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Vol. 101 No. 143 Sunday, November 28, 2010

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Officials: Is prison really the answer?

Mentally-challenged man who
'hasn't done anything yet'
jailed and could face prison
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
James Lee Clark is a mountain of a man
standing 6-foot-9 and weighing 250 pounds.
But, mentally, the 20-year-old is somewhere
between 6 and 10 years old. And it's this com-
bination that has law enforcement confused
about how to handle the North Carolina na-
Clark is currently being held in the Okeecho-

bee County Jail for allegedly
violating his probation (VOP).
Confused and frightened, he
is being held in the medical
unit of the jail where he is
safe from the general popula-
But because of the VOP -
charge, he could be sen- James Lee
tenced to five years in prison. Clark
If that happens, he won't be
tucked safely away in a cell by himself-he'll
be in general population with "the worst of the
"I'll do everything I can to keep from putting
this kid in prison," said Michael White, who is a

high-risk specialist with the Department of Cor-
rections (DOC) and Clark's probation officer.
"A lot of times kids can be punished and they
understand they'd better not do that again. But,
in this case, I don't really know if prison is the
best option here. We need to make darn sure
this is the best thing for him, and the public as
a whole."
Clark's problems with the law apparently
began after he and his father, Justin, moved
to Okeechobee to help Justin's mother. James
began hanging around areas frequented by
children and was eventually trespassed from a
local daycare center and the ROC at the First
Baptist Church.
See CLARK Page 2

Charlie Hukriede honored as Friend of 4-H
The highest honor that Okeechobee Coun-
ty 4-H bestows is the "Okeechobee County
Friend of 4-H" Award. The award was first
established in 1989 and continues to honor te 1
persons or organizations that have performed
exemplary service to the Okeechobee 4-H
program. In the past, honorees have been
individuals, families, businesses and govern- i
mental organizations that have gone above
and beyond to provide resources, time and
expertise to the 4-Hers of Okeechobee Coun-
ty. Continuing in the established tradition, this
year's honoree has distinguished himself as
an invaluable contributor to the success of the
4-H program in Okeechobee County. This year,
the Okeechobee 4-H program, in conjunction
with its members and volunteers, has chosen
Charlie Hukriede as the recipient of their great-
est honor.
Mr. Hukriede is originally from Missouri,
but his heart and his actions typify the kind-
ness, compassion and giving spirit that often
sets the recipients' of the Okeechobee County
Friend of 4-H Award apart from others.
Mr. Hukriede was the general manager
of the Golden Corral Restaurant in Okeecho- Special to the Okeechobee News
bee for ten years before becoming the owner The 2009-2010 Okeechobee County Friend of 4-H Award was presented to Charlie
during the last two years. During his years as Hukriede. The award was announced at the annual 4-H Awards Banquet on Oct. 23
general manager and early time as owner, and presented at the County Council/Junior Leaders 4-H meeting held at Indian River
Charlie and his family lived in Sebring and he State College on Nov. 10. Left to right are: Debbie Clements, Okeechobee County 4-H
Agent, Dianne Spann, County Council/Junior Leaders 4-H Club Leader, and Charlie
See FRIEND Page 10 Hukriede, 2009-2010 Okeechobee County Friend of 4-H Award Recipient.

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However, he was subsequently arrested
by the Okeechobee City Police Department
(OCPD) for trespassing then booked into the
county jail on Dec. 11, 2009. He was arrested
again on Dec. 23, this time by Detective M.D.
Faulkner of the Okeechobee Count Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), on a felony charge of at-
tempted aggravated kidnapping. James was
then held in the county jail without bond.
That charge has since been dropped by
the state. But a second charge, interference
with child custody, against James is still in
It was statements made by James dur-
ing an interview with Detective Faulkner
that caused great concern among the law
enforcement community. In that interview
James reportedly told the detective that Sa-
tan talks to him and tells him to hurt little
children. But, continued James, he wouldn't
do it because he is a Christian.
A report by OCPD Detective Bettye Taylor
pointed out that James had started attending
the local Church of God of Prophecy and ap-
parently heard something that left him "con-
fused due to his lack of mentality." James'
father told Detective Taylor that his son had
often played with other children and there
had never been a problem.
When contacted, Mr. Clark declined to
comment for this article and James' grand-
mother could not be reached.
On Jan. 13, 2010, James-through his at-
torney, Public Defender Stanley Glenn-en-
tered a plea of no contest to the interference
with child custody charge to Circuit Court
Judge Robert Belanger. Mr. Glenn did not re-
turn a phone call seeking comment.
According to a Feb. 1 report by Janet
Snow, a human services counselor with
the Agency for Persons with Disabilities,
James was examined by Dr. Steven Edney,
a licensed clinical psychologist. The report
stated that Dr. Edney determined that al-
though James was "legally sane during the
incidents in question" he was "incompetent
to proceed" and "incompetent to waive his
Miranda rights."
The doctor also said James "does not
even understand the basic vocabulary asso-
ciated with his Miranda rights, nor some of
the basic concepts."
However, Assistant State Attorney Ashley
Albright said another licensed clinical psy-
chologist, Dr. Gregory Landrum said in his
report to the court that James "... is consid-
ered competent to proceed at this time."
When contacted for this article, Dr. Lan-
drum said he did not remember examining
James and declined to comment any fur-
Ms. Snow's report also said that James
has a full-sale IQ of 63 (mildly deficient) and
that his Vineland Adaptive Behavior score
was 69, which is considered low.
According to, an IQ score
of 63 is considered extremely low and 2.2
percent of the population has an IQ in that
range. An average IQ score on the Stanford-
Binet test, such as the one given James, is
between 90 and 109. Those tests were given
him in 2007 at the Goldsboro Counseling
Center in Goldsboro, N.C.
The Vineland test measures a person's
adaptive behavior from infancy to adult-

"My job is to protect the public.
I certainly will consider prison.
The judge will be the one
making the final decision."
Assistant State Attorney
Ashley Albright

hood. Because of privacy laws, a representa-
tive with the Goldsboro center declined to
In a letter to Judge Belanger, Mr. Clark
wrote that his son: "... is mentally retarded
and likes to play basketball. He is a good,
caring person that never in his life tried to
hurt anyone.
"James is a mentally retarded boy that en-
joys life the best he can and, with all he has
been through, is still in good spirits. Please,
let this come to an end."
James was the youngest of eight children
and was the last of four children born to Jus-
tin and Christine Clark, stated Ms. Snow's
Her report goes on to state that James
received a special diploma from Rosewood
High School in Goldsboro, N.C., in 2008 at
the age of 17 and that he was in special edu-
cation classes his whole life.
Ms. Snow went on to say she found no
indication of previous unlawful activity in ei-
ther North Carolina or Florida. She also stat-
ed that James' mother abused alcohol and
drugs while she was pregnant with James.
Mr. Clark and his wife were divorced in
1995 and Mr. Clark was awarded custody of
James, added Ms. Snow.
Calls to the Wayne County, N.C., Sheriff's
Office and the Goldsboro Police Department
confirmed that neither agency had any re-
cord of any dealings with James.
After James was released from jail and
placed on probation, he and his father
moved back to North Carolina on July 22.
Because of a problem with the roof of their
home, James and his father moved in with a
friend of Mr. Clark's.
But, when the North Carolina Depart-
ment of Corrections inspected the home
they found items in the home that violated
regulations of James' probation-namely,
"Girls Gone Wild" videos, internet access
on his father's computer and guns. Another
probation regulation stated that James was
not to be around small children.
"None of this material was James
Clark's," said Mr. White. "The videos were
in a closet and they were unaware that they
were there."
Because of these violations, James was
returned by train to Okeechobee. When
James stepped off that train on Aug. 18, he
was placed under arrest by Mr. White.
"I did a VOP based on the internet and
access to sexually stimulating material," Mr.
White said.
On Aug. 20, James was released on
his own recognizance from jail. He was
equipped with a GPS electronic monitor-
ing device and was allowed to live with his
grandmother. Use of the device was not a
condition of probation but, rather, a bond
Mr. White said James responded well
and his VOP was dismissed on Nov. 8.
Mr. White then applied for a transfer to
North Carolina because Mr. Clark now had

