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Popcorn for sale
Local Cub Scouts and Boy
Scouts will be at various busi-
nesses around town, starting
Sunday, Sept. 28 and will run
every weekend until Oct. 19,
doing their annual Popcorn
Flu season: Don't
wait to vaccinate
The Okeechobee County
Health Department is offering
flu vaccinations through regu-
lar appointments that can be
scheduled by calling 863-462-
5794. Flu season runs from
October through March, often
peaking in February. The cost
of thevaccination is $25. There
is no cost if you are enrolled in
Medicare Part "B". Any Adult
over the age of 18 is eligible
for the immunization. High-
risk patients are encouraged to
get their Flu shots early to af-
ord for the greatest amount of
protection. For more informa-
tion contact the Okeechobee
County Health Department at
Mahoney to visit
The public is invited to meet
with Congressman Tim Ma-
honey in Buckhead Ridge on
Friday, Oct. 10, from 1:30 to 3
p.m. at VFW Post 9528.
Hospice of hosts
Hospice of Okeechobee
presents Boots and Pearls
"Gone Wild," a fundraiser social
event. The event will be held on
Friday, Oct. 10, at Okeechobee
KOA. For more information,
please contact Frank Irby at
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A toll-free legal aid line is
now available for victims of re-
cent hurricanes in Florida. Call
866-550-2929 between 9 a.m.
and 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.
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1759 S. Parrott Ave.
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Management District. Depth
given in feet above sea level
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FEMA help still available
By Pete Gawda
Thankfully, damage to
Okeechobee County from Tropi-
cal Storm Fay was not as bad as
in recent hurricanes. However,
there is still help available for
those who need assistance and
have not already applied. Even
though the Okeechobee Coun-
ty Disaster Recovery Center is
closed, people can still register
for assistance by calling 1-800-
621-FEMA (3362). They can also
go to the St. Lucie County Di-
saster Recovery Center at 3855
South U.S. I in Fort Pierce. It is
open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
The deadline for filing for indi-
vidual assistance from FEMA for
Tropical Storm Fay damages is
If you lost your job or are un-
employed because of Tropical
Storm Fay, you may be eligible
for unemployment compensa-
tion. You can call 1-800-204-2418
or go online to www.floridajobs.
org to apply. The deadline for ap-
plying is Sept. 29.
The Internal Revenue Service
is delaying certain deadlines until
Nov. 17 for taxpayers who reside
or have businesses in disaster
areas. Taxpayers may also qual-
ify to receive refunds from their
2007 taxes because of deductible
disaster related losses. Save all
receipts from disaster related ex-
penses and call 1-800-829-3676
or go online to www.IRS.gov.
There were 295 visits to the
Okeechobee County Disaster
Recovery Center before it closed
on Sept. 7. As of Sept. 24, there
were 40 counties, including
Okeechobee, eligible for public
Heart Gallery: Finding kids a home
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Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Frank Avilla, Children's Home Society adoptions marketing specialist, (left) held up
pictures of children who have found their Forever Family, as community members such
as City Police Chief Denny Davis (right) told of their suess, story.
Children wait to be adopted
By Chauna Aguilar
Local community leaders
and members of various agen-
cies that serve the children of
Okeechobee County gathered
Friday, Sept. 26, at Indian Riv-
*er State College for the grand
opening of the Heart Gallery.
The Heart Gallery of
Okeechobee and the Treasure
Coast is a unique and stirring
traveling photographic exhibit
featuring photos of children
who are waiting to be adopt-
ed. The gallery is a joint effort
of many non-profit organiza-
tions dedicated to increasing
the number of adoptive fami-
lies and heightening public
awareness for children needing
homes in our own community.
The Heart Gallery covers
Okeechobee, Indian River, Mar-
tin and St. Lucie counties and is
transported between the vari-
ous counties throughout the
Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee Children's Services Council executive di-
rector Cathleen Blair (right) received recognition from
the executive director of the Children's Home Society
Lawrence Brooks (left) on behalf 6f her council for their
monetary support of the Heart Gallery.
year at various events.
The display at IRSC Dixon
Hendry Campus, 2229 N.W.
Ninth Ave. will be available for
See Children Page 2
assistance and 23 counties in-
cluding Okeechobee eligible for
individual assistance. FEMA has
approved a total of $11,109,8.31
in individual assistance and
households in all 23 counties.
FEMA provides emergency
rental assistance, temporary
lodging and housing repairs,
helps cover personal property
loss, medical costs and other se-
rious disaster related' expenses
not covered by insurance.
The U.S. Small Business Ad-
ministration (SBA) approves
loans for homeowners, renters,
businesses and nonprofit organi-
zations to repair or replace dam-
aged property. For SBA programs
call 1 800 659-2955 or online
If you have applied to FEMA
for assistance and received a let-
ter saying your request has been
denied, "No" may not mean
"no." Your request could have
been denied because it was in-
correct or incomplete. Some
of the reasons for denial could
include an unreturned disaster
See FEMA Page 2.
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee County might
soon be getting some help
with Tropical Storm Fay related
County administrator Lyn-
don Bonner said he has re-
cently had three conversations
with officials of the National
Resources Conservation Ser-
vices (NRCS), an agency of the
U.S. Department of Agriculture
about providing assistance.
After previous hurricanes
See Grant- Page 2
By Chauna Aguilar
Mary Barber, Miss Okeecho-
bee County Teen USA will be
competing for the title of Miss
Teen Florida USA the week of
Oct. 3-5, 2008 in Hollywood,
Fla. OKMS is hosting her "send-,
off" social at Cottage 111, on
Wednesday, Oct. 1, from 5 p.m.
until 7 p.m. Please come join
them in their celebratory send
off of the first Miss Okeechobee
County Teen USA.
She will be off to Hollywood
with her family for this exciting
The preliminary pageant
Miss Mary Barber
will be held on Saturday, Oct.
4, and the final pageant is on
See Barber Page 2
helps solve thefts
By Charles M. Murphy
Two men fresh out of prison
are in trouble with Okeechobee
authorities, accused of steal-
ing over $3,000 in items from
Brantley's Salvage yard.
The items were sold for scrap
at a local recycler, Okeechobee
County Sheriff Deputies said
Glenn Wagner, 37, of LaBelle
and Jose Fernandez, 31, of Fort
Myers, were both booked on
charges of dealing in stolen
property and grand theft hours
after the thefts.
Mr. Brantley apparently re-
turned to his business Thurs-
day and learned that an an-
tique clothes washer, a bush
hog mower deck and a tandem
axle flatbed trailer were miss-
ing from his facility on South
Parrott Avenue. He went to the
local recycling centers and lo-
cated the stolen property.
A joint operation of the
Okeechobee City Police De-
partment and the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office led to
the arrest of the two men.
Detective Jack Hill of the
Okeech6bee County Sheriff's
Office learned that the two sus-
pects had received $99.20 for
these items. He was notified
when the men returned with
See Local Page 2
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
After discovering some items missing from his business,
Marvin Brantley checked local recycling centers and was
able to locate the stolen property.
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public view until Friday, Oct. 17.
Normal college office hours are:
Moriday tFroui.h Thursday, 8 a.m.
until .'.30 ni ; and Fridays, 8
a,m until 5 p.m.
The Heart Gallery was de-
signed as a recruitment tool for
"hard to place" children available
for adoption by the Children's
Home Society. This event was so
successful that the idea took off,
catching the attention of major
television networks and maga-
zines and other Heart Galleries to
Children in the Heart Gallery
include those that have been re-
moved from their parents due to
neglect, abuse and abandonment.
They are currently in the care of
the Florida foster care system.
In many cases, these children
are 8 years of age or older; part
of a sibling group who wish to
be adopted together; from a mi-
nority or racially mixed heritage;
physically, emotionally or men-
tally challenged; or any combina-
tion of these factors. These factors
make them classified as "hard to
place or adopt."
The children all want and de-
serve a home and a loving, sup-
portive family to call their own and
bring back some sort of normalcy
to their lives. According to Vern
Melvin, the Circuit Administrator
for the Department of Children
and Families, this district has met
every goal for adoptions within
the last few years. Through this
alliance with agencies and other
contributors the chances of these
"hard to adopt" children finding a
Forever Family have doubled.
Mr. Melvin stated when speak-
ing of these children, "They have
survived against extraordinary
odds -- now it is up to us to do our
jobs to find them a home."
Frank Avilla, Children's Home
Society adoptions marketing spe-
cialist, introduced many commu-
nity members who read heart-
wrenching stories of children that
were added to the Heart Gallery
recently. There were even twins
that were just added to the gallery
in May, who were placed with
their Forever Family this month.
In addition to the Heart Gallery
this group of agencies supports
the growth of services for children
Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Visit the Heart Gallery at IRSC, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave., Monday thru Thursday from 8 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. and Fridays 8 a.m.
until 5 p.m. until Friday, Oct. 17.
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Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Indian River State College provost Sam
Smith (right) received recognition from the
executive director of the Children's Home
Society Lawrence Brooks (left) for their con-
tinued support in hosting the Heart Gallery
for a third year.
Continued From Page 1
loan application from SBA, no re-
cord that the damaged property is
your primary residence, no proof
of ownership of damaged proper-
ty or a missing signature. Remem-
Submitted photo/Teresa Chandler
MSABC Bank Night
Please turn in your team donations for the
2008 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
walk on Tuesday, Sept. 30, from 5-6 p.m. at
Raulerson Hospital cafeteria. For informa-
tion, contact Shannon Martin, American
who do not find that Forever Fam-
ily and age out of the foster care
system. These children need ad-
ditional support and guidance to
make sure they have the support
they need to attend college and
break the cycle of abuse, neglect
Many agencies are involved
in the Heart Gallery including;
Children's Services Councils of
Okeechobee County, St. Lucie
County; Children's Home Society;
United for Families; Scripps Trea-
sure Coast Newspapers (funding
and photographic displays of the
gallery); United Way of Martin
and Indian River counties.
If you think that you may be
interested in learning more about
adoption, visit the Heart Gallery
at IRSC where you can find more
information about sponsoring the
Heart Gallery, scheduling a Heart
Gallery presentation at your orga-
nization, civic group or commu-
nity or to host the exhibit at your
place of business.
In addition to all of these op-
portunities for helping the gallery,
you will also find beautifully dis-
played pictures of children that
are looking for a loving home to
call their own.
For more information please
call Frank Avilla 772-4895601, ext.
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Mostly cloudy, with a high near 84. North wind 5 to 10 mph becom-
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Mostly cloudy, with a low around 68. East wind around 5 mph be-
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insurance settlement is reached. ployment Insurance and money
However, if insurance does not reimbursed through insurance,
cover all your disaster related ex- most money received from fed-
penses, ask FEMA to review your eral and state disaster programs
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NRCS provided assistance with
storm related drainage problems.
Mr. Bonner said he had been in
contact with NRCS officials since
right after the tropical storm and
that there are seven to 12 sites
in the county that he is seeking
NRCS help on. He mentioned
Basswood and the area around
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Sunday, Oct. 5.
The pageant takes place in
Bailey Hall on the Nova University
campus in Hollywood.
For more information about
the pageant, visit www.missflori-
dateenusa.com to see pictures
and a pre-taping video of Miss
Barber and to purchase tickets for
By clicking on the "Meet this
year's contestants" banner you
can see all the contestant's pic-
tures that are participating.
Also if you click on the pre-
taping, Miss Barber can be seen
in the "day one intro."
Marywill be vying for a $40,000
college scholarship to Nova Uni-
versity, as well as a $10,000 prize
. She is the first ever Miss
Continued From Page 1
the Okeechobee County Rehabili-
Howard Harrison, of the local
NRCS office, verified that his office
is working toward providing as-
sistance to Okeechobee County.
He said that after major storms,
funds are available to assist with
erosion or cleaning debris. Mr.
Harrison said NRCS engineering
personnel will be in the county in
a couple of weeks to look at the
sites the county has selected to
see if they qualify for funding. He
UKeechobee County Fair and the
first representative from Okeecho-
bee County to participate in this
level for Okeechobee.
Ms. Barber is 15 years old
and a freshman at Okeechobee
Freshman Campus where she
maintains a 3.8 GPA. She is kept
busy in honors classes and in her
dance classes where she is an as-
sistant instructor at Leslie's Dance
She has danced since she was
five years old and it is her passion.
She looks forward to pursuing a
career as a professional dancer -or
Entry fees for the pageant were
$1,200 and Ms. Barber will be
competing in formal wear, swim-
suit and interview categories. The
swimsuit alone for the pageant
cost approximately $350.
This opportunity can lead to
going on to the Miss Teen USA
pageant in California.
Donations to help Ms. Barber
go on to represent Okeechobee
another load of items to sell.
The suspects claimed they
received the items from LaBelle.
Wagner is currently out on bail on
theft charges in Hendry County.
His bond was set at $25.000.
said that at this time nothing has
been approved. He added that the
length of time it takes to get ap-
proval depends on the urgency of
the situation. He said that his or-
ganization usually provides grants
on a 75-25 basis.
Mr. Boner said the county is
pursuing all avenues of funding
to pay for the county's share of a
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County are tax deductible, as you
will be making the checks out to
the Okeechobee County Fair As-
sociation, which is a 501 (c)3 cor-
This will be a once in a life-
time experience for Ms. Barber.
who looks forward to meeting
new friends and having exposure
to the real world as well as public
speaking at the event and being
that "girl from little ole' Okeecho-
bee" that has the chance of be-
coming Miss Florida Teen USA
and possibly Miss Teen USA.
For more information on how
you can help Miss Barber in her
journey to the Miss Teen Florida
USA pageant please call Donny
Arnold at 863-634-6464 or Susan
Barber at 863-697-6539 or send
a donation to the Okeechobee
County Fair Association at: P.O.
Box 1306, Okeechobee Florida,
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Jennifer Weeks and Roger Arnold
Steve and Patricia Weeks of Okeechobee are proud to announce
the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer C. Weeks, to Roger D. Ar-
nold of Okeechobee.
The prospective groom is the son of Timothy and Phyllis Bass of
The wedding is planned for Oct. 25, 2008 at Quail Creek Planta-
The bride to be is a 2003 graduate of Okeechobee High School.
She graduated IRSC and is employed as a LPN with the Okeechobee
Health Care Facility.
The groom is a 1993 graduate of Okeechobee High School and is
employed as a Foreman with Melvin Busch Construction.
After the wedding the couple will reside in Okeechobee.
Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Fifteen Years' service
Carl Leonard, left, acting chairman of the Okeechobee Util-
ity Authority Board of Directors, presents Rose Raulerson
with a certificate for fifteen years' service to the utility. The
presentation took place at the Sept. 23 board meeting.
Jarod and Sonja Warburton
of Okeechobee are proud to an-
nounce the birth of their son, Ja-
He was born on Sept. 8, 2008
at Jupiter Medical Center in Ju-
piter. He weighed 10 pounds 1
ounce and was 22 inches long at
Jason was welcomed home
by his big sisters Jamie and Carley
Maternal grandmother is Ra-
chel Clay of Okeechobee.
