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Thursday, January 17, 2008

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Woman arrested
on cocaine charge
An Okeechobee woman was
arrested on a felony drug charge
after she was reportedly found
to have cocaine and syringes in
her possession, according to an
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO) arrest report.
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Lady Brahmans
defeat Dragons
The varsity girl's basketball
team' appears to be rounding
into shape as they won their
second straight contest Monday
night in impressive fashion, 48-
18 over Lake Placid.
Monica Koger had 17 points
and Dadrika Riles chipped in with
12 points to beat the Lady Drag-
ons and improve Okeechobee's
record to (6-8) on the season.
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AARP class has
been canceled
The AARP class scheduled
for Jan. 19 and 26, in Buckhead
Ridge has had to be cancelled.
We apologize for the inconve-
nience caused to anyone. Please
call 863-763-3442 if you have any

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 re-
source. The forum will be held at
the-Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Cen-
ter in Belle Glade on Jan. 17.
The program will include pre-
sentations on the role and state
of the lake. A facilitated dialogue
among federarxaL.. state officials
and local civic leaders will ex-
amine the challenges presented
by the multiple roles the lake
is asked to fulfill, to identify the
unanticipated impacts of man-
agement decisions on the, com-
munities surrounding the lake
and avenues of cooperation, and
to elicit new ideas. The program
will conclude with presenta-
tions showcasing and discussing
some of the local efforts now be-
ing made to build and diversify
the regional economy. Contact:
Martha Musgrove (561) 965-9409

Drought Index

Current: 579
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

City deals with water limits

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The development of Casa
Bella is now one step closer to
becoming reality.
At their meeting on Tues-
day night, Jan. 15, the City of
Okeechobee City Council ap-
proved the first reading of an
ordinance to close the east-west
alley between N.W Tenth and
Eleventh Streets west of N.W
Fifth Avenue.
The city also delayed action
on a builder's agreement with

developers of Southern Trace
and heard an update on the
drought situation from South
Florida Water Management (SF-
WMD) officials.
Engineer Steve Dobbs, of
Rudd Jones and Associates,
stated that the alley closing was
necessary for a drive between
the buildings of the proposed 37
unit townhouse development,
Casa Bella. Public works director
Donnie Robertson was confident
the alley closure would have no
adverse affects on drainage. The
city council set a final hearing

'date for the proposed alley clos-
ing of Feb. 19.
After some discussion, the
city council decided to delay ac-
tion on approving a developer's
agreement with the developers
of Southern Trace, a 250 unit
multifamily housing develop-
ment proposed for the northwest
part of the city. The developer's
agreement had to do with the de-
veloper paying a fair share of the
cost of installing traffic signals
at the intersection of N.W Ninth
Street and U.S. 441 N. and the
intersection of N.W Ninth Street

and N.W. Ninth Avenue. The fair
share cost would be determined
by the amount of traffic volume
increase generated by the devel-
opment. There was considerable
discussion as to the means of
calculating the increase in traffic
that would be generated by the
"We have a little too much
that we can't solve tonight," was
the opinion of councilman Dowl-
ing Watford.
The council eventually de-
cided to delay action until more
information was available on

Jan. 29 election: Polls provide fundraising opportunity

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
The Okeechobee Board of Realtors community affairs group participated in their first training to Adopt-A-Precinct
with Supervisor of Elections Gwen Chandler (front row-left) on Tuesday, Jan. 15. Each member (front row-left to right)
Ann Hancock, Velva Cannon, Shannon Bobbitt, (back row-ibftto rtiht) Bob Brakke, Kathy Godwin, Barbara McClei'6
lan, Debra Pinson and Marnie Lauter will donate their payment to the organization for further community service.

Adopt a Precinct' helps local community

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Have you ever wondered
how your civic organization
or group can raise some funds
and help the community gov-
ernmental process at the same
Okeechobee Supervisor of
Elections Gwen Chandler has
introduced the Adopt-A-Pre-
cinct program which allows
groups to be trained as poll
workers and raise funds for
their organization.
Adopt-A-Precinct is a pro-
gram in which a participating
organization "adopts" a voting
precinct for an election cycle by
providing the personnel to staff
that precinct.
This program raises funds
for the organization by, paying
the organization rather than the
individual worker.
By participating, the or-
ganization partners, with the

Okeechobee County Supervi-
sor of Elections office in the
election process.
The Okeechobee Board
of Realtors community affairs
group is the first organization
to be involved in the training
process to Adopt-A-Precinct.
Members of this group in-
clude, chair Kathy Godwin,
Bob Brakke, Barbara McClel-
lan, Debra Pinson, Marnie Laut-
er, Ann Hancock, Velva Cannon
and Shannon Bobbitt.
This group and any other
group that chooses to Adopt-A-
Precinct are given the following
opportunities: fundraising ac-
tivity; community service; club
leadership and camaraderie;.
and involvement in the elec-
tions process.
Each member of the Adopt-
A-Precinct team, consisting of
10 to 7 volunteers and any poll
worker will have to go through
mandatory training provided

by the election office. The train-
ing is free of charge and is con-
ducted by Mrs. Chandler.
Each poll worker, accord-
ing to state statutes must be
willing to work a 14-hour day.
Each poll worker shift must
be worked by one individual
and is not allowed to be split
by multiple individuals. While
this makes the gathering of vol-
tinteers difficult, this board has
found eight individuals to step
up and Adopt-A-Precinct.
They underwent their first
training session on Tuesday,
Jan. 15, at the Okeechobee
County Annex building with
Mrs. Chandler where they
learned about the responsibili-
ties of administering elections
and their responsibilities to the
election board by adopting a
"The bonus with this pro-
gram is having diversity in poll
workers. It is another way for

a civic group to really help the
community," stated Mrs. Chan-
"The Board of Realtors this
year is planning to be very ac-
tive in the community and we
are very happy to have this
Adopt-A-Precinct as our first
community event," stated
Chair Mrs. Godwin. "All funds
from Adopt-A-Precinct will go
towards future community
use through our local scholar-
There are new early dates
for the Presidential Preference
Primary and Proposed Con-
stitutional Amendment voting
session which will commence
on Jan. 29.
Early voting for the Presi-
dential Preference Primary will
begin on Jan. 14, and com-
mence on Jan. 16. Early voting
takes place at the Okeechobee
See Polls Page 2

traffic counts.
In addition, the council also
passed a resolution supporting
several issues during the 2008
legislative session that deal with
funding and taxation for munici-
palities. Copies of the resolution
were to be sent to Governor
Charles Crist, Senate President
Ken Pruitt, House Speaker Mar-
co Rubio and members of the
Florida legislature.
Turning to routine business,
the council approved a resolu-
See Water Page 2




a fine of


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
At Okeechobee County code
enforcement hearings held on
Tuesday, Jan. 15, Special Mag-
istrate Lois Nichols imposed a
fine on one property owner and
gave six other property owners
a deadline to bring their prop-
erties into compliance or face'
a fine.
Ruth Lundbloom Kauffman
was fined $100 a day begin- +
ning Jan. 16, for every day that
a condemned structure and
debris remain on her S.E. 34th
Avenue property.
Attorney Bill Wallace, repre-
senting Nix & Nix Land I, LLC,
requested 90 days to work out
a solution to his client's code
problems. Special Magistrate
Nichols agreed to that request.
The case involved renovation
work that was done at the
Speckled Perch building on
U.S. 98 N. without the proper
building permit.
Code enforcement officer
Blanca Saucedo had cited N &
A Real Estate, Inc. for having a
gas tank on S.W. 20th Terrace
property that is zoned residen-
tial single family. Special Mag-
istrate Nichols stated that this
was a safety issue and decreed
that a fine of up to $250 for ev-
ery day of noncompliance be
imposed if the tank is not re-
moved by Feb. 14.
Code enforcement officer
Gina Gehring had cited Carolyn
Kay Buffum for having a der-
elict mobile home in need of
See Fine Page 2

