Okeechobee news
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Place of Publication: Okeechobee, Fla
Creation Date: May 13, 2008
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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

PO BOX 117007


Martha's House col-
lects .cell phones
Martha's House is collect-
ing used cell phones to return
for money. Martha's House can
also have them 9-1-1 activated
for participants. If you have any
used cell phones to donate call
(863) 763-2893, or drop them
off at their administrative office
at 103 N.W. Fifth St.

My Aunt's House
seeks volunteers
My Aunt's House. Inc a 501
(c) (3) organization is looking
for two to ihree \oluriteers to
work in our Closet any day, or
days, Monday through Friday
during the hours of 9 a.m. until
2 p.m. We are also looking for
a volunteer to become the di-
rector and a board member of
The Clothes Closet. The volun-
teer should communicate well
with the public and should be
able to seek support from city
and county officials, business
executives and other organiza-
tions. Work days and hours are
flexible. Call (863) 634-2306 for

Preschool enroll-
ment underway
Peace Lutheran Preschool
is now taking enrollment
-for the coming school year.
They have openings in Jr.
Preschool, 3 and 4 year old's
and Kindergarten. Call the
school for more information,

Church sponsors
spaghetti dinner
His House Fellowship Church
of the Nazarene will be sponsor-
ing a spaghetti dinner on Satur-
, day, May 17 from 4 until 7 p.m. in
the fellowship hall. The menu is
spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, des-
sert and tea for a $6 donation. All
proceeds go to our 2008 Vacation
Bible School, "Custom Garage."
Dine in or take out is available. For
tickets call 863-763-3519.

Drought Index

Current: 464
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.03 feet
Last Year: 9.35 feet
ored By:

Pogey's Family Restarmtnt
1759 S. Parrott Ave.
Source: South Florida Water
Management District. Depth
given in feet above sea level

Classifieds................................. 7
Com ics ..................................... 6
Community Events............'........ 4
Crossword.................................. 6
Obituaries.............:.................. 5
Opinion................................. 4
Speak O ut ........... ............... 4
Sports....................................... 8
TV ............................................ 4
W eather...................................... 2
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OUA will discuss new mural

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The blank north wall of the
Okeechobee Utility Authority
(OUA) building on S. W. Fifth Av-
enue might soon have a mural
overlooking Flagler Park.
Maureen Burroughs of
Okeechobee Main Street is ex-
pected to address the OUA board
of directors on this subject at
their meeting this morning. The
board will also consider sources
of funding and construction proj-

If you go:
What- Okeechobee Utility Author-
ity meeting
Where- 100 S.W. Fifth Ave.
When: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday,
May 13
Mrs. Burroughs will present
a draft agreement and guide-
lines for a proposed mural. This
would be the fourth mural com-
missioned by Okeechobee Main
Street. Murals commissioned by
this organization are all related
to the history of Okeechobee.

Dale Milita of Craig A. Smith
Governmental Services is ex-
pected to present an update on
his actions requesting state and
federal assistance for the waste-
water treatment plant expan-
The board will be hearing.
presentations from Architects
Design Group. Inc., Burt Hill/
Pollock Kreig, Architects, Inc.,
RQAW Consulting Engineers &
Architects and Row Architects,
Inc., in order select an architec-
tural firm to design a new OUA
-administration building.

Appreciation Week: Seacoast re(

submitted photo
Seacoast National Bank recognizes National Teacher Appreciation Week by deliver-
ing cakes to 11 Okeechobee County Schools on Thursday, May 8. Thank you to all of
our teachers for your continuous hard work! At Everglades E.lmentary, Mr. Ball, Asst.
Principal, Jon Geitner, accept a cake in appreciation for their teaching professionalism
from Melody Hodges and Teresa Chandler/Seacoast National Bank.

Submitted photo/Teresa Chandler
Randy Weigum, Principal, from Seminole Elementary School accept a cake as a thank
you in appreciation and recognition of National Teacher Appreciation Week from Jon
Geitner and Melody Hodges/Seacoast National Bank.

DL checkpoint nets 10 arrests

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
While conducting a driver's
license check, detectives from
the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO) made a to-
tal of 10 arrests.
The special two-hour detail
held Wednesday, May 7, in the
DeBerry Gardens area also net-
ted two arrests on felony war-
rants. One man was also ar-
rested on a felony drug charge
after being stopped .at the
OCSO Detective Sergeant
Brad Stark said several traffic
citations were also issued. But
in addition to arresting driver's
who have no license, the detail

was attempting to slow down
gang activity in the area.
"Due to the recent activity of
criminal street gangs within the
community, the detail was set
up in this area to regulate their
activity and several arrests were
made," said Sgt. Stark. "We will
be doing this periodically in dif-
ferent areas of the count'"
Arrested on the misdemean-
or charge of no valid driver's
license were: Sergio Contreras,
34, N.W Fifth St. Bernardino
Juarez-Lopez, 22, N.W Fourth
St.; Rafael Alverez-Castaneda,
30, no address; and Everardo
Gonzalez-Mosqueda, 25, no
All of the men were booked

into the Okeechobee County
Jail. Bond for Contreras and
Alverez-Castaneda was set
at $500. Bond for Gonzalez-
Mosqueda was set at $750, and
bond for Juarez-Lopez was set
at $1,000.
David Alejandro Sanchez, 34,
U.S. 441 S.E., was also arrested
at the checkpoint and charged
with driving while license sus-
pended with knowledge. His
bond was set at $1,000.
Also arrested at the check-
point was Jose Cruz Galvan, 42,
S'.E. 29th St. He was charged
with the felony of driving while
license suspended with knowl-
See Checkpoint - Page 2

