Okeechobee news
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Title: Okeechobee news
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Language: English
Publisher: Okeechobee News
Place of Publication: Okeechobee, Fla
Creation Date: May 26, 2008
Publication Date: 2000-
Frequency: daily
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
General Note: Latest issue consulted: Vol. 91, no. 182 (June 30, 2000).
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7 Monday, May 26, 2008

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PO BOX 117007

Memorial Day
observation set
The Memorial Day Celebra-
tion and Ceremony will be held
in Veterans' Memorial Park to-
day, May 26. Beginning at 9:30
a.m., there will be a gathering
in the park. A speaker will pres-
ent an address to the gathering
at 10 a.m. The honor guard
will salute the veterans at 11
a.m. This event is sponsored
by the American Legion. The
Chamber of Commerce will
serve free hotdogs until 1 p.m.
Join the celebration and honor
those who have served our

School board to
discuss grants
In conjunction with the
Community Collaborative
Council meeting, the Okeecho-
bee County School Board will
be discussing several grants for
the 2008-09 school year.
The meeting will be held
in the School Board office at
700 S.W. Second Ave. on Tues-
day, May 27, at 10 a.m. Grants
include: IDEA, Part B - Indi-
vidual Disabilities Education
Act; IDEA - Part B - Preschool;
Title I - Migrant, Delinquent and
Homeless Children; Title II -
Teacher and Principal Training
Recruiting Fund, Math and Sci-
ence Partnerships, Enhancing
Education through Technology
Entitlement; Title III - English
Language Acquisition, Lan-
guage Enhancement and Aca-
demic Achievement Act; Title
IV - Safe and Drug Free Schools
and 21st Century Community
Learning Centers; Title V - In-
novative Programs; and Title VI'
- Rural and Low Income School
Any person who would like
more information or to provide
input, please plan on attending
the meeting or call Cathleen
Blair at 863-462-5000 ext. 255
for grant contacts.

Drought Index
Current: 489
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

9.75 feet
Last Year: 9.16 feet

Poge/i's Family Restaurant
1759 S. Parrott Ave.
Source: South Florida Water
Management District. Depth
given in feet above sea level

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Comics .............................. 8
Community Events.................... 4
Crossword ............................. 8
Obituaries.............................. 6
O pinion...................................... 4
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Depot demolition planned

Citizens still fighting
to save historic train
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News'
The date has been set for the
demolition of Okeechobee's
train station. Toni Doyle, ex-
ecutive director of Okeechobee
Main Street, a civic organization
that has been trying to restore
the building, stated that CSX

Transportation, the owner of the
building, is planning to start de-
molition on June 30.
Mrs. Doyle stated that ap-
proximately 3,000 people get on
or off trains in Okeechobee each
year. She predicted that with the
rising cost of gasoline that num-
ber would increase.
For many years a cattle feed
business has rented the rear por-
tion of the station. That business
has been told to yacate the build-
Mrs. Doyle suggested that
people interested in saving the

station contact CSX employees
Lori Bergeron at 904-633-4837,
and Sherry Millard at 904-633-
It is unclear if CSX will even
need a demolition permit. City
attorney John Cook expressed
the opinion that the- railroad
might be exempt from having a
The 1924 train station is one
of the few historic buildings left
in downtown Okeechobee.
The building was built by the
Seaboard Airline Railway, the
predecessor of CSX. CSX only

In the swim: Students take lessons at the pool

Okeechobee News/Chauna Agullar
Yearling Middle School sixth graders swam a tube relay at the Okeechobee Sports
Complex with their coaches Candy Walker and Brian Kendall.

Okeechobee News/Chauna Agullar
Physical education teacher Phillip Spearow is ending the year with his Central Elemen-
tary School students, where they are learning water safety.

operates freight trains. Passenger
service to Okeechobee is pro-
vided by Amtrak, a government
subsidized organization, which
operates on CSX owned tracks
under an agreement with CSX.
The building was built in the
Mediterranean Revival architec-
tural style that was popular in the
1920s. Okeechobee's city hall
and courthouse are also built in
that same style. The station was
built by the architectural firm of
Henry S. Harvey and Louis P.
Clarke of West Palm Beach, ac-
cording to a publication of the

Florida Division of Historical
Resources. During this time pe-
riod Messrs. Harvey and Clarke
designed all the Seaboard Airline
depots between Coleman and
Currently the city is served
by the northbound and south-
bound'Silver Star trains provid-
ing service between Miami and
New York City.
Post your opinions in the
Public Issues Forum at www.
newszap.com. Reporter Pete
Gawda can be reached at pgaw-

BHR canals

to be cleaned

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The canals in Buckhead
Ridge and Moore Haven will be
getting some money from both
the north and the south.
The South Florida Water
Management District will pro-
vide $1 million in the coming
year and another $4 million in
the next four years to clean out
those two canals.
The Florida state legislature
also approved $250,000 to help
with the clean up in the next
year, State Representative De-
.nise Grimsley noted..
Malcolm "Bubba" Wade of
the South Florida Water Man-
agement District Governing
Board said it has been a tough
time for boating communities.

He noted it has been frustrating
at times to get help to clean out
Mr. Grimsley noted the resi-
dents of Glades County played
a big role in their lobbying ef-
forts. There was a letter writing
campaign from residents urg-
ing lawmakers to get the funds
needed for the canals.
"You all deserve a lot of
credit for what you've done,
Glades County is a very deserv-
ing community," Mr. Grimsley
There was plenty of ap-
plause and praise to go around
as e!'. 0 . - e,-fijotCd the ne '
that money was on the way.
Glades County Commis-
sioner Bob Giesler thanked the
See Canals - Page 2

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BHR bingo players

help Hospice

The Hamrick Home does
provide services to individuals
with a life-limiting illness liv-
ing in the rural communities
surrounding Okeechobee. The
Buckhead Ridge Home Own-
ers Association Bingo Play-
ers recently made a donation
to help with operation of the
hospice residence. The play-
ers donated monies that were
collected over a period of time.
Each time they won bingo, do-
nations were collected for Hos-
pice of Okeechobee.

The Hamrick Home is oper-
ated by Hospice of Okeechobee
and has rooms for 12 patients.
It was opened approximately
two years ago. Since that time " ".
it has served over 150 indi-
viduals who needed the type - _
of care provided in a hospice -
residence. The Hamrick Home
offers care to those with life-...
limiting illnesses who are un-
able to continue living in their Submitted photo
own homes. Hospice nurses The Buckhead Ridge Home Owners Association Bingo Players recently made a donation to
help with operation of the hospice residence. The players donated monies that were collected
See Bingo - Page 2 over a period of time.

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2 Okeechobee News, Monday, May 26, 2008

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bare-minimum crucial fixes com-
bined with a hope-for-the-best
Fuel remains the single biggest
expense for car owners over the
lifetime of a vehicle at about 30
percent of costs, followed closely
by depreciation and insurance.
But the prices for maintenance
and repairs, which combined ac-
count for less than 10 percent of
an automobile's costs, are creep-
ing up.
Travel agency AAA estimates
that the average cost of owning
and operating a car in 2008 will
be $8,121, up from $7,823 last
"Purchases I'm making for
our cars now are all driven by
a preventative mentality," said
Tony Farrell, a freelance writer in
Richmond, Va., who has a 2001
minivan and a 20-year-old Honda
Civic he had considered selling.
"A year ago, I would have let it
run ragged. Now I want that car
in good working order because I
want it to last."

