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Vol. 99 No. 12


.ashians, Bulldogs
ttle to stalemate
They call it kissing your sis-
ter, nada, shutout, no goals.
That's what South Fork
and Okeechobee battled to in
a boy's soccer duel Thursday
night at Brahman stadium.
It's not that Okeechobee
didn't have chances. A couple
of shots forced South Fork's
goal keeper to jump, dive, and
eat dirt. One of the chances
was almost point blank. It just
seemed, no matter what, no-
body was going to score.
"We had more than an am-
ple opportunity to put the ball
in the net and we did not do
that," Brahman Coach Lonnie
Sears noted, "Elite teams finish
and that's really the difference
in this game."
Page 7


Forum scheduled
plans for Lake 0
Lake Okeechobee: Headwa-
ters of the Everglades A 'Deci-
sion Makers Forum' exploring
the challenges of managing
the lake as a multi-use natural
resource. The forum will be
held at the Dolly Hand Cultural
Arts Center in Belle Glade on
Jan. 17.
The program will, include
presentations on the role and
state of the lake. A facilitated
dialogue among federal and
state officials and local civic
leaders will examine the chal-
lenges presented by the multi-
ple roles the lake is asked to ful-
fill, to identify the unanticipated
impacts of management deci-
sions on the communities sur-
rounding the lake and avenues
of cooperation, and to elicit
new ideas.?The program will
conclude with presentations
showcasing and discussing
some of the local efforts now
being made to build and diver-
sify the regional economy. Con-
tact: Martha Musgrove (561)
965-9409 or mailto:DMF@att.

Drought Index

Current: 561
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.13 feet
Last Year: 12.02 feet

Source: South Florida Water
Management District. Depth
given in feet above sea level

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Community Events.................... 4
Crossword.............................. 8
Obituaries...................... ..... 6
O pinion...................................... 4
SpeaR Out.............................. 4
Sports..................................... 7
TV ........................................... 8
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Homestead change on ballot

By MaryAnn Morris
Okeechobee News
Florida's multi-faceted pro-
posed Amendment I will be on
the ballot for the Jan. 29 special
election. The ballot language
of the "Homestead Exemption
Amendment" is probably as
reader friendly as government-
ese can be.
The first Florida Homestead
Law was passed in, 1934.
Florida's Homestead
Exemption is a reduction of the

assessed value the real estate
that is your home, your "legal"
address -- where you pay your
taxes and vote. Currently,
Homestead Exemption says that
by law, you do not pay property
tax on the first $25,000 of what
your homestead is worth. If your
home is worth $70,000, exempt
$25,000 and your tax is calculat-
ed on what is left, or $45,000.
There is currently an addi-
tional $25,000 exemption if
you are over 65 and you have
an annual income that is not

more than a certain amount
(that amount is adjusted each
year based on the cost-of-living
index). To qualify, you must live
you live in a county or munici-
pality that has approved that
additional exemption.
"Okeechobee County has
approved that extra $25,000.
Our income cap is calculated
on the adjusted gross house-
hold income. Right now, -the
most adjusted gross household
income that qualifies for the
additional exemption is $24,214.

Young anglers: Local teens fish the Big 0

Submitted photos/Janice Floyd
Big O0 Teen Anglers helped out B.A.S.S. enjoyed their final tournament on Lake
Okeechobee on Dec. 6, 7 and 8. The Anglers included: (front row) Ryan Folsom, Chris
Eaton and April Floyd, (back row) Melissa Floyd and Keith Dietz. Kyle Monti, not pic-
tured, also assisted.

The Big O Teen Anglers, Inc team had a great year. For more on the Teen Anglers, see
page 5.

Rodeo team brings

At the end of the winter school
break, the Okeechobee High
School Rodeo Team traveled to
Reality Ranch in Zolfo Springs for
a two day rodeo and the first cut-
ting of the season. The team had
the month of December off with
no scheduled high school rode-
os. However, several members Chasey
compete on a professional level Bass
and competed at jackpot rodeos
during their time off. On Jan. 5 the rode
and 6, the team traveled to the compete
Reality Ranch in Zolfo Springs. One
Members of the team were excit- aspects
ed to be competing again and fellowsh
to see all of their rodeo friends of the Fk
and families. The sport of rodeo Associat
is unlike any other high school As the
sport, these students show up at trailers v

Brittney Jes
Nethers Zig

eo grounds prepared to
in their events.
of the most important
of high school rodeo is
ip with other members
)rida High School Rodeo
ion and their families.
big trucks and horse
with living quarters and


Every year the state looks at the
cost of living index and recalcu-
late that income amount," said
Mickey Bandi, Senior Appraiser
with the Okeechobee County
Property Appraiser's Office. The
cost of living index is a figure
published by the federal govern-
If the proposed amendment
were passed, from $0 to $25,000
of the assessed value would be
exempt, then from $25,001 to
$50,000 would not be exempt
and from $50,001 to $75,000,

like the first $25,000, would be
"There are 33,024 parcels on
Okeechobee County's property
tax roll, said Celeste Watford,
Tax Collector, "Owners of 8,296
now claim a homestead exemp-
tion. Including vacant lots and
homes, 55 percent of the total
value of the tax roll is from resi-
dential property."
How would this part of
the proposed amendment
See Ballot Page 2

Coach cleared,

Hargraves back

on diamond

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
All the accusations and
innuendos are over and Kim
Hargraves is back on the soft-
ball diamond and trying to get
her Okeechobee High School
softball team to another state
Mrs. Hargraves, a former
player at OHS, faced accusa-
tions of financial improprieties
with her traveling softball team
this past summer. However, a
state investigation has exacer-
ated her and she's back on the
field doing what she loves.
The accusations were lev-

eled by a. parent who was
angry that their daughter was
not getting the playing time on
the OHS team that the parent.
felt she should.
"I'm going to put girls on
the field that are the best of
the best," said Mrs. Hargraves,
whose OHS teams have an
accumulative record of 108-
58 during her seven years of
coaching. "This has affected a
lot of people. The parent's own
daughter had a great chance of
playing this year. It's affected +
our program."

See Hargraves Page 2

Local students

take advantage

of new programs

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Sixty citizens of Okeechobee
County applied for entry into
the newly offered Indian River
Community College (IRCC),
soon to be Indian River College
baccalaureate courses.
Of those 60 students, 44
are now enrolled in various
bachelor's degree programs,
including two profession areas

that are considered "very high
need" for the State of Florida.
Five individuals are enrolled
in middle school science edu-
cation program and seven are
enrolled in the bachelors nurs-
ing program.
There are 24 Okeechobee
County citizens that are enrolled
in one of the three Bachelors
Applied Science degree pro-
See Programs Page 2

home championship titles
School Rodeo Cutting Event and Chasey Bass
Association. As earned his championship title
friends and fam- in Saddle Bronc. Both members
ily members received championship buckles.
a ccompany The following team members
the students to earned points in the following
the rodeos, the events:
Okeechobee Barrels -- Jessica Ziglar
community is earned first place on Saturday.
ssica Cole Jacoby well represent- Breakaway-- Shelby Carden
lar Fulford Johns ed. placed sixth on Saturday and
motor homes pull in at the The last tenth on Sunday, Breanne Lee
leo grounds and everyone FHSRA was held the first week- placed seventh on Saturday,
s settled for the weekend, the end of November in Perry, Ga., Kayla Davis placed eighth on
owship starts. It is almost like almost eight weeks ago, but Sunday and Jessie Cofield placed
big family reunion is taking this did not slow the OHS Team ninth on Sunday.
ce at least once a month. This down. The team represented Goat Tying -- Maci Culligan
ir the 35 members of the OHS Okeechobee very well, winning placed ninth on Sunday and
, T m T= ,,, ,-,, t, two championship titles. Brittney Shelby Carden placed tenth on

20 percent of the Florida High

Nethers tied for first in the Girls

See Rodeo Page 2


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Continued From Page 1
affect the county?
"We estimate a six percent
reduction in property tax rev-
enue, assuming everything else
stays the same and that is.a big
assumption," said Mr. Bandi.

Tangible Personal
Property Tax changes
also proposed
The amendment also cre-
ates an exemption for people
who live in a mobile home park
where they own their mobile
home and rent their lot. Their
carports, screen rooms, storage
rooms and porches are "tangible
personal property" and taxed as
The amendment creates a
$25,000 exemption of tangible
personal property. Tangible
personal property is also a busi-
nesses property like desks and
"Fourteen percent of the dol-
-- lar value of the property tax roll is
tangible personal property right
now," said Mr. Bandi.

