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Vol.1No.47
Vol.1O0 No. 47


Kiwanis Easter
Breakfast ... p. 8


Catherine Jeffers picked up her
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Kiwanis member Red Larson at
the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast.

Index
Classifieds ........ .... ....14, 15
Community Events..................... .6
Obituaries 6
Opinion 4
Speak Out . ....... ...... .......... 4
Sports 16
Sudoku 15
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Central Elementary students, Ashley Velasquez, Shalynn Luck and Maria Martinez,
all three third graders, saw the sparkle in this formation during their trip to the Ft.
Drum Crystal Mine on Friday. The girls and their classmates learned about Calcite,
or "Crystal" formations in the fossilized clams piled high at the mine waiting to be


Little Kaitlyn Hoyle,
a third grader in Ms.
Snyder's class at
Okeechobee NewsD. Hamilton Central Elementary
Central Elementary third grade girls, Janessa Smith, Dana holds a shiny crystal
Moondragon, Mashiya Corde cool off and rinse the sand that she dug up at
from the crystals they found during their Friday visit to the the Ft. Drum Crystal
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Man, woman charged with theft


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A couple were arrested after they reportedly
pawned stolen lawn equipment at two local
pawn shops.
Arrested Tuesday, April 14, were James
Henry Schock, 23, N.W Seventh Ave., and Jen
nifer Nacole Collins, 25, N.W Seventh Ave.
Schock was charged with two felony counts
of dealing in stolen property and giving false
information to a pawnbroker. He was also
charged with two misdemeanor counts of pe-
tit theft. He was booked into the Okeechobee

Teen charged

with assault
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A 15-year-old girl was arrested Wednesday
after she became involved in a fight with an-
other girl and allegedly threatened her with a
knife.
Kadija Collins, N.E. 13th Ave., was charged
with the felony of aggravated assault. She was
booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then
released into the custody of her mother.
An arrest report by Deputy Corporal Chris
Hans, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice (OCSO), stated that Collins and the victim
became involved in an altercation. At some
point Collins armed herself with a knife and
threatened the 13-year-old female victim, stated
the report.
Cpl. Hans' report does not state why the two
girls were fighting.


County Jail under a total bond of $26,000.
Collins was arrested on felony charges of
dealing in stolen property and giving false in-
formation to a pawnbroker. She was also ar-
rested on a misdemeanor charge of petit theft.
Her bond was set at $13,000.
Detective John Zeigler, of the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD), stated in his
arrest reports that Schock and Collins appar-
ently stole a weed eater valued at $219 and


pawned it at a local pawn shop.
And in doing so, they led the pawnbroker
to believe that they owned the piece of equip-
ment.
Schock was charged with the additional
counts because he reportedly also took a self-
propelled push lawn mower and pawned it for
$30, said the detective's report.


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Bo the water dog
The Obamas have a new dog.
By now we've all seen this adorable
little fellow. Bo the Portuguese water
dog was given to the Obamas as a
gift from Senator Edward M. Ken-
nedy. Bo is a sibling of Cappy, one of
Senator Kennedy's Portuguese water
dogs. Yes, Sen. Ted Kennedy owns a
"water dog." Is It just me, or does
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SI wish the Obama daughters well
with their new puppy. I know they
will love it. But I wish the president
could have found a shelter dog in-
stead of getting an expensive pure-
bred. If the Obamas had adopted a
shelter dog, then it would have made
rescuing a shelter dog the "in" thing
to do. It could have made a big dif-
ference. By adopting a purebred, it
will just encourages the puppy mills
to churn out the latest "in" breed.


Teachers let go
Several of the teachers being
let go, are from Okeechobee and
do have deep roots here, and yes
they have children, some married,
families here, not planning on going
anywhere else. They may be first or
second year teachers, but what I do
not understand, their cuts are not
performance based. If Dr. Cooper
did the math, would you not try and
get your top end teachers to retire
or really look at their performances,
as most are agitated older instruc-
tors and feel they are untouchable.
They are making probably $20,000
more than most first and second
year teachers. So what we are losing
is new, young, energetic, fresh ideas,
and local educators who relate well
to the children.
The majority of the teachers,
as most American families, are al-
ready struggling with their finances
as we all know teachers aren't very
well paid. I heard that the principles
were given a letter of how to let them
go and they could only reply "thanks
for your services" and could give
nothing else as far as an explana-
tion. Just seems very cold/cowardly
to me. Let them go but at least have
some compassion, that families, will
be losing their incomes, their insur-
ance, and possibly their homes. The
bottom ine Is there is no one hiring
anywhere right now. My heart aches
for my friends and their families in
this very difficult time.
I am so sad that teachers are
losing their jobs, through no fault of
their own. What are we coming to?

Grow house raided
On the grow house report,
the value of the marijuana seized
sounds inflated. In a grow house a
plant would only get probably 4 ft.
tall max. Which might yield up to
1/2 lb. dried times 136 plants which
would equal out to 68 Ibs. of dried
smokeable or saleable marijuana.
That's not worth $1 million.
I am glad to see the sheriff still
cracking down on the drug dealers.
Some people think it's an easy way
to make money. They go to jail.


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Outsourcing of jobs
In the news this week was a sto-
ry that the Food Stamps hotline is in
India. The jobs were outsourced to
a call center there. Our tax dollars
are being spent to create jobs there
instead of putting people to work
here. We need to contact our elected
representatives and demand that all
outsourcing stop. There are Ameri-
cans looking for work.
SHere we are drowning and they
are outsourcingworkl You know most
of the big construction Jobs that go
on here are outsourced as well. Like
the big plants, they are outsourced
to a company in Texas when we have
people losing their houses here. And
who's money maintains these big
corporations? But at least that goes
to Americans -- just not Floridians.
We are going to have to start raising
cane about the outsourcing.
Americans need to get involved,
get the facts and make some noise.
You have to let your elected officials
know how to feel and continue to fol-
low up on how they vote. Hold them
accountable. They got us in this
mess with the economy. They can't
be trusted to just do the right thing.

Get a plan
The best way to protect your
family from the effects of a disaster
is to have a disaster plan. If you are
a pet owner, that plan must include
your pets. Being prepared can save
their lives.

New galaxies discovered
I would have to say that no mat-
ter how minuscule the prospect of
a planet with sustainable ife, there
are so many planets and stars out
there that I am fairly confident there
are other forms of intelligent life out
there even though we are probably
so far apart that we will never see
them, unless we (or they) figure out
light speed travel or space folding
etc.
I believe there is intelligent life
on other planets -- but sometimes I
wonder about this one.


