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Publication Date: September 12, 2008
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Vol. 99 No. 252

Deputies investigate
roll over crash
The school day got off to a
bang, literally, at Yearling Mid-
dle School on Thursday.
Okeechobee County Sher-
iff Deputies said a 2005 Jeep
Grand Cherokee overturned
near the intersection of N.W.
23rd Lane at N.W 10th Terrace
just before 9 a.m. Thursday
The accident occurred just
as students were arriving at
school for the day.
The driver, Jacqueline L.
Williams, 28, of Center Street,
Okeechobee, might have had
a medical issue and the vehicle
travelled off the north side of
the road and landed in a ditch
striking a culvert.
Sheriff's spokeperson Ted
Van Deman said the driver ap-
peared to have a seizure and
the passenger, Taylor Boyett,
13, apparently took the wheel
and took evasive action to avoid
striking another vehicle.
Both occupants of the ve-
hicle were hospitalized. None
of the injuries were considered
serious, Van Deman added.
The accident is under investiga-
tion by the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Traffic Unit.

Back to school
clothing exchange
Fountain of Life Church
will host a school clothing ex-
change for the community of
Okeechobee on Saturday, Sept.
20, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Parents are invited to bring
your child(ren)'s clothes that
no longer fit to exchange for
good used clothing that will fit.
They will exchange a maxi-
mum of 10 pieces of clothing
you bring for your choice of 10
pieces of FREE available used
For information and location
call Carol at 863-763-6602.

Drought Index

Current: 288
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

15.11 feet
Last Year: 9.59 feet
So ored By:

Pogeyfs Family Restaurant
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Source: South Florida Water
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given in feet above sea level

Classifieds.......................... 12-13
Community Events................11
Crossword .......................... 13
Obituaries.................................. 6
Opinion..................................... 4
Speak Out ........................... ...... 4
Sports............................ 15-16
W eather................................. 2
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OCRA, Pop Warner clash

Dispute over use of
lighted field settled
by commissioners
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County
Commission covered a variety of
routine topics during their regu-
lar meeting on Thursday Sept. 11.
The first meeting in their tempo-
rary quarters in the refurbished
health department auditorium

was shorter than most meetings.
Maybe a trend has been set.
A note of controversy was
added by a dispute between
football parents. J.lames Shock-
ley, representing Chobee lil
Brahmans Pop Warner Football
addressed the board concerning
a conflict in scheduling of playing
fields with OCRA. On a particular
day he said he said his organiza-
tion needed a lighted field for
the last game of the day. Darrell
Enfinger, director of parks and
recreation, suggested a solution

whereby OCRA would use the
lighted field at the sports com-,
plex and they would be finished
by 5:30 p.m. Pop Warner would
play their earlier games at the
soccer field then they would play
their 7 p.m. game on the lighted
field at the sports complex. .,
Mr. Shockley said the 150 par-
ents of Pop Warner players x\ ere
treated as "second class citi-
zens." About 20 of those parents
were present in the audience.
Some of them spoke in favor of
the Pop Warner position.

September 11: We will never for

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Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
These Girl Scouts displayed their patriotism by way"v merican flags while "God
Bless the USA" was stina drinq a memorial sprvicr )mmeriorate the events of
September 11, 2001. t Iie event took place at Flagier ParK on the seventh anniversary of
the attack on the World Trade Center.

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
The Ladies Auxiliaries of VFW Post 4423 and Post
9528 held their Second Annual Tribute to honor law
enforcement, fire firefighters, EMTs, paramedics
and volunteers in Flagler Park on Thursday evening,
Sept. 11. The color guard and the rifle squad from the
JROTC at Okeechobee High School took part. Mem-
bers of service clubs, law enforcement officials and
firefighters also took part.

UKeecnoDee News/Pete uawaa
The flag at the Bank of
America on S. Parrott Av-
enue was at half staff on
Thursday in memory of the
victims of September 11,

Train depot restoration

project progressing

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The long battle to restore
Okeechobee's historic train de-
pot may be closer to a conclu-
The owner of the building,
CSX Transportation, has finally
made portion of the building
housing the waiting room avail-
able for inspection.
To the untrained eye, the
waiting room looks to be struc-

turally sound. That opinion is
shared by Oscar Bermudez, en-
gineer for the City of Okeecho-
"It is very solid and can be
fixed very easily," was Mr. Ber-
mudez' professional opinion.
The roof would have to be
replaced because the ceiling
has fallen in at several places
indicating leaks. However, the
floors are concrete and the
walls are of block construction
so there is no water damage to

the walls or floors.
A fireplace flanked by win-
dows dominates the east wall
of the room. Doors on the north
and south sides give access to
the street and to the track. Rest-
rooms adjoin the waiting room.
Behind a frosted glass window
is the ticket booth which is not
accessible from the waiting
The only furniture in the
See Depot Page 10

Mr. Shockley said that it would
not be safe to move several hun-
dred people across the street
from one ball field to another.
Lawrence Phipps, president
of OCRA, said his organization
needs the concession stands at
the sports complex because they
pay for game officials from con-
cession stand income. He said
his teams will be out of the way
and have the field cleaned up by
5:30 p.m.
"It's tough situation," said
Commissioner Marvin Wherrell.

"We need more lighted fields."
"We are getting to the point
we are going to have to look
at the county running the pro-
gram," said Commissioner Clif
After hearing both sides,
commissioners voted to stand
behind the solution proposed by
Mr. Enfinger.
With no comments from the
public, the board approved a
change in zoning from agricul-
ture to residential single family
See Clash Page 2

Schools tax

rate slightly


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
On Tuesday, Sept. 9, the
Okeechobee County School
Board held a workshop con-
cerning the possibility of future
budget cuts prior to stamping
their final approval on the 2008-
09 budget.
The board approved the rec-
ommendations from Dr. Patri-
cia Cooper, superintendent of
schools, thai the total niillase
rate ol 7.661 -- dovn .051t ) in
last year's rate 7.712 -- be ad-

opted for the 2007-08 budget.
The breakdown of this mill-
age rate is: required local effort
-- 5.163 mills; tentative discre-
tionary local effort -- .498 mills;
additional discretionary millage
rate -- .250 mills; and, 1.75 mills
for capital outlay.
One mill equals $1 in taxes
for each $1,000 of assessed
property value.
If passed, this would mean
a decrease of 0.051 in the over-
all school budget millage rate.
See Tax Page 10

Coquina to


water control

Assessment stays
at $64.64 an acre;
employees get
3 percent raise
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Residents of Viking will be
paying the same assessment,
$62.64 an acre, in the new fis-
cal year but they will see less
road work being done.

At their meeting on Wednes-
day morning Sept. 10 the Co-
quina Water Control District
Board of Supervisors approved
a budget for the coming fiscal
year. That budget is based on
revenues of $890,685 and fi-
nanced, in part, from the $62.64
assessment. Expenditures have
been set at $769,000. Coquina
employees will be seeing a
three-percent raise on Oct. 1.
The largest single expendi-
See Coquina- Page 2

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
The condition of the waiting room of the Okeechobee train de-
pot is a far cry from what it was during the heyday of passenger
trains. However, it does appear to be structurally sound except
for the damaged ceiling. The frosted window at left is the ticket
window. The arched hallway and the door lead to bathrooms.

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for property on S.W 28th Street.
The owners, LaFaye and Dwight
Smith, had requested the rezoning
in order to create three individual
residential sites on the 7.7 acre lot.
Planning Official Bill Royce said
all three lots would have frontage
on S.W. 28th Street.
The board also approved a
change in zoning from residential
mixed to residential general. The
property owner, Royal Profes-
sional Builders, had requested the
rezoning in order to build rental
housing for their employees. The
property in question is on N.W.
18th Street just north of the Royal
Concrete Concepts plant.
"The rezoning itself is con-
sistent with the area," Mr. Royce
said. He added that the owners
had also requested a special ex-
emption to allow for a greater
density than the zoning allowed.
Residential general zoning regula-
tions would allow for 26 units on
a lot that size. The owners had re-
quested a special exception that
would allow them to construct
62 units on the property. The
planning board tabled the special
exception request because they

felt there was not enough data
presented to justify the increased
"1I think it would help that
community," commissioner Noel
Chandler said of the proposed
housing complex.
Mr. Royce said drainage prob-
lems would be addressed during
the site review process.
Commissioner Ray Domer
brought up impacts to roads and
the school system. Mr. Royce said
the development would have to
meet concurrency and would
have to pay impact fees.
The planning official said the
owner's intent was to build rental
units for their employees, howev-
er rental would not be restricted
to just employees.
Now that the zoning change
has been approved, Royal Con-
crete representatives are expect-
ed to appear before the October
meeting of the planning board
with more data to justify their re-
quest for a special exception.
Turning to other matters, the
board set the fire assessment at
$100 per single family dwelling
and $8 per unit for hotels, motels
and RV parks. Rates for vacant,
agricultural, industrial and com-
mercial properties are dependant
on the size of the property. Sold
waste collection assessments

were set at $117.82 per dwelling
Mike Brockway with Kimley
Home and Associates made a
presentation on the study his firm
had done at Okeechobee Gar-
dens. The study looked at means
to encourage infill in the subdivi-
sion. It looked at the potential for
roadway improvements for lots
not on approved streets, side-
walks and streetlights. Staff was
asked to pursue the matter fur-
ther and look at streets, drainage
and streetlights at major intersec-
tions. Commissioner Clif Betts
suggested the residents pay a spe-
cial assessment to cover the costs
of these projects.
Phil Baughman asked if the
lots would sell after the assess-
ment was added to their price.
Mr. Wherrell said they would
proceed with caution and it
would be two years before a plan
is available.
In other action, the board:
scheduled a public hear-
ing for Oct. 23 to consider an
ordinance allowing Okeechobee
County Fire/Rescue to bill the at-
fault driver's insurance company
for responding to automobile ac-
purchased a stretcher, stair
chair and accessories for a fire/
rescue ambulance at a cost of

$12,855.93 from budgeted funds;
tabled awarding a bid for
construction of a concession
stand, rest room and press box
for the OK Softball Field;
extended the contract with
Applied Technology & Manage-
ment, Inc. for professional ser-
vices for the Okee Tantee master
plans and marketing assessment;
awarded contracts for clean-
ing services for county buildings;
discussed but made no
changes to current cemetery poli-
approved commitment of
$100,000 of the county's State
Housing Initiatives Partnership
funds over a period of two years
to the City of Okeechobee for their
application for Community Devel-
opment Block Grant funding;
provided for an increase of
$23,314 to The NCT Group for
performing the county's annual
audit; and
allowed Early Steps, an or-
ganization that offers early inter-
vention to young children with
disabilities, to meet in the com-
mission meeting space at the
health department as long as
there was no conflict with com-
mission meetings.
Post your opinions In the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached
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Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Okeechobee County Commissioners held their first meeting in their temporary chambers, the recently refurbished health
department auditorium, on Thursday, Sept.1. They will be meeting at the health department for about 14 months while the
courthouse is being renovated. Taking part in the meeting were left to right, County Attorney Laura McCall, Commissioner
Noel Chandler, Commissioner Ray Domer, Commission Chairman Clif Bets, Commissioner Elvie Posey and Commissioner
Marvin Wherrell.

Continued From Page 1
ture, $300,000, will go toward Co-
quina's water control plan. This
will be used for culverts, roads
and canals. However, residents
will not see as much work done
in those areas next year as this
year because the current budget
contained $593,072 for the water
control plan. The coming year's
water control plan does not con-

tain as much road work.
In addition to approving the
budget, supervisors discussed
storm related expenses and will
be seeking reimbursement from
FEMA for some of those ex-
penses. Because the closing of
the bridge on Eagle Island Road
caused more traffic on 'IWo Mile
Grade, some work on that road
that was scheduled for the com-
ing budget year has already been
Immediately prior to the next
board meeting on Oct. 8 the an-

nual meeting of Viking landown-
ers will be held. At that time a su-
pervisor will be elected to fill the
seat now held by Susan Williams.
Mrs. Williams was appointed

to fill the seat left vacant by the
death of John Entry.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached

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Settlement reached in road lawsuit

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
A lawsuit filed in 2006 against
Okeechobee County over a truck
accident on Berman Road, ended
in an out-of-court settlement ear-
lier this year.
Jorge Rivas of Lakeland agreed
to a $45,000 payment from
Okeechobee County and an un-
disclosed settlement with Walpo-
le trucking, his attorney Mariano
Garcia said.

Mr. Rivas, a 20-year resident of
Florida and a professional truck
driver, suffered a severe arm in-
jury during a roll-over crash on
Berman Road on Christmas Eve,
Mr. Garcia said his client was
on his way to the Okeechobee
landfill when a Walpole truck
entered his. lane of travel, and
he was forced off the road. The
truck went off the road and even-
tually overturned.

Mr. Rivas had his arm 1,,.li. .;
out the window of the truck and
he suffered what is known as a
"degloving" injury. All of the skin
from his elbow to his hand was
'It was a significant injury,"
Garcia noted, "The main issue
in the case was proving that the
condition of the road was danger-
The settlements involving mu-
nicipal governments cannot ex-

ceed $100,000, Garcia noted.
The lawsuit claimed the road
was not properly maintained.
Garcia said the road had started
to break up due to heavy truck
traffic over the years.
"All of the parties made finan-
cial decisions that were in their
best interests," Garcia noted.
"The negotiated settlement took
into account the good and the

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Two teens held on crime spree

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Two 15-year olds and a 14-
year old teen were held on six
counts of vehicle burglary and
five counts of petit theft after an
apparent night of crime on Sept.
7, Okeechobee County Sheriff De-
tective Rosemary Farless said.
The teens reportedly stole
small items like coins and things
they could carry from six un-
locked vehicles in the area behind
the Okeechobee rodeo arena,
and in Whispering Pines over a
four-hour period.
Detective Farless said all of the

vehicles that were burglarized
were unlocked. She urged resi-
dents to always keep their doors
to their homes and cars locked.
Law enforcement got assis-
tance from a resident in Whisper-
ing Pines who heard a noise in his
yard and noticed the suspects in
his vehicle. He called law enforce-
ment and they were able to find a
shoe that one of the teens appar-
ently had left behind.
Farless said the youths ran
away so fast that one of them ran
out of his shoe.
. City Police became involved in
the case as well as they arrested
the three teens on a charge of

burglary that night as well. Au-
thorities were able to tie them to
the car burglaries due to the lost
Farless said additional charges,
could be filed in this case. She
urged anyone who noticed any-
thing taken from their vehicle on
the night of Sept. 6 and morning
of Sept. 7, to notify law enforce-
ment. Detective Farless and Detec-
tive Brian Lowe can be reached at
No property damage was done
to the vehicles. All of the suspects
denied any kind of gang activity,
Detective Lowe said.

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Man accused of drug possession

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
A traffic stop near 3007 State
Road 70 east led to the arrest of an
Okeechobee man on two felony
drug charges Monday, Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff Deputies re-
CoreyHardy, 27, of N.W 12th
Street, was charged with posses-
sion of cocaine, possession of a

controlled substance (xanax),
and misdemeanor possession of
marijuana after his arrest. He was
held on $10,500 bond.
The arrest report stated officers
received permission to search the
suspect and located two small
pieces of xanax pills in his left
front shorts pocket.
Deputies alsQ searched the ve-
hicle, a 2000 Ford Mustang, and
located a small quantity of co-

caine inside an orange cigar tube.
The report noted that a small
quantity of marijuana was located
in a small plastic bag found under
the rear seat.
The cocaine weighed .7 grams.
The marijuana weighed .9 grams,
deputies said.
The arrest report said the sus-
pect claimed ownership of the
marijuana but denied ownership
of the other drugs.

