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Tuesday, February 5, 2008


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County inmate
battles jailers
An Okeechobee man cur-
rently in jail, accused of fight-
ing deputies, has been charged
with additional battery counts
after he allegedly fought with
two corrections officers at the
Okeechobee County Jail.
Christopher James Fowler,
24, of N.W. 32,' Ave., was
charged with an additional
three counts of battery on a
law enforcement officer. His,
bond on the new charges has
been set at $30,000.
Page 3


Navigation lock
closed Monday
The S-65E navigation lock
at Lake Okeechobee and
the Kissimmee River will be
closed to navigation as of
Monday, Feb. 4, due to .safety
hazards caused by low water
levels in the lake. This naviga-
tion lock, which is operated
by the South Florida Water
Management District, will re-
main closed until water levels
in Lake Okeechobee have re-
turned to safe operating lev-
The level of Lake
Okeechobee was at 10.07 ft.
NGVD on Friday and is ex-
pected to continue to receO&
until significant rainfall occurs
in the area. Low water levels
inside the lock chamber have
caused the concrete sill at the
entrance and the manatee
protection device installed in
the bottom of the lock cham-
ber to become a navigation
hazard. Additionally, the lake-
ward approach to the naviga-
tion lock has become to shal-
low for boaters to navigate
For more information con-
cerning this action, please
contact the South Florida
Water Management District
Okeechobee Service Center
at 800-250-4200 or 863-462-

DAR offers
A $500 scholarship known
'as the Essie D. Millspaugh
scholarship is available at the
high school. Applications are
available from Bill Black, Ca-
reer Counselor at Okeechobee
High School.

Drought Index

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

Lake Levels

10.07 feet
S Last Year: 11.64 feet

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

Classifieds........................... 9, 10
Com ics ................ 8
Community Events................ 4
Crossword 9
Obituaries 6
Opinion 4
Speak O ut................................ 4
Sports................ 5
TV .............. 10
W eather............ 2
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Double the fun: Double the fundraising

Submitted photo/Bobbi Poole
First place in the second annual Rylee's Hope Chili Cook-off went to this group from
Highland Pest Control Julie Reno, Ryo Reno, Bobby Steiret, Kari Steiert and Robynn
Werk who decorated their booth in the classic Mardi Gras style.

oylee's Hope Chili

Cook-off is a success

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The giving community of
Okeechobee came through
once again at the Rylee's Hope,
Inc., second annual Chili Cook-
off. The event doubled the rev-
enue from the previous year's
totals of approximately $6,000.
This year's chili cook-off
brought $13,753 to this orga-
nization that strives to help
families who are going through
trying times such as prema-
ture births, medical issues with
newborns, and the. continua-
tion of the result of issues with
a premature baby.
Rylee's Hope Inc. was
founded by Lee and Shana
Jolicoeur in January 2006, after
the 16-week premature birth
of their daughter Rylee Austin
Jolicoeur and her short time
in the neo-natal intensive care
unit (NICU).
According to their website,, shortly
after the passing of their daugh-
ter, Mr. and Mrs. Jolicoeur were
given the vision of Rylee's Hope
Inc. and they have been reach-
ing out and helping families
who are currently dealing with

Second place went to the Rotarian Tailgate Party made
up of (left to right) Chad Rucks, Maureen Budjinski, Linda
Rucks, and Rodney Rucks and little one in the front Lo-
gan Rucks who were all prepared to tailgate with their
chili creation.

a baby in the NICU, working
with families whose babies
have already went home but
have ongoing issues as well as
families whose babies did not

This organization has
touched many lives locally. Lo-
See Fundraiser Page 2

By Tonya Harden
Okeechobee News
Growing up in the world of
sports, Jordan Marcum always
knew she'd play college ball.
Her dreams were realized in
December when she accepted
her position as short stop with
the Miami Dade College Lady
"I knew I'd always sign,"
she said. "I'm just really happy
all the hard work paid off and
I'm going somewhere I can en-
joy it."
Jordan began her softball
career as a little girl.

She focused on what she
wanted and stayed with the
sport. She played for teams
within the Okeechobee Citi-
zens Recreational Association
(O.C.R.A), the Eliminators, the
Rising Starz, Port St. Lucie Pan-
thers and Okeechobee High
School. Playing in tournaments
around the state and out of state
helped her choose a college.
Jordan received offers from
12 different colleges, six in state
and six out of state. According
to dad, Danny Marcum, when
she looked into what Miami
Dade had to offer, "it hit her,

City considers

LDR changes

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee may come one
step closer to having a Park Av-
enue Barbecue and Grill after
tonight's action by the City of
Okeechobee City Council.
The city council will also
consider several ordinances
dealing with land development
regulations and take action to
put some teeth into enforce-
ment of water restrictions.
At the request of Brad Good-
bread, the council will hold a
public hearing and conduct the
final vote on an ordinance to re-
zone a tract of property owned
by Gagbee, Inc. from residen-
tial single family to heavy com-
mercial. If this zoning change
is approved, the entire block
where Goody's Restaurant
was located on South Parrott
Avenue will be zoned commer-
cial. That will pave the way for
a restaurant chain to come to
that property.
In a related issue, the coun-
cil will also consider a second
request by Mark Goodbread
for a developer's agreement
between the city and LaFish,
LLC, developers of Oaks Plaza,
dealing with a turn lane at the.
intersection of S.W. 21st and U.
S. 441 N. The developer is pre-
pared to offer a 20 foot right
of way on S.W. 21" for a turn

If you go
What: City of Okeechobee
City Council Meeting
Where: City Hall,
55 S.E. Third Ave.
When: 6 p: m. today

Turning to land develop-
ment regulations, the council
will conduct the first reading
and a public hearing on a pro-
posed ordinance dealing with
special exceptions. They will
also set a date for the final pub-
lic hearing on the ordinance.
The ordinance would allow for
a special exception for assisted
living centers and hospitals in
commercial zoning districts.
In another land develop-
ment regulation change, the
city will hold the first reading
and set a date for a final public
hearing on an ordinance that
would add lighting standards,
modify parking access drive-
ways width requirements foi
uses other than single-family
residents and add landscaping
As a means of enforcing
water conservation regula-
tions, the council will hold the
first reading and set a date for
a final public hearing on an
See Council Page 2

Cowboy fans

enjoy annual

ropers gathering

Okeechobee News/
Charles Murphy
Gordie Peer is still going
strong and his annual re-
. union is a must attend event
for many of the guests.
By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Seventh Annual Rop-
ers Gathering at Gordie Peer's
Ranch in Okeechobee attracted
a diverse and interesting group
of people to Okeechobee.

They spent the weekend
watching old western movies,
and learning more about their
hobbies, roping, whips and
knife throwing.
Mr. Peer said he was re-
ally happy with the turnout this
year and loves to see all his own
friends and colleagues come to
his ranch each year.
"We have people here from
several states, Ohio, Illinois,
and even two girls from Swe-
den," he said proudly.
The four day event, which
started Thursday, included
classes in ropes, whips, guns,
knife and hatchet throwing and
yodeling. Contests were held in
whips, ropes and knife throw-
KG and the Ranger and the
Cunninghams were among
those who provided entertain-
ment. There was also plenty
of cowboy camaraderie and
Mr. Peer, who can refer to

See Cowboys Page 2

she knew that was the school-
Jordan was offered the short
stop position for all 12 colleges
but no other school compared
to what Miami Dade had to of-
fer. Her scholarship included
full tuition, paid books and lab
fees, a stipend for electric, laun-
dry and food and even a fur-
nished apartment. The housing
arrangements were the kicker Okeechobee News/Tonya Harden
in the decision making pro- Flanked by her parents, Danny and Teresa Marcum, while OHS
cess; only the top six recruits softball coach, Heather Stillians watches, Jordan Marcum signs
received this option. her contract on Saturday, Feb. 2, to play for the Miami Dade Lady
Sharks. As the pen scratched the paper the room was buzzing
See Marcum Page 2 with the words "she's signing her life away" and laughter.
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for Miami-Dade College


2 Okeechobee News, Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Many of Jordan Marcum's past coaches came to her signing
party Saturday, Feb. 2 to wish her a warm farewell and good
luck. OHS softball coaches (left to right) are: Heather Stillian
and Kim Hargraves, Jordan Marcum, Gail Hilling coach of the
Eliminators and Sue Stites manager of the Eliminators.

