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Vol. 99 No. 256


Part of river
closed to boats
Due to construction activities
associated with the Kissimmee
River Restoration project now
under way by the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers, a section of
the Kissimmee River beginning
at the northern extent of the
restored river and extending
northward for about four miles
will be closed to boaters. The
project, which begins the week
*of Sept. 22, is expected to be
complete by Spring 2011.
The first sign of work in the
area will be the construction of
14 culverts across the C-38 Ca-
nal, which is the channelized
portion of the Kissimmee River.
Following this activity, contrac-
tors for the Corps will backfill
about four miles of the C-38,
in addition to reconnecting
historic oxbows and recarving
sections of the river that were
lost during the 1960s channel-
ization project. This is the third
of four construction phases.
The total estimated cost of
the Kissimmee River Restora-
tion project is $612 million. It
is scheduled for completion
-in early 2013. The project will
return flow to 40 miles of the
river's historic channel and
will provide ecosystem benefits
in an area of about 40 square
miles, including restoration of
'20 square miles of wetlands.

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Drought Index

Current: 399
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Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

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Community Events.................... 6
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Five run for city council

Voters will
choose top two

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Voters in the City of Okeecho-
bee will have five choices when
it comes to city councilmen.
There will be five candidates for
the two city council seats up for
grabs. City councilman is a bipar-
tisan position. Councilmen are
elected at large rather than from
a particular district. The seats

held by Mayor James Kirk and
Lydia Jean Williams are up for
elections. Mrs. Williams will not
be running for re-election. How-
ever, Mayor Kirk has announced
his intentions to run again.
Voters will vote for two can-
didates and the two candidates
with the highest number of votes
will be elected. In Okeechobee
the mayor is not an elected posi-
tion. The councilmen elect one
of their number to be mayor.
In addition to the mayor, the
other candidates are Jim Vensel,
Bill Ledford, Mike O'Connor and

political newcomer Mike Ear-
Mr. Vensel served 16 years
at Eckerd's, Youth Development
Center, 10 years as a manager
and six years as a probation of-
ficer. He has a bachelor's degree
in professional administration
and is working on a master's
He served as director of
R.O.A.D. (Recovering Okeecho-
bee After Disaster), a hurricane
relief organization. Mr. Vensel is
now with the Okeechobee Sub-
stance Abuse Council.

COWABUNGA: Preschool celebrates Hawaii Day

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
William Rivero, decked out In a colorful shirt, lei and headdress, really got into the spirit
of Hawaii Day on Friday, Sept. 19 at Peace Lutheran Preschool. Students ate Hawaiian
food and learned about the culture and customs of Hawaii.

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
From his facial expression
it's hard to know what Alex
Maxwell, 4, thinks about all
the festivities of Hawaii Day
on Sept. 19 at Peace Luther- Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
an Preschool. The students dressed for Hawaii Day at
ate Hawaiian foods and Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda Peace Lutheran Preschool
learned about the customs Skyler Fisher, 4, was proud on Friday, Sept. 19. She was
and culture of Hawaii. Alex of her home made card- accompanied by her mother,
was accompanied by his board surfboard. Alejandra Zapata.
mother, Elizabeth Maxwell.

Congressional office

offers local services

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Kiwanis members heard this
week from Tim Mahoney's dis-
trict director Sherry McCorkle
about services that the local
federal offices offer constitu-
ents of the district.
These include student, busi-
ness, and individual services.
Students can receive acad-
emy nominations. Each mem-
ber of Congress, either House
of Representatives or the Sen-
ate, is allowed a total of five ap-
pointees in each service acad-
emy. For each vacancy, they

are allowed to nominate ten
While this takes a great deal
of work on the student's part,
this year 14 individuals have
been appointed into acad-
Other educational resources
provided by their office include
a information web site, pre-
pared by the Congressional
Research Service for Members
of Congress, designed to guide
students through the pro-
cess of locating and applying
for financial aid http://www.

php?option= com_content&ta
The office of Congressman
Tim Mahoney also runs an in-
ternship program accepting
college students interested in
learning about the operations
of a Congressional office. In
addition to general office sup-
port, interns assist Congress-
man's staff with constituent
services, Capitol tours, and
light research. Their main ser-
vice to constituents concerns
Veteran's and Senior Services
See Services Page 3

In the last election two years
ago he unsuccessfully ran for
city council, as he says, "to get
my feet wet."
"I think I can be a good team
member," is the reason he gave
for running for office. "I'm not in
there to criticize anybody, but to
be a part of the team,"
Mr. Vensel has 45 years in
leadership and management
and feels he has a lot to offer.
He has worked with a diversified
population. He wants to bring in
new businesses and get our kids
back here.

Budget constraints are the
biggest challenge he sees to the
His biggest desire, if elected,
is to meet the people's needs
and wants. He said that when
people came to him with issues,
he would look into their con-
cerns and get back to them.
Mr. Ledford has been in
Okeechobee since 1980.
"I've got a good name here, I
can't be bought."
He has worked for several lo-
See Council Page 2

Bill would

protect kids

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
While issues with student
safety at school have recently
come to light in local schools,
on a national level some mem-
bers of Congress are working
to promote a bill entitled the
Student Protection Act that es-
tablishes policies for investigat-
ing and reporting allegations
and creates a toll-free number
that can be used to make anon-
ymous allegations.
This would be required of
each state.
According to the bill, pro-
moted by Congressman Adam
Putnam, District 12, (Osceola,
Hillsborough, and Polk coun-
ties) it would require by fiscal
year 2010 for states to have in ef-

fect laws and policies requiring
an individual educator who has
reason to believe that another
educator has committed an act
of sexual misconduct against
a student to report such act to
the state as quickly as possible,
within 48 hours whenever pos-
sible, or else face discipline.
The bill would also direct
states to report to the Secre-
tary of Education the details of
each act of sexual misconduct
against a student for which an
educator has been punished,
including details regarding the
educator and the punishment
Also in the bill would be
rules given to the Secretary of
Education to penalize noncom-
See Bill Page 2

United Way

plans kickoff

By Chauna Aguilar

Okeechobee News
Raulerson Hospital will host
a kick-off breakfast to introduce
the United Way to the commu-
nity on Thursday, Oct. 2, in the
hospital cafeteria at 8 a.m.
The United Way of Okeecho-
bee's goal for the 2008-2009
is $80,000. The United Way of
Okeechobee has been present
in Okeechobee for 22 years.
The United Way board is

striving to add more local do-
nations by providing more
community awareness of the
presence of the United Way in
Okeechobee to make the com-
munity more aware that they
are here to help.
Our United Way now has
eighteen local agencies receiv-
ing grants from the Okeechobee
United Way ranging from $500
to $4,500. Some of the agencies
helped through United Way are
See Kickoff- Page 2

Okeechobee News/Chauna Agulilar
Kiwanis president Frank Irby (left) and Dowling Watford (right)
invited Sherry McCorkle, (center) Congressman Tim Mahon-
ey's district director to the weekly Kiwanis luncheon to speak
about what the federal offices of the Congressman does for
the community through services that they offer.



2 Okeechobee News, Sunday, September 21, 2008

Continued Fironi Page 1
cal contractors and is currently
running a paint and building sup-
ply store.
Mr. Ledford has served on the
city planning board, the county
code board and the affordable
housing board.
"I really think something more
can be done to get jobs here," he
said. "I want jobs."
Mr. Ledford is in favor of ex-
panding the city limits.
While he said the current code
enforcement officers do a good
job, he thinks code enforcement
should be stepped up and fines
"I will be all over the city,"
he pledged if elected. He would
not be content just to attend city
council meetings.
"I feel like I still have a lot to
give," is his reason for running
for office.
He said it seems that when we
bring in one business, we lose
two businesses. Mr. Ledford is in
favor of combining the city and
county fire departments. He also
wants to work with the county
commission and would like to
see changes to the city's land de-
velopment regulations.
Mr. Kirk has been on the city
council for 20 years and mayor for
18 years. He came to Okeecho-
bee in 1970 and he is retired from
the Okeechobee County school
system. He has a bachelor's de-

gree in business and a master's
in educational leadership.
"I looked at our budget and
the problems facing us," the
mayor said when asked why he
decided to run again. For the last
18 years as mayor he has been
working on the budget.
"One of the things I'm con-
cerned about is holding taxes
as low as possible." At the same
time Mr. Kirk wants to reward city
employees for their service.
The budget would be his num-
ber priority.
The mayor
feels his edu-
cation and ex-
perience have
helped him.
A sidewalk
program to re-
pair old side-
walks and
build new ones James Kirk
would be one
of Mr. Kirk's priorities if he were
re-elected. He would bring good
paying jobs to the city.
The mayor wants to keep the
city moving forward with man-
aged growth and avoid urban
"I think it's important not to
lose sight of where we have come
from," the mayor said.
Mr. Earnest is an electrical con-
tractor who has lived in Okeecho-
bee for almost 39 years.
"I believe I can enhance the
ability of the city to be the best it
can be."
"I want to be the voice of the
people to the government," he

said. "Not the voice of the gov-
ernment to the people."
Instead of dictating to the lpeo-
ple, Mr. Earnest
said he wants
to listen to the .0
people's con-
cerns and work
together with
He would
like to bring in-
dustry to the city
industrial park Bill Ledford
to provide jobs
for our young people. He has
two daughters who have to drive
to the coast to work.
Mr. Earnest feels one of his big-
gest assets is that he knows how
to run a business. He has super-
vised as many as -'
52 people. V
"I do believe
the city can do
better," he as-
Mr. Earnest
would like to
help the city's
fire fighters and
lawn enforce- Jim Vensel
ment officers to
become more efficient.
Mr. O'Connor has been in
Okeechobee for 41 years. He
worked at several jobs before
opening a gun shop in 1982.
From 1993 to 1997 Mr. O'Connor
served on the city council.
"I think I can continue to do
the same job I did before," he as-
serted. He has also served on the
city code board, the city planning

lease, "More than a dozen states source Center on Child Sexual
Bill are currently considering legisla- Abuse, several studies estimate
tion to strengthen laws for the that only about 6 percent of all
Continued From Page 1 screening and reporting of sexual children report sexual abuse by
misconduct by educators and an adult to someone who can do
pliant states by reducing their should be commended for their something about it. The other 94
funding under the Elementary efforts to ensure the safety and percent do not tell anyone or talk
and Secondary Education Act of welfare of our school children," only to a friend which they swear
1965 by up to 5 percent. said Putnam. "However, without to secrecy.
The bill directs the Secretary of adopting systematic policies and In Florida, schools are required
Education to maintain a national procedures at the national level to report certain incidents to the
database that contains, at a mini- all states remain vulnerable when Department of Education.
mum, the details this Act requires hiring educators from states with The School Environmental
each state to report to the Secre- mediocre reporting procedures Safety Incident Reporting (SE-
tary. and lackluster ethical standards." SIR) System collects data on 22
This would help to create trans- Congressman Putnam intro- incidents of crime, violence, and
parency in this system where one duced H.R. 1829, the Student Pro- disruptive behaviors that occur
could go and find out if someone tection Act, in March of 2007. The on school grounds, on school
has had any sexual misconduct legislation seeks to address cur- transportation, and at off-campus,
offenses brought against them rent state-by-state laws by instead school-sponsored events, during
as an educator; what was the of- implementing a national system any 24-hour period, 365 days per
fense and the outcome and pun- of standards for oversight, report- year.
ishment. ing and investigation of sexual Incidents are reported by
This bill has already received misconduct by educators. schools to the districts which, in
endorsement by the Florida A 2004 report by the U.S. De- turn, provide the data to the DOE.
House of Representatives who apartment of Education concluded The annual Stotulide Report
, 1.l cal ( tO ggr ip i ,,ltt, ,", trl & ,i erient Vbf.stu-i"on-,._,.l S.. Ahd Distpli-.
egsati proecln clre. dents are arrgets of.educaigl.s w.j. Data retprf inrludes&^an.analysis
if6m" educatlors s uJl misconduct sometime during of the SESIR and Discipline data
abuse children. their school career." statewide; data totals and trends
According to the press re- According to the National Re- statewide; and totals and trends

board and the council on aging.
"I've always been one to give
back to the community," he said.
In his previ-
ous term he
worked for co
operation be-
tween the police .
department and ,L'
the sheriff's of-, -
fice and the city _
and county fire e
departments -
something he Mike Ernest
would like to do
again if elected.
If elected, he would like to see
a sidewalk program instituted.
Mr. O'Connor claims that the
city has not put in any sidewalks
since he left office.
The biggest
challenge Mr.
O'Conner sees
for the city is
promoting a bet-
ter working re-
lationship with
Utility Authority
(OUA). The only Mike
regret he has O'Connor
about his term
as councilman is that he voted to
form the OUA.
"It took us out of the annexa-
tion business," he said of the for-
mation of OUA. The city could
no longer offer water and sewer
service to annexed areas.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached

by individual district.
According to the most recent
available SESIR statistics from the
2006-07 school year there were a
total of nine incidents of sexual
harassment district wide; which
had appropriate disciplinary
matches. There were four sexual
offenses in the district, also with
appropriate disciplinary actions.
Disciplinary actions ranged
from in-school suspension to out
of school suspensions.
Since 2001, Putnam has repre-
sented Florida's 12th Congressio-
nal District, which includes most
of Polk County and portions of
Hillsborough and Osceola coun-
ties. As chairman of the Repub-
lican Conference, he is the third
ranking member of his party's
leadership in the House of Repre-
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at ww4.newszapjom.
Reporter Chaun Aguilar cvac be
reached at


