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Vol. 99 No. 254


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 the "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).
OHS reunion 1950
through 1959
A reunion will be held for
those that graduated or were
in Okeechobee High School
in the 1950s. The event will
be held Nov. 8 at the Shrine
Club. If you know someone
who should be invited send
that name to Betty Williamson,
P.O. Box 248, Okeechobee, FL
34973. Also if you are eligible
and have changed your address
in the past five years, please let
them know so you can have
more information sent to you.
The occasion is sponsored by
the Okeechobee Historical So-
ciety and any profit will assist
with projects such as two $500
scholarships given each year to
a deserving senior female and
male student.

Drought Index
Current: 359
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

15.16 feet
Last Year: 9.61 feet
So s red By:

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

Classifieds............... 13, 14, 15
Community Events.................... 8
Crossword............................... 15
Obituaries .............................. 6
Opinion .................................. 4
Speak Out................................. 4
Sports.............. ........... 10 11,1.2
Cops and Courts................... 3
W eather................................. 2
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Ag exemptions cut taxes

By Katrina Elsken
Okeechobee News
While some property owners
saw decreases in taxable prop-
erty values this year due to the
change in Homestead Exemp-
tions, a few saw drastic reduc-
tions, thanks to agriculture ex-
Two properties that flank the
Pier 11 Motel fall into this cat-

egory. The property on the Rim
Canal just west of Pier II is 12.8
acres. IN 2007, the taxable value
of the property was $892,978. On
Jan. 15, 2007, the land sold for
$1.9 million. Thanks to an agri-
culture exemption, as improved
pasture, the current taxable val-
ue is now $2,730. The property
has been fenced, but some who
drive by there every day say they
have never seen any livestock on

the property.
The property on the east side
of Pier II on the Rim Canal is
26.84 acres. It is partially fenced.
One corner of the fence was
apparently damaged during an
auto accident and it has not been
repaired. There is no evidence of
any livestock. A large "for sale"
sign is prominent. In 2007, the
taxable value as $1,323,904.
Thanks to a new agriculture ex-

Annual banquet: Recognizes Friend of 4-H

Okeechobee News/Katrina EIhken
Larry Davis. is the 2008 winner of the Okeechobee County Friend of 4-H Award. The
award was presented at the Annual Okeechobee County 4-H Awards Banquet on Sept.
13 at Okeechobee High School. Mr. Davis was joined by his.wife, daughter and grand-
child in accepting the award.

Davis honored at

By Katrina Elsken
Okeechobee News
The highest honor Okeecho-
bee County 4-H bestows was
awarded to Larry Davis Satur-
day evening at the Annual 4-H
Awards Banquet.
"This award was first estab-
lished in 1989 and continues to
honor persons or organizations
that have rendered exemplary
service to the Okeechobee 4-H
program," explained Debbie
Clements, Okeechobee County
4-H Agent.

She said this year's Friend
of 4-H Award winner is an "un-
sung hero."
"Larry Davis came to us
from Troy, Ala, Back in the late
60s and early 70s, this down
home cowboy we know today
was a long haired hippie, stu-
dent council president, cross
country running college stu-
dent majoring in business ad-
ministration and marketing. He
even held a world record for
cross country distance running
that wasn't broken until about
five years ago," she said.

Yeilding to lead

Big Brothers

Big Sisters

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Big Brothers Big Sisters of
Okeechobee (BBBS) has a new
face this school year. Bennett
Yeilding was recently selected
as the BBBS case manager due
to the resignation of Kelly Ow-
ens for family medical reasons.
Mr. Yeilding has been in
Okeechobee for many years,
having first moved here in
1953 with his family. His father

was the high
school prin-
cipal and his
mom was a ,
teacher. He
left after high
school, grad-
uating from
the University Bennett.
of Florida. Yeilding
Mr. Yeilding moved back af-
ter a long career with the U.S.
See BBBS Page 2

"Larry came to Okeechboee
in 1975 with his new bride,
Linda Ziglar, joining her family
at Gator Feed, lending his busi-
ness and marketing expertise
and learning the feed busi-
ness from his father-in-law Bill
Ziglar," she continued.
"While at Gator Feed, he
worked closely with the ex-
tension agents and university
specialists on livestock feeding
issues. He worked with Gator
Feed for over 30 years before
See Friend Page 2

emption classifing the property
as improved pasture, the taxable
value for 2008 is now $4,377.
According to the Okeechobee
County Property Appraiser's Of-
fice handout, "Florida statutes
require all land to be assessed as
of Jan. 1, of each year. Only lands
which are used primarily for
bona-fide commercial agricul-
ture as of Jan. 1 shall be classi-
fied,agricultural. "Bona-fide" ag-

ricultural purposes means good
faith commerical agriculture use
of the land."
In determining whether the
use of the land for agricultural
purposes is bona-fide, the fol-
lowing factors may be taken into
consideration, according to the
* The length of time the land
See Taxes Page 2



ROTC instructor of sexual battery by someone
in custodial authority, false im-
accused of prisonment,
soliciting student two counts of
exposure of
a sexual or-
By Charles M. Murphy gan and two
Okeechobee News counts of con-
A 44-year old Okeechobee tributing to the
High School teacher was ar- delinquency
rested on six criminal charges of a minor.
Friday related to allegations that Maldona-
he asked a 16-year-old female do, a teacher Jose
student to have sex with him on with a Mas- Maldonado
the school campus and in his ter's degree,
vehicle in August, Okeechobee is a 25-year veteran of the
County Sheriff Deputies said. military, and Sergeant over the
Detective Rosemary Far- Junior Recruit Officer Training
less reported that Jose Mal- Corp (JROTC) at Okeechobee
donado, of S.E. 44th Avenue,
was charged with solicitation See ROTC- Page 2

City to close

street for

First Baptist
By Pete Gawda and held a budget hearing.
Okeechobee News Byavote of 4-1 the Okeecho-
Another obstacle to First bee City Council voted to close
S.W. Fifth Street between S.W.
Baptist Church's building pro- Third and S.W Fourth Avenues,
gram was overcome at Tuesday Fourth Avenues,
night's Okeechobee City Coun- S.W Fourth Avenue between
nights Okeechobee City Cou S.W Fourth and S.W. Fifth
cil meeting. Streets and the east-west alley
The city council also set in on the south side of S.W. Fourth
motion plans to secure Comrn- Street in the 300 block. Coun-
munity Development bloc cilwoman Lydia Jean Williams
Grant (CDBG) funds, received c h l dissenting vote.
the quarterly report from cast the lone dissenting vote.
the quarterly report from
Okeechobee Main Street (OMS) See Street Page 3


Submitted photo/Debbie Clemons

Constitution Week
A luncheon to celebrate Constitution Week was held at the Monarch Country Club in Palm
City on Saturday, Sept. 13. The keynote speaker was the Honorable Larry Schack, Circuit
Judge, 19th Judicial Circuit Court. Attending the luncheon event from left to right are: Kim
Bass Thomas, Jay Wise, St Lucie Chapter, Florida Society, Sons of the American Revolu-
tion, Marion Wagner, organizing member or the Okeechobee Chapter DAR and Debbie
Schelter Clemons, all three ladies are members of the Okeechobee Chapter of the National
Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

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2 Okeechobee News, Wednesday, September 17, 2008

School cooperating with law enforcement

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County
School district is striving "to act
as swiftly as we can with the in-
formation we have at this point in
the investigation."
With the arrest of the JROTC
teacher, Jose F. Maldonado on Fri-
day, Sept. 12, school officials are
working to help the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office in investi-
gating this accusation.
"It is our intent to cooperate
fully with law enforcement. Once
law enforcement has completed
their investigation and we are
able to review all the facts, the Su-
perintendent and Board will take
appropriate action," stated Ken
Kenworthy, Assistant Superinten-
dant for Instruction.
According to reports, on
Sept. 12, Detective Rosemary
Farless, with co-operation with
the Okeechobee County Sheriff
School Resource Officer program
and the Okeechobee High School
administration conducted an in-
vestigation into child molestation
on a 16-year-old female student
by a teacher.
As a result of the investiga-
tion, Jose F. Maldonado, a 25 year

Continued From Page 1

has been utilized.
Whether the use has been
The purchase price paid.
Size as it relates to specific
agricultural use: '
Whether an indicated effort
has been made to sufficiently and
adequately prepare the land in
accordance with accepted com-
mercial agricultural practices,
including without limitation, fer-
tilization, liming, tilling, mowing
and other accepted agricultural
Whether such land is un-
der lease and if so, the effective
length, terms and conditions of.
the lease.
Such factors as many from
time to time become applicable.
"The USDA only recognizes
agricultural operations or farms

- Continued From Page 1
we were lucky enough to get him
to work at the Agri-Civic Center,"
Mrs. Clements said.
"Larry and Linda have three
children, Matt, Emily and Cam.
The youngest two were actively
involved in 4-H in the Swine and
Beef Breeding projects and true
to the type of family they are, we
were lucky enough to have Linda
work with the Bacon Bunch 4-H
club as well. To this day, she is still
the gold standard when it comes
to working club secretaries. This

Continued From Page 1

Army, in 1993. Retirement wasn't
his thing so he had several posi-
tions in the area, the most recent
being at the One Stop Career Cen-
ter and Big Lake Roofing, Inc. He
has had experience working with
the public at several levels and
did substitute work in the coun-
ty schools and several church
schools at different locations.
Mr. Yeilding is a member of Ro-
tary, Kiwanis, Okeechobee Main
Street, and was a Big Brother dur-
ing the last school year.
He said the job is a challenge,
but will be very rewarding. He
looks forward to working with
the BBBS staff, volunteers and of
course the students..
.Children from-three elementa-
ry schools, Seminole, North and
Everglades, now benefit from the
Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS)
mentoring program in Okeecho-
The BBBS program was first
piloted at Seminole Elementary
School during the 2006-07 school
year where they began matching
littlee' with their 'bigs.'
It doesn't take any special
skills or education to become a
'big.' It just takes a caring heart.
To become a volunteer one must
only be able to donate one hour
of time every week to read to
their 'little.'
This can be done one hour

veteran of the military, a teacher
with a Master degree, and Ser-
geant over the Junior Recruit Of-
ficer Training Corp (JROTC) was
arrested for: Sexual Battery (so-
licitation by custodial authority),
false imprisonment, two counts
exposure of sexual organ, two
counts contributing to the delin-
quency of a minor.
According to the OCSO press
release, Deputy Suggs of the SRO
program fielded a complaint
from the 16 year old female stu-
dent who is a member of the
JROTC program. The student
complained that her JROTC unit
was assigned to assist with traf-
fic at the local festival, Mud Fest,
in a summer activity on Saturday,
August 10. The victim contacted
the suspect for a ride to and from
the activity. Once the activity was
over, the suspect took the student
to his office at the school where,
after the other students had left,
he propositioned her. for sex and
exposed himself to the student.
According to school officials
the JROTC group was confined
to the area where cars were be-
ing parked at the front entrance
of Mud Fest. Once they were no
longer needed to direct traffic

if they have $1,000 worth of gross
sales in a normal year. It is not
necessary to have this every year,
but should achieve this in a nor-
mal year. In general, improved
pasture in Okeechobee County
will carry a mature cow calf pair
per three acres. One cow calf pair
is the equivalent to six mature
sheep and one year's offspring
or six mature goats and one
year's offspring," the Okeecho-
bee County Property Appraiser's
handout states.
Those who apply for agricul-
tural exemptions are asked to
provide the following items:
Lease if the property is under
IRS Schedule KI from the
previous year showing livestock
Receipts for fences/posts,
gates/wire showing property has
been fenced prior to Jan. 1, lien
Receipts for all fertilizer and/
or lime applications, custom pas-

family involvement brought Larry
close enough for us to target him
for 4-H duty. Now that he is a
grandfather to one year old Lane,
we hope that means many more
years of Davis involvement in the
4-H program.
"Larry has always been a go-
to person. He hae given freely of
his time and expertise whenever
called upon to make his com-
munity better. He is a member
of the Okeechobee Farm Bureau.
He has served as a member and
officer of the Okeechobee Youth
Livestock Show Committee for
over 10 years. He serves on the
Agri-Civic Center advisory com-
mittee and is a charter member

during one regular school day or
two 30-minute intervals in two
days during the school week.
Some bigs have also been able
to help out with one 30-minute
mentoring session per week.
The program BBBS is currently
working under is the Jump into
Reading Program, which is used
for students in kindergarten, first
and second grade. This program
promotes literacy and a love of
reading. It also strives to build
confidence in children during
their most important and impres-
sionable years.
All other students are matched
on a teacher referral basis. Once
a referral is received, parent per-
mission is requested. Once per-
mission is granted, Mr. Yeilding,
the Okeechobee case manager,
interviews the potential 'little' to
assist him in matching them with
a mentor that is the best fit.
A number of the littlee' who
have been mentored showed im-
provement in reading, as well as
other academic areas. The most
profound result of the mentoring
is watching the students' level of
self confidence improve. Words
cannot begin, to describe the posi-
tive impact 'big' volunteers have
on their littlees.
BBBS have assembled a board
of 10 local individuals from vari-
ous backgrounds to help make
the program a success.
Chair Paul Mitchell, Vice-chair
Kristy Crawford, Nick Blount,
Matt Buxton, Gay Carlton, Allan

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they returned to school or had
their rides pick them up from the
event. Principal Toni Wiersma ap-
proved the trip to the Mud Fest
"with the stipulation that they be
confined to the front area where
cars were being parked and that
they be under supervision at all
times," stated Mr. Kenworthy.
When asked why the students
were at Mud Fest in light of the
dangerous activities that have
happened there in the past, the
district responded that the school
board's liability for students at
this event "would depend on too
many variables to give a definite
answer. It all depends if it (an ac-
cident) is considered negligence
or an unforeseeable accident,"
stated Mr. Kenworthy.
According to the district, clubs
and organizations raise funds
for all types of activities such as
equipment to participate in com-
petitions, travel to area meetings,
uniforms, etc. This is the reason
why the students were at the
When asked if any prior
knowledge to this incident was
reported to any school employee,
the district replied that details of
the incident may not be shared

ture mowing, disking, chopping,
planting, wells, dug water holes.
Copies of all receipts for live-
stock purchase and sales receipts
relating to this particular prop-
Receipts for all livestock
medicines, vaccinations, de-
Receipts for any hay, mo-
lasses, mineral, protein supple-
When someone applies for
agriculture. exemption, repre-
sentatives from the Property Ap-
praiser's Office go out to inspect
the property and they reinspect
properties with ag exemptions ev-
ery three years, according to Russ
Dunkin, who works with agricul-
ture properties in the Okeecho-
bee County Property Appraiser's
Office. He said they inspect about
100 properties a year.
He said there are criteria used
to determine if an applicant is
approved, but no hard and fast
rules. For example, the property

of the Okeechobee County Fair
Board. He serves the school also
as the vice president and member
.of the Okeechobee High School
Booster Club.
"He has provided leadership
statewide as past president of the
Florida Feed Association abd us
a charter member of the Gover-
nor's Agriculture Council, which
he served on for over 10 years,"
Mrs. Clements said.
"We honor Larry tonight' in
appreciation of his willingness to
help and his giving spirit. Larry is
one of those people who look for
ways to assist others. Larry has an
old-fashioned work ethic. Anyone
'involved in the Agri-Civic Center

Klotsche, Pat. O'Connor, Jenny
Pung, Karen Smith and Sharon
Vinson are the current Okeecho-
bee advisory board for Big Broth-
ers Big Sisters.
Judi Miller, whose offices are
in Fort Pierce, is the CEO over
the area Big Brothers Big Sisters
agencies including the counties
of Okeechobee, St. Lucie and In-
dian River. Mrs. Miller is also a St.
Lucie County School Board mem-
ber, who has developed many
mentoring programs in St. Lucie
County and beyond.
The program director for the
Jump into Reading program
is Melodee Daniello, who also
works with the tri-county area.
BBBS tracks the progress of
the 'little' through many areas
including their actual grades, DI-
BELS (Dynamic Indicators of Ba-
sic Early Learning Skills) that is a
progressive form of testing and
Stanford-10 scores. BBBS also
monitors littlee' for attendance
and behavior where needed.

as this incident is considered an
open investigation but reiterated
that all school board employees
are mandated reporters of any
suspected activity of this nature.
The JROTC was scheduled to
attend competition on Sept. 20.
According to Mr. Kenworthy it is
unknown at this time if they will
be able to go to competition.
"We are looking at all possibili-
ties. JROTC competitions are very
unique in nature. We are in the
process of contacting the event
sponsors to determine our op-
tions," stated Mr. Kenworthy.
A substitute teacher is current-
ly assigned to the JROTC classes
and the district is contacting the
U.S. Army to discuss any future
action with the class.
At this time, the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office is unaware
of any other victims.
Maldonado's bond was set at
The Okeechobee County
School District would not com-
ment on Maldonado's status with
the district, due to the ongoing
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at

does not necessarily have to be
zoned Agriculture and there is no
minimum acreage required.
For years, a minimum of ten
acres was the general rule of
thumb, but having less than ten
acres is not enough to deny an
application, he said.
Assistant Property Appraiser
Micky Bandi said both of the Rim
Canal properties near the Pier
II qualified for the agriculture
exemption because they were
fenced and were planted with
grass for pasture.
He said due to the drought,
the grass did not grow very well,
so they have not been not able to
use the pasture for livestock yet.
They still qualified for the ag
"Our attorneys have told us
that you can't deny agriculture ex-
emption on any one factor," Mr.
Bandi said. "The courts will rule
against it."

has seen Larry out there working
to make the user, whoever that
might be feel welcome and im-
portant to him and to our county.
He is always the first one there and
the last to leave. He puts his heart
in his job and does everything in
his power to help out whether it
be a fair, a horse show, a rodeo or
4-H Day Camp.
"Larry has always been there
for 4-H, but in his new role at the
Agri-Civic Center, he isn't hiding.
behind the scenes anymore, mak-
ing things magically happen. He
is visible. We can see everything
he does and truly appreciate his
constant effort to make the best
better," she said.

In addition to the use of the in-
formation from the various tests,
they request input from the teach-
er, volunteer and the case worker
in- areas of confidence, compe-
tence and caring. Mr. Yeilding
compiles all the data and provides
an end-of-the-year assessment for
each matched 'little.'
If any other employers or in-
dividuals are interested in being
part of this community effort,
they may contact Mr. Yeilding at:
BBBS P.O. Box 182, Okeechobee,
FL 34973 or by email at bfy40@
He will then come to their
place of business to explain the
program and recruit any poten-
tial volunteers if needed. Anyone
can help to make a difference in
a child's life, as BBBS says "little
moments ... big magic."
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at

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High School.
The press release from the
Sheriff's Office stated the victim,
a 16-year-old female, alerted the
High School's School Resource
Officer Deputy Bill Suggs last
week about an alleged incident
that took place Aug. 10.
The student was among ROTC
students assigned to direct park-
ing at the Mud Fest event. She
apparently contacted Maldonado
for a ride to-the event, the report
states. After the event they re-
turned to the high school so all of
the students could be picked up
by their families.
The student told the deputy
she was cleaning up the supply
room after all of the other stu-
dents had left,
Sgt. Maldonado was by the
computer. She said he called her
name and she looked up and saw
that he had exposed himself. She
alleged that he propositioned her
in the office.