Continued From Page 1
"Jordan even got the jersey
number she wanted," said her
A signing party was held in the
OHS cafeteria Saturday, Feb. 2 in
recognition of Jordan's achieve-
ment. Many were there to wish
her luck, offer words of encour-
agement and to remember all
that Jordan has accomplished in
her softball career so far.

Continued From Page 1
Clayton Moore and Lash Larue
as close friends, is a former stunt
man and performer in western
movies and shows. He now dedi-
cates a lot of his time to teaching
people the skills he learned about
the old west.,
Mike Wooldridge of Naples,
Fla., said he has been at this event
a couple of times but always loves
to come back. He said he hated it
last year when he had to miss the
event due to a bad flu.
"It's a great place. There is no
better place to be than here. It's
just great and Gordie is fantastic,"
he noted.
Mr. Wooldridge competed in
some of the rope and whip tricks.
He said it is his favorite hobby. *
Rebecca Westholm is from
- Stockholm, Sweden. She is stay-
ing in the United States with some
close friends in Clareborne Texas.
At the gathering, she, learned
how to use the whip and ropes
and how to ride horses.
"I'm here to find out about
cowboys, Mexican cowboys,
cowgirls, and black cowboys. It is
a lot of fun here. I'm learning a lot
and I'm learning about the men-
tality of southern Americans," she
Ms. Westholm noted she is a
big city girl and didn't know too
much about the country until she
visited the United States. She said
she has always been fascinated by
the Wild West and has taken trips
to Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana and
Richard Hanes of Marion, Ohio
is an entertainer himself. Still he
comes to Gordie's ropers' reunion
each year to be entertained. He
once had his own circus shows
complete with high wire acts, a
unicycle act, and a fire act, which
he performed. Still he said he is
very entertained by the old west.
Adam Winrich, of Fall Creek,
Wisconsin holds four records in
the Guinness book of world re-
cords. He once cracked the lon-
gest whip on record, 216 feet.
He also had the most bull whip
cracks in a minute -- 216. Mr. Win-
rich also had the most stock whip
cracks with an Australian whip in
one minute, 272. His final record
is the most whip cracks with two
whips, one in each hand in one
minute, 420.
He noted he enjoys visiting
with the cowboys and cowgirls at
Gordie's gathering.
"That's one of the main rea-
sons, the camaraderie. You hang
out with people with the same in-

Continued From Page 1
ordinance that would give code
enforcement officials the right to
issue citations for violating water
restrictions. An uncontested cita-
tion would bring a fine of $25 to
$500. If the person wishes to con-
test the citation, they could go to
the county court or the city code
enforcement board. If either one
of the bodies determines the per-
son has violated water restrictions
they could be fined an amount
not to exceed $500.
In other action the council, is
expected to:
*consider a temporary street
closing submitted by Okeechobee
Main Street to close S.W. 41 Ave-
nue between North an South Park
Streets for the Top of the Lake Arts

"We've been waiting for this
for a long time and we're glad to
see her dream come true," said
her mother, Theresa Marcum, as
she choked back tears.
Attending the signing party
were family members, friends and
past coaches -- those who helped
her improve her skills along the
way and those who offered sup-
port through it all.
Those at the celebration re-
flected on the times when "she
would play hurt" and the times
when dad would "come home

Eliminators coach of five years, Gail Hilling, showed her sup-
port for Jordan Marcum and the path she is embarking on
throughout the evening. "I'm confident she'll do well," said
Mrs. Hilling.

with bruises, a bloody nose and
everything else."
Her father has been one of her
biggest supporters.
"He rarely missed a practice or,
a game. He was always there for
her," said Mrs. Marcum.
Mr. and Mrs. Marcum offered
thanks to all of Jordan's past
coaches and recognized them
for what they've given her: Car-
rie McCullough, Rick Hargraves,

Jeff Sheffield, Steve Hargraves,
Kim Hargraves, Bob Kimmerson,
Gail Hilling, Heather Stillians and
Sue Stites. All are certain she "is
gonna do well," as Gail Hilling
put it. Mrs. Hilling, who has been
Jordan's coach for the Elimina-
tors for the past five years, said
she knows it's "going to be hard
to find another player as dedicat-
ed and disciplined, one who is a
good team player."

Richard Best paints a good picture of Buffalo Bill. He actually puts on his own Wild West
show with his wife.

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Rebecca Westholm of Swe-
den is learning a lot about
cowboys and their skills dur-
ing her trip to Okeechobee.
terests. They are good people. It's
a good time," he said.
Richard Best, who has a Wild
West show himself, appears like
Buffalo Bill did 130 years ago. He
has visited Gordie's event twice
now. He said the only way to
learn these skills is to be shown
them by experts like Mr. Peer.
"We want to pass on the
trade. There's no way to learn
otherwise. You learn by talking to
people and they explain it to you.
There's no way to learn it from a
book," he said.
Mr. Best said the people at
Gordie's reunion are more than

Festival, Feb. 22-24;
*consider closing the north-
south alley parallel to South Par-
rott Avenue between S.W. 10"'
and S.W 11 Streets where Afford-
able Automotive is located;
present Sammy Hancock
with a five year service award;
*present Carol John a certifi-
cate of appreciation for serving
on the board of adjustments/plan-
ning board;
proclaim the week of Feb 17
- 23 as National Engineers Week
in the City of Okeechobee; and
*consider a firefighter pension
trust fund agreement concerning
deduction of retirement benefits
for health insurance premiums.
Post your opinions
in the Public Issues Forum
Reporter Pete Gawda
may be reached at

Mike Wooldridge of Naples practices his rope tricks during
the roper's gathering on Friday.

willing to share their skills.
"The skills are dying unfortu-
nately," he said. "We are trying

Continued From Page 1
cal individuals, businesses and
civic organizations teamed up to
support the cause.
First place overall was award-
ed to the team from Highland
Pest Control. Second place over-
all went to the Rotary Club of
Okeechobee. Third place overall
went to Charlie's Lawn and Land-
The winner of the Taster's
Choice award was Paradise Land
Services and the Best Cooking
Station was awarded to Berger
The event was held in Flagler
Park where teams vied for the top
spot and had fun decorating their
cooking station according to their
own special theme. There were

real hard to keep them alive for
the next generation. Once their
lost, they're lost forever,"

groups that decorated to cel-
ebrate the then upcoming Super
Bowl and groups that wore hot
chili pepper hats.
The event was full of fun as
apparent by the smiles on every-
one's faces.
Mr. Jolicoeur was very pleased
with the turn out for the event and
looks forward to being able to
help many more families through-
out the year.
For more information about
Rylee's Hope and how to get in-
volved, visit www.ryleeshope.
or call (863) 357-2265.
Post your opinions
in the Public Issues Forum
at www.newszap.conm.
Reporter Chauna Aguiilar
may be reached at

Okeechobee Forecast

Tuesday: Mostly sunny. The high will be in the mid 80s. The
wind will be from the southeast at 5 to 10 mph.
Tuesday night: Mostly clear. The low will be in the lower 60s.
The wind will be from the southeast around 5 mph.
Extended Forecast

Wednesday: Partly sunny. The high will be in the mid 80s. The
wind will be from the southeast at 5 to 10 mph becoming south 10
to 15 mph in the afternoon.
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy, with scattered showers. The
low will be in the lower 60s. The chance of rain is 30 percent.
Thursday: Partly cloudy, with scattered showers. The high will
be in the lower 80s. The chance of rain is 30 percent.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy, with scattered showers. The
low will be in the upper 50s. The chance of rain is 30 percent.
Friday: Partly sunny, with scattered showers. The high will be in
the upper 70s. The chance of rain is 30 percent.
Friday night: Partly cloudy. The low will be in the mid 50s.
Saturday: Mostly sunny. The high will be in the upper 70s.
Saturday night: Mostly clear. The low will be around 50.
Sunday: Mostly sunny. The high will be in the mid 70s.


