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Vol. 100 No. 40

Three killed in car
crash on SR 70
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Teen anglers compete
... Page 11

Index
Classifieds 21-23
Community Events.........................6.
Crossword 23
Obituaries.. ........ ..... ....... .6
Opinion 5
Speak Out 4
Sports 10,12,20
Weather 2

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U.S. Sugar buyout reduced
State downsizes plan ByPeteGawda largest land acquisition ever
Okeechobee News planned by the State of Florida.


to restore ntow to
The sour economy has forced
Florida Everglades a significant downsizing in the


Last June Governor Charlie
Crist announced the total buyout
See LAND Page 2


Legend
SLands for Immediate Acquin lior.
- Option Lands
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50 Plus tax


Dairies


see milk


prices


plummet
Some dairy farmers
not making enough
to pay feed bills
By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Local dairies are feeling the eco-
nomic squeeze as they have too
many cows with too much milk, a
higher cost of production and not
enough demand for the end prod-
uct.
"Prices for milk are the lowest
they have been since 1978," said
local dairyman Red Larson, of Lar-
son Dairy. "Many farmers aren't
getting enough money from their
milk to pay to feed the cows."
This issue is not just local, but
nationwide with an extensive ex-
porting drop of 50 percent from
the last few years. According to Mr.
Larson from 2006 to 2008, dairies
were encouraged to increase pro-
duction due to an increased export
ing market for butter, powder and
cheese. The world-wide recession
caused sales to drop 30 percent at
first and then ultimately now to 50
percent just in this export market.
Dairies are now stuck with too
many cows more than they need
to milk, according to Mr. Larson.
When cows are not paying for
their feed through the production
of milk, they are sent to the slaugh-
ter house where they "help us out
with the hamburger economy," ex-
plained Mr. Larson.
Prices of milk continue to drop
for the consumer.
The price that the dairy farmer
receives is set by Federal Milk Mar

See MILK Page 2






Okeechobee News April 3, 2009


LAND
Continued From Page 1
of U.S. Sugar's assets. In December the sale
was downsized slightly from 187,000 acres
to 180,000 acres at a cost of $1.34 billion.
On Wednesday, April 1 the governor
announced a much larger reduction. The
purchase will now be done in two phases.
The state will purchase 72,500 acres from
U.S. Sugar for $533 million with a closing
date in September. Currently about 32,000
of those acres are growing citrus crops and
about 40,500 acres are in sugar cane. The
amount of land to be purchased in phase 1
is twice the size of Orlando. Phase 2 gives
the state the option to purchase the remain-
ing 107,000 acres within 10 years.
Under the original plan U.S. Sugar could
lease back land in cane production for seven
years at $50 an acre. That lease price is now
increased to $150 an acre.


MILK
Continued From Page 1

keting Orders. According to the U.S. Depart-
ment of Agriculture (USDA), each milk mar-
keting order includes: a classified price plan
system of minimum prices; terms of the or-
der; and provisions for the administration of
the order.
According to the USDA, the purpose of
these orders are to "stabilize market condi-
tions, benefit producers and consumers by
establishing and maintaining orderly mar-
keting conditions, and assure consumers
adequate supplies of pure and wholesome
milk at all times."
Benefits include assuring dairy farmers
a reasonable minimum price for their milk
throughout the year as well as drastic chang-
es in price for the consumer due to heavy
and light stages of milk production.
Dairies then negotiate a premium above
that USDA set price based on supply and de-
mand and quality of their milk.
According to Mr. Larson, prior to Novem-


The governor made the announcement
at a press conference. Then various state
government and U.S. Sugar officials clarified
the details at that press conference or dur-
ing a telephone press conference later in the
day.
"I couldn't be more pleased with what
we have been able to announce today," said
the governor.
"It is a unique, special place, one of a
kind," the governor said of the Everglades.
"The point is connect to Lake Okeechobee
with Florida Bay and restore the natural
flow.
"The governor's announcement today
moves us significantly closer to a sustain-
able Everglades system, and we thank him
for his leadership," said Janet Bowman of
the Nature Conservancy, an environmental
organization.
"U.S. Sugar will be able to continue to
operate with some economic certainty,"
stated Robert Coker, Senior Vice President of


ber 2008 the dairy price for milk was $25 per
hundred weight, which equals 11.66 gal-
lons of milk. Prices began to fall in Novem-
ber and were down to $17.16 per hundred
weight for February.
General Manager for McArthur Farms,
Bob Rydzewski expressed concern for the
industry in general that is basically living off
of credit and equity during these rough eco-
nomic times. Mr. Rydzewski explained that
some dairy farmers re-mortgaged or drew
equity from their farms to expand their op-
erations when the land prices were sky rock-
eting. Now the land prices have plummeted
and they have lost the equity that they once
had. It takes equity and credit to survive dur-
ing these hard times.
According to Mr. Rydzewski, in the past
cows were worth $2,200 to $2,500 a head
and have now dropped in value to $1,400 to
$1,500 a head. So, not only the land values
have dropped, but the value of the cows has
also dropped.
"I am afraid that this may change the
whole industry for good," stated Mr. Rydze-
wski. Losing cattle in the southeast region
could cause the need for importing milk


Your outta there...
Donnie Ross is tagged out by Adam Tewksbury at the plate during the third
inning of Friday's game.


U.S. Sugar. He said it was a good deal for the
environment as well for his company.
"This keeps the mill in operation and
keeps jobs in the Clewiston area," said Mi-
chael Sole, Secretary of the Florida Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection (DEP).
The DEPholds the title to any state owned
lands.
Concern had been expressed about the
effect the buyout of U.S. Sugar would have
on the area at the south end of the lake that
depends on sugar production as a major
part of its economy.
"We are getting what we can afford to-
day," said Mr. Sole.
Mr. Sole stated that officials have always
said they did not need the entire 187,000
acres. However, he admitted that the 72,500
acres will not be enough to do everything
South Florida Water Management District
(SFWMD) wants to do.
"It's all we can afford," said Carole We-
hie, executive director of SFWMD.


in the future which would in turn increase
costs for the consumer. If a local dairy failed,
it would be catastrophic for this county.
"The cost of production is more than con-
sumers are willing to pay. Farmers are living
off credit until the demand comes back," ex-
plained Mr. Rydzewski. He even went as far
as to say that the dairy farmers may end up
in the same predicament as the auto indus-
try with too much product and not enough
demand.
Costs will continue to be incurred by the


She attributed the downsizing of the deal
on the condition of the stock market and es-
timates of diminished revenues in ad valo-
rum taxes due to declining property values.
Work on the Everglades Agricultural Area
reservoir project that had been suspended
will be altered and downsized, said Ms. We-
hle.
There had been talk of SFWMD swap-
ping land with Florida Crystals to acquire
land for a flowway at the south end of the
lake. However, officials acknowledged that
with the downsizing of the deal there will
not be any surplus land to swap.
The new provisions must still be ap-
proved by the boards of U.S. Sugar and
SFWMD. Also, as in the original deal, U.S.
Sugar is allowed to shop for a better deal for
60 days. Then the state would be given the
opportunity to match that deal.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at
www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can
be reached atpgawda@newszap.com.


dairy farmers as the cows are fed and taken
care of to produce milk for the consumer.
While the future population predictions
tout a bright future, only time will tell if all
of the dairy farmers will make it through the
rough times that are to come while waiting
for this world-wide recession to ease. Once
they make it through, it will still take time for
businesses to recover after living off credit
for so long.
Post your opinions In the Public Issues Forum
at www.newszap.com. Reporter Chauna Aguilar
can be reached at caguilar@newszap.com.


Okeechobee Forecast
Friday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high
near 86. Southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Friday Night: A slight chance of showers before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around
63. West wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Extended Forecast
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. North wind around 5 mph becoming
calm.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. Southeast wind around 5 mph.
Sunday: A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 88. South
wind around 5 mph.

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Man accused of cutting his wife


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An arrest report indicates that a woman
was cut and bruised by her husband after
he feared their marriage was ending.
Michael Anderson
Goins, 40, N.E. Fourth F
Lane, Okeechobee, was
arrested Tuesday, March
31, on a charge of ag-
gravated battery. He was
booked into the Okeecho-
bee County Jail under a
bond of $2,500.
According to an arrest Michael A.
report by Deputy Howard Goins
Pickering, of the Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's Office (OCSO), the
abuse began on or about March 26, when
Goins threw his wife onto a bed and
scratched her face. It continued on March
28, when he went to his wife's work place,
displayed a shotgun and told the woman


he would shoot her if she looked or talked
to another man, stated the deputy's re-
port.
Deputy Pickering indicated in his report
that the situation apparently boiled over
Monday, March 30, when Coins grabbed
his wife's arm and began twisting it. Goins
then pulled a pocketknife and began to cut
the woman's shirt off, continued the re-
port, and when she tried to push her hus-
band away her fingers were cut.
Goins went so far as to bend back the
fingers of his wife's hand while telling her
to pick which finger she wanted broken,
stated the deputy's report.
Deputy Pickering said when he inter-
viewed the victim she was being treated at
Raulerson Hospital. He stated in his report
that she had a bruise and bite mark on her
left shoulder and scratches over and under
her right eye. His report went on to show
that the woman's left eye was bruised, she
had cut marks on her right hand and her
left arm was sprained.


Okeechobee Arrest Report


The following individuals were arrested
on felony or driving under the influence
(DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
or the Department of Corrections (DOC).
SKenneth Earl Peacock, 29, N.E. Seventh
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested March 27
by Deputy Randal Parker on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him with violation
of probation driving under the influence.
His bond was set at $500.
Jose Garcia, 34, Okeechobee, was ar-
rested March 27 by Detective John Zeigler
on a charge of uttering a forged instrument.
Sharon Marie White, 32, N.W 18th
St., Okeechobee, was arrested March 30 by
Deputy Robbie Lamb on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging her with violation
of probation grand theft. She is being held
without bond.
Casey Matthew Beasley, 21, U.S. 441
S.E., was arrested March 30 by Deputy Bart
Potter on a Virginia warrant charging him
with burglary and grand larceny. He is being
held without bond.
Anthony J. Bell, 29, West Mediterian
Way, Port St. Lucie, was arrested March 31
by Officer Scott Morgan on a felony charge
of driving while license suspended -habitual
offender. He was also arrested on misde-
meanor charges of possession of marijuana
under 20 grams and possession of drug par-
aphernalia. His bond was set at $3,500.
Sue Ann Maines, 38, Basin St., Lorida,
was arrested March 31 by Deputy Marcus
Collier on an Okeechobee County warrant
charging her with failure to appear posses-
sion of diazepam, failure to appear petit
theft, failure to appear possession of mari-
juana under 20 grams and failure to appear
- possession of drug paraphernalia. She is
being held without bond.
Rinella Bailey, 36, N.W. 33rd Ave.,
Okeechobee, was arrested April 1 by Deputy
Joseph Gracie on charges of driving under
the influence and child abuse. Her bond was
set at $7,500.


Francis Parker Oswald, 58, Pollywog
Point, LaBelle, was arrested April 1 by Dep-
uty G. Popovich on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with driving under the
influence. His bond was set at $5,000.
Nelida Miriam Frost, 20, N.E. 13th Ave.,
Okeechobee, was arrested by Officer Kelley
Margerum on an Okeechobee County war-
rant charging her with grand theft. Her bond
was set at $2,500.
Jeannie Renae Chapman, 36, S.E. 93rd
Trail, Okeechobee, was arrested April 1 by
Deputy G. Popovich on Okeechobee County
warrants charging her with amended viola-
tion of probation -grand theft, amended vio
lation of probation -burglary of a structure,
amended violation of probation -posses
sion of carisoprodol, amended violation of
probation possession of hydrocodone and
amended violation of probation posses-
sion of aprazolam. She is being held without
bond.
Tiffany Brown, 31, S.W. Bradshaw
Circle, Port St. Lucie, was arrested April 1
by Deputy P. Massung on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging her with high
speed or wanton fleeing. Her bond was set
at $10,000.
Christopher King, 25, S.E. Seventh St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested April 2 by Deputy
P. Massung on an Okeechobee County war-
rant charging him with violation of proba-
tion driving under the influence. His bond
was set at $1,000.
Jennifer Conner, 25, N.W 19th Ave.,
Okeechobee, was arrested April 2 by Dep
uty P. Massung on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging her with dealing in stolen
property. Her bond was set at $15,000.
Evi Serrano, 27, N.E. 64th Ave.,
Okeechobee, was arrested April 2 by Deputy
P. Massung on an Okeechobee County war-
rant charging him with violation of proba-
tion -grand theft. He is being held without
bond.
This column lists arrests and not convictions,
unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who
is later found innocent or has had the charges
against them dropped is welcome to inform this
newspaper. The information will be confirmed
and printed.


Two charged in robbery attempt

By Eric Kopp and began to walk toward his home.
Okeechobee ews The victim reportedly told the deputy that
as he walked away from the store he was fol-
A man and woman have been arrested for lowed by a blue pickup truck.
their alleged connection with the attempted Depuy Cra report then states that
robbery f a pedestrian. the truck pulled up to the victim and stopped
Arrested Sunday, March 29, were John Al at which point Todd got out and approached
man Todd 35 U.S 441 S.E. and Jenny Lee the victim. When Todd got
Fare, 25, 9LS.1441 TS.E. __ close to the victim he putted a
were charged with attempted knife and lunged at the victim,
armed ro bery and were continued the report.
booked into the Okeechobee The victim jumped away
County Jail under a bond of from Todd and ran home, state
$50 000 each. ed Deputy Crawford.
An a t res port by Dtep Deputy Crawford went on
uty Matt Crawford, of the to state that Officer Kelley Mar-
Okeechobee County Sher- e rum, ofthe Okeechobee City
iff's Office (OCSO), stated as police Department (OCPDJ
the victim left a convenience tw n fm
store on U.S. 98 N. around John A. Jenny Lee took two pocketknives from
Todd and Hare after she and
3:28 pm. Sunday he was ap- Todd Hare OCPD Ser meant Tom Tamer
oaced by are who asked stopped them and held them in the parking
him for money to buy a pack of cigarettes, lot o a downtown business.
The male victim replied that he had no money

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closing this information to the public in order to 8190 Hwy 441 SE, #18
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individuals who appear in this bulletin have served Dixie County, Florida. The Hartford
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Teachers losing jobs
My heart goes out to all of the teach-
ers. We have some great teachers out there
and it is going to be hard on them to find
a job and have to relocate. I did, however, ern countries belief for the penalty of theft
hear that the ones let go were second year would be to cut their hand off, I et tat
teachers. I think that is because once they would deter politicians and criminals from
hit three years it's harder to let them go. This doing it.
way they can let go some of the first year Crtey pto D
teachers this year next year if they need to. Lake Okeechobee
(They will then be second year teachers.)
Not too fair but life is not always fair. n The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers an
If you are a teacher I wish you luck in nounced Saturday that freshwater releases
having a job next year and the following and sahatchee ke Okeecbele ormne atdayoo
if you are one they let go I wish you luck in sahatchee River would resume Saturday.
finding another job and relocating if you Freshwater pulse releases, which are impor-
have to. tant to maintain the proper salinity in the riv
e I wonder how they will do this with the er during the dry season, ended March 5. On
limit on studenmtteacher ratio. March 15, with lake levels at 12.45 feet, the
l Can't point fingers at anyone but us. South Florida Water Management District
recommended that the Army Corps cease all
We complain and cry about taxes, until th recommended that the Army Corps cease all
Sd plaint and c abuttes, lthey releases to protect water supplies. Two days
cut and pull them off us, and our public ser later, Lee County officials asked the Corps to
vices start failing. resume discharges to the Caloosahatchee.

