) of
Melbourne and sister, Mae Brown
(Elwood) of Claxton, Ga.
In addition he is survived by eight
grandchildren and eight great-grand-
The family will be receiving friends
on Wednesday, from 4 to 7 p.m.
and services 11 a.m., Thursday, in
the Buxton Funeral Home Chapel,
Burial will be 11 a.m., Friday, in
the Memory Gardens, Lake Worth.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contri-
butions may be made to Hope Hos-
pice or the Buckhead Ridge Baptist
Church Missionary Fund.
All arrangements are under the di-
rection and care of the Buxton Fu-
neral and Crematory, 110 North East
5th Street, Okeechobee.

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Church hosts children's clothing exchange

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Fountain of Life Church,
1302 S.W 32nd Ave., will host a
school clothing exchange for the
community of Okeechobee on
Saturday, Sept. 20 from 11 a.m.
until 3 p.m. Parents are invited to
bring your children's clothes that
no longer fit in exchange for good
used clothing that will fit. They
will exchange a maximum of 10
pieces of clothing you bring for
your choice of 10 pieces of FREE
available used clothing. For infor-
mation and location call Carol at
Haven of Rest Church will
hold a "Kid's Crusade" on Thurs-
day, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. Everyone
is welcome. Ages are 2 18 years
old. There will be goody bags for
all of the kids. Bring your youth
groups. There will be a play and
Scoobedoo will be there. For in-
formation call Rachel or Gabrielle
at 863-357-3053.
Saint Theresa of the Child
Jesus Catholic Church in Buck
head Ridge will change Sunday
Mass times, starting Oct. 5. The
English Mass will be at 10 a.m.
Sunday School classes for all chil-
dren (Engish and Spanish) will be
at 11:15 a.m. The Spanish Mass
will be at 12:30 p.m.
S.W. Second and Third Av-
enues between North and South
Park Streets will be closed from
9 p.m. until midnight after ev-
ery home football game will be
closed for a Christian Youth
Fifth Quarter event in Flagler
New Testament Baptist
Church, S.R. 70 East across from
Y Drive thru, is holding a revival
with Bro. Donny Pollard, through
Sept. 11. Wednesday and Thurs-
day services will begin at 7 p.m.
For information call Pastor Jim
Gilbert at 863-763-6682.
Elder Scott and Elder Osborne
are missionaries for the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter Day

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Okeechobee and can be
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ting to know many of y
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the summer months. Tl
be one worship service
day at 10 a.m. and Sunda
at 9 a.m. through the end
Bible study at Believe

Health News in Brief

Red Cross class
dates slated
The Okeechobee Branch of the
American Red Cross will offer the
following Health & Safety classes
in September: Wednesday, Sept
10 Adult CPR AED; Wednesday,
Sept. 17 First Aid Basics; Mon-
day, Sept. 29 Infant/Child CPR/
AED. All classes are at 6 p.m. at
their branch office, 323 N. Parrott
Ave. To register, or for more infor-
mation call 863-763-2488.

Welcome House offers
Welcome House is now ac-
cepting applications. Member-
ship is free, if you are at least 18
years of age and have an emo-
tional or psychiatric diagnosis, or
if you are under a doctor's care
or simply taking medication for

emotional problems, they wel-
come you to drop in and join the
circle of friends. Welcome House
offers scheduled activities at least
three times a week such as: arts
and crafts, support groups, out-
ings. and presentations. They are
open seven days a week from 10
a.m. to 4 p.m. For more informa-
tion, call Hilda or James at 863-

Christian Mental
health support group
Do you suffer with depression,
anxiety or other mental illness?
The' Christian Mental Health Sup-
port group meets on the second
and fourth Thursday of the month
at 6 p.m. on Martin County Grade.
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lowship Church, 300 S.W. Sixth
Ave., is held on Wednesday eve-
nings from 7 to 8 p.m. Pastor Nick
Hopkins presents informative and
in depth Bible studies in a casual
and friendly atmosphere. Every-
one is invited to attend. Coffee
and desserts are served.
Do you suffer from depression,
anxiety or other mental illness?
The Christian Mental Health
Support Group group meets on
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J of the month at 6 p.m. on Martin
of County Grade. Call 772-597-0463
for more information. Family
i members are welcome.
Each Wednesday night begin-
ning at 6:15 p.m. His House Fel-
hotos lowship Church of the Naza-
ail to rene will have a supper for $4
om donation per person. RESERVA-
)keecho- TIONS must be made by MON-
now the DAYS (only done by reservation!)
to know Phone church office 863-763-3519
the re- to reserve and find out menu. Fol-
rist.They lowing the supper the church
example has a Bible study at 7 p.m. called
serve and "Connecting the Dots" a year
ds help. long journey through the Bible,
ugh hur- which explains how one book
afraid to of the Bible relates to others and
Ilp if you how it all "connects." Following
r at your the supper, there are also classes
live in for children, youth and Hispanics
reached -"Sunday School" on Wednesday
informa- nights.
online at Treasure Island Baptist
web site Church, 4209 U.S. 441 S.E.,
est a visit youth van runs through Treasure
issionar- Island and surrounding areas.
our time Programs are available for student
ving the in grades one through six and
rd to get- seven through 12. Programs are
'ou over from 6:30 until 8 p.m. Wednes-
y stated. day nights. The church van will
4thodist pick children up and taken them
ond St., home. For information, call 863
ship ser- 801-4307.
times for Fort Drum Community
here will Church, 32415 U.S. 441 N., will
on Sun- hold a men's fellowship breakfast
y School at Ruck's Pit the last Saturday of
d of Sep- each month starting at 6:30 a.m.,
and a women's fellowship the last
ers Fel- Saturday of each month in the fel-

lowship hall starting at 8:30 a.m.
For more information call 863 357
The Family Outreach Cen-
ter at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W Sixth St., is of-
fering free classes in martial arts.
The classes are currently taught
four days a week on Monday,
Wednesday and Friday, from 6
until 8 p.m. and on Saturday from
5:30 until 7:30 p.m.
Buckhead Ridge Christian
Church, 3 Linda Road, hosts open
meetings for Alcoholics Anony-
mous on Monday nights from 7 to
8 p.m. for substance abuse. They
also have Al-Non meetings on
Monday nights from 7 to 8 p.m. to
help family and friends of alcohol-
ics. For information call Chris at
863 467-5714.
At First Baptist Church,
401 S.W. Fourth St., food and
clothing will be distributed by
the Church Mission House by
appointment only. Call 863 763-
Okeechobee County Can-
cer Support Group meets on
the first Thursday of each month at
First Baptist Church. All cancer
patients, survivors and supporters
are welcomed to attend, support
and encourage each other. They
meet the first Thursday of each
month at 5:30 p.m. at the church,
401 SW 4t' Street, Okeechobee,
FL 34974 (entrance is the door
to the West in front of church).
Please contact Susie Pickering
at 863-467-5831 or First Baptist
Church at 863-763-2171 for more
The Okeechobee News
welcomes news from area
churches for this column. Email or call
Pete Gawda at 863 763-3134, ex-
tension 4225.



I still miss you!

It's been two years now, and
not a day goes by that you aren't
in my Thoughts, Dreams and
Love you forever,

In Memory of
Esther Bass
April 16. 1933 to September I1. 2007

Looking Back
A I -...,l.. -: l: -i n m.:
I find myself wondering...
Did I remember to thank you enough f
For all the things you did for me? .
For all the times you were by my side
To help and support me .
To always encourage me .
T'b celebrate my successes
To understand my problems-
And accept all my defeats?
Or for teaching me by your Godly example
The value of hard work, good judgment,
Courage and integrity?
I wonder if I ever thanked you
For all the sacrifices that you made.
To let me have the very best?
And for the simple things
Like laughter, smiles, picnic lunches, Sunday dinners
And all the other wonderful times we shared?
If I did forget to show my
Gratitude enough for all the things you did,
I'm thanking you now
And I am hoping you knew all along,
How much you meant to me and
How much I Love You Mom...

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Okeechobee News, Wednesday, September 10, 2008 7

Smiley wins second in speech contest
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Okeechobee youth
in Conservation
District's event
By Audrey Driggers
Okeechobee Soil and Water
Conservation District
Conservation Districts are in-
dependent units of state govern-
ment, responsible for carrying
out natural resources steward-

ship programs at the local level.
The Conservation Districts are
broken up into six areas. Each
year the AFCD sponsors a state-
wide speech contest where each
participating student prepares a
speech based on a given topic.
This year the topic was the future
of Florida's renewable energies.
Justin Smiley of Okeechobee,
who competed in and won the
local and Area VI contests, went
on to the state contest which was

held on Aug. 16, 2008 in Panama
City Beach, Fla. Justin gave a well-
prepared speech and earned the
distinction of winning second
place in the state. Panama City
is a long way from Okeechobee,
but Justin felt honored to repre-
sent his home town.
"It is adamant that we encour-
age natural resource conservation
education amongst our youth, via
speech contests, land judging
and education in the classroom."

stated Okeechobee Soil and Wa-
ter Conservation District board
member, Nikki Smith. "Florida's
renewable energies are a hot
topic of conservation these days
and our Board believes that it is
important that our youth obtain
an understanding of and develop
an appreciation for our soil and
water, not only in our state but
across the country." This is why
the board sponsored the trip to
Panama City.

Donations collected for special students

During the summer, a busy
group of people has been col-
lecting school supplies and mon-
etary donations to assist students
enrolled in the exceptional stu-
dent education (ESE) program
in Okeechobee this year. What
is interesting about this group of
people is that they are not even
from Okeechobee. Members of
the Fraternal Order of Orioles-
272 in Micco, Florida, are mostly
responsible for this generous gift.
Specifically, Anne and George
LeBrecht spearheaded this effort
by setting up collection boxes
and getting the word out about
what the students will need for
school this year, as well as collect-
ing money from various individu-
als and groups. The LeBrechts
were supported by such individu-
als as Pearl and Paul Timko, Deb
and Robert (Pudge) Hoffman,
Melinda Kneer (Director of Resi-
dential Nursing at Indian River Es-
tates) and associates, Lynn Parker
(an individual donation by the
President of the Orioles Women's
Auxiliary), the members of the
Orioles Women's Auxiliary, the
entire membership of the Orioles,

and several others.
They collected supplies and
money, and their efforts will most
certainly help the students of
Okeechobee County to further

their education.
Ms. Jo Norris, ESE Crisis Coun-
selor for Okeechobee County
Public Schools, has volunteered
to help ensure that these materi-

als will be distributed among the
population for which they are
intended; specifically, those stu-
dents in this county who are en-
rolled in ESE classes.

Submitted photo
George and Anne LeBrecht, Jo Norris and Mimi Timko helped organize a drive for school
supplies and donations for Exceptional Education students in Okeechobee.

Submitted photo/Audrey Driggers
Justin Smiley placed second in the AFCD State Speech Con-
test and was awarded $250 cash and plaque. Left to right are
Mary-Thomas Hart (Area 3, Marion County), Justin Smiley,
(Area 6, Okeechobee County), Haley Wrigh (Area 4, Seminole
County) and Elizabeth Clark (Area 1, Santa Rosa County).

