Vol. 100 No. 23 Sunday, February 22, 2009 75 C Plus tax
The annual Brighton Semi-
nole Festival and Field Day con-
tinues today at Brighton Semi-
nole Reservation, off State Road
721 in Glades County. Gates
open at 10 a.m. A Seminole
Village display will be open all
day, along with arts and crafts
booths. A church service will be
held at the stage area at 11 a.m.
An alligator wrestling show will
be presented at noon; Pow
Wow dancers will perform at
1 p.m. The Seminole clothing
contest will be at 2 p.m. The
PRCA Rodeo starts at 3 p.m.
set for March 14
Area law enforcement per-
sonnel will stage Operation
Safe Medicine Cabinet at Flagler
Park on Saturday, March 14,
from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. During
that time residents can safely
discard unwanted, unneeded
and out-of-date prescription
drugs by simply driving up to
Park #6, located at the intersec-
tion of S.R. 70 W and S.W Sev-
enth Ave., and handing them
to officials there. No questions
will be asked and there will
be no forms to fill out. Opera-
tion Safe Medicine Cabinet is
aimed at keeping the home a
safer environment for children,
and keeping these drugs off the
Yard sale to aid
A yard sale and dinner will
be held Saturday, March 14, on
property on U.S. 441 S. at S.W.
21st St. to help defray medical
costs incurred by Harry Slayton,
a dispatcher with the Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO). The yard sale will be-
gin at 8 a.m. and the chicken
dinner will start at 11 a.m. Each
dinner is $7. For information,
of if you have something to do-
nate for the yard sale, contact
Major Noel Stephen, Robyn
Cook, Juanita White or Tonya
Jewell at the sheriff's office,
Source: Florida Division
Local Burn Ban: None
Last Year: 10.11 feet
Pogey's Family Restaurant
1759 S. Parrott Ave.
Source: South Florida Water
Management District. Depth
given in feet above sea level
County cuts off 'free water'
By Pete Gawda
The county has finally pulled
the plug on a source of financial
drain that has been going on
for some time. It has been said
that government works slowly.
That was evident at the Feb. 12
Okeechobee County Commis-
sion meeting when commis-
sioners took a simple action to
correct a problem that was first
brought to light a year ago.
Commissioners decided at
their last meeting to have the
faucet at Jaycees Park removed.
For at least nine years taxpay
ers have been footing the bill
for individual private water us-
ers. The faucet was adjacent to
a restroom that has been closed
for many years because of van
dalism. People have often been
observed coming and filling nu-
merous containers with the "free
water" at tax payers expense.
Since sewer bills are based on
water consumption, the county
has also been paying sewer bills
even though the sewer at that lo-
cation is not being used.
On Jan. 28 the county was
billed $131.35 $58.27 for water
and $73.08 for sewer. Between
Dec. 19, 2008 and Jan 21, 2009,
7,496 gallons of water flowed
through that faucet. Between
Nov. 19, 2008 and Dec. 19 2009
the county was charged for
6,042 gallons of water at a cost
of $131,94 $50.12 for water
and $63.82 for sewer. Before this
unexplained spike, for the previ-
ous 20 months, water usage was
around three to four thousand
gallons a month with the county
averaging around $80 to $90 a
month in combined water and
The situation was first
brought to light in an article in
the Okeechobee News on Jan.
11, 2008. At that time deputy
county administrator Jim Three-
wits expressed surprise at the
amount of the bills. He thought
the county was just paying the
base rate He did not realize the
county was paying for water and
sewer by the gallon.
"If it's costing us that much
we're going to have to figure out
what we're going to do, Com-
missioner Clif Betts was quoted
in that article.
However no action was tak
en until recently. Between Jan.
28, 2008 and Feb. 12, 2009 the
county paid a total of $1,260.61
in water and sewer bills.
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By Pete Gawda
A local group seeks to build
a bridge between the richest
country in the western hemi-
sphere, America, and the poor-
est country, Haiti.
Hope for Haiti is the name
given to a team of people, in
cluding members of Brighton
Baptist Church, who make a
trip to Haiti every year under
the sponsorship of Internation
al Christian Development Mis
sion, Inc. (ICDM). This year's
Hope for Haiti team, which
spent Jan. 19 to Feb. 2, in Haiti,
included Marlene Whitlock, of
Brighton Baptist Church, Char
lotte Schmitt, LPN, of Winter
Park, Phil and Vern Smith of
Brighton Baptist Church, Paul
Justice of New Lexington, Ohio,
Linda Locke of New Lexington,
Ohio and Rob Hall of Dowagiac
The mission of ICDM is to:
"Teach and preach the good
news of Jesus Christ, help im-
poverished people become
self-supporting, and educate
Submitted to the Okeechobee News
A group of volunteers, including members of Brighton
Baptist Church, recently went on a mission trip to Bayon-
nais, Haiti. They are, left to right, Marlene Whitlack, Brigh-
ton Baptist Church, Charlotte Schmitt, LPN, Winter Park,
Phil and Verna Smith, Brighton Baptist Church, Paula
Justice, New Lexington, Ohio, Linda Locke, New Lex-
ington, Ohio and Rob Hall, Dowagiac, Mich. The group
conducted a medical clinic, worked on a school building,
conducted a vacation Bible school and a women's con-
ference and showed the Jesus film.
and motivate children, youth school at Bayonnais which is
The organization operates in the north eastern portion
a pre-K through sixth grade See Hope Page 3
By Pete Gawda
The poor economy and
bashing the Democratic Party
were the top-
ics of the day
at the break-
20, at the
Center on the
Campus of Tom Rooney
State College. Representative
Tom Rooney was the featured
speaker at the event which was
sponsored by the Republican
By Pete Gawda
Another hurdle in the way
of Jerry Suarez and David and
Anita Nunez' plans for their
commercial development on
the bank of Taylor Creek was
overcome Tuesday night, Feb.
19. The City of Okeechobee
Planning Board granted a spe
cial exception to allow for a
commercial indoor recreation
facility on the property. The
proposed complex, to be lo
cated on the west bank of Tay-
lor Creek north of the S.R. 70
bridge, will feature a banquet
hall or convention center. Ac-
cording to city planner Bill Bris-
Party of Okeechobee County.
"The Democrats are trying
to accomplish a lot before we
wake up," Mr. Rooney said, re-
ferring among other things, to
the president's desire for social-
He appealed to a return to
"These values are under at-
tack today," he said.
The legislator predicted that
there would be more stimulus
bills in the future and hopefully
Republicans would be able to
participate in them.
He expressed his opposition
to proposed legislation that
would favor labor unions.
See Rooney Page 2
som, this facility would be clas-
sified as a commercial indoor
recreation facility. Because of
the surrounding residential
area, the board spent consider-
able time discussing possible
hours. They finally decided to
set the closing time as midnight
on week nights and 2 a.m. on
After action on this one
item on the agenda, the board
adjourned its regular meeting
and reconvened in a workshop
session with the city council to
discuss a proposed sign ordi-
The workshop discussed
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names Frist Award winner
By Charles M. Murphy
A near 11-year employee of
Raulerson Hospital was named
as the annual Frist Humanitar-
ian Award winner Wednesday.
Tammy Colburn joined the
hospital staff in 1998 when it
had an office downtown. She
was later transferred to her cur-
rent position as secretary in the
Out Patient Department.
"I feel good about this
award. This made me feel very
good. I help the department get
patients ready for surgery," she
Ms. Colburn earned a new
name tag for her desk, a bou-
quet of flowers, a book on the
HCA founder Dr. Thomas Frist,
a plaque and a check for $250
for winning the award. Hospital
Chief Executive Officer Robert
Lee said Colburn was very de-
serving of the award.
"It's always a great day
when he hold this event. The
Frist Award recipient really sig-
nifies the finest employees that
we have. Tammy Colburn really
exemplifies that. She is very giv-
ing and caring, and takes very
good care of our patients and
staff here. She does a great job
for us," he said.
Ms. Colburn was praised
for providing excellent ser
vice to the hospital and the
Okeechobee community. She
participates in fundraisers, is a
member of the Hospital Breast
Cancer Team and is a fund raise
er for the HCA Hope Fund.
"She is always reaching out
to fellow employees who have
needs. She always has a smile
and is passionate about inten-
tions," Mr. Lee told the crowd,
"She is a committed patient ad-
vocate and goes above and be-
yond for the patient's family."
See Award Page 7
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Tammy Colburn (right) shows off her Frist Humanitarian Award
with Raulerson Hospital CEO Robert Lee.
On a mission: Hope for Haiti
Submitted to the Okeechobee News
These residents of Bayonnais, Haiti proudly display the goats they received from the
G.O.A.T.S. program (Gift of Animals to Succeed) sponsored by International Christian
Development Mission. A group of seven people, including three from Brighton Baptist
Church, recently returned trip a mission trip to Bayonnais. Among other things the
volunteers helped build a school building and conducted a vacation Bible school and
a medical clinic.
Local church group travels
from Brighton to Bayonnais
Mr. Rooney stated that never
before has the census been a
bias or partisan issue. He said
the White House is involved in
the current census, something he
said has never happened before.
He alleged the reason for that was
to manipulate population figures
to adjust representation to favor
He refuted the claim that the
Republican Party is the party of
"no," saying that the Republicans
had a better stimulus plan.
However he did not lay the
entire blame for the extreme par-
tisanship of the present stimulus
package on the president. He be-
lieves the president really wanted
a bipartisan bill but what he
signed was what the representa-
tive called a "Pelosi" bill, referring
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Mr. Rooney then turned to a an
insurance bill he is sponsoring.
"My plan will make it easier for
insurance companies to do busi-
ness in Florida," he asserted. "We
can't have Citizens (the state run
insurance company) as our only
The bill would allow insur-
ance companies to set aside tax
free accounts to build up reserves
against futures disasters.
There is talk of the president
closing the prison for political
prisoners at Guantanamo Bay,
Cuba, If that happens, Mr. Rooney
is very much opposed to the pris-
oners being housed in Florida.
In the future he plans to spon-
sor anti-gang legislation and leg-
islation to provide better mental
health care for veterans.
and who we want to be."
In the question and answer pe-
riod that followed local business
man and city council member
Dowling Watford stated that the
stimulus package does not help
him as a small business owner.
Mr. Rooney answered by say-
ing the Republican plan would
help small business.