VisonQuest staff member arrested

A 44-year-old VisonQuest em-
ployee has been charged with
sexual activity between a staff
member in connection with an
Aug. 22, incident at the juvenile
detention program.
According to the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office report,
Leroy Burney, a child protective
investigator with DCF asked for
help in relation to a report of a'
sexual battery complaint.
Deputy A. Kibldr interviewed
the VisonQuest client who stated
that on Aug. 22, around 9 a.m.,
she was kidding around with a
staff member and told him to
put her in his vehicle and get her
out of there. She said she volun-
'teered to help clean the chow hall
with him. Once in the chow hall,
the man "asked her to prove to
him how much she wanted out
of there," the report continues.
"When she asked him how she
could do that, he told her to kiss
him. She did not know what do to
so she did not say anything," the
report stated. She said the man

thenwalkedup y .,
to her, pulled
her against
him and start-
ed kissing her.
She said she
pulled away
and went back
to work.
The client Ramiro
said that later Pena
when they
were cleaning the shower, the
man put his arms around her and
put his hand down her shorts,
and she pulled away from him
the report continues. She then
went back to her dorm and told
her friend, who is also a client.
"I asked why she did not tell
anyone what happened. She
stated she did not think anyone
would believe her. After a few
days the Victim Advocate came
up to her and asked what was
going on. That is when she told
what happened," Deputy Kibler
wrote in the report.
The deputy interviewed the


girl's friend, who said the girl
came back to the dorm very up-
set and had told her about the
Chris Willoughby, the child
care director, stated it is Vison-
Quest policy that the male staff
members were not to ever be
alone with the clients. He state(i
all staff members are i% en train'
ing that includes this rule. I
Deputy Kibler then interviewed
the staff member, Ramiro Pena,
44. According to the report, Pena
admitted being alone in the chow
hall and in the with
the client, but denied anything
inappropriate happened. Accord-
ing to the-report, Pena admitted
he was aware of the rule that a
male staff member was never to
be alone with a client.
Pena was transported to the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice where Detective Rosemary
Farless continued the investiga-
Pena was charged with sexual
activity between staff and inmate.

Two circuit court cases settled

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Two circuit court lawsuits
against the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office were settled or
dismissed from court in the past
Sheriff Officials said last week
that a lawsuit Loraine Cooney
filed in 2005 was settled in Sep-
tember 2007. A case filed by
Russell Carr in 2006 was also dis-

missed after a joint agreement
between the, two parties.
Cooney had sued on a claim
of negligence. The litigation
claimed Cooney was roughed
up by a Deputy during his investi-
gation of an incident. A search of
court records showed there was
no record of Cooney ever being
arrested in Okeechobee.
Cooney's attorney George
Muller could not be reached for

Mr. Carr was a jail inmate
working on a work release pro-
gram when he was injured while
trimming trees near the intersec-
tion of U.S. 98 north and N.W
Third Street. The lawsuit also
made a negligence claim. In. the
lawsuit, Mr. Carr claimed he was
seriously injured and had to un-
dergo back surgery after this in-

IWoman sentenced in prison refund scam

! Additional defendants false income tax returns.
In June 2008, Shoots, her
; face sentencing in daughter Bridgett Williams and
IRS tax refund scam an acquaintance, Albion Crowell,
all of Okeechobee, were charged
Victor W. Lessoff, Special and pled guilty to a conspiracy
SVictor W. Lessoff, Special o defraud the IRS. According to
Agent in Charge (SAC) of the court documents, beginning as
: Tampa Field Office of IRS Criminal early as February 2002, and con-
o Investigation (IRS-CI), announced tinuing through to December
Sept. 5, the sentencing of Con- 2003, Constance Shoots was the
stance Shoots for her role in a librarian at OCI, and Bridgett Wil-
" large criminal conspiracy operat- liams was employed by AraMark,
ing in part from the Okeechobee a contractor at OCI. Between Feb-
* Correctional Institution (OCI). ruary 2002 and May 2003, Shoots,
, On Sept. 2, U.S. District Judge Williams and others carried false
. Richard A. Lazzara of Tampa sen- and fraudulent Federal Income
tenced Shoots to 60 months of Tax Returns secretly from OCI
probation including 180 days of to avoid the mail inspection as
home confinement. Shoots was required by Department of Cor-
also ordered to pay $34,335.77 in reactions protocol. During that
4 resistution to the IRS for proceeds same time period, Williams and
she illegally obtained by filing Crowell, knowingly participated

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in the conspiracy by accepting
fraudulent Federal Income Tax
Refund checks either through
'direct deposit' or via the United
States Mail.
During her participation in
the conspiracy, Crowell obtained
fraudulent refunds totalling
Williams is scheduled for sen-
tencing before Judge James S.
Moody Jr. on Oct. 10, 2008.
Crowell is scheduled for sen-
tencing before Judge Moody on
Oct. '22, 2008.
Shoots, Williams and Crowell
are being prosecuted by Assistant
U.S. Attorneys Anthony E. Porcelli
and Adelaide G. Few of the Middle
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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!
PALIN/MCCAIN: For all of you commenting on what a down-to-
earth woman Palin is, if you who commented on Obama not having
experience, what do you think about Palin? If McCain were president
and something happened to him, Palin would be president. It takes
more than a down-to-earth hockey mom and wife to run this country.
It would be a disaster. She has no education compared to Obama,
and Obama has more experience than her.
ECONOMY: We all need a wake up call! Yesterday it was an-
nounced that the government has to take over two of the largest
home mortgage lenders in the country to the market from crashing.
Families locally are losing their homes at an alarming rate. Just the list
of those being taken for auction by the county for taxes is a startling
look at the local economy. These are not unwanted homes or homes
that were bought as an investment and are rentals -- most are family
homes with the owners and their family living in them. Local families
are trying to sell the homes to save their credit but there is just very
little chance of this happening. Jobs are not secure, businesses are
closing the doors. I know some hope to reopen when the economy
gets back on track but in the meantime, its a rough go. I think in the
not too distant future we will see more families and friends pooling
their efforts and sharing space to make it through. There are no easy
answers to tell the children when they ask where will they sleep? Will
they have to move? Where will their swing set be? Will they have the
same teacher? Friends? Will Santa be able to find them? I know that
tears me up when I think about it! My mom talks about the Depres-
sion as that's when she was a young girl and how she can relate to
some of the trials people are dealing with today, and certainly the
fears people are experiencing.
CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS: I wish someone would ask
Obama while he is being televised just how much of the money do-
nated for his campaign comes from other countries..
SEXUAL HARASSMENT: I am employed in Okeechobee and I
don't understand what constitutes sexual harassment? Where can I
get more information on this? Editor's note: For information, contact
the U.S. EqualEmployment Opportunity Commission. Their Web site
is The toll-free phone number is 1-800-669-4000.
Email is Or you can write to them at their district of-
fice in Florida: EEOC, One Biscayne Tower, 2 Southern Bicayne Blvd.
Suite 2700, Miami, FL 33131.
GO JVI: Thanks for recognizing Okeechobee JV Football. Great
job guys! From proud parents.
THE VOTE: Remember, it was not until 1920 that women were
granted the right to go to the polls and vote. The women were inno-
cent and defenseless, but they were jailed nonetheless for picketing
the White House, carrying signs asking for the vote. And by the end
of the night, they were barely alive. Forty prison guards wielding clubs
and their warden's blessing went on a rampage against the 33 wom-
en wrongly convicted of 'obstructing sidewalk traffic.' They beat Lucy
Burns, chained her hands to the cell bars above her head and left
her hanging for the night, bleeding and gasping for air. They hurled
Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her head against an iron bed
and knocked her out cold. Her cellmate, Alice Cosu, thought Lewis
was dead and suffered a heart attack. Additional affidavits describe
the guards grabbing, dragging, beating, choking, slamming, pinching,
twisting and kicking the women. Thus unfolded the 'Night of Terror'
on Nov. 15, 1917, when the warden at the Occoquan Workhouse in
Virginia ordered his guards to teach a lesson to the suffragists impris-
oned there because they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson's White
I House for the right to vote. So, refresh my memory. Some women
won't vote this year because -- why, exactly? We have carpool duties?
We have to get to work? Our vote doesn't matter? It's raining? We
need to get out and vote and use this right that was fought so hard
for by these very courageous women. Whether you vote Democratic,
Republican or Independent Party, remember to vote.
SENIOR TRIP: About the senior class trip costing $1,500, I would
like to know what these people were thinking when they decided
to take these kids to California, There are very few children in this
county that their parents can afford this kind of money with the way
the economy is right now, I personally think the planners for this trip
need to reconsider what they are doing. It's not fair for these kids
to work all year and not be able to afford to go on their class trip.
What about the class of 2009? In their junior year the school deemed
another trip cost too much and the kids could not afford it. And now
the economy is worse than it was last year. Come on people where's
your brain? We are talking poor town, poor people, we are not talking
Palm Beach, Stuart, Fort Lauderdale, Miami. Pick something different
so none of the seniors are left without enjoying their last year of being
at our high school. Editor's note: According to Gena Davis, who was
the advisor for the class of 2009 last year, this is what occurred last
year: The Junior class (current seniors) were advised of a meeting
concerning the Senior trip for the class of 2009. This was advertised
for one and half weeks on the announcements and during lunches,
and in an assembly with just the juniors where it was discussed and
announced again. The meeting was held after school in May 2008.
In attendance were nine sets of parents and students. We discussed
several options such as New York, Hawaii, San Diego, Colorado, Ba-
hamas, etc. The top three picks were: first choice'--, Hawaii; second
choice -- California; third choice -- Colorado. Parents agreed that the
trip would be reasonable if it fell into the $1,100.00 to $1,500.00 for
3-6 days according to where the trip was to and the activities. The
first choice was approximately $2,800 and the flight time took up 2+
days and jet lag was a concern. That is how the second choice came
about. Last year, the seniors took a 5-day trip to Colorado and the
.cost was $1,100 plus skiing/snowboarding rentals, lessons, lunch,
tubing, and activities or food outside what was scheduled.
PROGRESS: For years, I thought it was terrible that you were run-
ning horoscopes in the paper and you wouldn't run the Bible verses
anymore. Well you still don't have the Bible verses but at least you
took the horoscopes out. So that is progress.
TRIP: It is outrageous that apparently a few wealthy families were
able to push through a plan for a senior trip to San Francisco, when
the administration knows full and well that probably more than 90
percent of the class cannot afford to attend. How can an average fam-
ily in this economy come up with $1,500 for something like this? They
say they can hold fund raisers. Well there are about 300 or more kids
in that class. Do you really think they can raise $450,000 in Okeecho-
bee so all the kids can go? What planet are these school officials living
MEETING: WVe were present at the parents' meeting. When it was
announced thai San Francisco was the chosen destination for the
Class Trip, following a moment of silence as that news sank in, ques-
tions of "Why there?" and "What is there for the kids?" And a few
others came from the floor. In answer it was the bridge, architecture,
spots from great movies, the infamous hill? Granted some of the kids
have never seen a hill higher than the bridge over the tracks on State
Road 70 or the one leading into Lake Placid, however, be aware that
if any of the kids carry along their skate boards wtth a memorable

ride in mind they should be informed that should they actually make
it down across all the intersections they will certainly end in the strong
arms of the law at the bottom of the hill. They said the senior trip
destination was chosen last year. I think in the future it might be better
if it was a joint effort by the holders of the bank account -- mom and
dad -- as well as the kids and faculty advisors. Just a suggestion with
the economy the way it is today and no word of it getting any better
in the foreseeable future. As for this year? I do not see how our senior
will be able to make the trip.
TOO MUCH: I cannot believe the OHS senior trip costs $1,500. I
went to the senior parent meeting expecting to be warned about vari-
ous expenses so I could plan for things like senior photos, yearbook
ads, cap and gown fees and such. And I have heard of senior trips. But
$1,500? I would have had to started saving five years ago to put away
that much for something that is not a life and death necessity.

Submitted photo/Betty Williamson
Airplane photos needed
Photos of local airplane pilots (such as this 1950 photo of instructor Janet Brown) are needed by Okeechobee Historical
Society. They are making a collage to be hung in the airport terminal and need pictures of pilots that flew into or out of
the Okeechobee Airport in 2000 or before. They prefer pictures of pilots with their aircraft. The collage will have a picture
,of Hilary H. (Buster) Christopher as the focal point since the Okeechobee Airport Terminal is named for him. Surrounding
his picture will be pict(,res of local pilots that have flown using the airport. When finished the picture will hang on a wall
in the terminal. "Buster," as he was called, was a crop duster, died in a crash in the 1970s. For many years he flew out of
the airport in his crop-duster business. Contact Betty Williamson, president of the Okeechobee Historical Society, before
Sept. 15, as they want to hang the picture in the Fall of 2008. Call 863-763-3850.

Letters to the Editor

School contract
Contract negotiations be-
tween the Okeechobee County
Education Association and the
Okeechobee County School Dis-
trict came to an abrupt end for
the evening on Wednesday, Sept.
3, at about 9 p.m. -when the dis-
trict offered a salary schedule
that many teachers in attendance
considered a "slap in the face."
In the proposal submitted by the
District was a longevity stipend
for the teachers at the top step
with varying amounts of money
depending on how many years
those on that top step have been
teaching in Okeechobee County.
The amount at the low end of
the stipend for teachers on the
top step who have been teaching
in Okeechobee less than 6 years
was for $460. The most experi-
enced teachers who have served
the children of this county for
over 25 years were offered $710.
The salary proposal for those
teachers who have spent their
entire career here in Okeechobee
would only reflect an increase of
1.3 percent.
Does the community of
Okeechobee really believe this is
the best way to attract and retain
experienced, dedicated teachers?
In order to intelligently answer
that question let's look- at the

According to the Superinten-
dent's Annual Financial Report,
which is a public record docu-
ment, the District has a current
unreserved fund balance of 16
percent or $7.91 million dollars.
Over the last year, the unreserved
fund balance has increased by
$1.9 million dollars. A fund bal-
ance of 5 percent is considered
healthy for a school district.
With the current economy,
isn't now the appropriate time
for the District to use some of the
money they've been holding onto
,all these years?
Negotiations will continue at a
date to be determined when cal-
endar dates to get to the table can
be worked out.
Candice Black Walker
Okeechobee County
Education Association

Canals need help
In 1984, I moved to Okeecho-
bee from Ohio. I bought a home
in Taylor Creek Isles. The canal
behind our house was full and
beautiful. The seawalls were in
great shape. Fishing great.
Fast forward to the last few
years. The canals are half full. Has
all kind of crap in the water and
the seawalls are falling down.
We need our canals full of water
to keep pressure against the sea-

uourtesy pnoto/ nomas MarKnam/

Looking back ...
This Picture was taken at the 1964 Florida Vegetable Can-
ners Convention held in Freeport, Grand Bahama. At this
time Tommy Markham (right) was Production Manager at
Markham Brothers Cannery in Okeechobee.

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walls. "
In the last two weeks we have
had at least 15 inches of rain and
my canal has not gone up 1 inch.
It is still two feet below what it
used to be. What gives?
Now, .1 would like to know
from the water management peo-
ple, how we can get 15 inches of
rain and our canals don't go up 1
inch. How is that possible?
I see the lake is full and now
they want to release water into
the Caloosahatchee River and St.
Lucie Canal. How about releasing
some water into the Taylor Creek
Isle and Treasure Island Canals?
Then we could have waterfront
homes again. A couple thousand
of us in Taylor Creek and Treasure
Island would like to have an an-
swer to this. Why can't we have
our canals full? Why, why, why?
Thomas Kress

It takes a village to
raise a child
It takes a village to raise a child.
When Hillary wrote the book
with that title, people talked that
it is not the village, but the family.
Certainly that is true, but the fam-
ily lives in the village and towns,
sometimes with single mothers,
illness or whatever situation is af-
fecting one of its members.
When this nation was estab-
lished. the Dilgrims of the Mav-

flower submitted and signed a
contract by all. That they will es-
tablish laws and regulations that
will be fair to all, that they will
obey including behaviors that
they agreed to be followed. This is
what gave strength to this nation.
People that trusted God and fol-
low the bible scriptures 'to orga-
nize from their daily life to politi-
cal and business matters. A nation
with the strengths of becoming at
this moment in the XXI Century
the only nation with a Democratic
That is why it took villages to
raise the children that grow up to
become our most important lead-
Mrs. Ana Vazquez

Thanks for the care
Recently, I had major surgery
on my hip that required Big Lake
Home Care to come to my home,
They are a wonderful bunch of
nurses and doctors that really
take pride in what they do, Each
person sent was professional,
compassionate and caring. I have
recovered nicely with their en-
couragement and want to thank
them for all they do in our com-
munity and homes. I recommend
them without reservations.
Sallv Morris

Community Calendar

Friday, Sept. 12
Tops Take off Pounds. Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. The public is
invited. Anyone interested in a sensible approach to losing weight and
becoming a part of a caring group is welcome to come and see what
we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at 800-932-
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W. Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Sickest Of The Sick 8
p.m. New* O.A. Meeting Friday 6 p.m.
The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with any
12 step fellowships.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W Second St. This is an open meeting.
A.A. meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St..This is an open speaker meeting.

Saturday, Sept. 13
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
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) A.A. weekend noon; NA.
Sickest Of The Sick Group 7 p.m.; NA. Nowhere Left To Go Group
open discussion 8 p.m.
The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with any
12-step fellowships.
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
at 863-763-6469.
The Living Word of Faith, 1902 S. Partott Ave., gospel music sing
at 6 p.m. For information call 863-763-6869.