a permanent home in Kenley, N.C. So, on
Nov. 9, Mr. White removed James' monitor-
ing device.
'At that time I instructed James that he
was to stay with his grandmother and not
to roam around town," Mr. White said.
"Then, on Nov. 15, the sheriff's office got a
complaint from a local church (the Church
of God of Prophecy) that James was talking
to kids and acting bizarre in church services
and that's what created this latest VOP"
And with that, James found himself back
in the county jail.
"We have a specific set of challenges on
supervising mentally challenged individuals.
Our position is that we're going to treat all
VOPs in the same manner, and that's where
I'm at in this case," said Mr. White. "In this
instance, I will make an alternate recom-
mendation. With Mr. Clark being mentally
challenged, putting him in prison would not
do anyone any justice."
Mr. White then, on Nov. 16, recom-
mended to Judge Belanger that James be
placed back in strict supervision and again
equipped with a GPS monitoring device.
"I'm a big fan of house arrest," he said. "I
think it's a great thing."
In his recommendation, Mr. White said
James did very well on GPS and there were
no problems. Because of that, he feels that
strict GPS monitoring and a curfew would
be best.
"Prison has mentally ill people in custody
and it's a struggle," pointed out Mr. White,
who has been with the DOC for 14 years.
But, Mr. Albright has a different point of
view. He said he doesn't intend to entertain
a plea offer.
"My job is to protect the public. I certain-
ly will consider asking for prison," he said.
"The judge will be the one making the final
James is scheduled to be back in circuit
court on Dec. 17 for VOP arraignment. No
date has been set for Judge Belanger to fi-
nally decide James' fate.
"This is a case that's going to be around
a while and, hopefully, everyone will take
their time and make the right decision here,"
offered Mr. White.

Before a final determination is made in
James' case, Sheriff Paul May intends to
have him evaluated again and will then give
that evaluation to Judge Belanger.
"He was just violated for not following
the rules. I agree that this young man needs
a psychiatrist's help and I agree that jail is
not the place for that," said the sheriff. "This
man hasn't done anything yet, but I think
he's capable of it. I want to give the judge all
the information I can.
"He may be confused and can't process
it (information from church sermons), but
that's why I want the evaluation. Until then,
I have my doubts," he added.
OCSO Major Noel Stephen is also trying
to help James and on Wednesday, Nov. 24,
contacted Florida's Department of Children
and Family Services (DCF). But he was vis-
ibly upset to learn they would not take an
abuse report or adult referral while James
was in jail. He said DCF has no mechanism
to help James until "he's thrown out into the
"We'll have to flag him to contact DCF
when he is released," said Maj. Stephen. "If
something comes of his evaluation maybe
we can do something then. But I'm not going
to give up-there's got to be something."
While emphasizing that everyone is treat-
ed the same when it comes to VOP cases,
Mr. White said James' situation presents a
different set of challenges.
"Dealing with people who have mental
challenges is difficult and it takes extra effort
and time in deciding what to do with them,"
he said, adding that James has never shown
him any tendencies toward violence. "But
our number one priority is public safety and
that's why he's in jail. There's no doubt the
alleged comments he made are very, very
serious and that's why he's back in jail be-
cause we can't take any chances.
"I don't agree that jail is the best place for
him. But, for now, that's where he needs to
be," Mr. White added.
"The county jail takes good care of him
to make sure he doesn't get hurt. But, jail is
a lot different than prison."

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Homeowners, local builder at odds

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
A group of local residents are unhappy
with a manufacturer of concrete houses.
Royal Concrete Concepts has a plant here
in Okeechobee that builds precast concrete
houses. These houses are poured in sections
at the plant and assembled at the house
site. The housing units are built containing
all plumbing and electrical wiring and fur-
nished with appliances. The construction
process combines concrete, polystyrene
and reinforced steel. The company, which
also builds concrete buildings for schools
and the military, claims their buildings are
hurricane resistant, energy efficient, environ-
mentally sustainable and have a life span of
over 100 years.
However, many residents of Palm Village
Ranch have documented complaints about
their concrete houses. About 15 residents re-
cently gathered in the clubhouse to discuss
their problems. Many of the complaints dealt
with leaks in the ceiling, cracks in the wall,
uneven flooring, and moisture condensation
and mold. Some of the complaints go back
as far as 2003 and are documented by cor
respondence with Royal Concrete. The resi-
dents say their complaints fell on deaf ears.
While Royal Concrete is trying to fix roof-
ing problems, homeowners may be on their
own when it comes to other types of prob-
"To my knowledge the only outstanding
problems are roofing," said Dan Walesky, di-
rector of manufacturing for Royal Concrete.
"We have been out there and inspected
the roofs." He said a third party roofer has
looked at the roofs and permits have been
pulled for repairs.
However, Mr. Walesky did concede "We
haven't been as good at communicating as
we should have been. We really do want to
take care of our customers."
"We intend to resolve all roofing issues,"
he promised. He said the other issues in-
volved are not warranty issues.
All of the Royal Concrete houses in Palm
Village Ranch have a one-year warranty
which has expired long ago. Some of them
have a 10-year warranty that covers struc-
tural damage. All the houses in question
were built less than 10 years ago. However,
according to Mr. Walesky, the problems
that residents complain of are not structural

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under the warranty.
"Despite the fact that these homes are
well past their one-year warranty period,"
Mr. Walesky said in a written statement to
the Okeechobee News dated Nov. 12, "and
the fact that these homes have gone through
up to three significant hurricanes, Royal
Concrete has agreed to perform roof repairs.
Royal Concrete has agreed to do this because
we strongly believe in our project and be-
cause many roofing companies specialize in
plywood roof decks but are unfamiliar with
concrete roof decks. Royal Concrete expects
to have permits and commence repair work
within the next two weeks."
As to cracks Mr. Walesky said he is not
aware of any structural problems caused by
cracks. "Mold is a home owner issue," he
stated. "We don't feel like condensation is a
warranty issue."
According to resident Barbara Bolling,
Royal Concrete did not respond to numer-
ous calls about her leaking roof. She said
she has places in the hall and at the front
windows where the drywall is soft and wrin-
kling like it is getting wet.
Allan Schwartz said he was told the repair
people would be back the next day. "That
was four years ago," he said. The repair peo-
ple never returned. "It's lack of serious re-
sponse," added his wife Lynn. She said they
are on their third floor. The first two were
vinyl. The current one is tile. She stated that
her wallpaper tore because of a crack in the
wall behind it.
Rosemary Wemer said she had to have
an electrician come in to fix her electrical
problems. She also complained that the vi-
nyl in her kitchen, bathrooms and laundry
room has bubbles in it.
Joanne Calloway complained there was

