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Vol. 99 No. 127 Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Ceremony to honor
On Tuesday, May 12, aat 8
a.m. the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office will conduct
a ceremony to honor law
enforcement officers who
gave their lives in the line of
duty. This is an opportunity
to remember the sacrifice of
one who gave his life in our
own community as well as
to recognize those nationally
who gave their lives, and say
"thank you" to the survivors.
The program will include
honor guards, inspirational
music and the reading of the
names to honor those who
have given their all in service
to their community. The pub-
lic is invited.
Donate cars to Boys
and Girls Clubs
Now that the price of scrap
metal has sharply risen, the
Boys and Girls Car Campaign
will accept most any car with
no restrictions. Cars will be
:picked up anywhere in Flori-
da, usually within a week, and
are sold at auction. To donate,
call 800-246-0493. Funds ob-
tained by the sales go directly
to help the Florida clubs.
Career Center helps
in job search
The One Stop Career Cen-
ter, 209 S.W. Park St., has ser-
vices available at no charge
to help people in their search
for the right employee or job.
For more, visit their web site
at www.tcjobs.org; or, call
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Source: South Florida Water
Management District. Depth
given in feet above sea level
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Where there's smoke: Lakeshore area burns
A muck fire inside the dike is burning off brush along the lakeshore near Moore Haven.
While the fire is good for the lake's ecology, the smoke from the fire may be a hazard
Fire good for lake's ecology
By Eric Kopp
Even though two wildfires
on Lake Okeechobee are mak-
ing life miserable for motorists
on U.S. 27 and S.R. 721, it's ac-
tually doing a lot of good for the
The fires were both inten-
tionally started by someone,
said Melissa Yunas, wildfire
mitigation specialist with the
Florida Department of Forestry
(DOF). The fires were started
on Grassy Island and in the
area of Myakka Cut, but by Sun-
day night, May 4, the two had
merged at the northern end
thanks to southerly winds.
By Monday morning DOF
fixed wing aircraft estimated
that 3,500 acres was burning.
"Grassy Island has com-
pletely burned and is now a
muck fire," said Ms. Yunas on
May 5. "Right now, the dry
marsh and grass islands within
the lake are burning and caus-
ing a smoke nuisance. The po-
tential growth of these fires is
up to 6,000 acres."
The two fires are 5 miles
long and are burning from the
rim of the lake into the interior.
She said DOF and law en-
forcement have no leads as to
who started the fires but they
are under investigation.
The fire on Grassy Island
was first reported on May 1 at
7:47 p.m., and the fire at Myak-
ka Cut was called in on May 2 at
"This is what we need for
the resource," said Don Fox, a
fisheries biologist in the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission's (FWC)
Okeechobee office. "We need
a good slow fire to move along
and eat that stuff up."
That "stuff" is undesirable
vegetation that needs to be re-
moved so that more desirable
and natural lake vegetation can
grow and improve the habitat.
"Absolutely," echoed Ms. Yu-
nas of the comment by Mr. Fox.
"This is cleaning out all of the
underbrush from underneath."
She said DOF -- along with
the South Florida Water Man-
agement District, Glades Coun-
ty Fire/Rescue Department, the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
and the Clewiston Fire/Res-
cue Department - were keep-
ing their collective eyes on the
"We are patrolling it and
making sure it stays on the inte-
rior of the lake, and we're trying
to keep it out of the melaleuca
stands," she said.
For all the good it's doing for
the lake, the fires are making
driving tough around that por-
tion of the lake.
"The winds are heading
toward the west and smoking
people out," said Ms. Yunas.
"We still have a lot of smoke
on the highways and we have
(smoke advisory) signs out.
People need to drive slow and
uie heir headlights. Please use
caution when driving in these
DOF asks that if anyone
has any information about
how these fires were started to
please call the toll free Arson
Alert Hotline at 800-342-5869.
Tipsters may be eligible for a
reward of up to $5,000 for in-
formation leading to the con-
viction of an arsonist.
Train station demolition planned
By Pete Gawda
It appears that Okeechobee
is about to lose another historic
landmark -- the 1924 train sta-
In a telephone interview
on Monday afternoon, May 5,
Gary Sease, spokesperson for
CSX Transportation, confirmed
that the building is slated for
destruction. He cited safety
concerns due to the condition
of the building. Although many
old train stations have been re-
built for passenger service and
other public uses and some are
even on the National Register
of Historic Places, Mr. Sease
said current CSX policy prohib-
its such practices.
"The structure is not in good
shape and we don't want to put
money in it," Mr. Cease said. He
added that it was CSX policy
not to encourage people to be
close to the tracks for safety
Jerry Jones has run ABF
Global, a livestock feed busi-
ness, for the past 10 years in
space at the rear of the old
station rented from CSX. He
has received notice to vacate
the building by the end of the
Okee hobee Main Street
(OMS) has been very active in
trying to restore the building.
Maureen Burroughs, president
of OMS, was "very saddened"
by the news.
She said she feels like the
Okeechobee community losing
part of our heritage.
Mr. Cease said that CSX has
offered the building to OMS
with the condition that it be
moved. That probably would
not be practical with a stucco
building that size.
The building was built by
the Seaboard Airline Railway,
the precedessor of CSX. CSX
only operates freight trains.
Passenger service to Okeecho-
bee is provided by Amtrak, a
government subsidized organi-
zation, which operates on CSX
owned tracks under an agree-
ment with CSX.
The building was built in the
Mediterranean Revival architec-
tural style that was popular in
the 1920s. Okeechobee's city
hall and courthouse are also
built in that same style. The sta-
tion was built by the architec-
tural firm of Henry S. Harvey
and Louis P. Clarke of West
See Train - Page 2
Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
The only facility for people arriving or departing by train
in Okeechobee is this bench covered by a Plexiglas shel-
ter. In the background is the 1924 train station slated for
demolition because of its condition. According to Amtrak,
3,067 people used trains to get to or from Okeechobee in
fiscal year 2007.
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seized in raid
By Eric Kopp
and a large
Task Force Jerriston
executed a Mason
rant on an Okeechobee home.
Jerriston Lavoy Mason, 27,
S.W 19th Lane, was arrested
following the April 24 search.
