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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

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Argument leads
to battery charge
An Okeechobee man was
arrested after he allegedly tried
to run down another man with
his truck while both were at-
tending the Mudfest on S.R. 70
E. early Sunday morning.
Page 3
Assault charge
filed against man
An argument between two
Okeechobee men ended when
one of the men reportedly be-
gan to chase the other man
with a 3-inch pocketknife Sun-
day night.
Jimmy Ledell Walls, 30, S.E.
32nd Ave., was arrested shortly
after 11 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10,
on a felony charge of aggravat-
ed assault. He was also charged
with the misdemeanor of crimi-
nal mischief. Walls was booked
into the Okeechobee County
Jail under a bond of $5,500.
Page 3


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
ae extends 35 feet from the
center of the street. If left by the
street,- Public. ,Works il p:11.
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
4 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

9.99 feet
g Last Year: 11.51 feet

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

Classifieds......................... 8, 9
Com ics .................................. 5
Community Events..................... 4
Crossword .........8
Obituaries.................................. 6
Opinion .. 4
Speak Out ........................... ...... 4
Sports. .......... 10
TV ............. 9
W weather .......................... ....... 2
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how to contact the newspaper.
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OUA seeks n, w water source

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee Utility Au-
thority (OUA) is taking steps to
ensure an adequate water sup-
ply in the face of the current
At their meeting this morn-
ing OUA board of directors is
expected to award emergency
contracts to American Drilling
Services and Bass Electric to add
a pump and wiring to make a
fifth well operational. The board
had already authorized rehabili-
tation of four production wells.

These four wells should deliver
1,000 gallons per minute or 1.44
million gallons per day. This fifth
well would bring the total well
capacity to 1,200 gallons per
minute or 1.73 million gallons
per day. The utility's groundwa-
ter treatment plant, which treats
well water, is in the city industrial
park. It currently has a capacity of
1 million gallons a day. Increased
capacity of that plant would re-
quire approval from the Florida
Department of Environmental
The utility's surfacewater

Big 0: Water shortage critical



Lake Okeechobee's water level may reach another record low by the end of the "dry"

Lake drops below 10 feet

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
How low will Lake
Okeechobee go?
On Monday, Feb. 11 the lake
level fell to 9.99 feet above sea
level. If predicted trends con-
tinue, by early summer the lake
will drop lower than it ever has
before. The current lake level is
more than four feet below the
average for this time of year.
This figure is even more omi-
nous when you realize that last
year it was mid-April before
the lake fell below 10 feet. At
that time the lake continued
the downward plunge until it
reached a record low of 8.82
on July 2, 2007.
It appears that this year. the
lake could drop to an even low-
er level at an earlier date.
Rainfall statistics for Novem-
ber through January show an
average of 6.68 inches across
the 16 southern Florida coun-
ties served by South Florida
Water Management District
(SFWMD). From November,

2007 through January of this
year the area wide. average
was 2.95 inches, which is 44
percent of normal rainfall.
The rainfall for Okeechobee
followed that trend. Accord-
ing to Okeechobee County
Airport Director Vernon Gray,
a total of 2.6 inches of rain fell
between November 2007 and
January 2008. The average for
Okeechobee for that period of
time is 6.25.
While some areas on the
east coast have received sub-
stantial amounts of rainfall, that
water had to be released to tide
due to lack of storage or pump-
ing facilities and this rainfall did
not help Lake Okeechobee or
the Everglades.
The National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration
predict that rainfall will contin-
ue below normal for the area
through.the end of April.
Charles Shinn, assistant
director for government and
community affairs for the Flor-
ida Farm Bureau stated in his
Feb. 8 newsletter that models

predict lake levels to drop be-
tween 7 feet and 8.3 feet by
June 1. If the lake drops to 7
feet that means that 40 percent
of the lake surface area will be
dry ground.
It will take more than a nor-
mal amount of rainfall for this
year to correct the problem. If
the area around and north of
the lake should receive a nor-
mal amount of rainfall, the lake
would only rise two or three
feet, still leaving a severe water
However, abundant rainfall
north of the lake could also
cause problems for the water
control structures on the Kis-
simmee River and other bod-
ies of water flowing into the
lake. Extreme differences in
water levels on the upstream
and downstream sides of the
structures could cause exces-
sive velocity of the water. This
velocity could scour holes in
the bottom and undermine the
structures. If this happens to an
See Lake Page 2

rt, located on S.
intersection with
ets water drawn
)keechobee. This
pacity of 5 million
However, current
litions might se-
e amount of lake
e. Therefore, the
lering heavier reli-
umping records
ierage daily flow
* 2.1 million gal-
ng the last twelve
the combined

outputs of both the surface wa-
ter and groundwater treatment
In a related item, South Flor-
ida Wat6r Management District
(SFWMD) officials will be on
hand to discuss surveys of Gov-
ernment Cut. The OUA intake
for the surfacewater treatment
plant is, located in Government
Cut near the pier at Jaycees Park.
Since the hurricanes of 2004 and
2005 stirred up the lake bottom,
the utility is unsure of how much
water can enter Government
Cut. Therefore, they have consid-

If yOU go ...
What: Monthly meeting ol
Ihe board ol directors of Ihe
Okeechobee Utility Authority
Where: 105 S.W. Fitlh Ave.
When 8:30 a.m. today
ered cutting a trench from Gov-
ernment Cut to the waters; edge
to ensure their supply of water
from the lake.
The board is also scheduled
See OUA Page 2

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Okeechob'le County
School Board will meet in
their chambers on Tuesday,
Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. where they
will announce the 2007-08
Okeechobee County School
District Teacher of the Year.
The selection committee,
consisting of Lonnie Steiert,
2007-08 Teacher of the Year;
Jenny Pung, community rep-
resentative;: Kelly Raulerson,
community representative;
School Board Member David
Williams and Lt. Mary Anne
Dana, community representa-
tive, reviewed the nominations,

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee High
School Teacher of the Year is
Bill Black, OHS's career spe-
cialist for the last 21 years. Mr.
Black received his bachelor's
degree in 1966 from Eastern
Kentucky University for busi-
ness education and a minor in
physical education.
He continued his education
at Xavier University in Cincinna-
ti, Ohio where he obtained his
master's degree in educational
administration with a minor
in recreation administration.
Once in Florida, he received
additional certification as an
occupational specialist from

If you go:
Okeechobee County School
Board Meeting
700 S.W. Second Ave.
Tuesday, Feb. 12, a[ 6 p.m.

conducted interviews and ob-
served the teachers in the class-
Okeechobee County Teach-
ers of the Year from each _
school a,e Okee,.hobee High
School, Bill Black; New En-
deavor High School, Dawn
Nichols; Okeechobee Fresh-
See School Page. 2-

Bill Black
the University of Central Florida
(UCF) in 1988 and certifica-
tion as a director of vocational,
See OHS Page 2

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Under the bus
An automobile wound up under an empty school bus on U.S. 441 North on Friday af-
ternoon. Two Okeechobee buses were actually involved in two wrecks Friday but none
involved any injuries, according to the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Department.
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Mr. Black named

OHS Teacher

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Something to cheer about
Okeechobee High School Cheerleaders Tiffany Etchison (left) and Jessie Weigum rode on
a fire truck in the Speckled Perch Festival Parade on Saturday in downtown Okeechobee.

