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Okeechobee County Parks
and Recreation is offering
swimming lessons Mondays
through Thursdays during
the following sessions, June
23 through July 3 and July 7
through July 17. The cost is $30
per session (with discount for
a second child from the same
household.) Class times offered
will be 8 a.m., 8:45 a.m., 9:30
a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Payment is
due upon registration. Refunds
.will reflect a $5 processing fee.
Enrollment is limited and is of-
fered on a first-come, first-serve
basis. Call the Sports Complex
Pool at 863-467-7667 if you
need additional information.
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Boys and Girls Car Campaign
will accept most any car with.
no restrictions. Cars will be
picked up anywhere in Florida,
usually within a week, and are
sold at auction. To donate, call
800-246-0493. Funds obtained
by the sales go directly to help
the Florida clubs.
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openings for membership.
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for a better quality of life for
Floridians with unique needs.
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the governor for a four-year
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on the second Tuesday of the
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Smith faces murder charge
Grand jury upgrades
charges for local
wman accused of
By Eric Kopp
An Okeechobee grand jury
decided Thursday that the charg-
es against Jeremy Lee Smith
should be upgraded to first-
degree felony murder, which
means he could face the death
penalty if found guilty.
Smith, 28, is accused of killing
14-month-old -- --
He was origi-
Feb. 15, 2006,
Betty Taylor of
bee City Police
(OCPD) on Lee Smith
charges of ag-
gravated manslaughter of a child
and possession of a controlled
On Feb. 28, 2008, that charge
was upped to second-degree
murder by the state.
The grand jury entered a
true bill after spending all day
Thursday hearing testimony and
going over the evidence. A true
bill means the panel found that
there was evidence to warrant
the new charge.
Mr. Albright said he took the
case before the grand jury after
going over the medical exam-
iner's cause of death. He said he
then made the decision that fel-
Patriotic pride: Every day is 'Flag Day'
ony murder would be the most
. appropriate charge.
He went on to say the medical
examiner's report indicates that
the toddler suffered "significant
blunt force trauma to the lower
base of the skull."
Although he believes Smith
killed the toddler, Mr. Albright
said the how remains a mystery..
"We do not know how he in-
flicted the injury," he said.
Smith has been awaiting -trial
in the Okeechobee County Jail
where he's been held without
bond since his initial arrest. With
to be suicidal
By Eric Kopp
Detectives from the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO) are seeking the
assistance of citizens in find-
ing a Fort Drum man who is
wanted in connection with a
Arrest warrants have been is-
sued that charge Eddy Howard
Oliver II, 39, with four counts
of familial sexual battery. Oli-
ver. a white male, is 6-foot tall
and weighs 170 pounds.. He
has blue eyes and brown hair.
Okeechobee News/Victoria Hannon
Sallie Robinson shows her patriotic zeal with the quilt that she has made. It prominently
displays the American Flag, which is then surrounded by red white and blue squares.
Local shows pride through quilt
shows her colors
By Victoria Hannon
Sallie Robinson has found
a new way to show her Ameri-
For the last 30 years Ms.
Robinson has quilted off and
on and now she has began a
project that will allow her to
display her love for her country
-- a flag quilt.
The quilt is 72 inches by 82
inches. It has the flag in the cen-
ter with 560 three inch blocks
The quilt also has a flag pole
that is not currently attached.
"It's made with cotton and
blue material," Ms. Robinson
said. "I'm going to attach it with
tape to that it doesn't get folded
up and flattened."
Work on the quilt started
"I had a lady friend who was
going to a quilting club," Ms.
Robinson said. "She asked if I
would go along, so I went with
The women at the club were
making quilts with different de-
signs and colors.
"My friend was making a
quilt for her first grand-baby, so
I helped her some on the little
See Quilt Page 2
By Pete Gawda
At their meeting on Thurs-
day, June 12, Okeechobee
County Commissioners took a
step toward continuing to im-
prove economic conditions in
They renewed their commit-
ment to Florida Heartland Rural
Economic Development Initia-
tive, Inc. (FHREDI) by appropri-
ating to $10,000 to FHREDI and
$10,000 to Florida Freshwater
the grand jury's decision Thurs-
day, legal proceedings will start
all over again. Because of this,
Mr. Albright said Smith's trial is a
long way off.
Xavion died Jan. 20, 2006, at
St. Mary's Hospital in West Palm
Beach after he was taken off life
support. He had been kept alive
there for eight days.
Detective Taylor said the tod-
dler's official cause of death
blunt force trauma to the head.
She said Xavion had a bruise on
See Smith Page 2
Detectives do not know how
Oliver may be dressed.
OCSO Detective Rosemary
tion in this
case on June
9, and was
able to get a
rant for Oli-
ver's home in
Eddy Howard Fort Drum.
Oliver II When she
warrant, Oliver was not in the
house. However, he was on the
phone with an occupant of the
As a result of that phone
conversation, Oliver is aware
See Man Page 3
Frontier, a component of FHRE-
DI that works to attract tourists
to the area. Those amounts will
be figured into the fiscal year
2009 budget and is the same
amount appropriated in the
Florida Freshwater Frontier
and FHREDI serve the coun-
ties of DeSoto, Glades, Hardee,
Hendry, Highlands. Okeecho-
bee and the communities
of Belle Glade, Pahokee and
See Tourism Page 2
OCRA All Stars
compete in playoff
By Charles M. Murphy
Two Okeechobee teams
headed to Highlands County this
weekend to compete in the Dis-
trict 8 baseball tournament for
AAA players, mostly children be-
tween eight and ten years old.
Okeechobee competed with
two teams from Sebring, Avon
Park, and Lake Placid in a double
elimination tournament at the
Max Long Complex in Sebring.
Coach Cr ',i. Gopher coached
the Okeechobee Nationals. On
the roster are Billy Bob Wehde,
Zach Kielbasa, Adam Simmons,
Dalton P;. I.. i- r.-, Alex Lopez,
Zach Hudson, Hunter Bryant,
Trey Phillips, Colton Smith,
Treyvin Moutschka, Owen
Hicks, and Justin Murphy. Other
Coaches include Bryant Hicks
and Rob Phillips.
Coach Chris Quesinberry
coached the Okeechobee Amer-
icans. On the roster are Mason
Joyner, Robby Hays, Jarrod Mor-
gan, Layton Thomas, Lane Rho-
des, Brendan Barcia, Branden
Rucks, Zeke Matthews, Chase
Quesinberry, Adam Rhew, Elijah
Finney, and Matthew Coleman.
Both Coaches were very op-
timistic as they entered the tour-
See OCRA Page 3
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
The AAA National League all stars posed for a picture after practice Thursday. They opened
up play Friday night in the District 8 tournament.
Fort Drum man
County hopes to
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Cheryl Sharp, interim execu-
tive director of FHREDI, explained
the services offered by FHREDI.
They train businesses in best
methods for exporting and inter-
national trading. The organization
sends people on trade missions to
secure markets for area products.
The organization distributes
brochures in four languages in
foreign markets featuring heart-
land products to promote export-
: The organization did a broad-
band feasibility study. Service
providers are using the study to
broaden 'their service area -and
Continued From Page 1
his brain that was about the size
of a baseball. He also suffered a
fractured skull and spinal cord
bruising at.the base of his skull,
During an interview with De-
tective Taylor, Smith said on Jan.
15, 2006, he found the child lying
on the floor of the motel room
where he was staying with the
baby and its mother. Smith had
been left alone with the child for
about 30 minutes while the boy's
mother, Leeann Leach, left to.get
In his interview with the de-
tective, Smith said he picked
the child up off the floor but the
Xavion was stiff. He then. said he
started to do cardio pulmonary
resuscitation (CPR) but realized
the toddler was not breathing.
Smith, 6-feet-I and 220
pounds, went on to say he shook
the baby then placed him on the
bed and started "popping" his
face and shaking him in an effort
to revive Xavion.
In her report, Detective Tay-
lor said Smith began shaking the
baby but said "... he saw that lost
look in the child's eyes, which he
had seen before..."
OCPD Detective Bill Saum,
who processed the crime scene,
said the toddler's injuries tell a dif-
"The injuries we saw did not
look like the child fell out of bed,"
said the 20-year law enforcement
Smith had stated that he went
+ into the motel room's bathroom
and left Xavion lying on the bed.
When he came out, he saw the
toddler lying on the floor between
the nightstand and the bed, said
Detective Taylor's report.
By this time Leeann Leach
pulled up to the front of the motel
room. Smith, seeing the woman,
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After finishing that project, Ms.
Robinson began to wonder what
she could do differently. Then one
day it occurred to her.