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SOkeechobee News, Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Walpole chairs Fla. trucker association

PALM BEACH Keith Walpole
of Okeechobee proudly assumed
the position as the 2007-2008
Chairman of the Florida Trucking

Association at their annual con-
vention at the Breakers Hotel in
Palm Beach, in July.
Mr. Walpole has served in

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sition of Chairman. He has been
a member of the association for
more than 20 years and follows in
his father's footsteps. Mr. Edwin
Walpole, Ill served as Chairman
of the association in 2001.
"I am honored to serve the
trucking industry in this capacity,
but what I am most honored by
is the opportunity to represent my
family," he said.
Walpole, Inc. has been family-
owned and operated since 1951
and we are now in our fourth
generation of family manage-
ment," Mr. Walpole said.
Mr. Walpole has dealt first-
hand with all of the issues facing
the trucking industry in his 29
years with his family's business.
Walpole, Inc. has grown from one
man, Edwin Walpole, Jr., with

one truck hauling bagged feed to
dairy farmers to a company with
more than 400 employees with
four terminals in two states serv-
ing Fortune 500 companies haul-
ing both industrial and food grade
With more than 400 members
that are directly related to Flor-
ida's trucking industry, the FTA
works diligently to serve and rep-
resent the interests of the trucking
industry with a united voice; to
positively influence governmental
actions; to advance the trucking
industry's image, efficiency, com-
petitiveness, and profitability; to
provide educational programs
and industry research; to pro-
mote highway and driver safety
and to strive for a healthy busi-
ness environment.
The Florida Trucking Asso-
ciation (FTA) was founded in
1932 by Mr. Lewis Raulerson of

Free cell phone safety program launched

Driving and talking on a cell
phone at the same time is not ille-
gal in Florida, but it can be danger-
ous, and it can expose employers
to increased liability risks. A safer
option is to use a "hands-free" cell
phone. To encourage safer driv-
ing while talking, on a cell phone,
the Accident Law Offices of Philip
DeBerard has launched the "Safe-
ty First" program which provides
a free hands-free gel cell phone
holder for drivers of all ages.
Each of the gel pads holds a
cell phone on the vehicle's dash-
board, so the driver doesn't have
to search for the phone or hold
the phone while talking. Anyone
who wants a free cell phone pad
mailed to them can call 772-288-
2887x211 or 1-800-1 AM HURT or
go to
and complete the request form.
According to a recent study
from the Cellular Telecommu-
nications & Internet Association
(CTIA), more than 254 million
people had cell phones as of Feb-
ruary, 2008, up from 4.3 million
in 1990. Studies have found that
drivers talking on cell phones are
slower to react to brake lights,
and less likely to keep up with
the traffic flow. According to the
Florida Department of Highway
Safety and Motor Vehicles, 26 car

accident fatalities and 1,364 car
accident injuries in Florida in-
volved driver distractions.
"The only safe driver is one
who drives defensively at all
times," attorney Philip DeBerard
said. "And that is totally impossi-
ble when searching for or holding
a cell phone and trying to drive at
the same time. Hands-free talk-
ing is safer, but drivers can still
become so absorbed in their con-
versations that their driving is se-
verely impaired, jeopardizing the
safety of vehicle occupants and
If a call must be answered
while driving, DeBerard advised
having the phone on the gel pad
where it can easily be found with-
out taking your eyes off the road.
"You should memorize the feel
of the buttons on your phone, so
that you don't have to look down
at it to accept or place a call," he
Teen drivers probably shouldn't
use cell phones at all when driv-
ing, Mr. DeBerard warned. "As
new, less experienced drivers,
they need to be even more fo-
cused, and they should be re-
stricted from even using hands-
free phones," he said.
Mr. DeBerard recommends
that employers develop a cell
phone policy that requires em-
ployees to pull off the road be-
fore conducting business by cell
phone. This is a lesson a local
company learned recently when

it had to pay a $1,750,000 settle- not moving
ment won by the Accident Law into traffic.
Offices of Philip DeBerard due 4. Kee
to an employee who caused an short
accident while talking on his cell short.
phone. 5. Avoid
Under Florida law, employers plex conver
may be held legally accountable off the road.
for the negligent acts of employ- 6. When
ees committed in the course of arduous weat
employment. Employers may aro wea
also be found negligent if they tions, not us
fail to put in place a policy for the ommended.
safe use of cell phones. Generally,
the employee must be working
in order for the employer to be
held liable, but it typically doesn't
matter if the employee is using a
company issued cell phone. S
In 2003, the Florida legislative
made it illegal for local jurisdic-
tions to ban cell phone use while
operating a motor vehicle. Ear-
lier in 2008, bills were introduced
that were aimed at reducing
cell phone calls in moving cars,
but none were passed. One bill
would have banned all Florida
drivers from sending a call, text
messaging, dialing, listening, or
speaking on a wireless device
without a hands-free device. An-
other would have banned teen
drivers from driving and talking
on hand-held devices. If you must
talk on the phone while driving,
you can reduce the risk by:
-1. Using hands-free devices.
2. Never look up numbers or
take notes while driving. -
3. Making calls when you are

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Jacksonville. Founding members
of the FTA spent a lot of time in
Tallahassee developing relation-
ships with the Florida Legisla-
ture and educating them on the
trucking industry's contributing
to Florida's economy. By 1942,
the Association which began with
a membership of six grew to a
membership exceeding seven
The first offices of the FTA
were built in 1938 and located at
657 E. Bay St. in Jacksonville. The
city had been selected because of
its key role in the trucking indus-
try. It remained the home of the
Association for more than forty
years. In 1981, as the need for a
closer working relationship with
the legislature became more and
more obvious, the FTA moved to
its present location in Tallahas-
After nearly 74 years in busi-

ness, the FTA is a well-respected
organization by its members and
the Florida Business Community.
The trucking industry contin-
ues to evolve.
Eighty-five percent of freight is
hauled by the industry. Truckers
haul fuel, agriculture and other
important products from fourteen
ports to hundreds and thousands
of locations throughout Florida
and the United States.
The FTA continues to monitor,
support, and defeat legislation at
the state and federal levels of gov-
ernment on behalf of its mem-
bers. The organization sponsors
conferences, leadership meet-
ings, legislative initiatives and
overall direction for the trucking

Cash giveaway
Seacoast National Bank gave away three $50 bills at the
Cattlemen's rodeos over Labor Day weekend at the Agri-
Civic Center. Two lucky winners were Ken Breauf and Rick
Parry. Mr. Parry (left) received the $50 bill for being the
rowdiest fan. Fred Breauf's seat (right) was chosen as a
winning seat during the rodeo at the Agri-Civic Center. He
was awarded $50.

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Seacoast National Bank employees bid a hardy "Rise and
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urday morning, Aug. 30.

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Just chilling'
Seacoast National Bank staffers were out in force on Fri-
day, Aug. 29, to the delight of visitors of the local Dairy
Queen. Each patron at the drive-thru or walk in, received a
crisp $5 bill just for stopping by. The promotion was part
of the "Take five" program with Seacoast staffers, Jon
Geitner, Melody Hodges, Cheryl Zrioka, Teresa Chandler,
Teresa Lara, Kelly Harrell, Lacy Marshall and Miss Allison
Chandler making surprise visits showing up around town
with "fives to go!"

Submitted photo/Raulerson

Safety at work
June was Employee
Safety Month at Rauler-
son Hospital, that spon-
sored a "Safety at Work"
children's poster con-
test. Employees told their
children, grandchildren,
nieces or nephews, what
"Safety at Work" means.
The children were asked
to create posters repre-
senting employee safety
at Raulerson. The winning
poster was submitted by
Joanne Rhymes daughter
of Jennifer Rhymes, sec-
retary in the Radiology
Department. Joanne was
awarded a $50 gift card by
Robert Lee, CEO of Raul-
erson Hospital.


Okeechobee News, Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Community Events

Healthy Start
Coalition to meet
The Board of Directors of the
Okeechobee Health Start Coali-
tion will meet on Wednesday,
Sept. 10 at 11:30 a.m. in their of-
fice, 575 S.W. 28th St within the
New Endeavors School Building.
Meeting is open to the public. For
information about the Coalition,
contact Kay Begin at 863-462-

Tree planted in
memory of Billie
On Friday, Sept. 12, at 2:30
p.m. a tree will be planted at Pe-
mayetv Emahakv Brighton Char-
ter School in memory of J-Wayco
Billie. Everyone is welcome to

Shared Services
Network to meet
The Executive Roundtable of
the Shared Services Network of
Okeechobee County will conduct
its monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m.
on Friday, Sept. 12, in the board
room of the Okeechobee County
School Administration Building.
For more information call 863-
462-5000, Ext. 257.

Cancer Society
hosts bake sale
Seacoast National Bank will
hold a bake sale on Sept. 12, at
the 1409 South Parrott Avenue
and 500 North Parrott Avenue
branches to benefit the American
Cancer Society Making Strides
Against Breast Cancer. Please
stop by and enjoy delicious home
made goodies! For more informa-
ion on how you can be involved
with the walk, please call Teresa
Chandler at 863-697-6819.

Hospice holds
3-day yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will
host a 3-day Yard Sale at the Blue
Volunteer Building, next to The
Hamrick Home, 411 S.E. Fourth
St., Thursday, Sept. 11, 8 a.m. un-
til 2 p.m., Friday, Sept. 12, 8 a.m.
until 2 p.m. and Saturday, Sept.
13, 8 a.m. until noon. We have
Construction Items also. Bargains
galore, all new items available.
All Proceeds benefit patient care
in Okeechobee including servic-
es offered in The Hamrick Home.
For information, call Cathy at 863-
467-2321 or 863-697-1995.

FOE 4509 holds pork
chop dinner
The Fraternal Order of Eagles
4509, Cypress Hut US 441 S. will
ponsor a Mercy's Pork Chop
dinner on Saturday, Sept. 13
rom 5:30 until 8 p.m. There is no
charge for tickets. For information
call Bill Huston at 863-763-1187.

FHREDI public
meeting date set
A public meeting of Florida's
Heartland Rural Economic De-
velopment Initiative (FHREDI)
nd Florida's Freshwater Fron-
tier, Inc. Board of Directors has
been set for Monday, Sept. 15, at
10 a.m., Highlands County Agri-
Civic Center, 4509 George Boule-
vard, Sebring, Conference Room
2. Topics for discussion will be
regional economic development
opportunities. Contact Jim Otter-
man at 863-385-4900 for more

Substance Abuse
Coalition meets
OSAC (Okeechobee Sub-
stance Abuse Coalition) 40 De-
velopmental Asset Classes will
be held at the Clock Restaurant
on 441. The class will start at 6:30
p.m. on Sept. 16. The classes are
free and the public is welcome.
For more information, please call

Extension Service to
lost workshop
Compost systems are an ef-
ficient way to recycle yard and
kitchen waste. They provide free
nutrients, mulch, and rich soil
amendment for your landscape,
and help reduce the impact of
waste on the landfill! To learn
more about composting, and to
make your own wire compost
bin, come to this informative
workshop. The program will be
conducted by Sara May, a certified

Master Composter. The program
will be held on Sept. 16, at 5:30-7
p.m. at the Okeechobee County
Extension Service, 458 Highway
98 N. This is a hands-on program
and every participant can take
home the compost bin he or she
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Raulerson to hBost
cake auctiie0on
Raulerson I hospital will h)e
hosting the annual cake auction
to benefit the American Cancer
Society, "Making Strides Against
Breast Cancer" on Sept. 19, from
8 a.m. until 2 p.m in the hospital
dining room. This year we will
dedicate our fundraiser to Lisa
Tindall, a member of our Raul-
erson Hospital family, who lost
her battle to breast cancer earlier
this year. For more information
on this event, please call 863-824-
2776 or 863-634-0904.

Yard sale planned to
benefit Cancer Society
Seacoast National Bank will
host a yard sale on Saturday,
Sept. 20, to benefit the American
Cancer Society Making Strides
Against Breast Cancer. Yard sale
will be held at 14109 South Parrott
Avenue (Seacoast) and will begin
at 7 a.m. and continue until ev-
erything is gone! For more infor-
mation or to donate items, please
call 863-467-4663

Orchid grower visit
Gary Bailey, local orchid
grower will present a program on
dendrobiums and the descending
dendrobium on Monday, Sept.
22, at 7 at the Cooperative
Extension Office, 458 Highway 98
N. The public is invited. For more
information, call 863-763-6469.