10.06 feet
SLast Year: 11.95 feet

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

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Obituaries....................... 6
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Sports................................... 10
TV .......................................... 9
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Blind athlete's speech

inspires many local students

- Public invited to
program tonight

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Craig McFarlane was blind-
ed at a young age in a freak
accident. However he hasn't
let that tragedy affect the rest of
his life as he has achieved great
things in athletics and in other
aspects of his life.
Mr. McFarlane hoped to reach
young people in Okeechobee
this week that they too can
achieve, even if they have huge
obstacles to overcome.
On Wednesday, he spoke to
students at the Freshman Cam-
pus and was well received.
He noted he wanted to
speak to kids about hope and
perseverance. He explained
what happened to him when
he lost his vision. After the ac-
cident, he developed a rare eye
disease and within six months

lost his vision.
He grew up on a small farm
in Canada. He noted his par-
ents instilled a "can do" spirit.
His mom was a school teacher.
"The word 'can't' was not spo-
ken in our household," he re-
His parents raised him as a
normal kid, Mr. McFarlane con-
tinued. He did everything that
kids with sight did.
"Blindness never stood in
the way of me having a normal
life," he said.
He noted he was grateful to
his parents for their treatment.
In first grade he was forced
to move 500 miles from home
to attend the only school for
the blind in Canada. Christ-
mas, Spring break and summer
holidays were the only time he
spent at home.
He said he required by the
government, and that leaving
home was tough on a six-year-
"In life you all come to vari-

ous crossroads, the decisions
you make will have a huge
.impact on who you become
tomorrow and down the road,"
he noted.
Mr. McFarlane said he felt de-
pressed one day after a practice
at school. His teacher told him
he noticed Mr. McFarlane didn't
like living at the school. He said
the teacher got him involved in
wrestling and he took to it. He
said is the only sport where a
blind person can be an equal,
with a sighted one.
He went on to wrestle inter-
nationally on behalf of Canada.
He traveled throughout' the
world competing in wrestling.
"Athletics was so much
more than winning and los-
ing," he said. "It taught me
you're only as good as your last
Mr. McFarlane won over 100
gold medals in his wrestling ca-
See Speech Page 2

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Craig McFarlane speaks to students at the Okeechobee Fresh-
man Campus. The public is invited to hear him tonight at the
Freshman Campus auditorium at 5 p.m.

Vol. 99 No. 17

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2 Okeechobee News, Thursday, January 17, 2008

Woman arrested on cocaine charge

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee woman was
arrested on a felony drug charge
after she was reportedly found
to have cocaine
and syringes in
her possession,
according to an
County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO)
arrest report.
Casey Lynn
Henderscheid, Casey
21, S.E. 28th St., Henderscheid
was arrested
by members of the Okeechobee
Narcotics Task Force shortly be-
fore 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

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tion implementing a social secu-
rity numbers collections policy.
This was enacted in response to
state legislation. Every time a so-
cial security number is requested
by the city, the person involved
must be told why that informa-
tion is necessary and what it will
be used for.
The council also approved the
supervisor of elections' request to
temporarily close the street to the
east of the courthouse the night of
Jan. 29, following the presidential
primary to facilitate ballot drop
offs from the precincts.
Benita Whalen, director of SF-
WMD's Okeechobee service cen-
ter, told the council that she has

Continued From Page 1
County Supervisor of Elections of-
fices located at 304 N.W Second
St, Room 101 in the Old County
Their office hours for early
voting are Monday thru Saturday
from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Florida is the fourth most popu-
lous state and is typically a swing

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repair and structure attached to
it that needs to be removed. The
property in question is located on
S.E. 19th Court. Ms. Gehring not-
ed that the attached structure was
torn down, but the demolition
debris had not been removed.
Ms. Buffum was given until Feb.
14 to remove the demolition de-
bris and repair or demolish the
mobile home or be fined up to
$250 a day.
Walter Parnell had been cited

Continued From Page 1
Mr. McFarlane said just be-
cause a student does well on
a test today, that doesn't mean
they'll do well on a test a few
weeks from now. He noted stu-
dents need to keep their edge
and focus.
He conveyed techniques he
used to succeed in school. He
used the points of frustration as
mere stepping stones to many
of life's opportunities.
"It's kind of like climbing a
ladder. You don't jump over the
steps, its one or two steps at a
time, exercising patience, and
using a positive attitude," he ex-
Mr. McFarlane said the posi-
tive attitude must begin in ev-
ery day of your life. He noticed
no matter how he feels in the
morning; he always puts on a
smile and faces the challenges
of the day.
"A positive mental frame of
mind will help you show up and
try. DOn't be one who shows up
at school, drags in, puts their
head down, and feels sorry for
themselves," he said. "That is
not the stuff real champions are
made of."
Mr. McFarlane said no one
can criticize a student for put-
ting their best foot forward.
In ninth grade he was hon-
ored by the Canadian Prime
Minister and gave a speech to
a large crowd. He focused the
speech on pride and setting
"To' understand what you
have to do today to accomplish
and achieve some of the goals,
dreams and aspirations you've
set for yourself tomorrow and
down the road," he said. "What
happens if you don't have any
Mr. McFarlane urged the
kids to start setting goals. He
encouraged them to set short
term goals, for next week, and

She was charged with the felony
of possession of cocaine, and the
misdemeanors of possession of
marijuana under 20 grams and
possession of drug parapherna-
She was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under a
bond of $4,000.
The OCSO report states that
Henderscheid was a passenger in
a Ford F-150 pickup truck that was
stopped in the 3900 block of S.E.
28th St. Although given a verbal
warning for running a stop sign
and not using a turn signal, the
man who was driving the pickup
was not arrested.
Task force detectives asked the
driver for permission to search

been selected for a position at the
West Palm Beach headquarters of
SFWMD. As of Jan. 17, Gary Rit-
ter will be the acting director. Mr.
Ritter informed the council that
he has applied for the position of
director. The council voted to rec-
ommend his appointment.
Vickie Nolan, also of SFWMD,
informed the council that new
water restrictions went into place
that day.
The new restrictions allow for
persons with odd numbered ad-
dresses to water their lawns on
Monday either from 4 to 8 a.m. or
4 to 8 p.m. Those with even num-
bered addresses can water on
Thursdays either from 4 to 8 a.m.
or 4 to 8 p.m. Vehicle washing is
not restricted. Vehicles should be
washed over a surface that would
prevent runoff and using a hose

state in the presidential election
process. In June, the state chose
to change the primary to an ear-
lier date in order for the primary
to make more of a difference in
the political process.
Registration for the Presiden-
tial Preference Primary ended
on Dec. 31, 2007. Voters can vote
three ways during this election:
early voting; absentee voting, and
Election Day voting.
Remember in order to Adopt-
A-Precinct you need approxi-

for having a condemned mobile
home and trash and debris and
a boat'ot blocav'' his S.E';34th
Lanepjibperty. Cieenforcement
officer Gehring, sad that Mr. Par-
nell was planning to hire a con-
tractor to demolish the structure
and that it could be removed in
30 days. He was given until Feb.
14, to complete the demolition or
he could face a fine of up to $250
a day.
Code enforcement office
Saucedo had previously cited
Adaish Jangbahadoor for having
a condemned structure on his
N.W 264th Street property. He

next month. He told them.this
will give them a reason to push
'It would have been easy to
give up for me. I could have
used blindness as an excuse,"
he said. "I refused to do that. It's
so easy to be mediocre; it's not
easy to be great. Every one of
you have the ability to be great.
Don't every underestimate what
you are capable of doing."
Mr. McFarlane told the stu-
dents he had to do 500 sit ups
,and 500 push ups every day. He
noted he did it because he didn't
want people to say he lost be-
cause he was blind.
"To me it's been a minor
inconvenience. We all will be
faced with life's minor incon-
veniences. How you embrace
struggling and how you over-
come the obstacles in your life
will determine how much of a
success you become."
"If you don't believe in your-
self, how would you ever expect
someone else to believe in you?"
he asked.
He listed the unsung heroes
in life as parents, grand parents,
and teachers. He said ordinary
people do extraordinary things
every day in a child's life.
He said the sign of a real
champion is someone who is
willing to stop and help some-
one else.
"It is real easy to laugh and
make fun of one another. I en-
,courage you not to do that. True
champions learn to extend a
helping hand," he continued.
He said each student is
unique. He encouraged them to
develop the gifts they've been
given and not to worry about
gifts they don't have.
"Find your niche, find what
you're interested in and then
pursue it," he added.
McFarlane said when you do
something you enjoy, you don't
mind putting in an extra effort.
He said the key to success if put-
ting that work into things you
don't enjoy so much.