In an item tabled from last
month, the board is expected
to ratify a developers agreement
with New Okeechobee LLC., the
developers of a proposed hous-
ing complex on S.W. 16th Av-
enue. The original developer's
agreement stated that work must'
have started by Feb. 7, 2008.
The developers lost their orig-
inal financial backers and the ad-
dendum will give the developers
until Feb. 7, 2009, to start con-
In another item tabled from
last month the board will hear

an update On the Bet-Her Acres
water system. The utility recently
acquired the private water sys-
tem which had been a customer
of OUA. The board will consider
improvements that need to be
made to the system.
In other news, the board is
scheduled to:
* approve -change order
number 1 to Wharton-Smith to
extend the contract time on the
wastewater treatment plant ex-
pansion by 63 calendar days;
See OUA - Page 2

School board

will discuss

new personnel

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County
School Board will give many
recognition and discuss the
new personnel appointments;
re-appointments and reloca-
tions for the upcoming school
year at their meeting on Tues-
day, May 13.
The meeting will begin at
6 p.m. and will be held in the
Okeechobee County School
Board chambers, 700 S.W. Sec-
ond St.
The board will also consider
bids for a cooling tower for the

. If you go:
WHAT: Okeechobee County
School Board meeting
WHEN. Tuesday, May 13 al 6 p.m.
WHERE: School board chambers,
700 S.W. Second St

Okeechobee High School and
the repaving of the Yearling
Middle School bus circle and
parking area.
The board will consider the
approval of a bid for a Koldaire -
Inc. cooling tower replacement
at the Okeechobee High School
See Personnel - Page 2

Area man killed

in grove accident

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man was
killed late last week in a mishap
in a citrus grove on Micco Bluff
Sergio Depaz, 65, S.W. Sec-
ond St., was accidentally run,
over by a citrus goat Friday,
May. 9. He was pronounced
dead at the scene at 11:55 a.m.
by medical personnel from the
Okeechobee Fire/Rescue De-
partment, stated a report by
Deputy Mark Shireman of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's

Office (OCSO).
The report states that while
working at the grove owned by
Gamez Harvesting, Mr. Depaz
was found lying in the track
made by the goat. The equip-
ment was being operated by J.
Francisco Morales Santoy, 49,
S.W. Seventh Ave., Okeecho-
According to the report, Mr.
Santoy was picking up citrus
tubs with the goat when the ac-
cident occurred. Mr. Santoy told
'See Grove - Page 2

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in the amount of $117,555.
The bids were opened May 2
at 10 a.m. The bid with Koldaire,
Inc. is the low base bid.
The cooling towers are a more
energy efficient process of cooling
air rather than using the typical air
conditioning units for 100 percent
of the cooling in the school.,
The board will also consider
another project to pave the school
bus circle and parking area at
Yearling Middle School. The
superintendent is recommend-
ing the low base bid amount of
$148,593. That bid was submitted
by Lynch Paving and Construc-
tion Co., Inc.
Appointment of administrative
personnel on the district level is
being recommended to remain
the same as this year's appoint-
On a school basis, some of
the principals are being moved
around for the 2008-09 school
, , Andy Brewer, formerly:at the
SOkeechobee Freshman Cam-
pus, will be the new principal at

Continued From Page 1
* approve change order num-
ber 3 to Wharton-Smith for the
wastewater treatment plant ad-
ministration building;
* approve change order num-
ber 2 to Murray Logan Construc-
tion Company for the raw water
pump station representing a net
deduction in the contract price by

Yearling Middle School with their
former principal Brian Greseth
moving to Seminole Elementary
School (SEM). SEM's former prin-
cipal, Randal Weigum, will be
moving to New Endeavor High
School (NEHS). Carol Revels,
who was formerly at NEHS, will
be moving to OFC.
The vacancy of the Osceola
Middle School assistant principal
is currently open due to Heather
Siler-Dobbs not returning as their
assistant principal.
The re-appointment of in-
structional personnel on profes-
.sional. services contracts and the
.re-appointment of instructional
personnel and placement on the
professional services contract will
be considered by the board.
Thirty-eight teachers are being
re-appointed and placed on con-
tract for the 2008-09 school year.
Six of these placements are con-
tingent upon the teacher meeting
the certification requirements.
An additional 108 teachers are
being recommended for appoint-
ment for the 2008-09 school year
on an annual contract.
All food service, managers will
remain the same except for two
positions. Hilda Castillo will be

* hear an update on the pipe
cleaning project;
* recognize employee Lyn
Lowe for 20 years' service to the
utility; and,.
* receive the financial report
for the period ending March 31.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached
at pgawda@newszap.com.

the food service manager at Ev-
erglades Elementary School. She
was formerly the assistant man-
ager. Gwen Faulkner will be the
food service manager at Yearling
Middle School. She was formerly
the assistant at the Okeechobee
High School.
The guidance counselors for
Yearling Middle School and Os-
ceola Middle School will also be
switching. Michelle Branham
will be transferred to YMS while
Drema Brewer will be transferred
to OMS.
These changes will be a new
beginning for some with the start
of the new school year which be-

Continued From Page 1
edge - habitual offender. He was
booked into the county jail under
a $1,000 bond.
Dracy Peacock, 38, N.W. 47th
Ave., was also arrested while
stopped at the checkpoint. He
was charged with the. felony of
possession of cocaine and the
misdemeanor of, driving while 'li-
cense suspended. His bond was
set at $5,500.
Arrested on felony grand theft
warrants were George Bradley

Continued From Page 1
the deputy that he saw Mr. Depaz
working in a row just south of
him. The driver then began back-
ing the equipment thinking the
victim was in another row.