Prior to the representative's re-
marks the crowd heard from sev-
eral local Republican officials.
"I love this job," stated Mar-
garet Helton, the first Republican
elected to the county commis-
sion. She said she had taken the
courses to be a certified commis
sioner and she has been doing
problem solving for the citizens.
"To go before the legislature
and ask for more money is ridicu-
school board. She also expressed
a desire that the state stop mak-
ing requirements without provid-
ing funds to pay for those require-
ments. "The local school board
best knows how to serve your
children," she said.
Another school board mem-
ber, Joe Arnold said that the state
had cut the school budget four
percent and that another two per-
cent cut may be coming. He went
on to say that next year there
would be a 15 percent cut.
"We're going to have to make
some tough decisions,' Mr. Ar-
He said that as it stands now
the State of Florida will not get
any economic stimulus funds
thought out. He cautioned that
it was a one time bailout and
should not be used for recurring
The economic situation seems
to have had an effect on crime
also. Sheriff Paul May cited sta-
tistics to show that crime in the
county has increased tremen-
dously from 2007 to 2008. In
2007, there nine robberies. That
figures increased to 26 in 2008.
There were 329 burglaries in 2007
as compared to 493 in 2008. In-
stances of larceny increased from
365 to 525. While there are no sta-
tistics yet for 2009, the sheriff said
that so far this year, the number
of crimes is down. He attributes
this year's low crime rate to one
Because of the tight economic
situation, he said that he had not
been able to hire any new people
in the past two years and would
not be able to hire anyone this
year. He said the current econom-
ic situation is going to change the
way the sheriff's office conducts
The meeting was opened and
closed with prayer from Rev.
Randy Huckabee, pastor of First
Baptist Church. Mr. Rooney was
introduced by Debbi Large of the
local Republican party who orga-
nized the event.
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east wind around 5 mph.
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between 5 and 10 mph.
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 53. East north-
east wind around 5 mph.
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Okeechobee's Most Wanted
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If you have any information
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
Darrell Nathan Harden, 24,
U.S. 98 N., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Feb. 17, by Deputy John
Ashby on a warrant charging him
with violation of probation bur-
glary of a structure and violation
of probation grand theft. He is
being held without bond.
Phillip James Miller, 55, U.S.
441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrest-
ed Feb. 18, by Deputy Marcus Col-
lier on charges of driving under
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of Haiti. This is where the Hope
for Haiti Team concentrate their
The Hope for Haiti Medical
Team medical team, headed by
Dr. Lucien Baptiste and nurse
Charlotte Schmitt and assisted by
pre-med and nursing students,
treated and evaluated all 532 stu-
dents in ICDM's school. The medi-
cal team also treated wounds and
infections, administered worm
treatments, examined pregnant
women, and treated 11 people for
malaria, for a total of 725 patients
and gave out 2,022 prescriptions.
Hope for Haiti also conducted
a two day vacation Bible School,
a two day women's conference,
gave five showings of the Je-
sus film in the Creole language
and presented seven Bible "Pro-
claimer" units to key leaders. The
Proclaimer is a solar-powered,
rechargeable digital audio-Bible
with a hand-crank option. This
is extremely useful in Haiti where
80 percent of adults are illiter-
ate. The film was well received.
Anywhere from 80 to 150 people
viewed the Jesus film each night
and each night and many received
Jesus after viewing the film.
In addition team members do-
nated gifts, clothing and school
uniforms to children and present-
ed goats and chickens to spon-
sored children's families. Garden
seed, clothing, baby blankets and
diapers were distributed to the
Currently school children at-
tend classes either in primitive
buildings or outdoor classrooms.
ICDM is in the process of building
a two story Center of Hope with
classrooms on the ground floor
and an auditorium that can be
used for church services on the
second floor. Hope for Haiti team
members worked on the school
building during the trip. All work
is done manually. There are no
Mrs. Smith, area coordinator
of ICDM, helped plan and orga-
nize the trip.
"We hit the ground running
and we have a very ambitious
schedule," she said.
She and her husband have
made five trips to Haiti. Her goal
in working with the school chil-
dren is to teach them, get them
saved and give them hope.
She got involved with ICDM
when her sister hosted a Haitian
student who was doing graduate
work in this country.
"Voodoo is real," Mrs. Smith
said. "We have to be prayed up.
It is so sad the bondage these
people are in," she said.,
Mrs. Smith tells of a woman
who turned from voodoo to Chris-
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Okeechobee's Most Wanted you
can call the Treasure Coast Crime
Stoppers at 1 (800) 273-TIPS
(8477). If you call Treasure Coast
the influence and driving without
a valid driver's license. He was re-
leased on his own recognizance.
Ramon Lamar Tripp, 36,
N.W 43rd Ave., Okeechobee, was
arrested Feb. 18, by Deputy Dale
Hardy on a warrant charging him
with amended violation of proba-
tion possession of cocaine with
intent to sell. He is being held
Stephanie Metcalf, 19, N.W.
30th Lane, Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Feb. 18, by Deputy Arlene
Durbin on a felony charge of ut-
tering a forged instrument and
a misdemeanor charge of petit
theft. Her bond was set at $5,500.
Elmer Urbina, 17, N.E.
Fourth St., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Feb. 18, by Deputy Javier
Gonzalez on a felony charge of
possession of marijuana over 20
tianity. She was threatened with
death. Her family hired a voodoo
priest to kill her. The night before
the group left Bayonnias, a man
died and voodoo rituals were per-
formed all night.
A voodoo witch doctor lives
near the school. However, his
children attend the school and
several have embraced Christian-
In spite of the opposition, Mrs.
Smith is very optimistic about her
"God is amazing in what He
accomplishes," she said.
One of the ways ICDM accom-
plishes its goal is through the vita-
min program which was initiated
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Crimes Stoppers, you have the
option of remaining anonymous.
You can also receive a reward if
the information results in an ar-
grams. After being booked into
the Okeechobee County Jail he
was released into the custody of
SKarionnie Helena Pruitt, 22,
S.W 21st St., Okeechobee, was
arrested Feb. 19, by Deputy Mark
Margerum on a misdemeanor
charge of domestic battery. Be-
cause of that arrest, Judge Jerald
Bryant revoked Pruitt's bond on a
previous arrest on a felony charge
of possession of a controlled sub-
stance without a prescription. She
is now being held without bond.
David Anthony Locklear,
18, N.W Fifth St., Okeechobee,
was arrested Feb. 19, by Deputy
Dale Hardy on a juvenile take and
hold order based on his arrest
on a felony charge of possession
of a weapon on school property
and his arrest on a misdemeanor
by Brighton Baptist Church mem-
ber Sharon Rice. Although Ms.
Rice went on the previous two
Haiti trips, she did not make this
most recent trip. It was her idea
two years ago to provide vitamins
to the school children who were
showing obvious signs of under-
nourishment. In six months there
was a marked difference in their
appearance. The church is now
selling cook books to help finance
the vitamin program.
Another tool is the G.O.A.T.S.
(Gift of Animals to Succeed) pro-
gram. This teaches Haitian fami-
lies to fish rather than giving them
"The goats are wonderful to
Submitted to the UKeecnobee News
Some of the 532 students in pre-K through sixth grade at a
school in Bayonnais, Haiti sponsored by International Chris-
tian Development Mission, Inc. attend class at an outdoor
classroom. Other students attend classes In crude shelters.
A group of seven volunteers, including three people from
Brighton Baptist Church, recently went on a trip to Bayon-
nais. Among other things, they worked on a school building
for the students.
Jackie Cottrill, 45, Grand
Theft Motor Vehicle, DOB 6-24-
Antonie Faust, 22, Burglary
w/assault. Bond: $100,000
Wilbert Perez-Borja, 25,
H/M, Poss Cannabis more than 20
Grams; possession with intent to
Benji Sanders aka Juan
Tapia, 33, FTA-Poss Cocaine,
Emilio Serrano, 46, Sale of
cocaine, Poss cocaine with intent
charge of resisting a law enforce-
ment officer without violence. He
was transported to the Depart-
ment of Juvenile Justice Deten-
tion Center in Fort Pierce.
Norma Lynn Risner, 42, S.E.
25th St., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Feb. 20, by Officer Ryan
Holroyd on charges of driving un-
der the influence and possession
of drug paraphernalia. Her bond
was set at $1,500.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who
is later found innocent or has
had the charges against them
dropped is welcome to inform
this newspaper. The information
will be confirmed and printed.
help a family economically," said
A family is given a pregnant
nanny goat. In most cases the
goats have twins. One of the
babies is given back to the pro-
gram. The family then uses the W
other goats for milk and meat and
builds up a herd.
"It's like going home," Mr.
Smith replied when asked why SU
she kept going back to Haiti. She ex
said she can't quit. She is 70 and
has been making trips to Haiti
since she was 65.
"We did not want to sit in a
rocker," she said of her husband's
retirement. "It was God's timing.
It's developed into more than you
The church has several fund-
raising efforts to help their mis-
sion team. For more information,
contact Brighton Baptist Church Li
at 863-763-3063. CACC
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The Mullins family would like to genuinely thank
the Okeechobee community for your outpouring
of love and support after Kay's passing. We feel
truly blessed to be a part of such a wonderful
community. She has always been so proud of her
town. We realize that losing Kay isn't just our loss,
but is Okeechobee's as well. She gave all of us
her very best, every day. We are so proud of her
and feel fortunate to have been able to call her our
wife and our mother. In your honor, Kay, a standing ovation!
The family of Kay Mullins Danny, Samantha and Danny "Bubba" Mullins
4 OPINION Okeechobee News, Sunday, February 22, 2009
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FATHERS ALSO RESPONSIBLE: Dads please tell your sons there
will be consequences too. What is being done with them? They (their
families) should be penalized by paying child support to the mom.
Have paternity test done as soon as baby is born then the daddy's
family starts to pay or else. If only the girls are receiving the discipline,
well that is only 50 percent of the message given. Include the boys
and their families.
TASK FORCE: The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Task Force meets
quarterly; next meeting is on Tuesday Feb. 24, at 1:30 p.m. at the Li-
brary. It is open to the public so please attend if you are interested in
discussing the teen pregnancy issue.