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Organ donors
Donating organs/tissue is a great
way to save peoples lives, and there
are many registries out there. There
are at least 2 "gifts that keep on giv-
ing" -- Blood and Bone Marrow. Ev-
eryone has seen the blood donation
vans, and they do an awesome job
getting donors. Unfortunately, unless
It is needed by a person, or some-
one close to that person, it is not as
known that you can join a registry for
Bone Marrow donation. I have been
close to needing a bone marrow
transplant, and had my whole family
tested none of them matches. That
was when I heard about the registry.
And there is a growing movement to
get that information out there. Go
online to http://www.marrow.org.
It's important to talk about or-
gan donation with your family mem-
bers and let them know your wish-
es in case something happens. All
of the adult members of my family
have signed organ donor cards. But
even if you sign the card, it's impor-
tant that your next of kin know your
wishes.

Livestock show and sale
I was pleased to see all of the
4-H and FFA kids with their animals
in the paper. But I worry about what
will happen if the economy doesn't
improve. Will anyone have money to
bid on the livestock next year? The
dairies are losing money. The ranch-
es are in trouble. People are losing
their jobs. Our way of life may be in
jeopardy.

Anyone see the Skunk Ape?
We all need a smile this week.
Has anyone seen the Skunk Ape late-
ly? Is he doing all right in this econ-
omy? I thought I smelled him as I
went over the Popash Slough bridge
the other day. If we could document
some sightings, maybe we could at-
tract some tourists to spend money
here.


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fearlessness and compassion.
* To use our opinion pages to facilitate community
debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions.
* To disclose our own conflicts of interest or
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April 19, 2009




April 19, 2009


Reflections from the Pulpit


Read and study the Bible
By Rev. Dr. Paul E. Jackson, Sr.
International Prayer Warriors for Christ
Good day to each of you. I want to thank
each of you for your love, help and kindness,
but also today I feel in my heart that there
are still so many who do not believe in the
Lord Jesus Christ. You and I know that as
Christians God's glory continues, for His glo-
ry is the perfection of His character which
will never change. God calls us to praise His
name and that we must do. We can't add
to His glory, but we can proclaim it and we
can reveal it. We honor Him as we worship,
be it at home or at church as we testify to
His work in our lives, and as we proclaim
the truth of His Holy Words in our commu-
nities.
As you read and study your Bible, you
learn so much more. A lot of it just seems to
stay in your mind and there is always a rea-
son that it does. I have found that the more
you will read and study your Bible, the more
you learn to understand it and I feel that is
the reason that God had the Bible written
that way, for He wanted His people to learn.
You know one of the Bible's greatest
preachers of repentance was John the Bap-


tist for he was not just the man who baptized
Jesus, but he was a man that would not be
fooled and he loved what he was doing and
most of all he believed!
Repentance includes a willingness
to make restitution to anyone you have
wronged. One of the rich men in the Bible
was called Zacchaeus. During the time that
Jesus was on earth Zacchaeus was the local
tax collector. Zacchaeus showed his love for
Jesus when he received Him into his house.
"And Zacchaeus stood and said unto the
Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I
give to the poor; and if I have taken anything
from any man by false accusation, I restore
him fourfold." (Luke 19:8)
So what I am saying for today and the rest
of your life is that by our attitudes, actions
and words, we have the privilege of reveal-
ing our loving Father to a world that, though
hostile, desperately needs Him. Please join
together, united in love, to give Him the
glory.
In closing I would like to say to you that
prayers do work. At times you may think that
they don't, but believe me in some way or
another, it's prayer that gets us on the right
road to heaven. Know that faith is the door-
way that all miracles come through, but


Community Events

Education Foundation to host
fundraiser
The Okeechobee Educational Founda-
tion is hosting the IRSC Traveling Drama
Production, "Technology of a Murder." The
event will take place on Friday, April 24,
from 6:30-8:15 p.m. in the Freshman Cam-
pus Auditorium. The mission of the program
is to raise funds for scholarships and mini-
grants for teachers. To date, the Foundation
has taken part in providing over $1 million
dollars to high school graduates for college
and over $30, 000 in mini-grants for teach-
ers. Please join us for a night of hilarious en-
tertainment while we raise funds for such a
great cause. Tickets are $20 per person and
includes a wide variety of specialty desserts.
For more information, please call 863-462-
5000, ext 261.

Teen dance party planned

On April 25, from 7 until 10 p.m. a teen
dance party will be held at the Okeechobee
Shrine Club on Hwy 78. Admission is $7, it
includes pizza, chips and soda. Ages 12-15.


There will be a live D.J. to play the latest hip
hop. All proceeds will benefit the American
Red Cross. For more information call Teresa
Chandler at 863-697-6819.

Parks and Rec to host
'Baseball Competition'
The Parks & Recreation Department will
host an Aquafina Major League Baseball
Pitch, Hit & Run Competition on Saturday,
April 25, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Sports
Complex Football Field. Participation is free
and open to youth ages 7-14, split in four
age groups. Age is determined as of July 17.
Competitors have the chance to advance
through four levels of competition, includ-
ing Team Championships at Major League
ballparks and the National Finals at the 2009
MLB All-Star Game. The individual pitching,
hitting and running champions, along with
the All-Around Champion in each age group
at the Local Competition will be awarded
and advance to the Sectional Competition.
All participants must bring a copy of their
birth certificate. For questions regarding this
event, please contact the Recreation Depart-
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Community Events Obituaries


UF hosts scholarship shoot
On Sunday, April 19, the University of
Florida Block and Bridle Club will be hosting
the 9th Annual Ray Kempfer Memorial Clay
Shoot. The shoot will occur at Quail Creek
Plantation at 9 a.m. Sign in will begin at 8
a.m. For those who have not pre-registered.
This annual event raises funds for the Ray
Kempfer Memorial Scholarship, which is
awarded to a diligent and enthusiastic un-
dergraduate in the Department of Animal
Sciences. To pre-register and for more in-
formation, go to http://www.animal.ifas.ufl.
edu/students/clubs/BnB/.

SAL Steak dinner
The Sons of the American Legion will
sponsor their monthly ribeye steak dinner
on Sunday, April 19 from 3 until 6 p.m. at
the American Legion Post 64, 501 S.E. Sec-
ond Street. Dinner includes steak, baked po-
tato, salad, roll, dessert, iced tea and coffee.
Live entertainment will be provided for your
enjoyment. Public is welcome. Tickets are a
$12 donation.

Softball tourney to benefit
Habitat
Everyone is invited to attend and cheer
on a Softball Tournament to benefit Habitat
for Humanity of Okeechobee on Saturday,
April 25, at the Sports Complex. Deadline
for entries is April 20. Full details and entry
information is available from Tim Higgins at
863-634-2925. To raise money to continue
building for Habitat in this community, tee
shirts and refreshments will be available for
purchase.

