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Publication Date: September 14, 2008
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............- GAINESVILLE FL 32611

Main Street plans
Halloween fest
Okeechobee Main Street is
again this year partnering with
the Okeechobee County Board
of County Commissioners, City
Council, Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Department and the
City of Okeechobee Police
Department to provide a safe
alternative to trick or treating
": with our "Fourth Annual Hal'
loween Festival" to be held on
Friday, Oct. 31, from 6-9 p.m.
at the Agri-Civic Center on Hwy
710. This event will include
games, a haunted house, cos-
tume contest and lots of treats!
The costume contest will be in
four age groups, ages 0-2, 3-5,
6-10 and 11-14. There will be
prizes for the winners. They
are also accepting donations of
candy, so start saving now, the
donation drop off locations will
be posted soon. If your busi-
ness or organization would like
to join in on the fun and set up
a game booth, or you would
like to give a monetary gift to-
wards this event please contact
Okeechobee Main Street's Ex-
ecutive Director Toni Doyle at
863-357-MAIN (6246).

Special Equestrian
volunteers needed
Okeechobee Special Eques-
trian come help special needs .
children ride horses. Volun-'
teer as little as one hour per
week. For more information,
call 863-393-3206 or: www.
org. Fall sign ups are under way,
for weekly lessons for children
with special and unique needs
such as autism, ApD-HD, CP,
down syndrome, etc. Call for

Quit Smoking Now
classes offered
The Okeechobee County
Health Department (OCHD)
offers a Tobacco Prevention
and Education Program for the
community. The purpose of the
program is to reduce adult and
youth tobacco use, and provide
tobacco resources to residents,
businesses and community or-
ganizations in the county. For
information, call 863-462-5781.

Drought Index

Current: 317
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

15.13 feet
Last Year: 9.60 feet
WSSposjored By:

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

Births/Weddings........................ 2
Classifieds....... .... 13-14
Community Calendar................. 4
Community Events.................... 6
Crossword............................... 14
O pinion................................... .... 4
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Sports......... ......................... 16
W eather.................................7....
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Lake pulse releases resume

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The rapid rise of Lake Okeecho-
bee following Tropical Storm Fay
has been slowed, but officials are
concerned about the lake level.
On Friday, Sept. 12 Steve Dubah,
chief engineer for the Jackson-
ville District of the U. S. Army
Corps of Engineers, stated that at
15.12 feet, Lake Okeectiobee is
"essentially steady." However he
warned that the lake level is. high
for this time of year and that we
are still in the hurricane season.
On Saturday Sept. 13, the corps
ended the first round of low level
pulse releases. Because of the ef-

fects of Hurricane Ike to the west
coast of Florida, pulse releases to
the Caloosahatchee River had' al-
ready been halted on Sept. 10.
However, a new 14-day se-
ries of low level pulse releases is
scheduled to begin on Tuesday,
Sept. 16. The average daily flow
to the Caloosahatchee River will
be 3,000 cubic feet per second
(CFS) and 1,500 CFS to the St. Lu-
cie Canal.
Mr. Dubah said there is no
specific target for lake elevation:
He said the purpose of the pulse
releases is to keep the lake level
within the operating range of the
new regulation schedule. The
goal of the new regulation sched-

ule is to keep the lake between
12.5 and 15.5 feet. It allows for
releases up to 4,000 CFS to the
Caloosahatchee River and 1,800
CFS to the St. Lucie Canal.
The lake level was 11.26 feet
when the storm hit on Aug. 19. In
the following week the lake rose
two feet.
Many factors including the
ecology of the estuaries, water
supply, public health and safety
and flood control are taken into
consid.rtion when setting up
pulsei-. ases. Pulse releases are
desig 'cio mimic a natural rain
event ,..':
PostqS'opinions in the Public Is-
sues.abum at

Okeechobee News/Tile photo
Sunday, Sept. 14, at Osceola Middle School and Florida
Community Health Center will hold a blood drive in hon-
or of Dr. Fred Brown. Dr. Brown has been caring for chil-
dren in Okeechobee for 28 years. This photo illustrates
the generations of care that Dr. Brown has provided as
he listens to the heartbeat of Edsal Jones with his mom,
Amanda Jones who is a former patient.

Yeates and the officers with the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's

See Dr. Brown Page 7

Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken
Lake Okeechobee was at 15.12 feet on Tuesday. The high-
er lake levels are attracting birds and fishermen.

City asked to

close streets

Public hearing on
city tax rate Tuesday

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The street closing that First
Baptist Church is requesting
could be finalized at Tuesday's
city council meeting. The city
will also be looking at the Com-
munity developmentt Block, s
Grant (CDBG) program and (
conducting a public hearing on t
the budget. f
The council is scheduled to
hold a public hearing hnd then
vote on an ordinance to close
an alley and portions of S.W
Fifth Street and S.W. Fourth Av-
enue. First Baptist Church owns
Property on both sides of these

If you go ...
What: Meeting of the
Okeechobee City Council
Where: Council Chambers,
Okeechobee City Hall, 55
S.E. Third Ave.
When: 6 p.m., Tuesday,
SepL 16
streets and the alley and is re-
questing the closings in order
o consolidate their, property to
acilitate a building program.
The council also will consid-
er an ordinance to adopt a lo-
cal housing assistance plan that
outlines how housing is admin-
stered for the very low and low
See Streets Page 7

Magistrate to

hear code cases

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Special code magistrate Lois
Nichols is scheduled to hear 17
cases' Tuesday afternoon. Of
those 17, four could have fines
The Abdul Cumber trust was
cited for having a condemned
structure on a N.E. 15th Avenue
According to code enforce-
ment officer Beth Albert, An-
dres Sanchez must either re-
move or get the proper permits
for a metal building on his N.E.

If you go ...
What: Code Magistrate
When: 2 p.m. Tuesday,
Sept. 16
Where: Health Department
Auditorium, 1798 N.W. 9th
Third Drive property.
Javier and Gloria Tinajero
will have to answer to charges
See Magistrate Page 7

Submitted photo/Patty Coyne
National Anthem Day
Third, fourth, and fifth grade students at Everglades El-
ementary school celebrated National Anthem Day Friday
by proudly flying the flag and singing the National An-

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee residents can
show their support of Doctor
Fred D. Brown by donating
blood at the Big Red Bus Sun-
day, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. until
4 p.m. in the Osceola Middle
School parking lot, 825 S.W.
28th Street, or visit Florida Com-
munity Health. Center Lake-
shore Pediatric Center, 1100 N.,"
Parrott Ave. ,
Doctor Brown, a long-time
resident and local pediatrician,
has been undergoing treatment
recently for an illness requiring
multiple blood transfusions.
FCHC has coordinated this ef-
fort to help raise the local blood
supply. The two-day blood drive
started Saturday.
All donors will receive a
coupon for ten wings at Beef
O'Brady's or a free drink and
chips from Jersey Mike's (with
the purchase of a sub) and a
special donor shirt. Lt. Lester

Students will see

changes in grading plan

Schools raise
standards for FCAT

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Although it hasn't been offi-
cially approved by the Okeecho-
bee County School Board as an
addition to the Student Progres-
sion Plan, several stutlents in
Okeechobee district schools
will be graded differently this

school year.
Kindergartners will receive
academic grades of E, S, N, or
U in reading and mathematics.
Students will receive an
effort grade of E, S, N, or U
in writing, science and so-
cial studies. (E=Excellent Ef-
fort; S=Satisfactory Effort;
N=Needs to Improve; and
U= Unsatisfactory)
Students will also receive a
conduct grade of S, N, or U.
Previously, kindergarten
teachers filled out a form on

each student which detailed
specific things that their child
had learned or mastered or
needed improvement on. This
included things such as specific
letters and sounds.
To make sure that parents
continue to get detailed infor-
mation, there will be an ad-
ditional sheet with the kinder-
garten report card that details
specific things the student can
do and things to work on even
with the new format. Accord-
See Grading Page 7

Donors needed: Look for the Big Red Ru

-. fe

uKeecnooee eNews/uiane immons
Two generations of Dr. Fred Brown's patients stand by the Big Red Bus on Saturday in
Okeechobee. The adults gave blood in his support. (Left .! right) Lenny Stelert, Bran-
don Rucks, Deputy Rodney Rucks, Dorothy Rucks and Derwm Rucks.

Blood drive honors Dr. Brown

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2 Okeechobee News, Sunday, September 14, 2008

Wedding Announcement _

Birth Announcement

* Otis i. i'. ., Clem ons (.lln.i i .1
Davis-Davis the ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of
Courtney Brooke Davis and Roger Wayne Davis of Lake City,
Marshall Brian Davis were united and Cathy Langley Bandy of Lake
in marriage on May 17, 2008 at The Butler. She is the granddaughter of
Thomas Center in Gainesville, Fla. the late Mr. and Mrs. Alvin "Sport"
l- q .1 '. .

Mr. & Mrs. Marshall Davis

Lesley Cheyenne Brewer of
Greenwood, Ind., and Grant Na-
thaniel Deaton of Greenwood,
Ind., were joined in marriage on
August 16, 2008 at Mount Pleas-

Mr. & Mrs. Grant Deaton

Davis, and the Mrs. Mattie Langley
and the late Mr. George Langley.
The groom is the son of Mr. and
Mrs. Joey Brian Davis of Okeecho-
bee. He is the grandson of Mrs. Pat
Douglas and the late Mr. Foy Cun-
ningharn, and Mr. and Mrs. David
Davis of Okeechobee.
Given in marriage by her father,
the bride wore a white lace fully-
beaded strapless gown. She wore a
lace trimmed cathedral length veil
made by her mother. She carried
a bouquet of white magnolias and
coral roses.
The Thomas Center was deco-
rated with white magnolias and
coral flowers. A classical Musical
Prelude was performed by a pianist
for the seating of the guests. "You
Raise Me Up" was sung by Mrs.
Sondra Andrews Thomas for the
giving of the bride.
Heather Davis Ward, sister of
the bride, of Lake City, served as
the Matron of Honor. Blair Davis,
sister of the bride; of Lake City,
served as the maid of honor. The
bridesmaids were Lindsey Davi-
son Reddish of Lake Butler, Ra-
chel Davis, sister of the groom, of
Okeechobee, Emily Clements Mc-
Clelland of Wauchula, Stacie Jones
of Lake Butler. They wore coral tea
length chiffon dresses by Jasmine.
The bridesmaids carried bouquets
of white magnolias. The flower
girl, Kailyn Ward, of Lake City, is
the niece of the bride. She wore a
coral tea length dress made by the
bride's mother. She carried a ball of
white and coral flowers..
Joey Davis, father of the groom,
of Okeechobee, served as best
man. Groomsmen were Robert
Burney, Chase Pearce, and Bobby
ant Christian Church in Green-
wood, Ind.
The bride is a former resident
of Okeechobee. She is a 2002
graduate of Center Grove High
School. She is employed at For-
est Lawn Memorial Gardens. She
is the daughter of David Brewer
and Marilyn Valentine Pitzulo of
Indianapolis, Ind.; :granddaugh-
ter of J.T. Brewer fTrtnerly of
Okeechobee and the late June
Brewer, Gary Valentine and'Twila
The groom is a 2001 graduate
of Perry Meridian High School.
He is employed at the Floor Club.
He is the son of Grant and Johnie
Deaton of Greenwood, Ind.;
grandson of John Kirkham of In-
dianapolis, Ind.
Pastor Jason Monroe officiated
the ceremony.
A reception was held at the
Latvian Community Center, India-
napolis, Ind.
The maid of honor was Rachel
Cox (friend of bride), matron of
honor was Kristian Shaw frienda
of bride), bridesmaids were,
Amy Shaw, Ashley Sample, both
friends of the bride and Natalie
Franklin (sister-in-law of groom.)
The flower girl was Adia Grind-
ean, friend of the bride.
The best man was Steven
Elfers, (friend of the groom),
groomsmen were, Jacob Franklin
(brother of groom), John Deaton
(brother of groom), Luke Fidler
(friend of groom), Brian Young
(friend of groom.) Ringer bearer
was James Pitzulo, nephew of
After a honeymoon to Cancun,
Mexico, the couple will reside in
Greenwood, Ind.

Lines all of Okeechobee, Preston
Stokes of Moore Haven, and John
Stainslow of Weatherford, Texas.
The groom and groomsmen wore
chocolate brown suits with coral
vests and ties.
The wedding was directed by
Debbie Clemons of Okeechobee.
A rehearsal dinner was given by
the groom's parents at the Thomas
Center, Gainesville, on May 16. A
western theme was provided in
keeping with the groom's back-
Following a honeymoon in
Maui, Hawaii, the couple made
their home in Okeechobee, where
the groom is self-employed in the
cattle industry. The bride is em-
ployed by University of Florida/
IFAS as a County Extension Agent
in Glades County.



Bryan and Kerrie Howard Ken-
nedy of Okeechobee/West Pailm
Beach are proud to announce the
birth of their daughter, Kayelin
Keralee Kennedy.
She was born on Aug. 12, 2008
at St. Marys in West Palm Beach.
She weighed 3 pounds 9 ounces
and was 16 3/4 inches long at
Kayelin was welcomed home
by Jayton Tracey Howard.
Maternal grandparents are the

Kayelin Keralee Kennedy

late Karolyn Howard and Wayne
Best of Okeechobee.
Paternal grandparents are Bry-
an Kennedy Sr. and the late Kim
Kennedy of West Palml Beach.