Government and trust Lee County officials are crying the blues
after the storms, saying they didn't want that
SI would not want to be a commis- dirty water from the lake coming down their
sioner, county or city employee at this time. river, but now they are begging for that lake
The FBI, and now the state is supposed to water to keep the salt water out.
be looking at everybody in government ser- On the news they said the coast to coast
vice. ALL government employees are sup- waterway through Lake Okeechobee would
posed to disclose if they get any kind of gifts. be closed to boat traffic this summer. Maybe
Including concert tickets, dinners, hotel they should just close it for good and fill in
rooms, clothes, etc. Government employees the ditches. The Caloosahatchee should only
are supposed to disclose potential conflicts be connected to the lake by marches, and
of interest. With the economy the way that it the river should go dry part of the year. That
is, finding the crooks in government service is the way the Mother Nature made it.
and giving them fines is certainly one way
to raise money. I've read about government Newspaper has new format
employees in Tallahassee, Tampa, Orlando, The paper is out in the new format to
St. Cloud being arrested. What's the world day --- I think it looks good and we didn't
coming to ... when you can't trust your local seem to lose anything. I can see why the ad-
government? vertisers like that size a small ad makes a
Goes to show people think they are much bigger impact on a smaller page.
above the law. But, I am convinced, "Your I like the new size of the newspaper.
sins will find you out." So, let this be a lesson It's easier to handle and it has lots of local
to all. "Thou shalt not steal.". news in it
I believe the some of the middle east-


Domestic violence
Domestic violence is a problem nation-
wide. According to national statistics, New
York City has the highest per capital rate of
domestic violence incidents; and Nevada
has the highest per capital rate of deaths from
domestic violence. I have a childhood friend
who married a military officer. He gave or-
ders all day long. When he came home he
gave orders and if the wife and kids didn't
jump to it fast enough, or if they dared dis-
agree with anything he said, he enforced his
rule with his fists. Because the military was
more concerned about the officer than the
family, nothing was done to protect her. ("If
we wanted you to have a wife, we would
have issued you one.") With the help of her
parents, she finally escaped and changed her
name, but she still lives in fear he will find
her and kill her. This abuser is a college grad
uate and he came from a northern state. The
problem is nationwide, not confined to any
one area or population group. Wife beaters
can be high school dropouts or PhDs.
Spouses who live in these types of re-
lationships are so emotionally, spiritually,
physically and mentally broken down by
their abuser that they think there is no way
out. When I was abused, I left him many
times only to be found within days or weeks
and threatened with my life and my chil
dren's lives. There is no self esteem left when
victims become involved with abusers. The
abuser first tells them that they aren't good
enough for anyone else to love them and
because of being battered, they are scarred
and ugly and that no one else would have
them anyway.
Woman who have been abused usu-
ally need therapy to realize it is wrong. It has
nothing to do with "stupid". Incredibly smart
women fall into abusive relationships and
may even need to be forcibly removed by
family and friends and then put into therapy
before they can even realize that something
is wrong. They need support from those
around them, not people telling them they
deserve it.
Domestic violence is never OK! If you
are a victim of domestic violence, whether
you are a male or a female, please don't
hesitate to press charges against these no
do gooders. The reason I say this is for one
simple reason: I don't care how many times
they say they are sorry and that they will nev-
er do it again. That is just not the case.


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Pro-Life shirt worn to school;
Teen told to change
I think the "Abortion is Murder" part of
the shirt could possibly be an issue if it could
be considered insensitive to girls at the high
school (and maybe some teachers too) who
have had an abortion. Since the school is to
look after the welfare of all of its students
such a statement on a t-shirt could be con-
strued as too inflammatory/insensitive.
The Supreme Court in Tinker vs. Des
Moines gave students the right to political
forms of expression, but it also stated that
anything the principal deems is a distraction
or a disruption to the school setting can be
banned. The Supreme Court was vague on
purpose and so is the dress code. Students
have very limited freedom of expression in
schools.
Freedom of speech is the freedom
to speak freely without censorship or
limitation in public. As of the last time I
checked,Okeechobee High School was con-
sidered a public school, therefore I should
not have any limitation in what I believe is
right.
Is this held across the board? For exam
ple, if a student wears a Wicca symbol (of
fending a Christian), would that be banned?
Or the opposite, if a student wears a Chris-
tian symbol, thereby offending a Wiccan?
What about a gay pride shirt?
Purely symbolic speech is protected as
long as the principal deems i i s not a distrac-
tion or disruption. A principal is given a lot
of discretion in this regard, but they also run
the risk of going too far.
I am anti abortion as well (with excep
tions) and I appreciate the stand this young
person is taking. However, I also know that
there are adult and juvenile females in these
schools who have had to live with the pain-
ful consequences of abortion. I don't think
wearing a shirt in the hallways and class-
rooms saying "Abortion is Murder" helps
matters at all.
1 percent of all abortions occur because
of rape or incest; 6 percent of abortions oc-
cur because of potential health problems
regarding either the mother or child, and 93
percent of all abortions occur for social rea
sons (i.e. the child is unwanted or inconve
nient). 93 percent of the infanticide is under
the guise of "birth control."


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OPINION


April 3, 2009








Our freshwater fisheries should be protected


Guest Commentary

By Bob Wattendorf
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
When you cast a lure in Florida, you are
participating in a time-honored tradition in
the Sunshine State. Today we all share re-
sponsibility for conserving our fisheries and
for passing the angling tradition along to our
youth.
Some things such as climate change and
population explosions may seem out of our
hands, but individually, we all can do some-
thing to keep those fish biting even through
challenging times. Perhaps even more than
ever, we all could benefit from the pleasures
of fishing, watching the sun glisten on the
water and hearing a fish strike a topwater
plug.
With the population in Florida hovering
around 19 million, the Florida Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commission (FWC) faces
amazing challenges as it strives to manage
freshwater fisheries for their long-term well-
being and the benefit of all those people.
The population is increasing by nearly a
thousand people per day, and by 2060, Flori-


da is predicted to have 36 million residents.
A study, titled Florida 2060, published
by 1000 Friends of Florida suggests that 7
million acres of natural or rural land will
be converted to urban use by 2060. The
report notes that the governor, state legisla-
tors, agencies and residents can help ensure
sustainable natural resources and a healthy
environment by deliberate growth manage
ment, fostering Florida Forever and other
land acquisition programs.
Now more than ever, the FWC realizes
that recognizing the unique attributes of
Florida's ecology and natural resources and
the role they play in creating a quality lifestyle
for Floridians is critical. The future depends
on science-based management, and a pro-
active look at deliberate growth-leadership.
Wildlife 2060, a report by the FWC (see
MyFWC.com), shows Florida's natural lands
and waters are at the core of our prosperity,
bringing billions of dollars in economic ben-
efits to our state every year. The report pre-
dicts what would happen if current growth
patterns continue, but it also highlights
activities that have been pursued to shape
growth in an environmentally sensitive and
community-friendly way. By building on


these lessons, we can prevent haphazard
sprawl, maintain a natural fish and wildlife
community and ensure future generations
can continue to enjoy them.
Projections for global warming suggest
particularly severe threats to the future of
our ecology, fish and wildlife, and recre-
ational use, as shoreline areas become
more inundated by rising water levels over
the next century.
The FWC has taken a leadership role
in this area too, by holding a summit titled
"Florida's Wildlife: On the front line of cli-
mate change." The summit included Nobel
Peace Prize laureates Dr. Jean Brennan, from
Defenders of Wildlife, and Dr. Virginia Bur-
kett, from the U.S. Geological Survey. With
the information gathered at the summit, the
FWC has set in motion the actions necessary
to manage fish and wildlife as they adapt to
the stresses of rapid change.
Florida's Wildlife Legacy Initiative is the
FWC's principal effort to conserve Florida's
wildlife and their habitats. The goal is to pre-
vent wildlife from becoming endangered.
Rather than rules and regulations, the Initia-
tive creates partnerships to take action.
Get Outdoors Florida! is an effort to en-


gage communities, families and individuals
in outdoor experiences to achieve healthier
lifestyles and sustain Florida's natural re
sources.
This broad coalition, including the FWC,
envisions a healthy Florida community that
is connected with nature and reflects social
diversity, while exhibiting a conservation
ethic to help ensure a sustainable future and
recreational opportunities.
We all can participate by encouraging
our youth to get outdoors and enjoy all that
Florida has to offer. When we begin to ap-
preciate the wonders of the local fishing
hole or the rivers flowing through our state,
we become partners in conserving those re-
sources for our enjoyment now and in the
future.
Conservation measures, actions and ed-
ucation not only enhance our lifestyles, but
ensure a healthy, sustainable world for Flor-
ida's unique and precious fish and wildlife.
Science-based management will ensure that
as our population doubles, fish and wildlife
will abound and future generations will en-
joy all of the healthy benefits of being con-
nected to nature.


Letters to the Editor


Legion appreciates support
First, I would like to thank all the people
who came out and supported our Free Fair
held in late January and early February this
year. Due to the economy and the cold
weather it wasn't as great as we had hoped
for although we did get a couple of good
days in. The funds realized from the fair, do
support many of our projects.
Next I would like to thank all the people
who have used the daily Speak Out column
in support of us and our free fair. It is nice to
know that we do have friends in Okeecho-
bee.
To give you a brief history of the Ameri-
can Legion, it was chartered by Congress in
1917 as an organization for all veterans who
served in World War I regardless of whether
they were in combat or not. This tradition
has been carried forward to this day and
includes World War II, the Korean War and
the Vietnam War, Lebanon and Grenada
conflicts and the Persian Gulf conflict since
August of 1990 through the present. The
purpose of the legion is to support veterans
and our communities. Post 64 was formed
here in Okeechobee in 1926 and has been
operating since.
As stated previously, we have many proj-
ects that we support with the veterans hospi-
tal in West Palm Beach being one of our pri-
mary receivers. Whenever they need help,
including financial aid, we are one of the first
posts to respond south of Orlando. Our next
project has been Okeechobee High School
scholarships. The one thing we do insist on
is that these scholarship funds go to students
with lower grades and wouldn't qualify for
the bigger and better scholarships. Currently
we provide support and meeting places for
one Boy Scout Group (18 boys), two Girl
Scout Groups (16 girls), and one Cub Scout
pack (72 boys).


We send six boys to Boys State and our
Auxiliary sends two or three girls to Girls
State each year. These students who partici
pate in these conferences will be very glad
to tell you what a rewarding experience it
has been for them as they learn how gov
ernment works.
We have an active school medals pro-
gram for children who excel at different
programs as set forth by the legion. We sup
port the JROTC program at the high school
and you may see many of them performing
various details at the Veteran's park during
ceremonies for veterans.
In addition we support the Real Life Chil-
dren's Ranch, Hospice, Big Lake Mission,
Senior Services and Healthy Start and many
other organizations as monies allow us.
When our founding fathers set up the fair
it was decided that the admission to the fair
would be eliminated to accommodate all
the people. Further, we provide free parking.
You pay only for the rides and what you eat.
In addition, we run several contests which
we pay cash prizes. The county commis-
sioners have been our judges for these con-
tests and we appreciate them taking time
out of their schedules to do the judging.
During the fair we have a beauty pageant to
select a Miss American Legion for the year,
who serves as a good will ambassador for
us. On Wednesday during the fair we spon-
sor a free day where we provide the food
and rides for all special needs people within
the community. Age is no barrier as long as
they are special needs. There were 567 par-
ticipants this year.
Yes! As some of our columns have noted,
the free fair is what gives us the money we
need to keep up with our commitments to
Veterans and to the community. A loss of
funds would eliminate most of our charity
as we are fighting for dollars like everybody


else in this economy.
For God and County,
Paul Partridge
Commander
American Legion Post 64

There are no friends
in business
We live in a 55+ gated community. One
of the nice things about living here is that it
is quiet and peaceful and for the most part
everyone gets along. We are all diverse, we
come from different backgrounds, some are
northerners, some are Canadians and differ-
ent cultures, Italian, Polish, English, French,
etc.
Some of us were here before this park
became a 55+ community. There has al-
ways been a Homeowners Association. The
Association Board Members are men and
women chosen by the people in the com-
munity to help regulate and enforce the laws
of the community. These laws are made to
benefit the people who live here to protect
them. These rules and regulations were set
up by the Board and presented to the resi-
dents for approval. If you did not attend a
meeting approving them then you lost out
on your privilege to vote. The majority of
votes carried and the rules were set.
One thing you have to learn here and
anywhere there is a structured community is
that the Board is a business that must carry
out the rules and guidelines set up for the
benefit of the community.
There are no friends in business. You
cannot bend or fracture the rules for a friend
simply because you want to help them. And
what kind of friend are you that you would
use your friendship as a lever to get your
own way? So please do not take offense
when your friend says 'no' because the rules


clearly state you cannot do such and such
a thing.
We all live together by choice. And we all
get along fairly well. Most of the people here
are long time friends and some are family
by blood. Because we live here by choice
we are "family" by association. We all pull
together in times of need. We help each
other in different ways. When some rule is
challenged the Board members call a meet-
ing and make a decision that will benefit
the whole community and sometimes that
decision is not the one you want, but rules
are rules and the Board is in the business of
enforcing them for our benefit. Again, there
are no friends in business conflicts outside
of the Board meeting. This ruins our friend-
ship.
When we meet in a social gathering or
at the pool or even just walking, I like to see
your smiling face. It makes me feel good
and we can carry on a nice little conversa-
tion that brightens the day. Jesus said, "this
new commandment I give you, Love your
neighbor as yourself and as I love you." But
He also tells us that we are to obey the laws
set up by our governed people. Being as the
Board is chosen by the men and women of
the community that allows them to set up
the laws and rules of regulations they are
our governed body.
Something else to ponder... for every
minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds
of happiness. Don't let your anger hurt your-
self, because you are the only one hurting.
Badmouthing the others only makes you
look worse. Pray and ask God to give you
peace and then go hug your neighbor. They
miss you too.
God Bless you all,
Cheryl Gawda


OPINION


April 3, 2009


Okeechobee News 5




Okeechobee News


Community Events

Extension Service to
hold 'Horse Course'
UF/IFAS will host Performance Horse
Short Course & Trade Show on Satur-
day, April 4, at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic
Center. This Short Course will be an action
packed day with live demonstrations and
world renowned presenters like Bob Myler
of "Myler Bits & Spurs." Learn about perform
mance horse nutrition and see the inside of
a live horse's gut! You can also fulfill your
shopping desires by visiting the Trade Show
vendors. Registration fee: $30 and only $10
for 4-H, FFA, and FL. Jr. & High School Ro
deo members (membership card or back
number required). Registration begins at
8:30 a.m. For more information or if inter-
ested in participating as a vendor, please call
Lindsey Wiggins at: 863-674-4092.