FHREDI Meeting date set
A public meeting of the Board of Direc-
tors for Florida's Heartland Rural Economic
Development Initiative, Inc. and Florida's
Freshwater Frontier will be held on Monday,
April 20, at 10 a.m. at Bert J. Harris, Jr. Agri-
Civic Center, 4509 George Blvd, Sebring,
Conference room 2. All interested parties
are invited to attend. For more information,
please contact Lynn Topel at 863-385-4900.

Mainstreet holds monthly mixer
Okeechobee Main Street invites you to
their Monthly Mixer on Tuesday, April 21
from 5 7 p.m. This month's mixer is being
hosted by Franny Watford and staff of Elite
Title, Inc. located at 311 N.E. Second Street.
This is a great networking opportunity for the
businesses and citizens of our area. Whether
you have a new or old business or just new
to Okeechobee, come enjoy networking, re-
freshments, door prizes and a chance at the
Mega 50-50. For more information call 863-
357-MAIN (6246).

OHS to show student 'Fine Art'
Okeechobee High School's Fine Arts
Show will be held Thursday, April 23, from
5-7:30 p.m. For a schedule of events please
visit Okeechobee High School's website at
www.okee.kl2.fl.us. There will be a Spa-
ghetti Dinner from 5-7 p.m. in the Cafeteria
benefitting both the Art and Drama Depart-
ments. Tickets are $5. Please come out and
see our student's hard work!


Obituaries should be submitted to
the Okeechobee News by e-mailing
obits@newszap.com. Customers may also
request photos and links to online guest
books. A link to the obituaries is available at
www.newszap.com.


Julia E. Milton, 76
OKEECHOBEE Julia E. Milton, passed away
on Monday, April 13, 2009, in VNA Hospice,
Vero Beach. She was 76.
Born in State Collage, Pa.,
Julia has been a resident of
Okeechobee, since 1968,
coming from Fort Pierce.
Julia was a homemaker
and a member of 1st Baptist

Survivors include her hus-

Okeechobee; daughter,
Dianna Helton of Vero Beach; brothers, Hers-
chel Milton, of Jersey Shore, Pa., and Elmer Mil-
ton, of Jacksonville; sisters, Eleanor Moffitt, of
Jersey Shore, Pa., and Kay Miller, of North Caro-
lina; two grandsons, Robert and Jeffery; and
two great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the
1st Baptist Church of Okeechobee Building
Fund, 401 SW 4th St., Okeechobee, FL 34974.
A graveside service was held on Saturday,
April 18, 2009 at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens,
Fort Pierce.


Rose Mary Bass, 68
OKEECHOBEE Rose Mary Bass, of Okee-
chobee, died April 16, 2009, in her home sur-
rounded by her husband and
children. She was 68.
Born March 18, 1941, she
came to Okeechobee in
1958. She was the Vice Presi-
dent of Operations for Bank
of America for 30 years.
She was a member of the
First Baptist Church of Okee-
chobee, Church Choir, and Lion's Club. She en-
joyed sewing, crafts, reading and cooking.
Mrs. Bass was preceded in death by her sister,
Dorothy Watts.
She is survived by her husband of 30 years,
Kenneth H. Bass; five daughters, Shelby Kelly
(Tim), Shannon Stripling (Steve), all of Okee-
chobee, Lesli Owens (Ben) of Ridgeville, S.C.,
Kim E. Bass of Okeechobee and Karla LeMaire
(Norman) of Raynham, Mass.; two sons, Kenny
Bass of Okeechobee and Sam Bass (Jaime) of
Alva, Ark.; brother, Ragan Womack (Barbara)
of Jacksonville; 12 grandchildren; and two
great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 20,
2009, at Bass Okeechobee Chapel. Funeral ser-
vice will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 21, 2009, at
First Baptist Church of Okeechobee with Pastor
Randy Huckabee officiating. Burial will follow in
Evergreen Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to
Hospice of Okeechobee, PO Box 1548, Okee-
chobee FL 34973 or American Heart Associa-
tion, PO. Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692.
Friends may sign the guestbook online at
www.bassokeechobeefh.com.
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 NE 2nd St., Okeechobee.


Arlington D. Sprecher, 87
LITITZ, Pa. Arlington D. (Al) (Bossie)
Sprecher, of Lititz, entered into rest at Ephrata
Community Hospital on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009.
He was 87.
He was born in Adamstown, a son of the late
Walter G. and Salome Leed Sprecher.
He is the husband of Kathleen Hirneisen
Sprecher. They celebrated their 66th wedding
anniversary this past May 16th.
Mr. Sprecher had attended the Trinity Luther-
an Church of Gouglerville and the Peace Luther-
an Church of Okeechobee, Fla., and had been
employed as a jet mechanic for 20 years for
United Technologies of West Palm Beach, Fla.,
prior to retirement.
He has served in the U.S. Army Air Force dur-
ing World War II.
Surviving besides his wife are two sons, Lynn
husband of Kathleen Harter Sprecher of Saxton,
Pa., and Arlington husband of Kathleen John-
son Sprecher of West Palm Beach, Fla.; two
daughters, Sandra L. Jansson of Lititz, and Shar-
on S. Harris of Okeechobee, Fla.; nine grand-
children; 11 great-grandchildren; a brother,
Lamar husband of Thelma Sprecher of Five-
pointville; two sisters, Joyce wife of Marvin
Brendle of Fivepointville, and Brenda Mumma
of Lititz.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two
brothers, Harold and Robert Sprecher; and two
sisters, Jean Shimp and Kathleen Witmer.
A memorial service was held on Sunday, Feb.
8, 2009, at the Trinity Lutheran Church of Gou-
glersville. The Pastor Deb Gifford officiated. In-
terment was private.
Memorial contributions in Arlington's memory
may be sent to The Arlington D. Sprecher Ac-
count c/o Lynn Sprecher, CTCE Federal Credit
Union, PO. Box 13385, Reading, PA 19609.
Arrangements by Stradling Funeral homes, Ak-
ron/Ephrata.

