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Vol. 100 No. 38

Sunday, March 29, 2009

750 Plus tax

Briefs Okeechobee history: Bank of Okeechobee

Newspaper changes
to compact format
Independent Newspapers,
publisher of the Okeechobee
News, plans to convert the size
of its six community newspa-
pers from the traditional broad-
sheet format to a new "com-
pact" format.
Readers will see the change
in format beginning with the
April 1 editions.
The biggest change will be in
the size of the page. The width
of the page remains relatively
the same, but the height of the
page will be reduced from 22
inches to 12 inches.
The new format is meant to
appeal to readers and advertis-
ers, in addition to being more
efficient and environmentally
The compact size provides
more opportunity for more col-
or throughout the newspaper.
Each newspaper's commit-
ment to local news remains
the same. In addition to the
Okeechobee News, Indepen-
dent Newspapers also pub-
lishes the Glades County Dem-
ocrat, The Sun (Belle Glade/
Phaoo), The Clewiston News,
The Caloosa Belle (LaBelle),
and the Immokalee Bulletin.
The OkeechobeeNews pub-
lishes three times a week; the
others publish once a week.

Register to
play softball
Registration for the 2009
Spring Softball Season will
begin Monday, March 30,
at the Parks & Recreation of-
fice on 640 N.W. 27th Lane
(Sports Complex parking lot).
An organizational meeting for
all interested players, manag-
ers, and officials will be held
on Wednesday, April 15, at
7 p.m. at the Okeechobee Civic
Center located at 1750 Hwy. 98
N. Team fees are as follows:
Men's League -- $375 + ($25
ISA fee); Women's League --
$325; Co-Ed League -- $325.
To participate in these leagues,
fees must be paid no later than
5 p.m. on Friday, April 24. All
checks must be payable to
"B.O.C.C." (Board of County
Commissioners). Games are
tentatively scheduled to begin
the week of May 4. For addi-
tional information, please call
the Recreation Department at

Drought Index

Current: 704
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

12.27 feet
Last Year: 10.24 feet

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

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
This boarded up building once housed the Bank of Okeechobee for about two and a
half years during the Florida building boom of the mid 1920s. The bank went out of
business when the building boom burst in 1926.

Submitted photo/Florida Archives
Between early 1924 and mid 1926 the Bank of Okeechobee dominated the corner of
Park Street and N.W. Fifth Avenue.

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The purchase of U.S. Sugar
by South Florida Water Man-
agement District (SFWMD) for
Everglades restoration may not
be as sweet a deal as originally
In response to published
speculations that economic
conditions have forced the sale
to be downsized from 180,000
acres to 75,000 acres, Deena
Reppen, SFWMD's deputy ex
ecutive director for governmen-
tal and public affairs, admitted
that high level talks are going
Her remarks came during
the Friday, March 27 meeting
of the County Coalition for Re-
sponsible Management of Lake
Okeechobee, St. Lucie and
Caloosahatchee Estuaries and
Lake Worth Lagoon. This orga-
nization is made up of county

commissioners representing 10
counties in South Florida.
The assembled commission-
ers also heard a report on the
condition of Lake Okeechobee
by Susan Gary of SFMWD and
a report on the rehabilitation of
Herbert Hoover Dike by Ingrid
Bon of the U. S. Army Corps of
Engineers (COE).
Ms. Reppen told the com-
missioners that they would be
informed of any decision made.
She also said that any proposed
changes would have to be ap-
proved by the SFWMD Board
of Governors. The sale was
to originally consist of all U.S.
Sugar's assets of 180,00 acres
for $1.34 billion. Speculation is
that the sale would be reduced
to 75,000 acres. Lee County
Commissioner Ray Judah ex-
pressed the opinion that if the
sale were reduced to 75,000

See Sugar Page 10

Local bank failed in 1926 h, Iftv

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
A long vacant, boarded up
building played a significant,
but short lived part in Okeecho-
bee's history.
Across the country many
banks failed during the Great
Depression. However, the Bank
of Okeechobee did not last
quite that long. In 1926 it fell
victim to the Florida land boom
crash, leaving a stately looking
yellow brick building on the
northeast corner of Park Street
and N.W. Fifth Avenue.
According to Retired Circuit
Judge William Hendry, Lewis
M. Raulerson, who established
Raulerson's Department Store
on the southeast corner of Park
St. and S.E. Fifth Avenue was
the town's first banker with L.
M. Raulerson and Co., Bankers.
When the Bank of Okeechobee
was formed in 1914, it bought
out Mr. Raulerson's bank. Mr.
Raulerson served as vice presi-
dent and later president of the
Bank of Okeechobee.
The yellow brick building on
the corner is the third building
to house the bank. According
to Judge Hendry, the first Bank
of Okeechobee building was
built in 1914 and was located
diagonally across N.W. Fifth
Avenue just south of the pres-
ent day Masonic Lodge. It was
r crmll nna ctnry brick or brick
i. .1. 11 .,ii.1,,. Then the bank
moved a little further south into
the building on the northwest

corner of Park Street and N.W.
Fifth Avenue that is now called
the Boardwalk Building. Judge
Hendry said that attorney Tom
Conley's father had a law of-
fice on the second floor of that
building which originally had a
two story porch running across
the front of it.
The yellow brick building
across N.W Fifth Avenue from
the Boardwalk Building was
built around the end of 1923.
The building first appears on
the tax rolls in 1924.
In 1924, '25 and early '26
"things went wild" according
to Judge Hendry because of
real estate speculation.
The judge said that the
bank sold the building in 1925
but continued to do business
The Jan. 8, 1926 issue of the
Okeechobee News contained
an advertisement for the real es
tate firm of Forham and Kirland,
which coincidently was located
in the Bank of Okeechobee
building. The advertisement
listed various acreages around
the area for sale and predicted
that Okeechobee would soon
be the "Chicago of Florida."
In early 1926 the bank ap-
peared to be thriving. The
same Jan. 8, 1926 newspaper
contained a full page advertise-
ment for the bank. The adver-
tisement spoke of the Florida
land boom, boasted of the
bank's "Resources over one a
half millions" and listed all the
bank officers. Mr. Raulerson

was then the bank president.
The assistant cashier was John
R. Deberry, who developed De-
Berry Gardens.
However, the land boom
was short lived and the bank
failed in late 1926, due to bad
The building eventually
came into the hands of the
Hunt Brothers. Through the
years the one story section to
the east continued in use and
housed various businesses in-
cluding a grocery store, drug
store, wholesale grocery busi-
ness and a hardware store.
Judge Hendry's grandmother
had a jewelry store there at one
Around 1980 realtor Gil Cul-
breth bought the property from
the Hunt Brothers. He said he
had plans for remodelling the
building, but the recent reces-
sion caused him to postpone
those plans. Lowery Markham,
who works for Mr. Culbreth,
said that a restaurant and cor-
porate offices have been sug-
gested as uses for the building.
A recent examination of
the building revealed its faded
luster but sound structural
condition. Ornate light fixtures
missing the globes hung from
a plaster ceiling that had fallen
in some places revealing bare
wood lathing. However, there
was no evidence of the roof
leading. Sconces designed to
hold electric bulbs graced ei-
See Bank -Page 11


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
He started golf at the age of
three, enjoyed it, and has never
looked back. He now is ranked
in the state amateur rankings
and has the goal of one day
playing golf for the University of
Florida, and then playing with
the best in the world.
Kodi Stephen, 14, remem-
bers when he would tag along
with his dad, Noel Stephen, and
his grandfather, the late O.L
Raulerson, to learn the game
of golf.
"We took him along when
we were learning the game and
let him hit a ball or two. Then
he would putt. He stayed with
it and continued to get better,"
Noel Stephen said.
Kodi is now ranked 60th in
the state's amateur rankings.
He will play for Okeechobee
High School next year and
figures to be one of their best
players almost immediately. He
plays tournaments nearly every
month in South Florida, and
already has three club cham-
pionships under his belt at the
Okeechobee Golf and Country
"To me, golf was just a fun



Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Kodi Stephen poses with
his father Noel Stephen.
thing to do. I've always enjoyed
it. I never really got mad or
frustrated out there. I just liked
it and kept on with it," he re-
Kodi won his third cham-
pionship in March and had to
come from behind to do it. He
trailed by seven strokes enter-
ing the day and then shot a blis
tering 79, just five strokes over
par. He made birdie on the par
four eighth hole and knew he
See Golfing Page 11

Index Swallow tailed kites

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Community Events.................... 6
Crossword ..................... 10
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Opinion 4
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Sports 12
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Big O Birding
Festival starts
April 3

By Nena Bolan
INI Florida
largest known gathering of
swallow tailed kites in North
America occurs in Glades
County at the Fisheating Creek
Wildlife Management Area,
according to a Florida Wild-
life Commission report. These

acrobatic birds of prey weigh
about 15 ounces, yet have a
wingspan of four feet. They are
a well-loved species, and area
residents are proud to claim
them as neighbors.
March signals the return
of swallow tailed kites to
the southwest bank of Lake
Okeechobee. So far, no sight-
ings have been reported and
that has gotten the attention
of Margaret England, secretary
for Hendry-Glades Audubon
"Swallow-tailed kites aren't
being reported in Glades Coun-

ty, which is the largest staging
area in the United States," she
Ms. England hasvolunteered
her birding expertise at Storm
Treatment Area 5 in Hendry
County, which attracts bird
watching visitors and eco-tour-
ists. She has also contributed to
the Big O Birding Festival which
features bird life in Glades and
Hendry Counties.
The southeastern states are
a summer breeding ground
for the kites. Before 1940, they
See Kites Page 10

Submitted by Larry Frogge
Larry Frogge, wildlife photographer, kindly shares his spec-
tacular photos of swallow tailed kites. The graceful raptors are
a local favorite in Glades County. Residents can watch them
soar for hours.

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2 Okeechobee News, Sunday, March 29, 2009

BHR Fire Department helps the needy

Volunteers with the Buckhead
Ridge Fire Department have ex-
panded their community service
efforts in order to help community
members in need. The volunteers,
who meet every Tuesday evening
at the Fire Department, decided to
collect food for the needy.
They plan to give the food to
individuals in the community
who have a special need.
The first recipient of their do-

nations is a man they call "Grand-
pa." The gentleman is a cancer
patient and with the cost of medi-
cal care, has little money for food.
This week they surprised him
with groceries.
"We collect canned goods and
other non-perishable items at the
Fire Department," Pat Bell of the
Buckhead Ridge Fire Department
explained. She said they also ac-
cept monetary donations which

are used to buy additional food.
On the way to "Grandpa's"
house, they stopped at the gro-
cery store where they spent more
than $70 on food, including per-
ishable items such as meat and
She said Grandpa told them he
never thought anyone would help
"He was very thankful," she

Hop to it
The students of Faith Academy Preschool hopped until they dropped during their an-
nual Hop-A-Thon last Friday in support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association's Disability
Awareness Program. They raised over $900, (exceeding their $800 goal), which enables a
child with Muscular Dystrophy to attend the MDA summer camp for a week!"