He was charged with traffick-
ing in cocaine, possession of
marijuana with intent to sell,
possession of marijuana over
20 grams and possession of an
electric weapon by a convicted
Mason was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under
a bond of $75,000. Records
indicate he has since posted
Members of the task force,
accompanied by the Special
Response Team (SRT) from
the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO), served the
search warrant and during their
search found a little over 40
grams'of a hard substance that,
when field tested, indicated a
positive result for the presence
A task force detective said
the crack cocaine had an es-
timated street value of $1,000
See Cocaine - Page 2
City may revise its
By Pete Gawda
City of Okeechobee Mayor
Jim Kirk will be issuing a host
of proclamations when the
Okeechobee City Council-meets
this evening. He is scheduled
to proclaim the month of May
to be National Youth Safety
Month and Foster Family Ap-
preciation Month in the city. He
will also proclaim May 4 - 10 to
be Municipal Clerks' Week and
May 17- 23 to be National Safe
Boating Week. The mayor is
also expected to present a cer-
tificate of appreciation to Bea
Castorina for serving on the
If you go...
What: Meeting of the
Okeechobee City Council
When: 6 pm. this eve-
Where: Council chamber,
Okeechobee Ciy Hall, 55 S.E.
code enforcement board.
Turning to other matters,
the city will consider adoption
of two ordinances amending
the city's comprehensive plan.
The first would revise the city's
future land use land map to
See Plan - Page 2
Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Railroad maintenance equipment blocks the street side
entrance to the Okeechobee train station, built in 1924 by
the Seaboard Airline Railway. The building has not been
used as a train station in many years and it is slated for
demolition because of its condition.
2 Okeechobee News, Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Continued From Page 1
per ounce. There are 28 grams in
A task force arrest report indi-
cates that 33.5 grams of the sus-
pected crack cocaine was found
in plastic sandwich bags.
According to the detective,
28 grams is the threshold for a
charge of trafficking in cocaine.
Continued From Page 1
change property west of Taylor
Creek between N.E. Second and
Third Streets and N.E. Seventh Av-
enue from single family to com-
mercial. The planning board has
recommended approval. This
would allow for a commercial
development on the property.
The second ordinance would es-
Continued From Page 1
Palm Beach, according to a pub-
lication of the Florida Division of
Historical Resources. During this
time period Messrs. Harvey and
Clarke designed all the Seaboard
The detective described crack
cocaine as powder cocaine in its
During the search the de-
tectives also found just over 60
grams of a green leafy substance.
When field tested, that substance
indicated a positive result for the
presence of marijuana.
The task force detective said
the marijuana had a street value of
approximately $300 per ounce.
The arrest report goes on to
state that detectives also found a
tablish the public school facilities
element and amend the intergov-
ernmental coordination element
and the capital improvement ele-
ment. Basically this would bring
the city's comprehensive plan in
line with concurrency laws.
The city will also be holding
the first reading of an ordinance to
rezone 0.642 acres on West North
Park Street from central business.
district to industrial. The planing
board and staff have recommend-
ed denial. The property in ques-
Airline depots between Coleman
The famous Orange Blossom
Special that the late Johnny Cash
sang about once left the Sebring
station and roared past the
Okeechobee station on its way
to West Palm Beach. The Orange
Blossom Special was a luxury
set of digital scales as well as a
couple sets of hand-held scales
and a partially smoked marijua-
na cigar that weighed about .6
Also found were two safes
that, together, contained $11,100
in cash, continued the report. The
cash was broken down into $100
During a search of Mason's
person, the arrest report states
that $571 in cash was found in his
tion is located west of Flagler Park
and is currently occupied by a
drive through convenience store.
The applicant wishes to construct
a billboard on the property.
In other business the council is
*discuss traffic flow at the in-
tersection of U.S. 441 and SR. 70;
*consider preliminary plat re-
view for the Park Street Business
*purchase two dump trucks
for the public works department;
all-Pulllman train providing over-
night service between New York
City and Miami.
According to figures furnished
by Amtrak, 2,858 people used the
Okeechobee station in fiscal year
2006. That figure was up slightly
to 3,067 in fiscal year 2007.
Currently the city is served by
Mason is employed by a local
hardware store, said a task force
A handheld electric stun gun
and case was also found, added
The detectives also found a
large number of plastic sandwich
bags, which is consistent with the
sale of narcotics, states the arrest
*consider a temporary street
closing for a community concert;
*consider appointments to the
code enforcement board;
*discuss the summer meeting
*discuss the contract with the
firefighters union; and
*discuss renewing the city ad-
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$2 million scheduled for citrus research
LAKELAND - The Flqrida cit-
rus industry is scheduled to re-
ceive $2 million from the state's
'08-'09 budget to help fund pest
and disease research.
Sen. JD Alexander, Rep. Marty
Bowen and Rep. Stan Mayfield
were instrumental in obtaining
the critical appropriation which
will help fund research on citrus
diseases such as HLB (greening)
and canker. Florida Citrus Mutual
worked closely with the legisla-
tors on the measure. The state's
'08-'09 budget, including the
citrus research funding, will be-
come official once it is approved
by Governor Charlie Crist which
is expected to happen within the
"This appropriation is very
important to the Florida citrus
industry at a time when research
may determine our future," said
Michael W Sparks, executive vice
president/CEO of Florida Citrus
Mutual. "The entire Florida cit-
rus industry would like to thank
Sen. Alexander as well as Reps.
Bowen and Mayfield for their tire-
less work on our behalf and rec-
ognizing the importance of this
Florida citrus is a $9 billion in-
dustry that supports 78,000 jobs.
"HLB has the potential to dev-
astate the industry," Sparks con-
tinued. "We as an industry must
find a scientific solution. We have
more than 100 research projects
currently underway and the .$2
million is crucial to making sure
the projects continue unabated."
"Florida Citrus Mutual will
continue to work hard to uncover
all funding sources for research
at the state and federal level."
Huanglongbing (HLB), also
known as citrus greening, has
been confirmed in 28 Florida
counties and is one of the most
serious citrus diseases in the
world. It is a bacterial disease
that greatly reduces production
and trees diagnosed with HLB
generally decline and die within
a few years. The disease presents
no threat to humans or animals.
Economic development grant to provide jobs
FT. PIERCE -- Congress-
man Tim Mahoney (FL-16)
announced that the City of Ft.
Pierce has been awarded a grant
in the amount of $800,000 from
the U.S. Department of Housing
and Urban Development. The
funding is from HUD's Brown-
field Economic Development
Initiative (BEDI), which provides
grants to promote economic
and community development it
"Through this program, we
will revitalize a vacant, blighted
property and bring hundreds of
new jobs to our area," said Con-
gressman Mahoney. "Given the
downturn in Florida's economy,
this money has come at a criti-
cal time. I am pleased that were
able to partner with the City of
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Ft. Pierce to ensure that the city
gets its fair share of federal tax
"The City of Ft. Pierce is com-
mitted to working hand-in-hand
with developers to redevelop
contaminated areas, with the
help of state and federal resourc-
es," said Christa Razem, grants
coordinator for the city of Ft.