Sunday, Sept. 14
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
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.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) AA. weekend noon meeting
open discussion.
The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with any
12-step fellowships.



Okeechobee News, Friday, September 12, 2008


Okeechobee News, Friday, September 12, 2008 5

Bids taken on courthouse renovations

Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The old Okeechobee County
Courthouse will soon be made
new. The building has been va-
cated in anticipation of an esti-
mated $3.5 million renovation.
The county administrator,
deputy administrator and county
administrative staff have been
temporarily moved next door to
the second floor of the Okeecho-
bee County. Judicial Center. The
supervisor of elections is oper-
ating in a temporary building
across the street to the south of
the courthouse. Commissioners'
meeting will be held at the health
department during the renova-
Bids will be opened on Sept.
22, and a contract awarded
shortly thereafter for the project
which is estimated to take about
14 months.
* On May 7, of last year com-
missioners awarded a $250,000
contract to Row Architects, Inc.,
a firm specializing in renovating
older buildings, for architectural
work in connection with the ren-
ovation. Architect Tom Homer
said the electrical wiring through-
out the building would have to
be redone and a sprinkler system
would have to be installed.
"This is a really unique build-
ing." Mr. Hammer told the com-
missioners at a workshop meet-
ing on .Dec. 5, 2007. "There is
nothing like it in the state."
The two towers at the rear of
the building will be removed. An

elevator shaft is contained in one
of the towers. The other tower
was built simply to give a bal-
anced appearance to the rear of
the building. Plans call for an ele-
vator to be built to the right of the
main entrance where! the mens'
restroom is currently located.
The latest addition to the rear
of the building will also be re-
moved. The original breezeway
will be restored in the area where
the commission chambers is cur-
rently located. The main court-

room upstairs will be renovated
for county commission meetings.
Each commissioner will have a
private office on the second floor.
Glass doors will close off the
open hallways for more efficient
air conditioning. The dropped
ceilings on the first floor will be
removed. The security gate at
the front of the building will be
replaced by a security gate that
will roll up out of sight when not
in use.
Current plans call for space in

,the renovated building to be used
by the Tourist Development Coun-
cil, State Housing Initiative Pro-
gram (SHIP) office and veterans'
affairs officer. The building will be
equipped with a generator.
The renovation will be funded
partly by budgeted funds and
partly by grant money.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached

Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken
The Okeechobee County Courthouse will soon undergo renovations estimated at $3.5 mil-

'Asset-building' helps kids avoid drug abuse

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee Substan
Abuse Coalition is continue
their campaign to promote the
developmental assets that we
developed by the Search Institi
research. Tuesday, Sept. 16,
6:30 p.m. at the Clock Family Ri
taurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., th
will conduct a training for t
community to learn what the
velopmental assets are and ho
to implement them into every
OSAC president, John Gler
is conducting the training targ
ed at all groups, individuals, a
organizations. All ages, you
and old, faith based groups, civ
organizations, etc. are all want
to come learn about these impc
tant assets to our children.
There is no cost for this prov
effective training from the Sear
According to their websi
"adults and youth -- in big a
small ways -- can help increa
Developmental Assets in the da
lives of young people."
What's needed is an undE
standing of what actions and b
haviors breed success, willingne
and ideas to apply that kno,
edge, and most importantly, a c
sire to see young people grow L
happy, healthy, and confident.
"Asset-building" is the Ins
tute's term for purposefully he]
ing youth experience more ass(
in their lives. This effort is nc
happening in hundreds of coi
munities by thousands of peop
across North America. Youth ai
adults, in big cities and sm
towns, understand in growi
numbers the awesome pow
they have in making positi
and lasting impact on the lives
young people. Individually and I

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The second annual Boots and
Pearls Gala "Gone Wild" Hospice
of Okeechobee benefit will be
held on Friday, Oct. 10, at 6:30
p.m. with the social hour and 7
p.m. dinner at the KOA Conven-
tion Center, 4276 U.S. 441 South.
The western themed evening
will be filled with dancing to the
music of The Chase. Guests will
be treated to a prime rib din-
ner with all the trimmings. Six
paintings donated by local artists
will be offered for auction at the
Tickets for the event are a $50
donation per person or sponsor a
table (seats 8) for $500. Proceeds
from the event go to fund the
Hospice of Okeechobee.
The mission of Hospice of
Okeechobee is to provide com-
prehensive, high quality pal-
liative hospice care and bereave-
ment support to terminally ill
patients and families throughout
Okeechobee County. They ex-
ist not to postpone death but, to
honor each moment of conscious
life and providing appropriate ser-

gether, they are actively engaged
in the movement to grow healthy
communities and healthy youth.
ce The Okeechobee Substance
ng Abuse Coalition is taking re-
re sponsibility for our children and
ute adolescents through efforts of
te this program. They are also com-
es- mending groups, agencies and or-
ganizations who already promote
tey this type of ideology in everything
he they do and invite them to join
de- OSAC in their efforts to make their
ow achievements public to influence
lay more individuals to encourage
developmental assets to help the
in, children of Okeechobee.
et- The OSAC meets the second
nd Tuesday of every month at 11:30
ng a.m. at the United Methodist
vic Church next to the Bank of Amer-
ed ica.
or- John Glenn explains that all
adults represent all of the kids
en in the community and citizens
ch should not look to any agency, or-
ganization, or government to do
te, anything for the kids in our coun-
nd ty. These types of groups cannot
ise love the children. The people
ily within the groups can, but not the
agency itself.
er- Glenn's definition of Develop-
)e- ment Assets is simply, "loving our
ass kids."
vl- Search Institute has proven
le- that if a child experiences 30 or
up more developmental assets then
they have a less than 5 percent
sti- chance that they will ever engage
Ip- in substance abuse or other at-
ets risk behaviors.
>w The goal of OSAC is to have
m- each coalition'member learn the
ple developmental assets so that they
nd carry them personally in every-
all thing they do back to their work-
ng place, family and community.
'er, For more information about
ve OSAC visit www.,okeechobee-
of or call 863-697-1792.
to- Their are 40 Developmental

vices, to help the patient, family
and significant others live as fully
as possible.
Hospice of Okeechobee pro-
vides care to patients and their
families in the comfort of their
own home in a manner condu-
cive to death with dignity. Hospice
services are provided to patients
with any terminal diagnosis, on a
nondiscriminatory basis, regard-
less of ability to pay.
Hospice of Okeechobee will
play a leadership role in outreach
and education of the health care
community and community at
large to enhance the understand-
ing of hospice care and the needs
of the dying and bereaved.
Another service within the
Hospice of Okeechobee is The
Hamrick Home which provides
services to individuals with life-
limiting illnesses, such as heart
disease, Alzheimer's disease,
pulmonary disease, Parkinson's
disease and many others. Patients
who choose to move to The Ham-
rick Home have nurses on hand
24-four hours a day, seven days a
week to assist in their care.
Patients are encouraged to

Assets for our youth. They are
separated into two categories: Ex-
ternal Assets; and Internal Assets.
Within each category are sub-
categories as well.
External Assets are: Support;
Empowerment; Boundaries and
Expectations; and Constructive
Use of Time.
Internal Assets are: Commit-
ment to Learning; Positive Values;
Social Competencies; and Posi-
tive Identity.
Within each sub-category
there are individual assets that
represent everyday wisdom about
positive experiences and opportu-
nities for young people.
These assets, such as family
support and positive family com-
munication powerfully influence
adolescent behavior; both by
protecting young people from
risky, problem behaviors and by
promoting positive attitudes and
The lack of a developmen-
tal asset has consequences on
a child's life. For example, with-
out family support children look
to others for that support which
could lead to gangs, etc.
The twenty internal assets
identify those characteristics and
behaviors that reflect positive in-
ternal growth and development
of young people. These assets are
about positive values and identi-
ties, social competencies, and
commitment to learning. The in-
ternal Developmental Assets will
help these young people make
thoughtful and positive choices
and, in turn, be better prepared
for situations in life that challenge
their inner strength and confi-
The real challenge facing
America, including small towns
like Okeechobee is not to attack
one problem at a time in a desper-
ate attempt to "stop the hemor-

bring mementos from home to
aid in creating the atmosphere
set forth by the philosophy of
the Hospice of Okeechobee, Inc.
Family members can spend the
night on occasion and pets can
even come to visit patients while
living in The Hamrick Home.
For information regarding
Hospice of Okeechobee, Inc. or
The Hamrick Home, contact Resi-
dence Manager Brenda Nicholson
at 863-467-2321.
Services are provided regard-
less of age, gender, nationality,
race, creed, sexual orientation,
disability, diagnosis, or availability
of a primary caregiver or ability to
Tickets for the event are a $50
donation per person or sponsor
a table (seats 8) for $500. Few
tickets are still available. Tickets
may be purchased at Eli's West-
ern Wear, 863-763-2984. For more
information contact Frank Irby
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Chauna Aguilar may be
reached at

rhaging." The real challenge is to
shift thinking to a new approach,
one that addresses deeper causes
and needs. The real challenge is
to rebuild the developmental in-
frastructure for our children and
Fqr example, teen pregnancy
is a growing problem in Okeecho-
bee County with numbers of teen
parents rising every year. Rather
than just fighting this problem,
this program strives to find the
roots of the problem and why
these children chose to engage
in sexual activity at such a young
age to begin with. Even this prob-
lem can be rooted back to devel-
opmental assets, or lack thereof.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at


Boots and Pearls Gala

will benefit Hospice

US Army Corps
of Engineers,

Former Avon Park Air Force Range

The Department of Defense (DoD) conducted live-fire training
and testing of weapon systems at active and former military
installations throughout the United States to ensure force
readiness and defend our nation. As directed by the U.S
Congress, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages the
Military Munitions Response Program (MMRP) for the DoD.
Under that program, the Corps assigns priorities to defense
sites containing suspected ordnance, discarded military munitions
and/or munitions constituents, based on various factors relating to
the potential for public safety and environmental hazards.

The Corps' Jacksonville District is in the process of investigating
the former Avon Park Air Force Range, Okeechobee and Polk
Counties, Florida. This site was primarily used for training B-17
Aircraft Crews for air-to-ground bombing.

The Corps recently completed a site inspection at the former
Avon Park Air Force Range. The evaluation criteria, including
types of munitions that may be present, ease of access to the site
and number of people living near the site, will be available for
public review at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 701 San
Marco Blvd., Jacks6nville, FL 32207.

As part of our ongoing investigation, we are seeking additional
information from the public about the former Avon Park Air Force
Range (located 10.5 miles southeast of the city of Avon Park). If
you have information, please send it to: Charles Fales, Project
Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 701 San Marco Blvd.,
Jacksonville, FL 32207 or by email to:

For further information, please contact the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers Corporate Communication Office at 904-232-1576.

6 Okeechobee News, Friday, September 12, 2008

Service Club News in Brief

The American
Legion Post 64
501 S.E. Second Street,
Office 863-763-2950 Lounge
We can accommodate meet-
ings, weddings and parties of any
The public is always welcome
unless it's a members only event.
Our kitchen is open 11 a.m.
to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday,
Thursday and Friday and I to 8
p.m. on Sunday.
Sunday: Open 1 to 8 p.m. -
Regular Bingo from 6:30 p.m.
Monday: Open 11-8 p.m. So-
cial Bingo 1 PM
Tuesday: Open 11-8 p.m.
Wednesday: Open 11-8 p.m. -
"Taco Day" 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tacos- $1.50
Music with Jim Elders 2-6
Thursday: Open 11 a.m. 8
p.m. Social Bingo 6 p.m.
Friday: Open 11 a.m. until 8
p.m.-Karaoke from 6 p.m. Host-
ed by BP Productions.
(Anyone wishing to perform in
the Lip Sync Programs see Bobby
and Penny)
SAL Steak Dinner third Sunday
each month $12 donation.
Legion and Auxiliary meet the
second and fourth Tuesdays at 7
The fourth Tuesday meeting
includes a carry in dinner at 6
SAL Meet the third Tuesday at
7 p.m.

Am-Vets #2001
Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold
a regular informational meeting
on the first Saturday of the month
at the Buckhead Ridge VFW Post
#9528, 2002 U.S. 78 W, at 10 a.m.
Applications for new members
are available. Call Helen James at
863-824-7644 or Lou Eder at 863-
Am-Vets Ladies Auxiliary
meetings are the first Saturday of
the month at Contact the
Post at 467-2882 for information.

Eagles Aeries #4137
Eagles Aeries #4137 is located
at 9983 U.S. 441 N. For informa-
tion on events, call 863-763-2552.
Every Tuesday bingo at 1
p.m. Food will be available for a
Wednesday: bar bingo
starting at 4 p.m. Food will be
Every Thursday: washer toss
at 1 p.m.
First and third Thursday:
Auxiliary at 6 p.m.; Aeries at 7
Friday: steak night (16-oz.)
starting at 5 p.m. for a $12 do-
nation. Music will be by Jimmy
Saturday and Sundays: mu-
sic at 7 p.m.
First and third Sunday:
breakfast cooked to order from 9
until 11 a.m. for $5 donation.

Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge #237
The Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge is located at 107 N.W. Fifth
Ave. For information about the

club and events, call Jose Verano
at 863-634-2071.
The Masonic Lodge holds
their meetings on the second and
fourth Monday of each month
starting at 7:30 p.m.

Order of the Eastern
Star Chapter #128
The Order of the Eastern Star
has many fun activities planned
on the first and third Tuesday of
each month. For upcoming ac-
tivities, contact Mary Ann Holt at

B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S.
78 W in Buckhead Ridge. The
Lodge's phone number is 863-
Sunday: breakfast will be
served from 9 until 11 a.m. With
many items to choose from.
Wednesday: Bingo and
food, food served at 5 p.m. and
bingo starts at 6 p.m.
Thursday: dinner will be
served from 5 until 7 p.m. Call the
Lodge for the menu.
Thursday: Music for danc-
ing at 7:30 p.m. Call to see who
is playing.
Thursday: 5-Card Bingo at 6
p.m. food available at 5 p.m.
Friday: dinner served from
5 until 7:30 p.m. Music for danc-
ing at 7:30 p.m. Call to see who
is playing.
Saturday: dinner starting at
6 p.m.

Moose Family
Center #1753
The Moose Family Center
#1753 is located at 156 N.W 36th
St. in Okeechobee. Please call the
Lodge at 863-763-4954 for further
information, sudden changes
and menus. Guests are invited to
enjoy the activities and consider
Every Sunday breakfast from
8 to 11 a.m.
Horseshoe practice every
*Sunday at 2 p.m. and Thursday
Every Monday, Pool tourna-
ments sign up, 7 p.m. Food is
Women's meeting second
and fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Officers meetings first and
third Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Men's meetings, second and
fourth Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Moose Legion meetings third
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Bar Bingo Thursday at 1 p.m.
and Friday night at 7 p.m. Food
Served. (you must be a member
to play bar bingo)
Dinner and music almost ev-
ery Saturday night.

VFW Post #4423
The VFW North Post #4423
is located at 300 N.W 34 St. The
Post phone number is 863-763-
Happy hour Monday through
Thursday 4 until 6 p.m.
Monday: 50-cent hot dogs.
Tuesday: Washer toss at I
Wednesday: Pizza and Grill 5
until 7 p.m.
Friday: Bingo at 1 p.m. Pizza

Swinging time
Hannah Kozinski enjoyed being pushed in the swing by
Ashley Parker during a recent visit to the wooden jungle
playground at the Okeechobee Sports Complex.

and Grill 6 until 9 p.m. Karaoke 7
until 11 p.m.
Saturday: Bar Bingo at 1 p.m.
Karoake 7 until 11 p.m.
Sunday: Dinner 2 until 4 p.m.
Post and Ladies Auxiliary
meetings third Sunday of every
month at 11 a.m.
Men's Auxiliary Meeting 3
Monday of every month 7 p.m.
Big Screen TV and Pool Table

VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post #9528 is locat-
ed at 2002 S.R. 78 W in Buckhead
Ridge. For information, call 863-
467-2882. Post opens at noon,
Monday through Sunday.
We are taking applications for
new members for the VFW, Ladies
Auxiliary, Male Auxiliary, AMVETS
and AMVETS ladies auxiliary.
Wednesday: Ladies Auxil-
iary dinner and Men's Auxiliary or
AmVets. Music will be available.
Every Thursday is bar bingo
at 12:45 p.m. Lunch will be avail-
Every Friday a steak dinner
with baked potato, salad and rolls
will be served from 5:30 until 7
p.m. for an $11 donation. Danc-
ing immediately follows the din-
Membership meetings are
held on the second Saturday of
the month beginning at 10 a.m.
The House Committee meeting is
on the fourth Saturday.
For information, contact Com-
mander Robert Hare at 863-467-
All games and special events
are shown on three televisions.
The game room has a regulation-
size pool table.
VFW Post 9528, in Buck-
head Ridge, is having an open
mic night with Nellie from 6
until 9 p.m. every Thesday
evening. Come on out and
support her by singing your
favorite songs.