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New water restrictions in effect
The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) has
declared an extreme District-wide water shortage, directly affect-
ing more than five million South Florida residents and thousands of
farms and businesses.
Modified Phase III water shortage order, went into Jan. 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 ir-
rigation schedule with two "watering windows." Odd street ad-
dresses 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
Thursday 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 es-
tablishment 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 per-
The new, mandatory restrictions apply to all water from tradi-
tional 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
Because jurisdiction in certain counties is shared with other wa-
ter management districts, the SFWMD has coordinated with these
agencies to simplify implementation and enforcement.

Today's Weather

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Okeechobee News, Tuesday, February 5, 2008 3

County inmate

battles jailers

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man cur-
rently in jail, accused of fight-
ing deputies,
has been
charged with
additional bat-
tery counts
after he alleg-
edly fought
with two cor-
rections of- a e
ficers at the Christopher
Okeechobee Fowler
County Jail.
Christopher James Fowler,
24, of N.W. 32nd Ave., was
charged with an additional
three counts of battery on a
law enforcement officer. His
bond on the new charges has
been set at $30,000.
Fowler was originally arrest-
ed Tuesday, Jan. 29, on felony
charges of resisting arrest with
violence and two counts of
battery on a law enforcement
officer. He was also charged
with the misdemeanors of in-
decent exposure, assault on a
law enforcement officer, crimi-
nal mischief and disorderly in-
toxication. His bond on those
charges was set at $16,500.
Fowler was arrested early
lastweekwhen an Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
deputy found him at the home
of his brother, Jesse Fowler,
urinating in the yard while
drinking a beer, stated an
OCSO arrest report.
When Deputy Bart Potter
tried to arrest Fowler he be-
came "physically combative"
and it eventually took six more

deputies to arrest him, and his
brother Jesse.
Jesse Fowler was arrested
on a misdemeanor charge of
disorderly intoxication. His
bond was set at $2,500.
According to a report by
OCSO Deputy Lieutenant Keith
Murrish, Christopher became
disruptive at the Okeechobee
County Jail Tuesday night. Lt.
Murrish states in his report that
Christopher was cursing of-
ficers and banging on his cell
When correction officers
Eston Worth and Sergeant
John Rhoden took Christo-
pher out of his cell in order to
place him in a restraint chair
he fought with the officers and
refused to follow orders, states
the lieutenant's report.
Lt. Murrish went on to state
that the two officers then tried
to place the inmate on a re-
straint board, but as they were
walking him to the board he
threw his legs out in front of
him then spread them out,
which caused him to strike
both Sgt. Rhoden and Officer
Worth in the shins.
At one point Christopher
grabbed Officer Worth's left
hand and scratched the offi-
cer's finger through the glove,
said the report.
The report goes on to say
that neither officer wanted to
file charges against Christo-
pher, but after speaking with
the officers and the inmate,
and watching a video taken in
the jail of the incident, Lt. Mur-
rish elected to file the charges.

Judge won't lower abuse suspect's bond

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A circuit court judge denied
a bail reduction request Mon-
day of a man
housed at the
County Jail..
The man faces
charges he
abused his
mentally handi-
capped step-
children. Gale
Gale An- Eyler
drew Eyler, 59,
N.W. 17611th Ave., has been in the
county jail since his Nov. 8, 2007
arrest by Detective Ted Van De-
man of the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office. According to
OCSO records, Eyler is charged
with aggravated abuse on the
handicapped and false impris-
onment. His bond is $7(*)00.
Eyler went before Circuit
Judge Lawrence Mirman Mon-

day morning, but the judge re-
fused to lower the man's bond.
Eyler was arrested after he
reportedly whipped his step-
daughter with a leather tool
belt and had reportedly choked
his stepson. Although the step-
daughter and stepson are both
in their 40s, Detective Van De-
man said their mental capacity
is that of young children.
The investigation started
when Officer Chad Troutman
of the Okeechobee City Police
Department (OCPD) handled
a complaint from a school that
dealt with the possible physical
abuse of the female victim.
The case was then handed
over to OCPD Detective Bill
Saum who saw to it that the
victim was taken to Raulerson
Detective Van Deman was
given the case after Detective
Saum spoke with the victim and
her caretaker and learned that

the alleged abuse took place in
the county.
The OCSO investigator said
the female victim had bruising
that covered her entire buttocks
area and continued around to
the sides of her hips. The bruis-
ing, he continued, extended
from the woman's lower back
to the back of her knees. He said
there were also striations visible
in the bruising that indicated the
injury was caused by a strap.
The strap, said Detective Van
Deman, was actually a 13/4-inch
leather tool belt.
Detective Van Deman said Ey-
ler also dragged a fence post into
the living room of the home they
shared and bound the woman's
hands and feet to the post with
duct tape. He reportedly left her
tied to the post and lying on the
living room floor for about 90
minutes, added the detective.
Detective Van Deman esti-
mated the woman's emotional

maturity to be that of a 5-year-
The OCSO detective went
on to state in his arrest report
that the woman's brother was
also abused. The report states
that Eyler had allegedly pushed,
choked and yelled at the male
victim. The male victim, said
Detective Van Deman, is also in
his 40s and has a mental capac-
ity similar to that of the female
The caretaker for the chil-
dren reportedly told Detective
Van Deman that she feared Eyler
and would sleep with a baseball
bat because he was living in the
The mother of the siblings
died a little over a year ago and
in her will she stated that she
wanted her close friend to be
her children's caretaker. She
also stated in her will that Eyler
could live on the premises if he

Arrest Report

The following individuals
were arrested on felony or driv-
ing under the influence (DUI)
charges by the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO),
the Okeechobee City Police De-
partment (OCPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Flor-
ida Fish and Wildlife Conser-
vation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
James Chatman, 66, N.E.
11t" St., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Jan. 29 by Deputy S.
Green on a charge of aggravat-
ed battery. His bond was set at
$1,000. .
Paul Joseph Dominguez,
42, N.E. 128"1 St., Okeechobee,
was arrested Jan. 30 by Deputy
Robbie Lamb on a St. Lucie
County warrant charging him
with driving under the influ-
ence with priors. He is being
held without bond.
Justin William Bailey, 18,
S.R. 60, Okeechobee, was ar-

rested Feb. 1 by Deputy Sergeant
J. Royal on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him
with violation of probation
- possession of oxycodone and
violation of probation pos-
session of marijuana under 20
grams. He is being held without
bond. .
Katherine Hudson, 30,
N.E. Sixth St., Okeechobee, was
arrested Feb. 1 by Deputy Sgt. J.
Royal on an Okeechobee Coun-
ty warrant charging her with
violation of probation posses-
sion of oxyc.odone. She is being
held without bond.
Kristen Lynn Barker, 34,
N.W 3411 Ave., Okeechobee,
was arrested Feb. 1 by.Deputy
Sgt. J. Royal on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging her
with failure to appear obtain-
ing a controlled substance by
fraud (two counts). Her bond
was set at $2,500.
Douglas Brian Morey, 46,
U.S. 441 S.E., was arrested Feb.

