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Vol. 99 No. 270 Sunday, October 26, 2008 75 Plus tax


Kids Fishing
tournament today
The 23rd Annual Kids Day
Fishing Tournament will be
sponsored by the Taylor Creek
Bass Club on Oct. 26 at the
Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center
from 1 to 3 p.m. The tourna-
ment is free and open to chil-
dren ages 4 to 14. The event is
sponsored by the Taylor Creek
Bass Club.

OHS reunion 1950
through 1959
A reunion will be held for
those that graduated or were
in Okeechobee High School
in the 1950s. The event will
be held Nov. 8 at the Shrine
Club. If you know someone
who should be invited send
that name to Betty Williamson,
P.O. Box 248, Okeechobee, FL,
34973. Also if you are eligible
and have changed your address
in the past five years please let
them know so you can have
more information sent to you.
The occasion is sponsored by
the Okeechobee Historical So-
ciety and any profit will assist
with projects such as two $500
scholarships given each year to
a deserving senior female and
male student.

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

Drought Index

Current: 496
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

14.88 feet
Last Year: 10.20 feet

ASon ored By:

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

Amendment 2 defines marriage

Fourth in a series

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Of the six amendments to the
Florida Constitution on the ballot
for the general election, Amend-
ment 2, entitled the Florida Mar-
riage Protection Amendment has
received the most attention from
citizens in Florida after the other
controversial education amend-
ments were taken off the ballot.
A summary of the amend-
ment from the Florida League of

Cities reads that "Amendment 2
would place into the Florida Con
stitution language that defines
"marriage" as "the legal union of
only one man and one woman."
The amendment would further
prohibit the state from recogniz-
ing any other legal union that is
treated as marriage or the equiv
alent of such a relationship."
This amendment was pro-
posed by a citizen initiative by
means of a petition and is spon-
sored by the Florida4Marriage.
Other Supporters are the

Florida Family Association and
Opponents to Amendment
2 include the Florida Red and
Blue, Florida American Civil Lib-
erties Union (ACLU), American
Federation of Labor-Congress of
Industrial Organizations (AFL-
CIO), National Association for
the Advancement of Colored
People (NAACP) of Florida, Uni-
tarian Church, Florida Profes-
sional Firefighters, and generally
the gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and
trans-gender community, and

These horses need homes: And love

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Maggie, a 14 year old thoroughbred who suffered from severe neglect needs a good
home. However, due to the condition of her health it will be a while before she is able
to be adopted.

Local horse rescue seeks

adoptive homes for equines

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Horses are among the vic-
tims of the current economic
Horse owners are feeling
the pinch of problems with the
economy and the rising cost of
animal feed. The price of corn
rose sharply in the past two
years due to the use of corn
for ethanol production. Other
grains also became more ex-
pensive when more farm land
was switched to production of
corn for ethanol.
Some folks who simply can
no longer afford to care for
their horses are surrendering
them to horse rescue and horse
adoption groups.

The maintenance of a horse
can cost $75 to $100 a month.
It has become more difficult
to sell horses, as more horse
owners put their animals up for
With feed bills rising, more
and more people are surren-
dering their horses to horse
rescue organizations such as
the one run by Sue Bonham in
Viking properties.
"They are a product of our
environment," Mrs. Bonham
said of the horses. "We have
made them dependent on us."
Mrs. Bonham has been
keeping rescue horses for
about one year. Before that she
worked -- and still works -- with
a friend who has a horse rescue
organization in Fellsmere. To-

gether they have placed more
than 100 horses in new homes.
She does it out of the goodness
of her heart and love of the ani
mals. Some people surrender
their horses voluntarily when
they see they cannot properly
care for them. Some horses
are surrendered after threats of
turning the owners over to ani-
mal control for animal cruelty.
"The most important thing
is attention, they feel they can't
trust people," she said of hors-
es that have been mistreated by
Mrs. Bonham's goal is to
have unwanted horses adopt-
ed. The adoptions are free. The
person wishing to adopt must
See Horses Page 13

According to the Florida
League of Cities, arguments for
the amendment are as follows:
Marriage must be defined
as the union of one man and one
woman in the Florida Constitu-
tion because the courts could
one day rule that Florida laws
defining marriage are unconsti
Amendment 2 does not
prevent the government or pri-
vate companies from providing
certain employee benefits.
Arguments against Amend-
ment 2 are as follows:

Amendment 2 would limit
the rights of domestic partner-
ships and their ability to share
health-care and pension ben-
Amendment 2 is an unnec-
essary intrusion into the private
lives of Floridians;
Amendment 2 allows the
government to make decisions
that are best left to individuals
and their families; and
Same sex marriage is al-
ready illegal in Florida law.
According to a press release
See Marriage Page 2

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Students in the Okeechobee
County School district will be
attending school on Tuesday,
Nov. 11, Veterans Day due to the
make-up day that was approved
by the school board at their
meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 9.
Make-up days due to Tropi-
cal Storm Fay were sched-
uled for Tuesday, Nov. 11,
and Wednesday, Nov. 26. Two
school days were missed due
to Tropical Storm Fay which
required shelters to open in
two of the district schools on
the second and third days of
school. These days were previ-
ously scheduled off for Veterans

Day and a Fall Break Day prior
to Thanksgiving respectively.
There has been some com-
munity concern about the stu-
dents attending school on Vet-
erans Day, rather than having
the day off to be able to attend
ceremonies to honor veterans.
Veteran Ricky Greene was
injured in the current war.
"This is a disgrace to all that
have been in the war and are in
the war and those with family
and/or friends in the war," he
stated. "This holiday should be
recognized and honored."
School officials counter that
while Veterans Day should defi-
See Veterans Page 2

Horner wants

lower taxes

less government

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
"I think the less government
in people's life the better," said
Mike Horner, the Republican
candidate for the District 79
House of Representatives seat
being vacated by Frank Attkis-
Mr. Horner will be facing
Okeechobee County resident
Ray O. Worley (D) for the seat

in the Nov. 4 election. Dis-
trict 79 consists of Osceola,
Okeechobee and a portion of
Polk counties.
The Osceola County resident
said he's also against more tax
es and wants to see illegal im
migrants handled more sternly.
Mr. Horner, a husband and
father of a young son, said in
an interview that one of the first
See Homer Page 13


Classifieds......................... 12-13
Community Events.... ....... 6
Crossword ..................... ...... 13
Lifestyles 3
Obituaries 6
Opinion 4
Speak Out ......... ........ 4
Sports 15-16
Sudoku 13
Weather 2
See Page 2 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.
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IRS has unclaimed money

for some local residents

Refund checks
returned as
The U.S. Internal Revenue
Service has recently released
lists of names of persons whose
income tax refund checks as
well as in some cases, govern
ment stimulus checks have
been returned as undeliverable.
These funds have been sent to
"dead mail" with no one to
claim them.
Seventy-five Okeechobee
County residents were listed
by the IRS as residents of the

county, at least when they filed
for their income taxes for 2007.
The average amount of each of
the local checks is $525 with a
total amount for the county of
The names and zip codes
listed below should contact
the IRS to collect their refund/
stimulus checks.
Abueqab, Ali, N. 34974
Alderman, Cynthia G.
Bass, Crystal L. & Bruce -
Bass, Nathan R. & Causetta
L. 34974
Benites, Pedro 34972

Brown, Molly S. 34974
Burton, Amanda N 34974
Candelario 34972
Chavez, Manuel 34972
Chivari, Edward 34972
Conn, Jarelle N. 34974
Crosby, Joe G. Sr. 34974
Crum, Andy D. 34974
Curry, Jody M. 34974
Draughon, John D. -34974
Ekstein, Daniel J. 34974
Elder, Joshua 34972
Faison, Derrion V 34972
Ores, Jose 34972
Fonseca, Ayana 34974
Fox, Michelle A. -34974
See IRS Page 2

Submitted photo/Teresa Chandler
Teen dance
Don Patel, Pier II Resort hosted the teen dance organized
by Teresa Chandler on Oct. 19. Teens enjoyed hip hop mu-
sic, pizza, soda and smoothies. Games included a hoola
hoop and "wrap your partner in tissue" contests. Over
80 children attended raising close to $500. All proceeds
will benefit the American Red Cross. A special thank you
to local businesses for their generous support: Publix,
Dominos Pizza and Ding-A-Ling Deli. Thanks also goes
to DJ Billy Dean and all of the volunteers who made it run
smoothly! For more information on future local fundraiser
events, please call 863-697-6819.




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Schools plan

Veterans Day


2 Okeechobee News, Sunday, October 26, 2008

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by the League of Women Voters
of Florida, they oppose the "so
called Florida Marriage Protection
Amendment," because it would:
(1) Prohibit all domestic partner-
ships (between opposite sex and
same sex partners), as well as
gay marriage; (2) Discriminate
against life partners who wish to
enjoy the legal, economic and
administrative benefits of a legally
recognized relationship but can-
not or do not wish to marry; (3)
Contravene accepted League of
Women Voters principles of so
cial, economic and health justice.
They go on to explain that "the
language of the 'Marriage Protec-
tion' amendment precludes rec-
ognition of any legal union that
is 'treated as marriage or the sub-
stantial equivalent thereof' other
than heterosexual marriage. By
its terms, this language prohibits
legal recognition of both gay mar
riage and any form of domestic

Continued From Page 1

nitely be honored as a holiday for
our current, former and fallen
Veterans, many times children
are not an overwhelming pres-
ence at the official Veterans Day
Ceremony in Veterans Park. By
having school on this day, this al-
lows children to be placed into
the environment to learn about
Veterans Day and its importance.
District schools are busy organiz-
ing events and creating displays
to celebrate Veterans Day.
The Okeechobee High School
will hold their Veterans Day pro
gram on Tuesday, Nov. 11. The
program will be coordinated by
the FFA Chapter and also includes
the participation of the OHS
JROTC Cadets.
Due to planning and schedul-
ing the event prior to the sched-
uling change the Okeechobee
Freshman Campus will hold their
program at the R.O.C. on Friday,
Nov. 14. They had previously
scheduled the use of the facility
prior to the make-up days being
Yearling Middle School has
their Veterans Day program
scheduled for Monday, Nov. 10.
Osceola will have a school wide
presentation of a DVD on Tues
day, Nov. 11, that they received
from Veterans Affairs in Washing-
ton D.C.
North Elementary School is
creating a school-wide display
made up of forms that students
have filled out to tell about a per-
son they know who has served
in the armed forces. They will be

Continued From Page 1
Garcia, Domingo & Maria 34972
Garcia, Pablo P. 34973
Giles, Jessica L. 34972
Gomez, Esmeralda 34973
Hansen, Melissa 34974
Harden, Franklin G., Jr. 34974
Hartwick, Bryan K. 34972
Hayes, Donald A. Jr. -34972
Hazellief, Travis D. 34972
Hearn, Jennifer J. 34974
Herrera-Hernandez, Rigoberto 34972
Ibarra, Santiago 34972
Irby, Rebecca 34973
Jaime, Juan 34972
Johnson, Archie V & Debbie L. 34974
Johnson, Howard, Jr. 34972
Jones, Phyllis -34972
Landaverde, Felipe & Lus Del
Carme 34972
Lenker, James S. & Dolores J. -34972
Leon, Eduardo & Rubicella Al-
manza -34972
Leyva, Benjamin 34972
Lunsford, Richard L. & Nita R. 34974
Macedo, Alejandro 34972
Martin, Amber. -34974
Mathis, Barbara. 34973
Maynard, Gregory C. 34974
Mcbride, Johnathan L. 34972
Mccall, Julia M. 34974
Morton, Margorie K. -34974
Mullins, Charles M.- 34974
Orozco, Marbella 34972
Osorio, Rafael M. 34972
Palmer, Nancy A. 34974
Perrine, Bradley A. 34974
Portocarrero, Carlos A. 34972
Ramirez, Francisco 34974
Rittenberry, Elmer D. & Betty -34974
Ryan, Mary A. 34972
Sanders, Candas N. 34974
Schuler, Mary E. 34974
Sergel, Teresa E. 34974
Sills, Timothy -34973
Slayton, Brian L. 34912
Stanfield, James G. Iii 34972
Stas, Joseph W 34974
Strasser, Patricia L. 34974
Thompson, Rachel -34974
Toranzo, Miguel A. 34974
Trujillo, Gloria 34972
Wallace, Ellen 34974
Wiles, Cynthia -34972
Williams, Clinton C. Jr. 34972
Wilson, Robert E 34972
Local residents on the list or
those who know where to get in
touch with someone on the list,
are asked to contact the IRS on-
line at or by phone
at 1-866-234-2942 for Govern-
ment Stimulus Checks or 1-800
829-1954 for income tax refund

partnership, whether between
persons of the same or opposite
President Dianne Wheatley-
Giliotti states that "The League of
Women Voters has long held that
no person or group should suffer
legal, economic or administrative
discrimination. The League of
Women Voters of Florida believes
that all life partners in Florida
should be able to advocate for
their loved ones in health care
settings and participate in end-of
life decisions. By prohibiting rec-
ognition of any legal union that
is treated as marriage or its sub-
stantial equivalent, the so-called
"Marriage Protection" amend
ment would prevent this."
Vice-President Terry A. Coble
stated, "The League believes that
our government should promote
social and economic justice. Both
marriage and domestic partner-
ship confer significant economic
and legal benefits. The 'Marriage
Protection' amendment would
prevent people from entering into
private relationships that protect
them economically and legally."