"This grant will mean 200
more jobs for Ft. Pierce and
couldn't come at a better time."
The grant will be used in
combination with a Housing
and Urban Development section
108 redevelopment loan to rede-
velop the Coral Square shopping
center on U.S. 1 in Ft. Pierce.
The center was contaminated
by dry cleaning chemicals and
has sat vacant for the past 5
years. Clean-up is expected to be
completed by the end of the year
and construction is projected to
begin in January 2009.
The Brownfield Economic
Development Initiative (BEDI) is
designed to assist cities with the
redevelopment of abandoned,
idled and underused industrial
and commercial facilities where
expansion and redevelopment is
burdened by real or potential en-
BEDI grant funds are primar-
ily targeted for redeveloping
brownfield sites in economic de-
velopment projects, increasing
economic opportunities for low-
and moderate-income persons,
and creating or retaining local
businesses and jobs.
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More charges filed in cocaine case
By Eric Kopp
Additional charges have been
filed against a pair of Okeechobee
men following their arrest late last
week on felony drug charges.
With the new charges the
bonds for Alberto Montoya, 30,
and Esau Medrano, 25, have also
Both men were arrested
Thursday, May 1, by detectives
from the Okeechobee Narcotics
Montoya, N.E. 11th St., was
originally arrested on a felony
charge of trafficking in cocaine
and a misdemeanor charge of
possession of drug parapherna-
lia. His bond on those charges
was set at $55,000.
Since then, however, he has
been charged with two more
counts of trafficking in cocaine
and one count of sale of cocaine.
His bond on the new charges was
set at $125,000.
When arrested last week,
Medrano was charged with traf-
ficking in cocaine and the sale
of cocaine. His bond was set at
$110,000. Additionally, he has
been charged with another count
of trafficking in cocaine as well
as possession of marijuana with
intent to sell. Medrano's bond on
these new charges has been set at
Medrano was also charged
with possession of cocaine with
intent to sell but he was released
on his own recognizance on that
Montoya, originally of Belle
Glade, was arrested after a search
warrant was served on his home,
while Medrano was arrested after
he reportedly sold powder co-
caine to an undercover law en-
Task force detectives, along
with members of the Special
Response Team (SRT) from the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice (OCSO), executed a search
warrant on Montoya's home. In-
side the home they found a total
of 77.6 grams of a white powder
that, when field tested, indicated
a positive result for the presence
According to a task force ar-
rest report some of the cocaine
found in the truck driver's home
was already packaged for resale,
including seven 'dime bags' that
weighed 4 grams. A dime bag
sells for $10.
The detectives also found
$1,600 in cash in a kitchen draw-
er and another $1,470 in cash in
Montoya's pocket, said the arrest
A task force detective said the
cocaine would sell for $800 per
ounce, and that 28 grams equals
1 ounce. The amount seized was
worth approximately $2,200.
Medrano was arrested after
he reportedly sold 54.6 grams of
a white powdery substance to an
undercover officer. When field
tested, the powder indicated a
positive result for the presence of
The undercover officer, stated
the arrest report, was monitored
both visually and audibly during
the transaction. Once the transac-
tion was completed, the under-
cover officer returned to a prede-
termined site without stopping.
Each man was charged with
trafficking because the threshold
for that charge is 28 grams.
A check with the Okeechobee
County Jail Monday afternoon
found that both men are still in-
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The following individuals were
arrested\on felony or driving under
the influence (DUI) charges by
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
* Charat Faye Padgett, 29, N.E.
106th St., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested May 1 by Deputy Michael
Hazellief on charges of burglary
and grand theft. Her bond was set
*Robert J. Hosier, 40, Palm
Court, Okeechobee, was arrested
May 2 by Deputy Lieutenant Keith
Murrish on a warrant charging
him with violation of probation -
forgery (five counts) and violation
of probation - uttering a forged in-
strument (five counts). He is being
held without bond. He was also
arrested on another warrant charg-
ing him with violation of proba-
tion - grand theft (10 counts) and
violation of probation - uttering a
forged instrument (15 counts). He
is being held without bond.
* Tom Douglas Hoover, 19,
N.W. 304th St., Okeechobee, was
arrested May 2 by Officer S. Mor-
gan on charges of burglary theft.
His bond was set at $7,500.
* Tammy Broughton, 49, N.W.
17th Ave., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested May 3 by Deputy Matthew
Hurst on a charge of violation of
probation - driving under the influ-
ence. Her bond was set at $2,500.
* Robert Dexter Reeves, 47,
U.S. 441 S.E., was arrested May
3 by Deputy Justin Akins on a
charge of aggravated assault. His
bond was set at $2,500.
* Jonathan N. Spencer, 29, U.S.
441 S.E., was arrested May 3 by
Deputy Justin Akins on a charge of
aggravated assault. His bond was
set at $2,500.
* Mark Allen Valley, 41, U.S. 441
S.E., was arrested May 3 by Deputy
Justin Akins on a charge of aggra-
vated battery. He was released on
his own recognizance.
* Cory Ward, 23, N.W. 115th
Drive, Okeechobee, was arrested
May 3 by Deputy Yamil Astacio
on a warrant charging him with
violation of probation - possession
of marijuana over 20 grams. He is
being held without bond. He was
also arrested on amended warrant
charging him with violation of pro-
bation - possession of marijuana
over 20 grams. He is being held
* Melissa Dee Carnley, 21, N.E.
Second St., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested May 4 by Deputy Corporal
Timothy Higgins on an Okeecho-
bee County warrant charging her
with the felonies of failure to ap-
pear - possession of hydrocodone
and failure to appear - possession
of drug paraphernalia. She is be-
ing held without bond.
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not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who is
later found innocent or has had
the charges against them dropped
is welcome to inform this news-
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discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
RIP OFF: Be careful what you read and what specials really are.
I ordered a three for one deal which sounded really good. I won't
mention any names but when they finished, it cost me $161. This is
not a good thing when you are on a fixed income. So just be careful
of all the extras they mention, then when you find out each item cost
a little more and you decide against it, well now that's a different story
they got you now. It will cost $240 to withdraw this but if you wait
two years then you can stop it when the contract is up. Only we didn't
know there was a contract. We didn't sign any papers. Oh yes they are
sorry but not nearly as sorry as I am. I am footing the bill.
VIDEO GAME: In response to the person who called in about the
video game GTA 4. It would really help MADD and yourself to do a
little research. The game does not encourage you to drive drunk, in
fact when your character gets drunk --usually with a friend -- he and
his friend repeatedly say to one another they need to get a cab. The
developers made the driving while drunk very, very difficult, pretty
much impossible so there is no fun to be had while trying to do so.
