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(left) "Aunt Dot" Williams, age 90, gives her answer to how much a bottle of Coke cost when
she was a girl as Morgan Buxton listens intently. (right) Belva Fortner, age 90, poses with
Nicole Schoonmaker after they finished their "When you were in fifth grade," interview.

(left) Erma Randolph, age 85, watches as Katelyn Bourgault records Miss Erma's response to, "What
was your favorite game to play at recess?" (right) Jim Price, age 85, talks about his after-school
chores on his parent's farm in North Carolina while Robbie Jolly listens carefully to every word.

Students visit health care facility

Katie McWaters, a first-year
teacher, and her mother, Mary,
both fifth-grade teachers at North
Elementary, recently took their
classes to Okeechobee Health
Care Facility to participate in an
inter-generational activity with
the residents.

First, the residents and students
sang some "good old songs" to-
gether along with exercise move-
ments, followed by interview
time where the students were
each paired with a resident and
recorded the residents' responses
to a set of questions about when

the residents were kids.
The students also shared the
results of their interviews with
the entire group speaking into a
microphone. Prior to returning
to school, the students enjoyed
See Students Page 2

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By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
'Sign, sign,
everywhere a sign'
At their meeting on Tuesday
night, Jan. 19, the Okeechobee City
Council once again took up an is-
sue that won't seem to go away
the sign ordinance.
"I can't believe we are halfway
intelligent people and we can't
figure out a sign ordinance," said
Councilman Dowling Watford.
"This the most frustrating thing we
have ever discussed."
"There has got to be a better
way to do it," stated Councilman
Mike O'Connor. "The people are
as frustrated as we are."
City planner Bill Brisson, who
also serves as planner to several
other cities, admitted that the sign
issue was a difficult one. He said
another city he works with spent
nine months straight on the issue.
"This is the worst area of plan-
ning," Mr. Brisson said.
Despite many lighthearted com-
ments, the city council appeared to
be trying to find a fair, easy to un-
derstand and easy to enforce way
to deal with signs.
There was agreement on one
matter-any sign that is attached
See City Page 2

2 Okeechobee News January 22, 2010

Schools see marked increase in free and reduced meals

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The number of children who qualify for
free meals increased by 18 percent, and
those that qualify for reduced price meals
increased by 20 percent during the first se-
mester of the 2009-2010 school year, Food
Services Director Michelle Perkins told the
School Board Tuesday night.
In a sign of the economic times, Ms.
Perkins said Everglades and Seminole El-
ementary have approached 90 percent of

Continued From Page 1
to a building or permanently anchored can
be dealt with in the building permit process.
Other types of signs and temporary advertis-
ing devices-such as spotlights, searchlights
and windsigns caused disagreement.
Instead of a time limit for such temporary
signs as banners, feather flags or sandwich
signs, Mr. Brisson proposed that the total
number of all signs be limited. That would
make for easier enforcement because a
code enforcement officer could simply ride
by a business and count the signs. It would
not be necessary to keep up with the length
of time each sign was displayed. Current
regulations already deal with temporary
signs that have become soiled, faded, torn
or frayed.
Under the proposal discussed, the com-
bined area of all building signs, ground signs
and pole signs would be limited to one
square foot for each linear foot of property
on a frontage street plus one square foot
for each two linear feet of property on side

Continued From Page 1
snacks in the patio area under the oak trees.
Additional activities are planned for Valen-
tine's Day and a spring kite-making and kite-
flying activity, which Katie participated in
when she was a student at OHS.
For more photos of the event, see page

students who qualify for free and reduced
price meals. Numbers at the middle school
have approached 70 percent, and the num-
ber at Okeechobee High School is close to
50 percent.
"There is a substantial increase. Every
week we see more and more people come
in to apply," she said.
The School Board approved a policy
change for their school breakfast program
that brings the district into compliance with
federal standards.
Ms. Perkins said she thinks Okeechobee

streets. There would also be a limit on the
total square footage of other advertising
There was some discussion as to which
types of signs and temporary advertising de-
vices, if any, would require a permit. Only
one inflatable sign or search light or spot-
light would be permitted on a single lot.
The council also discussed the distance
a sign should be set back from the property
line and if signs in a window, whether they
are inside or outside the glass should count
toward the total area of signage allowed.
After a lengthy discussion, no action
was taken. However, the issue is sure to be
In an unrelated matter, the council voted
to follow the recommendation of the code
enforcement board and start foreclosure
proceedings against Arthur Davis' property
in the 1100 block of Northwest Sixth Street
because a code violation fine due to exces-
sive overgrowth had accrued for more than
90 days.
"That much overgrowth doesn't belong
in the city limits," was the opinion of Mayor
James Kirk.


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will be able to offer universal free breakfast
and lunch to students if the trend continues.
"Usually this time of year were not col-
lecting applications," she said. "Now we see
new people in every week to fill out applica-
Federal law allows universal breakfast in
schools where 80 percent of their students
qualify for free and reduced price meals.
"I think we'll see that here until the econ-
omy fully rebounds in the area. Sometime
next year we may hit the mark and offer
universal breakfast at all the schools," she

"This is a really, really, really, really seri-
ous step," stated Councilman Watford. "It
seems like a harsh penalty for not cleaning
a lot."
Mr. Watford suggested cleaning the prop-
erty and putting a lien on it.
Councilman Lowery Markham feared
that if the city mowed the property now,
they would have to mow it again later.
Mr. Watford cast the lone dissenting vote
again the foreclosure.
The mayor recognized Jerry O'Bannon
for service on the board of trustees of the
police officers' pension fund from Jan. 13,
1981 to May 31, 1993 and on the board of
directors of the general employees' pension
fund from June 1, 1993 to Dec. 31 2009.
In other action, the council:
approved the standard lease agreement
for financing police cars for 14 Ford Crown
Victorias and five Dodge Chargers;

Ms. Perkins added that studies show that
children do better in school, have fewer be-
havior problems, attend school more often,
and have better attention spans and reten-
tion when they are well nourished.
She said test scores have gone up each
year in Okeechobee County schools since
2005, and the meal program has something
to do with it.
"We work hard on the menu to make
sure the foods offered are something the
kids will actually eat," she said.

awarded a contract to Vest Concrete for
median curbs;
approved the temporary closing of
Third and Fourth Avenues in Flagler Park on
March 27, for YMCA Family Fun Day in the
Park; and
appointed the following members to
the City Grievance Committee: Melisa Jah-
ner regular member and Kim Barnes alter-
nate member representing Administration/
Clerk/Finance/General Services, Billy Doug-
las, regular member and Mitch Brydebell,
alternate member representing Fire, Skip
Eddings, regular member and Bill Saum,
alternate member representing Police and
Marvin Roberts, regular member and Cling
Gould alternate member, representing Pub-
lic Works.
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By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
The pilot of a small plane was forced to
make an emergency landing in a pasture on
S.R. 70 W when his engine sputtered and
then stalled.
According to a report by Deputy Michael
Hazellief, of the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO), the plane safely landed
on property near Newcomer Ranch a little
after 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19.