VFW Post #10539
Post hours are 10 a.m. Mon-
day through Saturday and 1 p.m.
on Sunday. Closing times are dis-
cretionary and dependent on the
number of patrons but usually
not before 8 p.m. on weekdays
and 11 p.m. on weekends.
Happy hours: 10 to 11 a.m.
and 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through
Thursday. Noon to 2 p.m. on Sat-
Monday: Card Bingo at 6
Tuesday: Ladies Auxiliary all-
you-can-eat spaghetti dinner $5
donation beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday: Bar Bingo at
12:45 p.m. Lunch by Ladies Aux-
iliary. Kitchen open from 5 until 8
p.m. Evening music.
Thursday: Music, kitchen
open from 5 until 8 p.m.
Friday: Music, kitchen open
from 5 until 8 p.m.
Saturday: Noon, dollar hot-
dogs, $1.50 Polish Sausage, both
with Chili and all the fixings. Card
bingo at 5 p.m. Music and dancing
at 7 p.m. $50 gas card giveaway.
Scheduled meetings: VFW
First Sunday at noon, Ladies Aux-
iliary second Monday at 7 p.m.,
Mens Auxiliary second Wednes-
day at 7 p.m.
Do you have a family mem-
ber serving overseas? We send
packages of urgently needed sup-
plies to them. We accept dona-
tions for this worth cause. Contact
Cheryl Beniot at 863-697-2930.
For further information call 863-

Shrine Club
-.The Okeechobee Shrine
Club, S.R. 78 W, members will
meet the first and third Thursday
of each month at 8 p.m. The club
is also available for weddings and
parties. For information call the
club at (863) 763-3378.

Cypress Hut
Eagles #4509
The Cypress Hut Frater-
nal Order of Eagles post #4509
located at 4701 U.S. 441 S.E. is
now open to members Monday-
Saturday from 10 a.m. until 10
p.m., Sundays from 1 to 10 p.m.
Information can be found by visit-
ing, or calling
Food is served several eve-
nings a week.
Aerie meetings are at 7 p.m.

on the first and third Wednesday
of each month at the old Cypress
Hut flea market restaurant.
FOE Auxiliary meetings are
at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth
Wednesday of every month
Friday night: 16 oz rib eye
steak dinner with the trimmings
beginning at 5:30 p.m.
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make changes to the service club
news, please email okeenews@

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Patricia Ann Kagel, 63
LAKEPORT Patricia Ann Kagel,
of Lakeport, formerly of Cape Coral,
died Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008, in
her residence. She was 63.
Born Jan. 31, 1945, in Blooming-
ton, Ill., she had been a resident of
Lakeport for the past 10 years.
She enjoyed fishing, travel and be-
ing around her grandchildren. She
was a member of Trinity Lutheran
Church in Illinois.
She is survived by her loving hus-
band of 41 years, Bill; sons, Billy
Kagel (Alison) of Lakeland, Brent
Kagel of Lakeport; daughter, Stacie
Hothem (Eric) of Tampa; grand-
sons, Aaron Hothem of Tampa, Paul
Kagel of Lakeland; granddaughters,
Annerberlee Hothem of Tampa, Ka-
trina Stross of Lakeland, and Brittany
Kagel of Ft. Myers.
The family will be receiving friends
from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday and
services will be 11 a.m. Sunday in
the Buxton Funeral Home Chapel,

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On Friday, September 12, at 2:30
pm, a tree will be planted at
Pemayatv Emahakv Brighton
S\ Charter School in memory of J-

Wayco Billie.
come to attend.

Everyone is wel-

He is survived by his parents,
Emerson and Jeanne Billie, sis-
ters, Erena, age 14, Breanrna, age
12, brothers, Drayon, age 10,
.,. Jrayko, age 3, Quayton, age 2 and
Ukiah, age 7 months.
The family would like to thank
the community for their support.
S Thank you to everyone who sent
flowers and donations. We appreciate
\ everything done to help our family.

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Okeechobee News, Friday, September 12, 2008

100 Target Fun Shoot scheduled ..-- -T

By Teresa Mataushek
Okeechobee News

Hunting season is here again
and so is the time for fun shoots
and more. On Sept. 27, Okeecho-
bee Masonic Lodge 237 will spon-
sor a 100-Target Fun Shoot at the
Quail Creek Plantation, Hwy 68
E./Orange Avenue, 5 miles east of
441.) Check-in will begin at 8 a.m.
and shooting starts at 8:30 a.m.
Costs for the event are: The
Blue Lodge Sponsorship, includes
four shooters, two golf carts, four
lunches and a sign on course for
$425; Individuals will share a golf
car with three others and will
receive lunch for $100; Station
Sponsorship includes a sign with
your business name on it at one
of the shooting stations and lunch
for two; or just a barbecue lunch
will be available for $20. Pre-reg-
istration is preferred, but not nec-
essary. It is requested that teams
and individuals be registered by
Sept. 25, but you will be able to
register at the event, just be sure
to get there early. For registration
forms and for more information
call Jim Green at 863-634-4401 or
Steve Cates at 863-634-2061.
All proceeds will go into the
Okeechobee Masonic Lodge 237
general fund which they distrib-
ute to different charities.
Fishing season is back which
means fishing tournaments are
starting back up. And due to the
increase in the water levels at the
lake, the tournaments should be
more successful. On Saturday,
Oct. 4, Oakview Baptist will host
the first Christian Team Trails
Fishing Tournament for the sea-
son. The tournament will begin at
safe daylight at Okee-Tanti. Cost is
$70 per boat.
You can register Monday
through Thursday, from 8 a.m.
until 4:30 p.m. at Oakview Baptist
Church or before the tournament
at the church or Okee-Tanti (cash
only will be accepted the morning
of the tournament.) Registration
forms are available at the church.
These tournaments will be
held on the first Saturday of each
month beginning in October and
ending in March; the "Classic"
will be held in April, 2009. For
more information on registering
or about the tournament contact
Darrell Marlow at Oakview Bap-
tist Church at 863-763-1699.
Everyone has been feeling a
crunch due to high gas prices, but


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if you are interested in a day out
with the family and to get some
exercise, head on over to Sebring
on Saturday, Oct. 4, for the Third
Annual Joe Jenkins Time Predic-
tion 5-K Walk/Run. This unique
5-K event will begin at 8 a.m. and
will be run on one of the park's
nature trails.
This will be a time prediction
event. The top 15 participants
who most closely predict their
completion time either running
or walking will win awards! Thus
no speed is necessary!
Race proceeds benefit former
park ranger Joe Jenkins who was
diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's dis-
ease (ALS). No watches allowed
and regular pre-race entry is $15,
or $20 day of race.
Other options of support in-
clude doing a pledge run/walk
with people supporting your ef-
forts to support the Jenkins fam-
ilyor you may be a supporter of
the cause with a donation of any
amount. Entries/donations should
be mailed to Chet Brojek, 3310
Par Road, Sebring, Fl 33872. Make
all checks payable to Joe Jenkins
and please list your t-shirt size
and projected completion time if
you plan to run or walk. Call Chet
Brojek at 863-385-4736 for more
information or to volunteer your
help with this event. Park admis-
sion fees are waived for all partici-
FWC meeting could
reveal boating
The Florida Fish and Wildlife



Conservation Commission (FWC)
will meet at the Hyatt Regency
Jacksonville Riverfront hotel in
Jacksonville Sept. 17-19.
On Wednesday, Sept. 17, the
commission will vote on several
new rules.
The first proposed rule would
limit the number of freshwater
turtles that may be harvested each
day to a maximum of five per per-
son. FWC biologists believe that
would help protect freshwater
turtle populations while the agen-
cy develops a comprehensive
management strategy for wildlife
species that are not regulated un-
der current rules.
Other proposals, including
prohibiting waterfowl hunting
from or within 30 yards of any
permanent duck blind on lakes
Miccosukee, lamonia, Carr and
Jackson in Leon and Jefferson
counties also are on the agenda
for final approval.
New procedures and standards
for people wishing to adopt non-
native animals at FWC-authorized
pet amnesty day events will come
up for consideration to help pre-
vent illegal release of nonnative
fish and wildlife.
The commission also will hear
presentations on proposed rules
for captive wildlife regulations.
Other issues on Wednesday's
agenda include review and dis-
cussion of major proposed rule
changes to wildlife and fisheries
regulations for 2009-10. Commis-
sioners also will hear staff recom-
mendations for improving Flori-
da's quota hunt system for public
hunting on wildlife management
On Thursday, the Commission
will consider proposed changes
on boating restrictions in Martin
and Okeechobee counties.
The rest of the agenda on
Thursday will involve marine is-
sues. The commission will con-
sider changes that would make
greater amberjack and gray trig-
gerfish rules in Gulf of Mexico
state waters consistent with new
regulations in Gulf federal waters.
The proposed rules would in-
crease the recreational minimum
harvest size for greater amberjack
from 28 to 30 inches fork length
and increase the commercial and
recreational minimum harvest
size for gray triggerfish from 12 to
14 inches fork length in Gulf state

Identification requirements

to change for driver licenses


Changes will
enhance security
leading to a
safer Florida

The Florida Department of
Highway Safety and Motor Ve-
hicles is announcing changes that
will impact Florida Drivers and
Department customers beginning
Oct. 1, 2008. One of the principal
changes will be identification re-
quired for driver licenses. Details
are as follows:
Customers must present
proof of social security number
(for example, social security card
or any of the following docu-
ments showing your social se-
curity number: tax return, W-2
form, property tax statement, pay
check, DD-214, School record.)
All passports, permanent
resident cards and employment
authorization cards presented
as proof of identification or legal
presence must be valid. Expired
documents will not be accepted.
The department will no lon-
ger accept driver licenses or iden-
tification cards issued by other
states as primary identification
or legal presence, and it must be
valid. Expired documents will not
be accepted.
A person will be allowed to
elect the school option to avoid
points five times in a 10-year pe-
riod instead of five times in a life-
Commercial Driver License
holders who receive a Driving
Under the Influence conviction
on or after Oct. 1, 2008, even
while driving a personal vehicle,
will be disqualified from operat-
ing a commercial motor vehicle
for one year for the first offense
and permanently disqualified for
the second offense. These penal-
ties are based on conviction dates
and not offense dates.
"Upcoming changes are a re-
sult of recent statutory require-
ments and department efforts to
increase security," said Director
of the Division of Driver Licenses
Sandra Lambert. "We anticipate
the benefits of enhanced identity
protection will far outweigh the
inconvenience of providing addi-
tional proof of identification."
In addition to identification re-
quirements, license fees and the

length of time for which certain
identification cards and motor ve-
hicle licenses are valid are chang-
For U.S. Citizens
and Immigrants with
permanent legal
Florida Class E driver licenses
will be valid for eight years except
for customers 80 and older.
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of several species of grouper in
the Gulf, and grouper, vermilion
snapper and red snapper in the
Atlantic. They will also review and
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commercial harvest of red snap-
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Gulf and Atlantic tilefish.
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will review and discuss scheduled
actions for a wide range of federal
Gulf and Atlantic fishery manage-
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Friday's session will focus
on legislative proposals for the
2009 session of the Florida Leg-
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the agency's budget requests and
several policy changes.
The meeting will convene at
8:30 a.m. all three days.
FWC meetings are open to the
public, and anyone requiring spe-
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the FWC at least five days prior to
Sept. 17, by contacting the FWC's
Office of Human Resources at
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or 1-800-955-8770 (voice).
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and specific dates of the events. The
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Sept. 20 from 11am to 3pm.
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Dine and dance in Okeechobee

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
If you are looking for some
entertainment in and around
Okeechobee for the coming
months, this column is for you. If
your organization or business has
some entertaining events coming
up, please forward them along to
The Okeechobee Contractors
Association Luau Dinner and
Dance will be held on Friday,
Sept. 12, from 7:30 to 11:30'p.m.
at the Shrine Club. The steak din-
ner will be served at 8 p.m. Hard
Livin' Band will perform. Tickets
are $30 per person in advance,
$50 at the door. For more infor-
mation contact Kelli Chapman at
863-634-7226 or Lisa Stark at 863-
697-6541. Tickets are also avail-
able at Riverside Bank.
The Highlands Social Dance
Club features The Stardusters at
their ballroom dancing event on
Friday, Sept. 12, from 7 until 10
p.m at the Sebring Lion's Club on
Sebring Parkway.
Free ballroom dance instruc-
tion from Walt and Sue is available
at 6:30 p.m. Dance the night away
to waltzes, cha-chas, foxtrots,
rhumbas, jitterbug and other ball-
room favorites. All club dances
are open to the public. Appropri-
ate dress is required. Admission is
$4 for members and $6 for non-
members. For more information,
please call 863-471-0559.
Sunday, Sept. 14, Pier II will
hold their monthly Bike Event
which begins at noon.
The day includes a live band,
prizes, give aways and various
food vendors, etc. For more infor-
mation contact the hotel at 863-
Hospice of Okeechobee pres-
ents Boots and Pearls "Gone
Wild," a fundraiser social event.

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for this column by email to
The event will be held on Friday,
Oct. 10, and includes a social hour
starting at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at
7 p.m. Dinner will be a Prime Rib
dinner with all the trimmings. Mu-
sic and dancing will be by, "The
Chase." Tickets for the event are
a donation of $50 each or $500

per table a;i lre i available at El',i's
Wester n Wear. All proceeds g!o to
henelit I lospice of ()keechobee
patient care. Sponsorship oppor-
tunities are available. For Imore
information, please contact Frank
Irby at 8(63-357-1(:39).
Tle Landing Strip Cafe is now
open for dinner every night except
Monday and Wednesdays when
they close at 3 p.m. The Landing
Strip Caf6 will host "Bike Night"
every Tuesday evening. The Land-
ing Strip is located at 7800 NW
20th Trail at the airport. There will
be a live band and great food!
S.W. Second and Third Av-
enues between North and South
Park Streets will be closed from
9 p.m. until midnight after every
home football game for a Chris-
tian Youth 5th Quarter event in
Flagler Park put on by Abundant
Blessings Church.
If you "Think you can Dance"
as the popular show on Fox por-
trays or you would want to learn
to ballroom dance, a group class

in ballroom dancing is being of-
fered in ( )keechobee at church h of
()ur Saviour Parishl lall, 200 NW
Third Street on Saturday after-
noons at 4 p.m. The cost for the
hour lesson is $10. Private instruc-
tions are also available. Come
and enjoy the fun with or without
a partner. For more information
call 772-794-9040.
Ladies drink free at The Pier
2 Resort every Thursday from 9
p.m. till Midnight. It's buy one get
one free Friday, Saturday and Sun-
day with a live band. Happy Hour
daily from 4 p.m. 7 p.m.
Do you want to see your
events posted in the weekly en-
tertainment column? Forward
any publicly open events includ-
ing entertainment such as: danc-
ing, hands, comedians, theatre,
special events, special com-
munity events, contests, etc to
cuagilur(iarinei vszap).coin. Please
forward all information about
each event including: description
of the event, location (address),
date; time; cost; age appropriate-
ness; and any other information
that fits the specific event. For
additional information contact
Chauna Aguilar at 863-763-3134
ext. 4242. Your Weekly Entertain-
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September is National Food
Safety Education Month, and
Florida Agriculture and Con-
sumer Services Commissioner
Charles H. Bronson is urging the
public to learn about and follow
safe food-handling practices.
The department's Division
of Food Safety protects the food
supply through permitting and
inspecting retail food establish-
ments and lab testing food prod-
ucts. But once consumers have
purchased the food it is up to
them to follow safe and proper
food handling practices. Food-
borne illness is caused by bac-
teria often undetectable by sight,
smell or taste.
"This campaign couldn't have
come at a more appropriate time
given the extended salmonella
outbreak and a number of re-
cent food recalls," Commission-
er Bronson said. "People need
to take just a little time to get
the facts and follow the recom-
mended safety guidelines."
A recent survey conducted by
the Partnership for Food Safety
Information, a consortium of in-
dustry, state and federal govern-
ment food safety experts, indi-
cates 75 percent of respondents
believe food-related illness is a
serious threat to their health. Yet
that same survey also shows that
only 15 percent consistently use
a food thermometer. Cooking
and storing food at the correct
temperature prevents harmful
bacteria from making a family
"While the food industry and
government must step up their


for peopi
With the amount of debris
left by tropical storms, Floridians
working on clean-up efforts could
be at risk of sustaining injuries.
Below is information on who
may or may not need to receive
a vaccination. Please note, if you
have not had a cut or wound, you
do not require tetanus vaccina-
tion regardless of your exposure
to floodwaters.
If you sustain a laceration
and/or puncture wound and have
not had a tetanus vaccination
within the past 10 years, you will
need a tetanus booster.
If you have an especially seri-
ous wound, then you should re-
ceive a tetanus booster within five
years of last vaccination.
If you sustain a wound or