able to add pictures, branch of
service, etc.
South Elementary School is
also honoring friends and family
members of their students by plac
ing their names on red, white and
blue hands and creating a display
in the cafeteria as a salute to all
Veterans. Individual classrooms
are also doing other activities
such as learning about symbol-
ism of flags, reading "Someone to
Thank" and other projects.
SES will also have a short play
which will be put on by the South
Singers and the Student Coun-
cil on Veterans Day at 2:10 p.m.
in the courtyard for the entire
Central Elementary School is
also taking part in honoring the
family members of their students
who are Veterans by inviting them
to lunch and adding their names
to red, white and blue stars to be
placed on their "Hero's Wall of
Honor." The Student Council will
also offer a special tribute on the
morning news.
Everglades Elementary School
will have their Veterans Day Pro-
gram at 2:15 p.m. on Veterans
Day. Seminole Elementary School
will hold their Veterans Day pro-

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According to the Yes2Marriage.
org web-site, "Amendment 2 does
one thing and one thing alone. It
defines marriage as the union of
one man and one woman, but it
does not prohibit the government
or private companies from ex-
tending benefits to whoever they
The site goes on to explain
that the Florida Supreme Court
has ruled that Amendment 2 con-
cerns the "single subject" of mar-
riage and simply takes the existing
state marriage law and places it
into the constitution having simi-
lar effect. "Most amendments do
something new. Amendment 2
does nothing new but simply pro
tects something long-standing,
something precious, and some-
thing beautiful," says the Yes2-
Marriage organization.
The organization states that
due to actions such as in Massa-
chusetts and in California, where
activist judges have re-written
marriage laws and ignored the
will of the people by legalizing
same sex marriages, now there
is a national movement to do this

gram which is conducted by
their Student Council officers and
their music teacher and guidance
counselor. During the program
students read poems, sing songs
and hold a moment of silence for
fallen Veterans.
Parents are also generally in-
vited to these programs at the
schools so that they too can show
their support to their children on
Veterans Day.
According to the Veterans Af-
fairs web site, "because there is
no legal requirement that schools
close on Veterans Day, individual
states or school districts are free
to establish their own policies
on school closings. Most schools
that do not close for Veterans Day
schedule assemblies or other ac
tivities to honor America's veter
ans on Veterans Day and through-
out the week that includes
Veterans Day."
According to the Assistant Su-
perintendent for Instruction Ken
Kenworthy, districts are required
to provide 180 days of instruction
causing the need to designate
make-up days. Sept. 1, was also
designated as a holiday, however,
being within two weeks of the
storm the Superintendent did not

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all over the country which is why
27 states have passed state con-
stitutional amendment to protect
Also, in the next six months,
four of the seven members of the
Florida Supreme Court will be re-
placed by Governor Charlie Crist
completely changing the make
up of the Florida high Court. What
happened in California could eas-
ily happen here in Florida over the
next year according to proponents
of this amendment. Amendment
2 protects the definition of mar-
riage from activist judges.
Proponents of the amendment
also believe that Amendment 2
does not take away any rights or
benefits from Florida's domestic
partnerships or any other shared
living arrangement. They explain
that homosexuals already have
full contract rights under Florida
law and access to estate planning
tools just as every other citizen.
Amendment 2 does not affect
these existing rights.
Source: www.Yes2Marriage.
org;; and www.

have time to seek official permis-
sion from the Board to alter the
calendar to utilize that day as a
make-up day.
The make up days needed to be
scheduled in the first semester to
meet the number of instructional
hours for one half credit accord
ing to Mr. Kenworthy. The semes-
ter ends on Dec. 19. Extending
the semester would have caused
students to return after the winter
break to face final examinations.
The district officials felt it was not
a sound instructional practice to
subject students to exams when
they were out of school for seven
teen days.
Also, Winter Break is not just
for students and families to have
a break from school. It is also
necessary for maintenance work
to be done as well as deep clean-
ing of carpets, waxing floors, and
other jobs that cannot be done
when students are present.

Diamond Litty's
taxpayer money,

Okeechobee Forecast

Today: A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 2pm. Most-
ly cloudy, with a high near 78. North northwest wind between 5 and
10 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 59. Calm wind becom-
ing northwest around 5 mph.

Extended Forecast
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 81. North northwest wind be
tween 5 and 10 mph.
Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 51. North north-
west wind between 5 and 10 mph.
Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 74. North northwest wind
around 10 mph.
Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 47. North north-
west wind between 5 and 10 mph.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 75. North northwest wind
around 5 mph.


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Submitted photo/Toni Doyle
Local Mixer
This Month' Main Street Mixer was hosted by Annie's Consignment and Mike's Okeecho-
bee Guns. Others at the event are Paulette Whipple, Gail Adams and Annie Gibbens of
Annie's Consignment. Mike O'Connor of Mike's Okeechobee Guns, Main Street Executive
Director, Toni Doyle, President, Maureen Burroughs, Dr. Trini Garcia and Maureen Budjin-
ski enjoyed all the fun of this month's Main Street Mixer.

Local realtors gather

for monthly meeting


McDowell -

Artley Curt and Deborah Mc-
Dowell of Okeechobee are proud
to announce the engagement of
their daughter Brittney Dawn Mc
Dowell to Richard David Chance
Jr. of Okeechobee.
The prospective groom is the
son of Richard Chance and Dina
Kay of Okeechobee.
The wedding is planned for
Nov. 1, 2008 in Okeechobee.
The bride-to-be is a 2006 grad-
uate of Okeechobee High School.
She attends Indian River State
The groom is a 2002 graduate
of Okeechobee High School. He

Submitted photo
Brittney Dawn McDowell and Richard David Chance, Jr.

attended Indian River State Col-
lege. He is employed as a delivery
driver with Southern Eagle Dis-

After the wedding the couple
will reside in Okeechobee.

Local Broker/realtors gathered on Oct. 9, over breakfast to discuss the
sellers/buyers in the real estate crunch.

Submitted photo
best way to help area

Okeechobee Brokers and Re
alors gathered on Oct. 9, for their
monthly breakfast meeting. The
group has taken a proactive ap-
proach in representing local sell
ers and buyers. A comment form
used at each of the local show-
cased homes has begun to show
some results. Those in attendance
at the breakfast meeting included:

Asha Dave', daughter of Ro
hit and Janet Dave' and lifelong
resident of Okeechobee, will be
anchoring this
year's Growl
News Live.
GN L is a part of
Gator Growl,
the Univer-
sity of Florida's
pep rally. It 9 41
is the largest
student-run Asha Dave'
pep rally in the
nation, and brings together over
60,000 Gator alumni, students
and future Gators each year.

Vicki Anderson, Goolsby Realty
Co., Julie Turner, United Country,
Lori Mixon, Tucker Group, Velva
Cannon, Exit Realty, Max Ayala,
Preferred Properties, Carol Coo-
per, Chobee Realty, Kathy Lancast-
er, Chobee Realty, Kathy Godwin,
Preferred Properties, Pat Goolsby,
Goolsby Realty Co., Eric Anderson,
Goolsby Realty Co., Barbara Yates-

Gator Growl 2008: Road to the
Swamp will feature the Steve
Miller Band and comedian Jon
Asha is currently a junior at
the University of Florida study-
ing Telecommunications. She
is also involved in the Baptist
Collegiate Ministries and is Vice
President of the National Broad-
casting Society.
Asha was selected to anchor
GNL out of over 60 hopefuls.
She is excited and honored to
anchor Growl News Live, Friday,
Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. in The Swamp.
Let the Gator Growl.




Lacey Bruner of Okeechobee
and Cody Skelton of Chiefland
are proud to announce the birth
of their daughter, Bryleigh Rhea
She was born Sept. 30, 2008 at
North Florida Regional in Gaines-
ville. She weighed 8 lbs 1 ounces
and was 20 1/2 inches long at
Bryleigh was welcomed home
by friends and family.
Maternal grandparents are:
Pam and James Bruner of

Bobby Allen

Crystal Lynn Hayes and
Charles Adam Staton are proud
to announce the birth of their son
Bobby Allen Staton.
He was born Oct. 19, 2008
at Martin Memorial in Stuart. He
weighed 8 lbs 11 ounces and was
19 inches long at birth.
Bobby was welcomed home
by his big brother, Marcus Aus-
tin Staton; Aunts, Sursha Ann
Hayes, Allison Louise Hayes, and
Kelly Staton; uncles, Donald Aus-
tin Hayes Jr., Kenneth Matthew
Staton and Jason Marcus Staton;
cousins, Shane, Jorden, Diego,
Brandon, Jasmine, Serenity, Han-

Bryleigh Rhea

Submitted photo

Paternal grandparents are: Bill
and Cindy Skelton of Chiefland.
Great grandparents are: Martha
and Charlie Murphy (Old Town),
Elsie and George Wix (Trenton)
Phyllis Skelton (New York).

Glover, Exit Realty, Jayla Townes,
Preferred Properties.


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it is more about living and coping with a
terminal illness of someone you love
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After 20 Years in Okeechobee,


I've enjoyed providing fine jewelry &
services to the Okeechobee area for the
past 20 years, but the business has not
left me much time to enjoy my
\grandchildren & leisure actii cities.
Before I retire, I want to thank my loyal

Submitted photo
Bobby Allen Staton
na, Autumn and Jayla.
Maternal grandparents are:
Helen Louse Hayes and Donald
Austin Hayes Sr.
Paternal grandparents are:
Vicki Hill-Staton and Marcus
Lenard Staton.

Dave' to anchor

'Growl News'

OPINION Okeechobee News, Sunday, October 26, 2008

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can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
HALLOWEEN: Okeechobee has killed Halloween. Most people
do not prepare for trick-or-treaters because they figure they will all
go to the Ag center. Which is a total pain, standing in line to trick or
treat. I was born in Miami, even there no kid ever got a razor blade in
an apple, candy laced with drugs, or any of those urban legends you
hear about. Do you think that something has changed that there are
suddenly more child molesters looking to just grab kids off the streets
out there now than there was 20-30 years ago? No, there are the same
percentages we just hear about it more now. The information age. It
is a shame that in a few years kids in Okeechobee will have no idea
what trick-or-treating is.
HOLIDAY: There is an easy way to help bring back the fun of the
Halloween holiday. If you want trick-or-treaters to come to your door,
put a Jack O'Lantern out. If you don't want to carve one, you can get
a plastic one that lights up. If the kids see a Jack O'Lantern, then they
know they are welcome to trick-or-treat at your house. If they don't
see one, they go on to the next house. And anyone who does not
want to celebrate Halloween with trick-or-treaters, just don't put out
a Jack O'Lantern. And when you run out of candy, or want to go to
bed, blow out the candle or turn off the light.
FESTIVAL: I see no reason why we can't have the festival at the
Agri-Civic Center and trick-or-treating too. Not everyone has transpor-
tation to go to the Agri-Civic Center. It's more fun to just walk around
your own neighborhood. For those who don't have any houses close
by, or if your neighbors don't celebrate Halloween, going to the fes-
tival is probably a better choice. Let each neighborhood and each
family decide what they want to do.
ELECTORAL COLLEGE: My first beef with the Electoral College
system is that it was created for a different time. As I said on another
thread, the Founding Fathers created it as a fail-safe against the will
of the people whom many feared could be too easily swayed. Origi-
nally, the Senators were also not directly elected by the people but
rather by the state legislatures again another example of the FF's
wish to protect the elite and the good of the nation as they saw it.
Strike one against democracy. Second, in most states the slate of elec-
tors do nothing more than vote for the candidate for whom they were
chosen. They serve no purpose because they are usually picked by
their loyalty to the party or the candidate. There has not been one
election where the electors changed their vote to give it to another
candidate. So that begs the question, why have them? Which leads to
point three -the one I see as the biggest reason. We have had three
elections in which the people's choice for president lost to the win-
ner of the electoral college system -- 1876, 1888, 2000 because of the
mathematical anomalies that exist within the system. The winner of
the electoral college won because of an "error" existent in the system
- not because the people wanted it that way. Strike two against de-
mocracy. Point 4. And what if no one reaches a majority of electoral
votes? It goes to the House/Senate to decide, in other words, not to
the people. These politicians then get to decide, based on party loy-
alty of course, who will be President/Vice President. There is no run
off. Strike three against democracy. Point 5. Candidates attempt to
focus only on small segments of a state's population in order to win
the state's electoral votes, leaving out many states and their respective
populations which are seen as "solid" for one side or the other. This
also allows a minority slice of a state's population to dominate the
state's popular vote outcome. Strike four against democracy. Point
6. There are better alternatives out there that can ensure the people
have their say.
A REPUBLIC: Emphatically, the Founding Fathers did not want
and hoped to forever prevent the creation of a democracy in America.
The merit of our Constitution is that it does not promote democracy
but checks it. Why? As Alexander Hamilton wrote in "The Federalist
No. 15" "the passions of men will not conform to the dictates of
reason and justice, without constraint." They heeded the warning of
the Roman statesman Cicero that without checks and balances, a
monarchy becomes despotism, aristocracy becomes oligarchy, and
democracy becomes mob rule, chaos and dictatorship. On May 31,
1787, Edmund Randolph told the members of the constitutional con
vention that their object was "to provide a cure for the evils under
which the United States labored; that in tracing these evils to their ori-
gin every man found it in the turbulence and trials of democracy..."
Likewise, Alexander Hamilton stated to the convention, "It has been
observed that a pure democracy, if it were practicable, would be the
most perfect government. Experience has proven that no position is
more false than this. The ancient democracies in which the people
themselves deliberated never possessed one good feature of gov-
ernment. Their very character was tyranny; their figure deformity."
James Madison wrote: "...democracies have ever been spectacles of
turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with
personal security, or the rights of property; and have in general been
as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths." After
having experienced the abuses of a monarchy followed by the abus-
es of democracy, it was the intent of the Founding Fathers to benevo-
lently restrain the will of the people. They did so by placing checks
upon democracy in the prescribed manner of choosing the represen-
tatives of the people. In the original Constitution, the members of the
House of Representatives are chosen by the People; the members of
the Senate by the state legislatures; and the President by the Electoral
College. While all political power ultimately derived from the people,
each branch of government answered to an essentially different con
stituency from that of the others, and was thus considered less liable
to fall victim to the same errors, the same impulses, or the same cor-
rupting influences. The word "democracy" does not even appear in
either the Declaration of Independence or the U.S. Constitution. More
so, Article 4, Section 4 of the Constitution states: "The United States
shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of
Government." The Pledge of Allegiance likewise states "...and to the
Republic for which it stands..."
SIDEWALKS: People complain about kids walking in the road.
But there are no sidewalks. They are forced to walk in the road to
get to the school bus stop. I think the county should require all new
developments to include sidewalks, and also start a program to add
sidewalks to all existing subdivisions. With the high price of gas,
people will have to walk more, ride bikes, etc. Make sidewalks man
datory on all new subdivisions. Besides, a community just looks so
much more inviting when there are sidewalks.
OBAMA: What Joe Biden said about Obama being tested in his
first six months, and how things are going to happen that we won't
like really bothers me. It's like he knows something that the rest of
us don't and he's trying to send a message in code or something. I
am really worried about what is going to happen to this country after
this election.
COACHES: Regarding the comments on how the coaches dress
at the games, when did Okeechobee get fashion police? Are these
folks watching a little too much of the Bravo channel? Get over it
and watch the game. The Brahmans are doing a great job. It's a foot-
ball game, not a business meeting and not a fashion show. Go Brah
TAX LOOPHOLES: I think it was great that Mr. Sherman has re-
classified these 7 properties from ag exemption back to normal tax
base. I do not know if you people realize it, but just the two properties
on 441 SE have put more than a $2 million back on the tax rolls. Now
that the appraiser has set a precedent, I think it is our job as taxpayers
to investigate any other properties in your area that are suspicious.
The appraisers office does not have the time or man power to look
into this problem. With the help of
we can investigate any property. If we pitch in maybe the county can
keep their high level of service and attract new employees with higher
pay. Along the way we could possibly reduce our property taxes.
PROPERTY TAXES: I think it is great that we are seeing the system
in action. Citizens pointed out the problem. The newspaper, tipped
by the citizens, investigated and wrote articles, letting the commu-
nity know what was going on. The newspaper readers, alerted to the
problem, put pressure on their elected officials. The elected officials
resolved the problem. This is not the time to stop. Keep research