Mirwais Niaz, manager of a
Midas franchise in Arlington, Va.,
said many customers are opting
for the most basic repairs, trying
to buy time and save for more ex-
pensive work.
For example, a recent Midas
customer whose car needed ex-
tensive brake work told Niaz:
"I don't care about the squeak-
ing, just do something so the
car stops." Another customer,
whose car needed a transmission
fluid flush asked if it could last an-
other three months without the
$159 service since gas prices had
sapped his funds.
Shell Oil subsidiary Jiffy Lube
has seen its car count drop by
roughly 2 percent in the last year
as gas prices have surged and new
vehicle technology gives drivers a
better idea of when maintenance
is needed, said Lisa Carlson, glob-
al director of marketing for Jiffy
Lube International.
The dollar's decreased value,
which makes imports more ex-
pensive, is an important factor
driving up prices for oil, steel
and other raw materials used in
auto parts, said Harry Veryser, an
economist at the University of De-

troit Mercy and former chairman
of an automotive parts supplier.
One spot of relief is auto insur-
ance. Rates have remained steady
or fallen in many states because
insurers are losing less money
on claims and face competitive
and regulatory pressures to avoid
rate increases, said Donald Light,
senior analyst for Celent in San
Francisco. If high gasoline prices
prompt less driving, accidents -
and insurance rates - should
drop further, Light said.
In big cities, drivers are finding
it more expensive to park. An an-
nual survey by real estate services
provider Collier's International
found that daily parking rates rose
in 2007 for the fourth straight year,
a trend the company expects to
continue in 2008.
But Benjamin Sann, founder
of the Web site bestparking.
com, which tracks rates in Bos-
ton, Manhattan, Philadelphia and
Washington, said more compa-
nies have dropped prices recently
as they struggle to attract and
maintain business.
Indeed, . some automobile-
related businesses are trying to
avoid passing their rising costs

onto customers.
To retain his best limousine
clients, Amber has not yet raised
rental rates but has been forced
to include a fuel surcharge of up
to $5 on some trips. Customers,
he said, "are not happy."
Midas has stopped advertising
prices for promotions among its
1,700 shops in the U.S. and Cana-
da after a deal on brakes last year
was too low in busy metropolitan
areas and too high in more rural
locations, said Bob Troyer, direc-
tor of corporate affairs at the com-
pany's Itasca, Ill., headquarters.
Prices are set by individual own-
ers based on their costs and local
Despite motor oil costs rising
15 percent in recent months, Niaz
has maintained his Midas loca-
tion's prices to remain competi-
tive and meet any local promo-
tions. Visible from his front desk
is an Exxon Mobil station where
regular-grade gasoline was selling
for nearly $4 a gallon.
"I'm complaining myself," said
Niaz, who recently spent $62 to fill
up his 4-cylinder Toyota Camry.

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residents who sent in letters and
noted they were an integral part
of the effort.
"I told you it would be good.
Hey $5 million dollars, you can't
just get that anyplace," Commis-
sioner Giesler said.
Mr. Giesler hinted that this ac-
complishment was nothing short
of a miracle given the tough eco-
nomic times we've experienced

and the battle over property tax
Most of the money coming
from SFWMD will be ad valorem
dollars from the 16 counties in
their district.
Residents have long com-
plained that they have had no
access to Lake Okeechobee. The
clean out of the Pearce Canal
could go a long way toward re-
storing that access to the boating
oriented community.
A luncheon followed the an-
nouncements made by public of-

Today's Weather

Continued From Page 1
are available around the clock in
a homelike setting. Care centers
on the comfort of the patient.
Hospice CEO Lisa Blackman
explains: "While most of the pa-
tients moving to The Hamrick
Home live in Okeechobee, others
live near by. We are more than
willing to provide care at The

Hamrick Home to those living in
the rural communities surround-
ing Okeechobee. Individuals liv-
ing in Kissimmee River Estates in
Highlands County or Buckhead
Ridge in Glades County have all
been welcomed at our hospice
residence during the past two
Ms. Blackman went on to add,
"It does not matter if you start
receiving services in your own
home from another hospice.
Whether you live in Okeechobee

or live in a surrounding com-
munity, you can opt to change
hospices and move to The Ham-
rick Home if you need the type
of care provided in our hospice
residence. Many individuals who
need this type of care do not want
to move to a hospice residence
on the coast, but instead want to
move to a hospice residence near
their home. The Hamrick Home
fits the bill and we stand ready to
help. All hospices will work to-
gether in that respect, as we only

care about the welfare of our pa-
Ms. Blackman explained that
community donations have been
essential to The Hamrick Home
offering its services. "We rely on
the generosity of the community
in order to offer the special, com-
passionate care offered at The
Hamrick Home."
If you have questions about
the services offered at The Ham-
rick Home, please call 467-2321
for further information.

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Okeechobee Forecast
Today: Monday will be partly sunny with highs in the lower
80s. East winds at 10 to 15 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear Monday evening with lows in the mid
60s. East winds 10 to 15 mph decreasing to 5 to 10 mph after,
Extended Forecast

Tuesday: Mostly sunny on Tuesday. Highs in the mid 80s.
East winds 10 to 15 mph.
Tuesday night: Mostly clear Tuesday evening with lows in
the mid 60s.
Wednesday: Wednesday will be partly sunny with highs in
the upper 80s.
Wednesday night: Mostly clear this evening with lows in the
upper 60s.
Thursday: .A partly sunny day with highs in the upper 80s
during the day.
Thursday night: A mostly clear evening with lows around
Friday: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and
thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 80s. Chance of rain 20 per'
Friday night: Mostly clear. Lows around 70.
Saturday: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and
thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 80s on Saturday with a chance
of rain 20 percent

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Floridians urged to prepare for hurricane season

Charlie Crist, in his second ad-
dress to more than 2,600 emer-
gency managers, first respond-
ers, and volunteer agencies,
praised their commitment to
public service. He also encour-
aged all Floridians to prepare
for the 2008 hurricane season
during the general session of the
22nd Annual Governor's Hur-
ricane Conference. "I have wit-
nessed the unselfish efforts by
thousands of Florida responders
over the past year who answered

the call, again and again, to help
their fellow Floridians," said Gov-
ernor Crist. "I want to thank each
of you for your commitment and
dedication to public service, and
for demonstrating that Florida
has the best response team in
the nation.".
At the conference, the Gov-
ernor announced that he will
be signing a proclamation this
month declaring May 25-31, as
Florida Hurricane Preparedness
Week. The state's week will
run in tandem with the national

preparedness outreach week
across hurricane-prone states.
"We have learned that everyone
has a role to play and a respon-
sibility to prepare to the best of
their ability," said Governor Crist.
"We know that we must stand
together in order to be prepared
for future stdrms that may come
our way."
This year's conference theme
was, Maintaining the Vigil While
Preparing for the Inevitable, pro-
vides responders with a week of
training courses, workshops apd

roundtable discussions. Director
Craig Fugate, of the Florida Divi-
sion of Emergency Management,
emphasized the importance of
the theme of the 22nd annual
meeting that brings so many
colleagues together. "It's almost
June 1; we live in the Sunshine
State; therefore, as emergency
managers and residents, failure
is not an option while preparing
for the inevitable storm," said
Fugate. "Everyone needs to get a
plan before a disaster strikes."

