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Publication Date: February 9, 2008
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Vol. 99 No. 40

Man accused of
abusing 3-year-old
An Okeechobee man has
been charged with aggravated
child abuse after he was ac-
cused of hitting a 3-year-old
boy and broke the toddler's
right clavicle.
Vance Farmer, 25, S.E.
57th Drive, was arrested
Wednesday afternoon and
booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail where he is be-
ing held without bond.

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Road department improving

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Even though it still has no
department head, efficiency and
morale has greatly improved at
the once troubled Okeechobee
County Road Department.
Under the direction of interim
department head, Vernon Gray,
the department has been reor-
ganized. Mr. Gray noted that the
old road department organiza-
tion was not practical and did
not provide day to day flexibility.

The old organization had five
divisions with equipment opera-
tors scattered among several di-
The reorganization, approved
by the Okeechobee County
Board of County Commission-
ers at their Jan 8 meeting, has
the department's 35 employees
divided into three divisions. The
largest division, the road services
division, contains all the equip-
ment operators and is tasked
with all routine and emergency
road maintenance. The vehicles

and equipment division is re-
sponsible for maintenance of
equipment. The smallest divi-
sion, the administrative division,
is responsible for administration,
inspections and permits.
"This is a whole lot easier to
deal with in manpower and bud-
geting," said Mr. Gray. However,
he noted that the road depart-
ment has only one mechanic. He
is looking into the possibility of
contracting out a lot of the me-
chanic work if that can be done
more economically than hiring

more mechanics.
While the number of employ-
ees is sufficient to handle the
county's road system, Mr. Gray
would like to see their salaries
The road department is still
without a department head. Mr.
Gray has been acting as depart-
ment head since the retirement
of long time road department
head Tommy Rimes at the end of
last November.
Starting April 25 of last year,
Mr. Rimes was on administrative

leave to use up is his accrued
vacation time until his retire-
ment date. His position was to
serve as a special consultant to
staff. However, Mr. Rimes did not
work at the department after an
incident in August of 2007. On
Aug. 17, Commissioner Noel
Chandler and Mr. Rimes met at
the road department, they then
left with a road department em-
ployee in Mr. Rimes' county truck
and were gone for some time. At
See Road Page 2

pre-season opener
The Brahmans boys base-
ball team managed just two
hits and made seven fielding
errors in the opener of their
pre season classic on Thurs-
day night dropping an 8-3 de-
cision to Port St. Lucie.
The Jaguars were in the
state final last year in Class
5A so the loss wasn't that
big of a surprise. However
the way it happened was.
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Code Enforcement
asks for assistance
The City of Okeechobee
Code Enforcement and Pub-
lic Works Departments are
asking the citizens for their
assistance. They are request-
ing that basketball goals be
kept off the city right of ways.
When these items are placed
next to city streets they be-
come a safety hazard. They
could be struck by emergency
and sanitation equipment.
The city right of way extends
35 feet from the center of
the street. If left by the street,
Public Works will pick up the
goals and take them to the
city maintenance yard. If this.
happens, Code Enforcement
will send the property owner
a Notice of Violation that will
require the property owner to
appear before the Code En-
forcement Board. We encour-
age residents of Okeechobee
to voluntarily comply so no
further action is necessary.

Drought Index

Current: 608
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.02 feet
Last Year: 11.56 feet

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

Classifieds......................... 9-10
Comics. 8
Community Events................... 4
Crossword.............................. 9
Obituaries.............................. 6
Opinion........... .... 4
Speak Out ............................ ..... 4
Sports ............. 7
TV ....................................... 10
W weather ................................. 2
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Gone fishing: Lake low but fish still biting



under way

By Tonya Harden
Okeechobee News
This weekend, Okeechobee
will be busy. At the top of the
list for most of our outdoor en-
thusiasts will be mudfest. Mud-
fest is an event that allows lo-
cals and non locals to get down
and dirty. Mudfest-began Friday,
with a day committed to ATVs,
According to the Mudfest co-
ordinator, all participants were
allowed Jo enter the gates on
Friday, but only the ATVs were
allowed to enjoy the space.
Today and tomorrow will be
very busy days for the Mudfest
grounds all trucks and buggies
will be out in full force ."playing
in the mud."
Mudfest located on State
Road 70 East, will be held all
weekend. Admission is $15 for
a day or $30 for the entire week-
end, camping is free. The spon-
sors of Mudfest would like to
assure the community that they
are doing their best to work
with local law enforcement to
make the event as safe as possi-
ble. They also stated that many
efforts have been made to keep
the traffic congestion at a mini-
mum on S.R. 70.
Lake 'low but
it's not bad"
Many articles have been
written recently about the con-
dition of Lake Okeechobee and
how the low lake levels may be
hurting our local economy. Ac-
cording to fishing guide Larry
Wright it's not the low lake lev-
els that have been hurting the
fishing industry, "it's the bad
press." He said that the fish are
still there and the more the lev-
els drop the further out the fish
will go to find deeper waters.
"The fish are there, they're
just more concentrated in the
deeper waters, which causes
the fishermen to be concentrat-
ed," he explained. Mr. Wright
said the lake is skinny and as it
gets skinnier those wanting to
fish may think that there are no
more fish. But the contrary is

OMS Teacher

of the Year is

Dianne Leko

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Osceola Middle School is
proud to announce Dianne
Leko as their Teacher of the
Year. Mrs. Leko is a exceptional
student education teacher who
has worked as an inclusion
teacher for 11 years at OMRS.
Mrs. Leko attended both
Coos Bay Community College
in Coos Bay, Ore. and. Itasca
Community College in Grand
Rapids, Minn. She obtained her
bachelor's degree in special ed-

Submitted photos/Garrard's Bait and Tackle
On Jan. 29 Kirby Marshall caught this 8 Ib 9 oz bass on
Lake Okeechobee. Fishing with his guide Larry Wright
Mr. Marshall, who came down from South Carolina, defi-
nitely had a fish story to tell when he got home.

