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CEECHOBEE


Friday, October 3, 2008


NEWS
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Briefs


New Date set for
Sour Orange Festival
The date for the Sour Or-
ange Festival in Lakeport has
been changed from the second
Saturday in February to the sec-
ond Saturday in January. We
are looking for venders and
volunteers. The new date will
be Jan. 10. Please mark the
date on your calendar now and
plan to make this a fun day. At
the next meeting on Oct. 7, at
7 p.m. we will begin our plans
for the festival. Please contact
us at 863-227-4323 if you can
participate. October 25, will be
a chili supper and fun for the
children beginning at 4 until 7
p.m. This activity will be at the
community center. More infor-
mation next week.

Community Theatre
has season tickets
Saturday, Oct. 4 is the last
day to purchase tickets for the
entire package of all Three
shows to be performed this
season by the Okeechobee
Community Theatre. Season
subscriptions include admis-
sion to the comedy, Christmas
Belles, in November, the drama
To Kill a Mockingbird, in March
and the romantic play, Love
Letters, also scheduled for
March. The total price is $20 for
all three shows. To purchase
season tickets, call 863-763-
1307. Those not holding season
subscriptions, may purchase
single seat tickets to individual
productions. They will be $12
per show. Tickets to Christmas
Belles, to be performed on Nov.
7, 8, 14, and 15 will go on sale
at the Okeechobee Chamber
S of Commerce on Oct. 13. All
performances are at 8 p.m. on
show dates at the Theatre on
S.W. Second.Avenue at Seventh
Street, one block behind Gold-
en Corral Restaurant.IRSC

Drought Index


Current: 459
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None


Lake Levels

15.03 feet
Last Year: 9.83 feet

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Index
Classifieds 12
Community Events................... 6
Counseling Corner.................... 4
Crossword 5
Obituaries 6
Opinion 4
Speak Out 4
Sports ,..-15-16
Weather 2
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School board agrees to union's offer


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County
School district and the Okeecho-
bee County Education Associa-
tion have finally to come to an
agreement after crunching num-
bers for hours Tuesday, Sept. 30,
after a presentation from the
OCEA concerning the differences
between the district's budgeting
practices and the actual spend-
ing of the budget was outlined
by the OCEA Treasure Coast Ser-
vice Unit Director Diane Falvo.
Mrs. Falvo presented figures
with the district's budgeting pro-


cess that attempted to draw a
picture of the availability of the
district to pay for the proposed
salary schedule presented by
the OCEA. The issues seemed to
revolve instead around the dis-
trict's willingness to pay.
"The district is budgeting
11.59 percent more than what
they ultimately spent last year in
instructional dollars," she said.
Ultimately the district conced-
ed to the OCEA's last offer that
they had previously countered
by changing their instructional
budget model to take away three
"phantom" positions off of step


11 on their payroll schedule. It is
common practice for districts to
place a certain number of posi-
tions in the middle of the salary
schedule to accommodate for
the possible hiring of teachers as
needed.
The district had 29 "phantom"
positions on step 11 which totals
approximately $1.6 million in the
budget. The OCEA proposed that
the district take three positions
off of that step to fund the "mod-
est requests of the union."
"I don't think that we're ask-
ing too much," stated Mrs. Falvo.
She went on to explain that the


district has historically over-
budgeted and under spent due
to these phantom positions. Last
year the variance from the 2007-
08 budget to the actual budget
for 2007-08 was over-budgeted
by $3,249,932 or 9.58 percent.
This year's budget has included
$3,553,925 over the actual bud-
get for instructional monies from
last year.
These numbers made it evi-
dent to the OCEA that there is
money available for their re-
quests.
Ultimately the district and
OCEA came to an agreement


which increased the total from
last year's salary schedule for
instructional employees by 3.81
percent or a total of new dol-
lars of $1,059,340. This includes
a 2.55 percent step, additional
supplements, insurance ben-
efits, a district longevity stipend,
increased first year starting sal-
ary to $34,000 and an additional
$100 for each advanced degree
stipend.
In regards to the classified
employees, the total percent in-
crease proposed from last years
See Board Page 2


Dog owner



upset; pet



euthanized


Man thought
quarantined animal
would be returned
to him

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The importance of keeping
your dog's rabies vaccinations
up to date and understanding
what you sign was brought


home by a sad incident al
Okeechobee Cvounty Animal
control.
Oreo, a Boston Terrier, along
with Red Dog, a cur-bulldog,
were part of the Neswick fam-
ily in Treasure Island. On Sept.
23, as dogs sometimes do, they
were fighting over a food bowl.
According to Anthony Neswick,
his pregnant teenage daughter,
Kayla, tried to break them up
See Dog Page 2


K-9 shooting


raises questions


By Katrina Elsken
Okeechobee News
The story of a Glades County
K-9 that was shot and killed last
month after getting loose and
attacking a cat is raising ques-
tions about why the dog was
loose in a residential neighbor-
hood in Okeechobee County.
Nero, a 6-year-old Belgian
Malinios was on privateprop-
erty, attacking the property
owner's cat, when the shooting
occurred.
"The people were 100 per-
cent in the right for what they
did," said Glades County Chief
Deputy Duane Potteroff. "I'm
glad the kid had a gun. I'm glad


he was able to protect him-
self."
The chief deputy said the
dog had the cat in its mouth and
became aggressive towards the
boys after one brother kicked al
the dog, trying to get the dog to
release the cat.
"The dog was not vicious,
but he was a patrol dog trained
to bite," he said.
"That dog should not have
been in our neighborhood,"
said the homeowner whose
22-year-old son shot the dog.
"It was an aggressive animal."
"I have three cats. They live.
See K-9 Page 2


Suomitea pnoto/lBan
The Chair of the Okeechobee Big Brothers Big Sisters
Board of Directors, Kristi Crawford (left).visited the
Okeechobee County Library with Betty Williamson (right)
a supporter of the BBBS program in Okeechobee. Mrs.
Williamson donated this statue to the library previously
which emulates her desire to instill reading in the chil-
dren of Okeechobee.


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County
School Board declared that the
period from Oct. 1 through the
10th to be designated "Disability
History and Awareness" weeks
in concurrence of the Florida
State Legislature.
Since 1974, students with
disabilities have been educated
in Okeechobee County Public
School System with the passage
of P.L. 94-142 by Congress. The
Okeechobee County School
Board has over 200 teachers,
paraprofessionals, contracted
staff, support staff and adminis-
trators committed to providing
quality educational services to


Okeechobee resident Betty
Williamson believes strongly in
the magic of reading. The his-
tory buff and part-time gene-
alogist clearly remembers lean
times during her youth when
books weren't readily avail-
able.
"The only books we had
were a dictionary and the Holy
Bible," she said. There is little
doubt Mrs. Williamson read
both cover to cover. She instilled
a similar love of reading in her
own three children, especially
daughter Kim, in whose honor
Williamson and her husband
"Sonny" purchased the brass
sculpture that welcomes library
patrons in Okeechobee at the


students with disabilities.
Exceptional Student Educa-
tion offers students with special
needs experiences that encour-
age individuals to develop in-
creased self-esteem resulting in
students gaining pride in being
an individual with a disability,
obtaining postsecondary educa-
tion, entering the workforce and
contributing to their communi-
ties.
The Okeechobee County
School Board has over 1,400
students identified with special
needs who receive a quality ed-
ucation in the Least Restrictive
Environment. Cathleen Blair is
the Director of Exceptional Stu-
dent Education with the district.


county library and celebrates
"the magic of reading."
This year, Mrs. William-
son is throwing her support
towards yet another reading-
related cause that's relatively
new in Okeechobee County,
but is making great strides. Big
Brothers Big Sisters is only in its
infancy in Okeechobee County,
yet the 100+ year-old agency
has been making magic one
child at a time through mentor-
ing programs.
In Okeechobee, the JUMP
Into Reading program started
just two years ago in one single
school and this year, there are
volunteer mentors working
in three schools with primary


According their resolution
passed, Sept. 9, the district sup-
ports the goal of disability his-
tory and awareness instruction
to ensure better treatment for
individuals with disabilities and
increased attention to prevent-
ing bullying and harassment of
students with disabilities.
The Okeechobee County
School Board and the Superin-
tendent of Schools "reaffirms
the local, state and federal com-
mitment to the full inclusion in
society of, and equal opportu-
nity for, all individuals with dis-
abilities."
Post your opinions In'the Public Is-
sues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at caguilar@newszap.com.


students in grades K-2 to help
develop better reading skills,
more confidence, increased
social skills, a love of reading
and improvements in all areas
of academia -- all because of an
hour each week spent with a
volunteer reading mentor.
Book-lovers like Betty Wil-
liamson know the value of that
single hour of time spent work-
ing one-to-one with a child on
reading. While all three of her
children enjoy reading and
learning, she says her daughter
Kim was rarely seen without a
book during most of her child-
hood. Today, Kim has three col-
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Board
Continued From Page 1
schedule is 4.47 percent which
equals a total of $388,782 in new
dollars. This amount includes
their normal step and a 10 cent
raise to base pay across the entire
pay schedule, the creation of dis-
trict longevity stipends and a dia-
per changing stipend.
For both Instructional and
Classified employees longevity
stipends would be paid to reward
those who have been loyal to the
district for a number of years and
are in the top step of the salary
schedule. Being in the top step
means that they have 23 or more


years of experience. However, this
stipend would only be calculated
on Okeechobee County School
District experience.
Instructional stipends would
be distributed as follows: 0 to 5
years $600; 6 to 10 years $700; 11
to 15 years $800; 16 to 20 years
$900; 21 to 25 years $1000; and 26
years or more $1100.
Classified stipends will be dis-
tributed as follows: 0 to 5 years
$300; 6 to 10 years $350; 11 to 15
years $400; 16 to 20 years $450;
21 to 25 years $500; and 26 years
or more $550.
The diapering stipend for the
classified employees who are as-
signed to duties of changing stu-
dent diapers will receive a stipend


of $75 a month.
Payroll items were the last
items for the district and OCEA
to come to an agreement on.
The OCEA is now in the process
of giving the employees time to
look over the contract and they
will vote to ratify the contract on
Tuesday, Oct. 14. .
Candy Walker, OCEA Presi-
dent stated, "I think that the final
package that was put together
was decent and one of the best
in the state especially due to the
economic times we're looking at.
I believe the membership will be
pleased with it."
She went on to explain that in
addition to the payroll package,
there were many language chang-


es to make the contract easier to
read and better organized. Many
hours were put into the contract
by Superintendent Dr. Patricia
Cooper and OCEA members.
The final package also includ-
ed language in the DROP program
where employees are paid their
current daily rate of pay upon
entering of the DROP rather than
their rate from five years prior.
The OCEA has sent two copies
of each contract to each school
site and they are also sending a
synopsis of changes to the con-
tract electronically to each teach-
er and posting them at the sites as
well. .
Mrs. Walker explained that she
expects the contract to be ratified


by a overwhelming majority.
Every three years the entire
Instructional Contract and Classi-
fied Contract are revised in their
entirety by the board and the
OCEA. This process began with
each party presenting proposals
on each contract. Each entity then
went back and forth as needed
with counter offers until the two
parties came to some form of
agreement on the language that
will be used in the contract.
This year's contract will be ef-
fective from 2008 until 2011.
The OCEA had five represen-
tatives at the bargaining table:
Dianne Falvo, Treasure Coast
Service Unit Director; Cammie
Hudson, Chief Negotiator; OCEA


President Candy Walker; OCEA
Secretary Maggi Cable; and for
the instructional contract, teacher
Kevin Lute; and for the classified
contract, Judy Kelly.
For the Okeechobee County
School Board there were four
members at the bargaining table:
Sam Lee, Chief Negotiator; OCSB
Attorney Tom Conely; Genia Ar-
bogast; and Ken Kenworthy.
Upon approval of the contracts
by union members, the school
board will add the contracts to
the agenda for the Tuesday, Oct.
14, meeting, after they are given
the results from the OCEA.
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Dog
Continued From Page 1

and was bitten. The daughter was
taken to Raulerson Hospital for
treatment. Mr. Neswick said he
was told by hospital officials to
have the dog checked for rabies.
The same day he took the two
dogs to Okeechobee County Ani-
mal Control.
Mr. Neswick said he told ani-
mal control officers that Oreo had
bitten his daughter and had also
bitten Red Dog. His intent, he said,
was to have Oreo quarantined for
10 days to see if the dog had ra-
bies. He planned to give Red Dog
up for adoption. Red Dog was a
stray that he had for about three
weeks. He knew that Oreo's ra-
bies vaccination was not up to
date. He had never vaccinated
Red Dog and did not know the
dog's vaccination history.
Mr. Neswick said he was given a
card that had a pickup date of Oct.
3 on it. It was his understanding
that Oreo would be quarantined
until Oct. 3 and then he could pick
the dog up if it was healthy.
He also signed a document that
stated: "I am relinquishing owner-
ship of the above described ani-
mal (Oreo) to Okeechobee Coun-
ty Animal Control and understand
that in doing so the animal may
be humanely euthanized. I further
understand that I am required by
law to notify animal control if de-


K-9
Continued From Page 1

on my patio. The night before
that dog was on my patio," she
said. She said she saw the dog
- on her patio but was afraid to go
out because the dog was so large.
Shortly after the dog ran off, some
people came by looking for the
dog, she added. She added that
the dog had gotten loose at least
one time before.
The day of the attack, the dog
came into the yard and went after
the cat, running past the boys in
the yard. She said the cat tried to
climb a tree, but the dog grabbed
the cat by its hind legs. The boys
yelled at the dog, but it would
not release the cat. She said her
son got his gun and fired a warn-
ing shot, in an attempt to distract
or scare the dog. "The dog just
looked at him with the cat in his
mouth," she said.
She said her younger son
started kicking at the dog, trying
to get it to release the cat and the
dog became aggressive toward
him. That's when the 22-year-old
shot the dog. When the dog con-
tinued to threaten the boys, he
shot it again. "We didn't know it
was a K-9 dog until the detectives
showed up," she said. "We were
attacked by a dog that should not
have been in this county."
Glades County Sheriff's Of-
fice Captain Darrel Lewis said
they knew the dog was aggres-
sive toward cats and some other
animals. "We knew a lot about
the dog," he said. "In working
and handling dogs, you get a feel
that they don't like other animals.
There's other K-9s in the same
boat." He said the dog had been
trained as a patrol dog for track-
ing, apprehension and drug
work.
He said the dog goes with the
handler. When Nero's original
handler retired, he was assigned
to a Glades County deputy who
lives in Okeechobee County.
The deputy was at work at
the time of the incident and the
dog was left at his home. Cap-
tain Lewis said the handler was
still getting to know the dog and
they had not yet been certified
to work together. "The dog was
kept in a kennel in the garage,"
he said. "We wanted to keep the
dog socialized to people. Until the
K-9 got used to a new handler, the
deputy was allowing the family to
bring the dog inside and play with
the dog." Captain Lewis said one
of the children was taking the dog
back to its kennel when the dog
got loose. He said the garage door
was slightly open. "He was able
to get out and get away," said the
captain.
The Chief Deputy said no dis-
ciplinary action was taken regard-
ing the incident.
"Everybody just feels horrible
about this situation," said Chief
Deputy Pottoroff.
Thanks to emergency veteri-
nary care, the cat survived its inju-
ries. According to the cat's owner,
the Glades County Sheriff's Office
paid the vet bill.


scribed animal has bitten anyone
within the last 10 days."
Mr. Neswick stated he was
not aware he had signed such a
form.
This form is required to be
signed by all owners who turn in
their dogs.
The animal control officials re-
port stated that Oreo was put into
quarantine to be observed for 10
days. The report goes on to state
that Oreo showed signs of aggres-
sion. Due to the victim's condi-
tion, it was decided to euthanize
the dog and test the remains for
rabies. Oreo was decapitated on
Sept. 25. The results came back
negative on Sept. 30.
Animal control officials
claimed that Mr. Neswick at first
told them he was turning in the
dogs because he had too many
dogs and a newborn baby on the
way. Upon further questioning,
animal control officials stated they
learned that Oreo had bitten Mr.
Neswick's pregnant daughter.
Mr. Neswick said he called sev-
eral times over the days following
Sept. 23 and was told everything
was OK. On Oct. 1 he came to ani-
mal control and learned that Oreo
had been put to sleep.
Okeechobee County Admin-
istrator Lyndon Bonner defended
his staff's actions.
"My animal control staff is a
competent group of professionals
doing their job," he said. "My crew
made a difficult decision, a pru-
dent decision, I support them."