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Okeechobee News, Monday, May 26, 2008

High definition, it's Comcastic! 1 1 t t

By Tonya Harden
Okeechobee News
Comcast high definition tele-
vision (HDTV) is now available
to customers in Okeechobee.
The switch to HDTV has been
an ongoing effort, and finally
made its debut in Okeechobee,
Saturday, May 17. This is part of
Comcast's overall strategy to de-
liver more HD choices and bet-
ter HD picture quality, anytime
and anywhere our customers
want to watch. That's the future
of tv that Comcast is delivering
With all the anticipation of
digital cable being converted to
high definition television, the
crew at Okeechobee's Com-
cast station made the transition
smooth and effortless. The staff
and technicians of our local
Comcast station put in the time
to learn what was necessary to
be knowledgable for their cus-
tomers. A task only topped by
their diligence to offer what is
considered the better value in
today's market.
John Parr, Ernie Pinto and
Angie Froelich coordinated an
event that took place Saturday,
May 17 at the Comcast loca-
tion here in Okeechobee which
offered not only information
about what to expect, but also
food, fun, entertainment and
a chance to view first hand HD
quality. With WAVE 94.7 and

WQOL 103.7 on hand to enter-
tain the crowd, hotdogs being
grilled, a bungie run and bounce
house for the kids it was hard
not to notice the excitement of
the visitors. However, there was
more to the event than food and
fun. A large trailer sat in the lot
with four stations. Each contain-
ing an example of the products
Comcast has to offer. An experi-
ence in itself, these stations sent
the direct message that HD does
have better quality.
Although not usually open
on Saturday, the staff of Com-
cast made the exception for the
launch of HD in Okeechobee.
With friendly attitudes, smiles
and a wealth of knowledge to
share about what is soon ex-
pected to be the leading com-
petitor in television, the staff
happily did their part to make
each customer understand, ap-
preciate and enjoy the arrival of
Comcast offers more HD
channels than any other provid-
er in the country and will contin-
ue to add the best HD channels
throughout its systems in 2008.
Premium movie channels are
quickly becoming drivers of HD
growth. According to industry
statistics, HD subscribers are
significantly more likely than the
overall TV viewing universe to
watch premium channels regu-
larly. For example, HD viewers

are 81 percent more likley to
watch Showtime and 45 percent
more likely to watch Starz.
Comcast is also focused on
adding the most HD choices
through more ON DEMAND; a
unique service that cannot be
matched by satellite providers.
"ON DEMAND changed the
way people watched television
and gave them the flexibility of
controlling the content in their
homes on their schedule. Com-
cast HD content offered through
ON DEMAND will provide even
more free movies, primetime
network series, music videos,
concerts and exclusive HD fea-
tures" said a Comcast represen-
With Comcast's dual tuner
DVRs that record and playback in
high definition, you can see why
customers investing in new, flat
panel and plasma screen HDTVs
to watch their sports and mov-
ies are flocking to Comcast. "We
are the clear choice for HD."
High definition is one of the
area's where Comcast's value is
clear and so is their picture qual-
In a "blind" survey conducted
earlier this year, two out of. three
satellite customers expressed a
preference for Comcast, saying
Comcast had the better HD pic-
ture quality in side by side com-

Submitted photo
Don Patel, new owner of Pier II, wants the motel to be an active part of the community.

Pier II owner makes changes

The Pier II Resort in
Okeechobee announces new
owner, Don Patel.
Mr. Patel was born and
raised in London, England. He
came to the United States at
the age of 19 to begin a new
adventure. Once arriving in
New Britain, Conn,, he worked
as a dishwasher and waiter at
his uncle's hotel. He then went
on to learn how to bartend and
manage the front desk of the
He then relocated to Miami
to operate a Super 8 hotel. He
then moved to Alabama, Missis-
sippi, Atlanta before finally set-
tling down in Orlando, where
he owned and operated a Quiz-
nos sub shop for five years. Mr.
Patel had an offer to come to
Okeechobee and purchase the
Pier II resort form the previous
owner. ..
'''"I had a vision for, the Pier
II," he said. "I quickly decided
I wanted to call Okeechobee

As owner/operator, Mr. Patel
immediately started renovating
and improving the amenities.
The waterfront lounge is now
open 4 p.m. until 2 a.m. Mon-
day-Friday and 1 p.m. until late
on Saturday and Sunday. The
lounge has two pool tables,
video machines; a juke box and
outside seating along the dock.
The lounge offers live en-
tertainment all week long:
Wednesday music is by Gator;
Thursday is Latin Night; Friday
and Saturday, the lounge has a
live DJ with Showtime Enter-
Sunday is Bike Night all day
long from 1 p.m. until midnight
with free barbecue and drink
The Pier II offers a boat
ramp, boat hook-ups, a fish
cleaning station, barbecue grill
and atea and a pool with sur-
rounding gazebos. The hotel
offers smoking and non-smok-

ing rooms, a 24-hour front
desk operation, free continen-
tal breakfast, wireless internet,
Wi/Fi, free local calls, meeting
rooms to accommodate up to
25 and a "kid friendly" suite to
keep the kids entertained.
Mr. Patel is very involved
in several local organizations
including the American Red
Cross, the Teen Anglers Asso-
ciation, The American Cancer
Society, 4-H, Okeechobee High
School, Moose Lodge, Chamber
of Commerce and Okeechobee
Main Street.
The Pier II has given to the
community by housing the USS
Enterprise marines coming
back from Iraq, the bands who
performed at the fairgrounds,
teen angler boat captain, and
the Red Star Pilots Association.
"I welcome the public to
stop by and see the new atmo-
sphere at Pier II I'm confident
that our new image will fit all
aspects of life," said Mr. Patel.

UKeecnoDee News/lonya Haraen
A favorite part of the HD launch was the free food. Hotdogs and sodas were offered to all the
-visitors. Many took advantage of the refreshments while learning about what Comcast and
HD have to offer.

