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Friday, March 21, 2008


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PO BOX 117007


Water restrictions
are in effect
West Palm Beach, FL The
South Florida Water Manage-
ment District (SFWMD) has
declared an extreme District-
wide water shortage, directly
affecting more than five million
South Florida residents and
thousands of farms and busi-
Modified Phase Ill water
shortage order, went into Janu-
ary 15, 2008, and includes:
Residents and businesses of
Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Martin,
Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-
Dade, Monroe, Hendry and
Glades counties are limited
to a one-day-per-week land-
scape irrigation schedule with
two "watering windows." Odd
street addresses may irrigate
lawns and landscapes on Mon-
days between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m.
.or 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Even street addresses may
irrigate lawns and landscapes
on Thursday between.4 a.m.
and 8: a.m. or 4 p.m. and 8
p.m. Residents and businesses
with more than five acres have
expanded irrigation hours, be-
tween midnight and 8 a.m. OR
4 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. on their
designated irrigation day.
Hand-watering with one
hose fitted with an automatic
shut-off nozzle is allowed for 10'
minutes per day for landscape
stress relief and to prevent plant
Low-volume irrigation, in-
cluding the use of drip and mi-
crojet systems that apply water
directly to plant root zones, is
not restricted but should be
voluntarily reduced.
Additional watering days
and times will be allocated for
the establishment of new lawns
and landscapes.
No restrictions apply to
other outside water uses, such
as for car and boat washing,
pressure cleaning of paved sur-
faces, decorative fountains and
water-based recreation (e.g.
swimming pools, water slides).
Golf courses must reduce
their allocated water use by 45
The new, mandatory restric-
tions apply to all water from tra-
ditional sources, including wa-
ter from public utilities, private
wells, canals, ponds and lakes.
Users of 100-percent reclaimed
water are exempt from the re-
strictions but are encouraged to
conserve water voluntarily.
Because jurisdiction in cer-,
tain counties is shared with
other water management dis-
tricts, the SFWMD has coordi-
nated with these agencies to
simplify implementation and

Drought Index

Current: 421
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.21 feet
Last Year: 10.77 feet

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

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Kiwanis Club: New members welcomed

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Kiwanis member Dowling Watford (left) presented new Kiwanians with their membership packets inducting them
into the Okeechobee Kiwanis Club. New members are: (left to right) Megan McClelland, J.D. Mixon and Sherri Enfin-
ger who was sponsored by Charlie Andrews.

Area farmers to be honored in May

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
SLocal farmers will soon be
receiving recognition for their
completion of Best Manage-
ment Practices (BMP) that were
enacted by Florida Legislation.
Representative from the
Florida Department of Agricul-
ture Bonnie Wolff Palaez and
the Florida Farm Bureau Envi-
ronmental Services Coordinator
Andrew Walmsley spoke at the
Kiwanis luncheon on Thursday,
March 20, where they informed
.Kiwanians of the history of the
legislation behind farming and
how the local farmers are to be
According to Mrs. Palaez,
25 to 30 farmers will be recog-
nized at the upcoming dinner
and presentation which will be
held on Thursday, May 15, at 6
p.m. at the Okeechobee Agri-
Civic Center.
These honors are being giv-
en by the Florida Farm Bureau
who stepped up to begin a rec-
ognition program, County Alli-
ance for Responsible Environ-
mental Stewardship (CARES).
According to the CARES
website, the protection of
Florida's unique environment
and stewardship of agricultural
lands are top priorities for Flor-
ida farmers. Successful farming
depends on proper manage-
ment of Florida's natural re-
By using these BMP's, agri-
cultural 'practices can be. sus-
tainable and environmentally
compatible for farmers to con-
tinue to produce safe, afford-
able and abundant products.
The CARES program was
implemented in 2001 to pro-
mote environmentally sound
and economically viable farm-
ing. It focuses on recognizing
producers who have voluntari-

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Local dairyman and Kiwanis member Red Larson (right) invited Farm Bureau's Andrew
Walmsley (center) and Florida Department of Agriculture representative Bonnie Wolff
Pelaez to speak at the club's weekly luncheon where they discussed best management
practices and how agricultural leaders are striving to enhance the environment.

ly implemented BMP's within
their operations.
CARES brings agricultural
associations, public agencies,
institutions and farmers to-
gether to increase environmen-.
tal awareness, which equals
education. CARES is a county-
based program open to all
farmers. It is completely volun-
tary and industry participation
may help avoid more stringent
While the regulations that
are put on farmers are great,
through programs like the Lake
Okeechobee Restoration Proj-
ect, agricultural land owners
have been able to take advan-
tage of large amounts of fund-
ing that have been filtered to
make changes to their opera-
tions to make them more sen-

sitive to the environment and
commonly improved their ev-
eryday productivity as well.
There are 1.7 million acres
,of agricultural land in the
Okeechobee Watershed, which
surrounds the lake. Currently
1.1 million, acres are currently
working with the Florida De-
partment of Agriculture, De-
partment of Environmental
Protection and other agencies
involved to implement BMPs.
Agricultural BMP's are prac-
tical, cost-effective actions that
agricultural producers can take
to reduce the amount of pesti-
cides, fertilizers, animal waste,
and other pollutants entering
our water resources. Imple-
menting BMP's benefits both
the farmer and the environ-
ment, and demonstrates Agri-

. culture's commitment to water
resource protection.
For more information on
BMPs, see the FDACS Office of
Ag Water Policy website www.
The presentation will be an
inaugural event that will not
only serve as a means to honor
those agricultural leaders that
are promoting BMP's but to
educate the public of the im-
portance of agriculture.
For, more information about
the upcoming dinner/presenta-
tion contact Mr. Walmsley at
(352) 378-8100 ext. 1108 or visit
Post your opinions In the.Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.
corn. Reporter Chauna Aguilar can
be reached at caguilar@newszap.