"I had never seen or heard of a
quilt with our U.S. flag in the cen-
ter of it with blocks around it,"
Ms. Robinson said.
Ms. Robinson has sent gifts to
the Disable American Veterans
for four or five years. In thanks
they would send back calenders
and name labels. It is from these
calenders that Ms. Robinson took
"That is where I got the pat-
tern. So I went out and bought
the material of red, white and
blue," Ms. Robinson said,
After completing the flag,
Ms. Robinson started sewing the
blocks in place.
"Every stich is by my hand,"
Ms. Robinson said. "No two
blocks of the same color are
next to each other, so whenever
I made a mistake, I had to rip out
the row and redo it."
The quilt was all pieced for
She plans to give this quilt to
This is not the first patriotic
quilt that Ms. Robinson has made;
in the pass she had made a quilt
with all of the state birds on it
with their names.
All of her quilts are hand sewn
"I worked hard on it-a lot of
hours a day. I enjoyed all the time
I was working," Ms. Robinson
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ran out to her and said something
was wrong with the baby, contin-
ued the detective's report.
Leeann Leach then took Xavi-
on to Raulerson Hospital. The
toddler was subsequently flown
to St. Mary's via helicopter.
Smith, said Detective Taylor's
report, did not go to the hospital
because he knew there were war-
rants out for his arrest.
After an exhaustive effort by
the OCPD and the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office, Smith
was arrested Jan. 15, on a charge
of violation of probation. He was
found hiding under a porch at the
time of his arrest.
He was officially charged with
Xavion's death on Feb. 15.
The drug possession charge,
said Detective Taylor, was filed
.because Smith was allegedly sell-
ing drugs from the motel room.
Mr. Albright said a grand jury is
made up of 21 citizens and a min-
imum of 15 have to meet to have
a quorum. Then, at least 12 have
to vote in favor of a true bill.
Court records indicate Smith
is being represented by Edmond
"They constantly search for
ways to help small businesses in
our area," stated commissioner
Elvie Posey. Posey.
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Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached
all the time trying to promote our
region," said Ms. Sharp. She re-
ferred to advertisements in travel
Commissioner Clif Betts noted
that the county is definitely get-
ting its money's money in the ad-
vertising provided by FHREDI.
increase the stability ot their ser-
vice. The organization has iden-
tified sites for regional industry
under the catalyst program. They
visit area businesses to determine
recruiting problems and inform
business leaders of available re-
sources. They also train future
An economic impact study
of the current drought has been
conducted by FHREDI. This will
create a baseline for measuring
The organization also surveys
the need for regional transporta-
Florida's Freshwater Frontier
promotes attractions and festivals
for the area. A color brochure
produced by that organization
lists 18 attractions in Okeecho-
bee County. "We are out there
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Post-spawn season can bring good fishing
By Tonya Harden
Lake 0 spawning
According to Florida Fishing
Reports at hawghunter.net the
post-spawn on Lake Okeecho-
bee is from May thru July, it can
be some of the best times, the
action is very good, the number
of fish are good and it all turns at
once. This is also a great time to
Visit, the fish are aggressive and
the size continues to grow daily
as the fish move in off the open
lake. The one thing that's different
about Okeechobee than the other
Florida lakes is it's more predict-
able and big fish can be caught
more consistently and all year
long. Topwater, spinner baits, rat-
tletraps, senkos and 10" worms all
work very well. Because the lake
is generally shallower then most,
topwater lures consistently work
year around. Live bait, as usual, is
very productive for more reliable
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producing of trophy size bass.
The site continues to name
Nubin Slough and Harney Pond
as locations that produce a good
catch. Some local fishing guides
have mentioned that although the
lake itself does still hold potential
By Chauna Aguilar
The Okeechobee County
School Board approved bids for
upcoming projects and voted to
increase school lunch prices, at
their Tuesday, June 10 meeting.
The OCSB approved two
change orders for the classroom
addition project at Osceola Mid-
dle School resulting' in the ad-
dition of $8,363.61 and increas-
ing the total contract amount to
The increase provides for addi-
tional louver vents at the covered
entry ceilings to comply with the
Florida Building Code.
. According to Dale Barrett, the
code requirement was buried in
the code and was not recognized
until late in the building process.
He continued that a lot of coun-
ties ignore this particular code,
but it is in the code. There is one
more change order to add larger
vents to have more exit air.
Even with the changes, the
OMS addition is still not beyond
the original contract price.
"We are going to really wish
we could have built three of these
at this price because we really did
get a good deal on it," stated Mr.
They also approved a change
order in the purchase amount for
the cooling tower replacement
project at Okeechobee High
School which originally was bid
at $117,555. This change order
will be decreasing the contract
amount to $46,208.47, a deduc-
tion of $71,346.53. The money
will be used to direct purchase
the tower, resulting in a sales tax
savings of $4,667.53.
The board voted to go with
Koldaire, Inc. once again for
the chiller replacement/ice stor-
age project at North Elementary
School with the low base bid
amount of $366,666 submitted by
The board approved the bid
amount of $74,943 submitted by
Carpenter Electric, Inc. for the
Yearling Middle School generator
The generator is already owned
by the district for YMS. While it
is not Red Cross approved, YMS
ends up being the largest hur-
ricane shelter in the county dur-
ing a hurricane. This generator
will operate cooking equipment,
lights, etc. during a storm.
In the transportation depart-
ment the board approved the
low bid of $30 per exam from Dr.
Peter W. Stephens for the annual
school bus driver physical exami-
nations. Eighteen local physicians
were solicited for bids for the
purpose of providing examina-
tions for approximately 75 drivers
for the 2008-09 school year. Only
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nament. Coach Gopher, a former
Brahmans QB, noted his team
has good pitching and defense
and should be very competitive.
"We are pretty strong, were
going to the tournament really
confident, that first game will be
very important," he'hnoted.
Gopher said Alex Lopez, Col-
ton Smith and Owen Hicks will be
Continued From Page 1
that the warrants have been is-
sued and that he is wanted by law
Time is of the essence since
Oliver is believed to be suicidal
and dangerous, say officials.
However, it's not known if he is
Law enforcement does know
three physicians responded.
The board voted to continue to
receive internal funds audit servic-
es from Wicks, Brown, Williams
and Company for the period cov-
ering fiscal years 2008-09, 2009-10
and 2010-11. The total cost for this
service would be $21,900.
According to Dr. Cooper, the
current contract with Wicks,
Brown, and Williams and Com-
pany contract is expiring, and
while they were not dissatisfied
with the company, they wanted to
test the waters to see if there was
any other interest in the account.
One change that will effect
teachers, students and parents in
the school system is the increase
in the school full price lunches at
all levels by 25 cents for the 2008-
09 school year.
The lunch prices will be as fol-
lows for full price students:
elementary lunch $1.75
middle/high school lunch
adult lunch $3.00
Reduced prices for students
are as fullows:
elementary lunch $.40
middle /high school lunch
The reduced price ineals rates
were unchanged, as were the full
price breakfast prices. Reduced
lunch prices are set by the state
According to Michelle Perkins,
the director of food services, the
increase in costs is affecting this
"self-sustaining" department as
well. In order to remain self-sus-
taining, this increase and other
saving resources are being ex-
hausted. The food services depart-
ment is currently part of a large
number of districts that purchase
food on a single bid where they
get the lowest price possible.
They also use USDA commod-
ities where they send food in raw
form to other companies such as
wheat, tomato paste and cheese
to a pizza factory so that they get
a better price on the purchase of
pizza. This lowers their purchase
price for certain foods and poten-
tially saves the district approxi-
Funds for a communication
were approved to enhance com-
munication by providing repeat-
ers and bi-directional amplifica-
tion for improved cellular service
and enhanced security at selected
schools. Eight units will be pur-
chased at'$1,834.16 for a total of
$14,673.31 including materials
According to Mr. Barrett, this
will enhance the possibility of
communication from cell phones.
inside of the school buildings that
counted on to play well for his all
star team this weekend.
"The team is anxious, they are
ready to go. They were ready to
play Thursday" he added.
Other Coaches on the team
are Brian Hicks and Rob Phillips.
The American League squad
also has high hopes. Coach Ques-
inberry noted he thinks his team
is one of the favorites in the tour-
"We've had some great prac-
tices this week. Sebring will be
that Oliver is traveling in a white
1995 Nissan Maxima four-door
car. The passenger-side door is
dented. The car is bearing Florida
license plate 697 IND.
According to OCSO Detective
Ted Van Deman, Oliver stole the
car from a friend in Port St. Lucie.