a large crack in her master bedroom wall
and a leak in the bathroom window that
causes mold.
Wanda Sanchez stated that her roof has
been leaking for over a year and Royal con-
crete has not responded to her complaints.
She also stated there was drywall to be re-
Carol Elnicki stated that Royal Concrete
made numerous attempts to fix her leaking
roof. She said they repaired most of the roof
and put a "miracle sealer" on it but the prob-
lem still persists. She claims to have cracks
where sections of the back of the house are
separating from the front of the house as
well as cracks in the dry wall seams.
Bernard and Joyce Berry complain of a
crack in the living room wall, leaking win-
dows and no inspection sticker on the fuse
"Continuous leaking of the roof that
Royal Concrete patched, until the warranty
was up," was the complaint of Linda Stew-
art. She claims the roof still leaks. She said
when she pulled up the bedroom carpet that
got wet from a burst pipe she discovered
a crack wide enough to put a stick in and
pull out dirt from under the house. She also
complained that the appliances had to be re-
placed. She said the glass fell out of the oven
door and the refrigerator and dishwasher did
not work properly. In addition, she claims
the tile in the kitchen and bathrooms is un-
even and the drywall is wavy. The windows
and sliding doors have condensation which
causes mold.
"All in all the homes are not what they
were advertised to be, Ms. Stewart said.
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Public Forum/Speak Out

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Reflections from the pulpit

Speak Out has moved online, where
it is quicker and easier to share your
ideas and converse with others. Go to, click on the com-
munity name and your local or state
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!

Think before posting
Facebook and texting are a huge dis-
traction for not only students but workers.
Parents should insist upon checking these
devices so that their children are not placing
themselves in danger. They will be surprised
at how much time the kids are spending
with these activities, to the point the stu-
dents are failing in school. Some stay up all
night online or texting and do so while at
school or work. Employers should be con-
cerned about workers so busy texting on the
job that they are not paying attention. This
can be a safety concern. Remember the guy
who caused the train wreck? Honestly, so
many people are actually addicted to these
things. Be protective of your privacy.

I heard we had a 3-2 vote with the Re-
publicans lining up against Betts and Domer
on the Waste Management deal. Under the
contract Waste Management was supposed
to give the county 100 acres, but offered $1.5
million instead. Betts wanted Waste Man-
agement to buy land to give the county. Hel-
ton, Hoover and Culpepper voted to take the
money. You may recall that previously some
were trying to push through a deal where
Waste Management would have given the
$1.5 million to a certain developer for 100
acres of land and then given the 100 acres to
the county. But the land in question was not
in a spot to be of particular use to the county,
and it was encumbered by a contract made
with OUA. The county can always use the
$1.5 million to buy land if the county needs
land for something. To me, it seems taking
the money was the smart thing to do.
I heard one commissioner is not going
to run again in hopes of being considered
for the county administrator position. This is
shop talk from his relative, but it makes you
wonder. Why don't we have term limits on
the BOCC, some of them have been there so
long they have forgotten who they work for
and whose money they are actually spend-

One TV station has a poll going regard-
ing when stores should start decorating for
Christmas. Right now it's 72 percent for AF-
TER Thanksgiving.
For Christians, the season of Advent
lasts four weeks. This year the first Sunday
of Advent is on Nov. 28. So keeping that in
mind, starting to decorate for Christmas the
weekend AFTER Thanksgiving would be ap-
propriate. In my family, the tradition for the
tree has always been to put it up the Sunday
before Christmas and take it down after the
Epiphany (Three Kings Day). I believe the
period between Christmas and the Epiphany
are the traditional "12 days of Christmas." I
know some families who do not put up the
Christmas tree until Christmas Eve, keeping
in the tradition that St. Nicholas or "Santa
Claus" brings the tree.
My husband always drags out our tree
after we have eaten our Thanksgiving feast.
The children and I spend the next few days
decorating it and putting up all our lights and
stockings. We all love it. We started this tra-
dition four years ago and plan to continue
it. Christmas is not about the tree or decora-
tions. It is about the birth of our savior, Jesus

Wooden Jungle in disrepair
I visited the wooden jungle with my
child last Friday. He was not up top for
more than a minute when he ran to me say-
ing there was a hole in it. Sure enough, there
was a board missing. It was up high. I could
see that another board had been recently re-
placed. I think the wooden jungle probably
needs quite a bit of repairs. I have seen lots
of screws sticking out. I hope the parks and
recreation department will look into this.
The Wooden Jungle has been in sad
shape for quite sometime. I don't think the
Parks Department has the money to fix it.
Instead of expecting the county to do
the work, why don't some parents whose
children enjoy the park pitch in and help?
The Wooden Jungle was supposed to be a
community volunteer project to begin with.
How about some volunteers get together for
a work day and fix it up? Maybe the contrac-
tors association could organize something?
I am sure one of the youth groups at
church would not mind making a project
out of it. Speak to your local minister/youth
minister about it.

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By Nancy Vaughan
Director of Christian Education, First United
Methodist Church
"Give thanks in all circumstances, for this
is God's will for you."
"In everything give thanks."
"I have learned to be content in whatever
circumstances..." So says Paul, previously
known as Saul of Tarsus. Easy for him to say.
Or was it? And did he really live it?
First century Christians had it tough.
"Saul" spent a lot of time and energy on
persecuting them before he became one of
them. In the end, he lost his head for it. So
how did he manage to give "thanks" for the
persecution handed out to him? I believe it
was because he totally and completely trust-
ed God. (Philippians 4:4) The Greek word
he used was chairete which is like shalom
in Hebrew, but with a deeper meaning es-
pecially since he reiterated "always" again.
The suggestion was that things were so bad
in Philippi that to ask people to have peace
and rejoice seemed unreasonable. Over and
over again, Paul tells us that the grounds
for our rejoicing is not in circumstances (or
false humility) but in true TRUST in the Lord.
(See also Philippians 4:12, Ephesians 5:20, II
Thessalonians 3:16 and especially the words
of Jesus in John 14:27)
John Wesley crossed the Atlantic with
a bunch of Moravian Christians who were
joyously singing in the middle of a horrible
storm that frightened Wesley terribly. Upon
asking them whether the men or their wives
and children were afraid to die at sea, the
answer was simple, "No." If their service to
God was over and they were to perish, so be
it. No one gets off this earth alive. Not one.
And the only things we can take with us are
the souls of those we love who will follow.
The Moravian witness and a reading of Mar-
tin Luther's preface to the book of Romans
is what changed John Wesley.
So why do we find our security in our
pay check? Our 401K? Our Social Security or
Pension? Why do we "store up treasures on
earth?" Why do we freak out when things
get tough? Security can only be found by
knowing the "one" who really owns it all...
God. We are just allowed to use what we are
blessed with while on this earth. Did God
make us to be self absorbed consumers?
What kind of a steward are we to be? What
are we going to really put our "trust" in?
Recently I told the children about a
check-up I had. I explained that "my mean,

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ole doctor told me that I had to stop eating
some of the things I loved to eat." That she
told me that I needed to watch my weight
better and exercise more. Wasn't that a
mean thing to say?" I followed it up by ask-
ing what "benefit" the doctor got from insist-
ing that I do these things? Was the doctor
going to feel any better, get any richer or be
more popular? If not, then why tell me to do
this? Simple, because it would be good for
"ME." It's the same argument for living a life
of "doxology" (praise) and being an extrava-
gant "giver."
It's good for US. Only "faith" can save,
faith in the Lord and Savior who came for
us all, but it is the kind of faith that trusts
The Bible tells us to give thanks and praise
in ALL things. Try it. It'll be good for you!