SOMEBODY SAID: Somebody said it takes about six weeks to get
back to normal after you've had a baby... somebody doesn't know
that once you're a mother, 'normal' is history. Somebody said you
can't love the second child as much as you love the first... somebody
doesn't have two or more children. Somebody said the hardest part
of being a mother is labor and delivery....somebody never watched
her 'baby' get on the bus for the first day of kindergarten.... or on
a plane headed for military 'boot camp.' Somebody said a Mother
can stop worrying after her child gets married. Somebody doesn't
know that marriage adds a new son or daughter-in-law to a mother's
heartstrings. Somebody said a mother's job is done when her last
child leaves home. Somebody never had grandchildren.. Somebody
said your mother knows you love her, so you don't need to tell her...
somebody isn't a mother.
BAD SMELL: In regard to the bad smelling water, I would check
with the neighbors and see if they are having the same problems. We
were having the same "stinky" problems 15 years ago as well as the
overdoses of chlorine and the only answers we could get was the "old
pipe theory". We were never able to get any satisfaction. If neighbors
are not having the same issues, it could be the pipes in your house.
CALL: If people have a problem with the water, they should take
it to the utility authority. If you don't report problems, nothing will be
EDITOR'S NOTE: John Hayford of the Okeechobee Utility Au-
thority requests that anyone who is having problems with city water
contact the Utility Authority at 763-9460 so they can investigate and
determine the cause of any problems.
You could smell the fear
BOYS SCHOOL: In regard to the story about the beatings and
other abuse that reportedly happened at the School for Boys in the
1960s, surely someone who is still in town knows something about
that. Anyone who worked there or who was a client there should
come forward and tell their story. It was 50 years ago, but surely there
are still some people here who know what happened.
March of Dimes
making a difference
The March of Dimes has made
a difference to many people in
Okeechobee, including the Suarez
family. Tina Suarez is a teacher at
North Elementary. She is married
to David Suarez, a 1975 graduate
of Okeechobee High School. They
have three boys: Christopher and
Bryan who are in college, and
Phillip, who is a ninth grader at
the Okeechobee Freshman Cam-
pus. The Suarez family has been
involved in many community ac-
tivities, including OHS sports, and
both David and Tina work with
the Youth Group at St. Theresa
Catholic Church. Tina shares the
story of how the March of Dimes
helped her family.
A mother's story
I started participating in the
March of Dimes in 2006, which
is the year my son, Christopher
was going to graduate from high
school with honors. I felt it was
my way of giving back, and I
wanted to help raise money for
Christopher was supposed to
be born around Feb. 13, but in-
stead came early on Dec. 1. He
was 2 lbs 13 oz. I was told he
might not make it. It was a very
scary time. We had to wait for
an available bed in a neonatal
intensive care unit (NICU) some-
where in Florida. He ended up
being flown to Broward General.
I was told he would be there for
months. Because of his critical
state, only parents and grandpar-
ents were allowed go in and see
him in the NICU. I traveled every
weekend to see him. Before I
could take him home, he had to
be at least 5 lbs, breathing on his
own, holding his own body tem-
perature, and eating from a bottle
instead of a tube. The doctors told
me he would probably be slow-
er in school and he might have
health problems ranging from
breathing problems to problems
with his eyes.
Instead of months, Christopher
came home 6 weeks later thanks
to the neonatal intensive care unit
and everything the doctors and
nurses were able to do. I had to
take him to several specialists
over the next 6 months but every
time I went, we always received
a positive prognosis. Christopher
grew into a healthy, smart young
man and is now attending the
University of Central Florida and
doing well. Not all premature ba-
bies are as lucky as Christopher.
The March of Dimes is responsi-
ble for the regionalization of Neo-
natal Intensive Care Units, and
today their NICU Family Support
program provides emotional sup-
port and vital information to fami-
lies across the nation who have a
baby in the NICU. By donating to
the March of Dimes, you can help
others have the chance that my
This annual Okeechobee
County March of Dimes fund-
raiser, March for Babies will be
held March 7 starting in Flagler
Park. The walk will cover four
miles and will start at 8:30 a.m.
Registration is at 7:30 a.m. Teams
and individuals are encouraged
participate. For more information
go to www.marchforbabies.org,
or call Laura McCall at 863-763-
Fine SIles h F:ieulds
Reflections from the Pulpit
By Rev. Dr. Paul E. Jackson, Sr.
International Prayer Warriors
I wanted to write today about
something that should be so im-
portant to all of us in our life, but
yet, we all, without doubt, break
some of them each and every day.
And the answer why is because
we live in a world of sin.
The Ten Commandments
were given by God on Mt. Hored
(also known as Mt. Sinai) to Mo-
ses about 1280 B.C. They are the
core of the moral teachings of
Israel and have come down to
Christianity as part of divine rev-
elation. The Church in comment-
ing on the commandments sees
in them the totality of the nega-
tive and positive moral law, the
things we should not do, as well
as the things we should do. That
is to say, they embody the entire
natural law, what reason can dis-
cover of morality from the nature
of the world and man. However,
not every society, much less every
man, discovers the entire natural
law, so God has revealed it in the
Commandments so it could be
known with certainty by all men,
of every society, and every age.
The Bible gives two versions, in
essential content identical, one
is in Exodus Chapter 20 and the
other in Deuteronomy Chapter
5. The enumeration of the com-
mandments (which is number
one, which is two, etc.) are tra-
ditional and neither contained in
the texts nor obvious. The Catho-
lic Church has traditionally used
the Deuteronomy account and
followed the division of the text
given in the Septuagint, which is
the Greek translation of the Scrip-
tures made by second century
B.C. Jews in Egypt and used by
the early church as its Old Testa-
ment. The Anglican Church and
the Lutheran Church also use this
account, but the other Reforma-
tion Churches use the Exodus
listing, and adopted the Jewish
enumeration of the Hebrew text.
The are as follows:
Exodus Chapter 20 verses 3, 4,
7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17- 1.
Thou shalt have no other gods be-
fore me. 2. Thou shalt not make
unto thee any graven image, or
any likeness of anything that is
in heaven above, or that is in the
earth beneath, or that is in the wa-
ter under the earth. 3. Thou shalt
not take the name of the LORD
thy God in vain; for the LORD will
not hold him guiltless that taketh
his name in vain. 4. Remember
the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 5.
Honour thy father and thy moth-
er: that thy days may be long
upon the land which the LORD
thy God giveth thee. 6. Thou shalt
not kill. 7. Thou shalt not commit
adultery. 8. Thou shalt not steal. 9.
Thou shalt not bear false witness
against thy neighbor. 10. Thou
shalt not covet thy neighbor's
house, thou shalt not covet thy
neighbor's wife, nor his manser-
vant, nor his maidservant, nor his
ox, nor his ass, nor anything that
is thy neighbor's.
Deuteronomy Chapter 5 Vers-
es 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19,
20, and 21 1. am the LORD thy
God which brought thee out of
the land of Egypt, from the house
of bondage. Thou shalt have no
other gods before me. Thou shalt
not make thee any graven im-
age, or any likeness of anything
that is heaven above, or that in
is the earth below, or that is in
the waters beneath the earth. 2.
Thou shalt not take the name of
the LORD thy God in vain: for the
LORD will not hold him guiltless
that taketh his name in vain. 3.
Keep the sabbath day to sanctify
it, as the LORD thy God hath com-
manded thee. 4. Honour thy father
and thy mother, as the LORD thy
God hath commanded thee; that
thy days may be prolonged, and
that it may go well with thee, in
the land which the LORD thy God
giveth thee. 5. Thou shalt not kill.
6 Neither shalt thou commit adul-
tery. 7. Neither shalt thou steal.
8. Neither shalt thou bear false
witness against thy neighbor. 9.
and 10. Neither shalt thou desire
thy neighbor's wife, neither shalt
thou covet thy neighbor's house,
his field, or his manservant, or his
maidservant, his ox, or his ass, or
anything that is thy neighbours.
Revelation Chapter 22 Verses
18 and 19: "For I testify unto every
man that heareth the words of the
prophesy of this book, If any man
shall add unto these things, God
shall add unto him the plagues
that are written in this book: And
if any man shall take away from
the words of the book of this
prophesy, God shall take away his
part out of the book of life, and
out of the holy city, and from the
things which are written in this
What I wrote all above on the
Ten Commandments is just what
the Bible says in Exodus Chapter
20 and Deuteronomy Chapter
5. Now I am going to show you
just what is used by the Catholic
Church, Anglican Church and
the Lutheran Church for Deuter-
1. I am the Lord your God: you
shalt not have strange gods be-
fore me. You shalt not make your-
self a graven image. II. You shalt
not take the name of the Lord
your God in vain. III. Remember
to keep holy the Lord's Day. IV
Honor your father and mother.
V You shalt not kill. VI. You shalt
not commit adultery. VII. You
shalt not steal. VIII. You shalt not
bear false witness against your
neighbor. IX. You shalt not covet
your neighbor's wife. X. You shalt
not covet your neighbor's goods.
Now, I am going to show you just
what is used by the other Refor-
mation Churches for Exodus.
I. Thou shalt have no other
gods before me. II. Thou shalt
not make unto thee any graven
image. III. Thou shalt not take
the name of the LORD thy God in
vain. IV Remember the sabbath
day, to keep it holy. V. Honor thy
father and thy mother. VI. Thou
shalt not kill. VII. Thou shalt not
commit adultery. VIII. Thou shalt
not steal. IX. Thou shalt not bear
false witness against thy neigh-
bor. X. Thou shalt not covet thy
As you can see, words have
been taken away, some added
and some even in different plac-
es. Also, if you will notice, Roman
numerals weren't even part of the
Bible, so all of that also has been
added. I know this is today and
the great Holy Bible was written
years and years back, but I still
think of Revelation Chapter 22
Verses 18 and 19.
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Sunday, Feb. 22
A.A. meets from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
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.NNA. Sickest Of The Sick (OD) 7 p.m.
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
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 meetat 9:30 a.m. at the Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited. For information or to schedule an appearance for
your organization or group, contact Marge Skinner at 863-532-0449.
Monday, Feb. 23
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 Chapter leader Karen Graves at
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
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meeting.
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. attheOkeechobee
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, Feb. 24
Civil Air Patrol set to meet
The Civil Air Patrol meets each Tuesday evening at the Okeecho-
bee Airport T-Hanger #1, meetings start at 7:30 p.m. For information
please call Capt. Joe Papasso 561-252-0916 or Lt. Greg Gernat 863-
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 8 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 The Family
History Center at 863-763-6510 or Richard Smith at 863-261-5706 for
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 7:30 8 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.