"There is only one defini-
tive test for rabies," he asserted.
"When you look at all the facts,
they made a wise decision."
He said the animal control
workers acted out of caution since
a pregnant girl had been bitten.
When the animal exhibited erratic
behavior, they had it decapitated
to test for rabies.
"I feel for the family," he add-
ed.
Local veterinarian Randall
Mims stressed the importance of
regular rabies shots for dogs.
There is some debate about
whether a dog should be vaccinat-
ed once a year or once every three
years. Different vaccines are used
in each case. He recommends
vaccination once a year.
"I have more confidence in it,"
he said of the annual vaccination.
"It has worked well in the past."
"I think it is extremely impor-
tant to have regular rabies vacci-
nations," Dr. Mims said. He said
that around here even a house pet
that only goes outside to go to the
bathroom could come in contact
with a rabid wild animal.
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a person or animal," he asserted.
"Once the symptoms start, it may
be too late."
He said the rule of thumb is to
quarantine the animal for 10 days
to see if it shows signs of rabies.
However, he cautioned that each
case if different. He said that it is
the law that animal bites must be
reported to authorities.
Another local veterinarian, Dr.
Candice Davis, favors a three-year
vaccine. She recommends a pet
be vaccinated at 16 weeks of age,
then one year later, after that vac-
cination every three years.
She said the one year and three
year vaccination were equally ef-
fective.
She said that a 10 day quaran-
tine or immediate euthanizations
would depend on the situation. If
the dog appeared healthy, it might
be quarantined.
"Obviously we put the life of
the humans before dogs," she
said.
She also stressed that it is im-
portant for all pets, even inside
pets tQ be vaccinated because
they c6uld be infected by a wild
animal.


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Mentor
Continued From Page 1

ing even more now than she did
growing up.
"That's why agencies like Big
Brothers Big Sisters, that focus
on helping children academically
AND socially are so important to
support," said Mrs. Williamson,
who often participates in celebrity
reading activities in local elemen-
tary schools.
Mrs. Williamson says it doesn't
matter what children read, as long
as they develop a love of reading
early, which is why she supports
the Okeechobee Library and pro-
grams like Big Brothers Big Sisters
which promote reading. Mrs. Wil-
liamson's own favorite book is
"Anthem," by the late philosopher
and novelist, Ayn Rand.


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Big Brothers Big Sisters of
Okeechobee County is always
looking for volunteer mentors;
individuals who enjoy children
and are willing to spend one hour
each week working one-to-one
with a child in the school setting.
The agency will do all the train-
ing, provide you with plenty of
books and will help match volun-
teers with a child who needs your
help and will love an opportunity
to read with you. If you're not
ready to join the ranks of reading
mentors just yet, stay tuned for
breaking news about the first-ever
Okeechobee Clay Shoot coming
up Saturday, Nov. 1 at Quail Creek
Plantation. For more information,
please contact Big Brothers Big
Sisters 863-824-BBBS (2227).


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Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 67. East northeast wind
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Okeechobee News, Friday, October 3, 2008


Drug case ends



with sentence


to priso
By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News


A 22-year old undocumen
alien was sentenced to 30 mon
in prison Wednesday when he
tired a plea to a reduced cha
of possession with the intent
sell cocaine.
Rodiver Vasquez Gomez v
originally charged with traffic
in cocaine after an underco
drug operation that invol
the Okeechobee Narcotics T
Force and the Drug Enforcem
Agency.
Authorities said an underco
officer was able to purchase
grams of powder cocaine fr
Mr. Gomez and another susp
in June, 2006, for. $2,800.
Gomez was given credit
478 days he has already served
jail.
The arrest report from D
enforcement agents said the d
deal was set up at a parking lo
625 State Road 70 east in Ju
2006. The undercover agent s
he saw Mr. Gomez and anot
man enter a Cadillac Escal
parked in the lot and obtain
bag of Cheetos from inside
vehicle.
Inside the bag of Cheetos



Six



die in



crash

Third tragic
accident within
past year along
stretch of S.R. 29

SBy'Nena Bolan
S INI Florida.
GLADES COUNTY On Si
29 at 6:33 a.m., a deadly accid
occurred involving a semi-tra
trailer truck and a conversion *
colliding at the intersection
S.R. 78 West and S.R. 29 in Gla
County. All six occupants in
van were killed, and the dr
of the heavy truck was taker
Lee Memorial Hospital in seri
condition, according to a me
release from Florida Highway
trol.
SEwing A. Saunders, 66, v
driving a heavy truck westboL
on S.R. 78 and approaching
stop sign at the intersection v
S.R. 29. The van carrying six p
pie was northbound on S.R. 2!
it approached the intersection.
Saunders' vehicle failed to stole
the sign and struck the van or
right side. Both vehicles exited
pavement and went over the v
shoulder of the road where a s
and fence were struck.
The heavy truck jackkni
lost its load, overturned and e
ed up in a pasture on its right s
The van overturned and cami
a final stop on its right side in
pasture. The truck driver
wearing a seat belt; and two of
van occupants were wearing s
belts, while four did not., Che
ing for alcohol use is pending.
The identity of most of the
fatalities has not been determi
and Hispanic worker advoc,
have been asked to help in rea
ing next of kin, according to L
tenant Chris Miller of the Flo
Highway Patrol.'
The deadly stretch of S.R.
in Glades County has now s
nine fatalities in the past year.
viously, two other accidents
involving heavy trucks result
three deaths.
Staff writer Nena Bolan ca
reached at nenabolan@yahoo.


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that contained the cocaine, the
report added.
Gomez was arrested several
days after the alleged drug deals.
Gormez was adjudicated guilty
of the felony crime.


Woman drowns


in Fort Drum


A 31-year-old Fort Drum
woman died in an accidental
drowning on Tuesday according
to the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office.
Susan Campbell was found
face down ir a pond behind her
358th Boulevard home around
6:15 p.m. Tuesday, stated OCSO
Detective Susan Morrison..
The pond has a steep em-


bankment, the detective ex-
plained. She said the autopsy re-
vealed Mrs. Campbell apparently
suffered a seizure before she fell
and drowned. The woman suf-
fered from a chronic seizure dis-
order, the detective said.
According to family mem-
bers, Mrs. Campbell had gone
outside to feed the ducks. They
later fond her in the pond.


Jury finds local man guilty


of sex-related crimes


118 By Charles M. Murphy that she was out to hurt the de-
om Okeechobee News fendant.
,ect A 2 r o O The victim, now nine years
A 24-year old Okeechobee old, said Roberts took pictures of
man was convicted of child rape her while she was wearing new
for and possession of childpornogra- underwear he had given her. She
Sin phy charges after a trial Wednes- said Roberts asked her to wear
day in Okeechobee Circuit Court. them. She also told the court that
rug Prince Roberts could face life Roberts touched her on her pri-
rug in prison after a jury of five men vate parts. She said this occurred
t at and women determined his fate on more than one occasion. She
ne, after about five hours of testi- also told jurors that Roberts told
aid money s her not to tell anyone about these
her Prosecutors successfully incidents.
ade proved that on April 11, 2007 the On cross examination, the
n a mother of the child victim found a victim reaffirmed that Roberts
the computer file that contained four told her not to fell anyone. She
pictures of the child yvearing what said she was unsure if these inci-
au- is commonly known as a thong. dents affected her performance in
The mother recognized the child school.
as her seven year old daughter. Detective Brian Broughton
Prosecutors also contended works in the crimes against chil-
that Roberts gave the underwear dren division at the Martin County
to the child to wear in a garage Sheriff's Office. He examined a
and then took the photos. They computer hard drive in this case.
also attempted to prove that Rob- He did a graphic image search
erts inappropriately touched the and located several pictures that
child in a sexual manner and took appeared to be child ponogra-
other sexually explicit photo- phy on the hard drive.
graphs of the seven year old. He noted the pictures were
Defense Attorney Tom Burns taken on April 6, 2007 by a Canon
argued the issue wasn't that these Power shot digital camera. He
pictures were taken, but. who told jurors that the user name for
took them. The defense asked the computer was 'Wolf.'
jurors to keep their minds open On cross examination Brough-
until Roberts had an opportunity ton admitted that he could not
tb speak to them. They also noted connect those images to one in-
there was no medical evidence of dividual camera, just a camera of
any sexual contact. that make and model. He noted
The mother testified that she he found another picture that ap-
found pictures on Robert's com- peared. to be child pornography
puter. She told jurors that she in another file on the computer.
didn't expect to find what she That picture was put into the
saw, "At first-Iwas in shock:-fTec --cotipTfer orinAptil 2, 2007.
ept. ognized the child as my daugh- 'In an interview 'with detec-
lent ter. The little girl was wearing tives played for the jury, Roberts
c r..thQ.ngs." .... ... .,.. -..... claimed he .was,drinking .pine-
van She noted she asked her apple rum heavily that day. He
of daughter about these pictures noted he woke up with the child
des and then contacted law enforce- in his bed. I didn't expect her to
the ment. do something like that, but I don't
iver The mother then described the know if she did it or not," he not-
Sto 20 pictures she found on Robert's ed.
ous computer for the jury. Roberts claimed he did not
media On cross examination she ex- -remember much about the inci-
Pa- plained that she had a verbal ar- dent.
gument with the defendant hours Detective Rosemary Farless
was before she found these pictures. admitted that Roberts had always
und She admitted that she delayed denied any culpability in this case
the contacting law enforcement be- and that it was the victim's fault.
vith cause it was late at night and she "It was always her fault... It was
)eo- didn't want to wake her child, not his own responsibility .. It
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her purpose..; He was drunk and
passed out. It was her, not him."
Circuit Judge Lawrence Mir-
man denied a defense motion
to throw out the use of a child in
a sexual performance, and the
child pornography charges at the
conclusion of the state's case.
Mr. Roberts opted not to testify
on his own behalf. The defense
did not offer any witnesses.
Mr. Burns argued in closing
arguments that there was no evi-
dence of sexual assault. He told
jurors a seven year old doesn't
have sex with an adult man arid
not suffer damage. He also point-
ed out there was no evidence
these alleged incidents impacted
the girl in school or in any way.
He blamed an argument between
the child's mother and his client
for these allegations.
Mr. Burns also said his client
told the truth because he went
into great detail of what hap-
pened in the bedroom between
his client and the victim.
"He was telling you informa-
tion and not withholding infor-
mation. He's telling you he never
touched the girl," he argued.
Mr. Burns said his client admit-
ted to taking the pictures but did
so in bad humor. He noted his cli-
ent made a mistake in doing so.
Mr. Burns said his client said
a lot of things that were unfavor-
able to him. He noted that proved
he was telling the truth.
"To acquit him doesn't mean.
you pat him on the back and in-
vite him over for dinner. You tell
the state you didn't bring enough
evidence," he noted.
Mr. Albright said this was not
a conspiracy by the mother to
get Roberts in trouble with the
law. He noted it wasn't a joke,
"What 24-year old man dresses
up a child in a garage in this un-
derwear. Look at,his mind set.
That doesn't prove it was a joke.
It proves he did it."
Roberts was charged with
sexual battery, use of a child in a
sexual performance, lewd or las-
civious conduct, and two counts
of possession of child pornogra-
phy.
He faces life in prison when he
is sentenced later this year.


Arrest Report


The following persons were ar-
rested on felony or DUI charges by
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), Okeechobee City
Police (OCP), Florida Highway
Patrol (FHP) or the Florida Wild-
life Conservation Commission
(FWC). This column lists arrests,
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone who is listed here
and who is later found not guilty
or has the charges against them
dropped, is welcome to inform
the newspaper. We will confirm
the information and print it.
Brock Tyler Sherrill, 19, of