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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!
A/C INSTALLERS: This is to the person who made the comment
about the license for A/C installers. They are exactly right. These un-
licensed contractors can charge a lesser price and some of them are
smoother talkers than the licensed contractors. I am a small sub con-
tractor, I pay $75 a month on insurance for my work vehicle $77 a
month on liability insurance for my business, $36 a year for County
and City permits and $150 a year for a LLC issued by the state, $5 to
$10 an hour above my helpers pay for workmans comp, $50 a year for
workmans comp. exempt for myself. These unlicensed contractors
can get jobs cheaper because they don't have the overhead a licensed
contractor has.
PRESIDENT BUSH: If I could write a letter to President Bush, this
is how it would go. President Bush: I want to personally start off by
telling you that you have been by far the worst president that I have
ever seen. I mean, come on, here we are, your country suffering and
going through the whole depression ordeal again, and yet, instead of
helping your country, you are too busy helping these other countries.
They have their own leaders and they need to step up and take care of
themselves and not have you do it. Stop trying to bring about peace
with these other countries. When the time is right there will be peace
with these other countries. But that is when the good Lord makes His
glorious appearance. I thank the Lord that I don't have a family to
support right now, because we would have drowned by now because
of debt. When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, instead of helping
them by getting their homes fixed and having fundraisers and stuff,
you instead sent money to Iraq to help them. They aren't our country
to worry about. You have people here at home that need help just as
bad as they do! And instead of looking for the man that caused 9/11
(Osama Bin Laden) you hunted down Sadam Hussein. I know that he
probably did deserve that, but look how many of our innocent Amer-
icans were killed because of Osama, but he hasn't been found yet
and he openly admits to killing thousands on 9/11. And even worse,
our troops are over in Afghanistan right now, fighting some war that
shouldn't have been started. And many innocent lives are being taken
because of that.
HOUSING PRICES: I hear that the prices on housing are starting
to come down, well how about the rental prices? I believe the land-
lords should start showing leniency towards their tenants by reducing
their rent due to high gas prices, food prices and everything else going
up in this bad economy.
SIGNS: This is concerning the political signs being placed in the
right of ways on all of the streets and roads in Okeechobee County.
I don't think this is right. Someone needs to have the Supervisor of
Elections look into it.
HEALTH CARE: I would like to talk about the health care in this
town of ours, Okeechobee. I have lived here all my life and all my life
we have had trouble getting decent physicians in here. I have a small
child and I take my child to Florida Community Health Centers, the
last time I was in there, there was over a four hour wait and then they
still wanted me to come back after they went to lunch. And then the
next time that I went, there was a 45 minute wait. Granted 45 minutes
isn't that long, but every time I go in there, there is a longer wait.
GOVERNMENT CONSULTANTS: Why do we export local tax dol-
lars to outside the area companies that don't have common sense nor
the expertise we have in-house (local county department heads, etc.).
Can we do better and keep hard to earn money to circulate in our lo-
cal community. Thanking the County Government Commissioners in
advance and may, as Red the Skelaton would say, "God Bless."
DOOMED TRAIN STATION: I amrn sad for the city/county of
Okeechobee. They are going to lose out on another historical part
of their past. I just want you to know just how close you really are
+ to losing the depot. As tenants of CSX, we asked for an extension to
our terminated lease, it was finally granted on Wednesday, until June
30th to be out. On the 30th, we were told they will cut the locks on
the doors and the building is coming down. We were told that this is
going to happen and that is that, it is a done deal. We were told by the
main office a few weeks ago, it is someone that works for CSX locally
that wants the Depot leveled. It makes you want to ask yourself some
questions. For instance: Why the rush all of a sudden to demolish the
building? The city code inspector, stated the back part of the building
is structurally sound, and the Fire Marshall also inspected and said it
looked good. This means that half of the building is sound and the
roof on the west end has been repaired a few years ago at the cost of
$5,000. I have traveled and lived in several other countries and expe-
rienced their culture. I have strolled through castles in Germany, Hol-
land, and wandered through the old parts of Frankfurt and Heidelberg.
Do you think they would tear down cathedrals that are scarred with
bullets from WWII? NO! But only here in the U.S.A., do we tear down
our past and build something that is supposed to be better. I have
watched a lot of people get on and off the train every day. The kids
look nervous as the trains come rolling to a stop. Then they get big
smiles on their faces as they get ready to go on board. You see families
waiting for their loved ones to get off the train and others saying good-
bye. Would it not be safer for them to watch in the safety of the depot,
than stand on the platform waiting on the train? One article stated that
it is a safety issue. Well yes, it is right now. The only place to wait is
next to the tracks. There is not any control or not even a warning sign
for those waiting. I have found many people just like to drive to the de-
pot and watch the trains go by. You can overhear them talking about
when they were kids and watching the trains go by and the memories
it brings back. I know more people would ride the train, if they could
buy tickets at the depot. People are always stopping and asking us
about schedules, tickets and restrooms. One person suggested a cof-
fee shop as part of the remodeled historical depot - GREAT IDEA.
With the price of gas, it is pretty cheap to take the train. Main Street
is on the right track, but I think it is going to take more people getting
involved, NOW.

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Letters to the Editor

Reflections from a fa-
As some already know, my
son, Tillman Casselton, age 19
died in a car crash on April 18.
As I look back I can recall many
times that make me smile and a
few times that have no room for
smiles. He was born in the hospi-
tal here in Okeechobee and as he
grew up his father showed more
and more in him. He did well in
school until he got to high school,
where his wise cracks did not go
as far as they had in years past.
I am- sure that a few of his
teachers can tell you some stories
about him. As he spent his years
in high school, he got to the point
that to quit school was the only
way to go. So that was what he
Then the family of his best
friend, Travis, moved from
Okeechobee to a town in Illinois
and Tillman went with them, re-
enrolled in school, and graduated
from Morton High School.
Life there was not all it was
cracked up to be, but, he stayed
there after he finished 'school to
help the family. Then, he found
a little place where he could not
drink, but they did let him sing
karaoke, so a piece of home was
found. But, that piece was not
He returned to Okeechobee.
At first, he stayed with me and his
stepmother, then he set out to do
it on his own, and as it would turn
out the worst news that a father
can receive was given while his
father was working at around 3
a.m. on April 18, 2008.
At first I was sick to my stom-
ach and I went and got the other
foreman to fill in for me so I could
go to the hospital. By the time I
walked to my own house, my
voice was gone and I could not
His stepmother, Jackie, kept
asking what was wrong, but I
could not speak, I could only gasp
for air. As I got through the door
of the house, I sat on the arm of
the chair next to the door. I think
Jackie thought I was having a
heart attack or something.

Then, finally the word Tillman
made it past my lips and all I
could do was cry and scream out
"My baby is gone." Then, sud-
denly, the rock I had been all of
his life surfaced, and I told her
what had happened and held her
as she cried. Then we left for the
hospital. The further I drove, the
more angry I got. And beside me
the woman who has been with
me for nearly 10 years who was
a confused and emotional wreck,
was in shock by the time we got
to the hospital.
Tillmans mother, Tracy, was
there in much the same condition
as were his sisters and a host of
other friends. His sister Natasha
helped me with Jackie, as we
took her to see him and it took
both of us to get her away from
him. And then when Jackie and
Natasha were gone, I turned my
vision back on my son who laid
with his body banged up, bruised,
motionless and lifeless.
I walked back to him still in a
daze, not fully gripping the reality
of what had happened. My heart
calmed down as I placed my
hand on his chest and told him
"you are the Red Dragon, and a
warrior, rest now. I will see you
again, but my job here is not over.
Rest my son, rest."
When the nurse came back in
the room, I told her about the first
time he asked me to buy him a
gun and being the quick thinker
that I am I picked Lip a blade from
one of my old saws and said,
when you can master this blade
to the point that you can hunt
with it, I will consider buying you
a gun. Well, I went into the house
and, about 20 minutes went by
and I heard him yelling "Dad,
Dad" my first thought was that he
cut himself, but when I came out
back there he stood soaking wet
from head to toe with a big white
duck, that used to swim in our
pond, with a huge smile on his
face that went from ear to ear. He
then said, can I have a gun now?
I told him that you never leave
any blades or weapons behind
and to go find it. It took him close
to 40 minutes, but when he found
it and brought it back to me, that