The victim said she resisted all
efforts to have sex with the man
and demanded to be taken home,
the report continues.
The girl told deputies Mal-
donado then agreed to drive her
home. However, once they were
underway, he turned the vehicle
in an opposite direction from the
victim's home, according to the
report. She said he again exposed
himself and again solicited the
victim to have sex with him, the
report states.
The suspect did eventually
take the victim home.
Detective Farless, assisted by
other deputies, investigated the
case and made the arrest. The de-
tective said the case is not solely
based on the victim's statement.
They have other evidence, she
said. However, due to the sensi-
tive nature of the case and the
fact that the investigation is still
ongoing, information on all of the
evidence has not been released.
Maldonado's bond was set at

Okeechobee Forecast
Wednesday: Partly cloudy with a high near 90. Winds will
be calm becoming east between 5 and 10 mph with a 40 percent
chance of showers and thunderstorms.
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 71. Winds
will be from the east northeast around 5 mph with a 30 percent
chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11 p.m.

Extended Forecast
Thursday: Partly cloudy with a high near 87. Winds will be calm
becoming east between 5 and 10 mph with a 40 percent chance of
scattered showers and thunderstorms.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy with a low around 71. Winds
will be from the east northeast around 5 mph becoming calm with
a slight chance for isolated showers before 11 p.m.
Friday: Mostly cloudy with a high near 87. Winds will be from
the east northeast around 5 mph with a 40 percent chance of scat-
tered showers and thunderstorms.


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Okeechobee News, Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Arrtst madeP in homicide Arrest Report

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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
A 25-year old Lake Worth man
was charged in connection with
the shooting death of an Okeecho-
bee air conditioner repair man in
Palm Beach County.
Antonio Bussey was arrested
on May 2, 2007, and charged in
connection with the Delray Beach
shooting that claimed the life of
John Blazevige, 44, of N.W 252nd
Street in Okeechobee County.
Bussey pleaded not guilty to
the crime and his trial is still pend-
ing in the 15th judicial circuit that
covers Palm Beach County. His
next court date is Oct. 30.
Palm Beach County Sheriff
Deputies investigated the mur-
der which occurred on April 14,
Palm Beach County Crime
Stoppers assisted in the investiga-
tion into the murder.
Detectives said Blazevige re-

portedly appeared at an upscale
neighborhood and apparently at-
tempted to purchase drugs. The
drug deal went bad and Blazevige
was shot to death in the street, ac-
cording to the deputies' report.
Blazevig suffered a single gun-
shot wound to the torso. He was
found by a passerby and died
shortly after the shooting.
Residents observed a black or
dark blue extended cab pickup
truck flee the scene at a high rate
of speed after the shot was fired.
A .45 caliber revolver was used in
the homicide.
Blazevige's roommate told au-
thorities that he had gone to Del-
ray Beach to purchase prescrip-
tion medication. He had gone to
a check cashing store near the
scene and cashed a check for
$500. Authorities believe robbery
was the motive behind the crime.
Detective Wilhelm Prieschlwas
the lead investigator in the case.

He learned the .45 caliber slug
used in the homicide matched a
handgun used in the shooting of
a dog in Boynton Beach shortly
before this incident. The inter-
viewed the owner of the firearm
and he led them to the suspect.
Two eye witnesses, to the
crime were interviewed by the
Palm Beach County Sheriff's Of-
fice. They confirmed the victim
had come to the area to purchase
drugs, specifically heroin. One of
the eye witnesses said the shooter-
got into an argument with anoth-
er man and Blazevige apparently
came to his aid when the man
was pistol whipped and knocked
to the ground. The suspect told
Blazevige to get back but he ap-
parently failed to heed his advice
and kept coming. That is when he
was shot in the chest, detectives

The following individuals
were arrested by the- Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO), the Okeechobee City
Police (OCP) or the Florida High-
way Patrol (FHP) on felony or DUI
charges. This column lists arrests,
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone who is listed here
and who is later found not guilty,
or has the charges against them
dropped, is welcome to inform
the newspaper. We will confirm
the information and print it.
Davena Lindahl, 44 of North-
west Seventh Street, was arrested
Sept. 12 on a charge of DUI by
OCSO Sgt. J. Royal. Bond was set
at $2,500.
Travis Allen Gibbons, 23, of
Southeast 30th Parkway, was ar-
rested Sept. 13, on a DUI charge
by OCSO Deputy John Ashby.
Michael Howard, 39, of
Southeast 37th Way, was arrested
Sept. 13 on charges of burglary
of a structure and grand theft, by
OCP Detective J. Zeigler. Bond
was set at $5,000.
Jose Nunez, 23, of Rivera
Beach, was arrested Sept. 12 on
an Okeechobee County warrant.
He is charged with violation of
probation (driving with a licensed
Michael Ramsburg, 39, of
Southeast 37th Way, was arrested
Sept. 13 by OCSO Cpl. Hans and
charged with grand theft auto.

Local man accused of rape

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
A 22-year old local woman
reported she was raped and bat-
tered on Sept. 11, in Okeechobee,
Sheriff Deputies reported Mon-
James E. Long, 22, of South-
east 22nd Ct, was charged with
sexual battery and battery and
is held on $102,500 bond at the
Okeechobee County Jail.
An arrest report from Detec-
tive Brad Stark stated that the vic-
tim met the suspect online and
had been in contact online and
by phone for about a month. She

consented to attend a party to-
gether in Okeechobee last Thurs-
The press
release from
Sheriff Paul May
said the woman
and the suspect ,
left the party to-
gether, after the
woman appar- ',
ently became James E.
drunk and was Long
asked to leave.
The suspect then reportedly
became abusive, slapped the
victim, demanded she take her

clothes off, and then raped her
in the vehicle, according to the
The report indicates, the man
left in the vehicle and the woman
walked after him, in an attempt to
hold him for law enforcement.
The suspect reportedly be-
came enraged, struck her on the
side of her head, picked her up
and slammed her onto the road-
way, the report said.
The victim suffered numerous
cuts, bruises and abrasions in the
attack, deputies added.

Teen sends man to hospital

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
A 15-year old Sanford youth
was arrested on battery upon a
staff member at the Securicor
Level 10 prison facility last Friday
for an incident that left a local
man hospitalized.
The juvenile was taken to the

Ft. Pierce Juvenile Facility and will
face felony charges.
The arrest report from Deputy
Roy Hartsfield stated he was dis-
patched to the report of an assault
at the prison.
The report said the boy be-
came agitated and that the victim,
Juan J. Maldonado, tried to calm

him down. This 'attempt appar-
ently enraged the inmate and he
attacked Maldonado, and kicked
him on his right knee. He also ap-
parently knocked the staff mem-
ber down and tried to kick him in
the face, deputies added.
Maldonado was transported to
Raulerson hospital for treatment.

Traffic stop discovers drugs

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
A 37-year old Okeechobee
woman was.held on $5,000 bond
after a traffic stop on Southeast
18th Terrace, on Thursday re-
sulted in the seizure of some drug
paraphernalia an a small amount
of hydrocodone, Okeechobee
County Sheriff Deputies said.
Rebecca J. Lowery, of High-

way 441 S.E.
was charged
with possession
of a controlled .
substance after
the traffic stop ,. ..
by Corporal Tim
The arrest re-
port stated that Rebecca J.
Lowery was a Lowery

passenger in a vehicle that had
an improperly displayed tag. He
received permission to search
the vehicle and allegedly found a
marijuana pipe on the suspect.
Higgins said he also recovered
seven white pills of hydrocodone
or vicodin from the suspect's
purse. The suspect admitted she
did not have the proper prescrip-
tion for these pills.

Bond was set at $2,500.
Nicole Cooper, 22, of North-
east 15th Avenue, was arrested
Sept. 14 by OCP Office R. Holroyd
and charged with aggravated bat-
tery with a deadly weapon two
counts. Bond was set at $2,500.
Devon Mitchell, 20, of South-
east 14th Court, was arrested
Sept. 14 and charged with aggra-
vated battery on a pregnant wom-
an. OCP Officer J. Bernst was the
arresting officer. Bond was set at
Susan Campbell, 31, of
Northeast Ninth Avenue, was ar-
rested Sept. 11 and charged with
Failure to Appear (child neglect).
She was released on her own re-
cognizance. -
Jeremy Norman Edward, 25,
of Southeast 13th Avenue, was
arrested Sept. 12 on an Okeecho-
bee County warrant on a charge
of violation of probation (DWLS-
habitual). No bond was set.
Jason Anthony Dysinger, 27,
of U.S. Highway 441 S.E. was ar-
rested Sept. 11, and charged with
leaving the scene of an accident
with injury and leaving the scene
of an accident with property dam-
age. Bond was set at $25,500.
Cory Ward, 23, of Southeast*
16th Street, was arrested Sept. 14
on an Okeechobee County war-
rant and charged with violation
of probation (possession of mari-
juana). No bond was set.

Martin Gonzalez, 18, was ar-
rested Sept. 14 by OCP Officer J.
Boon and charged with disorderly
intoxication, disorderly conduct,
resisting arrest without violence
and aggravated battery. Bond was
set at $6,500.
Barbara Elaine Geddie, 39,
was arrested Sept. 14 by OCP Offi-
cer R. Holroyd, and charged with
aggravated assault with a deadly
weapon with intent to kill. Bond
was set at $5,000.
Dazsma Washington, 19, of
Northeast 14th Avenue, was ar-
rested Sept. 14, by OCP Officer
R. Holroyd and charged with two
counts of aggravated assault with
a deadly weapon. Bond was set at
Iganacio Ruano Arroya, 24,
of Charlotte, N.C., was arrested
Sept. 15 by Sgt. Robert Coleman
and charged with leaving the
scene of a crash with property
damage. Bond was set at $1,000.
Roberto Ochoa, 21, of North-
west Fifth Street, was arrested
Sept. 14 by OCP Officer J. Boon
and charged with aggravated bat-
tery. Bond was set at $5,000.
Keith Brian Ardley, 18, of
Northeast 13th Street, was ar-
rested Sept. 14 and charged with
aggravated assault with a deadly
weapon with intent to kill. Bond
was set at $1,500.

Juvenile accused of burglaries

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
He rode around in a vehicle
with a Sheriff's Detective and
pointed to the homes in his own
neighborhood he had broken
He had to point three times at
one residence in Quail Acres.
Okeechobee County Sheriff
Detectives arrested a local juve-
nile last week on several counts
that include armed burglary and
burglary after a lengthy investiga-

Detective Richard Durfee ar-
rested Keith
Sharp on charg-
es he burglar- i
ized a residence
on N.E. Third
Circle on three
occasions be-
tween March 26
and September..
He was also Keith Sharp
charged with
the burglary of a residence on
N.W 102nd Street.

In the burglary on N.E. Third
Circle, about $150 in cash was
stolen along with some marijua-
na, and some collectible $2 bills.
In the crime on N.W 102nd
Street, authorities said three
firearms, a video game system,
a Nextel phone and two bongs
used for smoking illegal narcot-
ics were taken.
Sharp faces charges of armed
burglary and grand theft fire-
He was taken to the Ft. Pierce
Juvenile Detention Facility.

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She said she was against closing
city streets. If it were not a church,
she said the council would not
even be considering closing the
The church owns the prop-
erty on both sides of the closed
section of S.W. Fourth Avenue as
well as the property on both sides
of the closed alley. The closed
section of S.W. Fifth Street is an
undeveloped section of street be-,
tween the church property and
property owned by the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
on S.W. Sixth Avenue.
First Baptist Church requested
the closures in order to consoli-
date property for a building pro-
gram. The church wishes to con-
struct a sanctuary, educational
building and offices. The area
encompassed by the street and
alley closings would be used for
parking spaces and a playground
for the church sponsored school.
In a notarized letter, an au-
thorized agent for the Presiding
Bishop of the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter Day Saints agreed
' to the street closings. However
, members of the local congrega-
tion voiced opposition at previous
meetings. While several mem-
bers of the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter Day Saints were at the
Tuesday evening meeting, none
of them spoke in opposition.
Councilman Dowling Watford
said the street closing would cre-
ate a dead end street. He suggest-
ed the church donate land for a

cul-de-sac. Fire chief Herb Smith
said that according to state law
any street over 150 feet that ac-
cesses a building requires some
type of turn around space for a fire
truck. A turn around area would
give fire trucks better access to
the fire hydrant at the end of the
street that would be closed.
The original motion was
amended to include a cul de sac,
subject to technical review com-
mittee approval, a reverter clause
and a request that the church
work with the city to keep the
street open until it is needed for
the building project.
In addition to the approved
street and alley closings, First
Baptist Church had originally
requested the closing of the 500
block of S.W Fourth Street. The
church owns property on both
sides of that section of street
also. However, that request was
dropped due to objections from
the city council. That closing did
not affect the current building
plans. The church's original re-
quest stated that the closing of
S.W. Fourth was needed for future
growth and parking.
Turning to CDBG grants, the
council passed a resolution to
adopt a local housing assistance
plan that outlines how housing is
administered for the very low and
low to moderate income residents
through the use of CDBG grants.
All 29 items required by the
state are covered in this resolu-
tion according to Nancy Phillips,
the city's grant coordinator. She
said the plan could be changed if
the city saw that something was
not working after they got into the

The council also adopted a res-
olution authorizing the filling out
of a CDBG grant application. Ms.
Phillips said current plans call for
total of 10 houses to be built or re-
habilitated with grant money, but
a few more could be built or re-
habilitated if funding is sufficient.
She said the housing would be
limited to people who live within
the city limits. It will be the first of
the year before the city will know
if the grant will be awarded.
Maureen Burroughs of OMS
gave the council a report on her
organization's second and third
quarter activities. Current mem-
bership is about 55. In the last
quarter OMS received over $10,000
in donated services. Among other
accomplishments, OMS devel-
oped a plan to implement the
existing county economic devel-
opment plan. and sponsored two
blood drives in partnership with
Florida's Blood Centers. Future
OMS plans include parterning
with Accardi-Milrot Jeep, Dodge
and Chrysler to develop a market-
ing plan to reward people who
"Shop in Okeechobee."
Mrs. Burroughs read a letter
from Albert Batton of Lakeview
Builders who reported on his in-
spection of the old train depot.
OMS has been involved in trying to
restore the building. "This build-
ing can be restored," Mr. Batton
wrote. He had already donated
his services to oversee renovation
of the building and he said in the
letter he was seeking donated ser-
vices from subcontractors. In ad-
dition, Mrs. Burroughs said Mark
Ronkko of Big Lake Roofing es-
timated that replacing the depot
roof would cost $12,000.

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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!

PALIN/MCCAIN: Regarding McCain and Palin, I would like to
ask this person if they have done their homework or are they're just
joining the Obama Band Wagon. Gov. Palin happens to be the Com-
mander in Chief of the National Guard of Alaska which deals with
Russia.and Georgia. She has taken her State from the red ink to the
blue ink. She believes in a government by the people, for the people.
She is so much more than a "Hockey Mom." You have a computer,
check it out! Mr. Obama has exactly 173 days of service in the Sen-
ate, he played hooky the rest of the time. He is no more than a "Rock
Star." Ask yourself this question. Would you take any employee with
173 days experience and make him/her a manager? or a Doctor with
173 days experience to do surgery on you? Get real people!
SAD DAY: I am calling because somebody mentioned that it was a
Sad Day that the Okeechobee News was no longer a daily. I'm sorry,
but 50 cents was a whole lot of money to pay for just a few pages. I
think it's good that the Okeechobee News went to three days a week.
It's more worth your money now.
GLADES COUNTY: I live in Buckhead Ridge and after Fay went
through our little county, Glades County picked up all of the debris left
from Fay knowing there were pending storms coming on. And FEMA
gave money to Okeechobee, but all the way down 78 in Okeechobee
you see debris from the storm. It just seems funny, but what hap-
pened to the FEMA money for picking up and cleaning the debris. If
Glades County can do it, Okeechobee can do it. And as far as mosqui-
to spraying, there are grants out for mosquito spraying and Okeecho-
bee sprayed once. Glades County sprays.whenever needed.
CEMETERY: For weeks, the Okeechobee Cemetery had standing
water and I think that is a real shame on the people of Okeechobee
County and the County Commissioners. They can spend money on
everything else that they can find that don't matter, but they can't
spend no money on the cemetery to get it drained. And this ordi-
nance that the County passed a couple of years ago that you cannot
put anything around your family's grave and you can't put anything
near it is ridiculous. People have been putting stuff up out there for-
ever and it's not right that people can put stuff up all these years and
now you can't put anything up out'there. I think we need to vote these
people out and get some new faces in there.
BARACK OBAMA: I was reading in the Speak Out here about Ba-
rack Obama, asking how could he make it any worse, well he could
make it a lot worse from some of his views that go against the Chris-
tian way of thinking. I think all of the Christians in Okeechobee and
around the United States should really think about some of the things
he stands for. Please think about it before you vote.
CORRECTIONS: I see in the paper that you run these corrections
and I guess that is good that you do it. But other papers make mis-
takes a lot worse than yours and never run any kind of corrections.
Like you ran the correction having the name wrong under the photo
when it was right in the story. I think anyone who really cared about
that already figured it out. And since it was an arrest story, I don't
think his grandma wanted to clip it out to save anyway.
OBAMA: This is to the person who made the stupid comment
in Sunday, Sept. 7, issue speak out column that Barack Obama is a
Muslim-American. You need to know what you're talking about be-
fore you make corriments like that. His daddy is from Kenya and his
momma is a white lady, thus making him an African-American be-
cause he was born in Hawaii.
+ ELECTION: Lthink it would be a good idea before the elections to
get Sarah Palin's voting record and ideas from Alaska on record.
SPEAK OUT: About the changes in the paper, we don't need the
comics or, Dear Abby as long as we have Speak Out. It's the funnies
and all the problems of the world combined. I don't care about the
rest, just make sure you never get rid of Speak Out.
PIT BULLS: Pit bulls have been given a really bad name because
people.have used them, for fighting and things like that, but we have
a really nice pit bull that is good with kids and good with everybody.
My daughter got a dog, but I never imagined the strength of this dog.
You have all of these people that come here for mudding and stuff like
that, well I say we all get together and have a pit bull pull-off, where
they are muzzled and they have a harness and let's make it like a con-
test. I think that would be nice and something fun to do as long as the
dogs are muzzled and controlled.
COACHES: I would like to know who is responsible for the coach-
es here in Okeechobee. Editor's note: If you are referring to a school
sports program, talk to the school administration.
OKEENEWS: I was wondering if anyone felt the same way I do
about getting the Okeechobee Newspaper three days a week when
I know we have news in Okeechobee every day. Editor's note: We
have plenty of news and photos. Filling the newspapers was never a
problem. The issue was that we did not have enough advertising to
support the paper seven days a week. Most of a newspaper's reve-
nue comes from advertising. The Okeechobee News now publishes
on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday because those editions have suf-
ficient advertising support.
BARBERS: To the barbers in Okeechobee, I have been getting my
hair cut in one of the largest shops in Okeechobee. My barber re-
cently quit and moved to another shop and I don't know which one. I
think this is poor business on the barber's part, by not advertising and
knowing her customers.
AFRICAN AMERICAN: Obama's father was a Muslim and he
came from Kenya. So Obama's father was African and Muslim. Africa
is a country. Muslim is a religion. You don't call a person a Baptist-
American or a Catholic-American. So you wouldn't call anyone a
Muslim-American either.
SPEAK OUT: If you do not have a computer then you can't go
online to get the speak out, you have to use the phone. Editor's note:
We also accept Speak Out comments via email to okeenews@ and through U.S, Mail to Okeechobee News, 107 S.W.
17th Street, Suite D, Okeechobee, FL 34974.
PAPER: Can you tell me why you don't put Dear Abby or the Won-
derword in the paper anymore. You've got room for everything else
but not that? Editor's note: When we switched from a daily newspa-
per back to thrice-weekly, we eliminated some syndicated features
to save money. We are devoting our available resources and space
in the newspaper to local news, which often cannot be found from
other news sources.
TAXES: 1 know a lot of these funding problems are thanks to our
governor, but the county has the ability to raise taxes to pay for fire
rescue. We need a commission that will stand up and say that they
are not willing to risk the safety of their residents or their firefighters.
Okeechobee Fire Rescue covers more area with less people than any
county in south Florida, most likely all of Florida. How much can we

ask from our firefighters? We have a lot of good people who work and
live here. What Will we have left if they all go to St.Lucie, Martin, or
Palm Beach in order to get a living wage? We need to be moving for-
ward, not backwards. I know some of the commissioners read this.
Are there any that are willing to step up and explain their side?
COURT HOUSE: In the paper there is an article about the county
redoing the old court house. $3.5 million is what it will cost to do
this. This county is having a budget problem already, the sheriff has
not enough funds to take care of the entire county including his fuel,
road and bridge could be doing a better job with a little more fund-
ing. Why waste this kind of money on something older than the hills?
How long will it take us to pay for this? It will be like the ag-center,
we will never recoup it. They have already giving a contract out for
$250,000 for an architect, again we lose good money that could be
put to better use.