Submitted photo

Champion Brahman female
The 2009 International Senior Champion Brahman Female is Miss Margett Reese 641,
owned by Nathan Candler of Okeechobee. The International Brahman Show is held each
year during the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in Houston, Texas. It is the largest
gathering of Brahman breeders in the United States.

She said they plan to help
more individuals.
Donations of non-perishable
food and/or cash may be taken to
the Buckhead Ridge Fire Depart-
ment on Tuesdays between 7 and
8:30 p.m. Ifyou know someone in
Buckhead Ridge who needs help,
contact Pat Bell at 863-357-1364.
Ms. Bell said messages may be
left on the answering machine.



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west wind around 15 mph, with
gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance
of precipitation is 70%.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with
a low around 56. West northwest
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Monday: Mostly sunny, with a
high near 82. North wind around 5
mph becoming east.
Monday Night: A 20 percent
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with a low around 63. East wind
around 5 mph becoming calm.
Tuesday: A 20 percent chance
of showers. Partly cloudy, with a
high near 86. Calm wind becoming
south southwest around 5 mph.

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Not many cattle showed up this *W N l1E AVUALAN I 'P U A N
week and prices stayed steady. Breakfras & Lun h
For now, things are looking pretty Breakfasl & Lunch
good rain would be nice. Top Monda)Wed ne
cow price goes to Mary Carlton 6AM-3PM
Ranch, Ft. Pierce, for $53.50, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
bought by Central Pkg. Top calf Thursday-Sunday
price goes to Phil Drawdy, Ft. 6AM-8PM
Pierce, for $2.10, bought by Foy Landing Strip Cafe'
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Brahma Bulls for sale call White 0 0
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The Okeechobee Community Choir
under the direction of Sandy Perrn, will present the Ilth Annual

Easter Cantata
Alpha & Omega, along with the Holy Cit, Ladies' & Mens'
Ensembles, an Easter Drama, Ave Maria, & Handel's
Hallelujah Chorus, where audience participation
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200 NWV 2nd Ave., Okeechobee

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By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A 16-month-old baby who fell
into an above-ground swimming
pool was listed in critical but
stable condition at a West Palm
Beach hospital Friday afternoon,
said a local investigator.
The baby and his 3-year-old
sister managed to get out the
back door of their home in the
Four Seasons Subdivision around

1 p.m. Thursday, March 26, and
then climbed onto a deck on the
pool, said Detective Ted Van De-
man, of the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO).
Once on the deck, the baby fell
into the pool.
The detective said there was
approximately 12 inches of water
in the pool. He said the pool had
been drained but had collected
rain water.

The detective said the child's
mother was in a bathroom inside
the home at the time, and the
grandmother was in bed sick.
When the baby fell into the
pool, his sister went into the
home and got her mother.
According to Detective Van
Deman the mother administered
cardio pulmonary resuscitation
(CPR) until medical personnel
from the Okeechobee County

Fire/Rescue Department arrived
and took over.
The baby was taken to Rauler-
son Hospital, then airlifted to St.
Mary's Hospital around 3:15 p.m.
Detective Van Deman said the
back door is a metal swinging
door, similar to those on a mobile
home, and may have malfunc-
He went on to say the investi-
gation is continuing.

Convicted Ohio sex offender arrested here

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A man arrested earlier this
week on felony charges has had
yet another felony charge filed
against him.
Daniel Scott Miller, 20, S.E.
23rd Court, Okeechobee, was
arrested March 26 on a felony
charge of failure to register as a
sexual offender. He was booked
into the Okeechobee County Jail
under a bond of $5,000.
Miller was arrested Thursday
by Detective Rosemary Farless, of
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), after she learned
the man had been in Okeecho-
bee for at least two weeks and
had registered.
Her report indicates that he

moved here on March 5.
Detective Farless stated in her
arrest report that Miller was ar-
rested in Ohio
when he was
16, and that his
victim was 12.
Miller had been
registering in
Alliance, Ohio,
after his release
when he was 18
years old. Daniel Scott
According Daniel Scott
to the detec Miller
tive's report, Miller not only failed
to register as a sexual offender
when he moved here, he also did
not notify law enforcement in Al-
liance, Ohio, that he was moving
to another state.

OCSO records indicate that
Miller was arrested here on Mon-
day, March 23, on felony charges
of burglary to a structure and
grand theft auto. He was booked
into the county jail under a bond
An arrest report by OCSO Dep-
uty Paul Jackson states that Miller
went into a neighbor's home
while they were at work and took
the keys to their car. A witness re-
portedly told the deputy he saw
Miller and two other men go into
the victim's home about 15 min-
utes after the victim had gone to
According to the witness, Mill-
er and the men got into the vic-
tim's car and drove away.
The deputy's report states that

Miller was gone approximately 10
to 15 minutes.
On their release from prison or
their move to Florida, a registered
sexual offender has 48 hours to
register with the Department of
Highway Safety and Motor Ve-
hicles (DHSMV) and the sheriff's
office in the county where they
will be residing.
If an offender just moves from
one county to another in Florida
they have 48 hours to notify the
DHSMV of their new address
they are not required to go to
the sheriff's office in that county.
DHSMV will notify the Florida
Department of Law Enforcement
(FDLE) of the change in address,
who will then notify the sheriff's
office in that county.

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By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man's al
leged plan to steal items from his
parent's home and trade them
for drugs backfired and he was
charged with committing the
Emanuel L. Dunn, 23, N.W
84th Court, was arrested March
25 on a felony charge of grand
theft. He was also arrested on a
misdemeanor charge of filing a
false report to law enforcement.
He was booked into the Okeecho
bee County Jail under a bond of

A second man, Keith G. Woods,
47, N.W. 80th Ave., was also ar-
rested. Woods was charged with
the misdemean-
or of giving false
information to
a law enforce-
ment officer. His
bond was set at
According to
Detective Marty
Faulkner, of the Emanuel L.
Okeechobee Dunn
County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), Woods did not

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"Woods was only used to
transport the items when he knew
Dunn had stolen them," said De-
tective Faulkner.
The detective's arrest report
states that Dunn filed a burglary
report on Wednesday, March 25.
As OCSO Deputy Mark Shireman
took the report he noticed some
inconsistencies in the man's sto-
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television. Detective Faulkner said
the items had an estimated total
value of $5,000.
Detective Faulkner explained
that Dunn reportedly took the
items and traded them for 20
to 30 roxycodone pills. Woods,
added the detective, allegedly re-
ceived one pill for providing Dunn
with transportation.
The sole motive for the theft,
continued the detective, was to
get drugs.

Okeechobee's Most Wanted

The following four people
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the severity of the crime in con-
junction with the age of the war
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on the whereabouts of any of
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Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners
SAVE THE TREES: I have asked, cried and pleaded with the road
department for years. Please do not cut my trees over the ditch. Their
reply? We keep it trimmed because there may be a hurricane. Give
me a break. I love the trees hanging beautifully, not trimmed, over the
ditch, giving us privacy. Their theory? The debris will fly. How about
all the cut debris not picked up? How about the debris clogging the
ditch so the water doesn't flow? We had palmettos and a variety of
natural trees lining our property. Had, being the key word. All the
trees are chopped with a saw blade all jagged and thin. Not what we
wanted for the front of our gorgeous property. If we, the taxpayers are
their employer, then why don't they listen to us? If I need you, I will
call. I live on 42nd terrace. Please stop cutting my trees!
PAVING: I think the rule that you have to pave over the county
right-of-way when you put in a culvert is nuts. It's not your land. Let
the county pave it if they want it paved. There are hundreds of drive-
ways with shell rock and that does not hurt the county's drainage
ditches one bit. I think they are just trying to make work for the paving

Don't cut veterans benefits
BENEFITS: I am proud to be an American. Most of all, I'm proud
of all nations trying to help other countries' freedom. To me an Ameri-
can isn't based on color, it's anyone who lives in our nation. It doesn't
matter who we are. Let's fight our government if they ever try to cut
any benefits for our Veterans or any of our military people, who have
rightly deserved and fought for those benefits. Please people, under
stand it was said on the news, something about veterans having to
pay for their medications, etc. Please realize, we have to stand to

Reach out and help
OKEECHOBEE: When I think about lying under a tree and just
looking up at the sky and the clouds, I think of Okeechobee. I grew
up here as a child and though it may not be the perfect place to live,
so many people reach out and help those in need. Whether it be a
death, an illness or a sickness, thi town is full of loving people and
giving people. There may be some bad, but the good overrides it.
Let's thank all the ones in Okeechobee who give to help the families
in need. I hope to be one of those people.

A day at the county fair
COUNTY FAIR: I would like to take this opportunity to thank the
Board and volunteers for bringing the fair to Okeechobee. I took my
granddaughters out to the Ag Center last Saturday morning. The girls
were delighted to see so many animals; the rabbits and a calf were
the biggest hits! The 4-H and FFA students were very busy cleaning
around their areas, I am certain they were working for the Herdsman
belt buckle. So many of the participants took time to let the girls pet
their show animals, pose for pictures and talk with them about their
exhibit. Who knows, perhaps they will one day want to show at the
fair because of the kindness of the 4-H and FFA members. After the
visit to the show barn, we moved outdoors to the fair. We had a great
lunch you just have to love fair food! The vendor was kinnd and the
tent neat and clean. The girls rode several of the rides geared towards
younger children. The attendants were all courteous. We toured the
displays under the big tent. Two young volunteers at the radio booth
gave us balloons after hearing the girls ask about them. We were al
most finished with our tour and then we saw the corn box! We spent
a very long time at the corn box. Thank you Fred and Maria Fanizzi
and Syfrett Feed, for providing this for the children. The girls rolled,
jumped and filled buckets full of corn. We left the Okeechobee Agri-
Civic Center me all smiles, a great day right in our hometown.

