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Vol. 99 No. 278 Friday, November 14, 2008 50C Plus tax


Okeechobee Blood
Roundup today
The Okeechobee Blood
Roundup, five months in the
planning, will be held Friday
and Saturday, Nov. 14 and 15 at
First United Methodist Church,
200 N.W Second St., over a
period of 17 hours. This drive
is seeking to draw 450 units of
blood in just two days. There
will be seven buses each day
with all registration and screen-
ing done inside the church.
There are more than $6,000
in prizes to be awarded donors.
Each donor will also receive a
'goodie bag' containing a 2008
tee shirt, discount certificates
and advertising trinkets do-
nated by local merchants and a
half-off ticket for 4 to Universal

What's your opinion
of the election?
When you come, be sure to
sign in for your organization,
club, RV park, church, etc. The
organization which brings in
the greatest number of donors
will receive a prize of $500, with
other awards of $300, $200 and
What does the recent presi-
dential election mean to you?
Okeechobee News readers are
invited to share their thoughts,
opinions, hopes and fears in
letters to the editor. Letters may
be emailed to okeenews@ or mailed to Let-
ters to the Editor, Okeechobee
News, 107 S.W 17th Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 34974.
Letters should be 350 words
or less due to space limita-
tions. The editor will not edit
or change anything in your
letter without prior approval,
so please include a contact
phone number in case there is
any problem. All letters must
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will not be published. Shorter,
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be made to Speak Out. These
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forum at

Drought Index

Current: 567
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

14.62 feet
Last Year: 10.33 feet


Pogey's Family Restaurant
1759 S. Parrott Ave.
Source: South Florida Water
Management District. Depth
given in feet above sea level

Convicted murderer denied new trial

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Circuit Court Judge Lawrence
Mirman Wednesday denied a
motion for a new trial by convict-
ed murderer Jerry Leroy Jones.
Jones, 51, was found guilty
March 27 of killing his roommate
Edwin Dennis Swint with a 30/30
rifle. He was also convicted of
possession of cocaine and pos-
session of a firearm by a convict-
ed felon. Jones was sentenced
May 19, to life in prison on the
first-degree murder conviction.
In addition, he was sentenced
to five years in prison on the co-

caine charge
and 15 years
on the firearm
Defense at-
torney Russell
'Rusty' Akins
argued Nov.
12, that the Jerry Leroy
outcome of his Jones
client's trial may have been dif-
ferent if it had been made known
that an arrest warrant had been
issued for one of the state's chief
The Port St. Lucie attorney
told Judge Mirman that no one

was told that a warrant had been
issued for the arrest of Sheila Nell
Core. Core, Jones' girlfriend and
the owner of the mobile home
where the killing took place, was
wanted on charges of grand theft
and dealing in stolen property.
"I'm not supporting any in-
tentional act on Mr. Albright's
(Assistant State Attorney Ashley
Albright) part, but because he
is the supervisor of that office
he should have known about
the warrant," Mr. Akins told the
judge. "Our theory of the defense
was that she was lying the whole
time. She wanted my client out
of the house."

YMCA: May be in Okeechobee's future

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Local citizens (back row-left to right) Brandon Tucker, Ted Kelchner, YMCA President
John Lass, Melissa Arnold, Sam Smith, (front row-left to right) Teresa Chandler, Allison
Chandler, Cindi Fairtrace, Cathleen Blair, Mary Hurley, and YReads Director Kathleen
Snore went on the tour of the YMCAs in Indiantown and Stuart to get an idea of how Ys
work and how Okeechobee will benefit from a Y.

Local committee tours

area YMCA facilities

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Nine local citizens from the
Okeechobee YMCA planning
committee attended a tour of
the Indiantown YMCA, Stuart
YMCA and YMCA Sports World
on Tuesday, Nov. 11, with the
YMCA of the Treasure Coast
president John Lass and the
Stuart YMCA YReads director
Kathleen Snore.
Local members of the
community have been gather-
ing together recently to begin
to formulate ideas of what
Okeechobee needs in a local
YMCA and possible locations
and things a YMCA can offer lo-
cal citizens.
The YMCA of the Treasure
Coast currently has six locations
throughout their district and are

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
The YMCA in Stuart and Indiantown both have a state
of the art fitness center where members are welcome to
come work out with the convenience of a YMCA Child
Watch system for people with children.

looking to expand programs
into Okeechobee County.
Mr. Lass explained that,
"If you've been in one YMCA,

you've only been in one YMCA."
All YMCAs are unique and cater

See YMCA Page 2

Mr. Akins argued that the
woman testified against her for-
mer boyfriend "to gain favor with
the state."
"The significance of this new
evidence warrants a new trial,"
stated Mr. Akins.
In his argument, Mr. Albright
told Judge Mirman that he was
aware that Core was under in-
vestigation by the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office but he did
not know that a warrant calling
for her arrest had been issued.
Mr. Albright went on to say
that Don Richardson, another
assistant state attorney in the
Okeechobee office, approved

and signed the warrant in March
of 2007. Mr. Richardson left that
office shortly thereafter and went
into private practice. He returned
to the state attorney's office in
January of this year.
"She did call my office prior to
trial and asked if there was a war-
rant for her," Mr. Albright said. "I
looked on the computer but I
could not find it and told her no
warrant had been issued."
He went on to tell Judge
Mirman that Mr. Akins had im-
peached Ms. Cole's testimony
due to her former drug problem.
See Murderer Page 11

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The City of Okeechobee
Planning Board/Board of Ad-
justment and Appeals heard
two requests for zoning chang-
es when they met Wednesday
evening Nov. 12.
While the board recom-
mended city council approval
for both, the first was rather
routine and the second pro-
voked considerable discussion.
Gianinna Mitchell requested
a change in zoning from resi-
dential single family to heavy
commercial for property lo-
cated at 909 S.W Second Ave.
The purpose of the change is to
allow for an accounting office

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
When Lewis Willis walked
out of the Okeechobee County
Jail a free man he was able to
touch and hug family members
for the first time in 11 months.
"Touching my mom, my
girlfriend, and hugging every-
one was pretty cool -- it was an
amazing feeling. For 11 months I
could only talk to them through
a phone," said Mr. Willis in a

on the property.
City planner Bill Brisson not-
ed that the surrounding prop-
erties are zoned heavy com-
mercial and the intended use
is compatible with surrounding
The second request dealt
with the commercial com-
plex David and Anita Nunez
are planning to build on N.E.
Seventh Avenue at the Taylor
Creek Bridge on S.R. 70. They
requested a change in zoning
from holding and residential to
heavy commercial for a portion
of the property.
Mr. Brisson expressed con-
See Zoning Page 11

telephone in-
Mr. Willis,
43, was ar-
rested Aug. 1,
on charges of
lewd or las
civious mo-
lestation and Lewis
capital sexual Willis
battery. On Oct. 30, a six-mem-
ber jury of his peers acquitted
See Willis Page 2


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Coquina hears landowners' requests

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The Coquina Water Control
District Board of Supervisors
heard requests from two prop-
erty owners at their monthly
meeting on Wednesday, Nov.
First there was Steven How-
ard who lives next to one of the
canals in Viking. He wanted to
put gates across each end of the
canal easement on his property.
He said he could find nothing
in his deed restrictions about
putting up a gate. Mr. Howard
expressed concern about pit
bulls attacking his cats and four
wheelers invading his property.
He said he would not block
legitimate access to the ease-

ment and was willing to leave
the gate open during the day
and close it at night to protect
his property.
Board attorney Tony Young
said that Coquina would have
to have free access to the pub-
lic easement. He said it would
be the same as putting a gate
on a public roadway.
It was suggested that Mr.
Howard fence the easement
off from the rest of his property.
He said that if he fenced off the
easement his house would be
too close to the fence.
The board expressed con-
cern about setting a precedent
for the other property owners
who have easements and took
no action on Mr. Howard's re-

Later in the meeting the
board took action to send let-
ters to other property owners
who had fences across a canal
easement where Coquina was
preparing to do some work.
The second landowner, Ter-
ry Vititoe, was successful was
in his request. He requested
that the board put in a culvert
on a road giving access to his
property. Without a culvert he
said he would have to use his
neighbor's property for ingress
and egress.
The board was agreeable to
the request. It was noted that
with the installation of the re-
quested culvert, Coquina could
use the road for hauling dirt
See Coquina Page 11

Submitted photo/South Elementary

Spirit hands
South Elementary students took red hands home last
week. They asked their parents to help them write the
names of Veterans they had in their family. When they re-
turned the hands to school, the Spirit Committee, chaired
by first grade teacher Tammy Thomas, put them up in
the cafeteria to form the red stripes and the flag pole of
an American flag. One hundred sixty-five hands were re-
turned. Some hands had more than one name on them.
The students are proud of their family members who have
served in the Armed Forces.

Planning board


zoning changes

Willis gets life

back on track

2 Okeechobee News, Friday, November 14, 2008

Continued From Page 1

his peers acquitted him of the
lewd and lascivious charge. And
instead of capital sexual battery,
the jury found him guilty of sim-
ple battery -- a misdemeanor.
Mr. Willis was sentenced to
the county jail but, when credited
with the time he'd already served,
he was set free that day.
"The jury saved me. They saw
through the lies," he said.
Mr. Willis, accused of fondling
a young girl, said an purported
witness lied to raise his stature in
the family.
"He was in the process of be-
ing asked to leave the house," said
Mr. Willis, of statements made by
the girl's uncle. "He had a motive
to lie and he was protecting him-
self so he had somewhere to live.
It sure took the attention off him
real quick."
Spencer Bryant Siegel, Mr. Wil-
lis' defense attorney, agreed.
"His motivation for this entire
thing was to raise his standing in
the home. He attempted to make
himself a hero by coming up with
the story," said the Boca Raton

Continued From Page 1

to the needs of the community
which supports them. YMCAs are
funded through program fees,
membership fees and fundrais
All monies that go through
a YMCA are private funds other
than any grants or funds from
organizations such as Children's
Services Council, United Way or
any other organization which
supports their local Y.
YMCA receives NO funds from
ad valorem taxes.
When opening a new YMCA
the community leaders involved
have to show that they are mis-
sion-focused with presenting the
need for a Y and that it will be fi-
nancially viable.
Just what will it cost to bring a
YMCA to Okeechobee? According
to Mr. Lass it will take $1.5 million
endowment to open the YMCA
planned in Okeechobee and $8
to $10 million to build it. It will
also take continued community
support through utilization of the
facility in order to maintain the
programs and membership of the
The estimated operating bud-
get of the facility would be $1.5
Mr. Lass is the President, CEO
of the YMCA of the Treasure

lawyer. "I don't think he thought
about it -- it was a knee-jerk reac-
Mr. Siegel went on to say that
the uncle's story changed each
time it was told, as did the alleged
"I think the most compelling
evidence was the child's testimo-
ny," he said. "Her testimony was
coached and her story vacillated
The jury agreed.
"I knew the jury had paid at-
tention when they wanted to see
the evidence a second time," said
Mr. Willis. "I knew the jury was
smart. My attorney even said 'they
understand what's going on.' I
want to thank them for paying at-
The verdict left Mr. Willis feel-
ing happy and relieved.
"I was relieved that they saw
through the lies," he said. "I knew
I didn't do this You could literally
pick (the stories) apart. We're
talking about 16 people in the
home at the time.
"But they (the state and law en-
forcement) still pursued it. I don't
understand why they pursued me
so hard and tried to put me away
for life. My story hasn't changed
from day one. I hope they learned

Coast which serves Martin, St. Lu-
cie, Okeechobee and Indian River
counties. Throughout the coun-
ties, they strive to "build strong
kids, strong families, and strong
The creation of a strategic plan-
ning committee of Okeechobee
officials, parents, and other influ-
ential individuals in the commu-
nity to get input on what specific
needs are prevalent in Okeecho-
bee County.
Despite its name, the YMCA is
not just for the young, not just for
men and not just for Christians. It
is, however, as their history illus-
trates, an association of members
who come together with a com-
mon understanding of the YMCA
mission and a common com-
mitment to the YMCA's vision of
building strong kids, strong fami-
lies and strong communities.
According to their web-site,
across the U.S., 20.2 million mem-
bers are part of 2,663 local YMCA
associations. Each association is
different, reflecting the needs of
the local community. A Y may
have a facility with a gymnasium,
pool, child care center or even
a school. It may be a storefront
operation delivering community
based programs such as job train-
ing or youth and government. It
may be a camp, or it may be a sat-
ellite program in a local school.
It may be all of these things and
Whatever the facilities, what-

a lesson and look more closely at
their cases," he added.
Mr. Willis said what the girl's
uncle saw was nothing malicious
-- it was merely him playing with
the children in the house. In fact,
some of the girl's family testified
on behalf of Mr. Willis.
"It was an every day interac-
tion with the children," he said.
"There was nothing to it. It was
due to a ruckus and carrying on
with the other children."
He went on to say an apol-
ogy to his girlfriend over the tele-
phone was also misconstrued as
an admittance of guilt.
"There was no apology for a
specific action. It was a man try-
ing to get back with his girlfriend.
He was trying to shore up his rela-
tionship," said Mr. Siegel.
That summation of the call
was echoed by Mr. Willis.
"I was being accused of a hor-
rendous thing and they wouldn't
let me talk to her face to face," Mr.
Willis explained. "I was apologiz-
ing to her, basically, for the whole
situation. But they chose to take
excerpts and took it out of con-
Mr. Willis said he and his girl-
friend are together again and
hope to be married soon.

ever the programs, what doesn't
change are the people. What
every YMCA has in common is
a dedicated group of people:
volunteers, staff, members and
donors-all of whom are com-
mitted to the YMCA mission. It
is the people of the YMCA who
build strong kids, strong families
and strong communities.
The nation's 2,686 YMCAs
respond to critical social needs
by drawing on their collective
strength as one of the largest not-
for-profit community service or-
ganizations in the U.S.
Today's YMCAs serve chil-
dren and adults of all ages, races,
faiths, backgrounds, abilities and
income levels.
YMCAs are committed to help-
Children and youth deepen
positive values, their commitment
to service and their motivation to
Families build stronger
bonds, spend time together and
become more engaged with their
communities; and
Individuals strengthen their
spiritual, mental and physical
For more than eight decades,
YMCAs have offered Adventure
Guides and similar programs that
bring parents and children to-
YMCAs are collectively the na-
tion's largest providers of health
and well-being programs and