Courtesy photo/Tommy Markham/

Looking back...
Mrs. Strickland ran a Kindergarten School in the 1960s in
Okeechobee. This photo is of the graduating Class of 1966-
67. Do you have an old photo to share? Email it to okeenews@

Letters to the Editor

Daughters of the
American Revolution
celebrate Constitution
Week in September
On behalf of the Okeechobee
Chapter Daughters of the Ameri-
can Revolution, I would like to
invite you and your readers to
join us in celebrating Constitution
Week Sept. 14-20. We celebrate
this week because 39 men out of
a nation of approximately three
million plus citizens risked their
lives, their homes, their fortunes,
and signed the document which
they hoped would be the founda-
tion of a "more perfect Union."
For all those 220 years since, this
document has guided the gov-
ernment of a nation which now
numbers over three hundred mil-
It is important that we never
forget the sacrifices made by those
thirty-nine men and thousands of
others these past 220 years. We
must NEVER FORGET the lives,
fortunes, limbs and other sacri-
fices made in order to preserve
the freedoms outlined in this
document and the amendments
which have followed through the
years. My ancestor fought in. the
revolution that made this country,
my great great grandfather fought
in the Civil War, my father-in-
law in World War I, my father in
World War II, my brother-in-law
in Korea, my peers in Viet Nam,
and my nephews and their peers
in Iraq, Afghanistan and other
places to help preserve the rights
we have come to take for granted.
May God bless them all, and God
bless America.
We urge you and your readers
to join us in saluting this docu-
ment and all it represents and all
who have sacrificed to make and
keep it a reality. Let us remember
the price paid for those freedoms
we don't even think about until
they are threatened or taken away.
Let us remember the Constitution
and all it represents. Sincerely,
Kenna Price Noonan,
Regent, Okeechobee
Chapter FSDAR

Doctors and nurses
Recently I had major surgery
on my hip that required BIG
LAKE HOME CARE to come to
my home. They are a wonder-
ful bunch of nurses and doctors
who really take pride in what they
do. Each person sent was profes-
sional, compassionate, and car-
ing. I have recovered nicely with
their encouragement and want to
thank them for all they do in our
community and homes. I recom-
mend them without reservations.
Sally Morris

Coordinate preschool
and grade school
For teachers, parents, and
most youngsters, it's a new
school year.
But for 400,000 children, it's
an even more important occasion
-- starting school for the first time.
Most of them are ready for school,
and, years later, most of them and
their parents will look back fondly
on their first few weeks.
Sadly, about a third of the
children who are starting school
aren't ready. Many of these
youngsters will still be behind by
the time they reach third grade.
Many may never be able to catch
up with what their schools -- and
our society-- expect them to learn
and be able to do.
This is a problem -- and there
is a solution. Taking the long view
from early childhood to young
adulthpod, there is increas-
ing interest in creating a more
"seamless" system of learning
that begins early and assures that
students can successfully finish
school and move on to higher ed-
ucation or job training and, even-
tually, into the workforce. In the
New Economy, where Americans
must compete with workers from
throughout the world and keep
adapting to changing technolo-
gies, "seamless learning" -- and,
indeed lifelong learning -- is es-
sential for everyone.

Looking at the early years
of education from age three
through third grade -- our pre-
schools and elementary schools
need to address four fundamental
Reality #1: The early years be-
fore children start kindergarten are
crucial for student achievement.
Neuroscience demonstrates
that the brain's development is
nearly 90' percent complete by
the time a child is 5 years old and
that the years from birth to age
3 represent the most rapid brain
development. Economists tell
us that investments made in the
early years will bring large returns
in the form of fewer drop outs
and grade retentions, increased
graduation rates and ultimately
increased adult productivity. Edu-
cational research shows us that
children who have opportunities
to participate in quality early care
and education programs are well
prepared for school and do better
when they get there.
Reality #2: The transition from
early learning fito kindergarten is
important and can impact later
school success. What's needed:
Communication and cooperation
among schools, communities and
families. When children feel safe
and prepared for kindergarten
and families understand and val-
ue what happens in school, then
issues like persistent absence and
lack of parental involvement are
not problems.
When children come to
school regularly and parents sup;
port learning at home, children
succeed. When kindergarten and
early education teachers can ex-
change information or visit each
other's classrooms they are better
able to coordinate children's ex-
periences across the two systems
-- and children do better.
Reality #3: The positive ef-
fects of high quality early care
and education may dissipate for
some children unless they are
followed by consistent and high
quality teaching in kindergarten
through thild grade. These early
elementary grades are critical for
later school success because the
foundation skills that children will
need to have in place in order to
meet school expectations going
forward -- must be established by
grade 3. Without this foundation
children will not be equipped to
handle the higher level academic
challenges they will encounter.
Reality #4: When children's
learning experiences before and
after they start school are coor-
dinated -- or aligned -- then the
first component of a "seamless"
learning system is in place. In oth-
er words, children will succeed
when what they experience, how
they are taught, and what they are
expected to know is high quality
and linked across the early years
and the early grades.
Creating these links is not
easy. It will require two groups of
people who usually aren't used
to working together -- early child-
hood educators and K-12 educa-
tors -- to find ways to connect
their two systems.
Because this is a vitally impor-
tant but challenging task, the W.K.
Kellogg Foundation and the Edu-
cation Commission of the States
are teaming up with governors in
five states to convene meetings
that bring together education
leaders and policy makers to ex-
plore ways that states can create
more coherent and connected
systems of learning across early
learning and the early grades.
The "Linking Ready Kids
and Ready Schools" Governor's
state forums are helping to raise
awareness of these issues and
will jumpstart efforts to link early
care and education and the early
grades so all children will be
ready to succeed by grade 3.
By working together, lead-
ers from pre-school education,
elementary education, and pub-
lic policymaking can make sure
that, when back to school time
rolls around again, more children
will be well on their way to com-
pleting a successful educational
Mimi Howard, Director,
Early learning program
Education Commission of
the States


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Community Calendar

Wednesday, Sept. 17
Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Spanish
groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian Church,
3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator. Another
group meets in the Okeechobee County Health Department, 1798
N.W Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as the group
facilitator. There is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m. with Shirlean
Graham as the facilitator. For information, call 863- 763-2893.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W. Fifth Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972 (Behind Napa Auto Parts) A.A. Grapevine
Group (Open Discussion) 6:30 p.m.; NA. Nowhere Left To Go Group
8 p.m. *The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with
any 12 step fellowships.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St. It's an open meeting.
AA. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
The Okeechobee Jaycees invites everyone to their meetings
each month at the American Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St., at
7:30 p.m. They are always looking for new people and new ideas. For
information, call Margaret Bowers at 863-763-7399 or 863-610-9176.
Bingo at the Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge. Food will be served at
5 p.m. and bingo starts at 6 p.m. Public is welcome.

Thursday, Sept. 18
Cancer Support Group will meet on the third Thursday of the
month to help and encourage women who have been diagnosed with
cancer. The meeting will be held at the American Red Cross office at
323 N. Parrott Ave. from 5:15 until 6:15 p.m. For information, call Janet
Topp at 863-824-2899.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W. Fifth Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972 (Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Sickest Of The
Sick Group (Basic Text) 8 p.m. *The Just for Today Club of Okeecho-
bee is not affiliated with any 12 step fellowships.
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Tantie Quilters meet every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at
the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Mar-
garet at 863-467-8020, or Marie at 863-357-0868.
Cowboys for Christ Range Rider for Jesus Ministries will
meet for a pot luck supper at 6 p.m. with services at 7 p.m. at the
Basinger Civic Center. For information, call Doyle McDuffie at 863-763-
Family History Center meets from 1 until 5 p.m. at the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone inter-
ested 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 Mim
Kapteina at 863-763-6510.
Prayer Group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center at 412
N.W. Sixth St. For information, call 863-763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the fel-
lowship hall at 412 N.W Sixth St. For information, call 863-763-5996.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m.
at the American Legion Post 64 501 SE Second St. All Kiwanis and the
public are welcome. For information, contact Frank Irby at 863-357-
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30
p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St.,Please join
us or ask questions. Call Phyllis at 863-467-8636, or Hazel at 863-763-
4920, for information.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups.for wom-
en who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive
relationships. The support groups are held every Thursday at 6 p.m.
For information call 863-763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene
Luck at 863-763-2893 or 863-763-0202.
Free Aduft Basic Education/GED and English as a second lan-
guage classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701
S.W. Sixth St.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee
and the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group ev-
ery Thursday at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family member
is welcome. The group is facilitated by social workers and provides an
opportunity for caregivers to give one another support, information
and ideas. The meetings are held at Hospice at 411 S.E. Fourth St. For
information, call 863-467-2321.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meet-
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meets at Believers Fellowship, 300
S.W 6th Ave. at 7 p.m. For information call Monika at 863-801-3244.
Classic car show at Beef O'Brady's, 608 S. Parrott Ave., from 6:30
until 8 p.m.
Okeechobee Contractors. Association will meet every third
Thursday from noon until 1 p.m. at Beef 0' Bradys. All contractors
are welcome. For more information, contact Scott Chapman at 863-
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. For
more information call Monika Allen at 863-801-3244.

Friday, Sept. 19
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is in-
vited. All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight
and becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to come and see
what we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at 800-
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972 (Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Sickest Of The
Sick (OP, SP) 8 p.m. New* O.A. Meeting Friday 6 p.m. *The Just for
Today'Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12 step fellow-

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Annual community blood round-up planned



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By Katrina Elsken
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee, it's time to open
your hearts, roll up your sleeves
and help save lives.
The Okeechobee Community
Blood Round Up is set for Nov.
14 and 15. The goal this year is to
collect 450 units of blood.
The Okeechobee News is
proud to join in promoting this
year's community blood drive.
Blood donations save lives.
Each donation is processed and
broken down into blood com-
ponents, so that a patient only
receives the part of the blood he
or she needs. This means one do-
nation can help save as many as
three lives.
Blood donation is safe, simple
and nearly painless. The entire

process, including health history
and a mini-physical, takes about
30 minutes. The actual blood do-
nation takes about ten minutes.
Sterile, disposable needles are
Studies conducted in Europe
-- where blood donation is more
common than in this country
- showed blood donors also
benefit from donating. In addi-
tion to to good feeling of helping
someone else, statistics show
that regular blood donors live
longer than non-donors. There
are several theories for why this
might be true. Blood donors have
health screenings each time they
donate, and their blood is tested
for things such as anemia and
cholesterol levels. This could
help catch any potential health
problems early. One theory in-

dicates thai regular blood dona-
tion forces the body to make new
blood, which can be beneficial to
the body. Or it could just be the
good karma created by unself-
ishly giving blood.
When you give blood, you
don't know whose life you might
save. But with modern blood pro-
cessing and storage facilities, and
networking among blood banks,
you can be sure it will help some-
Because it takes at least 24
hours to test and process a unit
of blood, if you wait until blood is
needed to donate, you have wait-
ed too long. When an accident
victim or hospital patient needs
blood, they need it immediately.
It has to be there at the hospital
or at a nearby blood bank, al-
ready typed, tested, processed

and ready to use.
Blood Round Up organizers
are currently looking for busi-
nesses and organizations to help
support the drive. Blood Round
Up supporters so far include
Audibel Hearing Aids, Badcock
Furniture, Bass Pro Shop, Bruce
Homer Insurance, Buddy's Rent-
als, Glades Electric Cooperative,
Gloria's Sweets & Blooms, Izzy's
Tires, Los Cocos Restaurant,
Okeechobee Motor Company,
Okeechobee Pipe and Fitting,
Popeye's Chicken, Seacoast
Bank, Sherwin Williams Paints,
State Farm Insurance, Sun Trust
Bank, Trading Post Flea Market.
Last weekend, a blood drive
honoring Dr. Fred Brown brought
out 196 volunteer donors and
resulted in 163 units donated.
Anyone who did not make it to

the blood drive and who wants
to show support for.Dr. Browr
can go to the 'next blood drive
on Sept. 19 at Publix from 9:3C
a.m. to 3:30 p.m. When you sigr
in write "Dr. Brown' next to youi
name. Those who donated at the
Dr. Brown blood drive will be eli.
gible to donate again in Novem.
ber. A donor can safely give as
often as every 56 days.
Those who are turned dowr
at one blood drive may be able
to try again. For example, if youi
blood was low in iron, you car.
eat iron rich foods for a few
weeks and see if that makes a dif.
ference. The blood bank person.
nel will test a drop of your blooc
for iron levels to determine if yoL
can donate. If you have questions
about donating, ask the health
professionals at the blood drive.

Lot offered in payment of fines

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The City of Okeechobee Code
Enforcement Board played "Lets'
Make a Deal" at their last meet-
Code enforcement officers
had cited five separate properties
in the Dean's Court area that be-
longed to members of the same
family. Some of these citations
were serious violations and they
had collectively accumulated a
sizeable total fine.
At the code enforcement
board meeting on Tuesday eve-
ning, Sept. 9, Fire Chief Herb
Smith, who is also a code en-
forcement officer, told the board
that the family wished to make
a deal. They offered to give the
city one of, the cited lots in lieu of
paying fines. In return they would
clean up the violations within a
reasonable length of time. Chief

Smith said if the board wished to
take that action the city attorney
would draw up a contract to be
presented to the city council. If
the family defaulted on the con-
tract, they would either pay the
fines or a lien would be put on
the properties.
The lot that was offered to
the city is a vacant lot in the 800
block of Northwest 12th Street
and is owned by Gloria and Mary
Brown. It was cited as a public
nuisance for excessive accumu-
lation of vegetation. As of Aug. 31
the fine on that property totaled
$13,540. In addition, property
taxes had not been paid since
Gloria and Mary Brown were
also cited because of a derelict
building and general cleaning
on their Northwest Ninth Avenue
property. Property taxes had not
been paid on that property since

OKEECHOBEE The Florida miles to the
bonneted bat one of Florida's Babcock-Web
largest and rarest bat species ment Area, w
was discovered along the Kissim- managed by ti
mee River, far from its known survey, conse
range, during a bat survey earlier mented the b
this year. The bats were located north of Lake
on South Florida Water'Manage- the KissimmeE
ment District (SFWMD) lands Area and Kissil
that are part of the Kissimmee Company (KI(C
River restoration effort. The Florida
The Florida Bat Conservancy,
under contract with the Florida
Fish and Wildlife 'Conservation CONT
Commission (FWC), identified
the bats while gathering data
about bat species occurrence Gene
and population levels in the i
southwest region of the state. Us- Equip
ing the survey's results, plans are C
being developed to enhance bat
habitat on South Florida's public
lands. Discovering the presence
of Florida bonneted bats (Eu-
mops floridanus) in the Kissim- -
mee region is a major finding, MI
according to the Florida Bat Con-
servancy. The nearest previously
known location is more than 50

Courtest photo/Jeff Gore,
Terrestrial Mammal Research
Leader, FWC
Florida bonneted bats found
at KICCO and Kissimmee
River public use area.




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Mars Petcare US has an-
nounced a voluntary recall of all
products produced at its Everson
facility beginning Feb. 18, 2008
until July 29, 2008. The pet food is
being recalled because of poten-
tial contamination with Salmo-
nella Schwarzengrund. This vol-
untary recall only affects 31 states
in the United States.
Mars Petcare US will work
with all of its customers to ensure
that the recalled products are not
on store shelves. These prod-
ucts should not be sold or fed to
pets. In the event that consum-
ers believe they have purchased
products affected by this volun-
tary recall, they should return the
product to the store where they
purchased it for a full refund. Spe-
cific product details and other in-
formation can be found at www.

A member of the Taylor fam-
ily owns property on Northwest
11th Street that contains a der-
elict church building. That prop-
erty was cited for a derelict build-
ing, untended vegetation and
general cleaning. Property taxes
on that lot had not been paid for
2006 and 2007.
Willie and Bernice Taylor
were cited for untended veg-
etation and general cleaning for
property on Northwest Ninth
Avenue. Property taxes have not
been paid on this property since
The Northwest 12th Street
property of Joe and Johnny
Brown had accumulated a fine of
$6,840 plus $25 in administrative
fees because of untended vegeta-
tion and general cleaning. Prop-
erty taxes have not been paid on
this property since 2003.
"As the fire chief, we need to
do something," Chief Smith said,

noting that the derelict buildings
were a safety hazard. "They will
have to be demolished."
Board chairman Jamie Ga-
miotea stated that the fire chief
testifying that the buildings are a
public nuisance makes the deci-
sion easier.
The board voted to recom-
mend that the city council accept
the lot that was offered in lieu of
paying fines and set a reasonable
time limit for cleaning up the
The S. Parrott Avenue proper-
ty belonging to Shannon Martin,
Amy Proudfoot, Brooke Brown
and Seth Louthan was found to
be in compliance and that case
was not heard.
Post your opinions in the
Public Issues Forum at www. Reporter Pete
Gawda can be reached at pgaw-

bat species discovered on SFWMD land

southwest in the
b Wildlife Manage-
hich is owned and
he FWC. In the bat
rvancy staff docu-
onneted bats well
e Okeechobee, on
e River Public Use
immee Island Cattle
CCO) properties.
a bonneted bat is

currently listed as an endangered
species by the FWC. It is native
only to South Florida. The bat is
distinguished by its large size -
its body ranges in length from 4.9
to 6.5 inches, with a wingspan of
almost 20 inches and unusu-
ally large broad ears that slant
forward over the eyes. The bon-
neted bat normally roosts in palm
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they feast on moths, June bugs
and larger insects.
The District is committed to

protecting and preserving South
Florida's environment and its
wildlife by working closely with
other agencies to manage lands
that preserve natural habitat and
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State 4-H Dairy Judging
Okeechobee 4-Hers whp participated in State 4-H Dairy
Judging were recognized at the Sept. 13, 4-H Awards
Banquet: (left to right, back row), Kelsey Burnham, Taylor
Chambers, Fallon Curren, Shiloh Anuez, Austin Pluskot,
Justin Hoover, Raychel Rabon, Kelly Buchanan, and Wes-
ley Mims. Pictured in the front row are Caitlin Albers, John
McGehee, Jacob McGehee, Alex Pluskot, Ross Laskey and
Cady McGehee. Those not pictured are Rebekah Bishop,
Jamie Burnham, William Curren, Jacen Meives, Julianne
Meives, Shyanne Prescott, Garrett Rucks, Lindsey Rucks,
and Matt Walker.