Paternal grandmothers are
Sandy Sheffield and Toni Warbur-
ton of Okeechobee.
Great grandparents are B.D.
and Lydia Sheffield of Okeecho-
Christopher Glenn Lewis
Jason Lewis and Amanda
Gates of Okeechobee are proud
to announce the birth of their
son, Christopher Glenn.
He was born on Sept. 17, 2008
at Martin Memorial North in Stu-
art. He weighed 8 pounds 6 ounc-
es and was 19 1/2 inches long at
Christopher was welcomed
home by his Godparents, Jerry
Brown and Sharon White.
Maternal grandparents are
Donna Prosser and Scott Gates of
Paternal grandparents are
Glenn (Doris) Lewis of Belle
Glade and Debbie (David) Miller
Great grandparents are Mary
and Charles Lepley of Okeecho-
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LOOPHOLES: From the article in the Okeechobee News, this is
in regards to the properties on 441 SE that recently were granted Ag-
riculture classification on their property taxes. These are commercial
properties that one even has a special zoning exemption for high rise
condos and a marina. I would like to throw some numbers at your
taxpayers if you do not mind. I also have a 1/2 acre piece of vacant
land on the rim canal. The only difference between theirs and mine is
they recently fenced theirs. My taxes are proposed to be about $975
on my 1/2 acre property. If the 12.8 acre piece paid the same rate pre
acre the taxes would be about $24,960 and the assessment still would
be less than what was paid for the property. On the 20.8 acres just
south of the first property, the taxes would be about $40,560. Under
the current exemptions the taxes this year for the first piece will be
about $41 and the second will be about $66. If they both paid their
share there would be about $65,400 more in the county budget. I am
sure we could find many more of these tax gifts. The extra money
would help give raises and buy equipment without putting more of a
burden on the average taxpayer. These exemptions are a blatant mis-
use of a good law. We the people should close these loopholes.
ADS: This is the barber that should have advertised with the news-
paper. In fact I have called several times in the past years and I would
have advertised, but as a small business person, a tingle parent with
two kids, this was not in my budget. So maybe if you were to run
a cash up front ad program I would be able to use your services.
Editor's note: We now have all types of advertising sizes and plans,
including "cash up front" ones as well as frequency contract rates.
Please call 863-763-3134 to speak with an advertising representative.
They would be happy to work with you to design ads or an ad cam-
paign to meet your needs.
NURSERY: I would like to know if there is a nursery around here
that sells cactus? Because if you're going to plant anything in your
yard and you have OUA water and live in the city limits, the only thing
you can grow is cactus.
OUA RAISE: I saw on the front page of the paper where the OUA
employees will get a 6 percent raise. I work at OUA and I don't know
how you can print that, I got a 1 percent increase. No more, no less.
One percent, that's it. I can prove that because I work here. I have
check stubs and everything. And for you to put 6 percent is ridiculous.
Everyone thinks oh these guys are making all of this money and the
water bills are going up. Editor's note: The story stated OUA employ-
ees will receive pay increases of up to 6 percent, That includes a 2
percent one-time bonus, plus supervisors have the option of giving
raises up to 4 percent based on performance evaluations. Since this
discussion was at the Sept. 23 meeting, any increases would not yet
show up on paychecks.
SEASONS: You know how to tell its fall in Florida? The car tags
SPORTS: There have been more fields needed since the girls from
Okeechobee went to the World Series a few years ago. Getting them'
built, or. modifying the existing fields in Okeechobee has been the
sticking point. In the current economy, it's even harder. As for the
scholarships, yes it is very difficult for kids to get a D I scholarship,
but there are lots of private schools, and community colleges who
offer scholarships as well. Honestly, kids who don't have the grades
to match won't usually get a nod. So ... the bottom line is that grades
first, then sports. Sports just tend to help them stay out of trouble a
little more than normal. For the amount of money that we spend on
travel ball we could have paid for tuition already twice over, but when
your child wants to go to college on an athletic scholarship, you do
what you can as a parent to help them realize that goal. We are just
fortunate that we.have the resources to do it. Our other kids play rec
ball because they do not have the "desire" to play everyday and most
weekends all year. It's just nice to have options for everyone.
YMCA: There are rumors about the possibility of a YMCA coming
to Chobee. This would create some more opportunities in addition
to OCRA, Pop Warner and other non-profit organizations. When they
start doing the fundraising to build the Y, the community needs to
come together 'as they typically do' to support our children. I have
been told by many people who have just moved here that Okeecho-
bee is exemplary when it comes to fundraising for a good cause. I
have seen it personally as well. Let's all get together and make things
happen. We need a good source of activities for the children of
Okeechobee. The more the better.
KIDS: Regarding the story about the 9 and 10 year old kids who
were arrested for burglaries, I hope the DCF looks into this. Who was
supposed to be watching those kids? What kind of parents -do they
have? Are they just running wild? If they are breaking into homes and
stealing televisions at age 10, intervention is needed. Otherwise, think
what they will be doing at age 16 or 18.
DAD: I see that a dad went over to a boy's house to have a discus-
sion about his daughter and when he got there he punched the boy
in the face. Then the dad was charged with burglary since he entered
the house without permission and battery for punching the kid. It's ,
not hard to imagine why the father of a teenage girl would want to
punch a teenage boy. And if the Dad gets any parents on the jlry, I
think they might understand. But for the rest of the dads out there,
there is a lesson here. Entering a house without permission is illegal.
Burglary is a felony. Punching the kid is battery which is a misde-
meanor. So knock first. Or just wait until the boy comes outside. And
for the teenage boys out there, treat the girls right so you won't have
to deal with angry fathers.
SKUNK APE: I haven't seen anything lately about the Skunk Ape.
Any sightings? I have my kids half convinced that he is real.
YMCA: 1 think it is great that we might get a YMCA in Okeechobee.
What an asset to the community that would be. I hope the communi-
ty will get behind this and make it a reality. If we want something like
this for our children, it's up to the parents to get involved and make
it happen. We can't just sit back and wait for someone else to do it. I
will be watching the paper for notices of meetings about this.
VOTE: I see that the voter registration for the Nov. 4 election closes
on Monday. This coming election is important. We will be making his-
tory with the presidential election. We will either elect the first black
president or the first woman vice-president. Either way, that is histor-
ic. But the local races are also important. City and county voters have
decisions to make about who will lead our local community in these
times of economic uncertainty. Voting is a privilege and responsibility
of every citizen.
AG ASSESSMENTS: I see the county really has reduced the bud-
get due to the lack of tax revenue. That means we have less money
for services such as law enforcement, fire protection, code enforce-
ment, etc. The problem with the ag classification loophole just makes
things worse. Take for example a piece of property that last year was
charged taxes of $14,000 and this year -- thanks to a fence and a cou-
ple cows -- is charged less than $100. It doesn't take many cases like
that to add up to a lot of tax revenue lost. They should not be approv-
ing ag classification for property that is not zoned for agriculture. If
the courts say they can't-limit the-ag classification to property with ag
zoning, then the courts are messed up. We need to get the legislature
to close the loophole, but that would mean the average taxpayers
would have to convince the elected officials to listen to us rather than
to land speculators and developers.
4-H: It is great to see so many local students involved in 4-1-1. It is
especially good to see so many teenagers involved. 4-H is a great pro-
gram and I am sure these students are learning things that will benefit
them all their lives.
BALL FIELDS: I hope the county can come up with some land to
use for more ball fields. Maybe the churches could help. I know some
churches already run their own sports programs and have property
they use for that.
Reflections from the Pulpit
God's Eternal View
By Rev. Loy Mershimer
It's interesting to me, as I study
Scripture and learn more about
the path of faith, to find that God
takes a different view of healing
than we humans do. We look at
healing, or wounds, in immediate
terms, as to how it affects what
we do now; but God seems to
look at healing in the long term,
as to how it affects what we are
to be, and how we are to bless
others even down through gen-
On that theme, I was chal-
lenged by a meditative verse by
Amy Carmichael, entitled, "Have
You No Scar?"
"Have you no scar? No hidden
scar on foot, or side, or hand?
"I hear you sung as mighty in
"I hear them hail your bright
"Have you no scar?
"Have you no wound?
"Yet, I was wounded by the
archers, spent, leaned me against
the tree to die, and rent by rav-
enous beasts that encompassed
"Have you no wound?
"No wound? No scar?
"Yes, as the master shall the
servant be, and pierced are the
feet that follow Me, but yours are
"Can he have followed far -
who has no wound? No scar?
"Can sh'e have followed far
who has no wound? No scar?
There is much to learn from
a divine perspective on healing
-- especially when we are caught
up in a wound, or scar. Consider
a brief look into the spiritual reali-
ties behind healing.
The Apostle James says that
we are healed as we confess.
There is a moral element to heal-
ing. He also links this with the el-
ders of the church in prayer. There
is a spiritual authority element to
healing [cf. James 5:16].
In the gospels, Jesus cleanses
ten lepers from their disease but
they were only healed as they fol-
lowed through on His command
to show themselves to the priests.
There is a process, an obedi-
ence aspect to healing. (cf. Luke
The Apostle John tells of a lame
man, whom Christ told, "Take up
your bed and walk!" (John 5:1-9-
ff) Carry that which carried you!
There is an emotional, vocational
commitment to healing. Heal-
ing means that we accept God's
unknown over our comfortable
True healing: Willing to be
weak where the world is strong;
willing to be strong where the
world is weak. Think about it.
God's purposes for sickness:
death (cf. 2 Kings 13:21), disci-
pline (Hebrews 12:5ff, Proverbs
3:11f, et al], or the glory of God
Not all who are physically ill
are unhealed. Some are destined
to receive healing through that
illness. This is paradoxical, but
eternal. Consider the story of my
father, a man who received heal-
ing in divine terms, even as he
struggled with a physical condi-
Healing: Accepting God's fu-
ture over my past and present
My father, Rev. G. L. Mershim-
er contracted polio as a boy. He
should have died, they said. But
the disease left him without prop-
er use of his legs, one arm and
some other muscles. Dad often
talked about his polio condition,
and the part it played in bringing
him to the ministry. He wondered
if he'd have accepted God's call-
ing on his life if polio hadn't en-
tered. He was quite honest in that
assessment, talking about it with
our family. In his heart, he didn't
believe he would have followed
the call without the reverses of
that illness, its deep struggle and
pain. If that is true that this
wound brought him to the calling
then all of his subsequent life,
his traveling across the country
to attend Bible school, his meet-
ing mom, his marriage to her,
his four children, his incredible,
incarnational ministry all of
this was due to a polio condition
that God used to bring blessing
through. If this is true, then my
very existence is due to a wound.
Any of my actions that echo for
good, every life I touch or prayer
I pray, every word I say or write
- all this is a continuation of the
healing that God brought through
a wound. These are actions of a
child that would not have been
born without polio, and new life
in the calling. The Mershimer
family is an entity called forth' by
God's healing power, a healing
still echoing in the world, through
one polio condition.
What is your wound?
What healing does God want
to bring to you and others through
the condition you are currently in?
What wholeness does God want
to give as you hear the call in your
scar? Open to His good purpose!
For as we trace the loving, sov-
ereign hand of God with eyes of
faith, we begin to see that He is
at work in even the worst that life
brings, to echo wholeness and
hope across generations.
Today, dare again to receive
the calling in your condition. For
there is goodness, there is whole-
ness promised to you. And yes,
there is relief, too! Receive your
new life through the wound, the
divine healing... Amen.
Prayer: God, you can have all
of me. I accept all of your pur-
poses for me. Even in my present
condition, which is caught up in
my past, I accept your future, your
wholeness, and I heed your call in
me, in this, in all. In Jesus' name I
Letter to the Editor
Renew the Adoption
When a child isn't safe living
with a parent because of abuse or
neglect, Child Protective Services
tries to find a loving relative to
take the child. When there is no
appropriate relative, CPS asks fos-
ter parents to care for the child,
but foster care is always supposed
to be temporary.
Even the best foster homes are
seldom the ideal place to grow
up. Even more seldom do they
serve as a lifelong family. After all,
over the course of their work, one
set of foster parents may provide
temporary refuge to hundreds of
children, and they can't all come
back for Christmas!
For a growing number of chil-
dren, however, foster care be-
comes permanent by default, with
children drifting in foster care until
they "age out." Once they turn 18,
the state sends them into life on
their own, too often with no place
to live and no one to care. As a
judge hearing foster-care cases, I
saw this all too often.
I was recently reminded of
the importance of finding lifelong
homes for children by an e-mail
from a former foster child on my
docket. She is now grown with a
family of her own. She wrote me
along with all of the other con-
tacts in her e-mail address book
to let us know that she had evac-
uated from Hurricane Ike to her
mother's house -- a mom who
adopted her out of foster care.
She was doing fine.
Children who age out of fos-
ter care, however, have no such
safe harbor from the storms of
life. In 2006, more than 26,000
children aged out of foster care, a
53 percent increase since the fed-
eral government began collecting
data in 1998.
We need to reduce this num-
ber by increasing the number of
children who are adopted. The
Adoption Incentive Program, cre-
ated by Congress in 1997, is an im-
portant source of federal support
for adoption. The program pro
vides funding for social workers
to recruit more adoptive homes
for foster youth and to move chil-
dren more quickly through the
Between 1998 and 2006, this
bipartisan program helped states
move nearly 450,000 children
from foster care to permanent
families. But this highly success-
ful program will expire on Sept.
30, unless Congress acts.
Yes, there is a cost to the pro-
gram, but there is a much higher
cost to not renewing the program.
Without the program, more chil-
dren will grow up in long-term
foster care, less prepared to make
a positive contribution to society.
With no family to support their
transition to adulthood, many of
these vulnerable youth will fall
prey to homelessness, crime, and
poverty, and we will pay the so-
With the program, more chil-
dren will grow up in permanent
adoptive homes, better prepared
to make a positive contribution
to society. With family to support
their transition to adulthood, they
will get jobs, buy homes, and pay
taxes. Their long-term contribu-
tion will more than pay us back.
Congress has just passed the
bipartisan Fostering Connections
to Success Act which is awaiting
the President's approval. The Act
renews the Adoption Incentive
Program and provides more re-
sources to move more children
into permanent families.
Many children have been wait-
ing in foster care for a permanent
home right now for a long time.
These children should not have to
wait any longer.
F. Scott McCown
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Sunday, Sept. 28
A.A. meets from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until8:30 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W. Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, FL 34972
(Behind Napa Auto Parts), A.A. weekend noon meeting OD-
Open Discussion; SS-Step Study; BT-Basic Text; SP-Speaker *The
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12 step
fellowships.N.A. Sickest Of The Sick (OD) 7 p.m. OD-Open Discus-
sion; SS-Step Study; BT-Basic Text; SP-Speaker *The Just for Today
Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with.any 12 step fellowships.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the United Meth-
odist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Foster Parent Orientation will be hosted by the Hibiscus
Children's Center on the last Monday of every month from 6 until
7 p.m. The orientation is for those interested in fostering or adopt-
ing in Okeechobee County. This meeting requires no RSVP and is a
question/answer forum. It will be at the IRCC Okeechobee Campus,
2229 N.W Ninth Ave. For information, call the Foster Care Program at
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at the
Just for Today Club, 101 Fifth Ave. For information call 863-634-4780.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Okeecho-
bee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited. For" information or to schedule an appearance for
your organization or group, contact Marge Skinner at 863-532-0449.
