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Vol. 100 No. 56

Inside ...
Mothers and friends
honored ... Page 11

Scholarship honors
... Page 9

Classifieds 14,15
Community Events .......................6
Obituaries.. ....... ...... ........ 6
Opinion 4,5
Speak Out 4
Sports 16
Weather 2

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Sunday, May 10, 2009 750 Plus tax

Eckerd loses state contract

G4S to run local
juvenile facility
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Eckerd Youth Alternatives
(EYA) has lost its contract to oper
ate the Eckerd Youth Development
Center (EYDC) on U.S. 441 N. in
On July 1 the youth offender fa-
cility will be operated by G4S Youth
Services. G4S, a for-profit provider,
has operated the Okeechobee Ju
venile Offender Center, known lo
cally as the Level 10 facility, for the
past six years.
G4S Youth Services, a U.S. cor-
poration, will also take over the
Eckerd Intensive Halfway House,
and it will now be known as the
Okeechobee Intensive Halfway

By Robbi Sumner
Okeechobee High School Ju-
nior Jessie Cofield has qualified
as a member of the GatorDawg
team for the National Youth Ro-
deo Association Finals to be held
in Shawnee, Okla. this July. To
gain qualification, she has com-
peted against the finest break-
away calf ropers that participate
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September 2008.
While both high school and
college students are eligible to
participate in the regular compe-
titions, only high school students
are invited to Shawnee. Cofield
currently sits in second place in
the GA/FL Youth Rodeo Associa-

According to Mike Powers, a
spokesperson for G4S Youth Ser
vices, their contract will be for
three years with a three year re
newal option.
ii 'rs hipp" 9-nr1 excitedd to be
there ,,ir, "We hope
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Mr. Powers said the company

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members. According to a press re-
lease from the Eckerd Foundation
officein Ci ,ii, .,,li
employ 1 1 .1 .
Okeechobee facilities.
"We have a support team there
working with current staff, pro-
viders, Eckerd's and everyone to
make the transition as smooth as
possible," said Mr. Powers.
The amounts bid by each group
was not available as of newspaper

Karen Bonsignori, EYA associ- took over the Florida School for
ate vice president/external rela- Boys in 1982.
tions, said any current employee The state is now in the middle
in good standing who is not em- of a class action lawsuit over the
played by G4S by July 1 will re- way boys were treated at their fa
ceive severance pay. She did not cilities in Okeechobee and Marian-
have any information on just how na. The suit alleges that boys were
that severance will be paid, but routinely beaten and sodomized
that it will be based on tenure. at the hands of cottage fathers or
What it does mean, however, school employees.
is that any current employee hired EYA, a non-profit provider,
by G4S will lose whatever dollar
amount they have built up in the operates 40 behavioral and child
paid time off (PTO) program. Ms. welfare programs in nine different
Bonsignori said that is EYAs PTO states.
policy and that it was started sev- Ms. Bonsignori said EYA has
eral months ago throughout all of suffered $15 million in funding
their facilities. cuts.
"Every opportunity is being "It is a very difficult economy,"
made to accommodate employ- she said in a phone interview late
ee's request for time off, mandat- Friday.
ed by state staffing requirements," There are currently 149 clients
she said. at the EYDC facility and 30 at the
The EYA founder Jack Eckerd halfway house.

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Finals which will be held at the -
Jacksonville Equestrian Center in i's WI llll l
The daughter of Jack and -
Paige Cofield, Jessie takes her
Sei Tr.ey Cof, only he credits
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at Lake Cattle Company for help-
ing with her roping and her 8-year
old Quarter Horse gelding, Bad-
ger. Jessie and her brother, OHS
Senior Trey Cofield, only rodeo
on Quality Performance Horses
from Lake Cattle Company. Trey
currently holds the 12th place po- Submitted photo
Jessie Cofield breakaway roping on Mr. Hot Shot Badger at
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sonville event.

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Okeechobee News

Okeechobee school officials

consider cutting their own salaries

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The terms "shared adversity" and "I feel
your pain" might soon take on new mean-
ing for certain local officials.
Because of projected decreased reve-
nues for the Okeechobee County schools,
68.5 school positions are being eliminated.
However, about half of these positions are
currently vacant. In light the current eco-
nomic situation, school board members
have discussed the possibility of taking a
cut in their own salaries. The June school
board meeting will have an agenda item
recommending that school board mem-
bers take a 5 percent salary cut beginning
July 1 with the new fiscal year.
Board member Joe Arnold said he defi-
nitely would be willing to take a cut in sal-

ary. There is a precedent for this as Mr. Ar-
nold said that several times in the past the
school board has taken a similar action.
School board members currently make
around $26,000.
Board chairperson Kelly Owens is also
in favor of the move.
"We have to show our commitment to
do our part," she said. "Our main goal is to
protect as many programs as possible."
Dr. Patricia Cooper, superintendent of
schools, will also be asking for a 5 percent
pay reduction. This is the first time in her
career that she has had to make such a re-
"I do it because I think it sends a mes-
sage we are all willing to do our part," the
superintendent said. The superintendent
currently earns $101,000 annually.

Okeechobee Forecast

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 94. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph.
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 68. South wind around 5 mph.

Extended Forecast
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph.
Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 67. Southeast wind around 5 mph becom-
ing calm.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph.
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 67. East northeast wind around 5 mph.


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Teen accused of

hitting EYA staffer

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A client at Eckerd Youth Alternatives
(EYA) was arrested on a felony charge af-
ter he allegedly hit a staff member in the
Montavious Hampton,
17, N.W Huggins Ave.,
Moore Haven, was ar-
rested Wednesday, May
6, on a charge of bat-
tery on detention staff.
He was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail
then taken to the Depart-
ment of Juvenile Justice Montavious
Detention Center in Fort Hampton
In his arrest affidavit, Deputy Max Wal-
dron, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's

Office (OCSO), said the altercation appar-
ently started over Hampton wanting a sec-
ond container of juice.
The report goes on to state that Hamp-
ton also grabbed some extra snacks and
that both had to be taken away from him
by another staff member.
Staff member Torrance Pugh, 30, then
reportedly told Hampton that he "... was
going to write him up for his actions."
Deputy Waldron's report states that at
this point Hampton threatened Mr. Pugh
then punched him in the face.
Another staff member then called in
other staff to help with the situation.
The deputy went on to state in his re-
port that while he was waiting on EYA
staff to bring the client to him, Hampton
became involved in an altercation with an-
other client.

Local man charged

with stalking wife

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A local man was arrested after he alleg-
edly threatened his estranged wife and fired
shots in the area of the house where she is
John Henry Pfennig,
45, N.E. Eighth Drive, was
arrested Monday, May 4,
on a charge of aggravated
stalking. He was booked
into the Okeechobee
County Jail under a bond
of $10,000.
An arrest report by Of-
ficer Jack Boon, of the
Okeechobee City Police John Henry
Department (OCPD), states Pfennig
the incident apparently be-
gan around 4:30 a.m. Monday when he and
other OCPD officers responded to a home
where shots had been fired.

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Officer Boon said Pfennig's wife is living
in the home and that the couple are current-
ly going through a divorce.
The report states Pfennig reportedly fired
at least two shots from a 9 mm handgun in
an unknown direction. Because it was still
dark, Officer Boon said he could not find any
shell casings at the scene. He also stated that
by the time he had arrived at the scene Pfen-
nig was gone.
However, the officers returned to the
home on N.W. 11th St. at 7:42 a.m. because
Pfennig had returned and threatened to kill
his wife. Although no shots were fired this
time, Officer Boon said since it was now day-
light he was able to find a spent 9mm shell
casing in the road in front of the home.
Pfennig was later located at this home
by deputies from the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office and was taken into custody
without further incident.

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Public Forum. There, you can create
new topics or comment on existing
topics. What follows is a sampling of
some of the discussions currently tak-
ing place. Thanks for participating!