Bridal gala features prizes I

The historic Kenilworth Lodge
in Sebring, will host the region's
largest bridal show on Monday,
Oct. 6, 2008. The 4th annual Cen-
tral Florida Bridal Gala will feature
over thirty-five of the finest bridal
service providers in the six-coun-
ty area of Highlands, south Polk,
Hardee, Okeechobee, DeSoto
and Glades counties.
The gala will be held from 6 -
9 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 6, 2008.
Admission to the show is $8 in ad-
vance, $* 0 at the door. Brides may
pre-register at or
by contacting Tenille Lee at 800-
423-5939, 863-385-0111, Ext .140

or by e-mail at tlee@kenilworth- Visit the Kenilworth
Lodge web site for more info at
This show will both pamper
brides and assist them in choos-
ing the latest in bridal products
and services in the central Florida
area. Over $5,000 worth of prizes
will be awarded at the Bridal Gala
including: honeymoon packages
at Sandals Resorts and a premier
Delaney Photography wedding
package given as bride's drawing
grand prizes. The bride's grand
prizes are valued at over $2,000
each. All guests are eligible to en-

ter the general door prize drawing
with prizes from every bridal ser-
vice provider in the show! One of
the most popular elements of the
gala is the'fashion show, featuring
styles and flowers for the entire
wedding party. Bridal Creations
will showcase the newest bridal
styles of Symphony, DaVinci, Bon-
nie and tuxedos by After Hours,
Sacinos, Black Tie and Hilfiger.
Affordable Flowers will feature
fresh and silk floral arrangements
from casual to formal in the fash-
ion show andthroughout the Ke-
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Okeechobee News, Sunday, September 14, 2008 3

Task force fighting drug-related crime

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Recent Busts on local grow
houses were a topic of discussion
when Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office Narcotics Task Forcer
Detective Sergeant Jimmy Mills
spoke at the weekly Kiwanis lun-
cheon on Thursday, Sept. 11.
Sgt: Mills has been in law en-
forcement in Okeechobee for 15
years, nine of those years on the
Narcotics Task Force. He has lived
in Okeechobee since 1971 when
he moved here from West Palm
Beach. He is also a certified officer
with the Drug Enforcement Agency
(DEA) and the Customs and Immi-
gration and Customs Enforcement
The local OCSO Narcotics Task
Force consists of six officers as well
as the K-9 Unit. Sgt. Mills has the
second K-9 Unit that was ever in
Okeechobee who is 10 years old
now. He has also trained five dogs
himself, including his own dog.
This alleviates the cost to a depart-
ment as a purchased K-9 unit, al-

ready trained, costs approximately
According to Sgt. Mills, the ma-
jority of the marijuana, cocaine
and methamphetamines that
are dealt or used in Okeechobee
comes from South Florida, Texas
and Mexico. The Lazy 7 area grow
houses that were recently in the
news did not distribute locally, he
explained. Their investigation in-
dicates marijuana from the grow
houses was used to supply the
eastern seaboard.
According to Sgt. Mills, there are
ways to detect warning signs that
criminal activity such as a grow
house is going on at a particular
residence. For example, with the
last grow house that was raided,
the owner never placed trash out
for pick up. Someone was haul-
ing off their trash. Just like when
watching a drug dealer's home
and the traffic patterns are different
than a normal residence, a grow
house also typically has peculiar
traffic patterns.
He said utility use is also an in-
dication, but that thosewho oper-

ate grow houses often find ways
to steal electricity so it does not
show up on the meter. Sgt. Mills
stated that "one grow house steals
enough electricity to power the en-
tire community of Lazy 7."
Sgt. Mills explained that in
2001 while working with the DEA,
they began working to clos6 meth
labs in Okeechobee. In 2003, they
closed 11 labs in Okeechobee and
prosecuted 10 cases on a federal
level. This means that the mini-
mum prison term is five years, no
matter if it was the first offense or
For a marijuana grow house,
the magic number that is required
for federal prosecution is 100
plants. They are working to send
out harsh punishments for these
crimes to try to rid the county of
this growing problem.
The abuse of prescription
drugs is an escalating problem in
Okeechobee. Users tend to deem
them safer than using other illegal
drugs that are made on the street
and could be 'cut' with anything.
Prescription drug users are. less

likely to overdose because they
know what dose they are taking,
unlike when a person uses cocaine
or heroin.
Sgt. Mills believes that drugs
are responsible for 90 percent of
crimes due to the fact that people
commit crimes to get money for
drugs and also are more likely to
commit a crime while under the
influence of drugs.
In other Kiwanis business:
The Okeechobee Kiwanis Club
will be hosting the Governor's Visit
to Division 16. Governor Dave Lid-
dell's visit will also be the installa-
tion banquet for our club officers
and other clubs in Division 16. It
will be held on Oct 3, at the Ameri-
can Legion with Golden Corral ca-
tering. Maureen Burroughs will co-
ordinate this event and the theme
will be western.
Polish up those boots and dust
off the cowboy hat and come sup-
port your new officers.
Kiwanis will hold a Baby Show-
er for the Okeechobee Pregnancy
Center on Thursday, Oct. 16. Items
needed are: diapers, wipes, stroll-
ers, baby blankets, sleepers, baby

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Kiwanis member Judge Jerry Bryant (right) invited Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's Office Detective Sergeant Jimmy Mills
(center) to speak to Kiwanis members such as President
Frank Irby (left) about the Narcotics Task Force.

powder, lotion, shampoo, etc, and
any other baby items. Kiwanis
member Robbie Sumner is head-
ing up this project. Monetary dona-

tions are also accepted.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues
Forum at Re-
porter Chauna Aguilar can be reached

Belle Glade man charged

in Lakeport crime spree

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
A Belle Glade man sought
since January in connection
with a variety of crimes in
Lakeport, was booked into the
Glades County Jail this month
on charges that include criminal
mischief, burglary to a structure,
larceny, and resisting arrest.
Arrested on Sept. 4, Jean D.
Lafalaise, 26, was held in jail on
$70,000 bond.
Lafalaise was the last of four
suspects wanted after an inci-
dent on'Jan. 14, in Lakeport that
included a reported car jacking,
and a high speed chase with law
Lafalaise and the others were
suspected in several burglaries
in the Lakeport area as well.
The arrest report from De-
tective Steve Harris noted a
burglary of the Circle K store

on State Road 78 began a long
night for the suspects and law
Glades, Okeechobee, Hen-
dry and Charlotte County plus
Seminole Enforcement lawmen
all worked on this case.
Deputies chased the sus-
pect's vehicle to Sportsman's
Three of the suspects were
eventually arrested. Rodney
King, 28, of Belle Glade, was
found on a canal bank nearby.
Two other suspects stole a car
at the boat ramp the next morn-
ing, battered the driver, and led
authorities on a chase toward
Clewiston, officials said.
Lukner Blanc, 25, and/Ra-
muald Claude, 23, were arrested
on various charges that included
fleeing and attempting to elude

Buckhead Ridge fight

leads to two arrests

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
A 27-year old Buckhead
Ridge resident was hospitalized
on Sept. 4, after a reported fight
on Seventh Street in Buckhead
Ridge, Glades County Sheriff
Deputies said.
Cora G. Palmer, 28, and Wil-
liam F. Steimle, 43, were both
charged with aggravated battery
and were held on bond at the
Glades County Jail.
An arrest report from Deputy
Michael Favara stated the victim
was walking home on Seventh
Street at approximately 9 p.m.
when she was punched in the
face, thrown to the ground and
Deputies said the victim suf-
fered a possible broken arm,

and lacerations to her arm, hand
and knee.
The arrest report stated Ms.
Palmer claimed the victim start-
ed the fight by throwing a punch
at her. She claimed the victim
missed and fell to the ground
and that was how she was in-
Palmer also advised that she
lost it and did strike the victim
twice, the arrest report said.
Mr. Steimle was accused of
kicking the victim after she fell.
The victim was transported to
Raulerson Hospital in.Okeecho-
bee for treatment.
Bond in the cases were set at


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Ex con is jailed on weapons charge

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
A 24-year old Okeechobee
man, out of prison fewer than 100
days, was rearrested Wednesday
after he allegedly possessed a .22
caliber revolver, the Okeechobee
Narcotics Task Force reported.
Kenneth B. McQueen, of N.E.
13th Avenue, was charged with
possession of a firearm by a con-
victed felon and was held in the
Okeechobee County Jail. without
McQueen was released from
Liberty Correctional Facility on
June 20. He had served nearly 18

months in jail
for convictions
on charges
of criminal
mischief with
property dam-
age and aggra-
vated assault.
As a convicted Kenneth
felon he was McQueen
from possessing a firearm of any
The arrest report stated of-
ficers received information that
Mr. McQueen was in possession
of a firearm at a local restaurant.

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They learned his description and inside a back pack he was hold-
responded to 417 South Parrott ing.

Avenue and spotted him as he
walked out of the side door of the
Sgt. Jimmy Mills said Mr. Mc-
Queen was secured without in-
cident. During a search of the
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The officers also located a so-
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Speak Out
Speak Out has moved online, where it is quicker and
easier to share your ideas and converse with others. Go to, click on -the community name and your
local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new
topics or comment on- existing topics. You can also e-mail
comments to or call 863-467-2033,
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!
OBAMA: I am calling about the comment that was in Friday's pa-
per about Obama being Muslim. His father was an African so that
would make him African American. I just wanted to let the public
know that he is an African American not a Muslim.
DRAINAGE: People, we live in Florida. When we get 12 inches
of rain in one day, you are going to have flooding and you are going
to have standing water in your yard. That is why smart people build
their houses up off the ground. The county and city ditches are there
to drain the roads and keep them clear. They are not there to drain
your property. The water is supposed to soak into the ground or you
should have a retention pond. When it rains so much so fast, it takes
a while for the water to clear. That's just life in Florida.
9/11:1 find it very disturbing that the officials at the courthouse did
not choose to fly their American Flag at half staff on Thursday, Sept.
11. Our fallen countrymen deserve our respect.
FLAGS: I saw some flags at half-mast on Sept. 11 and some were
not. What is the appropriate way to fly the flag on Sept. 11?
Editor's note: According to the statutes governing flag use, the
flag should be flown at half-staff on the following dates:
May 15- Peace Officers Memorial Day, half-staff from sunrise
to sunset;
Last Monday in May Memorial Day, the flag should be dis-
played at half-staff until noon;
Sept. 11 Patriot Day, half-staff from sunrise to sunset;
Dec. 7 National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, half-staff
from sunrise to sunset;
Upon reliable information that a past or present President, Vice-
President, Chief Justice, or Speaker of the House has died; and,
Upon proclamation from the President or your state's governor.
According to the statutes, city and county officials do not have the
authority to order the flag be flown at half-staff.
GEORGIA: I see now where Bush wants to give Georgia which is
really a part of Russia, a million dollars.
FUNDRAISERS: In this economy, fundraisers are getting difficult.
Every school child is asking friends and neighbors to buy this or sup-
port that and we have to say no. In previous years, we gave to every-
thing but this year we need every cent just to pay the bills. We have
already had to cut back on treats like going out to eat. Gas costs so
much that we barely have enough money to pay for food, the mort-
gage, medical expenses and other things that we just can't do with-
out. I wish the schools and clubs would understand that and not send
the kids out begging. Everyone is struggling. Maybe the schools and
clubs will have to cut back and have more modest plans this year. We
love the kids and would like to help, but we have tobuy groceries and
pay the doctor bills.
SKUNK APE: Now that the water is going down, maybe our friend
the Skunk Ape can go back to his home in Popash Slough. I drive by
there every day and I keep watching for him but I haven't seen him
yet. I keep my camera close by, just in case.
DEAR ABBY: For the folks who complained that Dear Abby isn't
in the paper anymore, you can read it free online whenever you want
to. Just go to It's under the entertainment section
of Yahoo News. There are also other places online you can read Dear
- Abby if you use Google. There are also lots of free horoscope sites
TRIP: Raise $1,500 for the senior trip? I cannot believe all the com-
plaining. If you tell your children that it will be impossible to raise
the money, then, of course, they will think it is impossible. Why not
try and think of ways to raise it? What sacrifice can the family make?
Tell your senior that you are taking the money you would spend for
the holidays and putting it towards the trip. How about sending out
20 letters to family and friends and asking to contribute $20 each. If
everyone responded, you would start out with $400. Have bake sales,
spaghetti dinners, car washes, etc. Let the community know and I
know people would come out and support. Okeechobee is a great
community supporting others. The problem is that there will be a
group of kids that make the effort to raise the money and there will
be ones that sit back and cry because they are not going. Pretty much
like adult life. Besides allowing the kids to see an absolutely beautiful
city and share a great.experience, there is more to learn here right at
home by making the effort to raise the money. If the child really wants
to go, set the goal for them, encourage them and see what happens.
SENIOR TRIP: Do the people who planned this senior trip live in
EXPENSIVE: $1,500 per person for the senior trip -- that's expen-
sive. It sure is not fair to those that can't afford to send their kid. How
does one explain that to their child in today's economy? Worse, that
child has to face their peers with the shame of their family not being
able to come up with that kind of money. If you're going to plan a
trip like this, the discussion and planning should begin the first day
of their freshman year. It would give families a chance to save that
money and the student to earn that trip as well. Not all families could
afford this. If you plan it out over the course of the four years of high
school,.I think it would make an obtainable goal for those who just
don't have that kind of money in the cookie jar.
SENIOR TRIP: I don't mind the little group that wants to go to San
Francisco having their big official senior trip. But how about allowing
the rest of the seniors to take those same days off school for shorter
trips? Surely there are other educational trips that could be done on
a much smaller scale so all the kids could participate. They could
do fundraising as a group and then everyone who participates in the
fundraising be assigned a share of the total. Then use it for whichever
trip or activity they choose. Some would put it towards San Francisco.
Others could use it for something closer. I don't see why it has to be
California or bust.
SAN FRANCISCO: I cannot believe the OHS senior trip is to San
Francisco. This makes no sense to me. Who even came up with that
idea and how did they get it through any kind of real vote of kids in
Okeechobee? Most kids know their families do not have the money
to shell out for a trip like that. Or was it just a very small group that
somehow managed to get it through? Someone needs to poll the se-
nior class and find out what really happened because this makes no
PAPER: Yes, I just got the paper on your new schedule today,
where you give it out Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays. I don't like
it. It does not have the funny papers in it; does not have the horoscope
in it. I thought y'all said you were going to make it better. Put the
funny papers back in there. A lot of people like to read them. I'd like
it if you would not cut my Speak Out either. I would like for you to
put it in since it is freedom of speech. I am entitled to my opinion just
like any other person. Editor's note: We support everyone's Freedom

of Speech. The newspaper will still have Sunday comics. The Friday
and Wednesday editions will not have comics. We are concentrating
on local new& which is not available from other sources. This does
mean we are buying fewer special items such as the daily comics.
MOSQUITOS: I called EOC on the Mosquito spray, apparently
everything is already over with, but I never saw them anywhere in
our neighborhood at all. Editor's note: The spraying was at night
and done by airplane. The neighborhoods sprayed were listed in
the newspaper.
CABLE COMPANY: My comment is about the cable television.
They took away some of the channels. Now today, I find out that
there is another channel not available. How many channels do we
have to lose and who do we complain to that the cost remains the
same, but they keep taking channels away from us?