the truck, and also asked for per-
mission to search Henderscheid.
While searching the woman,
detectives stated in the arrest re-
port that they found a green leafy
substance rolled up in toilet pa-
per in the right sleeve of Hender-
scheid's long-sleeved shirt. The
substance was field tested and
indicated a positive result for the
presence of marijuana. The sub-
stance weighed 4 grams, added
the report.
The report states the detectives
also found a cigarette package in
the woman's pants that contained
a syringe and needle, as well as .2
grams of a suspicious substance.
When field tested, the substance
indicated a positive result for the

with an automatic cutoff.
Unlike previous restrictions
all sources of water including
wells, canals and lakes -- are sub-
ject to water conservation mea-
sures. Also, the restrictions will be
enforced this time.
Local officials have been asked
to help enforce the restrictions.
For the first violation, door
hangers will be placed as a warn-
"Hopefully, we will never get
around to that, but we 'will be
writing citations," Ms. Nolan said.
Local law enforcement and
code enforcement officers will be
enforcing residential use of water
while SFWMD officials will moni-
tor commercial and agricultural
Several council members ex-
pressed displeasure at SFWMD's

mately six to ten poll workers
who are required to work from 6
a.m. until 7 p.m. on Election Day.
This time is not able to be split by
more than one person according
to state laws.
Paid training is available for
individuals wishing to partici-
pate and will be beginning soon.
If your organization would like
to be involved in the upcoming
elections in August or November,
please contact the Supervisor of

was given until Feb. 14, to come
into compliance or face a fine of
up to $250 a day.
Louis and Dolores Johnson
were cited for building a wooden
dock and wooden front porch
overhang without a permit on
U.S. 441 S.E. property. Code en-
forcement officer Gehring stated
that a contractor has been secured
who would be submitting plans
for a permit. The Johnsons were
given until March 13, to complete
the project or face a fine of up to
$250 a day.
Larry Black was given until
March 13, to complete a storage

He has spoken to schools in
all of North America, every state,
and all provinces in Canada. At
each stop he urged the students
to graduate from school.
"It is not cool to drop out of
school," he said. "I run into so
many young men and women
that drop out who regretted that
He said it is awful tough to
succeed without a high school
He urged the freshmen to
work hard, and not give up
their goals of graduating in four
"It is very important to at least
graduate. I'm confident that ev-
ery one of you will. Make sure
you are confident in yourself,"
he added.
Mr. McFarlane also added that
desire will be a key element to a
person's success. He said that in
a speech earlier this month in
Los Angeles, California he was
asked what the key to his suc-
cess was. He answered: hard
"There is no substitute to
hard work," he said. "Don't be
a person who cuts corners and
takes the easy road. You will
never reach your potential if you
are always looking to take the
easy road."
He also listed enthusiasm
and passion as key elements to
"You're only in high school
another three and a half years,"
he said. "That's not very long.
Then you go to work and keep
working for 40 years. Young peo-
ple, what's the hurry? What's
the rush? I would get involved in
extra curricular activities, clubs,
and bands. Be sure you enjoy
the ride and graduate."
Sharon Ming of Edward Jones
Investment said the Finance
Academy at Okeechobee High
School has looked for years to
bring a motivational speaker
for students. She finally realized
that they already had the right
person at Edward Jones Invest-

presence of cocaine.
The detectives then took the
man and woman back to a motel
where they had rented a room.
Inside the room the detectives re-
portedly found numerous unused
syringes, a small plastic lid con-
taining water and a clear plastic
container containing an unknown
liquid in a night table between
the beds. They also found a sus-
picious substance that weighed
.1 grams. When field tested, the
substance indicated a positive re-
sult for the presence of cocaine,
said the report.
The report stated that the man
said he knew nothing of the items
found in the motel room.

decision to pump water from the
southern end of the lake for agri-
cultural interests.
Mayor James Kirk predicted
that if the lake were pumped
down to six feet, it would take
more than a decade to recover.
"This drought is going to make
it difficult for us all," stated Ms.
Whalen. She said that SFWMD is
looking at several options to best
utilize the dwindling water sup-
ply. She said that where possible
operational changes were being
made to hold localized rainfall so
that it is not lost.
"We really need to encour-
age water conservation," was the
opinion of Mr. Watford.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.
com. Reporter Pete Gawda may be
reached at

Elections office now at (863) 763-
4014; fax (863) 763-0152; email
com; or visit online atwww.voteo- for additional in-
Adopt-A-Precinct is a great way
to show your support and keep
giving with the fundraising oppor-
tunity for your organization.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Chauna Aguilar may be
reached at

building on his N.E. Fifth Street
property or he could be fined up
to $250 a day.
The properties of Jean Lac-
erte, Amparo Trevino, Shirley and
Emilio Aranda, and Hattie Bradley
were found to be in compliance
and those cases were not heard.
Also, one of the cited properties
of N & A Real Estate was found
to be in compliance and that case
was not heard.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.
com. Reporter Pete Gawda may be
reached at

Mr. McFarlane travels around
giving speeches to corporations,
students, and even athletes on
behalf of Edward Jones Invest-
Mr. McFarlane has written, a
book, "Inner vision." President
George Bush wrote the fore-
word to the book.
Following the presentation,
students were invited to ask
One student asked how he
plays golf: He admitted it's a
group effort. He must hit the
ball the right distance, and an-
other person helps him read the
Another student asks if he is
bitter towards the kids who in-
jured him and caused his blind-
ness. He said he has never felt
that way and has treated it as a
freak accident.
Another question was what
he would have done if he hadn't
lost his vision. He said a career
as a professional hockey player
as his biggest dream.
He was also asked about his
water skiing and snow skiing
skills. He worked at Cypress Gar-
dens on their water ski show in
the 1980's. "I had some interest-
ing jumps," he noted. He would
follow a guide skier down the
snowy slopes and listen to their
voice and the sound of the ski's
on the snow when he broke re-
cords in snow skiing.
McFarlane has also been a
success in ice skating.
He was also asked if medical
advances could allow him to see
one day. He said he would have
to have an entire eye transplant
and medicine hasn't advanced
that far yet.
Mr. McFarlane also visited sev-
eral other campuses this week
including Osceola and Yearling
Middle School. Today (Thurs-
day) he visits Okeechobee High
At 5 p.m. today, he will be at
the Freshman Campus audito-
rium. The event is open to the

News Briefs

New water restrictions in effect
West Palm Beach, FL The South Florida Water Management
District (SFWMD) has declared an extreme District-wide water short-
age, directly affecting more than five million South Florida residents
and thousands of farms and businesses.
Modified Phase III water shortage order, went into January 15,
2008, and includes:
Residents and businesses of Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Martin,
Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Hendry and
Glades counties are limited to a one-day-per-week landscape irriga-
tion schedule with two "watering windows." Odd street addresses
may irrigate lawns and landscapes on Mondays between 4 a.m.
and 8 a.m. or 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Even street addresses may irrigate lawns and landscapes on
Thursdays between 4 a.m. and 8: a.m. or 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Residents and businesses with more than five acres have expand-.
ed irrigation hours, between midnight and 8 a.m. OR 4 p.m. and
11:59 p.m. on their designated irrigation day.
Hand-watering with one hose fitted with an automatic shut-off
nozzle is allowed for 10 minutes per day for landscape stress relief
and to prevent plant die-off.
Low-volume irrigation, including the use of drip and microjet sys-
tems that apply water directly to plant root zones, is not restricted but
should be voluntarily reduced.
Additional watering days and times will be allocated for the estab-
lishment of new lawns and landscapes.
No restrictions apply to other outside water uses, such as for car
and boat washing, pressure cleaning of paved surfaces, decorative
fountains and water-based recreation (e.g. swimming pools, water,
Golf courses must reduce their allocated water use by 45 percent.
The new, mandatory restrictions apply to all water from traditional
sources, including water from public utilities, private wells, canals,.
ponds and lakes. Users of 100-percent reclaimed water are exempt
from the restrictions but are encouraged to conserve water volun-
Because jurisdiction in certain counties is shared with other water
management districts, the SFWMD has coordinated with these agen-
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Okeechobee News, Thursday, January 17, 2008

IRCC Practical Nursing program open

Information sessions
are scheduled

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Indian River Community Col-
lege, soon to be Indian River
College, is offering the next
Practical Nursing. program in
their new Williamson Confer-
ence and Educational Center
which will 'open in August for
the fall semester.
The new class of Practical
Nursing students will be the first
to be able to use the new facility
which will gave a nursing wing
specially designed with a health
science classroom which will
enable the college to serve addi-
tional students preparing for ca-
reers in nursing and other health
care professions.
Students will prepare for
clinical internships at Raulerson
Hospital in the new nursing lab,
which will replicate.a multi-bed
hospital nursing station.
Nursing instructor, Pam Ouel-
lette RN, BSN will hold informa-
tion sessions at the local Dixon-
Hendry Campus on: Wednesday;
Jan. 23, from 1:30 p.m. until 2:30
p.m.; Monday, Jan. 28, from 11
a.m. until noon; Thursday, Feb.
7, and Thursday, Feb. 21, from 6
p.m. until 7 p.m.
With new classes beginning
in August, applicants to the pro-
gram have many opportunities.
The program consists of classes
Monday and Wednesday eve-
nings. Students will attend class-
es for two years to obtain their
Practical Nursing (PN) license.
The program is organized so
that students have the sum-
mer months off,. two weeks off
at Christmas, one week off for
spring break and holidays off.
Classes begin in August 2008
and end in June 2010. The ap-
plication deadline is Thursday,
March 27 for the PN program.
Two different applications must
be completed to apply to the
program: an IRCC application
for the college (no charge); and
a health science application for
the Practical Nursing program
(cost $20).
Each student must satisfy the
following requirements: TABE
test with a passing score of 11,
which can be taken at the Dixon-
Hendry Campus Monday thru

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Pam Ouellette, RN, ESN, will be holding several information
sessions regarding the upcoming deadlines to be admitted
into the August, 2008 Practical Nursing program at Indian
River Community College which will be the first group to hold
classes in the new Williamson Conference and Educational
Center, which will also open in the fall.