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the food bank, Character Counts,
Hospice and Real life Children's
Ranch, to name a few.
They continue to encourage
donations from the Okeechobee
community to benefit the citizens
of Okeechobee County. The com-
mittee makes every effort to mini-
mize administrative costs, so over
90 percent of the funds raised go
to agencies.
Raulerson Hospital is proud
to sponsor the United Way
of Okeecbobee, third annual
"Greater Open" Golf Tournament
on Oct. 18, at the Okeechobee
Golf and Country Club. Funds
raised through the United Way of
Okeechobee, stay in Okeechobee
Sponsorship opportunities are
available for this event.
Registration takes place at 7
a.m. the day of the event.
The "Best Ball" tournament
will begin with a shotgun start
at 8 a.m. Following the competi-
tion, a luncheon for the awarding
of prizes for accomplishments
achieved during the tournament
will take place.
Best of all, a brand new vehicle
from Accardi/Milrot Jeep Chrysler
in Okeechobee will be provided
for a "Hole In One" on the par 3,
hole 2. Additional prizes will be
awarded for competition on the
remaining par three holes.
Cost to compete in the event is
$50 per player or $200 per team.
Cost includes breakfast and lunch;
green fees; and cart.
The United Way's mission is
"to improve lives by mobilizing
the caring power of communi-
According to their web site, the
United Way is a national network
of nearly 1,300 local organizations
that work to advance the com-
mon good by focusing on educa-
tion, income and health. These
are the building blocks for a good
life: a quality education that leads
to a stable job, enough income to
support a family through retire-
ment, and good health.
United Way of America is the
national organization dedicated
to leading the United Way move-
ment. Local United Ways create
long-lasting community change
by addressing the underlying
causes of the most significant lo-
cal issues.

Common focus areas in-
clude helping children and youth
achieve their potential, promoting
financial stability and indepen-
dence, and improving people's
health. Our goal is to create long-
lasting changes by addressing the
underlying causes of problems.
Especially with the current
economy, it takes everyone in
the community working together
to create a brighter future. We
all win when a child succeeds in
school, when a family becomes
financially stable, when people

have good health.
Advancing the common good
is less about helping one person
at a time and more about chang-
ing systems to help all of us. We
are all connected and interdepen-
dent. We all win when a child
succeeds in school, when fami-
lies are financially stable, when
people are healthy.
For questions about the Golf
Tournament, contact Bill Casian,
Tournament Chairman, 863-824-
-:Z702 For other United Way.infor-
rmalion contact 863-634-0915.

Seating is limited.

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Okeechobee Forecast
Today: Scattered showers and thunderstorms after 1 lam. Most-
ly cloudy, with a high near 89. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming
east. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Tonight: A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low
around 76. East wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is
Extended Forecast
Monday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy,
with a high near 85. East northeast wind between 5 and 10 mph.
Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Monday Night: A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with
a low around 71. East northeast wind around 5 mph. Chance of
precipitation is 20%.
Tuesday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy,
with a high near 88. Northeast wind around 10 mph. Chance of
precipitation is 50%.
Tuesday Night: A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with
a low around 71. North northeast wind between 5 and 10 mph.
Chance of precipitation is 20%.

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Okeechobee News, Sunday, September 21, 20083

City planners recommend

approval for new complex

By Pete Gawda land use change for the property may be necessary, he added, but
Okeechobee News immediately to the south and also that would be addressed in the
. .I--_ 1 A A I -....

Plans for a commercial com-
plex on Taylor Creek just north
of S.R. 70 came closer to reality
Thursday evening, Sept. 18.
The City of Okeechobee Plan-
' ning Board/Board of Adjustments
and Appeals recommended that
,the city council change land use
'from single family to commer-
cial for 701 N.E. Seventh St. That
'property currently is the site of a
commercial fish house. However,
since the property has changed
hands, the fish house cannot con-
tinue in operation.
The land use change was re-
quested by Jerry Suarez and this
property, along with the adjoining
property to the south will be part
of a complex containing shops, a
restaurant and a multifunctional
building which could be used for
such things as public meetings,
weddings, birthdays, and holiday
At their meeting on May 20 the
city council approved a similar

approved the closing o mthe dead
end section of N.E. Second Av-
enue that bisected the property to
the south.
Senior planner Bill Brisson
stated he believed the request
was in line with the city's com-
prehensive plan and that there are
adequate public services.
"We recommend approval for
this small scale amendment," Mr.
Brisson said.
Robert McCrocklin of N.E.
Third Street claimed the proposed
change would destroy the charac-
ter of a residential area and that
there would be a lot of noise.
Anita Nunez, speaking for her
father-in-law Jerry Nunez, stated
that some of the properties Mr.
McCrocklin referred to already
have businesses behind them.
Board member Mike O'Connor
said the project would clean up
the property and enhance the
Mr. Grissom said the primary
impact would be traffic. Buffering

site plan discussion.
In connection with this request
the board also recommended the
city council change the zoning
from residential single family -
one to heavy commercial for this
Turning to special exceptions,
the board granted a special ex-
ception to Tiffanie Ramirez and
April Hayles to allow a beauty
shop within a commercial pro-
fessional office zoning district on
N.W. Third Street. A special ex-
ception was required because the
long-existing business now has a
new owner.
Board member Terry Bur-
roughs requested that action be
taken to finalize a sign ordinance.
Chairman Devin Maxwell re-
ported on a training session he
had attended last month.
City clerk Lane Gamotea gave
a presentation on the Florida Sun-
shine Law as it applied to board

Lifelong Learning at IRSC

Indian River State College will
present new classes in the Life-
long Learning program at the
IRSC Campus in Okeechobee.
There are also a number of other
programs at the Main Campus in
Ft. Pierce and also the Mueller
Campus in Vero Beach.
Early registration is strongly
recommended as offerings fill
A schedule and membership
information may be requested
by calling the Lifelong Learning
Institute direct at 1-772-462-7880
or the IRSC Call Center toll-free
at 1-866-792-4772. Information
is available on the web at www. Members
have the first opportunity to reg-
Join and register by phone us-
ing a major credit card. Inquiries
on suggested topics, peer leaders
or referring a friend may be made
via email to Program Director
Laura Kelley at

Fiction for Lunch
Peer Leader: Jan Day
Wednesday, Oct. 8, Nov. 19,

& Dec. 17, from 9:30 a.m.-12:30
Fee: $84 which includes three
lunches. Limited to 12 partici-
These workshops are de-
signed for those interested in
writing children's chapter books,
short stories, mysteries, or main-
stream fiction. The sessions will
cover the basic aspects of fic-
tion: setting, character and plot.
Writing exercises and readings
Jan Day is the author of four
children's picture books pub-
lished by Pelican Publishing
Company, as well as published
poetry and short stories.
She was the co-winner of the
Best Original Teleplay Award at
the Hawaii International Film
Festival for "All's Fair." Her pub-
lished novels, "Painted Doors"
and "Queen of the Hop" are set
in rural Central Florida.

Google It!
Peer Leader: Marta Kendrick
1-day workshop, Tuesday, Oct.
21, from 1-4 p.m.

Fee: $22.50. Limited to 16 par-
Google has evolved into much
more than a simple search en-
Using Google, you can access
online books, images and vid-
eos, maps and directions, stock
quotes and much more.
Explore the search engine's
features and capabilities during
this popular two-hour, hands-on
workshop. Basic computer skills
are helpful.

Topics in Technology:
IRSC Library
Peer Leader: Marta Kendrick
1-day workshop, Tuesday,
Nov. 4, from 1-4 p.m.
Fee: $22.50. Limited to 16 par-
Marta Kendrick is the refer-
ence librarian at IRSC's Main
Campus Miley Library and is a
returning peer leader.
Her expertise includes infor-
mation technology and library

Arrest Report
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.
Joe Boy Albritton, 28, of
Highway 441 S.E. was arrested
Sept. 18 by OCP officer P. Eddings
and charged with forgery/uttering
a forged instrument. Bond was
set at $5,000.

Fernanda Herrera, 18, of
Northwest 39th Circle, was ar-
rested Sept. 18 and charged with
felony battery. OCSO Cpl. Harris
was the arresting officer. Bond
was set at $2,500.
Zachary Coward, 21, of
Brinkerhoff Lane, was arrested
Sept. 18 by OCSO Deputy Wil-
liam Maerki, and charged with
violation of probation (obtaining
a controlled substance by fraud.)
No bond was set.
Adelphin Basquet Jr., 24, ws
arrested Sept. 18 on an Okeecho-
bee County charged with sale or
delivery of cocaine and posses-
sion of cocaine with intent to sell.
Bond was set at $30,000.
Lawrence Elwell of Northeast

17 Terrace was arrested Sept. 18
on an Okeechobee County war-
rant and charged with attempting
to bribe or threaten a public offi-
cial and resisting arrest with vio-
lence. Bond was set at $10,000.
OCSO Deputy R. Harsfield was
the arresting officer.
Dorren Jill Faye, 39, of South-
east 60th Drive, was arrested Sept.
18 by OSCO Deputy J. Akins and
charged with DUI. Bond was set
at $750.
Lavence Lois Neal, 37, of
Northwest 11 th Street was arrest-
ed Sept. 19 and charged with DUI.
OCSO Deputy Max Waldron was
the arresting officer.

Okeechobee's Most Wanted

The following five people
are among Okeechobee's Most
Wanted per-
sons. There
are active war- .
rants for each of
them. The crite- o
ria for making
Most Wanted
- top five is based _i
'on the sever- Alieta Aleen
P] ity of the crime
Sin conjunction
With the age of the warrant.
If you have any information
, on the whereabouts of any of
.Okeechobee's Most Wanted you
can call the Treasure Coast Crime
, Stoppers at 1 (800) 273-TIPS
:' (8477). If you call Treasure Coast
. Crimes Stoppers, you have the

David Yoder Barbara Lynn
option of remaining anonymous.
You can also receive a reward if
the information results in an ar-
Clifford Scott Woodard, 26;
Uttering forged instrument (three
Alieta Aleen, 31, aka Brian
White, Manford Clifford White;
Black male; No known address;
Wanted for failure to appear on

Becky Cook

Clifford Scott

bail robbery with other weap-
Barbara Lynn Acuna, 21;
Preventing/obstruction extin-
guishment of fire, criminal mis-
chief $1,000 or more.
David Yoder, 26; FTA Poss
Methadone, FTA DWLS.
Becky Cook, 28, Third De-
gree Grand Theft.

Continued From Page 1

Concerning social security and
Smedicare/medicaid benefits.
According to Mrs. McCorkle,
. they receive many calls concern-
ing social security benefits where
they have constituents sign a pri-
:vacy act release allowing the dis-
.trict case workers to view details
'of their cases. They are then able
ito utilize agencies that are not
.-available to the general public.
e Case workers look through the
.constituents case to see where
: the problems lie and what is pre-
* venting them from getting their
benefits. This is done in cases of
Social security and veteran affairs.
They also work with immigra-

tion issues such as petitions, ad-
justments of status, naturalization
and non-immigrant petitions that
have been delayed or lost.
Their office also may be able
to assist in resolving problems
with the Internal Revenue Service
(IRS). If you cannot get an answer
to a question, or do not under-
stand a notice received, contact
the Stuart office.
According to Mrs. McCorkle,
their immigration case worker
has 25 years of experience in her
field and is very knowledgeable in
this ever-changing field.
As a member of Congress, Mr.
Mahoney is also able to arrange
for an American flag to be flown
over the United States Capitol. To
order flags, one must either be a
resident of his district, or sending
the flags to a person who is in his

district. Flags may be flown on
any day of the year and for spe-
cial occasions or events. Each flag
that is flown is accompanied by a
certificate confirming that it was
flown over the U.S. Capitol. The
certificate reads: "This is to cer-
tify that the accompanying flag
was flown over the United States
Capitol on [Month, Date, Year]
at the request of the Honorable
Firstname Lastname, Member of
Congress." There is a nominal fee
for each flag that is sent to you.
All of these items can be ac-
cessed via the internet at http://
php?option=com content&task
=view&id=12<emid=36 or by
calling 772-878-3181.
Office hours for Congressman
Mahoney are held in Okeechobee
once a month.