gins on Monday, Aug. 18.
The board will also consider:
* a professional services
agreement with Lorna Bracewell
in the amount of $1,500 to pro-
vide workshops and concerts for
students in the Migrant Summer
program. Funding is coming from
the Title I, Part C (Project 4817).
* approval of the mentoring
bonus for each of the National
Board Certified teachers for
their mentoring services for dis-
trict teachers in the amount of
Post your opinions In the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Agullar can be
reached at caguilar@newszap.com.

and Jer'marcus Bradley. Another
juvenile, Enrique Arellano was
arrested on a take and hold war-
'Sgt. Stark said following the
arrest of the three juveniles, they
were booked into the county jail
then taken to the Department of
Juvenile Justice Detention Center
in Fort Pierce.
Deputies from the OCSO road
division, along with school re-
source officers, took part in the
special detail as did detectives
from the OCSO criminal inves-
tigation division, gang unit and
narcotics division.

But, as Mr. Santoy was backing
the goat he saw the victim lying
in the vehicle's tracks in the grove
road. He then called the compa-
ny's main office in Avon Park.
The investigation into the inci-
dent is being conducted by OCSO
Detective Rick Durfee

Extended Forecast
Wednesday: Partly sunny. The high will be in the upper 80s.
The wind will be from the east-5 to 10 mph.
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy. The low will be in the mid
60s. The wind will be from the southeast at 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday: Partly sunny. The high will be in the lowers 90s.

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New technology means HealthNews in
Christian Mental

new sources of stress

The modern computer age
comes with new kinds of stress.
One of my "pet peeves" is the
stress associated with dealing
with email hoaxes.
Some of these hoaxes claim
to associate health hazards with
everyday foods. Others associate
health benefits with questionable
substances or practices.
For example, these emails
make claims such as "scrubbing
-sponges contain agent orange,"
to "disposable chop sticks cause
cancer" to "there is lead in lip-
stick." (All of these claims are
The hoaxes quite often sound
convincing, quoting researchers
by name, claiming the informa-
tion was announced on the To-
day Show or claiming to actually
know a "friend of a friend" some-
thing happened to.
At best, these emails are a joke
that wastes your time. (Such as
the email claiming the Titanic was
carrying a large cargo of mayon-
naise bound for Mexico, and
when it was sunk the Mexican
people declared a day of mourn-
ing - sinko de mayo.)
At worst, the email hoaxes are
connected to web sites that at-
tempt to steal your money or your

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Share your news and photos
for this column by e-mail to
identity or infect your computer
with spyware or a virus.
These email hoaxes are often
forwarded by well-meaning, if na-
ive people, wh6 don't mean any
If you receive an email that
sounds odd or a little too interest-
ing, before forwarding it to your
entire address book, check it out.
Don't subject your friends and
family to another email hoax.

There are quite a few web sites
devoted to researching and de-
bunking email myths and hoaxes.
A few are:
While the internet can be a
source of health hoaxes, there
are also some very good web
sites that offer useful information.
When online, consider the source.
And if the web site is trying to sell
you something - beware.
For general health information,
there are a few web sites I trust. I
like www.peoplespharmacy.com,
which is the web site of the Peo-
ple's Pharmacy radio program on
National Public Radio. I also like
www.health.harvard.edu/ which
is the public information web site
for Harvard Medical School. The
Center for Disease Control web
site at www.cdc.gov also has a lot
of useful health information.
Before making any change to
your diet or exercise plan, consult
your doctor. This is especially im-.
portant if you are on any prescrip-
tion drugs. Some drugs interact
badly with foods that would oth-
erwise be considered "healthy."


health support group
Do you suffer with depression,
anxiety or other mental illness?
The Christian Mental Health Sup-
port group meets on the second
and fourth Thursday of the month
at 6 p.m. on Martin County Grade.
Call 772-597-0463 for more infor-
mation. Family members are wel-

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

Dine with the Doctor
Meet our new surgeon, Dr.
Douglas Sanders, at Raulerson
Hospital. The next "Dine with the
Doctor" medical series presenta-
tion will take place on May 27,
at 5 p.m. in the hospital dining,
room. Dr. Sanders, General Sur-
geon, specializing in laparoscopic
procedures, general surgery and
breast surgery including steriot-
�actic, will be the guest physician
at the dinner presentation. The
dinner is only $5 but the presenta-
tion is FREE. Please R.S.V.P. to Bill

Casian at 863-824-2702.
Diabetes Support
Group at Hospital
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
Red Cross offers HIV/
AIDS course
The American Red Cross-
Okeechobee Branch offers a ba-
sic HIV/AIDs instruction course
that complies with Florida em-
ployment requirements for indi-
viduals working in various voca-
tions. This is a self-study course
that includes text work and the
successful completion of a mul-
tiple choice written test. The cost
of the course is $15. Call the local
Red Cross office at 863-763-2488
for information.
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 Re-
source at 866-649-1594 for a free
confidential consultation. Or, go
to the website at www.drugreha-

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Cancer support
group to meet
Okeechobee County Cancer
Support Group meets on the first
Thursday of each month. All can-
cer patients, survivors and sup-
porters are welcomed to attend,
support and encourage each other.
They meet the first Thursday of
each month at 5:30 p.m. at First
Baptist Church, 401 S.W. Fourth
St., (entrance is the door to the W
in front of church). Please contact
Susie Pickering at 863-467-5831
or First Baptist Church at 863-763-
2171 for more information.
Cancer Society seeks
The American Cancer Society
is recruiting volunteers who are
interested in making a difference
in the fight against cancer. Volun-
teers with the American Cancer
Society's Florida Divisi6n par-
ticipate in programs that -support
research funding, educate the com-
munity, deliver services to patients
and advocate for policies that help
defeat cancer. To get involved, call
the American Cancer Society at
Narcotics group to
meet Tuesdays
Narcotics Anonymous will
begin meeting every Tuesday at
noon. Meetings will be held at the
Just for Today Club, 2303 U.S. 441.
S.E., Suite K. For information, call