January 22, 2010

14-year-old girl charged in burglary

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A local teen, suspected of burglarizing
a local home in which items with an esti-
mated value of $5,000 were stolen, has been
Summer Elliott, 14, S.W 10th Ave., was
arrested Wednesday, Jan. 20, and charged
with the felonies of burglary of a dwelling
and grand theft. After being booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail, she was taken to
the Department of Juvenile Justice Deten-
tion Center in Fort Pierce.

According to an arrest report by Detective
William Suggs, of the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO), Elliott allegedly en-
tered the home while the owner was gone
and took a large quantity of jewelry as well
as DVDs, two DVD players, a bottle of wine
and a suitcase full of Mary Kay cosmetics.
Detective Suggs went on to state that El-
liott was initially picked up by Detective Bet-
tye Taylor of the Okeechobee City Police De-
partment because the girl had been reported
missing. Detective Taylor reportedly found
the girl at a local residence and when the
teen was taken into custody the detective al-

legedly found a large amount of jewelry in
Elliott's purse.
Because the city detective knew of the re-
cent burglary, she took the teen to the sher-
iff's office where she was then interviewed
by Detective Suggs.
The OCSO detective contacted the hom-
eowner who responded to the sheriff's of-
fice and reportedly identified the recovered
items as those that were reported stolen.
In his report, Detective Suggs described
Elliott as a habitual runaway.
He went on to say that despite the arrest,
the case is still under investigation.

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The Cessna 150 was being piloted by
John Lorne Diamond, 28, of Powell, Tenn.
No one else was on board the plane, and Mr.
Diamond was not injured.
Deputy Hazellief's report indicated that
Mr. Diamond had left Sarasota and was
making his approach to the Okeechobee
County Airport when his engine stalled. He
reportedly told the deputy that he believed
his plane ran out of fuel, even though his
gauge indicated there was fuel in the plane.

The plane did not appear to be damaged,
the report added. Mr. Diamond reportedly
told the deputy that when the plane touched
down he did not apply the brakes and al-
lowed the plane to coast to a stop.
Deputy Hazellief went on to state that Mr.
Diamond was given permission to leave the
plane on the property over night, and that
the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
would take over the investigation.

Couple arrested on felony pot charges

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee couple miJ
was arrested on felony drug
charges Wednesday evening
after their car was stopped
because neither person was
wearing a seat belt, stated a
report. Jose F
Arrested Jan. 20 wereHar er
Jose Feliciano Harper, 23, a
N.W 294th St., and Stacey Denise Vickers,
23, of the same address. Both were charged
with the felonies of possession of marijuana
with intent to sell and possession of mari-
juana over 20 grams. Harper and Vickers
were also charged with the misdemeanor of
possession of drug paraphernalia.
Harper and Vickers were booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under a bond of
$15,500 each.

An arrest report by a de-
tective with the Okeecho-
bee Narcotics Task Force
said the car being driven by
Vickers was stopped in the
tI3000 block of S.R. 70 E. by
keechobee County Sher-
ill s Office (OCSO) Deputy
Justin Akins.
Stacey D. As Deputy Akins spoke
Vickers with Vickers a task force
detective responded to the
scene to be the deputy's back up. Because
the occupants of the car "were acting ner-
vous," OCSO K-9 Rex performed an exterior
sniff of the car and gave a positive alert.
During a search of the car Deputy Akins
and a task force detective found a small
wooden box hidden under the carpet in the
trunk of the car. They reportedly found sev-
en, quarter-ounce plastic bags containing
51 grams of a green leafy substance and 15

Okeechobee Arrest Report

'dime' plastic bags that contained the same
substance. That substance was field tested
and indicated a positive result for the pres-
ence of marijuana.
The task force detectives later went to the
home shared by Vickers and Harper and re-
portedly found an additional 271 grams of a
substance in a locked safe that, when field,
indicated a positive result for the presence
of marijuana. It was estimated by detectives
that all of the seized pot had an estimated
street value of around $367.
According to the detective's report they
also found numerous small plastic bags,
identical to those found in the car, as well as
a pipe used to smoke marijuana and a plas-
tic pill crusher in the safe.
The task force detective stated in his re-
port that Harper said "... he sells marijuana
to pay his bills."
A third occupant in the car was later re-
leased because he was found to have no in-
volvement, stated the report.

The following individuals were arrested
on felony or driving under the influence
(DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
or the Department of Corrections (DOC).
Jonathan Wilson, 32, N.E. 14th Ave.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 19 by Depu-
ty Marcus Collier on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with violation of pro-
bation possession of cocaine. He is being
held without bond.
Jocinda Nadine Pramick, 23, S.E. 23rd
St., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 19 by
Deputy Joseph Hall on a felony charge of
uttering a forged instrument and a misde-
meanor charge of resisting a law enforce-

ment officer without violence. Her bond
was set at $2,750.
Adrienne R. Joyner, 26, S.R. 70 E.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 19 by Ser-
geant Justin Bernst on a charge of pos-
session of a controlled substance (three
counts). Her bond was set at $15,000.
Jeffery Michael Aldridge, 41, S.W 28th
St., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 20 by
Deputy Sergeant Clif Gill on a warrant charg-
ing him with felony battery. His bond was
set at $30,000.
This column lists arrests and not convic-
tions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed
here who is later found innocent or has had
the charges against them dropped is wel-
come to inform this newspaper. The infor-
mation will be confirmed and printed.

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Senator from Massachusetts
Riding a wave of voter anger to win the
U.S. Senate seat held by the late Edward M.
Kennedy for nearly half a century, Sen. Elect
Brown has changed the landscape. The loss
by the once-favored Democrat Martha Coak-
ley in the Democratic stronghold is a stun-
ning embarrassment for the White House
after Pres. Obama rushed to Boston on Sun-
day to try to save the foundering candidate.
Her defeat signals big political problems for
the president's party this fall when House,
Senate and gubernatorial candidates are on
the ballot nationwide.
The stunning embarrassment is that
Martha Coakley did nothing to fight for the
job. I am not really sticking up for the Demo-
cratic side here or the Republican side, I am
just sad that Ted Kennedy's cronies didn't
fight harder.
The "cronies" didn't believe for a mo-
ment that there was any danger to her elec-
tion. The Senate position was commonly
referred to as the "Kennedy Seat," Sen. Elect
Brown just schooled the "cronies" that this
seat belongs to the people of Massachu-
Effect it will have in a realistic sense: Ev-
eryone moves on, the world keeps spinning
and Obama will win a second term because
the only people hating Obama more than
Republicans is, of course, conservatives and
who listens them? Other conservatives.
This is a HUGE development for both
parties and for the direction of Obama's
agenda. The Democrats sure dropped the
ball on this one. Republicans now feel confi-
dent that they can tap into the anger/resent-
ment over the failures of Obama's agenda
this past year. They now have a game plan
to win back more seats in the Congress next
November win the votes of independents.
They just have to find the right candidates
who can lure away these independent vot-
ers. Brown is just that kind of candidate.
Brown is no extremist and may prove him-
self to be a reasonable politician once he
gets to D.C. From what I read I like the guy