Garden Club to meet
The Okeechobee Garden Club
meeting date has been set for
Monday, Sept. 22, at 6 p.m. Our
September speaker is Farmer Sal,
of Varri Green Organic Farm. He
will talk about organic vegetable
gardening and tell everyone just
what "organic" is and how it is
done. He has lots of interesting
experiences and valuable infor-
mation to share. Interested in
attending? Come to the Okeecho-
bee Extension Office, 458 High-
way 98, Okeechobee. For more
information, call Angela D. Sach-
son at 863-763-6469.

meeting planned
The COFFO Board Meeting
has been scheduled for Sept. 25,
at 6 p.m. at the Sheldaton tlotei
in Sebring, 150 Midway Drive,


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,n, a.ill to meet
The next meeting of the Com-
muinity Collaborative Council,
a part of the Shared Services
Network of Okeechobee, will
be Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 10 a.m.
in the board room of the School
Board Office. Immediately follow-
ing the CCC, there will be a plan-
ning session for the 2009 Health
and Safety Expo.

Children's Home
Society hosts
'Heart Gallery'
Children's Home Society will
host the opening of thle ._'ii-
Heart Gallery at our local Indian
River State College. Please attend
this event and uppollrt the adop-
tion of sibling groups, children
with special needs and older
children. If you are interested in
adopting a child or if you would
like to show your support for this
event and represent Okeechobee,
please call Frank Avilla, CHS, 772-
489-5601. The event will be held
Friday, Sept. 26, from 11:30 a.m.-1
p.m. Lunch will be served.

Quilt drawing to ben-
efit stricken child
Tickets are being sold for a
queen-sized quilt at $1 each or
6 for just $5. The drawing for the
quilt will be held on Oct. 1, with
the proceeds from the ticket sales
to go to benefit Buckhead Ridge
resident, Madisen Byrd, who is 3
years old. Madisen was recently
diagnosed with Leukemia. She is
currently hospitalized with com-
plications. Madisen's parents,
Lori and Jimmy Byrd will be trav-
elling with her back and forth to
treatments and funding is crucial
to help support medical costs
and travel expenses. A savings ac-
count has been set up at Seacoast
National Bank in the name of Lori
Byrd to take donations.To see the
quilt or to buv tickets, please call
Val Douglas at 863-697-9796 or
863-357-6555 or stop by Custom
Window Treatments, 4253 S.
Hwvy 441, Okeechobee.

Join the Red Hatters
For ladies looking for fun and
meeting some new lady friends.
the Red li( CGroup is looking I for
ladies ".o join vI.) \ho vad to do
things. For information call 863-
763-5836 or 863-357-1944.

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benefit drawing
The Healthy Start Coalition is
hosting a Baby Shower for their
clients. They are selling drawing
tickets for a candy bouquet. The
tickets are just $1 each. They will
use these funds to help defray the
cost of food items for the Baby
Shower. For more information,
please call Becky at 863-462-5877
and your donation will be picked
up at your convenience.

ornaments on sale
The Okeechobee Retired
Educators will be selling their
third limited edition ornament
for Christmas 2008. Ornaments
are 24k gold on ilbrass, includes
a numbered certificate with his-
torical information. Ornaments
are $15. Proceeds fund their
scholarship. The 2008 ornament
is the Old County Courthouse.
They will also have 2007 and
2006 ornaments available in a
limited quantity for those who
wish to get those. To purchase
an ornament call Gay Carlton
at 863-763-5755, Kay McCool at
863-763-2829, Paulette Whipple
at 863-467-2487, Marion Davis at
863-763-3991 or Regina Hamrick
at 863-763-8865.

State Veterans
nursing homes
Are you a veteran in need of
a nursing home or assisted living
facility? The Florida Department
of Veterans Affairs can help you.
The Department operates five
veterans nursing homes and one
assisted living facility throughout
the state, with a new nursing
home being built near St. Augus-
tine. The basic admission criteria
for all of the facilities is an honor-
able discharge, Florida residency
for one year prior to admission
and certification of need of assist-
ed living facility or skilled nurs-
ing care. The VA Nursing homes
are located in Daytona Beach,
Land 0' Lakes, Pembroke Pines,
Springfield (panhandle) and Port
Charlotte with the VA Assisted
Living Facility being located in
Lake City. For further information
on VA nursing homes contact the
Coluntv Veteran's Service Officer,
i3etsv (iinslade at 863-763-8124.

The Okeechobee Moose
Lodge 1753, N.W. 36th Street,
will have Karaoke Open Mic ev-
ery Thursday, from 7 p.m. until
10 p.m.
Singers come sing, listeners
come and applaud our singers.
We will have a good time. Mem-
bers or guests are welcome. For
information call 863-634-2330 or

Ladies Auxiliary
Spaghetti Night
The VFW Post 10539 Ladies
Auxiliary will hold a Tuesday
night spaghetti night. All you can
eat spaghetti, garlic bread and
salad for a $5 donation. The din-
ner starts at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is
welcome. For more information
call 863-763-2308.

Grief support group
for parents
A grief and healing group
dedicated to helping parents deal
with the loss of a child will meet
at the Red Cross Building on
Thursday nights from 7 to 8:30
p.m. For more information con-
tact Georgene at 863-763-2957.

Rescue available for
local wildlife
Florida Wildlife Rescue Ser-
vice Inc. is a non profit organiza-
tion providing free rescue, pick
up, and transport of sick, injured
and orphaned wildlife in the
Okeechobee area.
We are licensed by the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission to provide these ser-
If you find a wild bird or ani-
inal in need of assistance please
contact us at 863-634-1755.

Donate cars to Boys
and Girls Clubs
Now that the price of scrap
metal has sharply risen, the Boys
and Girls Car Campaign will ac-
cept most any car with no restric-
tions. Cars will be picked up any-
where in Florida, usually within a
week, and are sold at auction.
To donate, call 800-246-0493.
Funds obtained by the sales go
directly to help the Florida clubs.

Advocacy group
seeking members
The Florida Local Advocacy
Council in this area has openings
for membership. The members
of the volunteer council protect
and advocate for a better quality
of life for Floridians with unique
needs. Volunteers are appointed
by the governor for a four-year
term. Local meetings are held on
the second Tuesday of the month
in Fort Pierce. Call Penina Popper
at 800-342-0825 for information;
or, visit

Parent education
classes offered
The Okeechobee County
Healthy Start Coalition will be
offering parenting education
classes for infants to age 3. All
pregnant women and parents
are encouraged to attend. Each
participant will receive a gift. This
adults-only parenting class con-
sists of six, one-hour classes. You
must attend all six classes to gel
a certificate of completion. We
now have day and evening class-
es available. No child care will be
available. Call 863-462-5877 for

Career Center helps in
job search
The One Stop Career Center,
209 S.W. Park St., has services
available at no charge to help
people in their search for the righl
employee or job. For more, visil
their web site at;
or, call 863-462-5350.

My Aunt's House
seeks volunteers
My Aunt's House, Inc. a 501
(c) (3) organization is looking for
two to three volunteers to work in
our Closet any day, or days, Mon-
day through Friday during the
hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. We
are also looking for a volunteer to
become the director and a board
member of The Clothes Closet.
The volunteer should commu-
nicate well with the public and
should be able to seek support
from city and county officials,
business executives and other or-
ganizations. Work days and hours
are flexible. Call 863-634-2306 foi

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Interact with the grandkids via Internet

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By Diane Timmnions
Okeechobee News
Seniors with computers often
use them for communication with
adult family out of the area or out
of state. But what about commu-
nicating with the grandkids -
even the really young grandkids?
AARP estimates that distance is
one of the major barriers (45 per-
cent) that prevent grandparents
from seeing their grandchildren.
When I saw a press release
that described a way for grand-
parents to interact with their
grandchildren via computer and
the Internet, I took a second look.
It is called Grandparent Games at
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you cannot see the grandkids in
person as often as you wish, try
this interactive web site for a little
long-distance grandparenting.
The site lets grandparents play
games with the grandchildren us-
ing a computer on either end. Its
simple setup and intuitive naviga-
tion makes it easy for those who
aren't all that sure of themselves
on the computer.
This site is very security-con-
scious. After you log in, the ad-
dress in your browser window
starts with https. The "s" stands
for security. And the children do
not have to create an account.
Your grandkids never have to

give any information about them-
selves. They will be able to meet
with you simply by entering your
e-mail address. You are the one
that signs up for the service. The
way it works is while you speak
on the phone, you are both look-
ing at the interactive screen. If you
happen to have a camera as part
of your computer, you can see
each other. But having a comput-
er camera is not necessary to en-

joy the site and the mutual play.
Providing one-on-one time
to "play" together, Grandparent
Games offers grandparents of
even babies a means to interact
through exciting animations, pic-
tures, and sounds. Over time, it
becomes a learning resource for
young children as the grandpar-
ent directs the experience and
becomes the teacher of funda-.
mentals such as math, reading,

and geography.
When asked what the best
thing is about Grandparent Games
the developer said, "I am now a
part of my grandson's life."
In recognition of Grandparents
Day, which was Sept. 7, the web
site is offering a 30-day free trial
period. For more information, go
to the web site, www.grandpar-

Submitted photo/SEM
Eatin' with gramma
Amanda and Ashley Sparkman enjoy lunch with their grandmother at Seminole Elemen-
tary School on Grandparent's Day.

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Okeechobee News, Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Glades Commissioners choose deputy manager

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
was promoted to become Deputy
County Manager for Public Safety
for Glades County when the Board
of County Commissioners met in
Moore Haven on Tuesday.
County Manager Wendell Tay-
lor said Mr. Jones has done ex-
traordinary work for the County
that should be worthy of reward.
He recommended the promotion
for Mr. Jones.
Mr. Jones will have a salary
hike of $8,798 plus benefits. He
will earn $65,000 per year effec-
tive October 6th.
Commissioner Russell Echols
said Mr. Jones has shown brightly
in all of the recent natural disasters
that have struck Glades County.
He said this move was a reward
for what he has earned. He said
there will be more full-time em-
ployees employed at the county
fire department in the future.
"I appreciate Mr. Jones devo-
tion to Glades County," he said.
Commissioner Donna Storter
Long suggested the county de-
velop a policy for the selection
of planning board members. She
said they should have a process in

place to evaluate all of the appli-
cants for these positions.
Commissioner Echols said
the process in place now is
working. He said each commis-
sioner should have the power to
nominate people for the planning
"I don't think the process is
broken," he said.
Storter Long said she didn't
know the last nominee for the
board and that she deserved to
know something about the ap-
"You didn't vote for my nomi-
nations Mr. Echols," she added.
Chairman Beck suggested
that board applicants and their
resumes should be made avail-
able to commissioners at least
one week before the meeting so
they could properly review these
Storter Long suggested the
County should indemnify the
planning board members so they
could attract more applicants.
An auction for county surplus
items will be held on October 25
at 9 a.m. at the County Road De-
partment on State Road 78. A list
of items that will be auctioned off
will be made available on Octo-
ber 1.