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Four named as top OC SO employees for third quarter

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Sheriff Paul May recently honored four
members of the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO) by recognizing them as
the Employees of the Quarter for the third
By being picked as the top employees of
the quarter, the four recipients will now be in
the running for OCSO Employee of the Year
honors. Employees are named from four
categories: administration, citizen volunteer,
detention deputy and law enforcement.
Third quarter employees are: administra-
tion Jacqueline Moore; citizen volunteer -
Donnie Trent; detention deputy Nathaniel
Mitchell; and, law enforcement Deputy
Carl Arnold.
"I'm very proud of these employees and
what they do for our county," said Sheriff
May. "I'm very lucky to have some very dedi-
cated people that work with me. They make
it a pleasure to come to work every day."
Mrs. Moore was nominated by Kathleen

Watson for her hard work and her profi-
ciency and knowledge in her duties. Since
November 2009 Mrs. Moore has identified
85 latent finger and palm prints that had led
to possible suspects in many cases. Her job
is tedious and must be done daily to keep
data current.
Mr. Trent was nominated by OCSO Dep-
uty Lieutenant Lester Yeates. In addition to
being a certified deputy in court security, Mr.
Trent is on the OCSO Auxiliary and donates
many hours every month. He helps whenev-
er called. Recently, there was a public event
with a large gathering of children. Mr. Trent
helped by identifying sexual offenders and
assisted with security.
Detention Deputy Mitchell was nominat-
ed by Captain Tony Madrigal for his relent-
less efforts and his ability to learn all aspects
in the corrections field. Deputy Mitchell is al-
ways willing to assist others, is able to multi-
task and completes all duties as a seasoned
Deputy Arnold was nominated by OCSO
Deputy Lieutenant Gary Bell and Deputy

Submitted photo/Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
Jacqueline Moore (front, center) has been named the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office Employee of the Quarter from the administration category for
the third quarter. With Mrs. Moore are: (left to right) Sheriff Paul May; Kathleen
Watson, who nominated Mrs. Moore; and, Major Noel Stephen.

Sergeant Robert Coleman. While off duty
on Sept. 19, Deputy Arnold was driving by
the rope swing over the Kissimmee River
at Platt's Bluff when she saw that a crowd
had gathered. She stopped to help when she
found an unresponsive individual and imme-
diately began performing cardio pulmonary
resuscitation (CPR) until emergency person-
nel arrived.
Despite Deputy Arnold's efforts, the indi-
vidual was later pronounced dead at Rauler-
son Hospital.
This type of action shows that Deputy
Arnold is true to the badge and should be
commended for her efforts to save a human
life. There is no doubt she is an asset to the
sheriff's office.
These employees, as well as others
named each quarter, are nominated by fel-

low employees and immediate supervisors.
OCSO Major Noel Stephen and division
commanders then choose one nominee
from each category to recognize them for
outstanding performance, exceptional ser-
vice and acts that exceed normal expecta-
tions of the job's requirements.
Employees of the Year will be picked
from the four recipients of the Employee of
the Quarter throughout the year.

Submitted photo/Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Donnie Trent (second from left) was re-
cently named the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office Employee of the Quar-
ter for the third quarter in the citizen
volunteer category. With Mr. Trent at
the presentation of his certificate are:
(left to right) Sheriff Paul May; Deputy
Corporal Sonny Crawford; and, Major
Noel Stephen.

Okeechobee News/Eric Kopp
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Randy Parker (left) and Court
Baliff Dennis Donnelly (right) stand
with an Employee of the Quarter sign
designating a parking spot for co-
worker Donnie Trent who was recent-
ly named the OCSO Employee of the


Submitted photo/Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office Detention Deputy Nathaniel Mitchell (sec-
ond from right) was recently named the Employee of the Quarter for the third
quarter. With Deputy Mitchell are: (left to right) Captain Tony Madrigal, who
nominated Deputy Mitchell; Sheriff Paul May; and, Major Noel Stephen.

Submitted photo/Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Arnold honored by Sheriff's Office
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Cari Arnold (center) has been
named the Employee of the Quarter
from the law enforcement category for
the third quarter. Presenting Deputy
Arnold with her certificate are Sheriff
Paul May (left) and Major Noel Stephen

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Community Events

Masonic Lodge
breakfast on Sunday
The Masonic Lodge at 107 N.W 5th, will
have a breakfast on Sunday, Nov. 28, from 8
-11 a.m. For only $6, breakfast will include
eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, pancakes, bis-
cuits & gravy, juice, and coffee. The public
is welcome and carry outs are available. The
Lodge will hold this breakfast the second
and fourth Sunday of every month.

Guest speaker at
The Gathering
John James, former lead singer of the
Newsboys, will be the guest speaker at The
Gathering, 1735 S.W 24th Ave., on Sunday,
Nov. 28 at 10:30 a.m. For more information,
call the church office at 863-357-4418.

Shrine Club to host dinner
Okeechobee Shrine Club will host a Spa-
ghetti Dinner every Tuesday, from 4 until 7
p.m. Dancing from 5 until 8 p.m. with the
"Best dance music in town." Highway 78
West, Okeechobee.

Children's Ranch yard sale
Real Life Children's Ranch Yard Sale will
be open the week of Nov. 30-Dec. 4. Come
on out for great bargains. Blouses and pants
are 6 for $1. Books are 8 for $1.

Dine with the Doctor
Raulerson Hospital continues the popu-
lar "Dine with the Doctor" on Tuesday, Nov.
30, in the North Dining Room of Raulerson
Hospital. Dine with the Doctor is a medical
lecture series held on the last Tuesday of the
month. Dinner service begins at 5 p.m., fol-
lowed by the presentation Our Guest speak-
er will be Dr. Joshua Roberts who practices
Podiatric Medicine, he will be discussing
General foot care, Fall prevention, Heel pain,
Diabetes, and any other foot and ankle re-
lated questions. To R.S.VP. or for more infor-
mation please call Marnie Lauter, Public Re-
lations/Marketing Coordinator for Raulerson
Hospital at 863-824-2702.

Early Learning Coalition
meetings planned
Early Learning Coalition of Indian River,
Martin & Okeechobee Counties, Inc. -Fi-
nance Committee will meet Thursday,
Dec. 2, at 11:30 a.m. at the American Red
Cross, 323 N. Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee.
Program/Quality Committee Meeting will
meet at 12:15 p.m. Executive Committee
will meet at at 1 p.m. The board meeting
will be at 1:30 p.m.

Christian Academy holds
annual spaghetti dinner
Okeechobee Christian Academy is having
their 15th annual spaghetti dinner on Dec. 3
and 4. For $6 you get spaghetti, green beans
and a roll. On Friday, Dec. 3, dinners will be
served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., drive through
pickup or delivery of five or more. On Satur-
day, Dec. 4, from 3-6 p.m. dinners are avail-
able to dine in or drive through. There will
also be a bake sale and a silent auction on
Saturday. Please call Sarah at 863-634-2276
for tickets.

North Eagles hold card bingo
Never tried Card Bingo? It's lots of fun...
even more fun than regular Bingo! Join us
each Saturday at 4 p.m. at the North Eagles
on Hwy. 441 N.

Eastern Star Chapter to
hold fundraiser luncheon
Okeechobee Chapter No. 128, Order of
the Eastern Star, will hold a Holiday Fashion
Show and Luncheon on Saturday, Dec. 4,
at the KOA Convention Center. Doors will
open at 11 a.m. and lunch will be served at
11:45 a.m. The event will feature fashions
from our local community and a Teacup
Auction where guests can win many items
donated by our community. Tickets are $12
per person. For tickets contact any member
of the Eastern Star or our ticket chairman,
Neicha Spiller at 863-357-7084. For informa-
tion about the Fashion Show, please contact
Mary Ann Holt at 863-763-5210. Proceeds of
this event will benefit the many charities our
Chapter support, including Hospice, Service
Dogs for Veterans and scholarships.