Okeechobee News, Sunday, February 22, 2009 5
Seminole Elementary offers tutorial sessions
Seminole Elementary School
faculty and staff are pleased to
continue to offer two tutorial ses-
The Seminole Tutorial is held
every Monday and Wednesday
afternoon until 4:15 p.m. Stu-
dents will have an opportunity to
increase their academic perfor-
mance by receiving explicit, small
group instruction from a certified
teacher. The students will also
have an opportunity to go to the
computer lab to complete River-
deep, FCAT Explorer, and other
computer based lessons. We want
this tutorial experience to serve as
an opportunity for your child and
others to strengthen their aca-
demic skills. Please help us make
this tutorial successful by:
Encouraging your child to
attend each and every session.
Students will stay for the tutorial,
each Monday and Wednesday,
unless we have received a note
or call stating otherwise. Calls
should be received before 2 p.m.
Reading with your child ev-
ery night and reinforcing the skills
they are learning in school and
during the turotial.
Picking your child up at 4:15
p.m. Students may only be picked
up by those listed on our school
contact list, unless a note or call
has been received stating other-
The Supplemental Education-
al Services (SES) Tutorial is held
every Tuesday and Thursday until
4:15 p.m. Students who receive
free or reduced lunches qualify
for this grant funded program.
Students who are in this program
are provided services by one of
fifteen tutorial providers. Parents
or Guardians who are interested
in having their children) partici-
pate in this program can make
an appointment to speak to Kim
Quinlin, one of our SES Educators.
Together, you can choose the best
provider who will meet the needs
of your child. Some providers pro-
vide In-Home Tutoring and others
Computer Based Tutoring.
Students who qualify for the
SES program may also enroll in
the Seminole Tutorial and benefit
from tutoring four days a week.
We look forward to meeting
the needs of all of our students.
Thank you for taking an active role
in the education of your child.
The fifth graders have been
working hard this quarter to fin-
ish preparing for the FCAT test
in March. The students are com-
pleting daily reviews in math and
science to keep their minds fresh
and full of information. The tech-
nology in the classrooms has real-
ly helped to enhance the lessons.
The students have been creating
Pixie presentations such as ani-
mated stories, experiments using
the scientific methods, and Think
Green posters. They also partici-
pate in daily lessons that use the
interactive white boards! We are
thrilled with their effort during
100 Book Challenge as well. They
complete daily focuses, have
book shares with partners, and
are working their way towards
earning a trip to Lake June! We
know they can accomplish their
Ms. Kenney congratulates
Chastity Tripp, Amos Spells, and
Leo Pascarella for earning Student
of the Week certificates and ice
cream the past few weeks. Each
student has been demonstrating
responsibility, participation, and
hard work in all academics. All
the students have been review-
ing geometry, angles, metric and
standard measurement, math
vocabulary, multiplication tables,
adding and subtracting 1 and 2
digit numbers, reading passages
and stories and discussing story
elements, and utilizing the FCAT
Explorer in preparation for the
FCAT in March.
N I A A -e S mqmb
Miss Amy Weber, a Seminole Elementary School fifth grade
teacher, conducts a force and motion experiment by drop-
ping an egg to the ground from various heights and In vari-
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Students at Okeechobee High School are achieving excellence everyday. Students of the
Week are: Maria Ruls, Griselda Hernandez, Sarah Payne, Jalsa Sinclair, Eseklel Quiroz,
Randy Biegel, Eugenio Aponte, Desiree Jenner, Jonathan Hernandez, Victoria Jackson,
and Walter Piscatelli.
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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
AMENDING THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN
FOR THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of
Okeechobee, Florida will on Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. or as
soon thereafter possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL
conduct a PUBLIC HEARING to adopt amendments to the
Comprehensive Plan for the City of Okeechobee by considering the
following Ordinance into law: NO. 1041 : AN ORDINANCE OF THE
CITY OF OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA AMENDING THE CITY OF
OKEECHOBEE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN, ORDINANCE NO. 635
AS AMENDED, BY AMENDING THE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS
ELEMENT AND THE FIVE YEAR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS
SCHEDULE AS MANDATED BY FLORIDA STATUTES SECTION
163.3177(3_(B)1; PROVIDING FOR TRANSMITTAL TO THE STATE
LAND PLANNING AGENCY; PROVIDING CONFLICTS, SEVER-
ABILITY AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
The proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendments shall apply to all
property within the incorporated areas of the City of Okeechobee.
All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in
said hearing. The proposed Ordinance and Amendments may be
inspected in its entirety by members of the public in the Office of the
City Clerk during regular business hours, Mon-Fri, 8 am-4:30pm,
except for holidays.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires
to appeal any decision made by the City Council with respect to any
matter considered at this hearing, such interested person will need a
record the proceedings, and for such purpose may need to ensure a
verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the
testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. City
Clerk media are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of
In accordance with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and Florida
Statutes 286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommoda-
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6 Okeechobee News, Sunday, February 22, 2009
Central students learn about Black History Month
At Central Elementary School,
this week in Ms. Luchetta's and
Mrs. Atwell's class we are re-
viewing for the FCAT in reading
and math. In social studies, we
are learning about Black His-
tory Month. Make sure to do
your homework and study mul-
the students of the
week and the month.
Please be sure to get |
lots of sleep for the
you can do anything
you put your mind to.
We are very proud to
be your teachers!
Ms. DelPrete's class is work-
ing hard on reviewing reading
and math skills. This week we are
reading "Here's My Dollar," and
working on author's purpose and
context clues. In Writing, we are
researching presidents using non-
fiction books and encyclopedias.
We are learning some interesting
facts! In Math, we are learning
about Perimeter and Area. Par-
ents please sit with your child this
weekend and listen to him/her
read and correct the FCAT prac-
tice tests that were sent home.
An important strategy in reading
is knowing how to look back in
the story and find answers. Please
get your child in a routine of go-
ing to bed early and eating a good
Thank you for everything you
do to show support and encour-
agement for your child. Congratu-
lations to our students of the week
Darren Holley and Yiselt Pineda.
Some students in Ms. Enfin-
ger's Class are in need of sup-
plies. Please ask your child if they
need pencils or paper. Everyone
A list of spelling words has
been sent home for students to
study for the Spelling Bee on
March 17, however, we will have
a Spelling Bee in our room to pick
two students to represent our
class. That Bee will take place the
beginning of March. I will select
two participates and one alter-
nate in case anyone is absent. So
start to study!
In math, Chapter 21, we are
learning about tessellation (re-
peating patterns),solid figures
(cube, sphere, etc),
drawing figures and
Social Studies: The
unit is focused on the
United States, then our
state and city. Students
are eager to learn about
the world around them.
Take them to the lake
and talk about our envi-
ronment, they will love it. Writing
will be focused on telling a story.
They must include juicy words
and lots of details. This is the
only way they will improve their
writing grade. Study hall is being
provided for all of third grade. It is
an opportunity to make up home-
work or redo a portion of the Suc-
cess Maker computer program.
Students can also stay indoors
to catch up on their Accelerated
Reader points. We are trying to
reach our goal of 10 points this
nine week period.
Learning multiplication facts
are as easy as riding a bicycle.
Practice several times each day
until the facts are as easily said as
their name. Students are also try-
ing to earn 100 steps in our 100
Book Challenge program. They
can earn one step for every 15
minutes they read. So please sign
their folder in order for them to
receive credit for each step.
Feb 25-Student of the Week
Luncheon; March 1-classroom
Spelling Bee(will pick 2 students
and one alternate; March 17-
Spelling Bee (two students from
our class will represent ) Don't
forget to read!
In Mrs Snyder's third grade
we are working hard on learning
fractions. Equivalent fractions are
Eastern Star to host
The Okeechobee Chapter No.
128 Order of the Eastern Star
will host a breakfast on Sunday,
Feb. 22, from 8 until 11:30 a.m.
The breakfast is All-you-can-eat
scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage,
biscuits, gravy, potato casserole,
grits, juice and coffee all for just
$7. The breakfast will be held at
the Masonic Lodge 107 N.W Fifth
Church holds Jubilee
New Testament Baptist
Church, 535 N.E. 22nd Ave. (at
the junction of Hwy 70 and 710),
will hold a "Jubilee" Feb. 22-26,
services will begin at 7 p.m. each
night except Sunday, which will
begin at 10:30 a.m. (9:30 a.m. for
Sunday school). A pitch in dinner
will be held after the morning ser-
vice, followed by an afternoon of
fellowship and games. The eve-
ning service will be held at 2 p.m.
For more information please call
Orchid Club to meet
The Okeechobee Orchid Club
will meet on Monday, Feb. 23,
at 7 p.m. following the Garden
Club at 6 p.m. at athe Coopera-
tive Extension Office at 458 High-
way 98 North, 863-763-6469. The
program will be the showing of a
new orchid DVD produced by the
University of Florida. President
Harry Hoffner will assist anyone
who has a problem with their or-
workshop date set
Rain gardens are a conve-
nient and attractive way to collect
rainwater and allow it to trickle
through the soil. They help reduce
the storm water runoff from your
yard! To learn more about Rain
Gardens and to plan your own
garden, come to this informative
The workshop will take place
on Feb. 24, from 1 until 2:30 p.m.
or from 5:30-7 p.m., Okeechobee
County Extension Service, 458
Highway 98 North, Okeechobee.
Space is limited and pre-registra-
tion is required. Call 863-763-6469
to sign up.
Dine with Doctors
Did you everwonder what pro-
cedures are followed in an emer-
gency room? The next "Dine with
the Doctor," a medical series, is
scheduled for Feb. 24, in the din-
ing room of Raulerson Hospital.
Dinner services starts at 5 p.m.
with the physician presentation at
5:30 p.m.The dinner is only $5 for
the entree,' salad, roll and butter,
beverage, and dessert...The physi-
cian presentation is FREE.
This month's presentation,
"What Happens in the Emergency
Department" will be presented by
Jonathan Adelberg, M.D., Emer-
gency Department Medical Direc-
tor at Raulerson Hospital. Please
R.S.V.P. to Bill Casian at 863-824-
2702 for a reserved seat.