The Commission also agreed
to hire a new paramedic to re-
place the paramedic who is leav-
ing the county fire rescue unit in
two weeks.
Glades County also would like
to be considered for an inland port
project that is being considered in
South Florida. Indiantown, Belle
Glade, and other areas are being
considered for this project. Com-
missioner Echols spoke in favor
of pursuing this project.
"It is our single best opportu-
nity right now. We have one of
the best locations and sites. No
one can argue the fact that it is on
the map and we are in a strong
position," he said.
Mr. Echols said that an inland
port is needed to handle the in-
flow of products produced over-
seas. He said the highways, and
rail systems here,, plus the cen-
tral location of the county would
make Glades County ideal for an
inland port.
Commissioner Butch Jones
said FREDHI will hold a meeting
on Monday, September 14 to dis-
cuss the inland port project. He
said 65,000 jobs could be created
by this project.
Commissioner Echols sug-
gested that the six counties of

FREDHI should share in the ad
valorem tax revenue of this proj-
ect should it be located in one of
the six counties.
Echols said if they combine
the municipalities together on
this project, they will get more
political support for this project.
The Glades County budget
includes a 3 percent increase for

county employees. The final bud-
get hearing will be held on Tues-
day, Sept. 23 at 6 p.m.
The public hearing for the
proposed budget will be held on
Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 6 p.m.
FEMA will not provide individ-
ual aid to Glades County residents
due to Tropical Storm Fay. The
county had 15 homes with major

damage. In order to qualify for in-
dividual assistance, 25 homes had
to be damaged, Emergency Man-
agement Director Angie Snow
Commissioner Bob Giesler
said one Buckhead Ridge resident
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Season is here: Get your hunt on early

Suimiiiiel 's officiill\ over v eln
though' oiui caIn't tell 'cause it'sstill
so hot and stick\ outside. We've
finished our preseason scouting
and hung our tiee stands along
well-traveled deel trails, hopefully
next to a mature oak tree that'll
begin dropping acorns soon.
Finally -- the time of year we've
been waiting for is here the be-
ginning of football season, and
better yet, opening day of hunting
season, specifically archer.
Archery season provides a
great opportunity to take a tro-
phy whitetail and is arguably one
of the best times to do so, along
with hunting the rut. If you're
stealthy enough and have done
your homework, you've got a
good chance of having a nice one
walk out in front of you. Florida's
divided into three hunting zones,
and you'll need to know which
zone you'll be hunting in, be-
cause season dates vary.
Hunting season comes in first
in the South Hunting Zone, where



g *fig aK^ I ..18 andi ends Nov. 16.
'- To ~~i'F* ,^ To i hunt during archery sea-
.". | son, you'll need a Florida hunting
. ,'. license and an archery permit. If
You're a Florida resident, a hunt-
-. ing license costs $17. Non-resi-
S dents may pay $46.50 for a 10-day
license or $151.50 for 12 months.
The archery permit costs $5 for
in-state and out-of-staters.
Anyone planning to hunt one
of Florida's many wildlife man-
agement areas (WMAs) must
purchase a management area
,.'-- permit for $26.50.
," All of these licenses and per.
.'- mits are available at county tax
i:' n Fo v Youin" collectors' offices, retail outlets
that sell hunting and fishing sup-
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rcheirv season begins Sept. 6 and Tlhe most cominon game to
nds Oct. 5. Next up is the Central take during archery season are
one, which runs Sept. 20-Oct. deer and wild hog. During this
9. In the Northwest Hunting period, deer of either sex are le-
one, archer season begins Oct. gal game, regardless of antler size
(except for spotted fawns). The

O.G. & C.C.

PI.G.S. League
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Closest to the pin: Kenny Cur-
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Sept. 3 First place Billy, Ci um..
Second place Clyde Price. Last
place Paul DeWit.

Closest to the pin: Clyde Price,
Paul DeWitt, Tommy Jewell, Dr.
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rained out!

daily bag limit on deer is two.
Bag limits on WMAs can differ, so
consult the area's brochure first.
Wild hogs are considered live-
stock on private lands and with
landowner permission can be
hunted year-round with no bag
or size limits. On most WMAs,
there's no bag or size limits, and
hogs are legal to take during any
hunting season except spring tur-
key. On a few WMAs, limits do
apply, so again check the area
In addition to hunting big
game, it's also legal to shoot gob-
blers and bearded turkeys during
archery season. Only one can be
taken per day and there's a two-
bird fall-season limit. It's against
the law to hunt turkeys in Hol-
ines County during this period,
and you can't shoot turkeys while
they're on the roost, over bait,
when you're within 100 vards of a

game-feeding station when bait is
present or with the aid of record-
ed turkey calls.
If you're quite the marksman,
gray squirrel, quail and rabbit
are three other species legal to
take during archery season, and
there's a daily bag limit of 12 for
Only bows may be used dur-
ing archery season no cross-
bows allowed, except for hunters
with a disabled crossbow permit.
Bows must have a minimum
draw weight of 35 pounds, and
hand-held releases are permit-
ted. For hunting deer, hog and
turkey, broadheads must have at
least two sharpened edges with a
minimum width of 7/8 inch.
Legal shooting hours are a half-
hour before sunrise to a half-hour
after sunset. Except for turkeys,
you're permitted to take resident
came over corn or soybeans on

Sports News in Brief
OHS Golf Tournament prizes. Hole sponsors are $100
each. Hole sponsors plus name
OHS Golf Tournament will
behedatO keeo beament on shirts $200 each. Free t-shirts
be held at Okeechobee Golf and for every golfer from Quality Tees
Country Club on Sept. 13. Cost is S g
$50 a player. and Sporting Goods.
$50 a player. For information call Mark Ward
Four man teams. Will begin at 863-634-1772.
at 8 a.m. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place

private land. It's against the law to
use such bait on WMAs.
Some things you can't do dur-
ing archery season include pos-
sessing firearms, using explosive
or drug-injecting arrows, using
bows equipped with electronic
computational or laser sights and
possessing a bow on an airboat iq
Miami-Dade County.
You can't use dogs to hunt
deer or hogs during archery sea-
son, but you can use bird dogS
if quail hunting. Otherwise, the
only time you can have a dog irl
the woods while hunting is when
it's on a leash and you're using i(
to trail wounded game.
Here's hoping all your preparai
tion and persistence pays off and
wishing you luck on taking that
monster buck. As always, have
fun, hunt safely and ethically, anc
we'll see vou in the woods!

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Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435


License # 5698
& Pressure Washing
License #1126
or (863)261-6425

Painting, Repairs, Carpentry
Power Washing

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Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glasware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drpes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Tos & Games 730
VWRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

lent condition; priced per
item neg. for entire collection
$25/neg. (561)755-1814

New,3 burner, for RV or pro-
pane stove top, asking $50
DRYER Whirlpool, 4 cycles,
good shape, works fine.
45/or best offer.
ICE MAKER Kitchen Aide,
Free Stand or under counter.
Like new! White. Pd $1300,
Asking $500 (863)697-1193
large capacityjust under two
years old $100/or best offer.
OVEN Convection/Profife,
GE, Built In. New, still in box.
Cost $800 Sell $150
863-467-1532 betwn 6-9pm
Whirlpool. Slightly used.
$500 for both, or best offer.
Like new, $350. Call
STOVE Frigidaire, black, not
flat top, electric burners.
$150 (863)233-1965 or
STOVE Kenmore, clock tim-
er, self cleaning oven, every-
thing works, white w/black
trim, $65 (863)675-0104
STOVE White, GE electric
stove, very good condition
$125. (863)517-0244
pool, stackable, works great,
$300 or best offer.

WASHER Top loading. Looks
brand new. Works perfect.
$50. (863)517-0846

Aluminum Shed- 8' x 12', you
move, First $1000 takes it
(863)467-0771 leave msg
$1200. (863)673-4851

8x15 storage container
$1700. (863)673-8373

from manufacturer. Over 20
colors in stock, several pro-
files to choose from. Quick
turnaround. Delivery
available. (352)498-0778,
(888)393-0335. www.Gulf-
PLYWOOD (50 sheets) 3/4
form plywood for concrete.
Both sides veneer. $1300 or
best offer(863)801-4529

BABY ITEMS Crib, stroller,
infant car seat, bassinetts,
security gate & walker, $150
will sell sep. (863)673-5704
$30 (863)763-5067
CRIB w/Matching Changing
Table. Light wood. $250
CRIB- w/mattress, DRESSER,
asking $100 or will sell sep-
arate, (863)763-0141 after
net, changing table, dk blue,
brand new $75.

COMPUTER Black Dell, fast,
XT Pro, super NES, $150
(863)517-2782 Tony
Funtue 060

Tan Chenille set. Excel Cond.
Pd $2k Asking $1000.
DINING ROOM Beige, 4 pad-
ded chairs, excellent condi-
tion. $200. (853)517-0244
Gray metal frames, palm
print upholstered seats, exc
cond. $125 (863)467-7151
oak, oval, 2 leaves & table
cover, 6 chairs, 4 good, 2
ok. $30 (954)793-3203
Dining Room table- light oak
w/ leaf, 4 matching chairs,
padded seats, like NEW
$400 (863)801-9379 OKEE
DINING TABLE Wooden, with
matching hutch, good condi-
tion. $125 (863)885-1161
DRESSER 6 drawer, white,
rattan, with mirror $75
Solid oak, excellent condi-
tion. $275 (863)885-1161
GLASS TABLE Rectangle w/4
cloth cover chairs, w/4 bo-
nus chair covers. $100 or
best offer (863)357-9946
KING SIZE mattress and box -
Seally pillow-top mattress.
Great condition. $100.
single chair, good condition.
$325 (863)675-4098 even-
ings, Labelle area

LARGE CHERRY Entertainment
Center (hotel style) Good
condition, deep for large tv,
sliding drawers; pick up only
$150. (561)261-1475
LOVE SEAT and cloth recliner -
They are both in good condi-
tion. $50. (863)697-6404
um brown leather, like new,
$350/best offer. Call
er, very good condition,
$350 or best offer.
Matching Glass Curio Cabi-
nets (2) with lights inside,
light wood, 5 shelves, $250
or best offer (863)634-0888

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

floral/burgundy/dark green,
$300. (863)763-5422 or
SOFA BED Tan micro fiber,
queen size, with matching
chair & ottoman, $800/neg.
Call 863-983-7661
Sofa Bed- Avocado green,
plush, micro fiber, w/ match-
ing rocker/recliner, $700 for
both 1 yr old (863)801-9379
SOFA, LS & CHAIR brown
w/flower print, good condi-
tion, $150 (863)763-3326
TABLE with 4 chairs & small
matching hutch, good con-
dition, $200. (863)763-5422
or (863)610-1122
TWIN BEDS (2) Fairly brand
new, paid $900, asking $450
for both. (863)697-3096
tan leather couches, good
condition. $200/neg.
WING CHAIR for living room -
Rich brown, small pattern.
Like new. $125/or best of-
fer. (863)697-9484

best offer. (863)675-6657

3 Z =I

1911 SUBCOMPACT Stainless
45 Para-Ordinance P10-45
One Box Fired, Will TRADE
$550/firm. (772)461-8822
COLT AR15 Match Target -
never fired 24" Stainless 2x9
Scope Bull Barrel will TRADE
$2000/neg. (772)461-8822
PISTOL Browning, Nickel
Plated, 380 Auto. Sell for
$500 or trade for good used
golf cart. (863)357-3065
1964 $750. (863)261-1286

RUGER Mini 14, folding
stock, stainless steel, 3
clips, carry bag, scope,
$650 (863)674-0613
RUGER P90 45 ACP $475

still under warranty. $200
863)233-1965 or

Elegant White Gold Design-
er Set- Round .70 diamond
surrounded by .80 TW dia-
monds on engagement ring
and band. Appraised for
$6500 by local jeweler. Must
see to appreciate!
$3900/neg. (863)801-3599.

LUGGAGE SET brand new,
hunter green, 2 pc., $100.