Northwest Ninth Street, was ar-
rested Oct. 1 and charged with
burglary, grand theft and dealing
in stolen property. OCSO Detec-.
tive Rick Durfee was the arresting
officer. Bond was set at $1,750.
Joshua -Jackson, 20, of Jack-
snville, was arrested Sept. 30 on
an Okeechobee County warrant
and charged with violation of
probation (battery on detention
staff). He was taken into custody
in Clay County.
Elicia Jean Herran, of North-
west 18th Street, was arrested
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Speak Out has moved online, where it is quicker and
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local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new
topics or comment on existing topics. You can also e-mail
comments to okeenews@newszap.com or call 863-467-2033,
but online comments get posted faster and not all phone calls
can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating
HOUSING: I don't understand the president, anybody in Congress,
the Senate, with this crisis we're in which started when they doubled
the price of housing, four or five years ago. Which as the pricing went
up people freaked out and said "we better buy one now" and they
suckered all of these kids who can't afford these houses in because
of thinking, if we don't get one now, we'll never be able to get one.
That is what started this. Whoever doubled the price of our housing
started this. I'm not into Government, I'm just a normal citizen. Lower
the price of housing. Across the board, across the country, almost five
years ago this started. Lower it, where people can afford a house.
SARAH PALIN: The point about Sarah Palin's education was the
fact that her degree was in journalism. How does that prepare you
for presidency?
OUA RAISES: I saw in the paper on the front page where it said
that OUA employees were getting 6 percent raises and then saw in
today's paper in the speak out where a person didn't think it was
fair that the OUA employees got 6 percent. I work for OUA. I am an
OUA employee, I did not get 6 percent, I will not get 6 percent. I wish
you guys would print that so at least the truth would be, known to
people. People think we make all of this money, but it simply is not
the truth. You've gotta print the truth so that people are not angry with
us. We're just employees and I only make $12 an hour and you can't
tell me that we're getting all of this cash. At least print this and tell the
truth, we are not making that, or getting what they are saying. You can
publish my paycheck if it makes you feel better.
MARY BARBER: I would just wanted to congratulate Mary Bar-
ber and wish her success and luck in her upcoming competitions for
the Miss Florida Teen USA, next weekend, Oct. 5, in Hollywood, Fla.
Hopefully our community will back her and what a wonderful op-
portunity for this young lady. Thank you.
DEBATE: I cannot believe after this first presidential debate, none
of the news corporations are reporting what I've seen. Mr. McCain
never looked at Obama during the whole thing, but poor Mr. Obama
looked at McCain and that tells me a lot. If you can't look a man in
the eyes, then you've got something to hide. You know what? I had a
McCain sign in my front yard and I took it down because of that. That
John McCain put that Mr. Obama down so bad that it hurt me really
bad. I am voting for Obama now, after that he done lost me.
DAD: This is in regards to the dad who punched the boy in the
nose. There is only one lesson to be learned there, you should be tak-
ing care of her daughter to make sure she isn't involved in things that
would make your dad angry. Its a shame the dad didn't come over to
my house, I'd a had a lesson for him to learn. He'd be happy when
the police got there when I got through with him.
AG EXEMPTION: For an agriculture exemption there are morals
and rules. Aren't you actually supposed to submit a report of how you
are using the property designated as agriculture?
BUY-OUT: I think all this about the buy-out program for wall street
is stupid. Why are we (our government) paying for the mistakes and
greed done on Wall-street?. Why do the American people need to
pay for men who are so greedy they just kept raising the prices? The
realtors did this too. Pricing houses so high, people buy them, but
then after a few months cannot afford to make the payment. Then
foreclosure. To sell the house once again at a profit. It is RIDICULOUS!
We need to get a grip on the American greed, that is for sure. No one
needs 9 houses, a Hummer, and a yacht. Especially if you cannot af-
ford it. No one needs to charge $1.000 rent around here. Who can
make that kind of payment at $6.50 an hour? A few good things have
+ happened here at least. Gas by the barrel is down. We can now travel.
People are eating at home together, where they need to be anyway,
and the best result is, folks are praying to God for His help and guid-
ance. When you are making plenty of money, who needs God, right?
So, there is a silver lining in all of this.
TRAIN CROSSING: Has anyone else just about got your front end
torn up when crossing the tracks by the train station? Seems the cross-
ing could be softened with minimal work. You need a front end align-
ment every time you cross, even when you travel the speed limit.
THEFT: People are getting into computers. With Wi-fi, as they
drive by, if you are using your lap top and not connected to your ser-
vice via a phone line, they drive by and steal your info. That is the
reason I don't buy a wireless laptop because it is much easier to get
the things they need to get your information. People beware. There
are people out there who are smarter than you think and they are
wise when it comes to cloning your information. Use your electric
door locks, not your lock on your key chain. Same goes for internet
service. Protect yourselves with virus protection, firewalls, etc. Get
a good home security system. Not that it matters, because they are
wise to all the wiring schematics for your house, your phone service,
your internet service, your GPS, etc. All of these things are used to
keep honest people out. If someone really wants what you have; they
know how to get it. Good luck everyone.
BUDGET: With the shrinking budget, I still think it is a good thing
they are renovating the old court house. If they don't do it now, they
never will. And then it will fall apart and that piece of our history will
be lost forever. Yes it is expensive. But we need to bite the bullet and
go ahead with the plan. If we wait, we will lose the chance to save
this historic building.
LOCK YOUR DOORS: I guess locking your doors is something
we should not have to be reminded to do in this day and age. Every-
one should know they need to lock their cars when they park, lock
their doors on their home when you leave. Lock the doors at night
before you go to bed. But for so long we didn't have to worry about
things like that. We left our houses unlocked and never thought about
it. We felt safe. Not anymore. Now you have to lock everything up
tight and buy a security system. Guess that's progress?
CAR DOORS: I am glad'the police are reminding everyone to lock
their car doors. I cannot believe what some people just leave sitting
on a car seat and then don't even lock the door. Then they are sur-
prised when their vehicle is burglarized. When you make it that easy
for these kids to steal from you, it is like you are enabling them.
DOGS: When is the county going to deal with the continual prob-
lem of dogs running loose? The county has a leash law. Dog owners
are required by law to keep their dogs either contained in a fence or
on a leash. If the dog is outside of your house, it has to be in a fence or
on a leash. No exceptions. But the county doesn't bother to enforce
the law, and the result is dogs running loose and tearing up garbage
and you can't even go for a walk in your own neighborhood.
ELECTION: City residents, you have an important election com-
ing up. Two seats on the city council are up for re-election and there
are five candidates total. The two top vote-getters will be elected to
the council. Do you even know who is running? Take some time to
get to know the candidates. Ask them questions. These people get to
decide how your city tax dollars are spent.
DADS: If more dads would get involved then the boys would be
less likely to take advantage of the young ladies, and treat them with
more respect. My husband would end up in jail over a boy messing


with our daughter. Kids of today are out of control and it's time we as
parents take back control, if it takes a little whoopin' someone every
now and then well so be it, it will get the job done.
HOUSING: The housing crisis was created by greed and fueled by
panic. Some people got rich and the rest of the nation wound up in an
economic bind. But now we have people who have these huge mort-
gages they cannot afford. So they will lose their homes. And they can't
even rent them out for enough to cover the mortgage because no one
can afford the high rent it would take. There will be foreclosures and
the banks will have a lot of real estate to deal with. Eventually, the
banks will sell off these properties for a more reasonable price and
people will be able to afford homes again. But it will take a while for
all of that to happen and in the meantime, we are going to have to
deal with some hard times.


Laugh your way


to a healthier you


The Counseling
Corner

By the American
Counseling Association
You've heard the old adage,
"Laughter is the best medicine."
Well, it turns out that this saying is
actually sound medical advice.
Laughter produces actual
physical changes in your body. A
good belly laugh releases endor-
phins, naturally occurring neuro-
hormones that make' us feel bet-
ter.
The result, researchers report,
is that humor can help reduce
stress, decrease anxiety, reduce
pain and even strengthen our
immune system. Laughter helps
people feel more stable, more
creative and more hopeful. All
that from a few belly laughs.
Want to trya small experiment
to see the benefits of humor? Put
a big smile on your face, even
if you aren't feeling particularly
happy. What thoughts and feel-
ings does that smile bring?
Next, make a frown and see
what feelings come to mind.
Then put the smile back on your
face but try to think a negative,
pessimistic thought, something
like "I'm not going to get all my
work ddne today." Taking that
negative thought seriously should
be difficult to do when your face
is busy saying something much
different.
Finding more humor to help
you feel better shouldn't be hard


to do. Start with obvious so
like favorite writers whon
find funny. Dave Barry and
Bombeck are on that list for
people, but there are many
lar, funny writers. Checkin
cartoon strips in your local
and online is another way t<
small dose of daily humor.
Of course, plenty of TV
edies can make you laugh
maybe you'll listen to a radio
sonality you find funny. If
feeling particularly blue, f
funny movie at the local t
or rental store, then share it
friend who can laugh aloni
you.
Many people enjoy look
and collecting humorous
so they can go back and sr
them a second time. Maybi
funny newspaper headline,
of someone saying som
odd, or a quote you find pi
larly amusing.
Humor has the power ti
keep you healthier, feeling
about yourself and enjoyir
world around you more. A
have to do is give yourself
opportunities to smile and
Even a small smile a few ti
day can help brighten you
tude, and finding reasons to
more often just might br
your whole world.
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Friday, Oct. 3


Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is
invited. All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight.
and becoming part of a caring group are welcome to come and see
what we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at 800-
932-8677.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their
dance every Friday, from 7 until 10 p.m. at the Sebring Lions Club on
Sebring Parkway, one mile east of U.S. 27 in Sebring. Tickets are $5
for members and $6 for guests. For information, call 863-471-0559 or
863-385-6671.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W. Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, (Bahind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Sickest Of The Sick- Open
Discussion/Speaker at 8 p.m. The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee
is not affiliated with any 12 step fellowships.
AA. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church 200 N.W. Second St. This is an open meeting.
AA. meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. This is an open speaker meeting.
The Highlands Social Dance Club will begin its 27th season
on Sept. 7, hosting ballroom dancing every Friday at the Sebring Lions
Club on Sebring Parkway, one mile east of U.S. 27. For information call
863-471-0559 or 863-385-6621.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to a weekly meeting, Overeaters
Anonymous (OA) meets at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church,
312 N. Parrott Avenue on Fridays, 6 until 7 p.m. (Use 4th Street
entrance.) Overeaters Annonymous is not a diet club. There are"
no dues, fees or weigh-ins. The only requirement for membership is a
desire to stop eating compulsively. For more information call Loretta
at 863-763-7165 or 863-697-0206.
Saturday, Oct. 4
AA. meeting from'8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian,'701 S. Parrott
Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
Okeechobee Chapter DA.R. meets the first Saturday of every
month October-May at Oakview Baptist Church 677 S.W. 32nd Street
at 10 a.m. For information call Kenna Noonan at 863-634-5669.
The Gathering Church will hold its monthly healing service on
the first Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. until noon. Anyone
desiring to receive personal prayer for healing is welcome to attend.
The Gathering is located at 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. For information call
Theresa Brown at 863-357-3318.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W. Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) AA. weekend noon Open
Discussion meeting; NA. Sickest Of The Sick Group 7 p:m.; NA. No-
where Left To Go Group Open Discussion meeting 8 p.m. The Just for
Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12 step fellow-
ships.



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Airplane photos needed
Photos of local airplane pilots are needed by Okeechobee
Historical Society. They are making a collage to be hung
in the airport terminal and need pictures of pilots that flew
into or out of the Okeechobee. Airport in 2000 or before.
They prefer pictures of pilots with their aircraft. The col-
lage will have a picture of Hildry H. (Buster) Christopher
as the focal point since the Okeechobee Airport Terminal
is named for him. Pictured here is Cotton Hodges with his
Pitts Special in a 1980s photo. The deadline to turn in pho-
tos has been'extended to Oct. 5, so if you have promised
a photo, please get it in NOW. Mail photos to Betty Wil-
liamson, P.O. Box 248, Okeechobee, Fla. 34973 or contact
her at 863-763-3850.


Letter to the Editor


Amendment 2
Amendment 2, is cleverly la-
beled the "Florida Marriage Pro-
tection Amendment". Sounds
good, right? Who wouldn't want
to protect marriage? The trouble
is, the amendment is about more
than same-sex marriage.
Here's the full text of pro-
posed Amendment 2: "Inasmuch
as marriage is the legal union of
only one man and one woman
as husband and. wife, no other
legal union that is treated as mar-
riage or the substantial equivalent
thereof shall be valid or recog-
nized."
Is this a good idea? NO! This
amendment does more than just
target homosexual unions. It will
put all manner of domestic part-
nerships at a disadvantage.
The introductory phrase is a
preface describing Florida law
as it now exists. A state statute
already defines "marriage" in
Florida as "only the legal union
between one man and one wom-
an as husband and wife." This
introductory phrase does nothing
to change existing law. So-called
"gay marriage" is illegal in Florida
and will continue to be illegal re-
gardless of whether Amendment
2 passes or fails.
The main reason for opposi-
tion would be the portion of'the
amendment that states '...mar-
riage or the substantial equiva-
lent thereof...'. The intended
purpose of Amendment 2 is to
eliminate rights, benefits and
protections for all unmarried
couples in Florida. This, in effect,
becomes an attack on- women
as laws relating to common law
rights will be eliminated, thereby
making women lesser before the
law when asking for compensa-
tion for any time spent-in the ex-
tended company of a man. This
provision also has major impacts
on those senior couples forced by

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circumstances to share a home,
but not marriage for fear of losing
their pensions or other forms of
income. They would be prohib-
ited in the event of illness, death
or other circumstances of provid-
ing comfort or assistance to their
loved one as they would not be
recognized by law, hospitals or
even nursing homes as having
any rights,
Many of Florida's largest cities
and counties and some of Flor-
ida's state universities currently
offer various forms of domestic-
partnership benefits to unmarried
couples. Passage of Amendment
2 would threaten these legal pro-
tections. Some of the protections
at risk are health-insurance bene-
fits, the right to hospital visitation
and -the right to make decisions
regarding medical treatment.
The proponents of this amend-
ment deny that these will be the'
consequences of Amendment 2,
but the proof is evident from other
states (such as Michigan and Ken-
tucky) where such amendments
have been. passed, and then used
to take away rights from unmar-
ried couples.
Florida state law already re-
stricts marriage to a man and a
woman and doesn't recognize
gay unions performed in other
states. Putting this measure on
the ballot is clearly an attempt to
bring out the conservative'base in
a presidential election year.
Whether you agree or dis-
agree with the concept of homo-
sexual couples being married this
amendment requires a NO vote.
The amendment as proposed is
just a bad amendment. It is poorly
written with no thought as to pos-
sible future consequences.
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Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Kiwanis members president Frank Irby (left) and president-
elect Jim Vensel (right) heard from Cecelia De Filippis from
the Treasure Coast Food Bank about how they serve 16 agen-
cies in Okeechobee by providing food at a low, shared han-
dling nominal fee per pound of food.


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Treasure Coast Food Bank
has been feeding the poor and
hungry in the Treasure Coast and
Okeechobee since 1989. They
will be celebrating their 20th an-
niversary in January.
Kiwanis members recently
learned about the operations of
the Treasure Coast Food Bank
from their director of develop-
ment Cecelia De Filippis.
They currently serve Okeecho-
bee, Indian River, Martin and St.
Lucie counties.
The Food Bank collects large
donations of food from the food
industry and distributes to faith


based and charitable agencies
serving hungry and disadvan-
taged people. The Food Bank
supplies over 158 pounds of food
per year to agencies in urban,. ru-
ral and suburban communities.
While they have given out over
2 million pounds of food in total
to 150 agencies, there is still room
for growth. Due to the recent eco-
nomic state, there has been a 40
percent increase in demand of
products from the Food Bank.
In Okeechobee alone there
has been a 24 percent increase in
demand since last year.
Just how does the Food Bank
Work?
The Food Bank, located in Fort
Pierce, collects food from doz-


ens of local and national compa-
nies including farmers, retailers,
restaurants, manufacturers and
wholesalers. Of course local food
drives are also a major source of
food.
The Food Bank also gets food
from USDA commodities and
therefore are inspected by the
USDA standards. Fifty-five per-
cent of their food comes from the
USDA National Food Bank Net-
work, formerly known as Second
Harvest. They are also required to
be OSHA certified.
Their system is completely
computerized where'local agen-
cies can go online and see real-
time inventory and order what
they need. The Food Bank cur-
rently has 14 staff members, in-
cluding four drivers.
In Okeechobee, Faith Farm is
their biggest client which feeds
all of their clients as well as tak-
ing anything that could possibly
be waste for people to feed their
animals when applicable.
The Food Bank delivers the
food to the different agencies or
they can come pick up their or-
ders in Fort Pierce. A nominal
shared maintenance fee is paid by
member agencies to offset a por-
tion of the product handling and
distribution costs.
Sixteen agencies in Okeecho-
bee receive food from the Food
Bank. The Food Bank allows
them to purchase food at 19 cents
per pound when purchasing food
that is not governmentally of-
fered. Some food is provided free
to these agencies.
The Food Bank distributed


284,478 pounds of food in 2007-
08, up 24.8 percent from the pre-
vious fiscal year. That is the equiv-
alent of 189,652 meals; wholesale
value of $282,581 (at $1.49 a
pound from America's Second
Harvest).
All types of food and grocery
products are donated, including
non-perishables, fresh and frozen
foods. Non-food items such as
paper products, soap and person-
al hygiene items are also donated.
Products are donated for many
reasons including: overproduc-
tion; production flaws; discon-
tinuation of a product line; and
mislabeling to name a few.
The Food Bank also receives
monetary donations which 95
percent of every dollar is used to-
wards providing food.
They have recently began a
Contract with Wal-Mart and Sam's
to receive salvage foods from lo-
cal stores which provide approxi-
mately 12,000 pounds per week
to the Food Bank. They also have
contracts with Target, Big Lots
and Publix and are constantly
looking at expanding their con-
tracts to additional items.when-
ever possible.
For more information about
the Treasure Coast Food Bank vis-
it www.treasurecoastfoodbank.
org or call 772-489-5676. Office
hours are Monday thru Friday, 8
a.m. until 5 p.m.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at caguilar@newszap.com.


