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Vol. 99 No. 267 Sunday, October 19, 2008 750 Plus tax


Last Chance Ranch
escapees accept plea
Two of the three clients who
escaped a juvenile facility in
rural Glades County on New
Years Eve 2006 have accepted
plea deals with the state.... See
page 7.

Golf team eager to
compete at regional
Okeechobee's young golf
squad is confident they can
compete with the best high
school golfers in the state when
they travel to the regional Tues-
day in Palm Bay.... See page

Man hurt
in car crash
A 41-year old Okeechobee
man was flown to Holmes
Regional Medical Center in
Melbourne after he drove off
the road near the intersection
of County Road 68 and U.S.
441 North, according to an
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO) report.
James D. Beatty, of S.E.
62nd Drive, reported that he
didn't see the stop sign on 68
while he was driving in an east-
erly direction Thursday, Oct. 16.
The 2008 Chevrolet truck went
through the intersection, struck
two yellow road signs that in-
dicate no roadway, and drove
through a deep ditch before
coming to rest about 40 yards
from the road, OCSO Deputy
Mark Shireman said.
The report stated Mr. Beatty
said he didn't see the intersec-
He was treated at the scene
by Okeechobee County Fire/
Rescue, then flown out by Aer-
omed helicopter.
No citations were immedi-
ately issued.
The crash report estimated
property damage at $15,200.

Drought Index
Current: 453
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

14.97 feet
Last Year: 10.07 feet
S 0onsored By:

Pogey's Family Restaurant
1759 S. Parrott Ave.
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Seam targets grandparents

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Rrrrrring. Rrrrrring.
"Hi grandpa. This is your fa-
vorite granddaughter."
"Melodie, is that you?"
"Grandpa I'm in trouble. I
need $3,700 -- but don't tell Mom
and Dad."
At that point, "grandpa" is
about to get scammed out of
This latest scam sweeping the
county is called the grandpar-

ent's scam, and is aimed directly
at the elderly.
"Someone called my dad,
who's in his 90s, and said
'grandpa I'm in trouble," said a
local woman. "He has a hearing
aid and sometimes has trouble
knowing who is on the phone."
When the caller told the un-
suspecting man she was his
favorite granddaughter, he au-
tomatically thought it was his 16-
year-old granddaughter.
"He thought it was my daugh-
ter and when he said her name,
the caller said that's who it is,"

said the mom. "At some point,
she had him going."
The caller then told him she
was in trouble. At this juncture,
grandpa actually helped the con
"He offered, 'What happen?
Did you have a wreck?' He knew
she just started driving," said the
teen's mom, "And she jumped
on that. But, in my family, 'don't
tell Mom and Dad' was not going
to fly."
Although this scam may have
some variations, the basic prem-
ise is the same: the caller tells the

elderly person they are in trouble
and need money. That trouble
could be a car accident or bail,
or the caller could need money
for tuition, textbooks or emer-
gency expenses.
According to an online article
on the AARP web site, one scam-
mer told a Tulsa, Okla., "grand-
parent" they were in jail in Cana-
da and needed $5,500 for bail. In
this case, the ploy worked.
Coincidently, in the incident
concerning the local woman's
father, the caller asked that the
money be sent to Canada.

"My dad first thought there
must be some small town in
Florida named Canada," said the
woman. "It seemed very strange
to him that his granddaughter
was in Canada because he had
spoken to her just a couple of
days ago and hadn't said any-
thing about her being away from
The grandfather, who lives in
an assisted living facility in anoth-
er state, told the caller he would
have to call his oldest daughter
See Scam Page 2

Early voting

starts Monday

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Early voting for the General
Election begins Monday, Oct.
20, and will continue through
Saturday, Nov. 1.
Gwen Chandler, supervisor
of elections, invites registered
voters to come by the office
located at 307 N.W Second St.,
Monday through Saturday, 8:30
a.m. until 4:30 p.m. to cast their
ballot in this presidential elec-
Mrs. Chandler has been busy
training poll workers for the up-
coming election which is set to
be one of the most important
elections in modern history.
Poll workers were able to take
advantage of online training

through the cooperation of the
election office and Indian River
State College, which is provide
ing the use of their computer
labs for the training sessions.
The debates are over and
the E-Day is rapidly approach
ing. If you would like to avoid
lines and any potential confu
sion that could take place on
Nov. 4, then make sure to get
your vote counted by utilizing
the early voting procedures.
According to the Supervisor
of Elections web-site there are
10,271 registered Democrats;
6,044 registered Republicans;
and, 2,534 registered Indepen-
Mrs. Chandler is expecting
See Voting Page 2

Fines may

be levied

in code cases

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Tuesday, Oct. 21, looks to
be a busy afternoon for Special
Magistrate Lois Nichols.
She is scheduled to hear five
new cases, two old cases, con-
sider imposing a fine in eight
cases and one fine reduction.
Code Enforcement Officer
Beth Albert cited Elbert Kline

If you go...
What: Okeechobee County
Code Enforcement Special
Magistrate Hearing
When: 2 p.m. Tuesday,
Oct. 21
Where: Health Department
Auditorium, 1798 N.W
Ninth Ave

See Code Page 8

German Day
Thursday, Oct. 16 was German Day at Peace Lutheran
Preschool. These students in Mrs. Lisa Bourgault's class
had just finished a volkswalk in their German hats and
suspenders. The students also did the chicken dance
and ate German foods such as pretzels and apple stru-
del. Pictured are, in no particular order, Kaitlyn Brewer,
Skyler Fisher, Wyatt Friend, Tanner Hansen, Caleb Har-
vey, Collin Jones, Alex Maxwell, Lauren Raulerson, Lo-
gan Rhoden, Buck Rucks and Aven Selph.

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
When the Okeechobee
City Council meets Tuesday
night they will be considering
two items connected with a
planned commercial complex
on Taylor Creek, north of the
S.R. 70 bridge, by Jerry Suarez.
The first item is to consider a
small scale amendment to the
future land use map from single
family to commercial for Mr.
Suarez's property. The council
will also consider an ordinance
to rezone a portion of the prop-
erty from residential single fam-

If you go ...
What: Bimonthly meeting of
the Okeechobee City Council
Where: Council Chambers,
Okeechobee City Hall, 55
S.E. Third Ave
When: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct.

ily to light commercial.
Turning to another matter,
City of Okeechobee Fire Chief
Herb Smith, who is also a code
enforcement officer, is expect-
ed to recommend the council
start foreclosure proceedings
in a code violation case against

Arthur Davis because the fine
has accrued for over 90 days.
In other action the council is
expected to:
consider a contract with
Hoyman, Dobson & Company
for the annual audit;
approve a sidewalk reha-
bilitation contract; and,
consider a motion to re
schedule meeting times and
cancel certain city council
meetings due to holidays and
special events.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.
com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be
reached at pgawda@newszap.



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Ft. Drum Crystal Mine: Students excavate fossils

Okeechobee News/D. Hamilton
Bucket load
Seminole Elementary student, Madison Fisher carries rock, clam and calcite crystal
formations in her bucket found during a class visit to the mine on Thursday. Other stu-
dents enjoyed excavating fossils during the visit and were allowed to take home what
they found.

Okeechobee News/D. Hamilton
Large and small
Saul Arroyo clutches a rock formation found during a class visit to the Ft. Drum Crys-
tal Mine on Thursday. Saul's buddy, Pedro had a number of smaller calcite crystals in
his bucket that he found as well. Both boys are second grade students from Seminole
Elementary School.

New complex on city agenda

2 Okeechobee News, Sunday, October 19, 2008

Continued From Page 1
because she has control of his
money. That daughter lives in the
same state as her father.
"Don't call her! She'll tell ev-
erybody!" the caller shot back.
The caller then said she would
call him back, but never did.
The grandfather then called
his daughter in Okeechobee and
learned that his granddaughter
was safe and in school.
"My dad had already given my
older sister control of his money
and he only has a few hundred
dollars spending money that he
can access quickly," said the local
After learning of the ruse, the
Okeechobee woman called the
police in her father's hometown
and filed a report. Since he had
not given the caller any money,
all they could do was take the re
Just how these scammers
know who to call is not known.
They may get their names from
mailing lists or simply look for
"old fashioned" names in the
phone book. If they call some-
one and they sound elderly, then
the scammer starts his/her spiel.
If the person on the other end of

Continued From Page 1

a 72 percent voter turnout for the
General Election; 6 percent higher
than the voter turnout in 2004.
In the 2004 election, 3,507 vot-
ers utilized the early voting op-
tion. They are hoping to increase
this number as well.
Many young voters exercised
their right to pre-register during
visits by Mrs. Chandler to the
Okeechobee High School. By
law, if you are 16 years old you
may pre-register and receive your
card in the mail after your 18th
Voting is the right of citizens
in the United States. The impor-
tance of voting cannot be under-
stated. U.S. citizens are asked to
vote with more frequency than in
any other country. The structure
of our government is based on
citizens voting for representation,
yet most presidential elections are
decided by less than 70 percent of
the eligible voting public. Even
fewer people vote in off-presiden-
tial year elections and local elec-
If you would like a copy of a
sample ballot contact the Super-
visor of Elections Office.
Updating your registration is
just as important as registering to
vote in the first place. This could
potentially avoid problems that
could make your vote invalid,
such as an inaccurate signature.
It is the responsibility of the voter
to notify the elections office of a
name, address, or party change.
If you have an address change
within Okeechobee County, you
may call the elections office to

Guardian A

holiday gift

On behalf of over 1,200 ne-
glected and abused children on
the Treasure Coast, Guardians For
New Futures (GFNF) is launch-
ing a holiday gift drive to help the
children have a happier holiday
and to know someone cares. In-
dividuals, local employers, non-
profits and community churches
are encouraged to join the cause
by sponsoring a child or children
for the holidays. This is a won-
derful way to help neglected and
abused children by fulfilling one
of their holiday wishes.
To sponsor a child for the holi-
days call 772-785-5804 or fax a re-
quest to 772-785-5869. Sponsors
will receive a copy of the child's
'wish list' and additional informa-
tion regarding deadlines, logistics
and tax deduction information.
All contributions to this cause are
greatly appreciated.
About GFNF:
Guardians for New Futures
(GFNF) is the 501 (c)(3) non-prof-
it organization dedicated to sup-
porting the needs of the Guard-
ian Ad Litem Program (GAL) of
Florida's 19th Judicial District rep
resenting children in Indian River,
St. Lucie, Martin, and Okeechobee
Counties. The Guardian ad Litem

the line sounds young or says they
don't have any grandchildren, the
con artist immediately hangs up.
"They call and say it's your
grandson or granddaughter, and
if the victim mentions a name
they say that's who it is," offered
the local mom.
Also, the callers will stress that
they need money fast and will
want a money order or a Mon-
eyGram rather than a check, said
the AARP article, because they
can easily get the cash without
showing identification.
According to the AARP article,
there are ways to protect your-
1. Don't fill in the blanks. If the
caller says, "It's your granddaugh-
ter," respond with "Which one?"
Most likely the perpetrator will
hang up.
2. Verify the caller. Always
confirm your grandchild's iden-
tity by saying you will return the
call at his/her home or on their
cell phone, but don't ask the
caller for the number. If you don't
have your grandchildren's phone
numbers, contact a trusted family
member for them.
3. Don't mention account
numbers. Never provide your
bank or credit card account num
bers to any caller -regardless of
the reason.

make the change or e-mail the
elections office at elections@vo- You may also
use a voter registration applica-
tion to change an address within
Okeechobee County.
Remember, some changes
can be handled through a simple
To make a name change, a
party affiliation change or an ad-
dress change outside of Okeecho
bee County, you must complete a
voter registration application.
It is important that the elec
tions office has your current sig-
nature on file. If your signature
has changed, you may update it
at any time by submitting a voter
registration application to the
elections office.
After completing the voter
registration application, it can be
mailed or delivered to the Super-
visor of Elections office. A voter
information card will be mailed
to the applicant approximately
2-3 weeks after the application is
Registration closed for the gen-
eral election on Oct. 6.
Poll workers have been
trained utilizing the new online
training for the General Election.
The Okeechobee County Board
of Realtors, Masonic Lodge,
Okeechobee Main Street and the
Okeechobee High School Finance
Academy are participating in the
Adopt a Precinct fundraiser.
For information contact the
Supervisor of Elections Gwen
Chandler at 863-763-4014 or at the
office located at 307 N.W Second
Street, Okeechobee, FL, 34972; or,
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at

4. Be suspicious of requests for
money wires.
5. If your "grandchild" calls
and requests money, contact your
local law enforcement agency or
the state attorney general's of-
fice. The state attorney general's
phone numbers are 850-414-3990
or 866-966-7226. Locally, the
Okeechobee Police Department
can be reached at 863-763-5521,

while the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office can be reached at
Another good idea for chil-
dren: talk to your parents.
"Afterwards, I talked to my
dad about the type of questions
he should ask -questions only a
family member would know the
answers to," the local woman of-

Okeechobee Forecast
today: Mostly sunny, with a high near SO. Winds from the north
northwest between 5 and 10 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 62. Winds from the
north northeast between 5 and 10 mph.

