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Vol. 99 No. 144

Mahoney's liason to
hold office hours
John Mac, Constituent Li-
aison to Congressman Tim
Mahoney (FL-16), will hold of-
fice hours today, May 23, at the
Okeechobee County Library,
206 SW 16th Street. Office
hours are from noon to 3:30
The Congressional office
provides constituent service
assistance with federal matters
such as Academy nominations,
grants, Washington tours and
assistance in dealing with fed-
eral agencies such as the Social
Security Administration, Medi-
care, Veterans' Administration,
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Tight budget planned for county

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Finances and an indus-
trial park lease occupied the
Okeechobee County Board of
County Commissioners at their
May 22 meeting. The board
also looked at Value Adjustment
Board changes and changes to
land development regulations.
Deputy County administrator
Robbie Chartier gave an update
on the county's finances as of
April 30. So far, the county is still
in good financial shape. How-
ever the estimated impact of re-

cently passed Amendment 1 is- a
loss of $927,000 in revenues for.
the coming fiscal year. Staff will
soon be working on the budget
for the coming year. In the light
of anticipated shortfalls, Mrs.
Chartier asked the board for
guidance is budgeting for sala-
ries for the coming fiscal year.
For the current year cost of living
and merit raises were awarded
quarterly instead of being added
to the base salary. Mrs. Chartier
said that meant that if an hourly
employee did any overtime, they
were paid according to the previ-
ous year's hourly scale.

The property appraiser and
tax collector asked to give their
employees cost of living in-
crease. The sheriff said he would
go along with whatever decision
the board made.
The consensus of the board
was to use a 4.55 percent cost of
living increase for planning pur-
The board approved certain
changes to the land develop-
ment regulations and county
codes as proposed with minor
changes for clarification. Among
other things, the changes ad-
dressed building on unpaved

streets. Generally infill will be al-
lowed but not where there has
been no previous development.
Specifications on county, roads
and sidewalks were addressed as
well as signs for business parks
and commercial areas. There
was also language addressing
Terry Burroughs, of Okeecho-
bee Main Street (OMS), asked
about the landscape ordinance.
Mr. Bonner said that the plan-
ning and zoning board had not
discussed it yet. That board will'
make recommendations to the
county commission.

Mr. Burroughs also asked
about the mural ordinance. He
said OMS did not want to put
murals in the county without an
ordinance. Mr. Cassels said the
mural ordinance was in his of-
fice and needed some work.
Phil Baughman asked about
subbase requirements and cul-
vert and driveway requirements.
Mack Whorley suggested that
changes be written to reflect the
way the board wants the county
to look in the future. He further
suggested that changes not be
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Future leaders: Builders Clubs and Key Clubs

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee High School's Key Club officers (back row-left to right) ElIj Cabansay,
treasurer; Matthew Richey, President; Dylan Hughes, editor-in-chief; (front row-left to
right) Leah Burk, secretary; and Kristen Serrett, vice president displayed their pride in
the Kiwanis beliefs.

Kiwanis hosts appreciation day

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Kiwanis Club of
Okeechobee held their annual
appreciation day luncheon for
the Okeechobee High School
and Okeechobee Freshman
Campus Key Club and the Year-
ling Middle School and Osceola
Middle School Builders Club at
the Sports Complex on Thurs-
The local Kiwanis club
sponsors both the Key Clubs
and Builders Clubs, which are
available for students in middle
school through their senior year
of high school.
Club advisors are: OHS Key
Club, Lonnie Kirsch; OFC Key
Club, Tracy Sills; OMS Builders
Club, Michelle Branham; and
YMS Builders Club, Sylvia Ban-
di. Each advisor was honored
by the Kiwanis Club with a
candle and flowers for all their
hard work with the students.

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee Freshman Campus's Key Club officers (back
row) Juan Lugo, vice president (front row-left to right)
Emma Marshall, editor-in-chief; Mishal Mehta, president;
Carma Rowlett, treasurer; and their sponsor Tracy Sills
had a good time at the Kiwanis appreciation luncheon.

Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Patricia Cooper com-
mended the students for their
community involvement and
encouraged them to continue

Main Street

dedicates mural

By Chauna Aguilar ,
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee Main Street
celebrated their newest, com-
pleted mural on Monday, May
19. Matt Budjinski, the mural
artist depicted a representation
of the first telephone operator
Byrd Sizemore and the first
lineman T.A. Sizemore.
This mural is located on the
Embarq building located at 115
S. Parrot Avenue, just north of
Syble's Flowers.
OKMS's Toni Doyle and Mau-
reen Burroughs expressed their

appreciation to Embarq for the
use of the building and for the
donation of $2,500 towards the
cost of the mural. Jeffrey Mech-
lin, public affairs manager for
Embarq was on hand for the
dedication ceremony.
The mural artist was cho-
sen by a committee who did a
blind scoring of each artist that
submitted applied to the call for
Mr. Budjinski was chosen to
complete the mural from this
committee. Mr. Budjinski is a
See Mural - Page 2

on that path throughout high
school and as adults.
Kiwanis member Dowling

See Kiwanis - Page 2

Drunk driver


to 25 years

died in crash
By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
DUI manslaughter, 15 years.
DUI with serious bodily injury
or death -- add five years. Driv-
ing without a license in an ac-
cident involving a death -- add
on another five years.
The Dec. 9, 2007 death of
an 8-year-old girl resulted in a
lengthy prison term. The ruling
came Thursday following an

emotional hearing before Cir-
cuit Judge Lawrence Mirman.
The fact that Arnulfo Ramir-
ez, 30, was in the United States
illegally, appeared to be a factor
in the sentencing.
"If I were in a foreign coun-
try illegally-I would act with
extreme caution.. Your brazen
deadly conduct here is ex-
tremely aggravating in your
case," Judge Mirman said.
According to court testimo-
ny, Ramirez was drunk behind
the wheel of a 1993 Ford Rang-
See DUI - Page 2

Arrest made

by task force

on Turnpike

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A Pennsylvania man was ar-
rested on felony drug charges
after being stopped for follow-
ing too closely on the Florida
Shawn P. Heinrich, 31, Carn-
egie, Pa., was arrested Wednes-
day, May 21, by detectives from

the Okeechobee Narcotics Task
Force who were working a spe-
cial detail on the turnpike.
Heinrich was charged with
the felony of possession of a
controlled substance without
a prescription. He was also
chargedwith the misdemeanors
See Arrest - Page 2

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
OKMS members (left to right) Donna Huth, Bridgette Waldau, Toni Doyle, Maureen Burroughs,
artist Matt Budjinski, Kathleen Shatto, Linda Woloski, Embarq representative Jeffrey Mechlin
and Terry Burroughs celebrated the completion of the third mural.

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Judge: Couple should be together

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
"Why? Why?" yelled 98-year-
old Sylvia Cook from her wheel-
chair to the man in the long black
Her angry reaction was to
Circuit Court Judge Bruce Kyle's
ruling at a hearing in Moore Ha-
ven Thursday, May 22. The judge
ruled that Sylvia was to be taken
from the L-Cross Ranch in Glades
County where she's been staying
since March and placed in an as-
sisted living facility in Vero Beach
with her husband of 41 years,
Howard Cook.
With tears in her eyes and a
raised but trembling voice that
resounded throughout the old
courtroom, she wanted Judge
Kyle to hear how she felt.
"Why do I have to go there?
Howard doesn't want me. I don't
want to be with someone who
doesn't want me!" she continued.
"He's the one who left me -- I
didn't leave him."
In an interview Wednesday,
May 21, Mrs. Cook, made it clear
where she wants to be -- sitting
on the screened-in front porch
of the home of Mark Hunter and
Patty Pearce at the L-Cross.