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Speak Out
Speak Out has moved online, where it is quicker an
easier to share your ideas and converse with others. Go, click on the community name and yoi
local or state Public Forum. There, you can create ne
topics or comment on existing topics. You can also e-m<
comments to or call 863-467-203
but online comments get posted faster and not all phone cal
can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of tl
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating
TEACHER: Any teacher of any age should know that it is just n(
wise to ever be alone with a student with the door closed. A teach
should also not be transporting a student in his or her private vehicle
You have to protect yourself. If the student needs a ride, suggest other
students they could call. In this day and age, teachers have to be aware
of things like that and protect themselves against any allegations.
OBAMA: Regarding the Obama speak out in Sunday, Sept. 14 pa
per, they called in and said that he was not a Muslim, but was Africai
American, when actually, he is not a Muslim, but he also is not a
African-American. His father was African American. He is half white
His mother was white and if anything, that makes him Anglo-Africar
American. I think everyone should get that right, he is just as muc
white as he is black. Editor's note: Just to clarify, Mr. Obama's father
was not an American. He was a citizen of Kenya.
SENIOR TRIP: Regarding the Senior trip this year, everyone keep
complaining about the $1,500. $1,500 is really not the problem here
the problem is, why would we give our kids $1500 to go to San Frar
cisco. In all actuality I could take $1,500 and think of 100 differer
ways I could spend that for my child to go to school. There are a lc
better places where they could go. Why not send them to Atlanta
Ga., let them learn about Black History Month or send them to Texa
and let them learn about cowboys? Let's come up with a little bette
moral trip for our children people. Editor's note: There was a meet
ing for seniors and their parents on Thursday night. It was decided
to switch the destination to New York. However, they need at leas
25 students signed up by Friday or that trip will be cancelled. If tha
trip does not have enough signed up, the school will consider a les.
expensive in-state trip.
LIBRARY: Our County Library is a wonderful institution and very
nice facility, but if there is anybody out there that has any pull with the
maintenance department for the county maybe they could get at leas
one of their two water coolers make cool water. The water is wet, bu
it sure ain't cold.
PRESIDENT: I tell you, the president has nerve to ask the Ameri
can people to contribute to charities like the Red Cross to help the
hurricane victims with as bad as our economy is, while he sends our
U.S. dollars over to Russia. He should help his own before sending
money to other countries. He needs to get his priorities straight.
SCHOOLS: I agree with the caller who called in about the schools
sending books home with the kids for us to buy merchandise. I foi
one hate telling my grandkids no, but with the economy the way ii
is, I don't have the money either. So maybe they should find other
means of making money to support their clubs at school instead ol
sending all of these books home to the parents to buy all of this mer-
chandise because I know it hurts the children's feelings when you
tell them no. I know that they need the money, but there ought to be
other ways that they can raise it.
PALIN: If you are thinking of Governor Palin as a "heartbeat away"
from the Presidency, she went to five different colleges to earn a de-
gree in journalism. Think about it.
BARBER: This is the barber that is replying to the speak out in
Wednesday's paper about the barber who recently quit another shop
and moved to another one and is not advertising. I have advertised in
the Okeechobee Times and the Pennysaver. Editor's note: Since you
saw the comment from your former customer in Speak Out in the
Okeechobee News, you might consider advertising in the Okeecho-
bee News. Call 763-3134. Our sales representatives would be happy
to help you.
OUA: I noticed that the Okeechobee Utility Authority vehicles have
a state emblem on the side of them, so does that mean the OUA is
state or privately owned? Editor's note: The Okeechobee Utility Au-
thority is a public utility whose board members are appointed by the
Okeechobee County Commission and the Okeechobee City Council.
BARACK OBAMA: I would like to see Barack Obama's birth cer-
tificate. His mother brought him to Hawaii, but where did she bring
him from? Where was he born? In Africa? I do believe it was Kenya,
Africa. We may be electing a man who is not even a citizen of the
United States. We need to see his birth certificate to see where he was
actually born. To see if he is really an American citizen and if it's really
legal for him to run for president. Editor's note: His birth certificate
has been published on the Internet and it indicates he was born in
CURRENT ELECTIONS: In general I am extremely disappointed
in the community of Okeechobee County. I have recently returned to
the area. I am an alumni of the high school and I love this area, but
the people here are so closed minded and need to develop their own
opinions instead of going by all of the propaganda around the area. I
am very offended as a Christian man. I love the Lord, he is my saviour,
but to say that Barack Obama doesn't support what Christians believe
is absurd, because obviously you don't know Barack. I challenge ev-
erybody in the area to form their own opinion about the candidates
because this is a critical time in history. This election is going to make
history regardless of whether its McCain or Barack and you all need
to educate yourselves instead of allowing others to dictate your ac-
tions and formulate your opinions for you. Knowledge is power and
educate yourself on your vote come November.
PALIN/MCCAIN: This is for the person who made the comment
in the Sept. 17 newspaper about Palin and McCain. They said that
Barack only had 173 days experience in the Senate, but I think that
everyone knows and believes that Barack Obama is for the people.
And he is standing behind the people for everything. A lot of people
do not want to vote for Barack Obama because he has black in him
and there are a lot of people in this town in Okeechobee who are
very, very racist. Its a shame, people should all come together and be
as one because on the inside we are all the same color.
BARACK OBAMA: Everyone keeps hollering that he is the best
person for the job. He has only been a senator for a short period
of time out of 365 days in a year, he has only spent 173 days actu-
ally in Washington D.C. and he thinks he has more experience than
anybody. If you only had 173 days on the job and are going to get
promoted to manager or superintendent, you would still be a little
sluggish when starting due to lack of experience. So I don't think he
is the most experienced for the job.
RUMOR: I heard there is a rumor that the Democrats plan to have
Joe Biden step down and claim health issues so they can put Hillary
in as their vice presidential candidate to combat the popularity of Pa-
lin. I really hope that is not true because I think Biden is a much better
choice. He has the experience that Obama lacks and will be a real
asset to the administration.
JOBS: Another local daycare is closing. That is two in one year.
Jobs are getting fewer and fewer. I truly feel for all of these individu-
TIMES: Someone just showed me the Okeechobee Times and it
has a notice that today is their last edition. Due to economic hard-
ships, they are closing down for good. It's just one more small sign
that this community and this country are facing some tough times.
While I was not a regular reader of that newspaper, I hate to see any-

one go out of business.
VOTE: Wondering who to vote for? Come meet the Democratic
Candidates on Tuesday, Sept. 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Douglas Brown
Community Center. Candidates attending will be: Congressman Tim
Mahoney, County Commissioner Elvie Posey, Don Chinquina, Candi-
date for Public Defender, Scott Thompson, Candidate for State Sen-
ate, District 17, Ray Worley, Candidate for State House, District 79 and
a representative from the Obama/Biden Campaign. Hamburgers and
hot dogs will be available free of charge.
TAXES: I think the county needs to take a closer look at these
agricultural classifications for land that is not zoned agriculture. The
intent of the Greenbelt Law was to protect existing farms, not to give
developers and speculators a tax break.

Community Calendar Letters to the Editor

r, Sunday, Sept. 21
d AA. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Sav-
*t iour, 200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
it A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church
s of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W. Fifth Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972 (Behind Napa Auto Parts) AA. weekend
y noon meeting Open Discussion meeting. *The Just for Today Club of
e Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12 step fellowships.
t Monday, Sept. 22
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972 (Behind Napa Auto Parts),NA. Sickest Of The
e Sick (OD) 7 p.m.Open Discussion; SS-Step Study; BT-Basic Text; *The
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12 step
AA. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
s Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meet-
r ing.
t VFW #10539 Ladies Auxiliary lunch and bingo will start at noon
r at the Post, 3912 U.S. 441 S.E. Auxiliary members and their guests are
f invited. Please R.S.V.P. to 863-763-2308.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Okeecho-
1 bee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited. For information or to schedule an appearance for
your organization or group, contact Marge Skinner at 863-532-0449.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road,
Okeechobee on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Karen Graves,
Chapter leader would like to extend a warm welcome to any inter-
ested persons to come by.

Tuesday, Sept. 23
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W. Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, FL 34972 (Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Nowhere
Left To Go Group Open Discussion at noon; NA. Sickest Of The Sick
Group Open Discussion. *Thec Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is
not affiliated with any 12 step fellowships.
The Lighthouse Refuge Support Group is for women who are
hurting, homeless or been abused. They meet on the first and third
Tuesday of every month from noon until 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church,
401 S.W Fourth St., and on the second and fourth Tuesday of every
month from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Red Cross, 323 N. Parrott Ave.
For more information call Donna Dean at 863-801-9201 or 863-357-
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open
to the public. For information, contact Maureen Budjinski at 863-484-
New AA. Meeting in Basinger: There is now an A.A. meeting in
Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Brethren
Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
Al-Anon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200
N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m.
AA. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
at the Hospice Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at 863-
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 Mimrn
Kapteina at 863-763-6510.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information,
June Scheer at 863-634-8276
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is in-
vited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For informa-
tion, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at 863-763-4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m.
in the fellowship hall, 1735 S.W 24th Ave. This is a men's only meet-
ing. For information, call Earl at 863-763-0139.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that
enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For information,
contact Dr. Edward Douglas at 863-763-4320.
AA. 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-
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., will
be hosting God's Time -- a morning of free organized Christian
activities that includes play, instruction and interaction for parents
and their pre-school children. The event will be held each Tuesday
from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Child care will be provided for infants
during the class. For information, call 863-763-4021.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W Third Terr., holds meetings for
persons with alcohol and drug related problems at 6 p.m. For informa-
tion call 863-357-3053.

Wednesday, Sept. 24
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) AA. Grapevine
Group Open Discussion at 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 8 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
701 S.W. Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
N.A. meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee,
101 Fifth Ave. For information call 863-634-4780.

Wasted water
I just saw the water truck go
by on Highway 78 watering the
sod that was laid on the side of
the road. I have been told that the
water is being pumped out of the
lake, but it is still a waste of water.
I cannot afford to water my lawn.
My water bill has tripled since I
moved here.
I do everything I can to con-
serve water and then I see semi-
trucks watering sod on the side
of the highway. What is this? A
bike path was started at the west
end of Highway 78. I say started
because as far as I can see it has
never been completed. It just
ends in the middle of nowhere.
I would have liked to see a bike
path in front of my house instead
of a bunch of grown up grass. It is
now difficult to walk my grandson
in his stroller because of this thick
sod that is rarely mowed. This is
the berm of the road, the side of
a highway. Why would money be
wasted laying this sod? It looks
terrible and most people who live
along the highway like me have
lawns that are not all that great
since the draught of last year.'The
lookout at Harney Pond could use
repairs and in the hundreds of
times I have been there the bath-
room has never been open. Other
natural areas in Lakeport need
work and some have even been
closed. When I take my grand-
children to the park on Red Barn
Road I have to pick up broken
beer bottles and some disgust-
ing things I won't even mention
so they can play. So why is all this
money being wasted laying sod
on the side of the highway? As a
home owner in Lakeport I would
like to know if my tax dollars are
being wasted on this ridiculous
Pamela Doucette

Technology illiterate
Technology illiterate, what
does that mean? A teacher that
does not know how to use the
technology in the classroom?
Or, the students who have not
acquired any skill after being
submitted to a technology experi-
Besides the technology com-
pany CEOs becoming billionaires,
there have not been any improve-

ments in the student dominion of
the Florida Standards and Bench-
mark. When the technology is not
working or the pace is so fast, that
does not provide for a re-reading
experience. Learning is failing and
with it the students. The students
are not also becoming technolog-
ical illiterate, but illiterate at all.
Mrs. Ana Vazquez

As a retiree on a limited in-
come, I can appreciate we all
have to limit our spending. How-
ever, in the year and a half I've
lived here, I've really become de-
voted to your newspaper.
Now that you've cut the paper,
I really miss that, so I've had to
subscribe to a second newspa-
For my part, I'd rather pay
twice the current subscription
price and get the paper every
day. If all your subscribers did the
same, would that make up the
deficit? If it would, why don't you
run an article asking for yes or no
answers to this solution?
I would certainly accept it, and
I'm as average as they come.
Best wishes,
Betty L. Brown
Editor's note: Thank you for
your letter. We are very pleased
that you value your community
newspaper. We value you as a
reader and welcome your in-
put. Unfortunately, the cost of
a newspaper subscription only
pays a very small part of news-
paper operation expenses. Most
of the newspaper's revenue
comes from advertising. Even
if subscribers did agree to pay
$1 per paper, it would not be
enough to cover the publication
expenses for seven days a week.
If the economy improves and the
advertising revenue is there to
add days of publication, we will
certainly consider that. While we
are publishing three days a week
we will continue to work hard to
bring you the best newspaper this
community will support. We also
invite you to join other readers
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Middle and high school changes considered