Save Our Homes
limits assessed value
Save Our Homes (SOH) is a
law adopted in 1992 after Flori-
da's citizens petitioned for the

Continued From Page 1
Mrs. Hargraves, the mother of
three, said the girl is not coming
out for softball this season.
At the heart of the accusations
was her handling of matters with
the Chobee Firestix, an 8-and-
under traveling fastpitch softball
team. The parent accused the
OHS coach of keeping money
that parents of the traveling team
paid in order to play in summer
Each parent paid $250 which
was to pay for tournament entry
fees as well insurance, equip-
ment and T-shirts. The par-
ent claimed that the team only
played in two tournaments and
that the parents should have had
some of their fees returned.
According to Mrs. Hargraves
and some other parents of play-
ers, that's what happened. After
the season had ended each par-
ent received a check for $11.80 --
their portion of the leftover fees.
"The parent got upset with me
in August," she said. ,
She was then notified in Octo-
ber that she was being investi-.
gated, and was then suspended
from her coaching position at
OHS on Nov. 15 -- pending the
outcome of the investigation
Dr. Patricia Cooper, super-
intendent of schools, wanted a
clear idea that nothing fraudu-
lent had occurred, said Mrs. Har-
"We did some internal things
that were required before send-
ing it to the state level," explained
Dr. Cooper. "It was sent to the
state because I felt like we need-
ed to cover all the bases. When
something is brought to our
attention we do our best to han-
dle it internally."
Mrs. Hargraves is employed by
the Okeechobee County School
District as a part-time coach,
and is not a teacher. According
to school district records, she
receives a stipend of $3,000 per
On Monday, the OHS softball

change in the law. The change
passed and SOH applied to
homestead property in 1995.
SOH dictates that property
taxes on your homestead proper-
ty may only increase by 3 percent
or less each year, regardless. That
limitation includes school taxes.
Presently, when you move,
you start over with a new assess-
ment the year after you buy just
like when you did when you
bought the house from which
you are moving. According to the
Florida Chamber of Commerce,
if the amendment is passed, a
homeowner can apply the differ-
ence between the market value
and the assessed (taxable) value
of the old house (up to $500,000)
to the new house. The amount
is calculated different ways
depending whether:
You move from a less expen-
sive house to a more expensive
house, you can take the entire
dollar difference between the
old house's market and assessed
value, up to a $500,000 differ-
If you move from a more
expensive house to a less expen-
sive house, you can take the per-
centage difference between the
market value and the assessed
value of the old house and take
that same percentage off the
market value of the new house.
Explanations of how the pro-
vision for rentals in the amend-

ment seem vague, but all such
real property of nine units or less
will be assessed at market value
when transferred or sold. If more
than nine units, the legislature
determines how the reset works.
Maximum increases are limited
to 10 percent in a single year
(much like SOH's 3 percent for
homesteaded property).
According to the Florida
Chamber of Commerce, 10 per-
cent is more than the average
increases in the past. This 10
percent limit is good for 10 years
unless voters decide to extend it.
"We encourage people to
come or call with any questions
on doubling the homestead
exemption," said Mrs. Watford.
"We are prepared and happy .to
work with anyone to figure how
these proposed changes would
affect a specific piece of property
or any other question."
The Okeechobee County
Property Appraiser and Tax Col-
lector are located in the same
building at 305 Northwest Fifth
Sources for this article incliuile
Florida Association of Realtbrs,
Florida Department of Rev-
enue, Florida Chamber, www. and
the Okeechobee County Prop-
erty Appraisers and Okeechobee
County Tax Collectors offices.
MaryAnn Morris may be contacted

Okeechobee News/Teresa Matauchek
Lady Brahmans head softball coach Kim Hargraves (left) is
back on the field working with her players as practice got un-
der way Friday. Mrs. Hargraves was suspended last fall after
a parent accused her of keeping money that parents had paid
for their kids to play in softball tournaments during the sum-
mer. Following an investigation by the state, she was totally
exonerated. The OHS coach began working with her players
Friday, including senior Elia Suarez (right).

coach had a very good day. Not
only did she celebrate her birth-
day, but she also got the news
that the investigation turned up
no wrongdoing and she could
return to her coaching position.
As soon as she was reinstated,
Mrs. Hargraves held tryouts on
Tuesday and the team's first prac-
tice was to be held Friday, Jan.
And, it didn't take long for her
players to start contacting her.
"All of them on Monday were
absolutely ecstatic that it was
done and over," said the coach of
her players.
Mrs. Hargraves, who played
catcher and the outfield for the
Lady Brahmans then played two
years at Indian River Commu-
nity College, said this episode
has been just has hard on her
husband of 11 years, Steve Har-
graves, as well as their three chil-
dren ages 2, 4 and 8.
"It's taken a real toll on our
family as a whole," she said.
"People are going to believe
what they want to believe, but

we want to move forward with
this matter."
And part of that moving for-
ward is trying to improve on last
year's 27-4 mark, and the Lady
Brahmans' third-place finish in
the state tournament.
Once again she expects the
fight for the district title to be
between Okeechobee and Jen-
sen Beach.
"We've got five seniors and
four of them were starters last
year," she said. "Mary Huff will
likely be our big starter on the
mound. She's a bulldog on the
So now Mrs. Hargraves is.
back where she belongs -- on the
diamond where she can hear the
slap of the ball hitting the glove
and the ping of the aluminum
"I'm here to coach. I don't
want to get caught up in the
drama," she said.
And as of Monday, the curtain
had gone down and the drama
had ended.

Continued From Page 1
Pole Bending -- Breanne Lee
placed eighth on Saturday and
Shelby Carden placed ninth on
Bareback -- Jacoby Johns
placed first on Sunday and Christ
Davis placed third on Sunday.
Saddle Bronc -- Chasey Bass
placed first on Saturday and first
on Sunday.
Steer Wrestling Cole Ful-
ford placed second on Saturday
and fourth on Sunday, Jacoby
Johns placed first on Saturday.
Tie Down Roping (Calf Rop-
ing) -- Garrett Rucks placed fourth
on Saturday.
Team Roping -- Jacob Anuez
placed fifth on Sunday with his


Continued From Page 1
grams: organizational manage-
ment; health care management;
and public safety administration.
"We are extremely proud of the
students who have chosen to pur-
sue their baccalaureate degrees
with us at Indian River College,"
stated lan Neuhard, the director of
baccalaureate programs. "These
programs will provide a high-
quality, convenient and affordable
bachelor's degree option for resi-
dents of Okeechobee County and
the entire region.
On Monday, January 7, IRCC
began offering baccalaureate
courses due to the strong com-
munity demand. According to an
IRCC press release, over 430 Trea-
sure Coast residents have enrolled
in the new Spring Semester cours-
es for the College's nine work-
force-oriented Bachelor's degree
IRCC chose to add degree pro-
grams which address the critical
employee shortages that are prev-
alent in the Treasute Coa'gt 'area
and throughout the state.
They are offering baccalaure-
ate programs in teacher education
for middle and high school math
and science; exceptional student
education (ESE); nursing; orga-
nizational management; public
safety administration; and health
care management.
The programiswere developed
in direct response to the educa-
tional and workforce needs of the
IRCC community.
Dr. Edwin R. Massey, IRCC
President stated in a press release
regarding the new programs,
"these bachelor's degree pro-
grams will open the door to a four-
year degree to many who could
otherwise not continue their
education to the baccalaureate
level because of work and family
responsibilities that connect them
to the four-county area."
IRCC Bachelor's degree classes
are available within easy driving
distance for all Treasure Coast res-
idents and online at a cost of $79
per credit for Florida residents,
which equals about one third less
than the cost of Florida public uni-
The students benefit from a
personalized education plan with
guidance from a designated advi-
sor who will assist them through-
out their program.
The IRCC baccalaureate pro-
gram that has drawn the largest
number of students is the Bach-
elor of Applied Science Degree in
Organizational Management with
a total of 369 applicants. This pro-
gram prepares students for man-
agement and leadership positions
in a wide variety of fields. Areas of
specialization include organiza-
tional management, public safety
administration and health care
The next step for IRCC is
changing the college's name to
Indian River College. The name
change will be submitted for
legislative approval in spring,
2008 with the Indian River Col-
lege name phased in over several
In order to be able to offer
bachelor's degrees, the college
has been accredited as a bache-
lor's degree-granting institution
by the Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools (SACS), the
regional accrediting body for col-
leges and universities in the 11
Southern states.
For more information about
bachelor's degree programs at
IRCC, visit, call the
information call center at 1(866)
866-4722. For information call the
Dixon Hendry campus at (863)
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Chauna Aguilar may be
reached at

All of the rodeo events are held
over a two day period. However,
the boys and girls cutting events
are held back to back and count
as two separate cuttings.
Girls Cutting -- Brittney Neth-
ers tied for third and fourth on the
first go and placed second on the
second go, Carlie Lanier tied for
third and fourth on the first go and
placed fourth on the second go,
Kayla Davis placed sixth on the
first go and sixth on the second
Boys Cutting -- Chasey Bass
placed fifth on the first go and
second on the second go, Joseph
Summerford placed sixth on the
first go.
More rodeos are sched-
uled for year's season, (watch
for additional rodeos to be
Feb. 2 and 3 Okeechobee,
at the Cattlemen's Arena located
on Hwy 441 N across from the

hospital. There will be a cutting
competition at location to be
Feb. 22 and 23 Ocala;
March 29 and 30 -- Pierson.
(Tentative) Cutting at 7 p.m. or
shortly after the day runs on Sat-
April 5 -- Green Cove Springs;
April 26 and 27 --Williston;
May 3 and 4 -- Arcadia;
June 19-22 -- State Finals, at
the Silver Spurs Arena, Kissim-
July 14-19 -- International
Youth Finals Rodeo in Shawnee,
July 20-26 -- Natiohal Finals
in Farmington, N.M.
For more information about High
School Rodeo, contact Darlene
Bass at (863) 634-5815.