Letters to the Editor

Many thanks
As many of you may have
guessed, my husband's victory
in our local Primary Election was
bittersweet. In the end, he won
and will serve another term as
your Commissioner. But that vic-
tory was tainted by the compla-
cence of those whose support
never culminated in a vote cast at
the polls because of their stated
confidence that he would win.
When Ray ran in '04, an over-
whelming majority came out and
voted for change. In this election,
only 26.43 percent of our regis-
tered voters exercised their right.
It's long been said that when
we're not happy about some-
thing, we are more likely to act
to change it-therefore, it's more
reasonable to believe that those
who didn't vote for change must
have been satisfied with their in-
cumbent. On that basis, I believe
the biggest part of the 73.57 per-
cent who didn't vote were con-
fident that Ray would win and
would continue to be the voice of
reason in the insecurity of these
volatile times.
Since elected, Ray has stead-
fastly performed with honesty,
integrity and accountability, and
he will continue to do so. As
your advocate, he is dedicated
to protecting and promoting the
welfare and rights of the citizens
of our town. He is seriously con-
cerned about many issues we
are currently facing, including
our County's budget, and recog-
nizes that now is the time to be
frugal--especially in light that
we don't know what's coming.
We can't know how bad our
economy is going to get and all of
us are already struggling with no
indication of where this will stop.
Now more than ever, we need
someone with experience and
the ability to take a stand where
no one else will. Ray will scruti-
nize expenses and make choices
intended to keep us within our
financial means. He understands
the importance of allocating
funds wisely and tightening our
belts. He knows we are all in this
Making his promise for change
good has frequently meant stand-
ing alone, often finding himself
the lone dissenting vote on is-
sues that you and I care deeply
about. He doesn't look for quick
fixes, he looks for real resolution.
If we are going to embrace our
County's growth, we can't look
to the quick fix, opting for the first
proposal instead of considering
all the options. Ray is willing to
take a hard stand against com-
promise and has shown time and
again that he's willing to stand
and vote alone when it means
there's a better way. He always
takes the time to know the issues,
to study the agenda and consider
his choices. Ray has taken his po-
sition seriously from the onset,
immediately setting out to obtain
crucial training and certification
in a remarkably timely manner.
He has sacrificed time previously
dedicated to his family, his busi-
ness and himself to be an effec-
tive representative for Okeecho-
bee County. As a businessman,

employer, husband, father and a
native to our town, Ray sees our
needs in a complete way. He un
derstands the need for growth
but refuses to compromise the
s quality of our lives to achieve it
- His courage, his honesty and his
ability to stay focused were evi
t dent throughout his first term ir
t office: According to Webster, a
politician is defined as a seeker
or holder of a public office who is
more concerned about winning
favor or retaining power than
about maintaining principles.
As shown by the votes he's cast
while in office, Ray is obviously
not a good politician. He is not
your commissioner because he
needs a job. He is a servant of the
people for all the right reasons
and works diligently to balance
your wishes with the County's
abilities and needs. In your ab-
sence, he has acted as. guardian
time and again as he seeks to
serve and protect your rights and
your heritage. His only agenda
is to give back to a community
that he feels has given so much
to him and his family. He, like
his father and grandfather before
him, deeply loves Okeechobee. I
believe Ray was your choice for
commissioner because he em-
braces all the values you do and
I believe he was re-elected by the
people because he is different-
and the people believe he can
make a difference. Entrusting
him with issues that are directly
reflected in the quality of your
life is his honor and he takes that
duty to heart.
I am always proud of my hus-
band, but have been especially so
in this election because even in
this adversity, he has shown our
two sons how to walk by exam-
ple-how to recognize the value
of doing the right thing. I am very
blessed that he is the father of
our children, the love of my life
and the rock we can all count
on through good times and bad.
I hope and pray that you will all
stand with him as he continues to
work to make our town a better
place to live.
As most of you may suspect,
I was personally saddened by a
recent letter to the editor that en-
couraged people to give one good
reason why this person should
have been re-elected. Aside from
contemplating the 2,666 votes
.that were cast for him, I would
strongly suggest to anyone not
. aware of the battles Ray has
fought on behalf of this County to
take the time to review his stance
on the issues that have come be-
fore him. In doing so, you will dis-
cover a lot more than one good
reason for his re-election. I'd also
like to encourage all of you read-
ing this who supported Ray to
share your "one good reason."
In closing, I thank you all for
your support-past, present and
Cindi Woodham Domer

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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 affili
ated with any 12 step fellowships.

Monday, Sept. 15
AA. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First Unitec
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meet-
Okeechobee Senior Singers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Okeecho-
bee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited to join the group. For information or to schedule ar
appearance, contact Patsy Black at 863-467-7068.
The Okeechobee Historical Society meets at noon at 1850 U.S
98 N. Join us with a covered dish for lunch, followed by a business
meeting. The dues are $10 per person, per year, and are due in Sep-
tember. For information, call Betty Williamson at 863-763-3850.,
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road, ir
Buckhead Ridge on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Karen Graves.
Chapter leader would like to extend a warm welcome to any interest-
ed persons to come by and see what they are about. For information
call 863-763-6952.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee meets at 101 N.W Fifth
Street (Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Sickest Of The Sick, Open Dis-
cussion, 7 p.m. The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affili-
ated with any 12 step fellowships.
AA. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First Unitec
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting
Artful Appliquers meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Lindz
Road, Okeechobee on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Turn left at
the Moose lodge and go around the curve just past the church. Bring z
lunch and join us for a fun day of applique. Everyone is welcome. Foi
more information please contact Karen Graves at 863-763-6952.
Tuesday, Sept. 16,
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon ai
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are opera
to the public. For information, contact Maureen Budjinski at 863-484.
New Beginning's meeting of Narcotics Anonymous will be
held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. at Believers Fellowship
Church, 300 S.W Fifth Ave. It will be an open discussion meeting. Foi
more information call Monika Allen at 863-801-3244.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W. Fifth Streel
Okeechobee, FL 34972 (Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Nowhere Lefl
To Go Group (Open Discussion) at noon, NA. Sickest Of The Siclb
Group (Open Discussion) *The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is
not affiliated with any 12 step fellowships.
Al-Anon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 20C
N.W Third St., at 8 p.m.
AA. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
The Lighthouse Refuge Support Group is f6r women who are
hurting, homeless or been abused. They meet on the first and thirc
Tuesday of every month from noon until 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church
401 S.W Fourth St., and on the second and fourth Tuesday of every
month from 6:30 pntil 8:30 p.m. at the Red Cross, 323 N. Parrott Ave
For more information call Donna Dean at 863-801-9201 or 863-357.
Family History Center meets from 1 until 5 p.m. at the Church ol
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested
in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is
Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death
Index and military information available. For information, call Mirr
Kapteina at 863-763-6510.
The Camera Club meets every other Tuesday from 5:30 until 6:3C
p.m. Learn types and uses of film; speeds and technology; and, how
to see your world and capture it on film. Class is basic through exten-
sive. Registration is $20, and each class is $10. Call Bobbi at 863-467-
2614 for information. Some of the proceeds will go towards Big Lake
Mission's Outreach.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information
June Scheer at 863-634-8276
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is in.
vited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For informa.
tion, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at 863-763-4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m
in the Fellowship Hall, 1735 S.W 24th Ave. This is a men's only meet-
ing. For information, call Earl at 863-763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden Cor-
ral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in becoming z
member is welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner at 863.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parroti
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m
at the Hospice building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Brenda Nicholson al
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group thai
enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For information
contact Dr. Edward Douglas at 863-763-4320.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First Unitec
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meet-
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St., will be
hosting God's Time -- a morning of free organized Christian activities
that includes play, instruction and interaction for parents and their pre-
school children. The event will be held each Tuesday from 9:30 a.m
until noon. Child care will be provided for infants during the class. Foi
information, call 863-763-4021.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W Third Terr., holds meetings for
persons with alcohol and drug related problems at 6 p.m. For informa-
tion call 863-357-3053.

Okeechobee News, Sunday, Septemnber 14, 2008

Courtesy photo/Tommy Markham/

Looking back .. .
This was taken in 1940 at Padgett's Service Station and
Tackle Shop, at the corner of South Park and Parrott Ave.
Left to right are Mr. Sweatt, Harold Watford and G.L. Swe-
att. Mr. Sweatt was the manager of the local Ice Plant. His
son G.L. was later with FPL as one of their head linemen.
Do you have an old photo to share? Email it to okeenews@

Community Calendar

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County budget hearing Monday Reflections from the Pulpit

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
This year's unusually difficult
process for formulating the coun-
ty's budget is coming to a close.
The first of two required public
hearings before adoption of the
budget will be held at 5:01 p.m.
on Monday, Sept. 15. This hearing
will be held in the commission
chambers of the Okeechobee
County Courthouse, 304 N.W.
Second Ave. That meeting site
was advertised before the com-
missioners made the temporary

move to the health department
auditorium and it will probably
be the last meeting in the court-
house until the renovation of that
building is completed.
The proposed village rate is
6.2719. One mil equals one dol-
lar in taxes for each one thousand
dollars of assessed property val-
The total budget is $92,179,755.
Because of decreased revenues,
expenditures in practically all ar-
eas of the budgeted are less than
in the current year's budget.
Because of reduced revenues,

commissioners spent a consid-
erable amount of time debating
how much, if any, raise, employ-
ees would receive. The proposed
budget contains a three percent
raise for county employees.
The final public hearing be-
fore adoption of the budget will
be held at 5:01 p.m. on Thursday,
Sept. 25 in the health department
Post your opinions in the
Public Issues Forum at www. Reporter Pete
Gawda can be reached at pgaw-

March of Dimes kick-off rally Tuesday

March of Dimes volunteers
are getting ready to put on their
marching shoes to kick-off
Okeechobee's March for Babies
2009 at a Kick-Off Rally on Tues-
day, September 16 from 5:30
p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Anyone wish-
ing to participate is encouraged
to contact the March of Dimes.
Returning to stand up for all
babies are honorary co-chairs
John & Karen Cassels. "Last
year's event was a huge success,
but we still have a lot of work to
do to reach our ultimate goal of
having every baby born healthy,"
said Mr. Cassels.
Okeechobee's March for Ba-
bies 2009 is slated for Saturday
March 7th at FlaglerTPark. The
day's activities will include a light
breakfast, kid's activities, bounce
house, lunch, live entertainment,
and awards presentations.
The March of Dimes is also
looking for family teams that

have been touched through a
personal connection with pre-
maturity or birth defects. These
families can help by not only
participating in the event, but by
putting a local face on the March
of Dimes mission.
Last year Okeechobee Coun-
ty raised over $58,000. Teams,
sponsors and volunteers all ral-
lied together to for a victory for
all babies. "By participating in
March for Babies, we help the
March of Dimes improve the
health of babies by preventing
birth defects, premature birth,
and infant mortality," said Mrs.
Top teams in 2008 included:
The Seminole Tribe of Florida,
Everglades Elementary, Seacoast
National Bank, Publix .Super
.Markets, Inc., South Elementary,
Healthy Start Coalition, Gilbert
Chevrolet, Riverside National
Bank, North Elementary, and

Yearling Middle School.
Anyone wishing to partici-
pate is encouraged to contact
the March of Dimes at 763-3131.
You can sign up as a team, indi-
vidual, corporate sponsor, family
team, or make a donation. "We
want to keep the excitement go-
ing as we continue to make this
the biggest fundraising event in
Okeechobee," said Mrs. Cassels.
The March of Dimes is the
leading nonprofit organization
for pregnancy and baby health.
With chapters nationwide and
its premier event, March for Ba-
bies, the March of Dimes works
to improve the health of babies.
For the latest resources and in-
formation, visit marchofdimes.
coin or For more
information on volunteering for
the March of Dimes or partici-
pating in the March for Babies
event, call 863-763-3131.

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar

Lunch guests
During Grandparents Week at Central Elementary on Thursday, Sept. 4, kindergartner Ju-
nae Davis (center) enjoyed lunch with her mom Theresa Davis (left) and her Aunt Sinda
Shanks (right).