Abundant Blessings welcomes Hodge

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Rev. John Hodge, the new
pastor at Abundant Blessings As-
sembly of God, grew up in the
ministry since his father was a
pastor. He said he has been in
the ministry almost all his life. He
calls himself a "Florida Cracker"
since his entire life and ministry
have been spent in Florida.
Rev. Hodge sang and played
musical instruments in his fa-
ther's church in Holmes County.
At the age of 11 he was call to
preached, and preached his first
sermon at that age. At the age of
13 he says he was filled with the
Holy Spirit and at the age of 19
he was ordained.
Rev. Hodge has been in the
ministry for 20 years. However,

only 11 of those years have been
in full time ministry.
In between he worked at vari-
ous jobs to support his family
such as truck driving and work-
ing in the citrus industry.
Rev. Hodge and his wife
Chrystal have four boys. She is a
nurse at Okeechobee Health and
Rehabilitation Center.
In the past, Rev. Hodge al-
ways served as associate pastor.
This is his first position as senior
Before coming to Okeecho-
bee he was worship pastor at
First Assembly of God in Lake
Wales. A winter visitor at Lake
Wales, who knew that Abundant
Blessings was about to lose their
pastor, recommended him for
the position,
"We're excited to be here,"

he said.
"I believe God has placed us
together," he said of his associa-
tiotl with Abundant Blessings.
He wants to be purpose
driven driven by the purpose of
Rev. Hodge calls coming to
Okeechobee where he did not
know anyone "a step of faith."
He wants his church to make
a fresh start and go forward,
making a difference in the com-
He intends to use creativity to
reach people.
"Everybody has something to
offer the kingdom of God," Rev.
Hodge said.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.
com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be
reached at

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Okeechobee News
Pete Gawda
Rev. John Hodge is the
new pastor of Abundant
Blessings Assembly of



in theft

Jailed in connection
with theft of copper

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man was
booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail Thursday morning
for his alleged connection with
the theft of sev-
eral pounds of
copper from a
Wayne Gib-
son, 23, S.W
21st St., was
charged with:
the felonies Thomas
of grand theft, Wayne
dealing in sto- Gibson
len. property and burglary. He
had not had his first appear-
ance hearing as of newspaper
deadline so his bond had not
been set.
An arrest report by Detective
Jack Hill of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
indicates that the alleged theft
took place sometime on Sun-
day, March 16. The initial com-
plaint was taken by OCSO Dep-
uty Sarah Green.
Detective Hill's report states
that Gibson broke the lock off a
door to the room where copper
was kept. Once inside Gibson
reportedly took several pounds
of copper as well as two large
brass radiators.
Detective Hill's report states
the items were valued at
After taking the .items Gib-
son took them to another local
recycling center where he sold
them, said the arrest report.




FP&L site
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Investigators are still search-
ing for the person or persons in-
volied with the theft of a large
amount of copper from a Flori-
da Power & Light substation in
Fort Drum.
According to Detective Ted
Van Deman of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
the theft was reported shortly
after 11 a.m. on Monday, March
Detective Van Deman said
someone entered FP&L's Sweat
Substation on N.E. 224th St.
and took 150 feet of copper
weld and 50 feet of copper
wire at 12:43 a.m. Monday. He
said damages are estimated at
He said the time was in-
dicated on a computer at the
substation, which also alerted
workers that there was some
sort of problem. He added that
' the copper was being used for
grounding purposes for trans-
formers and circuit breakers.
"Workers said whoever did
this was lucky," said the detec-
tive, indicating that the thief
could have easily been electro-
Detective Van Deman said
law enforcement has seen a sig-
nificant increase in copper and
aluminum thefts. The slower
economy plus an increase in
the price of copper are con-
tributing to the increase in theft
cases, he said.
Anyone with information is
asked to contact the Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's Office at
(863) 763-3117. Detective Van
Deman said this case is being
handled by OCSO Detective
Jack Hill.

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Wind damage
What Okeechobee County Emergency Management Director Mike Faulkner called a "wind event" demolished this carport
on S.E. 33rd Street in Taylor Creek Isles. There was no other reported damage and no injuries from the wind which struck
mid-morning Thursday, March 20. Even though it was not officially called a tornado, Linda Vernon, who was in the house
at the time, said several neighbors reported seeing a funnel shaped cloud. She said she heard the sound of a train which
is often associated with a tornado. The house belongs to Ms. Vernon's mother, Edna Schmaltz. In addition to demolish-
ing the carport, the wind damaged the porch railing and the skirting. The car, which was parked in the carport at the time,
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Ana Toledo was seen
helping the Easter Bunny
hide eggs on Thursday
morning, March 20. She
and other Health Occupa-
..tion Students of America
W. .from Okeechobee High
School put on an Easter
Egg Hunt for students at
Northside Head Start.

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Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda

Hunting for eggs
On Thursday morning, March 20 Health Occupations Students of America from Okeechobee High School put on an Easter
Egg Hunt for students at Northside Head Start.

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News Briefs,

Summer Activity guide submissions wanted
Submissions for the 2008 Summer Activity Guide are current-
ly being requested by Sharon Vinson at the Okeechobee County
School Board Office. This guide is a comprehensive list of activities
for children during the summer months in Okeechobee. To have
your event included, just complete the submission form to include
information in the guide, at no charge. The mission of the guide
is to keep our children safe, secure and active during the summer
months. Deadline for submissions is March 28. There will be 9,000
copies of the Summer Activity Guide printed and distributed in early
May to public school children and in local businesses. For more
information contact (863) 462-5000 ext. 257.

Tax returns and E-filing done free
AARP-Taxaide offers free, tax preparation and E-Filing. This 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.) 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!)