Johnny DeRose in concert
The Okeechobee Shrine Club will have
Johnny DeRose to perform on April 4.
Johnny has performed all over the U.S. and
has opened for The Platters, Dell Viking, The
Drifters, Jay Black, The Chiffons and Liza
Minneli. Tickets are $30 each and include
dinner and the show. Dinner will be served
at 6:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 8
p.m. For tickets or information call 863 763
3378 or 863-697-2765.

Church hosts concert
Treasure Island Baptist Church, 4209
U. S. 441 S.E. will present The Nelons in con-
cert on Sunday, April 5 at 6 p.m.


Obituaries
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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.


Russell 'Rusty' Lance England
OKEECHOBEE Russell "Rusty" Lance Eng-
land, of Okeechobee, died Monday, March 30,
2009 in Highlands County.
He was born Nov. 11, 1959 in Idalou, Texas,
he had been a resident for 26 years.
Rusty is preceded in death by his mother,
Winnie B. Frasier (Schmidt) and father, Jimmy
Bruce England.
Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Vicky
England of Okeechobee; son, Jeffery England of
Okeechobee; sisters, Trish Shipley of Dawn,
Texas, Tabby Martinez of Phoenix, Ariz.; broth-
ers, Mike Tapley of Yeehaw Junction, Rick Eng
land of Albuquerque, N.M., and Bruce England
of Bosque Farm, N.M.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m.
Saturday. Services will be 11 a.m. Sunday in the
Buxton Funeral Home Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may
be made to the Epilepsy Foundation.
All arrangements are under the direction and
care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cremato
ry, 110 NE 5th St., Okeechobee.


Annual Hog Roast planned
The Okeechobee Masonic Lodge No. 237
will sponsor their annual hog roast on Sat-
urday, April 4, from 4 until 7 p.m. All pro-
ceeds will benefit their scholarship fund. Eat
in or take out is available. Tickets are $7 per
person. For ticket information contact Fred
Cover, J.W. 954-818-2558, John A. Bubel,
S.W 863-697-3626 or Jim Green, WM. 863-
634-4401.

Honey Baked Ham time!
Okeechobee Main Street is offering Honey
Baked Hams for Easter. Spiral hams, bone-
less hams, whole smoked turkey breast, side
dishes and desserts! Orders must be placed
by Wednesday, April 8, for pickup on Friday,
April 10. Call 863-763-2225 or 863-357-6246
to place your order or if you'd like to be
emailed a complete list of items available.

Grace Brethren to host
'Fireproof'
Grace Brethren Church will host a free
movie, "Fireproof" on Friday, April 3, at 6:30
p.m. The public is invited to attend. Childcare
will be provided for parents of small children
who would like to attend. Refreshments will
be served following the movie.

Masonic Lodge holds
breakfast
The Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W Fifth, will
hold an all you can eat breakfast on Sunday,
April 5 from 8 until 11 a.m. Tickets are $6
each and menu consists of eggs, bacon,
sausage, grits, pancakes, biscuits and gravy,
umice and coffee. The public is welcome.


Carolyn Summerall, 69
BARTOW Carolyn J. Summerall, of Bartow,
died March 31, 2009, at home of heart failure.
She was 69.
Carolyn was born in Pineview, Ga., on May 5,
1939, to James G. and Euphie (Adams) Cum-
mings. She moved to Bartow from Mulberry
two years ago. Carolyn was a devoted Christian,
wife, and mother. She was a member of Okee-
chobee Church of God.
Carolyn is survived by her daughter, Glenda
Henry of Bartow; son, Jim Summerall of Mul
berry, Alva Summerall of Lakeland; brother,
James Byron Cummings of Ft. Valley, Ga.; sis-
ters, Janell Martin of Ft. Valley, Bessie Jane Cook
of Calhoun, Ga., Janie Lou Carney of Ft. Valley;
grandchildren, Jim, Keyla, Levi, Thomas, Katian-
na, Shane, and Tammy; great-grandchildren,
Shayna, Lea, Nathan, J.P, Jeramia, Little Frank,
Shane Ryan, and Haley
Visitation will be held today, April 3, from
10-11 a.m. at Seigler Funeral Home Chapel, Mul-
berry. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m.
Condolences may be sent to the family at sei-
glerfuneralhome.net.


Community Choir holds
cantata rehearsals
The Okeechobee Community Choir, in
its 11th year under the direction of Sandy
Perry, will be rehearsing for the presentation
of the Easter Cantata, Alpha and Omega,
on Sunday afternoons from 2:30-4:30 at the
First United Methodist Church on Second
Avenue. The cantata will be presented Palm
Sunday weekend, April 3, 4, and 5. For
more information, call 863-634-7714.

Church to host concert
Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church will host
Stan Shuman in Concert, Sunday, April 5,
11 a.m. Stan Shuman is an internationally
known singer/song writer. He was formerly
with Jerry and the Singing Goffs, Naomi and
The Segos. He is currently with Danny Fun-
derburk and Mercy's Way. Stan has written
for The Kingsmen, Gold City, The Anchor
men, and many more! His products will be
set up for you to view and purchase.
Everyone is welcome! Buckhead Ridge
Baptist Church is located on Hunter Road,
one mile on the left after turning at the Suno-
co Station in Buckhead Ridge. For informa-
tion, contact Pastor Richard Postell, 863-763-
3442 or 863-634-6792.

FOE 4137 hosts children's
Easter party
The FOE 4137 Ladies Auxiliary, 9985
Hwy. 441 North, will host a children's Easter
party on Saturday, April 11, from 2 until 4
p.m. for children ages 0-16. Must be signed
up by April 4. For further information call
863 763 2552.


Nathaniel Brooks, 76
OKEECHOBEE -Nathaniel Brooks, of Okee-
chobee, died Sunday, March 22, 2009, in Pana-
ma City. He was 76.
Mr. Brooks was born March 18, 1933, in Pana-
ma City to Clarence Brooks and Leola Haines
Brooks.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Lula; and
five sisters.
He is survived by his daughter, Emma Brooks
of Miami, Mary L. Brooks of Okeechobee;
grandchildren, Tymon Brooks, Maurice Brooks
of Decatur, Ga., Myron Brooks of Tallahassee;
great-grandchildren, Jaden Brooks of Decatur,
Ga., Kamaria Brooks of Decatur, Ga., Jordon
Cottrell of Birmingham, Ala.; sister, Hazel
McNeil; sister-in-law, Juanita Lane of Okeecho-
bee; nine nieces; and eight nephews.
Services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday in the
Buxton Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. William
Moore will officiate. Interment will follow in Ev-
ergreen Cemetery.
All arrangements are under the direction and
Care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cremato
ry, 110 NE 5th St., Okeechobee.


Red Cross to hold 'Health and
Safety' classes
The Okeechobee Service Center of the
American Red Cross will be holding the fol-
lowing Health & Safety classes in April:
Tuesday, April 7-Infant/Child CPR/AED
at 6 p.m;
Monday, April 13 Adult CPR/AED at 6
p.m.
Tuesday, April 21 First Aid Basics at 6
p.m.
Saturday, April 25 Adult/Infant/Child
CPR/AED & First Aid at 9 a.m.
All classes are held at their Service Cen-
ter, located at 323 N. Parrott Ave. To register,
or for more information call 863-763-2488.

Area Agency on Aging to meet
The Area Agency on Aging of Palm Beach/
Treasure Coast, Inc. is planning its upcom
ing monthly Board of Directors Executive
Committee meeting, to be held at the Area
Agency on Aging, 4400 N. Congress Ave.,
West Palm Beach, on Thursday, April 9. The
meeting is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m.
Contracts requiring the expenditure of funds
are a regular agenda item of this meeting.
Please call Vivian Pfau, Area Agency on Ag-
ing, at 561 684-5885 for more information.

Parks and Rec holds egg hunt
The Parks & Recreation Department and
Visiting Nurse Association (VNA), is hosting
an Easter Extravaganza on Saturday, April
11, from noon until 3 p.m. The event will
take place at the Rec Park at 350 NW Sixth
Ave., between Los Cocos and the Skate Park.
There will be an egg hunt for three separate
age groups starting at noon. For more infor-
mation call 863-763-6950.

Kiwanis to host annual
Easter breakfast
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will once
again host their annual Easter Morning Pan-
cake Breakfast on Sunday, April 12, from
7 until 11 a.m. The breakfast will include
Larson sausage, piping hot pancakes, fresh
orange juice and Florida fresh milk. This
year, the breakfast will be held at Cowboy's
Restaurant and tickets are $5. This is the ma-
jor fundraiser for the Kiwanis Scholarships.
Advanced tickets are available at Syble's
Flowers. Please call J.D. Mixon at 863-634-
1778 for information on being a sponsor or
purchasing tickets or contact Libby Maxwell
at 863-763-1119.




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April 3, 2009 Okeechobee News 7


Jailer fired after arrest


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A corrections officer with the Okeecho-
bee County Jail has been terminated fol-
lowing his arrest on a charge of domestic
battery.
Jail records indicate
that Eric Scott Fergu-
son, 39, N.E. 60th Court,
Okeechobee, was termi-
nated March 25 following
an internal investigation.
Ferguson was arrested
on the misdemeanor
charge and booked into
the county jail. He was Eric Scott
then released on his own
recognizance. Ferguson
If convicted, the corrections officer of
nearly 20 years could lose his state retire-
ment, his state corrections officer certifica-
tion and the right to carry a firearm.
Detective Ted Van Deman, of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO), said even though the charge is a
misdemeanor the penalties are more harsh
for a law enforcement officer.
"State and federal laws treat domestic
violence like a felony, even though it's a
misdemeanor," he said.
According to an arrest affidavit by OCSO


Deputy Donald Ellis, Ferguson was ar-
rested at 5:07 a.m. Tuesday, March 24. He
is accused of striking his wife in the face
with the palm of his hand while she was
in bed.
The deputy's report indicates the 33-
year-old victim had swelling and discolor-
ation to her nose and forehead, and that
her upper lip was cut.
The couple had apparently argued over
an incident that occurred earlier in the eve-
ning, said Detective Van Deman.
Records also indicate that there was
a similar incident last year in Highlands
County.
According to the State Attorney's Of-
fice in Sebring, there was a complaint filed
there but Ferguson's wife refused to pros-
ecute. Ferguson was placed in a deferred
prosecution program for the purpose of
his taking part in an anger management
program.
Records at that office show that Fergu-
son began the anger management pro-
gram on Aug. 12, 2008, and has success-
ully completed the program. The case was
officially closed Jan. 14, 2009.
Ferguson had been employed with the
OCSO since April of 2007. Prior to that he
was with the Florida Department of Correc-
tions from April 1989 until February 2007.


Car causes crash; flees scene


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
State Road 70 W in Highlands County
was closed for several hours Wednesday fol-
lowing an accident in which a tractor-trailer
crashed and lost its load of watermelons.
The Wednesday night, April 1, accident
was caused by an unknown vehicle that
fled the scene, indicated a report from the
Florida Highway Patrol (FHP).
According to Trooper Corporal Rene Be-
navidez, the Freightliner tractor-trailer was
westbound on S.R. 70 W near County Road
721 around 11 p.m. when it came upon a
car that was almost completely stopped in
the road.
Cpl. Benavidez stated in the report that
the four-door car then pulled directly in front


of the oncoming tractor-trailer which forced
the rig's driver, Osvanis Cruz, 29, to lose con-
trol of his vehicle.
The 2006 Freightliner overturned onto its
right side and slid along the guardrail in a
westerly direction. When the truck came to
rest it, and its load, blocked both lanes of the
two-lane highway. The road did not open to
travel until Thursday morning.
Cpl. Benavidez went on to state that the
unknown vehicle continued heading west
and left the scene of the accident.
Estimated damage to the tractor-trailer
and its load was estimated at $20,000, indi-
cated the trooper's report.
The trooper said Mr. Cruz, of Miami, sus-
tained minor injuries.


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Neighborhood watch
Heritage Village residents were on hand Thursday, April 2, to unveil a new
sign indicating the area in now protected against crime by a Neighborhood
Watch program. Also on hand were Citizens on Patrol representatives Cap-
tain Bette Foster and David Anderson.


3 killed in


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By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Three people were killed in a two-car
head-on crash on S.R. 70 E Wednesday af-
ternoon about 4 miles east of the Okeecho-
bee County line.
A press release from the Florida High
way Patrol (FHP) indicates that Alexander Z.
White, 30, of Okeechobee, was killed when
he crossed the center line about 12:30 p.m.
on April 1 and stuck a second vehicle.
A passenger in Mr. White's 2000 Chevrolet
sedan -- Jerimaih White, 4, also of Okeecho-
bee -- is listed as being in serious condition
at St. Mary's Hospital in West Palm Beach.
Also killed in the crash were Herbert L.
Harris, 41, and Frances Spears, 46. Both
were listed as being from Fort Pierce.
The FHP release states that Mr. White was
eastbound on the two-lane highway when
he came upon a curve near the Wynne
Ranch in St. Lucie County For unknown
reasons, he crossed the center line into the
westbound lane and struck the front end of
a 1990 Dodge automobile driven by Mr. Har-
ris, the release continued.
According to the release, both vehicles
came to rest in the westbound lane and
were facing south.
Mr. Harris was not wearing a seat belt,
indicated the release. Frances Spears was
wearing a seat belt. Jerimaih White was re-
strained in a car seat. The FHP release indi-
cates it's not known at this time if Alexander
White was wearing his seat belt.
The accident is still under investigation,
stated the release.