BUILDING DEPARTMENT: It was my understanding that all of
the county government's jobs were funded from the General Fund.
Since when is there a direct correlation between county jobs and the
revenue generated within a specific department en Since when is the
number of authorized jobs contingent upon generating a specific
amount of money? If such is the case, then there should not be any
county employees at the Agri-Civic Center. How is this practice fair
when some county departments do not generate any revenue; are
those employees immune from being laid-off?
JOBS: Of course it is, the "lowest paid employees" are laid off.
Same thing is being considered in the School System; lay off the aides
but forget having anyone in the County Office lose their position. Of
course you could pay three or more aides with one administrator's
LESS WORK TO DO: Building departments have traditionally
been budgeted from revenues in almost every government body. We
have a fire department and police agency to protect the public in the
event of problems; everyone would be very happy to see fireman
and police officers sit around and never be needed. We have public
works and road departments because everyone uses the infrastruc-
ture. We have financial departments because money always has to
be managed. Even the Agri Civic Center has potential benefits for all
residents, like parks and recreation. But, a building department is dif
ferent if no one is building, there is no need for inspectors or plans

Want government assistance? Say no to drugs
MESSAGE: Lawmakers in at least eight states want recipients of
food stamps, unemployment benefits or welfare to submit to random
drug testing. The effort comes as more Americans turn to these safety
nets to ride out the recession. Poverty and civil liberties advocates fear
the strategy could backfire, discouraging some people from seeking
financial aid and making already desperate situations worse. Those
in favor of the drug tests say they are motivated out of a concern
for their constituents' health and ability to put themselves on more
solid financial footing once the economy rebounds. But proponents
concede they also want to send a message: you don't get something
for nothing.
GOOD IDEA: This is a great idea. They should test for alcohol
use too.
ALCOHOL: I believe that prohibition was officially repealed, while
the use of "recreational drugs" is still illegal.
DRUGS: I have wanted something like this in the State of Florida
for years! I have seen first hand how receiving government assistance
only allows individuals to continue to oie do drugs. Assistance should
only be temporary but in a lot of cases this allows people to sit back
and just wait for the check to come in every month. I have seen par-
ents spend their last dime on drugs, with none of the money going
to support their family or small children. If you fail a monthly drug
test, you should be afforded the opportunity for treatment. If you con-
tinue to use drugs, all financial assistance would be terminated. Some
might argue that this will take away the financial assistance for food,
diapers etc for children. I argue that it will not, as the money is not
being spent on the children anyway if you test positive for drugs.
SOME NEED HELP: I turned in 13 grueling years as a Food
Stamp/Welfare Case Worker. There are legitimate cases of need out
there. I would just hate to see them being further made to feel worse
just because they may have come into a financial downfall due to no
fault of their own. There are legitimate Welfare recipients out there
and they should be treated as such and not with suspicion because
of select others.
TARGET FUNDING: There are so many out there that need this
help. Why allow those that don't use the funds for their family and
children to continue to receive funds? We have too many hard work-
ing law abiding citizens who are hurting right now.

Reflections from the pulpit

Are you a Christian?
By Rev. Dr. Paul E.
Jackson, Sr.
International Prayer
Warriors for Christ
I hope everyone had a won-
derful week and I wish you all the
very best for today. I want to ask
you a very important question and
that is Are you really a Christian
or not? There are so many people
who believe they are a Christian,
but in reality, they have never
really accepted the Lord Jesus
Christ as their personal Saviour.
They call themselves Christian,
but show little or no evidence of
a life changing experience.
Listen, I want you all to know
that I am not, nor will I ever con-
demn anyone for whatever kind
of a life they choose to live. I may
not agree, but it is not my place
to condemn anyone for that is not
my purpose here at all. Our God
knows that I also have sinned and
that I am a long way from per-
fect, however, I do want to bring
something to your attention and
it concerns your eternal life. Ask
yourself this question and I mean,
really ask yourself seriously, "If
I died today or tonight, where
would I go?" Heaven or Hell?
Most people would say Heaven.
Now I am asking you why most
people say that. I feel the reason
is that most people are inclined
to say, "I'm basically a good per-
son, I haven't killed anyone or
really hurt anyone and the good
I have done outweighs the bad
and so God will let me in." I want
to tell all of you that there will be
thousands of people right now
who call themselves Christians
of all denominations that are on
their way to Hell. Does this sur-
prise you? Well it is true and why
is that because just having a reli
gion does not save you from Hell.
Belonging to a church does not
save you, for anyone can sit in a
church pew and go through the
motions but this is not doing the
good works. "For by grace are
ye saved through faith; and that
not of yourselves: it is the gift of
God: not of works, lest any man
should boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9)
This means that you can't do one
thing, no matter how good you
think it may be to get to Heaven.
Understand that I am not say-
ing having a religion, or going to
church or even doing good deeds
helps you make it to Heaven. I
am saying that none will get you
to Heaven unless you do just one
thing and that is to start with Jesus
Chrs ist. Itis a relationship that He
wants with us, for we were meant
to have a close fellowship with
God but something happened to
break off that wonderful union
and that was sin.
All of us have sinned, often
by choice, and this keeps us from
having a relationship with God.
What does sin finally lead to? "For
the wages of sin is death; but the
gift of God is eternal life through
Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans

Letters to

the Editor

Rickards' family says
Thank You!
As we come to a year since
the marvelous BBQ and auction
benefit for Daniel, we want to
again say how blessed we are to
live in such an awesome commu-
nity. We are still overwhelmed by
the support and generosity of our
town. Thank you again to all who
organized, donated, helped and
prayed. We are grateful.
The Rickards Family

I hear some people that will
say to me that God is loving and
would never send anyone to Hell.
Well that is right, God is a loving
God, but He won't tolerate sin.
You see people who go to Hell,
go on their own, just read John
3:18. "He that believeth on Him is
not condemned: but he that be-
lieveth not is condemned already,
because he hath not believed in
the name of the only begotten
Son of God."
God knows how serious sin
was and still is. He hates sin be-
cause it drives a huge wedge be-
tween us and Him, so because
of sin we can't have that kind
of close relationship and joy we
were created for. God also knows
that there was nothing we could
do in our own power to pay the
penalty for sin. So, God decided to
provide His own payment which
was His Son, Jesus!
I want to shed some light on
what it meant for Jesus to die on
the cross, for by my reading and
studying the Bible a lot, I have
learned things that I didn't real-
ize and the more I read it and the
more I study it, I learn more and
more. I have found where it was
a death reserved for criminals that
the Romans used for purposes of
humiliation. Before Jesus was
nailed to the cross with 7 inch
nails, He was whipped with a cat
o' nine tales, which had sharp
bits of embedded bone or metal.
After He was beaten with this
tool of torture, the skin on His
back hung in ribbons. Jesus was
also fitted with a very sharp and
painful crown of thorns, which
must have certainly penetrated
His head. Finally, He was forced
to carry His own cross, which
weighed a hundred pounds or
more to the execution site where
he died a slow, agonizing death.
Do you now see the kind of
love that God has for us? Why in
the world would Jesus go through
this kind of torture and shame if
He did not love us? This was a
sacrificial love; to me, this is what
love really means, so if Jesus went
through all of this for you and me
to save us from the consequences
of sin, then you have to know that
we are loved.
If you sincerely believe that
you want to be saved from your
sin, you need to ask God for two
things -forgiveness and to let Je
sus have control of your life. This
is not something to be entered
into lightly for if you come to this
point, you must realize that you
are not able to do the same things
as you have done before.
When you repent of your sins,
you're not just saying "I'm sorry"
only to go right back to it, you are
making a complete turn around
in your life and you are asking the
Lord to direct your life according
to His will and not your own self
ish, sinful desires.
f you are indeed ready to turn
your life over to Christ, then from
your heart, I ask you to pray this:
"God, I ask you to forgive me of
my sins for I do believe in Jesus
Christ and his death on the cross
for my sins. I ask you to enter my
life right now and provide me
with strength and I commit my
life to You this day, for I pray this
in Jesus Christ's name; Amen.
If you have sincerely prayed
the prayer, welcome to the family
of God and you are now a Chris-
tian, saved by grace. Now you
will have to grow in your faith.
Remember when I told you that
going to church will not get you
to Heaven? Well now that you
have a new faith, the church will
help you grow, but be sure it is a
church that preaches the Word
of God and know that you will
know a church where Christ is
always there. Second, you need
to publicly confess your faith and

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be baptized. Third, you need to
get in the habit of praying, I mean
talk to Jesus like you would your
best friend. Talk to Him about
your hopes, dreams, sickness and
health and for others you know
and thank Him for your salvation.
Understand that your growth as a
Christian will have great joys and
wonderful moments, but also
you will go through dark times
like thinking nothing is going
right at all, but in those bad times,
you must understand two things.
One is Satan, he wants you back
and the second thing is found in
Hebrews 13:5 when God says,
"I will never leave you" there is
no fear, (Matthew 6:25-34), once
again God tells you that there may
be bad times when your health is

bad or you can't find a job or you
have lost a loved one, still God is
always there and He will always
provide. Never forget you have a
friend that will never leave you,
but most of all, remember that
you are guaranteed that you will
be alive tomorrow. Don't ever let
Satan back, for nothing can save
you but Jesus Christ.
"I am the way, the truth and
the life: no man cometh unto the
Father, but by me. (John 14:6)
You have the same amount of
time that everyone else has and
that is 24 hours a day, it's what
you do with your time that can re
ally make a difference in your life
and in the life of someone else, so
A.S.A.P "Always Say A Prayer!'

Community Calendar

AA. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
AA. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972, (Behind Napa Auto Parts)
AA. weekend noon meeting, Open Discussion; The Just for Today
Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12 step fellowships.
N.A. Sickest Of The Sick, Open Discussion, 7 p.m.
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 meeting.