Aluminum awnings(8)- serves
as storm shutters, 1 yr old,
Gall for details $1200 or will
separate (863)467-0279
bile,Tandem axle Call even-
ings. Asking $4500.
FILE CABINET 2 drawer, HY-
CHAIR, $55 or sell separate
(863)763-0141 after 5pm
863)467-1547 or
Trailer steps- has 2 alumi-
num rails, $250
(863)467-0771 leave msg

CLARINET good condition,
needs 1 keypad. $150
ROLLS. $0. (863)675-6657

35 GALLON Hex Fish Tank -
Call for info. $50/firm.
for Eric $80.
CHIHUAHUA M 11 yrs old &
PIT BULL F, Blue & White
w/UKC papers/cropped ears.
$200 ea (863)302-4442
DOG HOUSE Large wooden
dog house. $75 or best offer
Male, 3 years old, black &
white. $150 (863)675-4098
evenings, LaBelle area
large. Like brand new. $50
Call Zuma @

used, has connecting pieces.
$15 (954)793-3203
WATER TANK 33 Gallon, for
next to pump. 100 psi $50 or
best offer. (863)763-2958

15", in box, w/2,000 watt
amp, $600. (863)697-8676
- Techwood, 1500 watts,
speakers incid. $1000 or
best offer (863)634-2790




14 Okeechobee News, Wednesday, September 10, 2008

ZENITH color, 9", with VCR,
120/12v, great for camping,
$95. (863)675-7350
ZENITH TV 61" screen, good
condition. $1000 or best of-
fer (863)634-2790

BRIGGS & Stratton Generator -
EXL 8000, 13500 starting
watts, electric start. Used
once for 4 hours during TS
Fay. Bought at Home Depot
for $1300, must sell!
$900/firm. (863)801-3599
watt cont., 30hp on wheel,
50 amp cord, less than 30hr,
$1450 neg (772)597-5900
GENERATOR 3000 watts, for
RV, $300 Or best Offer
863-634-8098 Anytime
GENERATOR 6500 KW, 110
Volt & 220 Volt. Only used
twice. $600 (863)763-4057
GENERATOR Coleman, Die-
sel, 5 kw, 120/240. $3000.
2 3 9 ) 3 5 7 5 1 1 1
5000 watt, 11 hp briggs,
runs good, starts easy
$175. (863)467-7415

GENERATOR Never used, 11
hp, 5650 watt. $450
(863)612-0992 LaBelle
GENERATOR Pramac, 7500
hp, used only 8hrs, paid
$1300 sell for $800

2 VTECH kids laptops great
for learning paid $75 for msg $80/will sep.

movies $600. will divide
863-675-3032 after 1pm

ELDERLY WOMAN looking for
a good running car, prefer 4
door and small. Under
$1000 (863)801-4083


Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
'- 'Poultry/Supplies 860
Flowers 865

HORSE 12yr old, Beautiful
Reg. QH Mare, 15.3hds, bay
w/2 socks. Knows a lot, but
is in need of some extra
training, and I just do not
have the time. $800/or best
offer. (904)673-5371

Bush Hog 3.0, model 762H,
with outriggers, little use.
$3000 (772)285-8405

Husky Riding Lawn Mower-
2002, needs some work and
a battery, red, $150
JOHN DEERE Good condi-
tion, as is. $400 or best offer
'06 42" DECK 7, SPEED,
17.5 HP BRIGGS $500.


Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Property 915
Townhouses Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property.
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960

Lg. 2BR Apt. close to town,.
central a/c, nice & clean,
$850 + sec. dep. Call Vikki
OKEE., 2br, lba CBS, New
kitchen & paint. Laundry. No
pets. $650/mo. + $500 sec.
dep. Call 772-215-0098
ON RIM CANAL of Lake Okee-
chobee: 1br, furnished,
screened porch, utils incl'd.
$165/week. (772)359-1640
Ba. Available now! Very
clean, no pets. $525 mo. +
sec. (863)467-1717
REMODELED 2br, 1ba, one
story. Oak Lake Apts., W/D,
$750, 1st, last, security,
pets, non-smkg. env., 12
mo. lease, $700 mo. For info
call (863)634-7489

KING'S BAY, 2/1, Pool, Ten-
nis, etc. Nice! $950 mo. +
sec. Includes water, electric,
cable.. 863-697-6428

Rifouse -Ren t09 '

3BR/2BA Foreclosure!
$16,100! Only $199/Mo! 5%
down 20 years @ 8% apr.
Buy, 4/BR $259/Mo! For list-
ings (800)366-9783 Ext
BASSWOOD 3br, 2ba, 2 car
garage, $1100/mo,
CBS Home. W&D. Nice yard.
$750 mo. + sec. & ref's.
Call Don (954)290-0861
IN TOWN Clean 2BR, 2BA,
new appliances, laundry room
w/W&D, screen porch, lawn
serv. Non-smk. env., Small pet
ok. $800 mo. + $500 sec.
Tiled living room, carport.
$1,000/mo. Lawrence
Associates, 1-800-543-2495
plex, W/D hookup, central
a/c & heat. $725 mo. +
$500 sec. (863)763-4414
OKEE 3405 NW 2nd St, 2br,
lba, totally renovated, locat-
ed on corner lot, $650/mo +
$650 dep (239)707-5155
newly renovated, new septic
system, detached garage,
corner lot, 1310 SE 5th St.
$750 mo. + $750 sec. Op-
tion to buy. (239)707-5155
BA, Modern w/boat dock.
Rent neg. 772-359-1640
Rent to Own 4/2
$1000 mo. new, ready now.
863-599-0156 or
Rent to Own All credit con-
sidered, brand new const.,
3BR, 4BR & 2BA homes.
Starting at $945 mo.
Venice New 1 and 2 bed-
room homes from $900 per
month in active lifestyle
community with waterfront
sites, resort amenities, on-
site activities and events.
your backyard! 4BR/2BA,
Boat ramp. $1,300/month.
Lawrence Associates,

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 100E
Commercial ,
Property Sale 101C
Townhouses Sale101 E
Farms Sale 102C
Houses Sale 102E
Hunting Property 103C
Property Sale 103E
Land Sale 104C
Lots Sale 104,
Open House 105C
Out of State -
Property -Sale 105E
Property Inspection106(
Real Estate Wanted 106E
Resort Property -
Sale 107C
Warehouse Space 107E
Waterfront Property 1 08C

br, across form the Lake in
The Oaks subdivision. Huge
500 sq ft master br and spa-
cious bath. You design the
kitchen/pantry. Great garden
space & soil. $185,000 all
credit considered.
Taylor Creek 3/2, 2 car gar-
age, shed, selling due to ill-
ness, $180,000 or best
offer. (561)307-7926

2 homes on 12 acres, stocked
ponds, RV hook-ups, Lots of
extras, Okeechobee Real Es-
tate $195,000 (863)467-0023

35+ Acres from $34,900 First
Come, First Served Saturday,
October 4, 2008 Southern
Colorado ranches Excellent
financing available Call for
your private property tour
(866)696-5263 x4576.
East Tennessee affordable
lake lots and homes minutes
from the Great Smoky Moun-
tains on pristine Norris Lake,
Call Lakeside Realty
@(888)291-5253 or visit
Lakefront living at its finest.
Homesites available nestled
in the mountains of NC along
150 miles of shoreline. 30%
discounts for limited time
with great view, very private,
big trees, waterfalls & large
public lake nearby, $49,500
call now (866)789-8535.
Rocky Mountain Log Cabin
35+ Acres w/ Log cabin
$289,900 Access to 1,000's
acres of Federal Rec. Land.
Private setting w/ Ponderosa
Pines. Minutes to world-
class fishing & hunting. 1
Hour to skiing. Call
(866)OWN-LAND x4264.
Owner sacrifice!!! Drop dead
gorgeous Marshfront. My
neighbor paid $389,900. I'll
sell mine for less than the
bank repo's. My six figure
los s is your gain $229,900.
Call: (888)306-4734.

South Carolina low country
Hunting/Recreation Tracts
for sale. Close to 1-95 in
Bamberg CO. Peaceful/se-
cluded and loaded with deer,
turkey, hogs and timber val-
ue too.
Oac-730ac- all on the Little
Salkahatchie river. Roads,
game plots, stands new
Ready to hunt. Priced below
market!! Call Now
S803)826-6033 (Brokers
protected .

Mobile Homes

Mobile Home Lots 2C
Mobile Home Parts 20
Mobile Homes Rent 20
Mobile Homes Sale 20


furnished or unfurnished.
$750 mo. + sec. dep. &
refs. (863)824-0981
1BR/1BA Nice Area
1st, Last & Security
$650 imo.
OKEECHOBEE: Nice, 2br/lba,
$500/mo + 1st, Last & Sec.
Dep. In town. No pets. Call
3br/1.5ba, $550/mo + 1st,
Last & Sec. Dep. In town. No
pets. Call (863)763-6232
2 & 3 Bedrooms
Immediate Occupancy
As Low as $1,000 Down
$535 mo.
Lake access, quiet area. No
pets. $650/mo., 1st, last &
sec. dep. (561)743-4331

Mobile Home Angels
3BR, walk-in closets, 2BA,
den, LR, DR, appls, ceiling
fans, roof-over, covered
front/back porches, CA/H,
fenced back yard, pole barn,
2 car driveway, 1 car
carport, located at 4232 SE
22nd Court,Treasure Island,
$4-24,000. $114,900 Call
863-467-7911 for appt.
2009 3BR/2BA Doublewide
$43,200 Set-up & A/C
2009 4BR/2BA
$50,900 Set-up & A/C
Easy Financing
3BR/2BA Doublewide
$695 mo. Easy Financing



Boats 3(
Campers/RVs 3C
Jet Skiis 3C
Marine Accessories 3(
Marine Miscellaneous 3C
Motorcycles 3C
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3C

AIR BOAT & TRLR 13', 150
Lycoming, Polymer on bot-
tom, runs great, sips gas,
$4200 neg (863)532-0902
40HP Suzuki OB, $1500 or
best offer (863)634-2684
BASS BOAT 16'/2', 4 seats,
150 hp-needs work & 90 hp
Evinrude good. Good body
& trlr $3,000 (863)447-3010
BASS BOAT 17ft, Ranger,
1976, 85hp Merc, motor
guide, depth finders, runs
great $1800 (561)573-3499
GHEENOE 152 Ft w/25hp, To-
hatasu Engine, Stick Steer-
ing, Trolling motor & Trailer.
$3000 239-823-2587
Merc OB, 33hp engine, ask-
ing $1200 or best offer
TROLL MOTOR Minnkota 65,
28 Ib thrust, 5 speed, works
good, good condition, $80

CAMPER, Coachman 1988 -
$2,000 or best offer. See at
4683 Derby Lane or call
Motor home, sleeps 6, full
bath, $3,000/best offer. Call
RV CAMPER 03, 20ft,
towable, like new, AC, appls,
all hookups, walk in shower,
$3500 (772)342-7304
at 15,000+ Cus-
tomers Daily. 40,000+ Pri-
vate and Dealer Listings Serving the
RV Trader since 1999.