"Maybe sometime after Jan.
1," he said.
But before that can happen,
Mr. Willis is trying to get his life
back on track. He's living with a
family member now, but he re-
cently got his old job back and is
trying to save money to not only
pay off his attorney but to simply
have a life. He said he's enjoying
not being told when he can use
the bathroom or having to con-
tinually watch his back.
"It feels really good to just sit
down and watch TV," he said.
As he reflects upon the day he
walked out of the county jail, he
remembers the actions of some
corrections officers.
"It was amazing. The guards
were shaking my hand," he said.
"It was a hell of a moment, I gotta
tell you."
Mr. Willis said despite all he's
been through -- the incarceration
and the accusations -- he harbors
no ill will. He wants to get on with
his life, marry the woman he loves
and begin building a new life.
But even with all the good
that lies ahead, there is still the 11
months of his life that were lost.
"I can never forget that I was
there," he said softly.

are always working to promote
healthy living for millions of
Americans through YMCA Acti-
vate America.
In addition to the programs
offered to communities, there
are also financial assistance pro-
grams-made possible annually
by more than $1.6 billion in pub-
lic and private support-opens all
YMCA programs to those in need
who could not afford to provide
these opportunities to their chil-
dren and their family.
YMCA is volunteer founded
and volunteer led, YMCAs depend
on the generosity and dedication
of their 548,926 volunteers across
the U.S.
One local student, Allison
Chandler also attended the tour
due to her realization of the need
of a YMCA while completing a
project in her Osceola Middle
School gifted class with teacher
Deanna Kielbasa last year. They
were assigned the task of finding
a problem in the community and
a way to address that problem.
Some of her reasons for need-
ing a YMCA in Okeechobee were:
teenage pregnancy; lack of su-
pervised activities; strengthening
family bonds; provide additional
volunteer opportunities; and just
a general happy, well-being for
For more information on how
you can be involved please con-
tact Brandon Tucker at 863-763-

Okeechobee Forecast

Today: Friday: A 20 percent chance of showers after noon. Mostly
cloudy, with a high near 88. Southeast wind around 5 mph.
Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a
low around 68. East southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
Extended Forecast
Saturday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.
Mostly cloudy, with a high near 86. South southwest wind between
5 and 10 mph.
Saturday Night: A slight chance of showers before 4am. Mostly
cloudy, with a low around 56. Northwest wind between 5 and 15
mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 71. North northwest wind
around 10 mph.
Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 48. North north-
west wind between 5 and 10 mph.
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 73. North northwest wind be-
tween 5 and 10 mph.
Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 48. North north-
west wind around 5 mph.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. North northwest
wind between 5 and 10 mph.


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Two juveniles charged in break in

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Shoeprints led to the arrest
of two local juveniles for their
alleged connection with a break-
in at the Okeechobee County
Health Department.
Henry Lee Linsley, 15, N.W.
22nd Lane, and Chase Whytt
Weeks, 14, N.W. 15th St., were
both charged with the felonies
of burglary and grand theft. Each
juvenile was also charged with
the misdemeanor of criminal

After being booked at the
Okeechobee County Jail on
Wednesday, Nov. 5, the two boys
were taken to the Department of
Juvenile Justice Detention Center
in Fort Pierce.
An arrest report by Deputy
Marcus Collier, of the Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO), states that Linsley and
Weeks were not only charged
with breaking into the health de-
partment, but for taking a Kodak
Easy Share digital camera valued
at $300.
The deputy's report states that

the sheriff's office was notified
around 7:24 p.m. of a burglary
in progress at the health depart-
ment. Upon arrival law enforce-
ment found a window had been
broken out. Although no one
was found inside, shoe prints
were found and the OCSO Crime
Scene unit was called to process
the scene.
A witness told Deputy Collier
that two individuals were seen
standing at the northeast corner
of the building. The witness went
on to say that two individuals
were later seen inside the health

department. But because it was
dark, the witness could not pro-
vide investigators with a physical
description of the two individuals
or what they were wearing.
The investigation eventually
led law enforcement to Linsley
and Weeks, who were subse-
quently linked to the burglary by
the tread on their shoes which
"closely resembled" the shoe
prints at the crime scene, stated
Deputy Collier's report.
Deputy Collier's report goes
on to state that the camera was
recovered later.

VisionQuest client charged with battery

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An 18-year-old client at the Vi-
sionQuest Juvenile Center was ar-
rested Tuesday after she reportedly
struck a staff member in the face
with her fist.
Meleana McDaniels was booked
into the Okeechobee County Jail
on a felony charge of battery on
detention staff. She was later trans-

ported to the
Department of
Juvenile Justice
Detention Cen-
ter in Ft. Pierce.
An arrest re-
port by Deputy
Joseph Hall of
theOkeechobee Ml
County Sheriff's Meleana
Office (OCSO) McDaniels
stated that a fight erupted outside a

classroom at Vision Quest around
11:45 a.m. on Nov. 11. McDaniels
attempted to leave the classroom
to help a friend involved in the fight
but was kept from doing so by staff
member Isaac Wimes, 26.
At some point, continued the
report, McDaniels hit Mr. Wimes
in the mouth. Deputy Hall went on
to state that the inside of the man's
upper lip was cut.
The report went on to say that

McDaniels apparently pushed a fe-
male staff member which caused
her to fall against a wall. Accord-
ing to the report, the fall injured
the back of Pasheena Bonnick,
33. However, the juvenile was not
charged for pushing Ms. Bonnick
because the female staff member
told the deputy that McDaniels did
not intentionally push her into the

Lakeport man accused of forging script

Matthew Cole

By Eric
A Lakeport
man was arrest-
ed Wednesday
and charged

with forging a prescription, ac-
cording to an Okeechobee Nar-
cotics Task Force arrest report.
Matthew Cole McCrosson, 27,
was arrested Nov. 12 and charged
with prescription forgery. He was
booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail then released on his
own recognizance.

The arrest report states that
McCrosson was in the office of a
local dentist when he saw a pre-
scription pad and then took two
blank prescriptions. He then filled
out one of the blank prescriptions
for 60, 10mg Lortab and signed
the dentist's name, continued the

McCrosson reportedly had a
friend take the bogus script to a
local pharmacy.
The task force report goes on
to state that McCrosson appar-
ently destroyed the second blank

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Okeechobee News
A wrongful death claim was
filed against Chromascape, Incor-
porated, the manufacturer of an
Amerimulch Mega-Mite machine
that was involved in a fatal indus-
trial accident in Okeechobee on
Oct. 10, 2006.
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toja filed the suit in U.S. District
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machine at Earthwise Mulch

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Okeechobee when he was killed.
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toja was standing on the machine
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mulch when he became entan-
gled into the machine and lost his
The litigation claimed Chro-
mascape placed the mulch ma-
chine into the stream of com-
merce knowing that the product
would be used without inspec-
tion for defects. It also claimed the
machine was in a defective and
unreasonably dangerous condi-

tion when it entered the stream of
commerce and at the time of this
The litigation also claimed the
machine was defective in design
because it lacked safety guards to
disable the machine properly, and
lacked safety rails that prevented
people from standing on the hop-
er or conveyor system.
Attorney Hyram Montero also
wrote that the machine lacked
proper warnings to users. He
claimed the wording of the warn-
ings on the machine did not ad-
equately convey the nature and

extent of the risks of serious per-
sonal injured and death associ-
ated with it.
Three of Pantoja's children,
ages 14, 16, and nine, were
named as potential beneficiaries
of his estate.
The litigation seeks damages
for loss of earnings, medical and
funeral expenses, loss of parental
companionship, mental pain and
suffering and other claims.
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Seizure caused death of jail inmate, report claims

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
A23-year-old inmate died from
a seizure at the Glades County jail
on June 20, an investigation into
the death determined. His death
was ruled natural by the 20th Cir-
cuit Medical Examiner.
Valery Joseph was found
face down on his cell bunk by

Arrest Report
The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-
der 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 Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
Willard Anthony Melear, 22,
S.E. 24th Blvd., Okeechobee, was
arrested Nov. 10 by Officer Chad
Troutman on a felony charge of
possession of a controlled sub-
stance. He was also charged with
the misdemeanor of possession
of drug paraphernalia. His bond
was set at $5,500.
Fernando Herrera, 19, N.W.
39th Circle, Okeechobee, was
arrested Nov. 10 by Deputy Patri-
cia Massung on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him
with aggravated battery with a
deadly weapon. His bond was set
at $10,000.
John Robert Sharp, 20, S.W
10th Drive, Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Nov. 10 by Deputy Lieuten-
ant Keith Murrish on a warrant
charging him with burglary of a
conveyance. His bond was set at
Jeffrey Michael Mosteller, 45,
N.W. Seventh Court, Okeechobee,
was arrested Nov. 11 by FWC Of-
ficer Cristopher S. Douglas on a
charge of trespass by projectile.
He was released on his own re-
Robert J. Hosier, 41, Palm
Court, Okeechobee, was arrested
Nov. 12 by Deputy G. Popovich
on an Okeechobee County war-
rant charging him with violation
of probation grand theft (seven
counts). He was arrested on a
second warrant charging him
with violation of probation forg-
ery (five counts) and violation of
probation uttering a forged in-
strument (five counts). He was
held without bond.
Douglas J. Hansen Jr., 23,
U.S. 441 S.R., was arrested Nov.
12 by Deputy Sergeant J. Royal on
an Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with possession
of a firearm after being found

jail personnel at about 10 a.m.,
four hours after he was last seen
alive. Jail officials attempted to
revive the inmate but after 40
minutes of CPR attempts he was
pronounced dead.
The investigation also found
that Joseph had a history of sei-
zures and that jail medical staff-
ers had worked to keep the levels
of Dilamtin in his system, stable.

delinquent. His bond was set at
Robert Cohran, 37, Albany
Road, Fort Myers, was arrested
Nov. 12 by Deputy Sgt. J. Royal on
an Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with violation of
probation worthless check (over
$150). He is being held without
bond. He was also arrested on a
second Okeechobee County war-
rant charging him with violation
of probation battery. He is being
held without bond.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who
is later found innocent or has
had the charges against them
dropped is welcome to inform
this newspaper. The information
will be confirmed and printed.

There were no signs of trauma
or injury on the inmate's body,
the report concluded.
The Medical Examiner found
that the cause of death was a sei-
zure disorder and probably poly-
microgyria. The medical examin-
er also stated that Mr. Joseph had
previous symptoms of psychosis,
and a prior suicide attempt.
Joseph had been taken to

Hendry Regional Medical Center
on March 22, after an apparent
seizure. He was found on the
floor of the jail on March 21 and
complained of soreness in his
neck and drowsiness.
The autopsy toxicology report
found traces of several prescrip-
tion drugs in his system.

Glades County jail annex to open
A ribbon cutting ceremony The annex is the site of the
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24, at 3 p.m.

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Speak Out
Speak Out has moved online, where it is quicker and
easier to share your ideas and converse with others. Go to, click on the community name and your
local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new
topics or comment on existing topics. You can also e-mail
comments to or call 863-467-2033,
but online comments get posted faster and not all phone calls
can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
DEMOCRATS: The majority of the Okeechobee County voters
chose the Republican candidate in the presidential election. I thought
this county had a lot more Democrats than Republicans. What hap-
pened to the Democrats?
AUTO INDUSTRY: As the auto industry problems were being dis-
cussed on TV, one guy pointed out the success of the automakers in
the south, which are non-union shops. It was also mentioned that
GM, on the brink of bankruptcy is building a new HUMMER. Jeez, I
thought they were supposed to be turning out fuel efficient vehicles. I
wonder who can buy ANY new vehicle anyway.
NEWS: In response to the letter from the woman who was upset
the Okeechobee News didn't have a big front page story all about
Obama, it occurs to me that the newspaper probably handled the
election coverage the same way as they would have for McCain. But
if McCain had won, no one would have even commented about the
newspaper coverage. So they are saying this election is more im-
portant simply because of the color of the man's skin. I thought the
whole point was that race was not supposed to be important. I think
this election proved that voters don't care about that. They care about
the issues and in this election, the main issues were the economy, the
price of gasoline, the war in Iraq and taxes.
ELECTION: I know a lot of people in this town who voted for
McCain and I know a lot who voted for Obama. Throughout the cam-
paign, I listened to both sides. The top concerns were the economy,
the energy crisis and the war. The color of the candidate's skin was
not that important. I hope and pray that 100 years from now history
will show Mr. Obama's presidency was a great one because of the
things he does in office, and that the fact that he was the first presi-
dent of African descent is just an interesting footnote. When John
Kennedy was elected, there was much made of the fact that he was
the first Catholic president. But that is not what people remember
about him now. And when Joe Biden was chosen as Obama's VP
pick, the fact that he is a Catholic was barely mentioned. It wasn't
even a factor to consider. Fifty years ago, for many Americans, it was
unthinkable that a Catholic could be president. Now it is no big deal.
I hope that Obama will prove himself to be a great leader and a great
MARRIAGE AMENDMENT: I've said over and over, if a gay couple
wish to pledge their love for each other and call it a "Union" or a
"Blessed Event" or anything but a "Marriage," no one that I know of
would complain in the slightest. The couple could (and would) have
all the rights of which they want. BUT it's the old story of the, "in
your face" thing. If it MUST be called a marriage the best compromise
leaves both sides unhappy, so why don't we shoot for that?
FINALLY OVER: The elections are finally over. So how about re-
moving all these signs? If you were a winner, CONGRATULATIONS, If
you lost you have my CONDOLENCES. But let's get the signs down.
Don't give our visitors the impression that we're a bunch of red-
ELECTION COVERAGE: After reading today's paper, Nov. 12,
having read the letter to the editor about presidential election cov-
erage, I've come to the conclusion that the writer must not own a
television set, because the only thing we could get on ours for the past
few weeks was all about the election and on election night the elec-
tion event was on almost every channel. We couldn't get anything
else. The sad part is, we just donated two television sets a couple
of weeks ago and we would have gladly given her one. I wouldn't
deprive anyone from missing any of that malarkey. As for it not being
in the Okeechobee News, all I can say is, "Thank You, Okeechobee
News." But for those who can not get enough about elections there
are other news publications for sale in Okeechobee. I for one am glad
the whole thing is over.
STREET PAVING: As I speak they are paving our street here in
Buckhead Ridge. They started working a little after 7 a.m. Nov. 10. I
needed to go to the doctor's office and could not get out as they are
in the process of paving and had whole street blocked. I asked one
of them why they don't do one side like they do on the highways and
was told they used to do that. Luckily, my wife was able to get out
before they started the paving. They should have given people notice
that they were going to be paving so you could get out before they
started the paving. What would they do if there was an emergency
such as a fire or paramedics for someone having a heart attack? I
hope someone from the Buckhead Ridge Home Owners Association
reads this.
LOCAL NEWS: I just wanted to say I like the new format of the
newspaper with all the local news. We get our state and national and
international news on television but the Okeechobee News is our
only source for what's going on in Okeechobee. So I am glad to see
all the local news in there, instead of just repeating what was already
on television. When the paper was a daily, it seemed to me all of the
state and national news that was in it was old stuff I already saw on
PRAYER: For all our sakes, we pray that Obama's administration
is successful in getting this country back on track. We are all facing
some tough times in this country and we all need to work together.
HOME RULES: If you sleep on it, make it up. if you wear it, hang
it up. If you drop it, pick it up. If you eat out of it, put it in the sink, If
you step on it, wipe it off. If you open it, close it. If you empty it, fill it
up. If it rings, answer it. If it howls, feed it. If it cries, Love it.
VETERANS DAY: There simply are not enough words or strong
enough words to show our appreciation or those of you whom have
made incredible sacrifices out of love for and devotion to this coun-
try. You fought to defend our freedom and have done far more than
swear your allegiance. You have literally put your lives on the line.
Many have given their lives or suffered in untold ways, so that we
could live soundly and safely in our homes. We will never forget what
you have done for us. We honor you now and always.
OBAMA: The co-chair of Barack Obama's Transition Team, Val-
erie Jarrett, appeared on Meet the Press this weekend and used, shall
we say, an interesting statement to describe what she thinks Barack
Obama will be doing in January when he's officially sworn into of-
fice. "Obama is prepared to really take power and begin to rule day
one." Obama plans to bypass Congress and RULE by executive order.
Obama is reviewing executive orders... as he works to undo poli-
cies enacted during eight years of Republican rule. There's a lot that
the president can do using his executive authority without waiting for
congressional action, He feels like he has a real mandate for change.
ROOFING COMPANY: I would like to know if the story is true,
that a roofing company from Okeechobee, took 16 men to Houston,
Texas and did not pay them the full amount that they were supposed
to and ended up leaving some of them there stranded?
WASTE MANAGEMENT: I would like to just give Waste Manage-
ment of Okeechobee a compliment. We live in Kings Bay and our
cans are always placed back on the curb. They do not leave them in
the middle of the drive way or in the middle of the road. They take
the time, even if its just a second to place the containers back out of
the way in the yard. I think with all of the complaints that they hear, I
just want to give them a compliment. In the Kings Bay area, they do
a really good job.
BUSH: I am just wondering if anyone can read or listen to the
news? One time President Clinton signed the bills that has got this
economy in the way that it is today. And I'm sure that there will be
some bills signed by President Bush that will take affect several years
later. People do not pay attention to what a President is in control of.
Bush is not the worst President we ever had, but he is not responsible
for what is going on today.
ARTICLE: This is in response to an article on Nov. 5, about the
Glades County Sheriff's Department. I kind of take offense to him say-
ing, he is tickled to death to spend all of this free money. There is
no such thing as free grants. They are all paid for with the taxpayers
money, so how can he say that it is free, when we are paying for it?