1 by Deputy Joseph Gracie on
a warrant charging him with
the felonies of battery on a law
enforcement officer, resisting
arrest with violence and failure
to appear battery on a law en-
forcement officer. He was also
charged with the misdemean-
ors of driving under the influ-
ence and driving without a valid
driver's license. His total bond
was set at $1,500.
Douglas Alan Trimnal, 24,
N.E. 10th Lane, Okeechobee,
was arrested Feb. 1 by the
OCPD on a warrant charging
him with violation of probation
- battery on a law enforcement
officer, assault on a police offi-
cer and attempted escape. His
bond was set at $2,500.
Daniel Joseph Frost, 60,
S.W. 1911 Lane, Okeechobee,
was arrested Feb. 1 by'Deputy
Adrian Rogers on a charge of
driving under the influence. His
bond was set at $2,500.
William S. Riley, 56, Church

Grove Road, Benton, Ky., was
arrested Feb. 1 by Deputy Justin
Akins on a charge of driving un-
der the influence. His bond was
set at $2,500.
Victor Walker, 43, S.E. 30th
St., Okeechobee, was arrested
Feb. 2 by Deputy Sara Green on
a Palm Beach County warrant
charging him with burglary of
a structure or conveyance. His
bond was set at $3,000.
Scott Alan Brady, 45, was
arrested Feb. 3 by Officer Russ
Cale on a Brevard County war-
rant charging him with failure
to appear purchase and pos-
session of cocaine. He is being
held without bond.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless other-
wise stated. Anyone listed here
who is later found innocent or
has had the charges against
them dropped is welcome to
inform this newspaper. The
information will be confirmed
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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
EXPO: This is in reference to the Health and Safety Expo. I
would just like to say that I appreciate the committee and coordi-
nators of this event. My family had a great time. There were lots of
giveaways, and fun for the kids. They really enjoyed the fire fighters
and the demonstrations. There was so much for everyone, along
with informative information. I hope it becomes an annual event.
Hats off to the people who put it on.

SCHEDULING: I notice there is a lot going on this weekend
and the next few weekends. Why do they do that? Why have all
of the special events and festival in the same few weeks and then
nothing to do the rest of the year. It just seems so silly. I can under-
stand they have to schedule the County Fair to coincide with the
livestock sale and the livestock sale has to do with the 4-H and FFA
schedule. So that one has to be certain days. But the other events
could move around a bit, and not crowd it all into a few weeks.
How about having one of the festivals or fairs in the fall?

SYMBOLS AND RACISM: When one in ten people born since
Martin Luther King know nothing about the man other that he "had
a dream," the attack on the Confederate flag has emerged as an
easy, effective way to pressure want to-be elected officials by incit-
ing inflammatory racial discussion that most folks would rather
not take part in. It is easy to attack a piece of cloth. You can assign
whatever meaning you want to it because it doesn't talk back. It
doesn't talk back because of deconstructionist history being taught
in schools and the lack of motivation to actually read history books.
The latest in what is sure to become a long list or racist items or
symbols is a noose. In and of itself, a noose is a knot in a piece of
string or rope and there probably have been people hung from
all races. Lincoln himself ordered the execution by hanging of 39
Sioux men but nobody talks about that. It is still called the "Larg-
est Mass Execution in American History." Newspapers and news
readers on television have been reduced to reporting sightings of
nooses (knots) hanging in various parts of the country. It became
a very hot topic during Halloween. People of all races should de-
vote some effort to reading African American authors as well as
discovering great African American people from history. There are
men and women because of their sacrifices, courage, and intel-
ligence have made life better for all of the.citizens on the planet.
Visit Tuskegee some time and the home of George Washington
Carver and the famous Airmen and do this in the spirit of learning.
Pick up a copy of 'The Souls of Black Folk' by William DuBois and
see what, in part a least, influenced Martin Luther King. Although a
Marxist who late in life renounced his U.S. citizenship and moved
to Ghana, he was an unparalleled wordsmith that brought what it
means to be a 'Negro in the American World' to the masses.

FESTIVAL: When did the Speckled Perch Festival move to Feb-
ruary? It has been in March since I moved to Okeechobee in 1992.
Editor's note: The festival was moved to February this
year so it would not be the same week as the county fair.

PUBLIC FORUMS: There appears to be a general consensus of
- public opinion that the Okeechobee Board of County Commission-
ers is not responsive and listening to the general public, and that
personal, political and special interests have more influence than
public interests in the decisions and actions of the county govern-
ment. That said, I suggest that concerned citizens and civic groups
organize a letter writing campaign requesting that the BOCC con-
duct a minimum of a once-a-month, 7 to 10 p.m. public forum, in a
meeting location sufficiently large for the purpose, such as the high
school auditorium, to permit citizens to publicly address the Board
with their concerns and questions, and to receive information and
explanations to such at that time. Each speaker would be allot-
ted five minutes. The county administrator and department heads
should also be present to respond, if needed. In my opinion, too
much of local public opinion is based upon hear-say, half-truths,
outright lies, and perceptions rather than reality. The purpose of
the proposed county forums would be to dispel such misinforma-
tion and provide a factual basis for informed public opinion.

TESTING: Like a lot of folks in this state, I have a job. I work,
they pay me. I pay my taxes and the government distributes my
taxes as it sees fit. In order to get a paycheck, I am required to pas
a random urine test, with which I have no problem. What I do have
a problem with is the distribution of my taxes to people who don't
have to pass a urine test. Shouldn't one have to pass a urine test to
get a welfare check because I have to pass one to earn it for them?
Please understand I have no problem with helping people get back
on their feet. I do, however, have a problem with helping someone
sitting on their backside doing drugs or staying drunk while I work.
Can you imagine how much money the state would save if people
had to pass a urine test to get a public assistance check?

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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, Feb. 5
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon
at Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are
open to the public. For information, contact Chad Rucks at (863)
New AA Meeting in Basinger: There is now an AA meeting
in Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian
Brethren Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are wel-
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the
Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
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 attend. There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index),
Social Security Death Index and military information available.
For information, call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Camera Club meetings will be every other Tuesday, from 5:30
until 6:30 p.m. Learn types and uses of film, speeds and technolo-
gy and how to see your world and capture it on film. Class is basic
through extensive. Registration is $20 and each class is $10. Call
Bobbi at (863) 467-2614 for information. Some of the proceeds
will go towards Big Lake Mission's Outreach.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is
invited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For
information, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets at 8:30
a.m. at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast.
For information, call (863) 467-9055.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30
p.m. in the fellowship hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's
only meeting. For information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden
Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in be-
coming a member is welcome. For information, contact Elder
Sumner at (863) 763-6076.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many
Bible truths to life. The public is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10
a.m. at the Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St. Everyone is wel-
come. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863) 467-2321.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the
church next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or
group that enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate.
For information, contact Dr. Edward Douglas at (863) 763-4320.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First Unit-
ed Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., will
be hosting God's Time -- a morning of free organized Christian
activities that includes play, instruction and interaction for parents
ant their pre-school children. The event will be held each Tuesday
from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Child care will be provided for infants
during the class. For information, call (863) 763-4021.
Narcotics Anonymous will begin 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) 634-4780.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W Third Terr., holds meetings
for persons with alcohol and drug related problems at 6 p.m. For
information call (863) 357-3053.

Wednesday, Feb. 6
Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday.
Spanish groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Chris-
tian Church, 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group fa-
cilitator. Another group meets in the Okeechobee County Health
Department, 1798 N.W. Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene
Luck as the group facilitator. There is another meeting from 6 until
7 p.m. with Shirlean Graham as the facilitator. For information,
call (863) 763-2893.
The Okeechobee Jaycees will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the
American Legion Post #64, 510 S.E. Second St. The Jaycees would
like to welcome all energetic young people between the ages of
21 and 39, who are interested in working towards the betterment
of our community. For information, call Margaret Bowers at (863)
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 Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
N.A. meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee,
2303 Parrott Ave., The Lakes Shops Suite K. For information call
(863) 634-4780.
Moose Lodge Bingo and food, food served at 5 p.m. and
bingo starts at 6 p.m. For information call (863) 763-2250. Public
is welcome.