"We suspect he's staying in his
car," said Detective Van Deman
Friday, June 13. "He's considered
dangerous, but the danger level is
Detective Van Deman said due
for a successful cutting more *Birdi
centralized areas such as canals excellent
and rivers have a better chance of portunitie
multiple catches of good weight. also offer
Lake Okeechobee is the most fa- threatened
mous Big bass lake in the country cies and
and for many years, it has pro- cial conc
duced the best largemouth bass, you could
blue gill and speck fishing in the hopper S
and the \
Something local portuniti
to do this summer seven mi
Looking for something local to comforts
do this summer without breaking for a car
the bank visit the Kissimmee Prai- ter and
rie Preserve State Park. The park camping
offers many fun and exciting ac- the amrr
tivities to enjoy, for example: great out
*Bicycling: there are hard in the par
shell roads suitable for biking *Guid
and along with their 100 miles state parl
of trails/service the roads for off led prairi
road bicycling are shared with remote a
hikers, horsebakc riders and park Hors
vehicles. 100 mile
are mostly made of steel and pro- with th(
hibit adequate service. This will in prepa
make these buildings safer in the with the
event that other means of corn- struction
munication are not available, units. Ne
In other business the OCSB ap- the sameI
proved the Comprehensive Safety 303 at th
Inspection Report (SREF) for the The b(
fiscal year 2007-08 for the district
and the results of the school safe- ditional
ty and security best practices self- modate
assessment. This report was pre- ditional
sented by Mr. Barrett, who is in Tuesday,
the process of writing job orders School B
for each of the items that were for the a
found during the assessment. milage ra
"Even though there is a lot of for adver
quantity in this list, there are a lot 31, at 6
of minor write ups," stated Mr. hearing
Barrett. rates and
The majority of the write-ups This is
were maintenance work orders lar July r
that needed to be done regardless 8. They
of the report. August
The best practices reports The final
forces districts to look at all safety The final
concerns at many different areas cur on T
and levels. Each year the district For
sends in unannounced visitors please cc
to the schools, etc. to assess the 863-462-[
schools safety. Post
This report is due to the state Issues For
by July 31. Repo
According to Ken Kenworthy, reached
the district spent quite a bit of time
this year re-writing their security -'
plan. Next year each teacher and ,i
staff will have a new guide in flip
chart format on how to handle in- .
cidents at their school. The district
plan is comprehensive including
evacuation sites and lock downs.
The board approved the fund-
ing of the summer migrant pro- 2(
gram which will run concurrently '
with the regular summer school.
At the elementary level, there are 1
67 students in reading camp; 30 E
exceptional student education
students; and 71 migrant students
participating in summer pro- .
In middle school there are 27 F ,
sixth graders; 25 seventh graders; .
and 20 migrant students partici-
pating in summer programs. At
the high school level there are 26
students in credit retrieval; 11 in
exceptional student education;
and 4 students in the migrant pro-
The advertisement of the
newly revised Student Code of
Conduct was approved. This will
place the forty-two page docu-
ment on the next months agenda I,
for approval. The revisions were
recommended by a committee
of school representatives, parents ,
and community representatives
through meetings which began in
Executive sessions for the i
OCSB will begin on Monday June
23, at 8 a.m. in the Superinten- 6
dents Office, Room 308 for the
purpose of the OCSB to meet g,
tough to get past, but our pitch-
ing is solid, so we should do very
well," he said.
Quesinberry said pitchers like
Elijah Finney, Jarrod Morgan,
Mason Joyner and Chase Ques-
inberry should provide enough
arms for his team to compete in
"We also have a real solid de-
fense so we'll be ready to go," he
The tournament runs through
Tuesday in Sebring.
to the sensitivity of the crime,
information about the victim is
being withheld. He did add, how-
ever, that the victim is now safe.
Should you see Oliver, do not
If anyone has any informa-
tion concerning the whereabouts
of Eddy Howard Oliver they are
asked to contact Detective Rose-
mary Farless at the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office, 863-763-
3117; or, Crime Stoppers at 800-
ng: The park offers
seasonal birding op-
is for nature tourists. It
*s refuge for six federally
ed and endangered spe-
six more species of spe-
ern. While at the prairie
d see the Florida Grass-
parrow, Burrowing Owl,
Caracara, Wood Stork
White Tail Kite.
ng: Plenty of fishing op-
ies are available at the
le slough culverts.
facility camping: All the
of home are available
nping putting. With wa-
electricity in the family
area one could enjoy
penities of home in the
doors. Pets are allowed
led tours: While at the
k you could take a ranger
e buggy tour and see the
reas of the park.
se trails: With more than
s of two trail roads for
eir negotiator attorney
rations for negotiations
instructional and non-in-
al employee bargaining
;gotiations will being on
date at 9 a.m. in room
e district office.
oard also set dates for ad-
luly meetings to accom-
the budget process. Ad-
meetings are as follows:
July 22, at 6 p.m. in the
Board Office room 303,
approval of the tentative
ttes and tentative budget
rtisement; Thursday, July
p.m. for the first public
for the tentative milage
s in addition to the regu-
neeting on Tuesday, July
vill also meet on Tuesday,
12, and Tuesday, Sept. 9.
budget hearing will oc-
uesday, Sept. 9.
contact the OCSB office at
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A local fishing team "Queen Bee" took first place in the 5th
Annual Cracker Classic Dolphin tournament. The tournament
was held in Marathon, Fl., on June 5, 6, and 7. Team members
are seen showing off their catch (1-r) Bryan White, Dan Byrd
and captain Dale Smith.
horseback riding, riders are apt
to see an abundance of wildlife
while enjoying the state park.
The Kissimmee Prairie State
Park offers many other activities
for enthusiasts' to enjoy such as
nature trails, pet camping, primi-
tive camping and wildlife view-
ing. To learn more about the park
log onto their website at www.
By Trevor Mulholland
If you are just getting into the.
sport of golf, you have probably
heard thousands of golf tips from
well-meaning golfers. However,
what many golfers fail to realize
is that many of the golf tips that
work well for one golfer, simply
do not work well for another.
Here are some golf tips that work
well for everyone.
As a beginner, do not rush
out and buy a set of high priced
clubs. Buy a set of used clubs, or
better yet rent your clubs. Take a
little time to see if you really enjoy
the game of golf, and if you will
stick to it first. The used or rented
clubs won't be the top of the line,
but they will get you through sev-
eral games of golf to see if you
are going to stick with it. This is
also a good opportunity to start
researching exactly what clubs
you need when you are ready to
buy a new set.
Golf is fun, but the sport should
not be taken lightly. It is a sport it
isn't just a bunch of retired men
knocking a ball around. It takes a
great deal of skill and technique
to master the game. The pros you
see on television make it look
quite simple but it isn't. The con-
cepts you will learn from more
experienced golfers will sound
easy and look easy in theory,
but in practice, they are quite dif-
ficult. The sooner you realize this;
the fasteryou will start to improve
While golf does require skill
and technique, it is still meant to
be enjoyed and the experience
* should be relaxing. If you get an-
gry over bad shots or you find that
-you are not enjoying the game,
you should back up and re-eval-
uate your reasons for playing the
game. Try to look at things from a
new perspective. It is a game that
tests your skill but it should not
test your patience!.
Choose your golf aids care-
fully. A great deal of money can
be wasted on aids, courses, and
videos that turn out to not be any
help at all. When possible, buy
used aids, courses, and videos.
Save your golfing money for more
important things like clubs, balls,
and tees! Used clubs aren't very
good used training equipment
usually works quite well.
Golf is great exercise. Riding
in a golf-cart defeats that purpose
though. Walk, don't ride!
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GRADUATION: Grad night was Wonderful, it was long and incred-
ibly hot down there amongst the other graduates, but we enjoyed our-
selves nevertheless. The floor was still dirt, albeit 'packed sand' that
wasn't really packed that well, I knocked somebodies hat off trying
not to sink in it after receiving my diploma cover, but it was enjoyable
none the less. Thanks for a great night Okeechobee.
PARKING: Graduation was wonderful hot, but wonderful! The
dirt floor was not a problem. A little air flow would have been a bless-
ing, but the program was great. But the they blew it with traffic con-
trol. They had all the graduates park in a special area, then when the
program was over, they let everyone out of the main parking area
onto 710, holding the graduates back. It was their night! Why not let
them out first so they could get to the All Night Grad Party? Fortunately,
after a half hour of not moving, one of the graduates simply took a
locked gate off its hinges and went out onto State Road 70, followed
by the entire parking lot full of graduates! That's problem solving.They
need to put someone with some common sense and ability to plan
in charge of traffic at these events. It takes more than a couple of of-
ficers with reflective vests and flashlights to do "traffic control." It takes
planning and implementation. And the next mudfest would be a good
time to put that into action.