Just for Today Club of Okeechobee meets at 101 N.W Fifth
Street (Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Sickest Of The Sick, Open Dis-
cussion, 7 p.m. The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affili-
ated with any 12 step fellowships.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Artful Appliquers meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda
Road, Okeechobee on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Turn left at
the Moose lodge and go around the curve just past the church. Bring
a lunch and join us for a fun day of applique. Everyone is welcome.
For more information please contact Karen Graves at 863-763-6952.
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

Civil Air Patrol meetings set
The Civil Air Patrol meets each Tuesday evening at the Okeechobee
Airport T-Hanger #1, meetings start at 7:30 p.m. For information please
call Capt. Joe Papasso 561-252-0916 or Lt. Greg Gernat 863-697-9915
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-
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Nowhere Left To Go
Group Open Discussion at noon. NA. Sickest Of The Sick Group Open
Discussion. The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated
with any 12 step fellowships.
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.
New Beginning's meeting of Narcotics Anonymous will be
held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. at Believers Fellowship
Church, 300 S.W Fifth Ave. It will be an open discussion meeting. For
more information call Monika Allen at 863-801-3244.
Al-Ateen meeting will be held at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m. For more information, please call Amy at 863
763-8531 or Dan 561-662-2799.
Al-Anon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Saviour, 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.
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 interested in
finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census,
IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index
and military information available. For information, call The Family
History Center at 863-763-6510 or Richard Smith at 863-261-5706 for
special appointments.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public
is invited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For
information, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at 863-763-4320.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 7:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information,
June Scheer at 863 634 8276
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
meeting. For information, call Earl at 863-763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden
Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in becoming
a member is welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner at 863-
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. The public is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
at the Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St. Everyone is welcome. For
information, contact Brenda Nicholson at 863-467-2321.
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 meeting.
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
information call 863 357 3053.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to weekly meeting, Overeaters
Anonymous (OA) meets at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church,
312 N. Parrott Avenue on Tuesdays, 6 until 7 p.m. (Use 4th Street
entrance.) Overeaters Annonymous is not a diet club. There are
no dues, fees or weigh-ins. The only requirement for membership is a
desire to stop eating compulsively. For more information call Loretta
at 863-763-7165 or 863-697-0206.
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
Freedom Ranch Al-Alon meets every Tuesday and is open to all
who deal with someone with addictions. There is support with this
epidemic. The meetings are Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the Freedom Ranch,
11655 Hwy. 441 S.E. Contact Jay at 863-467-8683 for questions or con

Okeechobee News, Sunday, March 29, 2009 5

Yearling Middle School fair booth wins first place

Yearling Middle School is
continuing to "achieve excel-
lence" by winning first place for
their exhibit at the Okeechobee
County Fair. Their unique booth
titled "Huntin' for Our fourth
A," which is also their school's
theme this year, was a palmet-
to-thatched structure set-up as
an authentic "huntin' camp."
The decked out display came
complete with camp stove,
antlers, deer heads, hog skulls,

bear traps, duck decoys, tin
can lighting and lots and lots of
green and purple camouflage.
The achievements and work of
Yearling's students, their State
Champion F.F.A., their award-
winning athletic department
and science fair competitors,
as well as the many community
service projects their students
initiate in Okeechobee were
proudly displayed.
Yearling is the only school in

our District to earn an "A" rating they are huntin' for another "A"
three years in a row and now rating this year.

ouomileo prnolou1e

Students of the Week
Here is the list of students who are achieving excellence in the classroom at Everglades Elementary School for the week
of March 23-27. Kindergarten: Fernando Meza, Itzabelly Meza, Rion Ernst, Elizabeth Cox, Jesse Luna-Raya; first: Taiyler
Craig, Fallon McLean, Chelsea Burgos, Victor Hernandez, Donald Padgett; second: Yessenia Ramirez, Mariah Good, Ki-
ana Smith, Mea Creeech, Lyndsey Tribbitt, Brooklyn Weeks; third: Ricky Courson, Acey Abner, Marijane boiling, Brooke
Brazil, Daysha Vaughn, Kassie Weldon, Destiney Deese; fourth: Brooke Shuck, Briley Sell, Devon Jones, Haven Walters,
Alexis Kelly; fifth: Harmony Wallos, Dominic Garcia, Drew Vandergrift, Marcus Rucks.

Music to the ears
The fourth grade students at Seminole Elementary School
are participating in Recorder Karate during Mrs. Ellinger's
music class. Students learn to read music and perform on
the recorder through this program. Jason Clark worked
hard to learn nine songs in two weeks. He is the first stu-
dent to earn his Black Belt in Recorder Karate.

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Students of the Week
Yearling Middle School students selected as students of
the week for the week of March 23, are: (from left to right)
Amanda Kennedy, Khrysta Herndon, Caleb Crews, lan Ma-
callister, Fernando Gonzalez, Jarred Radford, and Dwyatt
Hadley. Also pictured are Mr. Brewer, Mrs. Markham and
Mr. Tedders.

Yearling students excel in Patriot's Pen Essay Contest

A YMS student placed third in
the Patriot's Pen Essay Competi-
tion, sponsored by the VFW Post
9528. The essay contest was open
to high school and middle school
students throughout the nation.
The theme for middle school
students was "Why America's
Veterans Should be Honored."
Seven students: Brittany Agnew,
Miracle Grace, Veronica Garcia,
Starlene Hamil, Brandon Hud-
son, Paige McElroy and Audry
Metcalf participated in the essay
contest. Veronica Garcia placed
third at the District level and first
between nine individual posts.
VFW Buckhead Ridge Post
9528 honored all the students
that participated. Veronica Gar-
cia was presented on March 15,
with a plaque commemorating
her achievement and a check for
$100. In addition, the Ladies Aux-
iliary presented Veronica with an
additional check for $50.
The essay contest was open to
all students from sixth to twelfth
grade. For more information on
future essay contests, contact
your local VFW posts.
Information Hotline
Yearling Middle School offers
an Information Hotline to assist
students and parents. As of right
now, parents and students will
be able to call the Information
Hotline at 863-462-5066 and lis-
ten to their work assignments for
the day or week. Please call our
school office if the Information
Hotline seems incorrect or if you
do not have a particular teacher's
SAC Meeting
We will have our sixth SAC
Meeting of the year on Tuesday,
April 21, at 4 p.m. in the main
office conference room. We will
be discussing the budget, school
discipline and achievement data.
Please feel free to come and join
Tutorial Programs
Yearling Middle School offers
a morning and an after school tu-
torial program. The after school
tutorial program operates two
days a week from 3:40 until 5
p.m. (Tuesday and Thursday).
Parents must provide their own
transportation for the after school
tutorial. The tutorial program be
gan on Tuesday, Sept. 9.
The morning tutorial operates
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thurs-
day from 7:10 8:20 a.m. Trans
portation will be provided.
Florida Kid Care
Did you know...Florida Kid
Care consists of the following
affordable options for families
with children ages birth through
age 18.
Medicaid a package of com-

prehensive benefits for families
with incomes within certain lim-
its which vary
with the age of
the child.
Medikids -of-
fering the same
benefits pack-
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but it is not an
entitlement program. Medikids
is for children who are not Med
icaid eligible, ages 1 through 4
Florida HealthyKids -a public/
private partnership which pro-
vides comprehensive health in-
surance for school age children 5
through 18.
Children's Medical Services

Network (CMSN) -for children
with special health physical and
mental care and/or behavioral
Children may be eligible for
Florida KidCare if they:
are under age 19, and
do not have health insur-
ance (does not apply to Medic-
aid), and
have not voluntarily can
celled employer health insurance
in the past six months (does not
apply to Medicaid), and
are U.S. citizens or qualified
non-citizens, and
are not dependents of a
state employee eligible for family
coverage (does not apply to Med
icaid), and
are not in a public institu-
tion, and

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For example, a family of four
(with children ages 7 and 9) who
earn $42,400/year may qualify for
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mentioned above range in price
from free, reduced $15-$20 or
full pay at $128 (includes dental).
The family needs to complete
just one application to apply for
all the programs for any child un-
der the age of 19.
Yearling Spelling Bee Win-
The following students will
be competing at the county level
Spelling Bee: First place Jackie
O'Conner, second Place Tyler
Chartier, third Place -Ronesia
Wingfield, and Alternate-Alyssia

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Everglades Elementary School News A -Mlrf

Mrs. Moore's class really en-
joyed Family Reading and Game
Night! Thanks to all the par-
ents that brought their children.
Remember to practice letters,
sounds, and words each night.
We are learning about our World
in Social Studies and have learned

seven conti-
nents. We want
to thank Miss.
Shannon for
coming to help
us paint rain-
bows this week.
We learned that
R.O.Y.G.B.I.V helps us to remem
ber the seven colors of the rain-
Ms. Hyde's class would like to
thank our FFA guest readers who
entertained us on Tuesday! We
were amazed to learn that our
clothes are made from cotton! In
reading, we are beginning unit 9
and are learning about the letters:
Gg, Ww, Xx, and Vv. Our words
for this unit are: he, has, look. Ms.
Hyde is very proud of her ten 100
Book Challenge BLUE readers!
Way to go guys!
Mrs. Wright's class made X-
rays for the letter "Xx" and will
make our own volcanoes that
will erupt for the letter "Vv". We
have been testing on the letters,
sounds, and words. The class has
learned a lot!
Mrs. Dodson's class is Very X
cited With all of the great letters
we're learning! We are working
so hard at learning our letters,
sounds, and sight words and we
are able to read more words ev
ery day! In science we are making
model animals using our knowl-
edge of body coverings, and ways
of moving. Mrs. Dodson is very
proud of each of her students,
keep working hard!
Mrs. Claypool's class is learn-
ing all about insects. We are
learning the letters Ww and Xx.
Our new sight words are: he, she,
has, and look. We are doing such
a fabulous job on reading! Mrs.
Claypool can't believe how well
we are able to read! First grade,
here we come!
First Grade
Mrs. Hollin would like to con-
gratulate students for their success
in 100 Book Challenge! congratu-
lations to Cassidy Johnson, she is
a "500" step reader! The students
created "Thinking Maps" for each
story and enjoyed making the Cat
In The Hat's hat and eating Green
eggs and Ham! In science the stu-
dents enjoyed a lesson on simple
machines with our student teach

Submitted photo/Everglades Elementary
Everglades students enjoy Mrs. Forde and Mrs Brady read-
ing Dr. Seuss during the recent Family Reading and Game
Night held at the school.

er, Mrs. Coffey
Ms. Rowley would like to rec
ognize the "Super readers" in our
class. We have some great 100
Book Challenge readers. With 100
steps, we have Samantha, Luis,
Travis, Kayla, Fallan, and Lindsey.
With 200 steps or more, we have
Shelby, Tanner, Hailey Marace,
and Jason. With 300 + steps, we
have Edwin. Brenda has 500 steps
and Christian has 600 steps. Our
classroom leader is Haley Un-
derhill who has made it to 1,000
steps! That equals 250 hours of
EXTRA reading! Way to go Haley!
Ms. Rowley is super proud of you!
We would like to wish Happy
Birthday to our March birthdays,
Tyler Tucker turned 7 on March
19, and Hailey Macrae will be 7
on March 27!
Second Grade
Mrs. Campbell's class enjoyed
our trip to the Manatee Center!
We learned some new things
about their habitat. Thanks to
the families that came to "Family
Reading and Game Night"! We
had a great time!
Mrs. Kirby's class has been
working on their Easter stories
and are weaving baskets. They're
also looking forward to their trip
to the Manatee Center and enjoy-
ing the boat ride! We hope to see
a Manatee this year
Ms. Hunt's class has been very
farm friendly with agriculture this

Community Events

Dine with the doctor
This month's "Dine with the
Doctor" medical series presenta-
tion will take place at Raulerson
Hospital on March 31. Dinner
serving time is 4:45 p.m. and
the doctors presentation will be-
gin at 5:30 p.m. Have you ever
wondered what happens in the
Radiology Department? Do you
know how the process works? If
not, stop by for dinner and enjoy
Alex Vennos M.D., Board Certified
Radiologist, present the radiology
process and describe the new
State-Of The Art equipment at the
hospital. Dinner is only $5 for the
entree', salad, rolls, dessert, and
beverage. R.S.V.P. to Bill Casian at
863-824-2702 for a reserved seat.