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by Nena Bolan
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BRIGHTON Indian Da
celebrated at the Brighton R
vation on Sept. 26. It is an a
holiday with a focus on Sen
tradition and family unity. A
groups participate in sports,
ing and camp craft.
A fishing tournament a
5k race for, runners and wa
was held early in the day, ar
unusual cool temperature
relief to participants. A sectic
children was set up with an
able slip and slide, rock cli
and a giant triple sling-shot
kept the girls and bo5's eri e
all day while parents super
and took photos.
Two cooking contests
held for different age groups
was for the time honored fav
frybread; and the second on
for pumpkin bread which is
fried. Portable propane
were set up and cooking oi
heated until it started to sr
The ingredients are few, bi
results vary slightly, accord
the time tested techniques
by different families.
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ping them into the smoking oil.
ywas Even though the recipes have a
Reser- few simple ingredients, technique
annual can define the outcome.
ainole Several generations of Semi-
11 ag6 nole women from the same fam-
cook- ily work side by side even if they
are competing in the same age
and a category. Daughters, mothers and
walkers grandmothers keep each other
id the focused on getting the job done.
was a When the flour meets the hot oil,
on for delicious aromas fill the air and r
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were bread to let the steam escape and stripped of their tough bark using
. One let it cool a little before you pop the draw blades. The first cuts
rorite, it in your mouth. Experience how can be the most troublesome, be-
e was the simple ingredients blend to- cause the bark does not want to
s also gether first, then when you go for cooperate.
toves seconds you can add extras like This can slow down the pro-
l was pie filling, butter, or honey. cess at first, which is exactly what
moke. One camp craft practiced by the participant does not want
ut the the Seminole Tribe is pole peeling because these are timed events.
ng to which may be one of the more Competing against each other
used rigorous sports in Florida. There is while time ticks away creates a
a contest for women and one for very fast pace. Ribbons of cypress
prod- men. A great deal of upper body bark cover the ground and wood
onent strength is necessary, and prow- fibers cling to faces and arms. It
ess with a double handle draw tickles or irritates, but there is
no stopping until the poles are
smooth.
The camp craft of pole. peel-
ing is necessary for preparing
chickees and other structures,
but it is also a way for Seminoles
to enjoy living and playing hard.
That is why it must be rewarded
with frybread and sweet ice tea.
The Brighton Reservation is lo-
cated on the west bank of Lake No Signed
Okeechobee in Glades County.
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6 Okeechobee News, Friday, October 3, 2008

Community Events


Real Life Childrens
Ranch yard sales
Real Life Children's Ranch
yard sale will be open on Thurs-
days and Fridays, starting Oct. 9.
They will not be open the week
of Thanksgiving or the week of
Christmas.

Church holds
Tribulation House
The Okeechobee Church of
God, 301 N.E. Fourth Ave., will
hold a "Tribulation House" on Fri-
day, Oct. 3 and Saturday, Oct 4.
The house will open at 7:30 p.m.
Admission is free. This event is
not for younger children. Children
under the age of 12 must be ac-
companied by an adult. For more
information call 863-634-1317.

Children's Ranch to
host benefit event
The First Real Life Children's
Ranch Benefit Barrel Race spon-
sored by Woolems, Inc. will take
place on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 9
a.m. at the Agri-Civic Center. Ex-
hibitions are set to begin at 9 a.m.
with Drill Team events from 11:15
until 11:45 a.m. The Barrel Race
begins at high noon! So bring the
whole family to help raise funds
for the Real Life Children's Ranch.
The Ranch has been providing
safe, family style group homes
for abused, abandoned and ne-
glected children for over 50 years
in Okeechobee. This will be an
annual event with barrel racing,
*face painting, bounce house,
concessions and more! For more
information call: Margo Davis at
863-634-8359 or Darlene Mayers
at 863-634-4200.

Low cost spay/neuter
available
Low cost spay/neuter vouch-
ers for dogs and cats. Participating
veterinarians in Vero Beach. For
information, call United Humani-
tarians Port St. Lucie volunteer:
772-335-3786. Email: Petscryl@
bellsouth.net. Okeechobee veteri-
narians are invited to participate.
in this low cost spay/neuter pro-
gram.

Farm Bureau holds,
meeting
Okeechobee County Farm Bu-
reau's Annual Membership' meet-
ing will be' held Friday, Oct. 3.
An open house for Farm Bureau
members will be held from 5 until
7 p.m. with the meeting starting
at 6 p.m. at the Farm Bureau Of-
fice, 401 N.W Fourth St. with light
refreshments and finger foods.
Board Members and Agents will
be on hand to answer your ques-
tions.

OHS to present
"Little Women"
The Okeechobee High School
Drama Club will present the play
"Little Women," on Oct. 4, 9
and 11. All performances will be
at.7:30 p.m. in the Okeechobee
SHigh School Auditorium. Tickets
are $4 for students, $8 for adults.
For more information, call 863-
463-5025.

All-day scrapbooking
crop
The "Croppin' Crew" will
sponsor an all-day scrapbooking
crop on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 10
a.m. until 5 p.m. at the First Meth-
odist Church, 200 N.W. Second St.
All levels of scrapbookers are wel-
come. Please bring a covered dish
if you care to. participate in our
pot luck luncheon. Refreshments
will be served and there will be
plenty of door prizes. Bring your
scrapbooking supplies and your
imagination for a fun-filled day.
For more information call Joan at
863-467-0290 or Corry at 863-467-
2231.

Blessing of animals
The annual blessing of animals
will take place at the Sacred Heart
Pavillion 901 S.W. Sixth St., on Sun-
day, 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 in-
formation call 863-763-3727.


DAR to meet
Saturday, Oct. 4 will be the
first meeting of the year for the
Okeechobee Chapter of the Na-
tional Society Daughters of the
American Revolution, at Oakview
Baptist Church at 10 a.m. They
welcome any visitors or those
women interested in becoming
members. They will be glad to
help you document your Ameri-
can Patriot if you need any as-
sistance. They meet the first
Saturday of each month October
through May. We are a non-profit,
non-political, service organization
for women who can trace their
ancestors to an American Patriot
of the Revolutionary War.

Cub Scouts selling
popcorn
Fundraising season is here
again and the local Cub Scouts
and Boy Scouts of America, are
trying to get support. They will
begin their annual Popcorn fund-
raiser on Sunday, Sept. 28 and
will run every weekend until Oct.
19. Theywill have booths set up
at different, local businesses ev-.
ery Saturday and Sunday. On top
of the weekend setups, the Cub
Scouts and Boy Scouts will always
have a flyer and order form with
them to sell popcorn throughout
the week. So if you cannot make
it out to one of their booths,
you can always- order it person-
ally from one of the pack/troop
members. All proceeds from the
fundraiser will go to help pay for
their summer camp expenses,
supplies, badges and just general
expenses for their groups. Parents
and volunteers will be with the
scouts at each booth to help sell
the popcorn and provide infor-
mation about the group. They are
always looking for people to join.
There are no sign up deadlines,
you can join at any time during
the year, so if you think that the
cub scouts or boy scouts is some-
thing you are interested in, you
can get information about it while
you get some popcorn! Parents
are welcome to become volun-
teers. They would also like to say
thank you to all of the local busi-
nesses who are allowing them to-
set up in front of their stores. For
More information on locations
or joining; please contact Alison
Hudson, Committee Chair Troop
964, at 863-634-8628.

Attention Okeechobee
Class of 89
Class of '89 reunion organiz-.
ers are currently collecting emails
and home addresses from all
classmates. Please send these to
okeechobeeclassof89@yahoo.
com. 863-357-MAIN (6246).


Main Street to host
Halloween celebration
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
Highyway 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 Na-
tional 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 con-
tact Toni Doyle at 863-357-MAIN
(6246).

Hospice of Okeechobee
hosts fundraiser
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 donation of $50 each
or $500 per table and are available
at Eli's Western Wear. All proceeds
go to benefit Hospice of Okeecho-
bee patient care. Sponsorship op-
portunities are available. For more
information, please contact Frank
Irby at 863-357-1639.

Free memory loss
screenings
On Friday, Oct. 10, the Al-
zheirmer's Association will sponsor
free memory loss screenings at the
Visiting Nurse Association, 208 S.E.
Park St., from 11 a.m. until 2:30
Sp.m. Appointments are needed,
please, call Donna True at 1-800-
861-7826 Ext. 1. Screenings are for
anyone, any age concerned about
memory loss. Screenings are con-
ducted by staff from St. Mary's
Memory Disorder center. Immedi-
ate results.

Temporary street
closing
S.W. Second and Third Avenues
between North and South Park
Streets will be closed from 9 p.m.
until midnight after every home
football game will beclosed for a
Christian Youth 5th Quarter event
in Flagler Park.


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

Historical limited
edition ornaments
on sale
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.

State Veterans
nursing homes
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 O' 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-
8124.

Open Mic Karaoke'
The Okeechobee Moose
Lodge 1753, N.W 36th Street, will
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
863-697-6666.


OHS reunion 1950
through 1959
A reunion will be. held for
those that graduated or were in
Okeechobee High School in the
1950s. The event will be held Nov.
8 at the Shrine Club. If you know
someone who should be invited
send that name to Betty William-
son, P.O. Box 248, Okeechobee,
FL, 34973. Also if you are eligible
and have changed your address in
the past five years please let them
know so you can have more infor-
mation sent to you. The occasion
is sponsored by the Okeechobee
Historical Society and any profit
will assist with projects such as
two $500 scholarships given each
year to a deserving senior female
and male student.


2008 Chili Cook-off
planned
Oct. 10 and 11, at the St. Lu-
cie County Fairgrounds, 15601 W
Midway Rd, Ft. Pierce, will be the
Fort Pierce Exchange Club 2008
Chili Cook-off. Friday night 5 un-
til 10 p.m: will be live music and
chili and Saturday from 10 a.m.
until 7 p.m. will be games, food
and entertainment, over 25 teams
competing in the chili cook-off
contest at 4 p.m. will be the Little
Miss Chili and Mr. Pee Wee con-
test and cowboys 18-25 can com-
pete in the Mr. Hot Sauce contest.
All proceeds will benefit the Ft,
Pierce Exchange C.A.S.T.L.E. to
prevent child abuse on the Trea-.
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Obituaries


Obituaries should be submit-
ted to the Okeechobee News by
e-mailing obits@newszap.com.
Customers may. also request
photos and links to online guest
books. A link to the obituaries is
available at www.newszap.com.
Elva Ochoa, 55
OKEECHOBEE Elva Ochoa,
died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008, in her
residence.
Born July 26, 1953 in Princess
Anne, Md., she had been a resident
of Okeechobee since 1965 and was
of Catholic Faith.
She is preceded in death by her
daughter, Evelyn Flores Diaz.
She is survived by her sons, Ruben
Guerrero, and A.J. Lares; daughters,
Erika Diaz, Nancy Soto, Courtney So-
to, and Erin Ochoa, all of Okeecho-
bee; five brothers; five sisters; and
companion, Ruben Guerrero. In ad-
dition, she is survived by one grand-
child and three great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from
10 a.m. until service time of noon on
Saturday in the Buxton Funeral
Home Chapel.
All arrangements are under the di-
rectionand care of the Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Chapel, 110 N.E.
5th St., Okeechobee.


Elfego Rodriguez
Calderon, 53
OKEECHOBEE Elfego Rodri-
guez Calderon, of Okeechobee, died
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008, in the
Hamrick Home.
He was 53.
Born Jan. 3,
1955, in Cutzana-
la, Mexico he had
been a resident of
Okeechobee for
the past 25 years
and was a mem-
ber of the Sacred
Heart Catholic
Church.
He is survived by his wife, Ray-
munda Rodriguez of Okeechobee;
sons, Ramiro, Delfino, Jose, Felipe,
Reynaldo, all of Buford, Ga.; daugh-
ter, Vianey Rodriguez; four broth-
ers; two sisters; stepchildren, Martha
Cruz, Raquel Garcia, and Jose
Torres. In addition he is survived by
15 grandchildren.
Graveside services were held
Thursday, Oct. 2 in the Evergreen
Cemetery.
Friends may send condolences to
www.buxtonfuneralhome.com.
All arrangements are under the di-
rection and care of the Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Crematory, 110 NE
5th Street, Okeechobee.


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Looking for local fun and entertainment?


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
If you are looking for some
entertainment in and around
Okeechobee for the coming
months look no further. If your
organization or business has
some entertaining events coming
up please forward them along to
caguilar@newszap.con.
Collectors with the Interna-
tional Collectors Association are
bringing the Treasure Hunters
Roadshow to Okeechobee this
week through Oct. 4, to evaluate
and offer to purchase gold, col-
lectibles and antique toys at the
Holiday Inn Express.
Anyone interested in finding
out the value of a collectible or
even selling it, can visit the Trea-
sure Hunters Roadshow from 9
a.m. until 6 p.m. on Friday and
from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday.
This event is free and open to
the public. They will also have a
number of civil war era antiques
and collectibles on display for
viewing.
The Okeechobee High School
Drama class will be performing
"Little Women," adapted by L.
Don Swartz from the novel by
Louisa May Alcott in four per-
formances. Performances will
be Saturday, Oct. 4; Thursday,
Oct. 9; and Saturday, Oct. 11. All
performances begin at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $4 for students and $8
for adults.
Come support the Okeecho-
bee High School Drama perfor-
mance given in the Okeechobee
High School Lecture Hall.
Hospice of Okeechobee pres-
ents Boots and Pearls "Gone
Wild," a fundraiser social event
held at the KOA Kampground.