HISTORY: I've been in Okeechobee since 1955. My parents had
the one 'and only Texaco full service gas station. It was located di-
rectly north of the train depot. There was only a dirt road separating
the two. Whether my parents owned or managed the service station,
I'm not sure. In those days, children did not know the financial busi-
ness of their parents. However, my Daddy was a top-notch mechanic.
My mother pumped some of your families gas, washed their wind-
shield, checked the fluids in their radiator and their windshield wiper
container, while Daddy fixed the automobiles of some of the best of
Okeechobee citizens. We actually purchased a new mobile home and
it was located right beside the station. We lived and worked on the
job. I was there, a few years before I even started school. These were
also the days that children could run free in their community and the
parents had no fears of the their children being kidnapped, murdered,
raped and etc. I recall many times, walking over to the depot and
sitting inside on the large wooden benches. Listening to the train's
whistle ... declaring it's short arrival. I listened intently to the conversa-
tions of folks going and coming to our peaceful city. It remains one of
my fondest memories today. I agree that this, even though small piece
of our history should be saved. It's no longer a Texaco station, in fact,
I have no idea what the building is used for today. It faces Hwy.441,
directly on the left after you cross the tracks. I can assure you, each
time I pass it, I still see the Texaco Station that gave me many years
of fond and happy memories and it includes the Depot. We must re-
member, some places hold others heart strings more than our own.
Just because we're not emotionally attached in some way, doesn't
mean it's not worth saving.
THANK YOU: I would like to thank the sponsors of the All Night
Graduation Party I'm not sure if anyone else has piped up and said
anything, if not let me be the first. It was highly enjoyable, we had a lot
of fun seeing many of our friends for the last time, myself in particular
since four of them are leaving immediatley for military service, and
two others straight to college. It gave me an opportunity to speak with
q people I always passed by but never said a word to, and as always, felt
"a little bad that I hadn't opened my mouth sooner. The prizes given
away were nice, and highly usable things that we'll need as we move
on in our lives. So thanks to the community of Okeechobee that do-
nated to the party. It was a blast, and I'll speak for those who gradu-
ated with me and attended, we enjoyed ourselves immensley. Mr.
Buxton announced 81 percent of the graduating class attended the
party at some point during the night, so all of your contributions were
appreciated by the vast majority of the graduates.
OHS: I've been really impressed with the high school lately. It ap-
pears that the students are well managed and their scores are improv-
.ing. The teachers are active participants in activities and are taking
active roles in the education of the students. Good, quality teachers
are transferring there in droves. The campus is cleaner than I've ever
seen it this year, and everyone appears to be working together to get
the job done. I'm not quite sure why there is a marked difference as
of late, but I'm excited about the state of affairs there. Thank you for
a safe, comfortable environment where kids are learning and teachers
are happy. I know everything isn't perfect, and there is room for more
improvement, but it does my heart good to know things are going so
BUSINESS SENSE: This is mostly directed to the owner/managers
of the Okeechobee Restaurants. You missed a very good opportunity
to make some money in this slow time of year but you blew it. I'm
talking about how not one of you stayed open this past Thursday for
all of the people .that came to watch their loved one graduate. The
class of 2008 was well over 300, each of them could invite 10 people
to come and watch the ceremony. That is 3,000 people looking for
something to eat after they got out. Even if it was just pie and coffee it
would have been worth it to have stayed open. Where is the business
sense? No wonder some of the places are having to close up!
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Saturday, June 14
Ballroom dancing in Okeechobee A group class in ballroom
dancing is being offered in Okeechobee at Church of Our Saviour Par-
rish Hall, 200 NW 3rd Street on Saturday afternoons at 4 p.m. The cost
for the hour lesson is $10. Private instructions are also available. Come
and enjoy the fun with or without a partner. For more information call
Worship in Song at the Living Word of Faith Church of Okeechobee,
1902 S. Parrott Ave., on the second Saturday of the month beginning
at 6 p.m. There is no charge to attend and all Christian singers and
musicians are welcome to take part. For information, contact the
church at 863-763-6869; Pastor Lee Minton at 863-763-3373; or, Sister
Yvonne Price at 863-467-6657.
Teen Talk from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Jesus Holy Ghost Crusade
Mission, 1401 N.E. Park St. Every teen is invited. Topics of education
include: AIDS; free HIV testing; STDs; personal issues; domestic
violence; abstinence; abuse of drugs; sex abuse; plus, educational
materials and prevention tools. Call 863-634-9340 or 863-357-6248, for
AA. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Parrott
Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
The Society of Young Magicians will meet from 10 until 11 a.m.
at the First United Methodist Church in Avon Park. For information,
call Dick Laneau at 863-467-9540 or 727-345-4323.
Barnyard Buddies meets from 10 a.m. until noon at the County
4-H Extension office at 458 U.S. 98 N. Everyone who would like to
be part of the Barnyard Buddies is invited, or you can sign up at the
Okeechobee County 4-H Extension office Monday through Friday
from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. For information, call the extension office
The Living Word of Faith, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., gospel music sing
at 6 p.m. For information call 863-763-6869.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. for an open discussion at
the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth Ave. For information
Sunday, June 15
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Sav-
iour, 200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
A.A. 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
Monday, June 16
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meet-
Okeechobee Senior Singers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Okeecho-
bee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited to join the group. For information or to schedule an
appearance, contact Patsy Black at 863-467-7068.
The Okeechobee Historical Society meets at noon at 1850 U.S.
98 N. Join us with a covered dish for lunch, followed by a business
meeting. The dues are $10 per person, per year, and are due in Sep-
tember. For information; call Betty Williamson at 863-763-3850.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at
the Just for Today Club, 101 Fifth Ave. For information call 863-634-
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road, in
Buckhead Ridge on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Karen Graves,
Chapter leader would like to extend a warm welcome to any interest-
ed persons to come by and see what they are about. For information
A.A. meetings Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road,
holds open meetings for Alcoholics Anonymous on Monday nights
frorp 7 to 8 p.m. for substance abuse. They also have Al-Anon meet-
ings 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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Autism Support Group meets
Okeechobee Autism Support Group begins June 14 from 4 until 5
p.m. It is a new support group started by a mom with an autistic child.
Do you know or are you a mom with an autistic child? Meet moms
going through the same thing. Share ideas, news and experiences. No
age requirement, help others and teach others is the goal. This will be
held at local residence that is child friendly with safe backyard fun. The
support group will be held every other Saturday of the month starting
June 14. For more information call Johanna at 910-495-3171 or email
her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shrine Club hosts dinner, dance
The Okeechobee Shrine Club, S.R. 78 W, will host a dinner and
dance on Saturday, June 14. The lounge will open at 6 p.m. The
dinner, consisting of barbecued ribs and chicken, will start at 7 p.m.
and will be followed by the dance. Country music will be provided by'
The Saddle Tramps. For reservations contact Keith and Cathy Tomey
at 863-763-8072 or 863-634-2682, or the Big 0 Drive Thru at 863-467-
0946. Tickets are $15 each, and will also be available at the door on
the night of the event.
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.
Red Cross to hold CPR classes
The Okeechobee American Red Cross will be offering the follow-
ing classes in June at their Branch office:
Monday, June 16,-Infant/Child CPR at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, June 25,-Adult CPR at 6 p.m.
As well as these classes, we will also be holding a class on Satur-
day, June 21, which will include Adult CPR, Infant/Child CPR and First
Aid Basics. This class will be held from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
To register, or for more information call 863-763-2488 or stop by
their Branch office located at 323 N. Parrott Ave.
Free CRA Nutritional Analysis class
A free CRA Nutrintional Analysis class is being offered Monday,
June 16 at 5:30 p.m. at Douglas Chiropractic and Fitness Center. The
class will be taught by Dr. Edward Douglas. For more information call
863-763-4320. This is a free community service.
Summer Food Service program
Okeechobee County Parks and Recreation will be participating in
the Summer Food Service program from June 16 through Aug. 1.
Nutritionally balanced meals will be provided to all children regardless
of race, color, sex, disability, age or national origin during summer
vacation when school breakfasts and lunches are not available. All
children 18 years old and younger are eligible for meals at no charge
and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.
Non enrolled children at open sites should pre register for meals with
Okeechobee County Parks and Recreation, either in person at 640
N.W. 27th Lane, or by phone at 863-763-6950, no less than 24 hours
in advance. The programs are only approved for geographical areas
of need where 50 percent or more of the children qualify for free and
reduced price meals during the school year.