Annual Hog Roast
to be held
The Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge No. 237 will sponsor their
annual hog roast on Saturday,
April 4 from 4 until 7 p.m. All
proceeds will benefit their schol-
arship fund. Eat in or take out
is available. Tickets are $7 per
person. For ticket information
contact Fred Cover, J.W 954-818-
2558, John A. Bubel, S.W 863
697-3626 or Jim Green, WM. 863-

4Hers are celebrity
The Okeechobee 4-H Bits and
Spurs Horse Club's Mounted Drill
Team will be "celebrity servers"
at Golden Corral on March 31 to
5 to 8 p.m. Tips given the servers
will go to help pay for the team's
entry fees and equipment.

Spring break at Lake
Lake Denton Camp in Avon
Park is having camp April 1-7.
The cost is $120. If your spring
break is the last week of March,
you will arrive April 1 (4-6 p.m.)
and depart on April 5 (4-6 p.m.) If
your break is the first full week of
April, you arrive April 3 (4-6 p.m.)
and depart Tuesday, April 7 (4-6
p.m.) Any questions contact Pam
Elders at 863-453-3627 or 863-

Autism support group
holds bowling night
The Okeechobee Autism Sup-
port Group will hold a bowling
night on Thursday, April 2, at 6
p.m. at Stardust Lanes. $1.75 a
game, free shoes, bumpers. For
more information email okeecho-

week. We had special visitors
come in from Florida Ag. and read
to us an awesome book! Maybe
tomatoes and onions aren't so
bad after all!
Mrs. Brady's class enjoyed our
guest reader that taught us about
farming and agriculture. We had
a super time on our field trip to
the Manatee Center in Ft. Pierce.
While we were there we saw
may native Florida animals like
dolphins, blue herons, pelicans,
and so many others.
Mr. Wright's class took a pon
toon boat tour of the Indian river
Lagoon. The mother dolphin
and her baby were a great sight
to see! Thank you to the people
who make this trip possible, and
to our chaperones!
Ms. Gumz's class had an ex-
citing time at the Manatee Cen-
ter. Thank you to captain Bob
for a great boat ride! Remember
to reduce, reuse, and recycle to
keep our waterways, land, and
air clean. Also remember to read,
read, read!
Third Grade
Mrs. Forde's class is proud of
our spelling bee winners. Noah
La Grange won first place and
Cody Floyd is the runner up! All
of the students are published
writers. They have written, typed,
edited and included photos with
captions on natural resources.
They are so amazed to see their

Church to host concert
Buckhead Ridge Baptist
Church will host Stan Shuman in
Concert, Sunday, April 5, 11 a.m.
Stan Shuman is an internation
ally known singer/song writer. He
was formerly with Jerry and the
Singing Goffs, Naomi and The
Segos. He is currently with Danny
Funderburk and Mercy's Way.
Stan has written for The Kings-
men, Gold City, The Anchormen,
and many more! His product will
be set up for you to view and
purchase. Everyone is welcome!
Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church
is located on Hunter Road, one
mile on the left after turning at
the Sunoco Station in Buckhead
Ridge. For information, contact
Pastor Richard Postell, 863-763
3442 or 863-634-6792.

FOE 4137 hosts
Easter party
The FOE 4137 Ladies Auxilia
ry, 9985 Hwy 441 North, will host
a children's Easter party on Satur-
day, April 11, from 2 until 4 p.m.
for children ages 0-16. Must be
signed up by April 4. For further
information call 863-763-2552..

work printed. Congratulations to
our students of the week: Nina
Nunez, Destiny Deese, and Kyra
Mrs. Reno's class is adding
and subtracting fractions and
putting them into their simplest
form. In writing, we have joined
the "Great Mail Race"! We are
excited about writing post cards
to the 50 states, hoping to get
some in return! In connection to
our mail race, we are researching
the states and making fun and in
formative brochures. Congratula-
tions to our recent student of the
week, Alexandra Jacobo, Alyssa
Howard, Maryjane Boiling, and
Baylee Baker.
Mr. Viens class is starting
to add and subtract fractions.
We have learned how to make
equivalent fractions and create
mixed numbers recently. We just
finished book 2 in Gregor The
Overlander series, and are on to
book 3 which is the Prophecy of
Blood. Mr. Viens read orally to the
class every day and we are work-
ing on our illustrations for each
book. Congratulations to Kyllie
Ramarez and Nate Nicoll, our re
cent students of the week. Also,
Rebecca Starnes and Kyllie Ram-
eraz, our champion spellers that
will represent us in the school
Spelling Bee!
Fourth Grade
Ms. Stokes would like to say
"thank you" to the Senior FFA
members that came to our class
rooms for Florida Ag. Literacy Day,
on March 24. The book, "These
Florida Farmers," educated our
young students about the neces
sities that come from Agriculture.
They were very excited to learn
about where their "food and fi-
ber" comes from.
Reading Leadership Team/
Parent Involvement Commit-

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Customers may also request
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Phyllis M.
Buchanan Sehon
2009, Phyllis was called home to be
with her Lord and Saviour.
Phyllis was very much loved by her
children and friends. Phyllis had a
great love for God, her family, her
work with plants and flowers. She
also loved her family in Dunklin,
where her and Sam called home for
20 years and she never forgot that
was her home.
Phyllis was the first woman to ever
become a union carpenter in WPB
in 1970s. She was awarded the Gold-
en Hammer for her work.
She was predeceased by her be
loved husband, Samuel Sehon; her
mother, Alma Forbes; her father,
Phillip Forbes; brother, Ralph
Forbes; and sister, Wilma Forbes.
She leaves behind her children,
Cathryn (Luis) Marroquin, C. Dale
Buchanan, Chet Buchanan, Chris
(Manon) Buchanan, Todd (Desirae)
Sehon, Samuel Cole (Ninnie) Sehon,
Melanie (Tim) O'Brien; and grand-
children, Amanda, Dale Jr., Luis Jr.,
Gladys, Jaxen, Rebecca, Ryan, Anto-
nio, Mackinzie, Alex, Nikki, and Cas
A memorial service is being held 1
p.m., April 2, 2009, at Dunklin Me-
morial Church in Okeechobee.
At the family's request in lieu of
flowers, donations may be made to
Dunklin Memorial Church in Phyllis's
Friends may sign the guestbook at
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the loving care of Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home and Crematory, 205
NE 2nd St., Okeechobee, FL 34972.

Miss Shofner would like to
thank the student, parents, and
teachers that came to our "Dr.
Seuss Reading and Game Night"
on March 24. We were pleased to
see that over 70 families attend-
ed! We had teachers volunteer
their time to read their favorite
Dr. Seuss books to the students
and teachers who played simple
games like "Hangman," "Mem-
ory" and "Boggle." We read the
"Reader's Oath" and promised to
read, read, read. As the Oath says,
special thanks to these teachers
who read and played games: Mrs.
Cassels, Mrs. Moore, Mrs. Wright,
Mrs. Claypool, Mrs. Dodson,
Mrs. Hollin, Mrs. Coffey (student
teacher) Mrs. Laskey, Mrs. Donna
Campbell, Mrs. Brady, Mr. Wright,
Ms. Hunt, Mrs. Forde, Mr. Forde,
Ms. Emily Campbell (student
teacher), Mrs. Davis, Mrs. Stinnett,
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Central Elementary School News

Kindergarten Class
Mrs. Vaughn's first grade class
had a visit from the Leprechaun.
He was a mischievous one. Desks
were overturned, book bags
were scattered everywhere and
he left gold sprinkles everywhere
he went. We had barely enough
time to clean up after him be-
fore the bell rang. He also left us
pencils, stickers and candy. We
had several students raise $25 or
more for Jump Rope for Heart.
They are looking forward to slim-
ing Coach Spearow on Field Day
April 3. We are currently raising
money for Pennies for Patients to
help fight cancer. Happy Birthday
to Matthew Mangold, Jonathan
Mejia, Orlan Hagins and Jimmy
Walls. Congratulations to our Stu-
dents of the Week Brian Garcia,
Saul Mondragon, David Adams,
Jorden York.
Mrs. Bostwick's class at Cen-
tral Elementary School has been
learning about objects in the
daytime and nighttime sky and
how the earth's rotation creates
night and day. We learned about
the sun, stars, and the phases of
the moon! Students of the Week
these past few weeks were Am-
ber Hull and Chantavia Baul. Con
gratulations, kiddos! Keep up the
good work!
Miss Shineldecker's first grade
class is happy that we've made it
through the third nine weeks of
school. We are starting our last
book of Unit 5 this week. We will
be reading "A Fruit Is a Suitcase
for Seeds." We are still working
on the r-controlled vowels and I
think they are catching on rather
Congratulations to the follow-
ing students of the week: David
Vasquez, Mark Bigford, Jessica
Edison, and Brianna Perry. A very
Aguilar on March 15.
Miss Shineldecker
First Grade