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Senate Bill 1908 has brought
about many changes to the
school system in Florida. While
these changes have not been of-
ficially approved by the Okeecho-
bee County School Board the
board will be considering addi-
tions to the Student Progression
Plan in their next meeting dealing
with the course of study path for
middle school students and also
some changes for high school
Some of the middle school
changes are simply placing the
newly revised course of study
guidelines in the Student Progres-
sion Plan.
"Beginning with students en-
tering the sixth grade in 2006-07,
promotion from a school com-
posed of middle grades 6, 7, and
8 require that:
A student must take and pass
three courses in English.
A student must take and pass
three courses in mathematics.
A student must take and

pass three courses in social stud-
ies, one semester of which must
include.the study of state and fed-
eral government and civic educa-
A student must take and pass
three courses in science.
A student must take and
pass one semester-long course in
career and education planning to
be completed in seventh or eighth
grade. This will be integrated into
the social studies curriculum.
All 2008-09 eighth grade stu-
dents will be required to take the
integrated social studies course
and complete an electronic per-
sonal education plan (ePEP) on
In addition to these require-
ments, any school that has less
than 75 percent of their sixth,
seventh or eighth grade students
reading at or above grade level,
as measured by the student scor-
ing at level 3 on the FCAT Read-
ing, will incorporate a rigorous
reading requirement as a primary
component of the academic pro-
gram which addresses: phone-
mic awareness; phonics; fluency;

comprehension; vocabulary; the
desired levels of performance for
the areas listed; and the instruc-
tional support services to be pro-
A student who scores a level 1
on FCAT Reading must be enrolled
in and complete an intensive read-
ing course. Level 2 readers must
be placed in an intensive reading
course or a course in which read-
ing strategies are delivered. The
school will use research-based
activities that have been shown to
be successful in teaching reading
to low-performing students.
Student who score at level 1 or
2 on the FCAT Math will receive
remediation the following year.
Another change in middle
school will be the addition of
semester-length course of classes"
such as music, physical educa-
tion, agriculture and technology.
Previously these classes were ro-
tated by nine weeks, rather than
Students in middle school are
to receive 225 minutes per week
of physical education for the se-
mester, with at least 135 minutes

Wal-Mart receives award

Thursday, Sept. 4, was a spe-
cial day for Michelle Perez, per-
sonnel manager at Wal-Mart, be-
cause she was presented with the
first Community Hospice Heart
Award by Big Lake Hospice's
Clinical Manager, Patti Maupin.
Hospice Liaison, for Big Lake
Hospice, Scott Zech said, "We re-
ally appreciate Michelle's willing-
ness to help us with our Camper
Drawing, which was held on June
15, this past year at Wal-Mart.
When we approached Michelle
to ask about placing the 2005
Aliner Camper at Wal-Mart over
the holiday weekend there was
not even a hesitation on her part.

All the employees were excited
about us being there and really
rallied for us. Wal-Mart employ-
ees, especially Michelle, know the
true meaning of customer service
and community support!"
Big Lake Hospice staff and
volunteers sincerely thanks each
and every one who purchased a
tickets) for the drawing, and to
those who helped make the 3-Day
"open camper" event at Wal-Mart
a success, the managers at Wal-
Mart for being so
ing and joining in on the fun, and
most of all to Retired Judge Miller
for his generous donation of the
Aliner camper.

Submitted photo
Wal-Mart Personnel Manager, Michelle Perez, is all heart and
smile. She was presented with the first Community Hospice
Heart Award by Big Lake Hospice's Clinical Manager, Patti
Maupin on Sept. 4, for her part in a fundraiser drawing to
benefit the local hospice.


County of Okeechobee Fiscal Year 2008-2009

Millage Per $1,000

All proceeds from the drawing
benefits Big Lake Hospice's pa-
tient care fund.
For more information or ques-
tions please contact Big Lake
Hospice at 863-763-0707.

of the time dedicated to actual
physical activity. The remainder
of the time is to be dedicated to *
classroom instruction on health
related topics.
High school students who
entered ninth grade in 2007 can
now use a practical arts course to
fulfill the one credit of fine arts or
performing arts requirement for
graduation. One credit in fine arts
or performing arts may include
speech and debate, or a practi-
cal arts course that incorporates
artistic content and techniques
of creativity, interpretation and
imagination. A list of acceptable
courses will be provided by the
Department of Education.
There will also be additional
designations on the standard di-
ploma this year.
Where applicable, a standard
diploma will contain the: des-
ignation of the student's major
areas of interest pursuant to the
completion of credits; designa-

tion reflecting the cofnpletion of
four or more accelerated college
credit courses if the student is
eligible for college credit in Ad-
vanced Placement, International
Baccalaureate, Advanced Inter-
national Certificate of Education,
or dual enrollment courses; des-,
ignation reflecting career educa-
tion certification; and designation
reflecting a Florida Ready to Work

This will allow students to dis-
play these types of qualifications
simply by presenting their diplo-
ma rather than having to present
transcripts. ,
For more information call 863-
Post your opinions in the Public
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6 Okeechobee News, Sunday, September 21, 2008

Community Events

Attention Okeechobee
Class of 89
Class of 89 reunion organiz-
ers are currently collecting e-mails
and home addresses from all
classmates. Please send these to
co0n. Our next Reunion plan-
ning meeting will be held Sun-
day, Sept. 21, at 5 p.m. at Beef

United Way of
Okeechobee to meet
The United Way of Okeecho-
. bee will meet on Tuesday, Sept.
23, at 8 a.m. in the North Dining
Room at Raulerson Hospital.

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

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


Obituaries should be submit-
ted to the Okeechobee News by
Customers may also request
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Arthur Leslie Stalker, 71
OKEECH-OBEE Arthur Leslie
Stalker, of Okeechobee, died
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008, in Rau-
lerson Hospital. He was 71.
Born Nov. 4, 1926, in Oxford,
Wis., he had been a resident of
Okeechobee since 1999, coming
from Naples, where he was a con-
tractor with Stalker and Sons Build-
ers. He was a member of the Moose
and VFW of Buckhead Ridge and
was of the Lutheran Faith.
He is survived by his wife, Wilma
J. Stalker of Okeechobee; seven chil-
dren; 15 grandchildren and four
A memorial service will be held at
a later date.
* All arrangements are under the di-
rection and care of the Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Crematory, 110 NE
5th Street, Okeechobee.
John E. Munger Sr., 96
Sr., of Okeechobee, died Thursday,
Sept. 18, 2008, in the Hamrick
Home. He was 96.
Born July 2, 1912, in Lafayette,
Ind., he had been a resident of
Okeechobee for the past four years
and enjoyed reading, bowling, cards
and crossword puzzles.
He is survived by his son, John
(Ruth) E. Munger Jr. of Okeecho-
bee; daughters, Alice (Walter) Ed-
wards of Canton, Ill., Janet Munger
of Shelbyville, Ill., and J. Ann (John)
Miller of Lafayette, Ind. In addition
he is a host of grandchil-
dren; great-grandchildren and great-
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
N.E. 5th Street, Okeechobee.

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

Area Agency On
Aging meets
The Area Agency on Aging of
Palm Beach/Treasure Coast, Inc.
Board of Directors meeting is
scheduled to be held on Tuesday,
Sept. 23, at The Area Agency on
Aging of Palm Beach/Treasure
Coast, Inc., 4400 N. Congress
Avenue, West Palm Beach. The
meeting is scheduled to begin
at 8:45 a.m.1Contracts requiring
the expenditure of funds are a
regular agenda item of this meet-
ing. Please call Vivian Pfau, Area
Agency on Aging, at 561-684-5885
for more information.

Main Street
Mixer planned
Okeechobee Main Street's
Monthly Mixer will be hosted by
Pritchard's & Associates located
at 1802 South Parrott Avenue on
Thursday, Sept. 25, from 5-7
p.m. There will be refreshments
and door prizes. Main Street Mix-
er's are a great networking oppor-
tunity for area businesses and the
public. All are invited to attend,
so mark your calendar and invite
a friend. For more information
call Main Street Executive Direc-
tor Toni Doyle at 863-357-MAIN

IRSC theatre presents
"Teaching a Dillo to Cross the
Road," Sept. 26 & 27 at 8 p.m.
Wynne Black Box Theatre, IRSC
Main Campus in Fort Pierce. A re-
alistic look at a family's ability to
confront significant life choices.
Tickets are $12. Call the IRCC Box
Office at 1-800-220-9915.

SAL Steak Dinner
The Sons of the Americari Le-
gion will sponsor their monthly
ribeye steak dinner on Sunday,
Sept. 21, from 3 until 6 p.m. at
the American Legion Post 64.
Dinner includes steak, baked po-
tato, salad, roll, iced tea, coffee
and dessert for a $12 donation.
Live entertainment for ydur en-
joyment. The public is welcome.
Machine embroidery group form-
ing If you have an embroidery
machine, plan to buy one or are
just interested in the concept, you
are invited to attend our first or-
ganizational meeting. It will be
held on Saturday, Sept. 27, from
10 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the Red
Cross classroom, 323 N. Parrott
Avenue. Bring your machine and
lunch for a fun and informative
day. For further information call
.loan at 863-467-0290 or Corry at

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

Real Life Childrens.
Ranch yard sales
Real Life Children's Ranch
yard sale will be open on Thirs-
day's and Friday's, starting Oct.
9. They will not be open the week
of Thanksgiving or the. week of

Temporary street
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.

Fu raiser for
Habitat planned
Ielp 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-

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

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

Join the Red Hatters
For ladies looking for fun and
meeting some new lady friends,
the Red Hat Group is looking for
ladies to join who want to do
things. For information call 863-
763-5836 or 863-357-1944.

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar

OHS Students of the Week
Okeechobee Students of the Week are (back row-left to right) Shawn Horvath, Stephanie
Horvath Taylor Pritchard, Anthony Dowling, Tim Brazil, Jose Mendoza, (front row-left to
right) Cheisi Baggett, Janna Mullis, Heather Tinsley, Katelynn Sulzer, Casy Lawrence, (not
pictured) Daylon Youngblood and Esdenya Burgeneo.

Quilt drawing to
benefit stricken child
Tickets are being sold for a
queen-sized quilt at $1 each or
6 for just $5. The drawing for the
quilt will be held on Oct. 1, with
the proceeds from the ticket sales
to go to benefit Buckhead Ridge
resident, Madisen Byrd, who is 3
years old. Madisen was recently
diagnosed with Leukemia. She is
currently hospitalized with conm-
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 l)ouglas at 863-697-9796
or 863-357-6555 or stop by Cus-
tom Window Treatments, 4253 S:
Hwy 441, Okeechobee.

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

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-

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


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South Elementary kicks off fundraiser

On Friday South Elementary as a spirit shirt for those who
School had its Fundraiser Kickoff! choose not to dress like .Johnny
The catalog and order forms have Appleseed.
been sent home. Students are not All students were assessed
asked to go door to door with this with the DIBELS this week. This
fundraiser. They lest checks stu-
can sell to their dents' fluencyC
family and friends. ,, 1 '., in reading.
Parents are wel- j With this infor-
come to take the nation, teach-
catalogs and order ers are able
forms to work or I to meet each
other groups. FaIn- l F student's indi-
ily members who l vidual needs
live far away can l through small
purchase using group instruc-
the on-line proce- tion.
dures included in South El-

the packets. These funds are used
for PTO approved projects that in-
clude, supporting the Accelerated
Reader and 100 Book Challenge
programs, purchasing awards
and incentives for students who
achieve excellence, purchas-
ing recess equipment, updating
our landscaping as well as other
beautification projects to keep
South as lovely a campus as it has
been since opening in 2000.
Every Friday is Spirit Day and
on those days students and staff
wear South Elementary T-shirts
or blue shirts to show their school
spirit. All the students in each
classroom who participate in
spirit day are counted. The totals
are sent to the office where they
determine which class in each
grade level has the most spirit.
That class earns the right to dis-
play the Spirit Stick outside their
classroom door for the week.
On special Spirit Fridays, desig-
nated by our South Spirit Squad,
we show our spirit by wearing
special clothing. On Friday, Sept.
26, students and staff are encour-
aged to dress like Johnny Apple-
seed. Of course, the South Ele-
mentary T-shirt is always counted

ementary is continuing to col-
lect BoxTops and Campbell's la-
bels this year. Please bring them
into the front office as you col-
lect them. These items are then
turned in to the companies. The

companies then redeem them for
cash or school items such as re-
cess equipment. I'very BoxTop or
label helps so send thetn in with a
student or drop ) them off yourself.
We appreciate the community
Sept. 12, was "National An-
them Day"-the anniversary of
the Battle of Fort McHenry when
Francis Scott Key penned the lyr-
ics to "The Star Spangled Ban-
ner." To commemorate this day
and to bring attention to music
in our schools, the Okeechobee
County Elementary Music Teach-
ers prepared an "All-County Cho-
rus" to sing the National Anthem
at the Okeechobee High School
football game (Go Brahmans!).
The National Association for Mu-
sic Education, the "National An-
them Project: Restoring America's
Voice" is celebrating a national

education initiative to re-teach
Americans "The Star Spangled
Banner" after a Harris Interactive
Survey showed that two out of
three Americans don't know the
words to the national anthem.
First Grade at South Elemen-
tary has just completed their
study of the five senses and our
All About Me unit. The halls are
decorated with fancy names and
posters about our families. We
are excited to begin learning
about Johnny Appleseed!
Third Grade News: Keep up
the great work, Students of the
Week! Third grade is studying
energy and will be brainstorm-
ing ways to construct solar ovens.
The students will build their ov-
ens and try them out by making
smores. YUMMY science!