ing and when you find things that need to be investigated, post on or email Mr. Gawda at the newspaper or both. We all
know that due to the economy, the paper had to cut back on the
number of editions they print each week. But they have shown that
they will go after important issues like this with a little help from the
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME: In 2008, daylight time begins on
March 9 and ends on Nov. 2.
AMENDMENT 1: Back in the day, when Chinese immigrants were
being brought in to do things like build our railroads, they were told
they would never be eligible for citizenship. Folks wanted to be sure
they wouldn't stick around, so they passed laws that said that anyone
who is ineligible for citizenship could never own real property (real
estate). Every other state in the nation has either removed their simi-
lar law or amended their constitution to get rid of it. It has never been
enforced against anyone but Chinese, and has not been enforced in
the last hundred years or so. It's embarrassing to be the only state in
the nation with such a stupid rule. It has absolutely nothing to do with
today's immigration policies. The amendment deserves a Yes vote.
GREEN MARKET: Okeechobee Main Street's Farmer's Market is
up and running. Every Thursday from November through April. So
make plans to attend. The time is from 4 7 p.m. So stop by Flagler
Park to shop for your fresh vegetables, honey, fresh seafood, fresh
squeezed orange juice and a variety of other items. If you are hun-
gry, we have some terrific conch fritters, seafood dinners, Seminole
pumpkin bread and much more. So get in your car and join us and
your neighbors in the park and shop. If you would like to participate
in the Farmer's Market please call OKMS 863-357-MAIN.
JOBS GONE: Day by day America is sinking, everybody want's
riches -a big home they can not afford, new cars, living above our
means, and then when we hit bad times, the very rich oil, banks,
mortgage companies are not making big profits, start crying, and
who do they ask for help? The working class -- the ones they have
been ripping off, and do we have any say in the outcome? No.
BAILOUT: I don't know why they are blaming McCain for the
bailout of the banks. Obama voted for it too. The Democrats and the
Republicans did that together.
ELECTORAL COLLEGE: I think it is time for a change. I am in
favor of going to straight popular vote and requiring the winner re
ceive 50 percent plus one vote. If there are three candidates and no
one gets 50 percent plus one, then have a run off. This country was
not founded on the two-party system. I think it would be healthier
to have more choices. A popular vote with a runoff could help ac
complish that.
MAHONEY: Regarding Mahoney and his affairs, I am more con-
cerned about the fact that he doesn't even live in the district he rep-
resents -- he used a horse barn in Glades County as his primary resi-
dence address to qualify to run in this district. His home is in Palm
Beach Gardens which is not in our district.
AMENDMENT 2: 1 prefer not to encourage discrimination. I will
be voting NO NO NO!!
TOUR OF HOMES: Do you enjoy decorating your home for the
Christmas season? Do you like going overboard with your decora
tions and would like to show them off to those who enjoy the Special
Tour of Homes program at Raulerson Hopsital? I am looking for two
more holiday show homes for the program. If you are interested or
would like more information, Call Bill Casian at 824-2702 or e-mail
ELECTORAL COLLEGE: If I recall correctly, in his first election
Clinton had less than 50 percent of the popular vote although he had
enough electoral votes -had that race gone to a runoff, the results
might have been different. Was that race decided by the "will of the

Reflections from the Pulpit

By Elder John Garner
More 2 Life Ministries
Recently, I was informed
about a disease that is affecting
fruit bearing trees in a large por-
tion of the U.S. Apparently, the
problem is a root problem. You
see, on the surface, the tree ap
pears to be healthy, but, under
neath where you can't see, the
root of the tree is being attacked;
eventually disconnecting the tree
from it's root system. Unless
someone takes the time to do a
careful inspection of the fruit the
tree produces, it could take years
to detect the problem. Too long a
delay in dealing with the affected
tree could mean that the tree will
not be able to produce fruit at all.
If the tree is not treated, it will fi
nally die from this disease.
This illustrates very well one
of the real problems affecting
the church today. The church of
America has a serious root prob-
lem. For the church has become
so preoccupied with determine
ing what its purpose is and mak
ing sure that it can appeal to the
ever-widening religious options
that present themselves that it has
become disconnected from the
"root" or core of what the church
is all about, which is and must al
ways be Christ.
Jesus made it very clear that
those who would chose to be His

disciple to "follow" Him, must be
willing to "lose" their life. There is
a fundamental truth in Christianity
that demands that we have to give
it all to Christ, seeking only to live
for Him and through Him. Jesus
demands that we accept the loss
of all things so that we can gain
the life that Christ wants to give to
those who will sell out completely
to Him. This is the only way that
we can stay connected to the root
or core, Jesus. Disconnected from
Christ will mean no fruit for the
Christian, and eventually death.
So what does that mean in
practical terms? It means that we
must seek only to do what Christ
calls us to do. We have to stop
worrying about building the big-
gest and the best and start mak-
ing sure that we are attending to
the needs of the people here in
our mission field of Okeechobee.
It means that we have to make
our top priority being right before
a righteous God.
Let me say it as simply as I
know how: "We must seek to
be men and women of God! We
must seek to live for Christ and
Him only. This is the only way
we will produce the fruit that will
allow the church to flourish and
those who need Christ to desire
to seek Him for Who He really is
and not the sad imitation we pres-
ent way too often.

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Community Calendar

Sunday, Oct. 26
AA. meets from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
AA. 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 OD-
Open Discussion; SS-Step Study; BT-Basic Text; SP-Speaker *The
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12 step
fellowships.NA. Sickest Of The Sick (OD) 7 p.m. OD-Open Discus-
sion; SS-Step Study; BT-Basic Text; SP-Speaker *The Just for Today
Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12 step fellowships.
AA. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open
Foster Parent Orientation will be hosted by the Hibiscus
Children's Center on the last Monday of every month from 6 until 7
p.m. The orientation is for those interested in fostering or adopting in
Okeechobee County. This meeting requires no RSVP and is a question/
answer forum. It will be at the IRCC Okeechobee Campus, 2229 N.W.
Ninth Ave. For information, call the Foster Care Program at 1-800-403-
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at the
Just for Today Club, 101 Fifth Ave. For information call 863-634-4780.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. atthe Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited. For information or to schedule an appearance for
your organization or group, contact Marge Skinner at 863-532-0449.

Monday, Oct. 27
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter 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.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W. Fifth Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972 (Behind Napa Auto Parts),NA. Sickest Of
The Sick (OD) 7 p.m. Open Discussion; SS-Step Study; BT-Basic Text;
*The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12
step fellowships.
AA. 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.
VFW#10539 Ladies Auxiliary lunch and bingo will start at noon
at the Post, 3912 U.S. 441 S.E. Auxiliary members and their guests are
invited. Please R.S.VP. to 863-763-2308.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. atthe Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited. For information or to schedule an appearance for
your organization or group, contact Marge Skinner at 863-532-0449.

Tuesday, Oct. 28
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.
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-
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 AA. Meeting in Basinger: There is now an A.A. meeting in
Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Brethren
Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
Al-Ateen meeting will be held at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W Third St., at 7 p.m. For more information, please call Amy at 863-
763-8531 or Dan 561-662-2799.
Al-Anon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200
N.W Third St., at 8 p.m.
AA. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets 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 Enid Boutrin at 863-
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 invited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For
information, 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
meeting. For information, call Earl at 863-763-0139.
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.
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.
AA. 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.
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
information call 863-357-3053.

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Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Spanish
groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian Church,
3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator. Another
group meets in the Okeechobee County Health Department, 1798
N.W. Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as the group
facilitator. There is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m. with Shirlean
Graham as the facilitator. For information, call 863-763-2893.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W. Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, FL 34972, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) A.A. Grapevine
Group Open Discussion at 6:30 p.m.; NA. Nowhere Left To Go Group
8 p.m. *The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with
any 12 step fellowships.
AA. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
701 S.W Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
NA. meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee,
101 Fifth Ave. For information call 863-634-4780.
Bingo at the Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge. Food will be served at
5 p.m. and bingo starts at 6 p.m. Public is welcome.

Okeechobee News, Sunday, October 26, 2008 5

Okeechobee's Most Wanted

Alleged speeder charged with felony

Alieta Aleen Gama
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
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.
Alieta Aleen, 31, aka Brian

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The State of Florida reported
a large increase in the number
of people that hold concealed
weapons and firearm licenses in
the past year in a report issued
by the Florida Department of Ag-
riculture last week.
There are 1,278 permits is-
sued to Okeechobee residents.
The State reported they received
142 new applications from
Okeechobee residents between
July 1, 2007 and June 30, 2008.
There were 46 new applications
from July 1, 2008 until Septem-

David Yoder

Becky Cook

White, Manford
Clifford White;
Black male; No
known address;
Wanted for fail-
ure to appear
on bail rob-
bery with other
Gama Chavez, Estavan
31, Arson. Vilegas-
David Yo- Urblna
der, 26; FTA -
Poss Methadone, FTA DWLS.
Becky Cook, 28, Third De-
gree Grand Theft.
Estavan Villegas-Urbina,
21, Robbery.

ber 30, 2008.
The state report stated only
three of the applications were
Sheriff Paul May and Under
Sheriff Noel Stephen said they
could not recall any crime in
Okeechobee that involved a
holder of a concealed weapons
Glades County has 197 per-
mits issued. The state has re-
viewed 10 new applications
since July 1. Between July 1,
2007, and June 30, 2008, the
state received 24 new applica-
tions from Glades County.

Law Enforcement Calls

The Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office received the following
calls from Friday, Oct. 17, through
Thursday, Oct. 23:
Oct. 17
child abuse in the 2800 block
of U.S. 441 N.
burglary in the 4700 block of
U.S. 98 N.
theft in the 6600 block of
N.W 30th St.
Oct. 18
theft in the 4200 block of S.E.
42nd Place
theft in the 3800 block of S.E.
12th Drive
assault in the 2700 block of
N.W 34th Ave.
vandalism in the 1100 block
of N.W. 102nd St.
sexual battery in the 3000
block of S.E. 20th Court
burglary in the 32000 block
of U.S. 441 N.
Oct. 19
stolen vehicle in the 3500
block of U.S. 441 S.
burglary in the 4000 block of
S.E. 26th St.
Oct. 20
theft of copper in the 10000
block of N.E. Third Ave.
theft of air conditioner on
S.E. 42nd Place
assault in the 1100 block of

N.E. 39th Blvd.
burglary in the 4700 block of
S.E. 30th St.
burglary in the 1900 block of
S.E. 43rd Trace
assault in the 3900 block of
N.W Seventh St.
Oct. 21
fraud in the 3700 block of
N.W. First St.
vandalism in the 500 block
of N.W 27th Lane
theft in the 3200 block of S.E.
33rd Terrace
Oct. 22
theft in the 12000 block of
N.E. 120th St.
burglary in the 2100 block of
S.E. 24th Blvd.
Oct. 23
assault in the 1700 block of
U.S. 441 N.
forgery in the 700 block of
N.W 36th St.
larceny in the 4700 block of
S.E. 30th St.
burglary in the 1600 block of
U.S. 98 N.
theft in the 400 block of U.S.
98 N.
Editor's Note: Only calls deal-
ing with either a felony or a po-
tential felony are entered into this

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man was ar-
rested on a felony drug charge
Thursday after a deputy tried
unsuccessfully to stop him for
Jose Angel Tapia Solis, 21,
S.W 18th Ave.,
was arrested on
a felony charge
of possession of
cocaine. He was
also arrested on
a misdemeanor
charge of no
valid driver's li-
cense. Jose Angel
Solis was Tapia Solis
booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under a
bond of $6,000.
Around 11:30 p.m. Thursday,
Oct. 23, Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO) deputies
Augustin Saucedo and Paul Jack-
son reportedly saw a white Chev-
rolet truck traveling south on U.S.
98 at a speed of 50 to 60 mph in a
35 mph zone.
As the deputies tried to stop
the truck bearing Kentucky plates,

Arrest Report
The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-
der the influence (DUI) charges by
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
Jeffery Dennis Hewitt, 30,
N.W 30th Ave., Okeechobee,
was arrested Oct. 21 by Deputy
Sergeant J. Royal on an Okeecho-
bee County warrant charging
him with violation of probation -
driving while license suspended
(felony). He is being held without
Shawn Pyper, 34, S.E. 20th
Court, Okeechobee, was arrested
Oct. 21 by DOC's Joseph Crac-
chiola on a charge of violation of
community control driving while
license suspended (habitual of-
fender). He is being held without
Dawn Robinson, 47, S.E.
62nd Drive, Okeechobee, was
arrested Oct. 22 by DOC's Me-
lissa Spencer on a charge of vio-
lation of probation possession
of cocaine. Her bond was set at
Manuel Solis, 30, S.E. 38th
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested
Oct. 23 by Deputy John Ashby on
a charge of driving while license
suspended -habitual offender. His
bond was set at $750.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who is
later found innocent or has had
the charges against them dropped
is welcome to inform this news-
paper. The information will be
confirmed and printed.