Help with FPL electric bills available
The Sal'ation 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
TFPL electric bill. There are rules and guidelines that must be met to
qualify. If you are an FPL customer and need help call our office at
763-6020. leave your name and number and we will call you back
for a phone interview to see if you qualify.

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Court date is set for fighting rooster breeder |

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
. A man recently found guilty of
being in attendance at an illegal
rooster fight will also have to go
before a circuit judge in St. Lucie
'County next month.
I Mondragon, of a Havanna Av-
'enue address in Fort Pierce, was
arrested there on Dec. 18, 2007,
on charges of possession of fight-
ing animals. He was originally
arrested on 846 felony counts
- one for each rooster and
booked into the St. Lucie Count
Jail under a bond of $2,115,000.
f Assistant State Attorney Lisa
Wenninger in Fort Pierce said
the docket call for Juan Alcantar
,Mondragon, 42, has been set for
April 16 at 9 a.m. His docket call
was originally slated for later this
month, but has been continued
until April, added the state pros-

Ms. Wenninger also said the
state cannot charge Mondragon

for each bird.
Instead, he is
being charged
for breeding the
roosters and not
for fighting them
or attending a
fighting event-
Ms. Wen-

ninger said by Juan Alcantar
only leveling Mondragon
one charge against Mondragon
it dramatically reduced his bond.
Mondragon is currently free on
bond. But the prosecutor didn't
know the amount of his bond,
and the St. Lucie Clerk of Courts
website still indicates his original
Mondragon was first arrested
on Dec. 9, 2007, when a multi-

agency task force of 51 law en-
forcement officers raided a cock
fight at a home in Okeechobee
Little Farms.
Mondragon was arrested along
with 36 other men.
On Monday, March 17, he
went before Circuit Judge Law-
rence Mirman in Okeechobee
and entered a plea of no contest
to a charge of attending an ani-
mal baiting or fighting event. He
was sentenced to 30 days in the
Okeechobee County Jail along
with a probation period of one
year. He must also pay fees and
court costs totalling $845.50.
Ms. Wenninger said even
though Mondragon entered a
plea in his Okeechobee case it
will have no bearing on his case
in St. Lucie County since his
charge is based on the breeding
of roosters.

Detective Rick Stuhr of the St.
Lucie County Sheriff's Office stat-
ed in his arrest report that Mon-
dragon was raising roosters that
were to be shipped to Puerto Rico
or Mexico for the sole purpose of
Detective Stuhr's report states
the roosters were all kept in sepa-
rate pens and the comb had been
removed from the top of their
When the task force raided
the home at 650 N.W 102nd St.
in Okeechobee Little Farms they
seized 58 rooster, 17 vehicles, fire-
arms and $33,000 in cash.
Detectives Jack Hill and Willy
Post of the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office put together that
task force.
Records indicate that Mon-
dragon is being represented by
Juan Torres III.

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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!
DRUNK DRIVER: Today while driving on 441 S I saw a ratty ma-
roon pick up truck in front of me. This man could not stay on the
road. I counted 10 times he ran off the road onto the shoulder of the
right of the road, and two times he swerved onto on coming traffic.
I did not have my cell phone with me, but I did get his tag number.
When I got home, I called the sheriffs office and provided them the in-
formation of the vehicle, the tag number and where the vehicle finally
pulled into. The police did go and look for the guy- but could not find
the vehicle, but it would not have mattered- the police have to actually
see the individual behind the wheel of the car. in order to charge them
with DUI. Now, this is not the police officers' fault, but I can assure
you, this man will kill someone in a drunk driving accident in the next
week if this is his regular driving habit. Times like this I wish I was a
police officer. I would have loved to have pulled this jerk off of the
road and gladly sent him to jail.

ELECTION: like most Americans, I kept going to Obama one day
and Hillary the next day. I even made a list of pro's and con's for both.
I "tried" to educate people that Obama did not swear into the Senate
on the Koran. I could not really stick up for Obama on not putting his
hand on his heart for the Pledge because he just does not. Only in the
Senate does he. Nor does he wear the American Flag as other senators
do. His mother was a very, very strong influence in his life. She did
marry two men, one who was an Islamic radical. That had to have
some influence in his life. I tried to listen to the majority of his speech-
es- he comes across so nice, pleasant, well spoken -- but I could not
or did not hear "what" he actually was going to do as president. A
couple of weeks ago, I began to notice a change in his tone during his
speeches. I even closed my eyes to take away the visual image, and it
was still there. He was beginning to sound as if he was "preaching"
to the American public. Now, as to the information that has come out
this week about his pastor. There is no way, he was not aware of this
man's feelings. Anyone who attends church on a regular basis knows
pretty much after a while we can figure out the next word coming out
of our ministers mouth during a sermon.

HEALTH CARE: You want federal control of health care? Here's
something to think about -- Mississippi legislators this week intro-
duced a bill that would make it illegal for state-licensed restaurants to
serve obese patrons. Bill No. 282, a copy of which you'll find below,
is the brainchild of three members of the state's House of Representa-
tives. The bill (which is likely dead on arrival), proposes that the state's
Department of Health establish weight criteria after consultation with
Mississippi's Council on Obesity. It does not detail what penalties an
eatery would face if its grub was served to someone with an excessive
body mass index.