Continued From Page 1

of possession of marijuana under
20 grams and possession of drug
paraphernalia. He was booked
into the Okeechobee County Jail
under a bond of $7,000.
Task force detectives stopped
Heinrich at mile marker 186,
which is in Okeechobee County.
When a woman in the Cadillac
SUV opened the glove conipart-
ment to retrieve the vehicle's

Continued From Page 1

27 year old graphic designer from
West Palm Beach. His work can
be seen throughout the state at
skateboard parks and clubs. His
unique style of painting is done
with spray paint which is adapted
with specialized spray nozzles.
Mr. Budjinski attended the
Dreyfus School of the Arts and is
currently attending Florida Atlan-
- tic University.
Telephone service was provid-
ed by the Okeechobee Telephone

Continued From Page 1

written to benefit developers.
The board was appraised of
recent legislation affecting the
value adjustment board (VAB) by
Mickie Bandi of the property ap-
praiser's office. The VAB hears
citizens' appeals of their property
tax bills. The VAB currently con-
sists of three commissioners and
two school board members. Un-
der new legislation the board will
consist of two commissioners, a
commission appointee who has
homesteaded property in the
county, a school board member
and a school board appointee
that operates a business in the
county. Another change is that
the county attorney cannot repre-
sent the VAB.
At the request of commissioner
Elvie Posey, Mr. Bandi explained
how portability works under the
new homestead exemption laws.
The just value is the market value
of the house. The appraised value
is usually less if someone has
owned their property for some
time. That is due to the cap put
on the appraised value of home-
steaded property under the Save
our Homes Act. If a person sells
their homesteaded property and
buys a more expensive home-
steaded property, they take with
them to the new house the mon-

Continued From Page 1

Watford encouraged the younger
Builders Club members to con-
tinue in their service to the com-
munity and leadership by-joining
the Key Club once they get into
the upper grades. He noted that
they will be giving out four, $1,000
scholarships to OHS students dur-
ing scholarship night.
The Kiwanis appreciation lun-
cheon provided hamburgers and
hotdogs, chips, dessert and drinks
for all. The students also enjoyed
playing on the wooden, jungle.
Noel Stephens barbecued the
hamburgers and hotdogs for the
Each of these clubs are dedi-
cated to: providing opportunities
for working together in service to
school and community; develop-
ing leadership potential; fostering

Mrs. Cook, also known as
Aunt Sibby to family members
and friends, said in that interview
that in living at the L-Cross she
was home.
"I'm happy here," she said as
the wind rustled the leaves on the
trees and the birds chirped. "I feel
But after talking with Mrs.
Cook Thursday and hearing from
her legal guardian, attorney Kevin
Hendrickson, Judge Kyle ruled
that the husband and wife are to
be placed in the facility within the
next 30 days.
Once there, they are to be
together for a period of 60 days.
At the end of that period another
hearing will be held to determine
if that arrangement is working.
The judge handed down the
ruling despite the suggestions
from two doctors -- Dr. Kenneth
Director, a psychologist and Dr.
Jay A. Schorr -- and Master Lay
Person Jill Arnold that Mrs. Cook
stay where she is. The three ap-
pointed experts examined her to
determine her mental compe-
Mr. Hendrickson said that
while they all indicated in one
way or another that Mrs. Cook
is totally incapacitated, they also

registration the detectives saw a
magazine for a handgun, stated
an arrest report.
At that point the detectives
searched Heinrich and found a
plastic bag of pills in his pocket
that were later identified as vico-
din, stated the report. They also
found a firearm in the back of the
vehicle and a glass jar containing
a green leafy substance on the
floor of the vehicle.
When a female detective
searched Mehgan Heinrich two
plastic bags containing a green
leafy substance were found on

Company from 1917 until 1972.
The picture on the left of the
mural represents the. type of
switchboards that were in use in
1917 that the original telephone
operator would have used.
The picture on the right is con-
ceptual in nature depicting a line-
man and the way he would have
worked on a telephone pole in
this era.
The medium Mr. Budjinski
will be using is a spray paint/graf-
fiti technique. This medium is dif-
ferent than those that have been
used in the previous mural proj-
ects and shows some diversity in
styles of art while still having a

etary difference between the just
value and the appraised value of
the old house. If a person sells
their homesteaded property and
buys a less expensive homestead-
ed property, they take with them
the percentage of difference be-
tween the just value and the ap-
praised value.
The board decided not to make
any VAB appointments until their
June 12 meeting.
Commissioners spent con-
siderable time discussing terms
of an industrial park lease with
Manual A. Rodriguez, vice presi-
dent of Concrete Products of the
Palm Beaches, Inc. Mr. Rodriguez
currently operates a concrete fab-
ricating business in Riviera Beach.
He wished to lease property in the
industrial park for a similar busi-
ness here. However, Mr. Rodri-
guez wanted several concessions
that were not in the standard 30
year lease agreement.
Mr. Rodriguez requested an
early termination clause, abil-
ity to renegotiate the term of the
standard 30 year lease in the 25th
year, permission for outside stor-
age and extension of the time
frame for site plan submission
and construction.
Mr. Rodriguez explained how
much of his work has to be done
outside a building. He also needs
an outside storage area.
County administrator Lyndon
Bonner noted that the reason for
the relatively lower industrial park

the development of strong moral
character; and, encouraging loy-
alty to their school, community
and nation.
All of these groups strive to
"provide their members with
opportunities to provide service,
build character and develop lead-
Each group shows their sup-
port throughout the year to the
community and various other
non-profit organizations.
The OHS Key Club currently
has 22 members. The OFC Key.
Club currently has 30 members.
YMS Builders Club currently has
40 members. OMS Builders Club
currently has 25 members. There
are currently six seniors in the
OHS Key Club who were encour-
aged to join Kiwanis after they go
on and continue their education.
Dr. Cooper expressed that
"Service is the best expression of
love that you could possibly get."
Continuing to give service back to

recommended that she stay at the
"J think everybody in this room
really, really loves you," Judge
Kyle told Mrs. Cook. "Thisa is one
of the hardest cases I've ever had.
But I think it's appropriate that
they be put together."
Prior to the ruling, Mr. Hen-
drickson addressed the court. As
Mrs. Cook's legal guardian, the
Fort Pierce attorney's suggestions
would play a large part in where
Mrs. Cook was going to'live. But,
like the judge, he was having a
difficult time trying to come up
with a suggestion.
While in his heart he wanted
Howard and Sylvia to be together,
he felt that Sylvia was getting ex-
cellent treatment by Mr.' and Mrs.
Pearce and that she was happy
being back in Glades County.
"I'm conflicted," he told the
judge. "What she's getting now
is quality care and she's happy
where she's residing. She feels
Howard doesn't really want her.
I have to rationally think that
what she's saying makes a lot of
Mr. Hendrickson said Howard
and Aunt Sibby had a good mar-
riage and he wants them to be

her person, added the report.
A field test was done on both
substances and indicated a posi-
tive result for the presence of
The report goes on to state that
two glass pipes, similar to those.
that are normally used to smoke
marijuana, were found. One of
the pipes was found in Mehgan's
purse, added the arrest report.
The detectives also learned
that Heinrich did not have a pre-
scription for the vicodin, the ar-
rest report indicated.
The suspected marijuana

connection with the other historic
mural across the street.
Anna Jane O'Steen also spoke
at the dedication about her fam-
ily and how they came to be in
Okeechobee. T.A. Sizemore was
her great-uncle. Mr. Sizemore ip-
stalled the telephone system and
his wife Mrs. Sizemore was the
telephone operator.
This mural was the third
OKMS mural. The first mural was
done by local children on the Wil-
liams building and depicts the
"Williams Cattle Drive." The sec-
ond mural was sponsored by the
Okeechobee Historical Society,
who commissioned artist Kathy

lease rates was to ensure indus-
tries with good paying jobs. He
said the county did not want the
property to become primarily a
storage area.
Mr. Rodriguez said his Riviera
Beach plant initially had nine em-
ployees and in a little over a year
had gone to 45 or 46 employee '
"Well, I certainly think we
need to consider this lease," com-
missioner Marvin Wherrell said.
"J think it is the type of lease we
can accommodate real well."
In response to a question from
commissioner Elvie Posey, Mr.
Rodriguez said that 90 percent of
his labor force would come from
Okeechobee. He said the staring
wage would be $8.50 an hour.
After two years the employees
could be making $10.50 to $11 an
Commissioner Ray Domer said
that .while was not against bring-
ing in jobs he thought there were
too many unanswered questions
to approve the lease at that time.
He mentioned permits and road
Mr. Bonner said those things
would be addressed later in the
process in the technical review of
the building plan and site plan re-
view. As for concern about roads
in the area, Mr. Bonner said the
county engineer .would have to
look at traffic impact studies.
County attorney John Cassels
was instructed to draw up a lease
allowing for negotiation of a ten

"I understand what I want, but
it's not about what I want," he
told Judge Kyle.
After hearing the ruling, Mrs.
Cook became defiant and not
only told the judge she didn't
want to be placed in "a nursing
"I'm not going," she said stern-
ly, pointing her finger in the direc-
tion of the judge's bench.
"This is the ruling I was ex-
pecting. This is a wise, prudent
and very good ruling," said Mr.
Hendrickson after the hearing.
"It's what I would have ruled."
Later Thursday Mr. Hendrick-
son said in a telephone interview
that the placement will not be
done quickly.
"I want to ease into it. We're
going to take our time and get
them acclimated -- let's don't
make this traumatic," he said.
"Let's move gradually into this."
So for the time being, Mrs.
Cook can sit on the screened
porch at.-the L-Cross and sip sweet
iced tea. And as the leaves rustle
and the birds chirp, the soon-to-
be 99-year-old Aunt Sibby Will be
exactly where she says he wants
to be -- home.

weighed a total of 21.5 grams
and the pills weighed 11 grams.
The report said the detectives re-
covered nine whole pills and one
crushed pill.
Shawn Heinrich was placed
under arrest, while Mehgan Hein-
rich was issued a citation for pos-
session of marijuana. She was not
arrested due to the presence of
two young children in the vehicle,
stated the report.
Detectives also gave Shawn
Heinrich. a written warning for
following too closely.