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Okeechobee News, Saturday, January 12, 2008

Okeechobee churches planning events
By Pete Gawda

Okeechobee News
In our effort to improve local
news coverage, we are striving
to carry more news from area
churches. The focus of -this
column is what church people
are doing, a sort of "names in the
news" for churches. The success
of this column depends on you,
the church members. Keep up
the good work.
Freddie Greene who is a
hospital security guard who works
with youth through the Civil Air
Patrol, submitted the following
thought: "Someone wrote, 'God
is my co-pilot'. But I say God is the
air that lifts the wings. God is the
airplane. God is the pilot. God is
the co-pilot. Jesus is the navigator.
The Bible is the instruments. The
angels are the flight attendants.
Mankind has his one way ticket
through life."
The Kingsmen Quartet will
be in concert on Saturday, Jan.
12, at 7 p.m. at the Church of
the Nazarene, 425 S.W 28"' St.
Okeechobee, a Love offering will
be received. For information, call
(863) 763-7113.
In response to requests from
French Canadian winter residents,
St. Theresa of the Child Jesus
Catholic Church is now offering
Sunday Mass in French. Father
Marc Pierre Lussier, who was

recently assigned to the St. Theresa
and St. Joseph Parishes in Glades
County, will be the celebrant.
The church, on State Road 78 off
Chobee Loop, has Mass in English
on Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday
at 11 a.m.; Mass in French at 9:30
a.m. Sunday; and Mass in Spanish
at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. Father
Esteban Soy is the pastor.
Nancy Vaughan, Director.
of Christian Education. at First
United Methodist Church,
invites local mothers to take
advantage of the church's
Mother's Day Out babysitting
service on Tuesday mornings.
Space is limited, so registration
is required. Call (863) 763-4021
for information. The First United
Methodist Church, is also 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.
The Ken Apple Family will
be at the Okeechobee Church'
of the Nazarene, 425 S.W. 28th
St., at 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 13. For
information call (863) 763-3159.
Andrew Phipps will be at
New Testament Baptist Church
on Sunday, Jan. 13 at 10:3.0 a.m.
to discuss how America was built

Places of

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on Faith Family and Freedom.
The Ft. Drum Community
Church, 32415 Hwy 441 N.,
will hold a Redemption yard
sale on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 9
a.m. until 3 p.m..All monies raised
will go to The Voice of The
Believers Fellowship
Church at 300 S.W. 6th Ave. will
have the Southern Gospel Grqup
"The Hyssongs" in concert,
Friday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m.
Westside Christian Church

will hold a revival with Minister
Louis Hall, Evangelist on Jan. 27.
- 29 at 6 p.m.
Abundant Blessings
Church has scheduled Firiancial
Peace University, led by nationally
known radio and television
personality Dave Ramsey. Fpr
information call the church
at (863) 763-3736 or go to
The Buckhead Ridge
Baptist Church will hold a
Blue Grass Benefit Concert
on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 5 p.m.
at the Church, 8 Cypress St., in
BuIckhead Ridge. Featured bands
will be: Tomorrow's 'News,.
Potter Road, and the Bakers.
The Fort Drum Community
Church will hold a men's
fellowship breakfast at Ruck's Pit
everyotherSaturdaystarting at6:30
a.m., and a women's fellowship
every other Monday starting at
6:30 a.m. For information or if
you need transportation to and
from these activities, call (863)
The Family Outreach Center
at Sacred Heart is offeringfree
classes in martial arts. The
classes are currently taught
four days a week on Monday,
Wednesday and Friday, from 6
until 8 p.m. and on Saturday from
5:30 until 7:30 p.m.

Buckhead Ridge Christian
Church, 3 Linda Road, has a
Personal Growth Group which'
takes a more definite direction. If
you think you are experiencing
symptoms of depression or
anxiety, this .support group is
for you. Meetings are held every
Thursday from 7 until 8 p.m.
at the church. For information
contact, Tony Santamarina at
(863) 467-5474 or Jo Norris at
(863) 746-5152.
First Baptist Church is
starting a small group Bible
Study titled "Experiencing God."
There will be three small groups
meeting at the church on Sunday
evenings at 5:30 pm. Dan
Markel will be leading a group
upstairs, Melanie Rooks will be
leading a group in the north wing
and Pete Gawda will be leading
a. group in the fellowship hall.
Also on Sunday evenings at 5:30
Izzy Izzo will have the study at
his home, N. E. 357 102nd Street.
On Thursdays evenings at 6:45,
Bobby White will be leading
the study at his home, 1888 N.W.
Third Lane. As another option for
FBC members and guests, former
pastor, Rev. Richard Whipple,
will be leading a study on the
Book of Revelation each Sunday
evening in the sanctuary at 5:30.
Rev. Steve Wegmann, pastor

of education/senior adults, will
teaching a senior adults Bible
study on "God's Amazing Grace
- Studies in Romans" on Tuesdsy
mornings in the fellowship hall.
The studies will be held from 9:30
to 10:15 a.m., Jan. 15, and 29,
February 5 and 19 and March 4
and 18.
The senior adults covered
dish supper will be held Jan.
17 at 6 p.m. in the fellowship
hall. Deputy Keith Stripling
from the Okeehcobe County
Sheriff's Office will be the guest
speaker. The topic will be C.A.S.E.
(Communitiies Against Senior
Sunday, Jan. 13 is Homecoming
Day at Brighton Baptist Church,
24050 SR 70 W. Brother Cecil
Burns will be the featured speaker
during the morning service. For
information call (863) 763-3063.
be the guest speaker for a revival
The Vineyard of Okeechobee,
1060 N.W 113th Drive, on Jan. 13
- 16 at 7 p.m. For information call
Pastor Robyn Spradlin at (863)
697-2503 or (863) 763-8183.
The Okeechobee News welcomes
news from area churches for
this column. Email okeenews@ or call Pete Gawda
at (863) 763-3134, extension 4225.

Reflections from the Pulpit

Rev. Dr. Paul E. Jackson,
International Prayer Warriors for
I would like for everyone
reading this today to stop whatever
you are doing and then use your
imagination to continue to read
what I have written today with the
help of our Lord Jesus Christ, for
without Him I couldn't do much
of anything. Now if you would, I
want you to imagine that you are
waking on a sandy dirt road, like
most of -us did when we were
young. You and the Lord Jesus
are walking down the sandy road
together. For much of the way, the
Lord's footprints go along.steadily,
consistently, rarely varying the
pace. But your footprints are a
disorganized stream of zigzags,
starts, stops, turnarounds, circles,
departures and returns. For much
of the way, it seems to go on like,,
this,' but gradually your footprints
come ,more in line with the
Lord's and are soon paralleling
His consistently. You and Jesus
are walking like true friends.
This seems perfect, but then
an interesting thing happens.
.Your footprints that once etched
the sand next to Jesus are now
walking precisely in His steps.
Inside His larger footprints are
your smaller ones. Safely, you
and Jesus are becoming one.
This goes on for many miles but
gradually you notice another

The footprints inside the
larger footprints seem to grow
larger. Eventually they disappear
altogether. There is only one set
of footprints; they have become
one. This goes on for a long time,
but suddenly the second set of
footprints is back. This time it
seems even worse. Zigzags are
all over the place, stops and starts
and deep gases in the sand, a
veritable mess of prints..You are
amazed and shocked.
I Your dream ends and now
you pray, "Lord I understand the
first scene with zigzags and fits,
for I was a new Christian, and I
was just learning. You walked on
through the storm and helped me
'to learn to walk with You."
Jesus said, "That is correct.
"Then Lord, when the small
footprints were. inside Yours, I
was actually learning to walk in
Your steps."
Jesus said, "Very good, you
have understood everything so
"Now Lord, when the smaller
footprints grew and filled Yours, I
suppose that I was becoming like
You in every way."
Jesus said, "Precisely."
"So Lord, was there a
regression or something? The
footprints separated and this time
was worst than the first."
There was a pause as the Lord
answered with a smile in His

"You didn't; know? That was
when we danced."
"To every thing there is a
season, A time to every purpose
under heaven: A time to be born,
and a time to die; A time to plant,
And a time to pluck up that which
as planted; A time to kill, and
a time to heal; A time to break
down, and a time to build up; A
time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time or
dance;" (Ecclesiastes 3:2-5)
Most everyone have read
Footprints before, but I wanted
to write it in a way that we could
see in our own life just what
it could really mean to a lot of
us. We are in a brand new year,
2008. You can take your life the
way it is and leave it, or you can
change it in a way that when you
go to bed each night, you can go
with a pleased heart and a good
mind that you now have Christ
with you. Here in the stop over
place that I call Earth, w are given
chances to live for Christ or to
live, even not believing in Christ,
or in thinking that you still have
plenty of time. Don't wait unit it's
too late, do it now. Accept Christ
as your Personal Savior, and help
others also see that there is a life
so much better than this one.
Remember that only God has the
clock of life, and that you have'
two choices to make and that is
Heaven or Hell. It's all up to you!

Driver advised of safety tips

The crashes, which happened
on Wednesday, Jan. 9, where at
least four people died and up to
70 cars were involved resulted in
Florida's major highway linking
Tampa and Orlando to be closed.
The incident has triggered
sudden awareness for traffic
safety prompting the -nation's
oldest and largest entity for' driver
safety to release the following
driver safety tips:
NTSI suggests the following
driving tips during poor weather
Watch or listen to traffic
reports prior to driving to your
destination. If possible, do not
operate a vehicle until any threat
has passed.
Turn you headlights on low

Fog has its own special
hazards. Roads can have poor
visibility or be wet and slippery.
Watch vehicles up ahead
and not just the vehicle in front
of you.
Slow down gradually and
increase your following distance.
*. Keep your vehicle's windows
clean, making sure you have good
tires, and ensure your lights and
windshield wipers are working
If visibility bec6mes
extremely poor, and you can't see
the road's edge, pull off on the
right, if possible on the other side
of guardrails.
Cary Quinones, Vice President
of NTSI's Southeastern region
states: "This horrible tragedy.
should remind people to consider

slowing down and observing
traffic safety during any kind of
weather condition. We highly
suggest that people heed weather
reports prior to driving to their
destinations and, if possible, do
not drive in dire circumstances."
About NTSI: The National
Traffic Safety Institute (NTSI) was
founded in 1974 and is the leader
in traffic safety education with
the oldest and, largest defensive
driving program, they stand
among the nations most valuable
and reliable community service.
The NTSI mission is to enhance
safety by increasing individual
For more information on NTSI
or the safety courses it offers
please visit:

Arrest Report '

The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving under
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
Conservation Commission (FWC)
or the Department of Corrections
*Lawrence C. Cooper, 63,
N.W 1lth St., OkeEchobee, was
arrested Jan. 8 by the OCPD
on a charge of felony battery.
He was released on his own
*Troy William Kennedy, Jr.,
22, U.S. 441 S.E., was arrested

Jan., 8 by Deputy Dale Hardy on
an Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with violation of
probation grand theft and
violation of probation burglary
of a structure. 'He is being held
without bond.
*Dustin Cash, 18, U.S. 441
S.E., was arrested Jan. 10 by
Deputy Joseph Hall on a charge
of burglary. He was released on
his own recognizance.
*Christopher Allen Carr, 21,
N.E. Ninth Lane, Okeechobee,
was arrested Jan. 10 by Deputy
Joseph Hall on a felony charge
of burglary and a misdemeanor
charge of criminal mischief. His
bond was set at $1,500.