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Teresa Rucks Watford, 51
TALLAHASSEE Teresa Rucks Watford, be-
loved mother, daughter, sister, and friend,
passed away April 15, 2009, in the University of
Miami Hospital, Miami, after
a long and courageous battle
with multiple health related
issues arising from the com-
plications associated with a
bone marrow transplant she
underwent for the treatment
of leukemia in 1986. She was
51.
Teresa was born Aug.
29, 1957, in Pompano
Beach. She grew up in Okeechobee and gradu-
ated Okeechobee High School in 1975.
A proud Seminole, she attended Florida State
University and Indian River Community College
where she received her registered nursing de-
gree 1991.
In 1996, she moved to Tallahassee and during
that time she worked as a cardiac care nurse at
Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Always a com-
passionate and giving person, she wanted to be
a nurse so she could give back to others the
same kind of care she received during her long
illness. She was loved by everyone who met
her.
Teresa was preceded in death by her brother,
Mitchell Rucks, Okeechobee.
She is survived by her devoted parents, Allen
"Buddy" and Beverly Rucks, Okeechobee; her
beloved children, John Alan Watford and Jenna
Susanne Watford, both of Okeechobee; pre-
cious newborn grandson, Izayah Carrillo, Okee-
chobee; sister, Donna Rucks, Tampa; nephew,
Mitchell Alan Rucks II, Okeechobee; grand-
mother, Jewel Williams, Ocala; and many
aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
Teresa was an inspiration to all her family and
many friends who loved and adored her. She
was a devoted and loving mother to her two
surviving children who were the light of her life.
The recent birth of her only grandchild brought
her so much joy and happiness. She will forever
be remembered for her loving and compassion-
ate nature, her overwhelming strength, and
most importantly, her strong and enduring faith.
A celebration of Teresa's life will be held Mon-
day, April 20, 2009, in Oakview Baptist Church,
Okeechobee, with the Rev. Bill Sherman officiat-
ing. Visitation with the family will be held from
1 to 2 p.m. followed with funeral services at 2
p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests dona-
tions in Teresa's memory are made to The Leu-
kemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.
O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202 or Hospice of
Okeechobee, PO. Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL
34973.
All arrangements are under the direction and
car of Buxton Funeral Home, Okeechobee.
Online condolences may be made at
www.buxtonfuneralhome.com.


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Community Calendar


Sunday
A A meeting from 7 30 until 8 30 p m at the Church
of Ou Saviour, 200 N W Third St It wll be an open step
meeting
A A open 12 step meeting from 7 30 until 8 30 p m at
the Church of Our Savior, 200 N W Third St
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee 101 N W Fifth
Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 (Behind Napa Auto Parts)
A A weekend noon meeting Open Discussion meeting
*The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated
with any 12 step fellowships
Monday
A A meeting wil be held from noon to 1 p m at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N W Second St This
will be an open meeting
Okeechobee Senior Singers wll meet at 9 a m at the
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church 312 North Parrott Ave
Everyone who enjoys singing i invited to join the group
For information or to schedule an appearance, contact
Patsy Black at 863-467 7068
The Okeechobee Historical Society meets at noon at
1850 U S 98 N Join us with a covered dish fr lunch,
followed by a business meeting The dues are $10
per person, per year, and are due in September For
information ca Betty W llamson at 863-763-3850
Artful Appl quers is a recently formed chapter in
Okeechobee This chapter meets at the Turt e Cove
Clubhouse, 10 Lnda Road, in Buckhead Ridge on
Monday from 10 am until 3 pm Karen Graves,
Chapter leader would like to extend a warm welcome
to any interested persons to come by and see what
they are about For information call 863 7636952.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee meets at 101
N W Fifth Street (Behind Napa Auto Parts) N.A. Sickest
Of The Sick, Open Discussion, 7 p.m. The Just for
Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12
step fellowships.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. atthe
First United Methodist Church, 200 N W Second St
This will be an open meeting.
Artful Appliquers meets at the Turtle Coe Clubhouse,
10 Linda Road, Okeechobee on Mondays from 10 a.m.
until 3 p m Turn left at the Moose lodge and go around
the curve just past the church Bring a lunch and join
us for a fun day of applique Everyone is welcome
For more information please contact Karen Graves at
863 763 6952
Tuesday
Civil Air Patrol set to meet
The Civil Air Patrol meets each Tuesday evening at the
Okeechobee Airport THanger #1 meetings start at 7 30
p m For information please call Capt Joe Papasso 561
252-0916 or Lt Greg Gernat 863-697-9915
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at
noon at Golden Corral Restaurant 700 S Parrott Ave
The meetings are open to the publc For information,
contact Maureen Budllnski at 863-484-0110
New Beginnlng's meeting of Narcotics Anonymous
will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 30 p m at
Believers Fellowship Church, 300 S W Fifth Ave It will be
an open discussion meet ng For more information call
Monlka Allen at 863-801-3244
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee 101 N W Fifth
Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 (Behind Napa Auto Parts)
N A Nowhere Left To Go Group (Open Discussion) at
noon N A Sickest Of The Sick Group (Open Discussion)
*The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated
with any 12 step fellowships


Al-Ateen -meeting will be held at the Church of
Our Saviour, 200 N W Third St at 8 p m For more
information pease call Amy at 863763 8531 or Dan
561-662-2799
AIAnon meeting wll be held at the Church of Our
Savior, 200 N W Third St, at 8 p m
AA Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p m at
the Church of Our Savior, 200 N W Third St
The Lighthouse Refuge Support Group is for women
who are hurting, homeless or been abused They meet
on the first and third Tuesday of every month from noon
until 2 p m at First Baptist Church, 401 S W Fourth St
and on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month
from 6 30 until 8 30 p m at the Red Cross, 323 N Parrott
Ave For more information call Donna Dean at 863-801
9201 or 863 357 2106
Family History Center meets from 1 until 5 p m at
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 310
S W Sixth St Anyone interested in finding who your
ancestors are is welcome to attend There is Census IGI
(International Genea ogical ndex), Soc al Security Death
ndex and mltary information available For information
call The Family History Center at 863 763 6510 or
Richard Smith at 863-261-5706 for special appointments
Widows and Wdowers support group meets at 7 30
a m at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S Parrott Ave for
breakfast For information June Scheer at 863-634-8276
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at
7 30 p m in the Fellowship Hall, 1735 S W 24th Ave
This is a means only meeting For information call Earl at
863-763 0139
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p m at the
Golden Corral Restaurant 700 S Parrott Ave Anyone
interested in becoming a member is welcome For
information, contact Elder Sumner at 863-763-6076
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church 1902
S Parrott Ave at 7 p m Informal and informative
discussions bring many Bible truths to lie Everyone is
invited
Gref and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday
at 10 a m at the Hospice building located at 411 S E
Fourth St in Okeechobee Everyone s welcome For
information contact Brenda Nicholson at 863 467 2321
Freedom Ranch AIAnon meets every Tuesday and is
open to all who dea with someone with addictions There
s support with this ep demic The meetings are Tuesdays
at 7 p at the Freedom Ranch, 11655 Hwy 441 S E

Compusive overeaters are nvted to a weekly meeting
Overeaters Anonymous (OA) meets at the Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church 312 N Parrott Avenue on Tuesdays
6 until 7 p m (Use 4th Street entrance ) Overeaters
Anonymous is not a diet club There are no dues fees
or weighing The only requirement for membership s a
desire to stop eating compulsively For more information
call Loretta at 863 763 7165 or 863 697 0206
AA meeting will be held from noon to 1 p m at the
First United Methodst Church, 200 N W Second St This
will be an open meeting
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N W Second
St, wll be hosting God's Time a morning of free
organized Christian activities that includes play,
instruction and interaction for parents and their pre-
school children The event wll be held each Tuesday
from 9 30 a m until noon Child care will be provided for
infants during the class For information call 863 763
4021
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S W Third Terr, holds
meetings for persons with alcohol and drug related
problems at 6 p m For information call 863-357-3053