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true. The fish are not gone be-
cause the lake has dried up.
Mr. Wright suggested fishing
the rivers and canals. "That's
where most of the fish have
"The river's been pretty hot

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right now," he added. With his
average caich for a day being
30 h1 45 fsh, weighing in at 9.5
Ibs, it's hard to believe the fish-
ing in Lake 0 is gone.
Mr. Wright has been a fish-
ing guide on Lake Okeechobee
for 27 years and fishes it every-
day.. "With all the bad press
lately, it makes it hard to do my
job. The majority of the people
I fish with are those who come
down to fish for a day or two.
When they read about how.
the lake had dried up and the
fish are gone, they don't want
to come down." He has faith
that his loyal people will be out
there, and hopes that the levels
get better but in the mean time,
he says he'll just keep doing
what he's doing.
With his suggestion to fish
the rivers and canals Mr. Wright
said that J & S is a great placeto
try. "The fish in there are there
to stay. The locks aren't open-
ing so they won't be going any-
See Festival Page 2

ucation from .
the University
of South Ala-
of her 15 years
of teaching
has been in
less one year Leko
which she
taught in Panama City Beach at
Beach Middle School. She be-
See OMS Page 2

SEM Teacher

of the Year is

Ms. Ellinger

By Chauna,Aguilar-
Okeechobee News
The Seminole Elementary
School Teacher of the Year is
Erin Ellinger, who has been in
her current position since Au-
gust 2006 as the kindergarten
through fifth grade elementary
music teacher.
Ms. Ellinger graduated Cum
Laude from Bethel College in
Indiana with her bachelor's de-
gree in Church Music Ministry
in 2002 and with her bachelor's
in music education in 2005
from Saginaw Valley State Uni-
versity Magna Cum Laude in
She moved to Okeechobee
to become a part of the Semi-
nole team from Bay City, Mich.
Ms. Ellinger decided to be-

come a music teacher after
the experiences she had teach-
ing voice les-
sons. She got

out of seeing
the students
express them-
selves through
music; she
wanted to be-'P
come an edu- Erin
cator. Ellinger
As a music
teacher, she has had experience
as a vocal and piano instructor
while she was living in Michi-
gan. She has continued to put
her musical talents to work as
the music director of the Buck-
See SEM Page 2

Submitted pnhot

Sweet as sugar cookies
Peace Lutheran junior pre-schoolers have been learning about community helpers this
week. Mrs. Maynor's class, (left to right) Ryan Conrad, Seth Huntley, Cuyler Maxwell,
Ryleigh Adams, Sammy Penuela, Payton Collins and Kaitlyn Brewer dressed as bakers
with their whisks and spatulas. They baked and decorated sugar cookies.
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head Ridge Christian Church. She
is very active in the community by
participating in the Okeechobee
Community Chorus and the All
County Christmas Chorus.
Ms. Ellinger has tutored third
through fifth grade students who

Continued From Page 1
Mr. Wright who is keeping him-
self busy with his guide service says
he "getting ready to get real busy."
Mr. Wright and his services can be
found at Garrard's Bait and Tackle
shop. Another suggestion for good
fishing from Mr. Wright is to use live
bait. "I know a lot of people don't
like to but Ive always said it's better
to feed them rather than try to fool
The lake may be "low but it's
not bad" according to Mr. Wright
and many of our other fishing
guides. You may have to travel out
to deeper waters when fishing on
the lake but you will find what
you're looking for. For those of you
who can't make that trip, try the riv-
ers and canals, you're sure to have
a good catch.

Continued From Page 1
gan her teaching career in 1993 at
Yearling Middle School with a self-
contained classroom for the educa-
tionally mentally disabled.
Mrs. Leko then taught at YMS
as an inclusion teacher for seventh
and eighth graders. She has con-
tinued this same role at OMS since
She is very active in many com-
mittees and workshops for children
with special needs. She is a mem-
ber of the Council for Exceptional
Children and has attended state
conventions as well. She is an ac-
tive member of Buckhead Ridge
Christian Church and is a member
of the Moose Women's Club which
supports Moose Heart, children's
home and a retirement complex
for low income seniors.
Mrs. Leko has been a mentor
for new teachers that come into
tfihe school system for several years.
She serves on the School Advisory
Committee and has served as presi-

participate in the FCAT Tutorial
After-school Program for the past
year and a half.
According to SEM assistant prin-
cipal Tracy Downing, "her dedica-
tion to this program is evident by
her obvious preparation. Before
the tutoring program begins, she
develops a teaching timeline for
each FCAT Benchmark that is test-
ed by the FCAT. She locates and

Speckled Perch
Festival today
The 401" annual Speckled Perch
Festival is happening this weekend
in Okeechobee. Beginning Satur-
day, Feb. 9 and ending Sunday, Feb.
10 the festival will have "things for
the whole family." Booths will be
open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m both
days. The Speckled Perch parade
will be Saturday, at 10 a.m. The fes-
tival will host a classic car show all
day Saturday in parks 5 and 6. The
booths will offer arts and crafts,
Seminole Indian crafts and spe-
cialty foods. The Kids Corral will be
open in the park as well for the kids
to enjoy. All proceeds from the cor-
ral will go to benefit the Children's
Miracle Network.
The Speckled Perch Festival is
a traditional event in Okeechobee,
come out and help celebrate its 40th,

dent of that committee as well.
Her principal, Theda Bass stat-
ed, "Mrs. Leko is a good role model
for her peers. She has been one of
the best mentors to our beginning
teachers that I have ever seen."
"Mrs. Leko teaches a diverse
make-up of students, therefore
needs to use a variety of teaching
strategies and resources to effec-
tively instruct her children," contin-
ued Mrs. Bass.
Her assistant principal Heather
Siler-Dobbs, expressed that "she
puts her whole heart into working
with her students, and that com-
passion is obvious to all who walk
the halls with her, both staff and
students alike."
Mrs. Leko is one of the finalists
in the Okeechobee District Teacher
of the Year selection process. One
teacher will be chosen to repre-
sent the district at the Okeechobee
County School Board meeting on
Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 6 p.m. in the
Post your opinions in the Public Issues
Forum at Report-
er Chauna Aguilar may be reached at

organizes all necessary, practice
materials and activities relevant
to each Benchmark, and she re-
searches classroom motivational
techniques that encourage stu-
dents to attain their best scores."
She also goes beyond tutor-
ing and informally meets with the
students' teachers to share ideas,
identify instructional needs and
maintain focus.

Ms. Ellinger is one of the final-
ists in the Okeechobee District
Teacher of the Year selection pro-
cess. One teacher will be chosen
to represent the district at the
Okeechobee County School Board
meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 6
p.m. in the boardroom.
Post your opinions in the Public Is-
sues Forum at
Reporter Chauna Aguilar may be
reached at



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that time, no one knew where
they went. When they returned,
then county administrator George
Long relieved Mr. Rimes of all du-
ties and ordered him to give up
the keys to his county truck. Mr.
Long then called the Okeechobee
City Police Department. The offi-
cer who responded stated that Mr.
Rimes agreed to leave and that he
would not come back. Mr. Long
said he felt that Mr. Rimes' pres-
ence undermined the authority of
acting department head Anthony
Sweet. Mr. Rimes remained on
the county payroll until his retire-
ment date.
Mr. Gray, who is also head of
the airport and industrial park,
said he enjoyed the camaraderie
of working with road department
employees. That is something he
misses in his regular job which is
mostly paperwork.
He said that road department
employees are "good people
with a lot of talent and willing to