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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!
PROBATION: I was wondering if everyone was aware of problems
that I am finding that moms are having. I have a girlfriend whose son
is on probation and it's costing her money for him to be on probation.
I was just wondering if anybody else was aware of this.
Editor's Note: We spoke with the Department of Corrections and
were told that if someone is placed under supervision by the court
then, by state statute, there is a monthly cost of supervision fee that
must be paid. Plus, the person placed on supervision will likely have
to pay court costs, fines (if levied), public defender fees and possibly
restitution. In some cases they may also be required to pay for the
cost of the investigation. It should also be noted that in many cases
these fees must be paid in full before someone can be released from
supervision, but that could depend on the court's order. If you would
like more information or a more in depth explanation, contact the
son's probation officer.
OIL COMPANIES: I read in the paper today about boycotting the
oil companies that are ripping us off and actually they are robbing the
poor people. Some of us do not make a high enough hourly rate and
cannot afford to get to work, and they are stealing off of the poor peo-
ple who absolutely cannot afford it. Thank God I can afford it, but I'll
join them and help them if they want to boycott the big oil companies.
We need to do something. If we as people do not do something then it
won't get done. So let's all get together and buy from some small sta-
tion even if you have to pay a couple of pennies more pay it and we'll
get their attention and they will have to come down on it or close the
station, one of the two. I don't want to see them close the station but
I sure do want to see the oil prices come down because its ridiculous.
Help us, we need help. And if you only buy two gallons of gas a day,
buy it from a small station. I don't own a station, I.am a retired citizen
and I need your help. So let's do it, let's get these peoples' attention
and get these prices down because summertime is coming and they
are hurting us all. They could really cause inflation to go up something
CAR WRECKS: I just saw a commercial on TV where they say
that 38,000 -people die in car wrecks every year, that may be true, but
also they said that there are 38,000 people who die from second-hand
smoke each year. But to tell the truth, there has never been a case prov-
en that somebody died from second-hand smoke. They cannot even
prove people died from it, so I don't see how they can set up there and
lie because there are no cases found where people died from second-
hand smoke. So they need to get their facts straight and quit lying. I am
so sick of them picking on smokers, its pathetic. They take away your
smoking rights; they take away your voting rights; and, they take away
your driving rights - they just take away too much from us anymore.
They take away your freedom of religion so you can't say a prayer in
school anymore, or anywhere. Pretty soon they are going to say you
can't pray in church and then what are you going to do?
WILDFIRES: I was just wondering if anybody knew when this
wildfire on Lake Okeechobee would stop? Do people not know that
there are several adults and children that have asthma and allergies
to this? How long is this going to go on? It's unfortunate to live near
where there is a situation like this. Is there a reason we are not having
any rain and is there a reason why these fires are really burning at all?
Is there any information anyone can give on this situation?
Editor's Note: Unfortunately, a big portion of the smoke problem is
coming from the smoldering muck and there isn't much that can be
done about that. Since the vegetative matter in the muck is smolder-
A- ing it can move in any direction and about the only way to stop it is
rain. Like most muck fires, it will continue until we receive enough
rain to soak the muck and extinguish the smoldering matter. Accord-
ing to the Department of Forestry, 50 percent of the lake fire is con-
tained but 5,800 acres is still burning. Also, depending on the wind,
we may be getting even more smoke as a wildfire is currently burning
in Highlands County, stated a DOF official Monday afternoon.
DEMOCRAT: I would love to understand how people that do not
believe in abortion or raising taxes and are basically Republican in their
thinking why are you a Democrat? Would it not be best to be who you
are - let your yea be yea and your nay be nay - and make the Repub-
lican Party all it can be? I understand that'your parents were Democrats
and your grandparents and your great-grandparents, but back then the
Democrat Party did not stand for the things it stands for today. Be what
you believe, not what you've always been.
GAS PRICES: With gas prices at an all-time record high, wouldn't
you think that our county commissioners would repeal their 12-cent
gas tax and give the citizens of Okeechobee a break? Or, maybe we
could give our county a break in November and give pur county some
new county commissioners. Maybe we will get lucky and get some
new ones. All these guys want to do is tax and spend.
CONSTITUTION: The Okeechobee County Board of County Com-
missioners should always be held in check and Article IV, Section 7(a)
of the State Constitution has been provided for that very purpose. I am
surprised the local government has been allowed to run roughshod
over this county for as long as it has. I have only been here for five years
and I can see the need for this to be implemented. The commissioners
need to realize that they work for the people and do not run the county.
This would be a good and proper way to keep power in check and al-
low our county employees to do their job. The most surprising thing is
this has yet to be adopted. Any ideas as to how it can be placed on the
ballot for this November? I will vote for it.