6 Okeechobee News, Wednesday, September 17, 2008


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Alfred Omer Laporte, 73
OKEECHOBEE Alfred Omer La-
porte, of Okeechobee, died Sunday,
Sept. 14, 2008, in his residence. He
was 73.
Born July 30, 1935, in Acushnet,
Mass., he had been a resident of
Okeechobee since 1996.
He is preceded in death by his
wife, Loretta.
He is survived by his daughters,
Kathleen Brannen (Keith) of Home-
stead, Alice LoPresti (Joseph) of
Loxahatchee, and sister Yvonne
Pickering of Homestead. In addition,
he is survived by grandchildren, Jo-
seph LoPresti Sr., Amanda Jade Lo-
Presti; great-grandchildren, Joseph
LoPresti Jr., Zachary M. LoPresti and
Skylar Lea LoPresti.
The will be no visitation or servic-
All arrangements are under the di-
rection and care of the Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Crematory, 110
N.E. 5th Street, Okeechobee.

Alicia M. Harris
OKEECHOBEE Alicia M. Harris,
of Okeechobee, died in Vero Beach.
She was 18.
Born Oct. 6, 1989, in Ft. Pierce to
Howard and Mary Harris, she grew
up in Okeechobee and attended the
First Baptist Church.
She is survived by her father, Ho-
ward Harris of Phoenix, Ariz.; moth'
er, Mary L. Harris; brother, Joshua
Lampley; and grandparents, Frank
and Linda LaPlante all of Okeecho-
Visitation will be from I to 2 p.m.
Saturday, in Bass Okeechobee Chap-
el. Memorial services will follow at 2
To sign the guest book visit
All arrangements are entrusted to
the care of Bass Okeechobee Funer-
al Home and Crematory. 205 N.E.
2nd Street, Okeechobee.

Janice Marie
Casbeer, 44
Casbeer, formerly of Okeechobee,
passed away Monday, Sept. 15,
2008, in Okeechobee. She was 44.
,:,rni Dec. 27, 1963, in Avon Park,
she had been a resident of Watha,
N.C. for the past ten years. She was
a court reporter for the state of
North Carolina, was the past presi-
dent of the National Court Reporters
Association, and was a member of
Friendly Community Baptist Church
in Burgaw.
Janice is survived by her husband,
Johnie Casbeer of Burgaw; son,
Cache Casbeer of Burgaw; daughter,
Zayne Casbeer of Burgaw; father,
John Rabon of Okeechobee; moth-
er, Glenelen (and Gene) Tomlinson
of Okeechobee; brothers, Rabe
(Karen) Rabon of Okeechobee, and
Reo (Shelly) Rabon of Round Rock,
Texas; and maternal grandmother,
Helen Rae Davis of Okeechobee.
Services were 10 a.m. Thursday at
Fountain of Life Church in Okeecho-
bee with Pastor Joe Bishop officiat-
ing. Memorial donations may be
made in her memory to Hospice of
Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okee-
chobee, FL 34973.
Arrangements have been entrusted
to: Stephenson-Nelson Funeral
Home Sebring.

Lois Jean Porter, 69
OKEECHOBEE Lois Jean Porter,
of Okeechobee, died Friday, Sept.
12, 2008, in Lawnwood Regional
Medical Center. She was 69.
Born Sept. 6, 1939, in Tidemill,
Va., she had been a resident of
Okeechobee for the past three years.
She enjoyed fishing, bowling, and
She is survived by her husband of
38 years, Emery E. Porter of Okee-
chobee; mother, Eva Harris of
Hampton, Va.; sons, Edward T.
Smith Jr. of Okeechobee, Emery E.
Porter II of Okeechobee; daughter,
Eva Capaldi (Jerry) of Lighthouse
Point; grandson, Larry W. Porter Jr.
of Lighthouse Point; granddaughter,
Melissa Lipscomb of Lighthouse
Point; great-grandson, Hunter John
Misch of Lighthouse Point, great-
granddaughter, Kala Marie Lip-
scomb of Cypress Creek; brothers,
Thomas J. West Jr. of Hampton, Va.,
William L. West Sr. (Ethna) of
Hampton, Va., David L. West (Patri-
cia) of Hampton, Va.; sisters, Mary
V. Brooks of Williamsburg, Va., and
Charlotte Flickner of Pompano
There will be no visitation or ser-
vices. Condolences may be sent to
All arrangements are under the di-
rection and care of the Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Crematory, 110 NE
5th Street, Okeechobee.


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Joseph Francis
Baranoski Jr., 71
OKEECHOBEE Joseph Francis
Baranoski Jr., of Okeechobee, died
Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008, in Lawn-
wood Medical Center. He was 71.
Born Feb. 20, 1937, in Eckley, Pa.,
he had been a resident of Okeecho-
bee for the past two years and was a
member of the American Legion.
Having served in the U.S. Navy, he
was formerly of Edgewater Park,
N.J., where he served as the former
Chief of Police retiring in 1992. He
was also past President of the Chief
of Police Association.
He is preceded in death by a son,
Joseph III; brothers, Bernard, Ray-
mond and sister, Cristine.
He is survived by his wife, Anne of
Okeechobee; son, Dale Baranoski of
Mt. Laurel, N.J.; daughters, Donna
Ott of Delanco, N.J., Dorothy Bara-
noski of Edgewater Park, N.J.,
Joanne Baranoski of Edgewater
Park, N.J.; grandsons, Christopher
Ott, Joseph F. Baranoski IV; grand-
daughters, Erin Baranoski, Brandy
Baranoski, Britney Baranoski; great-
grandson, Ayden Shansey; sisters,
Delores McKinley, Marie DeJoseph
and several nieces and nephews. In
addition he is survived by stepson,
Paul K. Stankiewicz (Partner Mi-
chael) of Collingsworth, N.J.; step-
daughters, Annemarie McGrath
(John) of Atco, N.J., Christina Stan-
kiewicz (Michael Aremino) of Atco,
N.J.- step-grandsons, John Paul
McGrath, Brayden McGrath, Michael
Aremino, and step-granddaughter,
Kaeli McGrath.
There will be no' visitation or ser-
All arrangements are under the di-
rection and care of the Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Crematory, 110 NE
5th Street, Okeechobee.
Norma Chatherine
rine Fugett, of Okeechobee, died Fri-
day, Sept. 12, 2008, at her residence.
She was 81.
Born Sept. 4, 1927, in Milford,
Mass., she had been a resident of
Okeechobee since 1978.
She was a Hospice Volunteer and
Victims Advocate volunteer and en-
joyed volunteering and bird watch-
She was preceded in death by her
husband, Elvis; and a brother, Al-
She is survived by her son, Jeff Wil-
lard (Lori) of Okeechobee; daugh-
ters, Renee Fugett of Minooka, IlL.,
and Ginger O'Neil of Jupiter; seven
grandchildren; and a brother, Robert
Funeral services were held in Bux-
ton Funeral Home Chapel, 110 NE
5th St., Okeechobee.
Condolences may aobe left at


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Worldwide Day of Healing planned

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The Gathering, 1735 S.W. 24th
Ave., will be participating in the
Worldwide Day of Healing on Sat-
urday, Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. to
2 p.m. Anyone desiring to receive
personal prayer for healing is wel-
come to attend. For additional
information, contact the church
office at 863 357 4418.
An in-depth and personal study
of "A Purpose Drive Life" takes
place each Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
in the fellowship hall at Peace
Lutheran Church, 750 N. W. 23rd
Lane. Join the men from Peace
Lutheran who are going to praise
and worship God at the Promise
Keepers meeting Sept. 26-27 at
Fort Lauderdale by calling Pastor
John Hirst at 763-5042. Peace Lu-
theran members are assisting our
Haitian brothers and sisters who
have been severely struck by four
hurricanes and/or tropical storms
in a four week period. Mission
Haiti in conjunction with Cross
International Ministries is collect-
,ing needed supplies. The church
has been called on to furnish soap
while other churches are asked
contribute other specific items.
Peace Lutheran youth in grades
5-12 meet every Wednesday from
5:15-7:30 p.m. Each week they
have an activity, meal and Bible
Study. Peace Lutheran Youth will
be canoeing on Peace River Sat-
urday, Sept. 20. For more infor-
mation on participating call the
Family and Youth Director, Drew
Achong, at 763-5042. Quilters will
meet in the Peace Lutheran fel-
lowship hall ever Tuesday at 11
. Saint Theresa of the Child Je-

Places of

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sus Catholic Church, 123 Cho-
bee Loop, Buckhead Ridge, will
change Sunday Mass times, start-
ing Oct. 5. The English Mass
will be at 10 a.m. Sunday School
classes for all children (English
and Spanish) will be at 11:15 a.m.
The Spanish Mass will be at 12:30
Mother's Morning Out, a free,
cooperative babysitting program
of the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St,
still has openings for it's Tuesday
morning group. Children, ages six
months through pre-school can
have a free morning of play, mu-
sic, and snack while their mom's
have a morning to shop, go to
the doctor alone or have coffee
with a friend! The hours are 9:30
a.m. to noon every Tuesday in the
church nursery. The program is
facilitated by screened, trained
staff and volunteers. For more
information call the church office

The Children's Theatre Troupe
has openings in the chorus for
their Christmas production, "Si-
lent Night: The Birth of a Carol"
which will be performed on Sun-
day, December 14. Rehearsals
are at 5 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church. Children from
ages 3 through 5th grade can
have a part in this play. There is
no cost. For more information,
contact Nancy Vaughan at 863-
Oakview Baptist Church,
677 S.W. 32nd Street, 12 week
"F.A.I.T.H." visitation and out-
reach program is under way. The
kickoff for "Operation Christmas
Child," the gift filled shoe box
collection of Christmas gifts for
needy children around the world,
will begin on Sunday Sept. 21.
New University of Christian Living
classes will start on Wednesday,
Sept. 24. Also. Oakview will be
hosting the Christian Team Trails
Fishing Tournament at the start of
their season the first Saturday in
October. The tournament starts at
safe daylight at Okee Tantie Mari-
na. You may register at the church
office before the tournament. The
cost is $70 per boat. Fountain
of Life Church, 1302 S.W 32nd
Ave., will host a school clothing
exchange for the community of
Okeechobee on Saturday, Sept.
20 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Par-
ents are invited to bring your chil-
dren's clothes that no longer fit in
exchange for good used clothing
that will fit. They will exchange a
maximum of 10 pieces of cloth-
ing you bring for your choice of
10 pieces of FREE available used
clothing. For information and lo-
cation call Carol at 863-763-6602.

OMS Students of the Week
Osceola Middle School Students of the Week for the Week of Sept. 8 include (left to right)
Terry Boatwright, Rosendo Navarro, Emily Clay, Sir Wiggins, Abril Maldanado, Kayla Orr,
Tasnia Arshee, Minhthu Nguyen, Jackueline Phares and Sean Harned.

Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken

Leisure Arts Record Book
4-Hers who won first place in Leisure Arts projects were
honored at the Sept. 13 4-H Awards Banquet. including
(left to right), Aladin Sherwood, first place junior; McAriel
Sherwood, first place intermediate. Not pictured is Garrett
Brummett with first place senior.

S.W Second and Third Av-
enues between North and South
Park Streets will be closed from
9 p.m. until midnight after ev-
ery home -football game will be
closed for a Christian Youth 5th
Quarter event in Flagler Park.
Bible study at Believers Fel-
lowship Church, 300 S.W. Sixth
Ave., is held on Wednesday eve-
nings from 7 to 8 p.m. Pastor Nick
Hopkins presents informative and
in depth Bible studies in a casual
and friendly atmosphere. Every-
one is invited to attend. Coffee
and desserts are served. Do you
suffer from depression, anxiety or
other mental illness? The Chris-
tian Mental Health Support Group
group meets on the second and
fourth Thursday of the month at
6 p.m. on Martin County Grade.
Call 772-597-0463 for more in-
formation. Family members are
Each Wednesday night begin-
ning at 6:15 p.m. His House Fel-
lowship Church of the Nazarene
will have a supper for $4 donation
per person. RESERVATIONS must
be made by MONDAYS (only
done by reservation!) Phone
church office 863-763-3519 to re-
serve and find out menu. Follow-
ing the supper the church has a
Bible study at 7 p.m. called "Con-
necting the Dots" a year long
journey through the Bible, which
explains how one book of the Bi-
ble relates to others and how it all
"connects". Following the supper,
there are also classes for children,
youth -and Hispanics -"Sunday
School" on Wednesday rights.
Treasure Island Baptist Church,
4209 U.S. 441 S.E., youth van runs
through Treasure Island and sur-
rounding areas. Programs are
available for student in grades one
through six and seven through
12. Programs are from 6:30 until
8 p.m. Wednesday' nights. The
church van will pick children up
and taken them home. For infor-
mation, call 863 801-4307.
Fort Drum Community
Church, 32415 U.S. 441 N., will
hold a men's fellowship breakfast
at Ruck's Pit the last Saturday of
each month starting at 6:30 a.m.,
and a women's fellowship the last
Saturday of each month in the fel-
lowship hall starting at 8:30 a.m.
For more information call 863 357
The Family Outreach Center
at Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
701. S.W. Sixth St., is offering free
classes in martial ahts. The classes
are currently taught four days a
week on Monday, Wednesday
and Friday, from 6 until 8 p.m.
and on Saturday from 5:30 until
7:30 p.m.
Buckhead Ridge Christian
Church, 3 Linda Road, hosts open
meetings for Alcoholics Anony-
mous on Monday nights from 7 to
8 p.m. for substance abuse. They
also have Al-Non meetings on
Monday nights from 7 to 8 p.m.
to help family and friends of alco-
holics. For information call Chris
at 863 467-5714.
At First Baptist Church, 401
S.W Fourth St., food and clothing
will be distributed by the Church
Mission House by appointment
only. Call 863 763-2171.
Okeechobee County Cancer
Support Group meets on the first
Thursday of each month at First
Baptist Church. All cancer pa-
tients, survivors and supporters
are welcomed to attend, support
and encourage each other. They
meet the first Thursday of each
month at 5:30 p.m. at the church,
401 SW 4th Street, Okeechobee,
FL, 34974 (entrance is the door
to the West in front of church).
Please contact Susie Pickering
at 863-467-5831 or First Baptist
Church at 863-763-2171 for more
The Okeechobee News welcomes
news from area churches for this
column. Email okeenews@newszap.
corn or call Pete Gawda at 863 763-
3134, extension 4225.

Submitted photo/YMS

YMS students of the week
Yearling Middle School faculty and staff are pleased to announce the names of its
Students of the Week for the week of Sept 8. In the bottom row are: Hannah Raulerson
and Maritza Hernandez. In top row are: Andy Brewer, Shiloh Anuez, Haley Burkhalter,
Taylor Trent, Natali Garcia, Kim Markham and Dylan Tedders.

Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken

Chobee Cattle Kids
The Chobee Cattle Kids 4-H Club was among those hon-
ored at the annual 4-H Awards Banquet on Sept. 13 at the
Okeechobee High School. Officers include president Kay-
lee Dees (left), vice president Carson Williams, secretary
Jessica Humphrey, reporter Maci Culligan, treasurer Na-
than Candler, chaplin Tyler Mills (right), parliamentarian
Cole Fulford, Taylor Robbins, Sergeant at Arms Amanda
Goggans. 100 percent attendance went to Tyler Mills. Beef
Project Medals went to Kaylee Dees, Amanda Goggans,
Tyler Mills and (not pictured) Nathan Candler. Steer proj-
ect medals went to Kayley Dees, Amanda Goggans, (not
pictured) Maci Culligan. Swine project medals went to (not
pictured) Taylor Robbins. Hog and ham project participa-
tion went to (not pictured) Jessica Humphrey.


Okeechobee News, Wednesday, September 17, 2008 (

Extension office: How does your garden grow?

The local County Extension
office has been asked by local
newspapers to try out a ques-
tion/answer column. So, here
goes: Send us your favorite
garden question by fax at 863-
763-5901, email to okeenews@ or just drop it off
at the Okeechobee News office
at 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D,
Okeechobee, 34974. The Uni-
versity of Florida -- Okeechobee
County Extension office will pick
out three questions that would be
of greatest interest to local resi-
dents and publish brief answers
in the Okeechobee News.
The questions for this week are
REAL questions that have been
brought in to the Extension Office
in the past few days. To continue
the column, we need YOUR ques-
tions by Wednesday at 5 p.m. Be
sure to include your name and
phone or email address in case
we need more information (We
can publish a question as anony-
mous if you wish).


Clear photographs (digital
preferred) may also be submit-
ted, but they might not be able
to be returned. Do not drop by
actual plant specimens (unless it
is a prize tomato for our salad or
a beautiful flower for our office!)
We reserve the right to edit all
questions for space. The answers
will be placed on the Okeecho-
bee Extension website the week
after they appear in print; they
will include links to additional ref-
Spots on my grapefruit
I have a mature grapefruit
tree that was doing just fine -
until all the tropical rains came
and flooded my back yard. Most

of the fruit has just fallen on the
ground, and when I looked at it,
they had small raised black spots
on leaves. What are these spots
and did they cause my fruit to
The small raised black spots
on your grapefruit leaves are
signs of a citrus plant disease
called Melanose. This is a fungus
that causes blemishes but is not
serious enough to cause the fruit
to fall. Melanose is managed by
removing any small dead twigs,
keeping the leaves dry, especially
in springtime, and if necessary,
preventative fungicides may be
sprayed. As far as the falling fruit,
it is not unusual for citrus trees
that have been in standing water
for several days to drop their fruit.
Unless you can dig a bigger pond,
a deeper ditch or can convince
the authorities to quickly take
their water back, fruit drop will
often result from these late sum-
mer tropical deluges.
Dooryard Citrus Pest

Use Figure #6.
Plant ID
I have this plant growing in
my yard. It's easy to take care of
and grows easily from seed. The
problem is, the leaves look like a
"well known" plant that is very
illegal. Can you tell me its name
and a little more about it so I
don't get in trouble with the law
or get too curious neighbors bent
out of shape.
The plant you have is called
Coral Plant; botanists call it Jatro-
pha multifida. It is a tropical plant
that grows in full sun, almost any
kind of soil, and needs little wa-
ter. Bright red clusters of flowers
and large round seed pods should
give a hint this is not the other
plant you are thinking about. The
sap can irritate skin and the plant
is poisonous if eaten. (Other spe-
cies of this Jatropha are called

Bellyache bush, purging nut, and
black vomit nut.) If curious pets
or kids are around, this might be a
poor landscape plant choice.
For more information, re-
fer to my archived column at:
A good public graphic is available
at: http://commons.wikimedia.
Coral Tree Gall in
lam a teacher in Okeechobee,
but Ibrought in a piece of a plant
growing in my yard in St. Lucie
county. The ends of all the stems
on my Sunshine Tree are all
swollen, the leaves are distorted
and it doesn't seem to grow any
more. What's going on and how
can I fix this problem?
If you had not given me the
name of this plant, I would have
been stumped. This plant is also

known as the Coral tree (Eryth-
rina variegata var. orientalis). The
stem is infested with a new inva-
sive pest that produces abnormal
growth know as galls. The Eryth-
rina gall wasp (Quadrastichus
erythrinae) lays eggs inside the
succulent new growth of this tree
and are misshapen by the burrow-
ing larva of this insect. Scientists
are looking at insecticides that are
applied to the roots and absorbed
by the roots. Dade County Agent
Adrian Hunsberger suggests that
any new Coral tree is planted and
drenched; other agents are not
recommending that this beautiful
tropical tree be used until natural
predators are found to keep this
galling pest under control.
For information on the tree: and
rina_gall_wasp.pdf for info on the