Community Events

Camper drawing to benefit Hospice
Retired Judge Ed Miller has generously donated a 2005 Aliner Sofa
Model Camper to Big Lake Hospice, in memory of Jack and Frances
Raulerson and Waymon Jones of Georgia. Tickets for the drawing are
$5 each or 5 for $20 and can be purchased at the Big Lake Hospice
office or Thrift Store located at 3543 Highway 441, next to Publix. The
winning ticket will be drawn on Father's Day, June 15. The winning
ticket will be published in the Okeechobee News and announced on
All proceeds from the drawing will benefit Big Lake Hospice's pa-
tient care fund.
For more information or questions please contact Big Lake Hos-
pice at 863-763-0707.

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.

IRCC to present 'rumors'
IRCC will present the play, "Rumors" May 29-31, at 8 p.m. and
May 31, at 2 p.m. at the McAlpin Fine Arts Center, IRCC Main Campus
.at 3209 Virginia Avenue in Ft. Pierce. Neil Simon's classic play features
IRCC Fine Arts Program theatre alumni. Tickets are $12. Call the IRCC
Box Office at 1-800-220-9915 or visit www.ircc.edu.

is when I knew that our hearts
and minds were the same.
As he got older he found his
true love for the blades and hunt-
ing with them. He became good
at it and joined my hunting group,
the Dragons, and he pronounced
himself the Red Dragon, and
it was in my agreement that it
stay that way. The Dragons are a
group of men who will go out of
their way to help others-it is the
law we go by.
Another time his flare came
out was when we had a man stay-
ing at our house and Tillman's
sister had a habit of standing up
while watching TV Well I guess it
bothered this man and while the
three of them were watching TV,
while I was at work, the man told
Natasha to sit down and she said
"no." The man repeated himself
and she once again replied, "no."
She finally told the man that their
grandma was their boss while
mom and dad were not home,
not him. So this man stood up and
grabbed her and sat her down.
She told him to stop and he said,
"you will mind me." It was about
that time that Tillman grabbed
a flashlight and used the coffee
table for height and leverage and
busted the guy in the back of the
head several times until grandma
came in and put a stop to it.
When I got home from work
and heard what had happened, I
had the man gather his things and
I drove him to a different house
where he could stay. This side
of my son was one that very few
people knew and that was prob-
ably a good thing, but it was a
side of him I knew all too well-
strong, independent and filled
with fire to the bone.
I would like to say this to every-
one. Parents, love your children
and tell them that you love them
everyday. Talk to them about
drinking and driving, even if you
have to get out of bed to go get
them. Trust me, it is much better
than to have to go to the hospital
and see what I have seen.
Children, I know that parents
are a pain and a drag, but let
them be a part of your life, talk to
them. They want to help. And al-

ways, if you do drink, please have
someone drive who hasn't been
drinking. Do not put your parents
through what I'm going through.
To Tillman's friends, if any
of you need to talk, I am always
here to listen. If you want to know
about this other side of him all
you have to do is ask and I will tell
you about him. You are welcome
at my home. But do not come
over here drinking and expect to
drink with my family because we
do not do that.
To those who called the Speak
Out, thank you for your com-
ments. Yes, it was in bad taste to
hold a benefit in a bar, but I had
no part in it. And yes, parents do
need to be more aware of what
their children are doing, but in
cases like this, he was already out
of school and on his own.
His good friend Travis, who
was in the other vehicle when it
happened, told me how the ac-
cident happened and yes I know
that drinking played a part in it to
some degree, but if they would
not have been playing, it may not
have happened. From Travis's de-
scription, it was a case of fun gone
wrong and it happens every day.
Do I blame Travis? No, of course
not. He did nothing wrong.
If people want to have a good
reason to call the Speak Out or get
involved, then join me in talking to
Federal, State, and local officials
about why the people that supply
our children with alcohol do not
have to serve jail time when they
are pushing an illegal substance
on our youth. If they supply the
alcohol that kills someone, they
are responsible, period.
Please take what I have writ-
ten as a means of learning. There
is no one who should have to go
through this pain that I feel every
day. Now is the time for families
to join together and say we won't
let this happen to us.
Thank you,
Martin Casselton, Sr.

Community Calendar

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
Children'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 Campus, 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 Senior Singers meetat 9:30 a.m. at the Okeechobee
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.
A.A. 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.

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Retirement can change a marriage

The Counseling Corner
From the American Counseling
Most couples look forward to
the time and opportunities retire-
ment can bring. And they should.
It allows couples quality time to-
gether and a chance to do things
that you've both looked forward
But sometimes retirement can
also add stress to a marriage. It's
important to realize retirement
means more than just not work-
ing. It always brings very signifi-
cant changes in one's life.
One change is the loss of iden-
tity that often accompanies leav-
ing a iob. Most of us, whether

male or female, define ourselves
with that job title that we use in
response to the "what do you
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The computer tip I'm going
to discuss today is so deceptively
simple that it's a small surprise
every time you do it. I'm talking
about the right click. The right
click is the gateway to all kinds of
capabilities. The right click is also
intelligent; that is, it enables you
to do different things in different
programs. The result of the right
click is also called the right-click
menu or context menu.
On your desktop: The desk-
top on your computer is the first
place you can try this. A right click
of your mouse on an empty spot
on your desktop gives you access
to several things. I guess the most
useful is to arrange the icons on
your desktop. I really like to drag
my mouse down to properties
which gives me all kinds of choic-

WASHINGTON - From con-
certs to somber ceremonies and
a moment of silence, Americans
- from coast to coast will recall the
sacrifices of military members
who paid the ultimate price for
freedom on Memorial Day, Mon-
day, May 26.
"This is our nation's day to re-
member its debt to those whose
sacrifices in blood and battle se-
cured a legacy of liberty for fu-
ture generations," said Secretary
of Veterans Affairs Dr. James B.
He reminded veterans to wear
their military medals on Memorial
Day, a practice called the Veterans
Pride Initiative launched by the
Department of Veterans Affairs
(VA) in 2006.
The personal exhibition of ser-
vice medals on patriotic holidays
is one way for veterans to show
their support of the U.S. Military

es related to the design of my
workspace. For example, I can
change the colors I look at and
I can browse my files for a new
desktop image. If you right click
on an icon on your desktop, it

and particularly those serving in
the Global War on Terror, and to
inspire conversation about mili-
tary heritage with young people.
Information for veterans about
the wearing of medals and how
to replace lost medals is available
at http://www.va.gov/veterans-
A tradition dating to the 19th
Century after the Civil War and
originally called Decoration Day,
Memorial Day is marked at VA
facilities across the country, es-
pecially VA's national cemeteries,
whose commemorative events
honor about 1 million American
men and women who died in
service during wartime periods,
including more than 651,000 bat-
tle deaths.
This year, more than 100,000
people are expected to attend
activities at VAs national cemeter-
ies with color guards, ceremonies