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Fundraiser planned to
repair Tantie
I need your help to repair the
Tantie Schoolhouse.
This historic building was used
from 1909 until 1916 for children
to learn their reading, writing, and
arithmetic. It is approaching its
100th birthday!
This old structure has some
rotten wood on the exterior, is
sagging, needs leveling and is
overdue for a pressure cleaning

and a paint job. There are several
things that need to be replaced
and repaired and we need your
help. We have estimates ap-
proaching $10,000 to do the nec-
essary repairs.
To meet this need, the
Okeechobee Historical Society
is holding an Open House on
Thursday, May 15, from 3 until
6 p.m. to provide a tour through
the school house. It's a 20-minute
tour and we can take about 20
people through at one time.
We also will open the main
museum to provide a place for

Community Events

Wednesday, May 14
Main Street Mixer date set
Okeechobee Main Street invites you to the Main Street Mixer on
Wednesday, May 14, from 5 to 7 pm. This month's mixer is hosted by
Raulerson Hospital, located at 1796 Highway 441 North. Mark calen-
dar and invite a friend, this is a great way to network in the community
and meet your local businesses. Refreshments will be served. If you
have any questions, please contact Main Streets Executive Director
Toni Doyle at 863-357-MAIN (6246).

Thursday, May 15
Youth livestock meeting and awards changed
The location of the Okeechobee Youth Livestock Show annual
meeting has been changed from the high school to the gym at Os-
ceola Middle School. The meeting is on May 15, at 7 p.m.
Carcass results and awards will be presented,as well as checks for
the sale of animals and add-ons. There will be financial report and an
election of committee members. There will be no dessert. For more
information, please contact Linda Syfrett at 863-763-6232 or Rick
Barnes at 863-357-2047.

Saturday, May 17
Oakview Baptist sponsors Golf Tournament
Oakview Baptist Church is sponsoring a golf tournament on Satur-
day, May 17 at Okeechobee Golf and Country Club. Cost is $45 (in-
cludes green fee, cart, and barbecue lunch.) Proceeds will aid youth
in doing random acts of kindness, attend M-Fuge in South Carolina
which will assist them in team building and strengthening relation-
ships to God, family and community. Registration begins at 7 a.m. For
information call 863-763-1699.

Mainstreet Fun Shoot
Okeechobee Main Street will host a 100 Target Fun Shoot on Satur-
day, May17 at beautiful Quail Creek Plantation. The proceeds from
the event will benefit Main Street's beautification and restoration proj-
ects. Check-in begins at 8 a.m., course opens at 8:30 a.m., with last
shooter by 10 a.m. Door prizes, raffles, and barbecue lunch will be
provided. For more information about the fun shoot please contact
Program Manager Karen Hanawalt at 863-357-6246, reservation forms
are available at Mike's Okeechobee Guns, The Gun Shop and the Main,
Street office, 111 N.E. Second St.

Red Cross holds babysitting training class
Summer is here and youth will be trying to earn money and some
will go the way of babysitting. So for those youth who want to babysit
this summer, the American Red Cross Okeechobee Branch will hold
a babysitter training class on Saturday, May 17 from 9:30 a.m. until
4 p.m. at their branch office, 323 N. Parrot Ave. This class is to train
youth ages 11 - 14 how to babysit properly. The cost of the class is
$25. For more information or to register for the class please call 863-

Orchid club to meet
The Okeechobee Orchid Club will meet on Monday, May 19 at 7
p.m. at the Cooperative Extension Office, 458 Highway 98 N. 863-763-
6469. Members and the public are invited to bring their favorite orchid
for Show & Tell. President Harry Hoffner will also diagnose problem

Thursday, May 22
IRCC Chamber Series to begin
Encore Chamber Players at the IRCC Lifelong Learning Summer
Sunset Series Thursday, May 22, 8 p.m. at the Wynne Black Box The-
atre, on the IRCC Main Campus at 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce.
The Encore Chamber Players are one of Florida's Most Prestigious Or-
chestral and Chamber Music Groups. Tickets are $10. Call 1-866-866-
4722 ext. 7880.

you to wait if necessary and en-
joy refreshments while you view
a historic tape of our county.
You may call me (Betty) at
863-763-3850 or 863-763-6226 for
more information.
If you'can't attend please con-
sider sending a donation to help
us meet the cost involved in re-
pairing this old wooden school
that was the first permanent
school in what is now Okeecho-
bee County. Any amount will be
Just send a check to: Okeecho-
bee Historical Society, Post Office

Box 973, Okeechobee, FL, 34973.
We plan to begin as soon as
we get the necessary funds. I urge
a quick response. We need to fin-
ish the work before the rainy sea-
son starts.
We want to honor our heritage
by preserving this part of our past,
of which we are so proud. You are
invited to be a part of our effort.
Remember, we are a non-prof-
it, tax deductible corporation.
Betty Chandler Williamson
President Okeechobee
Historical Society

Community Calendar

Wednesday, May 14
Senior water exercises offered at local pool
The Okeechobee Sports Complex pool offers swimming lessons as
well as Senior Water Exercise until Sept. 30, on Monday, Wednesday
and Friday from 10 until 10:45 a.m. The cost for each class is only
$1.50. For more information, please contact Recreation Services.
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 group facilitator. Another
group meets in the Okeechobee County Health 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.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church of Our 200 N.W. Second St. It's an open meeting.
A.A. meeting.from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
NA. meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee,
101 Fifth Ave. For information call 863-634-4780.
Bingo at the Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge. Food will be served at
5 p.m. and bingo starts at 6 p.m. Public is welcome.
Ministerial Association meets the second Wednesday of every
month at noon at the Clock restaurant. All area ministers are invited
to attend..