When drought-tolerant

plants get very wet

By Angela Sachson
UF/IFAS Extension Service
It has been awhile since our
last true Florida rainy season. We
are accustomed to saving water
and watering sparingly. Now we
may need to divert water away
from some plants! And some
plants may need to be moved, fer-
tilized or sprayed with fungicide.
Here are some concerns and here
are some recommendations:
My plants are turning yellow
from too much water! If this is a
small plant you can dig it up and
plant it in another part of the yard.
Larger plants are not so easy. Do
not assume that your plants are
dying. Most will come back when
the soil dries a little. When we
do have a dry spell start thinking
about constructing a rain"garden
or swale to give rainwater a place
to sit away from your plant beds.
How did all these weeds get
here? Weed seeds sit for months,
sometimes years, waiting for rain
so they can sprout. After a couple
of years of drought they have pro-
liferated. Use a hoe and get them
while they are tiny.
Where is my mulch? Was it
carried away by the mosquitoes?
Mulch floats-it is probably



piled up in a corner waiting for
you to redistribute it.
Are the mosquitoes still forc-
ing you to retreat indoors? Be
sure to use an insect repellent,
dress in light colored clothes and
where long plants, shirt and a hat.
Make sure you have no standing
water-empty flowerpots, tires.
If standing water is unavoid-
able, purchase some BT pellets.
BT (or Bacillus thuringiensis) in
pellet form prevents mosquito
eggs from hatching.
Do I need to fertilize now? Yes,
chances are the fertilizer in your
soil has washed away. Especially
nitrogen, which is notoriously fast
moving. So feed your plants and
turf again now.
What else might the heavy
rain bring? Look out for plant
diseases. Even in relatively dry
times in Florida our humidity in-
vites bacteria and fungi to settle
here. Be on the lookout for signs
of these pathogens. If you "spot"
something, it may be a good idea

to treat surrounding plants with
an appropriate fungicide avail-
able where you buy plants. The
fungal diseases can usually not be
treated-only prevented. Contact
us for suggestions.
Can I eat the nice big mush-
rooms in my yard? No. Some are
poisonous and most of us cannot
tell which are or are not.
Enjoy the lush growth brought
by this rainy season and also re-
member that the rain, too, will
We have some upcoming
Workshops that gardeners may
want to attend: Composting work-
shop on Sept. 16, from 5:30-7
p.m., and Garden Design on Sept.
23, 1 to 4 p.m. or 5:30-7 p.m. Call
863-763-6469 to sign up.
If you need additional informa-
tion on the "fungus amungus,"
please email us at okeechobee@( or call us at 863-
763-6469. In Highlands County
call 863-402-6540 and in Glades
County call 863-946-0244.
Okeechobee residents can
stop by our office at 458 Hwy 98
North in Okeechobee, and visit
our Okeechobee County Master
Gardeners from I to ,3 p.m. on
Tuesday afternoons.

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a time when He says, "It's
) act on the answers I have
you. Don't wait any lon-

en you see a drunk come
ist, when you see an abu-
ather or mother come to
or when you see an angry
ater come to Christ these
e, families and friends are

witnessing a miracle from God.
Nothing but a truly existing God
could make that kind of change in
a person's life. And as I look at my
own life, I would have to say that
nothing but a supernatural God
could make the kinds of changes
I have seen Him make in my life
and everyday I am still willing to
change so I can be more for Him.

By Rev. James R. comes
Dawson, Jr. time to
Associate Pastor, given
First United Methodist Church ger."
Many people struggle. with to Chr
the issue of giving their heart sive f
completely to Jesus. Perhaps you Christ,
struggle with the believability of God h
the Bible and Jesus himself. o
Some may think that miracles people
are impossible because it is eas-
ier to believe that miracles prob-
ably don't occur than that they
do occur. It is foolishness to rule All
out the possibility that miracles
occur simply because you have
not seen one and are skeptical of
them. After all, the probability of
anyone in the history of mankind
fulfilling the nearly three hundred Z
prophecies about the Messiah as
Jesus did was literally next to im-
possible. And yet, against all odds,
Jesus came and did just that.
What if there really is a God,
looking down on this earth, ob-
serving the pride in the hearts of
those in high positions, the ego "c"
focus of those climbing the lad-
der, and the general selfishness of
mankind especially dealing with
spouses, children, color, econom-
ics, and matters of diversity? What
if this God in His mind chose to
reveal himself to a certain people?
What if He decided that He would
reveal himself not to the haughty,
or the proud, or the arrogant; but
to the humble, the downtrodden,
and to the poor in spirit?
In fact, this is exactly the case
if the Bible is true and there is .,
no proof that. it isn't. Though
many people from all different
philosophical and religious back-
grounds like to talk about experi-
ences they have had with "God,"
one of the truths revealed to the
prophet Isaiah is that God really is
not out to win any popularity con-
tests. At the same time, He's not
out trying to reveal Himself to ev-
eryone who comes along. As Isa-
iah records, "Truly You are God,
who hide yourself, 0 God of Israel,
the Savior!" (Isaiah: 45:15).
Isn't it odd? Can you imagine
God in hiding? Why would He do
that? The answer is: He's waiting.
He's waiting for those times
in the lives of all people when
they will be humbled enough in
their hearts to hear His voice and
respond by opening the door
of their lives to allow a personal
relationship with Him to begin.
As Jesus said in Revelation 3:20,
"Behold, I stand at the door and
knock. If anyone hears My voice
and opens the door, I will come
in to him and dine with him, and
he with Me."
I believe God wants us to bring
our questions to Him, but there


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Garden design workshop planned

Sometimes when thinking
about your yard do you just feel
overwhelmed? Sure, you want it
to look nice but you don't know
where to start. Books and maga-
zines talk about this or that "de-
sign aspect" and the job seems
impossible. And the number of
plants available makes it even
more confusing. You decide to
forget it.

But wait this workshop is
aimed at simplifying the steps to
garden design. A few good ideas,
a few Florida friendly plants, some
tips and you are good to go.
During the workshop you can
design your own space and cre-
ate a list of plants and features to
complement your landscape. Be
sure to bring the measurements
of your space. Leave with a plan

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The workshop is planned for
Tuesday, Sept. 23, from I until 4
p.m. or 5:30 until 7 p.m. at the
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Space is limited and pre-regis-
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Community Lvents

FHREDI public
meeting date set
A public meeting of Florida
Heartland Rural Economic E
velopment Initiative (FHREE
and Florida's Freshwater Fronti,
Inc. Board of Directors has bei
set for Monday, Sept. 15, at
a.m., Highlands County Agri-Ci\
Center, 4509 George Boulevar
Sebring, Conference Room
Topics for discussion will be r
gional economic developme
opportunities. Contact Jim Otte
man at 863-385-4900 for mo

Substance Abuse
Coalition meets
OSAC (Okeechobee Substan'
Abuse Coalition) 40 Developme]
tal Asset Classes will be held
the Clock Restaurant on 441. TI
class will start at 6:30 p.m. o
Sept. 16. The classes are free an
the public is welcome. For mor
information, please call 863-69'

Extension Service to
host composting work
Compost systems are an e
ficient way to recycle yard an
kitchen waste. They provide fre
nutrients, mulch, and rich so
amendment for your landscape
and help reduce the impact c
waste on the landfill! To lear]
more about composting, and tc
make your own wire compos
bin, come to this informative
workshop. The program will bE
conducted by Sara May, a certified<
Master Composter.
The program will be held or
Sept. 16, at 5:30-7 p.m. at thE
Okeechobee County Extensior
Service, 458 Highway 98 North
Okeechobee. This is a hands-or
program and every participan
can take home the compos
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 fundraiser 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.

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 fundraiser
The VFW Post 9528 in Buck-
head Ridge, 2002 Highway 78
west, will hold a fundraiser Cor-
nish Hen dinner on Sept. 20, at
5 p.m. Menu will consist of, One
whole Cornish hen, wild rice stuff-
ing, 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 membership drive and anyone
who joins the VFW, Ladies Auxil-
iary, AMVets, AMVets Auxiliary, or
Mens Auxiliary at the dinner will
get a free meal. For information
call 863-467-2882.

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

Yard sale planned to
benefit Cancer Society
e Seacoast National Bank wil
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 ev-
erything is gone! For more infor-
mation or to donate items, please
call 863-467-4663

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.

Orchid grower to
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-

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 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@

Church holds
Tribulation House
The Okeechobee Church of
r God,.301 N.E. Fourth Ave., will
- hold a "Tribulation House" Oct. 1
t 4. On Wednesday and Thursday
n the event will be held from 7:30
t 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.

I Quilt drawing to
benefit stricken child
5 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-
plications. Madisen's parents,
Lori and Jimmy Byrd will be trav-
elling with her back and forth to
treatments and funding is crucial
to help support medical costs and
travel expenses. A savings ac-
count 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 Douglas at 863-697-9796
or 863-357-6555 or stop by Cus-
tom Window Treatments, 4253 S.
Hwy 441, Okeechobee.

Hospice of Okeechobee
hosts fundraiser
Hospice of Okeechobee pres-
ents Boots and Pearls "Gone
Wild," a fundraiser 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. I

State Veterans
nursing homes
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 prior
to admission and certification of
need of assisted living facility or
skilled nursing care. The VA Murs-

ing homes are located in Daytona
Beach, Land 0' Lakes, Pem roke
Pines Springfield (panhandle) and
' Port harlotte with the VA Assisted
Living Facility being located in Lake
City. For further in ormation on VA
nursing homes contact the County
Veteran's Service Officer, Betsy
Grinslade at 863-763-8124.

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Collaborative Council Healthy Start to hold

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.

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

Fundraiser 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 fundraiser are
available at Region's Bank and Dr.
Peter Stephens Office in Okeecho-

Children's Home
Society hosts 'Heart
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.-1
p.m. Lunch will be served.

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.

Historical limited
edition ornaments on
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.

Open Mic Karaoke
The Okeechobee Moose
Lodge 1753, N.W. 36th Street, will
have Karaoke Open Mic every
Thursday, from 7 p.m. until 10
p.m. Singers come sing, listeners
come and applaud our singers.
We will have a good time. Mem-
bers or guests are welcome. For
information call 863-634-2330 or

Temporary street closing
S.W Second and Third Avenues
between North and South Park
Streets will be closed from 9 p.m.
until midnight after every home
football game for a Christian Youth
5th Quarter event in Flagler Park.

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Dr. Brown
Continued From Page I

office are providing a traffic and
security detail at no cost.
Dr. Brown has been a practic-
ing pediatrician for 47 years, 28
of them in Okeechobee. He has
a love of children having raised
three biological children and two
adopted children.
"My whole life and educa-
tion have been, directed toward
children," he said in a 2007 inter-
Due to the number of years
that Dr. Brown has worked in
Okeechobee, he has taken care of
generations of families through-
out the community.

Continued From Page 1
to moderate income residents
through the use of CDBG grants.
The council is expected to adopt
a resolution authorizing the filling
out of a CDBG grant application.
In connection with those actions,
Nancy Phillips, grant funding spe-
cialist, will conduct a presentation
on the CDBG program.
In addition, the council will
also hold the first of two required
public hearings on the proposed
millage rate and budget and set
the date for the final public hear-
ing. The proposed millage rate is
6.7432. One mil equals one dollar

According to Molly Fergi'son
of Florida Commnunity ilealth
Center, Dr. Brown has no plans of
retiring any time soon.
.lust last year, Dr. Brown was
honored with a tribute which was
the first fundraiser sponsored by
the Okeechobee Friends of New
Horizons and raised more than
$16,000 to help build The Center
for Children adjacent to their cur-
rent facility on Midway Rd. in Ft.
For more information contact
Traci Thomas-Parks at 863-763-
1951 extension 11 or 863-697-
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at

in taxes for every one thousand
dollars of assessed property val-
, ue. The proposed total budget is
In other action the mayor or
the council is expected to:
present Skip Eddings with a
five year certificate of service;
present Jeanna Lanier with a
five year certificate of service;
receive the quarterly report
from Okeechobee Main Street;
purchase a software up-
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached

Submitted photo/Betty Williamson

Airplane photos needed
Photos of local airplane pilots (such as this 1980 photo of
Russell Domer) are needed by Okeechobee Historical So-
ciety. 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 pictures 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.

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on two separate properties. Their
N.W 44th Avenue property was
cited for condemned or derelict
structures and unlicensed/inop-
erable vehicles. They were also
.cited for condemned and derelict
structures and having an occu-
pied RV on their N.w. 42nd Av-
enue property.
A condemned structure is lo-
cated on the N.W 44th Avenue
property of Felix Tinajero, accord-
ing to code enforcement officer
Mrs. Albert stated that Elbert
Kline needs to remove a derelict
RV, trash and debris and unli-
censed vehicles from his N.E.
16th Street lot.
The N.E. 12th Lane property
of Cross Crews and Angela Timo-
thy was cited because of'a con-
demned mobile home and over-

Continued From Page 1

ing to Mary Hurley, Assistant Su-
perintendent for Instruction this
will facilitate communication
between the parent and teacher.
The teacher or parent may re-
quest a conference to discuss the
child's progress as well.
There is also a revision of the
grading scale for writing for third
through fifth grade. Prior to third
grade, students in the district get
effort grades for their writing. The
district chose to toughen up their
grading scale in writing due to
the increased requirements of the
FCAT Writing.,
For students in third through
fifth grade, to receive anA in writ-
ing students have to earn a 4.6 to
6.0; to earn a B students have to
earn a 3.6 to 4.5; to earn a C stu-
dents have to earn a 2.6 to 3.5; to'
earn a D students have to earn a
1.0 to 2.5. A score of 0 to .9 will
receive an F.
This scoring has moved up .5
on the A and B scale and .3 for a
According to Mrs. Hurley, "the
scale was raised to be in line with
FCAT Writing scoring. When
FCAT Writing began, the standard
was set at 3.0. It has since been
raised to 3.5 and will eventually
go to 4.0.".
This will raise the bar for stu-
dents in writing in our district
schools to help them achieve
excellence on their regular daily
class work that will prepare them
for the FCAT Writing.
Senate bill 1908 also added a
requirement for the physical edu-
cation instruction requirement at
the elementary level which was
originally imposed last year. The
original requirement was that
students at the elementary level
receive 150 minutes of physical
education each week. This year
the state imposed that on any one
day during which physical educa-
tion instruction is conducted there
must be 30 consecutive minutes
of instruction.
This was implemented be-
cause there were districts in the
state that were using minutes that
kids were walking to class as time
of "physical education." Accord-

Everett Lawson was cited for
construction on his N.E. 22nd Av-
enue property without the proper
A condemned structure is on
the U.S. 441 N property of Edward
Boyd, according to Mrs. Albert.
Kenneth Childs was cited for
trash and debris and part of a der-
elict block structure on his 151st
Terrace property.
A representative of Nix and Nix
Land I, LLC has been ordered to
appear at this month's hearing to
report on progress toward clear-
ing up violations.
The estate of Benjamin Fergu-
son was cited because of a con-
demned structure on a S.E. 24th
Avenue lot.
Mack Hubbard was cited for
having a condemned structure on
his N.E. fourth Street property.
Lawrence Elwell could face a
fine if derelict vehicles, trash and
debris and salvage type material
has not been removed from his'
N.E. 17th Terrace property.
If all scrap, yard sale type
items, household appliances

ing to Mrs. Hurley, our district was
in total compliance with the 150
minutes per week and were not
using this tactic.
There were only two students
in the district that did not receive
the physical education require-
ment and it was because they
were on home bound.
For more information call 863-
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at

and unlicensed vehicles have not
been removed from Earlon Hugh-
ley's N.E. 26th Avenue property,
he could be fined.
If the property on S. R. 70 W
belonging to N & A Realty is still
in violation, a fine could be im-
Donald Bastura could face a
fine if the derelict structure and
rubbish has not been removed
from his N.W. 81st Court lot.