*Eduardo Salvador Trejo,
29, N.W 371t Ave., Okeechobee,
was arrested Jan. 10 by Deputy
John Ashby on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging 'him
with aggravated assault with a
deadly weapon. His bond was set
at $50,000.
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.

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Speak Out
Speak Out has moved online, where it is quicker and
easier to share your ideas and converse with others. Go to, click on the community name and your
local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new
topics or comment on existing topics. You can also e-mail
comments to or call 863-467-2033,
but online comments get posted faster and not all phone calls
can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
IN THE NEWS: It takes a real man to yell and threaten a 92-year-
old man.
WATER: Forget them sugar people. Let nature take its course and
if they go out of business oh well that's the chance you take of being
in business. If we were small farmers, do you think they would do that
for us?
HANDICAPPED PARKING: I am calling about the handicapped
parking. I am one of those people who has one of them stickers. All
you 'have to do is buy them over the internet. Editor's note: It is
against the law for someone who is not handicapped to use
a handicapped parking space. There is paperwork that is
signed by a doctor and filed with the vehicle registration of-
fice to determine who qualifies. The use of the space is only
legal if the handicapped person is in the vehicle.
YARDI SALES: This is a wake up call for all of you folks having
yard sales out there. Here is the season when all the snow birds are
down-here and y'all have your yard sales in the paper, but you have no
directions or locations of where to find these at. You know the City of
Okeechobee has roads that leave a lot to be desired as far as directions
go. So please, if you have a yard sale, give out the location as to where
the yard sale is, and don't forget to take down your signs when the sale
is over. Thank you and have a good sale.
ISSUES: With the elections coming up, I hope that Florida doesn't
vote for Rudy and him win the state of Florida. I hope that we all look at
all of the issues and all of the candidates and make the right choice.
LITTLE LEAGUE: Yes I sawwhere they are having the Little League
sign ups and I think it's a wonderful thing, the Little League. I think it
would be a wonderful thing if the OCRA was just done away with, and
the kids sign up for Little League. OCRA has had its prime here, now it
is time for them to move on and let the Little League take over, so they
will have enough teams and they will no longer have to travel.
PARKING:. My dad has a handicapped parking sticker. He is 91
years old, has a heart condition and has poor vision. So when we take
him somewhere, we use the handicapped sticker and park in a handi-
capped spot so he doesn't have to walk so far. But if he is not with us,
even though the handicapped sticker is on the car, we park in a regular
spot and leave the handicapped spots for the people who really need
them. That is how it is supposed to be. You are only supposed to use
the handicapped parking spot, if the handicapped person is in the car.
The permission to use the parking spots goes with the handicapped
person, not with the car. If people who are not handicapped are using
Those spots, it should be reported to the cops, because they should be
left open for the people who really need them. There is a hefty fine
that can be imposed.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, Jan.- 12
Worship in Song at the Living Word of Faith Church of
Okeechobee, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., on the second Saturday of the
month beginning at 6 p.m. There is no charge to attend and all
Christian singers and musicians.are welcome to take part. For
information, contact the (863) 763-6869; Pastor Lee
Minton at (863) 763-3373; or, Sister Yvonne Price at (863) 467-
Okeechobee Christian Cycles will meet every Saturday
at 7:30 a.m. at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave. A ride
will follow a short business meeting. Anyone is welcome to ride
twice before joining. For information, contact: Roland Spencer at
(863) 697-2247; Debbie Izzo at (863) 634-6257; or, Holly Stewart
at (863) 610-1251.
Teen Talk from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Jesus Holy Ghost Crusade
Mission, 1401 N.E. Park St. Every teen is invited. Topics of
education include: AIDS; free HIV testing; STDs; personal issues;
domestic violence; abstinence; abuse of drugs; sex abuse; plus,
educational rhaterials and prevention tools. Call (863) 634-9340:
or (863) 357-6248, for information.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S.
Parrott Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
The Society of Young Magicians will meet from 10 until
11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Avon Park. For
information, call Dick.Laneau at (863) 467-9540 or (727) 345-
Barnyard Buddies meets from 10 a.m. until noon at the
County 4-H Extension office at 458 U.S. 98 N. Everyone who
would like to be part of the Barnyard Buddies is invited, or you can
sign up at the Okeechobee County 4-H Extension office Monday
through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. For information, call
the extension office at (863) 763-6469.
The Living Word of Faith, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., gospel music
sing at 6 p.m. For information call (863) 763-6869.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. for an open discussion
at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 2303 Parrott Ave., The
Lake Shops Suite K. For information call (863) 634-4780.

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Community Events

Saturday, Jan. 12

Church hosts benefit
Brighton Baptist Church
is holding a benefit carwash
to provide vitamins for
malnourished children in Haiti.
The benefit will take place at
the Dollar General Store, (in the
Winn-Dixie Shopping plaza,
Hwy 441) on Jan. 12 at 10 a.m.
For additional information call,
Sharon Rice at (863) 763-9064.

Benton is guest on
radio show
Saturday, Jan. 12, at 7:30 a.m.
91.7 FM and 100.3 FM will have
guest speaker Cheryl McCrary,
Chairperson and Margaret
Benton, past Chairperson, Dr.
Martin King Jr. Commemorative
Committee of St. Lucie County,
to discuss the topics of A week
of kindness, the Restoration of
the Lincoln Theatre, The King
Concert (Sat. Jan. 12) and Events
scheduled through Jan. 21 with
the theme, "Uniting Communities
Today and Tomorrow." This
discussion will be rebroadcast
at I and 6 p.m. For information
call (772) 489-6522 Dr. MLK Jr.
Commemorative Committee of
St. Lucie County.

Lipsync is Back at the
American Legion
The American Legion Post 64
welcomes back the "Lipsync" on
Saturday, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. There
will be lunches served. The public
is welcome. For information call
Anna Bush at (863) 357-1566
(home) or (863) 532-9060 (cell).

Miniature Equine
Extravaganza set
On Jan. 12, 2008 at Paddock
Farms, off Hwy 710, the
Miniature Horse Club of South
Florida will sponsor an "Equine
Extravaganza." There will be
miniatures to see and touch,
horse' related crafts; used horse
related items for sale and also a
clinic to show how to compete
in showmanship with your
miniature horse. If you own a
miniature, if you would like to
own a miniature or if you would
just like to know more about
these great animals, come to
this event. There is no admission
charge. For information, call
(863) 763-6376.

12, at 7 p.m. arid Jan. 13, at
2 and 8 p.m. at the McAlpin
Fine Arts Center, on the Indian
River Community College Main
Campus in Fort Pierce.This
group of musicians and vocalists
will blast you into the New Year
with a musical mix from the 40's
and 50's with rock and roll, slow
dance, calypso, disco and more.
All proceeds from the concert
will benefit IRCC scholarships.
"Dancin' in the Aisles!" will
be performed at the McAlpin
Fine Arts Center on Jan. 12, at
7 p.m. and Jan. 13, at 2 and 8
p.m. Tickets are $15. Purchase
tickets at the box office located
in the McAlpin Fine Arts Center
lobby at the IRCC Main Campus
at 3209 Virginia Avenue in Fort
Pierce, Monday through Friday,
11 a.m. to 3 p.m., or by phone
with VISA, MasterCard, Discover
or American Express. Call the
McAlpin Fine Arts Center Box
Office today at (772) 462-4750
or toll-free at 1-800-220-9915 to
reserve your seats, as shows sell
out quickly.

Redemption yard sale
The Ft. Drum 'Community
Church, 32415 Hwy 441 N., will
be holding a Redemption yard
sale on Saturday, Jan. 12, from
9 a.m. until 3 p.m. All monies
raised will go to The Voice of The
Martyrs. For information, please
contact Pastor Fred Hodges at
(863) 467-1733.

Bluegrass Benefit
Concert in BHR
The Buckhead Ridge Baptist
Church will hold a Blue Grass
Benefit Concert on Saturday,
Jan. 12 at 5 p.m. at the Church,
8 Cypress St., in Buckhead
Ridge. Featured bands will
be: Tomorrow's News, Potter
Road,and the Bakers. Tickets
are a $5 donation at the door.
Proceeds from the concert
will help Jim Womble on his
missionary trip to Africa. For
information call Ralph Baker at
(863) 357-6113.

Baptist Church, 24050 SR 70
W. There will be plenty of good
singing, good preaching, good
fellowship and good food:
Sunday school begins at 9:45
a.m. and worship is at 10:45
a.m. Brother Cecil Burns will be
the featured speaker during the
morning service. For information
call (863) 763-3063.

