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Saturday, February 2, 2008



*******ALL FOR ADC 320
) BOX 117007


OMS students reach
reading benchmarks
The school wide read-
ing focus for this week will
be benchmark LA. &
LA.(7,8), or old bench-
mark LA.A.2.3.5, locates, orga-
nizes, & interprets information.
This benchmark asks students
to organize inforimation-to show
understanding and collect infor-
mation from multiple sources.
Page 12

Wrestlers in mix
for district title
Fort Pierce might be the fa-
vorites on paper for Saturday's
district championship but they
still will have to win it on the
Okeechobee will vie for their
second consecutive district
championship and they expect
to put up a. good fight against
the Cobias, Martin County and
Treasure Coast.
S"I figure we can make a
pretty good run at this," Brah-
man Coach Bruce Jahner
said, "We'll bring 12 wrestlers
and I think we have a good
chance for 10 kids to make
the regional and maybe bring
' ,home four district champions."
Page 13

Teen hit by car at bus stop

Girl sore,
but injuries ,
aren't severe
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
As she sat on the edge of the
roadway changing songs on.
her MP3 player, Tiffany Reute-
buch suddenly lost conscious-
ness for a brief period. When
she came to, she was looking

at the right front tire and under-
side of a Toyota Camry.
"I was freaking out," she
said Friday afternoon while sit-
ting on the front porch of her
mobile home.
Tiffany, 15, was waiting for
her school bus to take her to
Osceola Middle School Thurs-
day morning when she was
struck by a car at her bus stop
at the intersection of S.E. 40th
Ave. and S.E. 2211 Court.
The car, which was turning

left ,ll of S.E. 40th onto S.E. 22nd
Court, dragged the teep a few
feet before it finally stopped.
On Friday, Tiffany said she was
still suffering from whiplash
and her chest was sore. The
lower left side of her back was
also red and scraped after being
dragged across the pavement.
TUIfany, who was wearing a
graI jacket at the time of the ac-
cident, said she was "the only
kid" at the bus stop when the 8
a.m. accident occurred and, as

Wild horses at Agri-Civic Center


Habitat housing
deadline Feb. 8
Habitat for Humanity of
Okeechobee is accepting appli-
cations for the opportunity to
r). partner ito biuld.ln'd piuhasp a
family's firsi horne The appli-
cant must be a legal resident of
Okeechobee County, be a first
time home buyer, qualify with-
in the income limits that are set
by Habitat, be willing to fulfill
sweat equity hours by partner-
ing with HFHOC and meet other
requirements. Applications are
available in the waiting room
of Habitats local office. Please
have your completed applica-
tion returned to us no later than
Friday, Feb. 8, 2008. You should
call for an appointment to drop
the application off or mail the
application to Habitat for Hu-
manity of Okeechobee County,
Inc., 1600B S.W. Second Ave.,
Okeechobee, 34974. If you have
any questions please call the
office at (863) 357-1371, leave
your name and phone number
and we will call you back.

Drought Index

Current: 553
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.07 feet
j& Last Year: 11.64 feet

[ 2-bts,'s .A- ....-.u-
Source: South Florida Water
Management District. Depth
given in feet above sea level


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The Bureau of Land Management rangled up 67 wild mustangs to be placed for adop-
tion this weekend. Many of the horses came from a holding facility in Ewing, Ill., and
Oklahoma. The wild horses arrived at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center on Friday.
The adoption event will be Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Any animals not adopted on
Saturday will be available for adoption from 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday. Adoptions fees
start at $125.

Ten burros wait for hew homes at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center. The wild burros
are all jacks. They range from yearlings to five years old. The entrance to the Agri-Civic
Center is off State Road 710.


Classifieds 10-12
Comics ..9
Community Events..................... 4
Crossword 10 '
Obituaries 6
Opinion 4
Speak Out 4 By
Sports 13 Oke
TV 11 Oke
Weather 2 A
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far as she knows, this was the
first time anything like this had
happened at the stop.
"There have been some
close calls throughout this
year," said Tiffany's dad Casper
Reutebuch. "This was a rather
awakening experience."
The incident is under inves-
tigation by the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office,, but a
report won't be available until
early next week. Until the re-
port, is released, the name of

the driver of the Toyota is not
After the accident, Casper
took his daughter to the emer-.
gency room at Raulerson Hos-
pital where she was treated
and released.
"I've been after the county
for quite some time to get
something out here for these
kids," said Casper. "A lot of
people in the neighborhood
See Teen Page 2

Boaters warned

low lake level

brings dangers

CLEWISTON -- The South
Florida Operations Office of
the U.S. Army Corps of Engi-
neers, Jacksonville, has issue
a notice to navigation interests
on Route 1 of the Okeechobee
Waterway, which crosses
Lake Okeechobee.
Due to drought conditions,
the lake level Friday was 10.07
feet The depth of Route 1,
which cuts roughly across the
center of the Lake is 4.01 feet.
The Corps advises boaters that
if they transit Route 1, they are
doing so at their own risk.
*Boaters are advised ,the

available depth can be temrn-
porarily reduced by winds.
*Extra precautions may
need to be taken due to pre-
vailing weather conditions it
any given moment.
*Boaters should be aware
that depths could drop at any
*Route 2 (the Rim Canal)
of the Lake Okeechobee Wa-
terway is now closed due to
the shallow channel depth.
Landowners are now ex-
periencing pump cavitations
See Lake Page 2

YMS student

wins the annual

spelling bee

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Jackie O'Connor worked
a lot in the past few months
helping her younger sister
get ready to compete in this
year's spelling bee. She never
thought she'd actually end up
as the winner of this year's
"My sister Frahkie thought
she was going to be in it so
she forced, me to help her
study and I guess,that's how I
knew the words," she noted.
She noted she had been
in the district competition
before so she knew how it
worked and had confidence
competing against her fellow
Jackie spelled "mahi mahi"
correctly in the sixth round of

the spelling bee on Friday at
North Elementary School to
qualify for the regional tour-
nament to be held on March
II11, at the offices of the Palm
Beach Post in West Palm
Pauline Aguilar of Osceola
Middle School was the runner
up. She was eliminated in the
fifth round by the word, "ob-
stinate." Her parents are Rosa
and Juan Aguilar.
"It feels good, I studied. My
mom and my brothers and
sisters helped me a lot. I want
to thank them," she said. She
also mentioned her teachers,
Kathey Carpenter, and Darren
Pauline will also represent
Okeechobee Schools at the
See Spelling Page 2

lirt bike riding is a

thrill unlike any other'

Tonya Harden
echobee News
.s many of our local youth
w, riding a dirt bike isn't
for fun. It can also become
e's passion and a, possible
er choice. However, there
limited tracks and practice
s here in town. Like any
ion in life, if you want it
ugh you find a way to make,
traveling nearly an hour and
alf for this very thing may
n time consuming, but for
boys of the Marcum family,

it's well worth it. The Seminole
Tribe Motocross Track, at the
Big Cypress Seminole Reserva-
tion offers, "RX enthusiasts to
experience the largest lighted
motocross track in the United
States, the Seminole Tribe en-
joys the area and personally in-
vites others to come and enjoy
their 85 acre complex."
Nearly every Saturday enthu-
siasts can take advantage of the
track and enjoy a competition
on Sunday. The Marcum boys,
including brothers, Jimmy and
Bobby and 4-year-old Garret,
Jimmy's son, did just that.

Heading out at the crack of
dawn they made their way to
the track and spent a fulfilling
day "practicing" on the track.
Grandma and grandpa were in
tow to also share in the joy.
The track is open to the pub-
lic and everyone is welcome to
come out and enjoy a day of
excitement and thrills. The ex-
perience and adrenaline rush
gained from this sport are well
worth the effort and time. The
Marcums recommend anyone
who loves the sport to take the Submitted photos/Jimmy Marcum
Bobby Marcum shows off his talents as he makes his way over
See Dirt Bike Page 2 a mound on the track at Seminole Tribe Motocross Track.

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Okee County Fair Pageant deadline changed
The Okeechobee County Fair Association will be holding a
Okeechobee County Fair Beauty Pageant on Friday, March 7. Com-
petition includes three categories: personality and interview; sports/
swimwear; and evening gown. The pageant is open to young wom-
en who are ages 15 to 19 years old. Competitors must reside in
Okeechobee County, Buckhead Ridge or Brighton Seminole Reser-
vation. The deadline to enter the competition is Wednesday, Feb. 6.
For more information, contact Donny Arnold (863) 634-6464 or visit

Fair seeks Creative Skill and Craft entries
The Okeechobee County Fair Association is seeking adult and
youth contest participants for the upcoming, fair March 7-16, the
contests consists of quilting, sewing, painting, drawing, photogra-
phy, horticulture and woodworking. There will also be food com-
petitions such as home baking and canned goods, as well as a veg-
etable competition featuring garden vegetable, fruit and vegetable
and largest vegetable categories. You may download the, entry
forms and rules at the Okeechobee County Fair Web site, www. under the exhibits link, or pick up cop-
ies at the Okeechobee County Extension Office at 458 Highway 98
North. If you have questions, please contact Dianne Spann at 634-

City has opening on Utility Authority Board
The Okeechobee City Council is seeking interested applicants in
serving on the Okeechobee Utility Authority Board of Directors, as
an alternate member for a two year term. The applicants must be
residents of the City of Okeechobee and be living in the service area
of OUA. Applications may be printed from the City's web page, or obtained from the City Clerk's Of-
fice at 55 SE 3rd Avenue, Okeechobee. You may contact us for
further information at (863) 763-3372 extension 215.