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To each and every one of you who voted to retain me as your District I Commissioner, THANK YOU! I am especially
grateful to those of you who realized the importance of this Primary election and actually took the time to vote. In '04, I
promised change. Among others things, I promised to act on behalf of the people with no hidden agenda. I promised that
those who came before the Board could do so without intimidation or embarrassment and to maintain an open door policy.
Most of all, I promised to always represent the greater good. Those promises brought me victory in '04--and living up to
those promises is what earned my re-election.

This year, I've promised to serve with continued honesty, integrity and accountability. Accountability--it's more than a
political platform. What the Board does for and about our County is your business. I personally appeal to each of you to
realize that electing a Board is not enough. Criticizing what was done is not enough. And calling Speak Out when you're
unhappy with the vote is not enough. We all lead busy lives but should still be informed. There are tools available to each-
of you to know what issues your Board is facing. The agenda can be viewed on the County's website prior to each meeting'
at You all have an opportunity to be a part of the process and should be able to form your own
opinion, not rely on the opinions of others.

I ask that before you pass judgment on decisions made by your Commissioners, please take the time to know what we're doing-and to know who
voted yeah or nay on items brought before us. It is the exception, not the rule, that motions pass (or fail) unanimously. Please don't accredit me, or
my fellow Board members, with a ruling without, knowing how we each voted and why. Praising or condemning the Board as a whole for things that
happen-or don't-is not fair to the people who serve on your Board. There are audio tapes available for anyone interested in what was said at the
meetings and how each Commissioner actually voted. (Please call your County Administrator's office at 763-6441 for more information about
obtaining copies of these audio tapes.)

Please be assured that your support is of utmost concern to me. In return for my service, all I ask is that you take the time to be informed and
ultimately, that you vote to elect that person who best represents the County's needs. That you re-elected me as your District I Commissioner for
another four years is an honor and I hope to retain your continued loyalty. And finally, once again I'd like to extend a special thank you to my wife,
Cindi, and my sons, Justin and Jacob, for their loyalty and support throughout this campaign; to Alvina and Maureen who gave so much of themselves;
and of course to each of you who endorsed me in so many wonderful ways. You have all been a blessing and have again assured me why this is so
worth doing.

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Today: Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly
cloudy, with a high near 90. East wind between 5 and 10 mph. Chance
of precipitation is 20%.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 71. East northeast wind
around 5 mph becoming calm.
Extended Forecast
Monday: Isolated showers, with thunderstorms also possible after
noon. Partly cloudy, with a high near 94. Calm wind becoming east
northeast between 5 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 71. East wind
around 5 mph becoming calm.
Tuesday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Partly
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8 Okeechobee News, Sunday, September 14, 2008

Rarfr Okeechobee Livestock Report
Ranch recognized for Sept. 8 and 9,2008 200-250 115-130
250-300 108-125 93-102

conservation efforts

Finding a balance between
farming, ranching and conser-
vation is not an impossible task.
Just ask the Florida Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commission
(FWC) about the Longino Ranch
in Arcadia, and a success story for
conservation emerges.
As a result of effectively man-
aging private lands with wise con-
servation practices, the Longino
Ranch received the Private Lands
Fish and Wildlife Stewardship
award from the Association of
Fish and Wildlife Agencies at its
annual conference on Sept. 10 in
Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Nominees for this award come
from fish and wildlife agencies
around the country. The FWC
nominated Longino Ranch for
its outstanding commitment and
stewardship in preserving the en-
vironmentally sensitive land while
still managing a successful cattle,
citrus and timber operation.
"The Longino family has led
the way for more than 50 years
in balancing the needs of the land
with the needs of a business,"
said Tim Breault, the FWC's di-
rector of the Division Habitat and
Species Conservation. "The FWC

encourages other farmers and
landowners to look to this ranch
as a role model for how to bal-
ance through diversification and a
willingness to do what is right for
wildlife and the environment."
Berryman T. "Buster" Longino
began running the 8,000-acre
ranch in Southwest Florida in the
1950s. His father and grandfather
purchased the property in 1934
and ran a turpentine camp there.
After Buster earned a degree at
the University of Florida (UF) in
the 1950s, he returned home to
help his father diversify after the
turpentine industry closed down.
Buster ran the operations at the
ranch until recently, but the prog-
eny of the original founder of
Longino Ranch still keep it all in
the family. John Minton, nephew
to Buster, accepted the award in
Saratoga Springs.
The FWC's Landowner As-
sistance Program partners with
private landowners to achieve
conservation benefits on private
lands. The Longino Ranch has
been an active participant in this
Chris Wynn heads up this pro-
gram for the FWC, and he said

the Longino Ranch has made the
partnership a successful one.
"They developed conservation
easements in perpetuity on half
of the property," Wynn said. "And
they have been willing to partici-
pate in wildlife research with us
and UF."
One such research project by
the FWC on this property involves
tracking turkeys to determine wild
turkey movements, nesting, re-
production and populations. The
FWC has also awarded a grant
for the installation of riser cul-
verts to retain surface water and
conserve groundwater in existing
ditches. Wynn also cited Longino
Ranch's willingness to participate
in outreach activities by hosting
wildlife-related workshops and
field days at the ranch.
"Their willingness and atten-
tion to managing Longino Ranch
for wildlife while managing for
other natural resources brought
them to our attention," Mr. Breault
said. "They have been active part-
ners in finding ways to effectively
farm the land while protecting it
for future generations."

Ag commissioner

offers hurricane tips

Agriculture Commissioner
Bronson offers encourages ani-
mal owners to plan ahead in case
evacuations are ordered due to a
People transporting livestock
must continue to stop at the
Florida agricultural interdiction
stations. If the transporter doesn't
have proper paperwork, a move-
ment document will be issued at
the station.
The movement document
must be carried as the animals are
moved into Georgia or Alabama
and for return back into Florida.
Commissioner Bronson said
citizens should not wait until the
last minute to think about how
they are going to deal with pets
and other animals during an evac-
+ nation or in a power outage.
People should not leave their
pets behind when they evacuate
because the animals can easily
be injured, lost or killed. Own-
ers should find out now if local
boarding facilities or veterinary
offices can shelter their animals
in an emergency.
They should also contact ho-
tels outside their immediate area
to determine which allow ani-
mals and whether there are any
size restrictions.
Pets and small animal
Keep ID tags and vaccina-
.tions up to date.
When evacuating, bring
proper identification and health
papers with you.
Prepare a pet evacuation
kit, including food and water for
one week, a manual can opener,
medications, medical/vaccination
records, a pet carrier, and bed-
If evacuated, properly secure
animals in the vehicle.
If you plan to board a pet,
make written arrangements in
Contact hotels and motels


along your evacuation route to
check policies on accepting pets
and keep the list handy.
Horses and livestock:
Keep vaccinations and other
health requirements up to date.
If possible, make arrange-
ments in advance for evacuation
of horses. Know where you can
take your horses for shelter along
your evacuation route.
Make sure your horse trailer
is "ready to go" or other transport
arrangements are prepared well
in advance.
Carry your vaccination re-
cord, Coggins test and health pa-
pers with you as well as handling
Have a point of destination
before departure and be sure to
evacuate as soon as possible to
avoid traffic delays.
If evacuation is not pos-
Reinforce your barn, and
outbuildings with hurricane
straps and other measures.
Open gates or remove fenc-
ing so that animals may move to
high ground in a flood and to low-

lying areas during high winds.
Install a hand pump and ob-
tain enough large containers to
water your animals for at least a
* Identify alternate water and
power sources.
A generator with a safely stored
supply of fuel may be essential,
especially if you have electrical
equipment necessary to the well
being of your animals.
Secure or remove anything
that could become blowing de-
Bronson's Division of Animal
Industry website http://www. (click on
"Emergency Management") pro-
vides information about some
pet-frieidly hotels, pet-friendly
emergency shelters, and exten-
sive emergency preparedness
information for owners of large
and small animals who may be
impacted by a disaster.
If a family plans to go to a pub-
lic shelter, they should check with
county officials on the location of
the nearest pet friendly shelter.

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with a slight weakening trend.
Slaughter cows and bulls were
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and lower on the bottom end
stuff, with a $205.00.
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and sign an affidavit declaring
your cattle to be of USA origin.
This "one time" declaration is
a simple way to qualify your
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Okeechobee News, Sunday, September 14, 2008

Everglades Elementary welcomes-

It was very busy week at Ev- grader. They also,
erglades Elementary School. The packet of information
Kindergarten teachers welcomed Miss Shofner, our Re
their parents at their annual orien- on ways to help thei
station meeting. Each teacher took at home. This was a
part in a small presentation and review 100 Book
then invited their parents back to Challenge and
the rooms for a short and more Thinking Maps,
detailed meeting. The Kinder- two very impor-
gartners also invited their grand- tant supplemen-
parents to school to celebrate tal programs that
"Grandparents Day." The grand- we use school
parents came in and enjoyed wide at Ever-
some quality time in their grand- glades. The boys
child's classroom. They were and girls were hal
treated to snacks and a small cel- out "FUN, FAST, and
ebration. What a nice way to let asked about 100 Bo
grandparents know how special It was exciting fort
they are. with their parents th
The first grade teachers had of reading equals o
their Parent Night on Sept. 11. also enjoyedhelping
The parents came to school and makeFirst Grad "Circle Mapnk
viewed a power point presenta- t t and fan
tion that was prepared by the the attents and faed!
teachers. This presentation gave The fifth grad
the parents the information that heir Parent Nightrad
will assist them in helping their September 9 th, the
child to become a successful first

were given a invited to attend a
n provided by al meeting. They
leading Coach, packet with samp
r child to read ing, math and scie
great time to Thinking Maps a
Challenge were a
We hope that thi
help the fifth grade
stand the importar
and helps them to
to be a successful
This week the
enjoyed their first I
bution. RIF is a fe
ppy to shout that provides a fr
d EASY when of the students tw
ok Challenge. RIF stands for; R
hem to share damental, but the
at 15 minutes like to say it stand
ne step. They is FUN!"
SMiss Shofner Mrs. Jenny Put
" that defined Management can
You to all of third graders. The
nily members book, "Michael Re
rs also had Bethel. Mrs. Pung
his week. On copy of the book
Sparentswere Thanks, Mrs. Pui
M na cement!

an information-
were given a
ple FCAT read-
ence questions.
.nd 100 Book
ilso discussed.
s meeting will
parents under-
ice of the FCAT
help their child
fifth grader.
boys and girls
RIF book distri-
ederal program
ee book to all
o times a year.
leading Is Fun-
boys and girls
Is for "Reading
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ne to read to
ey enjoyed the
cyclee" by Ellie
even donated a
for our Library.
ng and Waste

On Sept. 12, the students cele-
brated National Anthem Day. The
chorus led by Mrs. Kathleen Wil-
son, gathered around the flagpole
and sang "America" and The "Star
Spangled Banner." Also, included
in this celebration, several of our
fifth graders joined other fifth
graders from Okeechobee at the
Friday night football game and led
the crowd in the National Anthem
before the game began.
Important dates to remember:
*Sept. 16-25: DIBELS assess-
*Sept. 16: Second Grade Par-
ent Meeting;
*Sept. 18: Third Grade Parent
*Sept. 22-26: Book Fair in the
SSept. 23: Fourth Grade Parent
The Book Fair will be open
during the Fourth Grade Parent

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Students of the Week
Students who 'are achieving excellence in the classroom at Everglades Elementary School include students of the week
for Sept. 8 through Sept. 12. Kindergarten: Fernando Meza, Kayla Morgan, Cynthia Serrano, Itzabelly Meza, Daniel Nyerg-
es; First grade: Kolby Yingling, Tanner Adams, Alexandria Boon, Alexander Aguirre, Marissa Forde; Second grade: Mariah
Wooten, Licett Castaneda, Erika Serrano, Nayeli Urbina, Lexi Eastman, Jimmy Roland, Madeline Mungaray; Third grade:
Sky Druckenbrod Alexandra Jacobo, Taylor Boatwright, Johnson Tran, Noah Lagrange: Fourth grade: Laura Jimenez,
Hunter Derry, Devon Jones, Vanessa Safewright, Adrian Gonzalez; Fifth grade: Kyle Fussell, Dominic Garcia, Nicholas
Steen, Nashada Harris, Marco Gonzalez. Congratulations to these outstanding students,

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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., Jacksonville, 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.


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* Home and Garden Television will move from Expanded Basic
channel 70 to Expanded Basic channel 26.
Food Network will move from Expanded Basic channel 71 to
Expanded Basic channel 29.
Comedy Central will move from Expanded Basic channel 73 to
Expanded Basic channel 39.