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upstream structure, it could cause
a domino effect on downstream
Charles Homrne, SFWMD's
deputy executive director of op-
erations and maintenance, has
proposed several solutions to the
problem including using down-
stream temporary weirs and
putting additional rock riprap on
the downstream side of the struc-



Tax returns and E-filing done free
AARP-Taxaide offers free, tax preparation and E-Filing. Our free
service can answer most of the tax issues faced by all middle to
low income taxpayers. With special attention to taxpayers, age 60
or older. This service begins Feb. 11 until April 15, on Mondays and
Tuesday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the American Legion Bingo
hall, 501 S.E. Second St. (doors open 8:45 a.m. no sooner.) You
must bring last years tax return, all W-2's; 1099s; Interest, Dividend,
Broker and Social Security Statements and any other financial docu-
ments for 2007. Picture ID, Social Security card and birth dates re-
quired for everyone to be listed on the return. For direct deposit of
refund must have a blank check. The program cannot help with
state income tax returns. (Florida does not have state income tax.)
Help is first come, first served, no appointments. For information
call Neile Foreman, District Coordinator, (863) 357-1694. (Please do
not call the American Legion for information!)

Creative Skill and Craft Contest entries wanted
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-


Post your opinions
in the Public Issues Forum
Reporter Pete Gawda
may be reached at

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adult and community education
in 1992 also from UCF.
Mr. Black began his career in
Ohio where he taught business
education in two different high
schools from 1966 until 1970. He
then moved to Indiana where he
continued to teach business edu-
cation from 1970 until 1987.
While in both Indiana and
Ohio he also served as the assis-
tant football coach and eventually
the assistant football coach of Ha-
nover College in Indiana as well.
He came to the Okeechobee
High School in 1987 where he has
assisted students in ninth through

Continued From Page 1
man Campus, Brian Dryden;
Osceola Middle School, Dianne
Leko; Yearling Middle School, Me-
linda Gray; Central Elementary,
Judy Mix; Everglades Elementary,
Heather Hawk; North Elemen-
tary, Elizabeth Stanley; Seminole
Elementary, Erin Ellinger; South
Elementary, Karen Carrier; and
Exceptional Child Education,
Shanda Altman.
According to the Florida De-
partment of Education website,
this program recognizes and hon-
ors the contributions of outstand-
ing classroom teachers who have
demonstrated a superior capac-
ity to inspire a love of learning in
students of all backgrounds and
Nomination packets are sent
to district superintendents at the
beginning of each school year.
Selection processes may differ by
district, but Okeechobee accepts
nominations from individual
schools within their district and
then require the candidates to un-
dergo a more strenuous selection

twelfth grade and postsecondary
students with career counseling,
college preparation, tenth grade
registration, employment advis-
ing, scholarship coordination,
ninth grade career exploration
and many other related guidance
Mr. Black continues to expand
his education by attending work-
shops such as the State University
System workshop, professional
learning community, Quad Coun-
ty Tech Prep Guidance Conclave,
Professional Learning Commu-
nity and WIN for Florida Ready to
Work program.
According to his principal,
Toni Wiersma, Mr. Black "serves
as an encourager, mentor, re-
source person, and counselor for

Only one teacher may be nom-
inated by a distinct to the state and
only the superintendent may sub-
mit the nomination. All full-time,
public school classroom teachers,
grades pre-K through 12, adult ed-
ucation teachers, postsecondary
vocational/technical education
teachers, guidance counselors,
media specialists, and department
chairpersons who actively engage
in classroom teaching are eligible,
for nomination. School personnel
whose major responsibilities are
administrative or supervisory are
Each Florida District Teacher
of the Year receives an award
check of $500 from the depart-
ment. The Florida Teacher of the
Year receives an award check of
$2,500 from the Department of
Education. The Florida Teacher of
the Year also serves as the Christa
McAuliffe Ambassador for Educa-
In this role, they serve as a
goodwill ambassador represent-
ing the Department of Educa-
tion and teachers throughout the
state. The Teacher of the Year may
conduct workshops, address fel-

our students."
Through Mr. Black OHS is con-
nected with all of the state colleg-
es and coordinates College Day
each year where representatives
from 60 different colleges attend
to provide parents and students
college information. Another task
of Mr. Black is to coordinate a Ca-
reer Day for juniors and seniors
where local businesses and orga-
nizations come and explain job
opportunities for OHS students.
Scholarship night is another
key event that Mr. Black ensures
is available for OHS students. Ac-
cording to Mrs. Wiersma, last year
50 percent of the graduating class
received some type of scholarship
totaling over $600,000 in local
scholarships and over $1 million.

low teachers, parents, and busi-
ness and community leaders at
conferences and meetings, and
talk to student groups about ca-
reers in education. The ambas-
sador is on sabbatical leave from
his/her school district during this
year of service. The Department
reimburses the district for the
teacher's salary and benefits.
Last year's Okeechobee Coun-
ty District Teacher of the Year was
Yolanda Steiert from Central El-
ementary School.
In other business, the board
will honor students from Cen-
tral Elementary, Yearling Middle
School and Okeechobee High
School will be present for recog-
The board will also, consider
two students for expulsion. Board
members will consider expulsion
of a tenth grade student at New
Endeavor High School for the re-
mainder of the school year for the
following violations of the code
of conduct: defiance of author-
ity; and possession, using and/or
procuring, selling or dispensing
alcohol and drugs.
The superintendent is also
recommending expulsion of a

Co-worker Jennie Godwin
that Mr. Black's "professionalism
is impeccable and his knowledge
of his subject area is extensive. I
have complete confidence in his
ability to handle the most com-
plex school situation whether it is
a sensitive parent conference or a
school-wide presentation." ,
"He is the leader of our team
that helps students plan their im-
mediate futures following high
school ... he is my teacher, men-
tor, co-worker and friend."
Post your opinions
in the Public Issues Forum
Reporter Chauna Aguilar
may be reached at

12th grader at Okeechobee High
School for the remainder of the
school year for violation of the
code involving the possession,
using and/or procuring, selling or
dispensing of alcohol and drugs.
In unrelated business, the
board will move to reschedule the
April school board meeting from
Tuesday, April 8, to Tuesday, April
15, at 6 p.m. to accommodate
staff returning from Spring Break
and preparation of allocation rec-
ommendations for the 2008-09
Fiscal Year which will appear on
the April agenda.
In addition, the board will:
proclaim February to be
Black History Month;
proclaim the week of March
3 through March 7, to be School
Breakfast Week,
*consider a recommendation
to appoint Gwen Faulkner as the
food service manager at YMS.
Post your opinions
in the Public Issues Forum
Reporter Chauna Aguilar
may be reached at

