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Monday, February 11, 2008

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From finger painting
to bugs, SES stays
busy learning
Last week Kindergarten
celebrated their 100"' day of
school. They participated in
activities such as counting out
100 cotton balls, finger-paint-
ing 100 little bugs, and making
a poster filled with 100 stickers.
|I They were busy, busy, busy!
Along with the 100th day of
school, they have been making
words with the letters they have
learned throughout the school
Page 6
OHS alumni
offered scholarship
from Albany
Davisha Moore, a 2005
Brahman graduate, finished
her two years at Indian River
Community College and is
considering a scholarship offer
from Albany State University
in Georgia to continue her vol-
leyball career. Albany State is a
four year school.
Page 8


Code Enforcement
ask for assistance
The City of Okeechobee
Code Enforcement and Public
Works Departments are ask-
ing the citizens for their assis-
tance. We are requesting that
basketball goals be kept off the
city right of ways. When these
items are placed next to city
streets they become 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 Enforce-
ment 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 fur-
ther action is necessary.
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: 597
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.01 feet
Last Year: 11.55 feet

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

Classifieds............................. 7, 8
Comics .. 5
Community Events.................... 4
Crossword 7
Opinion .............. 4
Speak Out 4
Sports 8
TV ...................... ................. 8
Weather 2
See Page 2 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.
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Rodeo will be during fair

The Okeechobee Cattlemen's
Association will hold their spring
rodeo in conjunction with the
Okeechobee County Fair. The
two events have come together
to create an exciting week for all.
The fair will run March 7-15. The
PRCA Rodeo will be held Satur-
day, March 8 and Sunday March
9. The Cattlemen's Association
Rodeo and fair will be held at the
Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center'
on State Road 710.
The Professional Rodeo Cow-
boy Association rodeo will be-
gin at 2:30 p.m. Mutton Bustin'
for the cowkids will begin at 2
p.m. All cowkids from ages 3-
5 can enter to win. The winner
will receive a shiny western belt

buckle. Advance registration re-
quired. For. information, please
call the Okeechobee Livestock
Market at (863) 763-3127.
The Okeechobee Cattleman's
rodeo contestants will compete
to win cash prizes and points
toward a circuit championship.
The Okeechobee rodeo has a
well-deserved reputation of be-
ing the "wildest rodeo east of the
Mississippi!" Visitors from many
areas of South Florida are ex-
pected in attendance to observe
traditional rodeo events such as;
calf roping, saddle brbnc bust-
ing, bareback riding, team rop-
ing, women's barrel racing and
the favorite of all, bull riding..
"We are proud to host two

annual PRCA Rodeos every year
right here in. Okeechobee," said
Matt Pearce, Cattlemen's Associ-
ation President. "Our March ro-
deo comes at the right time to in-
corporate with the Okeechobee
County Fair."
This year's rodeo will bring
some of the nation's top cow-
boys to show their talents and
compete. Participants come
from all over the United States
and Canada to compete for their
Rodeo clown Keith Isley,
PRCA "Clown of the Year," 2006
and 2007 will be featured this
year. He has been involved in ro-
deo since 1972. He started at the
See Rodeo Page 2

Speckled Perch Festival: Fun in the park
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Okeechobee News/Tonya Harden
The Classic Car show was once again an attraction in the Speckled Perch Festival in
the park this year. With cars dating from the 50's to a 2007 model in the show, there
were plenty of beautiful machines to ogle.

As the announcer shouted "hang on" and
"ride it cowgirl" this up and coming bull
rider held on tight. With every twist and
turn, buck and swivel she did hold on and
moved with the flow of the bull. The me-
chanical bull at the Speckled Perch Fes-
tival in the park was a big hit. There was
a crowd of spectators and a long line of

The Kids Corral, part of the Speckled Perch
Festival in the park, had a few bounce
houses like this one. With all of them full
of children at play it was obvious the cor-
ral was a hit.

Burgess Supply

here since 1945

By MaryAnn Morris
Okeechobee News
After managing the A &.
P Store here in Okeechobee
Robert A. "Red" Burgess estab-
lished Burgess Supply in 1945
exactly where it is now, 113
Southwest Osceola (5th) Av-
enue. Of course, Okeechobee
was a bit different then. Red
carried supplies like fence wire,
feed, hay and chickens. He had
come to Okeechobee to run
the A & P Store.
Here he met Nina Bortn-ii
Burgess, who was born here
in Okeechobee in 1916, They
married and had three chil-

A series about Florida's
pioneers and history

dren, Bobby, the oldest who
owns Burgess Supply and his
younger brother and sister,
Richard and Patty:
"The year was 1953. It was
See History Page 2

Submitted photo/Sandra Pearce
Bull riding is just one of the exciting rodeo events.

YMS Teacher

of the Year

is Mrs. Gray
By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Yearling Middle School's
Teacher of the Year is Melinda
Gray who has taught eighth
grade at YMS since 2003.
Prior to her teaching in
Okeechobee, she taught in
Rivera Beach Academrny Char-
ter School in 2002 where she
taught sixth, seventh and eighth
grade science, seventh grade
FCAT preparation and seventh
grade critical thinking skills.
She received her bachelor's
See Gray Page 2 Melinda Gray

CES Teacher

of the Year

is Mrs. Mix

Judith Mix

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Central Elementary School's
Teacher of the Year is Judith
Mix. Mrs. Mix has taught first
grade in Okeechobee County
for 39 years.
Mrs. Mix received her bache-
lor's in education in 1963 from
Miami University in Oxford,
Ohio. She continued her educa-
tion and received her master's
of education in administration
See Mix Page 2

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Submitted photo/Bobby Burgess
Burgess Supply Company in 1962 was a place where the ranchers could pick up just about
anything. Over 1,600 saddles were sold from August 1955 to the end of 1978, when they
stopped selling them Pictured here, left to right, Gladys Freemen, possibly Cole Godwin,
Charlie Freeman, Lester Yates Sr., and Lester Yates, Jr., now an Okeechobee County Sheriffs

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Taking care of our home: Planet Earth

By Audrey Driggers
Okeechobee Soil and Water
Conservation District
It is indeed every living hu-
man beings responsibility to
preserve this planet for them-
selves, their children and their
grandchildren. Issues regarding
environmental stewardship are
complex and have been limited
to the political realm, causing
many Christians to steer clear
of these issues altogether. More

and more believers are begin-
ning to explore their roles and
ties in car-
ing for God's
creation, and
how those
acts of obedi-
ence can be
of Christ's command to care for
"the least of these."
There will be a Creation Care

Conference at Northland, A
Church Distributed on Feb. 21.
The C3 conference sponsored by
ENERGY STAR and the National
Association of Evangelicals will
provide a historic forum where
attendees can discuss their col-
lective role with regard to envi-
ronmental stewardship. There
are nationally respected teachers
on this topic lined up, as well as
presentations on exploring the
biblical basis for Creation Care
to demonstrating how churches

can share His love by caring
for creation. While the confer-
ence is open to all, it is has been
designed specifically for pas-
tors and church leaders to help
equip and teach them about this
key area of ministry. For more
information on this conference
visit: www.northlandchurch.
net/c3 and whatever your beliefs
may be, try to keep our future
and conservation in mind.