Monday, Sept. 29
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee meets at 101 N.W. Fifth
Street (Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Sickest Of The Sick, Open Dis-
cussion, 7 p.m. The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affili-
ated with any 12 step fellowships. "
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-
Artful Appliquers meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda
Road, Okeechobee on Mondays from- 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Turn left at
the Moose lodge and go around the curve just past the church. Bring a
lunch and join us for a fun day of applique. Everyone is welcome. For
more information please contact Karen Graves at 863-763-6952.
Tuesday, Sept. 30
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open
to the public. For information, contact Maureen Budjinski at 863-484-
Tuesday, Sept. 30
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W. Fifth Street
Okeechobee, (Behind Napa Auto Parts), NA. Nowhere Left To Go
Group, Open Discussion, at noon NA. Sickest Of The Sick Group. The
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12 step
New AA. Meeting in Basinger: There is now an A.A. meeting in
Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Brethren
Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
Al-Anon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Family History Center meets from 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.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is in-
vited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For informa-
tion, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at 863-763-4320.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information,
June Scheer at 863-634-8276
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m.
in the fellowship hall, 1735. S.W 24th Ave. This is a men's only meet-
ing. For information, call Earl at 863-763-0139.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. The public is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
at the Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St. Everyone is welcome. For
information, contact Brenda Nicholson at 863-467-2321.
AA. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meet-
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.
Okeechobee News, Sunday, September 28, 2008 5
Substance Abuse Coalition plans training
By Chauna Aguilar
The Okeechobee Substance
Abuse Coalition is continuing
their campaign to promote the 40
developmental assets that were
developed by the Search .Insti-
tute research. Tuesday, Sept. 30,
at 6:30 p.m. at the Clock Family
Restaurant, .1111 S. Parrott Ave.,
they will be conducting a training
for the community to learn what
the developmental assets are and
how to implement them into ev-
They will also continue this
training the following Tuesday
OSAC president, John Glenn,
is conducting the training target-
ed at all groups, individuals, and
organizations. All ages, young
and old, faith based groups, civic
organizations, etc. are welcome
to come learn about these impor-
tant assets for our children.
There is no cost for this proven,
effective training from the Search
According to its website,
"adults and youth--in big and
small ways--can help increase
Developmental Assets in the daily
lives of young people."
What's needed is an under-
standing of what actions and be-
haviors breed success, willingness
and ideas to apply that knowl-
edge, and most importantly, a de-
sire to see young people grow up
happy, healthy, and confident.
"Asset-building" is the Insti-
tute's term for purposefully help-
ing youth experience more assets
in their lives. This effort is now
happening in hundreds of com-
munities by thousands of people
across North America. Youth and
adults, in big cities and small
towns, understand in growing
numbers the awesome power
they have in making positive
and lasting impact on the lives of
young people. Individually and to-
gether, they are actively engaged
in the movement to grow healthy
communities and healthy youth.
The Okeechobee Substance
Abuse Coalition ,is taking re-
sponsibility for our children and
adolescents through the efforts of
this program. They are also com-
mending groups, agencies and or-
ganizations who already promote
this type of ideology in everything
they do and invite them to join
OSAC in their efforts to make their
achievements public to influence
more individuals to encourage
developmental assets to help the
children of Okeechobee.
The OSAC meets the second
Tuesday of every month at 11:30
a.m. at the United Methodist
Church next to the Bank of Amer-
John Glenn explains that all
adults represent all of the kids
in the community and citizens
should not look to any agency, or-
ganization, or government to do
anything for the kids in our coun-
ty. These types of groups cannot
love the children. The people
within the groups can, but not the
Glenn's definition of Develop-
ment Assets is simply, "loving our
Search Institute has proven
that if a child experiences 30 or
more developmental assets then
they have a less than 5 percent
chance that they will ever engage
in substance abuse or other at-
The goal of OSAC is to have
each coalition member learn the
developmental assets so that they
carry them personally in every-
thing they do back to their work-
place, family and community.
For more information about
OSAC visit www.okeechobee-
hope.org. or call 863-697-1792.
Their are 40 Developmental
Assets for our youth. They are
separated into two categories: Ex-
ternal Assets; and Internal Assets.
Within each category are sub-
categories as well.
External Assets are: Support;
Empowerment; Boundaries and
Expectations; and Constructive
Use of Time.
Internal. Assets are: Commit-
ment to Learning; Positive Values;
Social Competencies; and Posi-
Within each sub-category
there are individual assets that
represent everyday wisdom about
positive experiences and opportu-
nities for young people.
These assets, such as family
support and positive family com-
munication powerfully influence
adolescent behavior; both by
protecting young people from
risky, problem behaviors and by
promoting positive attitudes and
The lack of a developmen-
tal asset has consequences on
a child's life. For example, with-
out family support children look
to others for that support which
could lead to gangs, etc.
The twenty internal assets
identify those characteristics and
behaviors that reflect positive in-
ternal'growth and development
of young people. These assets are
about positive values and identi-
ties, social competencies, and
Okeechobee's Most Wanted
The following five people
are among Okeechobee's Most
Wanted persons. There are active
warrants for each of them. The
criteria for making Okeechobee's
Most Wanted top five is based on
the severity of the crime in con-
junction with the age of the war-
If you have
tion on the
of any of o
Okeechobee's ',- ,M'
you can call
Coast Crime Clifford S.
Stoppers at 1 Woodard
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Alieta David Becky Estavan
Aleen Yoder Cook Villegas-
(800) 273-TIPS (8477). If you call
Treasure Coast Crime's Stoppers,
you have the option of remaining
anonymous. You can also receive
a reward if the information results
in an arrest.
Clifford Scott Woodard, 26;
Uttering forged instrument (three
Alieta Aleen, 31, aka Brian
White, Manford Clifford White;
Black male; No known address;
Wanted for failure to appear on
bail robbery with other weap-
Detectives ask for public's help
By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee Deputies investi-
gated a smash and grab burglary
at the Country Corner Drive Thru
store on U.S. 441 S.E. early Friday
and are in need of the public's
help in their efforts to catch the
Detective Bryan Lowe said
anyone who was in the vicinity
of the store around 5 a.m., Friday,
Sept. 26, is asked to call Treasure
Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-
273-TIPS. He noted rewards are
offered for information that leads
to the arrest and conviction of
Detective Lowe said the vehi-
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Recognition of service
Skip Eddings, a patrolman with the City of Okeechobee
Police Department, was presented a Five Year Certificate
of Service by Mayor James Kirk, during the Sept. 16, city
Sept. 26th- Oct. 2nd
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cle backed through the front door
on the south side of the building
which faces 441 S.E. and two sus-
pects grabbed the ATM machine,
and took it with them.
Lowe declined to describe the
vehicle or the two suspects. He
noted he'd like to get indepen-
dent information from any eye
witness that saw the crime or
anything suspicious in that area
The owner of the business
apparently lives upstairs and he
heard the commotion and called
the law. They were on the scene
quickly but the suspects had fled.
Detective Lowe can be reached.
commitment to learning. The in-
ternal Developmental Assets will
help these young people make
thoughtful and positive choices
and, in turn, be better prepared
for situations in life that challenge
their inner strength and confi-
The real challenge facing
America, including small towns
like Okeechobee is not to attack
one problem at a time in a desper-
ate attempt to "stop the hemor-
rhaging." The real challenge is to
shift thinking to a new approach,
one that addresses deeper causes
and needs. The real challenge is
to rebuild the developmental in-
frastructure for our children and
For example, teen pregnancy
is a growing problem in Okeecho-
bee County with numbers of teen
parents rising every year. Rather
than just fighting this problem,
this program strives to find the
roots of the problem and why
these children chose to engage
in sexual activity at such .a young
age to begin with. Even this prob-
lem can be rooted back to devel-
opmental assets, or lack thereof.
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budget for Fiscal Year 2008-2009. A public hear-
ing to make a FINAL DECISION on the budget
and TAXES will be held on
Tuesday, September 30, 2008 at 5:01 pm
City Hall, Council Chambers, Room 200
55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL 34974
City of Okeechobee -' Fiscal Year 2008-2009
THE PROPOSED OPERATING BUDGET EXPENDITURES OF
THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE
ARE 5.3% MORE THAN LAST YEAR'S TOTAL OPERATING EXPENDITURES
Millage Per $1,000 General Fund
Taxes: Millage Per $1000
Ad Valorum Taxes 6.7432
Capitol Lease Proceeds
Other Taxes (Ins. Prem. Utility, Franchise Lic)
Charges for Services
Fine, forfeitures and penalties
Uses of money and property
Total Sources $5,447,977 $620,916 $16,150 864,561 $10 $6,949,614
Transfers-In '337,929 0 0 78,000 0 $415,929
Fund Balances/Reserves/Net Assets 9,232,513 344,502 718,600 24,272 3,127 $10,323,014
Total Revenues, Transfers & Balances $15,018,419 $965,418 $734,750 $966,833 $3,137 $17,688,557
Legislative 138,938 0 0 0 0 138,938
Executive 167,320 0 0 0 0 167,320
City Clerk 188,011 0 0 0 0 188,011
Financial Services 208,191 0 0 0 0 208,191
Legal Counsel 125,732 0 0 0 0 125,732
General Governmental Services 458,898 0 0 0 0 458,898
Law Enforcement 1,824,008 0 60,000 0 0 1,824,008
Fire Protection 1,251,345 0 0 00 1,311,345
Transportation 1,085,502 565,968 0 881,251 0 1,651,470
Capital Improvements Project Vehicles 0 0 0 0 0 881,251
Debt Service 0 0 0 0 0 0
Law Enforcement Special Fund ) 0 0 0 0 0
Total Expenditures $5,447,945 $565,968 $oO,000 $881,251 $0 $6,955,164
Operating Transfer-Out 78,000 337,929 6o0 0 0 $416,529
Fund Balance/And Transfer/Reserves 9,492,474 61,521 674,150 85,582 3,137 $10,316,864
Total Appropriated Expenditures, Transfers,
Reserves and Balances $15,018,419 $965,418 $734,750 $966,833 $3,137 $17,688,557
THE TENTATIVE, ADOPTED AND/OR FINAL
ARE ON FILE IN THE
OFFICE OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED TAXING AUTHORITY AS A PUBLIC RECORD
6 Okeechobee News, Sunday, September 28, 2008
Cub Scouts selling Democrats to meet
Come meet the Democratic
popcorn Candidates on Tuesday, Sept.
Fundraising season is here 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Doug-
again and the local Cub Scouts las Brown Community Center.
and Boy Scouts of America, are Candidates attending will in-
trying to get support. They will clude: Congressman Tim Ma-
begin their annual Popcorn fund- honey; County Commissioner
raiser on Sunday, Sept. 28 and Elvie Posey; Don Chinquina,
will run every weekend until Oct. Candidate for Public Defender;
19. They will have booths set up Scott Thompson, Candidate for
at different, local businesses ev- State Senate, District 17; Ray
ery Saturday and Sunday. On top Worley, Candidate for State
of the weekend setups, the Cub House, District 79; and rep-
Scouts and Boy Scouts will always resentative from the Obama!
have a flyer and order form with Biden Campaign. Hamburgers
them to sell popcorn throughout & Hot Dogs will be available
the week. So if you cannot make
it out to one of their booths, free of charge.
you can always order it person-
ally from one of the pack/troop Low cost spay/neuter
members. All proceeds from the
fundraiser will go to help pay for available
their summer camp expenses, Low cost spay/neuter vouch-
supplies, badges and just general ers for dogs and cats. Participating
expenses for their groups. Parents veterinarians in Vero Beach. For
and volunteers will be with the information, call United Humani-
scouts at each booth to help sell tarians Port St. Lucie volunteer:
the popcorn and provide infor- 772-335-3786. Email: Petscryl@
mation about the group. They are bellsouth.net. Okeechobee veteri-
always looking for people to join. narians are invited to participate.
There are no sign up deadlines, in this low cost spay/neuter pro-
you can join at any time during
the year, so if you think that the gram.
cub scouts or boy scouts is some-
thing you are interested in, you Farm Bureau
can get information about it while holds meeting
you get some popcorn! Parents
are welcome to become volun- Okeechobee County Farm Bu-
teers. They would also like to say reau's Annual Membership meet-
thank you to all of the local busi- ing will be held Friday, Oct. 3.
nesses who are allowing them to An open house for Farm Bureau
set up in front of their stores. For members will be held from 5 until
more information on locations 7 p.m. with the meeting starting
or joining, please contact Alison at 6 p.m. at the Farm Bureau Of-
Hudson, Committee Chair Troop fice, 401 N.W Fourth St. with light
964, at 863-634-8628. refreshments and finger foods.
Board Members and Agents will
Attention Okeechobee be on hand to answer your ques-
Class of 89
Class of '89 reunion organiz- Quilt drawing to ben-
ers are currently collecting emails efit stricken child
and home addresses from all
classmates. Please send these to Tickets are being sold for a
okeechobeeclassof89@yahoo. queen-sized quilt at $1 each or
com. 6 for just $5. The drawing for the
863-357-MAIN (6246). quilt will be held on Oct. 1, with
the proceeds from the ticket sales
Real Life Childrens to go to benefit Buckhead Ridge
resident, Madisen Byrd, who is 3
Ranch yard sales years old. Madisen was recently
Real Life Children's Ranch diagnosed with Leukemia. She is
currently hospitalized with com-
yard sale will be open on Thurs- plications. Madisen's parents,
days and Fridays, starting Oct. 9. Lori and Jimmy Byrd will be trav-
They will not be open the week selling with her back and forth to
+ of Thanksgiving or the week of treatments and funding is crucial
Christmas. to help support medical costs and
travel expenses. A savings ac-
Church holds Tribula- count has been set up at Seacoast
National Bank in the name of Lori
tion House Byrd to take donations. To see
The Okeechobee Church of the quilt or to buy tickets, please
God, 301 N.E. Fourth Ave., will call Val Douglas at 863-697-9796
hold a "Tribulation House" Oct. 1 or 863-357-6555 or stop by Cus-
4. On Wednesday and Thursday tom Window Treatments, 4253 S.
the event will be held from 7:30 Hwy 441, Okeechobee.
until 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday,
the house will open at 7:30 p.m. OHS to present "Little
Admission is free. This event is
not for younger children. Children Women"
under the age of 12 must be ac- The Okeechobee High School
companies by an adult. For more Drama Club will present-the play
information call 863-634-1317. "Little Women," on Oct. 2, 4, 9
and 11. All performances will be
Children's Ranch to -at 7:30 p.m. in the Okeechobee
High School Auditorium. Tickets
host benefit event are $4 for students, $8 for adults.