- he has shown a lot o01 chutzpah by coming
from out of nowhere to win a Senate seat in
a strongly blue state and I agree with him
on a number of issues. I am glad to see that
one party does not have too much power.
Democrats have a serious lesson to learn
- they are going to have to work on creat-
ing a health care bill that includes more of
what moderate Republicans want. This will
also come into play on upcoming issues like
immigration. My only concern is now that
the Republicans see weakness in Obama
and the Democrats they will be unwilling to
compromise on anything and now nothing
will get done. Will some reasonable people
do the right thing and work together to get
things fixed this coming year? That'll be the
story for the next ten months.
I especially liked Brown's statement
that the president could say anything he
wanted to about him, but when he started
running down his truck that was going too

Chamber is open
The chamber are down there working
as volunteers as the chamber is really strug-
gling financially. Even though the building is
paid off, it sits on land that belongs to the
Hamrick Trust, so there are limits on what it
can be used for. They recently asked if they
could rent out offices to raise money and the
city attorney told them that would violate
the terms of the Hamrick Trust. Their only
sources of revenue are chamber dues
which have fallen off due to businesses clos-
ing and the poor economy and the festi-
vals. Many Florida towns have already seen
their chambers close. Okeechobee is lucky
we have some chamber members who are
willing to volunteer their time to keep the
chamber office open.

Keeping kids safe
It's hard to be a parent. You want to
keep your kids safe and then you find out
that people you think you can trust such as
teachers, youth ministers, club volunteers,
and even other children are accused of do-
ing the unthinkable. Who can you trust?
The reality is you can never be 100 percent
sure. So you do the best you can. The most
important thing is to talk to your kids hon-
estly and often and make sure they know
they can talk to you. If you are too embar-
rassed to talk to them about sex, you are
leaving them unprepared when someone
else brings up the topic. Protect your chil-
dren by arming them with the knowledge
they need to deal with things that happen.


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Letter to the editor

My Aunt's House Christmas
Our Christmas drive this year was big-
ger and better than ever before. With the
help of each and every one of our sponsors,
'My Aunt's House' was able to fill over 360
wishes. For about three weeks before Christ-
mas, our 'Closet' surely looked like Santa's
Workshop. There were new toys, clothes,
and gifts everywhere. Thank you.
None of this could have happened with-
out the excellent support we received from
so many of our dedicated neighbors in
Okeechobee. Thank you Butch's Redneck
Yacht Club; Eagles Club of 441 SE; Florida
Power and Light Indiantown, Glades Electric,
Pine Creek Sporting Club, Riverside Bank,
Peace Lutheran Preschool, Mary Magdalene
Methodist Sunday School, Brighton Commu-
nity, Children's Service Council, Community
Collaborative Council, Dollar General Store,
Whiddon Enterprises, Inc.
Thank you to all the other businesses,
families and individuals that sponsored so
many of our needy children. This was a
tough year economically for all in our com-
munity, but because of you, and people like
you, My Aunt's House was able to fill over
360 BIG BLACK BAGS with toys, clothes and
gift for our Okeechobee disadvantaged chil-
On the pick up day of the Big Black Bags
(from Santa of course) we received hugs,
kisses, happy tears and thanks from all. We
told each of the families, as we always do,
"We were just the volunteers in between.

The people who donated the toys, clothes
and gifts are the one who should receive
the credit." So, we are trying to do just that!
Thank you very much.
My hope is that next year, as a sponsor,
you visit the 'Closet' on one of the pick up
days. Then you can see for yourself the dif-
ference you made.
Thanks again,
Judy Watts, director
Anna Adamo, Christmas
Bike sports in Okeechobee
It would be nice if Okeechobee would
look into the sport of BMX Bicycle Moto-
cross Racing. It is now an Olympic Sport.
A BMX track will enhance the community
both economically and socially. BMX pro-
vides a safe and challenging sport for kids of
all ages, both male and female. It promotes
a healthy environment and family bonding.
Develop a vacant lot into a playground and
better yet, no one sits on the bench, every-
one rides. Please Okeechobee support you
in our community and consider building
a NBL BMX track for our community. For
more information about NBL BMX Racing,
go to:
Mina Coleman
America needs better
Obviously, average hard-working Ameri-
cans are fed up with "The System." My fam-

Community Calendar

Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669
meets at 9 a.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W Second St. The public is
invited. All persons interested in a sensible
approach to losing weight and becoming
a part of a caring group are welcome to
come and see what we are all about. For
information, contact Ollie Morgret at 800-
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at
the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W
Second St. It will be an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the
Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W Third St. It
will be an open speaker meeting.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to a
weekly meeting. Overeaters Anonymous
(OA) meets at the Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church, 312 N. Parrott Avenue on Fridays,
6 until 7 p.m. (Use 4th Street entrance.)
Overeaters Annonymous is not a diet
club. There are no dues, fees or weigh-ins.
The only requirement for membership is a
desire to stop eating compulsively. For more
information call Loretta at 863-763-7165 or


Ballroom dancing
in Okeechobee
A group class in ballroom dancing is be-
ing offered in Okeechobee at Church of Our
Saviour Parrish Hall, 200 N.W Third Street
on Saturday afternoons at 4 p.m. The cost
for the hour lesson is $10. Private instruc-
tions are also available. Come and enjoy the
fun with or without a partner. For more in-
formation call 772-794-9040.
AA. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N.
Parrott Ave. It will be a closed discussion.

A.A. meets from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at
the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W Third
St. It will be an open step meeting.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30
until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Savior,
200 N.W Third St.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to
1 p.m. at the United Methodist Church,
200 N.W Second St. This will be an open
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at
9:30 a.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone
who enjoys singing is invited. For information
or to schedule an appearance for your
organization or group, contact Marge
Skinner at 863-532-0449.

ily, 5th generation, Florida cattlemen, has
fought its way through "Regulations" to try
and make a living by providing beef and cit-
rus for the consumer. Little profit has been
made compared to the sweat and expense
Even more important is the fact that my
children and grandchildren are inheriting a
"mess" with the corruptness and "out-of-
touchness" of our government. Court-reform
has to precede any reform. We don't need
any more "Flakes" in congress. We need
"Constitution-Minded," conscience-guided,
morally-grounded, 12-hour-a-day workers,
to represent us.
We need new voices in government;
voices For, Of, and By the people of the Unit-
ed States of America. Bernie DeCastro is one
of those voices. He is running for U.S. Sen-
ate. Bernie, praise God, is NOT a politician.
He is a common sense, smart, grounded,
hard-working American willing to sacrifice
his time to stand-up for principles this nation
was built upon.
Bernie needs 112,446 signatures of reg-
istered voters to get on our Florida ballot. I
have personally known Bernie for over 20
years and I'm asking for Okeechobee to
support a man who is willing to "step-up-
to-the-plate" and look at Washington with
your eyes!
Please take a minute, go to: www.elect- and learn about a man who can
help us and then help him get elected.
Bernie is going to be in Okeechobee this
Sunday Jan. 24 at 4 p.m. at Freedom Ranch,
11655 U.S. Hwy. 441 SE, to meet you and try