Not to mention that part of the game is very, very small and does not
have to even be done by the player ever. Again, a little research helps.
This game is intended for adults only, if an adult chooses to buy this
game for their underage teenager then the teen decides to mimic the
game, the responsibility is on the parent not the game, and its sad and
pathetic that the parents are never held responsible. Anyone who can-
not differentiate between reality and a video game should probably
not be walking around freely to begin with. Calling for a ban on this
game out of respect for drunk driving victims is absurd, might as well
call for Cloverfield to be banned out of respect for 911 victims. Frankly
everyone needs their 15 minutes of fame so groups "need" to nitpick.
I'm going to play this game and NOT drive when my character gets
drunk out of respect for drunk driving victims!
INFLATION: I bought my usual 32 ounce sweet tea. I used to pay
$1.25 for this large cup of ice with some very tasty tea in it, then, a
short time ago it went to $1.50, which I thought was too high, but
everyone has the right to charge what may be needed to turn a profit.
However, this same cup of tea has now gone to $1.75! Please give
me a break. I'm sure somehow this will be related to the cost of oil.
I mean come on, all the other extortion in town is related to that --
higher delivery fees with gas surcharge, more per container due to the
oil within the packages. Please, will someone step up and not gouge
us on every front. Maybe, just maybe if enough people will stand for
some small principles and simply make some tea at home for a while,
these small businesses will quit taking advantage of their customers.
I realize 25 cents is not going to bankrupt most people, but when do.
we finally step up and say enough is enough. I also believe it will take
similar action to get the attention of gas stations.
LICE: I am completely fed up with the lice infestation at my child's
elementary school. What ever happened to thoroughly checking
heads and rechecking? When I went to school, if you had lice, you
went home and were not allowed back until they were completely
gone! And when you came back, you were checked again repeatedly
thereafter! Do these parents not care about their kids? How can you let
your child go with lice in their hair and not give a hoot? There needs to
be something done about this! I am tired of giving my kids treatments
-- this is the 8th time I've had to treat my two kids for lice this year. Do
the teachers not see the kids scratching? They are getting them from
+ someplace so put on your glasses and check their heads.
SLOST WALLET: My husband losthis wallet two weeks ago (pos-
sibly at a dairy farm) and we're trying to thank the person who found
and returned the wallet (with everything still in it) through the mail.
Thank you for your honesty. In these hard times you are a special
person to return a wallet with money, lotto, debit cards and I.D. God
TIME IS RUNNING OUT: The Okeechobee County Tax Collector
has been given the opportunity by the Dept. of Highway Safety and
Motor Vehicles to take over the driver's license office in Okeechobee.
This would not be unusual, there are currently over fifty county-run
driver licensing offices in the state of Florida. Please call your county
commissioners 863-763-6441 and the tax collector, Celeste Watford
863-763-3084 to encourage them to make the right decision in taking
over the driver's license office in Okeechobee. Please call before it's
MAKE AMERICA BEAUTIFUL: May is "Make America Beautiful"
month. With cooperation and mutual, neighborly respect for each
other, we can all work together to make Okeechobee a neat and clean
community in which to live. For those who do not want to exercise
this friendly request, "Code Enforcement" with the support of "the
Board of County Commissioners" can make it happen. Let's all do
our part to make "Okeechobee Beautiful" and a desired community
to move our families.
WATER: Most of the restaurants do not serve you water unless you
request it. However they serve it in a large glass and a good part of it
goes down the drain. Why not serve in a smaller glass and if you want
more you can ask for it. The same can apply to iced tea. You use water
to make it. We need to do everything we can do to save our precious
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Tuesday, May 6
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) 763-8999.
New A.A. Meeting in Basinger: There is now an A.A. meeting in
Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Brethren
Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. at 8 p.m.
AA. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone
interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend.
There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security
Death Index and military information available. For information, call
Robert Masse at (863) 763-6510.
Camera Club meetings will be every other Tuesday, from 5:30
until 6:30 p.m. Learn types and uses of film speeds and technology
and how to see your world and capture it on film. Class is basic through
extensive. Registration is $20 and each class is $10. Call Bobbi at (863)
467-2614 for information. Some of the proceeds will go towards Big
Lake Mission's Outreach.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. Thepublic is invited
to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For information,
contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-4320.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information,
June Scheer at (863) 634-8276
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30
p.m. in the fellowship hall, 1735 S.W 24th Ave. This is a men's only
meeting. For information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden
Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in becoming
a member is welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner at (863)
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. The public is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
at the Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St. Everyone is welcome. For
information, contact Brenda Nicholson at (863) 467-2321.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that
enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For information,
contact Dr. Edward Douglas at (863) 763-4320.
AA. meeting will beheld from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meeting.
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St., will
be hosting God's Time -- a morning of free organized Christian
activities that includes play, instruction and interaction for parents
and their pre-school children. The event will be held each Tuesday
from 9:3(0 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 .willbe held at the Just for Today Club, 101 Fifth
Ave. For information call (863) 634-4780.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W. Third Terr., holds meetings
for persons with alcohol and drug related problems at 6 p.m. For
information call (863) 357-3053.
Wednesday, May 7
Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Spanish
groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian Church,
3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the roup facilitator. Another
group meets in the Okeechobee County Healt Department, 1798
N.W. Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as the group
facilitator. There is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m. with Shirlean
Graham as the facilitator. For information, call (863) 763-2893.
Healthy Start directors meet
The Board of Directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition
will meet on Wendesday, May 7, at 11:30 a.m. in their office, 575 S.W:
28th St. within the New Endeavors School Building. This meeting is
open to the public. For more information contact Executive Director,
Kay Begin at the Coalition Office at 863-462-5877.
Benefit for Bill Weeks
Bill Weeks was injured in a mechanical fire on March 28 and now
has second and third degree burns on over 20 percent of his body.
A benefit will be held on May 3. Happy Hour will start at noon. The
auction will start at 3 p.m. Al proceeds will be used to help out in all
financial matters. Barbecue chicken or pork dinner for $6. For infor-
mation call 863-467-6420.
Senior water exercise offered at local pool
The pool offers swimming lessons as well and from May 6 un-
til Sept. 30, they will be offering Senior Water Exercise on Mondays,
Wednesday and Fridays from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. for $1.50 per
VFW Post 9528 host district meeting
Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528 will be hosting a District Meeting
at 2002 Hwy 78 West on May 10, at 10 a.m. We will be honored to
have as guest, Jodi Nerney - tate President and Dave Harris - incom-
ing State Commander. All members please plan to attend the meeting
and make our guest feel welcome in our community. If you have any
questions please contact the Post at 863-467-2882.