RENT: What are people thinking? I have been looking in the clas-
sifieds each and every day at the rental section. And I continuously
see these adds that say affordable, followed by $1.100 or $1,200 per
month then I find myself gasping for breath. You people need to do
some math, just because minimum wage keeps going up does not
make $1,200 per month affordable. Do you not realize that making
$7/hour (which is above minimum wage) only gives a person $1,120
per month (working a 40 hour week).BEFORE Uncle Sam gets his
cut. Might I add that he is takes a good chunk of what we make. I
continuously hear people saying kids these' days need to grow up,
learn to be adult, fend for themselves, and get their own places. How
- are've supposed to do that we can't afford to. Consider for just one
second first we must come up with the first, last and security that you
want for these homes, then we must come up with the deposit for
F.P.L., then God forbid it is in the city limits because the O.U.A. depos-
its are outrageous. I myself make well over today's minimum wage I
honestly can't afford the going rate for a rental in Okeechobee unless
I wish to live in a run down singlewide trailer in a trashy trailer park. I
am a single mother of I and I do not wish to live in such a place and
have H.R.S. involved in my life because my home is unsuitable for a
small child. So what am I supposed to do here? Live with my parents
and make sure my child is well taken care of and has his three meals
a day, or find a place that I can afford and risk having my child taken
from me? Landlords in Okeechobee need to think about the definition
of affordable before posting these adds for their rentals.

DONATIONS: Hamburger Helper is donating.$200,000 across the
country to communities in need. Seven organizations in Okeechobee
have applied for grants. It would be nice if some of you wonderful
Speak Out readers would access the web site, read the essays, and
post a comment of support to the causes that inspire you. It is very
easy to get to the web site. Go to, click on
"find a project", and then type in "Okeechobee, Florida." Support
our community, There are several wonderful projects to research and

ARC: To those of you who were so opposed to the location of
the ARC, you should take time to look at the incredible job that the
work of so many has resulted in. And, to those of you who were
so much against it and wanted to tear it down, when you spend the
majority of your days with a child having disabilities, then, and only
then, would you have any understanding, much less such ridiculous
thoughts. Maybe you should spend more time checking your own
moral values.

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Upcoming Events

Friday, March 21
Narcotics Anonymous meets each Friday for an open discussion
meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth
Ave. For information, call (863) 634-4780 or (863) 467-5474.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is in-
vited. All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight
and becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to come and see
what we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at (800)
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St. It's an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W Third St. It will be an open speaker meeting.
Business Women's Referral Networking Luncheon will be held
on the third Friday of every month at the Brahma Bull Restaurant, 2405
U.S. 441 S.E., at 11:30 a.m. for networking. The lunch will be at noon.
Women should bring business cards and information to promote their
business. The meeting provides networking opportunities for women
in business and is open to the public. No membership is required. For
information, contact Robin Delgado at (800) 299-8878; or, by e-mail at

Saturday, March 22
Okeechobee Christian Cycles will meet every Saturday at 7:30
a.m. at the Texaco gas station oni the corner of Hwy 441 and 78. Any-
one is welcome to ride. No dues or membership required. For infor-
mation, contact: Roland Spencer at (863) 697-2247; Debbie Izzo at
(863) 634-0087.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. for an open discussion at
the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth Ave. For information
call (863) 634-4780.

Community Events

Hams for Easter on sale
Okeechobee Main Street is offering Honey Baked Hams for sale
for Easter. Spiral hams, mini hams, whole turkeys, turkey breasts, side
dishes and desserts are available. Order now for pickup on Friday,
March 21 at Syble's Flowers and Gifts, 119 S. Parrott Avenue. For
more information, call (863) 357-MAIN or (863) 763-2225.

Eagles plan Easter Party
The F.O.E. #4137 will hold their annual Easter Party on March 22,
2008 starting at 2 p.m. There will be an Easter egg hunt and every child
will receive a filled basket. All children who take part in this must be'
signed up in advance. Sign up sheets will be posted at the Eagles Club,'
9983 US Hwy 441 N. Ages may range from 0-16 and each child must
register in person. For more information please contact the Eagles
Club at 763-2552.

Car wash, yard sale, bake sale set
Real Life Children's Ranch will have a car wash, yard sale and bake.
sale to raise money for the American Red Cross as part of their Hero's
Campaign. The event will take place on Saturday, March 22, from 9.
a.m. to 2 p.m. Stop by and support the American Red Cross by hav-
ing your car washed while you shop in the yard sale barni and don't,
forget to pick up a sweet treat from the bake sale. Real Life Children's,
Ranch is located at 7777 Hwy. 441 S.E. For more information, please'
call (863) 763-4242.

Benefit for 'Non-Alcohol Grad Nite'
Peace Lutheran Church Thrivent Members will be hosting a Easter
Breakfast on Sunday, March 23 at 8 a.m. (following Sunrise Service):
in the Fellowship Hall 750 N.W. 23rd Lane. Donation $5 Adult $2 chil-
dren under 12. All proceeds will benefit the "Non-Alcohol Grad Nite.",
For more information please call Debbie at 610-1738 or the church
office 763-5042.

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Spirit week begins at North Elementary Health News in Brief

Don't forget to join the Student
Council in a fun filled Spirit Week,
starting on Monday March 24th.
Monday will be "Wear Your Tiger
Shirt Day," Tuesday will be "Hat
Day," Wednesday will be "Wear
Your Favorite Team Shirt Day,"
and Thursday will be "Crazy Hair
The last day to pre-order a
yearbook is March 28th.

Third Grade News
Mrs. Van Deman's class is really

enjoying the great dictionaries the
Rotary Club gave us. There is so
much interesting information in
them sign language, the states,
and measurement to name a few.
We are working on our thank you
letter to the Rotary Club.
Mrs. Whitlock's class did an
awesome job last week on atten-
dance for FCAT. We were proud
to have perfect attendance each
day of testing.
We are now working on eco-
systems in science and will be
building our own models. Con-

gratulations to Mason Heater,
who is now in the 50 Point Club
for Accelerate Reader.
Mrs. Suarez's class is work-
ing on building ice cream sun-
daes with multiplication. They
are practicing so they can have
party with all the good toppings.
In Science we are learning about
physical features of the earth so
we will be ready for our AR trip
to the Crystal Mines in April. Good
job to everyone who has already
earned their 9 points.