Burning yard trash
Can you believe it? As dry as it is some
idiot in my neighborhood is burning yard
trash right now! One wayward spark from
that fire and the dry grass and bushes in
neighboring yards would ignite in a second.
If I see a green lawn it usually means
people are breaking the watering ban.
Someone should be checking to see if there
is a burn ban in effect for the area.
Why burn trash? We all pay for county
wide garbage disposal whether we use it or
not. Haul it to the curb and let them pick it
up. True, you do have to cut the yard debris
into small pieces -- I think nothing larger
than 4 foot. But isn't that better than start-
ing a fire? Did you see on the news where
brush fires have threatened homes? It's bad
enough when fires are started by a lightning
strike. People starting fires when we have
such dry conditions is just wrong.

Teacher appreciation
week is May 11-15
With all of the anxiety recently due to
the cutbacks in staffing, I think the teachers
could use some support and appreciation
from the parents.
We have some ter-
rific teachers in our
school system.
My hat is off to the
teachers for a job
well done. Although
my days of having
my own kids in
school are done,
back when they
were I appreciated
a few teachers who
took my boys under their wings and gave
them guidance. They were instrumental in
their becoming productive and contributing
members of society.

Swine flu in Okeechobee?
As of Friday morning, our probable
case has been confirmed. This is no cause
for alarm. The individual received treatment
immediately upon suspicion, and conduct-
ed voluntary isolation. There is no threat to
the county in general. Recommended ac-
tions are to continue hand washing, clean
coughing and other sanitary protective ac-
tions. There is no need for any masks or
measures of that nature. The CDC does not
recommend public or school closings for
single confirmed cases of H 1N 1. If you have
any further questions about HIN1 in gen-
eral, call the Florida Flu information line, at
It just seems to me that IF this swine flu
was this bad people would be dropping like
flies and we'd have epidemic stats all across
the board but that's really not the case. You
have a few isolated cases here and there. If
they sent home 11 college students out of
New York that tested positive, how seriously
bad can this be? Why weren't they quaran-
tined to study them or not spread this to oth-
ers? I'm still saying this is all a scare tactic
and more people die daily of other causes.
If say the Eboli virus came here I'd be super
worried, now that's one very nasty virus and
spreads very quickly.

Downsizing county employees
SIs it better to keep paying on a build-
ing sitting empty or is it wiser to take what
we have and do everything we can to get a
return on our money. That is a great facil-
ity and should be utilized to draw folks from
all around this lake to events. The folks that
call it a white elephant are probably the
ones who didn't want it there to begin with.
Okeechobee is going to grow whether folks
like it, or not so why not help it grow in the
right direction. I have lived here for almost
25 years and every time I see the potential
for good growth to benefit the people of this
county it gets squashed. People here talk
about the economy and how there is no de-
cent places to shop, eat or to seek good en-
tertainment. If we had enough good shop-
ping, eating and entertainment you would
keep people here.
I think the county needs to take a hard
look at expenses and see where they can
cut. Look at everything they spend money
on, every bill and ask "can we live without
that." There are probably a lot of small ex-
penses that add up.

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In response to the opinion of dosing
the agri-civic center. I have been to several
events out there and it is a beautiful and ac-
cessible facility. There are some who say it
is a "white elephant." I don't care what the
reasoning behind building it was. We have
it and need to profit from it. Our Board of
County Commissioners needs to realize that
it takes money to make money. That center
could be a HUGE money making facility for
our county. Okeechobee is the nucleus for
this part of the state and we should be capi-
talizing on the agri-civic center. I know that
in the past few years activities out there have
increased and should continue to increase
with proper marketing. The last thing this
county needs is another unused building. In
MY opinion those commissioners who are
always voting "NO" on ways to improve the
center need to look at the big picture or get
out of the way of those who see it!
I would rather see the $800,000 per
year go to feed peoples families, rather than
hope our county can do constructive ad-
vertisement, They have had a few rodeos,
kids programs from school, the fair, mus-
tang adoption, and pretty much that's what
comes to mind. The fair was not the turn
out as years before so I would guess that
the profit level for the county was low for
that as for the rodeos. Find out exactly what
the county makes per event then times it by
how many events per 12 months -- if it does
not come out to over one million dollars the
county has made no profit for that year. That
does not include the years past where there
were very few events. This proves the point
of the white elephant. We sink money into
it to maintain it and it's a loss of tax dollars
over and over year after year.
A friend of mine works at the County
Road Department. He says that they have
vacant job positions that the county admin-
istrator is not allowing to be filled as part of
the budget cutbacks. He said that the situa-
tion is so bad that if an equipment operator
is sick or takes a day off, then that piece of
equipment sits idle due to no one to oper-
ate it. As has been demonstrated on many
occasions, the Road Department is abso-
lutely essential following a hurricane. They
are the first ones to clear debris from roads,
and clear drainage to reduce flooding. They
are the only help we can expect. These are
essential job positions. How much help will
we get from a clerk typist in admin?

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I prefer to see small pay cuts for every-
one across the board at the sheriff's depart-
ment than to see anyone lose their jobs, and
I think in the long run most people would
agree. Maybe not at the beginning but if
people don't start giving in a little bit, we are
going to see more and more people without
jobs and the citizens of Okeechobee are go-
ing to be left with no protection before we
know it.

It would be nice to be able to swim in
a lake in Florida without fear of being eaten
alive. With over 2 million of these dinosaurs
it's time to start reducing their numbers dra-
When I was younger and the lake was
cleaner. We would swim in it or any canal or
river around here with no thought of gators
unless we could see one. But not at night,
and not wh-r
we knev Ih,..
was an ,-,-:1
tion of th,- ,
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canal ,.!
the laki. I
runs thru some
pasture land, I have seen gators take calves
when they get too close to the water. Talk
about a site to see, I have also seen them
grab larger cattle by the nose and try to
pull them in also. Humans have little or no
chance if the gator is 6 ft or bigger, if they
do get away they're probably going to lose
a limb.

Viking area-the prairie
BUYER BEWARE! Most of the land on
the prairie is deemed wetland and you must
have the property inspected first. That can
be costly and if it is wetland you are not al-
lowed to build ANYTHING on the property.
We found out the hard way. We paid like
$8,000 for it and it is worth about $50. Don't
listen to the real estate companies, they will
try and sell you anything to make a quick

Lay offs
People complain about how the little
guys need their jobs, but when a company
has to cut staff in order to stay in business,
they are going to cut those they can most
easily do without. Now is the time to show
the boss how hard you can work.

purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity,
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
potential conflicts to our readers.
* To correct our eors and to give each correcton
the prominence it deserves.
* Toprovide a nghtto reply those wewre about
* Toieatpeople witcour respect ad compassion.


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May 10, 2009

May 10, 2009

Letter to the Editor

Non Alcoholic Grad Nite
On June 4, 2009, the seniors will celebrate
a milestone in their lives with graduation from
High School. This will be the 21st year since
the Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee began its first
graduation party at the KOA. After a few years it
was moved to the Stardust Lanes where more
activities and security could be provided.
The campaign has been launched for this
21st year. We on the committee realize that fi-
nances are tough for everyone; however, the

first and foremost thoughts within our minds
must be the safety of our children.
Throughout the years, we have had an ac-
cident or death on graduation night. We tradi-
tionally raise at least $20,000 per year to put on
the all night event. The students have access to
all the food they could possibly eat, unlimited
bowling and the chance to leave with prizes
that are beyond description. Computers, bikes,
televisions, stereo equipment are but a few of
the 100 or more gifts auctioned at the end of

the night. Two scholarships to IRCC are even
given. Also hundreds of dollars in cash prizes
are won throughout the night.
This is a plea to the businesses and the
community at large to continue to support this
event. Especially when prices on everything
have increased and the financial supply have
Contribution of any size and/or prizes
themselves would be greatly appreciated.
Checks made out to "Grad Nite" can be mailed

to 110 N.E. Fifth Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972
or if prizes need to the picked up call 863-763
Please let us realize our priorities and make
this another successful Non Alcoholic, Tobac
co Free graduation celebration a success.
Okeechobee is known for helping its own
and I trust that the businesses and community
will not let our graduating seniors down.
Thank you for your continued support,
Paul M. Buxton