Letters to the Editor

Rylee's Hope
chili cook-off
Just a note of congratulations
to Rylee's Hope Chili cook-off. The
booths filled with laughter makes
me think of what heaven is going
to be like. All of us getting togeth-
er, getting along on a bright sunny
day. What a day that will be!
The heart felt cause you are
doing this for, touches our hearts
that we all wish you the best in
your fund-raiser. Isn't it wonder-
ful to see such support for others,
who may need you in the future?
Many families in need, will gra-
ciously accept what all you have
done for them in preparation if
they need it. Prayerfully what you
are doing will be blessed, and can
continue for many years to help
babies and their families. Thank
you for working so hard for the
benefit of others.
Bobbi Poole

My name is William G. Ihle,
Sr., I called the President of the
United States Office on Friday
at 2:30 p.m., Feb. 1 saying what
I felt would help all Americans
and not just a tax rebate which
we may or may not receive,
which they will spend in less
than 3 weeks or so.
What we need is security
in our future. We are told on a
regular .basis that things will get
worse so everybody is scared
into a recession. My idea is not a
rebate which will be here today
and gone tomorrow, but to freeze
gas prices for the next 4 years at
the pumps so that we can have
confidence in what we have and
invest in the future. That way
we know the government cares
about the little people like me.
William G. Ihle, Sr.,

Community Events

Tuesday, Feb. 5

Fair planning meetings continue
The Okeechobee County Fair Association is continuing ato 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 Exten-
sion Office. 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 Sy-
frett at (863) 763-6232 or Dianne Spann at (863) 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. at 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, pen-
sion, and/or disability or benefit that you may be 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't 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 (863) 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-
Friday, Feb. 8

Library welcomes John Moran
The Okeechobee County Library welcomes John Moran: Jour-
nal 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 beauty beyond measure. A University of Florida gradu-
ate, Moran's photography 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.
Saturday, Feb. 9

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 music.

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O.G. & C.C. Weekly Results

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Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken
High School Rodeo
Florida High School Rodeo was in Okeechobee over the weekend at the Okeechobee
Cattlemen's Rodeo Arena on U.S. Highway 441. Goat tying was among the events the cow-
girls compete in. Goat tying is similar to calf roping. The contestant jumps off her horse
and ties a goat's legs together.

J.V girls basketball team

season ends with a win

By Charles M. Murphy
The girl's junior varsity basket-
ball team finished a strong season
last Friday with a 55-30 victory
over Avon Park to improve to (14-
4) on the season.
First year Head Coach Aman-
da Johnston had a secret weap-
on in the crowd Friday as her
grandparents Harold and Lo-
retta Johnston of Flint, Michi-
gan, were on hand.
"I'm very pleased with how
the season went, we have a good
team," she noted.
Key players this year included
Markeisha Youmans, Graciela
Varela and point .guard Gaby
Borja, a freshman.
Mrs. Johnston attended
Olivet College in Lansing, Michi-
gan before she took the job in
North Elementary Principal
Pat McCoy and her husband are
big basketball fans. They usually
are in attendance for girl's basket-
ball games.
Koby Kreiger of Okeechobee
finished 17th overall in last week's
FLW Eastern Division Event on
Lake Okeechobee. He took home
$12,000 for his efforts.

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Three amateur fishermen from
Okeechobee all fared well in the
tournament. Don Howard, fin-
ished 16th. He took over $1,400.
Eric Kindell finished 70th and
earned $800. Glenn King, 97th
place, finished out of the money.
Chris Cyr walked on at Indian
River Community College to give
his baseball career another shot.
He was red shirted and could be
in the mix for next year.
Devon Venables must be

surprised he hasn't gotten a col-
lege scholarship. He is the two
time winner of the Brahman
golden bat award as the team's
best hitter. He attended an open
tryout recently at Polk Commu-
nity College.
John Grace, two time de-
fensive player of the year for the
Canadian Football league, battled
through an injury plagued 2007
for the Montreal Alouettes.
He played in only one game and
had two tackles. He is now a free
agent. Mr. Grace, 31, is one of
the greatest Brahman football
players in history.
Brahmans girl's basketball
finished their season Tuesday
with a loss in their district tourna-
ment to Fort Pierce Westwood.
Okeechobee still finished the
season (10-9), the second straight
year they have had a winning re-
Wednesday, Feb. 7 will be
national signing day for athletes
to attend college. A number of
Okeechobee athletes could sign
between now and the end of the
school year. Cross country, foot-
ball and girl's softball all have ath-
letes that have attracted the atten-
tion of college recruiters.

Deer season extended in Northwest zone

If you're like me and haven't
bagged that monster buck yet,
or maybe you live in the central
or southern part of the state and
haven't come to terms that deer
season's over for the year, Febru-
ary might have just what the doc-
tor ordered. You see, there's a sec-
ond phase of the muzzleloading
gun season Feb. 14-24, but only in
the Northwest Hunting Zone.
Immediately following the
close of general gun season in the
Northwest Zone, this muzzleload-
ing season offers continued deer
and hog hunting opportunities.
The best part is it occurs during
the rut in some areas and offers.
the best chance of taking a trophy
whitetail. For instance, in most
parts of the Apalachicola National
Forest and in Gadsden County,
the rut's still going strong during
this time. Also, on Eglin Air Force
Base, the rut's just coming in.
The hunt's for wild hogs and
bucks with at least one antler five
inches or more in length above the
hairline. On private land, the daily
bag limit is two deer. Bag limits
and antler size for deer on wildlife
management areas (WMAs) can
differ, so check the area's bro-
chure before you hunt.
It's important to note -- no
turkeys may be taken during this
On private lands, crossbows
can be used during this season, as
well as muzzleloaders and bows,
but you must have the $5 muzzle-
loading gun permit to hunt, no
matter which method of take you
choose to use.
On WMAs, this late season's
still referred to as the archery/muz-
zleloading gun season. Only bows
and muzzleloaders can be used --
no crossbows are allowed, unless
you possess a Disabled Person
Crossbow Permit. To hunt during
this season on WMAs, you must
have an Archery Permit if you use
a bow and a Muzzleloading Gun
Permit if you use a muzzleloader.
Bows and crossbows must
have a minimum draw weight of
35 pounds, and hand-held releas-
es on bows are permitted. For tak-
ing deer, broadheads must have at
least two.sharpened edges with a
minimum width of 7/8 inch. Muz-
zleloaders that fire single bullets,
when used for taking deer, must
be at least .40-caliber. Those fir-
ing two or more balls must be 20-
gauge or larger.
You're allowed to take deer
and hogs over feeding stations on

By Tony Young

private land, as long as the feeding
station's been established for at
least six months prior to the sea-
son and maintained year-round.
It's illegal to use bait on WMAs.
Some things you can't do dur-
ing this late season include: using
dogs (except leashed dogs can be
used to track wounded game);
shooting swimming deer; using
explosive or drug-injecting ar-
rows; using muzzleloaders with
self-contained cartridge ammuni-
tion capabilities; and using or even
possessing modern firearms.
The daily bag limit on ducks is
six, and within that six-bird limit
there can be only one black duck,
one mottled duck, one fulvous
whistling-duck and one pintail.
Two may be) canvasbacks, red-
heads, wood ducks or scaup, and
four can be scoters or mallards (of
which only two can be female).
The daily limit on coots and com-
mon moorhens is 15, and there's
a five-bird limit on mergansers,
only two of which may be hood-
ed. All other species of ducks may
be taken up to the six-bird limit,
except harlequin ducks. Taking or
attempting to take harlequins is il-
Shotguns, 10-gauge or smaller,
are the only firearm the kids are
allowed to use during the "Youth
Waterfowl Days," and shotguns
must be plugged to no more
than a three-shell capacity (maga-
zine and chamber combined).
Waterfowl hunters may possess
only "non-toxic" shot only iron
(steel), bismuth-tin and various
shot made from tungsten-alloy
are permissible. Bows too are le-
gal but not very practical for duck
It's legal to use retrievers, artifi-
cial decoys and manual or mouth-
operated bird calls. In fact, they're
essential gear for duck hunting.
Whether you decide to contin-
ue deer hunting in the Northwest
Zone, or if you'd rather take your
kid duck hunting during the state-
wide "Youth Waterfowl Days" --
February's got you covered.
Here's hoping your persistence
pays off. Take a kid hunting. If
you don't have any children, of-

fer to take someone else's -- be a
mentor. As always, have fun, hunt
safely and ethically, and we'll see
you in the woods!
Tony Young looks forward
each year to hunting the North-
west Zone's late muzzleloading
season, because he lives in that
zone and the deer are still in
rut on most of the properties he

PI.G.S. League
Jan. 28: First place-John Nickel-
son. Second place-Ben Burde-
shaw. Last place-Max Sherry.
Closest to the pin-(2) George
Guytlosh, (8) Max Sherry, (11)
Randy Ketcherside and (17)
Gary Johnson.