FIFTH WHEEL '92 Carriage,
triple axle, slide out, every-
thing works, nice shape,
$4950 (863)697-1493

6354 Marine Engine, 140 HP
$2000. (863)234-1338
ern Lights 8.5 KW diesel Ma-
rine Generator $1500.

KAWASAKI '05 Dual Sport,
looks & runs like new.
$3000 or best offer
Ft., New: tires, bearings &
running lights. Single track w
/ramp. $295 (863)805-2869

EZGO ELEC 1981 3 Wheel,
Runs good, Good Batt, & lights $600.
EZGO ELEC 2002 Good
cond, CHG.Lights, win, good
tires, green $1400.
'2000, New tires, Green,
New winch. $1000 neg.
TIRES & RIMS Mudvilla, 27",
for 4 wheeler, like new or
trade for '91 Ford lift, $600.
200cc, low miles, excellent
condition. $1600

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1979 RV Nice condition
w/appliances! You move!
$2000/neg. (561)670-6371
3 6 F R S
1NL1GTT2251060565) -
005 Gulfstream Travel Trail-
er, sleeps 5 comfortably and
up to 7 sleepers. Has small
kitchen, bathroom, dining
and louging areas. Needs
minor work vehicle is sold as
is. Purchaser must remove
vehicle from premesis after
sales. $4995.
5 6 1 ) 8 8 9 2 9 1 1
AIRSTREAM '57 $4000 or
best offer (239)243-5844


Automobiles 4C
Autos Wanted 4C
Classic Cars 4C
Commercial Trucks 4C
Equipment 4C
Foreign Cars 4C
Four Wheel Drive 4C
Heavy Duty Trucks 4C
Parts Repairs 4C
Pickup Trucks 4C
Sport Utility 4C
Tractor Trailers 4C
Utility Trailers 4C
Vans 4C


93' Camero- looks good,
black, automatic, needs a
head gasket, $1500
(863)763-7609 Okeechobee
ARTIC CAT -'05, 650 V-twin,
new top end, $4000 firm. To
see visit 444 NE 64th Ave.
Four Seasons
Cadillac Eldorado '88, runs
good. $1500 OBO
(863) 673-3032 LaBelle
CHEVROLET Select 94 van
350 engine with wheel chair
lift body fair condition runs
good no ac $1500/or best
offer. (863)634-9433
well. $500 (863)612-0992
INFINITI Q45 1996- Silver in-
finiti, no title you could apply
for lost title, very clean interi-
orleather seats, minor
scratches on the outside, no
radio, a/c works excellent.
very nice car must sell for
something bigger expecting
a new baby in November. Air
bags, alloy whls. V-6
$2000/or best offer.
Plymouth Voyager- 99', cold
a/c, 106,000 miles, runs
great, cruise, Asking $1800
(863) 634-3291 Anytime
Police Impounds for Sale! 92
Honda Accord $600! 93
Acura Legend $750!! For
listings call (800)366-9813
Ext 9271.
Pontiac Grand Am 02'- V6,
runs great, looks good, AC,
CD player, PW, PL $4500
firm (863)763-7609 Okee
5 spd, good on gas, runs
great. $1800 or best offer
AC, asking $1550 "as is" or
best offer (863)697-9005 or
(863)532-0189 Anytime

4X4, Orig. 6 cyl. Tornado en-
gine. $4500 please call

351 motor, classic, $4,000
or best offer. Call
4WD, leather interior, good
condition, $3,500. Call

3500 gal Poly Tank, 360
gas, 5 speed, single ax-
le,$4750 (239)543-5887

CAMPER TOP for 2000 -
2005 Dodge 1500. Red.
Really good shape. $200 or
best offer. (863)634-1423
glass, For full size long bed
pickup. Snug Top. 3 Win-
dows. $500 (863)697-2032
ENGINE 350 fuel injected.
$1500 Call Zuma @
ENGINE from Lincoln Mark
VII '92, 5.0, V8, auto., low
miles. you pull. Fits Mustang
too! $500 (863)675-7105
HI-LOW 8K $300/neg.
RIMS rims with used fires for
95 Toyota. $150/or best of-
fer. (863)467-6621
STEP BARS For Reg. Cab
Chevy. Stainless Steel &
Chrome. Off 2003 Chevy
2500. $150 (513)266-7134
TIRES & WHEELS (4) Cadil-
lac Escallade '07, chrome al-
loy, P265/65/R18. very nice
$800 (863)763-0944
TRAILER TIRE Slightly used.
$50 (863)467-1547 or
C6, electric, $400. Call
863-634-1343 after 5pm
TRUCK MOTOR Ford straight
6, 300, tranny & t-case,
$500 or trade for Chevy mtr
& tranny. (561)307-7926
TRUCK RiMS I(4)-18", alumi-
num Ford, 6 lug, all hard-
ware included. $400 or best
offer (863)634-1545
TRUCK TIRES (2) Discover
Cooper, LT 285/75/R16. $50
for both. (863)763-5163
USED Truck Tires (4) BF
Goodwrench A/T's,
285/70/17, 8 ply, 50 percent
tread. $100. (561)261-6421

CHEVY S10 Pick Up '94, 4 cyl,
5 spd., New A/C & Other
new parts. 1 Owner. $2250
(863)357-2233 Okee area.
DODGE RAM '89 4x4, Red &
Black, 380 V8, new Edelb-
rock carb. good for mudding
$700 (863)467-9621
ext. cab, cold a/c, cd, runs
good, 52500 or best offer.
FORD F150 '77 4x4, monster
truck, all completed, every-
thing new, $5000
FORD F150 '89 4 wheel
drive. $1800 (863)675-4759
MAZDA B2600 1989 Air
bags, 4-wd, a/c, 5-spd,Blue
$2000/neg. (863)509-8347

factory camo. paint, 2,321
mi., $4,500. 863-675-6904

7x12, with mesh ramp, $650
or best offer (772)597-5900
Size 530-12. $40
axle, fold down ramp, good
cond. $750/or best offer.

Color TV/VCR, runs great,
lots of new parts,
$4,000/neg. 863-675- 438
dow van, 6 cyl, cold air,
$2800 (863)357-1075
good mileage, good condi-
tion, 1 owner, $5000

Public Notices

Public Notice 5(
State Public -
Legal Notice 5E


CASE NO. 2007 CA 456
GEORGE VARGHESE, et ux, elal.,

to a Final Judgment o1 Foreclosure
dated June 10, 2008, entered by the
Circuit Court of Okeeclobee County,
Florida, in that certain case, the docket
number of which is 2007 CA 456,
wherein NATIONAL CITY BANK, etc, is
tihe Plaunili, and GEORGE VARGHESE,
et ux, e al arc Defeodanls, I, SHHAR-
ON ROBERTSON. Cleik of Circuit
Conl I. will, oin the 151th day ol October,
2008, at 11 00 o'clock A M or as
soon Ithelealor as the sale may Ibe
dil, sl th highlesl ndt best ild-
tolei i cash in the JLry Assemnbly
inmoIn 2nd Floor, of tihe Okeechobee
County Judicial Centr, 3112 N.W 3:d i
Street Oikeechiobeeo. Iolda, the tn-
towin i described leal estate, sulurt ,
being in Okeechobee

'Pacel A ol KINGS B"'.' ..r,,, it 1,
, i i h, h re cords

Any person claiming al interest in ltie
surplus from tile sale, i any, other
S,,, ,, ,, ,,, , .. . f th e dale
', I i a clahi

1 rIrrlIirrn: CLERK

290I16I ON 9/10,17/08

I Pulc o ice

CASE NO,: 2008-CA-419
CORPORATION, and any unknown
heirs, devisees, grantees, creditors,
and other unknown persons or un-
known spouses claiming by, through
and under any of the above-named
3101 N.W 37th Ave
Okeechobee, FL 34972
3144 NW 37th Ave.
Okeechobee, FL 34972
3578 N.W 36 Ave.
Okeechobee, FL 34972
2692 N W. 361h Ave.
Okeechobee, FL 34972
3783 N.W 191h Ave
Okeechliobee, FL 34972
And any unknown heirs, devisees, grant-
ees, creditors and other unknown per-
sons or unknown spouses claiming
by, through and under the above-
named Defendant(s). if decreased or
whose last known addresses are un-
tion to foreclose Mortgage covering
the following real and personal proper-
ty described as follows, to-wit
Lot 28, Block 53, BASSWOOD, UNIT
NO 5, according to the plat thereof re-
corded in Plat Book 3, Page 51, Public
Records of Okeechobee County. Flori-
has been filed against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your wntl-
ten defenses, if any, to it on Erin
Amate Zebell, Bufer & Hosch, PA.
3185 South Conway Road, Suite E,
Odrando, Flonda 32812 and file the
original with the Clerk of the above-
styled Court on or before 30 days from
the first publication, otherwise a Judg-
ment may be entered against you for
the relief demanded in the Complaint
WITNESS my hand and seal of said Court
on the 29th day of August. 2008.
In accordance with the Amencans with
ODisabilities Act. persons needing a
special accommodation to participate
in this proceeding should contact
Court Administration no later than sev-
en (7) days pror to proceeding, 250
NW Country Club rnbe, Port St Lucire
Flonda 34986, 1-772-807-4370 within
two working days of you receipt of this
PAIRED CALL 1-800-955-8771 IF
By Kathy Arnold
Deputy Clerk
289982 ON 9 10.17/08
CASE NO.: 2008-CP-172
IN RE The Estate of
(Summary Administration)
You irie Ilhreby notlhedi tat an Oi det of
Summary Administration may be en-
tered in the Estate of WILLODEAN
ALET. Deceased, Case Number 2008-
CP-172, by the Circuit Court for Okee-
chobee County, Flonda. Probate Divi-
sion, the address ol which is 312 NW
3rd Street, Suite 125, Okeechobee,
Florda 34972: that the total value of
the estate subject to administration in
tins state, less the value of exempt
property is estimated at $8,924.34,
and that the names and addresses of
those to whom it is sought to be as-
signed by such order are:
Delinda Kann Ammons. 2257 NW 6th
Street. Okeechobee. FL 34972 (per-
sonal representative fees)
Buxton Funeral Home, Inc., 110 NE 5th
Street, Okeechobee, Fl 34972 (funeral
Cassels & McCall, PO Box 968, Okee-
chobee, FL 34973 ( attorney fees and
All creditors of the e state of the dece-
dent and other persons having claims
or demands against the estate of the
decedent other than those listed above
must file their claims with this Court
The date ol the first publication of this
Notice is 9/10/2008
2257 NW 6tt Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972
Law Office of
Attorney for Petitioner
O. Box 968
Okeechobee, FL 34973
lorida Bar No 0261521
290315 ON 9/10,17/2008

Last known address: 4609 SE 27th St,
Okeechobee, FL 34974
Current Residence Unknown
ast known address 4609 SE 27th St.
Ikeechiobee, FL 31974
Current residence unknown
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for
Foreclosure of Mortgage on the follow-
ing described property
JIDE MH ID#HMLCY28040912954A &
as been filed against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your wnt-
ten defenses, if any, to it, on Marshall
C Watson, oA.t Aoorney lor Plailh,
whose iddiess is 1800 NW 40th
DALE FL 33309 within tinrty (30) days
alter thie first publication of this Notice
in tie (Please publish in OKEECHOBEE
NEWS) and l eile t trigital with Ito
Cgnk rut tIis Courl either bere service

onil Plainifs attorney 0r riiiienmlialely
thereafter, otherwise a dela lt will be
n ,' -,I 1 .. n,-, I-, the roller de-
1 accordance with the Ameircans with
Disabilities Act ol 1990 AIDA disabled
persons who, because of i their
disabiities need special accommoda-
-, v, ii .. l, ,,,ij o
-1n -I-,,, ,h I ,, i

VITNESS my hand and the seal of this
Cowl] this 2611(l day of Agusist, 2008
Sharon Robertson
As Clerk of the Court'
By Kathy Arrold
As Deputy Clerk