Extended Forecast
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Winds from the
northeast between 5 and 10 mph.
Monday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 66. Winds will
be from the east around 5 mph.
Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy with a
high near 85. Winds from the northeast between 5 and 10 mph.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 69. Winds
from the east around 5 mph.

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Birth Announcement



Bryan Stokes and Janelle Frady
of Okeechobee are proud to an
nounce the birth of their daugh-
ter, Jillian Renee Stokes.
She was born Aug. 13, 2008
at Lawnwood Regional Medical
Center in Ft. Pierce. She weighed
7 pounds 2 ounces and was 19
1/4 inches long at birth.
Jillian was welcomed home
by her proud big brother and sis
ter, Bryan and Savannah.
Maternal grandparents are
Kathleen Frady of Okeechobee
and Larry Frady and Marie Arant
of Okeechobee.

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Hospice of Okeechobee's
Third Annual Boots and Pearls
Gala on Saturday, Oct. 10, was
a success where those in atten-
dance were able to have a good
time dancing to the music from
The Chase, enjoying a Prime Rib
dinner and participating in an
auction to support Hospice of
The Master of Cermonies for
the evening was David McAu-
ley and the auctioneer was Fred
Local artists, Hobby Campbell,
Michael Moore, Brad Phares, San-
dra Phares, and Kelley Raulerson
donated paintings for the auc
tion and Carolyn Smith donated
a quilt.
Auction buyers were: Anita
and David Nunez; Gene and
Peggy Fulford; Jeff and Ellen Vest;
Spencer Kirton; and Gil and Marie
The Hospice of Okeechobee
Board Members are as follows:
Frank Irby; Tina Clemons; Grace
Larson; Paul Buxton; Marie Cul-
breth; Sandra Pearce McAuley;
Randy Paulson; Fran Syfrett;
Dorothy Bulger; Stella Cross; and
Lynda Durrance.
Theywould like to extend their
thank you to all of their Hospice
Angels in Okeechobee.
Big Heart Donors included:

Roxanne Barnes; Wal-Mart; Bill
Sherman and Crew; Sam Dur-
rance; Eli's Western Wear; Sanda
Pearce Photography; Charlie
Hukriede, Golden Corral; Publix;
Dee Dee Cates; Let's Party; Kristi
Durrance; Custom Graphics and
Signs; Affordable Art; Adam Ivey;
and The UPS Store.
Other sponsors included:
Gilbert Chevrolet; Quail Creek
Plantation; Frank and Bridgette
Irby; Okeechobee Livestock Mar-
ket; Hamrick; Randy and Deb-
bie Wright; A Child's World; Eli's
Trailer Sales; McAlphin, Cavalanti
and Lewis CPA; H. Allen Holmes;
Vest Concrete Contractors; South-
ern Styles; Pristine Properties, Intl.
Inc.; John and Kim Collier; Town
Star Food Stores; Susan Williams;
Bill's Mini-Mart; Joe Tomeu,
Wrangler; Camp Cooley Ranch;
GM Worley, Inc.; Fulford Plaza;
5th Street Pharmacy; Seminole
Design Build, Inc.; Marvin and
Sandra Wherrell; Holmes Cabi-
nets; Newcomer Ranch; Riverside
National Bank; Seacoast National
Bank; S and K Services; and N
and R Cattle Company.
The Hospice Board of Direc-
tors would like to thank everyone
who has given their time and
money to make this event possi-
ble. Without the help of the com-
munity, Hospice of Okeechobee
would not be the success that it

Wedding Announcement


Jillian Renee Stokes
Paternal grandparents are
Rhonda and Wayne Morton of
Okeechobee and Terry Stokes of
Louisville, Miss.
Great grandparents are Rosie
Ard of Okeechobee.



Amber Lynn Lawson and
Zachary Justin Conlin were mar-
ried on Aug. 9, 2008 at the San-
dals Halacyon in St. Lucia, British
West Indies.
The bride is the daughter of
Keith and Darlene Lawson of
The groom is the son of Ed-
ward and Frances Conlin of Palm

The wedding was held beach
side, along the Caribbean Sea
under beautiful, sun filled skies.
The ceremony was held in an elo-
quently decorated gazebo.
Attending were the brides aunt
and uncle Sean Campbell and
Angela Cabrerra, both of Belle
Following the ceremony the
couple and guest enjoyed a sev-
en-course dinner catered beach
side at sunset.
The couple remained on the
island another week for their hon-
The couple is now at home in

Mr. and Mrs. Zachary Conlin

For more information about
the Hospice of Okeechobee call
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Chauna Agullar can be
reached at

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Okeechobee Boots and Pearls Gala on Fri-
day, Oct. 10.

Submitted photo/Sandra Pearce McAuley
Fred Fanizzi (right) was the auctioneer for the
Hospice of Okeechobee Boots and Pearls
Gala on Friday, Oct. 10. His wife Maria Fanizzi
(left) was also in attendance to show her sup-
port for the Hospice of Okeechobee.

On March 15, 2005, the St. Lucie County Commission and
the Public Defender received the results of the $100,000 jail
overcrowding study.

The Kalmanoff Report Findings?
Delays and a lack of aggressive client advocacy by the Public Defender's
Office results in a situation where "cases languish and work and costs mount
for all justice system agencies." (p. 104)
"The Public Defender has been the strongest supporter of new jail beds, repeatedly
condemning the idea that improvements in system efficiency could reduce jail
crowding." (p. 104)
Report recommendations: "Seek an independent professional program audit of
the Public Defender's Office to provide needed support and input on much
earlier and stronger system advocacy." (p. 113)
What was the Public Defender's response to Dr. Kalmanoff's
constructive recommendations to improve the criminal justice system?


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Accuses "Kalmanoff of being
vindictive and said the St. Lucie
officials should ask for a refund of
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Speak Out
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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!
LAKE LEVEL: On Oct. 12, the headline was "Releases to keep
lake stable" and the article stated that the water releases would no
longer be pulse releases but will now be a continuous release. On
page 5 of the same paper, the headline says "Conserve Water: Dry
Season Only a Month Away." If we are to conserve water due to the
upcoming dry season, why are they continuing the release of water
from the lake? It would seem to me and all of my friends and family
that if we are approaching the dry season, you would want to keep
the water in the lake to ensure we do not have another season of dry
lake and canals. On the subject of canals, why is it that every time
the canals reach their normal level (as marked on the seawalls), sud-
denly within a period of hours, they drop from 4-6 inches. Editor's
note: for the past few weeks, water managers have tried to hold
the lake around 15 feet. As water from rainfall and drainage comes
in, they are just letting enough water out to keep the lake steady at
around 15 feet. If the lake gets higher than 15.5 feet, there is concern
for the safety of the dike and there is also concern for the health of
the lake. If the water is too high for too long, it kills off the native
vegetation along the shoreline. They are trying to mimic the natural
highs and lows of the lake, using a schedule of 12.5 to 15.5 feet, and
maintain it as an ecosystem for fish and wildlife rather than just us-
ing the lake as a reservoir for human consumption. Even with Lake
Okeechobee near its maximum capacity, Floridians are all encour-
aged to conserve wateryear round. The growing human population
means there is a steady increase in water demand. Water is neces-
sary not only for the human population but also for wildlife and for
NOT SCARED: I am a registered Democrat. Not a scared Republi-
can. Obama has repeatedly said things that are the exact opposite of
what he wrote in his book. People wake-up and do some research.
In his commercials he talks about his meager years growing up with
a single mom. How did he go to Harvard? How did he buy a million
dollar house when he worked for a non-profit agency? Is he going to
stand up for Israel?
YMCA: To my fellow people of Okeechobee I ask you to open your
hearts and please contribute to your children and our future leaders
of our city by considering the prospect of the YMCA coming to our
town. I feel there is a great need for this organization to find its place
in our town. Please back this project whenever the opportunity pres-
ents itself. Thank you for listening and considering.
ELECTION: First of all, I'll be glad when it's over, I am tired of see-
ing all of the ads on TV Second of all, everything about the Clinton's
joining up with Obama and backing him, it was just a month ago that
she was against him saying how bad it was that he was doing and
what he was going to do. How are we supposed to believe what she
is saying now? That's just crazy.
DITCHES: I believe if the county was to come out and dig the
ditches in Basswood area there wouldn't be any need for flooding.
Some of the ditches are still holding water and parts of it doesn't have
proper drainage to drain the water. Something needs to be done
about this, because when we get bad storms that's what causes all of
the flooding out here.
RIGHTS: I am an American who believes in Freedom of Expres-
sion. A friend of mine told me that someone stole an Obama for
President sign right out of his yard. The other day the subject of abor-
tion came up with a friend and he and I said abortion numbers went
down under Democratic administration, because they funded child-
care. Also, I am going to make my voting preferences on the ballot. I
don't need a preacher telling me how to vote. And thank you to the
Okeechobee News for letting me express these opinions.
FOOTBALL: I would like to know how every week Pop Warner
football has articles of the kids who participate in it, but you never see
an article or photographs on OCRA football. Editor's note: When you
see a lot of photos from a particular group or team, it is usually be
cause that group has someone sending their news and photos to the
newspaper. We encourage community members to turn in photos
and other news items. OCRA coaches and parents are welcome to
submit photos. You can email us at
TRACKS: About the rail road tracks -- did you know you can
swerve to the right, and make a quick left? But, you need to be driving
about 15 miles an hour, five or six times to practice. Increase speed as
you get better at it. Or just drive 10 miles per hour every time. You will
be amazed at the difference. Any railroad track at 40 mph is going to
make your gas tank explode. Happy traveling.
SPORTS: My main concern is the foul language I hear some
coaches and parents direct to these young kids. If you can't talk with-
out cussing like a foul-mouth, then don't say anything. I thought this
was a game. It appears to be competition about who can be the stu-
pidest parent. And there are some real winners out there.
BAKER ACT: I need to get some information on the Baker Act.
I know a person who was Baker Acted and was kept for eight days
without a phone call. And I always thought they weren't supposed to
hold you more than three days. Could anybody give me some infor-
mation on that? I talked to a lawyer and he said he didn't know. I just
don't think that was right. If anyone has any information on that could
you please call speak out?
TV SECTION: This is kind of a question. How come we can-
not have an Okeechobee TV Section in the paper anymore? It's bad
enough that I'm only getting the paper three days a week, but I sure
would like to have a TV guide for the whole week if that is at all pos-
sible. Let's see if you answer this one. Editor's note: We are sorry that
we can no longer provide the TV grids. The decision to stop run
ning the TV grids was a cost-saving measure. We had to purchase
the TV grids from a service that builds them and also pay the print
costs. Our research found only a small percentage of readers want-
ed these grids, since those with cable or satellite television have TV
guides that come with those services, and since so many TV sched-
ules are available online. We're sorry to disappoint you, but in tough
economic conditions, we had to make choices on what to cut in
order to keep costs in line.
PUBLIC POOL: This is about the public pool here in town. It al-
ways seems like on a really nice day, that they are always closed. You
can't ever go unless you go after 3 p.m. when all of the school kids are
there and you can only use one section of the pool. Parents who have
younger children who are not yet in school would really like to make
use of these facilities, but we are not able to because no one is ever
there. And the days that they are there it's raining and then you can't
go anyway. I think it is a little ridiculous that they don't have proper
help for a facility like that.
ELECTION: I know this presidential election is very serious, but
does anyone seriously, really, truly believe they are going to change
anyone's mind about who they are going to vote for by planting a
sign in their yard or by standing on the side of the road waving a sign?
I mean are they just trying to let people know that there is someone
running for president named Obama or McCain?
AMENDMENT 2: Amendment 2 as written does not threaten se-
niors, common law folks and others, but the point is that the amend-
ment does not specifically PREVENT those kind of changes, later. If
we vote "No" and throw it out, there is nothing to vote back in -- noth-
ing changes from what we have. We already have a law stating that
marriage is between a man and a woman, we have no gay marriage,
and we do not recognize gay marriages from other states. To me, the
only reason anyone would want this amendment is so they can fur-
ther meddle in everyone's private lives. I find this really strange com-
ing from conservative folks who often claim they trust people to run
their own lives, then try to tell them how to actually live their lives.
EMAIL: I am so sick and tired of the political emails. The Demo-
crats are making me crazy with all these emails. Every time I turn on
my computer I get a dozen or so more. I will be so glad when this
election is over. I tried blocking them and marking them as spam, but
the 'Vote for Obama' emails just keep coming.