)nsumers safe

food safety activities, significant
portions of food-borne illnesses
are caused in the home so con-
sumers need to follow the four
most important facts of food
safety," Commissioner Bronson
Wash hands and surfaces of-
ten. People need to wash their
hands with soap for at least 20
seconds before and after han-
dling food. They should also
wash cutting boards, counter-
tops and utensils with hot soapy
water before and after preparing
each food item. Rinse fresh fruit
and vegetables under running
tap water and rub firm skin pro-
duce with a vegetable brush,
Cross contamination can
cause bacteria to spread and
consumers need to "think safe-
ty" before they even leave the
grocery store. When shopping,
keep fresh produce separated
from household chemicals and
raw meat, poultry or seafood.
Keep fresh produce separate
from raw meat, poultry and sea-
food in the refrigerator and it is
best to use a different cutting
board for meats and vegetables
to avoid contamination
It is important to use a food
thermometer to be sure food is
cooked to the proper tempera-
tures. Cook roasts and steaks
to a minimum of 145 degrees,

poultry should have a minimum
internal temperature of 165 de-
grees. Cook ground meat to a
minimum of 160 degrees and
leftovers and casseroles should
have an internal temperature of
165 degrees.
Bacteria spread fastest at tem-
peratures between 40 degrees
and 140 degrees so chilling food
properly is an important food
safety practice. Chill leftovers
within two hours and keep the
refrigerator at 40 degrees or low-
er. Refrigerate or freeze meat,
poultry, eggs and other perish-
ables as 'soon as possible after
purchase. Leftovers- should be
put in shallow containers so the
food will chill more quickly, pre-
venting bacteria from growing. It
is also important to never defrost
food at room temperature. Food
has to be kept at a safe tempera-
ture during thawing. Consumers
can defrost food three ways: in
the refrigerator, in cold water,
and in the microwave.
Food safety is everyone's re-
sponsibility and following the
listed practices can greatly re-
duce the chance of a food-borne
illness. Food safety information
can be found -on the depart-
ment's Division of Food Safety
web site at http://www.doacs.
There is also information on
the Florida Department of Health
web site at http://www.doh. and the Partnership for
Food Safety Education web site

vaccine suggested

e with injuries

deep cut that concerns you, seek
medical attention. Medical atten-
tion is required to determine if a
tetanus booster is needed.
What is Tetanus?
Tetanus, commonly called
lockjaw, is a bacterial disease that
affects the nervous system. It is
contracted through a cut orwound
that becomes contaminated with
tetanus bacteria. The bacteria can
penetrate even a tiny pinprick
or scratch, but deep puncture
wounds or cuts, like those made
by nails, knives or barbed-wire,
are especially susceptible to infec-
tion with tetanus. Tetanus bacte-
ria are present worldwide and are
commonly found in soil, dust and
manure. Infection with tetanus

causes severe muscle spasms,
leading to "locking" of the jaw so
that the patient cannot open his/
her mouth or swallow, and may
even lead to death by suffocation.
Tetanus is not transmitted from
person to person.
Individuals deployed to work
on recovery efforts are encour-
aged to contact their primary
care provider prior to deployment
if they feel they need a tetanus
For further information, con-
tact your local county health de-
partment or visit www.doh.state. or
The Florida Emergency Infor-
mation Line: 1-800-342-3557
Public Information Emergency
Support Function: 850-921-0384

Florida KidCare launches

'Act Out' health contest

Students dreaming of a "big
break" can compete for their mo-
ment in the spotlight with the Flor-
ida KidCare "Act-Out for Health"
contest [www.actout4health.
org]. Middle school and high
school students across Florida
are encouraged to produce a 30-
second television commercial or
create a print advertisement pro-
moting Florida KidCare, the state
and federally-funded insurance
program providing affordable
health benefits for children birth
through 18.
"A recent study by the Univer-
sity of Florida Institute for Child
Health Policy revealed the highest
percentage of uninsured children
in the state are kids between the
ages of 12 and 18," said Rich Rob-
leto, executive director of Florida
Healthy Kids, a Florida KidCare
partner. "This contest allows kids
in this age range, whether they
have insurance or not, to share
their perceptions and thoughts
about getting good health care
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Florida KidCare benefits."
Florida KidCare is available to
all Florida children without health
insurance. Children enrolled in
the program receive preventive
care, such as regular doctor's
visits, immunizations, dental and
eye care, at a price their families
can afford. Many pay less than
$20 per month; most pay nothing
at all.
All of the contest entries will
be judged on creativity and ability
to promote Florida KidCare ben-
efits to a diverse population. The
winning commercial may air on
television stations and the win-
ning print ad may be published
in newspapers and magazines
across the state as part of the 2009
Florida KidCare media campaign.
A first place winner and run-
ner-up will be chosen from six
different regions across the state.
One grand-prize winner in the
print and commercial categories
will be chosen from the regional
winners and awarded a $5,000
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Best Buy gift cards for each stu-
dent that helped produce the
winning advertisement and a
monetary donation given to the
students' school.
The contest is open to all
middle and high school students
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entry form and contest guide-
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For questions about the Act-
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This rate has steadily dropped
since the 2003-04 budget.
In 2003-04 the total millage
was 8.412; in 2004-05 it was
8.256; in 2005-06 it was 7.955; in
2006-07 it was 7.766; and in 2007-
08 it was 7.712.
Funding on all levels is down
due to the legislation requiring
an additional local effort which is
generated by the county tax rolls.
The changes due to amendment
one and the decreasing market
values have made tax funding
continue to decrease.
The total estimated tax receipts
for the coming year is significantly
down to $16,922,605. Last years
total estimated tax receipts were
$18,246,415. This means the
schools are looking at a decrease
of $1,323,810.
The proposed budget. break-
down in dollar amounts is:
$59,244,453.78 in general fund;
$277,119.26 in debt service;
$11,833,087.29 in capital projects
fund; $3,752,738.08 in food ser-
vice funds; and, $6,252,964.74 for
federal program funds.
Revenues from state funds will
decrease from $36,548,893.08 to
$36,142,136 which is a decrease
of $406,757.08.
Total revenue from local funds
will decrease $523,255.04 to total

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Okeechobee Main Street
(OMS) has been instrumental in
the movement to save the depot.
Maureen Burroughs, president of
the organization,, said the build-
ing looked structurally sound to
her untrained eye. She has made
arrangements for a building con-
tractor to inspect the building.
Amtrak, which operates pas-
senger service through Okeecho-
bee is willing to help with restora-
tion of the depot through its Great
American Stations grant program.
+ City administrator Brian White-
hall, councilman Dowling Wat-
ford, and OMS officials met with
Amtrak officials about two weeks

$14,040,554. As a whole the to-
tal incoming funds for the 2008-
09 school year has decreased by
$1,337,834.42; to $50,55 1,- *-. -'.,
The capital projects bud-
get for the upcoming year is
$11,833,087.29 and the food ser-
vice budget is $3,752,738.08.
During the workshop prior to
passing the budget, Dr. Cooper
explained that while Amend-
ments 5, 7, and 9 were taken off
of the November ballot by the
Florida Supreme Court it is not a
dead issue. There is still the possi-
bility of these issues coming back
before the people for a vote in the
Even without the possibility of
these specific cuts coming to the
table in the near future, the Flori-
da Education Commissioner has
already directed school districts
statewide to expect an additional
two percent in reductions within
the 2008-09 school year. This cut
would be in addition to the cuts
already outlined in their budget-
ing process.
Board member Kelly Owens
explained that the district is in a
unique .position that even while
we prepare a budget, we know
that we are not going to end up
with what we have budgeted for.
Presented by Dr. Cooper, some
ways that the district has already
began to cut costs are to: review
all vacant positions; eliminate
all but essential summer school

ago. Mr. Whitehall said he was
"pleasantly surprised" with their
eagerness to help.
However, the building must
be secured from CSX first. At their
June 1 meeting the city council
approved a letter of understand-
ing with CSX about transferring

classes; review all btus stops; re-
viewed discretionary budgets for
schools; reduced allocations for
athletics; reduced recruitinent
budget hoin $20,00)0 to $5,000
due to the electronic application;
continuation and increase of over-
sight of energy conservation; and
an increase in school lunch prices
to ensure their self-sufficiency.
They also placed a district di-
rector to an Assistant Principal
position at Osceola Middle School
on temporary assignment; re-
duced the school allocations for
field trips from $54,000 to $45,000;
and are utilizing the fund balance
for operational costs.
There is a projected loss in rev-
enue in many areas. Student en-
rollment is currently down 74 stu-
dents which equates to $293,908
in FTE monies. There as also a
reduction in the Base Student Al-
location by the state. Due to the
local economy there is a reduc-
tion in the tax revenue which is
down $1,323,810 and additional
reduction in federal categorical
funds. This includes reductions in
Title I funds.
While funds continue to de-
crease, mandates from the Leg-
islature continue to increase
without mandated funds to pay
for them. These include the Class
Size Reduction which generates
cost of additional personnel. The
fact of additional transportation,
health insurance, local agree-

ownership of the building to the
city. Mr. Whitehall said CSX is
now working on documents to
convey ownership of the building
to the city. However, the property
under the building would still be
in possession of CSX.
Mrs. Burroughs told the June

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
This corner of the waiting room of the Okeechobee train de-
pot was probably used for administrative work after passen-
gers ceased to use the building. The.clipboards in the right of
the picture contain railroad paperwork. The floor is concrete
and the walls appear to be 4tructurally.sound.

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leiilt; athletic insurance; util-
ity; and projected salary/benefits
package costs also keel) rising
each year.
In the future the district could
have to take more drastic mea-
sures as other neighboring dis-
tricts throughout Florida. Some
key points presented by Dr. Coo-
per are: elimination of the seven
period day; increase in alternative
education class sizes; reduction
in middle school/freshman ath-
letic schedules; closing of facili-
ties during winter/spring breaks
when normal maintenance is
performed; review of all aspects
of salary and benefit packages;
and reduction of bus stops within
the two mile limit of schools.
The board and the district
wants to encourage local citizens
to make their voices heard to the
potential Legislature and Sena-
tors that are on their way to being
elected in November. The time is
now to make contacts with these
political figures before they are in
For more information contact
the Okeechobee County School
District at 863-462-5000.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forumn at
Reporter Chauna Agullar can be
reached at

3 city council meeting that Elbert
Batton of Lakeview Builders has
offered to serve as construction
manger for the renovation at no
cost. Okeechobee Main Street is
also planning to apply for grants
to aid in the restoration.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached

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Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
The street side entrance to the Okeechobee train depot is barred by what appears to be part
of a railroad crossing sign. On rare cold days passengers were able to warm themselves at
the fireplace at the right of the picture. The holes in the ceiling indicate a leaky roof. However,
the concrete floor and block walls appear to be sound.

Man charged in connection

with December 7 crimes

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
A 27-year old Okeechobee
man faces a host of charges in
two counties after his arrest this
week in Ft. Pierce, St. Lucie and
Okeechobee Sheriff Deputies
Ybanez, of N.E. 31st Way,
Okeechobee, was wanted in
Okeechobee since Dec. 7, 2007.
He faced charges of aggravated
battery domestic, violation of a
domestic violence injunction,
burglary, 'grand theft auto, and
petit theft.
The arrest report by Deputy
Jack Gracie stated an intruder
entered the victim's home Pinin-
vited, concealed himself in a linen
closet and then choked the victim
into unconsciousness when she
returned home. He was also ac-
cused of taking her wallet that
contained $100, and a 1998 Hon-
da sedan.
The reported violence took
place in the presence of a seven-
year old child.
Days later the vehicle was lo-
cated by Ft. Pierce Police.

Ybanez, a suspect in the case,
was placed on the Treasure Coast
Crime Stoppers most wanted list
from Okeechobee, but was not
heard from again until Sept. 7.
St. Lucie County Sheriff Depu-
ties reported that Ybanez was ar-
rested on charges of grand theft
auto, resisting arrest with vio-
lence, giving a false name to law
enforcement, and fleeing and at-
tempting to elude police.
Deputies responded to the re-
port of a stolen vehicle on U.S. 1,
observed a vehicle that matched
the description of the stolen ve-
hicle and tried to stop it. Ybanez
reportedly led Deputies on a 2.7
mile chase through the streets of
Ft. Pierce. During the pursuit two
occupants jumped out of the ve-
Ybanez reportedly took an ag-
gressive stance when deputies
caught up to him. He was taken
to the ground and suffered inju-
ries to his face, and his extremi-
ties. He was treated and released
at Lawnwood medical center.
Ybanez was held on $81,000
bond at the St. Lucie County Jail.
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Community Events

Highlands Social
Dance Club event
The Highlands Social Dance
Club features The Stardusters at
their ballroom dancing event on
Friday, Sept. 12, from 7 until 10
p.m at the Sebring Lion's Club on
Sebring Parkway.
Free ballroom dance instruc-
tion from Walt and Sue is available
at 6:30 p.m. Dance the night away
to waltzes, cha-chas, foxtrots,
rhumbas, jitterbug and other ball-
room favorites. All club dances
are open to the public. Appropri-
ate dress is required. Admission is
$4 for members and $6 for non-
members. For more information,
please call 863-471-0559.

Shared Services
Network to meet
The Executive Roundtable of
the Shared Services Network of
Okeechobee County will conduct
its monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m.
on Friday, Sept. 12, in the board
room of the Okeechobee County
School Administration Building.
For more information call 863-
462-5000, Ext. 257.

Cancer Society
hosts bake sale
Seacoast National Bank will
hold a bake sale on Sept. 12, at
the 1409 South Parrott Avenue
and 500 North Parrott Avenue
branches to benefit the American
Cancer Society Making Strides
Against Breast Cancer. Please
stop by and enjoy delicious home
made goodies! For more informa-
tion, please call Teresa Chandler
at 863-697-6819.

Hospice holds
3-day yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will
host a Yard Sale at the Blue Vol-
unteer Building, next to The
Hamrick Home, 411 S.E. Fourth
St., Friday, Sept. 12, 8 a.m. until
2 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 13, 8
a.m. until noon. They also have
construction items. Bargains ga-
lore, all new items available. All
proceeds benefit patient care in
Okeechobee including services
offered in The Hamrick Home.
For information, call Cathy at 863-
467-2321 or 863-697-1995.

FOE 4509 holds
pork chop dinner
The Fraternal Order of Eagles
4509, Cypress Hut US 441 S. will
sponsor a Mercy's Pork Chop din-
ner on Saturday, Sept. 13, from
5:30 until 8 p.m. Meal is available
for a $7 donation. For information
call Bill Huston at 863-763-1187.

Benefit planned to
help Taekwondo kids
Russ Adams Taekwondo of
Okeechobee, will hold a fund-
raiser on Saturday, Sept. 13,
from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in front of
Perfect Pools on Park St. We will
be selling hot dogs; hamburgers
and holding a drawing with great
prizes. Proceeds from all sales
will help Taekwondo students to
go to the next National Taekwon-
do Tournament scheduled for
January. Come out and support
our kids then stay to see a Tae-
kwondo demonstration. Perfect
Pools is located at 319 W Park
St, come out and join the fun! For
more information, please contact
Darlene at 863-610-2006.

FHREDI public
meeting date set
A public meeting of Florida's
Heartland Rural Economic De-
velopment Initiative (FHREDI)
and Florida's Freshwater Frontier,
Inc. Board of Directors has been
set for Monday, Sept. 15, at 10
a.m., Highlands County Agri-Civic
Center, 4509 George Boulevard,
Sebring, Conference Room 2.
Topics for discussion will be re-
gional economic development
opportunities. Contact Jim Otter-
man at 863-385-4900 for more

Substance Abuse
Coalition meets
OSAC (Okeechobee Substance
Abuse Coalition) 40 Developmen-
tal Asset Classes will be held at
the Clock Restaurant on 441. The
class will start at 6:30 p.m. on
Sept. 16. The classes are free and
the public is welcome. For more
information, call 863-697-1792.