Coast Guard Auxiliary has
boating course
The Coast Guard Auxiliary is offering the
Florida boat safety program on Saturday,
Dec. 11, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Okee-
Tantie. Cost is $35 per person or $100 for a
family of four or more. This boating safety
program is mandatory for anyone born after
Jan. 1, 1988 who wishes to operate a boat
in Florida. Those who successfully complete
the course will receive their Florida Boating
License. For more information, 863-824-
Church to hold cookie sale
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N.
Parrot Ave. will hold their annual Christmas
cookie sale on Dec. 11, from 8 a.m. until 1
p.m. in the fellowship fall, entrance on N.W
4th Street. For more information, please call
Betsy Cheney at 863-357-0465.

Crafters still needed
for BHR Craft Fair
Buckhead Ridge Fall Craft Fair BHR
Moose Lodge, Hwy 78, Dec. 11, 8 a.m.- 4
p.m. Space is available for vendors and non-
profit organizations. For more information
call Bonnie at 863-357-1556.

Okeechobee News/Diana Whitehall
Kiwanis Club learns about identity theft
The Thursday, Oct. 21 Kiwanis meeting was held at Hammerhead's Billiard's
Bar and Grill. In the photo left to right are: Pastor Bruce Simpson, Kiwanis
member who introduced his speaker Sergeant Keith Stripling, Crime Pre-
vention and Community Relations with the Okeechobee Sheriff's Depart-
ment and Greg Thogersen, president of the Kiwanis Club. Sergeant Stripling
talked about "Identity Theft" and what precautions you can take to avoid be-
ing a victim. A few precautions are: don't mail your bills in your mailbox, take
them to the post office; pick up your new checks at your bank rather than
having them mailed; women should only carry one credit card, one check
and a small amount of cash in their purse; men should put their wallet or
cash in their front pocket instead of their back pocket and have your payroll
checks, social security checks and pension checks direct deposited in your
bank account. Also, to opt out of pre-approved credit card applications that
you receive in the mail, you may call 1-888-567-8688.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -The United States
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
used its emergency scheduling author-
ity Wednesday to temporarily control five
chemicals (JWH-018, JWH-073, JWH-200,
CP-47,497, and cannabicyclohexanol) used
to make "fake pot" products. This action will
make possessing and selling these chemi-
cals or the products that contain them ille-
gal in the U.S. for at least one year while the
DEA and the United States Department of
Health and Human Services (DHHS) further
study whether these chemicals and products
should be permanently controlled.
A Notice of Intent to Temporarily Control
was published in the Federal Register Nov.
24 to alert the public to this action. After no
fewer than 30 days, DEA will publish in the
Federal Register a Final Rule to Temporar-
ily Control these chemicals for at least 12
months with the possibility of a six-month
extension. They will be designated as Sched-
ule I substances, the most restrictive cat-
egory, which is reserved for unsafe, highly
abused substances with no medical usage.

Over the past year, smokable herbal
blends marketed as being "legal" and provid-
ing a marijuana-like high, have become in-
creasingly popular, particularly among teens
and young adults. These products consist
of plant material that has been coated with
research chemicals that mimic THC, the ac-
tive ingredient in marijuana, and are sold at
a variety of retail outlets, in head shops and
over the Internet. These chemicals, howev-
er, have not been approved by the FDA for
human consumption and there is no over-
sight of the manufacturing process. Brands
such as "Spice," "K2," "Blaze," and "Red X
Dawn" are labeled as incense to mask their
intended purpose.
Since 2009, DEA has received an increas-
ing number of reports from poison centers,
hospitals and law enforcement regarding
these products. Fifteen states have already
taken action to control one or more of these
chemicals. The Comprehensive Crime Con-
trol Act of 1984 amends the Controlled Sub-
stances Act (CSA) to allow the DEA Admin-
istrator to emergency schedule an abused,

Okeechobee News/Diana Whitehall

Kiwanis Club meets
The Thursday, Nov. 11, Kiwanis meeting held at Hammerhead's Restaurant
included: (left to right) Greg Thogersen, president of the Kiwanis Club; Brian
Cartland, executive director of the Okeechobee Main Street Economic De-
velopment Council who was the speaker and Chuck Syfrett who introduced
his speaker. Mr. Cartland emphasized positive news including the possibility
of the Outdoor World Village project that would include retail development,
entertainment and lodging facilities. He also mentioned the 20 acre Philip-
pine Heritage Enrichment Complex and Gardens which will offer a sense of
culture to our community.

harmful, non-medical substance in order
to avoid an imminent public health crisis
while the formal rule-making procedures
described in the CSA are being conducted.
"The American public looks to the DEA
to protect its children and communities from
those who would exploit them for their own
gain," said DEA Acting Administrator Mi-
chele M. Leonhart. "Makers of these harmful
products mislead their customers into think-
ing that 'fake pot' is a harmless alternative
to illegal drugs, but that is not the case. To-
day's action will call further attention to the
risks of ingesting unknown compounds and
will hopefully take away any incentive to try
these products."

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Local grandparents celebrate Adoption Month with new family member

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
November is National Adoption Month.
Donna Watson celebrated that occasion by
adopting her 3 year old granddaughter, Jas-
National Adoption Month is sponsored
by the U.S. Department of Health and Hu-
man Services. That organization states that
nationwide, 115,000 children and youth in
foster care are awaiting adoptive parents.
Since 1902 the Children's Home Society
(CHS) has helped with adoptions in Flor-
ida. According to that organization, there
are 4,642 children available for adoption in
Florida. Adoptive families have been identi-
fied for more than 2,727 of them. That leaves
1,915 children needing adoptive parents in
the state.
Through the services of CHS and the
Guardian ad Litem program, the Watsons
adopted Jasmine when their son and the
child's mother abandoned the child and left
her with some friends.
"Being a grandparent, I did not want to
wonder where my grandchildren are," Mrs.
Foster said. "My generation was taught to
take care of their own."
All the costs of adoption were taken care
of by CHS. They even provided legal coun-
sel. "They paid everything," Mrs. Watson
said. The Guardian ad Litem program also
furnished a lawyer.
During the adoption process, the CHS
case worker paid monthly visits to the Wat-
son household. The entire process took

slightly over two years, a little longer than
the two year average reported by CHS.
Mrs. Watson said it was her strong faith
in the Lord that got her through the process.
"The Lord just has a way to work things
out," she said.
The Watsons already had legal custody
of Jasmine's two half sisters. They could not
adopt them because the mother would not
give up parental rights. So the Watsons had
to explain to the other sisters that they did
not love them any less because they adopted
Jasmine and did not adopt them. It was just
that they were not legally allowed to adopt
the other two.
Under CHS criteria, all kinds of people
can adopt. The only requirement is that the
adoptive parents want to provide a safe, sta-
ble and nurturing home for the child. They
can be first time parents or already have
other children.
For children adopted in Florida, monthly
financial support and MEDICARE are avail-
able. For children with special needs, ad-
ditional financial help may be available.
Children adopted in Florida are eligible to
receive up to four years of college tuition ex-
emption at Florida colleges, universities and
vocational training schools.
Parents interested in adoptions can con-
tact CHS by calling 772-429-2001, or e-mail-
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at Reporter Pete Gawda can
be reached at

Special to the Okeechobee News
Many people were all on hand to celebrate the finalization of the adoption of
the Watson's granddaughter, Jasmine. They all either had a part in the adoption
process or, are connected with the family. They are, left to right, an attorney for
Guardian ad Litem, then Katherine, Jasmines' Sunday School teacher followed
by Mickey Slayton with Guardian ad Litem, Jerry Watson, Donna Watson with
Jasmine, beside Jasmine is her friend from church, behind Jasmine's friend
is Jasmine's half sister, Melanie Watson, to Melanie's right, behind her is her
sister, Brittany Watson, to Brittany's left is Kelly, a career counselor and case
worker, the other two ladies in dark clothing are from the Watson's church. The
lady in white is Betty Moldenhauer, with the health department, who made in-
spection visits to the Watson's home. The man in the white shirt and black tie
is Rev. Nick Hopkins, pastor of Believers' Fellowship and Okeechobee County
Fire/Rescue Chief. At far right is Circuit Judge Larry Schack.