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localized to an area two miles
west and one mile east of the
bridge, which crosses the c-44,
canal at 710 just south of Indi-
antown Boaters are asked to re-
.duce wakes in area.
Restricted depths are now
occurring along Route 1 at the
Route 2 split just west of the

Port Mayaca Lock a
iston Channel front
nel marker 1 west
marker 10.
Additional infor
cerning Lake
and adjoining wat
be obtained by ac
Corp Web site at:
to the Navigator an
Management select

nd the Clew-
n the Chan-

Continued From Page 1

to Channel are behind us now."
District Okeechobee County
nation con- Commissioner Elvie Posey, the
Okeechobee commissioner for the area, and
erways may an Okeechobee County school
accessing the district official have different
http://www. thoughts about who would be
and linking responsible for putting a bus
nd /or Water stop shelter at the intersection.
tions on the "I don't want to see anything
like that happen, but I don't
think it's up to the county:to put.
a shelter there," said Commis-
sioner Posey in a phone inter-
view Friday afternoon. "I think
it would be the responsibility of
the school board."
Ken Kenworthy, assistant su-
perintendent of administration
for the school district, said he
really isn't sure who would be
responsible for the shelter be-
cause it hasn't been addressed.
"I don't believe it would be
the school board's responsibil-
ity," he said Friday. "We are very
sorry the young girl got hit, but
we haven't looked in to it and
we haven't discusses it with our
SCommissioner Posey also

pointed out that there is plenty
of shoulder along that street. He
said the girl shouldn't have been
on the roadway.
"I know that sounds kind of
crass, but the kids need to be
taught to stay off the road," he
The commissioner also
pointed out that there are stop
signs at the intersection.
Tiffany's father added that
the sun proba v played a part
in the incident.1
"The sun is so bad early in
the morning that when you go
to turn onto S.E. 22d"' Court it
will blind you," he said.
Tiffany said a woman got out
of the car to check on her, while
the male driver stayed in the
vehicle. The woman also went
to the hospital to check on the
teen's condition.
"It's a wonder. we haven't
had something like this sooner,"
said the girl's dad. "She's still
sore as heck, and I don't want
something like this to happen :to
anyone else."
Post your opinions in the Public Is-
sues Forum at
Reporter Eric Kopp may be reached

Okeechobee news/Charles Murphy
Yearling Middle School student Jackie O'Connor (left) and
Osceola Middle School student Pauline Aguilar took honors
in the county spelling bee.

'Continued From Page 1
'regional competition.
Coming in third place was
*Kirby Dobbs of Central Elemen-
tary was eliminated with the
word "aristocracy." He is the son
of Heather and Steve Dobbs. He
is the county's alternate for the
regional spelling bee.
Other spellers this year in-
cluded Ashley Byrd and Noe
Valdez of Seminole Elementary,
Karina Campos and Lane Selph
of Everglades Elementary, An-
'drea Young of Osceola Middle
.School, R.J. Tedders and Caleb
'Crews of South Elementary,
'Vincenzo Pasquarella and Ange-
)lena Jernigan of North Elemen-
,tary, Irfan Chaudhary of Yearling
Middle School, and Kelsey Orr
'of Central Elementary.
"What we are doing is trying
to find the best speller today,"
Assistant Superintendent Mary
Hurley told the crowd, "You are
all good spellers or you wouldn't
have made it here. If you don't
win, it doesn't mean you're a
bad speller."
The students showed their
stuff by spelling 'some tough
words like: bungalow, som-
brero, virtuoso, liverwurst, phy-
sique, and cryptic.
Alternates, or students who
did very well in the spelling bees
at their various schools, included
,Tasha Barker of South Elemen-
-tary, Berneth Digao of Osceola
'Middle School, Maritza Hernan-

Jonathan Tavor, Garrett Marcum, Jimmy Marcum and Bob-
by Marcum relax after a long day of riding the track. A day
well spent with family and friends, despite the extra effort re-

Submitted photo
Coming in third place was
Kirby Dobbs of Central El-
ementary and is the alternate
for the county.

dez of Yearling Middle School,
Ross Laskey of Everglades El-
ementary, Harry O'Hagan of
Seminole Elementary, Terrance
Robertson of Central Elementa-
ry, Tyra Smith of North Elemen-
tary and Cristian Torres of Semi-,
nole Elementary.
Joni Ard, Director of Student
Services, served as the pro-
nouncer of the event. Cathleen
Blair, Director of Exceptional
Student Education, Barbara
James, Coordinator of Staff De-
velopment, and Sharon Suits,
Director of K-12 Accountability
and Assessment were the judg-
Since Miss O'Connor won the
event, Yearling Middle School
will get to host next year's Spell-
ing Bee.

Dirt Bike
Continued From Page 1


Share your news and photos
for this column by email to
extra step and put in that much
more effort, "it always pays off."
Christian Team Trails
Oakview Baptist Church

hosts the Christian Team Trails
Fishing Tournament on the first
Saturday of the month from Sep-
tember through April. The next
tournament will be held on Sat-,
Orday, Feb. 2, at safe daylight at
Okee Tantie. You may register
at the church office before the
tournament. The cost is $70 per
boat. The community is invited to
the Oakview annual "Oak-Fest"
celebration which will be held
this year on Friday, Feb. 22, from
6-8:30 p.m. Come and enjoy the
games, food, fun and prizes.
If you would like to share any Infor-
mation with the Okeechobee News
about an outdoors event please
email Tbnya Harden at tharden@ or call (863) 763-3134.
We welcome news on all sport-
Ing events, outdoors activities and
nature inspired hobbles. 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 5p.m.
Thursday. Information can also be
emailed to
or faxed to (863) 763-5901. Refer all
material to 7bnya Harden

Okeechobee Forecast

Saturday: Partly cloudy. The high will-be around 80. The wind
% ill be from the nor-it at 5 tol0 mph becorning Lasl in the after-
Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with areas of fog after midnight.
The low will be in the upper 50s. The wind will be from the east
around 5 mph.

Extended Forecast

Sunday: Partly sunny, with areas of fog early in the morning.
The high will be in the lower 80s. The wind will be from the south
around 5 mph becoming east at 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.'
Sunday night: Partly cloudy. The low will be around 60.
Monday: Partly cloudy. The high will be in the lower 80s.
Monday night: Partly cloudy. The low will be in the lower 60s.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy. The high will be in the lower 80s.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy. The low will be in the lower 60s.
Wednesday: Considerable cloudiness, with a slight chance of
afternoon showers. The high will be in the upper 70s. The chance
of rain is 20 percent
Wednesday night:. Considerable cloudiness, with a slight
chance of evening showers. The low will be in the upper 50s. The
chance of rain is 20 percent.
Thursday: Partly sunny. The high will be in the mid 70s.


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Okeechobee News, Saturday, February 2, 2008 3

Charges against

trio are dropped

The state has dropped its
charges against three local people
who were arrested in late Decem-
ber on charges of aggravated bat-
According to records, the
charges against John Story, 46,
S.R. 70 E., Cheryl Boyd, 39, S.R.
70 E, and Stephanee Betterley, 26,
S.R. 70 E., were dropped by .the
state last week.
The three had been arrested
and charged in connection with a
Dec. 31 incident in which another

woman claimed she was kicked,
punched and struck with an alu-
minum baseball bat.
But Assistant State Attor-
ney Brenda Sexton filed a "no
information"form with the cir-
cuit court in Okeechobee and
the charges were then dropped
against Betterley on Jan. 22. The
charges against Boyd and Story
were dropped Jan. 23, state re-
cords with the Okeechobee
County Clerk of Courts office.

Local man arrested

lr n i Law Enforcement

ad ti rum durlt uprr -II

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on drug charge

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News

An Okeechobee man was ar-
rested on a felony drug charge af-
ter members of the Okeechobee
Narcotics Task Force served a
search warrant on his home
Thursday evening.
Leepore Hagins, 34, S.E.
33rd Terrace, was charged with
the felony of possession of co-
caine and the misdemeanor of
possession of drug parapher-
nalia. He was'booked into the
Okeechobee County-Jail under
a bond of $6,000.
Also arrested at the scene
was Amber Lee McClure, 23,
S.E. 35th Ave., Okeechobee. She
was booked into the county jail
on a misdemeanor charge of re-
sisting arrest without violence.
Her bond was set at $1,000.
An Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO) arrest report
indicates that task force detec-
tives executed the warrant on
the mobile home at 7:45 p.m.
on Jan. 31. When they arrived at
the home they found two people
outside the home and six more
inside. Once everyone was se-
cured, the detectives executed

Leepore Amber
Hagins McClure
the search warrant.
The report states that .5 grams
of a substance was found by the
task force detectives in Hagen's
bedroom. The substance, when
field tested, indicated a positive
result for the presence of co-
caine, continued the report.
The detectives also report-
edly found a glass device nor-
mally used for smoking crack
cocaine in the bedroom, as well
as an aluminum can in the living
room that had been made into a
smoking device.
McClure, said the arrest re-
port, was one of. those who
were standing outside the mo-
bile home when the detectives
arrived. She was arrested after
she reportedly tried to flee from
the detectives.

S... Submitted photo/Donny-Arnold
OCFR demo life-saving tactics
Okeechobee County Fire Rescuers demonstrated life-saving tactics and how they dis-
mantle a vehicle to save lives at the first Okeechobee Family Health and Safety Expo.

The Tucker Group wishes to welcome Cindi Fairtrace to our family
of real estate professionals. Cindi has been a resident of South
Florida for the past 17 years, mostly in Martin and Okeechobee.
counties. Cindi, her husband Steve, her son Tyler and her daughter
Jennifer love this area and most of all, the people. Its small town
atmosphere is a great place to raise a family.

. Cindi has spent peasjp s years
working in direct contact with the
public. This is what led her to a career
in real estate. She received her license
as a Sales Associate in 2006 with
Pritchard GMAC Realty. She was
nominated Rookie of the Year in 2006
and Top Producer of the firm in 2007.