Your Weekly
Entertainment
Guide
Share your news and photos
for this column by e-mail to
caguilar@newszap.com
The event will be held on Friday,
Oct. 10, 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 trim-
mings. Music and dancing will
be by, "The Chase." Tickets for
the event are a donation of $50
each or $500 per table and are
available at Eli's Western Wear.
All proceeds go to benefit Hos-
pice of Okeechobee patient care.
Sponsorship opportunities are
available. For more information,
please contact Frank Irby at 863-
357-1639..
IRSC McAlphin Center On-
Stage, 3209 Virgina Ave, Fort
Pierce is hosting Lend Me a Tenor
by Ken Ludwig on Oct. 15,16,17,
18, 8 p.m. and Oct. 18, at.2 p.m.
Cleveland is about to be put on
the operatic map in Ken Ludwig's
wildly successful farce that is now
one of America's favorites! You'll
leave teary-eyed with laughter.
Tickets are $12 each. For more in-
formation contact the box office


at 1-800-220-9915.
The Indian River State College
Performing Arts Series is known
for bringing outstanding profes-
sional entertainment to the Trea-
sure Coast, and the 2008-2009 Se-
ries promises to delight audiences
with four nationally acclaimed
performances.
The Series begins Monday,
Nov. 24, with The Capitol Steps.
A troupe of Congressional staff-
ers-turned-comedians, the Capi-
tol Steps travel the country sati-
rizing the very people and places
that once employed them. Since
they began in 1981, they have
recorded 27 albums, including
their latest, "Springtime for Lib-
erals." They have been featured
on NBC, CBS, ABC ad PBS and
can be heard four times a year
on National Public Radio stations
nationwide during their "Politics
Takes a Holiday" radio specials.
All performances will begin at
8 p.m. at the IRSC McAlpin Fine
Arts Center at the Main Campus
in Fort Pierce. Tickets for the
four-performance series are $95.
Purchase your tickets at the Box
Office located in the McAlpin Fine
Arts Center lobby, at the IRSC Main
Campus at 3209 Virginia Avenue
in Fort Pierce, Monday through
Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., or by
phone with VISA, MasterCard,
Discover or American Express.
Call the McAlpin Fine Arts Center
Box Office today at 462-4750 or
toll-free'at 1-800-220-9915. Only a
few seats are still available.
Attention all entertainers! The
First South Florida Entertainer's
Jamboree will be on Saturday,
Nov. 22, and Sunday, Nov. 23, from
1 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Moose
Lodge, 159 NW 36th Street
This event is offered for all en-


tertainers to come and promote
themselves, the Moose Lodge will
invite clubs front across South
Florida to send representatives to
listen to the music and see what
you have to offer.
No entertainers will be paid to
perform at this event. There will
be a table made available to sell
or hand out calendars, business
cards, CDs, photos, T-Shirts or
what have you with reference to
showmanship.
Entertainers are working in
one hour time slots.
The Moose Lodge is holding a
membership drive and members
will be available to share informa-
tion with you about the Moose


Family.
Pleaslcontact BP Productions
for morenformation at 863-447-
5520.
Okeecbbee Main Street, the
City of Okechobee and Okeecho-
bee Countyire hosting the Fourth
Annual Haoween Celebration.
The commaity celebration,will
be held at thcAgri-Civic Center on
S.R. 70 East, >n Friday, Oct. 31,
from 6 until 9 ,m. (must enter via
S.R. 710)
This year's 'ostume Contest
will be in foufage groups: 0-2
from 6:45 to 7:6 p.m., 3-5 from
7:15 to 7:45 p.m 6-10 from 7:45
to 8:15 p.m. and',1-14 from 8:15
to 8:45 p.m. Regitration for the


costume contest will be at the
Seacoast National Bank Booth.
They will have games and ac-
tivities, a haunted house, a cos-
tume contest and treats! Event
organizers welcome donations of
treats and candy or monetary do-
nations to purchase candy. Your
business or agency is welcome to
set up a booth for games or ac-
tivities for the children. For more
Information, please contact Toni
Doyle at 863-357-MAIN (6246).
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Service Club News in Brief


.The American
Legion Post 64
501 S.E. Second Street, Okeechobee
Office 863-763-2950 Lounge 863-
763-5309
The public is always welcome un-
less it's a members only event.
Our kitchen is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Fri-
day and 1 to 8 p.m. on Sunday.
Sunday: Open 1 to 8 p.m. Regular
Bingo from 6:30 p.m.
Monday: Open 11-8 p.m. Social
Bingo 1 PM
Tuesday: Open 11-8 p.m.
Wednesday: Open 11-8 p.m. "Taco
Day" 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tacos -$1.50
Music with Jim Elders 2-6
Thursday: Open 11 a.m. 8 p.m. -
Social Bingo 6 p.m.
Friday: Open 11 a.m. until 8 p.m.-
Karaoke from 6 p.m. Hosted by BP
Productions.
(Anyone wishing to perform ini
the Lip Sync Programs see Bobby and
Penny)
SAL Steak Dinner third Sunday each
month $12 donation.
Legion and Auxiliary meet the sec-
ond and fourth Tuesdays at 7 p.m.
The fourth Tuesday meeting includes
a carry in dinner at 6 p.m.
SAL Meet the third Tuesday at 7
p.m.
Am-Vets #2001
Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold a
regular informational meeting on the
first Saturday 6f the month at the Buck-
head Ridge VFW Post #9528, 2002
U.S. 78 W, at 10 a.m. Applications for
new members are available. Call Helen
James at 863-824-7644 or Lou Eder at
863-357-0467.
SAm-Vets Ladies Auxiliary meetings
are the first Saturday of the month at 10
am. Contact the Post at 467-2882 for in-
formation.

Eagles Aeries #4137
Eagles Aeries #4137 is located at
9983 U.S. 441 N. For information on
events, call 863-763-2552.
Every Tuesday bingo at 1 p.m.
Food will be available for a donation.
Wednesday: bar bingo starting at
4 p.m. Food will be available.
Every Thursday: washer toss at 1
p.m.
First and third Thursday: Auxiliary
at 6 p.m.; Aeries at 7 p.m.
Friday: steak night (16-oz.) start-
ing at 5 p.m. for a $12 donation. Music
will be by Jimmy Harper.
Saturday and Sundays: music at
7 p.m.
First and third Sunday: breakfast
cooked tp prder from 9 until l"a.m. for
$5 don tioh. h -....
Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge #237
,The Okeechobee Masonic Lodge is
located at 107 N.W. Fifth Ave. For infor-
mation about the club and events, call
Jose Verano at 863-634-2071.
The Masonic Lodge holds their
meetings on the second and fourth


Monday of each month starting at 7:30
p.m.
Order of the Eastern Star
- Chapter #128
The Order of the Eastern Star has
many fun activities planned on the first
and third Tuesday of each month. For
upcoming activities, contact Mary Ann
Holt at 863-634-8087.

B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S. 78 W.
in Buckhead Ridge. The Lodge's phone
number is 863-763-2250.
SSundays: breakfast will be served
from 9 until 11 a.m. With many items to
choose from.
Monday: WOTM Chapter meet-
ing the first and third Mondays of every
month 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday: Bingo and food,
food served at 5 p.m. and bingo starts
at 6 p.m.
Thursday: dinner will be served
from 5 until 7 p.m. Call the Lodge for
the menu.
Thursday: Music for dancing at
7:30 p.m. Call to see who is playing.
Thursday: 5-Card Bingo at 6 p.m.
food available at 5 p.m.
Friday: dinner served from 5 until
7:30 p.m. Music for dancing at 7:30 p.m.
Call to see who is playing.
SSaturdays: dinner starting at 6
p.m.
Saturday: Prime Rib Dinner
served from 6 until 8 p.m. the first Sat-
urday of the month.
Karaoke at 6 p.m. on Oct. 5, 12
and 26 with Phil Eddings.
SOct. 7 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 21 at 8
p.m. will be Moose Membership meet-
ings with enrollment of new prospective
members.
Friday: Oct. 31 at 8 p.m. Halloween
Costume Party. Get dressed up and join
the fun. Drawing for the barbecue grill
will be held, so get your tickets soon.

Moose Family
Center #1753
The Moose Family Center #1753 is


VFW Post #4423
The VFW North Post #4423 is lo-
cated at 300 N.W. 34 St. The Post phone
number is 863-763-0818.
Happy hour Monday through Thurs-
day 4 until 6 p.m.
Monday: 50-cent hot dogs.
Tuesday: Washer toss at 1 p.m.
Wednesday: Pizza and Grill 5 until
7 p.m.
Friday: Bingo at 1 p.m. Pizza and
Grill 6 until 9 p.m. Karaoke 7 until 11
p.m.
Saturday: Bar Bingo at 1 p.m.
Karoake 7 until 11 p.m.
Sunday: Dinner 2 until 4 p.m.
Post and Ladies Auxiliary meetings
third Sunday of every month at 11 a.m.
Men's Auxiliary Meeting 3 Monday
of every month 7 p.m.
Big Screen TV and Pool Table
VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post #9528 is located at
2002 S.R. 78 W. in Buckhead Ridge.
For information, call 863-467-2882. Post
opens at noon, Monday through Sun-
day.
We are taking applications for new
members for the VFW, Ladies Auxiliary,
Male Auxiliary, AMVETS and AMVETS
ladies auxiliary.
Wednesday: Ladies Auxiliary din-
ner and Men's Auxiliary or AmVets. Mu-
sic will be available.
Every Thursday is bar bingo at
12:45 p.m. Lunch will be available.
Every Friday a steak dinner with
baked potato, salad and rolls will be
served from 5:30 until 7 p.m. for an $11
-donation. Dancing immediately follows
the dinner.
Membership meetings are held on
the second Saturday of the. month be-
ginning at 10 a.m. The House Commit-
tee meeting is on the fourth Saturday.
For information, contact Command-
er Robert Hare at 863-467-2882.
All games and special events are
shown on three televisions. The game
room has a regulation-size pool table.
VFW Post 9528, in Buckhead
Ridge, is having an open mic night with
Nellie from 6 until 9 p.m. every Tuesday
evening. Come on out and support her
by singing your favorite.songs..


located at 156 N.W. 36th St. in Okeecho-
bee. Please call the Lodge at 863-763- VFW Post #10539
4954 for further information, sudden Post hours are 10 a.m. Monday
changes and menus. Guests are invited through Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.
to enjoy the activities and consider Closing times are discretionary and de-
membership. pendent on the number of patrons but
Every Sunday breakfast from 8 to usually not before 8 p.m. on weekdays
11 a.m.. and 11 p.m. on weekends.
Horseshoe practice every Sunday Happy hours: 10 to 1.1 a.m. and
at 2 p.m. and Thursday Evening. 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Every Monday, Pool tournaments .Noon to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.
- sign up, 7 p.m. Food is served. Monday: Card Bingo at 6 p.m.
Women's meeting second and Tuesday: Ladies Auxiliary all-you-
fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m. can-eat spaghetti dinner $5 donation
Officers meetings first and third beginning at5:30.p.m.
Tuesday at 7:p.m..-- -. Wednesday: Bar Bingo at 12:45
Men's meetings, second and p.m. Lunch by Ladies Auxiliary. Kitchen
fourth Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. open from 5 until 8 p.m. Evening mu-
Moose Legion meetings third sic.
Wednesdayat 7:30 p.m. Thursday: Music, kitchen open
Bar Bingo Thursday at 1 p.m. and from 5 until 8 p.m.
Friday night at 7 p.m. Food Served. Friday: Music, kitchen open from
(you must be a member to play bar 5 until 8 p.m.
bingo) Saturday: Noon, $1 hotdogs, $1.50
Dinner and music almost every Polish Sausage, both with Chili and all
Saturday night. the fixings. Card bingo at 5 p.m. Music


and dancing at 7 p.m. $50 gas card give-
away.
SScheduled meetings: VFW First
Sunday at noon, Ladies Auxiliary sec-
ond Monday at 7 p.m., Mens Auxiliary
second Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Do you have a family member
serving overseas? We send packages of
urgently needed supplies to them. We
accept donations for this worth cause.
Contact Cheryl Beniot at 863-697-2930.
For further information call 863-763-
2308.

Shrine Club
The Okeechobee Shrine Club, S.R.
78'W, members will meet the first and
third Thursday of each month at 8 p.m.
The club is also available for weddings
and parties. For information call the
club at (863) 763-3378.

Cypress Hut
Eagles #4509
The Cypress Hut Fraternal Order of
Eagles post #4509 located at 4701 U.S.
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VFW sponsors essay contests


The VFW offers scholarship
opportunities for students in
Okeechobee County.
There are several opportunities
for students in age groups from
sixth to eighth grade and another
opportunity for students in ninth
to twelfth grade.
The first of these essay contests
are for high school students to vie
for a $30,000 college scholarship.
The theme for the Voice of
Democracy Audio/Essay Contest
is "Service and Sacrifice by Amer-
ica's Veterans Benefits Today's
Youth by ......" .-
The contest is open to all stu-
dents enrolled in-public, private,
parochial high school or-.home-


schooled in ninth through twelfth
grades. All are eligible to enter a
typed and recorded essay on the
theme which must be recorded
on a quality cassette tape or CD
and must be between three and
five minutes in length with no
background sounds.
The students must describe the
way-they benefit from the service
and sacrifice by America's Veter-
ans. Awards are offered at each
level of competition. A $30,000
college scholarship is available to
the first place national winner.
Deadline to enter the contest is
Saturday, Nov. 1.
In addition students in sixth
through eighth grade have the


chance to win a $10,000 U.S. sav-
ings bond for their Patriot's Pen
Essay Competition.
The Patriot's Pen Essay Com-
petition theme is "Why America's
Veterans Should be Honored."
The contest is open to students
in grades sixth through eighth.
Students must write an essay of
300 to 400 words in English. All
words count, even single-letter
words. The first place national
winner will receive a $10,000 U.S.
Savings Bond.
The deadline to enter the Pa-
triot's Pen Essay Competition is
also Saturday, Nov. 1.
Entry forms may also be ob-
tained and questions regarding


the rules can be handled by these
Posts: VFW Buckhead Ridge Post
9528, 2002 S.R. 78 W. 863-467-
2882 Don South, Quartermaster;
VFW Big Lake Post 10539, 3912
U.S. 441 S.E. 863-763-2308, Bobby
Shultz, Quartermaster; and VFW
North Post 4423, 300 N.W. 34th St.
863-763-0818, Dannye Strickland,
Ladies Auxiliary President.
All entry forms should be re-
turned to any of the following
Posts by the deadline.
SThere is only one month left
to get your essays ready for sub-
mission, so get patriotic and get
writing.


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Operation Shoe Box
Vicki Hawthorne at Radio Shack packs up a big box of
supplies, Radio Shack supports Operation Shoe Box, a
local drive to collect donations for care packages for sol-
diers overseaS, The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 10539
sponsors Operation Shoe Box, Radio Shack has a drop
off box.for donations of items such as: Candy (heat resis-
tant), writing paper and envelopes, pens, pencils, dental
floss, mouthwash, toothbrushes, toothpaste, coffee (in-
stant), coffee creamer, Gatorade powdered drink mixes,
tea mixes, sugar packets, beef jerky, canned fruit (pop top
cans), Granola Bars, Girl Scout Cookies, gum, Pop-Tarts,
ravioli (pop top cans), board games, checkers (travel size),
chess (travel size), crossword puzzles, playing cards, CDs,
tapes, DVDs new and used, hand held electronic games,
Sodoku books, books (novels, short stories), magazines,
baby' wipes, nose spray, eye drops, deodorant,foot pow-
der, hairbrushes, hand lotion, hand sanitizers (waterless),
nail clippers, Q-Tips, razors (disposable), shampoo, sun-
screen, tissues, travel size body wash, Tylenol (individual
packets), gaggies (with zip lock), batteries (AA, D), bug
spray (must be packaged in zip-lock bag), Duct tape, cis-
posable cameras, flashlights (mini/mag lite, extra bulbs,
lots of batteries), fans (battery powered, small, with ex-
tra batteries), pre-paid pone cards, shoe insole cushions,
socks (cushioned white calf high), small unbreakable holi-
day decorations, Christmas stockings.