OUA an employee procedure manual., approve a contract for the *amend the executive di-
u LJ In other action the board is ex- sealing of pump station walls; rector's contract to change the
Continued From Pa 1 pected to: *approve a change order to wording dealing with retirements.
Continued .From Page i .recognize employees for Ion- Boyle Engineering for work being benefits.
go hear from the attorney, Ton gevity; done on the SE-2 lift station and Post your opinions
Conley on purchases of easement receive the finance report for gravity sewer rehabilitation; in the Public Issues Forum
and property for the southeast the period ending Jan. 31: *recognize Devin Maxwell at
sewer main. *award two contracts in con- as an alternate member of the Reporter Pete Gawda
The executive director is nection with the demolition at the board representing the City of may be reached at
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Assault charge fi

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An argument between two
Okeechobee men ended when
one of the men reportedly began
to chase the other man with a 3-
inch pocketknife Sunday night.
Jimmy Ledell Walls, 30, S.E.
32"d' Ave., was arrested shortly
after 11 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, on
a felony charge of aggravated as-
sault. He was also charged with
the misdemeanor of criminal mis-
chief. Walls was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under a

bond of $5,500.
Walls was arrested follow-
ing an apparent
fight with the
victim in the
yard of his home
on S.B. 32",'1
Ave., stated an
arrest report by
Deputy Wayne
Douglas of the
Okeechobee Jimmy
County Sheriff's Walls
Office (OCSO).
The deputy states in his report
that the victim is now dating a for-

led against
mer girlfriend of Walls, and when and began r
they went to Walls' home to talk The victim
to him about another incident lie a nearby hoi
ran out of the home and into the suit and thr
yard after the male victim, the report.
Both the male victim and the Walls, ho
woman reportedly told the depu- into the yar
ty that Walls had an open knife in and return(
his right hand, stated the deputy's As he wa
report. truck, Depu
The two men went to the his report th
ground, continued the report, knife blade
and Walls apparently struck the the back anc
male victim wvith his closed fist in der tires on t
the head and stomach areas. The victim's 199
victim managed to get to his feet truck.

mining away.
n ran into the yard of
me with Walls in pur-
eatening him, stated
wever, did not follow
d. Instead he turned
d to his home.
walked by the victim's
ty Douglas stated in
hat Walls plunged the
into the sidewall of
d front Buckshot Mud-
the driver's side of the
)5 Chevrolet pickup

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Argument leads

to battery charge

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man was
arrested after he allegedly tried
to run down another man with
his truck while
both were at-
tending the
Mudfest on
S.R. 70 E. early
Sunday morn- .
Curtis Dan-
iel Gordineer,
19, N.E. 103"r Curtis
Ave., was ar- Gordineer
rested and
charged with the felony of ag-
gravated battery with a motor
vehicle. He was also charged
with the misdemeanor of pos-
session of marijuana under 20
grams. He was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under a
bond of $10,500.
An arrest report by Detective
Bryan Lowe of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
states that around 3:40 a.m. on,
Sunday, Feb. 10, the victim saw
a white vehicle pushing his truck

When he went to his vehicle
the driver of the the white ve-
hicle -- later identified as Gor-
dineer -- reportedly began to
chase him with his vehicle. The
victim stopped running at the left
rear of his truck when Gordineer
"drove into it -- pinning his (the
victim's) right hand between the
vehicles," stated the detective's
The report goes on to indi-
cate that the victim had at least
two broken fingers on his hand.
After Gordineer was arrested
he was taken to the county jail
where a small amount of a green
leafy substance was found in his
pocket. When field tested the
substance indicated a positive
result for the presence of mari-
According to Detective
Lowe's report Gordineer and
the victim had been involved in
a fight at the weekend mudding
event earlier in the evening.
Reporter Eric Kopp
may be reached at

Plumber charged

with theft of ATV

Red Cross ready
Okeechobee's American Red Cross traveled through the Speckled Perch Parade, Feb. 9, as well as other law enforcement
and fire rescue vehicles. Local agencies were well represented in the park.

Arrest Report

The following individuals
were arrested on felony or driv-
ing under the influence (DUI)
charges by the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO),
the Okeechobee City Police De-
partment (OCPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Flor-
ida Fish and Wildlife Conser-
vation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
Terry-Leo Fisher, 48,-N'.W.

Seventh Ave., Okeechobee,
was arrested Feb. 8 by Deputy
Corporal Aric Majere on an
Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with conspiracy to
sell/deliver/manufacture a coun-
terfeit controlled substance. His
bond was-set at $5,000.
Matthew L. Ditto, 23,
Chobee Loop, Okeechobee,
was arrested Feb. 8 by Deputy
Dale Hardy on an Okeechobee
*County warrant charging him

with driving under the influence.
His bond was set at $500.
Justin Ryan Doward, 18,
S.E. Rushing Lane, Port St. Lu-
cie, was arrested Feb. 9 by De-
tective Rick Durfee on a felony
charge of grand theft motor
vehicle and a misdemeanor
charge of criminal mischief. He
was released on his own recog-
Kenneth Leenorris Ford,
41; N.W. Third St., Okeechobee,

was arrested Feb. 9 by Deputy
Justin Akins on a charge of ag-
gravated battery (domestic). His
bond was set at $10,000.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless other-
wise stated. Anyone listed here
who is later found innocent or
has had the charges against
them dropped is welcome to in-
form this newspaper. The infor-
mation will be confirmed and

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By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
While working on a special
detail last weekend at the Mud-
fest on S.R. 70 E. a local detec-
tive arrested
a Royal Palm
Beach plumber
for his alleged
connection in
the theft of an
All Terrain Ve-
hicle (ATV).
James Wor- -- d
man, 29, was David
charged with Worman
grand theft-auto' and booked
into the Okeechobee County Jail
by Detective Bryan Lowe of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO) on Feb. 10. Wor-
man's bond was set at $1,500
'Detective Lowe stated in his
arrest report that he learned of
the apparent theft of a dark red
Yamaha ATV and made con-
tact with Worman around 8:30
a.m. on Sunday on the property
where the weekend mudding
event was being held. When
asked about the Yamaha ATV he
had in his possession, Worman
told the detective he bought it
from a 6-foot-2-inch Russian
man for $500.
The detective's report states
the ATV was fairly new and
would have cost about $8,000
when first purchased. Detective