The Okeechobee County Shelr-
iff's Office received the following
calls from Jan. 25 through Jan. 31:
Friday, Jan. 25:
lewd and lascivious molesta-
tion in the 600 block of S.W Sec-
ond Ave.
theft on N.W. 192nd Ave.
lewd and lascivious molesta-
tion in the 2600 block of N.W 42nd
forgery in the 7400 block of
S.R. 70 E.
stolen vehicle and recovery in
the 5500 block of N.W 30th St.
theft on N.W 144t1 Ave.
forgery in the 3400 block of
N.W Fourth St.
Saturday, Jan. 26:
theft in the 3000 block of S.R.
70 E.
lewd and lascivious molesta-
tion in the 4900 block of S.E. 441'
Sunday, Jan. 27:
burglary in the 2700 block of
S.E. 62nd Ave.
bomb threats at Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office and Wal-
Monday, Jan. 28:
theft in the 4400 block of U.S.
441 S.E.
theft in the 900 block of N.W.
23rd Lane
robbery in the 100 block of
N.W. 23rd Lane
Tuesday, Jan. 29:
lewd and lascivious molesta-
tion in the 400 block of N.E. 31?
fraud in the 200 block of S.E.
37th Court
fraud in the 2800 block of U.S.
441S. 4
assault in the 1100 block of
N.E. 39th Blvd.
Wednesday, Jan. 30:
vandalism in the 3100 block
of U.S. 441 N.
vandalism in the 7700 block
of S.R. 78 W
theft in the 22000 block of
N.E. 48th Ave.
child abuse in the 500 block
of S.W. 28t1 St.
child abuse in the 600 block
of S.W Second Ave.
burglary in the 2900 block of
N.W 34th Ave.
theft in the 500 block of N.W
Fourth St.
assault in the 42000 block of
U.S. 441 N.
Thursday, Jan. 31:
burglary in the 6200 block of
N.E. 11th Way
burglary in the 13000 block of
N.E. 26"' Ave.
burglary in the 6900 block of
S.W Ninth St ....
theft in the 1700 block-oLU,..
441 N. '
Editor's Note: Only calls deal-
ing with either a felony or a p,-
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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!
OFFICERS: There are not enough officers on the road now, and
the way they pay, they are not going to be getting a lot of new appli-
cants. Why is crime up? Now is the time to ask the question, it is an
election year. I know a lot of people who work for the Sheriffs Office,
and they are running from call to call to call, trying to follow up on
,crimes that are being called in. Is it possible we need more officers
per shift to be looking out for crime before it happens? I know that
no one is going to be able to catch all crimes before they happen,
but with gang violence up, we may need more than one person for
our gang task force. We need more officers in this county. It is grow-
ing rapidly, and it's not going to be a pretty picture if the local offi-
cials don't sit up and take notice of the crime in this town. We need
some more money spent protecting our citizens.

TAX AMENDMENT: Well I hope you people are proud of your-
selves for voting in the amendment to reduce the amount of prop-
erty taxes. That is even less money to pay for fire protection, law en-
forcement and emergency services. So I hope you all plan to spend
your savings on a fire extinguisher, a home security system and First
Aid classes.

AMERICAN IDOL: We just had a young girl from Okeechobee
audition on American Idol. Sadly to say she didn't make it. I didn't
catch her name. They even did a little video clip of her and her par-
ents working in the meat market. I thought for sure showing that clip
meant she made it.

PLAY BALL: This is my sons last year playing baseball and I'm
glad. This division of the town can't be good. I played baseball for
O.C.R.A. from 1975 to 1983. All of the same problems existed then as
they do now. Yes a small town can have Little League Baseball and
do well, but Dixie Youth was brought here to give the players a better
chance to go further in the summer All Star tournaments. I played on
the first Dixie youth All Star team for the 11- and 12-year-olds here
in Okeechobee. And this past year my son played on the 13-year-old
team that went to Alabama for the Dixie Junior Boys Worlds Series.
It took Okeechobee from 1981 to 2007 to get that far. Dixie Youth is
not dying out, what is dying out is people's ability to get along. All
this division in this small town is going to do is cause the youth base-
ball program disappear. And as far as the ball fields go, we as a small
town are very blessed. Our county provides a very nice complex to
play on. They ask for no money to turn on the lights or maintain the
fields. If you go to other towns just to the east of us up and down
the coast you will find that the counties charge a steep fee to play on
their fields. This town may or may not be big enough to have two
baseball leagues, but my guess it is not. I believe that in a year or so
one organization will have to go or face no youth baseball at all. You
say it is all about the children I think not. It is all about the egos of
parents and anyone else involved trying force such a division.

SPEAK OUT: After reading your "Speak Out" column in the
Wednesday, January 30, edition of your newspaper, I feel the need to
comment on most of your readers comments. By and large, I think
that if most of your readers went back to school, they might be able
to obtain jobs and have a broader mind when it comes to the presi-
dential election or whether or not school is open for Easter.

WHO YOU KNOW: I am calling in reference to the Wednesday,
Jan. 30 speak out about seeking a job. This is Okeechobee. All of
your credentials are no good. You have to know somebody who
- knows :.rmet bodv who knows somebody or you're never gPing to
get a job 've hired for rwo ,ears D'.'esn'I aniybody' equal!
opportunity anymore?

BOAT RAMP: As a resident of Buckhead Ridge I've always been
curious why, when Okeechobee County built the Scott Driver ramp
and parking lot, they didn't dredge out the canal going out into the
Kissimmee River? You have a beautiful ramp, but the water is so low,
you can't get anything' in there. It's just a mystery to me that they
wouldn't do it at the same time.

MCCAIN: I think John McCain will make the greatest president in
history. He will be the best we have ever had and will ever have.

ECONOMY: I would just like to address our president econom-
ic problems we have. Six years ago we bought our house here in
Okeechobee for $59,000. The same house now could probably sell
for maybe double that or maybe more. Which I don't really care,
money is just an object to me. Love, peace, prosperity, family is what
I'm about. I want to tell you what happened. The reason we are in
decline in this country is because of greed. Greed on the part of the
oil sellers, greed on the part of the real estate sellers, greed on the
part of the homeowners and we need to reduce the price of housing
down instead of increasing the interest rates. Why can't they come
down to realistic prices so young people could afford to buy houses?
All you greedy people out there that did this to us, you will reap the
rewards of nothing.

WATER: I was driving through Lazy 7 Estates the other day, and I
noticed that some of the residents there are still watering their lawns
in the midst of this drought. People we need to realize that we get
our water from drinking wells and we need to be conserving water
right now. I do believe that drinking water is more important than
green lawns.

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Work disagreements

don't have to be stressful

From the American
Counseling Association
No matter how terrific your
boss, there are going to be times
when you will have disagreements
or differences of opinion. This can
be an awkward situation, since you
know who is in charge, but, yet,
you still feel stressed, and maybe
upset about your reactions.
Since you know workplace dis-
agreements will happen, what you
want is a logical process that will
get you through such situations
without feeling stressed, but rather
feeling good about how you con-
ducted yourself.
Start by evaluating how impor-
tant the disagreement really is. We
often respond emotionally when
there is a disagreement, then find
we've made a mountain out of a
molehill. If the problem really does
matter, decide whether to deal with
it now or later. There's no "right"
answer. Sometimes trying to deal
with a disagreement immediately
can make you seem argumenta-
tive, while at other times, waiting
to voice your objections may mean
you're acting too late, or are setting
up bigger problems. When to act
is a decision to make based'on a
careful evaluation of the prblem
and its implications.
Your next step should be to
consider alternative courses of ac-
tion. There is almost always more
than one way to confront a prob-
lem. What you want to do is actu-
ally think through those alterna-
tives and try to evaluate which one
would actually be the best way to



When you have what you fee'
is the best alternative, then take ac-
tion. At this point, the action you're
taking is not just a heated, emotion-
al response, but rather based on
careful and clear evaluation of the
problem and possible solutions.
A final step is to evaluate the out-
come. You may not have been able
to change the decision or action
that led to the initial disagreement,
but that isn't always your goal. Re-
member, the boss is still the boss
and it's not within your power to
change him or her. People are sim-
ply who they are.
Rather, you goal in working
through this disagreement is to get
to the end of the situation feeling
as good as possible about the way
you handled it.
Fly off the handle and get in a
heated argument with your boss
and you're never going to feel good
about it. But react with a well-
reasoned, carefully thought-out
approach, and you'll end up feel-
ing less stressed and much better
about this work situation.
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Upcoming Events

Saturday Feb. 2
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Par-
rott Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
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)
Okeechobee Chapter DA.R. meets the first Saturday of ev-
ery month October-May at Oakview Baptist Church 677 S.W. 32nd
Street at 10 a.m. For information, call Kenna Noonan at (863) 634-
The Gathering Church will hold its monthly healing service
on the first Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. until noon. Any-
one desiring to receive personal prayer for healing is welcome to
attend. The Gathering is located at 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. For informa-
tion, call Theresa Brown at (863) 357-3318.
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.
Sunday Feb. 3
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 infor-
mation, please call. (863) 634-4780.
Monday Feb. 4
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meet-
Okeechobee Model Airplane Club will meet at the Peace
Lutheran Church, 750 N.W 23rd Lane at 7 p.m. For information,
contact Robert Rosada at (863) 467-5440.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at
the Just for Today club, 2303.S. Hwy 441, Suite K. For information,
call (863) 634-4780.
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) 532-0449.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road,
Okeechobee on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Turn left at the
Moose lodge and go around the curve just past the church. Bring a
lunch and join us for a fun day of applique. Everyone is welcome.
For more information, please contact Karen Graves at (863) 763-
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.

Community Events

Saturday, Feb. 2

BHR VFD to host spaghetti dinner
The BHR Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting a spaghetti din-
ner on Feb. 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $5 each. For informa-
tion call Pat at (863) 357-1364.