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At their Jan. 8 meeting, com-
missioners hired Michael Frey,
former director of public works at
Lake Worth, to head up the road
department. However, the next
day the job offer was withdrawn
because it was disclosed that that
Mr. Frey was the object of an audit
at Lake Worth that recommended
criminal proceedings as a result of
his handling of city funds. The au-
dit stated that Mr. Frey made pay-
ments of city funds to a contractor
without proper authorization.
Interim county administra-
tor Robbie Chartier said she has
about eight or nine applications
for the position. However, none
of them are really qualified for
the job. It is uncertain if the po-
sition will be'filled before a new
county administrator is named.
The current schedule calls for a
new county administrator' to be
named at special commission
meeting in mid-March.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.
com. Reporter Pete Gawda may be
reached at

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lnTeal man eharYetd with assault Law Enforcement Calls

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A local man is being held
without bond in the Okeechobee
County Jail after he reportedly
rammed another vehicle with his
and threatened the driver of that
other vehicle with a gun.
Ernest Dean Willis, 49, N.E.
304"' St., was arrested Thursday,
Feb. 7, on charges of aggravated
battery (six counts), aggravated
assault with a firearm (three
counts) and aggravated stalking
(three counts).
An arrest report by Deputy Mi-
chael Hazellief of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
indicates that Willis rammed a
pickup truck operated by a male
victim at least twice with this
black Dodge pickup. The depu-

ty's report states that along with
the male victim were his 13-year-
old son and Willis' wife-.
Willis and his
wife are sepa-
rated and she
has filed for di-
vorce, added the ,
report. .
The incident
apparently hap-
pened shortly
after 8 p.m. Ernest
Thursday near Willis
the intersection
of U.S. 441 N. and N.E. 304"' Street
after Willis had reportedly called
the male victim on his cell phone
and "threatened to shoot and kill
him repeatedly over the phone,"
wrote the deputy.
As the victim and his passen-

gers approached the intersec-
tion Willis allegedly rammed the
man's truck from behind and
pushed the vehicle into the in-
tersection, stated the report. Wil-
lis then got out of his truck with
what appeared to be a rifle but,
according to the male victim, he
did not point the gun at anyone,
continued Deputy Hazellief's re-
The victim then tried to escape
by heading toward Okeechobee
when, in the 30000 block of U.S.
441 N., Willis allegedly rammed
his vehicle into the back bum-
per of the victim's truck a second
The report states that Willis did
not follow the other truck.
Deputy Hazellief stated in his
report that the rear bumper on

the victim's truck was scrapped
and pushed in on the right side.
The deputy's report goes on
to state that he spoke with both
the teenager and the woman who
told him they were both afraid
and that they had heard the man's
voice on the phone threaten the
male victim. The woman told the
deputy she recognized the voice
to be that of her estranged hus-
The teen reportedly told the
deputy that he saw Willis get out
of his truck with what appeared
to be a rifle and that he "was very
afraid the man was going to hurt
them," wrote Deputy Hazellief.
Neither the truck nor the fire-
arm had been recovered by the
time Deputy Hazellief penned his

Frankie Leon Neal seeking new trial

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A former Okeechobee High
School grid star and wide re-
ceiver with the Green Bay Pack-
ers will have to wait to learn if
he will get a new trial following
his 2005 arrest on felony drug
Also in circuit court Friday
morning, an Okeechobee wom-
an was taken into custody pend-
ing the outcome of her mental
evaluation and a local man was
sentenced for driving on a sus-
pended driver's license.
Frankie Leon Neal, 42, N.E.
15th Ave., was arrested April
21, 2005, and later found guilty
of possession of cocaine with
intent to sell and possession
of cocaine. He has been in the
Okeechobee County Jail await-
ing sentencing.
However, Neal and his attor-
ney-Samuel J. Montesino went
before Circuit Judge Lawrence
Mirman Friday morning to ask
for a new trial. But since Judge
Mirman just recently took the
bench in Okeechobee County,

he chose to let former Circuit
Judge Sherwood, Bauer, Jr.,
make that decision.
He told Mr. Montesino and
his client that since he wasn't
the presiding judge in Neal's
case that Judge Bauer should
handle the motion.
Neal is set to go before Judge
Bauer on March 7 for sentenc-
ing. The judge will handle the
new trial motion at that time.
Prior to hearing Neal's mo-
tion, Judge Mirman remanded
Connie Sue Cox to custody
pending the outcome of her
mental health evaluation.
Cox was arrested Oct. 16,
2007, by the Okeechobee Nar-
cotics Task Force on a felony
charge of possession of cocaine
with intent to sell. She was also
charged with possession of mar-
ijuana under 20 grams and pos-
session of drug paraphernalia.
Assistant State Attorney Dan-
iel Kuczler told Judge Mirman
that Cox had been arrested 19
times in the past 15 years. A lot
of her crimes included drug of-
fenses as well as thefts, he said.
Mr. Montesino, who was also

representing Cox, agreed with
the prosecutor about his client's
arrest record but blamed the ar-
rests on an automobile crash 20
years ago.
"I feel Ms. Cox is in a unique
situation," Mr. Montesino told
the judge.
The defense attorney claimed
the accident left Cox with men-
tal problems, and that an evalu-
ation was needed to determine
the severity of the 43-year-old
woman's mental issues before
she stands trial.
He then asked that Cox ei-
ther be placed on house arrest
or community control instead of
being incarcerated in the county
"At this point she.hasn't been
declared incompetent," said
Judge Mirman.
He then quashed Mr. Mon-
tesino's request and said he re-
ally wasn't concerned about the
woman being a danger to the
"Basically, I'm thinking in an
abundance of caution for her,"
he said. "There's no good op-
tion here."

The judge went on to say that
because of her history of drug
abuse he feels she "poses a sig-
nificant danger to herself" and
that he was concerned about
her complying with either being
under house arrest or commu-
nity control.'
The attorneys and judge
agreed that Cox will be evaluat-
ed by two doctors to determine
her mental competency to stand
trial. The evaluations are to be
done this coming week and Mr.
Montesino and his client are to
go before Judge Mirman again
on Friday, Feb. 15.
In his final action of the morn-
ing, Judge Mirman accepted a
no contest plea from Charles
Todd Everett and found him
guilty of driving while license
offender. Everett was then sen-
tenced to two years probation
and was ordered to receive an
evaluation and then treatment
for his apparent problem with
Everett's driver's license was
also permanently revoked.