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Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low
around 57. West southwest wind around 5
mph becoming calm.
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around 57. West southwest wind around 5
mph becoming calm.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 81.
Calm wind becoming east southeast around
5 mph.
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low around 63. East southeast wind around
5 mph.
Sunday: A 20 percent chance of show-
ers. Partly cloudy, with a high near 81. South
wind between 5 and 15 mph, with gusts as
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to answer your questions. Please join us for
an afternoon of music, helpful information
and get a chance to meet this native Florid-
ian, Bernie DeCastro.
Thanks Okeechobee,
Jeff Clemons

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January 22, 2010

Okeechobee News

Community Events

2010 State of the Region
On Jan. 22 the Okeechobee Eco-
nomic Development Council, a division of
Okeechobee Main Street, in cooperation
with Florida's Research Coast will be host-
ing the "2010 State of the Region" event from
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Florida Atlantic
University Campus in Port St. Lucie. The pro-

gram will feature speakers from Enterprise
Florida, Quantum Innovation, Scripps Flor-
ida and Workforce Florida. Please RSVP by
contacting Michael Corbit at 772-335-3030 x
438 or You can also
contact Brian Cartland of the Okeechobee
Economic Development Council at 467-6246


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

Kirby Dale Joiner, 54
OKEECHOBEE Kirby Dale Joiner, 54, died
Jan. 21, 2010, in ( i... . .. .I
Mr. Joiner was born in Stuart, and was a life-
long resident of ( i.,, i- i ,,
Kirby was a Journeyman Lineman by trade,
working through-
out the U.S. travel-
ling with his wife.
He was former
owner and opera-
tor of Joiner
Spreader Service, K
& D Trucking and
K & D Sawmill. He

was a member of
the IBEW Local /
Union #222, state I J

wide local in Flori- ,a i
da. He en-
joyed fishing and loved his children,
grandchildren and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Mose
Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Darlyne

Joiner of ('i., mother, Edith Joiner of
Okeechobee; son, Todd Kirby Joiner (Jackie) of
Port St. Lucie; daughters, Sarah Joiner-Clay of
Port St. Lucie, and Becky Joiner-Smith (Eric) of
Okeechobee; brothers, Johnny Johnson (Jan-
ice) and Mose B. Joiner (Nancy) of Orlando; sis-
ters, Phyllis Walker and Marie Veasey (Walter)
all of (,ir....i grandchildren, Sarah Joiner,
Logan Dale Smith, Eric Smith, Jr. and Melissa
Baccarini; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins,
nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hos-
pice of (0i.... 0 P.O. Box 1548, Okeecho-
bee, FL 34973.
Visitation will be 1:30 to 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan.
24, with a service to follow at 3 p.m., at the
Okeechobee Church of God, 301 NE 4th Ave,
Okeechobee. Burial will follow at Evergreen Ce-
metery, Okeechobee. Arrangements are under
the direction of Haisley Funeral & Cremation
Service. A guest book may be signed at

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Jake M. James Jr.
OKEECHOBEE Early Sunday morning on
January 17, 2010, Jake was called home to rest
with the LORD. Jake M. James Jr. was born
March 16, 1941. The late Mr. and Mrs. Jake
James Sr. announced the arrival of their third
Jake attended school in the Mobile County
School system in
Alabama and gradu-
ated from Central
High School. After
furthering his educa-
tion at Alabama A.
and M. University,
where he received a
Bachelor's and a
Master's degree, he
joined the U.S. Ar
my. Mr. James was
preceded in death
by his wife,
Madora T. James, and to this union,
was born two sons.
Jake moved to Okeechobee in 1966 and held
the positions of Teacher, Dean, and Assistance
Principal in the Okeechobee County School sys-
tem. After 37 years of service to the educational
system, he retired in 2003.
Jake and family joined St. Stephens AME
Church and became active members. He was
appointed Pro-tem of the Trustees Board and
served for 20 plus years.
Jake leaves to mourn two sons, Gregory S.
James (Charlotte Burguss) of (I .i. i ..l... and
Jason T. James (Tanya Sanders) of Atlanta, Ga.;
fiance, Shirley Townsend of West Palm Beach;
sister, Ruth Carolyn (Eugene) Fritz of Mobile,
Ala.; three brothers, Rev. Douglas M. (Ella)
James of Mobile, Ala., Ronald P. (Beatrice)
Spurlock of San Dimas, Calif., and Leroy Jones
of Hopewell, Va.; brother-in-law, Retired Ser-
geant First Class Edward N. Archie of Mobile,
Ala.; sisters-in-law, Anna Belle James and Gloria
Jones both of Mobile, Ala., and Lucille Walker
of Chattanooga, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Kayla
Madora James, Alexus Autumn Osceola James,
Zora Sanaa James, Wilo Lorene James and
Gregory Scott James II; 31 nieces and nephews;
a host of great nieces and nephews and several
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan.
22, at Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Funeral
services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at
First Missionary Baptist Church, 811 NW 9th
Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. Reverend
Zebedee Fennell will officiate. Interment will be
at Evergreen Cemetery.
Friends may sign the --ii. ,-i.....1. at www.bas-
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass ('i.... i... .- Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 NE 2nd ST, ('.... ii,,I,, FL

Friday night Youth Rally
Believers' Fellowship Church, 300 SW
Sixth Avenue will be hosting another Friday
Night Youth Rally from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday,
Jan. 22. All teens and church youth groups
are invited to attend. Games, food, fun, mu-
sic and a message from guest speaker Tom
Pasquarella are in store for the evening.
Don't miss out on the fund!

Library program Saturday
As part of the Composers and Lyricists of
Broadway and Hollywood series Ian Nairn-
sey will give a talk on Dorothy Fields at noon
on Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Okeechobee
County Public Library, 206 S.W 16th St. The
presentation will be illustrated by slides and
musical selections.

Poker run benefit planned
A poker run and pulled pork dinner ben-
efit are planned to help Skip Hines, who was
injured in a motorcycle accident. The event
is set for Jan. 23. The Poker Run will start
at Barracuda's on U.S. Highway 441 North.
with the first bike out 10:30 a.m. last bike out
11:30 a.m. The route runs to VFW #9528 in
Buckhead Ridge on State Road 78 W, then
to Good Spirits on U.S. Highway 441 S. then
to VFW #10539 on U.S. Highway 441 S.E.,
then to Big Mike's Sports Bar 'n Grill by 2:30
p.m. Dinner will start serving at noon for $7
a plate. The menu includes pulled pork,
baked beans, coleslaw and wings. There
will be live music by Cripple Creek and
Charlie Karoke, drawings, an auction, a free
bike wash and more. For more information,
contact Bonnie Neal at 863-824-0703.

FHREDI meeting planned
A public meeting of the Board of Direc-
tors for Florida's Heartland Rural Economic
Development Initiative, Inc. and Florida's
Freshwater Frontier, Inc. is set for Monday,
Jan. 25, at 10 a.m. at the Heartland Educa-
tion Consortium, 1096 U.S. Hwy 27 N., Lake
Placid. All interested persons are invited to
attend. One or more county commissioners
may be present at the meeting.