Lowe also noted that the igni-
tion on the vehicle appeared to
have been tampered with be-
cause the digital display was on
without the key being in the on
The detective and Worman
continued to talk for a while and
as Detective Lowe was prepar-
ing to leave the campsite the
man started the ATV by twisting
two loose wires together that
were located under the fender.
Witnesses apparently told
the detective that the Royal Palm
Beach plumber arrived around
5 a.m. on Saturday morning
with the ATV Worman allegedly
asked friends camping at the
event if he could load the ATV
on their trailer, and they would
then take it home for him. The
witnesses, however, reportedly
told Detective Lowe that once
they saw the condition of the
ignition they told Worman to
leave the campsite.
The detective's report goes
on to state that a short time later
a man, who was identified as the
owner of the vehicle, showed up
with the key to the ATV. When he
tried to start the recreational ve-
hicle it would not start because,
the wires had been cut, stated
Detective Lowe's report.
Reporter Eric Kopp
may be reached at

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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!
MEN OF HONOR: I have been watching the debates and reading
about the candidates and I don't have anything against Obama, but
I think he just does not have the experience to be president. I think
he needs to get some more experience and run when he is older. I
do not trust either of the Clintons and certainly don't want them back
in the White House. McCain won the Republican vote in Florida, and
while I don't agree with him on every point, I believe he is a man
of honor. I can't say that about all the others. I believe Huckabee is
also a man of honor. Maybe McCain and Huckabee could team up. I
think those are two men we can trust to be honest and true. They are
concerned about doing the right thing. Some of the others are more
concerned about doing what benefits their supporters.

SUNDAY: I want to comment about the Sunday morning work-
ings about the County Tractors cutting the grass. Why wouldn't you
work on Sunday? It is the first day of the week. The Bible says to rest
on the seventh day of the week which is Saturday, that is the true rest
day that God gave us in the Ten Commandments. Read your Bible,
the first commandment clearly says, 'rest on the seventh day of the
week,' not the first day.
Editor's note: As mentioned earlier in this column, accord-
ing to the County Road Department, there were no county
tractors working on Sunday. The caller must have seen
equipment operated by private contractors who work for
the Department of Transportation. Regarding the Bible, there
are many translations of the Bible and the wording varies. A
Bible given to the newspaper office by the Gideons gives the
passage which is referred to as the third commandment --
as "Remember the Sabbath, and keep it holy." In the days of
the Old Testament, the Sabbath was observed on Saturday,
just as the Jews still observe it today. However, the early
Christians moved their holy day to the first day of the week
to signify the change in their beliefs, that they were no longer
waiting for the messiah to come, but were now following the
teachings of their savior.

MUDFEST: I would like to comment on the Mud Fest. 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 period's at a time. I sat
Friday 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, 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.

GAY MARRIAGE: Whoever called in that said that McCain is pro
gay marriage is mistaken. He had been very vocal for a while that it
should be a state issue because a Constitutional Amendment will nev-
er happen. In a debate, when asked directly, he said he would oppose
gay marriage if legislature were brought to him as president. We've
got a lot of our young people giving their lives in a war, and many
people who don't have health care and the economy slowing and so
many problems, that gay marriage should not be a priority. I agree
with the other man that said that, even though we don't agree with
all that John McCain says, he's the only Republican who can win. It's
him or Obama or Hillary and we sure don't want the latter two.

ON THE MENU: I would just like to say that I asked a local restau-
rant manager in this town, 'do you ever serve any cats in your estab-
lishment?' And he responded, 'No, no, no, we only serve people.'

TURN SIGNALS: This is to people who don't know what a turn-
ing signal is, when you are behind or in front of somebody. People
should turn their signal on to let you know that they are going to
turn. Also when you are sitting across a road and you don't know if
they are going to turn straight or left or right. Then they usually wind
up turning with no signal on. The people who don't use turn signals
are probably the same people who don't turn on the lights when it
gets dark. Please use your signals and turn your lights on when it gets

OBAMA: During this current election, I have heard so much about
Obama being a Muslim, but we don't know if he is for sure or not.
But his father is a Muslim. And I'm not prejudiced because he is black,
because if Colin Powell was running I would vote for him. But he is
not running, so please make sure it's a Christian and a person who
can do the job.
Editor's note: According to all background documentation
available at, and Mr.
Obama's campaign web site, Barack Obama was born in Ho-
nolulu to a black Kenyan father and a white American moth-
er. His father was raised Muslim but was said to consider
himself an atheist by the time his sone was born. They sepa-
rated when Barack Obama was two years old and he was
raised by his mother, a Christian. His mother later remarried
a "non-practicing" Muslim. According to Mr. Obama's web
site and his published books, he is a Christian.

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Letters to the Editor

Florida sugar
cane legacy
The Spanish brought sugar
cane to Florida as early as 1500.
Around Lake Okeechobee the
land was fertile, just the way it
should be for sugar cane plants
to grow. But farmers are not the
only ones who benefit from this
lake. The irrigation canals and
dikes around the lake protect
Palm Beach and Miami from salt-
water invasion and flooding in
this area.
Lake Okeechobee is the sec-
ond largest fresh-water lake in the
United State. Well over 3 million
acres of land are currently de-
voted to conservation and water
management. For air quality, cane
stalks (which are called bagass)
are used to generate power from
mill operation, which eliminates
the use of 100 million gallon of
fossil fuel each year. One mill
even produces electricity and sells
it to south Florida.
It is such a shame to not give
any credit to Florida's sugar cane
Florida sugar cane farmers are
like all Americans, Florida -con-
sumers pay 22 percent less for
sugar than consumers in other
developed countries.
When sugar prices plunged by
almost 20 percent during 1996-
2004, injuring producers, indus-

trial sugar users and retail grocers
did not pass the savings onto con-
Florida consumers rely on a
strong cane sugar industry in their
state to supply this essential food
Two sugarcane refineries are
located in Clewiston (owned
by U.S. Sugar Corporation) and
South Bay (Okeelanta Corp.).
Florida has six mills: two are lo-
cated in Belle Glade, one in Clew-
iston, one in South Bay, and two
in Pahokee.
More than 100 countries pro-
duce sugar and American produc-
ers are among the most efficient.
More than half of the world's
sugar is produced at a higher cost
than in the U.S.
The U.S. is the second-largest
net importer of sugar after Rus-
sia in the world. The WTO and
NAFTA trade agreements require
the U.S. to import sugar from 41
countries, about 15 percent of our
market, whether we need the for-
eign sugar or not.
Jack Roney the director of eco-
nomics and policy analysis for the
American Sugar Alliance pointed
out that import figures are likely
to increase in coming years as the
border between Mexico and the
U.S. opens. Under NAFTA, Mexico
can ship an unlimited amount'of
sugar into America duty-free start-
ing next week, and U.S. produc-