FPL honored for its clean fuel initiatives

FPL Awarded Top
Prize by National
Biodiesel Board

JUNO BEACH Florida Power
& Light Company, a leader in
clean energy and responsible
environmental practices, was
honored today by the National
Biodiesel Board with its "Eye on
Biodiesel" Award for its use of
cleaner biodiesel fuel in its diesel
FPL was commended for its
progressive use of B-20 (a blend
of 20 percent biodiesel and. 80
percent petroleum diesel), which
the company first began using in
1999 as a cleaner alternative to
diesel fuel. Biodiesel reduces net
carbon dioxide emissions by 78
percent compared to petroleum

Continued From Page 1
age of 15, competing in the junior
rodeo division, bareback riding,
bull riding, and has even tried his
hand at bull fighting.
Jerry Todd will return to
Okeechobee to serve as Master of
Ceremonies for the" 2008 Spring
Rodeo. Mr. Todd travels with wife

Continued From Page 1
and supervision in 1972 and in
1986 she received her educational
+ specialist degree in administration
and supervision in 1986.
She began her teaching career
of 41 years as a K-12 substitute
teacher in Ohio schools from
1963 until 1967 when she became
a first grade teacher at Cherry Val-
ley Elementary in Newark, Ohio.
In 1969 she came to
Okeechobee where she taught
first grade in the primary school
from 1969 until.1981. She moved
to North Elementary School in.
1981 where she remained a first
grade teacher until 1990 when
she moved to CES where she re-

diesel, according to a study by the
Departments of Energy and Agri-
culture. Today, FPI's entire diesel
fleet of almost 2,500 vehicles runs
on B-20.
"Just as we are committed to
leadership in delivering clean en-
ergy to our customers, we want
to utilize cleaner practices in our
own operations," said George
Survant, director of fleet services
for FPL. "Biodiesel fuel is one of
the solutions that is helping us to
protect our environment."
FPL's energy-conscious prac-
tices also include the commer-
cialization of industrial hybrid ve-
hicles. As the first company in the
United States to put an industrial
hybrid truck into service in 2006,
FPL has since led a group of 30
utilities from across the country
.in developing a pilot hybrid truck
program. With 11 hybrid trucks in

Candi and son Kyle. Candi en-
tertains the crowd with of back-
ground music, and Kyle serves as
the rodeo clown during the Mut-
tin' Bustin' event.
Jerry Todd was rewarded an-
nouncer of the year for WPRA in
2004, World's Toughest Bulls and
Broncs Announcer in 2005 and 4L
Rodeo Company Mossy Oak Se-
ries announcer from 2004-2006.
Rodeo tickets may be pur-
chased in advance at Eli's West-

mains this year.
According to her principal,
Randy Paulson, "Mrs. Mix is an
educator that exemplifies com-
mitment, dedication and high
expectations for her students.
She creates a learning environ-
ment that is challenging yet safe
to respond incorrectly and learn
from one's mistake, demanding
but filled with excitement and .a
desire for learning."
"Mrs. Mix is an educator who
knows the curriculum, applies
and integrates the Sunshine State
Standards throughout all of the
subject areas, and remains warm,
positive and caring toward stu-
dents and parents," continued Mr.
Mrs. Mix has extended her ex-
pertise to many new teachers and
student teachers throughout her

its fleet, FPL's fleet represents the
largest medium duty hybrid fleet
in the country.
The trucks are widely regard-
ed as the cleanest in the country,
Survant noted. FPL's hybrid trucks
are engineered to use 30 to 55
percent less fuel than standard
FPL plans to double the num-
ber of hybrids in the company's
fleet every year for the next three
to four years and convert one-
third of its 2,900 company cars
to hybrids by 2010. The company
has 53 hybrid cars on the road to-
Last year, the Council for Sus-
tainable Florida presented the
Large Business Award to FPL for.
its Green Fleet Program, an initia-
tive to reduce fuel consumption
in the utility's fleet.
About FPL

ern Wear, 907 N.W Park Street,
Okeechobee or at the gate. Gen-
eral admission tickets are $15.50 if
purchased in advance and $17.50
at the gate. Children 12 years and
under are $12.50. Each rodeo
ticket purchase includes admis-
sion to the fair.
Sponsors for the 2008 Spring
Rodeo include the Okeechobee
County Cattlemen's Association,
Okeechobee Cattlewomen's As-
sociation, Eli's Western Wear, Ac-

career. She has served on numer-
ous district and school level com-
mittees to address curriculum
needs and to monitor the prog-
ress of school goals.
Sherion Tillman-Jennings,
reading coach at CES spoke of
Mrs. Mix as a warm, friendly, help-
ful and nurturing teacher.
"She spends countless hours
preparing, differentiating and sur-
veying the needs of each of her
students...she skillfully uses her
method of teaching to motivate
her students to love learning," ex-
plained Mrs. Tillman-Jennings.
This year Mrs. Mix volunteered
for a new program at CES where
she is co-teaching with an excep-
tional student education teacher,
for children of varying exception-
Through this new experience

Florida Power & Light Com-
pany is the principal subsidiary
of FPL Group, Inc. (NYSE: FPL),
nationally known as a high qual-
ity, efficient and customer-driven
organization focused on energy-
related products and services.
With annual revenues of over
$15 billion and a growing pres-
ence in 27 states, FPL Group is
widely recognized as one of the
country's premier power compa-
nies. Florida Power & Light Com-
pany serves 4.5 million customer
accounts in Florida. FPL Energy,
LLC, FPL Group's competitive
energy subsidiary is a leader in
producing electricity from clean
and renewable fuels. Additional
information is available on the
Internet at, http:// and www..

cardi-Milrot Dodge, Okeechobee
Tourist Development Council,
Riverside National Bank, Physical
Therapy of Okeechobee, Seacoast
National Bank, Treasure Coast
Dermatology, Visiting Nurse's As-
sociation and Professional Rodeo
Cowboys Association (PRCA).
For ticket information, call Eli's
Western Wear at (863) 763-2984
or visit www.okeechobeerodeo.

Mrs. Mix explained that, "Some
days are frustrating when I want
a child to reach a higher goal and
the child was unsuccessful, how-
ever; the joy I feel when a child
does succeed is unlimited and
that is the reason I am a TEACH-
Mrs. Mix is one of the final-
ists in the Okeechobee District
Teacher of the Year selection
process. One teacher will be cho-
sen 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 Issues Forum
Reporter Chauna Aguilar
may be reached at


Help with FPL electric bills available
The Salvation Army Okeechobee Service Unit is administering
FPL's Care to Share Program in Okeechobee County. The Care to.
Share Program' is funded by Okeechobee's FPL customers and FPL,
Corporate funds. The program was set up to help lower income
residents with their electric bill once a year under specific circum-'
stances. The program provides emergency assistance funds to cus-'
tomers who are in a crisis situation and unable to pay their first
FPL electric bill. There are rules and guidelines that must be met to
qualify. If you are an.FPL customer and need help call the office at
763-6020, leave your name and number and they will call you back
for a phone interview to see if you qualify.