Scott to depict the history and
correlation of the Ice House, rail-
road and the cat fishing industry.
That mural is located on the Jeff
Robinson Electric building.
OKMS is in .the process of
planning for a third mural that
will possibly be painted on the
Okeechobee Utility Authority
building which is off of the newly
renamed Osceola Street. The mu-
ral will depict Seminole Indian
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year extension at the end of 25
years. The lease would also ad-
dress the fact that the principle
use would not be for a storage
yard. Restrictions against outside
manufacturing operations would
be removed. Mr. Rodriguez would
have the option to cancel the con-
tract within 24 months by giving
a six month notice. There would
also have to be a determination of
road capacity.
Mr. Cassels said he should
have the lease ready for the first
meeting in July.
Mr. Bonner said he had inter-
viewed three applicants for the
position of head of the road de-
partment. He also said he was
doing preliminary work toward
creating the position of economic
development coordinator.
In other action, the board:
* Increased the number of
members of the affordable hous-
ing committee from nine .to 11 to
comply with current state law;
* Granted final plat approval
to Old Florida Ranch subdivision,
a proposed subdivision of over
2,000 acres to be located in the
extreme northeastern part of the
county, east of the Florida Turn-
pike with the provision the county
will not accept roads or other fa-
cilities for maintenance; and
* Reinstated a SHIP mortgage.
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at pgawda@newszap.com.

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Osceola Middle School's Builder's Club officers and sponsor
(left to right) Michelle Branham; Mariah Parriott, treasurer;
Margaret McKane, .president; Taylor Davis, secretary; and
Lauren Fusco, vice president showed their dedication to ser-
vice through their participation as club members.
the community is the best way to lic Issues Forum at www.newszap.
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er when the east bound vehicle
crossed the center line near the
Mosquito Creek bridge and hit a
2004 Chevrolet Impala operated
by Anthony Santana of Fort Mey-
Florida Highway Patrol Corpo-
ral Stephen Rudd said Mr. Santana
had no time to react. The result-
ing head on collision left Santana
with leg and other injuries. His
daughter, who had sitting beside
him in the front seat, died hours
later from blunt force trauma to
her abdomen.
The collision happened so fast
and so violently that the vehicles
basically came to a complete stop
in the west bound lane of State
Road 70.
Troopers collected a blood
sample after Ramirez was flown
to St. Mary's Regional Medical
Center and tests showed a blood
alcohol level of .140, nearly twice
the legal limit.
"When he got out of the vehi-
cle, witnesses said a beer can fell
out of the truck. The next day he
told us he didn't have a license,
that he had drank a 12 pack of
beer with a friend, was going to
get something to eat, and didn't
remember the crash," Corporal
Rudd testified.
The accident victim's mother,
who had just dropped off her
little girl to the child's father in

Fort Pierce, told the court she
was upset Ramirez showed no
remorse or regret for his actions.
She presented the court with a let-
ter written by a classmate of her
daughter, and told the court the
accident has ruined her life and
the lives of the child's father and
her entire family.
"We want him to get the full
term of imprisonment to teach
him a lesson," she told the
Ramirez asked the court and
the victim's family for forgiveness.
He stated he did not know what
he was doing when the crash
occurred. "Forgive me for all the
things I did, I didn't do them on
purpose. I've forgotten everything
that's happened," he said.
Public Defender Adrienne Buc-
chi told the court that her client
did not harm anyone intention-
ally. However she noted there are
few facts that can mitigate what
occurred in this case.
"It is a nightmare situation
that we hear a lot about in court.
He is sorry for what he has done,"
she said.
Judge Mirman did not give Mr.
Ramirez the maximum sentence
which would have been 31 years
and sixty days. He did add on res-
titution of $75,000 and five years
probation to the sentence.
"You were a deadly threat on
the roads and you wound up
killing an eight year -old girl," he

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Okeechobee Forecast
Today: Considerable cloudiness with scattered showers and
isolated thunderstorms. The high will be in the lower 90s. The wind
will be from the southeast at 5 to 10 mph. The chance of rain is 50
Tonight: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers. The
low will be in the lower 70s. The wind will be from the southeast
around 5 mph, becoming southwest after midnight. The chance of
rain is 20 percent.

Extended Forecast
Saturday: Considerable cloudiness, with a chance of show-
ers though late morning. Then a chance of afternoon showers and
thunderstorms. The high will be around 90. The wind will be from
the west at 5 to 10 mph becoming northwest at 10 to 15 mph in the
afternoon. The chance of rain is 50 percent.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers
and thunderstorms. The low will be in the lower 70s. The wind will
be from the north at 5 to 10 mph. The chance of rain is 20 percent.
Sunday: Partly sunny, with isolated showers. The high will be in
the mid 80s. The chance of rain is 20 percent.


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Wildfire danger remains high

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Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River,
Okeechobee, . Highlands and"
Glades Counties are still dry and
brief showers will do little to
change conditions. Wildfire dan-
ger will remain high throughout
the long Memorial Day weekend.
Except for lightning caused fires,
people can prevent wildfires from
* Be careful when using fire
for anything - including camp-
fires and barbecues. Make sure
someone watches the fire at all

times until it is out.
* Know and practice firework
safety - be sure fireworks don't
land on dry brush or grass.
* Closely watch for any sparks
that might fly from equipment
you may be using. This includes
not only grinding equipment and
torches, but also any lawn care
equipment and off road vehicles.
* Be sure- that spark arrestors
are in place on all engines used
near wildland fuel. Have these
engines tuned so they don't back

* Supervise children and be
sure they understand the dangers
of fire and the possible conse-
quences of their actions.
* Report any fire immediately.
* If parking on dry grass or
brush, remember that the heat of
your car can start a fire.
* Extinguish all smoking ma-
terials before discarding.
* Take some time to pick up
your yard and clean your roof so
you don't invite a wildfire to your

The long Memorial Day week-
end is one of those times when
extra caution is warranted.
Campfires, bonfires and fireworks
should be enjoyed carefully. Par-
ents should be aware of and
control their children's activity
with outdoor fires and fireworks.
Please be aware if your county
has a burn ban.
Remember - Only you can
prevent Wildfires!

How to keep your home 'Firewise'

culture and Consumer Services
Commissioner Charles H. Bron-
son is urging state residents to
take action around their homes to
prevent wildfires damage.
"There are simple Firewise
principles that everyone can put
into practice immediately with
little or no cost." Commissioner
Bronson said.
Fire researchers have demon-

strated that even 30 feet of defen-
sible space around a home can
greatly decrease .the probability
of structure damage or loss due
to a wildfire. Little things often
cause a structure to ignite rather
than the major flame front itself.
Commissioner Bronson urges
every homeowner to review The
National Fire Protection Associa-
tion recommended standards for
people to follow who live in or

near the wildland areas. Accord-
ing to Commissioner Bronson,
there are three areas around your
home where these "little things"
need your attention:
* Roof and gutters: Remove all
dead leaves, pine needles, small
twigs and palm fronds - anything
that can ignite easily by falling
* Sides of the home: Remove
dead vegetation and any combus-

tibles (e.g. fire wood piles) from
the sides of your home.
* Area within 30 feet of your
home: remove dead vegetation,
keep grass cut and watered, re-
move any vines stretching from
the wildland to your home or into
your trees, prune dead limbs from
your trees and bushes.
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Law Enforcement Calls

The Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office received the following
calls from Friday, May 16, through
Wednesday, May 21:-
May 16
* burglary in the 2600 block of
'N.E. 62nd Way;
* burglary in the 3500 block of
N.W 12th Ave.
May 17
* theft in the 14000 block of
N.W 260th St.
* theft in the 2800 block of
'U.S. 441 N.
* theft in the 1500 block of

N.E. Eighth St.
May 18
* burglary in the 500 block of
N.W 27th Lane
* burglary in the 3500 block of
N.W Fourth St.
* burglary in the 2800 block of
S.E. 38th Ave.
* burglary in the 7200block of
N.W 81st Court
* burglary in the 8900 block of
S.R. 78
May 19
* larceny in the 600 block of
S.R. 78 W

* vandalism in the 1700 block
of S.E. 53rd St.
* burglary on N.E. 98th St.
* assault in the 3500 block of
N.W Fourth St.
* burglary in the 1500 block of
S.R. 78 W
* assault in the 100 block of
N.E. 10th St.
May 20
* larceny in the 3900 block of
N.W 28th Ave.
* fraud in the 800 block of N.E.
64th Ave.
* assault in the 8400 block of
U.S. 441 S.E.