gives you several different choic-
es. If it's an application, you can
open it, or rename it, or delete it.
In a program: The right click
has been used extensively by soft-
ware engineers to help us navi-
gate through popular software.
When I write in Microsoft Word,
I depend on the way it knows
when I have misspelled a word.
If you have your preferences set
up properly, Word will underline
the misspelled word as you are
typing. Then you just right click
on the red underlined word and
the menu will come up with sug-
gestions of possible words from
which to choose. You drag down
and highlight the correctly spelled
word and Word replaces it in
your text. To set this feature up,
in Word, go to the Tools Menu,
select Options, select the Spell-
ing and Grammar tab, and finally

honoring decorated veterans, and
band and choir performances.
Some national cemeteries will
feature an "Avenue of Flags" flank-
ing both sides of the curb line,
usually along the main entrance
road, sometimes consisting of
burial flags donated by the next
of kin of veterans who are buried
in these national shrines. Other
national cemeteries may place in-
dividual flags at gravesites.
VAs 125 national cemeteries
include 10 opened in the past
nine years. Another six cemeter-
ies are under development. VA
currently maintains 17,000 acres
where 2.8 million gravesites are
located. By 2010, veterans burial
space is expected to be available
to 90 percent of veterans within
75 miles of where they live.
Directions to VA's national
cemeteries and a guide to their
Memorial Day activities are avail-

check the box choices for "check
spelling as you type" and "suggest
In your web browser: You can
right click on any image on your
screen and save or copy that im-
age to your hard drive. If you want
to borrow text from a web page,
you can select or highlight the text
and right click to copy it. In your
word processing application, just
right click to paste that text into
your document.
These are just a couple ex-
amples of the power of the right
click. It is an adventure to work
with the different programs and
find out what surprises the right
click holds for convenience and
Email dtimmons@newszap.
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able at http://www.cem.va.gov/
asp. General information about
Memorial Day, including its his-
tory, a commemorative poster
and activities links, may be
found at http://www.va.gov/opa/
VA is a cosponsor with the
White House Commission on
Remembrance of an annual Mo-
ment of Remembrance at 3 p.m.
Eastern time, nationwide on Me-
morial Day, a time to pause and
reflect on the valor of the fallen
and the bond of freedoms that
unite Americans. Many institu-
tions will pause their activities
- sporting events to announce-
ments in public facilities - to call
the nation together to share its
common bond in silence.


Robert Lee Carden, Jr.
Robert Lee Carden, Jr. age
62 of Okeechobee, died Satur-
day, May 23, 2008 at his resi-
dence. Born in Orlando, Mr.
Garden has been a resident of
Okeechobee nearly his entire
life. He is a member of the 7th
Day Adventist Church and is a
lifetime member of the Ameri-
can Legion. He was also the

recipient of four Purple Hearts,
serving in the US Army in Viet-
He is survived by his wife
of 28 years, Ruth Carden of
Okeechobee, son Dale Ful-
wider and daughter Lori Ed-
wards, both of Okeechobee.
Mr. Carden has two grandchil-
dren Levi Whitten and Avery
Fulwider. He is also survived
by brothers Glenn G. (Nancy)

Carden of Okeechobee, Phillip
R. Carden of Kissimmee, sister
Hallie (Bill) Davis, and numer-
ous aunts, uncles, cousins,
nieces, nephews, and friends.
A visitation will be held at
the Buxton Funeral Home on
Tuesday, May 27, 2008 from 5
p.m. till 7 p.m. Services will be
in the Buxton Funeral Home
chapel on May 28, 2008 at 10
a.m. with internment follow-

ing at Evergreen Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the fam-
ily has requested donations be
made in Mr. Carden's memory
to the Okeechobee SDA Chris-
tian School, PO Box 2118,
Okeechobee, FL 34973.
All arrangement are under
the direction and care the
Buxton Funeral Home and

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Seniors enjoy Gradnite in Orlando

By Steven Williams
Okeechobee High School
Okeechobee High School
Seniors, and some privileged
juniors just recently attended
Gradnite at Magic Kingdom, in
Orlando Florida. The students
went to both Gradbash and
In order to attend the Grad-
nite seniors had to have at least
a 2.0 Grade Point Average, no
fines, and had to be in good
standing with the dean's office
(No suspensions, or referrals).
Gradnite was April 26, 2008,

the bus left at 3 p.m. The students
also attended both Gradnite and
Gradbash. Neyo, The Red Jump
Suit Apparatus, Chesicob, and
The Good Night performed at
Gradnite. The Students who at-
tended Gradnite/Gradbash were
expected and required to abide
by Okeechobee High School
Dress Code Policy.
The lucky juniors who were
allowed to attend Senior Festivi-
ties include; Melissa Ritter, Ash-
ley Welch, Malcom Rush, Kate-
lyn Stewart, Corey White and
Tailor Pritchard.
"Some of the Juniors, who

were invited to attend Gradnite
dropped out at the last min-
ute due to concurring events
that conflicted with the Grad-
nite schedule," said Mrs. Da-
vis Okeechobee High School
Administrator. "We picked the
juniors who attended Gradnite
Based on club lists, sports, influ-
ence on students, and the vari-
ety of social groups they were
in. The majority of juniors we
chose are leaders in the school,
their clubs, the community, and
the sports they participate in."

A group of seniors take time out from the gradnite festivities to take a picture.

Submitted photo

OHS prom night

By Tesa Warthen
Okeechobee High School
"...and your Prom Queen of
2008 is..." It's that time of the
school year again. The time where
dresses are bought and limos and
tuxedos are rented. Prom for ju-
niors, seniors, and their dates was
held at the KOA Campground on
May 3.
"Depth of Forever" was the
theme, 'the reception hall was
lavishly adorned with bright fish
and twinkling lights, according
to the junior class sponsor Mr.
Daryl Roehm. Finger foods, wa-
ter, soda, and punch were served
as refreshments. The cost for the
festivities came from the tickets
bought, and juniors also raised
some money by book and mer-
chandising sales.
Juniors and seniors had to
have a grade point average of a
2.0 or higher and a good standing
with the dean's office in order to
attend. Juniors and seniors whose
dates were sophomores did not
have to have any paper work
filled out for the dean's office but
had the same requirements to at-
tend as the juniors and seniors.
A new event held this year was
Prom Dress Rescue. Prom dress
rescue is something special Carol
Bryant and Judy Rowland put to-
gether in the Okeechobee High
School (OHS) library. They did
this by getting dresses from previ-
ous students who wanted to give
their dresses away for someone
in need. Prom dress rescue also

received used and new dresses
from anonymous donors. All the
dresses shown to the girls were
given to them for no cost.
"We also tailored the dresses
for them to get that perfect fit,"
stated Mrs. Bryant. The school is
not involved with the prom dress
rescue, and it was supported by
Okeechobee's community. Some
dresses were brand new and
gowns were only given away
if they were in mint condition.
There were about 20 girls who
got a dress from prom dress res-
cue; they also gave out jewelry
and evening bags.
"We feel like fairy godmothers
'to the girls because of the feeling
we get when you see the girl put
on that perfect dress and see her
face just light up," said by Mrs.
Bryant. On the other hand some
.girls spend a lot of money for
. Other prom attendants chose
to spend their cash for the big
"My dress was $400 and I got
the dress at Betsy Johnson, and
my shoes were $75." said Kailey
Smith, a senior at OHS.
"My dress was three hundred
dollars and I got it at Annie's Con-
signment Shop." said Cherish
Jones, a junior at OHS.
Dresses and shoes are not the
only important thing about prom.
"It's our last time dressing up
and also we are making memo-
ries." said Jamie Butler, a senior
at OHS.