Reflections from the Pulpit

By Rev. Tommasso
Cornerstone Baptist Church
Have you ever wondered what
it would be like to be united? Hav-
ing one goal? Having one desire?
Having one purpose? For Chris-
tians, true Christians, that is pos-
sible because we have the Holy
Spirit dwelling within us. You say
I have been to churches and there
is never unity. Well, you're right.
In many churches across Amer-
ica there is not a sense of unity,
because the church is full of un-
repentant sinners, which mean
sinners who are still heading for
destruction. How do I know this?
Because there will always be tares
among the wheat and weeds
among the good plants. Never
the less, striving for unity should
be the goal for the church. Even
though the goal of the church
should be unity, a warning must
be given. You do not compromise
or water down the message of the
Word of God in order to achieve
this unity.
The other day I was listening
to a man preaching, who said
that the gospel is simple. I was
very excited thinking: "This guy
is going to preach the gospel and
bring glory to God. He is going to
talk about Jesus and His sacrifice
for our sins."
To my surprise he did not talk
about sin. He did not mention Je-
sus' burial, death, or resurrection.
What he did say was that Jesus
took the idea of do unto others
as you would have them do unto
you from another rabbi, and that
"Do unto others" is the gospel.
I wanted to heckle, I wanted to
scream, I wanted to cry, but I
prayed. I prayed that the Word
that was read before this man
opened his mouth would work in
the hearts of the hearers, because
the Word of God that was spoken

will never come back void. I can-
not be united with someone who
does not preach the gospel of
Christ. Not that I cannot get along
with them, because I am told to
love all people regardless of who
they are or what they have done. I
am to love the sinner and hate the
sin. Unity is precious to me, but
not at the expense of the truth of
the Word of God.
What is the purpose of the
church? To bring glory to God is
our goal and unity is the outward
expression of a church that is fo-
cused on loving Jesus.
"And the multitude of them
that believed were of one heart
and of one soul: neither said any
of them that ought of the things
which he possessed was his own;
but they had all things common."
(Acts 4:32)
Listen to how they came to-
gether. They were of one heart.
Hearts focused on Jesus and not
on themselves with one soul. How
can our souls be united? They can
be united when we allow the Holy
Spirit to do the leading and guid-
ing and we do the following. They
did not hold their possessions as
their own. They realized that their
wealth is given by God for His
glory, not so we can hold onto it
and use as we think is right in our
own eyes, but they wanted what
they had to be used in His service.
Have you watched football and
the game goes so poorly because
each player is playing as if he is
alone? The same is happening in
the church. But the Word says,
"For the body is not one member,
but many." (I Corinthians 12:14)
We who are in Christ are like the
body, different parts, with differ-
ent functions.
"And with great power gave
the apostles witness of the res-
urrection of the Lord Jesus: and
great grace was upon them all."
(Acts 4:33)

Apply to college

with less stress

The Counseling Corner
By the American Counseling
Applying for college is never
an easy task. For many students
and their families, however, it can
turn into an overwhelming, highly
stressful experience. Last minute
decisions, sudden deadlines and
unexpected requirements can all
take anxiety levels to new highs.
It doesn't have to be that way.
With a little planning the college
application process may still re-
quire a lot of work, but not nearly
as much stress.
Most advisors suggest begin-
ning the college selection pro
cess early in the student's junior
year. Of course, if you're reading
this now because you have an
anxious high school senior just
beginning the process, it's time to
play a little catch-up.
Honestly discussing college
costs and family finances is one
way to reduce stress. If an expen-
sive school isn't affordable for
your family, discuss possible op-
tions. Is a scholarship or major
grant likely, or if loans are nec-
essary, who will be paying them
back? Getting the financial issues
straight helps lead to intelligent
college choices.
A little knowledge can also
reduce anxiety. Pick up several
college guidebooks that rate
schools and describe programs,
acceptance procedures, campus
life and much more. Online sites
like or can also offer
valuable facts and insights. Don't
forget your high school's college
counselor as a great source of in-

Often, students feel over-
whelmed and anxious because
of all the college choices facing
them. Encouraging your child to
compare their own goals, inter
ests and likes against the infor-
mation they gather about various
schools can help narrow the list
of possible choices down to a
manageable number.
The biggest stress reducer and
"disaster avoider," is a simple task
and deadlines calendar. For each
school, work backwards from its
application deadline, listing dates
for required activities, such as ACT
or SAT testing, recommendation
letters, submitting high school
transcripts and similar details.
Include time-lines for things that
will require extended effort, like
that college essay, and don't for-
get follow-up dates to check on
whether those requested recom-
mendation letters or transcripts
were received.
Reducing anxiety is simply
a matter of eliminating the un-
known. When you've helped
your student learn enough
about schools to make an intel-
ligent choice, and helped him or
her establish a process that will
keep things under control, then
the stress levels just naturally go
down. Of course, the anxiety that
will come from waiting to learn
if one is accepted after the ap-
plications are finally in is another
whole story.
"The Counseling Corner" is provided
as a public service by the American
Counseling Association, the nation's
largest organization of counseling
professionals. Learn more about
the counseling profession at the ACA
web site,

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Boldness increased among the
apostles and God answered the
prayers for boldness in speaking
the truth of the gospel because
God's people were united in one
"Neither was there any among
them that lacked: for as many
as were possessors of lands or
houses sold them, and brought
the prices of the things that were
sold, And laid them down at the
apostles' feet: and distribution
was made unto every man ac-
cording as he had need." (Acts
No one lacked, because those
who had would sell land or hous-
es and give to the church so it
could be distributed to those who
"And Joses, who by the apos
tles was surnamed Barnabas,
(which is, being interpreted, the
son of consolation) a Levite, and
of the country of Cyprus, Hav-
ing land, sold it, and brought the
money, and laid it at the apostles'
feet." (Acts 4:36-37)
This Joses sold land and gave
it to the church, not because he
had to but because God had laid
that upon his heart to do.

How do we achieve this unity?
"Only let your conversation be as
it becometh the gospel of Christ:
that whether I come and see you,
or else be absent, I may hear of
your affairs, that ye stand fast in
one spirit, with one mind striving
together for the faith of the gos
pel;" (Philippians 1:27)
Live as kingdom citizens! How
do we live as kingdom citizens?
We have His mind, His heart,
His focus, His desires, and we
give Him our minds, our hearts,
our focus, our desires. Pray for
one another, serve one another,
submit to one another, focus on
the Kingdom by focusing on the
lost that He loves and died for.
Do what Jesus would do. If you
do not know Christ you can't be-
cause it is a foreign concept, be-
cause you have been taught you
are on your own, but that will lead
to emptiness and without trust in
Christ it will lead to death. If you
do not know Christ, then you are
living life on your merit and your
merit is not enough, because all
have sinned and fallen short, all
have rebelled against God and
done their own thing.

Community Calendar

Sunday, Oct. 19
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) AA. weekend
noon meeting Open Discussion meeting. *The Just for Today Club of
Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12 step fellowships.
Monday, Oct. 20
A.A meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meet-
Okeechobee Senior Singers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Okeecho
bee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited to join the group. For information or to schedule an
appearance, contact Patsy Black at 863-467-7068.
The Okeechobee Historical Society meets at noon at 1850 U.S.
98 N. Join us with a covered dish for lunch, followed by a business
meeting. The dues are $10 per person, per year, and are due in Sep-
tember. For information, call Betty Williamson at 863-763-3850.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road, in
Buckhead Ridge on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Karen Graves,
Chapter leader would like to extend a warm welcome to any interest-
ed persons to come by and see what they are about. For information
call 863-763-6952.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee meets at 101 N.W Fifth
Street (Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Sickest Of The Sick, Open Dis-
cussion, 7 p.m. The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affili
ated with any 12 step fellowships.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Artful Appliquers meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda
Road, Okeechobee on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Turn left at
the Moose lodge and go around the curve just past the church. Bring a
lunch and join us for a fun day of applique. Everyone is welcome. For
more information please contact Karen Graves at 863-763-6952.

Tuesday, Oct. 21
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open
to the public. For information, contact Maureen Budjinski at 863-484-
New Beginning's meeting of Narcotics Anonymous will be
held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. at Believers Fellowship
Church, 300 S.W Fifth Ave. It will be an open discussion meeting. For
more information call Monika Allen at 863-801 3244.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972 (Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Nowhere Left
To Go Group (Open Discussion) at noon, NA. Sickest Of The Sick
Group (Open Discussion) *The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is
not affiliated with any 12 step fellowships.
Al-Anon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200
N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
The Lighthouse Refuge Support Group is for women who are
hurting, homeless or been abused. They meet on the first and third
Tuesday of every month from noon until 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church,
401 S.W. Fourth St., and on the second and fourth Tuesday of every
month from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Red Cross, 323 N. Parrott Ave.
For more information call Donna Dean at 863-801-9201 or 863-357
Family History Center meets from 1 until 5 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St. Anyone interested
in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is
Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death
Index and military information available. For information, call Mim
Kapteina at 863-763-6510.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information,
June Scheer at 863-634-8276
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is in-
vited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For informa-
tion, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at 863-763-4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m.
in the Fellowship Hall, 1735 S.W 24th Ave. This is a men's only meet
ing. For information, call Earl at 863-763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden Cor-
ral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in becoming a
member is welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner at 863-
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
at the Hospice building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Brenda Nicholson at
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that
enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For information,
contact Dr. Edward Douglas at 863-763-4320.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to weekly meeting. Overeaters
Anonymous (OA) meets at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church,
312 N. Parrott Avenue on Tuesdays, 6 until 7 p.m. (Use 4th Street
entrance.) Overeaters 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.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meet-
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., will be
hosting God's Time -- a morning of free organized Christian activities
that includes play, instruction and interaction for parents and their pre
school children. The event will be held each Tuesday from 9:30 a.m.
until noon. Child care will be provided for infants during the class. For
information, call 863-763-4021.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W Third Terr., holds meetings for
persons with alcohol and drug related problems at 6 p.m. For informa-
tion call 863-357-3053.

Okeechobee News, Sunday, October 19, 2008 5


Kindergarten News
During the week of Oct. 13, we
worked with the letter P. For that
reason we celebrate the Pajama
Day with a Freaky Friday. Every
student and teachers wore their
pajamas to school all day long. It
is hilarious and funny to see ev-
erybody in their pajamas. During
the morning the students switch
classes where they work on dif-
ferent "P" activities like making
penguin, pig puppets, and pizza,
acting in "The 3 Little Pigs" play,
counting the seeds in a pumpkin
and then eating some pancakes.
What a fun day! We are so excited
waiting for the Halloween Parade.
So don't forget your costume. We
are looking forward to seeing you
at our Fall Festival this Friday.
Student of the week: Jas-
mine Lewis and Yulaynie Cruz
Thanks for your support
First Grade
Mr. Klaffer's Super Kids News
This week the Super Kid Stu-
dent of the Week was David Can-
The past Super Kid Student
of the Week were Juan Leon,
Viviana Jaimes, Georgia Harris,
Alex Valdes, Mason Burke, and
Anashia Rochelle.
The class is working very hard
this week learning about animal
families and the names for the
father, mother, and baby of each
different family! Then, we have to
compare the different families for
similarities. Mr. Klaffer found out
that one of his student's mother
had just had a cub! Now that
must have been a hard birth for
Each student has been work-
ing hard on a book of living and
non-living things. We started with
things and the four things every
living thing needs to stay alive.
The Super Kids and I decided that
they were pizza, ice cream, pea-
nut butter and jelly sandwiches,
and soda. Oh, I almost forgot and
never any vegetables! We finally
got it cleared up and found out
that the four things were food,
water, shelter, and space.
The Super Kids got to see
Okeechobee's firefighters and
their incredible trucks and equip-
ment. They learned how to get
out of a smoky building, what to

Elementary kida
tion and the candidates. It will be
interesting to find out if our vote
turns out to be the same as the
general election. In reading we
have been learning about plural
nouns, short e, and contractions.
-- In math we are learning differ-
"-#' ent strategies to add and subtract
such as counting on, counting
back, using a number line, draw-

do if you catch on fire (I still am
not sure why anyone would want
to be on fire?), how to call 911,
and the most important thing of
all WHO gets to drive the truck
and use the siren!!
The Super Kids also got to take
a field trip to Okeechobee library.
They learned about how to get a
library card, where and how to
find a book in the library, and got
to hear Miss Pat read them stories
and tell them a folktale! We got to
go to Dairy Queen for lunch after
and boy did everyone have fun! At
least that was what Mrs. Vaughn
whispered to me as we were
waiting for ice cream. Mr. Klaffer
decided that on the walk back to
school he would use the opportu-
nity to have the Kids learn a little
Math! I was met with a resound-
ing answer from all the Kids that
we MUST have walked at least a
thousand miles there and back!!
Well, that's it for the Super
Kids this week. Oh yeah, we are
all leaving for a safari to Africa on
Thursday. I still have not found
the answer for the student that
keeps asking how long of a bus
trip that it is going to be!
Mrs. Bostwick's class at Cen-
tral Elementary School has had a
great time learning about spiders
in science! We created spider
fact books and observed spiders
in action! Students of the Week
these past two weeks were Nicka-
lus Dailey and Mildred Leal. Con-
gratulations, kiddos! In reading,
we have been discussing animal
families and how we help each
other out at home and in school.
We have been practicing more
addition facts in math; using
number lines, counting on and
touch math are just a few of the
strategies they have been using to
crunch those numbers!
Mrs. Vaughn's class participat-
ed in a mock Presidential Election.
It was surprising to find out that
first graders knew about the elec-

ing pictures and touch math. In
science we did experiments to
find out what things dissolve in
water and which do not. The re-
sult was that oil does not dissolve
in water. We learned about Chris-
topher Columbus and his journey
to the new world. Congratula-
tions to Anallely Maldonado and
Yatzel Martinez for being Students
of the Week.
First Grade B.A.S.E.
The first graders in Mrs. How-
ard and Mrs. Garcia's B.A.S.E
classes enjoyed a trip last week to
the Library. Mrs. Pat was our tour
guide and host for the morning.
She read books about a lion that
painted with his tail and how an
elephant's trunk became long.
She reminded us who the au-
thor and the illustrators were in
the stories. Then, she explained
to the children about the Dewey
Decimal System of how to locate
a book in the library. The children
were allowed to find a reading
book within the EASY READER
section. We had parents, teach-
ers, Mrs. Pat and the children all
sitting on the floor reading and
enjoying their selections. Thank
you Mrs. Pat for a wonderful time
of learning!
This week our students learned
about Fire Safety in recognition of
National Fire Prevention Week.
We had visits from the local fire-
fighters and EMT's that drive the
ambulances. The students were
allowed to walk through the in-
side of the ambulance. The chil-
dren were able to ask questions
to the firemen about their jobs,
the tools they use and the danger-
ous aspects of their jobs. The stu-
dents also enjoyed a puppet show
that reinforced the fire safety mes-
sage. We learned to crawl low in
smoke, never play with matches,
and to have a safe place to go to
when there is a fire. Thank you

JV football team falls at Frostproof

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Brahmans Junior Varsity
wrapped up their schedule with a
31-14 loss at Frostproof on Thurs-
Okeechobee had their mo-
ments but couldn't overcome
some special team mistakes in
their sixth consecutive defeat.
"We just made a couple of
mental mistakes," Coach John
Kemp said, "The kids played hard,
and played aggressive. We made
two bad snaps on punts and that
gave them great field position."