Submitted photo/South Elementary
South Singers at OHS game included, in no particular order: Jonathan Aldridge, Gavin Beal,
Nolan Carpenter, Kevin Hawthorne, Kelsi Kula, Micheala Myers, Riylie Norton, Savannah Wil-
son and Catrina Nichols.

Submitted photo/South Elementary
Students at South Elementary School are off to a great year and once again are achieving excellence everyday. Here (in no
particular order) are South's Students of the Week: Alex Miller, Elizbeth Lopez, Jalyn Lightsey, Justyn Scruggs, Jacob Hardy,
Jay Krall, Emily Land, Guage Chandler, Daniel Tagle, Amber Bass, Emily Beaty, Sabria Smith, Sarika Chauhan, Abigail My-
ers, Stormy Requena, Cameron Maynard, Mason Adams, Mario Pineda, Minh Thy Nguyen, Chance Hickman, Ann Cabrera,
Kelsi Kula, Nikki Nichols, Dilmer Larowe, Nolan Carpenter, Korlena Lashley, and Robert Muniz. Congratulations to all of our
Students of the Week. Keep up the Good work!

Submitted photo/OCA

Thank you!
Okeechobee Christian Academy's fourth grade class would like to thank the community
for helping them have a successful car wash on Sept. 13! The fourth grade studies Florida
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Okeechobee County School Menus

Monday, Sept. 22: Glazed
french toast, assorted cereal, Y/M/
CStk 2nd choice breakfast, break-
fast grab-n-go # 1, fruit juice, fresh
fruit, milk.
Tuesday, Sept. 23: Yogurt
and muffin, assorted cereal, Y/M/
CStk 2nd choice breakfast, break-
fast grab-n-go #2, fruit juice, fresh
fruit, milk.
Wednesday, Sept. 24:
Breakfast chicken patty biscuit,
assorted cereal, Y/M/CStk 2nd
choice breakfast, breakfast grab-
n-go #3, fruit juice, fresh fruit,
Thursday, Sept. 25: Break-
fast sausage bagel, assorted ce-
real, Y/M/CStk 2nd choice break-
fast, breakfast grab-n-go #4, fruit
juice, fresh fruit, milk.
Friday, Sept. 26: Egg, ham
and cheese casserole, assorted
cereal, Y/M/CStk 2nd choice
breakfast, breakfast grab-n-go
#5, fruit juice, fresh fruit, milk.
Lunch Menus:
Monday, Sept. 22: Popcorn
chicken with barbecue sauce,
honey wheat rolls, barbecue pork

on bun, yogurt fruit and cheese
plate, fresh fruit, fruit juice, sea-
soned corn, potato triangles,
tossed salad, milk.
Tuesday, Sept. 23: Chicken
pot pie, coulltry style biscuit,
meatball subl sandwich, chef
salad, fresh fruit, fruit juice, veg-
etable capri blend, applesauce,
tossed salad, milk.
Wednesday, Sept. 24: Shep-
herds pit, honey wheat rolls, deli
turkey on bun, yogurt fruit and
cheese plate, fresh fruit, fruit juice,
savory green beans, mandarin or-
ange sections, tossed salad, milk.
Thursday, Sept. 25: Grilled
cheese sandwich with soup, hot
ham and cheese sandwich, chef
salad, fresh fruit, fruit juice, broc-
coli florets with lemon, fruit with
gelatin, tossed salad, milk.
Friday, Sept. 26: Cheese or
pepperoni stuffed crust pizza,
chili/cheese baked potato, tuna
salad plate, fresh fruit, fruit juice,
baby carrots with dressing, pine-
apple chunks, tossed salad, milk.
Middle School
Monday, Sept. 22: Popcorn
chicken with barbecue sauce,
honey wheat rolls, barbecue pork
on bun, yogurt fruit and cheese
plate, pizza basket, fresh fruit,
fruit juice, seasoned corn, potato

triangles, tossed salad, milk.
Tuesday, Sept. 23: Chicken
pot pie, country style biscuit,
mealball sub sandwich, chef
salad, turkey sub grab n-go, fresh
fruit, fruit juice, vegetable capri
blend, applesauce, lossedI salad,
Wednesday, Sept. 24: Shep-
herds pie, honey wheat rolls, deli
turkey on bun, yogurt fruit and
cheese plate, ham sandwich grab-
n-go, fresh fruit, green beans,
mandarin orange sections, tossed
salad, milk.
Thursday, Sept. 25: Grilled
cheese sandwich with soup, hot
ham and cheese sandwich, chef
salad, ham and cheese sub grab-
n-go, fresh fruit, fruit juice, broc-
coli florets with lemon, fruit with
gelatin, tossed salad, milk.
Friday, Sept. 26: Cheese or
pepperoni stuffed crust pizza,
chili/cheese baked potato, tuna
salad plate, cheeseburger basket,
fresh fruit, fruit juice, baby carrots
with dressing, pineapple chunks,
tossed salad, milk.
High School
Monday, Sept. 22: Popcorn
chicken with barbecue sauce,
honey wheat rolls, barbecue
pork rib on bun, yogurt fruit and
cheese plate, pizza basket, chick-


en lingers and toes, fresh fruit, I
fruit juice, seasoned corn, potato
triangles, tossed salad, miilk. ""
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pot pie, country style biscuit,
iteatlball sub sandwich, chef sal-
ad, turkey sub grabl-n-go, nachlos
supreme, fresh fruit, fruit juice,
vegetable capri blend, apple-
sauce, tossed salad, milk.
Wednesday, Sept. 24: Shep-
herds pie, honey wheat rolls, deli
turkey on bun, yogurt fruit and
cheese plate, pizza basket, hot
wings basket, fresh fruit, fruit
juice, green beans, mandarin or-
ange sections, tossed salad, milk.
Thursday, Sept. 25: Grilled
cheese sandwich with soup, hot
ham and cheese sandwich, chef
salad, ham and cheese sub grab-
n-go, Caribbean pork/rice/beans,
fresh fruit, fruit juice, broccoli flo-
rets with lemon, fruit with gelatin,
tossed salad, milk.
Friday, Sept. 26: Cheese
or pepperoni stuffed crust piz-
za, chili/cheese baked potato,
cheeseburger basket, chicken
with potato bowl, fresh fruit, fruit
juice, baby carrots with dressing,
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right) Janna Mullis, Heather Menendez, Joseph Menen-
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4-Hers who received first place awards for Leadership
projects were honored at the Sept. 13 4-H Awards Ban-
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Raychel Rabon, first place intermediate, Joy Burnham,
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Dairy Record Books contest

4-Hers who received first place awards for Dairy projects
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Beef Breeding

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Winners of the Beed Breeding Record
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10 Okeechobee News, Sunday, September 21, 2008

Central Elementary School off to a great new year!

In Kindergarten at Central El-
ementary, we are workingg on pat-
terns in Math. We have learned
to copy, complete, and create
patterns. We have also learned
about the different types of pat-
terns such as AB, AAB, ABB, and
ABC. We like making the different
patterns with blocks, bears, frogs,
and chains. We also created and
painted our patterns. It is fun to
find patterns in our classrooms, at
home, and in the community.
In Language Arts, we have
learned about our families and
some animal families too. We
enjoyed making lists and charts
about adult and baby animals.
We enjoyed learning the names of
several animal babies and match-
ing them to their parents. We also
learned a new word, "we", and
added it to our Word Wall along
with the words "I" and "can." Our
letter this week was Mm and next
week we will study about the let-
ter "a" and the word "the."
We are working very hard on
100 Book Challenge. We have
earned our first "feet" and are on
the way to earning our first gold
medals. But, best of all, we are
reading and reading is FUN!
Thanks to all our parents who
attended the Kindergarten Orien-
tation or B.A.S.E. Parent Night.
We appreciate all you do for the

First grade
This week the Super Kid Stu-
dent of the Week as Viviana Jai-
mes! The Super Kid classroom
celebrated Trevor Connelly's
birthday on the 16th with a "Mon-
ster Truck" cookie shared by all. It
was scrumptious!
The class worked very hard
this week on the reading theme
of Pets. The students learned how
to take care of pets' needs and
how many different kinds of pets
that people have in their homes.
Seems like people will keep just
about anything as a pet today!
Each student authored and il-
lustrated a short book about ed-
ible and non-edible plants. They
all did a wonderful job and were
very creative! Mr. Klaffer did not
realize there were so many differ-
ent shapes, colors, and sizes of a
tomato!! He also found out that if
you are a WWE wrestler, I guess
you can eat nails?!
The Super Kids capped a busy
week with learning how to sub-
tract vertically, instead of horizon-
tally. Boy, it sure was tough writ-
ing standing on your head! Laying
down was much easier!
That was just some of the news
from Room 11, but with Early Re-
lease Day on Friday there is only
so much a first grader can lean
in so little time. Oh yeah, we did
learn there are seven continents!
I am not sure all the Super Kids
understand what a continent is,
but hey they really love the song
and laugh out loud at Mr. Klaffer's
singing voice!

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Mrs. Bostwick's class at Cen-
tral Elementary School is doing
a fantastic job remembering our
classroom routines and proce-
dures! Students of the Week so
far this year were Kymber Sauer-
wine, Katie Brydebell, Bryan Leal,
and Karen Godinez. Keep making
those good choices! We have been
hard at work in reading. Students
have been learning about short
vowels, blends, and digraphs! We
have been discussing how we
learn, grow and change and how
to meet the needs of our pets. In
math, we have reviewed addition
concepts, and we are currently
diving into subtraction! Previous
science topics include our five
senses and science tools. Now
we are exploring the properties of
matter. Thank you to all the stu-
dents and parents who have been
reviewing those spelling and sight
words, reading take home books,
and keeping track of 100 Book
Challenge! The more we read the
better readers we become!
Mrs. Vaughn's class has been
participating in the 100 Book Chal-
lenge. Every day we read for 15
minutes to earn a step. Some chil-
dren have 20 or more steps. What
step is your child on? Study those
words on the skill card and read
every night. We have been writ-
ing about edible and non edible
plants. In science we have been
learning to use inquiry skills and
science tools. Soon we will begin
studying matter. In math we have
been adding and subtracting.
Review any math papers com-
ing home. At the bottom of most
math work book pages there is a
home activity to review what we
have done in class. You can also
Visit the website www.harcourt- Another website to
visit goes with our reading series Con-
gratulations to the following Stu-
dents of the Week: Jimmy Walls,
Julian Tinajero, Thomas Olsen,
Saul Mondragon and Daviana
Miller. A Belated Happy Birthday
to Ta'Makia Jones.
Mrs. Kennedy's first grade
is off to an awesome start! The
students are jumping right back
into learning and they have had
a great four weeks of learning.
The students are reading stories
about Pets and Pet tricks. In math
they are working on subtracting
numbers 0 10. In Science they
are learning all about matter. The
students can tell you all about sol-
ids, liquids, and gasses. We had a
great time making oobleck (solid

Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken

Thinking ahead
College recruiters visited Okeechobee High School on
Tuesday to meet with students and discuss college op-

and liquid).
Keep up the fabulous work
students! Students of the week:
Brighton Bauman, Cera Elliot,
Timoteo Mejia and Itzel Guereca.
Miss Shineldecker's class is
having an exciting time learning
in first grade. We have worked
very hard learning addition and
subtraction in math. Our hands
on activities have had a great
impact on understanding our
math concepts. In writing our
students enjoyed writing about
what makes them special. Each
student wrote and illustrated their
own book about themselves and
we can't wait to display it on writ-
ing display day on September
24th. We are very excited about
our upcoming field trip to the li-
brary and to Dairy Queen. More
to come about our field trip on
our next school news. Students
of the week were: Allison Meara,
David Vasquez, Danyias Lewis,
and Jeremiah Stalans.