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it continued to S.R. 70 where the
operator of the vehicle tried to
turn onto S.R. 70. However, the
vehicle was going so fast that it
went through the intersection and
into an abandoned parking lot,
said an OCSO arrest report.
It was later learned that the
vehicle was being operated by
Deputy Saucedo stated in his
report that the truck then turned
onto S.W 19th Ave., then ran a

stop sign at the intersection of
S.W Second Way and S.W 18th
The vehicle then turned into
a driveway on S.W 18th Ave and
the driver, Solis, stepped out and
began walking toward the deputy
despite orders to stay in the ve-
hicle, stated the report.
Solis was eventually subdued
and arrested.
As the deputies searched the
man for weapons, they reported-

ly found a plastic baggie contain-
ing a suspicious substance in his
pocket. When the substance was
field tested, it indicated a positive
result for the presence of cocaine,
stated the arrest report.
Deputy Saucedo stated in his
report that the suspected cocaine
weighed .5 grams.
The deputies report did not
indicate if Solis was issued traffic
citations for speeding or failing to
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Community Events

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.

BHR VFD to host
spaghetti dinner
BHR VFD will be hosting a spa-
ghetti dinner on Saturday, Nov. 1.
Donation of $5. Call 863-532-9015
or 863-467-8220 for information.

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

First United Methodist
Women sponsor
The First United Methodist
Women of Okeechobee invite you
to attend our Annual Bazaar on
Saturday, Nov. 1 from 8 a.m. until
1 p.m. in the fellowship hall, 200
N.W Second St. in Okeechobee.
There will be a variety of crafts,
quilited items, knives, nuts, baked
goods, white elephant items and
a silent auction. A lunch consist-
ing of soup, sandwiches and des
serts will be available from 11
a.m. until 1 p.m. Proceeds will
go to Mission projects local and
abroad. For information call 863-

Friends of the
Okeechobee Library
Board Election
The election of officers for
the Friends of the Okeechobee
Library Board for the coming year
will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 4
at 4:30 p.m. in the library board
room. The nominations are as
follows: Marion Davis, President;
Jan Fehrman, Vice-President;
Hazel Parnis, Secretary; Renee
Witter Treasurer, Janet McKenna,
Membership Chairman. Nomina-
tions will also be accepted from
the floor. The public is invited to
attend. The board meets the first
Tuesday of the month at 4:30 p.m.
in the Okeechobee Library Board
Room and is open to the public.


Obituaries should be submit
ted to the Okeechobee News by
Customers may also request
photos and links to online guest
books. A link to the obituaries is
available at

Michael H. Awbrey
PIONEER The family of Michael
H. Awbrey, sadly announce his pass
Mike spent the day with his wife,
son. and grandson and peacefully
died after a long, hard-fought battle
with cancer.
Mike and Maude McGill were mar-
ried for 42 years. Mike is Veteran of
the U.S. Marine Corp, serving during
the Vietnam War.
Mike had a life-long career as a
Tool-Man. He worked for Snap-On,
Sun Electric and Mac Tools and
spent his life talking and helping out
the mechanics in his area.
Mike is survived by his beloved
wife, Maude; his two sons, Michael
and Robert; his daughter-in-law, Jer-
ri; and the light of his life, his grand
children, Michael, Brooke and
We will miss his strength, his love
and his stories forever.
There was a gathering for friends
and family Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008,
at the Akin Davis Funeral Home in
Arrangements were handled by
Akin-Davis Funeral Home La Belle

OHS Class of 1979
plans reunion
Join in a celebration at the 30
year reunion of the Class of 1979
for Okeechobee High School on
Friday, Nov. 7. The Class of '79
will gather at the homecoming
football game at 7:30 p.m. Af-
ter the game, they will meet at
Kahootz for refreshments and
to reminisce with old friends.
Saturday, Nov. 8 there will be a
dinner dance at Good Spirits spe-
cial event room. Meet and greet
friends at Happy Hour in the Tiki
bar at 6 p.m., dinner is at 7 p.m.
with dancing afterwards. For in-
formation and tickets go to www. or call
Diane Mitchum Prescott at 863
634-1257. Class of '79 members
are encouraged to spread the
word about the reunion.

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

Class of 99'
reunion planned
Plans are in motion for the
Class of 1999 reunion on the
weekend of Nov. 7-8. For more
information go to www.myspace.
com/OHS1999 or email OHS99-

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

luncheon planned
The new Okeechobee cham-
ber of commerce luncheon will
be on Wednesday, Nov. 12.
Sean Moore with the Small Busi-
ness Development Center will be
speaking. Their services include
Free, confidential one on one
counseling for prospective or cur-
rent business owners. They offer
free, monthly, one day seminars
on Steps to owning a Business,
Business Plans, and Marketing.
The Chamber is donating office
space to the Small Business De-
velopment Center. Do you have a
suggestion for a Chamber logo? If
so email me at candace7@gmail.

Friends of the Library
host book sale
Friends of the Okeeechobee
Library Book Sale will be held at
the library on Thursday, Nov. 13,
from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday,
Nov. 14, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
and on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 10
a.m. to 2 p.m.. Hardcover books
are $2, Paperbacks are $1, Library
discards are half price. On Satur-
day a bag of books is $2 and a
box is $5. For more information
please call the library at 863-763-

OCEA has
membership meeting
The Okeechobee County
Education Association will have
its second General Membership
Meeting of the 2008-2009 school
year on Thursday, Nov. 13, at
4:30 p.m. in the Media Center at
Osceola Middle School, 825 SW
28th St. They will conduct busi
ness, report on the recent annual
FEA Delegate Assembly, and also
address issues of members. If you
are not a member of OCEA, you
may join at the meeting. Door
prizes and refreshments will be
given. Be informed!

Barracudas presents
"Ride for the Troops"
On Nov. 16, Barracudas will
present "Ride for the Troops."
There will be a slow drag race,
weenie bite contest, drawing
prizes, live music, and more. Tick-
ets are available at Barracudas for
$20, includes: t-shirt, drawing tick-
et and ride. All proceeds will be
donated to Military Order of The
Purple Hearts. Run leaves Barra-
cuda's a noon sharp. For more
information call 863-801-6268.

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

YMS collecting
printer cartridges
Yearling Middle School (YMS)
is collecting empty printer and
copy toner cartridges. They are
sent in for credits that go toward
school supplies to be used by all
students. To donate empty printer
or toner cartridges, they can be
dropped off at YMS, 925 N.W.
23rd Lane or at the Stitchin' Post,
620 S. Parrott Ave. Or call Miss
Webb at 863-462-5056 or Linda at
863-467-1484 for free pickup.

Down home
breakfast planned
On Sunday, Oct. 26, 8 a.m. to
11 a.m., The Okeechobee Chap-
ter No. 128 Order of the Eastern
Star and Okeechobee Lodge No.
237, F&AM will host a breakfast at
the Okeechobee Masonic Lodge,
107 NW 5th Ave., Okeechobee.
Breakfast will consist of biscuits
and sausage gravy, eggs, hash
brown casserole, sausage, bacon,
grits, fruit and orange juice and
plenty of hot coffee.

Sour Orange Fest
has new date
Lakeport will have the Sour
Orange Festival on Saturday, Jan.
10, (new date for 2009). They are
looking for vendors, volunteers,
and patrons. If interested call
863-227-4323 or attend the next
Lakeport Community Association
meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 4, at
7:30 at the Community Center.

Low cost
spay/neuter available
Low cost spay/neuter vouch
ers for dogs and cats. Participating
veterinarians in Vero Beach. For
information, call United Humani-
tarians Port St. Lucie volunteer:
772 335-3786. Email: Petscryl@ Okeechobee veteri-
narians are invited to participate.
in this low cost spay/neuter pro-

Historical limited
edition ornaments
on sale
The Okeechobee Retired
Educators will be selling their
third limited edition ornament
for Christmas 2008. Ornaments
are 24k gold on brass, includes a
numbered certificate with histori-
cal information. Ornaments are
$15. Proceeds fund their scholar
ship. The 2008 ornament is the
Old County Courthouse. They
will also have 2007 and 2006 or-
naments available in a limited
quantity for those who wish to get
those. To purchase an ornament
call Gay Carlton at 863-763-5755,
Kay McCool at 863-763-2829, Pau-
lette Whipple at 863-467-2487,
Marion Davis at 863-763-3991 or
Regina Hamrick at 863-763-8865.

State Veterans
nursing homes
Are you a veteran in need of a
nursing home or assisted living fa
cility? The Florida Department of
Veterans Affairs can help you. The
Department operates five veterans
nursing homes and one assisted
living facility throughout the state,
with a new nursing home being
built near St. Augustine. The basic
admission criteria for all of the fa-
cilities is an honorable discharge,
Florida residency for one year pri
or to admission and certification
of need of assisted living facility or
skilled nursing care. The VA Nurs-
ing homes are located in Daytona
Beach, Land O' Lakes, Pembroke
Pines, Springfield (Panhandle)
and Port Charlotte with the VA As-
sisted Living Facility being located
in Lake City. For further informa-
tion on VA nursing homes contact
the County Veteran's Service Of-
ficer, Betsy Grinslade at 863-763-

Historical Society
collects info for book
Mrs. Betty Williamson, from
the Historical Society is in the
process of writing a book about
Okeechobee Women. She is look-
ing for all of the Speckled Perch
Queens from 1968 to recent.
Please call the Chamber of Com-
merce at 863-763-6464 or Betty
Williamson at 863-763-3850 if you
are able to help. The Queens will
be listed in the book.

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Okeechobee News, Sunday, October 26, 2008 7

Rotarians honor OHS student

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee Rotar-
ians honored their student of the
month for October, Bille Jo Free-
man at their luncheon on Tues-
day, Oct. 21.
Ms. Freeman is a senior at
Okeechobee High School. She
is a varsity football cheerleader,
varsity competitive cheerleader
and plays flag-football. She has
coached cheerleaders at local or-
ganizations like the Chobee Bulls
and currently is involved with the
X-Plosion Competitive Cheerlead-
ing squad. She has over 272 vol-
unteer hours working with chil-
dren in the community.
She enjoys helping other
cheerleaders by assisting in cre-
ating routines, teaching cheers
and helping the squads become
better leaders and examples for
their community. She encourages
them to join together with team-
Due to her work and the work
of other cheerleaders, Ms. Free-
man believes that their leader-
ship achievements have brought
forth a positive view of the Varsity
Cheerleading Team.
In volunteering her time to
the community she realized that
helping people made her feel like
a better person and this extended
into her career of choice to work
to become a Registered Nurse.
Ms. Freeman is currently tak-
ing courses in the Health Occupa-
tions program and is involved in
Health Occupational Students of
America (HOSA). She explained
that through her courses in health
science she has realized that help-
ing others helps her have a posi-
tive attitude towards her own life.
Science teacher Catherine
Hyde nominated Ms. Freeman

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Rotarian October Student of the Month, Billie Jo Freeman (center) was honored for her
achievements at the Okeechobee Rotary Club where she was accompanied by her father
Mike Freeman (right) and the OHS principal Toni Wiersma (left).

for this award explaining that she
"is the type of student that every
teacher dreams about. She is very
meticulous and takes her school
work very seriously."
Even with all of the extra-
curricular activities, Ms. Freeman
maintains a 3.8 grade point aver-
The Rotary Student of the
Month program is a project where
the Okeechobee Rotary Club hon-
ors one OHS senior each month
who presents character centered
on the Rotary International mot-

to, "Service Above Self".
This award is not based on ac-
ademic performance alone, but
rather a student's commitment to
their community.
As a Rotary Student of the
Month, one of the students will
be chosen to receive one of the
Rotarian college scholarships that
they present at the end of the aca-
demic year.
The Rotary Student of the
Month is chosen by staff at OHS
for their outstanding achieve-
ments especially regarding "Ser-

vice Above Self."
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wide organization of business and
professional leaders that provide
humanitarian service encourage
high ethical standards in all voca-
tions and help build goodwill and
peace in the world.
For more information on join-
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What: Monthly meeting of the
Okeechobee County Planning
Board/Board of Adjustments and
When: 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 28
Where: Okeechobee County
Health Department Auditorium,
1798 N.W. Ninth Ave.
2001 double-wide manufactured
home meets all requirements and
staff recommends approval. If ap-