Style. will move from Expanded Basic channel 26 to Digital Starter
channel 84 and 118.
ShopNBC will move from Expanded Basic channel 32 to Digital
Starter channel 280.
,* EWTN will move from Expanded Basic channel 72 to Digital
Starter channel 243.
Big Ten Network was added to the Sports Entertainment Tier on
channel 742 on 8/28/08

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card. Prices are exclusive of applicable.franchise fees and related costs, FCC user fees
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10 Okeechobee News, Sunday, September 14, 2008

SES Progress reports to go out this week

It doesn't seem possible that
four weeks of school have already
passed! South Elementary School
Progress Reports will be sent
home with students on Tuesday,
Sept. 16.
The PTO will kickoff for the fall
fund raiser starts on Sept. 19, 2008.
The fund raiser will run through
Oct. 3, 2008. Make sure you get
your order in.
Sept. 26, 2008 is the last day for
free and reduced lunch from last
year's status. If you have not filed
for free and reduced lunch for the
08-09 school year, you may come
into the office for an application.
The cost of a school lunch is $1.75
and breakfast is $.75. After Sep-
tember 26, you will need to send
money with your child until you


receive a letter of approval from
the school.
We will have two make-up
days for days missed form Tropical
Storm Fay, Tuesday, November 11,
2008 (Veterans Day) and Wednes-
day, Nov. 26,.2008.

Campbell's label and box top you
send in help. You can send the la-
bels or box tops in with your child
or drop them off in the office. With
. the labels and box tops we can im-
prove our physical education/re-
cess and purchase student incen-
tives. If you have any questions,
please feel free to call the school.
The third grade is learning
about parts of the world in an
exciting way. We are sending Flat
Stanley, a story character, to visit
family members and friends in
far-away places. Hosts will show
Stanley around their town or city
and take him to local areas of in-
terests. When Stanley returns we
are sure to get pictures, postcards
and souvenirs of the places he's

Submitted photo/SES
Students of the week at South Elementary School include: Tristan Robinson, McKenzie Sim-
mons, Brianne Yates, Hayle Padgett, Cristian Trejo, Jenna Brown, Zachary Martin, Ashley
Bowers, Joseph Rivera, Casen Durrance, Cynthia Cortez, Shamir Ali, Rick Willet, Daniel
Parker, Sarah Nichols, Erin Rodriguez, Brianna Gomez, Cristian Rios, Kate Phillips, Jared
Phares, Brittany Snow, Nathan Center, Breanna Blount, Savannah Wilson, Chancy Thomas
and Shyane Adkins.

Submitted photo/SES Submitted photo/SES
Aubrie Hataway was joined by her grandparents Jinja and Jacob Hardy dressed like a
Don Archibald at South Elementary School's Grandparents cowboy for spirit day at South
Day event. Elementary School.

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Submitted photo/SES
Casen Durrance and his grandparents Dale and Karen Barrett were part of the Grandparents
Day celebration at South Elementary School.

The store where students re-
deem their Positive Student Sup-
port Eagle tokens will be opening
on Sept. 22 or before. Information
about each grade level time and
day to shop given to the students
The store will also accept do-
nations of prizes if parents or
businesses have new or like-new
items you would like to donate (ie.
stuffed animals).
The September PBS event is
tentatively planned for Sept. 26.
PBS will be hosting Johnny Apple-
seed's birthday party. The children
will get an apple treat and Johnny
Appleseed himself will be there
to tell his story and possibly sing
some songs. Tickets for this event
will be sold at the store for 25 to-
kens beginning Sept. 22. Tickets
will be limited so tell your students
to buy one if they have enough
tokens and plan to go. PBS brace-
let wearers will be admitted to
the event for free. Nominations
for bracelets will be Sept. 16-18.
Students may be nominated for a
bracelet if they meet the following
No more than two tardies or
early check-outs (each 9 weeks)
must participate in all activi-
turn in every homework as-
signment on time
earn no more than two yel-
low "color pulls
2008 students will be released at

Submitted photo/SES
Aubrey Pearce enjoyed vis-
iting with her Grandmother
Sandra Pearce at the Grand-
parents Day event at South
Elementary School.

11:30 A.M. Please make arrange- ments accordingly!



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County School



Monday, Sept. 15: Sunshine
pancakes, assorted cereal, whole
wheat toast, fruit juice, fresh fruit,
Tuesday, Sept. 16: Breakfast/
ASC PBJ, assorted cereal, cinna-
mon toast, fruit juice, fresh fruit,
fresh fruit, milk.
Wednesday, Sept. 17: Biscuit
and sausage patty, assorted ce-
real, cinnamon toast, fruit juice,
fresh fruit, milk.
Thursday, Sept. 18: Waffles,
Eggo, Mini-Cinn, assorted cereal,
cinnamon toast, fruit juice, fresh
fruit, milk.
Friday, Sept. 19: Sausage pizza,
assorted cereal, whole wheat
toast, fruit juice, fresh fruit, milk.
Lunch Menus:

Monday, Sept. 15: Ravioli with
meat sauce, honey wheat rolls,
corn dog nuggets, yogurt fruit
and cheese plate, fresh fruit, fruit
juice, green beans, fruit cocktail,
tossed salad, milk.
Tuesday, Sept. 16: Cheese-
burger, barbecue chicken sand-
wich, yogurt fruit and cheese
plate, fresh fruit, fruit juice, po-
tato triangles, applesauce, tossed
salad, milk.
Wednesday, Sept. 17: Turkey
taco salad, hot ham and cheese
sandwich, chef salad, fresh fruit,
fruit juice, Mex/Confetti corn,
pineapple chunks, tossed salad,
Thursday, Sept. 18: Cheese
stuffed crust and pepperoni
stuffed crust pizza, fish sand-
wich, tuna salad plate, fresh fruit,
fruit juice, vegetable capri blend,
mandarin orange sections, tossed
salad, milk.
Friday, Sept. 19: Early Release
Middle School
Monday, Sept. 15: Ravioli with
meat sauce, honey wheat rolls,
corn dog nuggets, yogurt fruit and
cheese plate, pizza basket, fresh
fruit, fruit juice, green beans, fruit
cocktail, tossed salad, milk.
Tuesday, Sept. 16: Cheese-
burger, barbecue chicken sand-
wich, yogurt fruit and cheese
plate, pizza basket; fresh fruit,
fruit juice, potato triangles, apple-
sauce, tossed salad, milk.
Wednesday, Sept. 17: Turkey
taco salad, hot ham and cheese
sandwich, chef salad, ham and
cheese sub, fresh fruit, fruit juice,
Mex/Confetti corn, pineapple
chunks, tossed salad, milk.
Thursday, Sept. 18: Cheese
stuffed crust and pepperoni
stuffed crust pizza, fish sandwich,
tuna salad plate, cheeseburger
basket, fresh fruit, fruit juice, veg-
etable capri blend, mandarin or-
ange sections, tossed salad, milk.
Friday, Sept. 19: Early Release
High School
Monday, Sept. 15: Ravioli with
meat sauce, honey wheat rolls,
corn dog nuggets, yogurt fruit
and cheese plate, pizza basket,
chicken fingers and toes, fresh
fruit, fruit juice, green beans, fruit
cocktail, tossed salad, milk.
Tuesday, Sept. 16: Cheeseburg-
er, barbecue chicken sandwich,
yogurt fruit and cheese plate, piz-
za basket, hot wings basket, fresh
fruit, fruit juice, potato triangles,
applesauce, tossed salad, milk.
Wednesday, Sept. 17: Turkey
taco salad, hot ham and cheese
sandwich, chef salad, ham and
cheese sub, caribb. pork/rice/
beans, fresh fruit, Mex/Confetti
corn, pineapple chunk, tossed
salad, milk.
Thursday, Sept. 18: Cheese
stuffed crust and pepperoni
stuffed crust pizza, fish sandwich,
tuna salad plate, cheeseburger
basket, chicken with potato bowl,
fresh fruit, fruit juice, vegetable
capri blend, mandarin orange
sections, tossed salad, milk.
Friday, Sept. 19: Early Release

Go Brahmans!
Students of the Week for the Okeechobee High School are: Shenorro Edwards, Jennifer
Wendt, Ana Aguilar, Tadarrell Smith, Olivia Skeen, Nicholas Ritchey, Danielle Brown, Leon-
ard Gainer, Bobbe Parker, (not pictured) Dillion Fralix, Brandon Billie, Elizabeth Dehass,
Ruth (Lizzie) Howell, and Joy Erasmus. Thank you for your support of OHS. Congratula-
tions Students!

OHS student completes

UF student science

training program

Joy L. Burnham, a student at
Okeechobee High School, recent-
ly completed the 2008 University
of Florida Student Science Train-
ing Program (UF-SSTP), a seven
week residential summer pro-
gram for gifted and academically
talented high school students.
The program focuses on science,
mathematics, computers and en-
gineering. Students work with UF
faculty members assisting in all
aspects of graduate level research
affording them the opportunity to
engage in an authentic laboratory
experience. Eighty-seven UF fac-
ulty members hosted participants
in their laboratories this year.
Joy, daughter of Randy L.
Burnham and Ann W. Burnham,
worked with UF scientist Dr. Alan
D. Ealy in the Animal Sciences on
work entitled Classification of Dif-
ferentiation Factors Controlling
Binucleate Cell Development in
Bovine Placenta. As part of the
program, Joy also completed a
three-credit hour Interdisciplinary
Honors Seminar entitled Research
Design of Human and Animal
Models. At the program's award
ceremony, Joy was recognized for
Best Research Paper, Poster, Top

20 Oral Presentation and received
a Certificate of Distinction.
UF-SSTP was administered by
the Center of Precollegiate Edu-
cation and Training (CPET), and
is in its 50th year of preparing
its participants for careers in the
sciences and engineering. In ad-
dition to laboratory research, the
UF-SSTP also included a lecture
series, seminars and workshops
in research and technical writ-
ing, computer applications, oral
presentation and study skills and
career exploration.
CPET, which is affiliated with
Honors Program at the University
of Florida,, works to discover tal-
ent in Florida schools and offer
student a unique and intensive
practical experience in science
research. In addition to the UF-
SSTP, CPET administers a variety
of programs throughout the year
including annual events such as
the Junior Science, Engineering
and Humanities Symposium and
a variety of teacher training pro-
grams. For more information on
CPET programs and activities visit

Education Briefs

Guru to speak to stu-
dent athletes
Nationally known recruiting
guru, Jack Renkens, is coming
to the OHS cafeteria on October
2, 2008 at 5:30 p.m. His presen-
tation is an hour long, motivat-
ing speech, about the do's and
don't of the college recruiting
process. All student-athletes who
are in the 8th grade and above,
and their parents, are invited and
encouraged to attend. All student-
athletes will have an opportunity
to win door prizes! Snacks will be

Seminole Elementary
plans SAC meeting
The Seminole 'Elementary
School Advisory Council will
meet on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at
3:45 p.m. in the conference room
in the main office. The public is
invited to attend.
La escuela Seminole Elemen-
tary van a tener su junta del Con-
sejo Consultivo para la escuela, el
Martes 2 de Septiembre alas 3:15
p.m., se reuniran en el cuarto de
conferencias de la oficina. Todo el
public estan invitados de asistir.

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and soccer

The Osceola Middle School War-
riors opened up their athletic sea-
son with a sweep of Oslo Middle
in Vero Beach on Wednesday.
The volleyball team swept Oslo
in straight games (25-11, 26-
24) while the soccer Warriors
trounced the Wildcats 6-2. Hunt-
er Pritchard and Diego Rodriguez
lead the way in soccer while Au-
brey Robertson,
Stormy Stokes, 7
and Darby Jones
were standouts
for the vol-
leyball team.
The Warriors
return to action
on Monday when they battle
Sebastian River at home at 4:30
p.m.Osceola Middle School's top
PE mile runners for the week are:

6th grade: Girls: Emily Alicea
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7th grade: Girls: Tiffany Bowers
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8th grade: Girls: Alecia Mitchell
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To survey Hunters, Anglers &.
Hikers on public use area.
For Fish & Wildlife Commis-
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purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used Items In
the classlfelds.

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Well established local business
198 US Hwy 98N Okeechobee

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Tax Preparation 315

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ue, such as promises of
guaranteed income from
work-at-home programs if
it sounds too good to be
true, chances are that it is.
If you have questions or
doubts about any ad on
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before responding or send-
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you check with the Better
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Babysitting 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

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purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used Items In
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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
Coins/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 Eqluipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools ,,725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 40,

Why Rent a
Storage Unit
when you can
own a Shed
the same
Call Stanton
Homes at

CAR SEAT Clewiston area.
Like new/used only 9 days.
22lbs.-54lbs. limit. $30.

EPSON 660 Printer Clewiston
area. Excl. cond./ Incl. cable
& xtra color cartridge, $25.

Lamps $17, 100 Barstools
$39 up, 50 Desks $97 up,
3Pc Dropleaf Dinette $197,
50 Table and 4 Chairs $397
up, 200 Recliners $297 up,
50 2pc Sofa & Loveseat
sets $687 up, 50 TV Ent.
Centers $167 up, 2 Pc
Queen Bed set $297 up, 50
4Pc Bedroom sets $387 up,
3Pc Livingroom tables
$97up, 100 headboards
$79 up.