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Man charged with abusing youngster

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man has been
charged with aggravated child
abuse after he was accused of hit-
ting a 3-year-old boy and broke
the toddler's right clavicle.
Vance Farmer, 25, S.E. 57th
Drive, was arrested Wednesday
afternoon and booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail where
he is being held without bqnd.
Detective Rosemary Farless of
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO) said the toddler
also had bruises on his back and

,torso and had an injured right ear,
She said the boy has been taken
out of his moth- *
her's care by the
Department of
Children and
Families and is
staying with fam- .,
ily members. ". .'
The detec- .*- ,
tive said the al- '
leged incident Vance
occurred during Farmer
the early morn-
ing hours on Thursday, Jan. 31.
"A -report was called into the
abuse registry Friday," said Detec-

tive Farless. .. The next day, Feb. 1, the boy's
The..OCSO road patrol divi-, mother saw the injuries, said the
sion was then notified and Dep- detective.
uty Mark Margerum took the The toddler was first taken to
report. The case was assigned the emergency room at Rauler-
to Detective Farless on Monday, son Hospital, and was taken to a
Feb. 4. After the detective ap- local pediatrician on Monday.
plied for and received the arrest The detective said the boy
warrant, Deputy Corporal Chris told the deputy that the 5. -foot-
Hans arrested Farmer Wednes- 10-inch, 175-pound Farmer had
.day afternoon. thrown him into his career had
Detective Farless indicated thrown him into his car seat.
that at the time of the alleged She added that the boy told his
abuse, Farmer was alone with doctor that Farmer had hit him.
the toddler in his car for an un- The youngster is not Farmer's
determined amount of time. child, said Detective Farless.

Local man charged

with doctor shopping

By Eric Kopp
,Okeechobee News
, An Okeechobee man is fac-
ing charges of doctor shopping
after he allegedly went to three
'different doctors and received
pain medicine
from all three.
Daniel Lewis
1131' Drive, was
arrested Thurs- ;N : V- '
day, Feb. 7, and -
charged with 4.-;"*'
,two counts of ,
'doctor shop- Daniel
,ping. He was Howell
'booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under a
bond of $10,000.
Howell was arrested by de-
tectives from the Okeechobee
Narcotics Task Force after he
reportedly went to three differ-
'ent local doctors and received
:prescriptions for the pain pills
'oxycodone and hydrocodone.
According to a task force ar-
rest report Howell had already
entered into a pain manage-
ment contract with one of the
The report states that How-

ell entered into that contract
on Jan. 18, 2007, to receive the
scheduled narcotics. The report
also states that the prescriptions
could only be filled at specific
However, on June 20, 2007,
Howell violated that contract by
getting 90 oxycodone pills from
another local doctor, stated the
report. The report also alleges
that Howell did not tell that doc-
tor that he, had already entered
into the pain management con-
tract with the first doctor.
On July 3, 2007, the man
went back-to the first doctor and
received another 60 oxycodone
pills and did not tell the physi-
cian that he had seen another
doctor and had received a pre-
scription from that doctor also,
stated the report.
The report goes on to state
.that on July 9, 2007, Howell went
to a third doctor in Okeechobee
and received a prescription for
40 hydrocodone pills. Again, he
,reportedly did not tell this phy-
sician of the pain management

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Sunday School Church
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The Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office received the following
calls from Feb. 1 through Feb. 7:
Friday, Feb. 1 -
vandalism in the 3300 block
of N.W 26"' Ave.
theft in the 400 block of N.W
36"' St.
burglary in the 7900 block of
S.W Ninth St.
assault in the 600 block of
N.W Fifth St
counterfeit bill in the 3600
block of U.S. 441 N.
Saturday, Feb. 2
larceny in the 6400 block of
S.E. 51s St.
*,burglary in the 2500 block of
S.E. 32nd St.
theft in the 35000 block of
N.W Seventh Drive
theft in the 4200 block of U.S.
441 S.
vandalism in the 2500 block
of S.W Ninth Lane
assault in the 8400 block of
U.S. 441 S.E.
Sunday, Feb. 3
larceny in the 3100 block of
U.S. 441 S.E.
burglary in the 13000 block
of N.E. 26"' Ave.
Monday, Feb. 4
assault in the 900 block of
N.W 23"' Lane
lewd and lascivious molesta-
tion in the 3000 block of N.W 10"1

theft in the 400 block of N.W
36"' St.
burglary in the 900 block of
N.E. 29"' Terrace
Tuesday, Feb. 5
burglary in the 1600 block of
S.R. 70 W
theft in the 3500 block of U.S.
441 S.E.
burglary in the 3600 block of
S.E. 25th St.
burglary in the 5600 block of
S.E. 30"t Parkway
assault in the 2900 block of
N.W 35th Ave.
Wednesday, Feb. 6
vandalism in the 500 block of
N.W 27"' Lane
burglary in the 400 block of
S.E. 38th Ave.
fraud in the 17000 block of
U.S. 441 N.
assault in the 600 block of
N.E. 13'" Ave.
Thursday, Feb. 7
*.burglary in the 3600 block of
U.S. 441 S.
burglary in the 3400 block of
S.E. 26"' St.
aggravated battery in the 300
block of U.S. 441 N.
theft in the 3400 block of U.S.
441 S.E.
Editor's Note: Only calls
dealing with either a felony or a
potential felony are entered into
this column.

Okeechobee News, Saturday, February 9, 2008


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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!
WHO YOU KNOW: I am calling about the '"who you know"
comment that was in Saturday's paper. I'd like to let everybody
know that its not only who you know that gets you a job, but if
that person you know all of a sudden no longer has that job due to
retirement or for any reason. The job you got from that person is
going to be lost because of that person. No matter how hard you
work or how good of a job you do. How wonderful your references
are, if that person you know goes, you are going to go right behind
them. And then sit back and try to find another job in this ,town.

VOTING: Isn't it the right of the political parties to decide who
their candidates will be? If you choose to be an independent and
not align with a political party then why should those same parties
have to let you vote in their primary?

DROOPY PANTS: Everyone, has a right to express themselves
however they wish. But I don't want to be driving down the road
and seeing people's underwear and rear ends. Those are supposed
to be covered for a reason or they would call it outerwear instead
of underwear. But if they pass laws against droopy pants, I wonder
when they'll start banning cleavage?

MUDFEST: I would like to comment on the Mudfest. Although
I have no problem with the mud fest being held out there, or all
the people that come to enjoy their self while there, but I do have
a problem with the traffic back up's at 6 in the morning when not
only myself but a lot of other people trying to get to work that run
late because of the traffic being stopped for long periods at a time.
I sat this morning in a dead stop for 15 minutes not even moving,
I saw the signs advertising about the delays so I left early to work,
and still ran late. Why didn't they have Police Officers out there
helping with the traffic? I hope everyone has a good time, and that
there are no serious injuries over the weekend, just please work
an a better solution for traffic control so early in the mornings for
people traveling to work out of town. Perhaps opening the gates
at a later time so all the morning working people can get through
there at a decent pace.