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Students of the Week
Seminole Elementary School is pleased to announce the names of stu-
dents of the week for the week of Nov. 12 including: Joshua Cruz-Bahena,
Barbara Hudges, Leslie Gomez, Selena Rivera, Danesa Casares, Veronica
Trejo, Cameron Tinajero, Nathan Petit, Jayquavious Thomas, Vicente Tor-
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Cannon, Nayeny Ruiz, Chase Pafford, Reyes Rodriguez, Nolan Rathbun, Mi-
chael Danielson, Carol Marker, Clarissa Gomez, Andrew Perez, Mackenzee
Martinez, Preston Rush, Marisol Martinez, Alejandra Nazarro, Miguel Nunez,
Rangel Martinez, Alyssa Rivera, Shawn Vinson, and Daniel Mederos.

OCRA All-Star Football BBQ dinner fundraiser slated
OCRA Football Field (Sports Complex) will host a barbecue dinner fundraiser on Dec
11, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Donation for the dinner is $8 for BBQ pork and 2 sides with
roll. Proceeds will benefit OCRA football All-Stars and help to pay for transportation and
lodging for them to attend the O-D National Football tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
from Dec. 29, through Jan 1, 2011. Tickets can be purchased from any OCRA All-Star
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Chobee Cattle Kids
Members of the Chobee Cattle Kids 4-H club were honored at the annual 4-H
banquet on Oct. 23 at Okeechobee High School. Those recognized included
Jenna Wolff, Marshall Johnson, Jessica Humphrey, Allyson Trimble and Na-
talee Trimble. Not pictured are Kaley Dees, Josh Lea, Matthew Evans, Kristen
Dryden, Kevin Dryden, Curtis Evans, Colton Smith and Brian Dryden. For more
information on this and other 4-H Clubs call 863-763-6469.


Splitting Hares
Members of the Absolutely Splitting
Hares 4-H club (photo at left) were hon-
ored at the annual 4-H banquet on Oct.
23 at Okeechobee High School. Those
recognized included Rebecca Corby
and Kaylie Corby. Not pictured are Da-
mon Heater and Jessica Burkhalter.
The club's next meeting will be Nov. 29
at the Extension Office, but they usu-
ally meet on the second Monday of
each month at 6:30 p.m. Club leader is
Sheryl Heater. For more information on
this and other Okeechobee County 4-H
Clubs, call 863-763-6469.

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drove back and forth daily from Sebring to
Okeechobee, but he and his family have
now moved to Okeechobee.
Mr. Hukriede has always been very gen-
erous to the 4-H program and the youth in
Okeechobee, allowing 4-H to conduct "ce-
lebrity server" fundraisers as well as provid-
ing discounted prices and donations to help
raise funds to provide activities for the youth
in Okeechobee. Sometimes it is easy to write
a check and not so easy to give of yourself,
but Charlie demonstrated that he does both.
Many times you will see Mr. Hukriede's car
parked outside of Golden Corral very early

4-H yard sale planned
The annual 4-H Yard Sale will take
place on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 8 a.m.-
noon. The sale will be held in the parking
lot of the Mims Veterinary Clinic, 275 SW
32nd St,, Okeechobee. Household items,
books, toys, and clothes will be among
the many items for sale. All proceeds will
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on the morning of the annual 4-H fundrais-
er barbeque, even while living in Sebring,
when asked about the solitary vehicle, his
response was, "If I come in and bake the
rolls myself, then I don't have to charge 4-H
as much."
Mr. Hukriede said he has always tried to
"help kids," and the youth and adults that
are part of Okeechobee 4-H sincerely appre-
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November 28, 2010

Holiday Happenings

Tree Ceremony set for Nov. 30
The Okeechobee annual tree lighting
ceremony will take place on Tuesday, Nov.
30, in City Hall Park. Okeechobee County
schools Chorus group will be participating
in this year's event. Santa Claus will also be

Festival of Trees is Nov. 29
Hospice of Okeechobee will host the an-
nual Festival of Trees silent auction starting
Monday, Nov. 29 through Sunday, Dec. 5.
Hours are 8 a.m.-noon Monday, Nov. 29 -
Thursday, Dec. 2. Friday and Saturday hours
are 8 a.m.-noon and 6-9 p.m. For more
information about the festival please see
our web page www.hospiceofokeechobee.
org or call 863-467-2321. Join us for one of
Okeechobee's favorite way to get into the
holiday spirit- surrounded by beautiful trees
and shopping our Christmas Country Store.
Funds raised benefit patient care.

Santa in City Hall Park
Santa will be making his appearances in
City Hall Park on Nov. 30, and several dates
in December including, Dec. 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 13
and 14, from 6 until 8 p.m. Stop by for a pic-
ture with Santa.

Kiwanis Santa in the Park
The Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will
host Kiwanis Santa in the Park in Park #4
of Flagler Parks. Santa will make his appear-
ance on Dec. 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21 and
22 from 6 until 8 p.m.

Holiday window decorating
contest is now under way
Okeechobee Main Street Fifth Annual
Christmas Window Decorating Contest will
begin on Dec. 8 and windows will be judged
through Dec. 11. The winner will be deter-
mined on Saturday, Dec. 11, at the Top of
the Lake Christmas Festival. For more infor-
mation, please contact Okeechobee Main
Street at 863-357-6246.

Top of the Lake Lighted
Christmas Parade is Dec. 11
The parade will take place on Saturday,
Dec. 11 at 5:30 p.m. The arts and crafts
show will take place in Flagler Parks begin-
ning at 9 a.m. For applications for a booth
space at the festival, contact Okeechobee
Main Street at 863-357-6246. Booth space
is $50 for a vendor space. Booth space is
free to non-profit organizations that can
show the required tax paperwork. Deadline
to turn in parade and park applications is
Monday, Dec. 6.

Santa Claus will traverse
city starting on Dec. 16
Say "hello" to Santa as he makes his way
through the City of Okeechobee sitting high
atop a city fire truck! He will be passing
through sections of Okeechobee on: Dec. 16
-Northwest and Northeast section; Dec. 17
-Southwest section and Dec. 18 Southeast

Holiday Tour Homes planned
for evenings of Dec. 3 and 4
The holiday tour of homes to benefit the
United Way of Okeechobee and the Rauler-
son Hospital Hope Fund will take place on
Friday, Dec. 3 and Saturday, Dec. 4, from 6
until 9 p.m. each evening.
Tickets can be purchased at Raulerson
Hospital in the front lobby and at Susie's
Hallmark in the Publix Shopping Plaza.
Ticket are $10 per person.
For more information, call Marnie Lauter
at 863-824-2702.