Reflections from the Pulpit

Rev. Tommaso Pasquarella
Pastor, Corner Stone Baptist church
A veteran is someone who, at one point
in his life, wrote a blank check made pay-
able to "The United States of America" for an
amount of "up to and including my life." That
is honor, and there are way too many people
in this country who no longer understand it.
Our soldiers go into harms way and we do
not even realize it. During the Vietnam War
soldiers were spit on and ridiculed for serving
their nation. Even though they were known to
be serving the U.S. they were treated horribly.
Knowing something and truly believing it are
two separate things. What good is knowledge
if we do not practice it?
Let's say for argument's sake you say you
are Christian and you know a lot about Jesus.
You know that Jesus came and died for the
sins of the world so that people do not have
to perish. What good is your knowledge if that
knowledge is not acted upon? That knowledge
about Jesus would be useless and your know
edge would not equal to salvation.
"And when Felix heard these things, having
more perfect knowledge of that way, he de-
ferred them, and said, When Lysias the chief
captain shall come down, I will know the utter-

most of your matter." (Acts 24:22) When Felix
heard what things? Tertullus tells Felix that be
cause of his great leadership great things were
done to the nation of Israel.
Tertullus was after brown nosing Felix in the
hopes of having Paul given back to the Jews
for their justice or lack thereof. He begins to
pour forth accusations without any evidence.
Not only did he hear from Tertullus, but then
he heard from Paul who spoke out and gave
evidence and truth. Paul told Felix and the Jew-
ish leaders that having accusations without evi-
dence does not cut it, and because there were
no witnesses.
The Jews had no right to bring him up on
charges let alone want him dead for crimes he
did not commit. Paul says that he is being per-
secuted because he believes in the resurrection
which the Jews believe in also. If that is why
Paul is being persecuted why would the Jews
persecute him on something they would agree
with? They were persecuting him not because
of resurrection of the dead, but because of his
pointing out the resurrection of a specific dead
person. Who is this dead person you ask? It is
Jesus Christ, which would convict them of their
sin against their Messiah. They put this heretic
Jesus to death and to claim He is the Messiah
calls them murderers and exalts a convicted

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What did Felix know about the followers
of the Way? He had a more perfect knowledge
about the Way. Felix knew about the message
of the cross, he knew about this Jesus who was
crucified, dead and buried and who was raised
to life again. How would Felix know about
these things? Did Pontius Pilate tell him? Was
there someone witnessing to him? We do not
know. It is an argument from silence, though
it is safe to say that someone told him the
truth. Does this mean that Felix is a believer?
No, knowledge does not make one a believer
just as much as a walking into a garage makes
one a car. Even though there was no evidence
against Paul and there were no witnesses
against him that showed up and spoke, Felix
deferred them. He deferred the Jewish leaders,
because the lack of evidence. The best excuse
he could give to them is that they will address
the issues against Paul when Lysias the Roman
Captain comes.
Why would he tell them he wants to wait
for him? He is trying to please them and be fair

and it was not happening. What happens to
Felix if these Jews revolt because of him releas-
ing Paul? If they revolt, he will be responsible
and will be punished.
Have you ever tried to play either side or
ride the fence? It does not work out too well
and it ends up getting us into a lot more trou-
ble. He procrastinated because he feared the
Jews and he was hoping Paul would bribe him
for his freedom.
So what about you? Do you know a lot
about Jesus? Do you believe in Jesus? You do?
Great, even the demons and the devil himself
believes in Jesus and he shakes with fear.
If the gospel of Jesus Christ does not change
you, you do not have the gospel of Christ and
you are lost in your sin and heading toward
eternal Hell apart from God. Jesus wrote a
blank check in the form of His life's blood in
order to ransom us from Hell and just knowing
about it is useless. If you do not trust him with
all that you are you are lost.

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Mother's Day steak dinner
Treat your mother/grandmother to a rib-
eye steak dinner on Mother's Day May 10
from 3 until 6 p.m. at the American Legion
Post 64, 501 S.E. Second Street. Dinner in-

cludes baked potato, salad, roll and butter,
dessert, iced tea, coffee and live entertain-
ment. Public is welcome. Dinner is available
for a $12 donation. Mothers and grandmoth-
ers only pay $10.


Obituaries should be submitted to
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Terry Millette
OKEECHOBEE Terry Millette, lost his battle
to cancer on Wednesday, May 6, 2009.
Terry was born July 4, 1949 in Central City,
Neb., but spent the majority
of his life in the Boulder, Co-
lo. area, where he raised his
family and managed the
Boulder Army store.
Terry worked in the mobile
home and RV business in the
Elkhart, Ind. area until he
came to Florida in 1996. Ter-
ry was a suc-
cessful Real Estate agent here in
Okeechobee, and worked for Berger Real Es-
tate. Terry was a member of the Okeechobee
Golf and Country Club, Peoria Investment
Group (P.I.G.S.), American Legion Post 64, and
Florida RV Trade Association. He was in the
Navy during the Vietnam era. He enjoyed gar-
dening, boating, golf, leather tooling and his
He leaves behind his loving wife, Karen Mil-
lette; daughter, Alisa; sons, Brian and Jeromy;
five beautiful grandchildren, Mercedes, Jay, Tris-
ten, Sebastian, and Selena; his mother, Nellie
Millette of Louisville, Colo.; brothers, Ron and
Wes Millette; sister, Sandra Candelairo; and
many nieces, nephews, family members and
friends, who will miss him very much.
Friends, family and those wishing to pay their
respects can do so from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday,
May 14 and from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, May 15 with
a Memorial Service at 2 p.m., with Pastor John
Glenn officiating. Services will be at Buxton Fu-
neral Home in Okeechobee.
Online condolences may be made at
All arrangements are under the direction and
care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cremato-
ry, 110 N.E. 5th St., Okeechobee.


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JD Hembree, 86
OKEECHOBEE JD Hembree, founder, de-
veloper and 10-year resident of the "Oaks at
Okeechobee" village, near Okeechobee, died
Tuesday, May 5, 2009, in Mar-
tin Memorial Hospital South.
He was 86.
Mr. Hembree settled in
South Florida with his family
after residing in northwest
Florida for 58 years. Mr.
Hembree was born in Law-
rence County, Ala., the first of
two sons born to a kind and hardworking share-
cropping couple, John Ruby Hembree and his
young bride, Lucille Lindsey (Hembree). Ruby
and Lucille pushed JD to study and work hard,
which instilled in him a desire to succeed and a
yearning to see the world.
Mr. Hembree's college education and budding
football career at the state of Tennessee's finest
schools, including Union University, was cut
short in 1942 when he joined the U.S. Marine
Corps to serve in World War II. During the war,
Mr. Hembree flew Corsair's off the deck of the
USS Shangri-La before being assigned to the for-
ward fighter squadron VMF 214, also known as
the Black Sheep Squadron. Seven years after the
war, Mr. Hembree was re-activated and as-
signed pilot combat duties in Korea. Mr. Hem-
bree distinguished his country by earning two
medals, the rank of Major and the wild but veri-
fiable story of having his aircraft's rudder and tail
wing shot to pieces by hostile fire, and making it
back to tell about it.
Returning to civilian life, Mr. Hembree began
building homes with his brother, Wade Hem-
bree. The men developed a reputation as build-
ers of quality affordable homes in the Florida
panhandle. Their business was successful and
eventually expanded into land development and
real estate.
JD Hembree was preceded in death by his
parents; and daughter, Carla Claire Hembree.
Mr. Hembree is survived by his wife, Cassan-
dra Long; sons, K.C. Hembree and wife Lois
Hembree, Stephen Hembree and wife Katherine
Hembree, Neal Long, and Drew Long and wife
Trish Long; daughters, Dr. Janice D. Hembree
and husband Jerry McDaniel, and Tina Benoit
and husband Hank Benoit; brother, Wade Hem-
bree and wife Maxine Hembree; nephews, Greg
and Jeff Hembree; niece, Kathy Joyner; and
grandchildren, Augustus H.W Benoit, Danielle
Claire Koehler, Joshua Michael Hembree, Karla
Claire Hembree. Mr. Hembree is also survived
by his former wife, Virginia Sillman.
A service will be 12 noon Saturday, May 16,
2009 at Johnson Chapel, Johnson Chapel Road,
Danville, Ala.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that dona-
tions be made to any of the following charities:
Remote Area Medical, St. Jude's Hospital, or
Homes For Our Troops.
Contact information, directions and other de-
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Lodge holds Mother's
Day breakfast
Okeechobee Lodge No. 237, F&AM will
hold a Mother's Day Breakfast on Sunday,
May 10 at the Okeechobee Masonic Lodge,
107 NW Fifth Avenue, serving will be from 8 -
11 a.m. In observance of this special day, all
Mothers and Grandmothers will be treated
to a great breakfast free of charge. Children
under 10 $3 and all others $6. Tickets can be
purchased at the door. The menu includes
biscuits and sausage gravy, scrambled eggs,
pancakes and grits, bacon, sausage, coffee
and orange juice. For information, contact
Hugh Alger at 863-467-1491, Jim Green,
Worshipful Master at 863-634-4401 or any
lodge officer.