Two hurt in Friday

motorcycle crash
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Two people received minor injuries when
the motorcycle they were riding crashed on
S.W 16th Drive at S.W 136th Ave., said an
accident investigator.
Jeremy Shane Caudle, 22, S.W Third Ave.,
was operating a 2006 Honda motorcycle on
Friday, March 27, when he failed to negotiate
an S-curve in the road, said Deputy Adrian
Rogers, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO).
Deputy Rogers said Caudle tried to take
the curve too fast and lost control around
11:40 p.m.
Tabitha Maria Freeman, 21, was a pas-
senger on the motorcycle.
Caudle was issued a traffic citation for
careless driving, said Deputy Rogers.


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Community made Blood Roundup a success


By Katrina Elsken
Okeechobee News
People in Okeechobee may not realize
just how special their community is, said
Russ Colwell of Florida's Blood Centers.
Mr. Colwell was in Okeechobee recently
to honor community members who sup-
ported the Okeechobee Blood Roundup,
and to ask for their continued support.
"During the blood roundup, we collect-
ed 432 units in two days. Last year, we had
over 2,100 blood donations in Okeechobee
County. We are so proud of the people of
Okeechobee," he said.
"We need to keep the word going that
blood is needed. We need to keep the blood
drives going," he said.
In the United States only 37 percent of
the population is eligible to be blood do-
nors. The majority of the population can-
not donate due to health issues or other re-
strictions. For example, those who lived in
Europe during a certain time frame are not
allowed to donate due to concerns about
exposure to Mad Cow Disease.
He said less than 5 percent of the U.S.
population donates blood.
"One of the great things about Okeecho-
bee is that people get together to help each
other. People here care," he said. "The per-
centage of people in Okeechobee who do
nate blood is higher because people care.
"The blessing this area is to Florida's
Blood Centers is awesome," he said.
"In Okeechobee County, there is a real
sense of community you don't find any
where else," said Trish Lowry of Florida's
Blood Centers.
"We come to Okeechobee and we put
on these community blood drives -- we
couldn't do it without all of the support from
the community," she continued. "Our em-
ployees love to come out to Okeechobee."
"To think in two days we collected over
400 units of blood is amazing," she said.
"I don't know if there is anywhere else we
could do that. I don't know if we could do
that in Miami-Dade, with the large popula-
tion there."
"We are so proud of what you do for
Florida hospitals. The annual Okeechobee
Blood Roundup is the largest single blood
drive in the state of Florida," she said.
During three recent awards events, The
Okeechobee Blood Roundup presented
plaques and certificates to local individu-
als and businesses which helped make the
2008 Roundup a success.
At a lunch March 26, plaques were
awarded to those companies which under-
wrote monetary expenses of the drive. Rep-
resenting the companies were Jennie Pung
from Waste Management, Lori Willard from
State Farm Insurance, Gwen Marsh from
Tenniswood Dental Associates and Denise
Whitehead from Glades Electric Coopera
tive. Other companies in this group included
Walpole, Inc., Treasure Coast Dermatology,
Seacoast Bank and Everglades Farm Equip-
ment.
Also receiving plaques on March 26, were
representatives of those who sponsored
the drive including Gail Lockwood from
Okeechobee Pennysaver, Val Douglas from
Custom Window Treatments and Blinds,
Jeanine Rhuda from Sears of Okeechobee,


Gary Ritter from South Florida Water Man-
agement and Bill Casian from Raulerson
Hospital. Other companies in this group are
Big Lake Roofing, Fiorenza Spa Care and
Golden Corral.
The third luncheon, held April 1, saw the
awarding of certificates to representatives
of outstanding supporters including Katrina
Elsken from the Okeechobeh e News, Rev.
Jim Dawson from First United Methodist
Church, Patrick Lawson who represented
Luis and Guadelupe Martinez, the owners of
La Cascada Restaurant, Tom Tassoul man-
ager of McDonald's Restaurant on Hwy 70
and Doug and Helen Jordan from The Clock
Restaurant. Other businesses in this group,
unable to attend, included Beef O'Brady's,
Jersey Mike's, Los Cocos, Domino's Pizza,
Hungry Howie's, The UPS Store, Curves and
the Dairy Farmers' Association.
Representatives from Florida's Blood
Centers, Russ Colwell and Trish Lowry
joined local drive workers Marilyn Rinear,
Marie Kirchhoff, Maureen Bradley and Raye
Deusinger in presenting awards and thank-
ing those whose major participation was so
beneficial.


Submitted photo/Florida's Blood Centers
Outstanding supporters of the 2008 Blood Roundup received awards April 1.
Pictured are (back row) Trish Lowry of Florida's Blood Centers, Rev. Jim Daw-
son, First United Methodist Church, Patrick Lawson of La Cascada, Tom Tassoul
of McDonalds, (center) Raye Deusinger, Roundup Chairman, Katrina Elsken of
The Okeechobee News, Doug Jordan of The Clock Restaurant, Russ Colwell of
Florida's Blood Centers and (front), Helen Jordan of The Clock, Marilyn Rinear
and Maureen Bradley, Roundup volunteers.

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Submitted photo/Florida's Blood Centers
Financial Supporters of the 2008 Blood Roundup were awarded plaques at a luncheon March 26. Pictured are Russ Col-
well from Florida's Blood Centers, Jennie Pung of Waste Management, Lori Willard of State Farm Insurance, Gwen Marsh
of Tenniswood Dental Associates, Denise Whitehead of Glades Electric Cooperative and Raye Deusinger, Roundup
Chairman.


Submitted photo/Florida Blood Center
Those contributing to support of the 2008 Okeechobee Blood Roundup were awarded plaques at a luncheon March
26. Pictured are Marie Kirchhoff, a grand prize contributor, Raye Deusinger, Roundup Chairman, Gall Lockwood of the
Okeechobee Pennysaver, Val Douglas of Custom Window Treatments and Blinds, Jeanine Rhuda of Sears of Okeecho-
bee, Gary Ritter of South Florida Water Management, Bill Casian of Raulerson Hospital and Marilyn Rinear, a grand prize
contributor.


Okeechobee News


April 3, 2009







Cattle Baron's Ball


is rescheduled
The Okeechobee County Cattle Barons' Mr. & Mrs. Gil Culbreth, Brahma Bull Restau
Ball to benefit the American Cancer Society rant & Lounge, Williamson Cattle Company,
has been rescheduled. The ball originally Quail Creek Plantation, Larson Dairy and
scheduled for April 4, has been changed to Beef 'O' Brady's.
Saturday May 2, 6:30 p.m. at Quail Creek For further information on sponsorship or
Plantation. The goal of the fundraiser is event please call Event Chair, Billy Dean at
to help eliminate cancer as a major health 86367 70.
problem.
Please join Okeechobee for a fun filled The American Cancer Society is the na-
evening including dinner, dancing, gaming, tionwide community-based voluntary health
silent and live auctions to raise money for a organization dedicated to eliminating cancer
great cause, as a major health problem by preventing
Sponsors for the event include: Seacoast cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering
National Bank, Accident Law Offices of Phil- from cancer, through research, education,
ip DeBerard, Pier II Resort, Riverside Bank, advocacy, and service.

56 bikers ride for the Red Cross


Darrell Ferneau, Okeechobee,
wins $500 Cash Prize
Fifty-six motorcyclists gathered from all
over Florida to participate in this year's Ride
for the Red Poker Run benefiting the Lake
side Communities and Okeechobee Service
Centers of the American Red Cross.
The event, which was held on March
29th, marks the seventh time riders have
met to benefit the Lakeside Communities'
Service Center, while this year's event was
the first time the neighboring Okeechobee
Service Center joined in for the fun.
Representing Belle Glade, Clewiston,
Hollywood, Lake Worth, Lakeport, Lehigh
Acres, Moore Haven, Okeechobee, Te
questa, Palm Bay, and more, the group of
motorcyclists rallied in rainy conditions for
a good cause. In line with the very nature
of the Red Cross, the group of enthusiastic
motorcyclists weathered the storm, soaked
from head to toe.
The event featured two different scenic
routes along Lake Okeechobee and par-
ticipants chose which route to experience
while receiving cards for their poker hands
along the way. The Lakeside Communi-
ties' Service Center route featured stops at
Everglades Adventures Resort in Pahokee,
Devon's Bistro in Belle Glade, Roland Martin
Marina & Tiki Bar in Clewiston, and Seacoast
National Bank in Moore Haven.
The Okeechobee Service Center route in-
cluded stops at J & S Fish Camp, Good Spir-
its, Cudaville and Iron Eagle, touring through
beautiful Okeechobee. The motorcyclists re-
united for a finale at the Seminole Brighton
Casino, the event's Grand Sponsor (17735
Reservation Road, Okeechobee). Debbie
Riddle, Branch Manager of the Okeechobee
Service Center, said "We are so thankful for
the casino's generosity and willingness to
help the Red Cross continue to deliver life-
saving services to our community." At the
casino, each participant enjoyed entertain-
ment, raffles, contests, food and $20 in free
play.
At the finale, Darrell Ferneau of Okeecho-
bee, a retired school teacher who remem-
bers the Red Cross for its aquatic programs,
was awarded $500 for his winning poker
hand. Never having participated in a poker
run, Mr. Ferneau exclaimed "Maybe it was
beginner's luck, but I was shocked," adding


Submitted photo/American Red Cross
Darrell Ferneau won first place in the
American Red Cross Poker Run held
on Saturday, March 28, winning a $500
cash prize. Red Cross members (left
to right) Julie Shook, Okeechobee Ser-
vice Center Branch Specialist; Debbie
Riddle, Okeechobee Service Center
Branch Manager; Darrell Ferneau; Mi-
chael Lampert, Chapter Chairman of
the Greater Palm Beach Area Chapter;
Thomas Hernandez, Lakeside Commu-
nities' Service Center Branch Special-
ist; and Deborah McDuffie, Lakeside
Communities' Service Center Branch
Manager presented him with his prize.
"The poker run was a lot of fun and I think
I'll participate again."
Larry Smith of Clewiston was awarded
$300 for the second best poker hand and
Shirley Reynolds of Clewiston was awarded
$100 for the worst poker hand.
In addition to the support of Seminole
Brighton Casino, the Red Cross is thankful
for the donations of several other sponsors.
Betty Ray of Iron Eagle in Okeechobee do-
nated a leather jacket valued at $700; Cycle
Gear of West Palm Beach donated a helmet
and leather vest; Scotty's Tiki Bar in Clewis-
ton donated various merchandise; Skull Hill
Steel in Okeechobee donated a $150 gift cer-
tificate; and Style Studio Custom Motorcycle
Shop in Okeechobee donated $450 in gift
certificates. Deborah McDuffie, Branch Man-
ager of the Lakeside Communities' Service
Center, said "The poker run really showed a
spirit of collaboration amongst riders, com-
munities and businesses, each having a hand
in ultimately allowing the Red Cross to come
to the aid of people who need it most."


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FWC offers free



freshwater fishing


over this weekend


Florida KidCare



provides health



insurance for children


The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission (FWC) has designated
April 4 and 5 as free freshwater fishing week-
end. This allows both residents and nonresi-
dents of any age to fish in public freshwater
fishing areas throughout the state without
purchasing a license; however, all other fish-
ing rules apply.
When kids start clamoring for fun things
to do this weekend, their parents, who may
or may not have licenses of their own, can
take the entire family outdoors to fish. It's
also a great way to support the Get Outdoors
Florida! Resolution, which contains the Chil-
dren's Outdoor Bill of Rights, signed by the
governor and Cabinet on March 25.
The Get Outdoors Florida! coalition en-
deavors, by connecting people with nature,
to enhance opportunities for environmen-
tal education, public health, child welfare,
tourism, fish and wildlife conservation and


land management. In a study of environ-
mentalists' formative experiences, the most
frequently cited influence was childhood ex-
periences of natural, rural or other relatively
pristine habitats.
Children benefit directly from spending
time outdoors participating in a healthy and
emotionally satisfying experience such as
fishing. It is a truly enjoyable way for chil-
dren to get physical exercise, to enhance
mental and social development and to gain
an appreciation for Florida's array of natural
areas and diverse wildlife.
Moreover, the three national forests in
Florida -- Apalachicola, Osceola and Ocala
-- will offer free admission to forest visitors
April 3-5 at most recreation sites.
Go to www.GetOutdoorsFlorida.com for
more details on the Childrens' Outdoor Bill
of Rights, events and tips for fishing.