Code magistrate
By Pete Gawda Nichols decreed the owner has
Okeechobee News until Nov. 13 to come into com-
As a result of Okeechobee pliance or be fined up to $250 a
As a result of Okeechobee day. Ms. Nichols asked that if the
County Special Magistrate code property changes hands that the
violation hearings held on Tues- new owner be cited for the same
day, Oct. 21 the owners of six violation.
properties could be fined up to Kenneth Goyens ofTampawas
$250 a day for every day of non- cited for doing construction work
compliance if they do not clean without a permit at his N.E. 11th
up their properties by Nov. 13. Street lot. Mrs. Albert stated that
Special magistrate Lois Nichols Mr. Goyens was working with a
also recommended reduction of contractor to obtain the permit.
one fine that had previously been He was given until Nov. 13 to ob-
imposed. tain a permit.
The properties of Javier Tinaje- According to Code Enforce-
ro and Felix Tinajero were found ment Blanca Saucedo, Lawrence
to be in compliance and those Szafraniec of Royal Palm Beach
cases were not heard. The case of has overgrowth, unlicensed/in-
Edward Boyd was not heard be- operable vehicles and junk on his
cause of lack of proper notifica- S.E. 32nd Street property. He was
tion. The case against N & A Real given until Nov. 13 to come into
Estate was continued until next compliance.
month as was the case of Andres Titus Sweat was charged with
Sanchez and Yudaisy Miranda, the operating a lawn mower sale
case of the Cumber Trust and the and repair business in a residen-
case of Everett Lawson. tial area on N.W Sixth Street. He
Code Enforcement Officer claims he does not have a busi-
Beth Albert cited Elbert Kline for ness. He said things piled up be-
having a derelict RV debris and cause the price of scrap metal is
unregistered vehicles on his N.E. down. Ms. Nichols found him in
16th Street property. She said the noncompliance and he was given
property is in foreclosure. Ms. until Nov. 13 to come into compli-

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In the other item on the agenda,
Rukhomani Powmesany, property
owner, and Mark Kornovich, ap-
plicant, have requested a special
exception to allow a sales lot for
new or used recreational vehicles
including park models in a heavy
commercial zoning district on U.
S. 441 S.E. The applicant also op-
erates sales lots in Ocala and Lake

Wales. The property in question
has been used as a sales lot for
manufactured homes and park
models in the past. Staff notes
that all criteria have been met and
recommends approval, subject to
the usual conditions. If approved,
the property would be limited to
no more than seven recreational
vehicles at one time.
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may impose fines

The last case under the head-
ing of new business was that of
Charles Crates who was cited for
outdoor storage on his U.S. 441
S.E. property. Mrs. Albert said he
had done a lot of cleanup since
the original citation. He was given
until Nov. 13 to finish clean up.
In a case that has been go-
ing on for some time, Nix & Nix,
Land I LLC has acquired the nec-
essary permits for construction of
a building they are renovating on
U.S. 98 N.
Because of progress being
made, Donald Bastura was given
until Dec. 11 to come into com-
pliance on his N.W 80th Court
Timothy Crews and Angela
Cross had been given until Oct. 16
to remove a derelict mobile home
and all debris from their N.E. 12th
Lane lot. Mrs. Albert said that
some cleanup has been done and
they have obtained a demolition
permit. They were given until Nov.
13 to come into compliance.
Gilberto and Gladys Sanabria
had accrued a fine of $35,575
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for 1,423 days at $25 a day until
the property came into compli-
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abria claimed he did not know of
the fine and discovered it when
he tried to sell the property. The
county attorney, Laura McCall,
stated she saw no reason for a
reduction as most of the trash
could have been placed curb side
for removal by Waste Manage-
ment and that there are compa-
nies in Okeechobee that would
have removed the disabled cars.
Ms. Nichols recommended that
the Okeechobee County Board
of County Commissioners reduce
the fine from $35,575 to $30,000.

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Edible spiders are a great Halloween treat

This week as I was babysit- Then she said but you can also measuring cups, wax paper, Store extras in covered container, stories and your favorite recipes

ting 11-year-old Katie Muldoon
we discussed my future. I asked
her what she thought I should do,
be a journalist or go to culinary
school? Katie said she loved to
use her imagination and that you
can really use it a lot if you write.

Fly your

native flag

By Dan Culbert
Extension Horticulture Agent
It's getting close to Election
Day, and many more flags are
appearing all over our area. Ac-
tually, I'm not talking about Old
Glory, that symbol of patriotism
- even though there appear to
be more numerous in our com-
munity. I'm referring to a native
wetland plant with large leaves
Known as Fireflag or Alligator
Flag, it is fairly common in local
wetland areas pastures. Recently
I've noticed a few more are pop-
ping up in more urban areas in
roadside swales. An especially
nice looking clump caught my
eye recently, and suggests that
this plant may have a use in
making stormwater protection
areas a little more attractive.
Fireflag is a large emersed
plant it grows above the water
level from a thick underground
rhizome. Almost all of these
plants are naturally found in
swamps and wet ditches from
the Florida peninsula west to
the central panhandle of Florida.
It is also found throughout fresh-
water wetlands the American
tropics from Central America to
Brazil in South America.
After the first frost, the large
flat bright green leaves quickly
turn into an even light shade of
tan. Then in the spring, when
wetlands dry up and wildfires
rage in open areas, the plant is
subject to rapid destruction from
grassland fires. The ash remain-
ing will serve as fertilizer and
renourish the emerging plants
in the spring.
Plant Description
Fireflag is a member of the
Arrowroot family, and this is also
a common name sometimes
given for this plant. Botanists
call it Thalia geniculata. Some
references call it Alligator Flag,
as it is a common plant found
around gator holes.
The large simple leaves
on long stalks are among fire
flag's most notable features.
The leaves are broadly lance-
shaped, with broadly rounded
bases. Inside the leaf stalks are
lots of large air holes that help
supply the plant with air and
serve to keep it erect when wa-
ter levels are high. Leaves can
be up to eight inches wide and
more than 2 1/2 feet long. Sev-
eral leaves grow together and
are sheathed at the base.
Fire flag flowers are paired;
that is, two flowering bracts




emerge on top of a tall flower
stalk. Multiple small purple to
pink flowers hang from the
bracts. Each individual flower
will have three petals.
When I recently stopped by a
roadside clump to take a closer
look, I was able to see the small
attractive purple to pink flowers
emerging from a broad panicle.
It blooms from summer to fall,
and seed will hang on the up-
right stick- like stalks through the
winter. This is a perennial plant
that will emerge from thick un-
derground rhizomes; occasion-
ally the seed can find their way
into moist areas and also serve
to spread the plant.
Cattle producers may consid
er this a plant weed, as it takes
the place of other more nutri-
tious forage plants. Larger wild-
life, including black bear, are
known to consume this plant. A
review of nurseries that special-
ize in native habitat restoration
plants shows that sometimes
this plant can be purchased
in containers. At the UF North
Florida Research Center, Fireflag
was one of several plants that
were added to a wetland dem-
onstration project. One UF en-
tomologist found a chinch-bug
like insect (I. variegates) on this
plant, but no significant pests are
known to be of concern when
this is part of a water garden.
Given that many of our ur-
ban stormwater areas are often
a boring mess of cattails and
pepper trees, it would be inter-
esting to see if this patriotic Na-
tive American has a place in our
Florida Yards.
I've placed more information
on our Okeechobee web page,
A good reference including a
video of this plant can be found
node/447. If you need additional
information on Fireflag, please
email us at okeechobee@ifas. or call us at 863-763-
6469. Local residents can stop
by our office at 458 Hwy 98
North in Okeechobee, and visit
our Okeechobee County Master
Gardeners from I to 3 p.m. on
Tuesday afternoons.

use it when you cook. You can
decorate cookies and cakes any
way you want. Then she tilted
her head and said you can also
change the tastes of food so that
they tasted totally different then
they looked like they should. Like
chocolate flavored spaghetti, or
cookies that tasted like dirt, and
pickles that tasted like cake. That
would be really cool, she said. We
decided to make spiders, edible
spiders. She shared the following
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South Elementary School plans 'Learning Safari'

Submitted photo/South Elementary
Students of the Week at South Elementary for the week ending October 17 included: Alex
Miller, Kendrick Forlifer, Jarrett Farley, Alek Betscher, Kyle Barrett, Meghann Hotmire, Aubrey
Pearce, Elana Rodriguez, Rick Willet, Carlos Hernandez, Devon Johnson, Jeny Hernandez,
Ariel Nichols, Justin Shepherd, Verenlse Lopez, Danny Willet, Cody Louthan, Kevin Haw-

thorne, and Anjelique Miller.
South Elementary School stu-
dents in every grade are preparing
for the Parent/Teacher Organiza-
tion meeting that will be held on
Oct. 28, at 6 p.m. Parents are in-
vited to receive an update on PTO
business, prepare for the upcom-
ing Winter Carnival and hear in-
formation about the new reading
series. We will have a Learning
Safari following the PTO business
part of the meeting. You will be
able to learn about the new read-
ing series, reading at home with
your child, 100 Book Challenge,
and how students are research-
ing 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. The
SAC meeting for October will be
held prior to the PTO meeting.
South Elementary is prepar-
ing for the Winter Carnival. If you
have small, glass baby food jars,
please bring cleaned ones in to
the front office. These are used
in our Sand Art booth. Winter
Carnival is always a fun evening
for South families and the com-
munity. We are currently seeking
donations of new items for our
Silent Auction. If you have items
or gift certificates that your busi-
ness would like to donate, please
contact Mary Paulson at 863-462-
5087. Our carnival would not be a
success without the support of the
community. Thank you for all you
do to support South as it strives to
achieve excellence every year.
Kindergarten just finished their
first nine weeks of school. This
week the Kindergarten classes
are learning the letter Tt! They
have done many fun arts and
crafts that begin with the letter T,
including turtle hats. The word,

see, was also learned this week.
As of right now, Kindergarteners
should be able to recognize, name
and produce the sound for the
letters: Mm, Aa, Pp, Ss, Tt! They
also should know the words: can,
like, I A, see, the, we! This past
Friday is a special event where all
students with a PBS bracelet got

their faces painted. Students who
had not earned a PBS bracelet
had the opportunity to purchase
a ticket to the face painting activ-
ity for 40 Eagle Tokens.
Oct. 27-31 is Red Ribbon
Week. During this week students
are encouraged to stay away
from drugs. Every day is a differ-
ent Spirit Day to demonstrate the
students' commitment to say no
to drugs. On Monday, all students
are encouraged to wear red in
support of Red Ribbon Week.
On Tuesday, students are asked
to wear camouflage or Safari
clothing. Wednesday students are
asked to wear sunglasses. Thurs-
day students can wear a Jersey
from their favorite team. On Fri-

Submitted photo/South Elementary
The students who received the Student of the Week Award from South Elementary for the
week ending Oct. 24. included: Arena Haywood, Jael Gomez, Xander Blackwood, Itzel
Lombera, Kameron Allen, Kailee Pasley, Jonathan Rivera, Megan Jones, Kaitlyn Williams,
Dylan Smith, Jalen Pryor, Sydney Hendrix, Brenda Agullar, Hunter Smith, Chandler Pearce,
Jermalne Moore, Brianna Roundtree, Jonathan Buck, Zachary Mullin, Joshua Wall, Sabrlna
Moreno, Hannah Fralix, Caitlin Sheffield, Chancy Thomas, and Shyane Adkins.

day, students are asked to wear
their South Spirit shirts and they
can purchase the right to "Put a
Cap on Drugs" and wear a cap.
They can purchase the ticket that
allows them to wear the cap on
Friday morning in the cafeteria
from 7:30-8:05. There will also
be a door decorating contest. The
classroom that has the best deco-
rated door that exemplifies the
theme "Believe, Achieve, Succeed
drug free" will win a prize.
Yearbooks are on sale now.
Presale price for the yearbooks
is $17. Spring price will be $20.
Purchase yours now and save!

Yearbook ads will be going on
sale soon. Please watch for the
Monday Reports to see the latest
Students have worked very
hard during the first nine-weeks.
They have adjusted to new teach-
ers, new classmates, and new
reading materials. Awards cer-
emonies will be Monday and
Wednesday of this week. Mon-
day, Oct. 27, third and fourth

grade will receive their awards,
at 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. respectively.
On Wednesday, second grade
awards will begin at 8:30, first
grade awards will be at 9:15 and
Kindergarten awards will be held
at 10. We look forward to rec-
ognizing our students who have
done their best during this first
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juice, milk.
Friday, Oct. 31: Breakfast sausage
pizza, assorted cereal, breakfast grab
and go # 5- Friday, fresh fruit, fruit juice,
Lunch Menus:
Monday, Oct. 27: Beanie weenies,
goldfish pretzels, barbecue chicken
sandwich, yogurt fruit and cheese plate,
fresh fruit, fruit juice, coleslaw, pineap-
ple chunks, tossed salad, milk.
Tuesday, Oct. 28: Oven roasted Baja
chicken, country style biscuit, egg roll
with fried rice, chef salad, fresh fruit,
fruit juice, baked beans, baked apple
crisp, tossed salad, milk.
Wednesday, Oct. 29 Beefaroni, gar-
lic breadsticks, deli turkey on bun, yo-
gurt fruit and cheese plate, fresh fruit,
fruit juice, broccoli florets with lemon,

fruit with gelatin, tossed salad, milk.
Thursday, Oct. 30: Salisbury steak
with gravy, honey wheat rolls, hot ham
and cheese sandwich, chef salad, fresh
fruit, fruit juice, mashed potatoes, man-
darin orange sections, tossed salad,
Friday, Oct. 31: Cheese or pepperoni
stuffed crust pizza, baked potato with
chili/cheese, cornbread from mix, tuna
salad plate, fresh fruit, fruit juice, sea-
soned corn, fruit cocktail, tossed salad,
Middle School
Monday, Oct. 27: Beanie weenies,
goldfish pretzels, yogurt fruit and cheese
plate, pizza basket, fresh fruit, fruit juice,
coleslaw, pineapple chunks, tossed sal-
ad, milk.
Tuesday, Oct. 28: Oven roasted
baja chicken, country style biscuit, egg
roll with fried rice, chef salad, turkey
sub grab and go, fresh fruit, fruit juice,
baked beans, baked apple crisp, tossed
salad, milk.