Letters to the Editor

No Marine
Stands Alone
The No Marine Stands Alone
project and the Furphy Family of
Okeechobee would like to thank
the Gathering Church for their
generous donations to the No
Marine Stands Alone Project.
The church donated money
and goods to make 15 goody
bags for newly graduate Marines
at Parris Island, S.C. The goody
bags go to any new Marine who
graduates and has no family at-
tending the graduation.
The bags are distributed by
Marine Moms attending and given
to any Marine standing alone.
Approximately 10 percent of
all new Marine graduates have no
family or friends who can attend
their momentous accomplish-
ment and graduate. The project
is made up of Marine moms who
collect items and put together
goody bags to distribute on Grad-
uation Day.
There is always a note inside
congratulating the new Marine.
The latest graduation on Oct.
24, had approximately 30 Marines
with no family.
The Gathering Church's gen-
erosity made it possible for 15
young men to get a treat. The re-
mainder was made up from other
moms around the Country.
The local Marine mom who
coordinated this project was Alice
Furphy who's son graduated on
Friday, Oct. 24.
Thank you again,
The No Marine Stands
Alone Project and the Furphy

Ready for 2012
Hello Okeechobee! That last
time I wrote a letter was over
a year ago, now let me explain
Since my last letter I have been
called to serve in John Kerry
Land. That's right, Massachusetts,

but I still miss the best city in our
land, "Okeechobee." And yes I
am speaking for the Independent
voter up here too!
First of all as a true southerner
living up here I miss that ole n
hospitality and warmth, there are
some good points, but I had to
dig deep.
Wish Kerry would have won
in 04' now? But that is all water
under the bridge now, right? This
is what I can tell you and that is
John Kerry is a terrific Senator
and family man who serves the
citizens of Massachusetts and the
military veterans like myself, he is
awesome, his staff is even assist-
ing me in my disability claim per-
sonally. But personally, I think we
need Lou Dobbs as president and
myself as running mate by 2012
and here's why I say that.
First of all we both are outsid-
ers when it comes to Washington
politics as usual.
Second, we are both Indepen-
dent to the bone.
Third, we are both free think-
ers who would fight for all Ameri-
can Citizens especially the middle
class which whether you accept
it or not has had a class war im-
posed on it.
Let me explain, what this
country really needs is a dynamic
duo to get us out of this mess with
no special interests in corporate
levies, political agendas and will
stand up for what is right for all
classes of Americans.
Citizens of Okeechobee, all
Americans have to wake up and
smell the smoke, because we are
on fire.
We need to fight terrorism
smartly, bring our government to
full transparency, and make sure
all Americans are treated fairly in
Health care, wage earnings, and
no more predatory credit lend-
ing and that is just scratching the
surface. I miss the simpler times
in Okeechobee, but I have been
called up here for a reason.
Is America ready for a real
change? Well, we will see after
four more years of the same ole

Submitted photo/Thomas Markham/

Looking back ...
This photo from Okeechobee's past shows the Okeecho-
bee High School students voted "best dressed" in 1950,
Wanda Nix and Jack Williamson. Do you have an old photo
to share? Email it to or bring it
by the newspaper office in Fountain Square, 107 S.W. 17th
Street (next door to the Brahman Movie Theater).

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bull, no pun intended.
In 2012 vote for Lou Dobbs,
J.K. Murray III or Joe the Plumb-
er, anything but the same corrupt
Miss y'all and God Bless.
J.K. Murray III
Fall River, Mass.
Former resident of

You asked for IT
There used to be a T.V program
called "You asked for "IT". People
would write in to see about dif
ferent things in the world, where
they came from, how they were
made, how they worked, what
they looked like. And the inves-
tigators on the program would
travel all over to find whatever it
was that was asked about. They
would always begin and end the
program by saying, "Remember,
you asked for IT".
It was fascinating to watch be-
cause you never knew what was
going to be on. It showed every-
thing from the atomic bomb to
the first artificial heart, from the
first set of known conjoined twins
to rare multiple births, both hu-
man and animal; how nomads
can live in deserts and the people
of the rain forests survived. Why
the earth didn't float off some-
where, how the stars formed in
the constellations, why fish can
live in water and birds can fly and
we can't. There was so much they
could tell you about anything, ex-
cept God.
I don't ever remember them
speaking about God creating
the world and all that is in it and
above it.
In Genesis 1:1 it affirms that all
that exists came forth simply and
solely at the free and sovereign
command of God. V:31 says "and
God saw everything He made and
behold it is good." No evil was laid
upon the world by God's hand. So
where did it come from?
"IT" came from the Free will
of man. God gave man free will
and man chose to commit sin.
With sin came the consequences
of sin. All the bad things are the
result of sin. So, I guess we asked
for "IT".
But the good news is we don't
have to live with it like a millstone
around our necks. God has of
fered us a redemption plan. An
insurance plan you might say that
can guarantee us a safe passage
to a better world. Once again, God
solely and freely created a sinless
way to better our existence. He
gave us His only son to be the
propitiation for our sins. He of-
fered us His grace and showed up
as undeserved mercy by giving us
Jesus Christ and all we have to do
to receive this wonderful gift is to
I don't know about you, but
it's the best insurance policy I
have. Want a policy like mine? It's
a manual called the Holy Bible,
under John chapter 3 verse 16. If
you can't understand the wording
we have some great interpreters
that can explain everything, word
for word, in plan English. They're
called ministers of the Word of
God. You can find on in just about
any church that teaches the Word
of God. You see, God uses them to
reach us when we ask for "IT".
I thank God for the church I
belong to. We have four ordained
minsters of the Word of God.
Everyone of them has a unique
position in their teaching. Pastor
Randy is our Senior Pastor who
interprets the word of God from

God, so we can understand and
grow. Pastor Steve teaches us the
compassion and love of God for
the elderly and widowed, and he's
very funny. Pastor Dave directs
us in music worship through the
most beautiful hymns and songs
that leave you filled with joy and
Pastor Mark has the greatest love
for children I've ever seen. How
he does it can only be through
If you have to see "IT" to be-
lieve "IT" then "ASK FOR IT." This
is not the perfect world He origi-
nally created, but He is a perfect
God and He created us, so won't
you open up your heart and let
Him in? All you have to do is "ASK
Cheryl Gawda

Kindness appreciated
The words 'Thank You' do not
even come close as to the way we
feel towards each and everyone
who has helped us through this
difficult time.
The kindness shown by so
many is greatly appreciated.
As a token of our gratitude -
Thank you for everything.
Vernon and Pam Arnold
Parents of Vernon "Mi-
chael" Arnold

In memory of
Mrs. Wells
In June of this year, the
Okeechobee County School
Board and the community lost
a beacon of light in the sudden
passing of Mrs. Valerie White-
Wells. She dedicated her life to
education and gave guidance to
those students who had seeming-
ly lost their way. I had the privilege
of working side by side with this
awe inspiring woman for the past
seven years. I can't begin to tell
you how many lives she touched
during her lifetime, but she made
an effort to be a positive influ-
ence on all those around her. Her
students always knew she cared
and she went above and beyond
for those in the greatest need.
She was an active member of her
church, the First Missionary Bap-
tist Church Deans Court, the Sec-
retary for the Intermediate and
Junior Women's Kissimmee Val-
ley Association and served on the
board of Hospice in Okeechobee.
She encountered many hardships
along the way and used them for
strength to achieve her goals. We
would like to honor her memory
by establishing a scholarship
fund to continue helping those
students enlightened by her. If
you would like to join us in our
endeavor, you can make a contri-
bution to the scholarship fund to
be awarded to a former student
touched by her loving hands. It
will be presented by two of her
children on scholarship night,
John Williams, of Atlanta, GA and
Sharonda Irvin, of Daytona Beach,
FL. Checks should be made out
to the Okeechobee Educational
Foundation, Inc. Please send all
donations to Cathie Carpenter at
Osceola Middle School, 825 S.W
28th Street, Okeechobee, Flori-
da 34974. By working together,
we can keep Mrs. White-Wells'
dreams alive.
Cathie Carpente

Community Calendar

Friday, Nov. 14
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. Anyone interested in a sensible approach to losing weight and
becoming a part of a caring group is welcome to come and see what
we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at 800-932-
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Sickest Of The Sick 8
p.m. The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with any
12 step fellowships.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W Second St. This is an open meeting.
AA. meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W Third St. This is an open speaker meeting.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to 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 863-697-0206.

Saturday, Nov. 15
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972 (Behind Napa Auto Parts) A.A. weekend noon
Open Discussion; NA. Sickest Of The Sick Group Step Study meeting
7 p.m.; NA. Nowhere Left To Go Group (OD) 8 p.m. *The Just for
Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12 step fellow-
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Parrott
Ave. It will be a closed discussion.

Sunday, Nov. 16
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Sav-
iour, 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.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W. Fifth Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972 (Behind Napa Auto Parts) A.A. weekend
noon meeting Open Discussion meeting. *The Just for Today Club of
Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12 step fellowships.

Okeechobee News, Friday, November 14, 2008 5

Let in the holiday cheer with play, special events

By Chauna Aguilar Nix is excited to open the Bream country stars back in the day like There will be a slow drag race, Waldau at 863-467-7300 or the ness has some entertaining
Okeechobee News Room inside the locally renowned Mel Tillis, Gary Stewart and many weenie bite contest, drawing Golf and Country Club at 863- events coming up please for

The Holiday spirit is in the
air down at the Okeechobee
Community Theatre's holi-
day production of 'Christmas
Belles' this weekend. Christmas
Belles opened on Friday, Nov.
7. If you missed the Christmas
sounds, there are two more per-
formances, on Friday, Nov. 14 and
Saturday, Nov. 15. The play will
begin at 8 p.m. each night at the
Okeechobee Freshman Campus
Auditorium. Tickets are available
at the Chamber of Commerce
for $12 each or they can be pur-
chased the night of the play at the
theatre's box office window. For
more information, call Ron and
Jaque Hayes at 863-763-1307.
After two years of issues and
planning the Speckled Perch
Steakhouse is reopening the
Bream Room this weekend. Af-
ter a tremendous amount of hard
work, sweat and obstacles, Neil

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available at

Derwin E. Hamric, 85
Hamric, passed away Friday, Nov. 7,
2008, in Holmes Regional Medical
Center. He was 85.
He is survived by his wife, Marga-
ret Rucks Hamric; sons, Roger
(Lynne) Hamric, and Bill (Elena)
Hamric; and step-daughters, Larnell
(Mike) Merchant, Jeanne (Darrell)
Enfinger, Carla (Rich) Boggs, and
Nancy Beth Rucks.
Visitation was 1 p.m. Monday,
Nov. 10 at Valhalla Funeral Home in
Huntsville, Ala. Funeral service fol-
lowed at 3 p.m. Burial was in Hunts-
There will be a memorial service in
Okeechobee at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family has re-
quested contributions be made to
the First United Methodist Church of
Okeechobee, in Mr. Hamric's