Benefit for Patsy Arnold
Saturday, May 10 at 8 a.m. a benefit will be held_for'Patsy Ar-
nold, who will be getting a kidney transplant soon, will be held at the
Okeechobee Golf and Country Club. Entry fee: $60 per person or $240
per team. If you would like to join them for lunch, it can be purchased
for $7. There will also be a gun give away courtesy of the Gun Shoppe.
For ticket information or entry information please call 8763-697-6377.
Summer Play Camps sign up postponed
Sign ups for Okeechobee County Parks and Recreation's 2008 Sum-
mer Play Camps have been postponed and will not open until Mon-
day, May 12 at 8 a.m. Pre-Registration will be held at the Okeechobee
County Sports Complex in the Parks and Recreation office, 640 N.W
27th Lane, from May 12 through May 30. Enrollment is limited and
slots are filled on a first come, first serve basis. Campers must be 6-12
years of age. Play camps will operate Monday - Friday, from June 16
through August 1 (except on July 4) from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at
Douglas Brown Community Center and the Okeechobee County Civic
Center. (Availability of a third site has not yet been determined.) The
regular camp fee is $50 per week per participant, plus fees for field
trips and special activities. Special rates have been set at $25 per week
for a child on the reduced school lunch program and $10 a week for a
child on the free school lunch program within the Okeechobee Coun-
ty School System for the 2007-08 school year. A letter of participation
from Okeechobee County School Food Service must be presented at
the time of registration in order to qualify for these special rates. Ex-
tended hours, 7:30-8:30 a.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m. will be available at
the Okeechobee County Civic Center (and possibly an alternate site,
to be determined prior to registration) for an additional $10 per week
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The following movies are now showing at
the Brahman Theatres III. Movie times for Fri-
day, April 2, through Thursday, May 8, are as
Theatre I - "Iron Man" (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 p.m.
Theatre II - "Leatherheads" (PG-13) Show-
times: 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 p.m.
Theatre III - "Prom Night". (PG-13) Show-
times: 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 p.m.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults; children 12 and un-
der are $4.50; senior citizens are $4.50 for all mov-
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Add cool blue to the landscape
By Angela Sachson
Florida Yards and Neighbors
The first time I saw Blue
Plumbago was in Houston, Texas.
It was such a beautiful shade of
blue on a great big flowery stand
of bushes. This mid-westerner
was amazed. Many people say
blue is their favorite color (in fact,
44% of Americans surveyed favor
blue) but not many plan a garden
around this color. Why not? Well,
too few blue plants, not enough
contrast, might be boring. Maybe,
but remember, in the 1930s Vita
Sackville-West created the famous
all white garden at Sissinghurst
castle in England and it has many
You may want to start small
with a blue corner, a blue border,
or a blue side yard. Or just go out
and blue your entire landscape,
depending on your own combi-
nation of bravery/timidity or cau-
There are some great reasons
for creating a blue garden. Blue
is a calming color and creates a
great garden retreat for reading or
relaxing. This is the place for your
hammock or lounger. Cool colors
like blue and green tend to make
a small garden look larger.
Also, if you stick to one color it
is easier to focus on other aspects
of garden design such as height,
texture, contrast and brightness.
No worry about pink ending up
next to orange. And, of course,
grouping plants according to their
needs for moisture and sunlight
- right plant-right place.
Now, about the negatives, i.e.
too few blue plants, not enough
contrast and the potential to be
boring. We can consider some of
the many blue flowering plants
for South Florida below. In the
meantime, boredom and lack of
contrast are addressed by making
sure the garden contains lots of
variety in terms of shades of blue
and intensity of color. Blue plants
come in colors from almost white
to deep blue and some blue flow-
ers pop out at you from their gar-
den spot while others are more
subdued. The addition of some
silvery foliage such as lambs ear
and Artemisia can also provide
some variety. And include some
interesting textures to move the
eye from place to place-orna-
mental grass and spiky sanse-
varias come to mind.
Here are some great blue plants
that thrive in South Florida:
I conducted an informal survey
of gardening friends, asking them
to name their favorite blue flow-
er. They all named Plumbago.
Plumbago is a beautiful shade of
periwinkle blue. It can be a large
shrub if supported, and it can be
kept trimmed as a tall ground
cover. It blooms all year on new
growth but grows quickly enough
that cutting does not interfere. It
grows in full sun, is drought toler-
ant and attracts butterflies. There
is a dwarf available now and I
have heard that there is a new
brighter variety. There is also a
white Plumbago variety.
An old-fashioned small tree
which is coming back into favor
is the Vitex, or Chaste Tree which
loves our climate, grows to ten to
20 feet, and wants full sun and
good drainage. The flowers look
a lot like buddleia or butterfly
bush. You can trim the Vitex to
tree form or allow it to bush.
And speaking of Butterfly Bush
- Buddleia, there are several blue
cultivars of this plant which can
grow as tall as ten feet. Now there
is a dwarf blue Buddleia also.
Drought tolerant once established
it is hardy from zones 5 to 10. It is
a full-sun plant but might benefit
from some afternoon shade in
our hot climate.
Often seen in nurseries in our
area, Blue Daze is a mounding
ground cover with pretty blue dai-
sy like flowers all year round. My
experience with blue daze is that
it can use some afternoon shade
during the summer and will also
tolerate partial shade. It grows
about one foot tall and about two
to three feet wide. Great for a bor-
Morning Glory or Ipomoea is
a vine with bright blue flowers.
Easily propagated from seed and
they also re-seed. Mine have been
coming back pretty regularly-re-
appearing just when I have for-
gotten about them. Nice Surprise!
They thrive in full sun and enjoy
The largest group of blue flow-
ers belongs to the Salvia or Sage
family. They are beautiful massed
and there is a variety for every spot
and in every shade of blue. Some
are even two-tone blue and white
or blue and black. Salvia is a ten-
der perennial and can be grown
from seeds or sets. Heat, sun, and
drought tolerant salvia is a beauti-
ful garden work horse. Here are
just a few for our zone. Arizonica
grows to 24 inches, azurea to over
48, cacaliifolia to 36, clevelandii ,
24 guaraniti is blue and black
and reaches 48+ inches and
leucantha blue and white grows
36inches tall. A shorter salvia is
sinaloaensis which is deep blue
and 12 inches tall.