VFW ladies to hold
Christmas Bazaar
The VFW Post 10539, at 3912 Hwy. 441
SE, will hold their Christmas Bazaar on Sat-
urday, Dec. 4, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. and
will feature baked goods and Christmas dec-
orations. Call 863-610-0867 for information.

Buckhead Ridge Annual
Night Boat Parade is Dec. 23
Buckhead Ridge marina will host the an-
nual night boat parade on Dec. 23. Boaters
will meet at the Buckhead Ridge Marina at
5 p.m. Please decorate and light your boat.
You can also throw candy and dog biscuits
(in small zip lock bags).

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Rescuing animals Don't turn away

By Jane Bicks, DVM
What should you do if you found an in-
jured sickly throw away animal?
Approach the animal slowly and ob-
serve him. Can he move? What does his
body weight look like? Are there sores on
his skin? Is he panting or breathing hard? Is
he lying there with his eyes closed and head
down? Can you go get help? Do you think he
will run from you? If he is near the road he
may run into the road and get hit by a car if
you frighten him. Do you think you can ap-
proach him and eventually touch him and
get him into your car, house and eventually
to a veterinarian? These questions will give
you enough information to develop a fast
plan. Walking away should not be an option.
Animal Control may come and get him so
he is not left outside, but realize that they are
probably not going to try to cure this animal.
They can put it out of its misery.
Assuming you decide to move him to
your car or home, you should have long
sleeves on and gloves. A frightened pain
filled animal can bite and he could be rabid.
Having a muzzle will make this safer for you.
Lifting him can be tricky, especially if there
are wounds or broken bones. A friend can
hold the front of the animal and you support
the back. If there is a lot of blood see if you
can locate its origin. Take a clean rag, cot-
ton or gauze and cover it. If there are broken
legs don't touch them, leave them alone. If
his face is dirty with runny eyes and nose use
a damp wash cloth to clean it. Talk gentle
and don't make sudden moves. If there are
wounds on his body, try to pour hydrogen

peroxide on them. You can also put on anti-
biotic ointment.
Offer him water, but just a few laps at
a time. Don't give him food yet. Keep him
warm. A veterinarian visit is essential.
If the veterinarian states that he is fine
and can be placed in a permanent home,
the Humane Society Pet Rescue of Florida is
the place to go. Throw away pets come in all
types of breed types and this humane society
is dedicated to placing homeless dogs. Un-
fortunately, they are not set up as an animal
hospital. If you need to nurse your rescue for
awhile, remember that he could be carrying
something that your pets can get. The vet-
erinarian will advise you but you must keep
this animal away from your own pets. After
treating and loving him, change your clothes
before handling your pets.

Shrine Club hosts

Spaghetti Dinner
The Okeechobee Shrine Club will host a
Spaghetti Dinner every
Tuesday, from
4 until 7 p.m.
Dancing from 5 until
8 p.m. with the "Best
dance music in town."
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Special guests
The crew from the new Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) Assisted Living Fa-
cility (ALF) Grand Oaks came by to tell the Rotary Club of Okeechobee about
the new facility. Left to right: Project Manager Jeff Acuff, Chef John Garcia,
Administrator Diane Wood, East Coast VNA Administration Representative
Greg Wheeler, Medical Services Representative Chris Bates, and at center
is Activities Director Rebecca Burton. For more information call Diane Wood
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Martha's House now
offering Thrift Store
If a shopper wants to get a bargain as well help
a worthy case, a good place to go is the newly
opened Martha's House Thrift Store at 105
SS.W. Second Ave. The frugal shopper will find
such things as new and used clothes for men,
women and children, books, videos, and fur-
niture, all at yard sale prices. The store is op-
erated by volunteers, left to right, Ruth Chap-
man, Nila McCormack, Viola Brandell, Janice
Daniels and Myrna Dorman. All proceeds go to
help Martha's House, a non-profit organization
that operates education programs and a resi-
dent shelter for victims of domestic violence
and abuse. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. Mon.-Sat.

Fresh & local:

Farmers' market
Paul Howell, left, and Ken Cox, right,
display some of the fresh produce
Snoffered at their farmers' market on
SN. Parrott Avenue across from Bank
of America. There is much more in-
side. They have such things as pep-
pers, squash, tomatoes, smoked
sausage, pickles, sweet potatoes,
Irish potatoes and pumpkins. The
market, which has been open about
six weeks, tries to use as much local
m produce as possible. It is open from
Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. six days a week.

Boaters: more mobile coverage on lake
AT&T customers who go fishing and Access (HSPA) 7.2. Future plans include an-
boating on Lake Okeechobee, and com- other upgrade to HSPA+ technology at the
mute from Pahokee to Indiantown and end of this year followed by the initial deploy-
Okeechobee now have more mobile broad- ment next year of LTE, the next-generation of
band coverage. AT&T recently announced it wireless technology. These advancements,
has activated a new 3G cell site on S.R. 98 in when combined with an ongoing initiative
Canal Point in western Palm Beach County to increase the number of high-speed back-
as part of its continuing network investment haul connections to cell sites, are a part of
to support growing demand for advanced AT&T's strategy to provide customers with
mobile devices and applications. an enhanced mobile broadband experience,
The new cell site is one part of AT&T's both today and in the future.
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many network upgrades AT&T has made in
the South Florida market in 2010 to enhance
coverage and capacity. Since the start of the
year, AT&T has activated eight new cell sites
in Palm Beach, St. Lucie, Indian River, Bro-
ward and Miami-Dade counties; upgraded
three sites in Palm Beach, Broward and Mi-
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Hwy 78 & Linda
Road, December 11,
8 4. Moose Lodge
2nd Annual Winter
Craft Fair. Pot peo-
ple, pine needle
weaving, jewelry,
stained glass, lamp-
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strations and much
more. For vendor
space or info call
Bonnie 357-1556.

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have 1 yr exp. Bilingual
(Spanish/English) pre-
ferred. Competitive sala-
ry & excellent benefits.
Fax resume to
(863) 357-2991 or apply
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(863)473-1018 or

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lish bulldog puppies ckc 2
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to town. Newly renovat-
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cludes water. Pets okay
upon approval. Call
nished, for 1 person,
utilities included $500 per
mo. lyr lease & sec. dep.
Call 863-467-5616

ciency. Very clean!
$500/mo. Incl. utils. No
pets. Call 561-329-8205

Commercial Building
Available March 1, 2011
Presently the location of
E&E Automotive Clinic.
For more information,call

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TRIPLEX clean, 2 BR,
2 BA, W/D hook-up,
patio, privacy fence,
no pets. $690 mo.,
1st + $500 sec. dep.,
free garbage and lawn
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Hwy 710, 5 miles north
of FPL $1,000 Monthly
Call 772-285-2475
Houses, 3/2, 3/2/2, &
3/1, 1,800 sq ft, wash-
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Bring Pets. $1000/$900
per mo. (561) 723-2226
South of Okeechobee
on 441. $1200 per
month with First, Last
and Security.