CCC to meet
The Community Collaborative
Council of Okeechobee County
Shared Services Network will
conduct their monthly meeting
on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 10 a.m. in
the board room of the Okeecho-
bee School Board Office. Guest
speakers will be: 211-Rhonda
Throop; Port St. Lucie Behavioral
Hospital Pamela Springer and
Hibiscus Children's Center An-
gela Lowe. The public is invited
to attend. For more information,
call Sharon Vinson at 863-462-
5000 ext. 257.
Library Book Club
The Friends of the Library
Okeechobee Book Club will meet
on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 6 p.m. at
the library. The book for discus-
sion is Robinson Crusoe by Dan-
Back to work
Pritchard's Insurance and Raul-
erson Company Care will present
a "Back to Work" program on
Thursday, Feb. 26, at 1802 South
Parrot Avenue, from 9:30 until
11:30 a.m. There is no charge
for the seminar. Guest speakers
will discuss topics that deal with
issues concerning returning to
work after occupational injuries.
Anyone is invited to attend this
informative seminar. For more in-
formation, please call Lisa Rodri-
guez at 863-824-3114 or by email:
a tough concept to understand,
but we are getting there. In Sci-
ence we are learning about verte-
brates and invertebrates. In Read-
ing we are still covering our basic
skills for FCAT such as Author's
purpose, compare and contrast,
main idea and details and all kinds
of new vocabulary. Our February
birthdays are Lindsay Lipscomb
and Sarah Gabor, Happy Birthday
girls. Our students of the week for
February are Dylan White, Me-
lissa Rosalino, and Kaitlyn Hoyle.
Nice work guys.
Thank you to the parents who
sent in items for the student's Val-
entine's snack. And a big THANK
YOU to all the parents for sup-
porting your child's academic
progress at home.
Ms. Cowden's class is ready to
kick the FCAT out of this park. We
are reviewing math skills learned
so far and we have touched on
probability and we are currently
working on fractions. In reading,
we reviewed author's purpose,
prefixes, and next week we are
going to review suffixes. We have
also discussed contractions, ho-
mophones, and context clues
and how to use our "p.i." skills to
use the clues to help us figure out
the mystery word. Our Student of
the week for last week was Dania
Juarez and this week it is Dylan
Walker. Congratulations! Homer
Bowers received Student of the
month for Fairness.
Third Grade BASE students
still preparing for the upcoming
FCAT test in 2 weeks. Testing will
begin March 3. The students are
very well prepared and will do
excellent. We are learning about
Abraham Lincoln and George
Washington in honor of Presi-
dent's Day. We will be also be
learning more about Black His-
tory Month. Congratulations to
the students of the week: Beatriz
Perez and Mckayla Skinner.
Mrs. Norman's class is staying
busy! In science we have been
studying the parts of plants and
Church holds third
bi-annual quilt show
The Women's Ministryof Buck-
head Ridge Baptist Church will
sponsor their third bi-annual quilt
show on Saturday, Feb. 28, from
what they need to live. We are
currently learning about geo-
metric shapes and fractions. The
students are having fun writing
about a pet that they would love
to have. Our students of the week
have been Peyton Hewitt, Ruby
Buster, Ivy Campbell, Curtis Foun-
tain and Zack Lara. Parents and
family, thanks for all your support.
The students are doing great and
deserve a pat on the back.
Central's fourth graders are
still a buzz about the 50's day
celebration watching Mr. Goff
dance and seeing Mrs. Jones hula
hoop was great fun. Students did
their utmost BEST on the Florida
Writing Assessment last week
and are ready to tackle the next
State Assessment. Parents, Mrs.
Fulleda stated it best -- try not to
talk about and use the 'FCAT'
word with your child. Continue to
encourage your child to do his or
her best on each and every proj-
ect, assignment and task and your
child will do his or her best. In the
classrooms, we have discussed
test taking strategies and help-
ful hints to make sure we have
the best setting and advantage
when we take the reading and
math assessments, but again, it
is only 'one piece' of your child's
year. Therefore, watch the review
worksheets or tasks that come
home and speak to your child's
teacher directly if you have any
And, Parents, we are heading
into the spring season and have
noticed some students have al-
ready 'taken a break' -- just a re-
minder our Spring Break is not
until April and students need
to focus and concentrate in the
classrooms so all can learn! Just
a reminder, Progress Reports
did go home and need to be re-
viewed, signed and returned to
your child's teacher. If you wish to
make a conference, contact your
10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The show will
be held in the fellowship hall of
the church, 1731 Hunter Road.
Admission is free, there will be
refreshments and door prizes.
For more information or to enter
items call Wilma 863-763-2047 or
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
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David L. McCormick, 63
OKEECHOBEE David L. McCor-
mick, of Okeechobee, died Thurs-
day, Feb. 19, 2009, in Raulerson
Having served in the U.S. Navy, Mr.
McCormick enjoyed fishing, hunting,
boating and was a hospice volun-
Preceded in death by two brothers,
James and Allen.
He is survived by his wife of 34
years, Nila; one son, Brian McCor-
mick of Washington State; two
daughters, Heather Downard of Car-
olton, Ky., and Mimi Delgardo (Mi-
guel) of Poartland, Ore. In addition,
he is survived by stepsons, Ricky
Gray of Okeechobee, Robert Gray
(Tammy) of Villa Hill, Ky., and Gary
Gray (Sinthia) of Union, Ky; two step
daughters Denice Beasley of Glenco,
Ky., and Darlene Myers (Alvin) of
Cincinnati, Ohio; 16 grandchildren; a
great-grandchild; brothers, Dickie
McCormick, Orville McCormick Jr.,
Kelly McCormick; and sister, Violet
Hanes all of California, Ky.
No services are planned, however,
memorial condolences may be
made at www.buxtonfuneral-
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OKEECHOBEE Donivan Francis
McCully, of Okeechobee, died Tues-
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A 30 year resident of Okeechobee,
he enjoyed fishing, golf and hunting.
He served in the United States
Navy during World War II and
served in the South Pacific.
He is survived by his companion,
Jean Wenstrom; two sisters, Leona
Milbourn and Mary Lesniak; and
three nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be con-
ducted at the Buxton Funeral Home
4 p.m. Monday.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contri-
butions may be made to Hospice of
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child's teacher! In Mrs. Pritchard's
classroom. Chance White, Adon-
iel Martinez, and Tyler Holley
have been recent Students of the
Week as well as Sheryl Altman.
Sheryl was also the Student of the
Month, demonstrating the pillar
of Fairness. Way to go kids. Robert
and Apple won the multiplication
challenge and will have a 'sup-
per out' with the teacher and her
family very soon and students are
also being challenged to a Geom-
etry Magic Square Tourney very
soon. Will the same two kids win
that? Happy Birthday to Mrs. Prit-
chard, Apple Nunez, and Mikayla
Corde in the month of February
and March and Tsaggaris Olsen
will also celebrate that special
day in March as well. Have a great
Congratulations to Carmen
Ramirez, Hailey Spearow and
Emma VanCamp for earning
enough Gold Success Maker
points to spend on some neat
prizes in the computer lab. Way
to go girls....
First grade and Kindergarten
have been very busy working with
money. They have been identify-
ing money, sorting and learning
the value of each coin.
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the Book fair, while third and
fourth grade classes discussed
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Everglades students learn how to write stories
At Everglades Elementary
School, Mrs. Brady's class is writ-
ing stories about what would hap-
pen if two cartoon characters from
two different cartoons met and
fell in love. For example "Scooby
Doo" and "Betty Boop." We have
had fun using our creativity writ-
ing these fantasy stories! In math,
we are learning about probabili-
ties. In science, we are learning
about living and nonliving things.
We are excited about exchanging
valentines on Friday!
Ms. Hunt's class has been busy
counting money and figuring out
change received, we love to pre-
tend to buy things from our friends
and they give us the change beak.
We are future millionaires, be-
cause counting money is fun!
Mrs. Campbell's class enjoyed
watching our volcanoes erupt.
We are learning a lot about the
Earth's surface. We have decid-
ed that fossils and dinosaurs are
cool! Our dinosaurs look great,
we are a creative group!
Mrs. Kirby's class is busy learn-
ing to count money. we are work-
ing on showing how to make
the same amounts with different
coins. Future bankers have to
start with the basics!
Mr. Wright's class has been
putting together some really neat
computer projects. We are start-
ing geometry in math and natural
resources in science. In social
studies our unit has been on
Ms. Gumz's class is learning
what causes day and night and
seasons. Rotation, orbit, and tilt
are key vocabulary words to ex-
plain what we learned. Black His-
tory Month has shown us how
things have changed, especially
now that we have a black Presi-
dent. We wish everyone a Happy
Valentine's Day! Best wishes for
a confident and capable attitude
that you did well on FCAT Writes!
Good luck 4th grade!
Ms. Kosinski's has been work-
ing on probability in math. We
are loving spinning our predicting
action. We have finished a power
point on living and nonliving liv-
ing things. We would like to thank
Ms. Hurley and Mrs. Lundy for vis-
iting our class and viewing our
projects! We enjoyed their posi-
tive feed back! We would like to
thank Mrs. Davis' fourth graders
for taking the time to look at our
projects. We were excited that the
older kids liked our second grade
projects! In social studies we are
learning about "Black History."
We are learning new facts every-
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Ms. Colburn said she went to
work in the medical field after a
close relative became sick. She
said she wanted to learn so she
could help people. "My mom
was sick and I didn't know how
day. The students were surprised
to learn that Garrett Morgan (an
African/American) invented the
traffic light. Did you know that?
Finally, in reading we have been
reading "Super Storms." The
class felt a strong connection to
this story as we had just covered
weather in our science unit. We
wish everyone a Happy Valen-
Mrs. Koff's class is learning
how to read and make their own
plots in math class. In reading
we are finishing our story for the
week, "Here's My Dollar." The stu-
dents are learning about different
ways that they can get involved in
school and in their community. In
writing they kids are excited to be
writing letters of encouragement
to the fourth graders to wish them
well on FCAT Writes! In science,
we are finishing up our lesson on
the solar system. The students are
learning about the planets and
get to create their own constella-
Mr. Viens class is making en-
couragement cards to wish the
fourth graders well on their FCAT
Writes! writing test this week. In
science, we are learning about
natural resources and how to
conserve and recycle our re-
sources. we have been working
on medians, modes, and means
in math and how to do research
and surveys and how to make
data charts and line graphs. Con-
gratulations to Haylie and Juan
for being students of the week.