Wednesday, Oct. 29: Beefaroni, gar-
lic breadsticks, deli turkey on bun, yo-
gurt fruit and cheese plate, pizza basket,
fresh fruit, fruit juice, broccoli florets
with lemon, fruit with gelatin, tossed
salad, milk.
Thursday, Oct. 30: Salisbury steak
with gravy, hot ham and cheese sand-
wich, chef salad, ham and cheese grab
and go, fresh fruit, fruit juice, mashed
potatoes, mandarin orange sections,
milk, tossed salad.
Friday, Oct. 31: Cheese or pepperoni
stuffed crust pizza, baked potato with
chili/cheese, cornbread from mix, tuna
salad plate, cheeseburger basket, fresh
fruit, fruit juice, seasoned corn, fruit
cocktail, tossed salad, milk.
High School
Monday, Oct. 27: Beanie weenies,
goldfish pretzels, barbecue chicken
sandwich, yogurt fruit and cheese plate,
pizza basket, chicken fingers and toes,
fresh fruit, fruit juice, coleslaw, pineap-
ple chunks, tossed salad, milk.

Tuesday, Oct. 28: Oven roasted Baja
chicken, country style biscuit, egg roll
with fried rice, chef salad, turkey sub
grab and go, macho nacho meal, fresh
fruit, fruit juice, baked beans, baked
apple crisp, tossed salad, milk.
Wednesday, Oct. 29: Beefaroni, gar-
lic breadsticks, deli turkey on bun, yo-
gurt fruit and cheese plate, pizza basket,
hot wings basket, fresh fruit, fruit juice,
broccoli florets with lemon, fruit with
gelatin, tossed salad, milk.
Thursday, Oct. 30: Salisbury stead
with gravy, hot ham and cheese sand-
wich, chef salad, ham and cheese sub
grab and go, Caribbean pork/rice/beans,
fresh fruit, fruit juice, mashed potatoes,
mandarin orange sections, tossed salad,
Friday, Oct. 31: Cheese or pepper-
oni stuffed crust pizza, baked potato
with chili/cheese, cornbread from mix,
tuna salad plate, cheeseburger basket,
chicken with potato bowl, fresh fruit,
fruit juice, seasoned corn, fruit cocktail,
tossed salad, milk.

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Okeechobee News, Sunday, October 26, 2008 11

Everglades students having a great year

First Grade: Congratulations
to Mrs. Hollin's first grade class
at Everglades Elementary school.
They had the highest attendance
at the October PTO meeting. They
were treated to a donut snack and
will have "Gary Gator" on display
in their room through out the
Third Grade: Mrs. Tilton
would like to thank parents for
coming in to share their favorite
books with her students. A big Ev-
erglades thank you goes out Nich-
ole Lynch, Tabitha Lopez, Wayne
Hunt, Kimberly Wojcieszak, and
Karen Alicea. These parents took
time from their busy schedules
to share their favorite children's
book with our third graders. As
a final project in our science
chapter on force and energy,
Mrs. Tilton's class has built and
launched stomp rockets. We had
a "blast" measuring, converting,
and graphing the flights. In math
we are counting money and mak-
ing change. Keep practicing those
basic subtraction facts. We will be
making flags that represent Flori-
da's history in social studies and
in writing we are creating stories
with a seasonal theme. Ricky Lo-
pez and Malcom Williams have
met their first goal for 100 Book
Challenge. They have read for 100
steps, which equals 25 hours of
reading. Great job!
Mr. Viens class is learning
about simple machines in sci-
ence. We are also counting bills
and coins in math to become
familiar with money. Congratula-
tions to George Marshall and Perla
Orozco our most recent students
of the week. Keep reading for 100
Book Challenge. These steps will
help to earn you a Pizza Hut Book
it pizza certificate.
Mrs. Reno's class is finishing
their chapter on Subtraction and
are moving on to money. You can
count money at home and at the
store to help build your child's
money skills. In reading, keep
looking for our home/school
connection booklet. This will let


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Here is the list of students who are achieving excellence in the classroom at Everglades Ele-
mentary School. Kindergarten: Carigan Sweat; Firstgrade: Eliel Esquivel, Edwin Reyes,Josmar
Estrada, Searina Boatright; Second grade: Carley Ostavltz, Marlah Good, Codle Safewrlght,
Jonathan Johnson, Jessica Sulzer; Third grade: James, Cunningham, Kyle Morgan, Marga-
rita Elias, Roy Perez, Mariyah Mendoza, Nina Nunez; Fourth grade: Nelson, Liberato, Marie
Eshleman; Fifth grade: Ariel Burgos, Nicholas Steen, Isaac Estrada. Congratulations to our

many outstanding students!
you know our vocabulary words,
spelling words, and the skills of
the week. We are working hard
on facts and opin-
ions, and main idea
and details. Be sure
to talk to your child
about these skills.
In social studies, we
are learning about
different forms of
government and
the up-coming elec-
tion. What does
it take to become
the President? Well
we're finding out! Mrs. Reno's
third graders are writing exposi-
tory papers about the beautiful
fall season. Keep reading at home
for 100 Book Challenge and be
sure to attend the PTO meeting
on Nov. 11, where third grade will
be performing. Finally, congratu-
lations to our Students Of The
Week for the first nine weeks,
Alexandra Jacabo, Jennifer Fair-
trace, Keith Morgan, Maryjane
Bolling, Allsa Howard, and Kyle
Fifth Grade: The fifth grade

would like to thank Tony Powell
of Glades Electric Cooperative for
coming on October 21st to dis-
cuss energy with
our students. Mr.
Powell talked
to the students
about where
energy comes
from, how ener-
gy gets from the
power plant to
their homes, and
how to stay safe
around electric-
The Reading Leadership Team
is very excited about preparing
for our school wide read, Are You
Smarter Than A Flying 'Gator by
Kevin Kremer, a Florida author.
We will start this book on Nov.
12. Each classroom teacher will
have a copy to read aloud to their
students. Members of the team
are coming up with vocabulary
words from the story and with
comprehension questions to help
the students better understand the
book. These vocabulary words
and questions will be spotlighted

on the morning announcements
and the students that can cor-
rectly answer the questions and
use the words correctly will be
awarded a small prize! Also, dur-
ing the week of Nov. 10, we will
celebrate National Children's
book Week. We are currently in-
viting people from the school and
community to come in and video
tape their favorite children's book.
This tape will be played over the
ITV through out the week for the
children to enjoy. Also, we will
recognize Veterans on Nov. 11.
The student will participate in
a Veteran's Day program in the
morning. Miss Shofner would
like to remind everyone that they
need to be reading their 100 Book
Challenge books each night. Re-
member that every 15 minutes
equals one step. Our goal is 11
steps a week, 44 steps a month
and 100 steps in nine weeks.
Dates to remember:
Oct. 31: Student Of The Week
Luncheon, Halloween Parade.
Nov. 11: Veteran's Day cel-
ebration, PTO meeting.

SEM students celebrate Red Ribbon Week

Submitted photo/SEM
This weeks Seminole
Spotlight Is Mrs. Colleen
O'Bannon, she is a Second
grade teacher at Seminole
Elementary School. Mrs.
O'Bannon's students recent-
ly studied soil. They enjoyed
eating Mrs. O'Bannon's "dirt
pie" which was made with
pudding, Oreo Cookies, and
Gummy Worms. She believes
in bringing lessons to life is
evidenced by her recent field
trip to the Ft. Drum Crystal
Mines where her students
sifted through soil looking
for crystals. Thank you, Mrs.
O'Bannon, for your dedica-
tion to our students.

Red Ribbon Celebration brings
millions of people together to raise
awareness regarding the need for
alcohol, tobacco and other drug
and violence prevention, early
intervention, and treatment ser-
vices. It is the largest, most visible
prevention awareness campaign
observed annually in the United
Students at Seminole Elemen-
tary School will be celebrating
Red Ribbon Week by participat-
ing in daily activities to remind
them of this important message.
On Monday, the theme is Be-
lieve, Achieve, and Succeed Drug
Free. The students will wear red
to school and receive red ribbons
and a pencil.
On Tuesday, the theme is Team
Up Against Drugs. The students
will wear their favorite team shirt.
On Wednesday, the theme is
Put a Cap on Drugs. The students
will wear their favorite cap or
On Thursday, the theme is
Fight Against Drugs. The students
will wear camouflage.
On Friday, the theme is Sock it
to Drugs. The students will wear
crazy socks to school.
In addition to Red Ribbon
Week, we'll also begin our canned
food drive this week. Please help
those in need by donating canned
food and sending it in to school

with your children. The class that
brings in the most canned goods
wins a pizza party. The collected
food will be donated to families in
Okeechobee. Thank you for your
Special Areas: Mrs. Waldron's
art classes at Seminole have
been engaged in painting pears,
pumpkins, apples, dragonflies,
and self portraits. They have been
utilizing various mediums such
as, tempera paint, watercolors,
oil pastels, graphite pencils, and
chalk to create and develop their
artistic skills. Art is way of self
expression and provides practice
in fine motor skills necessary for
handwriting and for students with
Third: Third grade would like
to recognize our Students of the
Week." For the week of Oct. 7,
we have Ariana Colon in Mrs.

Padgett's class, Bryan Pinon in
Mrs. Reed's class, Pricila Garza in
Mrs. McCranie's class, Mercedes
Garcia in Mrs. Johnson's class,
and Rachael Wireman in Mrs.
Coldiron's class. For the week of
Oct. 13, we have Ashlyn Griffith
in Mrs. Padgett's class, Lici Lara
in Mrs. Reed's class, Kristian Al-
britton in Mrs. Johnson's class,
Carlos Garcia in Mrs. McCranie's
class, and Kevin Crosby in Mrs.
Coldiron's class. We are so proud
of these students for their hard
work and good behavior.

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Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
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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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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

Full Wall Closets, Screen
Rm Utility Rm $750 mo +
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Efficiency For Rent- Single
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Very clean! $600/mo. In-
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Townhome, $850 mo, 1st,
last & $500 sec.
back room. $675/mo.
Includes lawn maintenance.


BRAND NEW- Rent or Buy
3br/2ba, 1700 sq ft, 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
2Ba, $1100 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. & refs. Call Barry for
more info. 772-216-1461
KINGS BAY, 2/2 1 CBS home,
W&D, comm pool $1000/mo,
+ 1st, last & sec.
2 bed/2 bath/2 car garage
All appliances included,
and many extras.
Great neighborhood;
A Must Seel
$1,000 00/mh + sec
NEW DUPLEX 3/2, in the city
limits, Avail Immediately,
$900/mo + 1st, & deposit
2BA, pool, extras. Must see!
1401 SE 8th Dr 1st & sec
Call (863) 885-1347
plex, DW, W/D connector,
C/A & heat, $750 mo +
$500 sec dep Call
(863) 763-4414
OKEECHOBEE 3br, iba,
closed in carport, $850/mo,
1st, last, $700 sec
House w/ C/Air 310 NE 4th
Ave, $700 mo, 1st, last &
$500 sec. (863)467-5965
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, iba, Lg
yard, inside city limits, $900
mo + Util, 1st& Last mo
sec. dep. (863)697-6098
Rent to Own 4/2
$1000 mo. new, ready now.
863-599-0156 or
SW Okeechobee- 1600 SW
3rd Ave, CBS House Close to
library, Close to everything,
3BR/1.5BA extra room Nice
fenced yard, $900 a month
$2000 to move in, year
lease (863)634-0512
SW Section- 2200 SW 3rd
Ave. CBS, 3BR/1BA, Close
to Wal-Mart,Nice yard, Car-
port, $850 mo $2000
moves in (863)634-0512
When you want some-
thing sold, advertise in
the classified.