First Grade B.A.S.E. News
We've been to the Planetarium
in Ft. Pierce and learned all about
the awesome galaxy we are a part
of. We learned about gravity and
how we are all stuck to the earth.
The students wrote some great
stories about how they would
break the gravity line and get to
the moon. Congratulations to our
students of the week: Joshua Bo-
nilla, Diego Reyna, Laura Rodri-
guez, Diana Morales
Mr. Klaffer's
S Super Kids Stu-
". dent of the Week
., .' .'., was Lisset Car-
'~"';, rillo (Ms. Golden
: Eyes). Other Stu
S dent of the Week
students were
Tristan Courson
(Mr. John Deere), Alex Valdes
(Kool Kat), & Rebekah Raulerson
(Bad Momma Hen). St. Patrick's
Day was the only party this month
with a sea of green everywhere!
The hard part of the month
was teaching the Kids how to
recognize the different coins and
how to count money. The first
pile of real money I let the Kids
handle I thought I was going to
have a riot! The smallest estimate
of the value of that pile of coins
came out to a little over $1,000!
Second Grade
Mrs. Greseth's class has been
enjoying reading different stories
during small groups. One group
just finished Charlotte's Web!
They did a super job. One group
is reading Sylvester and the Magic
Pebble. We would really like to
find a magic pebble and get some
wishes like Sylvester! In Science
we are learning all about our so-
lar system.
Second Grade BASE
In Second Grade BASE, we
have been as busy as bees! We
have begun learning our multipli-
cation songs! We are still check-
ing our gardens and graphing

the growth of our plants and we
have also begun writing our bare
books in English!
In Language, we have been
reviewing parts of speech. I bet if
you ask your child, (s)he can find
a pronoun, verb, noun, contrac-
tion (lazy word), and adjective in
this article!
Sra. Rodriguez and Mrs. Johns
are so...proud of all of the stu-
dents who read every night for
100 Book Challenge.
Mrs. Jones' class has been very
busy! In Reading this week we
learned gardens that grow veg
tables are not always as pretty
as flower gardens but they serve
their purpose. In Science we are
studying the Solar System. We re
ally enjoyed painting the phases
of the moon. We have completed
measurement, and are exploring
perimeter, area and volume. Next
we are heading into fractions!
Congratulations to Mark Holmes,
our student of the week. We are
looking forward to learning about
model airplanes on Monday and
to our Survivor Field Day next
Miss Miller's second grade
class has been enjoying using
rulers and their feet to measure
objects in math. We have been

working hard on talking about
the water cycle and we're now
just starting to learn about the so-
lar system. We are excited to see
some of our plants are growing;
we will be measuring and record-
ing their growth as the weeks go
on. Congratulations to the fol
lowing Students of the Week: Ar-
mando Garcia, Chris Rogel, Ma-
riah Raulerson, and Icelia Ibarra.
Congratulations to Chris Rogel for
reaching 100 steps! Congratula-
tions to the following students
for reaching 200 steps: Chyenne
Grimes, Andy Simmons, Raeshel
Bell, and Mariah Raulerson! Keep
reading for 15 minutes every night
to earn those steps.
The students in Mrs. White-
side's class have been learning
about food chains and animal
habitats. The students each cre
ated their own habitats. Did you
know that animals' beaks and
teeth are adapted to help them
get food? You can tell what kind
of food a mammal eats by look-
ing at its teeth.
Congratulations to the Stu
dents of the Week, Madisyn Gon-
zalez and Anali Carmona. Both
girls have had fabulous behavior.
Mrs. Entry's class has been
working hard! We are learning

about the solar system in sci
ence, measurement in math and
we read a wonderful story about
Ugly Vegetables this week. We
are very excited about Survivor
Field Day this Friday. Our class
tribe name is Mashujaa, it means

champions! Also we are looking
forward to Spring Break April
6-13. Congratulations to our Stu-
dents of the Week Gage Ingram
and Colby Burke. Congratulations
to Christina Lense, she has 500
steps in 100 Book Challenge!

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Seats approx 150, 6 classrooms, nursery & 4 restrooms. Recent
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Seminole Elementary News

The kindergarten classes en-
joyed their trip to the Children's
Museum. Favorite attractions were
the Publix grocery store where
the students filled their carts with
great food and then went through
the checkout and bagged the gro-
ceries and the restaurant where
the students dressed in costumes
to prepare food from many differ
ent parts of the world.
Students from the Freshman
Campus came to the kindergar-
ten classes with their teacher Mrs.
Duke to tell the children about ag
riculture in Florida. The students
read These Florida Farms and
then helped the children make
seeds in a glove. The kindergarten
students took to planted seeds in
the glove home to watch them
Students in Mrs. O'Bannon's
class are sharpening their read-
ing and fluency skills by perform
ing readers theatre. Each group
of four students are responsible
for learning their speaking parts,
gathering props and making the
scenery for their group's play.
They are learning to do research
and then write reports. Their most
recent reports have been group
projects on the continents. They
did a wonderful job on their first
attempt at this. This week we are
learning about inventors and their
inventions and how they changed
our lives. In math we are working
on measurement. Last week we
did linear measurement and this
week we are doing capacity. Each
student made a "gallon man" to
show equivalents. Students are
working towards positive be-
haviors by earning the "Gator
Award." Our first person to earn it
this year was Thomas Garcia and
the second person was Jason Zu-
niga. Both boys show exemplary
behavior each day. Our most re-
cent Students of the Week were
Levi Morse and Maggie Santa
marina. Congratulations to all of
the hard working students in Mrs.
O'Bannon's class.
Third grade would like to con
gratulate their Students of the
Week for the weeks of March 19
and March 16. These students
are trying their best to be good
classroom citizens. From Mrs.
Padgett's room: Maria Pinon
and Javier Hernandez; from Mrs.
Reed's class: Yesenia Hernan-
dez and Bryan Pinon; from Mrs.
Johnson's class: Jaclynn Cowles
and Rayquan Futch; from Mrs.
McCranie's class: Anayeli Mon-
toya and Isaac Kinchen; and from
Mrs. Coldiron's class: Dustin Hunt
and Johnny Rodriguez. These stu-
dents continue to put forth their

best efforts from day to day. We
will be having our Ice Cream Party
with the principal this Friday. The
students who attend have dem
onstrated mastery of their multi-
plication facts from the Os to the
9s. They are looking forward to
the sweet reward for all the time
they have devoted to learning this
basic mathematics skill that will
be a life long tool.
Fourth graders are working on
some upcom-
ing events. We
will be having
our Class Spell-
ing Bees this
week to decide
who advances
to the School
Bee. Everyone
needs to prac-
tice on those spelling skills. An-
other event that is coming soon
is the Tropicana Speech contest.
Each fourth grader will be giving
a 1-3 minute speech on a topic of
their choice. Each class will have
three winners and will go on to
the School Speech contest. A first
and second place winner will be
chosen to represent Seminole at
the County Speech Contest. Par-
ents, it would help a great deal if
you would practice timing your
child's speech. Also, have your
child practice giving the speech in
front of the family will also help
get over some stage fright that
students experience.
Mrs. Tomlinson's class is busy
working on our Reading. We have
started including a novel read as
well as the reading book to assist
us in our reading skills. We are
presently -n'dinr' "James and the
Giant Pee I' TI.- students are
enjoying reading the book and
discussing various points such as
character traits, author's purpose,
etc. We will be doing some excit-
ing activities to go along with the
novel-making a model, writing
a paper about our favorite char-
acter, doing a Peach scavenger
hunt, etc. We will have a con-
cluding activity of comparing and
contrasting the novel against the
movie that we will watch as we
eat some peaches.

Submitted photo/North Elementary

Celebrating literacy
Representatives from Okeechobee Soil and Water Con-
servation District and Okeechobee County Cattlewomen's
Association read "These Florida Farms" in honor of Ag Lit-
eracy Day March 24, to all the first grade classes at North
Elementary School. The book and pre/post test materials
are all a part of the Florida Ag in the Classroom Curricu-

uDominea pnoio/Oounm iemenmary

South Spellers!
The South Elementary School Spelling Bee was held on
March 18. The students competed for nine rounds of in-
creasingly difficult words until finally a winner was de-
clared. From left to right, Donnie Watson and Alex Figueroa
tied for second place and Mitch Mulholland earned first
place. These three participants will go on to the district
Spelling Bee scheduled for April 17.

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hility for all statements, names e st
and content of an ad, and background check! First &
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reject any or all copy, and to. Sun. 9-4
nsertabovethecopy theword HAVERT L. FENN CENTER A UNIVERSE OF
"advertisement" A ads 2000 Virginia Ave, Ft Pierce, FL KNOWLEDGE AWAITS!ss c l ho
accepted are subectto credit B api Townhouse -
approval admust onform Em loyment- Business Air Conditioners 505 BUY- SELL TRADE -.sna..n.u....,e .ere.. e s,.... 2br2ba, fully turn., year or
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to pe Newspape F Time 205 rtites 305 Antiques 510 Concealed Weapon Class $40 ,.. ,, tance
tode and are restricted to Employment- Money Lenders 310 Appliances 515 a s,,
tSome paie categories 210 Ta Preparation 315 Appliance Parts 520 Daily 10 a.m. & 2 p.m. Grab a bga m yor
require advanssce payment. Pa Tme 215 Beauty Supplies 525 It .11 te,-t. ith neighbor's garage, atic,
These classifications arei 530 Itnll st. =lth MSPala r
denoted with an astensk *. Emoment 2Books & Magazines535 For info 772-462-1521 ........ Er basement or closet in
Independent Newspapers will Wab In nation 22 Building Materials540 today classed
never knowingly accept any Business Equipment 545
advertisement at is illegal Job Training 227Carpets/Rugs l550 t I
considered fraudulent. In all Sales 230 NOTICE Children' Items 555
cases of questionable value, Chins, Glssearn, Etc. 560
such as promises of guaran- Idependent Newspapers will Clothing 565
t.Clothing 565
teed income from work at never accept any adveise- Coins/Stamps 570
hme programs or othr oer meant that is legal or consid- Collectibles 575
to send money in advance for sred irauutent. i o all cases Computer/Video 580
a product or service e IC T sq iattet sock
advise you to check with the A/C SERVICE TECH uestioable value, such rafts/Supplies 585
Attorney General s Consumer With min. 5 ym expi as promises of guaranteed Cruises 590
Fraud Line at 1 205424, Mst have clean L own comee from work-at-home Drar~ Umms A Fabrics 595
and/or The Better Business tools. Good pay, benefits, programs if it sounds too Fireplace Fixture 600
Bureau, 800464-6331 for pre o DFW No phone calls good to be true, chances are Firewood 605
.ous complaints accepted. Appy in pe on Dtat it s. If you have ques- Furniture 610 o L ots On r im C Ia a
at312 s 2nd Street, I doubts about any ad Furs 615 DIRECTIONS:
Auctions 105 Okeechobee. on these pages, we advise Health & Reducing Fron 441 go right
Car Pool 110 that before responding or Equipment 620 on Rt. 78 to inda
Sham a ride 115 How do you find a ob sending money ahead Of Heating Equipment/ Road, go left to
Card of Thanks 20 in today's competitive e, you he heck e Bet- Supplies 625 C.a ay. LTon left
In Memoriam 125 market? In the tr Business Bureau at Hou hold Items 630 on C y n d
Found b 130 mploym t section 772-87i-2010 or prs J lry 635 watc for Auction
LoTt 135 of th i classifieds complaints. L mpw/Lights 640 signs.
Give Away 140 Luggage 645
Garage/Yard Sale 145 SUNSHINE PAYDAY LOANS Some 800 and 0 telephone Medical etems 650
Personals 150 SeekingCledcal Help for numbers may require an ex- Miscellaneous 655
Special Notices 55 Okeehobeelocaton. Good ra charge, as well as long Musical Instruments 660 T-
900 Numbers 160 ... ""'""'''' distance tll csts. We will do B officeSupplia/ U IO
tCal7 ,, ',. nour best to alert our reader of Equipment 665 NO E r: r
thesechs e Equipment 665 Ni dTEu
nese charges in e ads, but Pets/Supplies/ This is a great
oasollalyll we may not bel Services 670
awarf te charges. There- Photogra hy 675 oppotu Eity to b uy
fore, i you ca ll a neber out Plumbing Supplies 680 great prolpercywiH lake 20 I xeecee
CAS LE Find it Rasnt.Sll t soone Rest aurat e iteer one or both! SAT APRLm 4 3cm
Yrhyon \ In the assifleds Equipment 690 Previe at 2:30 p0n. (or by prior appt.-
CA STLE The Paenting Satellite 695
SProfessionals SSewing Machines 700 Two lots on Rim Canal in Buckhead Ridge Sub.
Suppoourfihtfor theprentionofchildabuse rvices I Sporting Goods 705 Old dock, Boathouse and free -standing structure that