Florida Democrats sue party

Senate Democratic Leader Steve
Geller is suing his national party
over the decision to strip Florida
of its presidential delegates.
The lawsuit filed Thursday ar-'
gues that the Democratic Nation-

* al Committee didn't treat Florida
fairly when it punished the state
for holding a, primary before
Feb. 5. It also maintains that the
Republican-led Legislature set the
early date, and the state's Demo-
crats shouldn't be blamed.

Others, including U.S. Sen. Bill
Nelson, have also sued the DNC
to try to get Florida's delegates
seated, but so far courts have
ruled that the national party can
decide how it nominates its can-

May 21
* theft in the 1500 block of
N.E. Eighth St.
* lewd and lascivious acts in
the 42000 block of U.S. 441 N.
* lewd and lascivious acts in
the 800 block of S.E. 28th St.
* theft in the 1000 block of
N.W 98th St.
* theft in the 900 block of N.W
106th St.
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WELCOME: I am so happy to see everyone give a warm welcome
to the new Executive Director to Main Street. I just can't help but ask
myself why no one has mentioned the new Executive Director of the
Economic Council? Both of these women will bring this town new life
and charm!
PRESIDENT BUSH: This is for our great President Bush. I have
just listened to the radio about his great visit to Saudi Arabia and I'm
going back to Tuesday, May 13, and this is what he put in the paper of
the Palm Beach Post. "President Bush said Monday, when he meets
Saudi Arabia's king Abdula, this week he will bring up the effect that
high oil prices are having on the US and Global Economies. 'Of course
I'll bring it up to him' Bush said in a US News radio interview however
he added that capacity on the Saudi's to raise production to help lower.
prices is limited." When you analyze capacity for countries to put oil
on the market its just not like it used to be. The demand for oil is so
high relative to supply these days there is just not a lot of it past capac-
ity. Bush also stated that the most oil that is imported comes from Can-
ada and Mexico, not from Saudi Arabia. What do you think of that? He
said that while he was a big supporter of energy conservation.
8TH GRADE PROM: I was at the 8th grade prom on Saturday
night, I didn't stay long when I dropped my group of girls off and I was
there again for about 30 minutes at the end. I didn't see any young
lady with 6 inch heels on or a really tight dress. Maybe I was blind but I
didn't see anything that was so horrible. What did you expect "Sunday
Best" to be, pink ruffled dresses, bobby socks and white Mary Janes?
I was very impressed with how the young people looked and behaved.
And the song "It's Getting Hot in Here" is from when I was about
21. Think about what has gone on with music through the ages, my
grandmother talked about how Elvis was the devil dressed up and
singing and my mom thought that Guns and Roses was even worse
than her mother thought Elvis was. And I can't say I love all the music
of today, but let's face it that's what is on'the radio and our kids hear
it everyday. I can't blame music and dress for all the ills of the world,
take a good look at some of the kids home lives and parents, and lack
of God in their lives, that it what is to blame. I don't think that how girls
dress is the total cause of them being assaulted,.1 think that maybe the
boys need to learn self control too.
DRESS: It may have been an 8th grade prom but there were kids
there as young as 11 and older than 13, and a lot of the dress issues
stem from home and guidance from God and caring parents. I was
one of the first to drop off my kids and I saw nothing modest at all, in
fact the young man my daughter went with said he was embarrassed
to see all these young ladies dressed the way they were. He comes
from a decent church going family and is very respectful to ladies of
any age.
KIDS: I go to church every Sunday, and if the kids at the eighth
grade dance were wearing "Sunday best" clothes like they wear to
church, I doubt there would have been any question of appropriate
clothing. But when you use the word "prom" many kids and even
their parents think it is time for the long, slinky dresses, which really
are not age-appropriate for 12-year-olds. It sounds like they had fun
at the dance, but I would encourage those in the future to just call it
a dance, ask for "Sunday best" clothing and leave the word "prom"
for high school. When a 12 or 13-year-old girl wears a dress that was
designed for an 18-year-old or a 21-year-old, it just isn't right. Let the
-i- kids stay kids a little longer.
CONTRACTORS: I am responding to the comment about the un-
licensed contractor. Buyer beware. Before you pay for something, you
must check it out. If you need work done, ask to see their license.
Make sure they are licensed and registered with the county. If a li-
censed contractor does work and you have a complaint, you have re-
course. You can take a complaint to the contractor's licensing board.
If you hire an unlicensed person and you have a complaint, you are
just stuck. You are out the money. And if you are having work done
and they ask for all of the money up front, that is a giveaway that it
might be a ripoff. You should have a contract for the work, which you
both sign and it should specify how much must be paid and when.
Before yoO give someone your hard earned money, do some research.
Check them out.
MUSIC: Regarding the comment about the music at the middle
school dance, I should think a DJ would be advised of the age of the
participants and be expected to bring music that does not contain
inappropriate language or suggestive lyrics. Quite often, there is more
. than one version of a song available or even music versions of the
songs without the words. Consider there were 12-year-olds at this
event. Surely they could find enough songs for the kids to dance to
without using material that is sexually explicit. These aren't teenagers.
They are children.
' ENTERTAINMENT: I completely agree with the comments that
we need more to do in this town for entertainment. A water park
would be terrific. I am pretty sure there would be plenty of business
for something.like that. A miniature golf course would be nice. Since
the skating rink closed, all we have is one bowling alley, and it is pretty
busy. Not everyone likes to bowl. It's not just the teenagers who art
.looking for something to do. How about something the whole family
can enjoy?

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Support appreciated
I would like to publicly thank
all the people who have helped
make my swim program at
Yearling Middle School a suc-
cess again, this year. I have been
teaching swimming at the Sports
Complex Pool every year since
the pool opened in 1990. Over the
years the program has evolved to
fit the needs and scheduling of
the students at Yearling.
Some citizens of Okeechobee
may remember in the early years
when the students changed into
their swim suits at school, and
then trekked the quarter mile,
across what is now baseball and
football fields, to the pool. Getting
over wasn't too bad, but walk-
ing back wet led to much Sport's
Complex soil ending up on the
locker room floor back at Year-

After the locker rooms at the
complex were finished we could
at least change there and keep the
soil over there..
A couple years back, I finally
gave in and started using buses.
Actually that change came about
because hurricane damage threat-
ened to cancel the swim program
for that year and the only way we
could safely get the students over
was to bus them. Shellie Mitchell
(the pool director) saved my pro-
gram that year, by allowing us to
do that.
Thank you to Shellie and all of
her competent lifeguards. Many
of them have other jobs and work
as lifeguards on their "days off."
They all like kids and it shows
by them agreeing to some of the
activities we ask them to help us
Thank you to the teachers and
staff of Yearling Middle School.

Upcoming Events

Friday, May 23
Narcotics Anonymous meets each Friday for an open discussion
meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth
Ave. For information, call .863-634-4780 or 863-467-5474.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. The public is
invited. All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight
and becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to come and see
what we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at 800-
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St. It will be an open meeting.
AA. meeting from 8 until 9.p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W Third St. It will be an open speaker meeting.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their
dance every Friday, from 7 until 10 p.m. at the Sebring Lions Club on
Sebring Parkway, one mile east of U.S. 27 in Sebring. Tickets are $5
for members and $6 for guests. For information, call 863-471-0559 or
Saturday, May 24
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. for an open discussion at
the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth Ave. For information
call 863-634-4780.

Sunday, May 25
A.A. meets from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
AA. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Narcotics Anonymous woman's step study meeting at 7 p.m. at
the Just for Today Club, 101 Fifth Ave. For more information please
call 863-634-4780.

Monday, May 26
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Foster Parent Orientation will be hosted by the Hibiscus
SChildren's Center on the last Monday of every month from 6 until 7
p.m. The orientation is for those interested in fostering or adopting in
Okeechobee County. This meeting requires no RSVP and is a question/
answer forum. It will be at the IRCC Okeechobee CampUis, 2229 N.W
Ninth Ave. For information, call the Foster Care Program at 1-800-403-
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at the
Just for Today Club, 101 Fifth Ave. For information call 863-634-4780.
Okeechobee SeniorSingers meet at 9:30a.m. at theOkeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited. For information or to schedule an appearance for
your organization or group, contact Marge Skinner at 863-532-0449.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road,
Okeechobee on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Turn left at the
Moose Lodge and go around the curve just past the church. Bring a
lunch and join us for a fun day of applique. Everyone is welcome. For
more information please contact Karen Graves at 863-763-6952.
AA. meetings Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road,
holds open meetings for Alcoholics Anonymous on Monday nights
from 7 to 8 p.m. for substance abuse. They also have Al-Anon meetings
on Monday nights from 7 until 8 p.m. to help family and friends of,
alcoholics. For information call Chris at 863-467-5714.