Thursday from 8 a.m. until 8:30
p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m.
until 4 p.m. allow two hours to
take the exam (no charge).
Each applicant must also
complete the computerized Na-
tional League for Nursing Prac-
tical Nursing (NLN PN) exam
with a passing score in the 50th
percentile. This exam must be
taken on the main campus in Ft.
Pierce Monday thru Thursday
from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Fri-
day from 8 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.
but allowing two hours to take
the exam. This exam costs the
student $45, which is payable at
the cashier on main campus.
IRCC offers free tutoring
for the NLN PN exam at the
main campus (room H-119) on
Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. un-
til 7:30 p.m. beginning Jan. 3.0,
and ending March 12.
.Applicants must be 18 years
old by the first day of class and
have a high school diploma with
transcripts forwarded to IRCC.
Final acceptance in the program
is contingent upon a physi-
cal exam, drug screen and FBI
background chetk.
The program costs approxi-
mately $4,064. IRCC has many
scholarship opportunities avail-
able. Applicants must maintain
health insurance throughout the
program and obtain CPR/Basic
life support certification for the
health care professional.

LPNs work in doctor's offic-
es; health care facilities; nursing
homes; correctional facilities;
home health care; hospitals
and other positions. There is a
multitude of opportunities for
individuals in this field and to
further their health care career
with higher degrees.
Mrs. Ouellette praised the
community support from the
community in scholarships and
continued education that is
present in Okeechobee.
Members of the current PN
program can be seen at the up-
coming Health and Safety Expo
at the Okeechobee Agri-civic
Center on Saturday, Jan. 26,
from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Mem-
bers of the program participate
in many community events to
show their support for the citi-
zens of Okeechobee.
To learn more about the pro-
gram visit or call
Mrs. Ouellette at the Dixon Hen-
dry Campus (863) 824-6014; the
Dixon Hendry office at (863)
824-6000; the Main Campus
Nursing Department (772) 462-
IRCC looks forward to help-
ing educate the masses with
their new many new programs
that they offer.
Post your opinions In the Public Is-
sues Forum at
Reporter'Chauna Aguilar may be
reached at

OCA announce the Honor Roll

Okeechobee Christian Acad-
emy announces their second nine
weeks honor roll recipients.
Mrs. Marlow's class
A Honor Roll:
Simon Coroza, Taylor Giles,
Logan Johnson, Kayleigh Pearce,
Lane Robbins, Briann Woodham.
A/B Honor Roll:
Aliana Micco, Matthew Nguy-
en, Janessa Nunez, Julia Smith.
First grade -
Ms. Woodham's class
A Honor Roll:
Celeste Garcia, Cameron
Huntley, Arianna Lorusso, Jonah
A/B Honor Roll:
Danyelle Boromei, Sebastian
Dyals, Victoria Hamby, Madison
Hancock, Dylan Howell, Jared

Submitted photo/Bobbi Poole



Rachel Holt is the 2008
Miss Speckled Perch.

Second grade -
Ms. Griffith's class
A Honor Roll:
Pierce Brown, Ashley Han-
cock, Austin Hudgins, Zac
Kruske, Josiah Smith.
A/B Honor Roll:
Hunter Bryant, Mason Mic-
co, Emily Minton, Dustin Rob-
Third grade -
Mrs. Ellis' class
A Honor Roll:
Joshua Hiler, Abby Lake-
A/B Honor Roll:
Saige Alexander, Heather
Whitehead, Maliah Wright.
Fourth grade -
Mrs. Gunnound's class
A Honor Roll:

Suomittea plOtO/BODDI POOle
Jr. Miss
Morgan Crawford is the
2008 Jr. Miss Speckled

Tristan Anderson
A/B Honor Roll:
Sam Christian

Fifth grade -
Mrs. Herring
A Honor Roll:
Ly Pham, Christian White
A/B Honor Roll:
Lia Keith, Devon Richbourg

Sixth -Twelfth grade
- Mrs. Brooks class
A Honor Roll:
Kaylee Davis
A/B Honor Roll:
Angel Conlon, Savanna Goff,
Kayla Hewitt, Ryan James, Ab-
agail Queen, Cody Smith.
Congratulations to all of our
outstanding students. Keep up
the good work.

Submitted photo/Bobbi Poole

Little Miss
KimmyShaw, was crowned,
Little Miss Speckled Perch
at the 2008 Speckled Perch
Pageant on Jan. 13.

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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!
EVOLUTION: I would like to respond to the caller who stated evolu-
tion says humans evolved from the monkeys and it is obvious this is not
true because we still have monkeys. I suggest this caller do a little more
reading and study. The theory of evolution does not state that humans
evolved from monkeys or apes. It states that humans, monkeys and apes
all evolved from a common ancestor. One branch of the family went one
way, one went another. From DNA studies we can see that monkeys,
apes and humans are closely related and it is likely they did all come from
a common ancestor. That ancestor is extinct, just like the dinosaurs and
the wooly mammoths.

THEY DON'T CARE: This is in reference to long lines. If you are the
only game in town, why would you care if your customers sat in line for
45 minutes? Maybe the person we need to contact is Target, maybe then
we would get their attention.

SLAVERY: If Lincoln was so anti-slavery and you think that is the
cause of the war, why was it nearly two years into the war before the
Emancipation Proclamation was issued? As for the flag being a symbol of
racism, why choose just this one? Slavery was introduced into America
while it was still under British rule, and continued after the Revolutionary
War. Why don't the Union Jack and the Stars and Stripes also symbol-
ize racism? Slavery existed for 150 years before the Battle for Southern
Independence, the Confederate States existed about 6 or 7 of those years.
The Confederate Battle Flag was only one of several Confederate flags
and was not even the official flag of the Confederate States. The "rampant
racism that existed in the South" was no different to the rampant racism
that existed in the North, even after the war when many blacks moved
north only to be segregated and oppressed. As for ones ancestors being
"rebels" you can't change what happened in the past, including history.

FREE SPEECH: I have no need to fly the Confederate flag, but if it
means something to you, fly it. It's a matter of freedom of speech. Why

PRIDE: Ok, using free speech as the context. Genocide has existed
long before the Nazis, so let's all bring back the swastika. After all, the
swastika represents pride and self determination of the German people,
and not the serial extermination of Jews as claimed. Since genocide and
ethnic cleansing are also in the Bible, there is no reason that the exter-
mination of the Jews during World War II1 should be looked at as some-
thing different. The Germans were tired of the oppression from the rest
of Europe, and just stood up for the basic rights that their country was
founded upon. The Germans have even apologized to the Jewish people,
including remuneration, so that makes everyone square. The swastika
was only oneofth the two national flags of Germany, so it wasn't even that
important. So, let's bring it back! I'll hang mine right next to my Confeder-
ate battle flag.

WRONGFUL INTIMIDATION: When free speech is used to intimi-
date it is considered illegal. Consider the ban that was placed on cross
burning by the Supreme Court. Is not the "rebel" flag, given its place in
history not a part of the same pattern of civil rights violations and intimi-
dation? The flag was a carryover from the Civil War; it has been used to
represent the "rebel" mentality of breaking from the Union in a failed at-
tempt to maintain slavery. Yes, it can be tantamount to yelling "FIRE" but
in this case you're yelling "BLACKS BEWARE."