There are many more blue
plants including chicory, larkspur
(for shade), blue flax, bluebon-
net, agapanthus, hibiscus, blue-
eyed grass, and bluebells. A quick
internet search will supply addi-
I hope you will plant some
blues. Also add some blue ac-
cents. A can of spray paint can
produce a lot of blue pots or an
old blue chair. And, when you
need a change, try red plants and
I've placed more information
on our Okeechobee web page,
you need additional information
on blue flowers, please email
us at email@example.com
or call us at 863-763-6469. Local
residents can stop by our office
at 458 Hwy 98 North in Okeecho-
bee, and visit our Okeechobee
County Master Gardeners from 1
to 3 p.m. on Tuesday afternoons.
Walpole, Inc. congratulates :
', who celebrated her 25th
anniversary with the
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le (863) 763-5593
Seminole students salute school nurses
Governor Charlie Crist de-
clared May 7, as School Nurse
Day. He says the
health of our
children is para-
mount to their
growth and de-
goes on to say
that school nursing is recognized
as a specialized practice that ad-
vances the well being, academic
success, and life-long achieve-
ment of students.
The National Association of
School Nurses, Inc., (NASN)
promotes National School Nurse
Day as an opportunity to foster a
better understanding of the role
of professional registered school
nurses in the educational setting.
"We encourage administrators
and other leaders to honor school
nurses and recognize their signifi-
cant contribution to both public
health and education," states
Annette Phelps, A.R.N.P., M.S.N.,
Director, Division of Family Health
Services, Florida Department of
Approximately 1,090 profes-
sional registered school nurses
serve Florida schools, promote
health and safety, evaluate health
problems, and refer students for
National School Nurse Daywill
be celebrated at Seminole Ele-
mentary School on May 7, during
National Nurses Week, May 5-9,
2008. We are using the celebra-
tion of School Nurse Day to pro-
mote the role of the professional
registered school nurse and ser-
vices provided for staff, parents,
students and the community.
The students have created
student-designed cards, letters,
pictures, and posters to present to
the school nurse. We are also pro-
viding an opportunity for staff and
community to "Meet, Greet and
Congratulate" the school nurse.
We here at SEM would like to
thank you for your support of pro-
fessional registered school nurses
as they provide health services in
the school setting.
Today in History
Today is Tuesday, May 6, the
127th day of 2008. There are 239
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in His-
On May 6, 1937, the hydro-
gen-filled German dirigible Hin-
denburg burned and crashed in
Lakehurst, N.J., killing 35 of the
97 people on board and a Navy
crewman on the ground.
On this date:
In 1861, Arkansas seceded
from the Union.
In 1889, the Paris Exposition
formally opened, featuring the
just-completed Eiffel Tower.
In 1910, Britain's King Edward
In 1935, the Works Progress
Administration began operating.
In 1942, during World War II
some 15,000 Americans and Fili-
pinos on Corregidor surrendered
to the Japanese.
In 1954, medical student Roger
Bannister broke the four-minute
mile during a track meet in Ox-
ford, England, in 3 minutes, 59.4
In 1960, Britain's Princess
Margaret married Anthony Arm-
strong-Jones, a commoner, at
Westminster Abbey. (They di-
vorced in 1978.)
In 1981, Yale architecture stu-
dent Maya Ying Lin was named
winner of a competition to design
the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
In 1994, Britain's Queen Eliza-
beth II and French President Fran-
cois Mitterrand formally opened
the Channel Tunnel between their
In 2002, right-wing Dutch poli-
tician Pim Fortuyn was shot and
killed in Hilversum, Netherlands.
(Volkert van der Graaf was later
convicted of killing Fortuyn and
was sentenced to 18 years in
Ten years ago: U.S. Rep. Dan
Burton, chairman of the House
fund-raising inquiry, apologized
to GOP colleagues for the furor
over his release of selected por-
tions of tapes of former Associate
Attorney General Webster Hub-
bell's prison conversations; Bur-
ton's top investigator departed,
ordered fired by House Speaker
Newt Gingrich. Astronomers an-
nounced the detection of a gam-
ma ray burst in a galaxy 12 billion
light years away that was equal to
the energy expended by the sun
in 1 trillion years.
Five years ago: Sen. Bob
Graham of Florida launched his
campaign for the Democratic
presidential nomination by accus-
ing President Bush of retreating
from the war on terrorism to "set-
tle old scores" between the Bush
family and Iraq's Saddam Hus-
sein. White House budget chief
Mitchell Daniels announced his
resignation. Kmart Corporation
emerged from bankruptcy after
more than 15 months of Chapter
One year ago: Conservative
Nicolas Sarkozy won the French
presidency by a comfortable
margin over socialist opponent
Today's Birthdays: Base-
ball Hall-of-Famer Willie Mays is
77. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., is
74. Rock singer Bob Seger is 63.
Singer Jimmie Dale Gilmore is 63.
Actor Alan Dale is 61. Actor Ben
Masters is 61. Actor Gregg Henry
is 56. Former British Prime Minis-
ter Tony Blair is 55. TV personal-
ity Tom Bergeron is 53. Actress
Roma Downey is 48. Rock singer
John Flansburgh (They Might Be
Giants) is 48. Actor George Cloo-
ney is 47. Actor Clay O'Brien is 47.
Rock singer-musician Tony Scal-
zo (Fastball) is 44. Actress Leslie
Hope is 43. Rock musician Mark
Bryan (Hootie and the Blowfish)
is 41. Rock musician Chris Shiflett
(Foo Fighters) is 37. Actress Adri-
anne Palicki is 25.
Thought for Today: "How
glorious it is and also how pain-
ful to be an exception." Alfred
de Musset, French author (1810-
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As gas prices continue to climb, productivity falls
TALLAHASSEE -- Rising gas
prices are affecting more than the
family budget. More pain at the
pump results in more employee
stress on the job, says Wayne
Hochwarter, the Jim Moran Pro-
fessor of Management at Florida
State University's College of Busi-
"People concerned with the
effects of gas prices were signifi-
cantly less attentive on the job,
less excited about going to work,
less passionate and conscien-
tiousness and more tense," Mr.
Hochwarter said. "These people
also reported more 'blues' on the
job. Employees were simply un-
able to detach themselves from
the stress caused by escalating
gas prices as they walked through
the doors at work."
Mr. Hochwarter gleaned the
information by surveying more
than 800 full-time employees this
spring when gas prices hovered at
about $3.50 per gallon. All of the
people surveyed work in a wide
range of occupations, primarily
in the southeastern United States.
All drove personal transportation
to work and had an average com-
mute of 15 miles each way.
Survey respondents said gas
prices were foremost on their
mind, including a disgruntled fac-
tory worker who wrote, "I spend
more time at work trying to fig-
ure out what I need to give up to
keep gas in my tank than thinking
about how to do my job."