Okeechobee got an intercep-
tion on defense by Alonzo Cole-
man and double digit tackles from
middle linebacker John Kemp.
On offense Kolby Frank had
his best game of the season with
two touchdown passes to Alonzo
Coleman, one of 15 yards and the
second of 35 yards. John Kemp
ran for 25 yards. Deforest Shanks
caught five passes.
"Our running game wasn't
that good. They stuck the middle
and forced us to pass. They had
pretty good size and pretty good
numbers," Kemp said.

Halloween Celebration here soon
WOKC's Billy Dean (ctr) and Cpl Keith Stripling (rt) of the Coun-
ty Sheriff's Office Crime Prevention presented Toni Doyle(left)
with boxes of candy donated by the faithful listeners of WOKC.

Okeechobee (1-5) cancelled
the remainder of the season due
to a lack of players. They were
down to 17 players at Thursday's
game. Brant Harden came down
from varsity to play for the junior
varsity squad and filled in on the
injury depleted offensive line.
Frostproof ran a wishbone
attack and kept the ball on the
ground for most of the game.
The Brahmans defense held for
the most part other than on one
blown assignment that led to a
touchdown run up the middle.
It was 10-0 at the half.
Okeechobee cut the lead to 24-
14 and were driving in the fourth
quarter but an interception by the
Bulldogs ended the Brahmans
Coach Kemp said he was
proud of the kids that stuck it
out this season, "With all the in-
juries and the kids quitting, I'm
real proud of the kids that stuck
it out."
He mentioned Dustin Houston
as one of the players who worked
hard all year and earned play-
ing time at the end. He was the
starting wide receiver for the final
game of the year. He caught a 35
yard pass in last week's game.
"He was a small guy with a
good work ethic. He stuck it out
all season and earned some play-
ing time at the end," he stated.

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Our student's of the Week
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Jones. We appreciate the great
behavior that these children have
shown to earn this award! Keep
up the great job!
Second Grade
Mrs. Greseth's second grade
class has been learning all kinds
of interesting facts about the
bald eagle. They have compiled
their new knowledge into mini
research projects. They have
been doing a super job with re-
grouping in Math. Way to go stu-
dents! In Social Studies, they have
learned about Christopher Co-
lumbus. In Science each student
planted a one foot garden. They
are so excited each day to check
on their radishes and sunflowers.
It is so wonderful to watch the
children get excited about learn-
ing. Congratulations to Jenna Mc-
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100 Book Challenge. Super job
Miss Miller's second graders
have had a blast learning about
the different changes that can
happen to matter. Do you know
why your glass "sweats" on a hot
day? Your son or daughter can tell
you!:) We have also been practic-
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Congratulations to the follow-
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Community Events

Lodge presents
Dinner Theater
The Order of the Eastern Star
will present a Mystery Dinner
Theater on Saturday, Oct. 18, 5
p.m. Okeechobee Masonic Lodge
107 N.W Fifth Avenue, Okeecho-
bee. Tickets are $15 each and can
be purchased by contacting Mary
Ann Holt at 863-634-8087. This in-
cludes a Country Fried Steak Din-
ner and the show, in which the
audience participation is key to
solving the "murder". Join them
for an evening of great food and
fun. For more information, con
tact Mary Ann Holt at 863-634-

League of Women
Voters on radio show
Saturday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 a.m.
on 91.7 FM and 100.3 FM will
have Marilynn Wills, President,
The League of Women Voters of
Florida will be on to discuss the
Six Constitutional Amendments
on the November 4 ballot. For
more information call 850-224
2545 or or con-
tact your local league.

Haunted Halloween
night at DuPuis
Management area
Looking for an evening full of
fun. Visit the DuPuis Visitor center
on Oct. 25, from 5:30 until 8 p.m.
The night will be filled with hay-
rides, games, spooky crafts and
candy treats. Learn about creepy
critters like owls, rats, spiders and
bats as you're guided through a
haunted trail. This event is free of
charge. Costumes are optional.
To make reservations or for more
information call Kim Kanter at
800-432-2045 ext. 3339.

Free coffee at Guardian
Ad Litem meeting
Starbucks on 12th Street and
U.S. 1 in Vero Beach will host
the GALP monthly coffee on Sat-
urday, Oct. 25, at 10 a.m. The
coffee is for anyone interested in
knowing more about the Guard-
ian ad Litem Program. Guardians
ad Litem are trained volunteers
who are court-appointed as child
advocates and are involved in
court proceedings, giving a voice
to victims of child abuse. Volun
teers are needed for Indian River,
St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee
Counties. Stop by for a free cup of
coffee with a GAL Volunteer and
find out how you too can Speak
Up for an Abused Child. Our next
volunteer training class starts Nov.
6. For more information, call toll
free 1-866-341-1425

Orchid club to meet
The Okeechobee Orchid Club
will meet on Monday, Oct. 27 at
7 p.m. at the Okeechobee County
Extension Service. They will have
show and tell at this meeting and
request thatyou bring in an Orchid
to show or bring in a problem Or-
chid for Harry to diagnose. Intro-
duce your favorite Orchid and tell
how it grows. At these meetings
you will meet other Orchid en-
thusiasts and share problems and
solutions, enjoy refreshments and
networking and there will be an
Orchid drawing as a fundraiser.
Please bring questions and pro-
gram ideas. Let them know what
subjects and speakers are of inter-
est. The Garden Club meets in the
same location at 6 p.m. For more
information call 863-763-6469.

Sunday, Oct. 19, noon until 4
p.m. an Oktoberfest Celebration
will be held. There will be games,
fun and more games. The celebra-
tion will be held at the VFW Post
9528 in Buckhead Ridge. Authen-
tic German food will be served for
a donation of $7. German music
will be provided for dancing and
your enjoyment.

EO.E. 4509 holds
special events
The Fraternal Order of the Ea-
gles 4509 has several events lined
up for the month of October.
Events and dates are as follows:
Oct. 18 Sock Hop from 3 until
7 p.m.; Oct. 25 -Octoberfest; Oct.
31 Halloween Costume Party at
8 p.m. For more information on
these events please call Diana
Huston at 863-357-2009.

FHREDI meeting
A public meeting of the Flori
da's Heartland REDI, Inc. Board
of Directors and Florida's Fresh-
water Frontier, Inc. Board of Di-
rectors will be held on Monday,
Oct. 20, at 10 a.m. at Highlands
County Agri-Civic Center, 4509
George Boulevard, Sebring. For
more information, please call Jim
Otterman at 863-385-4900.

4-H plans Annual
The Okeechobee 4-H Founda
tion will be holding their annual
pork barbecue dinner with all the
fixings on Monday, Oct. 20 in
the Freshman Campus cafeteria.
Tickets are on sale now for $7 at
the Extension Office or by calling
4-H members. Deliveries may be
made for five or more dinners
by calling in advance to 863-763
6469 or on the day of the event to
863-634-3327. You may dine in or
pick up your dinner from 11 a.m.
until 7 p.m.

Rain Barrel Workshop
Rain barrels are a convenient
and efficient way to collect rain
water. They provide a free source
of water for irrigating your land-
scape and potted plants, and help
reduce the storm water runoff
from your yard! To learn more
about Rain Barrels and to make
your own Barrel, come to this
informative workshop. The work-
shop is planned for Monday, Oct.
20, from 5:30 until 7 p.m. at the
Okeechobee County Extension
Service Office, 458 Highway 98
North, Okeechobee.

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participant can take
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creates during the class! Space is
limited and pre-registration is re-
quired. Call 863-763-6469 to sign
up. The cost is $25 and includes a
rain barrel and conversion kit.

Amendment 2 to be
First Baptist Church will be
hosting an informative meeting on
Amendment 2 on Tuesday, Oct.
21, at 7 p.m. Harry Mihet, Senior
Litigation Counsel with Florida
Family Policy Council, that wrote
the Amendment, will be here to
speak and answer questions. Mr.
Mihet's family came from Roma-
nia, where his father was a pastor
for 17 churches, mostly under-
ground churches. Come and not
only hear about Amendment 2,
but hear this man's great story.
Amendment 2 will not effect the
financial benefits of senior citi-
zens, come hear the truth on this
subject! The address of the church
is 401 S.W Fourth Street.

Machine embroidery
group meeting
If you have an embroidery ma
chine, plan to buy one or are just
interested in the concept, please
join us at our next meeting. It will
be held on Saturday, Oct. 25,
from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the
Red Cross classroom, 323 N. Par-
rott Avenue. Bring your machine
and lunch for a fun-filled day. This
month we will be embroider-
ing on a towel; supplies needed
are self-adhesive stabilizer, water
soluable stabilizer, your design
of choice and a towel. For more
information please call Joan at
863-467-0290 or Corry at 863-467-

Book Club plan
to meet
Friends of the Okeechobee
Library Book Club will meet on
Thursday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. in
the Okeechobee County Library
Board Room. The group will sug-
gest titles for the next six months
and vote on them. Everyone is
encouraged to bring their favor-
ite Halloween cookie. For more
information call Jan Fehrman at

Teen dance
party planned
A teen dance party will be held
on Sunday, Oct. 19 at the Pier II
from 5:30 9:30 p.m. Admission
is $5. Ages 12-16 welcome. A live
DJ will play the latest hip-hop
for entertainment. The following
refreshments will be available:
Pizza $1; soda 50 cent; chips
- 50 cent; smoothies $2. All pro-
ceeds will benefit the American
Red Cross Okeechobee County
Branch. For more information call
Teresa Chandler at 863-697-6819.

Cub/Boy Scouts
selling popcorn
Fundraising season is here
again and the local Cub Scouts
and Boy Scouts of America, are
trying to get support. They will
sell popcorn every weekend until
Oct. 19. They will have booths
set up at different, local business-
es every Saturday and Sunday.
On top of the weekend setups,
the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts
will always have a flyer and order
form with them to sell popcorn
throughout the week. So if you
cannot make it out to one of their
booths, you can always order it
personally from one of the pack/
troop members. All proceeds from
the fundraiser will go to help pay
for their summer camp expenses,
supplies, badges and just general
expenses for their groups. Parents
and volunteers will be with the
scouts at each booth to help sell
the popcorn and provide infor-
mation about the group. They are
always looking for people to join.
There are no sign up deadlines,
you can join at any time during
the year, so if you think that the
cub scouts or boy scouts is some-
thing you are interested in, you
can get information about it while
you get some popcorn! Parents
are welcome to become volun-
teers. They would also like to say
thank you to all of the local busi
nesses who are allowing them to
set up in front of their stores. For
more information on locations
or joining, please contact Alison
Hudson, Committee Chair Troop
964, at 863-634-8628.

Main Street to host
Halloween celebration
Okeechobee Main Street, the
Cityof Okeechobee and Okeecho
bee County are hosting the Fourth
Annual Halloween Celebration.
The community celebration will
be held at the Agri-Civic Center on
Highyway 70 East, on Friday, Oct.
31, from 6 until 9 p.m.
This year's Costume Contest
will be in four age groups: 0-2
from 6:45 to 7:15 p.m., 3-5 from
7:15 to 7:45 p.m., 6-10 from 7:45
to 8:15 p.m. and 11-14 from 8:15
to 8:45 p.m. Registration for the
costume contest will be at the
Seacoast National Bank Booth.
Please help to provide a safe and
fun Halloween for the children.
They will have games and activi-
ties, a haunted house, a costume
contest and treats! Event organiz-
ers welcome donations of treats
and candy or monetary donations
to purchase candy. Your business
or agency is welcome to set up a
booth for games or activities for
the children. For more informa-
tion, please contact Toni Doyle at
863-357-MAIN (6246).