One man's trash Is anoth-
er man's treasure. Turn
your trash to treasure
with an ad In the classl-
fieds. --
'Hat & Reducin

Christian Books,

Bibles and Videos

Nature's Pantry
417 W S Park St* (863),467-1243

5 STRING Dojo by Dobro -
Collector's instrument. Exc.
cond.Hard case and more.
$1200/neg. (863)467-8644

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


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

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2br/2ba, W&D, $850 mo. +
$500. sec. (863)634-5780
ON RIM CANAL of Lake Okee-
chobee: lbr, 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, lba, 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.
Avail. Immediately! Fully
furnished. New carpet. Pool,
Tennis & Boat dock. 1BA 1BR
$695 + electric. Annual
lease. 215-359-7779
Join all the people who
say, 1I sold It In the clas-

In the City 3,500 sq. ft.,
4BR/2BA, huge family rm.,
water, sewer & garbage
pickup furnished, $1,000
mo. Call 863-634-7353.
OKEE 2/1 CBS furnished,
carpeting, wood walls, new
a/c, enclosed porch, with W/D.
$875/mo inclds water
(7.86) 201-0306
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
Home. Furnished. All appli-
ances. Call (863)357-6700
between 9am-5pm.
Tiled living room, carport.
$1,000/mo. Lawrence
Associates, 1-800-543-2495

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3/2/2 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.
6/2/2 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 & carpeL Granite counters in kitchen.
Jacuzzi tub ini 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
3/2 DW in River Acres on I acre on die Kissimmee River.
Furnished & remodeled w/laminate wood & tile 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 mth.
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 Treadway 863-697-3207
Pritchard's GMAC Real Estate
Let me help you with your Rental Needs.

BA, Modern w/boat dock.
Rent neg. 772-359-1640

propio hogar!
3 dormitorio,
incluidas, como
a estrenar, en
parque de la
familiar, finanzas
del dueno
Rent to Own 4/2
$1000 mo. new, ready now.
863-599-0156 or
Rent to Own All credit con-
sidered, brand new const.,
3BR, 4BR & 2BA homes.
Starting at $945 mo.
your backyard! 4BR/2BA,
Boat ramp. $1,300/month.
Lawrence Associates,

OKEECHOBEE Professional
male seeks same to share
large decorated home.

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property-Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080


Dixie Ranch Estates,
3/2 CBS, corner lot, 1/2
acre, new tile,new bath,
doors, crown and new
drainfield & pump, with
laundry room, recent
appraisal $162,000,
asking $129,000
Call 561-596-1344
br, across form the Lake in
The Oaks subdivision. Huge
500 sq ft master br and spa-
cious bath. You design the
kitchen/pantry. Great garden
space & soil. $157,000 to
$185,000 all credit consid-
ered. (520)360-1893
new, tile throughout,
easy finance. $119,000.
Call 863-484-0809.
Grab a bargain from your
neighbor's garage,
attic, basement or clos-
et In today's classifleds.


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

Sun. 9/14, 1pm-4pm
Executive, 4/3,
Almost New
Airi Acres, Okeechobee

One man's trash Is anoth-
er man's treasure. TUrn
your trash to treasure
with an ad h the classl-

Mobile Homes

Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes- Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020

furnished or unfurnished.
$750 mo. + sec. dep. &
refs. (863)824-0981
util, $600 mo. 863-763-2098
or (863)610-1092
1BR/1BA Nice Area
1st, Last & Security
$650 md.
3BR, 2/BA, 925 SW 39th
Lane. Call 863-610-1092 or

3BR, apple's
incl, like
brand new,
in family park,
owner finance.
2 & 3 Bedrooms
Immediate Occupancy
As Low as $1,000 Down
$535 mo.
Small 2BR Trailer, quiet sur-
roundings, $425 mo., incl.
water, elec. garbage, may
pay weekly. 863-763-3613
Lake access, quiet area. No
pets. $650/mo., 1st, last &
sec. dep. (561)743-4331

Mobile Home Angels
3BR, walk-in closets, 2BA,
den, LR, DR, appls, ceiling
fans, roof-over, covered
fronVback porches, CNAH,
fenced back yard, pole barn,
2 car driveway, 1 car
carport, located at 4232 SE
22nd Court,Treasure Island,
$44- $114,900 Call
863-467-7911 for appt
2009 3BR/2BA Doublewide
$43,200 Set-up & A/C
2009 4BR/2BA
$50,900- Set-up & AC
Easy Financing
3BR/2BA Doublewide
$695 mo. Easy Financing

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

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

HONDA REBEL 1999 wind-
shield; lug.rack,sissybar, low
miles, no dents, runs perfect
,$2600. (863)674-0360

e leads you
J to the

Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070

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

Came off a 1995 Ford F150,
Labelle Fl, $100.
MISC. HITCHES & 5th Wheel
hooks for 1 ton. Call Ray at

FORD Select Pickup truck
box, aluminum, single lid in
ex.cond. $75.

Woodsman 30-06 semi-
auto rifle w/leather case.
$200. (863)467-8823

Health & Reducing
Equipment 0620


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Public Notices Public Notices

Public Notice 5005
Stpte Public
Legal Notice 5500


Public Notice 5005
State Public
Legal Notice 5500

* I I II

Okeechobee County Code Enforcement
Special Magistrate
The Okeechobee County Special 1 i i... ,, ....... i,,
September 16,2008 at 2 00 p i, ,..i. , i i .,
bee County Health Departmen .. ....... .
Okeechobee Florida. For m ore inform ation, ,. ,.. ,,,,, r. ,, ,
and Development Department, 499 NW. 5th .. ... r'
(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

In accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act, Chapter 120, Florida Stat-
utes, notice is hereby given that the Okeechobee County School Board will con-
sider amendment of the School Board policy listed below at their meeting oie
Tuesday. October 14, 2008, at 6:00 p.m in Room 303 of the School Board Ad-
ministrative Office at 700 S.W. Second Avenue, Okeechobee, A copy of the pro-
posed policy amendment is available in the Superintendent's office, Room 307,
located at 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue.
AMENDMENT OF BOARD POLICY 4.20 Student Progression Plan
1. This policy includes the Student Progression Plan
2. Proposed revisions to the Student Progression Plan are those required by statute
as well as editonal updates
1 Th, I ,-il 1 th.t, ., FS i ... ES. 1001 45. Laws implemented
1~,. j i, m ," 1003.49,1008.25.
4. This policy amendment will not affect individuals from an economic standpoint
Patricia G. Cooper, Ed D.
Supenntendent of Schools
2915960ON 9114/08

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Okeechobee Utility Authonty will meet in regu-
lar session on Tuesday September 23, 2008 a 8 30 AM., at the Okeechobee
Utility Authority Offices 100 SW 5th Avenue. Okeechobee, Flonda.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Okeechobee Utility Authority will hold a Public
4e -o ter,3-A s-pssible to consider the adoption of the 2009
Budget and Resolution 08-04, Copies of the proposed Budget are available for in-
spection during normal business hours at the office of OUA, 100 SW 5th Avenue,
Okeechobee, Flonda.
All interested parties for or against the proposed Budget can be heard at said time
and place. The needs of hearing or visually impaired persons shall be met by
contacting the Executive Director's Office at 863-763-9460 at least 48 hours pnor
to the Public Hearng by any person wishing assistance.
Pursuant to Section 286.0105, Flonda Statutes, if a person decides to appeal any
decision made by the Authonty with respect to such meetings, he or she will need
a record of proceedings and for such purpose may need to ensure that a verbatim
record of the proceedings is made which record includes the testimony and evi-
dence upon which the appeal is based. Such person may provide a court report-
er, stenographer, or tape recorder for such verbatim record
John F Hayford
Executive Director
291032 ON 9/14/08


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model and VIN aiirs lorows
1997 Ford Ranger
VIN# 1FTCR14A7VT69544
Toerlis ot sale ,'n cash Selle ru-
serves t n ilght Oit nli l id All sales
are inil No i elndisim will be nade and
vehicle will be sold "AS IS' crndiilon

CASE NO.: 2007-CA-382
Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to a
Final Judgment of Foreclosure or Order
dated 8/25/2008. entered in Civil Case
Number 2007-CA-382, in the Circuit
Court for OKEECHOBEE County, Flori-
LOAN is the Plaintifi, and CURT LUND-
BERG, et al., are the Defendants, I will

Lot 7 and thie East 5 tI of Lot 8, Block
.. ... ',, the plat thereof, recorded
Si ,,, 1, Page 10 of the Public
Record of Okeeciobee County, Flon-
i,, and being in tihe NE 1/4 o
i... 16, Township 37 Souith,
Range 35 East.
at public sale, to the highest iand best
bidder, for cash, at Jury Assenbly
Roomrn Second Floor, Okeechobee
County Judicial Center, 312 NW Third
Street, Okeechobee. FL 34972, at
11.00 anm on the 24th day of Sept,
2008 Any . .. ...... .
in the surp. ,....... i ,, .
other than the property owner as of tie
date of tie lis perndens iust file a
clail within 60 days afler the sale
Dated. 9,9/2008
Sharon Robertson
In accordance with the Americans With
Disabilities Act, persons in need of a
special accommodation to participate
in this proceeding shall, within seven
(7) I i .. ..... c n-
tact 1I h h I I i in .*)t the
Court, Hendry County Courthouse, 25
East Hickpochee Avenue, La Bel e FL
33935 telephone 863-675-5217. TDD
1-800-955-8771 or 1-800-955-8770
via Florida Relay Service.
291521 ON 914.21/08

Deutsche Bank National Trust Company,
as Trustee, in trust for the registered
holders of Amenquest Mortgage Se-
cunties Inc., Asset-Backed Pass-Through
Certificates Series 2004-RIO.

Central Elementary students

-vs Case #2(0gICA 1100.11:3
os Ise H ies, an niieni karlnd Wi lnwer
and Struvvlio S. pouse l I vtelyn iones,
Det roe utd u lknnwn lanils i n It o';it'a ,-
sienii Unknown Pat ries in PosssiIIInI
#f It Irving, and all Unklln wn Fuarlinn

TO Jose Flares, ai dUnreriine Widnow-
lalnilni by. n uili, uo l tlel and aer il n'r
tie above named leIhndans)s who al
er known g Spouse dead alive, whlolese
said ce Unknown Partile may clali an i-
aerl aowns Spouse, Hesof te sa Dees Gan--
edants, or Oeither Claimantsrried a
Deied Defendanl( t(s), ad te as)
TO: Jose Flores, an Unremarried Widow-
er and Surviving Spouse of Evelyn Flores,
Residence unknown, if living, including
any unknown spouse of the said Defen-
dants, if either has remarried and if either
or both of said Defendants are dead. theit
respective unknown heirs, devseot es,
grantees, assignees, creditors, lenors,
and trustees, and all other persons
claiming by, through, under or against
the named Defendant(s), and the arie-
mentioned named Delendant(s) and such
of the aforemerntioned unknown Deiien-
dtres and such of the aforementioned
unknown Defendants as R GRay OVE ACCORDINGs,
incompetents 0r otherwise not snl jruis
action TY FLORasbeen commerce tu oeclo-
sure a comorltgae on lie oll Nowing real
property, lying and being and situaled in
Okeechobee County, eionda, Lore par-
Ticulaily described as follows
moe co address 242nly k 4 own s 685 North-
east 78 Way, Okeechobeea Ratn FL 3974
This action h is been filed against you
and you are required to serve a copy or
your writtneen defense, itf any upon SHAPI-
RO & FSHdem AN LLn Attorneys loom Plaint
iff, whose address is 2424 North Federal
Highway, Suite 360, Boca Raton, Florida
33431, wthe 2th dirty (30) days after the, 200
first publication of this nobce and fle the
onginal with the clerk of ths Court either
before service on Pla 14 's attorney or
immediately there after, otherwise a de-
fault will be entered against you for the
relief demanded in the Complaint
WITNESS my hand and seal of this
Court on the 291h day of August, 2008
Circuit and County Courts
By Kathy Arnold
Deputy Clerk
289802 ON 9,7.14 08

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Third grade
Ms. Enfinger's class at Central El-
ementary School would like to wel-
come everyone back to school. Our
class has a special sponsor this year,
Mrs. Flowers. She has donated sup-
plies, snacks, and fun stuff for the
students to do during the weekend.
Thank you, Mrs. Flowers! Also, our
other sponsor is Nell Shirley, she has
donated supplies and well wishes.
Thanks, Mrs. Shirley! Our class is
right on target. Despite the unpre-
dictable weather, we are getting ev-
erything done. Our students of the
week were, Kara Adams, Kennethia
McBride, John Lense, and Steven Ru-
sinko. Happy birthday to Judith Bar-
rera, Kara Adams, Davan Resendez,
and Adriana Camacho.
This week in Ms. Luchetta's and
Mrs. Atwell's class: Our theme in
reading is "People and Their Pets." In
Inath we are doing chapter 3-round-
ing. In science, we are learning about
energy. In social studies, we are
learning about the history of money.
In writing, we are making books
about solid, liquid, and gas. We are
proud of our students; keep reading
and practicing your times tables.
Students in Ms. DelPrete and Mrs.
Lopez's third grade BASE classes are
off to an awesome start this school
year!! We are reading AR books and
doing 100 Book Challenge. All stu-
dents have an AR goal for the nine
weeks they are working toward to
earn a trip to Golden Corral. Keep
reading at home and parents remem-
ber to sign 100 Book Challenge' fold-
ers for every 15 minutes of uninter-
rupted reading. Thank you to all the
parents who sign agendas everyday
and make sure homework is com-
pleted. Congratulations to every stu-
dent that enjoyed watching a movie
last Friday for showing Readiness for
the future, Responsibility for self, and
respect for our world and those in
it. They earned power pals for hav-
ing good behavior. Congratulations
to Hailey Spearow and Sally Tijerina
who will represent our class in Stu-
dent Council. In Math, we are work-
ing on rounding numbers. We are
enjoying the stories in our new read-
ing series-Macmillan, McGraw-Hill.
In Science, we are learning about En-
ergy, and in Spanish we are studying
Spain. Congratulations to our recent
Students of the Week- Sally Tijerina,
Carol Flores, Victor Gaona, Robert
Padgett, Emma Van Camp, and Hai-
ley Spearow!! Remember students
to keep reading and studying those
multiplication facts.
Miss Cowden's third grade class
is working hard. They have started
learning about plot development,
as well as main idea and details. In
math, we have already learned about
fact families, addition and subtrac-
tion with regrouping, place value,
and now we are comparing, order-
ing, and rounding numbers. In sci-
ence, we have discussed solid, liquid
and gases, matter, density, volume,

help and donations

mass, and now we are discussing en-
ergy and the different kinds of energy.
In writing, we have discussed sorting,
categorizing, and now we are work-
ing on the topic and main ideas. We
also took some time out to discuss
and remember those we lost on Sep-