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

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



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in biology from Mansfield Univer-
sity. In 2002, she continued her
education for her teaching certifi-
cation at Indian River Community
Mrs. Gray has been a school
team sponsor of the envirothon
since 2007. She has been the
school sponsor for five students
with the DuPont Challenge since
Brian Greseth, Mrs. Gray's
principal stated that she "is an
enthusiastic and highly motivated
individual. She is always willing
to take on new challenges and
do whatever she can to make her
students successful and to make
our school the best possible place

to teach."
According to Mr. Greseth, Mrs.
Gray began a process of breaking
down the eighth grade sunshine
state standards by strand in order
to better educate and prepare her
students for the science FCAT. Her
efforts were not in vain as there
was an increase of 65 percent of
students who scored level three
or above on the 2007 FCAT Sci-
ence Assessment as compared to
the students taking the 2006 FCAT
Science Assessment.
Mrs. Gray was quintessential
to the adding of a school science
fair for all eighth grade students
in order to give them the knowl-
edge and skills they will need to
understand the scientific method
for future testing. Over 150 stu-
dents displayed their experiments
to judges and many projects were

included in the district science fair
which also held record numbers
this year.
In addition to her regular
teaching she is the YMS volleyball
coach and also coaches at the
Brighton Seminole Reservation.
She goes out of her way to re-
ward the students which is shown
by her organizing a field trip every
nine weeks to reward YMS honor
roll students.
English department chair
at YMS, Christine Metrinko ex-
plained that Mrs. Gray definitely
has energy. "Shortly after her
marriage, they adopted a teenage
girl, and then she had a daughter
of her own, so she is now raising
both a teenager and a toddler."
She continues to further her
education even with this busy
home life by working on her Na-

tional Boards and beginning her
master's degree in the spring.
In addition to being an out-
standing teacher, Mrs. Gray has
increased student awareness to
such causes as the canned food
drive for the poor, March of Dimes
and Toys for Tots.
Mrs. Gray is one of the final-
ists in the Okeechobee District
Teacher of the Year selection
process. One teacher will be cho-
sen 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 Issues Forum
Reporter Chauna Aguilar
may be reached at

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summer and Bob Burgess was
about to begin to work at a job
that he would have for the rest of
his life at Burgess Supply Com-
"My dad, 'Red' Burgess owned
Burgess Supply Company. The
business was about eight blocks
from our house at 208 Northeast
Second Street, so I did not have
far to ride my bike to work," said
Bobby Burgess.
"My very first job was tending
to the young chickens and bid-
dies in the back room of the store.
I had to keep the store clean, load
100-pound sacks of feed, hay
fence wire, barbed wire, gates,
etc. into the customers' car or
"About 1954, Red Burgess add-
ed leather supplies, saddles and
paint to the inventory. With that,
my dad began what has become

over a 50-year relationship with
the Benjamin Moore Company.
"During those years, we have
sold paint to four generations of
Okeechobee County people and I
have enjoyed every day working
with my customers," he said.
"My father sold the business to
me in 1971.
"I can remember when the
population of Okeechobee Coun-
ty was 3,000 with one policeman,
one sheriff and two deputies. We
had only one fire truck and we
didn't have an ambulance. In an
emergency, the closest one would
come from Ft. Pierce. There was
no hospital and about two doc-
tors. The town did not have a
whole lot to offer, but every one
made out with what we had," Mr.
Burgess continued.
"We had a big siren that sat on
top of four power poles at city hall
to call in the volunteer firemen
when they were needed to put
out a fire. That I remember very
well it was about a block from
our house.

"I still have the sharpening
stone that sat on the front coun-
ter. Just about every cattleman
and dairyman sharpened their
pocketknife on when they came
into the store to purchase sup-
plies or just browse around.
"We still have the original led-
ger books that list every saddle
ever sold and who bought it. Cus-
tomers were from Miami to Geor-
gia and everywhere in between.
"I also remember the train
depot when it was in operation
and the ice plant. I would go with
my granddad Roger Boromei and
uncles to haul iced down fish in
wooden barrels to the depot to be
picked up by a freight train later
that night. Our Lake Okeechobee
fish was distributed all over the
United States. They would have to
re-ice the fish several times before
it got to its destination.
"I remember one night we had
a letter that needed to get on the
train that came through about
7:30 p.m. My dad told me to take
the letter to the depot and to use a

flashlight to look through the door
that was chained and padlocked.
This door had a small opening in
to where I could see the mailbag.
I had to push the letter through
the opening in the door so that it
would be picked up and put in the
mailbag for the northbound train.
The letter got where it needed to
go; on time.
"Our 50-year Benjamin Moore
plaque is on display here in the.
store. We have been loyal retail-
ers," he said.
"Most importantly, without the
faithful customers, we would not
have been able to carry on to the
present date. Our customers are
the backbone of Burgess Supply
Company and our employees,
Becky Hornick, Richard Markham
and Dawn Huddleston are our
legs. Three employees who were
with me about 30 years each I
could never forget, Betty Jean
Tankersley, Irena Williams and
Paul Clay."

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Flores Farm Fresh Produce sells state grown fruits and veggies

By MaryAnn Morris
Okeechobee News
Born and raised in
Okeechobee and a graduate of
Okeechobee High School Maria
Perez Flores is no stranger to
the produce business. You may
recognize her from Hazelieff's
produce stand, now closed
which once stood at the corner
of Parrott Avenue and South-
west 21-1 Street. Her husband,
Angel Flores was born and
raised in Belle Glade, where the
black soil makes the heart of
winter vegetable growing.
Flores Farm Fresh Produce is
at the corner of Northwest Sixth
Street and S.R. 98, at the corner
of Northwest Sixth Street. It is
just past the low, white County
Agricultural Extension Service
building, almost across from

Taylor Rentals, where Preferred
Properties used to be, Flores
(which is Spanish for flower)
Farm Produce sparkles with the
colors and shapes of fresh fruit,
vegetables and flowers.
All of the produce is Florida
grown. Even the pineapples are
tagged, Miami in Dade County.
"My husband, Angel, goes
to Plant City and selects our
fruits and vegetables himself,"
said Mrs. Perez. "Our tomatoes
come from Immokalee."
Everything from baking po-
tatoes, to citrus fruit, avocados
and flowers the list seems
"We specialize and fresh
corn on the cob and strawber-
ries from Plant City," says Mrs.
The sweet, white corn (one

variety is Silver Queen) avail-
able in the today's markets was
developed in Belle Glade, at the
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Experiment Station in collabo-
ration with scientists in Illinois.
It took 25 years to develop a
corn that stayed sweet and rip-
ened all at the same time.
After school and on the
weekends, a young man, their
son, Johnny helps out. Johnny
is a straight A student a South
Elementary School and speaks
fluent Spanish and English.
Flores Farm Produce is open
seven days a week from 8 a.m.
until 6 p.m.
MaryAnn Morris
may be contacted at
or by telephone at
(863) 763-3134, Ext. 4224,

MaryAnn Morris/Okeechobee News
Flores Farm Fresh Produce is a family business, bringing Fresh Florida grown produce to
Okeechobee. Maria Flores proudly shows off a flat of ripe strawberries grown in Plant City.

Riverside Bank's

Manager of the Year:

Tabitha Trent

of her peers at Riverside Bank,
Tabitha Trent, Vice President and
Office Manager, was designated
Branch Manager of the Year at
the Bank's annual conference in
Orlando on February 1. This is
the second year in a row that Ms.
Trent has won the accolade. The
criterion to be elected is based
on teamwork, coaching, deposit
growth, consumer loan produc-
tion, commercial loan referrals,
leadership, execution, customer
service and community involve-
ment. 65 branches.
"I like working with a team
of great people, for customers
I've known all my life. Helping
our friends and neighbors get
something done for their busi-
ness or family- that's a real feel-
ing of accomplishment," said
Okeechobee-native Ms. Trent.
In addition to winning Branch
Manager of the Year in 2007 and
2006, Ms. Trent can also add
several top performer awards to
her collection of honors, such as
Branch Manager of the Quarter.
Active in her community, Ms.
Trent is a board member of the
Rotary Club of Okeechobee,
Okeechobee Educational Foun-'
dation, Okeechobee High
School Finance Academy and
More 2 Life Ministries. Addi-
tionally she is a member of the
Okeechobee Chamber of Com-
merce and the Economic Coun-
cil of Okeechobee and a Captain
for the March of Dimes.
Ms. Trent received her Asso-
ciates of Arts degree in business
administration from Indian River
Community College and is cur-
rently attending the University
of Central Florida. She is also at-
tending the Florida School of
Banking with graduation antici-
pated for 2009.
Before joining Riverside Bank
in July 2003, Ms. Trent was a