OHS Drama Club to host
Variety Show fundraiser
For The Love of Broadway A Variety
Show will be held as a fundraiser for the OHS
Drama Club Sound System. The event will
take place on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m.
at the OHS Auditorium and will star Pam
Gaucin, Judson Harris, Jillian Jaynes, Lonnie
Kirsch, Doug McCoy, Patricia McCoy, Karen
VanBeek, and more and will feature musical
favorites from South Pacific, Chicago, RENT,
The King and I, Little Shop of Horrors, Les
Miserable and many, many more! Tickets
are $20 each and all proceeds will benefit
new sound equipment for the drama club.
Refreshments will be served at intermission.
For tickets please contact Debbie Raulerson
at OHS, 863-462-5025 ext. 8011 or Pat McCoy
at North Elementary 863-462-5100.

Masonic Lodge holds
breakfast on Sunday
The Okeechobee Masonic Lodge will hold
a breakfast on Sunday, Jan. 23, from 8 until
11 a.m. The menu will include eggs, bacon,
sausage, grits, pancakes, biscuits and gravy,
juice and coffee. The lodge is located at 107
N.W. Fifth Ave. The public is welcome.

CCC meeting date set
The Community Collaborative Council,
a part of the Shared Services Network of
Okeechobee, will meet Tuesday, Jan. 26,
at 10 a.m. in the board room of the School
Board Office.

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Okeechobee News January22, 2010

County Fair to offer old and new kinds of fun

The 2010 Okeechobee County Fair is just
around the corner.
The Fair kicks off on March 12, at 5 p.m.
with a tribute to the original subscribers
who financially supported the development
of the Fair.
Patrons coming to the fair on opening
night will get in free by bringing three items
from the "Forgotten Soldiers" Web site. You
can go to our Web site at: www.okeecho- by clicking on schedule for
more information.
Opening weekend will feature a free con-
cert with the price of admission by "Hotel
California A Tribute to the Eagles." New
events featured this year will be the Little
Miss Okeechobee County Fair on Friday
evening, March 12, along with a 'Parade of
Breeds' horse show and exhibition.
THe Miss Okeechobee County Fair Beau-
ty Pageant will be held on Saturday, March
13 in the Entertainment Tent beginning at 5
p.m. Also, on Saturday, there will be Horse
Speed events starting at 4 p.m.
The first weekend also features the
Okeechobee Cattlemen's Association Spring
Rodeo. The rodeo begins at 2 p.m. on Satur-
day and Sunday. Also on Saturday afternoon,
the Seminole Tribe will host Seminole Heri-
tage Days with alligator wrestling, cooking,
sewing demonstrations and other events.
During the week, the fair will have en-
tertainment featuring the Okeechobee Idol
Karaoke Contest and the Timmy Bast Band.
This year, Wal-mart is sponsoring a Guitar

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Hero contest on Student Night, Tuesday,
March 16. So, all of you potential rock stars
come out and test your skills. Contest rules
are on our Web site as well as the registra-
tion form.
Other free entertainment throughout the
entire 10 days of the Fair includes the Kan-
Do Magic Show, Pig Races and the Petting
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Another new feature of this year's fair is
the Motor World displays which will be on-
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The Youth Livestock Show will be going

all week and includes lambs, beef breed-
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cows. The fair will also feature the Milkable
Dairy Cow for the youngsters to try.
The exhibit tent will be full of displays of
all kinds. There will be vendors, The "Corn
Box," competitive events and many more
non-profit exhibits including many outstand-
ing entries from our schools.
The fair will wrap up with the Demolition
Derby on Sunday, March 21. As well all are
keenly award, trying economic times are still
with us. The Fair Board in conjunction with
Wade Shows will have ride armbands fea-
tured everyday along with discounted ride

Leather craft class invites beginners
Would you like to learn about leather craft? Our local Florida Everglades Leather Guild
will be holding free beginner classes at the library starting this month. The first class is set
for Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 10 a.m. until noon. The next date will be set for Saturday,
Feb. 6, from 2 until 4 p.m. You don't need previous knowledge or any supplies. Call to
reserve 863-226-3436 and speak to Sharon to reserve a spot. Space is limited.
Orchid club has program on backyard growing
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orchid pottery for sale. The Garden Club will meet beforehand at 6 p.m. These programs
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January 22, 2010 Okeechobee News

The Dixie Echoes to perform in Okeechobee
For 50 years, the Dixie Echoes have been 7 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 425 phones with just a piano. Respected among of Fame: J.G. Whitfield (1997), Dale Shelr
delivering the gospel message in song across SW 28th Street in Okeechobee. their peers and industry leaders alike, the (2001) and Billy Todd (2009).
America through their spiritually uplifting Considered to be one of the pioneer gos- Dixie Echoes are recognized as one of the The Dixie Echoes have perform

music ministry. pel groups, the Dixie Echoes have returned
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Lotto winner helps Okeechobee High golf team

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee's recent Lotto winner didn't
wait long to give back to the community.
Jack Fulce presented a check of $20,000
to the Okeechobee County School Board
Tuesday night to help their high school golf
"I was blessed with my check, so I'm
blessing the kids with this check," Mr. Fulce
told the crowd as they gave him a standing
Mr. Fulce said he was inspired by the
team when he worked as Assistant Superin-
tendent at the Okeechobee Golf and Coun-
try Club a few years ago. He got to know
some of the golfers and parents, and felt
they needed the help.
Girl's golf coach Lonnie Sears said the
money will come in handy for the teams.
'This year we had to scramble for money
especially the boy's team," the coach ex-
plained. "We put on another fund raiser to
go to the regional this year. This is a huge
help and will help a lot."
Mr. Sears added that helping young
people is what it's about. He said Mr. Fulce
showed a lot of class doing what he did.
OHS Principal Toni Wiersma said she
was speechless when Superintendent Dr.
Patricia Cooper called her Tuesday morning
with the news. "I just think it's fantastic," she
said. "It's one more example of how well
this community supports our schools and
our kids."
Mrs. Wiersma said many of the golfers
showed up for the meeting and were very
appreciative of the donation.
"We have an upcoming golf program,
both boys and girls," she said. "If you notice,
on very short notice, a number of our golfers
were here."
In other actions the Board honored
James Steiert, a freshman who qualified for

the state bowling tournament this fall.
The board also honored the Okeechobee
High School FFA Environmental Science Ca-
reer Development Event Team that finished
second in the state this year.
Three members of the team were on
hand for recognition, Chelsie Houston, Josh
Radford, and Trey Watson. Another member
Brittany Serrano was unable to attend the
meeting. Houston was the highest ranked
individual in the state competition, Radford
finished 10th overall and Watson finished
seventh overall.
The board also honored kindergarten
teacher Sharon Nipper who announced
her retirement. She worked 31 years for the
School system.
The principals of Central Elementary, Ev-
erglades, North, Seminole, and South, along
with Yearling middle school and Okeecho-
bee High school were honored for improved
performance on last year's FCAT test. Each
school received Florida School recognition
program funding this year.
The board also approved a product and
services agreement with Century Link for
Wide Area Network Communication Servic-
es. It will cost the district $6,202 per month.
The board also voted to expel four stu-
dents for a variety of disciplinary problems. A
ninth grader at New Endeavor was expelled
for assault and battery on a school board
employee. A seventh grader at New Endeav-
or was expelled for possession of prescrip-
tion drugs without a prescription and defi-
ance of authority. An eleventh grader at New
Endeavor was expelled for possession of an
illegal substance at school. A ninth grader at
New Endeavor was expelled for defiance of
The Okeechobee Education Foundation
will also hold a dessert theatre on Friday
night from 6 to 8 p.m. at Indian River State
College in Okeechobee.
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Code magistrate recommends reduction of fine