The following sites will be participating in the Summer Food Ser-
*Douglas Brown Community Center, 826 NE 16th Ave
Okeechobee Civic Center, 1750 Hwy. 98 North
*Everglades Elementary School, 3225 SE Eighth Street.
To file a complaint of discrimination, write or call immediately to:
USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Ave, SW,
Washington, D.C., 20250-9410 or call 800-795-3272 (voice), 202-720-
Board meeting area agency on aging
The Area Agency on Aging of Palm Beach/Treasure Coast, Inc. is
planning its upcoming monthly Board of Directors Executive Commit-
tee meeting, to be held at the Area Agency on Aging, 400 N. Congress
Ave., Suite 150, West Palm Beach, Fla. 33409, on Tuesday, June 17.
The meeting is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Contracts requiring
the expenditure of funds are a regular agenda item of this meeting.
Please call Vivian Pfau, Area Agency on Aging, at 561-684-5885 for
Free summer camp planned
Suncoast Mental Health Center, Inc will be conducting a free arts
and crafts summer camp to develop peer bonds and social skills for
all Okeechobee children. Fun at the Sun will begin June 17 through
Aug. 12, for ages 6-12 and Thursdays, June 19 through Aug. 14,
for ages 13-18 from 9 a.m. to noon. Snacks will be provided. Space is
limited, call Yolanda at 863-763-2288 to sign up.
Okeechobee News, Saturday, June 14, 2008
Ministerial association plans community service
By Pete Gawda
The Okeechobee Ministe-
rial Association will host a Fifth
Sunday Copmunity Service June
29 at 6 p.m. at Abundant Bless-
ings Assembly of God, 4550
U. S. 441 N. Come join us for
praise and worship. The Commu-
nity Choir will perform. Rev. John
Hodge, pastor of Abundant Bless-
ings will be the speaker. Nursery
care will be provided.
Aloha! Surf's up at Outrigger
Island where kids and adults will
learn to know, speak, and live
God's truth. Based on Psalms
86:11, the free tropical adventure
will help kids develop the stabil-
ity they need to become unshak-
able. Age 3 to adults are invited to
Oakview Baptist Church, 677
S.W 32nd St., June 16-20. Pre-
registration kick-off is Saturday,
June 14 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. For
information call the church office
at 763-1699 or the VBS director,
Debbie, at 467-0836.
His House Fellowship
Church of the Nazarene, 425
S.W 28th, St., will be having Cus-
tom Garage Vacation Bible.School
from 6 to 8:30 p.m. each evening
August 4 8. The theme is "Lov-
ing God Serving Others." The
church would prefer preregistra-
tion to ensure there are enough
materials and snacks. Preregistra-
tion forms can be obtained at the
church office Monday through Fri-
day, 9 a.m. to noon. Parents will
have to come in person to sign
a medical release form. The VBS
will consist of four sites each eve-
ning the service center, (open-
ing and closing program), tool
talk, (Bible stories), road map
(memory Bible verses), filling sta-
tion (snacks), tune up (music)
and custom design (crafts). Each
hight an offering (those who want
to and are able to give) will be tak-
en up to purchase "Proclaimers."
A "Proclaimer" is a radio-sized de-
vice with a microchip that holds
an audio Bible in the language of
the listeners. "Proclaimers" will
be sent to pre-literate areas of the
world. They can be powered by
battery, electricity, solar power or
hand cranked. Each participant
will have plenty to take home at
the end of the week, a "shop rag",
posters for their room, the crafts
they have made, a licence plate,
flashlight, sport water bottle and
any award they've earned for
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memorizing verses. For more in-
formation call the church office
at 763-3519 or e-mail hhfihf@0
embarqmail.com. As a VBS fund
raiser the church will be having
a chicken barbecue from 11 a.m.
to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 14
with a Flag Day theme. The menu
is chicken, potato salad, baked
beans, dessert and tea. Dine in
or take out for a donation of $7.
Flag pins will be given out. There
will also be free temporary tattoos
for the kids. There will be a duck
pond and some other surprises.
Parents can register their children
for VBS at that time.
"Fun in the Son" will be theme
of Vacation Bible School at First
United Methodist Church, 200
N. W. Second St., June 16-23. Itwill
be a "beach party blast." There
will be classes for all ages and will
follow a light supper that begins at
5 p.m. with "rotation classes" for
children/youth and an adult class
which will continue from 5:30 to
8:30 p.m. Cooking, crafts, pup-
petry, recreation, music and story
telling all bring the Scripture into
real life using truths to examine
our modern day world our our
kids. The adult study will be Andy
Stanley's "Twisted" a great study
for all faiths. Registration is now
open by calling the church office
at 7634021 or by e-mailing fum-
First Baptist Church, 401
S.W Fourth St., will only have one
morning worship service through-
out the summer until Aug. 31.
Sunday School will begin at 8:45.
Throughout the summer there
will be family and outreach events
each Sunday evening at 5:30. June
15 will feature a wild game cook-
out for Fathers' Day. There will be a
hurricane party on June 22. "Take
me out to the ballgame" will be
the theme on June 9. The congre-
gation will "Celebrate Freedom"
on July 6. July 13 is music night
featuring bluegrass. A luau will be
held in the ROC on July 20. The
movie "Flywheel" will be shown
on July 27. August 3 will be Youth
Night with the World Changers. A
seafood fest and back to school
bash will be held Aug. 10.
First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W Second St.,
has changed their worship service
and Sunday School times for the
summer months. There will be
one worship service on Sunday
at 10 a.m. and Sunday School at
Step back in time to experi-
ence life in Jerusalem. Buck-
head Ridge Baptist Church,
1043 Cypress St., will transform
their church into a bustling "Je-
rusalem Marketplace" on June
16 until June 20 form 6 until 8:30
p.m. each night, Children and
adults alike will get the chance
to play authentic games, sample
Middle Eastern snacks, explore a
Jerusalem Marketplace and more!
Families will learn more about
God's love and Jesus' sacrifice
by being immersed in authentic
Bible-times culture. They will wit-
ness real life dramas in the center
of town, chat with storekeepers,
and discover what the tax collec-
tors know about Jesus. For more
information, call Kim Womble -
VBS Director at 863-763-4821 or
Pastor Richard Postell at 863-763-
Vacation Bible School every
Sunday? Yes! This summer chil-
dren in the community are invited
to attend at 9 on Sunday mornings
a Sunday School like no other! At
First United Methodist Church,
they will be going on 'Son Safari"
each week from June 8 to July 20,
learning a all about God's truths
from the natural world. Do you
know why pineapples are prickly?
Have you any idea why the eagle
can. soar higher than any other
bird? Each Sunday morning we
will have a different learning sta-
tion from cooking to crafts, from
games to puppetry. To register,
call Nancy Vaughan at the churh
Bible study at Believers Fel-
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GOD SEES OUR MOTIVES
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Are your motives right?
Grace Christian Church reminds us that man looks on the outward appearance but God
looks on the heart.
Reflections from the Pulpit
By Rev. Bruce Simpson
Senior Pastor, First United
Proverbs 22:6-"Train up a
child in the way he should go:
and when he is old, he will not
depart from it." (Proverbs 22:6
Fathers are trainers. The role
of a father is to development
proper behavior. Every child
must be handled with care. It
is not easy being a trainer! The
truth of the matter is that being a
trainer is hard work. I remember
how my dad reminded me over
and over on how to respond to
someone older than me. The
proper response would be yes
or no sir. Good fathers train their
children through love, discipline,
Fathers are to love their chil-
dren. They are God's gift to them.
Tell your children that you love
them. Tell them that they are
special! My preaching professor
would have his students meet
with him after their first sermon.
What I'did not learn until later
was that he told every student
that they were special and that he
believed they would be very suc-
cessful preachers. It feels good to
hear that you are special! Show
your children that you love them
by spending time with them.
Take interest in their activities.
Fathers are to discipline their
children. Children make errors in
judgment. When a child chooses
an incorrect behavior, the child
must be taught a proper behav-
ior. The discipline must be done
in love. I grew up with an awful
temper. Now, I have given this
trait to my children. When my
children lose their tempter, I sit
down with them and tell them
to calm down. I ask them to tell
me what would be a better way
to handle the situation. Children
have to learn that there are conse-
quences to negative behavior.
Fathers are to be patient with
their children. When you and your
child are working on a project, it
takes patience to allow your child
to help. Praise your child for things
done well! Help your child learn
how to do something new. A pa-
tient father will help his children
gain confidence in their abilities.