Submitted photo.
Tabitha Trent
Housing Grant Administrator,
for the Town of Okeechobee.
Prior to that position, she was
employed at Bank of America
for 12 years in Okeechobee and
Highland Counties in various
roles, including VP/Retail Market
Manager, VP/Residential Lending
Manager, and AVP/Residential
Operations Manager.
Ms. Trent resides in
Okeechobee with husband
Jay and their son, Chase Mor-
gan Trent, 7. Her office is lo-
cated at, 1506 S. Parrot Avenue,
Okeechobee, Florida 34974. She
can be reached at 863-824-0400,
Ext. 61713.
About the Bank
Since 1982, Riverside Bank
has been helping people across
Florida manage their money and
achieve financial goals through
a hometown style of banking.
The Bank is known in the home
towns it serves for friendly ser-
vice, helpful solutions and local
decision-making, as well as lo-
cal community involvement. Its
hometown style of banking has
made Riverside one of Florida's
fastest-growing, independent
and locally owned community
banks serving customers in 43
home towns throughout Florida.

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda

National Engineers' Week
At their meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 5., the Okeechobee City
Council proclaimed the week of Feb. 17 to 23 to be Na-
tional Engineers' Week in the City of Okeechobee. Mayor
Jim Kirk, right, presented the proclamation to Marcos Y.
Montes De Oca of Boyle Engineering.

New rules for greener grass and cleaner water

By Dan Culbert
Extension Hdrticulture Agent
While area homeowners are
busy keeping up with landscape
watering restrictions, lawn fertil-
ization may be the farthest things
on their mind. But a new law
took effect this year. It will have
considerable impact on the kinds
of fertilizer products that are
available for the home lawns.
By July 2009, all consumer fer-
tilizers sold for Florida lawns will
have to comply with new bag
labeling guidelines. The law also
limits the amount of nitrogen and
phosphorus that can contained
in home lawn care products.
And, the law calls for new label
instructions that will help con-
sumers keep their Florida Yards
green while limiting the chances
that nutrients will escape to our
lakes, rivers canals and ponds.
This new law came from ef-
forts to limit the amount of nu-
trient runoff going into Lake
Okeechobee and the Everglades.
Regulators soon discovered that
what works best of our backyard
also will benefit all Floridians,
so new state-wide regulations
were approved last year. The
rules are based on sound sci-
ence, the same kind of backup
that the University of Florida uses
when offering recommenda-
tions through the Florida Yards &
Neighborhood program.
New meanings
for old words
New rules often re-define
familiar terms to clarify how
new regulations are to take ef-
"Urban Turf" or "Lawns"
- non-agricultural land planted
in closely mowed, managed
lawn grasses. These areas are
different from "Sports Turf"
- non-agricultural land planted
exclusively for recreational
uses, such as golf courses,
parks and athletic fields.
"No Phosphate Fertil-
izer" fertilizer products with
phosphate levels below 0.5
percent intended for estab-
lished urban turf or lawns.
"Low Phosphate Fertil-
izer" fertilizer products in-
tended for new or established
urban turf or lawns. However
when the phosphate levels are
equal to or above 0.5 percent,
these products shall have use
directions so that they do not
exceed. 0.251bs of P205 per
1000 sq. ft. of lawns.
"Starter Fertilizer"
these are fertilizers formu-
lated for a one-time applica-
tion at planting time (or near
that time). They are used to
encourage initial root growth
and help grasses or other land-
scape plants get established.
"New Urban Turf"
turf established less than 12
months. "Established Urban
Turf" is urban turf older than
12 months. ,
How much can I use?
The rule requires that specific
guidelines for N and P applica-
tion rates be followed. Any retail
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will have directions for use in the
bag that will state these require-
ments. The rates allowed follow
University of Florida guidelines
for maintenance of healthy
If a fertilizer is being sold as a
"slow-release nitrogen" fertil-
izer, then it can be applied at 1
pound of N per 1,000 square feet
of lawn. If there is no slow-release
N in the fertilizer, then it can only
be applied at 0.7 pounds of N per
1,000 square feet. Most of the
retail fertilizers sold for use on
urban lawns have slow-release N
in them. Ask us for annual nitro-
'gen fertilizer rates for locally used
turfgrasses. Examples of how
many pounds of fertilizer to ap-
ply per 1,000 square feet are also
Application of phosphorus is
now limited to 0.25 pounds of
P205 per 1,000 square feet for
any single application. No more
than 0.50 pounds of P205 per
1,000 square feet can be applied
in a year. This means that you
may see more "no-phosphate"
or "low-phosphate" fertilizers in
garden centers. Fertilizers that
have a high ratio of P to N may
not be able to be used more than
twice a year in order to not ex-
ceed these rates.

A couple
of exceptions
.Newly planted lawns may use
a starter fertilizer that contains
higher P for up to one year after
planting to encourage establish-
ment. The directions for use of
these fertilizers will limit P ap-
plications to no more than 1.0
pound of P205 per 1,000 square
feet and are intended for one time
use only.
If your soil tests low for plant-
available P, it is permissible to ap-
ply more P. Note that most Florida
soils have ample.plant-available P
and the majority of lawns will not
be adversely affected by this limi-
tation. Check with our Extension
office if you need a soil test.
There will also be some other
changes to the labels of urban turf.
fertilizers. The front of the bag will
tell the area to be covered by that
fertilizer bag.
Other statements will also re-
mind users to apply the product
with care: "Do not apply near
water, storm drains, or drainage
ditches. Do not apply if heavy rain
is expected. Apply this product
only to your lawn or garden, and
sweep any product that land's on
the driveway, sidewalk, or street
back onto your lawn or garden."
Read the label
Fertilizer manufacturers are
stepping up to the plate with new
formulations -and labels that will.
meet these requirements. It will
be up to the homeowner to care-
fully read and follow these labeled

. This is much like the ways that
consumer pesticides are regu-
lated the label, is the law. How-
ever, pesticide laws are mandated
by US laws, but the new Florida
Fertilizer Law is established by
our own state to insure that nu-
trients intended for lawns stay on
the grass.
I recently stopped by some of
our area garden centers to see
if any of the new product labels
have appeared. They have not.
The old bags are still in the streams
of commerce, and will gradually
be replaced to reflect these new
regulations. If you have concerns
about how to use any lawn and
garden product, feel free to con-
tact our office for assistance.
And, area nurseries would
love to sell you some products
for your Florida yard, be it fertil-
izers, tropical accents for the pa-
tio, or even replacement trees or
shrubs. They asked me to remind
you that current watering restric-
tions have exemptions for newly
installed plants.
I've placed more information
on our Okeechobee web page, If
you need additional information
on the new Florida Fertilizer Rule,
please email us at okeechobee@ or call us at (863) 763-
6469. Local residents can stop by
our office at 458 Hwy 98 North
in Okeechobee, and visit our
Okeechobee County Master Gar-
deners from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tues-
day afternoons. GO GATORS!