Tuesday, May 27
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.

We've had over 200 kids carrying
around wet swim suits and towels
throughout the day (every day)
for a month. Without the staff
understanding the importance
of this program to the students it
wouldn't be possible for the kids
to swim every year.
Because of schedules at all
other schools in the county the
swim program at Yearling is the
only chance for students to swim
for 20-25 days each of their 3
years at the school. Many of those
students go on to join the swim
team or become lifeguards.
Thank you to our bus driver
again this year, Nathan Todd.
Mr. Todd helped by being avail-
able wherever and whenever we
needed him. Thank you to my
cohort, Brian Kendall. Having
a male teacher at the complex
makes supervision of the boy's
locker room so much easier.

Next year we will be trying
something a little different with
the swim program at YMS. The
students will have PE for a se-
mester instead of nine weeks at
a time. We will have swimming
both semesters and all PE stu-
dents will have the opportunity to
have swimming. We will swim in
the fall and in the spring.
I hope the water safety infor-
mation that the students have
learned this year will contribute
to their respect of ail the water
that surrounds us here in South
Florida. Again, I would .like to
thank all who have made the
swim program at YMS a success
this year and every year.
Candice Black Walker
Physical Education Teacher
Yearling Middle School

Community Events

Summer camp at'Lake Denton
Summer camp at Lake Denton is back! Camps in June will be avail-
able for children in 2nd through 5th grades, 6th through 8th grades
and K5 through 2nd grades. The K5-2nd is one night with parent par-
ticipation encouraged. In July they will have camps for 6th through
8th grades and 9th through 12th grades. Applications for camp can be
obtained from the website at www.lakedentoncamp.org or by calling
Pam Elders at 863-634-9280 or Phil Elders at 863-634-8722.

Compulsive Overeaters
Compulsive Overeaters are invited to a new weekly meeting of
overeaters anonymous beginning May 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Just for
Today Club, 101 NW 5th Street (next to Nature's Pantry). Overeaters
anonymous is not a diet club. There are no dues, fees or weigh-ins.
The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop eating com-
pulsively. For more information call Loretta at 863-763-7165 or 863-

Welcome House Drop in
Center plans 'Open House'
The Mental Health Association in Indian River County cordially in-
vites the public to an open house on Friday, May 23, from noon to 2
p.m. Welcome House Drop in Center is located at 1925 Hwy 441 SE.
The peer run center is a place for adults recovering with an emotional
or psychiatric problem to help them engage in socialization and re-
gain some of their independence. For more information call Hilda or
James at 863-467-1026.

Hospice to hold 2-day sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will sponsor a special 2-day Yard Sale Fri-
day and Saturday, May 23 and 24. The sale will be held from 8 a.m.
until 2 p.m. each day. The sale will be held at the Blue Volunteer Build-
ing, located next to the 12 bed hospice residence on 411 S.E. Fourth
Street. In addition to the bargains galore on new items, Dave McCor-
mick will be grilling hotdogs for hungry customers: All proceeds help
fund patient care in Okeechobee, including services offered at The
Hamrick Home. For more information call Cathy at 863-467-2321 or

Cheer and dance sign-ups to be held
Okeechobee X-Plosion All-Star Cheerleading, Dance and Gymnas-
tics Gym will hold the last registration for the year.
Boys and girls age age 3-25 are eligible. Summer classes, competi-
tive teams, and adult classes are available.
Sign Jps will be held on Saturday, May 24, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at
Maximum Tanning located in the center of town.
For more info Call Victoria at 863-441-3826

Scrapbook crop and pot luck luncheon
An all-day scrapbooking crop will be held on Saturday, May 24,
from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the First Methodist Church, 200 N.W Sec-
ond St. All levels of scrapbookers are welcome. Please bring a covered
.dish if you are interested in participating in our pot luck luncheon.
There will also be a demonstration of dry embossing, heat embossing
and using embossing paste to enhance your scrapbooking, cardmak-
ing and craft projects. Carolyn Jones will be available to assist you
with your scrapbooking questions and supplies. Refreshments will be
served and there will be plenty of door prizes. Bring any scrapbook
pages on which you are currently working. For more information call
Joan-at 863-467-0290 or Carolyn at 863-634-1885.

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The following movies are now showing
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Thursday, May 22, through Thursday, May 29,
are as follows:
Theatre I - "Indiana Jones and the King-
dom of the Crystal" (PG-13) Showtimes: Friday
at 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15,
7 and 9:15 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9:15
Theatre II - "Iron Man" (PG-13) Showtimes:
Friday at 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at
2, 4:15, 7 and 9:15 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7. p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7
and 9:15 p.m.
Theatre.1ll - "Chronicles of Narnia" (PG)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9:30 p.m.. Saturday
and Sunday at-2, 4:30, 7:15 and 9:45 p.m., Monday
at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
at 2, 4:30 and 7:15 p.m.
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Okeechobee Freshman students try 'college life'

Okeechobee Freshman Cam-
pus students got to enjoy the col-
lege life on Friday May 16, when
they took a field trip to the Uni-
versity of Central Florida to tour

the campus and watch a base-
ball game. The trip is part of the
school's Positive Behavior Support
program, which rewards students
for good behavior. Approximately

80 students travelled to Orlando
as a reward for maintaining a 3.0
or higher GPA and having limited
discipline issues and absences.

Submitted photo
Savannah Asmussen, Shawn Horvath, Alex Ming, and Ashtyn Brown find some interesting
wigs at the school bookstore.

Submitted photo
Mishal Mehta, Gary Wagoner, Kaitlyn Miles, and Kyle George try out some UCF gear before
the baseball game.

State promotes public adoptions

TALLAHASSEE-The state of
Florida has launched a new cam-
paign, "Explore Adoption," aimed
at promoting the benefits of pub-
lic adoption and urging families
to consider creating or expanding
their families by adopting a child
who is older, disabled or part of
a sibling group. The initiative will
"put a new face on public adop-
tion" by telling the many stories
of families who have enriched
their lives by adopting Florida's
"One of my top priorities is to
make certain Florida's children
find loving, safe and permanent
homes," said Governor Crist.
Every year, about 3,000 Florida
children become available for
adoption when a court perma-
nently severs ties to their birth
parents due to abuse, neglect
or abandonment. Of those, 40
- percent are adopted by rela-
tives and another 40 percent are
adopted by their foster parents.
The remaining children must be
matched to a. family previously
unknown to them, which is the
goal of the "Explore Adoption"
initiative. Most of the children
who wait the longest to be ad-
opted are either over 8-years-old,
African American, part of a sibling
group or have a physical or emo-
tional disability.

Poll findings
The "Explore Adoption" initia-

tive is fueled by the findings of a
new poll which outlines Florid-
ians' perception of public adop-
tion. The results hold out hope
that families willing to adopt can
be found if the state does a better
job of educating potential parents
about the benefits of public adop-
tion and correcting mispercep-
tions, such as these:
Of those considering adop-
tion, 37 percent say they are con-
cerned the state's rules would be
too stringent to let them adopt,
.while one in five believes the
state would deem them too old to
adopt: In fact, people can adopt
whether they are old or young,
married or single, wealthy or of
modest means, homeowners or
Forty-five percent of the poll
respondents were concerned
the biological parents could take
their child back after the adoption
and believe private adoptions are
more secure. Yet, public adop-
tions are very secure, since the
parental rights of the children's
birth parents are permanently ter-
minated before the children are
,made available for adoption.
Nearly half of the respondents,
47 percent, believe most children
who are available for adoption
from foster care have special
needs and may be more difficult
to care for than other children.
The term "special needs" may
create confusion, leading people

to think all of these children have
physical or emotional disabilities.
In reality, "special needs" is a legal
term used to define children who
may qualify for a subsidy -- and it
applies to children who are age 8
or older, African American or part
of a sibling group -- even if they
have no disability.

Benefits of
Public Adoption
The poll also revealed most
people are unaware of the signifi-
cant benefits of public adoption
and are more likely to consider
adoption when they hear about
Among the benefits, public
* Costs little or nothing. Virtu-
ally all costs to adopt a child from
the public system -- the home
study, attorneys' fees, court costs
and training -- are borne by the
state. Many private adoptions can
cost the adoptive family $20,000
or more.
* Is very secure. Children are
not made available for public
adoption until a judge has termi-
nated their birth parents' rights.
This is a key education point,
because 83 percent of Floridians
polled said they would be more
likely to adopt if they knew .there
were no chance the child would
be returned to the birth parent.
Provides financial supports.