Jan. 30: First place-George Guy-
dosh. Second place-Levi Clem.
Last place-Russ Adams. Clos-

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est to the pin-(2) Max Sherry,
(8) George Guydosh, (11) Ben
Burdeshaw and (17) Dean Or-

Feb. 1: First place-Max Sherry.
Second place-Diana Whitaker.
Last place-Russ Adams. Closest
to the pin-(2) George Earl Goudy,
(8) Bill Kinney, (11) George Guy-
dosh, (17) Terry Malaster.

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Okeechobee Ladies
Golf Association
Mystery 9 Front
Jan. 29: First place-Barbara
Smithberger. Second place-Don-
na Davis.
Low Field
Jan. 31: First place-Dale Bryant.
Second place-Janice Rhyme.
Third place-Barbara Smithberger.
Fourth place-(tie) Sunni Adams
and Nancy Haldeman.

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Fasting may be good for the body

The Christian season of Lent
starts on Ash Wednesday (Feb. 6),
and for some that brings periods
of fasting. Fasting is commonly
used in many religions and a way
to purify the body and the spirit.
Medical research indicates
that occasional fasting might be
good for your health. A study by
the American Heart Association
found that those who routinely
fast one day a month may lower
their risk of heart disease. Fasting
is a way to detoxify the body and
to give the digestive system a rest.
It's no surprise that fasting is
most beneficial to those whose
health issues are from overeating.
Fasting is not for everyone.
Young children, who need proper
nutrition to grow, should not fast.
Pregnant women and nursing
mothers should not fast. Neither


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should anyone whose immune
system is already compromised
by disease. If you are on any pre-
scription medication or under a
doctor's care for any medical con-
dition, consult your doctor before
starting a fast. And of course dia-

betics and those with hypoglyce-
mia should consult their doctors
before considering any change in
their diet.
Fasting usually means restrict-
ing intake of solid food. Fasts.used
to detoxify the body usually in-
clude drinking fruit juices as well
as water. Generally, this is safer
than drinking water alone be-
cause juices maintain the body's
balance of vitamins and minerals.
Some researchers believe fast-
ing is nature's way of resting the
body. One theory is that fasting
resensitizess" the body's cells to
glucose and insulin. Another the-
ory is that eating less reduces the
production of "free radicals." Free
radicals are pieces of cells that are
leftover from natural body func-
tions. If the body does not purge
itself of these waste materials,

they can damage other cells and
contribute to disease.
For most healthy adults, an
occasional day of fasting can be
beneficial to their health. Fasting
longer than one day is more com-
plicated. Any time you don't eat
a healthy, balanced diet, you run
the risk of nutritional deficiency. If
you restrict solid food, even if you
are careful to make sure you con-
sume all the nutrients you need in
liquid form, you may not be con-
suming enough fiber.
Before making a change
in your diet or exercise plan,
consult your doctor. This is
especially important if you
are on any prescription med-
ications. Some drugs interact
badly with foods that would
otherwise be considered

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John W 'Jack' Hill
John W "Jack" Hill, 73, of
Okeechobee and a summer resi-
dent of Northville, N.Y. died Satur-
day, Jan. 19, 2008 at his summer
home. He was born in Chateau-
gay, N.Y. on Feb. 3, 1934 to John
J. and Lucille Stevens Hill. He was
a graduate of Chateaugay High
School Chateaugay, N.Y. Class
of 1951. Jack was a United States
Army Veteran serving from 1952
to 1956. He was a member of
Operating Engineer Local Union
487, Miami. He was a commu-
nicant of Saint Francis Catholic
Church of Northville, N.Y and
Sacred Heart Catholic Church in
He was preceded in death
by his daughter Claudette Hill
He is survived by his wife, Ju-
dith Hill; sons, Jack Hill of Chili,
N.Y., Brad (Kristi) Hill of North-
ville, N.Y. and Karl (Lisa) Holt-
kamp of Okeechobee; brother,
Gerald Hill of Chester, W. Va.; sis-
ter, Karen Olmedo of Montana. In
addition, he is survived by seven
granddaughters, Danielle Hill,
Lindsay Hill, Ashley Hill, Zoe Hill,
Karli H61tkamp, Alicia Boland and
Ashley Boland; two grandsons,
Caleb Hill and Bryan Holtkamp;
several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited
to a memorial celebration of his
life on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m.
at the family home, 635 S.W. 85t1
A mass of Christian Burial was
held Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Saint
Francis Catholic Church in North-
ville. Memorial contributions may
be made to Mountain Valley Hos-
pice or the American Cancer So-
ciety. Condolences may be made
to the family online at www.

Adolph Emil Kuzniar
Adolph Emil Kuzniar, age 86
of Okeechobee died Saturday,
Feb. 2, 2008 in Raulerson Hospi-
tal. Born May 3, 1921 in Canton,
Ill., he had been a seasonal resi-
dent of Okeechobee since 1994
and was a member of St. Mary's
Catholic Church in Canton, Ill.,
and the Knights of Colimbus of
Canton, Ill.
He is survived by his wife,
Marie Kuzniar of Okeechobee;
sons, Stephen (Sharon) Kuzniar
of Canton, Ill., Gary (Alice) Kuz-
niar of Cuba, Ill., Randy (Dianne)
Kuzniar of Germany; daughters,
Adele (Russ) Wilkinson, Missy
(Joe) Cooper both of Canton, Ill.;
brother, John Kuzniar of Canton;
sisters, Harriett Dilts of Canton,

Ill., and Aggie Parlee of Honolulu,
Hawaii. In addition, he is survived
by seven grandchildren and two
great grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements will be
held at a later date in Canton, Ill.,
with Oaks Hines Funeral Home in
charge of the arrangements.
All local arrangements are
under the direction and care of
Buxton Funeral Home and Cre-

Patricia Coon Stones
Patricia Coon Stones, age
77 of Okeechobee, died Feb. 1,
2008 at Raulerson Hospital. Mrs.
Stones was born Dec. 25, 1930
and was a homemaker and of the
Baptist faith. Mrs. Stones came to
Okeechobee from New York in
Mrs. Stones is survived by her
two daughters, Tania N. Stones
of Okeechobee and Ruth Ann
Stones of Arizona; sons, George
Stones of California and Walter
Stones of Virginia; five grandchil-
dren; and three great grandchil-
No services or visitation will
be held.
Friends my sign the guest
book at www.bassokeechobee-
, All arrangements are entrusted

to the care of Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home and Crematory.

Huey Moore
Huey Moore, age 72, of Moore
Haven died Feb. 4, 2008. He was
born April 29, 1935. He came
to Moore Haven from Illinois in
1990. He was of Baptist faith.
Mr. Moore is survived by his
wife, Dorothy Moore of Moore
Haven; sons, Kenneth Moore of
California and David Moore of Illi-
nois; daughter, Connie Muskos of
California; three stepsons, John
Manna of Louisiana, Robin Reyes
of Mexico and Ryan Mastrus of
Tennessee; brother, Walter Moore
of Illinois, eight grandchildren;
and two great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be an-
nounced at a later date.
Friends my, sign the guest
book at www.bassokeechobee-
All arrangements are entrusted
to the care of Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home and Crematory.

Elizabeth 'Betty'
Elizabeth "Betty" Williams, age
96 of Okeechobee, died Saturday,
Feb. 2, 2008 in the Okeechobee
Health Care Facility. Born Oct.