'Crawly things' can invade your home computer

By Diane Timmons
Okeechobee News
Unfriendly things like viruses,
worms, and spyware can in-
vade your computer in a variety
of ways and cause problems for
you. They can hitch a ride on an
e-mail attachment. You can visit a
site or download a file that has an
attached virus. A computer virus
is a malicious, intentionally cre-
ated mini program by a hacker
that is meant to mess up your
Then how do they show them-
selves? Your computer might slow
way down. You might get a stub-
born pop-up that won't go away.
Your friends may tell you that you
sent them a strange email when
you know you didn't. Some mis-
chief viruses will take your entire
email contact list and send out an
email on your behalf. You may be
working in an application and it
crashes repeatedly for no appar-

ent reason. You may find new
addresses in your email contacts
that you know you didn't add.
A few years ago a local com-
puter repairman advised me to
use two different programs to
help keep the viruses away or at
least under control. Since then
when I read up on things that can

infect a computer and how to pro-
tect it, these two programs are al-
ways spoken of with great regard.
Why do you need two programs
for virus protection? Because they
protect against different kinds of
viruses. You get better coverage
with two programs. Each of the
following virus scan programs
can be downloaded from the In-
ternet., sold by
AVG Anti-Virus for home use
can be downloaded free, but
in my opinion, the full-featured
version for $34.99 for a one-year
subscription is a good buy and
worthwhile. You may also pur-
chase a two-year subscription for
$51.99. It scans in real time and
will update as needed provided
you set us the application that
way. I suggest you do.
Avast Anti-Virus Home Edition

is free for non-commercial, home
use. Look for the FREE version 4.
They also offer free virus removal
tools if you know the name of the
virus you are fighting. Syman-
Norton Anti-Virus and anti spy-
ware provides one year of protec-
tion for $39.99.
Download and install
You will only need to actually
download and install this software
once and then your anti-virus soft-
ware will run in the background
until you need to update. I'm go-
ing to go into detail today about
how to actually get software off
the Internet for those who may
not have done this before.
Go to one of the web sites
noted above. There is usually a
button or a link that clearly says
"Download." When you click it a

box comes up asking if you want
to run or save the software. Since
you are probably downloading
an installation file, my suggestion
is that you click "save." Pause a
moment here. You must decide
where the file will save. Don't
leave this to chance or you may
not be able to find it.
Create a new file folder in your
My Documents called Down-
loads. Save the installation file in
your new downloads folder. This
is so you can find it to install the
program. Actually installing the
software is the second step in this
Close all other programs on
your computer. Open your down-
loads folder and find the file you
just downloaded. It may be called
Setup.exe. Your download save
box should have told you the
name of the file.
Double-click the installation
file. It is usually quite easy to man-

age from here. The download
manager will ask you some ques-
tions and you may need to click
OK or next a few times. It is im-
portant to read each of the panels
during download. You may also
be asked to restart your comput-
er. Do this. You may find the new
icon on your desktop. During
installation you may have been
asked where you want to be able
to access the file. Double-click
the icon and set up the software
guards to your liking. At some
point during the download or reg-
istration of paid software you may
be asked for your email address.
This is so the company can send
you a serial number to use during
installation. Keep this information
in a safe place because if you ever
need to rebuild your computer
software you will need it again.
Email your questions, comments or
suggests for future topics to

IRSC offers new degree programs much in demand

ABWA members
learn about new IRSC
Corporate and
Community Training

Victoria Stalls, Business Solu-
tions Consultant with the Cor-
porate and Community Training
Institute (CCTI) of Indian River
State College (IRSC), addressed
the Women of Tomorrow Chap-
ter of ABWA on August 28.
She said at present, the Bach-
elor of Science Degree in Edu-
cation is limited to preparing to
teach math or science at the mid-
dle and high school levels and to
teach in Exceptional Student Edu-
cation (ESE).
The Bachelor of Science in
Nursing "prepares students for
RN positions with leadership and
management responsibilities,"
she continued. There is a critical
need on the Treasure Coast for
1400 RNs with this degree.
The Bachelor of Applied Sci-
ence program prepares students
for a variety of career paths, with
specialties in Organizational Man-
agement, Public Safety Adminis-
tration, and Health Care Manage-
IRSC will still offer AS degrees
and Technical/Career Training
Certificates as it had as a com-
munity college and the two-year
AA degree will continue to al-
low matriculation to four-year
colleges and universities. Victo-
ria reminded us that the college
continues to offer GED prepara-
tion and works with the Trea-
sure Coast Workforce Board by
serving as an assessment center
for the Ready to Work Credential
Program. Obtaining a Credential
Certificate assures employers that
applicants have the employability
skills required. The assessment
is offered by IRSC free of charge.
Call (772) 462-4722 to make an
The main thrust of Ms. Stall's
speech was information about
the Corporate and Community
Training Institute. CCTI offers cus-
tomized training in a variety of
professional areas, including pro-
fessional and career development,
management and supervision,
computers, and other continuing
education areas where periodic
recertification is required. The
Institute offers such diverse pro-
grams as a free OSHA Safety, the
Displaced Homemaker Program,
and a variety of personal enrich-
ment courses, such as Stress
Management, Assertiveness or
Financial Security.
CCTI Programs are designed
according to need. Access the
website at
Ms. Stalls informed members
that the Honorable Thom Epsky,
SPHR (Senior Professional in Hu-
man Resources) is teaching two
human resources programs this
fall. A six-week course, resulting

in certification as a PHR (Profes-
sional in Human Resources) or
an SPHR, runs on Saturdays from
September 27 to November 15.
That course's deadline is past.
However, the SHRM Essentials of
Human Resource Management

program is a two-day event on
Oct. 23 and 24, offering an over-
view of the Human Resource
function, for everyone from entry
level to director of HR. Successful
completion earns 1.5 CEUs or up
to 15 recertification hours. Dead-

Submitted photo
On Aug. 28, Victoria Stalls (right), Business Solutions Con-
sultant with the Corporate and Community Training Institute
(CCTI) of Indian River State College (IRSC), addressed the
Women of Tomorrow Chapter of ABWA. Chapter member Pat
Alfrey (left), a counselor at the Dixon Hendry Campus, intro-
duced Victoria to the members. Each member and guest re-
ceived packets of information. One outlined the Bachelor of
Science programs in medicine and education, and the other
contained information about the CCTI.

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line for registration is Oct. 14. The
cost is $450, including course ma-
Ms. Stalls also emphasized the
importance of the Academic Sup-

port Center, which provides "ex-
tensive resources and instruction
to assist students in meeting the
demands" of challenging cours-
es. Get more detailed information

at the campus office or on-line at
the main website. Go to www. Click on Students. Scroll
down to Tutoring for support cen-
ter information.

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Community Events

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.

Hospice holds
bag sale
Hospice of Okeechobee is
having a two day Bag Sale on
Thursday, Sept. 18 and Friday,
Sept. 19, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Fill a bag for $1. It will be held at
the Hospice Blue Volunteer Build-
ing on S.E. Fourth Street next to
The Hamrick Home. Everything
must go so that we may set out
new items that have arrived. All
proceeds benefit patient care in
Okeechobee and services offered
in The Hamrick Home. For more
information call 863-467-2321.

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

Farm Bureau to meet Garden Club to meet

Okeechobee County Farm Bu-
reau's Annual Membership meet-
ing will be held Friday, Oct. 3.
An open house for Farm Bureau
members will be held from 5 until
7 p.m. with the meeting starting
at 6 p.m. at the Farm Bureau Of-
fice, 401 N.W. Fourth St. with light
refreshments and finger foods.
Board Members and Agents will
be on hand to answer your ques-

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.

Yard sale planned to
benefit Cancer Society
Seacoast National Bank will
host a yard sale on Saturday,
Sept. 20, to benefit the American
Cancer Society Making Strides
Against Breast Cancer. Yard sale
will be held at 1409 South Parrott
Avenue (Seacoast) and will begin
at 7 a.m. and continue until ev-
erything is gone! For more infor-
mation or to donate items, please
call 863-467-4663

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

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Main Street Mixer

The O()keechobee Garden Club planned
meeting (late has been set for
Monday, Sept. 22, at 6 p.m. Our Okeechobee Main Street's
September speaker is Farmer Sal, Monthly Mixer will be hosted by
of Varri Green Organic Farm. He Pritchard's & Associates located
will talk about organic vegetable at 1802 South Parrott Avenue on
gardening and tell everyone just Thursday, Sept. 25, from 5-7
what "organic" is and how it is p.m. There will be refreshments
done. He has lots of interesting and door pres. Mai Street Mix-
experiences and valuable infor- her's are a great networking oppor-
mation to share. tunity for area businesses and the
Interested in attending? Come public. All are invited to attend,
to the Okeechobee Extension Of- so mark your calendar and invite
fice, 458 Highway 98, Okeecho- a friend. For more information
morice, 458 Highwaytion, plOkee call Main Street Executive Direc-
bee. For more information, please tor Toni Doyle at 863-357-MAIN
call Angela D. Sachson at 863-763- (6246).
6469 or via email at asachson@ SAL Steak Dinner

Collaborative The Sons of the American Le-
gion will sponsor their monthly
Council to meet ribeye steak dinner on Sunday,
The Community Collaborative Sept. 21, from 3 until 6 p.m. at
Council will hold their monthly the American Legion Post 64. Din-
meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at ner includes steak, baked potato,
10 a.m. in the Board Room of the salad, roll, iced tea, coffee and
Okeechobee School Board Office. dessert for a $12 donation. Live
Guest speakers will be MaryEllen entertainment for your enjoy-
Maguire- Hibiscus Children's Cen- ment. The public is welcome.
ter and Jo Norris with New Hori-
zon's. Public is invited. For more Machine embroidery
information call Sharon Vinson at group forming
863-462-5000 Ext. 257.
If you have an embroidery ma-
Area Agency On chine, plan to buy one or are just
On n interested in the concept, you are
Aging meets invited to attend our first organi-
The Area Agency on Aging of national meeting. It will be held
The Area Agency on Aging of on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 10
Palm BeacVh/Treasure Coast, Inc. a.m. until 5 p.m. in the Red Cross
Board of Directors meeting is classroom, 323 N. Parrott Avenue.
scheduled to be held on Tuesday, Bring your machine and lunch for
Sept. 23, at The Area Agency on a fun and informative day. For
Aging of Palm Beach/Treasure information call Joan at 863-467-
Coast, Inc., 4400 N. Congress 0290 or Corry at 863-467-2231.
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at 8:45 a.m. Contracts requiring
the expenditure of funds are a screenings
regular agenda item of this meet-
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for more information sor free memory loss screenings
at the Visiting Nurse Association,
208 S.E. Park St., from 11 a.m.
COFFO Board until 2:30 p.m. Appointments are
m tin n d needed, please call Donna True
meeting planned at 1-800-861-7826 Ext. 1. Screen-
The COFFO Board Meeting ings are for anyone, any age
has been scheduled for Sept. concerned about memory loss.
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Ranch yard sales
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yard sale will be open on Thurs-
days and Fridays, starting Oct. 9.
They will not be open the week
of Thanksgiving or the week of

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 Gallery'
Children's Home Society will
host the opening of the 2008
Heart Gallery at our local Indian
River State College. Please attend
this event and support the adop-
tion 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 Friday,
Sept. 26, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

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
trimmings. Music and dancing
will be by, "The Chase." Tickets
for the event are available at Eli's
Western Wear. All proceeds go
to benefit Hospice of Okeecho-
bee patient care. Sponsorship
opportunities are available. For
information, contact Frank Irby at

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

OHS to present
'Little Women'
The Okeechobee High School
Drama Club will present the play
"Little Women," on Oct. 2, 4, 9
and 11. All performances will be
at 7:30 p.m. in the Okeechobee
High School Auditorium. Tickets
are $4 for students, $8 for adults.
For more information, call 863-

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

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.

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Okeechobee News, Wednesday, September 17, 2008 9

Bank celebrates 26th anniversary I

During the week of Sept. 15,
2008, Riverside Bank will com-
memorate its 26th anniversary by
celebrating with cake and refresh-
ments for customers and visitors
in its Treasure Coast locations.
Riverside Bank's Chief Execu-
tive Officer and Founder, Vernon
D. Smith, saw his vision of a
hometown bank come to realiza-
tion on Sept. 13, 1982 by success-
fully anticipating the growth and
financial needs of the local com-
"The greater Fort Pierce area
was growing and I saw the need

for a customer-focused bank -- a
bank that could provide service
by local people to the local resi-
dents and businesses, and that's
exactly what we created," said
Mr. Smith.
In 26 years, Riverside Bank has
developed a reputation for pro-
viding friendly, helpful services, as
well as local community involve-
That hometown style of bank-
ing is the foundation for the bank's
success, which it provides today
to people and businesses in 42
home towns along the east coast

Submitted photo

Certificate winner!
First Bank and Trust of Indiantown joined the Okeechobee
Main Street and the Okeechobee Cattlemen's Association
as a sponsor for National Day of the American Cowboy on
July 26. Epifanio Juarez of First Bank and Trust of Indian-
town, congratulates Deborah Strenth of Okeechobee as
the winner of the $100 Eli's Western Wear gift certificate.
The drawing wrapped up the National Day of the Cowboy.

and in the heartland ol Florida.
Beginning with ten employees,
Riverside Bank currently employs
nearly 950 people, including five
of the original ten. From its hum-
ble beginnings of one modest
branch in Fort Pierce, the Bank
now has 61 offices locations in
ten Florida Counties.
With over $4 billion in assets,
Riverside Bank has the largest
market share for financial institu-
tions in St. Lucie and Okeecho-
bee Counties. Plus, it is the largest
community bank in Brevard and
Volusia Counties.

"Reflecting on our first 26 years
in business," said Mr. Smith, "our
Riverside team is deeply grateful
to our customers for their willing-
ness to trust a new endeavor in the
early 1980s. We also want to offer
our heartfelt thanks to the em-
ployees and their families, whose
dedication and sacrifices allowed
us to fulfill our customers' needs
while also building a strong foun-
dation for future growth. As we
look into the future, we pledge to
continue our commitment to the
home towns we serve."

Submitted photo
Five of the original ten Riverside Bank employees are John
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Businesses can earn back interest

By Jon Geitner
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Did you know that your busi-
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Many local banks, including
Seacoast, have an investment
instrument that is unique. It is
designed to meet the day-to-day
operational needs of the large
commercial client who carries
substantial balances in their de-
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excess of an amount mutually
agreed upon between you and
your bank, on a daily basis, to
an overnight instrument. It gives
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substantial interest on unused
funds that heretofore provided no

return. The interest rate is deter-
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There are several other features
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You may elect to structure mul-
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Okeechobee News, Wednesday, September 17, 2008

OHS boys golf team wins fourth match of year

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Brahmans boy's golf team
continues to improve as they de-
feated Lincoln Park and Port St.
Lucie Thursday for their fourth
victory in five matches this year.
The team also had their best
score in nine years as they com-
bined to shoot 163. Lincoln Park
shot 179 and Port St. Lucie 224 in

the match at the Saints in Port St.
Par for the four scores that
count would have been 144 so
Okeechobee shot 19 over par as
a team.
Corey White led the way with
a two over par, 38, Michael Wat-
son shot 41, Richard Donegan 42,
and Tyler Platt 42. Tim Gray also
shot 42, and Tyler Finney shot 46.

Lincoln Park was led by Jer-
emy Fell who shot a six over, 42.
Greg Schultz led Port St. Lucie
with a four over par, 40.
Brahmans Coach Mark Ward
was excited with his team's play.
"It's the best score we've had as
a team since I became coach.
We're getting our games to the
next level," he said.
Ward said if a team can shoot

between 150 and 160 they are
taking their ability to the next level
which would mean district cham-
pionships, regional champions,
and state champions.
He noted the team has a goal
of reaching the regional this year.
"When you win playing at that

higher level it's a win, win situa-
tion for the players, the school,
the administration and the com-
munity. Everyone likes to be part
of a winner."
Okeechobee will play at Jens-
en Beach next Tuesday at Eagle
Marsh Country Club. The boy's

next home match is scheduled
for October 2.
The girl's next match is sched-
uled for September 25 at Pan-
ther Woods Country Club in Fort
Pierce. The girls are scheduled to,<
tangle with John Carroll and Fort.
Pierce Central.


Chobee Bulls off to tough start


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Glades Glen was ready, and
the Chobee Bulls were not.
The Bulls opened their sched-
ule with a 26-2 loss in Belle Glade
Saturday. The Browns controlled
both sides of the ball and looked
like a team that has been practic-
ing for two months.
The Bulls looked like a team
that had just started practice last
Coach Marvin Roberts said
the Browns were a good team
and they were simply more pre-
pared for battle than Okeecho-

bee, "We have some work to
do, but I think we'll do better.
There's no reason we can't be
competitive with that team once
we get some practices in."
The Bulls only score came
when Trey Simmons tackled
a Browns ball carrier in the
end zone. Other than that, the
Bulls couldn't score on a tough
Browns defense.
Jalen McKelton had a nice
game on defense with a sack
and six tackles. Trey Simmons
had four tackles for the Bulls,
On offense the Bulls couldn't

get any consistent drives. Datron
Smith had a decent game with
68 yards rushing. Coach Roberts
said he did see some positives.
"We should do better the next
time we play them," he noted.
The Bulls are playing in the
National Football Leagues Youth
Football league this year. It is
sponsored by Federal Express.
The Bulls are playing in the 140
pound division.
The Bulls will travel to Fort
Pierce to take on the Buccaneers
Saturday afternoon at Lawn-
wood Stadium. Kickoff is set for
4 p.m.


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Okeechobee News, Wednesday, September 17, 2008 11

Junior Varsity football falls to Clewiston

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee had their chances
early in the game against Clewis-
ton but could not cash in on them.
Those missed opportunities came
back to haunt the Brahmans as
they lost 13-6 in their home open-
er Sept. 11 at Brahman stadium.
Chris Herring scored the win-
ning touchdown on a nine yard
touchdown run with just over
three minutes left to give Clewis-
ton the victory.
"It was a tough game," Clewis-
ton Coach Jessie Windham said.
"You know Okeechobee versus
Clewiston. It was a good win for
Clewiston also got a 56 yard
touchdown pass from Raven Lee
to Maurice James in the second
quarter to take a 6-0 lead at the
"I just pushed the defender off
at the line and made the play,"
James said. "We're (2-0), we like
it. Everybody got together as a
unit and put things together."
Okeechobee's lone touch-
down came on a 12 yard run by
Bascum Drawdy in the third quar-
ter. He had just run 42 yards to set
up the touchdown.
Other than that one drive
Okeechobee's offense suffered a
night of frustration.
Alonzo Coleman recovered
a fumble on the opening kick-
off and Okeechobee appeared
to have a scoring chance at the
Clewiston 38 yard line. It didn't
work out that way.
Okeechobee went four plays
and were held on fourth and two
at the 30 yard line.
Okeechobee had another
chance on their next series as
they again took over in Tiger terri-
tory at the 41 yard line. Okeecho-
bee got one first down but QB
Colby Frank was intercepted at

the Clewiston 15 yard line.
Okeechobee's defense forced
another turnover on the next se-
ries. Raul Pedro recovered at the
Tiger 7. However, Okeechobee
was penalized for a false start
and couldn't complete third and
fourth down passes in the Clewis-
ton red zone.
"We had plenty of opportuni-
ties and turnovers hurt us," Brah-
mans Coach John Kemp noted
afterward, "We didn't pick up the
blitz and couldn't get a good snap
late in the game. The defense
made just one mistake. Other
than that it was a pretty good foot-
ball game."
Clewiston then drove 81 yard's
in seven plays to take the lead.
After the Brahmans almost forced
another turnover, Tiger QB Ra-
ven Lee found James behind the
Brahmans secondary and hit him
nearly in stride at the Brahman

30. I le scampered the rest of the
way for a 56 yard touclidown and
a 6-0 lead late in the first half.
Okeechobee mounted one
last drive before the half as they
drove from their two yard line to
the Clewiston 15 in the final five
minutes. John Kemp, 54 yards on
the night, ran hard up the middle
and Jamie Rodriquez busted out
for 22 yards rushing and a 12
yard pass reception on the drive.
However Frank was intercepted
by Herring at the Clewiston 15 to
thwart the scoring threat.
Okeechobee came out in-
spired in the second half and re-
covered yet another Tiger fumble
at the Tiger 46 yard line. Bascum
Drawdy ran two plays and scored
the Brahmans only touchdown
on an inside run. The extra point
try, a run play, failed and the game
was tied 6-6 with six minutes left
in the third quarter.