Children adopted through the
public system qualify for free
health care until they turn 18,
free college tuition at any state
university, community college
or trade school and may qualify
for monthly financial assistance,
depending on the child's needs.
More than 70 percent of those
polled said they were more like-
ly to adopt when they learned
about the health care and tuition
benefits, and 63 percent said they
would be more likely to adopt if
they knew there was monthly fi-
nancial assistance.
* Provides an opportunity to
get to know a child. Prospective
parents can search for a child who
matches their interests through a
searchable database on www.
adoptflorida.org and can meet
and get to know a child to make
sure it's a good match for all.
* Can be speedy. The entire
process - from orientation, train-
ing, .background checks, and
home study, to getting matched
with a child or children - often
can be accomplished in about
nine months.
To learn more about the Gov-
ernor's adoption initiative or to
view a copy of the complete sur-
vey findings, please visit www.
adoptflorida.org. For more infor-
mation on public adoption call


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    then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
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    Bombay Furniture- Cherry,
    Twin bed mattress set,
    Chest, Night Stand, $250 or
    best offer (863)763-5876
    TABLES - 4 pc. Set - Coffee, 2
    End & 1 Sofa table. $150 or
    best offer. (863)610-0685

    Bird cage- large, green, play
    top, comes with cockatiel
    $150 or best offer
    Colby Pitt Bull- male, 1 yr. old,
    needs fenced yard, shots, to
    a good home only, $250 or
    best offer (863)532-8209


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    GELDINGS (3) - Paint $2500,
    Cracker $1200 & Quarter
    Horse is $1500.

    Thoroughbred- mare, 10 yrs.
    old, rides . well, $550

    Neck '92 Sundowner, 3
    horse flant w/pack & Irg
    dressing room. $8000 or
    best offer (863)697-3036


    Apartments 905
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    Property 915
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    Land - Rent 935
    Resort Property -
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    IN TOWN - 2BR/1.5BA, $750
    mo., 1st & last, annual lease,
    no pets, w/d, clean.
    Move In Special!
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    2BR/1.5BA, carpet, tile
    all appl's, a/c & heat, 1
    blk. North of Wal-Mart
    $650 mo. (863)763-8878
    BA, W&D., Lg. fenced patio.
    2 until. rooms. $900 mo., 1st
    last & sec. (863)634-3313
    OKEE CITY -EApt. Duplex, 2br,
    lba, 823 SE 10th St, $625
    mo. + 1st, Last, Sec. &
    lease pref'd. (863)634-9869
    OKEE., Huge, Clean, 2br, 2ba
    No pets, new paint & carpet.
    $750/mo. 1st & $500 sec.
    dep. Call 772-215-0098

    OAK LAKE VILLA'S - 2/2
    Townhs. Updated kitchen. All
    appl's. W&D. $875 mo. 1st,
    last & sec. (863)467-5965
    1BR/1BA, furnished or unfur-
    nished, pool & tennis, boat
    dock, very nice. $700/mo. +
    sec. deposit. 561-324-4902 or

    3br, 2ba on huge lot. Rent
    $1050. Buy 130K Financing
    Available (754)423-8202
    Brand New 3/2 in Dixie Ranch
    Acres, W&D Hookup. $1100
    mo. 1st, last & sec.
    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
    OKEE. - 2br/1ba, unfurnished
    duplex. $600/mo + $600
    dep. 3624 SE 35th Ave.
    OKEECHOBEE- 4/2/1 Ever-
    glade Estates, tile throughout,
    1295/mo, 1st & sec, No pets
    561-248-3888 /863-599-0156
    OKEECHOBEE- On the water,
    dock, 1br, 1ba, fully turn.
    W&D, Elec & satellite incld.,
    $700/mo. (863)467-1950
    RENTAL APT - on Ranch set-
    ting. Very clean, No pets,
    $575/mo.1st & Sec.
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    On Two Sides of Deep Water

    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
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    TOBIAS AVE - 2 bhrhouse,, 2br
    trailer on Hendrick Ave, 2 br
    duplex on Gamble Ave, all
    Moore Haven. No sec dep,
    no 1st or last. Call Tom

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

    male needed to share large
    home, private bath, full
    house privileges. $600 mo.
    includes all utilities & main-
    tenance. (863)634-2354

    Real Estate

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

    3Bd/2Ba home on 5
    acres with 24x60 barn
    and chain link fence.
    Near airport and town
    property has 3 wells.
    $265,000 negotiable
    Horse trailer for sale
    Feather light
    aluminum 5 horse
    trailer with living
    quarters and large
    tack room. $7,500

    FSBO - $99,000. 3BR/1.5BA,
    newly renovated, new septic
    system, detached garage,
    corner lot, 1310 SE 5th St.
    $869/mo, 3698 NW 7th St,
    1450 sq ft CBS, new, tile.
    � $129,900 (863)484-0809
    pvt. 1 acre lot, large oaks.
    or sale by owner. Call Nikki

    Northlake Estates- 3br/2ba, By
    Owner, 2,350 sq. ft., on 1/2
    acre, metal roof, 20x58 met-
    al building, newly remod-
    eled, quiet neighborhood,
    $190,000 (863)634-1869

    Mobile Homes

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    Mobile Home - Parts 2010
    Mobile Homes - Rent 2015
    Mobile Homes - Sale 2020

    ANCIENT OAKS - 55+, Gated,
    lbr, lba, Sunroom, Covered
    patio, Carport, Boat ramp,
    Pool, Spa, Clubhouse. Cable
    TV.included. $400/mo. +
    Electric. 954-610-5345
    2/2's @ $500, 3/2's @
    $650, yearly lease, No pets,
    $1000 sec. (863)763-4031
    carport, on fenced corner lot,
    quiet area. Will lease with
    option to buy. $800/mo. Call

    porches, on 1.5 acres,
    wooded & fenced. Studio apt
    for extra person. $1300/mo
    + Sec dep. or will rent sep-
    arately. Call (863)634-3451
    OKEECHOBEE: Nice, 2br/lba,
    $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
    Rent! Lg 2/2 home in MH. 1
    block from water, good
    neighborhood. Lg yard. Call
    Nikki 754-264-2343
    SALE OR LEASE - 2br, 2ba
    mob home, good condition,
    1/4 acre lot, situated on the
    Rim Canal in Okeechobee.
    Will rent for $950/mo, yearly
    lease, small pet okay. 1st,
    last & sec. Will sell for
    $189,900. Call
    (863)467-6309 for appt.
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    MOBILE HOME - 2 br, 2 ba,
    1.450 acres. $75,000 Owner
    financing or rent $500/mo +
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    TRAILER - 8x24, w/10x20
    Screened room. Shed w/
    washer & dryer. $5000 or
    'best offer (863)381-7835

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    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

    HONDA FOREMAN 500 '05 -
    37 hours, excellent condi-
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    (863)673-2388 Clewiston


    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
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    Sport Utility 4055
    Tractor Trailers 4060
    Utility Trailers 4065
    'Vans 4070

    1995 Ford F150- Eddie Bauer,
    loaded, V-8, runs great,
    drives great, blue & tan,
    $3750 (863)467-8959
    SATURN 1994 - 4 Dr., Ma-
    roon, Auto., Low miles. All
    new parts. $800 or best of-
    fer. (863)610-0685

    FORD 150 PU '93 - crew cab,
    runs exc. & looks good, 3
    tool boxes, 5sp. 44d, a/c,
    S6, $2500 (863)763-6216

    Public Notices

    Public Notice 5005
    State Public -
    Legal Notice 5500

    CASE NO. 2008-CP-87
    The administration of the estate of VIR-
    IA Y BROWN, deceased, whose date
    of death was April 9, 2008, and
    whose Social Security Number is
    225-64-2688, is pendingjn the Circuit
    Court for Okeechobee CoOnty, Florida,
    Probate Division, the address of which
    is 312 .N.W. 3rd Street, Suite 101,
    Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The
    names and addresses of the personal
    representative and personal represen-
    tative's attorney are set forth below,
    All creditors of the decedent and other
    persons having claims or demands
    against decedent's estate on whom a
    copy of this notice is served within
    three months after the date of the first
    publication of this notice must file their
    claims with this Court WITHIN THE
    All other creditors of the decedent and
    persons having claims or demands
    against the estate of the decedent
    must file their claims with this court
    The date of the first publication of this
    notice is: May 16th, 2008.
    Martin F Robinson
    Personal Representative
    9990 Horse Creek Road
    FtMyers, Florida 33913
    Post Office Drawer 1367
    Okeechobee, Florida 34973-1367
    863) 763-3825
    mo W. Conely, III
    Florida Bar #096482
    Attorney for Personal Representative
    274312 ON 5/16,23/08