Agent Orange,


possible link


to illnesses


Veterans who served in the
Republic of Vietnam between
Jan. 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975 are
presumed to have been exposed
to Agent Orange and other herbi-
cides. Veterans must have served
"in country" and those veterans
who served aboard ships may
be eligible, depending if they are
"brown water" or-"blue water"
veterans.
The VA recently extended the
presumption of exposure to crew
members of the USS Ingersoll
(DD 652).
There are severe illnesses/
medical conditions are chlo-
racne, porphyria cutnea tarda,
soft tissue sarcoma (other than


osteosarcoma, chrondosarcoma,
Kaposi's sarcoma or mesothelio-
ma), Hodgkin's disease, multiple
myeloma, respiratory cancers
(lung, bronchus, larynx, trachea),
non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, pros-
tate cancer, acute and subacute
periphereal neuropathy, diabetes
mellitus (Type II), and chronic
lymphocytic leukemia.
Vietnam veterans diagnosed
with any of these conditions
should file a claim for service con-
nected disability compensation
with the Dept. of Veterans Affairs.
For assistance in filing a claim,
contact the County Veterans Ser-
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a storm's spit by its punch, the
old maxim goes. Florida is used
tp stronger weather systems than
August's tropical storm Fay, but
its seven-day deluge made it the
fourth wettest storm to ever hit
the state.
One month later, most of
+ the flooding has receded, but
in expert from the University of
Florida's Institute of Food and
Agricultural Sciences warns that
new problems could be rising in
the form of toxic molds and mil-
dews.
S"Moisture is the No. 1 thing
that molds need to grow, and this
storm certainly gave us plenty of
that," said James Kimbrough, a
mycologist in UF's department of"
plant pathology.'
Tropical storm Fay dropped as
much as 26 inches on some parts
of the state, the most .rain deliv-
ered to the state in a single blow
in nearly a decade, according to
Dennis Decker of the National
Weather Service office in Mel-
bourne, Fla.
"Your house may not get
washed away," Mr. Kimbrodgh
said. "But moisture could sneak
into places you can't see or don't
typically look. Those are the plac-
es most mold and mildew is best
at growing."
A well-known mold and mil-
dew expert, Mr. Kimbrough re-
ceives daily requests to identify
molds and mildews associated
vith the recent rains. Sometimes
the moisture damage is obvious,
such as one recent case where
mushrooms were growing out of
a living room floor.
However, black mold often
grows prolifically on the inside of
walls before it becomes visible.
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a massive spread of mold.
Black mold can result in what
physicians have dubbed "sick
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symptoms such as scratchy
throats, watery eyes, rashes and
breathing problems.-It can even
result in chronic fatigue, pneu-
monia and symptoms resembling
irritablf'bowel syndrome.
"Of course, the best tactic is
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the problem," Kimbrough said.
Warpedwood,'black growth on
bathroom tiles,-cracked or peel-
ing paint, a roof leak or constant
condensation on pipes, windows
or walls are all warning signs.
-Air conditioning units can
make problems worse. If controls'
are malfunctioning or poorly set,
they-can rapidly cool surfaces in
the home, which then form con-
densation that promotes mold
growth.
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Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jason
Shumate, a soldier with the 101st
Combat Aviation Brigade, was
awarded with.the Distinguished
Flying Cross, which is presented
for heroism or extraordinary
achievement while participating
in aerial flight.
On May 12, 2008, during a
night resupply mission coined
"Mountain Highway," the crew
of a CH-47D.Chinook Helicop-
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Afghanistan, was carrying a
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using high-quality air condition-
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regularly.
"This keeps the mold spores
from circulating around the build-
ing," he said. "They don't get a
chance to spread around and
grow other places-and they
don't get a chance to land in your
lungs."
Excessive buildup on air-condi-
tioning filters is also a prime sign
that mold problems may be in the
works. Vinyl wallpaper and floor
coverings should also be watched
closely for signs of mold.
"Mold is something that hu-
mans live with, especially in Flori-
da," Mr. Kimbrough said. "And so
it's fine to expect a little mold and
mildew here and there that can
be cleaned away. But big growths
can cause big problems.
"It's like dealing with cock-
roaches. Just spraying one that
you happen to see is fine, but it
could mean that there are hun-


Gowardesh Valley when they
were fired at with a rocket pro-
pelled grenade. The impact
violently shook the rear of the
aircraft, causing it to go into de-
scent.
As the pilot in charge,
Shumate managed to bring the
crippled aircraft down onto the
rooftop of a house in the valley,
not only saving the lives of the
crew, but also minimizing fur-
ther damage to the helicopter.
CW2 Jason Shumate is the son
of Carl and Phyllis Shumate.


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Chief Warrant Officer 2 (CW2), Jason Shumate with the
101st Combat Aviation Brigade accepts his award of the
Distinguished Flying Cross from Colonel Healy in recogni-
tion of his heroism during a mission in Afghanistan. CW2
Shumate is the son of Carl and Phyllis Shumate, owner/
operators of The Alarm Store of Okeechobee.


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OHS Brahmans take on Glades Day Gators


Scouting

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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
SOkeechobee High School han-
dled the state ranked Gators last
year in Belle Glade, 26-13, as Lon-
nie Pryor had his best game ever,
with over 300 yards in offense.
Glades Day will hope to avoid
a repeat tonight when the two
teams square off in Okeechobee.
Okeechobee is healthier than
they have been all year. They have
no major injuries to key players to
report this week.
Glades Day is led by the son
of NFL player, Fred Taylor. Kelvin
Taylor is in the eighth grade and is
following in his fathers footsteps.
Taylor has rushed for 373 yards
and seven touchdowns in his first
year at the varsity level.
The Gators also have a po-
tent passing attack led by veteran


QB Bo Schlecter. He has thrown
for 482 yards in the air and four
touchdowns.
The Gators (2-1) top receiver
is Deandre Jackson who has
grabbed 13 balls and two touch-
down passes.
The Gators lost two weeks ago
at Clewiston, 30-24,and had last
week off, giving them an extra
week to prepare for Okeecho-
bee.
Brahmans Coach Chris Bra-
nham said he expects Glades Day
to stack the box and attempt to
stop Lonnie Pyror.
Branham said the two teams
are very similar as both have ex-
cellent running backs, veteran
QBs and good defenses. He noted
when he reviewed the game film
from their games he was very re-
spectful of what they are capable
of doing. He noted Glades Day

OHS Bowling
Report


lost their top playmaker last year,
Anthony Norton and Okeechobee
lost all state players Tim Williams
and Leshawn Henderson. He add-
ed Glades Day has some young
players who have stepped into
those roles and so has Okeecho-
bee. Both teams also have four


offensive linemen who played in
last year's game.
"They have a state ranking and
a tradition of winning, we do not.
We play off this. Our team does
better when people talk down
about them than when they con-
gratulate us. I think it will be a


good football game," Branhamr
added.
"We are a very good football;
team. People ask me what are we
going to do about Fred Taylor's
son. Well, we have one of the top
12-15 backs in the country. What,
are they going to do about us?"


Submitted photo/Teresa Arrants
Touchdown!
Matt Skipper of the Bulldogs goes for a touchdown as
Jake Davenport of the Wolverine goes for the flag in the
Upward Football program sponsored by Okeechobee
Baptist Church.


The Lady Brahman bowl-
ing team took their show on the
road Tuesday night against Vero
Beach High School. It was a very
exciting match to watch. It went
back and forth, but the Brahmans
just couldn't get that strike they
needed in the 10th frame. They
actually lost the first and second
games by a total of 29 pins.
Danielle Racine led the charge
in the first game with a 172.
Amanda Rathbun took control of
games 2 and 3 shooting respect-
able scores of 163 and 142.
The Brahman Boys team also
took on Vero Beach on Tuesday.
and found the lane conditions to
be very difficult. The lanes were
constantly changing and the Brah-
mans just couldn't get in a good
rhythm. The boys fell to Vero yes-
terday but remain in third place in
their division.
Noe Arroyo shot a 153 in the
first game. Matt Payne scored a
167 in the second game. Mason
Waldron led the Brahmans in the
third game with an impressive
175.


Pop


Warner


keeps


winning

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News ,
All four of Okeechobee's Pop
Warner teams that are eligible for
the playoffs are currently (4-1) af-
ter this week's action.
The Junior Pee Wee team split
a pair of games this week as they
lost to Palm City 24-12 on Saturw-
day and then shut out Fort Pierce,
33-0, Tuesday night in Ft. Pierce.
Lamar Williams and Luis Leon
scored touchdowns in the loss
Saturday. Two onside kicks re-
covered by Palm City and a key
turnover by the Lil Brahmans cost
them the victory.
Tuesday they rebounded
strong with a shutout win at Ft.
Pierce. Williams had a rushing
touchdown. Brandon Shockley
ran for a score and threw two
touchdown passes. Luis Leon
scored a touchdown. Isabelle
Sheldon ran for a touchdown.
"It was a great defensive effort
as well, both the first and second
string did very well," Coach James
Shockley said.
Chris Epps also had a rushing
touchdown for Okeechobee.
The Junior Midget squad de-
feated Palm City 32-6. Lavonte
Spivey continued his strong sea-
son with a touchdown run. Adrian
Minondo also rushed for a touch-
down. Algeron Morris had two
touchdowns for Okeechobee.
The Midget team also had a
strong effort Saturday with a 37-6
victory over Palm City. Quandrel
Ridley and Ryan Jenkins continue
to have stro song seasons for the
team.
The tiny mites defeated Palm
City 20-14. Jalen Pryor continues
to run well for the team's of-
fense.
The mitey mites defeated Palm
City 19-12. Darius Houze and Jan-
uase Futch had strong games on
offense and Veyon Washington
played well on defense.
This week the Pop Warner
teams are on the road with games
against Palm City, Jensen Beach
and Hobe South.
Pop Warner teams return
home on Oct. "11.
The other travelling youth foot-
ball team, the Okeechobee Bulls,
will host Glades Glen on Saturday
morning at 11 a.m. at the soccer
fields across from North Elemen-
tary. It is their first home game of
the season.


Submitted photo
Soccer action
Members of the Bruce Homer Nationwide Insurance and
Chaka's Stars soccer team tried their best to get the soc-
cer ball in the goal to score a point for their team on Satur-
day, Sept. 27, at their first game.




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Auctions 105
Car Pool 110
Share a ride 115
Card of Thanks 120
In Memoriam 125
Found 130
Lost 135
Give Away 140
Garage/Yard Sale 145
Personals 150
Special Notices 155
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BOSTON TERRIER found vic
of behind Bill's Mini Mart on
70. Call (863)261-7253 to
identify




Don't Miss

This One
OKEE, Sat., 10/4th, 7:30am-
2pm, 2125 NW 2nd St.
Plus size Womens Clothes,
H/H Items, Childrens Clothes,
and a # of Misc. Items.
OKEECHOBEE Oct 4, 2008,
8:00 am 3:00, 1307 S.
Parrott Ave Behind Sea-
coast Bank #62, Furniture,
household items, and tools
OKEECHOBEE October 4,
2008, 7:00 am 1:00 pm,
2150 SW 28th Ave, 5 family
yard sale Clothing, shoes,ap-
pliances, books, lawn & gar-
den, kitchen utensils, boat
and much more.
Don't Miss
This One
OKEECHOBEE SAT. 10/4,
8am-2pm,
631 SE 35th Terrace
(near Everglades Elementary)
ools, HH, knick knacks, etc.

Auctons 010


Terms Cash dr Check
10% BP





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ONE DAY ONLY SALE!
OKEECHOBEE, Sat., Oct. 4th,
8am-2pm, 1700 S.W. 5th Ave.
Household Items, Clothes,
Sporting Goods... Just to
name a few... Don't Miss It!

R-BAR ESTATES
off Cemetery Rd. Sat. & Sun.,
October 3rd & 4th, 8am-1pm,
2741 N.E. 54th Trail.
Purses, clothes, shoes,
jewelry, kids items, frames,
etc.


Eoyment



Employment -
Full-Time 205
Employment -
Medical 210
Employment -
Part-Time 215
Employment
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230









self motivated,
ambitious
excellent pay
and benefits!
Fax resume to
863-467-0696
or mail to
Okeechobee News
107 SW 17th St.
Okeechobee, FI
34974
Box 1436

EXP MEDICAL RECEPTIONIST
Fax resumes to:
877-834-6566




0,

OFFICE
COORDINATOR
7L Brands, LLC, in Palm-
dale, FL has an immediate
opening for an Office Coor-
dinator. Qualified applicants
must possess general to in-
depth knowledge of AP/AR,
Inventory Control, Purchas-
ing, Fixed Assets Manage-
ment and Sales/Marketing.
Qualified applicants shall
also possess strong knowl-
edge of Microsoft Software
and General Ledger applica-
tions. This person must be
able to multi-task, indepen-
dently manage and complete
assignments, possess
strong oral and written com-
munication skills, build and
analyze data and support the
management team in all as-
pects of the daily operations
of the plant.
7L Brands, LLC offers com-
Setitive wages and an excel-
ent benefit package.
Qualified applicants should
mail, email or fax resume to:
7L Brands, LLC
Attn: Loyda Rivera
106 SW County Rd 721
Okeechobee,FL 34974
Loyda.rivera@lykes.com
Fax: 863-763-6159
AA, EOE,DFW M/F/D/V


PARK MODEL
HOME COORDINATOR
New 500+ site RV Village
needs experienced park
model Sales Coordinator.
Duties include working
with buyers, ordering,
coordinating delivery &
set up, obtaining permits,
titling and closings. Other
duties include clerical,
answering phones and
assisting sales efforts.
Must be computer literate.
$2,000 per month salary.
Please email resume to:
sales(a.silverpalmsrv.
corn


Position Available Staff Per-
son Administration, male/fe-
male, high school diploma or
equivalent. Valid FL DL,
clean driving record manda-
tory. Person will record fuel
consumption for trucks &
equipment. Deliver parts &
supplies to all job sites. Must
be able to enter all data into
computer program. Exp. in
Excel & Word. Apply in per-
son, 2308 S. Parrott Ave. No
Phone Calls!
-SALESPERSON-
Local company is looking
for an experienced, motivated
Salesperson. Individual will
be paid hourly plus
commission. Position is
Monday-Friday. Please fax
resume to 863-763-7002


Financial

^Il I

Business
Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315





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we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.


Services




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







HOUSE CLEANING -
15 yrs. exp. Okeechobee &
Buckhead Ridge area's. Call
Sandy (863)763-8581

MR. "IMIM,


GAYLE HALL
SIDONIO PALMEIDA
EARLENE SPILLER
SHANE WILLIAMS


DEE'S MINOR REPAIR
License # 5698
& Pressure Washing
License #1126
FREE ESTIMATES
(863)467-2917
or (863)261-6425


Merchandise



Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens 8 Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635,
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Pets/Supplies/
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740




DRYER White Gas Whirlpool
dryer like new. Pick up in Al-
va. $100. (760)702-2652
FREEZER Kenmore 5 Sq Ft
Chest Type Like New $125.
(863)467-0734
WHIRLPOOL REFRIG. In Cle-
wiston 25cu.ft. Cools but-not
cold needs minor work 2yrs
old $225. (863)599-0809



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


BOOKCASE Pigeon Hole,
40x47, $25. (863)467-4611
DINING TABLE Italian marble
& glass. Cost $5,000 new,
asking $260. Call
863-763-4063

Auctions 010


UNIT #6-07
UNIT #7-19
UNIT #9-05
UNIT #8-40


SALE WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE PREMISES OF THE
ABOVE LISTED ADDRESSES. ITEMS FOR SALE IN-
CLUDE HOUSEHOLD ITEMS, CLOTHING, TOYS,
TOOLS, MISCELLANEOUS. UNITS ARE SOLD IN
THEIR ENTIRETY TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER. FOR IN-
FORMATION CALL (863) 763-5044
294330 ON 10/3/08


1911 SUBCOMPACT Stainless
45 Para-Ordinance P10-45
One Box Fired, Will TRADE
$550/firm. (772)461-8822
COLT AR15 Match Target -
never fired 24" Stainless 2x9
Scope Bull Barrel will TRADE
$2000/neg. (772)461-8822
COLT AR15 Match Target -
never fired 24" Stainless 2x9
Scope Bull Barrel will TRADE
$2000/neg. (772)461-8822



AB LOUNGE Ab Lounge in
excellent condition. Used
maybe 5 times. $50.
(863)357-6315


AIRBOAT, '03 laser, 260hp
Lycoming eng. 0540, new
prop, $10,000.
(863)528-1015
REESE HITCH for Toyota Tun-
dra pickup truck $75.
(863)763-2692
SLIDING GLASS DOORS -
36x78, with jamb & track,
$75. (863)467-4611



BOSE CINEMATE Digital Home
Theater Speaker System
NEW in box. $425.
(863)763-2692