I would like to thank all the fa-
thers who are training up their chil-
dren in the way to go. Remember
that our children model our be-
havior. Live before your children a
life that becomes the Gospel. Our
reward will be that when they be-
come old they will not depart for
their upbringing. We thank God
for the help of the Holy Spirit in
training our children. Have a hap-
py Father's Day!
lowship Church, 300 S.W Sixth
Ave., is held on Wednesday eve-
nings from 7 to 8 p.m. Pastor Nick
Hopkins presents informative and
in depth Bible studies in a casual
and friendly atmosphere. Every-
one is invited to attend. Coffee
and desserts are served.
Do you suffer from depression,
anxiety or other mental illness?
The Christian Mental Health
Support Group group meets on
the second and fourth Thursday
of the month at 6 p.m. on Martin
County Grade. Call 722-597-0463
for more information. Family
members are welcome.
A Community Interdenomi-
national Prayer Service is held
the first Saturday of each month at
6 p.m. at Calvary Chapel, 1963
N.W 38th Ave.
Each Wednesday night begin-
ning at 6:15 p.m. His House Fel-
lowship Church of the Naza-
rene will have a supper for $4
donation per person. RESERVA-
TIONS must be made by MON-
DAYS (only done by reservation!)
Phone church office 863-763-3519
to reserve and find out menu.
Following the supper the church
has a Bible study at 7 p.m. called
"Connecting the Dots" a year
long journey through the Bible,
which explains how one book
of the Bible relates to others and
how it all "connects". Following
the supper, there are also classes
for children, youth and Hispanics
-"Sunday School" on Wednesday
Treasure Island Baptist
Church, 4209 U.S. 441 S.E.,
youth van runs through Treasure
Island and surrounding areas.
Programs are available for student
in grades one through six and sev-
en through 12. Programs are from
6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednes-
day nights. The church van will
pick children up and taken them
home. For information, call (863)
First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St., is
hosting "Mother's Morning Out", a
free cooperative morning of child-
care every Tuesday morning from
9:30 until noon. The church is
now receiving registrations for the.
summer session, June 3 through
August 12. Details are available by
contacting Nancy Vaughan at 763-
4021 or by e-mailing fumco3@
Fort Drum Community
Church, 32415 U.S. 441 N., will
hold a men's fellowship break-
fast at Ruck's Pit every other Sat-
urday starting at 6:30 a.m., and a
women's fellowship every other
Monday starting at 6:30 a.m. For
information or if you need trans-
portation to and from these activi-
ties, call (863) 467-1733.
The Family Outreach Center at
Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
701 S.W. Sixth St., is offering free
classes in martial arts. The classes
are currently taught four days a
week on Monday, Wednesday
and Friday, from 6 until 8 p.m. and
on Saturday from 5:30 until 7:30
Buckhead Ridge Christian
Church, 3 Linda. Road, hosts
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Anger means danger
Anger can be dangerous. Okeechobee Church of Christ
would like for us to keep our tempers under control.
open meetings for Alcoholics
Anonymous on Monday nights
from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. for sub-
stance abuse. They also have Al-
Non meetings on Monday nights
from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. to help fam-
ily and friends of alcoholics. For
information call Chris at (863)
At First Baptist Church,
401 S.W. Fourth St., food and
clothing will be distributed by
the Church Mission House by ap-
pointment only. Call 763-2171.
Okeechobee County Can-
cer Support Group meets on
the first Thursday of each month at
First Baptist Church. All cancer
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We still preach the
patients, survivors and supporters
are welcomed to attend, support
and encourage each other. They
meet the first Thursday of each
month at 5:30 p.m. at the church,
401 SW 4th Street, Okeechobee,
FL 34974 (entrance is the door
to the West in front of church).
Please contact Susie Pickering
at 863-467-5831 or First Baptist
Church at 863-763-2171 for more
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6 Okeechobee News, Saturday, June 14, 2008
Seminole Elementary thanks hardworking volunteers
Studies prove that stu- ing parental involvement how to help students at to support children as stu- by volunteering at Seminole Chesser, Constance Davis,
dents who have parents and at Seminole Elementary home with homework and dents. Elementary School. We ap- Shawna Dunn, Suzee Fowl-
families who are actively School. They were able to: other .curricular-related ac- 5. Recruit and organize preciate your dedication to er, Glenda McBride, Kay
involved in their children's 1. Effectively form school- tivities, decisions, and plan- parent help and support. making our school more McCool, Vicki Paige, Nancy
education perform better to-home and home-to-school ning. Some special volunteers successful." Sparkman, Pan Trent, Ka-
in school. These students communications with all fam- 3. Include parents in devoted much of their time The 2007/2008 Volunteers trina Williams and Barbara
consistently score higher on ilies each year about school school decisions, develop to the students and their The 2007/2008 Volunteers trina Williams and Barbara
. .... ..1... .. ... are Kritv Chen Robin W illiams
standardized tests and re-
ceive good grades in class.
Seminole Elementary has
achieved the goal of increas-
programs and their children's
2. Provide information
and ideas to families about
parent leaders, and repre-
4. Help all families es-
tablish home environments
education this year. School
officials say "thank you for
taking an active role in the
education of young children
Suzee Fowler takes a break from volunteering at Seminole
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Rose Waldron, SEM Art Teacher, and Katrina Williams,
PTO President and volunteer, look on as parents attend a
PTO meeting designed to build better readers.
Today in History
Today is Saturday, June 14, the
166th day of 2008. There are 200
days left in the year. This is Flag
Today's Highlight in His-
On June 14, 1777, the Conti-
nental Congress in Philadelphia
adopted the Stars and Stripes as
the national flag.
On this date:
In 1940, in German-occupied
Poland, the Nazis opened their
concentration camp at Auschwitz;
the same day, German troops en-
In 1943, the Supreme Court,
in West Virginia Board of Educa-
tion v. Barnette, ruled that school-
children could not be compelled
to salute the flag of the United
In 1954, the words "under
God" were added to the Pledge of
In 1967, the space probe Mari-
ner 5 was launched from Cape
Kennedy, Fla., on a flight that took
In 1982, Argentine forces sur-
rendered to British troops on the
disputed Falkland Islands.
In 1985, the 17-day hijack -or-
deal of TWA Flight 847 began as
a pair of Lebanese Shiite Mus-
lim extremists seized the jetliner
shortly after takeoff from Athens,
Ten years ago: The Chicago
Bulls clinched their sixth NBA
championship, defeating the Utah
Jazz in Game 6 played in Salt Lake
Five years ago: A wave es-
timated at about 20 feet tall cap-
sized the charter fishing boat Ta-
-ki-Tooo off the northern Oregon
coast; nine people were killed,
two others are missing and pre-
sumed dead; eight survived by
swimming to shore. A car driv-
en by Phoenix Bishop Thomas
O'Brien struck and killed pedes-
trian Jim Reed; O'Brien was later
convicted of leaving the scene of
an accident and sentenced to pro-
One year ago: Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas de-
clared an emergency after the
Hamas militant group effectively
took control of the Gaza Strip.
Reputed Klansman James Ford
Seale was convicted of kidnap-
ping Charles Eddie Moore and
Henry Hezekiah Dee, two black
teenagers who were deliberately
drowned in Mississippi in 1964.
Ruth Graham, the wife of evan-
gelist Billy Graham, died in Mon-
treat, N.C., at age 87. Former U.N.
Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim
died in Vienna, Austria, at age 88.
The San Antonio Spurs won their
fourth NBA title in nine years as
they defeated the Cleveland Cava-
liers 83-82 in'Game 4.
Today's Birthdays: Actor
Gene Barry is 89. Actress Maria
Gibbs is 77. Writer Peter Mayle
is 69. Actor Jack Bannon is 68.
Country-rock musician Spooner
Oldham (Drive-By Truckers) is
65. Rock singer Rod Argent (The
Zombies; Argent) is 63. Real es-
tate mogul and TV personality
Donald Trump is 62. Singer Janet
Lennon (The Lennon Sisters) is
62. Rock musician Alan White
(Yes) is 59. Actor Eddie Mekka is
56. Actor Will Patton is 54. Olym-
pic gold-medal speed skater Eric
Heiden is 50. Singer Boy George
is 47. Rock musician Chris De-
Garmo is 45. Actress Yasmine
Bleeth is 40. Tennis player Steffi
Graf is 39. Actress Traylor Howard
is 37. Oscar-winning screenwriter
Diablo Cody ("Juno") is 30. Actor
Daryl Sabara is 16.
Thought for Today: "Think
like a man of action, and act like
a man of thought." Henri Berg-
son, French philosopher (1859-
Nancy Sparkman, PTO Secretary and Treasurer, and her.
daughter Ashley are a regular fixture at SEM where they
volunteer their time on a daily basis.