S.A.L. plan
steak dinner
The Sons of the American Le-
gion will sponsor their monthly
ribeye steak dinner on Sunday,
Oct. 19 from 3 until 6 p.m. at the
American Legion Post 64. Dinner
includes steak, baked potato, sal-
ad, roll, iced tea, coffee and des-
sert for a $12 donation. Live en
tertainment will be provided for
your entertainment. The public is

Wildlife Center
holds open house
Arnold's Wildlife and Rehabili-
tation Center will hold an open
house on Saturday, Nov. 8, from
10 a.m. until 3 p.m. It will be held
at 14895 N.W 30th Terrace. Adult
tickets are $10 and children un
der twelve years of age are $5.
Be sure to visit the half acre free
roaming butterfly garden. There
are also thirty different species of
native and exotic animals for you
to see and photograph. A lunch
of hot dogs, chips and a drink will
be available for a donation. There
will also be activities for the chil
dren. Go north on 441 until you
get to the flashing light. Turn left
and go west for about two miles
and look for the Arnold Wildlife
sign. For more information or di-
rections please call Sue Arnold at

Eagles 4137 plans
party and yard sale
Friday, Oct. 31 the Eagles
4137 will hold a steak night/Hal-
loween party. Best dressed guy
and girl will receive a $25 gift
card for Wal-Mart for their prize;
Saturday, Nov. I Sunday, Nov. 2
from 8 a.m. until noon the Lady's
Auxiliary will hold a yard sale. All
proceeds from yard sale will go
towards 2009 Snowball Chari-
ties; Sunday, Nov. 2 from 9 until
11 a.m. breakfast will be served
for a $5 donation. You may begin
dropping yard sale items off dur-
ing the week of Oct. 26-Oct. 31.
For further information call 863-

ABWA to hold meeting
The Women of Tomorrow
Chapter of the American Business
Women's Association (ABWA)
will hold its annual Fall Enroll
ment Event on Oct. 23 at Beef
O'Brady's from noon to 1 p.m.
All working women are invited
to come and see what we're all
about. Barbara Godejohn will
speak on women's health issues.
For information contact President
Karin Ammons at Cassell's and
McCall 863-763-3131.

United Way sponsors
Day of Caring
United Way of Okeechobee
members and many community
volunteers are sponsoring a "Day
of Caring" on Nov. 1, at 8 a.m.
in Okeechobee. This is a day the
United Way has set aside to thank
the Okeechobee Community for
supporting them and to bring
awareness to our community that
United Way is here. United Way
members have chosen a home
in Okeechobee that is in need of
painting and landscaping. Also
planned on the same day is a
group of Community in Schools
partners will paint the skate board
office at the Skate Board Park. For
more information please call 863-

Republican party
to meet
The Republican Party of Flori
da will hold their monthly Board
meeting on Monday, Oct. 20. The
meeting begins at 7 p.m. and is
held at the Republican Headquar
ters, 414 S. Parrott Avenue (next
to Physicians Weight-loss) and
visitors are welcome.

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the daring escape. He received this plea deal.

Okeechobee News six years in the Department of
Two of the three clients who Corrections for escape and aggra-
escaped a juvenile facility in rural vated battery.
Glades County on New Years Eve Duran was originally charged
2006 have accepted plea deals with battery on a detention staff
with the state. member, grand theft, escape and
Glades County Court records aggravated battery.
show Jesus Duran, 17, pleaded He was adjudicated guilty of
no contest to charges related to escape and aggravated battery in

A second defendant, Edward
Woodruff, 16, was also adjudi-

cated guilty and was sentenced to
three years probation for battery
and grand theft motor vehicle.
Upon his release from custody he
will serve two years probation for
A third defendant in the case,

HCSO seeks info in woman's death

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
The Highlands CountySheriff's
Office (HCSO) is asking the pub-
lic for their help in identifying an
unidentified woman found dead
in a citrus grove near Lorida.
Investigators suspect foul play
and are working the case as a ho-
The woman was found in the
area of Buckhorn Road on Mon-
day, Oct. 13. According to HCSO
investigators, the woman is ap-
parently Hispanic and was found
dressed in shorts and a T-shirt.

She is estimated to be 45 to 60
years of age with short dark hair
that is graying. The woman is said
to be 4-foot-10-inches in height
and weighs approximately 123
If anyone has any information
about the woman or this case,
they are urged to contact the
Highlands County Sheriff's Office
at 863-402-7200.
Information may also be given
by calling Heartland Crime Stop-
pers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477).
Callers to the tip line may remain
anonymous and may be eligible
for a reward.

Andrew Helderman, 18, will ap-
pear for a change of plea hearing
on Nov. 4, before Glades County
Circuit Judge Jack Lundy. He was
originally charged with attempted

murder, grand theft auto and rob- ston Harvey at the
bery. County Road 731 in
The three worked together in trio stole a car and
the daring escape. They attacked way to South Florida
and seriously injured guard Win- before being arrested.

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Alieta Aleen Gama Davld Yoder

The following five people are
among Okeechobee's Most Want-
ed persons. There are active war-
rants for each of them. The criteria
for making Okeechobee's Most
Wanted top five is based on the se-
verity of the crime in conjunction
with the age of the warrant.
If you have any information

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on the whereabouts of any of
Okeechobee's Most Wanted you
can call the Treasure Coast Crime
Stoppers at 1 (800) 273-TIPS
(8477). If you call Treasure Coast
Crimes Stoppers, you have the op-
tion of remaining anonymous. You
can also receive a reward if the in-
formation results in an arrest.

Aleen, 31, aka
Brian White,
Manford Clif-
ford White;
Black male;
No known ad-
dress; Wanted
for failure to
appear on bail Estavan
- robbery with Villegas -
other weapon. Urbina
Gama Chavez, 31, Arson.
David Yoder, 26; FTA Poss
Methadone, FTA DWLS.
Becky Cook, 28, Third De-
gree Grand Theft.
Estavan Villegas-Urbina,
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Law Enforcement Calls

Law Enforcement Calls
The Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office received the following
calls from Friday, Oct. 10, through
Thursday, Oct. 16:
Oct. 10
theft in the 900 block of N.E.
16th Ave.
forgery in the 1000 block of
N.W Sixth St.
vandalism in the 6400 block
of N.E. 10th Lane
assault in the 42000 block of
U.S. 441 N.
Oct. 11
theft in the 1000 block of
N.W. 110th St.
burglary at Nubbin Slough
assault on N.W 12th Ave.
Oct. 12
theft in the 8000 block of
U.S. 441 S.E.
burglary in the 3900 block of

U.S. 441 N.
robbery in the 1700 block of
N.E. 71st St.
Oct. 13
burglary in the 2500 block of
N.W 16th Blvd.
theft in the 4100 block of
U.S. 441 S.
burglary in the 100 block of
N.W 23rd Lane
theft of air conditioner in the
900 block of N.E. 70th Lane
Oct. 14
theft in the 4000 block of S.E.
14th Terrace
fraud in the 500 block of
N.W Fourth St.
theft in the 2400 block of
U.S. 441 S.E.
burglary in the 1200 block of
N.E. Fifth St.
burglary in the 3900 block of
N.W 36th St.


Oct. 15
burglary in the 600 block of
N.E. 17th Ave.
theft in the 200 block of N.E.
14th Ave.
theft in the 2000 block of
N.W. 38th Ave.
Oct. 16
vandalism in the 1700 block
of S.E. 24th Blvd.
theft in the 11700 block of
N.E. 128th Ave.
theft in the 17000 block of
N.W. 38th Ave.
larceny in the 400 block of
N.W 106th St.
Editor's Note: Only calls deal-
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for having a derelict RV, debris
and unregistered vehicles on his
N.E. 16th Street property.
Kenneth Goyens of Tampa
was cited for doing construction
work without a permit at his N.E.
11st Street lot.
According to Code Enforce
ment Blanca Saucedo, Lawrence
Szafraniec of Royal Palm Beach
has overgrowth, unlicensed/in-
operable vehicles and junk on his
S.E. 32nd Street property.
Titus Sweat is charged with
operating a lawn mower sale and
repair business in a residential
area on N.W. Sixth Street.
The last case under the head-
ing of new business is that of
Charles Crates, who was cited

for outdoor storage of property
and having unlicensed/inoper
able vehicles on his U.S. 441 S.E.
In a case that has been going
on for some time, if a building
permit has not been issued, a rep
resentative of Nix & Nix, Land I
LLC will be required to attend the
hearing and report on progress
made toward coming into com-
pliance. The property in question
is on U.S. 98 N.
In the other case under the
heading of old business, N & A
Real Estate was required to either
get a building permit to repair or
a demolition permit to demolish
a structure on S.R. 70 W.
Turning to the levying of fines,
Edward C. Boyd could be facing
a fine if a derelict block structure
has not been removed from his
U.S. 441 N. property.
The Abdul M. and Yasmine A.

Cumber Trust could receive a fine
for the same reason because of
a derelict structure on the trust's
N.E. 15th Avenue property.
If Donald Bastura has not ob
trained a demolition permit and
removed the derelict structure on
his N.W 80th Court property he
could be fined up to $250 a day.
If Andres Sanchez and Yudaisy
Miranda have not obtained the
necessary permit and inspections
for their N.E. Third Drive lot they
could also be fined.
Timothy Crews and Angela
Cross were given until Oct. 16 to
remove a derelict mobile home
and all debris from their N.E. 12th
Lane lot. If that has not been ac-
complished, they too could be
Javier and Gloria Tinajero are
also facing a possible fine if they
have not either removed a deck
or obtained the necessary per-

mits and inspections to keep it.
The property in question is on
N.W 18th Street.
Last month Felix and Maria
Tinajero were ordered to remove
a derelict mobile home from their
N.W 44th Avenue property. If that
has not been accomplished, they
could be fined up to $250 a day.
If Everett Lawson has not ob-
tained the necessary permits for
the metal building on his N.E.
22nd Avenue property, he could
be facing a fine.
Gilberto and Gladys Sanabria
have accrued a fine of $35,575
because of the condition of their
N.W Sixth Street lots. They have
petitioned the special magistrate
that this fine be forgiven.
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Monday, Oct. 20: No School
Tuesday, Oct. 21: Glazed french
toast, assorted cereal, Y/M/CStk
2nd choice breakfast, breakfast
grab and go #1 -Monday, fruit
juice, fresh fruit, milk.
Wednesday, Oct. 22: Chicken
patty/biscuit, assorted cereal, Y/M/
CStk 2nd choice breakfast, break-
fast grab and go #3 Wednesday,
Fruit juice, fresh fruit, milk.
Thursday, Oct. 23: Sausage ba-
gel, assorted cereal, Y/M/CStk 2nd
choice breakfast, breakfast grab
and go #4 Thursday, fruit juice,
fresh fruit, milk.
Friday, Oct. 24: Egg, ham and
cheese casserole, assorted cereal,
Y/M/CStk 2nd choice breakfast,
breakfast grab and go #5 Friday,
fruit juice, fresh fruit, milk.

Monday, Oct. 20: No School.
Tuesday, Oct. 21: Glazed french
toast, assorted cereal, breakfast
grab and go #1 Monday, fresh
fruit, fruit juice, milk.
Wednesday, Oct. 22: Chick-
en patty/biscuit, assorted ce
real, breakfast grab and go #3 -
Wednesday, fresh fruit, fruit juice,
Thursday, Oct. 23: Sausage ba-
gel, assorted cereal, breakfast grab
and go #4 -Thursday, fresh fruit,
fruit juice, milk.
Friday, Oct. 24: Egg, ham and
cheese casserole, assorted cereal,
breakfast grab and go #5 Friday,
fresh fruit, fruit juice, milk.