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Seminole contest winner
Riverside Bank sponsored a coloring contest for Kindergarten students at our public
schools in honor of the upcoming county fair. Seminole Elementary student winners are:
Ricardo Sanchez and Ariana Cason. Cecilia, Tabitha and HUGS too. Our first place win-
ner received a US savings bond for $50. All winners received a Riverside Piggy Bank and
goodie bag. All winner entries will be displayed at the Riverside Bank exhibitor booth at
the fair.

formation, call (772) 597-0463.

Red Cross office at (863) 763-2488
for information.

Red Cross offers HIV/
.A ..Addiction

Quit Smoking Now
classes offered
The Okeechobee County
Health Department (OCHD) of-
fers a Tobacco Prevention and
Education Program for the com-
munity. The purpose of the pro-
gram is to reduce adult and youth
tobacco use, and provide tobacco
resources to residents, businesses
and community organizations in
the county.
For information, call (863)

Dine with the Doctor
at Raulerson Hospital
The Raulerson Hospital "Dine
with the Doctor", a medical se-
ries, will take place on March 25,
2008 with dinner service starting
at 4:45pm in the hospital dining
room. The guest physician this
month will be Dr. Leland Heller,
Family Practice physician on staff
,at Raulerson Hospital. Dr. Heller
will be discussing the subjects of
Blocked Arteries, Memory Loss,
and Pain problems. Please R.S.V.P.
to Bill Casian at 824-2702.

classes planned
The Okeechobee Healthy Start
Coalition will offer Childbirth Ed-
ucation Classes. For information,
call (863) 462-5877.

Quit Smoking Now
classes offered
The Okeechobee County
Health Department (OCHD) of-
fers a Tobacco Prevention and
Education Program for the com-
The purpose of the program is
to reduce adult and youth tobacco
use, and provide tobacco resourc-
es to residents, businesses and
community organizations in the
county. Freedom from Smoking
classes will be held every Tuesday
at the Okeechobee County Pub-
lic Library, 206 S.W. 16" St., from
5:30 until 6:30 p.m.
For information, call (863)

Diabetes Support
Group at Raulerson
Raulerson Hospital offers a
monthly Diabetes Support Group
which meets on the second
Thursday of each month in the
hospital cafeteria at 2 p.m. If you
have any questions please call
the program coordinator, Wanda
Haas, R.N., B.A., C.D.E., C.P.T., at
(863) 763-5093.

support group
Depending on Christ is a new
support group for men and wom-
en suffering from depression.
They meet every Thursday. For in-

consultation offered
Problems with drug or alco-
hol addiction in someone you
know, but don't know where to
turn? The Drug Rehab Resource
service can give you the help you
need. Contact the Drug Rehab
Resource at (866) 649-1594 for a
free confidential consultation. Or,
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Okeechobee News, Friday, March 21, 2008 (

Baskets, eggs, bunnies and more coming to your door

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Easter is right around the cor-
ner and several organizations and
churches are holding Easter egg
hunts and other events on Satur-
day, March 22 and Sunday, March
The Fraternal Order of Eagles
#4137 will hold their annual Eas-
ter Party on March 22, beginning
at 2 p.m. There will be an Easter
egg hunt and every child will re-
ceive a filled basket. All children
who take part in this must be
signed up in advance. Sign up
sheets will be posted at the Eagles
Club, 9983 U.S. 441 N. Ages may
range from 0-16 and each child
must register in person. For more
information please contact the
Eagles Club at (863) 763-2552.
The First United Methodist
Church invites children and their
parents to take part in their an-
nual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday,

Your Weekly
Share your news and photos
for this column by email to
March 22, beginning at 10 a.m.
-Children can look forward to
games, contests, prizes, the Eas-
ter egg hunt and lunch. Bring

your children, an empty Easter
basket or bag and a smile. The
church is located at 200 N.W Sec-
ond Street, Okeechobee. If you
have any questions please call the
church office, (863) 763-3134.
Your Weekly Entertainment
Guide Share your news and pho-
tos for this column by email to
The Highlands Social Dance
Club will feature The Skylarks this
week. The Club hosts ballroom
dancing every Friday from 7 p.m.
until 10 p.m. at the Sebring Lions
Club on Sebring Parkway. On Fri-
day, March 21, the music will be
provided by the SKYLARKS. Free
ballroom dance instruction from
Walt and Sue is available at 6:30
p.m. Dance the night away to
waltzes, cha-chas, foxtrots, rum-
bas, and other ballroom favor-
ites. All Club dances are open to
the public. Appropriate dress re-
quired. Admission is $4 for mem-

bers and $6 for non-members.
Club membership is available.
For more information call (863)
471-0559 or (863) 385-6671.
Members of Peace Lutheran
Church Thrivent will be hosting
a Easter Breakfast on Sunday,
March 23 at 8 a.m. (following
their Sunrise Service) in the Fel-
lowship Hall 750 N.W. 23 Lane.
Donation $5 Adult, $2 children
under 12. All proceeds will ben-
efit the Okeechobee High School
"Non-Alcohol Grad Nite." For
more information please call
Debbie at (863) 610-1738 or the
church office (863) 763-5042.
The Golden Corral will be
hosting a Celebrity Server night
Monday, March 24, from 5 until
8 p.m. The proceeds will go to
supporting your local Okeecho-
bee Red Cross and their "Heroes
Campaign." Servers to include Bil-
ly Dean with WOKC, city council
members, county commissioners,

county fire Chief Nick Hopkins,
city administrator Brian Whitehall
as well as city and county law en-
forcement. Please come out and
show your support, as all monies
raised remains in Okeechobee.
Tickets are available in advance
for $10 at the local Red Cross of-
fice or by contacting Marnie Lau-
ter at (863) 697-1970 or Donna
Huth at (863) 610-0085.
Come watch the youth in ac-
tion at the First United Methodist
Children's Theatres production
of Allen Pote's, "0, Jonah," be
presented on Sunday, May 18,
at 6 p.m. in the Sanctuary. For in-
formation contact Lonnie Kirsch
or Nancy Vaughan at (863) 763-
Crafters and antique car gurus
need to come visit the J & S Fish
Camp, 9500 S.W. Conners, where
they are holding their third an-
nual Arts and Crafts Festival and
Antique Car Show.