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Speak Out
Speak Out has moved online, where it is quicker and
easier to share your ideas and converse with others. Go to, click on the community name and your
local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new
topics or comment on existing topics. You can also e-mail
comments to or call 863-467-2033,
but online comments get posted faster and not all phone calls
can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
FLAG: The Confederate flag is a part of our history. It gives us
an opportunity to see where we have come from like any other
historical items. We can't bury the past. We need to teach our fu-
ture generations about history and the importance of this is that
lack of knowledge of history tends to make history repeat itself.
It's important not to try to bury the past even if it is ugly. We need
to embrace it and learn from it.
SCRAPBOOKING: To the person who was asking about scrap-
booking in Okeechobee, there will be a scrapbook crop on Fri-
day, Feb. 15, from 6 until 10 p.m. at the First Methodist Church,
200 N.W. Second St. Call 467-0290 or 634-1885 for more info.
DELEGATES: I just looked up the definition of a delegate be-
cause that is all we are hearing tonight. And it is somebody who
is authorized by others to represent them. I would just like to
know who is our delegates and how do they become our del-
egates? And what if we are disagreeing with our delegates?
Editor's note: The delegates to the Democratic National
Convention and the Republican National Convention rep-
resent those belonging to those political parties, and are
chosen by those parties at the state level. According to the
Florida Democratic Party Web site, Florida is allocated 121
district-level delegates. District-level delegates and alter-
nates shall be allocated to presidential preferences through
a proportional representation system based on a Presiden-
tial Preference Primary. The post-primary congressional dis-
trict caucus is on Saturday, March 1, 2008. An individual can
qualify as a candidate for district-level delegate or alternate
to the 2008 Democratic National Convention by filling out
the forms available at the Web site at The
Florida Republican Party will have 114 delegates to the 2008
Republican National Convention. All Republicans registered
in Florida are eligible to run for election as a delegate or an
alternate to the convention. Any person who wishes to run
as a delegate or alternate for their specific congressional dis-
trict should contact their respective Congressional District
Chair. Any person wishing to run for an at-large seat should
contact the Republican Party of Florida. An application will
soon be available for download at the RPOF website at www. For information on how to contact other political
parties, check with the Supervisor of Elections Office.
SHERIFF JOE: I agree, I don't think I would ever want to get
in trouble in Sheriff Joe's town either. I started to look up and
see what the crime statistics are like since he has been in office,
to see if what he is doing has actually lowered crime rate. But
then I started thinking of a video on saw with him and some of
his prisoners, they were happy, joking, goofing off, I remember
thinking that they did not seem to mind where they were. And
then it dawned on me, I doubt the crime rate has gone down,
because those who do care, get in trouble one time, learn there
lesson and move on with Iheir life. The ones that are in there and
keep getting arrested don't care. Hence, I doubt that the crime
rate has gone down to much.
DOGS: Complainers don't you ever check things out before
you cause someone trouble. You need to find a hobby. You know
who I am talking about in Country Hills. Let me let you in on
a secret those barking dogs you are complaining about are in
+ Myparents' backyard but they never seem to bother them or
us. These dogs are in a kennel, they only bark when one of your
loose dogs trespasses. So go get all the loose dogs caged up and
then see if you hear any barking. Next you will be complaining
about dirt on the asphalt.
CELEBRITIES: I watched the zoo like circus on TV involving
the paparazzi when Britney Spears was released from the hos-
pital; I was horrified for her and any other celeb that has to live
in those conditions. There should be a law enacted to keep pa-
parazzi away at least 50 feet from their prey. With cameras as
sophisticated as *they are today, and a good zoom lens, there is
no reason paparazzi should be allowed to "touch" the person or
their personal belongings. If a law can be enacted to keep dem-
onstrators away from a building (example: abortion clinics) then
why can't a person be protected? I know many will respond that
is the price you pay for fame, but watch the news video and try
to justify why anyone should have to tolerate that type of harass-
DRUG TESTING: When I was a foster parent (we let our li-
cense expire when we finalized the adoption and found out
we were moving), I would have no problem with even random
drug testing. The way I see it, if you have nothing to hide, there
shouldn't be a problem. Some people might complainabout the
cost, but what's more important: the cost, or ensuring the safe-
ty of children who have already experienced abuse and other
atrocities at the hands of their biological parents?
HISTORY: I keep reading in the paper about the new build-
ing where the ARC center is going to be, was Okeechobee's first
hospital. In fact that was not Okeechobee's first hospital. The first
hospital was a two story building on the across the side street
from where the present First Baptist Church is, in the southwest
section. Please get your facts straight.

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Community Calendar

Monday, Feb. 11
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
VFW #10539 Ladies Auxiliary lunch and bingo will start at
noon at the Post, 3912 U.S. 441 S.E. Auxiliary members and their
guests are invited. Please R.S.V.P. to (863) 763-2308.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. at the
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Every-
one who enjoys singing is invited. For information or to sched-
ule an appearance for your organization or group, contact Marge
Skinner at (863) 532-0449.
The Genealogical Society of Okeechobee will meet at
1:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee County Public Library, 206 S.W 16th
St. This meeting is open to anyone interested in tracing his or her
ancestry. The annual membership is $10 per person, and $12 for
a family. For information, call Eve at (863) 467-2674; or, visit their
web site at
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at
the Just for Today club, 101 Fifth Ave. For information, call (863)
,', O.C.RA.,meets at Peace Lutheran'Church, 750 N:W;23rd Lane
at 7 p.m.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road,
Okeechobee on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Karen Graves,
Chapter leader would like to extend a warm welcome to any in-
terested persons to come by and see what they are about. For
information call (863) 763-6952.
AA meetings Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda
Road, holds open meetings for Alcoholics Anonymous on Mon-
day nights from 7 to 8 p.m. for substance abuse. They also have
Al-Anon meetings on Monday nights from 7 until 8 p.m. to help
family and friends of alcoholics. For information call Chris at (863)
Tuesday, Feb. 12
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition meets every sec-
end Tuesday, at 11:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church.
For information contact Jim Vensel at (863) 697-1792.
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-
Christian Home Educators of Okeechobee will meet at
the Grace Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 701 S. Parrott Ave.
Anyone currently home schooling or interested in home school-
ing is welcome. For information, call Lydia Hall (863) 357-6729 or
Betty Perera (863) 467-6808.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 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.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10
a.m. at the Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St., in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at
(863) 467-2321.
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.
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 at 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's
only meeting. For information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
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. Everyone is invited.
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 until 1 p.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an
open meeting.
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition meets every sec-
ond Tuesday, at 11:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church.
For information contact Jim Vensel at (863) 697-1792.
The Lighthouse Refuge support group meets at Believers
Fellowship Church, 300 S.W. Sixth Ave. from noon until 2 p.m.
then from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. Women who need emotional sup-
port or someone just to care are welcome. For information call
the hot line (863) 801-9201 or (863) 697-9718.

Education News in Brief

DAR offers
A $500 scholarship known as
the Essie D. Millspaugh schol-
arship is available at the high
school. Applications are avail-
able from Bill Black, Career

OHS Scholarship
Drive underway
College costs continue to
increase each year and the stu-
dents of Okeechobee are always
in need of financial assistance.
The Okeechobee High School
Scholarship Program is currently
recruiting to increase the amount-
of scholarship funds available to
these students. If you 'or your
business would like to offer a
scholarship in your name, or if
you have any questions regarding
scholarship contributions, please
contact Bill R. Black at (873) 462-
5025 ext. 3113. The scholarship
commitment deadline is Jan. 11,
2008 so new scholarships can
be included in the scholarship
booklets. If this is not convenient
for you please call and we will
work out the details.

Parent education
classes being offered
The Okeechobee County
Healthy Start Coalition will of-
fer 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, one-hour classes. You must
attend all six classes to get a cer-
tificate of completion. We now
have day and evening classes
available. No child care will be
available. Call (863) 462-5877 for

Parenting classes
are offered
Free parenting classes are held
every Monday from 7 until 8 p.m.
at New Endeavor High School.
Classes include topics about
children from birth to teens. For
information or to have an inter-
preter available call Lori Jaquith
at (863) 697-6320 or (863) 462-
5000, ext. 282.