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Kiwanis Club hosts Easter Breakfast


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee held


Magician Dewayne Hill (left) wowed
the patrons and entertained them as
they ate their pancakes and sausage
at the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast on
Easter Sunday. Kiwanis member Mau-
reen Burroughs (right) served drinks
throughout the morning.


their 37th annual Easter Sunday Pancake
Breakfast on Sunday, April 12, at a new
location, the Cowboy's BarBQ and Steak
Co. and the First United Methodist Church
of Okeechobee. Patrons were on hand for
the fluffy pancakes, Larson's Whole Hog
Sausage, freshly squeezed Hazellief orange
juice, coffee, chocolate gravy, strawberries
and whipped cream.
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an easter egg for a dollar was a chance to
pick from the various prizes on hand from
the many generous donors. Other prizes
were handed out in a drawing from the tick-
ets sold.
Magician Dewayne Hill also went around
to the tables and wowed the patrons at Cow
boy's with his magic tricks.
A record number of meals, 734, were
sold at the Pancake Breakfast, raising over
$5,000 for the club to put toward programs
such as college scholarships and mini-grants
for teachers.
Kiwanis member J.D. Mixon, chaired the
event and would like to thank all of the vol-


Submitted photo/Kiwanis Submitted photo/Kiwanis
Kiwanis members (left to right) Toni Steve Cates (left) and Ben Sims (right)
Doyle, Frank Irby and J.D. Mixon lend worked the grills cooking pancakes
a helping hand at the Kiwanis Pancake and whole hog sausage for the Kiwanis
Breakfast on Easter Sunday where pa- Pancake Breakfast on Easter Sunday.
trons enjoyed pancakes and sausage.


unteers, both members and non-members
who helped make this event a success. A
special thanks goes out to Cowboy's for
opening their doors to Kiwanis for this event
to support the youth of Okeechobee.
Kiwanis would also like to thank the First
United Methodist Church of Okeechobee,
Larson's Dairy and Hazellief Groves.
Other donations collected by Kiwanis
members, led by Lori Mixon, were given
by the following businesses and individu-
als: Wal-Mart; Big Lake Eye Care; Barney's
Beauty Shop; ICS Computers; Crossroads
Restaurant; Darla Christopher, LMT; Hungry
Howies; Jeanette's Interiors; Pizza Heaven;
Rio Carwash; Chloe's Closet; Physicians
Weight Loss; Kahootz; Affordable Art; Beef
O'Bradys; Chen's Chinese; Clock Fam-
ily Restaurant; Din^ a 1 in_- tPli Dominos
Pizza; Golden ( ... 11i .- i, ., Den; Jo-
ey's Pizza; Los Cocos; Maximum Tanning;
Spring Garden; Jersey Mikes Subs; The Oil
Can; Paula's Furniture; Platt's Chiropractic;
Cheri Watford; Morgan's Furniture; Seacoast


National Bank; Riverside National Bank; Las
Fajitas; Alibi's Tavern; and KFC.
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Submitted photo/Okeechobee Christian Academy

Honor roll!
Okeechobee Christian Academy would like to acknowledge "A" Honor Roll
students. In the front row are: Jessica Lashley, Kylie Hebel, Brandon Entry,
Taylor Giles and Madison Hancock. In the center row are: Celeste Garcia, Ari-
anna Larosso, Cameron Huntley, Pierce Brown, Aliana Micco-Sweat, Login
Johnson, Simon Coroza and Kayliegh Pearce. In the top row are: Sabastian
Dyals, Jared Marin, Ly Pham, Angel Conlon, Rev. Strunk (Headmaster), Ste-
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Restaurant offers

country food
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
A place to go for country food is Top of
the Lake restaurant. The restaurant serves
breakfast seven days a week. You can also
go there for catfish. On Wednesdays they
have chickln nnd rlrnmplin"'
Arcc i1 1. I-,. ,,.1 Smith wanted
to try something different so he decided to
go into the restaurant business.
The hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 3
p.m. Sunday through Thursday. On Friday
and Saturday nights they are open until 9.
The restaurant is conveniently located in the
Treasure Island Plaza on U.S. 441 S.E.
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cie County. Okeechobee County was not
formed until 1917 and Olney and Fort Drum
were in St. Lucie County at that time. It took
most of the day to reach Fort Drum. Mr. Nes-
bitt spent the night there and the next day
journeyed north to visit the Olney school.
After an inspection of the school he went
to meet with James to discuss plans for the
improvement of the school.
Jimmy lives on the old Padgett home-
stead where his grandfather had a log cabin
which served not only as a dwelling but as
the store and post office. There is no sign left
of that building.
Jimmy grew up in the second Padgett
house, built around 1900. He lived in that
house until he built his present house in
1964. That second Padgett house stood until
recently.
At family reunions, people used to visit
the old house. It was so dilapidated that
Jimmy was afraid someone would get hurt.
So he decided to tear it down. However,


the old house proved to be sturdier than he
thought. It took five attempts with his tractor
to pull it down.
James Tippen Padgett had 11 children
1. i, I, 1h. Louisa Alvarez Padgett. She
i-,' i, ,I i1 the age of 45. When James
was 60, he married 23 year old Vandalia Ella
Willis who bore him seven more children.
Vandalia Ella Willis was the daughter of
John Franklin Willis who was the postmas-
ter at Alger in southeast Osceola County
north of Fort Drum. James and Mr. Willis
were close friends. They made the long trip
to Tallahassee together and on the same
day in 1892 they both acquired 160 acres of
land.
James died in 1917, the year Okeecho-
bee County was formed. He is buried in the
Padgett cemetery about a mile from Jim-
my's house and two or three hundred yards
inside the Indian River County line.
Mr. Willis died in 1904 and is buried at
the Alger Cemetery north of Fort Drum.
Descendents of the Padgetts and the Wil-
lis' will once again meet for a family reunion
on April 25 at the old home place to remi-
niscence and make plans to preserve the
cemeteries.


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John Franklin Willis (1839 1904), the
father-in-law of James Tippen Padgett,
is buried in the Alger Cemetery just
north of Yeehaw Junction.


Okeechobee News


Submitted photo/Jimmy Padgett
In 1950 the Padgett Family at their reunion posed for a photograph on the porch of the house built by James Tippen
Padgett around 1900.