American Legion holds
annual election
The American Legion Post 64 will holds
its annual election of officers for 2009-10,
on May 12, from noon until 7 p.m. Voters
must have a current 2009 membership card
to vote. Members can pay 2009 dues prior
to voting if they have not paid dues ($32).
For more information contact John Munger,
Bob Keebler or Dallas Creech at 863-763-
2950. Ballots will be available at registration
desk on that date.

Main Street Mixer
Okeechobee Main Street invites you to
their Monthly Mixer on Tuesday, May 12
from 5 7 p.m. This month's Main Street
mixer is being hosted by the Accident Law
Offices of Philip DeBerard, located at 114
North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee. This is
a great networking opportunity for the busi-
nesses 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-
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Free government contract
business seminar set
The Small Business Development Center
will be holding a seminar for those looking
to win contracts from the Government on
May 14, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.. The seminar
will be held at the Williamson Conference
Center at Indian River College on NW 9th
Avenue. Government contract expert Dan
Telop from Florida Gulf Coast University will
be on hand to show attendees the ins and
outs of doing business with the Government
including how to register and submit bids
to attempt to take advantage of a potentially
new revenue source for your business. The
seminar is FREE to the public but registra-
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Remember fire safety on Mother's Day

By Melissa Yinas
Wildfire Mitigation Specialist
Historically, Mother's Day Weekend is an
active weekend for wildfires. According to
the FL Division of Forestry Wildfire Database,
there has been awildfire everyyear during that
weekend for the last five years.
"The vegetation is dry, winds are projected
to be 10 -15 mph and a single careless act can
have a devastating impact," said Melissa Yu-
nas, Wildfire Mitigation Specialist, Florida Divi-
sion of Forestry. We are asking residents to be

cautious during this Mother's Day Weekend."
Be careful when using fire for anything-
including campfires and barbecues. Make
sure someone watches the fire at all times
until it is out.
Closely watch for any sparks that might
fly from equipment you may be using. This
includes not only grinding equipment and
torches, but also any lawn care equipment
and off road vehicles.
Be sure that spark arrestors are in place
on all engines used near wildland fuel. Have
these engines tuned so they don't back fire.

Supervise children and be sure they un-
derstand the dangers of fire and the possible
consequences of their actions.
Report any fire immediately to 911
If parking on dry grass or brush, remem-
ber that the heat of your car can start a fire.
Extinguish all smoking materials before dis-
Take some time to pick up your yard and
clean your roof so you don't invite a wild-
fire to your home. Please enjoy the weekend
with your Mom while practicing outdoor fire

County has one confirmed case of swine flu

Collecting coins for charity
On Monday, May 3 Okeechobee Po-
lice Department Auxiliary Lieutenant
Lou Gomez, center, received a $500
donation to the police auxiliary unit
from Tabltha Trent, left, Heartland
Branch Manager for Riverside Na-
tional Bank and Megan Gwaltney,
right, customer service coordinator
at the bank. The check will be used
to be purchase supplies such as rain
gear and flashlights for the auxiliary
police. The donation is the result
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lobby. Every time someone pours
coins into the self-serve machines,
five cents of every dollar converted
Is donated to a local charity. "Every
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By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee now has one confirmed
case of swine flu. According to Frank Krupa
of the Okeechobee County Health Depart-
ment, the victim is a 27 year old female who
has no travel history but was in contact with
someone who had travelled abroad. She has
been treated and is expected to recover.
Mr. Krupa urges everyone to continue the
simple precautions of washing their hands
often, covering their mouth when they
cough and avoiding touching their mouth
and nose. If you feel ill, stay home and con-
tact your health care provider.
To provide the latest information on
swine flu, the Florida Department of Health
has opened a toll free information line at
1-800-342-3557. It is open from 8 a.m. to 8
The state now has at least 22 other con-
firmed cases. The increase in confirmed cas-
es is primarily due to the clearing of Centers
for Disease Control (CDC) testing backlog of
samples of probable cases previously sub-
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of the following counties besides Okeecho-
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OMS to present benefit

'Idol' event program

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Students of the Week
Osceola Middle School students selected as students of the week are: Sean
Chauhan, George Marshall, Michael Mayer, Ryan Daniel, Keirstin Bostwick,
Jose Garcia, Destiny Nunez, Jaynee Johnson, and Kiersten Petersen.

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Students of the Week
Students from Yearling Middle School chosen as students of the week for
the week of April 19-25, in the top of the photo from left to right are: Concep-
cion Gomez, Alma Garcia, Maribel Martinez, and Justice Baker. In the bottom
from left to right are: Ryan Reister and Chris Taylor. Also in the photo are: Mr.
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ent "Osceola Idol 2009" on Tuesday, May
19, at 7 p.m. in the Osceola Middle School
Gymnasium. They have 11 amazing student
performances; a local band comprised of
school board employees, and also staff solo
performances. Os-
ceola Idol 2009 is a
fundraiser to benefit
the Valerie White
Wells Scholarship at
Okeechobee High
School. Mrs. White-
Wells who died last
year, was a long
time resident of
Okeechobee, serv-
ing the community
through her service Valerie White-Wells
on the Board of
Directors for several organizations includ-
ing Hospice, Okeechobee County Library,
Chaka's Stars Foundation and the Women's
Business Association which named her
Woman of the Year.
Most importantly, Mrs. White-Wells will
be remembered by the students and staff
of the local schools in which she served for
many years and we would like to honor her
memory through the scholarship fund.
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EES students learn about recycling

Submitted photo
The second and third grade teachers
are on the left about to demonstrate
how easy it is to recycle by tossing a
bean bag into a pyramid of recycling
bins in front of their students.
Students at Everglades Elementary School
participated in Earth Week activities last
week, including a presentation from Waste
Management, Okeechobee Landfill. Second
and third graders gathered into the cafeteria
to learn what recycling means, how recy-
cling takes place locally, why it is important
and what happens to items that aren't re-
cycled. The second and third grade teachers
had a surprise part in the presentation when
they were called on to demonstrate how
easy recycling is by tossing a bean bag into
a pyramid of recycling bins. The teachers
were good sports and the students enjoyed
watching the challenge. Waste Management
community outreach representative Jenny
Pung read the new fiction book titled "Mi-
chael Recycle" to the group. The students
can read the story again, by checking it out
in their school library. Waste Management

donated a copy of each book to all elemen-
tary school libraries last October. All students
received an Earth Day sticker to commemo-
rate environmental awareness.
Waste Management, North America's
largest provider of waste and environmental
services announced an environmental initia-
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enough energy for the equivalent of 1 mil-
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double that output, producing enough en-
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terial managed. Waste Management cur-
rently manages 8 million tons of recyclables;
by 2020 it plans to capture enough of the in-
creasing volumes to manage more than 20
million tons.
Direct its capital spending of up to $500
million per annum over a 10-year period to
increase the fuel efficiency of its fleet by 15
percent and reduce fleet emissions by 15
percent by 2020.
Preserve and restore wildlife habitat
across North America. By 2020, Waste Man-
agement plans to increase by more than
four times the number of facilities-from
24 to 100-certified by the Wildlife Habitat
Council, and increase the number of acres
set aside for conservation and wildlife habi-
tat to approximately 25,000.