Free GED
classes offered
Indian River Community Col-
lege will be offering free adult
basic education/GED, and Eng-
lish as a second language classes
at these locations: Dixon Hendry
Center, 2229. N.W Ninth .Ave.,
English as second ,,language
classes, Monday and Wednes-
day from 9 a.m. until noon, adult
basic education/GED, Monday
through Thursday from 8 a.m.
until 8:30 p.m. and Friday from
8 a.m. until 4 p.m.; Yearling Mid-
dle School, 925, N.W 23 Lane,
English as a second language
classes, Monday -Wednesday
5:30 until 8:30 p.m.; Everglades
Elementary, 3725 S.E. Eighth St.,
English as a second language
classes, Tuesday and Thursday
from 6 until 8 p.m.

YMS collecting
printer cartridges
Yearling Middle School (YMS)
is collecting empty printer and
copy toner cartridges. They are
sent in for credits that go toward
school supplies to be used by all
students. To donate empty print-
er or toner cartridges, they can
be dropped off at YMS, 925 N.W.
23rd Lane, or at the Stichin' Post,
620 S. Parrott Ave. Or call Tracy at
(863) 462-5056, or Linda at (863)
467-1484 for free pick up.

Community Events

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 763-4320.

Wednesday, Feb. 13

Healthy Start Board of Directors to meet
The Board of Directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coali-
tion 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 Build-
ing. This meeting is open to the public. For information call Kay
Begin at 462-5877.
Thursday, Feb. 14

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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
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
Tickets are $5.50 for adults;
children 12 and under are $4.50;
senior citizens are $4.50 for all
movies; and, matinees are $4.
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Pennies, pencils, marbles and more...

CES celebrates
100 days of school

First Graders celebrated the
100th Day of School. Some of us
brought our collections of 100
things. The collections consisted
of pennies, pen- /.
cils, army men,
marbles, pasta,
cereal, flower B
petals, cards,
poker chips, : .,
rice, stickers,
beans and seeds. Some created
works of art with their collections.
Thank you parents for helping us
out with these great collections to
display and share. Other activities
for the 100th Day were writing
and reading 100 words, count to
100 forward, backwards, by 2's,
5's and 10's. We created cereal
necklaces out of 100 pieces of ce-
real. Of course we ready plenty of
100 Day Books.
In Math we are adding and
subtracting numbers to 12 using
different strategies such as count-
ing on, counting back, using
doubles, doubles plus one and
related facts.
We are looking forward to Val-
entine's Day and President's Day.
Keep reading 100 Book Challenge
books every night and studying
those words on the skills cards.
If your child has been reading at
home every night and at school
every day, they should be close to
having 220 steps.
Students of the Week: Sara
Crisino, Brenden Bostwick, Gage
Ingram, Alexis Figueroa, Devon
Scruggs, Mark Youmans, Jesus
Gomez, Yatzel Martinez, Jortravi-
ous Marshall, 'Colby Shockley,
Imri Morales & Jenna Lowry.
Birthdays: Dylan Hodges, Sara
Crisino, Armando Garcia, Blaze,
Clark, Colby Burke, Elexxus Espa-
da and Daviana Miller.
Second Grade
Mrs. Greseth's class ,has been
learning all about penguins. We
learned that they only live south
of the equator and we found
where they live on a map and the
globe. We also had fun making
penguins with our fingerprints.
They turned out great! We also
have been learning about living
and nonliving things in Science.
In Reading we have been reading
about Cool Ali and are looking
forward to drawing our own cool
+ designs with sidewalk chalk. .'
Congratulations .. to Jemuel
Garin, Haley Bryner, Lindsay Lip-
scomb, and Carmen Ramirez, our
students of the week. Way to go!
Congratulations to Royce Ar-
nold and Jemuel Garin, our stu-
dents of the week!
Secong Grade BASE
Mrs Johns' and Sra. Rodri-
guez's 2nd Grade B.A.S.E. classes
are having a "COOL" time learn-
ing about Arctic and Antarctic ani-
mals. We are also looking forward

to learning about whales. Did you
know that all penguins live south
of the equator? We are still enjoy-
ing watching our plants grow in
our garden. We visit them every
day and can't believe how much
they are growing. Hailey, Rudy,
and Shawn have even been able
to pick some of their radishes!
Congratulations to Emma Van
Camp for reading more than 125
hours! We are also proud of Hai-
ley Spearow and Carol Flores for
competing in the School Spelling
Bee. Way to go Carol for coming
in 5th place! We would like to
invite all moms, dads, and grand-
parents to see our writing displays
on January 30.
Miss Miller's second grade
class has been enjoying making
and naming shapes in math. Do
you know how many triangles
it takes to make a hexagon? Ask
your son/daughter, they can tell
Our class is having a blast
watching our plants grow! Some
of them even got to pick their
green beans and radishes and
take them home!
Congratulations to our Stu-
dents-of the Week: Dionicio Ro-
driquez and Reynchy Lopez.
. Congratulations' to Tommi
White, Danielle Martinez, Hadeel
Abed, and Dionicio Rodriguez for
reaching 100 steps! Keep up the
great work reading every night for
15 minutes.
Mrs. Whiteside's class has be-
gun a Black History Unit. February
is Black History month and the
class is learning about the many
important African American lead-
ers. The class will first learn about
George Washington Carver. Did
you know that Dr. Carver made

hand lotion, shampoo, glue,
paint, and laundry soap all from
the peanut? Congratulations Anali
Carmona, Hannah Morales and
Minhthy Nguyen. Those girls were
the Students of the Week recently
for room 16. Important dates to
remember: February 13th-Prog-
ress Reports, February 14th-Book
Fair begins, and February 15th-
Early Release Day
Mrs. Jones & Mrs. McDeavitt:
Congratulations to all of you for
reaching your reading goal of 100
books! We have 100%as a class.
We are continuing to work toward
the 200 book mark. The following
students have earned student of
the week for the month of Janu-
ary: Judith, Logan, Robin & Sara.
A special congratulations goes to
Robin Bell as the Student of the
Month awarded for showing "Re-
spect" We enjoyed our unit on
Penguins. We found many inter-
esting facts to share. We have also
explored the solar system -it was
out of this world. We are look-
ing forward to our fieldtrip this
month to the strawberry patch. In
Math we are exploring geometric
shapes and solid figures by dis-
playing at creating puzzles using
General Fourth Grade
The fourth grades at CENTRAL
Elementary are ready for FCAT -
FCAT Writing Plus. The students
have focused on narratives, ex-
positories. and learned the best
way to enhance their writing. The
students add words that appear
OUTLOUD as well as words that
are strong. For example, students
will use the word capture instead
of got or they will use purchased
instead of bought. Well -- WE

HOPE they will. The 4th grade
teachers are CONFIDENT that the
students at Central will do their
best next week on the Florida
Writing Plus Assessment. In Mrs.
Pritchard's class, Mrs. Brook's
Reading Group is busy learning
about another culture and time
period as they read Number the
Stars. Students are busy multiply-
ing and learning number theory
as well. Charlie Fonseca and Jose
Perez were recent Students of the
Week and Marissa Kerce was the
Student of the Month she.always
exhibits respect!
Mr. Goff & Mr. Bodenmiller's
class are still working very dili-
gently to memorize our multipli-
cation facts. We have been tak-
ing a hot pencils multiplication
test every week and we want to
be able to score a 100% every
time we take it. In math we fin-
ished studying chapter 13 which
deals with division. We realize
now how important knowing our
multiplication facts is. We began
chapter sixteen on divisibility and
square roots. We have taken a
break from doing science to give
us more time to focus on ourwrit-
ing. In reading we are focusing
on FCAT related skills and activi-
ties. We will be reviewing these
skills and concepts until the test
in March. We are also working
hard on meeting our Accelerated
Reader goal. In writing we are
working hard on making our nar-
rative writings very elaborate and
descriptive. We are working hard
on learning how to tell a story us-
ing figurative language and lots
of elaboration. We are confident
that we will do well on our FCAT
Writes test. We will be anxiously
awaiting the scores.