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City council to meet
The Okeechobee City Council will meet
Tuesday, April 21, at 6 p.m. at City Hall. Items
on the agenda include a sign ordinance, a
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April 19, 2009

Okeechobee Arrest Report


Okeechobee News


On Jan. 18, 2008, it was reported that Wil-
lis Smith, 46, was arrested on felony charges of
grand theft (five counts) and a misdemeanor
charge of petit theft. A check with the State At-
torney's office has confirmed that all charges
against Mr. Smith have been dropped.
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 De-
partment (OCPD), the Florida Highway Patrol
(FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission (FWC) or the Department of
Corrections (DOC).
Adam Lee Murphy, 21, S.E. 39th Ave.,
Okeechobee, was arrested April 9 by Deputy
Sergeant Shannon Peterson on a charge of fel-
ony battery domestic battery by strangulation.
His bond was set at $60,000. He was arrested
later by the DOC's Mac L. Jonassaint on charg-
es of violation of probation robbery, violation
of probation felony battery and violation of
probation burglary of a conveyance. He is be-
ing held without bond on those charges.
James Abner Thornton, 28, S.E. 128th
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested April 10 by
Deputy Justin Akins on a charge of felony bat-
tery domestic battery by strangulation. His
bond was set at $65,000.
Jeff Lynn Griffin, 38, N.W 98th St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested April 13 by Deputy
Max Waldron on a felony charge of aggravated
assault. He was also arrested on a misdemean-
or charge of domestic battery. His bond was
set at $1,500.
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Dawn Michelle Willis, 39, N.E. 304th St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested April 14 by Depu-
ty Corporal Aric Majere on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging her with the felony
of aggravated battery, and the misdemeanor of
criminal mischief. Her bond was set at $8,000.
Darius Jerrod Richardson, 20, S.W 127th
Road, Fort Lauderdale, was arrested April 14 by
Deputy Cpl. Aric Majere on a Broward County
warrant charging him with aggravated battery
with a deadly weapon. His bond was set at
$10,000.
John Marion Bivins, 39, N.E. 80th Ave.,
Okeechobee, was arrested April 14 by Deputy
Bart Potter on felony charges of resisting a law


enforcement officer with violence and battery
on a law enforcement officer. He was also ar-
rested on a misdemeanor charge of obstruc-
tion. His bond was set at $5,000.
Courtney Sweeting, 19, N.E. Fifth Ter-
race, Fort Lauderdale, was arrested April 15
by Deputy Sergeant J. Royal on a Broward
County warrant charging him with violation of
probation carrying a concealed firearm (two
counts) and violation of probation possession
of cocaine. He is being held without bond.
This column lists arrests and not convic-
tions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed
here who is later found innocent or has had
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Clemons honored with Folk Heritage Award


By Chauna Agullar
Okeechobee News
Pete Clemons was presented with the
2009 Florida Folk Heritage Award from the
Secretary of State, Kurt S. Browning on
March 25.
"The work of these talented individuals
illustrates the extraordinary depth and diver-
sity of Florida's traditional cultural heritage.
They are recognized for their remarkable ar-
tistic achievements, as well as their role as
teachers and preservers of Florida's folk cul-
tural resources," said Secretary Browning.
The Florida Department of State annually
presents Florida Folk Heritage Awards to citi-
zens whose lifelong devotion to folklife has
enriched the state's cultural legacy. Like the
National Heritage Awards, Florida Folk Heri-
tage Awards honor Florida's most significant
and influential tradition bearers for excel-
lence, significance, and authenticity.
Mr. Clemons, otherwise known as "Big
Boss" was tremendously successful in his
25-year rodeo career. He won the Best All
Around Cowboy title at the Silver Spurs Ro-
deo in Kissimmee nine times. This required
exceling in five events: saddle bronc, bare-
back bronc, calf roping, steer wrestling, and
bull riding. He competed throughout the
U.S. and as well as in Canada and Cuba. He
traveled twice to South America to serve as
an ambassador of U.S. rodeo. The high re-
gard for Mr. Clemons by his peers is reflected
by his selection as "Big Boss" of the National
Day of the American Cowboy celebration in
Okeechobee in 2007 and 2008.


Mr. Clemons was nominated by Jim
Handley, the Executive Vice President of the
Florida Cattlemen's Association. According
to Mr. Handley's letter of nomination, "Mr.
Clemons and his father bought the Okeecho-
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state's largest, and the biggest in the East.
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Okeechobee's Chaka Stars plan golf tournament


By Charles M. Murphy The Foundation's mission is to empower
Okeechobee News and enrich the youth in the community, and
Former Gator and current Dolphins line- provide them with programs, services and
backer Channing Crowder will headline a skills to ensure an opportunity to achieve
golf tournament to raise funds for the Cha- and sustain success in life.
ka's Stars program in Okeechobee on May Chaka's Stars is an acronym for Com-
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Crowder excited about visit

By Charles M. Murphy one running around going crazy."
Okeechobee News Crowder also is happy to be where he is
Miami Dophin lin er Ch right now with his professional career. After
Miami Dolphin linebacker Channing a standout career at the University of Florida,
Crowder is excited about his participation Crowder is an established starter for the Dol-
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ment in Okeechobee May 9. phins expect to build on the great improve-
Crowder admits this will be his first ever ment they showed last year.
visit to Okeechobee, but he is likely to be in "We tied the
his glory as next to football, one of his favor- biggest turnover
ite past times is fishing. ever in the National
"I love it. I actually plan to go out to Lake Football league, I
Okeechobee in July for a week, the drought don't think Coach
right now hurts fishing in the lake but it actu- Tony Sparano gets
ally helps in the flats and canals down here," enough credit for
he noted. Crowder said he loves to help the job he does, we
young people. He is active in the boys and have really done a
girls club in Miami and relishes the oppor- good job drafting,
tunity to work with young people and make in free agency, and
a difference in their lives, "I expect a big re- in trades in the past
sponse in Okeechobee. I like to do charity few years. This year Channing Crowder
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non profit.
Smith, who played collegiate football for
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ka, starred at Brahman stadium at QB and
other positions in 1994 and 1995. He started
up the program, with help from many oth-
ers, to right some wrongs from the past.
"A lot of kids in Okeechobee are first gen-
eration college students. A lot of them don't
know the process it takes to get into college.
There is a lot of information they aren't privy
to because not many of their peers have
gone to college. I want to help all kids and
stop some of the stress, pain and heartache
that come with being disappointed of not
getting into college," Smith said.
Chaka's Stars also holds a summer pro-
gram at the Douglas Brown center in Doug-
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last year. 25 children on the waiting list each
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in the past two years.
The 18 hole golf tournament will be
hosted by the Okeechobee Golf and Coun-
try Club. It costs $55 per person and $200
for a four person team. The entry fee covers
lunch, golf and prizes.
Smith said they also plan to hold a youth
football clinic on June 6, at the Okeechobee
Sports Complex. Former Brahman and Mar-
shall Alumnus John Grace, and former Cin-
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to attend.
For more information on the golf tourna-
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field for educational pa-
renting group.
EOE/DFWP
Fax resume to CASTLE
(772) 465-6013
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ORTHODONTIC
PRACTICE Seeks upbeat
team player for a career
position as an Orthodontic
Assistant. Excellent
communication skills
essential. Experience a plus,
but will train. Fax resume to:
(863)467-2347


BARTENDERS
Taking applications for bar-
tenders. Apply in person
8am-4pm, Mon, Tue, Thur
& Fri only. No Phone calls.
9441 Hwy 78 West. Ask for
Betty.