The First Real Life Children's For more information, call 863-
Ranch Benefit Barrel Race spon- 463-5025.
scored by Woolems, Inc. will take
place on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 9 All-day scrapbooking
a.m. at the Agri-Civic Center. Ex-
hibitions are set to begin at 9 a.m. crop
with Drill Team events from 11:15 The "Croppin' Crew" will
until 11:45 a.m. The Barrel Race sponsor an all-day scrapbooking
begins at high noon! So bring the crop on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 10
whole family to help raise funds a.m. until 5 p.m. at the First Meth-
for the Real Life Children's Ranch. odist Church, 200 N.W. Second
The Ranch has been providing St. All levels of scrapbookers are
safe, family style group homes welcome. Please bring a covered
for abused, abandoned and ne- dish if you care to participate in
glected children for over 50 years our pot luck luncheon. Refresh-
in Okeechobee. This will be an ments will be served and there
annual event with barrel racing, will be plenty of door prizes.
face painting, bounce house, Bring your scrapbooking supplies
concessions and more! For more and your imagination for a fun-
information call: Margo Davis at filled day. For more information
S863-634-8359 or Darlene Mayers call Joan at 863-467-0290 or Corry
at 863-634-4200. at 863-467-2231.
Blessing of animals
The annual blessing of ani-
mals will take place at the Sacred
Heart Pavillion 901 S.W Sixth St.,
on Sunday Oct. 5, from 11:30
a.m. until 12:35 p.m. All animals
and pets, with their owners are
welcome to attend this annual
blessing. For information call 863-
Temporary street clos-
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 5th
Quarter event in Flagler Park.
Main Street to host
Okeechobee Main Street, the
City of Okeechobee and Okeecho-
bee County are hosting the Fourth
Annual Halloween Celebration.
The community celebration will
be held at the Agri-Civic Center on
Highway 70 East, on Friday, Oct.
31, from 6 until 9 p.m.
This year's Costume Contest
will be in four age groups: 0-2
from 6:45 to 7:15 p.m., 3-5 from
7:15 to 7:45 p.m., 6-10 from 7:45
to 8:15 p.m. and 11-14 from 8:15
to 8:45 p.m. Registration for the
costume contest will be at the
Seacoast National Bank Booth.
Please help to provide a safe
and fun Halloween for the chil-
dren. They will have games and
activities, a haunted house, a cos-
tume contest and treats!
Event organizers welcome
donations of treats and candy or
monetary donations to purchase
candy. Your business or agency
is welcome to set up a booth
for games or activities for the
children. For more information,
please contact Toni Doyle at 863-
Hospice of Okeechobee
Hospice of Okeechobee pres-
ents Boots and Pearls "Gone
Wild," a fundraiser social event.
The event will be held on Friday,
Oct. 10, at Okeechobee KOA and
includes a social hour starting at
6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m.
Dinner will be a Prime Rib dinner
with all the trimmings. Music and
dancing will be by, "The Chase."
Tickets for the event are a dona-
tion of $50 each or $500 per table
and are available at Eli's Western
Wear. All proceeds go to benefit
Hospice of Okeechobee patient
care. Sponsorship opportunities
are available. For more informa-
tion, please contact Frank Irby at
Red Cross Classes
The Okeechobee Branch of
the American Red Cross will be
offering the following Health &
Safety classes in October:
Wednesday, Oct. 8 Adult
CPR/AED at 6 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 16 First-Aid
Basics at 6 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 24 Infant/Child
CPR at 6 p.m. All classes are held
at their Branch office located at
323 N. Parrott Ave. To register,
or for more information call 863-
The Okeechobee Substance
Abuse Coalition will holdtheir 40
Development Asset training at the
Clock Family Restaurant, 1111 S.
Parrott Ave. on Tuesday, Sept. 30,
and Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 6:30 p.m.
Training is done by John Glenn
and is free of charge.
Obituaries should be submit-
ted to the Okeechobee News by
Customers may also request
photos and links to online guest
books. A link to the obituaries is
available at www.newszap.com.
George Al Goodbread, 72
OKEECHOBEE George Al Good-
bread, of Okeechobee, died
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008, at Rau-
He was 72.
Born Oct. 8,
1935, in Oakland
Park, Fla., he had
been a resident of
He owned and
operated Goodbread Ranch, G4
Land and Cattle Company along
with being in the Real Estate and De-
velopment Business, and a member
of the Peace Lutheran Church.
He was preceded in death by his
parents, George Sidney and Alphae-
us Goodbread; and a sister, Georgia
He is survived by sons, Brad Good-
bread, Mark Goodbread, Keith
(Brandi) Goodbread; and close
friend, Matt Mercer, all of Okeecho-
bee. In addition he is survived by
grandsons, Conner and Caleb; aunt,
Rae Kiser; and companion, Cheryl
The family will be receiving friends
from 5-7 p.m. Monday and' services
will be 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Bux-
ton Funeral Home Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contri-
butions may be made to the Peace
Lutheran Church of Okeechobee,
750 NW 23rd Lane, Okeechobee, Fl
Condolences may be sent to
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Sandra Onieta Davis, 59
OKEECHOBEE Sandra Onieta
Davis, of Okeechobee, died Thurs-
day, Sept. 25, 2008, in Raulerson
Hospital. She was 59.
Born March 6, 1949, in Indiana,
she came to Okeechobee 40 years
She was a graduate of Okeecho-
bee High School class of 1967. She
served our country in the U.S. Army.
She worked at the Okeechobee
Property Appraiser office for 17
years. She attended Believer's Fel-
lowship and enjoyed reading and
visiting with family and friends.
Survivors include two sons, Cobb
Williams and Scott Williams, both of
Okeechobee; two brothers, Glen Da-
vis of Okeechobee, and Larry Davis
of Indiana; and sister, Ilene Warren
' Memorial services will be 2 p.m.
Sunday in Believer's Fellowship with
Pastor Nick Hopkins officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may
be made to the family to help defray
Friends may sign the guest book at
All arrangements are entrusted to
the care of Bass Okeechobee Funer-
al Home and Crematory, 205 N.E.
2nd St., Okeechobee.
Free memory loss
On Friday, Oct. 10, the Al-
zheimer's Association will spon-
sor free memory loss screenings
at the Visiting Nurse Association,
208 S.E. Park St., from 11 a.m.
until 2:30 p.m. Appointments are
needed, please call Donna True
at 1-800-861-7826 Ext. 1. Screen-
ings are for anyone, any age
concerned about memory loss.
Screenings are conducted by staff
from St. Mary's Memory Disorder
center. Immediate results.
edition ornaments on
The Okeechobee Retired
Educators will be selling their
third limited edition ornament
for Christmas 2008. Ornaments
are 24k gold on brass, includes a
numbered certificate with histori-
cal information. Ornaments are
$15. Proceeds fund their scholar-
ship. The 2008 ornament is the
Old County Courthouse. They
will also have 2007 and 2006 or-
naments 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, Pau-
lette Whipple at 863-467-2487,
Marion Davis at 863-763-3991 or
Regina Hamrick at 863-763-8865.
Are you a veteran in need of a
nursing home or assisted living fa-
cility? 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. Augustine. The basic
admission criteria for all of the fa-
cilities is an honorable discharge,
Florida residency for one year pri-
or to admission and certification
of need of assisted living facility or
skilled nursing care. The VA Nurs-
ing homes are located in Daytona
Beach, Land 0' Lakes, Pembroke
Pines, Springfield (Panhandle)
and Port Charlotte with the VA As-
sisted Living Facility being located
in Lake City. For further informa-
tion on VA nursing homes contact
the County Veteran's Service Of-
ficer, Betsy Grinslade at 863-763-
Open Mic Karaoke
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have Karaoke Open Mic every
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
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South Elementary School Students of the Week are: Kearstyn Donaldson, Lidia Arriaga, Gavin Cashwell, Haley Joles, Sky-
lynn Dirusso, Hailey Farley, Dawson Patterson, Colby Powers, Mark Arnall, Nicholas Hayford, Sara Heaton, Kujal Chauhan,
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South rewards positive behavior
South Elementary Students
were chosen for the Positive Be-
havior Support bracelets this
week. These students are on time,
do their homework, follow the
rules of the school, and do their
very best. The students received a
blue bracelet with room for but-
tons to be added if they earn addi-
tional bracelet awards during the
-school year. These students were
able to enter the Birthday Party
for Johnny Appleseed on Friday
without using any of their Eagle
tokens. Other students were able
to purchase a ticket to enter the
party with their Eagle tokens. The
students were very excited to
share a special day with Johnny.
Thank you to our volunteers Gay
Carlton, Jennifer Bowers and Su-
Students in First Grade have
been learning about Johnny Ap-
pleseed. They have been learning
about his life, making puppets,
and writing about this fascinating
character. They are learning differ-
ent strategies to help add in math
and have been learning how to
blend words with the short /i/
sound in reading. Children are
encouraged to read every night.
Practice makes perfect!
Second Grade Is Wild About
Animals! They have been learn-
ing about animals in .,science
oveti 'the.last couple 6f weeks.
Students have learned that mam-
mals breathe air, give birth to live
young and are covered with hair
or fur. They have learned that
reptiles have scaly skin and lay
eggs, but that some snakes give
birth to live young. They have
also learned that not all birds can
fly, but that they all have wings
and feathers. Students have also
learned about the life cycles of
sea turtles and frogs. Students
were so excited about animals
that each student wrote about
an animal of their choice. Here
are some examples of student
All about Orangutans by
My report is orangutans. Orang-
utans are mammals. Orangutans
live in trees. Orangutans don't
spend much time on the ground.
Manatees by Shelby Smith
My report is all about mana-
tees. Manatees love to swim.
They have live birth. They like to
pay. Boats can hurt them. They
love their babies. They go to the
surface to get air.
Red Foxes by
My report is about Red Foxes.
Red Foxes are mammals. Red
Foxes give birth to live young.
When a Red Fox is hurt don't go
close. Red Foxes live in caves.
They eat meat. Red Foxes have
sharp claws to eat. Red Foxes use
their claws to dig holes.
Cats by Danielle Geary
My report is all about cats. Cats
have live birth. When kittens are
born they cannot open their eyes.
Kittens like to clean themselves.
This is the end of my report.
...., Opossums by Emily Beaty
My report is on opossums.
Opossum babies use their tails to
climb trees. Opossums live in for-
ests. Opossums eat bugs and ber-
ries. Opossums are cool animals.
Students in fourth grade visit-
ed the Science Lab. They studied
convection, conduction, transfer
of heat, and insulators. They used
a plastic spoon, wood spoon and
a metal spoon. Students had to
predict which materials would
be good insulators or conductors.
They placed a glob of peanut but-
ter and a chocolate kiss on the
end of each spoon. Then, they
placed each spoon in the hot wa-
ter (chocolate out of the water).
They then observed which mate-
rial had a transfer of heat. With
the good conductor's, the choco-
late melted and with the insula-
'tors, it did not.
They reviewed vocabulary and
they earned some extra chocolate
and peanut butter. The two class-
es participating in the experiment
were Mrs. Thompson's class and
Mrs. Wells' class. Earlier this week
Mr. Jim Kirk, Okeechobee's May-
or, came to speak to the fourth
grade classes about local govern-
ment. Mr. Kirk also brought pen-
cils made from recycled money
The students were interested
in learning what a Mayor does.
With the Presidential elections
nearing, students are aware of
the election process. They will
be making their choice for Presi-
dent next week when students in
grades 2-4 vote for a favorite book
and the President of the United
Next week MicheLee Puppets
will present "Extreme Health
Challenge" to the students. This
presentation presents informa-
tion regarding exercising and diet.
This presentation is offered free
of charge to the students at South
thanks to the generous donations
to MicheLee Puppets from Aetna
Foundation, BlueCross BlueShield
of Florida, Darden Restaurants
Foundation, Florida Hospital,
Health Foundation of South Flor-
ida, Publix Super Markets Chari-
ties, The Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation, and The Walt Disney
World Company. '
All fundraiser orders are due
Friday, Oct. 3. Thank you so much
for all of your orders and support.
These funds support the academ-
ic awards and other incentive pro-
grams for the students.
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Students learn about
Tuesday, Sept. 16, was a spe-
cial day in the classroom of North
Elementary second grade teacher,
Mrs. Tracy Phillips. The students in
her class have been reading a sto-
ry about Rosina, a deaf child who
uses sign language to communi-
cate. In order to better understand
about sign language, Mrs. Phillips
invited Chris Boyette, a local deaf
citizen, to come in and share some
stories in sign language. Chris told
the story of The Three Bears, The
Three Little Pigs and a Ride on a
School Bus. He also shared with
the students information about
his life growing up as a deaf child.
The students learned various signs
from his stories
like bear, table,
and bus. The
Mrs. Sherry -,
er for students who are Deaf and
Hard of Hearing. The students in
Mrs. Phillips' class enjoyed get-
ting to visit with Chris and had a
chance to have their questions an-
swered. Mrs. Phillips was thrilled
to have her children participate
in this unique enrichment. Chris
stated that he really enjoyed shar-
ing .his stories with the children
and hopes to be able to come visit
them again. He was impressed by
their attention, enthusiasm and
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Elementary. North is the district's
site school for students who are
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Nov. 4. The pre-registra-
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changes, party changes,
address changes, and
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Citrus Canker outbreak comes home
By Dan Culbert
Last week a bag of orange fruit
and leaves arrived on my desk.
The brown raised spots surround-
ed by yellow halos gave it away,
and local experts confirmed what
was going on. It's that problem
that neither the homeowner nor
the county agent really wants -
It's actually not surprising -
given all the rain and wind that
have visited our area recently.
Unfortunately, the heroic to eradi-
cate citrus canker from Florida
has been lost, and the result is
that growers and dooryard grow-
ers alike now have to cope with
this plant disease.
Today's column is a reminder
to keep looking for outbreaks of
canker and offers suggestions on
what can be done once infected
fruit are found in the dooryard.
Much of it was written by former
St. Lucie Citrus Agent Jack Hebb.
Florida's Treasure Coast is still
home to many citrus groves that
make up a multi-billion dollar
industry. The many services and
spin-off support industries add
to our local economy and em-
ploy thousands of local workers.
We all benefit from our citrus in-
dustry, and need to do our part,
whenever possible, to protect it.
Homeowners are usually very
proud of the various varieties
of citrus that can be grown in a
Florida dooryard. Bragging rights
belong to the gardener who can
show his northern neighbors the
prettiest and the best citrus fruit.
They are equally effected by this
tree killing disease.
While Florida is a great place
for growing citrus, Florida's cli-
mate also supports certain pests
and diseases that challenge a
citrus tree's ability to survive.