Church host revival
The First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St.
will be hosting revival services,
Sunday, Jan. 13 -16 with Rev.
Rick Sizemore, Senior Minister
of Dwelling Place Christian
Fellowship in Christianburg, Va.
Services will be Sunday at 8,
9:30, and 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.;
Monday and Tuesday at 6:30
p.m. and.Wednesday at 7 p.m.
For information call (863) 763-

Holy Ghost Revival
The Vineyard of Okeechobee,
1060 N.W. 113t' Drive, will
have a Holy Ghost Revival with
Evangelist Eddie Mirelez on Jan.
13 16 at 7 p.m. For information
call Pastor Robyn Spradlin at
(863) 697-2503 or (863) 763-

Ken Apple Family to
be in concert
The Ken Apple Family will
be at the Okeechobee Church
of the Nazarene, 425 3,W. 28th1
St., at 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 13. For
information call (863) 763-3159.

Speckled Perch
Pageant planned
On Jan. 13, the Okeechobee
Chamber of Commerce Speckled
Perch beauty pageant will be held
at 4 p.m. at the KOA convention
center. Applications are available
at Chamber of Commerce office.
For more information, call

Faith, Family and

Kingsmen Quartet in Freedom

-The Kingsmen Quartet will be
in concert on Saturday, Jan. 12,
at 7 p.m. at the Church of the
Nazarene, 425 S.W 28th St. 'A
love offering will be received. For
information call (863) 763-7113.

Get to dancin' at IRCC Sunday, Jan. 13

Start tapping your toes and
get ready for the musical mix of
Ron Bartol and the Florida Music
Makers as the Florida Association
of Community Colleges presents
"Dancin' in the Aisles!" on Jan.

Church plans
Homecoming Day
Sunday, Jan. 13 is
Homecoming Day at Brighton

Andrew Phipps will be at
New Testament Baptist Church
on Sunday, Jan. 13 at 10:30
a.m. to discuss how America
was built on Faith Family and
Freedom. For more information
please call (863) 763-6682 or visit
the churches website at www.
Tuesday, Jan. 15

'Main Street plans
Okeechobee Main Street will

hold their mixer on Tuesday,
Jan. 15, at the Waldau Studio
of Graphid Design, 111 N.E.
Second St. from 5 to 7 p.m. The
public is invited where you can
socialize, network and enjoy
light refreshments. For more
information contact OKMS at
(863) 357-MAIN.

Nutritional analysis
class offered
Dr. Edward Douglas, of
Douglas Chiropractic and Fitness
Center, will be teaching a free
CRA Nutritional Analysis Class
on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2008 at 5:30
p.m. at the fitness center. Fo'r
information, call (863) 763-4320.

Sons of the American
Revolution Essay
The Florida Society Sons of the
American Revolution, would like
to invite all high school students
to participate in the annual
George S. and Stella M. Knight
Essay Contest. The contest is
open to all high school'students,
and runs during the fall months,
all entries should be in to the state
co-coordinator by Jan. 15, 2008.
The essay contest consist of a
800 to 1200 word original essay
on the American Revolution, the
Constitution or any participant
in the events leading up to the
Revolution and its aftermath.
Any .student wishing to enter
the contest can -find further
information by accessing the
web site at sar-essay@hotmail.
com or Hall Rieidger, Publicity
Chairman FLSSAR, at (772) 336-

Top Broadway
Composers discussed
Presented by Ian Nairnsey
at the Okeechobee Library,
Broadway Music Authority
Ian Nairnsey will present Top
Broadway Composers at the
Okeechobee Library beginning
Jan. 15 -with a program on
Rodgers and Hammerstein.
Mr. Nairnsey brings a wealth of
music and backstage information
on Broadway musicals. The
programs will begin at 7 p.m. in
the Okeechobee Library Meeting
Room. They are free and open
to the public. 1. "Rodgers and
Hammerstein In A Minor Key"
on Tuesday, Jan. 15 2. "John
Mercer" on Jan. 22 3. "Bob
Merrill" on Jan. 29, 4. "Frank
Loesser on February 5th. 5.
"Jerome'Kern Part 1" .Feb. 12, -
6. "Jerome Kern Part !!" Feb. 19.
For information call Jan Fehrman
at (863) 357-9980.

Upcoming Events

Sunday, Jan. 13
A.A. meeting 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.
A.A. open 12 step meeting
from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the
Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W.
Third St.
Narcotics Anonymous
woman's step study meeting
at 7 p.m. at the Just for Today
club, 2303 S. Hwy 441, Suite K.
For more information please call
(863) 634-4780.
Monday, Jan. 14
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-
Okeechobee Senior
Singers meet at 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)
The Genealogical Society
of Okeechobee will meet at
1:30 'p.m. at the Okeechobee
County Public Library, 206
S.W 16th St. This meeting is
open to anyone interested in
tracing his or her ancestry. The

annual membership is $10 per
person, and $12 for a family. For
information, call Eve at (863)
467-2674; or, visit their web site
at '
Narcotics Afionymous
meets at 7 p.m. for open
discussion at the Just for Today
club, 2303 S. Hwy 441, Suite K.
For information, call (863) 634-
O.C.RA. meets at Peace
Lutheran Church, 750 N.W 23rd
Lane at 7 p.m.
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. Karen Graves, Chapter
leader would like to extend a

warm welcome to any interested
persons to come by and see what
they are about. For information
call (863) 763-6952.
Nicotine Anonymous
(NICA)is starting a new club
with meetings to be held at
the Just For Today club, 2303
U.S. Hwy 441 S.E., Suite K, on
Mondays from 8:30 until 9:30
p.m. For information, call Steve
Condit Sr. at (863) 801-3110.
AA meetings Buckhead
Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda
Road, holds open meetings
for Alcoholics Anonymous
on Monday nights from 7 to 8
p.m. for substance abuse. They
also have Al-Anon meetings on
Monday nights from 7 until 8
p.m. to help family and friends
of alcoholics. For information
call Chris at (863) 467-5714.





Okeechobee News, Saturday, January 12, 2008t

Big 0 Teen Anglers finish the year with a success
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Bryce Breslin (16) shows off Chris Eaton (14), who also got Danny Cottone (16) landed
his catch that got him third a third place win, did it with ing 5 fish for a tspotal weight of
place in the competition. He these two fish. Chris caught ing 5 fish for a total 31bsweight of
caught 3 fish for the day, his 3 fish for the day, his big fish 7.l3lbs.
big fish weighed 2.13lbs, and weight was 3.441bs and his
his total weight was 5lbs. total weight was 5.19lbs.

Submitted photos/Janice Floyd
These men were a big help at the final tournament for the Big 0 Teen Anglers, Inc. They vol-
unteered their time and experience as boat captains. Boat captains included David Straight,
Carl Lewis, Kenny Farmer, Mike Krause, George Marshall, Sr., Hooker Browning, Leroy Bauer,
Bob Owens, Mike Zubricky, Ken Sprigle, Justin Schewier and Bill Hays.


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The Big 0 Teen Anglers, Inc.
held their final tournament of the
year from Dec. 6 through 8, 2007.
With a total catch of 44 fish for
the day from the entire team, they
closed out their year with a bang.
Even more impressive, their total
weight of the day was 72.91 lbs.
With 12 different boats, two
fishermen per boat and a boat
captain the day that began bright
and early, ended in success.
Boat I was occupied by
Garrett Farmer (16), Kendall
Smith (16) and David Straight
as their boat captain. Boat 2
included Kyle Monti (15), Keith
Dietz (15) with Carl Lewis as
boat captain. Chris Eaton (14),
Tyler Browning (13) and bbat
captain Kenny Farmer took boat
3. James Stafford (11), Garrett
Folbrecht (14) and boat captain
Mike Krause were on boat 4.
Boat six included April Floyd
(11), Danny Cottone (16) and
Hooker Browning as captain.
Boat seven hit the waters with
Luke Joles (15), Ryan Folsom
(12) and boat captain Leroy
Bauer. Boat captain Bob Owens
joined Robert Stafford (12) and
Kayla Smith (11) on boat eight.

Boat nine was captained by Mike
Zubricky and skippered by Mike
Cornell (15) and Ryan Mellette
(15). Boat ten included Melissa
Floyd (14), Bryce Breslin (16)
and boat captain Ken Sprigle.
Justin Schewier captained boat
eleven which included fishermen
Ryan Edwards (11) and Dusty
Hall (15). The final boat set out
with Scott Maestre (15), guest
of the day Olufemi O'niyi (10)
and boat captain Bill Hays.
In. the 11-14 division the first
place winner Tyler Browning
had a total weight of 14.071bs.
Second place winner, Robert
Stafford's total weight was
7.811bs. Third place winner
Chris Eaton had a total weight
of 5.191bs. The big fish winner
in this division went to Tyler
Browning and Chris Eaton tied
both having a weight of 3.441bs.
Danny Cottone won first
place with a total weight. of
7.131bs in the 15-18 division.
Second place went to Kyle
Monti, his total weight being
6.691bs. Last but not least, third
place went to Bryce Breslin
with a total weight of 51bs. Bryce,
however, also won the big fish in
this division with a total big fish
weight of 2.131bs.
Castrol Fishing
Team to visit Wal-Mart
On Thursday, Jan. 17, from
5:30 to 6 p.m. the members of
the Castrol Fishing team will
host a fishing seminar and clinic
where fishing fans can meet
the Professional Bass Anglers.
They will be there to talk fishing
strategies, share "big fish" stories,
discuss tournament winning tips,
and give autographs. Additional
information will include details
about what to check on autos
and boats before heading out
to the water; instructions about
how to catch more fish; what life
is like as a pro angler and general

The final tournament of the year featured a guest, Olufemi
O'niyi (10) from Margate, got the chance to fish with a Big 0
Teen Angler. Proud of his catch, he shows them off with his
boat captain for the day, Bill Hays.