Lunch Menus:

Monday, Oct. 20: No School.
Tuesday, Oct. 21: Popcorn
chicken with barbecue sauce,
honey wheat rolls, barbecue
pork rib on bun, yogurt fruit and
cheese plate, fresh fruit, fruit juice,
seasoned corn, potato triangles,
tossed salad, milk.
Wednesday, Oct. 22: Shepherds
pie, honey wheat rolls, deli turkey
on bun, yogurt fruit and cheese
plate, fresh fruit, fruit juice, savory
green beans, mandarin orange
sections, tossed salad, milk.
Thursday, Oct. 23: grilled
cheese sandwich with soup, hot
ham and cheese sandwich, chef
salad, fresh fruit, fruit juice, broc-
coli florets with lemon, fruit with
gelatin, tossed salad, milk.
Friday, Oct. 24: Cheese or pep-
peroni stuffed crust pizza, baked
potato with chili and cheese, tuna
salad plate, fresh fruit, fruit juice,
baby carrots with dressing, pine-
apple chunks, tossed salad, milk.
Middle School
Monday, Oct. 20: No School.
Tuesday, Oct. 21: Popcorn
chicken with barbecue sauce,
honey wheat rolls, barbecue pork
rib on bun, yogurt fruit and cheese
plate, pizza basket, fresh fruit, fruit
juice, seasoned corn, potato tri
angles, tossed salad, milk.
Wednesday, Oct. 22: Shepherds
pie, honey wheat rolls, deli turkey
on bun, yogurt fruit and cheese
plate, ham sandwich grab and go,
fresh fruit, fruit juice, savory green
beans, mandarin orange sections,

tossed salad, milk.
Thursday, Oct. 23: Grilled
cheese sandwich with soup, hot
ham and cheese sandwich, chef
salad, ham and cheese grab and
go, fresh fruit, fruit juice, broccoli
florets with lemon, fruit with gela-
tin, tossed salad, milk.
Friday, Oct. 24: Cheese or pep-
peroni stuffed crust pizza, baked
potato with chili and cheese, tuna
salad plate, cheeseburger basket,
fresh fruit, fruit juice, baby carrots
with dressing, pineapple chunks,
tossed salad, milk.
High School
Monday, Oct. 20: No School.
Tuesday, Oct. 21: Popcorn
chicken with barbecue sauce,
honey wheat rolls, barbecue pork
on bun, yogurt fruit and cheese
plate, pizza basket, chicken fingers
and toes, fresh fruit, fruit juice,
seasoned corn, potato triangles,
tossed salad, milk.
Wednesday, Oct. 22: Shepherds
pie, honey wheat rolls, deli turkey
on bun, yogurt fruit and cheese
plate, pizza basket, hot wings bas-
ket, fresh fruit, fruit juice, savory
green beans, mandarin orange
sections, tossed salad, milk.
Thursday, Oct. 23: Grilled
cheese sandwich with soup, hot
ham and cheese sandwich, chef
salad, ham and cheese sub grab
and go, Caribbean pork/rice/
beans, fresh fruit, fruit juice, broc-
coli florets with lemon, fruit with
gelatin, tossed salad, milk.
Friday, Oct. 24: Cheese or pep-
peroni stuffed crust pizza, baked
potato with chili and cheese,
cheeseburger basket, chicken with
potato bowl, fresh fruit, fruit juice,

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after one of the largest drops
last week that I can remember.
Good cows are bringing in the
mid to upper 40s, a few around
50s. Good #1 steers, 500# are
in the mid 80s and heifers in the
low 70s. Plain cattle are still off
pretty bad. Maybe the market will
rebound if confidence returns in
the overall economy. Don't hold
your breath!

Nelson Echeverria of Miami
topped the calf market with
High cow this week was Butler
Oaks of Lorida with 57.00.
Graham Angust Oct. 17.
Lemmon Angus Oct. 24.
Little Creek Brangus/Jorgens-
en Angus Oct. 31.
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SEM students learn fire safety

Students at Seminole Elemen-
tary School celebrated Fire Safety
Week by en-
joying a visit
from the City
Fire Depart-
ment. Students
learned about
preventing fires
and what to do
when there is a
The firefighters showed the stu-
dents a fire truck, an ambulance,
and many different pieces of fire-
fighting equipment. The students
especially enjoyed seeing the fire
hose spray water high up into the
air. The firefighters gave students
an opportunity to ask questions
about fire safety.
Thank you to the City Fire De-

Firefighters speak to the students
School during Fire Safety Week.

apartment for taking the time to
come to Seminole Elementary
School and giving our students
valuable information.
The first grade students have
been learning about Johnny Ap-
pleseed in Social Studies. After
we all had a chance to taste dif-
ferent kinds of apples we made
a graph to tell us which kind we
liked best. We will also be learn-
ing about fire safety and Christo-
pher Columbus this month.
In Science we have been
studying all about the ocean and
the animals that live in it. We are
all so interested and we are ex-
cited about learning what other
animals live in the ocean. This
month we will also be learning
about bats and motion.

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at Seminole Elementary

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SEM Teacher Highlight: Jen-
nifer Franklin Is a dedicated
Kindergarten teacher at Sem-
inole Elementary School. She
devotes countless hours on
most weekends to ensure
that her students are receiv-
ing individualized, differ-
entiated instruction. Thank
you for your dedication, Ms.
Second grade students have
been studying about plants in
coordination with their reading
story "The Tiny Seed" by Eric Car-
le. Mrs. O'Bannon's class planted
bean and pumpkin seeds and are
doing several experiments involv-
ing the function of the stem and
leaves of the plant. They have also
seen different types of plants like
the aloe, the cactus and the Venus
Flytrap. They especially liked how
the Venus Flytrap can catch bugs.
All of second grade is looking for-
ward to their field trip to the Fort
Drum Crystal Mine next week.

An English Tea
The Kindergarten class at Peace Lutheran held an English Tea and Invited the grandpar-
ents to share with them. The children told what they had learned about England. The tea
included finger sandwiches, cookies, apple spice cake and of course tea. Holt Jones is
enjoying it all with his grandparents.

Third grade teachers would
like to acknowledge our Students
of the Week. We are so proud
of those students who have
made the most of beginning a
new school year by being great
Seminole citizens. For the week
of August 25th: Clarissa Gomez,
Jonathan Martinez, Saul Estrada,
Anthony Mandujano, and Luis
Flores Jaimes. For the week of
Sept. 2: Chantel Pacheco, Jessica
Depace, Kassandra Barton, Por-
tia Rowe, and Kayla Alderman.
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Plascencia, Janelle Markham,
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Harris, Destiny Shirey, and Isidro
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IMMACULATE '05 3/2 DWMH on 1 acre. Look at this price!! 2/1 with addition. Utility
Kitchen has island with drop down counter shed, lots of trees........some furnishings
Lg dare tub, dsin e anks wth of sitr- stay Pick up this steal and rent it out for
age Garden tub, double sinks with vanity itn i o
and separate shower all in Master bath. some additional income 200897
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Students of the week
Wesley Mims, Justina Stokes, Houston Foulke, Maria Olvera, Juan Garcia, Wayne Gun-
valdsen, Billie Jo Freeman, Grabiela Borja, Olga Hernandez, Vanessa Reyes, Mindy Qowl-
er, Ricardo Herrera, Marcus Martin.

Waterfront 3 bdrm, 2 ba, SWMH, carport, FL rn,
family rm, dock, seawall, storage building 2006
kitchen appliances, furniture negotiable.
Roofover, close to town Seller financing
MLS#200268 $99,500

3/2 24x48 DWMH w/12x36 Attached Screen Saddleup theHorsesandbringthem hometo
Room. Tool Shed Plus Horse Barn on 4 920 this 2000 3/2 DVH on 5 fenced and crossed
Acres fenced and cross fenced for horses fencedacres. Home hasnewkitchen cabinets,
Large fenced front yard with gate in driveway new wood flooring, garden tub, and s just out-
DW home interior being remodeled by owner side of town! Cal today for your showing !
#201172 $185,000 #201613 $192000

Submitted photo/OFC

Book Fair


at OFC
During the week of Oct.
6, Okeechobee Freshman
Campus hosted the annual
book fair. Ms. Fox, with the
help of a group of students,
did a great job organizing,
setting-up and selling to the
school community. Because
book sales surpassed the
$1000 sales goal, science
teacher, Mr. Bohannon, will
be covered in silly snot, as-
sistant principal, Mr. Koff, will
be mummified, and princi-
pal, Mrs. Revels, will receive
a pie in the face. Thank you
to all of those who helped
support the Mavericks!

HOME on 2 50 acres Beautful trees Frot Park Model on a deep private canal It has a with open floor concept, breakfast area in
orchard. Kitchen has all stainless steel appliances new metal roof Water softener and purifier It kitchen, Pergo fl easy to maintain Office
w/child safe locking Absolutely loveley Huge is a Condo where you can just move in a Turn ktche ergo lors easy o
pole barn w/workshop Deck w/pool Includes a Key unit, completely furnished right down to area for your business MLS #201321,
nice vacant lot with plenty of trees MLS the dishes. MLS #94421, $124,900. Call $82,500. Call Vicki at 863-6344106.
#200986, $299,000. Call Vid at 863-634-4106. Vickl at 863-634-4106.

tained DWMH. Beautiful backyard nicely land-
scaped with waterfall, bridge over stream run-
ning through backyard. Many mature trees. Two
nice sheds, fish cleanngstationwith dock Large
private well stocked lake. Circle driveway. MLS
#201595. $94900. Call il at 863-634-4106.

WELL BUILTCBS HOME on beautfulwater- WATERFRONT This is a waterfront on a
front comer lot Fenced m area on side yard. Has large lot. It has mature oaks and a nice boat
a mural paited on thewa by Egreta Wells81 dock. The home is a well maintained home
Great starter home. Needs a little TLC. Vacant lot
included n sale MLS #201596, $120,000. Call and ready to move in. MLS #201606,
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EvergladesPost your opinions online

Everglades Elementary kids

keep a

Kindergarten: Mrs. Moore
would like to remind parents to
practice letters, sounds, and sight
words with
their child each
night using the
flash cards.
Also, read for
100 Book Chal-
lenge steps,
one step is 15
minutes of reading. In math we
are enjoying learning about num-
bers in our scarecrow counting
book. In writing we are writing
about what we would do if we
had some fall leaves.
Miss Snyder's class enjoys do-
ing our calendar-Kinder-News let-
ter each morning. The boys and
girls like their circle and bubble
maps. The maps help them to
think about and plan their writ-
First Grade: The First Grad-
ers were proud to sing B-B-B-Bats
and perform the poem, "First
Grade Is The Best" at the October
13th PTO meeting. Parents, please
remember to check your child's
agenda every day. They are full of
all sorts of important information.
These agenda books are a great
way for the parents and teach-
ers to keep in close contact. They
have everything from spelling lists
to reminders of upcoming events
as well as behavior notes. Re-
member that as the first graders
become real readers and writers
there are many things that you
can do at home to help out. Read,
read, and read some more. Read
to your child as well as listen to
them read. Ask questions about
the story, who was in it, what did
they do, where did it take place?
How was the story resolved? Why
do you think the author wrote
the story, for entertainment, to
inform? Play word games, make
rhyming words, read the weekly
story, read 15 minutes each night
for a 100 Book Challenge step. As
you can see first grade is a busy
place and any help at home will
help your child to become more
successful in the First Grade.
Mrs. Murrish's first grade is
reading about Christopher Co-
lumbus and doing related activi-
ties. October birthdays are: Saul
Garcia (25th), and Jessica Edison
(26th) Keep working on reading
and math skills at home! Our Stu-
dent of the Week for this week is
Yamilet Gandarilla.
Mrs. Hollin's Class has enjoyed
a unit on nocturnal animals. We
are reading and writing about
these special animals, it was a
great learning experience for all of
us. Our class would like to thank
our guest reader Ms. Regina Ham-
rick for sharing her wonderful fire
safety books with our class. Also,
thanks to our volunteers, Mrs.
Cutler, Mrs. Daniels, and Mrs. Wil-
liams. We appreciate your help.
Mrs. Laskey's first grade is go-
ing "batty." We are busy learn-
ing our poems all about different
types of bats. We have written
bat stories and poems, we have
made bat masks to wear during
our PTO performance. We will
join the other classes in singing
the "Pledge Of Allegiance Song,"
and recite our poems. First grade
would like to thank the parents
whn attpnlded nlr nrram

busy fall schedule

Submitted photo/EES

Students of the Week
Students are achieving excellence every day at Everglades Elementary School. Students of
the Week are: Kindergarten: Blaine Rogers, Francisco Hernandez,, Tiadora Sontay-Perez,
Alejandro Aguilera, Maya Aguirre; First grade: Cassidy Johnson, Janiyah Epps, Kayla Saun-
ders, Alkeecia Clayton, Melanie Urvina-Rodriguez; Second grade: Devin Phillips, Ariel Gi-
rardi, Kiana Smith, Cameron Carter, Lyndsey Tribbitt, Shian Koebernik; Third grade: Ricky
Courson, Zachary Brazil, Alexas Dillon, George Marshall, Madison Usry, MIa Lazaro, Alexis
Garcia. Fourth grade: Wesley Mitchum, Kirby Gilbert, Kaylie Yingling, Maria Bucio, Summer
Clarke; Fifth grade: Briana Burnette, Josie Todd, Steven Streath, Clarissa Aguilera, Lawnna
Toole. Congratulations to our many outstanding students!