SEEKING SMALL DEMOLI-
TION jobs, carpentry, con-
crete. All types of work at
reasnable prices.
(863 63-1962 OR
561-2674378

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garage? Advertise your
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dean up a breeze!
SUPER GOOD Cleaning per
son seeks work, thorough,
trustworthy, dependable,
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DEE'S MINOR REPAIR
& Pressure Washing
Cool Sealing, Painting,
Carentry & Much More!
No ob Too Big or Small.
(863)467-2917
or (863)261-6425
License # 5698 & #1126

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CALL GEORGE CARTER
Painting, Repairs, Carpen-
try
Power Washing
FREE CONSULTATION
(863)763-4775




JACK'S TOP SOIL
Fill Dirt/Shell Rock I
& Bob Cat work.
Call 863-467-4734


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SHIH TZU PUPS blk/wh, 2
females, 1 male, 10 wks, all
shots, No papers, t350F,
$300M (863)697-8256
Yortshire Terders, 9
weeks old, regiered, 1
female, 1 male, Good
Home Only $500 each
(863)63348098 0



FLORIDA ART A.E. Back-
us, H. Newton, A. Hair, G.
Buckner, Highwaymen Big
$$ (772)562-5567
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Basswood 2/1, tile
throughout, no ets, $650
mo, st &$650 Sec.
863) 763-7301 or
(86)697-1623 Anytime
BEAUTIFUL SAMANTHA'S
GARDEN APTS In Town,
2br/2ba, W&D, $850 mo. +
$500. sec. (863)634-5780
CLOSE TO TOWN: 2BR.
Only $750 month includes
water. Pets okay upon ap-
proval. Call 561-255-4377
IN TOWN 2/2 very dean,
w/d, lawn maint induded,
$0 + $300 sec. Call
(863) 634-3572

$695 per m 1st + 69 Sec,
no pets. (863)763-7301 or
(863) 697-1623
OKEECHOBEE: 1BR in
town, $725/mo, utis incl'd,
no pets, smoke-free env.
1st & sec. (863)610-0861


G4S Youth Services
~ Okeechobee, Florida ~

030CC is seeking qualified professionals
to work with youth in a resi ential setting.
The following positions are currently available
with competitive salaries and benefits.

* Medical Records Clerk
* RN
* Teacher
* Juvenile Correctional Officers

If interested, please call Veronica Bellamy at
863-357-9922, ext. 2260 or e-mail resume
veronica.bellamy@us.securicor.com
EEO Employer


OKEECHOBEE TRI-PLEX
dean, 2 BR, 2 BA, W/D
hook-up, patio, privacy
fence, no pets $690 mo.,
1st last + $500 sec. dep.,
free garbage and lawn
mint (417)848-3424 or
(417)848-6360



BLUE HERON 4B, 2BA.
Lease with option to buy
$1700 mO. Call
(863)763-7722
CANAL FRONT Furnished
2BR, 1BA, screen perch,
boat dock & ift, harwood
floors through out, DW,
W0e. Includes Lawn Care,
water satellite TV $850
st & sec. (863)467-7528
COZY COTTAGE 1/1, on the
water. Furnished w/Dock,
utils., Satellite. Very dean.
$700/mo 863-467-1950
FOR RENT 3/2 great
neighborhood in SW sec-
tion. $1175 mo + sec
(863)634-1554
FT DRUM 1/1 on eight
acres, new cabinets and
carpet $600 month & $400
deposit. (912) 224-4658 or
(734) 637-2697
KINGS BAY 2BR, 2BA, 2
Car garage. Lease with op-
tion to buy. $1000 o. Call
(863)763-7722


FURNISHED DUPLEX -
2BR, 1BA, 1 car garage,
W&D, DW, Ceiling ans in
ever room, front & rear
porch, tile floors through
out Located in Kings Bay
Indudes lawn care & gar-
bage.- $775 first & sec.
(863)467-7528
KINGS BAY, Furnished 1BR,
1BA duplex, 1 car garage,
out, ceiling fans in every
room. Includes, lawn care
& garbage. $675 st &
sec. (863) 467-7528
LEAVE THE CITY Live in
the country! 3/2 Share 20
acres. Horses welcome'
Call Bun (772)201-8230
OKEE 2/1, dean fur-
nished, carpeting, new a/c,
enclosed porch, W/D Shed,
$800/mo nclds water Call
(786)201-0306
OKEECHOBEE 4br, 2ba,
great neighborhood, tile
roughout, $1195/mo, Ist &
sec move in (561)24-3888
or (863)599-0156

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The classified ads
Rent to own or sell 3/1 CBS,
new roo newly renovated
$99,900 (561)801-3002
SW SECTION 2/2,
Fenced, W/D, $725. Mo,
91600 to move in 907 SW
2nd Ave (863)634-0512


Graduation from an accredited 4 yr col-
lege with a degree in Telecomm,
Computer Science or similar discipline,
plus 10 yrs progressively responsible exp.
in IT or Telecomm. The following certs
are desired: MCSE, CCNP, CCIE, SSCP
and/or CISSP. A valid State of Florida
Driver's License is required. Excellent
Benefits. Complete app online at
www.fpua.com/jobs.

Fort Pierce Utilities Authority
500 Boston Ave. Fort Pierce, FL
EOE-DFWP



HS grad or GED and 2+ yrs of advanced or
technical training in a field relating to micro-
computer applications. A minimum 4 yrs exp.
in latest microcomputer configurations incl.
exp. in hardware systems and office automa-
tion software in a networked environment.
Telephone, Ethernet wiring and wireless
knowledge preferred. The following certs are
desired: CompTIAA+, CompTIA Network+,
CompTIA Security+, and/or MCSA. A valid
FL driver's license Class E or better is req'd.
Excellent Benefits. Complete app online at
www.fpua.com/jobs.
Fort Pierce Utilities Authority
500 Boston Ave. Fort Pierce, FL
EOE-DFWP


PROFESSIONAL COUPLE
NEEDS HOME FOR RENT
3/2/2, with pool, pet, in
Okeerhobee. We have ref's
(863)484-2492

WANTED TO RENT Fur-
nished or 2 bdr from Dec
15-2009 thru Mar
31st-2010. Must Be CLEAN.
Have 2 bikes, carport, pool,
util paid. Brochure to Mary
King 2017 East Highland
Circle Mora MN, 55051.
Incl. Cost-No pets, Non
Smoke.