Submitted photo
Okeechobee High School students pose for a photo before attending prom on May 3.

Students plan trip to Italy

By Tesa Warthen
Okeechobee High School
Bellissimo, Okeechobee High
School students will have an
opportunity to visit Italy during
spring break next year. About 30
students are scheduled to attend
the trip.
Requirements for eligibility are
a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade
point average (GPA) and a good
standing with the dean's office.
Mrs. Melissa Hargis, a
Okeechobee High School Latin
teacher, is organizing the trip for
students. She has been to Rome,
Italy five times. The students will
be spending most of their time in
Rome. There are many activities
planned for the students.
"I think they will enjoy the
food, the sites, and it's completely
new to them." said Mrs. Hargis.
The trip will cost $2,400 for
each student and $2,700 for each
chaperone. The cost includes
round-trip airfare, seven over-
night stays in hotels with private
baths, two meals a day: European
breakfast and dinner. The trip also
has a full-time bilingual Educa-
tion First (EF) tour director, five
sightseeing tours lead by licensed
local guides: Rome, Vatican, Ostia
Antica, Pompeii, Capri, one EF
tour of Rome, six visits to special
attractions: Colosseum, Sistine

Chapel, St, Peter's Basilica, Os-
tia Antica, Pompeii, Capri island
cruise, experimental learning:
pizza making, whisper headsets
for tours of Rome, Vatican City,
and Pompeii. If they would like to
get something there they would
have to bring spending money.
The nine day summary sched-
ule is as follows.
Day one: Fly overnight to Italy.
Day two (Rome): Arrive in
Day three (Rome): Guided
tour of Roman Fora; Visit the Col-
osseum; walking tour of Rome
(Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and
Piazza Navona); Learn to make
pizza with a pizzaiolo),
Day four (Rome): Vatican City
(Sistine Chapel, Saint Peter's Ba-
silica; Vatican Museums).
Day five(Rome): The Baths of
Caracalla; The Circus Maximus;
The Ara Pacis; The Palatine Hill;
Half day for shopping via del
Day six (Rome): Guided tour
of Ostia Antica.
Day seven (Rome): Pompeii
(Tour of Pompeii); Sorrento.
Day eight (Rome): Guided
Tour of Capri (Return to Rome).
Day nine: Depart for USA.
This trip will be the experience
of a lifetime for students to enjoy.
The beauty and history Italy pro-
vides will stay with them forever.


OHS enjoys last few days

By Steven Williams
Okeechobee High School
Okeechobee High School se-
niors are spending their last few
days participating in a series of
events which include scholarship
night, senior breakfast, and class
Tuesday May 20 was scholar-
ship night. Over 169 seniors at-
tended scholarship night, and
they all received at least one
scholarship. In total Okeecho-
bee High School seniors received
over $2,828,372. An outstand-
ing $686,690 of that total came
from local donors right here in
"My mom always told me that
if I put my mind to it I could do
it; and I'm a living witness to that
statement. I made up my mind
that I wanted to be in ROTC and
eventually join the U.S. Army
or the Marines; I kept up good
grades and now I'm going to be
in the Army. I never thought that
I would be awarded a scholar-
ship over $20,000 and I received
over $60,000. I'm so very proud of
myself," said Lori Ann Gilman a
graduating senior at Okeechobee
High School.
The seniors attended the se-
nior breakfast Friday May 23
which was held at Golden Cor-
ral. The seniors who attended the
breakfast left the high school in
30 minute intervals.

"I had so much fun. I was
looking forward to attending the
senior breakfast all year. It's kind
of f�inny when you think about
it. The school is feeding you right
before they kick you out. Isn't that
something?" said Rene Talavera.
The last event was class day
which was also held Friday May
23. Class day included a dodge
ball tournament, the senior slide-
show, and the handing down of
the key. The dodge ball tourna-
ment was limited to juniors and
"I had so much fun watching
the juniors and seniors pound
each other, it was hilarious,"
said Samantha Link a junior at
Okeechobee High School.
The single most important
event of class day was perhaps
the senior slideshow. The slide-
show is meant to be highlights
of the senior year. All the most
memorable events of the past
year were in the slideshow.
"I knew that I would eventual-
ly cry but, I didn't expect the slide
show to be so emotional. It was
a joyous and sad day. But I'm still
glad high school is officially over
for me," said Whitley Burch.
The last event for the 2008 se-
niors was the passing of the class
key making room for the new-
est class of seniors-the class of

Submitted photo
A poster advertises the trip to Italy that some lucky students
will be going on in the next year.

Submitted photo

OHS Breaks for Water!
Seacoast National Bank hosts a water station and gave
away a door prize including a savings bond during the
Okeechobee High School walk to the dike on Saturday,
May 17. Seventy-five students participated in the walk!

Submitted photo
Jesse Bryant holds one of the scholarships he received.

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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:
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2, 4:15, 7 and 9:15 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
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and Sunday at 2, 4:30, 7:15 and 9:45 p.m., Monday
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Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

File No. 2008CP91
Division: Probate
Anna Ciccola
The administration of the estate of
Anna Ciccola, deceased, whose date of
death was March 23, 2008, is pending in
the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County,
Florida, Probate Division, the address of
which is 312 North West 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The names
and addresses of the personal represen-
tatives and the personal representatives
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 required to be
served must file their claims with this
All other creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate must file their
claims with this court WITHIN 3
The date of first publication of this no-
tice is May 19th, 2008.
Attorney tfor Personal Representatives:
Robert J Kulas
Attorney for Dorothy Montagna
Forinda Bar No. 398195
Robert J. Kulas, RA.
2100 SE Hillmoor Dnve, Suite 105
Port St. Lucie, Flonda, 34952
Telephone: (772)398-0720
Fax: (772) 398-9331
Personal Representative:
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Port St. Lucie, Florida 34952
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OKEE. - 2br/1ba, unfurnished
duplex. $600/mo + $600
dep. 3624 SE 35th Ave.
OKEECHOBEE- 4/2/1 Ever-
lade Estates, tile throughout,
1295/mo, 1st & sec, No pets
561-248-3888 /863-599-0156
OKEECHOBEE- On the water,
dock, 1br, lba, fully furn.
W&D, Elec & satellite incld.,
$700/mo. (863)467-1950
RENTAL APT - on Ranch set-
ting. Very clean, No pets,
$575/mo. 1st & Sec.
Call (863)467-9800
TOBIAS AVE - 2 br house, 2 br
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.