DEBATE: Now that we've finished our own version of the Inquisition
S with-the calls-about witches and pagans zand had our annual discussion
of lpping, are we gearing up to fight t f iCMi War in Speak Out? I think
some of these comments are placed by people who just like to cause
trouble. I would like to see more discussion of the proposed changes to
the Homestead Exemption, as we are going to have to vote on that later
this month and it would be good to find out as much as we can about it

OBAMA: This is in response to comments about Barak Obama not
showing respect for the flag during the pledge of allegiance. This story
is going around the internet and it is not true. There is also a story that
he is a Muslim. The fact is that his father was a Muslirrf but his mother
was a Christian. The parents split up and he was raised by his mother
as a Christian. I don't think it matters what his religion is anyway. What
matters is whether or not he is qualified for the job. Editor's note: We
should have added a note to that comment. We regret the omis-
sion. The comments about Barack Obama and the flag prob-
ably came from discussion of a photo that has been circulating
on the Internet. The photograph was taken on Sept. 16, 2007, at
Senator Tom Harkin's annual "steak fry" in Iowa. In the photo,
which features a large U.S. Flag and several of the Democratic
presidential hopefuls, the others have their hands over their
hearts; Mr. Obama does not. The photo is real. However, the
information circulated with the photo is in error. According to
Time Magazine which published the photo in their Oct. 1 edi-
tion, while the photo was taken the candidates were standing
for the national anthem, not the pledge of allegiance. Accord-
ing to the U.S. Code that dictates proper behavior during the
National Anthem, it is appropriate to place your hand over your
heart. However, all of those in the photo were not fully follow-
ing the code because it also states that you should face the flag.
All four ofthe'people in the photo Mr. Obama, Bill Richardson,
Hillary Clinton and Ruth Harkin -- are standing with their backs
to the flag.

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Upcoming Events

Thursday Jan. 17
Cancer Support Group will meet on the third Thursday of
the month to help and encourage women who have.been diag-
nosed with cancer. The meeting will be held at the American
Red Cross office at 323 N. Parrott Ave. from 5:15 until 6:15 p.m.
For information, call Janet Topp at (863) 824-2899.
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at
Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2
p.m. at the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For infor-
mation call Margaret at (863) 467-8020, or Belinda at (863) 357-
Cowboys for Christ Range Rider for Jesus Ministries will
meet for a pot luck supper at 6 p.m. with services at 7 p.m. at
the Basinger Civic Center. For information, call Doyle McDuffie
at (863) 763-2285.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 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 atife'di There is Census, IGI (Internationial Genealogical.'In-
dex), Social Security Death Index and military information avail-
able. For information, call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Prayer Group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center at
412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in
the fellowship hall at 412 N.W Sixth St. For information, call
(863) 763-5996.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until
1 p.m. at Village Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All
Kiwanis and the public are welcome. For information, contact
Frank Irby at (863) 357-1639.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until
6:30 p:m. at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St.
Please join us or ask questions. Call Phyllis at (863) 467-8636, or
Hazel at (863) 763-4920, for information.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for
women who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence
and abusive relationships. The support groups are held every
Thursday at 6 p.m. For information call (863) 763-2893, or call
Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a sec-
ond language classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart
Catholic Church, 701 S.W Sixth St.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of
Okeechobee and the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver
support group every Thursday at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring
for an ill family member is welcome. The group is facilitated by
social workers and provides an opportunity for caregivers to give
one another support, information and ideas. The meetings are
held at Hospice at 411 S.E. Fourth St. For information, call (863)
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.
Narcotics Anonymous meets Thursday night for a Basic
Text meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee,
2303 Parrott Ave., The Lake Shops Suite K. For information, call
(863) 634-4780.
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meets at Believers Fellowship,
300 S.W. 6th Ave. at 7 p.m. For information call Monika at (863)
Classic car show at Beef O'Brady's, 608 S. Parrott Ave.,
from 6:30 until 8 p.m.
Friday Jan. 18
Narcotics Anonymous meets each Friday for an open
discussion meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of
Okeechobee, 2303 Parrott Ave., The Lake Shops Suite K. For in-
formation, call (863) 634-4780 or (863) 467-5474.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at
the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The pub-
lic is invited. All persons interested in a sensible approach to los-
ing weight and becoming a part of a caring group are welcome
to come and see what we are all about. For information, contact
Ollie Morgret at (800) 932-8677.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Meth-
odist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. It's an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Sav-
iour, 200 N.W Third St. It will be an open speaker meeting.
Business Women's Referral Networking Luncheon will
be held on the third Friday of every month at the Brahma Bull
Restaurant, 2405 U.S. 441 S.E., at 11:30 a.m. for networking. The
lunch will be at noon. Women should bring business cards and
information to promote their business. The meeting provides
networking opportunities for women in business and is open to
the public. No membership is required. For information, contact
Robin Delgado at (800) 299-8878; or, by e-mail at info@flainju-
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W Third Terrace, holds
meetings for persons with alcohol and drug related problems at
6 p.m. For information call (863) 357-3053.

Community Events

Thursday, Jan. 17

VFW #9528 holds garage sale
The VFW Post 9528 'will hold a garage sale on Friday, Jan. 17
and Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Post home on 78 West in BHR. Dona-
tions of items to the sale are needed. Please drop off at the post
home on Hwy 78 West, or call for local pickup on Jan. 15 & 16.
For pickup call between noon and 4 p.m. at the Post home (863)
467-2882 or Frank at (863) 467-0840.

Monthly coffee klatch scheduled
The Chamber of Commerce Coffee Klatch will be Jan. 17, at 8,
a.m. It will be sponsored by March of Dimes Lakeview Builders,
200 N.W Fifth St.

Airboat Association to meet
The Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association will hold its monthly
meeting at Beef 0' Brady's on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. Election
of officers for 2008 and final preparation for the Speckled Perch
Festival are the primary agenda items. All members are encour-
aged to be present. 2008 membership dues can be paid at the
meeting or mailed to P. 0. Box 30, Okeechobee, FL 34973-0300.

Huckabee supporters to meet
Mike Huckabee supporters will be meeting at Joey's Pizza on
Thursday, Jan. 17, 7 p.m. More information at www.mikehucka-
Friday, Jan. 18

SAC meeting planned
New Endeavor High School will be holding their SAC meeting
on Friday Jan. 18, at 11:30 a.m. This meeting is open to the public.
For information call (863) 462-5125.

Calling all back yard BBQ cooks!
The Sixth Annual Top of the Lake BBQ Affair hosted by
Okeechobee Main Street is just around the corner. Main Street
has moved the event to the Agri-Civic Center and the new date is
Jan. 18 and 19. This is an invitation to local cooks. Because this
upcoming barbecue is a Jack Daniels Qualifier, they are antici-
pating a very large event. Every year the Home Boy Division gets
larger and larger. Space is limited, so get those applications in! For
more information about the event, you can log onto www.main- or call Karen Hanawalt, Program Manager
at (863) 367-6246.

Southern Gospel sing planned
Believers Fellowship Church at 300 S.W 6th Ave. will have the,
Southern Gospel Group "The Hyssongs"'in concert, Friday, Jan.
18, at 7 p.m. For information, please contact Phil Jones at (863)

Hospice holds yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will host one day yard sale on Friday
Jan. 18 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will be held at the Hospice Blue
Volunteer Building on S.E. Fourth St. next to The Hamrick Home.
There will be great bargains at discounted prices. Everything must
go so that we may set out new items that have arrived..All monies
raised will be used for patient care including services offered in
The Hamrick Home. For more information call (863) 467-2321.

Saturday, Jan. 19

North VFW #4423 seeks auction items
The North VFW Post 4423 is seeking donations for an auction
to be held on Jan. 19. They are accepting household items, lawn-
mowers etc. Whatever you would like to donate that would be
good for an auction will be accepted. We can arrange for pickup
by calling Bill at the Post at (863) 763-0818 or by calling David Lee
at (863) 697-9002.

Giant Auction and Garage Sale to benefit VFW
The Men's and Women's Auxiliary of the North Post 4423 VFW
are hosting a yard sale and an auction on Saturday Jan. 19 at 8
a.m. The auction will start at 8 a.m. and the Garage Sale starts
at 9 a.m. Breakfast will also be available from 9 until 11am. (To
get to the Auction go north on 441 (from 70), go past the high
school, take the second left past the high school and the VFW
will be on the left.) The address is 300 N.W 34th St. The auction
currently has a bunch of household items and appliances plus
some lawn and garden equipment and tools.

Bass Busters kicks'off tourney season
BASS BUSTERS 2008 kicks off in Clewiston, for their 18th year
of holding tournaments every month on Lake Okeechobee on-
Jan. 19 and 20, with the Silver and Gold Divisions.
The Silver Division will be held on Saturday Jan. 19; with a
team entry fee of only $60 and includes the Big Bass Jackpot.
The Gold Division will be held on Sunday Jan. 20, with a team-
entry fee of only $100 and includes the Big Bass Jackpot.
Both tournaments start at safelight. The weigh-in each day
will be held at 3 p.m. at Roland and Maryann Martin's Marina.:
There is a Five Fish Limit per Team and State of Florida Exemp-
tions will be issued.
For additional Information visit the official website at www. or contact Chris Fickey at chris@ or at (941) 232-9539.
Sunday, Jan. 20

Trust Quartet to perform Jan. 20
The Trust Quartet, singing Gaither style four part harmony are
scheduled to perform in concert on Sunday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m.
in the North Lake Estates Clubhouse. The exciting Trust Quartet,
a Florida based, Nashville recorded mixed group, will perform
their enthusiastic approach to some of gospel's finest songs.
Trust not only has great harmony but also unique ministering
ability with song. You will not want to miss this opportunity to,
enjoy a great concert.