Manatees migrate


after a rough winter

The FWC urges boaters to follow the FWC's Imperiled Species Management Sec-
posted speed zones and watch for mana- tion.
tees as temperatures warm. Manatees are
once again moving from warm water sites For more information about manatees,
to coastal areas where they forage for food, visit MyFWC.com/manatee/.
rest and care for their young.
The number of documented manatee
deaths resulting from watercraft strikes was
higher than average statewide from Decem-
ber to March 27. It was particularly high in
the south eastern region of Florida where
necropsy results show that at least 17 mana-
tees died from boat strikes. The FWC has
been carefully following the mortality num-
bers, and researchers have provided regular
updates to management and law enforce-
ment, regarding the location and move-
ment of manatees. FWC's Division of Law
Enforcement used the information to direct
patrols in the areas of concern.
The public is encouraged to call FWC's
Wildlife Alert hotline, 1-888404-FWCC
(3922) to report any dead or injured mana-
tees.
Now with the warmer temperatures,
manatees will be vulnerable as they migrate
and forage in the same waterways shared
by many boaters along the Gulf and Atlantic
coasts. Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
"Boaters can help manatees have a safe
migration by staying in marked channels, W hat an arm!
wearing polarized sunglasses to improve vi- Dustin Stokes won the opener with
sion, obeying posted boat speed zones and some solid pitching, especially in
having someone help scan the water when the late innings.
under way," said Kipp Frohlich, leader of the


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
As families deal with increasing eco-
nomic problems, the Florida KidCare
program is one option that families have
to alleviate some expenses yet still have
medical coverage for their children.
It is possible to have low cost or free
health insurance for children.
Children may be eligible for health in-
surance through Florida KidCare, even if
one or both parents work. Getting health
insurance for your children before they be-
come sick is very important.
Children need regular check-ups so they
can grow strong and healthy. Healthy chil-
dren do their best at school and at play.
Florida KidCare is health insurance for
children under age 19 who do not have
insurance.
Eligibility for Florida KidCare is based
on income and family size. Florida KidCare
includes the following: MediKids-children
ages 1-4; Healthy Kids-children ages 5-18;
Children's Medical Services Network which
covers children with special health care or
emotional needs or ongoing medical con-
ditions; and, Medicaid for children.
Enrollment is open all year. There is no
waiting period.
To see if you qualify, apply one of the
following ways: Online-Visit www.flor-
idakidcare.org and click "Apply Online
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There is no charge for Medicaid. For
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Most families pay $15 or $20 each
month. You may have to pay low co-pay-
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Services covered by Florida KidCare in-
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hospital, surgery, and emergency services;
vision/hearing; mental health; prescrip-
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Winds present teen anglers with challenge


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Matthew Robbins.
By Teresa Mataushek
Okeechobee News
The Big O' Teen Anglers Inc., were pre-
sented with a challenge at this months tour-
nament on Saturday, March 28 at Lock 7.
Even though it was a tough day for fishing,
with winds blowing in excess at 20 mph,
the teen anglers persevered and managed to
bring in a total of seven fish, weighing in at
14.8 lbs.
Robby Hays was the only one to weigh
in for the 11-14 age group. He had one fish
weighing in at 1.81 lbs.
In the 15-18 age group, they had a little
more luck. Matthew Robbins came in first


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place with two fish weighing in at 4.40 lbs.
Chris Eaton placed second as well as win-
ning the "Big Fish" award with one fish
weighing at 3.07 lbs., following in third place
was Garrett Farmer with a fish weighing in
at 2.29 lbs.
The Big O' Teen Anglers Inc., would like
to say thank you to their boat captains who
came out and stuck out the weather with
them. Boat captains were, Mike Zubricky,
Ken Hall, Carl Lewis, Leroy Bauer, Skip
Jeslosky, Ernie Johnson, Mike Ingram, Matt
Johnson and Kenny Farmer.
Be sure to wish the anglers Good Luck
this week. They will be headed to North Car-
olina to compete this coming week. Be sure
to watch for an update on that tournament.


Garrett Farmer.


Fun shoot set for April 18
Don't forget, Okeechobee Main Street will
hold their Third Annual Fun Shoot at Quail
Creek Plantation on Saturday, April 18.
Check in will begin at 8 a.m. Call Main
Street's Executive Director, Toni Doyle at
863-357-6246 if you are interested in shoot-
ing or sponsorship.
If you would like to share any information with
the Okeechobee News about an outdoors event,
or if you have a suggestion on something you
have seen or would like to see in the outdoors
column, please e-mail Teresa Mataushek at
tmataushek@newszap.com, call 863-763-3134,
ax 863-763-5901 or log on to www.newszap.
corn and place it on the public issues forum.
We welcome all news, comments and tidbits on
outdoor activities and nature inspired hobbies. Robby Hays.


FWC looking for input from avid deer hunters


By Tony Young
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission's (FWC) Deer Manage-
ment Team is ready to gather input from
Florida's hunters on potential changes to
the state's current hunting zones and corre
spending deer hunting season dates, which
if approved, could come into effect as early
as the 2010-2011 hunting season.
The team has met for two and a half


years, developing its living-and-breathing
"Strategic Plan for Deer Management in
Florida 2008-2018," which was approved by
the Commission last year. FWC staff contain
ues to work with its stakeholder group rep-
resenting many of the state's hunting and
conservation organizations/associations,
other governmental agencies and large pri
vate landowners to make this plan the very
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Rain stops Lady Brahmans vs Terriers stalemate


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
A veteran and seasoned Moore Haven
Lady Terriers team and a young, enthusiastic
Lady Brahmans team squared off Tuesday
night in a pitchers duel which apparently
only Mother Nature could win.
The game was a scoreless tie after three
and a half innings when the lightning and
rain showers came. Jessica Echols and Sa-
mantha Harrell traded zeros as they pitched
very well for their respective teams.
Harrell allowed only a fourth inning sin-
gle to Alisha Beck and didn't allow a runner
to get into scoring position. She struck five
batters.
Echols was almost as good. The senior
allowed a second inning single to Courtney
Wilson and an infield single to Harrell in the
third. Okeechobee had one chance to score
as Harrell reached second base. However
Echols speared a hard line drive back to the
mound by Ashtyn Brown to end the threat.




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Brahmans Coach Kim Hargraves said the
two schools could reschedule the contest
for Tuesday, April 7, but no final decision has
been made.
"Moore Haven was very impressive. They
have nine seniors on their team and I can't
remember when they had that much experi-
ence," Hargraves said.
If the game is replayed Hargraves said
Okeechobee has the option of starting the
game over, and they may choose that op-
tion.
The Lady Brahmans have a busy week as
they compete in the prestigious Kissimmee
Classic in Osceola County.
Hargraves said the Classic is called the
real state championship because the best
team from all classifications 1A to 6A play in
the tournament. "I'm pretty excited to play
in it this year. It has awesome competition
every year. The best teams in each classifi-
cation play each other, so you really have a
true idea of who has the best team.

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Alisha Beck swings through a fastball Jessica Echols held Okeechobee
during the first inning of Tuesday's scoreless until the thunder and light-
namna in nkAarhnhaa ning hit the field.


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Naomi Stevens robbed Ashanti Shephard of a hit in the first inning of Tuesday's
game.


"If we go up there and swing the bats
and play good defense, we shouldn't have
a problem. Sam Harrell is doing a good job
on the mound. She's already compared to
college pitcher Keci Breaux. Coach Dale At-
kinson of IRSC he was amazed at her being
a freshman and where she's at," Hargraves
said.
Other teams in Okeechobee's bracket
include Fort Myers Riverdale, Jensen Beach,


George Jenkins of Lakeland, North Fort My-
ers, Baron Collier of Naples, Lake Region,
Winter Springs, and Spruce Creek. The tour-
nament will have top teams like Niceville,
Pembroke Pines Charter, Gulliver Prep, and
Kissimmee Osceola.
The tournament is double elimination.
Okeechobee played Thursday and will play
Friday and potentially Saturday.


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Samantha Harrell fields a ground ball by Marcia Garcia during Tuesday's
game.



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Service Club News


Editor's note: The Service Club News
calendar is now online at www.newszap.
corn. Click on "Okeechobee" and then on
"Post Your News." The calendar will also
run once a month in the newspaper.

The American

Legion Post 64
501 S E. Second Street, Okeechobee
Office 863763-2950 Lounge 863-763-5309
We can accommodate meetings, weddings and
parties of any size
The public is always welcome unless it's a members
only event
Our kitchen is open 11 am to 3 pm. Monday,
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and 1 to 8 pm on
Sunday
Sunday: Open 1 to 8 p.m. Regular Bingo from 6.30
pm.
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 am to
6 p.m.
Tacos- $1.50
Music with Jim Elders 2-6
Thursday Open 11 am 8 p.m. Social Bingo 6
p m.
SAL Steak Dinner third Sunday each month $12
donation.
Legion and Auxiliary meet the second and fourth
Tuesday at 7 p m
The fourth Tuesday meeting includes a carry in dinner
at 6 pm
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 of the month at the
Buckhead 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
* Am-Vets Ladies Auxiliary meetings are the first
Saturday of the month at 10 am. Contact the Post at
467-2882 for information.

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
SFirst and third Thursday Auxiliary at 6 p.m.; Aeries
at 7pm
SFridays steak night (16-oz) starting at 5 p.m for a
$12 donation
* Saturday and Sundays' music at 7 p.m

In The Military

Carden graduates
Army Pvt. Kolt R. Carden has graduated
from basic combat training at Fort Jackson,
Columbia, S.C.
During the nine weeks of training, the
soldier studied the Army mission, history,
tradition and core values, physical fitness,
and received instruction and practice in ba-
sic combat skills, military weapons, chemi-
cal warfare and bayonet training, drill and
ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship,
armed and unarmed combat, map read-
ing, field tactics, military courtesy, military
justice system, basic first aid, foot marches,
and field training exercises.
He is the son of Rodney Carden of
Okeechobee, Fla., and Kami Rhodes of
Branford, Fla.
The private is a 2007 graduate of Bran-
ford High School.


* First and third Sunday breakfast cooked to order
from 9 until 11 a.m. for $5 donation.

Okeechobee Masonic

Lodge #237
The Okeechobee Masonic Lodge is located at 107
N W. Fifth Ave For information about the club and
events, call James A. Green at 863-634-4401
* The Masonic Lodge holds their meetings on the
second and fourth Monday of each month starting at
730pm

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.
* Sunday: breakfast buffet from 9 until 11 a m. With
many items to choose from
* Mondays WOTM Chapter meeting 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
5pm
SFridays: dinner served from 5 until 7 30 p m Music
for dancing at 7'30 p m Call to see who is playing
* Saturday. dinner starting at 6 p.m.
* Saturday Prime Rib Dinner served from 6 until 8
p.m the first Saturday of the month.

Moose Family

Center #1753
The Moose Family Center #1753 is located at 156
N W. 36th St in Okeechobee Please call the Lodge at
863-763-4954 for further information, sudden changes
and menus. Guests are invited to enjoy the activities
and consider membership
* Open mic karaoke -Thursday 7-10 p m and Sunday
4-8 p.m.
* Horseshoes Sunday and Thursday at 2 p m
Every Monday pool tournament at 7 p m (food
served)
* Legion BINGO Thursday at 1 p.m. (food served
served)
* LOOM BINGO Frday at 6:30 p m open to the
public (food served)
* Saturday night diner and dance each week.
* Officers meetings first and third Tuesday at 7 p m
* Women's meeting second and fourth Tuesday at 7
p.m.

News in Brief


U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
to do vessel exams
Okeechobee The Lake is back and so
are we. Flotilla 57 U.S. Coast Guard Aux
iliary.
iihey are ready to do vessel exams. They
are free and we will come to you, we make
house calls.
Call 863-763-9570 to make and appoint-
ment to examine your boat and get it certi-
fied with a sticker.

State Veterans nursing

homes available
Are you a veteran in need of a nursing
home or assisted living facility? The Florida
Department of Veterans Affairs can help


* Men's meetings, second and fourth Tuesday at 7:30
pm
* Moose Legion meetings third Wednesday at 7:30
p.m.

VFW Post #4423
The VFW North Post #4423 is located at 300 N W. 34
St The Post phone number is 863-763-0818
Happy hour Monday through Thursday 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 Karaoke 7 until 11
pm
Sunday: Dinner 2 until 4 p m
Post and Ladies Auxiliary meetings third Sunday of
every month at 11 am
Men's Auxiliary Meeting 3 Monday of every month 7
pm
* Membership for 2009 is overdue Annual members
are asked to please pay their dues.
Big Screen TV and Pool Table
All members and their guests are welcome to dance
and sing with our host on Sundays from 5 to 9 p m

VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post 9528 is located at 29012 E. State Road
78 in Buckhead Ridge. For information call 863-467-
2882 Post opens at 11 a m, Monday through Sunday.
We are taking applications for men or women who
would like to join the VFW, Ladies Auxiliary, the Men's
Auxiliary, AmVets or the Ladies AmVets Auxiliary.
* Wednesday Dinner by Ladies Auxiliary, Mens
Auxiliary, or AmVet Ladies Auxiliary at 5'30 p m Music
will be available.
* Thursday Bar Bingo at 1 pm Lunch will be
available.
* Friday. 16 ounce stead dinner with baked potato,
salad and rolls will be served from 5:30 until 7 pm
for an $11 donation Pork Loin dinner available for $7
Dancing immediately following dinner
* Sunday. 5.15 p.m. bar bingo. Food will be served
for a donation
* Membership meetings are held on the second and
fourth Saturdays of each month at 10 a.m.
* House Committee meetings are held on the second
Saturday of the month at 9 a m For information contact
Robert Hare, Post Commander at 863-467-2882. Call for
Menu
All games and special events are shown on seven
televisions, two of which are big screen The game room
has a regulation size pool table.

VFW Post #10539
* Post hours are 10 a.m. Monday through Saturday
and 1 pm on Sunday Closing times are discretionary
and dependent on the number of patrons but usually not
before 8 p.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m. on weekends.
* Happy hours 10 to 11 a m and 3 to 6 p m Monday
through Thursday. Noon to 2 p m on Saturdays
* Monday. Card Bingo at 6 p.m.




you. The Department operates five veterans
nursing homes and one assisted living facil-
ity throughout the state, with a new nursing
home being built near St. Augustine.
The basic admission criteria for all of the
facilities is an honorable discharge, Florida
residency for one year prior to admission
and certification of need of assisted living
facility or skilled nursing care.
The VA Nursing homes are located in
Daytona Beach, Land O' Lakes, Pembroke
Pines, Springfield (Panhandle) and Port
Charlotte with the VA Assisted Living Facility
being located in Lake City.
For further information on VA nursing
homes contact the County Veteran's Service
Officer, Betsy Grinslade at 863-763-8124.