29, 1911 in Pennsylvania she had
been a resident of Okeechobee
for the past 2 1/2 years and at-
tended the Okeechobee Presby-
terian Church.
She is preceded in death by her
husband, Herbert H. Williams.
She is survived by her sons,
Douglas (Victoria) Williams of
Okeechobee, John Williams of
San Diego, Calif.; granddaughter,
Wendi (Mark) Blaha of Leba-
non Ohio;, great-grandsons, Nick
Blaha and Zach Blaha, both of

Lebanon Ohio.
There are no service plans..
Friends may send condolences to
The family would like to ex-
press their heartfelt gratitude
to the staff of the Okeechobee
Health Care Facility for the excel-
lent care and kindness they pro-
vided to Mrs. Williams during her
All arrangements are under
the care and direction of Buxton
Funeral 'Home and Crematory.

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Health News in Brief

Free memory loss screenings
On Friday, Feb. 15 the Alzheimer's Association will have free mem-
ory loss screenings at the Visiting Nurse Association, 208 S.E. Park St.,
Okeechobee. Appointments are needed. Please call Donna True at
800-861-7826 Ext. 1 or 772-285-6291. Screenings are for anyone, any
age that is concerned about memory loss. Screenings conducted by
staff from St. Mary's Memory Disorder Center.

Red Cross class dates slated
The American Red Cross classes offered for the month of February
are as follows: Thursday, Feb. 7.- First Aid Basics; Wednesday, Feb.
13 Infant & Child CPR; Thursday, Feb. 21 Adult CPR; All classes are
held at 6 p.m. at the local office located at 323 N. Parrott Ave. For more
information call (863) 763-2488.

Healthy Start Board of Directors to meet
The Board of Directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition
will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 11:30 a.m. in their office, located
at 575 S.W. 28"' St.; within the New Endeavors School Building. This
meeting is open to the public. For information call Kay Begin at 462-

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

Nutritional Analysis class offered
Monday, Feb. 11 at 5:30 p.m. Dr. Edward Douglas will be teaching
a CRA Nutritional Analysis class at Douglas Chiropractic and Fitness
Center. For information call 763-4320.

1 Free memory loss screenings
Friday, Feb. 15, the Visiting Nurse Association will offer free mem-
ory loss screenings which will be sponsored by the Alzheimer's Asso-
ciation. The screenings are free, but you must make an appointment.
Appointments will be available from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on that
day. To make an appointment ahead of time, please call Donna True,
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, at 800-861-7826, Ext. 1 or 772-285-

Diabetes Support Group 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 coordina-
tor, Wanda Haas, R.N., B.A., C.D.E., C.P.T., at 763-5093.

Freedom from Smoking classes open
The Okeechobee County Health Department (OCI-ID) offers a To-
bacco Prevention and Education Program for the community.
The purpose of the program is to reduce adult and youth tobacco
use, and provide tobacco resources to residents, businesses and com-
munity organizations in the county. Freedom from Smoking classes
will be held every Tuesday at the Okeechobee County Public Library,
206 S.W 16"' St., from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m.
For information, call (863) 462-5781.

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

Red Cross offers HIV/AIDS course
The American Red Cross-Okeechobee Branch offers a basic HIV/
AIDs instruction course that complies with Florida employment re-
quirements for individuals working in various vocations. This is a self-
study course that includes text work and the successful completion of
a multiple choice written test. The cost of the course is $15. Call the
local Red Cross office at (863) 763-2488 for information.

Addiction consultation offered
Problems with drug or alcohol 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

Cancer support group to meet
Okeechobee County Cancer Support Group meets on the first
Thursday of each month. All cancer patients, survivors and support-
ers are welcomed to attend, support and encourage each other. They
meet the first Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at First Baptist'
Church, 401 SW 4'h Street, Okeechobee, FL 34974 (entrance is the
door to the W in front of church). Please contact Susie Pickering at
(863) 467-5831 or First Baptist Church at (863) 763-2171 for more in-

Healthy Start group seeks donations
The Healthy Start Coalition is accepting donations of baby items
such as furniture, shoes, clothing, maternity clothes, strollers and oth-
er 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) 462-5877.

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The American Cancer Society is recruiting volunteers who are in-
terested 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 funding, educate the community, deliver
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 begin 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) 634-4780.
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.

Blood donors are needed
Florida's Blood 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 accepted. A picture ID is needed for
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At the Movies
The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatre,
Movie times for Friday, Feb. 1
through Thursday, Feb. 7, are a,
Theatre I -"No Country foi
Old Men" (R) Showtimes: Fri
day at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday anc
Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m
Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday
Wednesday and Thursday at 2
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre II "Over Her Dead
Body" (PG-13) Showtimes: Fri
day at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday anc
Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m
Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday
Wednesday and Thursday at 2
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre III "Juno" (PG-13,
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15
7 and 9 p.m., Monday at 3 anc
7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday anc
Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
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POSTING DATE: February 3,2008
CLOSING DATE: Until filled
SALARY: $ 50,000 $ 85, 000
The Okeechobee Utility Authority is seeking a qualified appli-
cant to serve as the Director of Operations for the water treat-
ment ( 9,000 customers), wastewater treatment ( 4,200
customers) and maintenance departments. At a minimum, job
responsibilities will include: employee and customer relations,
regulatory compliance, budget preparation, monitoring, con-
struction oversight, meetings and other general administrative
The minimum qualifications for this position shall include high
school diploma and a clean Florida driver's license. Additional-
ly, a college degree in business administration, engineering or
other related field would be a definite plus.
The applicant should be able to provide a work history, listing
job responsibilities and years of experience at previous work
assignments which would directly relate to the expected work
assignments of this listing. Applicants are expected to provide
a salary history as the well as expected salary requirements.
A pre-employment drug screening will be required.
The Okeechobee Utility Authority offers a benefit package that
includes the standard paid time off for holidays and accrued
vacation and sick time.. Additionally, various health, life and
medical insurances are offered.
Qualified applicants may send their letters of interest and re-
sumes to:
Okeechobee Utility Authority
Attn: John F. Hayford
Executive Director
100 SW 5th Avenue
Okeechobee, Florida 34974-4221

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

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The Seminole Tribe of Florida's
Family Services Dept. is now hiring
a Counselor for our Brighton
Reservation. This community based
position provides case management;
individual, family, & group counseling
intake; crisis intervention. Masters in,
Social Work, Psych, Mental Health or
Family Therapy. Min 2 yrs, exp. in field.

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Join all the people who Your new car could be In
say, "I sold it In the clas- today's paper. Have you
slifeds." looked for it?

Accounts Payable/Payroll
Experience needed, 40
hrs per week.
(772)260-6671 or

Coquina Water Management
District has an opening for
Field Superintendent.
Resumes will be accepted,
but our application forms
must be used. Our
application forms are
available at Wicks, Brown,
Williams & Co. at 504 NW
5th Avenue, Okeechobee,
FL. Applications will be
accepted until this
position is filled.
All questions should be
directed to W.M. Byars,
Chairman, 863-634-4293

Podiatry office. Computer
exp helpful. Full time posi-
tion, (863)467-6577
Local homebuilder needs
qualified Sales Professional.
Must be self-motivated &
organized w/excellent
interpersonal & presentation
skills. Flexible schedule a
must. Salary plus commission.
Call 863-763-63-76
or 863-357-2700

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attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise your
yard sale In the classl-
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Reading a newspaper
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Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
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worming & health cert. Sire
has been DNA tested, $350
& up (863)381-9234


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

Okeechobee, 2Br/1.5ba, car-
peted, ceramic tile w/appl's
incl. dishwasher, $700 mo.
+ $700 sec. (863)763-8878
REMODELED 2br, lba, 2
story apt, screened porch,
very clean, no pets.
$750/mo,.1st, last & Dep.
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Townhouse. W&D, Clean.
$875 mo. (863)634-9521
1BR/1BA, fully furnished,
$650 mo. + $350 sec.
VILLA 2 br, 2 ba,
Remodeled Kitchen, W/D,
Covered screened patio,
(863)634-3414 or 634-3251

NEW DUPLEX 3/2. $1000
per month + 1st, last &
$500 sec dep.

Brand New 3/2/2
Concrete Block
Stucco homes.
$995 Down
From $895
per month

Find it faster. Sell it soon-
er In the classifleds

3/2, 3/1 V1 or 2/1
Available, no pets, for
move in special. Call
BRAND NEW- Rent or Buy
3br/2ba, 1700 sqft, garage,
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,
Close to everything.
Dreamcatcher Realty


Brand New 3 bedroom floor plans.
Concrete Block Stucco homes.
Payments as low as $795 per month.