Thursday, May 15
Cancer Support Group will meet on the third Thursday of the
month to help and encourage women who have been diagnosed with
cancer. The meeting will be held at the American Red Cross office at
323 N. Parrott Ave. from 5:15 until 6:15 p.m. For information, call Janet
Topp at 863-824-2899.
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
at the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98. N. For information call
Margaret at 863-467-8020, or Belinda at 863-357-0166..
Cowboys for Christ Range Rider for Jesus Ministries will
meet for a pot luck supper, at 6 p.m. with services at 7 p.m. at the
Basinger Civic Center. For information, call Doyle McDuffie at 863-763-
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 Secu-
rity Death Index and military information available. For information,
call Robert Massey at 863-763-6510.
Prayer Group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center at 412
N.W Sixth St. For information, call 863-763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the fel-
lowship hall at 412 N.W Sixth St. For information, call 863-763-5996.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m.
at Village Square Restaurant, 301 W South Park St. All Kiwanis and
the public are welcome. For information, contact Frank Irby at 863-
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30
p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. Please join
us or ask questions. Call Phyllis at 863-467-8636, or Hazel at 863-763-
4920, for information.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for wom-
en who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive
relationships. The support groups are held every Thursday at 6 p.m.
For information call 863-763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene
Luck at 863-763-2893 or 863-763-0202.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second lan-
guage classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701
S.W Sixth St.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee
and the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group ev-
ery Thursday at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family member
is welcome. The group is facilitated by social workers and provides an
opportunity for caregivers to give one another support, information
and ideas. The meetings are held at Hospice at 411 S.E. Fourth St. For
information, call 863-467-2321.

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Senimole Elementary School News SS S W S S S

First grade
On May 9, 2008, the first grade
students welcomed their mothers
to their class-
rooms for a very
special Mother's
Day -celebration.
The students
presented their
mothers with a
gift they made
themselves, gave
them a poem, and then took them
'to the cafeteria for tea. All of the
moms, about 80 of them, received
a carnation from their child. The
first grade teachers, Mrs. O'Bannon,
Mrs. L. Gruca, Mrs. E. Gruca, Mrs.
Biebel, Mrs. Perry, and Mrs. Yeilding
really appreciate the parents and
guardians who support their chil-
dren and take an active role in their

Tropicana Speech
Recently the Seminole Elemen-

tary School students participated in
the Tropicana Speech Contest. The'
classroom competition was open
to all fourth and fifth grade stu-
dents. Teachers used lesson plans
designed to give students tips for
giving a great speech, and then the
class contest was held and the top
three students were selected from
each class.

Fourth and fifth grade
The top three class winners from
fourth and fifth competed in the
school wide competition. Our three
judges Donna Garcia, Jenny Ward,
arid Kim Quinlin judged'the stu-
dents in the following areas: Choice
of Material, Effective Introduction,
Use of Language, Effective Conclu-
sion, Delivery, Pronunciation, Ar-
ticulation, Volume, and Speed.
We're very proud of our 'fourth
grade winners who received medal-
lions for placing.
First place: Lisette Medrano; sec-
ond place: Margarita Martinez; third
place: Sandra Trejo

We're very proud of our fifth
grade winners who received medal-
lions for placing.
First Place: Alyssia Boldin; sec-
ond place: Katie Dagne; third place:
Manesha Futch.

Third grade
Third grade would like to con-
gratulate the Students of the Week
for the weeks of April 28 and May
5. They are Julia Herrera and Mark
Amaya from Mrs. Padgett's class,
Taeyahnis Washington and Kristo-
pher Barton from Mrs. Reed's class,
Rodrigo Garcia and Alivia Fenderson
from Mrs. Johnson's class, Dania
Castellanos and Ezequiel Serrano
from Ms. Barnes' class, Stephanie
Sippert and Harry O'Hagan from
Mrs. Coldiron's class, and Matthew
Guillen and Stephanie Sandoval
from Mrs. McCranie's class. We
are proud of all.you do to be great
classroom and school citizens. Ev-
eryone is busy getting Mother's Day
bare books completed by May 11,
so Mom - you are in for a treat.

Submitted photo
Tropicana Speech contest winners are (front 1-r): Fourth Grade First Place Lisette Medrano,
Second Place Margarita Martinez and Third Place Sandra Trejo. Fifth Grade winners are
(back row I-r): First Place Alyssia Boldin, Second Place Katie Dagne and Third Place Mane-
sha Fustch.

OHS Teacher Appreciation
Debbie Gillis, Cheryl Daniels accept a cake on behalf of teachers at Okeechobee High
School from Jon Geitner and Melody Hodges/Seacoast National Bank.

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days left in the year. .
Today's Highlight in His-
On May 13, 1918, the first U.S.
airmail stamps, featuring a picture
of a Curtiss JN-4 biplane, were in-
troduced with a face value of 24
cents. (On a few of the stamps,
the biplane was printed upside-
down; the "inverted Jenny," as it
came to be called, instantly be-
came a collector's item.)
On this date:
In 1954, President Eisenhower
signed into law the St. Lawrence
Seaway Development Act.
In 1985, a confrontation be-
tween Philadelphia authorities
and the radical group MOVE end-
ed as police dropped an explosive
onto the group's headquarters; 11
-people died in the resulting fire.
Ten years ago: President
Clinton ordered harsh sanctions
against an unapologetic India,
which had gone ahead with a
second round of nuclear tests de-
spite global criticism.
Five years ago: A judge ruled
that Oklahoma City bombing
conspirator Terry Nichols should
stand trial in state court on 160
counts of first-degree murder.
(Nichols was later found guilty on
161 counts; the 161st count was
for the fetus of a pregnant victim.
Nichols was sentenced to life in
prison.) The government unveiled
a new and more colorful version
of the $20 bill. Algerian army
commandos freed 17 European
tourists who'd been kidnapped in
the Sahara Desert by an al-Qaida-
linked terror group.
One year ago: President

Bush made a pilgrimage to the
site of the Jamestown settlement
in Virginia to mark the 400th an-
niversary of its founding. Pope
Benedict the XVI, ending a five-
day visit to Brazil, blamed both
Marxism and unbridled capital-
ism for Latin America's problems.
Canada won hockey's world
championship with a 4-2 victory
over Finland.
Thought for Today: "A na-
tion is a society united by a de-
lusion about its ancestry and by
a common hatred of its neigh-
bours." William Ralph Inge, Eng-
lish religious leader and author