BLM brings wild horses to Okeechobee
The Bureail of Land Management (BLM) will be conducting a Wild
Horse and Burro Adoption in Okeechobee, on Feb. 1, through Feb. 3
Adoption will be held at: Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center, 4200
East Hwy 70. For applications and more information about this adop-
tion event, contact: Wild Horse & Burro Adoption Program Bureau
of Land Management 411 Briarwood Drive, Suite 404 Jackson, Miss.
39206 or call (888) 274-2133orl (601) 977-5430. Fax: (601) 977-5440

Tanti-Quilters annual quilt show to be held
The Tantie-Quilters will hold their annual quilt show on Feb. 2.
The event will be held at the Historical Society Building on Hwy 98 N,
across from the airport. It will be from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. There will be
a drawing for a quilt, white elephant sale, fabric sales, quilt sales, and
refreshments. The cost is $3 or two non-perishable items of food and
$1. The food items will be donated to Big Lake Missions to help with
their food pantry and food preparation for the homeless and less fortu-
nate here in Okeechobee. For information, call (863) 357-0166.

The History of 4-H is topic of radio show
Saturday, Feb. 2, at 7:30 a.m. 91.7 FM and 100.3 FM, guest, Laura
Lock, Public Relations Coordinator and Julie Wilson, Centennial Com-
mittee Chairwoman; UF IFAS State 4-H Youth Development Program
to discuss the history of 4-H and the upcoming Centennial Celebration;
including, a book focusing on Past and Present 4-H members sched-
uled for publication in November. For information contact, Laura Lock
at 352-846-0996 Ext. 237, or email:, www.florida4h.,
Tuesday, Feb. 5

Fair planning meetings continue
The Okeechobee County Fair Association is continuing to hold fair
planning meetings. Meetings are scheduled for Feb. 5 and Feb. 19 at 6
p.m. The meetings will be at the Okeechobee County Extension Of-
fice. The fair is finalizing plans for the upcoming March Fair and would
like to invite anyone interested in volunteering with the fair to attend.
If you have any questions you may contact Linda Syfrett at 763-6232 or
Dianne Spann at 634-3327.

Mardi Gras Party
Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 5 p.m. Cajun Charlie will host a Mardi Gras Party
at Cypress Hut Eagles. There will be fun, food, beads, drink specials,
and live music. A $10 donation for food will be taken. For information,
call 863-467-1154.

AARP senior employment opportunities
AARP Senior Employment will be taking applications to work in
the Okeechobee area on Tuesday, Feb. 5 beginning at 9 a.m. a the One
Stop Career Center, 209 S.W Park St. Bring your Florida drivers license
(or ID), social security card, (original card, no photocopies) 2007 and
2008 social security award letters, if employed in the past 6 months,
your last pay stub; award letter for any retirement, pension, and/or dis-
ability or benefit that you maybe receiving. Name, address, and phone
number of two local contacts, and a blank check for direct deposit. For
information call (772) 462-6178.
Thursday, Feb. 7

Youth Explosion at Church of God
The Church of God of Prophecy, 102 N.W 10"' St., is having a Youth
Explosion on Feb. 7 through 9. It will begin at 7 p.m. each night. The
guest speaker will be Pastor Gabe Swaggart. All youth and youth
groups in the community are invited. If you have any questions call
Candi at 634-4359.

Revival at Haven of Rest
Thursday, Feb. 7 through Sunday, Feb. 10, the Haven of Rest Church,
S.W 3"' Terrace, will host Bro. Jerry Cottrell in revival. He has seen
many people healed and delivered from many sicknesses. Services will
start at 7 p.m. each night except Sunday services will be at 10 and 11
a.m. and 6 p.m. For information call 863-357-3053.
Friday, Feb. 8

Library welcomes John Moran
The Okeechobee County Library welcomes John Moran: Journal
of Light: A Photographer's Search for the Soul of Florida, on Feb. 8,
at 7 p.m. Traveling the Sunshine State with his cameras, John Moran
seeks his vision of natural Florida, as it must have appeared to Ponce
de Leon and other early strangers in paradise. Moran's work celebrates
the magic of a unique landscape born of water and blessed with beau-
ty beyond measure. A University of Florida graduate, Moran's pho-
tography has appeared in numerous books and magazines including
National Geographic, Life, Time, Newsweek, Smithsonian, and The
New York Times Magazine and on the cover of the National Audubon
Society Field Guide to Florida.

Benefit for family of Johnny Lamb
F.O.E. #4137, Hwy 441 N. is sponsoring a benefit for the family of
Johnny Lamb, who was killed in an auto accident on Dec. 7, 2007.
We are asking for items to auction. Please contact May Scaffa at (863)
634-7318 or Patty Rucks at (863) 634-1833. There will be a barbecue
dinner of chicken or pork for a donation of $7 which will start at 5 p.m.
on Saturday, Feb. 9, at Eagles Club on Hwy 441 North. The auction will
be held at 6 p.m. and a drawing will be held. There will also be live

Okeechobee News, Saturday, February 2, 2008



RercntI I oJ s fit o m the Pfu *l In, rj

Reflections from the Pulpit

By Rev. Tommaso
Cornerstone Baptist
ChuLrch, Pastor
The American Heart Associa-
tion and other medical experts
say "the body likely will send
one or more of these warning
signals of a heart attack: un-
controllable pressure, fullness,
squeezing or pain in the center
of the chest lasting more than a
few minutes; pain spreading to
the shoulder, neck or arms, the
pain may be mild or intense, it
may feel like pressure, tightness,
burning, or heavy weight, it may
be located in the chest, upper
abdomen, neck, jaw, or inside
the arms or shoulders; anxi-
ety, nervousness and/or cold,
sweaty skin; paleness or pallor;
increased or irregular heart rate;
feelings of impending doom."
Not all of these signs occur
in every attack. Sometimes they
go away and return. If some oc-
cur, get help fast. How many of
you know these symptoms? We
need to take these warnings to

heart, no pun intended. These
are not fool proof nor do they
always indicate heart attack and
yet we should not ignore it be-
cause it is our lives on the line.
Do you know there are warn-
ing signs in the Scriptures? When
the Scriptures warn us we need
to take them seriously as well,
even more seriously, because
this could mean spiritual life or
death to you or to the people
you have been called to love.
In I Timothy 4 Paul is warning
Timothy and other believers.
"Now the Spirit speaketh ex-
pressly, that in the latter times
some shall depart from the faith,
giving heed to seducing spirits,
and doctrines of devils." (I Tim-
othy 4:1)
Now the Spirit speaketh ex-
pressly, the Spirit expressly says,
explicitly says, and clearly says
that ini latter times some shall
depart from the faith. When the
Spirit explicitly speaks and says
some will depart from the faith,
the Spirit is giving us a glimpse
that some will leave faith by the
wayside. When will they do this?

In latter times, in the future, but
this was already occurring in
Paul's times. How do we know
"From which some having
swerved have turned aside unto
vain jangling." (I Timothy 1:6)
Some have turned aside from
the faith. The Word turned aside
is also translated rejected the
faith. So in the latter times the
Spirit is saying that it will get
worse, people will reject faith
even more so. They will turn
aside to vain jangling or foolish
talk about what to believe or not
believe for that matter. Many
will reject the faith in Christ Je-
sus and turn to lies.
Are you rejecting the faith?
You know, all about Jesus, but
you are rejecting it because you
do not feel worthy enough for
salvation, you have done too
much wrong that you are be-
yond forgiveness, or you feel
you can live on your own, if your
good outweighs your bad you
may find favor in God's eye, or
you do not believe in God at all.
If this is the case then you have

been deceived, because Satan is
like a lion seeking when he may
devour. He is seeking whom he
can steal away from the Father,
because the more he convinces
there is no Savior or convinces
of another gospel that is not the
true gospel, he hurts the very
heart of God Who is patient,
hoping all will come and trust
Christ as Lord and Savior.
"The Lord is not slow in keep-
ing his promise, as some under-
stand slowness. He is patient
with you, not wanting anyone to
perish, but everyone to come to
repentance." (II Peter 3:9)
We know many will forsake
the faith because the Word says
they will give heed to seduc-
ing spirits. What are seducing
spirits? They are the spirits of
the evil one who persuade to
disobedience or disloyalty, lead
astray with false promises. De-
mons are real and are feeding
us lies from the pit of Hell. How
do they do this? By infecting the
minds of those who desire to
lead because of position rather
than a calling from God. These
men then begin to deceive and

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Okeechobee News
Oakview Baptist Church
will start the F.A.I.T.H. outreach
and visitation program on Feb.
Soyutern Gospel Record-,
ing .artists the Perrys will be
in concert, Sunday, Feb. 10 at 2
p.m. at His House Fellowship
Church of the Nazarene, 425
S.W. 28th St. The 'Perrys have
won favorite mixed group for
three consecutive years. A love
offering will be received. For
more information call 763-7113.
In a day and time when "tradi-
tional" may not be viewed as
the "in-thing," the Perrys are a
breath of fresh air. In fact, their
desire to always keep close to
the traditions upon which South
Gospel Music is based is exactly
why the Perrys are considered
one of the all-time great groups
of this uplifting music form. The
Perrys have been singing South-

ern Gospel MLsic for 35 years --
a remarkable feat in any musical
Everyone is invited to be a
part of Heritage Day at Lake-
port Church of Christ/Chris-
tian Church. It has been 60
years since the church received
her charter. The church is invit-
ing everyone has ever been a
part of the church to be their
guests on Sunday, Feb 3. Ser-
vices will be at 8 a.m. with a
Bible School at 9:30 and a sec-
ond service at 10:30. If you can
not be there and would like to e-
mail your memories, send them
either to
or Jo Randolph at GeoJoRan- Debbie
Paschal, Becky Choate, Kay
Raulerson, Maxine Gash
and Jo Randolph are working
on the committee.
Nancy Vaughan, Director
of Christian Education at First
United Methodist Church,
.invites local mothers to take ad-
vantage of the church's Mother's
Day Out babysitting service on
Tuesday mornings. Space is lim-
ited, so registration is required.
Call (863) 763-4021 for informa-
tion. The First United Methodist
Church is also hosting God's
Time -- a morning of free or-
ganized Christian activities that
includes play, instruction and
interaction for parents and their
pre-school children. The event
is held each Tuesday from 9:30
a.m. until noon.
The Fort Drum Commu-
nity Church will hold a men's
fellowship breakfast at Ruck's
Pit every other Saturday start-
ing at 6:30 a.m., and a women's
fellowship every other Monday