OKEE: 3/1 on V/ ac. Renovat-
ed, laundry, C/A/heat, screen
porch, carport. $1100. + 1st,
last, sec/refs. 305-458-8659
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage. C/Air. 1st, last &
sec. 863-467-2541 or'after
5 pm 863-634-9330

LAKEHOUSE in Lake Placid for
Seasonal rental. Furnished
with dock. (863)465-0053

Real Estate

Business Places-
Sale 1005
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

CHEVRON Gas Station, Hwy
441, across from Home Depot
C- Store, Deli, Carwash. $1.1
million. Fin avail. Broker
owner. (407)256-9081

CBS HOME 3/2/2 In gated
community. Open fir plan w/
family rm. Vaulted ceilings.
Community pool/club house.
Safe area for walks & biking.
$219,800 (863)763-7721
over 1900 sf,on 1 acre, new
paint, in/out, new flooring,
Dixie Ranch Acres,
$224,500 (321)723-6581 or
Zero Down. $999. mo.
4br, 2ba CBS Brand New.
Prices $139,900. 3824 NW
7th St. 561-248-3879 or
TWO HOUSES 120' across
front 180' down side & 40
trees in the rear. Both are 3
Bdrm and include C/Air. Also
10 Unit Building on 60'W &
1401. (863)763-8058
Love the earth Recycle
your used Items by se-
ing them hi the ctlssi-

access lot, seawall, all util.,
best buy in Isles.

Mobile Homes

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

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

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The Affordable Housing Advisory Committee of Okeechobee
County has scheduled its next regular session for Tuesday,
February 12, 2008, at 3:00 p.m. in the Administrative Annex
conference room, 456 Highway 98 North, Okeechobee,
A person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Com-
mittee with respect to any matter considered at such meeting
will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such pur-
pose, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of
the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimo-
ny and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
Stephany DuPree
Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Facilitator
259748 ON 2/5/08

The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold its regular ses-
sion on Thursday. February 14, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. in the County Commission
Chambers,. Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee Florida
Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commis-
sioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need a record of
the proceedings, and that. for such purposes, he or she will need to ensure that a
verbatim record of such proceedings is made, which record shall include the tes-
timony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based
In accordance with the Amencans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florida Statute
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Lynn Shain, no later than two (2) working days
pnor to the proceeding at 863-763-2131. ext. i, i ..... ; i or voice
impaired, call TODD1-800-222-3448 (voice) or i ii,,
CIlf Betts Jr., Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
259752 ON 2/5!08

BIG 0 Park Model, 1BR/1BA,
w/d, pool, gated community,
clubhouse, $695 mo.

Mobile Home Angels
Highlands Co., park model on
Kissimmee River, turn key,
new roof, Ig screened porch,
shed with W/D. $70,000

20x12, Lot 31, $28,000,
Land rent $310 mo. on Rim
Canal. (863)824-0044
MH 14 x 60, Fl rm, carport.
nicely furnished, Cassablan-
ca #24, 2 blk Kissmee Riv,
Hwy 78, plus '92 Olds 4 dr
98. $32.5K (812)480-9343
Shop here first!
The classified ads

Need a few more bucks to
purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used items In
the classifelds.


Boats 3005
Campers, RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles. ATVs 3035

CARRILITE '95 36' 5th Whi
w/20' alum. screen porch.
New tires. W&D. Full awning.
$14,000 (814)599-7720

low miles, black, $15,000
(863)674-0898 / 517-1019.

llutomobiles I

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

DODGE RAM 3500 96-
w/Cummings Turbo diesel
eng, 4x4 dual wheels, single
cab, exc cond, orig owner,
60K, $8,000 (863)983-5351


Notice is hereby given that pursuant to Chapters 125.35, Florida Statutes, the
County of Okeechobee will receive sealed bids for the purchase for cash of the
following descnbed real property:
A portion of the existing right-of-way (R/W) for N.E. 39th 11t Boulevard (f//a "Ce-
etery Road"- 100 feet wide), said portion of existing R/W is lying within Section
3, Township 37 South, Range 35 East. Okeechobee County, Florida, and is more
particularly described as follows
Commence at the Northwest ccimer of the Southwest 1/4 of said Section 3 as
shown on the R/W map for State.Road No. 15, Section 91020-2506. Sheet 11 of
17, last revision dated 5/8/1998, thence proceed South 8937'51 East along the
North line of said Southwest 1/4, a distance of 49342 feet to the intersection with
the Southerly R/W line of the aforesaid N.E. 39th Boulevard; thence departing said
North line, run South 48'00'03" West along said Southerly RW line, a distance of
13616 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING; thence continue South 48'00'03" West
along said Southerly RW line, a distance of 470.42 feet to the East R/W line of
State Road No 15 (width vanes) per Florida Department of Transportation Right-
of-Way Map for I, '..i nII ., "*' 17, last revisio, ,1 r 6,, ,i-i,:,'h,',j :,,] .- -,- I -hvi i z".
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erdy W lin o01 1. : :. 1 .1,i, iZ F, p F-j,-.. .1n H ,,,-i,,M :ill,1
Road No 15 (width varies) per State of Florida Department of Transportation
Maintenance Map for State Road 15, Section 91020-2518, Sheet 2 of 5, dated
1 I I P. 41 1i --, I',It.. l n 10 1i; .11j Iir, ., . .r

westerly anI i,.il .i ........ id curve, a distance of 267.14 feet to
the POINT iii .i i. ... i .' land containing 1.15 acres, more or
Property Address
The location ol the subject property is in the Northeast area of Okeechobee County
ir Section 3 Township 37 South. Range 35 East. The property is a long, narrow
115 acre 150.094 square feet) portion of N.E. 39th Boulevard East of U.S. High-
way 441. The property is referred to as the Old Cemetery Road.
SI. F 2. Okeechobee nty Courthouse, 304 N
... 1, i,,,. i i. -. H472 until 10.00 a.m. on February 19, 2008.
Bids will be opened at 10:05 am. on February 19. 2008 in Room 102 of the
mit the following bid:

the date of the bid opening. In the event closing does not occur within sixty (60)
days from the date of acceptance by the County and full and total payment of the
bid price is not paid to the County within that time period, then the security depos-
it shall be forfeited to the County as liquidated damages.
The Board of County Commissioners of Okeechobee County reserves the dght to re-
the County.
Clif Bets, Jr., Chairman
Board of County Comnmissioners Okeechobee County, Florida
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
259568 ON 2/5.12/08

Earn some extra cash.
Sell your used items in
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Reading a newspaper
helps you understand
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No wonder newspaper
readers are more suc-
cessful people!

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Health News in Brief

Just for Today

Club forms
The Just for Today Club of
Okeechobee is an Addiction re-

cover social club/meeting place Narconon offers help
where people can come to fel-
lowship or attend meetings. For by hotline and website
information on this new club,
contact Michael at (863) 634- It's heartbreaking to watch
4780. someone addicted to drugs or

alcohol lose their children, jobs,
home, health and self respect to
their addiction. Do something
about it now! Narconon Arrow-
head has Certified Chemical De-
pendency Counselors available

Muy Caliente!

to help. In your local area, call
Narconon at 1-800-468-6933 or
log on to www.stopaddiction.

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 classes. 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.

Submitted photo/Bobbi Poole
The Chili Heads sponsored by Berger Insurance were honored as
the Best Cooking Station their staff Linda Utt, Joyce Suit, Betty
Simmons, Angie Pfenning, and Cindy Maynard atthe second annual
Rylee's Hope Chili Cook-off.

Pritchards Muy Caliente chili cooks Lisa Rodriguez,
Alfred Sanchez, Julie Cox, and Lauri Hester were
smoking' hot in their traditional Spanish outfits that set
the theme for their chili at the second annual Rylee's
Hope Chili Cook-off.

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