Among the list of these problems,
citrus canker is near the top of the
list. Citrus canker is a highly con-
tagious disease that attacks the
fruit, the stems, and the leaves,
as well as causes lesions to the
fruit. The disease is not harmful
to humans, but will dramatically
affect the health and vitality of cit-
Unlike most citrus diseases,
which are predominantly fungi
(plant-like), citrus canker is
caused by a bacteria. It is micro-
scopic organism (unseen by the
human eye), and can be spread
by wind, rain, humans (contact),
landscaping (trimming, chipping,
cutting, or pruning citrus trees),
and fruit removal (peeling, buy-
ing, selling, transporting, picking,
Because the disease is bacte-
rial in nature, the current rem-
edies for its management are
still prevention by decontamina-
tion (chemical antibacterials), or
control sanitation (fire). The best
choice is decontamination by us-
ing antibacterials rather than tree
destruction. The latter choice (re-
moval and burning) involves the
removal of nearby citrus trees
that have a high probability of in-
Researchers are on the verge
of introducing some limited ge-
netic resistance into new trees
and may soon release some new
anti-bacterial sprays to help re-
duce the spread of canker. But at
this time they are still testing these
alternatives, which are several
years away from release.
For homeowners, the follow-
ing recommendations can help
reduce the spread of canker:
If you suspect any part of a
citrus tree of harboring canker,
please do not remove the leaves,
fruit, or limbs. Leave them alone
and promptly place a call to our
office. We will help to confirm the
Do not, and I repeat, Do not,
remove suspicious citrus tree
parts and transport them to an-
In neighborhoods where
canker has been identified, ho-
meowners working around cit-
rus trees should help prevent the
potential spread of this disease by
washing any gardening clothes
in a hot water with laundry soap
immediately following outdoor
chores. A personal disinfectant
for hand and exposed skin wash-
ing is soap and water followed by
a liquid bleach (Clorox) disinfec-
tant at a rate of 1 oz. of Clorox to
1 gallon of water.
Landscape tools (pruning
shears, clippers, etc.) need to be
cleaned as well. Use liquid bleach
at the rate of about 6 oz. of Clo-
rox to 1 gallon of water. Be sure
to wash tools of any visible resi-
due before dipping in the Clorox
Yardmen, landscapers, etc.
who prune or cut citrus trees or
work around citrus trees need to
practice the same measures as
All neighborhood residents
need to be on the lookout for sus-
picious looking lesions on their
citrus trees. We need to be alert
and aware, because the spread of
citrus canker can further impact
one of Florida's most important
agricultural industries as well as
a dooryard fruit enjoyed by hom-
eowners across this state.
I've placed more information
on our Okeechobee Citrus Canker
web page, http://okeechobee.ifas.
ker.htm. If you need additional in-
formation on citrus canker, please
e-mail us at email@example.com.
edu or call us at 863-763-6469. Lo-
cal residents can stop by our office
at 458 Hwy 98 North in Okeecho-
bee, and visit our Okeechobee
County Master Gardeners from 1
to 3 p.m. on Tuesday afternoons.
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SFWMD adopts $2.97 billion budget
WEST PALM BEACH At a
public hearing Sept. 23, the Gov-
erning Board of the South Florida
Water Management District (SF-
WMD) adopted a $2.97 billion
budget for Fiscal Year 2009 (Oct.
1, 2008 Sept. 30, 2009). The
budget returns an estimated $24.3
million to South Florida taxpayers
through the implementation of
Amendment 1, while continuing
to fund the agency's flood con-
trol and water supply missions as
well as its continued progress to
restore the Everglades.
"Through our belt-tightening
efforts and prudent financial
management, we have achieved
a fiscally responsible budget that
puts every dollar to maximum
use," said Eric Buermann, SFW-
MD Governing Board Chairman.
"This budget allows us to deliver
financial savings while also deliv-
ering the many benefits of water
management to the District's 7.5
million citizens and the South
The approved $2.97 billion
budget includes a significant in-
vestment in the environment this
year: $1.75 billion in Certificate
of Participation funding for the
proposed acquisition of land and
assets from United States Sugar
Corporation for the purpose of
Everglades restoration. As a result
of this historic opportunity, a full
87 percent of the FY09 budget
is dedicated to this and to envi-
ronmental restoration projects
benefiting the Everglades, Lake
Okeechobee, Kissimmee River
and coastal watersheds.
"We recognize the invest-
ment required to accomplish this
landmark Everglades restoration
purchase," said Chairman Buer-
mann. "We also recognize this
opportunity as the most impor-
tant environmental acquisition
the District may ever undertake-
one that will benefit Floridians
and a unique national treasure for
generations to come. We thank
Governor Crist for his inspiration
in this historic endeavor."
The approved 2009 budget
reflects a $24.3 million reduc-
tion in property tax revenues, in
comparison with the current year.
Additionally, the budget is in line
with Governor Crist's direction
to emphasize projects that are
results-oriented and meet the
planned, long-term needs of the
region, with a goal to stimulate
economic development in local
Prior to Tuesday's budget-ap-
proval action, the FY2009 budget
was reviewed by the Governor,
the Department of Environmental
Protection and the Chairs of both
the House and Senate Appropria-
In a letter to the Senate Com-
mittee on General Government
Appropriations, Chairman Buer-
mann reiterated the District's con-
siderable steps to reduce adminis-
trative and operational spending,
improve efficiency and direct rev-
enue toward project construction
to both restore the environment
and improve the quality of life for
"Our cost-saving efforts are al-
lowing the District to inject more
revenues back into turn-dirt proj-
ects that directly improve water
quality, develop water supplies,
enhance the environment, pro-
vide flood protection and expand
services for our communities,"
Chairman Buermann said.
The District's annual budget
is funded by a combination of ad
valorem (property) taxes, and by
other sources such as federal and
state revenues, permit fees and
the Everglades Agricultural Area
privilege tax. Less than 20 percent
of the total 2009 budget comes
from property taxes.
The approved tax rates, un-
changed from Fiscal Year 2008,
represent 62.4 cents per thousand
dollars of value in 15 of the Dis-
trict's 16 counties (the Okeecho-
bee Basin). For example, a home
with a taxable value of $200,000
(assessed value of $250,000, less
the $50,000 homestead exemp-
tion) would see a total District
tax bill of $124.80. For Collier
County and mainland Monroe
County (the Big Cypress Basin),
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per thousand. A similar home in
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GAINESVILLE Now is the
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from agricultural producers.
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a bipartisan, comprehensive na-
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Students of the Week
Students are achieving excellence every day at Everglades Elementary. Students of the Week for Sept. 22 are: Kindergar-
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Travis McKenna, Katilyn Broadrick, Sajel Mull; Second: Enoc Leon, Stephanie Dossey, Caleb Pfingston, Faith Pritchett,
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bernik, Alex Hernandez, Dillan Berry, Andrew Young. Congratulations to our many outstanding students!
Seminole Elementary holds
Volunteer Breakfast Orientation
On Sept. 11, 2008 the faculty at
Seminole Elementary School held
a Volunteer Kickoff Breakfast Ori-
entation. Parents and community
enjoyed a light breakfast as they
learned how to become a volun-
teer and learned about the differ-
ence they can make in the lives of
Studies prove that students
who have parents and families
who are actively involved in their
children's education perform
better in school. These students
consistently score higher on stan-
dardized tests and receive good
grades in class.
One of our goals this year is to
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Effectively form school-to-
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munications with all families
each year about school programs
and their children's progress.
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to help students at home with
homework and other curricular-
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Include parents in school
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Computer Lab Assistant: help
students with basic computer
skills while monitoring the lab,
computers, and students.
Guest Reader: read short sto-
ries, poems, or other literature to
the students (please schedule a
time in advance).
Media Center Assistant: help
students locate books, check out
books, and return books to their
Social and Event Chaperones:
attend field trips and other events
to monitor students.
Office Assistant: answer
phones, photocopy written ma-
terial, and perform other clerical
Hall and bus monitor: assist
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At Central Elementary School,
Ms. Enfinger's class would like
to welcome two new students,
SQuintin and Dustin. Welcome to
our school. Students have been
working hard to learn reading
and math state benchmarks. They
-are reading for AR and looking
forward to a trip to Golden Cor-
ral. Students have logged in many
hours on our Success Maker Pro-
gram, where they practice reading
and math skills. Thanks to those
parents who send snacks. We re-
-ally do appreciate it. The students
get hungry toward the end of the
Sday. Thank You!
Congratulations to our stu-
dents of the week, Lauren Bost-
wick and Robert Bigford. Don't
forget to read. Third grade is pre-
paring for our first field trip Octo-
ber 17th to Dolly Hand Theater in
West Palm Beach.
In Mrs. Snyder's third Grade
we are learning many new things
this year. One of those includes
how to go back into a story to
find an answer to a question. This
is a very important skill that we
will be using all year. In Reading
we are having a blast reading our
new stories. We are also working
on figuring out the main idea and
details that go with each story. In
Math we are learning place value
and rounding numbers. We are
also getting into adding and sub-
Stracting 2, 3, and 4 digit numbers.
Parents, at home you can start
.working on basic multiplication
facts. In Science we have covered
Matter and Energy and are work-
ing on Heat. Science seems to be
a hit this year so keep encourag-
,ing your child to read the book.
;We have had quite a few Students
*,of the Week so far. They include
indsay Lipscomb, Hannah Mo-
,rales, Raymond McMillan, Sarah
'Gabor, and Dylan White. Way to
-show your three Rs. For birthdays
,we had Melissa Rosalino, and
:Jonathan Bustos in August, Ale-
jandro Bucio, Logan Selph-Dunn,
:;and Dylan White in September.
Happy Birthday to everyone.
Mrs. Norman's class is work-
ing hard. We are enjoying our
new Reading series and working
on the Unit 1 review. In math we
are rounding numbers and in sci-
ence we are learning about heat.
The students are working hard in
writing and making Solar System
books. Our students of the week
were Maria Aguilar, Zachary Lara,
Dalton Arnold, Cole Melton, Me-
dian Voropayera, and Raven Raul-
erson. Thank you parents and
family for all otyour help and sup-
port! Remember to keep reading
and working hard.
Third Grade BASE
Congratulations to our stu-
dents of the week: Hunter Strick-
land, Mckayla Skinner, Mariah
Aguirre, and Taylor Jordan.
In Science, we are working
on heat. In writing and Span-
ish, we will be working on our
planet books. In math, we will be
learning about estimating sums.
Please remember to initial the
100 Book Challenge folder when
your child reads for 15 minutes
Students at Central Elemen-
tary will be able to participate in
Central's first Excellent Achievers
Night this coming Oct. 2, from 6 -
7 p.m. The fourth grade teachers
will help with some mini-work-
shops on writing and vocabulary.
Speaking of writing, the fourth
graders are on track and learning
about strong lead sentences and
introductions. Many students are
beginning to put all the elements
together as write essays. If you
looked around the Writing Display
last week, you saw Cinquain po-
ems, reflections, information tid-
bits, and stories about astronauts,
desert animals, and even our
Constitution. The fourth graders
continue their journey in learning
how to elaborate and extend their
sentences for abetter writing. The
fourth graders will also participate
MOCK Presidential Election in
early October. Thanks to Mrs.
In Mrs. Pritchard's Class: Car-
rie Wharin and Tsaggaris Olsen
have been recent Students of the
Week and Happy Belated Birth-
day to Fernendo Moore. Students
learned about lobbying and a
majority vote when trying to de-
" cide on a name for a panther for
a contest. The class had to revote
some six times to get a majority
Democracy in action! Students
learned how easy it was to cre-
ate a list poem, discovered some
different types of apples and even
discovered that baked apples ui
quick applesauce can be quite
tasty. The students earned their
first walking trip for ice cream
because of excellent classroom
behaviors and Tootsie Roll Chal-
lenge seems to be a popular way
to add and subtract! Many stu-
dents need to work on -- MEMO-
RIZE their multiplication facts and
we look forward to some of our
students giving a presentation or
debate the issues between the Re-
publican and Democratic Parties.
Happy Birthday to Marizol (with a
Z) and Ryan in October and good
luck to Mrs. Pritchard as she pre-
pares for the final training in her
60 mile walk for Breast Cancer
Awareness at the end of Octo-
ber! And finally, Mrs. Pritchard is
VERY proud of her class and their
accomplishments with Success
Maker. Many students are work-
ing beyond their abilities and
therefore, improving their skills
and comprehension! Way to go!
Mr. Goff's students are very
amazed that the first quarter is
already half over. We are having
so much fun that we didn't notice
the time flying by. Mr. Goff is very
proud of his class for all of the ef
fort they have put into their work
and he is also very proud of the
great behavior they have show
so far. In math we just wrapped
up chapter three which dealt witl
rounding numbers and estimate
ing numbers. In reading we ar
really enjoying working with the
new reading books. We are also
working hard so we can mee
our Accelerated Reader goal sc
we can go to Golden Corral a
the end of the quarter. We ar
also busy recording our 100 boo
challenge steps so we can get ti
100 steps very soon. In science
we finished chapter two which
was on sound. We learned hov
sounds are made and why w
sometimes hear echoes.
The third grade students hav
been working in Success Maker
Reading Workshop and Mat]
Concept and Skills while the
fourth graders have been working
in Readers Workshop and Mati
Concept and Skill 2. The second
graders are working on Initia
Reading and Math Concept an
Skills. Starting October 1st stu
dents will be trying to earn Gol
Success Maker points to spen
on prizes in the lab. So parents b
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!Everglades students working hard
This was a very busy week at
"Everglades Elementary School.
"The students and teachers worked
,hard and celebrated many suc-
SEach classroom picks a stu-
'dent of the week each week.
SThese students are boys and girls
who work hard and show respect
for their school, their teachers,
their peers and themselves.
The last Friday of the month
these boys and girls are celebrat-
ed with a "Student Of The Week
Luncheon." Their parents or an-
other guest is invited to school to
have lunch with them. We had
a great turn out this month and
look forward to seeing more of
our parents at the luncheons in
Also, this week we had the
book fair. Mrs. Fuller hosted the
book fair in the Media Center ev-
ery day this week. The boys and
girls were able to come down and
purchase a book of their choice.
Each time they bought a book,
their name was entered into a
drawing. On Friday, Mrs. Fuller
picked 10 names from the jar and
these students were able to pick
a free book. How great is that-
they got to choose from any book
in the fair.
Also this week we have been
campaigning for Student Council
officer. The students that are run-
ning have given their speeches
over the AM news. This coming
Tuesday, the boys and girls will
vote and elect their officer for the
'08-'09 school year. Good luck to
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Okeechobee News, Sunday, September 28, 2008 13
Okeechobee High JV falls to Sebring
By Charles M. Murphy
Some key mistakes like a fluke
blocked punt, and penalties, cost
the Okeechobee High School
Brahmans junior varsity Thursday
night as they were defeated by
Quanny Williams scored on
a five yard quarterback scramble
and Andre Umphry scored on a
two yard touchdown to provide
Sebring's scoring. Williams noted
his team really wanted to win be-
cause they have gotten off to a
rough start this year.
"We had to come out and play
with all our heart. 0-3 is a hard
feeling," he noted.
Okeechobee's offense strug-
gled in the first half and didn't get
a first down in the first 20 min-
utes. They played better in the
second half and scored with just
over three minutes left, but. it was
too little, too late.
"It was a physical game but we
came out flat," Brahmans Coach
John Kemp said, "If we play the
first half like we did the second
half, it would have been a differ-
Okeechobee had their chanc-
es but couldn't take advantage.