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The Okeechobee 'County
Healthy Start Coalition will offer
parenting education classes for in-
fants to age 3. All pregnant women
and parents are encouraged to at-
tend. Each participant will receive
a gift. This adults-only parenting
class consists of six, one-hour
You must attend all six classes
to get a certificate of completion.
We now have day and evening
classes available. No child care will
be available. Call 863-462-5877 for
Peace Lutheran Preschool is
now taking enrollment for the com-
ing school year.
They have openings in Jr. Pre-
school, 3 and 4 year old's and Kin-
dergarten. Call the school for more
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every Monday from 7 until 8 p.m.
at New Endeavor High School.
Classes include topics about chil-
dren from birth to teens.
For information or to have
an interpreter available call Lori
Jaquith at 863-697-6320 or 863-
462-5000, ext. 282.
June 7, at 2 and 3 p.m. at the Hall-
strom Planetarium, IRCC Main
Campus 3209 Virginia Avenue, Ft.
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.
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Okeechobee News, Saturday, June 14, 2008
Moore Haven named Scenic Trail community
The City of Moore Haven is
now a Gateway Community of
the Florida National Scenic Trail.
Paul Cummings of the Florida
Trail Association presented the
"Florida Trail Gateway Commu-
nity" signs to Bret Whidden, the
Mayor of the city of Moore Haven.
The signs will be placed near the
existing welcome to Moore Ha-
The placement of these signs
represent an agreement between
the city of Moore Haven and the
Florida Trail Association to pro-
mote the the city of Moore Haven
and its relationship to the Lake
Okeechobee section of the Flori-
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Moore Haven stop and enjoy the
trail and when using the trail stop
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A plaque honoring D. Carr Settle, former editor of the Glades County Democrat, is held by
his daughters; from left to right, Sandra Settle Koonce of Inverness, Sally Settle Barrow
of Moore Haven and Inverness, and Sue Settle Getch of Monticello. The sisters, along
with former Democrat editor Sonny Stalls, attended a meeting of the Florida Press As-
sociation June 6, where Mr. Settle was inducted as the 37th person into the Florida Press
Association's Hall of Fame. Sonny Stalls grew up working in the Democrat for Settle and
also served as FPA president. Ms. Koonce has been a journalism teacher and editor; Ms.
Barrow is a published author of a Florida historical novel; and Getch has spent her career
in the printing industry.
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Licensed Real Estate Brokers:
Bobby Tucker 634-8677
Brandon Tucker 772-201-8722
Lic. Auctioneer AU2579
W.S. "Bill" Keene Sr. 634-6797 Lori Mixon 634-1457
John Pell 357-8769 Sharon Johnson 634-6241 104 N.W. 7th Ave.
Jeri Wilson 634-6056 Sheryl Coonfare 634-1343 Okeechobee
Ron Staley 697-6221 Keith Pearce 634-7007 WwT ke ru
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At the Movies
The following movies are now showing at the
Brahman Theatres 111. Movie times for Friday, June
13, through Thursday, June 19, are as follows:
Theatre I ''Incredible Hulk" (PG-13) Show-
times: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and
Theatre II "What Happens in Vegas" (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 III "Kung Fu Panda" (PG) Show-
times: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.. Saturday and Sunday
at 2, 4:30, 7 and 9 p.m., Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 2, 4:30 and
7 and 9 p.m.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults; children 12 and un-
der are $4.50; senior citizens are $4.50 for all mov-
ies; and, matinees are $4.
For information, call (863) 763-7202.
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Car Pool 110
Share a ride 115
Card of Thanks 120
In Memoriam 125
Give Away 140
Garage/Yard Sale 145
Special Notices 155
900 Numbers 160
Farm & Sportsman
Saturday, June 21st @
18695 US Hwy. 98 N.
Bass & Ocean
Boats, Air Boat,
Power & Hand
Equip. & More
HORSE Montura area of
Hendry Co. Please contact
the Hendry Co. Sheriff's Of-
LOST KEYS Shady Rest Gro-
cery Store area. Leather, Gil-
bert Chevy Key Ring w/3
Keys. Pis call 863-634-1188
FREE: KITTENS to good home.
863-763-2867 or 634-1207
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Aaron's Sales & Lease
RETAIL MGR. TRAINEE
SALARY + COMM/BONUS.
Must pass criminal/drug test,
21yrs or older, FT,
or apply in person
2302 Hwy 441 S., 34974
Start a new career in the much needed field of
nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
406 N.W. 4th Street (863) 357-2442
Immediate Openings All Shifts
Full Time/Part Time RN's & LPN's
Apply In Person To:
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
1646 Hwy. 441 North
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315
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ment that is illegal or con-
sidered fraudulent. In all
cases of questionable val-
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guaranteed income from
work-at-home programs if
it sounds too good to be
true, chances are that it is.
If you have questions or
doubts about any ad on
these pages, we advise that
before responding or send-
ing money ahead of time,
you check with the Better
Business Bureau at
772-878-2010 for previous
Some 800 and 900 telephone
numbers may require an
extra charge, as well as
long distance toll costs. We
will do our best to alert our
reader of these charges in
the ads, but occasionally
we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Fun-Leamin Activities In A
Classroom Settng, Fenced
Playground and much more
Preschool Ages: lvr- 5yrs old
Hns: Mon-Fri 8anm-5:30 6n
Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise your
yard sale In the classi-
fleds and make your
nclean un a hbeezel
Immediate Openings CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits. DEE'S MINOR REPAIR
Apply In Person To: License #5698
406 N.W. 4th Street. (863) 357-2442 & Pressure Washing
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YARD l I Painting, Repairs, Carpentry
111"INU ,aiiM APower Washing
Sat., June 14th 8am-3pm READING A FREE CONSULTATION
3371 S. 441 By Tractor Supply NEWSPAPER ... (863)763-4775
Tools, furniture, dishes, chil- ,,ake you a more informal
dren, men and women and interesting person. Noth
clothes, much, much more wonder newspaper reads; When you want something
like books, collectibles & etc. are more s sful sold aedvertis e
Air Conditioners 505
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Books & Magazines 535
Business Equipment 545
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware. Etc. 560
Drapes, linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Health & Reducing
Household Items 630
Medical Items 650
Musical Instruments 660
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Toys & Games 730
Wanted to Buy 740
Full size bed on rollers, like
new, One owner $325
(863)763-5843 after 2 pm
Casio Priva keyboard, brown,
has instruction and music
book, rarely used, $150
(863)763-5843 after 2 pm
Wanted to Buy:
Boats, Bikes, Vehicles
Turn your unwanted items
into cash! (561)262-1390
Shop here firstI
The classified ads
Business Places 910
Farm Property -
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
1st month rent FREE to
approved applicants- $700
security deposit, 2br/1ba
Move In Special!
/2 off 1st months rent!
2BR/1.5BA, carpet, tile
all appl's, a/c & heat, 1
blk. North of Wal-Mart
$650 me. (863)763-8878
ON RIM CANAL OF LAKE
OKEECHOBEE: 1br, furnished,
screened porch, utils incid.
House for Rent
2 story, 3br/2ba,
barn, 3 fenced
pastures, immed. oc-
& last $4800
financing, no money down,
Call Warren (954)602-5933
OAK LAKE VILLAS Remodeled
2/2-W&D-Lg. screened patio
2 util. rooms. $850 mo., 1st
last & sec. (863)634-3313
OVERSIZED 1/1 DUPLEX Extra
back room. $695/mo.
Includes lawn maintenance.
SW SECTION 2/2 Updated
kitchen, all appliances, W&D.
$875 mo..1st, last & sec.
BASSWOOD Affordable 3br,
2ba, 2 car garage, Large
house. $1200 mo.'+ Sec.
BASSWOOD newer home,
3br, 2ba, Icar garage, 3818
NW 29th Ave. $1000/mo,
1st & Sec. (863)634-6210
or (561)662-2298 Kirk
CBS 2/1, behind Post Office,
$850 mo. + $850 dep. & 12
mo. lease agreement; avail.
EAST SIDE OKEE, Newer 3br,
2ba, 2 car garage 522 SE
36th Terr. $2000 down &
$1400 mo. All towards prin-
ciple (863)467-0128 or
IN OKEECHOBEE CITY: 4 Br/
2Ba, $1100 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. & refs. Call Barry for
more into. 772-216-1461
KINGS BAY 2BR/1BA, 1 car
garage, CBS House. central
a/c & heat, dishwasherW/D,
storm shutters. $800 mo. +
$800 sec. dep., w/option to
buy. Avail Now 863-467-8434
-MOVE IN SPECIAL-
RENTAL APT on Ranch
setting. Very clean, No pets,
OKEE. 2br/lba, unfurnished
duplex. $550/mo + $550
dep. 3624 SE 35th Ave.