for parents

(ARA) For sheer learning
potential, the brain of a child
surpasses any man-made su-
per computer. Researchers
and child development experts
agree there are a number of
ways parents can help children
make the most of their natural
Mental and physical exer-
cises, as well as brain-enhanc-
ing nutrition, can aid parents in
nurturing their children's natu-
ral abilities. Parents should
keep some important things in
mind when choosing activities
and' foods to help build chil-
dren's brainpower.
Mental exercises
Reading is a powerful, brain-
boosting' tool for children of
all ages. In fact, the nonprofit
literacy organization, Reading
is Fundamental, cites reading
aloud as "the best way to pre-
pare children for learning to
read and to keep them reading
as they learn and grow."
To promote reading as
mental exercise, parents
Read to children early and
often. According to research by
the U.S. Department of Educa-
tion, children who are read to
frequently will be almost twice
as likely to show advanced
skills associated with emerg-
ing literacy than children who
are not.
Help very young children
recognize that print is a form
of spoken words by pointing
to words and sentences as you
read them.
As children learn to talk,
increase the interactive aspects
of your reading. Talk to them
about the story and help relate
characters and events to their
own lives.
Continue to read aloud
with your children through
grade school. As children be-
gin to learn to read, share the
reading aloud tasks with them
by having them repeat a page
after you've read it or alternate
reading a page with them.
Physical Exercises
Playing equals learning
for children. The connection
between physical, emotional
-and mental health is well
documented. With childhood
obesity rates on the rise, it is

more important than ever for
parents to encourage children
in all types of play, especially
those that emphasize physical
activity. To encourage physi-
cal exercise in children, you
should remember:
Toddlers benefit from
physical play that also teaches
them how to safely and effec-
tively interact with their envi-
ronment. Simple games like
"Red Light/Green Light" not
only encourage movement,
but also foster basic listening
and direction-following skills.
Elementary school chil-
dren and teenagers benefit
from team play. Participation
in organized sports promotes
physical health and improves
interpersonal skills.

Nutrition is directly linked
to physical health and men-
tal performance. Studies have
shown that children with poor
nutritional habits do not per-
form as well in school as their
better-nourished peers. To pro-
mote good nutrition, parents
Lead by example. The
best way to teach children
good nutritional habits is to
follow them yourself in your
Make sure children get
the recommended daily allow-
ance of brain-building "good
fats" like Omega 3 and DHA.
Both are essential for proper
brain development, especially
in toddlers and pre-schoolers.
Follow the U.S. Depart-
ment of Agriculture's Recom-
mended Dietary Allowance
guidelines as much as pos-
Kids can be picky eaters
so vitamin -supplements can
help parents ensure kids are
consuming the nutrients they
need. Products like L'il Critters
Gummy Vites and L'il Critters
Omega-3 Gummy Fish can help
children get the brain-building
nutrients they need by making
nutrition flavorful and fun for
even the most finicky eaters.
For more information about
L'il Critters and for helpful nutri-
tional suggestions, visit www.
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From finger painting to bugs,

SES stays busy learning

Last week Kindergarten cel-
ebrated their 100th day of school.
They participated in activities
such as counting out 100 cotton
balls, finger-paint-
ing 100 little bugs,
and making a
poster filled with
100 stickers. They
were busy, busy,
busy! Along with
the 100th day of school, they have
been making words with the let-
ters they have learned throughout
the school year.
This week we learned the let-
ters W and X. We created watch-
es with worms on then and read
the "x" book. The kindergarten
students also learned the words
no and see. Go Kindergarten!
Second grade has been very
busy over the last two weeks. For
reading last week we read The
Emperor's Egg and did many ac-
tivities that focused on penguins.
Many of our classes wrote acros-
tic and diamante poems about
penguins. We are continuing our
exploration of penguins in social
studies where we are studying the
Arctic and Antarctic regions. An
interesting fact we learned about

these regions is that polar bears
live in the Arctic regions while
penguins are only found in the
Antarctic Regions.
In math we finished our mon-
ey unit with a trip to the bank. Stu-
dents enjoyed the presentation
and each member of the class
took home a bag of goodies filled
with items from the bank. Thank
you Riverside Bank. Our next unit
in math is geometry. Students are
having a lot of fun exploring and
learning the attributes of differ-
ent two-dimensional shapes. This
unit will continue into next week.
Smile! Class Picture Day is
coming. Individual Portraits, too!
Friday, Feb. 29. Watch or com-
plete details from your school.
FCAT Writing for fourth grade
is just around the corner' FCAT
Writing will be given on Tuesday,
Feb. 12 and Wednesday, Feb. 13.
Please make sure your child ar-
rives on time and has had a good
night's sleep before the testing
day. It is proven that eating break-
fast is a great way to start the day.
The fourth grade students will be
provided with breakfast from Mc-
Donalds on these 2 days of test-

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By Charles M Murphy
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Davisha Moore, a 2005
Brahman graduate, finished her
two years at Indian River Com-
munity College and is consid-
ering a scholarship offer from
Albany State University in Geor-
gia to continue her volleyball ca-
reer. Albany State is a four year
Brahman Junior Varsity bas-
ketball coach Bryan VanCamp,
a Brahman alumnus, gets a lot
of credit for the success his team
had this year. They won over half
their games and several of the ju-
nior varsity players have moved
up to varsity on occasion and
more than held their own.
Brahman soccer coach Lon-
nie Sears still has to scratch his

head when asked about what
happened with his team in the
district tournament. They lost
in the first round to Forest Hill,
6-0. Both Forest Hill and Jensen
Beach both lost in the first round
of the state playoffs. Okeechobee
had entered the district tourna-
ment with a 14 match unbeaten
Sears said Giovanni Ji-
menez and Jose Bustos are
getting long looks from college
recruiters and that he expects
one or both to sign a scholarship
in the next few months.
Omar Guerrero, 2007 MVP
for soccer at OHS, was one of
the better players on the Florida
Southern soccer team this year.
Brahman baseball and soft-
ball have both had excellent

fundraising efforts this year. Both
of the stadiums are filled with
advertisements of community
minded businesses.
Bowlers can help out the
American Cancer Society next
month as a bowl-a-thon will be
held on March 14 at Stardust
Lanes. The proceeds will benefit
the American Cancer Society and
will help pay for research. The
cost will be $15 per person and
$60.00 per team. For more infor-
mation please call Frank Riddle
at (863) 447-1174.