They recovered a fumble on the
opening kickoff at the Sebring 37.
However QB Colby Frank was in-
tercepted on third down.
From there Sebring drove 95
yards to score. The big play was
a 50 yard pass from Williams to
tight end Zach Osha. He was wide
open in the secondary and ran
the ball down to the Okeechobee
20 yard line.
"We've been 0-3 and we want-
ed to come out strong tonight. I
think when I caught that ball it
really pumped the team up. I'd
been dropping a lot of passes in
practice and when I caught that
ball we really got pumped," Osha
Sebring wrapped up the near
nine minute drive with Umphry's
John Kemp (left) didn't find much running room in the first half of Thursday's game
touchdown soon afterward. A
key play was a 4th and two at
the Brahman twelve yard line.
Okeechobee's defense was called
for off sides which gave the Blue
Streaks a gift first and goal.
Umphry caught a pass from
Williams for a two point conver-
sion to give Okeechobee an 8-0
Sebring drove down to the
Brahman four yard line on their
second drive thanks to a short
punt. Osha caught a 27 yard pass
to put the ball at the 11 yard line.
From there the Brahmans defense
held and Sebring missed a 22 yard
field goal attempt.
Okeechobee's special team
gave Sebring another gift on the
next series. The punt appeared to
hit an Okeechobee blocker and
Sebring took over at the Brah-
mans nine yard line. From there
Williams scored on a scramble
when his receivers were well
covered. The conversion attempt
failed and Sebring led 14-0.
Brant Durrance recovered a
squib kick to start the second half
and it appeared the offense might
get something going in the third
quarter. Kemp ran two trap plays
up the middle for 22 yards and
the Brahmans first, first down of
the night. On the next play Kemp
broke into the open for an appar-
ent 31 yard touchdown run. How-
ever the play was called back on a
holding penalty against Okeecho-
Kemp recovered a Sebring
fumble on the next series at the
30 yard line. Okeechobee moved
the ball for a first down at the Blue
Streaks 16 yard line. However,
Okeechobee was held on fourth
and eight and Sebring took over.
Frank picked off a Sebring pass
to give the Brahmans another
chance early in the fourth quar-
ter. This time Okeechobee drove
57 yards in ten plays to get on the
Key plays included a 25 yard
run by Kemp and a 15 yard per-
sonal foul call on the Sebring de-
fense. On third and goal from the
one, Kemp battled and bruised
his way into the end zone to get
Okeechobee on the board. The
conversion failed but Okeecho-
bee had life, as they now trailed
Okeechobee would not see
the ball again as Sebring ran out
the clock with three first downs to
end the game.
Justin Wilkerson and Brandon
Cardenas had stops behind the
line of scrimmage for Okeecho-
Okeechobee had 85 yards in
offense. Kemp had 73 yards in 16
carries. Alonzo Coleman caught
two passes for eight yards and ran
for six yards. Bascum Drawdy had
nine yards on eight carries.
The junior varsity travels to
Lake Placid next Thursday. Game
time is 7 p.m.
Benefit golf tourney
Raulerson Hospital will spon-
sor the Third Annual United Way
"Greater Open Golf Tournament"
on Oct. 18, at the Okeechobee
Golf and Country Club. Great
prizes will be offered, a vehicle
for a "Hole in One," closest to
the Line, closest to the Pin on all
par 3s, a personally autographed
Jack Nicklaus 460 driver with
head cover, and much more. The
"Scramble" tournament starts
with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.
Hole sponsorships are still
available and teams are now
forming. For more information
or to register for this United Way
Golf team wins again
By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee narrowly de-
feated Treasure Coast by one
stroke in a three-team match
Thursday at the Saints Country
Club in Port St. Lucie.
Corey White led the team
with a four over par, 40. Danny
Busban made his debut with a
seven over 43. Tyler Platt and
Mike Watson shot 44. Mike Sch-
weigert of Treasure Coast shot a
38 to lead all golfers.
Okeechobee improved to
(10-4) with the two victories.
Okeechobee scored 171,
Treasure Coast 172, and Port St.
Golf Coach Mark Ward said
the team continues to play well.
He noted Danny Busban earned
a spot in the rotation for the first
time this year and played very
well. He noted that was the key
to the match.
We had a rough week with
three matches on the road,
that's a lot for young kids. There
was some fatigue,",Ward said,
"Danny certainly didn't have any
jitters. He got the opportunity
and took advantage of it."
Ward noted that there are
only five spots open for the team
when they play districts and
with 10 golfers on the squad, the
ones that are playing the best at
that time are going to make the
cut. He noted the competition
should keep his boys in good
The girl's golf team fell to
Lincoln Park Academy. Lincoln
Park shot 169 and Okeechobee
shot 248. Port St. Lucie didn't
have a full team and earned an
Taylor Fulford shot 58 to lead
Okeechobee. Emily Raulerson
shot 61. Paige Arnold shot 63
and Raychel Rabon a 66. Ali
Schrader shot a 39 to lead Lin-
The boy's next match is pext
Wednesday. The site is to be de-
Fund Raiser golf tournament,
please call Bill Casian at 863-824-
2702 or'e-mail me at: William.ca-
Guru to speak to
Nationally known recruiting
guru, Jack Renkens, is coming to
the OHS cafeteria on Oct. 2, 2008
at 5:30 p.m. His presentation is
an hour long, motivating speech,
about the do's and don't of the
college recruiting process. All
student-athletes who are in .the
8th grade and above, and their
parents, are invited and encour-
aged to attend. All student-Ath-
letes will have an opportunity to
win door prizes! Snacks will be
Signups plained for
The First Baptist Church of
Okeechobee will be hosting up-
ward basketball and, cheerlead-
ing for grades first through sixth,
boys and girls.
Registration will begin Oct.
1. The cost is $65 through Oct.
26 and $75 if signup occurs be-
tween Oct. 27 and Nov. 4.
The deadline for registration
will be Nov. 4. To register, come
to the ROC or the church office.
For more information, please call
863-467-7625 or 863-763-2171.
VFW Auxiliary plans
The VFW Post 10539 Ladies
Taylor Creek Bass Club, Inc.
23rd Annual Kids' Day Fishing Festival
October 26. 2008 Okeechobee AG Center
A Responsible Adult must accompany the participants!
The contestants, parents or guardians hereby agree to idemnify and hold
Harmless all members, officers and officials of Taylor Creek Bass
Club and Okeechobee Ag Center for any liabilities and/or damages arising
from the contestants participation in the Kids' Day Fishing Festival.
MAIL REGISTRATION FORM BY OCTOBER 19, 2008 to
DAVE STOUT 814 S.E. 25th Street, Okeechobee, FL 34974
Or drop off at The Okeechobee News Office, The Pennysaver or Pogey's Restaurant.
23rd Annual Kids Day Fishing Festival
The 23rd annual Kids Day Fishing Festival will be held Oct. 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the
Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center. The event is free and open to all children ages 4 to 14. The
Taylor Creek Bass Club provides fishing poles and bait, as well as free hot dogs and sodas
for the children. Drawings are held for door prizes which are donated by local businesses.
Advance registration is required so the club knows how many children to plan for.
Auxiliary will hold their third an2
nual golf tournament on Sept. 27
at the Indianwood Golf and Coun-
try Club, Indiantown. Tee off will
be at 8 a.m., sign up at the VFW
Post 10539 or mail in entry forms.
Entry fees are $50 individuals or
$220 for 4 person teams. Hole
sponsorship is available and ap-
preciated. Everyone is welcome!
Proceeds will go to support the
VFW National Home for Children
and the Wounded Warrior Pro-
gram. For information call Cheryl
Beniot at 863-697-2930.
Fall Bowling Leagues
Sign up now for bowling
leagues at Stardust Lanes. Leagues
will play Monday through Friday
and Sunday. For information call
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COCKATIEL female, yellow,
lost vic of Taylor Creek Isles.
Call (863)467-8198 if fund.
SCHNAUZER Black, Very
hairy, Long ears, cropped
tail. Lost/Missing! Please call
YELLOW LAB Male, Vic. of
Buckhead Ridge. Blue collar
w/wrong # on tag. Missed!
Please call (863)634-6322
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cant provide a good home!
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Financial Merchandise Agriculture
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The Parenting Business Air Conditioners 505 Christmas Trees 745
Professionals Opportunities 305 Antiques 510 Farm Equipment 805
n of c a Money Lenders 310 Appliances 515 Farm Feed/Products 810
evenon ofchild abusOFFICE Tax Preparation 315 Appliance Parts 520 Lamps $17, 100 Barstools Farm Miscellaneous 815
467-7771 COORD R Beauty Supplies 525 $39 up, 50 Desks $97 up, Farm Produce 820
467-77 COORDINATOR Bicycles 530 3Pc Dropleaf Dinette $197, Farm Services
SBooks & Magazines535 50 Table and 4 Chairs $397 Offered 825
7L Brands, LLC, in Palm- Building Materials540 up, 200 Recliners $297 up, Farm Supplies/
A t dale, FL has an immediate O o t it i .Business Equipment 545 50 2pc Sofa & Loveseat S Services Wanted 830
opening for an Office Coor- Carpets/Rugs 550 sets $687 up, 50 TV Ent. Fertilizer 835
dinator. Qualified applicants Children's Jtems 555 Centers $167 up, 2 Pc Horses 840
must possess general to inNOTICE China, Glassware, Etc 560 Queen Bed set $297 up, 50 Landscaping
depth knowledge of AP/AR, Independent Newspapers will Clothing 565 4Pc Bedroom sets $387 up, Supplies 845
Inventory Control, Purchas- ndepeneCp 570 3Pc Livi tawn & Garden 850in Samps
ing, Fixed Asets Manage- never accept any adverise- mps 570 3Pc Livingroom tables wn Garden 850
Employmenting, Fixed Assets Manage- ntthat is Illegal or con- Collectibles 575 $97up, 100 headboards Livestock 855
FullTime 205 Qualified applicants shall sidered fraudulent. In all Computer/Video 580 $79 up. Poultry/Supplies 860
Employment 205 Qualso possess strong knowl- cases of questionable val- Crafts/Supplies 585 Seeds/Plants/
Medical 210 edge of Microsoft Software ue, such as promises of Cruises 590 Flowers 865
Employment and General Ledger applica- guaranteed income from Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
EmployTiment 215 tons This person mst be work-at-home programs i Fireplace Fixture 600
Employment able to multi-task, indepen- it sounds too good to be Firewood 605
Sdently manage and complete true, chances are that it is. Furniture 610
Wanted 220 assignments, possess II you have questions or Furs 615
Job Information 225 strong oral and written com- doubts about any ad on Health 8 Reducing
Job Training 227 munication skills, build and these pages, we advise that Equipment 620 MOWER 7FT
Sales 230 analyze data and support the before responding or send- Heating Equipment/ MOWER 7FT W/Deutz 5220
management team in all as- ing money ahead of lime, Supplies 625 GUN RACK Mounts to wall, 26 hp Diesel w/3pt photo
Emtpects of the daily operations you check with the Better Housphold Items 630 Locking drawer. Holds u 2to availa le $3000.
of the plant. Business Bureau at Jewelry 635 4. Great Condition(863)357-5837
oi5772-878-2010 for previous Lamps/Lights .:640 (863)634-6601 : -
7L Brands, LLC offers com- complaints. LugIage 645 &I i
etitive wages and an excel- Medical Items 650
l benefit package. Some 800 and 900 telephone Miscellaneous 655 I
S Qualified applicants should numbers may require an Musical Instrmets 660
mail, e-mail or fax resume to: extra charge, as well as Office Supplies/, Chr tian B ooks,
long distance toll costs. We Equipment 665 C hristian B ooks,
All qualified applicants 7L Brands, LLC will do our best to alert our Pets/Supplies B les and V ideos
must: have previous Attn: Loyda Rivera reader of these charges in Services 670 B ibles and Videos
accounting experience; 106 SW County Rd 721 the ads, but occasionally Photography 675
be well organized; be Okeechobee, FL 34974 we may not be aware of the Plumbing Supplies 680rean
dependable; e able Loyda.rivera@lykesco9 m charges. Therefore, if you Pools e Supplies 685 1 N atu res Pantry
to multi-task; and be Fax: 863-763-6159 call a number out of your Restaurant 417 W S Park St e (863) 467-1243
a quick learner. AA, EOE,DFW M/F/D/V area, use caution. Equipment 690
Satellite 695 ate
Qualified applicants only, Sewing Machines 700 MRe tals
please send resumes to: Services Sporting Goods 705
empl omease nt How do you find a job Inseervicett Stereo Equipment 710 TRAILER 10 x 60 BHR Water
qilbertchevrolet.com today's competitive Televiision/Radio 715 front property with front &
DFWP/EE market? In the employ- Tickets 720 back porch, fl room & sun I t
S meant section of the clas- Tools 725 room. Needs TLC
sMafeds Toys & Games 730 $3000/neg. (863)467-1524
Experienced Drywall Finisher VCRS 735 Apartments 905
for Basinger area. Babysitting 405 Wanted to Buy 740 I Business Places 910
239-293-4217 c or Child Care Needed410 Commercial
863-824-0015 office ) Child Care Offered415 Property 915
RN/LPN Team Leader Instruction 420 35oGALLONHexFish Tandos
The classifeds are the 2 yrs. supervisory exp. needed Insuervices Offer 430 Call for i(863)73-fo $50/firm29 Townhouse- ent92
most successful sales- insurance 430Farm Property -
most successful sales- and current FL RN or LPN Medical Services435 OLDE ENGLISH BULLDOGGE Rent .925
person in town. license. Competitive salary CENTRAL HfAT & AIR UNIT Female, 20 mo's old. Ready House Rent 930
& excellent benefits. Fax Goodman 48k BTU, serviced to breed. Papered & chipped. Land Rent 935
attic, basement and/or or apply at: firm (863)763-3932 NOSE PITBULL PUPP Rent 945
yard sale In the class ,-len u170 S Barfield Hwy Ste 2103
t le s an oa b e eze u ahok, FL (863)467-7197 Rent t 960
hr ( chcinc.ore -L d3)46771$ 50 ch Rtoraed$5
'iEOE/DFWP. HOUSE CLEANING Wh Rent a
READING A Buckhead Ridge area's. Call Storage Unit GENERATOR Pramac, 7500
NE WSPAPER SAVES when youcan $1300 sell for $800 Basswood- 2BR/1BA, tile
d ( 6 35A G C(863)763-3451 throughout, $700 month, 1st
TIME BY HELPNG Y own a Shed & last (863)763-7301 or
PLAN YOUR TIME for the same & G 0 (863)697-1623 Anytime
WISEL License Price? HALEX FOOTBALL Table GARDEN APTS In Town,
& Pressure Washing Call Stanton Regular Adult size. Great 2br/2ba, W&D $850 mo. +
License #1126 Condition. $50. $500. sec. (863)634-5780
FREE ESTIMATES Homes at (863)634-6601ficiey Fr nt-
Reading-291 a-8 0- 0 nwpp VEfficiency For Rent- Single
l ? NEED HELP WE FINANCE Establishd Lawn Business Lg. 2BR- Close to town A/C,
CALL GEORGE CARTER EVERYONE! or Lawn Accounts near clean, $850 +sec., wa-
CALLGEORGECARITER EVERYONE! Okeechobee. (954)793-3203 ter/sewer included Call Vikki
Painting, Repairs, Carpentry nt (561)255-4377 or Kelly
bt Fl Fu .REE CONSULTATION B ui its up to you. Broken safe? (863)697-1339
.(863)763-4775 We can fix it for you. Contact OKEECHOBEE 2br, Iba,
(8 7 0 0 (863)634-0865 Anytime South West section, between
WATER SYSTEM Complete,Central Elem & First Baptist
The most impo f ,,--n t Church. (863)634-7144
The most important 1.5hp pump, water softener, (863)6
20 minutes of your day Pressure tank. New $1250. Taylor Creek Condo-
20 minutes of your day Ing Asking $650. (863)763-3932 2BR/1BA, furnished, boat
rieas atime moent rean dockage, pool & water in-
with your child from o wonder newspaper READING A clouded, completely remod-
birth to age nine. readers enjoy life morel NEWSPAPER MAKES DRESSER & Dressing Table elhd, t totally new kten &
bath, $800 month + 1
YOU A MORE INFORMED w/mirrors Wood dresser month security No pets, Call
and dressing table with (305)522-5024
Reading a newspaper oAND INTERESTING mirrors refinished with dark
helps you understandPe rPERSON. walnut stain and new pulls. ,~ VIKING/PRAIRIE Efficiency.
thep world aoundt you.Will sell separately $600. Very clean! $600/mo. In-
the world around you. (863)467-0094 cludes utilities. No pets. Call
No wonder newspaper Needed P/F, Bird Experience,(863)467-0094- .. 561-329-8205
readers are more suc- clean cages, water & feed, o wonder newspaper Your new home could be
cessful people! sweep & clean floors readers are more popular In today's paper. Have FInd It taster. Sell t soon-
(863)824-0015 vou looked for it? .Fner In the classlfleds
OVERSIZED 1/1 DUPLEX Extra
back room. $695/mo.