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Special Magistrate Lois Nichols recom-
mended that Okeechobee County Commis-
sioners reduce a code violation fine in one
case and delayed imposition of fines in two
other cases during hearings conducted Tues-
day afternoon, Jan. 19.
Investoo, LLC recently acquired a Trea-
sure Island lot. The property had accrued a
code violation fine of $25,400 because of a
condemned structure, overgrowth, debris
and an unlicensed vehicle. Attorney Colin
Cameron, representing the owners, re-
quested that the fine be reduced to zero. He
said his client was not aware of the fine. Mr.
Cameron said that the property appraiser
had assessed the property at $19,000. He
said his client intended to improve the prop-
erty which would put local people to work
and increase the taxable value of the prop-
erty. However, if the fine could not be re-
duced his client intended to let the property
go for taxes. The magistrate recommended
that county commissioners reduce the fine
to $3,000.
Gloria Jean Vonderau was facing a fine
because of the condition of her N.E. 103rd
Avenue property. It was noted that unli-
censed vehicles had been removed, the
property cleaned up and the burned out
structure was secured. All that remained to
be in compliance was securing a demolition
permit, demolishing the building and clean-
ing up all construction debris. Therefore, the
case was continued until next moth.
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a fine for a barn constructed on their N.W.
304th Street property without a building per-
mit. However since a permit application had
been submitted, they were given more time.
At the March hearing the permitting process
will be assessed.
The N.W 22nd Avenue property of N &
A Real Estate XI LLC was not brought into
compliance by removing nuisance weeds
and overgrowth by the compliance date set
by the special magistrate. However, since
the owners did not receive notification of the
magistrate's decree until after the compli-
ance date and they acted promptly to clean
up the property once notice was received,
no fine was imposed.
The case of Penny Chaisson was contin-
ued until February at the request of code en-
forcement officer Beth Albert.
Vidal and Tiela Torres had been cited for
constructing a shed without a permit on
their S. R. 70 W. property. Code enforcement
Albert stated that on Jan. 4, a building permit
had been issued for the property. Mrs. Torres
requested an extension of time to allow for
ordering and shipping of siding for the shed.
Therefore, the compliance date was moved
to March 11.
Laura Holt had been cited for an unsafe
structure on her S.E. 60th Drive property.
According to Mrs. Albert a demolition per-
mit had been issued and the building had
been torn down but the debris had not been
cleaned up. Therefore, Mrs. Holt was given
until Feb. 11, to clean up the property. After
that date she could be fined up to $250 a day
for every day of noncompliance.
The properties of Big Lake Properties

and Vernon Dean Barefoot were found to
be in compliance and those cases were not
In other cases, Phillip McCallister had
been cited because of a condemned build-
ing, extreme overgrowth and accumulated
trash on his 37th Way property. According to
Mrs. Albert, Robeldan Acosta has extreme
overgrowth on his vacant N.W 98th Street
lot. According to code compliance direc-
tor Tim English, Kellie Chapman did some
work on a garage on S.E. 42nd Street with a
building permit. In all these cases the special
magistrate decreed that they must come into
compliance by Feb. 11, or face a fine of up to
$250 a day for every day of noncompliance.

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Last second shot gives Brahmans win

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Aaron Suarez sank a basket as time ex-
pired as Okeechobee High School defeated
a stunned South Fork Bulldogs squad, 55-53,
in boys basketball action Tuesday night in
Tropical Farms.
Suarez made his only basket of the game
thanks to a tough rebound by Troy Harper,
a great outlet pass, and an assist from Matt
"It was a great rebound," Brahman Coach
Bryan Van Camp said, "The kids played ag-
gressive and tried to win the game, and
didn't play nervously."

It was a back and forth game as neither
team built much of an advantage in the con-
test. Okeechobee led by one point at half
time and trailed by one point after three
South Fork trailed 53-52 with just five
seconds left when a foul was called. South
Fork's Austin Karrick hit the first free throw
but missed the second. Harper rebounded
and led Okeechobee on a fast five second
fast break.
"It was really exciting especially for Aar-
on. He has struggled a bit on offense in the
past few games. Hopefully this will build his
confidence. It was a big shot for him," Van
Camp added.

Duelle Gore had 17 points and 10 re-
bounds for Okeechobee, (9-7). Stefan Dom-
browsky had 14 points to lead South Fork
"We never gave up, it was a close game
all the way," Van Camp said, "It is good to
win a close game on the road. I think the
kids made the right decisions down the
The Okeechobee JV and the Okeechobee
freshman team also earned victories at South
Fork. The freshman team is now (3-0). The
JV played a wild game leading by 17 at the
half. The boys saw their lead shrink to one
point in the third after a 17-2 Bulldog run,
and then rebounded to win by 10 points.

Cross Country team earns school board accolades

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee High School Boys Cross
Country Team was honored at Tuesday
nights School Board meeting for their won-
derful year.

The team finished fifth overall in the state
this year. Eddie Guerrero finished as the 15th
top runner in the state. The team also de-
fended their district championship and fin-
ished second in the region.
Coach Julie Bohannon said the team had
a bunch of great boys this year and had a
great season. She said she hopes to do it
again next year with a new cast of charac-
"It's a great feeling tonight," she said. "It's
a wonderful feeling just to be honored and
recognized. Sometimes we go unnoticed,
but tonight was a great opportunity to put
some faces to the names you see in the pa-

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Cross country runner Shawn Horvath
is honored by Superintendent Cooper.

Lionel Jones was among the cross
country runners honored at Tuesday's
school board meeting.

Adult Flag Football league forms
All players and managers interested in
the 2010 Adult Flag Football League are
encouraged to attend an organizational
meeting Thursday, Feb. 4, at 6 p.m. at the
Civic Center on Hwy. 98 N. Team fees are
as follows: Men's League $350; Wom-
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per all the time."
Members of the team honored included
Mauro Dominguez, Eddie Guerero, Shawn
Horvath, Lionel Jones, Adrian Leon, Agustin
Leon and Adrian Tagle.
Horvath said the season was more than
he expected this year due to graduation of
some great runners last June, "It was great
that we finished as well as we did. You can't
complain at all about a fifth place finish in
the state."
Horvath said he hopes to continue his
running career in college next fall. "It was
fun to get recognized. I can't say that I don't
like it. Attention is nice sometimes."