SONY 65" TV- twin picture -
works perfect $800.
(863)983-8572



SEEKING TO PURCHASE:
Established Lawn Business
or Lawn Accounts near
Okeechobee. (954)793-3203


Rentals



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


BEAUTIFUL SAMANTHA'S
GARDEN APTS In Town,
2br/2ba, W&D, $850 mo. +
$500. sec. (863)634-5780
Lg. 2BR- Close to town, A/C,
clean, $850 + sec., wa-
ter/sewer included Call Vikki
561)255-4377 or Kelly
863)697-1339
OKEECHOBEE 2br, 1ba,
South West section, between
Central Elem & First Baptist
Church. (863)634-7144
Taylor Creek Condo-
2BR/1BA, furnished, boat
dockage, pool & water in-
cluded, completely remod-
eled, totally new kitchen &
bath, $800' month + 1
month security No pets, Call
(305)522-5024
VIKING/PRAIRIE Efficiency.
Very clean! $600/mo. In-
cludes utilities. No pets. Call
561-329-8205




KING'S BAY, 2/1, Pool, Ten-
nis, etc. Nice! $950 mo. +
sec. Includes water, electric,
cable.. 863-697-6428
TAYLOR CREEK CONDO
Avail. Immediately! Fully
furnished. New carpet. Pool,
Tennis & Boat dock. 1BA1BR
$685 + electric. Annual
lease. 215.359-7779


BLUE HERON Beautiful 3/2/2
to rent. $1,200/mo.
1st/last/sec., refs. req.
Call John at 772-475-5240


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-
wood. (561)718-2822
BUCKHEAD RIDGE 2br
house, furn., all until, beautiful
front screen porch w/hot tub.
$1200 (863)634-5236
DIXIE RANCH 2BR/1BA CBS
Home. Furnished. All appli-
ances. Call (863)357-6700
between 9am-5pm.
Moore Haven completely
remodeled,3BR/2BA, w
kitchen appl's & w/d &
12x20 storage shed, on 1/3
acre. Call 863-946-0505
or 863-983-8787
*NEW*
2 bed/2 bath/2 car garage
All appliances included,
and many extras.
Great neighborhood;
A Must See!
$1,000.00/mth + sec.
(863)634-7722
OKEE- 2/1, 3405 NW 2nd St,
totally renovated, corner lot.
$600/mo + $600 dep. Op-
tion to buy (239)707-5155
OKEECHOBEE 2/1 House at
310 NE 4th Ave., $750 mo.,
2/2 Townhouse, Oak Lake
Villas, Unit 17, $875 mo.,
1st, last & $500 sec. on both
req'd. (863)467-5965
OKEECHOBEE, 3br; 2ba, with
:.garage C,/Air. ilstki-last,-&,
sec. 863-467-2541 or after
5 pm 863-634-9330
OKEECHOBEE EST- 3/1,
$850/mo, $400 sec dep
(863)634-7687
OKEECHOBEE- On the water,
1br, lba, fully furn. W&D,
Elec & satellite, HBO incld.,
$600/mo. (863)467-1950
SAVE YOUR GAS!I
WE HAVE OVER 50 RENTALS
AVAILABLE
Landlords, tenants Welcome
OPEN WEEKENDS
Century 21 Horizon
Properties
(863)634-5352
SW Section- CBS, 3BR/1BA,
Close to Wal-Mart, 2200 SW
3rd Ave, $875 mo., $2000
moves in (863)634-0512


Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property -Sale 1010
Condos/
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080




Absolutely Beautiful 2BR/1BA
home on /2 acre lot, Ig. ma-
ture oak trees, completely
renovated inside, Ig. shed
on property, in city limits,
$124,000. (863)634-5586


-BASSWOOD LOTS (2)-
Package deal: $35k firm for
both; One high and dry on
North side of 28th, 125x125,
one Ig. corner lot on 33rd,
125x90. (863)697-9830


Mobile Homes



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 free!
Doublewide 3BR/1BA, cen-
tral a/c & heat, 1st, last &
sec., $650 mo., in town, no
pets. (863)763-6232
MOBILE HOME- 1BR/1BA, all
util, $600 mo. 863-763-2098
or (863)610-1092
MONTHLY $599
Waterfront, Clean & Quiet,
Okeechobee's Nicest.
S1 Bedroom & 2 Bedroom
furnished & unfurnished
(772)215-0010
KB'S FISH CAMP
OKEECHOBEE: Nice, 2br/1ba,
$500/mo + 1st, Last & Sec:
Dep. In town. No pets. Call
(863)763-6232
OKEECHOBEE: Nice,
3br/1.5ba, $550/mo + 1st,
Last & Sec. Dep. In town. No
pets. Call (863)763-6232
RANCH SETTING 3 BR, 2
BA, No pets. Available now!
Very clean. $650 mo. + see.
(863)467-1717
RIVER RUN-2br/2ba furnished,
carport & laundry room,
large florida room, includes
water & elec. $800 month
(863)357-4164 til 5pm &
leave message or
(863)610-9465 after 5pm
and weekends



ADULT PARK in Okeechobee.
8'x24' w/10'x20' attached
family rm. 8'x8'6"Shed w/
W&D. $4000 863-381-7835
BANK REPO'S
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
561-721-2230
Park Model w/Fla. room,
carport & shed, on rental lot
in adult park, $30,000.
(863)484-0239/763-4920

Recreation



Boats 3005
Campers/RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3.015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035



-IRWIN 37' center cockpit Sail-
boat, needs work, but a steal
at $5,000. Call
239-823-2587
MORGAN 24 cc fishing boat,
new Seacocks/fresh bottom,
inbrd diesel needs rebuild,
$4,500. 239-823-2587


RESIDENCY 35 FOOT 1996 -
Housed in garage, non-
smoker, clean and excellent
condition $27950.
(863)763-5986


Automobiles



Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070



HYUNDAI ELANTRA, '00 5
spd., cold air, good gas
mileage, $1600 or best offer.
(863)261-2486
Saturn SL2 00'- 4 dr, cold air,
Auto, PS/PB, 101K miles,
New tires/battery, ex. cond.
$3850 neg (863)357-0224 .


TOYOTA TACOMA 1994 -
4-wd, a/c, 5-spd, V-6
$3500/firm. (863)634-3971


TOYOTA TACOMA 1994 -
clean good truck, 4-wd, a/c,
5-spd, V-6 $3500.
(863)634-3971



HONDA PASSPORT 1989 -
Snrf, V-6, 4-wd, a/c,Au-
to.,runs good $1200/orbest
offer. (863)467-8184



PLYMOUTH 1989 V6 good
paint/tires needs some en-
gine work. $500/or best of-
fer. (863)599-0809

FORD CONVERSION, 1999 -
Loaded, low mileage, new
battery & tires, very clean,
must see, $9,500. Call
863-763-2396


Public Notices



Public Notice 5005
State Public
Legal Notice 5500



IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
File No.: 2008-CP-114
SDivision
"r lif t hr i .t-/' '"'t,
CHLOE JAELYN SMITH
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of Chloe
Jaelyn Smith, deceased, File Number
2008-CP-114, is pending in'the Circuit
Court for Okeechobee County, Florida,
Probate Division, the address of which
is 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Fl.
34972. The name and addresses of
the personal representative and the
personal representative's attorney are
set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate, on whom a
copy of this notice is required to be
served must file their claims with this
court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3
MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE
OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF
SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE
ON THEM.
All other creditors of the decent and other
persons having claims or demands
against the decedent's estate, must file
their claims with this court WITHIN 3
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE
TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SEC-
TION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PRO-
BATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS
SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED
TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER
THE EEDEEENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED.
TIte date of the first publication of this
Notice is October 3rd, 2008.
Personal Representative:
Jessica Smith
3523 SE 26th Street
Okeechobee, Florida 34972
Attorney for Pesonal Representative:
Wallace B. McCall, Esq.
Florida Bar No. 157086
WALLACE B. McCALL, PA.
1001 North U.S. Highway One
Suite 604
Jupiter, orida 33477
Telephone: (561) 746-7073
294421 ON 10/31008

Grab a bargain from your
neighbor's garage, attic,
basement or closet in
today's classified.


1XIM a II


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 2008-CP-170
IN RE: ESTATE OF
DAVID C. RUNKLE,
Deceased.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the Estate of DA-
VID C. RUNKLE, deceased, whose date
of death was July 5, 2008,,is pending in
the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County,
Florida, Probate Division, the address of
which 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee,
Forda 34972. The names and address-
es of the personal representative and the
personal representative's attorney are set
forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate on whom a
copy of this notice is'required to be
served must file their claims with this
court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS
AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLI-
CATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS
AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A
COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate must file their
claims with this court WITHIN 3
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THISNOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE
TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION
733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE
CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERI-
ODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM
FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER
THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED.
The date of first publication of this no-
hce is September 26, 2008."
Attorney for Personal Representatives:
GLENN J. SNEIDER. ESQ.
Florida Bar No. 280461
Glenn J. Sneider. LC
200 SW 9th Street
Okeechobee, FL34974
(863) 467-6570 "
Personal Representatives:
S. '. DONNA. STERLING
L i 2105.SE 35th Lane
Okeechobee, Florida 34972
293188 ON 9/26;10/3/08


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2935"59

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CITY COUNCIL MEETING
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council
meet in Regular Session on Tuesday, October 7, 2
3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechbee, Florida. The public
tend, For a copy of the agenda contact City Adn
212.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if a
decision made by the City Council with respect t
meeting, such interested person will need a record
purpose may need to ensure a verbatim record of
record includes the testimony and evidence upon
Media are used for the sole purpose of back-up for I
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilitie
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special
this proceeding should contact Lane Gamiotea, no
prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x 214; if y
call TOD 1-800-955-8770 (voice) or 1-800-955-870
By: James E. Kirk, Mayor
Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City Clerk
294544 ON 10/3/08




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I THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
EECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION -
File No 08-P-1 6 '
STATEOF .,
TTE ASHBY GRICE
ased '
NOTICE TOCREDITORS ,
inistration of the estate of Jean- I
Ashby Grice, deceased, whose
of death was July 2, 2008, is
ng in the Circuit Court for Okee-
re County, Florida, Probate Divi-'
the address of which is 312 NW
Street, Okeechobee, lorida
2. The names and addresses of
personal representative and the
nal representative's attorney are
rth below. 4
tors of the decedent and other
ns having claims or demands '
it decedent's estate on whom a
of this notice is required to be
d must file their claims with this
WITHIN THE LATER OF 3
THS AFTER THE TIME OF THE
PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE
0 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF
ICE OF A'COPY OF THIS NOTICE I
HEM.
r creditors of the decedent and
persons having claims 'or de-
s against decedent's estate must
eir claims with this court WITHIN .
NTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE
SPUBLICAITON OF THIS NOTICE.
AIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE
PERIODS SET FORTH IN SEC-
733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PRO-
CODE WILL BE FOREVER
ED.
STANDING THE TIME PERIODS _
NORTH ABOVE. ANY CLAIM FILED
(2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER
DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS
EO.
e of first publication of this notice
ober 3rd, 2008.
Personal Representative:
Judy.Jordan
4904 Georgia Hwy 56 East
Lyons, Georgia 30456
for Personal Representative:
SMaxwell
for Judy Jordan
& Maxwell, RA.
3rd Street
obee, FL 34972
,, i ,i :b.-1119
dN 10/3,10/08
----i- -* i

NOTICE
l of the City of Okeechobee will
008, 6:00 p.m., City Hall, 55 SE
Sis invited and encouraged to at-
ministration at (863) 763-3372 x
any person desires to appeal any
o any matter considered at this
of the proceedings, and for such
the proceedings is made, which c
which the appeal is to be based.
he Clerk's Office.
s Act (ADA) and Florida Statute
accommodation to participate in
later than two (2) working days
ou are hearing or voice impaired,
71 (TTY). I






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NOTICE AUCTION
RESCHEDULED
SATURDAY, OCT. 4th, 2008

GALAXY WAREHOUSE
3050 SW 3RD TERRACE
8:00 A.M.

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OKEE WAREHOUSE
2671 HIGHWAY 70 WEST
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Okeechobee News, Friday, October 3, 2008 1




Clay shoot to benefit Big Brothers/Big sisters


Grab your gun and your best
ear protection and come on
out to be a BIG shot at the first
Okeechobee Clay Shoot to Ben-
efit Big Brothers Big Sisters of
Okeechobee County. Saturday,
Nov. 1, at Quail Creek Plantation,
you'll have a chance to wear your
best camouflage and pack a little
heat while you help inake it pos-
sible for children in Okeechobee


to be matched with caring men-
tors who will work one-on-one to
help them develop better reading
skills, self-confidence, improved
academic success and even bet-
ter behavior in the classroom and
at home.
Big Brothers Big Sisters, a 100 +
year-old national mentoring agen-
cy has more than tripled in size
since its inception in Okeechobee


just two years ago. With your help
and support of fundraisers like the
first-ever Okeechobee Clay Shoot,
the number of children who are
helped on the road to success will
continue to grow. Plus, you'll have
a chance to spend an awesome
day in the woods with a.group of
your friends, some ear protection
and a pocketful of shotgun shells,
chasing after very crafty and quick


clay targets.
The shoot will begin at 8 a.m.
sharp, with a rolling start that
means you won't have to wait in
line at registration or at a station,
either. In addition to the opportu-
nity to spend the day with good
friends having a great time, there
will also be a delicious lunch,
prizes and even a few surprises
along the way. Come alone as an


FWC builds island habitats from muck


Uses found for
muck from the Lake

A Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC)
biologist has found uses for the
muck that workers scraped from
the Lake Okeechobee lake bed
during the recent drought.
Don Fox, who fights a relent-
less battle tending to the lake's
health, has discovered the muck
is suitable for constructing new
islands in the lake.
He said a variety of plants grow
well on the man-made islands;
and wildlife-such as turkeys, tur-
tles, mammals and, in one case,
a covey of quail-has taken up resi-
dence on them.
"The animals are finding food
and cover they need on the is-
lands," Mr. Fox said. "This is a
kind of laboratory. We see what





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grows well here, and we can
transplant it to other small islands
we've made."
Also, a nearby farmer covered
some land with the muck and
found it makes an excellent peat
for South Florida's sandy soil.
"He's growing a healthy crop
of black-eyed peas," Mr. Fox said.
In the past, restoring ailing
lakes required removing the muck
and finding a spoil site to put it.
Muck is not healthy habitat
for plants or fish when it's spread
over a lake bottom, but once it's
dried out, it can support life.
Meanwhile, stripping away
the layer of muck on the lake bed
exposes sand and seeds that ger-


minate and establish the healthy
plant life that's a crucial compo-
nent of the food chain that nur-
tures a world-class fishery and
other nature-based recreation.
FWC Chairman Rodney Barre-
to said folding the. island-building
project into the lake-restoration
project reflects the innovative ap-
proach it will take to maintain the
natural character of Florida over
the next half-century.
"The FWC's new report,
'Wildlife 2060: What's at stake for
Florida?' explains the pressures
Florida's natural systems will be
under during the next 50 years as
the state's population doubles to
36 million," Mr. Barreto said.


"We will have to be dilig
and creative and develop alter
tive protection and manager
ideas, because we can expect
velopment to take over wilder
and wetland habitats equal to
entire land area of Vermont,"
stated.
The recent rains from trop
storms have brought water le
back up on Lake Okeechol
and with that, Mr. Fox is plea
to see that plants, such as the
tive submerged plant coontai
coming back in healthy, sust
able amounts.
"This is good stuff," Mr.
said.