starting at 6:30 a.m. For infor-
mation or if you need transpor-
tAion to and from these activi-
ties, call (863) 467-1733.
The Family Outreach Cen-
ter at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church is offering free 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.
The season of Lent starts with
Ash Wednesday on Feb. 6. St.
Theresa Knights of Colum-
bus Council 11284 of Buck-
head Ridge, will host a fish fry
dinner in the church hall from
5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., starting on
Friday, Feb. 8 and every Friday
there after during the Season of
Lent for a donation of $7. The
church is located on State Road
78 at Chobee Loop in Buckhead
Ridge. For information call (863)
Buckhead Ridge Chris-
tian Church, 3 Linda Road, has
a Personal Growth Group which
takes a more definite direction.
If you think you are experienc-
ing symptoms of depression or
anxiety, this support group is
for you. Meetings are held ev-
ery 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.
At First Baptist Church
former pastor, Rev. Richard
Whipple, is leading a study
on the Book of Revelation each
Sunday evening in the sanctu-

ary at 5:30. Rev. Steve Weg-
mann, pastor of education/se-
nior adults, is teaching a senior
adults Bible study on "God's
Amazing Grace Studies in Ro-
mans" on Tuesday mornings in
the fellowship hall. The studies
will be held from 9:30 a.m. to
10:15 a.m. on February 5 and 19
and March 4 and 18. Dr. Cecil
W. Seagle, of the Florida Bap-
tist Convention, will be conduct-
ing "Winter Meeting 2008 Feb.
10 -13. Sunday morning services
will be at 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m.
On Sunday through Wednesday
evenings, services will be held
at 6:30. Food and clothing will
be disturbed by First Baptist
Church Misston House by ap-
pointment only. Call 763-2171.
The newspaper will soon be
putting together the 2008 Fact
Book. We want to include all
the churches this time. There
were some omissions last year
because we did.not know who
to contact for information on
some churches. Please help us
by givingus your pastor's name,
church address and telephone
number and times of services.
We must have this information
by Feb. 15. Email to okeenews@ or call (863)763-
The Okeechobee News
welcomes news from area
churches for this column.
Email okeenews@newszap.
com or call Pete Gawda at
(863) 763-3134, extension

We still sing the old inspired hymns.
We still preach the old infallible Book.
Arlen Cook, Pastor
SSunday School Church
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Visit an old country church
"We're that old country church," says the first Baptist
church of Bassinger upon S.R. 68 in Bassinger. Bassinger
is the oldest community in Okeechobee County, settled
during the 1860s when the Daughtrey families settled in
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can also be seen as deceiving
sprits. Paul's' concluding state-
ment of I Timothy 4:1 located the
source of the deceitful teachings
in demonic influence by saying
that these men have turned to
the doctrines of devils.
"Speaking lies in hypocrisy;
having their conscience seared
with a hot iron." (I Timothy 4:2)
Not only do they turn aside,
but they turn to lies in hypocri-
sy. They are hypocrites in every
sense of the word. They are not
hypocritical once in a while, but
hypocrisy is a way of life. They
presented themselves as holy
and humble followers of Christ,
but. they were in reality tools of
the devil. They represented an
air of devotion, but it was only a
deceitful mask.
"Having a form of godliness,
but denying the power thereof:
from such turn away." (II Timo-
thy 3:5)
They appeared to be godly
on the outside, but they denied
the power of the gospel, and in
this verse Paul tells Timothy to
turn away.
"Forbidding to marry and

commanding to abstain from
meats, which God hath created
to be received with thanksgiving
of them which believe and know
the truth." (I Timothy 4:3)
These false teachers will say
"do not marry," which is not
commanded by the Word, but
they add that in because it is an-
other way to infect the church
with lies. They command peo-
ple to abstain from eating meat,
which is also not a command in
the Scriptures. Be warned that
there are people out there that
will have you believe lies that
either limit God's power or un-
dermine His authority. Do not
be fooled. Read His Word and
meditate so you will be able to
discern His truth. If you do not
know Christ, you will not see
the warning, because you do
not know the One who is warn-
ing you.
I do not write this in judg-
ment but in love wanting the
church to be warned and the
world to trust Christ as the only
means of salvation.

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Submitted photos/Carl Paschal The current Minister, Larry Frogge and his wife, Mar-
The main church building still not completed but in use during the sha. They have set a record for longevity at the church,
1952 construction, celebrating 10 years of ministry here.

Lakeport Church celebrates 60 years

Feb. 3, is Heritage Day at Lake-
port Church 'of Christ/Christian
Church. There will be a celebra-
tion of 60 years since the church
received her charter. Anyone who
has ever been a part of the church
and any guests are invited to be
our guests at the day-long cel-
ebration. There will be services
at 8 a.m., Bible School at 9:30
and a second service at 10:30
a.m. These will be followed by a
covered dish dinner at 11:45 a.m.
and a special Heritage program at

1 p.m.
The church has had a long his-
tory since a small group started
what would soon become Lake-
port Church of Christ/Christian
The church began as a Sun-
day School Class in the home of
William Sherman and Laura Click
in 1928. The class was taught by
Will and assisted by his broth-
ers, John and Herbert Click. After
Will's death Laura's home burned
and the church moved to the old
school in Lakeport located at the

corner of Red Barn Road and Old
Lakeport Road. On Feb. 9, 1947
they met at the school house to
organize the Church of Christ at
Lakeport. They received a charter
from the State of Florida on June
301, 1947. When the school build-
ing was moved to Moore Haven
to be used as the Band room, the
church met at the Presbyterian
meeting house at Big Bear Beach
in Lakeport until their building
was constructed on land donated
by Herbert Click. The church has
touched many lives throughout

the area and abroad.
Everyone is invited to be a part
of our Heritage Day. If you can
possibly attend we would be de-
lighted. If you can not be here and
would like to.send us your memo-
ries, we would appreciate receiv-
ing, them. They can be emailed to
us. You can send them to carlpas- or to Jo Randolph
at GeoJoRandolph@SkyeOne.
com. Debbie Paschal, Becky Cho-
ate, Kay Raulerson, Maxine Gash
and Jo Randolph are working on
the committee.

Vet says: Cancer not limited to people

Half of all dogs over the age
of 10 will be diagnosed with can-
cer. Thirty percent of cats over 10
will meet the same fate. These
are not the kind of statistics a pet
owner wants to hear, but there is
help 6n the horizon.
Dr. Heather Wilson, a clinical.
professor at Texas A&M's Col-
lege of Veterinary Medicine &
Biomedical Sciences, and other
researchers all over the world
are diligently working to help
pets with cancer. Although a
viable cure for cancer has not
been found yet, she and her col-
leagues are working hard to fight
different cancers after their for-
Wilson says the most com-
mon type of cancer in dogs is
called lymphoma. It is a disease
that causes an enlargement
'of the lymph nodes, liver and
'spleen Unfortunately, the can-
cer is almost always fatal, but
there are measures that can be
taken to lengthen a good quality
of life for the dog.
"Chemotherapy proves to be
an effective treatment for lym-
phoma, but this treatment only
adds about an average of a year
to the animal's life," Wilson
Dogs treated for lymphoma
usually have a relatively high
quality of life and the treatment
removes many abnormalities
(or symptoms) the cancer may

The most common feline can-
cer seen at the Veterinary Medi-
cal Teaching Hospital (VMTH) at
Texas A&M is squamous cell car-
cinoma, a tumor of the skin that
is usually found on the head and
neck. Light pigmented and thin-
haired felines are at greater risk
for this particular cancer since it
can be caused by sun exposure.
"When cats are exposed to
sun frequently, they may develop
squamous cell carcinoma around
their ears, nose or mouth; since
these are areas that tend to be
lightly pigmented and have less
hair," said Wilson.
Wilson recommends applying
an ultraviolent-light-protecting
shade on windows and keeping
light-colored cats indoors. This
can prevent cats from being over-
exposed to sunlight and lower the
likelihood of squamous cell carci-
Canned cat food, specifically
tuna, has also been shown to
cause squamous cell carcinoma
in cats. Wilson recommends
staying on a single type of dry
cat food whenever possible it is
not a good idea to switch foods
Cutaneous hemangiosarcoma
is a cancer found in whippets and
Italian greyhounds. These dogs
tend to have a lighter pigment and
thin coats, but infant sunscreen
can be applied to their stomachs
and chest to help prevent over
exposure for sunbathing dogs.

Screens for the windows can also
help to protect dogs that.sunbathe
even while inside.
"Infant sunscreen should not
be applied daily, just when the
animal will be outside for an ex-
tended period of time," Wilson
explains. "The sunscreen is not
toxic and can help lower the risk
for this cancer. The sunscreen can
then be wiped off when the dog
comes back inside for the day."
Pet owners can also lessen the
likelihood of their pet developing
bladder cancer by making sure
that the pet is not exposed to en-
vironmental toxins. Several types
of herbicides used in residential
areas can cause bladder cancer
in pets. Pet owners should take
special precautions when using

herbicides, she adds.
Even though cancer does not
have a cure, Wilson says there
are several options for pet owners
once it has been diagnosed. Many
cancer types like squamous cell
carcinoma, other skin tumors and
thymoma can be cured if caught
in the early stages. Cancer treat-
ments include chemotherapy,
radiation and surgery. She says
the key is to have all pets checked
frequently by a veterinarian to in-
crease the chances of diagnosing
cancer early.
Pet talk is a service of the Col-
lege of Veterinary 'Medicine &
Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M
University. Stories can be viewed
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Obituaries ,.