Michael Earl
Mtichael Earl Hagerman, age
43 of Waycross, Ga., died Satur-
day, May 10, 2008 at his home in
Waycross, Ga. He was a native of
Ft. Pierce, where he lived most of
his life. He resided, in Waycross
for the past three years.
He was preceded in death by
his father, Arthur Earl Hagerman.
He is survived by his mother,
Zettie Hatfield Hagerman of Way-
cross, Ga.; five sisters, Bonnie
Sharp of Okeechobee, Wanda
Bevins of Waycross, Ga., Janet

Spells of Ft. Pierce, Freda Stof-
fels of New Jersey, Susan Camp
of Winter Beach; brother, Randy
Hagerman of Bay City, Texas and
numerous aunts, uncles, nieces,
nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be 1 until 3
p.m. Wednesday, May 14, at Bass
Okeechobee Funeral Home with
graveside services following at
Evergreen Cemetery.
Friends may sign the guest-
book at www.bassokeechobee-
All arrangements are entrusted
to the care of Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home and Crematory.

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The following movies are now showing at
the Brahman Theatres III. Movie times for Fri-
day, May 9, through Thursday, May 15, 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 - "Speed Racer" (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 - "Forbidden Kingdom" (PG-13)
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p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 2, 4:15,
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Babysitting , 405
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Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
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Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
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Horses 840
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rent. (863)763-7783 or
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2/2 w/ garage, access to pool
and tennis courts, lawn
maintenance included
$800/mo. 1st & security
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2BR/1.5BA, carpet, tile
all appl's, a/c & heat, 1
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$650 mo. (863)763-8878
NEW 2 BR, 2/2 BA Apt., All
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hospital. $975 mo. + $500
sec. dep. (863)763-0111
BA, W&D., Lg. fenced patio.
2 util. rooms. $900 mo., 1st
last & sec. (863)634-3313

1br/1ba-Taylor Creek Condo,
ground floor, 1 yr. lease,
.$675/mo, 1st & last, water &
sewer inc., (863)697-9043
Townhs. Updated kitchen. All
apple's. W&D. $950 mo. 1st,
last & sec. (863)467-5965

Avail. Immediately Fully
furnished. New carpet. Pool,
Tennis & Boat dock. 1BA 1BR
$695 or 2BR $895 + electric.
Annual lease. 215-359-7779

2 Bedroom,
2 Bath, 2
car garage.
Kings Bay

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BASSWOOD - Almost New!
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rent. $1000. mo. + Sec.
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borhood(561)379-9417 or
2/1 Available, no pets,
$590/mo + Sec Dep.
Call (863)467-9800
BHR - 3br, 2ba,
1800 sf, Lake Access
$900 mo.
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-
wood. (561)718-2822
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,
Must See!
Reduced $159,500
Lawrence Real Estate Co.
2BR/1BA, 1 car garage, CBS
House. central a/c & heat,
dishwasher,W/D, storm shut-
ters. $900 mo, + $900 sec.
dep. Avail Now 863-467-8434
OKEECHOBEE - 2br, iba, large
yard, Kissimmee River Est.
$700/mo, + 1st & Sec
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-
glade Estates, tile throughout,
$1295/mo, 1st & sec, No pets
3/2, only $850 + $500 sec.
1 sm. pet considered, pay
own electric. (863)697-0214
1 ba, waterfront house, large
fenced yard. $750/mo


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Professional Office Space
for Lease - near Courthouse,
immediate occupancy.
available, within new com-
mercial bidg., all utils incld.
$600/mo (863)467-1545

Real Estate

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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 Inspectionl060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
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Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

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weekly & monthly rentals also
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Mobile Home - Lots 2005
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. +
Electric. 954-610-5345
BH lRDGE 3/2on Waterfront,
Lake access. Fully furnished.
$800 mo. + $1000 Sec.
dep. (772)370-1095
2/2's @ $500, 3/2's @
$650, yearly lease, No pets,
$1000 sec. (863)763-4031
DBL WIDE - 3BR, 2BA, refrig,
W/D & water, carport, large
lot, $800/mo. 1 yr lease & 1
mo. sec. (863)467-5616.
FT. DRUM - Just set upl Beau-
tiful D/W on 5ac. Ft Drum
creek/pond in back $1500 dep
re'd $800 mo. 772-464-9226
OKEECHOBEE: Nice, 2br/1ba,
$475/mo +. 1st, Last & Sec.
Dep. In town. No pets. Call
OKEECHOBEE: Nice, 3br/lba
doublewide in town. No pets.
$675/mo + 1st, Last & Sec.
Dep. Call (863)763-6232
2ba, '07 model DW, private
waterfront lot. New seawall,
$1000/mo (954)610-5345

Mobile Home Angels
TRAILER - 8x24, w/10x20
Screened room. Shed w/
washer & dryer. $5000 or
best offer (863)381-7835


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Yard Sales 01451


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

RV - 35'w/ 2 PO's, 10x30 at-
tached screen room, new
carpet, new AC, Hot water
heater, located in ZTR,
$4900 or O.W.H.F


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

lectible, $2500,
863-234-1226 or

Bronco- '89, red, 4-wheel
drive, great condition, all ter-
rain tires, tinted windows,
$1500 (863)357-7265