Mr. Hochwarter's research
will be submitted for publication
later this summer. Among his
findings: 52 percent have recon-
sidered taking vacations or other
recreational activities; 45 percent
have had to cut back on debt-re-
duction payments, such as credit
card payments; nearly 30 percent
considered the consequences of
going without basics including
food, clothing and medicine; 45
percent report that the escalating
gas prices have "caused them to
fall behind financially"; 39 per-
cent agreed with the statement
"Gas prices have decreased my
standard of living"; and about 33
percent -- or one in three -- said
they would quit their job for a
comparable one nearer to home.
Mr. Hochwarter's discussions
with employees confirm the
study's results. Many employees
report that gas prices rank as the
No. 1 water-cooler discussion
topic, ahead of family, sports or
work, he said. He found little dif-
ference in responses among dif-
ferent ages, gender, work tenure
"Several employees said they
simply could not escape the me-
dia onslaught of bad news re-
garding the future of gas prices,
and many reported their financial
futures were looking bleaker and
bleaker," Mr. Hochivarter said.
As gas prices rise, so does
the stress. Consider the words of
Sandy, a medical records clerk:
"The more it goes up, the more
behind I get. If gas goes up to $5
or $6 a gallon, I just don't know
what I'll do."
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CALF - brown w/white spots,
tag in ear, vic of Eagle Island
Rd. by McArthur Farms &
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guaranteed, vet cert., $700.
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reg., 10 wks, Call for more
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health papers, $325.
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WATER TREATMENT PLANT OPERATOR
for the Okeechobee Utility Authority.
Class "B" or "C" certification required.
OUA will consider a trainee in lieu of a
certified operator. Must possess a High
School Diploma or equivalent and a valid
FL Drivers License. Only those with a
three year clean driving record need
apply. Shift work and week-ends are
required. Applications will be accepted
until opening is filled at the Okeechobee
Utility Authority located at 100 SW. 5th.
Avenue, Okee, FL 34974. An Equal
Drug Free Work Place.
Maintain Quality & Safety Control Plan for levee & finish
mowing, custodial service & security patrol to ensure full
conformance to contract req. and/or Corp of Engineers
directives through frequent review/inspections. Broad
knowledge of a discipline (Business or related field)
equivalent to 4-yr degree, & 3 yrs in Quality Control req.
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ATTN: HR Dept: EOE M/F/D/V
Start a new career in the much needed field of
nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant coursc/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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Business Places 910
Townhouses - Rent920
Farm Property -
House - Rent 930
Land - Rent 935
Resort Property -
Roommate - 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
NEW 2 BR, 2/ BA Apt., All
major appl's. included. Near
hospital. $975 mo. + $500
sec. dep. (863)763-0111
NW OKEECHOBEE: 2BR, 2BA,
on quiet St. Kids & pets ok.
$750-$850/mo. 1st, last &
$500 sec. 561-346-1642.
OKEE., Huge, Clean, 2br, 2ba
No pets, new paint & carpet.
$775/mo. 1st & $500 sec.
dep. Call 772-215-0098
REMODELED - 2/1, 2 story
screened porch, very clean,
no pets. $700/mo, 1st, last
& sec. (863)634-3313
Find it faster. Sell it soon-
er In the classified
OKEE - 2/2, TownHome, Oak
Lake Villas, $900/mo +
sec., Available 6/1
clean, 2 BR, 2 BA, W/D
hook-up, patio, privacy
fence, no pets $700 mo. +
sec. dep., free garbage and
lawn malnt. (417)848-3424
TAYLOR CREEK CONDO -
1 BR, 1 BA, Furnished. Pool,
W&D Facilities. $700 mo.
2 Bath, 2
2BR, 2BA, canal, boat house,
furn. or unfurn., in city, $825
includes lawn serv. 407 SE
8th St. (863)467-0658 6/1
BASSWOOD - Almost New!
Affordable 3br, 2ba, 2 gar for
rent. $1000. mo. + Sec.
garage, fenced, good neigh-
-BEST VALUE IN TOWN-
2/1 Available, no pets,
$590/mo + Sec Dep.
BRAND NEW- Rent or Buy
3br/2ba, 1700 sq ft, laundry,
tiled, $1100/mo. rent.
$5,000 applied to purchase
of $149,900 after 1 year.
3375 NW 40th Dr. Bass-
BUCKHEAD - 3/1, lots of stor-
age, fenced, w/d, 1 pet.
White House Plaza
1120 S. Parrot Avenue
2300 sq ft available
810 sq ft available
600 sq ft available
3 br, 2 ba, central heat & air,
city water, $1100 per month
3 br, 2 ba, SW sec, office,
Lawrence Real Estate Co.
OKEE. - 2br/1ba, unfurnished
duplex. $625/mp + $625
dep. 3624 SE 35th Ave.
OKEE: 3/1 on '/2 ac. Renovat-
ed, laundry, C/A/heat, screen
porch, carport. $975 mo, 1st
mo. & dep. Call 305-458-8659
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage. C/Air. 1st, last &
sec. 863-467-2541 or after
5 pm 863-634-9330
OKEECHOBEE- 4/2/1 Ever-
lade Estates, tile throughout,
1295/mo, 1st & sec, No pets
Rent or Rent w/Option to Buy
5 acres in Okeechobee 3 Br
1Ba, Ig living rm, kit. & dining
rm, 1 car garage w/fenced
pond. Zoned Ag. $900. mo. +
last & sec. dep. Call Kamal
TREASURE ISLAND - 2 br,
1 ba, waterfront houselarge
fenced yard. $750/mo
Professional Office Space
lor Lease - near Courthouse,
PROFESSIONAL OFFICE SPACE
available, within new com-
mercial bldg., all utils incld.
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Business Places -
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Townhouses - Sale 1015
Farms - Sale 1020
Houses - Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property - Sale 1035
Land - Sale 1040
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Waterfront Property 1080
LAKESHORE RESORT- LAKE
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300' white sand beach & dock
Call (863)441-2659 Nightly,
weekly & monthly rentals also
available, Call (863)465-2135.
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Mobile Home . Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes * Sale 2020
ANCIENT OAKS - 55+, Gated,
1br, 1ba, Sunroom, Covered
patio, Carport, Boat ramp,
Pool, Spa, Clubhouse. Cable
TV included. $400/mo. +
Behind Bill's Mini Mart,
2 br, 2 ba, nice corner lot,
$600 mo., $300 sec.
BH RIDGE - 3/2 on Waterfront,
Lake access. Fully furnished.
$800 mo. + $1000 Sec.