Clewiston drove to the
Okeechobee 20 on their next pos-
session but the Brahman defense
held thanks to a batted pass at
the line of scrimmage on fourth
Okeechobee couldn't move
the ball and Clewiston returned
a short punt 32 yards to get their
best field position of the night,
the Brahmans 33 yard line. From
there Raven Lee passed the team
down to the Brahman 15. On
third down and long he ran 11
yards for a first and goal at the
Brahmans nine yard line. Herring
took the next handoff over the
left side for a touchdown and the
winning score.
Okeechobee mounted one
more drive with Deforest Shanks
scrambling for 18 yards. He found
Ryan Meigs for an 11 yard gain and
.John Kemp ran up the middle for
22 yards and-a first down at the

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
QB Colby Frank scrambles for a first down-during Thursdays game.

Clewiston 40. However Clewis-
ton forced Frank to cough up the
football and they recovered. From
there they ran out the clock.
On the state sheet, Rodriquez
ran 34 yards on six carries.

Drawdy had 63 yards on six car-
ries. Frank completed two passes
for 20 yards.
Okeechobee is off this coming
week. They will host Sebring on
Thursday, September 25 at 7 p.m.

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
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12 Okeechobee News, Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Girls volleyball sweeps Lake Placid Green Dragons

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee girls could
have used the excuse of being
tired Monday when they played
Lake Placid. After all, they had
just come home from Gaines-
ville where they had played five
matches in less than two days.
The girl's didn't have to use
any excuses as they swept the
Green Dragons in convincing
fashion 25-13, 25-10, and 25-16.
The girl's dominated in all phases
of the game as they defeated the
overmatched Lake Placid squad.
Freshman Rebekah Bryan said
she felt the tournament helped

the girl's get ready for this match,
"The trip was very fun. We
learned a lot because we played
a lot of very nice teams. I think it
just got me more into playing."
Bryan is among several fresh-
men girls on this year's squad.
She noted her classmates are im-
proving their games and are get-
ting acclimated to the high school
"The young girls are doing
well and playing better," she said.
Okeechobee jumped to an ear-
ly lead in all of the games against
Lake Placid. Coach Jacque Robin-
son also got to use all of her re-
serves in the contest.

Bryan said she was impressed
with Lake Placid but that Okeecho-
bee was the better team.
"They were alright, but we
were on top of it tonight," she
The match was a tune up for
an important match last night in
Jensen Beach. Okeechobee had
lost to Jensen in the Gainesville
Gator Town Classic. Jensen is also
the defending district and state
champion in Class 4A,
The Junior Varsity Lady Brah-
mans also swept Lake Placid,
25-9, and 25-11 Monday night.

OHS bowlers beat John

Carroll High School

The Brahman bowlers began
their season this past Tuesday
with a win over John Carroll High
School. The Brahman boys took
a 5-2 win with Matt Payne having
a 236 and 198 high games, Troy
Howards 181 high and Noe Ar-
royas 180 high also contributed.
The Lady Brahmans took a 7-0
win with Brittany Herndon and

Danielle Racines 168 high games
contributing to their win.
Yesterday the Brahman Bowl-
ers had their fist away match
against Ft. Pierce Westwood.
Both teams once again walked
away with wins. The Brahman
boys won 5-2 with Chris Spruills
207 and 193 high games and Matt
Payne's 206 high contributing to

the win. The Lady Brahmans won
7-0 with Brittany Herndons 193
and Reba Spiess 183 high games
contributing to their win.
The bowlers record now
stands at 2 and 0 with a home
match versus South Fork High
School this Thursday at Stardust

Volleyball competes in

Gainesville tournament

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee played some of
the best volleyball teams in the
state last Friday and Saturday at
Buchholz High School in Gaines-
ville and ended up on the short
end of the score in four of five
Still the experience of visiting
Gainesville, the University of Flor-

ida and playing against some of
the top teams in the state should
help the girls improve for their
district schedule.
Okeechobee lost to Martin
County on Saturday, 27-25, 25-20,
and 25-14. They defeated Sante
Fe 25-23, 25-21, 15-25, 21-25, and
Friday in pool play Okeecho-
bee lost to Jensen Beach 25-16
and 25-21, Oak Hill, 25-18, and

25-19, and Gairesville 25-22, and
The tournament was a home-
coming of sorts for Okeechobee
Coach Jacque Robinson, who
played volleyball for the Univer-
sity of Florida.
Monica Koger and Marie Ren-
franz were praised for their play
during the tournament.

O.G. & C.C.

RI.G.S. League
K.O.A. Sept. 10: First place -
Bruce Syjud. Second place Max
Sherry. Last place Bob Bran-
Closest to the pin: Bruce Syjud,
Clyde Price, Max Sherry, Bill Kin-
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Gold Tee League O.G. & C.C.

Sept. 10: First place lou Cox.
Second place Dave Bockoras.
Third place (tied) Howard Shel-
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Golf Hammock Sebring -
Sept. 10: First place l Paul DeW-
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Last place Terry Burroughs.
Closest to the pin: Terry Bur-
roughs, Billy Crum, Paul DeWitte,
Terry Mastaler.

Sports Briefs

Signups planned for
Upward Basketball
The First Baptist Church of
Okeechobee will be hosting up-
ward basketball and cheerleading
for grades first through sixth, boys
and girls.
Registration will begin Oct. 1.
The cost is $65 through Oct. 26
and $75 if signup occurs between
Oct. 27 and Nov. 4.
The deadline for registration
will be Nov. 4. To register, come
to the ROC or the church office.
For more information, please call
863-467-7625 or 863-763-2171.

Bowling tourney to
help afflicted child
A benefit Doubles Bowling
Tournament will be held on Sat-
urday, Sept. 20, at Stardust Lanes.
Entry fee is $40 per team. Sign-ups
will begin at 1 p.m. with bowling
starting at 2 p.m. There will be
door prizes and 50/50 drawings
each game. A 26" Sanyo LCD/HD
television will also be raffled off.
The proceeds from the tourna-
ment will go directly to Madisen

Byrd, daughter of Jimmy and
Lori Byrd, who was diagnosed
with Leukemia to help defray her
medical expenses. Please come
out and join the fun to help this
little girl. If you can't come to the
tournament, an account in Ma-
disen's name has been set up at
Seacoast National Bank for dona-
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For more information please
call Marilyn Kluegel at 863-763-
9401 during the day or 863-634-
0397 evenings and weekends.

VFW Auxiliary plans
golf tournament
The VFW Post 10539 Ladies
Auxiliary will hold their third an-
nual golf tournament on Sept. 27
at the Indianwood Golf and Coun-
try Club, Indiantown. Tee off will
be at 8 a.m., sign up at the VFW
Post 10539 or mail in entry forms.
Entry fees are $50 individuals or
$220 for 4 person teams. Hole
sponsorship is available and ap-
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Proceeds will go to support the
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O.G. & C.C. Sept. 12: First
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- George Guydosh.
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TCBC meets monthly
The Taylor Creek Bass Club
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Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Kari Berger (center) and Amy Renfranz (right) help celebrate a point Monday during Okeechp-
bee's win against Lake Placid.

OMS wins!
The Osceola Middle School volleyball team celebrated after winning both games against
Sebastian on Monday. Team members are (front row, left to right) Tiffany Bowers, Brianna
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Pools & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite be695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys'& Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

type. 6,000 BTU, Fedders.
Cold air. $50 (863)824-0801
Your new home could be
In today's paper. Have
you looked for It?

lent condition; priced per
item neg. for entire collection
$25/neg. (561)755-1814
or will sell separate
(302)467-6984 NO dealers


New,3 burner, for RV or pro-
pane stove top, asking $50
Whirlpool. Slightly used.
$500 for both, or best offer.
ft., brand new, $350. Call

STOVE 40"; 5 burner, gas,
with dbl. oven convection
oven, Kenmore, $500.

STOVE Kenmore, clock tim-
er, self cleaning oven, every-
thing works, white w/black
trim, $65 (863)675-0104
STOVE White, GE electric
stove, very good condition
$125. (863)517-0244
STOVE GE Brand new, elec-
tric, $300 or best offer. Call
pool, stackable, works great,
$300 or best offer.
WASHER Top loading. Looks
brand new. Works perfect.
$50. (863)517-0846
wiston 25cu.ft. Cools but not
cold needs minor work 2yrs
old $225. (863)599-0809

Aluminum Shed- 8' x 12', you
move, First $1000 takes it
(863)467-0771 leave msg
$1200. (863)673-4851

TANNING BED Wolfe, older
model, needs new bulbs &
bottom plexiglass, $500 or
best offer (863)467-2844

BIKE 800 Sports, TREK, 7
spd., on/off road, exc. deal,
must sell, $25. Call

8x15 storage container
$1700. (863)673-8373

from manufacturer. Over 20
colors in stock, several pro-
files to choose from. Quick
turnaround. Delivery
available. (352)498-0778,
-(888)393-0335. www.Gulf-
PLYWOOD (50 sheets) 3/4
form plywood for concrete.
Both sides veneer. $1300 or
best offer(863)801-4529

prox. 9x12, good condition,
$20. (863)467-6984

BABY ITEMS Crib, stroller,
infant car seat, bassinetts,
security gate & walker, $150
will sell sep. (863)673-5704
CRIB w/Matching Changing
Table. Light wood. $250
all furniture, original box &
inst. like new, $30
net, changing table, dk blue,
brand new $75.
STROLLER, High Chair, Baby
Set, Youth Seat & Precious
Moments Set. $85 will sep.
(863)763-0141 after 5pm.

DRESS SKIRTS 5, excellent
condition, size 8-10, $25 for
all. Call 863-763-9410

Tan Chenille set. Excel Cond.
Pd $2k Asking $1000.

& keyboard pull out shelf,
black & grey $70
DINING ROOM Beige, 4 pad- -
ded chairs, excellent condi-
tion. $200. (853)517-0244
oak, oval, 2 leaves & table
cover, 6 chairs, 4 good, 2
ok. $30 (954)793-3203
Dining Room table- light oak
w/ leaf, 4 matching chairs,
padded seats, like NEW
$400 (863)801-9379 OKEE
DINING TABLE Wooden, with
matching hutch, good condi-
tion. $125 (863)885-1161
DRESSER & Dressing Table
w/mirros Wood dresser
and dressing table with
mirrors refinished with dark
walnut stain and new pulls.
Will sell separately $600.
SPRING with headboard,
$100 (863)467-8483
$30 for both In good condi-
tion (863)3574195
LARGE CHERRY Entertainment
Center (hotel style) Good
condition, deep for large tv,
sliding drawers; pick up only
5$150. (561)261-1475
er, very good condition,
$350 or best offer.
Matching Glass Curio Cabi-
nets (2) with lights inside,
light wood, 5 shelves, $250
or best offer (863)634-0888
full sz., used in spar6 bed-
room, frame included, $100.

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.

RECLINER Burgundy, good
condition, $35. Call
floral/burgundy/dark green,
$300. (863)763-5422 or
SLEEPER SOFA double, ask-
ing $35 (863)214-3850
Convertible Serta sleeper w/
full size matt, Must see !
$300 (863)467-8483
SOFA, LS & CHAIR brown
w/flower print, good condi-
tion, $150 (863)763-3326
TABLE with 4 chairs & small
matching hutch, good con-
dition, $200. (863)763-5422
or (863)610-1122
TWIN BEDS (2) Fairly brand
new, paid $900, asking $450
for both. (863)697-3096
tan leather couches, good
condition. $200/neg.

WING CHAIR for living room -
Rich brown, small pattern,
Like new. $125/or best of-
fer. (863)697-9484

best offer. (863)675-6657

1911 SUBCOMPACT Stainless
45 Para-Ordinance P10-45
One Box Fired, Will TRADE
$550/firm. (772)461-8822
COLT AR15 Match Target -
never fired 24" Stainless 2x9
Scope Bull Barrel will TRADE
$2000/neg. (772)461-8822
PISTOL Browning, Nickel
Plated, 380 Auto. Sell for
$500 or trade for good used
golf cart. (863)357-3065
RUGER P90 45 ACP $400

LUGGAGE SET brand new,
hunter green, 2 pc., $100.

PATIO SET 7pc, Martha
Stewart, 2 glass top this, 4
padded chrs & couch, good
cond $100 (863)467-1539
e I s0

HARMAR Electric Mobility Lift
$500. Call 863-532-1325
POWER CHAIR New, battery
& charger. Used very little.
Pd. $5000, Sell for $1500
SCOOTER Golden Champion
II, electric, $500. Call

22" Chrome Rims with 305
Komuo tires, 6 lug, only
5,000 miles, $1300
(863)288-7310 Ask for Terry
for high paying Aviation
Maintenance Career, FAA ap-
proved program. Financial
aid if qualified Job place-
ment assistance. CALL Avia-
tion Institute of Maintenance
Aluminum awnings(8)- serves
as storm shutters, 1 yr old,
Call for details $1200 or will
separate (863)467-0279
from Home. *Medlcal,
*Business, *Paralegal,
*Computers, *Criminal Jus-
tice. Job placement assis-
tance. Computer available.
Financial Aid if qualified. Call
(866)858-2121, www.Cen-
running cond. 1970's model.
Great machine. No brakes.
$9000 neg. 863-763-2692
bileTandem axle Call even-
ings. Asking $4500.
FILE CABINET 2 drawer, HY-
CHAIR, $55 or sell separate
(863)763-0141 after 5pm
GUIDEI Name, Address, Zip
and $3 S/H to Emmer:
1903D Bermuda Cir. Coco-
nut Creek, FL 33066, justeln-
FUEL TANK 53 gallon, I-
shaped, with electric pump,
$250. (863)634-4758

Florida Photo


Elliot's Quik Foto
419 W S Park St* (863) 763-5553

Applance 0515l^l

Experience Tire Changer/Mechanic
Well established local business
198 US Hwy 98N Okeechobee







KEGERATOR Kegertor with
keg.Works well. $125/or
best offer. (863)634-0018
OFFICE JOBS. $18-$20/HR.
(800)910-9941 TODAY! REF
#FL 8.
ameter x 20ft long, you
haul, $525 cash
REESE HITCH for Toyota Tun-
dra pickup truck $75.
SHED Robin, 12x24, glvd.,
electric, 4 windows, wood
floor, $1700. Call
863-612-0992 (LaBelle)
Trailer steps- has 2 alumi-
num rails, $250
(863)467-0771 leave msg

amp with effects, like new,
$200. Call (863)763-1878
Front man 212R. 100 watts,
Excellent condition w/cover.
$275 (863)763-8667
TELECASTER replacement
neck like new, $60. Call

35 GALLON Hex Fish Tank -
Call for info. $50/firm.
ALUM DOG BOX 69x26x22,
3 slots, paid $650 will sell
for $550 (863)467-0423 or
CHIHUAHUA M lr/ yrs old &
PIT BULL F, Blue & White
w/UKC papers/cropped ears.
$200 ea (863)302-4442
Chihuahua 3 yr old female, BIk
& tan, 7 Ilbs $100
(863) 675-2541 days LaBelle
PIG Domesticated, must sell,
$25. Call Rob at
772-577-0283 (Okeecho-

used, has connecting pieces.
$15 (954)793-3203

POOL TABLE $400/or best
offer. (561)983-3676

Theater Speaker System
NEW in box. $425.
15", in box, w/2,000 watt
amp, $600. (863)697-8676
Techwood, 1500 watts,
speakers incid. $1000 or
best offer (863)634-2790

ZENITH color, 9", with VCR,
120/12v, great for camping,
$95. (863)675-7350
ZENITH TV 61" screen, good
condition. $1000 or best of-
fer (863)634-2790

watt cont., 30hp on wheel,
50 amp cord, less than 30hr,
$1450 neg (772)597-5900
GENERATOR- 16KW w/ Tank.
250 gallons, Tank is full,
Asking $4000
(863)467-5567 Okeechobee
GENERATOR 6500 KW, 110
Volt & 220 Volt. Only used
twice. $500/neg Call
GENERATOR Coleman, Die-
sel, 5 kw, 120/240. $3000.
2 3 9 ) 3 5 7 5 1 1 1

S 5000 watt, 11 hp briggs,
. runs good, starts easy
$175. (863)467-7415
GENERATOR Never used, 11
hp, 5650 watt. $450
(863)612-0992 LaBelle
GENERATOR Pramac, 7500
hp, used only 8hrs, paid
$1300 sell for $800

2 VTECH kids laptops great
for learning paid $75 for
each....v msg $80/will sep.
AIRBOATS 2 hulls & 4 mo-
tors, remote control, com-
plete, $400 or best offer.
asking $20 (863)763-7807
TMAX TRUCKS (2) 1 com-
plete, run, $300 or best of-
fer.. (863)634-0018


movies $600. will divide
863-675-3032 after 1pm


o wonder newspaper
readers are more popular

Okeechobee News, Wednesday, September 17, 2008


Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Flowers 865

HORSE 12yr old, Beautiful
Reg. QH Mare, 15.3hds, bay
w/2 socks. Knows a lot, but
is in need of some extra
training, and I just do not
have the time. $800/or best
offer. (904)673-5371
old, red, $600 or best offer.
Call 863-467-6122 or

Bush Hog 3.0, model 762H4,
with outriggers, little use.
$3000 (772)285-8405
DISC for a tractor, $300. Call
239-321-0599 from
Husky Riding Lawn Mower-
2002, needs some work and
a battery, red, $150


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

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

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

3br, 2ba on huge lot. Rent
$875. Boy 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.
in the City 3,500 sq. ft.,
4BR/2BA, huge family rm.,
water, sewer & garbage
pickup furnished, $1,000
mo. Call 863-634-7353.
Tiled living room, carport.
$1,000/mo. Lawrence
Associates, 1-800-543-2495
plex, W/D hookup, central
a/c & heat. $725 mo. +
$500 sec. (863)763-4414
OKEE- 2/1 CBS furnished,
carpeting, wood walls, new
a/c, enclosed porch, with W/D.
$875/mo inclds water
(786) 201-0306
newly renovated, new septic
system, detached garage,
corner lot, 1310 SE 5th St.
$750 mo. + $750 sec. Op-
tion to buy. (239)707-5155

BA, Modern w/boat dock.
Rent neg. 772-359-1640
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.
Venice New 1 and 2 bed-
room homes from $900 per
month in active lifestyle
community with waterfront
sites, resort amenities, on-
site activities and events.

your backyard! 4BR/2BA,
Boat rantp. $1,300/monlt.
Lawrence Associates,

OKEECHOBEE Professional
male seeks same to share
large decorated home.

Owner sacrifice!!! Drop dead
gorgeous Marshfront. My
neighbor paid $389,900. I'll
sell mine for less than the
bank repo's. My six figure
loss is your gain. $229,900.
Call: (888)306-4734.