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OHS wrestlers earn home victory RaEteI= )
CIO Bro i_ -< eor

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School wrestlers de-
feated Treasure Coast 45-24 in a very com-
petitive match at Okeechobee High School
on Wednesday night.
Okeechobee got the benefit of some for-
feits in four weight classes, 112, 130, 135,
and 189 pounds in their 11th victory of the
"Treasure Coast has some good kids
there is no doubt about it," Brahman Coach
Bruce Jahner said, "We gave them some
good matches and came out on top in a few
and lost a few, overall it wasn't too bad."
Okeechobee got victories from Mitch-
ell Dean at 119 pounds as he pinned Jon
Voigt in 1:21. Josh Gruber defeated Sammie
Hampton 3-1 at 130 pounds. Ryan McCann
of Treasure Coast defeated Bryan Levins in
the opening match, 17-15 in a tough match.
Steve Santil of Treasure Coast pinned Don-
ald Bryan at 145 pounds.
Ryan Meigs might have turned the match
around as he defeated Elvis Smith of Trea-

sure Coast at 152 pounds. It took him just
under three minutes to pin his opponent.
Meigs said he wasn't waiting around and
went right after his opponent, "He was pret-
ty strong and dang hard to get a hold of. I
just tried my hardest."
Meigs dedicated the match to teammate
Tony Bowers who has been battling a seri-
ous illness and unable to wrestle this year.
Bowers presented Coach Jahner with a gift
before the match as he addressed the crowd
about his battle against the disease.
"Tony is a great kid," Jahner said, "We've
been working with him all year and talking
to him and giving him support. You never
want to see a young man fall into a condi-
tion like that. He's pushing through and
working hard, and hopefully he'll get things
worked out."
In other matches Justin Santillian of Trea-
sure Coast defeated Alan Garza 17-12 at 160
pounds. Lionel Ruiz of Okeechobee pinned
William Cheer in just 53 seconds in the 171
pound division.
Ruiz, who just started wrestling this year

in his senior year, said his friends encour-
aged him to compete this year and he's en-
joyed wrestling. "I just tried my best. I didn't
want to lose in my home town. My family is
here, my friends are here, and my town is
here. I wanted to do my best for them."
Ruiz said he is learning every day and still
needs to improve before the district tourna-
ment next month.
Trevor Howard of Treasure Coast pinned
Zac Griffith at 215 pounds and Brandon Hale
of Treasure Coast pinned Saul Garcia in the
heavy weight match.
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Alan Garza (right) lost 17-12 to Trea-
sure Coast in a back and forth match.

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Josh Gruber continued his strong se-
nior year with a victory by decision
against the Titans.

Taylor Creek Condominium Okeechobee

garden apartment with enclosed (sliding glass win-
dows/screens) patio with great views. Totally remod-
eled. Kitchen has been upgraded to granite counter-
tops, new cabinets, refrigerator, microwave, dish-
washer, tile flooring. Bathroom has been upgraded with granite countertops, tub tiles,
tile flooring. All new upgraded windows, new hot water heater, new stacking Kenmore
washer/dryer. Newer Trane A/C. Plantation blinds. Walk-in closet in master has new
shelving. Easy to see. Call Falco (561) 358-2423

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Sat. Jan 23rd, 8am-?,
Broadland Lane. Furni-
ture, wheel chair,
lots of misc.

Parrott Avenue, Friday
& Sat., 8am 3pm.
Huge Yard Sale. No
Early Birds, Please.
Storage stalls 398-403.
Tools, household, furni-
ture,etc. Too many
items to list!!!

Shop here first!
The classified ads

1/22 & Sat., 1/23, 8:00
am til 1:00 pm, RBar,
2741 NE 54th Trail, Big
Multi Family Sale. Purses,
Jewelry, clothes, sports
equip, Holiday stuff

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go to

Earn up to $100 per day.
Evaluate retail stores,
training provided, No ex-
perience required. Call

CARPENTER needed in
my home. Light work.
Must have own tools.
Will pay for all materi-
als. Call 863-697-2161


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How do you find a job
in today's competi-
tive market? In the
employment section
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Dump Truck, Back Hoe
& Bobcat Services...
by Jason Summerford

Fill Dirt/Shell Rock
& Bob Cat work.
Call 863-467-47341

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NW OKEE: 2br, quiet St.
Pets ok, $650/$750, 1st,
last & $500 sec.
ciency. Very clean!
$500/mo. Incl. utils. No
pets. Call 561-329-8205

1BA, furnished, no pets.
Pool. $650 mo. + 1st &
sec. 502-468-5976.
Taylor Creek Condo
2/1, furnished. Pool,
Dock. $875/mo + 1st &
sec. (863)634-8757

2ba, great neighborhood,
tile throughout, $975 &
up/mo, 1st & sec move in
(561)248-3888 or


OKEE, Furn. Rm. 1 mile
from Walmart, priv. en-
trance, w/d $130/wk &
dep., utils incl.
(863)763-7331 msg

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CBS furn., 2BR, 2BA,
garage, screen porch,
affordable financing
352-895-8376 Must Sell

Great Income property
3/2 DWMH with fireplace,
hot tub and a 1/1 SWMH
on 2 1/2 acres w/2 sheds
Call 863-484-0910.

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Adorable 2/1, Ancient
Oaks, + 55, completely
furnished, with boat
ramp, gated community,
incl. water, cable, lawn
care & w/d, annual $595,
seasonal $995 inclds
electric Available immedi-
ately, sec dep, 1 small
pet okay (863)801-9027

2+ acres. 1 mile from
high school. $850 mo.
Includes lawn mainte-
nance. 1st & last. Call
(863)467-2563 or

FOR RENT: 3/2 and 2/1
Cottages. Newly remod-
eled. 12 miles north of
Okeechobee on beautiful
ranch. Water, trash &
lawn maintenance includ-
ed. NO PETS! M-F.

FT. DRUM AREA furn.,
older mobile home, 1.5
br, iba, $425 dep., $425
mo. rent (912)925-2147/
(912)224-4658 or
RV with added on living
room. Utilities incl.
$450/month + deposit.
Call 863-763-3762

Treasure Island 2BR
SW on water, Ig. lot,
$450 mo., good place
for boat. 863-226-3436

Mobile Home Angels

DBL WIDE 2006,
3br,2ba, 28x56, exc
cond., move on your lot
for $28,000

For Sale 60 x 14; 2 bd
2 ba in Adult trailer
park. Lrg kitchen, FI
room, screened back
porch on canal, util
bldg, boat dock. Many
extras. For information

dbl wide on water, porch,
Ig edition, boathouse,
$100,000 (863)763-0474

2 br, 1.5 ba, completely
furnished w/screen
room, extras $10,000

Wanted: Dependable
Mechanic's helper. Some
experience required.
Please apply in person
between 10-2 at 2530
NW 16th Blvd.