Helen Louise Haight, 67
Haight, died Monday, Nov. 10, 2008,
in Jackson Memorial Hospital. She
was 67.
Born June 5, 1941 in Peekskill,
N.Y., she had been a resident of
Okeechobee for the past 18 years
and enjoyed sewing, reading, and
board games. She was a member of
the United Methodist Church in
Peekskill, N.Y.
She is preceded in death by a son,
Howard Kenneth Haight; parents,
Norman and Georganna Haight; and
brother, Norman Edward Haight.
She is survived by her husband,
Howard Haight, of Okeechobee;
daughters, Brenda L Carney
(George), of Okeechobee, Hope
Louise Fisher (Charles), of Meridian,
Miss.; brother, Raymond Haight
(Linda), of Rinebeck, N.Y.; sisters,
Dorothy Delia (Dominick), of
Poughquag, N.Y., and Muriel Jean
Work (Raymond), of New Windsor,
N.Y.; grandsons, George E. Carney,
of Okeechobee, and Corey A. Fisher,
of Brandon, Miss.; granddaughters,
Heather L. Fisher, of Okeechobee,
Kari A. Carney, of Okeechobee;
great-grandsons, Acea Austin, and
Anthony Austin; and great-grand-
daughter, Brianna Carney, of Balti-
more, Md. In addition, she is
survived by a host of nieces and
A memorial service will be 2 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008 in the Bux-
ton Funeral Home Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contri-
butions may be made to the Skip
Bryant Scholarship Fund, 504 N.WL
4th Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972.
All arrangements are under the di-
rection of the Buxton Funeral Home
and Crematory, 110 N.E. 5th Street,

Joseph Phillip
Kuprian, 83
OKEECHOBEE Joseph Phillip
Kuprian, died Tuesday, Nov. 11,
2008, in Raulerson Hospital. He was
Born March 23, 1925 in Brooklyn,
N.Y, he had been a resident of
Okeechobee for the past 10 years.
He is preceded in death by his
wife, Louise Kelly Kuprian.
He is survived by his daughter,
Jody K. Bunn (Ronnie), of Okeecho-
bee; son, Michael Kuprian (Joanne),
of Griffin, Ga.; grandchildren, Joseph
Phillip Kuprian, and Joshua Andrew
Bunn; great-grandchild, Logan Bryce
Kuprian; and numerous other grand
and great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be 1 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 17, 2008 in the Bux-
ton Funeral Home Chapel.
All arrangements are under the di-
rection and care of the Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Crematory, 110
N.E. 5th St., Okeechobee.

Speckled Percn Steacnouse. Thme
Bream Room allows the new and
old generations of Okeechobee
to relive an era of times gone
by. The newly renovated Bream
Room possesses its original hon-
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other homegrown favorites. i ne
marriage of the Bream Room and
the Speckled Perch Steakhouse
reignites the original dream and
vision of the founder, George
Evanko. The Bream Room will
add dinner, live music, dancing
and cocktails. Put on your boots
and come and enjoy the rebirth of
Old Okeechobee. For more infor-
mation call 863-763-9983.
Tommy Brandt, the 2006 and
2007 Male Vocalist of the Year for
Inspirational Country Music will
be in concert at the Okeecho-
bee Basinger Civic Center on
Thursday, Nov. 20. The concert
is free to the public. There will
be a covered dish supper at 6
p.m. and the concert begins at
7 p.m. Mr. Brandt has hits such
as Mercy Brought Me Out; Triple
Play; Hangin' On For Life; and
No Turning Back that topped the
charts over the last four years. For
more information contact Doyle
McDuffie 863-763-2285 or David
Eng 863-634-3360.
On Nov. 16, Barracudas will
present "Ride for the Troops."

prizes, live music, and more. Tick-
ets are available at Barracudas for
$20, includes: t-shirt, drawing tick-
et and ride. All proceeds will be
donated to Military Order of The
Purple Hearts. Run leaves Barra-
cuda's a noon sharp. For more
information call 863-801-6268.
The 17th Annual Waldau Ju-
nior Golf Tournament to bene-
fit Junior Golf will now be held on
Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Okeecho-
bee Golf and Country Club. (The
date changed due to weather.) It's
an 18 Hole, four-person Scramble.
Complimentary lunch starts at 11
a.m. with scramble shotgun start
at noon. The hole in one prize on
a designated par-3 is $10,000.00
cash plus other hole in one prizes
on the other par 3s. Each golfer
will also receive a coupon for a
FREE golf bag.
After the tournament and
awards, it's Waldau's Famous
Dance Party with D.J. David Padg-
itt. All entry, sponsorship forms
and information can be obtained
by visiting www.floridajuniorgolf.
org. Or you can call Bridgette

Diabetes increases other health risks

By Bill Casian
The American Diabetes As-
sociation asks, "Why should you
care about Diabetes?"
It is the leading cause of heart
disease, stroke, kidney disease,
blindness, and amputation, yet
nearly 25 percent of people who
have it don't even know it. This
November, during American Dia-
betes Month@, the American Dia-
betes Association (ADA) is asking
"Why should you care about dia-
Chances are, you or some-
one you love has been affected
by diabetes in some way. But
even if you haven't been affected
by diabetes, you need to know
that diabetes is the biggest public
health crisis of the 21st century,
and it continues to grow to epi-
demic proportions. Nearly 24 mil-
lion children and adults have dia-
betes. The death rate for diabetes
has continued to grow since 1987,

while the death rates due to heart
disease, stroke and cancer have
Having diabetes places a per-
son at increased risk for a number
of serious, even life-threatening
complications, including:
Heart disease and stroke -
Adults with diabetes have heart
disease death rates about 2 to 4
times higher than adults without
Blindness Diabetic retinop-
athy causes 12,000 to 24,000 new
cases of blindness each year mak-
ing diabetes the leading cause of
new cases of blindness in adults
20-74 years of age.
Kidney disease Diabetes is
the leading cause of kidney fail-
ure, accounting for 44 percent of
new cases in 2002.
Amputations More than 60
percent of nontraumatic lower-
limb amputations occur in people
with diabetes.
Remembering the 'ABCs of

diabetes' can help to prevent or
delay the onset of these serious
diabetes complications:
AIC For most people with
diabetes, it is important to keep
their AIC (average blood glucose
level over 2 or 3 months) less than
7 percent.
Blood Pressure People
with diabetes should have a tar-
get blood pressure of less than
130/80 mmHg.
Cholesterol LDL (bad)
cholesterol should be below 100
mg/dl; HDL (healthy) cholesterol
should be above 40 mg/dl for
men and 50 mg/dl for women;
triglycerides should be below 150
For more information about
American Diabetes Month, please
visit the American Diabetes As-
sociation at or
call 1-888-DIABETES (1-888-342-
2382) or call Raulerson Hospital's
Diabetes Education Program at

Happy Holidays
Turkeys available for Bake Sale planned to Moose Lodge selling

The Masonic Lodge is selling
holiday turkeys. Place orders at
Porter's Cleaners, 1700 S. Parrott
Ave. for your fully cooked whole
roasted turkey 18-20 pounds.
Turkeys are $30 each. Order by
Nov. 22, pick up on Thursday,
Nov. 27, from 9 a.m. to noon at
the Okeechobee Masonic Lodge.
(Limited to the first 75 orders).

Christmas trees are
headed to Shrine Club
The Okeechobee Shrine Club
will have Live Christmas Trees
snow-fresh from Michigan. Doug-
las Fir and Scotch Pine will be
available beginning Friday, Nov.
28, (day after Thanksgiving) in
Flagler Park. 5-8 ft. trees will be
available. All proceeds will benefit
the Okeechobee Shrine Club and
Amara Shrine Temple. For more
information call the Okeechobee
Shrine Club at 863-763-3378; Kip
Gardner at 863-610-6659; or Da-
vid Pittard at 863-801-1678. Come
early for the best selections.

City Hall Park
to hosts Santa
Santa will be at City Hall on
Dec. 2, following the Lighting Cer-
emony; December 3, 4, 9, 10, 11,
15, 16 and 17 from 6 to p.m. Stop
by for a picture with Santa!

benefit Healthy Start
How many days left until the
holiday? Do you have company
coming? Order your tasty baked
treats soon and pic them up on
the morning of Saturday, Nov.
15, at Pizza Heaven. Selections
include Guavas, $1 each, plain
cheese pastries, also $1 each, ap-
ple cinnamon $2 each. Delicious
quiche will also be available in
Ham, Spinach/Tomato and plain
cheese, each for just $10. All pro-
ceeds from the sale will benefit
the local Healthy Start program
serving mothers and babies. For
more information or to order,
please call Becky 863-462-5877
or email to: hsci4@okeechobee.

Main Street has
Holiday ham sale
Main Street is once again of-
fering Honey Baked Hams for the
holiday. Spiral hams, boneless
hams, whole smoked turkeys,
side dishes and desserts are avail-
able. The pick up date is Tuesday,
Nov. 25, after noon at Syble's
Flowers, 119 South Parrott Ave.
To place an order or for more
information call 863-763-2225 or

Koeze Nuts
The Okeechobee Loyal Order
of Moose, Legionnaires are again
holding their annual Koeze Nut
Fund Raiser for Food Baskets for
the less fortunate. Order forms
and catalogs may be picked up
at The Stitchin' Post, 620 S. Par-
rott Ave. See Paul at the Lodge,
159 NW 36th Street, or call 863-
763-4954. You can also call Paul
Diamond P.G. Fund Chairman,
863-467-1484 to order.

Tree lighting
ceremony Dec. 2
The City of Okeechobee's An-
nual Tree Lighting Ceremony will
be Dec. 2, beginning at 5:30 p.m.,
in the City Hall Park. Okeechobee
County Schools' Chorus Group
will perform. Santa will arrive to
visit with children.

Christmas window
contest open
Okeechobee Main Street has
announced their Third Annual
Christmas Window Decorating
Contest. Businesses will need to
have windows decorated before
the City's Tree Lighting ceremony
on Dece. 2. Judging will be on
Dec. 13. The winner will receive
a plaque. For information please
contact Okeechobee Main Street

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Community Events

Annual Turkey dinner
Saturday, Nov. 15, from 4 until
7 p.m. the Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge will hold their Annual Tur-
key Dinner. Suggested donation is
$8 per adult and $4 per child un-
der 10. Proceeds will benefit the
Lodge building fund. For more
information call Jim Green at 863-
634-4401; Jose Verano at 863-634-
2071; or Kip Gardner at 863-357-

Hospice to host
'Bag Sale'
Hospice of Okeechobee is
having a two-day Bag Sale. New
Donations have arrived. They
need to make room for The Fes-
tival of Trees. on Friday, Nov. 14,
8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Fill a bag for
$1. It will be held at the Hospice
Blue Volunteer Building on S.E.
Fourth Street next to The Hamrick
Home. Everything must go so that
we may set out new items that
have arrived. All proceeds benefit
patient care in Okeechobee and
services offered in The Hamrick
Home. For more information call

Barracudas presents
"Ride for the Troops"
On Nov. 16, Barracudas will
present "Ride for the Troops."
There will be a slow drag race,
weenie bite contest, drawing
prizes, live music, and more. Tick-
ets are available at Barracudas for
$20, which includes: t-shirt, draw-
ing ticket and ride. All proceeds
will be donated to Military Order
of The Purple Hearts. Run leaves
Barracuda's a noon sharp. For
more information call 863-801-

Healthy Start Yard
Healthy Start of Okeechobee
will hold their annual yard sale
where they will have a variety of
baby items for excellent prices on
Wednesday, Nov. 26, from 9 a.m.
until 2 p.m. at the Okeechobee
County Health Department audi-

S.A.L. Sponsor
steak dinner
The Sons of the American Le-
gion will sponsor their monthly
ribeye steak dinner on Sunday,
Nov. 16 from 3 until 6 p.m. at the
American Legion Post 64. Dinner
includes: steak, baked potato,
salad, roll, iced tea or coffee and
dessert for $12 donation. Steak
cooked to order by Dan Hood.
Live entertainment provided for
your enjoyment. The public is

'Controlling Garden
Pests' workshop
Are Bugs bugging you? There
are over ten thousand insects in
Florida but only about ten that are
harmful to plants. Small in num-
ber, but they can cause lots of
destruction. Come to our garden
pest workshop on Monday, Nov.
17, from 1 until 2:30 p.m. or from
5:30 until 7 p.m. at the Okeecho-
bee County Extension Service,
458 Highway 98 North and learn
easy and sensible ways to control
the terrible ten without poisoning
the planet.
We'll show you how to prevent
pests and also good ways to deter
them when they do show up. The
workshop will be presented by
Angela Sachson, Florida Yards &
Space is limited and pre-reg-
istered is required. Call 863-763-
6469 to sign up.

Guest reader
day at CES
Central Elementary School
is synonymous with "Achieving
Excellence through Literacy."
On Nov. 17, local members of
Okeechobee are invited to read a
book to a child. Would you like to
read a book to a child? For further
information, contact Mrs. Sherion
Jennings or Mrs. Peggy Friend at
863-462-5077. Please state the
grade level or name of classroom
teacher and time. Spanish speak-
ing persons are invited to partici-
pate also during this important
literacy event.

Cowboys for Christ
sponsors event
On Nov. 20, Nashville Re-
cording Artist Tommy Brandt will
be at the Okeechobee County
Basinger Civic Center. A covered
dish supper will begin at 6 p.m.
at 7 p.m. Christian Country Music
Artist Tommy Brandt. This event
is sponsored by Cowboys for
Christ. For information call Doyle
McDuffie 863-763-2285; Kim Da-
vis 863-467-2855; or David Eng

Winter book
discussion list posted
Friends of the Library Book
Club List for Spring.
The Friends of the Okeecho-
bee Library Book Club will meet
at the Okeechobee Library in
the board room this winter and
spring at 6 p.m. to discuss the fol-
lowing books: The Great Gatsby
by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thursday,
Nov. 20, Playing for Pizza by
John Grisham, Thursday, Dec. 18;
The Doctor Prescribes Dancing at
Daybreak by Connie Titus, Jan.
22; Robinson Carusoe by Dan-
iel Defoe, Feb. 20; A Thousand
Splendid Suns by Khalaed Hos-
siani, March 26; Luncheon of the
Boating Party by Susan Vreeland,
April 23. For more information
please call Jan Fehrman at 863-

Farm City Week
Luncheon planned
The Kiwanis Club of Okeecho-
bee and he Okeechobee Area
Agri-Councilwill be co-hosting the
15th Annual Kiwanis/Ag Council
Farm City Week Luncheon at the
Okeechobee KOA. The luncheon
is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m.
on Thursday, Nov. 20. Tickets can
be purchased in advance at Farm
Credit 863-763-6466, Berger In-
surance Services 863-763-6411, or
Farm Bureau 863-763-3101. They
can also be purchased at the door
on the day of the luncheon.