Charles Armstrong
Charles Armstrong Burkhardt,
age 80 of Lakeport, died Friday,
Feb. 1 at the Hamrick Home.
He is preceded in death by his
daughter, Chris Lowenstein.
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24 years, Mary Louise Burkhardt
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Donna Elewell of Bradenton. He
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Breslin, April Floyd wins tournament

The Big "0" Teen Angler, Inc.
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26 at J & S Canal. With a total
weight for the tournament of
67.35 pounds, it proved to be a
successful event. A total of 41 fish
were caught under the guidance
of their boat captains: David
Straight, Kenny Farmer, Roy
O'Dell, George Marshall, Sr.,
Mike Zubricky, Leroy Bauer,
Bill Hayes, Mike Ingram, Fred
George and Justin Schwier.
Team one included Ryan Mel-
lette, 16, and Ryan Folsom, 12
with boat captain David Straight.
Ryan Mellette caught one fish to
make a total weight of 1.70 lbs.
His teammate Ryan Folsomn was
unable to catch any fish. Team
two included Kyle Monti, 16,
and Garrett Folbrecht, 15, with
Captain Kenny Farmer. Kyle Monti
caught three fish with a total
weight of 5.90 lbs and a big fish
weighing 1.85 lbs. Garrett Folbre-
cht was unable to catch any fish.
Kayla Smith, 12, and Melissa
Floyd, 15, under the direction of
Roy O'Dell made up team three.
Kayla Smith, unfortunately, did
not catch any fish. Melissa Floyd,
however, caught five fish with a
big fish weight of 1.65 lbs and a
total weight of 5.95 lbs. Team four
included of Ryan Edwards, 12,
who caught four fish with a big
fish weight of 3.05 lbs and a total
weight of 7.10 lbs. His teammate
was Garrett Farmer, 17, who
caught five fish with a total weight
of 7.10 lbs. Their boat captain
was George Marshall, Sr. Team
five included April Floyd, 11,
and Ashley Marshall, 15, with
boat captain Mike Zubricky. April
caught five fish with a total weight
of 11.30 lbs her big fish weight
was 2.80 lbs. Her teammate Ash-
ley caught one fish. Her fish had a
big fish weight of 2.45 lbs which
was also her total weight. Under
the direction of Leroy Bauer was
team six which included Mike
Eagle, 17, and Buddy Marshall,
12. Mike and Buddy were unable
to catch any fish during the tour-
nament, but better luck next time.
Team seven, who fished under the
guidance of Bill Hayes, included
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of 1.60 lbs and a total weight of
4.25 lbs. Mike's teammate Ken-
dall Smith was unable to catch
any fish during the event. Team
eight, which included James
Stafford, 12, and Chris Eaton,
15 enjoyed their tournament un-
der the guidance of Mike Ingram.
James caught five fish with a big
fish weight of 2.20 lbs and a total
weight of 6.90 lbs. The other half
of this team, Chris Eaton, caught
one fish weighing -1 lb. Team nine
had the boat captain Fred George.
Mr. George's team consisted of

Luke Joles, 15, and Robert
Stafford, 13. Luke caught two
fish for a total weight of 2.50
lb's. His teammate Robert Staf-
ford caught one fish with a total
weight of 1.65 lbs. The final team,
team ten was Bryce Breslin, 17,
with boat captain Justin Schwier.
Bryce caught five fish with a big
fish weight of 2.35 lbs and a total
weight of 9.55 lbs.
The winners of the tournament
in the 11-14 age group were: first
place, April Floyd for her total
weight of 11.30 lbs, second place
Ryan Edwards with a total weight
of 7.10 lbs, third place winner
was James Stafford and his total
weight of 6.90 lbs. The big fish
winner for this category was Ryan
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3.05 lbs. The 15-18 age group win-
ners included: first place Bryce
Breslin for his 9.55 lbs, second
place Garrett Farmer with a total
weight of 7.10 lbs, third place Me-
lissa Floyd with a total weight of
5.95 lbs and their big fish winner
Ashley Marshall with her big fish
weight of 2.45 lbs.
Congratulations to all the fish-
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luck in your next tournament.

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The following movies are now
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Theatre 1 -"No Country for Old
Men" (R) Showtimes: Friday at 7
and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
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Theatre II "Over Her Dead
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day at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and
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Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
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KITTEN Found in vic. of
Treasure Island. Call to ID.
1/28/08. Vic. of NW 6th St.
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MALE CAT Black, vic. of
Palm Ranch Village. Indoor
cat, Please call, help him get
home (863)763-8149

CAT Spayed, Front De-
clawed. Free to good indoor
home w/out dogs. Litter
trained. (863)227-1742

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February 2nd, 8am-??
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Fishing gear, Power tools,
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2nd Annual Cane Country Auction
February 2, 2008 @ 9:00 AM
~ Consignments Welcome -
Tractors, Farm Equipment, Cane Harvesting
Equipment, Construction Equipment, Heavy Duty
Trucks, Semi, Trailers, ATV's, and much more!

26400 State Rd 880, Belle Glade, FL
Terry DeMott, Sr. Mobile 229-891-1832
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This is a rare opportunity to have a chance to
own an original Floridascape oil painting
from Jerry DeVane, a Florida native who is
now 77, has painted for years and studied
and painted with A.E. Backus. His favorite
scenes to paint are the beautiful ranchlands
and old Florida back-country of western St.
Lucie County and Okeechobee County. His
paintings have been commissioned by several
local ranchers such as Judge James Alder-
man, Cow Creek Ranch, Russakis Family,
Carlton Family, Summerlin Family and his
oils have been purchased by art dealers and
collectors worldwide. Jerry DeVane is now
gaining another realm of art appreciation
with Miami Collectors. This is your chance
to complete your art collection and own an
original piece at extremely affordable prices.
Jerry will be at the sale and will be happy to
talk with everyone. DO NOT MISS this op-
portunity. Call (772)216-1991 for questions
before the sale!!

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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 CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
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Employment -
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Job Information 225
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(863)763-6461 DFWP
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Competitive Wages & Benefits.
Fax Resume to 863-824-3179
F/T for Local RV Park,
Must have experience.
Call 863-634-8296
PLUMBERS: Experienced only.
Please call Echols Plumbing
How do you find a job In
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market? In the employ-
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We do housekeeping, meals,
transportation. Full or Part
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will do our best to alert our
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we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, If you
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House Rent 930
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Resort Property -
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No pets, new paint & carpet.
$800/mo. 1st, last & $500
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laundry, tiled, $1000/mo.
rent. $5,000 applied to pur-
chase of $149,900 after 1
year. 3429 NW 40th Dr.
Basswood. (561)718-2822
3br, 2ba, 2 gar Pool Home,
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NEW DUPLEX 3/2. $1000
per month + 1st, last &
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OAK PARK 2/1 home, avail
3/1, fenced yard, pets okay,
W/D, dshwshr, fridge. 1 month
free rent. $800 includes H20
& lawn maint. (407)242-7205
or (863)467-8041
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ed, laundry, C/A/heat, screen
porch, carport. $1100. + 1st,
ast, sec/refs. 305-458-8659
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dock, lbr, 1ba, fully furn.
Elec & satellite incld.,
$700/mo. (863)467-1950

ROOMMATE need to share 2
br, 1 ba, $325/mo +
utilities. $325 sec dep.

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home, private bath, full
house privileges. $600 mo.
includes all utilities & main-
tenance. (863)634-2354.

LAKEHOUSE in Lake Placid for
Seasonal rental. Furnished
with dock. (863)465-0053
front, 265' Sea wall with boat
dock. Unfurnished. 3br, 2ba,
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CBS HOME 3/2/2 In gated
t community. Open fir plan w/
I 'i family rm. Vaulted ceilings.
Community pool/club house.
Business Places Safe area for walks & biking.
Sale 1005 $219,800 (863)7637721
Commercial OKEECHOBEE 4BR, 2BA,
Property Sale 1010 190 so 1 a e,
Twndhouse/ a 605 paint, in/out, new flooring,
Farms Sale 1020 xe Ranch Acres,
H es S-ale 15 $224,500 (321)723-6581 or
Houses Sale 1025 (863)763-1090
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035 Zero Down. $999. mo.
Land Sale 1040 4br, 2ba CBS Brand New.
Lots Sale 1045 Prices $139,900, 3824 NW
Open House 1050 7th St. 561-248-3879 or
Out of State 863-484-0809
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060 TWO HOUSES 120' across
Real Estate Wanted1065 front 180' down side & 40
Resort Property trees in the rear. Both are 3
Sale 1070 Bdrm and include C/Air. Also
Warehouse Space 1075 10 Unit Building on 60'W &
Waterfront Property 1080 140'L (863)763-8058

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441, across from Home Depot best buy in Isles.
C- Store, Deli, Carwash. $1.1 (219)916-4817
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OMS Announce Student Awards

Students of the Week at OMS
OMS Students of the Week are: McKenzie Richey, Stephanie Mendez, and Mariah Watford.
Courtney Woods, Sherry Stone, Frank Adamo, and Justin Seals. Congratulations to all of
our outstanding students.

OMS students reach reading benchmarks

Reading Focus
The school wide reading focus
for this week will be benchmark
LA. & LA.(7,8), or
old benchmark LA.A.2.3.5, lo-
cates, organizes, & interprets in-
formation. This benchmark asks
students to organize information
to show understanding and col-
lect information from multiple
sources. Please, try to reinforce
the focus at home by relating it to
the students' current unitof study.
Here are some sample locates,,
organizes, & interprets informa-'
tion questions:
1. What information or knowl-
edge did you already have that
helped you to understand this
book better? What resources can
someone use to find these things
2. Does this book provide re-
cent information? Is there a better
source of information?
3. What have you learned in

your book that will be helpful to
you in another class or at another
4. What kind of research did
the author have to do to write this
5. Did the headings and sub-
headings/chapter titles help you
"see" what was in the book?