Second grade: Mrs. Brady's
class has been busy "falling" into
education. We are learning about
plants and are growing our own
sunflowers. In addition we are
learning to regroup. In Language
Arts, we are also learning how to
write acrostic poems, how to find
nouns and plural nouns. We are
also practicing our reading flu-
ency. We are very excited about
the up coming Halloween parade
and thanks to our "spooktacu-
lar" parent helper we have made
festive Halloween mobiles com-
plete with a cat, a bat, ghost, and
Ms. Hunt's class is spooked
by all of the scary stories that we
have been reading. We love try-
ing to guess the endings and have
been writing some scariness of
our own. We have just finished
writing to our Michigan pen-pals
and are practicing for our Kinder-
garten book buddies. We have so
many new friends.
Mrs. Campbell's class has been
in the first part of second grade.
There are lots of new things to
learn. Our science chapter is all
about heat and light. We have
done some very interesting inves-
tigations. Ask us what a noun is
and we may sing you the noun
Mrs. Kirby's class is enjoying
the nice fall weather and ob-
serving the fall celebrations. We
have just finished a Columbus
Day salute and are now enjoying
Halloween. We are squeezing in
these celebrations between all of
the other daily activities and hard
work. That all includes: addition,
subtraction, energy, plural nouns,
consonant blends, and writing
paragraphs. As you can see we
are very, very busy.
Mr. Wright's class has been
working hard on improving read-
ing, math, and writing skills. We
have planted seeds in science and
learned about explorers in Social
Studies. Our DIBELS reports have
been sent home and we are work-
ing on improving those scores in
Ms. Kosinski's class has been
"interactively" learning this year.
We have been using our Mimio
board to learn about regroup-

Bap WA

Submitted photos/Everglades Elementary
Everglades first grade students lead the PTO meeting with
the Pledge of Allegiance.

ing in addition. We have also
used it to help us learn about
nouns,plural nouns, fluency
readings, phonetic sorts, and the
2008 election. The class is excited
about the use of technology pro-
vided by the EETT grand that their
teacher is a part of. The students
have created a book called If You
Gave Ms. Kosinski A Cookie using
Audacity and Movie Maker. They
have also created a digital story
about their first day of school
using PhotoStory. In the coming
week we will create a new book
using Pixie to describe the char-
acteristics of a good leader. Finally
we are excited to work with Mrs.
Washington's fifth graders on the
creation of PSA for "Facts About
The 2008 Candidates. The second
and fifth graders will work togeth-
er to make a video about leader-
ship and voting. Our goal is to be
more technology advanced by the
end of second grade.
The Reading Leadership Team
would like to thank all of the stu-
dents for their great Literacy dis-
plays that are currently up in the
cafeteria. It is really a great feeling
to see the progress that the stu-
dents make in their literacy and
writing skills as the year goes on.
A special thank you to the first
grade students and their teachers
for the great performance at the
PTO meeting on Oct. 14. Every-
one was touched by the "Pledge
Of Allegiance" song that started
the meeting.
Student Council: Con-
gratulations to the newly elect-
ed Student Council Members:
President-Cassidy Bond, Vice
President-Hannah Collier, Secre-
tary- Steven Fonseca, and Trea-
surer-Ross Laskey. These officers
are elected by the students of Ev-
erglades and must be committed
to spending a good deal of time
serving the school. Our newly
elected officers are representing
and acting on behalf of all fellow
students here at Everglades. They
must also strive to be a good ex-
ample in academics, citizenship,
and leadership. Mrs. Hollin, the
Student Council sponsor would
like to congratulate these offi-
Mrs. Fuller will hold her sec-
ond RIF book distribution from
Oct. 22-29. Every student at Ev-
erglades will receive a free book
to keep forever. Remember that
Reading Is FUNdamental! Some-
times we like to say that reading
is FUN!
Science Committee: The
Science Committee is asking hard
questions. Every two weeks Mrs.
Beki Moore puts out a "Science
Question" developed to make the
students think in a scientific way.
Our Next question is: "What are
the seasons, name the character-
istics of each season?" In addition
to answering this basic question,

the older students need to also
answer: "Why do we have sea-
sons?" The students turn their
answers into Mrs. Moore and are
recognized for their correct an-
swers. Everglades students think
like scientists!
Dates to remember:
Oct. 20-No school for students,
teacher's workday
Oct. 23-PTO Fund Raiser be-
Oct. 24-Special hat day, pro-
ceeds go to the March Of Dimes
Oct. 27 Report Card day
Oct. 27-30 Red Ribbon Week
Oct. 31-Student Of The Week
Luncheon and Halloween Parade
Nov. 4-Awards Ceremony: Kin-
dergarten at 8:30, First Grade at
9:30 a.m.
Nov. 5-Awards Ceremony: 2nd
Grade at 8:30, 3rd Grade at 9:30
Nov. 6-Awards Ceremony: 4th
Grade at 8:30 and 5th Grade at 9:30.
Everglades students
visit Bio Station
Fourth grade students at Ev-
erglades Elementary are getting
ready to go on a field trip to the
Archbold Biological Station in
Lake Placid. There, we will meet
scientist who are studying the
national habitats of animals and
plants in south central Florida.
We will do field studies, look at
exhibits and find out more about
the scrub community.


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Brahmans of the Week
Students are achieving excellence everyday at Okeechobee High School. Brahmans of
the Week are Roxanne Sheffield, Corey White, Sam Baggett, NIkky Jacobs, Calandra You-
mans, Staci Christensen, Maria Rodriquez, Brittany Nichols, Amber Wiggins, KayeDee
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Car Pool 110
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Card of Thanks 120
In Memoriam 125
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Garage/Yard Sale 145
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cream colored hair, orange
tabby markings, 14yrs old,
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Babysitting 405
Child Car Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435

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Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beau y Supplies 525
Bicyte!s 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
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Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drape, LiUns & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
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Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
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Household items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Lug age 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instrument. 660
Office Supplies/
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Photogra hy 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
To s & Games 730
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Furniture/Appliances- House-
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Lamps 1/, iU tarsToois
$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

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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

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Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Property 915
Townhouses Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960

DUPLEX 2 BR, 1 BA, NW 5th
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cludes lawn service & gar-
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Lg. 2BR- Close to town, A/C,
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Very clean! $600/mo. In-
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2BR, 1 BA Townhouse locat-
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KING'S BAY, 2/1, Pool, Ten-
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sec. Includes water, electric,
cable.. 863-697-6428
back room. $675/mo.
Includes lawn maintenance.


1/1 Dade County
Hardwood Floors
Wrap around
Cypress Trees
Fully Furnished.
$750 month

BRAND NEW- Rent or Buy
3br/2ba, 1700 sq f, laundry,
tiled, $1100/mo. rent.
$5,000 applied to purchase
of $149,900 after 1 year.
3429 NW 40th Dr, Bass-
wood. (561)718-2822
3BR, 2BA, Front Screen
Porch, Hot Tub. Furnished or
Unfurnished. W&D., Short
Term or Long Term. Starting
@ $850 mo. 863-634-5236
Canal. Pool & Dock. Fur-
nished w/Bedding, Linens &
Cookware. (561)234-0277
2 bed/2 bath/2 car garage
All appliances included,
and many extras.
Great neighborhood;
A Must See!
$1,000.00/mth + sec.
Rent to Own 4/2
$1000 mo. new, ready now.
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2/1 on Corner Lot. $700 mo.
Call (561)743-0192

I Great Location!
Upstairs &
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Business Places -
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Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale1015
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Hunting Property1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property lnspection1060
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

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Mobile Homes

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Bdrm., 2 Ba., w/full kitchen,
W&D, $250 wk. $300 sec.
dep. (863)824-0981
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lot, on water, $650/mo. 1st
& sec. Avail Now. No pets
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rent. (863)634-4698
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carport & laundry room,
large florida room, includes
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and weekends
Lake access, quiet area. No
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Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty TruckL4040
Pas. Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor TraIlers 4060
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Public notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public
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The Okeechobee UIlilty Authority
(QUA) willreceive Sealed ornhe
purpose of securing the following:
Lawn Mowing Services
Detailed bid documents are available
upsn request freo the office of the Ex-
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Avnue, (Tel.) 863-763-9460, (Fax)
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the QUA.
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the Execulive Director's offic, located
at Okeechobee Utility Authority Office,
100 S.W. Avenue, Okeechobee,
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Breakfast, best meal of the day

By Heather Menendez
This week I spoke to a Bruce
Mr. Settergren is retired from
the military, and older than he
looks. He moved to Florida in
the 1990s. He said that his fa-
vorite meal is breakfast, espe-
cially when someone makes it
for him. He stated that when he

first joined the military he was
assigned to kitchen duty and
for years after he had a prob-
lem with the amount of food he
"It's hard to go from cook-
ing for hundreds to cooking for
two," he said. "I hate cooking
for one and usually don't."
He shared this recipe which
he used to make for his wife. So,
I decided to invite him over for
Sunday Brunch and made his
recipe for him. I hope I made
him proud.
Baked French Toast with
Utensils needed: two 3x5 loaf
pans, mixing bowl, wisk, mea-
suring cups, measuring spoons,

knife, fork.
2 eggs
1/2 cup fat-free milk
1 1/4 tsp cinnamon
4 slices bread cubed (white
or whole wheat)
2 small apples (peeled,
cored, diced)
3 tbsp all-purpose flour
2 tsp margarine
nonstick cooking spray
Preheat oven 350 degrees.
Spray loaf pans with nonstick
spray. In bowl lightly beat eggs,
blend in milk, 1 tbsp brown
sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon. Stir
in bread cubes and apples. Let
stand until the bread absorbs
all the liquid. Make topping in

a small bowl. Fork together
flour, the remaining 2 tbsp of
brown sugar, 1/4 tsp cinna-
mon and margarine. Divide
the bread mixture between the
loaf pans. Sprinkle with the top-
ping. Bake until golden brown
35-40 minutes. Cool slightly but
serve warm. The mixtures can
be made separately the night
before. Refrigerated overnight
and baked in the morning. This
recipe makes 4 servings and has
223 calories per serving.
If you would like to share
your opinion, and your favor-
ite recipe, please contact me at
Next week: Jean's Quick Fix

South Elementary Students prepare for a Safari!




SNotice 50

SNot i 5

Okeecholne Coun Code Enrcement
speciall Maglofate

The Okeechobee Couny Special Magloate will hold a public meaning on Tuesday
October 21, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. The public mneting will be held at the Okeechobef
Coun Health Department Auditorium, located at 1728 N.W. 91h Avenue, Okeecho-
bee, Florlda. For more Information, contact Faye Huffman at the Planning and Devel-
men De artment 499 N.W. 51h Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972
(863) 763!548 ext, 3001.
All Intereated parts shall have he opportunityto be heard at this public meeting
Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Code enforcement Special Mag-
Ilrae wlth respectto any matter considered at tis meeting will need to tenure hat
a verbatim record of the proceedings aimade and that the record includes le lest-
many and evidence upon which the appeal will he based. Code Enforcement tapes
are for t le sole purpose of backup for official records of the DepartmenL
Fae Huffman, Secrery to the
Code Enforcement Special Magistrate
295725 ON 10/17,1 /08

Students in every grade are
preparing for the Parent/Teacher
Organization meeting that will be
held on Oct. 28, at 6 p.m. Parents
are invited to receive an update
on PTO business, prepare for the
upcoming Winter Carnival and
hear information about the new
reading series. We will have a
Learning Safari immediately fol-
lowing the PTO business part of
the meeting. You will be able to
learn about the new reading se-
ries, reading at home with your
child, 100 Book Challenge, and
how students are researching in
social studies. You will see many
displays through-out the hallways.
The Book Fair will be open in the
media. Each family that attends
will receive a learning activity and
students will receive special Safari
items. Please mark your calendars
and come out for an hour of fun
and learning.
Parents we have several op-
portunities to serve our students
with after school tutorial.
Eagle Tutorial is for third and
fourth grade students only. We
meet every Tuesday and Thurs-
day 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. During
this time, students work on FCAT
tested benchmarks in Reading,
Math and Writing. Our teach-
ers use manipulatives, computer
time, games and focus skill books
to make the hour productive but
fun for the students. They do not
receive any grades during this
time, but our teachers would be
glad to conference with you if you
have a concern.
SES(Supplementary Educa-
tional Services)Tutorial is new to
our school this year. This tutorial is

held every Tuesday and Thursday
3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Students who
receive free or reduced lunches
qualify for this grant funded pro-
gram. We have several providers
that offer you different choices.
Some choices are in-home tutors,
computer-based tutoring, and
others provide services at other
locations. If you are interested
please put a note in your child's
agenda and Mrs. Flynn will be
glad contact you.
Bats are flying everywhere in
the first grade hallway at South
Elementary. First grade is busy
learning about bats, making bats,
and singing about bats. It has
been great fun! Now first grade
students are getting ready to learn
about owls as part of their study
about birds.
First grade enjoyed learning
about fire safety. We want to
thank Joshua Eveleth from the
Seminole Tribe Fire and Rescue
and Spider Prevatt from the St.
Lucie County Fire and Rescue for
coming in to speak to first grade
students and for sharing the inter-
esting equipment they use on the
job. They taught student how to
"Stop, Drop, and Roll" if they ever
have fire on their clothes. First



leads you to the best
products and services.