k-^^ Okeechoee a @et. S e es FLI3497 EquPAIent 7 e10 No t biddr to 7s-R
Call (8 ) 467-7771Telvison/Radio 7150 0%at t was attached to a previous mobile home all on one lot
Tickets 720 Aa o vos a The other lot is vacant
6.l9 9ia Tools 725 P P.r. ug ahxcen
Toys & Games 730 Pa balaae at closing
VCRs 735 within 30 days LotSizes= 78x 150' +/ (Lot 19) 90' x 150' +/ (Lot 20)
Babysitting 405 Wanted to Buy 740 T t In4c pi-yll e Total for both lots combined is .58 acres
Child C ars Neededl trovMd byn in acr
Cehi. C= M EDICA EcE PT ION% Iay ree-t P-n ESah lHot wil bFe AuctEoned r sepy te
Se Instrction 420c subject to a bulk bid for the two togeIter
Services Offered 425 P t
U i Co Immediate Mopen at insurance 430 I tio ot A
OkeechobeeFJuveile Medi al Servie s435 DOUB LE STACKED. nnWash
A N L Detention Center food r/Dlryer $400 OBO 1 2rn n

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14hIN ANUAL service department. (863 )801-5850 RELTORS & AUCTIONEERS
SPRING iUCTIN Iostitshonal cooling and A i 155I TA tO
Saturday, hands on experience w*wnw daand 15 Royal Palm Sointe Vero Beach, FL 32960
APRIL 18, 2009 prefeed Competitive Tast a s fyo a 772-562-5015
pass background check & Pressure Washing
Trto Trukvsl Cpdsru& screen. CclrGnt-ct BRrd Carpentry & Mch More! S E M wWD 4npc lw
and much more Kitchen or ax reeame dnto (83)4 7-21 r e i n er en e
Consignments Wecome 863-357-055 or email to n te FIH ( 0 ( 6 (01-163261-642563
Don't miss this opportunity HRIIOANL Loreq #6983#1116
sulus into SLD! EN H RL LL WIHTS IA 65 LBS 1BR/1BA, st floor, fumished, EED HELP $40 (863)801-1272 poo teis, boat dock, mc
Terry DeMoqT Sr- M) CALL GEORGE CARTER AND room very rice. Reusorubte
229-891-1832 Painting, Repairs, Carpen Christmas Tres 745 Apartments 05 561-324-4902 or I [I.i l PowerWashing AN fCHOREDf Farm Equipment 805 Busliness Places 910 561-583-8693
Auctioneer: FREE CONSULTAtION Lamps $17, 10 Barstools Farm Fsed/Products 810 Commercial
TentDeMo, Sr FL eTINiST (863)763-4775 (863) 9up, 50 Desks$97up, FLEA MARKET INVENTORY- Farm Miscellanous 815 Property 915
#AU1833 -A1285 MEDICAL RECEPTIONIST 0b3Pc Dropleaf Dinette $197, are vaty, takig oes o Farm Produce 820 Condos/
MUST be experienced. Needed 50Tableand4Chars$397 e0re stock only Call offersfor Farm Services Townhouses Rent920
or Cardiologist Office. 9 -3 4 up, 200 Recliners $297 up, appt (863)6-1 Offered 825 Farm Property -
Mail resume to: P Boex 1268, 520 c Sofa & Loveseat 63)61112 Farm Supplies/ Rent 925 BASSWOOD Newer 3/2/1,
i keechobee, FL 34973 sets $687 up, 50 V EnSt Services Wanted 830 House Rent 030 W&D hookup, big yard,
PATIENT ACCT. JACK'S TOP SOIL I C~centers $167 uap 2 iPc ._ .._ Fertilicer 835 Lend-Rent 935 $1000 mu, 1st,last & sec
SUPATIERVISOR F. DiTSI R -Oueen Bed vet $37 up, 56 Horses 040 Resort Property Avail 6/1/09 (863)697-2795
SET OF KEYS- Lost Saturday, SUPERVISOR Fill D ShBll ockI 4Pc Bedroom sets $387 up, PPPIES Regis- Landscaping Raent 945
March 21stt Please call Patient accounting exp in & 3Pc Livingroom tables ORKI Supplies 845 Roommate 950 FT DRUM 1/1 on four acres,
(863)763-1146 a9 automated envronment, Call 863-467-4734 STEEL BUILDINGS $97up, 100 headboards tered. 1 Male, 1 Female. Lan & Garden 850 Rooms to Rent 955 new cabinets and carpet
caomated skis n, In I Recession Disc Avail $79 up. Shots & Wormed. $400 Livestock 855 Storage Space- $625 mo. (912) 224-4658
comporukilluu m363 (863)8191348 Poultry/Supplies 0 Rnt 060 r (734)637-2697
mgmt necessary. Bilingual Call for DeatlAvail Ltd Seeds/Plants/
pmrf. Competitive salary & W A Flowers 865 IN TOWN- Clean 2.5 BR 1BA,
excellent benefits. Fax re- Suc1"Sq5MI.i i]1 /W&D hook up, lawn serv.
um to (863)357-2991 or Phone: 863-578-4141 Non-smk. env., Small pet ok.
apply at FL Communioty METAL LATHE 6"X18 Manu- $750 mo. + $500 sec.
aply Ctal feed with lots of tooling CLOSETO TWN 2BROnly 941-504-3954 or
NEWSI Wt Puert Ao, Okoechoe, ohp $46$750 mo. Pets okay upon 941 366-6617
LOU lMRbr fchcinci. Bra 0 RBcutaf l 1/2 inch-ve 'eh e MRS Ride mowe4 approval Call 561-255-4377 IN TOWN Clean 2BR, 2BA,
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Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property- Sale 1010
Townhouses Salel015
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 Inspectionl 060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

SWMH 2/1, $55,000 Pre-
ferred Properties, Debra Pin-
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RIVER RANCH Property 1
1/4 acres, Polk County, (rec-
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BH Furn Modular home 3/2
w/FI Room, Inc 3 HD TV's.
Just updated plumbing,
elect, new sod & spnnk sys,
fenced, boat ramp, dock,
cone drive, car port, shed
$138.500 OBO

2 Lots on the Rim Canal
(20 Canal Way) 5 mins.
by boat to the Lake.
Dock, boat house, county
water, septic tank. Each
lot to be auctioned separ-
ately subject to a bulk
bid for both.
3pm, Preview at 2pm,
(AB128 AU155)
Directions. Take Rt 78
to Linda Rd to Canal

Mobile Homes

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

A 55+, 2BR/2BA Mobile
Home in Indanwood, 2 golf
courses, partially furn, w/d,
$550 mo or sale $25,000
Newy remodeled 3BR1.5BA
(or) 2R1BA situated on very
clean equestrian ranch 14
minutes from town center
Please No Pets Call for move-
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2 BR, 2 BA, C/Air $500 mo
3 BR, 2 BA, C/Air $600 mo
No pets. (863)763-4031
HWY 441 SE 1/1 Includes
electric and direct tv $750
mo + Security
$550 month & $300 sec
dep. Call (863467-2156 or
2/2, $610 mo., 1st, last
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OKEECHOBEE 2br, Iba with
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wooded, fenced lot. $800
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A 55+, 2BR/2BA Mobile
Home in Indianwood, 2 golf
courses, partially turn., w/d,
$550 mo. or sale $25,000.
Mobile Home Angels
2/1.5 Fully furnished, nice
coy patio REDUCED
2BR, 2BA w/Screen Rm.
Great shape 1 35 ac fenced
$95,000 neg 863-610-0399
mobile, on beautiful corner
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$6500 (863)763-8667
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$3000 (863)634-4765


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Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
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terested appcants for appointment to five 5) regular member positons and oni
(1) alternate member position on the Affordabe Housing Advisory Commnn ee/a
ens Advsory Task Force
This commtee reviews monitors and provides recommendations concemmg poll
Sprocedure nd ci initiatives to encourage or factae affordable housing
within Okeechobee Cu nty
A member must be a resident of Okeechobee County and the committee must ba
comprised of individuals in connection with affordable housing and include onc
(1) czen who is representative of the clZens of Okeechobee County, one H1
citizen who is a representative of those areas of abor active engaged in hom
buldng, one (1) citizen actively engaged as an advocate for low-income persons
one 1 ien avely engaged as a orpr provide of affordable ousng, ant
one 1) citizen who acvely serves on the local planning agency pursuant t
s 163 31, olnda Stalutes
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were found in 21 states; but now the
are only seen in seven states. Somi
times as many as 2,000 or more ma
share communal nesting sites in th
Fisheating Creek area. The raptor
favor the Glades County landscape
which includes their preference fo
large trees that stand in water an
marshes. Here they hunt for insec
and small reptiles in the tops of tree
or catch insects in flight. During th
breeding season, the kites are takin
on much needed reserves offat which
will sustain them as they migrate bac
through the Andes Mountain range i
South America, according to avia
The kites are found not only
Fisheating Creek, but in many areo
within Glades County and the Hendr
Glades Audubon Society encourage
residents and visitors to report an
sighting of these graceful birds. It w
help assess the status of the specie
and allow scientists to acquire muc
needed statistics on their biology an
demographics. If anyone sees a swa
low tailed kite, they can contact th
Center for Birds of Prey and repo
information and location.
There are three ways to contact
them; Go to www.thecenterforbir and fill out an online forn
download the form and send it to P.
Box 1247, Charleston, South Carolin,
29402; or, call 843-971-7474.