Includes lawn maintenance.
TAYLOR CREEK CONDO
Avail. Immediately! Fully
furnished. New carpet. Pool,
Tennis & Boat dock. 1BA 1BR
$685 + electric. Annual
Buying a car? Look In the
classified. Selling a
car? Look In the classi-
2BR/1.5BA, fenced yard,
screened porch, $850 mo.
(863)634-9411 for details
BRAND NEW- Rent or Buy
3br/2ba, 1700 sq ft, laundry,
tiled, $1100/mo. rent.
$5,000 applied to purchase
of $149,900 after 1 year.
3429 NW 40th Dr., Bass-
BUCKHEAD RIDGE 2br
house, furn., all util, beautiful
front screen porch w/hot tub..
BUCKHEAD RIDGE, 2BR/1BA,
CBS Home. W&D. Nice yard.
$750 mo. + sec. & ref's.
Call Don (954)290-0861
DIXIE RANCH 2BR/1BA CBS
Home. Furnished. All appli-
ances. Call (863)357-6700
MINT CONDITION 3BR/2BA,
Tiled living room, carport.
2 bed/2 bath/2 car garage
All appliances included,
and many extras.
A Must See!
$1,000.00/mth + sec.
OKECHOBEE 3BR/1BA Du-
plex, W/D hookup, central
a/c & heat. $690 mo. +
$500 sec. (863)763-4414
OKEE 3405 NW 2nd St, 2br,
1 ba, totally renovated, locat-
ed on corner lot, $650/mo +
$650 dep (239)707-5155
OKEECHOBEE 3BR, 1.5BA,
newly renovated, new septic
system, detached garage,
corner lot, 1310 SE 5th St.
$750 mo. + $750 sec. Op-
tion to buy. (239)707-5155
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage. C/Air. 1st, last &
sec. 863-467-2541 or after
5 pm 863-634-9330
OKEECHOBEE EST- 3/1,
$850/mo, $400 sec dep
OKEECHOBEE- On the water,
1br, Iba, fully furn. W&D,
Elec & satellite, HBO incld.,
Rent to Own 4/2
$1000 mo. new, ready now.
WATERFRONT Fish from
your backyard! 4BR/2BA,
Boat ramp. $1,300/month.
How fast can your car
go? It can go even faster
when you sel It In the
SPACIOUS COUNTRY HOME-
female preferred to share
rent & utilities, 3br home.
$650/mo. + 1st & last mo
rent. Ref's req.
Your new home could be
In today's paper. Have
vou looked for It?
Business Places -
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property- Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Warehouse Space 1015
Waterfront Property 1080
4 bd/2ba CBS, tile
shingles, dbl. garage,
215 00 I"ncluding lot
WILL BUILD HACIENDA
CBC125170 CMC1249343 CFC058088
CBS HOME 3 BR, 2 BA, In-
cludes all appliances & shed,
PRICED TO SELL!4/2CBS,
new, tile throughout,
easy finance. $119,000.
Mobile Home- Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020
BUCKHEAD RIDGE 2br, 2ba,
furnished or unfurnished.
Move in for $750 mo. w/ref's
(863)824-0981 1st mo feel
FT. DRUM 1st time rental,
beautiful D/W on Sac. Ft Drum
creek/pond in back $1000
dep. $700 mo. (772)464-9226
MOBILE HOME- 1BR/1BA, all
util, $600 mo. 863-763-2098
Support Our fight for the pi
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1BR/1BA-Nice Area 8'x24' w/10'x20' attached You Probably Paid Too Much --
1st, Last & Security family rm. 8'x8'6"Shed w/ Compare the Total Pricel '
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(863)983-8107 on Fri 8AM-5PM Sat 8:0OAM-12P
BANK REPO'S 10173 Hwy 441 North, Okeechoboe .
MONTHLY $599 MOVE TO YOUR LAND ., ,, .
Waterfront, Clean & Quiet, Mobile Home Angels 8 3) 46.7-
Okeechobee's Nicest. 561-721-2230 (863) 4 7
1 Bedroom & 2 Bedroom
furnished& unfurnished MOBILE HOME SALE SELECTION OF TIRES
(772)215-0010 2009 3BR/2BA Doublewide
FISH CAMP$43,200- Set-up&A/C 9 9 00 t I
NEW 3/2 DWMH A/C, W/D, 863-983-8106 o
w/ 10 acres, in Four Sea- 863-675-6266 .
sons, F/L/S, $1150/mo. 2009 4BR/2BA ST. LUCIE BATTERY & TIRE
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OKEE.: New 2br/2ba on private Easy Financing
lot, on water, $700/mo. 1st 800-330-8106 _________ 1
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RANCH SETTING 3 BR, 2 HOME VILLAGE Public Noti s
BA, No pets. Available now! 3BR/2BA Doublewide .
Very clean. $650 mo. + sec. $695 mo. Easy Financing
(863)467-1717 (863)983-8107 Automobiles 4005 i, ,
RENTTOOWNAutos Wanted 4010 Public Notice 5005
RENT TO OWN Love the earth Recycle Classic Cars 4015 ublic Notce 5005
Bedrooms e SttePuli ,
2 & 3 Bedrooms your used Items by sell- Oommercial Trucks 4020 State Public-
Immediate Occupancy Ing them in the classl- Constrution Legal Notice 5500 Rotarian Mike Costopoulos (left) p
As Low as $1,000 Down Ceds.uin
$535 mo. Foedreg Carse 4030 'I ley (center) with her certificate hon
(863)983-8106 -Four Wheel Drive 4035 Above Self." Principal Toni Wiersm;
RIVER RUN-2br/2ba furnished, RecreaillO Hqavy Duty Trucks4 IN THE CIRCUIT RTFOR
Parts Repairs 4045 OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
carport & laundry room, r ep 405PROBATE DIVISION
Pickup Trucks 4050 File No. 08-CP-186
large florida room, includes __ __ __ Sport Utility 4055 F .
water & elec. $800 month i Tractor Trailers 4060 IN RE: ESTATE OF R o ty
(863)357-4164 til 5pm & Utility Trailers 4065 JEANETTE ASHBY GRICE
leave message or 305 Vans 4070 Deceased
(863)610-9465 after 5pm Boas R.3005 1
(863)610-96 w aetken 5pm Campers/RVs 3010 NOTICE TO CREDITORS
Jet Skiis 3015 1=I The administration of the estate of Jean-
TREASURE ISLAND, 2br, 2ba Marine Accessories 3020 ette Ashby Grice deceased, whose O k e e c h o b e
Lake access, quiet area. No Marine Miscellaneous 3025 CHEVROLET Select a of death was July 2 2008, is
CHEVROLET Select 94 van pending in the Circuit Court for Okee-
pets. $650/mo., 1st, last & Motorcycles 3030 350 th wheel ch chobee County, Florida, Probate Olma-
sec. dep. (561)743-4331 Sport VehicleATVs 3035 50 engine wi wee cair ontheaddressof which 312NW
lift body fair condition runs Third Street, Okeechobee, Florida By Chauna Aguilar
good no ac $1500/or best 34972. The names and addresses of h
personal representative's attorney are
(863offe)467-61 se83 34-9433 srth bealen e Okeechobee News
S(863)467-6122 e orh deento andher The Rotary Student of the Month
IRWIN 37' center cockpit Sail- All creditors of the decedent and other
boat, needs work, but a steal FORD ESCORT 1996 Two persons having claims or demands program is a new project where the
boat, needs work, but a Steal DoorFiv ed against decedent's estate on whom a
at $5,000. Call o Five Speed, Blue, cpy of this notice is required to be Okeechobee Rotary Club will honor
239-823-2587 everything works, great on served must file their claims with this one OHS senior each month w u
gas. $1300. (863)447-5410 court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3
MORGAN 24 cc fishing boat, MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE presents character centered on the
new Seacocks/fresh bottom, Saturn SL2 00'- 4 dr, cold air, FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE
OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF Rotary International motto "service
inbrd diesel needs rebuild, Auto, PS/PB, 101K miles, SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE above self" They began this program
$4,500. 239-823-2587 New tires/battery, ex. cond. ON THEM. ove
S $3850 neg (863)357-0224 All ether creditors e the decedent and last year. Senior Angela McCall was
01other persons having claims or de-
Moto3 3 mands against decedent's estate eventually named their Student of the
FuWhlfile their claims with this court WITHIN Year for 2007-08.
HARLEY HERTIGAGE Softtail 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE2007-08.
FIRSTHARLEY HERTIGAGE SoftailuL ONFTHIS NOE This award is not based on aca-
Special. 4500 miles, 2 tone ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE
green/silver, lots of chrome CHEVY K20 1975 SWB fIts TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SEC demic performance alone, but rather
& extras, must see. $13,500. n8 superlift 40 in super BATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER a students commitment to their com-
Call 863-634-7021 swampers dual exaust da- BARRED munity.
SUZUKI GZ250 '06 2300 naB0 iton running gear NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS
SG20 6 2300 ORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED The first student of the month for
miles, 80 mpg, exc cond, ebelbrock carb & intake TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER the 2008-09 school years Heather
must see!, $2400 $4000/or best offer. THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS the
(423)667-5972 Okeechobee The date of first publication of this notice insey.
Ss 9-28-o8 As a Rotary Student of the Month,
Personal Representative. Miss Tinsley and all other future stu-
FORD CONVERSION, 1999 JudyJordan dents of the month will have the op-
4904 Georgia Hwy 56 East
rt 4.. ... ".i., ,nKipc hn9 Loaded, low mileage, new y Georgia 3456 portunity to receive one of the Rotary
S. RHINO 2006, Less than 20 Lyons, Georgia 30456 portunityto receiveoneofhthe Rotary
-.. ... battery & tires, very clean, Attomeylor Personal Representative, college scholarships that they present
miles. $8000 or best offer must see, $9,500. Call Elizabeth Maxwell
S -(561)644-9858 39 5 Attorney for Judy Jordan at the end of the academic year.
(561)64-9858863-763-2396 FloddaBar No. 720895
Maxwell& Maxwell PA The Rotary Student of the Month
A advertising is the OkechobW FL34972 is chosen by staff at OHS for their
Telephone (863 763-1119 outstanding achievements especially
keV to a successful x.,,63 63- 179
Skey to a 29359 ON 9/28.1el 08 regarding "Service Above Self."
Miss Tinsley, daughter of Dave and
b u sin ess! SchoolBoard- Gail Tinsley, was recommended for
R each new CntractNetatns this honor by the Career Resource
c At 4 30 pm on Tuesday September Coordinator at.OHS, Bill Black.
School Board will resume contract ne- According to Mr.'Black, "Heather
^ H tice a Khtation wit twenty he Okeechobee# is a caring and conscientious student
f instructional and classified em- who is well organized and has pre-
ployees Collectmve bargaining ses-
stons are open to the public and will pared herself for her chosen career in
'f / US Be held in Room 303 of the architecture. She is involved in sports
C all, u-s- ; .RBoard Administration Building at 700 architecture. She is involved in sports
S W todav/ sw 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee. and clubs at the high school as well
d y Patncla G Cooper, Ed.D.
(863) 763-3134 Superintendent of Schools
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presented the August Rotary Student of the Month Heather Tins-
loring her achievement portraying the Rotarian ethics of "Service
a (right) accompanied Miss Tinsley to the Rotarian luncheon.
e High senior
as church activities and community
Miss Tinsley currently maintains a
3.45 grade point average in a tough
schedule of advanced placement,
dual enrollment and honors classes.
She is also involved in extracurricular
activities such as National Honor So-
ciety and.Poetry Club.
She is a four-year letterman in
Cross Country and a three-year letter-
man in both soccer and track.
Miss Tinsley hopes to one day be
"one of those grandmothers who run
marathons." She currently runs ap-
proximately 40 miles a week.
She is very involved in the- draft-
ing program at OHS and will be. a
program complete in good standing
to be in the running for the Drafting
Award which honors drafting students
for their cumulative efforts through-
out the program. She looks forward
to attending University of Florida as
her first choice of college to pursue
her architectural degree.
When asked what type of architec-
ture that she wishes to work in her ca-
reer, Miss Tinsley responded, "I want
to design everything from houses to
Miss Tinsley explained that she
does not want to limit herself to any
specific area because she feels that
she has the ability to do anything that-
she puts her mind to.
Long term, she wants to work for
a architectural company for approxi-
mately ten years and then open up
her own business.
In addition to her school career,
she has also volunteered for four
years as an assistant soccer coach for
the Okeechobee Parks and Recreation
Her most rewarding moment as
an assistant soccer coach has been to
see the children succeed and realize
that all of their hard work made a dif-
ference in their team. Through coach-
ing she strives to teach the children
skills, commitment and desire to be
the best they can be.
Miss Tinsley made a point to thank
her.parents and siblings for their con-
tinued support throughout her life by
always being there for her for early
morning practices over the years. She
thanked her family for allowing her to
reach her full potential.