"Where the Difference is Worth the Distance"
We still sing the old inspired hymns.
We still preach the old infallible Book.
Arlen Cook, Pastor
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auto tips from the pros who put
an average of 40,000 miles a year
on their vehicles.
The Castrol Fishing Team will
be at our local Wal-Mart on Jan.
18-26. This promotion will be in
conjunction with the FLW Series
event that will be taking place on
Lake Okeechobee. You could win
a chance to win a fishing trip with
Castrol Pro Angler Mike Surman
on Lake Okeechobee. Customers
who enter the TLE can enter to
win this trip.
A big catch for
Christian Team Trails
Christian Team Trails
Tournament, sponsored by
Oakview Baptist Church, was
held on Jan. 2, 2008. With 28
boats participating there was a
payout prize given to six boats.
First place winner was Mike
Krause, Sr., with non boater
James Krause in boat number
one. He caught 5 fish, with a big
fish of 3.911bs. His total weight
came to 11 .551bs. He took home
$640 in prizes plus $108 in big
fish prizes. Second place went
to David Anderson, with non
boater Donny Bass, in boat 14.
They caught five fish with a total
weight of 11.021bs. This team
took home $300 in prize money.
Clint Hehrer came in third place
in boat 22. Catching a total of five
fish with a total weight of 9.881bs
he took home a $200 cash prize.
Fourth place went to Richard
Postell and non boater Richey
Postell. They were in boat 12
catching 5 fish. Their total weight
came to 9.581bs which sent them
home with a cash prize of $117.
Jim Wilson and non boater
Danny Norton occupied boat
11. They caught a total of 5 fish
adding up to a total weight of
8.641bs. They won the fifth place
cash prize of $90. The final cash
prize payout went to Larry
Steele and non boater Carroll
Head who came in sixth place.
They also caught 5 fish coming
to a total weight of 8.06lbs giving
them the $70 prize.
Although boat 15, Charles
Passwaters and Ronnie
Wheatley, only caught one fish
they took home the Big Fish
prize. With a fish weighing in at
6.471bs they shared the profits of
The entire Christian Team
Trails group of boaters had an
exceptional day. The remaining
21 boating teams fared just as
well, and all the boaters shared
the joy of the day.
Just so you know
Big Lake Lodge and RV
Park Fishing camp has "good
fishing." Although the fishing is
limited to the park renters Betty
Arrington says those sharing in
Okeechobee's favorite past time
there have caught Blue Gill, Oscar
fish and Bass. The park is located
on the Rim Canal, so if you're a
renter "dinner's at the market".
If you're not a renter, the waters
around the Rim Canal will be
streaming with fish, enjoy the
catch while you can. Despite the
low lake levels and slow tourist
season this past year, 2008 began
on a brighter note. The fish are
here, you just have to find them.
Hope this helps.
horseback riding

SRobert Stafford (12) caught
Second place went to Kyle four fish with a total weight
Monti (15), who caught four of 7.811bs and the big fish
fish with a total weight of weight of 2.441bs, which se-
6.691bs. cured his second place win.

First place winners, of the final Big 0 Teen Anger, Inc com-
petition, were Tyler Browning and Kenny Farmer. Tyler (13)
is from the 11-14 ages group he caught five fish, with a big
fish weight of 3.441bs and a total weight of 14.07lbs. Kenny
Farmer shared the win with Tyler as his boat captain.

If you enjoy horseback riding,
theOkeechobee Agri-Civic Center
holds recreational riding the
first and third Tuesdays of each
month. Recreational riding times
are from 6 to 9:30 p.m.
Adventure Race
set for Jan. 20
The first of the four adventure
races or "Extreme Sports at
the Lake" is scheduled Jan. 20,
2008 beginning at 8 a.m., and
it promises to be a challenge
for even the most experienced
adventure racer or team of
racers. This three hour event
(the shortest of the scheduled
four races to be held throughout
2008) will test the participants in
running, biking, and challenge
tasks, all the while encountering
natural and manmade obstacles.
It will begin and end at the
Pahokee Marina. The first race
will emphasize mountain biking
with approximately 20 miles
of biking, 5 miles of running,
and exciting water challenges.
Participants will need to provide
a bike, hydration packs and a
compass. More information on
the race can be found online at
FLW tournament
on Lake Okeechobee
The Wal-Mart Bass Fishing
League Everglades Division
Tournament was held on Lake
Okeechobee last Saturday. The
top catch of the day weighed in
at 141bs. Jim Gestwicki of Miami,
took home the first place pot of
$2,979. Given the temperatures
last week, many competitors said
they had to change their strategy
because of the now cooler water.
Using a Zoom Trick Worm on
a football head jig he made his
winning catch in the Kissimmee
Doug Harris, of Loxahatchee,
reeled in five bass. This big
catch gave him a winning pot
of $1,753. Ronald Yurko, of East

Point, caught five bass. Mr. Yurko
took home $1,169 for his pot.
From Lake Worth, Jim Hurlock
also caught five bass, for a win
of $818. Jack Hand finished out
the top winners with five bass
this allowed him to take home a
winning pot of $701.
The Boater Division Snickers
Big Bass award, with an earning
of $440 for a seven pound
catch, went to Robert Beatty of
Clermont. He used a black and
blue Gambler Crawdaddy. From
Moore Haven, Richard Prowant
became the co-angler winner. He
brought in five bass weighing 12
lbs, 14 oz. His catch came from
the river ledge by using a Zoom
Trick Worm. This catch earned
him a purse of $1,753.
Finishing the co-anglers
Edward Owens, of Port St. Lucie,
David Milo, of De Bary, Bruce
Bozman, of St. Cloud and Robert
Wood, of Jupiter, all took home
winning pots from $351 to $876.
The Everglades Division
anglers are planning to visit
the Kissimmee, River in Lake
Wales on Feb. 9 for their second

Courtesy photo/iLWoutaoors
Jim Gestwicki became the
top prize winner in the BFL
Everglades Division tourna-
ment that was held on Lake
Okeechobee, Jan. 5. He took
home a pot totaling $2,979.

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Moore Haven's Richard
Prowant was the co-angler
winner. Mr. Prowant took
home $1,753 from the BFL
Everglades Division event.

From Loxahatchee, Doug Har-
ris, became the highest plac-
ing boater in the Ranger:Cup
program at the Jan. 5 BFL Ev-
erglades Division event.
regular season eVent. This: will
be followed by another event on'
Lake Okeechobee on March 29.
The fourth qualifying event will
be held on Kissimmee River in
Lake Wales on April 19. The fifth
and final tournament, a two day
Super Tournament, will be on
Lake Okeechobee on Sept. 27-
If you would like to share any
information with the Okeechobee
News about an outdoors event
please email Tonya Harden at or call
(863) 763-3134. We welcome
news on all sporting events,
outdoors activities and nature
inspired hobbies. Please include
your name, phone number and
specific dates of the events. The
Okeechobee News Outdoors
column will run every Saturday
so please be sure to have all
your information into the office
no later than 5 p.m. Thursday.
Information can also be emailed
to or
faxed to (863) 763-5901. Refer
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NEHS Students of the Week
New Endeavor Staff and Teachers would like to congratulate the students of the week
for Jan. 8-11, 2008. (left to right) Francisco Hernandez, Jose Garcia, Logan Burton, Cata-
rino Garza, Travis Shockley, and Leonel Ruiz. (not pictured SOW's are) Javier Flores and
James Carnley.
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Catherine Marin
Catherine Marin, age 48 of
Brighton Indian Reservation,
died Thursday, Jan. 10,-2008 in
Raulerson Hospital, Okeechobee.
Born Aug. 12, 1959 in Sebring,
she had been a lifetime resident
of Brighton and was a member of
the 1t Indian Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband,
Timoeto Marin of Brighton; son,
Chad (Tracy) Huff of Brighton;
daughter, Lisa (Mark) Betscher of
Okeechobee; father, Chon Madrigal
of Okeechobee; mother, Leah
(Richard) Minnick of Brighton;
brothers, John (Mahala) Madrigal
of Brighton, Howard (Lettie)
Madrigal of Okeechobee; sisters,
Debbie Carter of Brighton, Donna
Turtle of Brighton and grandfather,
Howard Micco of Brighton. In
addition, she is survived by five
grandchildren and a host of nieces
and nephews.
Services will be held Saturday,
Jan. 12, at 11 a.m. in the Ortona
Cemetery, Ortona.
Friends may sign the guestbook
at www.buxtonfuneralhome.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton

OMS plans


Upcoming events at Osceola
Middle School include:
Jan. 14 Basketball at Yearling,
4:30, 6 p.m.;
* Jan. 15 Science Fair; and,
Jan. 17 School Spelling Bee,
9 a.m. Home Basketball v. Oslo,
4:30 and 6 p.m.

Funeral Home and Crematory, 110
,N.E. Fifth St. Okeechobee.

Olga Lina
Saenz Cabrera
On August 30, 1937 God sent
us an Angel, Olga Lina Saenz
Cabrera. On January 9, 2008 God
took our Angel home. ,
In Heaven our Angel will be
united with her parents, Eliseo
G. Saenz, Sr. and Manuela Garza
Saenz. Also in Heaven she will
be with her brothers, Octavio G.
Saenz and Raul G. Saenz, Sr.
She leaves behind her husband
of 26 years, Jessie L. Cabrera; two
sons, Richardc Lee (Anna) Jimenez
and Mark Anthony (Myrna)
Cabrera all of Okeechobee,
Florida. Two daughters, Dana
Nicole Jimenez and Jayda Natalia
Cabrera and one grandson,
Devin Lee Jimenez all of
Okeechobee. Two God Children,
Dr. Christopher Lynn Rodriguez

of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and
Elizabeth Ashley Rodriguez of
Naples, Florida. Five brothers,
Ovidio G. Saenz, Guadalupe G.
(Felipa) Saenz of Falfurrias, Texas,
Eliseo G. (Connie) Saenz, Jr. of
Victoria, Texas, Ruben G. (Janie)
Saenz and Enrique G. (Mage) of
Saenz of Port Lavaca, Texas and
one sister, Mary Nori (Fidencio)
Saenz Rodriguez of Okeechobee,
Visitation will be held Saturday,
January 12, 2008 from 3 until 5
p.m. in the Buxton Funeral Home
Chapel and services be held
Sunday, January 13, 2008 at the
Living Word of Faith Church at 3
p.m. with Rev. F. Leon Minton, Sr.
officiating. Interment will follow
in Evergreen Cemetery. Friends
may sign the guestbook at www.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory,
110 N.E. Fifth St. Okeechobee.