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lot Many upgrades, beautl-
ful landscaped. $99,00
(863)697-8058


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$99,900. 3/2 on dbl lot,
built In 2000, excellent
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(863)801-1739




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A 55+, 2BR/2BA Mobile
Home in Indianwood, 2
golf courses, partially furn.,
2/d, or fur1
d, $550 no. or sale
$25,000. (772)341-6617
BEST VALUE IN TOWN!
For Rent: 2/1 apartment.
Unit newly remodeled. Locat-
ed 12 miles north of Okee-


Pets' $495 Move in special.
M-F (863)467-2982
BUCKHEAD RIDGE Dbl.
Wide 2 BR, 2 BA, C/Air
I-"r' BR, 2 BA,
..... 1io. No pets.

CABIN 1/1,$525. MO +
Sec & elec also 1/1 RV,
BHR $400 mo. Sec & elec.
55+ Comm (863)763-7164
DBL WIDE 3BR, 2BA,
rerig, W/D & water, carport,
large lot, $800/mo. 1 yr
lease & 1 mo, sec.
(863)467-5616.
DWMH on 1 acre
2BR/2Bath on east side of
town. $850 mo 1st, last &
Sec. (863)634-5303
FT. DRUM 1st time rental,
beautiful D/W on 5ac. Ft
Drum creekpond in back
$1000 dep, $750 mo.
(772)464-9226



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Mobile Home Angels
561-721-2230
DEW DROP INN 2/1 Fully
Furnished SWMH F,
room on rented lot I '""'
OBO (863)634-4816
DEW DROP INN nice 14 x
48 mob home w/ Fla room
8761 Hwy 78W #17, Call
(618)384-6240
NEW 2006 1750 so. ft.
4/2 Mobile Home. $39,000
Never live in. Must be
, ,.- .up

NEW 2009 3/2 Mobile
Home $32,900 Must be
moved. Delivery & Set-up
Avail, Paul (863)990-4301


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PARK MODEL -35 Trailer,
Come see, Make offer. FI-
jan RV Park, 6500 Hwy 441
SElt 20. Okee.
(304)690-6112


FORD F150 1999, Auto,
a/c, long bed, v6, good
cond $1,950
(812)989-3022
FORD t 0 4 102, V8,
.... ,... ,,,',- $4595
Runs Great OBO
(863)467-5243



FORD EXPEDITION XLT-
4, 1998, Loaded. Front &
Rear A/C $4995 OBO
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BUICK PARK AVE ULTRA
1998 Air bags, alarm sys.
Anti-lock brakes, heated


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FORD T Bird 1995,
V8,a/c, new paint, new
tires, loaded, runs & looks
great. $2895 OBO
(863)467-5243
FORD TAURUS Green,
A/C, Low
..i OBO

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



CHEVY P/U 1951- 80%
Complete, Camero eng
,Trans. 3800 or trade for
small travel trailer.
(863)801-9136



GOLF CART CLUB CAR 1
elec $1350, 1 Gas $1850,
both excellent condition,
(863)467-2824



CHEVROLET LS 1500
SILVERADO 2002 Air
bags, alarm sys. Anti-lock
brakes, 1 owner, p/w, a/c,
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David Jeune signs with North Florida


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
1,300 points and 1,300 rebounds later, the
basketball story of David Jeune will continue
at a Division I basketball program.
June signed with the University of North
Florida, Friday as his new coach Matthew
Driscoll, and two of his assistants looked on.
June was the first major signing for the Os-
preys new coach, who was hired on April 7,
after a successful career at Wyoming, Bay-
lor, and other universities.
"I was part of the biggest turnaround in
college basketball history at Baylor. We won
20 games for the past two seasons. David
was always at the top of the list, and we met
last week and the signing came together
quickly," Driscoll said, "We are glad to add
him to our family."
Driscoll said besides basketball ability, he
was looking for kids with integrity and char
acter. In Juene he acquires a kid with a high
grade point average, who is a hard worker,
and well liked by his peers.
"The purpose of college is not just to go
there and win, but to walk away a better
person from that experience, we think David
will do that," he said.
June said he was excited about begin-
ning college life. He noted the coaches
looked at his academics and character be-
fore offering the scholarship. "I was mostly
impressed with the coaches. That's the
reason I committed to them. They showed
a lot of enthusiasm and it's a great feeling
today. When I get on the court, I'll be ready
to play."
June said he's excited about being able
to fulfill the goals he had. One of the major
ones was going to college. His father, Derilus
and mother, DeiulaJeune are originally from
Haiti.
The University of North Florida is begin-
ning its history as a Division I school. They
will compete for the first time in the Atlantic


Sun Conference Tournament next year and
will be eligible for the NCAA Tournament.
The school has only been around for 37
years and has had an athletic program for
only 17 years. The school has spent close to
$250 million to improve their facilities in the
past two years and recently hired Lee Moon
as their Athletic Director. Moon has had a
record of turning several college sports pro-
grams around during his long career.
June said he was excited to be a part
of a growing program. Last year the Os-
I 1,.. i .i ;,i' .... 8-22 record, includ-
in, . I I - i i . conference play. UNF
played such well known schools as Miami,
Clemson and BYU last year.
Brahmans basketball Coach Jon Enrico
contacted Driscoll while he was at Baylor
last year. They sent him film of David. He
noted at one point the Baylor Bears, a Big 12
school, thought about signing Jeune. Other
teams like Mississippi and Indiana also
showed various levels of interest.
Enrico said he was certain Jeune made a


(I-r) University of North Florida Coach
(left) Matthew Driscoll, David Jeune,
and Brahmans Coach Jon Enrico cel-
ebrate David's signing of a Division I
basketball scholarship Friday.


great choice. "David enjoyed the recruiting
process and it's been a long, enjoyable four
years with him. He'll have a great opportu-
nity in both academics and basketball."
Enrico said he felt fantastic about David
and his impact on the Brahmans program.
"David wants to be challenged. I think they
will do that there. He will take his academic
and basketball resume up there and do a
great job."
Jeune will leave Okeechobee as one of
the program's top all around players in his-


tory. He will hold a number of records in
cluding rebounds in a career, and season,
and free throw shooting.
Driscoll said he expects Jeune to compete
for playing time right away. He said his first
recruit will also be very special to him. "It
was a great moment for us when David de-
cided to pick us. You can do things right and
still get great players. Once David can't stand
on a basketball anymore, he'll have that pa-
per underneath it, and you can always stand
on a degree."


Submitted photo/South Elementary

How big is it?
Mr. VanWormer's third grade class measured off the size of the Titanic, us-
ing 5' lengths of string. They discovered that it would be bigger than South
Elementary!


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April 19, 2009




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