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Everglades Elementary School students of the week for the week of May 4. Kindergarten:
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Cassidy Johnson, Gabriela Carrillo, Tray Marshall, Oscar Longoria; Second grade: Carley
Ostavitz, Angel Lopez, Noe Diaz, Nayeli Urbina, Brittany Parker, Fernando Bucio; Third
grade: Lance Murphy, Kyle Morgan, Margarita Elias, Victoria Vaughn, Rosa Rivera; Fourth
grade: Joel Contreras, Annalleli Hernandez, Manuel Espinoza, Eve King, Amber Hudson;
Fifth grade: Maridda Faison, Jacob McGehee, Alex Hernandez, Marco Gonzalez. Congratu-
lationsl to our many outstanding students.


Including 2 sides and Cornbread
Breakfast & Lunch Breakfast, Lunch & Dinne
Monday-Wednesday ThursdaySunday


Ted Schiff, M.D, Dwayne Montie, D.O, Mark Loach, R-PA,
Sharon Barrineau, ARNP, and John Minni, D.O. lead the Water's Edge
Dermatology team of skin care professionals. They will provide you with
high quality medical and cosmetic skin care services in a personal and caring
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(Next to the hospital)

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May 10, 2009

Mother-Daughter program

welcomes 'Moms' to luncheon

Ashton Genna Lisa Regina Theresa
Santiago Lute Lumpkin Hamrlck Forde

The First United Methodist Church was
the setting Saturday morning, May 2, for a
Mother-Daughter-Friend program and lun-
cheon. The luncheon included a delicious
salad prepared by the wonderful cooks at
First United Methodist.
Regina Hamrick welcomed the over
100 ladies and opened with prayer. Genna
Lute began the program by singing. The-
resa Forde gave her testimony on the "Un-
known Blessings of Motherhood."
The audience really enjoyed her mov-
ing heartfelt speech of how the Lord
changed her views on being a mother. She
was emotional in one instance while the

ladies were bursting forth with laughter
the next.
Lisa Lumpkin gave a short speech on
the Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee. She
told of the girls and ladies that are coming
in there and how through counseling their
lives are being changed.
The center also gives girls pregnancy
tests and untrasounds.
The program concluded with Ashton
Santiago playing the keyboard and singing
a song of praise.
The women attending brought baby
gifts for the center or made donations to
the center.

Crystal Waldrop selected to

represent the State of Florida
This year, Crystal Wal- The Association of Surgical Technolo-
drop, OR Scrub Tech at gists (AST) recognizes those individuals
Raulerson Hospital, has who have upheld the highest standards
been selected to repre- and traditions of the surgical technology
sent the State of Florida as profession, and whose professional activi-
Association of Surgical ties have been devoted to the advancement
Technology Convention of the profession toward improving the
to be held in Las Vegas, Crystal quality of surgical patient care. Congratula-
May 25-29. Waldrop tions Crystal!

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submitted pnoto/eilly Dean
Radio station visit
Den Leader Jeff Younger brought
his pack of Cub Scouts to WOKC for
a tour of the radio station. The boys
were given a tour of the offices and
were interviewed "live" by Program
Director/Morning Show Host Billy
Dean and "NEW" Assistant Program
Director/Afternoon Drive Host Leroy
Dennis (not pictured). The boys had
fun playing DJ while earning their
Tiger Cub Badge. They were given
a copy of their interview on a CD as
a keepsake. From left to right are:
Jeff Younger, David Cantelini, Cole
Younger, Brenden Gurfee, Patrick
Lehman and Billy Dean.

Community Event

Children's Services Council Meeting
The Children's Services Council will meet
on Thursday, May 14 at 5 p.m. in the confer-
ence room of the Okeechobee County School
Board Office at 700 S.W. Second Ave.

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Right across the street from VNA
We will be using the back entrance off of 2nd St.

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Tuesday, 5:45pm
Thursday 9:30am


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May 10, 2009

Okeechobee News

Drought continues; water restrictions enforced

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
As the drought continues, residents are
reminded of the importance of following
water restrictions, especially since failure to
do so could result in a fine. Chip Merriam,
deputy executive director of South Florida
Water Management District (SFWMD) re-
cently sent a letter to area public officials
and law enforcement officers asking for their
support in enforcing water restrictions.
"The District remains vigilant to protect
the regional water supply and urges South
Florida residents and businesses to continue
conserving water and following landscape
irrigation restrictions," Mr. Merriam wrote.

This dry canal on S.W. 16th Avenue
shows how bad conditions are. There
is water in the lower end of the canal
but the level is dropping daily. As the
days get longer and hotter we will lose
more and more surface water due to

City code enforcement officer Fred Ster-
ling said he has given four written and three
or four verbal warnings. If the violations con-
tinue those people could be fined from $25
to $500. With each warning Mr. Sterling gives
out copies of the water restrictions. He thinks
the public will be cooperative once they are
aware of the restrictions. One problem he
noted is that the days for watering have been
changed and some people were not aware
of that. Another change that makes enforce-
ment easier is that restrictions now apply to
all sources of water.
While Okeechobee residents may still wa-
ter their lawns twice a week, Carol Ann Weh-
le, SFWMD executive director, recently signed
an emergency order limiting lawn watering
to one day a week for South Miami-Monroe
In Okeechobee County residents with odd
numbered addresses may water from 12 a.m.
to 10 a.m. or 4 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. Residents
with even numbered addresses and systems
such as multi-family units and homeowners
associations that have odd and even num-
bers in the same unit may water on Thursday
and Sunday from 12 a.m. to 10 a.m. or 4 p.m.
to 11:59 p.m.
Stressed plants can be watered 10 min-
utes per day on any day using a single hose
with an attached automatic shut-off nozzle.
New plantings, sod and landscaping can be
watered without regard to restrictions on the
first day it is installed. From day two to day 30
new plantings can be watered an y except
Friday. From day 31 to day 60 they can be wa-
tered any day except Friday and Sunday.

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BettyHazelliefo863.610.0144 _rl DeeReeder-863-610-2485

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There is no restriction on vehicle wash-
ing, pressure washing and decorative foun-
tains. However, voluntary conservation is
The period from November 2008 through
April 2009 is the driest six-month period in
South Florida going back to 1932. A burn
ban is in place on all SFWMD managed pub-
lic lands.
Between Jan. 2 and May 6, an average of
2.92 inches of rain fell over the 16 southern
Florida counties served by SFWMD. That is a
deficit of 7.69 inches from a normal year. For
the period Nov. 2, 2008 to May 6, 2009 the
16 county area received an average rainfall
that is 10.75 inches below normal. On May
6 Lake Okeechobee was at 10.93 feet, just
0.8 feet above that same date last year when
we were in a record drought and the lake
was headed toward the lowest level ever re-
Postyour opinions in the Public Issues Forum
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Community Event

Cowboy church to meet
On May 14 the Cowboy Church at Palm-
dale Community Center will meet at 6 p.m.
for food and fellowship and at 7 p.m. for gos-
pel music and the word brought this month
by Olie Ore from Clewiston.

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May 10, 2009

May 10, 2009

Community Calendar

Okeechobee News

A.A. meeting from 30 until 8 30 pm at the Church
of Our Saviour, 200 N W Third St It will be an open step
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, 242 Hwy 441
SE, Okeechobee, A A weekend noon meeting open
discussion. The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is
not affiliated with any 12 step fellowships.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 242 Hwy 441
S E Okeechobee, N A Sickest Of The Sick open dis-
cussion 7 p m
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 NW Second St
This will be an open meeting.
Coast Guard Auxiliary of Okeechobee meets the
second Monday of each month, at 7 p.m. at the en-
trance to Okee-Tantie Camp Grounds.
VFW #10539 Ladies Auxiliary lunch and bingo will
start at noon at the Post, 3912 US 441 S E Auxiliary
members and their guests are invited Please RSVP
to 863-763-2308
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 am at
the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott
The Genealogical Society of Okeechobee will meet
at 1:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee County Public Library,
206 S.W. 16th St. For information, call Eve at 863-467-
2674, or, visit their web site at http://www rootsweb
Artful Appliquers meets attheTurtle Cove Clubhouse,
10 Linda Road, from 10 a m until 3 p.m. For information
call 863 763 6952.
Flottlla 57 -U S Coast Guard Auxiliary meets at 7
p m at the Coast Guard Auxiliary Station located at the
entrance to Okeetantie on Road 78. Call to enroll for
course or to inquire about membership 863-763-0165.