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Legal Notice 5500
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT,
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
CASE NO.: 2006-CP-069
N RE: ESTATE OF
ELIAS CABALLERO GONZALEZ,
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of ELIAS
CABALLERO GONZALEZ, deceased, File
Number 2006-CP-069, is pending in the
Circuit Court for Okeechobee County,
Forida, Probate Division, the address of
which is 312 NW. 3 Street Okeechobee,
FL, 34972. The name and address of the
personal representative and the personal
representative's attorney are set forth be-
ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE NOTI-
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate, including un-
matured, contingent or unliquidated
claims, on whom a copy of this notice is
served must file their claims with this
Court WITHIN THE LATER OF THREE
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE
OR THIRTY DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF
SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE
All other creditors of the decedent and
persons having claims or demands
against the decedent's estate must file
their claims with this court WITHIN.
THREE MONTHS AFTER TInE AIE OF
,tHE FR ST PUBLICATION OF IHIS NQ
TWICE. C "
ALL CLAIMS, DEMANDS AND OBJEC-
TIONS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREV-
The date ofe first publication of this
Notice is 4/29/08.
Attorney for Personal Representatve:
Scott Rosen. Esquire
150 S. Pine Island Road
Plantation, FL 33324
Tel. (954) 915-0510
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Plantation, FL 33324
271672 ON 04/29;05/06/08
NOTICE OF OUA MEETING
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the
Okeechobee Utility Authority will meet
in regular session on Tuesday May
13, 2008 at 8:30 A.M., at the Okee-
chobee Utility Authority Offices, 100
SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Forida.
Pursuant to Section 286.0105, Rod-
da Statutes, if a person decides to ap-
peal any decision made by the
Authority wih respect to such meet-
ings, he or she will need a record of
proceedings and for such purpose
may need to ensure that a verbahm
record of the proceedings is made;
which record includes the testimony
and evidence upon which the appeal
is based. Such person may provide a
court reporter, stenographer, or tape
recorder for such verbatim record.
BY ORDER OF THE OKEECHOBEE
John F Hayford, RE.
272749 ON 5/6/08
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lba, w/d, pool, gated comm.,
clubhouse, $695 mo
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BA Dbl. Wide on 8 acres
w/barn. $1200 mo., 1st, last
& sec. dep. (863)610-0211
FT. DRUM - Just set up! Beau-
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TREASURE ISLAND - 3br,
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waterfront lot.. New seawall,
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Marine Accessories 3020
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8 Okeechobee News, Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Junior Golf Tournament draws 29 entrants Mi
On Saturday, April 26, Wal-
dau Junior Golf, Inc. presented
the Second Annual Okeechobee
Junior Golf Tournament. Tourna-
ment directors, Jim Waldau, Tom
and Renea Finney, and Bubba
Mullins planned and coordinated
the event. Twenty-nine Junior
Golfers, ages 10-16, participated
in the 18-hole tournament, host-
ed by the Okeechobee Golf and
Golfers participating included
Caleb Bockoras; Dariny Busbin;
Michael Carter; Cutter Crawford;
Bailey Kirton; Richard Donegan;
Timmy Farrell; Elijah Finney; Tyler
Finney; Ricky Gonalez; Tim Gray;
Jacob Greseth; Ethan Lightsey;
Seth McWhorter; Ryan Meigs;
Tyler Milrot; Justin Morgan; Kyle
Mullins; Chance Murphy; Dalton
Murray; Tad Norman; Cavin Platt;
Tyler Platt; Jack Radebaugh; Ryan
Reister; Kodi Stephen; Michael
Watson; Mark Weir and Corey
All junior golfers played a
9-hole qualifying round. These
golfers were then divided into five
flights based on their scores. A
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special medalist award was given
to the junior golfer with the low-
est qualifying score. Kodi Stephen,
age 13, won with a score of 37.
After a lunch break, provided
by Jersey Mike's Subs, the play-
ers continued the. tournament,
playing 9-holes in five divisions:
Championship, first, second, third
and fourth flights. First and sec-
ond awards were given in each
Championship Flight Winners:
Defending his title from last year,
the 2008 Okeechobee Junior Golf
Championship honor went to
Kodi Stephen, age 13, scoring 39.
Richard Donegan, age 13, took
the honor of second place, scor-
First Flight Winners: First
place-Tyler Finney, age 14; Second
Place- Chance Murphy, age 14.
Second Flight Winners: First
place-Kutter Crawford,;Page 12;
Second Place- Danny Busbin, age
Third Flight Winners: First
place-Jack Radebaugh, age 13;
Second Place- Caleb Bockaras,
_ 2008 Okeechobee Junior Golf Champion, Kodi Stephen,
scoring 38, was presented with the trophy by Mary Barber,
2008'Miss Okeechobee County Fai Teen USA.
Fourth Flight Winners: First
place-Seth McWhorter, age 12;
Second Place- Dalton Murray, age
Awards were also given out
to the following: Lonest Drive --
Richard Donegan, age 13; Closest
to the pin on hole #2 -- Michael
Watson, age 15; Closest to the pin
on hole #8 -- Kutter Crawford,
age 12; Putting contest winner --
Chance Murphy, age 14.
The annual tournament was
free admission for the junior golf-
ers thanks to the Waldau Junior
Golf program, Okeechobee Golf
and Country Club and to the fol-
Adron Fence; Beef O'Brady's;
Alan Brewer; Bruce Homer Insur-
ance; Communities In School; Ga-
tor Feed; Gilbert Chevrolet; Jersey
Mike's Subs; Kirton Cattle & Sod;
Lakeview Builders; Lunkers Res-
taurant & Bar; Danny & Kay Mul-
lins; Ines & Grady Mullins; NuVee
Enterprises; Okeechobee Golf and
Country Club; Platt Chiropractic;
Publix Supermarket; Quality Tees;
Robert Cook Welding; Robertson
Appraiser; State Farm Insurance
(Gretchen Robertson); Studio of
Graphic Design; Total Fitness &
Physical Therapy of Okeechobee.
Waldau's Junior Golf would
also like to thank Tom and Renea
Finney, Bubba Mullins, OGCC pro,
Terry Lanman; Paul at the OGCC
restaurant; Rick Donegan, Darrell
Bearden, Ron White, John Smith,
and to all the caddies and parents
who volunteered their time and
Thanks to Mary Barber, 2008
Miss Okeechobee County Fair
Teen USA, for presenting the
awards to the Junior Golfers at
A special thanks to the mem-
bers of the Okeechobee Golf &
Country Club who were kind
enough to play their golf around
the schedule of this tournament.
Waldau's Junior Golf's next
Junior Golf event is their annual
week long Junior Golf Clinic, be-
ing held June 16-June 20, 2008 at
the Okeechobee Golf & County
Richard Donegan took the honor of second place in the
Championship flight with a score of 42. Mary Barber, 2008
Miss Okeechobee County Fair Teen USA, presented his tro-
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