First Grade BASE
In our First Grade B.A.S.E.
classes we are learning both
Spanish and English. There are 31
wonderful workers making prog-
ress very day. Mrs. Howard and
Mrs. Garcia are so proud of them.
A big thank you to the grandpar-
ent's who ate lunch with us on
Grandparents Day at Central. It
was an enjoyable day for every-
We want to thank all of the par-
ents for their assistance at home.
Our students are turning in their
homework every week and read-
ing 15 minutes every night for
their 100 Book Challenge Steps.
They are practicing RESPONSI-
BILITY with their parents' help!
Way to go first graders!
Next Wednesday, we will be
showing how 6 and 7 year olds
can write in Spanish and English
during our Writing Display. Please
come and see, our children have
published pieces.
During these first weeks of
school, we have observed many
students showing their best pan-
ther behavior. They have been
honored as our Students of the
Week. Congratulations to: Solo-
mon Albright, Makalyn Jones,
Miguel Flores, Halle McDuffie,
Jennifer Salas, Joan Taylor, Laura
Rodriguez, Monica Ordonez, and
Nichole Folbrecht.
Happy August Birthdays to:
Pedro Perez, Vincent Hetrick, J.
Redd Jones, Monica Ordonez,
Cynthya Sandoval, Molly Spearow
and Nichole Folbrecht.
Happy September Birthdays
to: Jillian Kennedy and Joshua
Second Grade
Mrs. Greseth's class had a great
time last week reading about fire-
fighters. We also had a visit from
some real firefighters and they
brought their truck! The students
also enjoyed their first Panther
Paw fun day. They got to choose
the movie they wanted to go to
and they also had a snack. This
was a reward for positive behav-
ior. Way to go students! In Social
Studies we just finished up study-
ing the seven continents. The
students did a super job learning
those. In Science we are learn-
ing about the different forms of
matter and how matter changes.
Keep up the great work students
and parents!
Second grade was lucky last
week. We had two important
visitors come. First we got a visit
from a real-life alligator! All of the
students even got to touch the ga-
tor, but don't worry because its
mouth was taped shut. Mr. Chris
brought the baby alligator in for
us to check out and to answer
our questions. All of the teachers
were impressed with the specific
questions from the students. They
really enjoyed it.
Later in the week we were
visited by some men from our
local fire station. Our story in
Reading was Fighting the Fire.
The fire fighters showed us the
equipment on the fire truck and
answered our questions. Did you

Students enjoy visit
Chris Boyette shared a story about riding a bus with Mrs. Tracy Phillip's second grade
class at North Elementary in American Sign Language.

know that a tire truck can hold
more than 500 gallons of water?
The kids loved looking at the jaws
of life and listening to how the
firemen use it.
Congratulations to Wesley
Wetherington in Mrs. Whiteside's
class. Wesley was the Student of
the Week. Other congratulations
to Keondra Rawls. She has the
most steps for 100 Book Chal-
lenge in Mrs. Whiteside's class.
The students in Mrs. Entry's
class are working hard. In math
we are learning about skip count-
ing and graphs. In science we are
learning about the three types of
matter and changes in matter. In
social studies we learned about
the Constitution, we made lift
the flap White House numbers.
We have been busy reading 100
book challenge; some of us have
almost made it to 100 steps! We
would like to thank Mr. Chris
Douglas from the FWC for teach-
ing us about the alligator and
bringing one for us to see! We
would also like to thank Mr. David
Kinchen and friends for bringing
in the fire truck! Congratulations
to our students of the week: Zach-
ary Wharin, Gage Ingram, Chris-
tina Lense, and Yasmin Jaimes.
Learning doesn't stop with
books according to Mrs. Jones'
Second graders. We have had a
couple of busy weeks, gaining
knowledge from members of
our community. We would like
to thank the following people for
taking time to enrich our learning:
The wildlife officer for visiting us
and bringing a live alligator from
the lake. He explained the gators
habitat here in Okeechobee, the
firefighters for sharing fire safety
and allowing us to examine the
fire truck and safety equipment
up close, and Mrs. Jones' daugh-
ter for teaching us how to develop
our own pictures. "Smile" Did you
know that the first camera was in-
vented in 1826? In Reading we are
learning how to find the main idea
and give supporting details. With
this information and the grammar
section of our new series we are
already becoming better writers.
Visit us on Sept. 24th writing dis-
play day at Central and you'll see!
In Science we are completing our
unit on Matter. We support the
fact that matter can change by
freezing. We proved our predic-
tion by making ice cream with an
ice cream ball. We also used our
measuring skills in this activity.
We were able to observe that liq-
uids can change to solids. We fin-
ished our week by designing our
own classroom Constitution. In
Math we are working on graphs
and tables. We have the tallies
to show! Our new power paw
school wide reward program is
working great! We already earned
our first reward of a movie with
snacks included. Many students
are almost half way to meeting
their 100 book challenge. Keep
up the good work! Congratula-
tions to these students who have
been student of the week: Julian-
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and how the fireman looked and
sounded in the special clothing
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Okeechobee News, Sunday, September 21, 2008 11

Simple tips for Florida garden design

By Angela Sachson
SIF/'IFAS Extension Service FYN
Landscape design can be
pretty intimidating. And, believe
me, it can go wrong. '[This is a "do
as I say, not as I (lid" article by
someone who is now renovating
a pretty messy garden. Digging up
large misplaced plants is less fun
than planting. So here are some
suggestions. Heed them and you
will be glad you did.
1. Go Slow. Don't even think
about plants at the beginning. It
isnot necessary, nor is it a good
ea, to plan, plant and install ev-
efything at one time. Take some
fime to think about several impor-
tant things. Develop a plan and
H e rest is easier. A plan will save
ou time, money and energy.
1 2. Form follows Function.
This simply means that you want
4 garden that meets your needs
and those of your family. Think
first about how you want to use
your outdoor space. Do you want
a place for entertaining or a fam-
ily play area? How about creating
,An outdoor dining room? Do the
kids like to play ball? Do you want
a, sandbox, a swing set or tree
house? How about your .pets?
Some of us want to attract butter-
flies or birds and others want to
glow vegetables. Maybe you like
to sit outside and relax in the eve-
filng in a secluded spot. It might
hjlp to think of your yard as hav-
tg several "rooms" for the func-
bns you want. The most beauti-
IQ landscape in the world is not
worth much if it isn't useful.
`* 3. Find your personal style.
1o you have flowery prints all
6ver your house? Ruffles? Or is
your living room a place with
couch, two chairs, lamps and
no clutter? You can guess this is,
about formal vs. informal looks in
hardens. If you are a person who
loves neatness and symmetry you



may want a formal style garden.
If you like lots of color and vari-
ety, a curvy informal place may
be right for you. The style of your
house also influences the yard-
especially the front. An English
garden might not look great with
a Spanish-style house. Or, it might
look fine. You decide. But once
you pick your style stick with it.
Sticking with your style helps cre-
ate what designers call "unity" of
design. If you have trouble decid-
ing, look at books and magazines
or take a walk around the neigh-
4. Use your pencil. This
sounds boring but you need that
plan. Again, remember this is
still not about plants-just make
a simple drawing that shows
where your various "rooms" will
go. How will you move from one
room to another? Where do you
want privacy? Be sure to shade
your air conditioner-this is for
looks and for efficiency. And us-
ing that pencil allows you to make
5. Evaluate your site. Where
is the shade, where are your sun-
ny areas? You can bring a soil
sample to the County Extension
Service to be analyzed for soil
pH. (When you get to the "buy-
ing plants stage," this information
will be important.) Is your area
well drained, or does water stay
there for a while? All these factors
influence the choice of plants as
well. Where is the septic tank?
The texture of your soil counts
too. If you are reading this, your
soil texture is probably sandy.
That means that when you actu-
ally plant you will want to add

some organic matter.
6. Think shapes, not plants.
Stay out of the nursery or grocery
or any other purveyor of plants no
matter how difficult. It is easy to
be seduced by a beautiful plant
that won't fit your needs and will
die immediately or will take over
the entire "south forty" when you
turn your back on it. This goes
also for kind friends and neigh-
bors who want to give you beau-
tiful divisions or starts. You are
not ready. Now is the time to plan
for sizes of plants and shapes of
plants. A good looking space usu-
ally has layers-some tall plants
such as trees, some medium
shrubs, and something on the
ground. Next you can think about
hedges, arbors, trellises, even a
deck or patio. Designers call these
"hardscape." This is also the time
to think about a focal point. Most
appealing gardens have an ac-
cent that immediately catches
your eye. A large garden can have
several, but in a small garden it is
often a pretty entrance accent like
an arbor.
7. Keep it simple. This tip
could also be called "Less is
more" or, "More is a chore." The
advice here is to limit the number
of varieties of plants you choose.
Or, conversely, except for large
trees or "specimen plants," put
in more of the same plant-the
usual rule of thumb is plant in un-
even numbers of 3, 5, 7 and up.
Masses of plants provide continu-
ity as well as unity. Another way
to keep it simple is to limit the
numbers of colors you use. Aim
for a planting bed wide enough
to accommodate three layers. A
bed narrower than five feet won't
allow for the layering effect that
gives a flower garden design a
lush look. Another simple prin-
ciple is: the longer your bed, the
wider it should be.
8. Right Plant, Right Place.
There are hundreds of beautiful

plants for our area. It is impor-
tant to choose those which are
suited to your space. Make sure
your shady area is planted with
shade loving plants and in the
sunny areas plant those which
can take the scorching Florida
sun. Choose plants that can tol-
erate the conditions you have. If
your soil test says the pH is high,
resist the temptation to use acid
loving plants like Azaleas and Ix-
ora. Sure, you can amend the soil
to make it more acid, but you will
have to continue to spend time
energy and money keeping those
plants going.
You can find a list of Florida
Friendly plants on the FYN web-
site, The
plant database can be sorted
by type of plant, area of Florida,
plant size, native or non-native,
needs sun or shade, water, needs,
or even by flower color. There
will be plants there exactly suited
to your site, your needs, and your
Follow these simple guidelines
for a fool-proof garden design
experience. If you want to learn
more about garden design, we
will have a Garden Design Work-
shop on Sept. 23, at our office
here at Okeechobee Extension
Service. You can choose to come
from 1-4 or 5:30 to 7 p.m. Call
863-763-6469 to register.
If you need additional in-
formation on designing your
Florida Yard, please email us at or call
us at 863-763-6469. In Highlands
County call 863-402-6540 and in
Glades County call 863-946-0244.
Okeechobee residents can stop
by our office at 458 Hwy 98 North
in Okeechobee, and visit our
Okeechobee County Master Gar-
deners from I to 3 p.m. on Tues-
day afternoons. Enjoy the first day
of Fall this week, and, Go Gators!

Reflections from the Pulpit

kev. Pete Gawda
The Greatest

In this presidential election year"
with all the talk about which candi-
date would be the best president, it
might be of interest to know who
the greatest president was. Did you
know that the Bible tells us who
the greatest president was?
"It pleased Darius to set over
the kingdom an hundred and
twenty princes which -should be
over the whole kingdom; And over-
these three presidents; of whom
baniel was the first; that the princ-
es might give account unto them,
and the king should have no dam-
age." (Daniel 6:1-2)
That is the wording in the King
James Version. Now I admit that is
a trick question. Other translations
)f the Bible use other words such
as governor or administrator. This
was not the kind of president we
iould think of the elected head
9f the executive branch of govern-
ment. It was an appointed official
in a monarchy.
: However, by whatever title he'
is called there is no doubt Daniel
^4as a great man. We should study
the lives of great, men to see what
lnade them great.
;' Daniel was a great president be-
cause he refused to compromise
his religious convictions. (Daniel
1:8) They changed his name but
(iey could not change his nature.
It'was considered a great honor to
eat the same food as the king. But
Oaniel's Jewish dietary laws would
not allow him to do so. We should
always stand firm and not com-
promise our religious convictions
in order to do what is pleasing or
popular or politically correct.
" Daniel was great because he
sought wisdom from the Lord.
(Daniel 2:16-19). He went to the
right place according to James
1:5. Proverbs 2:6 tell us the Lord
gives wisdom. King Solom'on re-
alized the importance of wisdom
t1 govern God's people. In verse
19 Daniel appears to lay down to
sleep after he gave his problem to
God. That's faith. He did not spend
(he night tossing and turning and
Worrying over his problems.
Those same verses tell us Dan-
tel realized the power in group
prayer. He had his friends pray
,vith him.
I Daniel was a great man be-
cause he gave God the glory.
(Daniel 2:27-28) Daniel realized

his power came from God. If you
honor God, He will honor you.
That is exactly what happened to
Daniel and it can happen to you.
Daniel had compassion for the
poor (Daniel 4:27) Remember
some of us are better off than we
once were. We should remem-
ber those less fortunate. There is
an old saying that you should re-
member your friends on the way
up because you might need them
on the way down. If we love God
we will demonstrate that love by
loving our fellow man and want-
ing to meet his physical needs. Not
many of us have the opportunity
to do heroic life threatening deeds
to save others but we always have
the opportunity to help the poor.
Daniel prayed openly for all to
see. (Daniel 6:10) Many eyes were
upon him for he was an important
man. He could do nothing in se-
cret. He did not leave the city. His
house became a house of prayer.
Every house should be a house
of prayer. Not only did he believe
in prayer and group prayer, this
verse tells us he had regular time
for prayers. Do you have regular
times of prayer? That is one of the
things that made Daniel the great-
est president.
Daniel revered God's law above
man's law. (Daniel 6:10) Daniel
had his priorities right. He knew
the king only ruled as God allowed
him to rule. There is a Higher Pow-
er. His enemies were exasperated
because all Daniel's earthly goods

came from the king. Daniel was of
a conquered race, yet he openly
defied the king.
Daniel was the greatest presi-
dent because he had a lifestyle that
caused others to respect his God.
(Daniel 6:16) The king knew of
Daniel's faith. Daniel had lived his
faith openly. He was not a closet
Christian. The king had seen Dan-
iel's lifestyle and Daniel's refusal to
compromise his religious beliefs.
The kings respected the power of
Daniel's God. The king leaves it to
God to free Daniel. Do your ac-
tions indicate your faith?
Daniel studied the Word of
God. (Daniel 9:2) The Word of
God gave him hope for the future
because he saw how things would
turn out in the end. God's Word is
a lamp unto our feet and a light
unto our path. The Word of God is
sharper and quicker than any two
edged sword dividing bone and
Daniel had sorrow for his sins.
(Daniel 9:3-6) He confessed the
sins of his people and pleaded for
Daniel was the greatest presi-
dent because, among other com-
mendable traits, he refused to
compromise convictions, sought
wisdom from God, realized the
power of group prayer, gave God
the glory, had compassion for the
poor, led a faultless life before oth-
ers, prayed openly for all to see,
had a lifestyle that caused others
to respect his God, studied God's

Word and had sorrow for his sins.
Those are traits we all would do
well to practice.