$1500. 863-234-1226 or

Public Notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

Case No.: 2008-DR-342
Pauline Valdez
Isldra Arellano Castaneda
TO: Isidra Arellano Castaneda
6668 NE 7th Street,
Okeechobee, FL 34972
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action has
been filed against you and that you are
required to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it on Paulino
Valdez, whose address is 6668 NE 7th
St., Okeechobee, FL 34972 on or be-
fore June 11, 2008, and file the origi-
nal with the clerk of this Court at 312
NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL
34972, before service on Petitioner or
immediately thereafter. If you fail to do
so, a default may be entered against
you for the relief demanded in the peti-
Copies of all court documents in this
case, Including orders, are available
at the Clerk oa the Circuit Court's of-
fice. You may review these -docu-
ments upon request.
You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit
Court's office notified of your current
address. (You may file Notice of Cur-
rent Address, Florida Supreme Court
Approved Family Law Form 12.915),
Future papers In this lawsuit will be
mailed to the address on record at
the clerk's office,
WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family
Law Rules of Procedure, requires
certain automatic disclosure of docu-
ments and information. Failure to
comply can result In sanctions, in-
cluding dismissal or striking of
DATED: 5/9/2008
By:/S/Heather Thomas
Deputy Clerk
273626 ON 5/13,20,27;6/3/08

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_8 Okeechobee News, Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Hershey's track and field competition
y,'s trak ani io

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News�
The best athletes in Okeecho-
bee schools got a chance to strut
their stuff Friday when the annual
track and field competition was
held for kids between the ages of
9-14 at Okeechobee High School.
After preliminaries at each
school earlier this year, the best
athletes in the standing long
jump, running events, and the
softball throw got their chance
to perform in front of their peers,
school officials and family mem-
The school system, and
Okeechobee County Parks, and
Recreation work together along
with many volunteers to put on
the annual event. The top finish-
ers in Okeechobee go on to par-
ticipate in regional competition
and ultimately national competi-
Wynn Fralix, the new assistant
director for Parks and Recreation,
said he was very impressed with
how the event went this year,
"It was great, excellent. I have
nothing but thanks for the volun-
teers, and the school system. We
couldn't do it %without them."
All of the physical education
teachers at the schools took part
in helping find out who the best
athletes were. This year kids from
New Endeavor joined all the el-
ementary schools and the two
middle schools in the competi-
"The coaches are excellent
people, it wouldn't be a success
without them," Fralix added.
The kids spent the better part
of the day competing in the vari-
ous events for both boys and girls.
They got to parUtcipate in the 50
meters, 200 meters, 400 meters,
800 meters and 1600 meters on
the track.
All of the age groups also par-
ticipated in the softball throw and
the standing long jump events.
"It's really incredible the tal-
ent some of these kids have,"
Fralix noted, "Many of them have
prepared for many weeks getting
ready. The kids really like it and
there is an amazing amount of
talent here in Okeechobee "
Fralix was also impressed with
the school spirit the athletes ex-
hibited, not only for their school,
but for the district as a whole.
"You can just listen to the yell-
_ ing and screaming. They are very
supportive," he noted.

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Girls take off in the 800 meter event at the Hershey's track
and field competition Friday.

. E Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Angel Alvarez of New Endeavor looks back at Kevin Coleman
as he wins this 800 meter event on Friday

Play at the Players

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Colton Etchison competes in the standing long jump.



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alread\ The media was out in
full force While excited specta-
tors were everywhere, it was no-.
N . here near as crowded as when
the tournament commences.

This was great as the players
where happy to sign autographs
and it was easy to get real close to
\ watch the play.
The first thing I noticed was.
the beautiful clubhouse. Then,
how well manicured the course
looked. The event has '.been
moved back several: weeks to
get better weather. It was quite
warm. The fairways and greens.
were hard and fast.,
Just as if I was getting ready
to play, I strolled over to the prac-
tice green and then the driving
range. The pros were all working
on their games, many along with
their swing instructors.
I couldn't stay too long though.
Almost as if had an appointment,
I was being drawn away from the
practice area. I headed towards
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The clubhouse and landscaping at the TPC Sawgrass are

stop there. I had to go straight to.
the famous 17th hole. You know
it. It is the island green where so
many professionals' golf balls
sink to their watery grave paying.
homage to the golf gods.
I watched the pros attack the
hole from behind the green. Then
I moved behind the tee. This is an
experience that all golfers need to
experience. By the way, the rest of
the course is pretty special too!
Actually, designer Pete Dyewas
recently named to be enshrined
just up the road from Sawgrass
at the World Golf Village Hall of
Fame..He will be inducted in No-
Tickets to The Players Cham-
pionship sold out just prior to the
Tickets for the 2009 Players
Championship have already gone
on sale. You might want to get
them now before it's too late!
A weekly badge sells for $199
at, www.pgatour.com/theplay-
It is not too far to make it a day
trip, however, if you want lodg-
ing, you better book that early,
too! I'm not certain how much
space there will be at the Marriott,
as many of the players stay there.
It isn't a bad idea to do what I did.-
Stay at the Marriott prior to the
start of the tournament and rub
elbows with your favorite golfers
as they arrive.
A different way to experience
the thrill of the TPC Sawgrass Sta-
dium Course is to play it. It closes
about a month prior to the event
for grooming. If you stay at the
Marriott, you can play the course. ',
This year, they also instituted a
program where you can get a day
pass, providing all privileges that
the resort offers, without an over-
night stay.
That includes the pools, spa,
.beach club, golf and more. On
my way home, I stopped at the St.
Augustine Premium Outlet Stores
and picked up some incredible
deals. Talk about a diverse trip! I
did some business, watched the
pros play at one of the world's
best courses and filled in my
For more information about
the Sawgrass Golf Resort & Spa
visit www.sawgrassmarriott.com
or call 800-457-GOLF.




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