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    CASE NO. 2008-CP-73
    (Summary Administration)
    You are hereby notified that an Order De-
    termining Homestead Status of Real
    Property and Order of Summary Ad-.
    ministration has been entered in the
    alk/a ALBERTA M. STRATTON, a/k/a
    ALBERTA STRATTON, Deceased, File
    Number 2008-CP-73 by the Circuit
    Court for Okeechobee County. Florida,
    Probate Division, the address of which
    is 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Suite 101,
    Okeechobee, Florida 34972; that the
    decedent's date of death was March
    22, 2008; that the total estate consists
    of exempt homestead real property
    and exeript personal property; that the
    names and addresses of those to
    whom it has been assigned by such
    order are:
    16965 Highway 98 North,
    Okeechobee, Florida 34972
    All creditors of the decedent and other
    persons having claims or demands
    against the estate of the decedent oth-
    er than those for whom provision for
    full payment was made in the Order of
    Summary Administration must file their
    claims within this court WITHIN THIS
    The date of the first publication of this
    Notice is May 16th, 2008.
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    16965 Highway 98 North
    Okeechobee, Florida 34972
    Post Office Box 1367
    Okeechobee, Florida 34972
    8603) 763-3825
    y: Tom W. Conely III
    Florida Bar No. 096482
    273933 ON 5/16,23/08
    A public auction will be held at BMJ Tow-
    ing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parroatt Ave-
    nue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 on
    Friday the o6th day of June 2008 from
    10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida
    statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and
    storage. Year, Make, Model & Vin's as
    1997 Blue GMC Suburban
    Terms of sale are cash, and no checks
    will be accepted. The seller reserves
    the right of final bid. All sales are final.
    No refunds will be made. Said automo-
    biles will be sold in "AS IS" with no
    275222 ON 5/23/08

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    CASE NO.: 2007-CA-403
    CURT LUNDBERG, el al.
    Notice is hereby given that, pursuaht to a
    Final Judgment of Foreclosure or Order
    dated 2/19/2008, entered in Civil Case
    Number 2007-CA-403, in the Circuit
    Court for OKEECHOBEE, Florida,
    LOAN is the Plaintiff, and CURT LUND-
    BERG, et al., are the Defendants, I will
    sell the property situated in OKEECHO-
    BEE, FRoda, described as:
    Lot 6 and the West 25 feet of Lot 5,
    VISION, according to the Plat thereof,
    recorded in Plat Book 1, Page 10, of
    the public Records of Okeechobee
    County, Florida. Lying and being in the
    NE 1/4 of Section 16, Township 37,
    South, Range 35 East.
    at public sale, to the highest and best
    bidder, for cash, in the Jur Assembly
    Room, Second Floor, Okeechobee
    County Judicial Center, 312 N.W. Third
    Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972 at
    11:00 a.m. on the 28th day of01 May,
    2008. Any person claiming an interest
    in the surplus from the sale, if any,
    other than the property owner as of the
    date of lis pendens must file a claim
    within 60 days after the sale.
    Dated: 5/12108.
    Sharon Robertson
    By: Linda F Young
    In accordance withthe Americans With
    Disabilities Act, persons in need of a
    special accommodation to participate
    in this proceeding shall, within seven
    (7) days prior to any proceeding, con-
    tact the Administrative Office of the
    Court, at 250 NW Country Club Drive,
    Port St. Lucie, Florida 34968 telephone
    1-772-807-4370, TOD
    1-800-955-8771 or 1-800-955-8770
    via Florida Relay Service.
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    Extreme Truck Challenge comes to Okeechobee

    By Chauna Aguilar
    Okeechobee News
    If you are looking for some
    entertainment in and around
    Okeechobee for the coming
    months, look no further. If your
    organization or business has
    some entertaining events coming
    -up please forward them along to
    Extreme Truck Challenge
    Series (ETC) comes to Okeecho-
    bee! ETC Promotions and Aaron's
    Rents present The Extreme Truck
    Challenge Series at the Okeecho-
    bee County Agri-Civic Center on
    May 23-24. This series will pit
    top monster truck drivers against
    each other in a points race com-
    petition. The competition will run
    Sthe entire month of May and June
    in different venues around the
    State. Monster trucks will be vy-
    ing for the series title.
    Scheduled to appear are
    Smoke-breathing, Reptoid, Insti-
    gator, Hurricane Force, Bad News
    Travels Fast, Nail it, Monster Bucks
    and more!
    This is an action packed, non-
    stop event. Come see a car pulled
    in half and other exciting events!
    The series also features the
    ETC Tough Truck Competition
    'and Quad Battles.
    This will be a two night event
    that pits local truck owners
    against each other and ATV driv-
    ers against each other for trophies
    and $500 in cash. To enter the
    competition visit www.etcpromo-
    Event goers can also ride in a
    real monster ride truck and meet
    the drivers and get up close to real
    monster trucks in the "Pit Party".
    Tickets are $15 adults $12, 16/
    under in advance and $20 day of
    show and are on sale now at area
    Aaron's Rents Store in Okeecho-
    bee and are also available at
    www.etcpromotions.com. For
    more information contact Kyle
    Whaley at 863-244-8733.
    Like Ballroom dancing? Be-
    'ginning Saturday, May 24, Indian
    River Ballroom will begin a swing
    dance class in Okeechobee from
    4 to 5 p.m. Private lessons are
    also available. For more informa-
    tion call 772-794-9040.
    In other events this weekend, a
    free concert will be sponsored by
    the Buckhead Christian Church
    with Blues bands, Classic
    Rock and Contemporary Rock
    band. The concert will be held at
    the downtown park gazebo at 10
    a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 24. If you
    have any question please call Jer-
    ry at 863-467-6793.
    Indian River Community Col-
    lege will be putting on "Ru-
    mors" May 29-31, at 8 p.m. and
    May 31, at 2 p.m. at the McAlpin
    Fine Arts Center, IRCC Main Cam-
    pus at 3209 Virginia Avenue in Ft.
    Pierce. Neil Simon's classic play
    featuring IRCC Fine Arts Program
    theatre alumni. Tickets are $12.

    Your Weekly
    Share your news and photos
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    Call the IRCC Box Office at 1-800-
    220-9915 or visit www.ircc.edu
    for more information.
    Crafters and antique car gurus
    need to come visit the J & S Fish
    Camp, 9500 S.W. Conners, where
    they are holding their third an-
    nual Arts and Crafts Festival and
    Antique Car Show.
    They are still looking for craft-
    ers and antique carowners for

    their event which will be held on
    May 31, and June 1, to support
    Martha's House through a $10 do-
    nation. For more information call
    Patricia Brown 772-332-3149.
    Another IRCC event will be
    held at the Planetarium. The
    Constellations, Friday, June 6, at
    7 and 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 7,
    at 2 and 3 p.m. at the Hallstromn
    Planetarium, IRCC Main Campus
    3209 Virginia Avenue, Ft. Pierce.
    The constellations are very old,
    and the stories told about them
    date back 5,000 years and more.
    Come and learn more about the
    stars. Tickets are $3. Call the IRCC
    Box Office at 1-800-220-9915.
    A benefit and retirement
    celebration for Gene O'Neill
    has been scheduled for Friday,
    June 13, at the KOA Kampground
    auditorium from 5:30 p.m. until
    11 p.m.
    The event is help raise funds
    for Mr. O'Neill and medical ex-
    penses that he has incurred be-
    cause of a rare form of inoperable
    cancer. The event includes a din-
    ner, dance and silent auction.
    The social hour begins at 5:30
    p.m. until, 6:30 p.m.; prime rib
    dinner will be served at 6:30 pm.
    The auction will begin at 7:30

    Submitted photo/Extreme Truck Challenge
    The Equalizer catches some air over some cars at this Ex-
    treme Truck Challenge Event. Spectaculars like this will be
    seen at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center on Friday, May 23
    and Saturday, May 24. Tickets are on sale now at area Aar-
    on's Rents Store in Okeechobee.

    p.m. with a dance following at
    8:30 p.m.
    Tickets for the entire event are
    $20 single; $30 couple. Tickets
    are also available for the dance
    only for $10.
    If you are unable to attend,
    donations are being accepted at
    Riverside National Bank under
    the Gene O'Neill Assistance Fund.
    Donations can also be mailed to
    Gene O'Neill Benefit, P.O. Box
    602, Okeechobee, FL 34973.
    For additional information
    contact Lyn Yeo 863-634-4102;
    Donny Arnold 863-634-6464; or
    Kim Long 863-634-2937.
    Do you want to see your
    events posted in the weekly en-
    tertainment column? Forward
    any publicly open events includ-
    ing entertainment such as: danc-
    ing, bands, comedians, theatre,
    special events, special com-
    munity events, contests, etc to
    caguilar@newszap. com.Please
    forward all -information about
    each event including: description
    of the event; location (address);
    date; time; cost; age appropriate-
    ness; and any other information
    that fits the specific event. For
    additional information contact
    Chauna Aguilar at 863-763-3134
    ext. 4242. Your Weekly Entertain-
    ment Guide-Share your news and
    photos for this column by email
    to caguilar@newszap.com.