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Sales 230


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

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All personal items under $5,000 ABSOLUTELY FREE!

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Immokalee Bulletin, Okeechobee News, and The Sun
Ads will run in the Wednesday Okeechobee News and weekly publications.

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Repair and maintain equipment such as
graders, backhoes, and loading shovels
used in construction, logging, and other
industrial work. Rebuilding engines,
fixing electrical problems, and repair of
hydraulic pumps. Experience required.

Send resumes to:
or fax: 954-967-3477

Basinger area.
863-824-0015 or
239-293-4217 cell
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Experience Tire Changer/Mechanic;
Well established local business
198 US Hwy 98N Okeechobee


Responsible for oversight of
dependency case manage-
ment. Requirements include
a Master's degree in a Hu-
man Services related field,
four years of supervisory ex-
perience in child welfare.
Additional requirements in-
clude ability to work flexible
hours, ability to travel, and
abilities specified for super-
visors in COA Standard TS
Apply online at: or fax
resume to: 888-466-7619.
No phone calls please.
(accom. req. 5 day notice).
Cryogenic Transportation
Avg. Weekly $1000-$1200
Local runs out of Jupiter!
Great Pay, Hometime,
CDL-A w/X, 2 yrs. Exp.
Kevin 800-818-5895 xl
Fuel Person fueling equip-
ment & trucks, keeping up
with fuel & equipment logs,
HS dip or equiv., clean driv-
ing record, drug testing
req'd, computer skills a plus.
Apply in person at 2308 S.
Parrott Ave., Okeechobee
Full Time. Clean Drivers
License. Call (772)597-3755
or (772)220-9939
Indlantown Sanitation.

NEEDED: Aluminum & Steel.
Drivers License a MUST!
Benefits Available.
Apply in person.
Adron Fence Co.
2762 NW 4th St.
Mon- Fri, 7:30am to 3:30pm


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readers are more popular!

Start an exciting career in
orthodontic assisting,
creating beautiful, healthy
smiles. Experience is
preferred but not necessary.
We have an excellent
in-office training program.
High energy; positive
attitude, and excellent
communication skills a
must! Work in our upbeat
atmosphere with our great
staff and caring orthodontist.
Fax your resume to

Save the Chimps, Inc. is
seeking P.T 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.

I am experienced, honest, re-
liable. Computer literate,
phone work. FT/PT, your
business location or my
home office. (863) 763-8566
ask for Diane

20 minutes of your day
is the time spent reading
with your child from
birth to age nine.


Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315

Independent Newspapers hill
never accept any advertise-
ment that is illegal or con-
sidered fraudulent. In all
cases of questionable val-
ue, such as promises of
guaranteed income from
work-at-home programs if
it sounds too good to be
true, chances are that it is.
If you have questions or
doubts about any ad on
these pages, we advise that
before responding or send-
ing money ahead of time,
you check with the Better
Business Bureau at I
772-878-2010 for previous
Some 800 and 900 telephone
numbers may require an
extra charge, as well as
long distance toll costs. We
will do our best to alert our
reader of these charges in
the ads, but occasionally
we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.


Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435

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

Painting, Repairs, Carpentry
Power Washing

yfealth Car


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

* Goodman 48k BTU, serviced
every year, like new. $850
firm (863)763-3932

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

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


Health Foods

Vitamins, Minerals

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

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

1.5hp pump, water softener,
Pressure tank. New $1250.
Asking $650. (863)763-3932

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.

running cond. 1970's model.
Great machine. No brakes.
$9000 neg. 863-763-2692
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)3 57-5700
Mon- Sat 9am -5pm

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

Established Lawn Business
or Lawn Accounts near
Okeechobee. (954)793-
3203 N
We]buy safes! New and Used,
its up to you. Broken safe?
We can fix it for you. Contact
(863)6340865 Anytime

Advertising is the
key to a successful

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(83) 763-3134

/ Monday- FridayBo a. 5 p.n.

/ Wednesday
11 oam. Tuesday for Wednesday publication

/ Friday
11 am.Thursay for Friday publication

/ Sunday
Friday 10 a.m. for Sunday publication

All personal items under $5,000

* Price must be included in ad

* Private parties only

* 2 items per household per issue

Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Property 915
Townhouses Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land -Rent 935
Resort Property -9
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960

2br/2ba, W&D, $850 mo. +
$500. sec. (863)634-5780
Newly Remodeled 2 Bdrm.,
1 Ba. Available now! Very
clean, no pets. $525 mo. +
sec. (863)467-1717
REMODELED 2br, lba, one
story. Oak Lake Apts., W/D,
$750, "1st, last, security,
Very clean! $600/mo. In-
cludes utilities. No pets. Call

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

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.
DIXIE RANCH Acres- 2br/lba
duplex $500 month + $400
dep., Includes water, lawn,
garbage, NO PETS. Call
(863) 467-9029
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
newly renovated, new septic
system, detached garage,
corner lot, 1310 SE 5th St.
$750 me. + $750 sec. Op-
tion to buy. (239)707-5155
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage. C/Air. 1st, last &
sec. 863-467-2541 or alter
5 pm 863-634-9330
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.

SW Section- CBS House,
3BR/1 BA, Close to Wal-Mart,
2200 SW 3rd Ave, $875'
month, $2000 moves in.'
(863)634-0512 Anytime in
your backyard! 4BR/2BA,
Boat ramp. $1,300/month.
Lawrence Associates,

Treasure Island 2BR/1BA,
waterfront, lake access, 1g.
fenced yard, tile floor
throughout, $700 mo., no
deposit. (954)610-5345

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1079-
Warehouse Space 1079,
Waterfront Property 108p),

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4 bd/2ba CBS, tile
floors, architectural
shingles, dbl. garage,-
appliances ,
s215 000 -iudin'"g'
Ready now
Financing Available

t 54,500 including lot


CBC12S170 CMC249343 CFCOus 8
1600 sq. ft., CA/H, fireplace,%
W/D, trig., 1/2 acre;
$125,000/best offer. Lease:
option. Call 863-447-2130
br, across form the Lake in.'
The Oaks subdivision. Huge,.
500 sq ft master br and spa-,
clous bath. You design the -
kitchen/pantry. Great garden
space & soil. $157,000 to
$185,000 all credit consid-
ered. (520)360-1893


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new, tile throughout,
easy finance. $119,000.
Call 863-484-0809.
Small House 3/1 on 5 acres
needs repairs, $175,000 or
best offer. 475 NW 363rd
Court, Okeechobee, FL

Mobile Homes

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

Waterfront, Clean & Quiet,
Okeechobee Nicest.
From $700 mo. & 1&2BR
furnished & unfurnished
FT. DRUM 1st time rental,
beautiful D/W on 5ac. Ft Drum
creek/pond in back $1000
dep. $700 mo. (772)464-9226
1BR/1BA- Nice Area
1st, Last & Security
$650 mo.
OKEE.: New 2br/2ba on private
lot, on water, $800/mo. 1st
& sec. Avail Now. No pets
Call (561)767-6112
3BR/1.5BA, screened patio,
wood floors, dbl. lot, town
water/sewer, $800 mo., no
deposit (954)610-5345
3BR, 2/BA, 925 SW 39th
Lane. Call 863-610-1092 or
2 & 3 Bedrooms
Immediate Occupancy
As Low as $1,000 Down
$535 mo.
Lake access, quiet area. No
pets. $650/mo., 1st, last &
sec. dep. (561)743-4331

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

Sea duefio
de su
propia casa.
Casa mobil
casi nueva.
Tres cuartos.
Pargue familiar
El duefio va a
financial la casa.
3BR/2BA Doublewide
$695 mo. Easy Financing


Beats 3005
Campers/RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles.'ATVs 3035

GHiEENOE 1512 Ft w/25hp, To-
hatasu Engine, Stick Steer-
ing, Trolling motor & Trailer.
$3000 239-823-2587
TRITON, '99 21', w/dual
wheel trailer, 225hp EFI mtr,
$13,500. (863)357-1689

Housed in garage, non-
smoker, clean and excellent
condition $27950.

RfiNO 2006, Less than 20
lpiles. $8000 or best offer.


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

Saturn SL2 00'- 4 dr, cold air,
Auto, PS/PB, 101K miles,
New tires/battery, ex. cond.
$3850 neg (863)357-0224

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If You Bought Your Tires Somewhere Else...
You Probably Paid Too Much!
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gine. $4500 please call

27000 miles, auto. V-6, 22
mpg, a/c, CD,
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2006 16 foot aluminum Feath-
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Stored in shelter, excellent
condition $6950.

Public Notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

The Workforce Development Board of
the Treasure Coast Region 20 and
the The Treasure Coast Workforce
Consortium announces a public meet-
ing to which all persons are invited to
Date & Time:Monday, September 29,
2008- 8:30 a.m
Place: St. Lucie County
Annex Building
Conference Room
2300 Virginia Avenue 3rd Floor
Fort Pierce, FL 34981
WuIfOSE;To appoint persons to
serve on there e Coast Work-
force Development Board and to dis-
cuss matters concerning the
Workforce investment Act, Wreor-rce
Employment Opportunities, the Wel-
fare Transition Program, One-Stop Ca-
reer Centers and the Workforce
Development Board. A copy of the
agenda may be obtained by contact-
Workforce Development Board
of the Treasure Coast
584 NW University Blvd., Suite 100
Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
Phone: 772/335-3030
Should any person wish to appeal any
decision made by the Consortium with
respect to any matter considered at
the above referenced meeting, they
will need to ensure a verbatim record-
ing of the proceedings is made, which
record includes the testimony and evi-
dence upon which the appeal is
lased, in order to provide a record for
judicial review.
292565 ON 9/21/08

Contract Neootiations
At 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September
30, 2008, the Okeechobee County
School Board will resume contract ne-
Ioatiatons with the Okeechobee
county Education Association #1604
for instructional and classified em-
ployees. Collective bargaining ses-
sions are open to the public and will
be held in Room 303 of the School
Board Administration Building at 700
S.W. 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee.
Patricia G. Cooper, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
291155 ON 9/21,28/08


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contest winners
4-Hers who received first place awards for Steers proj-
ects were honored at the Sept. 13, 4-H Awards Banquet:
(left to right), Amanda Goggans, first place Intermediate;
and, Kaley Dees, first place senior. Not pictured is Taylor
Pearce, first place junior winner.

County and District Events
4-Hers who participated in County and District events
were recognized at the Sept. 13,4-H Awards Banquet, (left
to right, back row), McAriel Sherwood, Austin Pluskot,
Justin Hoover, and Wesley Mims. Pictured in the front
row (left to right) are Aladin Sherwood, Alex Pluskot, and
Katie Brummett. LaRanda Southerland is not pictured.

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Trimble, Jenna Wolf, Katlyn Lawrence, Johanna Trimble,
Jess Wolf, Raylee Holmes, Justin Mills, Taylor Pearce,
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South Eastern

Youth Dairy Retreat
4-Hers who attended the South Eastern Youth Dairy Re-
treat were recognized at the Sept. 13, 4-H Awards Ban-
quet, including (left to right) Courtney Murphy, Austin
Pluskot, Alex Pluskot, Kim Pluskot, Raychel Rabon.

4-H State Congress
4-Hers who attended the 4-H State Congress were rec-
ognized at the Sept. 13, 4-H Awards Banquet, including
(left to right) Janna Mullis, Austin Pluskot, Justin Hoover,
Kelly Buchanan, Megan Mullin, Kyle Walker, and Wesley
Mims. Those not pictured are Jamie Burnham and Mon-
ica Chavez. Megan Mullin will also attend the National
Congress 2008 in November representing Okeechobee.

Area E Horse Show
Okeechobee 4-H Horse Club members who represented
the county at the Area E Horse Show in Tampa were rec-
ognized at the Sept. 13, 4-H Awards Banquet. Pictured
(left to right), Katie Brummett, Megan Mullin, Alex Heat-
ley and Rachel Muros. Not pictured, Cassie Colgan.