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

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Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property - Sale 1010
Townhouses - Sale1015
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

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
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
pvt. 1 acre lot, large oaks.
For sale by owner. Call Nikki
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ANCIENT OAKS - 55+, Gated,
1br, 1ba, 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
OKEECHOBEE: Nice, 2br/lba,
$475/mo + 1st, Last & Sec.
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Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
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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
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Water Softener- 2 yrs. old, in-
cludes 1/2 hp Gould's pump,
salt tank and carbon filtration
tank $500 (863)467-0128

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, 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.

Mobile Home Angels
MOBILE HOME - 2 br, 2 ba,
1.450 acres. $75,000 Owner
financing'dr rent $500/mo +
1st,last & sec; (863)697-3036
TRAILER - 8x24, w/10x20
Screened room. Shed w/
washer & dryer. $5000 or
best offer (863)381-7835


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

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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
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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-
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new parts. $800 or best of-
fer. (863)610-0685

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runs exc. & looks good, 3
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S6, $2500 (863)763-6216
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10 Okeechobee News, Monday, May 26, 2008

Varsity shines as recruiters watch

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechboee News
The purple squad dominated
play Friday in the varsity inter
squad scrimmage at the Brighton
Seminole Indian Reservation.
Lonnie Pryor rushed for two
touchdowns and threw for a third
as the purple won, 27-7.
"We've had two scrimmages
and the white dominated last Fri-
day, and the purple tonight, so it
was a tale of two teams," Coach
Chris Branham noted.
The purple squad had a great
pass rush led by Leland Schoon-
maker, and some sound overall
The white got some great ef-
forts out of Marcus Martin who
showed off his rushing skills.
"I wanted to see players step
up at defensive back and wide re-
ceiver, and tonight on both sides
there was great play," Branham
Martin had some solid runs
on the white team's first drive, as
he carried for 32 yards on his first
two carries. ,
The white team twice got past

The purple scored on their
second possessing as they moved
the ball 60 yards in seven plays
to score. Curtis Everett rushed
for 12, Kareem Jones for 15 and
Pryor for 31 yards. QB E.J Allen
found Mike Minondo open for a
six-yard slant and a touchdown to
end the drive.
The white moved the ball again
as QB Garrett Madrigal found Nate
Pollard twice through the air for
37 yards. However a holding call
and two sacks doomed the drive.
The purple answered with a
28 yard run by Pryor, a nine yard
pass from Allen to Minondo and
another touchdown drive. Kar-
eem Jones carried the ball in from
the one yard line to make it 13-0.
The purple scored their third
touchdown of the half when Pryor
threw an option pass to Minondo
that covered 51 yards. That gave
the purple a 20-0 halftime lead.
The white had one more
chance to score before the half as
Clint Girtman ran for nine yards,
Pollard caught a 10-yard screen
pass, and Martin rushed twice for
18 yards. However Madrigal was

UKeechoDee News/L;narles Murphy
Walt Fortner puts his head down after a short pass reception
in the first half during Friday night's scrimmage at the Brigh-
ton Seminole Indian Reservation.


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Golf tournament

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by Daniel Shube

As a golf writer and radio re-
porter I often am fortunate to get
invited to play in golf tournaments.
As the Director.of Marketing for
Labor Finders International I get
even more invitations. I also plan
and/or volunteer in as many as a
dozen events a year!
Anyone who is foolish enough
to invite me to play on their team
thinking that being a member of
the golf media makes me a golf
professional learns by the first hole
they've made a mistake. Don't get
me wrong... I can help the team.
However, I do not have a full tro-
phy case.
Playing in and working on so
many tournaments (I still have to
get my work done!) provides me
with an opportunity to critique
how these events are run. Wheth-
er they are pro-ams, corporate or
charity events, some are quite suc-
cessful. Others, especially in these
difficult economic times are strug-
As a member of the golf me-
dia, a marketer and a golfer, in my
opinion, just like marketing any
product or service, the key is dif-


What do I mean by differentia-
tion? Make your event stand apart
from all the other tournaments in
as many ways as you can.
The first place you can differ-
entiate yourself is the golf course.
Select the best club you can find
or afford. Try to get into an exclu-
sive club. If your potential guests
haven't or can't play there on their
own, they will be anxious to play
in your event. And, do not cut
corners on the food and bever-
age (golfers get very hungry and
Then, do not go back forever. If
your event is successful, returning
to the same club once or twice is
fine. Keep on the lookout though
for a new and/or improved loca-
tion so the returning players con-
tinue to have an incentive to play
Another place to differentiate
is the fun games during the event.
The longest drive is fun. NOT if you
never can win though. Consider
the straightest drive which most
players at least have a chance to
win. I've even done the crooked-
est drive (ask me to explain an-
other time).
As a poor putter, I am never in-
terested in the traditional putting
contest. I've had a putting contest
sponsored by the Florida Panthers
where each player had to putt
with a hockey stick. That evened
the playing field and was great fun.
Mascot Stanley C. Panther was on
hand and had a great stroke! An-
other putting contest was done
under simulated hurricane condi-
tions. The local weather forecaster
came out and we received valu-
able coverage on the news.
I don't know about you, but the


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sacked again on third down to
stop the drive.
After the half, the team worked
on goal line situations with each
team scoring a touchdown.
Madrigal scored on a QB sneak
for the white team. Pryor an-
swered with a three yard touch-
down run for the purple squad.
Defensive end and linebacker
Kareem Jones had a good game
at his new position. He noted the
kids loved having the big crowd
on hand to watch them.
"It was real intense out there,
they were talking that they were
going to win, and we had to show
them. The kids loved having FSU
and Clemson on the side line to
watch, I think it brings more out
of the them," he noted.

gift tips
silent auction featuring the same
old sports memorabilia doesn't
get me going. Be creative!
When it comes to the goodie
bags, raffle prizes and gifts for the
top teams, get items you would
like to receive. I played in one
event where they gave out the
same shoe bag every year. I never
used one of them. My shoes do
just fine without a bag.
For several recent Labor Find-
ers tournaments we provided the
first place teams with top-of-the-
line travel bags from Club Glove
(www.clubglove.com). The kind
most of the PGA TOUR players
use. I had them logoed and in my
company's colors. These winners
were happy and are guaranteed to
come back to defend their cham-
It does not always have to cost
a lot to impress. Rather than put-
ting the cheap, short, wooden tees
in the goodie bags, I spent a few
pennies more and went with Zero
Friction tees (www.zerofriction-
tees.com) in my company colors
and imprinted with the Labor
Finders name. Many players have
never played with these fine tees.
Again, they were impressed. And,
these tees almost never break, so
they will see my company name
over and over again!
If you are using a logo ball, pick
a decent one. Again, don't .give
your guests a ball you wouldn't
play yourself. Remember, if it is
a good ball with your logo on it,
when it gets lost, another golfer
will find it. And use it. The promo-
tional product that keeps on pro-
Go with these tips and your
event will be more successful year
after year!

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