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U.S.C.G. Flotilla
seeks new members
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
Flotilla 57 in Okeechobee is seek-
ing new members to become
involved in the Auxiliary's pro-
The Auxiliary is a volunteer
service organization composed
of men and women who actively
support recreational boating safety
and other Coast Guard missions.
The Auxiliary also provides
recreational boating safety sup-
port to sate and local authorities.
Members could be involved
in patrols, communications, ad-
ministration, seamanship, pilot-
ing/navigation, weather or search
and rescue.
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Brand New 3 bedroom floor plans. Fla. rm,, Owner/Agent, own-
Conrete Block Stucco homeser financing, lease option
Concrete Block Stucco homes. Brand New 3/2/2 $950 mo. (863)634-4581 or Business Places -
Payments as low as $795 per month. Concrete Block (863)634-8726 Sale 1005
P asuCon BCommercial
Stucco homes. OKEECHOEE CBS, 3br, 2ba Property Sale 1010
$995 Down with Fam./Rm. All tile floors, Condos/
Hi-Lo Acres. $1300 mo. Townhouses Sale1015
n t Payments 772-349-3848 or 597-1967 Farms Sale 1020
ORr S From $895 Houses Sale 1025
FomUs pe mTREASURE ISLAND- 2 br, Hunting Property 1030
BEAUTIFUL per month 1 ba, waterfront house, large Investment
S SAMANTHA'S GARDEN fenced yard. $750/mo Property- Sale 1035
_________ APARTMENTS (954)610-5345 Land Sale 1040
In Town, 2br/2ba, $850 Lots Sale 1045
apartments 905 mo + $500. sec.dep. I Open House 1050
Business Places 910 r BASSWOOD ESTATES, OKEE.. Out of State
Commercial (863)6457250or 3 beautiful New 3br, 2ba. on 'IW Property Sale 1055
Property 915 (86)large lots. $1050 mo. + Property lnspection1060
Condos/ OKEE., Huge, Clean, 2br, 2ba Sec. dep. (754)423-8202 Real Estate Wanted1065
rowmhouses Rent920 No pets, new paint & carpet. BRAND NEW- Rent or Buy Resort Property 070
Farm Property $775/mo. 1st, last & $500 3br/2ba, 1700 sqft, garage, Warehouse Space 1075
ouseRent 925 sec. dep. (772)215-0098 laundry, tiled, $1000/mo. gg Ware nt Property 1080
Land Rent 930 rent. $5,000 applied to pur-
Land Rent 935 Okeechobee, 2Br/1.5ba, car- chase of $149,900 after 1
Resort Property peted, ceramic tile, w/appl's year. 3429 NW 40th Dr. n essac
mmaent 945 inc. dishwasher, $700 mO. Basswood. (561)718-2822
Rooms to Rent 955 + $700 sec. (863)763- DIXIE RANCH ACRES, 2BR, READING A
Storage Space REMODELED 2br, 1ba, 2 1BA, $800mo. 1st, last & APR CHEVRON Gas Station, Hwy
Flent 960 story apt, screened porch, $500 sec. dep. Call 'for info. ,NEW APR ., 441, across from Home Depot
very clean, no pets. 8am-5pm. (863)357-6700 C- Store, Deli, Carwash. $1.1
$750/mo, 1st, last & Dep. ves you money b million. Fin avail. Broker
artments 09 (863)763-8391 LAKEPORT 2br, 1ba, saves you money by owner. (407)256-9081
M $750/mo inclds utilities, providing information

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rent. (863)763-7783 or
(561)968-2083 FAMOUS RESTAURANT FOR OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with No wonder newspaper OKEECHOBEE 2 BR, 2 BA,
LEASE with build out!l In Okee- garage. C/Air. 1st, last & CBS, 425 NW 10th Ave.
311o here rstl chobee. $12 per sq ft. Call sec. 863-467-2541 or after readers earn more! Great home built in 1997.
The classlled ads Warren at (954)682-5933 5 pm 863-634-9330 $139,500 (954)475-0063

ACREAGE 2 1/2 acre
cleared and fenced located I
Four Seasons. Reduced
$70,000. (863)697-6446
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to look for a helper in
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6 + acres. Below market.
Priced $149,900
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Ft. Pierce, LLC

Mobile Homes

Mobile Home Lots 2005

Mobile Home Lots 200u
Mobile Home- Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes. Sale 2020

BASSINGER: 3br, 2ba. Double
Wide on 1 Ac. $975/mo. +
1st & Sec. 863-697-1494
ba D/W's No pets, yrly leasi
starting @ $600/mo -
$1000 sec, 863-763-4031
OKEECHOBEE 2 br, 2 ba, i
nice park. $600/mo
No pets. $700/$740 mo. ren
+ $600. Sec. dep. You pa
electric. (863)824-2246

Mobile Home Angels
20x12, Lot 31, $28,000
Land rent $310 mo. on Rir
Canal. (863)824-0044
park, doublewide, newly re
modeled, 3 br, 2 ba, corn
pletely furnished, carport
workshop. Owner financinanci
$25,000 (863)610-9466


Boats 3005
Campers/RVs 3011
Jet Skils 3015
Marine Accessories 3021
Marie Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3031
Sport Vehices/ATVs 3035

MOTORHOME '99 loaded
12K miles, $25,00
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Automobiles 4005 vs.
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O Classic Cars 4015 ODefendant(s),
n Commercial Trucks 4020 NOTICE OF SALE
Equipment 4025 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pu
the Final Judgment entered in
Foreign Cars 4030 now pending in said Court, th
Four Wheel Drive 4035 which is indicated above.
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040 I will sell to the highest and be
for cash at the OKEECHOBEE
Parts Repairs 4045 JUDICIAL CENTER, 312
Pickup Trucks 4050 Street, Okeechobee, Florida
Sport Utility 4055 the 5th da aof March,.2008,
a m., the ollowin described
Tractor Trailers 4060 as set forth in said Order or F
Utility Trailers 4065 ment, to-wit:
Vans 4070 LOT 12 OF THE PLAT OF SU
a/Ika: 13245 NE 97th Circle,
DODGE PICKUP 2001 4X4, OkeechobeeFL34972
2500 Series. Super clean ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN I
Trailer pkg. + extra's. 93K IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE
Trailer pkg. + e 9 ANY, OTHER THAN THE PR
$6500 (810)357-9033 OWNER AS OF THE DATE OI
ENTERED at Okeechobee Coo
da, this 23rd day of Jan., 200
BUCKET TRUCK GMC, runs As Clerk, Cir
great, $9,000 or best offer. OKEECHOBI
(863)261-1960 By: Lind
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Public Notice 5005
State Public -
) Legal Notice 5500

Case No.: 2008-DR-92
Jason Taylor,
Madelene Taylor, Ad Appe
Respondent pp c
0, TO: Madelene Taylor
n 6224 NW 24th L Reason
Okeechobee, FL 34972
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action has Private I
it been filed against you and that you are
e- required to serve a copy of your writ- P
n- ten defenses, if any, to it on Jason Place Yo
Taylor, whose address is 402 NW
S 10th St., Okeechobee, FL 34972 on or
g. before March 4, 2008, and file the From thI
original with the clerk of this Court at
Okeechobee County Judicial Center, f Your
Court Operations 1st Floor. 312 NW of Your
3rd Street. Okeechobee, Forida 34972
before service on Petitioner or immedi-
ately thereafter. II you fail to do so, a
default may e entered against you foro
the relief demanded in the petition. @
Copies of all court documents in this
case, including orders, are available at
0 upon request.
You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit
S Court's office notified of your current S
5 address. (You may file Noice of Cur-
0 rent Address, Florida Supreme Court
Approved Family Law Form 12.915) L :"
Future papers in this lawsuit wil be
mailed to the address on record at the
Clerk's office.
WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family
Law Rules of Procedure, requires cer- ''
tain automatic disclosure of docu-
d ments and information. Failure to
0 comply can result in sanctions, includ-
ing dismissal or striking of pleadings.
Coated: 1/31/2008 y/ eh
- By: /S/Heather Thomas '
1- Deputy. Clerk
259556 ON 2/4,11.18.25/08


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