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individual shooter for just $100, or
with a group of four for just $375.
Your registration fee includes
lunch and a chance to win one
of the many prizes, and it helps
ensure that Big Brothers- Big Sis-
ters mentoring programs will be
in our schools helping develop a
passion for reading -and learning
in our children.
Quail Creek Plantation is lo-
cated on Highway 68 East, just


five miles east of Route 441, and
you must pre-register to be a part
of this exciting, first-ever tourna-
ment.
To register, please call 863-824-
BBBS (2227) or 772-466-8535. If
you're interested in sponsorship
opportunities, there are still a few
slots available, but call today and
be part of something BIG Big
Brothers Big Sisters.


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10/14/2005
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10/27/1980
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Name
SERRANO MISAEL
HENDERSON SARAH E
MARKEL DANIEL CALVIN JR
ABUEQAB NASER
TAYLOR CREEK PROPERTIES LLC
DAVIS JESSE
TAYLOR JOHNNY W SR & TINA B
MOLL RICHARD J
MACK CARLTON
MORENCY RONALD & FLORENCE
BRENNAN J PATRICK
BRENNAN SHIRLEY M
BRENNAN J PATRICK
BRENNAN J PATRICK
BRENNAN J PATRICK
MACK ELAINE YVONNE
MACK ELAINE YVONNE
SALMAN IBRAHIM & CHAMI-SALMAN
NATIONAL CITY BANK
ELLIS DENNIS & JAMI E
BRENNAN J PATRICK'
MANN JOSHUA LEE &WISE KRISTEN
THE MILLER TRUST
SALAZAR ARGELIO & MARGARITA
HAYES BOBBY J.& POLLY
PETERSON CASEY
PETERSON CASEY
FORTUNATE FARMING LLC
FORTUNATE FARMING LLC
FORTUNATE FARMING LLC
LUCCHESI K GREGORY
CHILDS KENNETH R
DOUGLAS DAVID R & CAROLYN F
MENENDEZ GEORGE E.& LORI A
DWYER SCOTT R & CARTAGENA LISS
DOUGLAS DAVID R & CAROLYN F
ROCKY LAND LLC
CHILDS KENNETH R
JNS PROPERTIES LLC
WEEKS GERALD & COLLEEN
ROCKY LAND LLC
ROCKY LAND LLC
ROCKY LAND LLC
ROCKY LAND LLC
ROCKY LAND LLC
ROCKY LAND LLC
HANCOCK SAMMY
ROCKY LAND LLC
ROCKY LAND LLC
ROCKY LAND LLC
ROCKY LAND LLC
ROCKY LAND LLC
ROCKY LAND LLC
LUCCHESI K GREGORY
ODUM WANA JEAN
MCNEIL RICHARD P & CAROL A
RIPROCK HOMES INC
RIPROCK HOMES INC
RIPROCK HOMES INC
RIPROCK HOMES INC
RIPROCK HOMES INC
JNS PROPERTIES LLC
BELLINO DOMINICK A
RIPROCK HOMES INC
ROCKY II REALTY LLC
BELLINO DOMINICK A
BELLINO DOMINICK A
BELLINO DOMINICK A
TRENT DONALD HOWARD & MONIQUE


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14 Okeechobee News, Friday, October 3, 2008
Kids Day Fishing Tournament planned your opinions online

Kids Day Fishing Tournament planned N1 Newszap.com I


By Teresa Mataushek
Okeechobee News
The annual Kids Day Fish-
ing Tournament is coming up.
On Sunday, Oct. 26 from 1 un-
til 3 p.m. head on down to the
Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center on
Hwy 70 East for a free Kids Day
Fishing Festival. The 23rd Annual
Lee McAllister Memorial Fishing
Tournament will be sponsored by
the Taylor Creek Bass Club.
All children ages 4-14 are wel-
come to attend. The Taylor Creek
Bass Club provides fishing poles
and bait as well as two free hot-
dogs and two free sodas for each
child participating.
There will be a BassMaster
CastingKids Contest for ages 7-10
and 11-14 while there will be a live
fishing contest for ages 4-6, 7-10,
and 11-14. Prizes will be awarded
for the BIGGEST and MOST FISH
caught for top in each age group!
Pre-registration is required by
Oct. 19. You can bring registration
forms to the Okeechobee News
Office, the Pennysaver, or Pogey's
Restaurant. For information call
863-467-2255.
Butterfly workshop
A native butterfly workshop *
will be held at the Riverwoods
Field Lab's Conference Center
on Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. until 1:30
p.m. Space is limited! Registration
fee of $10 helps offset the cost of
the educational materials provid-
ed. Riverwoods Field Lab on the
Kissimmee River is offering a fall
Native Butterfly Gardening Work-
shop for residents and visitors in-
terested in learning more about
installing a Florida Waterwise But-
terfly garden. Learn all about the
beautiful butterflies that you can
attract to your yard by planting
Florida friendly plants. Education-
al materials provided include CD,
educational IDs, handouts and.
video to help you learn about the
life cycles of butterflies and plants.
They will sell plants provided by
Hickory Hill Nursery that will at-
tract native butterflies to your
garden. Proceeds will support our
Environmental Education Pro-
grams at Riverwoods for students
and adults. Download the Native
Butterfly Gardening agenda and
workshop registration form at
http://riverwoods.ces.fau.edu/
For information or registration
forms contact Casey Trent, Field
Coordinator at 863/462-0026 or
ctrent@strato.net. Get directions
to Riverwoods online at http://riv-
er-woods.ces.fau.edu.
Dove hunters get
unexpected bonus
When Florida's first phase of
the mourning dove season opens
Saturday, Oct. 4, hunters will find
an unexpected bonus an in-
crease in the bag limit from 12 to
15 birds.
The daily bag limit is a com-
bined bag limit and applies to
both mourning doves and white-
winged doves.
Prior to the 2008 hunting sea-
son, states had the option of go-
ing with a higher bag limit but
fewer days of hunting. This year
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
said states could increase bag
limits without giving up hunting
days.
Florida's three-phase dove
season runs 72 days. This year it's
Oct. 4-27; Nov. 15-30; and Dec. 13
- Jan. 11, 2009. Hunting during
the first phase is'legal from noon
to sunset. Hunting is allowed dur-
ing the latter two phases from 30
minutes before sunrise to sunset.
Kurt Hodges, Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion (FWC) assistant small game
coordinator, said states within the
service's Dove Eastern Manage-
ment Unit are collecting many
types of data to ensure dove pop-
ulations remain unhindered by
the bag limit increase.
"Some states are doing things
a little differently, but here in
Florida, we've been banding
doves since 2003. We've banded
approximately 6,000 birds during
the summer months," Hodges
said. "If hunters, kill a banded
bird, there's information on the
band that tells them where to re-
port the band information.
"Also, we're continuing with
our 'call count surveys,' and the
service will be asking randomly
selected hunters to provide wings
so they can be aged. The other
significant source of data comes
from the Harvest Information
Program survey, which is a no-
cost program, required for all mi-
gratory bird hunters."
Hodges said if trends show
that dove numbers decline sig-


nificantly in the future for any
reason, there are built-in triggers
in the data-collection system that
will signal both state and federal
wildlife managers that changes
are needed.
The 2008-2009 migratory
bird regulations for dove, snipe,
woodcock, rail, moorhen, crow
and early waterfowl seasons may
be obtained by contacting the
FWC's regional offices, or may be
viewed online at MyFWC.com/


hunting/pdf/2008-2009Migratory- prediction event. The top 15 par-
Brochure.pdf. ticipants who'most closely predict
their completion time either run-
Walk/run Saturday ning or walking will win awards.
On Saturday, Oct. 4, the Third No watches allowed and regular
Annual Joe Jenkins time Pre- pre-race entry is $15, or $20 day-
diction 5K Walk/Run will be of race. Call Chet Brojek at 863-
held at Highlands Hammock 385-4736 for. more information or
State Park.This unique 5 K event to volunteer your help with this
will be run on one of the park's event. Park admission fees are
nature trails and will be a time waived for all participants.

REGISTRATION FORM
Taylor Creek Bass Club, Inc.
23rd Annual Kids' Day Fishing Festival
October 26. 2008 Okeechobee AG Center

CONTESTANTS:
Name Age
,Address
Phone
A ResponsibleAdult mustaccompanytheparticipants!
General Release:
The contestants, parents or guardians hereby agree to ideminify 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
Signed Date
MAIL REGISTRATION FORM BY OCTOBER 19,2008 to
DAVE STOUT 814 S.E. 25th Street, Okeechobee, FL 34974
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SOkeechobee News, Friday, October 3, 2008 15
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.Sports in Brief


-Sports photos sought
The Okeechobee News wel-
comes community submissions
of photos of local sporting events,
especially from away games. Send
photos of your favorite team to
okeenews@newszap.com. Pho-
tos work best if they are sent in
jpg format as email attachments.

.,Benefit golf tourney
Planned
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
headd cover, and much more. The
-"Scramble" tournament starts
2;with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.
SHole sponsorships are still
:,,available and teams are now

IFWC

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'death
' Law enfilorcement olhficers \ith
the Florida Fisrh and \\ ldlife Conser-
Svation Coimm-ission F\\C) are In\ es-
tigating the dismembernienr of an
SAmerican crocodile on the l.Irlner-
sity of Miami campus The headless
and tai les. carcass was discovered
in a campus canal \Wednesday after-
noon b\y Lniversity police The F~\'C
removed the carcass and is process-
' ing it for evidence that might lead to
* the apprehension of a suspect.
American crocodiles are lisled
as an endangered species s in Florida
,and a threatened species under fed-
,eral lav.s Anyone \\ith information
on this case is asked Io call the F, C
Wildlife Alert Hotline at SSS-104-
3922 or llami-Dade Crimestoppers
Sat305-471 -TIPS
"It's unlrtlunale someone
Thought Ihe\ had 1o Kill this animal,"
said FR C bio-logisi Linrdse> Hord
S"It's against the law, and for ~ood
i reason because the American Croc-
'"odile is endangered "
S"The lUniversir has been an
understandingng neighbor :10 this spe
cies," Hord said "The\ strive to edu-
'cate student, about their protected
status."
The FWC estimates 1 100 to 2.000)
crocodiles live In si:ulhern Florida
They do nor occur an\N\here else in
-United Stales There aeineweeords,
Sof an American crocodile allack or
Humans in Florida


forming. For more information
or to register for this United Way
Fund Raiser golf tournament,
please call Bill Casian at 863-824-
2702 or e-mail me at: William.ca-
sian@hcahealthcare.com

Skip Bryant Memorial
Tournament'
The Skip Bryant Memorial Fund
in conjunction with the Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's Office will
hold their 16th annual frundrais-
ing golf tournament on Saturday,
Oct. 25. Skip. Bryant was the ony
Okeechobee County Sheirff's
Deputy to die in the lin eof duty.
He died in a plane crash in 1991
during a search and rescue mis-
sion on Lake Okeechobee. The
Memorial Fund helps the families
of law enforcement officers and
firefighters during times of need
and also provides scholarships.
Donations from local businesses
are sought for door prizes. For
more information, contact the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice at 763-3117.


Signups planned for
Upward Basketball
The First Baptist Church of
Okeechobee will be hosting up-
ward basketball and cheerleading
for grades first through sixth, boys
and girls. Registration began Oct.
1. The cost is $65 through Oct. 26
and $75 if signup occurs between
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 informa-
tion, please call 863-467-7625 or
863-763-2171.

Local Realtor Board
to host golf tourney
The Okeechobee County
Board of Realtors will be holding
their 15th Annual Golf Tourna-
ment on Nov. 1, at the Okeecho-
bee Golf and Country Club. The
money raised will be used to pres-
ent local high school seniors with
scholarships towards furthering
their education. Registration will


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Practice makes perfect
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16 Okeechobee News, Friday, October 3, 2008


Swim team competes with Sebring and Lake Wales


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee swim teams con-
tinued to improve last Thursday
when they competed in a swim
meet in Sebring.
Okeechobee finished third,
behind host Sebring, and Lake
Wales, but still took a lot of posi-
tives out of the competition.
Coach Nicole Johnson said she
likes the way her team is working
and notes the team has improved
in recent weeks, "Many of our
boys and girls got their personal
best times at this meet. Savannah
Asmussen, Kenny Murphy, Cel-
ena'Letcher, Nathan Candler Alex
Ming, Ben Kielbasa and Zach Nor-
ris really shined at this meet with
incredible swims and times."
On the girl's side, Savannah
Asmussen finished second in the
100 yard breaststroke and the 500
yard freestyle, and helped the girls
400 freestyle relay team to a sec-
ond place finish in the 400 free-
style relay. Other members on the
team are Jaiden Barnhart, Randi
Barnes and Alex Ming.
Celena Letcher finished sec-
ond in the girls 100 yard breast-
stroke.
The girls 200 medley relay fin-
ished fifth. Chelsie Houston, Tessa
Delcampo, Celena Letcher, and
Michelle Fisher finished fifth.
In the girls 200 yard freestyle
Jessica Wackier finished fourth,
and Celena Letcher finished fifth.
,In the girls 200 IM, Ming fin-
ished third and Savannah Whit-
lock finished eighth.
SIn the girls 50 yard freestyle,
Jaiden Barnhart finished fourth
and Sarah Hawthorne finished
sixth.
Randi Barnes finished fourth
in the 100 yard butterfly and Tessa
Delcampo finished fifth.
Victoria Bostic finished sev-
enth in the 100
yard freestyle.
Jessica
Wackier fin-
ished fourth in
the 500 yard
freestyle.
The relay
teams finished
third and fifth
in the girls 200 Savannah
free relay. Asmussen
Jaiden Barnhart finished fifth
in the 100 yard backstroke and
Ming finished 5th in the girls 100
yard breaststroke.
+ The boys also had their share
of strong finishes at the meet.

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Kenny Murphy finished third
in the 200 IM, and second in the
100 yard butterfly. Nathan Can-
dler took second in the 100 yard
breaststroke and third in the 100
yard freestyle.


The boy's 200 medley relay
team of Damon Heater, Candler,
Murphy and Ben Kielbasa finished
in sixth place. Damon Heater took
fourth and Kielbasa took seventh
in the 200 yard freestyle.


Zach Norris took fifth and
Tommy Ferrell finished eighth in
the 50 yard freestyle.
Kielbasa finished seventh in
the 100 yard freestyle.
.Heater took third in the 100


yard back stroke and Zach Norris
took sixth in the 100 yard breast-
stroke.
Coach Johnson said it appears
her team is rounding into form at
the right time.


"Our district meet is now three
weeks away and it looks like we
will be having a very promising
meet and will send at least five or
six swimmers to the regional in
Naples," she said.


Randi Victoria
Barnes Bostic


Community


blood


round-up-

planned


The Okeechobee Community
Blood Round Up is set for Nov.
14 and 15. The goal this year is to
collect 450 units of blood.
Blood donation is safe, simple
and nearly painless. The entire
process, including health history
and a mini-physical, takes about
30 minutes. The actual blood do-
nation takes about ten minutes.
Sterile, disposable needles are
used.
When you give blood, you
don't know whose life you might
save. But with modern blood pro-
cessing and storage facilities, and
networking among blood banks,
you can be sure it will help some-
one.
Because it takes at least 24
hours to test and process a unit
of blood, if you wait until blood is
needed to donate, you have wait-
ed too long. When an accident
victim or hospital patient needs
blood, they need it immediately.
It has to be there at the hospital
or at a nearby blood bank, al-
ready typed, tested, processed
and ready to use.


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