Foster parent
classes open
Children need caring homes.
Open your heart and share your
love. Be a foster parent. Okeecho-
bee MAPP Parenting classes start
Sept. 20, through Oct. 25, from
9-3:30 a.m., at the First Baptist
Church in Okeechobee. Call Hi-
biscus Children's Center at 1-800-
403-9311 ext. 415 to register.

Extension Service to
host composting
Compost systems are an ef-
ficient way to recycle yard and
kitchen waste. They provide free
nutrients, mulch, and rich soil
amendment for your landscape,
and help reduce the impact of
waste on the landfill! To learn
more about composting, and to
make your own wire compost
bin, come to this informative
workshop. The program will be
conducted by Sara May, a certified
Master Composter.
The program will be held on
Sept. 16, at 5:30-7 p.m. at the
Okeechobee County Extension
Service, 458 Highway 98 North,
Okeechobee. This is a hands-on
program and every participant
can take home the compost
bin he or she creates during the
Space is limited and pre-regis-
tration is required. Call 863-763-
6469 to sign up. The cost is $15
and includes a wire compost bin.

Raulerson to host
cake auction
Raulerson Hospital will be
hosting the annual cake auction
to benefit the American Cancer
Society, "Making Strides Against
Breast Cancer" on Sept. 19, from
8 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the hospital
dining room. This year we will
dedicate our fund raiser to Lisa
Tindall, a member of our Rauler-
son Hospital family, who lost her
battle to breast cancer earlier this
year. For more information on this
event, please call 863-824-2776 or

Church of God holds
chicken dinner
The Church of God will hold
a smoked chicken dinner on
Sept. 19, for $6.50 a plate. Din-
ner includes 1/4 chicken, green
beans, cheese potatoes, rolls and
homemade sour cream pound
cake. Pre-Orders are being taken
for whole homemade sour cream
pound cakes for $25 each. Orders
are due in by Sept. 15. Delivery is
available. For information or to
order please call 863-763-4127 or
fax 863-467-1750.

Council to meet
The Community Collaborative
Council will hold their monthly
meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at
10 a.m. in the Board Room of the
Okeechobee School Board Office.
Guest speakers will be MaryEllen
Maguire Hibiscus Children's Cen-
ter and Jo Norris with New Hori-
zon's. Public is invited. For more
information call Sharon Vinson at
863-462-5000 Ext. 257.

Back to school
clothing exchange
Fountain of Life Church will
be hosting a school clothing ex-
change for the community of
Okeechobee on Saturday, Sept.
20, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
You are invited to bring your
child(ren)'s clothes that no lon-
ger fit in exchange for good
used clothing that will fit. They
will exchange a maximum of 10
pieces of clothing you bring for
your choice of 10 pieces of FREE
available used clothing. For infor-
mation and location call Carol at

VFW holds fund raiser
The VFW Post 9528 in Buck-
head Ridge, 2002 Highway 78
west, will hold a fund raiser Cor-
nish Hen dinner on Sept. 20, at
5 p.m. Menu will consist of, One
whole Cornish hen, wild rice
stuffing, french green beans, ice
cream for dessert. Music will be
by John Gallagher 50/50 drawing
and door prizes.
They will also have a draw-
ing for a basket of cheer. A ladies
cake walk, advanced tickets are
available in social quarters for a
$8 donation.
There will also be a member-
ship drive and anyone who joins
the VFW, Ladies Auxiliary, AM-
Vets, AMVets Auxiliary, or Mens
Auxiliary at the dinner will get a
free meal. For information call

Yard sale planned to
benefit Cancer Society

Seacoast National Bank will
host a yard sale on Saturday,
Sept. 20, to benefit the American
Cancer Society Making Strides
Against Breast Cancer. Yard sale
will be held at 1409 South Parrott
Avenue (Seacoast) and will begin
at 7 a.m. and continue until every-
thing is gone!
For more information or to
donate items, please call 863-467-

Church offers
religious classes
Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
901 S.W Sixth St., will be offering
Religious Education Classes for
children and youngsters, begin-
ning Sunday, Sept. 21. Registra-
tions for C.C.D. (Catholic Chris-
tian Doctrine) are now being
accepted. Classes for all grades,
Kindergarten through Ninth grade
will be held every Sunday from
11:30 a.m. until 12:35 p.m. For
more information call the Parish
Office at 863-763-3727.

Garden Club to meet
The Okeechobee Garden Club
meeting date has been set for
Monday, Sept. 22, at 6 p.m. Our
September speaker is Farmer Sal,
of Varri Green Organic Farm. He
will talk about organic vegetable
gardening and tell everyone just
what "organic" is and how it is
done. He has lots of interesting
experiences and valuable infor-
mation to share.
Interested in attending? Come
to the Okeechobee Extension Of-
fice, 458 Highway 98, Okeecho-
bee. For more information, please
call Angela D. Sachson at 863-763-
6469 or via email at asachson@

Council. to meet
The next meeting of the Com-
munity Collaborative Council, a
part of the Shared Services Net-
work of Okeechobee, will be
Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 10 a.m. in
the board room of the School
Board Office. Immediately follow-
ing the CCC, there will be a plan-
ning session for the 2009 Health
and Safety Expo.

meeting planned
The COFFO Board Meeting
has been scheduled for Sept.
25, at 6 p.m. at the Sheraton Ho-
tel in Sebring, 150 Midway Drive,

Fund raiser for
Habitat planned
Help benefit your local Habitat
for Humanity organization. Eat at
Beef O'Brady's on Sept. 25, from
4 until 9 p.m. and 15 percent of
the total bill will be donated to
Habitat for Humanity of Okeecho-
bee. Tickets for the fund raiser are
available at Region's Bank and Dr.
Peter Stephens Office in Okeecho-

Children's Home
Society hosts
'Heart Gallery'
Children's Home Society.will
host the opening of the 2008 Heart
Gallery at our local Indian River
State College. Please attend this
event and support the adoption
of sibling groups, children with
special needs and older children.
If you are interested in adopting a
child or if you would like to show
your support for this event and
represent Okeechobee, please
call Frank Avilla, CHS, 772-489-
5601. The event will be held Fri-
day, Sept. 26, from 11:30 a.m.-I
p.m. Lunch will be served.

Church holds
Tribulation House
The Okeechobee Church of
God, 301 N.E. Fourth Ave., will
hold a "Tribulation House" Oct. 1
4. On Wednesday and Thursday
the event will be held from 7:30
until 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday,
the house will open at 7:30 p.m.
Admission is free. This event is
not for younger children. Children
under the age of 12 must be ac-
companied by an adult. For more
information call 863-634-1317.

Quilt drawing to
benefit stricken child
Tickets are being sold for a
queen-sized quilt at $1 each or
6 for just $5. The drawing for the
quilt will be held on Oct. 1, with
the proceeds from the ticket sales
to go to benefit Buckhead Ridge
resident, Madisen Byrd, who is 3
years old. Madisen was recently
diagnosed with Leukemia. She is
currently hospitalized with com-
Madisen's parents, Lori and
Jimmy Byrd will be travelling with
her back and forth to treatments

and funding is crucial to help sup-
port medical costs and travel ex-
A savings account has been
set up at Seacoast National Bank
in the name of Lori Byrd to take
donations. To see the quilt or to
buy tickets, please call Val Doug-
las at 863-697-9796 or 863-357-
6555 or stop by Custom Window
Treatments, 4253 S. Hwy 441,

Orchid grower
to speak
Gary Bailey, local orchid
grower will present a program on
dendrobiums and the descending
dendrobium on Monday, Sept.
22, at 7 p.m at the Cooperative
Extension Office, 458 Highway 98
N. The public is invited. For more
information, please call 863-763-

Hospice of Okeechobee
hosts fund raiser
Hospice of Okeechobee pres-
ents Boots and Pearls "Gone
Wild," a fund raiser social event.
The event will be held on Friday,
Oct. 10, and includes a social
hour starting at 6:30 p.m. with
dinner at 7 p.m. Dinner will be a
Prime Rib dinner with all the trim-
mings. Music and dancing will
be by, "The Chase." Tickets for
the event are a donation of $50
each or $500 per table and are
available at Eli's Western Wear.
All proceeds go to benefit Hos-
pice of Okeechobee patient care.
Sponsorship opportunities are
available. For more information,
please contact Frank Irby at 863-

Free memory loss
On Friday, Oct. 10, the Al-
zheimer's Association will spon-
sor free memory loss screenings
at the Visiting Nurse Association,
208 S.E. Park St., from 11 a.m.
until 2:30 p.m. Appointments are
needed, please call Donna True
at 1-800-861-7826 Ext. 1. Screen-
ings are for anyone, any age
concerned about memory loss.
Screenings are conducted by staff
from St. Mary's Memory Disorder
center. Immediate results.

Healthy Start to hold
benefit drawing
The Healthy Start Coalition is
hosting a Baby Shower for their
clients. They are selling drawing
tickets for a candy bouquet. The
tickets are just $1 each. They will
use these funds to help defray the
cost of food items for the Baby
Shower. For more information,
please call Becky at 863-462-5877
and your donation will be picked
up at your convenience.

Limited edition
ornaments on sale
The Okeechobee Retired
Educators will be selling their
third limited edition ornament
for. Christmas 2008. Ornaments
are 24k gold on brass, includes.a
numbered certificate with histori-
cal information. Ornaments are
$15. Proceeds fund their scholar-
ship. The 2008 ornament is the
Old County Courthouse. They
will also have 2007 and 2006 or-
naments available in a limited
quantity for those who wish to get
those. To purchase an ornament
call Gay Carlton at 863-763-5755,
Kay McCool at 863-763-2829, Pau-
lette Whipple at 863-467-2487,
Marion Davis at 863-763-3991 or
Regina Hamrick at 863-763-8865.

Veterans nursing
homes available
Are you a veteran in need of a
nursing home or assisted living fa-
cility? The Florida Department of
Veterans Affairs can help you. The
Department operates five veterans
nursing homes and one assisted
living facility throughout the state,
with a new nursing home being
built near St. Augustine. The basic
admission criteria for all of the fa-
cilities is an honorable discharge,
Florida residency for one year pri-
or to admission and certification
of need of assisted living facility or
skilled nursing care. The VA Nurs-
ing homes are located in Daytona
Beach, Land O' Lakes, Pembroke
Pines, Springfield (panhandle)
and Port Charlotte with the VA As-
sisted Living Facility being located
in Lake City. For further informa-
tion on VA nursing homes contact
the County Veteran's Service Of-
ficer, Betsy Grinslade at 863-763-

OHS reunion 1950
through 1959
A reunion will be held for
those that graduated or were in
Okeechobee High School in the
1950s. The event will be held Nov.
8, at the Shrine Club. If you know
someone who should be invited

send that name to Betty William-
son, P.O. Box 248, Okeechobee,
FL, 34973. Also if you are eligible
and have changed your address in
the past five years please let them
know so you can have more infor-
mation sent to you. The occasion
is sponsored by the Okeechobee
Historical Society and any profit
will assist with projects such as
two $500 scholarships given each
year to a deserving senior female
and male student.

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with dcircular drive.#201066 $230,000 #201498 $35,500

CBS 2/2 in gated community. Home hosts vault- '97 Homes of Merit Park Model 12x35 w/1
ed ceilings in master Br & living room. Hurricane addition, dbl. carport w/ boat port. Assoc.
shutters & safe room. Open your french doors & ind. lawn maint, water, cable, sewer, is
enjoy the breeze on the screen porch. heated pool & clubhouse. Park Ame
Community pool & clubhouse. Great place to indude 9 hole Exec. Par 3 GId Course, 9
raise a family! #201009 $159,900 Putt Putt Golf. $115,000 (94006)
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Betty Hazellief- 610-0144
Sharon Prevatt- 634-7069
Dee Reeder- 610-2485

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on 18 acre Call today to make
an appointment to show.
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on 3 Lots with screened
inground pool and fenced
back yard. MNILS# 201510

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Auctions 105
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of NW 5th Ave. Area. Dearly
missed! (863)261-5415

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BLUE HERON Sat., 9/13 &
Sun.' 9/14, 7am til ?, 1060
SE 21st St., Furniture, Quilt-
ing Material, Sewing Ma-
chines, Clothes, Toys &
Much More!
!Do'( Mliss
This One ,

OKEECHOBEE, Fri., Sat. &
Sun. Sept. 12th, 13th & 14th,
8am-2:30pm, 8001 SE 57th
Dr.-off Hwy 710 and 15A.
Wedding Items including
Dresses & More, Mens
Clothes, Games, Kids Items
and Lots of Misc. Items.

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helps you understand
the world around you.
No wonder newspaper
readers are more suc-
cessful people!

Full-Time 205
Employment -
Medical 210
Employment -
Part-Time 215
Wanted 220,
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230'

self motivated,
excellent pay
and benefits!
Fax resume to
or mail to
5351 S.W. 16th
Okeechobee, FI

Persons to run Collec-
tion/Disco routes. Earn
$400-$1000+ p/wk.
Need own ladder
equipped vehicle and
valid DL. Drug and
Background chk. $500
Signing Bonus for quali-
fied Ind. Call

needed for an infant. Nursing
background preferred. Mon-
day through Friday, 8 to 5.
Pay based on experience.
Call (863)763-4098
Lawn Maintenance Foreman
Spanish/English, exp.
helpful, clean FL Drivers
License. (772)460-1539

Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise your
yard sale in the classl-
fleds and make your
clean un a breeze!

,To survey Hunters, Anglers &
Hikers on public use area.
For Fish & Wildlife Commis-
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Tax Preparation 315

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we may not be aware of the
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area, use caution.


Babysittin 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435

License # 5698
& Pressure Washing
License #1126
or (863)261-6425

Painting, Repairs, Carpentry
Power Washing


Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Chins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/.
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys &.Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

GENERATOR Pramac, 7500
hp, used only 8hrs, paid
$1300 sell for $800

ELDERLY WOMAN looking for
a good running car, prefer 4
door and small. Under
$1000 (863)801-4083

Find It master. Sell it soon-
er In the classifieds

Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Property '915
Townhouses Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property *
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960

2br/2ba, W&D, $850 mo. +
$500. sec. (863)634-5780
ON RIM CANAL of Lake Okee-
chobee: ibr, furnished,
screened porch, utils inci'd.
$165/week. (772)359-1640
Ba. Available now! Very
clean, no pets. $525 mo. +
sec. (863)467-1717.
REMODELED 2br, 1ba, one
story. Oak Lake Apts., W/D,
$750. 1st. last. security.
Very clean! $600/mo. In-
cludes utilities. No pets.

KING'S BAY, 2/1, Pool, Ten-
nis, etc. Nice! $950 mo. +
sec. Includes water, electric,
cable.. 863-697-6428
back room. $695/mo.
Includes lawn maintenance.

3br, 2ba on huge lot. Rent
$875. Buy 130K Financing
Available (754)423-8202
CBS Home. W&D. Nice yard.
$750 mo. + sec. & ref's.
Call Don (954)290-0861
In the City 3,500 sq. ft.,
4BR/2BA, huge family rm.,
water, sewer & garbage
pickup furnished, $1,000
mo. Call 863-634-7353.
Tiled living room, carport.
'$1,000/mo. Lawrence
Associates, 1-800-543-2495
OKEE 2/1 CBS furnished,
carpeting, wood walls, new
a/c, enclosed porch, with W/D.
$875/mo inclds water
(786) 201-0306
OKEECHOBEE 4 mi East on
Hwy 70. 2BR, 1BA, W/D
hookup, apple. incl. CA/H,
$800/mo. (863)447-2130
BA, Modern w/boat dock.
Rent neg. 772-359-1640
Rent to Own 4/2
$1000 me. new, ready now.
863-599-0156 or
your backyard! 4BR/2BA,
Boat ramp. $1,300/month.
Lawrence Associates,

OKEECHOBEE Professional
male seeks same to share
large decorated home.

* 3 bdrm, 2 ba tile, washer and dryer,
boat dock
* 2 bdrm, 1 ba, fully furnished
* 1 bdrm, 1 ba, Key West Style Cottage
free Speech freeAds

31212 Blue Heron 2-story CBS home. Master downstairs.
Screened patio, dock on(Taylor Creek),, pet(s) neg.
$1,650- 1 yr lease or $1,400- 2 yr. lease.

612/2 CBS frame 2-story on Hwy 441 SE on 1/2 acre lot,
fenced, Irg living room,1 bd could be office, etc. Lrg
kitchen w/bar Pet(s) ok. $1,500
Also for sale REDUCED $209,000.