They are currently looking for
crafters and antique car own-
ers for their event which will be
held on May 31, and June 1, to
support Martha's House through
a $10 donation. For more infor-
maion call Patricia Brown (772)
Do you want to see your
events posted in the weekly en-
tertainment column? Forward
any publicly open events includ-
ing entertainment such as: danc-
ing, bands, comedians, theatre,
special events, special com-
munity events, contests, etc to
me at
Please forward all information
about each event including: de-
scription of the event; location
(address); date; time; cost; age
appropriateness; and any other
information that fits the specific c
event. For additional information
contact Chauna Aguilar at (863)
763- 3134 ext 4242.

100 year-old lady goes to the fair

,1 Mabel Williamson will be
'1 01 in three months, but that
didn't stop her from going to the
Okeechobee Country Fair last
She had been talking about rid-
ing on the Ferris wheel all week,
so her caregivers decided to take
her. Donned in a hat with a visor
and riding in a wheelchair pushed
by one caregiver's husband, Ma-
bel approached the fairground's
side gate with anticipation.
Since it was 5 o'clock and close
to Mabel's supper time, the smell
of food got her attention first. "I'd
like some French fries," she said.
After that she enjoyed some kettle
corn for the very first time.
The merry-go-round came
next. No, she didn't ride on a
horse, although she had ridden
real horses many times in her
But for Mabel the high point of
the fair was the Ferris wheel. She
rode up the ramp in her wheel
chair, and two young men helped
her across the step and into the
seat. "Hang on to me tight, Sweet-
heart," said one. "I won't let you
As she took in the sights of the
midway a clown, riding in a funny
little cart, stopped and talked with
her. He gave her a string of beads
that matched her outfit.

SuDminea pnoto
Mabel Williamson, soon to be 101 years old, visited the
Okeechobee County Fair this past weekend. Not only did she
go on several rides, she also took time to stop and pose for
a quick picture with a clown.

Mabel didn't go home empty
handed. She went to the car with
French fried sweet potatoes and a
pretty little teddy bear that a lady
at one of the game booths had
given her.

When you're 101 people want
to give you things like colored
beads and teddy bears, and even
her admission into the fair was

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hole. Dearly missed. Reward
offered (863)228-4694
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Park. Approx early March. If
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Employment -
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Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
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Immediate Openings CNAs
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NEW 500+ site "5-Star" Mas-
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developed in 2008 in Okee-
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wanted to sell deeded sites
and Park Model Homes.
Flexible hours commission-
based. Fax resume to
863-467-4804. 1
NEEDED: Aluminum & Steel.
Drivers License a MUST!
Benefits Available.
Apply in person, .
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2762 NW 4th St.
Mon- Fri, 7:30am to 3:30pm
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Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered425
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Antiques 510
Appliances 515
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Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
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Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
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Health & Reducing
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Sporting Goods 705
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Ig & Bantam, Show, Egg &
Meat birds, week old and day
old by Sat., 3/22.$3ea, 4/$10.
Bring the kids, visit the farm
this weekend!
Pat @ (863)467-5125
MCCAWS Hand fed &
weaned, 4-6 mos old, very
sweet, 4 colors. $750 & up
(863)824-0003 after 6pm
old, 4 left, purebred, all shots
& wormed. $250 each
(863)824-0003 after 6pm
Looking for a place to
hang your hat? Look no
further than the classi-

Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Flowers 865

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

IN TOWN 2BR/1.5BA, $750
mo., 1st & last, annual lease,
no pets, w/d, clean.
OKEECHOBEE 2br, 1ba,
Closed in gar. No pets.
$650/mo + 1st, Last & Sec.
dep. (863)467-2302
REMODELED 2/1, 2 story
screened porch, very clean,
no pets. $750/mo, 1st, last
& Dep. (863)634-3313

PRIME commercial corridor.
2800 SF building available
located at 3729 SE Hwy 441
call: Exit Realty Neighbors

KINGS BAY- 2br,1ba duplex,
full appliances, no smoking,
no pets, $700/mo, 1st, last,
sec, Call 772-283-2438
leave msg. or email:

KINGS BAY, 2br/2ba, $750
mo. BASSWOOD, 2 br, 1 ba
$700/mo. (863)763-7301 or

Brand New 312/2
Concrete Block
Stucco homes.
$995 Down
From $895
per month

1 BA, 3632 NW 28th Ave.
New Tile/Carpet/Paint. $825
mo. + sec. dep. Pic's @
Call Lex (561)715-1768
BRAND NEW- Rent or Buy
3br/2ba, 1700 sq ft, garage,
laundry, tiled, $1100/md.
rent. $5,000 applied to pur-
chase of $149,900 after 1
year. 3443 NW 40th Dr.
Basswood. (561)718-2822
BUCKHEAD 3/1, lots of stor-
age, fenced, w/d, 1 pet,
$950/mo neg.
Dixie Ranch Acres 3BR/2BA
on 1 acre, nice neighbor-
hood, 1st, last & sec.
2 Ba, $1100 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. & refs. Call Barry for
more info. 772-216-1461
IN TOWN: 3br/2ba, New A/C,
2300 + sq. ft., Porcelain
Tile, W/D hook up, Lanai &
screen porch, gar, lawn serv,
non-smok env, $1000 mo.
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Rent from $750 month (F/US)
Vintage Cottage Wraparound Porch
On Two Sides of Deep Water