Real Estate

1804 S. Parrott Avenue


(863) 357-4622

*150 pe m
Cal fo detail

561-462 0

The Civil Air Patrol meets at the Okeechobee Airport
THanger #1, meetings start at 7 30 p m For information
please call Capt. Joe Papasso 561-252-0916 or LI. Greg
Gernat 863-697-9915
Freedom Ranch Al-Anon meets at 7 pm at the
Freedom Ranch, 11655 Hwy. 441 S.E. Contact Jay at
863-467-8683 for questions or concerns
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 242 Hwy 441
S.E., Okeechobee, N.A. Nowhere Left To Go Group
open discussion at noon NA Sickest Of The Sick
Group open discussion
The Lighthouse Refuge Support Group for women
who are hurting, homeless meets from noon until 2 p m
at First Baptist Church, 401 SW. Fourth St For more
information call Donna Dean at 863-801-9201 or 863
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition meets at
11:30 am at the First United Methodist Church, lunch
is provided For information contact Jim Vensel at 863-
New Beginning's meeting of Narcotics Anonymous
is at 7.30 p.m. at Believers Fellowship Church, 300 S.W.
Fifth Ave It will be an open discussion meeting For
more information call Monika Allen at 863 801 3244.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee at the American Legion.
For information, Call Maureen Budjinski at 863-484-
Christian Home Educators of Okeechobee will meet
at the Grace Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 701 S
Parrott Ave. For information, call Lydia Hall 863 357
6729 or Betty Perera 863-467-6808.
AI-Ateen meets at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
NW Third St, at 8 pm For more information, please
call Amy at 863-763-8531 or Dan 561-662-2799.
AI-Anon meeting will 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
Grief and Loss Support Group meets at 10 am atthe

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thewaterand manybees Ehasanse
carport MLS #200971,$85,0. Call
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cabinets, stained glass front do e
l 18 gauge metal roof 50 year warar,-
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indude MUST SEE MLS #201548,
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Spring your horses 2/2 frame
House on 5+ acres 2nd kitchen
wlseparate entrance Nice open

Modular Home an 250 ares. Frut
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Stainless ste applaces wdhld safe
g Alwooddrframes Dedkwi
pool. Indudes aantot MLS20096,
$2990. Call Vi6i at 86364186

PARK MODEL on a deep pnvate
canal New metal roof Water soffen-
[ip er and punier Turn Key unit Condo,
Io I I 1 completely furnished night down to
S- the dishes. MLS #94421, $124,900.
Call Vicki at 863-634-4106.


Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St, in Okeechobee
Everyone is welcome For information, contact Brenda
Nicholson at 863-467-2321.
Family History Center meets from 1 until 5 pm at
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310
S.W. Sixth St. For information, call The Family History
Center at 863-763-6510 or Richard Smith at 863-261-
5706 for special appointments.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 7 30
am at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for
breakfast. For information, June Scheer at 863-634-
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at
7.30 p.m. in the fellowship hall at 1735 S.W. 24th Ave.
This is a men's only meeting For information, call Earl
at 863-763-0139.
AA meeting will be held from noon until 1 p.m. at
the First United Methodist Church, 200 N W Second St
This will be an open meeting.
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition meets ev
ery second Tuesday, at 11:30 a m at the First United
Methodist Church. For information contact Jim Vensel
at 863-697-1792.
The Lighthouse Refuge support group meets at
Believers Fellowship Church, 300 SW Sixth Ave. from
noon until 2 p m then from 6 30 until 8 30 p m Women
who need emotional support or someone just to care
are welcome. For information call the hot line 863-801
9201 or 863-697-9718
Compulsive overeaters are invited to a week
ly meeting. Overeaters Anonymous (OA) meets at

the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N Parrott
Avenue on Tuesdays, 6 until 7 pm (Use 4th Street en-
trance) For more information call Loretta at 863-763-
7165 or 863-697-0206.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 SW Third Terr, holds
meetings for persons with alcohol and drug related
problems at 6 p.m. For information call 863-357-3053.

New CBS Homes

3/2 cathedral ceilings, tile
throughout, wood cabinets,
plant shelves, appliances,
$113,000. inc. lot.
(Reduced price if built on your lot)

Contact (863) 634-0571
Lic# Crc1328235


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May 14th @ 10 AM
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Recruiters Available 24/7
888-783-1133; Ext 5024

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Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office is look-
ing for an IT Support
Duties indude desktop
user support, project
planning & implemen-
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puter and network
equipment inventory,
assisting in mainte-
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support after typical
business hours. Must
possess and maintain a
valid Florida Driver Li-
cense. Must be able to
sit for long periods of
time and lift and move
objects weighing up to
25 pounds. The Sheriff
or his designee retains
the right to vary from
these requirements.
Salary Negotiable.
Contact Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office
Human Resources for
an application to be
mailed or stop by at
504 NW 4th Street and
pick one up. Deadline
for application submis-
sions is May 15th.

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Scooter $500 also for
sale electric lift for sale.

AIR Machines 2 Like
new, black tower model.
$175. (863) 763-3932
plete, 1.5hp pump, wa-
ter softener, Pressure
tank. New $1250. Ask-
ing $650.

males. 8 wks. old. Par-
ents on premises. All
shots & dewormed.
Starting @ $800 Call
Apple head toy Chihuahua's
For Sale mother weighs 6
Ibs. & father weights 3 Is.
6" long by 3'tall.

PUPS-2 Males, All
shots/wormed, health,
$250. (863)801-6103

bile home clam shell
awnings 1- 6' x 2.8"
1- 6'x 2' and 2- 4' x 2'
Call (863)467-2589

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For more info. call

Blueberry $13,
Pomegranates $25,
$60, Apple Trees $55,
Peach Trees $55, Pear
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In Town, 2br/2ba, W&D,
$850 mo. + $500. sec.

Okeechobee News

May 10, 2009

May 10, 2009 Okeechobee News 15

to town. Newly renovat-
ed. Only $775 mo. in-
cludes water. Pets
okay upon approval.
Call 561-255-4377

nished 2BR, 1BA,
screen porch, boat dock
& lift, hardwood floors
through out, DW, W&D.
Includes Lawn Care,
water & satellite TV
$850 Ist & sec.

CBS 3BR, 1.5 BA, Carport.
1600 SW 3rd Ave. Near I-
brary. Fenced yard. $900
mo. $2000 to move in.

2BR, 1BA, 1 car garage,
W&D, DW, Ceiling fans
in every room, front &
rear porch, tile floors
through out, Located in
Kings Bay. Includes
lawn care & garbage.-
$775 first & sec.

KINGS BAY, Furnished
1BR, 1BA duplex, 1 car
garage W&D, tile floors
through out, ceiling
fans in every room. In-
cludes, lawn care &
garbage. $675 1st &
sec. (863) 467-7528

Iba, garage, CA/Heat,
great neighborhood, in
town, $950/mo, Lease
& Ref's required.

3BR/1BA Duplex, DW.
W&D Hookup, central a/c
& heat. 750 mo. + $500
sec. (863)763-4414

ft. per unit-4 units avail.
Cal (772)201-7473 &
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vate BR & BA, on lake,
Taylor Creek. Drug Free
env. Criminal bkgd. ck.
req. $350/mo.

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Orange Blossom
Ranches $99,900. 3/2
on dbl lot, built in 2000,
excellent cond. Call
Steve (863)801-1739

2BA on 5 acres, w/de-
tached metal dbl car-
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TOWN! For Rent: 2/1
apartment. Unit newly re-
modeled. Located 12
miles north of Okeecho-
bee on Equestrian Ranch.
Monthly water, trash &
lawn maintenance includ-
ed. No Pets! $495 Move
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Dbl. Wide 2 BR, 2 BA,
C/Air. $500 mo. 3 BR, 2
BA, C/Air. $600 mo. No
pets. (863)763-4031

refng, W/D & water, car-
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1 yr. lease & 1 mo. sec.