* Tuesday: All you can eat spaghetti at 5'30 pm $5
donation
* Wednesday Bar bingo 12:45 p.m. order from the
grill at 5.30 p.m.
* Thursday In-House shuffleboard tournament 630
pm order from the grill at 5:30 p m Music at 7 p.m.
* Friday. Order from the grill, fish and grill at 5.30 p.m.
Music at 7 p m
* Saturday Hotdogs/sausages at noon Every third
Saturday Lip Sync, April 4 and 25, unless previously
scheduled event Music at 7 p m
* Sunday. Open Jam at 4 p.m.
* Scheduled meetings: VFW First Sunday at noon,
Ladies Auxiliary second Monday at 7 p.m., Men's
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
7:30 p.m. The club is also available for weddings and
parties For information call the club at (863) 763-3378,
Mac Simpson at 863-763-8650 or Elma Yates at 863-
697-2765
* They are now open two days a week
Specials are'
* Tuesday: 4 until 9 p.m. Spaghetti dinner donations
only, music from 6 until 9 pm happy hour 4 until 6
pm
* Friday: TGIF4 until 9 p.m., dinner for $7.50 donation,
happy hour 4 until 6 p m ; music from 6 until 9 p.m.
* The Okeechobee Shrine Club will have Johnny
DeRose to perform on April 4 Johnny has performed
all over the US and has opened for The Platters, Dell
Viking, The Drifters, Jay Black, The Chiffons and Liza
Minneli. Tickets are $30 each and include dinner and
the show Dinner will be served at 6'30 p m and the
show will begin at 8 p.m. For tickets or information call
863-763-3378 or 863-697-2765

Cypress Hut

Eagles #4509
* The Cypress Hut Fraternal Order of Eagles post
#4509 located at 4701 U S 441 S E Is now open to
members Monday-Saturday from 10 a m until 10 pm,
Sunday from 1 to 10 p.m. Information can be found by
visiting www.foe4509 cam, or calling 863-467-1154
* Food is served several evenings a week.
SAerie meetings are at 7 pm on the first and third
Wednesday of each month at the old Cypress Hut flea
market restaurant
* FOE Auxiliary meetings are at 7 p.m. on the second
and fourth Wednesday of every month
* Friday night. 16 oz rib eye steak dinner with the
trimmings beginning at 5'30 pm
Editor's note. To add listings or make changes
to the service club news, please email okeenews@
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VA relaxes some restrictions

on health care
The Dept of Veterans Affairs has received
increased funding to alleviate some of the
restrictions on Priority Group 8 enrollment.
Veterans previously denied VA health care
due to excess income might now be eligible.
The new provision requires the veterans in-
come not to exceed the Geographic Means
Test Threshold (GMTT) by 10 percent and
goes into effect June 2009. Veterans whose
applications were submitted prior to Jan. 1,
2009 and were disapproved due to the GMTT
will have to re-submit in order to be consid-
ered for the new provision. For further infor
nation contact the County Veterans Services
Officer, Betsy Grinslade, at 863-763-8124.







VA fixes claim error 62 years later


Okeechobee man surprised to
win dispute over 1946 claim

By Jim Hall
Courtesy of DAV Magazine
You would have about as much luck find
ing a zebra with no stripes as you would a
routine DAV review of a veteran's claim file.
Just as each veteran is unique, each file is
unique, and each file is thoroughly reviewed,
often with interesting results.
National Service Officer Michael A. Mi-
chelotti knew something didn't add up in
the file he was reviewing. It was the file of
disabled World War II veteran Frank F. Alto
bello, Jr., and NSO Michelotti was reviewing
it for an unrelated dependency issue.
"During my initial NSO
training, I was instructed to
go back and look at the ini
tial decisions made when
veterans were disabled
due to gunshot wounds,"
NSO Michelotti said. "They
said, 'If the VA made an
error, that's where you'll
find them.' That's where I Frank F.
found the error in Frank Al- Altobello, Jr.
tobello's file."
Mr. Altobello enlisted in the U.S. Army in
December 1942. Following boot camp he
was assigned to the 7th Infantry Division.
From training with the 7th in California, he
moved with the division to the frigid battle
for Attu Island at the western edge of the
U.S. Aleutian Islands and continued to fight
his way across the Pacific. By mid-spring
1945, Altobello and the 7th were engaged in
the battle for Okinawa.
While conducting a patrol on May 2,
1945, the young private Altobello and 11
other soldiers were ambushed with enemy
machine gun and rifle fire.
"All but three of us died in the ambush,"
Mr. Altobello said. "We were approaching
a hill and the Japanese had us zeroed in. I
tried to make it into an irrigation ditch, but
was hit in the leg as I jumped in and lost my
rifle."
"I clung to the banks until two of my
buddies crawled to me and patched me
up. Then, on their hands and knees they
dragged me to the rear where I was treated.
I can't recall their names, but they saved my
life," Mr. Altobello said.
Mr. Altobello returned to the states and,
following hospitalization in Utica, N.Y, and
White Sulfur Springs, W Va., he was dis-
charged from the Army in April 1946.
Back in civilian clothes, Mr. Altobello was
a restaurant owner for a year and a half in
Charleston, WVa., and then he and is wife,
Ethel, packed up and moved to Florida,
where he built a career in real estate. And at
84, he still holds his real estate license.
When Mr. Altobello was discharged from
the Army, he selected the DAV to represent
him in seeking VA disability compensation.
It was that selection many years ago that
eventually brought the file to NSO Michel-
otti's attention.
At the time of the review, NSO Michelotti
was working at the DAV National Service of-
fice in Bay Pines, Fla. Something about Mr.
Altobello's claim for service-connected dis-


ability compensation just didn't compute.
As NSO Michelotti reviewed the file, he
found that Mr. Altobello had filed his origi-
nal claim with the VA on April 19, 1946, and
been awarded a 50 percent convalescent
rating for multiple gunshot wound residuals
of the lower right leg and for thrombophle-
bitis of the right lower leg.
Mr. Altobello also underwent a VA com-
pensation examination on Nov. 13, 1946,
that established 30 percent from Oct. 13,
1946, for thrombophlebitis, with swelling
and pain, residuals of a gunshot wound
to the right leg, and 20 percent for a gun-
shot wound to the right thigh and leg, with
healed scars and injury to the vastus lateralis
(the largest part of the quadriceps muscle
group) and peroneal muscles (below the
knee). A combined 40 percent evaluation
was assigned. He underwent another VA
medical exam on March 11, 1949, and on
April 6, 1949, the Agency of Original Jurisdic
tion (AOJ) noted the thigh wound previously
grouped with the muscle injuries below the
knee warranted a separate rating.
A separate service connection of 10 per-
cent was established for residuals of the
gunshot wound to Muscle Group XIV, and
the rating for Mr. Altobello's other service-
connected disabilities was continued at the
previous evaluations, resulting in a com
bined 50 percent disability evaluation with
an effective date of March 11, 1949.
NSO Michelotti discovered that the Dec.
28, 1946, rating decision failed to award a
30 percent rating for severe injury involving
Muscle Group XI and XII effective Oct. 13,
1946. Failure to award a separate 10 percent
disability evaluation for a through gunshot
wound of the right thigh involving Muscle
Group XIV effective Oct. 13, 1946, also re-
sulted in a clear and unmistakable error.
NSO Michelotti prepared and submitted
the request to correct the error. The request
was denied by the local VA regional office.
After several attempts to resolve the error
with local VA Service Center Managers, NSO
Michelotti discussed the issue with NSO Su-
pervisor Andrew H. Marshall. The decision
was made to request an administrative re-
view.
"Once a clear and unmistakable error is
denied locally, NSOs can initiate a review by
our National Appeals Office," NSO Michel
otti said. "If they concur, they prepare a for-
mal administrative review and submit it to
the VA Central Office. The administrative re
view provides a way of correcting the record
and bringing justice to a veteran who was
deprived benefits or is about to be deprived
benefits. It also bypasses the bogged down
appeals process and goes directly to VA Cen-
tral Office for review and normally results in
a quicker decision.
"On Dec. 4, 2008, Mr. Altobello received
a letter informing him the clear and unmis-
takable error had been corrected, effective
from Oct. 13, 1946.
"It was a shock and a surprise," Mr. Al-
tobello said. "I didn't really think we were
going to win.
"At 84, the additional income will help me
and my family," Mr. Altobello said. "I would
definitely recommend the DAV to anyone
who needs assistance with their claim. The
DAV isn't just talk; there's action behind their
words."


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Austism Support Group


Be careful of alligators


plans Okeechobee walk this time of year


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The local Okeechobee Autism Sup-
port Group (OASG) is planning their first
Okeechobee for Autism Walk to be held on
Saturday, April 25, beginning at 9 a.m. at the
Lock 7 pier and walking west towards Okee-
Tantie and back.
The group hopes to raise awareness of
autism in Okeechobee and the fact that au-
tism rates are increasing. Nearly everyone ei-
ther has a child with autism, teaches a child
with autism, or knows someone who falls
into these categories.
Those who do not wish to walk back can
plan ahead and park one vehicle in each lo-
cation by carpooling. The walk begins at 9
a.m. and the only requirement is to wear a
white shirt. The OASG hopes everyone can
come and walk for someone they know
whether it's a friend, a student, or even a
family member who is on the Autism Spec-
trum.
According to the Okeechobee County
Schools Director of Exceptional Student
Education Cathleen Blair, there are approxi-
mately 25 children in Okeechobee County
who have been identified on the Autism
Spectrum. There are currently six families
who are pro-active with the OASG as well
others who help out in other ways by sup-
porting and extending out their hands to
help push the group further along.
The OASG will meet at a new location be-
ginning Thursday, April 9, at 5:30 p.m. at one
of the founders' homes. For more informa-
tion on the location please contact Johanna
Crews at 863-467-0841.
Other upcoming events include a free
movie night being held for parents and chil-
dren with any type of special needs. On April
18, at 3 p.m. in conjunction with Faith Farm
Ministries all parents who have a child with
any type of special needs is invited to watch
Lifetime's Miracle Run. There will be daycare
provided as well as drinks and snacks. Any
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or Karissa Miller at 863-801-5218. The pur-
pose of this movie event is to give parents a
break as well as meet other parents that they
can relate to.
The OASG was formed last year in June
by local parents and educators. Their goal
is to become a non-profit organization and
create an Autistic Center in Okeechobee for
families to get support for their children.
A long-term future goal for the OASG is
to have a charter school for children with
Autistic Spectrum Disorders where they can
receive a specialized education by specially
trained teachers for autistic children.
The OASG is lead by parents the group of
parents who provide a setting where parents
can get resources and just a listening ear to
other parents who have been through some
of the same experiences as they have.
The OASG can be a source for resources
and networking for parents of children with
autism.
OASG is striving to reach all levels of au-
tistic children and their families as well. They
share resources such as information about
the Okeechobee Special Equestrian Ranch
at Mi-Cin Ranch where their children ride
horses. There is also another member who
is very educated on the special gluten free
diets that are often recommended for chil-
dren with autism.
According to the Florida Atlantic Universi-
ty Center for Autism and Related Disabilities
(CARD) autism is a lifelong neurological dis-
ability that affects a person's ability to com-
municate, understand language, play and
socially interact with others. The first signs
of autism usually appear as developmental
delays before age three.
Autism is classified as a developmental
disability because it interferes with the typi-
cal rate and patterns of childhood develop-
ment.


Spring is when Florida's alligators start
getting active, and the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
is urging Floridians and visitors to be cau-
tious when having fun in and around wa-
ter.
Alligators abound in all 67 counties and
have shared marshes, swamps, rivers and
lakes with people for centuries. But, be-
cause more individuals are seeking water-
front property and water-related activities
increase during the warm months, people
should be alert when they are in areas
where alligators could be present.
State law prohibits the harassing of al-
ligators, and it is against the law to feed
them.
The FWC recommends supervising
children closely when they are playing in
or around water. There are other precau-
tionary measures people should take to
reduce potential conflicts with alligators,


and they are available in the "Living with
Alligators" brochure at MyFWC.com/ga-
tors.
The FWC annually receives more than
16,000 alligator-related complaints. The
agency removes about 8,500 alligators
each year when the reptiles present poten-
tial danger to people or property.
According to the FWC, if you encoun-
ter an alligator that poses a threat to you,
your pets or your property, and the alliga-
tor is more than 4 feet long, call the FWC's
toll-free Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-
FWC-GATOR (392-4286). The telephone
number is the primary contact for all al-
ligator complaints and is available to cus-
tomers 24 hours a day.
Alligators are an important part of Flor-
ida's heritage and play a valuable role in
the ecosystems where they live. For more
information on alligator behavior, go to
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Community Event

Honor your veteran relatives erans discharged under honorable conditions,
The American Legion Post 64 is taking appli- living or deceased. The cost is $60 per name. Ap-
cations for names to be engraved into the "Wal plications can be obtained at the American Le-
of Honor" at Veteran's Park. Submitted names gion Post 64 office or lounge. Applications must
will be added before Memorial Day with a cut be submitted separately for each veteran. Other
off date of April 18. The Wall of Honor is forvet- information can be gotten at 863-763-2950.

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Junior golf tournament set for April 25


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Waldau's Junior Golf, Inc. will hold their
third annual Okeechobee County Junior Golf
Tournament on Saturday, April 25, at the
Okeechobee Golf and Country Club (OGCC)
for boys and girls junior golfers ages 10 to 17
(or seniors in high school). Entry is free for
this event where the junior golfers receive
valuable tournament experience.
Bridgette Waldau spoke to the Okeecho-
bee Rotarian Club about her and her hus-
band Jim Waldau's mission to help the
children of Okeechobee get an early start in
golf which encourages family interaction,
friendly competition, possible college school
arships and future business networking op-
portunities.
In 1992, they moved to Okeechobee from
Hialeah where Mr. Waldau had retired from
his job as a fire fighter. Due to the continued
camaraderie surrounding fire fighters life-
style he has continued to have a yearly party
for all his family and friends including his fire
fighter friends from Hialeah.
In 1994, they turned this golf party into a
benefit for junior golfers and began to award
scholarships, as well as donate to the local
Okeechobee High School golf team and
young junior golfers. They have given yearly
to the OHS golf team since 1997.
They will also hold their first ever Wal-
dau's Junior/Adult tournament on Saturday,
May 23, at the OGCC. This tournament will
be a two person scramble format where
one boy or girl junior golfer will pair with an


adult golfer such as a parent or other adult.
This tournament is geared at promoting
family interaction.
Waldau's Junior Golf, Inc. just announced
their next Junior Golf Clinic. This year they
will hold two clinics: one at the OGCC from
June 22, until June 26; and one at the KOA
Lake Okeechobee Golf Resort from July 20,
until July 24.
Each day at the clinics include instruc-
tion, practice, and golf games. Tournament
competition occurs on the final day. The
rules of golf and golf etiquette are strongly
stressed to the junior golfers, with fun being
the underlying objective. Golf Clinic will also
provide educational literature, shirts, and
prizes.
Golf clinic fees are $100 for the week. All
applicants must pre-register with payment.
Waldau's Junior Golf, Inc., is a non-profit
organization, whose goal is to promote the
sport of golf to elementary, middle and high
school students. Their long term plan is to
open a state of the art driving range and
learning center within close proximity to lo
cal schools.
Sponsorship opportunities are also avail-
able for the upcoming tournaments. For
more information contact Bridgette 863-467
7300 or Terry at OGCC 863-763-6228or visit
Waldau's Junior Golf, Inc. Web Site www.
floridajuniorgolf.org.
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can be reached at caguilar@newszap.com.


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Bridgette Waldau with the Waldau's Junior Golf, Inc. spoke to Rotarians about
their upcoming tournaments and clinics that will be occurring in the coming
months. For more information visit www.floridajuniorgolf.org.