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Okeechobee News, Saturday, January 12, 2008

Brahmans, Bulldogs battle to stalemate Go-- twan
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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
They call it kissing your sister,
nada, shutout, no goals.
That's what South Fork and
Okeechobee battled to in a boy's
soccer duel Thursday night at
Brahman stadium.
It's not that Okeechobee didn't
have chances. A couple of shots
forced South Fork's goal keeper
to jump, dive, and eat dirt. One
of the chances was almost point
blank. It just seemed, no mat-
ter what, nobody was going to
"We had more than an ample
opportunity to put the ball in the
net and we did not do that," Brah-
man Coach Lonnie Sears noted,
"Elite teams finish and that's re-
ally the difference in this game."
While Sears was frustrated
with his team's offensive perfor-
mance, he was more than pleased
by the play of his defense, which
limited South Fork's opportunities
on net.
"I feel pretty good," defender
Misael Alvarado noted, "We han-
dled them as good as we could.
We didn't get any balls in the
net but hey, we'll get them next
The Junior defender said his
guys just stayed in their zone and
played tough man to man defense
all night.
It didn't help that the Brah-
mans had a number of players
missing due to discipline and
other problems. They had only a
dozen players suit up for the con-
test and 10 were on the field most
of the night.
"We didn't have no subs so we
had to go a good hard 40 minutes
tonight," defender Ricardo Her-
rera noted, "We had to be on our
toes and be ready for whatever
they brought."
The Junior defender noted
he was kind of surprised that
Okeechobee didn't eventually
score, "We were happy every
time we had the ball down there.
We thought we'd get a goal but
they had a pretty good goalie."
Okeechobee appeared to
come out flat in the contest in the
first half. South Fork appeared to
out hustle the Brahmans and they
possessed the ball in the Brah-
man side of the field for most of
the half. Each time Okeechobee
was able to get the ball into South
Fork's end, their defense was able
to shut us down.
1 'Goal keeper Matt McCarthy
had nine saves for South Fork.
Omar Torres had three saves in
goal for Okeechobee, (11-2-2).

Marin Escobedo chases after
a ball near the Bulldog net
during Thursday's' match at
Brahman stadium.


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Okeechobee News/ Charles M. Murphy
Bryan Suarez and the Brahman defense tossed a shutout
against SouthFork

Reynel Denova jousts for po-
sition with the Bulldogs Jose
Velasquez during Thursday's
scoreless tie.
Coach Sears said it hurt only
having a dozen players but he
noted Okeechobee out shot South
Fork 11-7. "We ran out of gas at
the end but we were struggling.
There are no excuses. South Fork
is a good team and we knew that
coming in. I knew they'd give us
a good challenge."
Senior defender Bryan Suarez
noted the team followed the
game plan, especially on defense.
They were able to limit the Bull-
dogs opportunities. "I feel like I'm
playing with more confidence.
These guys help me out a lot. It
was nice to have a shutout."
Okeechobee ends their regu-
lar season next Wednesday
when they host the Clewiston
Tigers. It will be senior night for
Okeechobee. The varsity match
begins at 7 p.m. at Brahman sta-
The Junior Varsity Brahmans
defeated South Fork, 3-1.

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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee dropped their
second straight district contest
Thursday night when they lost to
the Suncoast Chargers, 71-38, to
fall to (8-8) on the season.
Chris Williams had 21 points,
13 rebounds, and six steals to
lead the Chargers, (9-10), to their
biggest win of the year.
It was a disappointing effort
for Okeechobee who had hoped
to compete for the district cham-
pionship this season.
Leshawn Henderson had 12
points for Okeechobee. Chris
Hall had eight points and David
Jeune had seven points. Co-
rey White chipped in with six

This game was never re-
ally close. Suncoast outscored
Okeechobee in every quarter.
In the first they jumped out to
a 19-9 lead. They outscored
Okeechobee 15-4 in the second
quarter to take a commanding
34-13 lead at the break. The lead
grew to 52-25 after three quar-
Okeechobee is now (1-3) in
district play with games against
Forest Hill and Glades Central re-
maining on their schedule.
The Girls varsity basketball
game scheduled against Lake
Placid Thursday night was can-
celled by the Green Dragons,
Athletic Director Nathan Owen

Nice 3/2 DWMH in a great location in th You have GOT to see this 4/2 stee rame with
SW section. Close to schools and shoppin Hardle Plank siding Souther Style home! Can
and situated on a 1/2 acre lot with nice Oak be a 4 bedroom or 3 bedroom ith an office.
Trees. Sit on the back deck and enjoy thE Whilol tub in master bath. His/Her walk-iMn
e Sit on0t bo a r k c an ej doses. Beautiful Oaks on this +/- acre lot
beeze. $135,000 (94789) $289,000 (94718)

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Sports News in Brief

Little League Baseball
Softball Sign-ups
Okeechobee Little League
, baseball and softball sign-ups are
set for Jan. 12 and 13, Jan. 19-20
and Jan. 26, 27 from 10 a.m. un-
til 2 p.m. at Beef O'Brady's.

Ten Star All Star'
Basketball Camp
Applications are now being
evaluated for the Ten Star All
Star Summer Basketball Camp.
The Ten Star All Star Summer
Basketball Camp is by Invitation
only. Boys and Girls ages 10-19
are eligible to apply. Past partici-
pants include: Michael Jordan,
Tim Duncan, Vince Carter, Jerry
Stackhouse, Grant Hill and An-
tawn Jamison. Players from 50
states and 10 foreign countries
attended the 2007 Camp. Col-
lege Basketball Scholarships are
possible for players selected to
the All-American Team. Camp
locations include: Babson Park,
Fla., Prescott, Ariz., Thousand
Oaks, Calif., Gainesville, Ga.,
Champaign, Ill., Glassboro, N.J.,
Lebanon, Tenn., Commerce,
Texas, and Blacksburg, Va. There
is also a Summer Camp available
for Boys and Girls ages 6-18 of all

skill levels. For a free brochure
on these summer camps, please
call (704) 373-0873. or go online

Taylor Creek Bass
Club to meet
Taylor Creek Bass Club will
hold its next monthly meeting on
Jan. 10, at the Buckhead Ridge
VFW Post 9528 beginning at 7
p.m. The club holds its meetings
on the second Thursday of each
month with bass tournaments
being held the following week-
end. New members (especially
non-boaters) are welcome. For
more information contact Dave
Stout at (863) 467-2255.

2008 Youth Basketball
Sign-ups open
Sign-ups for the Okeechobee
County Parks 'and Recreation's
Youth Basketball League will
be held through Friday, Jan. 11;
beginning at 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Registration is $30 per child and
is being conducted at 640 N.W.
27th Lane at the Okeechobee
County Sports Complex. Please
call (863) 763-6950 for additional

CBS 4/ 2 on %/2 acre corner lot. 2 Immaculate Home In Southwest Okeechobee-
Large Lot at cul-de-sac Concrete Drive Very
car garage and rear patio all inside the Close to Elementary & Middle School Only
City limits. $215,000 (200223) Minutes from Shopping, Banking Or
Entertainment $176,000 (93279)

This property is unique in that you can live Well maintained 2/2 CBS home in quiet
in the front house and rent out the back
house, or you can rent both units, neighborhood. Open concept living room,
Especially great for the fisherman or the dining and kitchen. Enjoy your morning cof-
handyman, plenty of room. On a good fee or tea on the front screened porch with
cana leading to he locks at the Marina. tile floor. $154,700 (94797)
$199,700 (94714) tle floor 4,700 (94797)
Note: These offerings are subject to errors, omissions or withdrawal without notice. Information believed accurate but not guaranteed.

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Bridlewood Ranches 5+ acres $150,000 MLS# 94678
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available. $50,000 MLS# 94370 .
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Eckerd Youth Alternatives, Inc., a leader in alter-
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seeking a Registered Nurse and a Health Serivic-
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The RN position req. a current FL license, 2 yrs
of nursing exp., preferably with children/adoles-
cents. Must have MS Word and Excel skills, and
a valid driver's license. The Health Services
Manger req. a min. of 3 yrs nursing exp., lyr in
an administrative or supervisory role. (M.S. may
be substituted for one year of req. exp.) Must
possess organizational, budgeting, writing, and
communication skills. Must have exp. in medical
practices, procedures and regulations, health
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ACA, DJJ, and Florida Statutes as related to job
responsibilities. EDE, M/W/D/V,
Drug Free Workplace.
Send resume to
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or recruiting@eckerd.orgJ

Start a new career in the much needed field of
nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNAexam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
406 N.W. 4th Street (863) 357-2442

Immediate Openings CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
406 N.W. 4th Street. (863) 357-2442

Immediate Openings All Shifts
Full Time/Part Time RN's & LPN's
Apply In Person To:
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
1646 Hwy. 441 North

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currently has an opening for a
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The State of Florida offers a competitive salary and a wide array of benefit and retirement options.
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9 Paid Holidays, 1 Personal Holiday per year; Paid Time Off Earned Monthly: Annual &
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Leave, and other Administrative Leave Available; Tuition Waiver Program available upon
immediate hire for State Universities and Community Colleges; Educational Leave with
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Full Tme 205
Employment -
Medical 210
Employment -
Part-Time 215
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230

Delivering propane,
maintaining equipment &
provide great customer
service. CDL B Hazmat.
Ferrellgas, 204 SW 7th Ave,
Okeechobee (863)763-7557
FAX (863)763-5206

Professional Sales Executive
position available for a busy
new home sales business,
Sales experience a plus. No
real estate.license required.
Salary plus commission.
Call (863)763-6376
or (863)357-2700.
Local building company seeks
Sales Manager. Must have
proficient computer skills in-
cluding C.A.D. Minimum 10
years construction industry ex-
perience. Excellent interper-
sonal and presentation skills.
Strong written and verbal
skills. Financing and estimat-
ing knowledge a plus..
Send resume to PRO..Box,991,
Okeechobee, FL 34973.
person,after 2pm @ Pizza
Heaven 208 South Parrot Ave.


Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Prepaiation 315

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we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.


Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435

Elderly Care- Reg. Nurse
w/35 yrs. exp. has one
openngfor 24 hr.carein
nice fam ly home. Call
Susan 863-763-2334.

License # 5698
& Pressure Washing
License #1126
or (863)261-6425


AKC. YORKIES 1 female
$600, 3 males $500 ea,
toy males, white. Shots/vet
health cert. $300 cash only.

Rohn, Guyed 12" Triangular
welded galvanized base +:
7/10ft +5 ft top, you dis-
mantle and move, $1000


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

DUPLEX 3 BR, 1 BA, $850
mo. 1st & sec. to move in.
No pets. Call (863)634-9899
2 Story apt. Washer/Dryer.
Fenced. Patio. $750 1st,
last, sec. (863)634-3313

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OKEECHOBEE- furnished effi-
ciency, 1br, $150 /wk, You
pay own utilities

Lake Villa, 2/2, W/D, #47,
$900/mo + $500 dep. New-
ly remodeled (561)743-0192

$900 mo. 1st & sec. to
move in. No pets. Call
BASSWOOD New house in
good location, 3br, 2ba
w/garage, $1200/mo, 33rd
Rd (561)379-9417 or
(561)683-9754 -
BRAND NEW 4/2 $1095.
mo., 1st. & sec. No pets
lots of tile, garage, $1200.
Lawrence Associates,
BRAND NEW- Rent or Buy
3br/2ba, 1700 sq ft, garage,
laundry, tiled, $1100/mo.
rent. 100% applied to pur-
chase of $168,500 after 1
year. 3429 NW 40th Dr.
Basswood. (561)718-2822
1310 SW 5th Ave.
3/2/2 Pool Home. Close to
everything. DreamCatcher
Realty (863)357-5900
2ba, $1000 / mo
NEW! 3 BR, 2 BA, new tile,
doors & paint, W/D. $900/mo
+ elec, + $900 sec dep. Pets
okay. (561)596-1344 or
3BR/1.5BA, 15 min. from
town & 2BR/1BA. No pets.
1st & sec. Call Debbie
(863)467-2982 Mon.-Fri.,
8am til 4pm.
OKEE: 3/1 on 1/2 ac. Renovat-
ed, laundry, C/A/heat, screen
porch, carport. $1100. + 1st,
last, sec/refs. 305-458-8659
House on V2 acre. W/D hook
up. Carport, Tile flooring.
$750. mo. (863)467-8797
OKEECHOBEE- 2/2, Washer &
Dryer, 6 mo or 1 yr lease,
$725/mo, $1500 to move in.
Great location. 907 SW 2nd
Ave (863)634-0512
OKEECHOBEE: 3br, 2ba, 819
SE 10th St. Must have refer-
ences. Call 863-763-2416 or
863-447-0925 *
3BR/2BA, pool, fireplace.
1401 SE 8th Dr. 1st& sec.
Call to see. (863)885-1347
new, comp. furn., waterfront
boathouse. (863)763-6809
or (765)348-8270

Prime Waterfront
265' Sea wall
with boat dock.
3br, 2ba, W/D.
$1400. per
land 2 br, 1 ba MH $590/mo,
1 Rm. Cottage, $450/mo. All
req. 1st., last & sec. & Include
city water .

Seeks Same to share 4 BR, 2
BA. East of Okeechobee. $135
wk. Call (863)824-6112 or

RealEstate |

Business Places -
Sale -, 1'^' '"1" 1005
Commercial 1005
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property1030
Property -Sale 1035
Land -Sale 1040
Lots -Sale 1045
Open House 1. -1050
OuLtOf State Y^
Property -Sale 105S5
Property Inspectionl 060
Real Estate Wantedl 065
Resort' Property .1
Sale 10 :' -:- I!(:70
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

Occupied w/tenants. On
70W x 140L lot. $175,000 or
best offer. (863)763-8058

Features 3BRs/2BAs, Ig. LR,
garage, $118k, includes per-
mit fees. Lawrence Asso-
ciates 1-800-543-2495
Zero Down. $999. mo.
4br, 2ba CBS Brand New.
Prices $139,900. 3824 NW
7th St. 561-248-3879 or

waterfront lots, large pads,
pool & clubhouse, 9 hole
golf course, (239)945-7666

OKEE. Beautiful 3br, 2ba
Home & Lot. In 55+ Comm.
$127K. Neg. 863-763-8567
or 502-598-9115 .
On Taylor Creek, 55+ park,
furnished 2/1 mobile home,
Fla. rm., long carport, 2
sheds, Ig. covered dock &
boat slip, w/lift, Must See to
Appreciate! $35,000.

Mobile Homes

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

Rental, SE 23rd Court,
For information.
(863)763-4892 or 763-5419

CHOICE OF 3BR, or 2 BR, 2
ba D/W's No pets, yry lease,
starting @ $600/mo +
$1000 sec. 863-763-4031
DOUBLEWIDE 3br, 2ba, sits
on 5 acres, well fenced.
$1000 mth. 1st, last & $500
sec dep. 954-261-1268
MH -1 br, 1 ba. $600/mo for
1 person, $700/mo for 2
people, includes all utils +
cable. 1st mo+ $200 sec.
763-4880 Elliebob Shores-
828 Hwy 441 SE
No pets. Fenced yard,.
$600/mo. & $500 security.

Mobile Home Angels
OAK PARK 2 BR, All furniture
stays including 2 sheds.
, $22,500. (863)763-4662
2br, 2ba, Covered carport.
150'x70' lot on SE 58th Dr.
$55K w/$5K down Owner
Financing 1Oyr. Mortgage
$600 mo. (863)467-6688
4/2 Tile Floor, Energy Package
Deluxe loaded, over
2,200 sq.ft.
30th Anniversary Sale Special
Save $15,000.
,Call for FREE Color Brochures
PARK MODEL 4 yrs old, like
new, w/ bay window, furnished
Stevens, 78 West. mmed occ.
$19K. 859-582-6943
TRAILER, 35', w/Ig. Florida
room, in adultpark, priced to
sell, $5,000. (863)467-6965


AIR BOAT 13 ft, Stephull
w/300 lycoming upstack fuel
injected, 3 blade carbon fiber
prop. (561)719-1534
BASS BOAT '96, Stratos,
w/70hp Johnson outboard.
Very good cond. Like new.
$5250 Neg. (863)467-2153
CHAPARRAL '88 19 ft, only
50 hrs, 5.7 Merc Cruiser,
mint, loaded, bow rider.
$6500 (954)868-6518
STRATOS 273 '99 150
Yamaha Pro V, Hydraulic
steering, Hydraulic Jack
Plate, runs great, $6500 neg


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

AKEA SEDONA '05, 17K mi.
w/remainder of factory war-
ra aty. $1 0 0 0 0 .


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The South Florida Water Management District announces a public meeting to which
- all persons are invited.
DATE: January 16, 2008
TIME: 6:00 PM 7:30 PM
PLACE: Westgate River Ranch Resort; in the Lodge
(SR 60,30 miles west of Yee Haw Junction)
PURPOSE: To present the Lake Kissimmee Boat Ramp Area Conceptual Plan for
public review and comment.
A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Dan Cotter at
(561) 682-2301; dcotertasfwmd. ov.
Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requir-
ing special accommodations to participate in this workshop/meeting is asked to
advise the agency at least 5 days before the workshop/meeting by contacting:
District Clerk's Office 561-682-2087. If you are hearing or speech impaired,
please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 1(800)955-8771
(TD) or 1 (800)955-8770 (Voice).
If any person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any
matter considered at this meeting or hearing, he/she will need to ensure that a
verbatim record of the proceeding is made, which record includes the testimony
and evidence from which the appeal is to be based,
For more information, you may contact: District Clerk's Office 561-682-2087.
256509 ON 1/12/08

Notice of Hearing
Okeechobee County Code Enforcement
Special Magistrate
The Okeechobee County Special Magistrate will hold a public meeting on Tuesday,
January 15,2008 at 2:00 p.m. The public meeting will be held at the Okeechobee
County Commission Chambers, located at the Okeechobee County Courthouse,
304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. For more information, contact Faye
Huffman at the Planning and Development Department, 499 N.W. 5th Street,
Okeechobee, Florida, 34972, (863) 763-5548.
All interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public meeting.
Any'person deciding tq appeal any decision by the Code Enforcement Special
Magistrate with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to en-
sure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and that the record in-
cludes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. Code
Enforcement tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the
Faye Huffman, Secretary to the
Code Enforcement Special Magistrate
256216 ON 1/11, 2/08

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Truckloads of cars, trucks, minivans and SUVsfrom around the region have been
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Want Lower Payments Bankruptcy/Divorce?
Currently in a Lease? Interest Rate Too High? wleerotisit
Bring your trade, title and/or payment book. Be prepared to take immediate delivery. Extra sales
and finance staff will be on hand to assist you with your purchase and special finance needs.

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