C/Heat & Air, on 2+
acres. Close to high
school. $850 moe 1st &
last. Indudes trash
pickup, water & lawn
maintenance. Call
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EST 17216 Brynwood,
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area, 4br, 2ba on 10
acres, barn, wrap
around porch,
$1000/mo, 1st, last &
sec (863)634-3844

2BR/1.5BA, Single, on
Kissimmee River,
$600/mo. + sec. & elec-
tric. Yearly lease.

55, 35' travel trailer
w/screen room,
$600/mo + deposit

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By Owner: Lake access
property, park mod-
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corner lot, gated adult
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CHEVY P/U -'51, 80%
Complete w/350 Came-
ra eng, & Trans. $3500
neg. (863)801-9136

Ford Trailer Hitch
Fits F150 & F250'97 up.
Like new. $125 Class 4

For Sale*GM Alloy Tires
& Wheels, New Tires -
Bridgestone's p~a45/s
$425 863-763-0944

- All elec, tow pack-
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1 owner, tinted win-
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air bags, a/c, auto. CD
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nice shape light weight
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is doing you in, it's time
to look for a helper in
the classified.

he Okeedobee sUliRfyA ory (oA) will receive Sealed Bids, for the
purpose of purchasing mtesalO for the following Prf
24-Inch Water Main Installation Pha I
Deatled pecficdatons and the hid package e Opuehase of me marer
ias ar ava able upoun from e oe o e Execive D or,

d must be delivered to John F Hayord, Eeute Dlreor on or before
3:00 PM on May 8, 2009. Bds shall be nand within a raled eon pe
with the bidder nme nleary marked on te outside of the id package
Aionally the sealed all be clearly marked as a sealed bid o
the above listed product or = li".
John F Hayfod
Execute Drector
319919 ON 5/6,8,10/09
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In the Super Court for the County ofColqut
State of Georgia
In Re. on ofCHRISTOPHER CLAY BROOME hfor te adopbon of
C.R.G, a minor male cld born October 24,2006.
ivil A on N, 09-AD- 159
To: SHAUN MICHAEL KOGuLT Last known adds: Okeechobee Florida,
and any other persons laming an interest in the above refren, d
Y are hereby notsfiod that a petlrn oafo rn an a o r-
minabon of your parental rights have been filed and mmened in this
out and youare required to wnen defenses any, hhe CleO k of
the above named Court and sere a c of your wnen defenses upon
Wdllam M. Mdntsh, attorney for petroner, at P Box 250, Moultre,
Georgia 1776, on or beh me 22nd day ofl unlne, 2 2r er s a ds
fault udmen wll be entered against u for the reief prayed for in the
Thorm taie shall be published once a week for four () onsecuve weeks
in e Okeecohe News pursuant to C G A. Se n 19-810 e).
mess m hand and eal of said Courn of Coqut County, Georgia on
th the 22nd day of April, 209.
Attorney for Peioner
O .E. Box250
MoulteGA 31776
31899 ON 426,5/3,10,17/09

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that te Board of County Com lon er of
Okeechabee County, orida will hold a public hearing on Thursday
28, 2009 at 9 00 a m in the Commission Meeting Room, Oke0dobee
County Health Deparent Adtonum 178 NW Sh Avenue, Okeecho-
bee, FlRoda. The purpose of te heanng e to reeee puli comments in
nsidertion of the abandonment of a platted rod located in River Acres
Addion No that is further described as follows'
A parcel of land located in Sectioan 22 and 27 Taownshi 36 South Range
33, Okeen ee County, Floda, being more particularly dscnbed as fol-
Tha potn of the Chsa-Stan Drive Road Riht-of-Way acrdng to me
plat of River Acres Subdason Addion No 1 as recorded in at Book 5,
Page 26 and 27 Publc Records of Okehobee County, Roda being
bounded! follows:
Bounded on the North by the Northeasterly prolonabon of the North Lne
of Lot as Rcorded n aid Plat Rver Acres SubdT son Addtlo No. 1
Bounded on the Southeast by the following Particularly Described line.
Conmence at the mst Easterly corr of Lot 7 as recorded aid lat;
Thence South 88524" East depang said Lot 7 along the Southerly
Rht-of-way line of said Chns-Stan Donve Road Rightsaf-Wa a distance
of 87.65 feet to the Point o Beginning
Thene Norm 0902531 Wes t deparng raid road Rlghtsaf-Wa a de-
tance of 89.91 eet to a pot on the SaormIe I of Lot 13 an recorded
in aid Plat and the End of the particularly descbed ine.
TIe above derolbed parcel of land contains 1.78 ares, more or less,
Beanngrs redted herein based on the Plat of River Acres Subdisno
Addlon No. 1 as recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 26 and 27 Publ Record
of sd Okeechobee County, Flnda.
A co of is noce will be available for public inspeon at the manning
and Development Department 499 NW 5thAvenu, Okeedobee, Flond
each weekday expt holdays between me hours of 8:00 a.m and 4:30

Al interested parties and cdtens shall have the opportunty to be heard at
this public hearing Any peren deding to appeal any deson by the
Board of County C owners th respe to any matter wondered at
this ean wil need to ensure that a veat record of the preed
is made and tat the record includes the testony and evide upon
whhthemap al based. Coun Clerk tape auforthe lepurposeof
backup fr mal records of the lerk
Olr Aet I,. Chairman
Sharon Roberson, Clerk
erd of County Comunhr sone
Okeechobee Coun, Forda
Petton r-20094w
320090 ON 5/10/09


CASE NO.: 199-DP-094
B.F. DOB: 3/30197

Rb orn an amisun-


312 N.W. 3ad STREET,
316410 ON 4/26;53, 10,17/09
The Workrce Development Board
of the Treasure Coast Region 20
and the Treaure Coast Worfor
Conorpum anonces a mee of
the Execute Committee th o whd all
pesnsd are ivetrd
Date & Tme: Fnday, May 15, 29 -
8.00 a.m.
Pl' Workre Develbpment
Board of te Treasu reCoa
University Park
584 NW Unlrsity Blvd.,
Sute 100
Port St Lucie, Flonda 34986
URPBSLTO discuss mater con-
cemsng the w orkforce Iues ment
Acn Amencan Recwvery and Reirn
vstment Act of 2009, Workfore
Employment Opporuniti, the Wel-
fare Transon rogm One-Stop
Cairer Centers, Federap Stimulus
Funding and the Wororce Develop
ment ard. A py of theagenda
may be obtained by contract
Workforce Development Board
of the Treasureoast
University Park
584 NW Unerity Blvd.,
Suite th
Port St. Luoe, onda 34986
Should any pen to appeal
any decslon made by the Board wth
respect ay matter consdered at
the above referened meeng they
will need to ensure a verbatim re
cording ofe prcedgs is made,
whh record ndud the tesbmony
and edene upon whh the appeal
Is based, in order to provide a ord
for udaal review
320212 ON 1110109