Keep reading for your 100 Book
Challenge steps and earn a pizza
from Pizza Hut.
Mrs. Tilton's/Ms. Campbell's
class has been equivalent and
simplest forms of fractions. In sci-
ence, we are exploring perimeter,
area and volume. In writing, each
student has created their own
travel brochure of China. based
on the student's interest in certain
cities. Good luck to our friends in
fourth grade on the FCAT Writes!
to take care of her. She died and I
went to class," she explained.
Ms. Colburn thanked her fel-
low employees in the department
and the Raulerson Hospital Fam-
ily for helping her achieve this
"We do a lot of stuff because
we get support from our depart-
ment. Others pick up the slack for
test this week! Congratulations to
Aubrey Wojciesak, our student of
Mrs. Reno's class is really
"shaping up" as we learn about
geometry in math! Our student
teacher in reading, Ms. Campbell,
is helping us review compare and
contrast, reading comprehension,
and vocabulary. In social studies,
we've been learning about differ-
ent forms of government. We've
been writing every day and are
becoming superb story tellers!
In science we have been explor-
ing customary length and capac-
ity. Keep reading at home for 100
Book Challenge steps. Our class
leader has 260 steps (over 17
hours of reading)! Congratula-
tions to Carter Kassella, Zachery
Arcuri, Samuel Clarke, and Kobe
Crews our most recent students
of the week!
Mrs. Forde's class is going for
the goal with multiplication. We
are tracking the basic multiplica-
tion facts with soccer balls and
goals. Our reading class is studying
the importance of helping others
as well as author's purpose. Do
you know why the author wrote
something? Remember PIES, per-
suade, inform, entertain, or share
a personal story. We are working
with our inclusion teacher, Mr.
Bonasera, he is helping us with
a huge science, writing,and tech-
nology project. The students have
learned about natural resources,
they wrote a magazine article on
paper and then typed it into the
computer. They included pictures
and captions. Their knowledge of
natural resources has increased
due to this project. The students'
work will be shared with the fac-
ulty at the next early release day.
Congratulations to students of the
week; Cody Floyd, and Stephanie
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details of the 26 page proposed
ordnance page by page. Accord-
ing to the proposed ordinance
temporary sidewalk signs would
be legal only in the central busi-
ness district. There can be no
more than two real estate signs
on a property. The proposed ordi-
nance would not allow the place-
ment of a garage sale sign on
someone else's property. Another
of the restrictions stated that signs
that change text must change at
an interval no faster than 60 sec-
onds. The use of strobe lights in
businesses would be prohibited.
me. I couldn't do what I do with-
out the departments support,"
Ms. Colburn's family was on
hand to share in the moment with
The fifth grade would like to
thank Kathy Hogen Kamp for
donating lab supplies for our up-
coming unit on weather and the
Mrs. Washington's class is
working hard in reading and lan-
guage arts. we are focusing on
the use of content clues to gain a
better understanding of the test.
Hand held signs would be al-
lowed while advertising on trash
cans on private property would
not be allowed. If a business with
a nonconforming sign is sold, the
sign may stay as it is unless the
owner changes it by more than
a 50 percent Then it must con-
firm to local codes. If the sign is
torn down it must be replaced by
a sign that conforms to current
Since this was a workshop, no
official action could be taken. The
ordinance must still go before the
city council for the first reading.
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Desirable River Lake Estates SW area
3bd, 2 bth CBS home on 10 fenced home- 3/2/2 recently updated. New car-
acres. Pond, barn and pasture. Move in pet, new DW. Close to town and schools.
condition. Steal this one at $237,500 Very nice home waiting for you! $150,000
Hazellief & Prevatt Realty Co.
David Hazellief 863-610-1553 Betty Hazellief 863-61 44
Sharon Prevatt 863-634-7069 Dee Reeder 863-610-2485
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2/2 DWMH on a '% acre comer lot in Pioneer
Estates Owners say they are ready to move and
some furniture stays so bnng your offers and
your toothbrush today!!! Perfect for commuters!
1981 SWMH, located on nice fenced lot in Treasure
Island, new appliances, washerldryer, beautiful Fkida
Room wth newly updated windows, 2 cars, fur-
nished home, priced to sell. #202112 $55,000 Cal
Deba Pinson 863-801-9163
New CBS Homes
3/2 cathedral ceil-
ings, tile throughout,
SI wood cabinets, plant
n MI M U shelves, appliances,
$113,000. inc. lot.
(Reduced price if built on your lot)
Contact (863) 634-0571
SPatricia Louise Goolsby,
SLicensed Real Estate Broker
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Vicki Anderson 863-634-4106 Eric Anderson 863-634-4107
CBS3/1 Isuated on a comer bt, nice Oak trees, fenced
backyard, great for the kids or pets. High ceiligs i the lv-
ing rn wfau wood beams. Shed for addtinal srg. Call
Max Ayala 561-722-0518 (201743) $89,500
gorgeous for owner & horses. Living quarters above
8-stall barn wtack & feed rm. Cross-fenced whose
afe flex, LOTS of extra...cal to find out $399,000
Call Tna Weaver 863.6104434
RIVER AND LAKEACCESS Well-kept DWMH on a WATERFRONTPROPERTY. Weln mwtaned DWMH
canal that goes direcy to the Kissimmee River. Well Beafl backyard nicely dscaped with waterfall.
established park Close to town but not to close Many mature rees Two nce sheds, fsh cleaning sta-
Country living at its best. MLS 200067, $104,900. in wih dock. Large private well slto&ed bke. MLS
Call Vicki at 863-6344106. #201321, $89,000. Call Vckl at 863434-4106.
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* 2.5 buildable acres in Sunset Strip Big 'O RV Park vacant t or w/ ravel railer.
Airpark in Lazy 7 $98,000 MLS# 202207 Basswood buildable lots from $15K-
* Okeechobee Hammock 100 x 104 lot off $33,000
of 15-A. $29,000 MLS 200471 7 acres Hwy 68 $110,000 MLS# 93452
1200 South Parrott Ave.
2~5 22 sold oncrae buK hone s home has a
ind speed rating of 185 mph. Feel safe and secure
here whie enpying al of he ameribes of ths commun-
. Minutes from shopping, great eaton. 202120
175000 Call Barbara Colemn 8648M 148.
AFFORDABLY PRICED! Newer buil 2006 CBS
3/2/2 in Basswood Split floor plan, ile fioonng. Sit
on your back porch and enjoy the evenings. Great
starter home. (MLS# 202222) $105,000 Call
Marcia Barber 863-634-1229
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WELLBULTCBSHOMEonabeafu iwaieront co- LARGE WATERFRONT HOME. This lot has a
nerlotAfced in are on side yard Lg stneeplace canal on twosidesof property It has mature oaks
ad wagn wheel chandeer. Great starer home. Needs and a nice boat dock. The home is a well main-
aleTLC.Va t ldtisnludedinihesaleof hme. MLS taned home and ready to move in. MLS #201606,
#2015, $120,00.CallVic at 863634.4106. $150,000. Call Vicki at 863-634-4106.
WATERFRONT Very nice weldlmainined SW mobile Welalaibauillylndcaped ish an'para
hime.Ann famnlyorwiabalhtronbilton.Aboat dise The SWMH s Ike a dilhos. Beah area, boat
house with an elecc host Lod of house for heprie house, wth chen, and a place to just relax and eoy
MLS #201706, s99,000. all Vi at 86334.4106. iLS #201804 $149,900. Call id at 863434106.
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Making words is fun
Ms. Hyde's Kindergarten students work together making words during small group time.
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SES students Jump Rope for Heart
South Elementary students
participated in the Jump Rope for
Heart fundraiser for the Ameri-
can Heart Association. Students
jumped rope for a healthy heart
on Friday, Feb. 6, during with
Coach Schlabach, sponsor of
the event, and the other Specials
teachers. They raised for this very
The South Elementary year-
book is in its final stages of pro-
duction. It will be sent to the
publisher within a few weeks.
We reserve several pages for ads
each year. Often families or area
businesses wish to publish an ad
in the yearbook. For pricing and
other information, please contact
Randi Archibald at 863-462-5087.
Spirit Day on Friday will be
celebrated by wearing red, pink
or purple. If your child wishes to
bring Valentines in for their fellow
classmates, most students have
bags and students can give Valen-
tine's to their classmates. Please
contact your child's teachers if
you need additional information.
Fourth Grade is ready to Rock
the FCAT-for Writing. The FCAT
Writing assessment will be held
on Tuesday, Feb. 11, for fourth
grade students. Master Teachers
came from the Write a Play com-
pany on Tuesday to talk with 2nd,
3rd, and 4th grade students about
writing. The Master Teachers then
went into each fourth grade class-
room to help students write dia-
log and descriptive phrases in the
format of a play.
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The South Elementary School Students of the Month for Jan-
uary were: Vanesa Gomez, Arena Haywood, Justyn Scruggs,
Skylynn DiRusso, Ashley Bowers, Britney Whipple, Jasmine
Calzada, Sarah Heaton, ShahmirAli, Meghan Kuschel, Brenda
Agullar, Maya Kneldel, Jesse Mond, Verenise Lopez, DestanI
Whaley, Nelly Almanza, Marshall Rucks, Dilmer Larowe, and
Austin Spano. Congratulations students.
Students are achieving excellence everyday at South Elemen-
tary School. Students of the Week include: Chase Beal, Lidla
Arriaga, Matthew Nguyen, Alyssa Vavra, Jeremiah Horton,
Kameron Allen, Emily Land, Jadene Garcia, Melanie Gonza-
lez, Nicholas Hayford, Emily Beaty, Anthony Richards, Elana
Rodriquez, Sydney Hendrix, Stormy Requena, Kristlna Jar-
rell, Chandler Pearce, Daniela Olvera, Alexis Alicia, Jennifer
Willis, Hunter Mehrer, Jose Martinez, Baron Stuart, Breanna
Blount, Clay Rogers, Anjelilque Miller, and Shyane Adkins.
Having fun to rap
Mrs. Davls's fourth graders perform an
Livestock Market Report
Feb. 16 and 17, 2009
Submitted photo/Everglades Elementary
FCAT rap to encourage everyone to do their best on the FCAT writing test.
at 12 p.m.
at 11 a.m.