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, Feb. 12
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.
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 Breth-
ren Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
Christian Home Educators of Okeechobee will meet at the
Grace Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 701 S. Parrott Ave. Any-
one currently home schooling or interested in home schooling 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 mpsic. For in-
formation, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-4320.
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 infor-
mation, contact Dr. Edward Douglas at (863) 763-4320.
AA. 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
The Lighthouse Refuge support group meets at Believers Fel-
lowship 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 support or
someone just to care are welcome. For information call the hot line
(863) 801-9201 pr (863) 697-9718.
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St., will be
hosting God's Time -- a morning of free organized Christian activi-
ties 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. Child care will be provided for infants during
the class. For information, call (863) 763-4021.
Narcotics Anonymous will begin meeting every Tuesday at
noon. Meetings will be held at the Just for Today Club, 101 Fifth
Ave. For information, call (863) 634-4780.

ers can send their product south
of the border.
"No one knows for sure how
much Mexican sugar will enter
the market," Roney said. "That's
why the pending Farm Bill is so
Sugar producers are pleased to
know the new Farm Bill contains
a provision that will allow ethanol
producers to turn unneeded sugar
imports to fuel, thus keeping the
U.S. sugar market balanced.
Many farmers 'like the sugar
cane farmer in Florida are stew-
ards of the land and try to keep
the environment safe and pro-
duce safe crops. It is time to rec-
ognize their noble efforts after all
farmers are in partnership with
God to take of his land and feed
his people.
Klodette Stroh
National Sugar chairman
for WIFE

Lakeport festival
hurt by competition
The 2008 Lakeport Sour Or-
ange Festival is now history. This
was our 17th year for the festival.
The people who attended had
a good 'time, but many people
chose to support other attractions
out of the county. This was also
true at the Ortona Cane Grinding
Festival. These small communities

do their very best to have a fun
filled festival for the public and
still be able to support our causes
with the money we make. It takes
many people to really make these
festivals a true success.
To all the people who did at-
tend we truly thank you for com-
ing. The quilt show, photography
and Glades history displays were
all done with perfection. The
band was well received as was
the other entertainment: There
was a good variety in the vendor
tables. Food, especially the sour
orange pie and swamp cabbage
were a big hit.
Our goal for the Our Orange
Festival is to make enough money
to support our youth of Lakeport.
We have an after school program
that is run by volunteers with 28
children enrolled. We want to
support our graduating seniors
with scholarship money and help
all the children in Lakeport who
need us. We need the support of
our local people to make our ef-
forts a big success.
Again we thank you at the
newspaper for doing your share in
promoting our festival. We thank
everyone who came to help, us.
To all the local people who did
not attend, we missed you.
Jo Randolph,
President of the Lakeport
Community Association

Community Events

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. 28t1 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
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 mem-
ory loss screenings at the Visiting Nurse Association located at 208
S.E. Park St. Appointments are needed. Please call Donna True at
800-861-7826 Ext. 1 or 772-285-6291. Screenings are for anyone, any
age that is concerned about memory loss. Screenings conducted by
staff from St. Mary's Memory Disorder Center.

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. 120", 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 863-467-0423.

Teen block party planned
Communities in Schools and the Police Athletic League
of Okeechobee will host a teen, block party on Feb. 15 at the
Okeechobee Skate Park, 300 N.W. Sixth Ave. from 6 until 10 p.m.
Admission is $5 per student. The party is for grades 6 through 9
only. There will be food, inflatables, music, and lots of fun. For
more information call (863) 462-5863.

Scrapbooking event planned
A scrapbooking cropping party will be held on Friday, Feb. 15,
from 6 until 10 p.m. at the First Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second
St. All levels of scrapbookers are welcome. Carolyn Jones will be
available to assist you with your scrapbooking questions and sup-
plies. 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) 634-1885.
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!


Okeechobee News, Tuesday, February 12, 2008 5

At the Movies
The following movies are
now showing at the Brahman
Theatres Ill.
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 Ill "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.
For information, call (863)

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Wibbels named Volunteer of the Year I

For her many years of dedi-
cation, the March of Dimes is
pleased to announce Sally Wib-
bels as the 2007 Okeechobee
Volunteer of the Year. Sally has
been a volunteer for the March
of Dimes for more than 15 years.
As President of the Okeechobee
Healthy Start Coalition, she has
been the driving force behind
their top fundraising March for
Babies team. An employee of the
Okeechobee County School Dis-
trict, Mrs. Wibbels has grown the
involvement of the Okeechobee
County Schools in March for Ba-
bies to nearly 100 percent.
"Sally is a staple at the walk reg-
istration table every year, I don't
know how we will be able to fill
her shoes when she retires at the

"It is community-minded volunteers like Sally that
help make the work of the March of Dimes so
successful. Her enthusiasm is contagious, and her
caring personality is evident in all she does."
Pam Crowley,
March of Dimes Treasure Coast Division Director.

end of this school year," said Pam
Crowley, March of Dimes Trea-
sure Coast Division Director. "It
is community-minded volunteers
like Sally that help make the work
of the March of Dimes so success-
ful. Her enthusiasm is contagious,
and her caring personality is evi-
dent in all she does."
The March of Dimes invites the
entire Okeechobee County com-

munity to join Sally and all of the
other great March of Dimes vol-
unteers on March 1 for the 2008
March for Babies. A four-mile
trek beginning and ending at Fla-
gler Park, March for Babies is the
March of Dimes signature event
and the only fundraising event
conducted by the March of Dimes
in Okeechobee County.
"By participating in March for

Babies you can help us further
the March of Dimes mission to
improve the health of babies by
preventing birth defects, prema-
ture birth, and infant mortality."
explained Crowley.
The March of Dimes carries
out its mission through research,
community services, education
and advocacy to save babies'
lives. March of Dimes researchers,
volunteers, educators, outreach
workers and advocates work to-
gether to give all babies a fighting
chance against the threats to their
health: prematurity, birth defects,
and low birth weight. For more
information on volunteering for
the March of Dimes or participat-
ing in the March for Babies event,
call (863) 763-3131.

Barry Oberholtzer, immediate past-chair, March of Dimes
presents Sally Wibbles with the 2007 Okeechobee Volunteer
of the Year award.


Daniel Fleming
Hubert Daniel Fleming, age 83
died, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2008 at his
residence in Lorida. Born Aug. 5,
1924 in Greensboro, N.C. he had
been a resident of Lorida for the
past 10 years and was a WWII
Army Veteran and was awarded
the Purple Heart. He was a mem-
ber of the Mt. Pleasant Methodist
Church in Greensboro, N.C.
He is preceded in death by his
wife, Nancy Hanner Fleming.
He is survived by sons, Mi-
chael Lynn Fleming of Spartan-
burg, S.C., Joseph Clark (Robin)
Fleming of Greensboro, N.C.;
daughter, Danna Fleming Free-
man of Clayton, N.C. and sister,
Mildred Bray of Greensboro, N.C.
In addition, he is survived by six
grandchildren and seven great
A memorial service will be
held at a later date.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.