Clerk's office closed
for lunch
The Office of the Clerk of Cir-
cuit Court will be closed from
noon until 1 p.m. on Friday,
Nov. 21, for our annual Holiday

Walk around Lake
On Nov. 22, hikers will gather
at the Pahokee Marina to kick
off the 17th Annual Big 0 Hike.
Sinced 1992, the 109 mile Florida
Trail circuit walk known as the
Big 0 Hike has pumped tourism
dollars into small towns around
the lake while encouraging hik-
ing for fitness, drawing visitors
from as far away as Ontario and
California. Although flat and
open, the trail offers outstanding
scenic views, especially at sun-
rise and sunset. The hike passes
through five counties around
Lake Okeechobee where hikers
experience the quiet side of South
Florida. As one of the Florida Trail
Gateway Communities, Pahokee
is an ideal kickoff point for the
Big 0 Hike. Join the group on No-
vember 22 at the Pahokee Marina
at 8 a.m., or at any point along the
hike for an interesting and educa-
tional walk. Learn more, includ-
ing details of stops along the way

Order of the Eastern
Star holds breakfast
Sunday, Nov. 23 from 8 until
11 a.m. the Okeechobee Chap-
ter No. 128 Order of the Eastern
Star will sponsor a breakfast at
the Okeechobee Masonic Lodge,
107 N.W. Fifth Ave., Okeechobee.
Breakfast menu is as follows for
a $7 donation: Homemade bis-
cuits and sausage gravy, scram-
bled eggs, hash brown casserole,
sausage and bacon, grits, orange
juice and coffee.

Seacoast to host
benefit yard sale
Seacoast National Bank will
hold a yard sale on Saturday,
Nov. 15, from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
The sale will have office furni-
ture, kitchen items, ceiling fans,
desks, clothes, etc. The address


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U.S. Sugar deal modified

OHCF damaged in small fire

By Jose Jesus Zaragoza
INI Florida
CLEWISTON -- There is a new
deal on the table regarding the
sale of U.S. Sugar to the state.
Despite initially offering all of its
land and production facilities, the
company is now keeping the mill
and the railroad and citrus plants
out of the sale.
The news was made public by
Governor Charlie Crist on Tues-
day, following initial reports.
Under the terms of the sale,
the company is offering 182,500
acres land to the South Florida
Water Management District --
4,500 acres less than the initial
deal. U.S. Sugar will maintain its
primary mill in Clewiston, its rail
road and citrus operations.
The original terms called for a
$1.75 billion buyout of U.S. Sugar.
The new sale is in the neighbor-
hood of $1.34 billion.
The change poses some in-
teresting questions as the matter
heads toward the governing bod-
ies of the company and the South
Florida Water Management Dis-
trict for final approval.
With U.S. Sugar keeping just
about 2.5 percent of the land it
owns, the question is whether the
company can sustain the profits it
has become accustomed to when
it has operated with a much larger
area of production.
The fate of the 1,700 jobs is still
uncertain. When the sale of the
company was announced earlier
this year, Carol Wehle, the dis-
trict's executive director, assured
residents that there were no plans
to shut down the mill. The district
unable to operate such a facility,
the general consensus seemed to
be a sale of the production facili
ties to another agricultural com
Whether U.S. Sugar plans on
continuing its operations well into
the future, or if its executives sim-
ply believe that they can sell the
production portion of their com-
pany at a higher value privately is
yet to be resolved.
The original announcement
was met by shock that the long-
time company, and the backbone
of the local community, would
close its doors.

Environmentalist groups hailed
the news as a milestone for Flori-
da, as polluted water feeding into
the Everglades could be filtered
naturally, providing a renewed
lifeline to the unique eco-system.
But locals wondered if it was
in the best interest for Clewiston
- a town that is synonymous with
the sugar giant.
Following the release of infor-
mation, some were hopeful that
the sale would free up lands that
were off-limits to development,
and open up new enterprises.
Work has already begun at the
local level to identify new indus-
tries, including a plan by Hendry
County to serve as the site of an
ambitious inland cargo project.
Earlier this year, the company
took advantage of a smaller crop
to refine Mexican sugar through
NAFTA. The raw sugar was
shipped in barges to the Port of
Tampa and transported to Clewis

ton for processing.
In August that partnership
worked so well that the company
announced that the streamlined
mill had broken several produc-
tion records. For the first time in
its history, buoyed by the partner
ship with Mexican companies, the
refinery easily surpassed its total
refinery output -- overshadowing
the record set in 2006. With less
land to work with, there is the
possibility that the company may
head more in this direction.
"It is important to note that this
imported sugar has enabled us to
process and sell additional sugar
- above and beyond the sugar
sold contractually for this year,"
Robert Coker, senior vice presi
dent, public affairs said in Sep-
tember. "The Refinery's record
pace allowed U.S. Sugar to turn
NAFTA's open border between
the United States and Mexico into
an opportunity."

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Teen Anglers are at it again

By Teresa Mataushek
Okeechobee News
Regardless of the weather,
members of the Big O' Teen An-
glers Inc., do not let that stop
They held their monthly fish-
ing tournament on Oct. 25, at
Okee-Tantie and because of a
cold front, were presented with a
Due to the cold weather the
fishing was a little tougher, but
the anglers did their best.
Ryan Edwards, 12, was the
only one to place in the 11-14
age group, but made sure that he
placed well, with a 3.52 pound
fish, which won the big fish
award as well as first place.
For the 15-18 age group Gar-
rett Farmer, 17, came in first
place with 2.44 Ibs., as well as
winning the big fish award with
a 2.44 lbs., 'Big Fish.' He was fol-
lowed in second place by Kyle
Monti, 16, with total fish weight
of 2.06 lbs.
The Big O' Teen Anglers, Inc.
is currently selling tickets for a
chance on a brand new digital
Motorguide 70 lb. trolling motor.
The drawing will be held on Dec.
15 and all proceeds will benefit
the junior bass club. For more
information call Charlie Hays at
The Big O' Teen Anglers, Inc.
would also like to extend their
sympathy to the family of Joseph
Alton O'Dell of Okeechobee by
saying, "Roy O'Dell, our thoughts
and prayers are with you and
your family."
Don't forget, the Christian
Team Trails monthly fishing
tournaments held on the first
Saturday of every month out of
Okee-Tantie. The cost is $75 per
boat. The monthly tournaments
are hosted by Oakview Baptist
Church, you may register at the
church office before the tourna-
ments or at Okee-Tanti the day
of the event. Tournaments will
begin at safe daylight. For more
information please call 863-763-
This weekend is the Bass
Busters Classic on Nov. 15, and
16, for qualifying teams. Please
visit the official website and look
on the 2008 standings page for
qualifying team names.
The 18th Annual Toys for Kids
Fishing Tournament will be held
on Sunday, Dec. 14, in Clewiston
on Lake Okeechobee. The entry

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fee is $50 and two unwrapped
toys; the tournament runs safe-
light to 3 p.m. The event features
100 percent pay-back with cash
and prizes. For More informa-
tion or to get entry forms for
these events please contact Chris
Fickey at 941-232-9539 or go to:
and we look forward to seeing
you at the ramp.

Kids recommend
osprey to be new
state bird
The osprey is the winner in a
statewide vote of fourth through
eighth graders to be Florida's
new official state bird. The Flor-
ida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission (FWC) and the
Department of Education teamed
up to conduct the election as a
civics lesson for the kids.
Students across the state
participated in campaign activi-
ties at their schools, researching
their favorite candidates, design-
ing posters and participating in
debates regarding the bird they
would most like to have consid-
ered for Florida's state bird as an
alternative to the current state
bird, the mockingbird.
The civics lesson for the kids
doesn't end with this vote. They
also will have the opportunity to
follow this initiative as the stu-
dents' selection will go through
the legislative process to decide
if the osprey should become the
new state bird. The FWC will pre-
pare a bill for introduction for the
2009 Legislative Session. The bill

Submitted photo/Big O' Teen
Angers Inc.
Ryan Edwards, 12, took first
and the big fish award in his
age group at the Oct. 25, Big
0' Teen Anglers fishing tour-
nament at Okee-Tantie. He
had a big fish and total fish
weight of 3.52 Ibs.
must be approved by the House,
the Senate and Gov. Charlie Crist
before the osprey is officially des-
ignated as the state bird. Teach-
ers and students can follow this
process at
"This project gave students
the chance to participate in the
democratic process in a very
meaningful way," said Judy Gil-
Ian, outreach coordinator for the
FWC. "They learned about ex-
ercising their vote, and they will
learn about bills becoming laws.
It also gave them an opportunity
to learn about some of Florida's
greatest species of birds."
After the osprey, in popularity,
were the snowy egret, great egret,
brown pelican and black skim-
mer. More than 77,000 students
voted in Florida, with fourth,
fifth and sixth graders casting the
most votes. Students in all coun-
ties in Florida were represented
in the vote.
If you would like to share any infor-
mation with the Okeechobee News
about an outdoors event please
email Teresa Mataushek at tma- or call 863-
763-3134. We welcome news on all
sporting events, outdoors activities,
nature Inspired hobbles and with
hunting season nearing, please send
in pictures of your prize kills. Please
Include your name, phone number
and specific dates of the events. The
Okeechobee News Outdoors column
will run every Friday so please be
sure to have all your information
into the office no later than 5 p.m.

Hunters, residents warned

of possible virus outbreak
Dogs exposed to wild Paralysis of the limbs is some- Prevention is the most impor-
times noted shortly before death, tant means of control of PRV in
hogs could be at risk Treatment of PRV is generally dogs and cats. Contact with pigs
futile since the disease is almost and especially feeding animals
for Pseudorabies l f,l .A ; .A l, k ]tirk d d k o It

Two Everglades Regional Dog
Hunters Association members
had dogs die last weekend from a
disease with symptoms the same
as Pseudorabies. JW Corbett Biol-
ogists are currently examining the
dogs to confirm Pseudorabies.
ERDHA has received reports of 13
other dogs that died during dog
training from a disease believed
to be PRV. Please be advised that
exposure to wild hogs in this area
could be fatal to dogs. If your
dog becomes infected with PRV
please call FWC Corbett Biologist
Jim Schuete at 561-722-9263.
Pseudo Rabies Virus (PRV),
also known as "mad itch," is not
really a form of rabies. The virus
attacks the nervous system, and
it can be acquired by biting an
affected animal. The infection
is fatal in nearly all animals that
become infected, except pigs.
Humans are resistant to infection.
Cattle, fur-bearing animals like
raccoons, rats, bears, deer, dogs
and cats (including panthers) can
be infected. Pigs sometimes do
not display observable symptoms
because they have become well
adapted to the virus.
Dogs have developed PRV after
biting or being bitten by infected
pigs. It takes anywhere from 3-6
days for symptoms to show; once
symptoms show, progression is
rabid rarely lasting longer than 48
hours, until death.
The initial sign seen by the
dog owner is a change in behav-
ior such as inactivity, sleepiness,
indifference, even aggression or
restlessness. Difficulty breathing,
diarrhea, and vomiting are oc-
casionally seen. Normal or ab-
normal body temperature and
excessive salivation are common
findings. The most characteris-
tic sign is intense itching, usually
occurring in the head region, but
also in other areas, such as neck
and shoulders. One side of the
head and neck may become swol-
len. The dog may violently scratch
their faces and ears, rub their
heads and bit themselves. Self
mutilation may result in redness,
skin abrasion, and ulceration of
skin and underlying tissues. The
scratching becomes increasingly
more frantic and may end up in
generalized convulsion. In some
cases, the itching may be absent.

always aa. heavy se a on an
anesthesia may lessen or relieve
the itching and convulsions; how-
ever, nothing can alter the out-
come of the disease.

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Service Club News in Brief

The American
Legion Post 64
501 S.E. Second Street, Okeechobee
Office 863-763-2950 Lounge 863-763-
We can accommodate meetings,
weddings and parties of any size.
The public is always welcome unless it's
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Our kitchen is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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Music with Jim Elders 2-6
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Friday: Open 11 a.m. until 8 p.m.-Karaoke
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(Anyone wishing to perform in the Lip
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SAL Steak Dinner third Sunday each
month $12 donation.
Legion and Auxiliary meet the second
and fourth Tuesdays at 7 p.m.
The fourth Tuesday meeting includes a
carry in dinner at 6 p.m.
SAL Meet the third Tuesday at 7 p.m.
* Friday night dinners resume on Nov. 7.

Am-Vets #2001
* Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold a regular
informational meeting on the first Saturday
of the month at the Buckhead Ridge
VFW Post #9528, 2002 U.S. 78 W., at 10
a.m. Applications for new members are
available. Call Helen James at 863-824-
7644 or Lou Eder at 863-357-0467.
* Am-Vets Ladies Auxiliary meetings
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Eagles Aeries #4137
Eagles Aeries #4137 is located at 9983
U.S. 441 N. For information on events, call
* Every Tuesday bingo at 1 p.m. Food
will be available for a donation.
* Wednesday: bar bingo starting at 4
p.m. Food will be available.
* Every Thursday: washer toss at 1 p m
* First and third Thursday: Auxiliary at 6
p.m., Aeries at 7 p.m.
* Friday: steak night (16-oz.) starting at
5 p.m. for a $12 donation. Music will be by
Jimmy Harper.
* Saturday and Sundays: music at 7

* First and third Sunday: breakfast
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$5 donation.

Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge #237
The Okeechobee Masonic Lodge
is located at 107 N.W. Fifth Ave. For
information about the club and events, call
Jose Verano at 863-634-2071.
* TheMasonic Lodge holdstheirmeetings
on the second and fourth Monday of each
month starting at 7:30 p.m.