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acres, there would not be enough land for
water treatment. He said that amount of land
would be needed for water storage alone.
Ms. Reppen said the sale is proceeding to
ward a closing date of Sept. 25.
Of the 180,000 acres under consideration,
certain tracts would be available for local gov
ernment use. Pahokee, Belle Glade, South Bay
o Clewiston and the Florida Inland Navigation
District have requested tracts of land.
Hendry County Commissioner Kevin Mc-
Carthy noted that if the sale were reduced to
75,000 acres, the lands being considered for
a local government use would not be involved
in the sale. If the originally announced 180,000
0 acre sale goes through, all land in sugar pro
duction could be leased back to U.S. Sugar
for seven years. Mr. McCarthy said that in that
case the lands being considered for local gov
ernment use are in sugar cane production and
would not be available for seven years.
Ms. Reppen addressed the concern ex-
pressed about the economic impact of the
sale on the area. In this year's budget she said
SFWMD has set aside $2 million from proj-
ects and salary to fund capital improvements
and infrastructure in the local communities
affected by the sale. There is also a potential
for other sources of funds to help the com-
munities involved offset the loss of income
that would be caused by the closing of U.S.
Sugar. The governor's proposed fiscal year
M l i 2009/10 budget contains $5 million to help
areas impacted by the land acquisition. The

nomic Development has visited the area to be
impacted and is working to provide economic
Turning from the acquisition process, Tom
ICont t Teets, Everglades policy manager gave an
overview of the process to develop a plan to
use the land once it is acquired. Pubic meet
rcial N s Pro ers" ings were held to get the input of all interested
parties. Next modeling will be done to look
at different configurations of land possible. In
June a draft of possible configurations will be
presented to the SFWMD Governing Board.
The draft will be refined in July and a final
draft of land configuration and preliminary
costs will be given to the board of governors
in August before the closing in September.
Dr. Susan Gray of SFWMD urged water con-
servation noting that rainfall in the 16 county
area served by SFWMD is below average and
more dry weather is expected. She said that
Ra Lake Okeechobee has a resurgence of sub-
merged vegetation and the quality of the lake
water is improving. She said water quality is
fairly good for this time of year. However, she
said the salinity levels are increasing in the St.
Lucie River.
Turning to dike rehabilitation, Ms. Bon not
ed that the lake can fill up six times faster than
water can be let out. The dike was completed
in 1962. In the 1980s COE began to see prob-
lems with it. In the 1990s studies were done
and in 2005 construction was started on dike
rehabilitation. After Hurricane Katrina, further
study was done. The section between Port
Mayaca and Belle Glade is being rehabilitated
now by installing cutoff walls in the center
of the dike to prevent seepage. This section
is scheduled to be completed by 2013. The
Moore Haven to Belle Glade section is sched
uled rehabilitation next.
Commissioner Judah expressed his thanks
that SFMWD and COE were working together
to try to restore the pulse releases to the Ca-
loosahatchee River in response to higher sa-
linity level.
Commissioner Russell Echols of Glades
County thanked SFWMD for their help with
the Moore Haven and Pierce Canal projects.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at Reporter Pete Gawda can be

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would have a chance to win. He
secured the win with a five foot
par putt on the 18th green.
"The first day wasn't too good
but the second day I finally got ev-
erything figured out and played a
lot better. I worked on my game
Saturday and practiced and hit a
few balls. That really helped," he
Kodi plays on a state level golf
tour called the Florida junior tour.
He also plays different summer
tours in South Florida. He has
played top courses like the Marisol
golf club in Palm Beach Gardens
where they played the PGA tour
Honda Classic tournament two
years ago, the Harmony Preserve,

Continued From Page 1
their side of an arched side door
leading to the one story section
on the east side of the building.
The wooden and wire mesh tell-
ers' cages are pushed against one
wall. The floor is a patterned tile.
In the rear of the main room is
the bank vault which was used
for only about two and half years.

and the PGA National course.
His father said he has gotten a
lot of enjoyment watching his son
play the game, "I'm just proud of
him and the way he has carried
his golf level. What I'm most ex-
tremely proud of is his etiquette
and his manners. His mother and
I are complimented on how well
mannered and respectful he is."
Kodiwants to continue golf un
til the collegiate level and beyond.
He currently is home schooled so
he can spend more time on the
golf course. He routinely plays
five or six hours each day to hone
his skills.
"I enjoy it thoroughly, I've
always enjoyed it. Next year at
OHS, I want to make it to regional
and hopefully State," he said. "I
enjoy it every day. There is a thrill
to playing, its always struck me as
something I've loved to do. It's a

A glowering lion head appears in
the center of the arched pediment
above the vault door. Under the
lion's head, written in black let-
ters, is the name, "W J. Connors."
Mr. Connors was a land specula-
tor who built Connors Highway,
a 1920s toll road that connected
Okeechobee and western Palm
Beach County. Evidently he was
also connected with the bank. The
vault door itself bears the inscrip-
tion "The Mosler Safe Company"
in gold letters.

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Kodi tees off as his father looks on.

challenge to get better."
Kodi thanked his mom and
dad for taking him to tourna-

To the rear of the main room
is smaller room which may have
been used for storage. A wooden
staircase leads from the main
room to a second floor room
which spans the width of the rear
of the building. This room was
probably some sort of office or
meeting room and contains a fire-
place at one end. In a closet beside
the fireplace is a metal gate which
may have guarded the vault during
working hours. It bears the words
"Bank of Okeechobee" and "Mos-

ments every month and for taking
him to private lessons with a golf
pro in Palm Beach County.

ler Safe Company" in gold letters.
Post your opinions in the Public Is-
sues Forum at
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached

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Lowery Markham looks over the interior of the old Bank of Okeechobee building on the cor-
ner of Park Street and N.W. fifth Avenue. The once elegant building shows the effects of time
hut iQ still struiturnllv snund.

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
This teller's cage once served customers at the Bank of
Okeechobee during the mid 1920s when the bank occupied Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
the yellow brick building at the corner of Park Street and N.W. Notice the ornate carvings on
Fifth Avenue. the Bank Vault.

It is not known if Mr. Connors held a position at the bank, but we do know Mr. Connors was
a land speculator who built Connors Highway, a 1920s toll road that connected Okeechobee
and western Palm Beach County.

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Local Country Club hosts club championship

By Charles M. Murphy with a 21 over par score of 165. was not getting frustrated. If you guys," he stated. inthenextfewweeks.OnApril25, Golf and Country Club. On May
Okeechobee News The country club is a par 72 have one bad hole, that can lose This was Waldau's third club theywillsponsortheOkeechobee 23, they will sponsor the Senior
Three players defended course. a tournament for you," she com- championship. He did win the Junior Championship also at the
ther club cha nhip at th Ronnie White, 164, Ron Smet, mented. championship in 2003 and 2004. C ty Junior Championship. Country Club.
eir b chmpioship at e 105 (golf tee) Maurice Desaul- White said her double bogev Juanita White shot a 92 on will be held at the Okeechobee

uKeecnouee Gunl aim Country
Club last weekend in the annual
golf tournament.
Jim Waldau won the men's
competition with a score of 154,
10 over par for the two day tour-
nament. Juanita White won the
ladies championship with a two
day total of 183. Kodi Stephen
won the junior championship


wier, 164 (gold tee A flight) and
John Diefenbach (seniors) also
won their divisions at the tourna-
Ladies Champion Juanita
White said the conditions were
iih ---ith hih winds and cold
. ...I ., in'. said she tried
to focus more and that helped her
"I was one stroke behind af-
ter Saturday, and the key for me


Submitted photos
Ronnie White scored 164 and
won his division.

John Diefenbach scored 164 Jim Waldau scored
for the Senior Champ award, two-days Champ.

on the fifth hole Saturday put
her behind the eight ball. She
explained her closest opponent
scored a nine on that same hole
on Sunday, and that basically was
the difference in the tournament.
"Golf is definitely a mental
game, you have to be strong
mentally and not get frustrated,"
she mentioned.
Waldau shot 80 on Saturday
and 74 on Sunday to easily eclipse
the field by 10 strokes. John Die-
fenbach finished second. He was
consistently good with an 81 on
Saturday and an 83 on Sunday.
Two holes hurt him, the eighth
hole on Sunday where he scored
six, and the 12th hole where he
carded a seven. Ronnie White fin-
ished in a tie for second overall at
164. He shot 84 on Saturday and
80 on Sunday.
Waldau said the first round
was pretty competitive as he held
only a one or two stroke lead for
most of the round. He was able to
stretch that out on Sunday.
"The second day I played tee
to green really well. I made only
one or two birdies but had a lot
of birdie putts. I was satisfied and
happy about winning. Sometimes
.,, i;- ,tlmr hattor th1 n th- fthl r

Sfor Juanita White Ladies scored
183 for the Ladies Champ

Saturday and a 91 on Sunday. Her
total of 183 was five strokes better
than D. Marshall.
In the junior division Stephen
rallied from seven strokes down
to win by one stroke. He noted it
was an exciting day, "It felt pretty
good, it was exciting. I was sur
prised that I made the comeback
that I did," he said. "Every time I
win it feels better because it was
more of a challenge."
Stephen has won three junior
club championships in a row at
the Okeechobee Golf and Coun-
try Club.
Michael Watson was the run-
ner up in the junior division. He
shot 79 on Saturday and had a
clubhouse lead of eight strokes.
However he struggled with a
score of 87 on Sunday. Watson
struggled on three holes, the sev-
enth, ninth, and 16th on Sunday
where he recorded a score of
seven strokes.
Waldau Junior Golf will hold
two prestigious golf tournaments



Brad Jackson, a friend of
Sean Downing, assistant
principal of OHS, spoke
to Mr. Roehms' OHS Ac-
counting class on Friday,
March 20. He is an ac-
countant with Marathon
Oil Company in Ohio and
is in Okeechobee on vaca-
tion. During his hour-long
discussion with Account-
ing 1 & 2 classes, he in-
formed the students of his
career path and his vari-
ous job duties.

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