Jerry Thomas Beggs
Jerry Thomas Beggs, 67 of
Bryant, lost his long courageous
battle with pulmonary disease on
Friday, Feb. 8, 2008. He was sur-
rounded by his loving family at
the Arkansas Heart Hospital. He
was born Jan. 17, 1941, in Clarks-
ville, Texas. Mr. Beggs was a Bap-
tist, a Mason, and a past member
Graduating from New Deal

High School in Texas, he attend-
ed North Texas State on a football
scholarship. He earned his B.S.E.
at Southern
Arkansas Uni-
versity in Mag-
nolia, his M.S.E.
at Henderson
State University
in Arkadelphia, .
and his Educa-
tion Specialist
at Florida Atlan- Jerry Thomas
tic University in Beggs
Boca Raton. Pri-
or to retiring in 1991, he was an
educator who served as principal
and superintendent in Florida,
Nevada, and multiple Arkansas
school districts.
He was an aviator, who owned
and piloted his own planes, in-
cluding his favorite Beechcraft
Duke. He enjoyed hunting, fish-
ing, and traveling world-wide
with his children and grandchil-
dren to such destinations as Ha-
waii, Jamaica, Alaska, Mexico,
Europe, and the Caribbean.
He was preceded in death by
his father, V. B. Beggs.
He is survived by his loving
wife, Wanda Humphries Beggs
of Bryant; mother, Sarah Eliza-
beth Beggs of Hope; daughter,
Anna Elizabeth (Missy) Bell of
Arkadelphia; son, Tommy Beggs
of Austin, Texas; brother,'Charles
R. (Melinda) Beggs of Sherwood;
sister, Karen Massey of Hope;
three grandchildren, Christopher
and Kayla Beggs of Lee's Sum-
mit, Mo., and Anna Lee Bell of
Arkadelphia, Ark. He was loved

and cherished by many other
family members and friends.
Visitation was held on Sunday,
Feb. 10, at Ashby Funeral Home
in Benton.
Funeral services were held
Monday, Feb. 11, at Ashby Funer-
al Home with burial at Pinecrest
In lieu of flowers, the fam-
ily requests that memorials be
made in his name to the Arkan-
sas Lung Association, 211 Natu-
ral Resources Dr., Little Rock,
Ark., 72205.

Dr. Ernest
Woodrow Tufts
Dr. Ernest Woodrow Tufts,
age 90 of Okeechobee died, Sat-
urday, Feb. 9, 2008 in Raulerson
Hospital. Born March 15, 1917 in
Smithers, W. Va., he had been a
resident of Okeechobee since
1973 and was a lieutenant Com-
mander in the United States Navy
Reserve. He was a member of
the local Moose Lodge, VFW and
the Elks.
He is preceded in death by his
son, Bruce Tufts.
He is survived by his wife,
Wilda M. Tufts of Okeechobee;
sons, Thomas M. (Ruby) Tufts II
of West Palm Beach; three grand-
children and eight great grand-
There are no service plans at
this time.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.

Health News in Brief

consultation offered
Problems with drug or alco-
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know, but don't know where to
turn? The Drug Rehab Resource
service can give you the help you
need. Contact the Drug Rehab
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Cancer support
group to meet
Okeechobee County Cancer
Support Group meets on the first
Thursday of each month. All can-
cer patients, survivors and sup-
porters are welcomed to attend,
support and encourage each
other. They meet the first Thurs-
day of each month at 5:30 p.m.
at First Baptist Church, 401 SW
4th Street, Okeechobee, FL 34974
(entrance is the door to the W in
front of church). Please contact
Susie Pickering at (863) 467-5831
or First Baptist Church at (863)
763-2171 for more information.
Healthy Start group
seeks donations
The Healthy Start Coalition
is accepting donations of baby
items such as furniture, shoes,
clothing, maternity clothes, stroll-
ers and other items for infants
and toddlers. Proceeds from the
sale of donated items will be used
to benefit infants and pregnant

women in the community. For in-
formation, call (863) 462-5877.

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

for all donors.

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

Just for Today
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Okeechobee is an Addiction re-
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where people can come to fellow-
ship or attend meetings. For infor-
mation on this newv club, contact
Michael at (863) 634-4780.

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If you love pasta, but are con-
cerned about limiting carbohy-
drates, consider moderation.
Try pasta as a side dish, in-
stead of potatoes or rice.
When my grandmother (who
was born in Germany) served
"spaghetti dinner," the menu in-
cluded roast beef, salad and spa-
ghetti as a side dish. Spaghetti
is often considered fattening, but
a lot depends on the portions. If
you consume a small serving as
pasta with lean meat and a salad,
you can still have a healthy, low-
fat, low-calorie meal.
For a healthy pasta sauce,
make it yourself from fresh veg-
etables. Here's a simple one that
has gotten lots of compliments at
my house.
three cloves of garlic,

one large onion, minced
three cups chopped celery
Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
one large green pepper,
six large, ripe tomatoes,
diced, or one large can of crushed
or diced tomatoes.
one-half cup fresh basil,
minced (or three tablespoons
one-half cup fresh parsley,
minced (or three tablespoons
dried parsley)
three tablespoons dried
salt and pepper to taste
pasta (your choice, pre-
pare according to package direc-
In a deep pan on medium heat
saut6 garlic, onion, green pepper

and celery in just enough EVOO
to keep the vegetables from stick-
ing to the bottom of the pan. Stir
frequently and cook until the cel-
ery is translucent. Add tomatoes
and spices. Reduce heat to low,
cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
Toss with pasta and garnish with
cheese if desired.
Notes: I prefer yellow onions,
but use white onions if I can't
find any yellow onions grown in
the U.S. I do not buy imported
produce. I do this in part to sup-
port the American farmers and
in part because other countries
allow the use of pesticides that
are banned in this country. From
a food safety standpoint, I prefer
American produce.
It is difficult to find flavorful
tomatoes in Florida, so I usu-
ally use canned tomatoes for my

spaghetti sauce. I do use fresh if
I can find tomatoes with good fla-
vor. I have found most tomatoes
grown in Florida are varieties that
are hardy for shipping. They look
beautiful but don't have the flavor
I am looking for. It might be due
to the variety of tomato. It might
be because Florida soils don't
have the same minerals as soils
in Midwestern states. It might be
because often Florida tomatoes
are picked green and ripen dur-
ing processing.
I prefer fresh spices and often
use fresh basil and parsley. I never
had much luck growing my own
oregano, but if you have fresh,
use about half a cup.
For extra nutrition, add yellow
squash or zucchini to the spa-
ghetti sauce. Squash takes a little
longer to cook, so put it in the

Health News in Brief

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

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

Childbirth classes
are planned
The Okeechobee Healthy Start
Coalition will be offering Child-
birth Education Classes. For infor-
mation, call (863) 462-5877.

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 of-
fice, located at 575 S.W 28"' St.;
within the New Endeavors School
Building. This meeting is open to
the public. For information call
Kay Begin at 462-5877.