OCRA sign-ups for baseball/softball
Signups for the 2008 OCRA Baseball/Softball season are
scheduled to begin on Saturday, Jan. 19. at the Okeechobee
County Sports Complex from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Other dates,
for sign ups will include Saturday, Jan. 26, Saturday, Feb. 2 and
Saturday, Feb. 9. Birth certificates of the child will be needed
when sign ups are done. For more information please call OCRA
at (863) 634-1437.

Gospel music Melton style
The Meltons will be in concert at Westside Christian Church
of Okeechobee, 8082 S.R. 70 W on Sunday, Jan. 20 at 6 p.m. For
information call (863) 467-2278.

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American Legion Post
64 says 'Thank You'
We would like to thank Mrs.
Eleanor Ball for donating her hus-
band's motorized wheel chair to
the American Legion.
Mrs. Ball donated the wheel
chair in memory of her husband,
Arville Ball.
This is a wonderful thing to do.

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Dr. Howard E. Hill
Dr. Howard E. Hill lost his
courageous fight against can-
cer on December 24, 2007 at
his home in West Palm Beach,
Florida. He was 75. He was fa-
miliarly known
as "Doc" Hill, to
many of those
whose lives he a
touched over
the years. He
was born in
Miami, Florida
to WP. & Do-
ris Hill. When Dr. Howard
Howard was 4, E. Hill
the family relo-
cated to the small agricultural
and cattle town of Belle Glade
where his father managed the
Hector Supply Company.
Dr. Hill graduated from Belle
Glade High School in 1950. He
went on to obtain his under-
graduate from the University of
Florida and completed his DVM
at Auburn University. In 1956
Dr. Hill began practicing at Ev-
erglades Animal Hospital. He
was a founding board member
of Glades Day High School and
a member of the Sugar Cane
Growers Cooperative of Florida.
His roots were deep in the rich
soil of Belle Glade. He widened
the scope of his interests to in-
clude sugar cane farming and
later to property development,

rentals and home construction.
He built his home in West Palm
Beach but continued to maintain
his business interests and many
friendships in Belle Glade.
Dr. Hill is survived by a
brother, William P. Hill, of Belle
Glade and a sister Betty Kidder
of Riviera Beach. Daughters,
Beverly Hill of Black Mtn., N.C.,'
Patricia Norman of Labelle,
Suzanne Campbell of Stuart,
son, Edward Hill of Atlanta and
stepsons, Robert Robinson and
Daniel Robinson both of Palm
Beach. He is also survived by
his 12 grandchildren ("Rosie,"
"Bumper," "BoBo," "Sarah Liz-
ard," "Manda Rudy," KJ, "Kim-
berly," "Katie Bell," Madison,
Morgan, Lauren, Chase and 8
great grandchildren. He is also
survived by his special friend
Penelope Blades.
There was a Memorial Ser-
vice held at Dolly Hand Cul-
tural Arts Center PBCC, 1977
College Drive, Belle Glade, (561)
993-1160 on Saturday, January
5th. There was also a family and
church service on Sunday, Janu-
ary 61h at Unity in the Pines, 6073
Summit Blvd. WPB. In lieu of
flowers donations can be made
to Hospice of PB County.

William Henry
.William Henry Campbell, age

59 of Okeechobee died, Mon-
day, Jan. 14, 2008 in Raulerson
Hospital, Okeechobee. Born
Aug. 23, 1948 in Casey County,
Ky., he had been a resident of
Okeechobee since 1986.
He is survived by his wife of
41 years, Daisy of Okeechobee;
sons, Ronald (Anna) Campbell
of Okeechobee, William "Bil-
ly" Campbell of Okeechobee,
Delmer (Karleen) Campbell of
New York; daughters, Sherry
(Darrell) Ingram of West Palm
Beach, Bobbie (Rickey) Ingram
of Okeechobee, Betty Campbell
of Okeechobee; grandchildren,
Ronald Jr., (Kelly Ann) Thomas,
James, Jonathan, Terry Lynn,
Nickey Lynn, Gage, Seth, MacK-
enzie, William, Thomas, Delmer,
Devin, Tessa and great grand-
child, Kyler. In addition, he is
survived by brothers, Mark (Jes-
sica) Wayne of Ohio, Michael
(Elaine) Elvin of Indiana; sisters,
Ethel Mae (James) Johnson of
Kentucky and Villa Faye (Teddy)
Green of West Palm Beach.
Memorial services will be held
Sunday, Jan. 20, at 2 p.rr. in the
Buxton Funeral Home Chapel,
110 N.E. Fifth St. Okeechobee.
Friends may sign the guest-
book at www.buxtonfuneral-
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.

Kenneth James
Kenneth James Redding, age
77 died Monday, Jan. 14, 2008 in
the Okeechobee Health Care Fa-
cility. Born Dec. 30, 1930 in East
Boston, Mass., he had been a
resident of Okeechobee for the
past 5 years and was a member
of the American Legion.
He is preceded in death by
his brother, Donald J. Redding
and daughter, Donna Marie Red-
He is survived by his brother,
George W. Redding of Hudson,
Mass.; sister, Carol Ann F. Pride
of Stuart; two grandchildren,
Lindsay, and Lauren; fiance,.
Hilda Harris of Okeechobee. In
addition, he is survived by the
mother of his daughter, Cathy
Balch. .
Services will be held on Jan.
27, in Watertown, Mass., under
the direction of Stanton Funeral
Home, 786 Mt. Auburn St., Wa-
tertown, Mass., 02472.
In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions can be made to
the American Heart Association
of the American Lung Associa-
All local arrangements are
under the direction and care
of Buxton Funeral Home and
Crematory, 110 N.E. Fifth St.

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If anyone has anything that
can be used by disabled people
donate it td the American Legion.
We have calls everyday for differ-
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Thanks again, Mrs. Ball.
American Legion Post 64,

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Service Clui News

American Legion
Post #64
The American Legion Post #64
is located at 501 S.E. Second St. The
Post phone number is (863) 763-
American Legion Post #64 is
open Monday to Saturday from 11
a.m. until 8 p.m. and Sunday from
I until 9 p.m.
Our kitchen is open and serv-
ing a regular menu. The hours of
operation are: Monday through
Friday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.;
,Wednesday, tacos and margaritas
served from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.
with David Copper from 3 until 6
p.m.; Sunday from 4 until 9 p.m.
Sundays: sports on big screen
TV Quarter-pound hot dogs, pizza
and $1 draft beer will be offered.
.David Copper from 4 until 7 p.m.
Bingo is held every Saturday
and Sunday night starting at 6:30
p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.
The Sons of the American Le-
Igion steak dinner will be held on
S .the third Sunday of each month
from 3 until 6 p.m. The dinner will
include steak, baked potato, salad,
dessert, coffee and tea.
Friday night dinners have re-
sumed. Dinners will be served from
:4:30 until 6:30 p.m.
It is time to pay your dues for
the Legion and Auxiliary.

Am-Vets #2001
Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold
a regular informational meeting
on the first Saturday of the month
at the Buckhead Ridge VFW Post
#9528, 2002 U.S. 78 W, at 10 a.m.
Applications for new members are
available. Call Lou Eder at (863)
357-0467 or Jerry Lee Shields at
(863) 467-8779 or (863) 467-2882.
Am-Vets Ladies Auxiliary
meetings are the first Saturday 'of
the month at 10 am. Contact the
Post at 467-2882 for information.

Eagles Aeries #4137
Eagles Aeries #4137 is located
at 9983 U.S. 441 N. For information

on events, call (863) 763-2552.
Every Tuesday bingo at 1 p.m.
Food will be available for a dona-
Wednesdays: bar bingo from 4
p.m. until ? Food will be available.
Every Thursday: washer toss
at 1 p.m.
First and third Thursday: Auxil-
iary at 6 p.m.; Aeries at 7 p.m.
Fridays: steak night (16-oz.)
starting at 5 p.m. for a $12 donation.
Music will be by Jimmy Harper.
Saturdays and Sundays: music
at 7 p.m.
First and third Sunday: break-
*fast cooked to order from 9 until 11
a.m. for $5 donation.

Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge #237
The Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge is located at 107 N.W. Fifth
Ave. For information about the
club and events, call Matt Buxton at
(863) 357-9992.
The Masonic Lodge holds their
meetings on the second and fourth
Monday of each month starting at
7:30 p.m.