Rotarian Billy Dean stated in re-
gards to Miss Tinsley that she, "is a
great example for what a successful
high school athlete can give back to
Rotary International is a world-
wide organization of business and
professional leaders that provide hu-
manitarian service encourage high
ethical standards in all vocations and
help build goodwill and peace in the
For more information on joining
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contact Maureen Budjinski at 863-
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16 Okeechobee News, Sunday, September 28, 2008
Brahmans win third straight in district opener
By Charles M. Murphy
Garrett Madrigal threw three
touchdown passes and Lonnie
Pryor had 271 yards in total of-
fense as Okeechobee (3-1) de-
feated Sebastian River, 30-14, to
open their District 13-4A schedule
on Friday night.
It was a sweet victory for
Okeechobee which erased for
one year the memories of six
straight losses at Sebastian River.
The only Okeechobee win in Se-
bastian was back in 1994.
"I feel great about the win,"
Madrigal said afterward, "Still we
have little things to work on and
get exactly right. I feel like next
week against Glades Day we will
hit on all cylinders and get the
Madrigal threw for 175 yards
and spread the ball around throw-
ing touchdowns to three different
Pryor was held in check in the
first quarter but then burst free
with long runs of 32, 58 and 49
yards on the night. He also caught
a touchdown pass.
"It was a good game. The first
half was kind of slow but we fixed
some plays at halftime and we
executed in the second half," he
Sebastian River played tough
defense early on and Okeechobee
only led 3-0 after the first quarter,
and 10-6 with two minutes left in
Okeechobee's first drive start-
ed at the 18 and ended with a 41
yard Alan Najera field goal. Sam
Dixon, who had a great game
on defense with double digits in
tackles, caught a third down pass
and rumbled 39 yards down field
to give Okeechobee a first down.
Pryor rushed for 18 yards on the
next play and Okeechobee got a
first and goal when Mike Minondo
grabbed an 11 yard pass. How-
ever two penalties and a quarter-
back sack denied Okeechobee
the touchdown. Najera's kick
still put them on the board with
over four minutes to go in the first
After an exchange of punts,
Okeechobee drove 49 yards in
five plays to go up by 10. Walt
Fortner caught a 10 yard pass and
Pryor rushed up the middle for 32
yards. Minondo caught a 12 yard
pass from Madrigal on second
and goal for the touchdown.
+ The score remained that way
until a special teams blunder
cost the Brahmans a touchdown.
Cortez Ash blocked a punt and
Sebastian took over at the Brah-
man seven yard line. Fred Macon,
who finished with 101 yards rush-
ing, scored on a seven yard run
to make it 10-6. Sebastian missed
the extra point.
Okeechobee struck back in
just 50 seconds thanks to Pryor.
He rumbled down field for 58
yards running through his own
teammates blocking down field
and defenders. He scored two
plays later on a five yard run, car-
rying Sebastians Emmanuel Rel-
ford into the end zone for a 16-6
half time lead.
Coach Branham said Pryor
had yet to have a 200 yard game
and that he was surprised he had
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Place kicker Alan Najara
practices before Friday's
game with Sebastian River.
He would connect on a 41
yard field goal in the game.
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Erick McQueen helped a third
quarter drive which put the
game away for Okeechobee
at Friday's game with Sebas-
"He's starting to do it now and it
doesn't seem like he's doing it, he
is such a special back," he noted.
Okeechobee took command
on the first series of the second
Erick McQueen entered the
game and had an immediate im-
pact. He caught an 18 yard pass
for a first down and then caught
a pass on the same pattern for
20 yards and a touchdown. The
score ended a quick 64 yard drive
and gave Okeechobee a 23-6 ad-
Okeechobee's final score was
set up by a fumble recovery by
Tony Kibler, who had another
strong game on the defensive
Okeechobee drove 41 yards
in five plays thanks again to a re-
markable effort by Pryor. Madri-
gal hit Fortner on a 15 yard pass to
the Sharks 24. Pryor took a swing
pass on second down and was
in the sights of six defenders. He
made one miss badly in the open
field, changed gears and ran by
them for a 21 yard touchdown
reception. The extra point gave
Okeechobee a 30-6 lead.
"The second half was great,"
Pryor noted, "If we play like that
no one can stop us."
Pryor surpassed 3,500 yards
rushing in his career, and has a
good shot to exceed 4,000 with at
least six games remaining in his
high school career.
"I think I can do it. I just thank
God and I love my team," he
Sebastian's final score came
late in the game thanks to the ef-
forts of Ash. He scrambled three
times for 31 yards and threw two
passes to Stephen Clark for an-
other 46 yards. Ash ran six yards
for the touchdown to make it
30-12. He then hit Tyrone Collins
with a pass for the two point con-
Even with the win, Coach Bra-
nham said he has some things to
work on this week like special
"Overall defensively and offen-
sively we are getting better each
week. We were a little lackadaisi-
cal this week for an important dis-
trict game. It was a chess match
all night between their defense
and our offense. We finally fig-
ured it out in the second half and
wore them down," he added.
Barry Ross had a sack for Se-
bastian River in the first quarter.
Cortez Ash had a sack in the sec-
Terrance Allen and Justin Con-
rad combined on a sack of Ash
for a four yard loss in the first
Sebastian River did not com-
plete a pass until the final drive of
Emmanuel Relford had an in-
terception for the Sharks (1-3).
Sam Dixon and Carson Wil-
liams shared on a sack in the
fourth quarter. Dixon also
knocked a pass down with his
rush late in the game.
JOsh McCall and Brant Harden
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Brant Harden (right) played his first game of the year Friday
after he returned from a broken foot.
also had a tackle behind the line
of scrimmage late in the game.
Okeechobee 3 13 7 7--30
Sebastian R. 0 6 0 8--14
Okee: Najera 41 yard field goal.
Okee: Minondo 12 yard pass
from Madrigal. (Najara kick) 7:59.
SR: Macon seven yard run. (kick
failed) 1:58. 10-6
Okee: Pryor five yard run. (kick
blocked) 1:08. 16-6.
Okee: McQueen 20 yard pass
from Madrigal. (Najara kick)
Okee: Pryor 21 yard pass from
Madrigal. (Najara kick) 7:52.
SR: Ash six yard run. (Collins
pass) 0:53. 30-14.
Passing ATT Comp Yds TD Int
Madrigal 18 11 175 3 1
Rushing No. Yds
Madrigal 6 -19
Pryor 29 252
Taggart 3 8
Fortner 1 -6
McQueen 3 17
Givens 1 0
Area scores Friday
Moore Haven 61, N.Miami 20;
Fort Pierce 39, Martin County 17;
Bayside 20, Centennial 12;
Palm Bay 43, Port St. Lucie 0;
Atlantic 28, Treasure Coast 14;
South Fork 29, Santaluces 21:
Vero Beach 26, Palm Beach G. 0
Pahokee 34, Jupiter 10;
Glades Central 43, Clewiston 0;
TampaCatholic 30, Lake Placid 3;
Hardee 24, Avon Park 7;
Frostproof 42, Sebring 14;
Amer Heritage 47, St. Edwards 0;
Westwood 41, Jensen Beach 13;
District 13-4A Standing
Team W-L All PF PA
Westwood 1-0 4-0 131 60
Okeechobee 1-0 3-1 140 67
Ft. Pierce 1-0 2-1 87 70
Sebastian R. 0-1 1-3 65 95
Jensen Beach 0-1 1-3 59 115
Martin County 0-1 0-4 50 136
District player of the week,
Lonnie Pryor of Okeechobee.
He scored two touchdowns and
had 273 yards in total offense in
Okeechobee's win over Sebastian
How Okeechobee opponents
fared, Jupiter Christian improved
to 4-0 with a 54-0 win over Sum-
mit Christian. Ft. Pierce (2-1) de-
feated Martin County 39-17. Cen-
tennial (1-3) lost to Bayside 20-12.
Sebring (1-3) lost to Frostproof
Glades Daywas idle.Westwood
(4-0) defeated Jensen Beach (1-3)
41-13. Martin County (0-4) lost to
Ft. Pierce 39-17. Clewiston (2-2)
lost to Glades Central 43-0.
Okeechobee team statistics
(after four games)
Passing AttComp /o YdsTdsInt
Madrigal 50 31 62.0455 7 2
Lonnie Pryor 90
Kerwin Givens 3
Kareem Jones 1
Shane Taggart 9
Receiving No. Yds
Mike Minondo 4 79
Lonnie Pryor 5 63
Kareem Jones 1 26
Shane Taggart 1 7
Nate Pollard 5 76
Erick McQueen3 46
Walt Fortner 10 206
Sam Dixon 1 39
Curtis Everett 1 1
Totals 31 455
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18 Okeechobee News, Sunday, September 28, 2008
Visitors Can Cash In At Roadshow
Gold scrap selling big at Roadshow,
as price for metal hits record high
BY ARCHIE DAVIS
Roadshow Representative Staff Writer
Roadshow Representative Archie Davis assists a visitor with pocket watches
and clocks. The collection sold at the Roadshow for more than $2,000. Other
visitors brought a variety of items including coins, toys, dolls and trains.
Admission is free and no appointment is necessary.
()kcccholcc .- Clean out your attics,
closets and lock box, the Roadshow is
coming to town. Roadshow experts are in
town all this week purchasing antiques and
While the Roadshow will accept anything
that's old, they are focusing on gold and
silver, also coins made before 1965, military
items, musical instruments, pocket and wrist
watches. Modem jewelry with diamonds
and other precious stones are also being
One person that attended the Roadshow
brought in art 1864 Civil War sword and
a coin collection and left 45 minutes later
$10,000 richer. Another was not as lucky
but seemed happy with the $355.00 they
received for broken -gold jewelry. "I think
this is a great idea" said one lady that sold
her old class ring and some broken gold
chains. "The stuff was just lying in a dresser
drawer for years." She received $248.42 for
her efforts. JeffParsons, the president of
the Treasure Hunters Roadshow explained
what the show is all about. It's a chance for
anyone to sell their stuff and get what it's
really worth he said. It seems everyone has
items they have wondered about or want to
sell but really don't know where to go said
Parsons. He said the show has been in over
600 cities since 2001. When asked what
the most memorable experience was he had
a quick answer. "Without a doubt it was
a show in Pennsylvania when an elderly
gentleman asked if we could send someone
with him to visit an old toy store he had
closed down 50 years ago. It was like
walking back in time" Parsons said "the
store's 50 year old inventory was still on
the shelves the store was a treasure trove of
collectible toys. I have never seen anything
like it. It was simply unbelievable!"
It seems the store was closed due to World
War II. "I had to go serve my country." the
owner told Parsons. Serve he did for the
next 35 years. The collection of vintage toys
still in their original boxes sold for more
than $650,000. All this week Roadshow
experts will be accepting various types of
antiques and collectibles. The event is free
and no appointment is necessary.
members are looking for
the following types of
COINS Any and all coins-made
before 1965. This includes all
+ silver and-gold coins, dollars,
half dollars, quarters, dimes,
nickels and pennies. All conditions
GOLD & SILVt-R PRICES AT
25 YEAR HIGH! for platinum,
gold and silver during this
event. Broken Jewelry, dental
gold, old coins, pocket watches,
Kruggerands, Gold Bars Canadian
Maple Leafs, etc.
J EW F-l RY -Gold, Silver,
Platinum, diamonds, rubies',
sapphires and all types of stones,
metals, etc. Rings, bracelets,
necklaces, all others including
broken jewelry Early costume
* WATCHES Rolex, Tiffany.
Hublot. Omega, Chopard, Cartier,
Philippe, Ebel, Waltham. Swatch.
* POCKET WATCHES Chopard,
Elgin. Bunn Special, Railroad,
S'TOYS All types of toys made
before 1965 including- Hot
Wheels. Tonka. Budd. L, Smith
Miller. Nylint. Robots. battery
toys, Mickey Mouse, all others.
* TRAINS Train sets. all gauges,
accessories, Indi\idual cars,
I arklin, American Fl)er, Lionel,
Hafner, all others.
*DOLLS Barbie Dolls, GI Joe,
Shirle. Temple, Characters,
German. all makers accepted.
* SWORDS;- The older the better
all types wanted.
* MILITARY ITEMS Civil,
Revolutionary, WWI, WWII, etc.
Items of interest
include swords, badges, clothes,
knives, gear, letters, etc.
* ADVERTISING ITEMS
Metal and Porcelain signs, gas
companies,, beer and liquor
makers, automobile, implements,
* TIFFANY Items signed by LCT,
lamps, vases, art glass, etc.
September 30, October 1,2,3,4
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
Holiday Inn Express
3101 US Highway 44 South
Okeechobee, Florida (863) 357-3529
Treasure Hunters Roadshow
represents over 5000 International
Collectors Association memebrs
worldwide. These collectors are
constantly looking for items to add
to their collections.
The Roadshow invites you to bring
in the types of items our collectors
are looking for. The process is
simple and absolutely FREE!
Here is how it works:
* Gather items of interest'':: .
(as explained below) frorii'yo
attic, garage, basement. et'Z.
* Bring your items to tire aint
* There is no limit to the? 0'
amount of items you czi-i'-ing
* No appointment necessary
* Lay out your items on the
* Speak with one of our
to determine the collector
value of your items
* If interested in selling, we
will consult our collector's
database to see if a buyer exists.
90% of all items have offers in
* The offer is made on the
spot on behalf of our collectors
making the offer
* If you decide to accept the
offer, we will pay you on the
spot and ship the item to the
collector. The collector pays all
shipping and handling
* You get 100% of the offer
with no hidden fees
*':W We buy all U.S. Coins The entire process only takes
?8V11 'irrpHCI a fe% minutes
and Currency. t , minutes
... Single coins and entire collections. We
-4 j|will be buying all coins made before
-q9 'Lt 14 1965 including: SILVER DOLLARS, HALF
DOLLARS, QUARTERS, DIMES, NICKELS,
: PENNYS, LARGE CENTS, HALF DIMES,
3 CENT PIECES, 2 CENT PIECES, HALF
CENTS, ALSO ALL PAPER MONEY.
The top items the Roadshow wants you to-bring in are:
Unused, Broken Jewelry 1
piece or a box full, Dental,
Any gold coins both USA and
Foreign, Ounces of gold like,
Krugerrands, Maple Leafs, etc.
CIVIL WAR ITEMS
Tin Type Photographs of
Soldiers, Swords, Powder
horns, Muskets, Hats,
All Pre- 1965 US Coins,
Silver Dollars, Pre-1971 1/2
Dollars, Pre-1965 Quarters,
Pre-1965, Pre-1939 Nickels,
Pre- 1959 Pennies
Rare Documents -
Pre-1965 toys, pedal cqar,; :.
Ihetal and porcelain signs,
Vintage gas station Items,
thermometers, beer and
Diamond Rings, Necklaces,
Loose Diamonds, Anything
Diamond, Highest prices
paid for single diamonds
over 1 full carat!
these brands of acoustic
and electric Gibson, Fender,