Diabetes Support
at Raulerson Hospital
Raulerson Hospital offers a
monthly Diabetes Support Group
which meets on the second Thurs-
day of each month in the hospital
cafeteria at 2 p.m. If you have any
questions please call the program
coordinator, Wanda Haas, R.N.,
B.A., C.D.E., C.P.T., at 763-5093.

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

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

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

Cancer Society
seeks volunteers
The American Cancer Society
is recruiting volunteers who are
interested in making a difference
in the fight against cancer. Volun-
teers with the American Cancer
Society's Florida Division par-
ticipate in programs that support
research funding, educate the
community, deliver services to
patients and advocate for policies
that help defeat cancer. To get in-
volved, call the American Cancer
Society at (800) ACS-2345.

Narcotics group
to meet Tuesdays
Narcotics Anonymous will
begin meeting every Tuesday at
noon. Meetings will be held at
the Just for Today Club, 2303 U.S.
441 S.E., Suite K. For information,
call (863) 634-4780.

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

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pot first with a little oil, stir until
the squash is coated with oil and
then add the garlic, onions, etc.
I say "salt and pepper to taste,"
and "to taste" in my kitchen
means every little salt. I don't use
any salt in my pasta sauce. I do
salt the water before I cook the
This recipe makes a large pot
of sauce, enough for at least ten
"side dish" servings. If you want
more or less, do the math and ad-
just the recipe.
Before making any change
to your diet or exercise plan,
consult your doctor. This is
especially important if you
are on any prescription med-
ications. Some drugs interact
badly with foods that would
otherwise be considered

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Start a new career in the much needed field of
nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
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then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
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Coquina Water Management
District has an opening for
Field Superintendent.
Resumes will be accepted,
but our application forms
must be used. Our
application forms are
available at Wicks, Brown,
Williams & Co. at 504 NW
5th Avenue, Okeechobee,
FL. Applications will be
accepted until this
position is filled.
All questions should be
directed to W.M. Byars,
Chairman, 863-634-4293

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

Rant2lic iHouses- -- Rent 0930


Apartments 905
Business Places 9,10
Property 915
Townhouses Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960

rent. (863)763-7783 or
In Town, 2br/2ba, $850
mo. + $500. sec. dep.
Includes Washer & Dryer
(863)634-5780 or
OKEE., Huge, Clean, 2br, 2ba
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

LEASE with build out! In Okee-
chobee. $12 per sq ft. Call
Warren at (954)682-5933

'KINGS BAY, 2br/2ba, $750
mo. BASSWOOD, 2 br, 1 ba
$700/mo. (863)763-7301 or
VILLA 2 br, 2 ba,
Remodeled Kitchen, W/D,
Covered screened patio,
(863)634-3414 or 634-3251
Houes Ret 0930

narB d New 3/2/2

Concrete Block
Stucco homes.
$995 Down
From $895
per month

3 beautiful New 3br, 2ba. on
large lots. $1050 mo. +
Sec. dep. (754)423-8202
BRAND NEW- Rent or Buy
3br/2ba, 1700 sq ft, garage,
laundry, tiled, $1000/mo.
rent. $5,000 applied to pur-
chase of $149,900 after 1
year. 3429 NW 40th Dr,
Basswood. 1(561)718-2822
1BA, $800 mo. 1st, last &
$500 sec. dep. Call for info.
8am-5pm. (863)357-6700
LAKEPORT 2br, 1ba,
$750/mo inclds utilities,
R e f s req uired .
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage. C/Air. 1st, last &
sec. 863-467-2541 or after
5 pm 863-634-9330

Okee, 715 NE 29th Ave.,
2BR/2BA, 1 car garage, Ig.
Fla. rm., Owner/Agent, own-
er financing, lease option,
$950 mo. (863)634-4581 or
with Fam./Rm. All tile floors,
Hi-Lo Acres. $1300 mo.
772-349-3848 or 597-1967
1 ba, waterfront house, large
fencedyard. $750/mo

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

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

CBS, 425 NW 10th Ave.
Great home built in 1997.
$139,500 (954)475-0063

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
Ft. Pierce, LLC

Mobile Homes

Mobile Home Lots 2005
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
CHOICE OF 3BR, or 2 BR, 2
ba D/W's No pets, yrly lease,
starting @ $600/mo +
$1000 sec. 863-763-4031
OKEECHOBEE 2 br, 2 ba, in
nice park. $600/mo.
No pets. $700/$740 mo. rent
+ $600. Sec. dep. You pay
electric. (863)824-2246

Notice is hereby given that pursuautl to Chapters 125,35, Florida Statutes, the
County of Okeechohee wil receive sealed bids for the purchase lor cash of the
following described real properly:

A portion of the existing right-of-way (R/W) for N.E. 39th 11 Boulevard (f/ka "Ce-
metery Road" too100 feet wide), said portion of existing R/W is lying within Section
3, Township 37 South, Range 35 East, Okeechobee County, Flodda, and Is more
particularly described as follows:
Commence at the Northwest corner of the Southwest 1/4 of said Section 3 as
shown on the R/W map lor State Road No. 15, Section 91020-2506. Sheet 11 of
17 last revision dated 5/8/1998, thence proceed South 8937'51" East along the
North line of said Southwest 1/4, a distance of 493.42 feet to the intersection with
the Southerly R/W line of the aforesaid N.E. 39th Boulevard; thence departing said
North line, run South 48'00'03" West along said Southerly R/W line, a distance of
136.16 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING; thence continue Sobth 48'00 03" West
along said Southerly R/W line, a distance of 470.42 feet to the East R/W line of
State Road No. 15 (width varies) per Florda Department of Transportation Right-
of-Way Map for State Road No, 15 (U-S. 441), Section 91020-2506, Sheet 11 of
17, last revision date 5/8/1998; thence departing said Southerly R/W line, run
North 0014'4'7" East, a distance of 135.09 feet to the intersection with the North-
erly R/W line of N.E. 39th Boulevard and the East maintained R/W line of State
Road No. 15 (width varies) per State of Florida Department of Transportation
Maintenance Map for State Road 15, Section 91020-2518, Sheet 2 of 5, dated
3/15/1976; thence run North 48'00'03" East along said Northerly 0/W line of N.E.
39th Boulevard, a distance of 619.90 feet to the POINT OF CUSP (from which a
radial line bears North 4159'57" West) of a tangent curve in the Westerly line of
the new R/W for N.E. 39th Boulevard (per the aforesaid R/W map for State Road
15 (U.S. 441), Section 91020-2506), said curve being concave to the Southeast,
having a radius of 338.71 feet and a central ange of 451122"; thence South,
westerly and Southerly along the arc of said curve, a distance of 267.14 feet to
the POINT OF BEGINNING. (Said parcel of land containing 1.15 acres, more or