I Great Location!
Upstairs &
Downstairs Available

Utilities included $550 mo
Non smoking/drinking envi-
ronment. Quiet individual
who like cats. Call

Aucios 005

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property- Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property1030
Property- Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots- Sal 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspectioni 060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

WPB Condo-Very nice 2/2 will
trade for home in Okeecho-
bee. Call 561-662-4563

4 bd/2ba CBS, tile
floors, architectural
shingles, dbl. garage,
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OKEE- 3/1, oversized lot, total-
ly remodeled CBS, Tile, Oak
cabinets, 21 x 24 enclosed
Fla room. Room to add Mas-
ter bath, 309 SW 10th Ave.
863-357-0391 $159,900,
Kings Bay house. $800. mo.
$500 Sec dep
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homes, 3BR, 2BA, Open
floor plan, 1656 sq ft living,
Starting at $110,000 on our
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Call (863) 634-0571
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Okeechobee News, Sunday, October 26, 2008 13

Two Home's for sale in Kis-
simmee River Shores # 44
& 48 Boondock Rd. Leave
msg if no answer

Mobile Homes

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

Commuters- For Rent/Sale 2/2
MH furnished, W/D, off of
15A, $850 month + $600
sec. (863)634-2953
FOR RENT: Nice 3bd/2ba on 2
lots. $750/mo. 1st, last &
$500 sec. to move in. Call
Bdrm., 2 Ba., w/full kitchen,
W&D, $250 wk. $300 sec.
dep. (863)824-0981
HOME, All appl. W&D. Com-
pletely furnished. $600 mo.
NORTHWEST 63rd Terrace,
2BR, 1BA, on big lot.
$600/mo. + dep. Call
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lot, on water, $650/mo. 1st
& sec. Avail Now. No pets
Call (561)767-6112

3BR, 2/BA, 925 SW 39th
Lane. Call 863-610-1092 or
BA, No pets. Available now!
Very clean. $650 mo. + sec.
RIVER RUN-2br/2ba furnished,
carport & laundry room,
large floida room, includes
water & elec. $800 month
(863)357-4164 til 5pm &
leave message or
(863)610-9465 after 5pm
and weekends

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$25,000 Set Up & A/C
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Must sell ASAR Call
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2ba, Fla Room, Util Room,
workshop, carport, River
Bend Lot 32, $25,000 or
best offer (863)824-0473
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Boats 3005
Camprs/RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories3020
Marine Miscellaneous3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035

engine w/kill switch. Recent-
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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 Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070

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Continued From Page 1
things state legislators will have to
face when the session begins is
the budget.
"We'll have to make additional
cuts in state government, but I op-
pose additional taxes," he said.
In cutting the budget, Mr.
Horner believes this will bring
about opportunities to see where
government can be more efficient
and how it can utilize the private
If elected, Mr. Horner said one
of his top priorities would be do-
ing something about Citizens In-
"I look at Citizens Insurance as
a Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac --
the government is intervening in

the private sector," he said. "The
state is now the single biggest un-
derwriter of residential property
insurance. This is the single great-
est threat to the state of Florida. If
we get hit with a major storm the
state doesn't have anywhere near
the reserves necessary to cover
these policies. We could see sig-
nificant tax increases or even cuts
in services.
"With Citizens, you can ei-
ther pay now or pay later. I want
to being the private sector back.
I would like to see Citizens re-
duced, and possibly done away
with," he added.
Mr. Horner, the head of the
Kissimmee-Osceola Chamber
of Commerce for the past 10
years, said the state also needs to
get tougher with those who are
here illegally. He is emphatically
against giving illegals a state driv-

her's license and blames the state
for allowing illegals to adversely
impact local and state services.
"I would deport illegal immi-
grants if they are convicted of a
crime and I am against giving ille-
gal immigrants benefits," he said.
On their impact of illegals on
local schools and services, he
said the first thing to prevent this
additional economic load is to
discourage that activity.
"We've set up a system that
almost encourages this," said Mr.
Horner. "If individuals who make
that decision knows it won't be
tolerated you won't have that im-
pact on schools and services."
The former lieutenant in the
U.S. Army said he is acutely aware
of the many issues facing veterans
and vows to do what he can to
help those who have so valiantly
served this country and alluded to

state legislation brought about by
Representative Attkisson.
"Frank Attkisson spearheaded
a bill to waive property taxes for
soldiers serving overseas," he
said. "I thought that was out-
standing legislation. I have been a
champion of veterans issues."
As he's stumped his way
through Okeechobee County, Mr.
Horner said it's become very ap-
parent that people are concerned
about jobs.
"Economic development is
important for Okeechobee Coun-
ty," he said. "I've spent quite a bit
of time here and people are con-
cerned about jobs. Economic de-
velopment is at the top of my list
and to bring industry and jobs to
Okeechobee County. I think I can
be an ally in helping Okeechobee
County improve its economy."
On the economy, Mr. Horner

pointed to his 10 years in Osceola
County and how he, through the
chamber, has helped increase
wages there. When he began
working there, Osceola County
was the only county in the re-
gion with declining wages. But
through hard work and an eco-
nomic development program,
Osceola County has been among
the top three counties in the state
in terms of increased wages for
the last five years.
"We turned that ship around,"
he said. "I think that is the type of
leadership Okeechobee County
Mr. Horner said he is also in fa-
vor of finding renewable resourc-
es because Florida is in "a unique
position" for solar energy, biofuel
and tidal energy.
Basically, Mr. Horner describes
himself and his political beliefs as

small government, lower taxes
and pro family.
While on the pro-family issue,
he indicated that U.S. Congress-
man Tim Mahoney should step
down from his 16th Congressio-
nal office after the revelations ol
multiple affairs with other wom-
"He's betrayed the public
trust," said Mr. Horner.
In short, Mr. Horner said he
believes he brings something to
the table to help everyone in the
79th district.
"I want to be an active partici-
pant in Okeechobee County," he
For more Mr. Homer's back-
ground, political thoughts and en-
dorsements go to www.gohorner

Babson Park man arrested on local warrant

County may require landscaping

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A man has been arrested on
Okeechobee County warrants
following a February 2007 inci-
dent in which he reportedly tried
to drive head-on into oncoming
traffic on U.S. 441 N.
David Edward Taylor, 37, Bab-
son Park, was arrested Oct. 23,
2008, on a warrant charging him
with the felony of aggravated as-
sault with a deadly weapon. The
warrant also charged him with
willful and wanton reckless driv-
Taylor was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under a
bond of $10,000.
Records at the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
indicate that Taylor has posted
Taylor was arrested on the
warrants after he was released
from the Moore Haven Correc-
tional Institute in Moore Haven
where he had served 16 months
after being convicted on Polk
County charges of burglary,
grand theft and trafficking in sto-
len property.
The Okeechobee County war-

rant calling for ',
Taylor's arrest
was issued in
March of 2007.
report by De-
tective Rose-
mary Farless
states that the
incident in David Edward
Okeechobee Taylor
began on Feb.
23, 2007, when Taylor appar-
ently tried to hang himself in a
local home. When that attempt
failed, he got into a red Chevrolet
S-10 pickup and fled the scene,
continued the report.
A short time later Deputy Sam
Thomas saw the truck and tried
to stop it, but Taylor refused to
stop. The report stated that he
was traveling at speeds around
60 mph at this time and was
continuing northbound on U.S.
441 N.
Detective Farless stated in
the report that she continued to
follow Taylor in her unmarked
OCSO unit, while OCSO Corpo-
ral Randy Thomas followed her.
Several times, she wrote, Tay-
lor crossed the center line when
southbound traffic approached.

When Taylor was approxima
one-quarter mile south of
county line he swerved into
other lane and forced a so
bound vehicle driven by Mid
Ryan Wise, now 22, of Okee
bee, onto the shoulder of
Taylor also left the paven
and continued to drive stra
at the other vehicle, stated
tective Farless. Mr. Wise and
vehicle was about 20-feet off
roadway but Taylor was still
ing straight toward it, stated
Mr. Wise was able to a
the collision, stated the de
tive's report.
According to the report
Taylor entered Osceola Coi
he continued to swerve into
path of oncoming traffic
on at least five occasions so
bound vehicles had to swerv
avoid a head-on collision.
Her report goes on to s
that Taylor also tried to hit
eral vehicles head-on in Osc
Taylor was finally stopped
Polk County when deputies
played stop sticks.

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By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Landscaping of residential and
commercial lots in Okeechobee
County may soon be regulated
by county ordinance. On Thurs-
day, Oct. 23 Okeechobee County
Commissioners held the first of
two public hearings to gather in-
put on a proposed landscape or-
The proposed ordinance
would apply to single family, mul-
tifamily and nonresidential prop-
erties and would set requirements
for such things as the number of
trees and the amount of ground
cover, screening and buffer strips.
The proposed ordinance would
also promote water conservation
and use of existing native vegeta-
Farm buildings would be ex-

sea Horses
d in Continued From Page 1
e- have at least one acre of land with
some type of shade or shelter. The
adopted horse cannot be sold or
traded. At first, the adoptive own-
ers are checked once a month and
Slater every other month. She also
has a program of foster parent-
ing. The foster parent can treat a
horse as their own until the horse
is adopted. Sometimes foster par-
ents decide to adopt the horse.
Among the horses available
for adoption is Maggie, a 7-year-
old thoroughbred from Fort Drum
who had been severely neglected.
Mrs. Bonham predicted the ne-
glect went on for three or four
months. Maggie is 200 pounds
underweight and her ribs and
hipbones stand out sharply. She
"foundered" a foot ailment that
can be devastating to horses. Both
front hooves are abscessed. Her
hooves have been treated with
a Epsom salt paste, wrapped in
diapers and then wrapped in duct
tape. Her right hind leg is swollen
from putting extra weight on it. It
will be six months to a year be-
fore Maggie is ready for adoption,
said Mrs. Bonham.
Peanut needs a home also.
She is about 20 and is blind in
one eye. Even though she can-
not be ridden, she is very loving.
Then there is Storm, a 15-year-old
hunter jumper and Sassy, a 15-
year-old Appaloosa.
Mrs. Bonham appreciates
donations of hay, feed, fencing
supplies, veterinary supplies and
other items for the horses, but she
does not accept cash donations.
"I'm not a business," she ex-
plained. "I want everything to go
to the horses. I'm not in here for
glamor or fame. I'm in here for

empt from the ordinance.
For single family, two family
and three family units, one tree
would have to planted or pre-
served for every 1,000 square feet
of new dwelling or addition. For
multifamily units of four or more
families, one tree and five shrubs
would have to be planted or pre-
served for every 1,000 square feet
of impervious surface, then for
every 5,000 square feet of imper-
vious surface after the first 40,000
square feet.
For multifamily units a land-
scaped buffer would be required
between parking areas and ad-
joining streets.
Requirements for nonresiden-
tial property would be basically
the same as for multifamily.
Except for single family resi-
dences, a registered landscape
architect would have to design
the love of the animals"
Mrs. Bonham, along with her
12-year-old daughter, Jessica
McLaughlin, and two neighbors
who volunteer, spend about
seven hours a week bathing and
grooming each horse. They wel-
come volunteers who have some
type of horse experience.

the landscape. Removal of oak
trees greater than 48 inches in
circumference at 4.5 feet above
the ground would be prohib-
ited. However, single family units
and agricultural users on parcels
greater than 10 acres would be
exempt from the oak tree remov-
al provision.
The proposed ordinance also
contains a list of plants which are
considered a nuisance and could
not be planted in the county.
Before adoption of the ordi-
nance a second public hearing
will be held at 5:01 p.m. on Nov. 6
in the Okeechobee County Health
Department Auditorium, 1728
N.W 9th Ave.
Post your opinions In the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached
For more information call 863-
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Both of Maggie's front feet are
abscessed. Her feet are treat- Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
ed with a Epsom salt paste Storm, a 14 year old hunter
then wrapped in a diaper and jumper, is one of the horses
protected with duct tape. It Sue Bonham Is holding for
will be several months before adoption at her horse rescue
she is ready for adoption, center.

Submitted to the Okeechobee News
Peanut is one of the horses up for adoption to a suitable
home. Even though she is blind in one eye and cannot be
ridden, she is very loving.

Public Notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

The Workorce Development Board of the
Treasure Coast Regnon 20 and the
Treasure Coast Job Training Ceonsoraum
announces a pubic meehng to which all
persons are invited
Date & Tme: Wednesday, October 29,
2008 0.0am
Place: Workorce Development Board of
Treasure Coast 584 Universy Blvd.,
Suite 100 Port St Lucie, FL 34986
EURLPOi To discuss matters concern-
ng the Woraforce Investment Act, Work-
force Employment Oppormniies, the
Wefane Transooon Program, One-Stp
Career Centers and tMe WorAforce Devd-
opend Board A copy of he agenda
may be obtained by contacting
Wokforce Development Board of the
Treasure Coast
584 NW University Blvd Suite 100
Port St Luae FL 34986
Should any person wish to appeal any
decision mae by the Board wih respect
to any master considered at toe above
referenced meeegn, they will need to en-
sure a venatim recording of the pro-
ceedings is made, which record includes
the testimony and evidence upon which
the appeal is based, In order to provide a
record for dicial review
297859 OH 10/26/08
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the perfect gift. Look
for it in the classified.
How do you find a job
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market? In the
employment section
of the classified

CASE NO.: 2006-OP03
K.G. DeB: 12/1/03
M.. DOB: 1/22/06
Father of te minor child
Michael Ouades
TO Father of K Michael Ouades
Father of M Michael Duares
Residence and Address Unnormn
312 NW. 3rd STREET
AT 1:30 PM. ON THE 1st DAY OF DE-
THIS 30t DAY OF JULY, 2008
By Kembed J Sanos
296653 ON 1019,26,11/2,9/08





14 Okeechobee News, Sunday, October 26, 2008

OHS plans homecoming celebrations all week

Homecoming celebrations
at Okeechobee High School are
in full swing beginning Monday,
Nov. 3.
This year's theme is "Bright
Lights, Big City."
On Monday, Nov. 3, students
will dress with "Clash" clothing,
wearing mixed-match clothes.
During lunch there will be a tricy-
cle race competition of classes.
Tuesday, Nov. 4, brings out the
"Cowboys and Indians" with stu-
dents wearing traditional cowboy
and Indian attire. During lunch as
a fundraiser, Principal Toni Wi-
ersma will be taped to a wall by
the student body who will pur-
chase a foot of duct tape for $1.
This will also count towards their
class competition. To get some
ideas visit http://www.ducttape-
On Wednesday, Nov. 5, stu-
dents will dress in "'60s' attire."
During lunch the student body
will vote for Homecoming Queen
which will be announced at the
Homecoming Game on Friday.
Thursday, Nov. 6, is school
spirit day and each class will have
their own dress code. Sopho-
mores will dress in gold; Juniors
will dress in Purple; and Seniors
will dress in the traditional cam-
The Homecoming Pep Rally
with a Carnival begins at 6 p.m.
in the OHS football stadium with
the bonfire following the festivi-
ties. There will be a large obsta-
cle course and other small games
that will allow classes to earn
points for how well they do at the

games and how much money
their class raises at the carnival.
Tickets for the carnival will cost
$1 per ticket or 6 for $5; 13 for
$10; 25 for $20.
On Homecoming Day, Fri
day, Nov. 7, each class will dress
according to their chosen city
for the "Bright Lights Big City"
theme. Seniors will dress por
trying Las Vegas; Juniors will
dress portraying Hollywood; and
Sophomores will dress portray-
ing New Orleans.
The Homecoming Parade
line-up will begin at 2:15 p.m. on

the south side of U-Save with the
parade beginning at 3 p.m.
Pre-game activities will begin at
7 p.m. and the Homecoming Court
and Queen will be announced
during half-time.
OHS students will attend the
Homecoming Dance on Saturday,
Nov. 8.
A reminder to students and
parents: student dress and partici-
pation must be in accordance with
OHS rules. Shorts can be worn
any day this week, as long as it is
in connection with that day's dress
theme. Anyone violating school rules

will be sent to the office and points will be taken from his/her class' score.