U.S. 98 Nort, O
with numbers scarce.
Monrad Chandler of Okeechobee
and Williard Palmer of Palm Bay
$52.50 topped the calf market with the
$50.00 high of $1.75. Adams Ranch, Ft.
$40.00 Pierce, topped the cow market
with a high of $55.
$53.50 Remember our last Monday sale
$64.50 is on Feb. 23. Tuesday sales only
until after July 4.
Feeder calves remained steady
although quality was off. With
what "fats" are bringing, it's a
wonder they were steady at all.
Slaughter cows and bulls took
a dive $4 to 5 lower. Look for
calves to be steady for a while
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Car Pool 110
Share a ride 115
Card of Thanks 120
In Memoriam 125
Give Away 140
Garage/Yard Sale 145
Special Notices 155
900 Numbers 160
SET OF KEYS lots of keys,
souvenir type items, found
parking lot of Faith Farms.
(863)467-7659 to identify
LAEPORT Feb. 26, 27 &
28, 9 am 4 pm Thurs &
Fri. 9 Noon Sat., 1256 Mi-
lum Dr, 5 family yard sale
at Lakeport RV Resort Lots
of household items, tools
and 2 trucks.
OKEECHOBEE Sat. & Sun.,
Feb. 21 & 22, 8am-?,
5800 S.E. Hwy. 441 -
1/4 ml. SE of Kings Bay
Furniture, Household Items,
Small Tools & Misc.
Assorted Blinds and
Beaded and Decorated Trim
Drapery Rods and
Trieatm nts atOlimnd
Reading a newspaper
helps you understand
the world around you.
No wonder newspaper
readers are more suc-
Em lo ment
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Experienced Caregiver 24/7
Senior sister or other personal
care, will drive to Doctors
appts, errands, etc.
NURSE will do P/T caregiving
for child or adult. Please call
me with your needs
(863)467-2112 / 447-1571
BUSY CHILD CARE CENTER-
seeking CDA TEACHER that
has exp w/young children.
Full-time or Part-time avail.
COMPUTER PROGRAMMER -
Need for local software com-
pany. Fax resume to
EXPERIENCED PLUMBER -
Needed for all phases. DFWR
Valid Drivers License. Apply in
person @ 2232 NW 32nd Dr.
FULL TIME STYLIST position
now available at Stafford's
Hair Salon, Call for an ap-
pointment to interview
Earn up to $150 a day!
Undercover shoppers needed
to judge retail and dining es-
tablishments. Experience not
required. Call 888-755-8323
NEEDED Experienced trim
carpenter Also needed, ex-
penenced cabinet installer.
One man's trash is
another man's treas-
ure. Turn your trash
to treasure with an ad
in the classified.
For Community Health Ctr. in
Pahokee. Must have 5 yrs exp
in business or Health Care
Mgmt, organizational & super-
visory skills, cultural sensitivity
& team approach. BA/BS pref
Competitive salary and excel-
lent benefits. Fax resume &
cover t to (561)844-1013 e-
GENERAL DENTIST for busy
practice at FL Community
Health Centers in Okeechobee,
FL. Mostly pediatric, some
adults, competitive salary, excl
benefits & loan repayment
available. Must have valid FL
Dentist Lic. Bilingual helpful.
Fax CV to (561844-1013, e-
mail bh Icninc. r EOE,
RN NURSE MANAGER
needed full time at Florida
Community Health Center in
Okeechobee. Must have cur-
rent FL RN license. Adminis-
experience required with
skills. Bilingual Spanish!Eng-
lish preferred. Competitive
salary & excel, benefits. Fax
resume to Dr Robshaw at
(863) 357-2991 or e-mail to
CASE MANAGER, Part Time
for Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Must have Bachelors degree.
Please fax resume to:
Melodee @ 772-466-5951
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315
INVESTORS NEEDED 10 to
12% Return, Dan Lakes a
state general contractor and
realtor Need investors to se-
cure 1st mortgage on prop-
erties $40,000 to $80,000
Please Call (561)635-8478
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reader of these charges in
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we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
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The classified ads
DEE'S MINOR REPAIR
& Pressure Washing
Cool Sealing, Painting,
Carpentry & Much More!
No Job Too Big or Small.
LICns #5698 & #1126
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Painting, Repairs, Carpentry
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Find itfaster. Sell it sooner
i the classifleds
JACK'S TOP SOIL
Fill Dirt'Shell Rock
& Bob Cat work.
Air Conditioners 505
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Books & Magazines535
Business Equipment 545
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Drapes, Linens Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Health & Reducing
Household Items 630
Medical Items 650
Musical Instruments 660
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Toys & Games 730
Wanted to Buy 740
GE Washer and Dryer will sell
together or separate $120.
for both (863)610-0685
GARAGE! CLEAN OUT
STOP PAYING FOR
A SUPERIOR SHED
WILL MAKE IT EASY
FOR YOU IN 2009!
WE FINANCE AND
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EXCELLENT Ladies TREK bike
has balloon fires, cost $400
asking $275 (863)763-3796
Bibles and Videos
417 W S Park St (863) 467-1243
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STEEL BUILDINGS #1
Some below Cost to Site
Call for Availability
BIG POLES 20' x 18" and up
$3.50 per foot.
WILL PAY $10 for old Silver
Dollar coins, more for gold
coins. Call (941423-9843
Lamps $17, 100 Barstools
$39 up, 50 Desks $97 up,
3Pc Dropleaf Dinette $197,
50 Table and 4 Chairs $397
up, 200 Recliners $297 up,
50 2pc Sofa & Loveseat
sets $687 up, 50 V Ent.
Centers $167 up, 2 Pc
Queen Bed set $297 up, 50
4Pc Bedroom sets $387 up,
3Pc Livingroom tables
$97up, 100 headboards
CLUB CAR Used, Good con-
dition, charger, $900 or best
14KT WHITE gold & dia-
monds 2 rings, 2 pair of
earrings, "Infinity" necklace
& Diamond tennis bracelet
$8,000.00 value! It's a
steal! $2000/will sep.
THREE Color 27" TV's $50
each. FIRM (863)610-0685
Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
your yard sale in the
classifieds and make
your clean up a breeze!
Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Services Wanted 830
Lawn & Garden 850
HAY Frtiized. Argentina Ba-
hia 4x5 Round Bales. $30ea
or $25 for 4 or more. South
PONY Carmelo/White mare 7
rs old rides good. Miniature
horses 1 filly, 1 stud, lyr old
buckskin & paint $1200 or
will separate (772)260-6852
PASTURE GATES -From 4' to
16' Like new but half the
cost. Starting @ $31.00 to
LAZY 7 AREA 4/2 CBS, Po-
tential short sale, motivated
seller, 8350 SW 9th St.
FIVE MOBILE HOMES IN
PARK, All need removed.
Will sell or trade for motor
home or boat.
VIKING ESTATES 2.5 Acres
may be split $22,500 Clem-
ons Real Estate Inc.
WOODED 4.4 ACRES With a
private 3/2, w/d, acuzzi & Ig
deck. $850/mo, 1st, last &
sec req'd. (863)467-6472
5 Acres- 5 minutes north of
town off 441, cleared
BHR Fum Modular home 3/2
w/FI Room, Incl 3 HD TV's.
Just updated plumbing,
elect, new sod & spring sys,
fenced, boat ramp, dock,
conc drive, car port, shed.
LAKEPORT- Lake Okeechobee
access 2/1 CBS, fully furn, 2
boat-boathouse w/1.5 bath,
laundry, shop w/auto doors,
fish cleaning screenroom.
Too many extras to list, in-
cludes Bass boat and air
boat $250,000 Bill Smith
Mobile Home- Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020
MOBILE HOMES FOR RENT
1, 2 & 3 Bedrooms
Low Deposits &
BEST VALUE IN TOWN! For
Rent: 2/1 apartment. Unit
newly remodeled. Located
12 miles north of Okeecho-
bee on Equestrian Ranch.
Monthly water, trash & lawn
maintenance included. No
Pets! $495 Move in spe-
cial. M-F (863)467-2982
ON RIM CANAL: Small, 1
Bdrm., $450 mo. (includes
utilities). + $300 sec. dep.
PLATES BLUFF 4 BR, 2 BA
DW on 5 acres. $500 mo. +
$1000 sec,. dep. Call
WATERFRONT. 2br/1ba, com-
pletely furnished, non smk.
env., no pets $750 mo.+lst
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
KINGS MH PARK 48 x 12
Fum 1/1 w/21' concrete
porch & roof, in good cond.
On rented lot. Must see to
appreciate. Reduced $7000
KRFR- Adult Park, Lot 90,
2/1.5, furn., Fl. rm., carport,
$25,500 neg 763-8382
-MOBILE HOME SALES-
32x80 Set up on Your
Lot- $550 Monthly
Need your mobile
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OKEECHOBEE Db Wide, on
canal, elec boat lift, Ig at-
tached Util Room, Ig Util
shed, golf car, furnished, Exc
cond., 1307 S Parrot, #40,
Riverbend Mob Home Pk,
OLD RIVER RUN 2 Park
models w/direct lake okee
access, 2 docks
Join all the people who
say, "I sold it in the
Business Places 910
Farm Property -
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
KINGS BAY 2/2, $695 per
mo 1st & last, no pets. Avail
863 763-7301 or
KINGS BAY 2/2, $695 per
mo 1st & last, no pets
(863 763-7301 or
OKEECHOBEE, 2BR, 1BA,I
Near town. ~Z50 mo. An-
nual Lease Sec-8 OK
Very clean! $600/mo. In-
cludes utilities. No pets. Call
BASSWOOD 3br, 2ba, 2 car
garage, $950/mo will take
action 8, will rent with op-
ton to buy (772)323-4758
BASSWOOD ESTATES 3 BR, 2
BA w/Den, All apple. including
W&D. 1 Car Garage. $1050
DIXIE RANCH Acres- 2br/lba
duplex $500 month + $400
dep., includes water, lawn,
garbage, NO PETS. Call
FT DRUM 1/1 on four acres,
new cabinets and carpet
$625 mo. (912) 224-4658
or (734) 637-2697
OKEECHOBEE New 3BR,
2BA, garage, Northwest 6th
Street, $995/mo. + sec. Call
Albert at 863-634-7460.