Submitted photo/South Elementary
The Okeechobee County Fire and Rescue Dept. shows stu-
dents in Mrs. Wolfe's South Elementary kindergarten class
the equipment used to fight fires. They brought several trucks
and fire fighters. They also presented a puppet show to all
kindergarten students about fire safety.

grade students have all decided
they want to be firefighters when
they grow up!
First graders are also becom-
ing experts at addition and sub-
traction. Keep up the good work
and continue to practice reading
and math at home!
It's a jungle out there or should
we say in here. Second grade is
exploring the amazing Amazon
rainforest. Each class has picked
an animal to study and create
for parent night on Oct. 28. Mrs.
Hamblen's class is learning and
creating beautiful butterflies.
They are also learning about
other animals in the rainforest as
well. Mrs. Nichols' class does not
monkey around when it comes
to monkeys in the rainforest. We
have learned that monkeys live in
the canopy of the rainforest and
need the trees for food and shel-
ter. Mr. Mayernik's class has gone
totally toucan creating and learn-
ing about these colorful birds.
They are exploring the layers of
the rainforest and where differ-
ent animals live. Mrs. Jennings'
class is hop, hop, happy about
tree frogs and are wondering
what they would say about how
humans treat the rainforest. Ms.
Johnson's class is slithering with
snakes. Students are learning that
snakes live on the forest floor and
climb up into the understory of
the rainforest. Students will be
completing many science and
social studies activities that will all
be on display. Come check us out
on Oct. 28! Bring your binoculars
because you never know what
you will discover in the Amazing
Students in all grades have the
opportunity to use the Media Cen-
ter, the Computer Lab, and the Sci-
ence Lab during one period in the
day when our Specials Teachers
are released to cover those, and
many other, administrative du-
ties. The students have used these
resources to research their part of
the upcoming Learning SAFARI.
These opportunities strength the
students' core knowledge as well
as provide a varied curriculum
experience. The Specials teach-
ers are working very closely to
intporant thp math cripnrp and

Submitted photo/South Elementary
Joshua Eveleth from the
Seminole Tribe Fire and Res-
cue and Spider Prevatt from
the St. Lucie County Fire and
Rescue came to South El-
ementary's first grade class-
rooms to teach students
about fire safety.

literacy skills being taught in the
classroom into their instruction.
Other important events com-
ing soon to South are Picture
Retakes on Oct. 23. The next PBS
event will take place on Oct. 24.
We have invited Auntie Ann to
come and do some face paint-
ing for those students who have
earned a PBS bracelet with their
superb behavior, attendance, and
academic effort. Students who
have earned 40 Eagle Tokens may
also purchase a ticket for face
painting. Academic Awards will
take place the following week.
Awards for Grades 3 will be at 8:30
a.m. and 4 will be at 9:30 a.m. on
Oct. 27. On Oct. 29, awards for
second grade will be at 8:30 a.m.,
first grade will follow at 9:15 a.m.
and Kindergarten awards will be
passed out at 10 a.m.
Oct. 27-31, is Red Ribbon
Week. This is a week that is
dedicated to promoting healthy
choices about drugs. Students are
encouraged to resist peer pres-
sure and to say no to drugs. There
will be many activities so keep
reading the Monday reports. Hal-
loween costumes are not worn at
South Elementary. We appreciate
the support of the parents as we
maintain our instructional focus
on Oct. 31.


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Submitted photo/YMS

Students of the week
Yearling Middle School students of the week were select-
ed for the week of Oct. 17, including: Brittany Avant, Randy
Shore, Austin Walker, Juan Bucio, Marisol Olvera, Jonathan Castillo
and Robert Alejandro. Also in the photo are Mr. Tedders, Mrs.
Markham and Mr. Brewer.

Students of the Week
New Endeavor teachers and staff would like to thank the
following Students of the Week for their hard work and
effort for the week of October 13 17, 2008. Congratula-
tions: (back row, left to right) James Smith, George Finn,
Crystal Rose, Daniel Thomas, Jakaris Morris, (front row,
left to right) Zenaida Orozco, Steven Russo, Alexis Cor-
nell, Colton Smith.

14 Okeechobee News, Sunday, October 19, 2008

Healthy Start Coalition

educates local women

The Healthy Start Coalition of
Okeechobee is known for assist-
ing mothers and their babies. The
coalition also strives to educate
the whole community about the
issues which affect the health of
mothers and their babies. The
coalition is not a source of cash
assistance but a source of educa-
tion and support.
Healthy Start services include
childbirth education, parenting
education, breastfeeding support,
car seat education, emergency
transportation, smoking cessation
and psychosocial/grief counsel-
ing. All services are free to those
who consent to participate in the
Healthy Start program. Women
who are at high risk are urged
to participate in the care coordi-
nation case management pro
gram. The women are followed
closely by care coordinators who
educate and support the at-risk
population. Care coordinators are
highly trained para-professionals
who have a vast knowledge of
community resources. Combin-
ing education with support helps
to improve birth outcomes, giving
babies the healthiest start pos-
The gateway to the Healthy
Start program is the Healthy Start

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Submitted photo/Teresa Chandler
The Healthy Start Coalition of Okeechobee team consists
of Kay Begin, Carol Staley, Carmen Leon, Becky Smith and
Leona Pelhan.

screen. Doctors are mandated
by the state of Florida to admin-
ister this questionnaire which as-
sesses any potential risks during
pregnancy. Each question carries
points and scoring six points or
more gains access to the program.
However, a low-risk woman who
merely wants the education may

Submitted photo/Teresa Chandle
Seacoast employees, Teresa Lara, assistant branch manager
and Melody Hodges, branch manager, sponsor the juice bar
at the baby shower and also provided two large baby shower
gift baskets for the drawing.

"self refer" and will be accept-
ed into the program. Access to
Healthy Start is based on risk, not
on income.
The Healthy Start Coalition
hosts the Educational Baby
Shower twice each year. Mothers
who are invited start with a break
fast of donated foods from local
businesses. Booths are set up to
explain many issues on parenting
such as immunizations, poison
safety, developmental milestones,
car seat safety and much more.
Shower participants visit each
booth and listen to a 15 minutes
presentation. Each booth gives
away small baby items (rattles,
sippy cups, pacifiers) and each
booth has a drawing for a large
baby item (crib, playpen, swing).
All participants walk away with a
bag of goodies and a lot of educa-
If you would like to participate
as a volunteer or donate baby
items for the next Educational
Baby Shower, please contact the
Healthy Start administrative office
located at 575 S.W 28th Street in
the New Endeavor School, office
hours are Monday through Friday,
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; call 863-462-5877
with questions.

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tion of German Day on Thursday, Oct. 16. The students ate pretzels and other German
foods, did the chicken dance and went on a volksmarch.

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Okeechobee News, Sunday, October 19, 2008 15

Upward soccer uses smaller field

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Oakview Baptist Church of
ficials are very pleased with their
conversion to a smaller field for
their youth soccer program this
15 teams with 120 kids from
kindergarten through sixth grade
are in the middle of an eight game
schedule at the church. They play
on Saturday and hold one prac-
tice per week.
Director of Upward Soccer
Kristi Hardy said the smaller field
makes it more competitive for
the children. Four players match
up with four players at a time on
the fields that measure 60 by 100
feet. Each player gets to play up to
six minutes at a time. Each team
has eight players. The smaller
kids rotate every three minutes.
Each half lasts 18 minutes. During
halftime teams hold a 10 minute
devotion time. At practice they go
through drills, break for a devo-
tion time, and then scrimmage
another squad.
"I think the kids like the new
format. They get more touches
on the ball, and more playing
time. I think there skills will de-
velop more," she noted.
With the smaller field, they
narrow the goal as well and scor-
ing actually is less than regular
soccer matches. While the soccer
team has their objective to score a
goal, the church also has a more
important one, "Our number one
goal is to reach Christian families
and get them into a church, either
to go back to a church, or start at-
tending ours," Hardy noted.
Hardy said soccer coaches she
has spoken with tell her this type
of soccer is more effective than
traditional soccer in the develop-
ment of skills. She predicted some
of these kids will be more pre-
pared when they get old enough
to play middle school and high
school soccer.
40-50 volunteers assist the
Church with the program. They
hold eight games on Saturday
The program, now in its third
year, costs $60 if you pre regis


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Coach Kristi Hardy helps
ward soccer practice.

tered. Those that registered late
paid $65. Additional children in
the same family cost $45. Includ-
ed in the price were full uniforms,
socks, a book, magnet, water
bottle and an awards night cel-
"The kids get a lot out of this,
we hope they win and we win
people to Christ," Hardy added.
Pam Matthews is also a Direc
tor of Upward Soccer which is a
national organization.
Church officials said they could
create a flag football program in
the near future.

Submitted photos/Joyce Upthegrove
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Submitted photo/Joyce Upthegrove
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Area footba

Area scores Friday
Jupiter Christ. 41 John Crrll 27
Vero Beach 38 South Frk 14
Westwood 55 PSL 7
Treasure Cst 19 Fort Pierce 0
Deltona 48 Mrtn Cnty 14
Amrcn Hritge 35 Glades Dy 20
Shrdn Hlls 40 Mre Hvn 26
Avon Park 40 Labelle 0
Holy Trinity 44 St. Edwrds 10
Centennial, Sebastian River,
Jensen Beach, Okeechobee,
Sebring, Pahokee, Lake Placid,
Glades Central, Clewiston were
idle this week.

Golf team

eager to

compete at


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee's young golf
squad is confident they can com-
pete with the best high school
golfers in the state when they
travel to the regional Tuesday in
Palm Bay.
The top teams from Palm
Beach County north to Melbourne
will compete in Tuesday's tourna-
ment. It will be held at the Majors
Golf Club at Bayside Lakes.
The team will travel there on
Sunday and then get in a practice
round on Monday before an early
tee time on Tuesday.
Senior Corey White, who shot
a 79 at the district tournament,
said he is real excited to bring his
team to the regional. He made it
as an individual last year.
"The guys pulled together and
shot the best they could that day,
Tuesday. I was happy to see it," he
White has been a mentor to
the younger guys this year. He will
team up with mostly sophomores
and freshman at the regional.
White said he's gotten help in
previous years from upper class-
men and he's only returning the
favor now.
"They all look up to me and it's
fun to hang out with them. They
need to have a good shot to keep
it going over the next two years,"
he noted.
White also excels in tennis and
basketball. He said he would like
to play as many sports as he can
at college next year.
Golf Coach MarkWard thanked
the KOA country club and the
Okeechobee Golf and Country
Club for their assistance this year.
He noted the KOA donated driv-
ing range fees so the golf team
could work on their swings this
summer. He said that was a big
reason why the team achieved so
Terry Lanman, Golf pro at the
Okeechobee Golf and Country
Club, and the Club itself, were
praised for their support of the
team. They allow the teams to
play their matches at the club for
free. They also donate practice
time for the kids. Many of them
take advantage of it with long
hours on the links.
"I think it's terrific what these
kids have done, they are good
kids who want to learn. They are
really dedicated and they are out
here every day practicing. I think
the future looks bright, we have
a couple of eighth graders that
are ready to make an impact next
year," Lanman added.
Jim Waldau of Waldau Junior
Golf was also praised for helping
the team members get an interest
in golf at a young age. Mike Wat-
son said he didn't pick up a golf
club until he attended a Waldau
Junior golf clinic. After that, he
was hooked.
Watson admits he practices
12 hours per day on days he's off
from school. He notes the hard
work has paid off with lower golf
"I'm very excited about going
to regional. I'm glad Corey got to
go to regional as a senior."
Watson said he'll be battling
butterflies a little when he tees off
Tuesday. However, he said he has
to keep his mind on business in
order to shoot a good score.
"I'm sure I'll be a little nervous.
I'm sure after the first shot all the
jitters will come out and I'll put in
a good round," he noted.
Other members on the team
are Tyler Finney, Richard Done
gan, Tim Gray, Tony Devoss, Jus-
tin Morgan and Tyler Platt.

I I I li atI I

How Okee opponents did
SsC Ores Jupiter Christian defeated John Carroll 41-27, Avon Park defeated
Labelle 40-0. Sebring was idle. Sebastian River was idle. Glades Day
District 13A Standings lost to American Heritage Delray Beach 35-20. Fort Pierce lost to Trea-
13-4A Standigs sure Coast 19-0. Westwood defeated Port St. Lucie 55-0. Jensen Beach

Okeechobee 2-
Westwood 2
Sebastian R. 1-
Fort Pierce 1-
Jensen Bch 0-
Martin Cnty 0-
District play
Isaac Virgin of
accounted for
in the Panthers
Port St. Lucie.

'-L All PF V A
0 5-1 235 126
0 61 219 104
1 3-3 110 123
1 2-3 131 196
2 2-4 124 174
2 0-6 88 219
er of the week,
Westwood. He
five touchdowns
55-0 victory over

was idle. Martin County lost to
Okee statistics (6 games)
Passing G Att
Garret Madrigal 6 77
Rushing G Att
Lonnie Pryor 6 146
Shane Taggart 6 19
Garrett Madrigal 6 19
Erick McQueen 6 17
Kerwin Givens 2 2
Kareem Jones I 1
Walt Fortner 6 1
Totals 6 210

Deltona 48-14. Clewiston was id

737 9


Mike Minondo
Lonnie Pryor
Nate Pollard
Walt Fortner
Shane Taggart
Sam Dixon
Kareem Jones
Curtis Everett
Erick McQueen

G No. Yds Avg
6 5 100 20.0
6 6 66 11.0
6 7 132 18.9
6 15 266 17.7
6 3 27 9.0
6 2 58 29.0
1 1 21 21.0
1 1 1 1.0
6 1 8 8.0
6 41 679 16.5

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