Valid thru Fall Special
12/31/08 t U C ts awn Sc i

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Regular Cuts $30 per Acre
(additional services will be charged a small fee)
(863) 763-3311
Serving all of Okeechobee & Surrounding Areas
Owners Tom & Mike License # 9713

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Submitted photo/Everglades
Parent involvement
As part of Parent Involvement Week, Mrs. Wojciesak gra-
ciously consented to be a guest reader in Mrs. Tilton's
third grade class at Everglades Elementary. Her story of a
scared little monster was enjoyed by one and all!

Submitted photo/OFC
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Okeechobee News, Sunday, October 26, 2008 15

Okeechobee loses district showdown to Panthers

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Chris Tullio had a tough as-
signment blocking Westwood
defenders like Luther Rob-
inson at Thursday's football

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School's hopes for
their first district football championship
suffered a major blow Thursday as
the Brahmans lost to perennial district
powerhouse, Fort Pierce Westwood, 27-
14 at Lawnwood Stadium.
Okeechobee scored early and late but
didn't get much offense in the middle
of the game as Westwood scored 27
unanswered points
7-1 sounds good, 3-0 in the district
sounds even better, in the driver's seat
and controlling our own destiny sounds
better than everything else," Panther
Coach Waides Ashmon said afterward
His team threw the ball a lot in the first
half with a varying amount of success.
After the break they went to the ground
game and kept Okeechobee's talented
offense off the field.
Ashmon said his goal was to control
the ball and keep Lonnie Pryor off the
field. After the victory he was proud of
his defense which held Pryor to 134 all
purpose yards.
"The longer we could keep Lonnie Pryor
on the sideline, the better we were going
to do We got his number and I'm glad
he's gone," he noted.
Pryor got his team going on the
opening kickoff as he picked up a loose
ball and ran 41 yards downfield to
give Okeechobee great field position
Okeechobee drove 32 yards in nine
plays to score thanks to a pass play from
Garrett Madrigal (10-16 through the air)
to Sam Dixon Okeechobee had the early
momentum but that wouldn't last long.
On Westwood's first set of downs QB
Isaac Virgin hit a streaking Leon Shorter
down the sideline for a 62 yard gain and a
first and goal on the Brahmans seven yard
line Four plays later Jerrell Washington,
(132 yards rushing), made it in on a one
yard run to tie the game
After the early scoring, the game
turned into a defensive struggle. Luther
Robinson of Westwood was dominant
for the Panthers. He had several tackles
behind the line of scrimmage. Whenever
Okeechobee appeared to have something
going, Robinson would make a big play,
Coach Ashmon said Robinson is an all
state caliber player and he challenged
him to play a strong game against
another top player, Lonnie Pryor.
"I owe him a large pepperoni pizza. I've
waited all season for this Luther Robinson
and he showed up and showed out
tonight. He was fantastic," Ashmon noted.
Robinson thanked his teammates and
his coaches for helping him play well,
"I feel good Our defensive coordinator
put me in a position to make plays Our
game plan was to stop Lonnie Pryor. We
practice hard all week and we came out
to play"
Okeechobee seemed to have it

going after they took over at midfield
In the second quarter. Pryor ran for
a first down but on the next play the
Brahmans fumbled a snap and Westwood
The Panthers then drove 62 yards in
13 plays to take the lead for good. Key
plays on the drive included 32 yards in
rushes by Virgin, and a 12 yard run by
Washington. Westwood scored on a
beautiful play action pass from Virgin to
Khalil Mack to make it 13-7.
In the second half Westwood changed
from a four wide receiver set to a tighter
run formation. The strategy change
seemed to work as the Panthers
controlled the clock and the scoreboard.
A quick 80 yard drive late in the third
gave Westwood control of the game.
Washington broke loose for a 32 yard
run and Virgin hit Shorter on a well
thrown 35 yard post pattern which broke
Okeechobee's backs The 39 yard
touchdown gave Westwood a 20-7 lead.
Westwood's final drive covered 73
yards and was helped along by a
costly defensive pass interference
call. Westwood run the ball down the
Brahmans throat with simple off tackle
plays. Washington rushed for 39 of
the yards on this drive. A third down
conversion at the Brahman 30 yard line
was the difference Walt Fortner grabbed
Westwood's Travarius Copeland which
earned him the pass interference call
Washington ran the final two yards to put
Westwood on top 27-7,
Okeechobee suddenly showed some
life on offense on their next drive as
they threw the ball very successfully.
The 62 yard drive featured four straight
Madrigal completions which covered 36
yards. Nate Pollard caught a nine yard
touchdown pass from Madrigal to cut the
Panther lead to 27-14
Okeechobee tried an onside kick but
Westwood was able to recover and they
kept the ball until the final minute
Okeechobee's last desperate drive
ended when Madrigal was forced out of
the pocket and was intercepted by Willie
Okeechobee (5-2) still has an inside
track on a playoff berth if they can beat
Martin County and Jensen Beach at home
in the next two weeks
Game notes
Okeechobee converted a fourth down
on their first drive, but were stopped on
another fourth down attempt in the first
half when Shane Taggart was stood up on
two consecutive running plays. Taggart
played a great game on defense, with
several big stops.
Justin Conrad and Shane Taggart
combined to stop Virgin for a five yard
loss in the first half.
Westwood running back Cameron
Toombs, who had rushed for close to 500
yards this year, was injured in the first half
and did not return
Kareem Jones had a QB sack
for Okeechobee. He also dropped
Washington for a three yard loss in the
second quarter.
Tony Kibler left the game with an arm
injury He dropped Washington for a
four yard loss in the third quarter. Leland
Schoonmaker tackled Washington for a
two yard loss in the fourth quarter
Luther Robinson had two QB sacks for

Final score
Okeechobee 7
Westwood 7

0 0 7-- 14
6 7 7-- 27

How they scored
First Quarter
Okeechobee Dixon 4 yard pass from
Madrigal (Nalara Kick) 7-0. 715
Westwood Washington one yard run
(Sierra kick) 7-7. 451.
Second Quarter
Westwood Mack six yard pass from Virgin.
(kick failed) 13-7. 9:22.


Area scores
Clewisto 35 Pope John Paul 12
Pahokee 41 John Carroll 6
Dunbar 40 Labelle 13
Avon Park 34 Bartow 27
Desoto 48 Sebnng 12
Sebastian 16 Fort Pierce 7
South Fork 21 Treasure Coast 15
Bayside 47 Port St Lucle 13
Glades Day 42 St John Neumann 0
Evangelical 50 Moore Haven 38
Vero Beach 29 Jupiter 6
St. Edwards 27 Coral Springs Charter 18
Jensen Beach 23 Martin County 20
Melbourne 31 St Lucie West 7
Glades Central 50, Arch Bishop McArthy 0

Beach 23-20, Jensen Beach defeated

defeated Pope John Paul 35-12.

Martin County 23-20. and Clewiston

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District 13-4A Standings
Team W-L All
Westwood 3-0 7-1
Okeechobee 2-1 5-2
Sebastian R 2-1 4-3
Fort Pierce 1-2 2-4
Jensen Beach 1-2 3-4
Martin County 0-3 0-7

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
The two head coaches chat
before the game, Westwood's
Waides Ashmon (right) and
Okeechobee's Chris Bra-
nham (left).
Third Quarter
Westwood Shorter 39 yard pass from
Virgin. (Sierra kick) 20-7. 6.00.
Fourth Quarter
Westwood Washington three yard run.
(Sierra kick) 27-7. 5.56.
Okeechobee Pollard 11 yard pass from
Madrigal (Najara kick) 27-14. 1.57.

Team statistics
First Downs
Third Downs
Punt returns
Kick returns
Passing Att Comp
Madrigal 16 10
Pryor 1 0
Totals 17 10
Rushing No. Yds
Madrigal 3 8
Pryor 17 73
Taggart 2 1
Fortner 1 4
Totals 23 68
Receiving No. Yds
Dixon 1 4
Jones 1 10
Fortner 1 12
McQueen 1 1
Pollard 2 20
Minondo 2 15
Pryor 2 19
Totals 16 79
Passing Att Comp
Virgin 16 6
Rushing No. Yds
Virgin 12 35
Washington 23 132
Toombs 1 2
Shaw 4 8
Totals 40 177

kee FPW
10 12
1-7 3-10
6-51 9-88
135 4-151
0-0 1-6
3-66 2-33
0-0 1-10
2-1 0-0

Player of the week: Willie Meyer of
Jensen Beach His 41 yard field goal
gave Jensen a 23-20 victory over Martin
How Okeechobee opponents fared:
Jupiter Christian defeated Boca Raton
Christian 55-6, Avon Park defeated Bartow
34-27, Sebring lost to Desoto 48-12,
Sebastian River defeated Fort Pierce 16-
7,Glades Day defeated St. John Neumann
42-0, Fort Pierce fell to Sebastian River
16-7. Westwood defeated Okeechobee
27-14. Martin County lost to Jensen


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16 Okeechobee News, Sunday, October 26, 2008

Alligator bites

man's thumb

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man was in
jured after he tried to capture and
relocate a 9'11" American Alliga-
tor located on property owned by
Larson Dairy, the Florida Fish and
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OHS golf


eighth at

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
It wasn't the scores they were
after but a young Okeechobee
High School golf team will cer-
tainly take them.
Okeechobee competed in the
Region 6 Class 2A golf tournament
at the Majors County Club in Bre-
vard County Tuesday and scored
342 as a team. Corey White led
the way with a seven over par, 79.
He finished in the top 20 individu-
ally. Tim Gray shot an 86. Tyler Platt
shot an 87. Richard Donegan had a
round of 89. Mike Watson shot a 98.
"I sensed that their youth had
an impact Tuesday as they were
a little nervous," Brahmans Golf
Coach Mark Ward said. He noted
the team had played a practice
round Monday and appeared to
be very relaxed and experienced
beyond their years. It didn't tran
spire to great scores Tuesday, but
the team certainly held their own,
"Anybody competing in any sport
will say they could have shot bet-
ter. They could have made a putt
here or a chip there." The golf
course was the toughest the team
had played this year, Ward noted.
The wind was whipping up and
the fairways were narrow, while
the greens were faster. Still the
team didn't give up and got some
valuable experience for the fu-
"We know were going to be
better next year. I think the future
of Brahman golf is pretty excit-
ing," Ward said. Ward praised
senior golfer Corey White for his
leadership this year. White shot
88 last year in the regional. This
year he shot a solid 79.
"Corey is going out in style,
he has the red carpet laid out for
these other guys due to his strong
leadership," he said. Ward said
the goal next year will be to get
to this level and beyond. He noted
this experience should inspire the
kids to work harder and reach the
state tournament.
"They were disappointed at
first, and you could see the long
faces, but after they put it into
perspective you could see the
kids were high giving each other
and giving each other hugs," he
Martin County and Dwyer were
the only teams that advanced to
the state tournament next week.
Martin County shot 297 and Dw-
yer 299. Will Davenport of Martin
County won the individual cham-
pionship as he shot a 69.

Sports Briefs
Board of Realtors
to host golf tourney
The Okeechobee County
Board of Realtors will be holding
their 15th Annual Golf Tourna-
ment on Saturday, Nov. 1, at the
Okeechobee Golf and Country
Club. The money raised will be
used to present local high school
seniors with scholarships towards
furthering their education.
Registration will begin at 7
a.m. Hole sponsor, tee sponsor
and green sponsor's are available
and the teams consist of 4 golfers.
Lots of prizes available: Closest to
Pin, Longest drive and Hole-in-
one. Call Kathy Godwin 863-763-
8222 or 863-634-7728 for details.
Hope this will be a great event.
Signups planned for
Upward Basketball
The First Baptist Church of
Okeechobee will be hosting up-
ward basketball and cheerleading
for grades first through sixth, boys
and girls. Registration is open.
The cost is $65 through Oct. 26
and $75 if signup occurs between
Oct. 27 and Nov. 4.
The deadline for registration
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For more information, please call
863-467-7625 or 863-763-2171.

ing to capture the alligator when
a portion of his right thumb was
completely severed by the alliga-
The man was transported to
Raulerson Hospital for treatment
to reattach the severed part of his
thumb, Harris stated.
The alligator was destroyed.

Raulerson Hospital/United Way has benefit tourney
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