NEW DUPLEX 3/2, $900 per
month + 1st, last & $500
sec. dep. (863)465-0053
.$1100/mo + sec. 615 Hwy
78, (561)718-9784 Larry
.OKEECHOEE CBS, 4br, 2ba
Waterfront. All tile floors, Hi-
SLo Acres. $1200 mo.
772-349-3848 or 597-1967
,SE Okeechobee, 4BR/3BA, 2 garage, w/swimming
,.pool, $1500 mo. + 1st &
sec. (561)254-9326
-rn sa2ce ecta casdh.
u" is 11 -r ud item in

SPACE available, w/in new
-comm building, all utils incld.
"$600/mo (863)467-1545

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 Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

Blue Cypress, golf, club.-
house, pool. (239)945-7666
or (239)822-9696

PLACID, FL., New 2BD cottag-
es on Lake Placid, 300' white
sand beach, dock & addl.
amenities. Call (863)441-2659
Nightly, wkly & mthly, rentals
also avail. Call (863)465-2135

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. $900/mo. +
1st & Sec. 863-697-1494
BH RIDGE 3/2 on Waterfront,
Lake access. Fully furnished.
$950. mo. + $950. Sec.
dep. (772)370-1095
2BA, doublewide, carport,
large lot, $900/mo. 1 yr. lease
& 1 mo. sec. 863-467-5616.
ON RIM CANAL in Okeecho-
bee Small, 1 Bdrm., $450
mo. (includes utils). + $300
sec. dep. (863)697-0214
Single, on Kissimmee River,
$650/mo. + sec. & electric.
Yearly lease. (863)467-5616
Annually, available
immediately. $750/ month,

canal. Newly remodeled.
$750 dep. $175 wk. Call
Missy @ (863)634-8674
YEARLY LEASE No pets, 2/2,
$500/mo, 3/2 $600/mo, 3/2
w/FM $650/mo. $1000 sec
dep. (863)763-4031

Mobile Home Angels
wide on 2 lots at end of cul-
de-sac, 2br, 1ba. $65,000
neg (863)467-2156
OKEE Behind Bill's Mini Mart,
2 br, 2 ba, nice corner lot,
older m.h. $65,000 neg


Boats 3005
Campers/RVr 3010
Jet Skils 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035

BOAT 12', 15hp Evinrude
mtr., w/Arailer, $1200.
40hp Mercury, 2 fishfinders,, new batteries, cov-
er, $4500. (609)577-4153

PARK MODLE 2005, Fully
furnished. Blue Cypress
Condo Assoc. Lot 151.
$82,500. (863)467-5601

455 US Hwy. 441 SE.,
Okeechobee 34974 Directly
East of Good Spirits Lounge.
Units up to 45 Ft L
(863)634-8617 or
Monaco LaPalma, '00 34' 1
slide, 2 TVs, 2 ac's, 38k mi.,
Ford, V10, banks power, ex-
tras, very clean,, no
smoke/pets, $47,000.
TERRY '93 29 ft., Roof air,
Sleeps 6 w/walk around qn
size bed. Elec jack. Like new.
$2950 (863)214- 9747

(zb a lxrcsin fracm yur
rnicitc's g az ,
attic, esmeat rt crcs -
pt in td- y 's dm .fa-

tor, 2 trans, all new parts,
new paint, toolbox, water
keg for fresh water, newer
tires. $5700 neg
'05, 4X4, Very good condi-
tion. $3100 or best offer.


HONDA ACCORD '05 4 dr,
black, V6, tinted windows,
cloth seats, 36.9k miles,
very good condition.
$13,000 (863)559-1475

A/C, Auto., 3 Door, Club
Cab. 102 K mis. 1 Owner.
$4499 (954)260-1933 Okee


ne wonder
readers have
more funl

senger van. $950 or best of-
fer. .(305)370-5647
'92, $950 or best offer.

Biyng a car? Lak in tfe
-Leifi e n. Sli-rg a
car? Lack in ts cd-asi. -

Brand New 3 bedroom floor plans.
Concrete Block Stucco homes.
Payments as low as $795 per month.
66-2469 -." Okeechobee County

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Labrisha McDuffie, Jasmine Shanks, Zyqueria hoberts,
Ta'Kiya Jones and Kiara Dobbins stand with Wyman Pitt-
man and Ventrell Bouie, with their new Easter baskets.
They were very happy to receive the baskets and contin-,
- ~ ued to tell Mr. Pittman and Mr. Bouie thank you.

Okeechobee News/Teresa Mataushek

Baskets, baskets everywhere!
Students, Kyrell Piquion, Jasmine Shanks, Labrissa Mcduffie, Jacob Lawrence, and Munroe Lucky stood in front of their
brand new Easter baskets while waiting for lunch. They were very excitedto receives the gifts and could not wait to open

Wyman Pittman (left) and Ventrell Bouie (right) of First Pre-
mium Financial Services gave back to the community by
E'Naisha Fortnier (left) and Hubert Jenkins (right) were very excited to get their new Easter baskets on Thursday, March donating 43 Easter baskets and lunch to the students at
20. They were both very eager to show them off to everyone and to open them! Little Peoples Academy 2 on Thursday, March 20.

Education News in Brief

Soil and Water

district has contest
The Annual Okeechobee Soil
and Water Conservation District
Speaking Contest will be held at
3 p.m., Tuesday, April 8, at the
Okeechobee USDA Service Center
,at 452 Hwy 98 North, Okeecho-
,bee. The contest is open to any
'Okeechobee County student en-
!rolled in Grades 6 through 12.
The topic is "What is the Future of
*Florida's Renewable Energies?"
'Speeches will be 6 to 8 minutes
,long. Three independent judges
will score contestants on content,
composition and delivery. Prizes
for the District Contest are $150
for First Place, $100 for Second

Place and. $50 for Third Place.
There will be a participation prize
of $15 to all contestants.
Any student interested in par-
ticipating may contact Audrey
Driggers at the Okeechobee Soil
and Water Conservation District
at 763-3619 or stop by the USDA
Service Center for complete con-
test rules.