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

B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S. 78
W in Buckhead Ridge. The Lodge's
phone number is (863) 763-2250.
Sundays: breakfast will be
served from 9 until 11 a.m.
Sundays: Karaoke with open
mic and free food at 7 p.m.
Wednesdays: Bingo and food,
food served at 5 p.m. and bingo
starts at 6 p.m. Public is welcome.
Thursdays: dinner will be
served from 5 until 7:15 p.m. Call
the Lodge for the menu.
Thursdays: karaoke night start-


ing at 7 p.m.
Fridays: dinner served from
5 until 7:15 p.m. Music for danc-
ing at 7:30 p.m. Call to see who is
Saturdays: dinner from 5 p.m.
until 7 p.m.
Saturdays: karaoke night
starting at 7 p.m. Except Jan. 19 it
will be starting at 8 p.m.
Saturday: Jan. 19, from 3 un-
til 7 p.m. the BHR Moose Lodge
is having a "Las Vegas" games/
membership drive/open house.
There will be games, door prizes,
snacks, auction, and lots of fun.

Moose Family
Center #1753
The Moose Family Center
#1753 is located at 156 N.W 36th
St. in Okeechobee. Please call the
Lodge at (863) 763-4954 for fur-
ther information, sudden changes
and menus. Guests are invited to
enjoy the activities and consider
Every Sunday breakfast from
8 to 11 a.m.
Horseshoe practice every
Sunday at 2 p.m. and Thursday
Every Monday, Pool tourna-
ments sign up, 7 p.m. Food is
Women's meeting second
and fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Officers meetings first and
third Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Men's meetings, second and
fourth Wednesday at.7:30 p.m.
Moose Legion meetings third
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Bar Bingo Thursday at 1 p.m.
and Friday night at 7 p.m. Food
Served. (you must be a member
to play bar bingo)
Dinner and music almost ev-
erySaturday night.
Special dinner and dance fea-
turing Leather and Lace Satur-
day, Jan. 19. Menu Newfie Stew
- a special dish prepared by our
visitor from Newfoundland.
Sunday, Jan. 20, at 3 p.m.

there will be a 50's 60's Dance
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VFW Post #4423
The VFW North Post #4423 is
located at 300 N.W. 34 St. Events
are seasonal, contact the Post at
(863) 763-0818 for information or
write the Post at P.O. Box 1137,
Okeechobee Fl. 34973. The Post
opens at noon Monday through
Monday through Thursday:
happy hour from 4 until 6 p.m.
Mondays: .50-cent hot dogs
Washer toss every Tuesday
starting at 1 p.m. Food will be
available. Everyone is welcome.
Wednesdays: dinner from 4
until 6 p.m. for a donation.
Fridays: bingo starts at 1 p.m.
for members and guests. Food
will be available. Karaoke will be
from 6 until 10 p.m.
Fridays: hot food by David
Lee from 5 until 8 p.m.
Saturdays: bar bingo at 1
p.m. for members and guests. Ka-
raoke will be from 6 until 10 p.m.
Food will be available.
Sundays: dinner will-be avail-
able from 2 until 4 p.m., and will
be followedby karaoke from 6
until 10 p.m.
Every third Sunday there will
be a post meeting and ladies aux-
iliary meeting at 11 a.m.
The post membership drive
is under way, and the post is striv-
ing for 100 percent. For informa-
tion, contact the quartermaster at
(863) 763-0818.
Big screen TV for all events.

VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post #9528 is locat-
ed at 2002 S.R. 78 W in Buckhead
Ridge. For information, call (863)
467-2882. Post opens at noon,
Monday through Sunday.
We are taking applications for
new members for the VFW, Ladies
Auxiliary, Male Auxiliary, AMVETS
and AMVETS ladies auxiliary.
Wednesday: Ladies Auxil-
iary dinner and Men's Auxiliary or

#Am1ets. Music willSbe available.

AmVets. Music will be available.
Every Thursday is bar bingo
at 12:45 p.m. Lunch will be avail-
Every Friday a steak dinner
with baked potato, salad and rolls
will be served from 5:30 until 7
p.m. for an $11 donation. Dancing
immediately follows the dinner.
Membership meetings are
held on the second Saturday of the
month beginning at 10 a.m. The
House Committee meeting is on
the fourth Saturday.
For information, contact Com-
mander Henry Zaskowski at (863)
467-2882. All games and special
events are shown on three televi-
sions. The game room has a regu-
lation-size pool table.

VFW Post #10539
The VFW will be open Mon-
day through Saturday at 10 a.m.,
and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Lounge opens at 10 a.m.
Monday through Saturday and at 1
p.m. on Sunday.
Monday: $1.50 tacos till 6
Tuesday: Ladies Auxiliary
Dinner 5:30 p.m. ($6)
Wednesday: bar bingo will
start at 12:45 p.m. Lunch is avail-
able, courtesy of the Ladies Auxil-
Thursday: short order food
night from 5 until 8 p.m.
Friday: fish fry, chicken fingers
or shrimp from 5 until 8 p.m. along
with live music and dancing.
Saturday: dollar dogs, sausage
dogs for $1.50 grilled or steamed
at noon. Live music and dancing
will start at 7 p.m.
Sundays: sports on big screen
"The Ladies Auxiliary is look-
ing for any family members of
Okeechobee residents currently
serving overseas. We are forward-
ing packages of needed items to
our active service personnel. For
more information or if you would
like to donate items please contact
us, Cheryl Benoit at (863) 697-

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The Post and Ladies Auxiliary
meetings are held the first Sunday
of every month at noon. Men's
Auxiliary meetings are the second
Wednesday of every month at 6:30
Call (863) 763-2308 for the
schedule of events.

Shrine Club
The Okeechobee Shrine Club,
S.R. 78 W, members will meet the
first and third Thursday of each
month at 8 p.m. The club is also
available for weddings and par-
ties. For information call the club
at (863) 763-3378, or Keith at (863)
Sundays: Every second Sun-
day of the month there will be a
Bike Sunday from noon until 7
p.m. There will be food, juke-
box, big screen T.V and an Oasis
Lounge. For more information,
call the club at (863) 763-3378.

Cypress Hut
Eagles #4509
The Cypress Hut Fraternal Or-
der of Eagles post #4509 located at
4701 U.S. 441 S.E. is now open to
members Monday-Saturday from
10 a.m. until 10 p.m., Sundays
from 1 to 10 p.m. Information can
be found by visiting www.foe4509.
com, or calling (863) 467-1154.
Food is served several eve-
nings a week.
Aerie meetings are at 7 p.m.
on the first and third Wednesday
of each month at the old Cypress
Hut flea market restaurant.
FOE Auxiliary meetings are at
7 p.m. on the second and fourth
Wednesday of every month
Friday night: 16 oz rib eye
steak dinner with the trimmings
beginning at 5:30 p.m.

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HealthNews in Brief

Diabetes Support at
Raulerson Hospital
Raulerson Hospital offers a
monthly Diabetes Support Group
which meets on the second
Thursday of each month in the
hospital cafeteria at 2 p.m. If you
have any questions please call
the program coordinator, Wanda
Haas, R.N., B.A., C.D.E., C.P.T., at

Depression support
group forming
' Depending on Christ is a new
support group forming for wom-
en suffering from depression.
Once the group is organized it
will meet every Thursday. For in-
formation, call (772) 597-0463.

Red Cross offers
HIV/AIDS course
The American Red Cross-
Okeechobee Branch offers a ba-
sic HIV/AIDs instruction course
that complies with Florida em-
ployment requirements for indi-
viduals working in various voca-
tions. This is a self-study course
that includes text work and the
successful completion of a mul-
tiple choice written test. The cost
of the course is $15. Call the local
Red Cross office at (863) 763-2488
for information.

consultation offered
Problems with drug or alco-
hol addiction in someone you
know, but don't know where to
turn? The Drug Rehab Resource
service can give you the help you
need. Contact the Drug Rehab
Resource at (866) 649-1594 for a
free confidential consultation. Or,
go to the website at www.drugre-

Okeechobee County
Cancer Support Group
The Okeechobee County Can-
cer Support Group welcomes all
cancer patients, survivors and
supporters to attend, support,
and encourage each other. We
meet the first Thursday of each
month at 5:30 p.m. at First Bap-
tist Church, 401 SW Fourth St.,
Okeechobee, (entrance is the
door to the W in front of church).
Please contact Susie Pickering
at (863) 467-5831 or First Bap-
tist Church at (863) 763-2171 for
more information.

Cancer Society
seeks volunteers
The American Cancer Society
is recruiting volunteers who are
interested in making a difference in
the fight against cancer. Volunteers
with the American Cancer Society's
Florida Division participate in pro-
grams that support research fund-
ing, educate the community, deliv-'
er services to patients and advocate
for policies that help defeat cancer.
To get involved, call the American
Cancer Society at (800) ACS-2345.