College scholarships


provided by
Riverside National Bank remains com-
mitted to education by providing college
scholarships to local youth. For the past
three years, Riverside has offered the school
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$1,000 to eighteen college students through-
out Florida.
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Students attending either a two or four-year
post-secondary school are eligible to enter.
These scholarships are unique because
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they want to help offset the expense of a
college education. The application and
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Tennis teams play against Treasure Coast


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee High School Boys Ten-
nis Team won a hard fought match while the


second straight day when the Okeechobee
tennis teams tangled with Treasure Coast
Tuesday afternoon.
Note even a brief afternoon shower could
stop the boys from winning their 1 Ith match
in 14 decisions against a talented Treasure
Coast team. Corey White dug down deep
to get past talented James Catrambone in
a high speed match, 4-6, 6-1, and 6-2. Zach
Fowler grinded his way to a first set tiebreak-
er against Brandon Nichols, winning it (8-6)
before sweeping Nichols in the second set
6-0.
In other matches Alex Nielson won in
; "f f ; 1, 1- 99 A lln.ra C7~n


6-2. Okeechobee's other victory came in
doubles as White and Fowler defeated Ca-
trambone and Nichols 8-3.
The Titans got victories in the fourth
and fifth seed singles matches. Jimmy Tills
defeated Max Norman 6-0, and 6-2. Daniel
Lennox defeated Kyle Lunt 6-4, and 6-0.
The girl's run up against another buzz
saw after a tough match Monday at Martin
County. Kari Berger pounded away against
Morgan Roberts in the first set. Both players
flashed their skills, but also made their share
of unforced errors. Roberts won the first set
6-4, and swept through the second set 6-0.
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ability against Allison Roberts. However,
mistakes also cost the Brahmans second
seed in a 6-2, 7-5 defeat. Treasure Coast
dominated the other three singles matches
behind Melanie Rifenberg, Jimena Ulloa,
and Danielle Kase.
The doubles weren't much better for
Okeechobee. Berger and Kati Walker lost to
Morgan Roberts and Rifenberg 8-0. Ragamat
and Alisha Wilcox lost to Allison Roberts
and Ulloa, 8-3.
The district tournament begins on
Wednesday, April 14 at South Fork High
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Soccer club draws Okeechobee kids


Treasure Coast United is 40 miles from
Okeechobee but home to the soccer talent
development of some local children. Diego
Rodriguez, Cain Elliott and Hunter Pritchard
along with younger prodigy, Logan Laskey,
travel twice a week for training with the
club and have done for the past four years.
Diego and Hunter's talents, both 14, have
recently been recognized by gaining selec-
tion to the Florida's ODP (Olympic Devel-
opment Program). Indeed the connection
between Okeechobee and the Treasure
Coast United Soccer Club looks to increase
as coaches Paul Gibbons and Fraser Foster
look to increase the opportunities for local


Okeechobee youngsters to develop their
talents by creating soccer programs in the
area.
Diego and Hunter are terrific examples
of the sort of players that dedicate them
selves to training to become better players
in an enjoyable, professional environment.
Coerver Coaching Southeast USA are
looking for support from local business and
the community to get a soccer programme
started up locally to save on other local chil
dren having to travel for such distances for
professional coaching. For more informa-
tion, contact Paul or Fraser at infocoerver@
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Preview at 2:30 p.m. (or by prior appt.)
* Two lots on Rim Canal in Buckhead Ridge Sub.
* 1 i t ..- . ,-,i r.-,i.,- ,: ..... .. r'.. ,r ,

* The other lot is vacant
* FIVE MINUTES BY BOAT TO THE LAKE!
SLotSizes= 78'x 150'+/- (Lot 19) 90' x +/- (Lot 20)
* Total for both lots combined is .58 acres
Each lot will be Auctioned separately
subject to a bulk bid for the two together



J^Rennick
REALTORS & AUCTIONEERS
15 Royal Palm Pointe Vero Beach, FL 32960
772-562-5015
Details on www.RennickAuctions.com


April 3, 2009




22 Okeechobee News April 3, 2009


HOUSE w/Lake Okee Ac-
CEss, picture perfect 2/2
w/2 car carport, boat
house/2 slips, dock, well
landscaped, inc lawn svc
$950 mo (863)610-1276






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TAYLOR CREEK ISLES 2/2
furnished on water w/dock.
ElericW;ater/Cable In-
cluded. No pets. Adults on-
. $1000 o. + $00 sec.
dep. Call 954-260-1933




BANK REPO'S
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Anoels
561-721-2230


RIVER RANCH Property For more listings,
1/4 acres, Polk County, go to
recreational) $3,500 firm. go to
Call 863-673-2108 www.newszap.com


GOLF CART Club Car
2000 electric low hours,
Excellent ond $1450 or
best offer (863)467-2824

GOLF CART Club Car,
2000, electric, low hours,
Excellent cond. $1450 or
best offer (863)467-2824




CHEVROLET SILVERADO
2002 One owner,
47500 miles, V-8
$11500 / neg.
(863)763-8132

FORD F150 1999, Auto,
a/c, long bed, 6, good
cond. $1,950
(812)989-3022



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5 Acres- 5 minutes north of OURNEY MOTORHOME For more listings,
town ff 44, cleared 87 30 t. Affordable Il goto
$79,900.00 (561)801-3002 ing, drive it or park t. go to
$6000 cash (863)763-9377 www.newszap.com


OKEECHOBEE
AUCTION!!
2 Lots on the Rim Ca
nal
(20 Canal Way) 5 mins.
by boat to the Lake.
Dock, boat house,

tank. Each lot to be
auctioned separately
subject to a bulk
bid for both.
SATURDAY
APRIL 4th, 3pm,
Preview at 2pm,
RON RENNICK
AUCTIONS INC.
(AB128 AU155)
772-562-5015.
Directions: Take Rt 78
to Linda Rd to Canal
Way.







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DOUBLE MOBILE HOME
LOT w/Electrc & Water on
property. Larke Lakes Area.
$26,000 (863)467-2156






Wide 2 BR, 2 BA, C/Alr.
$500 mo. 3 BR, 2 BA,
C/Alr. $600 mo. No pets.
(863)763-4031
OKEECHOBEE 2br, lba with
large back porch &front
porch on large scenic,
wooded,fencedlot $800
mo. Also 1 br, ba$500
mo. Call 863-634-3451

TREASURE ISLAND 3br,
2ba, waterfront, lake ac-
cess, 2007 model, $850
(954)610-5345


HARLEY DAVIDSON
992, Soft tll custom, low
miles, many extra's, great
shape $6500
(863)763-8667

HDElectraGliderAllaClassic
luel ejected, 2001 green
with slamming Eagle cus-
tom paint, gar., under 22K
miles, $11,500.
(863)467-5823

HONDA SHADOW 750
Very Low miles, Great con-
dition $4000
(863)634-4765






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BUICK PARK AVENUE
1998 One owner,
28000 miles, excellent
condition, $8200/neg.
(863)763-8132

CHEVY LUMINA 1997,
LOADED, NEW TIRES,
135K MILES $1600
(863)801-5678

FORD WINDSTAR 1999,
Needs work, $1200 or best
offer (863)634-3200

LINCOLN MARK VII, 1990,
96k miles,1 owner, good
cond. $4000 firm. call from
4-8pm (407)436-1266




F250 EXT. CAB -1988, 7.3
litre diesel, 1 ton, rear 8
ooseneck ball $2200
(863)634-2379




EZ GO W/41if, stereo,
over sized tires, enclosed,
head lights. $1500 or trade
for 54)7 nton tr
(954)707-2274


IN lT'E CIRCUIT COURT OF 1E
NINEllENT UDICAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEEHOBEE
COUNT, FLORIDA
Case No. 209-DR-121


Pedbbner/Humband
and
KRISTINA R. SARGENT,
ReopondentWf ore,






SimS kano at Ii c
INOICE DR ACIONME

TO: KISTINA R. SARGENT
Address Unknown
YOU ARE NOTICED that a Dslu-
tion of Mamage aron has been
led and co enced in his court
You are rqred to see a copy of
your w en defe s if any lo It,
on the Pa oneriwe's attorney
whSe name and address
GLENN J. SNODER, ESQUIRE, 20
S.W. 9th Street, Okeecrbee,
Flomnda 34974, and fie the ocnginal
wth the derk of the abovetyled
Court on or ore 4/19/2009; ath-
erlse a default wil be entered
agamnt you for the pra ed
for nthe plant o reotlh.
This noice shall be publsbed once
eah week for four n=seute
wks in The Oehbee New
Wdnes my hn and the Seal of aid
Court at Ok shobee, Floda on
th 17th day of March, 2009
SHARON ROBERTSON
As Clerk of Said Court
By: Arene Neal
As Depu Clerk
314057 ON 03/20,27;04/03,10

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH UDICIAL CIR-
CUI,
IN AND FOR OKEECHOEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
Ca No.: 09-DR-100
DONNA LYNN ORTIZ
and
OSE AIUMES ORTIZ,
Respondent
mnuaLuencoi S
TO: Jose Anie Ot W
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an acbon
for dsolutin of manage has
been filed against you and you are
required B serve a copy of your
wlean defenses, any, to, Donna
Lynn Or;z, Peioner PO. Box
733, Okeechobee, Florida 34973,
on or before Apnl 26 00, and
file the oial with the Clerk of
Court, 312 NW 3rd Streat Okee-
cbee, Flrida 34972, ether be-
fore on Pettoner or
immediatly theater themne
a default will be itered against
you for the reief demanded in the
DATED' March S, 2009
Sharon Roeran
As Clerk of the Court
By: Bea Rodrl Iua
As Deputy Clerk
314586 ON 3/27,4/3,10,17/09


I


CITY COUNCIL MEmETING NOTICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY IVEN that the City Council of the City of Okee
hobee will meet i n Rra TuesdayApril 7, 2 6:0h
s invead and encouraged to ate A coy of the agenda will be avallabl
in our welbate at w atonokeshobee.com. or contact Oty AdUmnra
in at (83) 763-372 x 212.
PLE TAKE NOTICE AND E 0ND B E GD thatIf any peon desm s to ap
peal any dedson made by the Cy Council with respect to any maer on
dered at this meeting, sh inered peron wil eed a record of t
proceeding, and for such purpose ma need to er a verbatim record o
he proceedings s made, which reord includes the tersmony and even
on which Me istobebaed Clye med are used for
Sle puo of ba fo hr he Clrks Ofie.
In a, rdane with the Amesrans with Diabilies Act (AD) and Flondi
SFute 2826, resns cR, disahlimes needing sprieal acmmndaen tr
srclpate in proeeding hold contact Lane Gamlotea, no later thai
wo (2) working day prr o the preedng at 63-763-3372 x 214; C y
Ir hean ie impaired, call TDD -800-95-8a770 (voire)
1-800-955-8771 ( mTo)
y: James E. 0Kir Mayor
Lane Gmotea, CMC, City Clrk
316383 ON 4/3/09


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IN THE COICUIT OF THE 19TN
3UDICAL RCUIT OF FLORI-
DA,
IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
Case #2009 CA 0 111

Wells Fairo Bank, NA as Trustee
for Optn On Mortgage Loan Tst
2s006- anet-Bke CertMates,









Seres e S 006-1,
Plal ntEinf


Robert B Gns Unnown Partes in
Psensson #1, Unknown Partes m
known Pams claiming by, through,
under and agalrnt the above named
Defendant(s) who are not known to
be dead or ale, whether sad Un-
known Pames may clam an interest
as Spouse, Heirs, Desees, Grant-
eeso Othehr Clalman s,
'Dnndant

PRMOCEEILDNGS-PROPER

TO: iRbert B. Gr 0s
Reidene unknown. If living, Im-
dudmng any unknown pouse of
cid defendants, d either re
arried and i e er or both of
said Defendants are dead, their r-
spe e unknown heirs, devees,
granted, gnees, credit, l
enor, and tp e and all other
personsM cla ng by, through, un-
der or against the named Defon-
dant(s2) and the aforemieianed
named Defendant(s) and such of
the amenboned unknown De-
fndants and such of the afre
mentmnd unknown Defendants
as may be infants, omptents or
otie s not si jure.
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an
acon has been commenced to fore-
al pnerty, lg and being and
orinda, more parcularly acres
as follows:
THE EAST 24170 FEET OF THE
NORTH 208.70 FEET OF THE
SOUTH 41740 FEET OF THE
SOUTH ONE-HALF (S 1/2OF THE
NORTH ONE-HALF (N 1/2) OF
SECTIONi 25 TOWNSHIP 3
SOUTH, RANGE 33 EAST OKEE-
CHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.LESS
AND EXCEPT THERFROM THE
EAST 33 00 FEE.
TOGETHER WnTM THAT CERTAIN
YEAR: 1999 MAKE, LIMITED,
VIN#FLA14613713A AND
VIN# FLA14613713B, MANUFAC-
TURED HOME WHICH I5 PERMA-
NENTLY FIXED TO THE ABOVE
DESCRIBED LANDS, AS SUCH IT
IS DEEMED TO BE A FDIXTURE AND
A PART OF THE REAL ESTATE.
more commonly known as 16895
Northwest 144th Avenue, Okeedso-
bee, FL 34972.
This ardon has been filed agalst
you and you are rqured to se, a
copy of yor wn.en defes, If any,
upon SHAPIRO FIHNAN, At-
torneys for Plalnff, whose address is
2424 North Federal Highway, Sue
360, Boa Raten, Frida 33431,
within thirty (30) ays after the first
pubabon ofths no.ce and file the
orolgnl wth the clerk of this Court
ether before serie on Plaintiff at-
torney or immedlateY there after,
oter wse a default wll be entLered
agaelt you for the relif demanded
In the ComPlaint,
WTNESS my hand and seal of this
Court on the 30th day of Marh,

SHARON ROERTSON
orut and County Caour
By /S/ UNDA F YOUNG
Deputy Cerk
316392 ON 4/3,10/09

Looking for a place to
hang your hat? Look
no further than the
classified.


NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2009T0003
OTICE IS HE REBY GIVEN that DONALD C MOONEY the holder of th,
allowing ceicate has filed aid cercate(s) for a ax deed to be ssu
hereon The ofcate number and yearof isuane, the de ptn o
he property, and te name(r) i whih i was a es ed ares follows
erfiae No: 34 Year ofIuance: Ma30-2002
aeston of Pre erty COMMENCE AT THE SOUTHWEST CORNE
IF S SECOND 17; THENCE SOUTH 89 DEGREES 57 MINUTT
13 SECONDS EAST ALONG THE SOUTHERLY BOUNDARY LINE 01
AID SECTION 17 A DISTANCE OF 180.00 FEET TO A POINT LYIN
IN THE EASTERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF N.E. 6411T1 AVENUE
THENCE NOEH O DEGREES MINUTES S 07 SECONDS E
LONG SAID EASTERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY UNE A DISTANCE 01
848.32 FEET TO A POINT THENE SOUTH 89 DEGREES D MIN
NTES 08 SECONDS EAS A DISTANCE OF 800.00 FEET TO TH
POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH 89 DEGREES
DUTIES 08 SECOND EAST A DISTANCE OF 112.30 FEET TO I
POINT; THENCE SOUTH 0I DEGREES 05 MINUTES 07 SECOND.
iEST A DISTANCE OF 100.00 FEET POINT THENCE NO
19 DEGREES 24 MINUTES 08 SECOND WS A DISoTANCE O
112.30 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE NORTH O DEGREES 05 MIN
nES 07 SECONDS EAST A DISTANCE 100.00 EET TO THE POIN1
OF BEGINNING AND COMMENCING AT THE 1/4 SECTION CORNER
)N INE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF SECTION 17, TOWNSHIP 3
OUTH, RANGE 3 EAST, OKEECOBEE COUNTY, FLORDA R
HENCE SOUTH 89 DEGREES M MINUTES 08 SECONDS EAS
LONG TE 1/4 SECTION uNE FOR A DISTANCE OF 180.0S FEET
.HENCE RUN NORTH SE DEGREES 04 MINUTES 22 SECONDS EAS1
PARALLEL WI THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF THE NORTH 1/
F SAID SECTION 17 FOR A DISTANCE OF 102. T; THENCI
OUN SOUTH 89 DEGREES 24 MINUTES O SEON EAST pAAL
EL wrITH THE SOUTH BOUNDARY LINE OF THE NORTH 1/2 01
AID SECTION 17 FOR A DISTANCE OF N 00.E O EET FOR THI
5OINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH 89 DEGREES I
4I TESa 08 SECONDS EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 112.30 FEET
THENCE RUN SOUTH D DEGREES 04 MINUTES 22 SECONDS WES1
OR A DISTANCE OF 1.00 FEET THENCE RUN NORTH 89 DE
iREES 24 MINUS O SECONaDS WEST FOR A DISTANCE 01
112.30 FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH 00 DEGREES 04 MINUTES 2:
irCONe EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 100.0 FEET TO THE POIN
iF BEGINNING LYING IN AND COMPRISING A PART OF TI
NoRIH 1/2 OF SECTOR r 17, TOWNSHIP 37 SOund, RANGE 3i
AST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, ALSO KNOW AS iO1
41-D, FOUR SEASONS EAT, AN UNRECORDED SUBDIVISIOn
aid property a e Count of Okeholee, State of Ronda
lame(s) in wh.ch asrsessed
TICHAEL GRANT
nle said cer fie shall e all redeemed accrdg to law, the property
uch rrtficate shall be sd to the highest bidder at the Okshobe
county Judldal Center, ury asemly Room, 312 NW 3rd SOeet, OkeeaC
iee, Flonda at 10oo A.M, on the 16th day of April, 2009.
UBECT TO CURRENT TAXES
HARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Floida
s/Robn R Parrsh
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WIT DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990
n airdace wc the Amercans With Disabilte Act, pern r ding
pscil acnommedatcn to parcipae in this praseding Csu contac
urt Adminstraton no later tan irsen days por to the poceng a
TO NW un Club Dri, Port St Luci, oda 34986, 1772.807.437
thin two worng days of your receipt of th noce IF YOU ARE HEAR
N IMPARIED CALL 1.8009558771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CAL
.800.955.8770
111632 ON 3/13,20,27;4/3/09

NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2009TOOD1
OTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that SAMMY HANCOCK the holder of thf
llw g cerbficate has iled s.d cericale(s) for a Lax deed to be sum
hern. The orficate number and year of iuae, the descriptin o
he property, and the name(s) m which I was assessed are as follows
;ertficate No: 2649 Year of Issuane: May-30-2002

DsTbon of Property WHIPENG PINES HEIGHTS LOT 12
aid property being in the County of Okeehobee, State of ornda
lame(s) in whh assessed
AULA OCHNOA
Winless said certificate shall be redeemed acodmng to law, the property
such ertflate shall be sod to the highest bidder at the Okechobe
unty Judldal Center, Juy Asmbly Room, 312 NW 3rd Strt, Okeeho
ee, Florida at 10:00 A.M, on the Ith day of Alpdil 2009.
UJEJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
MHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Fmenda
s/Roban R. Parrsh
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS wIm DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990
n accordance wth the Amencans With Dsablmes Act, pern needing i
special acomodatimn to participate in this p ding should contact
ourt Adminstaton no later tan seven days prior to me proceeding a
250 NW Counby Club Dve, Port St Lucie, Ronda 34986, 1,772.807,4371(
vthin to wowng days of your rept of this ntlice. IF YOU ARE HEAR
NG IMPARIED CALL 1.800 955 8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALl
.800,955,8770
111630 ON 3/13,20,27;4/3/09


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT,
NINEnEENTH IUDIAL CIR-
CUIT IN AND FOR OKEE-
CHOBEE CO NTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 2009 DR 132
IN RE: The Maniae
CORUANOI BHARATH JAN-

and HANNH JESSIE FRANCS
TATAPUD, Wife
VERIF


The Husband, ChlranJiv, Bharath
nnu, by and ugh under-
sgned amorney, files this his Pet
tin for Dsoluton of Manage
and other relief and would show
the Court as follO
1. The is a etbon for D(sol
in of Marriage and Other Reief
2 The Husband has been a
resident of the State of Florida for
o than six months prir to the
ling of this Pet on
3 The pars were arred to
each other on Dember 7, 2007
in W rangal, ndhr Pasdesh, In
dSe and have ceased live to-
ether as Husnband and We.
4. The manage between the
pares I rretevably broken and
ere is no hope or possibly of
S The Husband i ovr the age
of ehteen years and not a
member of the Armed Forces of
the United States.
6 There have been no children
bom of the marage and the Wife
is notpregnant.
SThe parties have only on
marital aset and labilDi, namely,
a tmeshare in Orlando which
equity The Husband requests this
asset and iabiity as his own
WHEREFORE the Husband prays
that ths Court take jundeicn of
the subject matter and the pares
Pter an order dolvng i e mar-
nage w existing between the
parues; enter an order awarding
the Husband thsae ematl aet
and lbllty, which is the Orlando
tlmshar and award uch further
relief as the Court might appear
just and proper.
I ubndmestand tat I am
swearing or affirming under
oath to the tmthfuness of the
daim made in this affidavit
and that the puniehmnt for
knowingly main a false
statement indies fines
rand/or imprionment
Chlranji Bharath Jannu
Swe to and ubcribed before
me on s the 10 day of March,
2009 by nira Bharath Jannu,
who es pe nal known to me or
who did provde Honda Diver's Li-
conse as idennficatbon

Il hereby ert that copy of the
foregomg has been furnished to
Hannah Jesse Francis Tatapud by
Notice of Publicalmn and by mall
to Pragati Pride Apartments,
apartment 102, Barkth Pura, H
derebad, Ind. 50027 this 12 t h
dayof March, 2009
GRAZI & GIANINO
217 E. Ocean Boulard
Stuart, FL 34994
Telephone 772-286-0200
Facmle. 772-286-4789
By: Peter T. Ganino
FL Bar No.'327492/577421
314980 ON 3/27;4/3,10/09



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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
20"T1JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN
AND FOR GLADESCOUNT,
FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO.: 22-28-CA-0o2O
DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST
COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE FOR LONG
BEACH MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST
2005-1
Plaintff
DAVID MONZON, CTMORTGAGEL
INC.; THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF
DAVID MONZON UNKNOWN TEN-
A NTIS, IN POSSESSION OF THE
Defendants
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GVEN pur-
soant to a o al o dgment of Frelo-
ure dated the 16th day of Meah,
2009, and entered in Case No.
22-200CA-000290 of the Cru
Court of the 20d Judcal Orcut in
and for Glader County, Florida,
wherein DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL
TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE FOR
LONG BEACH MORTGAGE LOAN
TRUST 200S-1 is the Plaintiff and
DAVID MONZON; CITIMORTGAGE,
INC., THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF
DAVID MONZON; UNKNOWN TEN-
ANTS); JOHN DOE; JANE DOE AS
UNKNOWN TENANTS IN POSSES
SION OF THE SUBET PROPERTY
ae defendants. I will l to the
highest and best bidder for cash AT
FRONT STEPS, SOUTH DOOR OF
COURTHOUSE, at the Glades County
Couthoue n M Haven, Florida
at 1100 am on the s30 day
April, 009, the follong describe
p as t forth in sid Final
Judgment to w5t'
From the Souteat comer of the
Northwest onquarter of the
Northwest one-quarter of Secion
27, Township 42 south. Range 30
Es, Glades County, FiNdac ro-
ce South a 00SS6'0 Westi, aong
the Central and Suthern Flonda
Flood Control Distr ad rght of
ay a dtane of 338.80 fee to
the Point of Beginning From said
Point of Begnning proceed South
89o54'43" East, a distance of
137157 mt to the Westeyn right
of way of the Seaboard Coasne
Railroad, thence South 085'14
East along said railroad night of
way a diSonce of 16775 feet,
thence south 89594 west, a
dstane of 1413.24 feet to the
EasteSy road eight of wanof the
aforesaid Central and Southern
Flonda Flood Control Dsnect,
thence North 05056O East
along sald road night of way a d
tane of 169a.40 feet to the point of
begimnng.
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTE-
EST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE
SALE IF ANY OTHER THAN THE
FROPERT OWNER AS OF THE
DATE OF THE US PENDENS MUST
FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS
AFTERTHE SALE.
In accordance wlh the Amencans
wth Diablhaes Adt of 1990 (ADA)
Disabled persons wh becaur
their dlsa ltls need spedal ac-
ommnodaton to parip in this
proceeding should coHntact the
Senior Deputya erk Admnlstrabon
whose Post Osce Iloaed at the
Lee County Jausce Center, Room
3112, 1700 Mroe Sreet, Ft
Mye, FL 33901, Telephone
239) 335-2299 or 1
l800 9558771 (ITDD) OR 1
BOO) 955770 V FL Relay Ser-
vice, no later than 5 days prior to
the Court Date
Daed this 20h day of Marh, 2009,
oe Flhnt
Clerk of The Cul Court
By: Jennifer Be
Deputy Clerk
Law Office of Marhall C. Watson
l800 NW 49 Street, Suite 120
Fort Lauderdale, oda 33309
Telephone I954 O53-0365
TOll Free: 1- 0-441-2438
314911 ON 3/27,4/3/09


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NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2009TD002
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN tht ABDUL M CUMBER REVOCABLE LIV-
- i- ... -i i

:eihate No 3487 Year o ssuanc Ma30-2002
)erptionof Property TALL PINES ESTATES LOT 22
1-18-37-36-0010-00000-0220
ald property being In e County of Oeechobee, Sae of Flonda
ame(s) in which assessed


, ,,, ,. ., , ,, . -, ,
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
iHARON ROBERTSN, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
ikeechobe County, Florida
s/ Robin R Parrsh


Sen I I .I ..I,, l hl 1 ,.. ,I h I
College and top honors in the College's Cre-
ative Writing Contest. IRSC Chastain Cam-
pus Adult High School senior, Alyssa Flow-
ler, was the first-place winner for her story,
"Anorsexia."
Yasmine Yousef, a senior at Port St. Lucie
High School, earned second place for her
story, "A Baby's Raucous Holiday." Shirley
Mincey, Okeechobee High School senior,
took third place in the contest for her story,
"Moonlight".
Junior winners are Christopher Michael
Lee, Port St. Lucie High School, first place for
his story; second place to Eric Voyles, St. Ed-
wards Upper School, for his story; and third
place to Elizabeth Seldomridge, Indian River
Charter High School, for her poem.
Sophomore winners are Grace Murphy,
Jensen Beach High School, first place for her
story; Ana Maria Hernandez, Okeechobee
High School, second place for hor otoor," 3n0l
Madeline Welsh, Okeechobee i '11. I. .
third place for her
three poems.
Freshman win-
ners are first place,
Maria Velasco,
Port St. Lucie High
School, for her sto-
ry; second place to
Jacob Noon-Clay-


Scholarship winners
IRSC Creative Writing Contest winners and recipients of IRSC scholarships are
high school seniors (L-R) Shirley Mincey, Yasmine Yousef, and Alyssa Flowler
(first-place winner).


ton, Port St. Lucie High School, for his story,
and third place to Taylor Nelson, Vero Beach
High School, for his three poems.
Sixteen area high schools submitted cre-
ative writing entries. In addition to the IRSC
scholarships awarded to the senior winners,
junior, sophomore, and freshman winners
received plaques.


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Students attending IRSC now have the
opportunity to earn a four-year Bachelor's
degree in Education, Organizational Man
agement, Health Care Management, Public
Safety Administration, as well as two-year
Associate's Degrees. For more information,
contact the IRSC Call Center at 1-866-792-
4772 or www.irsc.edu.


Community Events

Babysitter's Training Class
The Okeechobee Service Center of
the American Red Cross will be holding
a Babysitter's Training class on Monday,
April 13. Time: 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., at the
American Red Cross, Okeechobee Service
Center, 323 N. Parrott Ave. Cost: $40. Prereq
uisite: Youth Ages 11 through 14 yrs. of age.
For more information or to register, please
call (863)763-2488 as space is limited. Lunch
will be provided and participants will receive
their Red Cross certification card the day of
the training as well as the Babysitter's Train-
ing package.

Prom Dress Rescue 2009
... i nd readyto
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house, for your convenience anytime during
school hours. The fitting of the gowns will
be April 15, 16, and 17, in the media cen-
ter at the high school, during school hours.
For more information call Pam Chesley at
863-946-2736 or 863-634-7158.

Friends of the Okeechobee
Library Book sale
Friends of the Okeechobee Library will
hold their spring fund-raiser book sale on
ii' .. -pril 16, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.;
In, i, \pril 17, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.;
and Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Hardcover books-$2; Paperbacks-$1; Audio-
visuals-$1; Library discards-half price. On
C",tirT- ", h;- -f Fh.oks is $2; a box is $5.
SI ,..i . .......I . i please call the library
at 863-763-3536.


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