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 1ba, Lg
yard, inside city limits, $800.
mo. + Util., 1st & Last mo.
sec. dep. (863)990-3294
Rent to own or sell 3/1 CBS,
new roof, newly renovated
Need a few more bucks
to purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used items in
LAND FOR LEASE -10 acres
Animal grazing. Great Oaks
Est., Lot #9. Highlands
Call for details
PHYSICIAN OFFICE for lon
term lease call
863)467-9500 for more in-
Available from Commercial News Providers"F
Business Places -
Property- Sale 1010
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Property- Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property- Sale 1055
Property Inspection 060
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property -
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080
INDIAN HAMMOCK New 3/2
two story on 2.89 acres,
$275000. Also have a 2.85
acres lot $59,900. Okeecho-
bee 36th st N. 2/1/1 CBS
$65,000 Canal Point ridge
facing lake 3/1 on half acre
$70,000. And 3/2 $85,000
Realto r/ Owner
Okeechobee News, Sunday, February 22, 2009 11
BY ORDER OF THE DEVECO
AT LEAST 1 SELLING TO THE
* 9 Single Family Key West
Style Cottages Available
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S/W Mobile Home 14x50,
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vinyl room, newly refur-
bished, lake access w/dock,
Treasure Island, in park @
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BID NO. W-01-10-02-a S
Sealed Bids wil be received by the Cit of Okeechbee General Services Depart-
ment, Rocom 101 at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974,
(863) 763-3372 ext 218, no later Itan 2- m on Mondayu March 9 2009 a
which ime they wil be publicly opened and read aloud in he City Council Cham-
bers Bids may not be reed after bid opening ny BIDS received after e me
specified will not be accepted
The work for which this bid consists of is Ground Mantenance for City Hall, City
Parks, Police eDe n, e parent, artment Right-of-Ways, Medians and Sidewalks
Bid Packets are available at the General Services Department, dunng normal hours,
Monday rough Friday, 8 am to 4'30 p m, except oldays, for a non-refundable
$10 00 fee
Envelopes should be clearly marked "Ground Maintenance Bid No PW
01-10-02-9 Ctv Hall CBv Parks Police Dooartnen Rre oenartmenL RMhn-
tf-Was Medns and Sidewalks" and may be hand delivered mailed to the ad-
dress lsd above Facsiile or smailed bids wll not be accepted
The City has the ngh to accept or reject any and or all bids, wih or without cause,
to wave technical ores deemed most advantageous to te City All bids shall re-
main open for a penod not to exceed nnty (90) days fmm the date of th bid open-
Donnie Roertson, Pubic Works Director
311351 ON 2/22/09
Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500
IN TE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
CASE NO.: 2004-DP-M8
IN THE INTEREST OF,
R.R. DOB: 12/2803
Mother of the minor child.
(parental nights terminated)
TO. Father of RR. Raul Aldana
Residence and Address Unknown
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTICED THAT A PE-
TITION UNDER OATH HAS BEEN
FILED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF CHIL-
DREN AND FAMILIES IN THE ABOVE-
STYLED COURT FOR THE TERMINA-
TON OF PARENTAL RIGHTS RELA-
TIVE TO R.R., A MALE CHILD, BORN
ON THE 281i DAY OF DECEMBER,
2003. THE CHILD WAS BORN IN THE
COUNTY OF OKEECHOBEE, IN THE
STATE OF FLORIDA. YOU ARE COM-
MANDED TO BE AND APPEAR BE-
FORE A JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT
COURT, JUVENILE DIVISION IN THE
ABOVE-STYLED COURT LOCATED AT,
OKEECHOBEE JUDICIAL CENTER
312 N.W. 3rd STREE,
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
AT 2:30 P.M. ON THE 6Ih DAY OF
APRIL, 2009, IN COURTROOM "D",
FOR HEARING AND TO SHOW CAUSE
WHY SAID PETITION SHOULD NOT BE
FAILURE TO PERSONALLY APPEAR AT
THIS ADVISORY HEARING CONSTI-
TUTES CONSENT TO THE TERMINA-
TON OF PARENTAL RIGHTS OF THIS
CHILD, IF YOU FAIL TO APPEAR ON
THE DATE AND TIME SPECIFIED, YOU
MAY LOSE ALL LEGAL RIGHTS AS A
PARENT TO THE CHILD NAMED IN
THE PETITION ATTACHED TO THIS
BE ADVISED THAT YOU HAVE THE
RIGHT TO AN ATTORNEY TO REPRE-
SENT YOU IN THIS MATTER IF YOU
CANNOT AFFORD AN ATTORNEY ONE
MAY BE APPOINTED FOR YOU
WITNESS MY HAND AS CLERK OF SAID
COURT AND THE SEAL THEREOF
THIS 30Th DAY OF DEC, 2008
CLERK OF COURT
By Kahy Arnold
306459 ON 2/ 5.22,3/1 8/09
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STATE OF FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
FLORIDA'S TURNPIKE ENTERPRISE
FOR STATE HIGHWAY SYSTEM PROJECTS
WHEREAS, pursuani to Chater 334 through 339 and Chapter 73 and 74, Floida
Statutes, as amended, the State of londa Department of Transortahon ('Depart-
ment") has authony to locate and designate certain Itansporaion lacile as a
part of the Stt Highway System and cernstrf and mantan the same ewi
snds which are now or which may hereafter become available to the Department,
WHEREAS, pursuant to Chapters 334 through 339 and Chapters 73 and 74, Flonda
States as amended, the highway auhoites of the stat, couies, cies
towns, and villages, acting alone oo in coeperauion with each other or with any
federal, state, or local agency of any oTher state having authonty to porcipate in
the construction and maintenance of transportation faclles, are autonzed to
designate, provide, and regulate limited access families, and
WHEREAS, pursuant to Secion 337 27 onda Statutes, the Secretary of Transpo
tern has delegated the authonty to execute eminent domain resolutions to the
Chief Execuve Officer of the Floda Turnpike Enteipnse, and
WHEREAS, the property is being acquired by orida's Turnpike Enterpse ("Enter-
pwse") a dviion of the Departmento and
WHEREAS, Mr James Ely is the Execulve Director and Chief Executive Officer of
WHEREAS, Right of Way maps have been prepared by the Department showing the
location of ItenmSegment Number 422418-2
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by he Execuve Director that the Fort Drum
Service Plaza Wastewater Treaoment Pond, Okeechobee County, onda is hereby
located and designated as IteWSegment Number 422418-2, and the line and lo-
caeon of said pad of said facility are hereby designated as a part of he State
Highway System, and the [oiht of Way maps prepared by the Department as
aforesad, are hereby adopted as the oicial Right of Way maps far sad
ItemSegment Number, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Executive Director finding that tafic condi-
bons, present or future, would luslfy sad facility being designated as a limited
access facility, hereby designates, or has designated the same as a limited ac-
cess facility, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that it is the judgment of the Department that the con-
strmcbon of said portion of sad ItemiSegment Number is necessary, tactical and
in the best interest of the Sle: and hat the acquisieon of such popery and
property nights as are needed for said constructn is necessary for the perfor-
mance of its dutes and for the construction, reconstruction, and maintenance of
said state facility for the use of the general public, and hat the Department is au-
thonzed to make such acqusllon by gift, purchase, or condemnateon
State of Floida
earo ent of Transportanon
lda Turnpike Enterpses
By James Ely,D PA
Executive Directr and
ATTEST Execute Secretary
Approved as to form an legality
Jack R Leonard
Office of Tumpke general Counsel
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Okeechobee High School was
no hit until the sixth inning as they
fell to Treasure Coast 6-1 in the
regular season home opener for
boy's baseball Thursday night.
Scotty McManus threw fast-
balls past and curveballs around
the Brahman bats as the Titans
won in their first ever visit to
McManus added a nice night
at the plate with three hits. His
sixth inning bases clearing triple
basically sealed the victory for
Treasure Coast. Chris Brown and
Danny Davis also had three hits to
pace the 12-hit attack.
Okeechobee's lone run came
on an RBI double by Mark Weir
in the sixth inning. His drive to
right field nearly left the building,
but hit off the screen about the
wall and bounced back onto the
field. It was that kind of night for
Brahman Coach Dylan Tedders
said he thinks his kids are over
thinking at the plate and aren't as
focused as he'd like,
gression at the plate that we
saw early. We're in a little funk.
We've seen quality pitching," he
said. "We just need some sparks
to get us out of this. We just can't
us into too big of a hole and try to
Cameron Tewksbury did his
best to keep Okeechobee in the
ball game. The Brahmans start
ing pitcher had some rough in-
nings but held Treasure Coast to
three runs over five innings. He
allowed nine hits, but was able
to make pitches so seven runners
were stranded on base. Coach
Tedders said Cameron is still
counted on to be a staff leader
"I think he's over thinking the
situation," said the coach. "He's
got to realize that we will put
him in a good situation. That's
the problem with coaching smart
athletes, they over think. That's
where were at. We're over think
ing situations, on the mound and
at the plate. We need to relax and
Okeechobee fell behind 2-0 in
a walk, and moved to third on a
balk and a single by Cory Shav-
er. Marotta scored on a second
passed ball to give the Titans a 1-0
lead. Danny Davis followed with
an RBI single to make it 2-0.
The score remained 2-0 un-
til the fifth when McManus and
Chris Brown opened the inning
with singles and Marotta added
an RBI single to center.
Okeechobee managed just two
base runners through the first four
innings. Mark Weir drew walks in
the first and fourth innings. He
was stranded in the first and was
out trying to advance to third on a
ground ball in the fourth.
Treasure Coast greeted the
Brahman bullpen rudely in the
sixth. Giovanni Cruz hit a hard
grounder that Weir booted at
third. Davis followed with a single
and Eric Alvarez followed with
an infield single against reliever
Brandon Farless. Mike Minondo
relieved and was greeted by a tri-
ple by McManus that doubled the
Titans lead to 6-0.
Okeechobee's run came in the
sixth as Drew Selvey singled and
scored on Weir's long double.
Cameron Tewksbury hit a fly
ball double in the seventh for
Okeechobee's only other hit. 12
Brahmans were struck out by a
pair of Titans pitchers.
Okeechobee will travel to For-
est Hill on Tuesday and return
home to meet Glades Central
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