Pre-K registration

begins in March
The Okeechobee County
School Board will begin regis-
tration for the 2008-09 School
Readiness/VPK Pre-kindergarten
program in March. The Pre-K pro-
gram is located at New Endeavor

High School. To be eligible to
participate in the Pre-K program,
children must turn 4 on or before
Sept. .1, 2008. For information re-
garding the Pre-K program or to
place your name on a contact list,
please call Donna Kersey at (863)
462-5363 or Rhonda Morton at
(863) 462-5000, ext. 235.

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 chil-
dren from birth to teens. For infor-
mation or to have an interpreter
available call Lori Jaquith at (863)

697-6320 or (863) 462-5000, ext.

Parent education

classes 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 certificate
of completion. We now have day
and evening classes available. No
child care will be available. Call
(863) 462-5877 for registration.

Free GED

classes offered
Indian River Community Col-
lege will be offering free adult
basic education/GED and English
as a second language- classes at
these locations: Dixon Hendry
Center, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave.,
English as second language class-
es, Monday and Wednesday 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 Middle 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 printer
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.

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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

Public Notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

CASE NO.: 08-CA-067
Last known address: 20472 NW 272nd
Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972
Current residence unknown
Last known address: 20472 NW 272nd
Street, Okeechobee, Fl 34972
Last known address: 20472 NW 272nd
Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972 -
Last known address: 20472 NW 272nd
Street, Okeechobee, F 34972
Current Residence Unknown
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for
Foreclosure of Mortgage.on the follow-
ing described property:
has been filed against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any, to i, o t, on Marshall
C. Watson, PA., Attorney for Plaintiff,
whose address is 1800 NW 49th
DALE FL 33309 within thirty (30) days
after the first publication of this Notice
in the (Please publish in OKEECHOBEE
NEWS) and fie the original with the
Clerk of this Court either before service
on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately
thereafter; otherwise a default will be
entered against you for the relief de-
manded in the complaint
In accordance with the Americans with
Disabilities Act of 1990 ADA, disabled
persons who, because of their
disabilities need special accommoda-
tion to participate in this proceeding
should contact not later than seven (7)
days prior to the proceeding Court Ad-
ministration at 772-807-4370,
1-800-955-8771 (hearing impaired) or
1-800-955-8770 (voice impaired).
WITNESS my hand and the seal of this
Court this 10th day of March, 2008.
Sharon Robertson
As Clerk of the Court
By:/S/Linda F. Young
As Deputy Clerk
265027 ON 3/14,21/2008
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CASE NO.: 2007-CA-392
WRIGHT, as husband and wife,
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for
quiet title to the following property in
keechobee County, Flodda:
LOT P OF THE E 1/2 OF E 1/2 OF S 1/2
EAST according to the plat thereof re-
corded in Plat Book 4, Pages 3A-D in-
clusive, of the public records of
Okeechobee County, Florida.
has been filed against you and your are
required to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it on Shelly A.
McKay, Esq., the Plaintiff's attorney,
whose address is 207 SW 2nd Ave-
nue, Okeechobee, FL 34974, on or be-
fore 4/7/2008, and file the original with
the clerk of this court either before ser-
vice on the Plaintiff's attorney or im-
mediately thereafter; otherwise a
default will be entered against you for
the relief demanded in the complaint or
DATED this 3rd day of March, 2008.
As Clerk of the Court
By:/S/Linda F. Young
Deputy Clerk
263891 ON 3/7,14,21,28/08
The Workforce Oevelopment Board of the
Treasure Coast Region 20 and the
Treasure Coast Job Training Consor-
tium announces a public meeting to
which all persons are invited:
Date & Time: Wednesday, March 26,
'2008- 8:00 a.m.
Place: Workforce Development Board
of the Treasure Coast
584 NW University Blvd., Suite 100
Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
PURPOSE: To 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
584 NW University Blvd., Suite 100
Port St. Lucie, FL 34986 '
Should any person wish to appeal any
decision made by the Board with re-
spect 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-
266270ON 3/21/08
Baying a cEr? Lcrk in the
c9aiffla. s0lirg a
car? Lck in t~e dlta.-

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Pursuant to FL ST 713.585, Auto Lien & Recovery Experts w/Power of Attorney, will
sell the following vehicles to the highest bidder to satisfy lien. All auctions held
with reserve, as is where is, Cash or Certified funds. Inspect 1 week prior at lienor
facility. Interested parties call 954-893-0052.
Sale date 04/17/08 @ 10:00 am. at Llenors Facility
Auction will occur where each vehicle is located under License ABOO0000538. Be ad-
vised that owner or lienholder has a right to a hearing prior to the scheduled date
of sale by filing with Clerk of Courts. Owner/lienholder may recover vehicle with-
out instituting judicial proceedings by posting bond as per FL ST 559.917; Net
proceeds in excess of lien amount will be deposited with the Clerk of Court 25%
#OKEE205 lien amr $5366.44 1999 Chevrolet, UT vin # 1GNFK16R9XJ435045
Lienor: LEHMAN AUTO BODY, INC., 265 US Highway 98 N 863-467-1691
#OKEE206 lien amt S4111.23,1988 Ford, PK vin# 1 FTHF25H2JNB50613
Lienor: LEHMAN AUTO BODY, INC., 265 US Highway 98 N 863-467-1691
PO Box 613578, Hollywood, FL 33081-0000
(954) 893-0052
266341 ON 3/21/08


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