14 Okeechobee News,Sun sunday, September 21, 2008

Brahmans blast Sebring Blue Streaks

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
It had been 26 years since
an Okeechobee team won in
Sebring. To spectators Friday, the
win was well worth the wait.
Okeechobee blasted the Blue
Streak, and dominated from start
to finish in a 48-7 victory.
"It feels very good to win,"
Brahmans Coach Chris Branham
said, "We didn't want it to come
down to a field goal. But, it was
not pay back. I didn't want it to
get as bad as it did."
Okeechobee played well on
offense and defense and earned
Coach Branham his first victory
over Sebring. The last Okeecho-
bee team to win in Sebring did
so in 1982 with players like Gene
Harris and Frankie Neal.
"It not just to get a win, it's the
way that we won. It wasn't the
points, it was the way that the
team played," Branham added.
This time it was a total team
effort. Instead of turning the ball
over, which has been the prob-
lem in 42-0 and 28-0 defeats
here in the past four years, the
Brahmans dominated both lines
of scrimmage. They also got big
plays from their defense.
Nate Pollard opened the scor-
ing with a nine yard touchdown
catch on the first drive of the
game. Okeechobee drove 59
yards in seven plays after Walt
Fortner returned the opening
kickoff 32 yards. A key play was
a 26 yard pass from Garrett Mad-
rigal to Kareem Jones that gave
Okeechobee a first and goal. Two
plays later Madrigal hit Pollard on
a slant and Okeechobee had the
lead for good.
The only thing that didn't go
well for the Brahmans was their
kicking game. Sebring would
block three extra point attempts
by Okeechobee.
With a 6-0 lead, Okeecho-
bee had a chance for more after
a poor 15 yard punt by Sebring
gave Okeechobee the ball at the
Blue Streak 40. Madrigal faced a
third and 10 and gritted and gut-
ted his way to a 12 yard scramble
for a first down. Lonnie Pryor
then bulled his way 24 yards up
the middle for a first and goal at
the three. He ran three yards for a
touchdown on the next play and
Okeechobee led 12-0.
Sebring finally got a first down
in the second quarter and they
moved the ball to midfield and
looked like they might make this
contest a game. However they
messed up a handoff and fumbled
the ball. Erick McQueen scooped
it up in stride and raced 54 yards
untouched into the Sebring end
zone to give Okeechobee an 18-0
lead. Pryor ran in the two point
conversion to give Okeechobee a
20-0 advantage.
Okeechobee scored again late
in the quarter when they got an-
other big play by their defense.
After a 32 yard pass to Michael
Hankerson gave Sebring a first
down at midfield, the Brahman
pass rush forced QB Matt Grubb
into an interception. Safety Ter-
rance Allen picked off the pass at
the 33 and ran 65 yards down field
to give Okeechobee another first
and goal at the Sebring two yard
line. Madrigal scored on a quar-
terback sneak to give Okeecho-
bee a 26-0 lead.
The Brahman defense blitzed
and bothered the Sebring QB all
night. Tony Kibler had numerous
QB pressures in the game. He said
the defense played well together.
"Our defense was aggressive,
we all played with our hearts
and did our best. We played as a
team," Kibler noted.
Sebring scored their only
touchdown after a gift from the
officials. Pryor, they claim was
stopped on a fourth down run at
midfield after he clearly made the
first down. Sebring drove 51 yards
in less than a minute, thanks to a
face mask penalty to score when
Grubb hit Jay Howard on a 15
yard pass play on the final play of
the half. That made it 26-7 and at
least gave Sebring a chance.
"We have high expectations
for our offense and defensive
lines this year," Coach Branham
said, "We challenged some of
them at half time. We did a great
job of game planning. Every year
the problem in Sebring has been
turnovers. The defense has played
well but they had a short field all
the time."
Any chance of a Sebring come-
back was erased as the Brahman
defensive and offensive lines
took control in the third quarter.
Okeechobee drove down field
on their first series of the second
half and Pryor broke lose into the
secondary. However he fumbled
the ball when a defensive back

reached in and swatted the ball
The Brahmans didn't get down
and on their next series went 48
yards in three plays. Pryor broke
loose for a 46 yard run for a 34-7
Erick McQueen broke free for
a 42 yard run in the fourth quarter

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Garrett Madrigals touchdown
pass got the Brahmans off to
a good start at Friday's game
against Sebring.
and Shane Taggart ran in his first
touchdown of the year for a 41-7
Kerwin Givens wrapped up
the scoring with an 18 yard run
on the Brahmans final series to
make it 48-7.
All in all it was a big win
over a rival who had dominated
Okeechobee in recent years.

Game notes
Okeechobee's kick team
played well all night. They pre-
vented Sebring from gaining one
yard on their first four kickoffs.
Curtis Everett recovered a fumble
on a squib kick in the first half.
Sebring QBs were dropped be-
hind the line of scrimmage seven
times in the game. They were
pressured into bad throws on a
regular basis.
Kareem Jones, T.J Allen and
Shane Taggart had pass pressures.
Tony Kibler had three sacks, Tag-
gart had a sack and a half, Leland
Schoonmaker had a half sack,
Garth Striebel had a half sack.
Sam Dixon was in on two sacks.
Josh McCall and Justin Conrad
shared a sack. Walt Fortner and
Erick McQueen had passes de-
fended in the secondary. One
week after he had 250 yards in
receiving, Devin Clark was held to
negative six yards in offense.
Lorenzo Lowe had a sack for

Second Quarter
Pryor three yard run. 9:51. Kick
blocked. 12-0.
McQueen 54 yard fumble Return.
6:58. Pryor Run. 20-0.
Madrigal two yard run. 4:02.
Kick blocked. 26-0.
Howard 15 yard pass from Grubb.
0:06. Schroeder kick. 26-7.
Third Quarter
Pryor 46 yard run. 3:15
Pryor run. 34-7.
Fourth Quarter
Taggart six yard run. 5:42.
Najara kick. 41-7.
Givens 18yard run. 2:13.
Najara kick. 48-7.

Team statisticsOkeeSebring
First Downs 12 5
Third Downs 2-8 1-13
Penalties 8-75 4-41
Rushing yards 280 78
Passing yards 80 64
Kick returns 2-32 6-48
Punts 3-86 6-161
Punt returns 2-9 2-41
Interceptions 1-65 0-0
Fumbles lost 1-1 3-1

Passing AttComp Yds TD Int
Madrigal 13 6 80 1 0

Rushing No.
Madrigal 6
Pryor 22
McQueen 5
Taggart 3
Givens 1
Totals 37

Pryor 2
Pollard 2
Jones I
Fortner 1
Totals 6

Passing AttComp
Grubb 17 5
Clarke 1 0
Totals 18 5

Grubb 7





12 1
46 2
42 0
13 1
18 1
46 5

11 0
13 1
26 0
19 0
26 1

TD Int

Howthey scored: Clarke 5 -10 -2.0 7 0
Burnett 19 105 5.5 21 0
First Quarter McCullers1 7 7.0 7 0
Okeechobee Totals 32 78 2.4 21 0
Pollard nine yard pass from ReceivingNo.Yds Avg Lg TD
Madrigal,8:26. Kick blocked, 6-0. Clarke 1 4 4.0 4 0

Burnett 1 8 8.0 8 0
Johnson 1 5 5.0 5 0
Hankersonl 32 32.0 32 0
Howard 1 15 15.0 15 1
Totals 5 64 12.8 32 1
Area scores on Friday
Moore Haven 38, Carrollwood
Day School 0
Clewiston 30, Glades Day 24
Glades Central 35, Palm Beach
Central 8
Pahokee 56, Palm Bach Lakes 14
John Carroll 41, Merritt Island
Christian 14
Vero Beach 41 Boynton Beach 20
South Fork 26 Sebastian River 21
Fort Pierce 21 Port St. Lucie 15
Westwood 21 Centennial 7
Jensen Bch 14 Warn Christian 3

Parkway Acad 32
St. Stephens 41
Bishop Verot 33

Martin Cty 16
St. Edwards 7
Labelle 0

District 4A-13 standings
Team All Dist PF PA
Westwood 3-0 0-0 80 47
Okee 2-1 0-0 110 53
Ft. Pierce 1-1 0-0 48 43
Seb. River 1-2 0-0 51 65
Jensen Bch 1-1 0-0 46 74
Martin Cty 0-3 0-0 33 87
Player of the week, Tevin Wil-
son, DB Jensen Beach. His inter-
ception return of 25 yards and his
48 yard punt return set up Falcon
scores as Jensen defeated state-
ranked Warner Christian, 14-3.
How Okeechobee oppo-

nents fared Friday
Centennial lost to Westwood
21-7 (Thurs). Jupiter Christian
defeated Calvary Christian 62-13.
Avon Park was idle. Sebring lost
to Okeechobee 48-7. Sebastian
River lost to South Fork 26-21.
Glades Day School lost to Clewis-
ton 30-24. Fort Pierce defeated
Port St. Lucie 21-15. Westwood
defeated Centennial 21-7 (Thurs).
Martin County lost to Parkway
Academy 32-16. Jensen Beach
defeated Warner Christian 14-3.
Clewiston defeated Glades Day
School 30-24.

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Wedding Announcements

McGee I .

Beulah McGee of Lorida and
,James Anisko of Avon Park were
minarried Aug. 30, 2008 at the Falls
*'Wedding Chapel in Niagra Falls,
,N.Y., with Father Barry L. Lillis of-
Beulah is the daughter of the
,late Charles and Eva Seeley and
,the late Annette Kung Phillips.
James is the son of the late
"'Chester and Roberta Anisko.
The matron of honor was
Kathleen A. Tampio of Silver
Creek, N.Y. The best man was
John J. Tampio.
A reception was held in the
Grand Ballroom of the Quality Inn
,in Niagra Falls.
After a honeymoon in Niagra
Falls and Canada, the couple is at
home in Lorida.

Palmer -

Rachel Dawn Palmer and
Arthur James Williams Ill were
joined in marriage on Aug. 30,
2008 at St. Mary's Catholic Church
I in Winona, Minn.
Father William Becker offici-
ated the ceremony. A reception
and dinner was held at Signatures
Iin Winona, Minn. A wedding cel-
ebration will be held in October
in Clearwater, Fla.
The bride is the daughter of
Ronald and Mary Palmer of Stock-
ton, Minn.; granddaughter of Jo-
sephine Rossin of Winona, Minn.,
Sand the late George Rossin, and
SJohn and Rose Palmer.
The groom is the son of Arthur
Williams II of Lakeland, and Ruby
Lucas of Okeechobee; grand-
son of Suehanna Lucas of Miami
Lakes and the late Victor Lucas
and Eva Williams.
The bride was given away by
her father.
The maid of honor was Rachel
Oevering (friend of the bride)
of Stockton, Minn. Bridesmaids
were: Roberta Wilkinson (sister
of the groom) of Largo, Erica
Ganrude (friend of the bride)
of Plainview, Minn., Stephanie
Carter (friend of the bride) of
Charlotte, N.C., Megan Boulaayad
(friend of the bride) of LaCrosse,
Wis. Junior bridesmaid was Alora
Wilkinson (niece of groom) of
Largo, Fla.
Best man was Brian Wilkinson
(brother in law of the groom) of
Largo. Groomsmen were: Tyler
--and Bradley Williams (twin sons
PlAhe groonf-i'bf'afo,' Mithael
oPalmer brother of the bride) of
Stockton, Minn., Mostafa Bou-
,laayad (friend of the bride) of La-
lCrosse, Wis.
( The flower girl was Rakiya
)evering (God child of the bride)
bf Stockton, Minn.
The ring bearer was Cameron
Staige (cousin of the bride) of
Vinona, Minn.
Mrs. Williams is a 1997 gradu-
ate of Cotter High School in Win-
ona, Minn. She is employed as a
i*ie Tech at East Bay Animal Hos-
.pital in Largo, Fla.
Mr. Williams is a 1994 Gradu-
ate of Lakeland High School in
:Lakeland. He is General Manager
ipf Lighting Plastics South in Clear-
A honeymoon will be enjoyed
4t a later date.
The couple will reside in Lar-
o, Fla.


SOHo a \l. \\esn\ood al Lawn
ivood Thursday. Sept. 25 Golf
o Boys
SOHS vs Jensen Beach at OGCC
T tuesday Sept. 23
OHS vs. John Cairoll at Pan
herwood and FI Pierce CeQntral,
[hursdhy. Sept 25
Practice -- Sept. 22
". OHS vs Martin County Sept.
e23 Stardust Lanes
SOHS vs Ft. Pierce Central -
-Sept. 24, PSL Lanes
, OHS vs Sebring- Tuesday, Sept.
K22 at Sebring JV game at 5:30
jp.m. Varsity game at 6:30 p.m.
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,Ft. Pierce JV game at 5:30 p.m. -
.Varsity game at 6:30 p.m.
;YMS Soccer
* YMS vs. Sebastian Middle -
,Monday, Sept. 22 at YMS 4
YMS vs. Oslo Middle -Wednes-
"day, Sept. 24 at YMS 4:30 p.m.

Beulah and James Anisko

Education News in Brief
Guru to speak to student athletes
Nationally known recruiting guru, Jack Renkens, is coming to the
OHS cafeteria on October 2nd, 2008 at 5:30pm. His presentation is an
hour long, motivating speech, about the do's and don't of the college
recruiting process. All student-athletes who are in the 8th grade and
above, and their parents, are invited and encouraged to attend. All
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