YANKEES: I inoved here from New Jersey three years ago.
Progress has changed things everyplace in the U.S. not just here in
Okeechobee. Yes, life was simpler back in the "good ole days" for
all of us no matter where you are from. My husband and I thought
we were returning to a simpler way of life when we retired here.
We purchased a home at the peak of the boom after the hurricanes
and were hit with tripled taxes in our first year here before home-
steading takes effect and then Wilma's tripling of homeowner's
insurance. I don't believe the Northerners did that. Fishing is what
brought us; we all know how that is going, no access to the lake,
very few fish. I believe that is from the drought -- not the "Yankees"
fishing out the lake. We have had to deal with a lot of negatives
but remain optimistic that "rainy days" will come, the impending
recession will level out, our troops will all be home soon and the
economy in Okeechobee will improve. Perhaps most frustrating is
the attitude we sometimes encounter in town when our "northern"
accents are heard. You'll take our money but do not offer friend-
ship. We come from a similar situation in New Jersey. The Jersey
Shore is invaded with "Benhies" from the city as we call them, in
the summer, taking over for three months. We couldn't wait for
them to go home and give us our beaches back. But we also real-
ized that a good portion of our economy and services the town
was able to provide was derived from money they spent, and we
treated them with appreciation and respect.

SPECKLED PERCH FESTIVAL: I read in the paper that the
moved the Speckled Perch Festival because with the competition
of the county fair last year, the festival did not make as much mon-
ey as it had in previous years. I don't see how they are doing any
better to have it the same time as the Legion Free Fair and Mudfest.
Surely those two events will also provide competition for the fes-
tival. Most people have a limited amount of disposable income.
If they take the kids to the carnival rides, they won't have much
left to shop at the festival booths. And if they are out at Mudfest, I
don't think they will clean up to come into town and walk through
the park to check out the arts and crafts. I could be wrong. Maybe
having all that at the same time will make all three events more
popular. I guess we will see.

LEGISLATION: Does anyone with a legal/political background
or knowledge know how to take an idea, and turn it into a bill for
the State of Florida?

DROUGHT: Someone needs to tell the winter visitors that we
are in the middle of drought. If you are going to wash your ve-
hicle, you should park it on the grass so that the water can be
absorbed into the ground. And watering lawns is restricted to early
morning hours one day a week. Maybe they should print up some
fliers and post them all around the lake at the RV parks.

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Looking back ...
This photo from the Florida Archives was taken in 1958. It shows the ramie mill on the south side of Lake Okeechobee. Ac-
cording to a University of Florida publication, ramie (an Asian fiber plant used to make fabric similar to linen) was grown in
the Everglades Agricultural Area in the 1940s and 1950s. Production was phased out when cheaper synthetic fibers such
as rayon and nylon became available, and demand decreased for natural fibers such as ramie. Do you have an old photo
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Letters to the Editor

Visit the elderly
A segment of our society that
I find to be the most neglected
and abandoned are the elderly.
Most of them have a pretty de-
cent meal and a place to sleep,
but mere survival is no. quality of
life. The older folk still have needs
that reach far beyond the evident.
A man or woman may be in their
advanced years and now be much
less productive with poor health,
but they still have emotions and
crave love and acceptance just as
much as the rest of us! Numerous
aged people have some degree
on senility, but they continue to
experience fear, loneliness and
frustration. They still feel pain!
I visit the nursing homes quite
often and it breaks my heart to
see some residents who need
a friend. They can't go out and
seek companionship, we must go
to them! If you have some spare
time, why not go to a place where
the elderly and bedridden live and
give them a few minutes of. your
day? Nothing could be more re-
Time is a swift transition and
it has a way of catching up with
us. We may someday wish that
someone would be there for us.
Rosemary Duvall

Stalker law
not always fair
This is in reference to the letter
stating that this month is Stalker
Awareness Month. Sometimes
this is a good law and if used for
what it was made for we need it.
This is also a law that crooked
and devious people can take and

use to their advantage and have
no concern about what their lies
cost a family not only financial,
but in their relation and family
Do you realize a person can go
and make up all kinds of lies on a
person even to the extent of filing
false police reports forging letters,
tapping in on people's personal
phone calls and if the law turns
a deaf ear to the defendant, that
person has no human rights and
are -tried and thrown into prison
on that person's say so. Do you
consider this a just and fair judi-
cial system?
I don't. It would be a differ-
ent story if there were no truth
about these allegations. So, if this
is Stalker Awareness Month, the
people should realize there are
two, sides of every, coin. And if
only one side is ever going to be
heard, how can you say justice
has been done? They may arrest
a person and send them to prison
but .who was the real criminal?
The person or people who lied or
the one they sent to prison? Some
go out of state and they even
bring them back to the state of
Florida. I don't wardt to see a per-
son hurt or killed, but I don't want'
to see a person's life destroyed
and their right to a happy and free
life and the right to love and see
their children, destroyed, just be-
cause another human being had
the political pull to do this. This is
an injustice and what better time
to make people aware this could
happen to them than the stalker
awareness month. If you're going
to arrest someone for stalking,
make sure they are actually stalk-
ing before you destroy their life.
Ann Suggs

Upcoming Events

Saturday, Feb. 9
Worship in Song at the Living Word of Faith Church of
Okeechobee, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., on the second Saturday of
the month beginning at 6 p.m. There is no charge to attend and
all Christian singers and musicians are welcome to take part.
For information, contact the church at (863) 763-6869; Pastor
Lee Minton at (863) 763-3373; or, Sister Yvonne Price at (863)
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 Stew-
art at (863) 610-1251.
Teen Talk from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Jesus Holy Ghost Cru-
sade Mission, 1401 N.E. Park St. Every teen is invited. Topics of
education include: AIDS; free HIV testing; STDs; personal issues;
domestic violence; abstinence; abuse of drugs; sex abuse; plus,
educational materials and prevention tools. Call (863) 634-9340
or (863) 357-6248, for information.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S.
Parrott Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
The Society of Young Magicians will meet from 10 until
11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Avon Park. For
information, call Dick Laneau at (863) 467-9540 or (727) 345-
Barnyard Buddies meets from 10 a.m. until noon at the
County 4-H Extension office at 458 U.S. 98 N. Everyone who
would like to be part of the Barnyard Buddies is invited, or you
can sign up at the Okeechobee County 4-H Extension office
Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. For informa-
tion, call the extension office at (863) 763-6469.
The Living Word of Faith, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., gospel mu-
sic sing at 6 p.m. For information call (863) 763-6869.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. for an open discus-
sion at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth Ave. For
information call (863) 634-4780.

Sunday, Feb. 10
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.