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

;1I7 1 I Ii !

boat dock
* 2 bdrm, 1 ba, fully furnished
* 1 bdrm, 1 ba, Key West Style Cottage

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property Sale 101C
Townhouses SalelO1E
Farms Sale 102C
Houses Sale 102E
Hunting Property 103C
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 104C
Lots Sale A045
Open House 105C
Out of State -
Property Sale 105E
Property Inspectioni 06(
Real Estate Wanted 106E
Resort Property -
Sale 107C
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 108C

4 bd/2ba CBS, tile
floors, architectural
shingles, dbl. garage,
s215 000 Including lot
Ready now
Financing Available

r -,

CBC125170 CMC1249343 CFC058088

Bank Special! 3 bedrooms, 2
bathrooms, large lot! Make
offer! Gracious Living Realty. e-
mail: william@graciousliv- (800)749-5263 Bank
says "Sell, Sell, Sell!"
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.

OKEECHOBEE 7.410 acres
w/house, pond, barn, & 4 RV
hookups. Located in Fort
Drum, $500,000 neg.
Owner Sacrifice Ocala/ Orlan-
do Area 10.29 Acres re-
duced to $169,785. Perfect
setting, hills, views, fenced,
abuts trail system, minutes
to The Villages. Owner/ Bro-
ker (866)656-0022

35+ Acres from $34,900 First
Come, First Served Saturday,
October 4, 2008 Southern
Colorado ranches Excellent
financing available Call for
your private property tour
(866)696-5263 x4576.
East Tennessee affordable
lake lots and homes minutes
from the Great Smoky Moun-
tains on pristine Norris Lake.
Call Lakeside Realty
@(888)291-5253 or visit
Lakefront living at its finest.
Homesites available nestled
in the mountains of NC along
150 miles of shoreline. 30%
discounts for limited time
& Bank Repos! Little $
Down! Call Now!

Need a few more bucks to
purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used Items In
the classifelds.

South Carolina low country
Hunting/Recreation Tracts
for sale. Close to 1-95 in
Bamberg CO. Peaceful/se-
cluded and loaded with deer,
turkey, hogs and timber val-
ue too.
Oac-730ac- all on the Little
Salkahatchie river. Roads,
game plots, stands new
Ready to hunt. Priced below
market!! Call Now
t803)826-6033 (Brokers

cabin shell on 2 private acres
near very wide trout stream
in the Galax area and New
River State Park, $139,500.
Owner (866)789-8535.

Mobile Homes

Mobile Home Lots 2C
Mobile Home Parts 20
Mobile Homes Rent 20
Mobile Homes Sale 20

util, $600 mo. 863-763-2098
or (863)610-1092
1BR/1BA- Nice Area
1st, Last & Security
$650 mo.
3BR, 2/BA, 925 SW 39th
Lane. Call 863-610-1092 or

Poseer tu
propio hogar!
3 dormitorio,
incluidas, como
a estrenar, en
parque de la
familiar, finanzas
del dueno
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


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

AIR BOAT & TRLR 13', 150
Lycoming, Polymer on bot-
tom, runs great, sips gas,
$4200 neg (863)532-0902
40HP Suzuki OB, $1500 or
best offer (863)634-2684
BASS BOAT 17ft, Ranger,
85hp Merc, motor guide,
depth finders, looks & runs
great $1800 (561)573-3499
BAY BOAT 21', with Evinrude
225 HP motor, $10,000. Call
9/, 6hp Evinrude mtr., &
trailer, $800. (772)463-5760
or (772)341-1460
GHEENOE 151/2 Ft w/25hp, To-
hatasu Engine, Stick Steer-
ing, Trolling motor & Trailer.
$3000 239-823-2587
PONTOON BOAT 20', in wa-
ter, no trailer, $300 or best
offer. Call 863-610-0734
Pontoon Boat- 20', 25hp Mer-
cury, trolling motor, power
inverter, lights, live well,
$3700 neg. (863)610-0521
Merc OB, 33hp engine, ask-
ing $1200 or best offer
TRITON, '99 21', w/dual
wheel trailer, 225hp EFI mtr.,
$13,500. (863)357-1689
TROLL MOTOR Minnkota 65,
28 Ib thrust, 5 speed, works
good, good condition, $80

trailer, 21'. $2,995. Call
Housed in garage, non-
smoker, clean and excellent
condition $27950.
RV CAMPER 03, 20ft,
towable, like new, AC, appls,
all hookups, walk in shower,
$3500 (772)342-7304

Ft., New: tires, bearings &
running lights. Single track w
/ramp. $295 (863)805-2869
650cc, $700.

'2000, New tires, Green,
New winch. $1000 neg.
RHINO 2006, Less than 20
miles. $8000 or best offer.
TIRES & RIMS Mudvilla, 27",
for 4 wheeler, like new or
trade for '91 Ford lift, $600.

Looking for a place to
hang youe hat? Look no
further than the classl-

1979 RV Nice condition
w/appliances! You move!
$2000/neg. (561)670-6371

Need a few more bucks to
purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used Items In
then lasslufeds.


Factory Direct, Immediate Deliveryl
Park Model, 2 or 3 bedrooms
with Florida rooms, carports,
sheds or demolition.
Insurance Claims or Financing

FEMA / SBA or Other

Mobile Home Angels
2009 3BR/2BA Doublewide
$43,200- Set-up & A/C
2009 4BR/2BA
$50,900 Set-up & A/C
Easy Financing
3BR/2BA Doublewide
$695 mo. Easy Financing

clean good truck, 4-wd, a/c,
5-spd, V-6 $3500.

glass, For full size long bed
pickup. Snug Top. 3 Win-
dows. $500 (863)697-2032
mings diesel, you can hear
run, $1500. Call
GMC Crew Cab, 1989 Motor
needs cant shaft, good tran
& rear, $1200. Call
MISC. HITCHES & 51th Wheel
hooks for 1 ton. Call Ray at
RIMS (4) 22X9.5 Panther
Blunt & (4) Kuhmo Tires.
Mounted & balanced. Mint
cond. $1500 863-532-1886
STEP BARS For Reg. Cab
Chevy. Stainless Steel &
Chrome. Off 2003 Chevy
2500. $150 (513)266-7134


93' Camero- looks good,
black, automatic, needs a
head gasket, $1500
(863)763-7609 Okeechobee
to, sunroof, $1500
ARTIC CAT -'05, 650 V-twin,
new top end, $4000 firm. To
see visit 444 NE 64th Ave.
Four Seasons
Cadillac Eldorado '88, runs
good. $1500 OBO
(863) 673-3032 LaBelle
CHEVROLET Select 94 van
350 engine with wheel chair
lift body fair condition runs
good no ac $1500/or best
offer. (863)634-9433
Dodge Ram 350- 91', Diesel,
4WD, 1 ton pick up $1600
(863)357-3567 After 5pm
Ford F250- 85', Diesel, 2WD,
3/4 ton, pick up $850
(863)357-3567 After 5pm
FORD TOPAZ 1994 White 4
door, a/c, under 60,000 mi
$900/or best offer.
INFINITI 045 1996-Silver in-
finiti, no title you could apply
for lost title, very clean interi-
orleather seats, minor
scratches on the outside, no
radio, a/c works excellent.
very nice car must sell for
something bigger expecting
a new baby in November. Air
bags, alloy whis. V-6
$2000/or best offer.
Pontiac Grand Am 02'- V6,
runs great, looks good, AC,
CD player, PW, PL $4500
firm (863)763-7609 Okee
5 spd, good on gas, runs
great. $1800 or best offer
RED SATURN SC1 '98 great
running car, 2 dr, 5 spd, cold
AC, over 38 mpg, asking
$2400 (863)447-0837
AC, asking $1550 "as is" or
best offer (863)697-9005 or
(863)532-0189 Anytime
Highest prices paid, 1998 to
2009 models, Immediate
payment, free towing. Dama- or

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

CHEVY K20 1975 SWB fits
Bin superlift 40 in super
swampers dual exaust da-
na60 1ton running gear
ebelbrock carb & intake
$4000/or best offer.
351 motor, classic, $4,000
or best offer. Call,
4WD, leather interior, good
condition, $3,500. Call
SWAMP BUGGY Chevy, 3/4
ton. $500 (561)307-7926 In

3500 gal Poly Tank, 360
gas, 5 speed, single ax-
le,$4750 (239)543-5887

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If You Bought Your Tires Somewhere Else...
You Probably Paid Too Much!
Compare the Total Pricel
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Galaxy Warehouses, 3050 SW 3rd Ter-
race, Okeechobee, FL, will be conduct-
1 r otherwise dispose
, following units to
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Statutes 1985, Section 83 806
Units To Be Sold Are Unit #
Taliaina Robinson 103
James Wilcox 1,17
posilon will lake lIace at Galaxy
Warehouses at thie aove addiess on
Thursday, Soitebnte 25 2008 at 00
The Oflice is located at tie sane nlad-
dress. 863-73-50,14.
tenms for sale include miscellaneous
household ienus, office equipment.
toys and tools Open door sale Cash
only A $200 cleaninui deposit will e
taken and will he relndd iwhein unit
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CAMPER TOP for 2000 -
2005 Dodge 1500. Red.
Really good shape. $200 or
best offer. (863)634-1423

The Okeechobee County Board of
County Commissioners will hold its
regular session on Thursday, Septem-
ber 25, 2008 at 9,00 am at the
Health Department Audionunrm, 1728
NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Flon-

Commissioners with respect to any
, i, ........i and
tha, lfor such purposes, lie or she will
need to ensure thliat a vebalm record
of such pnoceedrnrs is made, which
recoand shall include the testimony and
evidence upon winch tie appeal is to
Ire based
In accordance with it Amnuncans
will liabilities Actl (ADA) anid Flonda
Slalule 286 26. persons withI
h i,, ,11...... .s.., i h l .. i . ........
should contact Lynn Shain or Betsy
Shelheld, no later thalin two (2) wk-
. i pnor to 11 .. .. i ,I at
S131 ext are
n. inpa l, call TOD
I r .11 1 (voice) or
1 888 ,-17-5620 (TTY)
Clii Bells Jr, Chairman
Board of County Comllnlssioners
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board ol County Comnissioners
291780 ON 9/17,08



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


TIRES & WHEELS (4) Cadil-
lac Escallade '07, chrome al-
loy, P265/65/R18. very nice
$800 (863)763-0944
C6, electric, $400. Call
863-634-1343 after 5pm
TRUCK MOTOR Ford straight
6, 300, tranny & t-case,
$500 or trade for Chevy mtr
& tranny. (561)307-7926
TRUCK RIMS (4) 18", alumi-
num Ford, 6 lug, all hard-
ware included. $400 or best
offer (863)634-1545
USED Truck Tires (4) BF
Goodwrench A/T's,
285/70/17, 8 ply, 50 percent
tread. $100. (561)261-6421
Earn some extra cash.
Sell your used Items In
the classifleds

CHEVY $S10 PickUp '94, 4 cyl,
5 spd., New A/C & Other
new parts. 1 Owner. $2250
(863)357-2233 Okee area.
DODGE RAM, 1986 1 ton du-
ally, flat bed, goose neck,
a/c. works, 116K orig. miles,
$2,500 firm. 863-697-2032
ext. cab, cold a/c, cd, runs
good, $2500 or best offer.
27000 miles, auto. V-6, 22
mpg, a/c, CD,
$1 3 5 0 0 / f i r m .
(8 6 3) 7 6 3 6 9 0 3
TOYOTA, 1989 4WD, great
shape, $4,500. Call
4-wd, a/c, 5-spd, V-6
$3500/firm. (863)634-3971

Good working condition,
$1,500/best offer. Call
561-692-2170 or 983-7673
Runs good, a/c, 5 spd., V6,
$1,200. Call 863-675-1855

2006 16 foot aluminum Feath-
erlite enclosed trailer -
Stored in shelter, excellent
condition $6950.
DUMP TRAILER dbl axle,
6'3" wide, 1lOft long, $1500
cash (863)634-2303
7x12, with mesh ramp, $650
or best offer (772)597-5900
Size 530-12. $40
axle, fold down ramp, good
cond. $750/or best offer.

PLYMOUTH 1989 V6 good
paint/tires needs some en-
gine work. $500/or best of-
fer. (863)599-0809

Public Notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

Okee Warehouses, 2671 Highway 70
West. Okeechobee. FL, will be con-
ducting a public sale or otherwise dis-
pose of contents of the following units
to satisfy the delinquent storage lien
This ad placed in accordance wdh
Florida Statutes 1985, Section 83.806
Brenda Lee Banks 7-21
Angela ODavis 9-33
Gayle Hall 6-07
Thaddius Henderson 7-17
Rosita Martinez 6-18.7-01
Danielle McMillan 7-25
James Morrison 1-14. 1-15
Sidomo Palmeida 7-19
Earlene Spiller 9-05
Telia Torres/Buck 7-38
Robert Vaughn 5-22
Shane Williams 8-40
Sale will be conducted at Okee Ware-
houses at the above address on
Thursday, September 25, 2008 at 9:00
Thie office is located at Galaxy Ware-
houses. 3050 S.W. 3rd Terrace, Okee-
chobee. 863-467-2580.
Items lor disposition include miscellane-
ous household items, office equip
ment, 'toys and tools.
240551 ON 9/20,10/5/07

Pursuant to Section 287 055, Florida Statutes. the State of Florida's Consultants
Competitive Negotiations Act, and-the State Requirements for Educational Facilities
will consider the contracting of a CONSTRUCTION MANAGER (CM) for providing
professional services or the following construction projectss:
*(Project I)
Ti be localpd at the IRSC St. Lucie West Camus
50 NW Caldorma Blvd.. PL. St. Lucre. FL 34986
**(Projectl II)
Lo JeJocated at the IRSC Fort Pierce Main Campus
33209 Virginia Avenue. Fort Pierce. FL 34981-5596
***(Proect 1ll)

WorZkng with the project architect in the design phase, including value engineenng,
the development of a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) and construction services
for a ClassroomnLab Facility of approximately 50,000 square feet.
**Prolect II will consist of:
Working will the project architect in the design phase, including value engineerinng,
the developnient of a Guaranteed Maximum Pri ce (GMP) and construction services
or a ClassioonvLab Facility ol approximately 50,000 square feet.
*_"fI.leLUl-O lI ,.uiid.lOb
.'h, I N 1. -, ,1, 1, .. ... i, ,i , ,', ;i.. i. .,I g development ot a
1... ,i .. r .... ... ,,, .. r repairs to the brick

uai teltd in u vidinl construction management services for the
[latdnItalettat[o-laScJrflects)are heCdreby notie.d that their dStatemet
, u,,,,ii,.. .,,,,..jailiilals u e received by the A NE DAT OF UESDAY
L. iLLiLi 210 aL2.0OPMJi the IRSC acities Pailnno Ofice at 3209
VititniaAnoue .OaUddlD 0111..Oa 233l.ritt Pierce Florida 34981-5596. Because
thafflUStUl.l CtOmitteewtlbltbah LlhtU. .Litd.epoeMcts, b lease submit
ottmL llt _(Lmml [lgtttll'Lt-(5)opisadclearly indlcale which orolects) vour
|i[intsvYtstrlrbe co.sidred lor oLLthie 5)t.

P ,. i..i.... r . ... i ., j ,,,,, i, ,, _.. ,_'. lu or by ...j 1 .. .1 .

IRCC reserves heo oght to waive any informality in the selection process and to
r2lect any all Statements of Qualifications.
290309 ON 9/10.17,24/08

CASE NO. 2007 CA 456
GEORGE VARGHESE, et ux, el al.,
tu a Final Judgment of Foreclosure
dated June 10, 2008, entered by the
Circuit Court el Okeechobee County,
Florida, in that certain case. the docket
number of which is 2007 CA 456,
wherein NATIONAL CITY BANK, etc., is
the Plaintiff, and GEORGE VARGHESE,
et ux, et al., are Defendants. I, SHAR-
ON ROBERTSON, Clerk of Circuit
Court, will, on the 15th day of October,
2008, at 11:00 o'clock A.M., or as
soon thereafter as the sale may be
held, sell to the highest and best bid-
defor or cash in the Jury Assembly
Room, 2nd Floor, of the Okeechobee
County Judicial Center, 312 N.W. 3rd
Street, Okeechobee, Florida, the fol-
lowing described real estate, situate,
ling, and being in Okeechobee
county Florida:
Parcel A of KINGS BAY. according to
the Plat thereof as recorded in Plat
Book 5, Page 91, of the public records
of Okeechobee County, Florida.
Any person claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, if any, other
than the property owner as of the date
of the lis pendens must file a claim
within 60 days after the sale.
By:/S/Linda F Young
As Deputy Clerk
290464ON 9/10,17/08
CASE NO.: 2008-CA-419
CORPORATION, and any unknown
heirs, devisees, grantees, creditors,
and other unknown persons or un-
known spouses claiming by, through
and under any of the above-named
3101 NW. 37th Ave.
Okeechobee. FL 34972
3144 N.W. 37th Ave.
Okeechobee, FL 34972
3578 N W. 36 Ave.
Okeechobee, FL 34972
2692 N W 36th Ave
Okeechobee, FL 34972
3783 NWX. 19th Ave
Okeechobee, FL 34972
And any unknown heirs, devisees, grant-
ees, creditors and other unknown per-
sons or unknown spouses claiming
by, through and under the above-
named Deflendant(s), if creased or
whose last known addresses are un-
tion to foreclose Mortgage covering
the foll owng real and personal proper-
tyd described as follows, to-wdt:
Lot 28, Block 53, BASSWOOD, UNIT
NO. 5, according to the plat thereof re-
corded in Plat Book 3, Page 51, Public
Records of Okeechobee County, Fnod-

has been filed against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any. to it on Erin
Amate Zebell, Butler & Hosch, PA.,
3185 South Conway Road, Suite E,
Odando, orinda 32812 and file the
odginal with the Clerk of the above-
styled Court on or before 30 days from
the first publication, otherwise a Judg-
ment may be entered against you for
the relief demanded in the Complaint.
WITNESS my hand and seal of said Court
on the 29th day of August, 2008.

In accordance with the Amencans with
Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to participate
in this proceeding should contact
Court Administration no later than sev-
en (7) days prior to proceeding. 250
NW Country Club Dibe. Por St. Lucie,
Flonda 34986, 1-772-807-4370 within
two working days of you receipt of this
PAIRED CALL 1-800-955-8771. IF
By: Kathy Arnold
Deputy Clerk
2899082 ON 9/10,.17/08

30% off all PVC, Sprinklers,
Rotors & Pop-Ups. 50% off
all hardware, nuts, bolts,
screws, nails etc. Shelving &
nail bin. Everything must go.
Final day 9/27/08
Hardware & More
Buckhead Ridge, next to
Ridge Market.
Mon- Sat 9am -5pm

FREEZER Kenmore 5 Sq Ft
Chest Type Like New $125.