PE Department
The PE Department is proud
to announce this week's top run-
ners on the mile run. Eighth grade
students are: Jessica Wackier,.
Dennis Cummings and Eduardo
Monjaras; seventh grade students
are: Aubrey Robertson and Trey
Kissam; and the sixth grade stu-
dents are: Tiffany Bowers and
Jose Leon. Congratulations, stu-
dents, on this accomplishment!

Basketball Update
OMS has completed the reg-
ular basketball season and is

headed into the Treasure Coast
Conference Tournament on Mon-
day. The boys team faces Hidden
Oaks at Oslo Middle School Mon-
day, and the girls team plays Oslo
at Gifford Middle School Tuesday.
This year marks a high point in
OMS Girls Basketball history, as
the team finished the regular sea-
son in third place with a 9-4 re-
cord. We wish both teams luck as
they head into the final stretch.

Upcoming Events
Feb. 4 Boys basketball in Trea-
sure Coast Conference Basket-
ball tournament at Oslo Middle
School, 4:30 p.m.
Feb. 5 Girls basketball in Trea-
sure Coast Conference Basketball
tournament at Gifford Middle
School, 4:30 p.m.
Feb. 8 Eighth Grade Career
Day at IRCC.
Feb. 12 Eighth Grade FCAT
Writing Test.

3.0 Honor Roll
Joshua Abbate, Anthony
Abelquader, Frank Adamo, Pau-
line Aguilar, Daniela Albarran,
Heidy Almanza, Daniel Alvarez,
Jose Arriaga, Jessey Bailey, Joc-
eline Barrera, Juan Baza, Trevor
Bearden, Lois Billie, Terry Boat-
wright, Jesse Bodden, Alicia
Boland, Heather Bolen, Tiffany
Bowers, Tamara Bowers, Derrek
Boykin, Stevie Brantley, Bran-
don Brock, Katie Brummett,
Brittany Bush, Alexis Calvillo,
Randi Campbell, Tabitha Can-
non, Dulce Cardoso, Cody
Casperson, Andrew Close, Ken-
dall Collier, Naomi Cook, Aus-
tin Courson, Teresa Crawford,
Solomon Dames, Alexandra De
La Cruz, Nikki Delcamp, Araceli
'Diego, Ashlalee Dreher, Tristan
Dubois, Cynthia Eddings, Har-
lie Elliott, Cain Elliott, Daniel
Eng Joshua Engler, Magda-
lena Esquivel, Joshua Eustace,
Jordan Faircloth, Jacklyn Fertig,
Jazmin Franco, Khadijah Frank-
lin, Alex, Gaitan, Sarai Gomez,
Megan Hall, Madison Hanner,
Elizabeth Hans, Sierra Harrigan,
Carson Harris, Lauren Hazellief,
Yolanda Hernandez, Dezare'
Hernandez, Katie Hill, Destiny
Hughes, Savanna Hunter, Vic-
toria Hyatt, Nicole Ihle, Joshua
Jenkins, Karla Jimenez, Rosa
Jimenez-Torres, Onchelle Jolly,
Katelynn Jolly, Robyn Jones,
John Kamykowski, Sebastian
Kelley, Bryan Levins, Billie Sue
Levitt, Jessica Luna, Allyson
Matthews, Michael Mayer, Sean
McCrory, John Alan Mericle,
Nicholas Methner, Monica
Mitchell, Kimberly Mullin, Tea-
gan Mullins, Samantha Murphy,
Ashely Murray, Rosendo Navar-
ro, Eva Navarro, Daniel Nelson,
Kayla Nelson, Kyle Nichols, Tad
Norman, Clayton Norsworthy,
Brianna Nunez, Beatrice Oliva-
res, Flor Olvera, Kaylee Peaden,
Oscar Pinon, Ashley Pitt, Taylor
Poiter, Patricia Porter, Steven
Price, Noah Pulitzer, Jenni-
fer Ranftle, Lucas Richey, Tara
Rock, Margaret Ruede-Mckane,
Erica Ruiz, Steven Russo, Patri-
cia Sanchez, Araceli Sanchez,
Tim Saylor, Alyssa Saylor, Ma-
randa Serrano, Donald Sheldon,
Destiny Shreves, Sierra Shuey,
Kathy Simmons, Markita Sheen,
Daniel Skinner, Jacob Smith, Ke-
nia Soto-Chamu, Amber Sparks,
James Stafford, Andrea Stark,
Nathaniel Steen, Bryan Stokes,
Sierra Story, Nicholas Suarez,
Tabetha Tabor, Bobby Tarsek,
Cheyenne Thibodeau, Patsy
Thomas, Dalton Thomas, Devon
Tindall, Nikki Tomlinson, Ocean
Tyner, Jadie Underhill, Jessica
Vasquez, Jessica Wackier, Kourt-
ney Wainer, Mariah Watford,
Gavin Wilinski, Eric Williams,
Stephon Williams, Autumn Wof-
-ford, Alexis Wolfinger, Elizabeth
Yanez, Johnny Young.

3.5 Honor Roll
Heather Abner, Cheyenne Ar-
nold, Jesus Arteaga, Mary Baker,
Natasha Bayless, Jordan Bolan,
HannaBostwick, AngelinaBucio,
Kourtney Buhlmaier, Alex Cam-
pos, Amairany Carias, Wendoly
Castaneda, Allison Chandler, Al-
lison Chapman, Danielle Crane,
Kutter Crawford, Brittany Duran,
Angel Fish, Dezirae Fonseca,
Erica Frederick, Lauren Fusco,
Diana Gaona, Delfino Garcia,
Jose Garcia, Mary Gomez, Riley
Green, Lauren Halliday, Sarah
Hawthorne, Vicki Hawthorne,
Denise Holmes, Maria Jaimes,
Jesus Jaimes, Jessica Jimenez,
Jaymee Johnson, Dillon Jones,
Steven Kasik, Edward Kissam,
Jenna Kissam, Joseph Lepere,
Ben Levins, Heather Lowry, Ju-
dith Lozano, April Maldonado,
Jordan Maynard, Krista Mcgee,
Michael Merritt, Eduardo Mon-
jaras, Savannah Neese, Tad Nor-
man, Ami Nunez, Brandon Par-
ramore, Alex Perkins, Chelsey
Perry, Kyle Pope, Hayleigh Price,
Jack Radebaugh, Josh Ragasa,
Jenna Rath, Paige Rivero, Elaine
Robertson, Diego Rodriguez,
Marilu Rodriguez, Karli Rowell,
Selina Sanchez, Reinaldo San-
chez, Cesar Sanchez, Tori Sears,
Kylie Shirley, Savannah Simp-
son, Alyssa Beth Sinclair, Cade
Stokes, Caitlyn Stripling, Jessica
Suit, Whitney Sweet, Sierra Tay-
lor, Anali Torres, Alison Trimble,
Carissa Tyson, Nick Valcaniant,
Cynthia Villegas, Jordan Watts,
Chelsea Wharin, Amanda Wil-
liams, Emily Worth, Haley Yates,
Bradley Zabitosky.

4.0 Honor Roll
Brenda Aguirre, Jozle Alfaro,
Brandon Alvarez, Claresha Blair,
David Blount, Caleb Bockoras,
Thomas Close, Yahara' Cor-
dova, Jennifer Corwin, Anissa
Demezier, Berneth Anne Digao,
Sage Douglas, Clyde Durrance,
Bridget Ewing, Luis, Fonseca,
Judson Harris, Kailey Hoover,
Heather Hotmire, Jessica Hum-
phrey, Erika Jones, Darby Jones,
Benjamin Kielbasa, Thania Lib-
erato, Jake Menendez, Tyler
Milrot, Zane Moreland, 9mily
Murrow, Destiny Nunez, Kayla
Orr, Hunter Pritchard, Marie
Renfranz, Kyle Revels, McKenzie
Richey, Aubrey Robertson, Paige
Roller, Jason Rucks, Maribel
Santamaria, Danyelle Sheffield,
Alexis Smith, Brooke Snyder,
Laura St. Pierre, James Steiert,
Bethany Stuart, Lacey Thomas,
Alexis Torres, Vanessa Watt.

OMS award
winning students
Agriculture Kayla Orr,
Kaylee Peaden, Amber Sparks.
Band Advanced, Onchelld
Jolly. Band Beginning, Denise
Holmes, Band Intermedi-