Order of the Eastern
Star Chapter #128
The Order of the Eastern Star has many
fun activities planned on the first and third
Tuesday of each month. For upcoming
activities, contact Mary Ann Holt at 863-

B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U S 78 W. in
Buckhead Ridge. The Lodge's phone
number is 863-763-2250.
- Sunday: breakfast will be served from
9 until 11 a.m. With many items to choose
- Monday: WOTM Chapter meeting the
first and third Mondays of every month
7:30 p.m.
* Wednesday: Bingo and food, food
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- Thursday. dinner will be served from
5 until 7 p.m. Call the Lodge for the menu.
- Thursday: Music for dancing at 7.30
p.m. Call to see who is playing.
* Thursday 5-Card Bingo at 6 p.m. food
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* Friday: dinner served from 5 until 7:30
p.m. Music for dancing at 7:30 p.m. Call to
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Center #1753
The Moose Family Center #1753 is
located at 156N.W. 36th St. in Okeechobee.
Please call the Lodge at 863-763-4954 for
further information, sudden changes and
menus. Guests are invited to enjoy the
activities and consider membership.
* Every Sunday breakfast from 8 to 11
- Horseshoe practice every Sunday at 2
p.m. and Thursday Evening.
- Every Monday, Pool tournaments -
sign up, 7 p.m. Food is served.
- Women's meeting second and fourth
Tuesday at 7 p.m.
* Officers meetings first and third
Tuesday at 7 p.m.
* Men's meetings, second and fourth
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

. Moose Legion meetings third
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
* Bar Bingo Thursday at 1 p.m. and
Friday night at 7 p.m. Food Served. (you
must be a member to play bar bingo)
* Dinner and music almost every
Saturday night.

VFW Post #4423
* Music by the 'Saxman' at 5-9 p.m.
North VFW members and friends welcome
Sunday, Nov. 16.
The VFW North Post #4423 is located at
300 N.W. 34 St. The Post phone number is
Happy hour Monday through Thursday 4
until 6 p.m.
Monday: 50-cent hot dogs.
Tuesday: Washer toss at 1 p.m.
Wednesday: Pizza and Grill 5 until 7
Friday: Bingo at 1 p.m. Pizza and Grill 6
until 9 p.m. Karaoke 7 until 11 p.m.
Saturday. Bar Bingo at 1 p.m. Karaoke
7 until 11 p.m.
Sunday: Dinner 2 until 4 p.m.
Post and Ladies Auxiliary meetings third
Sunday of every month at 11 a.m.
Men's Auxiliary Meeting 3 Monday of
every month 7 p.m.
Big Screen TV and Pool Table

VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post #9528 is located at
2002 S.R. 78 W. in Buckhead Ridge. For
information, call 863-467-2882. Post opens
at noon, Monday through Sunday.
We are taking applications for new
members for the VFW, Ladies Auxiliary,
Male Auxiliary, AMVETS and AMVETS
ladies auxiliary.
* Wednesday: Ladies Auxiliary dinner
and Men's Auxiliary or AmVets. Music will
be available.
* Every Thursday is bar bingo at 12 45
p.m. Lunch will be available.
* Every Friday a steak dinner with baked
potato, salad and rolls will be served from
5:30 until 7 p.m. for an $11 donation.
Dancing immediately follows the dinner.
- Membership meetings are held on the
second Saturday of the month beginning
at 10 a.m. The House Committee meeting
is on the fourth Saturday
For information, contact Commander
Robert Hare at 863-467-2882.
All games and special events are shown
on three televisions. The game room has a
regulation-size pool table.
* VFW Post 9528, in Buckhead Ridge, is
having an open mic night with Nellie from 6
until 9 p.m. every Tuesday evening. Come
on out and support her by singing your
favorite songs.

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

p.m. Monday through Thursday. Noon to 2
p.m. on Saturdays.
* Monday: Card Bingo at 6 p.m.
* Tuesday: Ladies Auxiliary all-you-can-
eat spaghetti dinner $5 donation beginning
at 5:30 p.m.
* Wednesday Bar Bingo at 12:45 p m
Lunch by Ladies Auxiliary. Kitchen open
from 5 until 8 p.m. Evening music.
* Thursday: Music, kitchen open from 5
until 8 p.m.
* Friday: Music, kitchen open from 5 until
* Saturday: Noon, dollar hotdogs, $1.50
Polish Sausage, both with Chili and all the
fixings Card bingo at 5 p.m. Music and
dancing at 7 p.m. $50 gas card giveaway.
* Scheduled meetings: VFW First
Sunday at noon, Ladies Auxiliary second
Monday at 7 p.m., Men's Auxiliary second
Wednesday at 7 p.m.
* Do you have a family member serving
overseas We send packages of urgently
needed supplies to them. We accept
donations for this worth cause. Contact
Cheryl Beniot at 863-697-2930.
For further information call 863-763-

Shrine Club
* The Okeechobee Shrine Club, S.R. 78
W., members will meet the first and third
Thursday of each month at 8 p.m. The club
is also available for weddings and parties
For information call the club at (863) 763-
* They are now open three days a week.
Weekly specials are:
* Tuesday: Noon until 9 p.m.: Spaghetti
dinner donations only, music from 6 until

Submitted photo/Anton Silva III

Jim Price, age 84/U.S.
Navy, received his gift
bag from the VFW Ladies'
Auxiliary Unit # 4423. Mr.
Price also sang a stirring
rendition of the Navy An-
them for the audience.

9 p.m.; happy hour 3-6 p.m.
- Thursday. Noon until 9 p.m.: Fried
Shrimp dinner or clams $6 donation;
happy hour 3-6 p m; shrimp skewers 2
for $3.
* Friday: Noon until 9 p.m.: Catfish
dinner $6 donation; happy hour 3-6 p.m.

Cypress Hut
Eagles #4509
- The Cypress Hut Fraternal Order of
Eagles post #4509 located at 4701 U.S.
441 S.E. is now open to members Monday-
Saturday from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.,
Sunday from 1 to 10 p.m. Information can

be found by visiting, or
calling 863-467-1154.
* Food is served several evenings a
* Aerie meetings are at 7 p.m. on the first
and third Wednesday of each month at the
old Cypress Hut flea market restaurant.
FOE Auxiliary meetings are at 7 p.m.
on the second and fourth Wednesday of
every month
* Friday night: 16 oz rib eye steak dinner
with the trimmings beginning at 5:30 p.m.
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Submitted photo/Anton Silva III

Resident Edith Vincent,
age 86/U.S. Army, was es-
corted by Cindy Bowman,
Activities' CNA, to the
OHCF 2008 Veterans' Day

Submitted photo/Fred Alger

Gang free bike rally
Okeechobee Masonic Lodge #237 members participated
in the Gang Free Bike Event held this past weekend. Lodge
members participating included Dave Lucas, George Wil-
liams, Hugh Alger, Jim Green, Rick Holt, Fred Covert, Tom
Jolly and also, Jim Lazano (not pictured). The bike rally
was held in Okee-Tantle Park on Saturday and Sunday.

Submitted photo/Anton Sliva III

Coast Guard
Shirley Stephen, age 87/
U.S. Coast Guard, proudly
received her VFW Ladies'
Auxiliary gift bag.

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OHCF celebrates Veterans Day
Arlen Cook, Pastor of Northside Baptist and US Air Force veteran, was the guest speaker
at the Okeechobee Health Care Facility (OHCF) 2008 Veterans' Day celebration.

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Auctions 105
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Automotive, Tools, Furniture,
Appliances & Collectable's.
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Sat., 1/31, 8am til 1pm,
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Job Information 225
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Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
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Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
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Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
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Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
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Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

CARRIER 2 1/2 ton condenser
unit. Good condition $150.
CENTRAL A/C unit 4 ton unit
3 yrs old great shape for Mo-
bil home $600/or best offer.

COUCH, newly reapolstered,
sage green with a light blue
stripe $900 (863)763-8956

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gal. NEW IN BOX GE. 12
320O (R63)634-61R89

er, 3 cu ft, like new, all
manuals, paid $91 sell for
$60 (863)763-0853

BOYS BIKE Boys 12" red
bike with training wheels. In
great condition. In LaBelle
15. (239)691-9121

NEW Hardback Patricia
Cromwell book Scarpetta
$15.00 (863)763-7165

new 36"x80" Maple wood
Glass french door.
$100/neg. (863)357-2611
ranty-Buy direct from manu-
facturer 30/colors in stock,
w/all accessories. Quick turn
around. Delivery available.
Gulf Coast Supply & Mfg,
(888)393-0335 www.Gulf-
OVER THE fridge cabinet -
36"x12" natural solid oak
over the fridge cabinet.
$30/neg. (863)357-2611
ft, Rail new power cord,
new seat $1500 Call

CRIB SET (POOH) 10 piece
+ free toys, everything great
cond. call for info $80.
SWING Pd 150$ Swings 2
ways, 6speeds +ALOT
MORE! $80. (910)546-2367
HUGE STUFFED animals 30"
Elmo, 42" Eeyore, 28" & 30"
Bears. Like New (Okee area)
$20/will sep. (863)763-6131
LITTLE TIKES basketball/hoop
set, musical sit-n-spin, play-
doh table Excel Cond, Okee
$40/will sep. (863)763-6131
POOH SWING Days of hunny
infant swing. Like new, must
see paid $110 asking $50.

CLOTHING Girls' pageant
dresses. White,size 10 slim
and Fuscia size 12 slim.
$150. (863)558-0085
LADIES suits, dresses & pant-
suits sz 14 to 3X. also tops,
pants & shorts sz med &
up. $200 or sill separate

(863)763-7165 or 697-0206

Upper Deck certified auto-
graph by Antrel Rolle $45.
Fitzgerald Certified Jersey
Card 39/50. $55.
cards in box/great gift $60.
lage and accessories
$700/will sep.

Ram, DVDRW, New "19
LCD! Call Tony $299.
COMPUTER Fast Dell Desk-
top, XF, loaded Call Jose
$125. (561)261-1772
FAXES $30/neg.
( 8 6 3 ) 7 6 3 0 3 8 0

Machine Must sell. $125.
BED mattress,foundation
reg.size w/hdb.and frame
like new $175.
Some storage. LaBelle $15.


BEDS (2) Complete, full size,
new sheets/bedspread & 2
electric blankets, $250/will
sep. Call 863-357-6229
DINING ROOM Table Beauti-
ful 42x42 table with exten-
sion plus 4 matching chairs.
$200. (863)675-3516
wood/iron table W/4 chairs.
anytime $150.
( 8 6 3 ) 4 6 7 9 1 2 5
HOLDS 36" TV. 53" wide, 3
shelves, light color $50.
GLASS TABLE white iron &
glass table & 4 chairs on
casters. LaBelle $50.
good quality, antique rose,
smaller size for smaller living
room $300 (863)675-4098
L-SHAPE SECT. off white,
w/teal/beige throw pillows,
Sm Enter Ctr, holds 32" TV
$250 neg. (863)675-6422

Lamps $17, 100 Barstools
$39 up, 50 Desks $97 up,
3Pc Dropleaf Dinette $197,
50 Table and 4 Chairs $397
up, 200 Recliners $297 up,
50 2pc Sofa & Loveseat
sets $687 up, 50 TV Ent.
Centers $167 up, 2 Pc
Queen Bed set $297 up, 50
4Pc Bedroom sets $387 up,
3Pc Livingroom tables
$97up, 100 headboards
$79 up.

wingback, brown leather,
good condition $25 each
wicker. LaBelle $20.
SINGLE BED bedroom sets (2)
with chest of drawers &
dresser with mirror, new
mattress covers, sheets and
blankets all included. $200.
Black cloth.Good condition-
call before 9 pm leave mes-
sage $400. (863)763-8562

SOFA SLEEPER Queen size.
excellent condition very
clean $150/or best offer.
WHITE WOOD queen/full
headboard only in good con-
dition. $75/or best offer.
WOODEN Ent center couch,
loveseat, end table, lamp,
coffee table, all for $775 or
sperate (863)634-3859

GOLF CLUBS 4 sets, 1 left
handed, metal woods, irons,
putter, bag, balls, $390 will
sell sep. (863)946-3123

12 GUAGE side/side stevens
12 guage 18.5 double barrel
from 1970s $375/neg.
MAK 90 includes 20 mags
and 1200 rnds. $1200/neg.

GOLD'S GYM squat bar comes
w/300 Ib of weights & olym-
pic bar. Excellent condition.
$900/neg. (863)697-1247
cond. tracks time, distance
& spd. For home use. $300
best offer. (863)697-1247
Works perfect, spacesaver.
w/2FREE wrist/ankle wgts.
$150. (910)546-2367
WESLO G -30 treadmill An
ideal treadmill for beginners,
the Weslo G-30 offers a 1.0
Continuous Duty HP motor.
Mint condition! $100/or best
offer (R63)634-5506

We Buy Scrap Gold,

Silver and Coins

Elliot's Pawn Shop
419 W S Park St (863) 763-5553

only used twice, like new
$50. (863)467-2456

SCOOTER -Handicapped, 2
seater, 4 wheel, $800 or
best offer (863)467-6009

for high paying Aviation
Maintenance Career. FAA ap-
proved program. Financial
aid if qualified Housing
available. CALL Aviation In-
stitute of Maintenance
from Home. *Medical,
*Business, *Paralegal,
*Computers, *Criminal Jus-
tice. Job placement assis-
tance. Computer available.
Financial Aid if qualified. Call
(866)858-2121, www.Cen-
FOUR LOW RIDER 17" chrome
rims, universal lugs, 2 tires
$100 For All (863)801-4940
10,000 watt, 20 hp Kohler
motor $2,500.
(863) 840-0505 LaBelle
OFFICE JOBS. $18-$20/HR.
(800)910-9941 TODAY! REF
SHOW CASE Like new $450
or best offer (863)763-0570
TWO Awnings-60"X 48" ask-
ing $50 for both

Cond. $300/or best offer.
(8 6 3 ) 3 5 7 5 7 7 3

tered. Ready to go! Accept-
ing deposits. 2 Males, 1
Female. (863)634-5796
KITTENS!!! Kittens free! 3 BIk
& Wh, 2 Gray Tiger, 1 BIk.
Beautiful & full of person-
ality! $0. (863)634-0567
PIT BULL PUPS Now taking
deposits, Camelot blood-
lines, Big heads, wide
chests, $700 dep, $2000 per

pup (863)694-6250 or
PUPPIES for sale, $50, call
for information
SALT WATER Tank 75 gal. -
Everything but rock & fish!!
$500/or best offer.

HOT TUB 4 person Octagonal
hot tub, new pump, new mo-
tor,Runs great!!! $1000.

chine Works good. Must
sell. $150. (863)357-0166
feather weight, very good
cond., case & attachments,
$345 (863)697-9704
200 Embroidery Machine -
plus 4 hours lessons $450.
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Brand new HBC Helmet.
Open faced with visor. $50.