Community Events

Saturday, Feb. 9

Benefit for family of Johnny Lamb
F.O.E. #4137, Hwy 441 N. will host a benefit for the family of
Johnny Lamb, who was killed in an auto accident on Dec. 7, 2007.
They 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 bar-
becue dinner of chicken or pork for a donation of $7 starting 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.

Radio show discusses ongoing issues
On Saturday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 a.m. 91.7 FM and 100.3 FM will have
Kevin Henderson, Board member, St. Lucie River Initiative and Del-
egate to the Rivers Coalition, to discuss ongoing issues with the plight
of the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon. The discussion will,
be rebroadcast at 1 and 6 p.m. For information, log on to www.

BHR Moose Lodge'plans
On Saturday, Feb. 9, the Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge will host a
Women of the Moose Bingo Brunch, starting at 10:30 a.m. Come for
brunch and enjoy the games. For .more information, call 763-2250.
Monday, Feb. 11

Nutritional Analysis class offered
On Monday, Feb. 11, at 5:30 p.m. Dr. Edward Douglas will teach
a CRA Nutritional Analysis class at Douglas Chiropractic and Fitness
Center. For information call (863) 763-4320.
Wednesday, Feb. 13

Healthy Start Board of Directors to meet
The Board of Directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition
will meet ori Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 11:30 a.m.,in their office, located
at 575 S.W 281' St. within the New Endeavors School Building. This
meeting is open to the public. For information call Kay Begin at 462-
Thursday, Feb. 14

Children's services council meeting
The Children's Services Council will meet on Thursday, Feb. 14,
at 5 p.m. in the conference room of the Okeechobee County School
Board office at 700 S.W Second Ave.

Friday, Feb. 15

Free memory loss screenings
Friday, Feb. 15 the Alzheimer's Association will have free memory
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. I 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.

Sheepdog trial benefits FFA
The Eleventh Okeechobee Sheepdog Trial will benefit the OHS
FFA it will be held at the Tindall Place, 8400 N.E. 1201' St. Okeechobee
on Feb. 15, 16, and 17 starting at 8 a.m. Admission is $5 per person
or $15 per car load. Bring your lawn chairs. For information call 863-

Scrapbooking event planned
A scrapbooking cropping event will be held on Friday, Feb. 15,
from 6 until 10 p.m. at the First Methodist Church, 200 N.W Sec-
ond St. All levels of scrapbookers are welcome. Carolyn Jones will
be available to assist you with your scrapbooking questions and
supplies. Refreshments will be served and there will be door prizes.
Bring any scrapbook pages on which you are currently working. For
more information call Joan at (863) 467-0290 or Carolyn at (863) 634-
Saturday, Feb. 16

Come count birds
Everyone is invited to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count
on Feb. 16, at the Okeechobee County Extension Service, 458 Hwy
98 N. Thousands of people across the country will stop for a short
while to help scientists determine the location and numbers of bird
species. The hours are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. but you can stay as little
as 15 minutes. Organizers will provide bird feeding stations, check-
off lists and pencils. They will even send in your list to the National
Audubon Society. For information call (863) 763-6469 to sign up. You
can also stay home and participate or go to!




Reflections from the Pulpit

Submitted to the Okeechobee News
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. A love offering will be received. For more information call

Presbyterian Church

welcomes a new pastor

By Fr. Ed Skiba
Chaplain, Big Lake Hospice
Happy St. Valentine's Day! The
tradition of celebrating this day
with romantic connotations be-
gan in the 14th century in England,
although the actual martyr, Saint
Valentinius, lived in Rome about
269 AD. Over the years we have
enhanced and expanded the day
to one of greeting cards, flowers,
candy and other sighs of amo-
rous attention. The central theme
we use is love. The word love can
mean different things.
From the Greek language,
we have Philio -- which usually
refers to something we find de-
lightful. It also refers to brotherly
love or friendship. Then we have
Storge -- the love a little child
would have for a parent on which
the child depends. Next, we have
the form of love that unfortunate-
ly seems to be rampant in today's
society Eros -- or erotic, sexual
and lustful love.
The love I would like to ad-
dress is Agape -- charitable, un-
selfish and unconditional love.
It's the love that makes us forget
about ourselves and put oth-
ers first, with no expectations of

compensation. It's the love that
I am privileged to witness on a
daily basis as I visit with my hos-
pice friends and their families. I
see spouses and children caring
for loved ones who are no longer
capable of caring for thefnselves.
I see strong individuals who have
been given little or no hope for
continued health become protec-
tive of their loves ones to the point
of not wanting to burden their
loved ones with the details of their
illness or the reality of their pains.
Agape love is the wife who suf-
fers pain and embarrassment as
she tends to the daily needs of her
husband who is incapacitated by
disease of the mind or body. It's
the husband who refuses to allow
his wife to be admitted to a facility
so the he doesn't have to tend to
her needs, until the requirements
of her condition are beyond his
American society in general is
used to having their inconvenien-
cies taken care of by others. It
takes special people with a special
kind of Agape love in their hearts
to put their own lives on hold for
another. People who understand
the covenant of marriage they
entered into, and refuse to ignore

the responsibility they willingly
accepted. I hold these people in a
place of special regard.
The kind of agape love I de-
scribe is the love that our Creator
has for each one of us. It's the
love we should each have for the
person we have chosen to spend
our lives with. Hearts and flowers,
a box of candy and maybe a night
out are great. However, after the
candy is gone, the flowers have
faded and the night out are forgot-
ten, what is there? Scriptures say.
"No greater love has any one than
this, than to lay down one's life for
his friends." (John 13:15 NKJV)
How much more for a spouse or
child? That's the real substance of
love: unselfish, unlimited sacrifice
for the good of another, with no
expectation of reward. That is the
love that Jesus has for us.
How do you see the love in
your life? 1 Remember, you get
back what you give out. If you feel
you are not receiving the love you
require, maybe you're not giving
enough away.
Chaplain Ed is a priest in
the Charismatic Episcopal
Church and a retired Naval

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church welcomes their new
pastor, Rev. Loy Mershiner.
He comes to Okeechobee from
Grove City, Pennsylvania where
he served the Wayside Commu-
nity Church as an assistant to
the pastor and as the'youth pas-
tor. Before that he served as stu-
dent supply pastor of Parkview
Presbyterian Church in Chicago.
Rev. Mershimer envisions his
ministry at the church as fulfill-
ing a call to build up the body of
Christ through prayer, preaching
and teaching. He was accepted
as Minister of the Word and
Sacrament by the Presbytery
of Central Florida on Dec. 4,
2007, and will be formally or-
dained and installed as pastor
of the Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church on Feb. 10, at 3 p.m.
An open invitation is extend to
the community to join with the
congregation as they celebrate
this important milestone in Rev.
Mershimer's life and in the life
of the church. A reception will
be held in the fellowship hall
immediately following the cer-

Submitted to the Okeechobee News
Willis Canada will be singing
Sunday evening, Feb. 10, at
6 at the Church of God, 301
N.E. Fourth Ave.