The location of tire subject property is in the Northeast area of Okeechobee County
in Section 3, Township 37 South, Range 35 East. The property Is a long, narrow
1.15 acre (50,094 square feet) portion of N.E. 391h Boulevard East of U.S. High-
way 441, The property Is referred to as the Old Cemetery Road.
Sealed bids will be accepted in Room 102, Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 N
W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Floridda 34972 until 10.00 a.m. on February 19, 2008.
Bids will be opened at 10:05 a.m. on February 19, 2008 in Room 102 of the
County Courihouse, The Board of County Commissioners has indicated that the
minimum acceptable bid on this property is S 125,000.00. The Bidder shall sub-
mit the following bid:
Bidder, submits a bid in the amount of $ representing the total price for the above e
described property As security deposit, the bidder hereby submits and encloses
security deposit (cashier's check) representing 5% of the total bid amount. Said
bid shall be valid and shall not be withdrawn for a period of sixty (60) days from
the date of the bid opening. In the event closing does not occur within sixty (60)
days from the date of acceptance by the County and full and total payment of the
bid rice is not paid to the County within that time period, then the security depos-
it shall be forfeited to the County as liquidated damages.
The Board of County Commissioners of Okeechobee County reserves the right to re-
jec any bid ior any reason whatsoever, to waive any and all informallies and Ir-
regulanties, and to accept the bid which in its judgment is in the best interest of
the County.
Clif Betts, Jr,, Chairman
Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
259568 ON 2/5,12/08

259640 ON 2/12/08

Mobile Home Angels
20x12, Lot 31, $28,000,
Land rent $310 mo. on Rim
Canal. (863)824-0044
RIVER BEND 55+ Adult
park, doublewide, newly re-
modeled, 3 br, 2 ba, com-
pletely furnished, carport &
workshop. Owner financing.
$25,000 (863)610-9466


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

MOTORHOME '99 loaded,
12K miles, $25,000
(863)763-2469 or
PROWLER 2004 5th Wheel,
30 Ft, Lg slide out. Ex. cond.
No pets or smoke. $14,900
(606)344-8919 Okeechobee


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

CAMARO '02, T-Top, High
performance. Like new in-
side. Needs body work.
$2200 (863)634-2516

How do you find a job In
today's competitive
market? In the employ-
ment section of the clas-

2500 Series. Super clean.
Trailer pkg. + extra's. 93K
$6500 (810)357-9033
One man's trash Is anoth-
er man's treasure. Turn
your trash to treasure
with an ad In the classl-

great, $9,000 or best offer.

JEEP CHEROKEE '91, 4 door,
Rebuilt engine, New tires &
brakes, etc. Cold A/C,
$3000 (863)634-2516

Public Notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

The Workforce Development Board of the
Treasure Coast Region 20 and the
Treasure Coast Workforce Consortium
announces a meeting of the Executive
Committee to which all persons are in-
Date & Time. Friday, February 15, 2008 -
8:00 a.m.
Place: Workforce Development Board
of the Treasure Coast
University Park
584 NW University
Blvd., Suite 100
Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986
PUfE:HTo discuss matters concern-
ing the Workforce Investment Act,
Workforce Employment Opportunities,
the Welfare Transition Program, One-
Stop Career Centers and the Work-
force Development Board. A copy of
the agenda may be obtained by con-
Workforce Development Board
of the Treasure Coast
University Park
584 NW University Blvd., Suite 100
Port St. Luci, Florida 34986 .
Should any person wish to appeal any
decision made by the Board with re-
pect to any matter considered at the
above referenced meeting, they will
need to ensure a verbatim recording of
the proceedings is made, which record
includes the testimony and evidence
upon which the appeal is based, in or-
der to provide a record for judicial re-
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Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Sixth annual ball drop successful!
The sixth annual ball drop was once again a huge success for the Lady Brahmans softball
squad Friday, Feb. 8. A helicopter flies over the field and drops the balls and the ones that
land close to second base, earn cash prizes. $2,500 in cash was given away.

Sports News in Brief

is $110 per boat.
The general public is invited
to attend the weigh in and par-
ticipate in the 50-50 drawing.
Come on out and help support
the March of Dimes/March for

U.S.C.G. Flotilla
seeks new members
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxil-
iary Flotilla 57 in Okeechobee
is seeking new members to be-
come involved in the Auxiliary's
The Auxiliary is a volunteer
service organization composed
of men and women who active-
ly support recreational boating
safety and other Coast Guard
The Auxiliary also provides
recreational boating safety sup-
port to sate and local authori-
Members could be involved
in patrols, communications,
administration, seamanship,
piloting/navigation, weather or
search and rescue.
For information, call (863)

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

Men's benefit
softball tournament
Feb. 23 there will be a men's
benefit softball tournament held
as a fundraiser for the family of
Daniel Rickards who was recent-
ly paralyzed in a car accident.
The family is in need of financial
help to cover the expenses of
the hospital and care of Daniel.
There will be a $200 entry fee,
ISA rules, bring your own balls,
44's CORE, 5 home runs 1 up.
For information, contact, JR Su-
arez at (863) 697-1710.

+ Wrestling Club
sign up
The Chobee Wrestling Club
will begin sign ups for the spring
season on Feb. 21, 26, 27 and 28.
Kids ages 5 18 are welcome to
join, the cost is $40. Practices
are Tuesdays, and Thursdays
from 6 until 8 p.m. in the O.H.S.
gymnasium. Practice will begin
on March 4. If you have any
questions contact Coach Jahner
,(863) 634-9411 or at the high

Seacoast sponsors
March for Babies
OkeechobeeSeacoast Na-
tional Bank will hold the 6th An-
nual Bass Tournament to ben-
efit the March of Dimes/March
for Babies on Saturday, Feb. 23.
The tournament will be held at
Okee-Tantie Marina.
Early registration is available
or by picking up an applica-
tion at any Seacoast National
Bank location. The tournament
is based on a 100-(2 angler)
boat field, 1st place payout will
be 3,000, 2nd place $1,500, 3rd
place $750, 4th place $500 and
5th place $250. Biggest fish pays
$1,000. A smaller field will result
in lower, prorated payouts. Ad-
vance registration will be closed
on Feb. 20. Anglers will begin at
safe light with a weigh-in at 3
p.m. The cost of the tournament

Marcum at bat
Jordan Marcum takes a pitch in the hip
during the second inning of Friday's game.
The Lady Brahmans rallied for four runs in
the inning.

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Too many to count
Madi Hargraves standing, looks on as the Lady Brahmans pick up golf balls before Fri-
day's contest.

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Tightly guarded
Leshawn Henderson was guarded tightly by Belle Glade
defenders in Friday's semifinal game. Still Henderson end-
ed his career with a break away dunk.

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Senior pitcher
Mary Huff pitched a complete game in
the first game of her senior year to lead
Okeechobee to victory over Martin County

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