4/2/2 CBS off Hwy 710 near Everglades Elem School.
Pet(s) ok. Tile & carpet. Granite counters in kitchen.
Jacuzzi tub in master. $1,500

3/2/1 CBS in Basswood, only 2 years old, tile thru-out,
auto garage, on 1/3 acre lot, dead end street, no pets.
$1,000. Also for sale, Lease Purchase Available

3/2 brand new DW w/upgrades, Treasure Island in cul-
de-sac, furnished, lake access, deck & screened gazebo

312 DW in River Acres on 1 acre on the Kissimmee River.
S Furnished & remodeled w/laminate wood & file flooring.
Nice. peaceful neighborhood Dock & boat ramp,
screened rooms on front & back.

3/1 w/attached carport in Oak Park, remodeled, Irg. back-
yard fenced. Pet(s) ok.

Commercial building on Hwy 441 N. approx. 5800 sq. ft.
on 2.5 acres, great location, high traffic.
Warehouse/Showroom with rear loading dock. Attached
2bd/1ba apartment. Rent it all for only $3,500 mthr
Also for sale, REDUCED to $675,000.

20.5 Acres in Cabbage Wood Ranches for Sale @
$11,000 per acre or Lease for only $2,500 month.

Sena Tr-eadway 863-697-3207
Pr itchard's G(MAC (Real Estate
1 rrit" lIr/ u n i itih rniu Remral Needs.

Real Estate

Business Places *
Sale 100r
Property Sale '1010C
Townhouses Salel01
Farms Sale 102C
Houses Sale 102.
Hunting Property 103C
Property Sale 103E
Land Sale 104C
Lots Sale 104E
Open House' 105C
Out of State -
Property Sale 105E
Property Inspection106(
Real Estate Wanted106E
Resort Property -
Sale 107C
Warehouse Space 107E
Waterfront Property 108C

new, tile throughout,
easy finance. $119,000.
Call 863-484-0809,

OKEECHOBEE 7.410 acres
w/house, pond, barn, & 4 RV
hookups. Lots of Hwy 441
frontage. $500,000 neg.

Mobile Homes

M ile Home Lots 2
Mobile Home Lorts 20

Mobile Homes Rent 20
Mobile Homes Sale 20

furnished or unfurnished.
$750 mo. + sec. dep. &
refs. (863)824-0981

3BR, 2/BA, 925 SW 39th
Lane. Call 863-610-1092 or
Small 2BR Trailer, quiet sur-
roundings, $425 mo., incl.
water, elec. garbage, may
pay weekly. 863-763-3613

Mobile Home Angels

Find It faster. Sell It soon-
er In the classifieds

3BR, walk-in closets, 2BA,
den, LR, DR, appls, ceiling
fans, roof-over, covered
front/back porches, CA/H,
fenced back yard, pole barn,
2 car driveway, 1 car
carport, located at 4232 SE
22nd Court,Treasure Island,
$424;890 $114,900 Call
863-467-7911 for appt.


Boats, 3
Campers/RVs 3C
Jet Skiis 3C
Marine Accessories 3C
Marine Miscellaneous 3(
Motorcycles 3C
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3(

BAY BOAT 21', with Evinrude
225 HP motor, $10,000. Call
GHEENOE 15' Ft w/25hp, To-
hatasu Engine, Stick Steer-
ing, Trolling motor & Trailer.
$3000 239-823-2587


Automobiles 4(
Autos Wanted 4C
Classic Cars 4C
Commercial Trucks 4C
Equipment 4C
Foreign Cars 4C
Four Wheel Drive 40
Heavy Duty Trucks 4C
Parts Repairs 4C
Pickup Trucks- 4C
Sport Utility 4C
Tractor Trailers 4C
Utility Trailers 4C
Vans 4C

4X4, Orig. 6 cyl. Tornado en-
gine. $4500 please call


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Public Notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public- .."
Legal Notice 5500

VS. CASE NO. 08 382 CA
Whose residence aris unknown
YOU ARE HEREBY re d to tile your
answer or written defenses, if any, in
the above proceeding with the Clerk of
this Court, and to serve a copy thereof
upon the plaintiff's attorney, whose
name and address appears hereon.
within thirty days ol the first publica-
tion of this Notice, the nature of this
proceeding being a suit for foreclosure
of mortgage against the following de-
scnbed properly, to wit
LOTS 23, 24, 25, AND 26, BLOCK 22,
XX NW 21st Lane
Okeechobee, FL 34972
If you fail to file your answer or written
defenses in the above proceeding, on
plaintiff's attorney, a default will be en-
tered against you for the relief de-
manded in the Complaint or Petition
26th day of August, 2008.
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Kathy Arnold
Deputy Clerk
In accordance with the American with
Disabilities Act of 1990, persons
needing a special accommodation to
participate in this proceeding should
contact the ASA Coordinator no later
than seven (7) days prior to the pro-
ceedings, I hearing Impaired, please
call 1800) 935-9771 (IDD1 or
1800) 955-8770 (voice), via Florida
Relay Service.
290283 ON 9/5,12/08


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File No 2008 CP 146
Division: Probate
The administration of the estate of Marjo-
rie D. Bower, deceased, whose date of
death was December 07th, 2007, and
whose social security number is
114327260. is pending in the Circuit
Court for Okeechobee County, Florida,
Probate Division, the address of which
is 312 NW 3rd St., Okeechobee, FL
34972. The names and addresses of
the personal representative and the
personal representative's attorney are
set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate on whom a
copy of this notice is required to be
served must file their claims with this
All other creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's estate must
file their claims with this court WITHIN
The date of first publication of this notice
is Sept. 5th, 2008,
Personal Representative'
SRobert 0 Bower
2053 Bergamo Way
Northndge. CA 91326
Anthony Dale George, Jr, PA
Attorney At Law
Atorey for Personal Representative
759 S. Federal Highway
Suite 206
Stuart, FL 34994
Telephone: (772) 286-2200
Florida Ba[No.22787
290258 ON 9/5,12/08

How do you find a Job In
today's competitive
market? In the employ,
meant section of the clas-


The Value Adjustment Board of Okee-
chobee County will convene its annual
organizational meeting on Tuesday,
September 16, 2008 at 11:00 am. at
the Health Department Auditorium,
1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee,
Any person deciding to appeal any de-
cision made by the Board with respect
to any matter considered at such
meeting will need a record of the pro-
ceedings, and thal for such purpose,
he or she may need to ensure that a
verbatim record of the proceedings is
made, which record must include the
testimony and evidence upon which
the appeal is based.
Commissioner Marvin Wherrell,
Value Adjustment Board
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Value Adjustment Board
290530ON 9/5,12/08

Awesome Self Storage, 6489 US 441 SE,
Okeechobee, FL 34974 will dispose of
stored items on Sept 27, 2008.
Owners UnhL
Scott Bickel 228
Lisa Bickel 213
Fred Bolling Jr. 33
.m.- HTr 665
L h. .)I ,Tl,. 48
Lawrence Ritchie 211
Cathy Sellers 252 & 253
291319ON 9/12,19/08

School Board Executive Session
The Okeechobee County School Board
will meet in Executive Session on Fri-
day, September 19, 2008, at 5:30
p.m. in the Superintendent's Office at
700 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee,
with their attorney, chief negotiator,
and the Superinteennt in preparation
for continuing contract negotiations
with instructional and classified em-
ployee bargaining units.
Patricia G. Cooper, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
290657 ON 9/12/08

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or man's treasure. Turn
your trash to treasure
wlth an ad In the clas-

NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Planning
Board/Board of Adjustment and Appeals on Thursday, September 18, 2008 al
6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible. The meeting will be held at City Hall,
55 SE 3rd Avenue, in the Council Chambers, Room 200, Okeechobee, Rorida.
To consider Special Exception Petition No. 08-010-SE, submitted by Tiffanie Rami-
rez and AprilHayles on behalf of property, ... ir,-. I ... ..1.1 f., i ,.,Inr.e, ,,e
Donna Beck, allowing a beauty shop ",r1,,1 j , ',,Tr,,,, a ,' r ,r,,ai ifn,,:r
zoning district (Ref. Code Book Section 90-223(2)).
Property is located at 422 NW 3rd Street. Legal description: Lots 7 and 8 of Block
126, City of Okeechobee, and is approximately 0.344 acres.
A copy of the entire applications) and agenda are available in the General Servic-
es Office, Rm 101 at City Hall or by calling Betty Clement at (863) 763-3372 x
218. Please be advised that the Board of Adjustment and Appeals will serve as
the decision making body (quasi-judicial), on behalf of the City, to approve or
deny Special Exception Petitions.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the Beard of Adjustrnments and Appeals with respect to any mat-
ter considered at this meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a verbatim record of
the proceedings made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon
which the appeal is to be based. General Services media is for the sole purpose
of backup for official records of the department.
In accordance with the Amencans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florida Statute
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Betty Clement, no later than two (2) working days
pnor to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x 218; it you are heanng or voice im-
paired, call TDD 1-800-955-8770 (voice) or 1-800-955-8771 (TTY).
BY Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
Petition No. 08-010-SE
289916 ON 9/3,12/08

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Okeechobee News, Friday, September 12, 2008 13

VS. CASE NO. 2008 CA 257
in Defendant(s)
Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to a
I Final Summary Judgment of Foreclo-
sure entered in the above-styled
cause, in the Circuit Court of Okeecho-
bee County, Florida, I will sell the prop-
erty situate in Okeechobee County,
SFlorida, descnbed as:
To include a:
a 6975 NE 11th Lane
Okeechobee, FL 34972
at public sale, to the highest and best
bidder, for cash, in the Jury Assembly
Room of the Okeechobee County Judi-
cial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, 2nd
Floor, Suite 257, Okeechobee, FL
34972 at 11:00 o'clock, A.M., on
DATED THIS 26th day of Aug., 2008.
Any person claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, if any, other
than the property owner as of the date
of the lis pendens, must file a claim
Within 60 days after the sale.
,Wdness, my hand and seal of this court
on the th day ot Aug., 200d.
Clerk of the Circuit Court
Deputy Clerk
In accordance with the American with
Disabilities Act of 1990, persons
needing a special accommodation to
participate in this proceeding should
contact the ASA Coordinator no later
than seven (7) days prior to the pro-
ceedings. It hearing Impaired, please
call (800) 935-9771 (100DD) or
(800) 955-8770 (voice), via Florida
Relay Service.
291317 ON 9/12,19/08
VS. CASE NO. 08 83 CA
Whose residence are/is unknown.
YOU'ARE HEREBY required to file your
answer or written defenses, if any, in
the above proceeding with the Clerk of
this Court, and to serve a copy thereof
upop the plaintiff's attorney, whose
name and address appears hereon,
within thirty days of the first publica-
Sion of this Notice, the nature of this
proceeding being a suit for foreclosure
of mortgage against the following de-
scribed property, to wit:
LOTS 20, 21, AND 22, BLOCK 22,
XXXX NW 21st Lane
Okeechobee, FL 34972
If you fail to file your answer or written
defenses in the above proceeding, on
plaintiff's attorney, a default will be en-
tered against you for the relief de-
Smanded in the Complaint or Petition
26th day of August, 2008.
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Kathy Arnold
Deputy Clerk
In accordance with the American with
Diabillties Act of 1990, persons
needing a special accommodation tIn
participate In this proceeding should
contact the ASA Coordinator no later
than seven (7) days prior to the pro-
ceedings, II hearing ImpaIred, please
call (800) 935-9771 (DD) or
(800) 955-8770 (voice), via Florida
Relay Service.,
290285 ON 9/5,12/08

A public auction will be held at BMJ Tow-
ing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parrott Ave-
nue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 on
Friday the 26th day of September
2008 frorm 10:00-1100 AM Pursuant

to Florida statute 713.78 for unpaid
towing and storage. Year, Make, Model
& Vin's as follows:
1974 Highlander Boat Trailer
NOV1 N0200096258
2002 Gray Chrysler PT Cruiser
1994 White Chevy Prizm
2004 White Hyundai Sonata
Terms of sale are cash, and no checks
will be accepted. The seller reserves
the right of final bid. All sales are final,
No refunds will be made. Said automo-
biles will be sold in "AS IS" with no
291307 ON 9/12/08

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NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be field beloire he City of Okeechobee Planning
I .n. in.rr "i-tmin' .ind irMi' rn Thursday, September 18, 2008 at
55 Southeast 3rd Avenue, in the Council Cl,, .... ...... ', l i, r ,',
To consider a'request to change the zoning district from Residential Single Family-
One (RSF-1) to Heavy Commercial (CHV) for Petition No 08-005-R. The petition
is being submitted by property owners) Jerry W. Suarez The property is located
at 701 Northeast 3rd Street, Block 116, Okeechobee.
Legal description Parcel One: Lots 7 to 12, inclusive of Block 116, Okeechobee.
according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 1, Page 10, Public Records of
Okeechobee County, Florida and said plat being recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 5
Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida, and is approximately 1.04 acres;
Parcel Two: and a parcel of land lying in Section 15, Township 37 south, Range
35 East, Okeechobee County, Florida, and being comprised of one of the parcels
of land as recorded in 0 R Book 645, Page 1370 of the Public Records of Okee-
chobee County, Flonda and being more particularly described as follows. Com-
mencing at the Southeast corner of Lot 1 of Block 116, Okeechobee according to
the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 5, Public Records of Okeechobee
County, Florida. Thence run South and running along the Western boundary of
Parcel 4 according to the Plat No. 1 of Taylor Creek Watershed as recorded in Plat
Book 3, Page 29, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida, to the centerline
of the 15 foot alleyway in said Block 116, to the Southeast corner of Lot 12 ol
said Block 116 and also being the Northwest corner of Parcel 3 of said Plat No. 1
of Taylor Creek Watershed, thence run Southwesterly, along the Western boun-
dary of said Parcel 3, to the centerline of Northeast 3rd Street (formerly Ninth
Street); thence run East, along said centerline of said Northeast 3rd Street (for-
merly Ninth Street) extended East, to the Western Shoreline of Taylor Creek;
thence run Northerly, along said Western Shoreline of Taylor Creek, to the inter-
section with the centerine of said 15 foot alleyway extended East; thence run
West, along the centerline of said alleyway extended, to the Point of Beginning
and is approximately 0.46 acres.
A copy of the agenda may be obtained from the City websie twwhwcitYofUkechb- or contact the General Services Department, bclementcvitvofokeecho- (863) 763-3372 x 218. A copy of the entire applications) are available
at the General Services Department. The Planning Boar will make recommenda-
tions to the City Council for consideration and final adoption tentatively scheduled
for Tuesday, October 21, 2008.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that it any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the Planning Board/Board of Adjustments and Appeals with re-
spect to any matter considered at this meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a
verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony
and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Media are used for tIhe sole
purpose of back-utip for the General Services Office
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florida Statute
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Betty Clement, no later than two (2) working days
prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x 218: if you are hearing or voice im-
paired, call TOODD 1-800-955-8770 (voice) or 1-888-955-8771 (TTY).
BY: Bran Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
Petition No. 08a005-R
289923 ON 9/3,12/08
NOTICE: The City of Okeechobee Planning Board will meet as the Local Planning
Agency on Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as
possible, to consider any proposed amendments, submitted by City Staff or citi-
zens, to the adopted City Comprehensive Plan, which may include amendments
to the adopted Land Development Regulations (LDR's). All amendments are for-
warded, with a recommendation, to the City Council for final consideration. The
meeting will be held at City Hall, 55 Southeast 3rd Avenue, lit the Council Cham-
bers, Room 200, Okeechobee, Florda.
A copy of the agenda may be obtained from the City web site www.citvofokeecho- or contact the General Services Department, bclement(fcilofokeecho-a, (863) 763-3372x 218.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the Planning Board with respect to any matter considered at
this meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings
is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the ap-
peal is to be based. General Services media are used for the sole purpose of
back-up for the department.
In accordance with the Amencans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florida Statute
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Betty Clement, no later than two (2) working days
prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x 218; if you are heanng or voice im-
paired, call TDD 1-800-955-8770 (voice) or 1-888-955-8771 (TTY).
BY: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
289927 ON 9/3,12/08