    Submitted photo/Extreme Truck Challenge
    Investigator leaps and catches some air at this Extreme Truck
    Challenge Event. Spectaculars like this will be seen at the
    Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center on Friday, May 23 and Satur-
    day, May 24. Tickets are on sale now at area Aaron's Rents
    Store in Okeechobee.

    Submitted photo/Extreme Truck Challenge
    The Reptoid can be caught towering over cars at the Extreme Truck Challenge Event. Spec-
    taculars like this will be seen at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center on Friday, May 23 and
    Saturday, May 24. Tickets are on sale now at area Aaron's Rents Store in Okeechobee.

    Okeechobee County Construction Industry
    Licensing Board
    The Okeechobee County Construction Industry Licensing Board will hold a public
    meeting on Tuesday, June 3, 2008, @ 3:30 PM. The public meeting will be held
    at the Okeechobee County Commission Chambers, located at the Okeechobee
    County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, FHonda. For more informa-
    tion, contact Barbara Cash at the Planning and Development Department, 499
    N.W. 5th Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972; (863) 763-5548.
    All interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public meeting.
    Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Licensing Board with respect
    to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure that a verbatim
    record of the proceeding is made and that the record includes the testimony and
    evidence upon which the appeal will be based. Planning and Development tapes
    are for the sole purpose of backup for official record of the Department.
    Barbara Cash, Secretary to Board
    Okeechobee County Construction
    Industry Licensing Board
    273940 ON 5/14,23/08

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    I Pulc o ic ii

    PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Florida will
    on Tuesday. June 3, 2008 at 6.00 p.m. or as soon thereafter possible, at City Hall,
    55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL conduct a PUBLIC HEARING on and thereafter to
    consider final reading of the following Ordinance into law. NO. 1021: AN ORDI-
    The Ordinance is regarding Bezoning Petition No. 08-002-R, submitted by Ste-
    ven Ramunni, Attorney, on behalf of property owners) Mary Ann Newcomer.
    The petition is to change the zoning district from CBD to IND for property located
    at 701 West North Park Street, and is approximately 0.642 acre(s).
    All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said
    hearing. The proposed Ordinance may be inspected in its entirety by members of
    the public in the Office of the City Clerk dunng regular business hours, Mon-Fri,
    8am-4:30pm, except for holidays.
    PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal
    any decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at
    this hearing, such interested person will need a record of the proceedings, and
    for such purpose may need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is
    made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal
    is to be based. City Clerk media are for the sole purpose of backup for official
    records of the Clerk.
    In accordance with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and Florida Stat-
    utes 286,26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to partici-
    pate in this proceeding should contact Lane Gamlotea no later than two (2)
    working days prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x215; if hearing or voice
    impaired, call TOD 1-800-955-8770 (voice) or 1-800-955-8771 (TTY).
    Lane Gamiotea, CMC, CITY CLERK
    275263 ON 5/23/08

    PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Flonda will
    an Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at 6'00 p.m. or as soon thereafter possible, at City Hall,
    55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL conduct a PUBLIC HEARING on and thereafter to
    consider final reading of the following Ordinance into law: NO. 1023: AN ORDI-
    The Ordinance is regarding Rezoning Petition No. 08-004-R, submitted by Jeb
    Acuff, on behalf of property owners) Visiting Nurse Association of Florida, Inc. The
    petition is to change the zoning district from Residential Multiple Family (RMF) to
    Commercial Professional Office (CPO) for property located at 203 Southeast 2nd
    Street, and is approximately 0.712 acre(s).
    All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said hearing.
    The proposed Ordinance may be inspected in its entirety by members of the public
    in the Office of the City Clerk during regular business hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm,
    except for holidays.
    PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
    decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at this
    hearing, such interested person will need a record of the proceedings, and for such
    purpose may need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which
    record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
    City Clerk media are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the Clerk. -
    In accordance with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and Florida Statutes
    286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
    this proceeding should contact Lane Gamlo ea no later than two (2) working days
    prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x215; if hearing or voice impaired, call
    TDD 1-800-955-8770 (voice) or 1-800-955-8771 (TTY).
    Lane Gamiotea, CMC, CITY CLERK
    275262 ON 5/23/08










    10 Okeechobee News, Friday, May 23, 2008

    Okeechobee little leaguers lose consolation game

    By Charles M. Murphy
    Okeechobee News
    The District 17 Tournament of
    Champions started positively for
    Okeechobee's all'stars, but ended
    abruptly Wednesday as the 11
    year old boys dropped their sec-
    ond straight game at Alderman
    Field in Douglas Park.
    This time it was Jensen Beach

    that upended Okeechobee, 13-3
    in founinnings.
    Tyler Bauman of Jensen
    Beach, tossed four strong innings
    and his teammates pounded out
    14 hits, and took advantage of five
    Lil' Brahman errors to win going
    Jensen Beach scored three
    times in the top of the first taking
    advantage of two fielding miscues

    and a throwing error by Okeecho-
    Okeechobee tried to rally as
    Luis Leon reached on a triple in
    the bottom of the first. However,
    he was picked off third to end the
    Jensen scored one run in the
    second, and added another run
    in the third and seven runs in the
    fourth to break open the game.

    in the bottom of the second when
    Mo Bailey drove home Trent Da-
    vis with a triple. Rico Garza tripled
    home Devon Buchanan, who had
    singled, for Okeechobee's second
    run in the third. Garza scored on a
    ground out by Leon for Okeecho-
    bee's final run.
    Otherwise Okeechobee
    couldn't get much going against

    Bauman. He struck out nine bat-
    ters, including the side in the bot-
    tom of the second.
    Scotty McAllister scored three
    runs for Jensen Beach.
    The Okeechobee 12 year old
    all stars won 16-2 over Hobe

    Sound to remain alive in the tour-
    nament. The 13 and over team
    lost to St. Lucie West, 10-9.
    The District 17 tournament for
    11-12 year old boys will be held -in
    Okeechobee starting on June 28.

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    Luis Leon throws a pitch during Okeechobee's loss Monday Okeechobee managed just one hit in the championship
    in little league tournament action. game.

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    game. Shockley was first called out but the umpire later changed his ruling.

    Sports News in Brief

    Monthly fishing
    tournament planned
    Freedom Outreach. Ministry
    will sponsor a monthly fishing
    tournament. This month the Tour-
    nament will take place on Sun-
    ,day, May 25, at Scott Driver Boat
    Ramp, Across from Okee Tantie.
    Registration is $70 per boat, and
    there is a $10 big fish pot. You can
    fish by yourself or with a partner.
    The tournament begins at Safe
    Light until 2 p.m. For more infor-
    mation, please call 863-532-1718
    or 863-634-3790.

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

    Golf tournament
    benefits Ranch
    On Saturday, June 7, at the
    Okeechobee Golf and Country
    Club, the Real Life Children's
    Ranch will hold their annual
    Golf Tournament sponsored
    by Shoreline Seawall, Inc. Four
    person scramble. 7 a.m. Regis-
    tration and 8 a.m. Shotgun start.
    Included with registration is a
    continental breakfast provided
    by Pat's Lakeside Cafe and a full
    lunch at the Country Club. Win a
    brand new car from Accardi/Mil-
    rot for a hole in one, plus other
    prizes including an autographed

    hat and photo from Greg Nor-
    man, four weekly passes to the
    2008 Merrill Lynch Shootout in
    -Naples, (part of the PGA Tour)
    and many more prizes. There
    will be many contests too -- like
    closest to the pin, toilet bowl
    contest and more. Registration if
    $50 for individuals and $200 for
    teams. Register at the Okeecho-
    bee Golf and Country Club or by
    calling Real Life Childrens Ranch

    at 863-763-4242. For more infor-
    mation or to hear about spon-
    sorship opportunities call Dar-
    lene Mayers at 863-634-4200.
    Real Life Children's Ranch is a
    tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) non-profit
    organization. All proceeds from
    the tournament benefit Real
    Life Childrens Ranch, where
    they have been helping abused,
    abandoned and neglected chil-
    dren for over 50 years.


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