Willis Canada. whose tenor
voice has blessed audiences for
over 25 years, will be appear-
ing in concert at the Church of
God, 301 N.E. Fourth Ave, on
Sunday, Feb 10, at 6 p.m. There
is no admission and a love offer-
ing will be taken. Willis Canada
has appeared on the TBN net-
,work, Daystar network, Gary
McSpadden Gospel Hour and
the Jim Bakker Show. He has
appeared on stage with the likes
of Dr. Pat Robertson of CBN,
Shirley Caesar, The Greenes,
Gold City, John Starnes and
Karen Wheaton to name a few.
He has received numerous hon-
ors and awards. Willis Canada
is no stranger to Okeechobee
audiences and will be appearing
Saturday at the Speckled Perch
Festival. Pastor Larry Kilgore
invites all to take advantage of
this opportunity to hear one of
Gospel Music's outstanding styl-
ists in concert. For more infor-
mation call (863) 763-4127.
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 to 10:15
on February 19 and March 4 and
18. Dr. Cecil W. Seagle, of the
Florida Baptist Convention, will

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2008 Feb. 10-13. Sunday morn-
ing services will be at 8:15 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 Mission
House by appointment only.
Call 763-2171.
First Baptist Church of
Basinger will have their 97"'
homecoming on March 2, be-
ginning at 11 a.m. The Be-
reavement Bluegrass Band
will perform as will the Hold-
ers and the Selphs. There will
be good music, good preaching,
good food and good fellowship.
The church is located at 19836
U. S. 98.
Southern Gospel Record-
ing artist 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 (863)
763-7113. From their beginnings
gathered around a family piano
in December of 1970. The Perrys
have watched in amazement as
God grew their ministry to one
of national stature. All along the
way, solid traditional Southern
Gospel Music has formed the
foundation of every song the
group has chosen to sing and
the audiences love it. '
"A New Song" from Chile,
will be in concert at First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W.
Second St. on Sunday, Feb. 24,
performing at all three morning
worship services: 8 a.m., 9:30
a.m. and 11 a.m. The commu-
nity is invited to.attend. "A New
Song" will be performing folk
music with traditional instru-
ments from their homeland and
also will provide a wide variety
of styles and sounds, includ-
ing praise, country, hymns and
more. They will be sharing their
heart, mission and challenge to
reach their country for Christ.
Child care will be provided for
infants and children under three.
For more information call (863)
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
will be 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-
tation 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.
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.
St. Theresa of the Child
Jesus Catholic Church, on
State Road 78 at Chobee Loop
in Buckhead Ridge, reports
attendance is growing for the
Sunday Mass in French. The
church will offer services in
French at 9:30 a.m. through the
end of March. English Masses
are 4, p.m. Saturday and 11
a.m. Sunday. Spanish Mass is
at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. Pa-
rishioners were also pleased
to hear the mortgage on the
church has been paid off.
Abundant Blessings
Church will host Financial
Peace University, led by nation-
ally known radio and television
personality Dave Ramsey.
Classes began on Jan. 28, at
6:30 p.m. and each Monday
following for 13 weeks. The
church is located at 4550 Hwy
441 N. (1 mile north of the high
school.) For information call
the church at (863) 763-3736
or go to
Okeechobee County Can-
cer Support Group meets on
the first Thursday of each month
at First Baptist Church. All
cancer patients, survivors and
supporters are welcomed to
attend, support and encour-
age each other. They meet the
first Thursday of each month at
5:30 p.m. at the church, 401 SW
Fourth Street, Okeechobee (en-
trance is the door to the West in
front of church). Please contact
Susie Pickering at (863) 467-
5831 or First Baptist Church at
(863) 763-2171 for more infor-
The Okeechobee News staff
will! soon be putting together the
2008 fact book. We want to in-
clude 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 giving us your pastor's
name, church address and tele-
phone number and times of ser-
vices. We must have this infor-
mation by Feb. 15.
The Okeechobee News
welcomes news from area
churches for this column.
Email okeenews@newszap.
corn or call Pete Gawda at
(863) 763-3134, ext. 4225.

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daughter, Teresa Ruth Wilson.
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son of Melbourne; daughter,
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sister, Ruth Evans of Sikeston,
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Mitchell. Bryner (center) couldn't pick up this bunt in the first
inning. The play helped the Jaguars get off to an early lead.

Dustin Stokes holds Colton Rudd of PSL on first base dur-
ing the Brahman pre season game Thursday against the Jag-

Boys drop pre-season opener

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Brahmans boys baseball
team managed just two hits and
made seven fielding errors in the
opener of their pre season clas-
sic on Thursday night dropping
an 8-3 decision to Port St. Lucie.
The Jaguars were in the state
final last year in Class 5A so the
loss wasn't that big of a surprise.
However the way it happened
Okeechobee struggled to hit
a trio of left-handers and looked
as shaky in the field as they've
ever been. However, Coach
Dylan Tedders isn't overly con-
cerned, noting, it's just an exhi-
"That is what these games
are for. The guys are a bundle of
nerves right nowbecause there's
a lot of competition for spots.
There are a lot of guys battling
for a few spots. They are.playing
their hardest, but their nervous.
They can learn from this and
next week when the games are
on the line, hopefully we've got-
ten past this," he said.
It didn't take long for PSL
to take command of the game.
Starting pitcher Jonathan Craw-
ford hit the lead off man Ryan
Kosorik and Colton Rudd tried
to bunt him over. Catcher Mitch-
ell Bryner tried to pick up the
ball but couldn't get the handle
and his error left two runners on
base. Steve McGee drew a walk,
and Damon Krestalude ripped a
line drive to left that went for a
sacrifice fly and a 1-0 lead. Jesse
Hunter followed with an RBI
single and a wild pitch scored

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Jonathan Crawford follows
through on a pitch during
the first inning of Thursdays
another run to make it 3-0 after
a half inning.
Okeechobee had two run-
ners aboard with one out in the
second as Brice Buckner dou-
bled to left and Bryner walked.
However, Rudd. worked out of
trouble as he got McClain on a
ground out to second and struck
out Evan King.
Okeechotee did score a run
in the third as Will Davis walked
and Jake Davenport laid down a
bunt single. Dustin Stokes was
hit with a pitch and Davis scored
on a wild pitch to make it 3-1.
Port St. Lucie put the game
away with a four run fifth inning.
Hunter had another run scoring
single, and errors by shortstop
Drew Selvey and a dropped fly
ball by Crawford fueled the Jag-

uar rally. The rally left PSL in
front 7-1.
Okeechobee scored twice in
the sixth as Stokes and Craw-
ford drew two out walks, and
Buckner reached on a throwing
error by third basemen Edgar
Steve McGee and Hunter had
doubles in the seventh to plate
another run against the Brah-
man bullpen.
Coach Tedders said despite
the loss, he was proud his team
played hard against one of the
state's best programs, "There a
young team but that's a team
that was second in the state last
year. They have senior leader-
ship which is one thing we don't
have. They have their guys ready
to play. We made mistakes and

they made us pay for them."
The coach said he was
pleased with Buckner, who
swung the bat well. In addition
to his double, he also lined out
to right field. Tedders also stated
his outfielders played a good
game defensively. He was also
pleased with a relay in the sev-
\enth between Crawford, Selvey
and Evan King that resulted in
an out at third base.
"We're a young team, but
were' growing and there were
positives out there," he said.
Friday night the pre season
classic continued with Port St.
Lucie meeting Pope John Paul.
Saturday afternoon at noon
Okeechobee will host Pope
John Paul at Brahman field.