SLATE POOL Table Large ta-
ble (98" X 54") Leisure Bay,
Blue felt top, great condition.
Oversized ball and claw legs.
Balls & Cues included. Con-
tact Tues-Sun anytime
$650/or best offer.
( 8 6 3 ) 4 6 7 9 1 2 5

AMP/12" L7/fairy cap/like
new in boxes $350.
SPEAKERS- 215" Kicker CVR
in box with 2000 watt amp
$600. (863)697-9014

COLOR TV Cable ready/con-
sole/25"/Sylvania $100.
TELEVISION 65", Mitsubishi,
excellent condition, $700
Receivers $80. each

CRAFTSMAN 10" Radial Arm
Saw Excellent condition
Hardly used. $150/neg.
6300 watt/9100 watt surge
Must sell. $500.
SEARS Craftsman table type
router. Good condition $50.


Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Flowers 865

for standard size horse. Sells
for $500, Asking $150. neg.
Never used. (863)675-4098

BRIGGS 5.5 hp 2" pace water
pump. Used 1 time $150. or
best offer (863)610-2993
BUNTON ZTR Comm Mower -
ZTR 50"cut, 20HP Kohler
Works great $2400/or best
offer. (863)697-2032
mower $400/or best offer.
( 8 6 3 ) 2 3 4 0 8 1 9
CRAFTSMAN Lawn mower
6.25, 22" power propelled,
great engine, spare blade,
needs deck $65.00
Full size. Excellent condition.
Like new. $150.
Moving Must Sell- Like New
Craftsman 5600 Watt, 10 HP
Generator $500 OBO

WESTERN HAT Bailey beaver
XXXX size 714 like new
stored in box $40.

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currently has the following openings

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Wanted To Buy 0740

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Mobile Homes

Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020

Rent: 2/1 unique Loft unit
and/or 3/2 home. Both units
newly remodeled. Located
12 minutes north of Okee-
chobee on Equestnan
Ranch. Monthly water, trash
& lawn maintenance includ-
ed. No Pets! $550 / $650 -
Move in special. M-F
Bdrm., 2 Ba., w/full kitchen,
W&D, $250 wk. $300 sec.
dep. (863)824-0981
Kississimmee River Est- 2/1,
2 car gar on private lot $550
per mo. + Dep

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Okeechobee's Nicest.
1 Bedroom & 2 Bedroom
furnished & unfurnished
2br, 2ba, nice large yard.
Small pet okay. $850/mo.
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pletely furnished, non smk.
env., no pets $600 mo.+1st
& se. 772-285-5856

ADULT PARK in Okeechobee.
8'x24' w/10'x20' attached
family rm. 8'x8'6"Shed w/
W&D. $4000 863-381-7835
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55 x 23' w/freplace, no title,
you move $1000 OBO
(863)357-3567 After 5pm
3BR, walk-in closets, 2BA,
den, LR, DR, appls, ceiling
fans, roof-over, covered
front/back porches, CAM,
fenced back yard, pole barn,
2 car driveway, 1 car
carport, located at 4232 SE
22nd Court,Treasure Island,
$95,000 863-467-7911
for appt.
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$13,000 or best offer.
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beautiful country living. In-
cludes lot, lawn service, wa-
ter, sewer and trash pickup,
$200/mo. Models available
for immediate occupancy or
order your own on your lot.
30 minutes from Ft Myers.
M-F, 863-675-7555.


Boats 3005
Campers/RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035

Like New 72"x84" ALU. Pick
up Topper, fits Ford Crew
Cab Short Bed. Stored Inside
$500 OBO (863)697-9713
2006 Sandpiper, Bunk
House Edition. Sleeps 11.
Kitchen, Full bath. 3 slides.
$23,000 or best offer

engine w/kill switch. Recent-
ly serviced. Exc. cond. $495
TRAILER HITCH- for boat or
trailer, off a '95 Windstar,
bolts on, cost $120 asking
$80. OBO (863)610-0521.


Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cam 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070

Tires- 6 245/70 R 19.5 6K
miles $850. OBO

Great cond., less than 5K mi.
Take over pymts balance
$20,000. 863-763-4610
Your new home could be
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Public notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

Chan c ard

The regular meeting of fie Okeecho-
bee County School Board for Novem-
ber will take place on Tuesday,
November 18 2008, at 600 p m The
purpose of thi meeting is the annual
reorganiaaion of the School Board
anr consideration of regular School
Board business The meeting will be
held in Room 303 of he School Board
Admimsbtrafive Office located at 700
SW 2nd Avenue The meetag is
open the public
Patria G Cooper, Ed D
Suoperintendent of Schools
297148 ON 11/7,14/08
File No.: 08-CP-217
DiviSion Probate
The administraon of the estate of
Charles B Arrans, deceased, whose
date of death was Apil 30, 2008, is
pending in the Crcuit Court for Okeecho-
bee Count, Honda, Probate Diision, the
address of which is 312 NW Third Soeet,
Okeechobee, Honda 34972 The names
and addresses of he personal represen-
Mave and he personal representative's
attorney are set ort below
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decent's estate on whom a
copy of this notice is required to be
served must file their clams with his
lI other creditors of te deedent and
other persons having claims r demands
ans decedent's estate must file heir
Aims with this court WITHIN 3
The daeof first publcaon of ths no-
lce is November 7h, 2008
Personal Reesentsve,
Bevery A Arrants
2095 SW 21th Avenue
Okeechobee, Floida 34974
Attorney for Persona Represenative
Ehabelth Maxwell
Aoey for Bevedy A A, Arants
Flonda No 72 895
Maxwell & Maell PA
405 NW 3rd Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972
Telephone. (863 763-1119
Fax. 863 763-1179
29945dN 11/7,14/08
RLE NO. 2008 CP 208
oDlstoad PlWs t
DIVISION-. Probate
The admrinstraion of the estate of
whose date of death was August 17t,
2000, and whose Social Secunty Num-
ber is 594-90-3024, is pending In the
Circuit Court for Okeechobee County,
Floida Probate Division, he address of
which is 312 Northwest Tird St, Suite
125, Okeechobee, FL 34972
The names and addresses of the per-
sonal representative and the personal
epresentatve's aorey are set forth be-
Al creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate on whom a
copy of this notice is required to be
served must file their clams wit this
AI other creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate must file their
claim wit this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS
The date of first publicaon of this no-
ibce is November 14th, 2008
Personal Representdae
1375 N E 8th Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34974
Attorneys for Personal Represenaive
401 Da Hal Boulevard
Lake Placid, FL 33852
Taelone' (863) 465-2811
Flonda Bar No 278629
300507 ON 11/14,21/08
To Satisfy Owners Lien
70 West Self Storage
2190 SRTO West
Okeechobee, FL 34972
SaL November 22.2008 @ :30AM
Urit #434 IKlwon Jaksol n
Unit #253 Israel Madonedo
Un #266 Melss Mills
Unit #21 Teresa SulFtte
298506 ON 117,14/2008

The 19 h Judicial Circuit is oforing an
Invidaor to Negibalte for Digtal
Court Recordiin. Infomnraton is
available n our websie
wwwcircui9 or trough Court
Adminostraon, 250 NW Couney Club
Dnve, Suote 217, Port St Lucie, FL
34986, 772-807-4386
Deadlie for submission is
December 12,2008 @ 2 0 PM
300663 ON 11/14/08

The 19th Judical Crcut is offering an
Invtalon to Negotiate for Spanish
Language Inairpreter
Information is available on ur
webusle wwwncrcui19o or
though Couat Acrtitstraeon,
250 NW Country Club Drive,
Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 3496.,
Deadline for submkosson is
December 12, 2008 @ 2 00 PM
300664 ON 11/14/08
Love the earth Recycle
your used items by
selling them in the

When doing those chores is
doing you in, its tme to
look for a helper in the

I PublicNotice5005

NOTICE: The Planmng Board/Boards of Adjustmens and Appeals will hold their next
regular meeting n Tuesday, November 25, 200 at 7: p in the Commission
Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Health Department Adteorlrm, 1728 NW 9th
Avenue, OCeechobee, Flonda In the even that all items scheduled before the Board
are not head, the meeing shall be conhnued to Wedesday, November 26 2008 at
7 00 p n the Commission Meeting Room, Okeechbee Cunty Health Deparbent
Auditonum, 1728 NW 9h Avenue, Okeechabee, Flda
PUBLIC HEARINGS Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Board of Ad-
ustments and Appeals with respect to any matter considered at this meeting o
hea wl needto ensure that a velafim record of the proceedings i tsmade a
that te record includes the tesmony and evidence upon which the appeal will be
based. Planning and Development tapes are fr the sole purpose of backup for offi
col records of he department
Willam D Royce, Planning Cirector
300360 ON 11/14/08

The Department hereby announces the recept of an applcaon for a Lake Oeecho-
bee Protecbon Permit pursuant to 3734595(7), Floida Sthates, File No
0287326-0011 by the Soth londa Water Management Distict, 3301 Gun Club
Road, West Palm Beach, Flond 33406, for the costructon, operation, and maine-
nance of the Lakeside Ranch Stormwater Treatment Aea (STA)-Phas e Lake-
side Ranch STA-Phase I is a component of the Lake Okeechobee Watershed
Consluchon roject-Phase II Technical Plan, The Project will include the consbuc-
tion, operabon, and marntenance of three heamfi et cells, conveyance structure,
L-63S/L-64 Canal improvements
Lakeside Ranch STA North wth as associated structures are located widin a 2,700
acre parcel of land m southeastem Okeechoee and westem Marin Counes adla-
cent to U.S Highway 441 and U S. Highway 98 east of Lake Okeechobee The
Lakeside Ranch STA Noh is located wffin Sections 19, 20, 29, 31, and 32, Town-
shp 38, Range 37E, and Secon 4, 5, and 6, Township 39S, Range 37E The
L-3/LS-4 Canal Improvements and the access road to the iedlow pump stahon ar
located wih Sections 13 and 24, Township 37, Range 36E
This applrcahon is being process d is avelable for public inspection dung nor-
mal business hours, 8am to 05pm, Monday-Fiday, except legal holidays, at the De-
partments Oison of Envmronmental Assessment and Restoraon, Restoraton
Planning and Permiing Section, 2600 Blar Stone Road, Room 568C, Tallahassee,
Sda 32399-2400, telephone 850) 245-8346
300659 ON 11/14/08

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Technical Review Committee of the City of
Okeechbee will meet in Regular Session on Wednesday, November 19, 208, at
10:00 a.m., City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Oeechobee, Flodida The public is
invted and encouraged to attend A copy of the agenda wil be available on our
wase www cvofceechoee com or contact the General Services Department
(0631 763-3372x218
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISEO that i any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the Technical Review Commiltee wih respect to any matter con-
sidered at this meeting, such interested person will need a record of the proceed-
ings, ad for such purpose may need to ensure a verbatlm record of the
proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon
whichhe appeal iso be based Media reused for the sole purpose of back-up for
the General Services Offce
In accordance with the Amencans wih Dsabillies Act (ADA) and Honda Statute
286 26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Lane Gamiotea, no later than two (2) wokang days
pnorto the pceeding 813-763-3372 x 214, f you are heanng or voice impaired,
cal ToD 1-800-955-8770 (voice) or 1-800-955-8771 (TT)
by Bran Whitehall, Cy Adminiseator
Beoty Clement, General Services Coordinator
298527 ON 11/14/08

Service Period: One (1) year renewable upon mutual agreement
Bids Accepted Through: December 23, 2008
Instruction: Bids may be mailed to King's Bay Homeowners Assoc., 4466 SE 50th
Ave, Omeecobee, FL 34974 or hey may be hand devered to drp box located on
King's Bay Office door
Service Requirements This contract will be for fll service lawn and ree mainte-
nance of designed areas whin King's Bay Contract requirements available at
Kin's Bay Office You ma cal our office for further infonmaton (863) 763-3878.
29 862 ON 11/14,19,23/08

The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners wil hold its regular seas
sotn on rThrsday, November 20, 2008 at 900 am at the Health Department Audl-
tonum, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Honda
Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Boad of County Commis-
soners with respect to any matter considered at as meeting wl need a record of
the proceedings, and hat, for such purposes, he or she will need to ensure that a
verbatrm record of such proceedings made, which record shall include the test-
many and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
In accordance wih the Amencans with Osailifes Act (ADA) and Flonda Staute
286.26, persons wth disabirltes needing special accommodation to paricpate in
this proceeding should contact Lynn Sham or Betsy Sheffield, no later ta wo (2)
working days prior to he proceeding at 863-763-2131, et 2100 If you are hear-
ing or voce paired, call TDD 1-800-222-3448 (vace) r 1-888-447-5620 (fP.),
Cli Bens Jr, Charman
Board of County Commisioners
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of Conty commissioners
300569 ON 1114/08

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Cy Council of the Ciy of Okeechobee wil
meet in Regular Session on Tueay, November 18, 2008, 6:00 pJm. at City Hal,
55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Honda The public is nvte and encouraged
to attend A copy of the agenda will be available on our webste at w dncvo
chnhbol om r contact City Administraon at (863) 763-3372 x212
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED hat if any person deires to appeal any
decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at this
meeting, such interested person will need a record of the proceedings, and for such
purpose may need to ensure a verbatm record of the proceedings is made, which
record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based,
City Cleak media are used for the sole purpose of back-up for the Clerk's Office
In accordance with the Amencans wih Dsabillies Act (ADA) and Honda Statute
286.26, persons wit disabiles needing special accommodation to parbcipate in
this proceeding should contact Lane Gamotesa no later than two (2) woddng days
pnor to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x 214, if you are heanng or voice impaired,
call Too 1-800-955-770 (voice) or 1 800-955-8771 (TTV)
by James E Kirk, Mayor
Lane Gamiotea, MC, City Clerk
298524 ON 11/14/08

Okeechobee County Code Enforcement
Special Magistrate
The Okeechobee County Specal Magistrate wi hold a pubic meeting on Tuesday,
November 18, 2008 at 2,00 p.m The public meeting will be held at he Okeechobee
County Heath Oepartment Audtorlil, located at 1728 N W 9th Avenue, Okeecho-
bee, Flonda For more information, contact Faye Hulfman at the Planning and Devel-
opent Deartment, 499 NW, 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Flonda 34972,
(863) 763-5549 ae 3001
All interested padres shall have the opporunty to be heard at this public meeting,
Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Code Enforcement Special Mag-
istrae wit respect to any matter considered aths mseeaing ll need to ensure hat
a verbatim record of he proceedings is made and that te record includes e teslti-
moay and evidence upon which the appeal will be based Code Enforcement tapes
are for the sole purpose of backup for social recds of te Deparment,
Faye Huffman, Secreary to the
Code Enforcement Special Magistrate
300507 ON 11/14,1t 00


OHS volleyball season ends

with regional semifinals game

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee couldn't get over the
hurdle that was Jensen Beach this
The Falcons defeated Okeechobee
for the third time this year in three
straight games to reach the Region 4
Class 4A final Tuesday night.
Jensen won 25-16, 25-16, and 25-
19 to end Okeechobee's season.
"We got off to good starts in every
game and actually had the lead, but
they made big runs," Brahman Coach
Jacque Robinson mentioned.
This will likely be Robinson's last
match as Okeechobee Head Coach.
She will be moving to Daytona Beach
for personal reasons and won't be
back as coach next year.