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CASE NO.: 2008-CP-115
IN RE: The Estate of
The administration of the Estate of KIM-
whose date of death was December
30, 2007, and whose social security
number is 261-87-5823, Case Num-
ber 2000-CP-115. is pending in the
Circuit Court for Okeechobee County,
Florida, Probate Division, the address
of which is 312 Northwest 3rd Street,
Suite 125, Okeechobee, Florida 34972.
The names and addresses of the Per-
sonal Representaives and the Person-
al Representative's attorney are set
forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate, on whom a
copy of this notice is required to be
served must file their claims with this
All other creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against the decedent's estate,
must file their claims with this Court
The date of the first publication of this
Notice is September 17,2008.
Personal Representative
725 Graces Court
McDonough, GA 30252
Law Offices of
Attorney for Personal Representative
400 NW 2nd StreeVPO Box 968
Okeechobee, Florida 34973
(863) 763-3131
Ra Bar No.: 0387949
291531 ON 09/17,24/08
A public auction will be held at BMJ Tow-
ing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parrott Ave-
nue, Okeechobee. Florida 34974 on
Friday the 3rd day of October 2008
from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant to
Flonda statute 713.78 for unpaid tow-
ing and storage Year, Make, Model &
Vin's as follows:
2001 Green Chrysler PT Cruiser
1994 Green Ford Crown Victoria
1999 White Che Sllverado
Terms of sale are cash, and no checks
will be accepted. The seller reserves
the nht of final bid. All sales am final.
No refunds will be made. Said automo-
biles will be sold in "AS IS" with no
291967 ON 9/17/08
CASE NO.: 2008-CP-172
IN RE: The Estate of
(Summary Administration)
You are hereby notified that an Order of
Summary Administration may be en-
tered in the Estate of WILLODEAN
ALET, Deceased, Case Number 2008-
CP-172, by the Circuit Court for Okee-
chobee County, Flonda, Probate Divi-
sion, the address ot which is 312 NW
3rd Street. Suite 125, Okeechobee.
Floanda 34972: that the total value of
the estate subject to administration in
this state, less the value of exempt
property is estimated at $8,924.34.
and that the names and addresses of
those to whom it is sought to be as-
signed by such order are:
Delinda Kann Ammons. 2257 NW 6th
Street. Okeechobee. FL 34972 (per-
Ssonalrepresentative fees)
Buxton Funeral Home, Inc., 110 NE 5th
Street, Okeechobee, R 34972 (funeral
Cassels & McCall. PO Box 968, Okee-
chobee. FL 34973 ( attorney tees and
All creditors of the e state of the dece-
dent and other persons having claims
or demands against the estate of the
decedent other than those listed above
must file their claims with this Court
The date of the first publication of this
Notice is 9/10/2008
2257 NW 6th Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972
Law Office of
Attorney for Petitioner
PO, Box 968
Okeechobee, FL 34973
onda Bar No. 0261521
290315 ON 9/10,17/2008

Need a few moe bucks to
purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sen your used Ithms In
the classtfeMs.

Okeechobee News, Wednesday, September 17, 2008

I PbliINo

I Public Notice

Sealed Bids will be received by tfie Cliyv o Oki eeclihoe e aGenial Sveices Dlipaitminnlt
no laei t nan u 1 i iu ll *iI W u tit. 'aln Ui ijbL i j 1 0I I 1 h eniu1 they will
b e publicly opi *' i. .. I. ... I .. I 1. Any i tIl S re
celoed after the time speTilhed will not be acceptIed
The bids aie for one lot price oi all fill dift and tinuck ino lonael iln is by City 19.500
+ -)n C I I I hi iii I i h Ii 1. ... .. ... II I I 7. [00 a ill
to 4 00 I i I i i
i I, I , . t any and of all bids Bids tuist be sealed
LL. 6 I: H tl AL_
Bid Packets are available at the General Services Department, Room 101 at City
Hall, 55 SE 3rd Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974. (863)763-3372 ext 218, or
www cityotokeechobee coin
Bnan Whitehall, City Administrator
292038 ON 9,17 08

Okeechobee County Construction Industry
Licensing Board

The Okeechobee County Construction Industr o ..a.. rd will hold a public
meeting on Tuesday. October 7, 2008, @ i i, pubic meeting will be
held at the Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, located at the
1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Flonda For more information, contact Bar-
bara Cash at the Planning and Development Department, 499 N Wi 5th Street,
Okeechobee, Florda 3497: 1(863) 763-5548.
Al interested parties shall have the opportunity to be herd at this public meeting, Any
person deciding to appeal any decision by the Licensing Board with respect to
any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure that a verbatim record
of the proceedings is made and that the record includes the testimony and evi-
dence upon which the appeal will be based. Planning and Development tapes are
for the sole purpose of backup for official record of the Department.
Barbara Cash, Secretary to Board
Okeechobee County Construction

Notice is hereby given that OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, Okeechobee, Florida, will on the
2nd day of October, 2008, at 11:00 A.M. at the office of the Okee-Tantre Marina
located at 10430 Highway 78 West, Okeechobee, Florida, offer for sale and sell at
pubic outcry to the highest and best bidder for cash, the following descnbed
property, to-wit:
1993 Catamaran Registraton No FL7453HV
owned by Geraldine A Bertram, pursuant to possessory lien upon the above-de-
scnbed vessel for dockage fees and expenses necessary for preservation of the
vessel and for expenses reasonably incurred or to be incurred in the sale of the
vessel, The vessel may be examined at the Okee-Tantie Manna,
1985 Gibson Houseboat Registration No FL6039LD
owned by Carolyn J. Schillig, pursuant to possessory lien upon the above-described
vessel for dockage fees and expenses necessary for preservation of the vessel
and tor expenses reasonably incurred or to be incurred in the sale o tthe vessel.
The vessel may be examined at the Okee-Tantie Manna
WITNESS my hand and the official seal of said Court, this 5th day of September,
Okeechobee County Attorney
Florida Bar No: 261521
Post Office Box 968
Okeechobee, Flonda 34973-0968
863-763-3131- phone
863-763-1031 -fax
290872 ON 09/10,17/08

Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners
RFP 2008-15
Okeechobee County hereby requests PROPOSALS from qualified bidders for the re-
habilitabon of one (1) single-family home located in unincorporated Okeechobee
County as a part of the State Housing Initiative Partnership (S.H I.P) program.
Proposals are due no later than 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, October 17,
2008 and delivered or mailed to: County Administrator, 312 Northwest 3rd Street,
Room 206, Okeechobee, FL 34972 (the County will not assume any responsibility,
for mail being received on time) Any and all proposals received after this time
and date will not be opened or considered.
Proposals should be submitted in separate sealed envelopes marked State Housing
Intative Partnership (S.H.I. ) Program WHEELER
For specific project information contact: Stephany DuPree at (863) 763-6731 or by
fax at (863) 763-9203 Specifications may be obtained from the Housing Coordi-
nator located at 456 Highway 98 North, Okeechobee, Bids will be opened at 3:05
p.m. on October 17, 2008 in the County Administrator's Office at the Okeechobee
County Courthouse.
A MANDATORY meeting for review of this project will be held on Wednesday,
September 24, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. in the meeting room at the County Adminis-
tration Annex, 456 Highway 98 North, Okeechobee. Any firm who Is not In at-
tendance in this room by 10:05 a.m. will be unable to bid.
The County reserves the right to waive formalities or informalities in proposals, to
reject any and all proposals, or to negotiate futPeI with any or all proposers an
accepts no responsibility for the expense of preparation or delivery of proposals
to the County. Okeechobee County is an Equal Opportunity Employer actively
seeking Minority Contractor participation and promotes Fair Housing.
CId Belts Jr. Chairman
Okeechobee County Commission
291778 ON 9/17/08

30% off all PVC, Sprinklers,
Rotors & Pop-Ups. 50% off
all hardware, nuts, bolts,
screws, nails etc. Shelving &
nail bin. Everything must go.
Final day 9/27/08
Hardware & More
Buckhead Ridge, next to
Ridge Market.
(863)357-5700 ,
Mon- Sat 9am -5pm

Save the Chimps, Inc. is
seeking PT caregivers to
clean chimpanzee build-
ings. Looking for individu-
als who are reliable,
hardworking & tolerant of
chimpanzee behaviors.
Must have reliable transp.
& be able to work in all
types of weather at least 5
mornings a week. incl Sat.
and or Sun. Hrs are 8:30
am 12:30pm. Email re-
sume and cover letter to
or fax to 772-460-0720.
Applicants should NOT call
or apply in person.

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We have an excellent
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High energy; positive
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Sealed bids will be received by the Operations Office of THE SCHOOL BOARD OF
34972 up to 10:00 a.m October 2, 2008 for all matenals and laboo necessary for
Calf Barn Replacement
Okeechobee High School
2800 Highway 441 N
Okeechobee, Flonda 34972
Plans and specifications are on file in the office of
Dale Barrett, Director of Operations
938 NW 34th Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972
863-462-5083, e. 203
BMK Architects, Inc.
323 CentralAvenue
Sarasota, FL 34236
Copies of said plans and specifications may be obtained at the office of said Archi-
tect or the office of Dale Barrett, upon the deposit of $50 00 for one set of plans
and specifications; said deposit will be returned to the contractor upon return of
said plans and specifications in good condition, and upon receipt of a bona fide
Each bid shall be accompanied by the following:
List of Sub-Bidders with whom the contractor will sub-contract work in connec-
tion with this project.
`*Bid Bond in the amount of 5% of the maximum bid, payable to the School Board
of Okeechobee County, as evidence of good faith and guaranteeing that the suc-
cessful bidder will execute and furnish to the School Board of Okeechobee County
a good and sufficient performance bond as required by Floda Statute Section
1013.47 in the penal sum of 100% of the escalated amount of the contact guar-
anteeing the performance of said contract
Failure to provide any ol the documents out-
lined above will be grounds flor re-
Jection of the bid.
Ar bids shall be placed in an envelope, sealed, and addressed to the School Board
of Okeechobee County, and the name of the project should be placed on the out-
side of the envelope and words indicating that the envelope contains a bid for said
MANDATORY PRE-BID CONFERENCE: Thursday, September 25, 2008 1, .,,
prevailing time at the office o! Dale Borren, Director of Operations, 1,, 1.'. ,lt,
Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972. The following documents shall accompany the
Owner/Contractor Agreement:
Payment Bond as required by Section 1013.45 and 255 05, Flori ,,'
guaranteeing the payment of all debts pertaining thereto Each bond r., i, .
sued by a surety company licensed and authorized to do business in the State of
Florida having a general bond holder's rating of A+- excellent and a financial rat-
ing of BBB+ or better in Florida satisfactory to the Owner, within ten (10) days af-
ter being awarded the contract, the premiums of said bonds to be paid by the
Contractor Said bonds to be recorded in accordance with School Board instruc-
Public Entity Crimes sworn statement under Section 287.133(3)(a), Florida Stat-
Drug Free Workplace Certification
Trench Safety Affidavit, if applicable
Signature Acknowledgement of the Jessica Lunsford Act, Section 1012.465,
Florida Statutes,
The Contractor will be required to have the project substantially completed within
nine (9) months of Notice of Proceed and have the punch list items and site
cleanup, totally completed within 30 days thereafter Failure to do so will result in
liquidated damages in the amount of $500.00 per day for each day the date o ac-
tual substantial completion exceeds the scheduled date of substantial completion,
and a further sum of $100.00 per calendar day in liquidated damages for each
day the date of actual final completion exceeds the scheduled date of final com-
The successful bidder, ilny, will be notified within 15 days after the bid is accept-
The School Board of Okeechobee County reserves the right to reject any and all bids
and to waive any inforralities. All proposals shall remain in force for 30 days af-
ter the date of opening.
By Patricia G Cooper, EdD,, Superintendent of Schools
2893120 N 9/3,10,17/08

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REQUEST FOR BIDS (RFB) 60000010206
the South HoFlod I I Ill ** I i.I I .ientilve scaled bi ll I i
P ro c u l e l On l 11. i .' 1 1 i I hl h I laI d W e s t P a lm i i i i,'
33.10 IO l S-6 L. i.l'11. ......... I .1.. U ni County, FL oe Monday, Oclo-
S il l .1. = 1 l.i , 1 ,.1 i I, h i ,, I ,, ,,
essay to replace three existing rigiht-angle gear speed reduces ("gearboxes") at
Pump Station S-6 Work Includes, but risot necessarily limited to, constliction ol
three (3) new drop-in replacement gearboxes, site wolk, concrete pad modlicatlon,
alignientr of dnve train equipment, plumbing of gearboxes to existing piping, instru-
ilentation & electrical wiring connections and equipment storage
An OPTIONAL pre-bid conference will be held on Monday, September 29, 2008 at
1:00 p.m. onsite at S-6 Directions from 1-95. west on SR 80 for approx 20 miles,
left onto CR 880 for 13 mites, leftlonto Browns Farm Rd & approx 15 miles to S-6,
For directions, call WPB Field Station @ 561-791-4100 Site visit willimmediately
follow All bids must conform to the instructions In the Request for Bidders (RFB)
Interested respondents may obtain a copy of the complete RFB by obtaining a CD
for $5.00 at the- above address- by calling (561) 682-6391, or by calling the
24-hour BID HOTLINE 800-472-5290 The public is invited to attend the bid open-
ing. Information on the status of this solicitation can be obtained at our web site
291722 ON 9/17/08

CASE NO. 47-2008-CA-000306

TO: ALBERT M. CARTER Whose resi-
dence Is: 2122 SE 33RD STREET,
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974 & 1321
CARTER Whose residence is: 2122
34974 & 1321 STAR.IGHT CV., TAR-
PON SPGS, FL 34689
If alive, and if dead, all parties claiming
interest by through, under or against
all parties -I-., n

YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action fo

a/k/a 2122 SE 33rd STREET,
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974-6762

,e ,service o Plaintiff's attorney or
immediately theialter, O otherwise I de-
fault will be entered against you for tie
relief demanded in ithe complaint,
WITNESS my hand the seal of this Court
this ..- .
As C k Of tI leCOr
By Arlene Neals
As Deputy Clerk
A copy of tis lNoce or Action, Com-
planti and Lis Pendens we sore sent to
the delendanrs and address named
In accordance with ire Americans with
Disabilities Act. persons needing a
special accommodation to participate

ST. LUCIE FL 34986.

paired, call 8009558770
This is anattempt to collect a debt Any
information obtained will be used tor
that purpose
291332 ONS 72.l 08

Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken

Local 4-H Graduating Seniors
Graduating Seniors were recognized at the Sept. 13, 4-H Awards Banquet :
(left to right) Alicia Lewis, Kelly Buchanan, Nathan Lea, Jordan Verano, and
Kyle Walker. Those not.pictured are Brandie Axt, Jamie Burnham, Kristi Butts,
Thaddeus Caston, Logan Coker, Michael Coker, Bethany Enfinger, Amanda
Garrison, Jessica Jarriel, Rachael Kauffman, Molly Mitchell, Brittany Nethers,
Rachel Rock, Lindsey Rucks, Felicia Sulzer, Matt Walker, Kyrsten Williams.


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100% Record Book scores
4-Hers with 100 percent Record Book scores were recognized at the Sept. 13,
4-H Awards Banquet, including (left to right, standing), Teal Sheffield, Wildlife;
Meaghan Thomas, Swine; Hannah Sadler, Horse; Wesley Mims, Jr. Leaders;
Amanda Goggans, Dairy; Joy Burnham, Jr. Leaders; Austin Pluskot, Dairy &
Jr. Leaders; Shiloh Anuez, Horse; Kaley Dees, Beef Breeding & Steer; Kelsey
Burnham, Jr. Leaders; Emilie Lege, Jr. Leaders; Raychel Rabon, Jr. Leaders;
Courtney Murphy, Wildlife; and Alex Pluskot, Dairy, Shooting Sports & Jr. Lead-
ers. Pictured (left to right, seated) are Travis Muldoon, Shooting Sports; Shane
Merian, Wildlife; Caitlin Albers, Dairy; Alex heatley, Horse; Janna Mullis, Swine;
Ross Laskey, Dairy; Nathan Stewart, Shooting Sports; Caleb Ste3wart, Shoot-
ing Sports; and Bryce Whidden, Swine. Not pictured are Jamie Burnham, Dairy;
Kelly Delahanty, Rabbit; Leanna Deloney, Treasurer's Report; Brayden Rucks,
Shooting Sports; Dustin Rucks, Shooting Sports; Lindsey Rucks, Dairy; LaRan-
da Southerland, Horse; Brianna Spier, Shooting Sports; Dustin Stokes, Swine;
and Lane Whitehead, Shooting Sports.

Steers Record Book
First place Steers projects honored
at the Sept. 13, 4-H Banquet included
(left to right), Amanda Goggans, first
place intermediate; and, Kaley Dees,
first place senior. Not pictured is Tay-
lor Pearce, first place junior winner.

Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken

Swine Record Book
First place Swine project 4-Hers were
honored at the Sept. 13, 4-H Awards
Banquet: (left to right), Meaghan
Thomas, tied for first place senior;
Janna Mullis, tied for first place se-
nior; and Bryce Whidden, first place
intermediate. Not pictured is Dylan
Sheffield, who won first place junior.

Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken

State Horse Show
Megan Mullin, a 4-Her, who partici-
pated in State Horse Show was rec-
ognized at the Sept. 13, 4-H Awards.
Not pictured, Cassie Colgan.



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County Medals in Leadership
The Annual 4-H Awards Banquet was held Sept. 13, 4-H Awards at Okeechobee High
School. 4-Hers who were given Leadership Awards include (left to right, back row), Rafe
Fisher, Tyler Hayes, Damon Heater, Teal Sheffield, Jordan Verano, Joseph Menendez, Aus-
tin Pluskot, Justin Hoover, Megan Mullin, Shiloh Anuez, Kaley Dees, and Cheyenne Thi-
bodeau. Pictured (left to right, middle) are Elyse Matteo, Felipe Soto, and Alex Pluskot.
Pictured (left to right, seated) are Dallas McLaughlin, Logan Evans, Caitlyn Albers, Janna
Mullis, Katie Brummett, and Rachel Muros. Not pictured are Nathan Candler, Naomi Cook,
Denise Ihinger, Cristin Shelton, Vanessa Watt, Shyanne Prescott, Jamie Burnham, Carly
Enfinger and Sarah Seger.


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County Medals in Achievement
County Medals in Achievement were given to outstanding 4-Hers at the Sept. 13, 4-H
Awards Banquet. Those honored included (left to right, back row), Joy Burnham, Fallon
Curren, Kelsey Burnham, Kelly Buchanan, Raychel Rabon, Austin Pluskot, Katie Brum-
mett, LaRanda Southerland, John-David Hoglo. (left to right, front row) Aladin Sherwood,
Shane Merian, Katie Muldoon, Jacog McGehee (2), Ashleigh Ezard, and Brittany McCoy.
Not pictured are Taylor Beal, Garrett Folbrecht, Cody Johns, Colby McDugald, Ashley
Mullin, Rabon Carrier, Rebekah Bishop, Michael Coker, Kyle George, Nicholas Kielbasa,
Dustin Stokes, Kelly Delahanty, Nikita LaDuke, Tyler Mills, John Michael Rickards, Nathan
Willbarger, Jessica Humphrey and Lindsey Rucks.


County Medals in Agriculture
Okeechobee County 4-Hers who received Agriculture medals at the Sept. 13, 4-H Awards
Banquet included (left to right, back row), Fallon Curren, Courtney Murphy, Amanda Gog-
gans (2), Kelly Buchanan, Austin Pluskot, Wesley Mims, Damon Heater, and Ryan Folson.
Pictured (left to right, front row), Scott Barlow, John McGehee (2), Alex Heatley, Jacob
McGehee, Cady McGehee, and Alex Pluskot. Not pictured are Logan Arnold, David Butts,
Zachary Kielbasa, Maci Culligan, Todd Lanning, Cody Prescott, Kayla Benson, Brandon
Etherton, Josey Pearce, Cassie Reardon, Lindsey Rucks, Curtis Evans, Benjamin Kiel-
bassa, and Colt Smith.


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County Medals in Citizenship
4-Hers who were honored with Citizenship medals at the Sept. 13, 4-H Awards Banquet in-
cluded (left to right, back row), Meaghan Thomas, Crystal Young, Tiffany Patterson, Heath-
er Menendez, Wesley Mims, Raychel Rabon, Garrett Brummett, Kayle Folson, and Travis
Muldoon. Pictured (left to right, front row), Kyle Walker, Bryce Whidden, Jacob McGehee,
Janna Mullis, and Cady McGehee. Not pictured are Gavin Beal, Ashley Carter, Allyson Mat-
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