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Last own address: Last known address: Last knw address:
354 NW lh Ave 151 SW 20h Te 3261NW M4h Dr
O6aechobee, FL Okeecah FL Oee ee, FL
LessaL SLe n Anl n Jamres R. Murphy, Jr
La known address: La known address: Last knwn address:
3542SE wy 441 878 NW 113M D 5 SE th Ar e
#17 ObeeoeR FL Okeedobee, FL
oOechobee, FL
OseW. Green Api L Murra
ephana M. Ath, Last ownadess. Lastown addess:
Last own address: 1073 NW 30h Ter 4311SE28 St
3421 SE 38 Ave #6 Okabee FLR Okedbeeo FL
Obeechobe, FL
Tra L. Lmes Tatnta Y. Nea
Deboani L Aey Last known address: Last known adss.
Last own address 2355 SW28hSt 686SE 16h Ae
510 NE 9t St Okeecbee, F Oeede, FL
Okeecobee, FR
Johan M. Hne Cae M. Noian
T Bast Last nown address: Last known address:
Last lon address: 1004 SE 8 Dr 21 SE 3 Ter
3655 SE 42nd Pace Ouaeebe O FL O bee, FL
Oeedchbee, FL
Hnier InE. Ham Henaner K, n nbsar
sn L Belamy Last knownade. Lastown address:
Last known address: 876 NE 28h Aw 12 SW llth Dr
1359 NE Ter Okee abee FL Okeechobe e, FL
Obeedsobe, FL
JoniKHolt Mrnhael CPat
rneda M. Can y lwn address: Last known address.
Last known addss. 4437 SE 23nrd 652 NE 29t Ae
652 MNW 3 St #13 Okehb ee, F Okeec e, FL
dB M. amp Lone B. Roadnguez
Comne ate Lanown address: Last knwnaddess:
Latelo nwnaddress: 1508 NE 39mh B 895NE28hE A
1011 NW 39th Or Obee be FL OeebeeFL
Oedchabee. FL
saneaR r Saraswam
Gerad R. Koss Rafael Sonano
amie L Con Last known address. Last n address:
Last own address: 681 E 68h Bld 18563 NW 272nd St
1025 SE2tSt Oke abee, FL Okedbee FL
EsnT Lenesuof, tR Grey A Saton
emfe Coner Last known address: Last known address.
Last known address. 110 NE h Ave W337NW36hAw
3544NW4hAie Oeecobeena FL Oeedobeea, FL
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Traey LLUes oashua D. sew ms
Le otton La own address: Last known address:
Last lon address: 1202 NE llth St 205 NE 5th St
SE 13th Ave Oeechbe, FL OeebeeFL
Oeehobee, FL
Oayton D. unebely Grace D. Stewart
Ann M. Dersa Last knownade. Lastown address:
Last known address: 820 SE 10th St 512 SE 1oh Ave
S96NW 9, St #3 Okee bee, RFL Okbeeo FL
Obeechobe, FL
Deoro T Long eobetJ.Salg
ennf L Daz Last known address: Last known address.
Last known address 2151 NW 262nd St 6275 NW 154m St
3126 SE 2O Q O hbee, FL Okeedde FL
Ge ia o Loe e lames B. Tmmns
BefTminoD.r n La. t nwnaddres: Laest nwadress
Last known address: 8190SEHwy441 8270 SE 57th Dr
408 NE 7t St #19 eedbee FL
Ooeacbcee, FL Oeabee, F
Chaies D. Wae
Seen Ea Rber Maldado Last own address:
Last own address: Last n own address: 2480 2 1 D
5774 NE 3rd L 3748 NE2nd eSt OabeeR FL
Oechobee FL Obeechsee, FL
Cy L. Ward
Scoe L Eaim BretuA Mcure Last known address,
Last own address. La known ade. 821 SE 16h St
S605NE3dL 3614 SE 35A Oeedee, FL
OkeedoeeF Okeefbtee, Ft
Thomas L Watord
Nefao M. Frter Steie L Md Last knwnad ss:
Last lownaddress: Last known address: 135SE68th A
2341SW 24 Aw 2489NW4hSt Oee hbeeFL
Oteechceea FL Oteechobee, FL
Mu ael a. Weaer-
Ganettwl Fower Tomas Meaa LastF on address:
Last known address: Last nown address: 5313 NE 224 St
1501 SE 5Sth 223a SPaTBA Okheecbee, FL
OoerdhobeasFL Oaechibe n oFL
Roberat W. nnad R0boar. Milen best known address,
Last known addss. Labest known address, 920NW 9th
6300 NE 9tWay 6269 SE 96C I Or Oeeeda oeea, kR
LaJesse D. Zdprer:,
2405NWS5H Ave
OteedFbee, FL
Youa herebynotiedthatyourelg tytoosnqu Youare
required to intact the Supervorf Electios, in Okeechobee, Ronda, no
later than thirty (30) days after the date of this publhed noe, to reee
the informabon regarding the bais for your potenal relglbily and the
poedlure to resolve ths matter Fallure to respond may result in a dter-
mlnabo of Ineglb, by the Suberso; and your name l1 be removed
hom the statewide voter regstrabon system. If further assstance is need-
ed, please contact the Okeechdlbee County Supesod of Electeos Office.
Published one tbme m the Okeechobee News
Gwen Chandler
Okeechobee County Supersor of Elections
307 NW 2nd Steet
Okeechobee, Flonda, 34972
(863) 763-014
Publish. 05-10-09


State Softball tournament old home week for Brahmans

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Six Okeechobee alumni were involved in
the Florida Community College Athletic As-
sociation state tournament last weekend in
Brevard Community College, led by
Okeechobee's Kelci Breaux had the best fin-
ish of the teams with local players as they
reached the finals of the tournament before
losing out to eventual champion Florida
Community College.
Breaux had a wonderful season as she
was first team all Southern Conference. She
won 20 of 25 decisions and struck out 156
batters in 178 innings pitched. Breaux had a
miniscule earned run average of 1.10.
Breaux was also a work horse at the tour
nament Friday and Saturday. She won two
games on Friday, over the Seminole Raiders
and the Central Florida Patriots. Breaux al
lowed three earned runs in seven innings
against Seminole and one run over three in-
nings in the win over Central Florida.
Saturday Breaux pitched a complete
game over the Dayton Falcons in a 2-1 vic-
tory. She allowed two runs over five innings
in a no decision against Florida Community
College. Her team lost that game 5-4. Breaux
allowed four earned runs in three innings
plus against Florida Community College in

Community Event
Impact Cheer Camp
registration dates set
The First Baptist Church Summer Impact
Cheerleading Camp will be held from June
15-19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ages run from
kindergarten through 10th grade. The cost
is $125 which includes lunch each day and
snacks. Registration forms can be picked up
at the ROC or the First Baptist Church office.
Deadline to register is May 15. If you
have any questions, please contact Teresa
Arrants at the ROC office, at 863-467-7625.

the final, a game won by the Stars, 14-5.
They advanced to the national champion-
ships in Utah.
Breaux recently signed a scholarship with
Florida Gulf Coast University.
Kelley Smiley was player of the year for
the Southern Conference. She was first-team
all conference. Smiley had a great all around
season. She batted .425, drove in 26 runs,
and had 35 stolen bases for the Indian River
Pioneers. The Pioneers had a 46 9 record
during the regular season. Friday was a bad
day for the Lady Pioneers as they lost both
games, 4-3 to Central Florida and 5-1 to
the Seminole Raiders. Smiley had three hits
against Seminole. Smiley has been heavily
recruited by four-year schools. She will at-
tend Auburn in the fall.
"It was exciting that I did all that this year.
I worked hard and I felt I deserved it," she
Smiley said that she was really looking
forward to attending Auburn and intends
to study sports management. She did regret
her team didn't fare better in the state tour
nament. "We just didn't hit very well and
didn't play together. It was good to see the
other girls, they all did well."
Alisha Claxton hit .333 with 16 runs bat-
ted in for Indian River College this year. She
had five doubles. Claxton had four plate ap-
pearances at the state tournament.
Jordan Marcum stole eight bases for Mi-
ami Dade Community College this year. Her
team won one out of three games at the
state tournament.
Mary Huff was named first team all con
ference in the Suncoast Conference. She
won 19 games for St. Petersburg College.
Her season included 205 innings pitched
with 122 strikeouts and a great earned run
average of 1.88 runs per game.
Huff pitched in two games in the FCCAA
Gulf District Tournament. The Lady Titans
lost to the Pensacola Pirates 4-1 and the
South Florida Panthers 7-5 on Friday. Huff
started both games and pitched well against
Pensacola. She allowed two earned runs
over six innings plus with five strikeouts.

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Huff took the loss in the night cap to South getting used to. I'm going home to Okeecho-
Florida as she allowed four earned runs over bee for the summer."
three innings. Huff will help coach the 14 and under
Huff said she enjoyed her freshman year team for the Chobee Firestix softball league
in college although she admits it was a bit of this summer.
an adjustment from high school, "I liked it a Lauren Throop went 0-1 for St. Peters-
lot. It was really different and it took a lot of burg in the tournament.

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