"There are no hard feelings. The
girls understand. I would love to have
had another year working with my
girls because we have a great time
together. My leaving wasn't planned,"
Robinson said.
Robinson came from Gainesville
and brought the success of the Florida
Gators with her. The former Gator vol-
leyball player worked hard with the
girls and they responded with their
first visit to the state playoffs in five
Okeechobee (16-8) just couldn't
get past the defending state champi-
"Jensen Beach is always tough. I
think we did a really good job Tues-
day night. They were better at the net
and their blocks were the difference,"
Robinson stated.

Jensen improved to (25-4) and
they will move on to play Fort Lauder-
dale Cardinal Gibbons on Saturday in
Fort Lauderdale.
Monica Koger had 14 kills and 12
digs. Megan Clements had 20 digs,
and Kari Berger had 24 assists to lead
"We held our own for the most
part, we started strong and we fin-
ished strong, its just we didn't have an
answer for them in the middle of the
match," Robinson added.
The team got a lot of support from
Okeechobee for this match. Many of
the player's parents, and siblings at-
tended along with casual fans and
school administrators.

Memorial bowling benefit held

Submitted photo/Bobbi Poole Submitted photo/Bobbi Poole
McKayla Snow, Dawn's 11 year Elbert Snow is the organizer of the Dawn Snow Bowling Tournament,
old daughter, opened the Dawn which raises money for a scholarship.
Snow Memorial Bowling Tourna-


Bowling tourney
held to benefit
Dawn Snow

Scholarship fund

By Bobbi Poole
"Crack" that is the sound heard
over and over from the bowling lanes
for the Dawn Snow Memorial Scholar-
ship Fund. Many teams were present
helping to raise money for the next up
and coming deserving nursing student


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"No questions were asked if she
was under investigation by the de-
fense," he continued.
The prosecutor went on to state
that once he found out about the war-
rant, he contacted Mr. Akins. Mr. Akins
confirmed that action.
Mr. Albright also stated that he did
not become aware of the arrest war-
rant until July of this year.
Under oath, Mr. Richardson testi-
fied that he was told by Mr. Albright in

to receive it, along with the beautiful
hand made beaded stethascope.
Dawn's father, Elbert and his wife,
Judy, are primarily responsible for
managing this event each year, since
Dawn passed away five years ago due
to a tragic car accident.
Dawn's 11-year-old daughter, Mc-
Kayla, threw the very first bowling
ball down the lanes. She is the one
who gives the scholarship away dur-
ing the ceremonies at Okeechobee
High School.
This annual bowling tournament
is a family event, giving of themselves
for a much missed daughter.

July that Core had been arrested and
that he was to handle the case like any
other felony.
"He (Mr. Albright) made a mis-
take," said Judge Mirman. "It came
to light after the trial and the state dis-
closed it on their own."
The judge said that he found no
reason to believe Jones did not re-
ceive a fair trial and denied the motion
for a new trial.
Jones killed Mr. Swint after a brief
confrontation in the kitchen of the sin-
glewide mobile home owned by Core
where all three were living.
According to trail testimony, Jones
and Core had first argued about him

Many local businesses donated
several lovely items to be given away
during the course of this bowling
Many thanks to them. Los Cocos,
Joey's Pizza, Kahootz, Golden Corral,
Village Square, Beef O' Brady's, Bad-
cock Furniture, Fantasy Lighting, The
Clock Restaurant, Lunker's, Glady's,
The Tropics Tanning, Oil Can, Kevin
and Jennifer, Big Lake Eye Care, Best
Buds Floral shop, 14 K Gold Store,
Good Spirits, Countryside Cafe', Rhin-
stone Cowgirls, Elbert and Judy Snow,
The Seminole Tribe.

smoking crack cocaine in her home.
Then, after she had gone to bed,
Jones began to complain about what
she had said.
At some point, Mr. Swint got out of
his bed and went to the small kitchen
where Jones was sitting at a small
"Are you through bitchin'?" he
asked Jones.
Jones then said "You want some of
me ...?" and shot Mr Swint in the up-
per left abdomen.


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cern about the intensity of the development
and the impact on nearby River Bend Mobile
Home Park. He preferred light commercial
to protect adjoining neighbors.
Sandy and Ann Brown, who live on N.E.
Eight Avenue, expressed concern over the
proposed development. They were worried
about noise, traffic and lowered property
Mrs. Nunez said she would hold the noise
down out of consideration to neighbors and
that the proposed development would not
have a bar.
After considerable discussion the board
voted to recommend city council approval.
Board member Dawn Hoover cast the lone
dissenting vote.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum
at Reporter Pete Gawda can
be reached at


and shellrock and 20 or 30 other landowners
could use the road.
Last month the board looked over some
property owned by the J5 Ranch. The ranch
had offered to give Coquina right of way for
road through the property. At Wednesday's
meeting, supervisors agreed to have the pro-
posed right of way surveyed.
Mr. Young reported that he was talking
with the attorney for the property owners
who claim they are exempt from paying Co-
quina assessments. He said he would present
a memo at the next meeting detailing these
The board also discussed various road
repairs and reimbursements from FEMA for
tropical storm related repair work.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at Reporter Pete Gawda can be
reached at

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12 Okeechobee News, Friday, November 14,2008

OHS Brahmans to battle Clewiston Tigers

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Two playoff teams will do bat-
tle tonight in Clewiston and both
expect to treat this as another
playoff game.
Clewiston Coach Joe Roth said
his team would love to enter the
playoffs on a winning note.
"We just feel Okeechobee is a
great team and if we play well and
get a win, we'll feel good about
the playoffs and with beating a
good team," he said. "Okeecho-
bee is impressive."

Okeechobee has won only
once in Clewiston (7-2) but they
did wallop the Tigers last year,
48-20. This year, the Tigers have
improved while Okeechobee has
kept a high standard.
"Clewiston is much improved,"
Okeechobee Coach Chris Bra-
nham said, "They are fast and
aggressive on defense. They are
back to their old form."
Key players for the Tigers are
running back Darris Hughes who
has rushed for 1,666 yards and 16
touchdowns. There QB Isandro

Marquez has thrown for 571 yards
and five touchdowns.
Okeechobee counters with
Lonnie Pryor who has rushed for
2,014 yards and 18 touchdowns.
QB Garrett Madrigal has thrown
for 1,066 yards and 15 touch-
"It's a tough assignment for
any defense to stop these backs,"
Coach Roth said, "For me person-
ally any Big Lake game is a big ri-
valry game because of the history
of Big Lake football."
Leonard Newton and Alan

Golf team celebrates success

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Corey White earned the most
valuable player award for the
boy's golf team, while Paige Ar-
nold took home the award for
the girl's team Tuesday night at
the annual Okeechobee High
School Golf banquet.
Mike Watson won the Brah-
man award for the boy's team
and Emily Raulerson won the
award for the girl's team.
The Okeechobee Golf and
Country Club, the KOA golf
course, and Waldau Junior Golf
were also honored for their assis-
tance to the teams this year.
Golf Coach Mark Ward
praised both squads for their
accomplishments this year. The
boy's team reached the regional
and was the runner up in their
district this year. The girl's team
was very young and even though
they didn't win any matches,
showed a lot of improvement
during the season. Ward said the
girls have potential and are good
"If the girls go out like the

guys did and work at the KOA
this summer, they have a chance
to be special," Ward noted. There
were four freshmen on the golf
team this year.
Members of the squad in-
cluded Samantha Harrell, Taylor
Fulford, Raychel Rabon, scholar
athlete Emily Raulerson, Sarah
Payne, Paige Arnold, and Shy-
anne Prescott.
The boy's team continued
their accent to the top of the high
school golf world. They showed
improvement in the team scores
from previous years. Ward pre-
dicted the boy's team could be
the next squad to go to state if
they continue the hard work.
"The challenge is to go back
and reach state. There is more
pride in the team. If they work
at it they could be the next team.
I'm excited I think the guys are
on track," he added.
Members of the boy's team
included Tyler Platt, Tony Devoss,
Corey White, Austin Pluscott,
Tim Gray, Michael Watson, Tyler
Finney, Timmy Farrell, Richard
Donegan, Devon Hartwell, Billy
Childers and Justin Morgan.

Corey White was praised for
his senior leadership this year.
He explained he enjoyed hav-
ing good golfers on the team this
year that were dedicated to the
game, "The team was veryclose.
We had a lot of fun this year and
all of the guys worked hard," he
said. "I will definitely come back
and watch these guys. They have
a good start going for them."
Bridget Waldau of Waldau Ju-
nior Golf said she enjoyed watch-
ing the players grow into good
players. She also praised White
for his leadership this year.
"He has respect for his team-
mates and the game and the
people around him. The team
made us proud," she said.
Waldau Junior Golf will hold
their annual tournament this
weekend at the Okeechobee
Golf and Country Club. It will be
a fundraiser for college scholar-
ships and supports the local ju-
nior golf program.
Next year Waldau said they
will hold a pre golf season camp
for both teams to prepare them
for the upcoming season.

Trevino will lead the Tigers de-
fense. Okeechobee's defense
played much better last week as
they had six takeaways against
Jensen Beach. They also played
much more aggressively. Coach
Branham singled out Carson Wil-
liams and Curtis Everett for their
efforts on defense last week.
"We must get stops on de-
fense. I think this will be a throw
back game with two very physical
teams playing for regional pride,"
Branham said, "This game means
a lot to both teams. There is no
better way to finish the season
than with a rivalry game."
Both coaches said they will
play some underclassmen but
will keep their starters in for most
or all of the game. In other words,
they aren't resting players for the

"This will be a playoff atmo-
sphere," Roth said, "We are going
in to win and not sitting guys. We
aren't thinking of the players. We
want to get better every week."
Clewiston faces Mulberry in
the playoffs next Friday while
Okeechobee travels to William T.
Okeechobee (7-2) will be with-
out Walt Fortner who has an ankle
injury. Terrance Allen and Curtis
Everett will split time in the sec-
ondary to replace Fortner. Pablo
Cardenas will also be limited on
the offensive line. Justin Conrad
will start at offensive guard and
Chris Tullio will start at center.
Pryor is 197 yards shy of 5,000
yards for his career. The team is
also 35 points shy of the school

record for points in a season that
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Boy's basketball expects to use teamwork to win

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Talent didn't get the Okeecho-
bee High School Brahmans Bas-
ketball Team to where they want
ed to be last year as they finished
(11-16). This year they hope to
use talent and more teamwork to
get to the Promised Land.
Okeechobee opens up their
schedule next week when they
host a preseason tournament on
Thursday and Saturday nights.
Coach Jon Enrico said although
he lost a lot of seniors, he is still
optimistic and excited about his
returning players.
Chief among them is 6'7" cen
ter David Jeune, who is being
highly recruited by college pro-
grams. He noted his motto this
year is go hard or go home.
"I feel pretty good about this
season, were feeling pretty good,"
he said.
Jeune played a lot in the off
season as part of the Florida Elite
program. He travelled around the
country and was a big reason
why the squad went 52-6. Enrico
thinks that experience will rub off
on his younger players.
"They worked hard in the
summer in the weight room, and
thev are one of the hardest work-

ing teams I've had," he said.
Corey White will also return.
He'll be counted on for scoring
this year. In the past he played a
power position inside. Now he
can move to the outside where
his solid jump shot can be an as-
set to the team.
"I'm looking forward to the
season. This could be one of the
best teams we've had here in
a while," the coach continued.
"This is a much better passing
team. In the past we had stars
who took the spotlight, now we
have good passers and we should
have balanced scoring."
The team suffered a set back
when Ricky Nieto broke his leg
in a freak accident. He is likely
to miss the first few weeks of the
A wild card for this season will
be Troy Harper a transfer from
Port St. Lucie. His father played
for Okeechobee High School and
played football at the University of
The team must apply with the
Florida High School Athletic As-
sociation to find out if Harper will
be eligible this year. They'll find
out in early December.
Other players on the team will
be Matt Skipper, Austin Willard,

Ryan Osceola, Aaron Suarez, Ter-
rance Allen and Joey Voss.
The district will be tough again
with Glades Central usually at the
top. Other teams are Suncoast,
Fort Pierce Westwood, Forest Hill,
and Jensen Beach.
Enrico said he thinks Okeecho
bee can compete with all of those
teams and finish in the top four in
the district.
"We're always here to win and
get a district title that's the first
goal and the most important. The
kids have set realistic goals for
themselves and they want to win
20 games," he said.
The team will play in two holi-
day tournaments in December,
the Kennel Classic in West Palm

Beach, and the Rock Hill Holiday
Classic in Orlando.
Enrico said if the team works
together and plays smart, they
can compete with most teams,
"We've averaged 14 wins per year
over the past three years. We will
have more continuity on offense
and will share the basketball,
find the open man, and play a lot
smarter than before," he said.
Jeune echoed those senti-
ments. He said he has some high
goals for himself and the team
this year.
"I want to be the best player
in the area. We're more of a team
this year. We work together and
do everything together. We are
more of a family."

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opens with a

victory in Sebring

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
It was quickness against size,
and quickness won.
The Okeechobee High School
Girls Basketball team opened
their season with an exciting 48
46 victory over the host school
Tuesday night at the Sebring Pre
Season Tip-Off Classic in High
lands County.
Okeechobee led all the way
thanks to excellent performances
by Essence Williams, 20 points,
and Dorothy Burkhardt, 19
points, but had to withstand a late
Sebring charge to win.
"They were a very good team,
we just had quickness, and built
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