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The County Coalition for Respon-
sible Management of Lake Okee-
chobee and the St. Lucie and
Caloosahatchee Estuaries and
Lake Worth Lagoon will hold its
Annual Policy Meeting and BBQ on
Friday, January 29, 2010 at 10:00
a.m. at the SFWMD Field Station,
1000 N.E. 40th Avenue, Okeecho-
bee, Florida.
Please take notice and be ad-
vised that if any person desires to
appeal any decision made by the
Coalition with respect to any mat-
ter considered at this meeting,
such interested person will need a
record of the proceedings, and for
such purpose may need to ensure
a verbam record of the proceed-
ings is made, which record in-
cludes the testimony and evidence
upon which the appeal is to be
Clif Betts, Jr., Chairman
County Coalition for
Responsible Management of
Lake Okeechobee and St. Lucie
and Caloosahatchee Estuaries
344408 ON 1/22/10

The Okeechobee County Board
of County Commissioners will hold
its Regular Session on Thursday,
January 28, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. at
the Health Department Auditori-
um, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okee-
chobee, Florida.
Any person deciding to appeal
any decision made by the Board of
County Commissioners with re-
spect to any matter considered at
this meeting will need a record of
the proceedings, and that, for
such purposes, he or she will need
to ensure that a verbatim record
of such proceedings is made,
which record shall include the tes-
timony and evidence upon which
the appeal is to be based.
In accordance with the Ameri-
cans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
and Florida Statute 286.26, per-
sons with disabilities needing spe-
cial accommodation to participate
in this proceeding should contact
Paula Poskon, no later than two
(2) working days prior to the pro-
ceeding at 863-763-4559 or
863-763-2131, ext. 2111. If you
are hearing or voice impaired, call
TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or
1-888-447-5620 (TTY).
Clif Betts Jr, Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida
344405 ON 1/22/10

344357 ON 1/22/10

LOCATION: Okeechobee County Airport
Okeechobee, Florida
FDOT F.M. No.: 42234019401
PROJECT: Rehabilitation of Taxiway A &C
DATE: January 22, 2010
1.SEALED BIDS will be received by the Okeechobee County Board oi
Commissioners at 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Judicial Center, Okeechobee
Florida 34972, on or before February 23, 2010 until 2:00pm (Loca
The Owner reserves the right to hold all bids for a maximum period oi
120 days prior to awarding the contract or rejecting all bids.
2.At the time mentioned above, bidding will be closed and those proposals
received will be publicly opened and read aloud in the Office.
3.AII proposals shall be submitted on the forms furnished by the Owner
Each proposal submitted shall be placed with all required attachments in
a sealed envelope, and this envelope shall in turn be placed in a 9 x 12
inch envelope. Both envelopes must be sealed and marked as follows:
Bids for the Project: Rehabilitation of Taxiway A & C
Okeechobee County Airport
Okeechobee, Florida
4.Copies of plans and specifications will be available February 1, 2010 anc
may be examined after this date at the office of: Mr. Donnie Oden
Capital Improvement PrQjects Manager 1690 NW 9th Avenue
Okeechobee FL 34972. (863) 763-0805
5.Plans and Specifications may be purchased beginning February 1, 201C
for a fee of $100 per set from AVCON INC 5555 E Michigan Street
Suite 200 Orlando Florida 32822 (407) 599-1122 Contract Documents
will be sold only as complete sets. Pfan set purchases will be non-re
fundable and will become property of the bidder.
6.A pre-bid conference will be held on February 15, 2010 at 2:00pm, 169C
N.W. 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34972.
7.Any questions relative to this project shall be addressed no later than
February 18, 2010 in writing to AVCON INC., 5555 E. Michigan Street
Suite 200, Orlando, Florida 32822, Attenbon: Hilary Maull, RE.; e-mail:
hmaull (avconinccom phone: (407) 599-1122, fax: (407) 599-1133
Copies of written responses will be provided to plan holders of record
who purchase bidding contract documents.
8.A certified check, drawn upon a state or national bank, or a bid bond is-
sued by a corporate Surety licensed to conduct business in the State oi
Florida, in a sum not less than five percent (5%) of the total amount bid,
made payable to the Okeechobee County B.O.C.C., is required with each
9.This is a federally funded project and the use of certified disadvantage
businesses (DBE) is encouraged. The DBE goal for this project is 10% o
the total contract value.
10. A Performance Bond for an amount not less than 100% of the bid price
and a Payment Bond for an amount not less than 100% of the bid price
will be required from the selected bidder at the time he/she enters into a
contract with the County.
11. The County reserves the right to reject any and all bids, and to waive
any informality of the bids received.
12. No proposal may be withdrawn after the scheduled closing time for the
receipt of proposals for a period of 120 days.
344491 ON 1/22/10

January 22, 2010

I Public Notice

Public Notice

January 22, 2010 Okeechobee News 19

Case No.: 2009-DR-208
Division: Domestic Relations
TO: Melody Tommie

YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an ac-
tion for Dissolution of Marriage, in-
cluding claims for dissolution of
marriage, payment of debts, division
of real and personal property, and
for payments of support, has been
filed against you. You are required
to serve a copy of your wntten de-
fenses, if any, to this action on Tra-
vis W. Trueblood, Pebtioner's
attorney, whose address is RO. Box
1270, 24704 U.S. Hwy. 27, Moore
Haven, FL 33471, on or before Feb.
8, 2010, and file the onginal with the
clerk of this court at Okeechobee
County Courthouse, 312 N.W 3rd
Street, Okeechobee, Flonda 34972,
either before service on Petitioner's
attorney or immediately thereafter;
otherwise a default will be entered

againstyou orereledemanded
in the petition
WARNING: Rule 12.285 Ronda
Family Law Rules of Procedure, re-
quires certain automatic disclosure
of documents and information. Fail-
ure to comply can result in sanc-
tions, including dismissal or stnking
of pleading
DATED this 4th day of January
By: Arlene Nealis
Deputy Clerk
342929 ON 1/8,15,22,29/10

The Workforce Development Board of the Treasure Coast (DBA, Workforce
Solutions) Region 20 and the Treasure Coast Job Training Consortium an-
lounce a public meeting of the Workforce Development Board to which all
persons are invited:
Date&Time: Wednesday, January 27 2010 8:00 a.m.
'lace: Workforce Development Board of the Treasure Coast
584 NW University Blvd., Suite 100
Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
PURPOSE, To discuss matters concerning the Workforce Investment Act,
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA Workforce
stimulus projects and budgets), Workforce Employment Opportunities, the
Welfare Transition Program, One-Stop Career Centers and the Workforce
Development Board (DBA, Workforce Solutions). A copy of the agenda may
be obtained by contacting:
Workforce Development Board of the Treasure Coast
DBA, Workforce Solutions
584 NW University Blvd., Suite 100
Port St Lucie, FL 34986
Should any person wish to appeal any decision made by the Board with re-
spect to any matter considered at the above referenced meeting, they will
leed to ensure a verbabtim recording of the proceedings is made, which
record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based,
n order to provide a record for judicial review.
344442 ON 1/22/10

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Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Future Farmers of America (FFA) members were
honored at the Okeechobee County School
Board meeting on Tuesday with presentations by
Superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper. Chelsie Houston
(above) won top individual honors and helped
the Okeechobee High School FFA Environmen-
tal Sciences team take second place in the state
competition this year. Josh Radford (above right)
finished 10th in the state this year as a member
of the OHS FFA Environmental Science Career
Development Event team. Trey Watson (at right)
finished seventh in the state this year at the FFA
state competition for environmental sciences.

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State bowling tournament
OHS Bowler James Steiert was honored by School
Board members and the Superintendent Dr. Cooper for
qualifying for the State bowling tournament.



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Teacher retires
Teacher Sharon Nipper of Central Elementary School re-
tired after 31 years of service to Okeechobee Schools.

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy

Improved FCAT

Principal Cynthia Weigum of Ev-
erglades Elementary was one of
several principals honored for her
schools improved performance on
the FCAT tests.

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