ate, Dillon Jones. Effort: Jozle
Alfaro, Rodney Bass, Terry Boat-
wright, Hanna Bostwick, Katie
Brummett, Kourtney Buhlmaier,
Dulce Cardoso, Aaron Cayton,
Carlos Contreras, Mayra Cortez,
Cynthia Eddings, Adel Elhindi,
Daniel Estey, Javier Garcia,
Ryan Hagan, Sarah Hawthorne,
Vicki Hawthorn, William Holli-
day, Destiny Hughes, Savannah
Hunter, Cornesha Jarvis, Victo-
ria Johnson, Kaine Kent, Jenna
Kissam, Heather Lowry, Judith
Lozano, Jessica Luna, Monica
Mitchell, Azucena Monjaras,
Brontae Moore, Eva Navarro,
Destiny Nunez, Mariah Parriott,
Elaine Robertson, Yery Ruiz,,
Derek. Schwartz, Kylie Shirley,
Savannah Sirrmpson, Matthew
Smith, James Steiert, Sierra
Taylor, Patsy Thomas, Ocean
Tyner, Carissa Tyson, Fredy Val-
dez, Kristian Vergara, Eric Voss,
Jessica Wackler, Jalen Watts,
Gavin Wilinski, Essence Wil-
liams, Courtney Wood, Johnny
Young. Language Arts: Caleb
,Bockoras, Mary Rosy Gomez,
Lauren Halliday, Heather Hot-
mire, John Kamykowski, Greg
Lovell, Tim Saylor, Sierra Story,
Bethany Stuart. Math: Natasha
Bayless, Angelina Bucio, Tristan
DuBois, Tuff Durrance, Judd
Harris, Yolanda Hernandez,
Heather Lowry, Maribel Sant-
amaria, Johnny, Young. Music:
Nikki St. Pierre. P.E.: Mary Bak-
er, Taylor Davis, Berneth Digao,
Eddie Neal, Quandrell Ridley, DJ
Washington. Reading: Jennifer
Corwin, Solomon Dames, Jack-
lyn Fertig, Luis Fonseca, Alex
Gaitan, Jessica Jimenez, Erica
Jones, Darby Jones, Sebastian
Kelly, Emily Murrow, Destiny
Nunez, McKenzie Richey, Jason
Rucks, Araceli Sanchez, Bethany
Stuart, Vanessa Watt, Chelsea
Wharin. Science: Heather Bo-
len, Alejandro Campos, Dani-
elle Crane, Anissa Demezier,
Erica Frederick, Lauren Fusco,
Jose Garcia, Abril Maldonado,
Anthony Richardson, Danyelle
Sheffield, Nikki St. Pierre. So-
cial Studies: Brandon Alvarez,
Jordan Bolan, Bridget Ewing,
Thania Liberato, Krista McGee,
Jake Menendez. Spelling Bee
Participants: Pauline Aguilar,
Gaby Aguilar, Jozle Alfaro, Lacy
Altman, Naomi Cook, Michael
Crews, Berneth Digao, Sage
Douglas, Dezirae Fonseca, Te-
quiria Harper, Samantha Har-
rell, Dillon Jones, Matthew Mc-
Ghee, Nicholas Mitchell, Susie
Monjaras, Zane Moreland, Sa-
vannah Neese, Kari Nicholas,
Tad Norman, Christian Peace,
Victor Pineda, Derek Schwartz,
Damien Snowball, Stormy
Stokes, Lacy Thomas, Christian
Townsend. Spelling Bee win-
ner: Andrea Young. Technol-
ogy: Erika Jones, Kyle Pope.
Amanda Williams.

Submitted photo/Donny Arnold

VNA visits Expo
The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) mobile unit visited the first Okeechobee Family Health
and Safety Expo where they provided health screens for patrons who attended the event
at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center.


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OKEECHOBEE COUNTY gives Notice that it shall hold a public hearing before the
Okeochobee County Board of Counly Commissioners on Thursday, February 14,
2008 ill :00 a.m. In the Commission Meeting Room, Okeechobee C Court-
house. 304 NW Second Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida, The purpose of the public
hearing Is to consider a small scale amendment to the Comprehensive Plan of
Okeechoheo County, Florida.
The proposed small scal comprehensive plan amendment Is described as follows:
266 Trees, LLC, property owner; Steve Griffin, applicant. Request for a small scale
map amendment to reclassify approximately 20 acres from the Agriculture future
land use classllicatilon to the Rural Activhly Center classification. The change
would Increase the density for residential development from 1 unit per 10 acres to
1 unit per 2 acres and would allow for neighborhood commercial development.
The subject property is in Section 22, Township 37 South. Range 34 East, Okee-
ciobee County, Florida. The property is on the south side of SR 70 West, west of
SW 87th Drive,
A copy of the proposed small scale amendment shall be available for Inspection by
the public during normal business hours at the Okeechobee County Planning and
Development Department, 499 NW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972. In-
terested parties may appear at the meeting and be heard with respect to the pro
posed amendments, and may submit written comments to the Planning and
Development Department prior to thehearing.
If a person decides to appeal any decisions made by the Board of County Commis-
sioners with respect to any matter considered at the hearing, that person will need
a record of the proceedings, and he may need to ensure that a verbatim record of
the proceedings is made which record includes the testimony and evidence upon
which the appeal is to be based.
259402 ON 2/2/08

OKEECHOBEE COUNTY gives Notice that it shall hold a public hearing before the
Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners on Thursday, February 14,
2008 at 9:00 a.m, in the Commission Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Court-
house, 304 NW Second Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. The purpose of the public
hearing is to consider an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan of Okeechobee
County, Florida and to considertransmittal of the amendment to the Florida De-
partment of Community Affairs.
The comprehensive plan amendment Is proposed to adopt a new Public School Fa-
cilities Element and new Public School Facilities Map Series, update the Intergov-
ernmental Coordination Element and update the Capital Improvements Element as
those elements pertain to the siting and concurrent provision of public school fa-
cililles in accordance with the requirements of state law.
A copy of the proposed amendment shall be available for inspection by the public
during normal business hours at the Okeechobee County Planning and Develop-
ment Oepartment, 499 NW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, F.orida, 34972. Interested
parties may appear at the meeting and be heard with respect to the proposed
amendments, and may submit written comments to the Planning and Develop-
ment Department prior to the heading.
If a person decides to appeal any decisions made by the Board of County Commis-
sioners with respect to any matter considered at the hearing, that person will need
a record of the proceedings, and he may need to ensure that a verbatim record of
the proceedings is made which record includes the testimony and evidence upon
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Iron Man Winners
Iron Man winners who made it to all holiday practices are (top row, left to right) Tyler
Hayes, Robert Dyce, Kyle McGee, Tony Bonnett, Jose Medellin, Corey Krom, (bottom, left
to right) Joseph Menendez, Zac Norris, David Almazan, Justin Booth, David Sanchez, and
Coach Jahner.

Wrestlers in mix for district title

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Senior Award Night
Okeechobee High School Wrestling Senior Award night. Wrestlers and coach, (left to
right) are: Robbie Harrell, Caleb Smtih, Coach Jahner, Robert Dyce, Matthew McPeak, (not
pictured) Ignacio Orozco.

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Fort Pierce might be the favor-
ites on paper for Saturday's dis-
trict championship but they still
will have to win it on the mat.
Okeechobee will vie for their
second consecutive district cham-
pionship and they expect to put
up a good fight against the Co-
bras, Martin County and Treasure
"I figure we can make a pretty
good run at this," Brahman Coach
Bruce Jahner said, "We'll bring 12
wrestlers and I think we have a
good chance for 10 kids to make
the regional and maybe bring
home four district champions."
Robbie Harrell, the defending
district champion at 103 pounds,
Michael Brishke, the defending

Sports News

in Brief

March for Babies
benefit slated
OkeechobeeSeacoast National
Bank will hold the 6th Annual Bass
Tournament to benefit the March
of Dimes/March for Babies on Sat-
urday, Feb. 23. The tournament will
be held at Okee-Tantie Maring..
Early registra:in is available at or by
picking up an application at any
Seacoast National Bank location.
The tournament is based on a 100-
(2 angler) boat field, 1st place pay-
out will be 3,000, 2nd place $1,500,
3rd place $750, 4th place $500 and
5th place $250. Biggest fish pays
$1,000. A smaller field will result
in lower, prorated payouts. Ad-
vance registration will be dosed on
Feb. 20. Anglers will begin at safe
light with a weigh-in at 3 p.m. The
cost of the tournament is $110 per
The general public is invited to
attend the weigh in and participate
in the 50-50 drawing. Come on
but and help support the March of
Dimes/March for Babies!

U.S.C.G. Flotilla
seeks new members
1, The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
Flotilla 57 in Okeechobee is seeking
new members to become involved
in the Auxiliary's programs.
The Auxiliary is a volunteer
service organization composed of
then and women Who actively sup-
port recreational boating safety and
other Coast Guard missions.
The Auxiliary also provides rec-
reational boating safety support to
sate and local authorities.
Members could be involved in
patrols, communications, admin-
istration, seamanship, piloting/
navigation, weather or search and
For information, call (863) 763-

Bass Club
meets monthly
The Taylor Creek Bass Club
meets at the Buckhead Ridge
VFW Post 9528 on the second
Thursday of each month. Tour-
naments are held the following
weekend. New boaters and (es-
pecially) non-boaters are, wel-
come. For information call Dave
Stout at (863)467-2255
The club also sponsors and
presents the annual Lee McAllister
Memorial Kid's Fishing Festival.

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champion at 112, Donny Bush,
a two time defending champion
who is unbeaten in conference
this year at 145, and Tyler Hayes,
another two time defending dis-
trict champion at 152 pounds will
lead the way for Okeechobee.
A lot of Okeechobee's hopes
for a district championship will
depend on the efforts of other,
more anonymous wrestlers.
Matthew McPeak at 140, Josh
Gruber at 119, Zac Norris at 130,
and Caleb Smith, at 160, all have
the ability to win some matches
Saturday. They will have to get
Okeechobee some points for the
squad to win the district champi-
onship, Coach Jahner noted.
Okeechobee will also have
Jose Medellin, 189, Ignacio Oro-
zco, 171, Tony Bonnett at 215,
and Kyle McGee at heavyweight

competing on Saturday.
"I hope they can come in and
get some points. Everybody is (0-
0) now and so many things can
happen," Jahner noted.
Jahner expects Fort Pierce to
be tough at the lighter weight lev-
els between 119 and 140, and also
at 189, 215, and heavyweight. He
predicts Martin County will have
good competitors at 119, 125,
160 and heavyweight. Fort Pierce
Westwood should be competi-
tive at 215 and heavyweight while
Port St. Lucie has an impressive
wrestler at 160. William T. Dwyer
should be tough at 130, 171, and
It all adds up to a competitive
afternoon at Fort Pierce Central
High School. Wrestling begins at
10 a.m. and the finals should be-
gin around 3 p.m.

Submitted photos

Moxie Award
Caleb Smith, OHS Wrestling team, displays the Moxie Award that he won. The award was
sponsored and presented by Mr. and Mrs. Tom Glass.

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