OKEECHOBEE- 4/2/1 Ever-
glade Estates, tile throughout,
1295/mo, 1st & sec, No pets
OKEECHOBEE 3BR, 1.5BA,
newly renovated, new septic
system, detached garage,
corner lot, 1310 SE 5th St.
$850 mo. + $850 sec. Op-
tion to buy. (239)707-5155
Okeechobee Estates 3/1,
$850 mo. + $200 sec. dep.
OKEECHOBEE- On the water,
dock, 1br, 1ba, fully furn.
W&D, Elec & satellite incld.,
RENT TO OWN BASSWOOD
3br/2ba, $2000 down,
$1200/mo All going towards
principle, Bruised credit
okay (863)467-0128 or
Professional Office Space
for Lease near Courthouse,
Middle age female looking to
share a 2br/1.5ba, no pets,
no drugs, no children, prefer
older male, quiet clean
neighborhood $350 mo. +
electric and $100 towards
Business Places -
Property Sale 1010
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property -
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080
LET'S MAKE A DEAL!
$869/mo, 3698 NW 7th St,
1450 sq ft CBS, new, tile.
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,
HUNTING LEASE in Brown-
wood, Texas. For Nov. 2008
3 Available! $1750 /person.
RUTHERFORD NC 9.75
acres, all wooded, 20 ft deed
right-of-way. Over 1000 ft of
creek frontage. 16 mi from
Shelby, NC, $75,000
I PublcNo i
NOTICE OF HEARING
Okeechobee County Code Enforcement
The Okeechobee County Special M.1 ,u, i .,i r ,, .. r.i,. ,. ,,.. on Tuesday,
June 17, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. 1-' I. ,, 1 ,', 1L, i 1 i. 11 Okeechobee
County Commission Chambers, located at the Okeechobee County Courthouse,
304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Forida. For more information, contact Faye
Huffman at the Planning and Development Department, 499 NW. 5th Avenue,
Okeechobee, Florida 34972, (863) 763-5548 ext. 3001.
All interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public meeting.
Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Code Enforcement Special
Magistrate with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to en-
sure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and that the record in-
cludes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. Code
Enforcement tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the
Faye Huffman, Secretary to the
Code Enforcement Special Magistrate
277979 ON 6/13,14/08
REQUEST FOR BIDS (RFB) 6000000188/8509
OKEELANTA BRIDGE REPLACEMENT, PALM BEACH COUNTY, FLORIDA
The Procurement , i .- of the South Florida Water Management District, B-1
-. 301 i:.... i i. Road, West Palm Beach, Florda 33406, will receive
,; ,,, up to 2:30 p.m. opening time on Tuesday, July 22, 2008 for the
Okeelanta Bridge Replacement; project includes removal/demolition of existing
Okeelanta Bridge; provide asbestos abatement for existing bridge pads; construct
a new three-span, 36'-1" wide, 18" prestressed deck brdge with cast in place
caps and prestressed piles; provide minimal grading / shaping for placement of
revetment at new bridge.
An OPTIONAL pre-bid conference will be held on Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at 18:00
T,, a, ,,,L ,i ,F,,, ........ ,, 17415 South U.S. 27, South Bay, FL. For di-
A site visit will immediately follow.
All bids must conform to the instructions in the RFB. Interested respondents may
obtain a copy of the complete RFB by downloading It for free from our websfie -
www,tswmdDov, by purchasing a set for $84.00 at the above address, by caring
(561) 682-6391, or by calling the 24-hour BID HOTLINE 800-472-5290. The
public is invited to attend the bid opening. Informatioon n the status of this so-
licitation can be obtained at our web site- www.sfwmd.gov.
278089 ON 6/14/08
BIG 0 RV RESORT Lot
available, owner motivated,
Mobile Homes |
Moleome Lots 20
Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes- Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020
FT. DRUM Just set up! Beau-
tiful D/W on 5ac. Ft Drum
creek/pond in back $1500 dep
rea $800 mo. 772-464-9226
RV's & LOTS (3) rent for
$395/mo. in Okeechobee
Call Warren (954)602-5933
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
OKEECHOBEE CO on 3
acres, corner lot, 3br, 2ba, 4
yrs old, (954)722-8609
Find it faster. Sell It soon-
er In the classifieds
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
2005 Chevrolet 2500- 4X4
with utility bed and pipe rack,
white, $16,500 Call for
Ford F150- 1986, 300 6 cyl.,
4 speed, bed, matt & topper,
chrome wheels, good shape
$1500 firm (863)467-9465
FORD F350 LARIAT XLT '90,
Ext. cab, 2 tone beige/brown.
Cold A/C, Standard. $2000
(First and security)
10 Okeechobee News, Saturday, June 14, 2008
Golf tournament benefits children's ranch
The Real Life Children's Ranch
annual golf tournament, spon-
sored by Shoreline Seawall, Inc.
Saturday, June 7, golfers from
far and near took a "swing" at
helping abused, abandoned and
.neglected children by playing in
the tournament hosted by the
Okeechobee Golf and Country
new twists, such as the "Chipper
in the Sitter" contest in which
players took a shot at chipping a
golf ball in a toilet bowl located
near the 5th hole.
Out of about 60 golfers, only
two can now claim fame as hav-
ing accomplished this prestigious
feat, Billy Dean and Robert Cole-
man. In addition, the youngest
,and oldest players were recog-
nized with a small prize.
At the age of eight, Cameron
Maynard was the youngest player
and at the age of 77, two players
tied for the title of oldest player,
Bill Depkin and Howard Shelkie.
With a score of 59, first place
went to the Taylor Creek Isles
team, comprised of members,
Howard Shelkie, Clete Ferguson,
Smokey Sanders and Lee Creech.
The first place team won four
weekly passes to the Merrill Lynch
Shootout Tournament, part of the
PGA Tour in Naples, Fla.
The Accardi/Milrot dealership
provided a brand new vehicle for
the Hole-in-One prize, but unfor-
tunately this vehicle will have to
wait a while longer for its new
owner, as no one was able to sink
a ball in one shot on this day.
After much fun and some
sporting competition everyone
enjoyed a wonderful lunch pro-
vided by the Okeechobee Golf
and Country Club. Real Life Chil-
dren's Ranch would like to thank
the following business and indi-
viduals for their support: Accardi/
Milrot, Okeechobee News, Beall's
'Outlet, Okeechobee Times, Beef
o' Brady's, Okeechobee Veteri-
nary Hospital, Big Lake Roofing,
Palm Beach Atlantic University -
Athletic, C & G Advanced Weld-
ing, Training Education Program,
Christway Fellowship Church,
Pat's Lakeside Caf6, Domino's
Pizza, Paula's Furniture, Gateway
Medical Group, LLC, Raulerson
Hospital, Gilbert Chevrolet, Sea-
coast National Bank, Gizmo's Piz-
za, Shoreline Seawall, Inc., Greg
Norman Production Company,
Specialty Hats and Aprons by
Joann, Izzy's Tire Sales and Ser-
vice, Inc., Superior Water Works,
Inc., Lawn Tamer Equipment,
Inc., The Great White Shark Com-
pany, Lay's Plumbing, Inc., The
Shoe Box, Marcum & Associates,
Wemmer Family Orthodontics,
Nature's Pantry, Western Living
D6cor, Okeechobee Golf and
County Club, WOKC, Winn Dixie,
Bill Casian Committee Member,
Ron Smart Committee Member,
Clint Griffin Committee Mem-
ber, Teresa Chandler Committee
Member, Keith Stripling Com-
mittee Member, Terry Lanman,
Billy Dean and Steve Padgett..
The Accardi-Milrot Hole-in-One vehicle (shown with James, Noah, John and Chris from Real
Life Children's Ranch) was not won this time since no one managed a hole-in-one during the
Darlene Mayers presented
by Greg Norman.
Kodi Stephen his prize for the longest drive, a hat autographed
Title Sponsor, Shoreline Seawall, Inc. and their team: Chad Milner, Rick Aspen, Lee Jolicoeur
and Steve Smith, enjoyed the tournament.
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Animal facility pact OKd'
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Steve Padgett, winner of the 50-50 raffle, donated his winnings back to Darlene Mayers for
Real Life Children's Ranch.
First.place in the Golf Tournament went to Lee Creech, Smokey Sanders, Clete Ferguson
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