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tember 11th, seven years ago.
So far we have had three Students
of the Week and they are: Dania
Juarez, Homer Bowers, and Jazzmyn
Lara. Congratulations to those stu-
dents! Stay-tuned as more fun and
exciting things are coming up!
Fourth grade
The fourth graders at CENTRAL
have started the year off with a POW
(PAW)!! Paw-Power that is! Students
received paws for showing Central's
3 R's -- Responsibility for our selves,
Respect for others, and Readiness for
the future and earned a PAW-FECT
Afternoon last week. Students got to
spend their paws and enter the Sci-
ence Room, The Art Room, or the
Computer Room. Others picked time
to read, some played games, and oth-
ers watched a movie. It was an ex-
citing day and students are ready to
help plan our next PAW-fect Day in
The fourth graders took assess-
ments, put names on books, and
begin the school year once the Hur-
ricane passed. Students are learning
about the BIG IDEA of matter in Sci-
ence, Place Value in Math, and the
elements of an Expository in Writing
Class. The Students enjoyed stories
about the desert and a mystery in Rr
We are off to a fantastic year.
In Mrs. Pritchard's Class, students
have been treated to Quickwrites,
Chocolate, Cereal, Science Experi-
ments, Eggs, Density Jars, Work, Fun,
Poetry, Computers, Chocolate, Math,
Number Games, and more and more
ar,.l Mrs, Pritchard calls U :e r-ning?_'
She'is funny! Mrs. Pritchard is \TRY
happy to report her new bunch of 4th
graders are KEEPERS and she won't
trade them out for ANYTHING! If you
stop by the room, you will see many
different ways of learning happen-
ing and lots of movement. "We learn
with many modalities in Room 204,"
Mrs. Pritchard stated! Happy Birthday
to Colton, and David in the Month of
September and Congrats to our first
Students of the Week: Christopher

Armstrong, Apple Nunez, and Tsag-
garis Olsen. Who will be next? And
finally, way to go Carrie and Apple for
being the first people on our A/R Or-
chard! And one more thing, Mrs. Prit-
chard wishes to thank all of her par-
ents who gave extra supplies, sent in
treats, and supported the education
of their child by just watching for
homework and notes in the Agen-
das. It is going to be a great year!
Mr. Goff's students are very
happy to be back at school. We all
have made new friends and caught
up with old friends. We have been
working hard the first few weeks
of school, but are having fun as we
work. Mr. Goff is very proud of his
class for all of the effort they have
put into their work and he is also
very proud of the great behavior they
have shown so far. In math we just
wrapped up chapter 2 which dealt
with comparing numbers, ordering
numbers and rounding numbers.
In reading we are enjoying working
with the new reading books. We re-
ally liked the mystery story and the
story about the desert. We are also
working hard so we can meet our
Accelerated Reader goal so we can
go to Golden Corral at the end of the
quarter. We are also busy recording
our 100 book challenge steps so we
can get to 100 steps very soon. In sci-
ence we finished chapter one which
was on the three states of matter and
we are now working in chapter 2
which talks about sound.
Music news
The Kindergarten and First grade
students at Central are doing a great
job in music class! They have been
practicing keeping a steady beat with
their bodies and with different types
of instruments and they are discover-
ing their many different voices: sing-
ing voice, speaking voice, low voice,
high voice, and whisper voice, songs,
playing games and listening to stories
to reinforce these concepts of loud
and soft and high and low.
The second, third and fourth grad-
ers have been reviewing the skills at
playing the Orff instruments, which
are xylophones, metallophones and
glockenspiels. They are learning to
follow the conductor's cues and
learning how to improvise.
All of Central Elementary's stu-
dents and staff members sang the
"Star < Spangled Banner". outside
around the flagpole on Friday in hon-
or of the anniversary of the Battle of
Fort McHenry. Francis Scott Key was
watching this battle when he wrote
the words to our National Anthem."

The hungry
panther cafe
I would like to thank my staff for
doing such a great job and for all the
hard work they do in our kitchen.
Grandparents Day was a great suc-
cess due to your hard work. We look
forward to a.great year at CENTRAL.
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America celebrates U.S Constitution

Okeechobee chapter
DAR promotes
Constitution week
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008,
begins the national celebration
of Constitution Week. The week-
long commemoratiowwn of
America's most important docu-
ment is one of our country's least
known official observances. The
Constitution stands as a testa-
ment to the tenacity of Americans
throughout history to .maintain
their liberties and. freedom, and
to ensure those unalienable rights
to every American.
The tradition of celebrating the
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American Revolution (DAR). In
1955, the Daughters petitioned
Congress to set aside Sept. 17-
23 annually to be dedicated for
the observance of Constitution
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phasize citizens' responsibilities'
for protecting and defending the
Constitution, preserving it for
posterity; (2) inform the people
that the Constitution is the basis
for America's great heritage and
the foundation for our way of life;
and (3) 'encourage the study of
the historical events which led to
the framing of the Constitution in
September 1787.
The United States of America
functions as a Republic under the
Constitution, which is the oldest
document still in active use that
outlines the self-government of a
people. This landmark idea that
men had the inalienable right as
individuals to be free and live their
lives under their own governance
was the impetus of the American
Revolution. Today, the Constitu-
tion stands as an icon of freedom

for people around the world.
"Constitution Week is the per-
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this great document which is the
safeguard of our American liber-
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DAR has served American for.
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John Russell Pope, architect of
the Jefferson Memorial, was
commissioned to design the
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of America.
Known as the largest wom-
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world, DAR has over 165,000
members with approximately
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16 Okeechobee News, Sunday, Septeifiber 14, 2008

Brahmans trounce Avon Park

By Charles Murphy
Okeechobee News
The fun is back!
Okeechobee got their first win
of the year Friday night, 44-6 over
long-time rival Avon Park.
Okeechobee scored on the
opening kickoff and never looked
back as they evened their record
at (1-1).
Lonnie Pryor scored on a 78
yard kick return, caught a touch-
down pass, and ran for two
QB Garrett Madrigal looked
like last year's version with 205
yards passing and two touch-
"I feel good," Pryor said after-
ward, "We came out here after
a good week of practice and the
line was coming off the ball. They
did very well. We played together
and everybody made plays."
Nate Pollard chipped in with
an pair of interceptions, one he
returned 75 yards for a score
when Avon Park was threatening
to make a game of it. Walt Fort-
ner added a 58 yard touchdown
All in all, it was a good night.
After Pryors kickoff return to
start the game, Avon Park did not
panic. They stayed in the game
well into the third quarter.
The Red Devils moved the
ball to the Brahman 20 yard line
on their first drive thanks in part
to a pass interference penalty.
However Running back Teddy
Allen fumbled and Kyle McGee
Okeechobee had their chanc-
es to pad the lead but after a 36
yard pass to Mike Minondo gave
the Brahmans a first and goal at
the Red Devil six yard line, their
defense stiffened. Alan Najara
missed a 28 yard field goal at-
tempt so the score remained 7-0
after one quarter.
Okeechobee again drove
down field on their next posses-
sion but Madrigal was picked off
by Stephan Hinson.
Okeechobee's offense finally
broke threw with a six play, 53
yard drive in the second quar-
ter. Pryor took a swing pass 26
yards, making several defenders
miss for the touchdown to make
it 14-0.
Garth Striebel recovered a
Red Devil fumble on Avon Park's
Next drive and two plays later it
"a 21-0. Madrigal threw a pretty
out pattern to Fortner. He hauled
it in at the Red Devil 40 and raced
down the field for the score.
"I didn't think I was going to
score (on the play)," Fortner not-
ed, "I just kept my momentum
going and kept running. I loved
that play, I love my whole team,
coaches too."
Pollard's first interception late
in the half thwarted a Red Devil.
drive and the Brahmans led 21-0
at the half.
Avon Park took the second
half kickoff and drove 67 yards.
in nine plays to get on the board.
Key plays included a 17 yard pass
from Avierre Conner to Alonzo
Robertson. Allen, (who rushed
for 95 yards on the night) scored
the touchdown on a one yard run.
The kick failed and Okeechobee
led 21-6.
Avon Park then tried a side
kick. The ball took a wicked
bounce and hit off a Brahman
player and the Red Devils re-
covered at the Brahmans 34. It
looked like the momentum had
Avon Park QB Avierre Conner
tried to hit a receiver on a cross-
ing pattern but Pollard stepped
in front of the receiver. He then
raced down field with a purpose
and scored what turned out to be
the back-breaking touchdown.
"I just tried to get it and go.
The first interception I figured it
was half time so I was just going
to catch it and hit the ground.
On the second everybody just
told me to run, so I ran," Pollard
Pollard said he felt the second-
ary is getting better.
Pryor noted it will be tough to
pass on Okeechobee this year.
"I think we have the best sec-
ondary in the area. If we can fix
the mistakes, no one will pass on
From there Okeechobee pad-
ded the score thanks to an 83
yard drive. Minondo caught a 20
yard pass and Pryor ran for 55
yards on the series. He ran six
yards for the touchdown and a
35-6 lead.
Okeechobee got a safetywhen
Leland Schoonmaker dropped
Virgil Cooper in the end zone for
a 37-6 lead.
The final score came on a

58 yard drive that spanned four
plays. Pollard grabbed a 34 yard
reception and Pryor threw off
four tacklers on his way to a
highlight reel 20 yard touchdown
Game notes
Place kicker Alan Najara is
getting used to kicking a football.
Although he missed a field goal

attempt, Najara was a perfect five
for five on extra points.
Avon Park held Pryor to 145
yards rushing but it was enough
for Lonnie to surpass 3,000 yards
for his high school career.
Justin Conrad and Sam Dixon
had QB sacks for the Brahmans
defense which held Avon Park to
177 total yards.
Larson Burgess recovered a
fumble for Avon Park.

Avon Park
0 0
7 14

(Najara kick) 44-6. 6:14.


6 0--6

7 16-44

How they scored;

First Quarter

Pryor 78 yard kick return.
(Najara kick)7-0. 11:47.

Oki-Arhrhee News/Cha.rles MtA hv

Second Quarter Walt Fornter scored a touc
Okeechobee Pryor 26 yard pass down during Friday's victo
from Madrigal. against Avon Park.
(Najara kick) 14-0. 3:47. against Avon Park.
Okeechobee Fortner 59 yard interception return.
pass from Madrigal (Najara kick) 8-6. 5:14.
(Najara kick) 21-0. :0:49. (Najarakick) 86. 5:14.


Team statistics
First Downs
Third Downs
Punt returns 1
Kick returns
Fumbles lost



Avon Pk

Passing Att Comp Yds TD Int
Madrigal 13 10 205 2 1

Rushing 1


No. Yds Avg Lg
23 145 6.3 6
1 2 2.0 2
2 3 1.5 2
1 2 2.0 2
27 152 5.6 26

. Yds

Avg Lg TD
14.5 26 1
34.0 34 0
25.6 59 1
,8.0 8
28.0 36 0
1.0 1 0
20.5 59 2

Avon Park
Passing Att
Conner 11
Rushing No.
Conner 6
Cooper 11
Morales 4
Allen 14
Young 1
T. Conner 2
Brown 1
Totals 39
Receiving No
Cooper 1
Robertson 1
Young 1
Totals 3

Comp Yds TD Int
3 26 0 2
Yds Avg Lg TD
S-16 -3.2 4 0
43 3.9 20 0
S10 2.5 6 0
1 95 6.8 28 1
4 4.0 4 0
2 3 1.5 4 0
12 12.0 12 0
151 3.8 28 1
. Yds Avg Lg TD
7 7.0 7 0
17 17.0 17 0
2 2.0 2 0
26 8.8 17 0

Area scores on Friday
Pasco 34 Sebring 20
Sebastian 10 Centennial 6
Glades Day 34 Benjamin 0
Jupiter Christ. 35 Jensen Bch 7
Westwood 48 South Fork 21
Nease 41- Martin County 14
Clewiston 23 Labelle 6
Treasure Coast 32 PSL 20
Lake Placid 29 Celebration 10
Holy Trinity 23 John Carroll 16
Shorecrest 42 St. Edwards 7
Glades Central 36 Palm Beach 7
Pahokee 40 Kings Academy 7
Vero Beach 41 Lake Worth 6

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District 13-4A Standings
Team All Dist PF PA
Westwood 2-0 0-0 69 40
Okeechobee 1-1 0-0 62 46
Sebastian 1-1 0-0 30 39
Martin Cty. 0-2 0-0 17 65
Fort Pierce 0-1 0-0 27 38
JensenBch 0-2 0-0 32 71
District Player of the week, Lon-
nie Pryor of Okeechobee. He
scored four touchdowns, includ-
ing one on a 78 yard kick return
as Okeechobee defeated Avon
Park, 44-6.
How Okeechobee
opponents did
1. Jupiter Christian defeated.
Jensen Beach 35-7.
2. Avon Park lost to Okeechobee
3. Sebring lost to Pasco 34-20.
4. Sebastian defeated St. Lucie
West Centennial, 10-6.
5. Glades Day School defeated
Benjamin 34-0.
6. Fort Pierce was idle
7. Westwood defeated South
Fork 48-21.
8. Martin County lost to Nease
9. Jensen Beach lost to Jupiter
Christian 35-7.
10. Clewiston defeated
Labelle 23-6.


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