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Okeochobee County Code Enforcement
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The Okeechobee County Special Magistrate will hold a public meeting on Tuesday,
September 16, 2008 at 2:00 p.m The public meeting will be held at the Okeecho-
bee County Health Department Auditorium, located at 1728 NW. 9th Avenue,
Okeechobee, Florida. For more information, contact Faye Huffman at the Planning
and Development Department, 499 N.W. 5th Avenue, Okeechfbee, 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
Listed below are meeting dates for the remainder of 2008
October 21, 2008 November 18, 2008 December 16, 2008
Faye Huffman, Secretary to the
Code Enforcement Special Magistrate
289782 ON 9/12,14/08
NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Planning
p,-,hr,-,-, -~ di,,-i,-n' n-ni rr,- ,-n Thursday, September 18, 2008 at
S 111 ii i .. . .. i II i. ...1 Tihe meeting will be held at City Hall,
55 Southeast 3rd Avenue, in the Council Chamlbers, Room 200, Okeechlobee
To consider a request for a Comprehensive Plan Small Scale Future Land Use Map
Amendment Application No 08-005-SSA -i .;i.i. ..... i i ,
erty ownerss, Jerry Suarez, The appihcationi. i iii, ,,,, i ,i 1
dciqrnnrtion n in Cinqir Family (SF) to Commercial (C) for property located at
Legal description. Parcel One: Lots 7 to 12, inclusive of Block 116, Okeechobee,
according to the plat ithereolf recorded in Plat Book 1, Page 10, Public Records of
Okeechobee County, Flonda and said plat being recorded n Plat Book 5, Page 5
Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida, and
Parcel Two a parcel of land lying in Section 15, Township 37 south. Range 35 East,
Okeechobee County, Florida, and being comripnsed of one of the parcels of land as
recorded in O.R. Book 645, Page 1370 of the Public Records of Okeechobee
County, Florida and being more particularly described as follows: Commencing at
the Southeast corner of Lot 1 of Block 116, Okeechobee according to tire plat
thereof recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 5, Public Records of Okeechobee County,
Florida. Thence run South and running along the Western boundary of Parcel 4
according to the Plat No 1 of Taylor Creek Watershed as recorded in Plat Book 3,
Page 29, Public Records of Okeechobee County Florida, to the centerline of the
15 foot alleyway in said Block 116, to the Southeast corner of Lot 12 of said
Block 116 and also being the Northwest corner of Parcel 3 of said Plat No. 1 of
Taylor Creek Watershed; thence run Southwesterly, along the Western boundary
of said Parcel 3, to the centerline of Northeast 3rd Street (formerly Ninth Street);
thence run East, along said centerline of said Northeast 3rd Street (formerly Ninth
Street) extended East, to the Western Shoreline of Taylor Creek; thence run North-
erly, along said Western Shoreline of Taylor Creek, to the intersection with the
centerline of said 15 foot alleyway extended East: thence run West, along the can-
terline of said alleyway extended, to the Point of Beginning.
A copy of the entire applications) and agenda are available in the General Services
Offce, Rm 101 at City Hall or by calling Betty Clement at (863) 763-3372 x 218
The Planning Board will make recommendations to the City Council for considera-
tlon and final adoption tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, October 7, 2008
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the Planning Board with respect to any matter considered at
this meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings
is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the ap-
peal is to be based General Services media are used for the sole purpose of
back-up for the department.
In accordance with the Amencans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florida Statute
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Betty Clement, no later than two (2) working days
pnor to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x 218; if you are hearing or voice im-
paired, call TOO 1-800-955-8770(voice) or 1-800-955-8771 (TTY).
BY Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
Application No. 08-005-SSA
209918 ON 9/3,12/08



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Gun winner
The winner of the 12-gauge Benelli shot gun, given away by the Lake Okeecho-
bee Airboat Association (LOAA) at the Labor Day Festival, was Mr. George Mar-
shall from Okeechobee. Mr. Marshall says that this is the first time he's won
anything. Pictured are (left to right), Mr. John "Buddy" Hancock, LOAA Presi-
dent, and George Marshall, gun winner.

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar

Academy of Finance advisor
Daryl Roehm (left) head of the OHS Academy of Finance, Dr. Patricia Cooper
(center-left), and Mike Radebaugh (right) presented John Geitner (center-right)
Senior Vice President of Seacoast National Bank with an award for his service
as an advisory board member for vocational programs at OHS.

pkeechobee news/Pete Gawda

FEMA's gone
On Monday afternoon, Sept. 8 all that was left of the FEMA center in Okeecho-
bee was an empty parking lot, a portable air conditioning unit, a generator and
portable lights. From Aug. 29 to Sept.6 the generator, air conditioning unit and
lights served a large tent and a motor home. During that time 166 survivors of
Tropical Storm Fay came to the site for assistance. State Emergency Response
Team and Small Business Administration personnel as well as FEMA personnel
were on hand to help them.

Radio station adds FM

By Chauna Aguilar '
Okeechobee News
You can now hear the local
voices of WOKC 1570 AM on
the FM tuner 100.9 FM. They
began this additional trans-
mission with a live remote
broadcast from the Labor Day
Festival on Saturday, Aug. 30.
General Manager Will
Skinner explained that the
FCC granted Glades Media
Group a permit to use a trans-
mitter for the new FM station
100.9 FM.
Since purchasing the sta-
tion in 2001, Glades Media
Group owners Robbie Cas-
tellanos and Jim Johnson,
who together deal with the
technological engineering
aspect and the personnel as-
pect of the company, have
been working to obtain the
FM permit.
According to the grant,
WOKC is allowed to broad-
cast their same programming
from their AM station on the
FM transmitter.
This will allow for a broad-
er range of listeners due to the
new tower that is now located
off of Wolff Road. According
to Mr. Skinner, the station can
now be heard just south of
Lakeport; at U.S. 27 and S.R.
70; and past Indiantown.
In addition to the FM
broadcast, on Monday, Aug.
18, WOKC changed their for-
mat to True Country in order
to serve their loyal long-time
audience as well as attract
new listeners. Their new
format includes '90s and
'80s Country as a major part
of their programming with
songs up to today's country.

There are also 'throw-ins'
from the- '60s and '70s coun-
try music as well.
For all of the Brahman
Football fans, Charles Mur-
phy does a remote broadcast
of the OHS football games
which are also streamed
live on their web-site, www.
The web-site will also
stream the sports line show
on Wednesday.
Due to the local station
being an asset during local
emergencies, the new tower
is equipped with a generator ,
and propane tank to operate

in the case of power being
out during events such as a
hurricane. WOKC goes into
emergency mode during hur-
ricanes where the radio hosts,
such as Billy Dean stay on-air
constantly giving updates to
local events surrounding the
impending storm or other
For more information
please visit their web-site at
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.
com. Reporter Chauna Agullar
can be reached at cagullar@

Okeechobee News/Chauna Agullar
This new tower was placed on Wolff Road prior to the
new broadcast of the WOKC 100.9 FM.

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OHS takes on Avon Park Red Devils



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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The once-proud Avon 'Park
football program fell on hard
times last year as they finished
(1-9). That got their coach fired.
Included in their losses was a
blowout against Okeechobee.
Okeechobee will have a lot to
play for this week. They lost to
defending state champion Jupiter
Christian last week, 40-18. Avon
Park also dropped their opener,
27-0, to Ridge Community of

Lake Wales.
Avon Park always has athletes.
Virgil Cooper is a three-year start-
er at running back and is the Red
Devil's biggest offensive threat.
Avon Park mixes up their of-
fense with a variety of formations
including the I formation, three
wide, and. four wide. They com-
pleted just two passes in their
One of their key problems
last week was 26 team penalties,
an unsightly number. Brahman

Coaches said that might help
them get their first win.
"If we execute, we won't be
beat. The only team that has beat
us is ourself," Brahmans Coach
Chris Branham said.
A key element this week will be
the cramping issue. Several Brah-
man players went to the sidelines
in the second half against Jupiter
Christian. Erick McQueen sat out
the entire second half. Kareem
Jones, the leader of the defense,
missed most of the second half.

Coach Branham said he will
make sure that all of his players
are properly hydrated so they
don't miss key portions of the
On the injury front linebacker
Louis Ruiz is still out with a knee
injury. Brant Harden (broken
foot) is also out of tonight's game.
Pablo Cardenas, the new starter
at offensive center, has a back
injury. Defensive End Sam Dixon
is nursing a neck injury. Josh Mc-
Call, a recent call up from the ju-

nior varsity, has a hip pointer.
. McQueen (cramps) and Jona-
than Shrock are available tonight.
Coach Branhani said he wants
to see some veteran players step
up and become leaders of the
team. "Last week was the worst
tail kicking I've seen as head
coach. I was stunned afterward.
I had to ask my assistant coaches,
what just happened," he noted.
Branham said he plans to ro-
tate players more to keep them
fresh tonight.

Daily dove hunt permits go on sale

Okeechobee News/Charles

Captain Megan Clements
prepares to serve dur-
ing Tuesday's volleyball
match at OHS when they
defeated Westwood con-

Daily dove hunt permits go on
sale at 10 a.m. EDT Sept. 18, for
special-opportunity dove fields
throughout the state, the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) announced
on Wednesday, Sept. 3.
Worksheets are available from
FWC regional offices and at MyF- under "Special-
Opportunity Worksheets." Sports-
men may apply for these permits
at, by
calling 1-888-HUNT-FLORIDA
(486-8356), at county tax collec-
tors' offices or license agents.
The cost for the permit is $35,
which entitles one adult and one
youth (under age 16) to hunt to-
gether, but allows only one daily
bag limit of birds to be harvested
between them.
Permits are available for the
following special-opportunity
public dove fields: Allapattah
Flats (Martin County 25 daily-use
permits), Brown Farm (Holmes

County 12 daily-use permits),
Caravelle Ranch (Putnam County
- 40 daily-use permits), Combs
Farm (Baker County 10 daily-use
permits), Frog Pond (Dade Coun-
ty 37 daily-use permits), Fussell
Farm (Polk County 12 daily-use
permits), and North Newberry
(Alachua County 17 daily-use
Sportsmen also have the op-
tion of buying a $10 Youth Permit
at the same time they purchase a
Dove Hunt Permit. This entitles
the youth (under age 16), while

hunting under the supervision of
the adult permit holder, to harvest
his own daily bag limit of birds.
Beginning Oct. 5, up-to-date
information on field conditions
and bird numbers will be avail-
able by visiting the Dove Hunter's
Hotline at
For more information on how
you and your family can get in-
volved in these unique special-
opportunity dove hunts, visit My-

amrS to Tech

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Lining up the

Taylor Fulford knocks in
a putt during Wednes-
day's girls' golf match in

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Pray for

the riders
A meeting of the Okeecho-
bee Division of Florida
High School Rodeo As-
sociation was held at Cus-
tom Graphics and Design
office. The opening prayer
was done by Jerrod Jen-
kins (left) for the contin-
ued safety and protection
of all the 32 members of
performers this year. Jer-
rod prayed with Jacoby
Johns (right) as he pre-
pares to go to Las Vegas
to ride in the rodeo event
there. The Okeechobee
Cattlemen graciously of-
fered the rodeo team a
very generous offer to as-
sist with parking cars in
exchange for donations
at the Labor Day Rodeo.
The money collected will
being used for rodeo gear,
spurs, travel or saddles.

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Okeechobee News, Friday, September 12, 2008 15

Girls' golf shows progress

in loss to John Carroll

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee High School
Girls Golf Team lost to John Car-
roll last week by 70 strokes. In
the rematch on Wednesday,
Okeechobee played much better
and lost by 45 strokes.
Girl's Coach Lonnie Sears said
he was impressed with how his
girls played and how they have
applied things he has taught them
in practice.
"They are still first-year play-
ers. They lost by 70 strokes last
time, and 45 this time, that's a big
improvement. Hey we're improv-
ing," he noted.
Sears praised Taylor Fulford
and Shyanne Prescott for making
better contact with the ball and
lowering their scores.
"They are listening in practice
and learning, that's a good thing,"
Sears added.
Paige Arnold led the team with
a score of 58. Raychel Rabon
scored a 68. Fulford shot 68 and
Prescott 64, over nine holes.
John Carroll shot 213 as a
"We'll continue to work on
making contact and our hand
and eye coordination. Most of
them are new players. However,

many of the girls have made a big
improvement in their scores," he

The girls will have another
match next week. The (late and
time have not been announced.

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Emily Raulerson tees off on a par 3 at the Okeechobee Golf
and Country Club, Wednesday.

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Paige Arnold lines up a putt during Okeechobee match with John Carroll, Wednesday.

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Okeechobee News, Friday, September 12, 2008

Girl's volleyball '

defeats Westwood L (

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee hardly had to
break a sweat Tuesday as they
defeated Westwood convincingly,
25-13, 25-7, and 25-12 at the Brah-
man gym.
The win improved Okeecho-
bee to (3-0) to start the year. That
is identical to the start they en-
joyed last year.
"I tried to get everybody in as
much as possible and get them
some experience in a' home
match at a varsity level," Brah-
mans Coach Jacque Robinson
said, "It was interesting. I'm al-
ways happy with the win but I'm
a little on the disappointed side
with our personal play as a group
Okeechobee did make a num-
ber of unforced errors. They still
controlled things as Westwood
did not offer much of a power at-
tack at the net.
Paige McCreary had seven aces
at the serving line for Okeecho-
bee. Kari Berger had 19 assists.
Naomi Stevens had two blocks at
the net. Monica Koger had nine
kills at the net.
Reserve Janezzka Koger had
an excellent match as well with
five aces and five kills. She said
the team played well.
"I feel good. I tried my hardest
and worked my best," she noted.
"It was a pretty good match, we
did pretty well. I think this season
should go very well."
Okeechobee jumped out to
early leads in all three games
and were never really threatened
by the younger Lady Panthers.
Coach Robinson said most of the
Westwood team is underclass-
men that don't have a lot of expe-
rience. Okeechobee also missed
two key players due to illness.
Robinson said the girls have
a lot of room for improvement.
However she praised their work
ethic and promised the team will
This weekend the girl's will
have a big test when they take
part in the Gator Town Classic in
Gainesville Coach Robinson said
some of the lop team-s in the state
%ill be in the tournament andi that
it %\ill show ihe tejm what they

need to work on.
Robinson, a Florida Gator
alumnus, said she also is looking
forward to returning home to her
college which she calls her favor-
ite place in the world.
"The University of Florida is
just a great experience for every-
one, whether you're a Gator fan
or not. It's something you have to
see," she noted.
Robinson said the girl's should
have a great experience as they
play volleyball and get a peak at
what the college life is all about.
She also promised to give the girls
a tour of the sports facilities at the
University which includes a rela-
tively new volleyball complex.
Jensen Beach and Gainesville
Buchholz, both defending state
champions, will compete in the
Koger said all of the girl's on
the team are excited about the
trip. "It's pretty fun because we'll
be playing teams from all over.
It'll be real good."
The tournament is held on Fri-
day and Saturday.

Okeechobee News/Charles Murpny
Kari Berger sets up an assist
during Okeechobee's victory
over Westwood.

Ready for soccer
Boys and Girls of Okeechobee showed up at the soccer fields across from North Elementary School for orientation for
soccer with the Okeechobee County Parks and Recreation Department on Thursday, Sept. 5.


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Janezzka Koger #8, Naomi Stevens, #3, and Kari Berger #4
celebrate a point with teammates Tuesday.

Sports News in Brief

OHS Golf Tournament
OHS Golf Tournament will
be held at Okeechobee Golf and
Country Club on Sept. 13. Cost
is $50 a player. Four-man teams.
Will begin at 8 a.m. 1st, 2nd and
3rd place prizes.
Hole sponsors are $100 each.
Hole sponsors plus name on
shirts $200 each. Free t-shirts for
every golfer from Quality Tees and
Sporting Goods. For information
call Mark Ward at 863-634-1772.

Fall Adult Softball
Leagues open
We will begin signing teams
for our next adult softball league
(for men, women and co-ed play)
and invite all interested manag-
ers, players and officials to attend
an organizational meeting at the
Okeechobee County Civic Center,
located at 1750 Highway 98 N, at
7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17.
Team fees will be: Men's
League $375 (+ $25 Annual ISA
Fee) Women's League $325 Co-
Ed League $325
To participate in these leagues,
team fees must be paid no later
than 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26.
All checks must be made payable
to: "B.O.C.C." (Board of County
Games are tentatively sched-
uled to begin the week of Oct. 6.
For additional information, call
Okeechobee County Parks & Rec-
reation at 863-763-6950.

VFW Auxiliary plans
golf tournament
The VFW Post 10539 Ladies

Auxiliary will hold their third an-
nual golf tournament on Sept.
27 at the Indianwood Golf and
Country Club, Indiantown.
Tee off will be at 8 a.m., sign
up at the VFW Post 10539 or mail
in entry forms. Entry fees are $50
individuals or $220 for 4 person
Hole sponsorship is available
and appreciated. Everyone is wel-
come! Proceeds will go to sup-
port the VFW National Home for
Children and the Wounded War-
rior Program.
For information call Cheryl Be-
niot at 863-697-2930.

Fall Bowling
Leagues starting
Sign up now for bowl-
ing leagues 'at Stardust Lanes.
Leagues will Monday through Fri-
day and Sunday. For information
call 863-467-1800.

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

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