289853 ON 9/3 10/08

I Pbic Notice

VS CASE NO 08 000169 CA
Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to a
Final Summary Judgment of Foreclo-
sure entered in tire above-styled
cause, in the Circuit Court of Okeecho-
bee County, Florida, I will sell the prop-
erty situate in Okeechobee County,
Florida, described as.
7428 NW 87th Court
Okeechobee, FL 34972
at public sale, to the highest and best
bidder, for cash, in the Jury Assembly
Room of the Okeechobee County Judi-
cial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, 2nd
Floor, Suite 257, Okeechobee, FL
34972 at 11,00 o'clock, AM., on
DATED THIS 25th day of Aug.. 2008.
Any person claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, if any, other
than the property owner as of the date
of the lis pendens, must flie a claim
within 60 days aRfter the sale.
Witness, my hand and seal of this court
on the 25th day of Aug., 2008.
Clerk of the Circuit Court
Deputy Clerk
In accordance with the American with
Disabilities Act of 1990,. persons
needing a special accommodation to
participate In this proceeding should
contact the ASA Coordinator no later
than seven (7) days prior to the pro-
ceedings. If hearing impaired, please
call (800) 935-9771 (IDD) or
(800) 955-8770 (voice), via Florida
Relay Service,
289858 ON 9/3.10/08
Galaxy Warehouses, 3050 S W. 3rd Ter-
race, Okeechobee FL, will be conduct-
ing a public sale or otherwise dispose
of contents of the following units to
satisfy the delinquent storage lien. This
ad place in accordance with Florida
Statutes 1985 Section 83.806
Units To Be Sold Are: Unt #
Taldana Robinson 103
James Wi lcox 147
Disposition will take place at Galaxy
Warehouses at the above address on
Thursday, September 25, 2008 at 8.00
The Office is located at the same ad-
dress. 863-763-5044.
Items for sale include miscellaneous
household items, office equipment
toys and tools Open door sale Cash
only A $20 00 cleaning deposit til be
taken ind wl l be refunded wien unet
has been cleaned out
290770 ON 9'10.1708S

Okee Warehouses, 2671 Highway 70
West, Okeechobee, FL, will be con-
ducting a public sale or otherwise dis-
pose of contents of the following units
to satisfy the delinquent storage lien
This ad placed in accordance with
Flonda Statutes 1985, Section 83.806
Brenda Lee Banks 7-21
.,,, i.r. 9-33
," is. ,i, 6-07
Thaddius Henderson 7-17
Rosita Martinez 6-18. 7-01
Danielle McMillan 7-25
James Momson 1-14,1-15
Sidonio Palmeida 7-19
Eadene Spiller 9-05
Telia Torres/Buck 7-38
Robert Vaughn 5-22
Shane Williams 8-40
Sale will be conducted at Okee Ware-
houses at the above address on
Thursday. September 25, 2008 at 9:00
The office is located at Galaxy Ware-
houses, 3050 S.W. 3rd Terrace, Okee-
chobee. 863-467-2588.
Items for disposition include miscellane-
ous household items, office equip-
ment, toys and tools.
240551 ON 9/28:10/5/07

Public Auction will be held at Johns Tow-
ing Service storage lot located at 704
Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee,
Ronda 34972 on SEPTEMBER 26,
2008, at 9:00 A.M Pursuant to Flonda
Statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and
S i. .. r, make, model

1993 Saturn S Series
1997 Dodge Ram Van
Terms of sale are cash, and no checks
will be accepted Selle reserves the
right oh hnal bid, ALL SALES ARE FI-
Said automobiles will be sold in As Is"

Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise your
yard sale In the classi-
fleds and make your
clean un a breeze

The most important
20 minutes of your day
is the time spent reading
with your child from
birth to age nine.

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18eca Noi

AS TL The Parenting
CASTLE Professionals
Support our fight for the prevention of child abuse
Call (863) 467-7771

Full Tim

Lawn Maintenance Foreman
Spanish/English, exp.
helpful, clean FL Drivers
License. (772)460-1539
ft., brand new, $350. Call
STOVE, GE Brand new, elec-
tric, $300 or best offer. Call

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We Buy Scrap Gold,

Silver and Coins

Elliot's Pawn Shop
419 W S Park St (863) 763-5553

old, red, $600 or best offer.
Call 863-467-6122 or


2/2 fenced yard, W/DIFLS 1895/ or
Furnished includes utilities *1295

Key West fumished studio cottage
on Taylor Creek 1750 FLS/I or short
term includes utilities *1095

2/1 furnished, FLS S795/ or short
term includes utilities 11150

4 bd/2ba CBS, tile i
floors architectural
shingles, dbl. garage,

Ready now
Financing Available



863-357- 2032313

CBC125170 CMCI249343 CFC058088
DODGE RAM, 1986 1 ton du-
ally, flat bed, goose neck,

TOYOTA, 1989 4WD, great
shape, $4,500. Call

How do you find a job In
today's competitive
market? In the employ-
ment section of the clas-

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One man's trash Is anoth-
er man's treasure. Turn
your trash to treasure
wtth an ad In the classl-

Experience Tire Changer/Mechanic
Well established local business

198 US Hwy 98N Okeechobee

Pursuant to Section 287.055, Flonda Statutes, the State of Ronda's Consultants
f % ,., ... and the State Requirements for Educational Facilities
ii i , ,,,, -T ii T i r. .GER (CM) for providing

*(Project I)
To be located atthe IRSC St. Le est amus
500 NW Caliomia Blvd. P St. Lucie. FL 34986
*(Projecl II)
To located at the IRSC Fort Pierce Main Camus
3209 VIrania Avenue. Fort Pierce FL 34981-55R96
*P(Project Ill)
Located at the IHSC F Pierce Main Ca g valus
I.e 0 L iaraGna Avenue. Fort Pierce. FL 34981-5596
*Prolect I will consist of:
Working with the project arc iect the des g pha.e. including value engineering,
the development ao a Gu ant e .te ......... a' M and construction services
for a Classrooa'Lab Facilitry of approximately 50,00a square feet.
"*Prolject II will consist of:
Working with the project architect in the design phase, including value engineering,
tle development of a Guaranteed Macxmnum Price (GMP) and construction services
fora Classroom'Lab Facility of approximately 50,000 square feet.
-Prolect III will consists o:
Working with the project engineer in the design phase, including development of a
Guaranteed Maxinum Price IGMP) and construction services for repairs to the bnck
facia il Buildings "R and T

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Okeechobee News, Wednesday, September 10, 2008 15

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I PbiNo ice

Notice is hereby given that OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, Okeechobee, Florida, will on the
2nd day of October, 2008, at 11:00 A.M., at the office of the Okee-Tantlie Manna
located at 10430 Highway 78 West, Okeechobee, Florida, ofter tar sale arrd sell at
pubic outcry to the highest and best bidder for cash, the following described
property, to-wit
1993 Catamaran Registration No. FL7453HV
owned by Geraldine A. Bertram, pursuant to possessory lien upon the above-de-
scnbedvessel for dockage ees and expenses necessary for preservation of the
vessel and for expenses reasonably incurred or to be incurred in the sale of the
vessel. The vessel may be examined at the Okee-Tantre Manna.
1985 Gibson Houseboat Registration No. FL6039LD
owned by Carolyn J. Schillig, pursuant to possessory lien upon the above-described
vessel for dockage fees and expenses necessary forpreservation of the vessel
and for expenses reasonably incurred or to be incurred in the sale of the vessel.
The vessel may be examined at the Okee-Tantie Mana.
WITNESS my hand and the official seal of said Court, this 5th day of September,
Okeechobee County Attorney
Florda Bar No.: 261521
Post Office Box 968
Okeechobee, Florida 34973-0968
863-763-3131- phone
863-763-1031 fax
290872 ON 09/10,17/08

Sealed bids will be received by the Operations Office of THE SCHOOL BOARD OF
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, 938 NE 34th Street. Okeechobee, Flonda
34972 up to 10:00 a.m. October 2, 2008 for all materials and labor necessary for
Call Barn Replacement
Okeechobee High School
2800 Highway 441 N
Okeechobee, Florida 34972
Plans and specifications are on file in the office of:
Dale Barrett, Director of Operations
938 NW 34th Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972
863-462-5083, e. 203
BMK Archtects. Inc.
323 Central Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236
Copies of said plans and specifications may be obtained at the office of said Archi-
tect or the office of Dale Barrett, upon the deposit of $50.00 for one set of plans
and specifications; said deposit will be returned to the contractor upon return of
said plans and specifications in good condition, and upon receipt of a bona fide
f Each bid shall be accompanied by the following:
" List of Sub-Bidders with whom the contractor will sub-contract work in connec-
bon with this project.
Bid Bond in the amount of 5% of the maximum bid, payable to the School Board
of Okeechobee County, as evidence of good faith and guaranteeing that the suc-
cessful bidder will execute and furish to the School Board of Okeechobee County
a good and sufficient performance bond as required by Florida Statute Section
1013.47 in the penal sum of 100% of the. escalated amount of the contact guar-
anteeing the performance of said contract.
Failure to provide any of the documents out-
lined above will be grounds for re-
fection of the bid.
Al bids shall be placed in an envelope, sealed, and addressed to the School Board
of Okeechobee County, and the name of the project should be placed on the out-
side of the envelope and words indicating that the envelope contains a bid for said
MANDATORY PRE-BID CONFERENCE: Thursday, September 25, 2008, 10:00 a.m.,
prevailing time at the office of Dale Barrett, Director of Operations, 938 NW 34th
Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972. The following documents shall accompany the
Owner/Contractor Agreement:
Payment Bond as required by Section 1013.45 and 255.05, Florida Statutes,
# guaranteeing the payment of all debts pertaining thereto. Each bond shall be is-
sued by a surety company licensed and authorized to do business in the State of
Forida having a general bond holder's rating of A+- excellent and a financial rat-
ing of BBB+ or better in Flonda satisfactory to the Owner, within ten (10) days al-
ter being awarded the contract, the premiums of said bonds to be paid by the
Contractor. Said bonds to be recorded in accordance with School Board instruc-
Public Entity Crimes sworn statement under Section 287.133(3)(a), Florida Stat-
Drug Free Workplace Certification.
Trench Safety Affidavit, i applicable.
Signature Acknowledgement of the Jessica Lunsford Act, Section 1012.465,
orida Statutes.
The Contractor will be required to have the project substantially completed within
nine (9) months of Notice of Proceed and have the punch list items and site
cleanup, totally completed within 30 days thereafter. Failure to do so will result in
liquidated damages in the amount of $500.00 per day for each day the date of ac-
tual substantial completion exceeds the scheduled date of substantial completion;
and a further sum of $100.00 per calendar day in liquidated damages for each
day the date of actual final completion exceeds the scheduled date of final com-
The successful bidder, if any, will be notified within 15 days after the bid is accept-
The School Board of Okeechobee County reserves the nght to reject any and all bids
and to waive any informalties. All proposals shall remain in force for 30 days af-
ter the date of opening.
By: Patrcia G. Cooper, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools
289312 ON 9/3,10,17/08R

The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will convene a public
hearing to consider adoption of the tentative county budgets) and village rates)
for fiscal year 2008/2009 on Monday, September 15, 2008 at 5:01 p.m. in the
County Commission Chambers, Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd
Street, Okeechobee, Honda.
Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commis-
sioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need a record of
the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she will need to ensure that a
verbatim record of such proceedings is made, which record shall include the tes-
timony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
SIn accordance with the Americans with Oisabilties Act (ADA) and aFlonda Statute
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Lynn Shain or Betsy Sheffield, no later than two
(2) working days prior to the proceeding at 863-763-2131, ext. 2111. If you are
hearing or voice impaired, call TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620
Clif Boetts Jr., Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
290935 ON 9/10/08
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By Chauna Aguilar ma
Okeechobee News of!
Rotarians were visited by het
their District Governor Betsy an
Owen and Assistant District par
Governor Bill Furst at their
weekly luncheon on Tuesday, wil
Sept. 9. They were given her vi- m
sion for the district and a brief be
history of herself and what Ro- to
tary does for the world. chi
Mrs. Owen was born in Pen- be
sacola and from the age of one, wh
she grew up in Miami where up
she attended school and raced to
sail boats. rec
She attended Emory Uni- ven
versity where she received
her Bachelor's in English and ogi
minor in art history. She had en(
a 42-year teaching career. She the
taught, English and photojour- en(
nalism mass/media to junior disi
high school, high school and tod
college students.
She has since retired and 30,0
has taken her position as the wo
District 6930 Governor head on abl
with her upbeat lively personal- hoc
ity. or
In true Rotarian form she
has ties to their key project to wh
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through personal ties -- she is a tak
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as well as go door-to-door
make sure that all children
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Rotary International has rec-
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d polio is on the horizon and
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ded by 2010, it is not the only
ease hurting our children
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rid die everyday of prevent-
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even child abuse.
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visits Rotary Club

which is amicable
activities more than
rn areas.
ne goal of the dis-
ach club take a
.st trying to lessen
mortality rate in their
h a local project.
has many differ-
for Rotarians and
is to get involved
he year. Donations
straight to helping

do good in the world. Admin-
istrative costs are strictly paid
from only a portion of interest
earned by Rotary.
Rotarians meet on Tuesdays
at the Golden Corral at noon.
On the last Tuesday of the
month they are now having an
evening social where they will
be going to various locations in
the community.
Their first Rotary evening
will be held on Tuesday. SeDt.