Narcotics group
to meet Tuesdays
Narcotics Anonymous will be-
gin meeting every Tuesday at noon.
Meetings will be held at the Just for
Today Club, 2303 U.S. 441 S.E.,
Suite K. For information, call (863)

Healthy Start
can provide help
Are you pregnant? Have you
been turned down for Medicaid?
Healthy Start may be able to help.
For information, call Becky Smith
at (863) 462-5877.

Martha's House
offers workshop,
Martha's Houpe will offer a
workshop called Deafening Si-
lence, which deals with providing
services to deaf and hard of hearing
survivors of domestic violence. The
date and time will be announced
at a later date according to com-
munity interest and response.
Contact Shirlean Graham at (863)

Healthy Start group
seeks donations
The Healthy Start Coalition is
accepting donations of baby items
such as furniture, shoes, clothing,
maternity clothes, strollers and
other items for infants and toddlers.
Proceeds from the sale of donated
items will be used to benefit infants
and pregnant women in the com-
munity. For information, call (863)

Childbirth classes
will be offered
The Okeechobee Healthy Start
Coalition will be offering Childbirth
Education Classes. For information,
call (863) 462-5877.

Blood donors
are needed
Florida'sBlood Centers is looking
for blood donors in Okeechobee.
The Big Red Bus mobile unit will
-be at the Wal-Mart parking lot, 2101
S. Parrott Ave., on the last Saturday
of each month from 10 a.m. until
2 p.m. For information, call (561)
845-2323, ext. 1203 or (772) 215-
8360. All blood types are needed.
There is no upper age limit, and
most medications and conditions
are acceptable. Diabetes and blood
pressure donations can also be ac-
cepted. A picture ID is needed for
all donors.

Pregnancy financial
assistance available
Are you pregnant? Have you
been turned down for Medicaid?
Healthy Start may be able to help.
For information, contact Becky
Smith at (863) 462-5877.

Just for Today
Club forms
The Just for Today Club of
Okeechobee is an Addiction re-
covery social club/meeting place
where people can come to fellow-
ship or attend meetings. For infor-
mation on this new club, contact
Michael at (863) 634-4780.

Narconon offers help
via hotline and website
It's heartbreaking to watch
someone addicted to drugs or alco-
hol lose their children, jobs, home,
health and self respect to their ad-
diction. Do something about it
now! Narconon Arrowhead has
Certified Chemical Dependency
Counselors available to help. In
your local area, call Narconon at
1-800-468-6933 or log on to www.

Parent Education
classes offered
The Okeechobee County
Healthy Start Coalition will be of-
fering parenting education classes
for infants to age 3. All pregnant
women and parents are encour-
aged to attend. Each participant
will receive a gift. This "adults" only
parenting class consists of six class-
es. You must attend all six classes
to get a certificate of completion.
We now have day and evening
classes available. No child care will
be available. Call (863) 462-+5877
for registration.

Some newspapers seem to take pleasure in the bad news. Not us.'

We do print "bad" news. (It, IS newsworthy when things go
wrong, and citizens need to know about problems.)

Still, we give most of our attention to good news the kind you
clip and tape to your refrigerator door. (This isn't difficult. The
vast majority of what happens in our community IS good.)

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Community Service Through Journalism

Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners
RFP 2008-2
Okeechobee County hereby requests PROPOSALS from qualified bidders for the re-
habilitation of one (1) single-family home located in unincorporated Okeechobee
County as a part of the State Housing Initiative Partnership (S.H.I.P) program.
Proposals are due no later than 3:00 p.m: Eastern Time on Friday, February 29,
2008 and delivered or matid to: County Administrator, 304 NW 2nd Street, Room
102, Okeechobee, FL 34972 (the County will not assume any responsibility for
mail being received on time). Any and all proposals received after this time and
date will not be opened or considered.
Proposals should be submitted in separate sealed envelopes marked State Housing
Initiative Partnership (S.H.I.P) Program Pryor
For specific project information contact: Stephany DuPree at (863) 763-6731 or by
fax at (863) 763 9203. Specifications may be obtained from the Housing Coordi-
nator located at 456 Highway 98 North, Okeechobee. Bids will be opened at 3:05
p.m. on February 29, 2008 in the County Administrator's Office at the Okeechobee
County Courthouse.
A MANDATORY meeting for review of this project will be held on Thursday, Feb-
ruary 7, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. in the meeting room at the County Administration
Annex'456 Highway 98 North, Okeechobee. Any firm who is not in attendance
in this room by 10:05 a.m. will be unable to bid.
The County reserves the right to waive formalities or informalities in proposals, to
reject any and all proposals, or to negotiate further with any or all proposers and
accepts no responsibility for the expense of preparation or delivery of proposals
to the County, Okeechobee County is an Equal-Opportunity Employer actively
seeking Minority Contractor participation and promotes Fair Housing.
Clif Betts Jr, Chairman
Okeechobee County Commission
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Public Notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

Public Auction will be held at Johns Tow-
ing Service storage lot located at 704
Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee,
Florida 34972 on FEBRUARY 1. 2008,
at 9:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida Stat-
ute 713.78 for unpaid towing and stor-
age charges. Year, make, model and
VIN are as follows.
1998 Ford Escort 2.Door
1993 Chevrolet Astro Van
Terms of sale are cash, and no checks
will be accepted. Seller reserves the
right of final bid. ALL SALES ARE FI-
Said automobiles will be sold in "As ts"
condition with no guarantee's.
257237 ON 01/17/08
FLORIDA 34972.
2:30 RM.
257328 ON 1/17/08
Join all the people who
say, "I sold it In the clas-


The Okeechobee County Board of
County Cmmissioners will hold its
regular session on Thursday, Janu-
ary 24, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. in the
County Commission Chambers,
Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida.
Any person deciding to appeal any de-
cision made by the Board of County
Commissioners with respect to any
matter considered at this meeting
will need a record of the proceed-
ings, and that, for such purposes,
he or she will need to ensure that a
verbatim record of such proceed-
ings is made, which record shall in-
clude the testimony and evidence
upon which the appeal is to be
Clif Botts Jr. Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The varsity girl's basketball
team appears to be rounding
into shape as they won their
second straight contest Monday
night in impressive fashion, 48-
18 over Lake Placid.
Monica Koger had 17 points
and Dadrika Riles chipped
in with 12 points to beat the
Lady Dragons and improve
Okeechobee's record to (6-8)
on the season.
"Well we won. It was an-
other victory," Brahman Coach
Tammy Wright noted, "I really
can't say anything great about it
even though we won. The other
team wasn't that great."
Wright said Okeechobee did
do well in several areas, espe-
cially on defense. She noted the
Green Dragons really couldn't
get much going on offense
against her starters.
"We're doing the .best we'
can, and honestly we can win
the rest of our games," she not-
"Lake Placid wasn't a good
team and we took advantage of
that," she added.
Okeechobee got to use their
entire bench and all the girls got
significant minutes. That has to
help their confidence and their
team work in future contests.
*"It was pretty much a blow
out from the beginning," Wright
noted, "I guess were getting
into the groove of things. We
are starting to pick things up,
get comfortable, and play good
Koger had seven steals while
Jarelle Conn had eight rebounds
arid two points. Kitaki Roberts
had four points, six rebounds
and five assists. Heather Fipps
had three points and four
steals. Dorothy Burkhardt hhad
eight points and four steals.
Jewel Buck added two points
for Okeechobee. S. Sholtoz led
Lake Placid with five points.
Okeechobee had struggled
a bit away from home and it
was nice to get a win on the
road. They have a road game on
Thursday. This one will be a dis-
trict contest with Forest Hill.
The two teams were sched-
uled to play earlier this year but
the game was cancelled and re-
scheduled for Thursday. Since it
is a district game it will be pretty
important to the Lady Brahmans
tournament seed.
Okeechobee will return
home to play Clewiston on Sat-
urday night.


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, ONEREE 2is7 1249 11.99

Corn Chips
Or Snacks,
Assorted Varieties,
9.75-oz bag
Quantity rights reserved.

On the Go!
Selected Varieties,
Cookies or Goldfish Crackers,
9 to 15:75-oz pkg.
SAVE UP TO 2.78 ON 2

Only in the Following Counties: Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin,
St. Lucie, Indian River, Okeechobee and Monroe. Prices not effective at
Publix Sabor or Publix GreenWise Market. Quantity Rights Reserved.

Or Heineken Premium Light,
or Amstel Light,
12-oz can or bot

Miller Lite
Or Miller Genuine Draft,
12-oz can or bot.

Prices effective Thursday, January 17 through Wednesday, January 23, 2008.

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