Senior Night.
Okeechobee High School Basketball Senior Bobby Spelts
is flanked by his mother and father, Bob and Marcy Spelts,
during the senior night festivities for Okeechobee High
School Varsity Basketball Team.

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occupancy, $159,000 MLS, 2i)11:'"- apprian.'$159.000 d tIL 5c43

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create block home across from BHR marina..Extra lot has 3 bay garage w/OfaMK-
Marina...Seawall..Boathouse,fishcleaning house.., shheated un te ool, od spa, carpo bo
fumidshed omes with pots, towels etc.Nerw oof house beneath house exra ino sheet n ofice.2Il
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fenced, pole barn, only $23,000 per acre. hardwood floors.3 bedrooms and 2 full
Rural area, close to town, high and dry. baths. Close to schools, doctors and hospi-
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Bnridlewjod Ranches 5- acres $150,000 MLS# 94678
JUST LISTED! ,Bi '0 RV Park Lol on the rim canal with lake access-right off
Hw/ 78 $65,000 MLS# 200161
2-Big "0" R/ irregular Lot's each @ $25,000
Pioneer Estates approx 1 acre ready to put a MH on it elect, and sewer
available $50,000 MLS# 94t370
REDUCED! 6*/- acres to built or to set-up up to tour homes $90,000
MLS# 93460

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At the Movies,

The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, Feb. 8,
through Wednesday, Feb. 13, are
as follows:
Theatre I -"Mad Money" (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
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
Theatre II "Over Her Dead
Body" (PG-13) Showtimes: Fri-
day at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and
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 "Bucket List" (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
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
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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.

Apply by email
or fax 954-967-3477


Full Time (Sat A Must)
Customer Service/Sales
Self Motivated

Aaron's Sales & Lease
Okeechobee store is NOW
for growth to GM. Must have
2yrs. college or 2yrs Mgmt
exp. pass criminal/drug test,
clean MVR, 21yrs or older, ,
45hr work wk. email resume
or apply in person 2302 hwy
441 S. 34974

Must have good
driving record.
Immediate opening.
Bass Electric
2801 SW 3rd Terrace
Podiatry office. Computer
exp helpful. Full time posi-
tion. (863)467-6577

Water & sewer knowledge,
electrical, plumbing & lawn
maintenance. Drug Free &
Background Checkl
Fax resume
(863) 467-9200 or e-mail
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Local homebuilder needs
qualified Sales Professional.
Must be self-motivated &
organized w/excellent
interpersonal & presentation
skills. Flexible schedule a
must. Salary plus commission.
Call 863-763-6376
or 863-357-2700
Needed immediately for
sheet pile driving project
near Okeechobee.
(772)286-5094 Ext. 10

DISABLED, Older Man: Needs
a ride from Ft. Drum to Town
at least once a month.
Please call (863)357-1529
Newspaper Carriers Needed
For Okeechobee Area. Call
Mike 800-932-2489 Ext: 3583
Please Leave Message
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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.
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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.
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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


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17% Protein. Round: $60.
Square bales: $8. Cow
Hay: $45. (863)357-3770


Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Property 915
Townhouses Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
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Brand New 3 bedroom floor plans.
Concrete Block Stucco homes.
Payments as low as $795 per month.
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In Town, 2br/2ba, $850
mo. + $500. sec. dep.
Includes Washer & Dryer
(863)634-5780 or
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No pets, new paint & carpet.
$775/mo. 1st, last & $500
sec. dep. (772)215-0098
Okeechobee, 2Br/1.5ba, car-
peted, ceramic tile, w/appl's
incl. dishwasher, $700 mo.
+ $700 sec. (863)763-8878
REMODELED 2br, 1ba, 2
story apt, screened porch,
,very clean, no pets.
$750/mo, 1st, last & Dep.

LEASE with build out! In Okee-
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Warren at (954)682-5933
Houses Ren

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

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
ear. 3429. NW 40th Dr.
asswood. (561)718-2822
3br, 2ba, 2 gar Pool Home,
Close to everything.
Dreamcatcher Realty
1BA, $800 mo. 1st, last &
$500 sec. dep. Call for info.
8am-5pm. (863)357-6700
LAKEPORT 2br, 1ba,
$750/mo incids utilities,
Re f s req uired .
NEW DUPLEX 3/2. $1000
per month + 1st, last &
$500 sec dep.
Okee, 715 NE 29th Ave.,
2BR/2BA, 1 cart garage, Ig.
Fla. rm., Owner/Agent, own-
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$950 mo. (863)634-4581 or
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage. C/Air. 1st, last &
sec. 863-467-2541 or after
5 pm 863-634-9330
with Fam./Rm. All tile floors,
Hi-Lo Acres. $1300 mo.
772-349-3848 or 597-1967
1 ba, waterfront house, large
fenced yard. $750/mo

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

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

CBS, 425 NW 10th Ave.
Great home built in 1997.
$139,500 (954)475-0063
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ACREAGE 2 1/2 acres
cleared and fenced located in
Four Seasons. Reduced!
$70,000. (863)697-6446

6 + acres. Below market.
Priced $149,900
Florida Properties of
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Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home. -Parts 2010
Mobile Homes-. Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020

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nished. Lot rent $160 mo.
$7500 (256)252-8207
Mobile Home Angels
20x12, Lot 31,Lot 31, $28,000,
Land rent $310 mo. on Rim
Canal. (863)824-0044
OKEECHOBEE 2br, 2ba, on
large lot, East of Okeechobee
City, very good condition, all
appliances, CA/Heat, new
kitchen & bath cabinets, new
carpeting & flooring, repaint-
ed. Covered porch & carport.
Space & connection for RV
camper. $70,000
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park, doublewide, newly re-
modeled, 3 br, 2 ba, com-
pletely furnished, carport &
workshop. Owner financing.
$25,000 (863)610-9466


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