30, at the Okeechobee County
Supervisor of Elections Office
at 6 p.m. where they will hold a
mock election and learn more
about the election process.
For more information visit or just
stop by a meeting.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.
corn. Reporter Chauna Aguilar
can be reached at cagullar@

uKeecnooee Iews/Unaunaa Agunar
resident Maureen Budjinski (center) and other Rotarians heard from Rotar-
Governor Betsy Owen (left) and Assistant Governor Bill Furst (right) at their
;heon about Rotary and what the district plans are for the coming year.

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ing a 9/11 program on tele-
vision. A reminder of how
the nation of Islam and their
extremist beliefs devastated
our country. A reminder that
should never go away and an
incident that should have nev-
er happened. I hope and pray
that our next president does
not forget this. We must not
forget these people want us
all dead and will stop at noth-
ing until they achieve their
goal. Most importantly, we
must not forget the people
who died that day and never
forget we too can become the
persons) in the wrong place
at the wrong time.
BLOOD: On Sept. 11,
2001, as soon as the news
sunk in, I thought, 'what can
I do?' And I went to the blood
bank to see if they needed do-
nations. And it made my heart
glad to see there was a line
of people out the door with
the same intent. So I think it
would be great if we would
all give blood in memory of
that day. Maybe we could
save some lives in memory of
those lost.
BE ALERT: I will never
forget where I was when I
watched on TV the second
plane hitting. Life changed
for everyone that day. I cur-
rently study Islamic extremist
and terrorism. It is important
to know your enemy and
how they think. I attend as
many classes, seminars and
training in this field now as
it is our future. You would be
surprised on how they think,
how many extremists are
here even in our little coun-
ties and how easy it is to rec-
ognize radicals. The history
behind Islam is fascinating
when it affects our everyday
life. It gives you a better un-
derstanding on their ideology.
I may never have to use the
education in my lifetime but
at least people can know that
I'm on the front line and I'm
always looking for the signs
of radicals. Don't change your
life -- just always be alert to
your surroundings.
was in seventh Grade, Os-
ceola Middle School, com-
ing from History class going
to science when my science
teacher hurried us all in and
the news was on. Two build-
ings were on fire. I had no
idea what it meant at the
time because I was like 12
or something, but about a
month later it sunk in.

Sept. 11, 2001, I was at work
at the time and immediately
left work, like everyone else
did that day, and went home
to my family. My kids were
S young and it was hard to ex-
plain it to them.
I remember it well myself. I
had a satellite business then
and was in an attic when my
tech and I heard it go over the
"Bob and Tom Show." First it
Sounded like a skit, but then
they came back and said
another plane flew into the
other building. I immediately
left the job in Lake Placid and
flew to my shop. We sat in
horror that dreadful day see-
ing the image that has burned

deep in my mind. It will never
be forgotten. But yet we still
give grants to foreigners to
start their business but the
poor ole American boy can't
get nothing.
REMEMBER: On 9-11, I
was at work with some family
members, when we saw this
on the news live. My mouth
just dropped open and I was
speechless for a few min-
utes. I jumped in my car and
went to the school to get my
daughter. I went home, sat
and cried for the families who
had lost their loved ones. I am
hopeful our next president
will have the guts to stand up
for us, not hide in a corner, I
have my doubts with one, but
I know the other will stand
up for us in this time of need
without hesitation.
ANSWERS: I remember
when the planes hit the tow-
er. I went to my church and it
was full of other people like
me, looking for answers or
comfort and we just prayed
there in silence.
home when the initial report
came over the TV. I listened
as I drove to Scotty's. When I
got there no one knew yet so I
told them. Someone brought
the TV down from the break
room and we set it up at Cus-
tomer Service. We could have
closed the doors for the day
as cashiers stood at registers
with no customers. If we had
a customer come through the
door, as I recall, they were
unaware of what had hap-
pened and as soon as they
got the news all interest in a
project was gone and they
left. I assume, like the rest of
us, they checked in with fam-
ily members right away. That
was something many were
just compelled to do. It was
important to hear their voices
and know they were OK. The
world as we knew it changed
that day.
At that time I was a depart-
ment manager at lovely Wal-
Mart and we, my mother and
father, and all the other de-
partment managers were at a
training in Jupiter. My parents
are department managers
there for over 15 years as well.
my father was singing the Na-
tional Anthem to begin the
meeting and during the song
he got flustered and messed
up the words a bit. Come to
find out the time when he
messed up was about the
same time that the first plane
hit the World Trade Center.
never forget that day. I was
at work when the first plane
hit the tower, and someone
heard about it on the radio.
We turned on the TV and
were watching the coverage
when the second plane hit.
The announcer had his back
to the tower and was talking
about the first plane when
the second plane hit. The au-
dience knew about it before
he did. The camera crew told
him to turn around and look
and he couldn't stay all calm
and collected.
TEARS: I remember what
happened after the planes hit.
There was a plea from a Red
Cross program on television.
My family was quietly watch-
ing the coverage and my little
girl, who was only nine years
old, went into her room. She

came back out with the birth-
day money she had received
from her grandparents and
aunts. She asked if we would
give it to the Red Cross for her.
And I remember I hugged her
and I couldn't stop crying.
We where stationed in Ports-
mouth, Va. during that tim ...
Kids weren't allowed outside
for about two weeks. No one
was allowed in without prop-
er I.D. and searched. No cars
were allowed on base or off.
Parents had to walk to come
get their children. It was a
state of panic. .. Of course my
husband's ship shipped out
within the next 24 hours and
the next few months for me
was a nightmare. There were
tearful and worried moments
up in there. Heart clenching
phone calls from the ombuds-
men and hours/days glued
to CNN. I know how it feels
to be a dependent and not
know if when your loved one
leaves, how are they returning
home to you. My heart goes
out to all who have served,
lost their lives for our country,
their families and who are still
serving today.
FLY THE FLAG: I had just
arrived in Seattle and had only
been there four days when
this tragic attack occurred. I
was awakened by my room-
mate who was screaming.
Every year I pray for those
who lost their lives and for the
families who were left behind
to pick up the pieces without
their loved ones. I fly the flag
every day in my yard because
I want people to know that I
am an American and I believe
in my country. But more than
that, ever since 9/11/2001, I
have flown the flag every day
in remembrance of those on
that horrific day.
WAR: I was cleaning a
clubhouse that morning. It
was a little after nine o'clock
when one of the ladies came
in and told us what was hap-
pening. I will never forget
what another lady -- a senior
citizen -- said "that means we
are at war." Too bad so many
people have never realized
what it meant.
On Sept.11, 2001, I was at
home on bed rest due to preg-
nancy complications. My hus-
band called to tell me about
a plane that had just flown
into one of the World Trade
Center buildings. I quickly
turned on the TV and was lis-
tening to the reporter when I
was shocked by the sight of a
plane flying into that second
building. Tears started rolling
down my face. I kept think-
ing about the massive loss of
life and wondering what kind
of world my child would be
growing up in.
REMEMBER: I remem-
ber that after Sept. 11, we all
wore flag pins. I remember
that one month after Sept. 11,
2001 on Oct. 11, we marched
in downtown Okeechobee
with flags held high and we
sang every patriotic song we
could think of. I think this
year we should all wear flag
pins or red, white and blue in
honor of the Americans who
died that day. We should nev-
er forget what happened.


16 Okeechobee News, Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Pop Warner travels to win two of three games

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Tiny Mites and Junior
Midget Pop Warner squads were
victorious Saturday when they
traveled to the Treasure Coast for
games against conference oppo-
The Tiny Mites defeated Palm

City 14-7. The Junior Midget de-
feated Jensen Beach 18-0.
The Midget squad lost to Fort
Pierce, 18-0.
The Tiny Mites won a tough
game with their offense and de-
fense both playing strong games.
Lavonte Spivey had a big game
for the Junior Midget team who

won their second consecutive
game. Spivey scored two touch-
downs and had a good day run-
ning the football. Austin Hagan
also grabbed a touchdown pass
from Cade Stokes in the contest.
It was a total team effort on
defense that led to the shutout

The midget squad went up
against a very fast Fort Pierce
squad. Okeechobee played well
in the first half and only trailed
6-0 at the half.
The Fort Pierce speed led to
two big plays in the second half
that led to touchdowns. Okeecho-
bee couldn't get much going on

All five Okeechobee squads
will host games this Saturday at
the Okeechobee sports complex.
The games begin at 11 a.m. and
continue throughout the day. The

Tiny Mites play at 11, the Mitey
Mites at 1 p.m., the Junior Pee
Wee at 3 p.m., the Junior Midget
at 5 p.m. and the Midget at 7 p.m.
All of the teams will meet Port

OHS volleyball team

wins district opener
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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee defeated Lincoln
Park in three straight games, 25-
12, 25-14, and ,
25-22, to win Q
their District 14-
4A opener on
Thursday night. 4'
Rebekah Bry- .
an had 10 digs
to lead the way
for Okeechobee,
(2-0, 1-1). Lin- Megan
coin Park Acad- Clements
emy fell to (1-1,
Megan Clements had a nice
match at the serving line as she
had four aces. Courtney Marker

Bryan Marker
was strong at the net with six kills
and two blocks.
Okeechobee hosted Fort Pierce
Westwood on Tuesday night. The
junior varsity begins at 5:30 and
the varsity match at 6:30 p.m.
The girl's also compete in the
Gator Town Classic in Gainesville
this weekend.

Swim teams open season

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee and nine other
swim teams competed Saturday
in the very competitive Blackman
Invitational Relays at Sebring High
School. The boy's squad finished
ninth out of 10 teams and the
girl's squad finished seventh out
of 10 teams.
Sebring won the boy's divi-
sion with 393 points. Lake Placid
finished second with 374. Lake
Region finished third with 356
points, Hardee had 318, George
Jenkins had 285, and All Saints
of Winter haven had 273, Frost-
proof finished seventh, Lakeland
eighth, Okeechobee ninth, and

Avon Park 10th.
The Okeechobee boys did not
win any.of the events. They fin-
ished with 131 points.
George Jenkins won the girl's
division. Sebring was second,
Lake Placid was third, and All
Saints finished fourth. Lake Re-
gion finished fifth, Hardee sixth,
Okeechobee seventh, Lakeland
eighth, Avon Park ninth and Frost-
proof finished 10th.
Okeechobee earned 235
points. The winner George Jen-
kins earned 528 points in the re-
The swim team travels to Lake
Placid on Thursday afternoon.

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