2BR, 1BA, 3632 NW 28th
Ave. New Tile/Paint.
$650 mo. + sec. dep.
Call Lex (561)715-1768.
Dixie Ranch 2bd House
$700 mo, 1st, last and
$500 security, call

Newly remodeled, spa-
cious living area, Italian
tile, a/c, ceiling fans, nice
kitchen $575 mo. 1st,
sec. plus utilities.
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tile and carpet through-
out. Kid and pet friendly.
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KINGS BAY Nice Twnhs.
2 br/lba, Tiled floors.
Inclds Water. $675/mo.
+ sec. Pool & Tennis
Court. 863-697-6428 or

OKEE 2/1 home on
ranch w/ large oaks.
Lofton Rd. Great views.
$650 first, last, & sec.
(561) 261-0077.
OKEECHOBEE 4br, 2ba,
tile throughout, $975
mo. & up. 1st & sec.
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older mobile home, 1.5
br, Iba, 4 acre pasture
$450 dep., $450 mo.
rent (912)925-2147/
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Estates, 2 Bedroom,
17503 Broadland Ln.
Nice, clean home w/car
port and 3 large sheds.
$500 mo. + $550 sec.
Lawn & Water mainte-
nance included.
317-402-5441 or

Mobile Home for Rent.
2 BR 2 BA Fenced yard.
$700/mo. 1st, last, se-
curity. (863)634-6114

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OKEE., Unfurnished DW.
3 BR, 2 BA, Sunroom.
New carpets & appl's. On
Canal w/access to lake. 2
Car Carport. C/Air &
Heat. Lease only. $825
mo. + sec. dep. Call
772-794-2438 or

ba. Unfurn'd Single-
wide, Dock, Central air
& heat. Water & yard
maint. inclu'd. $600
plus sec. 772-794-2438
or 772-538-8183

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with horse paddock.
$650 mo. 1st only. Call

$38,000 Vacation Home,
Lake Okeechobee Flori-
da, Park Model. Move in
ready, just bring tooth-
brush. Boat slip, direct
access to lake (no
locks). (561)214-2634

$50,000Vacation Home
Lake Okeechobee, Fl
Park Model 34x12
34x12 Fl. Room ,Fur-
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2 TV's,Carport,Porch,
Boat Slip and Direct Ac-
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river. $75,000 call
863-763-2346 or

2BR, 1.5 BA, Large
screen room, large car-
port. Furnished. All ap-
pliances. Large lot.
Shed. $18,500 or best
offer. (863)763-5241

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2005 like new 3BR
Newly updated, Applianc-
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kitchen and living area
$29,000. $3,000 down
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SWMH 2/1 furnished,
queen beds,w/d, freez-
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shed and carport in
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1998 20' Hurricane
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rude dual axle trailer
and many extras Call

Big 0 Bass Boat; 20' 1"
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system w/3 batteries;
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plate trim, tabs, 2 LCR's
aluminum dual axle
trailer w/fiberglass fen-
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superior cond. garage
kept,1 owner all service
records from
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2008 KZ Spree Like
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2001 Chevrolet Blazer
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CASE NO. 2010-CP-162
The name of the decedent the
designation of the court in which the
administration of this estate is pend-
ing, and the file number are indicat-
ed above. The address of the Court
is 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee,
Horida 34972. The names and ad-
dresses of the personal representa-
tive and the personal
representative's attorney are indicat-
ed below.
If you have been served with a
copy of this notice and you have any
claim or demand against the dece-
dent's estate, even if that claim is
unmatured, conhngent or liquidated,
you must file your claim with the
All other creditors of the decedent
and other persons who have claims
or demands against decedent's es-
tate, including unmatured, contin-
gent or unliquidated claims, must file
their claims with the court WITHIN 3
The date of death of the decedent
is: October 1, 2010.
The date of first publication of this
Notice is November 21, 2010.
Personal Representative:
109 Grandcrest Dnve
Suwanee, GA 30024
Attorey for
Personal Representative:
200 N.E. 4th Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34972
(863) 763-8600
Ha. Bar No. 270441
371800 ON 11/21,28/2010

School Board Meetina Schedule
The School Board of Okeechobee
County will conduct its regular meet-
ings at 6:00 p.m. on he second
Tuesday of each month, unless oth-
erwise noticed, at the School Board
Administration Building, Room #303,
at 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Okeecho-
bee, Florida. The Chairman of the
School Board of Okeechobee County
is Kelly Owens. The Vice Chairman of
the School Board of Okeechobee
County is David Williams.
Patricia G. Cooper, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
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371983 ON 11/28/2010

A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Board of
Adjustment and Appeals on Thursday, December 16, 2010 at 6:00
p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Council
Chambers, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The agenda is available on the
City website, or contact the General Services
Department,, 863-763-3372 x 218.
Under consideration is Special Excepbon Petition No. 10-005-SE, submit-
ted by Marion Medrano, Rally Used Auto Sales, on behalf of property own-
ers Kulsoom and Shabana Abdullah, to allow an outdoor vehicle sales lot
within a CHV Zoning District (Ref Code Book Section 90-283(18). Property
is located at 820 NW Park Street. Legal: Lots 7-10, Block 162, Okeecho
bee, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 5, Public
Records of Okeechobee County, Florida.
All members of the pubic are encouraged to attend and participate in said
Hearing. The entire petition may be inspected during regular business
hours, Mon-Fr, 8am4:30pm, except for holidays.
The Board of Adjustment and Appeals serves as the decision making body
(quasl-judicial), on behalf of the City, to approve or deny Special Excep-
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to
appeal any decision made by the Board of Adjustment and Appeals with re
aspect to any matter considered at this meeting, or heang will need to en
sure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes
the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. General
Services media are used for the sole purpose of back-up for the depart-
ment. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990
persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding
should contact the General Services Office at 863-763-3372 for assistance.
by: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
Petition No. 10-005-SE
372029 ON 11/28;12/8/2010

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Public Notice


Twenty-five volunteers assist-
ed Mary Ann Swinford of Big
Lake Missions serve over 760 of
Okeechobee's hungry, a Thanks-
giving dinner at the First United
Methodist Church on Thanksgiv-
ing Day. Big Lake Missions feeds
the hungry every weekday, includ-
ing holidays, at noon at the church.
Shown are Elsie Landers (left) and
Mary Ann Swinford. If you would
like to help, contact Mary Ann or
Bruce Swinford at 863-763-5725.
The Christmas season has begun!

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda


Lynne Rosa, right, projects coordi-
nator for the county, was honored
by Clif Betts, right, chairman of
the Okeechobee County Commis-
sion for five years' service to the
county. The recognition took place
during the Thursday, Oct. 28 coun-
ty commission meeting. Ms. Rosa
was born in Lakeland. She came to
Okeechobee County in 2004 while
working for David Brooks during
the construction of the agri-civic
center and the judicial center. As
the construction ended for these
projects and no slated construction with her former employer, she was ap-
proached by the capital improvements projects director to come to work at
the county as the projects coordinator. She began employment in August of
2005. Ms. Rosa has been a part of the construction for C. Scott Driver Park,
renovation of the historic courthouse and currently with the emergency op-
erations center.

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda

10 years' service
At the Thursday, Oct. 28, meeting
of the Okeechobee County Com-.
mission, Chairman Clif Betts, left, ..
honored Donnie Oden, right, the
county's capital projects director,
for ten years' service to the coun-
Mr. Oden was born in Davie. He
moved to Okeechobee in 1984 to
live in a smaller community.
He worked as a contractor before
coming to Okeechobee County in
May of 2000.
During his tenure with the county
Mr. Oden has overseen the comple-
tion of the agri-civic center, judicial
center, C. Scott Driver Park, reno-
vation of the historic courthouse
and currently the new emergency
operations center.
As the first capital projects direc-
tor, Mr. Oden has overseen numer-
ous small projects at the ag center.
Okee-Tanie Campground and Ma-
rina and the airport.


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